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Ian Melin-Jones

The renewable materials company Stora Enso has become the first forest products company to set ambitious science-based greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets to address significant emissions along the company’s value chain. The targets have been approved by the Science Based Targets initiative.

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“For over a decade we have been actively reducing the energy-intensity of our operations and our dependence on fossil fuels,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström. “As a company operating in a bioeconomy and using renewable raw materials, we are in a unique position to take the next step. We are now committing to further reducing our CO2and other greenhouse gas emissions in line with the 2°C limit set for global warming by the Paris Agreement. The new targets coveremissions from our own operations, but also includes engagement targets for our partners all through the value chain.”  

The target commits Stora Enso to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from operations by 31% per tonne of pulp, paper and board produced by 2030 from a 2010 base-year. To reduce emissions in the value chain, Stora Enso commits to have 70% of non-fibre suppliers and downstream transportation suppliers in terms of spend set their own GHG reduction targets by 2025, towards the aim that these suppliers adopt science-based GHG reduction targets by 2030. In addition, the company will educate 100% of customer-facing staff on the advantages of setting science-based targets by 2020.

Alexander Liedke, Manager of Sustainable Business & Markets at WWF and member of the Science Based Targets initiative steering committee said, “We congratulate Stora Enso on being the first forest products company to have their science-based targets approved by our team. By setting targets that align their business with global efforts to avoid the worst impacts of climate change, Stora Enso is positioning itself to thrive as the global economy transitions to a low-carbon future. It is particularly encouraging to see Stora Enso working with its suppliers to adopt their own science-based targets, helping to mainstream science-based target setting across the value chain.”

About the Science Based Targets Initiative

2018 01 24 094301Science Based Targets initiative mobilizes companies to set science-based targets and boost their competitive advantage in the transition to the low-carbon economy. It is a collaboration between CDP, the United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments. The initiative defines and promotes best practice in science-based target setting, offers resources and guidance to reduce barriers to adoption, and independently assesses and approves companies’ targets.sciencebasedtargets.org

Stora Enso is a leading provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper on global markets. Our aim is to replace fossil-based materials by innovating and developing new products and services based on wood and other renewable materials. We employ some 25 000 people in more than 35 countries, and our sales in 2016 were EUR 9.8 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com

Following the installation, handover and optimisation phases that took place during the second half of 2017, the new folio line at Mondi’s Neusiedler mill in Austria has already been running at full capacity since the beginning of 2018.

marketingei others logo 8795This completes the latest step of a multi-year project that is turning Mondi Neusiedler into a specialized manufacturer of premium paper for professional printing.

With the new folio line, Mondi can already meet the demands of customers in the area of the growing digital and graphical print market in a more flexible and targeted way. The folio sheeter enables the mill to provide formats ranging from 32x32 cm to 140x160 cm and grammages from 50 to 400 g/m². Digital formats can now be offered in 3 options: reams in a box, bulk packed and reams on pallet. Additionally it offers more variety, especially with its long cutting length enabling banner formats.

The installation of this folio line effectively completes Mondi’s paper portfolio around its key brands Color Copy, the perfect paper for digital colour printing and PERGRAPHICA®, the premium design paper range that covers the needs of the creative and commercial print industries.

We are Mondi: IN TOUCH EVERY DAY
Mondi is an international packaging and paper Group, employing around 25,000 people across more than 30 countries. Our key operations are located in central Europe, Russia, North America and South Africa. In 2016, Mondi had revenues of €6.7 billion and a return on capital employed of 20.3%.

We are fully integrated across the packaging and paper value chain - from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and compound plastics, to developing effective and innovative industrial and consumer packaging solutions. With over 100 products customised into more than 100,000 solutions, we offer more than you may expect. Leading brands around the world rely on our innovative technologies and products across a variety of industries such as agriculture; automotive; building and construction; chemicals and dangerous goods; food and beverages; graphic and photographic; home and personal care; medical and pharmaceutical; office and professional printing; packaging and paper converting; pet care; retail and e-commerce; and shipping and transport.

We believe sustainable development makes good business sense. It's integral to our responsible and profitable growth, and embedded in everything we do, every day. We continue to look for ways to do more with less, promote the responsible management of ecosystems, develop and inspire our people, and enhance the value that our sustainable product solutions create.

Mondi has a dual listed company structure, with a primary listing on the JSE Limited for Mondi Limited under the ticker code MND and a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange for Mondi plc, under the ticker code MNDI. We have been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the JSE's Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Index since 2007.

About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper
Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is part of Mondi Group. In 4 paper mills in Austria, Slovakia, and Russia Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital print technology. The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC® or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine.

Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS®, IQ, MAESTRO®, NAUTILUS®, BIO TOP 3®, PERGRAPHICA® or Snegurochka are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication.

Sappi, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp, speciality and packaging papers, graphic (printing and writing) paper and biomaterials is investing in its mill in Gratkorn.

sappi logoAfter finishing the upgrade of paper machine 11 in November 2014, PM 9 will be upgraded in 2019 to the current state of the art. The aim of the project is, in addition to the exchange of technical components, to operate the papermaking process with a reduced energy demand and thus to sustainably reduce the environmental impact. Another effect of the upgrade is the optimisation of raw materials to reduce production costs. The project has a total investment of approximately € 30 million and is scheduled to be realised in the first half of 2019. The project will be carried out in cooperation with Valmet, who also carried out the upgrade of PM 11.

Max Oberhumer, Mill Director of Sappi Gratkorn is pleased about the approval of this project: “In addition to the renewal of important components on the paper machine, the significant improvement in energy efficiency is another milestone in our efforts to achieve sustainable business.”

Steffen Wurdinger, VP Manufacturing, R&D and Technology of Sappi Europe points out the importance of the project: “The approved investment consolidates Sappi Europe's position in this product segment. The reliability of the product quality as well as the machine’s  competitiveness will be strengthened through this project.”

About Sappi’s Gratkorn Mill
Sappi Gratkorn mill is part of Sappi Europe. Annually it produces 990,000 tons of high quality double and triple coated papers which are used for premium quality publications all over the world. Gratkorn mill also produces 250,000 tons of totally chlorine free (TCF) chemical pulp. The mill employs 1240 paper industry professionals from production to R&D. About 95 % of the mill’s production is exported.

The mill operates under management systems consisting of certified Environmental Management System (ISO 14001), Energy Management System (ISO 50001), Occupational Health and Safety Management System (OHSAS 18001), Quality Management System (ISO 9001) and Chain Of Custody Verification from the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) scheme and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®).

About Sappi
Sappi Europe SA is the leading European producer of coated fine paper used in premium magazines, catalogues, books and high-end print advertising. Headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, Sappi Europe is recognised for innovation and quality. Its graphic paper brands include Magno™, Quatro™, Vantage™, Royal, Galerie™ and GalerieArt™ ranges. Algro®, Leine®, Parade®,  Fusion® and atelier™ are the brands for innovative solutions of speciality papers and boards.

Sappi papers are produced in mills accredited with ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification and EMAS registration for all our mills in the EU. Sappi European mills hold chain-of-custody certification under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) and/or the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) schemes.

Sappi Europe SA is a division of Sappi Limited (JSE), a global company headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with 12,800 employees and manufacturing operations on three continents in seven countries, sales offices in 50 countries, and customers in over 100 countries around the world. Learn more about Sappi at www.sappi.com.

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso to increase the capacity of the evaporation plant of their Enocell Mill in Finland. Start-up of the upgraded evaporation plant, which was originally delivered by ANDRITZ in 1992, is planned for the 3rd quarter of 2019.

  Existing ANDRITZ evaporation plant supplied to Stora Enso Uimaharju © ANDRITZ

The upgrade to the existing evaporator train, using ANDRITZ’s lamella evaporation technology, will increase the mill’s black liquor evaporation capacity from 600 originally to 800 t/h. The proven ANDRITZ lamella technology utilized for the evaporator’s heating surface provides for a high heat transfer while being extremely easy to clean, thus maximizing plant availability and minimizing time required for washing of the heating surface.

The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes two new evaporation units, additional surface condensers and the related piping and erection work.

Enocell Mill is part of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division and will be converted entirely to produce around 430,000 tons of dissolving pulp per year.

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M board production line with automation for Pratt Paper (IN), LLC for Pratt's new greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA. The mill will use 100% recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium. This will be the second OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt and is repeating the order of PM 16, which successfully started up in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, in 2015. The start-up of the new board machine, PM 17, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.

The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-50 million.

2015 03 04 102358Valmet's OptiConcept M board machine

"Start-up of the previous Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M (PM 16) in Valparaiso, Indiana, was exceptional. We have also been able to exceed some of the design features of the machine resulting in very good production figures. Both board machines in Valparaiso and Wapakoneta are showcases for the latest in 21st century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials."We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements. That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging," says Pratt.

Technical details about the delivery

Valmet's scope of delivery will be similar to the Pratt PM 16 started-up in 2015 with a complete OptiConcept M board production line from headbox to winder with a wide scope of automation.

"OptiConcept M is a new and modular way to design, build and operate a paper machine. Its modular approach enables short delivery times, quick start-up and low project costs. This will be Valmet's second OptiConcept M installation in North America and 15th globally. We are all proud to continue the work and cooperation with Pratt on this project," says Mike Gray, Vice President, Capital Business, Valmet North America.

The new machine will have a wire width of 6.24 meters and a design speed of 1,100 m/min (3,900-4,000 ft/min) with a basis weight range of 127-195 g/m2. The capacity will be 360,000 metric tonnes per year (400,000 short t).

Information about the customer Pratt Industries

Pratt Industries is America's 5th Largest Corrugated Packaging Company and the world's largest, privately-held 100% recycled paper and packaging company, with more than 4,000 employees dedicated to the environment and sustainability. Pratt was founded in the USA some 25 years ago and, since then, has shown growth with sophisticated manufacturing facilities in more than 20 states.

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2016 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000 professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Verso Corporation has just announced that the Strategic Alternatives Committee formed by its Board of Directors in September 2017, has, at the direction of the Board, expanded its evaluation of potential transaction alternatives to include other alternatives, including but not limited to, a potential sale or merger of the entire company.

Verso LogoAs previously announced, the Committee, with the assistance of Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., the company's financial advisor, has been charged with identifying and evaluating a range of potential strategic transaction alternatives to maximize value to Verso stockholders, and with recommending to the Board whether any potential transaction is in the best interests of the company and its stockholders.

There is no assurance that the review of potential strategic alternatives will result in any transaction or other strategic alternative. Verso does not intend to make any further disclosure concerning these matters until a definitive transaction agreement is reached or a determination is made that none will be pursued.

About Verso
Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. The leading North American producer of printing and
specialty papers and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com.

SOURCE Verso Corporation

The difficulties with production availability continued in the fourth quarter 2017 which impacted sales volumes negatively despite a very strong market. Operating profit (EBIT) for full year 2017 is calculated to be approximately MSEK 2 240 which is lower than expected but gives a margin of 10 percent.

billkorlogoIt is mainly the production facilities in Gruvön and Gävle that are affected, which impact sales negatively within business areas Consumer Board and Corrugated Solutions.

“Despite historically record high production volumes we are of course not satisfied with the recurring production disruptions in our facilities. Therefore, we now intensify our action plan to increase the stability and availability in our production. To ensure the operational stability will be my main focus going forward. We have strengthen the organisation that work proactively with both availability and quality at our facilities which will generate result going forward, says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO BillerudKorsnäs”.

The results are still preliminary and have not been reviewed by the auditors

For further information, please contact:

Susanne Lithander, CFO, +46 8 553 335 00

Christopher Casselblad, Investor Relations, +46 8 553 335 08

This information constituted inside information before publication. This is information that BillerudKorsnäs AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 14:30 CET on January
16th 2018

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 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4 300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria, to supply a large paper machine for the production of bleached kraft paper grades.

At the Pöls location, the ANDRITZ PrimeLine MG plant will produce environmentally friendly MG paper for flexible packaging and release applications. With an annual capacity of 100,000 t and a design speed of 1,400 m/min., PM3 is setting a new benchmark in the production of this type of product. The unique machine design enables the production of grades with low basis weight and highest strength at best printability and smoothness levels. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2019.

2018 01 19 095054The PM2 delivered by ANDRITZ has been operating successfully since 2013. © ANDRITZ

The scope of supply comprises the entire stock preparation line and approach flow system. One key component is the ANDRITZ Vertical Screw Thickener, which thickens the pulp efficiently from a consistency of three percent to between 25 and 30%. The complete MG paper machine with its high-precision MG cylinder is the centerpiece of the plant. The PrimeDry MG cylinder with a diameter of 24 ft (7.315 m) will be the largest of its kind worldwide. Besides full responsibility for the technology, the ANDRITZ scope of supply also includes the automation equipment, an extensive range of services, and the basic and detail engineering.

This order confirms the very successful partnership between Zellstoff Pöls and ANDRITZ. At the end of 2013, both partners successfully started up PM2 at the Pöls location, and this has been the benchmark for MG specialty paper machines worldwide ever since then.

With this investment, Zellstoff Pöls – the largest manufacturer of high-quality Elemental Chlorine-Free (ECF) sulfate pulp from bleached softwood in Central and Southeastern Europe – is extending its paper production capacities for MG paper grades at the site in Pöls.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper is a leading global supplier of complete plants, systems, equipment, and comprehensive services for the production and processing of all types of pulp, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and cardboard; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as the treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service offering includes system and machine modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, on-site and workshop services, optimization of process performance, maintenance and automation solutions, as well as machine relocation and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, as well as gasification plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling plants are also part of this business area.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018 16:44

A.Celli presents its new business unit

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With a view towards, INDUSTRY 4.0, Extreme Automation is the A.Celli Group’s answer for the efficiency of the production system.

Research, innovation and competitiveness are the drives for company progress.

And today more than ever, the revolution the great process change that affects every industrial sector and that A.Celli has interpreted through a precise vision christened «Extreme Automation».

The A.Celli Group firmly believes in a production process that uses the new technologies dictated by the Industry 4.0 revolution and that can yield a more immediate and concrete production optimization during the individual process phases. Certainly the most interesting and useful aspect is centered on managing the data acquired, on the possibility of filing them for future reference, making them the object of a more accurate analysis, to transmit predictive maintenance programs to operators and to act on the system and eliminate defects or non-conformities. And all this in order to maintain the machine park at a superior level of efficiency/productivity, guaranteeing a better final product quality.

Below are some of the development divisions catered to by “Extreme Automation”:

Industry 4.0 division:

  • Development of machine data collection and analysis platforms to:
    • Implement predictive machine maintenance
    • Optimize production
    • Easily interface the machines with customer management software (ERP, MES)
  • Introduction of innovative machine learning logics to optimize machine operation

DCS division:

  • Development of new-generation DCS process controls for the paper field that:
    • Optimize production in terms of quality and energy
    • Minimize operator intervention
    • Affords facilitated remote support oriented towards global control

Software applications Winders & Rewinders:

  • Development of PLC and Drives software applications for the new winders and rewinders
  • Development of new-generation HMI machine interfaces

Packaging and System integration:

  • Development of software systems to integrate Handling & Packaging with customer management systems
  • Development of integrated systems for automatic warehouses

A.Celli Extreme Automation: Perfectly in line with the dictates of the fourth Industrial Revolution.

EXTREME AUTOMATION COMPANY PROFILE
The A.Celli Group offers software and hardware solutions to optimize production and maintenance processes with a view towards INDUSTRY 4.0. by developing advanced DCS controls, innovative industrial automation applications and integrated packaging systems, addressing prevalently to the market of machine manufacturers for the world of paper, tissue and nonwovens.

Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, has launched a pioneering new recycling initiative for paper coffee cups in Gosport. Created through a partnership between Gosport Borough Council and paper cup manufacturer Huhtamaki, the scheme will pilot a collection and recycling service for used coffee cups for residents and businesses.

It will provide dedicated cup recycling bins at strategic sites across Gosport including the ferry port (used by commuters as well as tourists) and council-owned premises such as the town hall and the leisure centre, with plans to extend collection points to main high street locations, local offices and transport providers in the future.

Commenting on the scheme, Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey said: “I am very pleased to see Gosport Borough Council and local industry coming together to take positive action to increase the recycling of cups. Tackling paper and coffee cup waste is a vital way to protect our environment and this is a great example of how collaborative action can have a real impact to make recycling even easier.

“This is exactly the kind of initiative that we would like to see following the launch of our 25 Year Environment Plan.”

2018 01 16 121243Environment Minister, Thérèse Coffey, launches a new recycling initiative for paper coffee cups in Gosport which will go live in February 2018.

From left to right: Peter Goodwin, Director Simply Cups; Neil Whittall, Director, Huhtamaki; Chris Waters, Finance Director, Gosport Ferry; Captain Clive Lane, General Manager and Director, Gosport Ferry; Environment Minister Thérèse Coffey; Local Gosport MP, Caroline Dinenage; Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of Gosport Borough Council; Keith Crossley, General Manager Huhtamaki UK.

Local MP for Gosport, Caroline Dinenage, who also attended the launch added “I was delighted to invite the Minister to Gosport to launch Huhtamaki’s innovative new recycling scheme. Taking such positive steps to allow single-use cups to be recycled is great news for the environment and for the local community.”

Residents simply need to make sure used cups are empty before separating the lid from the cup and placing both items in a dedicated bin. Cups and lids will be recycled into products such as garden furniture, park benches and flower tubs that could be used in and around Gosport. The initiative is underwritten by Huhtamaki and will go live in February 2018.

Cllr Mark Hook, Leader of the Council, said: “We're delighted to be able to support such a pioneering scheme, which makes it easier for residents to recycle coffee cups on the go.  We'd encourage all local businesses and residents to get involved and help make this a success."

Neil Whittall of Huhtamaki added, “The cups we manufacture in Gosport are sustainably sourced, responsibly produced and fully recyclable. However we recognise that many are not being recycled and we are actively working to change this. Improving cup collection and recycling infrastructure in Gosport will help local people make a difference and improve recycling rates. We hope this new initiative will create a blueprint for similar schemes across the UK.”

Huhtamaki serves the growing demand for on-the-go food and drink with sustainably-sourced and recyclable packaging solutions, designed to minimise environmental impacts across the value chain.

Above all, our packaging protects food and drink products, delivering them to consumers safely and in good condition, helping to reduce food waste. Huhtamaki has three manufacturing sites in the UK located at Belfast, Blackburn and Gosport employing over 1,000 people.

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