Emissions drop at UK paper mills in 2014

Figures released by the European Union Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) confirm a continued fall in emissions from UK paper mills.

Official 2014 emissions data have just been released and the downward trend in emissions from the sector has continued—2014 emissions being 13.5% lower than those in 2013 and an impressive 42% lower than in 2008. While some of this reduction can be attributed to lower production, the great majority has been delivered by investment in new power generation and a continued focus on energy efficiency.

Allowing for changes in production levels, the figures show that the amount of EU ETS reported carbon dioxide emitted by UK paper mills (per tonne of production) has fallen by a third in just seven years—from 0.64 tonnes CO2 per tonne of product to 0.42 tonnes.

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European Recovered Paper Council produces a de-inkability score for printed products

Deinking, the removal of printing inks, is a major step in the recycling process of printed graphic products to produce a bright pulp suitable for a wide range of recycled papers and board.

For an efficient functioning of the circular economy it is valuable that products can be recycled to similar quality levels as the original products. It is therefore desirable that printed products are deinkable. If they are not deinkable, printed products can be recycled to lower grade paper and board.

The deinkability of a printed product as a whole can be assessed by only looking at its Deinkability Score, which can range from -100 to +100. For individual products this is done by using the rating of the results given in this specification or by comparing the Deinkability Scores of several printed products.

If a more thorough technical / scientific evaluation has to be made, the individual scores or the mea- sured values of the deinkability parameters can be used.

Ecolabels for printed matter on European and National levels require a positive deinkability result. In many cases, this can be achieved by choosing the proper printing technology and material combination. For these cases, exemptions for deinkability tests are defined in an annex to this Scorecard. This annex is subject to review and revision according to new knowledge gained.

The European Recovered Paper Council document provides an assessment of the deinkability of a printed product by evaluating results of a laboratory deinking test procedure. It is applicable to all kinds of printed graphic products on white paper.

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German Chemical Giant BASF to Celebrate 150 years

The official Anniversary Event to commemorate the 150th anniversary of BASF will take place on April 23, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. in the BASF Feierabendhaus. The company expects more than 1,000 international guests from government, business, research, and society.

Scheduled speakers:

Dr. Angela Merkel, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany
Malu Dreyer, Minister-President of Rhineland-Palatinate
Dr. Kurt Bock, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE

One highlight of the event will be the premiere of the composition “Symphony No. 8: Water Dances,” which Michael Nyman composed for BASF’s anniversary. The English composer was inspired by sounds, which BASF employees worldwide collected and submitted in 2014. The symphonic work will be performed for the first time by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, London, conducted by Josep Vicent starting at around 12:30 p.m. on April 23. The event will be moderated by Barbara Hahlweg (German TV station ZDF).

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Irish Smurfit Kappa ‘approached’ by International Paper for £6bn takeover

It is now widely speculated that International Paper are making a move to acquire Smurfit Kappa. As stated in The Telegraph:

‘The US rival is believed to have held talks with Deutsche Bank advisers over making a bid for the Dublin-based firm, which is also listed in London and specialises in corrugated paper-based packaging.

Smurfit, which had revenues of £5.8bn in 2014, is Europe’s largest paper-packaging supplier. The company’s equity could be valued at more than £6bn in the event of a takeover bid from International Paper, which has a market capitalisation of nearly £16.4bn.

The proposition is the latest in a series of high-profile takeovers, including Shell’s £47bn acquisition of BG – the largest deal between two British companies so far. The deal will create a £200bn oil and gas giant, and is the biggest takeover in the sector for 17 years. Heinz is also set to merge with Kraft to create the fifth biggest food company in the world, known as The Kraft Heinz Company, in a deal worth $68.3bn.

Memphis-based International Paper announced its intention last month to invest $135m to convert a mill in North Carolina to softwood pulp and fluff production – used in nappies – resulting in numerous job losses.’

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Solenis Completes Acquisition of CBC India Pulp and Paper Business Assets

Effective April 1, 2015, Solenis Chemicals India Pvt Limited completed the acquisition of assets associated with the Solenis pulp and paper business represented by Connell Bros. Company (India) Pvt Limited in India.

All assets associated with the Solenis pulp and paper business represented by CBC (India) are a part of the deal including the sales, technical, and operating personnel directly related to the paper unit, and an AKD emulsion manufacturing facility.

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Paperchem Report – for market insight

Taken directly form the Paperchem Report website …..

‘A monthly subscription newsletter specifically targeting the information requirements of the specialty paper chemicals segment.

Paperchem Report is intended to provide insight to papermakers and specialty chemicals suppliers involved respectively in buying and marketing pigments and chemicals. The report has become essential reading for buyers as they look to gauge the mood of the market in preparation for price negotiations. Encompassing global markets, coverage includes:

detailed analysis of mergers and acquisitions
progress and outcome of price negotiations
the effect of petrochemical, energy and other raw material price movements on specialty chemical costs
observations on paper industry expansion and on machine closures, downtime and industrial action, impacting on pigment and chemical offtake
investment and rationalisation as the paper and board industry migrates from the mature North American and European markets to Asia, and particularly China
new product development
In-depth discussion of developments in the following paper pigments:

Carbonates – natural and synthetic
Kaolin
Titanium dioxide
Paperchem Report also provides detailed monthly analysis of the paper segment of the markets for starch and latex. Developments affecting other specialty chemicals, including sizes, retention aids, de-foamers and coating chemicals are regularly explored.’

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