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    28.03.2014   Ampac Products Win Awards for Packaging Excellence, Design, and Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Ampac, the world’s leader in creative packaging solutions, is proud to announce they have recently won several awards from the Flexible Packaging Association, Graphic Design USA and the World Packaging Organization.
    Ampac’s win from the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) was a Gold Award in Packaging Excellence for the Schwan’s Soft Serve Ice Cream Pouch. The Schwan’s Soft Serve Ice Cream pouch delivers soft serve ice cream in a portable, at-home format. The unique shape and custom fitment allow the consumer to easily fill a soft ice cream cone at home that looks just like one straight from the ice cream stand. The flexible pouch has a dispensing fitment and recloseable cap. The structure withstands frozen distribution for home deliveries and is also designed for toughness while squeezing a frozen product.
    Graphic Design USA’s American Package Design Award was given to the Ampac Pull TabTM. The award competition celebrates the power of design to advance the brand promise and to forge an emotional link with the buyer. The Ampac Pull Tab beverage pouch is an alternative format to the traditional straw-punch through beverage pouch that is commonly used in the beverage market. Ampac’s Pull Tab beverage pouch combines innovative packaging with technology to enhance brand marketing, allowing food manufacturers to deliver products that allow differentiation and enhanced shelf appeal for the consumer. Ampac Pull Tab beverage pouch utilizes a premade hole on the pouch body, covered by an easy open hermetically sealed label.
    The World Packaging Organization sponsors the annual WorldStar Awards, a competition open only to packaging that has won a recognized national or regional competition. According to the World Packaging Organization, the international competition is judged on the “consensus that a package is superior in its category and market, and better in its class in execution or innovation by comparison to others.” Ampac’s win for Savvy Green Eco-Clean Laundry Detergent showed these qualities among the Household Category of entries. The Savvy Green pouch uses Ampac’s No.2 Pouch film, which is the first primary flexible package to participate in the HOW2RECYCLE program providing consumers with a path to recycle flexible packaging. The pouch displays excellently with improved stiffness and HD flexo graphics. It meets No. 2 SPI ASTM classification Designation D7611/D7611M-10. It is approved through Trex®, the largest plastic bag recycler in the US.
    Ampac Vice President of Marketing New Business Development, Dave Bartish, states, “Ampac’s continuous innovation in flexible packaging markets shows our use of imagination and know-how that brings change to the industry. The recognition we’ve received from these organizations is a culmination of the efforts of our technical innovation, sales and marketing teams who collectively bring their expertise to the marketplace.”
    28.03.2014   Valmet to supply new cooking plant to SCA's Obbola mill in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply SCA with a new CompactCooking G2 plant for its pulp and paper mill in Obbola, Sweden. The start-up of the cooking plant is planned for October 2015. The value of the order is about 30 MEUR. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.
    Valmet's scope of supply includes a cooking plant, chip feeding system, auxiliary equipment, complete installation and start-up. The cooking plant is the first stage in a chemical pulping line where lignin is separated from the fiber.
    "The CompactCooking G2 possesses a simplified system compared to conventional cooking processes. Among other advantages it enables lower operation cost and flexibility, and improves productivity and availability," says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager from Valmet. "Valmet and SCA Obbola have cooperated in several projects during the years, and we recently also agreed on the delivery of a mist eliminator for one of the evaporation units in the Obbola mill," Lidbäck continues.

    CompactCooking G2 cooking system
    CompactCooking G2 is Valmet's 2-vessel continuous cooking system mainly consisting of an ImpBin chip impregnation system and a digester for cooking of chips.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    28.03.2014   CeMAT 2014: Combining traceability and counterfeit protection based on SECUDATA    ( Company news )

    Company news 3S at the world's leading trade fair for intralogistics

    “Legally binding counterfeit protection for the intralogistics sector” - under this motto 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be showcasing its current product portfolio at CeMAT 2014. The focus will be on the industry solution SECUDATA® which allows users to combine traceability of goods and counterfeit protection. Further highlights presented by 3S will include legally binding documentation using SECUDOC®, the protection of primary and secondary packaging with SECUPACK® and direct product protection based on SECUPRODUCT®. From 19 to 23 May, the full-service provider 3S Simons Security Systems will be presenting its wide range of product protection systems at CeMAT in Hanover, at the special show "Innovative Logistics Solutions" in hall 27, stand C45/2.

    Anti-counterfeiting technology by 3S: Fast integration, moderate cost
    3S security solutions can be meticulously and precisely applied onto nearly all solid matters, among which metals, synthetics, paper products, glass, alloys and textile fabrics. Due to the fact that only a standard pen microscope with 100x magnification is required, it is not necessary to set up a laboratory for analysis. This means costly investments in skilled labour and technical equipment as well as time-consuming verification procedures are no longer required. Moreover, 3S anti-counterfeiting technology can swiftly be integrated into all production and logistics processes - without complex changes being necessary. Such a protection strategy will not only reduce control costs along the supply chain, but it will also strengthen the corporate image of logistics and packaging service providers because the system can be communicated to the public. Companies using 3S industry solutions for product protection can also benefit from a good selling point: Their customers can buy the company's product safe in the knowledge that it is the original.

    SECUDATA®: Traceability must be counterfeit-proof
    Another major exhibition focus will be on the combination of traceability and counterfeit protection. The industry solution SECUDATA® combines the logistic advantages of traceability systems (e.g. data matrix and RFID) and counterfeit protection by means of micro colour codes. Both codes are conjointly applied onto the product, its primary or secondary packaging, labels and closures. Thanks to the micro colour code both the traceability code and the product are protected against counterfeiting in a manner that cannot be legally contested. First, the traceability code is checked in databases; ultimate security is guaranteed by verification on the basis of the micro colour code. This way, SECUDATA® ensures seamless security along the entire supply chain, from suppliers via those involved in production, all the way to the retailers and end-customers.

    SECUDOC®: Legally binding documentation
    The industry solution SECUDOC® by 3S enables forgery-proof documentation of entire distribution channels. Transport documents, such as delivery notes, shipping documents and papers for customs or other authorities are unambiguously identifiable as originals and can be attributed to a distinct delivery. Certificates, reports and security papers, contracts, plans, signatures and business letters as well as credit cards and ID cards can also be protected through the use of SECUDOC®. The colour code is admixed to the transfer medium clear lacquer and can be easily printed or applied manually to the surface of the documents to be secured. SECUDOC® thus contributes its share to the prevention of document forgery and abuse.

    SECUPACK®: Counterfeit-proof packaging from all domains
    With SECUPACK® 3S has developed an industry solution offering legally binding counterfeit protection for primary and secondary packaging from all industries. Folded boxes, blisters, tubes and cans made of different materials are secured with SECUPACK® allowing them to be unambiguously identified as originals. The colour codes are applied onto the materials by different printing methods, directly added to the products or applied by means of a dispenser. Complex changes to the manufacturing process are not required when applying the codes by means of a dispenser. Their application can be combined with production and supply processes, for example in blister packaging lines, in an easy and affordable way.

    SECUPRODUCT®: Immediate protection against product piracy
    With SECUPRODUCT®, 3S has developed a technology which ensures immediate protection of all kinds of products across all industries. From amplifiers to zips, SECUPRODUCT® enables the direct and legally binding labelling of originals. It can be meticulously and precisely applied onto nearly all solid matters, among which metals, synthetics, paper products, glass, alloys and textile fabrics. The consistency of the micro colour-codes enables an easy implementation into all production processes. For smaller productions or single pieces, the application can occur manually; for large serial productions, the colour codes are integrated fully automatically into the existing manufacturing process.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
    27.03.2014   Generational change ensures continuity at Voith Paper – Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger ends his ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... career with Voith after 32 years

    Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger (picture), Member of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH and Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Paper, will be leaving Voith on July 1, 2014 after serving the company for 32 years.
    The Supervisory Board and Shareholders’ Committee have appointed Bertram Staudenmaier as his successor. Within the Voith Paper Management Board, Staudenmaier was previously responsible for the Business Lines Fabric & Roll Systems and Products & Services and is also a member of the Voith Corporate Board of Management. By introducing this generational change now, Voith Paper is ensuring continuity over the next decade.
    “Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger has played a crucial role in the further development of the Voith Paper Division in recent years. Under his leadership, and during a period of radical change for the entire European paper industry, the management took important steps to equip Voith Paper for the coming years. On behalf of all Voithians, the Shareholders’ Committee and Supervisory Board would like to thank Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger for his more than three decades of loyal service to the company,” says Dr. Manfred Bischoff, Chair of the Shareholders’ Committee and Supervisory Board of Voith GmbH.
    In recent years Dr. Sollinger had pressed ahead with a comprehensive restructuring program to align the Division to the structural decline in the market for graphic paper machines and the growing market demand from Asia for mid-sized paper machines. “Following a very intensive realignment phase, the course set at Voith Paper is now such that I am able to hand over responsibility for the paper segment at Voith. After 32 years with the company, 14 of them as a member of Voith’s Corporate Board of Management, and at the age of 61, it is now the right time for me personally and professionally to hand over the reins to a younger successor who can provide the necessary continuity to lead the Division into the next decade. I would like to thank most sincerely all Voith Paper employees, of whom we have demanded a great deal in recent years, for their exceptional commitment, their loyalty and their enthusiasm for the business of papermaking. I am proud to have had the privilege of being part of this team. I am leaving with a host of good memories and will continue to maintain close ties with Voith. With Bertram Staudenmaier a colleague is now taking over with whom I have jointly managed Voith Paper for the past ten years. I am confident the new management team will continue to develop the Group Division successfully,” said Sollinger.
    Dr. Sollinger joined Voith in 1982 as a project planning engineer for coating machines. Following various management positions he assumed responsibility for the Paper Machines sector in 1994. In the same year he was appointed as a member of the Management Board of Voith Paper. In 2000, Dr. Sollinger joined the Corporate Board of Management of the Voith Group and since succeeding Hans Müller as Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Paper in 2005 has been responsible for the entire paper segment within the Voith Group.
    Under his leadership Voith Paper became the leading single-source supplier to the paper industry in all regions of the world. Following the acquisition of the paper technology operations of the British Scapa Group in 1999, Dr. Sollinger finished combining the systems, product, clothing and service segments and made Voith Paper the first genuine single-source supplier for the paper industry worldwide. He also shaped the successful establishment and development of the automation business at Voith Paper. Moreover, at a time when few suppliers were taking note of the issue of sustainability, Dr. Sollinger recognized the competitive edge to be gained by the efficient use of resources in paper manufacturing. He embedded this issue systematically and in dialogue with NGOs as a trademark of Voith Paper. In addition, he was responsible for the systematic globalization of the paper business at Voith. In this context, one area of focus was the expansion of business with and in China in the last 15 years. Voith Paper City in Kunshan, from where Voith now supplies customers in the expanding Chinese paper market and entire region of Asia, bears Dr. Sollinger's signature. Most recently, he devoted great personal energy to successfully realigning and reorganizing Voith Paper to take account of the fundamental structural changes taking place in global paper markets.
    “Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger is a genuine papermaker through and through. He has rendered outstanding service to the paper sector not just at Voith but also to the paper industry worldwide. I have always very much appreciated working with him and have great respect for his decision to now actively initiate a generational change at Voith Paper,” says President and CEO Dr. Hubert Lienhard.
    Bertram Staudenmaier, the new head of Voith Paper, comes from the Heidenheim region and has spent the better part of his professional life in the paper industry. His career began at Gummiwerke Becker in Heidenheim and took him via various positions, e.g. at BTR/Stowe Woodward AG in Düren and Stowe Woodward North America in Westborough, to the USA, where following the sale of Stowe Woodward operations to the Xerium Group he was responsible for Xerium's entire North American business from 2003. In 2005 Bertram Staudenmaier joined Voith as a member of the Corporate Board of Management and assumed responsibility for Voith Paper’s Business Line Fabric & Roll Systems, which he has built up in recent years to be an expanding and highly successful business unit. Working closely with Dr. Hans-Peter Sollinger, Bertram Staudenmaier made a key contribution to managing the Voith Paper Division profitably.
    With Bertram Staudenmaier only one member of Voith Paper Division will be represented in Voith’s Corporate Board of Management in the future. This means that the Group’s management body will be reduced from seven to six members in future. This change will become effective as of July 1, 2014.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    27.03.2014   Geissmann Papier installs a 10-colour Comexi FLEXO FPlus    ( Company news )

    Company news With this purchase, the Swiss company modernizes its printing capacity and greatly improves its production efficiency

    Comexi Group has launched its Comexi FLEXO FPlus 10-colours printing machine in the facilities of Geissmann Papier AG (Switzerland). Thanks to the agreement reached with Comexi Group, the Swiss company expands its printability and lamination capacity in the food industry. For Daniel Geissmann, CEO of the company, "the results obtained so far are excellent, so this acquisition allows us to make a qualitative leap in our production."
    The Comexi FLEXO FPlus is the reference in the segment of compact printers, since it allows very high precision prints at speeds up to 500m/min, on widths of up to 1520mm and print repeats of up to 1100mm. Another remarkable feature of this Comexi solution is its automatic change-up job, which allows preparing any printing unit that is not working, including cleaning and changing sleeves with automatic ejection.
    (Comexi Group S.L.)
    27.03.2014   New Speedmaster CD 102 from Heidelberg raises productivity by ten percent    ( Company news )

    Company news -Enhancement with Preset Plus Delivery boosts productivity of Speedmaster CD 102 even further
    -Attractive model configurations offer solutions for commercial and packaging printers
    -Best price-performance ratio in its performance class

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will start offering the new Speedmaster CD 102 in April this year. Equipped with the Preset Plus Delivery and a comprehensive package of automation components, it boosts productivity by around ten percent on the previous series, making it more efficient than ever. With the best price-performance ratio in its performance class, this all-round press is aimed at both commercial and packaging printers who require maximum flexibility in the substrates they use. It also impresses with its high energy efficiency thanks to innovative drive and dryer technology, thus enabling eco-friendly printing.

    Attractive model configurations offer solutions for commercial and packaging printers
    The new Speedmaster CD 102 is aimed at customers that produce traditional advertising materials, packaging or labels. The target group is in both emerging markets and industrialized countries, with the first orders having already been received from China, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. "The Speedmaster CD 102 has gained an outstanding reputation on the market over many years thanks to its productivity and value retention and has undergone continuous development by Heidelberg," explains Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. "With over 50,000 printing units produced, it is the most successful straight-printing press in the 70 x 100 centimeter (27.56 x 39.37 inch) format. We're taking this success story another step forward and have enhanced the new Speedmaster CD 102 with innovative technology, adapting it to our customers' changing productivity needs. To this end, we conducted extensive discussions with existing users beforehand and, by offering attractively equipped model configurations, we can now deliver exactly what is needed for cost-effective production in this market segment."

    Flexible, productive, and reliable
    The new Speedmaster CD 102 is incredibly flexible. The range of substrates extends from thin, 0.03 millimeter (0.0012 inch) paper to cardboard up to 1.0 millimeter (0.039 inch) thick. Depending on requirements, models are available with coating unit, UV configuration, automatic washup devices, and the Preset Plus Delivery with various extension modules and dryer systems. For example, the DryStar Combination Carton with its two slide-in modules for infrared/hot air and hot air has been developed specifically to meet the needs of cardboard printing.
    Format and air settings are made automatically with the Preset Plus Delivery using a range of data entered at the factory. The printer controls delivery operation via a touchscreen control display with jogwheel.
    The extensive equipment supplied as standard comprises the Preset Plus Feeder and Preset Plus Delivery, AutoPlate plate changer, and Prinect Press Center Compact press control station. Color management is controlled using Prinect Easy Control. The new Speedmaster CD 102 can be integrated fully into the Prinect workflow and can also be connected to the Prinect Image Control color measuring and control system.
    Overall, the press boasts simple operation and excellent reliability thanks to optimum and, above all, stable print quality throughout the run. Its high net productivity makes it a safe investment with a short payback period. "Large numbers of customers have already achieved runs of over 30 million sheets a year with the previous Speedmaster CD 102. This technology transfer will make the new Speedmaster CD 102 even more productive," explains Plenz.
    "The new Speedmaster CD 102 makes our offering in the 70 x 100 centimeter format even more attractive. We have the ideal press in our portfolio to meet all productivity and surface finishing requirements," concludes Plenz.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    27.03.2014   Pratt Breaks Ground on New 100% Recycled Paper Mill in Valparaiso, Indiana    ( Company news )

    Company news Pratt Industries has officially broken ground on its new 100 percent recycled paper mill – the 4th such facility it’s built in the past 20 years.

    Picture: Anthony Pratt joined by Mayor Jon Costas and Indiana Economic Development Corporation CEO Eric Doden at groundbreaking ceremony for new 100% recycled paper mill in Valpariaso, IN.

    Company chairman Anthony Pratt said the Valparaiso, Indiana, mill would be world’s most technologically-advanced and environmentally friendly recycling mill and was “a dream come true” for Pratt Industries. “This mill will be a showcase of 21st century recycling technology which will result in the best performing recycled paper on the market,” he said.
    “At capacity the mill will save the equivalent of some 20,000 trees and divert up to 3500 cubic yards of waste from landfills every day. That’s enough trees to cover almost 15 football fields and enough waste to fill 90 garbage trucks every 24 hours.”
    “That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable, lightweight packaging.”
    Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas believed the 250,000-square-foot mill was “the single largest investment in the history of the city. Of course, Pratt Industries is our largest employer.”
    The company already employs 280 workers at the adjacent box factory – the world’s largest – and the mill will add more than 100 new jobs.
    “We talk about job creation,” Costas said. “But friends, this is job creation on steroids.”
    Pratt said because of its location next to the existing box factory the mill’s freight cost would be almost zero. “So this will be a very low-cost mill,” he said. “We have over 100 facilities across the U.S. providing more than 4400 green collar jobs, but this Valparaiso facility will be very special to us.”
    (Pratt Industries)
    27.03.2014   Lenzing: Sales and Earnings Decline in 2013 – Countermeasures Well Underway    ( Company news )

    Company news -ngoing good volume demand, new record sales volumes
    -Unsatisfactory earnings situation due to very weak fiber selling prices
    -Initial effects of cost optimization measures already have a positive impact in H1 2014

    Picture: Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing

    The business development of the Lenzing Group in 2013 was characterized by the continuation of good volume demand, new record shipment volumes and full capacity utilization against the backdrop of extremely weak fiber selling prices. Lenzing has moved to counteract this situation on the basis of a comprehensive cost optimization program, a marketing offensive for specialty fibers, adjustments made to the business strategy in order to minimize risk and an optimized organizational structure in the Group.
    Consolidated sales in the 2013 financial year fell by 8.7% from EUR 2.09 bn to EUR 1.91 bn, which can be attributed to the drop in fiber selling prices, which declined by 13% year-on-year to EUR 1.70 per kilogram, as well as the divestment of the Business Unit Plastics. Moreover, there was a loss of external sales totaling EUR 61.8 mn as a consequence of the complete conversion of the Paskov pulp plant in 2013 from paper to dissolving pulp which is used within the Lenzing Group.
    Consolidated earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation on property, plant and equipment and amortization (EBITDA) totaled EUR 225.4 mn, down from the adjusted figure of EUR 352.4 mn in 20123) but in line with the most recently published guidance for the year. The EBITDA margin amounted to 11.8%, compared to the adjusted level of 16.9% in the previous year. Consolidated earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)4 amounted to EUR 86.4 mn in the 2013 financial year, compared to the prior-year level of EUR 231.5 mn (adjusted). The EBIT margin was 4.5%, down from the adjusted figure of 11.1% in 2012.

    Comprehensive countermeasures
    “We assume that the difficult market environment will continue in 2014 and perhaps far into the year 2015. For this reason, we have implemented timely and comprehensive countermeasures“, explains Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing. “We are massively reducing costs at the same time adding impetus to the marketplace by promoting our specialty fibers TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal®. Our market and quality offensive is being supported since the beginning of the year by the newly created functional Group organization. At the same time, our growth strategy is oriented to the current market situation on the basis of a consistent adjustment of risk”, CEO Untersperger adds. “The uninterrupted strong volume demand for Lenzing fibers shows that against the backdrop of a difficult business environment we are offering the right products in a sustainably attractive growth market. We are working intensively and resolutely to optimize our competitive strengths”.

    Resolute implementation of cost optimization program
    The first cost optimization program entitled excelLENZ 1.0 was already launched in the beginning of 2013, generating savings of approximately EUR 40 mn. This was followed by excelLENZ 2.0, which was initiated in November 2013 and is now being resolutely implemented. Cost savings from all cost modules and all sites operated by the Group of EUR 120 mn starting in the 2015/16 financial years have been identified. Cost savings generated by this program of about EUR 60 mn have been budgeted for the 2014 financial year. Two-thirds of the cost savings will be derived from cutting material costs, overhead, massively reducing operating expenses and increasing operating efficiency. About one-third of the cost reductions will be related to lower personnel expenditures. In order to cushion these measures, a comprehensive redundancy program was developed at the end of 2013, for which provisions of EUR 19.7 mn were allocated in the consolidated financial statements for 2013.
    In the light of current market conditions, the revised Lenzing strategy focuses on risk optimization and further promoting highly profitable specialty fibers. Construction of the new TENCEL® production plant at the Lenzing site is the only capacity expansion project being implemented by the Lenzing Group at present. No further viscose fiber growth investments will be carried out for the time being. The construction of a viscose fiber facility in India was postponed.

    Sales increases for specialty fibers
    The focus is now on expanding the share of specialty fibers in relation to total sales volumes. “In 2013 our specialty fibers Lenzing Modal® and TENCEL® achieved an unchanged and attractive price premium of 50% vis-à-vis standard viscose fibers against the backdrop of good volume demand“, says Friedrich Weninger, Member of the Management Board with responsibility for fiber production. “Moreover, we have opened up new sales markets and regions for TENCEL® in preparation for the start-up of production at the new TENCEL® plant in Lenzing, and have further expanded our innovation pipeline”, Mr. Weninger adds. However, Lenzing was only able to partially counteract the weak price development for standard viscose fibers by increasing total sales volumes. On balance, fiber sales volumes reached a new record level of about 890,000 tons in 2013, a rise of 10% from the comparable level of 810,000 tons in 2012.

    Ongoing high equity ratio, reduced level of investments
    The balance sheet total of the Lenzing Group fell considerably in the past financial year, from EUR 2.63 bn to EUR 2.44 bn as at the end of 2013. This can be mainly attributed to the planned reduction in cash and cash equivalents in connection with the completion of current investment projects. The adjusted equity ratio rose from 43.8% to 45.5% of the balance sheet total. Net financial debt of the Lenzing Group climbed to EUR 504.7 mn at the end of 2013 (2012: EUR 346.3 mn).
    Investments in property, plant and equipment, intangible assets and non-controlling interests (cash-CAPEX)5 were significantly cut back in the 2013 financial year to EUR 252.2 mn from the prior-year figure of EUR 346.2 mn. The focal point of the investment activity carried out by the Lenzing Group was construction of the new TENCEL® production plant, urgently needed infrastructure investments at the Lenzing site and completion of the conversion project at the Paskov pulp plant.

    Outlook 2014
    Hardly any change was perceptible in the difficult business environment impacting the business operations of the Lenzing Group in the first weeks of 2014 compared to the fourth quarter of 2013. No major improvement is in sight with respect to the price situation on the global fiber market. The reasons are the historically high cotton inventories, high cotton production and surplus capacities in China for manufacturing man-made cellulose fibers.
    Volume demand for fibers remained strong at the turn of the year 2013/14.
    (Lenzing Papier GmbH)
    27.03.2014   Notice regarding Zellstoff Pöls AG Force Majeure    ( Company news )

    Company news Sunday, 23 March 2014, our pulp mill was affected by an incident. A deflagration occurred at 9:00 pm CET in the recovery boiler 2 of the pulp mill at Zellstoff Pöls. As a consequence our production had to be stopped. Customers have been informed accordingly.
    No other production at the mill has been affected. There was no impact on the environment nor the neighborhood.
    “A team of experts is currently in the process of diligently assessing damages, investigating the causes as well as evaluating and implementing recovery plans. At this stage we are not in the position to quantify the time needed to complete repair works”, Gunther Sames, CFO of Zellstoff Pöls stated earlier today.
    Due to the above occurrence, which was entirely beyond our control, neither foreseeable nor could have been reasonably prevented, we are urged to declare Force Majeure to our valued customers in respect of all supplies not fully completed before that event.
    “We have a unique status in the industry. Our mill is equipped with a second stand-by recovery boiler 1 - with lower capacity - which was put into operation immediately. This enabled us to resume production again on Tuesday, March 25 in the afternoon. The final amount of pulp production lost cannot be quantified at this stage,” Kurt Maier, CEO of Zellstoff Pöls explained.
    The brand new paper machine 2 for bleached MG paper has not been affected at all. Starkraft production remains on 100%.
    (Zellstoff Pöls AG)
    27.03.2014   MarquipWardUnited Plans to Acquire the Operations of Papersystems Group to Create ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Leading Sheeter Machinery Manufacturer

    MarquipWardUnited, Inc., a Barry-Wehmiller company, has executed a definitive agreement to acquire- the operations of Körber AG’s Papersystems companies: E.C.H. Will GmbH, Pemco Inc. and Kugler-Womako GmbH, pending the approval of the respective antitrust authorities. The combination of these industry leaders expands MarquipWardUnited’s sheeter footprint, establishing BW Papersystems as the leading supplier of sheeting and sheet packaging machinery in the world with solutions for the widest range of applications for the paper converting, manufacturing and packaging industries. In addition, MarquipWardUnited, Inc. will add machines for stationery manufacturers and bookbinders to its portfolio and will assume a leading position in the production of machines for the manufacture of passports.

    E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako generated combined sales averaging $125 million (USD) over the past five years. As part of the transaction, their 350+ associates will join MarquipWardUnited’s 1,100 team members worldwide.

    “We are excited to partner with these industry leaders whose expertise naturally dovetails with MarquipWardUnited’s,” said Tim Sullivan, Barry-Wehmiller Group President. “We have watched the successful synergy between E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako and feel that MarquipWardUnited’s capabilities will complement theirs. We look forward to welcoming them into our family and introducing them to our dynamic people-centric culture. This combination presents many exciting opportunities for our customers, our suppliers, and Barry-Wehmiller’s 7,600 team members around the globe!”

    “We are pleased to have found a strategic and long-term oriented operator with Barry-Wehmiller for the Papersystems companies,” commented Körber CFO Stephan Seifert.

    "Together, we enlarge the range of our technologies and products quite considerably. At the same time, we will continue our commitment to providing outstanding Customer Service," said Christoph Golombek, Managing Director of Kugler-Womako. “We look forward to pursuing our corporate aims in the long term with these companies and their team members."

    “This merger brings the leading names in the sheeting industry under one banner and positions us to increase the scope of products for Sheeting and Ream Wrapping,” commented Steve Brimble, VP Sales, MarquipWardUnited. “The combination of these key brands and their technologies ultimately means better products and more comprehensive support of our customers.”
    (MWU MarquipWardUnited Inc. Corporate Headquarters)

    Company news Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, announced significant double digit price increases which will apply to several of its dyes for the paper industry. One of the major drivers for the company’s decision is the 200 to 300% cost increase of key naphthalene derivatives known as Letter Acids that are necessary to produce black, blue and red dyes. The situation is the result of the pressure by India and China authorities requiring producers to reduce their output until improved waste water treatment facilities are in place.

    “We tried to absorb these increasing costs as much as possible, however the situation has been worsening in the last quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014,” explained Helmut Wagner, Global Head of Paper Solutions Business at Archroma. “We currently foresee no likely return to the previous cost levels.”

    Price increases will be effective immediately or as contracts allow.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
    26.03.2014   Metsä Tissue increases tissue paper product prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Tissue will increase the prices of tissue paper products by 8 percent during the second quarter of 2014. The price increase is due to cost inflation.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
    26.03.2014   SCA chooses Voith solution to reduce energy consumption    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has concluded the sale of a NipcoFlex T shoe press to SCA, one of the world's largest tissue paper manufacturers. The new shoe press will be installed in the PM 3, located in SCAs plant in San Nicolás de los Garza, Mexico, and will allow the machine to achieve average energy savings of 3%, including steam, electricity and gas. The start-up is expected to be carried out in April 2014.
    The company's PM 3 had already been operating with the equipment's first generation, the TissueFlex press, since 2001. This upgrade will now offer greater operational flexibility, including the "Tilt" adjustment. Also, due to its simplified construction, maintenance of the new press model will be quicker and less frequent.
    The NipcoFlex T press adjusts itself to the natural deformations of the Yankee cylinder and in general reduces the CD moisture variation. The “Tilt” adjustment means that some grades have the possibility of higher “bulk” (specific volume) or higher dryness after press.
    According to Jean Pereira, application and sales engineer from Voith Paper, the NipcoFlex T press was developed to ensure greater stability in the manufacturing process, which also translates into higher production. “The second generation of the NipcoFlex T shoe press has proved to be strategic to our business plans, and has been very well accepted by the market,” points out the engineer from Voith.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    26.03.2014   Stora Enso changes organisational structure of Renewable Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso plans to reorganise its Renewable Packaging Division, comprising Consumer Board, Packaging Solutions and Packaging Asia, into three separate businesses reporting to the CEO.

    Picture: Jouko Karvinen, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Stora Enso

    As agreed by the Board of Directors, the reorganisation has two objectives: to enhance visibility internally and externally in addressing Global Responsibility challenges in high risk markets, and to increase the focus on the growth engines of Stora Enso’s strategy.
    “This change will remove one organisational layer. We want to increase clarity and transparency within and outside the Group concerning the Global Responsibility challenges we have had and continue to have in China, India and Pakistan,” says Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen.
    The reorganisation of the renewable packaging businesses is planned to be implemented by 1 July 2014, subject to the outcome of applicable co-determination negotiations. Until then, the businesses of the current Renewable Packaging Division (Consumer Board, Packaging Solutions and Packaging Asia) will report directly to the CEO.
    Mats Nordlander, currently head of the Renewable Packaging Division and a member of the Group Leadership Team, will leave his present roles. He will continue to report to the CEO while his new tasks are defined and agreed.
    “Stora Enso has already initiated a human rights assessment across the Group. This is a continuation of our ongoing efforts to systematically integrate human rights issues into our business. We have high objectives and this will be a long journey. We may never be perfect, but we will always be transparent,” Jouko Karvinen emphasises.
    “Consumer Board, Packaging Solutions and Biomaterials have been defined as the growth engines of the Group. Although continued cost and capacity adjustments have maintained the cash generation of the Group, the growth of the higher margin businesses has been limited. We must now get more energy and focus on this task to grow our top line faster and to manage the large investment projects and risks relating to them better,” says Jouko Karvinen.
    The effect of the changes on the segment structure and reporting will be announced in due course before the end of the second quarter of 2014.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    26.03.2014   Cascades releases 2013 fourth quarter results and ends the year on a strong note    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces its unaudited financial results for the three-month period and the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013.

    Picture: Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades Inc.

    Annual Highlights
    -Sales of $3,849 million (compared to $3,645 million in 2012 (+6%))
    -Excluding specific items
    -EBITDA of $352 million (compared to $304 million in 2012 (+16%))
    -Net earnings per share of $0.31 (compared to $0.05 in 2012)
    -Including specific items
    -EBITDA of $322 million (compared to $274 million in 2012 (+18%))
    -Net earnings per share of $0.11 (compared to a net loss of $0.23 in 2012)
    -Appointment of Mario Plourde as President and Chief Executive Officer
    -Increased ownership in Reno de Medici from 48.5% to 57.6%
    -Successful start-up of the Greenpac containerboard mill and ramp-up according to plan
    -Acquisition and conversion of a paper machine at our Oregon Tissue mill with a start-up planned for the end of 2014
    -Creation of a new joint venture in the Atlantic Provinces for the Containerboard Group

    Q4 2013 Highlights
    -Sales of $958 million (compared to $995 million in Q3 2013 (-4%) and $904 million in Q4 2012 (+6%))
    -Excluding specific items
    -EBITDA of $105 million compared to $96 million in Q3 2013 (+9%) and $70 million in Q4 2012 (+50%))
    -Net earnings per share of $0.19 (compared to net earnings of $0.07 in Q3 2013 and a net loss of $0.06 in Q4 2012)
    -Including specific items
    -EBITDA of $93 million (compared to $83 million in Q3 2013 (+12%) and $39 million in Q4 2012 (+138%))
    -Net earnings per share of $0.05 (compared to net earnings of $0.12 in Q3 2013 and a net loss of $0.33 in Q4 2012)
    -Net debt of $1,612 million (compared to $1,601 million as at September 30, 2013 ), including $113 million of non-recourse net debt

    Mr. Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer, had the following comments on the fourth quarter results: "We are pleased with the 16% improvement of our EBITDA excluding specific items in 2013 which demonstrates that the efforts being pursued under our action plan continue to bear fruit. The results of the last quarter of the year have been solid as a result of improved productivity and more favourable external factors such as a weaker Canadian dollar.
    Having significantly increased its EBITDA contribution during the fourth quarter, our Containerboard Group continued to show progress due to an improvement in manufacturing efficiencies. Results were also impacted by a favourable adjustment to its pension liabilities. Our Boxboard Europe Group achieved the greatest EBITDA growth during the fourth quarter. It continues to do well in a difficult environment and has benefited from credits linked to energy savings projects undertaken at two of its mills. Impacted by favourable exchange rates, the Specialty Products Group's results were stable compared to the previous quarter, even though the fourth quarter is usually a slower quarter. Finally, our Tissue Papers Group recorded a seasonal EBITDA decrease as it did last year and it continues to face a very competitive environment while new capacity is being absorbed by the market.
    While facing normal logistical challenges associated with start-ups, the Greenpac mill is continuing to ramp-up as planned. Average daily production during the fourth quarter was 747 tons per day, without adjusting for downtime, and operating income before depreciation was positive for the quarter."
    (Cascades Inc.)
    26.03.2014   Meet your customers at PulPaper Helsinki, 3-5 June, 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news You still have time to plan your participation at PulPaper 2014

    The industry event of the year and one of the premier gatherings within the pulp, paper, board, converting and bio-based indutries is drawing closer. There is, however, still time to plan your participation. A few good locations are still available around the exhibition floor and helpful marketing tools have been produced to help you promote your participation. Take a look at the complete Visitor Invitation brochure with all the event information there is to know for your customer or the simplified Invitation Card with the most essential facts and brief event information. Both are available as printed matters, free of charge to order for all exhibitors, or in digital version to be added to e-mails, newsletters or invitations.

    There are also several ways of promoting your company during the days of the event. Place an ad in the special Event Guide issue of Paperi ja Puu or choose from the many attractive promotional locations around the venue of Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki.

    Scroll down on the front page of the official PulPaper website to see a complete list of the official PulPaper 2014 Media Partners, different types of media channels covering the globe and carefully selected by the organisers to promote the event. Contact them to place your ads running up to the event.
    (Adforum AB)
    25.03.2014   polytype subsidiary Pagendarm BTT GmbH in Hamburg changes name to WIFAG-Polytype GmbH    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Pagendarm BTT GmbH based in Hamburg, Germany, changed its name to
    WIFAG-Polytype GmbH effective March 1, 2014

    New name covers both pillars of the Hamburg facility / No changes whatsoever in contact partners and for existing business relationships

    Since 2007, the Hamburg-based Pagendarm BTT GmbH has been part of the wifag//polytype Group located in Fribourg, Switzerland. As a result of the new organizational structure of the group, Pagendarm BTT GmbH now has a new name.

    Since March 15, 2014, it has been conducting business under the name WIFAG-Polytype GmbH. The new WIFAG-Polytype GmbH remains a wholly owned subsidiary of Polytype Converting AG located in Fribourg, Switzerland. Mr. Esa-Matti Aalto remains the Managing Director. All contractual relationships and business terms and conditions also remain completely unchanged, as do contact details and contact partners.

    wifag//polytype, specialist for printing, coating and surface finishing technology, has been putting a new, more market-oriented organizational structure in place since September 1, 2013. The new structure will serve as the basis for the group's multi-faceted range of solutions, which will be tailored even more closely to customer needs in the future.

    The name change for the facility in Hamburg, Germany, changes nothing in the practice of selling coating and finishing machines and systems under both brand names Polytype and Pagendarm. They are synonymous with Swiss and German quality in the top level segment and the advanced level segment. Dryers, remoistening systems and coating systems are all sold under the brand name Pagendarm. The new generation of dryers from Hamburg (SpeedStar HT) already won the C2 Innovation Award at the ICE 2013.

    In addition, the new name signals the subsidiary's expanded role. In the future, WIFAG-Polytype GmbH will also be the sales, service and engineering base in Hamburg for WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG, a leading supplier of newspaper and book printing machines located in Fribourg, Switzerland.

    The Hamburg facility has thus been strengthened and remains an integral part of the wifag//polytype matrix organization. Its priorities will be Purchasing and Distribution, the technology segment Drying and Remoistening as well as Spare Parts and Services.

    Jörgen Karlsson has been CEO of Polytype Converting AG and WIFAG Maschinenfabrik AG since September 1, 2013. Since then, parts of the two corporate structures have been sensibly merged in multiple steps. The goal is to combine the overall expertise of the company group in the conversion of web materials in an optimum manner.

    Jörgen Karlsson: "Unlike many of our competitors in the market wifag//polytype combines complete expertise for web handling, for printing, coating, laminating and drying flexible materials of all kinds within a single group. As one of the most innovative companies in the
    further development of digital printing technology, we can provide ultra-precise and economical solutions not only for paper but also for foils, laminates, cups and body printing as well as converting applications."
    (WIFAG-Polytype GmbH)
    25.03.2014   New for 2014, Alwan Color Expertise HiFi Software Suite enables Brand color expectations ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... across the supply chain

    Picture: Elie Khoury, founder and president of Alwan (right)

    Alwan Color Expertise, a leader in color control and standardization technologies, announces the latest release of its color management & control suite of Software with new High-Fidelity (HiFi) capability guaranteeing color accuracy and consistency across printing technologies. The interconnection of the complete software solution optimizes the print production workflow connecting Alwan ColorHub X 5.0, Alwan PrintStandardizer X 5.0 and Alwan PrintVerifier X 3.0. This optimized workflow now enables print buyers and printers to agree on aims and tolerances for each print job and make sure that visuals and brand colors are reproduced accurately and within agreed upon tolerances.
    Discover the New Alwan Suite features at:
    • IPEX London UK, March 24-29 2014, Booth #N4-B359
    • FTA Info*Flex Baltimore, MD USA, April 28-29 2014, Booth #1224

    Elie Khoury, founder and president of Alwan defines how this new software suite ushers in a new era for the graphic arts industry: "Until now, print buyers and printers had two ways to assess the conformance of a printed product. They either agree on a process control standard such as ISO 12647 or on a proprietary color definition and assessment method for brand and special colors. Today, with the imminent publishing of ISO 15339, the new printing standard enables color reproduction across printing technologies. Print buyers and printers have the ability to define and assess aims and tolerances for printed colors (not only process colors) based on an ISO standard. This major breakthrough for the graphic arts industry has been possible thanks to the ISO TC130 committee and to the editor of this standard, Mr. Dave McDowell, one of the most influential figures within TC130. In honor of Mr. McDowell's accomplishments, we have named our new Alwan Color Expertise Color Suite v5.0, which fully implements ISO 15339, the “McDowell Suite". The McDowell Suite also supports ISO 17972-4 known as the CxF/X-4 standard, which enables brand owners to define and communicate an accurate description of the colors they expect from the printing process. “We believe that these two new standards will help the printing industry make a huge step towards the necessary automation and optimization of printing workflows from color definition to color reproduction to color conformance across the supply chain. For all these reasons we have decided to have these standards implemented and available in our new suite”.

    The new Alwan McDowell Suite offers numerous and unique advantages for each print application:

    Commercial Printing
    Print Buyer's can choose printing aims from ISO's 15339 seven standard Color Reference Printing Conditions ranging from small (newspaper) to large (digital). They can also choose printing tolerances for a job from 3 levels of conformance, stringent (level A), normal (level B) or relaxed (level C). Once printing aims and tolerances are chosen, they will be used by Alwan Color Suite's Color Management with Alwan ColorHub, Process Control with Alwan PrintStandardizer, and Color Conformance with Alwan PrintVerifier, ensuring that agreed on aims and tolerances are achieved.

    Packaging Printing
    Consumer Products Companies can define their brand colors using CxF/X-4 spectral color definition. A description of the expected color for each printing process and media can be included in the CxF/X-4 metadata.
    Alwan Color Suite can carry this information throughout the workflow, color manage it for optimal proofing and printing on 4, 5, 6 & 7 color process HiFi output, and assess its reproduction conformance based on standard or custom tolerances.

    Specialty Printing
    Printing processes that are different from ink on paper such as textile, ceramics, etc. require specific color management. The new Alwan Suite embeds technologies that allow printers to calibrate, characterize and maintain the stability of any printing process using any colorant and any substrate with virtually no limit.

    All color operations performed by Alwan Suite are documented using a sophisticated PDF, XML as well as online reporting systems that can be shared among supply chain stakeholders.
    (Alwan Color Expertise)
    25.03.2014   Valmet to supply Advantage tissue production line to Absormex CMPC Tissue in Mexico    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has been chosen as supplier of a complete tissue production line by CMPC Tissue S.A. of Santiago, Chile. The tissue line will be installed at the mill of its subsidiary Absormex CMPC Tissue S.A. de CV in Mexico.
    The new production line is planned to be started up mid 2015, and it will add 60,000 tons of high quality toilet and towel grades to the company's annual production. Valmet has previously delivered an Advantage DCT200 tissue line to CMPC Tissue's Talagante mill in Chile.
    The value of the order will not be disclosed. This kind of production line is typically valued at EUR 20-40 million, depending on the scope of the delivery and the production output. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.
    "The Latin American tissue market is growing both in respect of capacity and quality. Valmet has the tissue making technologies to meet current and future demands of the market," says Jan Erikson, Vice President of Sales, Valmet. "We are very pleased that CMPC chose us as their supplier and selected Valmet's Advantage tissue technology to increase their current production in means of quality and capacity."

    Technical information about the delivery
    Valmet's delivery will comprise of a complete Advantage DCT200 tissue production line with stock preparation equipment and tissue machine including an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap hood, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The scope will also include control systems, electrification, mill engineering as well as installation. The production line will be optimized to enhance final product quality and reduce energy consumption. The raw material for the new line will be virgin and DIP pulp.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    25.03.2014   MoveRoll Oy will participate in MaqPaper 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Together with our Spanish Sales Partner, Porteca SL., we will participate at MaqPaper 2014 from 2nd to 3rd of April 2014. Maqpaper is a biannual fair for the suppliers and producers of the pulp, paper and cardboard industry. During the exhibition MoveRoll Oy will display for the first time in the Spanish market the MoveRoll conveyor, which is one of the most innovative roll-handling system used to transport paper rolls.
    Porteca Sl together with MoveRoll Oy will be located at booths 12 - 13. You are warmly welcome to visit our stand and receive more information about MoveRoll´s unique technology.
    We are looking forward to meeting you all in Spain at MaqPaper 2014.
    (MoveRoll Oy)
    25.03.2014   marks-3zet automates plate production logistics at Freiburger Druck    ( Company news )

    Company news Turn-key concept implemented for prepress

    Picture: The new plate production department at Freiburger Druck

    Excellent availability and utmost quality were the driving factors behind the plate production upgrade at Freiburger Druck GmbH & Co. KG, based in the Breisgau region of Southern Germany. Waterless coldset printing has already enabled the innovative newspaper printer (whose products include the daily “Badische Zeitung”) to tap into several additional business segments.

    Freiburger Druck has relied on waterless offset with a KBA Cortina press since 2006, making it one of the first printers to adopt this technology worldwide. In late 2013, the company decided to fully upgrade its plate production. This meant not only replacing the three heavily used CTP systems, but also implementing automated plate sorting and concentrating the production step on two modern high-speed lines, despite increased processing demands. At the same time, the plate processors, punching and folding lines, and a bi-level sorting facility with 100 delivery fans in broadsheet format were all integrated in the new workflow.

    An investment in project services

    For this extensive new investment, CEO Patrick Zuercher again decided to partner with a general contractor. The new concept, which combines high productivity and automated plate logistics, was developed in close cooperation with the system provider marks-3zet.
    Jochen Glaeser, project manager at marks-3zet, took the lead in implementing the project. Together with his project team, Glaeser completed numerous prepress projects in the market while at Illies Graphik. “We needed to ensure full plate capacity to feed the 6 towers on the double-wide Cortina during every phase of the renewal process,” emphasises Marco Rauber, technical manager at Freiburger Druck.
    The new sorting system processes the entire daily plate volume of about 2,300 plates based on a “just-in-time” principle for individual products. Volume adjustments are made for numerous start-ups on the Freiburger press. Daily production of the 21 regional editions of the “Badische Zeitung”, as well as a wide range of magazines, newspapers, catalogues and other commercial products can now be reliably processed with leaner staffing resources.


    marks-3zet has again successfully implemented its proven plate logistics concept in Freiburg, Germany, getting it ready for acceptance in record time. Interface adjustments were made between the page workflow and tracking system, and status communication was implemented for all plate production components.
    “Efficient production and optimal availability thanks to cascaded job handling have been seamlessly integrated in everyday job handling on our Cortina,” Managing Director Patrick Zuercher summarises.

    Continuous advancements for ultra-refined print quality

    Freiburger Druck strategically employs technological advancements to secure its competitive market position. The company values innovation and collaborates with its business partners on the development and introduction of new technologies. This was the case with the implementation of a coating device in the offset press, which further expanded the qualitative spectrum of the KBA Cortina.
    Future plans include introducing a quality management system and replacing the company’s mailing line.
    (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG)
    25.03.2014   conVerd Merges With FiberMark    ( Company news )

    Company news FiberMark (, a world-class fully integrated manufacturer and global distributor crafting its fiber based specialty materials in the U.S. and the U.K., announces that conVerd has agreed to a merger with FiberMark North America, Inc.

    Picture: Chris McInerney, FiberMark’s Senior Vice President of Sales

    conVerd is recognized around the world for being the leader in providing sustainable paper based print media solutions to the wide and grand format print markets. conVerd’s philosophy is to create and market products that exhibit superior print performance and fitness-for-use with an eco-friendly conscience. The word conVerd is derived from the Catalan words “con” meaning with and “verd” meaning green.
    conVerd will become a part of FiberMark’s wide and grand format ink jet business in which FiberMark’s wide format print product line will adopt the conVerd brand name. Paul Paulette, the current owner and President of conVerd, will join FiberMark as Vice President and General Manager of the new conVerd/FiberMark business unit.
    “This is a very exciting acquisition for FiberMark and it is a perfect fit with our existing wide format ink jet business” said Chris McInerney, FiberMark’s Senior Vice President of Sales. The conVerd product line and the FiberMark wide format ink jet product line are both US manufactured, PVC free and FSC® certified. The combined FiberMark-conVerd business will, unquestionably, be the leading provider of green, PVC alternative print media for the wide and grand format digital print markets.
    “The conVerd-FiberMark combination will enable conVerd to dramatically accelerate our growth opportunity” said Paul Paulette, the President of conVerd. Adding conVerd’s unparalleled product line and marketing acumen to FiberMark’s superior customer service, manufacturing and logistics capability will enable conVerd to grow at a rate that will give a meaningful and immediate boost to FiberMark’s top line.”
    The deal is expected to close in mid-April. The new conVerd division of FiberMark will exhibit at International Sign Association trade show in Orlando April 24 through 26.
    (FiberMark North America Inc.)
    25.03.2014   New management and service platform at Iggesund    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: “It will become even easier to do business with Iggesund,” emphasises Annica Bresky, who became the new CEO of Iggesund Paperboard in the autumn. She has now had the time to shape her management team to ensure the company can continue to adapt. © Iggesund

    The paperboard manufacturer Iggesund Paperboard, part of the Holmen forest products group, is undergoing changes on several levels. Last autumn the company gained a new CEO, Annica Bresky.

    A university graduate in engineering, Bresky has roots in both Greece and the rural heart of Sweden’s Småland province. She was previously CEO of BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg AB and before that she worked as production manager for Stora Enso Kvarnsveden’s most modern paper machine. When she took over the reins at Iggesund in October, the top positions of both of the company’s board mills were vacant, as was the position of company financial director. She has therefore had unique opportunities to shape a new management team that reflects the dynamism she wants to see within the organisation.

    “The market has changed and this process will continue,” she explains. “By working in an intelligent and more dynamic way we will be able to match our customers’ demands even better than before.”

    During the autumn Iggesund Mill gained a new manager, Olov Winblad von Walter, who comes from the top job at Metsä Board’s paper mill in Husum, Sweden. The new manager of Iggesund’s Workington Mill is the former financial director there, Ulf Löfgren. The new financial director is Tobias Bäärnman, who comes most recently from the consultancy Connecta but who has experience in fast-moving consumer goods with Mediamarkt, Procter & Gamble and Statoil. The management team has been further reinforced with Eva Thorén, the HR manager, and Anna-Lena Ström, the supply chain director.

    In addition to these changes, Iggesund will be tearing down walls within its sales organisation. Previously the company had separate teams for Europe and the rest of the world but now the global marketing and sales responsibility will be combined under the leadership of Arvid Sundblad.

    “For more than a decade we have seen the conversion of packaging for consumer goods move from western Europe to other parts of the world, mostly in the east,” Annica Bresky says. “Brand owners with headquarters in one part of the world can have the manufacturing of both their goods and packaging in another. This is globalisation in a nutshell and we must adapt to it.

    “Fifteen years ago Iggesund was the first Scandinavian forest products company to adapt its European organisation to the new conditions arising from the European Union. Now we simply need to take another step to ensure that we can live up to – and surpass – the service level required by our customers.”

    One of the prerequisites for further developing Iggesund’s service level is the introduction of a new business system – the backbone of all production and supply processes. Changing systems is a big step and countless tests have been done to ensure that the transition will be painless for customers.

    “Our customers’ development and needs are the starting point for our own continual process of change,” concludes Iggesund’s new CEO. “Doing business with us will become even easier. Iggesund has long been a fantastic company and we definitely have the strength needed to continue to be competitive in the future too.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    25.03.2014   Customer Requests: CEPI recommends use of harmonised disclaimers for voluntary declarations ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in the European pulp and paper industry

    Companies are experiencing, in their daily customer contacts, requests for various declarations, frequently related to non-relevant topics and often totally misplaced. Answering such requests can cause misunderstandings with customers.
    In order to help companies give responsible and harmonised answers to their customers CEPI recommends a set of standard disclaimers to be routinely used depending on the type of request and on the individual discretion of each company. These disclaimers are recommended to be used routinely when signing declarations in reply to those requests, by inserting them in the declaration document. Using the same disclaimers across the pulp and paper industry will reduce the pressure of making unsubstantiated declarations and reduce reputation risks as well as the risk of possible financial claims for individual companies and the sector as a whole.

    i. These disclaimers are not intended to be used when such declarations of compliance are mandatory (required by law). These shall be prepared and issued mandatorily, following the forms and ways of releasing them as the legislation requires.

    ii. These disclaimers are intended to be used for voluntary declarations regarding statements attesting to the compliance with specific legislation or with qualitative and technical adaptations to non-binding technical standards. For such requests for voluntary declarations, three standard disclaimers are recommended by CEPI:

    a. Issuing a declaration on the absence of certain substances
    b. Refusing a declaration of compliance with non-relevant legislation
    c. Issuing a declaration of compliance with non-relevant legislation
    (CEPI aisbl)


    A prestigious agenda-defining annual conference, the Global Water Summit (Paris, France, April 7-8, 2014) brings together the highest level delegates from around the world: Ministers, top executives and best practitioners, to determine water’s key role in the future of sustainable economic growth.

    Archroma has been short-listed for the Corporate Water Stewardship Award 2014, part of the Global Water Awards, for its Sustainable Effluent Treatment (SET) facility based on zero liquid discharge, recently inaugurated at Archroma's dyes and chemicals production plant in Jamshoro, Pakistan.

    The nominated water stewardship projects have been carefully selected by Global Water Intelligence, the organizer of the summit, for demonstrating company-wide commitment to sustainable policy and real commercial return for the bottom line.

    The six nominated companies from a variety of industries will present at the event their initiatives and success stories in achieving water sustainable businesses. The companies will then be faced with questions from the audience and an expert panel of judges comprising of high level representatives from Veolia, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Pentair, the Alliance for Water Stewardship, CDP Supply Chain and WWF International. The winner and runner up of the Corporate Water Stewardship Award will then be determined by a live audience vote.

    "We are truly honored to have been shortlisted for the Global Water Award's Corporate Water Stewardship Award. Our sustainable effluent treatment facility based on zero liquid discharge in Jamshoro, Pakistan, started with the dream to save water, save the world, because every drop counts. We had the vision to safeguard the future of our company, our stakeholders and coming generations. As Pakistan is declared as water stressed country by global agencies, saving water resources becomes a prime responsibility to ensure the sustainability of operations, and moreover it is vital for the communities we live in and with,” comments Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan.

    "The attention the SET facility is currently receiving from the industry demonstrates that the deep-rooted commitment of our company to ecology and safety is the right path towards a sustainable future, not only for our own operations and industry but also for the generations to come. We are very proud to be among the most responsible companies who are paving the way”, adds Xander Wessels, Archroma’s CEO.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
    24.03.2014   Edelmann presents itself through “Concepts” at interpack 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Concepts by Edelmann – Future: Packaging as a brand ambassador with multimedia enhancement represents a key area in which Edelmann is presenting solutions at interpack. These include the so-called Touchcode. This element, which is invisibly applied in a printed image, transforms folding cartons, vial cards and leaflets into interactive media. Through the touch of a smartphone or tablet, the Touchcode brings digital content directly onto the display.

    “Concepts by Edelmann” is the lead topic for the international packaging group’s presence at interpack this year. Seven conceptual terms represent the system producer’s services. They depict the extremely varied market requirements of its customers in the Beauty Care, Health Care and Consumer Brands areas. Edelmann is thereby creating customer-focused transparency for its wide-ranging service portfolio by offering suitable services in terms of advice, production and process design for every individual customer need.

    Performance, Excellence, Security, Efficiency, Sustainability, Digital and Future are the seven concept and solution packages that Edelmann is using to present itself at interpack 2014. The international packaging group is thereby turning the focus to customer requirements, which it is looking at holistically and satisfying with services put together accordingly. “The tasks of packaging are complex. To ensure that convincing solutions are realised, the big picture has to be kept in sight”, says Edelmann Managing Director Dierk Schröder, describing the approach of “Concepts”. “Every solution package in itself or in combination with others is the basis for individual customer packaging. In connection with this, we rely on the dynamic process of creative further development.”

    The “Concepts” bring together services that are based on Edelmann’s technological, creative and process-oriented expertise. They include forms and finishes for successful presentation at the POS as well as construction, graphics and applications for therapy-supporting pharmaceutical packaging and the use of integrated components to make packaging part of multi-channel communication.

    Focussing on multi-channel communication
    Packaging as a brand ambassador with multimedia enhancement represents a key area in which Edelmann is presenting new developments at the world’s leading trade fair in Düsseldorf. These include packaging with an integrated 2.4-inch screen (40 x 50 millimetres). When the folding carton is opened, a video of up to 60 minutes in length is started automatically. Usage information or details regarding the origin of the products contained can thus be displayed vividly through moving images.

    Edelmann is opening up a new dimension to brand experience with electronic elements on packaging. Integrated LED lights illuminate attention-grabbing designs or impressively stage product benefits, like, for example, the flash on a camera. Sound elements round off the sensory experience. Folding cartons can, for instance, play product information or music when opened.

    Another development is the so-called Touchcode. This element, which is invisibly applied in a printed image, transforms folding cartons, vial cards and leaflets into interactive media. Through the touch of a smartphone or tablet, the Touchcode brings digital content directly onto the display. Contact-free data transmission using near-field communication is possible using a label integrated into the folding carton.
    (Carl Edelmann GmbH)
    24.03.2014   Voith delivers new board machine to India – TNPL calls on the competence of the market leader ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... again

    The Indian paper manufacturer Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) has again chosen Voith, as a competent partner for board and packaging paper production, to deliver its new BM 4 board machine in order to expand its existing product portfolio. TNPL has worked with Voith in the past, having already installed two Voith paper machines with which it is thoroughly satisfied.
    The mill will be based at a completely new location in Tiruchirappalli District, approx.100 km from the existing plant in Karur District of Tamil Nadu state. The start-up is scheduled for end of 2015. Since Voith is in a position to provide a very large part of the delivery scope for the plant, the Indian paper manufacturer can rely on speedy and simple project handling.
    “The technological know-how and reliability of Voith have already impressed us in the past,” says Mr. A. Velliangiri, Dy. Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers. He adds: “With the BM 4, we now want to produce coated board with the highest surface quality and deliver it to our customers. We are happy with Voith being partner for this Greenfield project. We are very satisfied with the course of the project so far and look forward to further collaboration.”
    The BM 4 is designed to produce coated board varieties like folding box board, white lined chipboard and solid bleached sulphate grades in a basis weight range of 180 – 450 g/m², on a wire width of 4,300 mm and at a speed of 600 m/min. The range of raw materials used will be very large: bagasse and wood pulp, DIP, Old Corrugated Containers and TMP.
    With Voith, Tamil Nadu has chosen the market leader in the area of board and packaging paper. The Indian company will profit from the experience gained by Voith from successfully proven components and modules in more than 110 board and 220 packaging paper machines worldwide. Included in the delivery is the approach flow system, broke treatment, the entire board machine with a DuoFormer D for the best formation and dewatering performance in the four-layer wire section and a Tandem NipcoFlex shoe press.
    A SpeedFlow film press, a hot hard nip EcoCal calender and a complete coating section and coating color kitchen are available for surface finishing the board. The machine is also equipped with a MasterReel winding system and a VariFlex winder. Furthermore, included in the delivery are the complete automation, the machine clothing, the auxiliary sections and services relating to assembly monitoring, start-up and training.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    24.03.2014   Start-up of Toscotec AHEAD tissue machine at Samjung Pulp Co., Ltd    ( Company news )

    Company news Samjung Pulp Co. Ltd., an important tissue paper producer in the South Korea, at the beginning of 2014 has begun operating its new Toscotec tissue machine to meet demand in the conventional tissue products segment. The new line has been installed at the Pyeongtaeksi site.
    The new crescent former machine features a single layer headbox, a large nip TT SuctionPressRoll-SPR1430 working at 120 kN/m, a TT SYD-12FT Steel Yankee Dryer and the Pope reel TT Reel-P. The Toscotec scope of supply included also stock preparation high efficiency equipment, the Milltech thermal oil heated hood and Yankee steam & condensate system.
    Engineering, erection supervision, training and start-up assistance completed the Toscotec package.
    The new machine has a net width of 2,62 m and a design speed of 1700 mpm.
    Toscotec’s experience in energy-efficient systems was decisive for Samjung Pulp Co. Ltd in the selection of its supplier. Thanks to the strong cooperation between the two teams, the project has been successfully completed in a short time.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    24.03.2014   FY 2013: Cham Paper Group achieves continued success    ( Company news )

    Company news - Further momentous milestones in the transformation programme reached - Strong demand for all strategically-important product groups - Italian mills on the rise, Carmignano benefits from adaption of the product range
    - Balance sheet bolstered, Group free of net debt; dividend of CHF 3.00 distributed
    - Papieri project progressing on schedule

    The 2013 business year has seen the Cham Paper Group reach further momentous milestones that form part of the company's comprehensive transformation programme, which began in 2011. The transfer of the company's key product groups from Cham to Italy has been successful, and the relevant processes have now been embedded. Both Italian sites have made substantial progress in terms of their profitability and competitiveness, and have come to form a stable industrial backbone for the Group. In Cham, CPG has been focussing on the development and manufacture of refined niche applications since Q2 of the year under review. Also, planning is on schedule for the widely-supported conversion of the industrial site at Cham into a new neighbourhood, and the project is now taking shape.
    As a result of the paper machines in Cham being taken out of service at the end of June 2012 and March 2013, net turnover fell as expected by 17.3% to CHF 231.3m (CHF 279.7m). Sales volumes were down by 19%, with 151,000 tonnes (187,000 tonnes) of speciality paper sold. In the strategically-important product groups, however, sales continued to rise. Despite the challenging transfer and associated costs and outlays, operating profits in Italy proved rather promising. The sale of the Italian sites that was announced in the summer and cancelled in November had a one-off negative effect, resulting in associated costs of approximately CHF 1.5m. EBIT for the 2013 business year amounted to CHF 3.2m (the same as the previous year) and net profit totalled CHF 0.4m (up from -1.2m in the preceding year). Free cash flow in the year under review achieved CHF 16.7m (CHF 8.1m in the previous year). The Group reduced net debt by a further CHF 21.6m, meaning that the Group is now free of net debt and has cash reserves of CHF 53.4m.

    Carmignano benefits from adaptation of the product range, Condino continues to grow
    The two production sites, in Carmignano and Condino, developed in 2013 as anticipated. Recorded sales were over 11.3% higher than in the previous year, despite the extensive tests with Innerliner papers in Carmignano that initially tied up considerable resources and capacities. Following the successful relocation, the site was able to sustainably optimise its product mix during the subsequent months. In Condino, demand for our chief product, Glassine, increased again to reach a good level.

    Strong demand for strategically-important product groups and a full development pipeline
    Consumer Goods: Following the successful transfer of Tobacco Papers to Carmignano, we have been working on a range of innovative Innerliners for this segment. The 'Innerliner Leaf' can be composted and at the same time is extremely suitable for the new drying systems on our coating machines. What is more, the Labelcar product series, used to produce beer labels for example, received certification for metallisation during the year under review. It is increasingly common for wet-strengthened labels to be metallised, generating strong market growth in this segment. Our Development division is also working flat out to convert a proportion of the papers for the Flexible Packaging segment to lower grammage.
    Industrial Release: Sales in the Glassine product group increased dramatically once again. The strongest growth was in Glassine tape. Manufactured in Condino, this product takes the form of high-quality papers used to produce adhesive tapes. Condino is well placed to build further on our success in this segment. The focus of our market strategy will also increasingly lie upon specialities in the field of Process Liners. The Cham Paper Group not only manufactures Silicone Base Papers, but also siliconises it itself. Applications range from packaging for adhesive products to process liners used in the manufacture of a variety of plastic materials. A full development pipeline has been put in place for this segment. In addition to sophisticated base papers for the coating plant in Cham, papers coated on a single side for reflective signs and labels, in particular for car registration plates, are developed here.
    Digital Imaging: We successfully continued our growth trajectory in Digital Imaging. Transjet Sportsline - used for digital sublimation printing on sports textiles - experienced a particularly strong increase in sales. The development of two new products has been completed, expanding the product range in Transfer Printing: Transjet Boost for the new high-speed inkjet printers and Transjet ECO for the new markets in Asia and South America. The next stage of development, achieving lower grammage for the fashion industry, is already underway. The Graphics sector has also welcomed a new product to market: Promoprint is the first matt inkjet paper of a new product family, developed especially for high-speed inkjet printers. Further products with a glossy finish are under development.
    Barnamic: The market launch of Barnamic continued to be a high priority for the Group. Used as a stand-alone packaging solution or as a part of composite material, these barrier papers are suitable for a variety of food and non-food applications. Projects with selected key clients were pursued further, enabling considerable quantities to be sold for the first time in Q4. Now it is a case of bringing the scale-up phase to a successful conclusion and clearing the way for the roll-out of Barnamic in serial production. In the meantime, the development team is working relentlessly to develop the Barnamic product portfolio. The focus, in addition to introducing new products, is to use 100% natural, sustainable raw materials.

    Restructuring frees up more resources and bolsters the balance sheet The restructuring of the Cham Paper Group also freed up some financial resources in the 2013 business year. Thanks to the further reduction of net working capital by 26.2% and stringent cost controls, we were able to achieve a free cash flow of CHF 16.7m. Furthermore, 35,000 shares from the Group's own stock were placed with investors at market prices by year-end, meaning that the company accrued an additional CHF 7.7m. Despite paying out dividends worth CHF 2.1m in May 2013, the Group was able to reduce its net debt by a further CHF 21.6m. The Group is now free of net debt and has cash reserves of CHF 53.4m. Our equity ratio rose from 40.7% in 2012 to 46.3% by the end of 2013.

    Strengthening the social partnership in Italy
    The sale of the Italian paper mills in Carmignano and Condino to the Delfort Group, announced on 15 July 2013, collapsed after talks concerning future contractual conditions between the buyer and the Italian employees' representation in Carmignano proved unsuccessful. At the end of November, the local factory management came to an economically viable and progressive consensus with the employees. The new agreement, which was approved by the General Assembly of Employees, enables a significant expansion of the flexibility of the site in terms of its operating hours, especially on weekends, while retaining the current remuneration models. The agreement was reached as a result of the strong desire of all parties to see the successful restructuring of the Cham Paper Group secure a significantly improved market position of the plant in Carmignano in the long term. Consequently, both sites in Italy remain under the ownership of the Cham Paper Group. Thanks to the comprehensive restructuring of the Cham Paper Group in the last two years, they are well positioned.

    Continued streamlining of management
    In the wake of the completion of the Group's comprehensive transformation, it was found that the management structure could be further streamlined, and the Executive Committee was disbanded at the end of November 2013. The three site managers at Carmignano, Condino and Cham now report directly to the delegate of the Board of Directors, Urs Ziegler. At a Group level, Urs Ziegler will continue to be assisted by Luis Mata, Head of Finance & Controlling, and Franziska Stöckli, Head of Corporate Services.

    Papieri site: vision set out and urban development study commissioned The Cham Paper Group and the Commune of Cham are currently working together on the conversion of the factory site once it is vacated. The most important Cham stakeholder groups and local communities have been involved in the collaborative planning process. In the first half of the year, the vision and the guidelines derived for the new district were set out, which were fully approved with public involvement. Since October 2013, four qualified architectural firms have been carrying out an urban development study, and the initial results look promising. The final outcome will be presented in Q2 2014, forming the basis for the subsequent production of the plans. Voters in Cham are then expected to decide in the first half of 2015 on the rezoning necessary to carry out the project.
    The costs of the development and planning process of the Papieri site will largely be covered until 2015 by income from temporary leasing and the operations of Cham Paper Solutions. A number of new tenants have moved onto the Cham site in the last 18 months, in view of the high demand for offices, storage space and parking.

    Proposals to the General Assembly
    By concentrating base paper production in Italy, we have freed up financial resources, which the Board of Directors has utilised to reduce liabilities to banks and wants to return to shareholders. The Board therefore recommends a dividend of CHF 3.00 per share in the form of a tax-friendly return of capital.

    The Board of Directors is confident about the continued profitable growth at the sites in Italy. The small, but highly innovative, unit in Cham still has to prove its worth in the market. Sales must increase substantially if we are to become sustainably profitable by 2015. Until then, we will continue production on the existing site, and subsequently the equipment must be moved to a new location.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
    24.03.2014   Pulpaper 2014 Helsinki - Event News     ( Company news )

    Company news On 3-5 June we open the doors to the 8th edition of one of the world's premier and most influential events for the global pulp, paper, board, converting and bio based industries. This is your chance to visit the industry gathering of the year, last time featuring 625 exhibitors and attracting over 12000 visitors from 63 countries. Influencing the whole event is the 100th anniversary of the Paper Engineers' Association, click here to read more about the spectacular celebration and gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre. Several new features can be found on the exhibition floor, one of them being the PulPaper After Work . Contact Adforum if you are interested in one of the last attractive exhibition stands.

    Current burning issues discussed during the top level PulPaper international conference
    PulPaper is incomparable with other events when it comes to the outstanding quality of the conference programme, Biofuture for Mankind and the 2014 IMPC International Mechanical Pulping Conference.
    During the three days of the Biofuture for Mankind conference, the most burning issues of today's industry will be discussed. The Thursday sessions offer interesting talks on Biobased materials and print across societies, where the future for paper and print as well as future packaging material will be dealt with and concluded with a panel discussion on the theme 'Is there future for print?'. The scientific conference of IMPC circulates between the different continents and is this year conveniently running parallel to the main PulPaper conference.

    Two-day excursion to Jyväskylä - VTT and Valmet
    Take this uniquie opportunity to learn about the world’s most advanced fibre technology & foam forming research and piloting facilities. The excursion includes a dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Päijänne on the Thursday evening and visits to VTT and Valmet on the Friday. Bus transportation to and from Helsinki is arranged and a hotel night is included in the offer.

    Exhibiting at PulPaper 2014: MoveRoll Oy to launch a revolutionary kicker and receiver
    Being a global supplier of roll handling equipment with the main focus to develop new innovative solutions for the pulp and paper industry, MoveRoll has designed a unique concept that makes roll handling in paper mills easier, safer and more cost effective.
    - During the last two years MoveRoll Oy has been developing a new kicker and receiver which are absolutely revolutionary for the market, saving energy up to 75% comparing to the traditional units, says MoveRoll CEO Mikko Rantanen. MoveRoll units will offer more safety and other features which will be revealed during the product launch at PulPaper 2014. At the event, we expect to extend our network and receive feedback helping us to continue develop new innovative solutions fulfilling our customers needs, Rantanen concludes.
    (Adforum AB)
    24.03.2014   Holmen Annual report 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news THE GROUP’S OPERATING PROFIT excluding items affecting comparability was SEK 1 209 million in 2013, corresponding to a return on capital employed of 4.5 per cent. The weaker result was due to a stronger Swedish krona, lower selling prices for printing paper and production disruptions at Iggesund Paperboard. Investments decreased to SEK 869 million, around half of which consisted of payments for a new recovery boiler at Iggesund Mill and a new biofuel boiler in Workington. Cash flow after investments amounted to SEK 1 142 million and the dividend paid was SEK 756 million. Net financial debt decreased by SEK 474 million to SEK 6 116 million, giving a debt/equity ratio of 0.29. The Board proposes a dividend of SEK 9 per share.

    THE MARKET for printing paper continued to weaken in 2013 and demand in Europe fell by 5per cent, resulting in lower selling prices. European demand for paperboard rose by 4 per cent, while the market for sawn timber was weak. Demand for pulpwood was normal, whereas demand for timber increased somewhat. Inflow into Holmen’s reservoirs was weak during the year and production was 10 per cent lower than normal.

    Deliveries from Holmen Paper for 2013 decreased by 5 per cent to 1 574 000 tonnes as a result of production curtailments and shut-down of capacity in the autumn. Deliveries of the strategic products MF Magazine and book paper, which now account for half of the sales, increased by 10 per cent.
    Holmen Paper’s operating loss for 2013 was SEK -309 million (94), excluding items affecting comparability. The fall in profit was due to lower selling prices, a stronger Swedish krona and lower volumes as a result of production curtailments. Costs decreased during the year as a result of rationalisations and lower wood prices.

    The market for printing paper is challenging, with structurally declining demand. However, the market balance for newsprint was good at year-end and price increases have been able to be implemented.
    Holmen Paper is continuing to make the transition towards speciality paper and is also reducing costs. The market situation for paperboard is good. Following fine-tuning of its two major boiler investments, Iggesund Paperboard has achieved a good production and cost level. The market for sawn timber improved somewhat over the year, but overall it remains weak. Holmen Timber continues to increase its rate of production, but is limited by high raw material costs in southern Sweden.
    Harvesting in the Group’s forests is following applicable harvesting plans, but dealing with windthrown forest will lead to a temporary increase in costs. Holmen Energi is being negatively affected by the successive impact of lower market prices.
    (Holmen AB)
    24.03.2014   PMP Group successfully implements 1st Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press in China    ( Company news )

    Company news After successful deliveries of 29 hydraulic headboxes and 10 tissue machines within the last 8 years to China, PMP Group (a global provider of paper and tissue technology) was proud to sign last year another contract with one of Chinas leading paper producers - Jiangsu Changfeng Paper Co., Ltd. This time however, for a technologically advanced, next generation shoe press – PMP Intelli-Nip®.
    Jiangsu Changfeng Paper Co., Ltd is a part of the Jiangsu Changfeng Group that employs over 650 people. The main product of the company is fluting paper with different specification, which can reach the requirements of different customers. Jiangsu Changfeng Paper Co., Ltd is also known for producing testliner (3-ply, 90 – 220 gsm). Due to their high efficiency equipment and technology, their products are currently exported to southeast Asia, Middle East and Africa.
    After the installation of (3) three PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headboxes and PMP Intelli-Sizer® Size Press, with metering heads, on PM#3 (reel trim 4860 mm), PMP Group has started-up in Jiangsu Changfeng Paper Co., Ltd, on March 14th 2014 at 5:15 PM (GMT +8), another key technological unit - Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press. This time project goals are focused on increasing the PMs capacity, by increasing the operating speed from 800 to 900 mpm (almost 13% capacity increase). Another target is to significantly improve quality parameters of the final product (especially its strength) and machine runnability. The installation of highly advanced technology will help JCP to build a significant, competitive advantage.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
    24.03.2014   2 DAYS AT MIAC TISSUE BUSINESS POINT!    ( Company news )

    Company news 26.27 March 2014 | time 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. | Lucca (Italy)

    A new business concept created to promote, in a single place and in just two days, the world of tissue paper (Technology, Machinery, Equipment and Finished Product are the protagonists of the event).

    You can meet more than 70 Exhibiting Companies. Visiting MIAC Tissue Business Point means obtaining a full overview in the technology and product in the world of tissue paper.

    MIAC TISSUE PANORAMA Conference involves 4 sessions with the participation of independent experts outlining trends and prospects of the tissue paper market plus technical and product presentations by the Participating Companies. Participation is free of charge. Simultaneous translation is available.

    The entrance at MIAC TISSUE BUSINESS POINT is free of charge. It is possible to download the free Invitation Ticket in PDF format directly
    from the Exhibition website.

    In the website is present a list of Hotels located in Lucca area. It is possible to view an Hotel Presentation Card for each Hotel. Besides, each Hotel is linked to its own website. After you have chosen your favorite Hotel, you can contact directly the Hotel in order
    to book your accommodation.
    (Edinova Srl)
    21.03.2014   1 More Month To Go! Asian Paper 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Why Visit Asian Paper 2014?
    • Enjoy one-stop sourcing for professionals working across the Pulp, Paper & Board Industry
    • Establish business relationships with over 170 international exhibitors from more than 25 countries
    • Discover the latest exhibits, conference content and technical presentations to enhance your business!

    Senior Management Symposium (SMS) 24th – 25th April
    This symposium is the perfect opportunity to find out what is happening in the region, as well as the rest of the pulp and paper world. Get the latest in industry outlook, consumer & purchasing trends, development in process and energy saving technology, an optimisation of cost and quality to achieve scalable businesses.

    New Applied Technology (NAT) 23rd – 25th April
    The New Applied Technology (NAT) conference brings hundreds of managers, engineers, technicians and researchers from throughout Asia to exchange ideas and viewpoints on numerous technical issues facing pulp and papermakers today.

    Special Event – Mill Visit 22nd April
    Get a first-hand look at the operational procedures of the top paper mills in Thailand! Gain valuable insights and inspect all stages of the paper making process, cutting edge technology and systems in operation.
    This year, we are honored to partner with Fiber Pattana, who generously open their mill up for the delegates of Asian Paper 2014!
    (UBM Asia Trade Fairs Pte Ltd)
    21.03.2014   QuadTech Bolsters Packaging Position with Appointment of Stephan Doppelhammer as ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Market Manager for Packaging

    Further QuadTech investment in the packaging market offers consistent print quality, profitability and reduced waste for converters

    QuadTech announces the appointment of Stephan Doppelhammer (photo) as global Market Manager for Packaging, demonstrating the company’s commitment to extending the benefits of its color control and inspection solutions to the packaging sector.
    Mr. Doppelhammer’s new position will see him focus on business development for packaging converters in adopting strategies for success and profitability, and help them meet the demands of international brand customers.
    Stephan Doppelhammer comments: “While the packaging sector has weathered the recession well, margins have become tight. With the globalization of brands, the desire for a consistent image worldwide is now a given, no matter the application or print method used. Add modern logistics which utilize distributed print models and just-in-time deliveries, and there are a host of new pressures for converters to confront.
    “The packaging industry can benefit from QuadTech’s solutions especially in terms of color control,” Doppelhammer continues. “Packaging converters have traditionally trusted the stability of their presses and inspected manually, but rules for packaging print quality are changing. Using our expertise in color control for commercial print, we are ideally placed to provide the same market leading expertise and equipment to converters. This is crucial in ensuring not only color consistency, but reduced waste and the all-important profitability.”
    Stephan Doppelhammer joined QuadTech in 2009, serving as Area Sales Manager for commercial, newspaper, gravure and packaging applications. Having worked as a Technical Key Account Manager for Flint Group early in his career, Stephan has a strong background in packaging and an appreciation for the technology and the broader business picture.
    With consumer habits changing, the implications for retailers and specifically, packaging converters, are clear: production needs to be streamlined with quality consistently high and waste kept to a minimum. QuadTech’s solutions are aimed at achieving these goals.
    QuadTech’s closed-loop register and color control solutions reduce waste on flexible packaging, folding carton and converting presses,while a QuadTech Inspection System will detect both process and random faults. Savings made by removing defective copy prior to finishing can improve margins on all jobs and contribute to increased productivity.
    “Stephan’s hands-on knowledge of the issues faced by packaging production teams as well as by sales, marketing and strategic business development personnel, gives him the breadth and depth of experience for this new role,” said Karl Fritchen, President, QuadTech. “This widening of our focus to bring a higher level of quality assurance to packaging converters is an import strategic move for QuadTech—and Stephan’s appointment is a key part of its implementation.”
    (QuadTech Corporate Headquarters)
    21.03.2014   Annica Gerentz joins Södra as Director of Communications    ( Company news )

    Company news Annica Gerentz (photo) has been appointed as Sodra's new Director of Communications and will be taking up her post on 1 May. She will be a member of Södra's Group Management team and will report to Group President and CEO Lars Idermark.
    Annica Gerentz has an MBA from the University of Stockholm and wide-ranging communication and leadership experience. She joins Södra from Neuman & Nydahl in Stockholm, where she has been working as a management consultant. Before that she spent eleven years at construction and property development company NCC as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Group Management member 2004-2011. Annica Gerentz also worked in the media for many years, principally as a business journalist. She has worked for Dagens Industri, Nyhetsbyrån Direkt and Börsveckan, where she was also Managing Director.
    Magnus Berg, who is Södra's current Director of Members and Communications, will continue in his role as Director of Members and Group Management member.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    21.03.2014   Metsä Board increases prices for uncoated fine paper from mid-April 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to strong demand of uncoated fine papers Metsä Board increases prices for all its uncoated fine papers (WFU) in Europe at least 50 Euros (40 GBP) per tonne. This will take effect for all deliveries invoiced from 14th April 2014.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    20.03.2014   Sappi announces Glen Pearce to succeed Steve Binnie as Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Limited is pleased to announce that Glen Pearce, currently the Chief Financial Officer of Sappi Europe SA, will be appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and join the Sappi Limited Board as an Executive Director on 01 July 2014. As announced previously, Steve Binnie, the current CFO, will succeed Ralph Boëttger as CEO on that date.
    Glen Pearce (50) was appointed as CFO of Sappi Europe SA in 2008. He has been with Sappi for 18 years. Prior to his current role, Glen occupied various senior management positions within the Sappi group in South Africa and Europe. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a BComm degree from WITS University and a BComm (Hons) degree from UNISA.
    Commenting on the announcement, Sappi Chief Executive Officer, Ralph Boëttger, said: “I am very pleased that our robust succession planning process has enabled us to appoint a strong internal candidate. Glen’s in-depth knowledge of Sappi and his sterling track record will serve the company well on its path towards strong growth and profitability.”

    Additional information on Glen Pearce:
    -He holds a BComm degree from WITS University in Johannesburg and a BComm (Hons) degree from the University of South Africa (UNISA).
    -He is a chartered accountant, CA(SA)
    -Completed his articles at Ernst & Young
    -Started his career as group accountant and finance manager of Murray and Roberts (1992-1996)
    -Joined Sappi Limited in 1997 as financial manager
    -Joined Sappi Forest Products as financial manager in 1999
    -Promoted to financial director of Sappi Fine Paper South Africa in 2001
    -Moved to Brussels in 2004 to become accounting director for Sappi Fine Paper Europe
    -Appointed as CFO and IT Officer of Sappi Europe SA in April 2008
    (Sappi Limited)
    20.03.2014   Sustainable European paper and board industry    ( Company news )

    Company news CEPI (Confederation of European Paper Industries) has published its latest report on the sustainability of the European pulp, paper and board industries. It shows that the whole industry, including cartonboard packaging, is focusing on innovation and resource efficiency while advancing the bio-based economy.
    Furthermore, the European industry continues its good record on its environmental performance in a number of key areas, including energy, recycling and water use.
    The industry has become more self-sufficient in the use of energy. Today, 95.2% of electricity is produced on-site in paper mills using the energy-efficient combined heat and power method, and mills' energy consumption has fallen by 4.7% in the last two years. The consumption of biomass – based energy has increased in recent years, driven by the installation of new biomass boilers in mills, so that now 56% of the energy used is bio-energy. Using bio-based products replaces the use of fossil fuels. As a result, the industry has reduced its CO₂emissions per tonne of product by 43% since 1990.
    The European pulp and paper industry also uses residues from papermaking to produce renewable energy and this transformation of residues into useful products is an important example of the operation of a circular economy – a key aim for the European Commission's policy makers.
    Europe is the global paper recycling champion. In 2012, almost 58 million tonnes was recycled within Europe: an all time record. In percentage terms, 71.7% of paper was recycled in 2012 and in 2011, 81.3% of packaging paper and board was recycled.
    The environmental credentials of cartons are underpinned by the use of cartonboard whose wood raw material comes from sustainably managed forests. In Europe, not only are they a renewable resource but new growth exceeds the wood harvested. Thus, Europe's forests have grown by 512,000 hectares from 2005-2010, and forests today are over 30% larger than in the 1950s. The paper and board industry cares for the forests and promotes the use of certification systems to demonstrate and maintain sustainable forest management.
    Water is fundamental to pulp and paper manufacturing. In 2012, the pulp and paper industry within CEPI member countries, withdrew approximately 3.71 million cubic tonnes of water from surface and ground water sources, of which 92.3% was returned to surface water supplies cleaner than before.
    The forest products industry uses large volumes of water, but as the percentage quoted above shows, only a small part of this water is "consumed" - which can be defined as water bound up in products and waste. Water that escapes from the production process is also considered to be consumed, but the huge amount remaining can be reused.
    The pulp, paper and board industry in Europe is truly European. 82% of raw materials are sourced in Europe from responsibly managed forests, from paper collected for recycling and from engaging with Europe-based mineral and chemical suppliers. No tropical rainforests are destroyed to produce paper and board, including cartonboard, in Europe. The cartonboard packaging industry is an integral part of this European resource-efficient, bio-based industry which takes care to safeguard the environment.
    (Pro Carton)
    20.03.2014   FORTRESS PAPER ANNOUNCES FOURTH QUARTER 2013 RESULTS    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. (“Fortress Paper” or the “Company”) reported 2013 fourth quarter EBIT DA loss of $9.4 million. The Dissolving Pulp
    Segment generated EBITDA loss of $10.8 million and the Security Paper Products Segment generated EBITDA of $2.7 million. Corporate costs contributed $1.3 million to EBITDA loss.
    Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: “The 2013 year proved to be very challenging for Fortress Paper. Positive developments throughout the year were overshadowed by the disappointing financial results from the Dissolving Pulp Segment.
    As we enter 2014, we believe that we are making progress on numerous initiatives and are confident that we are on the right track to overcome remaining obstacles. I would like to thank the entire team at Fortress Paper for their perseverance and commitment throughout a difficult year.”
    Early in the fourth quarter of 2013, the Fortress Specialty Cellulose mill reached a significant milestone for the reduction of the overall cost structure at the mill when the cogeneration facility project was successfully completed and delivering power to the Hydro Québec grid at the contracted commercial rate. Also, the Fortress Specialty Cellulose mill realized its swing mill capabilities producing 12,889 air dried metric tonnes (ADMT) of northern bleached hardwood kraft (NBHK) pulp early in the quarter. The
    mill sold 6,758 ADMT of NBHK pulp inventory in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 6,950 ADMT of NBHK pulp inventory subsequent to December 31, 2013. Despite these developments, the results for the Dissolving Pulp Segment reflect a combination of the following:
    -A seven day planned maintenance shut-down in October.
    -A 13% interim duty imposed by China’s Ministry of Commerce (“MOFCOM”) on the import of dissolving pulp into China from the Fortress Specialty Cellulose mill (Thurso) and possibly a 50.9% interim duty on the import of dissolving pulp into China from future output from the Fortress Global Cellulose mill (Lebel-sur-Quevillon) if it were to be converted to be able to produce dissolving pulp.
    -As a result of the 50.9% MOFCOM interim duty imposed on the import of future dissolving pulp into China, a $32.9 million impairment was taken against the Fortress Global Cellulose mill assets.
    -The duty imposed also resulted in a build-up of dissolving pulp inventories and consequent $3.7 million write-down to fair market value.
    -A decision to take market downtime in mid-December for approximately 10 weeks as a result of market pricing for NBHK being insufficient for sustained production.
    -A five day shut-down in early December as a result of a digester issue, which has since been resolved.

    The Security Paper Products Segment experienced a second consecutive EBITDA positive quarter. Sales, volumes and revenues were significantly higher relative to any quarter in 2012 and 2011. The Landqart mill continues to implement new initiatives to improve efficiencies and profitability.
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
    20.03.2014   Kemira announces price increase for paper colorants in EMEA    ( Company news )

    Company news ​Kemira will implement a price increase of up to 20 % for selected paper colorants in Europe, Middle-East and Africa. The adjustment will be immediately implemented or as the existing contracts allow. The price adjustment is a result of increases in all major cost drivers including raw materials, energy and transportation.
    Kemira has continuously rationalized operations and reduced fixed costs, but has now reached a point when a price increase for selected colorants is necessary to secure our position as a strong paper chemicals supplier.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    20.03.2014   UPM prepares its own PEFC certification group    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Pekka Rajala, Director Stakeholder Relations, North Europe Forest Issues at UPM

    UPM is expanding its certification services in Finland and is preparing an application of its own PEFC™ group certificate in 2014. This gives UPM's forest owner customers a new opportunity to achieve a certificate for sustainable forestry as a member of UPM's certification group.

    ”For forest owners, joining UPM's PEFC certification group is easy, safe, cost-efficient and risk-free,” says Eija Kuusisto, Manager, Key Customer Relations at UPM. ”The administrative procedures related to the certification are managed by UPM on behalf of the forest owners. Members of the certification group will be informed of changes regarding the certification, and they can rest assured that forestry practices and harvesting are done according to PEFC requirements.

    ”The requirements of our end product customers, concerning the source of the wood, are continuously becoming more demanding. Therefore, it is important for us to be able to provide our customers with products made from certified wood,” says Pekka Rajala, Director Stakeholder Relations, North Europe Forest Issues at UPM. ”We aim to increase the use of certified wood in our end products and to promote and use all reliable forest certification schemes.”

    The forest certification and chain of custody management system combined prove that wood used in products comes from sustainably managed forests. The adherence to this chain can be proven all the way down to customers who buy the end products.

    ”By applying our own PEFC sertification group we aim to be emphases the importance of forest certification and to increase the appreciation and use of PEFC through our own actions”, Pekka Rajala continues. “ it is important that PEFC certification is an essential part of Finnish forestry also in the future.

    ”The PEFC certification scheme has been widely used in Finland for over 15 years, and at almost 95% of our current managed forests are PEFC certified. UPM has been involved in the PEFC scheme from the beginning and is familiar with its requirements. Therefore, the threshold for implementing UPM's own group certification is low,” says Eija Kuusisto.

    UPM monitors the origin of all the wood it acquires. The amount of certified fibre used in UPM's products was 80% globally in 2013, whereas in Finnish mills the figure was 83%.

    All of UPM's forests are certified. In Finland, all of them are PEFC certified and approximately half of them FSC®certified (FSC® C109750). In Minnesota, USA, all the forests are SFI certified, and in the United Kingdom and Uruguay the forests are both FSC and PEFC certified.

    For further information, please contact:
    Pekka Rajala, Director Stakeholder Relations, North Europe Forest Issues, tel. +358 400 269 533
    Eija Kuusisto, Manager, Key Customer Relations, tel. +358 400 156 284
    Sami Oksa, Environmental Manager Wood Sourcing and Forestry, tel. +358 040 560 3474
    20.03.2014   LANXESS publishes results for fiscal 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news - Full-year 2013 sales fall by nine percent to EUR 8.3 billion
    - EBITDA pre exceptionals declines by 40 percent to EUR 735 million
    - Group net loss of EUR 159 million impacted by impairment charges
    - Proposed dividend of EUR 0.50 per share
    - Q1 2014 EBITDA pre exceptionals expected to be around EUR 200 million

    Picture: LANXESS Tower - Corporate Headquarters

    In what remains a difficult competitive environment, specialty chemicals group LANXESS expects EBITDA pre exceptionals of around EUR 200 million for the first quarter of 2014. In the prior-year quarter, the company posted EBITDA pre exceptionals of EUR 174 million that was burdened by several factors including start-up costs.

    LANXESS also confirmed the preliminary figures for fiscal 2013 published on February 26, 2014.

    Sales fell by nine percent against the prior year to EUR 8.3 billion. This development was primarily due to lower selling prices in the Performance Polymers segment resulting from declining raw material prices and the challenging competitive situation. EBITDA pre exceptionals decreased by 40 percent year on year to EUR 735 million and was thus within the guided range of EUR 710 million to EUR 760 million. This was also attributable to an increase in production-related costs and negative currency effects. The slight increase in volumes could not compensate for the decline in earnings. The Group's EBITDA margin pre exceptionals fell to 8.9 percent from 13.4 percent in 2012.

    In the fourth quarter of 2013, Group net income was impacted by impairment charges of EUR 257 million in the Performance Polymers segment (business units Keltan Elastomers and High Performance Elastomers) and the Performance Chemicals segment (business unit Rubber Chemicals), as well as by exceptional charges of some EUR 30 million brought forward for the “Advance” efficiency program. These resulted in a net loss for the full year of EUR 159 million, representing earnings per share of minus EUR 1.91. In 2012, Group net income amounted to EUR 508 million, with earnings per share of EUR 6.11.

    "Behind us lies a challenging year," said LANXESS Chief Financial Officer Bernhard Duettmann. "Negative effects were the volatile raw material prices and increasing competition, especially in the synthetic rubber business."

    The company will propose to the Annual Stockholders’ Meeting on May 22, 2014, that a dividend of EUR 0.50 per share be paid for 2013. This would result in a total dividend payment of around EUR 42 million. A dividend of EUR 1.00 per share was paid for 2012.

    Cash outflows for capital expenditures declined to EUR 624 million, compared with EUR 696 million a year earlier. Operating cash flow decreased against the prior year to EUR 641 million, a business-related decline of EUR 197 million. Net financial liabilities increased by EUR 248 million from the previous year to EUR 1.7 billion. "In the fourth quarter, we were able to reduce net debt by EUR 91 million compared to the prior quarter on account of our strict working capital management," said Duettmann.

    Business development by region

    Sales in the Asia-Pacific region were virtually level with the prior year, decreasing by around three percent to EUR 2.1 billion. The Performance Polymers and Performance Chemicals segments achieved operational growth in the low- to mid-single-digit percentage range. LANXESS saw a pleasing development in Greater China, exceeding the sales threshold of EUR 1 billion as in the previous year. The share of the Asia-Pacific region in Group sales increased to 26 percent.

    Sales in the EMEA region (excluding Germany) receded by around five percent to EUR 2.4 billion. This region's share of Group sales increased to 29 percent.

    In Germany, LANXESS posted sales of around EUR 1.5 billion, almost eight percent below the prior-year figure. This country accounted for 17 percent of Group sales.

    Sales in North America were around 17 percent lower than in the previous year, at EUR 1.3 billion. The region thus contributed 16 percent to Group sales.

    In the Latin America region, sales declined by almost 19 percent to EUR 1 billion. This region's share of Group sales decreased to 12 percent.

    In the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), sales fell by around seven percent to EUR 2 billion. Their share of Group sales remained at 24 percent.

    Business development by segment

    In the reporting year, sales in the Performance Polymers segment declined substantially by around 13 percent to about EUR 4.5 billion. A persistently difficult market environment coupled with significantly lower and volatile prices for raw materials, especially butadiene, resulted in a negative price effect of 15 percent. Currency effects also had a negative impact. Volumes increased by around four percent, due in part to capacity expansions in the Butyl Rubber and High Performance Materials business units.

    EBITDA pre exceptionals for the segment shrank by some 52 percent to EUR 389 million. Earnings were also hampered by inventory devaluations, destocking and start-up costs for the new butyl rubber plant in Singapore, alongside declining selling prices and negative currency effects.

    The Advanced Intermediates segment recorded sales of EUR 1.6 billion in 2013, slightly below the prior-year level. An increase in selling prices compensated for the slight decline in volumes. Exchange rates had a negative effect. Both of the segment's business units saw stable demand for agrochemicals in particular.

    EBITDA pre exceptionals decreased by around six percent to EUR 286 million. Higher selling prices and lower raw material costs were counteracted by lower volumes, higher production costs and negative currency effects.

    Sales in the Performance Chemicals segment dipped slightly in 2013 by around three percent to EUR 2.1 billion. This was attributable above all to unfavorable currency effects of three percent and slightly negative price and volume effects.

    EBITDA pre exceptionals declined by 18 percent year on year to EUR 231 million. This was attributable above all to increased production costs and slightly higher raw material prices alongside decreasing volumes, lower selling prices and unfavorable exchange rates.

    “Advance” efficiency program

    Within the context of the Advance efficiency program, around 730 employees have already taken up the offer to voluntarily leave the company by the end of 2015 and have accepted either early retirement or severance packages. In 2013, EUR 110 million were incurred of the EUR 150 million in exceptional charges budgeted for this program. From 2015 onward, LANXESS expects to achieve annual savings of around EUR 100 million.

    LANXESS has also divested its wholly owned subsidiary Perlon-Monofil to the Serafin Group based in Munich, Germany.


    LANXESS expects the market environment for synthetic rubber to remain challenging in 2014 in light of the competitive and capacity situation. Exchange rates, in particular the US-Dollar, are likely to continue their volatile development. The same applies to raw material costs, albeit at a comparatively moderate level.

    Earnings in the first quarter of 2014 will also be impacted by the effects of a strike at the company’s site in Zwijndrecht, Belgium. Butyl rubber production there has been at a standstill for around three weeks.

    For the full year 2014, LANXESS is anticipating a slight improvement in EBITDA pre exceptionals, due alone to the absence of one-time items, even if selling prices remain at low levels.

    For the current year, LANXESS is planning capital expenditures at the same level as in 2013. Most of these will go toward the construction of the world-scale plant for Nd-PBR (neodymium-based performance butadiene rubber) in Singapore and for the construction of the plant for EPDM (ethylene-propylene-diene monomer) rubber in China. Both plants are scheduled to come on stream in 2015. In the third quarter of 2014, a world-scale facility for polyamides will start operation at the site in Antwerp, Belgium. As of 2015, capital expenditures should decrease substantially and be used predominantly to expand and maintain existing facilities.

    As in the past, LANXESS will give a more precise outlook for the current business year when it publishes its first-quarter report on May 8, 2014.
    (Lanxess AG)
    19.03.2014   Nils Ringborg new CEO of Holmen Paper     ( Company news )

    Company news Nils Ringborg (photo) has been appointed as the new CEO of the business area Holmen Paper and so joins Holmen’s Group management.
    Nils Ringborg will succeed Henrik Sjölund when he takes up his new role as President and CEO of Holmen on 9 April. Nils Ringborg is currently sales and marketing director at Holmen Paper.
    “Nils and his team in the sales and marketing department have done a fantastic job of developing sales during a difficult period. Holmen Paper is gaining a leader with an extensive network and a good sense of our business. And the move also sees another experienced and strategic force joining the Group management team,” says Henrik Sjölund.
    “We have a clear strategy where the Swedish business will be further focussed on speciality paper based on virgin fibre and the Madrid business will continue to produce newsprint with recovered fibre as its raw material,” says Nils Ringborg.
    Work is under way to recruit a new sales and marketing director for Holmen Paper.
    (Holmen Paper AB)
    19.03.2014   Marbach Strengthens Its Board of Directors    ( Company news )

    Company news Marbach is pleased to announce that it has recently been strengthened its Board of Directors by appointing Stefanie Greiner as Managing Director.
    Since joining the company in 1994, Greiner studied business administration and worked as Human Resources Officer for two years before she became Chief Human Resources Officer in 1999. As Chief Operating Officer Greiner has been responsible for the daily operation of the Marbach Group since 2009.
    Peter Marbach explains: “We highly appreciate the addition of Stefanie Greiner to our Board of Directors because of her great experience.”
    Stefanie Greiner joins the board alongside Peter Marbach, Owner & CEO, Bernd Klenk and Hans Masche.
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
    19.03.2014   UPM demonstrates firm progress in transformation    ( Company news )

    Company news Jussi Pesonen (photo), UPM’s President and CEO is confident in UPM’s stable outlook and attractive growth plans as presented during the company’s Capital Markets Day in London.
    “In the past five years, we have successfully turned UPM from an integrated paper producer into a Biofore company with six separate businesses. Today we have strong market positions and competitive assets in all of our business areas. This gives us a strong basis for driving further both the financial performance and the transformation of the company.”
    “Our short-term profit improvement programme proceeds very well and we are confident of achieving the targeted EUR 200 million cost savings by the end of this year. Simultaneously, we are making good progress with our growth portfolio adding further EUR 200 million of EBITDA in the coming three years. The recently announced investments in Changshu and Kymi confirm our progress towards this target. “
    Pesonen said that the new business structure enables clear target setting and incentives in all of the six businesses.
    “As we have growth aspirations in many of our businesses, we have also set ROCE targets for the business areas. In UPM Energy we value our asset base at fair value and hence our ROCE target is 6 %. In the less capital intensive converting industry, UPM Raflatac, our ROCE target is at 18%. Finally, in our process industry businesses UPM Biorefining, UPM Paper Asia and UPM Plywood we are targeting 10-12 % ROCE, or cash return in the case of UPM Paper ENA.“
    “UPM’s group-level operating profit target of 10% is realistic also in the context of the new business structure. With this business structure, achieving the business area targets simultaneously would result into UPM operating profit margin of approximately 10%, and ROCE of approximately 9%.”
    “Despite the volatile economic environment in recent years, we have been able to drive forward the changes in the UPM portfolio. At the same time UPM’s cash flow has been consistently strong and our balance sheet has continuously strengthened.”
    “Our group-level commitment is to maintain a solid balance sheet, strong cash flow and healthy dividend. UPM will continue to develop its business portfolio in order to create growth in the current and new businesses and enhance the value of the company. “
    19.03.2014   Rayonier Hires Frank Ruperto to Lead Performance Fibers Growth Strategy    ( Company news )

    Company news Rayonier (NYSE:RYN) announced that Frank A. Ruperto is joining the company as Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, effective March 31, to assist the company with achieving its future growth priorities. Upon the previously announced separation of the Performance Fibers business, Ruperto will lead the strategic growth and long-range planning initiatives for the new performance fibers company.
    Ruperto brings nearly 25 years of investment banking experience in mergers and acquisitions to Rayonier. Most recently, he served as Managing Director, Mergers and Acquisitions for Bank of America Merrill Lynch and previously served as Head of Global Industries M&A for Banc of America Securities. Prior to that, Ruperto served as Managing Director, M&A at Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith. During his career, he has acted as a lead advisor on more than 100 completed mergers, acquisitions and financings valued at more than $100 billion.
    “We’re pleased to have Frank join our senior management team at this critical stage in our company's development. Frank will lead our strategic, long range planning process and additionally begin identifying strategic opportunities that will position us for future adjacent growth,” said Paul Boynton, chairman, president and CEO of Rayonier. “Frank’s strategic thinking and experience in corporate transactions, along with his knowledge of the industrial and specialty chemical sectors, will allow him to play a critical role in our future. We have worked with Frank for more than a decade and know that adding his skill set to our team will enhance shareholder value.”
    “I have worked closely with Rayonier on its strategic opportunities over the years and greatly admire its market-leading businesses and strong management team,” stated Ruperto. “This is an exciting time in the company’s history as the separation provides a solid platform to grow within the specialty chemicals sector. I’m delighted to join the organization and leverage my experience to help the company identify and execute a growth strategy for the new Performance Fibers business that drives shareholder value.”
    Ruperto graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard College in 1988 and holds an MBA, with a major in finance, from The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania.
    (Rayonier Inc.)
    19.03.2014   Experts predict a profitable reconstruction of the paper industry     ( Company news )

    Company news Declining demand for printing paper, together with a promising future for new climate friendly products, drive a reconstruction of the paper industry. The report, Innventia Global Outlook Papermaking Towards the Future, presents the most important trends and driving forces for tomorrow's papermaking industry.

    "In 2030, modern bio-refineries will have become highly profitable and constitute the core of many company clusters. A well organised business structure has developed over time where companies selling bio-based energy, materials, chemicals, and consumer products, work together to drive bio-business. The 'bio-based economy' is finally a reality. These days, bio-based plastics, chemicals and textiles accounted for almost 50% of their respective market shares, and fibre-based materials are used for a wide range of applications. In addition, with the depletion of oil reserves, traditional suppliers of oil-based plastics, chemicals and energy are now turning to the forest for raw materials, and this has made competition for forests more intense than ever."

    This future scenario is described in Innventia's new study Papermaking Towards the Future which was released during an event at Innventia on 17 March. The report is a critical analysis of the most important questions for the industry today and in the future. Based on an expert survey with 150 respondents from 21 different countries, interviews, workshops and teamwork, Innventia has identified, together with the analysis company Kairos Future, the key drivers and trends that will be increasingly important as the industry moves towards year 2030.

    According to the expert respondents, the greatest challenges for the industry will be a diminishing pool of skilled labour. Another challenge will be a reduced availability of fibre raw material due to increased competition with other bio-based products, which creates a greater demand for new, resource efficient production processes.

    With a decline in demand for printing paper, the markets for packaging materials and tissue are consistently growing. According to the survey, the industry is well positioned for a reconstruction into bio-refinering which could produce a wide range of products for the bio-based economy. 42 percent of the respondents predicted biorefining to be the most profitable investment over the coming ten years.

    "The reconstruction will bring totally new constellations, business models and market segments. As we could see in our study, the trends highlight a shift from scale to scope of products. A wide range of specialty products will be produced and sold in small quantities but with a high profit margin," says Paul Krochak, the project manager of Papermaking Towards the Future.

    Nanotechnology will, according to the experts, generate most attention in research, followed closely by biorefining and niche products. The development of new products involves many new features and the experts were asked what feature of paper would be the most desirable over the next ten years. Environmental and/or health safety gained the highest ranking.

    "As many as 34 percent of the respondents considered this feature to be most important. As the global population becomes more educated and more conscious, along with legal regulations and directives, product safety becomes increasingly important," states Marco Lucisano, Senior Manager, Process Solutions.
    (Innventia AB)
    19.03.2014   ONE WEEK AT MIAC TISSUE BUSINESS POINT 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news 26.27 March 2014 | time 9.30 a.m. - 5.30 p.m. | Lucca (Italy)

    MIAC Tissue Business Point is a new business concept organised every two years in Lucca, the heart of European tissue paper production and converting.
    Lucca area is also an undisputed worldwide reference point for tissue technology (machinery, equipment, etc.)

    Paper Mills and Converters technicians and managers will get an overview on the latest advances in technology and equipment available to the tissue industry sector. Modern Trade Buyers, Mass Retailers, Converters, Wholesalers and Office Suppliers will get new business opportunities offered by an ever-growing industry.

    A streamlined, interesting Conference program. The Conference Program involves 4 sessions with the participation of independent experts outlining trends and prospects of the tissue paper market plus technical and product presentations by the Participating Companies. Participation is free of charge. Simultaneous translation is available.

    A new business concept reserved to 70 Exhibiting Companies.
    Visiting MIAC Tissue Business Point means obtaining a full overview in the technology and product in the world of tissue paper.
    (Edinova Srl)
    18.03.2014   NewPage Introduces First Brief In New PAPER@WORK Series: The Story Of UniTherm® ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... Thermal Transfer Label Innovation

    NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading supplier of specialty papers, introduces PAPER@WORK, a new series of briefings detailing a spectrum of important topics impacting the world of specialty papers. The first PAPER@WORK Brief launched, titled "UniTherm® 25 years of thermal transfer innovation. And counting.", explores how UniTherm® label papers were originally developed over 25 years ago, and have grown through innovation to become an integral component of modern day logistic systems.
    "The history of UniTherm is one of bringing new innovation to life through close and ongoing collaboration with our customers," said Ed Buehler, vice president of sales, marketing and business development for specialty papers at NewPage. "We are excited to tell the story of UniTherm, and how it's grown to become a critical label paper for capturing and transmitting data on the millions of products and packages that move around the globe every day. UniTherm continues to innovate and perform in an ever-changing market."
    (NewPage Corporation)

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