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Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced that a tentative four-year agreement has been reached with Unifor, subject to ratification by their members. Unifor represents the majority of hourly employees working across the company's Canadian pulp and paper operations.

abiti122011The master agreement covers eight of Resolute's Canadian pulp and paper mills. The agreement applies to the Amos, Baie-Comeau, Dolbeau, Gatineau, Kénogami and Saint-Félicien facilities in Quebec, as well as the Thunder Bay mill and currently indefinitely idled Thorold operation in Ontario.

"We are pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with Unifor national and local leadership that recognizes the contribution of employees to the success of the business and provides stability for our customers, shareholders, communities and other company partners," said Yves Laflamme, president and chief executive officer. "Once ratified, this agreement will support long-term investments in our Canadian operations."

The collective agreement covers approximately 1,100 employees represented by Unifor. The agreement builds on the cooperative relationship that has been established between Resolute and Unifor.

Details will not be discussed publicly until the union leadership has had an opportunity to present the agreement to its members.

About Resolute Forest Products

Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including market pulp, tissue, wood products, newsprint and specialty papers, which are marketed in close to 70 countries. The company owns or operates some 40 manufacturing facilities, as well as power generation assets, in the United States and Canada. Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

Resolute has received regional, North American and global recognition for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit www.resolutefp.com for more information.

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.

The agreement has been signed for IMA to take an important stake in TMC (Tissue Machinery Company).

2018 05 02 064919TMC (Tissue Machinery Company), the Italian leader in the manufacture of machines for the packaging and management of Tissue and Personal Care products, consolidates and strongly reasserts its leadership position thanks to its entry in the IMA Group, world leader in the design and production of automatic machines for the processing and packaging of pharmaceutical products, cosmetics, food products, tea & coffee, listed on the Italian stock exchange since 1995 in the STAR index.
TMC, the IMA Group’s choice for entering the field of packaging of Tissue and Personal Care products, is ready to place its experience at the disposal of the Group and to enhance its knowhow to create what will become a true hub and reference point in the field.

TMC’s undisputed international leadership in market niches such as primary and secondary packaging of kitchen towel rolls and toilet rolls and secondary packaging of personal care products, together with the strength of the IMA Group – 5,600 employees (2,800 of whom abroad), 42 production facilities in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland, Spain, UK, USA, India, Malaysia, China and Argentina, 29 branch offices with sales and assistance services and 50 agencies, covering 80 countries worldwide – will allow the TMC Group to accelerate its projects for growth, the development of innovation and the creation of superior-level partnerships.
The agreement entails an 82.5% stake by IMA in Tissue Machinery Company.
The TMC Group, with its subsidiaries, has a forecast turnover of about 80 million euro and an EBITDA of over 10 million euro with positive growth prospects, enhanced by the overall support it can provide thanks to its entry into the IMA Group.

Matteo Gentili President of TMC, commented:
This agreement is one of great satisfaction for us. In IMA we have found the best partner for the further development of our company to attain additional technological and commercial objectives in the field of Tissue and Personal Care products. Entering the IMA Group will enable a strong acceleration of our innovation, product development and geographical expansion projects. Personally, I will continue to play a leading role in the strategic management of the TMC group, with interests fully aligned with IMA, with the goal of consolidating and developing TMC as a global reference for technological innovation and customer service.”

Alberto Vacchi President and CEO of IMA, commented:
“The agreement is strategic for the IMA Group and the partnership with Matteo Gentili, with TMC as a platform for the development of the project, will allow us to create an international hub that is the undisputed leader in the field of Tissue and Personal Care products.  
With this operation, IMA continues along its path of enhancing and growing the leading market bands, further strengthening its industrial presence in Italy.”

2018 04 30 085738Industrial Assets Corp. dba BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide, a global leader in asset conversion is announcing that the assets from a leading manufacturer of corrugated paper boxes will soon be coming to auction. This significant global webcast auction of some of the most sought-after equipment in the manufacturing of paper boxes will commence on Wednesday May 23, 2018 at 9AM PDT. This online only auction is being conducted in conjunction with Maynard Industries, nationally known experts in the assets auction business.

Featured assets in this sale include:

98”/87” Corrugator • 50”x 110” Martin Transline 4-Color Flexo Folder Gluer • 37”x 96” Martin Midline 5-Color Flexo Folder Gluer • 37”x 96” Martin Midline 4-Color Flexo Folder Gluer • Martin DRO 3-Color Rotary Die Cutter • Bobst 6-Color Flexo Printer • Complete Sprout Bauer Starch System • Bloapco Shredder • Balemaster Auto Tie Baler • Conveyors • Wrappers • Machine Shop • Plant Support Equipment & Much More...

For a catalog and complete listing of the assets for sale, please visit us on the web at www.biditup.com.

“These are high quality assets from a major manufacturer, so a sale of this magnitude is really a very important opportunity for the any customers in the corrugated paper box manufacturing business,” said Steven Mattes, CEO of Industrial Assets Corp. dba BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide. “This auction also includes plant support equipment that would be of interest to any manufacturing facility,” Mattes added.

This global webcast auction will start at 9AM PDT on Thursday May 23, 2018. Assets will be available for inspection Thursday, May 17th and Friday May 18th and again on Monday May 21st and Tuesday May 22nd from 9am - 4pm each day or by appointment.  For more information please call 818-508-7034 or email us at smattes@biditup.com.

Industrial Assets Corp. dba BIDITUP Auctions Worldwide (www.biditup.com) was established in 1977 and is a global leader in asset conversion and provides auction, real estate, and appraisal services to a comprehensive array of markets. The company is recognized as one of the world's leaders in the auction industry.

Maynards (www.maynards.com) manages auctions and valuation projects from eight offices in Canada, the United States, Europe, Japan and China. As auctioneers with an established global presence, they conduct over 100 asset auctions and liquidations each year worldwide.

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From June 6-8, 2018 the Asian Paper & Tissue World Bangkok 2018, the first pan-Asian event of its kind will bring together paper, packaging and tissue product makers and suppliers from around the world under one roof in the Thai capital. The event’s overarching theme will be Shaping Success: Strategies for Sustainable Growth in Paper, Packaging and Tissue and aims to address the key factors influencing the industry’s direction.

Held at BITEC Bangkok, the Asian Paper and Tissue World 2018 exhibition and conference will attract some of the world’s largest and most esteemed manufacturers from over twenty different countries. This year, they will include Valmet Co., Ltd. (Thailand), Xiamen C&D Paper & Pulp Co., Ltd. (China) and AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals (Sweden) among others.

Apart from the participation in the exhibition, these companies’ senior representatives will also join in this year’s Senior Management Symposium on 6 June. During these high-level seminars, key performance variables which define success in the industry will be analyzed. They will include topics such as sustainable growth and innovations, fiber resources, trends and outlooks in the corrugated carton industry, machine conversions, IoT, as well as cutting-edge paper and board multi-client studies. Featured speakers on these subjects are Mr. Wichan Jitpukdee, President of TPPIA, Thailand; Mr. Haidong Wang, Head of Strategy at Xiamen C&D Paper & Pulp Co., Ltd., China and Mr. Jukka Luoto, Paper Technology Manager - Asia Pacific Area for Valmet Co., Ltd., Thailand.

Following the symposium, the New Applied Technology Sessions on 8 – 9 June will take place. Key industry players will discuss matters such as practical solutions to save costs on the newest fiber trends, reduction of water usage in ECF bleaching, nanotechnology as well as Industry 4.0 to increase production efficiency and product quality. Speakers include Mr. Mikko Jalava, Sales Director at ABB Oy, Finland, Ms. Eva Wackerberg, Applications RD&I Manager at AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals, Sweden and Dr. Mahendra Patel, Technical Adviser with Indian Agro and Recycled Paper Mills Association, India.

“Today, tissue is ascendant and the need for innovative packaging is boosted by evolving consumer habits. Graphics and other specialty areas will continue to gain importance. The Asian Paper and Tissue World 2018 will explore the factors which will determine the industry’s trajectory and how to optimize manufacturing processes and the use of resources to achieve sustainable growth, create high-quality products and save costs. By bringing together the industry’s top players, the conference offers attendees an exclusive platform for learning and business exchange in this fast-changing and growing industry,” says Agnes Gehot, deputy event director of Asian Paper & Tissue World, UBM Exhibition Singapore.

Asian Paper & Tissue World Bangkok 2018 is supported by the following associations:

  • The Thai Pulp and Paper Industries Association (TPPIA)
  • Australian and New Zealand Pulp and Paper Industry Technical Association (APPITA)
  • The Association of Indonesia Pulp and Paper Industries (APKI)
  • Chinese Taipei Paper Industry Association (CTPIA)
  • Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association (IARPMA)
  • Japan Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (JTAPPI)
  • Myanmar Pulp and Paper Industry Association (MPPIA)
  • Malaysia Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Association (MPPMA)
  • Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry of Southern Africa (TAPPSA)

Visitor and conference registration is now open. For more details, visit www.asianpapershow.com

About Asian Paper - Established since 1992

Asian Paper is the largest ASEAN event serving the global pulp, paper, packaging and related industries. It gathers key industry players to meet face to face and discuss the latest innovation, industry trends and offerings of cutting-edge products and services through its exhibition and conference. The Asian Paper exhibition focuses on the Paper industry, covering the entire value chain, from pulp, chemical, adhesive, machinery, parts, converters to paper and packaging products and services across the three-day event.

About Tissue World - Established since 1993

Tissue World is the leading global event serving the tissue industry worldwide. With trade shows in Istanbul, Milan, Miami, São Paulo and Bangkok, it offers an integrated platform consisting of exhibitors, conferences and a magazine providing an unmatched offline and online place to do business, exchange ideas and learn, all year around.

About UBM

UBM Plc. is the largest pure-play B2B Events organizer in the world.  In an increasingly digital world, the value of connecting on a meaningful, human level has never been more important. At UBM, our deep knowledge and passion for the industry sectors we serve allow us to create valuable experiences where people can succeed. At our events, people build relationships, close deals and grow their businesses. Our 3,750+ people, based in more than 20 countries, serve more than 50 different sectors – from fashion to pharmaceutical ingredients. These global networks, skilled, passionate people and market-leading events provide exciting opportunities for business people to achieve their ambitions.

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PulPaper is the leading exhibition and conference event in the forest industry’s calendar. It will be held in Helsinki, Finland on 29–31 May 2018. The forest industry is experiencing a transition period as the environmental impact of the sector is known better than before. The event programme takes this into consideration with a strong environmental perspective.

The umbrella theme of the event is “Visit tomorrow today.” This refers to new innovations and technologies that the forest industry can harness to evolve in the digitalising world, while respecting the environment.

PulPaper will feature a varied seminar programme on all three days of the event. Business Forum is a seminar for company management, focusing on themes ranging from consumer habits to sustainable development and from innovations to changes in management.

PulPaper Conference, targeted at forest industry experts and researchers, will be held from 30 to 31 May. Forty experts, researchers and company representatives from the Nordic countries, Japan, North America, and other parts of the world will speak at the seminar.  The themes include the circular economy, biomass use, climate change, and biorefinery development.

Environmental friendliness as competitive advantage

Environmental standards are often seen as a burden on industry. However, PulPaper approaches this topic through opportunities. As environmental friendliness and responsible production are increasingly guiding the purchasing behaviour of consumers, innovations that cater to consumers’ wishes in terms of ecology, functionality, aesthetics and price level are emerging as competitive advantages for companies.

PulPaper Conference swings the spotlight on many innovations that are revolutionising the whole industry. These include data-based sensors used in pulp industry wastewater treatment, a new catalytic bleaching method and the utilisation of industrial waste as an agricultural fertiliser. In addition, the conference will present a research project that seeks a breakthrough technology for chemical pulp production.

Wooden future of packaging materials

Plastic is the dominant packaging material the world over. Due to its long decomposition period, plastic waste places a great burden on the environment. Almost all fields of industry have started using bioplastic: electronics, agriculture, textiles and healthcare. Wood is envisioned as the renewable raw material of the future, which will be used in both packaging materials and textiles.

PulPaper Conference will present solutions based on renewable wood materials to replace fossil-based materials. The Swedish startup Cellutech will reveal what new materials the company is currently developing from wood. The current development of bioplastics will also be reviewed. The Finnish packaging startup Sulapac will be presented as a business case that provides a great example of ingenious packaging design. Its packaging materials are made from wood and intended for cosmetics products. They turn ecology into a luxury. Sulapac has a competitive edge because it can compete in terms of price with comparable packaging materials made from plastic, and the material can be mass produced with the same equipment as plastic.

PulPaper Conference will also deal with the use of forest biomass and the management of climate change. Speakers will address regulations related to the industry at the EU level and ponder the availability of biomass and related policies.

3D printing of biomaterials

The 3D Printing of Biomaterials seminar will also be held at PulPaper. When it comes to printing materials, the development of biomaterials opens up plenty of opportunities for new value-added uses of cellulose. 3D printing of biomaterials provides companies with a way to make cost-efficient customised products that save on materials and are environmentally sustainable. The seminar will present promising examples of cellulose-based insulation materials, for example.

Admission to the PulPaper exhibition is free of charge. You can now register for the paid programmes - PulPaper Conference, Business Forum and 3D Printing of Biomaterials - at www.pulpaper.fi. In addition, you can sign up for two excursions to visit pioneering companies in the field. Visits to Metsä Group’s new Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.

Facts and figures

Forest industry products account for about 20 per cent of Finnish exports, and the industry is important to the country’s success. The forest industry is a major employer, particularly in rural regions – it employs about 41,000 people directly and around 140,000 indirectly. Finland has 49 paper and pulp mills, and more than 200 industrial sawmills, panel factories and other companies manufacturing wood products. The current products will serve as the basis of business in the years ahead, too, as next-generation paper, packaging and wood products are developed continuously. In addition, new bioeconomy products and business functions are being developed alongside the current products. The bioeconomy will create new companies, jobs and prosperity.

PulPaper, PacTec and Wood & Bioenergy are events with a wide-ranging focus on the forest industry. They will be held at Messukeskus in Helsinki on 29–31 May 2018. The event was last held in 2014, when it attracted visitors from 70 countries. About 400 companies will participate in the exhibition and around 10,000 visitors are expected.

www.pulpaper.fi  #pulpaper2018

PM5 project is a turnkey supply by Toscotec, which includes the stock preparation system, the AHEAD-2.0S tissue line, the electrification and control systems, the complete plant engineering, erection, and supervision for erection, commissioning, training and start-up.

The scope of supply also includes the dust and mist removal systems and the hall heating and ventilation systems. Overall, the plant benefits largely from the numerous stages of energy recovery of the gas-fired hoods and vacuum plant.  

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Toscotec’s AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine is equipped with a second-generation TT SYD-15FT steel Yankee dryer of 15 ft diameter. It features Toscotec’s advanced shoe press technology TT NextPress. The AHEAD-2.0S is set to produce premium-quality super-soft toilet tissue, with a total production of over 30,000 t/y and it will deliver on Twinsaver’s plans to increase supply to the local and export markets and preserve its top position in the tissue industry.

Following the announcement of a R580 million (USD 42 million) investment earlier last year, the Twinsaver Group - the leading producer of branded tissue in South Africa - awarded this turnkey project to Toscotec, who presented the most compelling green solutions, in line with the Group’s high environmental standards.

We are very proud of the results of this turnkey project in South Africa. As Toscotec’s first turnkey in the country, building on the experience of other tissue machines in South Africa, we completed the supply according to schedule and started producing high quality tissue on the day of start-up. The substantial energy recovery advantages granted by the overall design of this plant are bound to exceed expectations,” said Toscotec’s Sales Director, Mr. Marco Dalle Piagge.

About Twinsaver

Twinsaver Group is the largest South African manufacturer, marketer and distributor of branded tissue products. The product range includes toilet tissue, facial tissues, roller towels, house and leisure and away from home products. Twinsaver Group head-office is located in Bryanston, South Africa, with manufacturing and converting facilities in Kliprivier, Pretoria, and Cape Town.

In Schwedt, Voith has converted the LEIPA Group’s PM 5 from a newsprint to a packaging paper machine. On 19 April 2018, the acceptance and handover of the machine of the Schwedt PM 5 project was signed early at LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH, with effect on 13 April. As a result, the Voith team on site managed to bring the entire machine, consisting of a BlueLine OCC stock preparation line, DIP stock preparation line and XcelLine paper machine up to handover quality just 19 days after ‘stock on wire’.

Perfectly matched components and an extensive automation system including OnQ quality control system make the machine a new benchmark in the industry. LEIPA can produce approximately 450,000 metric tons of white top testliner (WTTL) on the machine and is therefore the market leader in this segment. After taking over the UPM mill in Schwedt, the new owner, the LEIPA Group, decided to extensively rebuild the existing PM 11. Under the management of Voith, the conversion of the newsprint paper machine to a machine for the production of white top testliner (WTTL) began in October 2017. LEIPA invested over 160 million euros in the plant. Now known as PM 5, the machine is a new point of reference for packaging paper. Just a few machines worldwide surpass its 9,200-millimeter wire width. It also takes the top spot with its production speed of 1,200 meters per minute. LEIPA plans to produce 1,180 to 1,400 metric tons of white top testliner per day with the best surface properties and basis weights of 100 to 140 grams per square meter. LEIPA wants to manufacture a total of 450,000 metric tons of paper every year and thus expand its market position further.

LEIPA PM 5 project team, from left to right: Martin Kaltenegger, Project Manager LEIPA PM 5, Christian Merz, Chief Commissioning Engineer Voith Paper, Falk Friedrich, Plant Manager LEIPA Schwedt NordLEIPA PM 5 project team, from left to right: Martin Kaltenegger, Project Manager LEIPA PM 5, Christian Merz, Chief Commissioning Engineer Voith Paper, Falk Friedrich, Plant Manager LEIPA Schwedt Nord

Optimized for high speeds
To ensure the PM 5 can meet the desired output and quality requirements, Voith modified almost every component of the existing machine. A new hybrid former with two headboxes DuoFormer D and TopFormer F replaced the previous former, for example. Voith also developed a comprehensive solution for the transition to the press section and for the press, with a DuoCentri NipcoFlex shoe press in the center. These two components were designed to meet the requirements in high speed machines and enable outstanding product quality. Robust SolarPress roll covers assist in achieving this. The covers do not require any water cooling and help LEIPA to conserve resources. The SpeedSizer AT is also optimized for the uniform and faultless application of starch at high speeds.

During the rebuild, Voith separated the existing dryer section into a pre-dryer and after-dryer section. In the process, the pre-dryer section received a completely new TopDuoRun dryer group, while existing components were used for the after-dryer section. Thanks to a new MasterReel reel and the rebuild of the two existing DuoRollers, reel diameters of up to 3.5 meters can now be produced on the PM 5. The existing machine hall ventilation system was also expanded and integrated into the new process and quality control system.

15,000 recorded signals ensure optimum paper quality
Some of the existing motors were also used after the conversion. However, the Voith team integrated more than 333 new motors of different sizes into the PM 5, the most powerful of which has a capacity of 1.5 megawatts. Most of the motors are integrated into the automation concept developed by Voith. The system records more than 15,000 signals, monitors all the production steps from stock preparation to the reel, reports even the slightest deviations and levels out any fluctuations within a fraction of a second where needed. 29 state-of-the-art computer processors take care of processing the information. “The continuous data stream forms an important basis for us to maintain a consistently high paper quality at all times”, says Falk Friedrich, Plant Manager of LEIPA Schwedt Nord.

Increased efficiency for paper treatment
While the rebuild was taking place, a new machine for the efficient treatment of up to 1,400 metrics tons of fiber from recovered paper per day was also built. With a length of 50 meters, a diameter of 4.5 meters and a total weight of about 200 metric tons, the IntensaDrum pulping drum is the largest Voith has supplied to date. Much of the existing deinking system (DIP) was retained. Voith only had to modify it to cope with the characteristics of packaging papers. Among other measures, the technology group installed energy-saving components for bleach and flotation, which, along with the new cleaning system, reduce fiber losses.

“The engineers from Voith view the system from the apron conveyor to the winder, including measuring, automation and ventilation technology as a whole, and therefore develop perfectly compatible solutions”, emphasized Martin Kaltenegger, Project Manager for LEIPA PM 5.

Voith clothing for optimum performance
In addition, the order volume included start-up and a number of training sessions in which the LEIPA team became familiar with the intricacies of the PM 5. Voith will remain closely involved in the processes of the PM 5 after start-up too. In the next few years, the single-source supplier will deliver the clothing and doctor blades for the machine and thus ensure the optimum performance of the PM 5. The optimization of the machine within the first eight weeks after start-up is also part of the project – with an option to extend it for longer. “The entire project, from the shutdown of the PM 11 to the installation of the new components and start-up of the new PM 5 has gone very well. With their professionalism and dedication, the two project teams have ensured the success of the project”, says Robert Osswald, Project Manager Voith Paper.

About the company
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.

Voith is a global technology group. With its wide range of plants, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees and earns 4.2 billion euros in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

High dewatering efficiency and long service lives have made press fabrics from the Voith Infinity series best-sellers for packaging papers, board and graphic paper grades. The technology group has now extended its product range. Infinity FineLine offers an ideal solution for sensitive applications like tissue or specialty papers. The modular structure of the press fabrics allows easy adaption to any requirement.

  • Minimized seam loops at consistently good closability
  • Highly durable when combined with twisted yarn
  • Energy efficient through low grammage

With its new FineLine module, Voith is further expanding its successful range of Infinity fabrics. For the new products, a particularly fine loop structure was developed and the seam zone was further improved. FineLine is mainly used in the tissue and specialty paper segment. The new press felt is available as endless and seam product. Infinity FineLine debuts with remarkably minimized seam loops that reduce marking potential even in the finest papers. As with all Infinity products, the seam loops in FineLine also have an identical loop length, roundness and spacing. This makes the closure particularly simple and enables machine downtimes to be reduced by up to 25 percent.

For Infinity FineLine, an especially fine loop structure was developed and the seam zone was further improved. This is why these press fabrics are used above all in the tissue and specialty paper segment.For Infinity FineLine, an especially fine loop structure was developed and the seam zone was further improved. This is why these press fabrics are used above all in the tissue and specialty paper segment.

A combination of Infinity FineLine and twisted yarns has proven particularly advantageous in sensitive applications. The twisted yarns ensure better batt fiber anchorage. As a result, the paper producer benefits from consistent performance over the entire service life. At the same time, Infinity FineLine is specifically energy efficient through its low grammage.

Cohesive range for all requirements
Alongside FineLine, the Infinity series also includes the ToughLine range of fabrics which Voith designed specifically for extreme environments. These conditions occur, for example, when manufacturing board and packaging papers, where the felts are continuously exposed to heat or abrasive materials. The use of Infinity press fabrics for the production of graphic papers is also constantly increasing. “Our Infinity series offers the best press felts portfolio for all paper machine requirements”, says Anne Klaschka, Global Product Manager Press Fabrics at Voith. The modular structure of the fabrics means that they can be tailored optimally to customer requirements.

The Infinity series is part of the PressMax portfolio of the Voith AdvancedProducts range. It allows paper makers a combination of perfectly coordinated components to improve the performance of their paper machines.

About the company
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.

Voith is a global technology group. With its wide range of plants, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 19,000 employees and earns 4.2 billion euros in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.

Packaging is a clear point of contact with the consumer, regardless of sales channel, and therefore a strategic tool for a brand that is helpful in people’s increasing ambition to become more sustainable-oriented in everyday actions and choices. The BillerudKorsnäs deep dive Packaging Sustainability for Helpful Brands shows that brand owners who clearly empowers consumers to act more sustainable are in high demand among global consumers.

2018 04 26 194331In BillerudKorsnäs Consumer Panel Report 2017, the highest index score of all was on the opportunity for brands to differentiate by packaging sustainability, giving clear benefits to the consumer to act more sustainable. Be it easier recycling, reducing food waste or a beneficiary second and third use of packaging.

Those benefits, if communicated, would be powerful to show that you are a helpful brand. The long-term winners will be the brands and corporation that are perceived as really helpful. Because all consumer (and B2B customers) will feel sure that they are part of the solution – not the problem.

From the content:

  • Helpful brands – a key to success
    Being helpful is a general, holistic approach to your business model, encompassing both why and how you do business. It is also about operating close to your customers: listening, interacting and innovating to make it easier for them to act in a sustainable way.
  • Helping the consumer be a hero
    About brand owners and the support, inspiration and innovation they can provide to make it easier for consumers to do right.
  • Packaging as a strategic tool
    Brand owners that are able to activate and engage consumers, to communicate the value and functionality of the packaging and to make consumers feel their behaviour has a positive impact, will be rewarded through preference and loyalty.
  • Packaging as a sustainability enabler
    Food waste is the highest priority for consumers when discussing the global challenges that packaging can help solve in the future.
  • Making recycling easy
    Making it easy and rewarding to recycle is number one on consumers’ list of dream results of future packaging innovation.
  • Going beyond the obvious
    Consumers are asking for true innovation – new ideas that change the role of packaging in their everyday lives.

Download the report, read our story about how Helpful Brands have a huge opportunity to gain market shares and watch our video series about Packaging Sustainability at:
https://www.billerudkorsnas.com/media/news/2018/packaging-sustainability-for-helpful-brands

More reports and trends on Packaging Sustainability at www.billerudkorsnas.com/trends

About BillerudKorsnäs Consumer Panel
The survey was conducted online in May 2017 by Syno International / Cint on behalf of BillerudKorsnäs. A representative sample of 3,300 people based on age (18-65 years) and gender participated from 16 cities: Berlin, Delhi, Jakarta, Cairo, Karachi, Lagos, London, Los Angeles, Manila, Mexico City, Mumbai, New York, Paris, Shanghai, Stockholm and Tokyo. BillerudKorsnäs Consumer Panel and Packaging Sustainability Index is a recurring series of surveys to further explore citizens view on packaging sustainability globally and locally.

* The index used in BillerudKorsnäs Consumer Panel is NPA (Net Positive Attitude) and is calculated as the share of consumers answering with the two most positive alternatives out of six, detracted with the share of consumers with the two most negative alternatives. With an average of 54,1 NPA, packaging sustainability is valued high by our panel representing megacities around the globe. A megacity is defined by the United Nations as a metropolitan area with a total population of more than 10 million people. Some definitions also set a minimum level for population density (at least 2,000 persons/square km).

For further information, please contact:

Bernd Schmitz, Communications Manager, +46 (0)709 314 050, bernd.schmitz@billerudkorsnas.com

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

ÅF has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Sappi Limited to improve the environmental footprint of the Saiccor Mill in South Africa and expand its capacity.

2017 10 17 090247The project is an equal effort joint venture between ÅF and the project, engineering and technical services company, Wood. The project is estimated to be 320 000 hours, which makes it the largest pulp and paper order ever secured by ÅF.

Saiccor Mill is situated south of the port of Durban and is the single largest producer of dissolving wood pulp, used in particular for viscose staple fibres in clothing and textiles.

“South Africa is one of our strongest pulp and paper markets and this contract further strengthens our position as an international engineering and design company with focus on end-to-end projects and solutions”, says Mikael Fränckel, Head of Process Industry at ÅF.

The project will be executed by an international ÅF-Wood team with engineers and designers from South Africa, Sweden, Finland and Brazil.

Upon completion of the expansion, the production capacity will be 890,000 tons per annum of sulphite chemical cellulose as bleached alpha 92 pulp - used for production of viscose staple, filament and lyocell fibres.

The mill will also be in line with European environmental legislations and standards with reduced carbon dioxide emissions and substantially reduced chemical oxygen emissions.

The project is expected to be completed by Q3 – 2020.

ÅF AB

ÅF is an engineering and design company within the fields of energy, industry and infrastructure. We create sustainable solutions for the next generation through talented people and technology. We are based in Europe and our business and clients are found all over the world.

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