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PTT: Paperboard replaces paper as most important export product of the Finnish Forest Industry

Global production and consumption began to recover in the summer, but in Europe and North America, the recovery has been weaker than in China. The strong recovery of general demand and demand for forest products requires that a vaccine becomes available. Demand for graphic papers will decrease sharply this year, and with that exports.

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European Parliament raises climate ambition and recognizes multiple roles of forests

Last week, the European Parliament had its first real political say on two files of high relevance, not only for the EU climate agenda and Green Deal roll out, but also for the role that EU forest-based industries and forest-based products will be allowed to play in the race to climate neutrality by 2050.

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Reusability of paper bags promoted by third European Paper Bag Day

With various activities throughout Europe, the European Paper Bag Day will take place for the third time on 18 October. The annual action day raises awareness of paper carrier bags as a sustainable and efficient packaging option that helps consumers to avoid littering and minimise negative impacts on the environment. This year’s edition will centre around the reusability of paper bags.

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European Parliament AGRI Committee adopts balanced report on the EU Forest Strategy

On Monday, the European Parliament Agriculture and Rural Development Committee adopted MEP Petri Sarvamaa’s (EPP/FI) own  initiative report on the European Forest Strategy.

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Kyle Chapman is promoted to President of Barry-Wehmiller, Michael Monarchi joins as Chief Financial Officer

Barry-Wehmiller Companies Inc. has promoted Kyle Chapman to President, joining his father, CEO and Board Chairman Robert Chapman, in leadership of the 135-year-old, $3 billion-plus global manufacturing and engineering solutions firm. As Kyle steps into his new role after serving as Barry-Wehmiller’s Interim Chief Financial Officer for much of 2020, the organization welcomes Michael Monarchi as Chief Financial Officer.

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Syntegon wins German Packaging Award 2020

The German Packaging Institute (“dvi – Deutsches Verpackungsinstitut e.V.”) has honored Syntegon Technology, formerly Bosch Packaging Technology, with the German Packaging Award in the category “Packaging Machines”: the compact TPU1000 form, fill and seal system convinced the jury with its wide range of possibilities for innovative, sustainable portion packs made of fiber-based material. The German Packaging Award 2020 underlines Syntegon's focus on sustainable and intelligent technologies.

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Chemspec Europe 2020 postponed

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has today announced the postponement of Chemspec Europe,which was scheduled to take place at Koelnmesse, Cologne in Germany from 11 to 12 November 2020. The new dates for the next Chemspec Europe, 35th International Exhibition for Fine and Speciality Chemicals, are 19 - 20 May 2021. The exhibition will occupy Hall 12.1 at Messe Frankfurt in Germany.

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Södra strengthens its work within public affairs

Marcus Svensson has been appointed Head of Public Affairs at Södra. He will organise, coordinate and manage Södra’s work within public affairs going forward.

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Specialty paper consumption in North and South America to rise to 6.13 million tonnes in 2025 according to new Smithers analysis

A new dedicated study of specialty papers in North and South America finds these two regions consumed a total of 5.88 million tonnes in 2019. Market demand will drop as a result of Covid-19 in 2020 to 5.71 million tonnes before returning to positive growth (1.4% CAGR) and reaching 6.13 million tonnes in 2025 according to “The Future of Specialty Papers in North and South America to 2025”.

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Cepi welcomes game-changing ideas to support the sustainability commitment of our industry

The Confederation of European Paper Industries (Cepi) announced the 2020 edition of its annual Blue Sky Young Researchers Award contest. “Because innovation is crucial for the future of our industry, every year, we honour ground-breaking research work with the potential to revolutionise our sector, especially, in a green and sustainable manner, via the Blue Sky Young Researchers & Innovation Award.”

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European recycling rate increased to 72% in 2019

The European paper recycling rate has increased from 71,7% in 2018 to 72% in 2019 due to a stable utilisation of Paper for Recycling (PfR) in the European paper industry. A great signal towards more sustainability is the fact that the collection of Paper for Recycling was maintained at high levels in Europe despite a decrease in paper and board consumption in Europe. The sharp and continued decline in Chinese demand for European Paper for Recycling was balanced by increased demand from other countries such as Turkey and India.

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Paper industry’s recycling performance reaches highest level ever in 2019

In 2019, Cepi members produced close to 90 million tonnes of paper and board, of which 54.6% were based on recycled fibres - compared to 53.1% in 2018 - as indicated by the utilisation rate of Paper for Recycling (PfR). This exceptional performance goes hand in hand with a 72% paper recycling rate after 71.7% the previous year, reinforcing our commitment to sustainable and circular business practices.

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