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    23.09.2014   Xeikon launches SuperBlack toner    ( Company news )

    Company news A dense black toner that meets the specific needs of luxury labels and folding carton applications

    Visitors to the Xeikon booth at Labelexpo Americas 2014 (booth 6135) will be able to witness the company’s latest development in toner technology, called the SuperBlack toner. Normal black toner produces a density of 1.8, while the new SuperBlack provides a density of 2.2-2.4. SuperBlack is a spot color that can be applied using the fifth color station of a Xeikon digital press.

    “A solid, dense black on the packaging of a product conveys a sense of quality and high value, and is very appealing to companies selling luxury items,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director – Product Management at Xeikon. “As a result, this effect is used often by brand owners in the wine and spirits markets as well as in the folding carton sector.”

    Xeikon dry toner is already the preferred technology for wine and spirit labels, which often utilize structured label substrates. The toner particles follow the substrate’s surface, covering the peaks and troughs evenly to create excellent print quality. Xeikon has gone a step further with the development of SuperBlack, which provides a cost effective and easy solution for printing labels and packaging that incorporate full black tones or large areas of black.

    “Xeikon is constantly looking to expand the scope of digital printing. Developing specific toners based upon the needs of the market is one way of meeting this goal. Just last year, we launched ICE toner for pressure sensitive PE labels and IML substrates. The ICE toner has been received extremely well by our customers. We are convinced that the benefits and opportunities offered by the new SuperBlack toner will be embraced by luxury brand owners everywhere,” adds Van Bauwel.

    As with all Xeikon toners for the labels and packaging market, SuperBlack meets FDA regulations for Food contact. SuperBlack toner will be available immediately following its launch at Labelexpo Americas.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    23.09.2014   Corrugated Packaging is Taylor-Made for Coffee Supplier    ( Company news )

    Company news The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) has hailed the collaboration of two corrugated companies, involved in producing new packaging for a leading UK roasted ground coffee supplier, as an excellent example of the flexibility and innovation that the sector offers retailers and brand owners.
    The two board converters teamed up to develop new-style corrugated Shelf-Ready Packaging (SRP) as part of a rebranding exercise by Taylors of Harrogate for its lifestyle range of coffees. The new-style SRP not only enhances visibility on-shelf but also makes the products easier to identify and handle back of store.

    Taylors’ packaging buyer, Matt Hunt, believes that because each variant of corrugated SRP carries two or three additional colours for the text and graphics, the products’ easily identifiable outer packaging is having a direct in-store benefit way before it comes under consumer scrutiny.
    He said: “Research shows that if shelf-stackers can’t readily identify a particular product back of store, then they’re likely not to bother to go looking for it because of pressure on time. The result is slow or non-existent replenishment.”

    Key to the project’s successful outcome was the use of virtually identical production equipment and the same consumables by the separate corrugated suppliers contracted in accordance with Taylors’ requirements.
    CPI’s Director of Packaging Affairs, Andy Barnetson, said: “There are many benefits that have been brought to bear in support of Taylors’ sales & marketing strategy through the development and implementation of this corrugated SRP application.
    “To name but three: the introduction of strong messaging in support of the brand on-shelf; the simple yet hugely effective use of solid flood colour coats to facilitate restocking in-store, and, given the appropriate level of expertise, the capability of test liner to match Kraft in terms of print reproduction.
    “Less obvious but hugely positive across the entire corrugated packaging supply chain has been the very constructive approach towards partnering - not just between brand owner and manufacturer but between these two board converters themselves.
    “They’ve worked closely to address the potential constraints imposed by differing sources of material and, in doing so, have delivered the optimum solution for a shared client. It’s surely a classic case of the corrugated sector being every bit as flexible in not just delivering customised solutions that are fit for purpose but also in how they’re accomplished.”

    Corrugated protects, is colour-printable, merchandisable and the most recycled packaging medium. The latest advances in digital printing allows corrugated to align with other personalised packaging formats and enables the industry to become even more effective at engaging consumers – just ask Taylors.
    (Confederation of Paper Industries)
     
    23.09.2014   Cartons: a perfect example of the Circular Economy    ( Company news )

    Company news The concept of the Circular Economy is to optimise the use of natural resources by encouraging recycling, eco-design and waste prevention, among other measures. The paper industry, including cartonboard packaging, is at the forefront of putting these aims into practice.

    In early July, the European Commission published “Towards a Circular Economy: a zero waste programme for Europe”. It explains that since the industrial revolution, waste has constantly grown. This is because our economies have used a “take-make-consume -dispose” pattern of growth – a linear model which assumes that resources are abundant, available and cheap to dispose of. We recognise today, that resources needed to be husbanded and this means re-using, repairing, refurbishing and recycling existing materials and products. What used to be regarded as ‘waste’ can be turned into a resource and all resources need to be managed more efficiently throughout their life cycle.

    This initiative accords admirably with the current actions of the paper based industry whose products including cartons, are easily recyclable and made from a naturally renewable resource.

    Paper can be recycled up to six or seven times in theory, with an average rate of 5 times. Over 50% of the raw material for Europe’s pulp and paper industry is from paper for recycling (the rest is from wood fibres) and almost 58 million tonnes of paper are recycled within Europe. In 2012, 71.7% of paper which was used in Europe, was recycled which means that Europe is the global paper recycling champion. Also, paper packaging including cartons, is the most recycled packaging material in Europe at 81.3%.

    Good recyclability depends on good eco-design of paper and board products and auxiliary materials. For example: Ink manufacturers are increasingly using renewable and recyclable resources such as soy, vegetable oil and starch. They are also helping printers to recover and recycle inks and solvents. Eco-design aims to reinforce the recyclability of cartonboard packaging, and leads to environmental benefits including optimising the use of resources and reducing waste and unrecyclable components.

    Cartonboard cannot be recycled indefinitely as fibres eventually get too short and worn out to be useful. The cycle must therefore be constantly replenished with new virgin fibres. New virgin fibres in Europe for cartonboard packaging come from wood from sustainably managed forests. Not only are these forests a renewable resource, but new growth exceeds the wood harvested by an area equivalent to 1.5 million football pitches per annum. (source: Confederation of European Paper Industries) To achieve this, European forest owners and operators follow a combination of national, European and international regulations. In addition, they can prove forests are sustainably managed through Forest Certification Schemes, such as FSC® and PEFC™.

    The European Commission believes that moving towards a more circular economy is essential to deliver the resource efficiency agenda established under the Europe 2020 Strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The life cycle of cartonboard packaging shows that it is at the core of a circular economy, as it is an industry that recycles, using “waste” as a resource and also uses new fibres from renewable, sustainably managed forests to continue the loop.
    (Pro Carton)
     
    23.09.2014   marks-3zet presents product novelty MutiplePRINT® at the Druck + Form ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... trade fair in Sinsheim, Germany

    Picture: MultiplePRINT from marks-3zet: 1 CTP system, 6 technologies

    MultiplePRINT® enables the high-resolution imaging of six different technologies with a single imaging system.

    marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG (Muelheim an der Ruhr, Germany) is a first-time exhibitor at this year’s Druck + Form trade fair in Sinsheim, Germany. The graphic trade fair, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will take place from October 8th to 11th 2014. With a booth of around 60 sqm, marks-3zet will present several new products and solutions in the areas of underpacking materials, prepress and waterless offset printing.

    New imaging concept
    Amongst others, marks-3zet will present its new and unique plate imaging concept MultiplePRINT®. MultiplePRINT® offers users the possibility to image six different plate technologies with an investment-friendly 4-up or 8-up imaging system.

    Modular plate processor MPW
    The hybrid imaging system can image, besides conventional wet-offset plates, both flexo plates, digital IR films, varnish plates, letterpress and waterless offset plates with a resolution of up to 7.620 dpi. For the plate processing stage, marks-3zet offers its new, tailor-made, modular plate processor MPW.

    New underpacking materials
    Further product novelties include the underpacking materials Highline®, Folia® and ParaTex®. With these new products, marks-3zet (known for its calibrated underpacking sheets) offers new, quality underpacking materials for high print precision.

    For further information on the product range of marks-3zet, please visit www.marks-3zet.de or their booth number 6400 at the Druck + Form fair, from October 8th to 11th in Sinsheim.
    (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    23.09.2014   ANDRITZ to supply dispersing systems, disc filters, and refiners for Zhejiang Chuancheng, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order to supply dispersing systems, disc filters, and refiners for Zhejiang Chuancheng Industrial’s paper machines PM1 and PM2, China. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

    The scope of supply for PM1 includes two dispersing systems, a save-all disc filter, five thickeners, two TwinFlo refiners, and three MC pumps to produce 350,000 tons of kraft liner per year. PM2 (production of corrugated medium grades with a capacity of 250,000 tons per year) will be equipped with one save-all disc filter, two thickeners, and one refiner.

    Zhejiang Chuancheng is a member of the Yongtai group, one of the leading paper producers in China.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    23.09.2014   Fire Causes Temporary Shut Down Of Greenpac And Norampac Niagara Falls ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Containerboard Mills

    Picture: Norampac Niagara Falls Containerboard Mill

    Cascades announces the temporary shutdown of the Greenpac and Norampac Niagara Falls containerboard mills following a fire that occurred on Saturday September 20, 2014 , in the old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles located outside of the mills. Both mills were quickly evacuated with no injuries to personnel. The causes of the fire are currently unknown, but local authorities are investigating to determine the potential causes of this event.
    The fire is now under control. Damage to the Greenpac Mill is limited to the OCC stock pile and the OCC conveyor. Damage to the Norampac Niagara Falls mill, while more extensive, is limited to the OCC stock pile, pulper and stock preparation.
    At this time firefighters are still onsite and it is still too early to know when the mills will resume production.
    Employees and customers will be informed as the situation evolves. Additional information concerning the start-up of the mills will be disclosed by press release as soon as it is known.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    23.09.2014   Organise your own seminar at PAP-FOR Russia!     ( Company news )

    Company news Bring together your target customers at the show! Invite PAP-FOR visitors and exhibitors, as well as your clients, partners and colleagues to your seminar or presentation!
    Book conference halls and meeting rooms, add catering services to your package and attract the pulp and paper industry specialists' attention!

    APPLICATIONS SHOULD BE PROVIDED BY 13 OCTOBER 2014!

    SFT Group
    has become the Sponsor of Student contest and Business Forum PAP-FOR!
    We are glad to announce that SFT Group will support young talents of pulp and paper industry and for the second time become the Student contest sponsor!
    Moreover, SFT Group will contribute to the open industry dialogue and become the Business Forum partner. The company will take part in two sessions of the Business Forum program - Round table "Investment attractiveness of the Russian pulp and paper industry" (28 October) and session "New projects in the packaging sector" (29 October). Business Forum Program
    Vertically integrated SFT Group is one of the leading companies in the Russian pulp and paper industry. It operates in three segments of the industry: collection and primary processing of paper, cardboard and paper production and corrugated cardboard packaging production. The company is totally eco-oriented due to the technologies enabling to save forests and protect environment.
    We are sure that PAP-FOR Russia 2014 visitors will duly appreciate the SFT Group products, while the company's exhibiting (stand E30) and support of the business program events will become the excellent opportunity for strengthening its market positions!
    (Reed Expo Russia)
     
    23.09.2014   corruLUB® – fully synthetic lubricating and corrosion protection oil by BHS Corrugated     ( Company news )

    Company news This corruLUB® product was chosen in close cooperation with the manufacturer, and after long testing phase on various BHS Corrugated corrugators repeatedly adapted and further developed. The requirements – to avoid glue adhesion on the blades and to significantly extend the lubrication intervals during Disc-Cut-lubrication for our BHS customers – are fully met by this oil.

    The NSF-H1 approval meets with the high standards of the food- and pharmaceutical industry.

    Due to its qualities this corruLUB® oil can be used in the food industry and still reaches the higher standards of non-food grade products.

    The use of this high quality, special disc cut oil therefore always leads to optimum cutting quality.

    Another huge customer benefit is the extension of lubrications breaks to more than 600 meters. Thus cost savings for lubricants are possible up to 50%.

    BHS Corrugated would be pleased to assist you with the adjustments of the machine settings to achieve optimum performance of your corrugator.
    (BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
     
    22.09.2014   Edelmann at LUXEPACK Monaco - Feel the Luxury    ( Company news )

    Company news Refinement and shaping for an unmistakable brand look is at the heart of Edelmann’s appearance at LUXEPACK 2014 in Monaco. At the show, the international packaging group will be exhibiting optical and haptic effects like brush, mother-of-pearl, holographic, and metallic designs, as well as folding cartons with unusual shapes like curves, contoured edges or concave surfaces.

    Edelmann impresses with competence packaging for customers in the luxury segment
    Ever more frequently we are seeing that luxury packaging is not “just” about the core competences of printing and refining: “For individual solutions to become a reality, it is essential to maintain sight of the bigger picture”, says Oliver Eschbaumer, who is in charge of strategic marketing at Edelmann.

    With ‘Concepts by Edelmann’, the company offers customer-oriented transparency for its broad portfolio of services. At the heart of the concept are the seven concept packages of performance, excellence, security, efficiency, sustainability, digital and future. They comprise twelve competence building blocks and are consolidated into service packages in the areas of consultancy, production and process design.

    “Everything is precisely tailored to the specific requirements of our customers in the areas of healthcare, beauty care, consumer brands, and luxury goods”, explains Eschbaumer. Each of the solution packages in the concept is, in itself or in combination with others, the basis for individual customer packaging.

    A premium look with an intriguing feel
    Packaging for luxury cosmetics, prestige fragrances, or for wine, spirits and tobacco represents an ever-recurring challenge. Alongside extraordinary shapes, constructions and finishes, it is also the reduction of the design combined with the use of top-quality board that coveys the brand’s content and guarantees it will stand out from the competition. The real strength in Edelmann’s realisation of strong-brand luxury packaging lies in the performance promise of the Edelmann competence building blocks. The “effect+” element – which encompasses Edelmann’s traditional strengths of applying individual finishing effects and producing extraordinary packaging shapes – is a key part of this. What’s more, with “brand+” Edelmann offers advice on the best possible use of materials, colours and finishes in order to do justice to the requirements for the brand, the target group and subsequent processing that the customer has to juggle. This competence stems from Edelmann’s research and development work, in which new effects are continuously brought to a level where they are ready for production, and thanks to which the customer has access to wide-ranging advice and expertise.

    Worldwide luxury and tailor-made solutions
    The ability to realise such uniqueness, and do so worldwide and in series, is one of Edelmann’s core strengths. At 13 sites in Germany, France, Poland, Hungary, Mexico, China, and India, the group develops, produces, and markets folding cartons, leaflets, and system solutions. Group-wide uniform production and technology standards mean Edelmann can guarantee a consistent level of quality for its customers worldwide: every piece of packaging that leaves any of the production sites fulfils Edelmann’s quality promise of “High Q Packaging” and the competence building block “worldwide+”.

    Edelmann at LUXEPACK Monaco, 27 – 29 October 2014, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco
    Stand: DF2/DG1
    (Carl Edelmann GmbH)
     
    22.09.2014   De La Rue plc appoints Martin Sutherland as Chief Executive     ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of De La Rue plc is pleased to announce the appointment of Martin Sutherland as the Company's Chief Executive. Martin will take up his position and join the Board as an executive director no later than 13 October 2014.

    Martin joins from BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, where he has been Managing Director since its acquisition by BAE Systems in 2008. At BAE Systems Applied Intelligence (formerly Detica), Martin has been responsible for the strategic expansion of the business internationally through both organic growth and a number of acquisitions. During his tenure as MD, revenues have more than doubled and the business today employs around 3,000 people across 26 offices worldwide, with over 50% of the revenue now coming from new lines of business in counter fraud, cyber security and communications solutions.

    Martin joined Detica in 1996 and during his career there has developed considerable understanding and experience of working with government customers around the world. He has also been responsible for leveraging intellectual property in the business to launch new software and hardware products in the government and financial services markets.

    Prior to Detica, Martin worked for Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) and British Telecom.

    Commenting on Martin Sutherland's appointment, Philip Rogerson, De La Rue Chairman said: "After an extensive search the Board is delighted to appoint Martin as De La Rue's CEO. He brings strong commercial skills, and wide experience of growing technologically demanding businesses supplying governments and financial institutions worldwide. His track record of strategic leadership will also be of considerable benefit.

    Once Martin has joined the Company I shall resume my role as non-executive Chairman and Colin Child will revert to his Group Finance Director role."
    (De La Rue plc)
     
    22.09.2014   Xeikon launches the Web Varnishing Module    ( Company news )

    Company news A compact inline varnishing module that brings major productivity and optimization improvements

    Xeikon has expanded the inline finishing options available for its digital presses with the development of the Web Varnishing Module, an extremely versatile unit that can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a wide range of substrates. These substrates include self-adhesive label materials, coated papers, unsupported films and coated paper board. This new and compact unit will have its worldwide launch on the company’s booth (Booth 6135) at Labelexpo Americas 2014 and will be commercially available from early 2015.

    “The label and folding carton industries employ a wide range of varnishes, from matt to super gloss, and these can have a huge impact on the appearance, feel and quality of the final printed product,” says Filip Weymans, Director - Business Development and Marketing, Labels and Packaging, Xeikon.

    One of the big advantages of the new inline module is that the operator can see the results immediately and can make any corrections, if required, in order to achieve the desired effect. This eliminates the high expense and job delays when varnishing is done off-line and the entire job has to be reprinted if the end result is not acceptable.

    The web varnishing module runs inline with the Xeikon 3000 Series of presses (at full press speeds) and the print roller can be changed easily to match the repeat or width of the job being printed. In addition to applying the flood or spot varnish, the unit can be upgraded with a UV dryer and/or aqueous dryer.

    “We are constantly expanding the components of our Label and Packaging “Suites”, which include defined sets of software, equipment, consumables and/or substrates to complement our digital presses. This enables our customers to pick and build the best digital production solutions for their specific business needs,” says Filip Weymans. “The Web Varnishing Module is an important addition to our Suites, enabling further optimisation of the processes and workflows used by printers and converters. We are convinced that the ability to apply spot aqueous varnish makes the module the ideal fit for folding cartons, which require varnish-free areas for glue strips and production data. The module is an extremely compact solution to apply spot varnish. In addition, we expect most users to also install the optional cutter and use the Xeikon stacker to create a phenomenally efficient production line.”

    For the self-adhesive market, the application of flood UV varnish in combination with Xeikon VariLane, simplifies the entire production process. This is because the off-line die-cutting can be carried out at the full speed of the die cutter. Xeikon’s VariLane software enables different sized labels to be printed in lanes on the web with the greatest optimisation of material and press capacity. When used in combination with the Web Varnishing Module, it is possible to apply varnish with one roller across the entire width of the substrate, as opposed to having to swap between different rollers when the process is carried out off-line.

    Visitors to Labelexpo Americas will be able to see demonstrations of a Xeikon 3500 digital press equipped with a Web Varnishing Module in the Package Printing Zone. The unit will apply aqueous spot varnish, inline with a cutter and stacker. On the Xeikon booth, visitors will be able to watch a Web Varnishing Module apply flood UV varnish, inline with the new groundbreaking Xeikon Cheetah press.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    22.09.2014   Södra's interim report January-August 2014: Positive performance and improved profitability     ( Company news )

    Company news Södra's earnings to date this year (accumulated January-August) improved to SEK 1,012 million (loss: 786) and amounted to SEK 509 million (loss: 687) for the second four-month period. The earnings improvement was primarily attributable to increased demand and higher prices for finished goods.

    Photo: Södra's President and CEO Lars Idermark

    "Demand and orders for Södra's products improved during the second four-month period and the Group reported a positive performance and improved profitability. All of the Södra Group's business areas continued to improve their earnings. The improvement is mainly the result of a more favourable market in addition to the Group's own productivity enhancing measures and continued efficiency gains," says Södra's President and CEO Lars Idermark.

    Net revenue for the first eight months of the year increased to SEK 11,429 million (11,137), primarily the result of increased volumes and higher prices. Net revenue for the second four-month period amounted to SEK 5,591 million (5,599).

    Operating profit for the first eight months of the year amounted to SEK 1,012 million (loss: 786). The accumulated result includes a positive effect of SEK 173 million from the sale of equipment from Södra Cell Tofte AS. Earnings in the preceding year were charged with restructuring costs for the discontinuation of Södra Cell Tofte AS. Consolidated operating profit for the second four-month period amounted to SEK 509 million (loss: 687) and all business areas displayed a continued positive earnings trend.

    Profit after finance income and expenses improved to SEK 953 million (loss: 801) for the first eight months of the year and amounted to SEK 476 million (loss: 702) for the second four-month period.

    1 May - 31 August 2014
    -Net revenue SEK 5,591 million (5,599)
    -Operating profit SEK 509 million (loss: 687)
    -Profit after finance income and expenses SEK 476 million (loss: 702)
    -Cash flow after investments SEK 260 million (396)

    1 January - 31 August 2014
    -Net revenue SEK 11,429 million (11,137)
    -Operating profit SEK 1,012 million (loss: 786)
    -Profit after finance income and expenses SEK 953 million (loss: 801)
    -Cash flow after investments SEK 775 million (278)
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    22.09.2014   Celebrating 100 VLF Press Shipments    ( Company news )

    Company news RockTenn and Heidelberg celebrated the growth and market investment activity for the Speedmaster Sheetfed Offset XL 145 / 162 Press product line

    Photo: Steve Voorhees (right), CEO of RockTenn, and Craig Gunckel, executive VP for merchandising displays and folding carton are showing the certificate of the 100th Heidelberg VLF press.

    RockTenn, a major industry producer in the folding carton, corrugated box and merchandising display global markets, has purchased the 100th Heidelberg Very Large Format (VLF) Press, which will be installed at RockTenn's Clinton, IA location. In recent years, RockTenn has invested in numerous installations of the Heidelberg VLF format in both their folding carton and merchandising displays facilities.

    Steve Voorhees, RockTenn CEO, and Craig Gunckel, executive vice president of merchandising display and folding carton, were on hand at Heidelberg's Hall 11 assembly center, part of the Heidelberg Wiesloch-Walldorf Factory complex, to inspect the press and participate in a special event with Heidelberg executives and employees to salute the 100th press accomplishment. Mr. Voorhees stated "our investment in VLF presses is consistent with RockTenn's strategy to deploy high quality assets that allow us to lower our cost, improve our quality, and ultimately, to service our clients more efficiently. We are honored to be part of the celebration."

    Launched in 2008, the Speedmaster XL VLF platform is the newest press platform in the industry. Heidelberg's investments in research and product development resulted in this large format press, which received numerous industry awards for innovation and design excellence including the prestigious Intertech awards for innovative technology. With systematic advantages in the make-ready process and industry-leading speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour, the press is an excellent choice to serve both the short-run display markets for as well as the high-volume leaders in the packaging industry.

    Heidelberg customers around the world have installed the most modern, technically advanced and fully automated large format presses available in the industry today. Heidelberg's investments in customer support services and global parts supply logistics provide customers with the most efficient process for maximizing machine performance and uptime. Highly integrated software systems provide remote diagnostics capability for analysis of machine performance on a 24/7 basis clearly meeting the rugged manufacturing demands that the industry leading customers require.

    Heidelberg Management Board Member, Harald Weimer stated "relationships with a strategic industry leader and partner like RockTenn representing world-class manufacturing practices at the highest level help Heidelberg perform at its best. Getting to know the RockTenn team and working closely with their plants has definitely moved our VLF product line to peak performance status!"

    "Our strategic partnership with Heidelberg has generated great results for RockTenn and our clients," commented Gunckel. "And we look forward to working with Heidelberg to find new solutions that will help our customers continue to win in their respective markets."
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    22.09.2014   Increasing International Participation at TISSUE-ME 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news TISSUE Middle East Exhibition the leading International Exhibition for Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting Industries that will be held in October 22nd -24th , 2014, at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt, Halls (2)

    TISSUE-ME 2014 is designed to be the official representative for the manufacturers, professionals and traders for tissue, hygiene disposable products, machines and raw materials in Egypt and the Middle East.
    It is the industry's 3-day premier event featuring paper industry key players and the latest and most comprehensive display of the manufacturers, professionals and traders for tissue, hygiene disposable products, machines and raw materials in Egypt and the Middle East.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    19.09.2014   Ence – Energía y Celulosa, will transform its Huelva mill in an advanced renewable energy site, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... will cease production of Cellulose

    Ence will transform its Huelva mill in an advanced renewable energy site, which will be an important driver of forest management in Andalusia. The company, on the other hand, will cease production of cellulose, since it drags heavy losses for three consecutive quarters due to its cost inefficiency and lack of domestic wood. These issues had been mitigated until last year thanks to the cogeneration premiums that have been reduced by the energy reform.

    Given this unsustainable economic situation -which has resulted in a loss of € 48.6 million in the first half of 2014 for the company-, and in order to implement this transformation plan, Ence has reported to the works council its intention to initiate a collective lay-off procedure, which will be accompanied by a program of relocation for 100% of workers in other workplaces and company activities. Ence will also provide, upon request, an external relocation plan and compensation, with the support of a leading outplacement firm.

    The company is ready for thorough and good faith negotiations with the representatives of the workers so that the impact on the workforce, consisting of 294 employees, is minimized.

    The proposed measure responds to the need to ensure the viability of the company globally, due to the unsustainable increase in manufacturing costs and loss of competitiveness of the factory in a highly competitive pulp world market. All these factors have not been overcome despite the efforts made in recent years to achieve the viability of the factory.

    Huelva, a leader in biomass power

    Ence has opted to focus its Huelva site towards clean energy generation, as a result of the end of life cycle of the pulp mill and heavy losses due to its lack of competitiveness. Also, due to the structural shortage of eucalyptus in the area of Huelva, it is necessary to supply wood from northern Spain and through imports with high cost overruns. The decrease of eucalyptus plantations due to the expansion of strawberries and citrus crops in the province of Huelva has also worsened in recent years the lack of competitive volumes of wood.

    The site will integrate the biomass power plants currently in operation, with renewable electricity capacity of 72 MW and north of 500 million kWh annual production.

    The new site will consolidate Huelva as the leading province of Andalusia and one of the first of Spain in renewable energy generation from biomass. This transformation will ensure the continuity of the industrial activity of Ence in Huelva and constitute a significant contribution to the best management of forests, jobs creation and rural wealth in Andalusia.
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)
     
    19.09.2014   GLATFELTER ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT TO ACQUIRE ELECTRICAL PAPERS PRODUCER    ( Company news )

    Company news Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced it has signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the outstanding equity of Spezialpapierfabrik Oberschmitten GmbH (SPO) from FINSPO Beteiligungs-GmbH for €8.5 million (approximately U.S.$11 million). SPO has annual sales of approximately €25 million (U.S.$33 million).

    “This acquisition will further our Composite Fibers business unit’s strategy of capitalizing on the fast-growing electrical market by expanding our electrical papers product platform,” said Dante C. Parrini (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Glatfelter. “In addition to serving Europe, we intend to leverage Glatfelter’s growing presence in Asia to meet the needs of the high concentration of electrical customers in this region. As the demand for electronic devices continues to grow, Glatfelter is positioning itself to become a supplier of choice for electrical and electronics applications.”

    SPO’s plant is located near Frankfurt, Germany. Its primary electrical products and applications include highly technical papers for a wide range of capacitors used in consumer and industrial products; insulation papers for cables and transformers; and materials for industrial power inverters, electromagnetic current filters and electric rail traction. SPO also produces glassine products, which are used in cosmetics packaging, food packaging, and pharmaceutical dosage bags.

    The company expects to incur approximately $2 million to $3 million of one-time acquisition and integration costs. Excluding one-time costs, the addition of SPO is expected to be $.03 to $.05 accretive to earnings per share in 2015.

    The proposed transaction is expected to close by early October. Upon closing, the acquired business will become part of Glatfelter’s Composite Fibers business unit, which manufactures fiber-based engineered materials for growing global niche markets, including filtration papers for tea and single serve coffee applications, nonwoven materials for the production of wall cover products, metallized papers, composite laminates, and technical specialties (which includes the electrical products platform). The acquisition of SPO will complement Glatfelter’s previously announced partnership with Dreamweaver International to develop and manufacture lithium ion battery separators, which utilize Glatfelter’s capabilities and expertise in making advanced fiber-based engineered materials.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    19.09.2014   International Paper Investment to Further Improve Water Footprint at French Saillat Mill by 30%    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper announced earlier this year an investment of approx. Euro 20 MM into its Saillat Mill, located in the French Limousin region, to further reduce the facilities’ water emissions and offer customers an even more environmentally friendly product portfolio. The implementation of the project will commence in the summer of 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2015.
    At its core, the investment involves advanced technology to extract an improved quality of fiber from wood by using a smoother process. The new process leaves fibers more intact resulting in even higher quality paper, and at the same time further reduces water emissions by another 30% from the already very good levels the Saillat mill is achieving today.

    “We’re well known as a leading manufacturer of entirely locally produced high quality value-added paper grades that meet the highest sustainability standards,” says Eric Chartrain, Vice President & General Manager for International Paper’s European papers business. “Generating a reduction of another 30% of the Saillat mill’s water emissions and supporting local manufacturing of a product that customers want, this investment is another example of International Paper’s commitment to bringing the sustainable and circular economy to life.”

    The investment will allow International Paper to offer and even greater choice of top notch products to customers. It follows other investments into the company’s service capabilities and modernization of its paper machines at the Saillat facility in recent years.
    The project is supported by local and national French and European agencies, notably the European Union (through the Limousin Region) and the Loire-Brittany Water Agency.
    (International Paper Belgian Services Company SPRL)
     
    19.09.2014   Improved polyurethane roll cover from Voith ensures higher void volume    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith’s new InForce polyurethane roll cover features high stability providing additional void volume with particularly deep and wide grooves for highly loaded positions. This additional benefit will not compromise the wear and abrasion resistance resulting into consistent dewatering during its complete operating cycle.
    The strong material used in InForce means that the grooves exhibit virtually no deformation over time. The roll cover easily withstands extreme nip loads. As a result, the void volume remains constantly high over the entire lifecycle and ensures very good, consistent dewatering throughout.
    InForce is the successor of Voith’s successful G2000 roll cover and available in two hardness levels. The structure ensures high stability. The WebNet layer located between the polyurethane and base layer has a three-dimensional polymer matrix specially developed by Voith which can withstand high temperatures and mechanical and chemical loads and therefore offers maximum operating reliability.
    Especially in highly loaded presses steel grooves are often the preferred choice. The hard nip that occurs when using steel rolls impairs the lifecycle of the fabric and can also cause quality issues with the paper. The stability of InForce withstands the high loads while still providing the benefits of a polyurethane cover: surfaces can be tailored to the application, fabrics are not impaired in comparison with steel grooves.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    19.09.2014   Biodegradable paper covers as a replacement for plastics opens up the bio-economy market for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... horticulture

    Global vegetable production currently depends on plastics: approximately 15 million hectares of agricultural land are covered under black horticultural plastics. While alternatives to the plastic cover have been under development for several years, it is only now that a new biodegradable cover, suitable for both professional and subsistence farms, is entering the market.
    The use of plastic covers in vegetable production is not only ecologically unsustainable; removing them from a field after the growing season is over is a laborious and expensive undertaking. Based on a method jointly developed by MTT Agrifood Research Finland and Stora Enso, a new paper-based biodegradable cover offers the market a real alternative to plastic covers.
    Reflecting Finland’s bio-economic goals, the development of this cover and its introduction into practical farming is one of the first concrete steps towards a society based on the bio-economy. This project is underpinned by research and cross-enterprise collaboration dating back several years in which MTT has been engaged.
    “We develop bio-economic solutions in collaboration with various enterprises. The innovations we develop will not be left collecting dust in cupboards. Our aim is that development and productisation will be carried out in a market-driven fashion from the very beginning. Both Stora Enso and MTT play key roles in in the development of biodegradable cover material dating back several years,” says Anu Harkki, MTT's Research Director.

    Wood fibres and a pyrolysis liquid are the key
    This developed biodegradable cover is manufactured from renewable materials. The first paper-based cover materials, developed at Stora Enso's Research Centres in collaboration with MTT, VTT and University of Helsinki, were introduced into practical farming in the summer of 2014.
    “As such, paper is not sufficiently durable a material for horticulture. However, if a paper cover is treated with a birch distillate, obtainable from dry distillation, its decomposition time will be extended and its capability of being spread will be enhanced. Now evidence is available that this underlying concept works in practice,” says Kari Tiilikkala, Professor at MTT.
    Using biodegradable cover material, the water economy of the soil can be managed, and the growth of weeds, including couch grass, can be prevented. Paper is also superior to plastics from the viewpoint of plant gas metabolism.
    This cover has given its best performance in tunnel cultivation and when used in combination with horticultural gauze and insect nets.
    “Using this cover, domestic products can be produced for consumers using less or even no pesticides. This material is also highly suitable for organic horticulture,” says Kari Tiilikkala.

    High expectations in the industry
    For the paper industry, the bio-cover material opens up an interesting and new field of application that goes beyond traditional paper products. It has a huge potential market with the clientele round the globe.
    “From the environmental point of view, this product has significant potential, as the material is based on renewable wood fibre. This is a major step forward, with positive experiences being reported by production horticulture. However, investments in R&D will still be required. Our goal is to bring the product to the test marketing phase in the next growth season,” says Raino Kauppinen, R&D Manager at Stora Enso

    The horticulturist is a firm believer in the new product
    Farmer and commercial horticulturist Esko Holma from Salo has participated in the development of several different bio-cover materials. He has used these materials over the past two years, and this summer his gherkins are growing on top of a cover. As a farmer, he says, he sees the importance of an environmentally friendly production method.
    “A plastic cover sheet, stained with soil, cannot be recycled; it will end up in a landfill, ultimately finding its way to waterways and the nutrient circulation cycle. Plastics simply have no future. Bio-covers, by contrast, will be needed, growing in importance as pesticides are being removed from the market,” he says.
    “A paper cover has potential, but its development requires further investment and expertise. This product will have a huge market, as new covers need to be purchased for fields every summer,” he adds.

    Further development is performed across the globe
    The development of biodegradable cover material will continue through tests performed on various paper types in combination with different garden plants and soils, and by modifying the degradation time of these paper sorts.
    The development of cover materials for various perennial berry-producing plants and different soils continues in Finland and Egypt, where MTT has gained research experience on the management of water economy of dry soil and other similar projects. Stora Enso currently has development projects underway in Sweden, Germany and Spain.
    (Agrifood Research Finland MTT)
     
    19.09.2014   ABB wins order for electrification of world's largest pulp mill     ( Company news )

    Company news Advanced power and automation technologies to improve energy efficiency, reliability and process safety for new pulp mill in Indonesia

    ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has received an order for the delivery of process electrification at a new pulp mill to be built in South Sumatra, Indonesia. It will be the world's largest pulp mill.
    ABB will deliver medium and low voltage switchgears, distribution transformers, motors, drives and project services.
    Demand for paper products is rising steadily throughout Asia despite a highly fragmented global market. Older mills are being replaced by new, state-of-the-art facilities that deliver higher efficiency, cleaner production and improved balance between capacity and demand. The global trends are promising for the long term driven by sustainable supply chain practices, environmental regulation, urbanization and rising consumer demand in developing nations.
    “ABB’s vast pulp & paper industry knowledge and project execution capabilities were important factors in winning this order. We are happy to be part of such a prestigious project and will deploy the latest technologies to maximize mill efficiency and reliability, while minimizing environmental impact,” said Veli-Matti Reinikkala, head of ABB’s Process Automation division.
    (ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)
     
    19.09.2014   After Show Report - China Paper 2014 Shanghai    ( Company news )

    Company news The 21st edition of Asia's original and premier pulp and paper show ended on 17 September after three successful days that enabled participants to share knowledge, innovation and new ideas, creating a platform to meet, network, do business and stay updated.

    Just like previous years the event held a truly international standard with 2039 visitors from 38 countries. The renowned China Paper conference, theChina Paper 2014 Industry Forum, arranged in co-operation with RISI, attracted 90 delegates. Pulp and paper professionals and experts from around the world discussed the most burning issues of the industry.

    For the next edition of China Paper, the product profile will be extended to also include features like mill visits and networking programs. Furthermore, several major international associations and media will support the exhibition.

    Over 70 % of the exhibitors of the 2014 show have already reserved space for the next exhibition at Intex Shanghai, 14-16 October, 2015. Take advantage of our Early Bird offer valid until 30 November.
    Visit the official website for more information or welcome to contact info@adforumworld.com.
     
    19.09.2014   Adestor Glitter WS, a New Premium Facestock for Wine, Champagne and Spirit Labels    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta’s newest addition to its Labels to Celebrate range is a facestock grade with a pearl finish designed exclusively for labeling premium wine, champagne and beverages.
    Adestor Glitter WS is a high-quality paper with a glossy pearl finish and metallized appearance ideal for deluxe wine, champagne, water and spirit labels. An anti-fungal wet-strength paper designed for optimal resistance to water, making it a perfect choice for labeling cava and champagne.
    Adestor Glitter WS facestock is available with Lecta’s BC361 Plus permanent adhesive and white 80-gram glassine backing paper, both specifically tailored for wine applications. BC361 Plus is a special acrylic adhesive for non-returnable glass bottles that resists a minimum of 2 hours submerged in ice water without label slide.
    The new Adestor Glitter WS / BC361Plus / GB80 line of products thus guarantees that the label stays intact during ice bucket immersion and cold chain conditions.
    Adestor Glitter WS is suitable for flexo, typographic and UV offset printing.
    Labels to Celebrate is Lecta’s exclusive selection of pressure-sensitive labels designed for application on wine, champagne, spirit and water bottles as well as on premium food products. All its products are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards and ISO 50001 energy management standards. They are also available with PEFC™ and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certification upon request.
    For further information on Adestor Glitter WS and the Labels to Celebrate range of papers please visit www.adestor.com, where you can find technical data sheets and full details on all of Lecta’s self-adhesive products.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    18.09.2014   Valmet Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at Kimberly Clark de México's Bajío mill     ( Company news )

    Company news Kimberly Clark de México S.A.B. de C.V.'s seventh tissue machine, supplied by Valmet, was recently started up at the Bajío mill in San Juan del Rio, Mexico. The new Advantage DCT 200TS tissue line adds 60,000 tpy of high quality tissue paper to the current production of facial, toilet, napkin and towel per year. The project was started in 2013.

    The Bajío mill now operates four tissue machines out of which two are supplied by Valmet. The mill produces structured tissue products for the domestic and global markets.

    "We are pleased with the overall execution and start-up of the Bajío machine 4. Our internal team of project engineers developed the site, oversaw engineering, procurement and machine installation with very good support from Valmet throughout the process. The machine is currently operating as expected after a very short start-up curve, thanks to the strong involvement by Valmet and the mill's manufacturing staff," says Bernardo Aragón, Kimberly Clark de Mexico's Operations Director.

    "This successful project and start-up is another milestone in our excellent relationship with Kimberly Clark de México. The check out and commissioning were done in a record setting pace thanks to very good cooperation and planning. This start-up also marks the first Advantage ViscoNip press in North America as part of an Advantage DCT machine," says Jan L Larsson, Sales Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The tissue machine has a width of 5.4 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.

    Valmet's delivery included a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation system and an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine. The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It is also featured with the Advantage tissue technology including a ViscoNip press for improved press dryness, an AirCap hood with air and heat recovery system as well as a SoftReel reel with center wind assist.

    Valmet's project scope included basic mill engineering, process equipment and process ventilation, as well as the installation supervision, training and commissioning of the new tissue line. The delivery also included an automation package from Metso with the process control system.
    (Valmet GmbH)
     
    18.09.2014   ITALIAN ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICE PROVIDER TRAMONTO ANTONIO JOINS ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... AVERY DENNISON WASTE DISPOSAL PROGRAMME

    Avery Dennison has expanded its European waste disposal programme by appointing Tramonto Antonio srl, an environmental service provider, as its partner in Northern Italy.

    The Vergiate, Lombardy-based company has joined a group of designated partners that collect and process waste from label products, enabling converters and brand owners to avoid disposal at landfill sites or incineration plants, and thus improve their sustainability performance.

    “With our partners, Avery Dennison is developing better ways for our pressure-sensitive customers to manage waste,” says Xander van der Vlies, sustainability director at Avery Dennison Materials Group. “Environmental considerations are crucial, and we are focused on concrete and transparent solutions that will give label converters reliable sustainability credentials. This programme not only improves sustainability but also simplifies the process and leads to a reduction in cost.”

    Siliconised liner, and all other waste that can be recycled and segregated, is collected by Tramonto and channelled through the best available recycling option.

    The laminate waste collected by Tramonto, such as matrix waste or start-up reels, are processed for the production of RDF (refuse-derived fuel), and supplied to cement plants as an alternative to coal. This solution not only provides an alternative to landfill or incineration, with consequential reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, but also turns waste into a resource, reducing fossil fuel dependency. Moreover, high temperatures and use of waste as raw material in the cement kilns eliminates the generation of residues and the need for their disposal.

    Davide Tramonto, technical director of Tramonto Antonio srl, explains: “Finding the best solution for waste disposal, taking into account the environment, is central to our job. Avery Dennison’s waste disposal programme offered us an ideal opportunity to collaborate and contribute to their sustainability commitment. We invested in the new RDF process technology in 2010 and we have ensured full compliance with material requirements and regulations, as also shown by our extensive range of certifications which are UNI EN ISO 9001:2008, UNI EN ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, SA 8000 and EMAS.”

    Depending on circumstances, the fees for the new scheme have the potential to offer label converters up to 20 percent cost savings. A specific estimate is provided by Tramonto Anotonio srl after an initial site visit.

    Arcisate-based label converter Artes was the first label converter to join the programme. According to Paolo Belloni, Business Partner, this has led to significant benefits: “The environmental aspect to this scheme is important, and we have realised some savings too. Beyond that, we benefit from the logistic solution that Tramonto proposed, with one pick-up each week instead of two, meaning less paperwork for us.”

    Euroadhesiv srl (Omegna, Verbania) joined the scheme in May and Luca Mori, Quality & Environment Manager, is pleased with the sustainability gains: “Sustainability is an important topic for us and it’s been good to be offered a better way of dealing with self-adhesive material waste – one that avoids disposal of the waste at landfill or incineration plants.”

    Avery Dennison chose Tramonto Antonio as a partner because of the company’s excellent operations record, its ability to provide the optimum solution for a wide range of waste streams - including hazardous waste - and its complete IT support for reporting and tracking. Furthermore they advise on how to improve the waste management process and find the most appropriate disposal method for different types of waste.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    18.09.2014   2 out of 4 new Foong Yu's PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1600 Advanced lines are up and running    ( Company news )

    Company news At the end of April 2013, Yuen Foong Yu (one of Asia’s leading tissue producers) has signed a contract with PMP Group for the delivery of four (4) complete PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1600 Advanced lines. Taking all projects into consideration, the new order have made a total amount of seven (7) new PMP Group machines in the YFY’s fleet. Thus it is our pleasure to announce that on August 28th 2014 another PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1600 Advanced line was brought on stream at the YFY’s Yangzhou mill in China.
    The new 2.8 m width CF tissue machine (PM#8) of operating speed 1600 mpm and daily capacity of 75 t produces virgin fiber-based tissue in the basis weight range at reel from 13-31.3 gsm - for conversion into facial tissue, toilet rolls and kitchen towels. The scope of supply covers stock preparation, entire tissue machine (double-layer Intelli-Jet V® headbox, Intelli-Former® Crescent Former, Intelli-Press® with 16’’ steel YD and high efficiency steam hood and Intelli-Reel®) including also auxiliary systems like mechanical drives, lubrication system, steam & condensate, dust removal system, as well as controls and start-up services. Especially noteworthy however, is the double-layer Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox which is a highly advanced, technological unit that guarantees production of premium quality tissue.
    This was the second (out of four) start-up’s that will be performed by YFY and PMP Group in 2014/2015. At present Yuen Foong Yu brands, including Mayflower, Tender and Delight, play a significant role in the premium tissue sector in China and Taiwan. Through production expansion, product line extensions, and strengthening branded products, YFY’s goal is to be ranked as one of the top 5 tissue producers in China. PMP Group is proud that YFY has trusted the company to be a part of this development strategy. Fruitful partnership, that has been developing over the years between those two companies, has resulted in extremely fast start-ups and overall, positive cooperation based on win-win solutions. PMP Group is looking forward to future projects and is confident that the Intelli-Tissue® Advanced lines will help YFY in achieving their market goals and ambitions.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    18.09.2014   Gebrüder NETZSCH Maschinenfabrik GmbH renamed ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme Österreich GmbH

    On 28th August 2014, Gebrüder NETZSCH Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Linz (Austria) will be renamed NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme Österreich GmbH. The change of name reflects the company's development over decades. For decades NETZSCH has been a global market leader for NEMO® progressing cavity pumps, evolving from pump specialists for a single type of pump into a solution provider for NEMO® progressing cavity pumps, TORNADO® rotary lobe pumps, multiscrew pumps, macerators/grinders, dosing technology, and equipment for custom built and challenging solutions for many applications.

    With a production of over 50,000 pumps per year, NETZSCH underlines the technology and market leadership which it has gained thanks to the quality of its pumps and spare parts. This is guaranteed by the core competence, and vertical integration which NETZSCH has built up over many decades.

    The launch of the TORNADO® T2 two years a go revolutionised the design as well as the functional and drive principles of the rotary lobe pumps. Due to this development, awareness has grown to highlight the expanded product range. It is therefore only logical that NETZSCH companies, named without a clear business purpose, be renamed so that the comprehensive product range can be recognised immediately. With the new name comes a better representation of the product range which includes NEMO® progressing cavity pumps, TORNADO® rotary lobe pumps, multiscrew pumps, macerators/grinders, dosing technology and equipment.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme Österreich GmbH)
     
    17.09.2014   Resolute Announces Permanent Closure of Laurentide Mill in Shawinigan, Quebec    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the permanent closure of its Laurentide paper mill in Shawinigan, Quebec. The restart of a competitor's mill at the end of 2012, the high cost of fiber, as well as higher transportation and fuel costs, have affected the mill's competitiveness.

    "We made every effort to find a way to improve the Laurentide mill's performance. Unfortunately, due to its cost structure and challenging market conditions, there is no economically viable option for the mill," stated Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer. In operation for over 126 years, the Laurentide mill employs 275, with an annual production capacity of 191,000 metric tons of commercial printing papers. The permanent closure will take effect on or about October 15, 2014.

    The Company understands the impact this decision will have on employees, their families and the local community. Resolute will work with union representatives and government officials to respond to the needs of affected employees and encourage a smooth transition. Management will also ensure that each employee receives support, that the relevant conditions in the collective agreements are respected, and that as many employees as possible are transferred to other Company facilities.

    "We will do our utmost to ensure employee safety during the transition. We will also work closely with our customers to continue to meet their needs," added Garneau.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    17.09.2014   Turkey’s PARTEKS starts up new TOSCOTEC tissue line    ( Company news )

    Company news The Turkish Company Parteks has successfully started up the new Toscotec’s tissue line installed in Kayseri capital of the same district in the Central Anatolian region. The machine came easily on stream after the commissioning period and is now producing high quality tissue products according to the guaranteed technological parameters.

    Founded in 1996, Parteks Paper Co. is a fully integrated large manufacturer of tissue paper for household and community, corrugated cardboard and fluting paper. The existing plant, that houses the TM1 tissue machine (started up in 2007), the PM1 fluting machine and corrugating line, covers an area of 100,000 square meters. Converting facility for tissue is close by the plant. The company employs around 300 people. Thanks to the huge investment process in the last two years, Parteks focuses on adding value to its brand name and products.
    The tissue paper is produced with recycled paper and virgin pulp. Panda and Senta are well-known tissue paper brands produced by Parteks.

    The delivery, based on an intensive energy-saving concept, included the approach flow featuring ultimate Toscotec technology TT SAF®, broke line, a MODULO-PLUS tissue machine with single-layer headbox, single press configuration and Toscotec steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-12FT. The supply also comprises an electrification and controls package, tissue machine auxiliaries like a natural gas heated hood, steam & condensate system, provided by Toscotec associate Milltech. A two unwind stands Toscotec rewinder TT WIND-P completes the package.

    With a width of 2,85m and a design speed of 1600 mpm, the new production line produces 75 tons a day of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades, despite the mill is located at 1050m above the sea level.

    “It was really an exciting and profitable experience - said Mr. Fatih Capar, Parteks shareholder and General Manager- to work with Toscotec. They performed very well and the project was matching all the expectative! We came on stream in due time and the quality of the supply is recognized by all our team. We recognize the value of the Supplier and we are proud to have run this choice”.

    The new Toscotec project has been focused on reduced energy consumptions, usage of selected raw materials in the manufacturing process, recovery and re-usage of the process water, low emissions (noise and pollutants) as well as on green energy adoption with the application of a steel yankee dryer technology.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    17.09.2014   UPM Outsources Selected Application Management Services To Tieto    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has signed an outsourcing agreement with Tieto for its selected application management services. The agreement has been made for three years including two optional years.

    Approximately 47 UPM employees from UPM’s IT Service Centres in Changshu, China, in Tampere, Finland and in Krakow, Poland within the scope of the planned outsourcing are expected to move to Tieto upon completion of the transaction. This is expected to take place at the end of December 2014, subject to signing of local transfer agreements and customary closing conditions.

    “Tieto is already today a significant IT application and integration service provider for UPM”, says Turkka Keskinen, the CIO of UPM. “By optimising our application support and maintenance to fewer cooperation partners, we can better respond to the changes in the business environment and offer to our businesses more scalable and predictable IT services with lower cost. Expanding our co-operation with Tieto will also strengthen our IT competences and simplify the roles and responsibilities,” Keskinen continues.

    “We are pleased that UPM has decided to strengthen our cooperation. We have already today a deep industry expertise and understanding on UPM’s changing business needs and environment. In addition, we can offer UPM global delivery and industrialised service processes,” says Ari Järvelä , EVP for Manufacturing, Forest, Retail and Logistics Industry Group at Tieto.
    (UPM-Kymmene Sales GmbH)
     
    16.09.2014   ANDRITZ to supply complete ONP line to Lee & Man Group, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Lee & Man Group, one of the leading pulp and paper producers in Asia, to supply a 2-loop ONP (Old Newsprint) line for paper machine PM13 in Chongqing, China. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2015.

    The scope of supply includes a deinking system with drum pulping for a line capacity of 300 tons per day. The pulp will be used for the production of white top testliner.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    16.09.2014   Kemira invests in its hydrogen peroxide plant in Oulu    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to the growing demand for pulp chemicals in Finland, Kemira has decided to make a multi-million euro investment in its hydrogen peroxide plant in Oulu.

    The improved efficiency and operational capabilities will enable Kemira to serve pulp and paper producers even better in the future. Kemira continues to commit to the pulp and paper industry in Europe also by investigating other bleaching chemical investment needs to support the pulp and paper industry and the announced future pulp mill expansions.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    15.09.2014   Schumacher Packaging relies on ventilation technology by Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has supported Schumacher Packaging GmbH in its quest for more environmentally friendly and effective board production by improving the air system and the dryer section hood of the BM 1 in Schwarzenberg, Germany. “One year after rebuilding the ventilation technology by Voith, we can draw an all-round positive balance. Our hood is now closed completely and in combination with a larger heat recovery we need noticeably less energy,” says Matthias Reh, plant manager at Schumacher Packaging. “We were also able to increase production.”

    On this project, Voith’s long-standing experience in the area of board and packaging paper machines again showed through. In several finely coordinated steps, Voith optimized the dryer section hood, the air system and heat recovery. The energy requirement was always the focus of the measures. Thus, the power requirement for driving the ventilation systems could be decreased significantly. The increase in efficiency met the high expectations of Schumacher Packaging. It allows the board manufacturer to produce its high-quality products in an even more sustainable fashion.

    Schwarzenberg BM 1 has a wire width of 2,160 mm and an operating speed of 42 m/min to 133 m/min. It produces gray, brown and white solid board in a basis weight range of 350 g/m² – 1,050 g/m².

    Schumacher Packaging is an owner-managed pan-European specialist for packaging made of corrugated cardboard and solid board. Founded in 1948, today the company employs more than 2,200 workers at 10 locations in Germany and Poland.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    15.09.2014   Smurfit Kappa continues to open the Mediterranean market to Bag-in-Box® packaging solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news Already a hit in Northern Europe, Bag-in-Box® is rapidly gaining popularity in countries such as Turkey, Bulgaria and Romania

    Smurfit Kappa will once again showcase its complete range of Bag-in-Box® and Pouch-Up® packaging products at the Eurasia Packaging Fair in Tüyap, Istanbul, from 18 to 21 September. In its 20th year, the Eurasia Packaging Fair is co-organised with the Food Tech Fair, and is the primary food packaging fair in the region. It is expected that this year the event will welcome over 45,000 visitors from 84 countries, proving it to be one of the major fairs in Europe.

    Agustin Perojo, Sales Director Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box Ibi, said: “Our plant in Ibi meets the highest standards of the industry and its perfect geographical position enables us to focus on these dynamic markets.”

    Smurfit Kappa will be one of the 1200 exhibiting companies and will particularly focus on its solutions for dairy products. These markets are rapidly growing and Bag-in-Box® is a perfect alternative to bottles and plastic tins. It is hygienic, cost-effective, environmentally-friendly and offers a long shelf-life to the product. Wine packaging is also expected to attract the visitors, especially those from wine-growing regions in Turkey, Bulgaria, Romania and Lebanon.

    The Smurfit Kappa Bag-in-Box team will be at your disposal throughout the show in the Hall 8, stand 801E.
    (Smurfit Kappa UK Head Office)
     
    15.09.2014   China's premier pulp and paper event opening on Monday     ( Company news )

    Company news China Paper is the original and no. 1 exhibition and event for the Chinese and Asian pulp and paper markets. Established in 1987, the 21st edition of the show will be held in Shanghai and opens on Monday September 15, 2014.

    Visitors from 40 countries worldwide have already pre-registered.

    The exhibition floor, hosting both Chinese and overseas companies, will be displaying the latest technologies and just like previous years the renowned China Paper conference will be held on the second day of the event, 16 September. Pulp and paper professionals and experts from around the world will be discussing the most burning issues of the industry. Portia Zhao, Sr Product Manager at RISI will be talking about 'Cost Benchmarking of China Pulp and Paper Industry; Where China Stand?' and Mr Sun Mingming, Senior Pulp and Paper Program Officer at WWF, China, will share his thoughts on 'Being a responsible company, proactively respond to the challenge on environmental conservation'.

    An afternoon networking session on Tuesday 16 September will be the highlight of China Paper where pre-registered visitors, conference delegates, mill managers and exhibitors can meet, mingle and network. Drinks and snacks are served.

    Visit the official website for more information or write an e-mail to info@adforumworld.com.
     
    15.09.2014   Successful first day of China Paper 2014 Shanghai    ( Company news )

    Company news Today, Asia's original and largest pulp and paper show with the highest international attendance opened up its doors to the 21st edition. The first day of the event was visited by international buyers from 15 different countries and over the course of the 3-day event 40 different countries are expected to be represented on the exhibition floor, according to pre-registration figures.

    Show continues tomorrow with the exhibition and the renowned China Paper conference. Pulp and paper professionals and experts from around the world will be discussing the most burning issues of the industry. Portia Zhao, Sr Product Manager at RISI will be talking about 'Cost Benchmarking of China Pulp and Paper Industry; Where China Stand?' and Mr Sun Mingming, Senior Pulp and Paper Program Officer at WWF, China, will share his thoughts on 'Being a responsible company, proactively respond to the challenge on environmental conservation'. Tomorrow also includes an afternoon networking session, the highlight of China Paper, where pre-registered visitors, conference delegates, mill managers and exhibitors can meet, mingle and network.

    Re-booking for the next China Paper show at Intex Shanghai, 14-16 October, 2015, has already started.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    15.09.2014   ANDRITZ to supply complete reject handling system for Shandong Sun Paper, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order to supply a complete reject handling system for Shandong Sun Paper Industry’s paper machines PM31 and PM32, China. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016.

    The scope of supply includes coarse and fine shredding systems, a ballistic separator, reject compactors, sand separators, as well as coarse and fine metal separators, including ferrous and non-ferrous metal separation. The ANDRITZ reject handling system has a total capacity of approx. 200 tons of light rejects per day. The residuals from both recycled fiber lines will be prepared for combustion or for further cleaning and recycling, while valuable components like metals will be separated.

    Shandong Sun Paper is one of the leading Chinese pulp and paper producers.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    12.09.2014   Investment to increase capacity at Vajda Papír    ( Company news )

    Company news One June 11, 2014, in the presence of 100 guests – including national and local government representatives, diplomats, partners, clients and suppliers as well as the press – the new major investment project of HUF 1.8 billion to increase the converting capacity of Vajda Papír Kft. was unveiled, which is to open up new vistas for the company.
    The start button of the new state-of-the-art production line installed by early June was pressed by Péter Szijjártó, deputy minister of foreign affairs and trade and Attila Vajda, founder, owner and managing director of Vajda Papír.

    „In recent years our group has become an equal of its multinational competitors. I firmly believe that with high-quality products and a coherent strategy and great perseverance Hungarian companies can be competitive on the European market. I thank my colleagues warmly for their relentless work ethic going back ten to 15 years, which made it possible for me to be here today and speak to you of yet another significant achievement." – said Attila Vajda in its welcome speech.

    János Berényi, president of the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA), her Excellency Tove Skarstein, ambassador of Norway to Hungary and Ferenc Geiger, mayor of Soroksár also attended the grand opening ceremony.

    Péter Szijjártó emphasised in his speech given at the ceremony: “Vajda Papír started out as a garage company, and has become an international corporation employing 500 people, and generating an annual turnover of HUF 22 billion in just 15 years. This success story shows that the industriousness of Hungarian people, their courage and faith in the future can make Hungary even stronger, and make it become the front runner in Central-Europe once again.”

    This Hungarian family-owned company, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, which has 20 export markets, is a key player in the Central-Eastern European region and Scandinavia – with local offices in four countries and a paper mill employing 85 people in Norway. Thanks to the business development projects this year in Hungary and Norway, the number of staff now exceeds 500, and the finished goods capacity is over 120 thousand tonnes.
    (Vajda-Papír Kft.)
     
    12.09.2014   Mimaki joins Caterham F1 Team as technical partner    ( Company news )

    Company news Teaming up engineering and technology brings speed, flexibility and quality to racing team’s graphics

    Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, has formed a technical partnership with the Caterham F1® Team, making Mimaki their official technical graphics supplier. The result of this partnership is that all Formula One communication and visuals for Caterham F1 Team will be now be printed and cut with Mimaki’s range of solutions.

    On Track To Deliver Results
    In the fast paced world of Formula One racing, one needs graphics that stand out from the rest of the field. Manfredi Ravetto, Team Principal of the Caterham F1® Team, knows about standing out. He is managing the team for a result-driven season. He needed a partner who could translate the team’s values into visuals that reflect these goals. “Whether it is on the track or projecting our image, our team is focused on results. So we required a technical partner that could deliver quality that meets our high engineering standards. Mimaki impressed us with the creative versatility their solutions have to offer and won us over immediately.”

    Let’s create… Together
    Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA for Mimaki Europe, is very enthusiastic about the cooperation: “Formula One is all about precision, flexibility, quality and success. Characteristics we also associate with every print and cut solution Mimaki develops and puts into the market. This close cooperation allows us to demonstrate just what Mimaki can deliver. Our solutions are as flexible, creative and qualitative as the racing management requires them to be. We consider it an honour to supply the team with the latest printing and cutting solutions for the trucks and paddocks worldwide.”

    The Caterham F1® Team graphics team concurs on the importance of visual representation throughout the racing season: “Our team is under a lot of time pressure - and so are our communication efforts. We need to effectively translate the key values of Caterham F1® Team into a visual presentation that is all about speed, flexibility and quality. To achieve that success, we selected a reliable partner we can count on for quality and consistency. We’re convinced this partnership with Mimaki will deliver the right solutions for the job.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    12.09.2014   Xeikon to demonstrate end-to-end digital printing applications through its specialty ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Suites at Graph Expo 2014

    Highlights will include demonstrations of integrated hardware and software solutions developed to enable productivity, quality and Efficiency

    Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital color printing technology, will have a major presence at Graph Expo 2014, showcasing a range of technologies and innovations. Graph Expo 2014, the leading international trade event for the graphic communications industry, is being held September 28 - October 1, 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

    At booth 841, the company will demonstrate its "Suites", which not only include a Xeikon digital color press, but also the appropriate print media, software and workflow solutions, consumables and tools, as well as pre and post print equipment, required for a true end-to-end digital printing solution. Xeikon partners with other leading manufacturers in the industry in the development of its Suites.

    During the show, Xeikon will exhibit some high impact direct marketing/direct mail applications in unique format sizes on its Document Production Suite. These application pieces will be produced on a Xeikon 8000 Series digital color press. The Xeikon 8000 Series presses feature high precision LED-array imaging technology, which combines true 1200 dpi resolution and 4-bit per spot color depth, to deliver the finest commercial print quality available on the market today. In addition, the Xeikon 8000 Series offers unmatched format flexibility, with a media width of 20.2 inches and unlimited print length. The presses print on both sides of the substrate simultaneously and can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 10 million pages.

    For commercial printing companies that are looking to foray into packaging, Xeikon will also demonstrate its Folding Carton Suite at the show. The Folding Carton Suite is built around Xeikon's flagship label and packaging press, the Xeikon 3500. The Xeikon 3500 incorporates the imaging resolution and format flexibility that Xeikon technology is known for and is equipped with five color stations, four for standard process colors and the fifth station for gamut expansion colors. The fifth station can also be used for printing on transparent/clear substrates with a one-pass opaque white toner or a security toner for anti-counterfeiting applications. Print speed of the press is unaffected by the number of colors used and/or the size of the application piece being produced. The Xeikon 3500 can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 3.8 million square feet on a wide range of substrates. It runs on Xeikon's QA-I toner which is FDA-compliant for indirect and direct contact with dry food.

    Visitors to the Xeikon booth can also see live demonstrations of its ThermoFlexX digital imaging system, which enables customers to produce high quality flexo and letterpress plates at high resolutions.

    "Very few other events in the graphic communications industry have as many live demonstrations of equipment, products and solutions as Graph Expo. Xeikon will be there in full force, showcasing some outstanding solutions for document and commercial printers," said Todd Blumsack, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Xeikon North America. "Many commercial printers today are looking into packaging applications to generate additional revenue streams for their businesses. Xeikon continues to innovate in this area and we're proud to highlight our leadership for this audience," Blumsack concluded.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    12.09.2014   Emballage 2014, A "100% Useful Innovation" Programme !     ( Company news )

    Company news A unique platform, a source of inspiration and innovation

    EMBALLAGE 2014 is not only a platform for business and sourcing but also for inspiration, thanks to its rich content for each industrial sector. All the industry intelligence is highlighted for the four days of the Exhibition by means of conferences, a TV studio broadcasting live, a showcase of packaging innovations and exhibitions to explore the packaging of the future.

    - 1,500 exhibitors in the Packaging, Processing, Printing and Handling sectors

    - 100,000 professionals from all over the world expected

    - 100 countries represented
     
    11.09.2014   American Forest & Paper Association Comments on USDA’s BioPreferred Innovation Criteria     ( Company news )

    Company news American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) putting new interim innovation criteria for the BioPreferred Program in effect today.

    “The BioPreferred Program’s new innovation criteria allow the nation’s pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers to compete on a level playing field with other biobased products.

    “The paper and paper-based packaging segment of the industry has provided great innovative products that extend the shelf life of food; reduce waste; improve the quality of papers made with recycled content; and significantly reduce energy and water usage. Paper-based packaging offers strength and protective characteristics as well as product marketing capabilities that convey important product information to consumers.

    “We welcome these interim guidelines and look forward to working with USDA to improve them as they are finalized.”
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    11.09.2014   CEOs See Need to Adapt More Quickly to Changing Technology    ( Company news )

    Company news According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), London, U.K., a survey of forest, paper, and packaging CEOs indicates an expectation of some challenges ahead where adapting more quickly to changing technology is an issue. Companies are now collaborating along the supply chain and many are improving their environmental footprint.

    PwC notes that 81% of forest, paper, and packaging CEOs believe that technological advances such as the digital economy, social media, mobile devices, and big data will transform or continue transforming their business over the next five years. This reflects the impact of the shift to mobile on paper demand, but technology is helping the industry as well.

    Some 92% of the CEOs acknowledged that they will need to pick up the pace to adapt. They’ll need to update technology investment strategies. Only 23% report having made changes, while 33% have already started revamping R&D and innovation capacity, reflecting the effort the industry is putting into innovation in diverse areas such as nanotechnology, genetic manipulation, new applications for fiber, dissolving pulp uses, and new packaging solutions. Only 17% of sector executives believe their R&D departments are "well-prepared" for the future.

    Forest, paper, and packaging CEOs have been working hard to improve their supply chains in response to transformative trends – most say their companies have already begun or completed change programs. And it may be starting to pay off: 54% of these CEOs say the level of trust their supply chain partners have in their industry has improved.

    Sustainability continues to be a top priority. Nearly two-thirds of CEOs in the industry pointed to resource scarcity and climate change as driving transformation.

    A majority 77% of CEOs in the industry are concerned about the availability of key skills in their employees. Nearly all of them—91%—recognize a need to change talent strategies to adapt, but only about a third have already begun or completed the process. Some 19% don’t think their HR department is prepared to execute, and just 31% believe HR is well-prepared.
    (TAPPI Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)
     
    11.09.2014   AVERY DENNISON GOES DIGITAL WITH ITS VIRTUAL LABELEXPO TRADE SHOW    ( Company news )

    Company news Avery Dennison is moving the trade show to the World Wide Web.

    Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials will introduce an interactive virtual trade show booth at virtuallabelexpo.averydennison.com to highlight the innovations it is launching at the same time in its booth at Labelexpo Americas. The labeling industry’s premier trade show runs Sept. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

    “Our virtual tradeshow will open the door to converters around the world who are unable to attend the show,” said Judy Abelman, vice president, communications for Avery Dennison Materials Group. “This tool will enable them to experience the innovations we will debut and gain access to the information and tools featured in our booth. It’s also a great way for converters at the show to share what they’ve seen with team members who weren’t able to come to Chicago.”

    Using CAD drawings of the physical booth, the virtual booth replicates what will be seen at Labelexpo, including seven innovation zones that feature technology designed for unique segments and applications.

    Visitors can click on each innovation zone to access product overviews and educational information, including white-papers, videos, and product portfolios.

    The virtual tradeshow will have a live chat function that is staffed globally by Avery Dennison product specialists following Labelexpo from September 16-17. After that time, virtual booth visitors will be able to submit questions directly to sales representatives and technical experts and quickly receive the information they need.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    11.09.2014   Kelheim Fibres with Five Presentations at the Dornbirn Man-Made Fiber Congress    ( Company news )

    Company news Once again, Bavarian viscose fibre specialist Kelheim Fibres puts the intense activity of its inhouse R&D and the impressive variety of its range of products in the limelight at Dornbirn‘s Man-Made Fiber Congress.

    Thus the focus this year is, for example, on electrically conductive viscose fibres: Dr. Nina Köhne speaks about the manufacturing of such fibres, which have permanent conductivity incorporated into the fibre matrix, yet at the same time preserve their native characteristics in terms of processability and wearer comfort.
    These speciality fibres are a possible answer to the great interest shown by the market in the further development of already existing conductive materials - such as metal wires or metal fibres – and could enable exiting new products especially in the field of sensor technology.

    Dr. Roland Scholz discusses the possibility of permanent finishing of ionically activated fibres. By incorporating polyelectrolytes in the fibre’s matrix, a finish with polyelectrolytes of opposite charge is highly efficient and also allows the selective control of the fibre properties.
    With the applied methods a polarity inversion of ionically activated fibres is possible. The fastness to washing of the polyelectrolytes on the fibre’s surface depends on the pH value of the solution and outlasts the dyeing time of the fibres. At the same time, the water imbibition of coated fibres is significantly reduced and almost equals the imbibition of non-ionically activated fibres.

    The modification of viscose fibres by incorporating functional additives into the fibre’s core has been part of Kelheim’s particular expertise for years. With the functionalisation of viscose fibres by chemical reactions, Kelheim Fibres now explores completely new ways and significantly extends its „tool box“ for the design of tailor-made speciality fibres.
    Dr. Daniela Bauer presents three key concepts of fibre functionalisation and speaks about possible applications as for example in anti-microbial or fluorescent fibres or fibres with outstanding dyeing properties.

    Speciality fibres are also required when it comes to precoat filtration in the brewing industry. Walter Roggenstein, head of Kelheim’s R&D, presents n first results of a joint research project between Kelheim Fibres and Krones AG, world market leader for beverage filling, packaging and processing technology.
    Especially adapted viscose fibres are used as a substitute for diatomite which is commonly used in this area. Viscose fibres score with their natural origin, the environmentally sound disposal and their physiological and hygienic safety. Furthermore, their physical and chemical properties can be exactly adapted to the user’s specific needs – another benefit for this sensitive filtration application.

    And finally, Dr. Philipp Wimmer introduces the world of medical and hygiene products and illustrates this with two very topical applications. Thus viscose fibres can offer a functional yet at the same time environmentally friendly alternative to common incontinence products. Hollow viscose fibres can store large quantities of fluid and are therefore highly suitable for the production of incontinence pads. An enormous benefit of these pads made from viscose fibres is their washability. Fibres from Kelheim help preserve valuable resources and can help to reduce huge amounts of waste.

    In the area of wound care viscose fibres have been established for years, because they are naturally soft, skin-friendly, free of pesticide residues and extremely absorbent.
    Multifunctional products, which are exactly adapted to the requirements of modern wound care can be created by modifying the fibres during the manufacturing process. Examples are the incorporation of healing substances in hollow fibres, temperature regulation at the wound or fibres that work as a pH buffer and indicator in order to control the state of the wound. Viscose fibres with reduced wet adhesion properties prevent the sticking of the dressing to the wound and so enable faster healing.
    Kelheim’s fibre specialists look forward to meeting you at their information stand at the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    10.09.2014   Huhtamäki Oyj acquires a folded carton packaging manufacturer in New Zealand    ( Company news )

    Company news Huhtamaki has acquired Interpac Packaging Limited based in Auckland, New Zealand. Interpac manufactures folded carton packaging for the fast-moving consumer goods and retail products as well as the foodservice market in New Zealand. It also manufactures corrugated protective packaging for the local wine industry. The company employs 85 people. With the acquisition Huhtamaki continues to implement its strategy of quality growth and to expand its product offering.

    All shares of the privately owned Interpac Packaging Limited were acquired for a purchase price of approximately EUR 7 million. The annual net sales of the acquired business are approximately EUR 11 million. The acquired unit will become part of Huhtamaki's Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment.
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    10.09.2014   Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update    ( Company news )

    Company news The revival of the softwood fiber-based forest industry in the Nordic countries has been especially noticeable in 2014, with investment plans of three billion dollars in pulp, bio energy and bio materials, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Forest companies in Northern Europe have announced plans to investment three Billion dollars in 2014 in attempt to move beyond mostly producing newsprint and commodity packaging grades. The idea is to diversify their product lines to include new bio-products from wood fiber and to generate bioenergy to reduce the region’s dependence on fossil fuels, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

    The pulp and paper industry in the Nordic countries has started to see a new dawn with a growing demand for pulp and paper products made from long Wood fiber from the vast conifer forests in Northern Europe. Just over the past few months, there have been a number of announcements in investments made by forest companies in Finland, Norway and Sweden totaling close to three billion dollars, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

    The primarily end-products will be softwood market pulp and virgin fiber-based container board, but major investments are also being consider in increasing the utilization of forest biomass for energy on a larger scale. Although the Investment decisions have not been finalized for all projects, these ruminations are a sign that the forest industry in this part of the world sees the future in a much brighter light than just a few years ago.

    In addition to the investments in the pulp and paper industry, there has also been an announcement that the Swedish forest owner federation Sodra, together with the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, intends to establish an biofuel conglomerate at the site of the now closed pulpmill in Tofte, just south of the capital Oslo.

    In Finland, Metsä Fiber has plans to invest 1.5 billion dollars in a plant that will produce softwood pulp, renewable bioenergy and what the company categorizes as “various biomaterials”.

    Some of the factors that have placed softwood fiber in a new positive light are: limited investments in the establishments of softwood plantations worldwide, favorable global supply/demand balance for softwood pulp over hardwood pulp, (if you are a Pulp manufacturer), increased demand for packaging material requiring wood fiber with high strength, and a rise in research in new products made from trees, sometimes as substitutes to non-renewable materials such as plastic and metal.

    These recent developments in the Nordic countries may very well be the beginning of the biggest transformation of the softwood fiber-based forest industry we have seen in decades, not only in Northern Europe but in other regions of the world as well where coniferous forests is the dominant forest-type.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    10.09.2014   Lecta continues making progress in securing OHSAS 18001 certification ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for all its mills before the end of 2014

    OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) is the most widely used specification worldwide for establishing, implementing and operating an occupational safety and health management system. It is an effective tool for managing an organization safely and efficiently, with the aim of protecting employees from the risk of occupational accidents and illnesses.

    This standard promotes a proactive and responsible attitude toward safety at all levels, encouraging broad participation of employees in preventive tasks, on the basis of risk analysis, adoption of both preventive and corrective measures, contribution of ideas for enhanced safety in work facilities as well as the promotion of safe behavior, all within a process of ongoing improvement.

    Lecta, which had already secured certification for its Riva del Garda (Italy) mill, voluntarily took on the commitment of extending OHSAS 18001 certification to all its manufacturing sites before the end of 2014 in its last Environmental Report. The company is firmly committed to the safety of its employees and continues its ongoing efforts regarding quality, the environment and occupational health and safety. All of this has resulted in Lecta’s becoming a point of reference within the paper industry in terms of sustainability.

    The OHSAS 18001 certifications for the Cartiere del Garda mill and Torraspapel’s mills in Almazán, Motril and Zaragoza are available at www.gardacartiere.it, www.adestor.com and www.torraspapel.com, respectively.

    For more information about Lecta’s commitment to a sustainable future, please visit www.lectasustainability.com.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    09.09.2014   First medium-format press with LED drying in Bavaria    ( Company news )

    Company news New Rapida 106 for Holzer Druck und Medien

    Picture: Holzer Druck und Medien has been using Rapida sheetfed offset presses since 1990. A six-colour Rapida 106 with LED drying will be joining the line-up in November

    Holzer Druck und Medien in Weiler/Allgäu is a longstanding KBA user and invests regularly in the latest sheetfed offset technologies. Leaving aside a single small-format press and the digital machines, this is an exclusive domain of medium-format KBA presses.

    The current line-up unites a five-colour Rapida 105u coater press, a Rapida 105 with six printing units and inline coating, and an eight-colour Rapida 106 for 4/4 perfecting.

    In November, the company will be expanding its capacities further with a Rapida 106 of the latest generation – this time a six-colour model with coating and triple-length extended delivery. As a high-speed press with additional accessories for the handling of both board and plastic substrates, it is engineered for production at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hour. The press has also been configured for the alternating use of conventional and UV inks and coatings, and thus promises enormous production flexibility. The sidelay-free infeed (DriveTronic SIS), simultaneous plate changing (DriveTronic SPC), washing systems designed to permit parallel washing processes (CleanTronic Synchro) and many other configuration details are geared to ultimate automation and fast job changeovers.

    One feature which is still far from commonplace in this format class is the energy-saving LED-UV drying, which Holzer chose not least due to the possibilities for fast further processing of the printed products. Depending on the job in hand, the LED dryer can be positioned after the sixth printing unit or in the extended delivery. Interdeck drying after the first unit is similarly possible, e.g. for jobs requiring opaque white. Quality and colour control to PSO specifications is handled by the inline control system QualiTronic ColorControl.

    With the new Rapida 106, Holzer Druck und Medien has once again confirmed its reputation as a technology pioneer – and that with impact well beyond the local region. Where, in the past, it was frequently sophisticated and high-quality facsimile products which attracted the attention of a wider clientele, Holzer today offers its customers a comprehensive portfolio of services which go far beyond the bounds of classic offset print, for example three-dimensional products, translation management, web-to-print and content management.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    09.09.2014   Hansol Paper (South Korea) acquires Telrol Group in the Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news Hansol Paper announced the acquisition of the shares in Telrol B.V., a European leader in self-adhesive labels from Telrol Management B.V. The founder (Ton Jacobs) will leave the company for retirement and Hoessein Hadaoui will remain CEO / part owner of the Group.

    Together with the Schades Group which Hansol Paper acquired in September 2013, this additional acquisition will create a one of kinds in the servicing of POS receipts and self-adhesive labels for the retail business across Europe.

    Mr. Sang-Hun Lee, CEO of Hansol Paper: “The objective of this acquisition will be to enter into the fast growing label business and to ensure Telrol’s further growth with Hansol Paper’s experience and core competency. To strengthen its business portfolio, Hansol Paper became the first Korean paper manufacturer to enter into European market after acquiring the Schades Group, a European market leader in POS thermal paper converting and label manufacturing. As its future business plan, Hansol Paper aims to grow its label converting business to its core business all along with the paper converting of the Schades Group.”

    Hoessein Hadaoui, CEO of Telrol Group: “This acquisition will enable the company to further strengthen its competitive position and become a part of a significant pan-European group, as well as Hansol’s competitive advantage and high quality standards will strengthen our position. Our growth strategy will include large scale national and international acquisitions in the label industry and the current employees will be retained and new opportunities for job creation are part of the future growth strategy”.

    Peter Møller, CEO of Schades Group: “The acquisition by Hansol will clearly strengthen the competitive advantage not only for Telrol but surely also for Schades and with the two legs in POS paper and Self-adhesive Labels, Hansol Paper will become one of the leading and most progressive partner for the European retail business. It will surely be beneficial for all parties; customers, employees and shareholders”.
    (Telrol B.V.)
     
    08.09.2014   Welcome to ABTCP 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news The 47th pulp and paper international congress & exhibition will be taking place in the Transamérica Expo Center, São Paulo, on October 7-9. The ABTCP event is the largest Latin American gathering of the pulp and paper sector.

    More information can be found on the ABTCP official Website www.abtcp2014.org.br.
     

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