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Holmen – Iggesund – joins Carbon Performance Leadership Index

| October 29, 2012

The Holmen Group, which includes Iggesund Paperboard, has been selected to join the Carbon Performance Leadership Index (CPLI), a list of companies at the forefront of climate change performance.

The index is compiled by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), an independent, not-for-profit organisation that holds the largest collection globally of self-reported climate change data, and which is working to drive greenhouse gas emission reduction. CDP represents 655 institutional investors with US$78 trillion in assets.

Holmen is the only Swedish company to make the list this year.

Each year CDP asks companies around the world to report on their emissions, their goals for reducing them, and their assessment of a range of risks and opportunities related to climate change. The companies are then ranked on their climate change transparency, with the best disclosers joining CDP’s Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).

This year’s evaluation gave Holmen high marks for its climate strategy and for how it reports its climate-related data. As a result, Holmen is now included in the CDLI.

In addition, Holmen is the only Swedish company also to be included in the CPLI. The aim of this index is to make it easier for investors to identify companies which work in a responsible and developmental way with economic, environmental and social issues.

“It’s a great honour to be included in this list,” said Lars Strömberg, director of sustainable and environmental affairs at Holmen. “This is the result of lengthy and patient efforts to reduce our fossil carbon dioxide emissions and also to make our work more and more transparent.”

As an example of Holmen’s work, Strömberg points to the large-scale emission reductions that have already been achieved and that are planned at Holmen’s business unit Iggesund Paperboard. During the past two years, about €350 million has been invested to minimise carbon dioxide emissions at Iggesund’s mills atIggesund,Sweden, andWorkington,England.

“The Workington mill is particularly interesting because overnight we will switch our energy source from 100 per cent fossil fuel to 100 per cent biofuel,” Strömberg said. “And it’s especially noteworthy that such a huge step is being taken by a large industrial processing company.”

Holmen’s 2010 annual report was recently selected as the leading annual report inSweden. The award justification highlighted Holmen’s successful integration of its sustainability report within the regular annual report.

“We have all the conditions in place to continue being highly ranked by external assessments of our operations,” Strömberg said. “We use a renewable raw material and manufacture products which at their end of life can go straight into the world’s most widespread recycling system – recycled paper and board. The forest industry has all the prerequisites for being one of the most environmentally sustainable industrial sectors.”

BAT Nigeria donates cassava cottage factory to local community

| October 29, 2012

The BAT Nigeria Foundation, an independent arm of British American Tobacco Nigeria, has donated a cassava processing cottage factory to the Achoze community in the tobacco growing state of Kogi, according to a story in the Nigerian Tribune, relayed by the TMA.

Dr. Gbenga Ibikunle, speaking on behalf of Dr. Christopher Kolade, chairman of the foundation, said the move was part of the company’s corporate social responsibility program, which focused on four areas: agriculture, potable water supply, the environment and education.

Ibikunle said the foundation would not exercise any control over the factory, which, he added, belonged to the community.

Imperial wins retail award in Ireland

| October 29, 2012

Imperial Tobacco’s business in Ireland has won a retail trade award for demonstrating outstanding excellence in sales and marketing.

John Player was named ‘Branded Supplier of the Year – Non food’ at Checkout magazine’s annual FMCG (fast moving consumer goods) awards.

The John Player team fought off strong competition from the likes of the Irish National Lottery and Reckitt Benckiser to win the number one spot.

The awards recognise retail excellence in areas such as new product development, best-in-class merchandising and sales support.

“As the awards are judged by a panel of top retailers and marketing experts, this shows a strong level of recognition from our customers and indeed our competitors,” said Carmel Balala, trade marketing managerIreland.

“This is just reward for all the effort and dedication of the Sales & Marketing team at John Player.”

Star Tobacco appointments

| October 25, 2012

Star Tobacco has established its European headquarters in Luxembourg and appointed Christopher Maan as its general manager for the region. With a background in law, Maan comes from a distinguished tobacco family that has been in the business for three generations. He will have responsibility for all Star accounts in the European Union.

Star has appointed Yordan Yaramov to the position of technical sales director. Based in Sofia, Bulgaria, Yaramov will be responsible for all tobacco sales to Bulgaria as well as select accounts in the Balkans, Russia and Ukraine. He will also be responsible for all technical aspects of manufacturing projects overseen by Star.

Yoramov has 41 years of tobacco Industry experience, working with established companies such as Bulgartabac, Evans MacTavish, the National Tobacco Monopoly of Ethiopia and Ronis.

In Turkey, Star has appointed Yalcin Cihangiroglu as its advisor. Based in Istanbul, Cihangiroglu will be responsible for the business development in Turkey, as well as overseeing the company’s local agronomy projects for the production of Izmir Oriental tobacco.

Cihangiroglu has 36 years of tobacco industry experience, having worked with Tekel, where he headed up cigarette production for seven factories. Following Tekel’s privatization, Cihangiroglu oversaw the restructuring of the former monopoly’s business to fit the requirements of its new owner, British American Tobacco.

Experts discuss filtration at BMJ-VTA dinner

| October 19, 2012

Cigarette paper supplier BMJ and the Vietnam Tobacco Association held their seventh BMJ-VTA dinner in Danang, Vietnam, on Oct. 11.

During the event, invited speaker Paul Morris of Filtrona Filters explained to the audience how various types of cigarette filters can be used to achieve certain filtration targets.

In doing so, Morris continued a tradition started by BMJ several years ago.

With regulators and smokers demanding ever-lower tar deliveries, the industry is increasingly interested in the technologies available to produce “lighter” cigarettes without compromising the smoking experience.

In response to this trend, BMJ initiated a series of lectures that over the years has featured filtration experts such as Surya Handoko, developer of Sampoerna’s successful A-Mild kretek cigarette, and Simon Denby, a former senior product developer for various multinationals.

Most Vietnamese cigarettes are equipped with traditional monoacetate filters. In his presentation, Morris highlighted some of the alternatives available in the marketplace.

ISO accreditation for Borgwaldt KC

| October 18, 2012

Borgwaldt KC’s Physical Laboratory has been accredited DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025:2005 for calibration in the field of fluid quantities/gas flow rates.

The accreditation comprises in detail the following calibrations:

  • Calibration of pressure drop transfer standards
  • Calibration of air permeability standards
  • Calibration of laminar flow element (LFE) as per ISO 7210 paragraph 4.3.3
  • Calibration of pressure resistors (bubble-adapter) as per ISO 4387 paragraph

The laboratory carries out all calibrations on precise measurement equipment designed specifically for this purpose.