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Valmet To Supply A Repeat Order Of Three Winders For Shanying International In China

8 hours 20 min ago
Feb 22, 2018 ---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.



About the customer Shanying International



Shanying International Holdings Co., Ltd., formerly Anhui Shanying Paper Industry Co., Ltd., is a China-based company, principally engaged in the manufacture and distribution of paper products. The Company's main products consist of various packaging paper boards, newsprint paper, corrugated cardboard boxes, culture paper and other paper products, which are marketed under the brand name of Shanying. The Company distributes its products within domestic markets, with eastern China as its main market.



VALMET



Corporate Communications



For further information, please contact:



Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Sales, Board and Paper Mills, Valmet, tel. +358 40 744 8182



Zhou Zhou, Sales Director, Capital Sales in China, Valmet, tel. +86 139 1018 6376

Verso Announces Plans to Restart Paper Machine in Jay, Maine

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 11:59
MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Feb. 19, 2018 -- Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) today announced plans to upgrade the shuttered pulp line and No. 3 paper machine at its Androscoggin Mill in Jay, Maine, enabling this equipment to restart for the manufacture of packaging products. The paper machine and associated pulping capacity were temporarily idled in January 2017 and shut down in July 2017 as a result of declining demand for the graphic paper products formerly produced on the machine.

With an anticipated completion date in the third quarter of this year, this project will help Verso continue to diversify its product mix into growing market segments and is expected to create approximately 120 full-time jobs at the mill and additional jobs throughout the Maine forest products supply chain. The estimated total capital cost of the project is $17 million, $4 million of which will come from a Maine Technology Asset Fund 2.0 challenge grant administered by the Maine Technology Institute. Funds from the grant will be become available as certain milestones in the project are reached.

"Verso identified this upgrade and restart of the No. 3 paper machine and associated equipment at the Androscoggin Mill as part of our continuing development of a holistic strategy that includes repositioning of certain assets, and we want to thank Governor LePage and the Maine Technology Institute for their support in helping to make it possible," said Verso Chief Executive Officer B. Christopher DiSantis. "When this project is completed, the Androscoggin Mill will be more competitive in the global marketplace and better positioned for future success."

About Verso
Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. The leading North American producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com.

Valmet To Supply A Wet End Rebuild For Sappi Gratkorn Mill In Austria

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 11:58
Feb 19, 2018 ---Valmet will supply a wet end rebuild with installation for Sappi Gratkorn Mill in Austria. The goal of the rebuild is to improve paper machine (PM 9) efficiency, reliability and energy efficiency. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for 2019.



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 around EUR 10-20 million.



"Sappi has been relying firmly on Valmet in the past years. In addition to this new rebuild for Sappi Gratkorn, six other major ongoing or already started-up projects for Sappi are Valmet-supplied, the latest ones for Sappi Lanaken (start-up in 2019), Sappi Maastricht (2018), Sappi Sommerset (USA) (2018), Sappi Kirkniemi (start-up 2017) and Sappi Gratkorn PM 11 (2014). Our good OptiPress pressing technology references combined with the outcome of higher solids and better quality were success factors in this case, too," says Senior Paper Technology Manager Riikka Antikainen from Valmet.



Technical details about the delivery



Valmet's delivery includes number of modifications to the paper machine wet end. The press section will be rebuilt into an OptiPress Center with modern shoe press technology and the best runnability components available in the market. OptiPress Center provides higher solids and better runnability, thus, lowers energy consumption and improves efficiency. The off-machine coater will be equipped with Valmet Water Jet Turn-up Device for fast parent roll changes. All the equipment will be delivered with installation.



PM 9 produces coated fine paper grades in the design basis weight of 66 g/m². The mill has a total capacity of 980,000 tonnes/year.



Information about the Sappi Gratkorn Mill



Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Europe is the leading European producer and supplier of coated fine paper, packaging and specialty papers. In Europe, the company has seven mills, 14 sales offices and 5,100 employees. Located in in Gratkorn, Austria, Sappi Gratkorn Mill is part of Sappi Europe. The mill produces 980,000 tonnes of high-quality double and triple coated papers annually which are used for premium quality publications all over the world. The mill produces 250,000 tonnes totally chlorine free (TCF) chemical pulp for own consumption and it has an annual sheet finishing capacity of 875,000 tonnes. About 95% of the mill's production is exported. Gratkorn Mill has around 1,240 employees.



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Corporate Communications



For further information, please contact:



Marko Oinonen, General Manager, Contracts and Customer Relations, Board and Paper Mills, Valmet, tel. +358 50 562 7240



Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Board and Paper Mills, Valmet, tel. +358 40 744 8182

Valmet To Supply A Cooking Plant Rebuild And Brown Stock Washing To Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner Mill In Piteå

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 11:56
Feb 19, 2018---Valmet will supply Smurfit Kappa Piteå with a cooking plant rebuild into CompactCooking G2 and brown stock washing equipment for its mill in Piteå, Sweden. The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received.

Valmet's scope of supply includes a new ImpBin(TM) with CompactFeed(TM) G3, pump feeding system and a new pressure diffuser. The start-up of the cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing equipment is planned for May 2019.

"The rebuilt cooking plant will utilize the wood raw material more efficiently and lower the use of additive chemicals in the process. In addition, the cooking rebuild will lower the energy consumption within the process area which is in line with our sustainability goals," says Bo Johansson, Technical Manager at Smurfit Kappa Piteå.

"We are happy to see that Valmet's sustainable solutions bring value to our customers and that our cooking and washing portfolio is very strong," says Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager at Valmet.

About the customer Smurfit Kappa

Smurfit Kappa is one of the leading providers of paper-based packaging solutions in the world, with around 45,000 employees in approximately 370 production sites across 35 countries (22 countries in Europe and 13 in the Americas). The Piteå mill in Sweden has a production capacity of 700,000 tons/year and produces containerboard, white top kraftliner and brown kraftliner.


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Corporate Communications


For further information, please contact:

Patrik Lidbäck, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet, Tel. +46 70 715 4723



Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2017 were approximately EUR 3.2 billion. Our more than 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.
Read more www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal


ANDRITZ To Modernize DIP Line At Metsä Tissue

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 11:54
Feb 19,2018---International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Metsä Tissue to modernize and upgrade the existing DIP line at the Metsä Tissue mill in Mänttä, Finland.The new DIP line is to supply the furnish for all three tissue machines at the Mänttä mill and will process medium- to high-quality recycled paper grades to be used as raw material for production of various tissue products.

ANDRITZ will upgrade the pulping process with a new detrashing system – comprising a FibreGuard Detrasher, a FibreWash Drum, and a Detrashing Pump – to increase pulp quality through early removal of non-disintegrated reject materials.

In the three-stage coarse screening process, three new screens – type ModuScreen F and TC – with the latest slotted screen baskets and an AhlCleaner RB will be installed to ensure efficient removal of coarse contaminants at minimum fiber loss.

An ANDRITZ SpeedWasher will separate inorganic material, such as filler and coating pigments, from the fiber suspension to enable low ash content at the end of the line. An ANDRITZ Pulp Screw Press further dewaters pulp that is suitable for subsequent dispersing.

In order to meet the high quality requirements of certain tissue products, Metsä Tissue opted for installation of an ANDRITZ SelectaFlot flotation unit to improve brightness and remove ink particles at low fiber loss and energy consumption.

Basic engineering, dismantling of the existing equipment, erection, commissioning, start-up, and training will likewise be supplied by ANDRITZ to minimize the shutdown period.

Metsä Tissue is part of the Metsä Group, one of the largest forest industry groups in the world. The Mänttä mill has approximately 400 employees and produces toilet tissue, household towels, paper tissues, industrial tissue rolls, and greaseproof paper for baking and cooking. Mänttä was the first mill in Finland to use recycled fibre in tissue paper.

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ANDRITZ GROUP

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,700 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

Valmet To Replace Its First-Ever Damatic Classic Automation System Delivered At Pankaboard's Board Mill In Finland

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 11:53
Feb 19, 2018 ---Valmet will replace the first-ever Damatic Classic automation system delivered with a Valmet DNA automation system at Pankaboard's board mill in Lieksa, Eastern Finland. The system has been operating since 1979. Additionally, Valmet will also upgrade the mill's existing Valmet Damatic XD automation system to Valmet DNA. The new system will increase process availability and improve its performance.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2017 orders received. The project will be executed in several stages and completed by mid-2019.

"At Pankaboard, we regard this project as an all-important business development project, and one that an advanced automation system supports well. The new system will enable us to develop our customer need-based and flexible operating model more cost efficiently," says Lauri Junnila, Managing Director, Pankaboard Oyj.

"New information management tools will provide the mill with a whole new dimension to process operations, giving operators access to the trend and event history straight from the operator interface. Together with functional descriptions linked to the controls, this will enable faster troubleshooting," says Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet.

Information about Valmet's delivery

The new Valmet DNA automation system will replace the current control systems in the stock preparation, on board machines BM2 and BM3, and in the integrated biofuel plant. Pankaboard currently has three generations of Valmet-supplied automation systems: Damatic Classic, Damatic XD and Valmet DNA.

In addition to the automation replacement, Valmet will upgrade the biofuel plant control room. Startup, commissioning, training and spare parts are included in the delivery scope.

Information about Pankaboard

Pankaboard produces high-quality specialty cartonboards for food, luxury beverage, pharmaceutical, food service, graphics and display, as well as laminate industries. The mill is specialized in high-thickness folding boxboards and uncoated cartonboards produced with two distinctly different board machines, BM2 and BM3. Through its own sales offices and sales agent network, Pankaboard has more than 500 customers in 65 countries. The company employs 160 people.

VALMET
Corporate Communications

For further information, please contact:
Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager, Automation, Valmet, Tel. +358 40 543 4704, juha.mykkanen@valmet.com

Kari Silvennoinen, Product Manager, Automation, Valmet, Tel. +358 50 317 0834, kari.silvennoinen@valmet.com

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2017 were approximately EUR 3.2 billion. Our more than 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Read more www.valmet.com, www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

Duni Acquires Biopac UK Ltd.

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 11:50
Feb 19,2018---On February 8 2018, Duni acquired 75% shares in Kindtoo Ltd., trading as Biopac UK Ltd., from entrepreneurs Mark Brigden and Eric Graham. Biopac is a leading supplier of sustainable disposable packaging for food and beverages in the UK. The acquisition will be consolidated into Business Area Meal Service.

Established in 2002, Biopac specializes in food packaging and service products created with sustainable materials with some 12 employees. The capacity to customize food and drink packaging to suit customer brands and a clear focus on sustainable products, has resulted in Biopac gaining significant market share in UK.

Biopac has an approximate annual turnover of SEK 55 m and operating margin well in line with Duni’s Business Area Meal Service. The purchase of shares will affect Duni’s net debt with about SEK 22 m, which is covered within existing loan facilities.

“We welcome Biopac into the Duni family. The clear shift in demand towards sustainable products in the restaurant and takeaway segments is a leading factor in this acquisition. We look forward to working with the Biopac team,” says Johan Sundelin, CEO Duni.

Mark Brigden states, “The capacity to customize food and drink packaging to suit customer brands and a clear focus on sustainable products, has resulted in Biopac gaining significant market share throughout the UK. The added resources available through this step with Duni will support us in continuing on our growth journey in coming years.”

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For more information, please contact:

Johan Sundelin, President and CEO, tel. +46 40 10 64 75
Mats Lindroth, CFO, tel. +46 40 10 62 00

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Duni is a leading supplier of attractive and convenient products for table setting and take-away. The Duni brand name is sold in more than 40 markets and enjoys a number one position in Central and Northern Europe. Duni has some 2,300 employees in 23 countries, headquarter in Malmö and production units in Sweden, Germany, Poland, Thailand and New Zealand. Duni is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm under the ticker name “DUNI”. ISIN-code is SE0000616716.

Platinum Equity Acquires WS Packaging Group, Inc. From J.W. Childs

Mon, 19/02/2018 - 11:49
GREEN BAY, Wis., Feb. 05, 2018 -- WS Packaging Group announced today that Platinum Equity has acquired the company from J.W. Childs Associates, L.P.
Headquartered in Green Bay, Wisconsin, WS Packaging Group provides labels and packaging solutions for the food and beverage, consumer packaged goods, and pharmaceutical markets.

The company, which primarily markets pressure sensitive labeling products, is one of North America's leading label converters, providing innovative packaging, shopper promotion and branding solutions that help its customers increase shelf impact, brand consistency and shopper engagement for the products they sell to end consumers.

Platinum Equity Principal Jason Price said he is excited about WS Packaging Group’s prospects as part of Platinum Equity’s portfolio.

“WS Packaging Group has great potential, and we look forward to working closely with the company’s management team, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders,” said Mr. Price. “We believe it will benefit from our operational resources and our ability to help identify and pursue new avenues for growth.”

Platinum Equity has considerable experience in the packaging sector and recently owned Mactac, one of WS Packaging Group’s suppliers of pressure sensitive materials.

J.W. Childs Associates Partner, David Fiorentino, commented, “We have enjoyed our close partnership with WS Packaging Group. The company has made meaningful investments in new technology, has dedicated employees and deep customer relationships. We wish Platinum, the WS Packaging Group management team and all WS Packaging Group employees well with the business.”

WS Packaging Group CEO Dean Wimer is remaining with the company to lead the business.

“We thank the team at J.W. Childs Associates for the guidance and support of the business under its ownership. We’re excited to work with Platinum Equity, who brings a fresh perspective, with new energy and focus to the table,” said Mr. Wimer. “They know our industry well and have the operational and financial resources we need to help maximize our company’s potential.”

Latham & Watkins acted as legal counsel to Platinum Equity on the acquisition of WS Packaging Group. McDermott Will & Emery served as legal counsel and Barclays as financial advisor to WS Packaging Group.

About W/S Packaging
WS Packaging Group, Inc., with more than 50 years of experience, is one of the largest printing and label converting operations in North America. It operates 17 manufacturing facilities and produces high-quality packaging products. Its customers range in size from small businesses to large, high-volume manufacturers and consumer product goods companies doing business locally, nationally, and in marketplaces worldwide.

About Platinum Equity
Founded in 1995 by Tom Gores, Platinum Equity is a global investment firm with $13 billion of assets under management and a portfolio of more than 30 operating companies that serve customers around the world. The firm is currently investing from Platinum Equity Capital Partners IV, a $6.5 billion global buyout fund. Platinum Equity specializes in mergers, acquisitions and operations – a trademarked strategy it calls M&A&O® – acquiring and operating companies in a broad range of business markets, including manufacturing, distribution, transportation and logistics, equipment rental, metals services, media and entertainment, technology, telecommunications, and other industries. Over the past 22 years Platinum Equity has completed more than 200 acquisitions.

About J.W. Childs Associates
J.W. Childs is a Boston-based private equity firm focused on investing in middle-market growth companies. Since inception in 1995, J.W. Childs has invested in excess of $3.5 billion of equity capital in more than 45 companies across the consumer, specialty retail and healthcare industries. The firm’s success has been built on its industry focus and the extensive operating expertise of its partners. For more information, please visit www.jwchilds.com.

Media Contacts:

Dan Whelan
Platinum Equity
(310) 282-9202
dwhelan@platinumequity.com

Philippe Schenk
J.W. Childs Asssociates, LP
(617) 753-1000

Esko Appoints Chris Miller Vice President, North America

Thu, 25/01/2018 - 11:21
Ghent, Belgium –Jan 24,2018--- Esko (www.esko.com) announces that Chris Miller has accepted the position of Vice President North America. Miller assumed his new responsibilities at the beginning of the year in preparation for the planned retirement of Mark Quinlan, assuring an orderly succession of responsibilities during the first quarter of 2018.

“With Mark Quinlan's retirement, we thank him for the great value he brought to Esko’s North American and Latin American teams and the solid achievements he realized during his 8-year year tenure at Esko,” comments Niels Stenfeldt, Esko Global Vice President, Sales & Service. “Both Mark and I are delighted to see Chris return to the US and move into this role. Chris will be responsible for driving sustainable and profitable growth together with his teams and, therefore, will make an important contribution towards the Esko growth journey in the years to come. In his current role Chris has built a highly engaged, high performing team for the Esko Asia and Pacific region that has grown revenue impressively during the past seven years,”

Chris has a strong, long-serving history with Esko, starting in March 1991, in a variety of senior management roles. These include leadership management positions as VP Sales West - North America; Director of Inside Sales North America; General Manager - Greater China; and currently VP APAC.

Chris received his Bachelor of Science in Packaging degree from Michigan State University, and a Masters in International Management from the University of Texas.

Chris will continue in his role as Vice President APAC until a replacement has been identified. “Chris will transition from Tokyo to Los Angeles during 2018, where he can support both regions more easily,” adds Stenfeldt. “We are convinced he can provide great leadership for both areas.”

Edelmann USA Joins the Paperboard Packaging Council

Thu, 25/01/2018 - 11:20
Springfield, Mass. –Jan 24,2018-- Edelmann USA, Inc. has joined the Paperboard Packaging Council (PPC), the North American association for paperboard packaging manufacturers and their suppliers.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of Germany-based Edelmann GmbH, Edelmann USA was formed in June 2016 and has locations in Ontario, California and Pulaski, Tennessee. As a whole, the globally operating Edelmann Group employs more than 2,800 people in its 19 plants worldwide.

The Edelmann Group designs and manufactures folding cartons and rigid boxes for: the healthcare sector, including prescription medications, over-the-counter medications and diagnostic tools; the beauty care sector, including perfume, skincare cosmetics, makeup and hair color; and consumer brands that sell home electronics and multimedia, wine and spirits, food and confectionary, tobacco as well as nonfood products.

Committed to excellence in the production of paperboard packaging worldwide, Edelmann constantly strives to set standards in quality management, efficiency, delivery, reliability and sustainability.

“I welcome Edelmann USA to the PPC community,” said Ben Markens, PPC president. “With the many resources and vast network the association has to offer, I hope they leverage membership in order to better their business.”

“We’re very excited to get involved with PPC and to become an active member of the network,” said Krzysztof Krupa, president of Edelmann USA. “Learning industry best practices and participating in the industry benchmarking program are at the top of our list.”

PPC members receive access to the only folding carton exclusive data reporting program in the industry, webinars, white papers and legislative updates. They get opportunities to attend informative biannual conferences, discounted registration to key training sessions like Folding Carton Boot Camp and can also participate in publicity-generating programs such as TICCIT and the North American Paperboard Packaging Competition. PPC also facilitates several communities of interest, including the Rigid Box Committee, the Canadian Converters Committee, the Women’s Leadership Committee and the New Generation Leaders group.

Acorn Paper and Packaging Creates New Division Targeting the Cannabis and Cannabis Related Products Industry

Thu, 25/01/2018 - 11:19
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 24, 2018-- Acorn Paper announces the launch of a new division today, focused on meeting the paper, packaging, janitorial/sanitation and custom promotional needs of the Cannabis industry. Branded as Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging (APCP), this division will address the entire cannabis supply chain to growers, manufacturers, distributors and consumer facing retail products. Acorn Paper is positioning itself to become a packaging industry thought leader in the fast-growing cannabis industry.

To lead this division, Acorn has hired Brad Davis as the APCP Product Category manager. A trailblazing senior sales, marketing and business development executive, Davis has a proven record leveraging innovation to drive revenue and market share growth. Davis' background includes several C-suite corporate sales executive posts, at major digital media organizations including Disney, AOL and Comcast. He also brings substantial experience with entrepreneurial initiatives. A recognized "lifestyle brand expert" in fashion, parties & events, he was recently recognized by Angeleno Magazine as one of Los Angeles' "Modern Men."

Davis will manage day to day operations of the division, including sales and marketing initiatives with general management responsibilities. Davis will work with the 90+ sellers in the Acorn Paper sales organization. Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging will initially focus on the West Coast, but will offer a national footprint and e-commerce solutions in the coming year. Once launched, www.cannabispckg.com will be the destination URL.

David Weissberg, CEO & President of Acorn, said, "We recognize the tremendous opportunity that the cannabis industry presents to our company. This will be a $70B industry in just a few years, and Brad Davis is the perfectly positioned executive to lead our initiatives in the space."

Davis is "Proud to represent one of the largest privately held packaging companies on the west coast. With their long history of success and vertical focus in areas from agriculture to wine, addressing the needs of the entire cannabis supply chain is a natural addition to the Acorn family."

Acorn Paper Cannabis Packaging has recently became a corporate sponsor of MJBA (Marijuana Business Association) and will have presence at tradeshows and conferences including MJBizCon throughout 2018. If you are interested in more information regarding APCP products and services, Brad Davis can be reached at bdavis@acorn-paper.com or at 323-980-8353.

About Acorn Paper Products Company
Founded in 1946, Acorn Paper Products Company is one of the largest independent, family-owned paper and packaging companies in the Western United States. Acorn Paper is a full line supplier of packaging and janitorial and sanitary products, offering a full range of stock & custom packaging solutions, including the largest stock corrugated program in southern California, a cannabis division, a wine packaging division, a janitorial and sanitary program, a creative services department, and much more. Privately held and headquartered for four generations in Los Angeles, Acorn Paper employs over 350 employees and has over 500,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and warehouse space in Los Angeles, Vacaville, San Luis Obispo, Santa Fe Sprints, and Miami. For more information, please visit www.acorn-paper.com. Or give us a call at (800) LA-ACORN.

Imperial Dade Announces the Acquisition of PCA Industrial & Paper Supplies, Inc.

Wed, 24/01/2018 - 12:25
WILLOW GROVE, Pa.--Jan 24,2018--Imperial Dade has acquired the assets of PCA Industrial & Paper Supplies, Inc. (“PCA”). The transaction represents the fourteenth acquisition for Imperial Dade, a leading national distributor of disposable food service and janitorial supplies, under the leadership of Robert and Jason Tillis, CEO and President of Imperial Dade, respectively.

“We are excited about the future of PCA under the leadership of Imperial Dade. Our customers can expect the same great service and responsiveness with access to a broader product offering going forward.”
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Based in Willow Grove, PA, PCA is a distributor of paper products, janitorial supplies and cleaning equipment serving the Philadelphia metropolitan area. For Imperial Dade, the acquisition of PCA strengthens the Company’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic and bolsters the company’s ability to serve its existing customer base in Philadelphia.

Gary Rubin, CEO of PCA, said, “We are excited about the future of PCA under the leadership of Imperial Dade. Our customers can expect the same great service and responsiveness with access to a broader product offering going forward.”

“We enthusiastically welcome the PCA team members to Imperial Dade and look forward to working together to grow the business further,” said Robert Tillis. “PCA’s commitment to its customers and dedicated staff make it a great addition to the Imperial Dade platform.”

Jason Tillis said, “Our vision at Imperial Dade is to grow strategically through both organic initiatives and add-on acquisitions. The acquisition of PCA is another step towards creating the nation’s leading provider of foodservice disposables and janitorial supplies.”

About Imperial Dade
Founded in 1935, Imperial Dade is a leading distributor of disposable food service and janitorial supplies in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, and Midwest regions and Puerto Rico. Since CEO Robert Tillis and President Jason Tillis assumed their roles in 2007, the company has grown both organically and through acquisitions to become a leader in the disposable food service and janitorial supplies industry. For additional information, please visit www.imperialdade.com.

Contacts

Imperial Dade
Paul Cervino, 201-437-7440

Pop-up with Swedish winter scene

Wed, 24/01/2018 - 10:30
This year’s greeting card from Iggesund Paperboard is a pop-up construction created by the German designer and paper artist Peter Dahmen. The motif is a Swedish winter scene inspired by Iggesund’s guest facility in Hedvigsfors, which is located deep in the Hälsingland forest.

“For me, the trees and forests are so typical of Sweden. As well as being very important to the Swedish economy they also play a central role in Swedish culture,” Dahmen says about his choice of design. His interpretation of this Swedishness is the reason why the fir tree that rises up when the card is opened is disproportionately large.

The substrate is Invercote Creato 260 g/m2 and the advanced technical features include the fir tree’s height relative to the card’s base and the fact that as it is being raised up, the tree’s top must be unfolded by 225 degrees, which places tough demands on the paperboard’s properties.

Dahmen’s passion is to create three-dimensional works in paper and he has a special interest in pop-up functions. He likes movability and surprising effects but in purely graphic terms the card is fairly restrained.

“We could have poured on masses of bling and graphic effects. But both Iggesund’s project manager Anna Adler and I wanted a restrained card with an understated tone and not a graphic fireworks show,” he says.

Peter is very satisfied with the end result for several reasons. Invercote is particularly suitable for this type of construction thanks to its tear strength and its unsurpassed ability to be folded many times without the creases cracking. He also likes the tactile feel of the silky-smooth surface.

“For Iggesund Paperboard the annual card is not just about sending a greeting. It is also an opportunity for us to inspire people to use our paperboard materials Invercote and Incada more. We try to set a challenge with exciting techniques or difficult constructions,” Anna Adler says.

“The dominant fir tree is a reminder of the importance of the forest and its trees to forest industry companies like Iggesund Paperboard. They are the foundation of our business and our success depends largely on how well we manage this renewable resource,” she concludes.

The card is made of Invercote Creato 260 g/m2, which is double folded and glued to create a strong base for the pop-up mechanism. The motif is four-colour printed by the German pop-up specialists Albrecht creative paper products, who also did the hot foil stamping, embossing, protective varnishing and assembly.

Iggesund

Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

Further information:

Staffan Sjöberg
Public Relations Manager
staffan.sjoberg@iggesund.com

Iggesund Paperboard
SE-825 80 Sweden
Tel: +4665028256
Mobile: +46703064800
www.iggesund.com

Sonoco Leads Fortune’s Most Admired Companies, Packaging Sector

Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:59
HARTSVILLE, S.C., Jan. 22, 2018 -- Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest global diversified packaging companies, has been selected for Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies in the packaging sector, and named first in its industry. Among industry peers, Sonoco ranked first in nearly every category – including Innovation, Use of Corporate Assets, Social Responsibility, Financial Soundness, Long-term Investment Value, Quality of Products/Services and Global Competitiveness.

“We are honored to lead the packaging sector this year on Fortune’s Most Admired list,” said Jack Sanders, Sonoco president and CEO. “At Sonoco, we’re guided by the principle of Better Packaging. Better Life. Our goal is to improve the lives of all our stakeholders – including our customers, the consumers who use our packaging, our shareholders and our employees – through innovative packaging and a solid long-term growth strategy.”

Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Executives, directors and analysts rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

Learn more about Fortune's World's Most Admired Companies.

About Sonoco
Founded in 1899, Sonoco is a global provider of a variety of consumer packaging, industrial products, protective packaging and packaging supply chain services. With annualized net sales of approximately $5 billion, the Company has 20,000 employees working in more than 300 facilities in 33 countries, serving many of the world’s best known brands in some 85 nations. For more information on the Company, visit our website at www.sonoco.com.

Caraustar Announces a $50 Per Ton Price Increase on All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard (URB) Grades

Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:58
ATLANTA, Jan. 22, 2018 -- Caraustar Industries, Inc. announced a price increase of $50 per ton on all uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) grades. The increase on the uncoated recycle board grades will be effective starting with shipments on February 26, 2018.

The increase is in response to strong market dynamics and inflationary cost pressures in transportation (both inbound and outbound), chemicals and other material inputs.

About Caraustar Industries: Caraustar Industries, Inc. is one of North America's largest integrated manufacturers of 100% recycled paperboard and converted paperboard products. The company is a socially responsible corporation, is committed to environmentally sound practices and is dedicated to providing customers with outstanding value through innovative products and services. Caraustar has developed its leadership position in the industry through diversification and integration from raw materials to finished products. Caraustar serves the four principal recycled boxboard product end-use markets: tubes and cores; folding cartons; gypsum facing paper and specialty paperboard products. For additional information on Caraustar, please visit the company's website at www.caraustar.com.

Essity Ranked One Of The World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies

Tue, 23/01/2018 - 11:56
Essity* has been recognized as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies by Corporate Knights. The recognition was presented in connection with World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.The ranking is based on publicly disclosed data from 2016 based on up to 17 key performance indicators (KPIs) covering environmental, social and governance relative to company peers. A total of 5,994 publicly listed companies with gross revenue of minimum USD 1 billion have been analyzed, encompassing all sectors and industries. The global 100 companies come from 22 countries, where Essity is one of five Swedish companies on the list.

“We are proud to be ranked as one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. This is a recognition to Essity’s sustainable business strategy, our ability to deliver on our objectives and the Group’s transparency to stakeholders”, says Magnus Groth, CEO and President of Essity.

The global 100 companies demonstrate the strong linkage between the delivery of superior value for society and the generation of superior financial performance, having outperformed its benchmark (the MSCI All Country World index) by close to a third between 2005 and 2017.

“For Essity, sustainability has always been a business driver. Knowing there is a strong link between sustainability and profitability, we continue to strive for improvement on all levels and never settle”, says Magnus Groth.

Corporate Knights is a business and society magazine with a research division that produces rankings and financial product ratings based on corporate sustainability performance. This is the 14th annual ranking, drawing attention to leading companies’ sustainability work.

Read more on www.corporateknights.com/global100

* In June 2017, SCA was split into two separate companies. The hygiene and health business, representing 85 % of the total net sales, is now listed under the name Essity and the forest industry retained the name SCA. This ranking is based on SCA’s data from 2016, when the two operations were under the same company name.

For further information, please contact:

Henrik Sjöström, Media Relations Manager, +46 (0)727 – 15 77 85, henrik.sjostrom@essity.com

Essity is a leading global hygiene and health company that develops, produces and sells Personal Care (Baby Care, Feminine Care, Incontinence Products and Medical Solutions), Consumer Tissue and Professional Hygiene products and solutions. Our vision is; Dedicated to improving well-being through leading hygiene and health solutions. Sales are conducted in approximately 150 countries under many strong brands, including the leading global brands TENA and Tork, and other brands, such as Leukoplast, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo, Vinda and Zewa. Essity has about 48,000 employees and net sales in 2016 amounted to approximately SEK 101bn (EUR 10.7bn). The business operations are based on a sustainable business model with focus on value creation for people and nature. The company has its headquarters in Stockholm, Sweden, and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. Essity used to be part of the SCA Group. More information at www.essity.com.

ANDRITZ To Supply Another Paper Machine To Zellstoff Pöls

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 12:43
Jan 19,2017---International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria, to supply a large paper machine for the production of bleached kraft paper grades.

At the Pöls location, the ANDRITZ PrimeLine MG plant will produce environmentally friendly MG paper for flexible packaging and release applications. With an annual capacity of 100,000 t and a design speed of 1,400 m/min., PM3 is setting a new benchmark in the production of this type of product. The unique machine design enables the production of grades with low basis weight and highest strength at best printability and smoothness levels. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2019.

The scope of supply comprises the entire stock preparation line and approach flow system. One key component is the ANDRITZ Vertical Screw Thickener, which thickens the pulp efficiently from a consistency of three percent to between 25 and 30%. The complete MG paper machine with its high-precision MG cylinder is the centerpiece of the plant. The PrimeDry MG cylinder with a diameter of 24 ft (7.315 m) will be the largest of its kind worldwide. Besides full responsibility for the technology, the ANDRITZ scope of supply also includes the automation equipment, an extensive range of services, and the basic and detail engineering.

This order confirms the very successful partnership between Zellstoff Pöls and ANDRITZ. At the end of 2013, both partners successfully started up PM2 at the Pöls location, and this has been the benchmark for MG specialty paper machines worldwide ever since then.

With this investment, Zellstoff Pöls – the largest manufacturer of high-quality Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) sulfate pulp from bleached softwood in Central and Southeastern Europe – is extending its paper production capacities for MG paper grades at the site in Pöls.

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ANDRITZ GROUP
ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors as well as for animal feed and biomass pelleting. Other important business segments include automation and service business. In addition, the international Group is also active in the power generating sector (steam boiler plants, biomass boilers, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and in environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard as well as recycling plants. The publicly listed technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of approximately 25,700 employees. ANDRITZ operates more than 250 sites in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.


Italy's Recard to supply new 115 tonne/day tissue PM 2 to Lilas-subsidiary Azur Papier in Tunis

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 12:41
LUCCA, ITALY, Jan. 18, 2018 ---A growing, strengthened relationship between Recard and Azur Papier, the company belonging to the group Lilas SAH (Société d’Articles Hygiéniques) headquartered in Tunis, that once again chose the Lucca company to enhance its production capacity. The supply entails a turnkey plant, with two virgin fiber stock preparation lines, a feeding unit, two rewinders and ancillary equipment, and is earmarked for the Zriba facility, 60 km south of Tunis, with start-up scheduled by the end of 2018. PM2 will have a production capacity of 115 tpd, a working speed of 1800 m/min and a net sheet width of 2750 mm. The new plant can run using the two stock prep lines and the Kadant deinking system currently feeding PM1, the first Recard machine supplied, running at 1500 m/min and producing 80 tpd.

“And it was actually the results obtained with PM1 together with the efficient assistance service and the optimal inter-personal relationship with Recard”, underscores Jalila Mezni, President, CEO and majority shareholder of Lilas SAH – featured by “Forbes” in 2015 among the one-hundred most influential women in the Arab world – “that naturally led us to choose the company again for PM2. Recard’s corporate dimensions are a guarantee and a certainty that we will be considered special customers and not merely a number.”

Created in 2009, Azur Papier began producing in 2013. Before the supply of PM1, its activity was exclusively focused on converting. Thanks to the trust placed in Recard, it decided to also move into the realm of production with a view towards strengthening the group’s independence as far as tissue supply is concerned.

WestRock Names James Armstrong Vice President

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:26
ATLANTA, Jan. 17, 2018 -- WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) has named James Armstrong vice president - Investor Relations.Armstrong brings more than 12 years of experience in investment analysis on both the sell and buy sides, specializing in the paper and packaging industry.

Most recently, Armstrong covered the paper, packaging and building materials industry through his own investment research firm. Prior to starting his own firm, he was vice president and chief technology officer of Vertical Research Partners, where he helped cover the paper, packaging and building materials industry. His previous experience includes analyst positions with Credit Suisse, Citi and the State Teachers Retirement System of Ohio.

Armstrong received his Master of Business Administration degree from Ohio State University's Fisher College of Business, his Master of Science degree in plasma physics and non-equilibrium dynamics from Auburn University and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Cincinnati.

About WestRock

WestRock (NYSE:WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock's 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com.

Four Successful Start-Ups Of Voith Xcelline Tissue Machines At Lee & Man In 2017

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 12:21
Jan 18,2017---On December 23, 2017 the new Voith XcelLine tissue machine TM 12 was successfully started up at Guangdong Lee & Man, taking only 28 minutes from “stock on wire” to “paper on reel”. From the very first parent roll produced, the tissue was of saleable quality. TM 12 was the fourth XcelLine tissue machine that was launched by Voith for Lee & Man in 2017; the previous three were TM 9, TM 10 and TM 11.

Thanks to the excellent cooperation between Lee & Man and the Voith onsite team, the first jumbo roll of tissue was produced at 3:28 pm, which marked the successful start-up of Voith XcelLine tissue machine TM 12. Just four days later, TM 12 reached an operational speed of 1905 m/min. This demonstrated the high level of efficient cooperation between Voith and the Lee & Man team. Three weeks earlier, in the same workshop, the Voith XcelLine tissue machine TM 11 broke the record with 18 minutes from “stock on wire” to “paper on reel”. All the components and parts of TM 12 are perfectly matched and integrated with one another. Owing to this state-of-the-art integration and the high-performance of the XcelLine system, these two large XcelLine household tissue machines ran smoothly within one month and have achieved excellent results.
Thanks to the excellent cooperation between Lee & Man and the Voith onsite team the TM 12 reached an operational speed of 1905 m/min after just four days.
Thanks to the excellent cooperation between Lee & Man and the Voith onsite team the TM 12 reached an operational speed of 1905 m/min after just four days.
With a wire width of 5600 mm, the TM 12 is designed for a maximum operational speed of 2000 m/min. It will produce 60,000 tons of household tissue annually from virgin fiber. The full scope of supply, the same as for TM 9, TM 10 and TM 11, includes the Voith BlueLine stock preparation unit, approach flow system, broke handling, a white water system and the entire XcelLine tissue machine. It features the perfect combination of a NipcoFlex T shoe press to offer remarkable energy savings, a 5.5 meter steel Yankee dryer cylinder to enhance drying efficiency through optimized heat transfer, and a high-performance steam-heated hood to provide the required tissue quality with lower energy consumption. Furthermore, the Voith automation package with DCS, MCS and QCS also formed an integral part of the order.

Within one year, four high-quality tissue paper production lines were successfully started up by Voith at Lee & Man, which is based in Jiangxi and Guangdong. Thanks to this fast expansion of its installed capacities, Lee & Man has advanced rapidly into the ranks of the top manufacturers of household tissue. As a strong partner to Lee & Man, Voith helps set the right course and offers ideal solutions for raising quality and efficiency to the next level.

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