50 New Courses Available Now, With More Than 200 Total Courses to be Released by End of 2014

Convergence Training, a leading producer of industrial training products and operational efficiency tools, has announced the addition of nearly 50 new courses to their paper manufacturing course library.

The courses provide training on all phases of paper manufacturing and include titles such as “Introduction to Paper and Board Machines”, “Lime Kiln Fundamentals”, and “Steam Theory for Paper Machines.”

This is the first of a four-part release, resulting in the availability of over 200 new paper training courses by the end of 2014.  The remaining courses will be released quarterly, with roughly 50 more titles becoming available in June, September, and December of this year.

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With the release of the new courses, Convergence intends to position itself as the leading provider of paper industry training content.

“We have a great selection of courses already” said Randy Kohltfarber, President of Convergence Training. “We just really wanted to grow our catalog to the point that there would be no question about where to go to find training for the paper industry.”

The Convergence courses are 10-40 minutes each in length, and feature a combination of video-based instruction and interactive knowledge assessments. Developed using Convergence’s signature blend of true-to-life 3D models and striking motion graphics, the decidedly contemporary training materials target newly hired workers, sales and marketing teams, and experienced personnel starting new positions within a plant.

“We have frequent discussions with facilities looking to train up replacements for older, retiring employees” says Kohltfarber. “Paper-making relies on complex processes. It can take years for a machine operator in a paper mill to be considered ‘fully-trained’.  Many facilities don’t have that much time, so courses like the ones we’ve produced can really help them get a younger, less-experienced workforce up-to-speed.”

Apart from the visual strength of their training materials, Kohltfarber believes Convergence Training’s long history in pulp and paper is ultimately the key to the success of their growing content library.

“We create training for a lot of different industries, but we started out in pulp and paper. We’ve been in these facilities, designing training for these processes for a very long time. We’re providing paper manufacturers around the world access to expert instruction on these topics.”

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    About Convergence Training

    Convergence Training, a division of Capstone Technology Corporation, is a leading producer of eLearning media, training management software, and operational efficiency tools for pulp and paper, general industry, manufacturing, and mining.

    For more information on Convergence Training’s eLearning content, compliance software, and online training services, please visit ConvergenceTraining.com or call 1.800.619.2280.

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    Convergence Training

    John-Paul Dull, Marketing Manager

    14300 SE 1st St.

    Vancouver, WA 98684

    888-634-7346 x229



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ge logoOn the first Earth Day on April 22, 1970,the World Wide Web existed only in research labs, “texting” was something you wrote in a notebook and the closest thing to a data center was the public library. On that day, millions of people gathered at events around the country to learn, share and work toward innovative solutions to protect our natural resources. In advance of Earth Day, Jeff Schnitzer, general manager, GE’s Critical Power business (NYSE: GE), discussed recent trends in data center energy efficiency.

“There are a number of technology innovations that contribute to the overall energy efficiency of data centers.”

“In 1970, we worried about landfills and paper waste, some 44,310,000 tons of it annually1. Today, those things that were on paper now are in digital format, with an estimated 639,800 gigabytes of that digital information2 passing through data centers every minute. Forty-four years later, Earth Day 2014 reminds us to examine the impact data centers have on our natural resources and sustainability and the strides being made by businesses and governments to meet new data center energy efficiency levels,” said Schnitzer.

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, data centers account for up to 2.5 percent of the total electricity generated in the United States. Schnitzer added, “There are a number of technology innovations that contribute to the overall energy efficiency of data centers.” Some examples include:

  • Capturing Free Cooling: About 30 percent of all data center energy is used to cool servers and information technology equipment with power-hungry air conditioning chiller units, which are used at both the server rack and printed circuit board levels. Many companies today are investing in “free cooling” technology to draw in exterior ambient temperatures to keep data center systems cool and to reduce energy. In 2013, Facebook unveiled a new data center in Sweden that uses free cooling technology that harnesses the average exterior temperature of 34 degrees Fahrenheit3.
  • A Few Percent Matters: According to Frost & Sullivan, raising energy efficiency levels of uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems in data centers from 90 to 98 percent can save the United States $3 billion annually in energy costs. CoreSpace, a GE customer in Dallas, is saving an estimated $25,000 a year with its eBoost*-equipped, multi-mode UPS systems operating at 99 percent efficiency.
  • Overnight Ice: To lower the temperature at its 538,000 square foot data center in Phoenix, i/o Data Centers engineered a set of cooling tanks filled with a mix of ice balls and glycol that are chilled during the night when electricity is less expensive and used to cool data center equipment during the day4.
  • Modular Power: With data center capacity expected to expand by 33 percent over each of the next five years5, squeezing more capacity and efficiency from existing data facilities is vital to sustain growth. Containerized, or modular, data center and power protection units—such as GE’s PowerMod* technology—connected to existing facilities lets companies scale the capacity and energy use they need. These outside units use ambient air to reduce excess heating and energy consumption.
  • Mining Energy: To save energy costs, Iron Mountain built its data center in a former limestone mine in Pennsylvania. It keeps the data operation cool by letting the subterranean walls absorb as much 1.5 British thermal units of energy per square foot4.
  • Powering the World’s Cell Towers: Powering the world’s 640,000 off-grid cell towers with diesel generators burns more than 11 billion liters of diesel a year. Hybridizing a cell tower using GE’s innovative sodium nickel chloride Durathon* batteries cuts fuel consumption at sites by up to 50 percent and can enable more towers worldwide to be powered by renewable sources such as solar. Cutting fuel consumption by up to 50 percent delivers significant cost savings for the industry and reduces greenhouse gas emissions from each off-grid cell tower.

“As we create, share and use more and more data in our business and personal lives, data center energy efficiency will remain one of the great challenges facing the industry,” continued Schnitzer. “The innovations we’re deploying today not only provide real and immediate benefits, they are leading the way to new solutions for tomorrow.”

GE’s Critical Power business provides mission-critical applications with end-to-end power product and service solutions that maximize uptime and power efficiency. The solutions add to GE’s broader Industrial Solutions portfolio of leading technologies designed for the delivery, management and optimization of electrical power for customers across multiple industries. To learn more about GE’s Critical Power business visit: www.gecriticalpower.com.

1 Earth 911 - United States Waste in Numbers then and Now 
2 Intel - What Happens in an Internet Minute? 
3 BusinessWeek - Inside the Arctic Circle, Where Your Facebook Data Lives 
4 CIO – 7 Innovative Data Center Designs 
5 IHS - Containerized Data Centers - World - 2012

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    About GE

    GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

    Follow GE’s Critical Power business on Twitter @GEcriticalpower.

    The figures cited in this release unless otherwise noted, are based on industry-standard information or data collected by GE in the deployment of critical power systems. The results cited are not a guarantee of performance or specific results, and individual results may vary based on specifications and operating conditions.

    *Trademark of the General Electric Company; may be registered in one or more countries.

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Published in North American News

dom logoDomtar Corporation has announced the appointment of Michael D. Garcia to the position of President of Domtar Pulp and Paper, effective May 1, 2014. In this capacity, Mr. Garcia will oversee the operations of North America's largest producer of uncoated freesheet paper and top-three market pulp producers, through a network of thirteen mills in the United States and Canada. Mr. Garcia joins Domtar from his role as CEO of Evraz Highveld Steel & Vanadium Company in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.

"With over 20 years of international management experience in paper and steel and aluminum manufacturing and marketing on three continents, Michael brings a wealth of strategic and operational expertise to this key position at the helm of our core business," said Domtar President and CEO John D. Williams.

"Bringing together management responsibility for both the manufacture and marketing of our diverse mix of pulp and paper products under a single executive is consistent with our establishment of a two-division structure for Domtar," said Williams.  Domtar established a Personal Care division in 2011 to advance the company's growth strategy in absorbent hygiene products.

Mr. Garcia holds an MBA from Harvard University's Graduate School of Business Administration and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.

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    About Domtar 
    Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) designs, manufactures, markets and distributes a wide variety of fiber-based products including communication papers, specialty and packaging papers and absorbent hygiene products. The foundation of its business is a network of world class wood fiber converting assets that produce papergrade, fluff and specialty pulps. The majority of its pulp production is consumed internally to manufacture paper and consumer products. Domtar is the largest integrated marketer of uncoated freesheet paper in North America with recognized brands such as Cougar®, Lynx® Opaque Ultra, Husky® Opaque Offset, First Choice® and EarthChoice® Office Paper. Domtar is also a leading marketer and producer of a broad line of incontinence care products marketed primarily under the Attends® brand name as well as baby diapers. In 2013, Domtar had sales of US$5.4 billion from some 50 countries. The Company employs approximately 10,000 people. To learn more, visit www.domtar.com.

    SOURCE Domtar Corporation

  • Contacts

    Corporate Communications
    David Struhs
    Corporate Communications and Sustainability
    Tel.: 803-802-8031

    Investor Relations
    Nicholas Estrela
    Investor Relations
    Tel.: 514-848-5555 x 85979

Published in Canadian News

25 years after launch Color Copy still sets the benchmark for perfect print results

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The international packaging and paper group Mondi celebrates 25 years of its brand Color Copy. Launched in 1989, Color Copy was the first paper worldwide to be specially designed for use in digital colour laser systems. Recommended by leading equipment manufacturers and used daily, Color Copy offers customers an  ideal whiteness, brilliant color reproduction, high light-fastness, precise smoothness, and controlled conductivity for the very best print quality. Color Copy is also a model of sustainability: It was the world’s first colour laser paper to be FSC® certified and since 2010 Color Copy is available CO2 neutral. Twenty five years after its launch, Color Copy is still the benchmark for perfect print results, satisfying customers around the globe every day.

In 2014 Mondi continues with the successful haute couture Color Copy campaign, “Only the original makes you look so good”. Mondi’s campaign features fashion designs made from Color Copy through collaboration with design students from the University of Art and Design in Linz together with the Hetzendorf fashion school in Vienna, Austria. All haute couture designs created for the campaign are featured in the behind-the-scenes video showing the making of the campaign (www.youtube.com/TheGreenrange).

“Our Color Copy campaign is about making a good impression, whether for an important office presentation, a photo book or marketing collateral. In short, when your printed material looks good, you look good,” explains Johannes Klumpp, Marketing and Sales Director for Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper, Europe and International. “As so often in life, when it’s important, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s where Color Copy comes in,” says Klumpp.

For the 25th anniversary Mondi has embossed the Color Copy ream in chocolate and wrapped it in a gift box produced out of Mondi’s latest innovation, YBBS® premium white board. It will be available throughout 2014 and will be used internationally for customer activities.

Over the last 25 years, the Color Copy portfolio has grown to include a broad range of shades and textures with Color Copy, Color Copy style, Color Copy coated glossy, Color Copy coated silk and Color Copy indigo, an HP 3-star certified paper for HP Indigo digital presses.

Color Copy is part of Mondi’s eco-conscious Green Range and is CO2 neutral, FSC® certified, and bears the EU Ecolabel. More information about the Color Copy portfolio is available at


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    About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper

    Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi’s Europe & International Division. In 4 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 print technology. 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® or Snegurochka 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.

    About Mondi

    Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 24,000 people in production facilities across 30 countries. In 2013, Mondi had revenues of €6.5 billion and a ROCE of 15.3%. The Group's key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, the Americas and South Africa.

    The Mondi Group is fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from the management of its own forests and the production of pulp and paper (packaging paper and uncoated fine paper), to the conversion of packaging paper into corrugated packaging, industrial bags, extrusion coatings and release liner. Mondi is also a supplier of innovative consumer packaging solutions, advanced films and hygiene products components.

    Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. The Group’s performance, and the responsible approach it takes to good business practice,  has been recognised by its inclusion in the FTSE4Good Global, European and UK Index Series (since 2008) and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

  • Contacts

    Susan Brunner, Sustainability & Marketing Communications Manager, Uncoated Fine Paper 
    Tel: +43 (1) 79013 – 5654, e-Mail: susan.brunner@mondigroup.com

Published in Featured Products

Kemira logoAs transformation drives the market in Europe, Kemira continues to commit to the paper industry. The company strives to support growth in the stagnant market of Europe, by focusing especially on packaging & board and tissue.

“Kemira sees Continental Europe as a key growth area in EMEA”, says Kenneth Nysten, SVP, Paper, EMEA. “We continue to provide and develop a leading portfolio of innovative, tailor-made technologies to fulfill the specific needs of our customers and ensure their success in the transformation of the paper industry. To support this, we are launching a campaign for the growth grades of packaging & board and tissue.”

In the core of the campaign are Kemira’s key technologies:

  •          FennoClean D for targeted microbiological control with diagnostic technology
  •          FennoClean PFA for effective and corrosion safe microbe control with no biocide residuals in the final paper
  •          KemFlite for efficient control of hydrophobic substances by combining novel analysis and monitoring tools with the broad deposit control product portfolio
  •          FennoBond for improved strength characteristics in board and tissue production enabling lower quality raw materials and lower basis weight
  •          KemForm Plus for improved formation, dewatering and enhanced ash-loading, and
  •          Fennobind for superior binding strength and reduced binder demand with no negative impact on print quality.

The ways these key technologies and well-engineered chemical phenomena benefit board and tissue makers are illustrated in web-based Board and Tissue Experiences. “Board Experience reveals an in-depth example of what Kemira has to offer through its understanding of pulp and paper industry”, says Antti Matula, Head of Marketing & Product Lines, Paper, EMEA. “It illustrates Kemira’s end-to-end expertise – how the influence of Kemira expertise and chemistry starts from the molecular and fiber level, and improves our customers’ process runnability and end-product quality, all the way to global industry understanding.”

Board Experience is available in www.kemira.com/boardexperience. Tissue Experience will be published in April.

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    Kemira is a global chemicals company serving customers in water-intensive industries. We provide expertise and chemicals that improve our customers' water, energy and raw material efficiency. Our focus is on pulp & paper, oil & gas, mining and water treatment. In 2013, Kemira had annual revenue of EUR 2.2 billion and around 4,500 employees.


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    For more information, please contact:

    Kemira Oyj

    Kenneth Nysten, SVP, Paper, EMEA

    +49 151 5440 7955

    Kemira Oyj

    Antti Matula, Head of Marketing & Product Lines, Paper, EMEA

    +49 171 196 1641

Published in European News

abiti122011Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced a $105 million upgrade to its Calhoun, Tennessee, pulp and paper mill, including the installation of a modern continuous pulp digester and other wood chip processing equipment. When completed by mid-2016, the project will contribute to significantly lower the mill's costs, increase its pulp capacity and improve the mill's versatility.

"This investment will make a good mill even better," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "It will improve the mill's long-term competitiveness by lowering its costs and giving it the flexibility to adjust grade production to changing market dynamics. This is a significant capital project, which reflects the company's commitment to this facility and confidence in the business environment in Tennessee."

In addition to creating approximately 50 new jobs to join the 480 employees currently at the mill, Resolute expects the project's implementation to produce efficiencies from better wood yield and lower steam and chemical usage. It will also increase the pulp machine's production output and maximize dryer utilization for internal purposes, giving the mill the versatility to manufacture a range of products, including specialty papers such as Resolute's Align™ uncoated freesheet substitutes, and value-added grades not presently in the product offering.

The Calhoun mill currently operates 3 machines and a pulp dryer and has a total mill capacity of approximately 609,000 metric tons of market pulp, specialty papers and newsprint. Along with Resolute's other mills in the area, it sources its fiber from the competitive and stable U.S. southeast fiber basket.

"We received support for this project from the State of Tennessee, McMinn County, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has supplied power to the mill since its startup in 1954," Garneau continued. "These partners and our employees helped move the project forward quickly, and we appreciate their commitment to our Calhoun operation."

"For more than 50 years, Resolute Forest Products has had a thriving presence in East Tennessee which can be felt far beyond the borders of our state," stated Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. "Tennessee's global momentum is fueled by companies that extend their brand on a worldwide scale, and with customers in nearly 100 countries, Resolute is one of those companies. I appreciate the company's decision to further expand and invest in Calhoun, and for the jobs that will be created for our citizens."

"TVA congratulates Resolute Forest Products on its announcement that adds new investment and jobs in Calhoun," said John Bradley, Tennessee Valley Authority's senior vice president of economic development. "Growth like this happens when TVA and economic development partners like the state of Tennessee, McMinn County, and other local leaders support existing business expansion."

The Calhoun mill has continuously produced paper products at its current site since 1954. Over this period of time, the mill has been a contributor to the community through employment, the purchase of local goods and services, the payment of state and local taxes, charitable contributions and community involvement.

John Gentry, McMinn County Mayor, explained the role of the operation in the county:  "Resolute Forest Products has been an invaluable corporate citizen of McMinn County for over five decades. The company could have chosen to place this expansion at one of their numerous locations, so it goes without saying that this $105 million capital investment makes a strong statement about the company's commitment to its Calhoun plant and the confidence it has in McMinn County's workforce."

SOURCE Resolute Forest Products Inc.

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    About Resolute Forest Products
    Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates over 40 pulp and paper mills and wood products facilities in the United States, Canada and South Korea, and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 90 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally-recognized sustainable forest management standards. The shares of Resolute Forest Products trade under the stock symbol RFP on both the New York Stock Exchange and the Toronto Stock Exchange.

    Resolute and other member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada, as well as a number of environmental organizations, are partners in the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. The group works to identify solutions to conservation issues that meet the goal of balancing equally the three pillars of sustainability linked to human activities: environmental, social and economic. Resolute is also a member of the World Wildlife Fund's Climate Savers program, in which businesses establish ambitious targets to voluntarily reduce greenhouse gas emissions and work aggressively toward achieving them.

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    Rémi G. Lalonde
    Vice President, Investor Relations
    514 394-2345

Published in North American News

stora new1In January 2014, Stora Enso announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 1 (PM 1) at Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland, due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill have now concluded and PM 1 will be permanently shut down by the end of April 2014. The shutdown will affect 88 employees.

PM 1 has an annual capacity of 190 000 tonnes of coated magazine paper. The shutdown will decrease Stora Enso’s coated mechanical paper capacity by about 15%, which represents about 2% of total European coated mechanical paper capacity. Stora Enso will be able to serve its NovaPress customers from Veitsiluoto Mill PM 5 and from Kabel Mill in Germany.

Stora Enso will make every effort in co-operation with the local community to help the affected personnel find new employment opportunities, and all job openings in other Stora Enso units will be available to those affected.

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    Stora Enso is the global rethinker of the paper, biomaterials, wood products and packaging industry. We always rethink the old and expand to the new to offer our customers innovative solutions based on renewable materials. Stora Enso employs some 28 000 people worldwide, and our sales in 2013 amounted to EUR 10.5 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.

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    For further information, please contact:
    Karl-Henrik Sundström, EVP, Printing and Living, tel. +46 1046 71660
    Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, SVP, Investor Relations, tel. +358 2046 21242
    Ulrika Lilja, SVP Communications, Printing and Living, tel. +46 72 221 92 28

Published in European News

pratPratt Industries has officially broken ground on its new 100 percent recycled paper mill – the 4th such facility it’s built in the past 20 years. Company chairman Anthony Pratt said the Valparaiso, Indiana, mill would be world’s most technologically-advanced and environmentally friendly recycling mill and was “a dream come true” for Pratt Industries.

“This mill will be a showcase of 21st century recycling technology which will result in the best performing recycled paper on the market,” he said.

“At capacity the mill will save the equivalent of some 20,000 trees and divert up to 3500 cubic yards of waste from landfills every day. That’s enough trees to cover almost 15 football fields and enough waste to fill 90 garbage trucks every 24 hours.”

“That’s important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable, lightweight packaging.”

Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas believed the 250,000-square-foot mill was “the single largest investment in the history of the city. Of course, Pratt Industries is our largest employer.”

The company already employs 280 workers at the adjacent box factory – the world’s largest – and the mill will add more than 100 new jobs.

“We talk about job creation,” Costas said. “But friends, this is job creation on steroids.”

Pratt said because of its location next to the existing box factory the mill’s freight cost would be almost zero. “So this will be a very low-cost mill,” he said. “We have over 100 facilities across the U.S. providing more than 4400 green collar jobs, but this Valparaiso facility will be very special to us.”

Published in North American News
Friday, 21 March 2014 13:05

Tilbury launches London Paper Terminal

UK’s leading paper port invests in specialist terminal

The Port of Tilbury, one the UK’s largest ports, handling over 3 million tonnes of forest products, today announces the launch of London Paper Terminal (LPT). The terminal has already secured industry giants UPM, Sappi and Kotkamills.

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The 36-acre terminal which is located within the port estate, includes 700,000 square feet of covered storage which is a centre of excellence for paper and packaging handling and is strategically located to offer rapid, easy access to the UK’s largest concentration of consumers.

As the largest paper handling port in the UK, the terminal can handle all sizes of customers as a shared user paper distribution centre. The terminal’s first key customers are paper giants UPM, Sappi and Kotkamills who use the new terminal as their UK base to distribute over 400,000 tonnes of product each year to their customers around the UK.

The launch of LPT comes on the back of a multimillion pound investment in the terminal by Forth Ports, the owners of The Port of Tilbury. The company has invested over £3.5million in the latest state of the art equipment including intelligent clamps for safe handling of paper rolls as well as liftec and reach-stacker equipment. Further investment has been made in IT systems to ensure the terminal has the latest paper handling technology.

Commenting on the investment Perry Glading, Chief Operating Officer at Forth Ports (owners of The Port of Tilbury) said: “We are focused on continual investment at the Port of Tilbury and as the UK's largest port for paper products it is essential that London Paper Terminal is equipped with the best technology systems and operational equipment to respond to our customers business requirements. LPT is a core part of our port operations and benefits from our unrivalled transport connections and portcentric opportunities as well as the terminal’s own dedicated berths, plant equipment, fleet of paper-handling vehicles and specialist staff. The branding of the Terminal ensures it is part of the Tilbury family which includes London Container Terminal and London Distribution Park.”    

Sam Stewart, Asset Manager at London Paper Terminal said: “We are proud of the facility we have created at London Paper Terminal. With the significant investment made in both equipment and IT systems along with our highly skilled workforce, LPT is a vital strategic link in the supply chain. We provide an expert service to clients including shipping lines, importers, merchants and distributors. Our new marketing materials showcase our exceptional facilities for suppliers and customers in the paper industry and highlights that we are open for new business.”

Commenting on the launch Jukka Holsa,  Director, Maritime and Port Network from UPM said: “The Port of Tilbury has been UPM’s key distribution base for 15 years and its location is key for our business. This investment in the new terminal is excellent news for our business and we are already seeing the benefits of the investments in both equipment and new technology.”

Daniel Thiemann, Logistics Process Leader from Sappi said: “The new London Paper Terminal is a natural home for our business in the UK and this investment by the port will further enhance the excellent service we receive from the team already.”

Juha Ottelin, Manager Logistics from Kotkamills said: “We have worked with the Port of Tilbury for some years now and this investment in the new London Paper Terminal will bring our business many benefits which is great news for our customers in the UK.”

London Paper Terminal offers major customers storage and distribution facilities and serves all the main trade routes for paper including Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic States, North America and South America. The terminal is fully prepared to handle a full range of paper-based products including newsprint, magazine and packing materials to palletised fine papers and pulp cargoes.

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    About Forth Ports and The Port of Tilbury

    The Port of Tilbury is a significant part of the Forth Ports Group and also London’s major port providing fast, modern distribution services for the benefit of the South East of England.

    Tilbury’s strategic position on the Thames provides a major geographical advantage for transport to and out of London and the South‐East making its location the natural point for distribution. Serving the UK’s market for forest products, general cargo, vehicles, grain and other bulks, the port offers customers excellent transport links to and from the capital and across the South East. International supply chain expertise is the Port of Tilbury’s undoubted strength and makes the port a leader in portcentric logistics, providing solutions and helping to deliver significant savings. 

    The Port is a significant distribution centre, covering over 850 acres and is well positioned to access the M25 orbital motorway and the rest of the UK's national motorway network. In addition, there are direct rail connections within the Port, with access to the whole of the UK.

    The Port offers 34 operational Berths; Over 16 independent working terminals; Over 7.5 kilometres of quay; Over 500,000 square metres of warehouse space; Over 7 kms of road within port estate with excellent transport access; London’s only Cruise Ship Terminal.

    London Container Terminal (LCT) is the UK’s third largest container port and handles in excess of half a million containers per year, and is the only UK port truly servicing both deep sea and short sea customers. LCT has invested significantly in London Container Terminal, and continues to upgrade the site and equipment to integrate container handling across both the deep sea and short sea operations.

    London Distribution Park (LDP), a joint venture between Forth Ports and Roxhill Developments, received outline planning permission in 2012 and will bring more than 940,000 sq. ft. of new high-quality distribution facilities.

    London Paper Terminal (LPT) offers major customers storage and distribution facilities and serves all the main trade routes for paper including Europe, Scandinavia, Russia and Baltic States, North America and South America. The terminal is fully prepared for handling the full range of paper-based products including newsprint, magazine and packing materials to palletised fine papers and pulp cargoes.

    The Port is now recognised as Britain’s Greenest Port and has recently been nominated for a number of awards for the outstanding environmental initiatives which have been delivered over the past few years.

    Forth Ports operates seven further ports in Scotland ‐ Dundee on the River Tay and six ports on the Firth of Forth ‐ Leith, Grangemouth, Kirkcaldy, Methil, Burntisland and Rosyth. The Group also has significant property interests as well as a renewable energy division which is looking to gain planning approval for onshore wind installations and biomass facilities at a number of its ports in Scotland.

    www.forthports.co.uk     www.londoncontainerterminal.com     www.londondistributionpark.com

    About UPM: UPM is the world's leading producer of graphic papers and a supplier of a wide product range that includes magazine, newsprint, fine and speciality papers.

    About Sappi: Sappi is a global company with manufacturing operations on three continents, focused on providing dissolving wood pulp, paper pulp and paper based solutions. With innovation and quality recognised across the industry, from graphic papers to specialty and release papers. Sappi Fine Paper Europe has grown to become Europe’s leading producer of coated paper used in high-end print.

    About Kotkamills: Kotkamills is a forest products company based in Finland. The company specialises in laminating paper, matt coated bulky paper and sawn products. Kotkamills has two production plants in Finland and a subsidiary, L.P. Pacific Films Sdn. Bhd., in Malaysia – all of them ideally located for excellent customer service and logistics.

  • Contacts

    Debbie Johnston, Spreng & Co - 0141 548 5191 / debbie@sprengandco.com

Published in Logistics

Declining demand for printing paper, together with a promising future for new climate friendly products, drive a reconstruction of the paper industry. The report, Innventia Global Outlook Papermaking Towards the Future, presents the most important trends and driving forces for tomorrow's papermaking industry.

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"In 2030, modern bio-refineries will have become highly profitable and constitute the core of many company clusters. A well organised business structure has developed over time where companies selling bio-based energy, materials, chemicals, and consumer products, work together to drive bio-business. The 'bio-based economy' is finally a reality. These days, bio-based plastics, chemicals and textiles accounted for almost 50% of their respective market shares, and fibre-based materials are used for a wide range of applications. In addition, with the depletion of oil reserves, traditional suppliers of oil-based plastics, chemicals and energy are now turning to the forest for raw materials, and this has made competition for forests more intense than ever."

This future scenario is described in Innventia's new study Papermaking Towards the Future which was released during an event at Innventia on 17 March. The report is a critical analysis of the most important questions for the industry today and in the future. Based on an expert survey with 150 respondents from 21 different countries, interviews, workshops and teamwork, Innventia has identified, together with the analysis company Kairos Future, the key drivers and trends that will be increasingly important as the industry moves towards year 2030.

According to the expert respondents, the greatest challenges for the industry will be a diminishing pool of skilled labour. Another challenge will be a reduced availability of fibre raw material due to increased competition with other bio-based products, which creates a greater demand for new, resource efficient production processes.

With a decline in demand for printing paper, the markets for packaging materials and tissue are consistently growing. According to the survey, the industry is well positioned for a reconstruction into bio-refinering which could produce a wide range of products for the bio-based economy. 42 percent of the respondents predicted biorefining to be the most profitable investment over the coming ten years.

"The reconstruction will bring totally new constellations, business models and market segments. As we could see in our study, the trends highlight a shift from scale to scope of products. A wide range of specialty products will be produced and sold in small quantities but with a high profit margin," says Paul Krochak, the project manager of Papermaking Towards the Future.

Nanotechnology will, according to the experts, generate most attention in research, followed closely by biorefining and niche products. The development of new products involves many new features and the experts were asked what feature of paper would be the most desirable over the next ten years. Environmental and/or health safety gained the highest ranking.

"As many as 34 percent of the respondents considered this feature to be most important. As the global population becomes more educated and more conscious, along with legal regulations and directives, product safety becomes increasingly important," states Marco Lucisano, Senior Manager, Process Solutions.

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