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Scion licenses a revolutionary wood plastic reinforcer

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Scion has negotiated a licensing agreement with Sonae Indústria Group for the manufacture and sale of an exciting new wood plastic pellet technology.
Categories: Forest

Buddleia weevil laying waste to weeds

Global Forest Information Service - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
The Chinese weevil, Cleopus japonicus was released in 2006 by Crown Research Institute Scion as a sustainable weed control measure. Scion identified the Cleopus weevil as a suitable candidate for biological control because it eats buddleia and nothing else.
Categories: Forest

Scion supports future scientist with Suffrage Scholarship

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Crown Research Institute Scion has awarded Rotorua Girls High School student Rachelle Gordon the 2011 Scion Suffrage Centennial Scholarship.
Categories: Europe

Films in the Redwoods

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
A film screening in the Redwood Forest will allow the public a bird’s eye view of the world’s tallest trees.
Categories: Europe

Applications open for Scion Suffrage Centennial Scholarship

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Crown Research Institute Scion is giving female senior science students in the Bay of Plenty an exciting opportunity to kick-start their science career with the annual Scion Suffrage Centennial Scholarship.
Categories: Europe

Scion posts solid financial performance

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Crown Research Institute Scion today announced a solid financial result for the year ending 30 June 2011, posting a profit after tax of $1.8 million.
Categories: Europe

Scion hosts 2nd annual bioplastics workshop

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Registrations are now open for Scion’s bioplastics workshop to be held on Thursday 20 October in Rotorua.
Categories: Europe

Scion’s water quality technology licensed to South Waikato company

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
A novel way to improve the water quality of lakes and other waterways, developed at Crown Research Institute Scion, has been licensed to Blue Pacific Minerals based in Tokoroa.
Categories: Europe

Scion announces Packaging Council award winner

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Crown Research Institute Scion is delighted to announce the winner of the Scion Award for Conceptual Design by a tertiary student as part of the Environmental Packaging Awards.
Categories: Europe

Carbon cash could save marginal farms

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Cash for carbon : For poorer classes of land, particularly eroding hill country, carbon forestry offers a number of financial and environmental advantages.
Categories: Europe

Scion licenses a revolutionary wood plastic reinforcer

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
Scion has negotiated a licensing agreement with Sonae Indústria Group for the manufacture and sale of an exciting new wood plastic pellet technology.
Categories: Europe

Buddleia weevil laying waste to weeds

Metla Finland - Thu, 2015-01-15 08:22
The Chinese weevil, Cleopus japonicus was released in 2006 by Crown Research Institute Scion as a sustainable weed control measure. Scion identified the Cleopus weevil as a suitable candidate for biological control because it eats buddleia and nothing else.
Categories: Europe

Council of Forest Industries 2015 Annual Convention

Upcoming events Metla - Thu, 2015-01-15 02:01
The COFI Annual Convention is recognized as the pre-eminent forest industry conference in western Canada. With participation from industry C-suites and operations staff from continental North America and offshore, senior representatives from customers, suppliers, financial institutions, law firms, consultants, government and education, it is the place to be to connect, network and hear the latest trends and news for anyone involved in the industry.
Categories: Upcomming events

New: Birkner 2015 International PaperWorld - Just published!

Paper World - Thu, 2015-01-15 01:00
Order now the new book and web editions of Birkner 2015 – International PaperWorld that just has been published. The new completely revised Birkner media provide a unique information network with company and trade datas as well as up-to-date news, which you may use for your business planning and implementation. More than 28.000 updated company profiles with more than 23.000 internet addresses are available for professional research. Apart from producers, converters and raw material suppliers also the company profiles of service companies, suppliers and merchants are presented. The professional access to the regularly updated internet database www.paper-world.com offers in an ideal way detailed multi-lingual research opportunities, data export function and current news service edition for maintenance of existing and new business contacts. The new book edition in 2 volumes of Birkner 2015 – International PaperWorld supports research in the structured company profiles in reliable and structured manner. We also gladly accept your orders under order form or at info@paper-world.com so you can receive your personal copies and database accesses soonest. (Birkner GmbH & Co. KG)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

MWV to Separate Specialty Chemicals Business

Paper World - Thu, 2015-01-15 01:00
-Spinoff will enhance value for shareholders by creating two strong, market-leading companies -Continues strong record of returning value to shareholders – $4 billion over last decade MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced that its board of directors has approved a plan to fully separate its Specialty Chemicals business from the rest of the company. The separation is expected to be executed by means of a tax-free spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business to MWV shareholders, resulting in two independent, publicly traded companies. The spinoff is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. MWV remains open to other value-creating alternatives for the Specialty Chemicals business throughout this process. “Following a thorough strategic review process, MWV’s board and leadership team determined that a tax-free spinoff of Specialty Chemicals presents the best opportunity to create the greatest value for our shareholders,” said John A. Luke Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, MWV. “The separation of Specialty Chemicals will establish two strong companies that are better positioned to compete and profitably grow in their targeted markets. This action continues our strong record of returning value to our shareholders, which has exceeded $4 billion over the last 10 years.” Mr. Luke continued: “This is an opportunity we have created by executing on a deliberate strategy of building MWV's businesses into packaging and specialty chemicals leaders globally. We are in a strong position to take this next step to maximize value for our shareholders. Our strong commercial progress and improved execution have put our packaging business on a sustainable path toward market-leading margins and growing cash returns. The separation of our Specialty Chemicals business, along with the organizational redesign work we are undertaking, reflects the strong commitment of our management team and board of directors to creating value for our shareholders and establishing a business model that will significantly improve the profitability and cash flow profile of our packaging business.” MWV expects to receive cash from the spinoff that will be used primarily to pay down debt to maintain MWV’s investment grade credit rating. MWV expects to continue to pay a strong dividend, with the final rate to be determined post-separation. The company also will continue to look for opportunities to return capital to shareholders. MWV Packaging Following the separation, MWV will be in an excellent position to accelerate its strategy as a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, optimally positioned to create long-term value through its market-focused strategy. Through this strategy, the company has improved its growth and profitability profile by enhancing its product mix and focusing on the most attractive opportunities in growing global packaging markets while reducing structural costs. In conjunction with the separation of the Specialty Chemicals business, MWV is undertaking a comprehensive organization redesign to accelerate its market-focused packaging strategy and achieve market-leading margins. The actions will ensure the company has the capabilities to execute on its profitable growth strategy with an appropriately sized support structure and business model that will provide attractive total returns to shareholders. MWV Specialty Chemicals The Specialty Chemicals business will be well positioned to accelerate profitable growth in its megatrend aligned markets of energy, infrastructure and transportation. The business is a leading provider of performance chemicals used in printing inks, asphalt paving and adhesives, as well as in the agricultural, paper and petroleum industries. The business also produces activated carbon products used in gas vapor emission control systems for automobiles and trucks, as well as applications for air, water and food purification. The Specialty Chemicals business will have greater ability to grow and expand its leadership positions in attractive global markets. The business is expected to extend its ‘best-in-class’ financial performance record with the appropriate capital structure to allow the new company to accelerate the pursuit of attractive profitable growth opportunities. As a stand-alone chemicals company with a strong margin profile, Specialty Chemicals will continue to be a leader among its peers. Conditions The spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business is subject to a legal opinion on the tax-free nature of the transaction. Advisers Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are serving as financial advisers to MeadWestvaco, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal adviser. (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Al Jawad Carton and Packaging installs further ROLAND 706LV

Paper World - Thu, 2015-01-15 01:00
New ROLAND 706 LV to boost production capacity of Saudi printer Two decades after getting its first ROLAND press, Al Jawad Carton & Packaging Factory has again invested in Manroland technology for an additional boost to its production capacity. The company purchased a ROLAND 706 LV with InlineFoiler to boost productivity, keep production costs to a minimum and add value to its line of printed products. With a growing list of customers and a continuous flow of production orders, Saudi Arabian printer Al Jawad required a press to cut make-ready times and waste, whilst maintaining high standards in print quality. Al Jawad operates in the city of Al-Hassa and installed their first ROLAND 706 LV in 1994. Established in 1983 by the Al Jawad Group, the company specializes in packaging printing, including cartons, self-adhesive labels, stickers and paper bags. Operating such a successful business through the years, Al Jawad continues to look for ways to give its customers top-quality printing and service at the most reasonable price. No wonder it attaches great importance to cutting-edge printing technology. “With the installation of the new ROLAND 706 LV, we will be able to maximize customer satisfaction because of the shorter lead time and premium print quality,’’ said Mr. Ahmed Jawad Al-Khars, General Manager and owner of Al Jawad. “The latest InlineFoiler with indexing function gives us further possibilities of providing customers with attractive enhancements on the printed sheet but at a lower cost.” added Mr. Al-Khars. The InlineFoiler on the ROLAND 706 LV is the hero in this set-up. It enables the sheetfed offset to transfer foil to a substrate and then overprint it – all of it taking place inline. What’s more, the latest indexing function offers up to 62% potential cold foil saving according to different job types. A remarkable improvement in terms of cost saving! With the “OnePass” production philosophy, the ROLAND 700 ensures stability when applying enhancements or embellishments to the printing product, such as spot coatings and varnishes, there is greater room for creativity. The end result, of course, is an attractive, eye-catching product that truly satisfies print customers. “Premium value-added service from Manroland Sheetfed and its local partner Alkhorayef Printing Solutions (Manroland Sheetfed’s sales and service partner in Saudi Arabia) was also one of the most critical factors in our investment decision making process. Undoubtedly we have been satisfied over the past years”, commented by Mr. Ahmed Jawad Al-Khars. (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Delivery of new hydraulic headbox to India

Paper World - Thu, 2015-01-15 01:00
On December 11, 2014, PAPCEL-ABK Groupe have signed a contract with one of the Indian customers for a new hydraulic headbox with wire of 4.480 mm and design speed of 1.000 m/min for writing & wrinting PM. Concluding of this new contract is a big sales success since PAPCEL Group entered into Indian Market in 2013. PAPCEL + ABK Groupe are also responsible for erection, commissioning, and performance guarantee for all equipment, which will be delivered. (Papcel a.s.)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

Valmet acquires Process Automation Systems business from Metso: Valmet becomes stronger, ...

Paper World - Thu, 2015-01-15 01:00
... more stable and more profitable as a result of the acquisition Photo: Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation Valmet Corporation and Metso Corporation have signed an agreement on the sale of Metso's Process Automation Systems business to Valmet on January 15, 2015. The enterprise value of the acquisition is EUR 340 million. The acquisition will be financed with committed long-term financing. It is estimated that the acquisition will be completed by April 1, 2015. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities. The acquired operations supply process automation and information management systems and related applications and services to the pulp, paper, energy and other process industries. The purchased operations employ about 1,600 people. Net sales for 2013 amounted to approximately EUR 300 million. Combination of Valmet and Process Automation Systems creates unique customer offering As a result of the acquisition, Valmet will become a stronger and unique technology and services company in its field, with a full automation offering. The acquisition strengthens Valmet's competitiveness by combining paper, pulp and power plant technology offering, services, process know-how and automation into one customer value-adding entity. Approximately 80 percent of Process Automation Systems sales comes from Valmet's current customer industries and the rest from other process industry clients. Process Automation Systems is a strong, established business The business being acquired is a strong business, with established customer relations and a high level of technology and know-how. About 1,600 automation professionals work close to customers at approximately 80 locations around the world. The share of services business in the acquired business is significant, accounting for approximately 45 percent of net sales in 2013, and is based on large installed automation base and a captive business model. The acquired business has a good financial track record and stable cash flow. The acquisition makes Valmet more stable and more profitable Net sales of the Process Automation Systems business is approximately EUR 300 million, of which Valmet has accounted for approximately 10 percent. Therefore the acquisition increases the share of stable high-margin business of Valmet's net sales by approximately EUR 270 million. Process Automation Systems has a solid financial track record, with slight growth and relatively stable margins during the last 10 years. EBITA margin (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) for Process Automation Systems has been approximately 10-12 percent. Through the acquisition, Valmet strengthens its offering and continues to develop its business. Significant cost synergies are not expected to be achieved. Valmet's balance sheet remains strong also after the acquisition. To illustrate, if the acquisition had taken place at the end of September 2014, Valmet's gearing after the acquisition would have been be approximately 23 percent and equity ratio approximately 35 percent, based on illustrative figures of the acquired business at the end of September 2014. Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation: With the acquisition we create a unique customer offering and strengthen further our leading market position "Through the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, Valmet will become a technology and service company with full automation offering. The acquisition will help Valmet in increasing its business stability, while also improving profitability. By combining paper, pulp and energy technology, process know-how, services and automation, we can serve our customers even better than before and move our customers' performance forward. This transaction has an excellent fit with our existing strategy and the timing is right for Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation. (Valmet Corporation)
Categories: Pulp and Paper

WTO Appellate Body condemns Argentina's import restrictions

Trade Europe - Thu, 2015-01-15 00:00
WTO Appellate Body condemns Argentina's import restrictions
Categories: Europe