Europe

The Trade War Threat Looms

RISI’s annual North American forest products outlook conference showed a strong industry—but some outside threats could pose a challenge.

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Metsä Group’s Äänekoski Bioproduct Mill: At the Heart of the Bioeconomy

Paper 360° visited Metsä Group’s EUR 1.2 billion (US$1.4 billion) bioproduct mill in central Finland, which has been breaking all sorts of records when it comes to sustainability and environmental performance. Starting up seven minutes ahead of schedule in August 2017, it has also embarked upon an adventurous, innovative journey of making bioproducts other than pulp. MARK RUSHTON One thing ...

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Papcel is Making its Mark Worldwide

David Dostal, the company’s CEO and chairman of the board, talks about Papcel’s growth and its future in the pulp and paper industry. MARK RUSHTON Czech company Papcel has been making its mark as an all-round technology supplier to the global pulp and paper industry since its formation in 1950. It prides itself on being able to supply complete turnkey ...

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Walter Schalka: RISI’s Four-time Latin American CEO of the Year

The merger between Suzano and Fibria dominates, but Schalka looks beyond. MARINA FALEIROS Walter Schalka, CEO of giant pulp and paper producer Suzano, has been named RISI’s Latin American CEO of the Year for the fourth consecutive time. Schalka was cited by several market analysts as a key player in the merger process between Suzano and Fibria, one of the ...

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UPM: The Forest Forerunner

The path to continuous innovation cannot be travelled alone; “co-creation” is a must. GRAEME RODDEN Although still the world’s largest producer of graphic papers, Finland’s UPM is perhaps now known more for its development of innovative bio-based products derived from wood biomass. Thus, UPM has become UPM—The Biofore Company. During a press tour of Finland organized by the Finnish Pulp ...

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The Paper360° TOP 100

There was some movement on the table in 2017, with more changes on the way as some recent M&As near completion. MARK RUSHTON, GRAEME RODDEN A new company made its debut in 2017, and enters this year’s Top 100 near the top of the list, no less. There is a catch though. Essity, although a new entity, was created when ...

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The European Containerboard Market

UNBAN LUNDBERG The European containerboard market is currently experiencing a “golden time.” Strong demand, high prices, low OCC costs, and stable profits make it easy to be optimistic. But factors that could impact the sector’s ability to sustain this growth must also be considered if it is to remain strong. CURRENT CAPACITY GROWTH AND ‘RED FLAGS’ Market demand for containerboard ...

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