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Metso introduces a new digital service enabling data-driven operations and improved performance

As part of its Life Cycle Services offering for the aggregates industry, Metso is now introducing a new digital solution to help further optimize mobile crushing and screening equipment operations and maintenance. Metso Metrics Services is another step in Metso’s digital development, leveraging the possibilities offered by advanced analytics and cloud-based technologies. The new service will be launched at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas, March 7-11, 2017.

2017-03-02 
BA Robotic Systems Group has continued to grow in 2016

BA Robotic Systems Group, leading partner in mobile robotics solutions, closes its 2016 financial year with a consolidated turnover of 28 million euros in growth of 15% and announces identical ambitions for 2017.
Innovation, performance commitment and customer support have contributed to a very positive result
The new Group dimension launched in 2016 and the increased ability to support customers in their projects, from the internal flows automation with AGV to the integration of complete solutions, through the development of innovative industrial prototypes addressing the challenges of the Factory of the Future, have allowed to consolidate a growth already well rooted in the Group’s DNA.

2017-03-02 
Valmet to supply an evaporation line to Sappi's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa

Valmet will supply an evaporation line to Sappi Southern Africa Limited to be built at the company’s pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa. The new evaporation line 3 will replace the existing line 1, and will meet the future needs of the mill’s ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with existing evaporation line 2 that was upgraded by Valmet in 2013. The overall steam economy of the mill will also improve with this investment.

The order was included in Valmet’s fourth quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an order of this type is typically valued below EUR 10 million. The new evaporation line is planned to be started up during latter part of 2018.

2017-03-02 
Valmet has published the Annual Report and the Corporate Governance Statement for 2016

Valmet has today, on March 1, 2017, published its Annual Report for 2016 on the company’s website www.valmet.com/annualreports. The Annual Report consists of three separate parts : the Annual Review, the Financial Statements and the GRI Supplement. The GRI Supplement is available in English only.

The printed copies of the Annual Review and the Financial Statements will be available in Finnish and English during the week of March 20, 2017 at the latest. They can be ordered at www.valmet.com/subscribe.

The GRI Supplement is available as PDF only. The report defines Valmet’s sustainability reporting scope and principles, and alignment with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).

Valmet has also published its Corporate Governance Statement including the Remuneration Statement for 2016. It has been prepared in accordance with the recommendations of the Finnish Corporate Governance Code and is available at www.valmet.com/governance.

The Annual Review, the Financial Statements, the GRI Supplement and the Corporate Governance Statement are attached to this stock exchange release.

2017-03-01 
ANDRITZ to convert paper machine and supply a new stock preparation line for Burgo Avezzano, Italy

ANDRITZ has received an order from the Italian Burgo Group to rebuild and convert its PM2, a printing and white writing paper machine, and its approach system into a modern brown packaging paper machine at the Avezzano mill, Italy. After full conversion, the PM 2 will have an annual production capacity of over 200,000 tons, with a design speed of 1,200 m/min and a paper width at reel of 5,340 mm. The machine will produce corrugating medium and two-ply testliner with a basis weight range of 80-170 gsm for the production of containerboard. The raw material is recycled OCC and mixed waste paper. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2017.

2017-03-01 
Kamil Zakirov, new CEO of Segezha Group

By the resolution of Segezha Group Board of Directors, Kamil Zakirov has been appointed CEO and Chairman of the Management Board. Former CEO, Sergey Pomelov, will assume the post of Chairman of the Board of Directors, Segezha Group.

Kamil Zakirov served as the Head of oilfield service holding “Targin”, incorporated in Sistema JFSC.

2017-02-28 
Albrecht Joins Sonoco as Corporate Vice President, Treasurer/Assistant CFO

Sonoco, one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today announced that Julie Albrecht will join the Company as Corporate Vice President, Treasurer/Assistant Chief Financial Officer, according to Barry Saunders, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

2017-02-28 
Recard seals a contract with Star Paper Mill Ltd. in Abu Dhabi for the supply of a turnkey plant

Recard lands once again in the United Arab Emirates thanks to the contract signed with Star Paper Mill Ltd. in Abu Dhabi for the supply of a turnkey plant for the production of high quality tissue. This is the sixth machine that Recard installs in the Arabian Peninsula following the one for Emirates Paper Mills Ltd and the four supplied to Saudi Paper.

2017-02-28 
Valmet to supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi Maastricht in the Netherlands

Valmet will supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi Maastricht in the Netherlands. With the rebuilt paper machine 6 (PM 6), Sappi will be able to improve the existing graphical board products and move into producing high quality solid bleached board (SBB) and folding box board (FBB) grades. Today PM 6 is producing coated woodfree (CWF) paper grades. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for early 2018.

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

2017-02-28 
Eero Koskelainen Joins KaiCell Fibers’s Board of Directors

KaiCell Fibers Ltd, the company aiming to start up a major bio-products mill in Paltamo, Finland, has welcomed regional entrepreneur and investor Mr Eero Koskelainen to its Board of Directors, where he joins Chairman, Eero Suutari, MP, and members Jukka Kantola and Martin Doktar.

2017-02-28 
PMP successfully starts green field tissue mill for Universal Paper Manufacturers, South Africa - The gold eagle has spread its wings!

In December 2014, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract with Universal Paper Manufacturers (UPM), part of the Universal Paper group, for a turn-key green field tissue mill based on Intelli-Tissue® Advanced 1600 tissue making line. Thus it is our pleasure to announce that on the 19th of February 2017, 11:20 a.m. local time, TM#5 successfully started-up at UPM’s Ga-Rankuwa mill in South Africa !

2017-02-28 
BOBST at ICE Europe 2017

As a dedicated converting event, ICE Europe (21- 23 March 2017, in Munich) is the ideal platform for BOBST process specialists to take visitors through the displays and samples dedicated to functional substrate excellence. The information available and the samples produced in BOBST’s Competence Centers in Europe will reflect the equipment capabilities to satisfy the global market demand for added value applications aimed at increasing substrate functionalities.

2017-02-27 
We have lift-off! European paper industy launches bold investment Roadmap

The European paper industry has today launched the reviewed version of its 2050 Roadmap detailing the pathways and investment needed to cut its carbon emissions by 80% while creating 50% more added-value. The Roadmap projects the need for €44 billion more investment - a 40% increase on current levels - to transform industry in Europe and lead the low-carbon bioeconomy by 2050.

2017-02-27 
Maik Willig appointed Ehingen Mill Director

Sappi Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of Maik Willig as Ehingen Mill Director. He joined the company in 2012 as Production Manager and became Paper Mill Manager of Ehingen at the beginning of 2015. His new position reflects his leadership abilities and his knowledge of the industry.

2017-02-27 
Fifth Valmet supplied tissue machine started up at Hayat Kimya in Egypt

Hayat Kimya’s Tissue Machine (TM6) started up at the company’s new mill in Egypt in mid-January. It marked sixth successful start-up based on the same team from Valmet and Hayat Kimya working together in cooperation. Valmet has previously installed five new machines and provided an extensive rebuild of Hayat’s TM1 in Izmit, in Turkey. The new line in Egypt will add 70.000 tons of high quality tissue to the company’s current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue.

2017-02-27 
Legality, transparency and social responsibility, Lucart earns maximum Legality Rating score

Lucart is the first company in the Italian paper industry to have obtained the maximum Legality Rating score, winning 3 stars out of 3.

On 25 January 2017, the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM), in agreement with the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Justice, renewed Lucart SpA’s Legality Rating.

The Legality Rating is a new instrument, introduced in 2012 (Law no. 62/2012) for Italian companies, aimed at promoting and introducing principles of ethical conduct within business. This is done by awarding an "acknowledgement" - measured in "stars" - to indicate how much the company applying for the rating complies with the law and, more generally, the degree of attention it places on the proper management of its business.

2017-02-27 
ALLIMAND Group launches New Technology “S4 Hydraulic Headbox”

The ALLIMAND Group, designer and manufacturer of paper machines and Nonwovens, recognized for its continuous innovation strategy, has just launched a new hydraulic headbox* named S4, which is characterized by high tech technology. Focus on this key part of the paper machine, which meets the manufacturing needs ranging from convenience papers and packaging to specialty papers.

2017-02-24 
Cascades Sonoco Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in Birmingham, Ala., Facility to Support Innovative New Product Line

A Water-Based Barrier Coating That Allows Creation of Recyclable, Repulpable, Compostable Take-Out Containers

Cascades Sonoco, a joint venture of Sonoco Products Company and Cascades Inc. today announced the investment of approximately $16 million for the expansion of its existing Birmingham, Ala., facility. This investment in world-class water based coating technology will provide coated paper and paperboard substrates using its new FlexShield™, FluteSHIELD® and SurfSHIELD™ coating technology. These coatings, recently introduced to the folding carton and corrugated industries, are revolutionary water-based functional and barrier coatings designed to replace the standard LDPE coating used in take-out container folding carton applications, as well as wax replacement technology for the corrugated industry. They offer solutions that are recyclable, repulpable and compostable.

2017-02-24 
International Paper Announces Senior Leadership Moves

Thomas J. Plath has been elected by the board of directors to become Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Global Citizenship, effective March 1, 2017. Mr. Plath joined International Paper in 1991, serving most recently as Vice President, Human Resources, Global Businesses. 

The company also announced the retirement of Thomas G. Kadien, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Government Relations and Global Citizenship. Mr. Kadien joined the company in 1978 and will retire effective June 30, 2017.

"For nearly four decades, Tom Kadien has left an indelible mark on International Paper, not only as a leader but as a colleague and friend. We wish him the very best in retirement," said Mark Sutton, Chairman and CEO. "Tom Plath will lead our efforts to continue to attract, engage and develop our colleagues around the world. Tom will be an excellent addition to our senior leadership team."

2017-02-24 
Nomination Committee’s proposal for the Board ahead of the 2017 Annual General Meeting of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA

The Nomination Committee of Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget SCA proposes the re-election of board members Ewa Björling, Pär Boman, Maija-Liisa Friman, Annemarie Gardshol, Magnus Groth, Bert Nordberg, Louise Svanberg, Johan Malmquist and Barbara Milian Thoralfsson. The Nomination Committee proposes that Lars Rebien Sørensen be elected as a new Board member. In addition, the Nomination Committee proposes that Pär Boman be re-elected as Chairman of the Board. Information about the Board members nominated for re-election is available on SCA’s website.

2017-02-24 
Fibria starts construction of terminal in Mato Grosso do Sul

Construction work has started on the intermodal terminal in Aparecida do Taboado in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, which will transport the pulp produced at the new Fibria plant in Três Lagoas, in the same state. Pulp will be transported from Aparecida do Taboado to the Port of Santos, state of São Paulo, from where it will be exported to clients in Asia, Europe and the United States. The terminal will have the capacity to ship 1.95 million tons per year and will strengthen the logistics corridor in Brazil’s Midwest region. Terminal construction will create 220 direct and indirect jobs.

2017-02-24 
ifoodbag announced as one of the Top 10 most promising cleantech companies in the Nordics!

Nordic Cleantech Open is a competition that identifies, upgrade and highlights the best cleantech start-ups in the Nordics every year on behalf of Cleantech Scandinavia, a renowned provider and promoter of Nordic Cleantech.

In the first selection 25 Nordic companies were chosen among a hundred applicants and now only 10 remains for the finals in Oslo, taking place at the Cleantech Capital Day, the 3-4th of April.

We are excited for being recognized and looking forward to present ifoodbag at the finals in April !

2017-02-24 
SCA invests to further strengthen tissue operations in Mexico and baby diaper operations in Europe

To further strengthen competitiveness and enable future growth in the tissue operations in Mexico, SCA has decided to invest about USD 105m (approx. SEK 950m) in one of the company’s facilities in the country. To strengthen its baby diaper product offering in Europe, SCA has also decided to invest about EUR 40m (approx. SEK 380m) in facilities in Europe.

The investment in Mexico will support SCA’s high-quality tissue offering under the Regio brand. The investment is aligned with the company’s strategy to streamline production and secure capacity for future growth in order to increase value creation in the Tissue business area.

2017-02-24 
New head of Performance Chemicals at BASF

Anup Kothari, currently Senior Vice President, Performance Chemicals North America, will become President of BASF’s Performance Chemicals division, effective April 1, 2017. He succeeds Dr. Christian Fischer, who has decided to leave the company.

2017-02-24 

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