New management and service platform at Iggesund

/INS. The paperboard manufacturer Iggesund Paperboard, part of the Holmen forest products group, is undergoing changes on several levels. Last autumn the company gained a new CEO, Annica Bresky.

A university graduate in engineering, Bresky has roots in both Greece and the rural heart of Sweden’s Småland province. She was previously CEO of BillerudKorsnäs Karlsborg AB and before that she worked as production manager for Stora Enso Kvarnsveden’s most modern paper machine. When she took over the reins at Iggesund in October, the top positions of both of the company’s board mills were vacant, as was the position of company financial director. She has therefore had unique opportunities to shape a new management team that reflects the dynamism she wants to see within the organisation.

“The market has changed and this process will continue,” she explains. “By working in an intelligent and more dynamic way we will be able to match our customers’ demands even better than before.”

During the autumn Iggesund Mill gained a new manager, Olov Winblad von Walter, who comes from the top job at Metsä Board’s paper mill in Husum, Sweden. The new manager of Iggesund’s Workington Mill is the former financial director there, Ulf Löfgren. The new financial director is Tobias Bäärnman, who comes most recently from the consultancy Connecta but who has experience in fast-moving consumer goods with Mediamarkt, Procter & Gamble and Statoil. The management team has been further reinforced with Eva Thorén, the HR manager, and Anna-Lena Ström, the supply chain director.

In addition to these changes, Iggesund will be tearing down walls within its sales organisation. Previously the company had separate teams for Europe and the rest of the world but now the global marketing and sales responsibility will be combined under the leadership of Arvid Sundblad.

“For more than a decade we have seen the conversion of packaging for consumer goods move from western Europe to other parts of the world, mostly in the east,” Annica Bresky says. “Brand owners with headquarters in one part of the world can have the manufacturing of both their goods and packaging in another. This is globalisation in a nutshell and we must adapt to it.

“Fifteen years ago Iggesund was the first Scandinavian forest products company to adapt its European organisation to the new conditions arising from the European Union. Now we simply need to take another step to ensure that we can live up to – and surpass – the service level required by our customers.”

One of the prerequisites for further developing Iggesund’s service level is the introduction of a new business system – the backbone of all production and supply processes. Changing systems is a big step and countless tests have been done to ensure that the transition will be painless for customers.

“Our customers’ development and needs are the starting point for our own continual process of change,” concludes Iggesund’s new CEO. “Doing business with us will become even easier. Iggesund has long been a fantastic company and we definitely have the strength needed to continue to be competitive in the future too.”

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“It will become even easier to do business with Iggesund,” emphasises Annica Bresky, who became the new CEO of Iggesund Paperboard in the autumn. She has now had the time to shape her management team to ensure the company can continue to adapt.© Iggesund

About Iggesund:

Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies listed on the United Nations Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s turnover is just over €500 million and its flagship product Invercote is sold in more than 100 countries. The company has two brand families, Invercote and Incada, both positioned at the high end of their respective segments. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested more than €380 million to increase its energy efficiency and reduce the fossil emissions from its production.

Iggesund and the Holmen Group report all their fossil carbon emissions to the Carbon Disclosure Project. The environmental data form an integral part of an annual report that complies with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability reporting. Iggesund was founded as an iron mill in 1685, but has been making paperboard for more than 50 years. The two mills, in northern Sweden and northern England employ 1500 people.

Further information:

Staffan Sjöberg
Public Relations Manager
staffan.sjoberg@iggesund.com

Iggesund Paperboard
SE-825 80 Sweden
Tel: +4665028256
Mobile: +46703064800
www.iggesund.com

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“It will become even easier to do business with Iggesund,” emphasises Annica Bresky, who became the new CEO of Iggesund Paperboard in the autumn. She has now had the time to shape her management team to ensure the company can continue to adapt. © Iggesund

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The Iggesund Mill

Making the world’s best paperboard is easy. You need water, carbon dioxide and sunlight to grow a seedling into a tree. Then you need sustainable forest management that can deliver first-class timber. There must be a pulp mill and a paperboard mill, and then distribution channels to get the paperboard to everyone who wants to use it. Most important of all, though, to the manufacture of Invercote are the skilled professionals who do their best – people who are proud of what they achieve and do not compromise on the quality of their work. Iggesunds Mill has traditions stretching back to 1685. Throughout that time dedicated individuals have done their utmost to use the renewable forest to benefit other people.

A world-class mill

Iggesund Mill (including Strömsbruk Mill) in Sweden is one of the most advanced, fully integrated pulp and paperboard mills in the world. Not least thanks to our long term majority owner, we have very well invested mills. There are many benefits having an integrated saw mill – we manage raw material together and we can use all the waste from their production to either make pulp or energy. In return we feed the saw mill with steam used to dry the timber. At Iggesund Mill, 100% of the pulp used to make Invercote is produced on location and pumped wet to the board machine. This means that we use no market pulp. Not drying the pulp preserves some mechanical properties of the fibres.

This advanced technology – hundreds of metres of paperboard machines – is controlled by employees with various forms of special expertise. The machines work around the clock and year round to produce tonne after tonne of dazzling white paperboard. Technical perfection and numerical control processes are all well and good but for excellent results you also need team spirit and a good working atmosphere. Invercote’s unique properties are the result of the interplay between expertise, a positive spirit and cutting-edge technology.

Actively investing in bioenergy

In 2012 the new recovery boiler was inaugurated at Iggesund Mill, an investment made possible by the long term perspective of our majority owner. With it in operation, the mill produces all the heat it needs, and can also provide district heating to the nearby community. It also produces nearly all the electricity needed for the mill, and is connected to the grid to be able to output excess electricity if needed. As the new boiler was trimmed into operation, it drastically reduced a lot of emissions between 2013 and 2014: fossil CO2 by >85%, particles by ~45% and sulphur by ~35%

With the installation and trimming of the new recovery boiler, emissions to air have reduced drastically from already low levels – graph being updated shortly. Measurements have shown that only 1% of particles in the air of Iggesund village comes from the mill. The majority of particles comes from domestic fire places and cars.

Care for our customers and their businesses

Paperboard must be there when the customer needs it. All the quality features in the world are meaningless if the deliveries don’t arrive in time. Delivery precision is a high priority. A maritime transport system guarantees overseas customers receive shipments with the lowest possible environmental impact. The service doesn’t stop there. Every tonne of Invercote comes with access to documentation and knowledge about how to make best use of the paperboard. The knowledge and market-based technical support provided by Iggesund, help customers to achieve dazzling end results and optimal production economics.

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