Södra reported a strong earnings trend for the first eight months of the year. Operating profit rose to SEK 1,660 million (1,012), sales increased to SEK 12,186 million (11,429) and the operating margin was 14 percent (9). "Södra is performing well. A healthy second four-month period has finished with a historically strong overall result for the Group for the period through August. This is largely due to high price levels for finished goods and mainly to a favourable currency situation - but also because Södra is becoming an increasingly efficient, innovative and value-generating Group," said CEO Lars Idermark. Operating profit for the second four-month period amounted to SEK 718 million (509) and sales to SEK 5,943 million (5,591), which yielded an operating margin of 12 percent (9).
Ilim Group is completing the implementation of yet another stage of its environmental program in Bratsk, which is aimed to reduce environmental footprint and includes installation of a new scrubber at the fiberline.
The new equipment will ensure additional treatment of the gas and vapour mixture from the IMPBIN. The preparatory work to tie the scrubber in the existing process lines is nearing completion and will be followed by hydraulic tests, commissioning, and subsequent start-up of the equipment. The Company expects this work to be finished within one month.
The upgrade of Ilim’s Bratsk Mill using the best available technologies has already resulted in more than a two-fold reduction of sulfur-containing gas emissions. To keep lowering its environmental footprint, Ilim Group has developed a relevant action plan which was presented by Company management to Bratsk Mayor Sergey Serebrennikov and Bratsk City Duma deputies in January 2015, and approved by the regional authorities. Apart from the installation of the scrubber under the environmental footprint reduction program in Bratsk, Ilim Group’s action plan includes building of a new Soap Acidulation Plant and decommissioning of the old one, mothballing of sludge collector 2, additional treatment of sulfur-containing gases from HW line washers etc. In 2015 the Company will also take inventory of all emission sources at the Bratsk Mill. Ilim has already started implementing the relevant actions ahead of schedule.
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