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Iggesund Mill’s new recovery boiler allows total biofuel operation

| September 26, 2012

Iggesund Paperboard has officially inaugurated its new recovery boiler at Iggesund Mill, Sweden, in a ceremony conducted by Lars G. Sundblad, who was managing director of the company at the end of the 1950s when the decision was made to begin manufacturing paperboard.

The new recovery boiler makes it possible for Iggesund to increase production of its Invercote paperboard while enabling the mill to operate on 100 per cent biofuel and be self-sufficient in both thermal and electric power.

Construction of the recovery boiler took two years and cost SEK2.3 billion.

The company is investing a further SEK1.1 billion building a biofuel boiler at its mill in Workington, England.

That investment, for the production of Incada paperboard, is funding a radical change of energy source: from today’s natural gas to bioenergy.

The new biofuel boiler at Workington is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013.

The Iggesund Mill, Sweden.

Smoking ban unlikely to be lifted despite hospitality-sector losses

| September 26, 2012

The Bulgarian restaurant sector is registering record losses because of the country’s tobacco smoking ban, according to a Novinite story quoting the deputy chair of the Bulgarian Hotel and Restaurant Association, Atanas Dimitrov.

Speaking to bTV on Tuesday, Dimitrov said that turnover in the sector had slumped by 50 per cent since the introduction of the ban.

And yet the ban had not and would not reduce the number of smokers in the country. Dimitrov cited data from the Finance Ministry showing that, in June, after the imposition of the ban, revenues from tobacco products excise duty were BGN994 million, which was BGN73 million higher than during the previous month.

He insisted that the ban should be lifted and that the country returned to the previous arrangements whereby hospitality venues had smoking and non-smoking areas.

However, Dimitrov’s pleas are likely to fall on deaf ears. The Health Ministry is unwavering in its support for the ban.

Its representatives said nothing ‘apocalyptic’ had been seen to happen during the past three months when the ban was in effect.

Society had accepted the ban reasonably well, they said, and going back on the ban would be more detrimental.

GTNF helps Tanzanian children attend school

| September 25, 2012

Primary school children from Kasisi primary school received school supplies, including uniforms, shoes and note books.

Students in Tanzania’s Tabora region have benefited from money raised at the recent Global Tobacco Networking Forum in Antwerp, Belgium.

During the GTNF gala dinner, in June, the organizers auctioned off various items and donated the proceeds—almost $3,000—to the Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco Growing Foundation (ECLT).

The ECLT has added the funds to its scholarship support program for students at a school in Kasisi Village in Urambo, Tabora region. The GTNF donation enables 72 children to buy uniforms, shoes and other materials required to attend school.

ECLT is running a project through two districts of Tabora. Thousands of children are enrolled in school or in vocational training thanks to the support of the project, collaboration from the district and the mobilization of volunteers from the villages who watch over the children and educate parents so that children are sent to school.

According to ECLT, children in tobacco-growing families are often forced to work on the farm because they are too poor to purchase school uniforms or materials.

In a four-year project, ECLT, along with its partners, are developing capacity of the district and local communities to provide for their children themselves and to ensure they stay in school even after the project ends.


Tannpapier celebrates 50th anniversary

| September 25, 2012

Tipping paper manufacturer Tannpapier celebrated its 50th anniversary with more than 350 guests from 30-plus countries. The Austrian family-owned business also passed into the hands of the fifth generation during the event.

The celebration kicked off on Sept. 21. Among the invitees were customers, business partners and representatives from politics and industry. Prominent guests included the governor of Upper Austria, Josef Pühringer; the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Christoph Leitl; the former president of the Austrian Federation of Industries, Veit Sorger; and the mayor of Traun, Harald Seidl.

Under the motto “From a vision to success,” company officials reflected on the past and looked toward the future. Tannpapier specializes in printing and refinement of fine paper and is the world’s biggest producer of cigarette tipping papers. A subsidiary of the Trierenberg Holding, the company has more than nine production facilities and exports to more than 100 countries. In 2011 the Tann group’s 1,200 employees generated a turnover of around €255 million euro ($329.88 million), 55 percent of which came from Europe.

Christian Trierenberg, executive and chairman of the Trierenberg Holding’s board, outlined the path from vision to success. This path, he said, had not always been easy but was followed at all times with determination and commitment. Trierenberg said he looked forward to the visions and insights his daughters, Catharina and Stephanie, would develop and carry out.

“Fifty years ago we started; today we are the biggest producer of tipping paper worldwide, with exports to over 100 countries,” said Christian Trierenberg. “I am therefore filled with joy to look back. But it is even more interesting to look into the future together.”

“I am proud of my family and what we have achieved,” said Catharina Trierenberg. “But it is also a great responsibility that we shoulder for our employees and the entire company. I am fully aware of this responsibility and I will work hard so that we will also be successful in the future.”

Leitl presented Christian Trierenberg the Austrian Chamber of Commerce’s Golden Badge of Honor, and Pühringer gave him the Decoration of Merit in Gold of Upper Austria for his services and achievements.

During the ensuing plant tour, guests were able to view the production site and enjoy the Trierenberg Art initiative. The company’s factory is decorated with countless paintings, sculptures and photographs of renowned and emerging artists.

During the gala evening, artists reenacted the company’s history. The Louis Knie Jr. circus put up its tent on the Tann premises and the evening was hosted by the renowned entertainer, presenter and voice impersonator, Riccardo Mancini.

Daniel Wurtzel captivated the audience with his scarves floating in a stream of air, exemplifying the necessary imagination and creativity of an entrepreneur for his ideas to take off. With absolute control over their bodies, the Peres Brothers demonstrated the power and stamina required to be successful. Guinness world record holder and tightrope walker Freddy Nock showed how to keep one’s nerves under control even in dangerous situations. The artists of the Trio Bellissimo enthralled with their graceful perfectionism of synchronized movements by maintaining a bella figura during a challenging performance. The king of the pickpockets, Charly Borra, showed the public how important it is to keep a watchful eye on your belongings.

During the event, Tannpapier took the opportunity to introduce Gerhard Gocek, who joined the company as an executive in September and will co-manage the business going forward.








Bulgartabac poised to acquire tobacco factory at Banja Luka

| September 25, 2012

The Prime Minister of Republika Srpska (Bosnia-Herzegovina), Alexander Dzombic, has said that his government would do everything possible to prevent job losses at the Fabrika Duvana Banja Luka tobacco factory should it be sold to Bulgartabac Holding, according to a Srpska Republika News Agency story relayed by the TMA.

He reportedly said also that he expected negotiations on the sale would be ‘successful’.

Dzombic said that if Bulgartabac purchased the factory, it would produce cigarettes not only for the Bosnian market, but also for other markets in the region.

Labor organization leaders say that Nebojsa Antonic, the owner of Antonic Trade, which currently holds a 55 per cent stake in the factory, has stated that about 50 factory workers could lose jobs.

Fukushima farmers await results of leaf tobacco radiation tests

| September 25, 2012

Farmers inFukushimaprefecture have harvested leaf tobacco for the first time since cultivation was stopped due to the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun story.

This year, leaf tobacco farmers, enthusiastic about reviving tobacco growing, were said to have taken measures to reduce radioactive contamination.

They are currently awaiting the results of radiation tests on their harvested tobacco and are pinning their hopes on making shipments this year. The tobacco is due to be shipped sometime in December.

Fukushimafarmers grow a native species of tobacco and Burley.

In fiscal 2010, they harvested about 1,770 tons of tobacco worth about ¥3.24 billion.

But due to theFukushimanuclear disaster in March last year and Japan Tobacco Inc. soliciting farmers willing to quit leaf tobacco growing, the number of farmers in the prefecture dropped from 1,167 in 2011 to 675 this year.