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    10.01.2014   International Paper's Coated Board Investment at Kwidzyn, Poland Progressing Excellently    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper announced that its exciting investment project at the Polish Kwidzyn mill is progressing well on time. The company disclosed earlier this year its plans for a substantial investment in the mill to further enhance its product quality and service platform for the coated board market in EMEA. The project is expected to be completed in the first quarter 2014.
    More specifically, the investment will see International Paper rebuild its coated board machine at Kwidzyn to enable the production of lighter-weight grades, along with adding two new sheeters to eliminate current limitations in finish ing capacity. While the sheeter installation is already well underway, the machine rebuild will take place in March 2014 for up to 20 days. Sheeting operations will continue un-interrupted during the time of the rebuild.
    “This investment will enable us to create even greater value for customers and offer more options”, said Michael Krueger, International Paper’s Commercial Director for Coated Paperboard & Recycled Specialties. “The ability to produce lighter-weight board grades responds directly to the growing demand for economically attractive and environmentally sustainable packaging solutions. The additional sheeting capacity will allow for even greater flexibility and shorter leadtimes.”
    Krueger added: “Naturally, we are working extremely closely with our customers and are taking all necessary steps to ensure uninterrupted
    supply and service during the rebuild.”
    The Arktika and Alaska ranges will continue to be a vailable with unchanged technical specifications both during and after the rebuild.
    Enabled through the rebuild and consistent with customer demands, International Paper intends to develop and progressively introduce
    additional differentiated light-weight grades from the second quarter of 2014 onwards.
    (International Paper)
     
    10.01.2014   Brazil Biomass and Renewable Energy    ( Company news )

    Company news I am sending a technical presentation of the Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Biomass and Renewable Energy and our company Brazil Biomass and Renewable Energy.
    We are finalizing the Atlas Brazilian Biomass and Bioenergy with a detailed technical potential of forest biomass, industrial and agro industry in Brazil. This is the most complete technical study of Brazil with more than 900 pages, evaluating each region and state and local Brazilian with greater biomass potential for the development of industrial design of pellets.
    We look for companies with an interest in investments or partnerships with Brazilian companies for the development of industrial projects in Brazil. Having interest in investment partnerships and development projects in Brazil can continue the discussion.

    Regards
    Celso Oliveira
    Brazil Biomass and Renewable Energy
    Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy
    Brazil. 570 Candido Hartmann 24-243 Curitiba Parana 80730-440 Phone:+005541 33352284 and 88630864
    Skype Brazil Biomass Renewable Energy
    E-mail: brazilbiomass@aol.com and brazilbiomass@sapo.pt
    ABIB Brazil http://www.wix.com/abibbrasil/brazilianassociationbiomass
    Brazil Biomass http://www.wix.com/abibbrasil/brazilbiomass
    (ABIB Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy)
     
    09.01.2014   Ahlstrom completes the divestment of its pre-impregnated décor paper and abrasive businesses...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...to Perusa

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, has completed the divestment of its pre-impregnated décor papers and abrasive paper backings businesses to Perusa, a German-based private equity group.
    The divestment was made to comply with the commitments made to the European Commission and to the Brazilian competition authority CADE as disclosed in May 2013. The transaction between Ahlstrom and Perusa was announced on October 18, 2013.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    09.01.2014   One of the world's largest pulp mills supplied by Valmet successfully started up in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Suzano Papel e Celulose's new pulp mill located in Imperatriz, Maranhão, Brazil was started up at the end of December 2013. The mill is the first complete pulp mill supplied by Valmet in South America.
    The project was started in April 2011. Valmet delivered the main parts of a green field pulp mill comprising wood handling, cooking plant and fiber line, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, power boiler, recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln. The delivery also included Metso's automation solution for all process areas. The new mill will produce 1.5 million tons of bleached eucalyptus market pulp per year.
    "Providing competitive technologies and solutions for pulp production is one of Valmet's strategic focus areas. We have been working with Suzano, one of the leading pulp producers in Latin America, since 1970's. This project has been significant both for Valmet and Suzano and has been done in good cooperation between professionals from both companies", says Pasi Laine, President and CEO, Valmet.
    "Maranhão pulp production unit is one of the largest pulp lines in the world. The project demonstrates our strong capabilities as full-scope supplier for the global pulp industry. We have a competent team of experts both from Brazil and the Nordics and our focus in now on securing successful ramp-up of the production", comments Celso Tacla, Area President, South America, Valmet.
    Suzano Papel e Celulose is one of the largest vertically integrated producers of pulp and paper in Latin America. The company's main products, sold on the domestic and international markets, are eucalyptus pulp, printing and writing paper and paperboard.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    09.01.2014   Voith's SpeedSizer impresses customers all over the world    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2013 Voith was able to support its customers with eight SpeedSizers as rebuild projects in addition to the SpeedSizer installations supplied to new plants. Paper manufacturers worldwide rely on Voith technology for an uniform and flawless application of film in the sizing and coating process along with even CD and MD coat weight profiles. Since the product was launched more than 250 SpeedSizers have already been installed.
    The base of the SpeedSizer applicator unit is made of CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic). This carbon technology allows consistently stable application profiles, especially when there are changes to operating conditions.
    SpeedRod M, the new metering rod bed generation of SpeedSizer, ensures that if a hose change becomes necessary the downtime will only be brief. The wear parts can be replaced quickly outside of the machine. In the case of conventional metering rod beds a period of 90 minutes has to be allowed for hose change. SpeedRod M requires only five minutes hose change time. In addition, easy access to the metering rod fixture provides for better cleaning.
    SpeedSizer is the ideal applicator unit on fast-running paper machines for graphic printing paper or packaging paper for various functional coats in the case of specialty paper and for sizing wood-free paper. It is capable of successfully processing very diverse media, from low-viscosity starch solutions to high-viscosity coating colors.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    09.01.2014   BAPC Conference Friday 17th - Saturday 18th January 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The future is here......right here in a quiet corner of Hertfordshire on the 17th and 18th January 2014 for the industry’s most acclaimed event – the BAPC Conference – where we will be focusing on the print and graphic communication world of tomorrow and today – and we’re confidently predicting that the best is yet to come.

    The BAPC is the leading trade association for the creative industry, which includes the graphic arts, print and communication sectors. The BAPC, run by printers for printers, provides members with a wealth of knowledge and hands-on experience. Being frontline the Association has concentrated on developing services and facilities that will directly help BAPC members survive and succeed. It is the aim of the Association to cultivate a “community of print” that acts as a forum for the graphic arts industry to work together for mutual benefit.
    To prove it, we‘ve lined up the best annual get together yet, in a packed programme from Friday evening to Saturday night, we’ll stimulate your business brain, widen your industry knowledge, entertain you in style and give you the kind of relaxing time that every busy print professional needs.
    The conference agenda is designed around the two main priorities of 'knowledge' and 'networking'. Our leading speakers are nationally acclaimed authorities on the future of business and maximising the opportunities that will come your way. They will be ably supported by highly respected figures from our own industry. In addition to their pearls of wisdom you’ll also have the chance to offer gems of your own as we discuss relevant issues that will affect us all as we strive to win new business and boost the bottom line.
    Our first key speaker is leading economist Dennis Turner, a top influential authority on the changing world of business. Dennis is well known as the former chief economist at HSBC and if anyone knows how the economic trends are going to affect us he does!
    A question on everyone’s lips – Is there a future for the SME and micro businesses? Steve Lovatt, with more than 25 years experience as both a print service provider and supplier, will tackle this issue. Never one to hold back you will find his views to be enlightening.
    We all have many business issues and our Question Time panel will look at the areas we all need to address. The erudite Gareth Ward will facilitate this session. He will put panel members into the firing line and cover such issues as – Is social media marketing just for consumers or is it an effective B2B tool? How can we utilise the power of search engines such as Google to our advantage? Every business, large, or small has a brand – how do we use that brand for maximum effect – the inimitable Chas Moloney will provide his thoughts.
    There are certainly new opportunities out there and Frazer Chesterman and Marcus Timson will identify some of them and show how to take maximum advantage.
    We all have to invest in technology but are we making the most of those purchases. Andy Harris will help us ensure that we maximise the return on our investments.
    Print service providers are on the lookout for new business and a good source is certainly the creative sector. Mark Hinder and Charlotte Graham-Cumming will shed some light on how to form a relationship with those buyers.
    The BAPC conference, and other industry events, are ideal opportunities to help us develop contacts and of course business. Trevor Crawford will show how to take full advantage of such activities.
    The theme of this conference is 'The best is yet to come!' and Marc Hogan, in his inimitable style will certainly illustrate how we can bring the best and ensure greater success. Marc will bring the day’s proceedings to a spectacular conclusion before the fun and excitement of the gala dinner and award ceremony complete with entertainment from the hilarious Brian Newbold.
    (Earth Island Publishing Ltd)
     
    09.01.2014   Tissue Industry meets in Lucca (Italy)!    ( Company news )

    Company news We are pleased to inform you that next 26 and 27 March 2014 will take place in Lucca (Italy) MIAC Tissue Business Point 2014, two days to focus on business opportunities, establishing new contacts and identifying new marketing possibilities in the Tissue sector. MIAC Tissue Business Point is an event dedicated to the world of Tissue paper in all its manifestations!
    MIAC Tissue Business Point is a new concept that goes one step further towards meeting the needs of Visitors: it is possible to get a complete overview of the Tissue world in just 2 days! Paper Mill and Converter technicians and managers will find out the latest advances in Machinery, Technology and Equipment available to the Tissue industry sector, for Tissue production and converting.
    MIAC Tissue Business Point means also Finished Products: the event is a marketplace where promote tissue finished products and services. At MIAC Tissue Business Point Modern Trade Buyers, Mass Retailers, Converters, Wholesalers and Office Suppliers will get new business opportunities and contacts offered by an ever-growing industry.
    Business Point by name and by nature! A streamlined, interesting Conference that involves 4 different sessions with the participation of independent experts outlining trends and commercial prospects of the tissue paper market plus technical and product presentations by the Participating Companies. Participation to the Conference is free of charge. The Conference programme will be on-line at the end of January (simultaneous translation is available for all the Conferences).
    The Exhibition Centre of MIAC Tissue Business Point is located in a strategic position in the North-Centre of Italy. Thanks to the presence of the main European airlines and a wide net of connections to the main European airports, the Airport of Pisa (20 minutes car distant from Lucca) and the Airport of Florence (45 minutes car distant from Lucca) are linked to the main European cities through connection flights.

    LOCATION AND OPENING TIME:
    Lucca Fiere - Via della Chiesa XXXII 237 - 55100 Lucca (Italy)
    26 - 27 March 2014: business starts at 9.30 a.m. - business ends at 05.30 p.m.
    Entrance is free of charge.
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    08.01.2014   VERSO TO ACQUIRE NEWPAGE TO CREATE STRONGER COATED PAPER PRODUCER    ( Company news )

    Company news Substantially Deleveraged Verso Better Positioned to Deliver Long-Term Value for Stakeholders in Increasingly Competitive Industry

    Picture: David J. Paterson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Verso Paper Corp.

    Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS), a leading North American producer of coated papers, and NewPage Holdings Inc., a leading producer of printing and specialty papers, announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Verso will acquire NewPage in a transaction valued at $1.4 billion.
    Upon closing of the transaction, the combined company will have sales of approximately $4.5 billion and 11 manufacturing facilities located in six states.
    The transaction, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, is expected to close in the second half of 2014, subject to regulatory approvals.

    Compelling Strategic Rationale
    “The combination of Verso and NewPage will create a stronger business that is better positioned to serve our customers and compete in a competitive global marketplace,” said David J. Paterson, Verso’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We continue to face increased competition from electronic substitution for print and international producers, but as a larger, more efficient organization with a sustainable capital structure, we will be better positioned to compete effectively and deliver solid results despite the industry’s continuing challenges. Furthermore, we believe the transaction provides stakeholders in both companies with meaningful, compelling value.”
    George F. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer of NewPage, commented, “We believe this agreement with Verso represents the best way forward for our stakeholders. A combined Verso and NewPage will be able to achieve greater efficiencies, which will enable it to serve clients with a high level of product quality and innovation. Together we will have increased manufacturing efficiency, greater flexibility and an even more solid and capable platform.”

    The combination of the two companies is expected to result in at least $175 million of pre-tax total cost synergies, which are expected to be achieved during the first 18 months after completion of the transaction.
    As a result of the transaction, when compared to stand-alone Verso, the combined company will be substantially deleveraged with a pro forma debt-to-EBITDA ratio materially lower than Verso’s current debt-to-EBITDA ratio.

    Terms of the Transaction
    Under the terms of the transaction, NewPage’s equity holders will receive total cash and debt consideration of $900 million, consisting of $250 million in cash, most of which will be paid to the stockholders as a special dividend prior to closing and the remainder of which will be paid at closing, and $650 million of new Verso first lien notes to be issued at closing.
    (Verso Paper Corp.)
     
    08.01.2014   Sakari Ahdekivi appointed new CFO of Ahlstrom     ( Company news )

    Company news Sakari Ahdekivi, 50, M.Sc (Econ.) has been appointed Chief Financial Officer and member of the Executive Management Team at Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company. He will join Ahlstrom on February 1, 2014.
    Prior to Ahlstrom, Mr. Ahdekivi was Managing Director at Tamro Finland and Baltics. He has also held CFO positions at Tamro, YIT, and Huhtamäki, and various financial controlling positions at ABB.
    "Sakari Ahdekivi has a broad experience from many international companies operating in different industries, and I am pleased that he will join us. At this point, let me also express my warmest thanks for the great contribution Seppo Parvi has made to the execution of the major transformation at Ahlstrom during the last years," said Jan Lång, President & CEO, Ahlstrom.
    Current CFO Seppo Parvi, also EVP, Food and Medical Business Area, will leave Ahlstrom at the end of January 2014.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    08.01.2014   The Department of Eure and Double A reach an agreement about the pulp mill in Alizay    ( Company news )

    Company news Double A purchases the pulp factory including the bio-mass power plant that borders its Alizay paper mill and brings its expertise in operating integrated pulp and paper mill together with bio-mass.

    Picture: (L-R) Mr. Gaëtan Levitre, Mayor of Alizay, Mr. Dominique Sorain, Prefect of Eure, Mr. Jean-Louis Destans, President – Conseil Général de l’Eure and Mr. Thirawit Leetavorn, Double A Senior Executive Vice President, during the press conference to announce Double A’s purchase of the Alizay pulp factory in France.

    Alizay, 17th December, 2013 - This new step confirms the exemplary nature of the recovery process on the Alizay site, which has become emblematic of the stakes linked to re-industrialization in France. After restarting the paper machine in June 2013, Double A Alizay's objective is to boost pulp production during the first semester of 2015. This investment is also a symbol of Double A’s commitment to the continued re-industrialization of the area. The pulp mill will increase Double A’s competitiveness in Europe and complete Alizay as a key production site for Double A’s expansion plans into Africa, Middle East and the Americas.


    "We have agreed on the selling price of the land, the buildings and the assets necessary to revive the production site. All that remains is for us to prepare and sign the deeds as soon as possible , this is in both parties interest as it will initiate the revival of paper pulp production on the site" stated Jean Louis Destans, Chairman of the General Council of the region of Eure. The papermaker should then file an application for authorization of exploitation which will result in a public inquiry. With State services, the Department of Eure is committed to accompanying the Double A Alizay teams throughout these administrative procedures, with the objective of effectively reviving the production of pulp during the first semester of 2015.

    This step is the follow-up of the exemplary industrial operations launched on 23rd January 2013 between the Department of Eure, employees and the paper manufacturer Double A. After acquiring the entire site in a form of 'micro-temporary nationalization' in a bid to save the industrial tools, the Department of Eure resold it the same day to the department linked to the production of paper and energy supply at Double A.

    The investment in the pulp mill will include investment in bio-mass power plant. Bio-mass power would generate green energy, utilizing wood and biomass from Alizay’s regional sources and residuals from the Alizay pulp producing process using wood from Double A’s Paper Tree from KHAN-NA in Thailand. This green energy is critical to the success of this investment.

    According to Jean Louis Destans "The commitments made by Double A during the sale of assets related to the paper machine on 23rd January 2013, were concerning the time expected to restart the machine or were about the number of jobs created. Double A’s decision to further invest in the Alizay pulp production site today, confirms their lasting implementation on our territory, and their willingness to make this the production site for the European market. This proves that political willingness pays off in industrial matters. Therefore, we made the right decision last year with the employees”. This commendable operation will ultimately be seen, in financial terms, as neutral to the General Council but largely positive in terms of the economy and employment.
    “2013 marked a successful return of the Alizay Paper Mill, which returned to full production in June and was producing premium quality Double A paper by August. The mill began exporting paper in September to the UAE and Eastern Europe. This success was due to the combined efforts of the profession team at Alizay and the Thai team, bringing together a truly unique partnership.” said Thirawit Leetavorn, Double A Senior Executive Vice President.

    Background History

    - On 23rdJanuary 2013, the Department bought the entire industrial Alizay site for € 22.2 million
    - On the same day, the Department resold the land and assets for the recommencement of production of paper and energy supply to Double A for € 18 million.
    - The Department still owns 50 hectares of land and the remaining assets, including the pulp and paper factory.
    - 10thJune 2013, Double A Alizay produced its first paper roll by importing raw material from Thailand and Brazil
    - 30th November 2013, Double A Alizay recruited 150 employees
    - 17th December 2013, the General Council announces the sale of the pulp factory to Double A Alizay
    - On the same day, Double A Alizay announced its goal to restart the factory during the first semester of 2015.
    (Double A (1991) Public Company Limited)
     
    07.01.2014   Domtar continues to grow its personal care business in Europe with the completion of the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... acquisition of Indas

    Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced the closing of the acquisition of privately-held Laboratorios Indas, SAU ("Indas"), pursuant to a definitive agreement announced on November 19, 2013.

    Indas is Spain's largest manufacturer and marketer of branded adult incontinence products, with its IncoPack and Indasec® line of products. With the addition of the new business, Domtar will become one of the leading adult incontinence products manufacturers in Europe, providing the Company with the critical mass upon which to build a pan-European business.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    07.01.2014   Sustainable handling of resources: Verpackung 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news A sustainable handling of resources is always worthwhile. The Verpackung Zürich 2014 is involved with sustainability and will draw up a balance of its CO2-emissions in cooperation with ClimatePartner in order to reduce its output in the following years. In the balance process all aspect of the trade show will be checked in detail.

    There are several possibilities in the packaging industry, too, how design processes and products in order to trim down the CO2-emission. The way to a carbon-neutral packaging will be displayed at the booth of ClimatePartner (hall 3, stand F21) and deepened in the learnShop «Carbon-friendly packaging as an innovative element in the sustainable supply chain»
    (easyFairs Deutschland GmbH)
     
    07.01.2014   Rengo Acquires FSC® Certification for Clay Coated Board    ( Company news )

    Company news Rengo Co., Ltd.
    (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that its No. 1 paper machine at the Tonegawa Division paperboard mill, which produces clay coated board, has acquired Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) certification.
    FSC certification is a well-known international system for certifying appropriately managed forests, as well as the appropriate processing and distribution of lumber harvested from these forests. This is the first time a paper machine in Japan dedicated to clay coated board, which is used for purposes such as foodstuffs and daily goods packaging, has acquired this certification.
    Rengo’s clay coated board, for which FSC certification was acquired, is an environmentally friendly product. Its main raw materials are wood fibers approved according to FSC standards, as well as appropriately-managed recovered fiber. Rengo will support responsible forest management and contribute to forest conservation and the curtailing of worldwide deforestation through the usage of wood fiber which considers environmental conservation in forests and ensure social benefits and economic sustainability, and the use of managed recovered fiber.
    Rengo has long worked to maintain and develop a recovered fiber recycling system. As awareness of the environment is growing, through this acquisition of FSC certification for clay coated board Rengo will make further efforts to fulfill requests from corporations and consumers regarding CSR procurement and green purchasing.
    (Rengo Co Ltd)
     
    07.01.2014   Introducing the new CEPI Chairman: Gary McGann, Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa    ( Company news )

    Company news “The competitiveness of industry needs to be on top of the EU agenda”

    The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary McGann (picture) as its new Chairman. Mr McGann is Group CEO of Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading paper-based packaging companies headquartered in Ireland. He commenced as Chairman of CEPI on 1 January 2014, succeeding outgoing chairman, Mr Jussi Pesonen.
    On his appointment, Mr McGann stated that the global competitiveness of Europe remains an issue that needs to be addressed by the EU. “The pulp and paper industry is a leading sector in the bio-economy with a large renewable energy and raw material base. 82% of our raw materials are sourced in Europe and we produce 23% of the world’s pulp and paper products. But our industry – made in Europe – suffers from a lack of a favourable business climate in Europe”, said Mr McGann.
    “As Chairman, I will support the CEPI Board and team in its effort to advance European competitiveness. The EU needs to create a complete single market and address areas such as energy policy. There is a need for greater certainty in regulation and creating an environment for industry which is enabling and makes business more efficient and more effective. We must also focus on delivering financial sustainability as much as environmental sustainability for industry in Europe”, added Mr McGann. “I believe CEPI has an important role to play in advancing these issues within the EU and ensuring competitiveness is on the agenda. CEPI and its team has a proven track record of successfully representing the paper industry at the highest level in Brussels and I look forward to working with them in the period ahead”.
    Gary McGann became CEO of Smurfit Kappa in November 2002. Mr McGann is also Chairman of Aon Ireland, a director of IBEC (Irish Business and Employers’ Confederation), a director of the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School and a member of the ERT (European Round Table of Industrialists). Mr McGann joined the (then) Jefferson Smurfit Group in 1998 as Chief Financial Officer and he holds a Master’s Degree in Management Science.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    06.01.2014   Norske Skog entered into new long term sales agreements in Australasia    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: CEO of Norske Skog, Sven Ombudstvedt

    Norske Skog has separately entered into new long-term supply agreements for newsprint and improved grade paper with the Australian media groups News Limited and Fairfax Media Limited. Both these customers had existing supply agreements with Norske Skog that were due to expire in June 2015 that have been replaced by new agreements that run until the middle of 2020.
    Norske Skog has a long history of supplying both News and Fairfax with the majority of their newsprint and improved grade paper under long term contractual arrangements. The contracts have delivered benefits to both Norske Skog and it's customers through security of supply and demand with stable pricing.
    - "This is a very important agreement for the Norske Skog group and we are happy for this confirmation of our position as the preferred supplier of newsprint and improved grades to the most influential media players in Australasia. These agreements gives us the opportunity to cooperate closely with these customers; and thus, intensify the effort to reduce costs in the value chain," says CEO of Norske Skog, Sven Ombudstvedt.
    -"The combined estimated value of the new agreements over their full term is approximately NOK 9 billion. Norske Skog has worked separately with both News and Fairfax during 2013 to develop mutually beneficial agreements that secures Norske Skog's business with News and Fairfax beyond 2015", says Andrew Leighton, Regional President of Norske Skog Australasia.
    - "These agreements are securing our newsprint and improved grade market share in Australia and New Zealand until 2020. At the same time, these agreements will also limit our future foreign exchange rate exposure in Australia and New Zealand", says the CEO of Norske Skog Sven Ombudstvedt.
    News Limited and Fairfax Media Limited are Norske Skog's largest customers in Australasia. In 2013 these customers represented approximately 70% of the newsprint and improved grade market in Australasia.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    06.01.2014   A groundbreaking announcement: FPInnovations and Kruger join forces to IMPLEMENT a ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... a Leading-edge Cellulose Filament Plant

    Picture (From left to right): First row: Mr. Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations; the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec; Ms. Martine Ouellet, Minister of Natural Resources of Québec; Ms. Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec; and Mr. Daniel Archambault, Executive Vice President and COO, Industrial Products Division, Kruger. Second row: Mr. Jean-François Guillot, General Manager, Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill; Mr. Robert Aubin, MP, Trois-Rivières riding, Ms. Noëlla Champagne; Member for Champlain; Ms. Danielle St-Amand; MNA for Trois-Rivières; Mr. Yves Lévesque, Mayor, Trois-Rivières, Mr. Pierre Janelle, Vice President, Manufacturing – Québec, Publication Papers. They are joined by workers from Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Mill.

    Canada first in international race to develop game-changing technology and eco-friendly materials of the future
    FPInnovations and Kruger Inc. announced a joint project to implement the world’s first five ton/day cellulose filament demonstration plant at Kruger’s Trois-Rivières Paper Mill. Details of the project were revealed at a press conference held in Trois-Rivières on December 18, 2013, by the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities and Intergovernmental Affairs and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources of Canada; Ms. Martine Ouellet, Minister of Natural Resources of Québec; Ms. Élaine Zakaïb, Minister for Industrial Policy and the Banque de développement économique du Québec; Mr. Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations; and Mr. Daniel Archambault, Executive Vice President and COO of Kruger’s Industrial Products Division.
    This important research and innovation project represents investments totaling $43.1 M, including funding from Natural Resources Canada, through the Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) Program, as well as a grant from the Québec Ministry of Natural Resources, a loan from Investissement Québec, a contribution from Kruger Inc. and funds from FPInnovations’ pulp, paper and bioproducts industrial members.
    A highly innovative wood-fibre based biomaterial, cellulose filaments (CF) are expected to have an immediate impact on Canada’s forest industry due to their capacity to be integrated into other materials and to their high strength, light weight and flexibility. CF will be used in a wide range of applications as a lightweight strengthening additive to produce lower cost commercial pulps, papers, packaging, tissues and towels. Looking to the future, CF may be combined with many materials to create high value products ranging from flexible packaging and films to structural and non-structural panels in building construction.
    “This announcement is a shining example of how collaboration and targeted investment in research and development can positively impact traditional markets while leading to the development of innovative new products,” said Pierre Lapointe, President and CEO of FPInnovations. “Cellulose filaments are set to become a key element in the transformation of the Canadian pulp and paper industry enabling the industry to gain a foot-hold in non-traditional markets while building on its existing manufacturing capacity in forest-dependent communities across Canada.
    “We are very pleased to be part of this groundbreaking project which will make Canada a global leader in CF production,” said Daniel Archambault, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Industrial Products Division, Kruger Inc. “By enabling the Canadian forest industry to diversify into non-traditional markets, CF production will help protect existing jobs and create opportunities for new highly qualified jobs across the country.”
    The demonstration plant in Trois-Rivières, combined with a concurrent national research program involving FPInnovations and industry, provides a strategic advantage for the production and marketing of this transformative biomaterial. The plant will operate on a simple and efficient chemical-free process developed by FPInnovations that uses only mechanical/refining energy and wood fibres with minimal impact. This, in addition to the fact that the plant can be built with robust and industrially available equipment, will facilitate scale-up to a commercial stage, thus conveying a unique advantage to Canadian companies.
    Canada is now well-equipped to compete with global industries in the USA, China, Finland, Brazil and Sweden to develop the next generation cellulose-based bio-materials. In addition, FPInnovations’ five patents on the process and product secure the technology for the advantage of the Canadian industry while providing conditions to bring this game-changing technology to commercial reality.
    The potential initial market for CF as a strength reinforcing agent for traditional pulp and paper products is conservatively estimated at 120,000 tons per year in North America alone. In addition, a similar-sized, non-traditional market is forecast for thermoplastics, reinforced plastics, thermosets, adhesives, and non-woven fabric and coatings, representing a total revenue potential of $500 million per year for companies that make use of CF.
    (Kruger Inc.)
     
    06.01.2014   Nippon Paper Industries Announces Linerboard and Corrugated Medium Price Revisions    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (“the Company”; President: Yoshio Haga) announces price revisions for linerboard and corrugated medium in the domestic market.

    1. Products subject to price revisions: All kinds of linerboard and corrugated medium handled by Containerboard Sales Division of the Company
    2. Markup: About 15%
    3. Timing of implementation: From January 21, 2014 shipment
    4. Reason for implementation: The prices of raw materials such as wastepaper and fuels are in an upward trend. Although the Company has made sustained efforts to reduce costs, it has proven difficult to absorb all the cost increases through the Company’s own efforts, and it decided that there was no alternative but to pass the cost on to the product prices.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
     
    06.01.2014   Introduction to Paper Arabia 2014 / 21-23 September 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Greeting from Al Fajer Information & Services!

    All The manufacturers, buyers, traders, and visitors would like to meet and discuss, source, negotiate and promote the best deals and innovations related to the paper industry and its relevant components, concentrated in the MENA and GULF region

    This industry has evolved since the last 5 years to go beyond expectations and reach an amount of $ 126 billion in trade! Consuming over 49 million tons of paper!

    After 6 successful editions, we are proud to invite you to participate in PAPER ARABIA 2014 in its 7th edition, from 21st to 23rd September 2014, at the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre, including but not limited to corrugated carton & machinery.

    In its 7th Edition, Paper Arabia 2014 will focus on bringing in the best products, manufacturers and deals into an international professional community gathered under one roof.

    Picture: Our detailed brochure regarding the exhibition, terms, conditions and pricing

    Book your space now and secure the best stand in the show.

    Sincerely yours,

    Lamyae Zafati
    Asst Project Manager
    Al Fajer Information & Services
    POB 1118
    Dubai, UAE
    Tel: +971 4 3406888 extn 231
    Fax: +971 4 3403608
    Cell: +971 50 7358336
    (Al Fajer Informations Services, Dubai)
     
    06.01.2014   Foiling the Fraudsters    ( Company news )

    Company news Award-winning label from Stratus Packaging protects your pin code

    Fraudsters are ever more resourceful in finding new ways to gain access to pin code numbers – but Stratus Packaging Group’s patented solution brings a whole new dimension to scratch-off pin code label security.

    Awarded a prize for innovation in the FINAT International Label Competition, Stratus Packaging’s IXcode label employs a novel variation on the system involving silver inks over the printed pin number which the customer needs to scratch off to display the pin. Often employed today by banks, this system lays itself open to pin code theft through, for example, heating the scratch-off inks to make the number visible.

    Tamper-evident solution
    Such activity is not possible with the Stratus Packaging IXcode. It is centred on making a substantial change to the structure of the label laminate that contains the pin number and anchors it to the base document. One of the laminate components constitutes a stretchable ‘tongue’, which is then covered by tiny particles of black ink. By stretching the tongue, the customer can make the pin number appear as the tiny ink particles are dispersed and disappear. The stretchable material, however, will not shrink back to its original state, and cannot be replaced, so ready evidence of tampering is available to the customer. The complex laminate – which involved extensive testing of different materials, adhesives, and inks and more than 100 hours of proving trials – effectively deters the efforts of the pin code thieves by making it impossible to conceal the fact that the label has been previously disturbed.

    ‘One of our specialities at Stratus Packaging is in creating practical, effective labelling solutions within the security and traceability segment – which include tamper-evident seals, RFID labels, and the use of security inks’, comments Isidore Leiser, CEO of Stratus Packaging. He explains: ‘We developed the original IX-code concept and designs for a customer partner, and today we produce them under exclusive mandate for the same partner, who is the owner of the patent.’

    The reassuringly-simple way in which the IX-code works can be viewed here, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L_GSnQ_NcsE. As winner of a major category prize in the self-adhesive label industry’s annual FINAT International Label Competition, the IXcode has received extensive recognition across Europe, North America, and further afield.
     
    03.01.2014   Favourable opinion from ELY Centre on the EIA of Joutseno biogas project    ( Company news )

    Company news The Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of South-East Finland has issued its opinion regarding the environmental impact assessment report on the biogas-producing wood-based biorefinery planned to be built in Joutseno. According to the opinion, the project developers, Gasum, Helsingin Energia and Metsä Fibre, have studied the key environmental impacts of the project, and the EIA report meets the requirements of the EIA Act and Decree.
    The EIA report clarified the plant’s environmental impacts, e.g. in terms of emissions from the procurement of raw materials and from transport. When drawing up the report, local communities were also engaged in a good dialogue about the project. According to the ELY Centre's opinion, the impacts on people have been rigorously studied, e.g. through small group interviews.
    The environmental impact assessment procedure and the specified technology studies supported the idea that the project is feasible in terms of its environmental impacts and technology.

    Project implementation is economically challenging
    The economic feasibility of the project has also been studied. In the current market situation, and as the steering impact of emissions trading is very small, wood-based biogas produced in Finland is unable to compete with other fuels. With sufficient national aid, project implementation would be possible. The project would be feasible if, for example, the same level of guaranteed price were to be set for electricity generated with wood-based biogas as for biogas produced by anaerobic digestion.
    During 2014, the project developers will, e.g. monitor the progress of the GoBiGas project, which is in its pilot stage in Sweden, and the operating experiences gained from it. They will also seek means to improve the economic feasibility of the project.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
     
    03.01.2014   Nippon Paper Industries to wholly own Jujo Thermal    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co.,Ltd (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Yoshio Haga) and Ahlstrom Corporation (Head Offfice: Helsinki, Finland, CEO: Jan Lang), currently the equal owners of Jujo Thermal Oy reached an agreement that the former would take over all the latter’s shares in the Company at the end of 2013.
    As thermal paper products continues to enjoy their steady demand, Jujo Thermal, situated in Finland, is well positioned to serve for Europe, one of the major thermal paper markets.
    Becoming a wholly owned subsidiary, the Company is expect to sharpen its competitive edges in the market to display synergies through close cooperation and collaboration in the areas of sales, marketing, production and R&D as well within the Nippon Paper Group.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
     
    03.01.2014   Treofan underpins new strategy with fresh capital: Capital injection of 35 million euros by ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...shareholders

    Treofan Group’s majority shareholders M&C, Goldman Sachs and EBF & Associates invest 35 million euros of fresh capital to support the execution of the global BOPP film maker’s new strategy. This investment forms part of a successful, comprehensive re-financing of the firm based in Raunheim, Germany.
    „This important step demonstrates our shareholders’ strong support for the management’s new growth strategy and their continued long-term commitment to the company“, says CEO Peter Vanacker. „We now have a solid base to make strategic investments that are crucial for Treofan’s future.“
    Treofan is a leading global producer of biaxially oriented polypropylene (BOPP) films for the packaging industry and for technical applications, for example in batteries and ultracapacitors. CEO Peter Vanacker took the helm in September last year, deploying a new, long-term strategy centered around customer understanding, innovation, and an intelligent organization.
    (Treofan Germany GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.01.2014   BASF and Renmatix agree on a joint development for the production of industrial sugars from...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... biomass

    -Renmatix’s patented Plantrose TM technology enables production of industrial sugars from non-edible, woody biomass
    -Industrial sugars are important bio-based precursors for a variety of chemicals based on renewable feedstocks

    BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, and American technology provider Renmatix Inc. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will jointly scale up the Renmatix Plantrose process for the production of industrial sugars based on lignocellulosic biomass. The two companies signed a non-exclusive joint development agreement. The parties have agreed to key financial terms for future commercial licenses, which BASF can exercise at its discretion. The collaboration follows BASF’s $30 million investment in Renmatix in January 2012.
    The Plantrose technology developed by Renmatix enables industrial sugar to be produced, at competitive costs, from a variety of non-edible biomass (lignocellulose) sources. The proprietary process breaks down lignocellulosic sources (e.g. wood, agricultural-residues or straw) into industrial sugars using supercritical water (water at high temperature and pressure). Industrial sugars are important building blocks for various basic chemicals and intermediates that can be produced, for example, by fermentative processes. The availability of these industrial sugars in sufficient quantities and at competitive cost is important to enable both environmentally-friendly and cost-competitive bio-based products. Incorporating biomass feedstocks as a first step in the value chain, creates a raw material change that can reduce reliance on fossil raw material sources like naphtha as principal feedstock.
    Projects relating to the topic of raw material change make up one important technology field in BASF’s Research Verbund. BASF experts are engaged in identifying interesting processes for utilizing alternative raw materials, such as renewables, natural gas, and CO2.
    “Raw material change will only be possible via process innovations that allow the utilization of alternative sources of raw materials,” said Dr. Peter Schuhmacher, President of BASF’s competence center Process Research and Chemical Engineering. “It requires processes like Plantrose, which will be further developed in a joint effort, that enable the use of non-edible biomass as a chemical feedstock and which do not compete with food or feed production. The Plantrose process addresses our needs for renewable raw materials. It will help us to support our customers in developing solutions that contribute to sustainable development. ”
    “ Over the past two years, BASF has made significant investments of time and capital to support our efforts at Renmatix ,” said Mike Hamilton, CEO of Renmatix. “ At Renmatix we are focused on supporting the emerging biochemical market by enabling progressive leaders to scale up Plantrose capacity to increase the global chemical industry’s access to cost-effective industrial sugars.”
    (BASF SE)
     
    03.01.2014   World Bio Markets Asia 2014 - 17-18 June - Kuala Lumpur - Call for Papers    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2012 Malaysia generated 83 million dry tonnes of palm oil biomass and this is forecasted to rise to 100 million dry tonnes by 2020. Similar growth is also being seen in other parts of South East Asia including Thailand and Indonesia.

    Bioethanol and bio-based chemicals projects have the potential for high value creation in Malaysia – in the order of USD$300 – 900 (RM 1,000–3,000) of revenue per dry tonne of solid biomass input. Bio-based chemicals, the biggest bio-based long-term opportunity for Malaysia, is forecasted to reach a global market size of USD$33 – 53 billion (RM 110–175 billion) by 2020.

    With such high potential in the region, are you spearheading development in the Asia bio markets with ‘game changing’ feedstocks, conversion technologies or investment strategies?

    World Bio Markets Asia offers an outstanding and pioneering opportunity to address those working across Asia towards a bioeconomy and those outside of the region who wish to contribute to its development and success! Bringing together 250 key industry professionals from across Asia and beyond – no other industry event covers biomass economics and opportunities in Asia for both bio-based fuels and chemicals.

    Can you afford not to take part in the 1st Asia edition of the world renowned World Bio Markets Global Series? If you would like to present a game changing case study, take part in a thought provoking panel debate or collaborate with industry peers around a networking roundtable contact us today!

    We are looking for presenters to cover the topics outlined below:

    • Bio-based Feedstocks
    • Conversion Process and Pathways
    • Finance and Investment
    • Downstream Markets: Bio-based fuels and chemicals

    Interested?

    If so, please send your presentation title and 3-4 bullet points outlining the content of your paper to Hannah Yates, Event Director, by Friday 24th January.

    Make sure your target audience gets the opportunity to hear from you and remember to submit your presentation proposal by Friday 24th January. We will contact all successful candidates by Friday 31st January. In the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me with any further questions.

    Kind Regards,
    Hannah

    Hannah Yates
    Event Director, World Bio Markets Asia
    Green Power Conferences
    T: +44 (0) 203 384 6216
    F: +44 (0) 207 900 1853
    E: hannah.yates@greenpowerconferences.com
    (Green Power Conferences)
     
    02.01.2014   Trading in Valmet Corporation's shares on the official list of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd begins today    ( Company news )

    Company news Trading in Valmet Corporation's ("Valmet") shares on the official list of NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd begins today, January 2, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. Finnish time. The trading code of the shares is VALMT.
    On October 1, 2013, the Extraordinary General Meeting of Metso Corporation ("Metso") decided that Metso will demerge through a partial demerger in such a manner that all of the assets, debts and liabilities relating to Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power businesses will transfer, without liquidation, from Metso to Valmet.
    In connection with Metso's partial demerger, Metso's shareholders received as demerger consideration one (1) share in Valmet for each share in Metso owned. At the beginning of trading, the number of shares in Valmet subject to public trading is 149,864,619.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    02.01.2014   Pharmapack moves to a new site, LGR keeps exhibiting    ( Company news )

    Company news From 2014 Pharmapack will take place in Porte de Versailles.
    LGR will present there its large product portfolio (solidboard folding cartons, leaflets, litho-printed laminated boxes) and its solutions regarding new trends of the market. Pharmapack will be also a good opportunity for the Group to talk about its latest news and on-going actions. We will be very pleased to welcome you !

    RDV Stand 441
    Porte de Versailles - Paris - 12th-13th February, 2014
    (LGR Emballages SAS)
     
    02.01.2014   Commercial printers in industrialized countries invest in maximum productivity and optimum ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...availability with the Speedmaster XL 106 long perfecting press from Heidelberg

    -Long-term stability and reliable all-round performance
    -Outstanding preset functions and wide range of substrates
    -Investment and follow-up orders from print shops worldwide

    Commercial print shops in industrialized countries often pursue cost leadership as a business model to ensure they are competitive. To achieve lean and standardized print production, they require suitable presses with a high level of automation, simple operation, and short makeready times. The Speedmaster XL 106 from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is becoming a benchmark in the 70 x 100 cm (27.56 x 39.37 in) format thanks to the outstanding preset functions throughout the press - from the feeder and printing units to the perfecting device and delivery. It was unveiled at drupa 2012 and since then over 300 eight-, ten-, and twelve-color long perfectors have been installed, mostly in countries such as the UK, Germany, the U.S., Japan, Belgium, and Switzerland. Print shops value the long-term stability of this press, as it enables them to produce the maximum number of saleable print sheets cost-effectively across a wide range of substrates.
    The Speedmaster XL 106 offers the broadest range of configurations in the 70 x 100 cm format. It supports from two to 19 units, with or without perfecting device. As a customized press, it is available as an LPL configuration (coating unit before and after sheet reversal), as a Duo press with flexographic printing units before the offset units, or as a rotary die cutter for products such as inmold labels. In the LPL version, the front and reverse sides of the sheet are printed and coated in a single pass and the sheet arrives on the pile so dry that it can be passed on directly to postpress. This delivers productivity 30 to 40 percent higher than for a straight press.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    02.01.2014   Sulzer to Supply Pumps and Agitators to a Pulp and Paper Plant in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Sulzer Pumps received an order to supply more than 400 pumps and agitators to CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. (CMPC), one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America.
    The order is one of the biggest project orders to Sulzer Pumps ever in Pulp and Paper Industry. The investment is part of the expansion project for the Guaíba 2 pulp line, a CMPC plant located in Southern Brazil. Metso is the key technology supplier for the main parts of the pulp line and the key partner of Sulzer Pumps in this project.
    The scope of supply of Sulzer Pumps includes manufacturing, testing, packaging and installation supervision of pumps. The pump package contains AHLSTAR process pumps, MBN multistage pumps and ZPP double suction pumps as well as medium consistency pumps developed in close collaboration with Metso. Furthermore, SALOMIX and Scaba agitators, submersible pumps from the ABS XFP and Scavenger series, mixers, control panels and accessories were also provided.
    Sulzer Pumps products cover most of the processes in pulp and paper plant, including water and wastewater applications. The ability to offer complete and high-efficient solutions for overall pumping and mixing needs in the pulp and paper industry makes Sulzer Pumps a key full-line supplier for every new project in the area.
    The expansion of the plant will allow CMPC to increase its production capacity to 1.75 million tons of pulp per year – almost three times the current capability.
    (Sulzer Pumps Ltd)
     
    02.01.2014   Sustainable paper industry leads bioeconomy efforts in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news CEPI releases 6th biennial sustainability Report

    The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) launched their latest sustainability report at the European Paper Week in Brussels. The report results verify the exceptional concurrence of sustainability and competitiveness in the European pulp and paper industry. The industry is exemplary in creating value “made in Europe”, focusing on innovation and resource efficiency, while advancing the bioeconomy. Being resource efficient and reducing raw material consumption makes both sustainable and economic sense. A good example in the European pulp and paper industry is the use of residues from papermaking to produce renewable energy. The industry reduced their CO2 emissions per tonne of product by 43%. Additionally, turning residues from recycling operations into useful products is an interesting illustration of the circular economy. On top of that the European paper recycling rate is at a world record level of 71.7%. Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, emphasised the importance of the paper industry in Europe: “Our industry is creating value “made in Europe”. As the sustainability report shows more than 82% of our raw materials come from Europe and most of our suppliers are European companies. 23% of our products “made in Europe” are exported to the global market. This unique case should not be taken for granted and we aim at continuous improvement in adverse conditions. “ The European pulp and paper industry is at the core of the bioeconomy, producing not only the original bio-based product that paper is, but also products that replace fossil fuel-based products. In this way, the industry has become a strategic sector in the EU economy, actively. As the crisis has accelerated structural changes in the industry since the last report in 2011, pulp and paper companies have started looking in a systematic way at new business models and new products. Sustainability is a vision towards a business development based on sustainable practices that address society’s key challenges on a long lasting basis and the paper industry is facing a few challenges ahead. Resource scarcity and climate change are amongst the most critical challenges, in addition to a missing investment friendly environment in Europe that supports jobs and social benefits. Jussi Pesonen, CEPI chairman explained: “Our industry is addressing those challenges and while transforming for the future, we create new sustainable opportunities and advocate for Europe to defend its industry. We cannot achieve all this alone and the constant contact with our stakeholders strengthens the efforts of our industry towards continuous improvements.” - See more at: http://www.cepi.org/node/16866#sthash.fqORGpub.dpuf
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    30.12.2013   World Bio Markets Asia 2014 - 17-18 June - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia    ( Company news )

    Company news We are excited to announce the first World Bio Markets Asia Conference and Exhibition taking place on 17-18 June 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    With enriched and abundant feedstock resources and growing consumer demand for bio-based products there has not been a better time to develop the Asian bio-economy and promote the bio-based market opportunities across the region. World Bio Markets Asia will bring together the most influential thought leaders and decision makers from across Asia's bio markets and beyond to create a one-stop-shop for education and networking.
    Stay one step ahead of the region's bio-based activities at World Bio Markets Asia as the market grows to become an increasingly important part of the global matrix.
    As an advisory summit for WBM Asia, and in collaboration with Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation, - Asia Bio Markets - Industrial Biotechnology Track was held at BioMalaysia and Bioeconomy Asia Pacific 2013 last October in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. To find out more about this meeting and information on the forthcoming WBM Asia, download the Event Report now
    Next June, network with 250+ industry experts and hear from 60+ speakers on topics including:

    - Biomass opportunities across Asia
    - Evaluating feedstock security, demand, economics and handling
    - Establishing the Bio-based Value Chain: Technology update
    - Uncovering the End User Markets: Where is biomass headed?
    - Understanding the Regulatory Environments in Asia

    For more information or to keep up-to-date with the latest developments from WBM Asia, please do not hesitate in contacting -

    Hannah Yates
    Event Director, World Bio Markets Asia

    Green Power Conferences
    T: +44 (0) 203 384 6216
    F: +44 (0) 207 900 1853
    E: hannah.yates@greenpowerconferences.com
    (Green Power Conferences)
     
    30.12.2013   Cascades awarded 'Innovative Product of the Year' and 'Environmental Strategy of the Year' by...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Pulp & Paper International (PPI)

    Picture: Cascades® Moka® toilet paper

    Cascades, North America's fourth largest producer of towel and tissue paper, announced that the company has been awarded "Environmental Strategy of the Year" by Pulp & Paper International at the 2013 PPI Awards in Dubai. In addition, the Cascades® Moka® product line won the company a second award for "Innovative Product of the Year." The internationally-renowned PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognizing the achievements of companies, mills, and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.
    "We are honored to receive these awards for our Cascades Moka line and for our commitment to sustainable development," said Mario Plourde , president and CEO of Cascades. "Leadership in sustainability and innovation has always been in the heart of everything we do at Cascades; it is part of our DNA. This award is an affirmation that Cascades is leading the way for the industry, both for its novel product offering and processes."
    "We would like to thank Pulp and Paper International for this great recognition," said Suzanne Blanchet , president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group. "This success was made possible by the contribution of our valued employees and partners, with whom we want to share this award."
    The "Innovative Product of the Year" award was presented to the Cascades Moka product line, the first ever bathroom and facial tissue made from unbleached recycled fiber to hit the North American market. The Cascades Moka tissue products were praised by offering uncompromised softness and hygiene qualities while significantly reducing environmental impact. Their uniqueness has been well-received on the marketplace, translating into strong sales exceeding expectations.
    The "Environmental Strategy of the Year" award was based on Cascades' commitment to reducing its ecological impact through the continuous improvement of its processes, unique recycling infrastructure, and use of recycled fibers in packaging and tissue products. Cascades led the way in environmental reporting with its 2010-2012 and 2013-2015 sustainable development plans, which include objectives to improve environmental impact in every step of production, distribution, and waste processing. These advances have enabled Cascades to use five times less water and two times less energy than the North American paper industry average.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    27.12.2013   Rayonier Announces Average Cellulose Specialties Price Change for 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Paul G. Boynton, Chairman, President and CEO

    Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) announced that it has concluded negotiations with customers for prices and volumes of cellulose specialties grades in 2014. On average, the company expects that prices will be seven to eight percent below 2013, consistent with the market pressures discussed in its third-quarter earnings call in October.
    The company now expects 2014 sales volumes of cellulose specialties of 520,000 to 540,000 metric tons, an increase of 30,000 to 50,000 tons above 2013. This represents an improvement from the earlier estimated increase of 15,000 to 40,000 tons. Higher expected 2014 volumes reflect the successful completion of the Cellulose Specialties Expansion (CSE) project at the company’s Jesup, Ga., mill that expanded capacity of high-margin specialty grades by 190,000 metric tons and customer commitments for additional volume from the expansion during the multi-year ramp-up period.
    Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and CEO stated, “After years of price increases, we have worked with our customers to moderately reduce 2014 cellulose specialties prices in response to what we believe are near-term supply and demand conditions. We remain confident that our technical leadership, commitment to quality, and increasing specialties sales volumes from the CSE project position our Performance Fibers business for long-term earnings growth.”
    In addition, Boynton noted, “With the completion of these negotiations and strengthening timber markets, we now anticipate that cash available for distribution in 2014 will be at or above the 2013 level.”
    (Rayonier Inc.)
     
    27.12.2013   NPTA Presents 2014 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award to Don and Max Clampitt    ( Company news )

    Company news NPTA, the association for the paper distribution channel, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award, NPTA’s highest honor.

    Picture: Donald C. Clampitt, Chairman, NPTA and Chairman & CEO, Clampitt Paper

    For the first time in the award’s 30-year history, it will be presented to two industry leaders, Don and Max Clampitt of Clampitt Paper.
    “Over the years, there are only a very few whose names are synonymous with the merchant and paper business. Clampitt is one of those rare names,” said Tom Gallager, President of West Linn Paper Company. “Max Clampitt was a leader in every regard. Clampitt Paper continues to be a valued organization that exudes class, quality and superior business dealings in every respect.”
    Max Clampitt was born in 1912 in Ruston, La. Max founded Clampitt Paper with his wife, Mary-Nell, in 1941. He started out in an 8,000-
    square-foot building with three employees and one truck. Through the years, Clampitt Paper grew from those three employees to over 250
    employees and one of the few remaining independent local paper merchants in the southwest region.
    “Max Clampitt was a force in the merchant community,” said James C. Tyrone, EVP of Commercial Operations and Business Development, NewPage Corporation. “He built a highly reputable and successful merchant business from the ground up. Don continued with the same focus on customers that Max did.”
    Don Clampitt began his 34-year career in the paper industry working in the warehouse of Clampitt Paper during high school. He returned to the firm after graduating from the University of New Mexico (UNM), and since that time has worked in almost every position in the company.
    When Max passed away in 2001, Don stepped into the President and CEO role.
    “In a time when paper is too often reduced to a commodity, Don still loves to talk about what makes paper, particularly premium paper, unique,” said Tom O’Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mohawk. “He pioneered the establishment of a Creative Center where designers and printers can come look at samples and talk about their work. Don is the only CEO of a major paper distributor I know of who still loves to go out and teach paper classes for customers and design students.”
    In addition to launching the Clampitt Creative Center in 2004, Don has grown the Clampitt brand to include 15 retail stores and six warehouse locations and expanded to Tulsa, Albuquerque and Kansas City.
    “Don followed in his father’s footsteps and continued the strict standards Max Clampitt set for personal integrity, professionalism, work ethic and fair play,” said T.F. Shannon, President of Bradner Smith & Company. “He is highly regarded in the industry, and has an impeccable reputation, and a willingness to listen and learn.”
    Don is the current Chairman of the NPTA Board of Directors, a DREAM Fund Board Member (and past President), Baylor Healthcare Foundation Board Member, Dallas Arboretum Advisory Council Member and Frost Bank Advisory Board Member. He was inducted into the UNM Anderson School of Business’ Hall of Fame in 2012, and received the first-ever Advertising Innovation and Marketing Excellence Award (AIME) in 2013 from the Dallas/Fort Worth American Marketing Association, American Advertising Federation and DREAM Fund.
    During his career, Don has also served as a board member of the Printing & Imaging Association, Dallas Ad League, Dallas Society of Visual Communications, Art Institute of Dallas, UNM Alumni Board and UNM Anderson School of Management Advisory Board; president of the Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants (AIPPM); and chairman of the IABC Dallas Quill Awards.
    “As long as I have attended National Paper Trade Association meetings and gone to the Chairman’s Lunch, the Stanley O. Styles Award has represented the highest principles and ideals of the paper industry,” said Don Clampitt. “My father was the true visionary behind Clampitt Paper, and I am honored to be considered with him as a recipient of this award.”
    Don Clampitt will accept the Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award on behalf of himself and Max at the Paper 2014 convention, March 23-25 in New York City. Donations to honor the Clampitts can be made to the Paper and Plastics Education Research (PAPER) Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program.
    (NPTA Alliance)
     
    23.12.2013   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014: positive status of exhibitor participation    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 6 month prior to ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 more applications than last year around this time are existent. For the first time, the exhibition center in Frankfurt will be the setting of the important trade fair for the European pulp and paper industry.
    The combination of expertise, diversity and knowledge transfer is the trademark of ZELLCHEMING-Expo. Providers as well as trade visitors benefit from this concept. The trade fair together with the 109th Annual General Meeting of the association ZELLCHEMING e. V. as well as a further supporting program unifies various highlights under one roof.
    At the Annual General Meeting, organized by ZELLCHEMING e. V. experts inform about trends, developments and solutions around the paper industry. The key aspect of the program in 2014 is dealing with the change of today’s pulp and paper industry to a bio-economic branch which will provide our society with environment friendly products of renewable raw materials.
    New ideas and current research results are presented which shall contribute in the future to the competitiveness of this sector as well as an efficient and environmentally sustainable production.
    Further information on ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 is available at: www.zellcheming-expo.de
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - ZELLCHEMING)
     
    23.12.2013   Kemira and European Investment Bank (EIB) signed EUR 45 million research and development ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... loan agreement

    Kemira Oyj and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed on December 11, 2013, a EUR 45 million research and development loan agreement.
    The European Investment Bank has evaluated and granted the loan to support the research, development and innovation activities of the Kemira Group during the years 2013-2016.
    Kemira's long term collaboration with universities, institutes of technology and research institutes combined Group's own research centers' development projects form foundation of R&D activities. The facility is intended for financing of the research and development expenditures at Kemira's core businesses.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    23.12.2013   Nippon Paper Industries Adds New Color to FRONTYTOUGH Series, High-bulk Mechanical Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Launches “FRONTYTOUGH W” and Changes Lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70”

    Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) commences sales of “FRONTYTOUGH W”, a new color of FRONTYTOUGH series which has been highly regarded as high-bulk mechanical paper in the Japanese paper market, and changes a part of the lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70”.
    The FRONTYTOUGH series has been produced in the Ishinomaki mill (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture) and well-known by customers for its successful reduction of weight of conventional mechanical paper by using our advanced bulking technology, while maintaining an equal level of paper thickness to that of its conventional products. This November, a new color of pale white is added to the series which has been also quite popular with customers for its natural tone of color, and a part of the lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70” realizes much higher-bulk to satisfy customers’ various demands.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
     
    23.12.2013   New strengthened service organization structure at manroland web systems    ( Company news )

    Company news Service function moved to the management level under the leadership of the Managing Director Eckhard Hoerner-Marass (picture). Anton Hamm, Head of Service, leaves the company.
    The Executive Board at manroland web systems GmbH have made this decision in order to significantly and rapidly increase the strength and success of the Service division in the market, to streamline the company’s organization and increase its responsiveness. For this reason, the “Head of Service” function has now been combined into a “Head of Sales and Service” function, and moved to the management level under the leadership of Eckhard Hoerner-Marass. “Service that is sales-oriented and constantly available to our customers is the key to success for our company and with this new organization structure, we have further strengthened this important division in the company” says Eckhard Hoerner-Marass, Managing Director.
    Anton Hamm, previously responsible for the Service Department at manroland web systems has left the company due to this revised organizational structure. Eckhard Hoerner-Marass, Managing Director at manroland web systems, is now directly responsible and takes over the the operations of the Service division.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
     
    23.12.2013   New GardaPat 13 Catalogue    ( Company news )

    Company news More than a catalogue, a print project where the focus is on the colour white.
    Cartiere del Garda presents GardaPat 13 BIANKA, GardaPat 13’s latest addition, with a catalogue in which white is the true protagonist.
    The project highlights the versatility of white and of GardaPat 13, a paper which allows you to experience different varieties of white in three different shades. Inspired by the rich language of the semi-nomadic Arctic populations, who have developed numerous words to identify the colour of snow, the catalogue illustrates the nuances of the GardaPat 13 line with photos of the white of the Arctic flora and fauna printed on the various papers in the range.
    The catalogue emphasises in this way print results on GardaPat 13’s three hues: GardaPat 13 KLASSICA, in a warm natural shade; GardaPat 13 KIARA, with a white natural shade; and the pure white shade of the new GardaPat 13 BIANKA.

    The characteristics of GardaPat 13 guarantee excellent printing results:
    - woodfree coated paper with a matt surface and high bulk
    - guaranteed 1.3 volume
    - velvet surface
    - ECF
    - acid free
    - age resistant
    - always guaranteed as FSC® certified

    The GardaPat 13 papers are now produced with new technology that enables even higher product quality and superior printing results, including:
    - higher printing gloss
    - a smoother surface
    - superior printability

    GardaPat 13 BIANKA is available in 115, 135 and 150 gsm. Other GardaPat 13 papers are available in 90,100,115,135,150,200 and 250 gsm.
    With this catalogue, Cartiere del Garda shows once again how the uniqueness of a high quality paper such as GardaPat 13 can offer an endless range of experiences, completing and characterizing every message with shades that are full of meaning. Now more than ever, thanks to GardaPat 13, a white page is much more than just a blank page.
    (Cartiere del Garda S.p.A.)
     
    20.12.2013   Koenig & Bauer strengthens competitiveness - Management board presents realignment concept ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...for KBA

    --- Autonomous divisions for sheetfed and web business, manufacturing and special applications --- Revised location concept addressing all activities --- Between 1,100 and 1,500 jobs affected

    --- Non-cash expenses for extraordinary depreciation in the middle double-digit million euro range --- Additional provisions for capacity adjustments already effective in 2013

    The management board of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), Würzburg, presented a concept for the strategic realignment of the KBA Group and a package of measures aimed at strengthening the company's profitability long term and future development potential to today's meeting of the company's supervisory board. Attention centred on sustainable structural adjustments to secure core business activities, the optimisation and concentration of value creation at the various locations, and changes to organisational structures within the group, placing a focus on future growth fields. After in-depth deliberations, the supervisory board has approved the concept.
    The worldwide print industry is facing ongoing structural change in the media sector, characterised by concentration processes among publishers and printers and overall reshaping of the print branch. The consequence is a continued reluctance to invest, which has led to significant excess capacities across the whole press manufacturing industry. The world market for sheetfed presses, for example, has been halved over the recent years, and the market for web presses has contracted by around 70%. Lasting reversal of this marked slump in web business is not to be expected, and branch experts are also predicting stagnation at the current low level for sheetfed business. Sustained growth is only discernible in the digital and packaging segments, and in certain special markets.
    Against this background, the past months have been used to elaborate a corporate strategy under the heading "fit@all", with a series of measures to strengthen the long-term competitiveness and profitability of the company. Alongside the necessary adaptation of core business activities to the changed market situation, growth potential for KBA was a central theme. KBA president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Swift and radical restructuring is intended to facilitate our development into a decentrally organised and highly flexible press manufacturing company, which, complementing its core business, is active above all in profitable niche markets. With this decision, we have laid the foundations for sustainable realignment and interesting future prospects. The essential basis, however, is initially consolidation of our core business activities.”

    The concept adopted contains the following measures:
    -The objective is –subject to approval from the AGM in May 2014 – to establish divisions with clearly defined profit responsibilities for the fields sheetfed presses, web presses, special applications and manufacturing. The division for special applications embraces the growth fields MetalPrint (metal decorating), security presses and the activities of the recently acquired companies Kammann Maschinenbau GmbH (screen printing for the direct decoration of hollow glass containers) and Flexotecnica S.p.A. (web flexo presses for flexible packaging).
    -Measures targeting structural and process optimisation are to be implemented in the sheetfed offset division. Further key aspects are capacity and personnel adjustments, as well as solutions for under-performing product segments and sales units.
    -In the web press division, activities are to be transferred to a business model based on labour flexibility. Here, too, personnel adjustments are necessary.
    -On the basis of a revised location concept for the overall group, it was decided to relocate selected production tasks, with corresponding personnel adjustments at the five European locations. The closing or disposal of individual locations is not excluded.
    -General administrative expenses at the group headquarters in Würzburg are to be reduced with lasting effect.
    -A total of between 1,100 and 1,500 jobs will be affected at group level by the measures adopted today.

    These measures necessitate non-cash impairments in the middle double-digit million euro range on the annual balance sheet for 2013. Further burdens are to be expected on account of the adjustments to value creation and other cost structures. Their amount is dependent on the results of the now commencing negotiations with employee representatives and can thus not be estimated at present.
    “We have made some far-reaching decisions for KBA today. They will also be accompanied by painful cuts for the workforce. It was not easy for us to make these decisions, but they are unfortunately imperative for the future sustainability of our company,” said CEO Bolza-Schünemann. “We should see the first fruits of these changes in 2015, and a return to sustainable profitability in 2016 at the latest.”
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    20.12.2013   Holmen Paper: Our paper is now ecolabelled by the EU    ( Company news )

    Company news All graphic paper from the Hallsta and Braviken paper mills and newsprint from Holmen Paper Madrid have been approved to carry the EU Ecolabel.
    Taking long-term responsibility for the environment is a fundamental aspect of Holmen Paper’s strategy. All the mills are certified according to the ISO systems for environmental, energy and quality management. Holmen Paper and Holmen’s forestry are also certified under the standards FSC and PEFC.
    “These certifications help to establish trust in our environmental work. Adding the EU Ecolabel to the mix strengthens our environmental profile even further,” states Katarina Granö, market communications manager at Holmen Paper.
    “The products have their environmental impact carefully assessed before they can qualify for the EU Ecolabel. For graphic paper, the main focus is on the use of fibre raw materials, chemicals and energy, plus emissions to air and water during manufacture,” explains Leonard Dahlberg, environmental and quality engineer at Braviken.
    Since Holmen Paper’s three mills already perform extremely well in terms of the environment, no specific new investment has been needed to secure the EU Ecolabel. A great deal of work has, however, been put into checking and replacing process chemicals in order to meet the set requirements.
    Now Holmen Paper’s products, Holmen VIEW, Holmen XLNT, Holmen TRND, Holmen PLUS, Holmen BOOK and Holmen GUIDE, and the Holmen NEWS from Madrid have been approved to carry the EU Ecolabel.
    Securing the EU Ecolabel for Holmen Paper’s products is seen as an increasingly important advantage for the future. Pressure from the market is increasing and in some countries and product areas it is practically essential to be able to offer EU Ecolabelled products. Ecolabelled products are sold with a supplement charge.
    The customer and market survey that Holmen Paper recently presented confirms that ecoprofiling is considered important.
    “Retail chains in particular, which send out large quantities of direct mail, want to be able to show that they’re using paper with good environmental credentials,” comments Karolina Svensson, who heads the team working on the company’s market analysis and business intelligence.
    The EU Ecolabel is also predicted to take on increasing significance for magazines, since it is an EU-wide ecolabel. Furthermore, the survey shows that there are many misconceptions when it comes to paper and environment. For example, there is a general belief that printed products have a greater environmental impact than digital media.
    “As an industry, we need to do much more to inform the world about how little environmental impact paper production has compared with what the general public thinks. Certifying our products under FSC, PEFC and now the EU Ecolabel helps get this important message across,” says Karolina Svensson.
    (Holmen Paper AB)
     
    20.12.2013   Voith's ceramic coating convinces Sappi Ehingen    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 2008, Sappi Fine Paper Europe has been using the Voith ceramic coating TerraSpeed on its PM 6 in Ehingen. On the top roll of the fourth press, TerraSpeed has been in use for five years. Sappi Ehingen is now giving a very positive feedback: TerraSpeed shows excellent properties in terms of roughness and sheet release and allows low tension settings. All these parameters have not changed since the start-up in November 2008, and roll grinding has not been necessary so far.
    Previously, rolls with thermal coatings, however, had to be removed and ground after 15–18 months of operation. Due to the extremely long service life and continuous performance of TerraSpeed, the operating costs have been decreased considerably for Sappi Ehingen: The costs for roll removal and grinding have been saved three times so far. At the same time, the TerraSpeed upgrading costs are not higher than those of previous coatings.
    Sappi Fine Paper Europe is the leading producer of high-quality fine papers in Europe. The Sappi mill in Ehingen is situated in the South of Germany and comprises both pulp and paper mill. The PM 6 in Ehingen produces 260,000 t annually of coated woodfree papers in a basis weight range of 70–200g/m2.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    20.12.2013   Sappi Honored by RISI with PPI Award 2013 for Advances and Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB) Paper Drew Special Recognition

    Sappi Fine Paper Europe, the leading European producer of fine paper for packaging and graphic arts, today announced that it is the recipient of a prestigious RISI award. Sappi was recognised with an award for ‘Advances and Innovation in Speciality Papers’ for its flexible packaging papers with a functional Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB). The annual PPI Awards were launched in 2009 by RISI, the leading information provider to the global forest products industry.

    “We deeply appreciate the recognition RISI has given us with this prestigious award,” said Rosemarie Asquino, Sales & Marketing Director Speciality Papers Sappi Fine Paper Europe. “It is a validation of our continued efforts to deliver the most innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to the packaging industries. We are especially pleased to have received the ‘Advances and Innovation in Speciality Papers’ award again, we were awarded last year with Fusion, premium white liner in the same category. We believe our MOB solution will have a significant impact on the safety and sustainability of food packaging around the globe.”

    Brand owners are increasingly seeking new packaging solutions that address concerns about migration of mineral oil and other contaminants into food from recycling board based packaging containing residues from printing inks and process chemicals. Sappi’s innovative range of flexible packaging papers with functional Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB) coatings solves the contaminant migration problem and still allows the environmentally sustainable use of recycled fibers in secondary packaging materials. The innovation concerns the development of a mineral oil barrier for packaging applications, in order to prevent penetration of the saturated (MOSH) and aromatic (MOAH) fractions of mineral oil into the food.

    In addition, Sappi Fine Paper North America was also honored with a special award: “We would also like to congratulate our sister company, Sappi Fine Paper North America, for winning the ‘Promotional Campaign of the Year’ award for Ideas that Matter” added Asquino.

    The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. It provides a platform that honors the leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the industry. An international panel of judges selects the finalists and winners for the PPI Awards. RISI selects these judges based on their relevant expertise in the industry.
    (Sappi Fine Paper Europe)
     
    20.12.2013   Lecta's New 'FIRE 2014' Calendar and Screensaver    ( Company news )

    Company news Fire, an element of nature that reveals its striking beauty
    Rivers of lava at night, solidified magma, unpredictable splashes of liquid fire…

    Lecta continues its series of calendars based on the four elements of nature with twelve original images in which contrasts of color and texture offer an artistic vision of fire in a volcanic setting.
    The papers chosen for printing the “FIRE 2014” Calendar were Lecta’s CreatorStar and GardaGloss Art ranges, specially designed for commercial printing and the most demanding print jobs.
    All the photographs in the new calendar are available as screensavers that can be downloaded free of charge on the Lecta Group company websites.
    Currently, Lecta has nine mills with a total production capacity of approximately two million tons and is recognized worldwide as a reliable, flexible and customer-focused supplier.
    Lecta is firmly committed to protecting the environment. All of our manufacturing sites have secured the strictest environmental management certifications – ISO and EMAS – as well as PEFC™ and FSC® chain of custody certifications thereby guaranteeing the wood and pulp used as raw materials have been sustainably sourced. Recently, Lecta also obtained ISO 50001 energy management certification.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    20.12.2013   Norske Skog Saugbrugs develops new technology to produce better paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog has been granted NOK 7 million from Innovation Norway for the establishment of a world-leading pilot plant for the development of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) or nanocellulose as it is also called. MFC has several interesting applications, including as a new raw material in paper production and as a possible reinforcement of plastic.
    - If we succeed in producing MFC with this technology and use it in our paper production, this could reduce our costs and make us more competitive in the future. At the same time, the MFC competence will be useful for the entire group, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
    - The plant will be one of the largest in the world, and will most likely give Norske Skog unique knowledge of how MFC can be exploited on a large scale, says Roy Vardheim, Managing Director of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.
    The pilot project involves the production of MFC from thermomechanical pulp (TMP), which is the main raw material for paper. The project is budgeted at NOK 14 million, of which Innovation Norway's funding share is NOK 7 million.
    - Innovation Norway is keen to support future-orientated research and development by Norwegian companies. In 2013, we received an additional grant to promote innovation and competitiveness in wood-based industries, following good preparatory work by the industry itself. We are extremely pleased with the response to the announced funds. Norske Skog Saugbrugs was one of the companies that took the opportunity to invest in exploiting nanotechnology in the production of paper, says Toril Mølmen, Head of Innovation Norway, Region of Oslo, Akershus and Østfold.
    MFC has received much attention within forestry industrial research in recent years. The material has special properties and can be used in a number of areas. Manufacture of MFC takes place using high pressure treatment of thermomechanical pulp (TMP).
    (Norske Skog Saugbrugs)
     
    20.12.2013   Smurfit Kappa named Company of the Year 2013     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa was named Company of the Year at the Business and Finance Awards 2013 which took place in Dublin on the 12th December.
    The ‘Company of the Year Award’ recognises the company which best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.
    For over 30 years, the Business & Finance Awards have been recognising excellence in Irish business and is the longest running and most coveted business awards program in Ireland. Past receipients of this prestigious award include Google, Ryanair and Microsoft.
    The award reflects the views of business leaders and entrepreneurs throughout Ireland’s leading companies. The CEO’s of Ireland’s top 500 companies are approached for their nominations for the Company of the Year Award and a jury of their peers selects the winner.
    Smurfit Kappa faced strong competition for the award from the other shortlisted companies which included Paddy Power, Glanbia, Aer Lingus, Eircom, Sky, Greencore and Intel to name a few.
    The Business Person of the Year was John Moloney, the retiring CEO of Glanbia, who has recently joined the SKG plc Board as a non executive director.
    Gary McGann, Chief Executive Officer comments “Being nominated by industry peers is very gratifying and we are delighted to be recognised as Company of the Year. We also congratulate our new Board colleague, John Moloney, on his prestigious award.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    20.12.2013   FORTRESS PAPER DISSOLVING PULP MILL TAKES MARKET DOWNTIME    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announced that it will be taking market downtime at the Fortress Specialty Mill (the "FSC Mill") in Thurso, Québec. The recent imposition of an interim duty by China's Ministry of Commerce ("MOFCOM") on the import of Canadian dissolving pulp into China has made it uneconomical for the FSC Mill to continue producing dissolving pulp at this time and the current market pricing for northern bleached hardwood kraft (NBHK) pulp is not sufficient to warrant production. The Company anticipates it will take approximately 10 weeks' market downtime at the FSC Mill commencing December 22, 2013, during which employees at the FSC Mill will be encouraged to take their holidays. This market shutdown will also reduce the scheduled June 2014 maintenance shutdown and allow the Company to manage its dissolving pulp inventory build-up which resulted from the volatility and uncertainty in pricing in the short term dissolving pulp market.
    Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper,
    commented: "As a result of a thorough evaluation of the current economics at the FSC Mill, the board of directors of Fortress Paper has determined that the fiscally prudent action is for the FSC Mill to take approximately 10 weeks' market downtime, subject to prevailing market conditions. This will result in a reduction of the cash burn based on current market prices and the current preliminary duty that has been imposed. During this downtime, we will continue to implement various operational improvements that will bring our overall cost structure down, as well as proactively focus on preventative procedures to enhance the FSC Mill's productivity and reliability when it resumes operation."
    Mr. Wasilenkoff further added, "We still have confidence in the future pricing and prospects for dissolving pulp as the market adjusts to the impact of the duty and future growth demands."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    20.12.2013   Lessebo Bruk to reorganize its paper, pulp and energy businesses into three separate entities     ( Company news )

    Company news Lessebo Bruk has until today been organized as one integrated company, where both paper production, pulp production, as well as energy production has been part of the same company.

    In order to secure the company and cultivate the different business areas they will be separated into three different legal entities:
    -Lessebo Paper AB will be the paper company
    -Lessebo Pulp AB will handle pulp
    -Lessebo Energy AB will be producing and selling our energy.

    This reorganization is done in order to enhance the focus and profitability of the individual businesses. The current owners will at the same time add additional capital to further support the development of the new company.
    To make this transition happen we are forced to end the existing company which will be moved into receivership. Thus opening the possibility of organizing the best possible new companies that will have the highest chance of a profitable and secure future.
    We also believe that our customers will be best served when all our activities are focused on the core business, so that together we can continue to have the relationship that secures further development and profitability for us and our customers.
    (Lessebo Bruk AB)
     
    19.12.2013   Flint Group launches the next generation of UV Low Energy Curing, Highly Reactive Inks and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Coatings, for Sheetfed and Web Offset Printing

    UV curing of inks and varnishes is undergoing a major evolutionary change and the emerging low energy UV lamp technology represents the most significant development for many years. Flint Group is at the forefront of ink and coatings development technology and announces the launch of the superb UV Low Energy Curing, Highly Reactive Inks and Coatings system, Ultraking® XCURA!
    Flint Group in collaboration with leading OEMs and lamp manufacturers has developed and is now launching a full range of low energy UV curing highly reactive inks and coatings under the name Ultraking® XCURA. One of the unique key features of XCURA is that one product will print on certain non porous, as well as standard coated and uncoated substrates – a real winner where printers need quality and flexibility on tight schedules. XCURA products have a very high colour strength, display excellent ink/water stability and require lower levels of energy to operate. They also comply with ISO 2846-1 and are suitable for printing to ISO 12647-2 standard.
    Considerable ecological advantages are derived from the new low energy lamp technology, not least of which is that the lamps filter out or eliminate wavelengths below 290 nm. Consequently there is no ozone created, hence the need for exhaust is completely removed. In addition heat is controlled due to unique lamp design and control technology.
    Rod Balmer, Director of Global Research and Product Development, Flint Group explains some of the challenges of developing inks and coatings to operate under these new parameters:
    “These inks are formulated using a selection of photoinitiators which absorb at the higher end of the spectrum and are optimised for high speed curing. These inks are highly reactive, the need for multiple UV lamps is not necessary, thus reducing operating costs for the printer.”

    Richard Wilson, UV Product Management Director, Flint Group believes XCURA will be attractive to the fast turnaround conventional printers who can save energy costs by eliminating infra-red drying and warm air drying for water based coatings, turning around work in a matter of minutes, saving on work-in-progress and improving delivery times.
    “As commercial printers are pushed to offer shorter and shorter lead times, work-in-progress must be kept to a minimum and jobs have to be turned-around for next day delivery. Low energy UV curing will allow the conventional commercial printer to manufacture to these new targets. We can see the web-to print sector in particular being early adopters of this technology because of the dramatic reduction in manufacturing time and the lower entry cost than traditional UV” stated Wilson.
    (Flint Group Print Media Europe)
     
    19.12.2013   Södra's group strategy 2014-2020     ( Company news )

    Company news After a number of months of intensive and comprehensive work mapping out Södra’s way forward, the company’s Board has now made a formal decision on a new group strategy; a collective way forward which will allow employees and owners together to face new challenges together and make the most of the opportunities offered by our changing world.
    Following a period in the early 2000s when the company achieved rapid growth and good profitability, Södra has seen a phase in which profits have been down and growth has stagnated. Changes such as a reduction in the allocation of electricity certificates and industry restructuring will also affect Södra. A new collective strategy has been devised so that the company can adapt to new situations.

    So what does the new Södra group strategy involve?
    First, Södra must become a more unified group – one Södra. This will be done so that shared resources can be used more effectively and also to allow staff to work more efficiently. A clearly unified Södra will also reinforce the way in which the company is perceived by everyone else, so strengthening the Södra brand.

    It is also important to focus on growth. Growth is a prerequisite for adding value for Södra’s owners in the long term. Companies which fail to grow lose their competitiveness and do not develop. Södra’s business is based on creating an outlet for its members’ timber and using the industry to give them a share of the profit from processing. The markets for Södra’s products are growing by three to five per cent each year. Much of this growth is not taking place on existing, mature markets, but on the rapidly growing Asian markets. And Södra has to be part of this.
    Growth is vital to all business areas – but the ways in which they will grow will vary slightly. Investments have to be made in a number of areas. For the pulp business, extensive investments at the mill are planned to take place during the strategy period. This means that production and turnover will increase. Investing with a view to increasing production capacity is vital if the company is to ensure the competitiveness of Södra Cell.

    For the sawmills, growth will mainly involve making the most of the opportunities provided by earlier investments. The same is true for the interior wood business and Trivselhus. For Södra Skog, the increase in production will result in a need to increase its timber supply.

    All industrial operations must become two to three per cent more efficient each year in order to handle their relative competitiveness. This means that Södra has to work smarter and improve continually. Processes and working methods must be reviewed, in all respects and in all parts of the group, and Södra has to derive the full benefit from the huge investments which have already been made.

    Södra also has to become even better at adding value for its customers. Among other aims, the company has to move from concept to new product more quickly and give customers access to both excellent products and outstanding expertise.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    19.12.2013   Smurfit Kappa wins two Global 2013 PPI Awards     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Gary McGann – Group Chief Executive Officer

    Recognised for its commitment to sustainability, Smurfit Kappa was awarded top prize for Bio Strategy of the Year and Mill Manager of the Year at the PPI Awards ceremony which took place on 11 December in Dubai.
    The two awards reinforce the Group’s global position as a leading player in the paper-based packaging sector, and once again show the company’s continuous strive for excellence.
    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer comments, “ These awards demonstrate the commitment of Smurfit Kappa to deliver sustainable paper based packaging solutions to our customers while showing our respect for the communities in which we operate and for the wider environment.”
    Launched in 2009, the PPI Awards are the only awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp, paper and packaging sector.

    Mill Manager of the Year – Jo Cox, Roermond Papier, the Netherlands
    Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier is the largest recycled container board mill within the Group and one of the largest in Europe. Under the management of Jo Cox, it has developed into a mill with strong values, excellent performance, and dedicated employees with a passion for creating high quality and sustainable products. Proof of success can be seen in the mill’s continuous output growth , strong operating performance and recognition by customers as a sustainable packaging paper supplier.

    Bio Strategy of the Year – Roermond, the Netherlands
    Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier was recognised for developing an effective sustainability strategy, creating valuable solutions for almost all of its reject streams. The mill creates value through a unique process converting its combustible rejects into approximately 15,000 tonnes of high calorific (bio) fuel pellets (Rofire®), leading to significant savings in annual CO2 fossil emissions. Currently 99,5% of the mill’s raw materials are converted into valuable and useful products and applications.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     

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