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Preem and RenFuel are assessing, in collaboration with Rottneros, the construction of the world’s first lignin plant for biofuels, at the pulp mill in Vallvik, Söderhamn. The plant is expected to produce an annual volume of 25,000-30,000 tonnes of lignin, and will be completed in 2021.  

2017 04 26 094503The collaboration between the companies means that Preem will be the first fuel manufacturer in Sweden to use lignin in its production. Via the company Lignolproduktion AB, which is jointly owned by Preem and RenFuel, the aim is to reach a total annual production capacity of 300,000-500,000 tonnes of lignin, based on the assumption that more plants similar to that in Vallvik are established in the future.  

“Lignin can be refined to create both renewable diesel and renewable petrol, and used in all vehicles. Lignin, like tall oil, will help us phase out fossil fuels to an even greater extent. It is a valuable raw material in our renewable fuel efforts, and is based on by-products from the Swedish forestry industry. It is also available in large volumes,” says Petter Holland, Managing Director of Preem. 

“RenFuel’s lignin oil, Lignol, has considerable climate benefits and is a key factor in achieving Sweden’s goal of the transport sector reducing its fossil emissions by 70 percent between 2010 and 2030. Lignol makes today’s petrol and diesel cars clean vehicles. All current vehicles can run on this type of fuel,” says Sven Löchen, Managing Director of RenFuel, who also considers there to be major export opportunities for this innovation, to countries that, like Sweden, have good access to well-established forestry production. 

Deliveries of samples of lignin from Rottneros’s pulp mill in Vallvik are already being made to Renfuel’s pilot facility, which was established for the production of Lignol with the assistance of the Swedish Energy Agency. The Lignol oil is then taken to Preem’s refineries, where the raw material is processed to make biofuels. 

“Rottneros is keen to contribute to strengthening Sweden's bioeconomy, in which the pulp industry is already a key element. In addition to contributing to the transport sector’s shift to become fossil free, the extraction of lignin also gives us the opportunity to increase our pulp production. This ensures that all parties benefit from the collaboration,” says Ragnar Lundberg, VP Technology at Rottneros. 

In 2017, approximately 9,000,000 cubic metres of fuel were sold in Sweden, of which about 1,900,000 cubic metres were classified as biofuel, according to the Swedish Petroleum and Biofuels Institute (SPBI). About 15 percent of the biofuel was produced in Sweden, with the rest being imported from other countries. 

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    About Preem
    Preem is the largest fuel company in Sweden. Our vision is to lead the transformation into creating a sustainable society. Preem’s two refineries are among the most modern and environmentally-adapted such facilities in Europe, with a total refining capacity of over 18 million cubic metres of unprocessed oil per year. Our operations include production, sales, distribution, trading and product supply. We refine and sell petrol, diesel, heating oil and renewable fuel to companies and individuals in Sweden and Norway. More than 2/3 of the production is exported. We also have a nationwide service network of 570 fuel stations for private and commercial traffic. Preem has over 1,400 employees, of which 950 work at our refineries. Preem achieved a turnover of SEK 69 billion in 2017.

    About RenFuel
    RenFuel is a Swedish bioenergy company that has patented an energy-efficient catalytic process for converting lignin from forestry by-products into the renewable lignin oil Lignol®. RenFuel is a company of scientists, workers and owners with industrial experience, who with comprehensive knowledge of the forestry sector and green chemistry aim to replace fossil fuels with sustainable petrol and diesel.

    About Rottneros
    Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group consists of the parent company Rottneros AB, which is listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB, which work with the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company SIA Rottneros Baltic in Latvia. The Group has approximately 300 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.9 billion in the 2017 financial year.

  • Contacts

    For more information, please contact:
    Sven Löchen, Managing Director RenFuel, +46 (0)70 680 94 30
    Lennart Eberleh, Managing Director and Group President Rottneros, +46 (0)270 622 65
    Helene Samuelsson, Head of Communications Preem, +46 (0)70 450 12 22

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Rottneros has appointed Kristin Israelsson as mill manager of Rottneros Mill. Kristin most recently comes from BillerudKorsnäs, where she has been for the past 16 years, most recently as sectionhead in the pulp mill of Gruvön. She will take office no later than September 1, 2018 and will be part of the Rottneros Group Management Team.

rott logoAs part of strengthening our organization, I am very pleased to welcome Kristin Israelsson to Rottneros Mill and the Group Management Team. With her solid experience in the pulp and paper industry, Kristin will contribute with her competence, leadership and energy in developing Rottneros to the next level. Agenda 500 is gradually coming to an end. Within its framework, we have successfully implemented major investments in Rottneros Mill to increase capacity, strengthen product quality, and significantly improve our environmental performance. As we are now entering the next phase, Kristin is the right person to lead the mill operations. We will focus even further on optimization and efficiency, at the same time as we have all employees' safety as top priority, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

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    Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has about 300 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.9 billion in the 2017 financial year.

  • Contacts

    For further information, please contact:
    Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros AB (publ), +46 270-622 65

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As a next step in the capacity development of Rottneros Mill, Rottneros’ Board has granted further investments in the CTMP line. The investment, CTMP Step 2, increases capacity by approximately 18,000 tonnes per year and is expected to be operational in the fall of 2018. The investment follows the strategic development plan Agenda 500, where a first capacity-enhancing investment in the CTMP line was made in 2016. Within Agenda 500, Rottneros Mill has put into operation a bio mass boiler in the third quarter of 2017 that replaces an oil-based boiler and made the mill practically fossil-free. The expansion of the purification plant is an ongoing investment that is expected to be put into operation in 2018.

rott logoThe Rottneros Mill has a strong position as a supplier of high yield pulp. With increased capacity, we ensure that Rottneros can be a reliable supplier of CTMP and an attractive partner for our customers, says Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros AB.

The Vallvik Mill was granted a new environmental permit in 2016 which allows production of 255,000 tonnes of chemical pulp per year. The permit also includes increased requirements regarding sulfur emissions. In order to meet the requirements, the mill will invest in a weak gas collection system. Final negotiations with the potential suppliers will begin immediately.  The investment is expected to be put into operation in Q4 2018.

Agenda 500 includes both environmental and capacity investments. For Vallvik Mill, the investment in the weak gas collection system is another environmental investment to ensure the long-term sustainability of the mill, comments Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

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Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 280 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.7 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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Friday, 20 October 2017 07:32

Olle Dahlin leaves Rottneros AB

2017 10 20 073424Olle Dahlin, Managing Director of Rottneros Mill and member of Group Management for Rottneros AB, is leaving his position. Olle will stay and assist with the handover until 30 November, at the longest.

We thank Olle for his years at Rottneros AB and his contribution to Rottneros Mill. The mill has undergone a substantial modernization under Olle’s leadership and is today well positioned for the future.

The recruitment process for his successor starts immediately. During this process, Lennart Eberleh will be acting Managing Director for Rottneros Mill.

For further information, please contact:
Lennart
Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros AB, +46 270 622 65

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Rottneros has appointed Michael Berggren as mill manager of Vallvik Mill. Michael most recently comes from Ahlstrom-Munksjö, where he has been chief of production at Aspa Bruk. He will take office no later than 21 September 2017 and will be part of Rottneros Group Management. 

2017 04 26 094503It is very pleasing that Michael has accepted the position as mill manager of Vallvik Mill. He is a solid leader with many years of experience from the pulp and paper industry in different positions, mainly within production. Michael is an excellent addition in the continued work of our long-term development plan, Agenda 500. Although we have achieved a great deal so far, we can develop the organization's competence and increase capacity utilization even further. As a result, we will be able to maximize the output from our investments in the future, said Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO of Rottneros.

For further information, please contact:
Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros AB, +46 270 622 65

This information is information that Rottneros AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 09.45 CET on 21 June 2017. 

Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 280 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.7 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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Production in the Vallvik Mill has been affected by an unplanned shutdown due to leakage within the recovery boiler. The problem is now resolved and production is back to normal.

2017 04 26 094503The shutdown represents an estimated production loss of about 4,500 tonnes in the second quarter, corresponding to approximately 7.5 percent of mill’s planned production for the quarter and about 4.5 percent of the Group's total planned production for the quarter.
 

For further information, please contact:
Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros AB, +46 270 622 65

Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes Rottneros Packaging AB, which manufactures fibre trays, and the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 280 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.7 billion in the 2016 financial year.

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As part of the previously announced long-term goal of changing the capital structure through increased borrowing, the Rottneros Group has signed agreements on debt financing within the framework of the investment program Agenda 500.

rott logo ppwThe increased funding amounts to a total of SEK 120 million and will be used for investments in the Group's two mills. The loans will be repaid within five years and have a variable interest rate.

Loan terms include customary covenants for example in the form of net debt in relation to EBITDA, the equity ratio and certain restrictions on dividend opportunities.

Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 260 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.8 billion in the 2015 financial year.

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A new high consistency bleaching system was started up according to plan at Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden on September 19, 2016. The start-up was smooth and the 48 hours test run was approved.

The bleaching system is the first step in a larger rebuild project, called Agenda 500, at the mill. The long term goal is to increase both availability and the total production volume of Rottneros two pulp mills to reach a capacity of 500,000 ton per year.

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A part of Valmet's team during start-up in front of the screw presses. From left: Zhi Ping, Technical Sales Manager, Lars Spjuth, Start-up Manager and Kim Rökman, Service Engineer showing pulp samples before and after the new bleaching tower.

"The check-out and start-up of the plant went beyond expectation, as you want it to do, and we have already been able to lower the peroxide charge. We are very satisfied with the equipment we have bought and it looks promising for the future. We will now continue to ramp up production," says Jan Viper, Project Manager at Rottneros mill.

"This has been a great project, well organized by Rottneros. Having all instruments and surrounding connections prepared made a fast start-up possible. Commissioning took only three days. When we started the project, the time table was very tight, but in the end we were actually ahead of schedule. This is the first installation of the FKC screw presses in Europe, so this is a good reference case for us," says Lars-Olof Larsson, Project Manager at Valmet.

About Valmet's bleaching system for mechanical pulp

Bleaching is part of the pulp production process. In bleaching the brightness of the pulp in a mechanical pulping line is increased by peroxide. The new bleaching system consists of a chemical mixer and a bleaching tower, two washing stages with screw presses, and medium consistency pumps. Before the bleaching tower the pulp is washed and pressed to a high consistency. Bleaching in high consistency gives an effective bleaching reaction and less chemicals are needed.

About the customer Rottneros

Rottneros produces market pulp and has an annual production capacity of just under 350,000 tonnes of pulp, produced at two mills in Sweden. In 2014 Rottneros employed around 250 people, the majority in Sweden and had sales amounting to approximately SEK 1.5 billion. Rottneros' shares have been listed on what is now Nasdaq Nordic, Stockholm since November 1987.

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 2015 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 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.

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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 22:36

Rottneros appoints Monica Pasanen as new CFO

Rottneros has appointed Monica Pasanen as new CFO of the Group. She succeeds Krister Lindgren, who has been interim CFO since 2013.

rott logo ppwMonica Pasanen most recently comes from Stora Enso, where she is responsible for Supply Chain within the business unit Consumer Board. She has more than 20 years of experience in various management positions in both the financial and the sales & marketing area of Stora Enso and Bulleh Shah Packaging (Pvt) Ltd Pakistan. She will take office no later than 1 February 2017. Krister Lindgren will continue as CFO until then.

It is very gratifying that Monica Pasanen has accepted the post as CFO of Rottneros. She is a strong leader with an extensive experience in international forestry products. With her background in both finance and sales & marketing Monica will become a key figure in developing Rottneros within the framework of our growth strategy. Simultaneously, I would like to thank Krister Lindgren for the important work he has done for Rottneros since he took office in 2013, says Lennart Eberleh president and CEO of Rottneros.

Rottneros is an independent producer of market pulp. The Group comprises the parent company Rottneros AB, listed on NASDAQ Stockholm, and its subsidiaries Rottneros Bruk AB and Vallviks Bruk AB with operations involving the production and sale of market pulp. The Group also includes the wood procurement company Rottneros Baltic SIA in Latvia. The Group has just over 260 employees and had a turnover of approximately SEK 1.8 billion in the 2015 financial year.

For further information, please contact:

Lennart Eberleh, President and CEO Rottneros AB (publ), +46 270-622 65

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Friday, 09 September 2016 12:43

Per Lundeen new Chairman of Rottneros

The Board of Rottneros has decided to appoint board member Per Lundeen as new Chairman until the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2017. Rune Ingvarsson has for personal reasons decided to leave the post as Chairman.

rott logo ppwIn conjunction with Rune Ingvarsson's decision to resign as Chairman, but remain as a member of the Board, Per Lundeen has been elected by the Board as new Chairman until the AGM 2017. Per has been a member of the Board of Rottneros AB 2013 - 2015 and from the AGM 2016. Between November 2014 and 31 August, 2016, Per Lundeen was CEO of the Rottneros Group.

Together with the Board, Rune Ingvarsson and Per Lundeen have developed Rottneros into a profitable and financially strong company. Per accepting the role as Chairman of the Board ensures that the Group continues to develop in line with the established strategy aimed at long-term profitable growth.

The Board would like to thank Rune Ingvarsson for the valuable work he has done for the Rottneros Group and is pleased that he will continue as a member of the Board and thereby put his extensive expertise and industry knowledge to the Group's disposal.

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