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REDII – Sustainable use of wood wins over ill-placed market distorting subsidies

GFIS - 3 hours 50 min ago

The European paper industry produces from wood a multitude of value-added products such as paper, carboard and other biobased materials and uses its residues for bioenergy.

With today’s vote the EU has sought to recognise the value of sourcing wood sustainably and preventing subsidies that distort markets and encourage the burning of wood for megawatts.

“The European Parliament realises that there is more value to the circular bioeconomy than turning wood into megawatts” says Sylvain Lhôte, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI).

MEPs have moved in favour of building upon existing sustainable forest management practices in Europe, the so-called “risk-based approach” rather than rendering the regulatory context more complex. At the same ensuring that the availability of wood is taken into consideration is also a step in the right direction.

They have also sent a strong signal that the recovery of energy from waste must be strictly guided by the waste hierarchy and that the burning of paper-based material, which can be collected seperately and recycled, should be avoided.

The challenge is now in the hands of the Council to ensure that wood is used sustainably and that REDII remains consistent with the EU’s own goals of making the circular bioeconomy a reality in Europe.

Note to editor:
Guaranteeing that wood is sourced from sustainably-managed forests and championing a high-performing recycling chain will be critical to securing the quantity and quality of the raw materials the industry uses as it transitions towards the low-carbon circular bioeconomy. Read more on how we can achieve this in the revised version of our ‘Investment Roadmap’.

For more information, please contact Ulrich Leberle, Raw Materials Director at u.leberle@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 2 627 49 23
For press related enquiries, please contact Ben Kennard, Press Manager at b.kennard@cepi.org or by phone at (+32) 487 39 21 82
 

Vermeer HG6800TX-Horizontal Grinder | 17 Jan 2018

International Forest Industries - 5 hours 29 min ago

Built for land-clearing and pipeline right-of-way operations, the HG6800TX horizontal grinder offers a high-horsepower engine on a tracked machine with a compact design. Featuring 950 hp (708 kW) in a 92,000 lb (41,730.5 kg) class, and an infeed design designed specifically for feeding larger materials such as whole trees and large stumps, the new grinder is built to power through tough materials with less operator interaction.

The post Vermeer HG6800TX-Horizontal Grinder | 17 Jan 2018 appeared first on International Forest Industries.

Valmet To Supply A Repeat Order Of Opticoncept M Board Production Line For Pratt Industries In North America

PaperIndex TimesNews - 6 hours 22 min ago
Jan 17, 2018--- Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M board production line with automation for Pratt Paper (IN), LLC for Pratt's new greenfield paper mill in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA. The mill will use 100% recovered paper to produce lightweight and high-performance linerboard and corrugated medium. This will be the second OptiConcept M board production line for Pratt and is repeating the order of PM 16, which successfully started up in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA, in 2015. The start-up of the new board machine, PM 17, is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2019.



The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter of 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of an order of this type is typically around EUR 40-50 million.



"Start-up of the previous Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M (PM 16) in Valparaiso, Indiana, was exceptional. We have also been able to exceed some of the design features of the machine resulting in very good production figures. Both board machines in Valparaiso and Wapakoneta are showcases for the latest in 21st century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.



Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials."We want to help many companies to meet their sustainability goals without sacrificing their high-performance packaging requirements. That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging," says Pratt.



Technical details about the delivery



Valmet's scope of delivery will be similar to the Pratt PM 16 started-up in 2015 with a complete OptiConcept M board production line from headbox to winder with a wide scope of automation.



"OptiConcept M is a new and modular way to design, build and operate a paper machine. Its modular approach enables short delivery times, quick start-up and low project costs. This will be Valmet's second OptiConcept M installation in North America and 15th globally. We are all proud to continue the work and cooperation with Pratt on this project," says Mike Gray, Vice President, Capital Business, Valmet North America.



The new machine will have a wire width of 6.24 meters and a design speed of 1,100 m/min (3,900-4,000 ft/min) with a basis weight range of 127-195 g/m2. The capacity will be 360,000 metric tonnes per year (400,000 short t).

Hengan International Celebrates The Successful Start-Up Of A New MODULO-PLUS PM26 At Its Changji Mill, Xinjiang

PaperIndex TimesNews - 6 hours 23 min ago
Jan 17,2018---The leading Chinese producer of hygiene and sanitary products has successfully started up the second of two Toscotec-supplied tissue machines installed at its Changji mill.

Hengan and Toscotec sealed their partnership at the end of a project that started one year ago with the order of two tissue machines, PM25 (started up in November 2017) and PM26, producing a total increase of 50,000 tons per year to Hengan’s production.

Both tissue machines have a production speed of 1,600 m/min and a width of 2.8 m. They are equipped with single layer headbox, one large diameter TT SuctionPressRoll, second generation TT SYD with improved rib design, TT Milltech natural gas high efficiency hood and steam and condensate removal system. The scope of supply also includes DCS/MCS, as well as erection supervision, start up assistance and training programs.

Hengan project team stated: “We are excited to start this new project. Toscotec-supplied tissue machines have all the technology we need to produce high quality tissue and to reduce the operating cost of our mill. We want to thank all those who contributed to the success of this partnership project.”

Marco Dalle Piagge, Toscotec Sales Director: “Now the two machines are running at their target operating speed and they are already producing marketable tissue. In spite of the environmental hardship of Xinjiang Autonomous Region in which the mill is located, everything goes fine and thanks to the good cooperation between our service team and the mill’s personnel, we achieved both start-ups in a very short time. It’s another success to add to our professional experience.”

Verso Corporation Expands Strategic Alternatives Considerations

PaperIndex TimesNews - 6 hours 24 min ago
MIAMISBURG, Ohio, Jan. 17, 2018 -- Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) announced today that the Strategic Alternatives Committee formed by its Board of Directors in September 2017, has, at the direction of the Board, expanded its evaluation of potential transaction alternatives to include other alternatives, including but not limited to, a potential sale or merger of the entire company.

As previously announced, the Committee, with the assistance of Houlihan Lokey Capital, Inc., the company's financial advisor, has been charged with identifying and evaluating a range of potential strategic transaction alternatives to maximize value to Verso stockholders, and with recommending to the Board whether any potential transaction is in the best interests of the company and its stockholders.

There is no assurance that the review of potential strategic alternatives will result in any transaction or other strategic alternative. Verso does not intend to make any further disclosure concerning these matters until a definitive transaction agreement is reached or a determination is made that none will be pursued.

About Verso
Verso Corporation is the turn-to company for those looking to successfully navigate the complexities of paper sourcing and performance. The leading North American producer of printing and specialty papers and pulp, Verso provides insightful solutions that help drive improved customer efficiency, productivity, brand awareness and business results. Verso's long-standing reputation for quality and reliability is directly tied to our vision to be a company with passion that is respected and trusted by all. Verso's passion is rooted in ethical business practices that demand safe workplaces for our employees and sustainable wood sourcing for our products. This passion, combined with our flexible manufacturing capabilities and an unmatched commitment to product performance, delivery and service, make Verso a preferred choice among commercial printers, paper merchants and brokers, converters, publishers and other end users. For more information, visit us online at versoco.com.

Rayonier Advanced Materials Announces First Quarter 2018 Dividend on the Company’s Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock

PaperIndex TimesNews - 6 hours 25 min ago
ACKSONVILLE, Fla.--Jan 17,2018--Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (NYSE:RYAM) announced today that the Company’s board of directors has declared a first quarter cash dividend of $2.00 per share of Mandatory Convertible Preferred Stock of the Company. The dividend is payable on February 15, 2018 to stockholders of record on February 1, 2018.

About Rayonier Advanced Materials

Rayonier Advanced Materials is a global manufacturer of forest products, including lumber, paper, packaging and a global leader of high purity cellulose, a natural polymer commonly found in cell phones, computer screens, filters and pharmaceuticals. With manufacturing operations in the U.S., Canada and France, Rayonier Advanced Materials employs approximately 4,200 people and generates approximately US$2 billion of pro forma revenues. More information is available at www.rayonieram.com.

Contacts

Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc.
Media:
Ryan Houck, 904-357-9134
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Investors:
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Production Disruptions Impact Profit Negatively

PaperIndex TimesNews - 6 hours 26 min ago
Jan 17,2018---The difficulties with production availability continued in the fourth quarter 2017 which impacted sales volumes negatively despite a very strong market. Operating profit (EBIT) for full year 2017 is calculated to be approximately MSEK 2 240 which is lower than expected but gives a margin of 10 percent.

It is mainly the production facilities in Gruvön and Gävle that are affected, which impact sales negatively within business areas Consumer Board and Corrugated Solutions.

“Despite historically record high production volumes we are of course not satisfied with the recurring production disruptions in our facilities. Therefore, we now intensify our action plan to increase the stability and availability in our production. To ensure the operational stability will be my main focus going forward. We have strengthen the organisation that work proactively with both availability and quality at our facilities which will generate result going forward, says Petra Einarsson, President and CEO BillerudKorsnäs”.

The results are still preliminary and have not been reviewed by the auditors

For further information, please contact:

Susanne Lithander, CFO, +46 8 553 335 00

Christopher Casselblad, Investor Relations, +46 8 553 335 08

This information constituted inside information before publication. This is information that BillerudKorsnäs AB is obliged to make public pursuant to the EU Market Abuse Regulation. The information was submitted for publication, through the agency of the contact person set out above, at 14:30 CET on January
16th 2018

BillerudKorsnäs provides packaging materials and solutions that challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. We are a world-leading provider of primary fibre based packaging materials and have customers in over 100 countries. The company has 8 production sites in Sweden, Finland and the UK and about 4 300 employees in over 13 countries. BillerudKorsnäs has an annual turnover of about SEK 22 billion and is listed on Nasdaq Stockholm. www.billerudkorsnas.com

Nepal makes progress towards a national agroforestry policy

GFIS - 7 hours 27 min ago

The landlocked mountainous nation will become the second country in the world to have a national agroforestry policy, with support from the World Agroforestry Centre and the Climate Technology Centre and Network (CTCN) The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF)...

The post Nepal makes progress towards a national agroforestry policy appeared first on Agroforestry World.

Needle/Leaf Interlaboratory Comparison Tests 2018

GFIS - 7 hours 43 min ago

Dear colleagues,

the final report from the 20th Needle/Leaf Interlaboratory Comparison Test is available. You find detail information and the download here. Keep in mind that the re-qualification procedure – if needed - must be finished till 1st of September 2018.

The registration for the 21th…

Finding evidence for land restoration strategies

GFIS - 9 hours 59 min ago

Restoration has never been more important, with almost a third of the world’s land surface degraded. But what exactly is restoration? And how do we know if it works? More than 1.5 billion of the world’s poorest people...

The post Finding evidence for land restoration strategies appeared first on Agroforestry World.

KC appointed as Nevada’s first female state forester

GFIS - 14 hours 38 min ago

The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources selected Kacey KC as Nevada's first female State Forester and Firewarden.

Funding a low-carbon future

GFIS - 18 hours 59 min ago

Unlocking private finance for climate and sustainable development

Europe's lost forests: Coverage has halved over 6,000 years

GFIS - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 17:11
Research shows more than half of the forests across Europe have been lost over the past 6,000 years.

Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

GFIS - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:34

Baltic state lobbied for flexibilities in EU rules to enable a dramatic increase in forestry, turning its thriving woodland into a net emitter of carbon by 2030

The post Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists appeared first on Climate Home News.

Forests, bioenergy and climate change mitigation: are the worries justified?

GFIS - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:00

A group of scientists has published a Letter exploring the use of forest biomass to produce energy, ahead of the European Parliament vote on the EU Renewable Energy Directive on 17 January.

Download the letter as a pdf

There is heated debate about the best way to realize the potential of our forests in the fight against climate change. In the EU, the debate is currently very much focused on questioning the use of forest biomass to produce bioenergy. Our view[1] is that bioenergy from sustainably managed forests can contribute positively to climate change mitigation. 

One of the criticisms against forest bioenergy refers to the observation that a tree stops growing and accumulating carbon when it is cut, and the carbon stock in a single stand decreases at harvest. But this narrow perspective overlooks fundamental principles behind forest management, which is coordinated across the whole landscape to maintain forest growth and obtain a continuous flow of wood for the forest industry. 

In the absence of management, forest growth rates decline and disturbance risks increase as trees become mature. Therefore, while old and unharvested forests can hold large amounts of carbon per hectare, they have a lower sink strength and may become carbon sources instead of sinks. Sustainable harvesting of trees and managing stem densities and species composition helps to maintain net forest growth (i.e., carbon sink) at a high level, allowing sustained harvesting. The forest growth rates can be enhanced through silviculture, such as species selection, planting and other management options. This has been the case for example in the Nordic countries. 

The carbon stock at a regional or national level can in fact increase simultaneously with increases in harvesting. Indeed, the EU forest carbon sink and forest harvesting have increased simultaneously since the 1960s. This situation is to a large extent the result of improved and more extensive forest management. The increased demand for forest products – including bioenergy products – stimulates and provides income for active forest management that promotes regeneration, enhances growth and helps protect forests against disturbances, such as fires. 

EU forests and the forest sector currently achieve an overall climate change mitigation impact that corresponds to about 13% of the total EU emissions[2]. This includes the carbon sink of forests and harvested wood products, as well as the reduction of emissions achieved when wood products are used instead of emission-intensive materials such as concrete, steel and plastics, or when bioenergy is used instead of fossil fuels. It is important to understand that forest bioenergy is not an independent enterprise but an integral part of forestry-industry-energy systems. Bioenergy systems are often components in value chains or production processes that also produce products such as sawnwood, paper and chemicals.

In most European countries, sawlogs and pulpwood are the main income-generating wood assortments from managed forests. Processing these to produce forest products generates side-streams of residues that are used for bioenergy. Small trees from thinnings, logging residues, and low-quality wood that is not suitable to produce sawnwood and paper products are also used for bioenergy. This situation is reflected in the fact that despite forest bioenergy having increased significantly in the EU in this century, the roundwood production is at the same level today as it was in the beginning of the century. The increased forest bioenergy production is neither the result of EU having increased energy wood imports. Currently, about 96% of the forest bioenergy use in the EU is based on domestic raw materials. Also, EU wood fuel imports - 4% of EU forest bioenergy use - are roughly equal to its wood fuel exports (Data: FAOSTAT).

There can be synergies and trade-offs between forest carbon sequestration and biomass production. Which approach is more beneficial depends on priorities concerning short-term vs. long-term climate objectives, expectations concerning society’s future dependence on carbon based energy and materials, and whether these needs can be met in a climate friendly way without using biomass. Related to this, there is increasing concern that the Paris Agreement target – to limit global warming to well below 2ºC – will not be achieved unless large amounts of CO2 are withdrawn from the atmosphere. Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) is one of the major options for atmospheric CO2 withdrawal.

A holistic perspective that recognizes the multiple roles of forests and forest sector in the GHG balance in needed: the system assimilates CO2 from the atmosphere, stores carbon in soils, standing biomass, and in wood-based products, and it helps to avoid GHG emissions by displacing fossil fuels and other emissions-intensive products. Very detailed regulation, such as imposing strict cascading principles or restricting eligibility for bioenergy to specific feedstocks (e.g., excluding all roundwood, irrespective of size or quality) may prevent the effective management of forest resources to economically meet multiple objectives, including climate change mitigation and adaptation.

A concern expressed in the debate is that the wood demand for bioenergy may rise enormously, threatening the existence of forests. As bioenergy is typically a side-product of forest harvesting and wood processing, and sustainable forest management (SFM) principles provide safeguards against overharvesting, the forest sector’s contribution to providing biomass for bioenergy will be limited. To address sustainability concerns, the EU has set criteria to which bioenergy must comply. Several countries have set additional more strict criteria, in some cases allowing only biomass from certified sources.

In the past, the European forest sector has responded to increased demand for sawnwood and paper by expanding forests and intensifying management to increase wood production. Similarly, the likely response to increased bioenergy demand will be to devise management approaches that enable biomass production for energy in conjunction with supply of sawlogs and pulpwood. Considering market realities, SFM requirements and existing regulations around bioenergy, we do not expect to see a paradigm shift towards large scale cutting of forests solely for bioenergy.

[1] The views expressed in this Letter are those of the authors and not those of their institutions.

[2] Gert-Jan Nabuurs, Philippe Delacote, David Ellison, Marc Hanewinkel, Marcus Lindner, Martin Nesbit, Markku Ollikainen and Annalisa Savaresi. 2015. A new role for forests and the forest sector in the EU post-2020 climate targets. From Science to Policy 2. European Forest Institute.

 

Göran Berndes
Professor in Biomass and Land Use. Dept of Space, Earth and Environment, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
IPCC Lead Author (Special Report on on Renewable Energy Sources and Climate Change Mitigation); Contributing Author (5th Assessment Report); Expert Reviewer (4th Assessment Report)

Johan Bergh
Professor in Silviculture with Focus on Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation. Dept of Forestry and Wood Technology, Linnaeus University, Sweden.

Annette Cowie
Professor. School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Australia
Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Washington DC, USA.
IPCC Lead Author (Special Report Climate Change and Land)

Gustaf Egnell
Associate professor in Forest Based Bioenergy. Dept of Forest Ecology and Management, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.

Lauri Hetemäki
Adjunct Professor in Forest Economics and Marketing. Faculty of Agriculture and Forestry, University of Helsinki.
Assistant Director, European Forest Institute, Finland

Pekka Kauppi
Professor in Environmental Science and Policy. Faculty of Biological end Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland
 IPCC Lead Author (2nd Assessment Report) and Co-ordinating Lead Author (3rd Assessment Report)

Madhu Khanna
ACES Distinguished Professor in Environmental Economics. Dept of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois

Werner Kurz
Senior Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service, Natural Resources Canada.
Coordinating Lead Author or Lead Author of seven IPCC reports.

Marcus Lindner
Principal Scientist, Resilience Programme. European Forest Institute, Germany

Tomas Lundmark
Professor in Silviculture. Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden
Director, Unit of Field Based Forest Research, SLU, Sweden
Member of the Advisory Panel of The Swedish National Forest Program.

Gert-Jan Nabuurs
Professor European Forest Resources, Wageningen Environmental Research, Wageningen University and Research
IPCC Co-ordinating Lead Author (4th Assessment Report; Good Practice Guidance LULUCF) and Lead author (3rd Assessment Report; Special Report LULUCF)  

Ralph E. H. Sims
Professor in Sustainable Energy. Massey University, New Zealand
Director, Centre for Energy Research
Member of the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Washington DC, USA.
IPCC Co-ordinating Lead Author (4th Assessment Report; Special Report on Renewables; and 5th Assessment Report).

Birger Solberg
Professor in Forest Economics. Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway.
IPCC Review editor (3rd Assessment Report) and Lead author (Special Report on Land Use Changes and Forestry)

New map helps distinguish between cyclical farming and deforestation in the Congo Basin

GFIS - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:00
By Caio de Araujo Barbosa, Thomas Maschler, Djoan Bonfils and Giuseppe Molinario On the way from Kisangani to Masako village. Democratic Republic of Congo. Photo by Ollivier Girard/CIFOR. Forest loss is a major concern for conservationists dedicated to protecting the Congo Basin, the planet’s second-largest tropical rainforest. Data like tree cover loss on Global Forest Watch […]

Danzer re-named Bradford Forest in the US to Danzer Lumber North America | 16 Jan 2018

International Forest Industries - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 14:24

After 30 years, Bradford Forest, Inc., a Danzer company based in Bradford, PA, changed its name to Danzer Lumber North America, Inc. on January 1st, 2018. “The name change is part of Danzer’s overall brand strategy to provide a diverse product offering under one common Danzer brand,” says Steve Bukowski, General Manager of Danzer Lumber North America, Inc. and adds: “The transition to the new name will be seamless for customers, with no interruption in great products and services.” Danzer Lumber North America operates two production facilities in Pennsylvania, one in Bradford, PA and one in Shade Gap, PA. Each location specializes in different product portfolios and employ a combined total of approximately 200 people.

Danzer Lumber, Bradford Sawmill – Production of Premium Hardwood Lumber
The Bradford sawmill is one of the tenth largest hardwood sawmills in North America. The facility processes 26 MMBF (61,350 cubic meters) of lumber annually and employs approximately 160 people. “We are in the heart of the best cherry in the world, which enables us to offer consistent, high-quality cherry lumber. With our controlled procurement strategy, we are also able to maintain a high degree of color consistency in other species we offer” states General Manager Steve Bukowski. Hardwood species processed at the Bradford facility are cherry, hard and soft maple, red and white oak, and ash. Bradford’s technologically advanced sawmill enables the efficient conversion of logs into consistently sawn hardwood lumber.

Danzer Lumber, Shade Gap Facility – Specializing In Drying Thick Stock Lumber
The Shade Gap facility employs approximately 40 people and processes 7.5 MMBF (17,700 cubic meters) of lumber each year. With years of thick stock kiln-drying experience, the Shade Gap facility is a partner of choice for customers needing quality, consistently dried thick stock. Shade Gap also offers high-quality kiln-dried lumber in more typical thicknesses. Proximity to the resource base is a key logistical advantage of the Shade Gap facility. The main hardwood species processed at the Shade Gap facility are walnut, white oak, red oak, hard and soft maple, cherry and ash.

Danzer facts box:
One of the world’s largest producers of decorative hardwood.
Founded: 1932
Holding company located in: Dornbirn, Austria
Production sites: 4 in Europe, 5 in North America
Sales offices: 7 in Europe, 8 in North America, 3 in Asia
Product range: sliced wood, lumber, timber and logs, speciality products (Vinterio, 3D-Veneer)
Sales in 2016: EUR 190 million (229 million USD)
Supplies customers in 87 countries worldwide
Employees: 1,600 worldwide

About Danzer:
Danzer is a leading quality hardwood company with production facilities in North America and Europe. It has approximately 1,600 employees and services customers from 18 sales offices worldwide. Founded in 1932, Danzer is managed by a third-generation family member. The company owns and sustainably manages forests in North America and produces sliced veneer, lumber and innovative value-added wood products for decorative purposes. Danzer products are used in high-quality furniture, kitchen cabinets, cars and other applications.

www.danzer.com

Media contact: Danzer Holding AG
Hintere Achmuehlerstrasse 1,
6850 Dornbirn,
Austria
Eckart Schmitt T: +43 5572 3944 90 M: mailto:eckart.schmitt@danzer.comW: http://www.danzer.com

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Should we burn trees for energy?

GFIS - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 12:57

CIFOR’s Robert Nasi weighs in on the EU debate over forest biomass

SNS takes part in shaping future forest research

GFIS - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 11:59
SNS secretary Jonas Rönnberg has participated in a seminar about the Swedish forest industry’s agenda for future forest research. Last week the Swedish forest industry held a seminar and launched its new research agenda: Forskningsagenda 4.0. The research agenda is a summary of the forest industry’s research and development needs…

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