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  Contact www.ipwonline.de Imprint May 14

Susanne Haase
Dear ipw reader,

Did you know the old Wall Street adage “Sell in May and Go Away”? Although paper prices are not related to stock exchange prices (unfortunately, one might think these days…), this industry is traditionally intending to increase prices at this time of the year. However, for more than 15 years these announcements mostly did not materialize.

But: This might change - at least for specialty paper. Currently, we have two big players (Ahlstrom and Sappi) intending to raise prices for their specialty papers by 6 and 7% respectively. As the specialty paper market is predicted to continue showing nice growth rates, these price increases might actually make their way.

That money can be made in this segment is also underlined by Glatfelter’s acquisition of German specialty paper producer Dresden Papier. Not surprisingly Glatfelter CEO Dante Parrini told ipw: “We are very excited about the future!”.  

The full report regarding this deal will be published in the upcoming print issue and, as always, we will keep you updated in any event via this newsletter.


PS: The Zellcheming exhibition will take place from June 12 - 14. Please feel free to visit us. We are looking forward to seeing you in Wiesbaden.

Sappi Fine Paper Europe: Increasing prices for Speciality papers

Sappi Fine Paper Europe has reviewed current margins for its Speciality paper products and will raise its prices as per 1 July by 6 %.
Voith: New stock preparation online at Schönfelder Papierfabrik

The stock preparation system supplied by Voith to Schönfelder Papierfabrik went successfully into operation in the middle of 2012.
Pilot plant in Örnsköldsvik becoming Biorefinery Demo Plant

An existing pilot plant in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden is becoming a demo plant for biorefinery technology. For a period of one year, the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden will evaluate how the extended utilisation capability is received by industry, universities and institutes for advancing new innovations.
BillerudKorsnäs: Sale of paper machine in Gävle, Sweden

In order to satisfy one of the conditions set by the EU Commission for approval of the combination between Billerud and Korsnäs, an agreement has been signed with SwedPaper AB ("SwedPaper") concerning divestment of a PM2 at the Gävle production unit. Production at PM2 in 2012 accounted for approximately 2% of BillerudKorsnäs’ total combined sales volume.
Voith: Improving dryness and runnability at Norske Skog Bruck

After the installation of a Voith EvoFlow P suction press roll in September 2012 the dryness at the Norske Skog Bruck PM 4 could be increased by 0.5%. Additionally, the web draw after the third press, as well as the start-up behavior of the felts, were considerably improved.
Metso: New service center next to Suzano’s new pulp mill, Brazil

Metso will expand its global service network by opening a new service center to serve Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.’s 1.5-million-tonne greenfield pulp mill in Maranhão, northeastern Brazil. The center will be located in Imperatriz, close to the Maranhão mill, and will be operational in late 2013.
APP: Introducing Art-Tech Medical Imaging Digital Paper

Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) introduced Art-Tech Medical Imaging Digital Paper to the European medical imaging market. Featuring a print resolution of up to 350 lines per inch, Art-Tech Medical Imaging Digital Paper outperforms many traditional plastic films and offers a significant reduction in printing cost.
Ahlstrom: Increasing prices for specialty papers worldwide

The price increases will affect all Label and Processing products worldwide and will be effective for all shipments made as of July 1. The increase will up to 7% and the amount and timing will depend on the markets served, the product and the agreements in place.
Andritz: Steel Yankee customer event

Andritz will be hosting a Steel Yankee customer event on June 26 and 27, in Budapest, Hungary. With diameters up to 22 ft. and shell lengths reaching 7.4 m, Andritz offers the worldwide leading technology in large Steel Yankees for tissue, paper, and board production.
UPM: Sale of Stracel paper mill closed

UPM has completed the sale of assets and part of the land of the UPM Stracel paper mill site to Blue Paper SAS, the joint venture company of VPK Packaging Group NV and Klingele Papierwerke.
UPM: Making the cleaning of sapling stands more effective

UPM is the first user of a new uprooting method for the mechanical cleaning of sapling stands. The uprooter is a boom-mounted mounted device fitted to a harvester. It uproots seedlings from the ground.
Favini renews its commitment to Madagascan reforestation and environmental protection

Favini is underlining its commitment to protecting the environment by renewing its support for a community based project in Madagascar, off the African coast. Favini is working to help improve the quality of life for the community of Sahavondronina by teaching more innovative farming techniques that make it possible to respect the local ecosystem while helping to develop a more ecological tourism industry.
Allimand: Two headboxes for Chinese technical paper producer

Allimand has just delivered two headboxes to the Chinese company, Zhejiang KAN Specialities Materials Co Ltd, who intends to become the world's first supplier of capacitor papers.
Ahlstrom announces price increases for specialty papers worldwide

Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces price increases on its specialty paper materials produced by the Label and Processing business. The price increases will be made to compensate for the continued high cost of raw materials and energy.
Domtar: Commercial LignoBoost plant started up successfully

Domtar has successfully started up a commercial-scale LignoBoost lignin separation plant at its Plymouth, North Carolina mill, in the USA. This is the first commercial installation of a LignoBoost plant in the world and the technology is supplied by Metso.
Clariant: Progress in divestment of Textile, Paper and Emulsion business

Clariant provided an update on the separation process of Textile Chemicals, Paper Specialties and Emulsions and announced that it agreed to sell the three businesses to SK Capital on 27 December 2012.