Fourth-quarter net sales for 2014 were $89.9 million, a decrease of approximately 1 percent compared to $91.1 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2013. On a full-year basis, net sales rose approximately 1 percent to $352.0 million compared to $348.6 million in 2013. Though case shipment volume in the fourth quarter of 2014 declined 2.9 percent over the prior-year fourth-quarter period, full-year case shipment growth of approximately 1.6 percent was achieved. Quarterly volume of strategic product case shipments grew approximately 1 percent over the prior year fourth quarter while shipments of support products declined approximately 7 percent. As a result, our mix of strategic products was approximately 50 percent of total towel and tissue case shipments in the fourth quarter of 2014. On a full-year basis, the mix of strategic products shipped improved more than 1.5 percent in 2014 over 2013.
International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper to supply a new ATMP (Advanced Thermo Mechanical Pulp) line to their mill in Hagen, Germany.
The ANDRITZ ATMP technology is a highly optimized process design with modular process steps that ensure enhanced fiber properties at reduced energy consumption. Start-up is scheduled for the final quarter of 2019.
ANDRITZ will refurbish second-hand machines that Kabel Premium bought from a former magazine paper production line in Germany. In order to meet Kabel Premium’s high demands with regard to energy efficiency and fiber quality, ANDRITZ will install several new, key equipment units: a new MSD Impressafiner to delaminate and impregnate chips even more gently and efficiently as well as new fiber centrifuges to guarantee superior fiber/steam separation. Two second-hand and refurbished ANDRITZ high-consistency refiners will form part of the first and second refining stages.The scope of supply also includes the DCS system, complete installation of the scope delivered, basic engineering, commissioning, and start-up.
The broad spectrum of ANDRITZ’s capabilities within the pulp and paper industry as well as its specialist know-how in the second-hand business were decisive in the Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper’s decision to place the order with ANDRITZ.
Kabel Premium Pulp & Paper has a long history as a well-known producer of top-quality printing paper. Established in 1896, the company has around 540 employees.