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KPP, Sequana and Bpifrance have entered into binding agreements for the potential acquisition of Sequana and Bpifrance’s 83.7% stake in Antalis by KPP

Kokusai Pulp & Paper (KPP) and Sequana SA have entered into a put option agreement, according to which KPP agreed, subject to certain condition precedents, to acquire 53,395,148 ordinary shares of Antalis SA held by Sequana, representing approximately 75.2% of Antalis’ share capitaland 82.5% ofvoting rights. The Sequana block would be acquired for a price per share equal to €0.10,subject to limited downward price adjustmenton the closing date, as the case may be.

KPP and Bpifrance Participations have also entered into a share purchase agreement, according to which KPP agreed to acquire, and Bpifrance agreed to sell, 6,064,946 ordinary shares (approximately 8.5% share capital and voting rights) of Antalis, for a price per share equal to €0.40, subject only to the effective transfer of the shares held by Sequana to KPP.


The Alliance for the Competitiveness of the Spanish Industry expresses its solidarity

The Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry -constituted by ANFAC, AOP, ASPAPEL, FEIQUE, FIAB, OFICEMEN and UNESID- expresses its solidarity with all those affected by the current health crisis. In addition, it reiterates its desire for an upcoming end to the pandemic, as well as an early economic recovery that contributes to the well-being and prosperity of Spanish society.

In relation to the Royal Decree-Law approved by the Spanish Government, the Alliance applauds that the Executive has decided to adopt measures that contribute to alleviating the problems that the COVID-19 epidemic is already causing to society as a whole, to families and to companies and wants to urge you to adopt all the necessary measures so that the health crisis that we are all fighting against does not end up turning into a serious economic crisis that can have a devastating effect on society as a whole.

"It is time for all economic operators and, of course, the social agents and business associations that make up the Alliance, to support the government in the fight to overcome the serious health crisis while maintaining, as far as possible in the current circumstances, economic activity in our country. Our companies, within the scope of their responsibilities, contribute their grain of sand to this collective task: they have organized remote work for those workers who can carry it out and are collaborating with health authorities in the best possible management of workplaces, redoubling sanitation and disinfection activities, taking care that all the personnel in its facilities, both its own and those of collaborating companies, have the personal protection equipment (PPE) that they require for the performance of their work. The industry is making rational and responsible use of the temporary employment regulation files, waiting to resume its activity and recover the level of employment prior to the health crisis. Our prevention services collaborate actively and loyally with the health authorities in the process, which concerns everyone, of overcoming the epidemic in our country ”.

The Alliance has transmitted to the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism some proposals that they consider necessary with respect to the scope and content of the Royal Decree-Law, offering to maintain and, if possible, reinforce their collaboration with the authorities so that they can clarify some issues in the standard application process.

Finally, he wants to state that the Spanish industry, which is socially responsible, is doing everything possible to maintain industrial activity, within the logical limitations derived from the situation, attending where appropriate to the demands for goods that are essential for society in these moments, in addition to intensifying the dialogue with the workers' representatives, "convinced as we are, that Spain needs its industry as the main engine of progress and prosperity of our society".

The Alliance for the Competitiveness of Spanish Industry represents the strategic industrial sectors for the development of the economy and employment in Spain, generating 50% of the Gross Industrial Product and 2.9 million direct, indirect and induced jobs. Together, the Alliance companies carry out 55% of industrial exports and 60% of investments in R & D & i.


FESPA Spain launches a bank of projects to fight coronavirus

Several associates of FESPA Spain have begun to manufacture health and protection products against the coronavirus that are so necessary at the moment to guarantee the safety of employees who continue to work in person during the state of alarm, that of health workers and, in general, to help in the fight against the virus.

Examples of this are the GP Group and the OM Group, which are manufacturing protective screens to be placed on the checkout lines of supermarkets or on the counters of pharmacies; or Serisan, who is using his 3D printer to make respirator parts.

Also the company Segurilight Señalización, which has transferred its company vehicles to the Red Cross to distribute food to people who need it; In Chlorophyll they are making sanitary protection masks with their 3D printer; at AIMAN GZ they are producing masks with the help of a partner in the Netherlands to hand them over to hospitals; or the case of Bio Green Save Solutions, which have a system to decontaminate the air that can be transferred to hospitals and nursing homes.

Their initiatives have led FESPA Spain to launch a bank of projects that its associates share with each other to exchange information. The objective is that projects carried out by companies can be identified and shared so that other companies can replicate it in another area or with another idea. Thus, companies that want to produce material will not have to start by investigating which suppliers can supply them with the raw material or what requirements each product has to meet, but will be able to benefit from research on this material that has already been done by another associate. Enviar comentarios


Alzamora Group intensifies efforts and keeps all its production plants operational

Alzamora Group ensures that it maintains its productivity in order to guarantee supply and serve all its customers, especially those in the food, pharmacy and basic goods sector.

The company works day after day and confirms that it is making efforts to respond to the needs of citizens, thus ensuring that the supply chain is altered as little as possible.

Likewise, and following the recommendations of the health authorities, the Alzamora Group is developing prevention actions internally, under a rigorous Safety Plan. Its main objective is to guarantee the health, safety and comfort of its teams, partners and clients.

Its different production centers in Spain and Portugal work together, sharing synergies, to continue offering a global service.


Report on the impact of the pandemic on trade and the economy

The Amec Observatory has released a report explaining the repercussions that Covid-19 is having on international trade and the main economies.

Access to the report can be made through this link, in which the information will be updated. Likewise, Amec informs in the same link of all the changes in the celebration of fairs in which the different sectors of the association are represented, as well as the countries with restrictions on the entry of Spanish citizens.

The Amec Observatory offers relevant data in real time, conducts studies and explores markets to report disruptions, trends and opportunities for its companies. The companies that are part of Amec generate an export volume of more than 6,650 million euros, export on average 55.6% of their turnover and invest 4.7% in innovation.


The Packaging Cluster opens its new workspace in Sabadell

In 2012 the Packaging Cluster was born with the aim of offering a tool that would boost the packaging sector in Catalonia, as well as the industry as a whole, and since then it has not stopped growing. Currently, the cluster is made up of 86 companies, knowledge centers and entities, coordinated by a team of four people, which at a logistical level has led to moving its headquarters to Sabadell, to the Can Roqueta Industrial Business Center.

The new headquarters opened on March 9 and hosted more than 60 professionals from the cluster ecosystem. The day began with the first meeting of the year for the Board of Directors, which meets periodically to know the status of the cluster, approve future activities and budgets and take stock, providing a strategic orientation to promote the packaging sector. The meeting was made up of the Board of Directors, some partner companies as listeners and two of the new partners in the cluster, Concentrol and Eurofins, who briefly presented themselves in front of the attendees.

In the session, an economic summary was made that reviewed the movements carried out in the first quarter of the year, the activities planned for both the partner and the cluster were presented and the progress of the R + D + i projects in March: Safe Smart Food, FoodPackLab and the sector study, 100% financed by ACCIÓ, in relation to Industry 4.0, in addition to assessing the impact of the Pick & Pack on the positioning and visibility of the cluster.

These meetings allow comparing the current situation of the entity with that of last year and follow clear indicators, according to the guidelines recommended in the audit that Packaging Cluster underwent at the end of the year, to achieve "Excellence" in the management of the cluster, at European level. In this way, the KPIs marked by the Strategic Plan of the cluster are constantly monitored and the results allow activating cases, which otherwise would not happen.

After the meeting, institutional welcomes were offered to the more than 60 invited professionals. They started with the President of Packaging Cluster, Artur Costa, who presented the new challenges that the cluster faces with the relocation of its headquarters and the future projection, as well as a tour of the evolution of the cluster in these years. Later, the Deputy Mayor for the Economic Development and Administrative Promotion Area of ​​the Sabadell City Council, Montse González, showed the City Council's willingness to actively participate in research and innovation at PIMES. For her part, the General Director of Industry of the Generalitat de Catalunya, Matilde Villarroya, pointed out the great potential of the packaging sector today, with an annual turnover of 7.1 billion euros and a key position on the road to sustainability.

Finally, as a special guest at the inauguration, the President of the Cecot Innovation and Technology Club, Enric Barba, made a presentation on "Management leadership: a key factor in the success of innovation". In his speech, he gave some of the keys necessary to introduce innovation into his own leadership and gave real examples from the Battle of Trafalgar, replicable today. The inauguration ended with a joint toast with the attendees and a networking snack among the attendees.

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