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Cham Paper Group sells its speciality paper business to the South African Sappi Limited, one of the world's leading pulp and paper companies. The integration of the speciality paper business into the Sappi Group will open up new perspectives for the two high-performance plants of Cham Paper Group in Carmignano and Condino as well as for their employees and for the Digital Imaging team in Cham. The transaction is subject to the approval of anti-trust authorities. Following the divestment of the paper business, Cham Paper Group will focus on its real estate business. The group is pushing ahead the transformation of the «Papieri» area in Cham into a new, attractive urban quarter.

cham paper group logoThe Sappi Group, which is domiciled in Johannesburg and listed on the Johannesburg stock exchange, develops, produces and sells dissolving wood pulp, speciality, packaging and graphic paper, as well as biomaterials. It employs around 12,000 people with production facilities across 7 countries on 3 continents and customers in over 150 countries. It has focused its development in various areas of the speciality paper market. The integration of Cham Paper Group's speciality paper business into a strong, globally positioned Group will open up new opportunities for this business as regards procurement, market development, product innovation, expansion opportunities and staff development.

In recent months, the Cham Paper Group's Board of Directors has examined all strategic options for the company's future success following the relocation of the speciality paper production from Switzerland to Italy and the comprehensive modernisation of the plants in Carmignano and Condino. Although Cham Paper Group's profitable speciality paper business is well positioned today, it is still too small to develop its market position on its own in the long term. Accordingly, selling it to the Sappi Group is an optimal solution.

The sale of the speciality paper business requires a change in the corporate purpose of Cham Paper Group Holding AG. The shareholders may vote on the proposal at an Extraordinary General Meeting. The alteration of the company's purpose requires the approval of at least two-thirds of the votes represented at the General Meeting. In addition, the transaction is subject to the approval of anti-trust authorities. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2018.

Following the divestment of the speciality paper business, the company will focus on its real estate business and will operate under the name «Cham Group». The sale at an enterprise value of CHF 146.5 million will result (after deduction of bank debt, liabilities and cost) in an inflow of approximately CHF 125 million in cash to the Group. These financial resources increase the flexibility for the development of the «Papieri» project. For example, the resulting higher equity ratio means that a higher proportion of investment properties could be considered at the expense of the condominium ownership ratio. Real estate investments beyond the «Papieri» site are also possible.

The Board of Directors intends to make the Cham Group share an attractive dividend-bearing security for the long-term. A base dividend of at least CHF 6.00 per share will be proposed to the General Meeting of Shareholders as of the financial year 2017. The distribution is tax-free from capital reserves. As soon as the «Papieri» site yields regular income, which is likely to be the case from 2022 onwards, the dividend will be based on the actual profit generated.

Cham Paper Group
The Cham Paper Group is a leading manufacturer of coated speciality papers. Surface finishing lends papers properties that generate value added for its customers. The company, which was founded in 1657, has three sites, one in Switzerland (Cham) and two in Italy (Carmignano and Condino), and a global sales network.
The decision to focus on development and sales and discontinue paper manufacturing in Switzerland has made way for a new project on the factory site in the centre of Cham. The Cham Paper Group is developing an eleven-hectare quarter there called the Papieri site.
The Cham Paper Group (stock exchange symbol: CPGN) is listed on Switzerland's SIX Swiss Exchange.

Monday, 04 December 2017 18:45

Clearwater Paper Announces New Board Chair

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) has just announced that Beth Ford has been appointed as chair to the company's board of directors effective January 1, 2018.

ClearwaterPaper logo01Ms. Ford, the chief operating officer for Land O'Lakes Businesses, has served on the Clearwater Paper board of directors since 2013. As chief operating officer, Ms. Ford oversees Land O'Lakes' multi-billion dollar U.S. businesses, which include Purina Animal Nutrition, Land O'Lakes Dairy, and Winfield United, which provides crop inputs and agriculture technology solutions. In her 30 years in business, Ms. Ford has held senior and line leadership positions in seven companies across six industries, including roles at International Flavors and Fragrances, Mobil Corporation, PepsiCo and Pepsi Bottling Company, and Hachette Book Group and Scholastic, Inc.

"We greatly value the retail, supply chain, and operations insight Beth brings to us, which will help us improve our competitive position and succeed in the marketplace," said Linda Massman, president and CEO. "On behalf of the Clearwater Paper team, we extend our congratulations to Beth as our new board chair."

Ms. Ford will succeed Boh Dickey as chair. Mr. Dickey has been a Clearwater Paper board member since 2008 and chair since 2013. He is expected to retire from the company's board at the end of his current board term in May 2018 pursuant to the company's corporate governance guidelines.

"Boh has been a driving force in developing and guiding our strategy, positioning Clearwater Paper as one of the largest private label tissue manufacturers and an efficient paperboard manufacturer, serving our customers well over the years," added Massman. "I thank him for his numerous contributions and critical decisions that have helped make our company more successful."

With today's announcement, Clearwater Paper will be one of the few publicly-traded companies in the U.S. with women serving as the CEO and non-executive board chair.


Clearwater Paper manufactures quality consumer tissue, away-from-home tissue, parent roll tissue, bleached paperboard and pulp at manufacturing facilities across the nation. The company is a premier supplier of private label tissue to major retailers and wholesale distributors, including grocery, drug, mass merchants and discount stores. In addition, the company produces bleached paperboard used by quality-conscious printers and packaging converters, and offers services that include custom sheeting, slitting and cutting. Clearwater Paper's employees build shareholder value by developing strong customer partnerships through quality and service.

Source: Clearwater Paper Corporation - http://www.clearwaterpaper.com/

2017 12 04 184100Solenis, a leading global producer of specialty chemicals, will increase prices by up to 20 percent on all alkaline sizing products globally, effective immediately or as customer contracts allow.  The price increase is necessary due to the increase in certain raw material costs combined with a tightening overall global supply chain.

About Solenis
Solenis is a leading global producer of specialty chemicals for water intensive industries, including the pulp, paper, oil and gas, chemical processing, mining, biorefining, power and municipal markets. The company’s product portfolio includes a broad array of process, functional and water treatment chemistries as well as state-of-the-art monitoring and control systems. These technologies are used by customers to improve operational efficiencies, enhance product quality, protect plant assets and minimize environmental impact. Headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, the company has 37 manufacturing facilities strategically located around the globe and employs a team of approximately 3,700 professionals in 118 countries across five continents. For additional information about Solenis, please visit www.solenis.com

Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd, Saiccor mill. The upgrade targets to increase the chipping capacity, to improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019.

The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2017 orders received.

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"Valmet's high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard's current and future mill capacity requirement," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

"Valmet's wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trust our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

Details about the order

The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also carried out by Valmet.

About Sappi Saiccor mill

The Saiccor mill, situated 50 km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, is one of the production facilities for Sappi Specialised Cellulose. The mill has the capacity to produce approximately 800,000 tons of elemental chlorine free (ECF) dissolving pulp (DWP) per annum, mostly for export market. DWP is sold to converters to manufacture a wide range of consumer products, but in particular for viscose staple fibre (VSF) used in clothing and textiles.

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 2016 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.

International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the rebuilt PM10 at Laakirchen paper mill for the Heinzel Group, Austria. The machine that originally produced SC paper was converted to a fluting and testliner machine producing basis weights ranging from 70 to 140 g/m² based on recycled fibers. With a design speed of 1,600 m/min and a working width of 7,500 mm, it is now one of the world’s most productive paper machines for fluting and testliners.

“We have implemented a comprehensive investment package for our paper mill in Laakirchen. The heart of this package is the PM10 rebuild. The new ANDRITZ technology enables production at the highest quality level. In addition to our PM11, which will continue producing paper for the high-quality SC market, the PM10 produces 450,000 t/y of fluting and testliners,” says Thomas Welt, Production Director at Laakirchen Papier AG.

  Successful start-up of PM10 at the Laakirchen mill. © ANDRITZ Successful start-up of PM10 at the Laakirchen mill. © ANDRITZ

In the stock preparation section, the ANDRITZ scope of supply comprises a complete OCC line with a capacity of 1,350 t/d, rebuild of the existing paper machine approach flow system, as well as sludge and reject handling. The pulping system with detrashing includes a 130 m³ FibreSolve FSR pulper, which is the largest low-consistency pulper ANDRITZ has ever installed in Europe.

The rebuilt paper machine features a PrimeFlow TW double-layer headbox with PrimeProfiler F consistency profiling system. This headbox enables best surface profiles at maximum production flexibility with the stiff separating lamella between the layers. The new PrimeForm TW gap former with a specially designed forming suction roll for higher dewatering capacity gently dewaters the web and ensures high retention rates. Forming shoes at both the top and bottom ensure optimized dewatering within a broad operating window. In combination with the PrimeFilm Sizer unit, high strength is achieved in the end product.

In the first drying group, PrimeRun Evo web stabilizers were installed to improve the runnability of the machine after the press section. PrimeRun Evo web stabilizers are high-vacuum boxes with three different vacuum zones in one box. Thus, the web can be removed carefully from the surface of the drying cylinder. In addition, PrimeRun Duo web stabilizers were installed in the existing pre-drying section and in the new after-drying section to enable an even web run throughout the drying section.

Instead of cast iron cylinders, PrimeDry Steel cylinders are used to achieve the targeted production capacities. They provide up to 7% more drying capacity compared to same-sized cast iron cylinders at the same operating pressure and thus enable either increased production or reduced energy consumption within the space available. In addition, a new air system including heat recovery for the rebuilt drying section was installed to provide energy-efficient paper production.

The new PrimeFilm Sizer applies surface starch to both sides of the paper web simultaneously to achieve the requested strength values. This starch application technology was installed due to the high speed of the machine. The PrimeAir Glide air-turn and the PrimeFeeder tail threading system result in gentle web turning and reliable and fast tail threading.

The scope of supply further includes the entire basic process engineering as well as the complete PrimeControl automation package.

This order once again confirms the strong business relationship between ANDRITZ and the Heinzel Group. ANDRITZ has already started up Europe’s largest new MG paper machine (PM2) successfully at the Pöls mill as well as a new black liquor recovery boiler plant.

The international Heinzel Group – with its affiliates Laakirchen Papier AG, Zellstoff Pöls AG, both in Austria, Raubling Papier GmbH, Germany, and AS Estonian Cell, Estonia – ranks among the largest producers of market pulp, corrugated paper, and magazine paper in Central and Eastern Europe. Containerboard has been part of the group’s portfolio since the beginning of 2016.

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.

Lucart has recently started up a new tissue rewinder TT WIND-P supplied by the Italian machinery producer Toscotec at their facility in Laval sur Vologne – France.

The tissue rewinder model TT WIND-P features 2 unwind stands and handles parent rolls of 2900 mm width and 2600 mm diameter at the maximum speed of 1400 mpm. Toscotec’s machinery is equipped with a slitting unit of 150 mm min width, automatic control of all unwinding and rewinding operations and sectional drive system.

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This turnkey project includes Toscotec’s proprietary automation and control system. This recently developed system is integrated into Toscotec’s rewinder technology and guarantees a significant increase in efficiency and productivity. Supervision during erection, commissioning and start-up was performed by Toscotec’s Service division YES – Your Expert Service.

The new "state-of-the-art" rewinder serves the PM9 tissue machine and represents another important collaboration between Lucart and Toscotec after the rebuilding of PM10 in late 2016.

Lucart’s sas President Mr. Alessandro Pasquini declared: “Toscotec has been working with us since 2008. They have grown to become a strong partner for Lucart and we are now cooperating on a number of interesting projects. This new rewinder at Laval sur Vologne mill has been performing well and meets our expectations.” 

Lucart’s history goes back to the 1930s when the Pasquini family decided to set up a papermaking factory in Villa Basilica (Lucca). Today the Group’s total production capacity is over 300,000 tons/year with 10 paper machines and 58 converting lines.

2017 12 01 103830Today’s pulp and paper industry specialists are constantly being asked how, why and when on a variety of subjects. To ensure they stay ahead and on the forefront of their industry, next to the valuable constant of inter-company learning, it is exclusively through networking and panel discussions that the true sharing of knowledge can move the entire industry forwards.

Pulp Paper World Forum 2018, is the arena where sharing of ideas and experiences from high-quality speakers and companies will bring something unique to the table.

According to the industry, these are the topics that matter


Innovation and Digitalization -. Industry 4.0
The pulp and paper industry faces a series of transformations driven by digital disruption. In all aspects of business, technology is transforming how the industry operates. While some are fearful, others have already embraced the opportunity to increase efficiency and satisfy growing customer demands whilst developing novel products, technologies and swiftly progressing toward a low-carbon bio-economy.

Service & Maintenance
It is a time of opportunity for the pulp and paper industry as better integration of digital technology leads to major business advantages like less product rework and lower energy use, safer and more efficient work environment, self-monitoring equipment that recommends on repairs, maintenance and ordering parts that has brought a much greater level of customer satisfaction that even before. This evolutionary innovation is bound to continue and while technology has made for tighter profit margins and shifting demands, there is vast potential and this is where specialist, partners, service and logistic providers are essential and will make the difference.

Improving Environmental Impacts – the EU 2020
Energy costs in the industry represent on average 17% or higher of the total production cost at the average mill, globally the pulp & paper industry ranks in the top five consumers of energy, however the continuous technological improvements can further reduce environmental impacts and optimize the use of esources such as raw materials, water, and energy.

Key drivers in the reduction of environmental impacts has been an improved process efficiency and reducing the reliance on fossil fuels and the move to biomass CHP plants and the use of residues for bio based products.

Ian Melin-Jones
Event Director

Contact: ian.melin-jones@pulppaperworld.com 


From January to October of 2017, pulp exports rose 2.9% in comparison with the same period of the previous year, reaching 16.0 million tons sold; exports of wood panels increased by 29.4%, with 1.1 million cubic meters directed toward foreign markets, and paper exports grew 0.4% with almost 1.7 million tons traded. This positive performance propelled export revenues past the US$ 7 billion mark in the first 10 months of the year, growth of 10.9% over the same period in 2016. This created a US$ 6.15 billion surplus in the trade balance for the sector, an increase of 12.7%.

2017 06 06 090206Continue reading below about the performance indicators for the planted tree industry in the 42nd edition of Cenários Ibá, the monthly bulletin of the Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá).

Export revenues – In the first ten months of 2017, pulp exports reached US$ 5.2 billion (+13.7%), while paper exports were US$ 1.6 billion (+1.7%) and wood panel exports reached US$ 242 million (+20.4%).

Export destination – For the combined period spanning January to October of this year, China continued to be the main destination for Brazilian pulp, with a share of 39.7%, representing revenues of US$ 2.1 billion (+18.0%). The second largest destination for pulp was the European countries, which during this period accounted for 31.4% of exports and more than US$ 1.6 billion (+5.6%). Latin American countries continued to be the main markets for paper and wood panels during the first ten months of the year, with export revenues exceeding US$ 1.0 billion (+11.6%) and US$ 126 million (+16.7%), respectively.

Production – The productive sector utilizing planted trees presented positive results in 2017. From January to October of this year, pulp production surpassed 15.9 million tons (+2.9%), and paper reached 8.7 million tons (+0.9%).

Domestic Sales – For the first ten months of 2017, the wood panel section showed positive results, with sales of more than 5.3 million cubic meters on the domestic market (+2.5%); at the same time, the paper industry reached the 4.5 million ton mark (-0.4%) during the same period.


The Brazilian Tree Industry (Ibá) is the association responsible for institutionally representing the planted tree production chain, from the fields to the factory, with its main stakeholders. Launched in April 2014, it represents 55 companies and nine state entities for products originating from planted trees (wood panels, laminate floors, pulp, paper, energy forests and biomass) in addition to independent producers of planted trees and institutional investors. Learn more at www.iba.org

Alchemy is an ancient practice that blends science with spiritual belief. Practitioners of early Greek alchemy believed that nature’s four basic elements, air, fire, water and earth were the basis of all matter. The practice later became more scientific, often used in attempts to magically transform lesser-valued metals into precious gold. Today’s idea of alchemy has evolved into the broader philosophy of transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary. Neenah embraces this concept of combining and transforming in its newest promotion The Alchemy of Design.

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“This is an inspiration book that reinterprets the meaning of alchemy within the realm of print design, where the four essential elements are audience, message, paper and print. The Alchemy of Design demonstrates ways to creatively combine those elements to amplify everyday design projects. Even those projects that have lower design budgets are still expected to have high impact. Throughout the book, the designs explore mixing and mingling of paper colors and textures, inspiring designers to think outside of that one swatchbook,” says Auburne Gahlman, Marketing Manager, Neenah.

Designed by Willoughby Design, The Alchemy of Design blends three very different brands — ROYAL SUNDANCE®, ASTROBRIGHTS®, and ENVIRONMENT® Papers — in unexpected ways. Presented in a beautiful die-cut slipcase, the 9 x 11 double-sided accordion fold book takes deep dives into four different branding projects (for a total of 20+ printed pull-out samples) each using the three different Neenah grades to add layers of color and texture and impact.

For example, Earth | Worth is a handcrafted ceramic home goods brand featured in Alchemy. Knowing that a brochure is the single printed piece most handled by its loyal and potential customers, the brand uses the toothy texture of ROYAL SUNDANCE to evoke the weighty and natural essence of its products. The brand package extends to the smooth touch and natural shades of ENVIRONMENT, coupled with an accent of ASTROBRIGHTS, Terra Green™, to create a hangtag system. Using three complimentary papers for a hangtag system, and printing them all in one print run with one color, is a low-cost/high ROI idea for expressing the brand personality at the point of sale.

This is a promotion that has to be explored page by page to fully appreciate the idea-generating combinations of print and paper. Get your free copy of The Alchemy of Design, valued at $10.99, through your Neenah representative.

About Neenah, Inc.
For more than 100 years, Neenah, Inc. (NYSE: NP) has been the market leader in the creation and manufacturing of papers for premium writing, text, cover, digital, packaging and label applications.  The Neenah signature portfolio includes market leading brands such as CLASSIC®, ENVIRONMENT®, and ROYAL SUNDANCE® Papers. The company also offers envelopes in thousands of unique colors, finishes and styles. Neenah Packaging provides unique and sustainable packaging papers, boards and labels as well as custom solutions for premium and luxury packaging. With multiple manufacturing facilities, prime importance is also placed on recycled and alternative fiber products through the Neenah Green initiative. For more information on Neenah call (800) 558-5061. Follow Neenah on Twitter: @neenahpaper; subscribe to the Neenah Facebook page; or visit Against the Grain, Neenah’s blog for designers, printers and paper-lovers.

Industrial software provider, COPA-DATA UK, is inviting plant managers and engineers to register for its upcoming webinar ‘Smart Factory solutions with COPA-DATA and Microsoft Azure’. The webinar, created in collaboration with Microsoft, will be held on Thursday 7 December at 10am. Participants are invited to register for the free smart factory webinar in advance via the  COPA-DATA website.

zenon, COPA-DATA’s industrial automation software, provides seamless integration with Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform. In fact, the company was named 2017 Microsoft Partner of the Year in the ’Internet of Things’ category. The webinar will be hosted by Lee Sullivan, Regional Manager at COPA-DATA UK and expert in zenon implementation. Sullivan will discuss how ambitions of a smart factory can be made a reality by combining zenon and Microsoft Azure.

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The webinar is recommended for existing zenon customers, plant managers and engineers curious about the potential of the software for smart factory implementation. COPA-DATA will explain how manufacturing intelligence, such as predictive analytics and preventative maintenance, can be easily achieved with the collaboration of these two systems.

The free webinar follows on from COPA-DATA’s industry speech at the Smart Factory Expo 2017, where the company demonstrated how its software can be used to connect factories and supply chains, improve efficiency and increase profits.

“Storing manufacturing data in the cloud allows organisations to access their information anywhere at any time — which means that they don’t need to eat away at their own infrastructure,” explained Lee Sullivan, Regional Manager at COPA-DATA UK. “That said, the integration of Azure and zenon can provide a greater benefit than simply saving on- premises storage.

“In the webinar on December 7, we will demonstrate how effective supply chain management, global benchmarking and real-time key performance indicator (KPI) calculations can be put into practice using the combination of this technology.”

COPA-DATA has been an active member of the Microsoft Partner Network since 2005. Its software, zenon, is based on Microsoft’s latest technology, so data collected by the system can be easily integrated into the Azure cloud platform. More information on zenon can be found on the COPA-DATA website.

To register for the free webinar, visit:  http://www.copa-data.com/copa-data-and-microsofts- azure-smart-factories/?lang=en.


COPA-DATA is the technological leader for ergonomic and highly dynamic process solutions. The company, founded in 1987, develops the software zenon for HMI/SCADA, Dynamic Production Reporting and integrated PLC systems at its headquarters in Austria. zenon is sold through its own offices in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as partners and distributors throughout the world. Customers benefit from local contact persons and local support thanks to a decentralised corporate structure. As an independent company, COPA-DATA can act quickly and flexibly, continues to set new standards in functionality and ease of use and leads the market trends. Over 100,000 installed systems in more than 90 countries provide companies in the Food & Beverage, Energy & Infrastructure, Automotive and Pharmaceutical sectors with new scope for efficient automation.

On zenon

zenon is a software system from COPA-DATA for industrial automation and the energy industry. Machines and equipment are controlled, monitored and optimized. zenon’s particular strength is open and reliable communication in heterogeneous production facilities. Open interfaces and over 300 native drivers and communication protocols support the horizontal and vertical integration. This allows for continuous implementation of the Industrial IoT and the Smart Factory. Projects with zenon are highly scalable.

zenon is ergonomic, both for the engineer and for the end user. The engineering environment is flexible and can be used for a wide range of applications. The principle of “setting parameters instead of programming” helps engineers to configure projects quickly and without errors. Complex functions for comprehensive projects are supplied out-of-the-box to create intuitive and robust applications. Users can thereby contribute to increased flexibility and efficiency with zenon.