Posts Tagged ‘Australian Paper’

  • Australian Paper’s radical solution to power crisis

    Australian Paper’s mill at Maryvale, VIC.

    Australia’s only manufacturer of office, printing and packaging papers plans to build a $600 million power plant that would burn household rubbish to power its Maryvale paper mill and sell excess energy back to the grid.

    Australian Paper says the Energy from Waste project would be built next to its Maryvale facility in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley and would burn hundreds of thousands of tonnes of non-hazardous household rubbish to generate 225 megawatts of electricity. 

    The company has received $5 million in state and federal funding to conduct a feasibility study of the project and says it could go ahead within five years, if approved.

    The plant, which would replace two existing gas-fired boilers, would divert an estimated 650,000 tonnes of waste from landfill each year. It would not burn recyclables.

    “One of our immediate priorities is to stabilise our costs and one of the most significant focus areas is energy,” Australian Paper says in a statement. “Despite being Victoria’s largest generator of baseload renewable energy, we are the largest industrial user of natural gas in Victoria and also use significant quantities of coal-fired electricity. Like any other business or household in Australia, we are exposed to surges in energy prices and uncertainty of supply.

    “Australian Paper is proposing to develop a 225-megawatt thermal Energy from Waste (EfW) plant adjacent to the existing AP Maryvale Pulp and Paper Mill site on land owned by AP in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria. The aim of the proposed $600m EfW plant is to allow AP to attain a sustainable, long-term and stable alternative base load energy source to provide steam and electricity for the existing Maryvale Mill, which has been manufacturing paper since 1938.”

    From Australian Paper’s website.

    The company says the benefits of the scheme will include helping to secure the future of the Maryvale Mill – a key employer in the region with approximately 850 staff – and supporting an estimated 1,600 fulltime equivalent (FTE) jobs during the construction phase and 440 FTE jobs during the operational phase (direct and flow on) in Victoria.

    It would also cut greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 550,000 tonnes per year, which would be the equivalent of taking more than 100,000 cars off the road.

    “We want to address our future energy needs proactively, which is why we are carrying out a comprehensive Energy from Waste (EfW) feasibility study,” says the company.

    The study is expected to conclude in mid-2018.

    Australian Paper is owned by Japanese-based Nippon Paper Group, one of the 10 largest companies in the global forest, paper and packaging industry, with more than 20 paper mills in Japan and business interests in Asia, Oceania, North and South America and Europe. Australian Paper is Nippon Paper’s largest investment outside Japan.









  • Four countries dumped A4 paper: ADC

    A paper machine at Australian Paper’s Maryvale mill.

    Australian Paper welcomed the Anti-Dumping Commission’s decision to release a Preliminary Affirmative Determination (PAD) confirming that paper producers from Finland, Korea, Russia and Slovakia have been dumping A4 copy paper onto the local market.

    “Australian jobs and the future of the local industry remain under threat from low market pricing for copy paper,” says Australian Paper COO Peter Williams. “The ADC’s decision to impose preliminary dumping duties on paper from Finland, Korea, Russia and Slovakia is a welcome first step in this investigation.”

    ‘It is necessary to require and take securities’: Commissioner Dale Seymour, ADC.

    In his preliminary determination, Anti-Dumping Commissioner Dale Seymour said: “I am satisfied there appears to be sufficient grounds for the publication of a dumping duty notice in respect of the goods exported to Australia from Finland, Korea, Russia and Slovakia, and that it is necessary to require and take securities in relation to exports from Finland, Korea, Russia and Slovakia to prevent material injury to the Australian industry occurring while the investigation continues.”

    Russia last month said it would refuse to cooperate with the investigation and Finland also dismissed the allegations as “questionable.”

    Seymour says the Federal Government will “take securities in respect of interim dumping duties that may become payable on the goods imported from those four countries and entered for home consumption in Australia on or after Monday, 21 May 2018.”

    The commission found there were not sufficient grounds “at this stage” to make a PAD in relation to the goods exported from Austria – the 5thcountry accused of dumping.

    The investigation followed an application for a dumping notice by Australian Paper, Australia’s only office paper manufacturer, which said the local A4 copy paper market had suffered “material injury” caused by cheap A4 copy paper exported to Australia.

    “Ongoing capital investment in local manufacturing is dependent upon fair market pricing,” says Williams. “Copy paper prices in Australia remain at historical lows and it is important that fairness is restored for the successful future of paper manufacturing in the Latrobe Valley.”

    Australian Paper, owned by Japan’s Nippon Paper Industries, is the largest private employer in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley. The company says it supports over 5,700 jobs nationally and contributes more than $900 million to Australia’s annual GDP.

  • Paper put on political agenda with billboard campaign

    Victorian paper veteran, Chris Robertson, is working to put the paper industryon the political agenda in the lead up to September’s Federal Election, with a series of billboard campaigns. 

    Robertson, from Traralgon in Victoria, has paper in his blood, so to speak. Four generations of his family have worked at Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill, including Robertson himself, who has been employed by the company for 23 years.

    Along with fellow mill workers, Robertson is launching two prominent billboards in the heart of Morwell, Victoria, with the aim of putting their industry’s future firmly on the political agenda during the five-week Federal Election campaign. The billboards will be in place from 7 August.

    The billboards – part of the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union’s (CFMEU) Let’s Spread It Around campaign – carry the message: “Don’t shred pulp and paper jobs. Buying Australian paper means Australian jobs.”

    For Robertson, the future of his local employer, and the Australian paper industry generally, is a deeply personal issue.

    “Four generations of our family have worked at the Maryvale Mill,” said Robertson. “My grandfather, father and uncle worked there, as did my father-in-law and mother-in-law, and more recently my 23-year-old son started working at the mill in 2011.

    “This mill opened in 1937, and since then it’s been an economic backbone for the communities of Morwell and Traralgon, where most of the 1000 direct employees live. But times are tough for our industry, and we’ve all watched as more than 700 manufacturing jobs in the pulp and paper industry have been lost in just the last three years.

    “You can’t help but worry when you see mills close at Burnie and Wesley Vale in Tasmania and machines shut down in Millicent, South Australia,” he said. “These billboards are part of a campaign to fix the procurement policies of the Australian Government, which is the largest customer of paper products in the country, so that the jobs of Aussie workers in the industry aren’t thrown on the scrapheap.”

    Alex Millar, CFMEU Pulp and Paper Workers District federal secretary, said the billboards also coincided with a postcard writing campaign, which has involved thousands of pulp and paper workers writing to politicians from all major political parties.

    “Workers in the pulp and paper industry don’t want charity, they just want to see sensible policies put in place to ensure the ongoing viability of this important industry,” said Millar. “A simple challenge workers have laid down to all political parties and candidates is to put their money where their mouths are on supporting Australian jobs by using Australian made paper products for all their election materials.”

    According to Millar, the union had been encouraged by the announcement by Kim Carr, Industry and Innovation Minister, that the government planned to introduce a target for 100 per cent of the cars in government fleets to be Australian made, but hoped other industries would receive similar support.

    “The way governments choose to spend their money is a simple, yet highly effective, technique to provide essential long-term sustainability to local manufacturing industries,” said Millar. “The Commonwealth Government is the biggest purchaser of paper products in the country, but their broken procurement policies currently mean quality Australian products are often being replaced with inferior overseas paper, sometimes sourced from companies with a history of environmental and labour abuses.

    “Our union is working with pulp and paper workers around the country to seek bi-partisan support for improved procurement and standards policies to allow Australian manufacturers of paper products to compete with imported products on a level playing field,” he said.

    Robertson’s billboard campaign comes only days after Australian Paper pledged its support of the CFMEU’s Let’s Spread it Around campaign.

  • Australian Paper calls on government to buy local

    Australian Paper is calling on all government departments and public services to buy Australian made paper after pledging its support for the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union’s (CFMEU) Let’s Spread it Around campaign. 

    The union’s campaign is designed to encourage local employment and investment within the mining and construction manufacturing sectors. According to the union, multiple pressures, including the high Australian dollar, contributed to an estimated 52,000 manufacturing workers and 68,000 construction workers losing their jobs last year.

    The union is also pointing its finger at the growing number of international workers claiming a temporary 457 visa to work locally.

    In its support of this campaign, Australian Paper, which is the country’s only manufacturer of recycled office paper, is calling on the government to buy locally made paper to help ‘support the thousands of local jobs generated by Australia’s pulp and paper industry’.

    For Jim Henneberry (pictured), Australian Paper CEO, the government represents the single largest national purchaser of paper and, as such, can help stem the influx of paper coming from Southeast Asia with its purchasing decisions.

    “Benefitting from the high Australian dollar, imported papers from countries such as Indonesia, China and Thailand, are flooding into Australia while the valuable contribution of locally manufactured papers to our Australian economy, communities and jobs, is being ignored by many,” said Henneberry in a statement. “Together, Australia’s federal, state and local governments form the largest national paper buying group and we need their support for Australian manufacturing now more than ever before.

    “Stronger government support for Australian made paper should also extend to our colleagues across the broader paper manufacturing industry including the packaging, tissue and newsprint sectors. The CFMEU’s Let’s Spread it Around campaign recognises the importance of local manufacturing and local jobs to healthy Australian communities.

    “Governments at all levels are large users of paper and the campaign emphasises the important role local, state and federal governments can play in taking into account the value created by a major Australian manufacturing industry and the thousands of local jobs we support,” he said.

    Australian Paper’s support of the campaign and the call for locally produced paper sourcing by the government come only a month after the CFMEU called on prime minister Kevin Rudd to support and protect the local paper and print industry by amending the federal government’s paper procurement policy.

    The union’s grassroots campaign came after a major government paper supply contract was signed to a Thai supplier earlier in the year. The union said it would embark on a series of billboard and bus stop advertisements along with a postcard campaign, as part of the Let’s Spread it Around campaign.

  • Australian Paper picks Metso for Maryvale maintenance

    Australia paper is joining forces with global pulp and paper production infrastructure manufacturer, Metso, to help oversee the maintenance of its vast Maryvale operation in Victoria.

    The company announced it had signed a partnership deal with the global industrial construction company earlier this month, with Metso set to provide ongoing maintenance services at the site, which is set to house the first de-inking recycled paper plant in Australia.

    In a statement, Jim Henneberry (pictured), Australian Paper CEO, said:

    “We are pleased to announce Metso will be our Alliance partner to work with Australian Paper to deliver world class maintenance. Metso is a world-class maintenance and OEM supplier to the pulp and paper industry globally. [It’s] significant worldwide expertise and professionalism will greatly benefit our operations at Maryvale.

    “Metso will assist Australian Paper with greater development for our maintenance staff and employees as well as improved planning and productivity resulting from the alliance implementation,” he said.

    The deal with Metso comes just over seven months after Australian Paper received the green light from its parent company, Japan-based Nippon Paper Group, to build the $90 million paper recycling plant at its site in the Latrobe Valley site – the home of Australia’s Reflex Office Paper.

    The company hopes that the new plant – claimed to become the only de-inking recycled paper plant in Australia – will be up and running by the second quarter of 2014.

    In February, Australian Paper arranged a ground-breaking ceremony at Maryvale. To symbolise the growing partnership between Australian Paper and parent company, Nippon Paper (NPI), an Australian Golden Wattle and a Japanese Cherry Blossom were planted side-by-side. NPI President, Yoshio Haga travelled from Japan especially to attend the event.

    “I am proud to confirm that construction is well underway,” said Henneberry in a message to the local industry. “This is an enormous task…and there’s no turning back now – the first batch of concrete has successfully been poured and work continues around-the-clock.

    “The plant will annually divert up to 80,000 tonnes of waste paper from landfill and provide consumers with a broader range of locally made premium recycled office, printing and packaging papers. It will more than triple Australian Paper’s current usage of recycled pulp.

    “We hope that all Australians will get behind this initiative and help us expand the Australian recycled paper market,” he said.