"Our profitability weakened because price and mix improvement actions were not enough to offset the increase in input costs. We will continue the price and mix improvement actions. In addition, we announced in early October plans to close down non-competitive production lines and invest further in automation to improve our productivity and efficiency. Executing the plan would generate an item affecting comparability (IAC) of EUR -30 million, to be recognized in Q4, and it is expected to improve our profitability by EUR 15-18 million annually, with full impact in 2020.
"Net sales with global key accounts developed well and we made good progress on many innovation projects. I am pleased to see the project Fresh progressing to a second, larger consumer test phase in the UK. This compostable ready meal tray is made from renewable fibers and it can replace black plastic trays. Fresh is a good example of the work we do in developing solutions to pack and serve food safely and conveniently with less negative impact on the environment.
"The rampup of our new facility in Arizoza is on track supporting the sales growth of paperboard-based products. The building of the new flexible packaging manufacturing unit in Egypt is also progressing as planned and we expect to start early trials towards the end of 2018 and commercial deliveries in early 2019. Both units will help us address the growth opportunities we continue to see in food and drink packaging."