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For the 15th time, the international exhibition PAP-FOR 2018 will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia from November 13th to 16th. The German company emtec Electronic GmbH will attend together with the Russian representative Sigma Micron International Ltd. An interesting selection of their innovative testing instruments for the pulp, paper, tissue, converting and packaging industry is shown at booth no. E39 in pavilion F.

The latest innovation, the ACA Ash Content Analyzer enables the determination of the mineral filler content of a paper or board within seconds and without combustion, that means without destruction of the samples. Both, the total mineral filler content, as well as the individual filler components (e.g. calcium carbonate, kaolin/talcum, titanium dioxide, iron oxide) and their percentage distribution are measured.

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Besides this, the well-known EST12 emtec Surface & Sizing

Tester will be displayed at the booth. This device is used to determine important paper surface properties such as surface hydrophobia / sizing as well as the surface porosity, which influence printability, coatability and gluability of paper and board.

Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the three basic parameters, which determine the human feeling, the softness, roughness and stiffness. From these three, an overall hand feel value can be calculated. The availability of the three individual parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.

Furthermore, the smallest and lightest state-of-the-art devices for the wet-end are presented in St. Petersburg. The CAS touch! measures the particle charge and the FPA touch! measures the surface charge of fibers (zeta potential). Both devices help to get information about the efficiency of the chemicals, which are added during the paper, board and tissue production.

The important rebuilding operation was successfully completed by A.Celli Paper and ended with the start-up of the Israeli customer's machine

In early October, the Customer Service team at A.Celli Paper launched the Tissue Machine TM1 of Shaniv Paper Industries Ltd, the second largest Israeli paper manufacturer for home use.

The operation consisted in the supply of a new reel, an innovative DCS system, a set of more efficient motors, renewed roller equipment and the relative drives. The dryer roller (Yankee Dryer) was also insulated by shielding the heads with a layer of coating.

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The operation, completed by a team of qualified technicians, allowed the machine to reach the speed of 1500 mpm for the production of high quality tissue paper.

The ambitious project was carried out in full compliance with the client's expectations, which complimented the team of A.Celli Paper for the excellent work performed.

The technicians will also accompany the customer's operators during this first post-start phase, for a brief period of baby sitting based on the well-known spirit of partnership that has always distinguished the A.Celli Group.

Toscotec will act as a turnkey supplier and provide a complete AHEAD-1.5S tissue production line to C.A.S. Paper Mill in Sing Buri, Thailand. The delivery is scheduled for 2019 and the start-up for the first quarter of 2020.

The turnkey supply includes the AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine, equipped with a second generation Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD, Toscotec’s shoe press technology TT NextPress and steam-heated hybrid hoods TT Milltech-HYH. The paper width is 2,850 mm, the maximum operating speed is 1,850 m/min, with a daily production of over 90 tons.

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Toscotec will provide its proprietary Distributed Control System TT DCS and the Quality Control System (QCS), the machine’s dust and mist removal systems, an offline shaft puller and a jumbo roll wrapping system. A tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-M is also part of the supply, along with its complete electrification & control system, and dust removal system. It features three unwind stands and it handles parent rolls of 3,000 mm diameter, with a design speed of 1,700 m/min.

The scope also includes the stock preparation equipment and accessories, the patented TT SAF (Short Approach Flow), and a fiber recovery system.

Toscotec will supply the tissue machine’s erection, and the supervision of erection, commissioning and start-up. As part of the service packages, the Italian manufacturer will also provide its new YES-CONNECT-VISION helmet camera system, which allows the mill’s maintenance technicians to connect remotely with Toscotec’s YES specialists, who guide them to solve the problem onsite.

This project follows C.A.S. Group’s plan to pursue its diversification by entering the tissue business. The Thai Group selected Toscotec to invest for the first time in the tissue industry, considering the Italian supplier’s 30-year experience in the design and management of turnkey projects, on almost 40 different plants across four continents.

Mr. Torpong Thongcharoen, Managing Director of C.A.S. Paper Mill, said: “As newcomers in the tissue business, we conducted a very thorough survey prior to the selection of the tissue machine supplier. Finally, we selected Toscotec, because they presented the most satisfactory design, in line with our requirements in the areas of available energy resources and final product range. We needed one turnkey line to produce top quality products, ranging from low basis weight to towel tissue. Toscotec offered a complete supply and the most compelling design, which was confirmed by what we saw while visiting their references in Asia”.

“We were happy to see that C.A.S. Paper Mill readily adopted the energy saving concept of our AHEAD-1.5S tissue machine. The energy saving technology at the core of this design has been successfully running in tissue mills for over a decade now, especially in Asia. TT NextPress gives the added value of the utmost flexibility, with high level of control automation for an easy regulation, and efficient maintenance” said Gabriele Martinelli, Toscotec Sales Manager Asia & Pacific.

About C.A.S. Paper Mill Co., Ltd.

C.A.S. Paper Mill Co., Ltd is part of the Charoen Aksorn Holding Group (C.A.S. Group). Established in 1963, C.A.S. group is a well-known paper trading company in Thailand. In 2013, the Group acquired a newsprint mill which had been operating since 1994, from Norske Skog (Thailand), and is now known as C.A.S. Paper Mill. C.A.S. Paper Mill operates Singburi mill, a pulp and paper mill in Sing Buri, Thailand. 

For further information, please contact:

Marco Dalle Piagge, Sales Director, Toscotec Tissue division, marco.dallepiagge@toscotec.com

Gabriele Martinelli, Sales Manager Asia & Pacific, Toscotec Tissue division, gabriele.martinelli@toscotec.com

Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report 2017 has been included in the top ten sustainability reports globally according to the latest Reporting matters publication by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).

In WBCSD’s Reporting matters publication, Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report is praised for its disclosure of internal sustainability management processes. The external assurance of the report’s sustainability information also received good feedback as it strengthens the credibility of Stora Enso’s disclosure.

stora new 2017“We are proud of our transparent reporting being acknowledged,” says Noel Morrin, EVP Sustainability at Stora Enso. “It is especially encouraging to see that the four-tier reporting structure we use to present the most material opportunities and challenges is recognised as good practice.”

“In addition to being coherent and highly informative, good reporting requires continuous development. Our report should reflect our ambition to ensure a positive contribution to society and meeting the challenges along the way,” Ulrika Lilja, EVP Communications at Stora Enso, concludes.

“We are pleased to highlight Stora Enso’s strong reporting practices. Their 2017 Sustainability Report clearly articulates the potential impacts of external trends and regulations and describes the approaches the company has taken to manage and address this. We hope other companies will see Stora Enso as an example of good practice as they approach sustainability reporting across their own companies,” says Rodney Irwin, Managing Director of Redefining Value, WBCSD.

The WBCSD produces Reporting matters to help improve the effectiveness of non-financial corporate reporting. The report lists Stora Enso’s Sustainability Report as one of the top ten in the world out of the 158 reviewed in the scope of the publication without disclosing the exact rankings.

The Stora Enso Annual Report 2017 consists of the Progress Book, the Financial Report, the Sustainability Report, and the Corporate Governance Report. All parts of the Annual Report are available in PDF format at storaenso.com/annualreport.

WBCSD’s Reporting matters publication is available here.

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper globally. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2017 were EUR 10 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

2018 10 18 100442International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. to supply energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for modernization and extension of the ARAUCO pulp mill in Horcones, Arauco, Chile. The order value for ANDRITZ is in the region of 300 million euros; start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2021.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes – on full EPS (Engineering, Procurement, Supervision) basis:

  • A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, one chipping line for forest-debarked wood, chip storage with stacker-reclaimer blending bed system, chip screening, bark handling with BioCrushers, and is completed with HQ-Press bark presses that increase dryness of the bark and consequently the energy efficiency and production of the bio mass boiler. Eucalyptus is debarked at a rated capacity of 360 m3/h solid over bark per line using RotaBarker technology, which provides excellent debarking results with very low wood losses. The chipping process uses horizontally fed HHQ-Chippers, ensuring high capacity (400 m3/h solid under bark) without compromising on chip quality. The operation is supported further by SmartWoodyard products like the advanced decision support information system, ChipperEKG and CrusherEKG condition monitoring systems, and ScanChip chip analyzers for chip quality measurements.
  • A complete fiberline with a capacity of 4,700 admt/d bleached pulp, including Lo-Solids continuous cooking with TurboFeed chip feeding system, brown stock washing with multistage DD-Washers, 2-stage oxygen delignification followed by deknotting, screening, and multistage DD-Washers. Bleaching is based on proven upflow reactor technology and washing is performed with DD-Washers after every stage, all contributing to low chemical consumption, high-quality pulp, and low environmental emissions.

 

  • An energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with a high capacity of 1,750 tons/hour. The plant will have a 7+ Effects heat economy system and concentrate black liquor to the high dry solids content of 80% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. The plant is equipped with the latest of ANDRITZ’s innovations in secondary condensate quality enhancement for 100% reuse in other departments of the mill. The scope also includes a tank area and methanol liquefaction system. ANDRITZ’s lamella technology and the unique process solution for scaling control reduces washing needs, ensuring minimum plugging of heat surfaces and good cleanability, which results in high availability and increases the overall production and efficiency of the plant.
  • Complete white liquor plant, including efficient green liquor filtration with LimeGreen filters – producing clean green liquor and minimizing waste to landfill, white liquor filtration with LimeWhite filter – maximizing the white liquor quality, and efficient lime mud filtration with two LimeDry filters providing high dry solids content and low residual alkaline. The capacity of the recaustizicing plant is 15,300 m3/d. The delivery also includes two lime kilns (capacity 700 t/d each) with low heat consumption and low emissions to meet Arauco’s tight emission permits.

“During the sales phase, we assessed the capabilities of the company and ANDRITZ demonstrated its competence, commitment and professionalism. Congratulations to the whole ANDRITZ team, who have worked hard, efficiently, and with passion and professionalism for this outcome. We are just starting, but I am sure this will be a great project for all concerned,” says Franco Bozzalla, Senior VP Pulp and Energy at ARAUCO.

The MAPA project will renew and increase ARAUCO’s efficiency and pulp production, and in addition, it will strengthen ARAUCO’s competitiveness and leadership in global markets.

ANDRITZ GROUP

ANDRITZ is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metal working and steel industries, and for solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial segments. Other important fields of business are animal feed and biomass pelleting, as well as automation, where ANDRITZ offers a wide range of innovative products and services in the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) sector under the brand name of Metris. In addition, the international technology Group is active in power generation (steam boiler plants, biomass power plants, recovery boilers, and gasification plants) and environmental technology (flue gas cleaning plants) and offers equipment for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard, as well as recycling plants.

A passion for innovative technology, absolute customer focus, reliability, and integrity are the central values to which ANDRITZ commits. The listed Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria. With over 160 years of experience, 29,000 employees, and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries worldwide, ANDRITZ is a reliable and competent partner and helps its customers to achieve their corporate and sustainability goals.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

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, board, and tissue. The technologies cover processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; recovery and reuse of chemicals; preparation of paper machine furnish; production of paper, board, and tissue; sizing, calendering and coating of paper; as well as 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 for power production, gasification and flue gas cleaning plants, systems and plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

Mondi, the global paper and packaging Group, is launching a new product for their flagship brand Color Copy. Targeted for the office paper segment, “Color Copy Go Office” is a newly developed, best-in-class multifunctional product for high contrast colours. Color Copy Go Office offers a high whiteness paired with the smoothness for which Color Copy is known. It is the first product in the Color Copy portfolio explicitly guaranteed for both laser and inkjet printing, featuring ColorLok® technology to ensure bold blacks, vivid colours and quick drying. As with all Color Copy products, Color Copy Go Office comes with Mondi’s 100% satisfaction guarantee.

2018 10 19 092415“Almost 30 years ago, we invented the colour laser paper with Color Copy. With last year’s redesign of our packaging, we started a journey to become the perfect paper for digital colour printing – inkjet included. Color Copy Go Office is the first step in this direction. In terms of positioning among high white multifunctional papers for high contrast printing, it is the best office paper we offer today. It perfectly complements our flagship brand Color Copy as the premium paper solution for full colour printing with the widest colour gamut and incomparably consistent top quality”, says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director at Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper.

A pipeline of innovations for Color Copy

Earlier this year a new range of digital formats were announced for Color Copy, valid for all our sales partners around the world. For all other future innovations and portfolio extensions under the Color Copy brand, including the introduction of Color Copy in 80 g/m2 as well as new banner formats, there is a new and (semi-) exclusive distribution strategy in place. This means that all new developments are available at selected Color Copy Evolution Partners only.

Europapier will be Mondi’s partner in Austria and Russia, Igepa and Papyrus in Germany, Augusto Berni, Comunica, Officart and Polyedra in Italy, Premier Paper in UK and Papyrus in Benelux, with discussions on-going in several other countries.

“In 2019 we will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of Color Copy and will have more news to share related to the diversification of the brand portfolio. Stay tuned for more details in early 2019,” explained Klumpp.

Go Office range

Color Copy Go Office is available in A4 and A3 and 80, 90, 100 as well as 120 g/m2 , featuring our new easy-open reams for all our A4 products in 80, 90 and 100 g/m2 and improved box strength. For optimal presentation, easy handling and a tidy office space, all A4 products can be ordered in shelf-ready boxes. Color Copy Go Office is produced in our Mondi Neusiedler mill and is offered with FSC® and EU Ecolabel certification.

About Color Copy

Color Copy is the leading brand for digital colour printing and is CO2 neutral. It is specifically designed to meet the needs of digital printing and guarantees true-to-life, brilliant colour copies and perfect print results every time. Color Copy has an elegant and smooth feel and its soft white hue gives accurate colour reproduction that emphasises your image. It also has an exceptional environmental profile, being CO2 neutral in addition to having FSC®, EU Ecolabel and ISO 9706, ISO 14001 and ISO 18001 certifications. Color Copy is part of Mondi’s Green Range of sustainably produced products.

www.colorcopy.com                             

About Mondi          

Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, delighting its customers and consumers with innovative and sustainable packaging and paper solutions. Mondi is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films, to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is embedded in everything Mondi does. In 2017, Mondi had revenues of €7.10 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.48 billion.

Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker MND, and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker MNDI. Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.

www.mondigroup.com

About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In five paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA®, NEUJET®, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication. Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.

Advanced digital services help increase overall mill productivity through expert insights and analysis of mill data that improve business decisions

ABB recently added ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations to its service deliverables at a major paper mill in East Java, Indonesia. The site produces a variety of printing and writing paper, other paper-related products, and packaging products including cardboard boxes. With an annual capacity of 320,000 metric tons, the mill is one of the world’s largest single-site producers of writing stationery.

2015 10 07 184308Automating production requires processing large amounts of data. As complexity increases, so does the volume of data.  Collaborative Operations helps paper producers to make productive use of this data to identify and address production, quality and cost issues that can inhibit peak performance. This improves return on capital. Collaborative Operations helps to maximize business value by turning data insights into direct action.

At the mill, Collaborative Operations is reducing cycle times on product grade changes, resulting in higher production. It is also stabilizing moisture and other additive levels using multivariable predictive controls. Specific improvements include increased production due to higher equipment availability, fewer sheet breaks, lower chemical costs and reduced paper quality variation. These improvements all lead to better product quality and consistency, fewer rejects and more sales.

This project builds upon ABB’s 15-year history of delivering traditional and advanced services to the mill. Collaborative Operations enhances ABB’s ability to positively impact daily mill operations to ensure that results achieved over the years will continue and improve.

ABB has three Collaborative Operations Centers dedicated to pulp and paper industry customers in Finland, the United States, and now Singapore, as well as many more that serve other industry segments.  All three pulp and paper centers may be involved with delivering advanced services to this mill in order to leverage various skill sets in each region.

ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations is a true Internet-of-Things application and is part of the company's portfolio of ABB AbilityTM digital solutions. Collaborative Operations provides performance management, remote monitoring and preventive analysis technologies to improve security, efficiency and productivity in various industries. ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Centers connect people in enterprise-wide production facilities and headquarters to ABB’s technology and expertise. 

Learn more:

https://new.abb.com/pulp-paper/abb-in-pulp-and-paper/collaborative-operations

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in power grids, electrification products, industrial automation and robotics and motion, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing a history of innovation spanning more than 130 years, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization with two clear value propositions: bringing electricity from any power plant to any plug and automating industries from natural resources to finished products. As title partner in ABB Formula E, the fully electric international FIA motorsport class, ABB is pushing the boundaries of e-mobility to contribute to a sustainable future. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 147,000 employees. www.abb.com

WestRock Company (NYSE: WRK), a leading provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions, today provided updated information on the impact of Hurricane Michael on its containerboard and pulp mill located in Panama City, Florida.

2015 10 18 094836The Panama City area has been substantially impacted by Hurricane Michael, and the priority remains the safety and health of our employees and their families. We are pleased to report that all of Panama City mill’s employees have been accounted for and are safe. The Company is working to support our team and the community as recovery continues.

As previously reported, the Company’s mill in Panama City received extensive damage from Hurricane Michael. Due to the extraordinary efforts of employees, contractors, vendors, our insurance carrier and government officials, the Company has already made substantial progress in assessing the damage and implementing required repairs to return the mill to operation.

The Company expects that the linerboard production system will return to full production capacity within 30 days. Market pulp production is expected to begin by the end of November, but will likely be limited to no more than 50% of the mill’s market pulp production capacity for an estimated period of approximately six months. The mill has normal annual production capacity of 353,000 tons of linerboard and 292,000 tons of market pulp.

The total cost to the Company from Hurricane Michael is currently unknown. While the Company maintains property damage and business interruption insurance coverage, there will be a time lag between the initial incurrence of costs and the receipt of insurance proceeds as the Company restores the mill back to normal operations.   

The Company will provide an additional update on the status of the mill on its November 5, 2018, earnings conference call.

About WestRock

WestRock (NYSE: WRK) partners with our customers to provide differentiated paper and packaging solutions that help them win in the marketplace. WestRock’s 45,000 team members support customers around the world from more than 300 operating and business locations spanning North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Learn more at www.westrock.com

The Italy-based company is one of three Italian organisations, along with Intesa Sanpaolo and Gruppo Hera, that are part of the network created by the Foundation

Lucart is increasingly committed to the circular economy. The Italy-based Group, a leading manufacturer in Europe of tissue paper, airlaid products, and MG paper has joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundations CE100 network, a pre-competitive innovation programme established to enable organisations to develop new opportunities and realise their circular economy ambitions faster.

2018 10 19 090923Launched in 2010, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation aims to accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, establishing the circular economy on the agenda of decision makers across business, government and academia. 

Lucart, which has made of sustainability and innovation in the environmental field its core values, is one of only three Italian organisations that are members of the CE100 along with, Intesa Sanpaolo and Gruppo Hera. The network focusses on collaboration, capacity building, networking and research and insights - bringing together companies to create further opportunities for cooperation and innovation.

“Quality, innovation and sustainability: these are the key words for building the future of tissue paper and of our Group. This is why joining the community created by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation makes us proud of what we have achieved to date: it demonstrates our full commitment to a “circular” paper economy, as we like to call it” – Massimo Pasquini, Chief Executive Officer of Lucart, commented – “We hope that this cooperation will pave the way for new, challenging scenarios for the development of circular economy on a global level, covering a multitude of different sectors and projects. And we want to play an active role in this development”.

In the environmental field, Lucart is a pioneering company in Europe: in 1997, it launched the world’s first recycled toilet paper with Mater-Bi packs on the market, and in 1998 it was the first company in Italy to obtain the Ecolabel. In 2010, the company launched the Natural project in cooperation with Tetra Pak®, creating Fiberpack®, a virtuous and award-winning circular economy project, which represents the evolution of paper. Thanks to this project, the Group has managed to recycle more than 3.6 billion beverage cartons, which, if lined up one after the other, would cover a distance equal to the circumvention of the Earth 21 times over and, above all, to prevent the emission of 93,800 tonnes of CO2e into the atmosphere, which is equal to the emissions of as many as 736,000 trips by car from Rome to Milan.

About Lucart

Lucart, a leading company in Europe in the production of tissue paper products (paper items for daily use such as toilet paper, kitchen paper, napkins, tablecloths, handkerchiefs etc.), airlaid products and MG paper, was founded in 1953 by the Pasquini Family. The company's production activities are distributed over 3 Business Units (Business to Business, Away from Home and Consumer) operating in the development and sales of products with brands such as Tenderly, Tutto, Grazie Natural and Smile (Consumer area), Lucart Professional, Tenderly Professional, Fato and Velo (Away from Home area).

Lucart's production capacity exceeds 395,000 tonnes/year of paper on 12 continuous machines and 65 converting lines. Its consolidated turnover amounts to more than €450 million, with more than 1,500 employees in ten production plants (five in Italy, one in France, one in Hungary and three in Spain).

Paper & Beyond, the new event concept where circular bioeconomy leaders meet, took place just a week following the release of the EU’s new Bioeconomy Strategy, which set out a clear path for better linking the bioeconomy and circularity. 

“The new European strategy comes at a defining moment for the bioeconomy” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso and Chairman of CEPI. “Industry’s transformation is gaining pace across the entire forest fibre and paper value chain. As the mainstream renewable and recyclable material industry, we are ready to take the lead on Europe’s circular bioeconomy”.  

2018 10 18 102805The first of its kind conference got off to an innovative start with a competition gathering some of Europe’s most promising young researchers. From the engineering of spider silk strong nanocellulose filaments to paper-based electrodes for fuel cells, researchers illustrated the innovativeness and European lead in forest fibre research. 

Building on this year’s theme, the “Europe & Beyond – Getting the best from the bioeconomy” session welcomed keynote speaker Peggy Liu, a world-renowned sustainability expert on China who brought a global perspective on the circular bioeconomy. She touched upon recent developments in China, including the country’s waste restrictions, its policy on single-use plastics and its recent investments in Europe under the Belt and Road initiative.

Following the positive trends in production (up 1.5%), exports (up 5.4%) and investment (up 7.5%) seen in the latest market data for 2017, RISI returned to provide insights into circular bioeconomy markets, with, for the first time, a business intelligence session on European nanocellulose markets.

Paper & Beyond also hosted the final conference of the EU-funded Provides project which has confirmed the Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) technology. This breakthrough aims at achieving a 40% reduction in energy use and a 80% life cycle reduction in CO2 emissions, while also producing high-quality lignin from wood for biochemicals or biocomposite production. The consortium will continue research on a DES pulping pilot and demo, aiming at commercial deployment by 2030.

CEPI is the European association representing the forest fibre and paper industry. Through its 18 national associations CEPI gathers 495 companies operating more than 900 pulp and paper mills across Europe producing paper, cardboard, pulp and other bio-based products. CEPI represents 22% of world production, €82 billion of annual turnover to the European economy and directly employs more than 177,000 people.

From forest fibre technology to advance paper design, the industry currently invests almost 5.5 billion annually in Europe and is a recognised leader of the low-carbon circular bioeconomy transition. CEPI’s 2050 ‘Investment Roadmap’ outlines the industry’s vision to advance this transformation in Europe through value creation and decarbonisation.

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