Södra was awarded two prizes, as Best Supplier – Pulp Producer Category and for Best Sustainability Project – Social Category during the Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award (3SAward). This year the prize ceremony took place in Columbus, Ohio
Sofidel, one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide, on occasion of its annual 3SAward, awarded Södra among its best suppliers.
The Suppliers Sustainability Award organised every year by Sofidel aimed at its national and international suppliers to encourage, spread and highlight best practices and improvements carried out by suppliers in the field of social and environmental responsibility.
On this occasion Södra, the Sweden's largest forest-owner association, was nominated and won in two categories: in the Best Supplier – Pulp Producer for the sustainability performance of the mills in Mönsterås, Mörrum, and Värö, which between them produce close to 2 million tons of market pulp annually, was especially highlighted. Södra also won in the category The Best Sustainable Project – Social, for their campaign “Act of a Hero”.
“The prize for ‘Best Supplier – Pulp Producer Category’ shows that we at Södra maintain a high level in our sustainability efforts, thanks to the focus and commitment of our employees – this award is an honour and accolade for them. Our mills are well invested and expertly run for the benefit of customers, and for selected key sustainability targets we have” says Gunilla Saltin CEO at Södra Cell.
The “Act of a Hero” campaign was a social media expression of Södra’s belief in the sustainable role played by tissue and other paper products in society.
Paper production is a very resource demanding industry, both in terms of water, forest, and energy. For this reason, Sofidel works actively for a more sustainable paper and pulp industry. As of today, Sofidel has reduced direct emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere by 20.6% thanks to investments in energy efficiency, in the use of cogeneration plants and the use of renewable energy sources. Another fundamental area of action is the sourcing of pulp from independent certified sources with forest certification schemes (FSC®, FSC Controlled Wood, SFI®, PEFC™), which has reached a level of 100%. Moreover, Sofidel operates to safeguard water resources, limiting the consumption inside their production processes (the amount of water used in the production is distinctly lower than the industry benchmark: 7.1 l/kg vs. 15-25 l/kg)
Read more about Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Awards here
- About The Sofidel Group The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,724 million Euros (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers programme, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.
Toscotec will provide a complete plant with two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines on a full turnkey basis to Sofidel America’s integrated plant (paper mill and converting) in Inola, Oklahoma, the second greenfield investment of the Group in the United States. The start-up is scheduled for the last quarter of 2019 for PM1 and for the first quarter of 2020 for PM2.
The supply includes two AHEAD-2.0L tissue machines, equipped with second generation TT SYD and gas-fired TT Milltech-DYH Duosystem Hoods, with a high level of energy recovery. Each AHEAD-2.0L machine features a sheet trim of 5,500 mm, an operating speed of 2,000 m/min and is designed for an annual production capacity of over 80,000 tons.
The supply also comprises the stock preparation equipment and accessories, Toscotec’s TT SAF (Short Approach Flow) ensuring increased operation efficiency, the Distribution Control System (DCS) and Quality Control System (QCS) and the dust and mist removal systems.
The project’s turnkey scope includes the boiler plant, the compressed air station, the bridge crane, the shaft puller, the roll handling and wrapping systems, the chemical preparation system, the hall ventilation system and the water treatment system (Fresh Water Treatment Plant and Waste Water Treatment Plant).
Toscotec will also provide the detailed mill engineering according to US codes and standards, the construction management, the plant and the machine erection, commissioning and start-up supervision and training programs.
The two tissue lines are dedicated to the production of toilet paper and towels and will process 100% pre-dried virgin pulp.
Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of Sofidel, states: "Toscotec’s tissue lines represent an important part of our expansion plan in the US, one of the most important markets for our Group. A key technology investment for our new, integrated plant in Inola to serve the South-Central and Central-Western United States. We opted for one of the most advanced and energy-efficient technology, to help pursuing our penetration in the American market and sustaining the high quality of our products."
The construction of the plant – that will combine sustainability and technological innovation – started in March 2018 and will be completed by mid-2020. Once fully operational, the new facility will employ 300 full-time workers. Since the beginning of the expansion to the United States in 2012, Sofidel has now operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Sofidel is a family-run company owned by Stefani and Lazzareschi families, and is the second biggest player in Europe today, and the sixth worldwide in tissue paper manufacturing, with net sales of 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017).
"We are honoured to have been selected for such an important investment by Sofidel. And even more so, this project represents the joint effort of two Lucca-based Italian companies who set out to succeed in the USA. I know that we have already achieved important synergies and I firmly believe that working together for a shared expansion target will lead to a successful outcome," says Alessandro Mennucci, CEO of Toscotec.
The Sofidel Group
The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturer of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,724 million Euros (2017) / 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.
Sofidel America is a subsidiary of the Sofidel Group. It was established in 2012 through the acquisition of the Cellynne tissue company which was founded in 1988 with two converting plants in Green Bay (Wisconsin) and Henderson (Nevada), and one integrated plant in Haines City (Florida). The company is now active in seven states – the original three already listed, as well as Oklahoma (Tulsa), Mississippi (Hattiesburg), Ohio (Circleville) and Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) where the company has its American headquarters. Furthermore, a new integrated plant is currently under construction in Oklahoma (Inola).
Italian tissue paper manufacturer Sofidel has just opened a 280-acre plant, one of its most technologically and environmentally advanced paper plants in the world, with innovative machinery that increases both the quality of its products and the energy efficiency of its operations.
The Circleville, Ohio, plant is Sofidel’s largest worldwide and its first integrated paper mill built from the ground up in the United States. Since expanding to the United States in 2012, Sofidel now has operations in seven states: Florida, Mississippi, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
“The United States is a crucial market for us and is where we intend to grow,’’ said Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group. “This plant will help us fuel our growth significantly and further our commitment to sustainable, environmentally responsible development. We are extremely proud of this plant and look forward to being an important part of the Circleville community for decades to come.”
“This is an historic moment for Sofidel,’’ said Emi Stefani, chairman of the Sofidel Group. “This facility is our largest, most modern and sustainable to date and employs the best technology available in the tissue paper industry.’’Sofidel has invested about $400 million in the site and, once running at full capacity, the facility will employ approximately 700 people.
The plant is an integrated facility that incorporates a paper mill, where pulp is transformed into paper, a converting plant that produces the finished product, and a state-of-the-art warehousing facility. The plant has a total production capacity of 140,000 tons a year.
The facility is equipped with two Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) 200 paper mill machines, manufactured by Valmet, a global leader in the development and supply of technologies for the pulp, paper and energy processing industries. Advantage NTT 200 technology allows the production of standard tissue and textured paper and will enable Sofidel to further increase the quality of its products, reduce water usage, and recycle heat to power driers and fuel the plant. Each machine can produce 2,000 meters of 5.5-meter-wide paper sheets per minute.
The plant has 10 lines for producing the finished products, including three Constellation lines manufactured by Fabio Perini, with advanced reeling technology that preserves the product’s softness while ensuring uniform sheet separation from start to finish of every roll.
The plant features a new system for recovering heat generated by turbines. The heat will be conveyed through extractor hoods and used to dry the rolls of paper, then produce steam. The system will supply almost all the energy needed to dry the paper and, under certain operating conditions, will power the entire machine.
In addition, the plant has adapted techniques from the food and beverage industry to improve logistics. An automated system transfers paper reels from the paper mill to the converting lines using laser guided vehicles (LGVs). An automated Smart Store warehouse is capable of handling more than 50,000 pallets of finished product, creating a space savings of up to 40 percent.
At the grand opening, Lazzareschi and Stefani were joined by Brian Lenihan, acting executive director of SelectUSA, and Kenny McDonald, president and chief economic officer for Columbus 2020. Sofidel clients and suppliers, federal, state and local officials, and other stakeholders also attended the event. The project was made possible through assistance from SelectUSA, JobsOhio, Columbus 2020, the Pickaway Progress Partnership and other public and private partnerships.
The Sofidel Group
The Sofidel Group is one of the leading manufacturers of paper for hygienic and domestic use worldwide. Established in 1966, the Group has subsidiaries in 13 countries – Italy, Spain, the UK, France, Belgium, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Hungary, Greece, Romania, Turkey and the USA - with more than 6,000 employees, net sales of 1,947 million USD (2017) and a production capacity of over one million tonnes per year (1,098,000 tonnes in 2017). “Regina”, its most well-known brand, is present on almost all the reference markets. Other brands include: Softis, Le Trèfle, Sopalin, Nouvelle, Thirst Pockets, KittenSoft, Nalys, Cosynel, Yumy, Soft & Easy, Volare, Onda, Lycke, Forest, Nicky, Papernet. A member of the UN Global Compact and the international WWF Climate Savers program, the Sofidel Group considers sustainability a strategic factor with regards to growth and is committed to promoting socially and environmentally responsible development.
Sofidel breaks ground for its new integrated plant in Circleville (OH), in the US.
The plant enters its first building phase with a ceremony that draws dozens of elected officials. They include, among others, Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, Congressman Steve Stivers, State Senator Bob Peterson, and State Representative Gary Scherer.
“Today, we celebrate the commencement of construction of the first Sofidel integrated paper mill to be built from the ground up in the United States,” said our CEO Luigi Lazzareschi. “It’s going to be a very big project for us.”
“This is a very good location for us. Two hundred and eighty acres of relatively flat land,” Mr Lazzareschi added. “A good rail system connected to water and gas, a good airport, good logistically, lots of customer distribution centers, and a potential workforce of hard-working people.”
“For our 50th anniversary, we summarize our attention to The Future in a sentence: Sofidel, 50 years of growth into the future. If Ohio is the State where the future is happening, then evidently, we share the same interest – the future” Mr Lazzareschi said in ending his speech.
"The collaboration and determination of local and state officials and community stakeholders made it possible for Sofidel to break ground today for a facility that not only attests to the strong economic potential of Pickaway County, but brings hundreds of job opportunities for Ohioans," said State Senator Bob Peterson. "Today's groundbreaking was an opportunity to welcome Sofidel to Pickaway County and thank their CEO for making an important investment in our community and in our workforce."
The Circleville plant is expected to become operational by 2018.
As you know US President Barack Obama himself recently mentioned Sofidel in reference to its investment in Ohio. He declared at SelectUSA summit in Washington D.C.: “…at last year’s summit an Italian tissue company started a conversation with folks from central Ohio and next month they are breaking ground in the town of Circleville on a manufacturing facility that will create hundreds of jobs in a part of the American Midwest that needs them. It will be the largest private sector investment in Circleville in decades and it started right here at SelectUSA”.
Excitement is now building for Tissue World 2013, the world’s largest event targeted specifically at the soft hygienic tissue paper business.
Luigi Lazzareschi, CEO of the Sofidel Group based in Lucca, Italy, will be among the speakers at the opening management/markets session of the Tissue World Conference on Monday 18 March. Sofidel, which recently surpassed the milestone of one million tons per year of annual capacity, is Europe’s number two tissue producer and number six in the world.
Numerous other companies and organizations such as SCA, WWF, RISI and the European Tissue Symposium have also agreed to be on the Day One management and markets session. Other speakers will of course be joining this session as the program develops in the coming weeks.
The theme of the conference for 2013 is “Evolution or Revolution: The Next Steps in Sustainable Tissue Making.” Many tissue companies are today seeing that what is good for the environment is often good for profits as well. At the same time, many environmental groups, retailers and consumers are focusing on the tissue industry.
Increased efficiencies all through the supply chain can mean reduced environmental impact, as well as reduced costs. Therefore Tissue World is the perfect place to pick up new ideas, new technology, new ways of doing things, and new approaches to improve operations and sustainability.
The dates of the event are 18-21 March for the conference meeting sessions, and 19-21 March for the trade show of vendors. The place is Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain. For more information, please visit tissueworld.com/world
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The Tejani family has today signed an agreement to sell the LPC Group to family owned Sofidel S.p.A.
Completion of the sale is subject to the receipt of required regulatory approval in Germany.
The combination of LPC and Sofidel will create Europe’s second largest tissue producer with a combined turnover of €1.3 billion per annum. The enlarged group will be enabled to serve its customers with a broader range of products from its reinforced manufacturing footprint in Northern and Southern Europe.
LPC Group is based in Leicester with manufacturing sites in four different countries and has tissue making capacity of nearly 190,000 tons. LPC Group turnover was £236 million.
Italian tissue producer Sofidel has agreed to buy UK-based LPC Group, it was announced in late May. Completion of the deal will create Europe's second biggest tissue producer with a combined annual turnover of €1.3 billion, the companies stated in a joint statement. "The enlarged group will be able to serve its customers with a broader range of products from its reinforced manufacturing base in Northern and Southern Europe."
The announcement of the takeover came just days after Sofidel said its Polish subsidiary Delitissue Sp. Zo. had acquired 30% of the share capital of Comceh SA, a Romanian company with its head office at Calarasi, in South Romania with annual sales of around €35 million.
Sofidel is headquartered in Lucca, Italy, and has 17 manufacturing operations in eight countries across Europe. It employs 3200 people, makes more than 700,000 tons/yr of tissue, and last year generated sales of more than â‚¬1 billion.
LPC Group is based in Leicester, UK. It has manufacturing bases in four countries and makes nearly 190,000 tons/yr of tissue. It employs 1120 people and in the year to 30 September 2009 generated sales of Â£236 million, though it made a loss of almost Â£5 million for the period.
Late last year LPC said that it was planning a Â£40 million expansion at its Hamilton plant. In early 2010 it announced a move into converting at Roanne in France and said it was looking for further acquisitions. Demand for its products in the UK was booming, it said, and it was having to import paper from Germany to meet it.
And in a press statement issued in mid-May, the group added: "Following continued expansion LPC Group are celebrating their most successful year to date and also their 30th anniversary. From modest beginnings LPC group has grown to become one of the biggest suppliers of private label tissue products in Europe."
"The cornerstone of the groups success to date has been a deep rooted commitment to customer service and innovative product development. By working with their customers to develop class leading new products or simply developing current products and packaging to meet market needs LPC have maintained their positive growth."
This dedication to innovation and development is matched with investment in state of the art equipment that enables LPC to maintain the most efficient production levels and highest quality standards while meeting increased customer demand.
"Within the investment the company has developed the capability to manufacture tissue with Conventional, Tissueflex and Through-Air-Dried processes. This technical lead has enabled LPC to produce innovative tissue products that out-perform the leading brands in each sector."
Completion of the LPC deal is subject to receipt of the required regulatory approval in Germany, the companies' statement notes.
Comceh strengthens Eastern European position
Established in 1962 and privatised in 2000, Comceh is one of the key businesses in the Romanian paper industry, with a 31% share in the toilet tissue sector, (22% branded products and 9% private label products) and a 27% share in the kitchen towel sector (9% branded products and 18% private label).
Such an operation is considered part of a strategy which by means of achievable synergies between the two companies reinforces the internationalisation within, both from a commercial and a production aspect. It also gives the company a presence in the target markets of the group over the forthcoming years.
Current production capacity is around 35,000 tons/yr, with a total of 260 employees.
Comceh is located in a strategic position between Bucharest and Costanza, near the Bulgarian border, ideal for supplying the countries of South East Europe, Sofidel said in a statement.
The plant is situated on the Borcea canal, which is a branch of the Danube, the most important waterway in Europe, which, linked by the Meno and Reno rivers joins Rotterdam and Costanza. The site also has a rail link and loading platforms. (See Tissue World November 2009 for fuller details on Comceh).
The new acquisitions are the latest in a long line over the past year for Sofidel. At the end of 2009 it bought Greek company Papyros, which has capacity of 25,000 tons/yr on a single modern Recard machine. Earlier in 2010 it created Sofidel Papir, a new company in Croatia to extend its coverage of the Balkan markets.
Sofidel submits environmental impact material for new French mill (News from RISI)
Sofidel is moving forward with plans to build a new integrated paper mill in France. The company's French subsidiary, Delipapier, has prepared materials for an environmental impact study for the new plant which it submitted to French authorities last week, according to Delipapier's Jean-Paul Cussenot. The company expects a response at the beginning of next year, he said.
The facility, which will be located in Ingrandes, western France, will house a tissue machine and a number of converting lines and will have a capacity of some 50,000 tons/yr.
Once the green light is given, work on the first phase of the project will begin immediately, with the converting facility to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011. The second stage of the project will involve the construction of the tissue mill itself. That should begin in 2012, with paper production to launch in 2014.
Suppliers for the €120 million project have not been selected yet.
Delipapier plans to shut down its nearby converting facility in Buxeuil once converting operations start at Ingrandes. The 60 employees there will be transferred to the Ingrandes operation along with the old facility's converting lines, according to Cussenot.
With the new plant, Sofidel aims to increase capacity in the west and southwest of France, particularly in the away-from-home sector.
Delipapier owns another mill in France, in Frouard, in the northeast of the country. That facilty houses two 60,000 ton/yr tissue machines.