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November 2018

VPK Packaging installs new Elitron plotter to modernize its Ondulys Gheysens sheetplant in Tourcoing, France

November 27, 2018 - 10:49

SARPSBORG, Norway , Nov. 23, 2018 (Press Release) -The Ondulys Gheysens sheetplant, located in Tourcoing in the north of France, underwent a vast modernization. The entire main building was renovated, creating a stimulating workspace for both employees and customers.

Graphic Packaging to produce range of plastic-free recyclable carton packs for British frozen food retailer Iceland Foods

November 27, 2018 - 06:14

ATLANTA, Nov. 27, 2018 (Press Release) -Folding carton specialist Graphic Packaging International has collaborated with British frozen food retailer Iceland Foods Ltd. to produce a range of plastic-free packs for the company’s vegan product offer.

Graphic Packaging’s 100% recyclable cartonboard packaging is in line with Iceland Foods’ commitment to remove plastic from its own label foods by 2023.

August Faller named as finalist at Gipfelstürmer Award 2018 for its sustainable energy-saving solutions

November 27, 2018 - 05:21
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WALDKIRCH, Germany , Nov. 26, 2018 (Press Release) -The German state of Baden-Württemberg awards the “2018 Gipfelstürmer Award” to businesses that have completed a free energy efficiency analysis (KEFF check) and then implemented initiatives to improve their business processes. The Ministry of the Environment was impressed by the quality of the 23 submissions. The August Faller Group was one of the 10 finalists and is proud of the efforts it has made to reduce CO2 emissions.

UPM to present its new biodiversity commitment and programme at COP14 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt

November 27, 2018 - 03:18

HELSINKI, Nov. 27, 2018 (Press Release) -UPM has today published a new biodiversity commitment, which is one of the company's responsibility targets for 2030. The new commitment and programme will be presented today at the Conference of the Parties (COP14) of the United Nations' Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The aim of the commitment is to continuously improve the diversity of UPM's own forests in Finland. The company owns 570,000 hectares of forest, and managing these forests sustainably is essential to ensure the supply of wood.

LivingPackets launches new sustainable and trackable shipping box for eCommerce market

November 26, 2018 - 11:58

PARIS, Nov. 26, 2018 (PRNewswire) -LivingPackets, a next-generation packaging solutions start-up, is launching "LivingPackets THE BOX, " a revolutionary, sustainable and trackable shipping box which generates almost zero packaging waste. THE BOX targets the €3,000 billion eCommerce market which is growing at a staggering rate of more than 20% a year.

PMP-supplied rebuild successfully started up for Australian Paper's PM 4 at its Morwell mill

November 26, 2018 - 03:04

JELENIA GORA, Poland, Nov. 26, 2018 (Press Release) -In July 2017, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) signed a contract for a delivery of wet end rebuild with a new Intelli-Jet V hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel rebuild for Australian Paper’s paper machine (PM4) located in Morwell, Australia.

It is a big pleasure to announce that PM4 with new PMP Intelli-Jet V hydraulic headbox, fourdrinier and reel has started up smoothly on September 10th at 4:12 am of local time. First jumbo roll appeared on the reel at 4:54 am. Two days later, machine started to produce saleable paper.

Norske Skog Tasman in New Zealand feels squeeze of trebling power bill, fears worse to come; production at 50%

November 23, 2018 - 18:02

AUCKLAND, NZ, Nov. 23, 2018 (New Zealand Herald) -A Kawerau paper mill already feeling the crunch of power prices which have trebled is questioning the timing of a planned outage over the weekend by national grid operator Transpower.

Allan Holden, energy manager at Norske Skog Tasman, says Transpower needed to be more flexible with maintenance work on its HVDC link, a six-day undertaking that will likely result in higher prices in the North Island.

"They [Transpower] have not been flexible enough to say 'is this the right time to be doing it?'" Holden said.

World Container Index down by 4,7%

November 23, 2018 - 08:56
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The World Container Index assessed by Drewry, a composite of container freight rates on 8 major routes to/from the US, Europe and Asia is down by 4.7% to $1,720.94 per 40ft container (updated Thursday, 22 November 2018).

Drewry provides container freight rate benchmarking covering over 8,000 port pair combinations via its Benchmarking Club.



European Union announces reform of road use charges to promote cleaner transport and ensure fairness

November 23, 2018 - 08:54
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The draft rules aim to help meet EU emission reduction targets for the transport sector and make road user charges fairer. These rules would govern charges that EU member states already impose or are about to introduce on trans-European transport network roads.