News & Events

17/04/2017

International Pulp Week 2017 - Vancouver
International Pulp Week (IPW) is an annual three-day conference organized by the Pulp and Products Council (PPPC). IPW brings together the world's leading producers of market pulp, suppliers, logistic companies, financial institutions and their customers for a first-class informational and networking opportunity. The 14th edition will kick off in Vancouver, British Columbia on Sunday May 7th 2017. As in previous years, the goal of the event is to service the market pulp industry by allowing for a multitude of business meetings and networking opportunities that would otherwise require travel to several continents. This event will once again be part of the Global Forest Products Leadership Summit together with PwC and International Wood Markets Group Inc. To learn more about the Summit, visit: www.forestproductssummit.com.

11/11/2016

LONDON PULP WEEK 2016
The traditional event has regularly taken place in the period 7-10 November 2016 and was attended by most world producers as well as by many paper companies and other pulp buyers. The week ended with the usual Symposium and dinner organized by the British Woodpulp Association and Hawkins Wright.

15/07/2016

21° Rapporto Annuale Comieco sulla raccolta differenziata di carta e cartone in Italia
Read more in the link/download section

26/03/2016

Money that grows on trees - The Economist
Brazil's economy is crumbling but its giant pulp firms are booming. Read The Economist's article in the link/download section.

16/02/2016

Sofidel CEO Luigi Lazzareschi nominated WWF Italy ambassador
Read more on the Link/Download section.

11/12/2015

Storing electricity in paper
Researchers at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Sweden, have developed power paper – a new material with an outstanding ability to store energy. The material consists of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer. The results have been published in Advanced Science. Read more in the link/download section.

05/11/2015

WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index shows continual improvement by leading pulp and paper producers
Gland, Switzerland — The WWF Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) 2015 shows a positive trend towards more transparency and sustainability by the world’s more progressive pulp and paper manufacturers. The 31 voluntary participants in this year´s Index together produce 15% of the world´s paper and board and 15% of the world´s pulp. While all participating manufacturers demonstrated outstanding transparency, more than 90% of product categories reported since 2013 showed improvement. Read more in the link/download section

27/10/2015

Smart Energy Expo 2015: interview with Andrea Morandini, Cartiere del Garda
During the Smart Energy Expo 2015, Green Style interviewed Andrea Morandini, energy manager of Cartiere del Garda, who described some solutions for energy saving. See Green Style's interview in Italian in the Link/Download section.

08/10/2015

Ecological and Efficient Energy Accumulation Systems thanks to nanocellulose
McMaster University has developed an energy accumulation system made by nanoparticles trapped in a web of nanocellulose. More info in DOWNLOAD section.

24/09/2015

AIAC EVENT 2015 !
This year's AIAC EVENT, including golf, conference and dinner, has taken place on 24 September at Le Robinie Golf Club, only 10 minutes away from Milano Malpensa airport and a 20 minute drive to EXPO 2015. In addition to our members and their colleagues from HQ based abroad, we have hosted Italian pulp users i.e. our clients, port and logistics operators, European Associations' Presidents and trade press. Almost 100 participants we kindly thank for taking their time to attend our event !

Presentations have been held by Cosimo Michele De Russis of our main sponsor Solis Power Engineering, by Angelo Drusiani of Banca Albertini Syz and by Brian McClay of Brian McClay & Associates.

PRESENTATIONS ARE NOW AVAILABLE IN THE "DOWNLAOD" SECTION OF THIS SITE.

The golf tournament, kindly offered by Campostano Group, took place under bright sunshine on the wonderful court designed by Jack Niklaus and saw a record attendance of 20 players ! Results:
"Net" ranking:
1. Paolo di Spigna
2. Jin Asada
3. Brian McClay
"Gross" won by Riccardo Rimini.

09/09/2015

Wastewater-based cultivation – a potential way to make algae production sustainable
Rice University scientists found they could easily grow high-value strains of oil-rich algae while simultaneously removing more than 90 percent of nitrates and more than 50 percent of phosphorus from wastewater. Read more about the study to make algae production sustainable with wastewater-based cultivation. Read more in the download section.

25/05/2015

EXPO 2015
Expo 2015 will increase paper collection. Full article in the LINK section

14/04/2015

Le casse di cartone che stregano l'Expo - article in Italian Paola Malcotti – Rovereto
The amplifier for smartphones made of a folded cartonboard convinced the organizers. It will be one of excellence of Made in Italy at the World Expo. Read the Italian article in the Download section.

15/03/2015

WELCOME ELDORADO !
Elodrado is now a member of AIAC.

04/12/2014

Foex @ Assocarta
On Thursday 4 December at 10.30 am Martti Airisto of Foex will present the new PIX Index and will be available for questions both during the meeting and right after during a light lunch kindly offered by Assocarta. AIAC members are invited !

14/11/2014

London Pulp Week 2014
This year's event took place from 10 to 13 November, ending up with Hawkins Wright's Symposium and with a special edition of the traditional dinner hosted by the BWPA, who celebrated its 100th anniversary!

25/06/2014

AIAC EVENT 2014!
This year's AIAC dinner, preceded by golf and conference, will take place on 25 June at UNA Hotel Poggio dei Medici in Scarperia (Florence Province), located in a charming Tuscany countryside area half an hour away from Florence called Mugello. In addition to our members, we will host our clients, port operators and European Associations' Presidents.

Presentations will be held by Tom Wright of Hawkins Wright, and Andrea Boltho, a brilliant economist, and will cover the following subjects:

* Global pulp market trends.

* Italian and international macro economic situation.

In addition, our two sponsors Valmet and Costell will intoduce their companies and share with us some facts and figures of their respective fileds of operation

* Pulp and Paper production technology.

* Energy generation in pulp and paper sectors

For more information re. schedules, hotels, logistics and presentation contents there will be soon information the DOWNLOAD section.

Important for car navigation systems: input GABBIANO as your destination, or S.PIERO A SIEVE, località GABBIANO.

08/04/2014

INDEX GENEVA 2014
The largest global meeting place between the players in the nonwovens marketplace and its suppliers and customers will take place in Geneva between 8 and 11 April, 2014 at the Palexpo. For info www.index14.ch

06/02/2014

NEW DOC ! ITALY PULP IMPORTS 2013
Pulp Imports into Italy full year 2013 - see DOWNLOAD section

03/02/2014

WELCOME ITOCHU AND ENCE !
AIAC is pleased to announce two new members:

ENCE ENERGIA E CELULOSA, one of the main players in eucalyptus pulp production

ITOCHU FIBRE LIMITED, part of the Japanese trading powerhouse and owner of Cenibra, the Brazilian eucalyptus pulp producer.

02/07/2013

AIAC - Event 2013 - Palazzo Arzaga
On Tuesday 25 June AIAC staged its annual event at Palazzo Arzaga, an attractive golf resort close to Lake Garda. The program kicked off already in the morning, when 16 keen golfers gave their best shots on the challenging "Gary Player" course. A golf clinic was also organized, so that less experienced golfers could have the possibility of hitting a few balls under the guidance of a professional trainer. Most participants (85 and all time record) arrived in the afternoon in order to follow the conference which saw four speakers giving presentations on logistics, pulp market, the economy and finally the paper industry. The evening carried on with cocktails & dinner, and golfers' and speakers' awards. AIAC thanks again all partecipants, hoping to have them all again next year. A special thank you goes to our sponsor, Multi Marine Services.

02/07/2013

AIAC Event - 25 June 2013 - Presentations
If you want to go through the four presentations held during the AIAC's event on 25 June, you can find them in the "Download" section. Access password has been sent via email to all perticipants.

25/06/2013

AIAC Event 25 JUNE 2013
This year's event will take place Tuesday 25 June at Palazzo Arzaga, a very attractive golf resort in charming surroundings close to Desenzano and Lake Garda.

On top of the by now usual golf-conference-dinner program, this year's novelty will be a brief 2-hour golf clinic, in order to give a chance to beginners to hit a few balls under the guidance of a professional trainer.

Program
11.00 GOLF
13.30 GOLF CLINIC
17.00 CONFERENCE*
19.45 COCKTAILS & DINNER

*SPEAKERS:

Massimo Ramunni, ASSOCARTA - Update European Union Timber Regulation 3 months from kick-off

Prof. Andrea Boltho, Emeritus Fellow, Magdalen College, Oxford - European Economy: recovery or stagnation ?

Saara Soderberg, Poyry Management Consulting - Pulp & paper presentation

Fulvio Carlini, Multi Marine Services - International logistics presentation.

25/06/2013

AIAC Event 25 June - OTHER USEFUL INFO
Resort's Address
PALAZZO ARZAGA HOTEL SPA & GOLF RESORT
Via Arzaga 1 25080
Calvagese della Riviera (BS)
Tel.: 030 6806466
www.palazzoarzaga.com
How to get there: http://www.palazzoarzaga.com/contatti/come-raggiungerci/

Those guests wanting to spend the night in the Resort's Hotel, please contact Ms. Roberta Avigo (tel.: +39 030 / 6806183, reservation@palazzoarzaga.com). 25 rooms have been reserved at the preferential rate of EUR 165 / 198 double room single / double usage until 25 May. Enquiries after this datE obviosuly still possible, but rate and availability not guaranteed.

Just in case, here are some tips for other accomodation in the area, were there are of course several alternatives, allthough please mind in this period "Garda See" is in high season:

* Locanda del Gardoncino
Via 25 Aprile, 17
Manerba del Garda
Tel.: +39 0365 551995

* Hotel Donna Silvia
Viale Catullo, 1
Manerba del Garda
Tel.: 0365 651076

* Hotel Borgo dei Poeti Wellness
Vicolo del Poggio, 11
Manerba del Garda
Tel.:0365 551075

05/05/2013

VANCOUVER - INTERNATIONAL PULP WEEK 2013
May 5-7 hundreds of pulp and paper executives will attend International Pulp Week in Vancouver. Also this year the program has been compressed in two days only, in order to leave space to two other events taking place in the same town, organized independently but highly connected to the pulp market: the Global Softwood log & lumber Conference organized by the International Wood Markets Group (8 May), and the PWC annual Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference (9 May).

22/02/2013

EUTR - Meeting at Unindustria on 19 February 2013
On Tuesday 19 February Unindustria, the Association of manufacturers and enterprises based in Rome, Frosinone, Rieti and Viterbo, hosted a meeting around the new European Union Timber Regulations. The two presentations, held by Assocarta and Conlegno, which you can find in the DOWNLOAD section (titles starting with "EUTR"), gave further insights and clarifications regarding the rules coming into effect on 3 March 2013. Conlegno also described a "risk assessment and mitigation system" that they will soon offer to all interested companies, e.g. importers and users of wood and related products, like pulp and paper, coming from outside the European Union.

19/02/2013

EUTR - Meeting at Unindustria in Rome
On Tuesday 19 February at 10 am Unindustria will stage a meeting regarding the new European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR). Venue will be Unindustria's branch in Via Noale 206, Rome. AIAC members welcome ! Other partecipants will be stakeholding Associations like Assocarta and Conlegno.

Info and acceptance sheets in the DOWNLOAD section.

29/06/2012

AIAC - Dinner 2012 - Presentations
Presentations held during the event to be found in the DOWNLOAD section. To open them you need e few seconds patience and the password

26/06/2012

AIAC DINNER 2012 - Program
AIAC dinner, preceded by golf and conference, this year will take place on 26 June at UNA Hotel Poggio dei Medici in Scarperia (Florence Province), located in a charming Tuscany countryside area half an hour away from Florence called Mugello. In addition to our members, we will host our clients, port operators and European Associations' Presidents.

The three presentations will be respectivley held by Hawkins Wright, Pöyry Management Consulting and Gearbulk, and will cover the following issues:

* Global pulp market trends, emphasis on China. Brief overview of the biomass sector

* The future of fibre: HW/SW and virgin/recycled fibres subsitution processes.

* Trends in the European pulp supplies' logistics.

For more information on schedules, hotels, logistics and presentation contents please see the LINK/DOWNLOAD section.

Important for car navigation systems: input GABBIANO as your destination, or S.PIERO A SIEVE, località GABBIANO.

26/06/2012

Info for staying overnight after AIAC DINNER 2012
AIAC Dinner 2012 - Hotels

For bookings, independently of which hotel you choose, please always refer to Ilaria Innocenti (Tel. +30 055 8435562) of UNA’s Events Department. Ilaria will book you either at the conference Hotel (UNA HOTEL) where availability is limited and cost is EURO 120 for double / single usage (EUR 135 with green fee included) , EUR 135 for double / double usage or, alternatively:

Hotel dei Vicari, Via Kennedy, Scarperia. 5-10 minutes away. Double single / double usage: EURO 110 / 130. www.hoteldeivicari.it

B&B Il Nido di Gabbiano, Via di Gabbiano, Scarperia. Less than 5 minutes away. Double single usage EUR 65. www.ilnidodigabbiano.it

Hotel Villa Le Maschere, Via Nazionale 75, Barberino del Mugello. 10 minutes away. Double single / double usage EURO 190 / 215. www.villalemaschere.it

06/05/2012

Vancouver – International Pulp Week 2012
May 6-8 hundreds of pulp and paper executives will attend International Pulp Week in Vancouver. This year’s program has been compressed in two days only, in order to leave space to two other events taking place in the same town, organized independently but highly connected to the pulp market: the Global Softwood log & lumber Conference organized by the International Wood Markets Group (9 May), and the PWC annual Global Forest and Paper Industry Conference (10 May).

07/03/2012

2012 Shareholders' Meeting
This year's Shareholders' Meeting has taken place 7 March 2012 c/o W.Pauly & C. S.r.l., Via Vittor Pisani 5, 20124 Milano, and in that same occasion elections for a new Board of Directors has been held, as the Associations' Statute requests for elections to be held every three years.
The result has been a confirmation of the past Board, who thanks all members for the trust given to them.

The Meeting has been followed by a dinner at the restaurant "Giannino".

28/02/2012

WELCOME SUZANO !
AIAC is proud to announce the new member SUZANO PULP AND PAPER EUROPE SA, European sales office of the Brazilian forest products company Suzano Papel e Celulose SA. A warm welcome on behalf of our Association to Rodrigo Libaber, Leonardo Matos and to all their colleagues at Suzano !

20/01/2012

PaperImpact - Handbook on the various environmental standards and regulations
The Association PaperImpact has published this useful "Handbook" containing all main environmental standards and the links to their websites. More details in the LINK/DOWNLOAD section.

06/11/2011

London Pulp Week 2011
The traditional event has regularly taken place in the period 6-10 November 2011 and was attended by most world producers as well as by many paper companies and other pulp buyers. The week ended with the usual Symposium and dinner organized by the British Woodpulp Association and Hawkins Wright.

09/06/2011

AIAC Dinner 2011 - Presentation in DOWNLOAD section, for participants only !
This year’s annual dinner was hold in the highly attractive Chervò Golf Hotel Spa and Resort in Pozzolengo, località San Vigilio, near Brescia and a few minutes drive from Lake Garda.

Program:

12.00 Golf

17.30 Presentations

Hawkins Wright: 1) The Outlook for Market Pulp Supply and Demand. 2)China’s Pulp & Paper Sector: A Review of Current Trends.

Assocarta: Update of Two Sides and Print Power Projects.

19.45 Cocktails & Dinner

The golf tournament took place regularly as, contrary to the disastrous weather forecast, the sun turned up punctually together with the 16 participants. Winner of the "AIAC Open 2011" (half of the players were arriving from abroad) is Paolo Lovato of Cartiere di Vignaletto. Second place to Fabian Gomez of StoraEnso, who took part to the event in representation of the Swiss Pulp Club. Apart from competitive considerations, our impression was that all players greatly enjoyed playing together in the wonderful surroundings south of Lake Garda.

06/12/2010

New Rules on illegal timber approved
New rules to prevent illegal timber being sold on the European market have come into force across the EU. For more details prefer refer to the following documents in our "Download" section:
* Illegal Timber", source:RISI.
* Tirrenia 2010 - Due Diligence on Illegal logging", a presentation held by Assocarta at AIAC's annual dinner in Tirrenia in July 2010. This document is reserved for AIAC's members and dinner guests and is password protected. If you have forgotten the password please write so to presidenza@aiac-cellulosa.org .

16/09/2010

Europulp Conference
The annual Europulp Conference took place in Amsterdam Thursday 16th September and was attended also by Utipulp's members. Presentations, copies of which can be found on Europulp's website, were followed by a very good dinner.

Programs carried on separately the next day with the respective Board Meetings of both Utipulp and Europulp.

07/07/2010

European Parliament approves ban on illegal logging (7th July 2010)
19th Luly 2010: See article in Italian version of the site.

05/07/2010

Annual Dinner - Program & Hotels
AIAC's annual summer dinner will be held Monday, 5th July 2010, at the Cosmopolitan Golf Club, Viale Pisorno 60 Tirrenia (PI)

Program
12.00 Golf
18.00 Presentations
20.00 Cocktails & Dinner

Nearby Hotels - rates valid until availability expiration:

Green Park Resort
Via delle Magnolie, 4 Pisa Tel.: 050 3135711 Email: booking@greenparkresort.com
Distance from dinner venue: 2,5 km
Reserved rates (mention "Cena AIAC"):
Superior Double room single usage EUR 105, Superior Double room EUR 129, B&B, taxes included

Hotel Continental
Via Belvedere 26 Pisa Tel.: 050 37031
Distance from dinner venue: 2,5km
Reserved rates:
Double room single usage EUR 100, Double room EUR 145, B&B, taxes included

Grand Hotel Guinigi
Via Romana 1247 Lucca Tel.: 0583 4991
Distance from dinner venue: 30-40 mins. by car
Reserved rates (mention "AIAC"):
Double room single usage EUR 70, Double room EUR 95, B&B, taxes included

05/07/2010

Dinner Tirrenia 5th July 2010 - Presentations
Go to Downlaod section for presentations on Due Dilgence (password protected) and Print Power. Re. WWF presentation, we are waiting for auhtorization.

13/01/2010

Article on the Paper Sector published on "Il Giornale" 13/01/2010

01/10/2009

PRINT-POWER Project
On October 1st AIAC will participate to the presentation of the PRINT-POWER project that will be made by Cepifine General Director, Mr. Frank Leerkotte at the Assocarta headquarters in Milan. To know more about PRINT-POWER, click on following links: PRINTPOWER TWOSIDES

26/09/2009

KARTOGROUP - 150 million Euro needed to save Kartogroup - Il Tirreno
152 million Euro for saving Kartogroup. This is the purchasing proposal of Wepa Gruppe, company of German brothers Krengen, who, since more than one year, are managing the companies of the ex multi-national paper mill (through the loan by Wepa Lucca, company created on purpose for the re-starting of the activities) keeping production, employments and business relationships with suppliers still alive. This is already a success, considering that, one year after the starting of legal procedures no-one of the foreign creditors have started bankruptcy procedures in their own Countries of origin, opening this way a new door and reducing a lot the hopes of salvation of Kartogroup. There are 96 millions for the acquisition of Kartogroup in Lucca, Kartocell, Linpaper, Sud europa tissue, and other 56 millions for the German Kartogroup Deutschland Gmbh and the French Dalle Hygiene and Dalle Hygiene Production. In addition, should it be possible to buy ex Kartrogroup, Wepa claims they would be in a position to obtain a loan from the German banks for other 150 millions which would be useful for the complete restarting of this international tissue company. But the salvation is subject to two main conditions: One is the total guaranteed coverage by the banks; the other one is the positive feedback by the creditors’ meeting. BANK GUARANTEE: within October 31st words will have to become facts; the bank guarantee will be deposited and the purchasing offer formalized. CREDITORS’ MEETING: the eventuality of losing hundreds employments is not yet overcome, because Wepa’s offer has to go through the creditor’s meeting planned in a short term. Will the creditors accept the conditions dictated by the composition ? will they accept the % of refunds which will be offered to them ? Should the 50%+1 of the creditors not be reached, Wepa plan will not be successful and Kartogroup will not be sold. We’ll have to wait and see.

22/05/2009

Gigantic fraud in the international trading of raw materials revealed by the Guardia di Finanza of Bergamo
7 companies involved, headed by 3 napolitan entreprenours. Details and full articles on: ADNKRONOS
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