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Jerry Larsson appointed new chairman of Swedish Woods board

Jerry Larsson, President Wood, has been appointed Chairman of the industry organization Swedish Woods board. Jerry Larsson assumed the chairmanship in June 2021.

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AFRY strengthens digitalisation services in Latin America

Aiming to strengthen engineering services and digital solutions offering for industrial environment, Pöyry, part of AFRY, announces an important addition of skills, with the hiring of Flavio Maeda as Head of Digitalisation Services (AFRY Smart Site) and Digital Transformation, Latin America.

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Lanxess: Michael Ertl to heading the Inorganic Pigments business unit

Michael Ertl (54) will take over as head of the Inorganic Pigments (IPG) business unit at Lanxess with immediate effect. He will be responsible for the specialty chemicals company’s global business with inorganic color pigments, which are used primarily in the construction industry. Ertl succeeds Holger Hueppeler (53), who heads the newly formed Flavors & Fragrances (F&F) business unit at Lanxess following the successfully completed acquisition of Emerald Kalama Chemical.

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BIR World Mirror on Recovered Paper

BIR World Mirror on Recovered Paper: Quarterly Report Germany

The paper and board industry continued to be very busy in April and so recovered paper demand also remained at a very high level for the lower, medium and high grades. The month again brought price increases for the medium grades and for imported, high-strength qualities whereas the lower grades stabilized at a high level.

By Reinhold Schmidt (Recycling Karla Schmidt).

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Specialty Papers US

Specialty Papers US 2021 – Agenda announced

The agenda has been released for Specialty Papers US 2021, coming to Milwaukee, WI, and being featured online, November 2-3, 2021. P3 / ipw will be supporting association and media partner of the event.

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Cepi Update

New forest strategy misses the opportunity to maximise climate mitigation effect of the forest-based sector

The new Forest Strategy is an important piece of the European Commission architecture to deliver on the European Green Deal. There is a consensus on the need for the new forest strategy to foster a European circular bioeconomy and the sustainability of Europe’s forests to achieve the 2050 climate neutrality target. However, Cepi does not see the coherence between different policies addressing and impacting forests in the proposed strategy.

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Cepi Update

"Fit for 55" package is an incomplete toolbox for the industrial energy transition, cautions the paper industry

The European pulp and paper industry fully supports the EU objective to reach climate neutrality by 2050. But the presented today “Fit for 55” legislative package is an incomplete toolbox. Cepi calls on co-legislators to give strong political support to measures that enable our sector to contribute – with decarbonised production, product substitution and sustainable forest management – to reaching the 2030 goals.

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Cepi Update

European paper industry delivers on emission reduction and recycling commitments

With the slowing down of the European economy and the sanitary restrictions, European paper and board consumption decreased by 5.3% in 2020 compared to 2019, totalling 71 million tonnes. Cepi members produced 85.2 million tonnes of paper and board, a decrease of 4.8% compared to 2019. This downward trend was observed in many other parts of the world, namely the US, Japan, Brazil and Canada.

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4evergreen welcomes new chair

4evergreen, the cross-industry alliance perfecting the circularity of fibre-based packaging from across the industry’s value chain, announced Hans Wortman as new Chair.

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Maija Pohjakallio appointed Metsä Group’s VP, Climate and Circular Economy

D.Sc. (Tech.), Maija Pohjakallio is appointed Metsä Group’s VP, Climate and Circular Economy as of 1 August 2021. She reports to Jari Voutilainen, SVP Corporate Affairs. In her new role, Pohjakallio supports Metsä Group’s cooperation with key societal stakeholders and acts as the Group’s representative in climate change and circular economy related working groups and forums.

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Functional coating for fibre based packaging

On 7-8 September 2021, the international industry meeting for surface coating of paper, board and packaging material will take place - the 30th PTS Coating Symposium 2021! The line-up of this year's edition will focus on the topic “Functional coatings for fibre based packaging”.

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Metsä Group intensifies its research and development activity

Metsä Group is expanding the operations of its innovation company Metsä Spring that was established in June 2018. So far, Metsä Spring has been mainly involved in development activities outside the current business areas of Metsä Group. From now on, it will also support research and development related to Metsä Group’s current business areas.

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