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AURELIUS Equity Opportunities SE & Co. KGaA (ISIN DE000A0JK2A8) (“Aurelius” or “the Group”), the listed mid-market pan-European investor, today announces the acquisition of Abelan Board Industrial S.L. (“Abelan” or “the Company”), a major producer of core board and solid board packaging products operating out of Southern Europe, from PHI Industrial. The deal represents AURELIUS’ third acquisition in the European packaging sector since 2015 and will further strengthen the Group’s operations in this market. The financial terms of the deal are undisclosed; completion of the transaction remains subject to clearance of customary conditions.

  • Deal represents Aurelius’ third acquisition in the European packaging sector since 2015
  • Three manufacturing facilities in Spain and France
  • Projected revenues of c.€70m in 2017
  • Closing expected for end December 2017

2017 11 30 100345Founded in 1911, Abelan has grown to be one of Europe’s leading providers of core board and solid board packaging solutions. The Company is headquartered in San Andrés in northern Spain and employs c.250 people across three manufacturing facilities in Spain and France. It is projected to generate revenues of approximately €70m in 2017. Abelan has two key areas of expertise: the production of core board, for cardboard tubes, boxes and other applications within packaging, and its solid board packaging division, which supplies a large variety of boxes and trays to major distribution brands in the European agricultural, meat, flower and various other industries.

Managing Director of Abelan, Simón Roda, will continue to lead the Company. Following completion of the deal, the operations of Abelan will be combined with those of AURELIUS investee company Solidus Solutions (“Solidus”), one of Europe’s leading producers of solid board, graphic board and solid board packaging with c.1,000 employees. Solidus already has significant market share in Europe with production facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK, having integrated its sites after AURELIUS acquired the Northern European activities of Abelan in June 2016, as well as dedicated sales offices in France and Norway. AURELIUS’ acquisition of Abelan, and the integration of its production facilities and customer base into Solidus, will create significant synergies across both companies’ production, purchasing and sales. In addition, it will strengthen Solidus’ access to Southern European markets and establish Solidus as a leading player in the areas of solid board, graphic board and core board.

AURELIUS board member Gert Purkert commented, “We are extremely pleased to be announcing AURELIUS’ acquisition of Abelan, a company performing impressively in a sector in which AURELIUS has previously invested. This strategic acquisition will enable Solidus to further diversify its operations geographically, realise significant synergies, accelerate its growth into a leading pan-European mid-market business and establish itself as a true champion in the areas of solid board, graphic board and core board. Following the successful investment in Tavex Europe, this deal also highlights AURELIUS’ continued commitment to the Iberian Peninsula, supported by its local office in Madrid.”

WWF today presents the results of the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017, a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packaging sector. Compared to 2015, BillerudKorsnäs has increased their scores by 5 percentage points in the subcategories Responsible Fibre Sourcing and Clean Manufacturing, leading also to a better overall score.

billkorlogoBillerudKorsnäs is since 2011 a participant in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) and has during this period demonstrated transparency and continuous improvement. This year, in the product category Packaging, 73.9 percent (70,6)* was achieved, an improvement of 3.3 percentage points. In the subcategories Responsible Fibre Sourcing and Clean Manufacturing, 74 percent (69) respectively 70 percent (65) were achieved, corresponding to an improvement of five percentage points each. As in the 2015 index, BillerudKorsnäs scores high in terms of transparency with 78 percent (78) in the subcategory Reporting & EMS.

“Transparency is crucial for promoting sustainability in the value chain and also an important tool in providing stakeholders with information for their evaluation of BillerudKorsnäs performance” said Louise Wohrne, Sustainability Manager at BillerudKorsnäs. “It is very gratifying to see that our company´s efforts to improve are reflected in WWF´s evaluation and our scores on responsible sourcing and clean production.”

“Paper is a renewable, recyclable material, with a potentially lower footprint than substitute materials if managed and produced responsibly. However, the sector's size and impacts are expanding”, said Cecilia Alcoreza, WWF´s global lead on Sustainable Paper and Packaging. “This is why it is crucial for companies to demonstrate leadership in transparency and a commitment to continual improvement, reducing the sector´s forest, climate and water footprint.”

About WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index
Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) is a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packaging sector. EPCI tracks how a company´s performance on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting changes over time. The Index is based on voluntary data disclosure by invited participants on over 50 indicators that WWF considers important for a company´s ecological footprint. WWF publishes collated results company by company and shows a historical timeline since 2013. https://epci.panda.org

Read the full report at https://epci.panda.org/results/billerudkorsnas

* Figures in brackets refer to WWF Environmental Paper Company Index 2015

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

WWF presents the results of the Environmental Paper Company Index 2017, a WWF tool to promote transparency and continual improvement in the global pulp, paper and packaging sector. The Index is published for the fifth time. Together, the EPCI 2017 participants from Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and North America disclose the environmental performance of 26% of the world´s tissue, 23% of the world´s graphic paper, 17% of the world´s newsprint, 9% of the world´s packaging and 15% of the world´s pulp. South America has taken a leadership role in participation this year with the disclosure of over 50% of the total volume of pulp and paper produced in the region.

2015 03 18 115559“The willingness by many companies to participate every two years in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index, many for the third time, is an important signal that transparency is increasingly valued across the globe and that the EPCI is positively received as a voluntary mechanism to encourage this transparency” said Alistair Monument, Leader, WWF Forest Practice.

WWF´s EPCI tracks how a company´s performance on responsible sourcing, clean production and EMS/reporting changes over time. The Index is based on voluntary data disclosure by invited participants on over 50 indicators that WWF considers important for a company´s ecological footprint. WWF publishes collated results company by company and shows a historical timeline since 2013. By doing so, the Index helps track companies’ and also the sectors’ journey towards sustainability. Find the results of all participating companies on epci.panda.org.

“WWF´s EPCI is a valuable tool for companies to reflect on their operations,” said Trevor Walter, WWF´s Pulp and Paper Southern Alliance Coordinator. “Given the scale and footprint of the industry in our region, it is heartening to see more South American companies participating in the EPCI than ever before, and we hope this will encourage further transparency in the sector.” 33% of the pulp purchased globally comes from South America. Over half of all pulp and paper exports from the region go to China and the EU and demand as well as production continue to increase.

“Paper is a renewable, recyclable material, with a potentially lower footprint than substitute materials if managed and produced responsibly. However, the sector's size and impacts are expanding”, said Cecilia Alcoreza, WWF´s global lead on Sustainable Paper and Packaging. “This is why it is crucial for companies to demonstrate leadership in transparency and a commitment to continual improvement, reducing the sector´s forest, climate and water footprint.”

The bi-annual Environmental Paper Company Index started in its current form in 2010 and has since increased in scale and global reach.

The 2013, 2015 and 2017 Index results are comparable and allow assessments of continual improvement over time. Due to some changes in the methodology, the results of 2010 and 2011 are not fully comparable to the later evaluations. Company scores are not ranked.

WWF’s Living Forests Report 1 projects paper production and consumption may double in the next three decades, and overall wood consumption may triple.

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organizations, with over 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of the earth's natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world's biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption.

Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) has just released the company's latest corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, building on a history of sustainable commitment to our customers, employees, communities and the environment. The report shares data from the past two years, providing a comprehensive update on the company's performance on environmental, social and governance topics that matter most to Clearwater Paper stakeholders involved with or impacted by our company.

ClearwaterPaper logo01"At Clearwater Paper, we look at sustainability as a continuous improvement journey that reflects our strong commitment to being part of the solution in a changing and challenging world," said Linda Massman, president and CEO. "As such, we are pleased to present this CSR report, which was developed using current Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines."

Highlights from the report include:

  • 68 percent reduction in waste to landfill since 2012
  • 10 percent reduction in water usage since 2012
  • 23 percent reduction in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) since 2012
  • 9 percent reduction in recordable safety incidents since 2012

This latest report is the company's first using GRI principles and policies. GRI helps businesses and governments worldwide understand and communicate their impact on critical sustainability issues such as climate change, human rights, governance and social well-being. This enables real action to create social, environmental and economic benefits for everyone. The GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards are developed with true multi-stakeholder contributions and rooted in the public interest. https://www.globalreporting.org.

The report can be found at http://www.clearwaterpaper.com/environmental-performance/csr.


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

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), in collaboration with the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and FPInnovations issued Product Category Rules (PCR) for Market Pulp, Paper and Paperboard, Containerboard and Tissue products manufactured in North America.

logo twisidesThe PCR provides rules and requirements for conducting paper product life cycle assessment (LCA) reports as well as developing Type III Environmental Product Declarations that communicate the environmental footprint of products to customers. The PCR development process included the participation of a broad stakeholder group including manufacturers, trade associations, government agencies, non-government organizations, retail representatives, independent parties, academia and other Environmental Product Declarations program operators.

“This PCR has been approved by an independent peer review panel of recognized LCA experts,” said Debbie Steckel, Executive Director of the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment.  “It conforms to the requirements of ISO International Standards, providing consistent and transparent environmental evaluation standards with the highest degree of credibility.”

Lal Mahalle, project leader for FPInnovations, said, “Paper buyers can feel confident that product sustainability documentation using our PCR guidance covers the environmental impact categories that are published in recognized scientific literature and are most relevant to pulp and paper products made in North America”.

The PCR is available on the FPInnovations website:

PCR for North American Pulp Market Pulp, Paper and Paperboard Products, Tissue and Containerboard

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately four percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 45 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper

In January 2018, the Cham Paper Group will simultaneously start two architectural study assignment procedures for the first two partial stages of the development of the Papieri site (papieri-cham.ch). With these two stages, around 80 owner-occupied and 130 rented apartments as well as 30 budget-priced residential units will be realized over a staggered period of time, which - together with approx. 9,000 m2 of service and commercial space - are expected to be ready for occupancy from 2021 onwards.

chamFor each of the two partial stages, five invited architectural offices will draw up concrete project proposals. After the summer holidays 2018, the best submissions will be selected so that appropriate building applications can then be prepared and submitted to the authorities.

The preconditions for this next step in area development were created by the approvals of the zoning plan and the rezoning of the Papieri site, which were granted by the government council of the Canton of Zug in October 2017.

At the beginning of October 2017, Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG additionally transferred the entire real estate business with asset transfer agreement to its subsidiary Cham Immobilien AG, Cham.

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.

DS Smith UK partners with Laithwaites to bring indulgent, on-trend wine and beer advent calendars to consumers this festive season.

To maximise sales around the Christmas period and continue to innovate its offer, Laithwaites – the UK’s number one destination for buying wine online – approached DS Smith UK’s packaging division to design advent calendars for its wine and new craft beer ranges.

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The design, which won the Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods accolade at the 2017 UK Packaging Awards, needed to be robust enough to meet the demands of the e-commerce supply chain yet stand out in the competitive advent calendar marketplace. Laithwaites required a model that was easy to assemble and pack on site, presented the drinks in a way that reflected a more traditional advent calendar, and incorporated simple-to-follow instructions for the consumer. The print also had to be the highest quality to bring the pack to life and capture a real festive feel.

DS Smith embraced this challenging brief and worked closely with Laithwaites to create an innovative design that was attractive to look at, but could also protect the glass bottles in transit and support the 9kg and 13kg weight of the packs. DS Smith were able to achieve this by using its industry-leading technology DISCS™ – which replicates each part of the product journey for testing (Drop, Impact, Shock, Crush, Shake) to ensure the packaging was up to the rigours of the real-world supply chain.

Rob Carle, Head of E-commerce sales at DS Smith UK, said: “Laithwaites is always pushing the boundaries of what is possible with online shopping and is keen to give its customers a sense of theatre in the home – something our packaging can deliver. Our DISCS™ technology provided invaluable insights, which enabled us to create a pack proven to best protect the fragile cargo and deliver a beautifully-designed premium product to consumers. We’re absolutely delighted that the design was recognised at the UK Packaging Awards.”

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Andy Hawker from Laithwaites commented: “The final design is just what we hoped for and the award win is just the cherry on top! We knew DS Smith were the right people to design a pack that would both protect the bottles and appeal to our customers. We expect this year’s sales to exceed 2016 and that wine and beer lovers across the country will be having a very merry advent season thanks to these innovative new products!”

The Laithwaites Advent gift pack won the Corrugated: Online Retail and Consumer Goods Award at the UK Packaging Awards, which took place on 22 November 2017.

About DS Smith

DS Smith operates in over 36 countries and employs around 26,000 people. Using the combined expertise of our four divisions – Packaging, Recycling, Paper and Plastics – we work with customers to deliver solutions that reduce complexity and deliver results throughout the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit www.dssmith.com.

DS Smith is the UK’s leading supplier of corrugated packaging. Our comprehensive product range includes retail ready packaging, transit cases, consumer units, packs printed for gift and POS applications, and heavy duty packaging for industry. DS Smith’s national network of manufacturing plants service thousands of customers, from multinationals to local businesses.

Using PackRight®, our unique way of working, our highly-skilled people work closely with customers to specify packaging that achieves real results. Typically our customers achieve sales growth, or reductions in cost, waste and carbon at every stage of the Supply Cycle. For more information, visit


Friday, 24 November 2017 08:53

Södra invests in more forestry drones

Södra is now investing in more forestry drones. This digital technology speeds up the work of field staff at the same time as it makes it more comprehensive and safer.

“We have identified numerous applications where drones can enhance the efficiency of forestry work, not least when making inventories of storm-damaged forests. By purchasing equipment and investing in raising skills, we are taking another step towards the development of tomorrow’s digital forestry operations,” said Johan Malmqvist, Project Manager at Södra.

Since the end of 2015, Södra has trialled the use of drones for applications including inventories of forest damage. Test outcomes have been favourable and major potential has been identified for the digital technology moving forward. This summer, the Swedish Camera Monitoring Act was amended, which has simplified the use of drones in forestry.

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Södra is now taking further steps with digital development in the form of a considerable investment in drone technology and personnel skills development.

“We have purchased drone equipment for all our forestry operations areas and, in the autumn, we trained 51 of our forestry professionals as drone pilots. This means we are now well equipped to further develop use of the technology,” said Johan Malmqvist.

Drones are digital aids that enhance the efficiency of manual tasks for Södra’s field staff.

“The technology is extremely cost-efficient. It is possible to obtain a good overview of the forest in very little time. The major advantage is from not having to waste unnecessary amounts of time on checks. Drones enable you to quickly see if and where a manual inspection or action is required. This enables more efficient work methods that, by extension, benefit our forest owner members. Moreover, drones make work safer for forest inspectors, not least when making inventories of windfalls following a storm,” said Johan Malmqvist.

But drone technology is not only of great benefit when making inventories of forest damage.

“For example, another potentially useful application is planting and cleaning. Gathering decision data for deciding actions and planning is another. An eye in the sky provides a much-improved view of conditions than looking through dense forest at ground level,” said Johan Malmqvist.

For more information, please contact:
Johan Malmqvist, Project Manager at Södra Skog
Tel: +46 (0)470 893 69
E-mail: johan.malmqvist@sodra.com

Södra was founded in 1938 and is the largest forest-owner association in Sweden, with a membership of more than 50,000 forest owners. We engage in modern and responsible forestry, and operate state-of-the-art mills in which we process our raw material. Through value-generating relationships and a long-term approach, Södra is leading the way for the next generation of forestry.

SKF's latest Rolling Bearings Catalogue is packed with new features to help customers choose the optimum bearing arrangement for their project

The latest edition of SKF's popular Rolling Bearings Catalogue is now available online. The authors have aimed to make this new publication an essential engineering reference for users of rolling bearings, covering their appropriate selection, configurations and applications, and providing detailed guidance on correct installation procedures to ensure long and trouble-free service life.

2017 11 24 084932The Engineering Section has been completely rewritten and now includes a step-by-step bearing selection guide - the 'Bearings Selection Process' - which makes it much easier for customers to select the right bearing arrangement for their particular machine or project. This innovative new tool, which benefits from SKF's extensive experience of rolling bearing design, installation and in-service care, is also available as an online engineering resource for OEMs, SKF approved distributors and other end-users.

The Engineering Section also includes a thermal analysis feature that can be used to highlight the influence of friction losses on clearance. A new 'Popular Items' feature has also been introduced; designed to speed and simplify the process of ordering bearings from SKF's commonly used product lines, this feature uses a special icon placed against products that are always available directly from stock due to their popularity.

The catalogue's online content is regularly updated to ensure that the very latest products are included along with the current SKF assortment, and that all obsolete items are removed from the Product Tables as soon as they are withdrawn from the catalogue.

As a global publication the new Rolling Bearings Catalogue is available in a number of languages, including German, Spanish, French, Italian, Polish, Portugese, Russian, Czech and Simplified Chinese. To Access the online copy in any of these languages, please visit www.skf.com

The new catalogue will be available in print in English during spring 2018.

SKF is a leading global supplier of bearings, seals, mechatronics, lubrication systems, and services which include technical support, maintenance and reliability services, engineering consulting and training. SKF is represented in more than 130 countries and has around 17,000 distributor locations worldwide. Annual sales in 2016 were SEK 72 787 million and the number of employees was 44 868. www.skf.com   

® SKF is a registered trademark of the SKF Group.

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sheeting centre business in Baienfurt, Germany to Pyroll, a Finnish converting firm. The sheeting centre operations started in April 2009 and is 100% owned by Stora Enso.

stora new 2017This divestment supports Stora Enso’s growth strategy for its consumer board business, where the focus is to generate value to customers by being the global benchmark in high quality virgin fibre carton board. Running sheeting centre operations is not part of Stora Enso’s core business. The new owner has sheeting operations as its core and is in a better position to further develop Baienfurt. Stora Enso will remain a key customer to the Baienfurt sheeting centre.

The transaction is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2018 and it is not expected to have any significant effect on the net debt or financials of Stora Enso. The sheeting centre employs approximately 60 people excluding outsourced personnel and had sales of EUR 15 million in 2016.

About the buyer
Pyroll is one of the leading paper, cardboard, paperboard, and plastic converters in the Nordic countries. Today Pyroll employs nearly 600 people, and turnover is about 100 million euros. Operations are divided into three business branches: Pyroll Packages, Pyroll Paper Merchant, and Pyroll Converting.

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