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Brazilian planted tree industry - Trade balance for the sector grows 12.1%

The trade balance for the Brazilian planted tree industry surpassed US$ 5.5 billion from January to September of 2017, a growth of 12.1% compared to the same period of 2016. During the first nine months of the year, the industry recorded US$ 6.3 billion in exports (+10.3%), with pulp sales abroad reaching US$ 4.6 billion (+13.2%), paper sales of US$ 1.4 billion (+0.6%), and wood panels sales of US$ 212 million (+19.8%).

Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 41st edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Export Destination – For the combined period spanning January to September of this year, China held firm as the main destination for Brazilian pulp (40.3%), representing revenues of US$ 1.9 billion (+21.5%). The second largest destination for pulp was Europe, which during this period was responsible for 31.5% of exports, corresponding to US$ 1.5 billion (+5.8%). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first nine months of the year, with export revenues of US$ 928 million (+11.7%) and US$ 111 million (+16.8%), respectively.

Export Volume – Brazilian pulp continues to demonstrate positive numbers in the foreign market. Between January and September 2017, 10.0 million tons were sold abroad (+4.2%). During the same period, paper exports remained practically stable with 1.6 million tons (-0.2%). The wood panels segment reached 937,000 m3 sold to other countries (+27.7%).

Production – During the first three quarters of 2017, Brazilian pulp production reached 14.3 million tons (+2.7%). Paper manufacturing registered 7.8 million tons (+0.7%).

Domestic Sales – From January to September 2017, domestic sales of paper surpassed the 4.0 million ton mark (-0.5%), while the wood panels sector registered internal sales of 4.8 million m³ (+1.7%).

2017-10-27 
Lecta launches a new Metalvac sample collection

The most detailed information in the three main applications of the extensive Metalvac range.

2017-10-27 
Record increase in electricity from the forest

Between January and September, Södra delivered 15 times more green electricity to the public electricity grid compared with the same period in 2015, an increase from 11 to 167 GWh**. Deliveries are equivalent to the total electricity consumption* of 7,000 houses per year. The electricity is produced from the forest raw material that is processed at Södra’s mills.

“We are very pleased with this substantial increase. It shows how we can use innovation and investments in green industry to meet important societal needs,” said Roine Morin, Sustainability Director at Södra.

Electricity is mainly generated at the three pulp mills in Värö, Mörrum and Mönsterås. In 2016, major investments were made at these mills, that provided the basis for the increase in deliveries. The largest investments were made at the Värö pulp mill, which increased its electricity generation by almost 70 percent, from 232 to 390 GWh, compared with January to September 2015.

“The electricity is a by-product created through the use of resource-efficient solutions in production. This is one example of how the forest has a key role to play in the transition to a bioeconomy,” said Roine Morin.

Södra has been self-sufficient in green electricity since 2007. At the same time, Södra is working to reduce its own electricity consumption. One of Södra’s sustainability targets concerns the efficient resource utilisation of electricity, with the aim of reducing consumption by at least 10 percent by 2025.

*Including household electricity, heating and hot water in a house with an average consumption of 25,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year.

**Gigawatt hours – 1 GWh = 1,000,000,000 watt hours.

2017-10-27 
Nippon Paper Industries Sets Up Corrugated Board Laboratory

Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President : Fumio Manoshiro ; hereinafter "the Company") created the Corrugated Board Laboratory in the Research Laboratory of the Research & Development Division on October 1.

2017-10-26 
Camilla Wikström appointed SVP, Production at Pulp Business and Ilkka Poikolainen Mill Manager of bioproduct mill

Camilla Wikström has been appointed SVP, Production at Pulp Business of Metsä Fibre and a member of Metsä Fibre’s management team as of 1 January 2018.

2017-10-26 
Dunapack Packaging boost its Romanian operations with new corrugated packaging plant in Bucharest area and significant technical update of existing Dunapack Rambox plant

Family owned Prinzhorn Group strengthens its production hub in central Romania Dunapack Rambox, Dunapack Packaging’s Romanian operations, has signed an agreement to purchase 11,5 ha land for the setup of a greenfield corrugated packaging plant in the Bucharest area. The existing Sfântu Gheorghe plant receives a major technical update.

2017-10-26 
First Mondi Speed Data Hackathon explores big data solutions for paper and packaging industry

Mondi, the global packaging and paper group, welcomed 50 PhD students from all over Europe to participate in the first Mondi Speed Data Hackathon.

2017-10-26 
Valmet's new scanner offers corrugated board manufacturers a more economical way to measure liner moisture levels

Valmet introduces a new scanner, Valmet IQ Converting Scanner, for corrugated board.

2017-10-26 
Appointment to Pöyry's Group Executive Committee

Dorien Terpstra, 38, MSc in Strategy & Organization, has been appointed Executive Vice President, Head of Strategy and Transformation and member of the Group Executive Committee of Pöyry PLC as of 8 January 2018. She will report to Martin à Porta, President and CEO of Pöyry.

2017-10-26 
The Navigator Company to increase uncoated woodfree paper prices by 6-8%

The Navigator Company announced today to its Customers that it will be increasing prices across its uncoated woodfree papers portfolio in Europe, and it will be effective from 1st of January 2018.

2017-10-25 
Södra Cell is increasing the price of its NBSK in Europe to USD 1000/tonne, effective November 1st

“We continue to see very strong demand for NBSK across all our markets,” commented Magnus Björkman, Vice President Marketing & Sales. 

2017-10-25 
EUROTUBE 2017 in Copenhagen : Effects of the Chinese regulations on the recycled paper market

The European Core and Tube Association (ECTA) held its annual General Assembly (GA) September 2017 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

2017-10-25 
Zanders: price increase as of January 1st 2018

Due to a continuing increase in raw material costs, in both Pulp and Chemicals, Zanders is forced to announce a further price increase of 5-8% for all paper grades.

2017-10-25 
Stora Enso invests EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials

Stora Enso will invest EUR 94 million to grow in renewable materials and to increase competitiveness in consumer board and biomaterials.

2017-10-25 
International Paper and Graphic Packaging Create Leading Consumer Packaging Platform

International Paper has signed a definitive agreement to contribute its North America Consumer Packaging business to Graphic Packaging in a transaction valued at $1.8 billion. 

2017-10-24 
UPM Paper ENA plans to reduce graphic paper capacity and optimize operations to increase competitiveness

In light of the global market situation for graphic papers, and to sustain its competitiveness and leading position in the market, UPM Paper ENA plans to :

2017-10-24 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™ breathable impervious nonwoven fabric combines superior protection with great comfort

Ahlstrom-Munksjö, a global leader in fiber-based materials, announces the launch of Ahlstrom-Munksjö PureArmor™, a breathable impervious fabric for blood borne pathogen and cleanroom apparel protection.

2017-10-24 
Apple’s Tim Cook plants trees at Iggesund, acknowledges Holmen’s climate-smart efforts

When Apple CEO Tim Cook wanted to discover more about the sustainability work that lies behind the paperboard material Invercote, he visited the forest outside Iggesund in Sweden.

2017-10-24 
Metsä Board recognised by CDP as a global leader in sustainable water management and climate action

Metsä Board has once again been rewarded a position on the CDP Water A List as well as on the CDP Climate A List.

2017-10-24 
Essity recognized by CDP as world leader for its action on water and forests

Essity, a leading hygiene and health company, has been recognized as a global leader for its action on water and forests and received the highest score from CDP, an international not-for-profit charity that promotes a more sustainable economy.

2017-10-24 
UPM moves forward in sustainable biochemicals business

UPM moves forward with the development of biochemicals business by evaluating the potential of building a biorefinery in the Chemical Park Frankfurt-Höchst in Germany.

2017-10-24 
UPM seeks growth in attractive plywood segments by expanding the competitive UPM Chudovo plywood mill in Russia

UPM further strengthens its position as the leading plywood manufacturer in Europe. Following successful growth investments in Finland and Estonia over the past few years, UPM expands its Chudovo plywood mill in Russia by investing EUR 50 million.

2017-10-24 
International Environment Council: China needs to understand “we are the good guys”

BIR’s International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in New Delhi was devoted almost entirely to the issue that is preoccupying great swathes of the recycling industry : China’s import ban affecting certain secondary raw materials.

2017-10-24 
Ahlstrom-Munksjö achieves ISO 50001:2011 certification for its Rottersac and Stenay sites in France

Rottersac and Stenay specialty papers production sites have obtained ISO 50001:2011 certification for their Energy Management System (EnMS) from SGS.

2017-10-23 

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