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Posted By:adminDec 5, 2016
Excitement is building for Tissue World 2017, the world’s largest event aimed specifically at the soft hygienic tissue paper business. For the first time that Tissue World will be held in Milan, in the Fieramilanocity (HALL 3), on 10 to 12 April 2017, after moving from Barcelona where it has been held since 2013 and Nice, where it started in 1993.


The tissue industry has shown strong support for the new host city, Milan. Top-level speakers, tissue makers and converters from around the globe, and most of the world’s suppliers to the tissue business, are all keen to be part of the event.


Floor space is 90% filled

By early December, five months before the show opens, more than 130 companies from all over the world have booked stand space at the event. Many exhibitors are joining the show for the first time.

In terms of net space this means about 3,700 square meters have been booked. The space is now over 90% allocated with only about 300-400 square meters remaining on the floor plan.

Featuring over 200 exhibitors from more than 30 countries, the trade show brings together all the leading industry players from throughout the supply chain - raw materials to converting, packaging, wrapping and transport - for 3 days of business discussions and networking.


Excellent learning opportunity

Alongside the trade show, Tissue World Milan will feature a 3-day conference, with the theme "Change is the Only Constant, but where is the Tipping Point?" As part of the conference, the Senior Management Symposium (SMS), taking place on April 10th, will examine relevant issues and topics that can be change-drivers for success in the tissue industry.

Some topics which will be covered at the conference include: an economic outlook; trend spotting, highlights on consumer preferences; the impact of globalization on trade flows; buyers’ views; the latest on the pulp market; and a look to the future of sustainability.

Other components of the conference include the hands-on Yankee Dryer Operations Workshop and the Tissue Retailer and Distributor Insight Forum (TRIF) on 11 April.

Technical sessions will kick off on 11 April and continue over 12 April to end this intense conference program on Wednesday afternoon. Technical sessions will cover topics from different angles such as: the impact of Industry 4.0 in tissue manufacturing; strength properties and energy savings and product novelties. The final program will be released in January.


Tissue World offers a diverse and complete networking platform

The 2017 trade show will not only feature a show floor packed with exhibiting companies and a robust conference program, but will also offer a variety of side-events and entertainment which will make Tissue World in Milan a memorable experience.

Social functions will include a Gala Dinner and also a Happy Hour Reception. A Relaxing Lounge will provide yoga classes and Tissue World TV-corner will feature live interviews broadcasted over the entire show floor.

Registrations to the trade show and to the conference are now open. To process registrations and benefit from the early conference rates, please find full information on http://www.tissueworld.com/milan/register.

For full details on Tissue World Milan, its list of exhibitors and floorplan, details on travel and accommodation, a comprehensive destination guide to Milan, visa requirements, event features and much, please visit www.tissueworld.com/milan/ or email your questions to: info@tissueworld.com.


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 Sao 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.


Press Contact:
  
Lei Ching Yew
Assistant Marketing Manager

UBM Exhibition Singapore Pte Ltd
Tel: + 65 6592 0888 ext. 873

Website: www.tissueworld.com/milan
Email: leiching.yew@ubm.com
Address:, 10 Hoe Chiang Road, #20-05 Keppel Towers, Singapore 089315
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Posted By:adminJul 1, 2015
Carta e meccanica per la carta, con il loro elevato know-how caratterizzato da innovazione e alta specializzazione, continuano a essere, insieme a numerose altre attività manifatturiere e di servizi legati a tutta la filiera (per lo più del settore metalmeccanico, ma anche di quello elettrico, elettronico e della plastica), i comparti di riferimento per l'economia lucchese, che meglio di tutti gli altri hanno saputo reagire alla crisi.


I settori cartario-cartotecnico e metalmeccanico per la carta nella nostra provincia comprendono complessivamente 120 imprese che, nell'anno 2014, hanno prodotto un fatturato superiore a 4,5 miliardi di euro e dato occupazione a 8.000 unità lavorative, rappresentando da sole oltre il 50% dell'intero fatturato e circa il 30% della forza lavoro industriale dell'intera provincia.


Il punto di forza di queste aziende resta l'alta vocazione all'esportazione che, nel 2014, ha sviluppato vendite all'estero per
1,4 miliardi di euro. Oggi, per essere competitivi, non basta più esportare solo merci, ma bisogna investire e svolgere azioni che favoriscano il radicamento sui mercati esteri. In questo loro sforzo le Pmi si stanno sempre di più organizzando con forme di aggregazione in reti d'impresa, distretti, consorzi, con l'obiettivo di migliorare i progetti di internazionalizzazione.


Questa è anche la strada percorsa da dodici imprese produttrici di macchinari all'avanguardia nelle tecnologie per la carta tissue, con 2.000 addetti, un fatturato di oltre 600 milioni di euro rivolto per il 90% alle esportazioni, che, due anni fa, hanno dato vita a Tissue Italy, il contratto di rete sostenuto fin dalla sua costituzione dalla nostra Associazione.


Tra queste protagoniste assolute di primo piano sono le aziende lucchesi.
La scelta di mettersi in rete è scaturita dalla comune volontà di queste aziende, anche concorrenti tra loro, di evidenziare e
comunicare l'eccellenza che rappresentano in questo settore per diventare punto di riferimento per il mercato globale del tissue.
La prima e principale azione sviluppata dalla rete è stata l'organizzazione dello speciale evento "It's Tissue", che ha avuto il
suo battesimo nel giugno 2013 e ha richiamato a Lucca oltre 700 operatori di tutto il mondo. La manifestazione, giunta quest'anno alla seconda edizione, si è appena conclusa ed ha confermato la sua forte attrazione, più che raddoppiando il numero di visitatori di due anni fa.
Con questa iniziativa, il distretto industriale del tissue ha avuto la capacità di unire le forze e, attraverso una formula davvero
innovativa, che va oltre il concetto di fiera tradizionale, ha dimostrato che, considerandosi parte di un comune destino e di un
comune futuro, è stato possibile affrontare meglio la crisi, perché uniti si è più forti.


Per la manifestazione "It's Tissue", la nostra città rappresenta si può dire un contenitore ideale, paragonabile a una sorta di Expo, del e nel territorio.
Infatti, per una intera settimana, e mi piace sottolinearlo con particolare evidenza, le aziende del comparto sono diventate
protagoniste di un'azione di promozione straordinaria, che ha esaltato le peculiarità della nostra provincia e, al tempo stesso, ne
ha sottolineato i valori di attrazione. In definitiva, con la presenza di numerosi visitatori provenienti da più di settanta paesi, che hanno riempito alberghi, ristoranti, visitato i nostri musei e le nostre ville, fatto acquisti nei negozi non solo del centro, le aziende hanno saputo dar vita a un modello turistico che ben si confà ad una città come la nostra, così ricca di storia, arte e cultura.


Source: Il Sole 24 Ore

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Posted By:adminApr 17, 2015


A company plans to roll out a new line of tissues and paper towels this month that incorporates wheat straw and bamboo, which it hopes will provide a rapidly renewable and environmentally friendly source of fiber for its products while giving farmers a new market for what remains after the grain is harvested.


Kimberly-Clark Professional, which manufactures Kleenex and Scott brand products, says the new GreenHarvest line will blend in 20 percent wheat straw, which it hopes will ease demand for the tree fiber and recycled paper it already uses. It will help conserve natural resources and address what the Dallas-based company expects will be dwindling supplies of recycled paper.


“As we become more and more digital and perhaps that resource becomes less and less available, what is next? How are we going to continue to make paper products? And looking at these non-tree plant fiber alternatives is the next step,” said Iris Schumacher, the company’s North America sustainability leader. She said she thought Kimberly-Clark’s incorporation of the new fiber sources into everyday essentials such as toilet paper was likely to lead competitors to follow suit.


Wheat straw is already used in a few paper products, including a line of copy paper made of 80 percent straw that Staples sells. And later this month, the industry trade group Kansas Wheat will be meeting with representatives from a Taiwanese company called Npulp that uses wheat straw to make corrugated paper and packaging materials.


Scientific developments are also making it easier to break down cellulosic plant material and turn it into biofuels, and that makes plant material such as wheat straw and corn stover more attractive sources for cellulosic biofuel plants like the one operating in Holcomb, Kansas.


“People want sustainability in using natural materials, renewable materials,” said Aaron Harries, vice president of research and operations at Kansas Wheat.


Straw has also long been used for livestock bedding and mulch material.

Much of the straw stays in the field, especially in the drier areas of western Kansas, because it preserves moisture and prevents wind erosion, Mr. Harries said. But in the wetter parts of central Kansas where much of the state’s wheat is grown, plenty of excess straw is usually available.


“What it really does is provide some extra value to farmers who are able to sell their straw to one of these companies,” Mr. Harries said.


Kimberly-Clark began exploring the use of wheat straw back in 2011 and test marketed its prototype products in Canada, Indiana and California before deciding on a full-scale rollout this year, Ms. Schumacher said. The straw will be turned into pulp at its mill in Mobile, Alabama.


The GreenHarvest line includes Scott multifold towels and toilet tissue using 20 percent wheat straw fiber and Kleenex roll towels and bathroom tissue using 20 percent bamboo fiber. The products will not be sold at retail stores, but will be offered directly to commercial customers such as sports venues and higher education institutions, Ms. Schumacher said. The company’s consumer side will be keeping a close eye on how well it does there, she said.


Brian Dunn, who has a diversified farm near St. John in western Kansas, said he sold Kimberly-Clark 150 tons of straw about two years ago when the company first started researching the product.


“I’ve got young boys now that maybe someday, I hope, will have the opportunity to farm, and we always try to find something else that might add value to our farm,” he said. “I am always interested in new technology and new things, and so it was something interesting we could do, too, as part of our farming operation.”


But last year the drought left his wheat so short that he just plowed what little straw there was back into the soil, and it is so dry this season that he doesn’t anticipate having any excess straw to sell this year, either.


David Kreider, a custom harvester in Metter, Georgia, said he bales straw from about 20 farms, which he then sells to Kimberley-Clark for between $80 and $90 a ton, the going market price for it.


He said he had been trying to convince farmers that they can get money for their straw, instead of just burning their wheat fields after harvest, as many have done in years past. Kimberly-Clark has been steadily increasing its purchase of straw as it has prepared to introduce its new line of bathroom tissues made using straw, he said.


“I am very curious to see the end product,” Mr. Kreider said.


Kimberly-Clark figures that an acre of wheat could yield as much as a ton of straw — enough fiber to make 7,100 rolls of toilet paper.


“It is a pretty interesting product,” Mr. Dunn said. “And I am glad to know they can turn that old, prickly straw into something soft for your bottom.”

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Posted By:adminApr 9, 2015

Just a few short years ago it seemed like the countries of Latin America had finally figured out their economies and entered the promised land of healthy sustainable growth, at long last escaping the boom and bust cycles that had characterized these economies for half a century. That now appears to have been an illusion; this time was not different. For the largest and most important economies of Latin America the bust has returned, and prospects for a return to the good times from the early and middle part of the last decade look dim. So what happened? While there is some variation in the economic makeup of the individual countries in the region, one similarity is their reliance on commodities and the destination of those exports. The end of the commodity "super-cycle" has hit a number of these Latin American economies hard and has exposed other weaknesses in their economies that had always existed but were hidden by the previous strong growth. Additionally, most of these commodity dependent economies did not save or invest their windfall during the good years, choosing instead to increase other spending, and now have nothing in store during the downturn.


For Argentina this new reality has been especially painful. Argentina has a long history of economic troubles, experiencing economic crises every decade or so. The last major crisis was in 2001-2002 as a rising dollar, to which the Argentinean peso had been pegged, made Argentina's exports much less competitive and led to a debt crisis that shrank the economy by close to 30%. However, after defaulting on its debt, the economy grew spectacularly with average annual growth reaching almost 9% between 2003 and 2007. The plunge in commodities prices during the global recession took Argentina's economy with it. Commodities rebounded in 2010 and 2011 in large part due to China's stimulus program, which pushed a huge amount of money into the economy and was used for investment as well as purchases of raw goods. But since then prices of commodities have been falling, causing problems for Argentina. Argentina's top three exports are soybean meal, corn and soybean oil, which account for about 25% of total exports. Soybean prices are down more than 35% over the past two years, while corn prices are lower by almost 50%. The destinations of these exports are also problematic for Argentina: Brazil, which is near recession, and a slowing China. Argentina's economy eked out a gain in 2014 of 0.5%, but this was only because imports of goods and services collapsed.


Source: RISI

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Posted By:adminApr 1, 2015

In addition to the company becoming the first upstream supplier to join the new German based Partnership on Sustainable Textiles, EcoPlanet Bamboo Group has now lined up plantations that can provide more than 3 million tons of raw fiber annually to the pulp industry. These plantations are certified under the same international certification standards currently recognized by the pulp industry, which will allow bamboo pulp to be fed directly into the supply chain.

 
EcoPlanet is investing into leapfrogging technology to ensure that their bamboo fiber maintains its viability as a green alternative, throughout the length of the supply chain.
 
Only time will tell if bamboo will be the fiber that causes a paradigm shift as more fiber based materials are needed from everything from growing global tissue/paper/textile production to clean energy from cellulosic sources (cellulosic ethanol from fast growing tree farms) designed to absorb carbon as they are produced.
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