Pulp-Paperworld.com / European News http://www.pulp-paperworld.com Mon, 18 Dec 2017 17:44:32 +0100 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb New research shows coffee shops fuel high street spending http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7570-new-research-shows-coffee-shops-fuel-high-street-spending http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7570-new-research-shows-coffee-shops-fuel-high-street-spending

But potential cup tax threatens life-line for local economies 

  • 75% of Britons spend in other local shops when they pop out for a coffee
  • On average, they visit two shops and spend £15
  • More than a third said a tax on take away cups would negatively affect how often they visit the high street

As the tills ring out for Christmas, new research indicates that coffee sales are cushioning local retailers from a tough festive season but this life-line is threatened by a potential latte levy.

2017 12 18 084611With October’s retail sales falling at the quickest rate since 2009 – the height of the financial crisis – (according to the CBI Distributive Trades Survey) and online sales volumes expanding, high street retailers are feeling the pinch.  Data from Retail Futures shows, in the six years between 2012 and 2018 some 22 per cent of shops will have closed.

Against this backdrop of doom and gloom, new evidence, commissioned by the UK’s market-leading paper cup manufacturers, suggests that our habit of popping out for a coffee on-the-go is fuelling wider consumer spending on the high-street.

Three quarters (75%) of Britons said they were likely to pop into other shops on their high street when they went to get a coffee or hot drink. On average, they visit two other shops spending around £15 but 7% visited many more (an average of five).

However, indications are that introducing a tax on coffee cups will significantly deter shoppers. Over two in five Britons polled said a tax on cups would affect how often they stop for a coffee and over a third said that this would negatively affect how often they visited their local high street.

Men were more likely than women (36% / 32%) to say the proposed tax would negatively affect how often they visit their local high street. 

Neil Whittall of Huhtamaki and a member of the Paper Cup Alliance, said:

“Paper cups are the most sustainable and safe solution for drinks on-the-go. Consumers want to do the right thing and we’re taking steps to support that through new infrastructure and country-wide initiatives. Taxing the morning coffee run will not address the lack of infrastructure but it will hurt consumers and impact already struggling high streets.

“We are committed to increasing recycling rates. Over 3,000 new recycling points were created this year and a new country-wide initiative is launching in January increasing options for consumers to recycle.”

Commenting on the findings Chris Stemman, Executive Director of the British Coffee Association said: 

“These figures are no surprise. Independent cafes and coffee chains are playing an important part in regenerating local high streets and shopping centres, providing focal points for communities. In tough and uncertain times a cup of coffee is an affordable treat. A cup tax is a real threat to local economies and doesn’t solve this as a long term sustainability issue that needs to be dealt with through innovation, recyclable packaging, and recycling processes.”

People in the North East are hitting the shops hardest with 88% of those polled visiting other shops when out for a coffee whilst people in the West Midlands spend the most (over £20 per visit).

On average consumers are visiting their local high street twice a week with over half (55%) saying they normally grab a coffee while they are there.  Younger people (25-35) spent the most, averaging almost £20.

About the research

The research was commissioned by the Paper Cup Alliance conducted by Censuswide, with 2,003 Britons aged 16+ in GB between 27.11.2017 - 01.12.2017.  The survey included UK adults, nationally representative based on gender, age, and region.  Censuswide abide by and employ members of the Market Research Society which is based on the ESOMAR principles. 

About the Paper Cup Alliance 

The Paper Cup Alliance (PCA) is made up of the eight market-leading paper cup manufacturers in the UK today, employing over 1,700 people across the country. The group was formed in 2017 to coordinate industry efforts to address the issue of paper cup recycling. PCA members are working hard to increase recycling in the UK through a variety of initiatives and through supporting the right behaviours. It aims to better communicate the industry’s efforts on paper cup recycling to reassure stakeholders that the industry takes its environmental responsibilities seriously.

PCA members are part of Pack2Go, the European Association for convenience food packaging, but are specifically focused on the issue of paper cups in the UK.

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:48:43 +0100
    President and CEO Nico Delvaux to assume CEO position outside Metso http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7569-president-and-ceo-nico-delvaux-to-assume-ceo-position-outside-metso http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7569-president-and-ceo-nico-delvaux-to-assume-ceo-position-outside-metso

    Metso's President and CEO Nico Delvaux has decided to resign and assume the position of President and CEO of ASSA ABLOY AB. He will leave his duties in Metso on June 18, 2018, at the latest.

    metso logo new one"The Board of Directors is obviously disappointed that Nico has decided to leave Metso. However, the business plans and organizational changes that have been decided during the fall have the Board's full support and everybody in Metso will focus on executing these plans going forward. The Board will initiate a search for a new President and CEO," says Mikael Lilius, Chairman of Metso's Board of Directors.

    "I was offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I could not turn down," says Nico Delvaux. "I have enjoyed my time at Metso and I'm grateful for the Board and all the Metso people for the opportunity to work with them over the past months. Based on my experience, I'm confident that Metso has significant potential to drive profitable growth in line with its strategy."

    Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.

    Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.

    Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland, and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.

    Further information, please contact:

    Mikael Lilius, Chairman of the Board of Directors, tel. +358 20 484 3001

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:13:37 +0100
      Packaging design competition “Better with Less” challenges designers to create more environmentally-friendly solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7568-packaging-design-competition-better-with-less-challenges-designers-to-create-more-environmentally-friendly-solutions http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7568-packaging-design-competition-better-with-less-challenges-designers-to-create-more-environmentally-friendly-solutions

      Billions of consumer packages are consumed globally every day, and the amount is growing. The Better with Less – Design Challenge is challenging packaging designers to create ever more environmentally-friendly, functional packaging solutions for everyday goods. The international competition jury includes renowned packaging design experts.

      Better with Less – Design Challenge started on the 6th November, 2017. The international packaging design competition, organized by Metsä Board, aims to find new packaging solutions for some of the world’s most frequently used and fastest growing types of consumer packages. 

      2017 12 17 235322Billions of consumer packages are consumed globally every day, and as the population continues to grow, so will the number of packages. The high amount of plastic used in packaging is an international concern, in part because globally the plastic waste inputs into the oceans amount annually to almost nine million tonnes.

      Packages will continue to have an important role in protecting and promoting products in the future, but as consumption grows, it’s becoming ever more important to develop packaging solutions that enable the use of renewable, non-fossil based materials and a wiser use of resources. Metsä Board recognises that packaging designers play a decisive role in this and that environmental impacts can be reduced, for example, by making packaging lighter, using renewable materials and making recycling easier.

      “Packaging design can have a big impact on the environment. We need  to come up with new solutions and consider future generations – and think of ways we can create better consumer experiences that create less impact on the environment. With this competition, we aim to help advance innovative and sustainable packaging design in the world“, states the competition jury chairman and member of the competition jury Cyril Drouet, Design & Innovation Director, Metsä Board.   

      The competition will be judged by an international jury, including a number of renowned packaging design experts: Terri Goldstein, branding and packaging design professional. Peter Désilets, strategist and specialist in packaging sustainability aspects. Marianne Rosner Klimchuk, packaging design expert and Chair at Communication Design Pathways Department of Fashion Institute of Technology. Lars G. Wallentin, packaging designer who’s worked with worldwide known brands and John B. Mahaffie, futurist with primary expertise in future packaging solutions.  

      Registration is opened from 6 November, 2017 to the 31 March 2018, at: ww.betterwithless.org. New packaging solutions can be designed for consumer packages, for example, takeaway meals, e-commerce, wellness, cosmetics and dry food packages.

      The main prize for the Better with Less – Design Challenge is EUR 10,000. The competition is also open to students, and Metsä Board will offer as an additional prize the opportunity of an internship for one student with its packaging services team in Shanghai. The finalists and the winners will be announced during Spring 2018.

      The competition can be followed on social media with the hashtag #betterwithless

      Metsä Board
      www.metsaboard.com

      Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.

      The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.  

      Metsä Group
      www.metsagroup.com

      Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

      Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:54:18 +0100
        Stefan Kirschke to be new Körber Chief Financial Officer http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7567-stefan-kirschke-to-be-new-koerber-chief-financial-officer http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7567-stefan-kirschke-to-be-new-koerber-chief-financial-officer

        Stefan Kirschke was named the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Körber AG, effective December 14, 2017.

        Stefan Kirschke succeeds Harald Vogelsang as Group CFO. Vogelsang left the Group on December 14, 2017, by mutual agreement. The Supervisory Board of Körber AG formally adopted this change at its meeting on December 14, 2017.

        The Supervisory Board of Körber AG thus fulfilled Vogelsang’s request for a premature release from his current contract, due to personal reasons.

        Stefan KirschkeStefan KirschkeRichard Bauer, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Körber AG: “We are pleased that with Stefan Kirschke we were able to appoint an experienced internal finance expert to quickly fill this extremely important role within the Group. Mr. Kirschke was substantially involved in the realignment and the strong growth of the Business Area Körber Tissue in recent years. Thanks to his extensive expertise and his detailed knowledge and many years of reliable collaboration with all Business Areas, in his new role he will successfully continue the growth course of the Group together with the other members of the Group Executive Board. On behalf of the Supervisory Board, I would like to thank Mr. Vogelsang for the work he has done.”

        Over the last few years, Stefan Kirschke has held various leadership positions within the Körber Group. Most recently he served as CFO in the Business Area Körber Tissue. Prior to joining Körber, Kirschke worked at the auditing firm Ernst & Young and held various management positions in the field of strategic brand consulting. Stefan Kirschke has a degree in Business Management from the University of Münster.

        Successor to Stefan Kirschke in the role of CEO of the Business Area Körber Tissue will be Oswaldo Cruz. Cruz joined Fabio Perini Brazil in 1994 as a Sales Manager, and was appointed as Managing Director there in 2007.

        Dineo Silverio, currently Head of Sales and Customer Service with Fabio Perini Brazil, was already appointed as the successor to Oswaldo Cruz as Managing Director of the company with effect on January 1, 2018.

        Together with Oswaldo Cruz, Markus Fröhlich (CFO) and Dr. Luca Frasnetti (CTO and COO as dual responsibility) will form the new management team for the Business Area Körber Tissue.

        Oswaldo CruzOswaldo CruzMarkus Fröhlich currently serves as Director of Administration & Controlling at Fabio Perini. After earning his Master of Engineering Management degree, he began his career at Kugler-Womako, a company in the group’s former paper division. In 2011, Fröhlich became an investment controller at the former Körber Process Solutions. During this time, he also took part in the Körber Finance Program. As part of this program, he worked on projects at Fabio Perini Brazil before moving to Fabio Perini in Lucca in 2015.

        Dr. Luca Frasnetti currently serves as the Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Fabio Perini in Lucca. He holds a doctorate in Electrical Engineering and has been with the Körber Group since 2014. Earlier in his career, he served as a Global Electronic Technology Leader at Whirlpool Italy and most recently as Head of Technology and R&D at the Italian subsidiary of the Candy Hoover Group.

        “I’m really pleased that our long-term succession and development planning has enabled us to appoint internal experts to fill these critical positions in the Business Area Körber Tissue. With their know-how and deep understanding of this special market, we are in the best possible position for additional growth in this business division. I wish the new management team every conceivable success!” said Stefan Kirschke.

        About Körber Tissue

        The Business Area Körber Tissue, which includes the brands Fabio Perini, Casmatic and MTC, is synonymous with innovation, state-of-the-art technologies, end-to-end solutions for processing and packaging machinery for toilet paper, folded tissue and paper towels. Cutting-edge offerings and a systematic customer orientation make the Business Area the technology and market leader in the sector.

        About Körber

        Körber AG is the holding company for an international technology group with approx. 11,500 employees around the world. The Group comprises leading-edge technology companies and more than 130 production, service, and sales entities.

        At locations around the globe, Körber combines the benefits of a globally-present organization with the strengths of highly-specialized, flexible, medium-sized enterprises that offer their customers solutions, products, and services in the Business Areas of Automation, Logistics Systems, Machine Tools,

        Pharma Systems, Tissue, Tobacco, Corporate Ventures and in the near future Digital Solutions.

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 13:01:48 +0100
          Emreser shows its continued confidence in Pasaban for the supply of a paper and board winder http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7566-emreser-shows-its-continued-confidence-in-pasaban-for-the-supply-of-a-paper-and-board-winder http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7566-emreser-shows-its-continued-confidence-in-pasaban-for-the-supply-of-a-paper-and-board-winder

          The winder will significantly increase production capacities, helping to improve delivery times for its customers.  

          2017 12 15 125627Manipulados Emreser S.L., one of Pasaban’s committed customers, has once again trusted Pasaban for the supply of a BM-2600 board and paper winder. This converter, located in Murcia (Spain), offers solutions aimed at satisfying the carton requirements for the manufacture of all types of casing, display stands and packaged products, amongst others.  

          For over 20 years, Pasaban has provided them with the necessary machinery, such as several folio sheeters, in order to offer a high added value product.  

          Due to having recently expanded their facilities, they have entrusted us with the design and manufacturing of a winder which will reliably cut their high-quality cartons: folding FBB, craft, recycled, cardboard, coated and liner.  

          The winder has a width of 2600 mm and it is designed for cartons from 250 to 500 g/m2. It is prepared to handle both input and output reels of large diameters (2100 mm/1800 mm) at speeds of up to 1500 m/min. And It incorporates an automatic blade positioning system together with the last control improvements developed with the IK4-Tekniker technology centre.  

          With this project, we have contributed to Emreser reaching their objective of increasing the factory’s production and, consequentially, improving their delivery times.

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 12:56:57 +0100
            Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7565-sappi-confirms-expansion-plans-for-dissolving-wood-pulp-dwp-capacity http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7565-sappi-confirms-expansion-plans-for-dissolving-wood-pulp-dwp-capacity

            Sappi Limited, the South African based leading global supplier of dissolving wood pulp (DWP), speciality and packaging papers, printing (graphic) papers and biomaterials has confirmed plans and ongoing projects to significantly increase DWP capacity by 2020.  In particular, Sappi has started preparatory work for the potential expansion of its Saiccor DWP Mill to ensure that the company would be in a position to increase the mill’s capacity by up to 250,000tpa to meet strong projected demand growth.

            sappi logoBuilding on the previously announced debottlenecking investments which will increase the Saiccor Mill capacity by 10,000tpa by the end of 2018, work has also started at increasing the chipping capacity and modernising the Saiccor Mill wood yard. The new equipment for the wood yard is scheduled to be delivered and installed at the end of 2018, with start-up planned for January 2019. The wood yard investments will result in cost, quality, environmental and efficiency benefits to the Saiccor Mill and is also a major step towards preparing the Saiccor Mill to expand by a further 250,000tpa.

            Sappi is also busy with the preparatory work to enable it to initiate the pre-requisite EIA (environmental impact assessment) process to study potential impacts, gather community input and model new technology benefits of the proposed 250,000tpa expansion, which would increase the Saiccor Mill’s total capacity to over 1 million tpa.

            The project has the potential to bring additional investments and jobs into the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa, increase foreign revenues for the country and further entrench South Africa as a global leader in forest products.

            Sappi is also, as previously announced, in the process of expanding its dissolving wood pulp capacity at its Ngodwana Mill by 50,000tpa through debottlenecking projects. This work is scheduled for completion by August 2018.

            At our Cloquet Mill, we are completing a study regarding the expansion of pulping capacity within our existing permit limits, maintaining our ability to make either DWP or Kraft pulp. It is envisaged that such an expansion would have the capacity to increase DWP production by around 30,000tpa and could be brought on line by mid-2019. 

            Collectively these current and planned investments demonstrate Sappi’s commitment to respond to strong customer demand for additional dissolving wood pulp volumes. 

            Further updates on Sappi’s expansion plans will follow during 2018.

            About Sappi Limited

            A global leader in dissolving wood pulp and paper-based solutions, Sappi Limited (listed and in the Top 40 on the JSE - SAP), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing facilities on three continents, in seven countries (eight operations in Europe, three operations in America and five operations in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide

            Sappi works closely with customers to provide relevant and sustainable dissolving wood pulp, paper (speciality, packaging and graphic), paper pulp, and biomaterial products and related services and innovations. Our market-leading range of paper products includes: flexible packaging, label, release liner, containerboard and fluting, coated fine papers, casting release papers and in our Southern African region newsprint, uncoated graphic and business papers. These products serve the fashion, FMCG and industrial sectors. Our dissolving wood pulp products are used worldwide by converters to produce viscose fibre, pharmaceutical products as well as a wide range of household and consumer products.

            We continue to grow into a profitable and cash-generative diversified business with an exciting future in woodfibre, a renewable resource.

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:15:31 +0100
              Stefan Doboczky reappointed CEO of Lenzing AG http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7564-stefan-doboczky-reappointed-ceo-of-lenzing-ag http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7564-stefan-doboczky-reappointed-ceo-of-lenzing-ag

              New contract runs until the end of 2022

              At its meeting on December 13, the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG decided to reappoint Stefan Doboczky as Chief Executive Officer of the Management Board. Stefan Doboczky’s new contract will begin on June 1, 2018 and runs until the end of 2022.

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              “In recent years, Stefan Doboczky and his colleagues on the Management Board have been able to make excellent use of the favourable market conditions on the basis of the previous restructuring in order to transform an Austrian company with foreign investments into a truly global player with strong Austrian roots. This has created the basis for consistently pursuing the growth strategy we have embarked on with the entire team, even under difficult conditions, and thus securing the long-term future of the Lenzing Group. We are very pleased that Stefan Doboczky will continue to dedicate himself to these tasks over the next five years”, said Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG on the occasion of Doboczky’s reappointment.

              In addition to Stefan Doboczky, the Management Board of Lenzing AG consists of Chief Commercial Officer Robert van de Kerkhof, Chief Financial Officer Thomas Obendrauf and Chief Technology Officer Heiko Arnold.

              The Lenzing Group

              The Lenzing Group is a world market leader headquartered in Austria, which operates production sites in all major markets as well as a worldwide network of sales and marketing offices. Lenzing supplies the global textile and nonwovens industry with high-quality, botanic cellulose fibers. Its portfolio ranges from dissolving wood pulp to standard and specialty cellulose fibers.

              Lenzing’s quality and innovative strength set global standards for cellulose fibers. With 79 years of experience in fiber production, the Lenzing Group is the only company in the world which is able to produce significant volumes of all three cellulose fiber generations – from the classic Lenzing Viscose® branded fibers to the Lenzing Modal® branded fibers and the TENCEL® branded lyocell fibers. In 2016

              Lenzing introduced the RefibraTM branded lyocell fibers, a product innovation based on recycled cotton scraps.

              The Lenzing Group’s success is based on consistent customer orientation combined with innovation, technology and quality leadership. Lenzing is committed to the principles of sustainable management with very high environmental standards and can underscore this commitment with numerous international sustainability certifications for its business processes as the most sustainable compa ny in the sector. In addition to fibers, which form the core business, the Lenzing Group is also active to a lesser ext ent in the fields of engineering and plant construction.

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 07:09:52 +0100
                RDM reduces costs and improves quality and productivity on BM 3 after rebuild project with Voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7562-rdm-reduces-costs-and-improves-quality-and-productivity-on-bm-3-after-rebuild-project-with-voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7562-rdm-reduces-costs-and-improves-quality-and-productivity-on-bm-3-after-rebuild-project-with-voith

                An audit conducted with customer in the run-up to the project went a long way to ensuring that the rebuild on the BM 3 in Arnsberg was completed ahead of schedule. Not only did the close collaboration between the two companies deliver a three percent increase in productivity and an improvement in paper quality; the costs of the rebuild were also reduced due to the re-use of components.

                • Extensive audit performed ahead of project planning
                • Higher productivity and reduced use of resources
                • Rebuild completed sooner than planned

                In an email of thanks to Voith's project team, Thomas Bock, Managing Director of the RDM Group, wrote: "I just wanted to let you know that the BM 3 in Arnsberg has been producing board since 6:50 pm. This means that we have more than achieved our goal." Voith had completed the extensive rebuild of the board machine a day ahead of schedule, allowing RDM to resume production earlier than planned.

                Joachim Corthum Productionmanager RDM at the BM 3 in Arnsberg.Joachim Corthum Productionmanager RDM at the BM 3 in Arnsberg.

                A crucial factor in the success of the project was the extensive audit conducted jointly by Voith and RDM beforehand with the involvement of numerous experts from various areas. Together, the parties defined the goals to be met by the rebuild and the measures necessary to achieve them. The reduction of manufacturing costs was a key objective for RDM, so the partners explored various options in order to jointly work out an ideal solution.

                They determined that the best starting point for optimization was the intermediate ply of the three-ply cardboard produced on the machine. To stabilize the quality of the surface RDM had to use an expensive top layer. To prevent flutter, new components, for example, were designed to reduce the consistency in the headbox from up to 3 to 1.5 percent. As a result, RDM is now able to use a more cost effective top layer.

                The participants did not always opt for the variant with the lowest investment cost. During the audit several options for the dewatering elements had been tested, whereas the decision was made in favor of the most forward-thinking variant. The chosen solution reduces fluctuations that are usual downstream of the headbox and therefore creates the basis for the high product quality. One cost-saving measure was to use as many parts from the BM 3 as possible for the rebuild. So during the audit the two companies determined which components were worth re-using.

                A crucial factor in the success of the project was the extensive audit conducted jointly by Voith and RDM beforehand with the involvement of numerous experts from various areas.A crucial factor in the success of the project was the extensive audit conducted jointly by Voith and RDM beforehand with the involvement of numerous experts from various areas.

                Extending the dewatering section with an improvement in dewatering capacity also proved to be an expedient measure. Only a short time after the restart the production speed increased by 3 percent. The intermediate ply is not the limiting section anymore as it is designed now for 1000 m/min.

                Not only did the rebuild result in a reduction in production costs; Likewise, the fiber savings and higher dewatering capacity also improved paper quality. "It was the best execution of a project I have witnessed in Arnsberg in the past 37 years," RDM Product Manager Joachim Corthum also confirmed.

                The fact that production could restart ahead of schedule thanks to the well-coordinated collaboration between all parties during the planning and rebuild phases has also prompted RDM to get Voith on board for other servicing projects.

                About Voith Paper
                Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

                About Voith
                Voith is a global technology group. With its broad portfolio of systems, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees, sales of €4.2 billion and locations in over 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:52:37 +0100
                  Agreement signed between Lucart and Toscotec for the installation of the new PM12 line at Porcari mill. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7560-agreement-signed-between-lucart-and-toscotec-for-the-installation-of-the-new-pm12-line-at-porcari-mill http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7560-agreement-signed-between-lucart-and-toscotec-for-the-installation-of-the-new-pm12-line-at-porcari-mill

                  The Lucca-based Lucart Group strengthens its presence in the tissue market.

                  Focusing even more on the tissue market: this is the goal of Lucart, leading producer in Europe of MG paper, tissue and airlaid products. Lucart Group is replacing one of the two MG paper PMs installed in 1976 at its Porcari plant in the province of Lucca with a new line manufactured by Toscotec, a multinational company leader in the supply of papermaking plants, machinery and technology. 

                  The new AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine is equipped with the most innovative technological solutions.

                  The forming section is designed for the future installation of a new system aimed to increase the dry content and thickness of the finished product. The dry section includes the TT DOES solution with the shoe press TT NextPress , a TT SYD-16FT second-generation steel Yankee dryer and high-efficiency hoods that guarantee high quality paper with the lowest possible energy consumption.

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                  The pope reel section, with the new TT REEL-H+, is designed to maintain the characteristics  of the sheet, thanks to the use of the core assist drive on the primary and secondary arms. Thanks to this new system by Toscotec, reel change takes place at the maximum operating speed and at full format.

                  To ensure that the work environment of this new machine complies with the latest regulations, the PM will be equipped with mist and dust suction systems.

                  The scope of supply includes the new automatic rewinder equipped with 3 unwinding stations, the maximum operating speed is 2,000 mpm, with technology aimed at preserving paper thickness during reel winding.

                  Installation will be finalized in the second semester of 2018. Toscotec’s YES – Your Expert Service – service division will provide supervision for erection, start-up and training of the paper mill’s personnel.

                  The line will produce high quality tissue paper starting both from pure cellulose and recycled paper. The  operating speed is 2000 mpm and the total production is approximately 35,000 tpy.

                  PM3 will continue the production of all types of MG paper for flexible packaging. PM3 will undergo technical improvement interventions to ensure the highest production quality .

                  “This important investment”, explains Massimo Pasquini, Lucart CEO , “allows us to strengthen our presence in the tissue market. Indeed, we believe that the growth of the company in the market of paper for hygienic-sanitary use in Europe is strategic, and the new PM will foster the development of all the Business Units of our Group. We are pleased to look at the world without forgetting our origins; for this reason, installing cutting-edge technology at our historical Porcari mill, in the province of Lucca, should be seen as a message of trust towards Italy as a whole. Working with a partner like Toscotec was a very positive experience for us and we hope that this collaboration will continue in the future”.  

                  “Once again, our innovative technology allows us to respond in a timely manner to the needs of our customers”, stated Alessandro Mennucci, Toscotec CEO . “We are pleased to be able to support Lucart in this new growth project in the tissue market. For us, standing by their side represents an important reference and a further spur for the development of new solutions for an increasingly demanding market.”

                  Lucart

                  Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of MG paper, tissue products (paper items for daily use such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs, etc.) and airlaid products, was founded in 1953 by the Pasquini Family. The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of products with brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area). Lucart's production capacity exceeds 300,000 tpy of paper on 10 paper machines and 58 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover amounts to more than €400 million, with over 1,300 employees in seven production plants (five in Italy, one in France and one in Hungary).

                  For further information, visit the website www.lucartgroup.com

                  Toscotec

                  Toscotec is a turnkey projects supplier to the global paper industry. Since 1948, Toscotec offers complete production lines, plant retrofits, turnkey projects and individual machineries. The Group serves all the leading paper producers with customized solutions, relying on the experience gained in over 60 years of activity.

                  For further information, visit the website www.toscotec.com

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 14 Dec 2017 06:48:24 +0100
                    Multiple awards success for Metsä Board’s SkinCare 2.0 gift box design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7559-multiple-awards-success-for-metsae-board-s-skincare-2-0-gift-box-design http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7559-multiple-awards-success-for-metsae-board-s-skincare-2-0-gift-box-design

                    On 4 December Metsä Board, the leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards, was named Champion of Packaging Printing, Paper Packaging, at the 29th Hong Kong Print Awards for its innovative SkinCare 2.0 gift box design.

                    Created by Metsä Board’s packaging design team, the new improved SkinCare 2.0 gift box design demonstrates a more environmentally friendly design through the use of lighter weight paperboard materials and the elimination of the plastic wrap. In addition, each box offers a unique opening and reclosing experience. At the same time each carton has been designed for maximum runnability performance on automated packaging lines.

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                    In addition, the SkinCare 2.0 gift box design also received a Merit Award for Best Creative Printing and a further Merit Award for Best Crafted Book.

                    Cyril Drouet, Design and Innovation Director at Metsä Board, comments; “We are delighted with the recognition that the SkinCare 2.0 gift box design is currently getting. It is a good example of how we want to inspire packaging designers and brand owners with new innovative solutions in packaging design and using renewable materials. We have been fortunate enough to have been previously awarded Champion of Packaging Printing at these prestigious awards and I am very pleased that this tradition of success continues.”

                    The organisers of the awards include the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Publishing Professionals Society, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the co-organiser is the Leisure and Cultural Services Department. The jury included 21 professionals from printing, publishing, design and educational institutions in Hong Kong. All the winning pieces will be exhibited at trade fairs in Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai, Beijing and a few selected shows around the world.

                    Metsä Board
                    www.metsaboard.com

                    Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.

                    The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                    Metsä Group
                    www.metsagroup.com

                    Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

                    Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 12 Dec 2017 09:19:14 +0100
                      ANDRITZ to supply a new stock preparation line and paper machine approach system for Varaka, Turkey http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7557-andritz-to-supply-a-new-stock-preparation-line-and-paper-machine-approach-system-for-varaka-turkey http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7557-andritz-to-supply-a-new-stock-preparation-line-and-paper-machine-approach-system-for-varaka-turkey

                      International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Turkish Albayrak Group to deliver a new stock preparation line with a design capacity of 1,000 bdmt/d for its Varaka paper mill in Balikesir, Western Turkey. ANDRITZ will also supply the main components in the approach flow systems for the top layer of PM 2. Start-up is scheduled for summer 2018.

                      Varaka will reinstall and rebuild the PM 2, which currently is a second-hand newsprint paper machine, into a modern brown packaging paper machine. After full conversion, the PM2 will have an annual production capacity of over 300,000 tons, with a design speed of 1,200 m/min and a paper width at reel of 6,500 mm. The machine will produce corrugating medium, imitation kraft papers, and white top testliner with a basis weight range of 90-175 gsm for the production of containerboard. The raw material is OCC and mixed waste paper for the new line, and stock from the existing DIP line for the top layer of white top testliner grades.

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                      The new stock preparation line comprises a pulping system with FibreSolve FSR pulper, cleaning, fractionation, and screening. The approach flow system for the new top layer will have two-stage screening and a four-stage cleaner plant. Basic engineering, erection supervision, start-up, commissioning, and training for the entire equipment supplied by ANDRITZ are also included in the scope of supply.

                      Varaka is part of the Turkish Albayrak Group, a conglomerate that is active in a broad range of sectors and industries. With the new brown packaging paper machine, the Albayrak Group will be entering the packaging business, which is a strongly growing sector in Turkey.

                      ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:49:39 +0100
                        PMP Management Board Announcement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7556-pmp-management-board-announcement http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7556-pmp-management-board-announcement

                        PMP Group (Paper Machinery Producer) Management Board today announces with deep regret the unexpected death of Mr. Aaron Braaten – PMP’s long standing and respected Chairman of the Board and co-owner/stockholder. Mr. Braaten passed away on November 9th, 2017 while on a business trip.

                        pmp logo 2016Mr. Braaten has been on the Supervisory Board, and has led PMP as its Chairman, since 2000. Prior to his role at PMP, he worked for the Beloit Corporation, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA as an engineer, in sales, and ultimately as Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Europe.

                        Miroslaw Pietraszek, President – PMP Group, commented: “We are greatly saddened by Aaron’s passing. The Supervisory Board and the Company are indebted to Aaron for his strong leadership, boundless energy and significant contribution to PMP’s development during his tenure. The thoughts of the management and employees of PMP go out to Aaron’s wife, daughters and family.

                        Zbigniew Manugiewicz, a member of the Supervisory Board, has been appointed to take over the role of Chairman of the Supervisory Board. He will be supported by other Supervisory Board members and PMP’s Senior Operation Group. “Our tribute to Aaron will be to act wisely, stay focused and be agile. Customer focus will be our main priority. We are determined to stay strong and aim even higher than before.” said Zbigniew Manugiewicz.

                        In addition, based on previous decisions of the PMP Management and Supervisory Boards made in October this year, PMP Group corporation is in the process of executing a dynamic development strategy entitled: “PMP Everest Strategy” for the years 2017-2020. This strategy will focus on its mission to create success, together with its customers, in the Pulp & Paper Business worldwide.

                        About PMP:

                        PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) is a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology and has been supporting the pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, and in 34 countries. The Company has its headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland and has 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). PMP is a recognized international player in both the paper & tissue industry. Learn more about PMP at: www.pmpgroup.com

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 11 Dec 2017 11:37:29 +0100
                          Global Forest and Paper Industry Reports on Sustainability Progress http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7551-global-forest-and-paper-industry-reports-on-sustainability-progress http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7551-global-forest-and-paper-industry-reports-on-sustainability-progress

                          The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations’ (ICFPA<http://www.icfpa.org/>) launched its 2017 Sustainability Progress Report.  It is the sixth biennial report highlighting ICFPA members’ progress on the sustainability commitments agreed upon in the 2006 CEO Leadership Statement on Sustainability.

                          The full report is available at http://www.icfpa.org/uploads/Modules/Publications/2017-icfpa-sustainability-report.pdf.

                          cepi blue“We are proud to announce our global industry’s continuous progress, which represents our commitment to social and environmental aspects associated with forest management and the manufacture of forest-based products,” said ICFPA President Jane Molony. “We look forward to continuing to supply the growing global demand for sustainable products, including fuel, fiber and forest products, while moving towards a greener economy.”

                          The global sustainability performance of the forest product industry is improving, with all aggregate indicators for reporting associations showing progress from their respective baseline years:

                          -       Since 2004/2005, ICFPA members reduced their greenhouse gas emissions intensity by 16%, and increased the share of bio-energy in the fuel mix by 10.3 percentage points.

                          -       The total sustainable forest management-certified area used to supply the global industry reached 54% in 2015, up from just 12% in 2000.

                          -       The global paper recycling rate reached 58.9% in 2015 – a 12.4 percentage point increase from 2000.

                          -       Members improved their onsite energy intensity by 1.1% since the 2004/2005; reduced their SO2 emissions by 48% from 2004/2006; and reduced their use of process water by 7.2% since 2004/2005.

                          -       Members’ recordable incident rate was improved by 24.5% since 2006/2007.
                          ICFPA members that contributed to the 2017 Sustainability Progress Report are
                          the Australian Forest Products Association, the American Forest & Paper Association, the Confederation of European Paper Industries, Corporación Chilena de la Madera, the Forest Products Association of Canada, the Brazilian Tree Industry – Ibá, the Japan Paper Association, the New Zealand Forest Owners Association, and the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa.
                          The ICFPA represents 19 pulp, paper, wood and fiber-based associations that encompass 36 countries, including many of the top pulp, paper and wood producers around the world.

                          For more information about the sustainability of the global forest and paper industry, visit icfpa.org<http://www.icfpa.org>.

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 08 Dec 2017 08:34:04 +0100
                            Bio-based industries in Europe: building on a double-digit growth http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7549-bio-based-industries-in-europe-building-on-a-double-digit-growth http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7549-bio-based-industries-in-europe-building-on-a-double-digit-growth

                            An 11% growth in 2016, and €5 billion of planned industry investment, on top of several hundreds of thousands of extra jobs, the majority of which in rural areas: few sectors can match the rise of Europe’s bio-based industries.

                            Yet, despite exceeding expectations, there is still a lot of potential to be tapped for Europe’s bio-based industries.

                            It is why the Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) is gathering policy makers, researchers, industry leaders and SMEs as well as farmers and primary producers at their Stakeholder Forum, 7 December at the Square – Brussels Meeting Centre: to discuss what has been achieved so far and showcase the added value for the European Union, but also to look forward, identify the remaining challenges, and plan for the future.

                            bbi logoThe Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) was created in 2014 within the EU’s Bioeconomy Strategy and Horizon 2020 framework as a 3.7 billion public-private partnership aimed at creating a competitive and sustainable bio-based industry sector in Europe, with €975 million coming from the EU and the remaining €2.7 billion coming from industry. In 2017, halfway through the programme, an independent evaluation by the European Commission confirms that the BBI JU is on the right track, not just fulfilling the predefined KPIs but achieving high levels of effectiveness, implementation and transparency, an impressive 36% SME participation rate and a 97% satisfaction rate from participating coordinators. This is corroborated by the latest figures produced by Europe’s bio-based industries: not only has the BBI JU target of 5 operational biorefineries by 2020 already been exceeded, on top of that the sector has seen an 11% growth in 2016, and the investment planned by Bio-based Industries Consortium members has risen from €2 billion in 2014 to € 5 billion in 2017.

                            It is a remarkable evolution”, comments Philippe Mengal, Executive Director of the BBI JU, “further illustrated by the fact that we are currently noticing a growing interest from banks and private investors, even from outside the EU. Most of all, it is proof that, through the 65 projects we are funding in 30 countries, the BBI JU is creating unique opportunities for public and private organisations to cooperate, develop their knowledge and establish cross-sector connections to find new ways of valorising Europe’s biomass potential. Effectively, the figures show that BBI JU is successful in organising, structuring as well as shaping new value chains, de-risking private investment and reaching the critical mass needed to create value for Europe and its citizens.”

                            Looking at the future, the BBI JU aims at continuing its structuring and mobilising efforts, creating new markets for bio-based products and enabling the development of a circular and sustainable bio-based European economy, without challenging food production and respecting biodiversity and land use. Challenges include maintaining continuity and stability, key to fully de-risking investment; a higher level of self-sufficiency in terms of biomass supply; and a longer-term commitment of industry, policy makers, thought leaders, brand owners and retailers, needed to fully embed the infrastructure a bio-based economy requires. It is a systemic change which will take time. But, for bio-based industries to make a real and tangible impact on people’s everyday lives, the biggest of challenge of all is perhaps a shift in conscience: to increase public awareness, and instil the idea of bio-based into the hearts and minds of consumers.

                            The potential impact of bio-based is clear for everyone to see”, explains Philippe Mengal. “People just need to know about it. I always like to make the comparison with the Stone Age: The Stone Age did not end because there were no more stones, but because there was something better. With bio-based industries, it is exactly the same: we are building a bio-based industry that is better for Europe and its citizens, accelerating the shift towards the post-petroleum era.”

                            About BBI JU:

                            The BBI JU is a public-private partnership (PPP), part of the EU’s plan to move its economy to a post-petroleum era. It is expected to help make the EU’s economy more resource-efficient and sustainable, while supporting growth and employment. The BBI JU is dedicated to realising the European bioeconomy potential and contributing to a sustainable circular economy, by turning biological residues and wastes (from agro-food, forestry and municipal sources) into greener everyday products, through innovative technologies and biorefineries. €3.7 billion will be the total contribution to the BBI JU initiative between 2014 and 2024, with €975 million coming from the European Commission and €2.7 billion from its private partner, the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC).

                            For more information on the BBI JU inaugural Stakeholder Forum in Brussels on 7 December, please visit: https://bbi-europe.eu/events/bbi-ju-stakeholder-forum-brussels.

                            For more information about BBI JU’s mission & objectives, please visit: http://www.bbi-europe.eu/.

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 08 Dec 2017 07:41:50 +0100
                              ANDRITZ to supply flash drying line to Stora Enso, Finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7548-andritz-to-supply-flash-drying-line-to-stora-enso-finland http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7548-andritz-to-supply-flash-drying-line-to-stora-enso-finland

                              International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso Imatra Mills to supply a new flash drying line, including an ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press, fluffer, and flash dryer.

                              Start-up of the new plant, which has a production capacity of 400 admt/d, is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

                                ANDRITZ flash drying © ANDRITZ ANDRITZ flash drying © ANDRITZANDRITZ’s well-proven flash drying technology ensures minimum energy consumption and highest pulp quality. As a leading supplier of flash dryers, ANDRITZ will be supplying a drying system for gentle drying of mechanical pulp fibers, at the same time using the energy flows available to optimum benefit. The high-efficiency cyclones in combination with a scrubber will reduce emissions to the lowest possible level.

                              The ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press allows for highest dryness ahead of the flash dryer. Over 600 presses sold and installed around the world prove superior dewatering performance for any kind of fibrous material at any freeness level and with high discharge consistencies of up to 50%.

                              Stora Enso Imatra Mills, a member of the Stora Enso Group, consists of two production units: Kaukopää and Tainionkoski. Together, they employ approximately 1,000 people and produce one million tons of board and paper annually. More than 90 per cent of production is exported, mostly to countries in Europe, but a substantial share is also exported to Southeast Asia. Imatra produces mainly liquid packaging board for beverage cartons and food service board for paper cups and various food packagings.

                              ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

                               

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:16:18 +0100
                                ANDRITZ to modernize stock preparation in the sack kraft paper production line at Mariysky Pulp and Paper Mill, Russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7547-andritz-to-modernize-stock-preparation-in-the-sack-kraft-paper-production-line-at-mariysky-pulp-and-paper-mill-russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7547-andritz-to-modernize-stock-preparation-in-the-sack-kraft-paper-production-line-at-mariysky-pulp-and-paper-mill-russia

                                International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Mariysky Pulp and Paper Mill in Volzhsk, Russia, to upgrade the existing stock preparation line of PM 1 with state-of- the-art equipment for thickening and high-consistency refining.

                                Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2018.

                                  ANDRITZ high-consistency refiner © ANDRITZ ANDRITZ high-consistency refiner © ANDRITZ

                                ANDRITZ will modernize the existing two-stage, low-consistency refining process, which will achieve a significant improvement in the final product. The installation includes a ModuScreen CP, an ANDRITZ Twin Wire Press with shredder, as well as an ANDRITZ high-consistency 1C refiner to significantly enhance the sack paper properties. The existing ANDRITZ low-consistency TwinFlo refiner, supplied in 2015, will remain in the layout. Engineering, training, and advisory services for mechanical installation work, commissioning, and start-up are also part of the ANDRITZ scope of supply.

                                The sack paper production line has a capacity of 175 bdmt per day and uses a mixture of unbleached hard- and softwood as raw material.

                                Mariysky Pulp and Paper Mill is a well-known Russian supplier of paper products, such as wrapping paper, sack paper, writing paper, packaging paper, and corrugated board.

                                ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

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                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 07 Dec 2017 09:12:48 +0100
                                  Kemira increases prices of wet strength chemicals in EMEA http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7545-kemira-increases-prices-of-wet-strength-chemicals-in-emea http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7545-kemira-increases-prices-of-wet-strength-chemicals-in-emea

                                  Kemira announces a price increase for its paper wet strength products in EMEA. The adjustment will be effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.

                                  Logo slogan belowThe price increase of the wet strength chemicals will be up to 15%, depending on the specific formulations and can differ in selected geographies. This adjustment is necessary due to significant increase in key raw material costs.

                                  More information:

                                  Harri Eronen

                                  SVP, Commercial, Pulp & Paper, EMEA

                                  Tel. +49 171 802 8790

                                  harri.eronen@kemira.com

                                  Janne Silonsaari

                                  Director, Product Line Management, Pulp & Paper, EMEA

                                  Tel. +358 50 409 9264

                                  janne.silonsaari@kemira.com

                                  Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries. We provide expertise, application know-how and chemicals that improve our customers' product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas, mining and water treatment. In 2016, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and 4,800 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. www.kemira.com

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                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:08:51 +0100
                                    Koehler Kehl increases productivity with products and expertise from Voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7544-koehler-kehl-increases-productivity-with-products-and-expertise-from-voith http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7544-koehler-kehl-increases-productivity-with-products-and-expertise-from-voith

                                    When upgrading its PM 2, Koehler Kehl opted for products from Voith's AdvancedPRODUCTS range that enable the company to reduce the machine's water consumption, achieve a faster starting curve and at the same time improve paper quality.

                                    One of Koehler’s major strengths is its willingness to constantly improve. This is why for the upgrade of the press section on the PM 2 the focus was on achieving more stable operation, reliable planning of shutdowns and improved safety in the production process. On the PM 2, the company produces just short of 130,000 metric tons of thermal paper per year with basis weights of between 35 and 47 g/m².

                                    Wiebke Petzold (Voith Product Manager) and Joachim Fuchs (Productionmanager PM 2 / CM 2 at Koehler Kehl Germany) at the PM 2 in Kehl.Wiebke Petzold (Voith Product Manager) and Joachim Fuchs (Productionmanager PM 2 / CM 2 at Koehler Kehl Germany) at the PM 2 in Kehl.

                                    In the course of various improvement measures, Voith fitted the press section with products from PressMax range of its AdvancedPRODUCTS. The prime objective was to continually improve the quality of the paper grades and reduce its operational costs.

                                    The latter was especially achieved by using of the QualiFlex press sleeves for the shoe press. Refinements were made to the sleeves and their abrasion behavior was improved. On the PM 2 this led to a doubled runtime. This reduced the maintenance work for replacing the shoe press covers. Previously, the press sleeves had needed to be changed after 180 days on average.

                                    An increase in productivity was also the reason for introducing press felts with PeakElement which allow a faster start and better nip dewatering than standard felts. As a result, the start-up curve of the machine could be shortened considerably following the felt change. “With the installation of the Voith products, we were able to clearly improve the start-up curve after felt change on the PM 2. The machine can be brought to its maximum speed faster and with fewer problems, resulting in greater availability and lower operating costs,” states Joachim Fuchs Productionmanager PM 2 / CM 2 at Koehler Kehl Germany.

                                    In addition, the measurements taken by the FeltView system delivered important moisture and permeability data for targeted conditioning of the pick-up felts. Koehler can use this data to continually optimize machine settings and improve efficiency. Critical felt conditions can be identified before they impair the process and the felts are run in optimum operating condition. FeltView also makes manual measurements redundant, which ultimately improves the safety of the production process.

                                    About Voith Paper
                                    Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

                                    About Voith
                                    For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees worldwide. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

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                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 14:00:45 +0100
                                      Award to Circular textile paper project http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7543-award-to-circular-textile-paper-project http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7543-award-to-circular-textile-paper-project

                                      Archana Ashok was awarded the Bo Rydin Foundation for Scientific Research grant for Best Master’s Thesis Project 2017. Her project “Textile paper as a circular material” was carried out within the transdisciplinary TechMark Arena master students’ academy at RISE Bioeconomy division.

                                      Bo Rydin Foundation for Scientific Research annually awards a grant for the year's best master's degree project within SCA's strategic areas; personal hygiene products, tissue paper or forest products.

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                                      Archana Ashok, KTH, is rewarded for her project “Textile paper as a circular material” which evaluated circularity of a new paper manufacturing concept where the raw material is largely made up of low value fibres from textile recycling plants. According to the circular economy framework, this is a cascade recycling of fibres from the textile industry to the paper industry, forming thus an industrial symbiosis.

                                      Previously, the textile paper material was produced on a pilot scale at RISE and used as the cover of the Global Outlook report A Cellulose-Based Society, demonstrating thus technical feasibility of producing this circular material. Archana's project took the concept to a new level by investigating whether the textile paper is suitable as a circular packaging material for paper bags. In particular, evaluations of technical performance, environmental and economic aspects of the new material as well as market conditions were combined in a multi-dimensional context of circular economy. The result showed that it could be better to use low value textile fibres as a circular material instead of incinerating it, which is a common practice nowadays. 

                                      “Archana's project was unique because it was the first time that we both evaluated and quantified the circularity of a new material by applying circular economy framework. Both research and industry actors will be able to use her results as a guideline and inspiration in evaluating their materials and products,” says Tatjana Karpenja, one of the supervisors at RISE.

                                      “The 6 months journey at RISE was really exciting and fun-filled with the TechMark Arena group having lots of discussions and workshops on circular economy,” says Archana Ashok. 

                                      This is the second time in three years this prize goes to a student at TechMark Arena. This transdisciplinary academy brings together master students from various backgrounds in order to work on a common theme. This arrangement encourages a broader approach to a topic and ensures a greater exchange of ideas between students and increased knowledge sharing between different projects. Archana’s supervising team involved Tatjana Karpenja, Marie-Claude Béland, Karin Edström, Hjalmar Granberg and Ida Kulander.

                                      Another project from TechMark Arena 2017 was nominated for the award. Emma Dahlgren at Linköping University with her project “Exploring biodegradable electronics”, aimed at an innovative area, using cellulose substrates for electronics, which would bring both environmental benefits and cost advantages. This research field is an expanding research area currently being explored within RISE.

                                      For more information, please contact Tatjana Karpenja, +46 768767026, tatjana.karpenja@ri.se

                                      For information about the textile paper, see http://www.innventia.com/en/About-us/News1/New-circular-material-with-industrial-symbiosis-in-focus/

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                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 10:50:44 +0100
                                        Simple and minimalist with great complexity http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7542-simple-and-minimalist-with-great-complexity http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7542-simple-and-minimalist-with-great-complexity

                                        In the world of packaging it is sometimes complicated to achieve something that looks simple, minimalist and elegant. The paperboard cartons for Jimmy Choo’s L’EAU that was launched in summer 2017 is a clear example of this. Its colour is pale pink apart from the brand, the name of the contents, and the fact that it is an eau de toilette. Yet the packaging has passed through twelve finishing stages.

                                        The carton is made of Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard. Conversion is by the distinguished French printing company Draeger on behalf of Interparfums. The packaging is offset printed on both the inside and outside. The printing on the inside is in a pale pink shade, which creates the mood around the bottle. Externally the packaging has a blind-embossed snakeskin pattern plus two rows of text on the front. The outside is also laminated with soft touch film, matt varnished, and foil embossed with both silver film and holographic film.

                                        Jimmy Choo’s L’EAU is an example of a simple and minimalist design that requires complex processing. For the project the converters Draeger and licensee Interparfums chose to use Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard. ©IggesundJimmy Choo’s L’EAU is an example of a simple and minimalist design that requires complex processing. For the project the converters Draeger and licensee Interparfums chose to use Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard. ©Iggesund

                                        “Our choice to use  Invercote G was motivated by the fact that its smooth surface allowed a very faithful reproduction of our design in terms of color and hot foil stamping. It also brings great embossing properties to achieve the impressive snakeskin pattern on the whole packaging” says Axel Marot, Supply Chain & Operations Director at Interparfums. For producers of advanced paperboard packaging involving many finishing stages, one paperboard property can be of critical importance to the end result: dimensional stability. This may not be the first thing people consider when choosing a material but experienced converters always include it in their calculations.

                                        “If you have twelve finishing stages and get a misregister at stage ten, you don’t just lose the material but also all the work you invested prior to that,” explains Edvin Thurfjell, product manager for Invercote. “In today’s world of ever-increasing time pressure you also risk missing delivery times – and for many projects that just cannot be allowed to happen.”

                                        In Invercote’s case the secret is a combination of a high proportion of long cellulose fibres from pine and spruce plus the sulphate process that extracts these fibres in a gentle way. In addition, the paperboard is constructed in several layers. This is not only important for dimensional stability; it also reduces the risk of cracks in creases compared with single-ply paperboard and paper. However, there is no simple measurement of dimensional stability that customers can find among the lists of specifications from paperboard manufacturers.

                                        “For people who do read these specifications, two clues are high values for tearing strength and tensile strength. But I believe that a large proportion of our customers have discovered this strength from their own experience,” Thurfjell says.
                                         
                                        As a product manager he believes, naturally enough, that people should pay more attention to their choice of material.
                                         
                                        “As someone who is interested in packaging, I think it’s a pity when people compromise on their choice of material and endanger all the work that’s been invested before the production even starts. When people hire the best creatives and choose star photographers and models but don’t understand that the quality of the packaging material must be correspondingly high, then I do wonder if they’re thinking along the right lines.”

                                        Iggesund
                                         
                                        Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.
                                         
                                        Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

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                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 08:44:51 +0100
                                          Sappi expands its speciality and packaging paper capacity; will acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG) http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7541-sappi-expands-its-speciality-and-packaging-paper-capacity-will-acquire-the-speciality-paper-business-of-cham-paper-group-holding-ag-cpg http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7541-sappi-expands-its-speciality-and-packaging-paper-capacity-will-acquire-the-speciality-paper-business-of-cham-paper-group-holding-ag-cpg

                                          Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials, today announced that it had signed an agreement to acquire the speciality paper business of Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG) for CHF146.5 million (approximately $149 million).

                                          CHAM featureThe transaction includes the acquisition of CPG’s Carmignano and Condino Mills in Italy, its digital imaging business located in Cham, Switzerland as well as all brands and know-how. It will be funded through internal cash resources.  The transaction is conditional on the approval from certain competition authorities. We expect the acquisition to be completed during the first calendar quarter of 2018.

                                          The main benefits of the acquisition include:

                                          • Supports Sappi’s diversification strategy and 2020vision to grow in higher margin growth  segments
                                          • Strengthens Sappi Europe’s speciality and packaging papers footprint and skills; adds 160,000 tons of speciality paper to our capacity
                                          • Increases Sappi’s relevance in speciality papers, opening up new customers and markets to Sappi’s existing products and generating economies of scale and synergies
                                          • Gaining greater share-of-wallet with valued brand owners; accelerating innovation and new product development
                                          • Improved near-term profitability and serve as platform for organic growth and further acquisitions. Will add €183 million of sales and approximately €20 million of EBITDA before taking into account synergies
                                          • Builds on the investments currently underway to increase speciality paper capacity at our Somerset, Maastricht and Alfeld Mills
                                          • Unlocks the growth potential of the CPG speciality paper business

                                          Commenting on the transaction Steve Binnie, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Limited, said:

                                          “This acquisition further strengthens Sappi’s speciality paper business both in Europe and globally by combining Cham’s strong brands and assets with Sappi’s global reach. This transaction will increase profitability and unlock the significant growth and innovation potential inherent within the speciality paper market. I am very pleased that we have taken another signification step towards realizing our Vision2020 goal.”

                                          Berry Wiersum, CEO Sappi Europe stated:

                                          “We are very excited about the possibilities this transaction opens up for Sappi as well as for Cham’s highly respected business. The products and brands which have been acquired are an excellent complement to our market offering, enabling us to offer our existing, as well as new customers in Europe, North America and globally, a broader range of products coupled with excellent customer service.”

                                          The speciality paper business of CPG will continue to operate separately and independently from Sappi until clearances from the authorities are obtained.

                                          About Sappi Limited

                                          A global leader in dissolving wood pulp and paper-based solutions, Sappi Limited (listed and in the Top 40 on the JSE - SAP), is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa; has over 12,000 employees; manufacturing facilities on three continents, in seven countries (eight operations in Europe, three operations in America and five operations in South Africa) and customers in over 150 countries worldwide

                                          Sappi works closely with customers to provide relevant and sustainable dissolving wood pulp, paper (speciality, packaging and graphic), paper pulp, and biomaterial products and related services and innovations. Our market-leading range of paper products includes: flexible packaging, label, release liner, containerboard and fluting, coated fine papers, casting release papers and in our Southern African region newsprint, uncoated graphic and business papers. These products serve the fashion, FMCG and industrial sectors. Our dissolving wood pulp products are used worldwide by converters to produce viscose fibre, pharmaceutical products as well as a wide range of household and consumer products.

                                          We continue to grow into a profitable and cash-generative diversified business with an exciting future in woodfibre, a renewable resource.

                                          About Cham Paper Group Holding AG (CPG): CPGN (SWX) The Cham Paper Group Holding AG is a leading manufacturer of coated speciality papers. The company was founded in 1657. Following the divestment of the paper business, the company will focus on its real estate business and will operate under the name «Cham Group».

                                          Carmignano Mill (Carmignano di Brenta, Padua, Italy): This is a non-integrated paper mill with two paper machines. The plant can produce 100 000 tons of paper and employs 210 people. Paper grades include C1S FlexPack, C1S Label Papers, Wet Glue and Self-Adhesive applications, base paper for metallisation

                                          Condino Mill (Borgo Chiese, Trento, Italy): This is a non-integrated paper mill, with one paper machine. The mill employs 120 employees and can produce 60 000 tons of paper per year. Paper grades include glassine (silicone base paper) and super calendared, uncoated flexible packaging papers.

                                          Digital Imaging Business (Cham, Canton Zug, Switzerland): A finishing plant is located in Cham Switzerland, in a 4000sqm industrial warehouse where the base paper from Condino or Carmignano mills are converted to produce 12 000 tons of digital imaging paper. The business employs 50 people.

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                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:19:48 +0100
                                            Cham Paper Group sells its speciality paper business to Sappi Group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7540-cham-paper-group-sells-its-speciality-paper-business-to-sappi-group http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7540-cham-paper-group-sells-its-speciality-paper-business-to-sappi-group

                                            Cham Paper Group sells its speciality paper business to the South African Sappi Limited, one of the world's leading pulp and paper companies. The integration of the speciality paper business into the Sappi Group will open up new perspectives for the two high-performance plants of Cham Paper Group in Carmignano and Condino as well as for their employees and for the Digital Imaging team in Cham. The transaction is subject to the approval of anti-trust authorities. Following the divestment of the paper business, Cham Paper Group will focus on its real estate business. The group is pushing ahead the transformation of the «Papieri» area in Cham into a new, attractive urban quarter.

                                            cham paper group logoThe Sappi Group, which is domiciled in Johannesburg and listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange, develops, produces and sells dissolving wood pulp, speciality, packaging and graphic paper, as well as biomaterials. It employs around 12,000 people with production facilities across 7 countries on 3 continents and customers in over 150 countries. It has focused its development in various areas of the speciality paper market. The integration of Cham Paper Group's speciality paper business into a strong, globally positioned Group will open up new opportunities for this business as regards procurement, market development, product innovation, expansion opportunities and staff development.

                                            In recent months, the Cham Paper Group's Board of Directors has examined all strategic options for the company's future success following the relocation of the speciality paper production from Switzerland to Italy and the comprehensive modernisation of the plants in Carmignano and Condino. Although Cham Paper Group's profitable speciality paper business is well positioned today, it is still too small to develop its market position on its own in the long term. Accordingly, selling it to the Sappi Group is an optimal solution.

                                            The sale of the speciality paper business requires a change in the corporate purpose of Cham Paper Group Holding AG. The shareholders may vote on the proposal at an Extraordinary General Meeting. The alteration of the company's purpose requires the approval of at least two-thirds of the votes represented at the General Meeting. In addition, the transaction is subject to the approval of anti-trust authorities. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

                                            Following the divestment of the speciality paper business, the company will focus on its real estate business and will operate under the name «Cham Group». The sale at an enterprise value of CHF 146.5 million will result (after deduction of bank debt, liabilities and cost) in an inflow of approximately CHF 125 million in cash to the Group. These financial resources increase the flexibility for the development of the «Papieri» project. For example, the resulting higher equity ratio means that a higher proportion of investment properties could be considered at the expense of the condominium ownership ratio. Real estate investments beyond the «Papieri» site are also possible.

                                            The Board of Directors intends to make the Cham Group share an attractive dividend-bearing security for the long-term. A base dividend of at least CHF 6.00 per share will be proposed to the General Meeting of Shareholders as of the financial year 2017. The distribution is tax-free from capital reserves. As soon as the «Papieri» site yields regular income, which is likely to be the case from 2022 onwards, the dividend will be based on the actual profit generated.

                                            Cham Paper Group
                                            The Cham Paper Group is a leading manufacturer of coated speciality papers. Surface finishing lends papers properties that generate value added for its customers. The company, which was founded in 1657, has three sites, one in Switzerland (Cham) and two in Italy (Carmignano and Condino), and a global sales network.
                                            The decision to focus on development and sales and discontinue paper manufacturing in Switzerland has made way for a new project on the factory site in the centre of Cham. The Cham Paper Group is developing an eleven-hectare quarter there called the Papieri site.
                                            The Cham Paper Group (stock exchange symbol: CPGN) is listed on Switzerland's SIX Swiss Exchange.

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                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 05 Dec 2017 07:07:09 +0100
                                              Valmet delivers new chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi's Saiccor pulp mill in South Africa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7537-valmet-delivers-new-chipping-line-and-chip-handling-system-to-sappi-s-saiccor-pulp-mill-in-south-africa http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7537-valmet-delivers-new-chipping-line-and-chip-handling-system-to-sappi-s-saiccor-pulp-mill-in-south-africa

                                              Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, Saiccor mill. The upgrade targets to increase the chipping capacity, to improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019.

                                              The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2017 orders received.

                                              Valmet chipping line and chip systemValmet chipping line and chip system

                                              "Valmet's high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard's current and future mill capacity requirement," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

                                              "Valmet's wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trust our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

                                              Details about the order

                                              The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also carried out by Valmet.

                                              About Sappi Saiccor mill

                                              The Saiccor mill, situated 50 km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, is one of the production facilities for Sappi Specialised Cellulose. The mill has the capacity to produce approximately 800,000 tons of elemental chlorine free (ECF) dissolving pulp (DWP) per annum, mostly for export market. DWP is sold to converters to manufacture a wide range of consumer products, but in particular for viscose staple fibre (VSF) used in clothing and textiles.

                                              Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

                                              Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

                                              Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:18:04 +0100
                                                ANDRITZ successfully starts up rebuilt paper machine for Heinzel Group in Laakirchen, Austria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7536-andritz-successfully-starts-up-rebuilt-paper-machine-for-heinzel-group-in-laakirchen-austria http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7536-andritz-successfully-starts-up-rebuilt-paper-machine-for-heinzel-group-in-laakirchen-austria

                                                International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the rebuilt PM10 at Laakirchen paper mill for the Heinzel Group, Austria. The machine that originally produced SC paper was converted to a fluting and testliner machine producing basis weights ranging from 70 to 140 g/m² based on recycled fibers. With a design speed of 1,600 m/min and a working width of 7,500 mm, it is now one of the world’s most productive paper machines for fluting and testliners.

                                                “We have implemented a comprehensive investment package for our paper mill in Laakirchen. The heart of this package is the PM10 rebuild. The new ANDRITZ technology enables production at the highest quality level. In addition to our PM11, which will continue producing paper for the high-quality SC market, the PM10 produces 450,000 t/y of fluting and testliners,” says Thomas Welt, Production Director at Laakirchen Papier AG.

                                                  Successful start-up of PM10 at the Laakirchen mill. © ANDRITZ Successful start-up of PM10 at the Laakirchen mill. © ANDRITZ

                                                In the stock preparation section, the ANDRITZ scope of supply comprises a complete OCC line with a capacity of 1,350 t/d, rebuild of the existing paper machine approach flow system, as well as sludge and reject handling. The pulping system with detrashing includes a 130 m³ FibreSolve FSR pulper, which is the largest low-consistency pulper ANDRITZ has ever installed in Europe.

                                                The rebuilt paper machine features a PrimeFlow TW double-layer headbox with PrimeProfiler F consistency profiling system. This headbox enables best surface profiles at maximum production flexibility with the stiff separating lamella between the layers. The new PrimeForm TW gap former with a specially designed forming suction roll for higher dewatering capacity gently dewaters the web and ensures high retention rates. Forming shoes at both the top and bottom ensure optimized dewatering within a broad operating window. In combination with the PrimeFilm Sizer unit, high strength is achieved in the end product.

                                                In the first drying group, PrimeRun Evo web stabilizers were installed to improve the runnability of the machine after the press section. PrimeRun Evo web stabilizers are high-vacuum boxes with three different vacuum zones in one box. Thus, the web can be removed carefully from the surface of the drying cylinder. In addition, PrimeRun Duo web stabilizers were installed in the existing pre-drying section and in the new after-drying section to enable an even web run throughout the drying section.

                                                Instead of cast iron cylinders, PrimeDry Steel cylinders are used to achieve the targeted production capacities. They provide up to 7% more drying capacity compared to same-sized cast iron cylinders at the same operating pressure and thus enable either increased production or reduced energy consumption within the space available. In addition, a new air system including heat recovery for the rebuilt drying section was installed to provide energy-efficient paper production.

                                                The new PrimeFilm Sizer applies surface starch to both sides of the paper web simultaneously to achieve the requested strength values. This starch application technology was installed due to the high speed of the machine. The PrimeAir Glide air-turn and the PrimeFeeder tail threading system result in gentle web turning and reliable and fast tail threading.

                                                The scope of supply further includes the entire basic process engineering as well as the complete PrimeControl automation package.

                                                This order once again confirms the strong business relationship between ANDRITZ and the Heinzel Group. ANDRITZ has already started up Europe’s largest new MG paper machine (PM2) successfully at the Pöls mill as well as a new black liquor recovery boiler plant.

                                                The international Heinzel Group – with its affiliates Laakirchen Papier AG, Zellstoff Pöls AG, both in Austria, Raubling Papier GmbH, Germany, and AS Estonian Cell, Estonia – ranks among the largest producers of market pulp, corrugated paper, and magazine paper in Central and Eastern Europe. Containerboard has been part of the group’s portfolio since the beginning of 2016.

                                                ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.
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                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 04 Dec 2017 10:14:47 +0100
                                                  Lucart boosts production performance with a new Toscotec – supplied tissue rewinder at Laval sur Vologne mill, in France. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7535-lucart-boosts-production-performance-with-a-new-toscotec-supplied-tissue-rewinder-at-laval-sur-vologne-mill-in-france http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7535-lucart-boosts-production-performance-with-a-new-toscotec-supplied-tissue-rewinder-at-laval-sur-vologne-mill-in-france

                                                  Lucart has recently started up a new tissue rewinder TT WIND-P supplied by the Italian machinery producer Toscotec at their facility in Laval sur Vologne – France.

                                                  The tissue rewinder model TT WIND-P features 2 unwind stands and handles parent rolls of 2900 mm width and 2600 mm diameter at the maximum speed of 1400 mpm. Toscotec’s machinery is equipped with a slitting unit of 150 mm min width, automatic control of all unwinding and rewinding operations and sectional drive system.

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                                                  This turnkey project includes Toscotec’s proprietary automation and control system. This recently developed system is integrated into Toscotec’s rewinder technology and guarantees a significant increase in efficiency and productivity. Supervision during erection, commissioning and start-up was performed by Toscotec’s Service division YES – Your Expert Service.

                                                  The new "state-of-the-art" rewinder serves the PM9 tissue machine and represents another important collaboration between Lucart and Toscotec after the rebuilding of PM10 in late 2016.

                                                  Lucart’s sas President Mr. Alessandro Pasquini declared: “Toscotec has been working with us since 2008. They have grown to become a strong partner for Lucart and we are now cooperating on a number of interesting projects. This new rewinder at Laval sur Vologne mill has been performing well and meets our expectations.” 

                                                  Lucart’s history goes back to the 1930s when the Pasquini family decided to set up a papermaking factory in Villa Basilica (Lucca). Today the Group’s total production capacity is over 300,000 tons/year with 10 paper machines and 58 converting lines.

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                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:32:39 +0100
                                                    Welcome to the 1st Annual Pulp Paper World Forum 2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7534-welcome-to-the-1st-annual-pulp-paper-world-forum-2018 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7534-welcome-to-the-1st-annual-pulp-paper-world-forum-2018

                                                    2017 12 01 103830Today’s pulp and paper industry specialists are constantly being asked how, why and when on a variety of subjects. To ensure they stay ahead and on the forefront of their industry, next to the valuable constant of inter-company learning, it is exclusively through networking and panel discussions that the true sharing of knowledge can move the entire industry forwards.

                                                    Pulp Paper World Forum 2018, is the arena where sharing of ideas and experiences from high-quality speakers and companies will bring something unique to the table.

                                                    According to the industry, these are the topics that matter

                                                    MAIN TOPICS

                                                    Innovation and Digitalization -. Industry 4.0
                                                    The pulp and paper industry faces a series of transformations driven by digital disruption. In all aspects of business, technology is transforming how the industry operates. While some are fearful, others have already embraced the opportunity to increase efficiency and satisfy growing customer demands whilst developing novel products, technologies and swiftly progressing toward a low-carbon bio-economy.

                                                    Service & Maintenance
                                                    It is a time of opportunity for the pulp and paper industry as better integration of digital technology leads to major business advantages like less product rework and lower energy use, safer and more efficient work environment, self-monitoring equipment that recommends on repairs, maintenance and ordering parts that has brought a much greater level of customer satisfaction that even before. This evolutionary innovation is bound to continue and while technology has made for tighter profit margins and shifting demands, there is vast potential and this is where specialist, partners, service and logistic providers are essential and will make the difference.

                                                    Improving Environmental Impacts – the EU 2020
                                                    Energy costs in the industry represent on average 17% or higher of the total production cost at the average mill, globally the pulp & paper industry ranks in the top five consumers of energy, however the continuous technological improvements can further reduce environmental impacts and optimize the use of esources such as raw materials, water, and energy.

                                                    Key drivers in the reduction of environmental impacts has been an improved process efficiency and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and the move to biomass CHP plants and the use of residues for bio based products.

                                                    Ian Melin-Jones
                                                    Event Director

                                                    Contact: ian.melin-jones@pulppaperworld.com 

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                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 01 Dec 2017 10:34:44 +0100
                                                      Smart factories with COPA-DATA and Microsoft Azure: A smart collaboration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7531-smart-factories-with-copa-data-and-microsoft-azure-a-smart-collaboration http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7531-smart-factories-with-copa-data-and-microsoft-azure-a-smart-collaboration

                                                      Industrial software provider, COPA-DATA UK, is inviting plant managers and engineers to register for its upcoming webinar ‘Smart Factory solutions with COPA-DATA and Microsoft Azure’. The webinar, created in collaboration with Microsoft, will be held on Thursday 7 December at 10am. Participants are invited to register for the free smart factory webinar in advance via the  COPA-DATA website.

                                                      zenon, COPA-DATA’s industrial automation software, provides seamless integration with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. In fact, the company was named 2017 Microsoft Partner of the Year in the ’Internet of Things’ category. The webinar will be hosted by Lee Sullivan, Regional Manager at COPA-DATA UK and expert in zenon implementation. Sullivan will discuss how ambitions of a smart factory can be made a reality by combining zenon and Microsoft Azure.

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                                                      The webinar is recommended for existing zenon customers, plant managers and engineers curious about the potential of the software for smart factory implementation. COPA-DATA will explain how manufacturing intelligence, such as predictive analytics and preventative maintenance, can be easily achieved with the collaboration of these two systems.

                                                      The free webinar follows on from COPA-DATA’s industry speech at the Smart Factory Expo 2017, where the company demonstrated how its software can be used to connect factories and supply chains, improve efficiency and increase profits.

                                                      “Storing manufacturing data in the cloud allows organisations to access their information anywhere at any time — which means that they don’t need to eat away at their own infrastructure,” explained Lee Sullivan, Regional Manager at COPA-DATA UK. “That said, the integration of Azure and zenon can provide a greater benefit than simply saving on- premises storage.

                                                      “In the webinar on December 7, we will demonstrate how effective supply chain management, global benchmarking and real-time key performance indicator (KPI) calculations can be put into practice using the combination of this technology.”

                                                      COPA-DATA has been an active member of the Microsoft Partner Network since 2005. Its software, zenon, is based on Microsoft’s latest technology, so data collected by the system can be easily integrated into the Azure cloud platform. More information on zenon can be found on the COPA-DATA website.

                                                      To register for the free webinar, visit:  http://www.copa-data.com/copa-data-and-microsofts- azure-smart-factories/?lang=en.

                                                      On COPA-DATA

                                                      COPA-DATA is the technological leader for ergonomic and highly dynamic process solutions. The company, founded in 1987, develops the software zenon for HMI/SCADA, Dynamic Production Reporting and integrated PLC systems at its headquarters in Austria. zenon is sold through its own offices in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as partners and distributors throughout the world. Customers benefit from local contact persons and local support thanks to a decentralised corporate structure. As an independent company, COPA-DATA can act quickly and flexibly, continues to set new standards in functionality and ease of use and leads the market trends. Over 100,000 installed systems in more than 90 countries provide companies in the Food & Beverage, Energy & Infrastructure, Automotive and Pharmaceutical sectors with new scope for efficient automation.

                                                      On zenon

                                                      zenon is a software system from COPA-DATA for industrial automation and the energy industry. Machines and equipment are controlled, monitored and optimized. zenon’s particular strength is open and reliable communication in heterogeneous production facilities. Open interfaces and over 300 native drivers and communication protocols support the horizontal and vertical integration. This allows for continuous implementation of the Industrial IoT and the Smart Factory. Projects with zenon are highly scalable.

                                                      zenon is ergonomic, both for the engineer and for the end user. The engineering environment is flexible and can be used for a wide range of applications. The principle of “setting parameters instead of programming” helps engineers to configure projects quickly and without errors. Complex functions for comprehensive projects are supplied out-of-the-box to create intuitive and robust applications. Users can thereby contribute to increased flexibility and efficiency with zenon.

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                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:22:40 +0100
                                                        Aurelius acquires Spanish core board and solid board packaging specialist Abelan http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7530-aurelius-acquires-spanish-core-board-and-solid-board-packaging-specialist-abelan http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7530-aurelius-acquires-spanish-core-board-and-solid-board-packaging-specialist-abelan

                                                        AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) (“Aurelius” or “the Group”), the listed mid-market pan-European investor, today announces the acquisition of Abelan Board Industrial S.L. (“Abelan” or “the Company”), a major producer of core board and solid board packaging products operating out of Southern Europe, from PHI Industrial. The deal represents AURELIUS’ third acquisition in the European packaging sector since 2015 and will further strengthen the Group’s operations in this market. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed; completion of the transaction remains subject to clearance of customary conditions.

                                                        • Deal represents Aurelius’ third acquisition in the European packaging sector since 2015
                                                        • Three manufacturing facilities in Spain and France
                                                        • Projected revenues of c.€70m in 2017
                                                        • Closing expected for end December 2017

                                                        2017 11 30 100345Founded in 1911, Abelan has grown to be one of Europe’s leading providers of core board and solid board packaging solutions. The Company is headquartered in San Andrés in northern Spain and employs c.250 people across three manufacturing facilities in Spain and France. It is projected to generate revenues of approximately €70m in 2017. Abelan has two key areas of expertise: the production of core board, for cardboard tubes, boxes and other applications within packaging, and its solid board packaging division, which supplies a large variety of boxes and trays to major distribution brands in the European agricultural, meat, flower and various other industries.

                                                        Managing Director of Abelan, Simón Roda, will continue to lead the Company. Following completion of the deal, the operations of Abelan will be combined with those of AURELIUS investee company Solidus Solutions (“Solidus”), one of Europe’s leading producers of solid board, graphic board and solid board packaging with c.1,000 employees. Solidus already has significant market share in Europe with production facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, having integrated its sites after AURELIUS acquired the Northern European activities of Abelan in June 2016, as well as dedicated sales offices in France and Norway. AURELIUS’ acquisition of Abelan, and the integration of its production facilities and customer base into Solidus, will create significant synergies across both companies’ production, purchasing and sales. In addition, it will strengthen Solidus’ access to Southern European markets and establish Solidus as a leading player in the areas of solid board, graphic board and core board.

                                                        AURELIUS board member Gert Purkert commented, “We are extremely pleased to be announcing AURELIUS’ acquisition of Abelan, a company performing impressively in a sector in which AURELIUS has previously invested. This strategic acquisition will enable Solidus to further diversify its operations geographically, realise significant synergies, accelerate its growth into a leading pan-European mid-market business and establish itself as a true champion in the areas of solid board, graphic board and core board. Following the successful investment in Tavex Europe, this deal also highlights AURELIUS’ continued commitment to the Iberian Peninsula, supported by its local office in Madrid.”

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                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Thu, 30 Nov 2017 10:04:19 +0100
                                                          BillerudKorsnäs further improves in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index 2017 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7529-billerudkorsnaes-further-improves-in-wwf-s-environmental-paper-company-index-2017 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7529-billerudkorsnaes-further-improves-in-wwf-s-environmental-paper-company-index-2017

                                                          WWF today presents the results of the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017, a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packaging sector. Compared to 2015, BillerudKorsnäs has increased their scores by 5 percentage points in the subcategories Responsible Fibre Sourcing and Clean Manufacturing, leading also to a better overall score.

                                                          billkorlogoBillerudKorsnäs is since 2011 a participant in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) and has during this period demonstrated transparency and continuous improvement. This year, in the product category Packaging, 73.9 percent (70,6)* was achieved, an improvement of 3.3 percentage points. In the subcategories Responsible Fibre Sourcing and Clean Manufacturing, 74 percent (69) respectively 70 percent (65) were achieved, corresponding to an improvement of five percentage points each. As in the 2015 index, BillerudKorsnäs scores high in terms of transparency with 78 percent (78) in the subcategory Reporting & EMS.

                                                          “Transparency is crucial for promoting sustainability in the value chain and also an important tool in providing stakeholders with information for their evaluation of BillerudKorsnäs performance” said Louise Wohrne, Sustainability Manager at BillerudKorsnäs. “It is very gratifying to see that our company´s efforts to improve are reflected in WWF´s evaluation and our scores on responsible sourcing and clean production.”

                                                          “Paper is a renewable, recyclable material, with a potentially lower footprint than substitute materials if managed and produced responsibly. However, the sector's size and impacts are expanding”, said Cecilia Alcoreza, WWF´s global lead on Sustainable Paper and Packaging. “This is why it is crucial for companies to demonstrate leadership in transparency and a commitment to continual improvement, reducing the sector´s forest, climate and water footprint.”

                                                          About WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index
                                                          Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) is a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packaging sector. EPCI tracks how a company´s performance on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting changes over time. The Index is based on voluntary data disclosure by invited participants on over 50 indicators that WWF considers important for a company´s ecological footprint. WWF publishes collated results company by company and shows a historical timeline since 2013. https://epci.panda.org

                                                          Read the full report at https://epci.panda.org/results/billerudkorsnas

                                                          * Figures in brackets refer to WWF Environmental Paper Company Index 2015

                                                          BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:15:56 +0100
                                                            Clearwater Paper Releases 2017 Corporate Social Responsibilty (CSR) Report http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7527-clearwater-paper-releases-2017-corporate-social-responsibilty-csr-report http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7527-clearwater-paper-releases-2017-corporate-social-responsibilty-csr-report

                                                            Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) has just released the company's latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, building on a history of sustainable commitment to our customers, employees, communities and the environment. The report shares data from the past two years, providing a comprehensive update on the company's performance on environmental, social and governance topics that matter most to Clearwater Paper stakeholders involved with or impacted by our company.

                                                            ClearwaterPaper logo01"At Clearwater Paper, we look at sustainability as a continuous improvement journey that reflects our strong commitment to being part of the solution in a changing and challenging world," said Linda Massman, president and CEO. "As such, we are pleased to present this CSR report, which was developed using current Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines."

                                                            Highlights from the report include:

                                                            • 68 percent reduction in waste to landfill since 2012
                                                            • 10 percent reduction in water usage since 2012
                                                            • 23 percent reduction in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) since 2012
                                                            • 9 percent reduction in recordable safety incidents since 2012

                                                            This latest report is the company's first using GRI principles and policies. GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. This enables real action to create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with true multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in the public interest. https://www.globalreporting.org.

                                                            The report can be found at http://www.clearwaterpaper.com/environmental-performance/csr.

                                                            ABOUT CLEARWATER PAPER

                                                            Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer partnerships through quality and service.

                                                            Source: Clearwater Paper Corporation

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                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 29 Nov 2017 13:02:50 +0100
                                                              Cham Paper Group launches architectural study assignment procedure for Papieri site http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7525-cham-paper-group-launches-architectural-study-assignment-procedure-for-papieri-site http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7525-cham-paper-group-launches-architectural-study-assignment-procedure-for-papieri-site

                                                              In January 2018, the Cham Paper Group will simultaneously start two architectural study assignment procedures for the first two partial stages of the development of the Papieri site (papieri-cham.ch). With these two stages, around 80 owner-occupied and 130 rented apartments as well as 30 budget-priced residential units will be realized over a staggered period of time, which - together with approx. 9,000 m2 of service and commercial space - are expected to be ready for occupancy from 2021 onwards.

                                                              chamFor each of the two partial stages, five invited architectural offices will draw up concrete project proposals. After the summer holidays 2018, the best submissions will be selected so that appropriate building applications can then be prepared and submitted to the authorities.

                                                              The preconditions for this next step in area development were created by the approvals of the zoning plan and the rezoning of the Papieri site, which were granted by the government council of the Canton of Zug in October 2017.

                                                              At the beginning of October 2017, Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG additionally transferred the entire real estate business with asset transfer agreement to its subsidiary Cham Immobilien AG, Cham.

                                                              Cham Paper Group
                                                              The Cham Paper Group is a leading manufacturer of coated speciality papers. Surface finishing lends papers properties that generate value added for its customers.

                                                              The company, which was founded in 1657, has three sites, one in Switzerland (Cham) and two in Italy (Carmignano and Condino), and a global sales network.

                                                              The decision to focus on development and sales and discontinue paper manufacturing in Switzerland has made way for a new project on the factory site in the centre of Cham.

                                                              The Cham Paper Group is developing an eleven-hectare quarter there called the Papieri site.

                                                              The Cham Paper Group (stock exchange symbol: CPGN) is listed on Switzerland's SIX Swiss Exchange.

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                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:07:37 +0100
                                                                Three cheers for Laithwaites’ award-winning advent calendars http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7524-three-cheers-for-laithwaites-award-winning-advent-calendars http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7524-three-cheers-for-laithwaites-award-winning-advent-calendars

                                                                DS Smith UK partners with Laithwaites to bring indulgent, on-trend wine and beer advent calendars to consumers this festive season.

                                                                To maximise sales around the Christmas period and continue to innovate its offer, Laithwaites – the UK’s number one destination for buying wine online – approached DS Smith UK’s packaging division to design advent calendars for its wine and new craft beer ranges.

                                                                2017 11 24 085759Wine Advent Calender

                                                                The design, which won the Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods accolade at the 2017 UK Packaging Awards, needed to be robust enough to meet the demands of the e-commerce supply chain yet stand out in the competitive advent calendar marketplace. Laithwaites required a model that was easy to assemble and pack on site, presented the drinks in a way that reflected a more traditional advent calendar, and incorporated simple-to-follow instructions for the consumer. The print also had to be the highest quality to bring the pack to life and capture a real festive feel.

                                                                DS Smith embraced this challenging brief and worked closely with Laithwaites to create an innovative design that was attractive to look at, but could also protect the glass bottles in transit and support the 9kg and 13kg weight of the packs. DS Smith were able to achieve this by using its industry-leading technology DISCS™ – which replicates each part of the product journey for testing (Drop, Impact, Shock, Crush, Shake) to ensure the packaging was up to the rigours of the real-world supply chain.

                                                                Rob Carle, Head of E-commerce sales at DS Smith UK, said: “Laithwaites is always pushing the boundaries of what is possible with online shopping and is keen to give its customers a sense of theatre in the home – something our packaging can deliver. Our DISCS™ technology provided invaluable insights, which enabled us to create a pack proven to best protect the fragile cargo and deliver a beautifully-designed premium product to consumers. We’re absolutely delighted that the design was recognised at the UK Packaging Awards.”

                                                                Beer Advent CalendarBeer Advent Calendar

                                                                Andy Hawker from Laithwaites commented: “The final design is just what we hoped for and the award win is just the cherry on top! We knew DS Smith were the right people to design a pack that would both protect the bottles and appeal to our customers. We expect this year’s sales to exceed 2016 and that wine and beer lovers across the country will be having a very merry advent season thanks to these innovative new products!”

                                                                The Laithwaites Advent gift pack won the Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods Award at the UK Packaging Awards, which took place on 22 November 2017.

                                                                About DS Smith

                                                                DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

                                                                DS Smith is the UK’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s national network of manufacturing plants service thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

                                                                Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically our customers achieve sales growth, or reductions in cost, waste and carbon at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit

                                                                www.dssmithpackaging.co.uk

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                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 24 Nov 2017 09:02:14 +0100
                                                                  Södra invests in more forestry drones http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7523-soedra-invests-in-more-forestry-drones http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7523-soedra-invests-in-more-forestry-drones

                                                                  Södra is now investing in more forestry drones. This digital technology speeds up the work of field staff at the same time as it makes it more comprehensive and safer.

                                                                  “We have identified numerous applications where drones can enhance the efficiency of forestry work, not least when making inventories of storm-damaged forests. By purchasing equipment and investing in raising skills, we are taking another step towards the development of tomorrow’s digital forestry operations,” said Johan Malmqvist, Project Manager at Södra.

                                                                  Since the end of 2015, Södra has trialled the use of drones for applications including inventories of forest damage. Test outcomes have been favourable and major potential has been identified for the digital technology moving forward. This summer, the Swedish Camera Monitoring Act was amended, which has simplified the use of drones in forestry.

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                                                                  Södra is now taking further steps with digital development in the form of a considerable investment in drone technology and personnel skills development.

                                                                  “We have purchased drone equipment for all our forestry operations areas and, in the autumn, we trained 51 of our forestry professionals as drone pilots. This means we are now well equipped to further develop use of the technology,” said Johan Malmqvist.

                                                                  Drones are digital aids that enhance the efficiency of manual tasks for Södra’s field staff.

                                                                  “The technology is extremely cost-efficient. It is possible to obtain a good overview of the forest in very little time. The major advantage is from not having to waste unnecessary amounts of time on checks. Drones enable you to quickly see if and where a manual inspection or action is required. This enables more efficient work methods that, by extension, benefit our forest owner members. Moreover, drones make work safer for forest inspectors, not least when making inventories of windfalls following a storm,” said Johan Malmqvist.

                                                                  But drone technology is not only of great benefit when making inventories of forest damage.

                                                                  “For example, another potentially useful application is planting and cleaning. Gathering decision data for deciding actions and planning is another. An eye in the sky provides a much-improved view of conditions than looking through dense forest at ground level,” said Johan Malmqvist.

                                                                  For more information, please contact:
                                                                  Johan Malmqvist, Project Manager at Södra Skog
                                                                  Tel: +46 (0)470 893 69
                                                                  E-mail: johan.malmqvist@sodra.com

                                                                  Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry.

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                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:53:04 +0100
                                                                    Latest SKF online catalogue makes bearings selection easier http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7522-latest-skf-online-catalogue-makes-bearings-selection-easier http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7522-latest-skf-online-catalogue-makes-bearings-selection-easier

                                                                    SKF's latest Rolling Bearings Catalogue is packed with new features to help customers choose the optimum bearing arrangement for their project

                                                                    The latest edition of SKF's popular Rolling Bearings Catalogue is now available online. The authors have aimed to make this new publication an essential engineering reference for users of rolling bearings, covering their appropriate selection, configurations and applications, and providing detailed guidance on correct installation procedures to ensure long and trouble-free service life.

                                                                    2017 11 24 084932The Engineering Section has been completely rewritten and now includes a step-by-step bearing selection guide - the 'Bearings Selection Process' - which makes it much easier for customers to select the right bearing arrangement for their particular machine or project. This innovative new tool, which benefits from SKF's extensive experience of rolling bearing design, installation and in-service care, is also available as an online engineering resource for OEMs, SKF approved distributors and other end-users.

                                                                    The Engineering Section also includes a thermal analysis feature that can be used to highlight the influence of friction losses on clearance. A new 'Popular Items' feature has also been introduced; designed to speed and simplify the process of ordering bearings from SKF's commonly used product lines, this feature uses a special icon placed against products that are always available directly from stock due to their popularity.

                                                                    The catalogue's online content is regularly updated to ensure that the very latest products are included along with the current SKF assortment, and that all obsolete items are removed from the Product Tables as soon as they are withdrawn from the catalogue.

                                                                    As a global publication the new Rolling Bearings Catalogue is available in a number of languages, including German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Czech and Simplified Chinese. To Access the online copy in any of these languages, please visit www.skf.com

                                                                    The new catalogue will be available in print in English during spring 2018.

                                                                    SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2016 were SEK 72 787 million and the number of employees was 44 868. www.skf.com   

                                                                    ® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.

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                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:49:53 +0100
                                                                      Stora Enso to divest the Baienfurt sheeting centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7521-stora-enso-to-divest-the-baienfurt-sheeting-centre http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7521-stora-enso-to-divest-the-baienfurt-sheeting-centre

                                                                      Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sheeting centre business in Baienfurt, Germany to Pyroll, a Finnish converting firm. The sheeting centre operations started in April 2009 and is 100% owned by Stora Enso.

                                                                      stora new 2017This divestment supports Stora Enso’s growth strategy for its consumer board business, where the focus is to generate value to customers by being the global benchmark in high quality virgin fibre carton board. Running sheeting centre operations is not part of Stora Enso’s core business. The new owner has sheeting operations as its core and is in a better position to further develop Baienfurt. Stora Enso will remain a key customer to the Baienfurt sheeting centre.

                                                                      The transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2018 and it is not expected to have any significant effect on the net debt or financials of Stora Enso. The sheeting centre employs approximately 60 people excluding outsourced personnel and had sales of EUR 15 million in 2016.

                                                                      About the buyer
                                                                      Pyroll is one of the leading paper, cardboard, paperboard, and plastic converters in the Nordic countries. Today Pyroll employs nearly 600 people, and turnover is about 100 million euros. Operations are divided into three business branches: Pyroll Packages, Pyroll Paper Merchant, and Pyroll Converting.

                                                                      Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil-based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 25 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2016 were EUR 9.8 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:46:28 +0100
                                                                        Drenik renews its trust in Recard for the fourth time http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7520-drenik-renews-its-trust-in-recard-for-the-fourth-time http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7520-drenik-renews-its-trust-in-recard-for-the-fourth-time

                                                                        2017 11 24 084244Drenik ND d.o.o., a company headquartered in Belgrade and very strong not only on the Serbian market but also in the Balkan and Eastern European territories, renews its trust in Recard for the fourth time with the order of PM3: a complete turnkey plant with a production capacity of 120 tpd.

                                                                        The Crescent Former, in a 1850-mpm speed, 2850-mm format, will be fed by two stock preparation lines for virgin fibers and equipped with a hydraulic rewinder with 4 backstands, complete electrical plant, all ancillary equipment, DAF system, mist and dust extraction systems and hall and roof ventilation.

                                                                        Recard thus confirms itself sole provider of PMs for the Serbian company. In 2004 it had installed PM1 for Drenik, later modified by Recard at the company’s request to increase its speed and production capacity and started up in February 2017, while in 2007 it manufactured PM2 for the company.

                                                                        http://www.recard.it

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                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Fri, 24 Nov 2017 08:43:01 +0100
                                                                          Pyroll and Stora Enso have agreed on the transfer of the ownership of the sheeting service business in Baienfurt, Germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7519-pyroll-and-stora-enso-have-agreed-on-the-transfer-of-the-ownership-of-the-sheeting-service-business-in-baienfurt-germany http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7519-pyroll-and-stora-enso-have-agreed-on-the-transfer-of-the-ownership-of-the-sheeting-service-business-in-baienfurt-germany

                                                                          Pyroll Converting Oy’s recently established subsidiary Pyroll Germany GmbH has made an agreement with Stora Enso Baienfurt GmbH, where Pyroll takes over the sheeting service business in Baienfurt, Germany. The transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2018.

                                                                          2017 11 22 164508The sheeting service centre in Baienfurt is located in Southern Germany. The location in Baienfurt will expand the coverage of Pyroll Converting’s service network for the future. Since 2015 this has been the second noteworthy investment for Pyroll Converting, and is therefore a natural step in a growth strategy for Pyroll Converting. Availability of the service in Baienfurt opens up exceptional access to several important market areas for Pyroll Converting’s customers.

                                                                          The future development of the sheeting service centre in Baienfurt is one of the key issues in meeting ever tightening requirements. This business transfer has a positive influence on the future development of the sheeting service centre in Baienfurt – and also on the whole Pyroll Converting business.

                                                                          “We are very happy to add the Baienfurt sheeting service centre to the group which already contains four service centres. Availability of the service in the right locations plays an important role when reaction times are getting shorter. Therefore, expanding our service network will open new possibilities for all of our customers. Our previous investment in Winschoten in the Netherlands shows especially that service sheeting for paper and paperboard producers in their main market area has increased, and therefore we were encouraged to take this step as well”, says Mr Reino Uusitalo, the owner and chairman of the board of the Pyroll Group.

                                                                          More Information:

                                                                          Ilkka Haitti, Vice President of Pyroll Converting
                                                                          Mobile +358 400 639 445, ilkka.haitti@pyroll.com

                                                                          Tero Karstikko, Director of Pyroll Converting
                                                                          Mobile +31 6 1920 2668, tero.karstikko@pyroll.com

                                                                          Pyroll is one of the leading paper, cardboard, paperboard, and plastic converters in the Nordic countries being established in 1973 by Reino Uusitalo. Today Pyroll employs nearly 500 people, and turnover is about 100 million euros. Operations are divided into three business branches: Pyroll Packages, Pyroll Paper Merchant, and Pyroll Converting.

                                                                          Pyroll Converting brings added value for customers by offering flexible solutions for paper and paperboard converting. Pyroll operates as a flexible link between the paper and paperboard industry and their clients. Services include paper and paperboard sheeting, rewinding, embossing, and ream wrapping, as well as related logistics services. Pyroll is the leading independent contract converter in Europe. Service Centres are located in Siltakyla (Finland), Valkeakoski (Finland), Strykow (Poland) and in Winschoten (the Netherlands).

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                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 22 Nov 2017 16:45:46 +0100
                                                                            Tomi Seppä appointed manager of Metsä Group’s mills in Kemi and Ari-Pekka Vanamo manager of Metsä Group’s pulp mill in Rauma http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7518-tomi-seppae-appointed-manager-of-metsae-group-s-mills-in-kemi-and-ari-pekka-vanamo-manager-of-metsae-group-s-pulp-mill-in-rauma http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7518-tomi-seppae-appointed-manager-of-metsae-group-s-mills-in-kemi-and-ari-pekka-vanamo-manager-of-metsae-group-s-pulp-mill-in-rauma

                                                                            Tomi Seppä, Mill Availability Manager at Metsä Fibre's Kemi pulp mill, has been appointed manager of the Kemi mills as of 1 January 2018. Seppä will be responsible for managing Metsä Fibre’s pulp mill and Metsä Board’s board mill in Kemi. In his new position, Tomi Seppä will report to Harri Pihlajaniemi, SVP, Production at Metsä Board, with regard to the board mill, and to Camilla Wikström, SVP, Production of Metsä Fibre’s pulp business, with regard to the pulp mill.

                                                                            Metsä Board Kemi MillMetsä Board Kemi Mill

                                                                            Ari-Pekka Vanamo, Manager of Metsä Group’s mills in Kemi, will start as the manager of Metsä Group’s pulp mill in Rauma as of 1 January 2018. In his new position, Vanamo will report to Camilla Wikström, SVP, Production of Metsä Fibre’s pulp business.

                                                                            Metsä Board
                                                                            www.metsaboard.com

                                                                            Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.

                                                                            The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

                                                                            Metsä Group
                                                                            www.metsagroup.com

                                                                            Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

                                                                            Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

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                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 22 Nov 2017 13:57:32 +0100
                                                                              PMP’s “Gold Eagle” TM5 at UPM’s mill (South Africa) reached its first 10 000 Ton milestone! http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7517-pmp-s-gold-eagle-tm5-at-upm-s-mill-south-africa-reached-its-first-10-000-ton-milestone http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7517-pmp-s-gold-eagle-tm5-at-upm-s-mill-south-africa-reached-its-first-10-000-ton-milestone

                                                                              On Sunday, 1 October 2017, the new Universal Paper Machine TM5 reached its first milestone of 10 000 tons of paper produced. The significant milestone was reached within 7 months after the plant was commissioned. This would not have been possible without the continued collaboration between the PMP team and UPM stakeholders.

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                                                                              The project of a turn-key green field tissue mill was designed and delivered by PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) and started-up successfully on the 19th February 2017 at UPM’s Ga-Rankuwa mill in South Africa.

                                                                              The goal of the new tissue line, TM5, was to double the annual capacity of UPM and to widen its product portfolio adding ultra-premium tissue products. The investment in tissue production was a logical step in the development of Universal Papers business, which started a new era not only for the company, but also for whole country’s tissue market. Today “Gold Eagle” is first new state-of-the-art tissue machine installed in South Africa in the last 20 years and at the same time it is the fastest tissue machine in the whole country!

                                                                              About UPM:

                                                                              Universal Paper Manufacturers (UPM) – is one of Universal Paper’s business units and is the sister company to Universal paper & Plastics (UPP). Both companies are still family owned. UPP was established by the Sher family in 1950 and has operated successfully for over 67 years. The company started as a manufacturer of various paper and plastic products, and has grown significantly since inception. However, during this time, its direction has changed – with the discontinuation of product lines in the plastics industry, while continuing to supply the tissue paper industry. The company has vertically integrated, by manufacturing raw materials within the inks and paper industry. Today, the focus is on high quality printed serviettes and napkins, bathroom tissue, household towels and hankies. (learn more: www.upap.co.za)

                                                                              About PMP:

                                                                              PMP – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, has been supporting pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. Company with headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland, owns 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). (learn more: www.pmpgroup.com)

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                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 22 Nov 2017 10:25:51 +0100
                                                                                Stora Enso will bring renewable materials to Seefeld Nordic World Ski Championships 2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7514-stora-enso-will-bring-renewable-materials-to-seefeld-nordic-world-ski-championships-2019 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7514-stora-enso-will-bring-renewable-materials-to-seefeld-nordic-world-ski-championships-2019

                                                                                The renewable materials company Stora Enso will be the Presenting Sponsor for FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019 in Seefeld, Austria. The sponsorship gives Stora Enso the possibility to contribute to a sustainable sports event and showcase its renewable solutions in various applications.

                                                                                stora new1Throughout the event, Stora Enso wants to increase the participants’, viewers’ and visitors’ awareness of the benefits of sustainable products. Stora Enso’s products provide a climate-friendly alternative to many products made from fossil based materials, and have a smaller carbon footprint. During the World Ski Championships, a variety of products and solutions based on renewable raw materials will be show casted, such as wood for temporary buildings, carton board packaging, paper, effective waste management systems, and renewable materials for arenas.

                                                                                This marks the third time Stora Enso will be sponsoring the Nordic World Ski Championships, after being the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 event in Lahti, Finland, and a main sponsor of the event in Falun, Sweden in 2015.

                                                                                This is a good opportunity for Stora Enso to be present close to its main markets. The group employs approximately 5 000 people in Central Europe. In Austria, the group operates sawmills and plants for wooden construction elements, CLT.

                                                                                “We are very happy to be sponsoring the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships for the third time,” commented Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “Sustainability is the core of our business in the bioeconomy. Our products substitute fossil based products, such as plastics. In Seefeld, our renewable materials and expertise will be combined in many special products and solutions. We will lead the way in promoting and supporting a sustainable event, by using renewable raw materials derived from wood and by maximising the recycling and reuse of products.”

                                                                                Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil-based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 25 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2016 were EUR 9.8 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

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                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 22 Nov 2017 08:17:07 +0100
                                                                                  Voith OceanCoat: New roll cover for coater backing rolls provides cost savings and improved efficiency http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7513-voith-oceancoat-new-roll-cover-for-coater-backing-rolls-provides-cost-savings-and-improved-efficiency http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7513-voith-oceancoat-new-roll-cover-for-coater-backing-rolls-provides-cost-savings-and-improved-efficiency

                                                                                  With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers. The especially stable material needs regrinding less often than standard roll covers, which reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

                                                                                  • Longer grinding intervals and reduced downtime
                                                                                  • Consistent conditions due to stable roughness
                                                                                  • Potential to significantly reduce mill costs

                                                                                  Blue instead of black: Voith's new OceanCoat stands out from standard roll covers through its color alone. The blue shade allows the operator to quickly identify any overheating, which commonly occurs at the edges. This enables appropriate steps to be taken promptly. Additionally, the blue cover material is easier to clean, which notably reduces the downtime after a break. Thanks to the high mechanical stability of the cover material, OceanCoat is also able to withstand loads caused by breaks or paper wraps better than standard covers.

                                                                                  With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefor reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefor reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

                                                                                  Other important benefits of the cover include the low degree of wear and reduced symptoms of aging. The desired roughness of the cover stays more constant over the operating life than a standard cover.

                                                                                  OceanCoat is designed to run dependably in a wide range of coater backing roll positions. More than a dozen OceanCoat covers are already operating successfully. Customers currently using the cover are placing additional orders, proving that they are very pleased with its performance. Users are highlighting the abrasion resistance, consistent roughness that results in stable operating conditions, and the fact that the cover is easy to clean after a break. Mills have realized significant cost savings through the use of OceanCoat.

                                                                                  About Voith Paper
                                                                                  Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

                                                                                  About Voith
                                                                                  For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees worldwide. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

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                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:29:33 +0100
                                                                                    Environment and innovation, a winning combination: at Ecomondo 2017 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7512-environment-and-innovation-a-winning-combination-at-ecomondo-2017 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7512-environment-and-innovation-a-winning-combination-at-ecomondo-2017

                                                                                    Lucart illustrates, in its Sustainability Report, the results achieved and prospects for development

                                                                                    Reuse of raw materials, water conservation, energy efficiency and emission reduction: the Sustainability Report provides an overview of everything Lucart implemented in 2016

                                                                                    With seven production plants in Europe and more than 1,300 employees, Lucart's turnover exceeded €425 million in 2016.

                                                                                    Sustainability and innovation are the two mainstays of Lucart's activities, which have allowed it to achieve outstanding results, as illustrated by the 2016 Sustainability Report. Lucart is the first company in Italy to have launched a circular economy project in the tissue paper sector.

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                                                                                    “I believe that we can be considered as a company that promotes a sustainable way of producing paper,” Massimo Pasquini, Managing Director of Lucart, commented – “which is based on a systemic approach aimed at eliminating waste and reusing raw materials. To do this, we constantly strive to apply production and business models that are inspired by the circular economy and that are in line with EU environmental requirements. We are proud of the results we have achieved this year, since they are a successful example of our ongoing commitment to pursuing innovative and high-quality production” – Pasquini concluded – “We will continue to carry out all of our activities by placing people and the environment at the centre of our business strategy, leading the way towards a more sustainable future.”

                                                                                    Lucart has made positive progress towards the progressive elimination of waste and the reuse of raw materials, favouring the use of recovered materials (55% in 2016) over pure virgin cellulose (45%) for the production of its paper. The flagship of this sustainability strategy is the Natural project, a true example of the applicability of circular economy principles to the tissue sector.

                                                                                    The Natural project

                                                                                    This virtuous and award-winning project represents the evolution of paper, combining environmental sustainability and technological innovation. In partnership with Tetra Pak®, Lucart has developed an innovative technology that separates the cellulose fibres in beverage cartons from polyethylene and aluminium parts, without the use of substances that are harmful to humans or the environment. In this way, two new high-quality raw materials are produced. Fiberpack®, the paper used for the hygiene products in Lucart's Natural lines, is obtained from cellulose fibres. The company has also obtained a material called AL.PE.® from polyethylene and aluminium. This raw material is used to produce innovative systems for the dispensing of tissue products but also for pallets, mooring poles in Venice and floating platforms for wheelchair access and other commonly used items, which are all recycled and recyclable when they reach the end of their life cycle.

                                                                                    In just 4 years, from 2013 to 2016, the Natural project has produced great results:

                                                                                    • more than 2.8 billion 1-litre beverage cartons have been recycled, which, if lined up one after the other, would cover a distance equal to the circumvention of the Earth 16 times over
                                                                                    • more than 1.2 million trees have been saved thanks to this initiative, equal to a surface area of more than 4,200 football fields
                                                                                    • more than 73,000 tonnes of CO2 have been avoided, equal to the emissions produced by more than 578,000 Rome-Milan trips by car

                                                                                    The Natural project received an award on the occasion of the 14th edition of the “Sodalitas Social Award 2016”, namely, the “Best in Class” award, the most prestigious prize for corporate sustainability in Italy, and it also received the “Premio Non Sprecare” (Don’t Waste Award) in the “Companies” category in the same year thanks to its innovative and sustainable approach to circular economy and consumption. Lucart recently ranked second at the 6th edition of the European Paper Recycling Awards held in Brussels, for the Research & Development category, and received the EU Ecolabel Award 2017 for researching and developing new production and environmental solutions.

                                                                                    Water resources

                                                                                    Lucart has focused on using less raw materials and, in particular, on water resources by favouring water recycling, constantly monitoring the quality of wastewater as well as consumption in the various phases of the production process, and optimising consumption patterns. This resulted in a reduction in the specific water consumption for paper production with savings of -5.7% of water consumed per tonne of paper produced compared to 2015 and an overall reduction of 14% compared to 2014.

                                                                                    Logistics

                                                                                    With regard to logistics, Lucart has significantly reduced its impact on the environment in terms of emissions: 690 tonnes less CO2 thanks to increased rail transport, as part of the project “Sustainable Mobility: raw material transport with a shift from road to rail”, presented in 2015 and continued in 2016. The project, which mainly concerns the plant in Diecimo, in the province of Lucca, aims to use the existing railway network to significantly reduce the transport of raw materials and finished products by road.

                                                                                    Energy resources

                                                                                    In terms of energy resources, the company is constantly committed to making its production processes become increasingly efficient. Lucart was also one of the first paper manufacturing groups in Europe to focus on systems to self-generate electricity through cogeneration plants powered by methane gas.

                                                                                    Emissions into the atmosphere

                                                                                    As for its emissions into the atmosphere, Lucart has implemented a plan aimed at streamlining energy consumption by using energy from renewable sources, allowing for lower emissions per tonne of paper produced.

                                                                                    Lucart

                                                                                    Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of MG paper, tissue products (paper items for daily use such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs etc.) and airlaid products, was founded in 1953 by the Pasquini Family. The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of products with brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area). Lucart's production capacity exceeds 300,000 tonnes/year of paper on 10 continuous machines and 58 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover amounts to more than €400 million, with more than 1,300 employees in seven production plants (five in Italy, one in France and one in Hungary).

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                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:21:54 +0100
                                                                                      BillerudKorsnäs Launches SteriKraft® Protect AR – a new polymer reinforced medical paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7511-billerudkorsnaes-launches-sterikraft-protect-ar-a-new-polymer-reinforced-medical-paper http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7511-billerudkorsnaes-launches-sterikraft-protect-ar-a-new-polymer-reinforced-medical-paper

                                                                                      To answer the need for higher performance medical packaging systems, following the standardization regarding Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, BillerudKorsnäs has developed and now launches a new polymer reinforced paper SteriKraft® Protect AR.

                                                                                      The standardization, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices ISO 11607-1, 5.5 Storage & Transport, has led to more rigorous and realistic ship testing protocols which have, in turn, shown the need for higher performance medical device packaging systems. To answer this need, BillerudKorsnäs has developed a new polymer reinforced paper, SteriKraft® Protect AR.

                                                                                      SteriKraft® Protect AR is designed as a heat seal coating base but will also seal peel to selected advanced peelable films without needing a coating. More challenging applications such as large drape & gown packs, spinal needles, IV catheters etc. will benefit from the extra performance offered by SteriKraft® Protect AR. As with all other papers in the BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® range, Protect AR is fully approved under the relevant sections of EN868 and ISO 11607-1.

                                                                                      "The key benefit of the polymeric addition is to provide some stretch to the paper which results in much improved  tensile energy absorption (TEA). TEA gives a good measure of the durability of the paper under shipping conditions," explains Jonathan Andrews, Business Development Director Medical at BillerudKorsnäs.

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                                                                                      Comparison of Geometric TEA between standard medical kraft papers and new SteriKraft® Protect AR demonstrating the significantly higher performance of the new paper.

                                                                                      World launch at COMPAMED in Düsseldorf
                                                                                      The new BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® Protect AR will be displayed for the first time at Compamed tradefair “Hightech solutions for medical technology” 13-16 November in Düsseldorf, Germany. Visit our stand, Hall 8b G09, to find out more about Protect AR and the rest of BillerudKorsnäs' SteriKraft® range.

                                                                                      About BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft®
                                                                                      BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft is a medical paper that can withstand exposure to various sterilisation methods and guarantees the sterility and purity of the products right up until the moment of use. The packaging will maintain its sterility for five years and is offered for all major sterilisation methods. Strong, safe and with microbial barrier properties. For more information, visit www.billerudkorsnas.com/our-offer/packaging-materials/kraft-paper-medical

                                                                                      BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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                                                                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 20 Nov 2017 07:15:59 +0100
                                                                                        Unique program promoting the employment of young people organized by Valmet and the Children and Youth Foundation continues http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7508-unique-program-promoting-the-employment-of-young-people-organized-by-valmet-and-the-children-and-youth-foundation-continues http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7508-unique-program-promoting-the-employment-of-young-people-organized-by-valmet-and-the-children-and-youth-foundation-continues

                                                                                        The second part of the youth program started by Valmet and the Children and Youth Foundation in the spring has started today, November 15, at several of Valmet's units in Finland. As a part of the program Valmet enables paid practical training of three weeks for 100 young people. The participants to the unique program include young people aged 16-29 years who may, for instance, have challenges in finding their own path or with their basic working life skills.

                                                                                        valmet logoNinety people applied for the fall program, and the 55 who were chosen started today in the following Valmet units: Espoo, Jyväskylä, Järvenpää, Raisio and Tampere. In the spring, young people also participated at the Tampere, Pori, Ulvila and Kajaani units.

                                                                                        "We wanted to celebrate Valmet's 220-year industrial history and the centenary of Finland's independence in a truly valuable way. Promoting employment among young people is important for society and an investment in the future. I hope that other companies will follow our example and provide young people with paid practical training and opportunities to learn working life skills," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

                                                                                        Mentors and partners play a significant role in supporting the young people

                                                                                        Valmet's program was planned and is executed in cooperation with the Children and Youth Foundation, Academic Work and WorkPilots. Valmet plans and offers paid training and mentors from Valmet for the young people. The Children and Youth Foundation is responsible for recruiting young people for the program and for coaching their mentors. Academic Work provides the participants with coaching in job seeking and study-related issues as part of the program. WorkPilots helps young people in finding paths for continuing their journey. 

                                                                                        "Each of the participants gets a personal mentor from Valmet, responsible for creating a safe and inspiring environment for the trainees and providing meaningful assignments that help them practice their working life skills and build their self-confidence. I am glad that so many Valmeteers have been ready to help these young people and act as mentors," says Anu Salonsaari-Posti from Valmet's working group for the youth program.

                                                                                        Excellent experiences from the first part of the program

                                                                                        Those who participated in the program in the spring said that they received new self-confidence and courage. Especially important for them was to receive positive feedback, gain feelings of success and to be part of the work community. Working within a work community helped the young people meet new people and act in new situations. As their favorite job assignments, the young participants listed, among other things, preparing PowerPoint presentations, taking photos, filing documents and scanning.

                                                                                        "The practice opportunity in the spring provided many young people with important lessons for the future. The first experiences at work are very important. They will be used to build an image of one's own skills, interests and the future working life. Successful experiences strengthen the young people's self-esteem, provide courage and spur them to try things out. Valmet has worked hard to provide an opportunity for young people to get successful experiences and strengthen their working life skills in an encouraging environment. We are happy to participate in cooperation where the young people's path toward the working life is supported with consideration of their starting point," says Tuula Colliander, Executive Director of the Children and Youth Foundation.

                                                                                        "Academic Work supports and helps young people specifically at the beginning of their path in working life, so this cooperation program was fully in line with our values. In addition, meeting young people in various situations in life also provides a learning opportunity to our own personnel, and we are eagerly anticipating this stage of the project. More than 20 people from Academic Work will participate in mentoring the young trainees in different locations in Finland," says Laura Korpilauri from Academic Work.

                                                                                        Read more about Valmet's 220 years of industrial history: www.valmet.com/220years

                                                                                        Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

                                                                                        Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

                                                                                        Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

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                                                                                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Wed, 15 Nov 2017 10:49:41 +0100
                                                                                          The hidden value on pulp and paper operations - Gabriel Sousa, Principal, Pöyry Management Consulting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7507-the-hidden-value-on-pulp-and-paper-operations-gabriel-sousa-principal-poeyry-management-consulting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7507-the-hidden-value-on-pulp-and-paper-operations-gabriel-sousa-principal-poeyry-management-consulting

                                                                                          The hidden value on operation execution for the pulp and paper industry – How big is it and why does it matter?

                                                                                          Pulp and paper companies are facing continuous pressure on their profitability as the markets get more competitive. Our experience tells us that there is a lot of money left on the table that is related solely to the intrinsic operational capability. Capturing this hidden value can make the difference between success and failure.

                                                                                          The main pillars for business success

                                                                                          There are plenty of business management theories that describe why some businesses are successful and others aren’t, but from our point of view, the success of any business relies on three main pillars: strategy, assets and execution.

                                                                                          Clearly, getting the business strategy right is paramount, as it will define the organisation’s direction and development. The basis of this strategy should be defining which products and services provide the most added value, and which geographies offer the best opportunities. This can then be supported by M&A, organic growth or other decisions.

                                                                                          The second pillar of any strategy is the organisation’s assets; in other words the physical equipment in which the products are manufactured. The type of technology, its technical age (new investments versus upgrades) and the level of automation will define the potential competitive edge that the company will have within the industry.

                                                                                          The final element of success is the way the people and organisation execute its strategy with the available assets. For this, adequate operational capability is needed to achieve target profitability in the prevailing market context.

                                                                                          The “asset quality” myth in the pulp and paper industry

                                                                                          In a capital intensive industry like pulp and paper, there is a tendency to believe that asset quality (technology, age and maintenance) is the main determinant factor of operational performance. If everything else is constant, then asset quality determines the competitiveness potential, but assets are just the hardware in an industry that has historically overlooked operational execution. Many pulp and paper mills have old assets but strong operating performance, while others have newer assets but trail on overall efficiency.

                                                                                          In a highly competitive industry, it is the companies that learn how to maximise the value of their assets, regardless of their age, that will achieve a competitive advantage. This can only be achieved with excellent operating practices that focus on process stability, optimisation and continuous improvement. Our experience shows that, by failing to optimise their processes, many organisations are effectively leaving money on the table. Capturing this hidden value is ever more important for the pulp and paper industry due to challenging market conditions, and can be the difference between success and failure.

                                                                                          The pulp and paper sector - a mature and maturing industry

                                                                                          The pulp and paper sector is a mature industry that has very different segments and geographic realities. On the paper side, sales of industrial and hygienic grade papers are still growing globally, but graphic paper sales are declining due to the developed markets sunset. On the pulp side, emergent markets in Latin America have gained the upper hand due to several competitive advantages, related to lower cost base. In fact, this geographic shift from mature, fibre-rich western markets towards emergent markets has been the industry’s guiding force in the 2 decades. In turn, this has led to a gradual shift away from vertically integrated pulp and paper operations, towards a market pulp and recovered paper-driven industry. Also, the decline of non-wood supply in China and the tissue move into virgin fibre have supported virgin pulp markets.

                                                                                          The main result of this shift is that the developed markets will continue to mature, with some segments declining as a result. This will put additional pressure on existing pulp and paper players in Europe and North America, where improving the overall operating performance is now essential.

                                                                                          The tides are more favourable in emerging markets, but investment cycles prove that these markets are also maturing. With this, more focus needs to be given to the operational efficiency of current assets, rather than looking at new investments. The issues are common regardless of geography and the position on the investment cycle.

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                                                                                          Pulp and Paper Industry has become a global competitive arena with ever tighter margins

                                                                                          Key market drivers are putting pressure on overall industry profitability

                                                                                          In recent years, pulp and paper producers have endured challenging conditions, resulting in unsatisfactory profitability. Although profitability varies from segment to segment, generally speaking this poor performance has been driven by poor capacity utilisation, declining demand, a low level of supplier concentration, poor sales prices and unfavourable exchange rates. The markets are complex, and the drivers vary from one industry sector to another and over time.

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                                                                                          Profit margins are influenced by a number of factors but typically market forces cannot be controlled by companies. This means improving sales and reducing overall costs is necessary in a highly competitive environment.

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                                                                                          The pulp and paper industry has evolved into a highly competitive global arena where producers have positioned themselves on the lowest cost position possible while capturing relevant market shares.

                                                                                          To illustrate this, the recent additional BHKP capacity responding to higher demand has positioned the new producers at the lower cost end. Production costs have declined as a result of highly-competitive raw material prices, growing economies of scale and declining transport costs, in turn forcing high- costs producers out of the market. As a consequence, the flattening BHKP market pulp supply curve increases competition for profitability, punishes inefficient producers and exposes players to price fluctuations.

                                                                                          In this context, companies have low degrees of freedom to affect the Sales Price Profitability Lever as this is fundamentally the result of market balance. To compensate for this reduced profitability that affects most of the pulp and paper grades, companies have looked at rationalising their production costs to keep profitability at acceptable levels. This might include consolidating the business, streamlining operations and reducing their overheads (including their number of FTEs). However cost- cutting can only do a limited amount for increasing profitability.

                                                                                          By necessity the next step must be improving operational efficiency, which is the lever that the company can actively control. Ultimately, this can positively impact production volumes or raw materials and utilities consumption, which has direct effect on the profit equation, regardless of market conditions.

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                                                                                          Focus on what you can control - Execution Gap

                                                                                          Main internal levers for operations performance

                                                                                          Improving operational performance and efficiency is not straightforward. Plenty of companies find themselves unable to achieve significant improvements even though they expend significant resources on it. While continuous improvement initiatives have been a part of business culture for a long time, the pulp and paper sector has always been somewhat conservative in making it a common management practice.

                                                                                          When companies do apply continuous improvement initiatives, they often find they do not have the right operational capability to develop and implement effective and consistent performance improvement initiatives and harvest visible results.

                                                                                          Operations performance can be determined by the quality of three main factors: assets and process, people and organisation, and management systems.

                                                                                          1. 1. Assets and processes – this is the way physical assets are run and optimised to create value, while minimising losses through improved stability. It is related to the design of manufacturing and business process, as well as to the subsequent ability to technically improve the business and physical proc
                                                                                          1. 2. People and organisation – this is the way people organise, think, perform and conduct themselves in the workplace, both individually and collectively. It is related to the organisational structure, as well as people’s skillsets that can support the goals of an effective continuous improvement culture.

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                                                                                          1. 3. Management systems – this is the formal structure, processes and systems through which human and organisational resources are aligned to achieve shared go It can include elements such as process variable tool monitoring, KPI reporting, shift reports, action planning systems and standard operating procedures. These systems should be geared towards effective continuous improvement.

                                                                                          These levers can be used in a number of different ways to improve operations, but they all aim to change operating methods and procedures together with the use of modern technology in operational control. Several companies have applied different methods such as Lean Six Sigma, Lean Management, TPS, Kaizen and Deming’s Circle – PDCA. But, understanding the technical challenges of the pulp and paper industry when applying continuous improvement tools is key, as out of- context implementation can actually do more harm than good.

                                                                                          Having recognised this, Pöyry has developed a methodology that incorporates the best of different continuous improvement techniques, while bringing industry savvy experts that can understand the specific needs of pulp and paper mills and speak their language. Pöyry’s ExGapTM methodology is based on sound analytics and process insights into operations, supply chain and organisation.

                                                                                          Execution Gap – how much value are we leaving on the table?

                                                                                          Fundamental to Pöyry’s ExGapTM methodology is qualifying and quantifying the Execution Gap (ExGap) of an operation. This can be defined as the difference between current performance and potential performance. It is the money that companies are leaving on the table by not being able to perform to their full potential with their current assets. This is a simple but powerful concept that is the first step on the long path towards sustainable performance improvement. Though a simple concept, the ExGap contains a powerful message:

                                                                                          • It is usually significant – all industries, all market conditions
                                                                                          • It is within our control

                                                                                          • It will never be captured until it is specifically identified and quantified

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                                                                                          The first step towards establishing and quantifying the ExGap is undertaking a mill diagnostic. This entails a full management process and system diagnostic, together with a technical process diagnostic, combining both management and technical perspectives. The diagnostic focuses mostly on non-capex areas of opportunity, as most of the improvement can come from better process monitoring and control. This highlights how most process improvement is unrelated to asset investment. Nonetheless, in selected circumstances, rapid return investments can also be identified to accelerate the ExGap closure.

                                                                                          Typically, for the pulp and paper industry the ExGap on operations can reach between 20-50EUR/t of improvement opportunity. Roughly 55% is attributed to increased production (if it can be valued) and 45% is related to variable cost savings. This is a sizeable gap that has a high impact on the bottom-line and can make the difference between a company’s success and failure.

                                                                                          The Pulp and Paper players are facing common challenges preventing them of capturing the full value of their operations

                                                                                          Case Study - Taking operational improvements to the next level

                                                                                          • The client was a recycled graphic paper producer with modern assets who had already executed several improvement initiatives. Their goal was to improve production efficiency and stability. In addition to the technical issues in both paper machines and recycled plant, the mill had structural problems related to its management systems, hindering its performance.
                                                                                          • Pöyry’s team stepped in to conduct an ExGapTM diagnostic with detailed data analysis and technical interviews during a two week site visit. The team identified 20EUR/t of lost productivity in production areas OEE, raw materials and energy consumption. The low performance was clearly attributable to more than mere asset quality: for example, management systems for the production monitoring and control were inadequate. Other typical organisational shortcomings included management of departmental silos, as well as lack of diligent planning, action and accountability.
                                                                                          • The diagnostic phase was crucial to guide the next step on the performance improvement process. Next, Pöyry’s team and the client started to jointly bridge the execution gap, based on the first phase findings. The 12-month implementation project that followed included several changes in management and technical improvement initiatives. These were geared towards developing management system methods and tools for consistency of behaviour, actions and, ultimately, performance and results.
                                                                                          • Importantly, performance transparency was also established. This included visual means and regular reports, clear and manageable targets, as well as improved communication/information sharing through meetings at the mill and within department levels. Emphasis was put on diligence and actions were taken against negligent or unintentionally faulty work. Ultimately, motivation and team mentality improved due to increased accountability.
                                                                                          • By the end of the project, the mill achieved an annualized improvement level of about 4 MEUR on all aspects of the operation. The performance continued to rise further following the establishment of high performance culture. The main achievements included the following: 1) Technical downtime reduced by almost 50% on main PM’s; 2) Increased speed machine by 3%; 3) Break frequency was almost halved on one machine and stabilised on the second machine even with higher speeds; 4) Power consumption reduction of about 10%t; 5) Steam consumption reduction of about 10%.

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                                                                                          What are the main challenges that industry faces in operations?

                                                                                          The root of an organisation’s ExGap lies in the three above-mentioned components of operations management – management systems, assets and process, and people and organisation. Issues and challenges that contribute to a company’s ExGap include:

                                                                                          Process variance and inconsistent results – inefficient use of assets together with lack of optimisation and limited standard operating procedures can lead to excessive process variability. Process variability leads to lower efficiencies and higher production costs.

                                                                                          Non-systematic management processes – incomplete or inconsistent management systems are a common cause of poor performance. This can be reflected in poor and incomplete management and process metrics, excessive and unfocused reporting, poor meeting and action structures, informal action planning, or the lack of a formal continuous improvement system. It’s typical to see different departments on the same mill using a different management process and tools.

                                                                                          Poor equipment availability due to sub-optimal maintenance practice – The ineffectiveness of maintenance function is more of an issue than the maintenance costs. Incomplete business processes and lack of management systems tend to generate low visibility and accountability of maintenance results, which reflects on poor equipment availability.

                                                                                          Lack of specific operational and industry skills – as a result of low industry profitability, investment in assets and people has been reduced. This results in a shortage of management and technical skills, which is exacerbated by an ageing workforce.

                                                                                          Obsolete instrumentation and automation – to maintain steady and stable processes, having the correct and most reliable measurements is essential. It is not possible to control a complex process of high inertia with infrequent lab measurements. At the same time, manually operated operations are fallible and prone to variability. Systems obsolescence is becoming a common issue in the pulp and paper industry.

                                                                                          Organisation silos and data overload – mill departments tend to be organised in silos where data and information doesn’t flow across borders. Holistic mill optimisation is thus more difficult. On top of this, pulp and paper mills are overloaded with too much data, and have insufficient time and tools to extract any valuable information or insights.

                                                                                          This is not a comprehensive breakdown of all the challenges the industry is facing, which varies between companies, segments and geographies. Rather, the challenges outlined above are consistently found across the pulp and paper industry and are the main causes of low operational performance.

                                                                                          What are the requirements to improve on operations?

                                                                                          Improving mill operations and achieving performance gains is not straightforward; different companies will have different levels of readiness for the long and sometimes difficult journey required. Ultimately, continuous improvement processes are about fundamental changes to a company’s culture.

                                                                                          There are two phases within Pöyry’s ExGapTM principles that drive continuous improvement processes: firstly, the diagnostic phase and secondly, the implementation phase.

                                                                                          The diagnostic phase is an intensive audit of the company’s operations, with the objective of identifying and quantifying the extent of the opportunities for improvement (ExGap), while also revealing clues about the causes of underperformance. This is a fundamental step, which any improvement initiative should start with. Typically, this can be developed within 1-2 months of intensive work, depending on the areas involved and the complexity of operation.

                                                                                          After diagnosing the state of operations, the next phase involves the implementation of new methods and practices that can help close the ExGapTM. This should be based on a 10-18 month initiative, in which all levels of the organisation are involved. Systematic processes are developed with a clear management structure that helps to unlock the operation’s true potential. At the same time, the development of people is promoted alongside efforts to change company culture. The result is a new approach and new system that is focused on continuous improvement.

                                                                                          In our experience, applying operational excellence methodologies is not enough to achieve tangible results in improving operations in the pulp and paper industry. It must be accompanied by deep technical knowledge of the industry and extensive technological expertise in order to challenge and change deep-rooted operating methods. The path to improvement can be both long and challenging, and companies must fully commit and dedicate all required resources to these initiatives. However, the reward is on the horizon and can be tangible.

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                                                                                          Concluding – why all of this matters?

                                                                                          Given the cut-throat competition in the pulp and paper sector, it is imperative that producers extract the most out of their assets. There is typically a great deal of value hidden within underperforming operations. This money is left on the table by companies that are not able to capitalise the best of their operations.

                                                                                          These improvements should be a priority, as they are entirely within a company’s control. Companies can’t control market forces, so focusing on what they can control is essential, and can be the difference between survival and failure. Based on our experience, the potential benefits on production, maintenance and supply chain can yield savings as much as 20-50EUR/t. It is time for pulp and paper companies to claim back this hidden value – the ExGapTM.

                                                                                          • Pöyry
                                                                                          • Pöyry PLC
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                                                                                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Gabriel Sousa) European News Wed, 15 Nov 2017 09:45:45 +0100
                                                                                            European paper industry takes over environmental footprint method from EU http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7505-european-paper-industry-takes-over-environmental-footprint-method-from-eu http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7505-european-paper-industry-takes-over-environmental-footprint-method-from-eu

                                                                                            The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) informed the European Commission on 13 November of its intention to take over the PEFCR (Product Environmental Footprint Category Rules) prepared under a larger EU pilot on environmental footprints.

                                                                                            cepi logo“The PEFCR project promised to deliver a clear, simplified and workable method for environmental footprinting that our value chain could effectively use and rely upon.  After more than four year’s work, the European Commission body in charge of the project is far from this objective. CEPI will now take the necessary measures to conclude the project and design a tool that is meaningful for business and workable for SMEs,” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General at CEPI.

                                                                                            Initiated in 2013, the Intermediate Paper Pilot was meant to deliver a methodology for environmental footprinting of intermediate paper in a clear and workable format for all users. It was considered, at that time, that the workability of future PEF rules was imperative for the paper value chain, particularly SMEs. Led by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre, however, the project has since been turned into an overly academic tool and the process continuously delayed. 

                                                                                            The industry recognises the value of establishing a reference tool for communicating the environmental performance of paper products to customers and consumers. The industry has therefore decided to take back the lead from the European Commission and revise the PEFCR. In order to do so, CEPI has outlined a number of key steps in a letter sent to the Commission’s environment department here. The process would lead to developing free software for calculating the environmental footprint of intermediate paper, which could be extended by the printing and paper converting associations to a tool for final paper products. CEPI believes these steps are achievable over the 2018 – 2019 period.

                                                                                            CEPI is the pan-European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry. Through its 18 national associations CEPI gathers 495 companies operating more than 900 pulp and paper mills across Europe producing paper, pulp, cardboard, tissue and other bio-based products. CEPI represents 22% of world production, €81 billion of annual turnover to the European economy and directly employs over 175,000 people. 

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                                                                                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:34:40 +0100
                                                                                              James Cropper strengthens leadership team with new appointment http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7504-james-cropper-strengthens-leadership-team-with-new-appointment http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7504-james-cropper-strengthens-leadership-team-with-new-appointment

                                                                                              British master papermaker James Cropper has bolstered its marketing function with the appointment of Richard Bracewell as its new marketing director.

                                                                                              2017 11 14 111631Richard brings a wealth of senior experience to the speciality paper manufacturer, having held a variety of marketing leadership positions at Shell International during a 20-year career.

                                                                                              His roles at the energy company included developing and leading a global automotive servicing business, head of marketing for branded motor oils and head of global sponsorships.

                                                                                              The new appointment signals James Cropper’s commitment to delivering a market leading product and service offer. Richard will oversee the marketing strategy and will play a fundamental role in accelerating the team to meet its objective of continued, sustainable growth.

                                                                                              Commenting on his appointment, Richard said: “I join the business at an extremely exciting time as we increase our focus on developing new and innovative tailor-made products for our customers worldwide. I look forward to contributing to James Cropper’s continued success.”

                                                                                              His appointment follows the successful launch of CupCycling™ by James Cropper. The company now holds the technology to ‘upcycle’ used coffee cups and turn them into luxurious papers for packaging, creative design and print. This world-first for recycling will form a major part in an exciting portfolio of projects planned for 2018.

                                                                                              Steve Adams, managing director at James Cropper, said: “Bringing Richard on board comes as James Cropper moves into a new era and we’re confident that he brings with him the expertise required to carry out such a vital role. I look forward to working alongside him as we continue our brand journey.”

                                                                                              For more information about James Cropper, visit www.jamescropper.com

                                                                                              About James Cropper

                                                                                              James Cropper are prestige paper innovators 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. Celebrating 170 years of high quality paper production in 2015, 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.

                                                                                              A network of global sales and production facilities from Europe to the Far East provides local customer service to international clients, while its historic base in the village of Burneside retains nearly two centuries worth of papermaking expertise.

                                                                                              About Technical Fibre Products (TFP)

                                                                                              As well as paper products, James Cropper plc also incorporates Technical Fibre Products (TFP), manufacturers of non-woven materials from carbon, glass and polymer fibres, which play a key part in production of composites in the automotive, energy and aerospace sectors.

                                                                                              About James Cropper 3D Products

                                                                                              With James Cropper 3D Products, James Cropper plc has created the next generation of sustainable moulded paper packaging. Available in a wide variety of colours and with a naturally tactile finish, the product has a clear focus on quality and is design-engineered to suit all packaging needs. Features to improve product value and packaging integrity, such as personal embossing, natural hinges and cut-outs, enhance brand impact. All packaging products are recyclable and made from 100 per cent renewable natural fibres.

                                                                                              For further information visit: www.jamescropper.com, www.jc3dp.com and www.tfpglobal.com

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                                                                                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:23:05 +0100
                                                                                                ANDRITZ to supply baling line with bale tracking to Sappi Saiccor http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7503-andritz-to-supply-baling-line-with-bale-tracking-to-sappi-saiccor http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7503-andritz-to-supply-baling-line-with-bale-tracking-to-sappi-saiccor

                                                                                                International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Sappi Saiccor to supply a baling line with bale tracking for its mill in Saiccor, South Africa. Start-up is scheduled for 2018.

                                                                                                The ANDRITZ baling line has a capacity of 250 bales per hour. © ANDRITZThe ANDRITZ baling line has a capacity of 250 bales per hour. © ANDRITZThe order comprises a new baling line with a capacity of 250 bales per hour, machines to connect two existing production lines, and bale tracking for the new and the two existing baling lines. Although there is limited space available, no new building is necessary due to the special space-saving design of the ANDRITZ baling line.

                                                                                                This order once again endorses the excellent cooperation between Sappi Saiccor and ANDRITZ. Only recently, ANDRITZ was awarded an order to supply a new headbox and rebuild the pulp dryer to increase the capacity at the Saiccor mill.

                                                                                                Situated 50 km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, the Saiccor mill is one of the production facilities for Sappi Specialized Cellulose. The mill has the capacity to produce approximately 800,000 tons of elemental chlorine free (ECF) dissolving wood pulp (DWP) per annum, mostly for the export market. With the Saiccor mill, the Ngodwana Mill (also in South Africa), and the Cloquet Mill (North America), Sappi Specialized Cellulose is the world’s largest manufacturer of DWP.

                                                                                                ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,700 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

                                                                                                ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

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                                                                                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:34:47 +0100
                                                                                                  Rottneros invests another 117 SEKm within the framework of Agenda 500 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7502-rottneros-invests-another-117-sekm-within-the-framework-of-agenda-500 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7502-rottneros-invests-another-117-sekm-within-the-framework-of-agenda-500

                                                                                                  As a next step in the capacity development of Rottneros Mill, Rottneros’ Board has granted further investments in the CTMP line. The investment, CTMP Step 2, increases capacity by approximately 18,000 tonnes per year and is expected to be operational in the fall of 2018. The investment follows the strategic development plan Agenda 500, where a first capacity-enhancing investment in the CTMP line was made in 2016. Within Agenda 500, Rottneros Mill has put into operation a bio mass boiler in the third quarter of 2017 that replaces an oil-based boiler and made the mill practically fossil-free. The expansion of the purification plant is an ongoing investment that is expected to be put into operation in 2018.

                                                                                                  rott logoThe Rottneros Mill has a strong position as a supplier of high yield pulp. With increased capacity, we ensure that Rottneros can be a reliable supplier of CTMP and an attractive partner for our customers, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros AB.

                                                                                                  The Vallvik Mill was granted a new environmental permit in 2016 which allows production of 255,000 tonnes of chemical pulp per year. The permit also includes increased requirements regarding sulfur emissions. In order to meet the requirements, the mill will invest in a weak gas collection system. Final negotiations with the potential suppliers will begin immediately.  The investment is expected to be put into operation in Q4 2018.

                                                                                                  Agenda 500 includes both environmental and capacity investments. For Vallvik Mill, the investment in the weak gas collection system is another environmental investment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the mill, comments Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

                                                                                                  About Us

                                                                                                  Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 280 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.7 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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                                                                                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Tue, 14 Nov 2017 09:28:39 +0100
                                                                                                    EcoVadis awards BillerudKorsnäs highest rating for sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7501-ecovadis-awards-billerudkorsnaes-highest-rating-for-sustainability http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/european-news/item/7501-ecovadis-awards-billerudkorsnaes-highest-rating-for-sustainability

                                                                                                    BillerudKorsnäs has been awarded a Gold rating from EcoVadis for the fourth year in a row. The annual evaluation of 30,000 suppliers shows that BillerudKorsnäs is among the top 1 percent of all companies assessed.

                                                                                                    2017 11 13 090234EcoVadis is the leading system for evaluating suppliers' environmental aspects, working conditions, corporate social responsibility and subcontractors. Multinational brands with high ethical ambitions use the system to evaluate their supply chains in turn.

                                                                                                    This year’s evaluation shows that BillerudKorsnäs is among the very best of all companies in the same industry and is also in the top percentage rank among all companies assessed, regardless of industry. It also shows that BillerudKorsnäs improved even more this year.

                                                                                                    "EcoVadis confirms that our sustainability is at a high level and that we have structured work on environment and working conditions, clear guidelines regarding ethical issues and a systematic approach with our suppliers. The fact that we received very high scores in all areas assessed, well above the average of the group of paper and cardboard manufacturers we are compared to, and that we have received higher rankings every year since the first evaluation in 2013 is really pleasing,” says Bengt Brunberg, responsible for reporting on sustainability initiatives.

                                                                                                    The EcoVadis method is based on internationally adopted principles for sustainability reporting, such as GRI (Global Reporting Initiative), United Nations Global Compact and ISO 26000, and is audited by independent sustainability experts.

                                                                                                    Read the result in the attached BillerudKorsnäs' Sustainability Profile 2017

                                                                                                    More about EcoVadis at http://www.ecovadis.com/

                                                                                                    BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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                                                                                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) European News Mon, 13 Nov 2017 12:29:39 +0100