Responding to today’s report (Friday 5 January 2018) from the Environmental Audit Committee following its ‘Disposable Packaging: Coffee Cups and Plastic Bottles’ inquiry, the Paper Cup Alliance (PCA) has welcomed the recognition of industry efforts to increase recycling but cautioned against measures that hurt consumers and harm the high street economy.
Speaking on behalf of the PCA, Mike Turner said:
“Paper cups are the most sustainable and safe solution for drinks on-the-go. Consumers want to do the right thing and we’re taking steps to support that through new infrastructure and country-wide initiatives.
“The paper cups we manufacture in the UK are sustainably sourced, responsibly produced, recyclable and, through a number of facilities, are being recycled. We are committed to increasing recycling rates. Over 4,000 new recycling points were created in 2017 and a new country-wide initiative is launching during January increasing options for consumers to recycle. Taxing the morning coffee run will not address the issue of litter but it will hurt consumers and impact already struggling high streets. No packaging type is totally recycled and a ban on paper cups would hit manufacturing jobs and damage a growing service industry which makes a major contribution to UK Plc.”
New research carried out in December 2017 has shown that, while coffee sales are cushioning local retailers from a tough climate, this life-line is threatened by a potential latte levy. The consumer survey showed that 75% of Britons would visit, on average, two other shops when they popped out for a coffee and spend around £15. However, indications are that introducing a tax on coffee cups will significantly deter shoppers, with over one third saying it would negatively affect how often they visited their local high street.
The cups we produce meet the most stringent health, safety and food hygiene regulations, keeping consumers safe. Cups made by PCA members use traceable wood fibre from certified sustainable forests. As a result of sustainable forestry practices, forests in Europe have doubled since the 1950s. In Finland alone the forests are growing by 100million m3 a year meaning wood fibre for global paper cups is equivalent to only 4% of Finland’s annual production – around 15 days of tree growth in Finnish forests.
Whilst paper cups make up only 0.7% of total paper packaging waste and 0.1% of total household waste, we acknowledge that too few cups are being recycled and we are working hard across the industry to improve on this. In October 2017, organisations from across the paper cup supply chain signed an agreement with the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE UK) to accelerate UK recycling of paper cups. The cross-industry collaboration will work towards delivering a long-term, nationwide paper cup recycling solution. The programme includes:
- From January 2018 all ACE UK bring banks will accept paper cups for recycling, delivering an additional 415 recycling points located in 105 local authorities across the UK.
- Cups from these recycling points will be processed at ACE UK’s recycling facility in Halifax.
- Drawing on its experience and existing relationships with local authorities, waste management organisations and recycling bodies, ACE UK will work to include cups in local authority kerbside collections. In addition to those which collect through bring banks, 66% of local authorities currently collect beverage cartons at kerbside, and it is hoped to achieve similar levels of coverage for cups.
ACE UK has been successfully running the beverage carton industry’s recycling programme for the last ten years driving significant increases in carton recycling as part of its role as the UK beverage carton industry trade body. During this time it has worked closely with local authorities and waste management companies so that today 92% of local authorities collect beverage cartons for recycling through either bring banks or kerbside collection.
About the PCA
The Paper Cup Alliance (PCA) is made up of the eight market-leading paper cup manufacturers in the UK today, employing over 1,700 people across the country. The group was formed in 2017 to coordinate industry efforts to address the issue of paper cup recycling. PCA members are working hard to increase recycling in the UK through a variety of initiatives and through supporting the right behaviours. It aims to better communicate the industry’s efforts on paper cup recycling to reassure stakeholders that the industry takes its environmental responsibilities seriously.
PCA members are part of Pack2Go, the European Association for convenience food packaging, but are specifically focused on the issue of paper cups in the UK.
PMP (Paper Machinery Procuder) has announced today a dynamic development strategy entitled: “PMP Everest Strategy” for the next 3 years. The new Strategy is based on refreshed mission, vision and values, which are valid from the new financial year 2018 in all PMP’s divisions:
With Passion & Pride, We Create Success Together In The World Of Paper
To Be The Best Supplier of Advanced Technologies
- Team Work
Along with the new Everest Strategy, PMP is launching a new marketing campaign for 2018, entitled ”Honoring Our Past – Empowering Our Future”, that is going to show a real value of its rich history. Year 2018 is unique for all papermakers, as it is a 220th anniversary of a paper machine invented by Nicolas Louis Robert. The entire campaign is based on heritage and experience that is fueling PMP to achieve even more. Company is proud that for over 160 years it has been a part of a papermaking history. PMP believes that heritage is its foundation, a spirit that drives to action and experience that brings knowledge. It is also its pride, from which PMP draws the strength every day to provide the best value to its partners.
“Honoring Our Past – Empowering Our Future” Campaign Movie:
PMP – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, has been supporting the pulp and paper industry for over 160 years, executing projects on 6 continents, in 34 countries. Company owns 6 facilities in 4 countries (Poland, USA, China and Italy). PMP is a recognized international player in both paper & tissue industry (learn more: www.pmpgroup.com)
Commissioned in 2011, Precision Energy Services, Inc. (PES) of Hayden, Idaho, supplied the first sludge-to-energy system to Atlantic Packaging’s 111 plant location. This system replaced a combustion technology that was unable to reliably burn the wet paper mill sludge.
Precision Energy Services designed and supplied a second recycled paper mill sludge-to-energy system for Atlantic Packaging in Ontario, Canada. This system is designed to process 100,000 tons per year of paper mill sludge that was previously being sent to local area landfills. The system eliminates the cost of sludge disposal as well as reduces the cost of fossil fuels by the offset generation of plant steam.
In 2016, PES received a design, supply, supervise and startup contract for a complete biomass energy system incorporating its Fluid Bed Combustion System. PES designed the system to supply the necessary energy in the form of hot gas to dry the 60 % + MC wet basis sludge to 40% MC wet basis with the majority of the energy produced from the sludge used to generate process steam. The combined energy is produced from a single PES system without the use of natural gas. Natural gas is only used for startup of the system to obtain the required temperature for sludge feeding.
Producing process steam from the sludge-waste residuals, or biomass, promotes the plant’s green energy independence and the company’s green recycling plan by reducing the volume of waste sent to landfills.
The PES system processes recycled paper mill sludge in an environmentally sustainable and economic manner.
PES designed the complete system and supplied all the system equipment including: the wet and dry sludge storage bins, the wet sludge feed system to the dryer, a single pass rotary drum dryer, the dry sludge collection and storage bin, the dry sludge fuel metering and conveyance system, the PES Fluidized Bed Combustion System with automatic ash cleaning system, a 35,000 PPH, 250 psig waste heat boiler specially designed by PES to allow removal of the high ash quantities generated from the fuel, the boiler economizer and air heater, gas cleaning system and ash collection and storage silo.
The majority of the system was designed by PES to fit into the plant’s existing infrastructure. This allows the majority of the equipment, including the boiler system, to be inside the existing building with only the dryer, baghouse and ash silo outside of the building. A small portion of the building roof was removed to install the boiler system, although the height of equipment required a penthouse to be installed over the boiler.
The PES system receives the incoming sludge and processes it through PES’ proprietary fluid bed technology, which completely combusts the sludge leaving only an ash that is white in color with no carbon residual. This ash is collected from 9 points throughout the boiler, economizer, air heater, multiclones and baghouse and is conveyed pneumatically to an ash silo. The ash system was designed and supplied by PES to have no rotary valves, which are a constant maintenance issue on biomass boilers. The sealed ash system conveys all of the fly ash to a sealed ash silo for unloading into sealed trailers. This feature ensures that the complete boiler system is sealed from the point the fuel is pneumatically conveyed into the fluid bed combustor, providing a clean plant environment.
The ash is held in the ash silo for pick up by a nearby cement plant where it is utilized as an admixture to the concrete manufactured by the plant. The beneficial utilization of the ash from the sludge is a major advantage to the plant as there is not a requirement for ash landfilling.
Specifically, the ash produced by the boiler system has very similar properties to Kaolin clay, a feedstock which accounts for approximately 40% of cement’s composition. The sludge ash can be added (substituted) at approximately 5% by weight, and actually, improves the final concrete performance. If the ash were to be used in a Ready-Mix plant, it could be used to directly substitute cement, but the sludge ash would require grinding to a consistent, fine particle size. PES has successfully designed and implemented ash-grinding equipment in other energy systems to increase the marketability of the ash.
Mike Oswald, President of Precision Energy Services, said: “We are excited to announce that our client’s second sludge-to-energy plant was completed in early 2017. Our client will see a sufficient reduction in the plant’s overall waste disposal cost as well as a major reduction of their energy cost by the savings obtained in burning the biomass fuel to produce steam, offsetting the use of natural gas.”
About Precision Energy Services: Precision Energy Services, Inc. is a biomass company that specializes in the design and supply of biomass energy systems. Our mission is to help our clients achieve their goal of being more environmentally sustainable and increase their energy independence through the use of wood waste, biomass and organic waste residuals that would otherwise be disposed of.
Visit www.pes-world.com for more information.
On December 22, 2017, President of the United States signed tax reform legislation which includes, among other things, a reduction in the USA federal corporate income tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent from the beginning of the tax year 2018.
The change will have a favorable impact on Metso's effective tax rate going forward. In the financial year 2017, the change will reduce Metso's deferred tax asset. According to a preliminary analysis, Metso estimates to report a reduction in deferred tax asset of approximately EUR 10 million in Q4 2017 and a corresponding deferred tax expense in the income statement.
The change in the deferred tax asset does not have any cash flow effect. Additionally, the change does not impact the time frame when the deferred tax asset is expected to be utilized.
Metso is a world leading industrial company serving the mining, aggregates, recycling, oil, gas, pulp, paper and process industries. We help our customers improve their operational efficiency, reduce risks and increase profitability by using our unique knowledge, experienced people and innovative solutions to build new, sustainable ways of growing together.
Our products range from mining and aggregates processing equipment and systems to industrial valves and controls. Our customers are supported by a broad scope of services and a global network of over 80 service centers and about 6,000 services professionals. Metso has an uncompromising attitude towards safety.
Metso is listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki in Finland and had sales of about EUR 2.6 billion in 2016. Metso employs over 11,000 people in more than 50 countries. Expect results.
For further information, please contact:
Jarno Siivola, Vice President, Tax, Metso Corporation, tel. +358 50 468 1856
PMP is proud to announce the beginning of a partnership with Rollmeister Inc. Rollmeister became PMP’s tier-one supplier for roll services in the US market, expanding PMP’s portfolio together with PMP Americas Inc.
PMP Americas is one of PMP’s divisions, located in Machesney Park, Illinois, USA. PMP’s US division expands its portfolio by offering new replacement simple felt, spool and wire rolls as well as more complex rolls such as suction rolls and cc rolls in the North American market place. PMP Americas is leveraging their manufacturing plants in Poland and Asia to get optimum cost solutions while at the same time maintaining the same high quality final product. A flexible approach and on time delivery are the main priorities for PMP Americas. Engineering is provided out of the Illinois office as the best way to ensure high quality service.
In addition to the new offerings, PMP Americas has signed an agreement with Rollmeister, Inc. located in Neenah, Wisconsin. This agreement provides a PMP Service Center for PMP's roll market.
Rollmeister is a recognized service supplier in the Midwest of the USA with an excellent reputation for high quality service and competitive pricing and understands customers’ needs and expectations in the market. They have been serving the paper industry for the past 23 years. Rollmeister has expertise in precision roll grinding, suction roll maintenance, paper machine roll inspection and roll mechanical repairs for the paper industry. Their team is comprised of highly skilled personnel that have an average of over 25 years of experience.
“I am very excited with the new partnership with PMP. This will allow Rollmeister to service more rolls in the North American market. It also gives us the engineering expertise that we did not currently have in our offerings. We each bring our own specialties to this partnership which will benefit current and future customers.” Mike Waller – President Rollmeister, Inc.
An official announcement was made during an Open House that took place on the 26th of September 2017 at Rollmeister’s facility in Neenah, Wisconsin, USA. The event was a great opportunity to present Rollmeister’s capabilities and announce the partnership to local mills. The event was supported by government representatives including Neenah Mayor - Mr. Dean Kaufert, State Representative - Mr. Mike Rohrkaste and District Director - Mr. Bill Kloiber.
After signing and announcing the agreement, both companies are working toward the common goal of growing the business in North America by offering high quality products and services for the paper industry.
“It is my pleasure to announce the partnership between PMP and Rollmeister. I believe Rollmeister’s dedication and experience will bring exceptional value to PMP’s business in North America. The Rollmeister team has impressive capabilities and their work ethic and management style blends well with our company. We are looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship.” – Rocky Matuska – General Manager PMP Americas, Inc.
Kemira, the leading global chemicals company serving customers in pulp & paper industry and other water intensive industries, announces price increases of up to 25% for its process chemical product lines.
The price adjustment of process chemicals are a result of challenging key raw material and energy supply situation as well as the rising transportation cost of raw material and finished goods.
The price increases of the process chemicals will become effective on January 1st, 2018 or as contracts and other conditions allow.
For more information:
Senior Vice President, Head of Kemira Pulp & Paper APAC
Director, Product Lines, Kemira Pulp & Paper APAC
Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries. We provide expertise, application know-how and chemicals that improve our customers' product quality, process and resource efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas and water treatment. In 2016, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.4 billion and 4,800 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.
Next spring, PulPaper will bring the world’s best experts together in Helsinki to explore digitalisation, biorefinery development and breakthrough innovations. The seminars will feature top international speakers from Japan, North America and other parts of the world, as well as renowned Finnish business leaders and researchers. PulPaper 2018 will be held at Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre from 29 to 31 May.
The 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. During the event, the two-day Pulpaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. More than 40 Finnish and international experts, researchers and company representatives are scheduled to give presentations at this top seminar. The conference will consist of keynote speeches for all participants and a selection of themed conference programmes.
The first keynote speaker will be Maria Strömme, Professor of Nanotechnology at Uppsala University, who will envision innovative products of the future. The second keynote speech will be given by Ilkka Hämälä, the next President and CEO of Metsä Group. He will describe how the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski integrates the traditional pulp industry with the manufacture of new bioproducts.
After these keynote speeches, which are intended for everyone, attendees can choose from a range of interesting themed conference programmes that will be held concurrently. The themes include breakthrough innovations in the industry, biorefinery development, changes in consumer behaviour and the opportunities ushered in by digitalisation. Researchers will present current research results and company representatives will tell about how innovations are harnessed in business operations.
Innovations yield high performance and productivity
One of the themed seminars will revolve around innovations: what are the big innovations that are revolutionising the industry and how are they utilised? Heiner Grussenmeyer, Director, Group R&D of Stora Enso, will present a research project seeking breakthrough technology for the manufacture of chemical pulp. Professor Tapani Vuorinen from Aalto University will tell about a new catalytic bleaching method that is currently under development and has the potential to yield substantial cost-savings.
- Domestic innovations improve the image of Finnish companies and their opportunities to thrive in international competition. Finland has long had a strong position in the development of pulp manufacturing technology. If it proves to be successful, catalytic bleaching can significantly reduce the capital and operating costs of the bleaching process through a manyfold increase in chemical reaction efficiency in bleaching. Pulp industry suppliers will also benefit from this development, enabling them to respond to the needs of their customers better, says Tapani Vuorinen, Professor of Wood Chemistry at Aalto University.
Another overarching theme related to innovations is the development of new biorefinery concepts. Professor Lew Cristopher from Lakehead University will analyse the opportunities companies can reap from switching over to new biorefinery concepts. Olli Dahl, Professor of Environmental Technology within Process Industry at Aalto University, will assess the business opportunities of the new biorefinery planned for Kemijärvi, and Gisle Løhre Johansen, SVP, Business Development and R&D at the Norwegian company Borregaard will present the operations of a Norwegian mill operating under this principle.
Changes in customer behaviour and digitalisation
Digitalisation and its impacts on industry will comprise one of the seminar themes. Danish futurist Rolf Ask Clausen will analyse how digitalisation and technological development change the business models of companies. Petri Vasara from Pöyry’s BioFutures unit will evaluate how digitalisation impacts on companies in the forest industry. Real-life examples of companies illustrating this theme are found in the packaging industry and media.
Digitalisation and innovations will also be showcased at stands presenting the latest practical applications to customers. Pöyry’s stand will present the new business opportunities ushered in by digitalisation and new innovations over the entire value chain.
- As we operate in an increasingly networked environment, we expect that we’ll meet an even broader range of visitors at PulPaper, including industrial players, technology suppliers and start-ups representing many different sectors, from digitalisation to advanced technology innovations, says Marika Hahtala, Marketing & Sales Support Manager at Pöyry.
Two presentations will delve even deeper into the theme of digitalisation. Janne Öhman, CEO of Siemens, will present a forest industry digitalisation project being carried out with VTT, and Satu Kiiskinen, EVP, Industrial and Consumer Services at Tieto Corporation, will discuss the possibilities of the use of big data and industrial Internet in the forest industry.
PulPaper, Wood, PacTec Helsinki and 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. PulPaper is an international forest industry event that includes an exhibition, seminars and other programmes, an evening programme and visits to Finnish mills. About 400 companies will participate in the exhibition and around 14,000 visitors are expected. The PulPaper Conference will be held from 30 to 31 May. An admission fee is charged. In addition, the Business Forum seminar and 3D Printing of Biomaterials event will be organised in connection with PulPaper on 29 May (an admission fee is charged). An evening party for industry professionals will be held on 30 May. Free information briefings will be held in the exhibition area daily. Visits to Metsä Group’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill and Kotkamills’ board mill will be organised on 31 May and 1 June.
Valmet will supply three Valmet IQ Moisturizer systems to Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd and Thai Cane Paper Public Co., Ltd. Both companies are under SCG Packaging in Thailand. Three moisturizers with moisture CD control will be installed at PM6 and PM7 at Wangsala mill and PM11 at Prachinburi mill. With the new solution, the mills will be able to improve the board quality on paper machines.
The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The deliveries are expected to take place during the first two quarters of 2018.
The order is a natural continuation after Valmet IQ Moisturizers' success at SCG Packaging's other paper machines.
"We expect to improve the CD moisture 2-sigma variation at least by 40%, which is quite challenging. Other mills in our group that have been equipped with the latest Valmet moisturizer solution, such as Siam Kraft's PM1, PM3, PM5, PM8, PM16, PM17 and mill at Thai Paper Glassine, have been satisfied with Valmet IQ Moisturizer's performance. We believe this latest solution will help us to improve the moisture profiles overall and increase the production," says Mr. Suteephong Sumphaophok, Manager, Plant Reliability and Engineering, Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd.
"SCG Packaging has trusted Valmet's moisturizer technology in various other projects we have done over the years. The repeat order of these three moisturizers show that our performance has met the customer need and they continue to invest in technology and service they trust," says Hannu Yrjölä, Sales & Service Manager, South East Asia, Automation, Valmet.
Technical information about Valmet IQ Moisturizer
Valmet IQ Moisturizers are part of the Valmet IQ product family for monitoring and optimizing process performance and end-product quality.
Valmet IQ Moisturizer is the industry's most advanced family of moisturizing systems. The air-atomized micro-droplet nozzle, combined with a linear water control valve and an electromechanical actuator with position feedback, is an application-matched solution for all paper and board makers for moisture profile improvement, curl control and moisture level increase.
Information about SCG Packaging
SCG Packaging offers a diverse range of products and services to address every application need such as paper packaging, flexible packaging, food safety packaging, pre-print technology and an offset printing system. The company aims to deliver a broad spectrum of innovative products and services as well as packaging solutions for its customers.
For further information, please contact:
Hannu Yrjölä, Sales & Service Manager, South East Asia, Automation, Valmet, tel. +66817541286, email@example.com
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.
Updated estimates show that the investment costs for BillerudKorsnäs' new board machine in Gruvön may increase by approximately 20 percent compared to previously announced investment cost of a total of SEK 5.7 billion.
The increase of the investment is mainly due to higher costs for the construction work. The production on the new machine is still expected to start during the first quarter of 2019.
"The cost increase is of course not good, and we have worked very hard throughout the project to keep the budget for the project. Unfortunately, we have had a difficult development on the construction side, which will lead to an increase of the investment. We are still seeing a strong development in the liquid packaging segment and other packaging materials that will be manufactured on the machine. We are convinced that we will be perfectly positioned to satisfy global demand in this market with this investment”, says Christer Simrén, BillerudKorsnäs, Senior Vice President and COO.
For more information, please contact:
Susanne Lithander, CFO, +46 8 553 335 00
This information constituted inside information before publication. This is information that BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ) is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 12:30 CET on 18 December 2017
Pöyry is ramping up its investment in digitalisation with the establishment of its #PoyryDigital transformation team. The international management consulting and engineering company earlier this year announced #PoyryDigital, the umbrella name for its digital solutions, which has already resulted in 17 new digital services, ranging from 'Smart Water' to 'Pöyry Innovation Link': www.poyry.com/digital.
Leading the team, Stephen Woodhouse, Director, Management Consulting Business Group and global energy markets expert and has been appointed as Chief Digital Officer. Stephen, together with the #PoyryDigital team, will help deliver added value to our clients by stimulating, incubating and connecting the many exciting digital developments taking place across Pöyry.
"Digitalisation is a hugely disruptive force and is transforming our clients' businesses across the energy, industry and infrastructure sectors," says Martin à Porta, President and CEO, Pöyry PLC. I want Pöyry to offer its clients the most digitally advanced solutions on the market and this is why we are putting digital at the heart of what we do. Stephen and the #PoyryDigital team will help accelerate the many innovative digital developments being pioneered by our team of 5500 talented intrapreneurs."
"Pöyry is transforming its business culture to become one of the most digitally-advanced consulting and engineering companies in the world," says Stephen Woodhouse. In my experience clients are increasingly looking for digital expertise integrated with deep insight and engineering know-how. Our experts are helping clients to transform their operations by taking advantage of IOT, Industry 4.0, big data and AI to increase efficiency, safety and performance. We are engaging our own intrapreneurs, our partners and clients in a digital dialogue to help solve our clients' needs."
Martin à Porta
President & CEO, Pöyry PLC
+41 44 355 5525
Chief Digital Officer, Pöyry
+44 7970 572444
Did You Know? Pöyry announced 17 new #PoyryDigital services in 2017: www.poyry.com/digital.
Pöyry is an international consulting and engineering company. We deliver smart solutions across power generation, transmission & distribution, forest industry, chemicals & biorefining, mining & metals, transportation and water. Pöyry's net sales in 2016 were EUR 530 million. The company's shares are quoted on Nasdaq Helsinki (POY1V). Approximately 5500 experts. 40 countries. 130 offices.