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    16.01.2014   Integrated automation - Simple, fast and reliable    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: GEMÜ 651 with fully integrated automation module

    The GEMÜ 651 aseptic valve is a successful symbiosis of the GEMÜ 650 diaphragm valve used in sterile systems and proven instrumentation.
    It has a fully integrated automation module in three different designs. The combi switchbox combines optical position indication by LEDs with electrical position indicator and integrated pilot valves. The version with an integrated positioner also has what has become known as a SpeedAP function to enable fast commissioning. The automation module works using a microprocessor-controlled intelligent position sensor paired with an analogue travel sensor system. In addition, its teach-in function simplifies commissioning.

    Furthermore, the GEMÜ 651 valve has integrated travel and system control. The automation module has AS-interface capability. Due to its compact design, the valve is very well suited for use in the smallest spaces, for example as components of multi-port valve blocks.
    The valve design was developed taking into account the guidelines and recommendations of FDA, EHEDG and GMP. Thanks to integrated air ports, for example, pneumatic connectors between the actuator and pilot valve are not needed.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    16.01.2014   Print, Packaging & Label Innovations Press Release    ( Company news )

    Company news Intec Printing Solutions Limited has announced that it will exhibit at the Print, Packaging & Label Innovations Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 26th and 27th February 2014.

    The company plans to show their incredibly successful Intec EDGE 850 Label Printer and NEW Intec Label Finishing Solution for on demand label printing at the event.
    “It will be an exciting time for Intec at the show this year because we will not only be demonstrating the very popular Intec EDGE 850 but we will also be unveiling the new Intec Label Finishing System and previewing a ground breaking new 5 colour print and packaging system” says Ian Melville, Managing Director of Intec Printing Solutions Limited. “Intec will proudly showcase the latest technology for finishing labels from digital roll to roll based label printers - this will provide customers with a complete finished label printing package and our presence at the show ensures we get these in front of the right audience” states Mr Melville.
    The Intec Label Printing and Finishing System is aimed at anyone looking for an affordable professional label production system – whether it be a label printing company looking for a great on demand full colour label production system with optional variable data – or an organisation looking to bring their label production in house and on demand. Working in synergy with the Intec EDGE 850 Label Printer, the finishing system provides an affordable roll to roll solution using the latest high speed contour cutting systems running up to double the speed of previous solutions, and capable of cutting at up to 3m/min. The Intec finisher also provides laminating and on the fly contour cutting as well as optional matrix removal.
    Intec will also be previewing a new industry leading digital printer, the CS5000, that can print White and Clear toner onto thick boards! With this in mind they will demonstrate how easy it is to produce prototype packaging using new die cutting equipment.
    “The Intec Label Printing Solution can print self-adhesive die cut matrix removed, retained continuous roll labels for a whole range of packaging while the Intec CS5000 can actually print the packaging, handling media up to 400gsm/400micron and up to 1.3 metres long. The Packaging Innovations Show is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our models to prospective buyers” says Terri Winstanley, Head of Marketing and PR. Adding: “This show is a diverse event covering a whole range of printing including labels and packaging, making it ideal for Intec to exhibit at.”
    Intec Printing Solutions will be at Stand E12 in the Print Innovations and Labelling Zone.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Corporation)
    15.01.2014   manroland web systems establishes a dual leadership    ( Company news )

    Company news From January 1, 2014 Joern Gossé (49, picture) joins the executive board of manroland web systems GmbH in Augsburg. He takes over the management together with Eckhard Hoerner-Marass and will be responsible for Sales and Service.
    Joern Gossé shows more than 25 years of experience in leading positions at the printing industry. The skilled Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) (Graduate Engineer, UAS- University of Applied Science) has started his career in 1988 at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Joern Gossé has many years of international experience in sales and service and successfully managed different plants in Germany. Since 2005 he has been Managing Director at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Northern Region, Hamburg. His overall responsibility included the business units sales, service and finance with 130 employees at the plant and a base of 2,500 customers.
    Eckhard Hoerner-Marass stays spokesman of the manroland web systems management. „We are very pleased to have Joern Gossé as a management colleague with his great experience in sales and service and his profound knowledge of the print industry. Together with our well-established management team, we are looking forward to constantly moving onward on the companies road to success”, says Eckhard Hoerner-Marass.
    Despite a weak market at the second half of 2013, manroland web systems could reach a positive result.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
    15.01.2014   'Double Take', the new Dolce Vita designer piece    ( Company news )

    Company news Favini presents the new designer piece for Dolce Vita, the paper that brings the Italian good life to the world of design. Printing like a coated paper but feeling like a natural fine paper, these Italian paper makers know how to make a really special product!
    Called ‘Double Take’, the piece makes a visual play with everyday objects – think you are looking at buttons, then seeing one is a plate with salami and tomatoes as button holes; or another is a set of spectacles until one is a racing bike! Encouraged to see familiar objects in unusual settings can bring them to life, in just the same way that Dolce Vita brings unexpected brilliance to a printing work of high quality.
    Technically Dolce Vita is unsurpassed. The exceptional resolution, brightness and impact of the printed images are the result of a special pigment designed by Favini. Great technical characteristics of rigidity, strength and a special touch make Dolce Vita a perfect choice for a wide range of corporate communications and packaging.
    In keeping with the promise of its name, Dolce Vita is produced using green electrical energy from renewable sources, contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions – and of course it is FSC, no need for a double take on the environment from Favini.
    (Favini Srl)
    15.01.2014   Appleton Coated Makes 2014 Green Resolutions Easier to Keep    ( Company news )

    Company news Appleton Coated is starting 2014 with the resolution to make it easier and more affordable to use coated paper made with post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF).
    It is now offering its category-leading U2:XG® 30% PCRF recycled no.2 coated paper for the same price as its standard 10% PCRF no.2 sheet, Utopia Two®.
    Making ordering easier, it is stocking 69 new U2:XG stock items in its national distribution centers.
    Appleton Coated CEO Doug Osterberg comments, “This pricing move allows brand owners and creatives to specify coated paper that promotes their corporate sustainability measures even as it improves their bottom line costs on printed marketing materials.” He continues, “The new parts are adding efficiency and choice to the merchant and printer sides of the supply chain.”
    U2:XG is the trademarked name for Appleton Coated’s extra green, coated offering in the no.2 coated paper arena. It offers 30% PCRF, is FSC® certified (FSC® C007796), and is produced with Green Power™. This means 100% of the electricity used to manufacture all U2:XG products is matched with renewable energy credits (RECS) from Green-e® certified energy sources – primarily wind.
    Offering gloss, dull and matte finishes, as well as one the few Ivory coated papers still produced in the U.S. The U2:XG product lineup is one of the broadest in the high PCRF no.2 category. Introduced in May 2007, U2:XG is being used by some of the leading brands in North America.
    The first coated paper mill in North America to be Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) certified, Appleton Coated was just named to the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) for environmental transparency, 1 of 25 paper companies worldwide to be so honored. Appleton Coated maintains ISO14001 certification and is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partner. In addition, it is one of six Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
    15.01.2014   Ahlstrom to sell its Paulínia plant in Brazil to Suominen    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Ahlstrom President and CEO Jan Lång

    Ahlstrom Corporation and Suominen Corporation have agreed on the sale of the shares of Ahlstrom Fabricação de Não-Tecidos Ltda to Suominen. The company operates the Brazilian plant of Ahlstrom's former Home and Personal business area.
    Ahlstrom sold its wipes business, the Home and Personal business area, to Suominen in 2011, but the transfer of the Paulínia plant in Brazil was prolonged due to delays in certain required official permissions and subsequent renegotiations between Suominen and Ahlstrom. The enterprise value of the transaction is agreed at EUR 17.5 million. Suominen will finance the acquisition through a convertible hybrid bond issue with a nominal value of EUR 17.5 million.
    Ahlstrom's Home and Personal business area, excluding the Brazilian part of the operation, was transferred to Suominen on October 31, 2011. The plant sold today is located in Paulínia, Brazil, approximately 120 kilometers northwest of São Paulo. The plant was built in 2008 and employs approximately 40 people. All employees will be transferred to Suominen at the closing of the transaction, which is expected to take place in February 2014.
    "We are very pleased that the transfer of Ahlstrom Paulínia and consequently the divestment of our wipes business to Suominen will now be completed. In accordance with our new strategy, Ahlstrom focuses on high performance fiber-based products that aim for a clean and healthy environment," said Jan Lång, President & CEO, Ahlstrom.
    "Finalizing the acquisition of the Paulínia plant marks an important milestone for Suominen. The deal provides us a foothold in the South American markets where we see very exciting growth opportunities," said Nina Kopola, President & CEO, Suominen.
    The transaction requires that the Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting of Suominen will authorize its Board to issue a convertible hybrid bond.

    Ahlstrom to underwrite the convertible hybrid bond issue
    Ahlstrom will sell Ahlstrom Paulínia to Suominen in exchange for cash, and has agreed to underwrite any convertible hybrid capital notes not sold to the market at nominal value.
    Ahlström Capital Group has committed to purchase any notes received by Ahlstrom, at the same nominal value, any time as requested by Ahlstrom within 9.5 months of the closing of the Ahlstrom Paulínia transaction. As compensation Ahlstrom will grant Ahlström Capital an option to acquire Ahlstrom's current 26.9% shareholding in Suominen at a price of EUR 0.50 per share within 10 months of the closing of the transaction. Ahlstrom will, however, retain the right to sell all or part of its shares in Suominen to other parties until Ahlström Capital exercises the option.
    "We are pleased to participate in the completion of the Paulínia factory transaction. We consider it as an interesting opportunity that through commitments made now in the financing arrangement, Ahlström Capital has the possibility to become one of the major shareholders of Suominen," says Panu Routila, President & CEO of Ahlström Capital.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    15.01.2014   With Courage into the Future    ( Company news )

    Company news This is the motto of the 10th International Label Conference. For the tenth time, manufacturers, representatives of branded companies, bottlers, printers, suppliers to the printing industry, trend scouts and designers – and thus the entire value-added and supply chain of products involving labels – will meet in Bad Hofgastein, Austria, from 19 to 21 March 2014.
    The conference aims at sharpening people's awareness and encouraging everyone to courageously think along new lines.

    Increased pressure & speed
    In the past, new strategies were developed every five years or so – today, things are continuously changing, and will continue to do so in the future. Packaging companies, too, feel the pressure of having to adjust to ever more rapid changes in market situations that are driven by growing competition and pricing pressure, more complex products and processes, and increasing globalisation, among other things.

    Integrated view to packaging and courage to think along new lines
    In future, it will be even more essential to focus not purely on technologies and machinery when developing new packaging, but on the consumers' emotions and needs. High flexibility is required to be able to provide the appropriate product in the right quantity and size at any time. For by now it is no longer a question of various distribution channels, but of sub-worlds that have developed within them. It is in particular the supply chain that is challenged here, as it must be able to produce as many products as possible using one system, based on costs and market needs.

    More and more, packaging and product are becoming one
    Eco-friendliness and sustainability, quality and safety, or innovation – today's and tomorrow's packaging must be able to take all these aspects into account. The prerequisite for this is that we are courageous in our thinking, holistic in our design work, and achieve collaboration between a variety of disciplines on a basis of trust and confidence. Above all, we must focus on attending to the consumers' needs right from the beginning.

    All this requires courage. Courage to face the future.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
    15.01.2014   The President of the United States to visit Vacon's R&D center in North Carolina     ( Company news )

    Company news President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Vacon Research and Development center in Research Triangle Park, NC on Wednesday, January 15. The visit is part of the president's travel to North Carolina where he will also speak at a local university.

    "It is our great pleasure and honor to welcome President Obama to Vacon's R&D center. We look forward to demonstrating Vacon's energy-saving products and our U.S. operations, in North Carolina in particular, to the president," says Dan Isaksson, vice president of medium voltage drives at Vacon.

    The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon, headquartered in Finland, is the world's largest company focusing solely on AC drives, which are used to control the speed of electric motors to maximize energy efficiency. The North Carolina R&D center is one of five Vacon facilities in the United States. Vacon opened the research center and lab in Raleigh's Research Triangle Park in 2012.

    "Global megatrends such as increased energy consumption, increased urbanization and combating the climate change create demand for more and more energy-efficient solutions. The AC drives play an important role in these solutions, and we are proud that we have a state-of-the-art research center in North Carolina," says Vesa Laisi, Vacon's President and CEO.
    (Vacon Plc)
    14.01.2014   Seppo Parvi will join Stora Enso in February 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news As announced on 17 September 2013, Stora Enso has appointed Seppo Parvi, M.Sc., 49, as its new Chief Financial Officer. He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Food and Medical Business Area, at Ahlstrom Corporation. Seppo Parvi will join Stora Enso in the beginning of February 2014.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    14.01.2014   Ricoh Announces Availability of Ricoh Pro L4100 Large Format Printer Series    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh announces the availability of its new Ricoh Pro L4100 latex large format printer series. The new roll-to-roll large format printer is available in 130cm (53 inch) or 160cm (63 inch) widths and supports up to seven colours in various configurations. In addition to CMYK, orange, green and white inks are also available. The Ricoh ProTM L4160 and L4130 delivers high print productivity and quality as a result of technological innovations which include the Ricoh piezo electric print heads. It also meets the market need for products that reduce environmental impacts of printing through its use of aqueous latex ink and ability to operate with low power consumption.
    Graham Moore, Director of Business Development for Ricoh Europe says, “Following the early reveal, at drupa 2012, of our intention to grow our portfolio with the system, the Ricoh Pro L4100 series has been through Ricoh’s rigorous quality assurance process, and we have been assimilating the positive customer feedback we received. As well as being ideally suited for the specialist signage market, we are particularly excited to be able to offer print services providers in Europe another solution to support their business growth and offer new services such as display and signage to their clients.”
    The Ricoh Pro L4100’s latex ink is an aqueous (water-based) ink which contains a low level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). It has no odour and the low curing temperature of 60°C ink enables both quick drying, for a fast job turnaround, and the ability to print on many heat-sensitive substrates without damaging them.
    The extensive array of media includes PVC, tarpaulin, synthetic paper, coated-paper, uncoated paper, film, textiles and more. In addition, it allows the use of lighter weight substrates, thus reducing overall costs, including shipping. Ricoh is expanding the range of compatible substrates through its continuing media profiling and testing programme in partnership with Color Concepts, an industry standard for media validation.
    “Ricoh latex inks offer outdoor durability of one to two years, or two to three years with lamination. With white ink,” says Moore, “printers’ clients benefit from brilliant colour on all substrates - including transparent and dark materials - for signage, branded materials and window displays. And the addition of orange and green extends the colour gamut to encompass a wider range of vibrant colours, ideal for both indoor and outdoor materials, and to reproduce corporate colours accurately.”

    Ultra-small droplets for ultra-high quality
    Using Ricoh’s latest generation of high quality stainless steel multiple jetting piezo inkjet heads, three different drop sizes are produced at once, with drops as small as four picolitres. The result is smooth, lifelike images every time. The small drop size also enables production of smooth gradations and fine details, including fine lines and small fonts.
    The Ricoh Pro L4100’s Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS) adds to the productivity of the printer. “When one CMYK ink cartridge runs out of ink, the system switches automatically to the second cartridge of the same colour for unattended printing,” says Moore. “In a busy print production environment, this ensures that the operation runs as smoothly and productively as possible with minimal operator intervention.”

    Intuitive Color GATE RIP for more productivity
    The Ricoh Pro L4100 is available with the ColorGATE RIP. “We are providing ColorGATE as a bespoke menu-driven RIP that allows users to choose the exact feature set they need,” Moore explains. “It is intuitive, reducing the learning curve and improving productivity. And it includes excellent colour management tools ideal for demanding commercial print environments.”
    Moore concludes: “We anticipate that commercial printers will find the quality and environmental responsibility of a Pro L4100 series printer coupled with the power and colour management capability of the ColorGATE RIP an attractive combination. Especially as they are backed by Ricoh’s world class service structure. Today’s announcement means they are able to coordinate the in-house production of a broader range of colour-managed print applications, strengthening their client relationships and improving their profitability.”

    Ricoh Pro L4100 series features summary
    -7 colour printing — CMYK, white, orange and green
    -Latest generation Ricoh piezo variable drop print head with drops as small as 4 picolitres
    -Aqueous latex ink with low environmental impact
    -Durable printing for outdoor and indoor applications
    -High productivity printing up to 18.2 m2 per hour
    -Fast drying
    -Wide range of media supported, from PVC to paper to textiles and more
    -Choice of two print widths (1361 mm or 1610 mm)
    -50% less power consumption than its closest competitor
    -Lower ink curing temperatures for reduced energy consumption and use of lighter-weight and heat sensitive materials
    -Optional ColorGATE menu-driven RIP for exact feature set specification
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
    14.01.2014   PaperWorks to appoint William McSwain as interim President and CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news PaperWorks Industries, Inc. (PWI) has named William McSwain as interim President and CEO of PaperWorks, replacing Mark Staton, who is departing in January. PWI is a Sun Capital Partners operating company. They have begun a search for a permanent successor.
    Bill McSwain is a seasoned business executive with leadership experience in many industries, and has served in various capacities for many companies within the Sun Capital portfolio. Prior to 1999, Mr. McSwain served in several finance and operations positions for The Sherman-Williams Company. Mr. McSwain is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
    Mr. McSwain requests that all PWI employees “maintain their focus on the company’s priorities in order of their importance: safety, quality, customer service and cost.”
    (PaperWorks Industries Inc.)
    14.01.2014   Norske Skog sells its remaining stake in the Brazilian operations    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog has entered into an agreement to sell the remaining 49% of the shares in Norske Skog Pisa in Brazil to Papeles Bio Bio SA (formerly Norske Skog Bio Bio) which is controlled by Group BO / Pathfinder, a consortium of Chilean investors. The sales price for the 49% stake is USD 37 million, and the proceeds will be received during the first half of 2014.

    - We are pleased that we are selling the remaining stake in the Brazilian operations earlier than expected. For some time, we have stated that we aim to have our core business in Europe and Australasia. The sale is also part of our strategy to improve our liquidity, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Following this transaction, Norske Skog will no longer have paper production in South America. As part of the initial divestment of the 51% stake in Norske Skog Pisa in June 2013, a framework for selling the remaining 49% of the shares was agreed with Papeles Bio Bio SA. These terms have now been renegotiated and include an accelerated timeline for the sale of the 49% stake. This has been possible due to a Brazilian tax refinancing program (REFIS) which was launched by the Brazilian authorities in the second half of 2013 and in which Pisa has participated.
    Papeles Bio Bio SA will continue to develop the activities in Brazil together with its operations in Chile.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    14.01.2014   Release of the complete PulPaper 2014 conference programme     ( Company news )

    Company news With less then 6 months left until 3 June and the grand opening of next year's most important pulp and paper industry event, the complete Conference Programme is released.
    - Helsinki and the PulPaper 2014 event is ready to deliver its best performance ever in June 2014, says Pirkko Molkentin-Matilainen, president and CEO of PI Paper Engineers Association. – Based on the European vision 2050 for the bioforest industry, this time we offer the most groundbreaking international conference focusing on future bioforest issues. In connection to the conference visitors have a unique opportunity to see the only foam forming pilot machine in the world by attending the excursion to VTT Jyväskylä, Molkentin-Matilainen continues. - Celebrating its 100th anniversary with a spectacular gala evening in the brand new Helsinki Music Centre on June 4, PI Paper Engineers Association would like to extend to everyone a warm welcome to come celebrate with us.
    Biofuture for Mankind is the main theme of the top level international conference, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. The programme has been carefully put together by industry leaders and experts led by Chairman Jorma Eloranta.
    An important part of the conference programme and running alongside the main conference is the 29th International Mechanical Pulping Conference (IMPC), a scientific conference circulating between the different continents.The presentations will cover the whole area from fundamentals and energy efficiency to new applications and innovations, as well as mill experiences. The IMPC Programme Committee is chaired by Sari Liukkonen, VTT Technical Research. The composition of the complete PulPaper 2014 Conference Programme has been overseen and organised by AEL, Finland's leading provider of technical training.
    - With its world premier exhibition, the top class international conference and, for the event's 8th edition, a grand 100th anniversary celebration of PI (Paper Engineers Association), PulPaper 2014 will gather industry professionals from about 65 different countries, says Mr Marcus Bergström, CEO, Adforum. - New for this 8th edition is the Paper Square, a stage and exhibition area in the middle of the hall where participants of the event will have the opportunity to meet the pulp, paper and board producing companies of Metsä Group, UPM, Stora Enso and SAPPI at the Paper Square, from where these companies will be updating us on trends and news in the industry, concludes Bergström.
    (Adforum AB)
    14.01.2014   Wood fiber costs for hardwood pulp producers have fallen 17% in two years and in the 3Q/13, were ...    ( Company news )

    ... the lowest they have been since 2009, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Wood fiber costs, which account for about 60% of the production costs when manufacturing pulp, have been in steady decline in many parts of the world for the past two years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. In the 3Q/13, the Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) had fallen 17% since 2011, while the Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) was down 10% over the same period.

    The wood costs for the global pulp industry have trended downward in a majority of the pulp-producing regions of the world the past two years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). This has mainly been the result of lower prices for market pulp but also because of reduced pulp production and increased supply of Wood fiber in some regional markets.

    As the costs of energy, labor and chemicals have changed relatively less than those of wood fiber the past year, the wood cost as a percentage of the production costs when manufacturing pulp have fallen. In the 2Q/13, wood fiber costs accounted for just over 59% of the production costs on a worldwide basis, down from approximately 63% in the 2Q/12 but up from 51% in 2006, according to Fisher International.

    Although wood fiber prices have trended downward for most of the past few years, softwood fiber prices were actually up from the previous quarter in the 3Q/13 in most countries worldwide with just a few exceptions including Sweden, Brazil, and Australia.
    The largest price increases were seen in the US South, Germany, France and Spain.

    The Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) edged up to $97.94/odmt in the 3Q/13, as reported by the WRQ ( This was $0.19/odmt higher than in the previous quarter but over 10% lower than two years ago.

    The Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) fell for the fourth consecutive quarter to $98.15/odmt in the 3Q/13. This was down 2.3 % from the previous quarter and the lowest level since the 2Q/09. The biggest price declines have been in Asia and Latin America, while wood costs in Europe, Russia and North America have continued to be relatively stable the past year. In just two years, the HFPI has fallen by almost 17%.

    Note. The Global Wood Fiber Price Index is a weighted average of delivered wood fiber prices for the Pulp industry in all regions tracked by the publication Wood Resource Quarterly. These regions together account for 85-90% of the world’s wood-based pulp production capacity.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ))
    14.01.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news Within Biomass, CHP and Waste-to-Energy Power Generation, one market continues to stand out from others around the world: the United Kingdom.

    Although it retains major challenges, the UK biopower sector enjoys strong backing from its government, detailed legislation and regulation aimed squarely at driving future generation and, crucially, an exciting pipeline of retrofits and new build projects ranging from 1-300MW of power.

    To reflect the level of interest in this major market, the World Biomass Power Markets congress and exhibition (Amsterdam, Feb 3-5) will feature a conference pre-day dedicated to furthering the understanding of the United Kingdom market and to trying to grasp what the recent move from ROC to CfD incentives will mean for the short, medium and long-term future of biopower project development and generation across the UK.

    We have assembled a world class line-up of experts from Government, Project Development, Power Generation and Regulation who will present, debate and take questions on the core issues that will shape the future of what is currently the world’s major market for power generation using bio-based feedstocks.

    Our unique set of speakers for this intensive and in-depth one day focus include:
    • Liz McDonnell, Assistant Director - Bioenergy Policy, DECC - UK Department of Energy and Climate Change
    • Mark Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, Shepherd Construction
    • Mark George, RHI Technical Manager, Ofgem
    • Ben Elsworth, Chief Executive Officer, MGT Power
    • David Williams, Chief Executive, ECO2
    • Max Aitken, Director, Estover Energy
    • James Snape, Partner, Nabarros
    • Myles Kitcher, Director, Peel Environmental
    • Brodie Govan, Biomass Broker, PVM Environmental Products

    Register today and don’t miss out on this invaluable briefing on the core market for biomass power and CHP. If you are a biomass professional, there is simply no more valuable a way that you could spend February 3rd!
    I look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam next month.

    Kind regards,
    Josh Green
    Event Manager
    Green Power Conferences
    Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 4211
    (Green Power Conferences)
    13.01.2014   Andritz: Ad hoc press release    ( Company news )

    Company news - Further financial provisions for pulp mill project in South America
    - Preliminary results 2013 for the ANDRITZ GROUP: sales between 5.7 and 5.8 bn. euros; expected EBITA of approximately 160 MEUR
    - Order intake in 2013 expected to reach 5.5 bn. euros – good development in fourth quarter of 2013

    International technology Group ANDRITZ announces ad hoc that further financial provisions in the middle double-digit million euro range are necessary in connection with supplies for a pulp mill in South America. These provisions will have a significant negative impact on the earnings of the ANDRITZ GROUP in the fourth quarter of 2013, and consequently also on the full year results for 2013.

    The reasons for the provisions are additional project cost overruns resulting from strikes on the site and additional expenses for construction and erection work. From today’s perspective, there is no evidence of a need for further financial provisions – however, they cannot be excluded. Start-up of the plant is expected in the first quarter of 2014.

    As a result of all the financial provisions made for the pulp project in South America in 2013, the EBITA of the ANDRITZ GROUP in 2013 is expected to reach approximately 200 MEUR and, after deduction of the provisions already announced in the third quarter of 2013 for structural improvement measures planned in the Schuler Group (acquired by ANDRITZ in 2013), approximately 160 MEUR (2012: 357.8 MEUR), respectively. Sales of the ANDRITZ GROUP in 2013 are expected to amount to between 5.7 and 5.8 bn. euros (2012: 5,176.9 MEUR).

    Order intake of the Group in the fourth quarter of 2013 amounted to approximately 1.5 bn. euros, thus order intake of the Group in 2013 is expected to reach around 5.5 bn. euros. This is an increase of about 12% compared to the previous year (2012: 4,924.4 MEUR).

    The final financial results and more detailed information for the 2013 business year will be published as scheduled on February 28, 2014,
    (Andritz AG)
    13.01.2014   Chesapeake Hillington presses ahead    ( Company news )

    Company news Chesapeake, a leading producer of consumer packaging, has installed a MAN Roland R700 LTTLV UV offset litho print press at its Hillington operation, just outside Glasgow.
    Gary Carroll, Hillington’s Operations Manager, commented: “The R700 replaces an older, smaller press and supports the site’s growth strategy, whilst extending our capabilities. The press ideally complements the site’s existing R700 machine and the additional capacity will allow the site to produce a greater volume and range of products. It will also help strengthen the quality and service levels we deliver to our customers.”
    The MAN Roland R700 press is equipped with 6 print and 2 flexo coating units, full UV and IR drying capability as well as a closed loop colour control system. The R700 has many time-saving features designed to assist in rapid changeovers which are essential in today’s fast-changing marketplace.
    Chesapeake Hillington is a leading supplier of wet-applied labels and outer paper wraps primarily to the drinks, confectionery and food markets. It also supplies swing-tags, booklets and collarettes to a wide range of market sectors.
    (Chesapeake Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Packaging)
    13.01.2014   Minerals Technologies Signs Agreement with UPM-Kymmene Corporation for the Construction of...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... a Satellite PCC Facility in China

    Satellite Plant Will Be the Company's Seventh in China

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed an agreement with UPM-Kymmene Corporation to build a satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant on site at UPM's paper mill in Changshu, China, located in Jiangsu province. The satellite plant will provide PCC for paper filling and will have an initial capacity of 100,000 short tons. The plant is scheduled to begin operation early in 2015.
    "We are extremely pleased that UPM, a premier global papermaker, has chosen Minerals Technologies' PCC for their paper-filling needs at their mill in Changshu," said Robert S. Wetherbee, chief executive officer. "This is our fourth satellite agreement in China within approximately one year, bringing our total to seven in that country. This contract confirms the momentum of our geographic expansion strategy, and demonstrates the value of developing an organization well positioned to successfully operate the growing network of satellite plants in China."
    (Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    13.01.2014   Hahnemühle at the 2014 Creativeworld!    ( Company news )

    Creativeworld in Frankfurt on Main will be held from 25th to 28th January. Having emerged from the creativity area of the ‘Paperworld’, the Creativeworld as independent fair now represents the biggest gathering for artists as well as hobby and handicraft demand.
    It goes without saying that we as your conversant manufacturer of finest artist papers also will be represented at this year’s Creativeworld. In addition to our traditional painting and drawing papers, we will take our sketch books to the fore – on the occasion of the major trend ‘mobile painting’. Furthermore, we present our inkjet papers for fine-art printing – for art or photo reproductions.
    The name Hahnemühle stands for paper production with passion. The best raw materials, skilled craftsmanship, committed employees and a relationship with you, our customers, that is based on partnership are of major importance for us.

    Plan your Creativeworld visit with us. We expect you in hall 4.1, booth E 10.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

    10.01.2014   Pöyry concludes statutory employee negotiations in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news The statutory employee negotiations started in November 2013 in the industry-related business units of the Regional Operations and the Industry Business Group in Finland have been completed. The initial plan was aimed at reducing capacity by approximately 200 people including temporary layoffs and permanent reductions.
    Based on the negotiations the overall capacity will be reduced by a maximum of the capacity of 200 people, including temporary layoffs and permanent reductions by a maximum of 25 people. Temporary layoffs until further notice commence in stages, beginning in January and depend on the prevailing market situation and workload.
    (Pöyry Plc)
    10.01.2014   Kemira Oyj: Jari Rosendal appointed as Kemira's new President and CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira's Board of Directors has appointed Jari Rosendal, 48, M. Sc. (Eng.) as Kemira Oyj's President and Chief Executive Officer as of May 1, 2014. Currently, Jari Rosendal holds a position as President, Americas region in Outotec Oyj based in Canada.
    Jari Rosendal has held various positions in Outokumpu Group Technology Division between 1989 and 2006. He has been a member of Outotec Group Executive Board since 2006. He was the head of Minerals Processing Division until 2010 and then held the position as the head of Non-ferrous Solutions Business Area until 2013, before becoming the President of Americas region.
    "Jari Rosendal has an impressive record with a vast international experience of leading businesses in global markets. He is an inspiring leader known for his strong customer orientation and commercial focus. Jari is an excellent choice for Kemira to continue the successful implementation of the ongoing change initiatives and strategy", says Jukka Viinanen, Kemira's Chairman of the Board.
    Kemira's current President and CEO, Wolfgang Büchele will assume the position as President and CEO of Linde AG. As communicated earlier, Büchele will continue as Kemira's President and CEO until April 30, 2014.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    10.01.2014   Teresa Presas to leave CEPI in May 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news After 10 years at the helm of CEPI, the Brussels-based Confederation of European Paper Industries, Teresa Presas (picture) has decided to leave the organisation at the end of May this year. In the coming months she will ensure a smooth transition of the leadership of CEPI to her designated successor Marco Mensink, who has already worked with Teresa as CEPI’s Deputy Director General for the last two years.
    Mrs. Presas commented, "It has been ten years of an enriching experience and of relentless work. In the last years, we have consolidated our organisation, successfully defended its interests and laid out our long-term vision for the sector in the CEPI 2050 Roadmap.
    The coming years will be about implementation at the different levels, including the progression of the breakthrough concepts that came out of the Two Team project. Therefore, it is a good moment for me to leave the organisation and move on to another life. I wish my colleague and successor Marco Mensink every success in the future".
    During her time as Director General, Teresa forged a strong team of professionals that has taken CEPI to new heights and has proven itself as a very effective player in the Brussels scene.
    "Teresa has turned CEPI into a highly credible and constructive partner to the EU institutions that lives up to its members expectations of bringing added value to the European pulp and paper industry. On behalf of the total membership of CEPI I thank Teresa for her hard work and for her legacy and I wish her all the best in her future endeavours” said Gary McGann, newly appointed chairman of CEPI.
    “On behalf of all the members I also congratulate Marco Mensink on his appointment as Teresa’s successor as Director General of CEPI on June 1st 2014.”
    (CEPI aisbl)
    10.01.2014   Södra opens European service center in Munich    ( Company news )

    Company news To further strengthen its customer focus, Södra Cell will open a European service center in Munich during 2014. This new step will also help Södra's sales organisation prepare to manage the expected increase in pulp volumes.
    The new Södra European Service Center in Munich will function as an administrative hub for customer service in Europe. The existing national offices will be phased out, but the sales directors will retain their respective key customer contacts as well as their geographic responsibilities.
    ”Within the new organisation we will be able to spend more time with customers and develop our service offer,” says Magnus Björkman, President of Södra Cell International.
    The new order is very natural in relation to Södra Cell's customers, the big ones as well as the small, as many of them are already organised in global business areas with joint administration.
    ”Our customers will need to deal with fewer interfaces within Södra and benefit from more cost effective business processes,” says Björkman. ”A modern and effective sales organisation will also ensure we are prepared to manage increasing pulp volumes to come,” he added.
    The existing marketing offices in London, Paris, Hamburg, Basle and Milan will be phased out during the coming year.
    ”In a process of change like this, there will of course be consequences for some of our staff. We will try to find favourable solutions for them,” says Björkman.
    The new organisation will be put in place during 2014.
    (Södra Cell AB)

    Company news PaperlinX Limited (“PaperlinX”) announced that it has lodged a complaint against paper manufacturer and supplier Sappi Europe SA ("Sappi") with the Bundeskartellamt ("BKA"), the German Federal Cartel Office, in respect of alleged ongoing infringements of European Union ("EU") and German competition law. The complaint was lodged by PaperlinX together with its German subsidiary, Deutsche Papier Vertriebs GmbH.
    Sappi has supplied paper products to PaperlinX and its subsidiaries in Germany and in other EU Member States for a number of years under the parties' longstanding commercial relationship.
    In summary, the complaint submitted by PaperlinX to the BKA on 3 December 2013 sets out the allegation that Sappi is in breach of Article 101(1) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and sections 1, 20 (1) and 19 (1) (2) no. 1 of the German Act against Restraints of Competition, on the basis that Sappi restricts the customers to whom PaperlinX is able to make indent sales. Indent sales involve supplies of paper directly from Sappi to PaperlinX's customer's specified place of delivery, but in respect of which PaperlinX bears all commercial risk with its customer.
    More specifically, the complaint alleges that: Sappi varies the prices and/or delivery terms that it offers to PaperlinX according to the identity of the customer to be served by PaperlinX for indent sales; in particular, Sappi has refused to quote or has offered less attractive prices and/or delivery terms where PaperlinX has refused to identify the customer or where the customer was one that Sappi had previously supplied through a different paper merchant and/or that it preferred to supply through a different paper merchant; PaperlinX has found itself unable to compete effectively with other paper merchants where Sappi has refused to quote or has offered less attractive prices and/or delivery terms in this way; PaperlinX has thus over the years been forced into the practice of having to provide customer names to Sappi as the only way to gain competitive prices and has been restricted in its ability to provide competitive quotes to the customers of other paper merchants who are also supplied by Sappi; based on these facts, in PaperlinX's view, Sappi has effectively assigned customers between paper merchants, ensuring that PaperlinX sells Sappi paper products to only certain customers via indent sales and restricting the freedom of PaperlinX under EU and German competition law to sell to whomever it wishes.
    The complaint also sets out PaperlinX's view that these practices have had, and continue to have, a serious impact on PaperlinX's ability to compete to win new business and to increase its market share, and that these practices are also to the detriment of printers and other customers in the industry.
    Since Sappi has been unwilling to engage with PaperlinX to resolve these issues commercially, PaperlinX is now seeking to protect its interests through a formal complaint to the appropriate national competition regulator. PaperlinX is hopeful that the complaint will bring about a positive change in Sappi’s approach to the issue.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
    10.01.2014   International Paper's Coated Board Investment at Kwidzyn, Poland Progressing Excellently    ( Company news )

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

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

    Celso Oliveira
    Brazil Biomass and Renewable Energy
    Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy
    Brazil. 570 Candido Hartmann 24-243 Curitiba Parana 80730-440 Phone:+005541 33352284 and 88630864
    Skype Brazil Biomass Renewable Energy
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    ABIB Brazil
    Brazil Biomass
    (ABIB Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy)
    09.01.2014   Ahlstrom completes the divestment of its pre-impregnated décor paper and abrasive businesses...     ( Company news )

    Company news Perusa

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Lucca Fiere - Via della Chiesa XXXII 237 - 55100 Lucca (Italy)
    26 - 27 March 2014: business starts at 9.30 a.m. - business ends at 05.30 p.m.
    Entrance is free of charge.
    (Edinova Srl)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Background History

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

    Company news ... acquisition of Indas

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news Picture: CEO of Norske Skog, Sven Ombudstvedt

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news Greeting from Al Fajer Information & Services!

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Sincerely yours,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ...shareholders

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

    Company news ... biomass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

    Kind Regards,

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

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

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

    RDV Stand 441
    Porte de Versailles - Paris - 12th-13th February, 2014
    (LGR Emballages SAS)

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