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Mayr-Melnhof: Results for the first Quarter of 2018  (Company news)

• Sales and profit increase
• High capacity utilization in both divisions
• Significant improvement in results at MM Karton
• Margin of MM Packaging under cost pressure

The Mayr-Melnhof Group was able to exploit the sustained positive momentum on the European main markets in the first quarter of 2018. Both divisions still operated at good capacity utilization. The increasing operating profit of the Group followed the good level of the third and fourth quarter of the previous year, and was thus significantly above the comparative value of 2017, which was impacted by a sharp rise in recovered paper prices.

The cartonboard division benefited in particular from price increases. Higher material costs, especially for cartonboard and packaging, but also transport costs weigh on the margin of the packaging division. Accordingly, first priority here is to pass on the costs through higher selling prices.

The Group's consolidated sales went up to EUR 592.1 million and were thus 1.3 % above the comparative figure of the previous year (1Q 2017: EUR 584.5 million). The slight increase results from both divisions.

Operating profit at EUR 57.1 million was 12.8 % or EUR 6.5 million above the previous year’s value (1Q 2017: EUR 50.6 million). A rise at the cartonboard division contrasted with a decline at the packaging division. The Group's operating margin reached 9.6 %, following 8.7 % in the first three months of 2017.

Financial income amounted to EUR 0.3 million (1Q 2017: EUR 0.8 million), financial expenses to EUR -1.5 million (1Q 2017: EUR -1.4 million).

Profit before tax rose by 13.0 % to EUR 55.6 million (1Q 2017: EUR 49.2 million). Income tax expense totaled EUR 13.9 million (1Q 2017: EUR 12.3 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 25.0 % (1Q 2017: 25.0 %).

Profit for the period went up accordingly by 13.0 % to EUR 41.7 million (1Q 2017: EUR 36.9 million).

European main markets still show a solid utilization for both divisions, but without any new impulses. The sustainability, however, remains difficult to assess.

Despite good demand the competitive situation on the markets is characterized by an ongoing intensity. Due to demand-related price increases for many input factors a consequent price policy stays in our focus. Measures to increase efficiency through specialization and rationalization will be further pursued. Thereby the quality of the Group’s results should be maintained at a good level, with the aim of closing also the interim results of the first half of 2018 above the previous year.

MM Karton
Demand on the European cartonboard market improved slightly over the course of the first quarter following a restrained start to 2018. Nevertheless intense competition stayed on.

The average order backlog of MM Karton totaled around 85,000 tons, following 69,000 tons in the first three months of the previous year. At approximately 99 %, capacities of the division were again almost fully utilized (1Q 2017: 98 %).

As a result of the consequent price policy, with 419,000 tons and 416,000 tons respectively slightly less was sold and produced in the first quarter of 2018 than in the previous year (1Q 2017: 426,000 tons and 421,000 tons respectively). Of this, 83 % was sold to European markets and 17 % to markets outside of Europe (1Q 2017: 78 %; 22 %).

While procurement markets for the strategic raw material of recovered paper were characterized by a significant price increase in the previous year, there was an easing in the first three months of 2018, but just for mixed qualities. This was especially due to temporarily lower exports from Europe to Asia. However, the market situation for virgin fibers has been marked by continuing price increases.

Due to higher selling prices, sales rose by 2.4 % to EUR 268.3 million (1Q 2017: EUR 261.9 million). Simultaneously, operating profit went up from EUR 15.9 million to EUR 27.7 million, also owing to reduced direct costs. The operating margin thus reached 10.3 % following 6.1 % in the same period of the previous year.

MMK digital – Buy Board Online 24/7
With MMK digital, MM Karton has launched the first digital sales and service channel in the cartonboard industry. For the first time, each customer can perform all business processes with MM Karton online and securely in real time in just a few seconds, around the clock, sev-en days a week.

MM Packaging
Demand on the European folding carton markets remained robust also in the first quarter of 2018. Against this background, MM Packaging was able to grow further and to utilize the capacities of its plants to a high degree. Tonnage processed increased by 4.7 % from 190,000 tons to 199,000 tons, the sheet equivalent by 3.0 % from 569.8 million to 587.0 million.

At the same time, however, significantly increasing input costs weighed on the result. In addition to a considerable rise in material costs, particularly resulting from higher cartonboard prices, also other costs such as transportation showed a gradual increase. In an unchanged highly competitive environment, the main priority currently is to pass on the cost increases through packaging prices. Furthermore, internal programs aimed at raising cost efficiency through specialization and rationalization will be consistently further pursued.

Sales rose largely along with volumes by 2.8 % from EUR 344.6 million to EUR 354.3 million. With an operating profit of EUR 29.4 million, it was not possible to match the comparative figure of the previous year due to costs (1Q 2017: EUR 34.7 million). The operating margin was therefore 8.3 %, following 10.1 % in the first quarter of 2017.
(Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)

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Stora Enso launches biocomposites as a renewable replacement for plastics  (Company news)

Stora Enso is launching its wood-based biocomposites, DuraSense™ by Stora Enso. This is another major step on the group’s journey to replacing fossil-based materials with renewable solutions. DuraSense is available to companies seeking high performance and a sustainable, bio-based alternative to plastics.

DuraSense enables the use of renewable fibres, such as wood, to substitute for a large portion of fossil-based plastic. The production of biocomposites began in 2018 at Stora Enso’s Hylte Mill in Sweden, following the EUR 12 million investment announced in 2017. At full production, the mill’s annual production capacity is 15 000 tonnes, which is the largest capacity in Europe dedicated to wood fibre composites.

“Reducing the amount of plastic and replacing it with renewable and traceable materials is a gradual process. With DuraSense, we can offer customers a wood fibre-based alternative which improves sustainability performance and, depending on the product, significantly reduces the carbon footprint – all the way up to 80%,” says Jari Suominen, Head of Wood Products at Stora Enso.

The DuraSense product family is suitable for a wide range of applications from consumer goods to industrial applications. Typical applications include, for example, furniture, pallets, hand tools, automotive parts, beauty and lifestyle products, toys and items, such as kitchen utensils and bottle caps, among other uses.

The DuraSense granules are a combination of natural wood fibres, polymers and additives offering the mouldability of plastic with the sustainability and workability of wood. With DuraSense, it is also possible to combine fibres with recycled or bio-based polymers to further enhance environmental values. For example, DuraSense™ Eco100, which is one of the product grades and based on wood fibres and biopolymers, is a cost-competitive way to fully replace fossil-based plastics.

“Affordable sustainability and the environment are climbing upwards on consumer agendas,” says Patricia Oddshammar, Head of Biocomposites at Stora Enso. “DuraSense can reduce the consumption of plastic materials by up to 60%, ensuring less microplastics end up in the environment. Stora Enso’s biocomposites can be reused as a material up to seven times or recycled along with other plastic materials or, alternatively, used for energy recovery at their end of life.”
(Stora Enso Oyj)

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CleanLine: The effective solution for cleaning fabrics on all sections of the paper machine  (Company news)

Voith's innovative CleanLine traversing cleaning systems for fabrics provide additional benefits for customers compared to established cleaning methods.

Photo: Voith has just introduced CleanLine Extract4D in the drying section for packaging and newsprint paper grades made from recycled fiber.

With CleanLine, Voith has developed its systems to improve paper quality by thorough cleaning of the fabrics. CleanLine systems are available for all sections of the paper machine either as new installations or as upgrades of existing Voith equipment to remove more contamination from the surface and structure of fabrics. The CleanLine systems work in combination with other Voith products to improve the productivity, runnability, safety and quality of the paper making process.

Maintain Fabric Performance
Clean fabrics are essential for the removal of moisture from the paper web and for achieving the required properties of the finished paper. Voith CleanLine Systems are effective in maintaining the performance of the fabrics and are a cost effective solution to reduce the effects of contamination.

Leading Technology
CleanLine Excell – Forming: by cleaning in two directions with a close concentration of fine water jets the forming fabric is much cleaner. Uniform performance of the fabric is achieved because Excell can more easily remove different levels of contamination across the fabric width. The system uses only about 10 percent of the water volume compared to an oscillating high pressure shower and runs on key reference machines in Europe, America and Asia.

CleanLine Excell – Press: has a selection of different cleaning heads for additional cleaning of press fabrics and transfer belts to solve specific problems with contamination, cleaning chemicals or profiles.

CleanLine Extract4D – Dryers: has just been introduced for packaging and newsprint paper grades made from recycled fiber. Up to four directions of water jets directly contact and remove more contamination from the fabric. This unique system has resulted in better runnabilitry on both packaging and newsprint machines due to cleaner fabric surfaces and higher permeability retention.

CleanLine Extreme – Coaters: is a new system for cleaning tensioning fabrics, running successfully on more than 20 top and bottom sections. Productivity is improved because the system can automatically switch between on-line and off-line cleaning to keep the fabrics in good condition. Highest quality of the coated paper is achieved by using an extended air-knife and option of a heated air blower to ensure that the fabric surface is dry when it contacts the coated paper.

With Servolution, Voith is offering customized service packages to improve the performance of its customers and help them increase their productivity. The holistic approach, modular design and easy access to components in the CleanLine systems provides efficient servicing and management of spare parts from a single supplier. Voith provides a comprehensive support package to ensure the highest availability and performance of the cleaning equipment.

The quality of raw material for making paper faces many challenges in the coming years. Voith’s process know-how, understanding of fabrics and wide experience of fabric cleaning systems makes CleanLine the complete solution for fabric cleaning.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Top takeaways from the first European shopping bag summit  (Company news)

Challenges, opportunities and new ways of working were the topics of the day at Europe’s first shopping bag summit, hosted by Mondi.

Photo: Petr Jindra, Head of Technical Sales Service, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper; shopping bag by the bag makers Litobal.

The paper bag industry took an important step towards sustainable innovation when leading shopping bag converters, suppliers and customers came together in Prague on 19 April for Let’s Paper the World 2018 – the first European shopping bag summit, organised by Mondi Group’s Speciality Kraft Paper segment.

Participants included global brands Benetton, H&M and REWE Group; bag manufacturers; papermakers and paper associations; ink and glue producers; bag machine manufacturers; and market intelligence leader Mintel.

The four top takeaways from this pivotal summit:
1. Shopping bags are now high-tech products
Gone are the days of the ‘simple’ paper bag. The technical demands of manufacturing the perfect bag for end customers’ needs are increasing continuously.

Today’s paper shopping bags are high-tech products engineered for specific applications within the food and non-food industry. Shopping bags need to meet a variety of requirements, especially when the end uses involve food, as Petr Jindra, Head of Technical Sales Services, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper, demonstrated.

He presented a shopping bag produced by bag maker Litobal with a sophisticated, full-colour flexoprint on Mondi speciality kraft paper, proven to carry up to 25 kilos (food retail bags must carry at least 12 kilos), made of credibly certified fibre, and guaranteed safe for contact with food.

Demand for such high-tech bags is growing every day, according to the summit’s participants. Producing them is a technical feat that takes skill, innovation and the highest quality materials.

“It’s a big challenge. In the past, we focused on a few bag sizes and a small range of materials. Now we need to have open minds and find solutions to meet every need,” said Fulvio Curioni, Senior Vice President Legal for Curioni Sun, a paper bag machine manufacturer.

Alberto Bovo, Managing Director at Bovo SpA, said: “Thirty years ago we used to make bags from 120/130 gram paper. Now, if we use a good paper, we can produce bags with 70/80 grams that work just as well. But it’s very important to take care of all the details – the paper, the glue, the ink.”

From brown and white speciality kraft papers, to rough and smooth grades in a range of weights, from virgin and recycled fibres to water-based glues and inks – technical complexity is increasing continuously. Expertise and understanding of how all this technology fits together to make the perfect bag solution is more important than ever for manufacturers.

2. Sustainability is no longer an option – it’s a necessity
Shopping bags made of credibly certified fibre and designed to biodegrade, or be easily recycled or reused, are no longer a niche product for boutique brands. Today, sustainability is mainstream.

“I wouldn’t call sustainability ‘a trend’ anymore. It’s a given,” said Paulus Goess, Sales Director of Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper.

Richard Cope, Senior Trends Consultant at Mintel, shared examples from around the world of how consumer expectations have shifted for sustainability and packaging: “Consumers expect companies to set the sustainability agenda. They expect brands to be ethical on their behalf.”

“When you have brands like Procter & Gamble making packaging from recovered ocean plastic, that becomes the norm very quickly. If you’re not doing something, your brand can start to look outdated,” Cope added.

Tanja Dietrich-Hübner, Head of Sustainability at REWE International AG, said expectations and attitudes about sustainability in the food industry had “changed dramatically” in recent years. “As retailers, we’re held responsible that food and packaging are not only safe but also sustainable,” she said.

While more brands today, including H&M, are switching from plastic to paper bags, others like REWE and Benetton made the switch years ago.

However, Dietrich-Hübner emphasised that consumer awareness of what it takes to ensure products and packaging are sustainable and ethically produced is limited: “Information is the key, but it has to be understandable. We have to give people short, reliable information.”

Cope went further, challenging brands and paper bag makers to engage consumers about environmental factors and “put a name and a face to the people behind the bags.”

3. Demand for certified fibre is outstripping supply – sustainable forestry needs more focus
While rising consumer demand for sustainable packaging is a good thing, a clear effect is that demand for sustainable fibre is growing. Both paper and bag manufacturers spoke of stark challenges in meeting the increased demand for certified fibre.

Research and investment into alternative, sustainable fibres may be one answer to safeguard supplies. Increased focus on sustainable forestry is also needed to guard against deforestation and illegal logging, as just 11% of the world’s forests are certified.

Manfred Schachenmann, Head of Wood Supply at Mondi, underscored Mondi’s commitment to sourcing credibly certified fibre, in particular that certified by the PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) – the certification system preferred by small and family foresters and local wood associations in Central Europe – as well as the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council).

“We all want to increase the share of certified fibre. To achieve that we need to promote certification systems such as PEFC in low risk countries,” he said.

Dietrich-Hübner of REWE International noted that organic and fair-trade food certifications are widely recognised, however, FSC and PEFC certifications are not well known to consumers.

“I think the market is ready to learn what the different wood certification standards mean,” she said.

4. Collaborate to meet new challenges in the paper bag industry
Another important takeaway from the summit is the need for more exchange and partnerships to innovate for what’s coming, including the growth of e-commerce and the circular economy, which will favour more re-use of materials.

More collaboration along the supply chain between product managers, technical sales and service, R&D, suppliers (including paper, inks and glues), end users, retailers – and even foresters – will be needed to develop the perfect paper bags for tomorrow’s needs.

“I’ve been working in the paper industry for 20 years. This is the first time I’ve seen such participation by customers in a specific market,” said Massimiliano Scotta, Head of Sales Region South and Americas, Mondi Speciality Kraft Paper.

“At this summit, we can see ourselves as partners in the same world, exchanging ideas about what consumers need, and technology and trends in the market, to find a common strategy,” Scotta added.

“We still have a lot of work to do on the details,” added Bovo Bags’ managing director Alberto Bovo, “but I feel confident that we can do it, if we all work together.”

The second European shopping bag summit is now being planned by Mondi.
(Mondi Europe & International Division)

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BOBST to inaugurate new production site and Competence Center in Changzhou, China, ...  (Company news)

... with grand open house event

BOBST has announced the official opening on 16 May 2018 of Bobst Changzhou Co. Ltd, BOBST’s second production facility in China. Titled “China 4.0 – Beyond your packaging future” the formal inauguration will be followed by two days of Open House events on 17 and 18 May.

The new site is a state-of-the-art greenfield facility located in Changzhou, in the Jiangsu province, and is dedicated to web-fed printing and converting technologies for flexible materials. BOBST has been manufacturing web-fed gravure printing presses since the early years of 2000 at Bobst Shanghai, but the requirements of increased production capacity and a news thrust in the activities of R&D focused on local needs in terms of equipment, processes and available services, have led to the setting up of a dedicated facility.

“The opening of the new plant brings is a major step in the next phase of the development of our activities in China for the Chinese market” comments Erik Bothorel, Head of the Business Unit Web-fed and Member of Bobst Group Executive Committee “It is the embodiment of our long-standing commitment to the highest BOBST manufacturing standards and to the local development of gravure printing and lamination solutions, while we continue consolidating our leadership in Asia”.

The success of the RS 3.0 gravure press owes to the fact that it combines the unrivalled quality of the BOBST engineering and the reliable and efficient manufacturing experience and capabilities of BOBST plants in China. The other factor, which is a distinctive feature of BOBST technology worldwide, is the flexibility of the equipment in terms of options, such as the inking system and the drying, that can be customized for geographically located consumable types and process preferences.

“China being such a huge market, we are focusing on the country’s requirements in terms of application demands and collaboration with suppliers” explains Lubin Lu, Zone Business Director of the Business Unit Web-fed for Greater China. “Opening a Competence Center dedicated to web-fed printing and converting technologies for flexible materials in the Changzhou plant, exemplifies our commitment in this respect: being at the forefront of technological research and innovation as machine manufacturer as well as process innovator. We are planning to support Chinese converters with new, innovative product developments and with extensive training courses on our processes: flexo and gravure printing, lamination, coating and vacuum metallizing”.

“Leading companies choose leading technology, and converting companies that choose BOBST will gain an advantage on competition because our leading technology is developed exploiting not only the advantages of our Group’s global synergies but also in cooperation with local competences. This means that we can deliver converters equipment and services that fulfil the specific requirements of the Chinese packaging market now, and are also ready for the future of the industry”, concludes Lubin Lu.

After the official opening ceremony on 16 May, the inaugural open house that will take place on 17 and 18 May will present an overview of BOBST printing and converting technologies, as well featuring in demonstration in the in-house Competence Center the RS 3.0 gravure printing press and the CL 750D compact multi-technology laminator. Both machines are entirely manufactured in China according to BOBST international quality standards.
(Bobst Group SA)

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PMP Appoints New Director Pulp & Paper Business - North America!  (Company news)

PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) announced the selection and appointment of Greg Welcher as PMP's new Director Pulp & Paper Business - North America.

“Greg’s paper industry experience provides PMP with a valuable asset and makes our North American team much stronger.” Rocky Matuska – General Manager PMP Americas.

Greg Welcher brings more than 34 years of experience in the pulp & paper industry and has been involved in paper machine equipment design, research, and commissioning throughout his career.

“PMP Group has a well-respected equipment brand name and I am excited to join the PMP Group and look forward to helping grow the North American business segment.” Greg Welcher – Director Pulp & Paper Business – North America.
(PMPoland S.A.)

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Marbach Joint Venture in China - Preparations are running at full speed  (Company news)

Marbach signed a joint venture contract at the end of 2017 with Masterwork (MK), a Chinese manufacturer of machines and systems for the packaging industry. After completing all the necessary formalities in spring 2018, preparations for the new Marbach production location in China are currently in full swing. Production at the Tianjin plant is scheduled to start in summer 2018.

Dominic Fischer, Assistant Project Manager China: "At the moment we are at the critical stage with intensive collaboration between Masterwork and Marbach. Our joint venture will be located in a large new MK building complex. We will have an area of approx. 1,600 m² available there. Of this area, 1,400 m² alone will be for our new production. The building has been completed and the Marbach area will be designed according to our requirements for a modern and efficient cutting-die production".

The production machines and required materials will arrive in Tianjin at the end of June, followed by immediate installation, so that Marbach can start production in summer as scheduled.

Fischer continues: "Of course we have expats in China who will be there and support us at the start of production and in the time immediately after. The local employees are already trained in advance in Heilbronn and in our subsidiary in Malaysia. And so we will be able to benefit from our experience of establishing subsidiaries in the USA and Malaysia. In addition, there will be regular visits from the project team to the location, so we will closely monitor the project in China to ensure a smooth start.

In addition to the new plant in China, Marbach has many locations around the globe and plans to further expand its international operations in the coming years.
(Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)

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Resolute to Invest Over $52 million in its Saint-Félicien Pulp Mill in Quebec  (Company news)

Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference attended by Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard, and many dignitaries and company employees.

"The significant investments at Saint-Félicien are expected to improve several areas of the operation, increasing the average daily production capacity by 76 metric tons and reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the use of fossil fuels by 20%," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer.

On April 30, 2018, Resolute announced a $13 million investment in its La Doré (Quebec) wood products facilities, also located in Lac-Saint-Jean. In 2016, the company inaugurated Toundra Greenhouse, located adjacent to the Saint-Félicien pulp mill, a $100 million joint venture project with local investors.

During the press conference, Yves Laflamme thanked local employees, government officials, as well as regional academic and economic development organizations for their continued support and advocacy.

Resolute employs close to 240 workers at the pulp mill, and more than 2,000 in the Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean region.

The upgrades are expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
(Resolute Forest Products)

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Veolia's HPD® black liquor evaporator system chosen by Chung Hwa Pulp  (Company news)

Chung Hwa Pulp has selected Veolia Water Technologies’ HPD® evaporator technology to upgrade its Hualien Mill in Taiwan. This upgrade requires raising the capacity and Heavy Black Liquor concentration of the black liquor evaporator trains, in order to meet the future production of fiber line.

The main design requirements from the client were the optimization of the steam consumption, while making sure not to overload the existing equipment and with minimal interaction with the existing plants.

Of the two evaporation trains (#3 and #4), only train #3 was modified, adding the seventh and eight effect, a parallel second effect and a back-up condenser. The output of both trains is concentrated at a new concentrator, integrated on train #3.

The project will involve an additional 80 t/h H2O evaporation and a solids increase from approximately 66% up to 75%.

“The optimized OPEX offered by Veolia’s solution to Chung Hwa Pulp was ultimately the difference maker in this project, consolidating Veolia’s positioning as an important partner in the Pulp & Paper industry” commented Klaus Andersen, CEO Veolia Water Technologies Americas.
(VWS Veolia Water Solutions & Technologies)

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Tim Görder appointed head of Solution Partner Support at Jowat SE  (Company news)

Tim Görder has been appointed Global Director of Solution Partner Support (SPS) at Jowat, effective 1 June. In his new position, Mr Görder will be responsible for coordinating the support provided to solution partners around the world. He aims to substantially expand the role of the SPS department as a central point of contact. Customers of Jowat will benefit from a superior service, thanks to the close cooperation with strong partners and optimally coordinated solutions. Tim Görder has previously served six years as Product Manager for the Paper / Packaging division.

Photo: On 1 June 2018, Tim Görder (on the right) will assume the position as Global Director of Solution Partner Support. He succeeds Manfred Kubo (left), who will retire after over 17 years with the enterprise. Source: Jowat SE

Solution Partner Support is a globally active department at Jowat, which coordinates the cooperation with and support provided to manufacturers of application technology, machines and substrates across industries and applications. In his new role, Tim Görder will look to increase the level of service as well as the network efficiency of the department with the help of a global team. In addition to serving as a central point of contact for solution partners, the department also facilitates the transfer of know-how. As a competent partner in all bonding-related questions, Jowat supplies not only adhesives for the development of processes and testing machines and application units but also provides know-how and trains machine operators. New ideas and trends are identified and developed together. This close cooperation makes it easy to react immediately to the requirements which may arise for the adhesive. In addition, all components – from the substrate to the adhesive – can be adapted optimally to each other. The result are jointly designed and implemented solutions for the problems in the bonding process.

“As the enterprise has grown globally, it has become increasingly important over time to coordinate Jowat’s cooperation with solution partners,” says Klaus Kullmann, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing at Jowat SE. “We are happy that Tim Görder has agreed to take on the position of Global Director for this challenging task. Under his direction, Solution Partner Support will strengthen Jowat’s international footprint.”
(Jowat SE)

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Nilpeter made a grand entrance at LabelExpo Southeast Asia 2018  (Company news)

Picture: The Nilpeter booth was very busy at the first-ever Labelexpo Southeast Asia

Nilpeter Asia Pacific made a grand entrance at the inaugural LabelExpo Southeast Asia that took place last week, May 10-12, at the world-class Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC).

The All New FA was Nilpeter’s main attraction, complemented by product offerings from their regional OEM-partners.

Great feedback from visitors
“This first LabelExpo show in Southeast Asia was indeed a success for Nilpeter,” says Sales & Marketing Director Jakob Landberg. “The Nilpeter stand was busy throughout the show with visitors from all over Asia - and even some from Africa, the Middle East, and South America. We sold several presses, established new contacts with various decision-makers, and identified new projects to be handled in coming months,” Jakob Landberg concludes.

The new FA generated great feedback from visitors, who showed a great deal of interest in the versatile, state-of-the-art flexo press. Nilpeter’s main takeaway from the inaugural LabelExpo Southeast Asia is, that the Thai market is thriving, and that the Nilpeter Technology Center in Bangkok is pivotal in this aspect.
(Nilpeter Asia Pacific Co. Ltd)

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ANDRITZ to supply bio-methanol plant for Södra's Mönsterås mill in Sweden  (Company news)

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Södra, Sweden, to supply a bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant for Södra’s pulp mill in Mönsterås.

The bio-methanol treatment plant supplied by ANDRITZ is designed to produce 5,000 tons of bio-methanol per year. The plant is a key part of a new process producing sustainable bio-methanol from renewable raw material. Bio-methanol can be used in shipping, for example, as a stand-alone fuel, as well as for the production of biodiesel (RME), as an additive in petrol, or as a raw material in the chemical industry. The methanol produced is compliant with the IMPCA Reference Specifications for merchantable methanol. Start-up of the plant is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.

The global methanol production is in the order of 80 million tons per year and is generated mostly from fossil raw materials. In the chemical wood pulping process, methanol is formed as a by-product that contains many impurities. This raw methanol is purified to a merchantable bio-methanol, which is chemically identical to fossil-based methanol. The bio-methanol generated contributes towards reducing the amount of fossil greenhouse gas emissions.

The current target of the European Union is to have 10% of the transport fuel of every EU country coming from renewable sources, such as biofuels, by 2020. The new EU Renewable Energy Directive 2 currently in preparation will significantly increase the share of advanced biofuels by 2030. “If Sweden is to achieve the fossil-free climate targets, there must be viable alternatives to the fossil-fuel products that are currently available. The investment in the new bio-methanol cleaning and purification plant contributes towards reaching this target. It is also a major part of Södra’s own strategy to be totally fossil-free by 2030,” said Henrik Brodin, Business Development Manager Energy of Södra.

“We are pleased to help Södra in achieving their sustainablilty targets with our innovative products and technologies. This is further proof of our excellent cooperation and partnership with Södra,” says Kari Tuominen, President and CEO of ANDRITZ Oy, Finland.
(Andritz AG)

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Lecta Presents Its New GardaPremium Natural Catalogue  (Company news)

A creative catalogue that highlights the new grade’s natural color
Produced in collaboration with the Italian publisher Contrasto, specialized in highquality photography books, Lecta’s new GardaPremium Natural catalogue features an exclusive selection of dramatic black-and-white and color photographs.

GardaPremium Natural is the most recent addition to Lecta’s coated paper portfolio, enriching its extensive range of premium papers for publishing.
GardaPremium Natural is a 2 side coated woodfree silk paper with a smooth surface in a natural shade that is particularly suited to the publishing industry’s needs. Available in 135, 150, 170 and 200 g/m2, the new grade offers good thickness, superb runnability, high rigidity and good resistance to cracking on fold, in addition to high opacity and excellent print results.

GardaPremium Natural's distinguishing feature compared to other papers currently on the market is its natural color, obtained without the addition of optical brighteners. This neutral tone is perfect for enhancing color as well as black-and-white images, drawing attention to every detail.

With GardaPremium Natural, whose print results can be seen in this catalogue, Lecta once again reaffirms its commitment to offering a range of high-quality papers designed to meet the needs of the most demanding publishing projects.

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Major forest companies and start-up businesses meet in the midst of PulPaper's international ...  (Company news)

.... atmosphere

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood&Bioenergy on 29–31 May represent the cornerstones of an international event for the forest industry, including an exhibition and extensive programme. In the event, approximately 500 companies ranging from forest industry giants to small start-up businesses will meet. Throughout the fair, there will also be various programmes in three different seminars and on three stages for information briefings. In total, about 100 experts will take the stage at the event.

The event for forest industry is created round PulPaper, and it has gained also international attention. Almost 130 international companies from over 20 countries are participating in the event. The seminar presenters with the longest journey will come from North America and Japan. The trade fair also expects visitors from various continents. In addition, many representatives from international media will come to the trade fair.

Start-ups help in taking digital leaps and in meeting the challenges of the circular economy
A total of 25 start-up businesses will be present at the trade fair, and all of them have developed solutions to the problems of circular economy and demands posed by digital leaps, to mention but a few. The start-up businesses offer innovations, for example, for recycling bio-ash and using wood as a raw material for various products. In addition, the businesses have developed tools to better utilise industrial internet and knowledge, to support strategic decision-making by means of artificial intelligence, and to exploit augmented reality, i.e. AR, in packaging industry in order to increase customer loyalty.

Information briefings provide a snapshot of the latest innovations in the industry
PulPaper’s exhibition area, Future Square, will offer free information briefings with themes in accordance with the trade fair days. On Tuesday, companies give short presentations about their new products and services. On Wednesday the floor will be given to forest companies, and on Thursday, the programme will be directed to students in the industry.

The forest companies will bring their directors, who will then talk about innovations, responsibility and brand new possibilities for the packaging industry. Timo Heikka, the Director of Biorefinery Unit at Stora Enso, will tell more about Stora Enso’s recent investments. Issues relating to responsibility and circular economy will be covered by Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, the Senior Vice President of Business Development at Metsä Fibre, as well as Saila Kettunen, the Director of Barrier Board at Kotkamills. Berry Wiersum, the Director of Sappi Europe explains, how innovations are now an integral part of the company’s operations. The programme also includes ideas concerning the future of the packaging industry in terms of new materials and digitalisation.

Pitching for the forest industry innovation contest
On Thursday, the semifinalists of the innovation contest aimed for the university students in the field of forest industry will take the Future Square stage with prepared pitches of their work. The innovation contest is named “Wood U Make It Happen”, and the goal is to select the best ideas with new approaches to the challenges in forest industry, as well as to the most common megatrends, such as population growth and environmental challenges.

Based on the pitches, the jury selects the finalists. The jury includes top experts in the field of bioeconomics, and the chairperson of the jury will be Maija Itkonen, founder of Gold&Green Foods. The first prize is EUR 10,000, second prize EUR 5,000, and the third prize EUR 3,000. The winners will be announced at the end of the year during the centennial celebrations of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

- The semifinalists in the contest represent a broad representation of various universities throughout Finland and also of many different approaches ranging from services to forest cultivation, as well as materials made from totally varied parts of the wood. This highlights the variety in innovation, and also the inspiring new prospects for using the wood in different ways, says jury chairperson Maija Itkonen.

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. They will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. PulPaper is an international forest industry event that includes an exhibition, seminars and other programmes, an evening programme and visits to Finnish mills.

In addition, the PulPaper Conference (30–31 May), Business Forum (29 May) and 3D Printing of Biomaterials (29 May) events will be organised in connection with the event (an admission fee is charged). An evening party for industry professionals will be held on 30 May. Free information briefings will be held in the exhibition area daily. Visits to Metsä Group’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.

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Esko presents 'Packaging Connected' at EskoWorld 2018  (Company news)

Annual user conference creates unique platform to connect entire packaging supply chain

Esko ( announces that EskoWorld 2018 will be held on June 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort and Spa, San Antonio, Texas. EskoWorld 2018 is the 27th annual conference for Esko users. More than ever before, its mission is to create a platform that connects the entire packaging supply chain. Leading brands, graphic and structural designers, flexo trade shops, sign makers and packaging and label converters will share ideas, gain product knowledge business expertise and exchange best practices.

A full agenda of valuable learning experiences
The three-day event includes nearly 100 educational sessions developed to help attendees enhance their knowledge of Esko solutions and expand their education on the industry’s latest trends. Interspersed will be sessions explaining specific product roadmaps, product training, and lectures on relevant topics. EskoWorld will focus on a number of inspirational tracks, allowing attendees, with varied backgrounds and interests, to attend sessions that apply most to them.

They include:
-Brands, Specification & Briefing including project and asset management and the packaging production workflow from idea to shelf.
-Design sessions.
-Artwork & Repro covering ways to produce print-ready artwork efficiently.
-Flexo Platemaking showcasing how companies can take control of flexo plate production. To support this, a CDI Crystal will be at the event.
-Printing ideas to help tackle the increased complexity of mixed printing environments (digital, flexo, gravure, offset) and expanded gamut printing.
-Finishing showing how companies can get the most out of their digital finishing equipment. A Kongsberg C24 will be demonstrated live at this years’ EskoWorld, supporting the demand of many users to get first-hand answers on their application and product questions.

Packaging Connected
New this year, Esko and its partners will conduct a three-hour opening session where they will share their vision for the industry’s future. “Packaging Connected: The Event” will start with a fictional program manager at a large CPG brand who is launching an update to an existing consumer product package. Presenters will offer a view as to how such a packaging project will get executed - from concept to finished product - through the eyes of the key supply chain stakeholders, including the brand owner, converters and premedia tradeshops. Using a combination of presentations, live product demos and background movies, complemented with an interactive debate between market leading technology suppliers and the audience, Esko and its partners will provide a vantage point and benchmark for each person’s workflow.

“During this EskoWorld, we want to demonstrate how Esko’s future continues to be driven by innovation. Brand owners see a shift in their go-to-market strategies inspired by e-commerce and internet activities. This calls for a strong connection between the physical package on the shelf and its online representation and promotion. Packaging is becoming a gateway to online content related to the product or brand, as a two-way communication tool between the brand and the consumer. This also calls for a faster time to market, feasible if the entire supply chain and the various stakeholders work in sync on a connected workflow platform. Esko’s future will be to continue to innovate the industry, to make “packaging connected.” says Udo Panenka, Esko President.

Executive Summit and brand owner tracks
More and more brand owners have been attending EskoWorld, particularly drawn to its track dedicated exclusively to brand owners. Those responsible for brand packaging can understand how to efficiently manage packaging and packaging assets as part of the go-to-market process and work with partners throughout the complete packaging supply chain.

EskoWorld will, again, also include a concurrent, Executive Summit, which will focus on inspiring business owners and decision makers about solutions and opportunities to improve their businesses. The objective is for customers to develop a greater confidence in Esko as a thought leader. It will build on intensive interaction among decision makers on relevant business, technology and economics subjects.

Esko Innovation Room
Esko will reprise its Esko Innovation Room, where attendees can consult with an Esko Application Solution Expert or attend mini session in one of the ‘corner classes’ such as how to work with; Navigating Esko online resources; the 3D experience; and learning about Equinox, and other color management tools.
(Esko Belgium)

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BillerudKorsnäs initiates negotiations on new organisation  (Company news)

BillerudKorsnäs announces that negotiations with labour unions over a proposal for new organisation will be initiated within short. The proposal contains a full profit and loss responsibility in three divisions.

“During my first months with BillerudKorsnäs, it has become clear to me that we have great conditions for profitable growth. In order for us to take maximum advantage out of these conditions, we need to become faster and clarify accountability within the company. This we now want to accomplish through a new organisation in three divisions with full profit and loss responsibility”, says Petra Einarsson (photo), President and CEO of BillerudKorsnäs.

The current organisation of BillerudKorsnäs is a matrix with three business areas, a production organisation and a number of supporting functions. The proposal for a new organisation, which will be subject to negotiations, contains an organisation in three divisions: sack and kraft papers, board and corrugated materials, and packaging solutions. The production units will be included in the division for sack and kraft papers and in the division for board and corrugated materials. All the details of the future organisation are not yet decided and will be worked out and negotiated going forward.

In parallel to this process, a review of the roles and composition of the senior management team of the company will also be carried out.
After finalised negotiations, the ambition is to staff the new organisation and fully implement it during the latter part of 2018. The external financial reporting of the company will be changed according to the new organisation by January 1st, 2019.
(BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))

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Vienna celebrates the first Gallus Labelfire 340 in Austria and Eastern Europe  (Company news)

On March 22nd, INSIGNIS-Etiketten, Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG and Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) celebrated the first installation of the Gallus Labelfire 340 in Austria and Eastern Europe.

Having drastically changed their information technology in 2017, INSIGNIS-Etiketten now took the next step towards innovation and industry 4.0 by investing in a new printing technology. With the Gallus Labelfire 340, the Viennese company perfectly completed their plant and now defines new capacities in digital printing. Bringing this state-of-the-art label printing system into service, the Austrian label printer not only broadens its internal product portfolio, but also increases its flexibility, quality and efficiency. Furthermore, investing in the first Labelfire in Austria and Eastern Europe, INSIGNIS takes a pioneering step towards a digital future.

For Ferdinand Hager, Managing Partner and Erwin Pudek, Managing Director of Insignis it was no question that such an important decision had to be celebrated accordingly, which is why they jointly organized the Industrial Inkjet Day that took place on March 22nd at the Insignis headquarters in Vienna.

More than 130 customers from Austria and other parts of the DACH region and Eastern Europe attended the event, where they were introduced to exciting topics such as digital inkjet and digitization in the label industry. Ferdinand Rüesch, Vice President of the Gallus board, Christof Naier, Head of Business Unit Label, Stephan Plenz, member of the Heidelberg Board, as well as Ferdinand Hager and Erwin Pudek gave full explanations and gave interesting insights into digital label printing. The presentations were excitingly accompanied by acrobatic show acts and crowned by the presentation of the Gallus Labelfire 340.

During the live demonstrations on the Gallus Labelfire, it was impressively shown how digital label printing influences the global market and how the Gallus Labelfire sets new standards in digital label printing.

The machine runs with a web speed of up to 50 metres per minute and offers seven colours plus white. „Speed is always important, but getting a finished embellished and die-cut digitally printed label at 50 meters per minute is what makes this machine stand out.” says Hager. “What we see in this machine are the many years of experience Gallus has in conventional label printing, which is also absolutely visible in the Gallus Labelfire. Flexo, screen printing, die-cutting, varnishing and inkjet are perfectly combined in a single system.”

Was multifunctionality a criterion when choosing the machine? “It was indeed a criterion”, confirms Hager. “For years we have been trusting in Swiss quality à la Gallus, and this cooperation continues in digital printing. It is like buying a Swiss watch: a long-term investment that lasts.”

„With this machine we will be extremely flexible while achieving top quality. Thanks to the extended color space with seven colors (CMYK + GOV) and digital white we cover more than 95% of the pantone color space. Additionally, with a physical resolution of 1200 dpi we reach offset quality, and sometimes even more than that.” says Erwin Pudek, managing director of Insignis, and adds: “This is absolutely brilliant”.

During the networking event that followed the presentations, the guests had the possibility to ask further questions in detail, see the machine point-blank and inform themselves further about Gallus and Heidelberg.

In retrospect it can be said that the Industrial Inkjet Day at Insignis was a huge success. It not only gave potential customers the possibility to extensively get to know the Gallus Labelfire 340, but it also demonstrated that the Austrian market is definitely all set for Gallus’ and Heidelberg’s digital printing system.
(Gallus Ferd. Rüesch AG)

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Kemira Pulp & Paper segment implements price adjustment to offset increasing freight costs in ...  (Company news)

... North America

Effective June 1, 2018, to offset rapid and unprecedented increases in freight costs, Kemira will implement a $0.02/pound price adjustment for all Process & Functional Chemicals sold on a delivered basis to pulp and paper customers in North America. The increase will apply to all customers whose price has not been previously adjusted for freight during 2018 and is independent of any future price adjustments based on raw material and manufacturing cost changes.

“Transportation costs have risen significantly and continue to rise. Carriers have raised freight rates to offset increasing costs due to the new “Electronic Logging Device and Hours of Service Rule” and a well-documented driver shortage. Likewise, our raw material suppliers are implementing price increases and/or freight surcharges to offset these same market forces,” says Billy Ford, Senior Vice President, Pulp & Paper Americas. “While Kemira has taken every possible mitigating step, we are unfortunately no longer able to absorb these increased costs.”
(Kemira Chemicals Inc.)

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Gustaf Nygren new Manager of SCA Maintenance  (Company news)

Gustaf Nygren (photo) has been employed as new Manager of SCA Maintenance. Gustaf comes to SCA from Quant Service Sweden AB, where he has held the position of VP Operations Manager, Scandinavia. He is succeeding Pär Eriksson, new Manager of SCA’s Obbola paper mill.
(SCA Forest Products AB)

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New Ricoh Pro™ C9200 Series Graphic Arts Edition maximises revenue and delivers business growth  (Company news)

Print Service Providers (PSPs) have the potential to enhance revenue, reduce operational costs and empower business growth thanks to the new Ricoh Pro C9200 Series of digital sheet fed colour presses.

Building on the highly successful Ricoh ProTM C9100 technology platform, the Pro C9200 Series offers increased image quality with outstanding registration. Its new Auto Colour Diagnosis technology assures colour consistency and stability by detecting and adjusting subtle tone fluctuations while printing.

Expanded media capability is delivered with enhanced long sheet capability of up to 1,030mm auto duplex 1,260mm simplex and increased media support up to 450gsm.

Productivity is increased with models printing at up to 115ppm (A4) or 135ppm (A4) while streamlined production is enabled with inline options offering the versatility to produce a wide variety of applications. A new, intuitive 17inch operator panel increases usability.

Continuous operation is enhanced with improved purge control. Maximum uptime is further assured by Operator Replaceable Units and replenishable toner on the fly.

A range of Digital Front End options are available with Fiery E-45 and E-85 from EFI and Ricoh’s high performance DFE TotalFlow Print Server R-62 which offers excellent integration with various pre-press workflow solutions including Prinergy from Kodak and Apogee from Agfa. Available as an option is IPDS support for AFP datastream printing environments.

“There is no other digital colour sheet fed press that matches the value performance package of the Ricoh Pro C9200,” states Eef de Ridder, Director, Commercial Printing of the Commercial & Industrial Printing Group, Ricoh Europe. “All these advances have been developed to flexibly support higher quality, on demand production of a wider range of services, printing on a broad choice of substrate types that includes synthetics, carbonless paper, coated and uncoated stock and envelopes. They help PSPs maximise production uptime and expand capabilities to more efficiently, cost effectively and profitably answer broadening market demands.”

The Ricoh Pro C9200 series will be available across EMEA from June. It will be showcased during a series of events across Europe this summer under the Art of the New 2018 banner.
(Ricoh Europe PLC)

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Digital printing for e-commerce packaging: discover Suitcase's story  (Company news)

VPK developed new e-commerce packaging for fashion start-up, Suitcase, complete with high-quality, digital printing.

Hip packaging concept for trendy start-up
Suitcase is one of the fresh, young start-ups that are part of the FNG Group, a steadily growing fashion company in the Benelux region. Suitcase offers online personalised styling advice to fashion-conscious men who don’t particularly like shopping, but do like stylish clothing. After a few targeted questions and a conversation with a personal stylist, Suitcase puts together an outfit tailored to your tastes. If there’s anything you don’t like, you send it back free of charge in our sturdy e-commerce return packaging.

Everything for a successful unboxing experience
VPK developed a hip box as e-commerce packaging, which can easily be returned by the customer if necessary. The design ensures the clothing is perfectly protected and suitably presented when it arrives at the client. Central to this is the unboxing experience: packaging is the first touchpoint with your e-commerce client.

The engineers and creative designers at VPK brainstormed a unique look for the packaging with a view to maximising the way it is experienced. Suitcase opted for digital printing which has numerous advantages.

The e-commerce packaging, produced from sustainable corrugated board, has a list of benefits:
-The shape of the packaging makes a nice reference to the brand name. The original shape, in combination with the prominent printing, ensures a unique unboxing experience.
-The packaging has a convenient handle and is printed on six sides to increase the ‘wow’ effect.
-Thanks to the digital printing, your e-commerce packaging is quickly ready for delivery. Furthermore, there are no problems involved in producing the packaging in small numbers.
-The printing is very easy to adapt and is excellent for achieving marketing goals. A promotion for a particular season? With digital printing, you adapt your print in no time.

Would you like to find our more from one of our packaging specialists? Or would you like more information about digital printing or e-commerce packaging? Get in touch today! Our experts are happy to help you create your sustainable packaging concept.
(VPK Packaging NV Headquarters)

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Cordier invests over 3 million euros in new wastewater treatment plant  (Company news)

Cordier Spezialpapier GmbH operates a wastewater treatment plant (ARA), which is supplied with production water by the two paper mills located in Bad Dürkheim, Schleipen and Cordier.

The ARA consists essentially of a biological and a chemical-physical stage with associated sludge treatment.

For the construction and operation of a new activated sludge tank with secondary clarification, Cordier submitted an appropriate permit planning to the responsible approving authority (Struktur- und Genehmigungsdirektion Süd – SGD Süd) in August 2015, which authorized the project. The new biology has more than double the volume of the old.

The challenging feature of the project was making the construction possible during ongoing operation. Cordier commissioned the ZWT Wasser- und Abwassertechnik from Bayreuth as a general contractor, who expertly supervised the project from the planning through the construction to the final acceptance for the entire construction period.

With total expenditure of more than € 3 million for this sustainable modernization, Cordier has taken great steps into the future of the site.

The extremely complex ARA optimization project was completed successfully in spring 2018 after a total period of three years with the construction acceptance in November 2017 and the final completion in the spring of 2018 following the implementation of ecological compensating plantations. The actual construction measures were even realized within only seven months.
(Cordier Spezialpapier GmbH)

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Greif, Inc. Releases 2017 Sustainability Report, Announces 2025 Goals and Gasser Award Winner  (Company news)

Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B) announces the launch of its online 2017 Sustainability Report, which details its 2025 global sustainability goals.

Photo: Peter G. Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ole G. Rosgaard, Senior Vice President and Group President, Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services, Americas and Global Sustainability

A global leader and industrial packaging solutions provider, Greif’s ninth annual Sustainability Report demonstrates the company’s commitment to continuous improvement through an integrated approach to environmental and social responsibility.

“Sustainability is defined in the Greif Way as using financial, natural and human resources wisely without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs,” explains Pete Watson, Greif’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “We view sustainability holistically as being good for the environment while also being good for our business, good for our colleagues and helping us deliver superior customer value.”

The online 2017 Sustainability Report features comprehensive pages, interactive charts and stories of Greif colleagues who demonstrate the epitome of sustainability and The Greif Way. Highlights from the report include:
-Sustainability strategies: delivering superior customer service, reducing our footprint, addressing risk, valuing our people, advancing the circular economy, financial performance and profitable growth
-Greif’s value chain and how that relates to stakeholder engagement and materiality

The report is prepared in full accordance with the GRI Standards Core guidelines and fulfills the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) annual Communication on Progress (COP).

Additionally, Greif announces that the Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services (RIPS) and Tri-Sure businesses in Brazil were recently awarded the 2017 Michael J. Gasser Sustainability Award, recognizing the successful efforts of the Brazilian team to reduce energy costs and overall environmental impact. By migrating to renewable energy, these operations have experienced a 30 percent reduction in energy costs on an annual average consumption basis and a 70 percent reduction in CO2 emissions, significantly reducing Greif's carbon footprint in Brazil in the first year.

“The efforts and accomplishments of the RIPS and Tri-Sure Brazilian teams demonstrate the dedication and ownership our colleagues have toward sustainability,” describes Ole Rosgaard, Senior Vice President and Group President, Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services - Americas, and Global Sustainability. “Our colleagues embody our global commitment of reducing our environmental impacts and risks across our value chain while keeping our products and people safe.”
(Greif Inc.)

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ANDRITZ to optimize plant operations at Zellstoff Pöls pulp mill with Metris OPP  (Company news)

International technology group ANDRITZ has been awarded an order by Zellstoff Pöls to optimize operations at its pulp mill in Pöls, Austria. The goal is to increase production, while stabilizing the pulp mill’s production process and optimizing chemical use at the same time. here.

The tried-and-tested Metris OPP system (OPP: Optimization of Process Performance) from ANDRITZ, which has been used successfully in reference plants all around the world, will be used here.

Metris OPP is an IIoT system developed by ANDRITZ and comprises a range of digitally supported tools based on big data analysis to improve industrial processes. The system has been modernized continuously in recent years, and new tools such as artificial intelligence, apps, and so on, have been added. More than 50 international groups are already working with Metris OPP successfully, many of which only began using it in the past two years. The overall net benefit generated by these companies so far with Metris OPP amounts to over 150 million euros.The OPP system, which is used above all in pulp and paper production, detects anomalies and deviations at an early stage by analyzing production data. As a result, countermeasures can be implemented in good time, guaranteeing reliable production and also optimizing operations, including the use of resources.
(Andritz AG)

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Södra: More green electricity and heat from forests  (Company news)

In 2017, Södra delivered more green electricity to the national electricity grid than ever before, and six times more compared with 2010. In the same year, Södra delivered heat equivalent to the district heating requirements of 25,000 homes. The increase in energy deliveries was enabled by Södra’s investments in its pulp mills over the past few years.

Since 2010, Södra has transformed from an electricity purchaser to becoming self-sufficient and, now, is also a major supplier of green electricity to the national electricity grid. The electricity is generated from the forest biomass processed at Södra’s mills. In 2017, a total of 335 gigawatt hours (GWh1) of electricity was delivered, equivalent to the annual consumption of 130,000 electric cars2. This represents Södra’s largest-ever electricity delivery.

“These deliveries are very positive. Over the past few years, we have invested SEK 6 billion in our pulp mills to increase production, which has also led to higher generation of green electricity. Sweden’s objective for 2030 is to increase the number of electric cars from 50,000 to 1,000,000, thereby increasing the amount of electricity required for road transport from approximately 100 GWh to 2,500-3,000 GWh. The forest industry can make a contribution here, and this is one of many examples of how forests can play a key role in the transition to a bioeconomy,” said Henric Dernegård, Energy Co-ordinator, Södra.

In addition to green electricity, Södra also delivered 414 GWh of heating to district heating networks in 2017, equivalent to the heating requirements of 25,000 homes3. The heating is delivered to nearby communities from Södra’s sawmills at Kinda and Torsås, and to Varberg, Karlshamn and Mönsterås from Södra’s three pulp mills.

“Deliveries to district heating networks mainly comprise excess heat from production processes. Our goal is to achieve resource efficiency and create social value by using every part of the tree,” said Henric Dernegård.
While Södra has been self-sufficient in green electricity since 2010, efforts are also under way to reduce Södra’s electricity consumption. One of Södra’s sustainability targets is resource efficiency – to reduce electricity and heating consumption by at least 10 percent by 2025.
(Södra Cell AB)

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Valmet and Georgia-Pacific Enter Agreement on eTAD(TM) Technology  (Company news)

Valmet and Georgia-Pacific have entered into a licensing agreement covering the eTAD(TM) tissue making technology. Under the license agreement, Valmet will market, manufacture and install Advantage eTAD machines for tissue customers outside North America.

The eTAD(TM) technology was developed by Georgia-Pacific.The company has three eTAD(TM) machines operating in North America; the latest two re-built by Valmet in 2012. The machines are running in full eTAD(TM) configuration and producing structured tissue and towel with high quality and absorbency. The eTAD(TM) concept provides an ultra-premium product with high bulk to fiber ratio in combination with low energy and water consumption. The concept is also capital efficient.

"We are very excited about this agreement that will support our strategy to provide tissue making solutions that offer top quality tissue with sustainable production. Valmet and its customers will have the possibility to make trial runs on Georgia-Pacific's pilot eTAD(TM) machine, and also bring customers to reference visits at mills with operating eTAD(TM) machines. This agreement will further strengthen our product portfolio and ensure that we are able to provide tissue machine concepts covering the whole product range," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

"This technology meets consumer needs for premium qualities in tissue products, including softness and absorbency," says Kurt Adams, Vice President, R&D, Georgia-Pacific. "We are pleased to license eTAD(TM) technology to Valmet as we recognize the value-creating potential of offering this technology more broadly."
(Valmet Corporation)

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Sixteen TT SYD are being manufactured at Toscotec’s Massa Technology Lab  (Company news)

Since its inauguration in 2016, this fully integrated plant has been operating at full capacity, implementing the entire production cycle of Toscotec’s TT SYD, from metalworking, precision mechanical machining to thermal treatment and surface metallization, up to non-destructive tests and certifications.

The sixteen TT SYD that are presently under construction feature different sizes, with diameters ranging from 3,650 mm to 6,705 mm and width from 3,100 to 6,050 mm. Toscotec has been manufacturing the world’s largest diameter steel Yankee dryers and their demand has been steadily going up to this day: 50% of the TT SYD currently under construction have diameters from 18 to 22 ft. In view of this, the strategic choice of the Technology Lab’s location offers a clear logistical advantage, by ensuring that large diameter Yankees get easy access to the seaport for expedite shipping operations.

The market’s demand for medium and large diameter TT SYD is far-reaching around the globe. The orders for these sixteen Yankee cylinders come from paper mills situated across four continents: Asia, North and South America, Europe and Africa, with Asia and the Americas together taking the lion’s share.

Toscotec sustained operations in the manufacturing of TT SYD are testament to the success of Toscotec’s design, including large diameter Yankees. Feedback from the first installations of 18 ft Yankees and of 22 ft Yankees have been of substantial improvements in drying efficiency, attracting paper mills to the opportunity of cost savings. Toscotec’s global market share of steel Yankee dryers exceeds 60% and nearly all new steel Yankees currently installed in paper mills in Western Europe are Toscotec-supplied.

Parallel to the success of its manufacturing operations, Toscotec is relentlessly striving for new breakthroughs with its R&D division. Following the engineering of the second generation TT SYD in late 2013, with improved rib design and metallization, as well as increased thermal exchange, Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryers are now looking into the future with their third generation’s design, which will be presented later this year.
(Toscotec S.p.A.)

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Voith NipcoFlex shoe press improves quality and production at BM 1 at ...  (Company news)

... MEL Macedonian Paper Mills

Picture: Voith NipcoFlex shoe press at Macedonian Paper Mills BM1

- Better board quality and runability a key criterion
- Voith's integrated overall concept impresses board manufacturer
- Detailed advance planning and close collaboration allow smooth rebuild and production start

The installation of a new NipcoFlex shoe press was part of a comprehensive modernization of the Macedonian Paper Mills in Thessaloniki, Greece. With its help, the company was able to improve the quality and quantity of paper production. At the same time, the use of Voith technology reduced the plant's use of resources and therefore improved the company's competitiveness.

The installation of a NipcoFlex shoe press was the first step in a comprehensive rebuild of the BM 1 at Macedonian Paper Mills (MEL) in Thessaloniki. This measure allowed the internationally operating manufacturer of board and packaging papers to increase machine production by 15 percent. But this increase is only one of the goals of the upgrade, as Georgios Georgiadis, the manager of the board factory, explains: “With the new press section we were able to improve board quality characteristics, reduce breaks and therefore significantly increase machine availability.” MEL mainly produces paper for packing foodstuffs on its BM1. In this segment, good printability is a major criterion. The investment in the new press section is therefore an important first step towards meeting customer requirements in the long term.

The NipcoFlex technology used on the BM 1 reliably corrects deviations in the CD profile and ensures a uniform thickness across the entire 4.110 millimeter wide paper web. A large Yankee cylinder and a coating system with drying function improve the smoothness of the surface.

One challenge associated with modernizing the plant was the tight time frame. The Voith service team had just three weeks to complete the project. Thanks to good preliminary planning and the smooth collaboration between all participants the BM 1 could be restarted on 23 July 2017. As the team from MEL was not familiar with the shoe press technology, comprehensive training including visits to similar systems was conducted in the run-up to the rebuild.

As well as improved paper quality and increased production, the new press section offers another advantage: The BM 1 now needs much less steam, which reduces the energy consumption of the machine. Despite this saving in resources, the NipcoFlex technology also enables a higher dry content in the paper web.

Several factors prompted MEL to work with Voith on this project. One of the key aspects was that Voith has more than 150 years of experience in building paper machines, is a technology leader in many areas and is renowned for the high reliability of its products. In addition, MEL has already worked with Voith on numerous projects, the results of which have been consistently positive for the board mill team. Ultimately, Voith also convinced the customer with an overall concept that was integrated technically and financially. That this was the right decision was not just confirmed by the smooth start to production.

“The atmosphere between the individual teams was excellent. The close collaboration with the colleagues from Voith Tolosa even resulted in some friendships,” says Georgiadis, adding: “I will certainly recommend collaboration with Voith to colleagues in the paper and board industry.”

The project is part of a comprehensive upgrade by the board mill. For example, MEL is investing in its own biomass power plant, which not only supplies power to the paper machine but is also used for steam generation.
(Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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Contract signed for construction of modern warehouse  (Company news)

Borregaard and Borg Havn have agreed to build a modern, sustainable lignin warehouse in Øra, near Fredrikstad. The warehouse will be 19 000 square metres in area, which corresponds to 43 000 pallet positions.

"This project will reduce CO2 emissions from road transport and relieve traffic growth on European roads. It will also greatly reduce the local heavy transport related to Borregaard's exports from Borg Havn,” says Per A. Sørlie, CEO of Borregaard.

“We are very happy to be working with Borregaard on this project. The warehouse is important for several reasons. Not only will all of Borregaard's lignin now be stored in a centrally located logistics warehouse, but the position of the port will also be strengthened. Increased volumes will allow for transport to more European destinations, which will also benefit other users of the port. In this way, sea transport will increase and heavy road traffic will decrease,” says Tore Lundestad, Port Director of Borg.

The new warehouse will optimise product flow and improve logistics. Today, Borregaard stores lignin at a number of different sites, several of which are outside the company’s premises. Lignin is currently transported via Borregaard's own port facility or by road to Borg for delivery to customers. A new warehouse to store all the lignin will therefore mean more efficient logistics with fewer stages of transportation.

Concurrently with the construction of the warehouse in Øra, another lignin spray dryer is being built at Borregaard's production facility in Sarpsborg. Spray dryers are used to convert liquid lignin to powder form, which significantly reduces transport, especially heavy transport, between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad.

Borregaard is keen to have efficient zero-emissions solutions for the transportation of raw materials to its production facilities and products to its customers. In addition to a joint pilot project to study possible autonomous transport solutions by ship across the River Glomma between Sarpsborg and Fredrikstad, Borregaard is also looking into the future potential for road transport using electric vehicles.

Borregaard's plant in Sarpsborg has an annual lignin capacity of 160 000 tons, and an increasing proportion is speciality products. A centralised warehouse at Borg is part of a project where Borregaard is investing NOK 500 million in upgrading and specialisation of the Sarpsborg plants producing lignin products. The project also involves enhanced drying capacity, new ideas for the storage of liquid materials and improved solutions for logistics, infrastructure and energy.

The warehouse will be completed in mid-2019. It will be built and owned by Borg Havn Eiendom AS, a subsidiary of Borg Havn IKS. The main contractor is Metacon (Rakkestad), the warehouse shelving will be supplied by Lager & Industrisystemer (Vinterbro) and the architect is Bjar Arkitekter (Fredrikstad). The building is designed for future energy-saving solutions such as roof-mounted solar cells.
(Borregaard ChemCell)

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Converter Challenges to be addressed at FINAT European Label Forum  (Company news)

The challenges being faced by converters and the emerging technical trends that are impacting their businesses are among the key topics that will be addressed at the 4th FINAT European Label Forum, Dublin, from 6-8 June. This important event will provide attendees with insight and guidance as they think about the future of their businesses in a rapidly evolving environment.

The forum has been developed as a platform for owners, CEOs, and sales and marketing managers to help them better address business challenges for today and tomorrow, be inspired by success stories, learn from experts in different areas of expertise, share views and opinions, and enter into dialogue that will shape the future. Attendees will also gain experience through engagement and networking with peers from across Europe.

Technology, Business Development and Compliance driving the future of label converting
Thursday afternoon will feature parallel business learning sessions. Attendees will be able to choose two from the six offerings that best meet their needs and interests. The sessions include:
-Going Digital - Challenges and Opportunities from Converter and Brand Owner Perspectives: Jennifer Dochstader and David Walsh of LPC Inc. will provide an update of the findings of the FINAT-commissioned report about the state of affairs in digital label printing, including new data and information about digital labels from a European brand perspective.
-Brand Protection, Product Authentication and Similar Issues: James Bevan of Vandagraf will cover the latest trends and developments in security brand protection and anti-counterfeit technologies, including taggants and forensic markers as well as connected packaging.
-A Food Labels Panel of Experts consisting of Jakob Abildgoard of Dan Labels, Robert Rae of GEW and Niklas Olsson of Flint Group will share the benefits of expanding market scope, using narrow web converting for indirect food packaging. The panel will also touch on European legislative demands for labels as well as an update on the latest technologies for UV curing.
-The Total Cost of Ownership of Alternative Label Printing Technologies: Sean Smyth of Smithers Pira will discuss common misconceptions about the cost of manufacturing labels and set the record straight with respect to the decision process for investments in new technologies. He’ll present a methodology for identifying cost effective label printing technology and can be used to evaluate investments, even in a rapidly evolving technology environment such as the labels industry is facing today.
-How to Measure ROI to Improve B2B Marketing Results: Bert van Loon, business marketing strategist, will describe the rapidly changing landscape in B2B marketing as it becomes more content- and technology-driven. He will explain modern ROI methods for marketing that will enable organizations to increase marketing effectiveness.
-EU Falsified Medicines Directive – How to implement serialization and tamper evidence: Dieter Moessner, Pharma Project Engineer at Edelmann, will share details on new EU directives and address audience questions. The focus will be on the effects and consequences for the label industry and how label companies can best prepare.

FINAT President Chris Ellison says, “With the industry under increasing pressure to meet so many market demands quickly, expertly and cost efficiently, there are many topics up for discussion at this year’s forum. That is why we have created a diverse agenda that will deliver empowering knowledge and spur inspiring conversations, enabling attendees to tackle these challenges creatively. With insight on the latest global influences, market trends and business practices collected from our expert speakers and knowledge gathered from peer to peer networking, participants will be able to reenergise their businesses to ensure they remain competitive in the years to come.”

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ENCE starts the biomass plant project in Puertollano   (Company news)

The agreement reached nearly a year ago with Elcogás for the purchase of the site of its GICC plant in Puertollano (Ciudad Real), and the environmental and administrative steps necessary to set up a biomass plant, ENCE Energía y Celulosa has reached an agreement to purchase the rights for installing a biomass power generation plant of 50 MW in said location. Likewise, ENCE has signed a contract with Sener for the turnkey construction of the plant.

The study and development of the project has been worked on in great detail for one year in order to obtain all necessary permits and authorizations, and to guarantee that the plant is energy-wise optimatly located and that the best engineering and construction quality, is delivered together with a supply of competitive and stable biomass.

The support of Endesa ─one of the main shareholders of Elcogás─ should be highlighted: It has been forthcoming since the projects inception as has been its commitment to contribute to the economic development of Puertollano, the creation of employment in the area and the use of important local natural resources.

In the surroundings of the future Puertollano Plant there is an abundant biomass assured and also the possibility of having a stable supply of fuel at a competitive cost. The plant will mainly use vine shoots and orujillo, as well as local forest residues, all of which will contribute to the sustainable best use of these renewable resources and an important generation of rural employment.

The signed construction contract will provide the plant with the most advanced technologies to guarantee optimum environmental performance. The investment that ENCE foresees is of 115 million € and it is estimated that it will contribute an annual EBITDA of 13 million €. The commercial is planned for the second half of 2019 and will thus complement the biomass plant that ENCE is currently building in Huelva.

The expected joint EBITDA of these two new operations will exceed 24 million € per year, with which ENCE will achieve an estimated EBITDA of 84 million € / year in its independent energy business by 2020, exceeding the objective set out in its Strategic Plan 2016-2020 of reaching an EBITDA of 78 million €.
(Grupo Empresarial#ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)

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Koenig & Bauer: First quarter of 2018 in line with expectations  (Company news)

Koenig & Bauer on track to meet targets for 2018: revenue growth of around 4% and an EBIT margin of around 7%

-Order intake lower due to the previous year’s substantial security press project
-Well filled project pipeline in all business fields
-Revenue and EBIT below prior year due to stronger concentration of deliveries in H2
-Service revenue up
-Increase in order backlog to €648.5m with a book-to-bill ratio of 1.15
-Increase in equity ratio to 37.9%
-Net liquidity including securities of €103.7m

Photo: Koenig & Bauer was able to increase service revenue with proactive offerings such as analyses for optimising processes and boosting efficiency of the customer installations

Order gains in packaging printing
Order intake in the Sheetfed segment, which is dominated by packaging printing, rose by 5.3%. Ralf Sammeck, the management board member responsible for this segment: “After widening our share of the global market across all format classes in 2017, we expanded our market leadership in large formats in Q1 2018.” Sheetfed EBIT was down on the previous year due to the delivery-related decline in revenue. Despite the growth in new business for flexible packaging, Digital & Web order intake fell short of the previous year as fewer orders were received for digital and newspaper web presses. With revenue up slightly, EBIT came under pressure from the low revenue level and R&D expenses as well as expenses on future growth. Despite the significant growth in metal decorating and marking and coding, order intake in the Special segment fell short of the previous year, which had included a large order for a security printing press. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “With a good project pipeline in security printing, the booking of the usually large orders is not spread evenly over the individual quarters.” EBIT in the Special segment was also slightly lower than in the previous year due to the delivery-related decline in revenue.

Balance sheet strengthened substantially
Cash flows from operating activities rose substantially over the previous year (–€14.9m) to €20.3m. The free cash flow was burdened by the final payment instalment of €34.8m for the external funding of a part of the pension provisions. CFO Mathias Dähn: “Following the transfer of our reinsurance claims against the insurer to the beneficiary active employees, we netted the financial receivables against the pension provisions. This reduced the balance sheet total by €59.9m, causing the equity ratio to rise to 37.9%.”

Group targets for 2018: revenue growth of around 4% and an EBIT margin of around 7%
Looking ahead over the next few quarters, the management board expects a positive order development thanks to the ongoing expansion of the service business, growing demand in the packaging markets and expected new orders in security printing alongside the high order backlog. CFO Mathias Dähn: “The significantly increasing revenue momentum in the second half of the year together with further progress made by the cost-cutting projects in security printing, purchasing and production will lead to a clear improvement in group earnings. In the absence of any material deterioration in global economic and political conditions for our international business, we expect to achieve organic growth of around 4% in group revenue and an EBIT margin of around 7% in 2018. This will put us on track to achieving our EBIT margin target of 9% and an organic revenue growth rate of around 4% p.a. by 2021.”

Progress made in projects for additional profitable growth
Koenig & Bauer is working intensively on further applications in packaging, digital and industrial printing to achieve additional profitable growth beyond its medium-term goals. CFO Mathias Dähn: “One focus is the large and significantly growing market for analogue direct printing on corrugated board, for which we have developed the CorruFLEX and CorruCUT sheetfed flexo presses, both of which have a number of unique features. An important milestone was reached with the first CorruCUT order from the renowned pilot customer Klingele. After the completion of initial testing at our new demonstration centre in Würzburg, the CorruCUT will be installed on the first customer’s premises at the beginning of 2019. As a globally leading supplier of presses for 3-piece can decorating, we want to expand our profile by entering the 2-piece can market. The newly developed CS MetalCan offers users decisive advantages. Following two contract signings at the end of last year, we will be commencing intensive field-testing shortly with the target of sales launch at the end of 2018.”

After fully achieving and even exceeding its guidance last year thanks to strong revenue and earnings performance in the fourth quarter, the Koenig & Bauer group remains on track to meet its targets for 2018, underpinned by a high order backlog and a well filled project pipeline. In addition to good group-wide capacity utilisation, the progress that has been made in the projects for achieving further EBIT gains by 2021 is providing a solid basis. Service revenue climbed from €67.4m in the previous year to €71.8m in the first quarter of 2018.

At €250.9m, group order intake in the first three months of 2018 was down on the previous year’s figure of €321.5m, which had been influenced by a major security project. CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Alongside our expansionary service business, we made further progress in the flourishing packaging printing. With our customer-centric solutions, we were able to increase order intake in cardboard and film printing, metal decorating, marking and coding printing. As expected, demand for digital printing presses was subdued.” Group revenue (€217.3m) and EBIT (–€1.9m) were down on the previous year (€259.1m and €5m, respectively) in Q1. CFO Mathias Dähn: “Due to the delivery dates requested by our customers, press installations in 2018 will be concentrating on the second half of the year and particularly Q4 to an even greater extent than last year.”
(Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))

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Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for a customer in China  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a high-speed containerboard making line for a customer in Zhejiang province, China. The board production line is designed to produce high-quality recycled fluting grades and the start-up is scheduled for the end of year 2019.

Photo: OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type and scope is typically around EUR 25-35 million.

The customer's goal for the project is to increase its capacity and market share. "The customer is growing strongly and wants to achieve larger market share with more production capacity and a bigger production machinery. Valmet's strong references convinced the customer to choose our reliable and high-performing technology. One differentiating and decisive factor was Valmet's new type of a spray sizer," says Fan Ze, Vice President, Capital Sales, China, Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery includes a complete containerboard making line with broke collection, approach flow system, an OptiFlo Foudrinier headbox, an OptiFormer Hybrid forming section with shoe and blade technology, an OptiPress Center press section, an OptiRun dryer section, OptiAir Hood high humidity hood, an OptiSizer Spray sizer with related supply system and surface size preparation system, ventilation equipment for board machine, and an OptiReel Pope reel. The delivery includes also Valmet IQ quality measurement system (QMS).

The 7,250-mm-wide (wire) board machine will produce recycled fluting grades with the basis weight range of 60-140 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,400 m/min.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Progroup consistently pursues Two Twentyfive growth strategy - Progroup opts for site in ...  (Company news)

...Saxony-Anhalt (Germany) for PM3

Having announced back in mid-February that active preparations for the construction of another paper factory were underway, Progroup has now decided on its location. Progroup will be constructing the new state-of-the-art paper factory in Germany in the town of Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt). As things stand today, construction work is scheduled to commence in the first quarter of 2019 and the current plan is for the project to be completed in the second half of 2020.

Under the Progroup umbrella, the production facilities of Propapier and Prowell form a corresponding system with the aim of balancing out the production capacities of both divisions of the business in an optimum way. Following the announcement of the construction of up to four more corrugated sheetboard plants by 2021 and the decision on the location for the third paper factory, Progroup is now embarking on the intensive implementation phase for its Two Twentyfive strategy period.

Progroup opts for site in Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)
Following an intensive search for a site across Europe, the PM3 paper machine will be constructed in Sandersdorf-Brehna near Bitterfeld (Germany). In addition to the physical proximity to the sites of Progroup’s other two paper factories (PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt), it was the excellent transport links and the high level of industrial expertise in the region in particular that swayed the decision in favour of this location.

With a level of investment totalling €375 million for constructing the paper machine, approx. 140 highly skilled direct jobs and approx. 350 indirect jobs will be created in the region, depending on the final technical configuration of the machine. As well as the construction of the paper factory, in a second stage the overall project also envisages building a dedicated RDF power plant which will then supply the new paper machine with steam and electricity in an energy-efficient way.

The production facilities will be implemented on a “greenfield” construction plot covering an area of approx. 450,000 square metres. Following the principles of the Power of Innovation, Progroup is investing in eco-conscious, state-of-the-art facilities and is once again living up to its Green Hightech philosophy.

State-of-the-art paper machine for containerboard
Production is currently scheduled to start as early as the second half of 2020. The new PM3 paper machine will produce corrugating medium and testliner within the grammage range of from 80 to 150 gr/m². After the initial start-up phase, the plant will manufacture an annual capacity of 750,000 tonnes of containerboard with a working width of 9.20 metres. Together with the two paper factories PM1 in Burg and PM2 in Eisenhüttenstadt, the total annual production capacity of containerboard will then increase from 1,100,000 tonnes to around 1,850,000 tonnes.
(Progroup AG)

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TRESU presents expanded ancillary programme for automated flexo ink supply at Print4All 2018  (Company news)

TRESU will be presenting its full range of value-adding and cost-saving ancillaries for flexographic applications at Print4All 2018, hall 18 stand 14, Fiera Milan, Rho, 29 May – 1 June. At the show, there will also be information about TRESU’s Flexo Innovator printing line, a mid-web press that has proven to offer high quality, fast setup times, ergonomic operation and industry-leading speeds of up to 800m/min for paperboard packaging applications.

Chamber doctor blades for all flexo print widths
Operational products featured on the stand are the latest chamber doctor blade solutions to ensure optimum performance, ink use, and ink preservation. The range includes the light weight CFC chamber with carbon fibre ink-repellent surface for high corrosion resistance; the Ceraflex chamber with ceramic surfaces; the new SAVEink chamber for narrow web applications, and FlexiPrint Easy chambers, for flexible packaging. Each of these solutions has been designed for specific applications and challenges.

The SAVEink chamber, making its global debut at Print4All, is light for fast and frequent job or ink changes. The SAVEink chamber has a preset doctor blade and offers precise application control for press widths up to 800mm.The chamber easily locks into place and is sealed so there is no risk of spilling, or ink contamination.

Also on show for the first time will be the MaxiPrint Concept for wide format applications. Available in widths of 1600mm to 6000mm, the chamber features an integrated cleaning nozzle with a robustly designed water-shot mechanism to ensure efficient cleaning of the chamber and anilox roll in a short time. The low pressure shot mechanism ensures minimal water loss during cleaning. Featuring TRESU’s patented seal system MaxiPrint prevents leakage and interaction of the chamber contents with the atmosphere. The enclosed environment, resulting from the seal and precise blade positioning, ensures pressure and flow rate are maintained at desired levels without manual intervention. Air contamination is prevented, and the foam-free transfer of ink / coating directly to the anilox cells is enabled at fast speeds. The TRESU P-Line pneumatic clamping system also ensures fast, safe blade exchange within two minutes.

F10 iCon automatically regulates ink supply
The F10 iCon is a lean, innovative solution for safe, stable and controlled ink circulation. Using the patented TRESU ViscoFlow, the F10 iCon automatically adjusts flow, ink pressure and viscosity, providing complete ink process control and outstanding print quality. Eliminating the labour-intensive, time-consuming task of monitoring ink flow, the F10 iCon offers a high degree of automation and precision.

The F10 iCon is also energy-efficient, and cuts waste and reduces downtime. Ideal for common impression (CI) printing machines with TRESU chambers, stack presses and other press configurations, the F10 iCon is retrofittable as an upgrade of your existing equipment. The F10 iCon can be used with numerous substrates, including plastic, foil, film, carton board and paper.

Flexo Innovator printing line for high print quality, fast job changes and sustainability
Information and animations of TRESU’s complete printing lines and coating systems will also be presented on the stand. A highlight will be the Flexo Innovator press, for high-value packaging applications, combining outstanding print quality, high speed, fast job changes, sustainable printing and ergonomic design.

Available in several widths between 670mm and 1700mm, the Flexo Innovator is a custom-configured multi-process, inline printing and converting press for folding carton board, paper, laminates and metallic substrates.

The TRESU Flexo Innovator provides an efficient, single-pass alternative to labour-intensive central-impression printing, enabling the integration of water-based, solvent and UV-curable inks, plus multiple high-end complementary processes such as reverse printing, direct/reverse gravure coating, inkjet, cold-foil lamination and converting.

With high-speed unit-to-unit air drying, automated ink supply and sleeve systems, the press provides a stable, efficient printing platform at speeds of up to 800 metres per minute.

Sustainability is central to the design of the Flexo Innovator, with a host of features that reduce waste, energy usage and emissions reflecting TRESU’s commitment to minimising the environmental footprint of flexographic print.

Efficient energy consumption is achieved with a unique gas heating solution and a software design where servo motors run with relatively low power. Drying units recycle a high proportion of air inside the dryer and, from the exhausted air, a major part of the energy is recycled by means of the central heat exchange module. The drying system’s temperature and air nozzle speed can be adjusted to the requirements of the job, avoiding overheating of the substrate or the need for excessive chilling. Chilling systems safely extract heat from the press to external condensers that can return the energy to the incoming cold fresh air. Web-changing systems, plus automated register and colour controls, minimise material waste in the start-up phase, while the F10 iCon ink supply system maximises returns of ink for reuse after production. Furthermore, the Flexo Innovator’s ability to match the quality of gravure gives converters a cleaner alternative for reproducing added-value metallic and high-definition effects with water-based flexo inks, instead of solvent inks.

TRESU’s ancillary solutions, such as enclosed chambers and ink supply systems, plus automated press controls, ensure uniform quality, minimal manual intervention and automatic ink changes in minutes. Shorter makeready times, to optimise uptime, especially when performing shorter runs.

Integrated coating systems for digital printing
At the stand, there will also be presentations about TRESU’s coating workflow for integration with digital printing lines.

TRESU coating systems integrate with sheet-fed digital presses to apply added-value coatings and metallic embellishments to folding carton, papers and synthetic materials. Applying full-surface or spot coatings, the systems provide the essential link in a productive single-pass digital printing and converting solution for pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food and beverage, promotional gifts, consumer electronics packaging and commercial printing applications.

TRESU iCoat single and dual coaters are available for HP Indigo presses; TRESU Pinta is available for Xerox iGen presses. The coaters perform at maximum speeds equivalent to those of the press. Fast sleeve changeovers and automatic chamber cleaning bring setup times to within five minutes.

Additionally, TRESU supplies a comprehensive range of consumables such as varnish media, tapes and sleeves, as well as cutting equipment, thereby covering every element in this coating workflow. The TRESU iCut 30000 digital cutter provides an instant means of preparing plates for localised coating situations.

TRESU’s digital coating systems are helping a rapidly growing number of printers benefit from inline gloss and matte coating of folding cartons and other products. With fast, efficient job changeovers, TRESU’s digital coaters enable printers to have a robust, highly efficient, value-adding solution for today’s packaging demands.

Facing market and economic challenges
Knowing what equipment to invest in, and when, is challenging for converters. TRESU can help companies identify where their workflow can be improved, and what services can contribute to their value proposition.

“While there has been significant growth in some areas of print in recent years, companies are often reluctant to initiate capital investment in new presses,” said Gianni Amendola, branch office manager, TRESU Italy. “This is where modest investment in value-adding and cost-cutting ancillaries can help to improve print quality, make converters leaner, more competitive, and more profitable.

“The TRESU ancillaries shown at Print4All can be retrofitted and integrated into existing workflows to deliver results that go straight to the bottom line,” Amendola concluded.
(Tresu A/S)

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Valmet to supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger in Germany  (Company news)

Valmet will supply a containerboard making line for Hamburger Rieger GmbH at its Spremberg Mill in Germany. The new production line (PM 2) including Valmet's automation solutions will be designed to produce high-quality testliner grades based on 100% recycled paper.

Photo: After signing the contract, from left: Werner Ofenböck, Jan Hagen (both from Hamburger), Harri Heikkilä (Valmet), Harald Ganster (Hamburger), Vesa Simola (Valmet), Cord Prinzhorn (Hamburger) and Marko Oinonen (Valmet)

With the new high performance boardmaking machine producing products of a wide basis weight range, Hamburger aims to further strengthen its position in the growing European containerboard business. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for mid-2020.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The total value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 70-90 million.

"The ability to show good references is always an important factor when a customer chooses a supplier. This was also crucial for Hamburger when they decided to make an agreement with Valmet. Valmet's technology delivers high productivity, resource efficiency, excellent quality and low operating costs. We have built up a good and close relationship with Hamburger over the years. This forms an optimal foundation for an excellent project and a strong reference for Valmet in Europe," says Vesa Simola, EMEA Area President of Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery
Valmet's delivery will include a new high-capacity containerboard machine from headbox to reel followed by an OptiWin Pro winder. The winder was selected because it gives high capacity due to its proactive winding geometry and faster sequences. The winder is equipped with Dual Unwind giving even higher capacity because the parent rolls can be changed in only one minute. The machine will be delivered with a fabrics package. The automation solution includes Valmet IQ quality measurement system and Valmet DNA process control system. The delivery will also include process support for six months after the start-up. The goal of the support period is production and quality development.

The 8,600-mm wide (wire) containerboard machine will produce uncoated white and brown testliner and white top testliner grades with a basis weight range of 90-180 g/m2. The design speed of the machine will be 1,500 m/min and the capacity 500,000 tonnes annually.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Orchids Paper Products Company Announces New Chief Financial Officer  (Company news)

Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE American: TIS), a national supplier of high-quality consumer tissue products, announced the appointment of Mindy Bartel as Chief Financial Officer.

Prior to joining Orchids, Ms. Bartel served as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Carlex Glass America, an original equipment manufacturer of automobile glass. Ms. Bartel has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing and technology service industries.

"We are pleased to have Mindy join Orchids as our new CFO," stated Jeff Schoen, CEO of Orchids. "Her strong manufacturing background will enable her to make a significant contribution to the company as we execute on our long-term strategic objectives," added Schoen.
(Orchids Paper Products Company)

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Bacterial nanocellulose can become a strength enhancer in board, textiles and bioplastics   (Company news)

In a joint research project Umeå University and Processum will develop methods for production of bacterial nanocellulose (BNC) (photo) from residual streams from the pulp and paper industry. The aim is to produce sufficient quantities of bacterial nanocellulose to be tested as additive in board, textile and bioplastics applications. Collaboration with companies from the paper and pulp industry as well as companies on the application side is thus welcome.

Different types of nanocellulose can give new and improved characteristics to a number of different materials. So far, research as well as most demonstration and production efforts have primarily been focused on cellulose nanofibers (CNF), and cellulose nanocrystals, (CNC). In this project researchers from Umeå University and Processum will develop and scale up a method for production of BNC. As the name says, the nanocellulose is produced by bacteria.

"At Umeå University our research group has already been able to produce bacterial nanocellulose in laboratory scale based on a residual stream from a pulp mill", says Professor Leif Jönsson who is in charge of the research group. "We have produced small amounts of BNC which we have added to paper with promising results. The paper got improved mechanical characteristics, i.e. higher tensile and tear index. Nanocellulose produced with the aid of bacteria differs from CNF and CNC. It is purer, has a higher degree of polymerisation, is more crystalline and thinner."

"The way to produce bacterial nanocellulose today is expensive as the methods are inefficient and the growth medium is expensive", says Björn Alriksson, Head of Group -Biotechnology at Processum. "This is why we will use low-value residual streams from pulp mills as substrate and the production will be carried out in stirred bioreactors to try to improve the production. In this project we will scale up the process starting in our laboratory scale multibioreactors, then continue with experiments in our 50 litre bioreactor and finally we will produce BNC in a 600 litre reactor. "

The BNC will then be tested in applications such as strength enhancer in board, textiles and plastics. The goal is to produce BNC from industrial residual streams for applications where relatively high volumes of BNC are needed.

"Nanocellulose research has for years been a strong area within RISE. The cooperation between Processum and Umeå University really complements the research activities done on MFC/NFC and CNC," says Pernilla Walkenström, acting Division Manager RISE Bioeconomy.

"BNC is a very interesting product which can give improved characteristics to existing materials and can also be used for production of entirely new bio-based materials", say Leif Jönsson and Björn Alriksson. "At the end of the project we will hopefully have enough BNC for realistic application tests. This means that we are open to national as well as international cooperation in different fields for a joint development of interesting applications.
(RISE Processum AB)

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Follmann acquires the British adhesive manufacturer Sealock  (Company news)

With the official signing of the contract on 27 April 2018, Follmann has acquired the adhesive manufacturer Sealock Ltd. based in Andover. Sealock Ltd. develops, produces and sells hot-melts and water-based adhesives for the packaging industry, including for example PSA hot-melts which optimally complement Follmann’s portfolio. „The transaction matches perfectly with our growth strategy in adhesives” says Dr. Henrik Follmann, shareholder of the Follmann Chemie Group. „In selling these products through the Follmann organisation, we will be able to develop significant growth opportunities, especially for the German market, where Sealock Ltd. is not running any business activities yet. For this reason, the outlined strategy will strengthen the position of both Sealock Ltd. and Follmann.”

Photo: Dr. Henrik Follmann, John Young, Dr. Thomas Damerau and Chris Young (from left).

Sealock was founded in 1983 by John Young. In recent years his son Chris Young has lead the family-run company as Managing Director. „We are happy that Chris Young will also lead Sealock Ltd. in the future. His know-how will give new impulses to the Follmann adhesive business”, so Dr. Henrik Follmann. The Board of Directors will consist of Chris Young, Rob Ladd (Finance Director) and Dr. Thomas Damerau (Representative of Follmann Chemie Group).

Sealock Ltd. currently employs 20 people and achieves an annual turnover of about 6 Mio Euro. The company runs a 100 % subsidiary in Poland and holds shares in adhesive companies based in France (Sealock Sarl) and Russia (Intermelt ZAO).
(Follmann GmbH & Co. KG)

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APRIL to acquire Brazilian pulp producer Lwarcel  (Company news)

Consolidation on the pulp market goes on

The Brazilian pulp market is poised to see more consolidation. As reported earlier, Brazilian eucalyptus pulp producer Lwarcel Celulose has been negotiating with different companies on a potential merger. Several Brazilian newspapers now report that the company is in advanced negotiations with Asia Pacific Resources International Holdings (APRIL). The Singapore-based pulp and paper group has the exclusive rights to purchase Lwarcel for BRL2bn (roughly €465m), writes Jornal do Brasil. APRIL did not wish to comment on the subject.

Lwarcel Celulose produces bleached eucalyptus pulp with a capacity of 250,000 tpy at its site in Lençóis Paulista in Brazil’s São Paulo state. An expansion has long been planned to increase capacity to between 1 and 1.5 million tpy. Lwarcel Celulose is part of Brazil’s Lwart group, whose three subsidiaries are involved in chemical manufacturing (Lwart QuímicaI) and recycling (Lwart Lubrificantes) of oils and lubricants in addition to pulp production. The group employs around 3,000 persons.

APRIL belongs to the Royal Golden Eagle (RGE) group which is also the parent, amongst others, of speciality pulp producers Bracell and Sateri. APRIL operates plantations as well as a gigantic pulp and paper mill in and around Pangkalan Kerinci in Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The mill has a capacity to produce 2.8 million tpy of pulp and 850,000 tpy of paper.

The planned acquisition is indicative of ongoing consolidation on the pulp market. Only recently, the merger was announced of the world’s two largest hardwood pulp producers Fibria and Suzano Papel. The merger will give rise to a giant entity with a production capacity of 10.8 million tpy of bleached eucalyptus pulp and 1.3 million tpy of paper and board. The transaction is yet to be finalised pending approval from regulatory authorities.
(EUWID Pulp and Paper)

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MORE THAN JUST AN EVENT - PAPER Vietnam 2018  (Company news)

MORE THAN JUST AN EVENT...PAPER Vietnam 2018 is the perfect platform for companies to discuss the current issues facing the pulp and paper industry and meet key players in the market:
The 7rd International Exhibition and Conference on Pulp and Paper Industry
Date: 13 – 15 June 2018
Time: 9:00 -17:00 daily
Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC), Dist 7, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Supporter from: Vietnam Pulp and Paper Association.

Save the Date! We hope you will join us!

About the show:
• Focuses on 3 main fields: Chemical – Tech Machinery – Paper Products, the exhibition will display many technologies, machineries, chemicals, raw materials and so many different products in pulp and paper industry.
• 100 famous brands from Korea, China, India, USA, Taiwan, Singapore, and Vietnam…

Highlight Activities for Visitors:
• Free online catalogue for pre-registration visitors.
• Conference - the two days program will provide attendees with the opportunity to engage and debate with local and international thought leaders, key decision makers and government officials.
• VIP BUYER PROGRAME: Supporter flight ticket + hotel for potential buyer/ local manufacturers.
• Business Matching Program: is a service providing a personalized itinerary of meetings and content sessions that match your specific needs.

For those who are interested in joining the PAPER VIETNAM as EXHIBITORS, SPEAKERS, VIP BUYERS, please contact us at (+84-28) 3842 7755 or email us at for more information.
(Minh Vi Exhibition & Advertisement Services Co. Ltd (VEAS))

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DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE exhibiting at SDW Conference 2018 in London  (Company news)

For the third year in a row, DREWSEN will be present at this years’ international “Security Document World” conference, which will take place in London.
We would be pleased to welcome you at our booth J30 on the third floor to introduce our anti-counterfeit solutions.

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Borregaard: Improvement in Other Businesses, decline in Performance Chemicals and ...  (Company news)

...Speciality Cellulose

Borregaard’s operating revenues reached NOK 1,217 million (NOK 1,136 million)1 in the 1st quarter of 2018. EBITA adj.2 was NOK 177 million (NOK 200 million). Other Businesses had an improved result compared with the corresponding quarter of 2017, whereas Performance Chemicals and Speciality Cellulose had a decline. Costs increased by approximately NOK 40 million due to higher wood and caustic soda prices, higher lignin distribution costs and increasing manning related to the Florida project. The net currency impact was insignificant.

In Performance Chemicals, increased sales of specialities and improved product mix compensated for the negative impact from strong price competition in certain regional construction markets as well as increased costs. For Speciality Cellulose, higher wood and caustic soda prices and lower sales of acetate cellulose were the main reasons for the lower EBITA adj.2. Other Businesses had an improved EBITA adj.2 due to higher sales in Ingredients and Fine Chemicals, partly off-set by increased net costs in Cellulose Fibrils.

Profit before tax was NOK 169 million (NOK 195 million). Earnings per share were NOK 1.37 (NOK 1.48).

- We are pleased with the positive market development for lignin specialities and wood-based vanillin. The Florida project is on track and the plant is ready for start-up mid-year, says President and CEO Per A. Sørlie.
(Borregaard ChemCell)

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Rayonier Advanced Materials Reports First Quarter 2018 Results  (Company news)

-First quarter 2018 net income of $24 million and EBITDA of $86 million
-Diluted earnings per share of $0.38; 153 percent increase from prior year
-Pulp contributed significant EBITDA; Forest Products delivered solid profitability despite duties on U.S. sales; High Purity Cellulose impacted by production issues in two facilities and a spike in energy costs
-Integration of Tembec progressing as planned with significant contributions to first quarter profitability
-$7 million of transformation and synergy savings achieved; on track to meet 2018 target of $40 million

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (the “Company”) (NYSE:RYAM) reported first quarter 2018 net income of $24 million, or $0.38 per diluted common share compared to $10 million, or $0.15 per diluted common share in the first quarter of 2017, a 153 percent increase in diluted earnings per share. Increased earnings are primarily due to the impact of the November 2017 acquisition of Tembec Inc. (“Tembec”).

“Our first full quarter of operations following the acquisition of Tembec clearly demonstrates the accretive benefits of the enhanced scale and diversity of our combined business, as strength in our commodity segments offset temporary challenges in our High Purity Cellulose segment. While I am disappointed with the production issues in our Jesup and Tartas facilities and an unexpected spike in natural gas distribution costs during the unusually cold January in the southeast U.S., I am confident that these issues are behind us,” said Paul Boynton (photo), Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Importantly, robust pricing and profitability in our high yield pulp and lumber businesses are now expected to remain at elevated levels through the near term. The integration of Tembec’s operations are proceeding in line with our expectations as we delivered over $7 million of savings during the quarter and anticipate that these results will accelerate through the year as we work to reach our $40 million target. Looking forward, I am confident in our ability to execute on our strategic plan for the full year.”

High Purity Cellulose
First quarter 2018 sales were $282 million compared to $201 million for the 2017 comparable period, an increase of $81 million. The increase in net sales was primarily driven by increased sales volumes as a result of the acquisition of Tembec. Operating income for the quarter was $21 million compared to $34 million for the 2017 comparable period, a decrease of $13 million primarily driven by increased costs offset by additional contributions from Tembec.

On a combined basis, sales declined $19 million as sales price increases were offset by a 12 percent decline in sales volumes. The lower sales volumes were largely driven by production issues in Jesup and Tartas, both of which have been addressed. Operating income combined with Tembec declined $29 million driven by decreased sales volumes and increased raw material costs. Costs were impacted by a January spike in distribution costs for natural gas, because of unusually cold weather in the U.S. Southeast, along with increases to chemical pricing. The combination of the production issues and the spike in energy prices negatively impacted operating earnings by $15 million in the quarter.

Forest Products
First quarter 2018 net sales and operating income were $99 million and $10 million, respectively, as a result of the Tembec acquisition.

On a combined basis, first quarter 2018 net sales increased $16 million from the $83 million 2017 combined amount primarily due to a 30 percent increase in lumber prices. First quarter 2018 operating income increased $4 million from the $6 million 2017 combined amount primarily due to higher sales prices partially offset by duties for lumber exports to the U.S. and higher raw material costs.

First quarter 2018 net sales and operating income were $85 million and $23 million, respectively, as a result of the Tembec acquisition.

On a combined basis, first quarter 2018 net sales increased $21 million from the $64 million 2017 combined amount primarily due to higher sales prices. First quarter 2018 operating income increased $18 million from the $5 million 2017 combined amount primarily due to higher sales prices slightly offset by higher costs.

First quarter 2018 net sales and operating income were $76 million and $3 million, respectively, as a result of the Tembec acquisition.

On a combined basis, first quarter 2018 net sales increased $4 million from the $72 million 2017 combined amount primarily due to higher sales prices. First quarter 2018 operating income decreased $8 million from the $11 million 2017 combined amount primarily due to higher pulp costs, a raw material in the production of paperboard, as well as, increased depreciation & amortization and duties for newsprint exports to the U.S.

Transformation and Synergy Savings
During the first quarter of 2018 the Company achieved approximately $7 million of its $40 million cost transformation target for 2018, excluding one-time costs, split roughly evenly between legacy actions and acquisition synergies. Savings were primarily driven by reduced corporate expenses and enhanced procurement practices. Synergy savings required approximately $1 million in one-time costs to achieve these results.

Non-Operating Expenses
Interest expense was $15 million for the first quarter 2018, an increase over the prior year of $6 million due to higher debt balances and interest rates associated with the debt used to finance the acquisition of Tembec.

Income Tax Expense
The Company’s effective tax rate was 28.7 percent for the first quarter of 2018, which compares to 45.3 percent during the prior year period. The decrease is primarily due to lower tax rates in the United States as a result of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017. Additionally, the first quarter of 2017 effective tax rate was unfavorably impacted by the accounting for 2014 employee incentive stock program, which did not pay out as a result of not meeting the required performance criteria.

Cash Flows and Liquidity
During the first quarter of 2018, the Company generated operating cash flows of $33 million and adjusted free cash flows of $13 million. Working capital used $39 million of cash in the quarter as a result of planned seasonal build to wood inventories in the Forest Products segment. Working capital is expected to moderate beginning in the second quarter. The Company ended the first quarter with adjusted net debt of $1,153 million and $306 million of total liquidity, including $89 million of cash and $217 million available under the revolving credit facility after taking into account outstanding letters of credit.

High Purity Cellulose
Cellulose specialties prices are anticipated to decline 4 to 5 percent in 2018 with flat to slightly lower sales volumes. However, with the significant production issues resolved and energy prices returning to normal levels along with typical seasonality in the business, the Company expects improved profitability for the segment through the remainder of the year.

Forest Products
Lumber prices are expected to remain consistent with first quarter levels in the second quarter as seasonal demand and duties, imposed on Canadian lumber imports to the U.S., support prices. Increases in lumber prices have been offsetting the impact of duties. These duties are anticipated to affect approximately 50 percent of the sales in this segment and reduce EBITDA by approximately $30 million during 2018 with no impact to sales volumes.

High-yield pulp prices are currently at historically high levels due to increased Chinese demand driven primarily by the reduction of imports of recycled fiber. Demand and prices are expected to remain strong in the second quarter before moderating in the back-half of the year.

In paperboard, markets are expected to remain stable to slightly improved though peak pulp prices, which benefit our high-yield pulp, will negatively impact the cost of raw materials. In newsprint, reduced industry production capacity and duties have led to higher prices. However, profitability is expected to remain flat due to the impact of duties.

Capital Allocation and Investment
The Company anticipates that it will spend approximately $100 to $110 million in maintenance capital expenditures across its businesses in 2018. In addition, the Company anticipates spending approximately $45 million on high-return strategic projects in 2018. These strategic opportunities are predominantly focused in the High Purity Cellulose and Forest Products segments with an average pay-back of less than 2 years.

“With strong pricing in high-yield pulp and lumber, the resolution of our production issues and energy prices reverting to normal levels, we expect results to improve significantly in the second quarter. As we continue through the year, financial results will be augmented by our integration efforts as transformation and synergy savings will provide additional benefits.” Boynton continued, “Lastly, we remain committed to our disciplined capital allocation strategy focused on reducing debt, investing in our business and returning capital to shareholders.”
(Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.)

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DS Smith Paper Aschaffenburg's mill waste as a resource for DS Smith Plastics Croatia  (Company news)

One of DS Smith’s corporate goals is to lead the way in sustainability. The company has already hit its 2020 targets to reduce its CO2e per tonne and its water effluent per tonne of production, and is pleased to now announce the results of a collaboration between DS Smith’s Plastics and Paper Divisions, which transforms plastic rejects from the papermaking process into a new raw material for plastic production.

A number of DS Smith’s paper mills across Europe have run projects to explore the potential of plastic rejects from the papermaking process. DS Smith has previously discussed how Kemsley Mill, the UK’s largest paper recycling mill, uses its plastic rejects already as fuel for the mill’s on-site energy recovery facilities, which help to make the papermaking process more sustainable.

Another project, at Aschaffenburg Mill, Germany, is now providing the raw material for DS Smith Plastics’ production processes in Croatia, which creates award-winning products from paper mill waste. By transforming its waste into a resource, DS Smith is closing the loop on both paper and plastics within the Group’s operations, ensuring that plastic rejects are dealt with higher up the waste hierarchy and given another useful life.

From plastic waste to award-winning product
Aschaffenburg Mill separates plastic rejects out from the papermaking process, and sends the useable paper fibre back into the paper mill. The plastics that are separated out are turned into a new raw material, which is used by DS Smith’s Plastics Division in Karlovac, Croatia, in their award-winning product Beaulex®.

Beaulex® is used in rainwater buffering systems to manage the absorption of rainfall in urban spaces, preventing flash flooding on sites like car parks. As the product of a closed recycling loop within the DS Smith Group, it is made entirely from the post-consumer plastic recovered from our mills. Beaulex® won ‘Best Building & Construction Product’ at the Plastics Recycling Europe Awards 2018, which celebrate achievements and innovation across the plastics recycling industry in Europe.

Lucas van der Schalk, Chief Operating Officer for DS Smith Plastics, said:
"This ambitious project brings DS Smith’s Plastics and Paper Divisions closer together as we work to lead the way in sustainability. Across our mills, we are exploring ways of using plastic waste within the DS Smith Group. This particular success story of recycling the plastic waste from Aschaffenburg Paper Mill’s papermaking process into the raw material into products in Croatia is a tangible example of closing the loop on material streams and increasing resource efficiency across DS Smith."
(DS Smith Plc)

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Metsä Group launches a prefeasibility study on renewal of Kemi pulp mill  (Company news)

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has launched a prefeasibility study on renewal of Kemi pulp mill.

In the prefeasibility study Metsä Fibre is investigating two options:
-Replacing completely the current pulp mill with a new bioproduct mill. Compared to the current mill, the new mill would be clearly larger in terms of production capacity, consumption of wood raw material and impact on employment. The self-sufficiency in electricity would be considerably raised and the bioproduct range would be expanded.
-Extending the life cycle of the current mill by modernising several departments and maintaining production capacity and wood consumption largely unchanged.

"The shift from fossil-based economy towards sustainable bioeconomy is accelerating. The forest industry and Metsä Group have a significant role in this development. In the launched study, we will evaluate the preconditions for a very significant investment in Kemi, Finland,” says Metsä Group’s President and CEO Ilkka Hämälä.

The prefeasibility study examines in particular the availability of wood raw material and the development potential of Kemi's industrial infrastructure and logistic connections. The study phase is expected to continue until the summer 2019, when decisions on a possible launch of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental permit procedures would be made. The prefeasibility study is led by Timo Merikallio, M.Sc. (Eng.) who was responsible for the planning and construction of Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill, the largest forest industry investment in Europe, which started up in August 2017 in Äänekoski, Finland.

Metsä Fibre produces softwood and hardwood pulp in the Kemi integrate mainly for raw material for tissue paper and kraftliner, and Metsä Board, also part of Metsä Group, produces high-quality kraftliners for packaging end-uses. The kraftliner production, the annual capacity of which is approximately 420,000 tonnes is highly competitive, and its capacity and product quality have been developed with continuous investments.

Kemi's pulp mill's current annual production capacity of softwood and hardwood pulp is approximately 620,000 tonnes. Annually the mill uses more than 3 million cubic metres of wood. The mill's self-sufficiency in electricity is nearly 145%. The pulp mill employs approximately 1,500 people in its direct value chain in Finland. The Kemi pulp mill has been rebuilt in stages, and its technology is mainly from the 1980s. The pulp mill has significant investment needs over the next decade.
(Metsä Fibre Oy)

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Södra Cell Mönsterås chooses Intellinova Parallel EN for online monitoring of chippers  (Company news)

Swedish pulp manufacturer Södra Cell Mönsterås chooses to equip its two new Andritz wood chippers with the Intellinova Parallel EN online system from SPM to monitor the mechanical condition of bearings and gear drives in the gearboxes.

Photo: The Södra Cell Mönsterås pulp mill. Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/Södra

After passing through the drum debarkers, the logs are turned into chips in two wood chippers, with two rotating discs of approximately twenty tons each. On each disc, there are sixteen knives that cut the logs down into chips. The discs rotate at about 250 RPM. The wood chippers are important for the plant to maintain its production.

The Intellinova Parallel EN measuring system has sixteen parallel channels for vibration and/or shock pulse measurement with HD technology. The patented measurement technologies HD ENV and SPM HD provide crystal clear measurement results and unmatched pre-warning times – more than twelve months is not uncommon. Intellinova Parallel EN is fast-measuring and perfect for condition monitoring of industrial equipment with high availability demands. It is a versatile and flexible system with a range of highly effective features to accommodate different measurement configurations.

In addition to the measuring units, the installation also includes twelve DuoTech accelerometers, enabling measurement with HD ENV and SPM HD on a single sensor.

Maintenance technician Andreas Eriksson commented on the choice of monitoring system: "When we replace our wood chippers during our upcoming planned stop this fall, we will install an online system at the same time. We do this because it is our standard to install online monitoring on important machines on new installations, and because we only have one planned stop per year, we want as long prewarning times as possible, and so the choice fell on the Intellinova Parallell EN online system. The choice of sensors is not difficult because we get both a traditional accelerometer for measuring vibration levels, and shock pulse measurement to detect bearing problems well in time."

The plant in Mönsterås made its first investments in SPM online systems in 2015 in conjunction with the acquisition of new washing equipment in the bleaching plant. The following year, Intellinova Compact was installed on five more wash presses.
(SPM Instrument AB)

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Papierfabrik August Koehler SE Holds Official Groundbreaking Ceremony to Start Construction of ...  (Company news)

... a New Paper Machine at the Kehl Site

Papierfabrik August Koehler SE, based in Oberkirch, recently celebrated the official groundbreaking ceremony for a new paper machine. Watched by some 145 invited guests, including the shareholders of Koehler Holding GmbH & Co. KG, the ground was broken by the Koehler Executive Board and representatives of the contracted construction firms Bold GmbH & Co. KG and Rendler Ba , Dr. Michael Trefz (Voith Paper Holding), the architects Alfons Burkart (archigroup GBR) and Thomas Schweiker (Schweiker Architekten), and the Kehl Building Commissioner Harald Krapp.

In his welcome address, CEO Kai Furler, who is the eighth generation of his family to lead Koehler, underlined the fact that the Kehl site, with its three paper machines, will be the largest and most modern production site for specialty papers in Europe. This investment is the most significant in the 211-year history of the company. During its global search for a perfect site for the new production facility, the company came to the conclusion that there is no need to search far and wide when the answer is so close to home.

Chief Technology Officer Dr. Stefan Karrer explained that the €300 million investment in the construction of a new paper and coating machine for the production of flexible packaging not only represents an investment in the future, but also sends a clear signal in terms of environmental awareness. The paper machine, which will be completed in 2019, will manufacture specialty papers for use in the packaging industry, such as packaging that protects foods against moisture and external influences while being biodegradable, recyclable, and eco-friendly. Here, Koehler is demonstrating its sustainability commitment with cutting-edge technology and going on the offensive against plastic packaging. Dr. Stefan Karrer also emphasized that the project in Kehl constitutes a strong commitment to the region and appealed to specialists in Germany, who will find an attractive employer in Koehler.

Kehl’s Building Commissioner, Harald Krapp, highlighted the outstanding partnership between Koehler and the town of Kehl before wishing the company a seamless and accident-free construction phase. Mayor of Oberkirch, Christoph Lipps, remarked that Koehler is a national and international standard-bearer for the entire economic region of Ortenau. Accompanied by the Koehler works band, the ceremony closed in fine style with a rendition of the Baden regional anthem.
(Papierfabrik August Koehler SE)

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Avery Dennison, the global materials science company and leading manufacturer of labeling and functional materials, held an inauguration ceremony for its new high speed emulsion and hot melt coating line at its Kunshan facility in Jiangsu Province. With a multi-million-dollar investment, it represents the very latest in coating technology and is the single largest Avery Dennison investment in its Label and Graphic Materials business in China to date.

The new high speed coating line is installed at Avery Dennison’s Kunshan production campus close to Shanghai and became operational in November 2017 following an 18-month construction and installation process. The investment includes a 14,000 SQM facility expansion with room for a dedicated warehouse and finishing. The new coating line incorporates the most advanced Avery Dennison process technology as well as emulsion and hot melt coating functionality. It will significantly expand Avery Dennison’s production capacity as well as enhancing its customer service capability in China.

“The launch of this high-speed coating line is another important milestone in the history of our growth in the Chinese market. Underlying our long-term commitment to the local market, it will enable us to continue to provide high-quality products and services to our customers here in China.

Avery Dennison will continue to lead in the development and growth of China’s pressure sensitive adhesive label market while also fulfilling our commitment to sustainable operations and moving towards our ‘2025 sustainability goals’ ”, said Georges Gravanis, president of Label and Graphic Materials at Avery Dennison Corporation.

Leveraging its extensive knowledge and more than eight decades of experience and expertise in adhesive chemistries, Avery Dennison’s new C11 line is one of the most automated and most efficient pressure sensitive adhesive coating lines in the industry.

By optimizing both environmental performance and energy efficiency throughout all stages of its design, construction and operation, the facility to house the coating line has been certified “LEED Silver” by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the widely used recognized international green building rating system.

Kunshan plant is the first production facility set up in China by Avery Dennison in 1994. As business grows rapidly in the Chinese market, so far this plant has owned several production lines with the functions of solvent, emulsion and hot melt coating through continuous investments and capacity expansion. In addition, it also passes quality certifications such as ISO9000, ISO14000, RoHS, FSC and OSAS.
(Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)

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Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) reported first quarter of 2018 net income of $5.7 million, or $0.13 per diluted share compared with $11.6 million, or $0.26 per diluted share in the first quarter of 2017. Adjusted earnings for the first quarter of 2018 were $8.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share compared with $17.2 million, or $0.39 per diluted share for the same period a year ago. Adjusted earnings is a non-GAAP measure for which a reconciliation is provided within this release.

Consolidated net sales totaled $410.6 million and $390.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively. Foreign currency translation favorably impacted the year-over-year comparison by $21.8 million. On a constant currency basis, Composite Fibers’ net sales were essentially flat and Advanced Airlaid Materials’ increased by 7.8%. Specialty Papers’ net sales declined 3.1% in the year-over-year comparison.

“Our engineered materials businesses continued to deliver solid performance in the first quarter despite a higher raw material inflation environment,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our Advanced Airlaid Materials business grew shipments by 6% over the prior year period driven by hygiene, wipes and home care products. This business also achieved a major strategic milestone this quarter – beginning production and commercial shipments from our new facility in Fort Smith, Arkansas. In Composite Fibers, growth in wallcover and technical specialty products drove a 3% increase in shipments and a 6% improvement in operating profit.”

Mr. Parrini continued, “Profitability for our Specialty Papers business was down, but in-line with our expectations. However, we are encouraged by improving supply-demand conditions from industry capacity reductions that have resulted in an increase in operating rates and improved pricing dynamics. This enabled us to achieve volume growth of 1.3% and an increase in average selling prices of $33 per ton compared with the fourth quarter of 2017. We expect prices to continue moving higher in the coming quarters as operating rates remain high.”

“Looking ahead, our engineered materials businesses represent significant opportunity for Glatfelter as we remain focused on accelerating growth. We are excited about the prospects for Advanced Airlaid Materials, and we expect the Fort Smith facility to enable this business to deliver projected volume growth of 10% to 12% this year. Demand for our Composite Fibers products remains strong and we believe its performance will continue to strengthen throughout the year. We will continue our unrelenting pursuit of cost efficiencies and process improvements across our business as we work to offset rising input costs. In addition, we anticipate our cash flow profile to improve significantly with the major capital programs now behind us,” Parrini concluded.

As announced in February, the Company made the decision to review strategic alternatives for its Specialty Papers business. Its review is ongoing and there can be no assurance that this review will result in a particular outcome.
(Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)

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