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Posted By:Sep 3, 2018
Sherbrooke, Québec, August 16, 2018 – KP Tissue Inc. (“KPT”) (TSX: KPT) and Kruger Products L.P. (“Kruger Products or “KPLP”) today announced its plan for a capital investment of $575 million in the Brompton area of Sherbrooke, Québec, to build a new, state-of-the-art tissue plant featuring Canada’s largest and most modern through-air-dry (TAD) machine. The project will create more than 180 new jobs in the region. The announcement of this major project, supported by the Government of Québec, was made in the presence of Dominique Anglade, Quebec Deputy Premier, Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation and Minister of Québec’s Digital Strategy, Luc Fortin, Québec Minister of Families and Minister Responsible for the Estrie Region, and Guy Hardy, MNA for Saint-François, as well as Dino Bianco, Chief Executive Officer, Kruger Products L.P., and Joseph Kruger II, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Kruger Inc.


The new plant, which will be adjacent to an existing facility of the Kruger Group, will produce at maturity approximately 70,000 metric tonnes per annum of bathroom tissue and paper towels which will enable Kruger Products to increase its offering of ultra premium and innovative tissue products under the Cashmere®, SpongeTowels® and Purex® brands.


The project is supported by the Government of Québec through Investissement Québec (“IQ”), which has agreed to invest $105 million by way of a convertible debenture. The remaining financing for the project is currently being finalized.


“This project is on an unprecedented scale for Kruger Products and will give us the additional capacity to continue to grow our business into the future. This new facility combined with our Memphis TAD location will allow us to rebalance our ultra premium tissue capacity to better serve our customers across North America. The Brompton site will also be part of a critical manufacturing hub in the region, working with our other locations in Crabtree, Gatineau and Sherbrooke to produce great quality tissue products for our company” said Dino Bianco, Chief Executive Officer, Kruger Products.”


State-of-the-art Technology


Through-air-dry (TAD) technology is the world’s most advanced ultra premium tissue products manufacturing technology. It uses less fibre to obtain a plusher, stronger, exceptionally soft and more absorbent product.


While Kruger Products has been operating a TAD machine at its Memphis, Tennessee plant since 2013, its TAD 2 machine will be the first of its kind in Québec.



Significant Construction Project


Construction of the project is expected to begin in early 2019, and the plant is slated to commence production in early 2021. The project will generate major benefits, including over $250 million in direct expenses in Québec and one million person-hours for the construction of the new plant.


Anticipated Capital Structure for the Project


The project is expected to be financed with 40% equity and 60% debt in a newly-created, wholly-owned indirect subsidiary of KPLP (“TAD2Canco”). The equity is expected to be funded by the IQ investment of $105 million by way of subscription to a convertible debenture, and Kruger Products expects to obtain financing for the remaining equity. Long-term construction financing for the debt portion is currently being finalized. The IQ convertible debenture will carry a 3% capitalized fixed interest rate for a term of 10 years, and will be required to be redeemed on a monthly basis by KPLP commencing 36 months from the date of issuance. In the event of a failure to make a monthly redemption in accordance with the terms of the debenture, IQ will have a conversion right in respect of the portion of the balance of the debenture that is not paid on terms of conversion that would provide IQ with a 48.6% equity interest in TAD2Canco if the entirety of the debenture were to be converted.



Forward-Looking Statements


Certain statements in this press release about KPLP’s current and future plans, expectations and intentions, results, levels of activity, performance, goals or achievements or any other future events or developments constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this press release include, but are not limited to, items such as: the undertaking of the project; the timing of commencement and commissioning of the project; the capacity of the TAD machine, the creation of new jobs; the financing structure for the project; and KPLP’s future business strategy. The words “may”, “will”, “would”, “should”, “could”, “expects”, “plans”, “intends”, “trends”, “indications”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “estimates”, “predicts”, “likely” or “potential” or the negative or other variations of these words or other comparable words or phrases, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on certain key expectations and assumptions made by KPLP, including, but not limited to, expectations and assumptions concerning the satisfaction of conditions to Investissement Quebec’s underwriting of the debenture and KPLP’s ability to secure sources for the remaining construction debt financing on acceptable terms. Although KPLP believes that the expectations and assumptions on which such forward-looking information is based are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements since no assurance can be given that such expectations and assumptions will prove to be correct.


Many factors could cause KPLP’s actual results, level of activity, performance or achievements or future events or developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, the following factors, which are discussed in greater detail in the “Risk Factors – Risks Related to KPLP’s Business” section of the KPT Annual Information Form dated March 9, 2018 available on SEDAR at www.sedar.com: Kruger Inc.’s influence over KPLP; KPLP’s reliance on Kruger Inc.; consequences of an event of insolvency relating to Kruger Inc.; risks associated with the Memphis TAD machine; operational risks; Gatineau Plant land lease; significant increases in input costs; reduction in supply of fibre; increased pricing pressure and intense competition; KPLP’s inability to innovate effectively; adverse economic conditions; dependence on key retail trade customers; damage to the reputation of KPLP or KPLP’s brands; KPLP’s sales being less than anticipated; KPLP’s failure to implement its business and operating strategies; KPLP’s obligation to make regular capital expenditures; KPLP’s entering into unsuccessful acquisitions; KPLP’s dependence on key personnel; KPLP’s inability to retain its existing customers or obtain new customers; KPLP’s loss of key suppliers; KPLP’s failure to adequately protect its intellectual property rights; KPLP’s reliance on third party intellectual property licenses; adverse litigation and other claims affecting KPLP; material expenditures due to comprehensive environmental regulation affecting KPLP’s cash flow; KPLP’s pension obligations are significant and can be materially higher than predicted if KPLP Management’s underlying assumptions are incorrect; labour disputes adversely affecting KPLP’s cost structure and KPLP’s ability to run its plants; exchange rate and U.S. competitors; KPLP’s inability to service all of its indebtedness; exposure to potential consumer product liability; covenant compliance; interest rate and refinancing risk; and risks relating to information technology, cyber-security, insurance, internal controls, and trade.


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Posted By:Aug 30, 2018
"We are announcing today that production from the Barrie and Peterborough plants will gradually be redeployed to our other facilities in Ontario . This decision will enable us to better align our existing production capacity and to improve service for our valued customers." said Charles Malo , President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Containerboard Packaging.


The two plants will be closed no later than December 31 st 2018, affecting approximately 65 employees. The Company is making this announcement well in advance of the anticipated closing date in order to minimize the impact on our employees and to initiate efforts to relocate as many of the affected employees as possible to our other business units. Any employees who are not relocated to other plants will be offered assistance in finding alternative employment.


Cascades would like to thank employees for their dedication and loyal service, and their ongoing commitment to ensuring the successful transfer of existing business to other plants.

Founded in 1964, Cascades produces, converts and markets packaging and tissue products that are composed mainly of recycled fibres. Cascades employs 11,000 women and men, who work in over90 production units in North America and Europe . With its management philosophy, half a century of experience in recycling, and continuous efforts in research and development as driving forces, Cascades continues to deliver the innovative products that customers have come to rely on. Cascades' shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol CAS.


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Posted By:Aug 29, 2018
Brussels, Belgium, 29 August 2018 – New guidance on hand hygiene published by the French Society for Hospital Hygiene, SF2H, strongly discourages the use of electric hand dryers as a method of hand drying in hospital washrooms, and recommends instead the use of single use paper towels as the most effective way to dry hands and minimise the spread of microorganismsfollowing a visit to the washroom.


Issued by France’s leading healthcare society, SF2H’s newly published guidance - Hand hygiene and care – choice of products and how to use and promote them - offers the first new guidance on hand hygiene for many years. It recognises that good hand hygiene among healthcare professionals is essential in preventing infection and cross-transmission of micro-organisms in a healthcare setting. The report was reviewed by 25 experts in infection control and microbiology, and will be widely circulated and read by those working to promote optimal hygiene and minimise the spread of microorganisms.


On the subject of hand drying, the report cites the most recent literature reviewed by SF2H, including a number of studies undertaken by Professor Mark Wilcox MD, consultant microbiologist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and University of Leeds, UK, and Keith Redway of the University of Westminster. These studies found that electric dryers contaminate both the air and the surfaces in washrooms with bacteria and viruses.


Commenting on the new guidance, Prof. Frédéric Barbut of the Infection Control Unit at Hospital Saint-Antoine (AP-HP), Paris, France, said “This new SF2H guidance reflects the latest research on hand hygiene and is intended to complement the recommendations published in 2009. Responding to a question frequently posed by hygienists, and in light of recently published studies, the authors of the Guidance advise against the use of hot air hand dryers in healthcare settings because of bacterial and viral contamination of air and surfaces.”


SF2H, the French Society for Hospital Hygiene, is a member of the European network to promote infection prevention for patient safety and of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC). It is composed of professionals working in the field of hygiene promotion in healthcare and promotes safety and quality of care, epidemiology, prevention and the fight against healthcare associated infections. SF2H also undertakes safety and health awareness evaluation, accreditation and risk management in the field of healthcare associated infections.


“The latest SF2H guidance provides clear guidance to healthcare professionals throughout France and beyond,” says Fanis Papakostas, chairman of ETS. “We are very pleased that the research into optimal hand drying methods undertaken by the universities of Leeds and Westminster in recent years has been helpful in supporting this guidance. The results of these studies have significant implications for the choice of hand-drying method in hospital washrooms, where limiting the spread of microorganisms is paramount due to patients increased susceptibility to infection and the greater prevalence of potential and/or antimicrobial-resistant pathogens”.


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Posted By:Jul 27, 2018
The award ceremony of the Sofidel Suppliers Sustainability Award 2018 will be held on 4th October in Columbus, USA, coinciding with the inauguration of our new American plant. The first greenfield investment in the continent was made in Circleville, Ohio, where Sofidel built its largest, most modern and most sustainable integrated production site, characterized by the installation of new generation paper mill and converting technologies and by the fully automated warehouse management of the finished product.


For further information visit the website: http://www.sofidel.com/en/sustainability/sofidel-suppliers-sustainability-award 


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Posted By:Jun 18, 2018
Ecol Studio is pleased to announce the opening of a new facility in Sweden – the first step towards a growth process inEurope.

Ecol Studio, an Italian company specialised in laboratory tests, consulting and training that has been successfullyinvolved in the fields of product quality, the environment and occupational safety for over 36 years, is opening acompany in Sweden.
Ecol Studio Consulting AB inaugurated its office in Lund, in southern Sweden, just a short distance from Malmö andeasily reachable also from Copenhagen. The company will focus on the development of the paper industry value chainin European countries.

Ecol Studio Consulting AB will interface with the market through the traditional consultancy approach that characterisesthe Italian company, consistently able to leave tangible signs of its way of working in customers. Ecol Studio as a partnercapable of aiding companies to attain important results in terms of sustainability and to turn these policies into a truecompetitive advantage for companies who strongly believe in these values.

The company is headed by Consuelo Giordani who, following several decades of experience as consultant, Area Manager,
and after covering the role of Managing Director of Ecol Studio S.p.A., will follow international customers in collaborationwith the lab and the team FCMs/Paper of Lucca. “The numerous companies located in Scandinavia and throughoutEurope can today count on a unique interlocutor, and design with Ecol Studio a customized assistance service based onthe demands of the different sites and individual countries”, explains Claudio Fornari, CEO of Ecol Studio S.p.A. “EcolStudio has always distinguished itself for its availability toward market requests and its promptness in answering tocustomer demands. The possibility of assisting and supporting our customers located in Europe becomes foundationalto continue working efficiently and to guarantee effective, timely service.”

For years Ecol Studio is the international reference point for paper and board materials intended to come into contactwith food such as plastic, glass and other disposable matrices and objects, acknowledged for its distinctive competencesand for the ability to offer innovative, customised services and precise, high value-adding solutions.

Ecol Studio has always been a strategic partner for companies aiming for growth based on policies focused onsustainable development. Today the brand includes three Italian companies working in synergy from locations in thecentral/north of the peninsula. And this established and efficient work group is now enhanced by the addition of thefirst international facility, Ecol Studio Consulting AB, with the goal of strengthening business development in Europe.

“This is just the first step of an internationalization process that Ecol Studio has undertaken with the scope of confirmingits position of reference company for the paper field, in Italy and in the rest of the world. Inspired by our vision –“Together with our customers for a better world” – we have always worked with this clear and ambitious goal in mind,and today we are proudly exporting this ideal abroad!” Si it is really the case to say: “First step to Europe!” #staytuned”,concludes Claudio Fornari enthusiastically.

For further information: Paola Pellegrini - Marketing Dept.- p.pellegrini@ecolstudio.com - Tel. +39 0583 40011
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Posted By:Jun 14, 2018
Tissue World Istanbul, the international gathering of tissue industry, will take place at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 to 6 September 2018. Proving its industrial success with a record level of attendance in 2016, this year’s Tissue World Istanbul will also welcome for the first time the hygiene non-woven machinery suppliers.

UBM, one of the world’s largest fair organizers, will organise Tissue World Istanbul, the international gathering of tissue industry, at the Istanbul Congress Center from 4 to 6 September 2018. Supported by leading industry players, Tissue World Istanbul 2018 is getting prepared to unite industry leaders with their global experience and enriched contents.

Istanbul holds a strategic importance in tissue industry, being at the crossroads of an important regional business network and is recognized as the most comprehensive tissue exhibition in the region covering the Middle East, Middle Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, Russia and Turkic Republics.

Organized biennially since 2014, Tissue World Istanbul has welcomed more than 1600 industrial professionals from 65 countries in 2016, proving its regional power. UBM is primed for moving one jump ahead of its current achievement. The hygienic non-woven machinery suppliers will also be welcomed to the fair this year to enable exhibitors and visitors improve their business networks and opportunities.
In this context, retail industry representatives, logistics companies, tissue suppliers, consulting firms, non-woven producers, related civil society organisations and public authorities will meet at Tissue World Istanbul 2018.

Tissue World Istanbul is of critical importance to Turkey
Esin Aslihan, UBM Istanbul Brand Director
mentioned that the primary goal of Tissue World Istanbul is to serve the development of tissue industry in the region and added: “Turkish tissue industry, which has achieved to grow with new investments each year and increased the rate of employment, accomplished to boost exports at one and a half rate in the last 7 years. We aim at serving the development of both our industry and country in support with new business opportunities and a wider business network brought by this successful trade show. This year, the non-woven machinery manufacturers will also be exhibiting on the show floor. By doing this, we are getting prepared to unite leaders and decision makers of the industry with 360 degrees of coverage and we are inviting all industrial representatives to discover the ways to move our industry much further.

Lutfi Aydin, Production Director, Hayat Kimya Global Tissues commented about Tissue World Istanbul as follows: “As one of the globalizing players of FMCG, we continue our investments without slowing down with around 8.000 employees in 9 countries and 12 brands in categories of hygiene, home care products and tissues.

Hayat Kimya started its tissue production in Turkey 12 years ago and now became the largest tissue producer in the Middle East, Eastern European and Africa with its well-known brands Papia, Familia, Teno and Focus.

Tissue World Fair units tissue manufacturers and industrial professionals to help us discuss with all our stakeholders, introduce our innovations and technologies and prepare grounds for inspiringly new cooperation. We pride ourselves on being among the main sponsors of Tissue World Istanbul, as the largest tissue producer in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa.”

Industry leader Eczacıbaşı Consumer Products to introduce new products at Tissue World Istanbul
Embodying many forerunner brands in categories of tissue papers, baby care, self-care, household care and non-household products, Eczacıbaşı Consumer Products supports Tissue World Istanbul as one of its main sponsors. Defining its vision to become a powerful regional player with its self-hygiene brands, Eczacıbaşı Consumer Products is mainly focused on new target markets including Caucasia and the Middle East in addition to the Balkans, Eastern Europe, Middle East and North Africa.

In this context, the company will introduce its newest products at Tissue World Istanbul including Selpak Deluxe Cotton-Added toilet papers in the upper segment, Bamboo-Added towels and Selpak Comfort product range in middle segment in addition to semi-finished product portfolio on a wide range. V-folded toilet papers under Selpak Professional brand, focused on non-household use, and Sensor Towels included in recyclable product portfolio with specially designed dispenser will also debut at the fair.

Lila Paper Group again taking its place between exhibitors and sponsors
Alp Ogucu, Managing Director, Lila Group
highlights that Tissue World Istanbul is ready to meet industrial expectations and continues: “We are proud to be the sponsor of Tissue World Istanbul which covers not only tissue paper producers but also raw material supports to meet a vital demand of the industry. Lila Paper also exports to 68 countries and therefore, one of the main reasons we took our place in this platform is that Tissue World Istanbul addresses our target markets including the Middle East, Middle Asia and Africa. The conference also casts light upon the future of industry as a platform where industrial developments are discussed. This year, we will bring critical topics to the table including possible bottleneck in raw material resources due to global warming and climate change as well as industrial capital development at Tissue World Istanbul, which we expect to meet our demands”.


About Tissue World
Tissue World is the leading global event series serving the tissue industry worldwide since 1993. With events in Istanbul, Milan, Miami and São Paulo, it offers an integrated and intertwined platform consisting of exhibitions, conferences and a magazine providing an unmatched offline and online meeting place to do business, exchange ideas and learn, all year round.

About UBM
UBM is one of the largest fair organization companies of the world organizing around 400 fairs on average per year with more than 3.750 employees in more than 20 countries. UBM EMEA Istanbul, under the framework of UBM, organizes international fairs of Eurasian and Turkish markets basing on its knowledge and UBM’s global experience of more than 30 years. Market leading fairs of UBM EMEA Istanbul are: Alleather IDF the Leather Exhibition of Istanbul, CBME Children Baby Maternity Expo, CPhI Middle East & Africa Pharmaceutical Ingredients Fair Istanbul, Expomaritt Marine Industry Fair, Fi Food Ingredients Fair Istanbul, Growtech Eurasia Greenhouse Agricultural Technologies Fair, ISSA Interclean Industrial Cleaning Fair Istanbul, Intertraffic Traffic Technologies and Equipment Fair Istanbul, Istanbul Kids Fashion Baby and Kids Fashion Fair, IstanbulLight Lightning Exhibition, Tissue World Istanbul Tissue Paper Industry Fair. www.ubmistanbul.com
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