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Tomi Seppä, Mill Availability Manager at Metsä Fibre's Kemi pulp mill, has been appointed manager of the Kemi mills as of 1 January 2018. Seppä will be responsible for managing Metsä Fibre’s pulp mill and Metsä Board’s board mill in Kemi. In his new position, Tomi Seppä will report to Harri Pihlajaniemi, SVP, Production at Metsä Board, with regard to the board mill, and to Camilla Wikström, SVP, Production of Metsä Fibre’s pulp business, with regard to the pulp mill.

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Ari-Pekka Vanamo, Manager of Metsä Group’s mills in Kemi, will start as the manager of Metsä Group’s pulp mill in Rauma as of 1 January 2018. In his new position, Vanamo will report to Camilla Wikström, SVP, Production of Metsä Fibre’s pulp business.

Metsä Board

Metsä Board is a leading European producer of premium fresh fibre paperboards including folding boxboards, food service boards and white kraftliners. Our lightweight paperboards are developed to provide better, safer and more sustainable solutions for consumer goods as well as retail-ready and food service applications. We work together with our customers on a global scale to innovate solutions for better consumer experiences with less environmental impact. The pure fresh fibres Metsä Board uses are a renewable resource, traceable to origin in sustainably managed northern forests.

The global sales network of Metsä Board supports customers worldwide, including brand owners, retailers, converters and merchants. In 2016, the company’s sales totalled EUR 1.7 billion, and it has approximately 2,500 employees. Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Metsä Group

Metsä Group is a forerunner in bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and cooking papers.

Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 4.7 billion in 2016, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and owned by approximately 104,000 Finnish forest owners.

On Sunday, 1 October 2017, the new Universal Paper Machine TM5 reached its first milestone of 10 000 tons of paper produced. The significant milestone was reached within 7 months after the plant was commissioned. This would not have been possible without the continued collaboration between the PMP team and UPM stakeholders.

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The project of a turn-key green field tissue mill was designed and delivered by PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) and started-up successfully on the 19th February 2017 at UPM’s Ga-Rankuwa mill in South Africa.

The goal of the new tissue line, TM5, was to double the annual capacity of UPM and to widen its product portfolio adding ultra-premium tissue products. The investment in tissue production was a logical step in the development of Universal Papers business, which started a new era not only for the company, but also for whole country’s tissue market. Today “Gold Eagle” is first new state-of-the-art tissue machine installed in South Africa in the last 20 years and at the same time it is the fastest tissue machine in the whole country!

About UPM:

Universal Paper Manufacturers (UPM) – is one of Universal Paper’s business units and is the sister company to Universal paper & Plastics (UPP). Both companies are still family owned. UPP was established by the Sher family in 1950 and has operated successfully for over 67 years. The company started as a manufacturer of various paper and plastic products, and has grown significantly since inception. However, during this time, its direction has changed – with the discontinuation of product lines in the plastics industry, while continuing to supply the tissue paper industry. The company has vertically integrated, by manufacturing raw materials within the inks and paper industry. Today, the focus is on high quality printed serviettes and napkins, bathroom tissue, household towels and hankies. (learn more: www.upap.co.za)

About PMP:

PMP – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, has been supporting pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. Company with headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland, owns 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). (learn more: www.pmpgroup.com)

Xinjiang Hengan Paper’s tissue machine (PM25) was successfully started up at the company's Changji mill.

The new line is part of Hengan’s expansion plan, according to which Toscotec supplied two new MODULO-PLUS ES tissue lines to the leading Chinese producer. This start-up marks a success based on the great cooperation between the two technical teams.

The installation and commissioning were performed in record time, the shortest in Hengan’s long history, and one of the most difficult ones, considering the environmental hardship of Xinjiang Autonomous Region in which the mill is located.

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The MODULO-PLUS is one Toscotec’s ES line tissue machines and it includes the TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) solution, ensuring enhanced production at low energy consumption. The line will add 25.000 tons per year of high quality tissue to Hengan’s current production.

Hengan Team would like to express its gratitude to all members of the Toscotec team. The professional skills and high dedication for work of the people involved led to the successful and very fast start up of this new machine.

"We have developed great experience in managing installations, start -up and assistance services, in close partnership with the customer. Our Company is glad to support Hengan and be part of their expansion project." says Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales director of Toscotec.

In January 2016, Smurfit Kappa signed another contract with PMP for a press part rebuild of PM1 in its Mill in Barbosa (Colombia). PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has been chosen again as a strategic partner supporting Smurfit Kappa’s development. Thus, it is our pleasure to announce that PM1 has started-up successfully on 18th July 2017, at 21:45 of local time.

Project goals were focused on generating energy savings, improving PM1’s runnability, and increasing paper properties as well as its annual capacity by 31%. The main idea was to apply a state-of-the-art Intelli-TriNip® Press Section with an Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press. The shoe press technology played a key role in the final success, bringing ultra-high dryness (from 43.5% before rebuild, up to 52% after press). It is important to mention that 1% more dryness after press brings 4% steam saving in the dryer section. The shoe press technology enables significant improvement of paper properties (especially bulk & bursting strength) and significantly supports PM1’s runnability increase.

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PMP’s scope of delivery included the Intelli-TriNip® Press section with the Intelli-Nip® Shoe Module (design nip load 1400 kN/m, shoe press module type 1300). A compact design of a new press section IntelliTriNip® is ensuring reduction of open draws and is significantly increasing PM1’s runnability. Intelli-Nip® shoe press has been already appreciated by paper mills worldwide (just to mention recent PMP projects in USA, Mexico, China, Russia and Poland), due to its reliable performance confirmed by patented solutions, top sheet dryness level (up to 53%) resulting in significant steam consumption savings and user-friendliness. Scope of delivery in the case of the Smurfit Kappa project covered also Intelli-DCR® (Deflection-Compensation Roll), PM auxiliaries systems such as PM controls & panels, mechanical drives, press pulper, as well as base plates and spare parts. Structural machine components are designed for a design speed of 1000 m/min. PMP was also responsible for on-site services, including on-site erection and start-up supervision.

This particular project is an example where PMP’s technological knowledge combined with high-tech equipment can become a key factor to achieve common success. This project is also another step forward in partnership development between PMP and Smurfit Kappa.

About 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 34 countries and with revenue of €8.2 billion in 2016. Smurfit Kappa is located in 21 countries in Europe, and 13 in The Americas. The Company is the only large-scale pan-regional player in Latin America. With their pro-active team, they relentlessly use extensive experience and expertise, supported by their scale, to open up opportunities for customers. Smurfit Kappa collaborates with forward thinking customers by sharing superior product knowledge, market understanding and insights in packaging trends to ensure business success in their markets. The Company has an unrivalled portfolio of paper-packaging solutions, which is constantly updated with our market-leading innovations. This is enhanced through the benefits of their integration, with optimal paper design, logistics, timeliness of service, and packaging plants sourcing most of their raw materials from their own paper mills. Smurfit Kappa products, which are 100% renewable and produced sustainably, improve the environmental footprint of their customers. (learn more: www.smurfitkappa.com)

About PMP:

PMP – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, has been supporting pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. Company with headquarters in Jelenia Góra, Poland, owns 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China, Italy). (learn more: www.pmpgroup.com)

The renewable materials company Stora Enso will be the Presenting Sponsor for FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2019 in Seefeld, Austria. The sponsorship gives Stora Enso the possibility to contribute to a sustainable sports event and showcase its renewable solutions in various applications.

stora new1Throughout the event, Stora Enso wants to increase the participants’, viewers’ and visitors’ awareness of the benefits of sustainable products. Stora Enso’s products provide a climate-friendly alternative to many products made from fossil based materials, and have a smaller carbon footprint. During the World Ski Championships, a variety of products and solutions based on renewable raw materials will be show casted, such as wood for temporary buildings, carton board packaging, paper, effective waste management systems, and renewable materials for arenas.

This marks the third time Stora Enso will be sponsoring the Nordic World Ski Championships, after being the Presenting Sponsor for the 2017 event in Lahti, Finland, and a main sponsor of the event in Falun, Sweden in 2015.

This is a good opportunity for Stora Enso to be present close to its main markets. The group employs approximately 5 000 people in Central Europe. In Austria, the group operates sawmills and plants for wooden construction elements, CLT.

“We are very happy to be sponsoring the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships for the third time,” commented Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “Sustainability is the core of our business in the bioeconomy. Our products substitute fossil based products, such as plastics. In Seefeld, our renewable materials and expertise will be combined in many special products and solutions. We will lead the way in promoting and supporting a sustainable event, by using renewable raw materials derived from wood and by maximising the recycling and reuse of products.”

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil-based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 25 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2016 were EUR 9.8 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers. The especially stable material needs regrinding less often than standard roll covers, which reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

  • Longer grinding intervals and reduced downtime
  • Consistent conditions due to stable roughness
  • Potential to significantly reduce mill costs

Blue instead of black: Voith's new OceanCoat stands out from standard roll covers through its color alone. The blue shade allows the operator to quickly identify any overheating, which commonly occurs at the edges. This enables appropriate steps to be taken promptly. Additionally, the blue cover material is easier to clean, which notably reduces the downtime after a break. Thanks to the high mechanical stability of the cover material, OceanCoat is also able to withstand loads caused by breaks or paper wraps better than standard covers.

With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefor reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.With OceanCoat, Voith is adding a highly durable option to its portfolio of coater roll covers that needs less regrinding and therefor reduces shutdown and maintenance costs.

Other important benefits of the cover include the low degree of wear and reduced symptoms of aging. The desired roughness of the cover stays more constant over the operating life than a standard cover.

OceanCoat is designed to run dependably in a wide range of coater backing roll positions. More than a dozen OceanCoat covers are already operating successfully. Customers currently using the cover are placing additional orders, proving that they are very pleased with its performance. Users are highlighting the abrasion resistance, consistent roughness that results in stable operating conditions, and the fact that the cover is easy to clean after a break. Mills have realized significant cost savings through the use of OceanCoat.

About Voith Paper
Voith Paper is a Group Division of Voith and the leading partner and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-conserving products to reduce the use of energy, water and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

About Voith
For 150 years, Voith’s technologies have been inspiring customers, business partners and employees worldwide. Founded in 1867, Voith today has around 19,000 employees, sales of €4.3 billion and locations in more than 60 countries worldwide and is thus one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe. Being a technology leader, Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive.

Lucart illustrates, in its Sustainability Report, the results achieved and prospects for development

Reuse of raw materials, water conservation, energy efficiency and emission reduction: the Sustainability Report provides an overview of everything Lucart implemented in 2016

With seven production plants in Europe and more than 1,300 employees, Lucart's turnover exceeded €425 million in 2016.

Sustainability and innovation are the two mainstays of Lucart's activities, which have allowed it to achieve outstanding results, as illustrated by the 2016 Sustainability Report. Lucart is the first company in Italy to have launched a circular economy project in the tissue paper sector.

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“I believe that we can be considered as a company that promotes a sustainable way of producing paper,” Massimo Pasquini, Managing Director of Lucart, commented – “which is based on a systemic approach aimed at eliminating waste and reusing raw materials. To do this, we constantly strive to apply production and business models that are inspired by the circular economy and that are in line with EU environmental requirements. We are proud of the results we have achieved this year, since they are a successful example of our ongoing commitment to pursuing innovative and high-quality production” – Pasquini concluded – “We will continue to carry out all of our activities by placing people and the environment at the centre of our business strategy, leading the way towards a more sustainable future.”

Lucart has made positive progress towards the progressive elimination of waste and the reuse of raw materials, favouring the use of recovered materials (55% in 2016) over pure virgin cellulose (45%) for the production of its paper. The flagship of this sustainability strategy is the Natural project, a true example of the applicability of circular economy principles to the tissue sector.

The Natural project

This virtuous and award-winning project represents the evolution of paper, combining environmental sustainability and technological innovation. In partnership with Tetra Pak®, Lucart has developed an innovative technology that separates the cellulose fibres in beverage cartons from polyethylene and aluminium parts, without the use of substances that are harmful to humans or the environment. In this way, two new high-quality raw materials are produced. Fiberpack®, the paper used for the hygiene products in Lucart's Natural lines, is obtained from cellulose fibres. The company has also obtained a material called AL.PE.® from polyethylene and aluminium. This raw material is used to produce innovative systems for the dispensing of tissue products but also for pallets, mooring poles in Venice and floating platforms for wheelchair access and other commonly used items, which are all recycled and recyclable when they reach the end of their life cycle.

In just 4 years, from 2013 to 2016, the Natural project has produced great results:

  • more than 2.8 billion 1-litre beverage cartons have been recycled, which, if lined up one after the other, would cover a distance equal to the circumvention of the Earth 16 times over
  • more than 1.2 million trees have been saved thanks to this initiative, equal to a surface area of more than 4,200 football fields
  • more than 73,000 tonnes of CO2 have been avoided, equal to the emissions produced by more than 578,000 Rome-Milan trips by car

The Natural project received an award on the occasion of the 14th edition of the “Sodalitas Social Award 2016”, namely, the “Best in Class” award, the most prestigious prize for corporate sustainability in Italy, and it also received the “Premio Non Sprecare” (Don’t Waste Award) in the “Companies” category in the same year thanks to its innovative and sustainable approach to circular economy and consumption. Lucart recently ranked second at the 6th edition of the European Paper Recycling Awards held in Brussels, for the Research & Development category, and received the EU Ecolabel Award 2017 for researching and developing new production and environmental solutions.

Water resources

Lucart has focused on using less raw materials and, in particular, on water resources by favouring water recycling, constantly monitoring the quality of wastewater as well as consumption in the various phases of the production process, and optimising consumption patterns. This resulted in a reduction in the specific water consumption for paper production with savings of -5.7% of water consumed per tonne of paper produced compared to 2015 and an overall reduction of 14% compared to 2014.


With regard to logistics, Lucart has significantly reduced its impact on the environment in terms of emissions: 690 tonnes less CO2 thanks to increased rail transport, as part of the project “Sustainable Mobility: raw material transport with a shift from road to rail”, presented in 2015 and continued in 2016. The project, which mainly concerns the plant in Diecimo, in the province of Lucca, aims to use the existing railway network to significantly reduce the transport of raw materials and finished products by road.

Energy resources

In terms of energy resources, the company is constantly committed to making its production processes become increasingly efficient. Lucart was also one of the first paper manufacturing groups in Europe to focus on systems to self-generate electricity through cogeneration plants powered by methane gas.

Emissions into the atmosphere

As for its emissions into the atmosphere, Lucart has implemented a plan aimed at streamlining energy consumption by using energy from renewable sources, allowing for lower emissions per tonne of paper produced.


Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of MG paper, tissue products (paper items for daily use such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs etc.) and airlaid products, was founded in 1953 by the Pasquini Family. The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of products with brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area). Lucart's production capacity exceeds 300,000 tonnes/year of paper on 10 continuous machines and 58 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover amounts to more than €400 million, with more than 1,300 employees in seven production plants (five in Italy, one in France and one in Hungary).

To answer the need for higher performance medical packaging systems, following the standardization regarding Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices, BillerudKorsnäs has developed and now launches a new polymer reinforced paper SteriKraft® Protect AR.

The standardization, Packaging for terminally sterilized medical devices ISO 11607-1, 5.5 Storage & Transport, has led to more rigorous and realistic ship testing protocols which have, in turn, shown the need for higher performance medical device packaging systems. To answer this need, BillerudKorsnäs has developed a new polymer reinforced paper, SteriKraft® Protect AR.

SteriKraft® Protect AR is designed as a heat seal coating base but will also seal peel to selected advanced peelable films without needing a coating. More challenging applications such as large drape & gown packs, spinal needles, IV catheters etc. will benefit from the extra performance offered by SteriKraft® Protect AR. As with all other papers in the BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® range, Protect AR is fully approved under the relevant sections of EN868 and ISO 11607-1.

"The key benefit of the polymeric addition is to provide some stretch to the paper which results in much improved  tensile energy absorption (TEA). TEA gives a good measure of the durability of the paper under shipping conditions," explains Jonathan Andrews, Business Development Director Medical at BillerudKorsnäs.

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Comparison of Geometric TEA between standard medical kraft papers and new SteriKraft® Protect AR demonstrating the significantly higher performance of the new paper.

World launch at COMPAMED in Düsseldorf
The new BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft® Protect AR will be displayed for the first time at Compamed tradefair “Hightech solutions for medical technology” 13-16 November in Düsseldorf, Germany. Visit our stand, Hall 8b G09, to find out more about Protect AR and the rest of BillerudKorsnäs' SteriKraft® range.

About BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft®
BillerudKorsnäs SteriKraft is a medical paper that can withstand exposure to various sterilisation methods and guarantees the sterility and purity of the products right up until the moment of use. The packaging will maintain its sterility for five years and is offered for all major sterilisation methods. Strong, safe and with microbial barrier properties. For more information, visit www.billerudkorsnas.com/our-offer/packaging-materials/kraft-paper-medical

BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

Companies that use natural resources have the duty to ensure the resources come from responsible sources. The Vancouver Declaration is a public promise, with which companies of all sizes and origins are committed to contributing to the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015, while underlining their commitment to a more sustainable forestry chain.

burgo logoThe Declaration was presented during the 2017 FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) General Assembly in Vancouver, Canada, last October; in addition to Burgo, other companies signed in support of the initiative: IKEA, H & M, SIG, Marks & Spencer, Jysk, Mitsubishi Paper Mills and Fuji Xerox. The objective is to attract even more companies involved throughout the supply chain. Given the growing membership rate, this declaration, according to FSC, will have a positive impact on three key areas of sustainability: environmental, social, and economic. Obtaining collective enterprise support in the struggle to protect our forests and our planet is a fundamental step in combating climate change and ensuring the protection of ecosystems.

From a social point of view, the role and importance of people in forestry cannot be underestimated; this is why the Vancouver Declaration strengthens the commitment so that all people living in the forest and its surrounding areas are involved in decisions that are of interest to "their" forests. The core of the FSC system is, in fact, the guarantee of the stakeholders’ commitment, democratic decision-making processes and the protection of forest workers.

Companies supporting the Declaration and the new FSC standards contribute concretely in ensuring forest workers worldwide receive a fair salary for the work they do and the protection of people who depend on forests for their sustenance.

Measures taken to protect the environment and people, protect the future of the industry itself.

This collective action and end-to-end collaboration is becoming increasingly strategic.

As Burgo, we signed the Vancouver Declaration because we are fully aware that forest resources are the essential component in paper production and that business continuity depends on long- term access to these raw materials. Without forestry products, we will not be able to serve our customers with products that meet their expectations: functionality, quality, availability, and sustainability. As a result, we recognize the responsibility we have in helping to ensure that forests are managed in a sustainable way and for quite some time now we’ve been actively committed to this undertaking by offering FSC-certified products. We have therefore taken this additional opportunity to offer visible and credible guarantees regarding our commitments to our customers and other stakeholders through shared and global action.

Burgo Group

Burgo Group is one of the leading European producers of coated and specialty paper. The Group is a complete 'system' developed around the world of paper: including production, distribution, paper recycling and processing of forestry products and also factoring and energy.

FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)

FSC is a non-governmental, independent and non-profit international organization, founded in 1993 to promote responsible management of forests and plantations. The FSC® brand identifies products containing wood from forests that are managed in a correct and responsible manner according to rigorous environmental, social and economic standards. The source forest has been independently checked and evaluated in accordance with these standards (principles and criteria of good forest management), established and approved by the Forest Stewardship Council® a.c. through the participation and consent of the parties involved.

For more information: burgogroup.com fsc.org

AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business has completed a $10 million investment at its LeMoyne sulfur derivatives plant in the US, which supplies essential ingredients used in several major industries.

Located in Alabama, the investment includes a 20,000 dry metric ton expansion for the production of sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH), which the company supplies to customers in the paper, leather tanning, mining and specialty polymers segments.

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"This is a key expansion which will help to support growing customer demand," explains Sulfur Derivatives General Manager, Ignacio Garin. "The LeMoyne facility employs unique AkzoNobel technology which provides NaSH at lower impurity levels and higher concentrations than competing processes, providing a significant sustainability benefit for customers."

AkzoNobel is the only company to produce a high strength, high purity NaSH at 60% concentration, which means the product qualifies as an eco-premium solution, offering advantages in terms of energy efficiency, emissions and waste water.

Commenting on the expansion, Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals, adds: "This project is just the latest in a series of capital investments we have made to support the growth of our customers across a range of end-use markets. It also underlines our ongoing commitment to sustainability."

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people's lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 46,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Dulux, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.