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Bekaert Solaronics to supply WebMate® electrical infrared system to Twin Rivers Paper Company, Madawaska mill, USA.

Bekaert Solaronics will supply a WebMate® infrared moisture profiling system to Twin Rivers Paper Company #5 Paper Machine. The system is equipped with 1 row of 39 electrical M2000 modules including 78 zones of fine profiling capability.

2017-03-10 
European Commission - Statement Antitrust: Commission confirms unannounced inspections in sector of kraft paper and industrial paper sacks

The European Commission can confirm that on 7 March 2017 its officials carried out unannounced inspections at the premises of several companies active in the sector of kraft paper and industrial paper sacks.

The inspections took place in several Member States. The Commission has concerns that the relevant companies may have violated Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which prohibits anticompetitive practices such as price fixing and customer allocation.

These inspections are part of the same investigation that led the Commission to carry out unannounced inspections in March 2016 in the same sectors .

The Commission officials were accompanied by their counterparts from the relevant national competition authorities.

Unannounced inspections are a preliminary step into suspected anticompetitive practices. The fact that the Commission carries out such inspections does not mean that the companies are guilty of anti-competitive behaviour nor does it prejudge the outcome of the investigation. The Commission respects the rights of defence, in particular the right of companies to be heard in antitrust proceedings.

There is no legal deadline to complete inquiries into anticompetitive conduct. Their duration depends on a number of factors, including the complexity of each case, the extent to which the undertakings concerned co-operate and the exercise of the rights of defence.

2017-03-10 
AkzoNobel reviewing strategic options to separate Specialty Chemicals

AkzoNobel, one of the world’s leading paints, coatings and chemicals companies announces today a review of strategic options for the separation of its Specialty Chemicals business.

The Specialty Chemicals business, which had revenues of €4.8 billion in 2016, is strongly positioned with a broad portfolio of leading technologies and chemicals which service a wide range of end-user segments including construction, industrial and consumer goods. The separation will allow the Specialty Chemicals business to continue to build and accelerate its market-leading positions across a range of market segments.

2017-03-10 
Nomination Committee proposals regarding election of the Board

In advance of the BillerudKorsnäs AB  Annual General Meeting of shareholders to be held on Wednesday 10 May 2017, the BillerudKorsnäs nomination committee proposes the re-election of Andrea Gisle Joosen, Bengt Hammar, Mikael Hellberg, Lennart Holm, Michael M.F. Kaufmann and Kristina Schauman as members of the Board, and the election of Christian Saclier and Victoria Van Camp as new members of the Board. The nomination committee also proposes the re-election of Lennart Holm as chairman of the Board and Michael M.F. Kaufmann as vice chairman of the Board. Jan Homan and Gunilla Jönson have decided not to seek re-election.

2017-03-10 
Idempapers continues its path for rebirth

As 3 industrial funds bid for IdemPapers, the PRJ is extended till April 15.
On December 13, 2016, IdemPapers filed for the PRJ process and called for a 3-month process. This short period was selected by management in order to reassure customers and colleagues that a rapid transfer into a more competitive and stable structure was possible and desirable. As a proof of strength, during this time, IdemPapers operations continued normally without any interruption of production nor supply while the order book remained full.

2017-03-10 
Sonoco Alcore: another start-up on schedule!

Start-up of the A.Celli Paper rewinder model AC842, in a 2700-mm format and a production speed of 1200 m/min, sold last year to Sonoco Alcore, was concluded as scheduled on 16 January 2017, following the signing of the acceptance certificate.

In just 8 months, the order, that included not only the rewinder but also a complete final product handling system (overhead crane – wagon – conveyor belts) was built, installed and started up at Sonoco Alcore’s Ciriè Paper Mill in the Provincia of Turin (Italy).

2017-03-09 
Fischer Named GP CEO, Hannan To Assume New Role At Koch

Koch Industries, Inc. today named Jim Hannan executive vice president and CEO – Enterprises, and Brad Razook executive vice president and CEO – Resources. Both are newly created leadership positions. Hannan has served as president and CEO of Koch subsidiary Georgia-Pacific since 2007, while Razook has served as president and CEO of Flint Hills Resources since 2005.

In his new role, Hannan will oversee Georgia-Pacific, INVISTA, Molex and Guardian, as well as Koch’s recently acquired interest in Infor. Razook will oversee Flint Hills Resources, Koch Pipeline, Koch Ag & Energy Solutions (including Matador Cattle), and Koch Minerals (including Koch Supply & Trading). Both Hannan and Razook will be responsible for driving improvements and advances in their respective businesses, including the application of technology, software and data analytics. They will continue to report to Dave Robertson, president and COO of Koch Industries.

2017-03-09 
Ibá - Export volume from the planted tree industry registers growth in January 2017

In the first month of 2017, the volume of pulp exports totaled 1.4 million tons, up 47.4% from the same month in 2016, when 959,000 tons were exported. For the wood panels segment, the volume exported in January totaled 85,000 m³, a growth of 57.4% since January of 2016, when 54,000 m³ were exported. Paper exports reached 172,000 tons in the first month of this year, a volume 10.3% higher than the 156,000 tons exported in the same month of 2016.

Check out the other performance indicators for the planted tree industry which appear in the 33rd edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry :

2017-03-09 

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2017-03-09 
DS Smith challenges packaging industry with new campaign

Packaging strategist pledges to constantly challenge the status quo to ensure customers realise the true value of packaging.

DS Smith has unveiled its new pan-European marketing campaign “Keep on Questioning” – a concept which underlines the company’s commitment to continually question perceived norms and challenge the packaging industry as a whole.

In a bid to engage new audiences, the creative concept will be rolled out across advertising boards, at trade fairs, on customer communications, online and through social media channels. It aims to spark interest amongst the business community and communicate the potential packaging has to be a game-changer and revolutionise the way a business works.

2017-03-09 
Toscotec to rebuild Cartiera Olona’s dryer section in Gorla Minore, Varese (Italy).

Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a dryer section rebuilding of Cartiera Olona srl paper machine in Varese, Italy. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.
Cartiera Olona was founded in the 1960’ in the Olona River Valley, Varese, covering an area of approximately 20.000 square meters. Currently the paper mill is equipped with a continuous production line for grey coreboard. The annual production is of 50,000 tons of paper suitable for the manufacturing of spiral and parallel wound cores, edge protectors, textile cones and honey comb.

2017-03-09 
Kemira : Changes in organizational structure and management board

Kemira will merge the Municipal & Industrial and Oil & Mining segments into one new segment Industry & Water. Kemira’s new organization will consist of two segments : Pulp & Paper (revenue in 2016 : EUR 1,450 million) and Industry & Water (EUR 910 million). The main objectives of the change are to simplify Kemira’s way of working and further improve service to its customers. Kemira will also start planning to adjust its organizational structure overall to support the two segment model and seek further efficiencies.

2017-03-09 
Gender equality increases profitability of forest estates

By 2025, women will account for 40-60 percent of Södra’s elected representatives. This is one of the targets contained in the action plan for increasing diversity and gender equality in Södra’s membership organisation.

"The action plan represents an important milestone in our efforts to achieve gender equality. Elected representatives, who act in the interests of our owners, have an important role to play and we need to develop our membership organisation to address the changes occurring both within and outside Södra. Through greater diversity, such as a larger share of female elected representatives, we will have a better possibility to capture a broader range of opinions, new ideas and long-term solutions," said Magnus Berg, Director of Members at Södra.

2017-03-08 
Valmet to supply two containerboard machines for Nine Dragons in China

Valmet will supply two containerboard production lines and related automation systems for Nine Dragons Industries Co., Ltd. in China. The new production lines (PM 39 in Quanzhou and PM 40 in Chongqing) are planned to produce high-quality testliner and fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-ups of the machines are scheduled for 2018.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter of 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type and scale is typically valued around EUR 110-130 million.

2017-03-08 
Futura further strengthens its presence in North America

With strongly growing sales and interest in its technology in North America, Futura is increasing its presence and its ProCare service support in the region.
Futura North America, already well-established with its headquarters in Alpharetta Georgia, is to benefit from a further injection of expertise from Futura’s centre of operations in Lucca. Experts joining Futura North America in operations management and service support will add valuable resources to the local team for the startup of new lines and servicing of existing ones.

2017-03-08 
BillerudKorsnäs subject to European Commission inspection

Today, the European Commission initiated an inspection of BillerudKorsnäs under EU competition rules as part of a larger investigation  of the market for bleached and unbleached kraft papers.
BillerudKorsnäs cooperates in full with the European Commission

2017-03-07 
Valmet-supplied fine paper making line for Asia Symbol (GD) Paper started-up ahead of schedule in China

Valmet-supplied fine paper production line for Asia Symbol (Guangdong) Paper Co., Ltd. was successfully started up one month ahead of schedule on January 29, 2017. The new production line PM 12 produces top quality fine papers and it increases the company’s capability to produce value-added products. All the produced paper has been saleable from the very start.

"The cooperation with the customer has been excellent. It has been a pleasure to work with the highly motivated and professional teams of both the customer and Valmet. These teams and the outsourced installation company worked well together to meet the revised start-up schedule. The start-up itself was smooth : the machine is operating well and the number of web breaks has remained very low. The start-up curve has proven to be excellent with high daily tonnages," comments Senior Project Manager Jari Laine from Valmet.

2017-03-07 
Lidloc from Metsä Board breaking new ground in paperboard cup design

Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, presented a revolutionary new paperboard cup design concept called ‘Lidloc’ for the first time at the Packaging Innovations Exhibition held in Birmingham, United Kingdom, on 1–2 March.

The Lidloc patented design is based upon an extension to a standard cup structure that folds and locks into an integrated lid. This innovative design completely removes the need for a separate plastic lid and will re-invent how paperboard cups are produced, consumed and recycled

2017-03-07 
ANDRITZ to supply the 30th mechanical pulping system based on its proven P-RC APMP technology

In connection with the recently announced order from KAMA Karton LLC, Krasnokamsk, Russia, where ANDRITZ will supply a complete new folding box board production line, ANDRITZ’s Pulping and Fiber Division is to supply a new BCTMP line and stock preparation line. The BCTMP line will be ANDRITZ’s 30th mechanical pulping system installed worldwide and is to be based on its proven P-RC APMP technology for hardwoods, thus confirming ANDRITZ’s strong global market position with references around the globe. Start-up of the complete KAMA production line is scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.

2017-03-07 
Next stop Cidpex for iT’s Tissue.

On behalf of the 12 companies which form the Tissue Italy network, iT’s Tissue is to participate in the China International Disposable Paper Expo (Cidpex), China’s main event for tissue and other disposable hygiene products.
Cidpex takes place from 22-24 March 2017 in Wuhan, China. More than 700 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors are expected. It is organised by the China National Household Paper Industry Association (CNHPIA).
Clients of all the network members are warmly invited to visit iT’s Tissue’s booth number B1F05 – HALL B1 (Tissue Converting & Tissue Paper Machinery and Related Apparatus Pavilion).
The 12 companies forming the Tissue Italy network are : A.Celli Paper, Elettric 80, Fabio Perini, Futura, Gambini, MTC, Omet, PCMC, Pulsar, Recard, TMC and Toscotec. All share the passion for tissue technology synonymous with Lucca, Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Lecco.

2017-03-07 
Stora Enso’s renewable solutions enhanced the sustainability of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti, Finland, finished yesterday 5 March 2017 with a closing ceremony. Stora Enso, the presenting sponsor of the championships, donated two shelters made of cross-laminated timber (CLT) to the City of Lahti at the end of the games.

The FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Lahti drew crowds totalling 220 000 to the stadium, and reached a total television audience of 500 – 600 million people around the world. Stora Enso has been working closely with the Lahti2017 organisers to promote the extensive use of renewable raw materials and other sustainable solutions at the games. The event was awarded the EcoCompass environmental certificate, in recognition of measures taken to reduce environmental impacts.

2017-03-06 
Södra is raising the price of its NBSK pulp in Europe to USD 860/tonne, effective 1st of April 2017.

Södra is raising the price of its NBSK pulp in Europe to USD 860/tonne, effective 1st of April 2017.

 The announcement is a response to a tight global market. “The volume of pulp on the market is the main driver behind price movements and even small changes in pulp supply can affect the market,” commented Magnus Björkman, VP Marketing and sales Södra Cell. “At the moment, we are seeing a tight supply situation with planned maintenance shutdowns compounded by unplanned shutdowns at several mills, for a variety of reasons. We have not seen this level of tightening in the market for many years.”

2017-03-06 
Lecta Presents the Second Edition of Its Labels to Celebrate Swatch Book

A wide range of premium quality labelstock for the food and beverage industry from Lecta’s Adestor range.

Continuing with the theme from the first edition, the new Labels to Celebrate swatch book pays tribute to celebration-worthy moments. This collection of premium pressure-sensitive labelstock is designed for labeling wine, sparkling wine, spirits and beer, as well as luxury food products.

2017-03-03 
ANDRITZ GROUP: Solid business development in 2016

ANDRITZ saw solid business development in the past business year. In spite of a slight decline in sales to just over six billion euros, earnings and profitability reached the highest figures in the company’s history. The Executive Board will propose an increased dividend payment of 1.50 EUR per share to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.

2017-03-03 

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