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    15.01.2015   MWV to Separate Specialty Chemicals Business    ( Company news )

    Company news -Spinoff will enhance value for shareholders by creating two strong, market-leading companies
    -Continues strong record of returning value to shareholders – $4 billion over last decade

    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced that its board of directors has approved a plan to fully separate its Specialty Chemicals business from the rest of the company. The separation is expected to be executed by means of a tax-free spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business to MWV shareholders, resulting in two independent, publicly traded companies. The spinoff is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. MWV remains open to other value-creating alternatives for the Specialty Chemicals business throughout this process.

    “Following a thorough strategic review process, MWV’s board and leadership team determined that a tax-free spinoff of Specialty Chemicals presents the best opportunity to create the greatest value for our shareholders,” said John A. Luke Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, MWV. “The separation of Specialty Chemicals will establish two strong companies that are better positioned to compete and profitably grow in their targeted markets. This action continues our strong record of returning value to our shareholders, which has exceeded $4 billion over the last 10 years.”
    Mr. Luke continued: “This is an opportunity we have created by executing on a deliberate strategy of building MWV's businesses into packaging and specialty chemicals leaders globally. We are in a strong position to take this next step to maximize value for our shareholders. Our strong commercial progress and improved execution have put our packaging business on a sustainable path toward market-leading margins and growing cash returns. The separation of our Specialty Chemicals business, along with the organizational redesign work we are undertaking, reflects the strong commitment of our management team and board of directors to creating value for our shareholders and establishing a business model that will significantly improve the profitability and cash flow profile of our packaging business.”

    MWV expects to receive cash from the spinoff that will be used primarily to pay down debt to maintain MWV’s investment grade credit rating. MWV expects to continue to pay a strong dividend, with the final rate to be determined post-separation. The company also will continue to look for opportunities to return capital to shareholders.

    MWV Packaging
    Following the separation, MWV will be in an excellent position to accelerate its strategy as a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, optimally positioned to create long-term value through its market-focused strategy. Through this strategy, the company has improved its growth and profitability profile by enhancing its product mix and focusing on the most attractive opportunities in growing global packaging markets while reducing structural costs.
    In conjunction with the separation of the Specialty Chemicals business, MWV is undertaking a comprehensive organization redesign to accelerate its market-focused packaging strategy and achieve market-leading margins. The actions will ensure the company has the capabilities to execute on its profitable growth strategy with an appropriately sized support structure and business model that will provide attractive total returns to shareholders.

    MWV Specialty Chemicals
    The Specialty Chemicals business will be well positioned to accelerate profitable growth in its megatrend aligned markets of energy, infrastructure and transportation. The business is a leading provider of performance chemicals used in printing inks, asphalt paving and adhesives, as well as in the agricultural, paper and petroleum industries. The business also produces activated carbon products used in gas vapor emission control systems for automobiles and trucks, as well as applications for air, water and food purification.
    The Specialty Chemicals business will have greater ability to grow and expand its leadership positions in attractive global markets. The business is expected to extend its ‘best-in-class’ financial performance record with the appropriate capital structure to allow the new company to accelerate the pursuit of attractive profitable growth opportunities. As a stand-alone chemicals company with a strong margin profile, Specialty Chemicals will continue to be a leader among its peers.

    Conditions
    The spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business is subject to a legal opinion on the tax-free nature of the transaction.

    Advisers
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are serving as financial advisers to MeadWestvaco, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal adviser.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    15.01.2015   Al Jawad Carton and Packaging installs further ROLAND 706LV    ( Company news )

    Company news New ROLAND 706 LV to boost production capacity of Saudi printer

    Two decades after getting its first ROLAND press, Al Jawad Carton & Packaging Factory has again invested in Manroland technology for an additional boost to its production capacity. The company purchased a ROLAND 706 LV with InlineFoiler to boost productivity, keep production costs to a minimum and add value to its line of printed products.

    With a growing list of customers and a continuous flow of production orders, Saudi Arabian printer Al Jawad required a press to cut make-ready times and waste, whilst maintaining high standards in print quality.

    Al Jawad operates in the city of Al-Hassa and installed their first ROLAND 706 LV in 1994. Established in 1983 by the Al Jawad Group, the company specializes in packaging printing, including cartons, self-adhesive labels, stickers and paper bags. Operating such a successful business through the years, Al Jawad continues to look for ways to give its customers top-quality printing and service at the most reasonable price. No wonder it attaches great importance to cutting-edge printing technology.

    “With the installation of the new ROLAND 706 LV, we will be able to maximize customer satisfaction because of the shorter lead time and premium print quality,’’ said Mr. Ahmed Jawad Al-Khars, General Manager and owner of Al Jawad.

    “The latest InlineFoiler with indexing function gives us further possibilities of providing customers with attractive enhancements on the printed sheet but at a lower cost.” added Mr. Al-Khars.

    The InlineFoiler on the ROLAND 706 LV is the hero in this set-up. It enables the sheetfed offset to transfer foil to a substrate and then overprint it – all of it taking place inline. What’s more, the latest indexing function offers up to 62% potential cold foil saving according to different job types. A remarkable improvement in terms of cost saving!

    With the “OnePass” production philosophy, the ROLAND 700 ensures stability when applying enhancements or embellishments to the printing product, such as spot coatings and varnishes, there is greater room for creativity. The end result, of course, is an attractive, eye-catching product that truly satisfies print customers.

    “Premium value-added service from Manroland Sheetfed and its local partner Alkhorayef Printing Solutions (Manroland Sheetfed’s sales and service partner in Saudi Arabia) was also one of the most critical factors in our investment decision making process. Undoubtedly we have been satisfied over the past years”, commented by Mr. Ahmed Jawad Al-Khars.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    15.01.2015   Delivery of new hydraulic headbox to India    ( Company news )

    Company news On December 11, 2014, PAPCEL-ABK Groupe have signed a contract with one of the Indian customers for a new hydraulic headbox with wire of 4.480 mm and design speed of 1.000 m/min for writing & wrinting PM.

    Concluding of this new contract is a big sales success since PAPCEL Group entered into Indian Market in 2013. PAPCEL + ABK Groupe are also responsible for erection, commissioning, and performance guarantee for all equipment, which will be delivered.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    15.01.2015   Valmet acquires Process Automation Systems business from Metso: Valmet becomes stronger, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... more stable and more profitable as a result of the acquisition

    Photo: Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation

    Valmet Corporation and Metso Corporation have signed an agreement on the sale of Metso's Process Automation Systems business to Valmet on January 15, 2015. The enterprise value of the acquisition is EUR 340 million. The acquisition will be financed with committed long-term financing. It is estimated that the acquisition will be completed by April 1, 2015. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.
    The acquired operations supply process automation and information management systems and related applications and services to the pulp, paper, energy and other process industries. The purchased operations employ about 1,600 people. Net sales for 2013 amounted to approximately EUR 300 million.

    Combination of Valmet and Process Automation Systems creates unique customer offering
    As a result of the acquisition, Valmet will become a stronger and unique technology and services company in its field, with a full automation offering. The acquisition strengthens Valmet's competitiveness by combining paper, pulp and power plant technology offering, services, process know-how and automation into one customer value-adding entity. Approximately 80 percent of Process Automation Systems sales comes from Valmet's current customer industries and the rest from other process industry clients.

    Process Automation Systems is a strong, established business
    The business being acquired is a strong business, with established customer relations and a high level of technology and know-how. About 1,600 automation professionals work close to customers at approximately 80 locations around the world. The share of services business in the acquired business is significant, accounting for approximately 45 percent of net sales in 2013, and is based on large installed automation base and a captive business model. The acquired business has a good financial track record and stable cash flow.

    The acquisition makes Valmet more stable and more profitable
    Net sales of the Process Automation Systems business is approximately EUR 300 million, of which Valmet has accounted for approximately 10 percent. Therefore the acquisition increases the share of stable high-margin business of Valmet's net sales by approximately EUR 270 million.

    Process Automation Systems has a solid financial track record, with slight growth and relatively stable margins during the last 10 years. EBITA margin (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) for Process Automation Systems has been approximately 10-12 percent.

    Through the acquisition, Valmet strengthens its offering and continues to develop its business. Significant cost synergies are not expected to be achieved.

    Valmet's balance sheet remains strong also after the acquisition. To illustrate, if the acquisition had taken place at the end of September 2014, Valmet's gearing after the acquisition would have been be approximately 23 percent and equity ratio approximately 35 percent, based on illustrative figures of the acquired business at the end of September 2014.

    Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation: With the acquisition we create a unique customer offering and strengthen further our leading market position
    "Through the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, Valmet will become a technology and service company with full automation offering. The acquisition will help Valmet in increasing its business stability, while also improving profitability. By combining paper, pulp and energy technology, process know-how, services and automation, we can serve our customers even better than before and move our customers' performance forward. This transaction has an excellent fit with our existing strategy and the timing is right for Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    14.01.2015   Rising pulp costs force DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE to raise prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to significant increases in the cost of pulp, primarily due to the continued weakening value of the Euro against the USD, DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE is forced to raise prices for its uncoated woodfree papers.

    This step is necessary as the costs for long and short fiber pulp has increased in excess of 10 % since the summer of 2014.
    Price adjustments are essential, so that DREWSEN can remain a viable and stable long-term partner for its customers.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    14.01.2015   Mondi Tape Days draws industry experts from all over Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Mondi Release Liner recently gathered 25 tape industry experts from all over Europe to discuss the latest developments in tape technologies and products. Following the success of ‘Mondi Tape Days’, the company announced that it is planning to hold a series of similar events.

    The Mondi Tape Days participants met in Germany over two days in late September. In addition to attending seminars and forum discussions, they toured the Mondi Inncoat plant in Raubling, Germany and BMW World in Munich. As the automotive industry is one of the key markets for tape useage, the visit to the BMW plant gave an interesting insight into the car manufacturing processes and illustrated the some ways in which Mondi products are used in automobile manufacturing processes. Mondi Inncoat gave visitors a detailed tour of the plant’s coating equipment including the newest machine, the Extruder 10.

    Mondi’s programme also featured guest speakers from Henkel on the topic of solvent adhesives and from the German trade association Industrieverband Klebstoffe on regulations concerning tapes and adhesives. Speakers from Mondi provided an insight into silicone systems and gave an overview of the company’s portfolio of paper and film-based liners used by the tape industry.

    Jurgen Van der Donck, Marketing & Sales Director Release Liner, said: “Mondi Tape Days offered a rare chance to get a variety of tape industry experts together for two days of focused learning and networking. One of our goals was to show customers the advantage of involving us early in a product’s development process so they can benefit from our long expertise in release liners for the tape industry.”

    The company plans an Asian version of the event for summer 2015 and a next edition in Europe beginning of 2016.
    (Mondi Inncoat GmbH)
     
    14.01.2015   Petri Helsky appointed CEO of Metsä Tissue Corporation    ( Company news )

    Company news Petri Helsky, M.Sc (Chem. Eng.), M.Sc (Econ), 48, has been appointed CEO of Metsä Tissue Corporation. He will start in his new position and as a member of Metsä Group’s Executive Management Team latest on 1 July 2015.

    Petri Helsky has extensive experience from international management positions within the chemical industry. He has held different management positions in Kemira Oyj since 2007, the latest being President of Paper segment and President of the Asia-Pacific Region and member of Kemira Management Board.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
     
    14.01.2015   UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is in commercial production    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s first wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million litres of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel yearly.

    “Lappeenranta Biorefinery is the first significant investment in a new and innovative production facility in Finland during the ongoing transformation of the forest industry. It is also a focal part in the implementation of our company’s Biofore transformation strategy,” saysHeikki Vappula, Executive Vice President, UPM Biorefining.

    “The production process works as planned and the high quality end product, UPM BioVerno diesel, fulfils customer specifications. The start-up phase of the biorefinery began in early autumn, and it has included customary new process and production related challenges. The biorefinery is first of its kind in the world. We are now happy to move forward from start-up phase and be able to concentrate on regular production process”, says Petri Kukkonen, Head of UPM Biofuels business.

    Innovative biofuel
    The UPM BioVerno diesel is produced out of crude tall oil, a residue of pulp production, in the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. A big portion of the raw material come from UPM’s own pulp mills in Finland.

    UPM BioVerno renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 per cent compared to traditional diesel. Based on research, high quality UPM BioVerno works with all diesel motors just as well as any regular diesel. UPM has a sales agreement with NEOT (North European Oil Trade), a wholesale organisation of oil and biofuel products.
    “It is great to see how the results of technology and product development work that took many years will materialise as a commercial operation. Sustainable wood-based raw materials are turned into a unique fuel that truly decreases emissions and is suitable for all diesel cars, buses and trucks,” says Kukkonen.

    Significant investment in bioeconomy
    UPM has built a € 175 million biorefinery without any public investment grants. Construction of the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery started in summer 2012 and the foundation stone was laid in November of the same year. The construction employed nearly 200 people for approximately two years. The biorefinery will directly employ nearly 50 people and indirectly about 150 people.
    “I want to thank the biofuels team and our partners for their co-operation both in the construction and start-up phase. The know-how of many UPMers is combined in the Lappeenranta Biorefinery, and it is a clear sign of our company’s will to take strong steps in furthering the bioeconomy,” says Vappula.
    (UPM Group - Paper Industry)
     
    13.01.2015   Michelman Takes Steps to Better Anticipate and Serve Customers' Needs around the Globe    ( Company news )

    Company news Michelman, a global manufacturer of surface additives and polymers, has introduced an improved organizational structure consisting of three Strategic Business Groups. The new structure will help Michelman better anticipate and serve its customers’ needs by driving collaboration between its experienced industry focused business teams - now fully integrated into the Strategic Business Groups - that serve customers in the flexible packaging, paint & coatings, fibers & composites, engineered wood, paper & corrugated, digital printing and other industries. The resulting open flow of ideas, solutions, and application expertise will allow faster introduction of new technologies and applications and reduce customers’ concept-to-commercialization time.

    The three groups are Coatings, serving coating formulators with advanced polymers and additives; Industrial Manufacturing, whose expert teams work hand-in-hand with discrete product manufacturers to improve productivity and end-use performance; and Printing & Packaging, helping move the industry forward with innovative solutions in print receptive, functional and barrier coating technologies.

    Michelman has appointed the following people, all with extensive global experience, to lead the new groups. Dr. Gautham Parthasarathy has been hired as Group Director, Coatings. Gautham comes to Michelman from Emerald Performance Materials, where he was VP and General Manager of the K-Flex specialty plasticizers business. He has held leadership roles with responsibilities for strategic development, marketing, business development, M&A, R&D, and operations. Mr. Michael Annis has been hired as Group Director, Industrial Manufacturing. Mike was most recently with Celanese Engineered Materials, where he held the position of Global OEM Manager and North America Business Development Manager in the Electronics Business Unit. He has previous experience in R&D, operations, sales, marketing and quality functions. Dr. Rick Michelman, Michelman’s Chief Technology Officer, has assumed the role of Group Director, Printing & Packaging on an interim basis.

    All three strategic groups are supported regionally around the world by enhanced management teams led by Mr. Jean-Marc Verhaeghe, VP/Managing Director, EMEA, Mr. Steven Wong, VP/Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, and Mr. Marty Riehemann who will assume the new role of VP/Managing Director, Americas in addition to his corporate role as Chief Commercial Officer.

    According to Mr. Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman, “As always, organizational and management decisions at Michelman are made first and foremost to ensure all of our customers are provided the very best environmentally friendly products, service and support. These steps will allow us to improve the customer experience, and provide a platform for continued strategic growth.”
    (Michelman Inc.)
     
    13.01.2015   Huhtamaki signed EUR 400 million syndicated revolving credit facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Huhtamaki signed EUR 400 million syndicated revolving credit facility

    Huhtamäki Oyj has signed a EUR 400 million syndicated revolving credit facility loan agreement for the period of five (5) years. The new credit facility refinances an existing EUR 400 million credit facility signed in March 2011, and will be used for general corporate purposes of the Group.

    The Mandated Lead Arrangers and Book Runners of the credit facility are BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, DBS Bank Ltd, ING Belgium NV/SA, J.P. Morgan Limited, Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), Nordea Bank Finland Plc, Pohjola Bank plc and Standard Chartered Bank.
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    13.01.2015   Boxes and Packaging Complete Acquisition of Scott Packaging Glasgow    ( Company news )

    Company news Boxes and Packaging are delighted to announce the acquisition of the business and trading assets of Scott Packaging (Glasgow) Ltd, which will now be renamed Boxes and Packaging (Glasgow) Ltd.

    This acquisition will significantly strengthen the positioning of Boxes and Packaging within the Scottish market place, complementing the existing Dumbarton site. As well as enhancing Boxes and Packaging's ability to supply corrugated packaging, the Glasgow site brings the ability to provide bespoke timber packaging solutions to our customers.

    Each business will continue to operate as usual, with their primary focus on continuing to deliver innovative packaging solutions, high quality products and excellent customer service. In addition, the two sites will immediately start to collaborate and explore how we can further enhance our customer offering.

    Gavin Richardson, CEO of Boxes and Packaging said: "I am delighted to welcome the latest addition to the Boxes and Packaging Group and look forward to working with Scott Alexander and his team. We continue to look for the right opportunities to grow the Boxes and Packaging business and enhance our customer offering."
    (Boxes and Packaging Limited)
     
    13.01.2015   Sappi’s Algro Design® Magic Wows at Pro Carton / ECMA Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The Pleats Please L'Élixir packaging is printed on Sappi’s Algro Design showing pleats, but also embossed to give the feeling of pleats on both the product and the packaging

    Prestigious industry plaudit for pleated packaging Pleats Please L’Élixir

    The creative use of pleats in every presentational element of Issey Miyake’s Pleats Please L'Élixir ladies perfume created some packaging magic at this year’s Pro Carton / ECMA Award 2014. CD Cartondruck, Germany, used Algro Design to develop the winning entry in the Beauty & Cosmetics category.

    “The first contact with the product is through the packaging: ‘magic’ at first sight has to be created between the customer and the packaging. It is a rare experience to see packaging with such a clearly defined message and styling as has been realized with Pleats Please L’Élixir,” stated the award organizers.

    The Issey Miyake fashion line has been renowned for its signature pleats for decades. The packaging of Pleats Please L'Élixir features a pleated top, wrapped in a pleated bag and packaging printed showing pleats, but is also embossed to give the feeling of pleats on both the product and the packaging. Sappi’s Algro Design is a bright white carton board and of its functionality with special digital finishing techniques resulted in beautifully intricate perfume packaging.

    A classy folding box
    The organizers continued: “This carton features intricate embossing that attracts the eye of the consumer while converging with the branding messaging. It expresses both the clear, natural style of the brand as well as luxurious elegance. The finishing with multi-level embossing and a matte lacquer requires considerable experience and technical precision.”
    According to the awards jury, the Beauty & Cosmetics category always produces excellent cartons and ideas, and this year was no exception. Elegance and quality were the hallmarks of this carton, along with a design that was clearly recognizable, simple, yet totally effective. The product brand was well displayed with its trademark filigree flower image running across the front and one side of the carton. The bold red and white colours along with the matte feel gives this carton style and sophistication. “Beautifully printed and made, this carton was truly excellent,” states the awards jury.

    “The ability for creative packaging designers to push boundaries must be supported by a cartonboard grade that can handle a wide range of production demands, from high quality print to embossing,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Sappi's Product Group Manager Rigid Packaging. “CD Cartondruck chose Algro Design to help it meet brand expectations, confident that it would not only perform but support a standout design that proves that packaging can deliver magical results.”

    Europe’s leading award for packaging made of cartonboard, the Pro Carton / ECMA Award, is in its seventeenth year. The celebration of boundary-pushing concepts frequently creates a springboard for new ideas, from sustainable packaging solutions to creative and intricate value added designs. This year’s entry by CD Cartondruck using Algro Design was no exception.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    13.01.2015   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 – Keyplayers present again    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 Half a year before the event almost all keyplayers of the industry have applied for the exhibition. Valmet, Gebr. Bellmer, Kemira Oyj and Omya Internationalpresent beside other important companies of this sector their products and solutions as well as innovations and services along the process chain of the pulp and paper industry.

    Market place “Fibers in Process”
    As in 2014 the market place “Fibers in Process” will be organized by the dfv Mediengruppe. The market place offers companies the opportunity of an easy exhibition participation with different “all-inclusive packages”. Moreover the integrated Trend Lounge will offer experts and users a forum for exchange of information and opinions regarding the topics “„Technology & Services“, „Materials & Processing“ and „Research & Development“.

    At the concurrently held conference and 110th Annual General Meeting of the association ZELLCHEMING e.V. specialists of the industry will discuss “The transformation of the sector”. The official program will be released in spring.

    Further information and the application form for ZELLCHEMING-Expo are available at www.zellcheming-expo.com.
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
     
    13.01.2015   China Paper 2015: the must-attend event of the year    ( Company news )

    Company news Why is China Paper 2015 a must-attend event?
    -China Paper expo established in 1987 by E.J. Krause & Associates, Inc., partnership with well-known international exhibition organizer in 2009, succesfully held 21 editions.
    -Reputable event in the international pulp and paper industry.
    -Great support from worldwide industry associations and organizations
    -20+ worldwide industry media promoting the event
    -Database of 60,000+ industry visitors worldwide
    -Professional business match-making service, top level platform for trade and co-operation
    -70% exhibitors of 2014 rebooked exhibit space in 2015

    China Paper 2014 Review
    -100+ exhibitors from 14 countries and regions
    -2,000+ qualified professional visitors from 48 countries and regions
    -One-day high level paper industry forum where industry experts and leading company's decision makers presented industry development an innovation
    (Adforum AB)

     
    13.01.2015   INVITATION: International Pulp & Paper Week – Bioeconomy Innovation Forum Kick-Off Meeting    ( Company news )

    Company news Adforum and Mentor Communications welcome you to take part in in the kick-off breakfast meeting for the International Pulp & Paper Week and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum.

    When: Thursday January 29th, 9.00 – 11.00
    Where: Stockholmsmässan, meeting room K12 (please enter through the main entrance at Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö, Stockholm)

    During this kick-off meeting we will provide you with coffee, breakfast and important information about the next generation events for the pulp, paper and biobased industries. Please click here to register to the meeting (registration compulsory) or to receive more information about the events. Please register before January 31st.

    Time to integrate with other industries – more visitors!
    The forest industries are facing major changes and are nowadays offering a lot of new interesting products for a wide range of industries and purposes. For the new event we are inviting strategic target groups from other industries, offering the opportunity to cooperate across the traditional industry borders. For the next events we are not only aiming to get visitors from the Swedish pulp and paper industry but also from a wide range of other industries that can benefit biobased products from the forest.

    wo events covering the entire forest industry
    The Pulp & Paper Week will continue the long traditions of pulp and paper exhibitions in Stockholm while the Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will have a strong focus on new products and innovations from the forest industry. Running as two separate, but parallel events in the same hall, the two events will offer great synergies between the various sectors of the forest industry. The two events will offer the latest features within the event industry such as integrated conferences in exhibition area, social activities, matchmaking and company visits.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    12.01.2015   Mondi launches rain resistant Splash Bag     ( Company news )

    Company news In response to lively customer interest for rain-repellent paper bags, Mondi has developed the Splash Bag. This new bag resists rain for up to two hours and withstands humidity better than a standard paper bag.

    Standard paper bags for packaging cement and other powdery products are generally vulnerable to rain. To tackle the issue, Mondi, working in collaboration with major cement producer Lafarge, has developed an innovative rain-repellent bag particularly suitable for cement. The new wet-strengthened, machine-finished Splash Bag is designed to absorb less moisture than conventional bags. Its outer ply of Mondi Advantage Protect sack kraft paper has a water-repellent surface and is formulated to keep high tensile strength even in a wet environment. It also helps prevent moisture ingress if conditions are damp or humid during storage. Advantage Protect sack kraft papers have a water-repellent surface and are formulated to have high tensile strength, to help prevent rupture. For example, Advantage Protect in a grammage of 80 g/m2 has a tensile strength of 5.6 kN/m in the machine direction – an impressive figure.

    Splash Bag’s water-resistive properties are immediately apparent in side-by-side visual testing versus standard paper cement bags (test conditions simulating direct exposure to rain). “Water gathers on the bag’s surface without being absorbed, then evaporates over a period of several minutes, leaving the bag essentially dry,” explains Claudio Fedalto, Deputy COO Mondi Industrial Bags. “By contrast, the standard bag absorbs the water, weakens as a result and may potentially rupture if exposed to extremely wet conditions,” he adds. Results of Cobb tests, which measure the amount of water absorbed into the surface by sized paper over a set period of time, indicate that Splash Bags are resistant to rain for nearly two hours. If inadvertently left in damp (rather than wet) conditions, e.g. on damp sand, Splash Bag resists moisture ingress for up to 12 hours.

    Even after two hours of direct exposure to rain, Splash Bags can be moved, handled and emptied without any difficulties. Bag breakage rates are significantly reduced, leading to genuine cost savings: fewer broken bags translate to lower vehicle and site clean-up costs, fewer trips from warehouse to site, as well as time savings for logistics and site managers. Excellent moisture resistance can also mean better protection of the filling good if conditions are damp or humid at the warehouse.

    Importantly, none of these advantages comes at the expense of filling speeds or de-aeration rates, which match those of standard bags (in tests performed on Mega Gurley equipment at Mondi’s Bag Application Centre in Austria).

    According to interviews carried out at construction sites, Splash Bag has already won generous plaudits from construction workers for its ability to resist rain and moisture when used to package cement. The construction workers surveyed were particularly impressed that the bag shrugs off rain and remains strong and easy to handle even under damp conditions.
    (Mondi Industrial Bags GmbH)
     
    12.01.2015   OX Industries Announces Siemens USA as AC Sectional Drive System Supplier    ( Company news )

    Company news New System is Latest Project in OX Capital Improvement Upgrades

    OX Industries has selected Siemens USA to supply their latest technology AC sectional drive system to be implemented at OX’s Constantine, Michigan paper mill. The Siemens project is part of a $2 million capital improvement initiative that includes automation and press section upgrades.

    The Siemens USA drive upgrade will allow for increased efficiency, flexibility, consistency and cost savings. The project is expected to be completed in July and will allow OX to produce an additional 15,000 tons of URB at the Constantine facility.
    (Ox Paperboard LLC)
     
    12.01.2015   Alfredo Avello appointed CFO of Ence - Energy and Pulp    ( Company news )

    Company news Alfredo Avello de la Peña has been appointed CFO and member of the Steering Committee of Ence. Avello will lead the development of the policy of capital markets and investor relations, as well as the processes planning, control management, administration, information systems company and corporate development.
    Alfredo Avello has extensive experience in creation of multidisciplinary and international teams, corporate finance, strategic development and investments. Previously, he was Director of Strategy and Corporate Development Ence, Director General of GISA ALFANEXT, Chief Financial Officer of Foresta Capital and Multitel Group and CFO of Atlantic Copper.

    The appointment of the new Chief Financial Ence follows the recent approval by the Board of Directors of the company's reorganization of its corporate structure. This reorganization aims to adjust the management team to the new reality of the company and further progress in improving efficiency of the company, following reduction measures taken by Ence costs in its pulp mills Navia and Pontevedra, and the cessation of production of cellulose in its industrial complex in Huelva.
    The new corporate structure, along with other measures to reduce overhead, allow Ence-Energy and Pulp reduce corporate costs by a third.
    Alfredo Avello, a law degree from the Universidad San Pablo CEU, a Master in "International Business Transactions" (LL.M) from the University of London and DD graduate in Business Administration from IESE (University of Navarra).
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)
     
    12.01.2015   Pankaboard delivers more value for customers in 2015 through product development    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Christer Nordman, Vice President Sales & Marketing, comments, “We are proud to offer our customers more value from our product development investments by providing new cost saving opportunities. ©Pankaboard

    Pankaboard is set to deliver a significantly improved yield for PankaMax, PankaDisc and PankaSeal from January 2015, thanks to recent investments in the uncoated specialty paperboard machinery.

    As part of ongoing product development activities, a new dilution headbox installed on the BM3 machine in June 2014, can deliver the required paperboard thickness by using up to 10% less substance depending on grade. With the new bulk improvements, customers can be confident that PankaMax, PankaDisc and PankaSeal products will retain the same high standards and quality characteristics, while further reducing the ecological footprint.
    This means that from January 2015, Pankaboard customers will get more square meters per ordered ton, a real cost-saving.

    The BM3 machine produces a wide range of high quality uncoated paperboards suitable for a variety of end-uses.
    - PankaMax is used in various laminates for food and display applications
    - PankaDisc is used for coasters and food underlay’s
    - PankaSeal is used for cap seal applications

    All products are made of 100% natural virgin fibres, certified by ISEGA for direct food contact and available from a mill with PEFC & FSC certified chain of custody accreditation.

    Christer Nordman, Vice President Sales & Marketing, comments, “We are proud to offer our customers more value from our product development investments by providing new cost saving opportunities. We will be introducing the new specifications for the production of PankaDisc and PankaMax in January 2015 and will extend these to PankaSeal in February.”
    (Pankaboard Oy)
     
    09.01.2015   New ROLAND 700 HiPrint – reducing make ready times to a new level    ( Company news )

    Company news The new ROLAND 700 HiPrint was presented to print experts from around the globe during the Manroland Sheetfed-Evolution Event on November 5th and 6th in the Print Technology Center (PTC). More than 450 print experts from around the globe witnessed the HiPrint’s new SimultaneousPlateLoading (SPL) and other new technological advances in action.

    In his welcome speech Mr. Rafael Penuela (CEO Manroland Sheetfed) said Manroland Sheetfed has often been known as the trendsetter in offset printing and in the services it provides to its customers.

    The New ROLAND 700 HiPrint offers many new developments and improvements. Production quality, user efficiency and energy efficiency are paramount. For example, the new suction belts in the delivery increase the stacking quality at even higher speeds, and use a third less suction power.

    990 hours of additional production capacity per year soon become reality for a customer in Singapore. The simultaneous plate loading makes it possible. With the new ROLAND 708P HiPrint with SPL technology, this customer can drastically improve their production efficiency in the commercial printing market.

    The InlineFoiler offers numerous ways to implement enhancement and design possibilities. More than 100 customers worldwide use the application of cold foil which makes the InlineFoiler the true market leader.

    The new indexing function is more cost efficient. The indexing unit stops the cold foil where it's not needed, for example at the cylinder gap or at the end of the application format. With this technology, material savings between 19% and 60% per job are possible. A number of customers already use this technology successfully in their everyday operation.

    Another technology to save on make-ready time and waste is the InlineColorPilot with inline register. The fully automated measurement and regulation supports the operator during the make-ready and production.

    This leads to reduced waste sheets and the early achievement of the first good sheet. During production, the InlineColorPilot automatically controls the color and logs the production. This technology is available in both straight ahead and perfecting modes.

    The UV printing process is even more efficient with the LEC UV curing technology. In contrast to classic UV curing, the LEC-UV system significantly reduced costs for investment and during production.

    The system is based on the combination of specially doped lamps where the wavelength is adapted to a highly reactive ink. Thus the process uses less energy and reduces production costs. As part of our future proof concept, the LEC system can also be retrofitted at a later stage, if market requirements change.

    The ROLAND InlineInspector 2.0 ensures accurate fault detection by 100% monitoring of each sheet. With its intuitive and user-friendly operation, InlineInspector 2.0 is set up in no time. At full speed, the system detects hickeys, scratches, streaks, substrate defects and other faults and helps the operator to react quickly. The result - fewer mistakes, less waste and greater customer satisfaction.

    A new inkjet system at the feedboard of the ROLAND 700 HiPrint offers the possibility to personalize each sheet. With a serial number printed on the sheet, it can be identified and tracked in the subsequent production process. And that's just one of the versatile possibilities to integrate digital printing systems in an offset printing press.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    09.01.2015   Mohawk Announces Plans for a New Multi-Million Dollar Envelope Manufacturing Facility in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Western Massachusetts

    New operation will create up to 40 new jobs in South Hadley

    Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, announces plans to operate a new state-of-the-art envelope manufacturing facility in the town of South Hadley, Massachusetts, resulting in the creation of up to 40 new jobs.

    The announcement comes after the Massachusetts Office of Business Development Economic Assistance Coordinating Council voted unanimously to approve Mohawk’s application for a special tax assessment for a facility located at 28 Gaylord Street in South Hadley, MA.

    Mohawk intends to enter into a seven year lease agreement on the 112,342 square foot facility beginning January 1, 2015. Pending successful completion of the ongoing lease negotiation, construction is scheduled to begin in early January 2015, and the facility is expected to be fully functional by the end of April 2015.

    “Our plan to create a new envelope converting facility in South Hadley, Massachusetts represents our commitment to further growth of Mohawk’s envelope business,” said Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and CEO, Mohawk.

    “Since January of this year, we have committed to investments of nearly $5 million in new envelope converting equipment and facility upgrades, and the creation of 100 new jobs for skilled envelope workers. Our envelope business is vibrant, rapidly growing, and we are uniquely positioned to serve our customers with fast delivery, exceptional integrity, and the highest quality envelopes available in the industry,” O’Connor continued.

    Mohawk will invest up to $2 million to retrofit the South Hadley facility, including upgrades to electrical systems, installation of air and vacuum lines, and the purchase and installation of envelope converting and manufacturing equipment.

    Mohawk expects to produce over 500 million envelopes annually at the new facility. The site will also feature warehouse space to service the company’s customers along the East Coast and Mid-Atlantic regions, as well as overseas businesses.

    “The Town of South Hadley has been extremely cooperative and supportive of our interest in opening a new envelope manufacturing and distribution facility,” said O’Connor. “We’re grateful for the guidance we’ve received from Town Administrator Michael Sullivan and Michael Vedovelli, Senior Regional Director of the Massachusetts Office of Business Development. We’re looking forward to joining the South Hadley business community,” O’Connor continued.

    “We selected the South Hadley location because the layout of the building is ideal for our manufacturing needs, the site is essentially move-in ready and requires minimal construction prior to becoming operational, and there is an abundant pool of highly skilled envelope workers in Western Massachusetts,” said Bob Scammell, Mohawk’s Senior Vice President, Strategy and Business Operations.

    Approximately 40 new employees will be hired to staff the new South Hadley facility, which will operate five days a week, three shifts per day.
    (Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.)
     
    09.01.2015   100% of Ence's sales of its pulp production ensured for 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news • The company close pulp sales agreements for next year by a volume of 930,000 tons.
    Ence has undertaken a thorough restructuring of its customer base after the closure of the pulp mill in Huelva, allowing the company to maximize sales margin and consolidate its business strategy.

    Ence - Energy and Pulp has managed to close up to date pulp sales agreements for next year for a volume of 930,000 tons, which ensures the company 100% of its sales target 2015.
    Almost all sales agreements reached --98%-- will target Europe, area that offers higher margins to Ence and where sales of 910,000 tons are ensured. The main destination of sales is Germany, with 220,000 tons, followed by Western Europe with 185,000 tons.
    In addition, Ence has agreed sales amounting to 180,000 tons in the Iberian Peninsula and 137,000 tons in Eastern Europe. With these figures Ence plans to maintain its export volume that lies above 80% of its production.
    After the cessation of production of cellulose in Huelva, Ence has undertaken a thorough restructuring of its customer base by focusing on those with lower logistics costs and greater margin of sales, which will help speed the recovery results process in which the company is currently engaged. Also this restructuring will allow the company to strengthen its position in the fastest growing segments (tissue and specialties), consolidating its business strategy.
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)
     
    09.01.2015   Waggeryd Cell: The flash dryer investment has increased the mill's capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news The strategy for Waggeryd Cell is to continuously increase production up to 175,000 tonnes per year by gradual investments in order to remove bottle-necks. The recent investment in additional air to air heat exchangers in the flash dryer has increased the mill’s production capacity by about ten per cent.

    Before the investment the flash dryer had one wet stage and two dryer stages for drying of the BCTMP pulp before baling it. As one part of the total investment package of about 50 MSEK, the flash dryer has been equipped with additional air to air heat exchangers to pre-heat the air from the two dryer stages. The previous wet stage now acts as a dryer stage, making the flash dryer a three stage flash dryer. This has increased the capacity by about ten per cent.

    “During week 40 we prolonged our usual 24 hour maintenance stop with one day and the installation of the air to air heat exchangers in the flash dryer was done during 48 hours,” says Michael Nylander, Mill Manager at Waggeryd Cell. “Installation as well as the start-up have been very successful. In addition to the production increase, the propane consumption has been reduced, which is very positive.”

    “The aim with the investment has been achieved and we have increased our already very high efficiency even further. This strengthens our competitiveness on a tough market,” Michael Nylander ends.

    Andritz is the supplier of the new air to air heat exchangers and was responsible for the rebuild.
    (Waggeryd Cell AB)
     
    09.01.2015   One Equity Partners (OEP) sells Constantia Flexibles to Wendel    ( Company news )

    Company news - Leading group for flexible packaging and labels has grown into a global player
    - Significant sales and earnings (EBITDA) increase since acquisition by OEP in 2009
    - Enterprise value of EUR 2.3 billion
    - Company and new owner aim to continue profitable growth

    Photo: Thomas Unger, CEO of Constantia Flexibles

    Funds advised by One Equity Partners ("OEP") and the H. Turnauer Foundation have agreed to sell their 100 percent stakeholding in Constantia Flexibles to the Wendel Group. Wendel's offer values the group at around EUR 2.3 billion (enterprise value). Constantia Flexibles is one of the world's leading manufacturers of flexible packaging products and labels. OEP acquired the company in 2009, when it took over the majority of Constantia Packaging AG, and holds 75 percent of Constantia Flexibles. 25 percent belong to the H. Turnauer Foundation.

    "We are very happy with the way that Constantia Flexibles has developed over the last five years under the ownership of OEP. Thomas Unger and the management team, along with all the employees of Constantia Flexibles, have done an excellent job. On behalf of OEP, I would like to say thank you for the outstanding cooperation," said Melchior von Peter, Managing Director at OEP.

    Constantia Flexibles supplies its products to numerous multinational companies and local market leaders in the food, pet food, pharmaceuticals and beverage industries. Constantia Flexibles employs over 8,000 people in almost 80 Group companies and delivers to over 3,000 customers worldwide. In 2013, the company achieved sales of EUR 1.63 billion and earnings (EBITDA) of EUR 233 million. Since OEP's investment, sales have grown by 73 percent and earnings (EBITDA) by 76 percent.

    Thomas Unger, CEO of Constantia Flexibles: "In recent years, Constantia Flexibles has developed from a regionally-focused provider in Europe into a globally-active group present in the most attractive and fastest growing markets for flexible packaging. We have positioned the company outstandingly for further profitable growth, and we will be working with our new owner to realize this potential in the future."

    Wendel is one of Europe's leading listed investment firms. The group invests internationally, in companies that are leaders in their field, such as Bureau Veritas, Saint-Gobain, Materis Paints, Stahl and IHS in Africa. Wendel plays an active role as industry shareholder in these companies. It implements long-term development strategies, which involve boosting growth and margins of companies so as to enhance their leading market positions.

    The H. Turnauer Foundation intends to remain a significant shareholder of the company and is currently discussing with Wendel a potential re-investment. The transaction is subject to approval from the relevant antitrust authorities and is expected to be closed in the first half of 2015.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    09.01.2015   Smurfit Kappa reveals multi-million euro marketing opportunity missed by brands    ( Company news )

    Company news Analysis published by Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading packaging companies, has highlighted a significant opportunity being missed by brands fighting for shopper attention and market share in Europe’s supermarkets.

    The white paper report, ‘Marketing on the shelf – exactly how in control are you?’, reveals that, despite 76% of purchase decisions being made by shoppers in-store, brands are often failing to seize upon the powerful marketing opportunity it represents. In particular, many are missing out on the growing trend towards Shelf-Ready Packaging as a measurable way to influence shoppers directly at the point-of-purchase, where most decisions are made to buy a brand or switch to another.

    Smurfit Kappa found that up to 40% of a product viewed on-shelf can be made up of secondary packaging, a valuable marketing channel which too often falls outside the radar of brand teams. Compared to other advertising media, the in-store opportunity is significant and one which can be quickly adapted to sit alongside the latest marketing campaigns.

    Arco Berkenbosch, V.P. Marketing, Research and Development, Smurfit Kappa, said: “Our analysis found that there is approximately 125 square metres for brands to market to shoppers at the point of purchase in a typical European supermarket, through Shelf-Ready Packaging.

    “That would normally be regarded as an important marketing channel with brands doing everything they can to take advantage of it. If compared to the cost of a typical 6-sheet poster site, for example, in advertising terms that’s the equivalent of €424,320 of additional marketing per store every year. Across the whole of Europe this equates to a multi-million euro channel available to brands.

    “In a more complex retail world where marketers have to work even harder to compete for shopper attention, this represents a sizeable opportunity. Yet, it largely remains one of the most under-utilised parts of the marketing mix and one which still rarely makes it onto the priority list of most brand directors. In reality, it is one of the last areas in-store that offers new marketing opportunities at the point-of-purchase.”

    Shelf-Ready Packaging - products delivered to a retailer in a ready-to-sell, merchandised unit - is an area of growing importance across the globe in the battle for the shopper’s attention. Its origins were in saving in-store logistics costs, as a way of getting the product from delivery to shelf as efficiently as possible and it first gained popularity with discount supermarkets. Using the right skills, process and technology, however, more marketers can now take advantage of the fact that, in tests, such packaging is noticed by up to 76% more shoppers.

    “Implemented properly, marketing on the shelf would be completely integrated into a brand’s wider marketing activities, with a clear brief based on an integrated, well-defined shopper marketing strategy”, Berkenbosch said. “Ownership and responsibility would be held at brand marketing level, with marketing on the shelf, to the shopper as well as to the consumer, considered at the very outset of the brand journey.

    To help brands create new marketing solutions and make the most of Shelf-Ready Packaging, Smurfit Kappa uses marketing expertise and insights, enabling brand owners to test and understand its impact on shoppers, by visualising it on a virtual supermarket shelf and collating eye-tracking results via webcam, through a system developed through a unique partnership in association with Eyesee. This makes it possible to validate the effectiveness of different packaging designs, offering brand owners a flexible environment to prove the effectiveness of different shopper marketing strategies before they are created and brought to shelf.

    Berkenbosch continued, “The reality is that the vision of the future is here now. From insights to measurement, Smurfit Kappa can do in weeks what used to take brands months, including all the testing brand owners need.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    09.01.2015   Catalyst Paper Corporation completes acquisition of paper mills in Wisconsin and Maine    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX: CYT) (“Catalyst”) is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of the Biron paper mill located in Wisconsin and the Rumford pulp and paper mill located in Maine, USA that was previously announced on October 30, 2014 (the “Acquisition”), from NewPage Corporation, NewPage Wisconsin System Inc., and Rumford Paper Company (the “Sellers”). The cash payment made on closing was US$62.4 million, after giving effect to an adjustment under the purchase agreement based on estimated working capital at closing, and the final purchase price is subject to certain additional post-closing adjustments.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    09.01.2015   Hong Kong International Stationery Fair opens on 12 January    ( Company news )

    Company news Value-added seminars address industry’s most current topics

    Organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 15th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will open on 12 January at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The four-day show will host more than 220 exhibitors from the Chinese mainland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, and newcomers Italy, Pakistan and Poland. Of the 13 countries and regions being represented at the show, three will have pavilions from Korea, Taiwan and Thailand.

    Visitors attending the 2015 show can expect to find a wide selection of products ranging from classic stationery to more trendy designs. Available items include writing instruments, paper folders in various patterns and colours, art and DIY materials, schoolbags, creative gift bags, greeting cards and high-tech wireless scanner mouse. Sourcing will be convenient with products categorised into five major zones: DIY Supplies, Gift Stationery, Kids & School, Pen & Paper and Smart Office.

    Value-added seminars address industry’s most current topics
    The fair’s fringe events have consistently been a cornerstone to its success, and this is no different for the upcoming edition. Several of the industry’s most talked-about topics will be covered in seminars presented by well-known industry experts.
    One of the noteworthy seminars is “Stationery Design Trend 2015” hosted by Mr Paul Poon, Head of Design at Ten Design Stationery. Mr Poon will discuss how the values of brand and design can enhance sales performance in an increasingly competitive market.
    Another pressing industry topic surrounds the growing popularity of digital products. Speakers of the seminar on “Stationery – Traditional VS Digital?” will analyse and explore how companies should evolve with new technologies to keep abreast of industry trends.

    Environmental friendliness is gaining more attention from businesses and consumers. Mr Billy Potts, Co-founder for Handsome Co, will engage participants in a seminar on “From Recycling to Up-cycling”. Mr Potts will look closely at the evolution of attitudes amongst companies, both large and small, towards the environment and sustainability. He will share his own experience working with clients who are becoming increasingly supportive for environmental causes.

    Held alongside the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be “My Favourite Stationery 2015”. This event aims to encourage the creation of innovative stationery, and draws industry players’ attention to the latest trends. Buyers vote for their favourite items online among a pool of creative entries. The results will be officially announced on 13 January during the networking reception. Fair attendees will be able to view the winning products and other entries in the display area at the Hall 5B entrance, as well as on the show’s website. Another highlight will be the “Buyer Forum – Business Opportunities in Southeast Asia”, which a comprehensive outlook on the region’s opportunities and challenges for the year ahead will be presented by buyers from India, Malaysia and Taiwan.
    (Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC))
     
    08.01.2015   SCA's board chairman leaves his assignment in 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA’s Chairman of the Board Sverker Martin-Löf (photo) has informed the company's principal owners, that he is not available for re-election at the annual general meetings during the spring 2016 in the listed companies, where he currently holds board assignments.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    08.01.2015   Pratt Industries to Open New Corrugated Box Factory in Wisconsin     ( Company news )

    Company news Pratt Industries continues its fast-paced expansion with the announcement it will begin construction on a new $52 million corrugated box factory in Wisconsin next Spring. The proposed 350,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility, which will be built on a 56-acre site in Beloit, will produce approximately 600 tons of recycled boxes a day at capacity, the equivalent of saving more than 10,000 trees every 24 hours.

    Photo: The planned Wisconsin facility will be very similar to the one we opened in Lewisburg, Ohio earlier this year.

    It’s expected to be fully operational by January, 2016 and represents the company’s 7th major expansion initiative in 2014. These include groundbreaking on a $260 million recycled paper mill, start up of two recycling facilities and a display packaging plant, the official opening of a box plant similar in size to the proposed Wisconsin operation and the acquisition of a display company in Tennessee.

    “This is a memorable day for our company,” said Pratt Chairman Anthony Pratt. “This plant will be our first ever in the great state of Wisconsin and is a perfect fit with our aggressive growth strategy to increase our manufacturing footprint and capabilities in the Midwest.

    “We can’t wait to open for business here and I’d like to thank Governor Walker as well as officials at the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and representatives of both Rock County and the City for Beloit for their can-do attitude and willingness to welcome and work with new businesses.”

    Pratt said the company was committed to providing 140 full-time jobs at the facility when it reached full capacity – as well as approximately 200 during the construction phase – a move hailed by Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

    “I’m pleased that Pratt Industries—after seriously considering sites in three other Midwest states—has decided to locate the new facility in Wisconsin,” said Gov Walker. “This great news comes one day after new figures show Wisconsin added 16,500 private-sector jobs in November, and companies like Pratt are playing a key role in our state’s continued economic success.”

    The new plant, to be built in the Beloit Gateway Business Park, will convert corrugated container board produced at Pratt’s recycled paper mills into sheets and convert those sheets into finished boxes for distribution throughout the Midwest and beyond.

    Pratt said not only would the Beloit facility boast the most advanced technologies in the packaging industry, but it would also be a showcase for environmental responsibility. Aside from using 100% recycled paper in its box-making process, the plant will also use the latest in water reclamation technology, and will eventually reduce discharge into the local sewer system to zero. All fork lifts and grab trucks will operate on compressed natural gas instead of propane, further reducing harmful carbon emissions.
    (Pratt Industries)
     
    08.01.2015   Celupaper S.A. to invest in third tissue machine at Nicaragua mill in Argentina    ( Company news )

    Company news Celupaper S.A., part of Grupo Vual, South American leading regional player producing pulp and tissue, has signed a contract with Toscotec for a new PM3 tissue machine and a rebuilding of the existing PM2 at Papelera Nicaragua in Argentina.

    Vual is an Argentinian group, owned by the Speranza family, specialized in the manufacturing and trading of tissue paper products, including napkins, towels and toilet paper, as well as the production of virgin pulp.
    Today the group has three manufacturing plants (Jose Juan Yapur, Celupaper and Papelera Nicaragua), one pulp manufacturing plant (Celulosa Alto Vale) and distribution centers located in Santa Fe, Córdoba, Bahia Blanca and Buenos Aires employing more than 700 people.
    With these new projects Grupo Vual will reach an annual total tissue production of 75,000 tons.

    Based on an intensive energy-saving concept, PM3’s delivery includes the approach flow system featuring ultimate Toscotec technology TT SAF®, a MODULO tissue machine with single-layer headbox, single press configuration and Toscotec steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-2500MM. The supply will also comprise an electrification and controls package, Milltech gas heated hood and steam & condensate system.
    Erection supervision, start-up assistance and training services complete Toscotec’s scope of supply.
    The new line will enable the optimization of the production cycle, both in terms of flexibility and energy costs, and a production of 50 tons a day of different grades of high-quality tissue. Start-up is foreseen for 2nd half of 2015.

    The PM2 rebuild has been designed to reconfigure the existing Fourdrinier machine. The new TT SuctionPressRoll-SPR820 and the steel yankee dryer TT SYD-2500MM, will be installed within the 1st Q 2015. The installation will allow to increase the production speed as well as to guarantee a considerable energy savings and improve paper quality.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    08.01.2015   Move and modernize project for Dunapak Dentaş in Turkey    ( Company news )

    Company news The Dentaş Dunapack group, part of the Austrian Prinzhorn Holding, manufactures corrugated board at three locations in Turkey. The company supplies to some 3,000 customers across the agriculture, and food and beverage sectors, and is the fourth largest manufacturer of corrugated board in Turkey.
    Dentaş has placed an order with Bellmer to modernize PM 3 at its plant in Corlu. Parts of the upgraded PM will come from a paper machine which Hamburg Austria Containerboard (also a subsidiary of the Prinzhorn Holding) shut down at its Frohnleiten mill in 2013. The move and modernize project is a Bellmer speciality. Most of PM 3’s output in Corlu is testliner and fluting.
    With a width of 2550 mm, the system is narrower than the machine in Frohnleiten, but the necessary adjustments will be made by Bellmer.

    The Bellmer scope of delivery includes the dismantling of the Frohnleitner press section including shoe press, pope reeler and slitter rewinder.

    The overhaul of these key components will be carried out in Niefern. The rest of the project comprises new frame elements for the wire and press section, a new transfer stabilizer in the dryer section and new control software.

    The reassembly of the overhauled components and „made in Niefern“ new parts will take place in the 4th quarter of 2014 in Corlu.
    (Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik)
     
    08.01.2015   Verso Completes Acquisition of NewPage    ( Company news )

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

    Photo: David J. Paterson, Verso's president and chief executive officer

    Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading North American producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, announced the completion of its acquisition of NewPage Holdings Inc. The transaction, valued at approximately $1.4 billion, originally was announced on January 6, 2014. With the completion of the NewPage acquisition, Verso will have approximately $3.5 billion in annual sales and approximately 5,800 employees in eight mills across six states.

    "The combination of Verso and NewPage creates a stronger, more stable company with an effective strategy to weather industry headwinds and reduce operating costs, while ensuring our customers continue to benefit from the distinctive quality and service that they have come to expect from us," said David J. Paterson, Verso's president and chief executive officer. "We continue to face increased competition from electronic substitution for print and from international producers, but as a larger, more efficient organization with a sustainable capital structure, we are better positioned to deliver solid results despite the industry's continuing challenges."
    The combination is expected to result in substantial cost synergies over the next 18 months. "With the complementary asset base and shared strategic focus on coated paper manufacturing, this acquisition represents a relatively low integration risk, so we remain confident that we can deliver the synergies within the expected timeframe," Paterson said.

    "This combination and the related financial transactions have created value for the securities holders of both companies," said Mark Angelson, chairman of NewPage. "Our customers, our employees and the communities in which they live and work will be in able hands with the new Verso team as they navigate the turbulent waters of this challenging industry. I thank our directors and management for a job well done in safely landing our ship, and wish the Verso team well going forward."

    Divestiture of Biron and Rumford Mills
    In a related transaction, immediately prior to Verso's acquisition of NewPage, NewPage completed the divestiture of its paper mill in Biron, Wisconsin, and its pulp and paper mill in Rumford, Maine, to Catalyst Paper Operations Inc., a subsidiary of Catalyst Paper Corporation. The divestiture, originally announced on October 30, 2014, was undertaken pursuant to a settlement with the United States Department of Justice that enabled the NewPage acquisition to proceed.

    Name Change
    Promptly after the NewPage acquisition was completed, Verso changed its name from Verso Paper Corp. to Verso Corporation. The name change symbolizes Verso's intention to broaden its business platform and seek alternative revenue streams to augment its core printing papers, specialty papers and pulp segments. Verso's ticker symbol on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: VRS) will remain the same. Verso's website address has been changed to www.versoco.com.

    Leadership and Governance
    As previously announced, Verso's existing senior leadership team will continue to lead the organization, with Paterson continuing as president and CEO. The rest of Verso's senior leadership team consists of the following persons, each of whom currently is an executive of Verso:
    -Lyle J. Fellows, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Energy, is responsible for the mill and converting network, forest resources, manufacturing technology and energy.
    -Robert P. Mundy, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has responsibility for all financial areas, including financial planning and analysis, tax, corporate finance and treasury functions, accounting and audit functions, and investor relations.
    -Michael A. Weinhold, Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, is responsible for sales, marketing, e-commerce, new business development, planning, logistics, customer service, field technical sales, product development and pricing management.
    -Peter H. Kesser, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, has responsibility for all legal matters, including governance and compliance.
    -Kenneth D. Sawyer, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Communications, is responsible for all human resources and people systems, including talent management and development, labor relations, performance management, compensation and benefits, as well as communications and public affairs.
    -Benjamin Hinchman, IV, Vice President and Chief Information Officer, has responsibility for the planning, development and operation of all information technology systems.
    -Joseph C. Duffy, Vice President of Integrated Planning and Control, is responsible for the integration of the two companies and other business coordination and planning activities.

    In addition, following the NewPage acquisition, Verso's board of directors increased its size from 9 to 10 directors and elected Robert M. Amen, formerly a director of NewPage, to serve as a director of Verso. Mr. Amen will serve as a Class I director whose term expires at Verso's 2015 annual meeting of stockholders. It is anticipated that Mr. Amen will be nominated for election by Verso's stockholders at such meeting to serve for a term of three years.

    Adjustment of Debt Securities
    Adjustable Second Lien Notes
    As a result of the consummation of the NewPage acquisition, and effective as of its closing date, the provisions of the Adjustable Second Lien Notes issued by Verso Paper Holdings LLC and Verso Paper Inc. were adjusted as follows: (1) the principal amount of the notes has been adjusted such that a holder of $1,000 principal amount of notes immediately prior to the acquisition now will hold $593.75 principal amount of notes (any adjusted notes that do not bear an authorized denomination will be rounded down); (2) the maturity date of the notes has been extended from February 1, 2019, to August 1, 2020; (3) the interest rate has been adjusted such that the notes bear interest from and after the NewPage acquisition date at a rate of 10% per annum payable entirely in cash plus 3% per annum payable entirely by increasing the principal amount of the outstanding notes or by issuing additional notes; (4) the optional redemption provisions have been adjusted as provided in the indenture governing the notes; and (5) certain other terms and conditions of the notes have been modified as set forth in the indenture governing the notes. As a result of the principal adjustment, the outstanding principal amount of the Adjustable Second Lien Notes was reduced by approximately $121.6 million from about $299.4 million before the NewPage closing date to approximately $177.7 million afterwards.

    Adjustable Subordinated Notes
    As a result of the consummation of the NewPage acquisition, and effective as of its closing date, the provisions of the Adjustable Subordinated Notes issued by Verso Paper Holdings LLC and Verso Paper Inc. were adjusted as follows: (1) the principal amount of the notes has been adjusted such that a holder of $1,000 principal amount of notes immediately prior to the acquisition now will hold $620 principal amount of notes (any adjusted notes that do not bear an authorized denomination will be rounded down); (2) the maturity date of the notes has been extended from August 1, 2016, to August 1, 2020; (3) the interest rate has been adjusted such that the notes bear interest from and after the NewPage acquisition date at a rate of 11% per annum payable entirely in cash plus 5% per annum payable entirely by increasing the principal amount of the outstanding notes or by issuing additional notes; (4) the optional redemption provisions have been adjusted as provided in the indenture governing the notes; and (5) certain other terms and conditions of the notes have been modified as set forth in the indenture governing the notes. As a result of the principal adjustment, the outstanding principal amount of the Adjustable Subordinated Notes was reduced by approximately $38.8 million from about $102.0 million before the NewPage closing date to approximately $63.2 million afterwards.

    Conversion of Warrants
    As a result of the consummation of the NewPage acquisition, and effective as of its closing date, a total of 14,701,832 warrants were mandatorily converted into a like number of shares of Verso common stock, without the payment of consideration. Verso originally issued the warrants on August 1, 2014, as part of the debt exchange offers in which the Adjustable Second Lien Notes and the Adjustable Subordinated Notes were issued.

    Transaction Advisors
    In connection with the NewPage acquisition and related financing transactions, Evercore, Barclays and Credit Suisse served as Verso's M&A advisors, and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, and Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP provided legal services to Verso. Goldman, Sachs & Co. served as NewPage's M&A advisor, and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP provided legal services to NewPage.
    (Verso Paper Corp.)
     
    08.01.2015   Successful opening for new logistics center in Oberkirch    ( Company news )

    Our logistics center incorporating an automatic high-bay warehouse, pallet conveying equipment, central packaging system, and associated IT systems, began trial operation successfully and punctually on December 3. Our most important task now is to optimize, test, and increase the availability of its systems. This will require full commitment from everyone involved. I would like to thank everyone who has been part of this project. I would also like to congratulate you on your performance, and especially on the fact that we have not had a single reportable accident.
    We have already completed our environmental protection compensatory activities in compliance with our Green Space Plan, and trees have been planted around the high-bay warehouse.
    Technical Director Werner Ruckenbrod (photo) sent us the following message a few days ago: “I was delighted and relieved to receive Mr. Uhl’s news that our cutting and logistics center in Oberkirch
    – or Project Oberkirch for short – has successfully entered trial operation. The most important milestone was reached today on the dot. My warmest congratulations to you for this outstanding achievement. On behalf of the entire Board I would like to thank everyone who has been responsible for and participated in this project – especially the project managers – for its success. And of course I include in my thanks andcongratulations all the outside companies involved in the project. We can already be very proud of our new cutting and logistics center. But we know that there is still much to be done until we have achieved all our project aims. That is why I would like to wish you every strength and continued success.”
    (Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)
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    07.01.2015   Gardner Electric of Saint John Awarded $1.3 Million Contract by Irving Pulp & Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Gardner Electric of Saint John has been awarded a $1.3 million contract from Irving Pulp & Paper, Limited to supply and install all of the lighting and electrical building services for the current Pulp Mill Modernization project underway in West Saint John.

    The contract is expected to generate up to 15,000 person hours of work for local electricians and apprentices with support from supervisor and office staff positions.

    The 12-month contract includes installation of 6500 feet of cable trays, which will carry about 43,000 feet of electrical cable to power the new chip plant and the new cook plant at the mill.

    Gardner Electric will also install LED lighting for both buildings, as well as all receptacles, welding receptacles, fire alarms, and emergency exit lighting.

    “A project like this keeps local businesses going. It’s very important to have local contractors participating. It keeps our workers home - they don’t have to leave New Brunswick,” said Paul Dickson, Project Manager of Gardner Electric. “We’re proud to be one of the many New Brunswick companies working on the Irving Pulp Mill modernization project.”

    Gardner Electric has been in business in Saint John for over 30 years. Over the years, the company has been a valued local contractor for JDI forest products operations on many projects, large and small.
    (Irving Pulp & Paper Limited)
     
    07.01.2015   Domino integrates 1000th coder to its market-leading QuickDesign Platform    ( Company news )

    Company news Domino has reached a milestone with the integration of its 1000th coder to the QuickDesign platform, at food supplier Rose Poultry, based in Denmark.

    This marks a noteworthy achievement for Domino, which has seen the demand for Coding Automation software expand dramatically in recent years.

    With QuickDesign Domino has enabled new solutions and introduced a standard for European, US and Asian markets, cementing its position as a global authority in Coding Automation.

    Frank Johansson, Technical Manager at Domino Systems AS (Denmark), comments: “Our objective is not only to supply market leading printers, but also to provide added value solutions for time saving, error reduction and automation. Rose Poultry is very pleased to have integrated the 1000th coder, an A420i continuous ink jet (CIJ) printer, to QuickDesign and they are already benefiting from the rich set of features on their production lines.”

    The QuickDesign suite is a message design and print control software with a flexible configuration that enables central factory-wide control of production line messages for primary, secondary and tertiary coding operations. Easy to use and integrate across a wide range of technologies, it provides users with a scalable solution to ensure compliant and consistent coding is maintained throughout production lines.

    Also helping to streamline coding operations are a range of features that include a highly configurable Operator Mode that helps minimise operator error and the possibility to integrate QuickDesign to external data sources, including ERP or product databases. This last feature allows data to be stored correctly in a central location for best practice data management.

    Further improving Rose Poultry’s coding operations is the installation of six A420i printers using black 1BK004i ink. One of the most efficient and reliable CIJ printers available, the A420i offers the lowest total cost of ownership of any ink jet printer thanks to the i-Tech (intelligent Technology) service-free ink system that delivers ultra-low makeup usage, reducing costs and operator intervention.

    Frank Johansson concludes: “Innovative and versatile software is playing an increasingly vital role in streamlining production efficiencies and driving productivity. The combination of the A420i technology and the QuickDesign software is a formidable proposition that ensures minimal downtime and allows customers like Rose Poultry to focus on the core areas of their business.”
    (Domino UK Ltd)
     
    07.01.2015   Muller Martini at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015 - World Premiere: Muller Martini to Present ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... its New Perfect Binder

    Muller Martini will showcase a new perfect binder for the lower and medium performance range at Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne. A new solution will also be presented for saddle stitching: the Presto II Digital combined with a Stahlfolder TH 56 folding machine.

    The new perfect binder, whose name will be revealed at the trade fair, marks Muller Martini’s entry into a new market segment. Whether for medium or short runs, right down to runs of one copy, the all-rounder stands for flawless quality, regardless of whether brochures are produced using offset or digital printing.

    The compact perfect binder’s wide range of features enable it to be used extremely flexibly. Photo books, personalized catalogs and high-quality brochures can be produced cost-effectively thanks to short setup and production times, which are indispensable for ultra-short runs and book-of-one production, as will be demonstrated impressively by the production of four different products at Muller Martini’s booth S3.

    Saddle Stitching of Digitally Printed Products
    Muller Martini will also present an innovative solution for saddle stitching. The Presto II Digital saddle stitcher will be displayed with a Stahlfolder TH 56 folding machine featuring a flat pile feeder. The complete system provides new options for the industrial finishing of digitally printed products.
    The Presto II Digital saddle stitcher not only processes digitally printed content from flat pile sheets or web, but can also be used for products using conventional printing methods. That means graphic arts companies are equipped for both offset and digital, providing them with a particularly high degree of investment protection. Three different products will be produced continuously and live at Muller Martini’s booth S3 at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
     
    07.01.2015   Sunshine Paper relies on Bellmer Kufferath Machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Chinese Sunshine Paper group produces packaging and decor paper in several paper mills. One of them, Changle Mill in Shandong province, produces packaging papers from OCC. The sludge produced in mechanical and biological waste water treatment used to be dewatered using belt presses and burned in the boiler. However its caloric value was small due to low dry content. In order to increase the contribution of sludge to energy production and thus to reduce the emission of carbon dioxide from coal combustion, the customer decided to replace the existing machines with Bellmer Kufferath sludge dewatering plants.
    The first line, consisting of a flocculation reactor, an AKSE S 175/08 disc thickener and an AKUPRESS BX 1000 LL-H screw press, was delivered in March 2014 and started up in May. After a few days of operation the specified cake dryness of 60 % was achieved and the throughput exceeded expectations.

    The new machines are fully closed, which avoids the emission of humidity and odour in the building. The outstanding performance of Bellmer Kufferath and of the installed system convinced the customer to replace more belt presses. The second, identical, screw press line will be installed shortly and started up in the fourth quarter of 2014.
    (Bellmer Kufferath Machinery GmbH)
     
    07.01.2015   Clearwater Paper Announces Sale of Specialty Mills to Dunn Paper, Inc    ( Company news )

    Company news Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW)(the "Company") announced the Company has sold its specialty products business and mills to Dunn Paper, Inc. The Company intends to reinvest the net proceeds of the sale into capital projects within its Consumer Products Division.

    The transaction, which closed on December 30, includes the sale of five Clearwater Paper subsidiaries with facilities located at East Hartford, Conn., Menominee, Mich., Gouverneur (Natural Dam), N.Y., St. Catharines, Ontario, and Wiggins, Miss.

    "The sale of the specialty products business sharpens our Consumer Products Division's focus on the core retail business," said Linda Massman, president and CEO. "It's about improving our approach and efficiencies in all parts of our business while meeting or surpassing our customers' expectations, and our Company financial goals. We believe that the capital projects in which we will invest the proceeds of this sale can yield a 300 to 400 basis point improvement in the Consumer Product Division's EBITDA margins over the next three years."

    "On behalf of Clearwater Paper, we sincerely thank the specialty products team for their hard work and commitment to providing our customers with high-quality products and services," said Massman.

    470 specialty products employees are now employees of Dunn Paper.

    "We are very pleased to welcome the exceptional people who lead and work at these specialty mills to the Dunn Paper team," said Brent Earnshaw, CEO of Dunn Paper. "Combining the unique assets, capabilities and products of these mills with Dunn Paper's Port Huron mill will lead to a specialty paper company with unmatched product offerings for our diverse customer base."

    FBR Capital Markets & Co., led by Matthew Spain, advised Clearwater Paper on the sale of the specialty products business. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP acted as legal advisor to Clearwater Paper.
    (Clearwater Paper Corporation)
     
    07.01.2015   First information on the 24th IMPS - International Munich Paper Symposium    ( Company news )

    Company news For the 24th time, one of the major annual European conferences in paper technology, the IMPS - INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM is going to take place in the modern Sheraton München Arabellapark Conference Center from 11-13 March 2015. The theme of the meeting is “Progress in Board and Paper Technology”, and while almost all of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines play a very important role.
    As you may notice from the programme, all presentations deal with first important results of technological improvements directly from board, paper, and tissue mills.
    The IMPS is always focused on specific topics related to the paper manufacturing and paper supplying industry. In contrast to many very large conferences, the IMPS will host not more than about 450 participants, in a superb first class atmosphere. It is intended to provide an international platform for people engaged in the field of board, paper and printing technology. The conference will be bilingual (English+German) with highest quality simultaneous translation.
    Registration can easily be done online or via written form at www.paper-online.de. The fee of 1390 Euro (plus 50 Euro after January 15st, 2015) plus VAT includes a number of services: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as files, superb lunches and a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, and, as far as places are available, an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institutes of Munich University of Applied Sciences and, finally, on Thursday evening a fascinating cultural event.
    Munich University of Applied Sciences hosts one of the biggest European international paper departments for students from all over the world and offers since 10 years the Master of Engineering in Paper Technology completely taught in English.
    Please be aware that the IMPS 2013 and IMPS 2014 with more than 450 participants, from 228 companies and from 26 countries were completely sold out.
    (IMPS Management Ltd & Co. KG)
     
    06.01.2015   Södra forms Sustainability Unit    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainability has always been central to Södra and, in conjunction with the review of sustainability work in 2014, the company has decided to strengthen its organisation and structure. As of 2015, work and resources in this area will be gathered under a central staff function, the Sustainability Unit.

    The unit will be established on 1 January 2015 and will report to Lars Idermark, President and CEO. A sustainability strategy has been prepared as part of Södra's 2020 Group Strategy, to ensure that sustainability work will be systemised and communicated in a concise and clear manner. This process will also involve a gradual adaptation of working methods in line with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). Södra aims to implement reporting according to the GRI's G4 guidelines as of 2016.

    The present Environmental Director, Roine Morin, will become head of the unit. In addition to Roine Morin, the staff will include environmental coordinator Elisabeth Dahlén, environmental and energy coordinator Eva Gustafsson, energy coordinator Nilla Dahlin, sustainability coordinator Kristina Altner, and Anders Rydne who will replace Eva while she is on parental leave.

    The Sustainability Unit will be responsible for the overall coordination of environmental, energy and sustainability issues, and will manage and support development issues in the Södra Group.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    06.01.2015   Mike Markillie Promoted to Vice President of Sales, Marketing, & Technical Services    ( Company news )

    Company news Thiele Kaolin Company is pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2015, Mike Markillie will assume the role of Vice President of Sales, Marketing, & Technical Services. Mr. Markillie has been elected to the position by Thiele’s Board of Directors to replace Mr. Eric Tillirson who will assume the role of President in early 2015.
    Mr. Markillie has become a proven leader throughout his nearly 40 year
    career, gaining experience in sales, marketing, and product management roles.
    Before joining Thiele, he worked in prior roles with Hercules Incorporated, Georgia–Pacific, A.E. Staley, and Western Polymer Corporation.
    Mr. Markillie joined Thiele Kaolin Company in 2005 as the North American Sales Manager and was promoted to the role of Worldwide Director of Sales and Technical Services in October 2013.
    (Thiele Kaolin Company)

     
    06.01.2015   Pöyry awarded engineering assignment for Metsä Board Husum new folding boxboard machine ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...project in Sweden

    Metsä Board has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for engineering consultancy, laser scanning, 3D modelling, detail engineering and site services for the new folding boxboard machine project at their Husum Mill in Sweden. The assignment is a continuation of the pre-feasibility and the pre-engineering services performed by Pöyry and it covers the majority of the required engineering services related to the implementation of the project.

    The assignment will be executed during the autumn of 2015 and the new board machine scheduled to start up in the first quarter of 2016. The capacity of the new board machine is approximately 400 000 tonnes per year of folding boxboard.

    "This project is a continuation of the long co-operation between Metsä Board and Pöyry, and strengthens Pöyry's position as the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy, having delivered projects for 80% of the world's major pulp and paper companies", says Nicholas Oksanen, President, Industry Business Group.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Industry Business Line order stock in Q4 2014.
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
     
    05.01.2015   UPDATE IN RELATION TO MARKET CONDITIONS IN EUROPE AND COMMENCEMENT OF ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...STRATEGIC REVIEW

    During the past month there have been several material market developments in Europe and as a consequence, the Board of PaperlinX Limited has adopted a more cautious stance on the outlook for Europe and is commencing a strategic review in relation to Paper Associates Pty Ltd, the holding company for PaperlinX’s European, Asian (excluding Australia and New Zealand) and Canadian operations.
    PaperlinX continues to diversify and grow its operations beyond paper merchanting into visual technology solutions, packaging and most recently 3D printing, which continue to demonstrate promising prospects for the Company.
    Overall paper consumption in Europe fell more than expected in the first half and strategic market moves by some suppliers and competitors are causing further pressure on market pricing. Due to the structural issues in the European market, we expect these issues to continue until there is further industry restructuring and further reduction in capacity by the major mill groups.
    It is against this backdrop in Europe that the PaperlinX Board has engaged Moelis and Company and Deloitte (Europe) to conduct a strategic review of Paper Associates Pty Ltd to evaluate the changing market landscape and options for its various businesses with an emphasis on strategy, market outlook, efficient capital utilisation and strategic options. The Board expects that this review will be concluded prior to the end of March 2015 and will update the market accordingly.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
     
    05.01.2015   PulpEye unit sold to SCA R&D Centre    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA R&D Centre has bought a PulpEye unit with an inbuilt CrillEye unit. It replaces their present fibre analyser equipment. The equipment will be used in their product development as well as in the project “Improved fines material control” where SCA, Mid Sweden University and PulpEye are project partners. It is a project in the research school FORIC that starts in January 2015 with the first seminars.

    Photo: Mats Söderberg SCA R&D Centre, Per Engstrand and Håkan Edlund MiUn, Karin Persson, Bengt Wikman and Carl-Magnus Olsson SCA R&D Centre, Öjvind Sundsvall, Mathias Lundberg and Anders Forsberg PulpEye AB.

    SCA R&D Centre, located in Sundsvall, conducts mill and market driven R&D mainly for SCA Forest Products units. It covers the complete value chain from the raw material in the forest to the final products in the hands of the customer. SCA cooperates closely with Mid-Sweden University which buildings are connected to each other. SCA R&D Centre cooperates also with many other partners, for example external research institutes, universities and a number of machine and chemical suppliers.

    “I am very pleased that SCA R&D Centre has chosen PulpEye as their new fibre analysing equipment,” Öjvind Sundvall comments. “The contribution of crill to paper and board properties have been known for a while but it has not been possible to measure it online in a reliable way. However, with our CrillEye module coupled to ExtractEye calculation module, this is now reality and it was a contributing factor for SCA R&D Centre to buy PulpEye.”

    “Mattias Lundberg, a PulpEye employee and Ph.D. student at FORIC research school at Mid Sweden University, will run the “Improved fines material control” project where SCA, Mid Sweden University and we are project partners. The new PulpEye equipment with its CrillEye module will play an important role in this project,” Öjvind Sundvall finishes.

    “For the researchers at FSCN, Mid Sweden University, this new CrillEye-machine is very valuable. We have close cooperation with SCA R&D Centre and PulpEye and I am very satisfied with the additional research we can develop with the CrillEye module, “ Per Engstrand says, professor in High Yield Pulping Technology at FSCN, Mid Sweden University. “It fits in perfect with our existing machines in the labs. I also hope that it will help us to develop our research and networks even more the coming years while we now start the new research school for industry employed researchers, FORIC, with 15 new PhD students.”
    (PulpEye AB)
     
    05.01.2015   Horizon Pulp & Paper inaugurated new Lime Kiln and Wood Processing Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Horizon Pulp & Paper (Horizon), a leading sack kraft producer in Estonia, officially inaugurated the company’s new Lime Kiln and Wood Processing Line that will increase the mill’s production efficiency. Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia, launched the Wood Processing Line during his visit to Horizon.

    The new Lime Kiln that became operational in 2014 enables Horizon Pulp & Paper to recycle more than 90 percent of the lime used in the production. Besides contributing effectively to cleaner environment, this also reduces the usage of natural resource lime.

    “The investment of about €11m reinforces the company’s commitment towards environment protection. Leading global industry technologist, FLSmidth Group, supplied the equipment for the Kiln. The process is fully automated and operated through DCS system”, said Mr Bashyam Krishnan, CEO of Horizon Pulp & Paper.

    For the Lime Kiln investment, €3.8m was received through the Environmental Investments Centre of Estonia from the means of the European Cohesion Fund. SEB Pank co-financed the Lime Kiln and Wood Processing Line.

    Group ANDRITZ, an international technology leader, supplied equipment for the state-of-the-art wood processing line, a total investment of approximately €4m.

    In the pulp-making process, the quality of the pulp fibre depends on the wood chip quality. The selected line presents the latest wood processing technology and consists of log infeed, debarking unit, chipper and chip screen.

    According to Mr Krishnan, the new technology improves the chip quality thereby enabling to achieve full potential of the plant’s recent investments for advanced pulp cooking and washing processes, leading to improved quality of paper produced.
    (Horizon Pulp & Paper Ltd)
     
    05.01.2015   Toscotec to supply a new AHEAD Tissue Line to JSC Syassky Pulp & Paper Mill in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news Syassky Pulp and Paper Mill, based in St. Petersburg, Russia has signed a contract with the Italian manufacturer Toscotec for the supply of a new tissue line at its mill in Syasstroy, in the Leningrad region of Russia.
    The new Toscotec AHEAD tissue machine, designed for production of high quality tissue products, will replace the existing PM3 after its dismantling and will come on stream in first half of 2016.

    In line with a huge investment process put in progress in the last years and to better expand its growing market in terms of quantity and quality, Syassky Pulp and Paper Mill has decided to invest in the new PM3 line adopting Toscotec’s state of the art latest technology with the aim of improving products offer and reduce the mill's energy costs.

    The scope of supply of the new PM3 includes AHEAD-1.5M crescent former tissue machine with a single layer headbox, single press configuration with suction pressure roll TT SPR1045, a 12 FT diameter Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-12FT and a reel section TT Reel-P.

    The delivery will also include the approach flow system, stock preparation plant, gas heated hood and steam & condensate system from Toscotec associate Milltech, as well as electrification & control system. Engineering and services (erection supervision, commissioning & start up assistance, training) complete the package.
    Machine speed will be up to 1400 mpm with a trim width of 4200 mm, for a daily production of 125 tons both from dry and slush pulps.

    This new order from the Russian Company to Toscotec confirms the successful cooperation between the two companies begun in 2009.
    The Syasstroy’s site already houses a AHEAD-1.5M tissue machine supplied by the Italian manufacturer in 2012 to replace the existing PM2 as well as two rewinders TT WIND-H (for PM2 and PM3 lines) that came on stream in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    05.01.2015   Nippon Paper Industries Announces Printing Paper and Communication Paper Price Revisions    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. ("the Company"; President: Fumio Manoshiro) has announced price revisions for printing paper and communication paper in the domestic market to all its agencies.

    Products subject to price revisions: All kinds of Printing paper and communication paper, and converting paper

    Markup: Minimum 10%

    Timing of implementation: From Febrary 1, 2015 shipment

    Reason for implementation: While the rapid depreciation of Japanese yen trend continues, the prices of raw materials and fuels are in an upward trend. Although the Company has made sustained efforts to reduce costs, it has proven difficult to absorb all the cost increases through the Company's own efforts, and it was decided that there was no alternative but to pass the cost on to the product prices.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

     
    05.01.2015   Atlas Copco expands its vacuum solutions     ( Company news )

    Company news Introduced extended vacuum solutions portfolio for rough and medium vacuum in Q2 2014 and announces pioneering vacuum technology will be unveiled in early 2015

    Atlas Copco has recently introduced a new portfolio of vacuum products which can support the specific vacuum needs of customers across a range of markets, and many common vacuum applications.
    Beside the new range of 2-stage oil-sealed rotary vane vacuum pumps, Atlas Copco also introduced a new range of vacuum booster pumps, piston pumps, liquid ring pumps and steam ejectors. This new portfolio can support industries including mining, cement, paper, refineries and food, as well as industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, refrigeration, glass, bottling, canning and woodworking.
    In early 2015 an innovative, intelligent vacuum pump will be introduced - the GHS VSD+ - representing a real leap forward in the vacuum industry.
    The GHS VSD+ Series is a new range of highly efficient, intelligent vacuum pumps with Variable Speed Drive (VSD) from Atlas Copco. Based on the well-known and durable plug-and-play design principles of Atlas Copco compressors, these vacuum pumps have been designed by vacuum engineers to deliver peak performance at operating pressures commonly found in industrial applications.

    The GHS VSD+ series offer:
    -Energy savings of around 50%
    -A state-of-the-art technology, variable speed drive (VSD) and innovative motor design combine to produce a leap forward in efficiency to dramatically reduce lifecycle costs.
    -Significantly better performance against benchmarked oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pump.
    -Quiet operation – Noise levels are around half that of comparable technologies.
    -Sustainable productivity due to built-in efficiency. Conforms to energy management and environmental commitments according to ISO 50001/14001.
    -Reduced environmental impact due to ultra-high oil retention at all operating pressures – from ultimate pressure to atmospheric pressure.
    (Atlas Copco Kompressoren und Drucklufttechnik GmbH)
     
    05.01.2015   Valmet to invest in a new services center in Asia-Pacific    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has decided to build a new services center in Indonesia, which is one of the key markets in Asia-Pacific for Valmet's products and services. The new service center will be located in the Jakarta area on the island of Java, and it will be fully operational at the beginning of 2017.
    "We see good opportunities for services growth in the Asia-Pacific area. After the investment, we'll be able to provide our Asia-Pacific pulp, paper and energy customers with a much wider services offering. Our offering will expand to include roll services, boiler services, fiber workshop services, mill improvement solutions, paper machine clothing, and filter fabrics," says Jukka Tiitinen (photo), Business Line President, Services at Valmet.

    Strengthening local presence
    "This investment supports Valmet's activities in the area to a great extent. We are present close to where our customers operate. We deliver environmentally sound technologies and services and promote sustainable development in every way. Customers' performance improvements and competitiveness are key issues for us," points out Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia-Pacific at Valmet.
    The center will serve Valmet's pulp, paper and energy customers throughout the Asia-Pacific area. Valmet has a large installed base in the area, providing a good platform for services to grow.
    Today, Valmet operates Asia-Pacific service centers in Thailand, South Korea and Australia.
    "The new service center in Indonesia will bring us significantly closer to the customers in the area," concludes Tiitinen.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    30.12.2014   Kemira: Position paper on water reuse published    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira is committed to enabling our customers to use water, energy and raw materials in the most efficient way, and is continuously searching for improvements. We constantly follow, investigate and manage issues important to us, the chemical industry and our stakeholders.

    As a response to the regulatory process initiated by the European Commission Kemira has published a position paper on water reuse. The paper looks at the importance of water reuse for the European Union, and highlights Kemira’s knowledge and credentials in water treatment. We are dedicated to water reuse, and want to partner with European institutions and stakeholders to address this topic.

    Water reuse is a part of integrated water management, and is technically possible to achieve already today, but harmonized EU level business/regulatory drivers are lacking. To ensure public health and environmental safety, we must standardize the quality of reused water, but not the technology to achieve it. The EU must facilitate innovation in water reuse, while considering the origin and destination of reused water – in short, the right quality for the right purposes.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     

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    Household and sanitary paper goods
    Household and sanitary papers for converting
    Office and exercise goods, general stationery
    Other converted paper and board products
    Paper and board for technical use
    Paper rolls all kinds
    Papers all kinds
    Papers and boards; coated, laminated, impregnated
    Papers for packaging use
    Printing, fine and writing board
    Printing, fine and writing papers
    Pulps and mechanical groundwood pulps
    Sacks, bags, carrier bags

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    Associations and institutions
    Chemicals and raw materials
    Cleaning plants, filtres and filtrations systems
    Drives, gears and motors
    Energy production, energy management
    Machine knives and accessories
    Machines and plants for the wood and pulp industry
    Machines and plants, misc. and printing machines
    Paper and board converting machines
    Paper and board machines and plants
    Paper machine felts and wires, woven wires, screens
    Planning, development and organisation, trade services
    Plants for preparation, dissolving, combusting, recovery
    Pumps all kinds
    Rollers and cylinders
    Test, measuring and control equipments
    Trade journals, magazines
    Ventilation systems; Drying plants
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