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The future of the global freight and logistics industry will be shaped during a 3-day conference in London starting 9th July. The 6th Annual International Physical Internet Conference (IPIC) aims to provide an open forum for researchers, industry representatives, government officials and citizens to explore leading edge freight transport and logistics concepts, methodologies, projects, technological advancements and start-up initiatives. 

The Physical Internet concept takes freight and logistics services and aims to make them as accessible and connected as information and services are over internet. This represents a huge opportunity for the sector to improve efficiency and sustainability through connected, interoperable and shared used of resources and assets on a massive scale, whilst supporting the massive challenge of decarbonization.

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Conference topics include inter-connected logistics, cross-chain control, synchromodal transportation, open logistics networks, systems & technologies for interconnected logistics, supply chain coordination & collaboration, and urban freight transport and logistics. Through these areas IPIC will touch on exciting new areas such as automated transport, robotics, artificial intelligence, internet of things and blockchain.

IPIC provides a unique opportunity to learn and discuss the latest results of innovative projects and industry initiatives in the field. Participants from all over the world, including researchers, industrial and international institutions, local authorities and standardization committees will share practices, solutions and challenges.

Fernando Liesa, Secretary General, Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE) said:

“We’re delighted to bring one of the Europe’s largest freight and logistics events, IPIC to the UK.  Freight and Logistics impact on almost all aspects of our modern interconnected lives and changes in the political landscape of Europe will only make novel approaches which increase efficiency, sustainability and improve collaboration more important. The novel approach of the Physical Internet has the potential to revolutionise the sector and this event will aim to forge the future with our colleagues in the UK.” 

The conference will take place from the 9th to 11th July and will be hosted by the Transport Systems Catapult on behalf of the ALICE and the Department for Transport. To find out more and book tickets go to https://www.pi.events/.

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    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Logistics Wed, 16 Jan 2019 10:51:43 +0100
    Samskip Nor Lines’ service will start calling SCA Logistics Rotterdam http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/7696-samskip-nor-lines-service-will-start-calling-sca-logistics-rotterdam http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/7696-samskip-nor-lines-service-will-start-calling-sca-logistics-rotterdam

    Samskip subsidiary Nor Lines will include calls at Rotterdam for the first time in its weekly multipurpose liner service connecting to Western, Mid and Northern Norway, with effect from June 1st.

    2018 04 23 102625The service is provided by Nor Lines’ state of the art, LNG-fuelled vessels MV Kvitnos and MV Kvitbjorn. These flexible ships will sail in 14-day loops, connecting Rotterdam and Eemshaven with Norwegian ports from Hammerfest in the far north, and taking in calls including Sandnes/Tananger, Bergen, Trondheim, Ålesund, Bodo and Tromso.

    In Rotterdam, the call will be accommodated at the SCA Logistics terminal, whose lay-out, equipment and experience focus on multipurpose vessels, RoRo, Break-bulk and containers can be handled in one place which is essential for this service.

    “SCA Logistics already handles RoRo and container feeder traffics to/from Sweden, open hatch traffic to USA and act as stripping and stuffing facility for overseas importers and exporters. This new Norlines service will strengthen SCA Logistics Rotterdams position as an important hub  to and from Scandinavia. By combining SCA Logistics marine services and Nor lines we will  strengthen the  short sea  network.  This should open up interesting opportunites for  our customers,” says Roelf Buist, Managing Director SCA LogisticsTerminal Rotterdam.

    SCA Logistics is part of SCA, and has its own network of shortsea feeders, RoRo vessels and terminals in Northwest Europe. SCA Logistics Terminal Rotterdam offers complete logistics solutions, including terminal handling, transportation, container stuffing and stripping, customs formalities and agency. SCA has an area of 23 ha with 720 m quay and a 160m RoRo berth available. The terminal has 75,000 m2 of warehouse space and the opportunity for general cargo, breakbulk and container handling. SCA Logistics Rotterdam handles besides SCA products about 50% goods for other customersforest products, containers, industrial cargo and project cargo , especially in trades between European continent , Scandinavia and North America. The terminal in Rotterdam employs about 100 people. 

    The core of SCA’s business is the forest, 2.6 million hectares in northern Sweden. Around this unique resource, we have built a well-developed value chain based on renewable raw material from our own and others’ forests
    We offer paper for packaging and print, pulp, wood products, renewable energy, services for forest owners and efficient transport solutions. 
    2017 the forest products company SCA had approximately 4,000 employees and sales amounted to approximately SEK 16.7 bn (EUR 1,6 bn). SCA was founded in 1929 and has its headquarters in Sundsvall, Sweden. More information at www.sca.com

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      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ian Melin-Jones) Logistics Mon, 23 Apr 2018 10:27:48 +0200
      BillerudKorsnäs makes further investment in Internet of Packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/6994-billerudkorsnaes-makes-further-investment-in-internet-of-packaging http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/6994-billerudkorsnaes-makes-further-investment-in-internet-of-packaging

      BillerudKorsnäs is taking a further step into the Internet of Packaging by investing in a minority holding in UK technology company Hanhaa. The company’s solution allows users to track not only the location but also the condition of their deliveries in real time and on a large scale no matter the country or carrier. 

      The investment is being made by BillerudKorsnäs Venture AB, which was formed last spring to develop new business for the Group by linking up with interesting innovation companies in early stage. The objective is to gradually generate and develop new business. The aim is to work closely with companies and actively contribute to developing new solutions in the packaging value chain. This is a relatively small investment for BillerudKorsnäs in financial terms.

      “Combining our own core-related skills with the skills of these start-up companies will allow us to create fruitful collaborations and together identify entirely new solutions. We will also draw on our experience and knowledge of bringing products to market on an industrial scale. Together with Hanhaa, we’re continuing to build tomorrow’s Internet of Packaging. Expanding our offering of digital solutions will allow us to continue challenging conventional packaging for a sustainable future,” said BillerudKorsnäs Venture Managing Director Anders Persson.

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      Hanhaa’s system, Parcelive, tracks deliveries along the entire logistics chain. Transmitter devices are placed in parcels and use GPS and GSM to track their position. Sensors measure and report in real time the condition of the goods, their location and what they have been exposed to in terms of temperature, drops and knocks. The system works regardless of country, scale or carrier. The devices are managed using a return system. The recipient pushes a button to prompt the display of a return address and then posts the device back.

      “BillerudKorsnäs’ wide-ranging skills and network within sustainable and efficient packaging solutions make them a perfect partner as we take our technology out into the logistics and packaging industry on a large scale,” said Azhar Hussain, CEO of Hanhaa.

      The solution is especially suited to logistics optimisation, continuous cold chain management, high-value goods and time-critical shipments, eg. allowing maintenance engineers to avoid expensive production losses by tracking consignments and precisely planning trips to customers.

      Hanhaa is BillerudKorsnäs Venture’s third investment. The previous two were: Denmark-based EcoXpac, which together with BillerudKorsnäs is developing a paper-based bottle with the long term aim to contain the pressure of carbonated drinks; and Norway-based Kezzler, a global leader in technology for assigning unique digital identities for individual packaging. 

      BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and -solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 7 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4 200 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

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        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Tue, 17 Jan 2017 12:19:31 +0100
        What Does It Take to Move Pulpwood from Western Russia to Scandinavia by Water? http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/6527-what-does-it-take-to-move-pulpwood-from-western-russia-to-scandinavia-by-water http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/6527-what-does-it-take-to-move-pulpwood-from-western-russia-to-scandinavia-by-water

        As many of you know, Forest2Market recently started operating in Europe and western Russia. We have named the new product the Baltic Rim/Russia Timber Price Index, which basically covers Scandinavia, the Baltic States, Poland and western Russia. On a recent trip to western Russia, I visited with some of the new customers, as well as potential customers of the benchmark service, and of course learned some very interesting things about the regional market.

        The last week of February, I toured Karelia Oblast. Our home base was Petrozavodsk, which is the capital city of the Republic of Karelia, Russia—an area that stretches along the western shore of Lake Onega for some 27 kilometers. Petrozavodsk is very pleasant town with a population of about 250,000, and our hotel was situated right on Lake Onega. As a point of reference, Lake Onega is a large lake of US Great Lake scale; it is only diminutive to its neighbor lake to the west called Lake Lagoda.

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        Everyone in this business knows that a substantial amount of wood fiber moves from western Russia to Finland via truck and/or a combination of truck and rail. I was eager to talk about this trade with our new and prospective customers, and was hopeful to understand these supply chains a bit better. 

        Then on an early afternoon walk one day, I encountered a log vessel firmly entrenched in the ice of Lake Onega. This vessel was at port and not stranded—or at least not stranded at sea.

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        Luckily, the gentleman I was meeting the next day was a large leaseholder of Russian timber, and I aimed to ask him about the vessel. Even more fortuitously, during our meeting I learned that the vessel was actually one that he used to move low-grade pulpwood to customers in Sweden, which is some 1600 km away.

        This particular leaseholder has a port loading facility on the east side of Lake Onega where wood is trucked from up to 250 km away and loaded on the aforementioned log vessel for the journey across Lake Onega. The vessel then passes through a series of canals and channels to Lake Lagoda, through yet another series of canals and channels past Saint Petersburg port before hitting the Baltic Sea, where it sails unimpeded before finally reaching a port in southeastern Sweden.

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        This whole experience—the visit to Russia and the involvement of starting the Baltic Rim/Russia Timber Price Index has really opened my eyes to the extent to which the industry goes, and can go, to transport wood long distances, as well as the effect that exchange rates have on these wood flows. The US dollar to Ruble exchange rate at the time of my visit was about 80 to 1. The last time I visited Russia—about 10 years ago, it was roughly 16 to 1. 

        Obviously, at this exchange rate and with the Russian economy stumbling, there is great incentive to export anything of any value.  As the world gets smaller and governments and economies grow larger (and fail on larger scales), we will continue to see these wild fluctuations in exchange rates. These vast swings will open up market opportunities that are simply unimaginable now. 

        Finding those opportunities will be a challenge for all of us in the forest products industry moving forward, which is one of the reasons Forest2Market started the Baltic Rim Index as a complement to our North American and Latin American Indexes. It will provide clear and transparent market data to our global customers regardless of the market conditions, currency fluctuations or political climate.

        source. forest2market.com

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          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Tue, 03 May 2016 07:08:56 +0200
          Sappi Europe strengthens Logistics Footprint in Europe with EUR 12.6 million Investment http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/6299-sappi-europe-strengthens-logistics-footprint-in-europe-with-eur-12-6-million-investment http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/6299-sappi-europe-strengthens-logistics-footprint-in-europe-with-eur-12-6-million-investment

          sappi logoAs part of Sappi Europe’s successful newly developed ‘go to market’ strategy, the green light has been given for the building of a state of the art multi-purpose paper storage logistics facility of approx. 20,000 m2 close to Wesel, Germany. The rail-linked facility will hold more stock keeping units for German and Benelux customers in particular. The logistics services linked to this additional warehouse space will also be made available to other customers thanks to the operational support provided by long-standing partners.

          This EUR 12.6 million investment supports Sappi Europe’s strategic focus on optimising logistics networks and reducing costs. The facility will be fully operation by the end of 2016.

          Sappi has implemented a full train concept with a dedicated train between its Gratkorn Mill and the Wesel hub. Six trains per week carry paper and pulp between the sites. The strategic location of the hub facilitates the flow of goods across Europe, connecting overseas ports and Sappi’s railway distribution centres in Zeebrugge (Belgium) and close to Graz (Austria).

          Hans-Juergen Peichler, Manager Logistics, Sappi Logistics Wesel GmbH has been closely involved in the initiative;  “We have put a lot of emphasis on analysing both outbound and inbound logistics, working with our procurement and logistics teams to find synergies and to better utilise existing networks. The logistics services that we offer have been fine-tuned and are as multi-modal as possible. The Wesel facility supports this drive.”

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            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Wed, 13 Jan 2016 10:25:40 +0100
            SCA Logistics expands roll-on/roll-off and container traffic http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5899-sca-logistics-expands-roll-on-roll-off-and-container-traffic http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5899-sca-logistics-expands-roll-on-roll-off-and-container-traffic

            sca newlogoCommencing in autumn 2016, SCA Logistics will begin calling at Kiel with its Ro-Ro vessels as part of a new partnership with Iggesund Paperboard and Seehafen Kiel. Kiel will thus replace Lübeck as a distribution point for Central Europe. A total of approximately 1,000,000 tons per year will be shipped on the new route to and from Kiel.

            Seehafen Kiel is starting the process to expand its existing warehouse capacity in Ostuferhafen. The new forest products terminal will lie directly adjacent to the Intermodal rail terminal and the Ro-Ro terminal in the same port area. SCA will phase out its terminal in Lübeck and relocate operations to Kiel.

            “Seehafen Kiel has made a big and dedicated effort to develop the concept that eventually won the terminal study we conducted jointly with Iggesund to handle the volumes for Iggesund Paperboard and SCA Paper,” says Magnus Svensson, President of SCA Logistics.

            “It is very pleasing that we will be able to continue developing and expanding our longstanding partnership with Iggesund Paperboard, which dates back to 1995. Jointly, Iggesund and SCA have the volumes required to generate cost-efficient transport solutions,” adds Magnus.

            Demand for containerized freight transport is growing steadily. When SCA’s Ro- Ro vessels begin calling at Kiel, Ro-Ro traffic between Sundsvall, Umeå, London and Rotterdam will be reduced from the current number of two departures per week, to one. The service will be maintained by moving a considerable volume, from Ro-Ro to containers. To allow for this development, SCA Logistics’ existing container route between Sundsvall, Umeå, Rotterdam and St. Petersburg will be expanded.

            The container volumes in SCA Logistics’ terminals in Sundsvall and Umeå are expected to grow by 80% to 90% and in Rotterdam by 50%. At the same time, the Ro-Ro volumes at these ports will decline proportionately.

            “Global container transport has been increasing for a long time and this trend will continue. This also means that container systems in Europe are becoming so large-scaled and comprehensive that containerization is becoming increasingly competitive for transport within Europe. We want to benefit from this trend and are therefore modifying our transport mix”, says Magnus.

            All changes are expected to take place during the third quarter of 2016.

            For additional information, please contact:
            Magnus Svensson, President SCA Logistics, tel: +46 60 19 35 41, mobile: +46 70 550 61 15

            Björn Lyngfelt, Vice President Communications, SCA Forest Products, tel: +46 60 19 34 98.

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              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Wed, 24 Jun 2015 12:24:58 +0200
              Added value on board: Siemens brings its Integrated Drive Systems roadshow to the UK http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5867-added-value-on-board-siemens-brings-its-integrated-drive-systems-roadshow-to-the-uk http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5867-added-value-on-board-siemens-brings-its-integrated-drive-systems-roadshow-to-the-uk

              Siemens UK & Ireland is hitting the road with its Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) roadshow to UK manufacturers this July.  The tour is designed to demonstrate how Integrated Drive Systems are a one-stop solution which can increase productivity, reliability and efficiency for the logistics industry.

              • Tour will illustrate the added-value of Integrated Drive Systems (IDS) across the logistics industry
              • Roadshow set to visit seven locations across the UK throughout July

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              The mobile exhibition features application-specific exhibits and live demos which illustrate the competitive advantage to be gained from implementing matched drive and automation components.

              The tour launches on 2 July in Cambridge; finishing in Aberdeen on the 22 July.  On each day the roadshow will host three sessions in the morning and three in the afternoon.  These will focus on IDS in conjunction with conveyor technology, bulk material handling and pumps, fans and compressors. There will also be opportunities for more in-depth discussion around key issues such as IE3 & energy efficiency and integrated safety.

              IDS can deliver efficiencies and ensure optimal performance and safety across a number of technologies including vertical mills, pumps, fans and compressors and conveyor technology.

              Jason Peel, Head of IDS Strategy at Siemens UK & Ireland, comments: “The IDS tour focuses on the benefits of a systematic, three-pronged approach to integration – the core element of IDS. We will be showing how our comprehensive integration portfolio can deliver numerous benefits including faster commissioning, greater reliability, and reduced maintenance costs.

              “The exhibition is designed to help those looking for new ways to deal with increasingly complex industrial challenges. At Siemens UK & Ireland we are dedicated to simplifying these challenges by delivering innovative solutions such as IDS.”

              The roadshow will also provide advice and guidance on the services available to support IDS including financial assistance, preventative condition monitoring and training. There will also be live storage and retrieval demonstration applications, showcasing value added benefits on Tour One & Four.

              For an overview of IDS roadshow dates and locations, visit www.siemens.co.uk/idsroadshowuk and to keep updated with the latest news from the tour follow #IDSroadshow.

              About Siemens
              Siemens is a global technology powerhouse that stands for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No. 1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of combined cycle turbines for power generation, a leading provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions and automation and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading supplier of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2013, which ended on September 30, 2013, revenue from continuing operations totalled €75.9 billion and income from continuing operations €4.2 billion. Siemens has around 362,000 employees worldwide on the basis of continuing operations. Further information is available on the Internet at www.siemens.co.uk 

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                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Mon, 15 Jun 2015 07:43:53 +0200
                Iggesund expanding services for Russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5864-iggesund-expanding-services-for-russia http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5864-iggesund-expanding-services-for-russia

                Iggesund Paperboard is expanding its services for Eastern Europe by establishing a new freight terminal in Riga, Latvia, and a sales office in Moscow to boost Russian sales. The newly established units are a step forward in Iggesund’s long-term plan to cultivate its delivery services on a global scale.

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                “We need to be near the customer both in terms of deliveries and other services required by today’s customers,” says Rikard Papp, Director Asia Pacific & Merchants Europe at Iggesund.

                Due to Iggesund’s interest in the Russian markets, the company will, for the second time, be taking part in the RosUpack exhibition in Moscow.

                “The intense interest we met with last year convinced us that we should establish a sales office for the Russian market. It is a major market that definitely has room for a high-end product like Invercote,” says Rikard Papp.

                Iggesund’s service offering is not just about deliveries. The newly launched Care by Iggesund is a comprehensive and improved service concept. Steady lead times are the main goal, but everything from fast sample service and knowledge transfer to local technical support and transparent raw material supply are also part of the package.

                “We don’t want customers who choose Invercote to just sleep well at night. They can also rest assured that the end result will be dazzling,” Rikard Papp says.

                Iggesund Paperboard’s terminal in Riga has been operational since April and the sales office in Russia will be inaugurated in July.

                Caption: “Russia is a hugely promising major market that definitely has room for a high-end product like Invercote,” says Rikard Papp. ©Iggesund


                Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production. 

                Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

                Further information:

                Staffan Sjöberg
                Public Relations Manager

                Iggesund Paperboard
                SE-825 80 Sweden
                Tel: +4665028256
                Mobile: +46703064800

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                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Thu, 11 Jun 2015 09:44:53 +0200
                  Berberich Papier and Papier Union agree a regional logistics partnership http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5770-berberich-papier-and-papier-union-agree-a-regional-logistics-partnership http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5770-berberich-papier-and-papier-union-agree-a-regional-logistics-partnership

                  2015 05 04 085526Carl Berberich GmbH and Papier Union GmbH will cooperate on logistics from 1 May 2015. By doing so, the two paper merchants aim to improve the efficiency and achieve more flexible deliveries for their clients.

                  The core idea behind the partnership, according to Berberich Managing Director Heinz König, is to increase flexibility, which requires an efficient logistics network. With respect to market dynamics, König adds: “The new partnership will allow us to react quickly to changes in the market, to take greater advantage of new opportunities and to secure existing client relationships over the long term.”

                  “Both companies are remaining independent,” notes Thomas Schimanowski, Managing Director of Papier Union. “Pooling our wide-ranging logistics expertise further strengthens the individual companies and allows them to provide clients with more flexible and cost-optimised deliveries. These benefits all involved – our clients and both companies.

                  About Papier Union GmbH

                  As a 100% subsidiary of the Inapa Group, Papier Union belongs to one of the largest European merchant groups in the paper sector. Papier Union is an industry leader among Germany’s high- quality paper merchants. The company employs 850 staff at 20 sites across Germany.

                   About Carl Berberich GmbH

                  Carl Berberich GmbH, with the business divisions Berberich Papier and Berberich Systems, was founded in 1863 in Heilbronn, Baden-Württemberg. The paper wholesaler, which also develops and manufactures products for presentation and organisation, employs around 400 staff. The family company focuses on regional subsidiaries: Abstatt near Heilbronn, Hofheim-Wallau near Frankfurt, Langenfeld in Rheinland-Pfalz, Lippstadt in Westphalia, Lehrte near Hanover and Ottobrunn near Munich as well as an Austrian subsidiary in Thalgau near Salzburg.

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                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Mon, 04 May 2015 08:53:29 +0200
                    New forest terminal at the Port of Gothenburg http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5591-new-forest-terminal-at-the-port-of-gothenburg http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5591-new-forest-terminal-at-the-port-of-gothenburg

                    More sawmills throughout the Nordic region can now ship their timber via the Port of Gothenburg. A new transloading terminal for timber products has opened at the port. The terminal will be run by the family-owned company Sören Thyr AB.

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                    Paper, pulp and timber products account for a large proportion of exports that pass through the Port of Gothenburg. Up to now, the port has lacked a dedicated terminal for transloading sawn timber products. The Port of Gothenburg has therefore invested in a completely new forest terminal that will be operated by the Gävle-based company Sören Thyr AB.

                    2015-01-30 094910"We welcome Sören Thyr AB to Gothenburg. The company is well known in the industry. Thanks to this investment, more sawmills and paper mills throughout the world can make use of the port's worldwide service network," said Magnus Kårestedt, Port of Gothenburg Chief Executive.

                    Linked to the rail system
                    The new forest terminal is proximate to the port's ro-ro and container terminals. Linked to the rail system, it can handle more than one million cubic metres of timber each year.

                    The terminal makes it possible for sawmills to send their timber by rail or road. On arrival in Gothenburg, the timber is loaded into the correct unit – a container or trailer for example – for onward shipment worldwide.

                    "We are extremely pleased that we have managed to establish operations at the largest port in the Nordic region. We know that many sawmills are interested in exporting via Gothenburg and thanks to the new terminal more mills now have the opportunity to do so," said Jörgen Thyr, CEO and son of the founder Sören Thyr.

                    Investment in the forest industry 
                    The forest terminal is part of an ongoing investment to increase forest product volumes in Gothenburg. Other aspects include new rail solutions, plans for more weather-protected transloading terminals and a new collaborative venture between the Port of Gothenburg and a number of shipping companies* to market the range of shipping and peripheral services to the forest industry. 

                    * Stena Line, DFDS Seaways, CLdN, MSC, SCI Freightman, ACL, Unifeeder and "K" Line.

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                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:52:21 +0100
                      Work begins on £25m Quay extention at Port of Tyne http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5573-work-begins-on-25m-quay-extention-at-port-of-tyne http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5573-work-begins-on-25m-quay-extention-at-port-of-tyne

                      The Port of Tyne has appointed the main contractor for the £25m extension of Riverside Quay, the Port’s multifunctional deep-sea facility at South Shields.

                      2015-01-16 201923The main contract for over 300 metres of quay work includes a 125 metre quay extension, an upgrade of 118m of existing quay and 90m of quay wall renewal at the former McNulty site. The £18.6m contract was won by Tyneside-based Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd who will start construction this month.

                      This development is required to support the growth in cargo volumes being handled by the Port, including the relatively new wood pellet imports used by power stations as they convert from coal to renewable fuels.

                      Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne Chief Executive Officer, said: “On the back of growth in volumes over the past few years we are investing in new infrastructure to make sure the Port is able to meet the needs of both our existing and our future customers. This is the biggest single investment we have made since we built Europe’s first purpose-built wood pellet facilities back in 2010 and it will significantly increase the Port’s capacity to handle increased volumes of cargoes. Extending the length of the quay will increase the berthing capacity by almost 20% enabling up to four large cargo ships to berth simultaneously.

                      “If we are successful in achieving our plans the added capacity provided by the extension of the quay would deliver new jobs and would add around £2 million to the regional Gross Value Added each year.

                      “I am delighted that a North East based company won the tender against international competition. The project itself could have a major impact in the region – during construction it will add £14.8 million to the local economy.”

                      Enabling work began in June last year with nearly £3m million invested in underwater preparatory works and internal roads built within the Port to reduce construction traffic outside and minimise disruption for nearby businesses and residents.

                      The project covers some 300 metres of quay, including the construction of a brand new 125 metre quay extension with a load capacity of 10 tonnes per square metre. A 118m section of existing quay which is over 70 years old will be removed, and the old fenders will be replaced with new before the quay itself can be laid. The renewal of 90m of quay wall at the former McNulty site also marks the start of investment to refurbish the site acquired by the Port in 2013.

                      In total 240 steel piles up to 33m long and weighing up to 21 tonne each will be needed to support the new quay and will be driven into the river bed over the course of the project.

                      Paul Stephenson, Managing Director of Southbay Civil Engineering Ltd, said: “We are pleased to have won this major contract on our doorstep and delighted that our specialist civil engineering skills are put to good use with our experienced local staff and labour. It is fantastic to be part of this project to bring the Port of Tyne the vital flexibility it needs to continue to win business, supporting jobs and the North East economy.”

                      • National Transport Awards ‘UK Port of the Year 2014’, the Port of Tyne operates one of the UK's fastest growing major deep-sea port - a vital trading gateway to world-wide markets
                      • Investment of over £120m in the past 10 years has created the infrastructure to deliver continued growth of the Port's diverse businesses
                      • The Port of Tyne adds £507m to the economy of the North East supporting 10,500 jobs

                      For further information please contact:

                      Lisa Donohoe, Public Relations Manager

                      Tel: +44 (0) 191 455 2671 Mobile: +44 (0)79123 90777 E: lisa.donohoe@portoftyne.co.uk

                      Web: www.portoftyne.co.uk Twitter: @Port_of_Tyne

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                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Fri, 16 Jan 2015 20:30:55 +0100
                        Steveco has extended the network http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5471-steveco-has-extended-the-network http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5471-steveco-has-extended-the-network

                        In two words: sell and develop...

                        This is how Peter Langerbeck, Country Manager, Steveco Logistics describes his new job in Swedish representative office of Steveco.

                        Steveco Logistics, running the Steveco forwarding business around all corners of the globe, has widened its representation network in Sweden and the Baltic countries during this autumn.

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                        A major part of Steveco’s logistics business has to do with handling export, import and transit cargo to and from Russia as well as the CIS states. With this in mind, Sweden may sound like surprising direction for the company.

                        In fact, Sweden is a key location for forest and other heavy industries, so many of our existing and potential customers operate there, says Tomi Rautio, Senior Vice President, Steveco Logistics.

                        Ultimately, it’s all about building a full-service logistics network. Poland and Germany are active routes for southbound exports, while Finland and the Baltics provide alternative options for shipments from Sweden. However, one thing is constant: the need for local expertise.

                        It’s important to have people on the ground who not only know the local conditions inside out, but can also handle the full range of services required by our customers, says Tomi Rautio. - Our customers are always looking for the best routes for their cargo and we are there for them.

                        We do not copy paste

                        2014-11-27 092906Peter Langerbeck has his office in a computer...

                        Sweden is a significant market for logistics services. Steveco opens up new opportunities for our customers in the Baltic Sea region. Steveco’s strengths lie in strong technological expertise and experience of eastbound traffic, Peter Langerbeck says.

                        Steveco promotes a one stop shop principal for its customers and with almost 1000 employees and specialists in every field this runs very smoothly. Now our customers want us to arrange the same from their Swedish production units to Steveco’s main target markets, Finland, the Baltics, Russia, CIS and East Asia.

                        This means tailor-made services to each customer. We do not copy paste, Peter Langerbeck notes.

                        In addition Sweden has a local industry with eastbound markets, which are politically confused, for the time being. The last thing the sales process for this industry needs is more uncertainty, and we in Steveco can reassure the customer to trust to the long experience and professionalism of our staff. We have our own network in every market we offer our services.

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                          no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Thu, 27 Nov 2014 09:29:27 +0100
                          Södra's 74-tonne wood-chip truck now rolling fully loaded http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5337-soedra-s-74-tonne-wood-chip-truck-now-rolling-fully-loaded http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5337-soedra-s-74-tonne-wood-chip-truck-now-rolling-fully-loaded

                          On 15 May, Södra's two truck rigs with a maximum weight of 74 tonnes officially entered service. They are now rolling fully loaded.

                          2014-09-16 201625 sodra truck

                          Shortly after entering service, a dispensation was received for one of the rigs, a timber truck with a five-axle trailer. Dispensation for the wood-chip truck was not granted until 10 September and, during the waiting period, the truck operated as a 60-tonne truck. Now both rigs are in full production and both are included in the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden's ETT - Modular System for Timber Transport project named One More Stack.

                          "We are relieved to finally get started. It will be interesting to follow how much more we will be able to transport for different products and what this will mean in terms of fewer journeys and lowered emissions," says Åsa Forss, Transport Manager at Södra.

                          Södra is one of the stakeholders in the Forestry Research Institute of Sweden's project for larger and heavier timber transportation vehicles. The project is evaluating a number of vehicles in practical operation, where areas include environmental impact (fuel consumption and emissions), road safety and costs. Two primary types of longer and/or heavier vehicles are being evaluated:

                          . ETT rigs, (One More Stack) with a length of 30 metres (max. 32 metres) and a maximum weight of 90 tonnes
                          . ST rigs (Bigger Stacks) with a normal length of (max. 25.25 metres) and a maximum weight of 74 tonnes.

                          To find out more, please Contact:
                          Håkan Larsson, President, Södra Skog, tel: +46 70 589 45 10
                          Annica Gerentz, Director of Communications, Södra, tel: +46 470 894 81
                          Åsa Forss, Transport Manager Södra, tel: +46 470 856 41

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                            no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:21:41 +0200
                            Reinvented and launched — the new BOXHUNTER from Konecranes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5085-reinvented-and-launched-the-new-boxhunter-from-konecranes http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5085-reinvented-and-launched-the-new-boxhunter-from-konecranes

                            After several studies, and backed by a thorough understanding of customer needs, Konecranes launched  the BOXHUNTER and reinvented the RTG crane. The innovations at a glance: the operator has been brought down to earth. The cabin has been brought down to the truck lane, the heart of container handling action. The BOXHUNTER operating concept is unique: a complete rethinkinging of RTG operation and operator ergonomics.

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                            “We are very pleased to announce the launch of the BOXHUNTER and are very much looking forward to offering this innovative crane to our customers in Middle East”, says Andreas Falk, Port Cranes & Lifttrucks Sales Director Konecranes Middle East. “We are confident that this outstanding container crane that is an excellent value for money that will meet the needs of our clients”, he adds.

                            BOXHUNTER is the outcome of an intense product development effort that reinvented the Rubber Tired Gantry (RTG) crane. The BOXHUNTER operating concept is based on advanced video and laser technology that Konecranes has developed for its top-of-the-line Automated Stacking Cranes (ASCs). Video cameras located at strategic points around the crane and a sophisticated Graphical User Interface in the cab give the operator excellent visibility everywhere he needs it.

                            BOXHUNTER is built around the needs of container terminal operators who want the best but do not need all the features or peak performance of the Konecranes’ top-of-the-range 16-wheel RTG. BOXHUNTER maintains a steady level of performance, around 15+ container movements an hour, while still offering the high reliability and low downtime that lie at the heart of the Konecranes philosophy and brand.

                            2014-05-06 085756

                            Turning things on their head

                            The new BOXHUNTER is built around the operator and the Graphical User Interface the operator works with. The main idea was to turn things on their head, literally, and bring the operator down to ground level. With the sophisticated video and laser technology that is currently available, it’s no longer essential to have the cab at the top of the crane. While bringing the cab down, the hoisting machinery was also relocated down to ground level. This simplifies the overall structure and brings a new ease of access to this machinery, which is great from the service perspective.

                            BOXHUNTER also has a new counterweight system that eliminates the weight of the spreader from every load lifted, thus saving energy.

                            2014-05-06 085812

                            The most standard RTG ever

                            A simpler structure brings valuable savings to the customer across the board. BOXHUNTER is the most modular and standard RTG ever, offered with a minimum of customizable options. It is delivered in containers, by regular container ship.

                            As with all Konecranes container cranes, BOXHUNTER can be equipped with extra operator-aiding, safety-enhancing features such as DGPS Autosteering. TRUCONNECT®, Konecranes’ remote monitoring service, is also available.

                            There is nothing comparable

                            There is no other RTG on the market today that combines this level of innovation, this level of operator experience, and this level of reliable performance, at such a competitive price. Customers buying the BOXHUNTER can also rest assured that it offers the same safety and quality as all other Konecranes products.

                            Caption 1: Konecranes’ new BOXHUNTER will interest container terminal operators in different markets.© Konecranes

                            Caption 2: BOXHUNTER is a no-compromise design in terms of reliable performance, ease of operation, and eco-efficiency.© Konecranes

                            Caption 3: Excellent visibility through every container move is the foundation of the BOXHUNTER operating concept.© Konecranes

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                              no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (ipmj) Logistics Tue, 06 May 2014 09:06:02 +0200
                              LOGISTICS - Port of Baltimore sets container, auto and wood pulp records for 2013 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5040-logistics-port-of-baltimore-sets-container-auto-and-wood-pulp-records-for-2013 http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/5040-logistics-port-of-baltimore-sets-container-auto-and-wood-pulp-records-for-2013

                              The port of Baltimore handled more automobiles, cargo containers and wood pulp in 2013 than ever before, a record-setting performance despite continuing labor unrest on its public docks.

                              2014-04-10 083355

                              Solidifying its place as the nation's No. 1 port for automobile imports and exports, the Maryland Port Administration said Tuesday that it handled 749,100 cars and trucks in 2013, up from 652,000 in 2012. The increase was due in part to newly inked contracts with auto manufacturers, including a five-year deal with Mazda announced in August.

                              In all, the port's public marine terminals handled 9.6 million tons of cargo in 2013, matching 2012's record, but container cargo grew 1 percent to 6.4 million tons from 6.3 million tons in 2012. Wood pulp cargo increased 23 percent to 591,570 tons and also set a record. The previous record was set in 2011, with 515,433 tons.

                              Maryland port officials have targeted all three commodities as areas of growth for the port.

                              Gov. Martin O'Malley, in a statement, credited the success to "shrewd infrastructure investments, unique job-creating public-private partnerships, and long-term contracts with major international shipping companies."

                              The port of Baltimore signed a 50-year, $1.3 billion public-private partnership with Ports America Chesapeake in 2009 that allowed it to invest in major new infrastructure — including cranes to work the latest generation of massive container ships — and begin courting more international clientele.

                              Including Baltimore's private terminals, the port moved 30.3 million tons of international cargo across its docks in 2013, valued at more than $52 billion.

                              Baltimore ranks first among U.S. ports for handling automobiles, farm and construction machinery and imported forest products, sugar, aluminum and gypsum, and second for exported coal.

                              The port employs more than 14,600 people and is responsible for $3 billion in personal wages and salaries, and more than $300 million in annual state and local taxes, the MPA said.

                              Last year's success came despite a three-day work stoppage in October and labor unrest ever since, which has caused some companies to divert business elsewhere.

                              source: baltimoresun.com

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                                no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (ipmj) Logistics Thu, 10 Apr 2014 08:28:43 +0200
                                Tilbury launches London Paper Terminal http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4993-tilbury-launches-london-paper-terminal http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4993-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.

                                london paper

                                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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                                • paper
                                • logistics
                                  no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (ipmj) Logistics Fri, 21 Mar 2014 13:05:34 +0100
                                  International Paper agrees to merge xpedx distribution business with Unisource Worldwide, Inc. http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4854-international-paper-agrees-to-merge-xpedx-distribution-business-with-unisource-worldwide,-inc http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4854-international-paper-agrees-to-merge-xpedx-distribution-business-with-unisource-worldwide,-inc

                                  ip logo newInternational Paper (NYSE:IP) has announced that distribution solutions businesses xpedx and Unisource Worldwide, Inc. will merge under the terms of a definitive agreement that will result in the creation of a new publicly traded company. The agreements providing for the combination of the two businesses were signed by International Paper, parent company of xpedx, and by UWW Holdings LLC, the holding company that owns Unisource and is owned by an affiliate of Bain Capital and by Georgia-Pacific, as well as certain of their affiliates.

                                  Upon the expected completion of the merger in mid-2014, which is subject to certain closing conditions, the new company will have projected annual revenue in the range of $9 billion to $10 billion, and will have about 9,500 team members across more than 170 distribution centers in North America.

                                  "This transaction provides excellent value for International Paper shareholders and is a unique opportunity for xpedx and Unisource to create a new company that is stronger, more competitive and able to provide even greater value to customers," said John Faraci, chairman and chief executive officer of International Paper. "We anticipate the new company will generate synergies of about $200 million."

                                  xpedxMary Laschinger, president, xpedx, and senior vice president, International Paper, said, "We're bringing together two well established distribution businesses to create a new company with the financial stability and strategic focus to strengthen and grow our core businesses. Combined, the new company will be even better positioned to provide the products, services and ideas to support our customers' businesses."

                                  Transaction Details

                                  The transaction will be accomplished through a Reverse Morris Trust structure.  International Paper will indirectly contribute the assets of xpedx to a newly formed wholly owned subsidiary, xpedx Holding Company, in exchange for the stock of the subsidiary, a cash payment of approximately $400 million expected to be financed with new debt in the new company's capital structure, as well as the potential for an additional cash payment pursuant to an "earn-out" provision described below.  International Paper will distribute shares of the new company to International Paper shareholders on a pro rata basis in a manner intended to be tax-free to International Paper and its shareholders. 

                                  Following the spinoff of the new company to International Paper shareholders, Unisource will immediately merge with and into the new company. In connection with the merger, the shares of Unisource will be converted into a number of shares of the new company such that, following the merger, approximately 51 percent of the shares of the new public company will be owned by International Paper shareholders, with the remaining approximately 49 percent of shares held by UWW Holdings. The shares of the new company to be received by International Paper shareholders in the distribution will be registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The new company intends to apply to list its shares for trading on the New York Stock Exchange. UWW Holdings may request to register its shares of the new company with the SEC for resale beginning 180 days following the closing of the merger, pursuant to the terms of a Registration Rights Agreement to be entered into between the new company and UWW Holdings.

                                  In connection with the spinoff, the new company will prepare and file with the SEC a registration statement registering the shares to be distributed to International Paper's stockholders and containing information about the spinoff and the merger. The company expects to file the initial registration statement to start the SEC review process in the coming weeks.

                                  To finance the cash payment to International Paper and refinance existing debt of Unisource, the new company has entered into a commitment with three banks for $1.4 billion of asset-backed financing. The new company's target debt-to-EBITDA ratio is expected to be in the range of 4-5. The new company will be well positioned to generate solid cash flow for operations and reinvestment in the business while adequately servicing its debt.

                                  In the sixth year following closing, International Paper will have the right to receive a one-time payment of up to $100 million in cash as an "earn-out." The earn-out amount will be calculated based upon the extent to which actual EBITDA of the new company in the third, fourth and fifth years following the closing exceed an agreed-upon target. 

                                  The new company's executive offices will be located in the greater Atlanta area. In addition, the new company will retain the two existing operational headquarters of the legacy companies in Loveland, Ohio, and Norcross, Ga.

                                  Leadership & Governance

                                  Mary Laschinger will be the chief executive officer of the new company and chairman of its board of directors. Allan Dragone, currently president and CEO, Unisource Worldwide, will serve as a director of the new company and will advise on integration activities. The other directors will be:

                                  • Lead Director William E. Mitchell, retired chairman and chief executive officer, Arrow Electronics, Inc. and founder of Sequel Capital Management, LLC
                                  • Daniel T. Henry, retired executive vice president and chief financial officer, American Express
                                  • Tracy Leinbach, retired executive vice president and CFO, Ryder System, Inc.
                                  • John Zillmer, retired chairman, president and chief executive officer, Univar, Inc.
                                  • Michael Muldowney, former CFO and interim CEO of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Co., and founder and CEO of Foxford Capital, LLC
                                  • Charles G. Ward, partner, Perella Weinberg Partners, and former president of Lazard Ltd.
                                  • Seth Meisel, managing director, Bain Capital

                                  SOURCE International Paper

                                  • International Paper
                                  • logistics
                                    no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (IPMJ) Logistics Wed, 29 Jan 2014 08:06:41 +0100
                                    Global trade of softwood lumber in 2013 to reach its highest level in five years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4846-global-trade-of-softwood-lumber-in-2013-to-reach-its-highest-level-in-five-years,-reports-the-wood-resource-quarterly http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4846-global-trade-of-softwood-lumber-in-2013-to-reach-its-highest-level-in-five-years,-reports-the-wood-resource-quarterly

                                    With demand for lumber being in recovery mode in a number of countries in the world in 2013, global trade of both lumber and logs were on track to reach their highest levels since before the global financial crisis in 2008, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. The biggest increases in overseas lumber trade have been from Canada to China and from the Nordic countries to Japan.

                                    2014-01-27 083539Seattle, USA. Global trade of both logs and softwood lumber was higher in 2013 than it was in 2012 with both products reaching their highest levels traded since before the global financial crises in 2008, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). The total value that was traded in 2013 was estimated to be over 50 billion dollars (based on data for the period January-October), with almost two-thirds of the value being that of softwood products. Although shipments of logs have increased faster than shipments of lumber the past five years, the total value of traded lumber is still more than double that of logs.

                                    Softwood lumber is, by far the most commonly shipped wood product worldwide and the US continues to be the major destination for internationally traded lumber, with Canada currently supplying almost 96% of all imports to the country. Lumber shipped by break-bulk vessels or by container ships accounted for more than half of the total volume of lumber traded in the world in 2013. The largest overseas trade flows were between Canada and Asia, followed by shipments from Sweden to the United Kingdom and Northern Africa (see detailed trade data in the latest issue of the WRQ).

                                    The biggest changes in overseas lumber trade in 2013 have been a continued increase in exports from the Nordic countries to Asia (mainly Japan) and from North America (mainly Canada) to China, while there has been a decline in trade within Europe and in shipments from most supplying countries to Northern Africa, according to the WRQ (www.woodprices.com). The unrest and uncertain political situation in Egypt has left supplying sawmills searching for alternative markets and many lumber companies in Europe and Russia have found new opportunities for increased sales in Asia over the past 12 months.

                                    There has been an unprecedented increase in demand for softwood lumber in Asia the past few years, with the three major importing countries: Japan, China and South Korea together importing more than twice as much lumber in 2013 as compared to five years ago.

                                    With a strengthening lumber market in the US it is likely that Canadian sawmills in the western provinces may redirect some of their current shipments that are currently going to Asia into the American market in the coming year. As a consequence, opportunities would rise for European and Latin American lumber producers to expand exportation to both Japan and China.

                                    • trade
                                    • transport
                                    • shipping
                                    • logistics
                                      no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (IPMJ) Logistics Mon, 27 Jan 2014 08:33:12 +0100
                                      Follow-up order for carton-, flat sorting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4738-follow-up-order-for-carton-,-flat-sorting http://www.pulp-paperworld.com/press-releases/logistics/item/4738-follow-up-order-for-carton-,-flat-sorting

                                      VITRONIC Machine Vision LTD is proud to announce it has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to automate the manual processing of flats and small parcels from a large parcel and post customer.

                                      vitronic logistics ppwUnder the terms of the contract, VITRONIC Machine Vision LTD, will provide over 2,000 VICAMsnap! camera units to be deployed in early 2014 for their facilities throughout the United States. This will bring VITRONIC's fielded units for this customer to 3,000 units for this program.

                                      The camera systems will provide scanning and barcode decoding for all customer specific linear and 2-dimensional codes (PostNet™, Planet Code®, Datamatrix, PDF-417 and Intelligent Mail® Barcodes), provide image capture and archiving routines, and allow the customer to provide additional tracking capabilities throughout their network. The VITRONIC VICAMsnap! solution replaces a previous multi-step process and will allow faster manual sorting and throughput efficiency along with providing improved tracking visibility enhancing the customer experience.

                                      “We are pleased to continue our relationship and this program continuation is a direct result of a successful roll out in 2013 and is based on the performance, ease of installation and in the overall improvements in operational efficiencies. Our solution allows our customers to take advantage of the latest innovative technology in the market today. There is no product like the VICAMsnap! in the market today and we are proud of our successes", stated Michael Schindler, VITRONIC Machine Vision LTD’s president of North American operations.

                                      The VITRONIC VICAMsnap! is a compact, lightweight camera-based solution that packs performance into a robust design. It is equipped with white illumination which allows for the reading and decoding of colored barcodes and provides more effective reading of damaged or poorly printed barcodes on colored backgrounds. The VITRONIC VICAMsnap! provides a 12x10 inch width of field and 16 inch depth of field (read area 310mm x 260mm x 300mm) to allow operators to immediately capture all 1D and 2D barcodes present on parcels, flats and boxes.
                                      A target illumination on the package allows the operator to quickly find the scan zone and process the items being scanned. The VICAMsnap!provides immediate feedback to the operator through audible tones and configurable voice commands. It features visual red and green go/no go LED flash indicators directly on the items being scanned, allowing the operator to process the item even in noisy industrial environments. This innovative approach with audible and visual operator feedback also provides 508 compliance features. The system is equipped with a powerful processing unit that provides more than just barcode reading; it allows image capture/archiving and complex processing routines completed in real time. Images can be compressed, binarized, pre-processed for OCR and transmitted via Gigabit Ethernet to a host server for further processing or offline archiving purposes.

                                      The VICAMsnap! camera is an advanced information and image acquisition system designed for manual and automated pro-cessing in the material handling, warehousing, parcel/post, distribution and manufacturing industries.

                                      • logistics
                                      • automation
                                      • material handling
                                        no-spam@pulp-paperworld.com (Ianadmin) Logistics Fri, 13 Dec 2013 09:37:16 +0100