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Sappi Limited: Acquisition of Cham Paper is credit positive for Sappi

On 28 February, Sappi Limited (Sappi, Ba2 positive) announced that it concluded the acquisition of Cham Paper Group (Cham) for a total consideration of CHF147 million (an equivalent of around US$150 million), implying roughly 6x EBITDA multiple.

2018-03-01 
Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin : almost one-month stoppage for investments and maintenance works

From February 25 to March 22, the production of the French paper mill Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin (SKCP) will be stopped.

2018-03-01 
Valmet's new innovative online solution improves lime mud moisture measurement

Valmet has developed an innovative online solution for measuring lime mud moisture - Valmet Lime Mud Moisture Measurement.

2018-03-01 
Corrugated in the Circular Economy: closing the loop

FEFCO welcomes the final compromise text voted yesterday by the European Parliament’s Environmental Committee on the waste package, following the endorsement last week by the Permanent Representative Committee (Part 1) of the Council.

2018-03-01 
Essity restructures in Chile

Essity is restructuring its production facility in Santiago, Chile, to further improve quality and cost for the Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene businesses in the country.

2018-03-01 
UPM paid EUR 65 million as incentives to employees in 2017

UPM paid a total of EUR 65 million as short-term incentives to employees in 2017.

2018-03-01 
Paperworld Middle East 2018 begins

Region’s dedicated stationery, paper, and office supplies trade fair opens in Dubai featuring 303 exhibitors from 42 countries.

2018-02-27 

Lecta announ​ces a price increase of 7% on its different grades for labelling applications : coated 1s, metallized papers, cast coated and self-adhesive papers.

2018-02-27 
APP leads adoption of global sustainability reporting standards in Indonesia

Asia Pulp & Paper (APP), part of Sinarmas, today received the Special Commendation for Early Adopted GRI Standards at the Sustainability Reporting Awards (SRA) in Solo, Indonesia.

2018-02-27 
Pasaban offers complete and customised solutions for the paper industry

Pasaban offers complete and customised solutions for the paper industry in terms of paper and board converting processes.

2018-02-27 
Pasaban to supply an upgrade of a paper and board sheeter for Domtar in the USA

In 1997, Pasaban designed and manufactured a KDD 2200 paper and board sheeting machine for Domtar Paper Company (USA).

2018-02-27 
UPM Raflatac expands Lite range of ecodesigned labeling solutions with new PP Silver Lite film

UPM Raflatac has expanded its PP Lite range of labeling solutions for the European market with the introduction of a new clear film, PP Silver Lite.

2018-02-27 
Highcon Launches Euclid IIIC for Corrugated

Highcon announced today the launch of the latest in the Highcon Euclid series, the Highcon Euclid IIIC.

2018-02-26 
Winkler+Dünnebier GmbH (W+D) to acquire BICMA Hygiene Technologie GmbH

Partnership joins two solution Providers for the hygiene industry

2018-02-26 
Metsä Tissue invests in new Away-from-Home production line in Raubach mill

Metsä Tissue is investing in a new production line for hand towels in its Raubach mill in Germany.

2018-02-26 
Corenso announces the acquisition of Mandriladora Leiza S.L. in Spain increasing its presence on the lberian Peninsula

Corenso is pleased to announce the acquisition of the business and operations of Mandriladora Leiza S.L. ( "Leiza") a highly esteemed core manufacturer located in Areso in North of Spain.

2018-02-26 
Corenso announces a price increase of 6-8% for coreboard and cores in Europe

Strong demand for coreboard and cores has created positive pricing momentum in most major European markets in recent months.

2018-02-26 
Rating Action: Moody's upgrades Stora Enso to Ba1; positive outlook

Moody’s Investors Service, ("Moody’s") has today upgraded the Corporate Family Rating (CFR) of Stora Enso Oyj (Stora Enso) to Ba1 from Ba2

2018-02-26 
Global Recycling Day organisers announce their first Federation Partner

Organisers of the first-ever Global Recycling Day are delighted to announce that the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) is their first Federation Partner.

ISRI is a Washington DC-based private, non-profit trade association, with members in nearly 4,000 locations throughout the USA and 41 countries around the world. It represents approximately 1,300 companies.

Global Recycling Day, which is the brainchild of the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), will unite people across the world, highlighting the need to conserve our six primary resources (water, air, coal, oil, natural gas and minerals) and celebrating the power the “Seventh Resource”- the goods we recycle every day. Its mission is set out in its recently launched “The Seventh Resource Manifesto”.

With a motto of the “Voice of the Recycling Industry,” ISRI promotes public awareness of the value and importance of recycling to the production of the world’s goods and services, along with the positive environmental benefits derived from scrap recycling.

“We are delighted to announce ISRI as our first Federation Partner,” comments Ranjit Baxi, BIR President. “This is Global Recycling Day’s first year, and we know ISRI’s support will be invaluable in us spreading the word across the USA and throughout their global membership and we are proud to champion them as a visionary organisation, one that is crucial to the success of the recycling industry.”

“As the voice of the recycling industry, ISRI is delighted to play an important part in the success of the inaugural Global Recycling Day,” said ISRI President Robin Wiener. “With membership in 41 countries around the globe, we fully understand the importance of the world coming together with a single voice to address how we can better improve the lives of all and create a sustainable environment through recycling.”

Global Recycling Day will be a day focused on action, aimed at a global approach towards recycling and calling on world leaders, international businesses, communities and individuals to make seven clear commitments in their approach to recycling. People can commit to making one change in their recycling habits on the day, as well as joining in on social media channels.

2018-02-23 
Lecta Presents Its Newest Environmental Report

An exercise in transparency in which Lecta shares its progress and identifies upcoming challenges.

In keeping with our commitment to respect for the environment and our focus on sustainability, Lecta carries out its business activity with the aim of minimizing environmental impact in the communities and areas where we operate, thereby contributing to their wellbeing.

In spite of challenging economic circumstances, this entails allocating a significant portion of our budget to this goal. Over the past ten years, nearly 135 million euros have been invested in projects to minimize environmental impact. These investments have been allocated to many ambitious projects at our manufacturing sites. The primary goals have been to increase energy efficiency, decrease air emissions and optimize the use of natural resources in the manufacture of our distinct multiproduct portfolio, based on paper as a natural, renewable raw material.

Our environmental parameters, verified by an independent third party and presented in this report, demonstrate the significant, progressive reduction of Lecta’s environmental impact as an environmentally responsible company. The document also reviews our performance with regard to the objectives and commitments set out in our last report, as well as establishing new goals that will be analyzed in our next edition.

2018-02-22 
Essity to strengthen the Professional Hygiene business in Europe

To further strengthen the competitiveness of the Professional Hygiene business in Europe, Essity has decided to invest in creating a center for napkin production in the existing production facility in Altopascio, Italy. This will strengthen Essity’s product offering, with the leading global brand Tork, and increase efficiency in the supply chain. The investment in Altopascio will lead to restructuring measures at multiple production facilities across Europe in the coming years. 

The activities are aligned with the company’s strategy to optimize the geographic production footprint to increase cost and capital efficiency and further increase value creation in the Professional Hygiene business area.

The restructuring measures include the closure of a converting production facility in Hlohovec, Slovakia, in 2020.

The total investments will amount to approximately SEK 590m, of which the majority is related to investments in Altopascio, Italy. The restructuring costs will amount to approximately SEK 580m, of which SEK 350m are expected to impact the first quarter of 2018 and the remaining costs are expected to impact the second quarter of 2018. The costs will be recognized as an item affecting comparability. Approximately
SEK 410m of these costs are expected to impact cash flow.

2018-02-22 
Valmet to supply a repeat order of three winders for Shanying International in China

Valmet will supply three winders for Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., in the city of Jingzhou in Hubei province, China. The order is following the delivery of the Valmet OptiConcept M board machine (PM 21) announced in December 2017 and earlier winder deliveries to company’s Ma’anshan site. The capacity of the three winders will cover the production of two board machines. The start-ups of the winders are scheduled for the end of the year 2018.

The order is included in Valmet’s first quarter of 2018 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically EUR 10-20 million.

"We have a long and good relationship with Shanying. Valmet is supplying or has delivered already six paper or board machines for this customer - the latest ones being the orders of the testliner machine PM 21 and two earlier started-up container board lines in Ma’anshan. Valmet has also just recently announced a waste-fired boiler delivery for Shanying International Holdings. These earlier projects and strong track record with winders convinced the customer to choose Valmet," says Mikko Osara, Vice President of Board and Paper Mills Business Unit at Valmet.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes three high-capacity OptiWin Drum two-drum compact winders. They are repeat orders of three similar OptiWin Drum winders delivered at the Ma’anshan site in 2014. Valmet’s winding concept brings flexibility for the mill’s two production lines with high capacity potential as well as smart drive controls and optimization.

The winders are designed for basis weight range of 80-170 g/m2 and design speed of 3,000 m/min.

2018-02-22 
A.Celli SlittomaticTM Upgrade: the ideal solution to every cutting demand!

A.Celli SlittomaticTM Upgrade : the ideal solution to every cutting demand !

Choose A.Celli for a guarantee of the best technology when it comes to longitudinal cutting, for an extremely high quality production.

Today more than ever, the concept of production flexibility in the nonwovens market is embodied in the ability to automatically manage a number of different cuts.

Changing recipes in record times ; adapting to different production cycles ; being able to count on an operational programming flexibility. These are the standards that every company must guarantee. 

These features have given rise to A.Celli SlittomaticTM Upgrade : the evolution in the longitudinal cutting system.

In turning to A.Celli technology, you will be able to benefit from a dedicated development and quotation for the replacement of any cutting system (on A.Celli machines as well as on machinery built by other manufacturers) in favour of SlittomaticTM technology.

Fully automatic, highly flexible and completely modular, A.Celli SlittomaticTM is a cutting management system that allows :

 Increasing productivity, making knife positioning and precision faster based on the recipe ;
 Enhancing operator safety and eliminating the “human error” variable ;
 Augmenting knife performance (electrostatic bar) + dust removal ;
 Knife life management system ;
 Reducing machine downtime thanks to intelligent maintenance monitoring.

The service offered includes :

 Engineering ;
 Supervision for electrical and mechanical installation ;
 Commissioning & start-up ;
 Project Management ;
 Training ;
 Software modification and issuing of licenses and SW Keys ;
 Updating of electrical and pneumatic diagrams ;
 Review of manuals and layout ;
 24/7 Technical Support Hotline ;
 12-month guarantee from the date of completion of the modifications.

2018-02-21 
Håkan Larsson to leave Södra

Håkan Larsson, Director of Strategy, has decided to start his own consulting business and will therefore be leaving Södra on 1 March. Håkan Larsson’s involvement in Södra’s work with strategic issues will continue, but in his new role as a consultant.

“I have been employed in the Södra Group for 24 years and have now decided to start my own business, with a focus on leadership and strategy-related issues,” said Håkan Larsson.

“I would like to thank Håkan for all of his contributions over the years as an employee of Södra,” said Lars Idermark, President and CEO.

Håkan Larsson has been employed at Södra since 1994, and a member of Södra’s Group Senior Management since 2013. During his employment, his positions have included Director of Forestry, Regional Manager, Head of Production and IT Project Director.

2018-02-21 

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