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Ahlstrom-Munksjö to invest into Genuine Vegetable Parchment products in France

Ahlstrom-Munksjö will invest into new production capacity at its Saint Severin plant in France to meet the growing demand for Genuine Vegetable Parchment (GVP) products used mainly in baking and cooking papers as well as in other food packaging solutions. The total investment is approximately EUR 6.7 million.

The investment includes installing a new parchmentizer line as well as the building hosting it and a warehouse at the site. The project will be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö’s GVP papers made out of 100% cellulose fibers with no chemical additives and most of its variants are biodegradable and home compostable. They offer optimal release, greaseproof and heat resistance properties, making them ideal for baking and cooking applications in both professional and domestic use. The market for GVP products is estimated to grow around 3-4% annually.

The Saint Severin plant, located in southwestern France, is part of the Specialties business area. Its main products include food and beverage packaging materials and it employs around 140 people.

2017-06-02  READ MORE...
Global Forest and Paper Industry Focuses on Innovation and New Forest-Based Products

On its fifteenth anniversary, The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) reflects on its purpose with the release of a new statement for the future :

“To benefit global society through collaboration with industry, governments and non-governmental organizations on public policies that facilitate the manufacture of sustainable products from virgin and recycled forest-based resources that meet human needs for information, packaging, housing, hygiene, energy and other innovative products.”

2017-06-02  READ MORE...
Catrin Gustavsson new Head of Innovation and New Business at Södra

Catrin Gustavsson has been appointed Head of Innovation and New Business at Södra. She will succeed Laila Rogestedt and assume her new position on 1 August. Catrin will be a member of Group Senior Management and report to the President and CEO, Lars Idermark. Catrin Gustavsson, 46, holds a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, and a PhD degree in pulp technology from the Royal Institute of Technology. She is currently head of the process engineering department at Södra’s pulp mill at Värö, outside Varberg. She has been active in the paper and pulp industry since 1999, both nationally and internationally, and held senior positions in production and technology development at BillerudKorsnäs, Kvaerner Pulping and Stora Enso.

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
New Bellmer TurboReeller for CMPC : Workshop acceptance and training completed

In order to automate the existing board machine in their Maule Mill 280 km south of Santiago de Chile, the Chilean mill CMPC ordered from Bellmer a new reeler section. The TurboReeller includes most modern equipment including center winder technology to minimize core losses at roll changes. The continuous movement of the spool rolls will be supported by the TurboTransporter. By a special airmover the ready spool rolls can be taken out of the machine, turned and returned. The transfer to the winder is executed with a Butt-Splicer which guarantees minimum changing times. For the first time Bellmer realized a Spool lift with automatic back transport to the reeler. The BellBase system with more than 1.100 input / output signals is monitoring the whole process. A complete spool roll will weigh 60 tons at a working width of 4,3 meter.

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
Bekaert Solaronics to install three infrared drying systems GemDryer® and three Energy Recovery Systems (ERS) at Dongda Paper, China.

Bekaert Solaronics will supply Hangzhou Dongda Paper Co. Ltd with a 3-rows infrared GemDryer® and one Energy Recovery System (ERS) for coat drying on its PM2. This order comes just after the installation in 2016 of two GemDryer® and two ERS after-press and existing coater on the PM1 of Zhejiang Dongda Paper Co., Ltd. Dongda Paper manufactures coated recycled board.

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
Valmet to rebuild Alas Dorada's tissue machine in Alas Doradas, El Salvador

Valmet has been trusted as supplier for the rebuild of Alas Dorada’s PM4 in El Salvador. The main target for the rebuild is to raise production capacity by increasing press dryness, and enable improved paper quality as a second stage. This will be achieved by installation of an Advantage ViscoNip press combined with an Advantage ReDry web heater. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for end of the year 2017.

The order was included in Valmet’s second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
KaiCell Fibers will take sustainability all the way from stumpage to market

Having completed a technical-commercial feasibility study (FS), mainly delivered by CTS Engtec Oy, KaiCell Fibers are getting ready for the next steps towards making the biorefinery in Paltamo, northeast Finland, a reality.

CEO, Jukka Kantola : ”We shall now carefully study the FS findings and prepare us for Phase II, which will include the EIA (environmental impact assessment) and further developing of novel bio-products within commercial and business structure frameworks. The FS provides an excellent base for this. Land use plan of the mill site will commence shortly, along with many other concrete steps towards our ultimate objectives. The FS-study also serves to advance the financing process, which has been gathering steam during the FS process. KaiCell Fibers Ltd is privately owned and in the process of assembling private capital as base equity for the coming investments. The financial rounds are ongoing.”

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
Rayonier Advanced Materials to Acquire Tembec, Creating a Diversified Global Leader in High Purity Cellulose, Packaging, Paper, High-Yield Pulp and Forest Products

• Immediately accretive to Rayonier Advanced Materials while delivering a
significant premium at C$4.05 per share to Tembec shareholders
• Combined company approximately US$2 billion in revenue and US$400 million in
EBITDA including full synergies
• Company to benefit from enhanced scale and projected combined cost synergies
of US$50 million, to be achieved over 3 years
• Complementary products, operations and geographies create earnings stability
and growth opportunities
• Rayonier Advanced Materials to continue all Tembec operations and maintain a
strong presence in Québec, Ontario, and France
• Tembec operations complement Rayonier Advanced Materials world-class
facilities in Georgia and Florida
• Canadian headquarters to remain in Montreal, Québec with the corporate
headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida
• Rayonier Advanced Materials confirms commitment to previously announced
investment plans for Québec and Ontario
• Transaction unanimously approved by each company’s Board of Directors

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
Metso issued a EUR 300 million Eurobond

Yesterday Metso announced its intention to issue new notes and announced a voluntary tender offer. Today Metso has issued and priced a new Eurobond maturing in 2024. The bond is issued under Metso’s EUR 1,5 billion EMTN (Euro Medium Term Note) program.

The amount of the new bond is EUR 300 million and its reoffer interest rate is equivalent to 7-year Euro midswap rate 0.417% + 77 basis points. The Interest coupon is 1.125% and issue price is 99.586%.

The issue was substantially oversubscribed and the bond was allocated to 72 investors. An application will be made for a listing of the notes on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, where the EMTN program is currently listed. The Joint Lead Managers for the bond issue are Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Danske Bank A/S, Nordea Bank AB (publ) and OP Corporate Bank plc.

With the announced transactions, Metso extends the company’s debt maturity profile in an efficient manner.

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
Distribution and listing of Essity Aktiebolag (publ) on Nasdaq Stockholm

On April 5, 2017 the Annual General Meeting of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA (“SCA”) decided in favor of the Board of Director’s proposal to distribute all shares in Essity Aktiebolag (publ) (“Essity”) (formerly SCA Hygiene AB) to SCA’s shareholders. The Board of Director’s were at the same time authorized to determine the record date for the distribution. SCA’s Board of Director’s has now set the record date for the distribution at Tuesday, June 13, 2017. 

All shares in the wholly owned subsidiary Essity will be distributed, according to which one share of Class A in SCA carries entitlement to one share of Class A in Essity and one share of Class B in SCA carries entitlement to one share of Class B in Essity. Aside from being registered as a shareholder of SCA on the record date for distribution, no further actions are required by shareholders in order to receive shares in Essity.

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
Stora Enso issues new bond and makes tender offer for outstanding bonds

Stora Enso has successfully issued a new EUR 300 million, under its EMTN (Euro Medium Term Note) programme. The bond matures in June 2027 and pays a fixed coupon of 2.5%. The issue price was 99.834, equivalent to a yield of 2.519% and Euro Mid-swaps +175 basis points. There are no financial covenants for the bond. The bond will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange.

Stora Enso is also announcing a tender offer for its outstanding EUR 204 106 000 and EUR 418 781 000 fixed rate notes maturing in 2018 and 2019, respectively (the “Offers”). The cash prices of the Offers are 104.08% for the 2018 notes and 109.87% for the 2019 notes, which correspond a yield of -0.25% and -0.15%, respectively. The Offers expire at 17.00 CEST on 7 June 2017. The settlement date is expected to be 9 June 2017.

The bookrunners for the transactions are Citibank, SEB, and Barclays.

“We are using the momentum of these favourable credit market conditions to extend the maturity profile and at the same time tender our current outstanding shorter maturities. We continue to manage our portfolio efficiently and proactively,” says SVP Treasurer Martin Ros.

2017-06-01  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ to acquire Paperchine, USA

ANDRITZ has signed a contract for acquisition of Paperchine, Inc., owned by AstenJohnson Holdings Ltd., headquartered in Charleston, SC. Paperchine and its subsidiaries have approximately 180 employees in total and manufacturing facilities in the USA (Rockton, IL, Springfield, MA, and Tucker, GA), Canada (Vancouver), Thailand (Bangkok), and Germany (Maintal). The purchase is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities and is expected to be closed by the end of June 2017.

Paperchine is a global supplier of highly engineered equipment and services to the paper industry’s leading manufacturers. For ANDRITZ, the acquisition of Paperchine strengthens its presence in North America and adds new products, such as the horizontal GapFormer, SigmaPro headbox, dewatering elements (former Johnson Foils), moisturizer (former VIB), and related service to its offerings for international clients. “We are very excited about this complementary acquisition that extends the ANDRITZ product range for paper and board machines,” says Michael Pichler, SVP ANDRITZ Global Pulp Drying and Paper Division Manager.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
Two Sides' Martyn Eustace awarded the UK Paper Industry Gold Medal

Our very own Martyn Eustace was presented with the Paper Industry Gold Medal at Stationers’ Hall, awarded annually to a person considered to have done most to further the interests of the paper, print and allied industries in the UK.

Martyn’s leadership of the “Two Sides” campaign in the UK, then Europe, and finally at a Global level has been exceptional. Martyn’s hard work, persistence, and fluency in his subject are an inspiration to all, and the foundation on which the success of Two Sides has been built. He was the driving force to start it up and it has been extremely successful over the last 10 years. He has tirelessly confronted the greenwashers and has been a real force behind improving the industry’s environmental image. He is relentless in his enthusiasm and realistic about what can be done.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
International Trade Council: Recycling industry a major jobs creator

Use of the terms “scrap”, “secondary raw materials” or “recycled raw materials” fully reflects their value as resources, the BIR International Trade Council’s Chairman Michael Lion underlined at the body’s latest meeting in Hong Kong on May 22.
Mr Lion of locally-based Everwell Resources made these observations in the context of two guest presentations, the first from Adina Renee Adler who is Senior Director of Government Relations & International Affairs at the US Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. She argued that terminology was essential to achieving clarity on trade issues, such as those raised by China’s National Sword initiative.
Regarding the likely impact of America’s new President Donald Trump on trade policy, she said his clear priority was US job protection and creation. The fact that the US recycling industry was supporting well over half a million US jobs duly provided a useful starting point when talking to government, she added.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
NEU AIR MOVING TECHNOLOGIES : DUST EXTRACTION SYSTEM WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL LEVEL OF SAFETY

NEU AIR MOVING TECHNOLOGIES, renowned expert in industrial air systems, offers a complete and automated system of dust control that guarantees a dust level of only 2mg/m3 around the tissue converting machines. This performance offers an exceptional level of safety which reassures insurance companies.
Moreover, the systems developed by NEU AIR MOVING TECHNOLOGIES (DELTA NEU) not only guarantee good air quality but also manage production waste removal.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
MAGNETIC FILTER FOR PAPER PULP

Goudsmit Magnetics Group of Waalre has recently made a series of magnetic filters that are suitable for removing baling wire from paper pulp. These steel wires hold bales of cellulose together and –when everything goes as it should– are removed before the cellulose is processed into pulp. This is done in an automated process followed by human inspection. In practice, the process is never perfect and steel wire still occasionally ends up in the paper pulp. This causes damage to the pulp processing equipment, as well as production downtime. Placing a magnet in the paper line prevents equipment damage, downtime and therefore significant losses.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
Valmet to supply a moisturizer system to Schumacher Poledno's corrugated line in Poland

Valmet will supply a moisturizer system to Schumacher Poledno’s corrugated line in Bukowiec, Poland. The Valmet IQ Moisturizer with two beams will enable the mill to improve corrugated board quality and reduce production losses caused by warped board. The system will be started up in July 2017.

The order is included in Valmet’s second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically, the order value of these kinds of automation system deliveries is below EUR one million.

The order was preceded by a successful trial of the Valmet moisturizer beams in late 2016 on the customer’s 2.8-meter-wide production line.

"We had good experience with re-moisturizing high-grammage 5-ply boards with another device. However, the patented nozzles of the Valmet IQ Moisturizer provide a fine water mist instead of a water jet onto the board and thus offer better controllability. We can now use the device for all board grades without having the negative impact of water stripes," comments Slawomir Kubinski, Maintenance Manager at Schumacher Poledno.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
Voith to Participate in Tissue World São Paulo 2017

  Voith Paper – a global reference in innovation for the paper industry – will take part in the second edition of Tissue World São Paulo 2017, Latin America’s most important trade show for the tissue paper industry. Among the most important solutions that Voith will be showcasing in the trade fair and congress – which is set to take place between May 31 and June 2 at the Transamérica Expo Center, in São Paulo – is the XcelLine family, with its innovative solutions designed to increase the efficiency and quality of the paper manufacturing process.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
Investor day with a presentation of the future forest products company SCA

The Annual General Meeting on April 5, 2017, decided to split the SCA Group into two listed companies : the forest products company SCA and the hygiene and health company Essity. The distribution and listing of Essity is expected to take place in June 2017. The future forest products company SCA is today holding an investor day in Sundsvall at which the management will present the company’s strategy and operations. The investor day opens at 8:30 am (CET) and will be available by webcast at www.sca.com.

“As Europe’s largest private forest owner with well-invested industrial operations close to the forest holdings, we have a well-integrated value chain that generates strong cash flows and favorable development opportunities. We have control over the entire value chain, from seedling to product at the customer´s, and have built an industrial ecosystem that maximizes value creation from the forest resources,” says Ulf Larsson, the future President and CEO of the future forest products company SCA.

The future forest products company SCA’s forest assets account for around half of the company’s annual timber consumption of about 10 million m3sub*. SCA’s forests are currently in a high-growth phase, whereby gross growth is currently around 9.5 million m3fo* per year and net growth about 3.0 million m3fo per year. In 2016, the volume of standing timber on SCA’s land amounted to around 230 million m3fo. SCA’s plans include increasing felling at its own forests from the current level of approximately 4.3 million m3sub to about 6 million m3sub in about 100 years’ time. Despite the increased felling, the volume of standing timber on SCA’s land is expected to continue increasing over this interval.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
Kadant to Acquire NII FPG Company’s Forest Products Business

   Kadant Inc. has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the forest products business of NII FPG Company for $173 million in cash, subject to a post-closing adjustment. The Company also announced that it has increased its revolving credit facility to $300 million from $200 million and intends to finance the transaction through borrowings under the revolving credit facility.

NII FPG Company is a global leader in the design and manufacture of equipment used by sawmills, veneer mills, and other manufacturers in the forest products industry. The company also designs and manufactures harvesting equipment used in cutting, gathering, and removing timber from forest plantations. The transaction is expected to close in July 2017.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
Mark Kowlzan, CEO of PCA Named RISI North American CEO of the Year

RISI is pleased to announce that Mark Kowlzan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Packaging Corporation of America (PCA), has been named the 2017 North American CEO of the Year. The award will be presented to Mr. Kowlzan at the North American Conference on October 17, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Seaport Hotel.


2017-05-31  READ MORE...
Stora Enso appoints new Head of Communications for Media Relations in Finland and Wood Supply Finland

Stora Enso has appointed Satu Härkönen as Head of Communications for Media Relations and Wood Supply in Finland.

Satu Härkönen has been working for Stora Enso since 1995 in several leadership positions within sales, marketing and communications. Her most recent position was Project Manager for Stora Enso’s FIS Nordic World Ski Championships sponsorship in Lahti, Finland. Before that she was Head of Marketing and Communications for Wood Supply Finland. She holds MSc degrees in Forestry and History.

Satu Härkönen will start in her new position on 1 June 2017. She reports to Ulrika Lilja, EVP, Communications in Stora Enso.

Liisa Nyyssönen, previously Head of Media Relations in Finland and SVP, Communications in Paper division, will continue as SVP, Communications in Paper division, and report to Kati ter Horst, EVP, Paper division in Stora Enso.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
ANDRITZ presents “Metris – Industrial IoT Solutions”

ANDRITZ has combined its innovative IoT (Internet of Things) solutions, which are field-proven in many reference plants, with immediate effect under the
technology brand “Metris – Industrial IoT Solutions”. Metris technologies are the very latest state-of-the-art in the IoT/Industry 4.0 sector and can be fully tailored to individual customer requirements.

2017-05-31  READ MORE...
PERGRAPHICA® design papers launched in Spain through SET

The PERGRAPHICA® portfolio of premium uncoated fine papers from Mondi is now available in Spain through paper merchant SET. PERGRAPHICA® is designed for the exacting needs of the creative and commercial print industries. It provides excellent printability on a choice of textures, shades and weights. Produced by the Mondi Neusiedler mill in Austria, PERGRAPHICA® is FSC® and EU Ecolabel certified.

PERGRAPHICA® complements Mondi’s offering at the high end of its professional print portfolio. It is called ‘Paper for Perfectionists’ because it fulfils the most demanding requirements for sophisticated and elegant printed documents. Graphic designers, advertising agencies and fine book publishers are just a few of the creative industries that will appreciate PERGRAPHICA®’s variety of options : two textures (Rough and Smooth), three shades (High White, Classic and Natural) and six grammages between 90 and 300 g/m2.

2017-05-30  READ MORE...

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