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    12.03.2014   Kingdecor continues to rely on Voith for key components    ( Company news )

    Company news Decor base paper maker Kingdecor from Quzhou, China, has contracted Voith to supply the key components for its new PM 3. After its previous excellent operating experience, Kingdecor has now called on Voith for the fourth time. Voith has already delivered key equipment for the PM 13, PM 1 and PM 2.
    Kingdecor and Voith are in close business relationship since 2004 when Kingdecor was established. The technical manager of Kingdecor, Mr. Luo emphasized that Voith’s reliability and quality will also ensure the success of the current project. Kingdecor expects a long-term partnership with Voith.
    The components from Voith support the paper maker in achieving the highest quality and efficiency. Among other things, the delivery includes the Advanced Wet End Process concept. It will be planned based on the requirements of the paper machine. Standardized components will be used and adapted to the local conditions during the planning phase. For Kingdecor, it will be attuned to the needs of specialty papers with very high filler content.
    Also included in the delivery is the globally successful MasterJet headbox and the reaction force-free shaking unit DuoShake for improved fiber orientation thanks to high frequency shaking of the breast roll. The EcoSoft Delta soft nip calender for the best smoothness properties completes the delivery. It is distinguished by an easy roll change, very high reliability, and compact construction.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    12.03.2014   Valmet signs a letter of intent with Klabin S.A. for a large pulp dryer delivery in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Klabin S.A. have signed a letter of intent according to which Valmet will deliver two pulp drying lines to Klabin's new plant in Ortigueira in Paraná, Brazil. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in the first half of 2016.
    The pulp dryer investment is part of Klabin's Puma project, the largest investment in the company's history, which will double the company's production in three years. The annual production capacity of the new plant will be 1.5 million tons and consists of both softwood fluff pulp and eucalyptus hardwood market pulp.
    The value of the Valmet's anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 150-200 million.

    Significant employment impact
    "This pulp dryer delivery to Klabin is already the second big pulp technology project agreement for Valmet this year. Valmet is a leading supplier of key pulp mill technology and the two new projects, Klabin in Brazil and the earlier announced OKI Pulp and Paper Mills in Indonesia, are a clear and positive token of our customers' trust on us globally", says Jyrki Holmala, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.
    Both of these Valmet's new pulp technology deliveries will have a significant employment impact to Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery to Klabin is expected to be in total around 500 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and Brazil. Respectively the employment impact of Valmet's project delivery to the OKI pulp mill project, announced 7 February 2014, will be around 1000 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and China.

    Details about the pulp dryer delivery to Klabin
    The hardwood pulp drying line will have a capacity of 3,500 tons/d consisting of approach system with screening, wet end, dryer, cutter and three baling lines. The softwood fluff pulp drying line will have a capacity of 1,300 tons/d consisting of approach system, screening, wet end, dryer, calender, reeler, winders and roll handling system. There will be a cutter and baling line included as well as the softwood line will have the ability to produce market pulp. The order includes the machinery, civil works, erection, commissioning, training and start-up.
    (Valmet Corporation)

    Company news ... INAUGURAL CEREMONY

    Picture: Avery Dennison recognizes suppliers from across the globe in inaugural ceremony (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR224)

    Eight pressure-sensitive industry suppliers were recognized by Avery Dennison Materials Group (NYSE:AVY) during the company's inaugural supplier recognition ceremony held in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. Winners were selected based on their performance in areas such as sustainability, innovation, service, overall value and quality.

    “Our suppliers are a vital part of our value chain and these awards are our way of recognizing their work,” said John Klein, global vice president, procurement. “It’s important we have a strong working relationship so that together we continue delivering cutting-edge innovations and superior value to the pressure-sensitive industry.”

    Sweden-based pulp and paper supplier Munksjö was recognized as Supplier of the Year for their exceptional effort across all categories of performance. “This is an acknowledgement that their organization delivered to a very high standard in product and service quality as well as in innovation,” Klein said. “Their strategic perspective on Avery Dennison’s business and their willingness to explore new avenues to deliver competitive advantage is a model for others to follow.”

    The awards ceremony was preceded by a one-day symposium where nearly 200 professionals from approximately 110 companies came together to discuss the pressure-sensitive industry and learn about Avery Dennison innovation and business strategy from the company’s leadership. Attending companies represented films, paper and chemical materials suppliers for the label, graphics and tapes businesses and those who provide indirect and freight services.

    “The day’s events gave our suppliers a look at our view on close collaboration, how we use our guiding leadership principles in the marketplace and the vital importance of sustainability to our business and to the industry,” said Don Nolan, president, Avery Dennison Materials Group. “We appreciate the time and effort that our strategic suppliers dedicate to understanding the needs of our customers and the industry.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    11.03.2014   FIERY® XF FOR INTEC RIP    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The Fiery® XF for Intec ensures you maximise your Intec print investment by producing stunning, precise and predictable quality prints every time. And now the Fiery® XF for Intec RIP ships with our fantastic new custom made RIP station.

    Intec are proud to announce the launch of our new Fiery® XF for Intec RIP station.
    Using Fiery® XF for Intec ensures you maximise your Intec print investment by producing stunning, precise and predictable Quality prints every time.
    Delivering razor sharp print quality and unparalleled Color control the RIP provides advanced spot and process color optimization and offers industry leading Features including imposition, variable data and late color editing.
    Each Fiery® XF for intec package will now ship with a fantastic custom made RIP station.
    Engineered to the highest standards this rugged steel RIP Station has been designed to maximize the efficiency of your print workflow.
    Featuring adjustable Monitor mounts, keyboard and mouse platform and PC housing, the Intec RIP station provides a stable, self contained workstation whilst minimizing untidy cabling.
    For more Information contact us on: +44 (0) 1202 845 960 or email us:
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    11.03.2014   Global Wood Chip Price Indices Launched by FOEX and WRI     ( Company news )

    On February 18th, 2014, FOEX in cooperation with Wood Resources International (WRI) launched two wood chip price indices, the Softwood Chip Global (SCG) and Hardwood Chip Global (HCG), both part of the PIX index family of FOEX. The Indices represent prices for wood chips traded globally overseas for the manufacturing of wood pulp and wood-based panels. The latest reported Indices were US$168.63/odmt (+5.18% from the prev. month) for SCG and US$183.13/odmt (-2.15% from the prev. month) for HCG. The Indices will be reported monthly the third Tuesday of the month on the FOEX web site. If you have any questions regarding the new chip price indices, please contact either Tuomo Neuvonen at FOEX ( or Hakan Ekstrom at WRI (
    If you are interested in participating as data provider to the Indices, subscribing to the index histories (data available from January 2010), or are considering using the Indices commercially, please contact

    About FOEX
    FOEX Indexes Ltd is a private, independent company, which specializes providing audited, trade-mark registered pulp, paper, recovered paper, biomass and wood chip Price indices. Financial institutions use the FOEX Indices as a benchmark in setting prices for SWAP-deals and other financial instruments hedging against product price risks.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ))
    11.03.2014   New demands and products are changing     ( Company news )

    Company news The market for magazine paper is changing at its very core. Glossy, coated paper grades are losing ground. Magazine publishers and retail giants are instead choosing more cost-efficient options for magazines, direct mail and catalogues.

    Picture: Karolina Svensson, business intelligence manager at Holmen Paper

    The statistics paint a very clear picture. The winners are uncoated, wood-containing printing papers that are gaining appreciation among consumers and advertisers due to their great ‘paper feel’ and a surface structure that offers excellent readability.
    “The trend of traditional magazine grades such as LWC and SC paper losing ground to new, more cost-effective alternatives has never been as obvious as it is now,” says Karolina Svensson, business intelligence manager at Holmen Paper. “In 2013 deliveries of coated magazine paper in Europe fell by 7 per cent and SC paper fell by 4 per cent. At the same time, deliveries of uncoated magazine paper increased by 7 per cent.”
    It’s not difficult for Karolina Svensson to identify the underlying causes of the break in the trend. “The producers of printed material are under pressure due to poor profitability. The new paper grades give more print surface for your money. When based on virgin fibre, the paper acquires a bulk that allows you to select lower grammages with the same feel. Money is then also saved on distribution, amounting to as much as 20 per cent greater cost efficiency.”

    Paving the way
    The product that has paved the way for this development more than others was launched more than ten years ago but continues to be developed today.
    “When it was launched Holmen XLNT was a groundbreaking product – something completely new. An uncoated paper that with its surface properties and high bulk was able to present a challenge to LWC and SC paper. Holmen XLNT shook up the market and actually created a brand-new market segment,” says Dan Buskhe, one of the prominent figures in the history of Holmen XLNT.
    His role continues to be that of strategic product developer at Holmen Paper. He is pleased that the product that laid the foundations for the company’s now successful speciality paper strategy is continuing to develop and challenge competitors.

    Further development
    “Holmen XLNT is now a large family of products, and we’re constantly working on refining them,” says Dan Buskhe. “I’m really excited to see how the market will react to what we have in the pipeline for Holmen XLNT in the future.”
    Over the years Holmen XLNT has had several imitators, which is positive as competition stimulates product development, according to Karolina Svensson.
    “In our major market survey in 2013, it was obvious that despite demands for savings, paper purchasers still rank a paper’s feel and properties as crucial for their printed material. The ability of the paper to signal and contribute to presenting the right image for products and brands is still decisive. And now there are new paper options on the market that can achieve this while ensuring cost efficiency. This explains the break in the trend.”

    Sture Udd, owner of the UPC Group in Finland, is one player who has recognised the potential in the products now challenging traditional paper choices. “The strongest argument for Holmen XLNT is the scope to make customers’ DM projects more effective as a whole,” says Sture Udd. “The lower paper cost opens up the potential to produce more pages and make more frequent mailings – creating more contact with consumers.”
    “Being at the forefront of the development of these kinds of speciality paper products is part of Holmen Paper’s long-term strategy. Speciality paper, including book paper, is now responsible for more than half of Holmen Paper’s total sales, and we’ll be continuing on this path of constant improvements,” says Dan Buskhe.
    (Holmen Paper AB)
    11.03.2014   The 6th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news 22-24 October, 2014
    Cairo International Convention Centre
    Cairo – Egypt

    With pulp, paper and board demand contracting in many of the mature economies of the West, suppliers are increasingly looking to emerging markets for pockets of growth. One such market is the Middle East, where strong economic growth and rising living standards have driven a surge in paper and board demand during the past 10 years.
    Paper and board consumption in the region is estimated at 13 million t in 2011 compared with just 8.5 million t in 2002. Consumption growth has averaged almost 5% pa during this period, equal to 0.5 million t/year.
    Although consumption growth has been booming, production growth has been relatively anemic, expanding by just one million ton during the same period. As such, the region’s burgeoning demand growth has been satisfied mostly through imports, which totaled 7 million t in 2011.
    Aside from tissue paper, which is mostly supplied domestically, every grade of paper and board has experienced strong import growth, especially uncoated wood-free papers.
    Citing the same promising future aspects, the foreign investors in paper sector are looking to strengthen their business in the MENA as well as domestic investors who seek to uplift their production capacity to meet the local needs. Generally, the paper industry is investing heavily in its future.
    PAPER-ME 2014 is the most integrated edition than ever
    PAPER-ME is successfully developed through years. In its 6th edition, PAPER-ME 2014 reaches 7500 sqm gross area covering three halls of Cairo International Convention Centre (CICC).
    Spreading on halls (1, 2, 3), PAPER-ME 2014 is holding three specialized events in parallel as following:
    Paper Middle East, The 6th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging Industry.
    Tissue Middle East The Leading International Exhibition for Tissue Paper, Hygienic Products and Converting Industries.
    PACK 2 PACK The Leading International Exhibition for Packing & Packaging Solutions.
    The joint staging of 3 leading trade shows ensures perfect synergy between different industry sectors and provides unparalleled value for all companies involved and for all industry players through the exhaustiveness and exceptional business potentials of the event.
    Experience our success yourself and be part of PAPER-ME 2013 to Increase your profits, Develop business network, Meet paper industry key players, Capture market share and Gain media exposure.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
    11.03.2014   PAP-FOR Forum 2014: Program Highlights    ( Company news )

    Company news International Business Forum PAP-FOR RUSSIA 2014 will be held during the first two days of PAP-FOR 2014 Exhibition, October 28 - 29, 2014.Forum will be held at new venue "Expoforum", St. Petersburg, Shushari.

    28 October, 2014
    •Session №1: Round Table "Investment attractiveness of the domestic pulp and paper industry"
    •Session №2: "New Russian forest policy and forest resources condition"
    •Session №3: "Bio-technology"
    29 October, 2014
    •Session №1: "New projects in the packaging sector"
    •Session №2: "New successful projects in tissue sector"
    •Session №3: "Printed paper and printing"
    •Session №4: "HR issues in Pulp and Paper industry"

    PAP-FOR Russia 2014
    Don't miss your chance to book a booth!
    •Market leaders have already decided to take part in the show: Arkhangelsk PPM, 9 Septembar, Ashland, Sulzer, SKIF, SFT Group, NSK, Kemira, Andritz.
    •A special Program for Newcomers is created for those who participate in PAP-FOR Russia for the first time! Contact exhibition managers.

    Exhibit at the largest PPI event in Eastern Europe!
    PAP-FOR Russia 2014 will be held at a new venue: this year services to exhibitors and visitors will be provided by a modern exhibiting center EXPOFORUM, which is placed at the area 56,2 ha and situated in St. Petersburg, Shushary (10 minutes to Pulkovo airport and 30 minutes to the centre of the city).
    (Reed Exhibitions)
    11.03.2014   Lecta Extends ISO 9001 Quality Certification to All Mills    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta fulfills its commitment to having a standardized quality management system in place for the entire Group.
    With the procurement of ISO 9001 certification at Cartiere del Garda in Italy, all Lecta Group mills now have in place a quality management system certified by an independent body, officially recognizing the consistent quality of all products manufactured by Lecta as well as Lecta’s commitment to continuous improvement.
    In keeping with the objective set forth in its latest Environmental Report, Lecta certified all its production to ISO 9001 standards before the end of 2013. ISO 9001 is the most widespread quality management standard in the world, with more than one million certified companies in over 170 countries.
    In addition to ISO 9001 quality certification, all Lecta’s manufacturing sites have secured the strictest environmental certifications – ISO 14001 and EMAS –, PEFC™ and FSC® chain-of-custody certification, thereby guaranteeing the the wood and pulp we use as raw material have been sustainably sourced, and ISO 50001 energy efficiency certification.
    You may download Lecta’s most recent Environmental Report at Lecta’s Sustainability site,, where you can find further details on Lecta’s environmental performance in addition to information on the new challenges we have set for ourselves for the future.
    (Lecta Group)
    10.03.2014   WE HOPE TO SEE YOU AT IPEX .... SOUTH HALL, STAND S2-E180     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: When paired with the Intec label printing solution the LCF215 creates a fully featured label printing and finishing solution. Lamination, contour cutting, matrix removal and slitting are all supported

    In February 2014 Intec Printing Solutions introduced the new LCF215 digital label finishing solution at the Packaging Innovations Exhibition in Birmingham, UK.
    Following the huge amount of interest generated at Packaging Innovations, Intec will be showcasing and demonstrating our label printing and finishing solutions at IPEX, with a large section of our stand devoted to the labelling industry.
    The LCF215 was developed with performance and affordability in mind to provide the perfect finishing solution for labels produced from the Intec range of digital Color label printers.
    This incredibly compact unit includes easy roll loading for lamination, contour cutting, Matrix removal and slitting. Combining robust engineering with precision registration and the ability to select from one to three Registration points, it ensures complete cutting accuracy.
    Class leading cutting accuracy is achieved through the implementation of the SMARTMark Optical Registration System, where multiple marks are read by the LCF215 to automatically adjust the cut file compensating, not only for the start of a Label but also any skew or scale issues that may have been caused by material instability.
    Features such as lamination, provide bright punchy colors, additional glossiness and scratch resistance with the additional benefits of increased UV stability.
    With frequent changes in labelling regulations and a stronger than ever demand for customized and private labels, holding large stocks is not environmentally friendly or commercially realistic.
    Investment in an Intec Label printing and finishing solution ensures that you can reduce your inventory of pre-cut labels by only producing and finishing what you need.
    Using unique contour cutting technology, the LCF215 can cut any shape on demand, meaning that there is no limit to the creative possibilities now available. The feature packed and user friendly finisher also supports; lamination, digital contour cutting, Matrix stripping, slitting and rewinding.
    The addition of the Intec LCF215 label finishing system to your workflow provides a superb Label finishing solution, capable of producing stunning labels, on a vast range of substrates. A must have for any business with high quality, short to medium run label printing and finishing requirements.
    Come along to stand S2-E180 at IPEX (24th - 29th March 2014, EcCeL, London) to see the full range of Intec label printing and finishing Solutions in Action.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    10.03.2014   Asia Pulp & Paper calls on NGOs, governments and businesses to collaborate to protect ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Indonesia’s forests

    Company celebrates one year of its Forest Conservation Policy, setting out challenges to be tackled

    Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) Anniversary Report with a call for NGOs, Governments and businesses to work together in an effort to help tackle deforestation in Indonesia.
    On February 5th 2013, APP announced a permanent end to natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain through the introduction of its FCP. Covering over 2.6 million hectares of forest concessions, APP’s FCP represented a breakthrough moment for the global protection of natural forest. The commitment is the largest and most ambitious plan for the implementation of landscape level High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) principles in the world.
    As HCV and HCS assessments are nearing completion, APP has begun the process of translating its findings into the Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs), which will set out how the concessions will be run and preserved.
    However, in developing these plans, the company has concluded that success in the long term will require commitment from many more of Indonesia’s forestry stakeholders.
    Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement, said: “We are creating management plans to ensure the viability of the 2.6 million hectares that our suppliers are responsible for. However, unless all of Indonesia’s land is properly managed too, then the forest landscape will continue to be at risk from further degradation.
    “In 2014, we will finalise the largest integrated biodiversity and conservation assessments that have ever been conducted. From these assessments, we have discovered many opportunities and obstacles that we know cannot be realised or resolved by a single company.
    “It is time for all parties to get active and start working together. The days of campaigning against businesses that have shown commitment to change the way they operate, as we have, should be brought to a conclusion. Now is the time to focus on the future and to develop solutions to the complex issues associated with forestry in Indonesia and to promote responsible practise.”
    Scott Poynton, executive director of The Forest Trust, a non-profit organisation that is helping APP ensure its policy is translated into actual change on the ground, said: “One year in and we have a moratorium on forest clearance in all its suppliers that has proven to be effective. HCV and HCS forest assessments are being completed, a number of social conflicts are now solved, and there is real transparency in reporting progress against its policy.
    “We understand that complete trust isn’t built in a day and not even in a single year, but the company is listening to concerns and is ready to continue to implement and improve its FCP implementation. APP is 100 per cent committed to zero deforestation."

    As part of its one year anniversary, APP has set out the four key priorities for 2014 that must be addressed by broader industry to bring about zero deforestation. These are:
    -Overlapping licenses – The issue of overlapping licenses needs to be resolved by all concerned parties if we are to develop a system for governing all concession holders in Indonesia.
    -Community and land conflict issues – At times when the needs of communities are at odds with no-deforestation policies, an agreed and consistent way of managing the negotiation process should be developed.
    -Landscape management – Landscape level conservation is vital to the preservation of peatland, the habitat of key species and protection against forest fires, all of which can span several concession areas of differing uses. A cross sector approach must therefore be developed to manage entire landscapes to ensure their long term viability.
    -Market recognition – Policies that protect forests and peatland can only be economically viable if there is market recognition of their value. It is therefore important for the market to encourage companies to introduce and implement them.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)
    10.03.2014   The Industry Minister opens new NOK 220 million thermo-mechanical pulp plant at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Norske Skog in Halden

    The Industry Minister, Monica Mæland, will officially open the new thermo-mechanical pulp plant at Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden tomorrow, 6 March 2014, at 10:00 CET.
    Norske Skog has invested NOK 220 million in an expansion and renewal of the thermo-mechanical pulp plant at Norske Skog Saugbrugs in Halden. The old pulp plant has been replaced by a modern facility, which will supply pulp to the paper machines at a much lower cost than today.
    Cost savings consist mainly of lower energy- and pulp consumption and lower maintenance costs. Increased use of wood pulp in the paper will also result in improved paper quality. Enova has subsidised the project with NOK 50 million, because of the significant energy savings from the project.

    - Investment in the new pulp plant gives increased competitiveness through a significant improvement in energy efficiency. We are doing this as part of efforts to maintain the continued operations at Saugbrugs. We wish in particular to thank Enova who have given significant financial support for this project, says president and CEO in Norske Skog, Sven Ombudstvedt.

    - This is an exemplary project. By adopting this technology, Norske Skog will become a world leader in energy-efficient pulp production. We support improved energy efficiency in industry because such projects are essential to strengthen the reliability of supply in Norway, says the CEO of Enova. We support energy and climate solutions that contribute to reduced energy consumption and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. With such projects, Norske Skog has become a spearhead in its efforts to create a greener industry in Norway, and we look forward to new projects, says the CEO of Enova, Nils Kristian Nakstad.
    (Norske Skog Saugbrugs)
    10.03.2014   Luxurious Gloss: The striking Hahnemühle Photo Silk Baryta    ( Company news )

    Hahnemühle complements the successful HAHNEMÜHLE PHOTO line with a true Baryta quality. The new Photo Silk Baryta is an excellent alternative to Ilford Gold Fibre Silk. The new Hahnemühle inkjet Baryta debuted in the beginning of March at the Photography Show in Birmingham and WPPI in Las Vegas.
    “Photo Silk Baryta will enrich the world famous brand of Hahnemühle with another great paper for photographers and print studios. It has an interesting paper color and a true Baryta layer that guarantees a silky gloss and excellent color gamut for brilliant color and velvety blacks,” says Norbert Klinke, Director Marketing & Sales.
    Swedish fashion photographer Per Zennström is also thrilled by Photo Silk Baryta. His concepts are to be seen in crisp, brilliant colors as well as in velvety, deep blacks and gray tones on the sample prints featured in the HAHNEMÜHLE PHOTO sample book. “The fine structure of the paper, the luster of the printed area and the pleasant matte surface in unprinted areas captivates every observer. This paper provides a real wow factor for the eyes and a real Baryta paper ‘touch and feel’ experience for the fingertips.”
    The white paper with a smooth surface impresses haptically and visually. The Baryta layer below the ink-receiving coating ensures the look of an analog Baryta paper. The color rendering and color density is impressive. With a grammage of 310 gsm, fine art inkjet prints on the new paper are very presentable. ”
    Photo Silk Baryta is perfect for intense, vibrant color prints or black and white motifs with great contrasts from all genres of photography. The paper contains a minimum amount of long-term stable optical brighteners to guarantee an elegant white of the paper. It is an alternative to the Baryta papers without optical brighteners which are available in the Hahnemühle Digital FineArt Collection – if desired” adds Klinke.
    Photo Silk Baryta is available from mid-March in sheet and roll formats in the HAHNEMÜHLE PHOTO range.
    Introductory kits with printed and unprinted samples will be provided to authorized Hahnemühle dealers and Certified Studios.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART


    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announced that its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill (the "FSC Mill") in Thurso, Québec restarted operations after taking market downtime of 10 weeks. The FSC Mill will be producing initially northern bleached hardwood kraft (NBHK) pulp and expects to ramp-up to normalized production in approximately 15 days. In keeping with the Company's "swing mill" strategy, the FSC Mill will continue to operate by swinging production between both NBHK pulp and dissolving pulp to best respond to changing market conditions, particularly in light of the interim anti-dumping trade duty currently imposed by China's Ministry of Commerce.
    Yvon Pelletier, President of Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc., commented: "I am pleased with the initiatives completed at the FSC Mill during this recent downtime. As a result of these improvements, the FSC Mill should operate with greater efficiency and improved reliability over the coming year."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
    10.03.2014   Evaporation plant for pulp industry    ( Company news )

    No. 1 for plant, process and energy optimization

    GIG Karasek GmbH has been awarded another contract in the pulp industry. The task is to extensively remodel and enlarge an existing evaporation plant located at Stockstadt (Germany) for an international company operating in the pulp and paper industry. A project supporting GIG Karasek’s ambitions to become the number one for plant, process and energy optimization in Europe.
    The evaporation plant is to be enlarged by two separation stages, while an existing stage should be replaced. Furthermore, the project includes the re-connection of evaporator bodies and an increase in heating surface area on the existing equipment. This far-reaching intervention into the system and the process aims at achieving the goals of “increased water evaporation while simultaneously reducing specific steam consumption”, and to “generally improve the conditions as to operation, maintenance and conditioner”, required by the customer. Commissioning is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2014.
    Due to space availability and the challenge of merging existing and new plant components with different technologies, this project requires in-depth knowledge in process technology and extensive know-how and experience in the field of process engineering and plant design. GIG Karasek GmbH provides security in both the planning and implementation phase.
    (GIG Karasek GmbH)
    GIG Karasek Imagefilm

    07.03.2014   Honeycomb Paper Enjoys a New Lease on Life    ( Company news )

    Company news SinoCorrugated South 2014 to Host Dedicated Honeycomb Paper Zone

    In the honeycomb paper industry, paper-based materials are used as raw materials to produce honeycomb-shaped composites. As the main alternative to packaging materials like wood and EPS foamed plastic, honeycomb paper is an emerging branch in the packaging industry. Thanks to it special advantages and features, it has become a growing industry focus. In recent years, honeycomb paper materials are not only growing in use in paper container packaging, but also extensively across the building materials, furniture, door, and window material industries. As the application scope continues to expand, honeycomb paper materials are garnering more attention from within the packaging industry. Against this backdrop, SinoCorrugated South 2014’s honeycomb paper zone is a timely new feature. It is China’s first display platform of honeycomb paper products and will explore future development trends in the industry.
    Honeycomb paper is a new type of sandwich-structured, energy saving composite. The raw material used to make corrugated paper is glued into hollow, hexagonal structures to form a whole load-carrying paper core. Surface paper is pasted on both sides of it. Because it is lightweight, inexpensive, high strength and recoverable, honeycomb cardboard is popular, especially in developed countries like the Netherlands, the United States and Japan. This new type of green packaging can save resources and conserve the environment.
    Currently, the Honeycomb Paper Market is Mature, Stable and High-Level
    China’s honeycomb paper technology did not start at a high level. However, the introduction of advanced foreign technologies, combined with nearly 20 years of research and development, has spurred the advancement of industry technology. Today, fifth and sixth generation honeycomb cardboard production equipment has successfully been developed. With certain production capacity, an entire industry has emerged with products such as raw and auxiliary materials, production equipment, honeycomb cardboard, pallets, packaging boxes, building materials decorations, furniture and liner plates.
    China currently has hundreds of honeycomb paper equipment producers. This total is gradually increasing too. At the same time, a batch of chemical fiber production companies in provinces like Jiangsu and Shandong are using honeycomb cardboard to replace EPS foamed plastic as partitions, to good effect. Industry experts predict that, if the annual output of filament in China reached 5 million tons, it would need about 100 million sqm of honeycomb cardboard. This is a sign of the honeycomb cardboard market’s great potential. It is also confirmation that China’s honeycomb paper technology needs continuous innovation.
    In recent years, Chinese honeycomb cardboard production equipment has been exported in large numbers to countries like the Czech Republic, Chile, Indonesia, Turkey, Malaysia and Poland. This marks an end to China’s reliance on imported honeycomb cardboard production equipment. It also shows how locally manufactured equipment has entered a mature, high level, high quality stage. With scientific research institutions at its core, a substantial science and technology research and development team has been established to support this new branch of the packaging industry.
    Honeycomb cardboard has attracted a great deal of attention since it first appeared. However, due to various restrictions, its application in some aspects has been slow. Paradoxically, the material’s unique advantages make it irreplaceable in some areas, especially in terms of enhancing environment conscious behaviors. Problems related to environment protection, such as how to reduce and eliminate pollution from packaging waste and how to recycle packaging waste, have increasingly become focuses. This is promoting research and application of honeycomb cardboard. It is believed that in the near future, with the continuous development of honeycomb cardboard production technology, processing technology and printing technology, honeycomb cardboard will be widely used in packaging and other related fields. As a new type of green environment friendly material, honeycomb cardboard will get more extensive attention, research and application.

    Honeycomb Paper Becomes New Paper Packaging Favorite, Application Fields Extend Rapidly
    The hexagonal comb made by bees is considered a masterpiece. The extremely robust honeycomb is made with the fewest materials of any such structure. Its structure is also stronger than any other shape. People are enlightened by research into honeycomb structures developed by scientists. Even very thin material can bear great pressure if formed into a honeycomb shape.
    Because honeycomb cardboard is light, has strong flat crush strength and good cushioning performance, it is an environment friendly green material used more and more in the building, packaging transport, funeral, agriculture and furniture industries.
    After the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake, during the reconstruction of the devastated areas, lightweight honeycomb wallboard, with paper as its raw material, was used on houses. Using Honeycomb Cardboard as internal filler is a major feature of furniture manufacturing. This method of production has many advantages. It not only saves boards, but it also reduces the weight of furniture, and is easier to shape and transport. This kind of honeycomb paper, which is used as furniture internal filling material, has strong supporting forces and high durability, thanks to technical upgrades. In European furniture and door industries, more than 80% of inside doors are honeycomb composite doors, and most furniture boards with the thickness of more than 20mm are honeycomb composite boards.
    If 20% of China’s total wood consumption in furniture manufacturing were to substituted by honeycomb paper cores for furniture, about 154.3 million tons of carbon emissions could be eliminated each year. If the use of honeycomb board parts for furniture in furniture manufacturing can be promoted, about 10 million cubic meters of wood can be saved each year. Therefore, honeycomb cardboard has great long term market potential, thanks to its excellent performance, environment friendliness and low cost.

    SinoCorrugated South 2014 to Introduce Honeycomb Paper Zone
    To demystify honeycomb paper, a new type of environment friendly material, SinoCorrugated South 2014 will feature a honeycomb paper zone for the first time. This area will showcase new application fields of honeycomb paper products, including honeycomb lightweight walls, honeycomb logistics packaging materials, honeycomb light furniture, etc. The exhibition will also show a variety of honeycomb paper manufacturing equipment, including fully automated honeycomb cardboard core production lines, honeycomb paper post processing equipment, paper angle bead production lines, honeycomb raw paper and all kinds of consumables and accessories. The show promises will be the leading display platform for honeycomb paper.
    In addition to exhibiting the latest honeycomb paper production equipment and materials, the zone will also exhibit new types of honeycomb paper furniture, toys and other new products made of honeycomb paper. Visitors will also see high-end furniture (tables, chairs, sofas, storage racks, etc.) As well as having the practical utility of standard furniture, creative furniture also has extraordinary visual appeal and represents spectacular craftsmanship. The smooth curve on the edge of the paper frame, the innovative design, color, contour … This original honeycomb paper world promises to be a feast for the visual senses.

    Honeycomb Paper Industry Development Set for SinoCorrugated South, Industry Leaders to Gather to Explore Key Topic
    SinoCorrugated South 2014 will feature a Honeycomb Paper Industry Development Summit. The Summit will serve as an information channel, an exchange platform and a network of connections and development opportunities for honeycomb paper industry professionals interested in technology, production and sales. Participants will include equipment and material producers, industry experts, scholars, designers, policy makers, manufacturers of honeycomb paper products and users . The meeting will establish an elite honeycomb alliance (of production equipment manufacturers, material producers, product designers and users) to improve technology and manufacturing and processing solutions. It will also allow for the formulation of standards for the paper honeycomb product industry and promote the marketing of paper honeycomb derivatives.

    The Honeycomb Paper Industry Development Summit will span over 1,000 sqm. Additionally, there will be over 350 honeycomb paper products factories, as well as 200+ end users and buyers onsite. In order to enrich the exhibition contents, Reed Exhibitions will also host a series of value-adding activities. Among them will be over 10 presentations on key industry topics, three business matching activities and two site visits to highly automated honeycomb paper processing factories. More than 500 local and international senior managers and principles from Procurement and Technology departments of paper honeycomb buying companies with high purchasing power will attend the meeting. The buyers will mainly be from industries such as building and construction materials, home appliance packaging, logistics, furniture, advertising, building materials, automobiles and shipbuilding.
    The popularization and application of honeycomb paper products play a vital role in developing paper and a low-carbon environment. These have significant social and economic benefits and comply with environmental and circular economy policies on a national scale. They also define the industry’s development direction. Therefore, honeycomb paper production enterprises will seize the opportunity to discover the latest key equipment and learn about the process and popularization of certain applications.
    Companies will continue to enhance their competitiveness through independent innovation, constant development of new products, improvement of product quality and enhanced service. Through SinoCorrugated South’s publicity platform, they will drive development in the honeycomb paper industry and upgrade the quality of industrial product packaging in China. They will also improve environment friendly processes and develop the circular economy.
    SinoCorrugated South 2014 is Asia-Pacific's leading trade show for the global corrugated manufacturing industry. The event features the latest, most innovative corrugated equipment and consumables on the market. As a sourcing platform for manufacturers of corrugated boxes, honeycomb paperboard, paper stock models and paper pipes, the show attracts manufacturers, buyers and end-users alike. It is a must-attend event that sharpens participants' competitive edge by providing networking opportunities, technological updates and news of the latest industry developments.
    (Reed Exhibitions (Shanghai) Co. Ltd)
    07.03.2014   Say it with a carton: How will chocolate present itself in future?     ( Company news )

    Company news Whereas the European market for industrially manufactured chocolate largely appears saturated, the industry forecasts growing sales numbers from exports as well through new challenges in the high quality segment. In Europe it is only the premium end of the market that offers realistic growth opportunities – by and large with appropriate carton packaging.

    Picture: Chocolate from "myswisschocolate"

    Over the last three years the chocolate industry has seen a division in the market. Major manufacturers are experiencing virtually no growth. The market is extremely price-sensitive, price increases are difficult to achieve without losing market shares.
    The prices of important ingredients are also increasing. In the EU, the price of sugar increased from EUR 600 to EUR 720 per tonne over the period 2008 to 2013. The world market price of cocoa varied between USD 2000 and 3800 per tonne. And the situation is no different for hazelnuts, the second most expensive ingredient after cocoa. Prices have doubled over the past three years.
    Martin Dowideit of the "Handelsblatt" believes: "Chocolate is a product subject to impulse purchasing. It is not part of the shopping list, the packaging is the temptation." Worldwide consumption is led by Switzerland, the UK and Germany - the Swiss are the world champions with an annual consumption of 11.9 kilogrammes per year and head.
    Not surprisingly, the Swiss discovered the true value of this brown delicacy early on. With Finest Pralinés, Lindor and Excellence products, Lindt & Sprüngli is the worldwide leader for premium chocolate and represented in over 100 countries. In 2004, Lindt already initiated the trend for chocolate bars, from cheap mass products to a "little bit of luxury". This has attracted many imitators since.
    "Our Excellence series with a cocoa content of 70 per cent and more has generated fantastic sales", states Lindt manager, Adalbert Lechner. "Lindt chocolate is that little bit of luxury in everyday routine which is appreciated as a reward by people, even in economically difficult times." This medium segment with brands such as Lindt, Suchard, Hussel or Hachez is virtually packaged exclusively in cartons. "There are four main reasons for the use of cartonboard for premium chocolate packaging", says Marie-Eugénie Barrelet of Villars Maître Chocolatier: "costs of packaging, sustainability, printing quality and speed of development."

    Quality surges ahead
    According to the Swiss food consultant James Amoroso, high-priced chocolate is achieving considerably greater growth than mass products: "This trend will probably continue as people are becoming aware that chocolate should be consumed at special occasions and not in large quantities."
    The manufacturers and makers of specialties have made the most of these new opportunities on the market for chocolate. For example, newcomer "myswisschocolate", founded in 2010, already boasts 100,000 customers in 32 countries for customised production or online orders. At one can order a variety of recipes and design one's own packaging - with carton of course. Founder Sven Beichler states: "Consumers want unique products which meet their individual requirements, rather than mass products. And people are willing to spend money on a first-class individual product."

    Dolfin and Pierre Marcolini in Belgium, Coppeneur or Wagner in Germany, Damian Allsop or Willies Cacao in England, Michel Cluizel, Jean-Paul Hévin, La Maison du Chocolate, Patrick Roger or Valrhona in France, Domori or Stainer in Italy, Xocolat or Zotter in Austria, and Lindt & Sprüngli or Villars in Switzerland: the premium segment is growing, more and more manufacturers are focusing on top quality. The portfolio ranges from intriguing recipes and compositions, such as mountain cheese or chili, hemp with mocca, raspberry spirits, coffee-plum with caramelised bacon, or combinations with eastern spices. But they all have one thing in common: carton is the packaging of choice.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)
    07.03.2014   Alzamora Packaging acquires a Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 145    ( Company news )

    Company news The desire to always be at the forefront and generate added value, has led Alzamora Packaging to include in its strategic investment plan, the first Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 145 to be installed in Spain.
    With almost 40 m in length, and 10 bodies, the Speedmaster XL 145 achieves maximum efficiency and reliability. Ergonomics and perfect management, setup times minimum point, high machine availability and excellent print quality.
    A printer that will simplify and accelerate processes and outstanding results are achieved, to provide more sophisticated excellent productivity and more efficient solutions.
    Thus, it is intended to further expand the range of possibilities and technical resources available to our customers.
    (Alzamora Packaging S.A.)
    07.03.2014   Logson Group announces £15m UK investment and creation of 40 new jobs    ( Company news )

    Company news The UK's largest independent supplier of corrugated packaging, Logson Group, has announced major investment plans to meet the continued growth in demand from its key customers.
    The first will see inspirepac transform its Chesterfield operation with a £6million investment in state of the art high quality post print (HQPP) and further digital capability, complementing its leading position in the high growth market sectors of retail ready and promotional packaging. The investment will have a planned start up early in Q1 of 2015.
    The second, will see Board 24 further enhance its sheet feeder site at Preston, already the UK's most efficient, through a £9m investment in an additional corrugator. This will ensure it continues to meet demand from the continued growth of key customers, and in particular to facilitate the growing trend towards increased graphic impact in retail ready and promotional packaging.
    The investment is expected to create up to 40 jobs at Preston with recruitment and training of new employees to begin in Q4 of this year, and start up expected in Q1 2015.
    Alex Kelly, Logson Group CEO, commented; "This heralds an exciting new chapter in Logson Group's development. This £15million investment represents not only a vote of confidence in our management teams, but also in our strategic customers. We have shared in their success over the past few years and this investment reflects our continued commitment to support their future growth plans, and reinforces our leading position in key growth markets."
    The Logson Group has expanded through both acquisition and significant organic growth to become the largest independent packaging group in the UK. Collectively the Group employs over 850 people across its 18 dedicated sites in the UK.
    (Logson Group)
    07.03.2014   Bolloré Thin Papers invests in renewable energy with its new biomass boiler at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Papeteries du Léman

    A voluntary policy for reducing carbon emissions
    In order to support sustainable development and to control the use of energy, the board of Papeteries du Léman has analysed several alternative solutions to fossil fuels with the view of reaching a positive economic and carbon report.
    Wood appeared to be the optimal solution: as a renewable energy, it makes it possible to maintain dynamic growth, whilst taking charge of the use of energy.
    A new boiler room with 8.2 MW of power was therefore installed and since it came into service on January 7th 2013, it has provided 50% of the steam requirements for the site, with the balance being provided both by the household waste incineration plant in Thonon-Les-Bains, in conjunction with an additional gas boiler.
    The wood boiler, which is fuelled exclusively with locally sourced biomass, also plays its part in reducing our greenhouse gas emissions by more than 11,500 tons of CO2 per year.

    A large-scale project for Papeteries du Léman
    Construction took place in two distinct steps. The first consisted of deconstructing the former coal boiler which had not been in service since 2000.
    Nevertheless, we were able to keep the building, and this now houses the wood reserve and the new boiler itself. After spending almost a year taking it down we were then able to begin construction of the boiler, and we began by assembling the modules that needed to be mounted. Construction was finally completed at the end of October 2012.

    The Key steps towards making the boiler operable
    It took several steps in order to make the boiler operable: the first two weeks of November 2012 were spent connecting it to the steam piping and also obtaining the certification necessary to run the boiler. By mid-November, we started it up for the first time so that the interior building work could dry. The temperature was increased by 100 degrees every 24 hours over ten days in order to reach 900 degrees Celsius.
    Operations officially started on December 1st, 2012: the initial goal was to have it running at 50% capacity for several days and then make adjustments and changes accordingly in order to begin regular production in the system by early January. A whole set of tests were performed, including emergency shutdowns, in order to test all of the mechanics for automatic operation and safety.
    Since January 7th, the boiler has been running at full throttle. Tests, measures, and performance evaluations with the operator have made it possible to verify the installation and the match between the services it provides and the modes and methods that appear in the contract.
    Today, the new biomass boiler in PDL has reached a steady state of operation and will make it possible, beginning with this year, to reduce CO2 emissions by 11,500 tons per year.
    (PDL Papeteries du Léman)
    07.03.2014   Lecta Launches GardaMatt Ultra    ( Company news )

    Company news Cartiere del Garda expands its “Excellent Collection” range of high-quality papers with the new GardaMatt Ultra

    Lecta continues to invest in the development of innovative products to anticipate and respond to market needs, offering papers that combine maximum quality with respect for the environment.
    GardaMatt Ultra is a woodfree coated paper with a rough matt surface. Produced in a neutral environment, it is a high-bulk (1.0), acid-free, age-resistant paper, available in grammages of 115, 130, 150 and 170 g/m² with FSC® or PEFC™ certifications available on request. Particularly suited to the publishing market’s needs, it guarantees superb runnability, high printability, excellent stiffness and good gloss difference between the printed and the unprinted areas.
    Lecta reaffirms yet again its desire to offer a range of constantly improving, environment-friendly quality products to satisfy all of our customers needs.
    (Cartiere del Garda S.p.A.)
    07.03.2014   The Global Forest Industry in the 4Q/2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Excerpts from the Wood Resource Quarterly (

    Global Timber Markets

    • Sawlog prices trended upward throughout the world in the 4Q and the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) rose to $88.78/m3. This was the highest level in over two years and the third highest price on record since the inception of the Index in 1995.
    • Many of the price increases around the world during 2013 were the result of substantially higher trade of logs and improved lumber prices in a number a key markets, particularly in North America.
    • In 2013, global trade of logs was up by as much as 17% from 2012 totaling 84 million m3. This was the highest shipments of logs since 2007.

    Global Pulpwood Prices

    • The two global wood fiber indices, SFPI and HFPI, have trended in opposite directions during most of 2013. Stronger markets and higher prices for softwood fiber-based pulp and paper products have resulted in higher demand, and rising prices, for both softwood chips and roundwood.
    • The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) has gone for two straight quarters to reach US$99.51/odmt in the 4Q. The largest increases were in Sweden, France, Germany and New Zealand. Hardwood fiber price changes have been mixed with higher price in the 4Q/13 in Europe, while declining prices in Chile, Indonesia, Japan and Eastern Canada. Some of the declines have been the result of a strengthening US dollar.
    • The Hardwood Wood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) fell for the fifth consecutive quarter to $97.59/odmt in the 4Q/13, the first time this index was lower than SFPI since 2Q/08.

    Global Pulp Markets

    • The operating rates for the world’s pulpmills creeped up to 93% in November. Global market pulp production for 2013 was about 3.6% higher than in the previous year.
    • NBSK prices have steadily trended upward for almost 18 months, while HBKP prices have stayed flat. The price discrepancy between the two major pulp grades has been unusually high the past six months.

    Global Lumber Markets

    • Lumber production slowed down towards the end of 2013 in both the US and Canada because of weather, less activities in the housing market and reduced exportation.
    • US lumber prices trended upward during most of the summer and fall and in January this year they were back to about the same level as in January 2013.
    • The optimism is returning to the sawmilling sector in the Nordic countries with production in the second half of 2013 being much higher than the first six month.
    • Lumber production in Germany has trended downward the past few years and imports have gone up, particularly from the Nordic countries.
    • China’s importation of lumber was 19% higher in 2013 than in 2012, reaching a new record high. Canada and New Zealand together accounted for almost 80% of the total import volume.
    • Wooden housing starts in Japan were up 12% in 2013.
    • Softwood lumber import to Japan reached the highest level in seven years last year.

    Global Biomass Markets

    • After two quarters of double-digit growth, wood pellet export volumes to Europe increased just two percent in the 3Q/13.
    • Higher pellet demand and increased costs for wood raw-material pushed residential pellet prices upward in the German domestic market in 2013.
    • Pellet prices in the three major markets in Europe, Sweden, Germany and Austria have converged over the past four years.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ))
    06.03.2014   NewPage Announces Year-End 2013 Financial Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: George F. Martin, President and Chief Executive Officer

    NewPage Holdings Inc. ("NewPage") announced its results of operations for the full year 2013.
    Net sales for the full year 2013 were $3,054 million compared to $3,131 million for 2012, a decrease of $77 million, or 2 percent. On a year over year basis, net sales were primarily affected by lower sales volume of paper and lower average paper prices, partially offset by improved mix. For the full year, net loss was $(2) million in 2013 compared to net income of $1,258 million in 2012. The decrease was primarily the result of Reorganization items, net, partially offset by improved gross margin.
    Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization as further adjusted as shown in the attached reconciliation) was $269 million in 2013 compared to $238 million in 2012.
    NewPage closed the year with total liquidity of $400 million, consisting of $317 million of availability under the revolving credit facility and $83 million of available cash and cash equivalents.
    Cash from operating activities was $116 million during 2013 compared to $3 million during 2012, primarily the result of lower cash requirements for interest and other bankruptcy related activities as a result of emerging from Chapter 11 Proceedings, as well improved gross margins driven by cost reductions.
    Capital expenditures for 2013 were $75 million compared to $157 million in 2012. Capital expenditures in 2012 included $54 million associated with the purchase of paper machine No. 35, previously under a capital lease pursuant to the Chapter 11 plan.
    "We were able to offset the impact of lower prices with improvements in productivity and cost saving measures to increase adjusted EBITDA by 13% compared to 2012. Our year over year improvement in Adjusted EBITDA comes at a time when there was a 4.3% decline in North American demand for coated paper according to PPPC," said George F. Martin, president and chief executive officer for NewPage.
    On February 11, 2014, the company entered into a $750 million senior secured term loan facility to refinance the existing $500 million senior secured exit term loan debt facility and to fund a special distribution to NewPage stockholders and holders of NewPage stock awards, to pay certain transaction costs and for general corporate purposes. The company also announced a new a $350 million ABL facility to replace the existing $350 million revolving credit facility on the same day. The refinancing transactions and the distribution payments are components of the merger announced by the company on January 6, 2014.
    (NewPage Corporation)
    06.03.2014   Taking the Fight to the Counterfeiters - Medica Packaging has updated its Brand ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...Protection Programme

    Medica Packaging, the healthcare packaging specialist company within Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading printed folding carton manufacturers, has detailed the latest updates to its Brand Protection Programme for printed packaging.
    Commenting on the company’s anti-counterfeiting collection, Mark Bradley, Sales Director at Medica Packaging, said: “Brand protection, beginning with a combination of colour management and brand identity, must also incorporate sophisticated anti-counterfeiting measures as a critical component when purchasing. With a global black market in counterfeit goods estimated to be worth some $545 billion annually, there is a huge value in spending money on as many of these techniques as can be reasonably afforded to protect the consumer and the reputation of the brand.
    “Widely known markets that are targeted include pharmaceuticals, tobacco, spirits, and high-value food products, but evidence shows personal care and healthcare are now also very much on the counterfeit radar, with virtually every country in the world being involved in one way or another. At Medica we work closely with our suppliers on the very latest anti-counterfeiting technologies, which are being extended and enhanced all of the time. Our knowledgeable team are committed to protecting our customers’ brands.”

    Multi-Layered Method
    One highly popular approach employed by Medica is the multi-layered method where a number of both covert and overt anti-counterfeit measures are used together for added security. For example, a holographic strip might be used alongside colour shifting inks, track-and-trace numbering, and micro-text. For counterfeiters to spot, understand and replicate all of these becomes an onerous and expensive task – hopefully sufficiently complex to make them avoid a particular product and move on to another, easier target. This wealth of devices can certainly help law enforcement agencies spot real from fake product.
    The trade off for the brand owner is, of course, cost versus security. Medica tabulates a wide range of security solutions on a sliding scale of cost. It begins with highly cost-effective techniques such as printing with coin-reactive or UV fluorescent inks offering two-wavelength detection, up to the “top of the range” techniques such as unique tagging or hidden graphics that require special lenses to locate a specific element within the print.
    “There are more than a dozen individual techniques that we regularly offer customers,” explains Mark Bradley. “A wide range of combinations of these can be employed on the packaging to create very sophisticated security. It all depends on the level of security that the brand owner requires and the project budget.”
    Some techniques require additional print runs to add further ink layers, whilst others add an additional process into pack production, such as foiling, tamper evident labels, cold transfer films, or integrated security labels. Some techniques on offer are branded solutions requiring additional payments to access the license to use the technology. The Medica team can help to guide customers as to which technique is going to be most suited to a specific project.

    Colour Management Critical
    Medica is able to offer the best in colour management, which in itself provides a base level of security and an important ingredient to the overall printed pack. Benson Group were the world’s first carton printing company to gain the ISO 12647-2 colour printing accreditation, and the business has worked for some five years with the colour specialists at Mellow Colour. Devices for measuring colour are used across Benson Group’s print departments, and high quality GMG proofing systems complete the picture of accurate colour delivery.
    With a background in the pharmaceutical industry, Medica has a long history of understanding the benefits of the various forms and combinations of security involved in the market sector. Pressure sensitive tamper evident labels, holographic aluminium labels, HSF foils, and various integrated labels are sector standards. The critical ingredient in the pharmaceutical world, of course, is not endangering the health of consumers. Illegally manufactured and packaged drugs will have the potential to cause harm to the user and well as causing financial damage to the owner of the original formulation.
    (Medica Packaging Ltd)
    06.03.2014   RockTenn to Acquire Simpson Tacoma Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news RockTenn and Simpson Lumber Company LLC announced an agreement whereby RockTenn will acquire the Simpson Tacoma Kraft Paper Mill located in Tacoma, Wash., for approximately $343 million. The purchase price reflects an EBITDA multiple of less than six times based on the mill's financial results for the 12 months ending December 2013 and the expected operating efficiencies, primarily due to the location of the mill on the West Coast. The transaction is structured as an asset purchase.
    In 2013, the mill produced 465,000 tons on two paper machines and two pulp dryers that made various paper grades including containerboard, specialty kraft paper and pulp. The Tacoma Kraft Mill operates a 55-megawatt green biomass fuel cogeneration facility that was completed in 2009 and sells electricity under a long-term contract.
    RockTenn has committed to invest $60 million in the mill during the next three years and has also entered into a 7-year wood chip supply contract with Simpson Lumber Company.
    "The Tacoma Kraft Mill is a great strategic fit for RockTenn," said Steve Voorhees, RockTenn's Chief Executive Officer. "Adding a West Coast mill will improve our ability to satisfy West Coast customers and generate significant operating efficiencies across our system."
    "We look forward to working with the entire Simpson team to build on the fine relationships they have developed over the years with the Tacoma Kraft Mill's customers, as well as enhancing the satisfaction of RockTenn's customers in the western United States," said Jim Porter, President of RockTenn's Corrugated Packaging segment.
    "This is exciting news for Tacoma Kraft employees and the community. The Tacoma Kraft Mill will be better positioned as part of RockTenn - a successful fiber-based company that is committed to the long-term success of the mill," said Allan Trinkwald, President, Simpson Lumber Company LLC.
    The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
    06.03.2014   Holmen and Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in major land deal     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Sören Petersson, CEO Holmen Skog

    Holmen has agreed in principle to sell just over 10 000 hectares of forest with a wealth of natural assets to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency in order to create a nature reserve. In exchange, Holmen is being given the opportunity to purchase around 18 000 hectares of forest land of an equivalent value. The deal, which will formally be made in several stages during 2014, has no impact on earnings.

    The forest is a habitat for thousands of species of flora and fauna. As part of measures to achieve the environmental objective of “Levande skogar” (Living Forests), the Riksdag (Swedish Parliament) resolved in June 2010 that 100 000 hectares of state-owned forest would be used to compensate Sweden’s major landowners for an increase in the proportion of state-protected forest in Sweden.

    “It feels very positive that Holmen is making an active contribution to achieving the “Levande skogar” objective. Increasing the proportion of formally protected forest in Sweden through the state offering land in exchange is an excellent model. A larger share of forest with significant natural assets will acquire nature reserve status while Holmen is able to purchase land where it can actively work with sustainable forestry,” says Sören Petersson, CEO at Holmen Skog.

    More than 90 areas to become nature reserves
    The land selected is particularly valuable in terms of natural assets and will be turned into nature reserves. Holmen has worked closely with both the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency and the County Administrative Boards concerned on identifying and delimiting areas worthy of protection. The planned nature reserves are made up of more than 90 areas spread throughout Holmen’s forest holdings. One such area is Ågelsjön in Norrköping, an eldorado for climbers, an idyllic spot for families, a historical site and an area with extremely valuable natural assets.

    “We see the fact that the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency now wants to turn a large number of our conservation areas into nature reserves as proof of the quality of our conservation work,” continues Sören Petersson.

    Safeguarding natural assets a priority
    All in all, the number of protected areas in Sweden will now expand greatly. In order to maximise the benefit of future conservation work, the focus should now be shifted from protecting forest to more active measures. It is now time to put more efforts on measures to safeguard and develop our significant natural assets in the Swedish forest.

    “Through active forest management, in which natural assets are preserved and fortified while growing raw material for sustainable products, we can help achieve a sustainable society,” says Sören Petersson, summing up.

    Contact information: Sören Petersson, CEO Holmen Skog, tel. +46 070 322 23 34
    (Holmen AB)
    06.03.2014   Stora Enso strengthens co-operation with IFC in Guangxi, China    ( Company news )

    Company news IFC to invest RMB 356 million (EUR 43 million) of equity to Stora Enso's Consumer Board Mill

    Picture: Mats Nordlander, Executive Vice President of Stora Enso Renewable Packaging

    Stora Enso is strengthening its partnership with International Finance Corporation (IFC) as part of developing its state-of-the-art plantation, board and pulp mill project in Guangxi, China. IFC has agreed to invest in an equity stake of RMB 356 million (EUR 43 million) in the project, representing a 5% shareholding in the project. Stora Enso will continue to own 83% of the project, with the remainder owned by Guangxi Forestry Group Co. Ltd and Beihai Forestry Investment & Development Company Ltd.

    In addition, Stora Enso is in the final stage of concluding the long-term external financing for the first phase development of the project. The USD 460 million funding package will be provided under an IFC syndicate loan structure. It consists of a USD 88 million loan with twelve years tenor from IFC and a USD 372 million loan with eight years tenor provided by commercial banks through IFC. The funding package is expected to be obtained at an average interest rate of LIBOR +2.40%.

    IFC has been supporting Stora Enso in Guangxi with a similar loan structure since 2005, and the long-term funding package is expected to replace the existing financing.

    “We welcome the continued support from IFC. This shows the quality of the work we are doing in Guangxi,” says Mats Nordlander, Executive Vice President, Stora Enso Renewable Packaging.

    Stora Enso’s investment project is divided into two phases. The first phase is to build a board machine to be ready in the beginning of 2016. The pulp mill will be constructed in the second phase and started up when the board machine is operational. The operations will supply customers with renewable material for products addressing the growing consumer market in China. This includes food, beverage and confectionary packaging.

    A strong sustainability agenda is an integral component of the IFC engagement. The agenda includes for example livelihood development, world class environmental standards, and health and safety issues in the industrial and forestry operations.

    Stora Enso employs some 1 100 people in Guangxi, and when the integrated mill is in operation the number of employees will be about 2 000.

    The investment is pending conclusion of condition precedents as customary for this type of transaction.

    For further information, please contact:
    Mats Nordlander, Executive Vice President, Stora Enso Renewable Packaging, tel: +46 1046 72703
    Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, SVP, Head of Investor Relations, Stora Enso Oyj, tel. +358 40 763 8767
    Tommy Borglund, SVP Communications, Stora Enso Renewable Packaging, tel: +46 1046 71709
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    06.03.2014   Tieto Oyj : Tieto supports Glatfelter's growth with its Tieto Integrated Paper Solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Tieto supports Glatfelter's growth with its Tieto Integrated Paper Solution

    Glatfelter Composite Fibers Business Unit (CFBU) chose Tieto as an IT-partner. The two-year contract covers implementing Tieto's Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS), which combines best practice SAP and paper industry specific planning.

    Aiming to optimize processes and tools to support its growth ambitions, Glatfelter CFBU has initiated a program to establish best practice processes supported by an improved use of the existing SAP solution. Through the collaboration with Tieto, Glatfelter CFBU will have better standardization based on best practice expertise of Tieto, integrated tools and system support for its processes.

    The Tieto Integrated Paper Solution offers Glatfelter CFBU a solution that combines the capabilities of SAP with the highly paper industry specific planning features of TIPS. TIPS is the leading application for planning, trim optimization and manufacturing execution in the paper industry and has over 150 installations worldwide.

    Additionally, Tieto delivers to Glatfelter CFBU expertise and consulting for Change Management and Data Management. Tieto conveys to Glatfelter CFBU its Test Management methodology to enable Glatfelter CFBU for an efficient testing process in the future.

    "This was clearly the best fit option for our requirements. Tieto's solution will help us to minimize process interruptions, and it gives us better support for our processes. The additional services by Tieto will help us to deliver a successful project," says Yasar Mert, Program Director from Glatfelter CFBU.

    "We are very pleased to start working with Glatfelter CFBU. We are happy to support their ambitions to grow with our best practice know-how for the paper industry. This will build the basis for the future movement to intelligent services as already stated in Tieto's vision for Forest industry," Alfred Franke, Tieto's Senior Customer Manager, comments.

    Tieto's industry vision (Tieto Forest story) combines more intelligent ways to connect, collaborate and serve customers with a holistic production ecosystem, demand-driven supply chain and enhanced customer service, enabling faster business value realisation. Tieto is a trusted partner accelerating transformation towards ever more intelligent forest industry.
    (Tieto Germany GmbH)
    06.03.2014   ANDRITZ receives major order for supplies to new Klabin pulp mill, Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Klabin, the largest integrated pulp and paper company in Brazil, to supply major production equipment for Klabin’s new pulp mill in Ortigueira, Paraná, Brazil. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2016. Comparably structured orders typically represent a value approaching 300 million euros booked by the supplier.
    The scope of supply of the ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER business area covers the woodyard, the complete fiberline (for softwood and hardwood), and the white liquor plant. The pulp mill will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons, 1.1 million tons thereof in short fiber and 400 thousand tons in long fiber.
    With this order, ANDRITZ once again confirms its strong market position as a major supplier of pulp production equipment to renowned global pulp and paper producers.
    Klabin was founded in 1899 and operates 16 plants (15 in Brazil and one in Argentina), targeting markets such as packaging paper and board, corrugated packaging, and industrial bags producers. The new pulp project in Brazil is the largest investment in Klabin’s history and will double the company’s production capacities.
    (Andritz AG)
    05.03.2014   UPM invests in Kymi mill to secure its position in the global pulp market    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM invests EUR 160 million in Kymi pulp mill to strengthen its position in the growing end use segments of the global pulp market.
    “Kymi is a profitable and competitive pulp mill in comparison with the world’s leading pulp mills. Our EUR 160 million investment will result in a significant capacity increase with competitive costs and low risk,” says UPM’s President and CEO Jussi Pesonen.
    “We have set ourselves clear targets for growth initiatives in pulp production, biofuels, speciality papers in Asia and label materials for the coming three years. With these initiatives we are targeting an additional EUR 200 million EBITDA when in full operation. The Kymi investment will bring a significant contribution to this,” says Pesonen.
    With the investment Kymi’s annual pulp production capacity will increase by 170,000 tonnes up to 700,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp. The Kymi investment makes a significant part of UPM’s earlier announced target to reach a 10 % increase in its 3.3 million tonne pulp capacity over the next three years.
    During the past few years UPM has established a strong position on the pulp market cooperating with customers in the growing end use segments such as tissue, speciality papers and board. UPM has developed a versatile and commercially competitive pulp portfolio with appealing service offering.
    UPM’s competitive and modern facilities in Finland and Uruguay provide a perfect platform for further growth. UPM’s recent sales and marketing cooperation with Canfor Pulp, the capacity expansion of Fray Bentos mill in Uruguay, as well as the investments in Pietarsaari mill in Finland, and now in Kymi, are all supported by healthy market fundamentals.
    The investment at Kymi mill will begin immediately comprising a new pulp drying machine, modernisation of the softwood fibre line, a new debarking plant as well as improvements in the energy balance of the Kymi integrate consisting of pulp and paper mills.
    The investment will not only benefit the pulp mill but the whole Kymi integrate due to increased resource efficiency and operational flexibility.
    “Furthermore, the investment will advance the decoupling of UPM’s pulp and paper businesses, which supports a clear management focus and decision making in both businesses for the short and long term,” says Pesonen.
    05.03.2014   Siemer Cardboard choose Manroland again    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Maren and Laura Grondey – Managing Directors, Siemer Kartonagen GmbH, Laatzen near Hannover.

    As part of a major expansion to larger premises, leading packaging print company Siemer Cardboard GmbH, based in Laatzen near Hanover, Germany, has purchased a new 6 color Roland 700 HiPrint with LV.
    With over 30,000 units sold worldwide in 3000 different configurations, the ROLAND 700 HiPrint is the mainstream choice for value-added printing applications.
    Siemer’s recent expansion follows two highly successful years under new management; investment in this latest printing technology is expected to bring it further significant growth.
    For more than 100 years, Siemer Cardboard has been manufacturing premium packaging for the consumer products industry, along with folding cartons for cosmetics and displays.
    As one of the first manufacturers in Germany to make products from sustainable forestry materials, Siemer is proud to offer ‘climate neutral’ production.
    Production at the new plant is expected to commence before the end of February 2014.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
    05.03.2014   Solar Power Generation Commences at Otake Mill Through Effective Use of Site    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) completed construction and commenced operation of a solar power generation facility (approximately 826kW capacity*) at Otake Mill (Otake City, Hiroshima Prefecture) on February 10.
    This effectively uses part of the Otake Mill site, and the company has commenced the sale of electric power to the Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. (President and Director: Tomohide Karita, Head Office: Hiroshima City, Hiroshima Prefecture) using the feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme for renewable energy.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
    05.03.2014   International Paper Foodservice Europe Announces Major Investment to Spur Growth    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper Foodservice Europe has announced a multi-million pound investment in new technology at its plant in Winsford, Cheshire. Both cup forming capacity and colour printing capability will be increased alongside further automation of the facility.
    The investment will enable International Paper Foodservice Europe to meet its long-term growth plans in the Food service industry whilst creating additional employment opportunities within the facility.
    All of the new equipment will be installed and fully operational by summer.
    “International Paper is investing in the UK to provide additional products and services for its current customer portfolio and new customers looking for a supplier with experience in bringing new, innovative products and high quality, sophisticated printing capability to market,” said David Lawlor, sales and marketing director, International Paper Foodservice Europe.
    “This investment is a key initiative in International Paper Foodservice Europe’s on-going business strategy across its core markets for further growth and development.”
    “We see increasing demand for high quality UK manufactured products across the Foodservice market sectors and we are excited about the opportunities this new equipment will bring to International Paper Foodservice Europe,” said Mike Turner, managing director, International Paper Foodservice Europe.
    (IP Foodservice Europe Ltd)
    05.03.2014   Energy-Saving and Cost-Reducing Functions of Corrugated Cardboard Production Lines    ( Company news )

    Company news Today, environmental protection, energy-saving and consumption reduction are global issues and major considerations for customers when they choose products. In order to take advantage of this new situation, many enterprises have “greened” their brand marketing strategies in a number of ways, to the extent that environmental protection is no longer just a buzzword for marketers.
    The win-win of brand promotion and profit growth cannot be achieved unless coupled with green concepts and integrated into the daily production and operations of the enterprise. In recent years, green practices and energy savings have also been introduced into the carton industry. As a result, many carton production and equipment manufacturers have become more environment friendly, trying to reduce production cost and contribute to sustainable development.
    Diverse specifications, small orders and customer demand for fast delivery have forced carton manufacturers to enhance the automation levels of corrugated cardboard production lines, as well as production management levels, to improve quality and efficiency, save energy and labor, reduce consumables and cut waste. Cost management of corrugated cardboard production lines is very important, as this is where the key cost cuts can be achieved. Energy-saving and cost-reducing methods of corrugated cardboard production line are explored below:

    Establish Advanced Energy-saving Ideas for Corrugated Cardboard Production Line
    Energy saving and environment protection is, and has always been, key to maintaining the human living environment. It is the focus of the national sustainable development strategy and a priority in the current Five-Year Plan. In the face of growing resource and environmental constraints, it is up to every part of society to be aware of the impending crisis. Carton companies are no exception. They must establish green and low-carbon development ideas; emphasize energy conservation and emission reductions; improve the mechanisms of motivation and self-discipline and carry out basic national policies that encourage resource saving and environmental conservation.
    While the concept of energy saving and environment protection has long been prevalent in developed countries, it is relatively new to China’s carton industry. The focus needs to shift to popularizing this eco-concept in China. Wu Xiaohui, Chief Operating Officer of BHS (Shanghai), a famous supplier of corrugated manufacturing machinery and services, said, “We’ll first promote the idea to customers. Once they accept the idea, they will bring it to suppliers, who in turn will pass it back to manufacturers. So the idea goes along each link of the supply chain, right through to the end user. The belief is that those advanced ideas will gradually be adopted by the Chinese market and applied into the actual production and sales”. To this end, BHS has let the way in the industry, producing equipment that can save 1.7% to 23.4% of electricity.

    Reduce Downtime and Waste Generation
    The haphazard downtime of corrugated cardboard production lines generates a large amount of waste, and drives down efficiency, thereby increasing production costs. The main reasons for the downtime of corrugated cardboard production lines are due to five elements: man, machine, materials, method and environment. These are resolved individually.
    To reduce costs, the production of corrugated board must be smartly scheduled. Cartons of the same quality grade, for different customers, should be produced together, as far as possible. This will cut production costs more effectively. Additional factors such as size of carton should also be considered, to minimize the wastage generated along the cardboard production line. In addition, special calculations of the cardboard area, optimizing the processing area of the cardboard, reduce unnecessary waste of materials. The scheduling of corrugating machines should follow the principles of placing the body paper with the same quality and size together. Paper should be fed in from wide to narrow to reduce switching time.
    To reduce downtime, maintenance of the corrugated cardboard production line should be efficient. Giving full play to the performance of equipment and enhancing production efficiency are effective ways to indirectly cut production costs. Maintenance should be performed by the operator and supervised by equipment and management personnel, especially the lubricating of mechanical equipment. Secondary maintenance should be done by equipment maintenance personnel and assisted by the operator. They should mainly focus on steam deflation, steaming and leakage of the equipment and adjustment of equipment status. For renovations, the Equipment Department should establish a detailed, major overhaul plan and implement it according to the problems that occur during equipment use. Daily equipment maintenance is also very important. Despite low investment costs, its effect is good. On one hand, it can prolong the life of the machinery and maintain smooth operation. On the other hand, it also can reduce the frequency of mechanical failure and the occurrence of defective goods and save labor/material resources. This is the key to cutting costs along the corrugated cardboard production line. Regular inventory of equipment spare parts to reduce the amount of illiquid funds and ensure the timely maintenance and production should be observed.

    Perform Technical Upgrades and Apply New Technologies
    In production, average speed is the major determinant for the productivity of corrugated cardboard production lines. At present, many carton equipment manufacturers have adopted new control technologies to optimize electric power distribution for use during the manufacturing process. Compared with corrugated cardboard production lines of the same type, high speed corrugated cardboard production lines can easily achieve the same productivity requirements without frequent speed changes. They consume about 20% less power, greatly reduce wastage and minimize the consumption of energy and materials in production.
    The stable operation of corrugated cardboard production lines ensures the consistent quality of the cardboard produced. Moreover, the use and maintenance costs are extremely low, increasing the return on investment in the equipment. The use of intelligent designs of integrated control panels and human-computer interfaces makes the operation of the corrugated cardboard production line more intuitive and simpler. It also significantly reduces maintenance and labor costs.
    Using the production line’s production management system to control costs can accurately calculate efficiency, achieve speed synchronization of the whole production line and effectively reduce waste. Using automatic splicers significantly reduces the waste of body paper, improves machine speed and enhances production efficiency. If considering cost, at least one automatic splicer should be installed before the plywood process. It is important to pay attention to the choice of production control system, because many kinds of products can be used to realize production and management. The key point of selecting these cannot be limited to price comparison, but should focus on how to achieve the goal of accurately saving raw materials, especially by raising the accuracy of changing paper.
    The computer can also automatically control the paste volume according to different paper qualities, as well as varying machine speed so the paste gap can be automatically reduced when operating at high speed, and paste volume can increase when operating at low speed. This saves at least 15% of paste volume. Furthermore, for temperature control, a computer can automatically adjust the drying area of the preheating cylinder according to paper quality. The speed of the machine can also be modified to ensure the hardness of the cardboard.
    Apart from carton manufacturing companies and equipment suppliers, conscientious industry exhibition organizers have taken on the heavy responsibility of promoting green energy saving. Reed Exhibitions is key among these. SinoCorrugated South 2014, organized by Reed, will be held at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12.
    As the leading Asia-Pacific corrugated carton industry showcase, the event will feature the newest in printing technologies for this industry, namely, green practices, loss reduction and technological advances. The top local and international carton equipment manufacturers will take part in the exhibition and technological innovation products will be prominently profiled onsite.
    Major corrugated carton production equipment like corrugated cardboard production lines as well as machines for printing, die-cutting, pasting boxes and laminating will be displayed, so will body paper, printing oil ink, printing plate materials and ERP production software. Each of these devices and solutions represent new technological highlights. These innovations have the effect of significantly improving efficiency in production equipment and broadening the options for users. Visitors will learn new trends from across the whole corrugated carton industry and benefit from technological innovation and efficiency promotion.
    SinoCorrugated South 2014 is Asia-Pacific's leading trade show for the global corrugated manufacturing industry. The event features the latest, most innovative corrugated equipment and consumables on the market. As a sourcing platform for manufacturers of corrugated boxes, honeycomb paperboard, paper stock models and paper pipes, the show attracts manufacturers, buyers and end-users alike. It is a must-attend event that sharpens participants' competitive edge by providing networking opportunities, technological updates and news of the latest industry developments.
    (Reed Exhibitions (Shanghai) Co. Ltd)
    04.03.2014   Lecta Publishes Its Newest Environmental Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta reaffirms its leadership in sustainability and makes significant progress in reducing its environmental impact.
    Lecta is one of the largest manufacturers of coated woodfree paper in the world and a leader in the European specialty papers market.
    Lecta currently has 9 mills with a total production capacity of nearly 2 million tons and is recognized worldwide as a reliable, flexible and customer-centered supplier as well as being a leader in environmental stewardship.
    A long history of best practices and over 105 million euros allocated to environmental projects since 2006 have enabled Lecta to secure the strictest environmental management and quality certifications, thus minimizing the environmental impact of its operations.
    All of the group manufacturing sites hold ISO 9001 quality certification, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management certifications, and ISO 50001 energy management certification. Furthermore, Lecta is able to guarantee the sustainable origin of the wood used to manufacture our products, in strict compliance with new European timber regulations and PEFCTM and FSC® chain-of-custody standards, offering maximum credibility and transparency in our wood sourcing operations.
    Lecta has significantly reduced the environmental impact of its activity in recent years with a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions, a 12% reduction in water usage and a nearly 30% reduction in the amount of dry sludge sent to landfill since 2006. There are just a few examples of Lecta’s efforts as an environmentally friendly company.
    In keeping with our goal of communicating our environmental performance in a transparent and responsible manner, the data included in this environmental report have been evaluated and verified by an independent third party, as specified in the annex.
    Lecta’s new Environmental Report is available in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian. We invite you to download the complete version of the Environmental Report in pdf format on Lecta’s sustainability website: .
    (Lecta Group)
    04.03.2014   NewPage Introduces FlexPack Essential™    ( Company news )

    Company news A New Flexible Packaging Paper Solution For Extrusion And Lamination Applications

    NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading supplier of specialty papers, announces the introduction of FlexPack Essential™, the newest member of their comprehensive family of flexible packaging papers designed for lamination and extrusion applications in food and medical packaging.
    Designed for flexible packaging requiring a smooth, semi-gloss finish and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance for food contact, FlexPack Essential works with emulsion, solventless and solvent laminations, and is available in a variety of basis weights from 22.5 – 55 lb. (3000ft2). Further, FlexPack Essential's rigidity and on-the-shelf performance offers brand owners a more sustainable flexible packaging option when compared to traditional film substrates.
    "Consumers are demanding more responsible packaging," said Jim Sheibley, director of business and product development for specialty papers. "With the creation of FlexPack Essential, NewPage offers brand owners the ability to add more renewable content to their flexible packaging without compromising on-the-shelf performance."
    (NewPage Corporation)
    04.03.2014   Paper Square - new exciting feature at PulPaper 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news For the first time in PulPaper history, organisers are happy to present the Paper Square

    The Paper Square is a large stage and exhibition area in the middle of the exhibition hall. During the three days of the event, you are most welcome to visit the Paper Square area and meet with the great pulp, paper and board producing companies of SAPPI, UPM, Metsä Group and Stora Enso. Top management from the four companies will take to the stage to update participants of the PulPaper event on trends and news in the industry and give their view and input on the industry’s future and development.

    Most welcome to the Paper Square.
    (Adforum AB)
    04.03.2014   Södra to expand Värö pulp mill     ( Company news )

    Company news At their meeting on 24 February, Södra's board of directors made the decision to invest SEK 4 billion (around USD 610 million) to implement a major expansion of the pulp mill in Värö. Work is now starting to increase the current production capacity of 425,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy of pulp. This will make the mill one of the biggest in the world in terms of softwood sulphate pulp production.
    "This expansion is a vital part of our strategy, and a must if we are to be able to develop our business. The paper pulp market is growing globally, and now it will be possible for us to continue to grow together with our customers," commented Lars Idermark, CEO and Group President at Södra.
    "The expansion at Södra Cell Värö is a measure which will reinforce our market position. We already supply high-quality pulp to a number of different customer segments, and we can now develop and underpin this. Our aim is to become the first choice for customers," he continued.
    "This decision means that we will be increasing the current pulp production capacity of 425,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy. As well as increasing pulp production, this investment means that the plant can be made even more energy efficient. Södra Cell Värö is already independent of fossil fuels during normal operation. Our supplies of green energy can be increased still further thanks to this investment."
    If the environmental permit process goes according to plan, the expanded mill will be ready for commissioning in the third quarter of 2016. The project will create the equivalent of 400 full-time jobs over a period of ten years. In the long term, the investment will also create 20 or so new job opportunities at the mill and 220 job opportunities within surrounding businesses.
    "This is a major investment, and it will be of enormous significance to our members - both industrial and forest owners. This expansion will give us more efficient pulp production while also securing a long-term and profitable market for our members' raw timber products," said Christer Segerstéen, Södra's Chairman.
    "With this decision, we are demonstrating our belief in the forests and the opportunities we perceive for our products. We have a renewable and growing raw material in the forests of our members, and a modern and efficient industry," Segerstéen added.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    04.03.2014   Ubiquitous exposure to phenolic food contact substances    ( Company news )

    Company news New study investigates phenolic compounds in pregnant women, finds phenols in more than 90% of specimens, specific phenol exposure may depend on ethnic group

    Picture: Mean phenolic compound levels

    Chemical exposures have been linked to a variety of chronic diseases. Food contact materials are considered an important contributor to overall chemical exposure. In particular, prenatal and early life exposures to certain hazardous chemicals are considered of relevance for later development of chronic disease.
    The U.S. National Children’s Study (NCS) investigates the effects of early life chemical exposure on disease development later in life. In a first step, the NCS Vanguard Study evaluates feasibility, study procedures and outcome assessments to be used in the NCS’ main study design. The present study published in the February 2014 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Research presents results on phenol exposure in pregnant women derived from the NCS Vanguard Study (Mortensen et al. 2014).
    In order to show the data’s representativeness, the researchers from the U.S. National Center for Environmental Health compared the results to data from non-pregnant women of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2010 and pregnant women from NHANES 2005-2010. The phenolic compounds measured in the study include the food contact substances bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7), triclosan (CAS 3380-34-5), benzophenone-3 (BP-3, CAS 131-57-7), methyl- and propyl parabens (MP and PP, CAS 99-76-8 and 94-13-3), which are all authorized for plastic food contact under Regulation EC 10/2011 in Europe and of which BPA, BP-3 and PP are also explicitly authorized as indirect food additives in the U.S..

    Methods. Mortensen and colleagues measured urinary levels of BPA, triclosan, BP-3, MP, PP, and 2,4- and 2,5-dichlorophenols (CAS 120-83-2 and 583-78-8) in 506 pregnant women aged 18-49. The women from 40 study locations completed questionnaires on age, race/ethnicity, annual household income, education and study site. Spot urinary samples were taken in the third trimester and analyzed for phenols using solid-phase extraction-high performance liquid chromatography-isotope dilution-tandem mass spectrometry.
    Results were analyzed using multiple regression analysis including age, race/ethnicity, education, income, study site and log urinary creatinine as covariates.

    Results. The researchers detected all phenolic compounds in the majority of women (Figure 1). Mean levels of BPA, MP and PP were 1.4, 103.5 and 19.1 µg/l (Figure 2). Whereas urinary BP-3 concentrations were highest in non-Hispanic white women (µ=72.0 µg/l; 95% CI: 57.0, 90.9), triclosan levels were highest in Hispanic women (33.9; 21.7, 63.0). The researchers could not assess the impact of demographic factors including education, income, or study site due to the limited sample size.
    Similarly to the NCS results, NHANES 2009-2010 detected all phenols other than triclosan in more than 90% of women.
    Results were generally similar, though mean urinary BP-3 concentrations were higher in NCS women (88.2 vs. 41.5 µg/l) and non-Hispanic white NCS women had higher BP-3 levels than NHANES women (89.6 vs. 38.0 µg/l). Non-Hispanic black NCS women had lower PP and MP and higher 2,4- and 2,5-dichlorophenol urinary concentrations than their NHANES counterparts (MP, 151.6 vs. 359.7 mg/l; PP, 25.3 vs. 57.0 mg/l; 2,4 dichlorophenol, 3.8 vs. 1.4 mg/l; 2,5-dichlorophenol, 89.2 vs.20.6 mg/l). The geometric means for the urinary phenols of pregnant women from NHANES 2005-2010 were generally similar to the data from the NCS cohort. NHANES 2005-2010 data further indicates a slight decline in urinary triclosan concentrations between 2005 and 2008, though sample size was too small to analyze individual ethnic groups.
    The results found by Mortensen and colleagues generally coincide with the well-established NHANES cohorts. This indicates that the cohort is representative for pregnant women from the general population, as well as for women in general, irrespective of pregnancy status. The authors hypothesize that elevated BP-3 levels in non-Hispanic whites can be related to increased sunscreen use, whereas the lower BPA exposure in old order Mennonite women indicate a link between BPA body burden and reduced exposure to plastic and canned food. The authors conclude that while the NCS cohort can provide abundant information on pregnant women and is representative for the general U.S. population, the cohort is limited by pregnancy status and unavailability of exposure information. However, the main NCS study will overcome this pitfall, and may provide important information on early life exposure and disease development later in life.
    (Food Packaging Forum)
    04.03.2014   Fujifilm focusses on the business model of inkjet print production at Ipex 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Fujifilm Jet Press 540

    Fujifilm announces that it will be using its presence at Ipex 2014 (stand S4-E330) to showcase the business models for many different types of commercial print produced using inkjet technologies, to highlight the versatility and capability of its presses. On show will be the company’s Jet Press 720 B2 sheet-fed press, the Jet Press 540W web press, and the new Graphium digital label press, which will be making its UK debut at the show.
    Fujifilm will be running both the Jet Press 720 and Jet Press 540W live for the duration of the show, in as real a production environment as possible. Thanks to a partnership with Intelligent Finishing Systems Ltd at the show, Fujifilm will be focussing on the production of finished print using inkjet technologies, with a Horizon StitchLiner 6000 on its stand. As a result, the company will be producing short run calendars, brochures, magazines, books, labels, manuals and posters with run lengths from 1 to 5000, and will be demonstrating the business model for each one.
    As the demand for short-run print continues to grow, Fujifilm’s aim is to demonstrate the variety of jobs that can be printed profitably using inkjet presses that are commercially available today, and highlight to print service providers the potential business opportunities offered by inkjet printing.
    The production of labels and speciality print will be also be showcased on the Fujifilm stand with Graphium, the new digital UV inkjet press developed and manufactured by FFEI, being used to highlight how production costs can be reduced and how the right digital press can be a viable solution for both short and long run label conversion jobs. Combined with Fujifilm’s new Uvijet Graphium ink, developed specifically for label printing applications, this system raises the bar in terms of the performance that can be achieved from a digital label press.
    Finally, Fujifilm will be showcasing its XMF workflow production suite, and will be demonstrating how this advanced software can not only support high volume, variable data digital print production, but also handle the fast turnarounds required for shorter run digital print.
    Graham Leeson, head of european communications, Fujifilm Graphic Systems, comments: “When visitors to Ipex arrive at our stand they will step into a real-life inkjet production environment, with the opportunity to see just how inkjet presses can profitably print many types of fast turnaround, short run print. We are committed to demonstrating the power of inkjet technologies and open people’s eyes to its full potential and Ipex provides us with the perfect platform to achieve this.”
    (Fujifilm Europe GmbH)

    Company news ... WORLD'S PELLETS

    The board of ABIB - Brazilian Association of Industries Biomass and Renewable Energy, and coordination of the 7th BioTech Fair and 9th International Bioenergy Congress are enabling a unique space linked to the production of machinery , equipment and supplies for the production of pellets companies expose themselves during holding the Fair , from 1 to 3 October 2014, in São Paulo. This is the WORLD 'S pellets. An exclusive space within the 7th BiotechFair with information only for this market. Alongside ABIB is coordinating a workshop on market trends and technology for the production of pellets in Brazil.

    Join this initiative. The potential of the Brazilian market for the production of pellets is very large, Show your equipment to a qualified and interested in public affairs. Visitors are entrepreneurs and professionals in wood, agribusiness , sugar cane and solid waste plants. We also studied cases production in lectures at the workshop . We have room for this unique exhibition space already with all installation and assembly For information layout email
    (ABIB Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy)
    04.03.2014   Optimization of the Production Process of Paper, Board and Tissue    ( Company news )

    Company news “International Munich Paper Symposium 2014”
    emtec Electronic at the IMPS 2014 in Munich, Germany

    This year the IMPS – International Munich Paper Symposium will take place the 23rd time and emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the event in Munich, Germany. From March 26th until 28th, emtec will present different special technical equipment – interesting for all players within the paper, board and tissue industry.
    With the application of the special testing equipment from emtec Electronic it is possible to control and guide the complete process of paper, board or tissue production from the pulp to the finished product into the right direction, in order to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    A further new development of the company is the new and innovative ACA – Ash Content Analyzer. This special measurement device determines the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers in the paper industry within seconds without combustion of the samples, i.e. nondestructive. Its application leads to substantial savings in material, man power, time and energy with a simultaneous obvious increase of the measuring accuracy compared to traditional methods.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    03.03.2014   Focus on Russian visitors     ( Company news )

    Company news For the 8th edition of PulPaper, large focus is put on attracting visitors from the great pulp and paper producing neighbouring country in the east, Russia.

    For the first time, a version of the official website, a landing page, has been set up in Russian to accomodate the large amount of potential Russian visitors. The informative Visitor Information brochure is also being translated and will soon be posted on the Russian site as well as in this very article.

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    (Adforum AB)
    03.03.2014   KCL installs new 4-colour Kodak Prosper Imprinting Line    ( Company news )

    Company news KCL will install new inkjet line, which consist of sheet feeder, 4 Kodak Prosper S-10 print heads and a dryer. New press can print both paper and paperboard, coated and uncoated materials. Sheets can pre-coated or post coated on KCL’s sheet fed offset press. This is a unique place to see how paper or paperboard work on high speed 4-colour inkjet printing.
    KCL is not any more offering testing on VL 2000 press, which is a drop-on-demand technology. VL 2000 is ideal for uncoaterd paper grades, where as Prosper technology is for coated papers and paperboards. KCL will continue hybrid printing with S-10 print heads on the heatset press.
    New press will be ready to print in May 2014.
    (Oy Keskuslaboratorio-Centrallaboratorium Ab KCL)
    03.03.2014   SKG Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group announced results for the 3 months and 12 months ending 31 December 2013.

    Picture: Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO

    Full Year 2013 Highlights
    -Significantly strengthened capital profile and materially reduced cash interest
    -Revenue growth in 2013 of 8% and 30% increase in free cash flow
    -Return on capital employed of 13.1%
    -Successful integration and growth of Smurfit Kappa Orange County
    -2013 cost take-out target achieved with further €100 million for 2014
    -Final dividend per share increased by 50% from 20.50 cent to 30.75 cent

    Performance Review & Outlook
    Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO commented: “During 2013 the Group has completed its main financial restructuring activity moving from being a leveraged company to achieving a corporate credit profile. As a consequence, the profile of the Group has fundamentally changed and the progress made offers the company a wide range of strategic and financial options.
    For 2013 the Group is pleased to announce a full year EBITDA performance of over €1.1 billion and a return on capital employed of over 13%. With a weaker though improving year-on-year performance in Europe, the Americas has been a strong source of earnings growth in 2013 and continues to provide the Group with geographic diversity and exposure to higher growth markets.
    The Group’s European corrugated packaging operations showed good growth in 2013, with box volumes up 2% year-on-year and the Group is progressing with box price increases through the fourth quarter and into 2014. The good volume result was achieved despite low macroeconomic growth and reflects organic growth with our customers and specific market share wins.
    SKG is clearly established as a committed partner to our customers, working in their industries and in many cases within their operations to define and meet their increasingly complex packaging needs. This is evidenced by the sizeable market share that SKG has with the major international branded companies.
    Over the course of the year improved containerboard demand coupled with stable supply side conditions and a steady Old Corrugated Containers (‘OCC’) market supported a recovery in testliner prices, which has gone some way to addressing the relatively poor returns for the grade over the last number of years. However, in spite of increasing testliner pricing, margins have still not adequately recovered due to consistently higher input costs. Recent weakness in kraftliner pricing has abated and the strong recycled market should provide upward pricing pressure in the grade.
    The operations in the Americas segment remain a very important part of the Group’s strategic goals. They performed well in 2013 with reported volume growth of over 2% year-on-year in spite of some economic difficulties. However, due to recent developments in Venezuela with regards to the possible exchange rate at which US dollars may be made available, the Group has updated its Principal Risks and Uncertainties disclosure on page 13.
    SKG reports a full year 2013 net debt / EBITDA ratio of 2.37 times. The consistent progress on debt reduction has been made possible by the strong free cash flow generated through a robust operational performance and decisive capital allocation. Debt paydown and re-financing activities undertaken to date have resulted in a €120 million reduction in annualised cash interest since the IPO and boosts available free cash flow.
    SKG will continue to progressively reward shareholders from earnings growth and interest savings resulting from the fundamental repositioning of the Group. In that context, the Board is recommending a final dividend of 30.75 cent for 2013, a 50% increase on last year, reflecting confidence in the business. It is the company’s intention to continue a progressive dividend policy within the context of the Group’s ongoing earnings profile.
    SKG has a good pipeline of capital projects with very attractive returns. Utilising its strong free cash flow, SKG intends to invest in these projects, increasing its capital expenditure in a controlled manner to 120% of depreciation for a three year period. Once completed, these projects will deliver improved efficiencies, material earnings growth and are expected to deliver IRR’s of at least 20%.
    A priority focus of the Group is to seek to expand its operations in the high growth regions of the Americas and Eastern Europe through accretive acquisitions, together with innovation and differentiation initiatives already underway in our current business. While maintaining the strengthened capital structure and the strong cash flow dynamics, in the absence of sufficient accretive acquisitions, the company will return capital to the shareholders.
    For 2014, based on the current macro-economic outlook, the Group expects to achieve continued earnings growth. This will be delivered in the context of the fundamental financial, strategic and differentiation initiatives commenced in 2013 and as the European packaging business progressively secures the recovery of input cost increases through higher box prices. Today, the Group is in a strong position to further optimise its integrated European operations and to increase its unique Americas exposure through the use of its strong balance sheet and its proven management thereby continuing to deliver earnings growth and improved returns to our shareholders.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    03.03.2014   Metsä Board: Historical figures based on the new reporting structure    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation announced on 6 November 2013 to renew its management and reporting structure as of 1 January 2014 to better reflect the company’s strategy and to create a better platform for growth in the folding boxboard and kraftliner businesses. The company operates through two business areas which will also be the company’s reporting segments from 1Q 2014 reporting onwards:
    - Cartonboard
    - Linerboard and Paper

    Accounting for the 24.9 per cent ownership in Metsä Fibre Oy will remain unchanged. The associated company result of Metsä Fibre will continue to be allocated to business segments based on their respective pulp consumption. About 60 per cent of the result impact of Metsä Fibre ownership is expected to be booked in Linerboard and Paper business area and the rest in the Cartonboard business area.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    03.03.2014   Environmental Impact Assessment approved for Modernization and Expansion Project of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Arauco Pulp Mill in Chile

    The Environmental Assessment Commission of Chile’s Bío Bío Region announced the approval of the “Modernization and Expansion Project for Arauco Mill” (MAPA) presented by ARAUCO to the Environmental Assessment Service on April 12, 2012.
    This approval constitutes an important milestone in the development of the MAPA project. The next steps include the completion of the technical-financial assessment, the definition of a funding program for the project and its presentation to the company’s Board.
    The project involves an investment of US$2,100 million for a new production line (Line 3) with state of the art technology; the modernization of Line 2 (pine), which will continue to operate with new improvements; and the closedown of Line 1 (eucalyptus), which dates back to the ‘70s. Once MAPA is in operation, its estimated total annual pulp production is 2,100,000 ADt.
    The project also includes the construction of a new boiler for the production of biomass based electric energy, and a power line, to generate a maximum of 166 MW of surplus energy to be delivered to the Central Interconnected System (SIC), the national energy grid.
    Charles Kimber, ARAUCO’s Senior Vice-President for Commercial & Corporate Affairs, said “this new milestone [allows us] to move forward to the next steps in the development of an investment that will be important for the company as well as the province of Arauco, where we have worked hard and extensively to complete this project, with the highest technical standards and citizen participation”.
    MAPA is expected to enter into operation two years after construction begins. The labor workforce is estimated at 4,700 people during the construction period, with a peak of 8,300 people. The workforce for the pulp mill’s operation is estimated at 1,500 people.
    (Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.)
    28.02.2014   PMT Italia to startup KapStone® Paper and Packaging Corporation in North Charleston, South ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Carolina (USA)

    PMT Italia S.p.A. announces the successful startup of its latest ÆGO™FLX SHOE at KapStone® Paper and Packaging Corporation in North Charleston, South Carolina (USA)

    PMT recently replaced the PM3 press section of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation in North Charleston, SC. The new press section was part of a paper machine upgrade to improve the capability and efficiency of PM3 in producing Ultra High Performance (UPL) lightweight linerboard grades.
    The installation and startup of the new PM3 press proceeded as scheduled with the machine immediately producing first quality production.
    PMT was chosen for this project as a result of their vast experience
    and references of similar projects. This is the third recent shoe press project for PMT in North America and demonstrates the growing
    presence and acceptance of PMT in the North American market.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
    28.02.2014   Tobacco Directive: Parliament approves plans to deter young people from smoking    ( Company news )

    Company news Draft legislation updating the EU Tobacco Directive to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. This legislation, already informally agreed with EU health ministers, would require all packs to carry picture warnings covering 65% of their surface. E-cigarettes would be regulated, either as medicinal products if they claim to help smokers to quit, or as tobacco products.
    "This is the culmination of years of work against the background of intense lobbying from the tobacco industry and its front groups. The new measures are a big step forward for tobacco control, and will help to prevent the next generation of smokers from being recruited. We know that it is children – not adults – who start to smoke: the overwhelming majority of smokers start before their 18th birthday" said rapporteur Linda McAvan (S&D, UK). The draft legislation was approved by 514 votes to 66, with 58 abstentions.

    Health warnings: two-thirds of the pack, front and back
    Current legislation requires that health warnings cover at least 30% of the area of the front of the pack and 40% of the back. The proposed text would increase this to 65%, front and back, and would require these warnings to be in picture form - something that does not happen in the majority of member states at the moment. Packs of fewer than 20 cigarettes - which are cheaper and hence more accessible to children - would be banned in the handful of countries where they are still allowed on the market.

    Dual route for E-cigarettes
    As proposed by MEPs, e-cigarettes would be regulated, either as medicinal products, if they are marketed as a quitting aid, or alternatively as tobacco products. In the latter case, their nicotine concentration should not exceed 20 mg/ml.Refillable e-cigarettes would be allowed. Electronic cigarettes should be childproof and should carry health warnings. They would be subject to the same advertising restrictions as tobacco products.

    Additives listed, flavours banned
    The text would ban flavourings in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco that would make the product more attractive by giving it a “characterising flavour”. Menthol would be banned from 2020. Flavours would be allowed for water pipe tobacco.
    Certain additives which are particularly damaging to health would be banned, and regulators would have new powers to require the tobacco industry to carry out extra studies on a "priority list" list of additives, to be set out in a delegated act. Additives essential to produce tobacco, such as sugar, would be authorised.

    700,000 deaths per year in the EU
    Twelve years after the current directive entered into force, smoking remains the principal preventable cause of death in the EU and about 700,000 people die of it each year. Over the years, measures taken to discourage smoking have helped to reduce the proportion of EU citizens who smoke from 40% in the EU15 in 2002 to 28% in the EU 27 in 2012.

    Next steps
    The text is to be approved by the Council of Ministers on 14 March. Member states would have to put the provisions on tobacco products into effect within two years of the updated directive’s date of entry into force.
    (European Parliament)
    28.02.2014   Södra increases price for softwood pulp in Europe to USD 940 per tonne    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to strong global markets and solid demand, Södra will increase its market price for NBSK in Europe to USD 940, effective from March 1st 2014.
    (Södra Cell AB)

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