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Australian tissue producer Encore Tissue started up a new TT SYD at its Laverton North mill.

Toscotec is confirmed as global supplier of steel Yankee dryers, with installations across five continents.

On October 19 2017, Encore tissue started up a new Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer on ET3 at its Laverton North mill, Melbourne, Australia. The rebuilt tissue machine started producing high quality tissue paper immediately after start-up.
The Australian tissue maker purchased a second generation TT SYD of 3600 mm diameter, to replace an existing cast iron Yankee.
Following the installation of Toscotec’s steel Yankee dryer, Encore Tissue expects to increase the machine operating speed from 1,400 mpm to 1,900 mpm. They also expect an increase in production and machine efficiency, and a real improvement of the finished product quality, from the point of view of homogeneity of the tissue structure.
With this sale, Toscotec sets a new important record in the steel Yankee dryer market : 203 TT SYD sold in 36 countries across five continents.
Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec Sales Director, stated : “In the year 2000 we installed the first steel Yankee dryer in Italy. Eighteen years on, we have TT SYD running in mills all over the world. We are proud of the technological revolution we have pioneered and of the journey - certainly not without obstacles – that led our company to an unquestioned leadership in the tissue market.”
Stefano Marenco, Toscotec R&D Director, stated : “What we have achieved is an important recognition, but it will not be the end of the road. Toscotec is always looking for solutions that can improve the tissue process and reduce the energy cost. TT SYD is not an exception. Our R&D department is abuzz and there will be new developments soon.”

2018-01-11 
UPM promotes innovations in cancer research via Biomedicum Helsinki Foundation

UPM promotes new innovations in disease research by making a significant donation to Biomedicum Helsinki Foundation. The donation made by UPM is targeted especially at cancer research based on application of cell models. These models help to investigate pathogenetic mechanisms of diseases and how cancer medications work. With new cell models, it will be possible to develop even more effective treatments and cures for serious diseases in the future.

"UPM’s donation provides the Foundation with a wonderful new opportunity to support young researchers, and it reflects the increasing collaboration with corporations in cancer research and personalised medicine. This brings great opportunities to Meilahti Hospital area and, with the Comprehensive Cancer Center Finland, to the whole of Finland", says Professor Tomi Mäkelä, Executive Manager of the Biomedicum Helsinki Foundation.

In cancer treatment, researchers continue to make successful progress. There have been promising test results in the fields of biomedicine and personalised medicine. However, there is still great demand for new information and solutions. "Innovations and responsibility are important subjects for UPM. We want to encourage and support researchers’ work via the Biomedicum Helsinki Foundation and contribute to creating new innovations in a field that has broad impact on individuals and society as a whole", says Jyrki Ovaska, Executive Vice President of Technology at UPM.

2018-01-11 
A.Celli Rebuilding: a new paper winder for Muda Paper Mills Malaysia

Muda Paper Mills Malaysia, Tasek Mill : an old paper winder comes back into fashion !
In October 2017, A.Celli Paper’s Customer Service team installed and successfully concluded the upgrade performed on an old paper winder with the final start-up.
The intervention, which entailed updating the winder’s slitting section with a modern, fully automatic positioning system of the slitting units, allowed the customer to immediately increment production, substantially reducing the time loss during the production change, following all modern concepts of safety requirements for the operators.
A.Celli Paper worked in close contact with the customer and the teamwork yielded optimal results. Indeed, the solutions applied were designed in advance, tested and then shared with the customer’s work team. The new configuration kept into consideration the convenience of the operations to be performed on the one hand, and the needs of Muda Paper Mills on the other, in order
to obtain the best results in terms of efficiency in the shortest possible installation times, turning an old winder into a superbly operating and productive system.
The customer was very appreciative of the project, acknowledging the high level of professionalism of A.Celli Paper’s Customer Service team and its ability to always find functional, practical and intelligent solutions through engineering/design analyses, and always keeping the strategic-industrial demands of the individual customers in mind.
A.Celli Paper is capable of offering prompt & effective consultancy in-line with any type of investment and production demand.

2018-01-10 
Jean-Marc Viallatte appointed supply chain Vice President of Arkema

Arkema announces the appointment of Jean-Marc Viallatte as Vice President of supply chain for the Group, effective 1st January 2018.

Jean-Marc VIALLATTE, 45 years old, is a graduate engineer from IFMA (Institut Français de Mécanique Avancée) in France and from Cambridge University in the UK. He holds a Master’s in mechanical engineering and automated production systems, and an APICS certification.

2018-01-10 
Market launch for Sappi's Fusion Uncoated Announced

Uncoated fresh fibre liner expands the Sappi line for corrugated board applications

Sappi expands its container board product range and with Fusion Uncoated, offers an uncoated fresh fibre liner in the corrugated board market. With the development of Sappi’s Fusion Uncoated, a fully bleached fresh fibre liner, the specialist paper manufacturer is continuing to expand its product offering for the high-volume corrugated board market. Fusion Uncoated is based on the paper concept for the already very successful Fusion Topliner. In contrast to the double-coated Fusion Topliner, Fusion Uncoated has a natural, uncoated surface. Ideal applications include corrugated board and carton packaging, requiring a high white appearance for the topliner, inner liner and fluting.

"Sappi’s core expertise lies in the production of fresh fibre papers,” says Bernd Gelder, Product Group Manager for Containerboard at Sappi. “This makes the development of Fusion Uncoated a logical next step in our ambition to create an ever more appealing container board portfolio. We can now offer an uncoated surface with a natural look for the premium corrugated board sector. Fusion Uncoated is wood-free and impresses with its high whiteness and strength values."

Fusion Uncoated is approved for direct food contact and is recommended for use when branded product manufacturers, designers and corrugated board processors are seeking an alternative to brown liner papers. These applications include inner packaging such as white corrugated board inserts for high-end perfume boxes as well as food packaging. These often-unprinted cartons present a luxury surface finish thanks to their high level of whiteness. Other application’s include display and shelf-ready packaging, for which uncoated paper finishes are often the preferred option.

Fusion Uncoated is produced at the Sappi plant in Stockstadt, which has many years of experience in the manufacture of uncoated papers. Currently there are seven weights available, from 70 to 130 g/m2,in sheet and roll formats. As with Fusion Topliner, the low weights meet the rising demand for weight savings with corrugated board packaging. Also, as a special requirements for food packaging, another version of this liner has recently been developed, without the addition of optical brighteners and is offered under the name Fusion Uncoated OF. Both Fusion Uncoated and Uncoated OF feature excellent printability with offset, flexo, screen and digital printing.

2018-01-09 
GapCon tissue S.r.l. is changing their company name

Starting from January 1, 2018, the new denomination of our company will be ICONē S.r.l. The new company name was chosen in consideration of our history and our traditional efforts and ability to develop new products. Our mission is to produce highly advanced machinery for the paper and tissue industry. We will continue in our innovative activities, with scope to better serve the present and future markets. This is the reason why we consider our product as an Icon : very special, unique and customized.

Iconē is also an acronym of the Italian expression “Io con te”, which means “Me with you”.
The customer’s satisfaction is our top priority and we fully focus on project dedication during the entire order execution period. Our Iconē will always have the value “me with you”.

ICONē S.r.l. is a member of PAPCEL Group.

2018-01-09 
Graphic Packaging Completes Combination with International Paper's North America Consumer Packaging Business

Graphic Packaging Holding Company has completed the combination of Graphic Packaging’s existing businesses with International Paper’s North America Consumer Packaging business. Graphic Packaging owns 79.5 percent of the combined company and will be the sole manager. International Paper will own 20.5 percent of the combined company. Graphic Packaging has assumed $660 million of International Paper debt and concurrently has amended and restated its senior secured credit agreement.

There is no change to Graphic Packaging’s current Board of Directors or leadership team. International Paper has a 2-year lock-up on the monetization of their ownership interest and cannot purchase GPK shares for a period of 5 years, subject to limited exceptions.

On a combined basis, Graphic Packaging is now a leading integrated paper-based packaging company with approximately $6 billion of projected revenue and approximately $1 billion of projected EBITDA post-synergies. Graphic Packaging is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and paper-based foodservice products in the United States, has strategic folding carton and foodservice converting positions globally, and holds leading market positions in solid bleached sulfate paperboard, coated unbleached kraft paperboard and coated-recycled paperboard.

"We are excited to close this transformative transaction at the start of the new year, and the timing reflects the significant effort of both Graphic Packaging and International Paper employees," said President and CEO Michael Doss. "We are very enthusiastic about the platform for future growth created by this combination and expect the transaction will significantly increase our mill production and converting scale. The combination meaningfully increases our exposure to the growing foodservice market, provides significant runway to realize synergies, and will drive strong financial results."

"The $75 million in synergies is compelling and will be driven by cost reductions, increased paperboard integration, and procurement and mill efficiencies."

"We welcome the talented employees of International Paper into Graphic Packaging, and look forward to delivering significant value from this transaction to our customers, employees, and shareholders in 2018 and beyond."

2018-01-09 
Sulzer strengthens maintenance support for Colombia

As the world’s leading independent maintenance provider, Sulzer continues to strengthen its support network for rotating equipment, including in South America. Opened in 2012, the Bogota Service Center is fully equipped to repair and maintain all makes of pumps, compressors and steam turbines up to 10 MW.

Sulzer recognizes that modern industrial processes cannot afford unplanned downtime and the company works closely with its customers to develop a detailed, proactive maintenance schedule that aims to minimize lost production time. In addition, for the times when an unforeseen breakdown does occur, Sulzer offers skilled and professional field service teams that can respond very quickly.

In order to deliver comprehensive rotating equipment maintenance solutions, maintenance providers essentially need three attributes : expertise, flexibility and high-quality in-house facilities that are equipped to deliver lasting repairs. Sulzer’s field service engineers are also supported by the skills and expertise of the remanufacturing facilities within the global Sulzer network.

Carlos Narvaez, General Manager at Sulzer Pumps Colombia S.A.S, comments : “The aftermarket support of rotating equipment needs to be of the highest standard in order to ensure the availability and reliability of the equipment. Ideally, all of the necessary work is completed during planned shutdown periods, and this requires precise planning and efficient execution to deliver the project on time.”

The service center in Bogota provides access to all of the repair and remanufacturing facilities in the Sulzer network. This includes precision steam turbine repairs and full scale refurbishment of generators and high voltage motors.

“In recent years we have seen a growing demand for independent technical advice and maintenance services.” concludes Carlos Narvaez. “In response we have created a team of highly skilled diagnostic engineers, supervisors and maintenance engineers that can respond to immediate issues on-site as well as deliver turnkey solutions for planned repairs. Our goal is to provide the best quality and timely service solutions in the industry.”

Carlos Narvaez, the new General Manager for the Colombia operation is leading a continuity plan to increase the business in this region. The Sulzer operation also aims to support projects involving hydrocarbon pipeline retrofits, power plant upgrades and reliability improvement in municipal water treatment plants, utilizing local expertise and the important support of other Sulzer locations such as the engineering team in Houston.

2018-01-09 
Lecta Lends a Hand to Help Usher in 2018

With its HandsMadeArt calendar.

From Rembrandt to Van Gogh, from Modigliani to Cézanne, Lecta invites us to experience 2018 hand in hand with 12 artists who portray the subtlety, strength, sensitivity, modesty and power of something as difficult to draw and as expressive as the human hand. 

The calendar consists of 12 different pictorial styles and techniques belonging to French art collections in which hands are the protagonist, speaking to us and transmitting emotion in a unique way. Lecta’s 2018 HandsMadeArt calendar continues along the creative line that began with last year’s 2017 ArtFaces calendar. 

The colors, strokes and detail of the artwork selected for the calendar are highlighted in the pages printed on GardaPremium Natural​, Lecta’s new 2 si​de coated silk paper with a smooth surface and a natural shade from its range of premium coated papers for publishing.

A limited edition has been created for the French market, printed on Lecta’s Condat matt Périgord,​ a silk paper with extraordinary bulk and an exceptional extra matt surface. The French version of the calendar is aligned with the current "Des papiers à l’image de notre culture" (Paper, a reflection of our culture) campaign from Lecta’s range of Condat brand papers.

2018-01-09 
Air gun with long air gun pipe will improve safety in the manufacturing industry

Last year, Silvent launched a new air gun with the purpose to improve the working environment. Pro One is an ergonomic air gun that generates a low sound level and an efficient blowing force. To minimize the risk of injuries even more, Silvent now launches Pro One with a 300-millimeter-long air gun pipe, Pro One-300.

Air guns with extended air gun pipes are usually used to reach narrow spaces and to have the possibility to move away from the blowing area. The operators increased safety distance minimizes the risk of body, eye and hearing injuries.

- In some cases, it can be beneficial to get a longer distance to the blowing area. It can for example be important when compressed air is used for blowing off chips and smaller particles, to minimize the risk of eye injuries. The extended air gun pipe is also perfect if you need to blow inside a machine and therefore need a longer reach, says Ramus Tibell, technical director at Silvent AB.

2018-01-09 
Arjowiggins provides 9Septembar with a test paper

Leading French producer of creative and technical paper, Arjowiggins, provides 9Septembar, the Serbian tissue converting machinery supplier, material for testing its newest napkin machine Dynamix Duo V. During the test with 2 ply tissue paper 17 g/m2 weight, desired results are achieved and expectations are fulfilled.

2018-01-09 
United Recycling S.r.L. is founded from a Joint Venture between the Pro-Gest Group and Lamacart SpA

Pro-Gest S.p.A. announces that it has entered a cooperation with Lamacart S.p.A. – a Verona based company leader in the recovery of waste paper – through the establishment of United Recycling S.r.l., a partnership between Cartiera di Carbonera S.p.A. and Lamacart S.p.A..

The two partners of United Recycling are both well-known players in the business and this establishment is part of the development of Pro-Gest’s recycling division.

This joint venture will, in fact, give to both companies an important advantage in the plan of an ever greater vertical integration in the business of recycling.

The collaboration with Mr. Thomas Nicolis, President of Lamacart S.p.A., has also succeeded thanks to the valuable support of Mr. Massimo Pontin, international expert on waste paper.

2018-01-09 
OMET to launch the new FV.6: six lanes in a fully automatic solution

   OMET innovation makes a further step forward and presents the new version of the FV line, the high-performing vacuum folding solution especially dedicated to the production of dispenser napkins. This type of napkin is typical of the American market but its use has been spreading rapidly throughout Europe.
The FV.6 is the new machine introduced in the FV line, the vacuum folding solution by OMET. Thanks to the 6 lanes and several technological innovations, it provides high-performance, automatic process and enhanced efficiency during the entire productive process.
The entire converting process can be entirely controlled from the main panel thanks to a group of cameras installed inside the machine, which allow real-time inspection and control, zoom and images rewind. Even the napkin size, the speed and the folding can be selected with a simple touch from the main panel.
It features a new transfer unit with two deliveries working alternately. The stacking system is more efficient and enables the production of dispenser napkins with 1/8 folding, widespread in the American disposable market and recently also in Europe. Thanks to the guided sliding system, it can produce packets up to 350 mm, with no risk of falling. It can also be integrated with different type of packing machines.

2018-01-09 
OptiGroup announces further investments in the Industrial & Safety Solutions business segment

OptiGroup today announces further acquisitions in the business segment Industrial & Safety Solutions in Romania and Finland. In total, the acquired businesses will add approximately EUR 50 million in sales to this fast developing part of the Group.

Proxima Tapes and Proxima Comserv are engaged in the service and sale of industrial packaging mainly in the North Western region of Romania. The acquisition of the two companies will add to OptiGroup’s existing packaging business in Romania, which has shown strong organic growth in recent years.

Mercamer and Telpak are full service packaging distributors with a wide range of industrial packaging products, services and equipment. The transactions, which are subject to approval by the Finnish Competition Authority, are expected to be completed in February. The acquisitions would represent OptiGroup’s first entry into the industrial packaging market in Finland, and will be complementary to the existing activities in the Nordic region.

Commenting on the expansion, Christoph Sander, Chairman and CEO of OptiGroup said :

"This is an important development for OptiGroup, and reinforces our ambition to expand our Industrial & Safety Solutions business segment, both organically and through acquisitions. By adding these businesses to our existing Industrial & Safety Solutions businesses in the Nordics and other countries, we will see a significant increase of our size in this growing and attractive business segment."

2018-01-09 
Mondi’s acquisition of Powerflute is credit positive

On 22 December, Mondi Plc signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the outstanding shares in Powerflute Group Holdings Oy, a division of Nordic Packaging and Container Holdings Oy (NPAC, B1 negative) for a total consideration of €365 million on an enterprise value basis, implying roughly a nine times EBITDA multiple. The acquisition is credit positive for Mondi because it will acquire a competitive and profitable asset without materially compromising its strong capital structure. This transaction is still subject to regulatory approval.

2018-01-08 
BillerudKorsnäs is impacted by shortage of pulpwood due to wet and mild winter

Wet and mild weather in the fall and early winter has led to a shortage of pulpwood in late 2017 and early 2018.

The root cause of the shortage of pulp wood is the unusually wet and mild start of the winter. Normal winters the ground freezes which allows for efficient forestry. At present, forestry machines cannot be used in the forests in certain areas. In addition, the possibility of driving on the forest road network is limited in some areas, which also reduces the flow of wood. The situation is the same in the Nordic countries, western Russia and the three Baltic states.

BillerudKorsnäs has taken measures to minimize the effects of the lack of pulpwood and follows the situation on a daily basis. The measures taken are mainly mix changes in production and redistribution of flows to optimize the use of wood.

"We have the opportunity to change the product mix in our production to optimize wood usage. This is something we look over every day but what we now do from the perspective of economizing wood, especially short fiber. To the plant in Gävle we have also imported eucalyptus chips from South America, something that has been evaluated to be used in this type of situations that historically happens every 5-10 years, "says Uno Brinnen, Senior Vice President Forestry, BillerudKorsnäs.

The financial impact on Q4 2017 results is minor and it is difficult to assess the extent of the lack of pulpwood and how long the situation will last but given current assessments the estimated negative impact on earnings in Q1 2018 is approximately SEK 80-100 million.

2018-01-08 
Valmet introduces a recovery boiler leak detector with advanced analytics

Valmet has introduced a predictive tool for detecting recovery boiler leaks - Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector. This innovative diagnostics application with advanced analytics enables boiler owners to detect even the smallest tube leaks in an unprecedented way, resulting in significantly improved boiler safety and reduced damage risks.

Typically, distributed control systems (DCS) have only relatively primitive tools for recovery boiler leak detection. These include simple differentials between the feedwater and the steam, or alarms for low drum level and high furnace pressure that are activated only in the case of very large and sudden leaks. With these traditional tools, it is virtually impossible to notice a minor leak in the boiler furnace. A small undetected leak may grow, rupture a tube and lead to severe damages or even to a major smelt-water explosion.

"Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector now takes leak detection a major step forward by combining advanced mass and chemical balance calculations. This makes it an invaluable diagnostics tool for detecting leaks at their early stages," says Timo Laurila, Business Manager, Recovery Analyzers and Advanced Process Controls, Valmet.

Currently, the leak detection solution is used by several pulp mills, and the results gained with it have been very positive.

Technical information about Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector

Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector typically recognizes a 0.25-0.50% difference between the feedwater and the steam in the feedwater flow. Additionally, the application features an advanced chemical balance calculation, which enables higher accuracy and identification of critical leaks and separation from non-critical leaks. The balance is typically calculated using phosphate as a tracer.

Alarm levels can be set low enough so that a leak can be diagnosed before a tube is ruptured. As boiler load swings are taken into account, there are no unnecessary alarms due to changes in load.

Leak rate monitoring and alarms can be tested safely during normal operation by using a blowout line for leak simulation. Operator instructions and training for boiler leak detection and management are included in the delivery scope.

Valmet Recovery Boiler Leak Detector is part of the Valmet Recovery Boiler Optimizer product portfolio and can be implemented on any DCS.

2018-01-08 
PMP is Announcing “PMP Everest Strategy” And A New Branding Campaign “Honoring Our Past – Empowering Our Future”

PMP (Paper Machinery Procuder) has announced today a dynamic development strategy entitled : “PMP Everest Strategy” for the next 3 years. The new Strategy is based on refreshed mission, vision and values, which are valid from the new financial year 2018 in all PMP’s divisions :

PMP’s Mission :
With Passion & Pride, We Create Success Together In The World Of Paper

PMP’s Vision :
To Be The Best Supplier of Advanced Technologies

PMP’s Values :
• Passion
• Pride
• Respect
• Professionalism
• Ethics
• Team Work
• Satisfaction

Along with the new Everest Strategy, PMP is launching a new marketing campaign for 2018, entitled ”Honoring Our Past – Empowering Our Future”, that is going to show a real value of its rich history. Year 2018 is unique for all papermakers, as it is a 220th anniversary of a paper machine invented by Nicolas Louis Robert. The entire campaign is based on heritage and experience that is fueling PMP to achieve even more. Company is proud that for over 160 years it has been a part of a papermaking history. PMP believes that heritage is its foundation, a spirit that drives to action and experience that brings knowledge. It is also its pride, from which PMP draws the strength every day to provide the best value to its partners.

2018-01-08 
Planting record for third consecutive autumn

In autumn 2017, 6.7 million seedlings from Södra were planted. This represents an increase of 600,000 seedlings compared with autumn planting in 2016, and 1.9 million compared with 2015. In 2017, Södra supplied a total of 36.3 million seedlings.

Södra has set a record during autumn planting for the third consecutive year. Not since after the storm years of 2005 and 2007 have so many seedlings been planted in the autumn as in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The success factors include increased digitisation and greater awareness of the benefits of autumn planting.

“We are delighted to have set a record for the third consecutive year. Our focus on more digitised production is starting to yield results in the form of higher volumes, and improved seedlings with more even quality. Forests are growing better and faster now, and the high volume of seedlings that are planted every autumn will ensure that this trend continues,” said Johan Jonsson, Head of Södra Skogsplantor.

The benefits of planting early in the autumn are that the roots of the seedlings descend immediately into the soil, enabling strong growth in the following year.

Of the seedlings supplied by Södra in the autumn, 90 percent are either untreated or protected with mechanical insecticides and therefore chemical-free.

“We see continued high demand for our mechanically protected seedlings, which is very positive for both the environment and forest growth. We now have twice the amount of forest as 100 years ago and today’s planting sites will form the basis for tomorrow’s bioeconomy, in which wood can be used to replace many other fossil fuels,” said Johan Jonsson.

2018-01-05 
Buckman announces new global vice president

Buckman announced today the appointment of Christine Staples as Global Vice President of their Water Division.

Commenting on Christine’s appointment Junai Maharaj, Buckman CEO, said, "After a rigorous search, we concluded that Christine’s leadership and considerable global experience in both the water and chemical industries, along with her strong track record of success as a Global General Manager made her the outstanding candidate for the role. Christine has demonstrated throughout her career the ability to work successfully in different environments, designing and leading strategies which resulted in impressive value creation. I look forward to working with her to create the next chapter of Buckman’s story of success.”

In the position of Global Vice President, Christine’s focus will be to deliver growth through innovation, customer relationships, partnerships and sustainable value delivery across the global water industry.

Biography of Christine A. Staples

Ms. Staples spent over 20 years at Ecolab where she held increasingly complex executive leadership positions in both the water and energy industries with roles in sales, supply chain, marketing, strategic planning and leading regional and global business units. Most recently, Ms. Staples held the position of Global General Manager in Nalco Champion, and was instrumental in launching initiatives to drive valuable growth for the TIORCO, UltraFab and Flexsorb business units. Before joining Ecolab, Christine worked in environmental consulting for Shepherd Miller (Tetra Tech).

Ms. Staples holds a bachelor’s degree from Michigan State University, a master’s degree from The Colorado School of Mines and an MBA from The University of Denver. Ms. Staples has served on the American Heart Association executive committee for STEM initiatives and is actively involved in a variety of organizations focused on girls in STEM.

2018-01-04 
International Paper Completes Transfer of Their North America Consumer Packaging Business to Graphic Packaging

International Paper announced that it has completed the transfer of its North America Consumer Packaging business to Graphic Packaging.

2018-01-03 
SCA invest in increased production of White-top kraftliner in Munksund papermill

SCA invests mSEK 196 in increased production of White-top kraftliner, packaging paper with a white surface, in the Munksund papermill in Piteå. Through this investment, the mill’s capacity to produce white kraftliner will increase from 150,000 tons to 200,000 tons per annum. The total production capacity will not increase as a result of the investment.

2018-01-02 
SCA increases kraftliner prices

SCA announces a price increase for all Brown and White Kraftliner grades in Europe by € 60 per ton, effective from 1st of February 2018.

"The market for containerboard continues to be very strong. The demand for kraftliner of all grades is high and the supply is tight", says Mikael Frölander, Vice President Sales and Marketing Containerboard.

2018-01-02 
Södra - Increase in timber exports to the US

Södra’s exports of sawn timber to the US have risen over the past four years and a further 25-percent increase is expected next year. Södra has been represented in the US market since 2000 and is one of the Swedish suppliers in the market that takes a more long-term approach.

Sales consist of structural timber, and the increase in exports is due to several factors. Construction of single-family houses using timber as the most common material is growing. The number of housing starts has doubled since the US real estate crash of 2009-2010 and housing construction is also expected to increase in 2018, resulting in greater consumption of sawn timber. Meanwhile, production of sawn timber in Canada – the largest supplier of structural timber to the US – has been low due to fires and damage from pests.

“One of the key reasons behind our strong performance in the US is our long-term approach to the market. We continued to operate with lower volumes despite a more difficult period following the crash around 2009 when many others decided to leave. This has now given us a strong position when business is improving and the market is strengthening. From our perspective, the long-term relationships we nurture with our customers play a central role,” said Andreas Jonasson, Marketing Manager at Södra Wood.

Structural timber produced from spruce and in a specific dimension is the product that primarily interests customers – mainly timber suppliers with distribution to construction sites. Although the US market is relatively small for Södra, which mainly exports timber to Europe, Andreas Jonasson views this as a positive trend.

“Södra’s products are attractive in this market because of their high quality in terms of strength and from an aesthetic perspective. Timber is a fantastic material to build with and we are seeing a growing interest globally to build in a more environmentally sustainable manner using wood. We are naturally delighted that our US customers are also discovering the benefits of our raw material.”

2017-12-28 

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