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    30.07.2014   Lecta Merchanting Division announces a price increase in Coated woodfree and other paper grades    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta Merchanting Division announces a price increase for deliveries of its coated woodfree paper and other grades effective early September 2014.
    The progressive erosion in margins have forced Lecta Merchanting Division to apply adjustments that will range between 6 and 9% depending on the grade and that will be applied to all deliveries in its markets in the different channels.
    Our customers will be informed personally by our sales teams, who will provide any further information they should require.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    30.07.2014   Packaging Corporation of America Reports Record Second Quarter 2014 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) reported second quarter net income of $100 million, or $1.01 per share. Second quarter net income included after-tax charges for the Boise integration and DeRidder mill restructuring of $14 million, or $0.15 per share, including cash charges of $2 million, or $0.03 per share, and non-cash charges of $12 million, or $0.12 per share. Excluding special items, second quarter 2014 net income was $114 million, or $1.16 per share, compared to second quarter 2013 net income of $71 million, or $0.73 per share, and first quarter 2014 net income of $106 million, or $1.08 per share. Details of special items are shown in the schedules included with this press release. Second quarter net sales were $1,468 million compared to second quarter 2013 net sales of $800 million and first quarter 2014 net sales of $1,431 million.

    Photo: Mark W. Kowlzan, Chief Executive Officer of PCA

    Excluding special items, the $0.08 per share increase in second quarter 2014 earnings, compared to first quarter 2014 earnings, was driven by increased sales volume ($0.07), lower energy costs ($0.07) and improved prices and mix ($0.05), partially offset by higher annual outage repair costs ($0.04), a higher tax rate ($0.02), increased depreciation expense ($0.02) and higher inventory consumption costs from extreme weather that were capitalized in inventory in the first quarter ($0.03).

    In the packaging segment, EBITDA in the second quarter of 2014, excluding special items, was $259 million on sales of $1,145 million. Corrugated products shipments were up 4.8% compared to the first quarter, and excluding Boise, PCA shipments were up 5.5% in total and 3.8% per workday compared to the second quarter last year. With strong internal demand, PCA reduced its outside sales of containerboard by 8,000 tons compared to last year’s second quarter. Containerboard production was 846,000 tons, up 25,000 tons compared to the first quarter of this year.

    In the paper segment, EBITDA in the second quarter of 2014, excluding special items, was $45 million on sales of $295 million. Office paper shipments were down 2%, or 4,000 tons, compared to last year’s second quarter, and printing and converting and pressure sensitive paper shipments decreased by 26,000 tons as a result of the fourth quarter 2013 paper machine closures at the International Falls, Minnesota mill.

    Commenting on reported results, Mark W. Kowlzan, Chief Executive Officer of PCA, said “We had an outstanding quarter driven by strong corrugated products volume, higher prices and lower costs. We also successfully completed annual maintenance outages at three of our mills. Synergy realization from the Boise acquisition at both our mills and box plants was also ahead of our projections as we continued to implement a broad range of actions to improve productivity and reduce costs. While office papers volume declined slightly, our overall paper segment EBITDA margins improved to over 15%.”
    “Looking ahead to the third quarter, we expect higher sales volumes and lower operating costs from both higher synergies and less scheduled annual mill maintenance downtime. These items will be partially offset by higher amortization of annual outage repair costs, higher electricity prices, higher freight and chemical costs, and increased depreciation expense. Considering these items, we expect third quarter earnings of $1.25 per share.”
    (PCA Packaging Corporation of America)
     
    30.07.2014   Cheng Loong invests in new tissue line from Voith     ( Company news )

    Company news Voith and Cheng Loong Corp. signed the tissue machine contract for Cheng Loong TM 16 on July 18, 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. This order continues the successful partnership between the companies Cheng Loong and Voith.
    The TM 16 will be installed in Chupei, Taiwan, and will start up in September, 2015. It is based on a VTM 3 tissue machine concept from Voith and the scope of supply contains the newest technology which consists of a single-layer MasterJet Pro T headbox and the NipcoFlex T shoe press for reduced energy consumption. Furthermore, an 18-foot steel Yankee cylinder for best heat transfer and thus optimum thermal drying efficiency as well as a high-performance steam hood and the MasterReel reel belong to the scope of supply. Also included in the delivery are forming and press fabrics.
    TM 16 will produce high-quality dry crepe toilet paper and hand towel with a wire width of 3,796 mm and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. As technology leader, Voith focuses on less energy consumption, less fiber usage and more flexibility in operation to fulfill industry demands. With the signing of this contract with Cheng Loong, Voith will strengthen its leading position in innovative technologies for the tissue industry.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    30.07.2014   QuadTech and Gallus partner to offer automated color control and productivity benefits    ( Company news )

    Company news QuadTech’s SpectralCam systems to enable Gallus press owners to reduce waste, increase productivity and achieve rapid ROI

    Picture: The QuadTech SpectralCam™ delivers L*a*b* data for precise,
    cost-effective color management.

    QuadTech announced a new partnership with the Gallus Group (St. Gallen, Switzerland), to provide QuadTech closed-loop color control and color measurement systems for its offset, flexo and gravure presses. Utlizing QuadTech technology, Gallus customers can now quicken make-ready and offer ultimate print quality and productivity, with in-line color management.
    With a typical ROI of less than two years, QuadTech color control systems are now an essential consideration for many web printers looking to meet changing customer requirements and demands for high color standards, with consistent repeatability from run-to-run and site-to-site.
    Dr. Thomas Weber, Supplier Relationship Management at Gallus comments, “Gallus has vast market experience and the widest customer base in the label printing industry. However, we recognized the opportunity to partner with QuadTech to provide our customers with state-of-the-art spectral color measurement and color control systems, with the automation to drive further reduction in make-readies and savings in valuable substrate waste.”

    Designed for offset printers, the QuadTech® Color Control System with SpectralCam™ provides automated, in-line, closed-loop color control. On-the-fly and at full press speeds, it adjusts ink keys to maintain specified color targets, preventing avoidable waste and operator inaccuracies.
    Flexo and gravure printers can also benefit from the QuadTech® Color Measurement System with SpectralCam™, which enables in-line monitoring of all packaging substrates, including challenging translucent, transparent and reflective films. Color variations are sent to the operator in real-time to change color specifications, eliminating press stoppages and the manual process of removing sections of the web to measure color.
    The ability to control color on problematic substrates such as films has been a significant objective for the printing industry. QuadTech has been able to solve this, by utilizing its web stabilizer to remove common issues of web movement and substrate corrugation. The QuadTech web stabilizer measures substrates over a certified BCRA ceramic tile, for a constant known backing, and momentarily stabilizes a small surface area of the substrate with a high pressure vacuum. This enables accurate color measurement on very thin, transparent and translucent films – ideal for self-adhesive labels, monofoil labels, wet-glue and laminates.
    Stephan Doppelhammer, QuadTech Market Manager for Packaging, says, “Gallus and QuadTech are perfectly aligned in the drive to create solutions that maximize customer benefits and profitability. We are delighted to offer a faster way for Gallus customers to achieve and maintain perfect color, for guaranteed high-quality output, optimal performance, cost savings and fast ROI.”

    QuadTech introduced the technology to the Gallus’s worldwide sales force during the world sales meeting and will showcase the SpectralCam systems at Gallus Innovation Days, September 23rd-25th 2014.
    (QuadTech Corporate Headquarters)
     
    30.07.2014   Extending the range of diaphragm valves for the GEMÜ 673 series    ( Company news )

    Company news Originally, this specially sealed version was developed from the GEMÜ 601, 612 and 673 basic types to suit particular customer requirements, and the new GEMÜ 673P9 version will now extend the current portfolio.
    The manually operated valve is available in nominal sizes DN 8 to DN 50, and has an additional seal provided by silicone O-rings which seal the interior of the bonnet housing from the outside. This prevents, among other things, lubricant which is normally used for lubricating the spindle, from leaking when autoclaving. It also prevents moisture and dirt from entering the bonnet interior.
    The GEMÜ 673P9 diaphragm valve is autoclave-capable and sterilizable, as well as CIP/SIP capable.
    As with the basic types, a standard seal adjuster and optical position indicator are also integrated in the new version. Thanks to their compact design, the valve bonnets are also suitable for use on multi-port valve blocks and tank valves.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    30.07.2014   Two Esko innovations to receive prestigious Printing Industries of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... America 2014 InterTech™ Technology Awards

    Esko Full HD Flexo and Esko Equinox are milestones in a culture of innovation, resulting in seven InterTech awards over the past ten years

    Esko (www.esko.com) announces that Esko Full HD Flexo platemaking system and Esko Equinox, Esko´s solution for the implementation of extended gamut – or fixed inkset – printing, are both recipients of 2014 Printing Industries of America InterTech™ Technology Awards. Since 1978 the InterTech™ Technology Awards, sponsored by Printing Industries of America, have honored the development of technologies predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. More than 80% of technologies that receive an award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace.

    These are the sixth and seventh InterTech awards Esko solutions have received over the past ten years. Other recipients include Esko WebCenter (2006), Esko DeskPack 3-dX (2007), Esko Neo (2008), Esko Studio Toolkit for Shrink Sleeves (2011) and i-cut Suite (2012).

    “We are very honored to receive two awards from Printing Industries of America this year. Esko has a legacy of listening to our customers and using our ingenuity to develop products – very often new product concepts or categories – that offer our customers tremendous added value,” explains Carsten Knudsen, Esko President and CEO. “Esko’s insistence in investing a much higher portion of our budget than the industry average into R&D every year helps to support our continuous innovation helps to fuel these products that result in competitive advantages for our customers.”

    Esko Full HD Flexo: superior flexo printing plates
    Esko Full HD Flexo is a platemaking system for superior flexo printing for all packaging applications. It utilizes a patented, fully digitally controlled platemaking system combining high-resolution 4000ppi imaging with a unique inline UV main exposure unit. An LED-array delivers UV power density strong enough to fully control the plate polymerization process during main exposure. For the first time, flexo plates are imaged, exposed and delivered directly to the plate processor, without need for light table exposure With Full HD Flexo, flexo platemaking has become a true “Computer to Plate” process: no lamination, no films, and no extra steps with light tables. No special consumables are needed, and it is not proprietary: it works with all popular digital flexo plates and sleeves. Everything is done in the CDI imager. Plates are ready for processing after unloading. Full HD Flexo has had a positive impact on efficiency and cost. Press changeovers are faster and downtimes are reduced. Substrate selection is less critical.

    Full HD Flexo also offers consistency, because Inline UV technology maintains consistent, digitally controlled UV light output throughout the entire plate, while lamps in a bank exposure frame continuously age and need frequent replacement every few hundred hours. Bank exposure frames also deliver different UV output over the entire frame area. “The judges noted that the inline UV technology is more controllable,” notes Mark Bohan, Vice President, Technology and Research, Printing Industries of America.

    “The judges also considered Full HD Flexo plate imaging a much more flexible process, with the ability to digitally control the generation of a dot shape, combining highlight capabilities of round dots with the solid ink lay down and print stability of ‘flat top’ flexo plates – which the judges agreed is not a trivial process. HD Flexo plates can produce images with complete, 0-100% dot coverage delivering a wider color gamut. It was also significant that the technology is upgradeable, already has a sizeable installed base, and is not plate specific,” adds Bohan. “The very strong customer letters demonstrated that HD Flexo is allowing flexo to challenge gravure and offset.” This is occurring among a wide array of flexible packaging, labels and corrugated printers worldwide.

    Esko Equinox: Proving the viability of extended gamut printing
    “While people tried to promote extended gamut printing in the past, it had been dedicated to offset, where printers might not have ample press units to take advantage of the technology. However, flexo presses have seven, eight or more units already – and it is significant for companies that are working to match brand colors,” states Bohan. “While this technology is used with other print methods, it was developed specifically for flexo. The industry is ready to embrace this technology. It beats managing specially-mixed inks.”

    Equinox Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Technology is Esko’s patented technology for converting packaging graphics from CMYK and spot color to seven-color process. It is applied in the prepress department when preparing jobs for press. Converting entire files results in extremely close matches to spot colors, improved pictorial images, and the ability to print more colors than available ink stations on the press, resulting in improved image quality and brand impact. The major benefit, however, is realized in the pressroom as jobs print more economically and more consistently. The ability to create an infinite number of colors from 7 process colors promotes “gang” press runs – and the economic savings can surpass a million dollars per press per year. Customers using Equinox ECG technology report that they use 7-color process profitably in a production environment for flexible packaging as well as labels. This has enabled many of the world’s largest consumer product companies to convert entire product lines to expanded gamut.

    “The judges liked the smart filters, the math and color algorithms associated with Esko Equinox,” says Bohan. By quantifying only subsets of four-color combinations, Equinox 7-color profiles contain hundreds of times the amount of color data as a 7-color ICC color profile. These profiles are used to convert industry standard ink books into tint build books for a specific flexo press. Equinox also benefits from Esko HD and Full HD Flexo platemaking, which is able to extend the gamut by producing plates that can print dots from 0-100% while delivering consistent and reliable printing results from job to job.

    Esko Equinox is a major achievement because it moves flexographic printing a giant step closer to being the economical manufacturing process that the major CPCs of the world are demanding. “The fact that the judges had a lengthy discussion about a specific PowerPoint presentation shows both the interest and dedication. Everyone got involved with all the materials,” observes Bohan. “They also noted that all the Equinox print sample images were cleaner than 4-color images. But the benefit that was not lost with the judges was the economic advantages of extended gamut printing.”

    What is significant is that, while Full HD Flexo and Equinox are strong products successfully used separately, both offer a unique synergy when used together: the exceptional quality and reliable printing offered by Full HD Flexo, and the economics delivered by extended gamut printing that is significantly assured with Full HD Flexo plates.

    “Esko takes our role in the industry very seriously. We spend a good deal of time understanding the direction of the industry – and try to help to drive it – before we strategize products that truly are innovative but also have merit in the industry. It takes a lot of work to create a viable vision that drives the development of products like Full HD Flexo and Equinox. However, while we are flattered that these products have received acclaim this year, it is even more gratifying that many converters throughout the world are using Full HD Flexo plates and Equinox to produce exceptional packaging that offers a very powerful economic incentive,” concludes Knudsen.
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
     
    30.07.2014   The Label Academy to Provide Education and Training for the Future    ( Company news )

    Company news A new e-learning initiative for the label community

    In today’s knowledge based economy, education and competence management are key to the future success of any business, and the label industry is no exception. This applies to all levels and functions in the company, from management to operations. At the end of 2012, the FINAT Board endorsed a new initiative designed to align education and training programmes for operators in the label industry. Two years later, the Label Academy is ready for take-off.

    Historically, the printing industry was regarded as having one of the best education and training schemes of any industry within the developed world, with a good apprenticeship system, excellent printing colleges, experienced trainers, and a wide range of printing textbooks on a whole variety of printing processes, typesetting, pre-press, bookbinding and finishing operations. Printing was regarded as a highly skilled industry with some of the highest industrial-skill wages.

    Growing pressure on education
    The more printing has moved away from a craft-based to a technology, service and communications-based industry, the more high-end sectors such as self-adhesive have developed and grown and the higher the pressures on costs and margins, the less high quality and knowledge-based education and training we seem to do.

    Dedicated printing colleges in many parts of the world have all but disappeared, or they are not seen to be relevant to training for the self-adhesive sector.

    Knowledge challenges and opportunities
    Indeed, the self-adhesive label sector seems to have suffered perhaps more than many other sectors of printing, and it is perhaps not too difficult to see why. It has some of the widest ranges of materials to print on, it has the widest range of printing processes being used (often in combination on one press line) and it has the widest range of in-line finishing operations. There has been an increasingly sophisticated origination and pre-press processes and significant more challenges in terms of sustainability (adhesives and silicones, matrix and liner waste, etc.). Not to forget about the greater diverse selection of bar code types, QR codes, augmented reality and other interactive labels.

    Each week seems to bring new industry knowledge challenges, and opportunities. And the demands are increasing all the time, from new digital technologies, interactive labels, brand protection solutions, to new developments in intelligent and active labels.

    Enhanced education and training: transferring knowledge to the new generation
    This enhanced level of education and training needs to be done sooner rather than later, as many of the existing skilled and knowledgeable people that have grown with the industry over the past 20 or so years come towards retirement. We need to utilise their knowledge before it is too late. We need to bring in new skills and abilities to tell employees about the new demands on labels. We need to re-build a new and dedicated education and training base for the industry’s future.

    THE LABEL ACADEMY
    This is why the publishing, internet and marketing team at Tarsus, supported by a small group of knowledgeable and skilled industry specialists, are planning the launch of The Label Academy. Over the coming months the team will be working on finishing the first six or more (out of the first 20 proposed) education and training e-learning and support modules that aim to provide the basic knowledge requirements of the label industry employees of today and tomorrow.

    E-learning
    Initial e-learning modules will cover topics as diverse as Label Substrates, Label Printing processes, Die-cutting and Tooling, Origination and Pre-press, Digital Label Printing, Environment and Sustainability, the History of the Label Industry. The first of these Modules are scheduled to be available later this year for purchase or downloading through a new Label Academy website that is currently being developed.

    Over the coming months, a dedicated Advisory Panel will additionally be working on how best to establish an internet-based industry testing scheme and moving towards an industry-wide on-line certification process.
    The Label Academy: a supporting resource for existing education schemes
    It is also planned that existing industry suppliers, associations, colleges, training and employer schemes and programmes will be able to apply to become accredited training organisations using the new learning modules. The Label Academy is not looking to take over or interfere with existing label industry training, but rather to become a resource provider and support body for the global label industry – with global resource material written for training providers to use in any country or market.

    FINAT Board endorsement
    At the present time the proposed education and training resource being developed under the banner of The Label Academy has already been endorsed by the FINAT Board and is currently being studied by other label industry associations around the world.

    Who are involved in The Label Academy?
    In planning for a number of years, the new label industry education and training scheme has been developed and pioneered to-date by Mike Fairley, widely known as the label industry ‘Guru’. Perhaps not so widely known is that before founding Labels & Labelling he spent several years as a further education lecturer before joining PIRA, the Paper, Printing and Packaging Industry Research Association as Deputy Head of Training. In this capacity he acquired extensive experience in lecturing and writing training manuals and materials on many areas of printing, papermaking, labels and packaging. He further developed his educational credentials at the UK Government sponsored Paper and Paper Products Industry Training Board as Head of Information, and as a consultant to the International Labour Office, the Economist Intelligence Unit and to the EU.

    Complementing Mike’s undoubted training and industry knowledge in writing the new e-learning Modules are a team from 4impression (author of the FINAT Educational Handbook) under Paul Jarvis and Netherlands-based Converting Technology International of Sietze de Kievit, who have been piloting training material and courses on label substrates and tooling. They are also members of the Academy’s Advisory Panel. Other global specialists are likely to be co-opted as required for specific subjects or markets.

    Official Launch: Labelexpo Americas 2014
    From now onwards the first results of the work that has been undertaken to-date and the first e-learning modules to be produced will start to be announced and initial training and testing materials become available. The aim is to then have the official launch of The Label Academy at Labelexpo Americas in September.

    It is certainly hoped that the global label industry will support this exciting new initiative and strive to produce the better-educated and trained employees who will be needed for the successful and long-term future of the industry.

    The past brings future perspective
    Another way of learning is to have insight and an understanding of past accomplishments. A good way of gaining that knowledge is reading 'The Evolution of Labels and the Label Industry in Europe.' This book is the result of several years of research and writing by Michael Fairley and Tony White. Over 240 pages of text and historical illustrations they trace the history of labels and label production from early wooden presses printing on hand-made paper, through all the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries – including continuous papermaking, cylinder presses, ink-making and inking rollers, early colour printing, the first cutting punches and dies – right through to the 21st century innovations of self-adhesive label materials, printing and converting, computerised origination and digital printing. The prestige limited hard cover edition book should be a must-read title for all those who have an interest in how the world of labels and label production has grown from its early origins to the present time.
    (FINAT)
     
    30.07.2014   X-Rite Pantone Hosts Two Successful Automotive Innovation Days in India    ( Company news )

    Company news Events showcase digital colour and appearance management solutions for automakers and suppliers

    X-Rite Incorporated and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC recently hosted two successful Automotive Innovation Days in India. These events were held in Pune and Delhi, and brought together automotive manufacturers and suppliers from around the region. At both events, X-Rite provided presentations, demonstrations, and discussions that gave attendees a deeper understanding of X-Rite Pantone’s suite of solutions that support the entire colour communications network in the automotive industry.

    Colour variations can occur at different stages in the automotive manufacturing process, including during distributed manufacture of parts and components. At the event, these colour challenges were discussed in detail, along with presentations about how X-Rite’s state-of-the-art solutions can solve these challenges. These solutions enable colour measurement on a variety of substrates and provide online colour measurement throughout the entire automative supply chain.

    In addition to presentations by X-Rite, partners from around the region also participated in the events. Archroma, a global leader in colour and specialty chemicals, presented its revolutionary solutions for automotive textiles. X-Rite’s dealers, Advanced Graphic Systems, Corpora, and Presto, each provided an informative introduction to trends and issues the automotive sector in India.

    Francesco Tomasello, VP EMEA Sales Channels, commented on the successful events, saying, “These events gave leaders in this industry an opportunity to better understand how X-Rite Pantone’s solutions – including instruments, software, services and standards - can better support the colour management requirements in the automotive industry. We were pleased with the attendance at the event. Everyone who attended came away with a greater knowledge about colour management.”

    Attendees expressed satisfaction with the event. Event attendees Vipin Mehta of Executive Paint Shop and Surabhi Gupta, Quality Paint Manager at Honda Cars India Ltd. said, “We found this seminar very informative. X-Rite introduced new technologies for colour and instrumentation that were extremely well presented. It was a wonderful event by X-Rite.”

    Another attendee, Yogesh Tanwar, Senior Manager QA at Machino Polymers Ltd., noted: “This was a great event. We appreciate hearing X-Rite present colour management solutions. The presentations were good, and it is wonderful to connect with others in the automotive industry at an event like this.”
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    29.07.2014   Visit China Pavilion at TISSUE-ME 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news TISSUE-ME 2014 The 6th International Exhibition for tissue Paper,Hygiene Products& Coverting Industries , which will be held in October 22nd -24th, 2014 at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt.
    TISSUE-ME 2014 is the most dedicated event in the MENA for tissue paper and allied industries.
    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.

    Visit China Pavilion at TISSUE-ME 2014
    Jinjiang Haina Machinery Co., Ltd is located in Jinjiang City Fujian Province in China, who is a professional manufacturer of household paper machinery specialized modern production enterprise.
    We professionally produce baby diaper machine, baby diaper pad machine, baby pull-ups machine, T-shape baby diaper machine, adult diaper machine, adult diaper pad machine, women sanitary machine, women sanitary pad machine, wet wipes machine, household paper packing machine. Product covers a wide range, technology continuously upgrade, meet with various types of enterprise customers’ requirements.

    Founded in 2004, located in Shanghai, China, Shanghai Yuliu Packaging Machinery Co.,Ltd. is a modern standardization company, which integrates design, manufacture, installation, calibrating, sale, aftersale and technical training, its annual value is about 6,500,000USD.main products include packing and sealing machinery, counting and stacking machinery and bagger, which are widely applied to pack and seal sanitary napkin, panty liner, baby diaper, adult diaper, underpad, wet wipes, facial tissue and toilet roll, etc.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    29.07.2014   Xeikon receives prestigious 2014 InterTech™ Technology Award for its ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... breakthrough ICE Toner

    Toner specifically designed for heat sensitive label substrates
    is among 11 technologies recognized

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced today that it has received the prestigious 2014 InterTech™ Technology Award from the Printing Industries of America (PIA) for its breakthrough ICE toner, which is specifically designed for heat-sensitive substrates, such as Polyethylene (PE) face stocks, thermal transfer labels and In Mold labels (IML).

    The InterTech Technology Awards recognize ground-breaking technologies that are predicted to have a major impact on the graphic arts and related industries. According to PIA, more than 80 percent of the technologies that have received this award experience continued commercial success in the marketplace. The PIA is the largest graphical arts trade association, representing an industry with about 1 million employees and thousands of member companies.

    Xeikon’s ICE toner was selected based on its innovative attributes for printing on heat-sensitive substrates and the likelihood of advancing the performance of the graphic communications industry. InterTech Award recipients will be recognized at the Premier Print Awards and InterTech Technology Awards gala on Sept. 28, in Chicago, IL.

    Xeikon has received the InterTech Award multiple times in the past. Most recently, Xeikon had received the award in 2012 for its Xeikon X-800 VariLane technology, which allows label converters to create digital imposition templates for labels of different SKUs, and different sizes, within the same print run, thereby reducing material waste and increasing productivity.

    “This is a great honor and a huge credit to our entire organization, from research and development to sales,” said Todd Blumsack, Xeikon’s VP of Sales and Marketing – North America. “All of our innovations, including the ICE toner, are customer-driven. Label converters wanted dry toner technology to be capable of printing on heat sensitive substrates, while retaining our 1200x3600 dpi imaging resolution, full rotary imaging, food safety and the capability to print on conventional substrates without the need for any pre-treatment. We’re extremely happy to see that the judges have recognized our efforts.”

    Based on Xeikon’s proven QA toner technology, the ICE toner is perfectly compatible with all the press models of the Xeikon 3000 Series of label and packaging presses.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    29.07.2014   Papyrus to increase prices for coated papers in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Papyrus has been experiencing a long period of decreasing prices and continuous profit deterioration within the coated woodfree paper sector. A continuation of this situation is unsustainable. To secure the long term future of the company and the availability of coated papers, Papyrus announces in local markets a price increase for coated woodfree reels and sheets of 8% as of September 1, 2014.
    (Papyrus AB)
     
    29.07.2014   Further investment of around €40 million in Brazil     ( Company news )

    Company news Air Liquide will invest around €40 million in a new Air Separation Unit (ASU) that will supply Klabin, Brazil’s biggest paper manufacturer, with oxygen.
    Under the terms of this agreement, Air Liquide will invest around €40 million in a new ASU that will supply more than 160 tonnes of oxygen per day to Klabin’s new factory located in Ortigueira, as well as to Klabin’s other site in Telêmaco Borba, both located in the state of Paraná. The oxygen produced by Air Liquide’s ASU will be used to process and whiten pulp in a more efficient and environmentally friendly manner.
    This unit will be designed and built by Air Liquide Engineering and Construction teams, using state-of-the-art technologies that offer energy efficiency as well as optimal performance and safety.
    In Brazil’s South Region, Air Liquide already serves approximately 3,000 customers through 12 production units. However, this will be Air Liquide’s first ASU in the state of Paraná. This new ASU will also allow Air Liquide to provide oxygen, nitrogen and argon to customers in the industrial and healthcare sectors in the regions of Paraná, Santa Catarina, Rio Grande do Sul and Mato Grosso do Sul. This investment will increase Air Liquide’s competitiveness locally, which will help to expand its presence in the region.
    Augustin de Roubin, Vice-President, South America and a member of Air Liquide’s Executive Committee commented: “We would like to thank Klabin for its trust. We are very proud to serve the growing needs of major Brazilian companies like Klabin and to help drive sustained economic growth in this rapidly developing region of the world. This new investment will strengthen our presence in the South Region. In the past three years, we invested more than €250 million in Brazil and we plan to continue our expansion in this country.”
    (Air Liquide S.A.)
     
    29.07.2014   Rottneros: INTERIM REPORT (JANUARY-JUNE 2014)    ( Company news )

    Company news -Profit after net financial items amounted to SEK 31 million for the second quarter of 2014, compared with a profit of SEK 20 million for the first quarter of 2014 and a loss of SEK -20 million for the second quarter of 2013. Profit after net financial items amounted to SEK 50 (-24) million for the first half of the year.
    -A strong market has led to that the average PIX price for NBSK continued to rise during the second quarter and amounted to an average of USD 924. The price increase in Swedish kronor amounts to ten per cent compared with the corresponding period of 2013. The price increase amounts to two per cent compared with the previous quarter.
    -Production continued to be stable at Vallviks Bruk during the second quarter, which resulted in lower direct costs and had a positive impact on the result.
    -The increase in working capital had a negative impact on cash flow of SEK 73 million, mainly due to the high level of invoicing in June. Cash flow from operating activities amounted to SEK -3 (-9) million for the second quarter of 2014. Net borrowing amounted to SEK -42 (-45) million on 30 June.

    Picture: Carl-Johan Jonsson, CEO of Rottneros

    CEO'S STATEMENT
    The journey continues - a strong first half year for Rottneros

    I would like to start by saying that I am very satisfied with our performance during the first six months of this year, which resulted in an operating profit of SEK 53 million, a level we have not been close to achieving since the first half year of 2011.
    Our strong focus on management by objectives and new working methods combined with clear leadership has brought good order and improved production availability. Stable market conditions together with our programme of change have resulted in a strong first half year.
    Our programme of change - Focus15 - continues to be pursued vigorously within our operations. New working methods have, among other things, resulted in more stable production and fewer production hours lost at Vallviks Bruk compared with previously. We are running several parallel projects to increase our capacity, which are expected to yield results after the annual maintenance shutdown in the autumn. The operation at Rottneros Bruk has performed well, with more stable production and continued good demand during the second quarter.
    We are launching an advanced leadership training programme in the autumn. Our work to develop modern, uniform leadership with clear management by objectives represents an integral component of our programme of change and is both a vital and central part of our plan to become a market leader.
    The paper pulp market remains stable and demand is being underpinned by the moderate recovery of the world economy. Capacity utilisation for long-fibre sulphate pulp was 93 per cent for the year, which must be considered good, and the price of NBSK has been USD 925 per tonne for some time now.
    In conclusion, I am looking forward to an exciting second half to the year and to seeing the future effects of Focus15.
    (Rottneros AB)
     
    29.07.2014   ExpoPrint 2014 trade show lives up to Heidelberg expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news -Customer orders from entire Latin American region
    -Enhanced productivity and greater flexibility top priorities for Latin American print shops
    -Offset and digital printing portfolios go hand in hand with Prinect software, Saphira consumables, and services

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is pleased with its showing at the ExpoPrint 2014 industry trade show that has just taken place in the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo. "The show over the past few days have met our expectations," says Harald Weimer, Member of the Management Board responsible for Sales and Services at Heidelberg. "Overall, we sense a greater willingness to invest throughout the region," he adds. Heidelberg also welcomed significantly more visitors to its trade show booth than four years ago.
    The key factors in the investment decisions made were greater flexibility in processing print orders and enhanced productivity thanks to more efficient equipment and integrated workflows. The company's offset and digital portfolios were of equal interest to visitors at the Heidelberg booth.The orders placed for Prinect, services, and consumables underline Latin American printers' eagerness to improve process integration and boost their overall performance.

    Trade show presentation geared to industry megatrends
    Over the seven days of the show, the Heidelberg "Discover HEI" presentation included a wide variety of offset and digital printing systems, the Prinect print shop workflow, Saphira consumables, and a comprehensive range of services. This was the company's response to the key requirements in the print media industry - high productivity for applications in commercial, packaging, and label printing, excellent flexibility when printing short and/or variable runs, combining offset and digital printing to best effect, enhanced efficiency through process integration, solutions for web-to-print applications, and green printing that also conserves resources.
    "ExpoPrint has demonstrated its position as the most important industry trade show in Latin America. It has met the company's expectations", concludes Weimer.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    29.07.2014   Pulp producer Altri Celbi, Portugal, achieves world record once again with ANDRITZ technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Following successful modernization of the pulp drying line by international technology Group ANDRITZ, Altri Celbi increased its production capacity from an average of 2,000 tons per day (air dry metric tons) to a peak value of 2,150 tons per day at the Leirosa mill, Portugal, on July 7, 2014.
    In terms of specific drying capacity, Celbi was thus able to break its own world record of 421 tons per day and meter of working width, established in May 2013 also with ANDRITZ technology, by achieving 440 tons per day and meter of working width on the 4.88 meter wide sheet drying plant.
    Based on these peak values to be achieved over periods of several days, Celbi will achieve average daily production of around 2,100 tons and a specific drying capacity of approximately 425 tons per day and meter of working width.
    After extensive upgrade work by ANDRITZ (including an upgrade of the pressure screening plant and the Twin Wire Former, and modification to the bale finishing area), the Celbi plant was started up again in February 2014 following a scheduled annual shutdown. In a next upgrade stage (installation of a new, second shoe press, dryer upgrade) during the first half of 2015, ANDRITZ will increase the capacity of the drying line for bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp to peak values of more than 2,300 tons per day and thus the specific drying capacity to over 470 tons per day and meter of working width.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    28.07.2014   Lecta to Increase CWF Prices in Early September 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta, the second largest European coated woodfree paper-manufacturing group, announces a price increase of 8% in its 2 side CWF papers.
    This price movement is essential in order to reach acceptable profit levels after months of continuously eroding profitability.
    The price increase will be applied to deliveries of both sheets and reels in the European markets, effective early September 2014.
    Our local offices in Europe will be in contact with our customers to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied on a country by country basis.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    28.07.2014   BillerudKorsnäs: Stable second-quarter results    ( Company news )

    Company news CEO Per Lindberg (photo) comments on the development during Q2 2014:
    “We deliver a strong and stable result for the second quarter. Our adjusted operating profit reached SEK 467 million and our operating margin was 9%. Overall, I am pleased with our financial performance. The market place has been quite good with solid demand and stable prices within all business areas. Business area Packaging Paper has managed to keep the prices stable during the quarter in spite of increased capacity on the market, and has increased prices on new orders within the sack segments thanks to a seasonally strong demand. Within business area Consumer Board we have launched the next generation of Cartonboard products on the market, which has been very well received by customers. Business area Containerboard has delivered a stable result for the second quarter but is beginning to feel a real pressure from the increased capacity on the market.

    We continue with our ambition “Challenging conventional packaging for a sustainable future” with the aim of increasing the level of innovation and leadership. During the quarter we have received confirmation in several areas that we are right on target with our mission. Several countries are putting regulations in place for reducing the use of plastics in packaging. We offer sustainable alternatives to several plastic applications, and sustainability is our top priority. We have received recognition from both EcoVadis and "oekom research", meaning that the company is acknowledged for its sustainability work. During the quarter, we have also made a decision to further improve the environmental profile of the company through a major investment in Gävle. Following our ambition to increase innovation and product leadership, we have during the quarter decided to invest in next generation fluting at Gruvön, enhancing both product performance as well as machine capacity. On the more innovative side, BillerudKorsnäs and Berghs School of Communication are giving Spotify a physical form. It is this year’s edition of a packaging design contest for students at Berghs and this is the first time an online brand will be physically packaged.

    During the first half of 2014 we have delivered an operating margin of 10%, and a growth in sales volumes over last year with 4%, in line with our profitable growth targets and our long term strategy. The integration work has progressed as planned and as already communicated, the realisation of synergies is happening faster than first planned. All employees have done a fantastic work all across the company, in numerous different projects that constitutes the integration program. However, the pace of integration in combination with synergy-related incentives will increase the non-recurring costs for realising the synergies with approximately SEK 25 million for the year. It is my belief that this is money well spent.’’
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB)
     
    28.07.2014   Impressive market success in a difficult environment    ( Company news )

    Company news Expoprint 2014, the largest and most important trade show in Latin America, took place from 16 to 22 July. KBA manned a joint stand at the exhibition in São Paulo together with subsidiary Koenig & Bauer do Brasil and cooperation partners.

    Picture: Live print demos of a Rapida 105 attracted big crowds

    On a stand measuring 336m² the company presented cutting-edge sheetfed offset technology including the medium-format KBA Rapida 105, which is particularly popular in Asia and Latin America, and modern folding technology from MBO. The KBA stand was full of activity from the moment the trade show opened its doors with visitors flocking to see the print demos. A raft of decision-makers from Brazilian printing firms and print pundits from Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, Peru, Mexico and Columbia all visited the KBA stand.

    Live print demonstrations were carried out on six-colour press raised by 450mm (17.7in) with coater and delivery extension. It featured semi-automatic plate changers, CleanTronic Impact (combined blanket, impression cylinder and roller washing system), nonstop roller facility in the delivery as well as a board handling package and a maximum output of 16,000sph. The shaftless DriveTronic feeder and inking units which can be uncoupled are unique features from KBA. Colour density was measured by ErgoTronic ColorDrive directly at the press’ console.

    Rapida 105 and MBO folding systems in operation
    The Rapida 105 printed car posters that were very popular with the visitors in Brazil live several times a day, as well as KBA maps of the world, which have also proven to be in great demand. Some of the print samples showed matt-gloss effects using the drip-off technique. Together with dryer manufacturer AMS (Air Motion Systems), KBA presented innovative drying processes, such as HR-UV and LED-UV. This technology was shown recently at a well-attended customer event at the KBA plant in Radebeul. Presentations on workflow solutions and MIS systems were also made.
    The global rollout of the new M80 folder from MBO for flexible finishing continued with the unveiling of this folding machine in Brazil. There are numerous modular add-ons which can be retrofitted after inauguration, such as further buckle plates or patented slitter shaft cassettes. 16-page signatures in A4 format were produced live on the M80 at the trade fair.

    First-level vendor in sheetfed offset
    Koenig & Bauer do Brasil in São Paulo has developed into a first-level vendor for sheetfed offset presses. The Rapida 105 went to Industria Grafica Sul in Nova Candelária, Brazil, after the trade show. This is the firm’s second Rapida 105. A further, nearly identical Rapida 105 is currently being installed at Emibra in Suzano, São Paulo. This is the longstanding KBA user’s third Rapida. Brasilgrafica in Alphaville has invested annually in KBA technology since 2012 and in the meantime also has three Rapidas. Brasilgrafica recently received its first large-format press, a Rapida 145. However, this impressive press with seven printing units and two coaters is still unusual in the Brazilian printing industry. The established packaging printer APICE will receive a Rapida 106 that has similar kit and a two-colour Rapida 106 with coater is currently being fired up at Cartondruck Grafica in Blumenau. KBA is anticipating a boost to business over the coming months and years driven by Expoprint.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    28.07.2014   Timofei Sokolenko Appointed Ilim Group Vice-President, Sales    ( Company news )

    Company news Timofei Sokolenko is appointed Ilim Group Vice-President, Sales effective July 14th.
    As a member of the first level team Timofei Sokolenko will be in charge of the development and implementation of effective strategies for sales as well as for day-to-day sales management. Timofei Sokolenko will report to Franz Marx, CEO Ilim Group.
    Victor Atamanov who previously held the position of Ilim Group Vice-President, Sales will become Advisor to Senior Management starting from July 14, 2014. His duties will include consulting on Sales, Marketing and Strategy related matters to members of the first level management team and to CEO of the company.
    (Ilim Group)
     
    25.07.2014   Suominen has completed the divestment of its Flexibles business area    ( Company news )

    Company news Suominen Corporation has completed the divestment of its flexible packaging business, announced on 11 July 2014. Flexibles business area will be excluded from Suominen’s financial reporting. Previously, Flexibles business area formed Suominen’s Flexibles segment.
    As stated in the announcement of 11 July 2014, Suominen will recognize due to the divestment, in accordance with the IFRS 5 standard, a non-recurring loss of approximately MEUR 4.5 in the second quarter result of 2014 of its discontinued operations.
    The divestment transformed Suominen into a company purely focused on nonwovens, in line with its strategic focus.
    (Suominen Corporation)
     
    25.07.2014   SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT STRENGTHENS ITS POSITION IN THE INDUSTRIAL WATER ...    ( Company news )

    Company news MARKET WITH A 30 MILLION EUROS CONTRACT FOR KLABIN, THE WORLD’S LEADING PULP AND PAPER PRODUCER IN BRAZIL

    Degremont, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, was awarded a 30 million euros contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of water treatment facilities for Klabin, one of the main players in the Pulp and Paper industry in Brazil.
    Klabin is building a 2 billion euros Greenfield Kraft pulp mill in Ortigueira (Paraná State), south of Brazil, known as Puma Project. The start of the new plant’s production is forecast for the first quarter of 2016. With the new plant, Klabin’s production capacity will double
    until 2016. The mill will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons, of which 1.1 million tons in short fiber and 400 thousand tons in long fiber, part of which is to be converted into fluff pulp.
    The main challenges for the Pulp & Paper industry rely in guaranteeing the water needs to ensure the continuity of production and adapting operations accordingly to market fluctuation while still ensuring reliability and high-level quality services for water treatment.
    In order to meet the high quality and quantity water needs, Degremont will provide a process water plant, equipped with the Densadeg® technology followed by Aquazur® filters, and a boiler feed water plant, equipped with Ion Exchange Process.
    Degremont’s proven expertise in water treatment for the Pulp & Paper industry, its experience in dealing with turn-key projects under tight schedule offering the optimum technologies and its ability to propose a very competitive commercial offer were determining factors in winning this new contract.
    With an hourly capacity of 5,900 m3 for the process water plant and 600 m3 for the boiler feed, the new facilities are planned to start up operations in October 2015.
    Marie-Ange Debon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of International activities for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, says: “With this new success, the Group strengthens its position in the industrial water market, one of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT four strategic priorities for
    growth. The Pulp & Paper industry offers substantial opportunities for development and our goal is to keep expanding our activities in Brazil by offering value added services to the industrial market.”

    Recognized expertise in the pulp and paper industry in Latin-America
    With more than 20 references for the Pulp and Paper industry in Latin America, Degremont can boast itself as a leader in this sector. The last major reference is the engineering and procurement contract for the water treatment facilities (production of process water and
    demineralized water) at the Montes del Plata paper mill. In Uruguay, the Montes del Plata project is the largest private investment that the country has ever seen.
    (Degrémont Technologies Ltd)
     
    25.07.2014   Pöyry awarded EPCM services assignment by Millar Western for bioenergy project at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Whitecourt pulp mill in Alberta, Canada

    Millar Western Forest Products Ltd. has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for EPCM (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management) services for an anaerobic bioenergy project at its Whitecourt pulp mill in Alberta, Canada. The project involves integration of anaerobic hybrid digesters into the pulp mill's existing aerobic effluent treatment system. Recovered organic material will be converted to biogas, used to fuel two reciprocating engines that will produce up to 6 megawatts of renewable green power for use by the mill itself. Recovered heat of engine exhaust gas will be used in pulp drying to reduce the use of natural gas.
    Pöyry's scope of work comprises typical EPCM services such as project management and scheduling, overall engineering management and detail design services, procurement and contract administration, cost control, construction management and co-ordination of the commissioning activities. The planned startup of the plant is August 2015.
    "This project is a good example of utilising innovative technology in a smart way to convert organic waste material to renewable energy. It is also an important EPCM reference for Pöyry in North America" says Ari Asikainen, President of Pöyry's Regional Operations North America.
    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Regional Operations Business Line order stock in Q3/2014.
    (Pöyry Plc)
     
    24.07.2014   'Strong quarterly performance - the transformation journey continues'    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen (photo) and the new Stora Enso CEO as of 1 August Karl-Henrik Sundström comment on the second quarter of 2014 and the short-term priorities

    Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso CEO until 31 July 2014, comments:
    “The second quarter came out at the high end of our expectations, essentially driven by the better than expected performance of Renewable Packaging and by the Company’s 22% overachievement of the EUR 200 million annual structural cost reduction target. Those achievements combined with the significant improvements in earnings in Printing and Reading and in Building and Living are yet another proof point of the resilience and fighting spirit of the Stora Enso people. As regards Biomaterials, I am happy to see that the ramp-up of Montes del Plata is at, if not beyond, the industry standards.
    As this is my last quarterly report after seven years at the helm of the Company, I also want to say a sincere thank you to all our stakeholders for the seven challenging but also rewarding years. So much more remains to be done, but I am confident the same strong interest and support that I have experienced will continue for Stora Enso and its new CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström in transforming Stora Enso into a global renewable materials company.
    Finally let me say that I am very happy to hand over the CEO role to Karl-Henrik Sundström. In his two years with the Company he has demonstrated business acumen, strategic thinking and people focus. I am confident that with the great people of Stora Enso, he will do well on the journey to the future.”

    Karl-Henrik Sundström, Stora Enso CEO from 1 August 2014:
    “I am very honoured to have been trusted to lead Stora Enso. It is exciting to continue on the chosen path and build the future of the Company together with our competent and committed employees. One of my short-term priorities is to build a winning team which can take us forward. Due to the strategic importance of sustainability issues, I will also put more resources into the corporate responsibility area. Currently, I am deepening my knowledge of Stora Enso’s packaging and biomaterials offering, as this business is partly new to me.
    Stora Enso’s transformation into a company with increased customer focus goes on. We will continue to deliver value through the Montes del Plata Pulp Mill in Uruguay and our consumer board machine investment in Guangxi, China. The acquisition of the biotechnology company Virdia and the conversion of the Varkaus Mill fine paper machine in Finland to produce virgin-fibre-based containerboard are yet further examples. It is all about winning, together with our customers, today and tomorrow.”
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    24.07.2014   Appvion names Ethan Haas to lead its carbonless and specialty papers business    ( Company news )

    Company news Appvion, Inc. announced the appointment of Ethan Haas as vice president
    and general manager of the company’s carbonless and specialty papers business. Haas will be based at the company’s headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin. He will report to Kevin Gilligan, president of Appvion’s paper division, and will serve as a member of the company’s senior leadership team.
    “Ethan has achieved success in multiple paper business segments by reinventing products, engineering ventures and partnerships, developing new distribution channels, recharging sales teams, and re-engaging customers,” said Mark Richards, Appvion’s chief executive officer. “That experience and Ethan’s commitment to continuous improvement will help us expand our carbonless and specialty business by leveraging its full capabilities.”
    Haas comes to Appvion with 18 years of management experience in the paper industry, most recently with NewPage Corporation.
    Since 2013 Haas has served as vice president of broker, international, pulp and auxiliary markets, a NewPage business group with annual sales of more than $1 billion. Prior to that, he served for two years as general manager of supercalendered and news, pulp, broker, international and auxiliary markets.
    Haas has also served as general manager of web offset and international development; director of sales administration and international development; and director of marketing strategy and
    international sales. He began his career in the paper industry by serving in commercial print sales and marketing management positions with MeadWestvaco.
    Haas earned a master’s degree in business administration (marketing management, strategic management and analytic consulting) from Northwestern University and a bachelor’s degree in international economics and business management from St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.
    (Appvion Inc.)
     
    24.07.2014   The paper industry is Kemira's partner in growth – Fennobind as a part of the development    ( Company news )

    Company news Customer needs, sustainability and continuous learning shape Kemira’s product development. Fennobind is a step towards more cost-efficient paper production.

    The customer’s wishes on product development, quality improvement and cost savings are the most important bases of product development for Kemira. The company constantly develops new products and applications, whose objective is to enhance customer’s business. Commitment to the paper industry means that Kemira actively provides new applications to the global needs of paper production.
    Fennobind, a new type of binder used in coating of paper and board, was also developed as a collaboration project together with a customer. Fennobind enables paper and board makers to gain clear cost savings and develop end product properties, such as printability. Fennobind also enables the optimization of the customer’s coating mixes on a wider scale: dry content, pigment ratios, and other extra components of the coating color can be completely re-optimised.
    “The goal was to reduce the use of oil-based raw materials and to reduce the total coating costs. Fennobind has now been in machine scale use for some four years, and it has proven to fulfil customers’ requirements,” says Pasi Jussila, Marketing Manager.
    Fennobind is suitable for all coating applications and all paper and board grades. Compared to traditional latexes, it gives a clearly better coating coverage. A more even coating structure improves both printability and visual qualities of the end product.
    “Depending on the coating application, traditional synthetic binders can be replaced with Fennobind either partly or wholly,” Jussila explains.

    A smaller carbon footprint along with cost savings
    The entire product development process has been based on the customer’s greater ability to optimize costs. Fennobind changes coating structure in a way that has also clearly decreased the need for drying energy in coating. In most cases the use of Fennobind enables reducing drying energy costs by 20-30 per cent.
    The clearly reduced use of oil-based raw materials also shows in the carbon footprint of the customer’s end product. The smaller quantity of volatile organic compounds has been received with great interest in the packaging and board industry.
    Fennobind has an important role in Kemira’s growth objectives. Its production capacity has been and will be increased both in Europe and elsewhere. In addition to financial investments, Kemira also invests in skilled people, who work with this product.
    “Our sales staff works in close co-operation with our application experts worldwide. Our experts regularly train the sales staff, and every day we learn more together. Kemira wants to ensure that the best new products are available to our customers as quickly as possible. In this way, our product development leads to new innovations in co-operation with the customer,” Jussila notes.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    23.07.2014   Stora Enso's NRI in second quarter 2014 have EUR 106 million negative impact including ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... a cost for planned closure of Corbehem Mill in France

    Stora Enso will record non-recurring items (NRI) with a negative net impact of approximately EUR 106 million on operating profit and a positive impact of approximately EUR 1 million on income tax in its second quarter 2014 results. The NRI will decrease earnings per share by EUR 0.13.

    Corbehem Mill planned closure
    The main item is a negative NRI in Printing and Reading of approximately EUR 81 million due to the planned permanent closure of the loss-making Corbehem Mill in France, including approximately EUR 7 million of non-cash write-down. The cost of the planned closure is based on the French legal requirements.

    Since October 2012, Stora Enso has been actively searching for a solid new owner for Corbehem Mill offering a sustainable and long-term solution for the site and its employees. Despite significant efforts involving M&A and legal advisors and a dedicated project team, this search proved unsuccessful. The total operational EBITDA of the unit since the beginning of the process was a negative EUR 34 million.
    The mill has been at standstill since January 2014. The employee representatives’ information and consultation process at the mill has now been completed. The social plan negotiated and concluded with the trade unions was validated by the French labour authorities on 10 June 2014. Under this social plan, Stora Enso will offer support to Corbehem Mill employees to alleviate the consequences of the redundancies related to the closure of the mill.

    Other non-recurring items
    -a negative NRI in Printing and Reading of approximately EUR 34 million due to fixed asset impairments and inventory write-downs related to the ongoing disposal of Uetersen Mill in Germany. The transaction will be delayed from the original target of mid-July due the regulatory approval process.
    -a negative NRI in the segment Other of approximately EUR 9 million due to termination of an agreement in logistics operations.
    -a positive NRI in the segment Other of approximately EUR 18 million due to land swap arrangements in the Group’s equity accounted investment Bergvik Skog.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    23.07.2014   DS Smith is extending its KAYPAL®MR corrugated pallet offer in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news KAYPAL®MR is a cardboard pallet pooling solution, exclusively intended for stacked packing that fully fits an innovative, collaborative and sustainable approach.
    The KAYPAL®MR offer, launched in France nearly three years ago, is now enjoying well-deserved success, as it "perfectly meets the expectations of manufacturers, large-scale distributors and logistics providers: readability and reduced pallet costs, significant improvement in working conditions and total recyclability", explains Philippe Cochet - KAYPAL®MR Sales Manager.
    Moreover, visitors to the latest edition of the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition (SIL Barcelona 2014) were able to confirm how "KAYPAL MR meets their needs for sustainable logistics, operational efficiency and productivity, and risk prevention on the job" according to Santiago Giménez-Utiel, KAYPAL®MR Spain Sales Manager.
    "With a very high-quality cardboard and logistics managed from start to finish by DS Smith, we are obtaining up to seven successive pallet reuses on distribution circuits that are, at times, quite challenging. This confirms the durability of KAYPAL®MR as a reliable alternative to wood for stacking on pallets", explains Philippe Andrieu KAYPAL®MR Supply Chain Manager.

    KAYPAL®MR extends its offer
    These results, along with the active support of DS Smith'span-European customers, reinforces the desire to extend the offer outside of France. "We are currently in the process of establishing KAYPAL®MR in Spain and Poland", concludes Philippe Cochet.
    (DS Smith Packaging France)
     
    23.07.2014   Rengo Announces the Opening of New Corrugated Plant in Hawaii    ( Company news )

    Company news Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Rengo Packaging, Inc. — which carries out business in Hawaii, the United States — has commenced operations in May 2014 at its new corrugated plant on Oahu, Hawaii. A grand opening attended by many guests, including local customers, was held on July 1.
    The new plant is located within the Malakole Industrial Park in Kapolei, west of Honolulu, and is the only corrugated plant in Hawaii. Up until now, all corrugated packaging used in Hawaii were shipped by sea transportation from the west coast of the United States. With the completion of the new plant—which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment—quality will be improved and the lead time from order to delivery will be greatly reduced, enabling the provision of detailed services that are better aligned to customers’ needs.
    Rengo Packaging is the leading supplier of corrugated boxes and other packaging materials in Hawaii. In addition to further improving services to customers, the completion of the new plant will help to stimulate the local economy and increase employment, as well as assist the Rengo Group to enhance its business base for the Hawaiian and mainland U.S. markets.
    (Rengo Co Ltd)
     
    23.07.2014   GLATFELTER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN FINANCE    ( Company news )

    Company news Glatfelter (NYSE:GLT) announced key leadership changes in their corporate headquarters located in York, Pennsylvania. Amy Wannemacher is promoted to Vice President of Tax, and Ramesh Shettigar has joined Glatfelter as Vice President and Treasurer. These executives will report to John Jacunski, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
    In making this announcement, Mr. Jacunski said, “These leadership changes continue to build upon the foundation of talent within the Finance function to meet the growing demands of the business. I am pleased to announce Amy’s promotion as she is a well respected leader who has built an effective global tax team that has executed tax strategies designed to create value for our stakeholders. Equally, I am delighted Mr. Shettigar joins our Company, as he brings a diverse and strong global treasury background to execute our financial strategies, support the growth of the business and generate value for our shareholders.”
    Ms. Wannemacher brings over 20 years of global tax leadership and expertise to her assignment. Ms. Wannemacher joined Glatfelter in 2005 as the Director of Tax. Prior to joining Glatfelter, she worked for Dentsply International Inc. for 14 years in a variety of senior tax roles. Ms. Wannemacher earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Shepard University. She is a member of Tax Executive Institute, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation – Tax Council and American Forest & Paper Association – Tax Resource Committee. Active in the community, she serves as a Director of the York County United Way.
    As Vice President and Treasurer, Mr. Shettigar will assume responsibility for Glatfelter’s treasury functions, with responsibilities for global cash and debt management, pensions, insurance, risk management as well as capital markets activity. This includes the effective development of key relationships with our banks and rating agencies.
    Mr. Shettigar brings 16 years of progressive financial and treasury experience to Glatfelter. Most recently, he served as the Director of Treasury at Quest Diagnostics. During his tenure, he also served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Hospital Operations. Prior leadership roles included assignments with Praxair Inc., Delphi Corporation, and McDermott International. Mr. Shettigar earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he earned a Master of Information Management from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University and a Master of Business Administration, Finance and Strategy from Washington University, Olin School of Business in St. Louis. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    23.07.2014   Kemira Oyj's Interim Report January-June 2014: Revenue and operative ebit stable for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... continued business, revised outlook for 2014

    Picture: Kemira Oyj's Managing Director (President and CEO) Jari Rosendal

    Second quarter:
    -Reported revenue decreased 9% to EUR 518.2 million (569.3), due to divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rates. Revenue in local currencies, excluding acquisitions and divestments, remained flat.
    -Operative EBIT decreased 8% to EUR 37.0 million (40.0) with a margin of 7.1% (7.0%). Operative EBIT in local currencies, excluding acquisitions and divestments remained flat.
    -On July 7, Kemira signed a preliminary agreement to acquire AkzoNobel's paper chemical business.

    January-June:
    -Reported revenue decreased 7% to EUR 1,048.1 million (1,130.2), due to divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rates. Organic revenue growth reached 1%.
    -Operative EBIT decreased 11% to EUR 73.3 million (82.2) with a margin of 7.0% (7.3%).
    -Operative EBITDA decreased 6% to EUR 117.7 million (125.0) with a margin of 11.2% (11.1%).
    -Operative earnings per share were EUR 0.29 (0.31).
    -Kemira maintains its revenue outlook for 2014, but revises its profitability outlook. Kemira starts to apply operative EBITDA as its profitability metric (previously: operative EBIT) for 2014 outlook. Kemira expects operative EBITDA in 2014 to be approximately at the same level as in 2013 (previously: operative EBIT was expected to be slightly higher in 2014 as in 2013). This change from EBIT to EBITDA guidance is consistent with Kemira's earlier communicated operative EBITDA margin target and also consistent with the chemical industry practice. Detailed definition in the outlook chapter.


    Kemira's President and CEO Jari Rosendal:
    Recent divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rate fluctuations continued to impact Kemira's reported revenue. Revenue in local currencies, excluding acquisitions and divestments remained flat with modest sales volume growth. Paper and Oil & Mining sales volumes continued to grow at above-the-market rate. However, increased competition in Municipal & Industrial and our actions to improve segment's profitability continued to impact sales volumes negatively.
    Operative EBIT decreased 8% with somewhat higher margin. The main reasons for the decline, in addition to the unfavorable currency exchange rates, were the divestment of formic acid business as well as the increased depreciation related to the ramp up of our new manufacturing facilities in Nanjing and Dormagen, and amortization related to our recent acquisitions. We expect benefits of these investments to start to become more visible in the second half of 2014.
    Kemira's strategic choices presented in April 2013 remain intact. We focus on the development, application expertise, and supply of chemicals for pulp & paper, oil & gas, mining and water treatment. In order to gain a stronger position in the selected markets and to accelerate organic growth, we will invest into new, and expand our present manufacturing capacity with new and improved technologies. Going forward, we will also increase R&D investments for innovations to improve our customers processes.
    We are also actively evaluating inorganic growth opportunities. In the beginning of July 2014, we announced a preliminary agreement to acquire AkzoNobel's paper chemical business. It is a great fit for Kemira as it fulfills our acquisition criteria by strengthening our market position and technological capabilities. In addition, we expect to achieve significant synergies with this acquisition. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015.
    Efficiency and continuous profitability improvement remain our top priorities and are the key enablers for successful strategy implementation.

    KEMIRA'S FINANCIAL TARGETS for 2016 (unchanged) AND OUTLOOK 2014 (updated)

    Kemira will continue to focus on improving its profitability and reinforcing positive cash flow. The company will also continue to invest in order to secure future growth in the water quality and quantity management business.

    The company's financial targets for 2016 are:
    -revenue EUR 2.6-2.7 billion
    -EBITDA-% of revenue 15%
    -gearing level < 60%.

    In addition, Kemira expects its medium-term operating tax rate to be in the range of 22%-24%. The operating tax rate excludes non-recurring items and the impact of the income from associated companies.
    The basis for growth is the expanding market for chemicals related to water quality and quantity management and Kemira's strong expertise in this field. The need to increase operational efficiency in our customer industries creates opportunities for Kemira to develop new products and services for both current and new customers. Research and Development is a critical organic growth enabler for Kemira and it provides differentiation capabilities in the water quality and quantity management markets. Kemira will invest in innovation, technical expertise, and competencies in the targeted focus areas.

    Outlook (revised from the Interim Report January-March 2014)
    Revised outlook: In 2014, Kemira expects its revenue in local currencies and excluding acquisitionsand divestments to be slightly higher than in 2013 and its operative EBITDA to be approximately at the same level as in 2013.
    Previous outlook: In 2014, Kemira expects its revenue in local currencies and excluding acquisitions and divestments to be slightly higher than in 2013 and its operative EBIT to be higher than in 2013.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    23.07.2014   ANDRITZ to refurbish recovery boiler plant for Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zellstoff Pöls AG, a member of Heinzel Group, for complete refurbishment of the LK2 black liquor recovery boiler plant in Pöls, Austria.

    Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    22.07.2014   Expert - your partner for flexo printing solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news A merry throng assembled at Expert in Verona last month, to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary. Visitors from all over the world were shown the Concept 1208 and the Active 808 flexo presses being put through their paces. The team carried out several job changes during the two-day Open House event, demonstrating the ease with which sleeves and inks can be replaced in the machine.
    The gearless Concept 1208 stack press, destined for a customer in Germany has 8 print units; the ability to print some or all colours on both sides of the web, it accommodates a 1600 mm wide substrate with print repeats from 460 - 1250 mm at up to 350 m/min.
    The gearless Active 808 CI press is for a Polish customer who wishes to print on a wide range of film and paper substrates. The print width is 1050 mm, repeats from 320 - 850 mm and the running speed 400 m/min.
    Now an established name in Europe, Expert builds a wide range of flexo equipment including in-line units for extrusion and bagmaking production. Both CI and stack presses are specified according to the customer's required level of sophistication. Many functions can be fully automated to speed up and simplify job changes, such as inking and washing, web splicing, decking, clamp opening for sleeve changes.
    The doctor blade chamber design, with tool-less removal and insertion of blades is unique to Expert, as is the cantilevered intercolour drying box on the CI press, which swings outwards to enable easy access to the CI drum for cleaning.
    Looking forward to the next 10 years.......
    The next press available for customers to see in operation will be ready by 21 July.
    The ACTIVE is an 8 color CI press with 1 downstream stack type unit to print 8+1 or 9+0 in register, with following features and equipment:
    • 1100 max. printing width,
    • 1150 mm max. web width,
    • Max. print repeat 850 mm,
    • Speed up to 400 m/min.,
    • Double semi-automatic unwinder for 1000 mm reels,
    • Automatic rewind for 800 mm reels with integrated reel unloading device,
    • Gas burner drying system with air recirculation and LEL control,
    • Automatic inking and washing A-C Systems integrated with viscosity control INKFLOW C14
    • Web viewing camera with smart register system,
    • Mounter-proofer, EMP-S20 Mod 110

    Sales contact for UK/Ireland: Optimation Ltd, 0115 9306000
    (Optimation Ltd)
     
    22.07.2014   Technology cooperation by ANDRITZ and Alucha, Spain: Innovative and environmentally friendly...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... pyrolysis of plastic rejects

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has concluded a cooperation agreement with recycling specialist Alucha, Spain, to supply new technologies and equipment for pyrolysis of rejects (waste) produced in the processing of liquid packaging board to make paper.
    Pyrolysis of rejects leads to reduced operating costs in industrial plants, for example in the pulp and paper industry, and makes substantial contributions towards protecting the environment.
    By treating rejects from liquid packaging board, the fibers are recovered here and the residual fraction is separated into aluminum, gas, and oil by means of pyrolysis. While the recycled aluminum can be sold, the pyrolysis gas and oil can be used to generate heat or electricity, thus reducing the total operating costs and conserving natural resources.
    Based on its extensive know-how in the reject treatment sector, ANDRITZ will act as supplier as well as sales and license partner under this cooperation agreement. Alucha is one of the leading developers worldwide of pyrolysis processes for industrial applications.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    22.07.2014   Ilim Group Named Best Russian Exporter-2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Ilim Group was named the Best Russian Exporter in P&P industry under the "Best Russian Exporter-2013", the annual all-Russian award organized by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation.
    In 2013 Ilim Group exported 1.8 mln tons of P&P products. The company supplies its products to over 30 countries in CIS, Europe, and Southeast Asia, including Austria, England, Belarus, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Israel, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, China, Korea, Lithuania, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, North Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland, France, Switzerland, and Japan.
    China is considered to be the largest strategic export market for Ilim Group, with over 35% of all P&P products produced by the company supplied to Chinese market. In 2013 deliveries to China exceeded 1 mln tons. After the ramp-up of the new fiberline in Bratsk, the Group will supply 1.3 mln tons of products to Chinese market.
    "Over the 20 years of Ilim's history the company has significantly strengthened its positions on the Russian and key export markets”, commented Franz Josef Marx, CEO of Ilim Group. “We mainly export pulp and containerboard, while in accordance with the Company's strategy and in order to substitute imports we supply Russian market with such value-added products as paper and packaging ".
    (Ilim Group)
     
    22.07.2014   Wausau Paper and Starboard Reach Agreement - Gavin Molinelli to Join Wausau Board    ( Company news )

    Company news Wausau Paper’s (NYSE:WPP) announced that it has reached an agreement with Starboard Value LP and its affiliates regarding the composition of the Company’s Board of Directors. Under the terms of the agreement, Wausau has agreed to appoint Gavin Molinelli, a Partner at Starboard, to Wausau’s Board of Directors. Mr. Molinelli has been serving as an observer to the Wausau Board since April 22, 2014. Mr. Molinelli will be included on the Company’s slate of Board nominees in the Company’s 2014 proxy statement and submitted for stockholder approval at the Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting.
    In connection with the nominations, Starboard, which beneficially owns approximately 15.1% of the outstanding shares of Wausau’s common stock, has agreed to vote all of its shares in favor of each of the Board’s nominees at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
    “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Starboard,” said Michael C. Burandt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wausau Paper. “Wausau Paper continues to be well-positioned to capitalize on the investments that we have made in the tissue business, and we look forward to continuing to work productively with Gavin as he formally joins our Board of Directors.”
    Mr. Molinelli stated, “We are pleased to have again worked constructively with management and the Board of Wausau. Wausau has a fantastic combination of brands, employees, assets and distributors, and I look forward to working diligently and constructively with my fellow Board members to substantially improve profitability and create shareholder value at Wausau.”
    The complete agreement between Wausau Paper and Starboard will be included as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Further details regarding the 2014 Annual Meeting will be included in the Company’s definitive proxy materials, which will be filed with the SEC.
    (Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue Products Corporate Office)
     
    22.07.2014   Paper, linerboard recyclable, repulpable, nontoxic    ( Company news )

    Company news Cortec® Corp. has introduced EcoShield® paper and linerboard made from high-quality recycled paper. This packaging product is coated with a water-based barrier coating and is fully recyclable and repulpable.
    The paper can be recycled into other types of paper products, such as boxes, cardboard, and other corrugated materials. It also can be repulped—made into or mixed with pulp to make new paper products. There is no need to separate the paper base from the coating. This environmentally safe product is oil- and grease-resistant, combining moisture barrier properties and oil and grease resistivity into one step.
    In addition to being safe to the environment, the product complies with FDA regulations under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 for food contact. It can be used in applications in which direct or indirect food contact may occur. In the manufacturing process, there is no chlorine or other bleaching chemicals, which eliminates package contamination.
    The paper also displays a reduced moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR), meaning it has an MVTR value similar to polycoated papers and better than waxed papers while being biobased and environmentally friendly, says the company.
    The coating helps to protects items that are sensitive to moisture. The items may be wrapped in the special paper or packaged in boxes that have been made with the coated linerboard. The product is nontoxic, nonirritating, and nitrite- and amine-free. It does not contain any silicones, chromates, or other heavy metals.
    The product was tested according to the Fibre Box Association’s voluntary standard for repulpability and also was tested according to ASTM E-96’s standard for water vapor transmission of materials.
    (Cortec Corporation)
     
    21.07.2014   ANDRITZ to upgrade deinking line for Danalakshmi Paper Mills, India    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Danalakshmi Paper Mills to rebuild an existing deinking pulp line in Tamil Nadu, India.
    The upgrade aims at improving the quality of the waste paper stock used for paper production. Start-up is scheduled for April 2015.
    The scope of supply includes two SelectaFlot flotation stages, a thickener, a ModuScreen TC tailing screen, a cleaning plant, and pumps. After the rebuild, the plant will produce newsprint as well as printing and writing papers using sorted office paper, printer’s offset cuttings, coated book stock, and notebook.
    Danalakshmi is one of India’s leading newsprint manufacturing companies, supplying newsprint grades to the local market as well as exporting its products to several countries in Asia and in Africa. The paper mill has an installed capacity of 40,000 tons per year.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    21.07.2014   BOBST sharpens focus in coating operations and announces the appointment of Head of the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Product Line Coating

    In recent years BOBST has committed major investments to infuse new strength and resources dedicated to the development of coating equipment, achieving successful global growth in a number of key specialty applications. The latest project for the supply of a new aluminium lacquering line to a major European converter has matured BOBST’s decision to create a Product Line Coating within its Business Unit Web-fed. The latter supplies world leading technology in web-fed printing and converting equipment for the flexible materials and folding carton industries.

    Picture left to right: Messrs Detlef Merklinger, new member of the BU Web-fed management team and Head of the Product Line Coating and Erik Bothorel, Head of the Business Unit Web-fed and member of the Group Executive Committee.

    The appointment of Mr Detlef Merklinger as Head of the Product Line Coating and the strengthening of the team of specialists dedicated to this market sector underline the continuity of BOBST’s commitment to provide solutions of excellence also in the field of Coating. The strategy is to expand capabilities and product offering to further develop additional segments, including paper coating & laminating, labelstock, tape production, siliconizing, aluminium lacquering, and printed electronics.
    Detlef Merklinger has held a number of senior management positions during his 20-year career in the converting industry, with special expertise in all aspects of label stock production and markets. Joining BOBST can be considered a home coming experience for him, having been responsible for the Coating & Laminating operations of Valmet Rotomec in the late 90s, prior to BOBST acquisition in 2004.
    “I am pleased to welcome back Detlef Merklinger and wish him well as he joins the management team of the Business Unit Web-fed. The deep knowledge and international experience of the converting market that he has developed and brings along is the ideal background for heading our Product Line Coating” said Erik Bothorel, Head of the Business Unit Web-fed and member of the Group Executive Committee. “We are confident that he will leverage our leading-edge technology through his market knowledge to strengthen our leadership rank and achieve our growth objectives in the Coating sector”.
    BOBST’s core competences in coating are based in the production plant of Bobst Italia in San Giorgio Monferrato, in northern Italy. With more than 50 years of know-how in gravure printing, coating methods, drying systems and web substrate handling, the facility is BOBST’s Centre of Excellence for gravure printing, laminating and coating technologies.
    “I have been very impressed by the engineering excellence and operational efficiency of BOBST coating solutions. I look forward to building on the momentum behind the growth of recent years to further expand our hold in the global market”, commented Detlef Merklinger. “Planned investment in Bobst Italia’s Technology Centre will also enable widening of the range of applications available for R&D testing and trial runs for new developments in coating technologies”.
    (Bobst MEX SA)
     
    21.07.2014   Portucel Soporcel Group breaks new ground with Navigator On the Go    ( Company news )

    Company news Navigator launches lighter easy-to-carry packaging featuring new handle

    Navigator, the world's best-selling brand of premium office paper, has again broken new ground in the market with the launch of the new
    Navigator On the Go, combining a 3-ream pack (Navigator Universal 80 g.m2), instead of the traditional 5 reams, with a convenient handle, making it easy to carry.
    Developed for contemporary paper consumers, this new solution extends the Navigator range with a user-friendly product, an attractive image and distinctive marketing, all specifically designed to set it apart from traditional office paper and to improve product visibility at the point of sale.
    The innovative handle featured by Navigator On the Go makes it easy and convenient for consumers to carry. The pack contains 3 reams of Navigator Universal 80g.m2, making it 40% lighter than the traditional 5-ream boxes. The product is tailored to the needs of the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) market, where convenience, reduced wastage and high quality standards are all highly prized.
    The Navigator On the Go pack continues to offer the brand's unrivalled performance, combined with the superb printing quality demanded by consumers, fully compatible with all applications in any printing equipment.
    This new concept will be available at the brand's main points of sale throughout Europe.
    (Soporcel-Sociedade Portuguesa de Papel SA)
     
    21.07.2014   PAP-FOR Russia 2014 exhibition announces on-line registration opening!    ( Company news )

    Company news Get your free access to the famous pulp and paper event in Russia and CIS right now!

    WHAT: XIII International Exhibition and Business Forum for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries

    WHERE: PAP-FOR Russia will be held at the new venue – International Convention and Exhibition Centre EXPOFORUM, Pavilion 1. Peterburgskoye Highway, 64/1, St. Petersburg, Russia

    WHEN: 28.10.2014 – 31.10.2014

    4 STEPS TO THE EXHIBITION
    Complete on-line registration form and save your time on-site during show hours.

    HOW TO GET A TICKET?
    1. Submit on-line registration form at www.papfor.com/en
    2. Receive a confirmation letter containing your personal e-ticket.
    3. Print e-ticket out and bring it to the exhibition.
    4. Get your personal visitor badge at on-site registration desk in exchange.

    Get a ticket>>

    WHERE TO STAY?
    EF-International Ltd., the Official travel agent of the exhibition, offers special terms for accomodation next to the exhibition venue.
    Free transfers "HOTEL – EXPOFORUM – HOTEL" are provided when using the EF-International Ltd hotel booking services.
    (Reed Exhibitions)
     
    18.07.2014   Europac Papel Dueñas: PM 2 resumes operation ahead of schedule following rebuild by Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Following a rebuild by Voith, the PM 2 of the Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.) was successfully restarted at its plant in Dueñas in the Spanish Province of Palencia after just 15 days of downtime and seven days of commissioning. This meant that the machine was back in production one day sooner than planned.
    “In Voith we had a reliable partner at our side during this project. The entire rebuild was done in a very short time frame,” confirms Maria Berzosa, who is responsible for the project at Europac in Dueñas and continues: “Very quickly, the PM 2 was producing again top-quality packaging paper.”
    The Europac Group had opted for a rebuild in order to produce also white coated testliner in the future. This was achieved by installing a Voith SpeedSizer, which applies a uniform, flawless film for sizing and coating, and systematically improves paper characteristics, penetration and surface coverage.
    Europac chose to work with Voith because it has decades of experience and expertise in board and packaging paper machines. The SpeedSizer applicator unit supplied is one of many components from the Voith product range that has long-standing proven reliability. Europac could therefore be confident of making a reliable investment.
    As well as the SpeedSizer, the scope of supply included a starch and coating colour preparation unit and a CB-Turn for non-contact turning of the paper web. The PM 2 has a production capacity of 150,000 metric tons per year of brown, white and white coated testliner at an operating speed of 1,100 m/min.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    18.07.2014   Cascades Receives the cpia Sustainability Award for its Evok® Product Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades is pleased to announce that its line of EVOK® products was selected by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association as a recipient of the CPIA Sustainability Award . This prestigious award was accepted by Mathieu Roberge, Products and Processes Development Manager at Cascades, during the CPIA Plastics Industry Leadership Awards Dinner held on June 19 th in Toronto.
    The award supports the leadership and efforts undertaken, so to, offer green products. Introduced at the beginning of 2013, EVOK ® is the first polystyrene foam (XPS) food tray in North American grocery stores to contain recycled material. In addition to providing packaging with a performance equivalent to standard polystyrene foam trays, the use of recycled material in EVOK ® represents a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to Cascades standard polystyrene foam.
    “We are thrilled by this public acknowledgement,” stated Mathieu Roberge. “Developing EVOK ® has been a major innovation that has allowed Plastiques Cascades to offer its clients packaging whose environmental footprint has been reduced. Moreover, this accomplishment has earned us industry recognition, which is very gratifying. We are very proud of the whole team and how it has demonstrated leadership in environmental matter!”
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    18.07.2014   KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End Offers Configurable Solution for Breadth of Market Needs    ( Company news )

    Company news Kodak continued its assertion as a leader in digital front end solutions with the introduction of the KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End with System 15.1 Software. Built on open standards to offer a highly scalable and configurable architecture, KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Front Ends allow an operation to expand in processing power as production needs in image and data intensity grow in parallel.
    The announcement is paired with the introduction of the Long Sheet Delivery Unit, a new accessory that, when used with a KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, empowers printers with the flexibility of delivering larger sheet sizes to support a wider variety of applications. The technologies continue to expand the KODAK NEXPRESS Platform-enabled applications that empower commercial print providers to continually differentiate themselves with growing and innovative print solutions.
    “The NexPress Platform is truly next-generation technology, given the gains in quality, productivity and flexibility it affords print service providers,” said Doug Edwards, President, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. “These enhancements to the NexPress offerings will only accelerate that impact.”
    “The latest DFE VII version provides a rich set of tools that sets print service providers up to take advantage of new print applications, positioning them for growth in a market that’s constantly evolving and broadening,” said Len Christopher, NexPress Business Manager, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. “This new DFE features System 15.1 Software, offering three new print modes – two targeted towards repeatable, high-volume applications like direct mail and transactional and a third targeted at the growing photographic market, a lucrative digital market for print service providers.”

    KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End
    The KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End drives all the presses within the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Platform and is the first digital press front end in the industry to have achieved ADOBE PDF Print Engine 3.2 Certification. Beyond offering robust job management, imposition, color management, screening, raster image processing, engine/accessory control and maintenance services, the DFE VII Front End comes in two configurations to serve printers with different needs:
    -Ultra Performance: the Ultra Performance configuration is ideal for new capabilities like SmartRGB as well as photo-rich and high variable data content applications like direct mail and transactional printing. The configuration provides maximum quality and productivity, featuring 64GB RAM so the press is never waiting for files, reducing JPEG compression errors while still keeping fine details.
    -High Performance: the standard mode features 32GB RAM, suited to support standard commercial digital print applications.

    System 15.1 Software
    -Economy Mode: unique halftone screen designed to use significantly less ink and also increase ORC lives when used exclusively, making it ideal for high volume direct mail and transactional applications.
    -Ink Optimization: provides greater color stability and color consistency between press runs for repeatable jobs over time or from press to press. Operations save CMY (Cyan Magenta Yellow) inks by substituting black ink where possible.
    -SmartRGB: significantly improves skin tones by removing grain, keeping details necessary for photo-rich applications.

    Long Sheet Delivery Unit
    -Increased productivity: deliver sheets up to 14 x 36 inches, enabling a more diverse set of print applications.
    -More flexibility: by supporting a wider range of sheet sizes and weights, the long sheet delivery unit can open new revenue streams for printers looking to embrace more diverse offerings such as 6- or 8-page letter brochures, panoramic posters or dust jackets for large books.

    When the original KODAK NEXPRESS 2100 Digital Color Production Press was announced in 2001, there was an emphasis on designing the new press with the backbone of an offset press. Both then and now, tight registration and a support philosophy around the press operator maintaining press quality and consistency have been heralded as advanced for the industry. When Kodak introduced the updated 2100 Plus in 2005, the design allowed for frequent and significant upgrades to the press as new features, functionality and improved consumables became available to the market.
    Electronics, specifically Digital Front Ends (DFEs), has traditionally been an area where digital presses have not had the same benefits as an offset press design. While an older offset press can sustain production for decades, digital devices have often become obsolete as advances in electronics are incorporated in new designs and offerings from manufacturers. With NEXPRESS Presses, Kodak has made a concerted effort to change that approach with the continuous improvement and availability of robust, proprietary front end electronics for the press. To support that endeavor, Kodak is introducing the KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End High Performance and Ultra Performance configurations, the newest DFEs for the KODAK NEXPESS Platform.
    (Kodak GmbH)
     
    18.07.2014   Siemens to supply drive and power equipment for an integrated pulp and board project in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Major order for Siemens in connection with the construction of a new plant for Stora Enso, the pulp and board producer, in Guangxi, P.R. China

    -Installation of an Integrated Drive System (IDS) with over 160 matched motors and frequency converters
    -Supply of power distribution components, motors and drives for the whole factory
    -Efficient generation of power for paper production by a 59 megawatt (MW) steam turbine
    -Automation of the entire plant by the latest generation of the PCS 7 process control system

    Stora Enso is domiciled in Helsinki , and is one of the world's largest forest industry companies.
    It has awarded Siemens a major order in connection with the construction of a new plant in China. The order covers the drive technology, automation of the entire factory, the complete power
    engineering systems, and the power generation. The new, integrated production plants for pulp and packaging board are being built in the
    Chinese province of Guangxi, and the board machine is scheduled to go into operation in the first quarter of 2016. Siemens will deliver an
    Integrated Drive System with over 160 drives for the packaging board
    machine, and will also supply the process control system for the plant-wide automation. The order also includes a steam turbine to generate the power, and the power distribution for the entire factory.
    Siemens will support Stora Enso with the implementation of this major project.
    The company placed great value on having an internationally experienced supplier in China that could supply everything from a single source. Siemens is consequently also responsible for handling the entire engineering of the drive and power solutions, the detailed planning, as well as for supervising the installation and commissioning of the electrical systems.
    An integrated drive system from Siemens with over 160 drives will be installed in the packaging board machine. It will be over 300 meters long, and produce 450,000 metric tons of board per annum, which will be used to produce beverage packaging, among others.
    Harmonized Simotics low and medium voltage motors, and Sinamics
    frequency converters will achieve high efficiency and availability. The optimized components and the well-matched drive train will enable Stora Enso to benefit from a reliable, productive machine.
    The power will be generated by an SST-800 industrial steam turbine from Siemens with center admission and an output of 59 MW. Siemens will also be responsible for all the high, medium and low-voltage switchgear, line, power and distribution transformers, as well as the emergency power supply, power monitoring and control system.
    Siemens will supply a Distributed Control System Sipaper DCS, the latest generation 8.1 of the PCS 7 process control system that will
    enable the entire plant to be automated. Siemens will also equip all the drive systems, the energy switching and monitoring (ESM), and the steam turbine with the same PCS7 automation system.
    This will give Stora Enso all the advantages of a fully standardized, factory-wide automation system.
    (Siemens AG)
     
    18.07.2014   Norske Skog: Lower costs and improved margins    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog strengthened operations due to lower costs and improved efficiency in the second quarter. High production at the mills in a difficult market shows the relative competitive position of the group.

    - The good trend with lower variable and fixed costs. Overall, we are in a better cost position this year compared to prior years, due to continued cost reduction programmes and better economies of scale at our remaining units, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the second quarter of 2014 were NOK 251 million, up from NOK 153 million in the first quarter.
    Loss after tax for the period amounted to NOK -114 million in the second quarter, compared to a profit of NOK 11 million in the first quarter of 2014. The result was impacted by unrealized foreign exchange losses of NOK 121 million. Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 152 million to NOK 6 952 million, of which NOK 136 million related to a negative currency effect due to a weaker Norwegian krone. A weaker Norwegian krone will be positive for the company's future results. Norske Skog repaid the remaining bonds of NOK 496 million with maturity in June. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 206 million in the second quarter, compared to NOK 54 in the first quarter.

    - Cost reductions and lower interest expense after repayment of June-maturities will improve profitability. This coupled with the completion of the major investment program over the last two years will increase cash flow significantly ahead. At the same time, we will continuously monitor the market situation, and if necessary implement active capacity management to counteract the effects of market imbalances, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Europe
    Operating revenue increased due to seasonally somewhat higher sales volumes compared to the previous quarter. Demand for both newsprint and magazine paper in Europe decreased by 4% in the first five months of the year compared to the corresponding period last year.
    Cost of materials declined from the first quarter on a per ton basis, reflecting lower energy and fibre costs. Fixed costs were flat. Capacity utilization was 87% in the second quarter compared to 90% in the first quarter.

    Australasia
    Operating revenue increased compared to the previous quarter, reflecting the start-up of the new magazine paper machine at Boyer. Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Oceania was relatively stable in the first five months of the year, compared to the corresponding period last year.
    Cost of materials was flat on a per ton basis compared to the first quarter, with lower energy costs offsetting more chemical and pulp usage for magazine paper production. Capacity utilization was unchanged on 91% in the quarter.

    Outlook 2014
    Publication paper prices in Europe are expected to remain relatively stable throughout 2014. The market balance for newsprint is acceptable, while the operating rate for magazine paper, which currently is not satisfactory, should improve with seasonal factors.
    Sales volumes will be seasonally higher in the second half of 2014.
    The new machine in Australia has ramped up and will contribute fully from the third quarter.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable. Fixed costs initiatives will continue.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    18.07.2014   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with steel Yankee for Shandong Sun Paper, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed start-up of the tissue machine PrimeLineTM W8 with steel Yankee supplied to Shandong Sun Paper, Yanzhou mill, Shandong province, China.
    The machine (PM27) has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.62 m. The Yankee, manufactured entirely of steel, has a diameter of 18 feet.
    The turnkey supply included the complete stock preparation plant and the automation system as well as a re-evaporation and heat recovery system that recycles energy – in the form of steam – to the production process. In combination with the steel Yankee, this enables very energy-efficient and safe production.
    Start-up of a second ANDRITZ tissue machine for Shandong Sun Paper (PM28) is scheduled for next year.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.07.2014   Smurfit Kappa joins forces with supply chain engineers ESTL     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa announces a new, exclusive partnership with ESTL, the global market-leaders in the safe delivery of goods, bringing together the full suite of expertise for customers’ packaging, transport, security and logistics needs, under one roof.
    This exclusive partnership means that for the first time, brand owners can develop the most innovative and cost-effective packaging solutions in conjunction with both Smurfit Kappa’s supply chain optimisation tools, such as Pack Expert – which analyses over 20,000 supply chains annually – and ESTL’s rigorous transportation tests, to ensure the product arrives safely with the purchaser without unnecessary over-packing.
    With 4% of all shipped goods damaged on arrival, packing a product to ensure its safety during transportation is paramount. However, this can no longer come at the expense of being stand-out on the shelf or easy to open. Smurfit Kappa’s partnership with ESTL provides customers with a one-stop-shop of unrivalled scientific knowledge and insights to get the very best packaging solution for the safe delivery of their product, while still delivering for brand owners, marketers, procurement professionals and logistics experts.
    This is the first time that these two specialist expertise have been brought together. They provide Smurfit Kappa customers with the deepest insights in paper and board packaging along with transport, security and logistics optimisation. As well as ensuring products arrive safely, this also reduces customer costs and resource, as these expertise no longer need to be sourced independently.
    Arco Berkenbosch, Vice President of Marketing, Research and Development at Smurfit Kappa said,

    “By combining our expertise with ESTL, we will uncover ground-breaking insights on transport security and logistics optimisation to help our customers’ businesses. The partnership will enable customers to develop end to end packaging solutions safe in the knowledge that it will deliver on all levels – from safe transportation during the supply chain, through to attracting shoppers on the shelf – while also saving costs on minimising product damage and reducing unnecessary packaging waste.”
    The partnership with ESTL embodies Smurfit Kappa’s focus on delivering innovative solutions that are based on deep customer insights, solving real-world problems and delivering customer growth. The partnership has already benefited a number of big, international brands.
    Jelle Dendauw, President of the packaging department at ESTL said:
    “We are very excited to be partnering with Smurfit Kappa to offer their customers the capability to take a holistic review of their entire supply chain and their associated packaging needs. We give customers a neutral and independent point of view on how they can optimise their pallet load stability and reduce damaged products and waste.”
    This partnership with ESTL is another example of how Smurfit Kappa is set to ‘Open the future’ for its customers. The new strategy focuses on delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, reflecting the continued battle for brand owners to win that all-important First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another. It is brought to life through a dynamic microsite, where a series of films demonstrate how customers across the world have worked in partnership with Smurfit Kappa to create innovative solutions which have driven commercial success. The new microsite can be visited at www.openthefuture.info and will be the home for new, shareable content updated regularly.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    17.07.2014   Voith brings a new hybrid press felt onto the market    ( Company news )

    Company news The newly developed Kinetic hybrid press felt from Voith differs from conventional press felts through its combination of a woven base structure and a non-woven yarn structure. Its modular design gives paper manufacturers the possibility of fulfilling their requirements for dewatering performance and sheet quality at the same time.
    The non-woven yarn structure of Kinetic can be positioned both in machine as well as in cross direction and is designed for fineness and accuracy. Thanks to this structure, Kinetic has a large number of contact points, which provides for up to 20% more efficient dewatering of the paper web. The woven base structure can consist of up to three layers depending on the water volume of the paper machine. Their composition facilitates stability and long running times. The combination of both concepts unites endurance and precision.
    This hybrid structure offers better visual paper characteristics and accelerated start-up times. The cross profile of the paper web is also improved. Kinetic has almost no tendency to markings, compacting or contamination and thus increases the entire operative performance. Quicker start-up times, an extended service life and improved surface characteristics of the paper make Kinetic clearly more economical and thus more efficient than conventional woven or non-woven press felts.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    17.07.2014   Michelman Wins 2014 Manny Award for New Product Development & Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Michelman was a winner at the 2014 Manny Awards held June 18, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio and sponsored by Cincy Magazine. Mr. John Homoelle, Michelman’s Director of New Technology and Regulatory Affairs accepted the award in the New Product Development/Innovation category.

    Pictured in photo left to right – Michelman’s Travis Thomas, Edward Gay, Bryan Becker, John Homoelle

    The award was based on Michelman’s introduction of water-based products for use in food packaging and composite parts manufacturing applications. Using technology licensed from Dow Chemical, Michelman has developed and introduced new products using water-based polymers that are more environmentally friendly, non-flammable, and that can be applied in smaller, more precise amounts.
    According to Mr. Homoelle, “These water based solutions eliminate the need for hazardous solvents in a range of applications such as bonding composite auto parts and sealing food packaging. Using all techniques, we have commercialized about 150 new products in the past three years across all of our business units, and have developed a process to identify key success factors before we start on a new product.”
    (Michelman Inc.)
     
    17.07.2014   EFI Expands Innovation With UltraDrop, LED and Automation at Shanghai AD & Sign 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news EFI Exhibit Featured Worldwide Debut of the 5-Meter EFI VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro Printer (photo), Part of the Most Advanced Inkjet Portfolio for Greener, More Productive Graphics Printing

    EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) has been premiering the world's most versatile five-meter printer - the new EFI VUTEk® GS5500LXr Pro with 7pL grayscale UltraDrop™ Technology - this week at the 2014 Shanghai Ad and Sign Technology and Equipment Exhibition. The new roll-to-roll inkjet product is part of an exhibit offering the industry's most significant digital portfolio for greener, more-efficient signage printing with "cool cure" LED inkjet technologies.

    EFI products making their regional debut at the show include:
    -Two new options for the 3.2m, high-volume EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press: fully automated material loading and unloading systems and a Material Edge Guide for printing corrugated board and other challenging substrates.
    -The company's first entry-level LED product, the 1.65m EFI H1625 LED hybrid roll/flatbed printer.
    -The EFI VUTEk GS2000LX Pro hybrid printer, a 2m LED product being shown with new UltraDrop Technology.
    -Version 6 of the EFI Fiery® proServer, a product that can process complex vector data up to ten times faster than competitive systems.

    Unmatched flexibility in high-quality, roll-to-roll graphics imaging
    The VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer unveiled at the Shanghai Ad and Sign exhibition delivers extraordinary performance in high-throughput work requiring precise imaging, thanks to its innovative LED imaging platform and EFI's new 7pL greyscale UltraDrop Technology and new, highly flexible ink.
    "UltraDrop Technology provides an important new competitive advantage," said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Inkjet Solutions. "With UltraDrop and LED on the new VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer, we have eliminated barriers businesses face producing greener, high-volume and high-quality roll-to-roll graphics. We are delighted to make the worldwide introduction of this revolutionary product this week in China among the many other innovative products we are presenting in Shanghai to fuel our customers' success with increased productivity, high quality, reduced waste and more-profitable printing."

    UltraDrop Technology employs native 7pL print heads with true multi-drop addressability in each dot position, giving high apparent resolution and high-definition quality with four-level grayscale and two ink density levels. The new technology also produces outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as superb text quality with four-point text in both standard and knockout with fewer, stray "satellite" droplets and more clarity in all print modes.
    The printer's LED inks cure at a lower temperature than is required for other curing or drying methods, giving users the ability to print on a wider range of media that cannot withstand high heat - including less-expensive and thinner media down to .79 mm thick. The VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer is ideal for nearly all roll-to-roll graphics uses, including textile and mesh print jobs.
    With its EFI VUTEk GSLXr 3M™ SuperFlex ink, the printer delivers superior performance for outdoor applications, vehicle wraps and graphic applications on textured surfaces, such as brick panels. The ink also offers an extended color gamut, plus it provides solvent-like elongation characteristics and withstands heat installation without cracking.

    New 3M™ MCS™ Warranty
    EFI and 3M Commercial Solutions now also offer a 3M™ MCS™ Warranty for vehicle graphics when produced using the appropriate 3M base film, EFI VUTEk GSLXr 3M™ SuperFlex UV Inks (excluding white), the new EFI VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer and the appropriate 3M film over laminate.
    The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty is widely recognized as the industry's most comprehensive finished graphics warranty, covering fading, cracking, peeling and other aspects of graphic performance. The system of matched 3M components comes with the science and weathering technology that assures end users that their images will perform as expected for the life of the graphic.

    Significant energy cost savings with LED imaging
    As of now, EFI has installed more than 250 printers using its innovative LED inkjet technology worldwide. Energy assessments carried out by industry association Fogra have confirmed that EFI's VUTEk wide-format printers with LED curing show energy reductions of up to 82% when compared with devices that use conventional mercury arc lamps.
    EFI is bringing these green, energy- and money-saving benefits into a new market area with its first entry-level LED product, the EFI H1625 LED printer. This hybrid roll/flatbed offering provides the cost and media versatility of cool cure imaging at an affordable price point. The product is ideal for print professionals looking for a fast return on investment and low operating costs on a printer offering the advantages of LED, grayscale, standard white ink, and single-pass multilayer printing. The product's variable droplets provide eight levels of greyscale for superior image quality, fine gradients and strong solid colors.
    "The cost of operation is better with the EFI H1625 LED printer because it uses so much less energy than other devices," according to one user of the new printer, Chris Root, founder of U.S. printing company Evron Graphics in Livermore, Calif. "The printer also has a number of nice improvements for a product in its price range, including better software, more automation, and a more powerful vacuum table."
    The new automation on EFI's high-volume inkjet press, the 3.2m VUTEk HS100 Pro, drives higher productivity by eliminating manual feeding and off-loading of jobs. The printer offers a high-volume digital production alternative to analog screen print and offset methods, providing versatile, fast production with exacting grayscale quality and variable gloss print modes.

    Faster image processing with the latest EFI Fiery proServer
    The EFI Fiery proServer Version 6, a new, scalable and flexible digital front-end workflow, offers significantly faster processing speeds. The Fiery proServer's EFI FAST RIP (Fiery Accelerated System Technology) processing engine handles complex vector data up to 10 times faster than competitive systems.
    Designed for EFI VUTEk printers but compatible with over 500 wide- and superwide-format printers from numerous major manufacturers, Fiery proServer Version 6 also supports Fogra PSD certifications, and it offers new tiling features for improved usability. A dynamic smoothing feature on the new Fiery proServer ensures superior gradient output.
    (efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)
     

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