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    Novo: Birkner 2016 International PaperWorld - Madrugador especial de web e livro    ( Company news )

    Company news Em poucas semanas as novas ediçoes de livro e do aceso da base de dados do internet de Birkner 2016 – International PaperWorld serán publicados.

    No tempo de transformação da indústria papeleira as medias de Birkner oferecen uma visão única da indústria papeleira internacional de 153 paises.
    Mais que 28.000 perfils atualizados com 23.000 endereços internet tornam mais facil o estabelecimento de contato direto con empresas.


    Além de produtores, transformadores e fornecedores de matérias-primas também perfis de empresas de empresas de serviços, fornecedores e revendedores são apresentados.
    A versão profissional do banco de dados actualizada regularmente www.paper-world.com ofrece numa forma ideal la oportunidade de pesquisa detalhada, função de exportação de dados e serviço atual de novidades para a manutenção de contatos de negócios novos e existentes.

    A nova edição de livro em dos folhetos de Birkner 2016 – International PaperWorld suporta a pesquisa em perfis empresariais estruturados no modo estruturado y comprovado.

    Usen os preços economicos de combinação e preencha o formulário de encomenda ou por e-mail a nosso endereço info@paper-world.com para receber os seus exemplares pessoais apos da publicação.
     
    11.02.2016   Implementation of CSR activities    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2015, we published our first Corporate Social Responsibility report. Creating the report, the company intensively reviewed its activities regarding social, economic and environmental sustainability. In the area of ecology, Marbach already laid the foundation for a successful future a few years ago with its philosophy marbagreen.

    Marketing Manager Tina Dost: “For us, the CSR report is not only a report. It’s about uniting already existing measures and activities within the three areas of social, economic and environmental sustainability. It provides a guideline we can use as a basis for optimizations. CSR is firmly anchored in our company strategy. Every year, we plan targeted activities and transport those in our daily business.”

    For the years 2015 and 2016, Marbach is focusing on the topic of environmental protection, especially the subject of saving energy.

    In 2015, there already have been investments in different plants, which reduce the production hall’s energy use drastically. A central vacuum unit has been installed that is considerably more efficient than conventional systems. Furthermore, a ventilation system and a central chiller unit not only ensure an optimal climate for the employees and the machinery but also an optimized energy balance.

    Tina Dost: „But that’s not all. At the moment, an energy audit is in progress, in which our consumption is analyzed by an external company. This analysis is used as the basis for recommendations in what areas an energy usage optimization is possible and reasonable.” Throughout the year, Marbach will take appropriate measures for an efficient use of resources.
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    11.02.2016   SCA Paper reorganizes its customer service    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA Paper is moving its containerboard customer service from Brussels to Umeå. Customer service for publication papers in Benelux and Portugal is being relocated to Germany.

    To improve its efficiency and service to customers, SCA Paper is gathering all sales administration, customer service and logistical planning for containerboard to Obbola, SCA’s kraftliner mill (photo) outside Umeå, Sweden. This will involve relocating customer service which, up until now has been located in Brussels, to Umeå. Seven employees in Brussels will be affected by the move and have been offered positions in Umeå.

    “Consolidating all customer service throughout the chain, from order to delivery, will enable us to provide even better service to our customers,” says Mikael Frölander, Vice President Sales and Marketing Containerboard. “Our ambition is to develop partnerships with our customers and there is thus immense value to be gained by gathering all employees involved in customer service and sales administration in one place. Our representation in the market will be unaffected by the change.”

    SCA Paper is also relocating its customer service for publication papers to Germany from Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Portugal. The change will affect seven employees.

    “We are consolidating our customer service resources for publication papers to our office outside Düsseldorf in Germany,” says Ulf Edman, Vice President Sales and Marketing Publication Papers. “An office with a shared way of working and strengthened resources can provide reliable and efficient service to our customers. We will be just as well represented in the Benelux markets and Portugal as in the past.”
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    11.02.2016   Improved tail threading process at the Sappi Somerset mill (PM2) in Skowhegan, Maine    ( Company news )

    Company news EV Group Oy (EVG) contributed to an improved tail threading process at the Sappi Somerset mill’s paper machine 2 (PM2) in Skowhegan, Maine. Bottlenecks in the PM2 tail threading process have been efficiently eliminated by installing a system for the transfer of the tail into the ropes in the single felted area of the machine. The delivery included the Gap, Stop, Cut and Transfer blow Technology, supported by a tail threading vacuum zone being drilled to one dryer cylinder on site. The rope pulleys were also relocated, adjusted to the new technology being installed.

    Additionally, the dryer section improvement supporting edge nozzles was installed in the press section to prevent harmful sheet edge flutter after the suction transfer roll.

    The total delivery of the rebuild was supported by EVG Engineers, who supervised both the installation and start-up. After the PM2 improvements, tail threading into the ropes became more efficient and reduced the overall time needed for threading. The original project targets for threading were clearly achieved!
    (EV Group Oy - EVG)
     
    11.02.2016   Resolute Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Q4 adjusted EBITDA of $41 million / $276 million in 2015
    -Lower costs and CAD tailwind insufficient to overcome $348 million of lower pricing for 2015
    -Net pension & OPEB liability dropped by $438 million
    -Continuing to execute on growth strategy into tissue with Atlas Paper acquisition
    -Q4 loss of $0.29 per share (excl. special items) / GAAP net loss of $2.39 per share

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) reported a net loss of $26 million (excluding special items), or $0.29 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, compared to net income of $35 million (excluding special items), or $0.37 per share, in the same period in 2014. Sales were $894 million in the quarter, down $161 million, or 15%, from the fourth quarter of 2014. GAAP net loss was $214 million, or $2.39 per share, compared to a net loss of $109 million, or $1.15 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2014.

    For the year, the company reported a net loss of $24 million (excluding special items), or $0.26 per share, compared to net income of $39 million (excluding special items), or $0.41 per share, in 2014. Annual sales were $3.6 billion, down $613 million, or 14%, from 2014. GAAP net loss for the year was $257 million, or $2.78 per share, compared to a net loss of $277 million, or $2.93 per share, in 2014. Almost all the special items in the periods covered are made up of non-cash impairment or closure-related costs, and non-cash non-operating pension expenses.

    "Even as we continue to make progress lowering our costs, the price deterioration we experienced in the fourth quarter and for all of 2015 demonstrates that the forest products industry has not been spared from the cyclical downturn in global commodities," said Richard Garneau (photo), president and chief executive officer. "With our financial strength, our competitive position and our focus on operational excellence, we are well positioned to weather this storm and to sustain our growth initiatives in wood products, market pulp and tissue. As we enter the critical construction stages of our Calhoun tissue expansion, we're also focused on: gaining efficiency with our two new Northern Ontario sawmills; quickly ramping-up the Calhoun continuous pulp digester; and smoothly integrating Atlas Paper after our November acquisition. This transaction not only gives us an immediate tissue presence and allows us to capture unique synergies, but the Atlas management team also adds a key success factor in the execution of the Calhoun tissue expansion."

    Non-GAAP financial measures, such as adjustments for special items and adjusted EBITDA, are explained and reconciled below.

    OPERATING INCOME VARIANCE AGAINST PRIOR PERIOD

    Consolidated

    The company reported an operating loss of $226 million in the quarter, compared to operating income of $6 million in the third quarter. The difference reflects primarily lower selling prices ($22 million), particularly for wood products, newsprint and market pulp, as well as a $14 million non-cash settlement charge related to annuity purchases for certain inactive U.S. employees, and an unfavorable variance related to property tax adjustments and the recognition of additional tax credits in connection with infrastructure investments during the third quarter ($13 million).

    The company also incurred a $176 million non-cash impairment charge in the fourth quarter in connection with the write-down of assets at the Catawba, South Carolina, mill. In the same quarter of 2014, the company reported $131 million of accelerated depreciation and other closure-related costs associated with the permanent capacity closures announced in that quarter.

    The company reported an operating loss of $219 million for the full-year period, compared to a loss of $174 million in 2014. Lower selling prices across all the segments unfavorably affected operating income by $348 million in the year, including a 17% drop in average transaction price in the wood products segment, 13% in newsprint, 8% in market pulp and 2% in specialty papers. Operating results were also affected by lower volume overall, reflecting lower shipments of newsprint and specialty papers following capacity rationalization initiatives in 2014 to, among other things, adapt to changing market dynamics. This was only partially offset by an increase of wood products shipments as a result of capacity enhancement initiatives in that segment.

    Total pension and other postretirement benefit ("OPEB") expenses were $68 million higher in 2015, which is related to the $330 million increase in balance sheet net pension and OPEB liability in 20141 and the fourth quarter settlement charge related to annuity purchases for certain inactive U.S. employees. Otherwise, manufacturing costs fell by $148 million compared to 2014, which reflects the abnormally cold winter of 2014 ($40 million), the effect of asset optimization initiatives ($37 million) as well as lower costs associated with maintenance and higher productivity ($25 million), and lower natural gas, chemicals and other commodity-related costs ($16 million). The weaker Canadian dollar favorably affected operating income by $171 million.

    Closure-related costs were $181 million in 2015 as a result of the Catawba impairment, compared to $278 million in 2014 when the company incurred accelerated depreciation and other closure-related charges in connection with the permanent closure of the Laurentide, Quebec, and Iroquois Falls, Ontario, mills, in addition to a paper machine at the Catawba mill and two newsprint machines in Quebec.

    Market Pulp

    The market pulp segment generated operating income of $17 million in the fourth quarter, $5 million lower than the third. The decrease reflects a 3%, or $16 per metric ton, drop in the average transaction price largely due to softer market conditions in North America and a 24,000 metric ton decrease in shipments, or 7%. In addition to an unfavorable variance due to a property tax adjustment in the third quarter, these unfavorable effects were only partly offset by $7 million of other lower manufacturing costs. As a result, the operating cost per unit (or the "delivered cost"), at $574 per metric ton, was essentially unchanged. Despite down-cycle pricing, adjusted EBITDA for the segment was $30 million, for a margin of $89 per metric ton, or 14%, compared to $100 in the previous quarter and a trailing twelve month average of $94 per metric ton. Finished goods inventory was 90,000 metric tons at quarter end, a 13,000 metric ton increase from the abnormally low level at the end of the third quarter.

    For 2015, the segment generated operating income of $76 million, a $13 million improvement over 2014. This reflects a significant reduction in manufacturing costs, with the delivered cost down by $67 per metric ton, or 10%, as a result of a better contribution from the Saint-Félicien, Quebec, power cogeneration facility, lower commodity prices and stronger operating performance. The improvement in operating income also includes the positive effect of the weaker Canadian dollar and a positive variance related to the abnormally cold winter of 2014, which led to higher steam costs and wood prices in the year-ago period. But these favorable elements were almost entirely offset by the significant drop in average transaction price, down by $58 per metric ton, or 8%, year-over-year. Lower overall costs more than compensated for the drop in pricing, resulting in an 11% increase in adjusted EBITDA, to $129 million, or $94 per metric ton, compared to $84 in 2014. Year-end finished goods inventory was essentially unchanged from the year-ago period.

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    1 In the second quarter, the company changed its presentation of pension and OPEB costs to isolate the net financing and remeasurement components previously allocated to the operating segments and reallocate them to "corporate and other" in the segment presentation of operating income. Current service costs and amortization of prior service credits continue to be allocated to the operating segments.

    Tissue

    The company acquired Atlas Paper Holdings, Inc. on November 16, and included its results of operations as of the acquisition date. Based in Florida, Atlas Paper manufactures a range of tissue products for the away-from-home and private-label at-home markets, including virgin and recycled products, covering economy, value and premium grades. It operates: three tissue machines, with an annual production capacity of approximately 65,000 short tons; 14 converting lines in Miami and Orlando; and a paper recycling facility in Tampa.

    Starting with the fourth quarter, the Atlas Paper results of operations are reported in a stand-alone "tissue" segment. In the short period since the acquisition, the tissue assets generated an operating loss of $1 million and adjusted EBITDA of nil. The average transaction price in the segment was $1,537 per short ton and the delivered cost was $1,569; sales were $11 million on shipments of 7,000 short tons.

    Wood Products

    The wood products segment generated an operating loss of $8 million in the quarter, compared to operating income of $9 million in the third quarter. The difference reflects the $18 per thousand board feet decrease in average transaction price, or 6%, and an unfavorable variance due to the recognition of additional tax credits in connection with infrastructure investments in the third quarter. This caused a 5% increase in the delivered cost, to $310 per thousand board feet. Shipments rose by a further 25 million board feet, or 6%, to 446 million board feet, including production improvements at the Atikokan and Ignace sawmills in Northern Ontario. Segment adjusted EBITDA was $3 million in the quarter, for a margin of $7 per thousand board feet, or 2%, compared to $43 in the previous quarter and a trailing twelve month average of $23 per thousand board feet. Finished goods inventory was slightly lower at quarter-end.

    Operating income for the year was $2 million in the wood products segment, $67 million lower than in 2014. The drop is almost entirely due to the significant fall in average transaction price, down by $65 per thousand board feet, or 17%, which was only partially offset by the favorable effect of the weaker Canadian dollar and the 93 million board feet increase in shipments, or 6%. The increase in shipments follows capacity enhancement initiatives, including better productivity at the Comtois, Quebec, and Thunder Bay, Ontario, sawmills, the start-up of the Thunder Bay wood pellet facility, and also shipments from the new Atikokan and Ignace sawmills. Adjusted EBITDA for the segment was $39 million in 2015, compared to $102 million in 2014, a 62% decrease, reflecting margins of 7% and 17%, respectively.

    Newsprint

    The newsprint segment generated an operating loss of $13 million in the quarter, compared to a loss of $10 million in the third quarter. The widening loss is due to the further decline in average transaction price, falling another 3%, or $14 per metric ton, to $484 per metric ton. This is the fifth consecutive quarter where the average price has fallen by more than $10 per metric ton, and the effect in the quarter was only partially offset by a 7% increase in shipments, or 34,000 metric tons. The increase in shipments was due to seasonality and downtime at the Thorold, Ontario, mill in the third quarter to minimize the company's exposure to elevated power costs in Southern Ontario. The delivered cost fell by $8 per metric ton, or 2%, in large part due to the effect of volume, and finished goods inventory was 10% lower at quarter-end compared to the third quarter. The lower pricing reduced the EBITDA margin to $5 per metric ton, compared to $12 per metric ton in the previous quarter and a trailing twelve month average of $19 per metric ton.

    Primarily as a result of a significant drop in selling prices and lower shipments, the segment generated an operating loss of $23 million in 2015, compared to operating income of $20 million in 2014. The year-over-year average transaction price fell by $77 per metric ton, or 13%, and shipments were 221,000 metric tons lower, or 9%, following capacity closures in late 2014 and early 2015. These items had a $143 million and $26 million, respectively, detrimental effect on operating results, and were only partially offset by the favorable effect of the weaker Canadian dollar and asset optimization initiatives to lower costs, as well as a positive variance related to the abnormally cold winter of 2014. As a result, adjusted EBITDA in the newsprint segment fell from $89 million in 2014 to $41 million in 2015, reflecting an EBITDA margin of 4% in 2015 and 6% in 2014.

    Specialty Papers

    The specialty papers segment generated an operating loss of $2 million in the quarter, compared to income of $9 million in the third. The change was largely due to an increase in manufacturing costs due to the transition process to Calhoun's new continuous digester and its pre-start-up, as well as some operational inefficiencies in Catawba, which pushed the delivered cost up by 4% in the quarter. The average transaction price was essentially unchanged, but shipments decreased by 12,000 short tons, or 3%. Finished goods inventory fell by 14,000 short tons, or 14%. Adjusted EBITDA from specialty papers was $15 million in the quarter, down from $27 million in the previous quarter, for an EBITDA margin of $38 per short ton, or 5%, compared to $66 in the previous quarter and a trailing twelve month average of $63 per short ton.

    Operating income in the segment for the year was $29 million, a $48 million improvement over 2014. The change reflects mainly the favorable effect of the weaker Canadian dollar and asset optimization initiatives to lower costs, as well as a positive variance related to the abnormally cold winter of 2014. As a result, the delivered cost was down by $45 per short ton, or 6%, to $681. But these items were partially offset by a 198,000 short ton decrease in shipments following the closure of the Laurentide, Quebec, mill in the fourth quarter of 2014, as well as lower average transaction prices, down by 2%. Adjusted EBTIDA in the segment was $100 million in 2015, a 59% increase over 2014, with the EBITDA margin at $63 per short ton compared to $35 in 2014.

    CONSOLIDATED QUARTERLY OPERATING INCOME VARIANCE AGAINST YEAR-AGO PERIOD

    The company reported an operating loss of $226 million in the quarter, compared to a loss of $93 million in the year-ago period. The most significant contributor to the change was the lower selling prices ($115 million), which affected each segment: the average transaction price fell by 22% in wood products, 16% in newsprint, 10% in market pulp and 3% in specialty papers. Despite higher shipments of wood products with the company's capacity enhancement initiatives, overall volume was lower ($12 million) because of 2014 newsprint and specialty papers capacity rationalization initiatives to, among other things, adapt to changing market dynamics. The effect of lower prices and volume was partially offset by the weaker Canadian dollar ($49 million) and, despite the inclusion of Atlas, lower manufacturing and freight costs ($18 million). The lower freight costs largely reflect lower fuel surcharges. Total pension and OPEB expenses increased by $29 million in the quarter, which is related to the $330 million increase in balance sheet net pension and OPEB liability in 2014 and a $14 million settlement charge in the fourth quarter related to annuity purchases for certain inactive U.S. employees.

    There were $173 million of closure-related costs in the quarter, almost of all of which is due to the impairment of assets at the Catawba facility. In the same period of 2014, there was $131 million of accelerated depreciation and other closure-related costs, mostly related to the permanent capacity closures announced in that quarter.

    CORPORATE & FINANCE

    "The net pension and OPEB liability on our balance sheet fell by $438 million at year-end, mainly as a result of the favorable currency impact, an increase in the applicable discount rate and our regular contributions," said Jo-Ann Longworth, senior vice president and chief financial officer. "With the acquisition of Atlas Paper, our cash position dropped by $177 million in the quarter, reflecting mostly the lower EBITDA, the $156 million acquisition price but also an $18 million increase in capital expenditures, to $62 million, partially offset by a favorable change in working capital. With a presently undrawn ABL, we retain very strong liquidity, over $500 million, to support our continued transformation, building on the Atlas acquisition and the Calhoun pulp digester project to scale up in tissue with our Calhoun expansion."

    OUTLOOK

    Mr. Garneau added: "Like many other global commodities, market prices and margins associated with forest products were under significant pressure in 2015. In the case of newsprint, our view is that this momentum – amplified as it was by the effect of weaker global currencies – has pushed transaction prices down to levels that exaggerate actual market conditions. We've therefore announced, for the first time in nearly six years, two incremental newsprint price increases in North America effective as of January and February, which we are implementing. More broadly speaking, we're confident that we have the asset base, the service model, the financial strength and the mindset to compete in this challenging environment. This applies also to our specialty papers, but market conditions in that segment show additional signs of near-term headwinds as a result of currency-driven imports, grade interchangeability and also the effect of seasonality.

    Our view in market pulp is unchanged: We believe in the underlying fundamentals and growth prospects longer term, but our near-term pricing expectations remain cautious. Despite that, our continuous pulp digester in Calhoun is now running, and making good progress toward reaching its expected normal operating efficiency. We expect to reach that level by the end of this quarter, which will give us additional capacity and lower mill-wide costs.

    We are also uniquely positioned to generate synergies and capitalize on related benefits with the Atlas Paper acquisition, primarily by optimizing its pulp supply with our own strong U.S. market pulp network and pressing ahead with opportunities to maximize its converting capacity. In fact, we are already well advanced in the integration process, having run a number of successful trials using Resolute kraft and recycled pulp. Our tissue segment will grow as we drive synergies and improve market penetration with Atlas and as we ramp-up our world-class tissue and converting facilities in Calhoun.

    North American lumber markets continue to be under pressure as a result of lower North American lumber and log exports to Asia, but we're confident that our asset base and competitive position will see us through this dip in the cycle. We remain optimistic longer term with the progressive recovery of U.S. housing starts and tightening Canadian log supply over time. We share the concerns of many, however, around the state of free trade for North American softwood lumber following the expiration of the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement last October. Our view is clear: We believe in free trade, including open and unencumbered access to the U.S. markets for all our products, including softwood lumber, because everyone benefits from open and fair market-driven competition. The U.S. has agreed to not initiate trade action that would disrupt free trade during the one-year standstill period after the expiration of the SLA. While some would have extended the SLA construct of managed trade, the U.S. has rejected the idea. Considering the truly market-based systems currently in place in Ontario and Quebec, we feel strongly that Canada should not initiate a move toward managed trade. These systems were either explicitly recognized by NAFTA bi-national panels as "market-determined," like in the case of Ontario, or were recently implemented as a result of wholesale reforms based entirely on leading examples from the U.S., as is the case in Quebec. These extensive reforms must be recognized. In light of the recent progress toward broader international trade partnerships, when it comes to softwood lumber there is every reason for the U.S. and Canada to return to the founding principle of free trade embodied in NAFTA."
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    10.02.2016   Hong Kong International Stationery Fair continues to enjoy a good mix of local and international...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... visitors

    -Genuine stationery buyers and quality exhibitors make this exhibition unique
    -Fringe programme offers practical information and networking opportunity

    The curtains recently fell on the successful Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, which received tremendous acclaim from participants for the unique benefits including the attendance of quality exhibitors and relevant buyers, perfect synergy brought by concurrent shows and the growing Asia Pacific market. The 16th edition enjoys a slight increase in visitor numbers, which is an evident that the show becomes an increasingly important platform. The show drew 20,519 visitors from 110 countries and regions (Visitor numbers in 2015: 20,482). The top 10 visiting countries and regions were (in order of highest attendance): the Chinese mainland, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the United States, Thailand, India, Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines.

    Speaking of the high level of international presence, Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, said: “We pride ourselves on providing an international trading platform for the industry in the Asia Pacific region. The recognition is attributed to the quality exhibitors, highly relevant buyers, synergy of the concurrent shows, the promising Asia Pacific market and the fair’s organisation. These elements have consistently been a cornerstone to its success.”

    Mr Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, concluded: “The show is regarded as a truly effective and preferred platform for the paper, stationery and office supplies industries in Asia Pacific. It provides an irreplaceable platform for making business, strengthening company image, obtaining information on the latest trends, getting inspiring ideas and building closer business links. This year’s show gathered 238 quality exhibitors, increased by almost 6% when compared to 2015, and they come from 15 countries and regions from all over the world. In addition, I am pleased that the show continues to receive support from Korea, Taiwan and Thailand which have again formed pavilions.”

    Genuine stationery buyers and quality exhibitors make this exhibition unique
    The Korean pavilion was organised by the Korea Stationery Industry Cooperative for the first time and these companies brought a wide range of high-quality Korean-made stationery products. They attracted a large number of visitors and made the Korean pavilion a busy aisle. Manager, Mr Young Joong Kim explained: “Korea is one of the major players in the stationery industry. This is the only stationery exhibition in Hong Kong and we knew there would be many European buyers here. We would like to come back and manage a Korean pavilion again next year.”
    Another pavilion organiser, Mr Donald Mai, Secretary-General for the Taiwan Association of Stationery Industries, was enthusiastic about the show and the market. He noted: “The show never disappoints our Taiwanese manufacturers. Hong Kong is a springboard to the Chinese market. With the easing of the one-child policy on the mainland, the market potential is abundant and promising. As you can see, exhibitors from those competent stationery manufacturing and supplying bases such as Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Thailand and the mainland are all here exhibiting. It is a not-to-be-missed trade fair.”
    Already receiving an instant result at the show was the regular UK exhibitor, Classic Sign and Design Ltd, which is a manufacturer and distributor of Disney stickers. Company representative, Mr Phil Rakusen said: “I am very excited that we’ve already made a big deal with a buyer in the morning on the first day. This is so crazy! We’ve also collected many potential leads from Sweden, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Korea, Canada and France. These buyers come from medium to big-sized companies, most of them are the owners and are knowledgeable about the industry, so our business meetings are efficient. We are also satisfied with the visitor flow. The stationery show is held concurrently with the Toys Fair, which are interrelated. The show is useful, important and influential and it’s also a one-stop platform for all kinds of stationery and related items.”

    Many exhibitors were willing to invest in booth space and decoration to maximise their participation. The US company, Mirage International Industries, Inc had one of the largest and most attractive booths which successfully drew considerable visitor traffic. Mirage is a leader in designing and manufacturing stationery products ranging from self-inking stamps, gel pens, novelty pens, ballpoint pens to colour markers and art sets. They are a big supporter of the show, the Mirage’s representative, Ms Peggy Wen explained: “We’ve exhibited here since the inauguration when the show name was still Pen & Paper. I like the show because it attracts the right, professional and serious buyers. Buyers here have already had something in their mind of what they are looking for, and what they want to develop. They came here really for talking about business. The show is held in January, which I like very much because it meets the timeline of production and delivery for the year ahead. This show is the most important platform for our company due to its internationality. I will of course exhibit next year, as we always do.”

    Echoing the view on the show’s highly favourable benefits was another loyal Thai exhibitor, SQI Group Co Ltd, which committed to a larger booth this year with an aim to display more products and attract more potential buyers. SQI is a well-known company, which designs, develops and produces stationery items, painting materials and DIY sets. Ms Wanlapa Porthongkam, Inside Sales Supervisor commented: “It is important to know what customers need and to know the latest market trends. We have been exhibiting at the fair almost every year and that is why we succeed in getting potential buyers every year. We gain invaluable experience from the show and get the right customers.”
    Local and international buyers were also impressed with the overall show quality and the effectiveness which made the trip worthwhile.

    Future Retail Limited has over 200 retail stores and is the largest supermarket in India. First-time visitor, Mr Sachin Pagar, the company’s Stationery Category Manager said he had a packed schedule attending vendor meetings during the show. He noted: “I’ve come here to find new retail suppliers for office stationery and kids’ stationery supplies. This is a better show when compared to other similar shows in the region because there are more suppliers here with good quality, good price and good variety.”

    Flying a long-haul flight to visit the show was Ms Ekaterina Nizamova, Brand Manager for Friends’ Group, one of the leading stationery suppliers for office stationery, gift items, craft items, party and Christmas products and other stationery items in Russia. She shared: “This is definitely one of the top shows in Asia for the industry. This fair has a good level of products and exhibitors, and a good assortment of all suppliers and widely-known brands here. We’re looking for trends and new items and more creative crafts, and we want to see what’s new in the market. It’s important for us to stay competitive in the market and check every year for new ideas and new items.”

    Also expressing a pleasant sentiment was Mr Ram Lakshmanan, Sales Manager for Super Swift General Trading LLC from the UAE. The company operates an online platform providing all kinds of stationery and office supplies and that is why Mr Lakshmanan came to source for highlighters and markers specifically. He said: “I’ve found suppliers and will be placing orders. At the show I’ve seen some new items such as the magnetic sticky notes. This has been a successful trip and I will come back next year. It’s especially good because many people don’t need visas coming to Hong Kong, so this is a very good spot for this show.”

    Fringe programme offers practical information and networking opportunity
    Several noteworthy fringe events in particular highlighted the show’s core themes including the Sharing Session on: Business Opportunities in Taiwan Market and the seminar on “Push your Business Forward - Catch the Latest Design Trends and E-Business Strategies”.

    Audience members were provided with the chance to learn from experts who are highly adept at these topics. Speaker Mr Raymond Leung, VP of Sales and Client Services, cherrypicks shed light on the importance of e-business strategies explaining: “Hong Kong has a usage rate of approximately 80 percent for smart phones right now and there is a trend of business and retail use among mobile devices. I want to inform the audience more about the increase in mobile commerce and enhance the business experience.”
    Another esteemed speaker, Mr Stone IP, Co-founder of HISTREND Limited said: “The audience here is so well-prepared and serious. One of them is going to launch an online store and so he asked for my suggestions.”
    The next edition of Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held from 9 – 12 January 2017.
    (Messe Frankfurt)
     
    10.02.2016   SPGPrints highlights its DSI® digital UV-inkjet workflow and variLEX® ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... high-definition CTP processor at Label & Print 2016

    SPGPrints (stand H34) highlights the versatility of its DSI® (Digital System Integration®) UV-inkjet press and specially formulated inks for short runs and personalised labels as well as SPGPrints’ variLEX® hybrid CTP (computer-to-plate) processor for flexo, dry-offset, screen and letterpress printing formes at Label & Print 2016 (NEC, Birmingham 24 / 25 February 2016).

    DSI® Digital UV-inkjet Workflow for Label Converting
    The 330mm (13”) DSI press is a high-performance alternative for print runs up to 5,000 linear metres (15,000 linear ft.) and for variable data printing. CMYK, intermediate inline LED pinning stations and a chill drum are standard.

    Modularity is central to the DSI offering. In addition to the standard four process colours, the press can be specified or latterly extended with up to six extra stations, including orange and violet to make 90 percent of the colour gamut, digital white with the highest optical density on the market (93 percent), and a digital primer. A full range of semi-rotary converting options can be included in-line too. SPG’s proprietary UV-inkjet inks offer UV-, chemical and scratch-resistance, and include low-migration options, fully compliant with safety standards for safe food / pharmaceutical packaging.

    With installations across Europe, North America and the Middle-East, the DSI press has a proven record in helping label converters boost flexibility and provide a host of high-value short-run and variable data solutions. In addition, SPGPrints offers extensive technical support, preventative maintenance and intensive training so that converters can adopt the digital workflow and smoothly deliver strategic, added-value services.
    Label converters with DSI digital technology have enabled their customers to benefit from just-in-time deliveries, brand diversification, seasonal and targeted promotions and, via variable data, batch traceability, prototypes on-demand and personalised packaging. End users have enjoyed significant system-cost reductions, lead-time improvements and enhanced impact at point-of-sale, as a result of switching to labels produced by the DSI digital workflow.

    variLEX® CTP / CTS processor: a simple, single digital workflow for HD flexo, dry-offset and screen
    SPGPrints’ variLEX® hybrid CTP (computer-to-plate) and CTS (computer-to-screen) processor gives the label and packaging industry a single, digital imaging solution for high-definition flexo, dry-offset, screen and letterpress printing formes.

    variLEX can be equipped with a multi-beam diode laser system for ablating the black mask and/or a multi-beam diode laser system to directly expose UV-sensitive materials like screens. Its integrated inline exposure system, unique to the variLEX, facilitates ablation and exposure in one step. This eliminates the need for offline exposure and ensures sharp printing results.

    The machine accommodates different mounting cylinders to handle all common plate and screen material available on the market. These include a black anodized vacuum cylinder for flexo plates, a magnetic cylinder for screens and letterpress plates, and a hybrid cylinder (vacuum and magnetic) to handle all materials. It comes with SPGPrints’ unique software solutions, including the company’s database-driven on-the-fly RIP system. This allows use of all common graphics industry file systems.
    (SPGPrints B.V.)
     
    10.02.2016   Metsä Board's new folding boxboard production line has started up in Husum    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board, has started up a new folding boxboard production line at its Husum mill in Sweden. The company is aiming the 400,000 t/a volume of the production line at the Americas, as well as at food service end-uses such as cups, plates and trays globally.

    “Metsä Board is well known for its high-quality, lightweight folding boxboards, used widely in packaging globally. Thanks to the new production line and our recent product development, we are now able to respond to food service packaging requirements and demand better than ever before,” comments CEO Mika Joukio.

    Several suppliers have brought their best expertise to the production line project from planning to start-up. During the actual installation phase of the folding boxboard machine, spanning from mid-October until January, over a thousand external workers were employed at Husum. After the start-up, the target is to assure smooth running and high product quality as soon as possible.

    The folding boxboard machine BM1 is the most significant part of the EUR 170 million investment programme carried out at Metsä Board’s Husum mill site. As part of the programme, enhancements have also been made at the pulp mill and the mill site’s own port. As a whole this investment programme completes the company’s transformation process to a pure paperboard company.

    Last November, Metsä Board also announced it is investing an additional EUR 38 million in a new extrusion coating line and related infrastructure in Husum. This line will be taken into use at the beginning of 2017.
    (Metsä Board Paper and Pulp Husum Mill)
     
    10.02.2016   Solid performance continues - Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström comments on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...fourth quarter 2015

    Latest Interim Review
    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Q4/2015 (compared with Q4/2014)
    • Sales EUR 2 487 (EUR 2 552) million decreased 2.5%; sales excluding the structurally declining paper business and divested Corenso and Barcelona Mill increased 5.4%, primarily due to the Montes del Plata pulp mill and Varkaus Mill kraftliner volumes.
    • Operational EBIT increased 15.8% to EUR 242 (EUR 209) million, mainly due to strong performance in Biomaterials, lower variable costs, and favourable FX.
    • EPS EUR 0.53 (EUR -0.15), supported by Bergvik Skog forest fair valuation gain.
    • Cash flow from operations amounted to EUR 412 (EUR 442) million, cash flow after investing activities EUR 75 (EUR 178) million.
    • Continued improvement of the balance sheet; net debt to operational EBITDA 2.4 (2.6), liquidity reduced to EUR 0.8 (EUR 1.4) billion, as planned.
    • Operational ROCE 11.3% (9.7%), operational ROCE excluding the Beihai Mill project in Guangxi 13.3% (13.1%).

    Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments on ​​​​the fourth quarter 2015 results:
    “Stora Enso has shown its ability to transform into a renewable materials growth company. In the fourth quarter, sales excluding the structurally declining paper business and divestments increased 5.4%. This was mainly driven by the Montes del Plata pulp mill and kraftliner from Varkaus Mill. We also continued to generate strong cash flow during the quarter.

    Operational EBIT in the fourth quarter increased 15.8% to EUR 242 million year-on-year, mainly due to strong performance in the Biomaterials division, lower variable costs and favourable foreign exchange. Division Wood Products delivered its highest fourth quarter operational EBIT ever, mainly due to lower wood costs and positive foreign exchange impact. Group return on capital employed excluding our board mill project in Beihai, China exceeded our strategic target 13%.

    We are dedicated to be a driving force of innovation in our industry. During the quarter, we have opened two innovation centres to tap into new opportunities. The Innovation Centre for packaging in Helsinki is designed to drive innovation in packaging. It will be a venue for innovation and R&D, where we will develop innovative and sustainable packaging concepts together with customers and other stakeholders. The Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Stockholm will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing. Its purpose is to create renewable solutions and products from biomass in order to replace fossil-based products.

    We are investing for growth. The construction of the Beihai consumer board mill in China is proceeding, and the board machine is expected to be operational during the second quarter in 2016. We have also taken new investment decisions during the quarter. Division Wood Products will invest EUR 16 million to start pellet production and to build a new the boiler at Ala Sawmill in Sweden, and EUR 10 million to renew the boiler at our Honkalahti Sawmill in Finland.

    In December, we announced plans to divest our ownership in the Arapoti paper mill in Brazil. The divestment is part of our transformation into a renewable materials growth company.

    I am proud that our Sustainability Report 2014 has won four awards, including best sustainability report. The awards are the result of an annual sustainability report review, commissioned by Finland’s leading non-profit corporate responsibility network FIBS. We have recently completed a three-year corporate responsibility initiative on water stewardship run by us and the global chemicals company Kemira in the Guangxi Province in Southern China. The projects have given almost 2 600 villagers better access to clean water.
    Stora Enso is among the few companies globally to publicly report on group-wide human rights findings covering production units, wood supply operations, supply chain management and local community relations.

    We have set action plans based on a group-wide Human Rights assessment consolidated by the Danish Institute for Human Rights. Due to better than expected progress, we started implementation early and achieved 69% completion by the end December of preventive and remediation actions.

    A lot of work remains, but we have now shown our ability to transform into a renewable materials growth company. The transformation is visible in the value we bring to our customers, and it has started to be reflected in our improved operational EBIT and ROCE. We have exciting opportunities ahead.

    The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of EUR 0.33 per share for 2015, up EUR 0.03 per share compared with the preceding year.

    When it comes to the outlook for the first quarter of 2016, our sales are estimated to be similar to the amount of EUR 2 487 million. Operational EBIT is expected to be in line with the EUR 242 million recorded in Q4/2015. There are no major scheduled annual maintenance shutdowns during Q1/2016.

    I would like to thank our customers for their business, our employees for their dedication and our investors for their trust.”
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    10.02.2016   Symposium on 'Innovative Packaging', Munich, April 6-7th     ( Company news )

    Company news New innovations for packaging

    Are you in search of a unique opportunity in 2016 to get well informed about the latest progress in research and industrial applications in the fascinating field of paper-based packaging. Then visit our Symposium on “Innovative Packaging” at PTS in Munich, April 6. and 7., where recent findings and knowledge will be presented to functionalize fibre based products, i.e. paper and board for packaging!

    International speakers will present their recent findings and will share their experiences. Focus will be on:
    • Market needs and driving forces
    • Barrier coating
    • Printed electronics and sensors
    • Active and intellegent packaging
    • Modified athmosphere packaging

    The symposium is directed to R&D managers and specialists in the packaging and paper industry as well as packaging developers in the retail and consumer goods industry. It focuses on an intensive exchange between participants and designated experts from European research institutes and enterprises.
    (Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS))
     
    09.02.2016   Valmet supplied folding boxboard production line for Metsä Board Husum mill started up in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet supplied coated board production line for Metsä Board, part of Metsä Group, has started up at the company's Husum mill in Sweden. The new machine produces high-quality folding boxboard with an annual capacity of 400,000 tons with a basis weight range of 185 - 350 g/m2.

    "During the project Valmet has operated professionally and we are satisfied with their ability to deliver. We also trust that the new production line will come up to our expectations," says Ari Kiviranta, SVP, Production and Technology in Metsä Board.

    "Metsä Board is well known for its high-quality, lightweight folding boxboards, used widely in packaging globally. Thanks to the new production line and our recent product development, we are now able to respond to demand better than ever before," comments Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board.

    About Valmet's delivery
    This new machine with an off-coater process underlines that Valmet has vast know-how and masters the technique of coated board. Valmet's delivery included a board machine featuring the latest modular design of headboxes, forming section and press section, as well as a rebuild of the off-machine coater, winder and the roll wrapping line. The wet end area of the machine is based on innovative OptiConcept M frame construction without the need for cantilever beams for fabric changes.

    "We are very happy about the start-up of this new production line and the overall fluent cooperation with Metsä Board. With this project we have expanded Valmet's OptiConcept M family to cover also coated board production. Technologies and know-how related to coated board are one of our strategic focus areas in Valmet", says Sami Anttilainen, Vice President, Technology of Paper Mills, Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    09.02.2016   Kotkamills awards Kemira with a start-up contract in a paper machine conversion project    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has been awarded a start-up contract in the "Flying Eagle" project of Kotkamills mill in Kotka, Finland.

    During the project, the current magazine paper machine (PM2) will be converted into a high performance food service board (FSB) machine. Kemira will supply the start-up with sizing, retention and drainage, board hygiene, and microbe control technologies. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for June 2016, and the production capacity will be 400,000 t/a of high quality Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board for the food industry.

    "Kemira is proud to have the opportunity to participate in the new Kotkamills board machine start-up", says Kimmo Strengell, Marketing Manager, Strength & Tissue Additives, Pulp & Paper EMEA. "With our expertise, service capability and broad portfolio of board making chemistries, we are able to support Kotkamills in reaching the desired quality and productivity targets of the new board grade."

    Kemira microbe control programs ensure hygienic quality of the food service board. Hygienic quality control is critical for FSB machines: if the final board doesn't meet the expected hygienic quality standards, converters can reject the whole production. Optimal retention and drainage programs are a prerequisite for improved runnability, productivity and board quality. Kemira sizing technologies are applied to control liquid resistance and to improve the printability of the board.

    By converting the paper machine to packaging boards, Kotkamills secures its position as a globally significant manufacturer of forest industry products. Kotkamills' bleached CTMP (Chemi-thermomechanical Pulping), high-quality Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board products are suitable for various types of end-use applications, such as frozen, chilled and dry food, beverages, cup-stock and plates, confectionery, pharma, and cosmetics. The Flying Eagle contract will further strengthen the long-lasting and strong partnership that utilizes core strengths of both parties.
    (Kemira Oyj)
     
    09.02.2016   DS Smith Sweden: We won! WorldStar 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith has been rewarded with the packaging industry's most prestigious prize for its Tork Carry Box packaging.

    It gives us great pleasure and pride to announce that we at DS Smith Sweden have won the packaging industry's most coveted award – a WorldStar – in the 'Transit' category for our Tork Carry Box, created by our designers at PackRight Centre in Mariestad.

    The packaging also won a ScanStar earlier in the year, with a special commendation for its design and well thought-through construction, which takes into account the ergonomic considerations of its everyday users. Easy to open, easy to carry, and easy to recycle.

    The prize is awarded in conjunction with the prestigious WorldStar Awards in Budapest, Hungary on 26th May 2016.
    (DS Smith Packaging Sweden AB)
     
    09.02.2016   Investment in rotation    ( Company news )

    Company news The Marbach Group, global leader in die cutting technology, has been investing more than five million euros over the past two years into a new building and production equipment for the rotary die cutting tools. After expanding and modernizing the machine park in 2015, the project “New rotary production hall Heilbronn” is now completed. A strong revenue growth in this segment is expected for the year 2016.

    The Marbach Group produces rotary tools for the production of cigarette and liquid packaging since over 20 years. In addition, companies in the automotive industry or medical technology are among Marbach’s rotary customers. This area has been established within Marbach step by step over many years. That’s why not only the space became too restrictive, but also the demands on the floor load reached their limits. Following Marbach’s “Strategey 2023” of expanding the rotary segment, it became necessary to make room for additional machines in order to keep up with the planned revenue growth. The new hall has a usable space of 1,300 square meters. The base plate weighs 2,000 tons and is 80 cm thick. It is carried by 151 concrete piles that reach between 10 and 12 meters into the ground.

    Peter Marbach: „The major challenge during the construction of the building was the historical background of Heilbronn-Böckingen. A Roman fort has been located in the immediate vicinity of our company during 85/90 AD until the middle of the 2nd century. It could have happened that we come across more archaeological findings during the excavation. And that wasn’t all. During the Second World War, Böckingen was hit by several air raids. Therefore extreme caution was required. According to the building permission, we had the duty to contract a company specialized in removing warfare materials at our own expenses. This contractor had to look for possibly explosive ordnance and – in case of detection – would have had to remove it. Luckily, we neither came across ancient Roman colonies, nor explosive remnants of the war, while building the new hall.”

    After overcoming these obstacles, the new building was finished. In the end of 2014, the production moved into the new hall. But that wasn’t the end of the project. Not only until the end of 2015, all the work had been completed. Peter Marbach: “We are happy, that project “rotary” is now completed and everything is in place. We not only have an experienced team, also the construction of the hall – that has been tailored specifically to our requirements – offers great advantages. The floor is virtually vibration-free through the special construction. This guarantees maximum precision. Furthermore, we doubled our capacities by building the new production hall. This makes us extremely flexible and enables us to offer considerably shorter delivery times.”
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    09.02.2016   Interim report Q4/2015: UPM finished 2015 with a strong quarter, growth projects deliver earnings     ( Company news )

    Company news Q4 2015 compared with Q4 2014
    · Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.37 (0.32) and reported EUR 0.36 (0.01)
    · Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 225 million, 8.7% of sales (230 million, 9.1% of sales)
    · Growth projects began contributing to UPM's earnings, with a strong start in the expanded UPM Kymi pulp mill and UPM Biofuels reaching break-even level. In addition, the speciality paper machine at the UPM Changshu mill in China started production in December
    · The profit improvement programme exceeded its target, reaching a cost reduction impact of EUR 41 million in Q4 2015 (annualised EUR 165 million)
    · Operating cash flow was strong at EUR 390 million (462 million), and net debt decreased to EUR 2,100 million (2,401 million)

    Full year 2015 compared with 2014
    · Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 1.75 (1.17) and reported EUR 1.72 (0.96)
    · Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 1,163 million, 11.5% of sales (847 million, 8.6% of sales)
    · In 2015, UPM completed several growth projects: the speciality paper machine at UPM Changshu mill, expansion of the UPM Kymi pulp mill, Lappeenranta advanced biofuel refinery and UPM Raflatac expansions in Poland and APAC. New expansion projects began at the Kaukas pulp mill and Otepää plywood mill
    · UPM closed 800,000 tonnes of graphic paper production capacity in Europe in H1 2015
    · The Board proposes a dividend of EUR 0.75 (0.70) per share, representing 34% of operating cash flow per share

    Jussi Pesonen (photo), President and CEO, comments on Q4 and full year 2015 results:
    "UPM finished 2015 on a strong note. The fourth quarter was the best of the year thanks to solid business performance. The profit improvement programme exceeded its target and the growth projects started to deliver earnings. EBITDA reached a higher level than in five years and our strong cash flow drove net debt to a new record-low level.

    Several of our growth projects have now been completed and I'm very pleased to see that they have already contributed to the cash flow.

    The UPM Kymi pulp mill expansion was a success and we reached a record-high pulp production in December. UPM Biofuels picked up steam as the year went on and reached a break-even level during the last quarter. UPM Changshu's speciality paper machine ramp-up started well in December and UPM Raflatac's investments have already contributed to our earnings during the second half of the year.

    It is worth pointing out that much of the good performance was driven by our own actions. UPM Biorefining and UPM Raflatac were the highlights of the quarter both in terms of own profitability actions and good timing in growth projects. UPM Energy and UPM Plywood showed solid performances. UPM Paper ENA had its best quarter of 2015 thanks to continuous profit improvement actions. UPM Paper Asia's performance was supported by own cost actions as the business faced increased regional competition.

    UPM's Board of Directors has proposed that the dividend for the 2015 is increased to EUR 0.75 (0.70) per share which is 34% of the operating cash flow per share. I believe the Board's proposal reflects confidence in UPM's ability to generate growth in earnings and cash flow.

    All in all, 2015 was a good year for UPM and provides a solid foundation, even in a somewhat uncertain environment in 2016. We are starting the year with a stronger balance sheet than ever. Our investment levels are decreasing and earnings and cash flow from growth projects are starting to materialise. We will maintain cost competitiveness and strive to achieve top performance in our businesses. We are confident about our prospects for 2016."

    Outlook for 2016
    UPM's profitability improved in 2015 and the improvement is expected to continue in 2016. The business performance is underpinned by the company's growth projects and continuous cost efficiency measures.
    UPM's growth projects are expected to contribute positively to the company's earnings in 2016, compared with 2015. UPM continues its measures to reduce variable and fixed costs also in 2016. Currencies are expected to contribute positively as hedges roll over, assuming relevant currencies stay at the same level as at the end of 2015.
    (UPM)
     
    09.02.2016   100% of Reno De Medici Ibérica S.l.ù. share capital sold    ( Company news )

    Company news Reno De Medici S.p.A., one of the world's largest producers of recycled cartonboard, announces that has sold the entire share capital of Reno De Medici Ibérica S.l.ù. to Arpafino S.l.ù..

    In the framework of the valuation process of the Group asset portfolio, Reno De Medici Ibérica S.l.ù. was already reclassified under the Discontinued Operations, as required by IFRS 5, following the decision taken by the Board of Directors of Reno De Medici S.p.A. to make it available for sale, as it was considered no longer strategic.

    The sale of Reno De Medici Ibérica S.l.ù. takes place at an overall value of 800,000 euro, in line with book value.

    The transaction will imply a reduction of approximately 4.2 million euro in the net financial indebtedness of Reno De Medici as at December 31, 2015.
    (Reno De Medici S.p.A.)
     
    09.02.2016   Rotoflex Revamps Vericut for Digital Label Finishing     ( Company news )

    Company news Vericut3 brings a completely redesigned platform for the most advanced digital or conventional label web

    Rotoflex, a world leader in inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting equipment has released Vericut3, the next generation of its premier off-line finishing solution for digital and conventional printed web. With a completely redesigned platform, Vericut3 reconfirms the Rotoflex commitment to provide leading finishing solutions to the narrow web industry.

    The new Vericut3 is 100% servo-driven for precise tension control and flexibility; from unwind to rewind and all print and die cut units in between, including the matrix removal unit. Motorized roll lift, innovative URC 2.0 proprietary control system featuring the exclusive Report Management System (RMS), and biometric login offer advanced operation and control. In addition, the Vericut3 features an efficient webpath for reduced set up waste, a motorized capstan, and optimized operating speeds.

    With the most sophisticated motion control technology in the industry, Vericut3 delivers unparalleled accuracy and precision for many off-line applications and processes. The new design significantly reduces material waste through the automated die cutter and flexo unit set up, and addresses the ever-changing inspection rewind requirements to maximize digital workflows, accommodate shorter runs, and reduce costs. A variety of optional processes can be configured into Vericut3 such as lamination, hot and cold foil, screen and coatings.

    Manohar Dhugga, Rotoflex director of engineering and service, comments: “We built upon our extensive experience in developing digital finishing machines and re-engineered the Vericut to optimize control and performance at every level. With advanced automation, an ergonomic and modular platform design, and extreme flexibility to accommodate a wide range of repeat sizes in continuous or semi-rotary mode, Vericut3 is a premium solution for today’s growing finishing requirements.”
    (Rotoflex)
     
    09.02.2016   Lecta Restructures with New Business Units    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta has implemented a new organizational structure with the creation of three business units. The objective is to enhance the entire organization’s customer focus and better meet the needs of the different market segments that the company currently serves.

    This restructuring is part of a broader project for change across the company that includes aspects such as streamlining processes, upgrading IT systems, optimizing functions and overall cultural transformation.

    The new organization is in effect as of February 1st and consists of the Business Units below, headed by the following persons:
    - Specialty Papers Business Unit, Xavier Biosca - Distribution Business Unit, Fernando Sanz Pinto
    - Fine Paper Business Unit, Corrado Lignana

    With this new organizational approach, all other functional areas within the company will be focused on increasing efficiency within the business units and proactively meeting our customers’ needs with new services, products and product developments.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    08.02.2016   Ahlstrom Financial Statements Bulletin 2015: Clear improvement in profitability in the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...last quarter of 2015

    October-December 2015 compared with October-December 2014
    -Net sales EUR 255.0 million (EUR 247.0 million), showing an increase of 3.2%.Comparable net sales at constant currencies declined by 2.4%.
    -Operating profit EUR -16.4 million (EUR -4.3 million).
    -Operating profit excluding non-recurring items EUR 7.6 million (EUR -1.8 million), representing 3.0% (-0.7%) of net sales, and the ninth consecutive quarter of year-on-year improvement.
    -Profit before taxes EUR -20.5 million (EUR 5.7 million).
    -Earnings per share EUR -0.46 (EUR 0.09).
    -Net cash flow from operative activities EUR 23.3 million (EUR 18.9 million).

    January-December 2015 compared with January-December 2014
    -Net sales EUR 1,074.7 million (EUR 1,001.1 million), showing an increase of 7.4%. Comparable net sales at constant currencies declined by 0.7%.
    -Operating profit EUR 21.9 million (EUR -3.7 million).
    -Operating profit excluding non-recurring items EUR 47.5 million (EUR 28.6 million), representing 4.4% (2.9%) of net sales.
    -Profit before taxes EUR 22.6 million (EUR -9.4 million), including a EUR 20.3 million capital gain booked from the sale of Munksjö Oyj shares.
    -Earnings per share EUR 0.06 (EUR -0.22).
    -Net cash flow from operative activities EUR 60.0 million (EUR 35.4 million).

    Major events after the reporting period
    -Jan. 21, 2016: Agreement to divest the glassfiber business signed
    -Jan. 29, 2016: Redefined strategy and new long-term financial targets announced

    Marco Levi (photo), President & CEO
    "Improving profitability was the major theme of our performance in 2015, and this was also reflected in the last quarter of the year, as we clearly delivered according to our plans. We have achieved this through continued optimization of the existing product portfolio, enhanced pricing, as well cost savings. In addition, we have increased the capacity utilization of the new assets including the Binzhou wallcoverings production line and the Longkou plant. The slowdown in some of our key markets that started in the middle of last year persisted until the end of the reporting period, and had a clear negative impact on net sales.
    The slowdown was most visible in the Filtration business area, and particularly in engine filtration. The Food and Medical business area was also impacted by this to some extent, but as a whole it consistently improved during the year. The Building and Energy business area continued to make very good progress in terms of sales growth and profitability improvement. I'm also pleased with the accelerated pace of the ramp-up of our wallcoverings production line in China.
    We start the new year with a much stronger balance sheet thanks to improved cash flow generation and the sale of non-core financial assets during last year. In 2016, our main focus will be on the implementation of the redefined strategy we announced today. We are building a stronger customer-driven company that is lean and focused, and have already taken action with the recently announced divestment of the glassfiber business."

    Outlook for 2016
    The company expects net sales from continuing operations in 2016 to be between EUR 950-1050 million. The adjusted operating profit from continuing operations is expected to be 4.2%-5.2% of net sales.
    The outlook excludes the Building & Wind business unit, which will be reported as part of discontinued operations starting from the beginning of 2016. The adjusted operating profit excludes restructuring costs, impairment charges and capital gains or losses.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    08.02.2016   Jujo Thermal: Sweet News for the market - Mellifera     ( Company news )

    Company news Honey Acid Now Used for the First Time in Thermal Paper!

    The Mellifera AP45KS-U is our new non-phenol thermal POS grade. It is based on our new proprietary technology (patent pending) for thermal papers. The key developer of the new grade is honey acid. Honey acid is a 100% natural ingredient and a commonly found food additive. It is also known as glucono delta lactone.

    The new Mellifera grade AP45KS-U is an important milestone in our environmentally sustainable solutions, without compromising thermal print characteristics.
    (Jujo Thermal Oy)
     
    08.02.2016   Veritiv Packaging Launches Earth Pact Sugar Cane Paperboard    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainable Packaging Option Available Exclusively Through Veritiv In U.S. Market

    The Packaging Solutions Group of Veritiv Corporation (NYSE: VRTV) has announced the availability of Earth Pact Sugar Cane Paperboard, a material made from 100 percent pure sugar cane bagasse, an agricultural by-product of sugar manufacturing.

    "Earth Pact is just one example of Veritiv's commitment to providing sustainable packaging solutions for the future," said Darin Tang, Senior Vice President – Packaging Solutions for Veritiv. "From new coating technologies to renewable resources, Veritiv is at the cutting edge of today's technology for sustainable packaging."

    Exclusive to Veritiv, Earth Pact Sugar Cane Paperboard, developed in partnership with Carvajal Pulp and Paper, is well-suited for a variety of packaging applications in the food, cosmetics and similar industries. Earth Pact Sugar Cane Paperboard offers a range of features and benefits, including:
    -Made from 100% pure sugar cane bagasse
    -No bleach, chemical, or dyes
    -Moisture and grease resistant grades available
    -Rapid renewable resource, grown year round, harvested every 12-14 months
    (Veritiv Corporation)
     
    08.02.2016   Canon launches Océ Arizona 1200 Series for unrivalled quality and versatility in flatbed printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, announces the global launch of the Océ Arizona 1200 Series of UV flatbed printers. Designed for print service providers (PSPs) that require superb print quality, application versatility and ease-of-use, the Océ Arizona 1240 (photo), 1260 and 1280 are ideal for businesses in the sign and display industry, speciality print producers, reprographers and photo labs.

    The true flatbed architecture of the new series has been designed to deliver the most versatile platform in wide format printing. PSPs can print directly to unusual materials with varied shapes such as canvas, wood, ceramics or glass and are able to print multiple times in perfect registration for high density or textured applications, such as packaging or wall cladding. A stronger vacuum system provides reliable drawdown of even warped, rigid media, whilst the new UV curing system reduces surface heat for printing up to the thinnest, most heat-sensitive media, making it a perfect solution for retail displays and POS signage.

    For PSPs looking to increase their overall production capacity or target higher quality applications and markets, the Océ Arizona 1200 series is an ideal addition to their fleet that delivers quality, versatility and reliability whilst remaining easy to use. The intuitive user interface archives printed jobs for later reprints and the quick-change ink system automatically prevents the user from loading the printing incorrectly.

    The devices use up to six-colours and can also be equipped with white and varnish. The optional addition of light cyan and light magenta ink enables superior print quality for photographic and fine art applications. Both printers use the award winning Océ VariaDot imaging technology to produce sharp text and lines, alongside smooth gradients and solid colours. Offering the best ink economy in the market¹, with an average 8ml used per m², the Océ Arizona 1200-Series is ideal for high quality printing at a competitive price point.

    Pierre-Olivier Esteban, European TDS/DGS Marketing Director at Canon Europe, commented: “There is an enormous opportunity for mid-volume PSPs to continue growing their business – whether they are focused on graphical communication, packaging, industrial printing or retail. However, in order to remain competitive, they must be primed to deliver a range of high quality products, quickly and cost-effectively. The Océ Arizona 1200 series was designed and developed specifically with these requirements in mind. The result is an extremely high quality, robust and reliable machine and a testimony to the innovation and expertise behind Canon’s line of products within this sector. The wide format market is growing and we are committed to helping our customers grow alongside it, every step of the way.”

    Key Specifications:
    -Award-winning Océ VariaDot™ grayscale print quality, with optional support for 6 colour printing using light Cyan and light Magenta
    -True flatbed rigid printing capability
    -Express mode printing at 35 m2/h
    -High Definition mode printing for superb dot positioning
    -Two different sizes, 125 x 250 cm or 250 x 308 cm and three configurations of four, six or eight colour channels
    -Available Roll Media Option for optimised printing of flexible media up to 2.2 meters wide
    -Optional Automatic Printhead Maintenance System (APMS) for hands-free, quick and reliable printhead cleaning
    -A six/seven zone vacuum system, optimised for standard rigid media sizes
    -Pneumatic media registration pins for easy and precise rigid media loading
    -Continuous Printing - Dual origins and independent vacuum systems for simultaneous printing and media loading/unloading (XT models)
    -Advanced operator panel functionality, such as Step- and Repeat, mirror and batch job definition.

    The Océ Arizona 1200 series will be available worldwide from 25 January 2016.
    (Canon Europe Ltd)
     
    08.02.2016   Kadant Awarded $7 Million in Orders for Fiber Processing Systems    ( Company news )

    Company news Kadant Inc. (NYSE:KAI) announced it received orders totaling $7 million from two paper producers in North America for chemical pulping equipment and a recycled fiber processing line. The chemical pulping equipment will be used to recover chemicals in the kraft pulping process and the recycled fiber processing system for the production of linerboard. The orders were booked in the fourth quarter of 2015 and are expected to ship in 2016.

    “We are pleased to have been selected to supply the fiber processing system for these significant projects which reinforces our leading position in both chemical pulping equipment and recycled fiber processing systems used in the production of packaging,” said Jonathan W. Painter (photo), president and chief executive officer of Kadant.
    (Kadant Inc.)
     
    05.02.2016   Bordeaux is presenting expanded solutions at FESPA Amsterdam March 8-11    ( Company news )

    Company news Bordeaux presents a new vision for print shop providers with its solvent, UV and textile ink solutions, FESPA Amsterdam, March 8-11, Hall 7 stand S150

    Bordeaux Digital PrintInk, an industry leader in developing and manufacturing high quality inks and coatings for the wide format and textile printing industry, will introduce its expanding digital printing possibilities as part of Bordeaux’s philosophy to provide costume made solutions to all print shop’s needs.

    Bordeaux’s new raising star in the digital textile arena – a new water based pigment ink for all fabrics accompanied with its longtime industry leading printer specific inks, offers a true wind of change to the digital market.

    As a continues effort to offer a wide range of inkjet solutions, Bordeaux recognized the need to simplify digital processes for textile and developed one pigment ink that can print on all types of fabric and in a single process. This novel solution allows textile print shops to offer their customers prints for every type of textile application, from home decoration to garments.

    Visitors at Bordeaux's stand S150, hall7 will be able to see all of its ink solutions come to live with the endless printing applications. Visitors can expect to see unique applications printed with UV and solvent printer specific ink solutions. In addition, for the first time at FESPA, Bordeaux will introduce the printing possibilities with the new pigment ink for textiles.

    "As part of our continuous commitment to develop comprehensive yet simple solutions to the digital printing industry, we added a new product to our leading textile inks solutions and expended it with the game changing pigment ink," said Guy Evron, Director of Marketing at Bordeaux. “Visitors of our stand at Fespa would be able to see firsthand examples of the endless applications Bordeaux various inks offer- from wide format signs, through textile application and printing on challenging substrates for industrial applications, all with the quality our customers come to expect of our inks”.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    05.02.2016   Tembec reports financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended December 25, 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Consolidated sales for the three-month period ended December 26, 2015, were $354 million, as compared to $332 million in the same quarter a year ago. The Company generated a net loss of $28 million or $0.28 per share in the December 2015 quarter compared to a net loss of $62 million or $0.62 per share in the December 2014 quarter. The current quarter results include a non-cash loss of $24 million related to the translation of US dollar denominated debt. Operating earnings before depreciation, amortization and other items (adjusted EBITDA) was $29 million for the three-month period ended December 26, 2015, as compared to adjusted EBITDA of $20 million a year ago and adjusted EBITDA of $36 million in the prior quarter.

    Business Segment Results
    The Specialty Cellulose Pulp segment generated adjusted EBITDA of $19 million on sales of $109 million for the quarter ended December 26, 2015, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $15 million on sales of $121 million in the September 2015 quarter. The pulp sales decrease of $8 million was due to lower shipments of specialty grades. Chemical sales declined by $4 million due primarily to lower shipments of resin products. Canadian dollar selling prices for specialty grades were relatively unchanged. The benefit of a weaker Canadian dollar for the Temiscaming mill was offset by a weaker sales mix, which reduced average US dollar selling prices. The $78 per tonne increase in the selling price of viscose and other grades was due to higher US dollar selling prices and the weaker Canadian dollar. Overall, the higher viscose grade prices increased adjusted EBITDA by $2 million. Shipments were equal to 80% of capacity, compared to 87% in the September 2015 quarter. There was no major maintenance downtime at either pulp mill in the September 2015 or December 2015 quarters. The Temiscaming mill saw improved productivity and produced 4,200 more tonnes than in the prior quarter. The increased production combined with lower costs for chemicals, energy and maintenance material reduced costs by $5 million at that facility versus the prior quarter. This was partially offset by a $2 million negative volume variance due to the lower volumes of specialty pulp. Chemical business adjusted EBITDA declined by $1 million versus the prior quarter.

    The Forest Products segment generated negative adjusted EBITDA of $1 million on sales of $110 million for the quarter ended December 26, 2015, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $4 million on sales of $107 million in the prior quarter. Sales increased by $3 million due to higher SPF lumber shipments, partially offset by lower lumber prices. Lumber shipments were equal to 92% of capacity versus 84% in the prior quarter. During the December 2015 quarter, the random length lumber reference price decreased by US $5 per mbf while the reference price for stud lumber decreased by US $32 per mbf. Currency was a favourable factor as the Canadian dollar averaged US $0.749, a 2.1% decline from US $0.765 in the prior quarter. The net effect was that Canadian dollar selling prices decreased by $22 per mbf, reducing adjusted EBITDA by $4 million. Sawmill manufacturing costs increased by $1 million. The fall and winter months are normally higher operating cost periods.

    The Paper Pulp segment generated negative adjusted EBITDA of $2 million on sales of $68 million for the quarter ended December 26, 2015, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $7 million on sales of $80 million in the September 2015 quarter. The $12 million decrease in sales was due to lower shipments and prices. The benchmark price (delivered China) for bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) decreased by US $40 per tonne. The high-yield paper pulp market followed a similar pattern, with average prices declining by US $33 per tonne. The decline in the relative value of the Canadian dollar partially offset the drop in US dollar prices. Overall, average selling prices in Canadian dollars declined by $30 per tonne, reducing adjusted EBITDA by $4 million. Pulp shipments were equal to 83% of capacity as compared to 92% in the prior quarter. In the December 2015 quarter, the two pulp mills produced 30,500 fewer tonnes as compared to the prior quarter. In response to weak market conditions, the Temiscaming mill was idled for a total of 33 days. The Matane mill also lost five days due to scheduled major maintenance. As a result, costs increased by $4 million.

    The Paper segment generated adjusted EBITDA of $16 million on sales of $94 million for the quarter ended December 26, 2015, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $13 million on sales of $91 million in the September 2015 quarter. Higher newsprint shipments led to the $3 million increase in sales. The coated bleached board market was stable. The coated bleached board shipment to capacity ratio was 90% compared to 93% in the prior quarter. The US dollar reference price was unchanged at US $1,180 per short ton. The weaker Canadian dollar was a positive factor. Overall, average selling prices for coated bleached board were up $32 per tonne increasing adjusted EBITDA by $1 million. Manufacturing costs were relatively unchanged. The newsprint market remained weak with continued decreases in North American demand. The newsprint shipment to capacity ratio was 98% compared to 77% in the prior quarter. The US dollar benchmark price for newsprint declined by US $13 per tonne. A weaker sales mix reduced US dollar prices by a further US $11 per tonne. The previously noted decline in the relative value of the Canadian dollar partially offset the lower US dollar price and Canadian dollar newsprint selling prices declined by $19 per tonne, reducing adjusted EBITDA by $1 million. Manufacturing costs at the Kapuskasing newsprint mill declined by $3 million due to higher productivity and lower energy costs.

    Outlook
    Overall, the December 2015 quarterly operating results were better than anticipated. The decline in lumber and high-yield pulp US dollar prices was expected. On the positive side, all business segments benefited from the decline in the relative value of the Canadian dollar. In addition, the December 2015 quarterly results of the Specialty Cellulose segment increased by $4 million as the full benefits of the Temiscaming cogeneration project were realized for the first time. The pulp mill had lower energy and operating costs as well as higher productivity. Negotiations with specialty cellulose customers for calendar 2016 prices and volumes are now completed. Overall, there will be very little change in US dollar and euro prices year-over-year, but there will likely be a 1% to 2% reduction due to sales mix. As specialty pulp volumes are expected to be similar, the increased production at the Temiscaming mill will be primarily directed towards the viscose markets. The Forest Products segment adjusted EBITDA declined by $5 million due to lower prices, with “stud” grades experiencing the largest decline. The lumber markets are currently difficult to assess, but relatively low levels of inventory combined with the seasonal improvement in demand should lead to higher prices in the coming quarters. The Paper Pulp segment adjusted EBITDA declined by $9 million as a result of weak demand and prices. In response, the Temiscaming mill was idled for 33 days, which led to higher costs. Some improvement in pricing and demand is anticipated, but the next quarter will remain fairly challenging. The Paper segment adjusted EBITDA increased by $3 million due primarily to lower costs at the Kapuskasing newsprint mill. A US $20 per tonne price increase has recently been implemented for newsprint and additional increases could occur. While demand for coated bleached board is stable, currency shifts have led to increased competition from European producers and pricing pressure in certain bleached board markets. Looking ahead, the recent drop in the value of the Canadian dollar will have a favourable impact on financial results. While the Company expects a significant improvement in the year-over-year operating results, the extent of the increase will be impacted by external factors such as foreign exchange rates and the level of global economic activity.
    (Tembec Inc.)
     
    05.02.2016   Ricoh launches wide format Print & Fold solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh has enhanced its wide format portfolio with a high speed monochrome “Print & Fold” solution for the Architecture/Engineering/Construction (AEC) industries. The new Ricoh MP W7100SP and MP W8140SP wide format multifunctional printers combine high volume and high speed capability. They print at speeds of 10 and 14 A1 pages per minute respectively in 600 dpi with two- or four-roll media stations. Connected to the new online folder Estefold 4211, they offer new productivity and flexibility for the AEC industry and other high volume monochrome users.

    The MP W7100SP and MP W8140SP feature an easy handling paper tray and a detachable colour scanner unit that can scan and edit to email, save edited files and scan to portable storage media (USB/SD) or create a digital archive with searchable PDF using the OCR option. The internal Ricoh-embedded digital front end supports PostScript Level 3 (PDF) and AEC formats like HP-GL, HP-GL/2(HP-RTL) and TIFF(CALS).

    Ricoh’s Usable Print Utility (PrintCopy tool) allows clients to centralise the management of vast numbers of references and drawings, and supports genuine AutoCAD® formats like DWG and DXF. Its many features include the ability to scan drawings and print them from different devices.

    Like other Ricoh products, the MP W7100SP and MP W8140SP incorporate a large, easy-to-use and intuitive colour LCD control panel and simplified screen functions. The screen displays up-to-the-minute user guidance and a simplified display for system notifications, including paper and toner levels and folder status. Thumbnail views and previews prevent mistakes and increase efficiency.

    Both systems are compact and can be fully operated from the front. Available peripherals include a multi stacker, double stacker, scanner separation unit and an original hanger to allow a flexible layout that can fit into constrained spaces. In heavy production environments, the detachable scanner option allows several people to perform tasks on the machine simultaneously.

    The Estefold 4211 folder from German company ES-TE provides online automatic fan, cross and long plot folding up to six metres. It handles DIN formats as well as custom formats and features a high capacity output tray at a convenient and ergonomic height.

    “These solutions expand Ricoh’s support for higher volume AEC clients,” states Graham Moore, Director, Business Development, Ricoh Europe. “The MP W7100SP and MP W8140SP deliver enhanced ease of use, productivity, image quality and reliability and, together with the online folder, offer the perfect “Print & Fold” solution, ideal for the AEC and professional print environments as well as central reprographic departments.”
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    05.02.2016   Uutechnic Group Delivers Drying Cylinders to Valmet    ( Company news )

    Company news Plc Uutechnic Group Oyj ´s subsidiary AP-Tela Oy, has received the largest order in its history from Valmet. The order includes design and manufacturing of 27 massive size drying cylinders. The delivery to the customer takes place in the fourth quarter of 2016. Value of the order is not disclosed.
    (AP-Tela Oy)
     
    05.02.2016   Congratulations to Mr. Kamal Chopra for Being Promoted to the Vice President of AIFMP    ( Company news )

    Company news Looking Forward to the Upcoming SinoCorrugated South 2016 & SinoFoldingCarton 2016

    Reed Exhibitions, the organizer of SinoCorrugated & SinoFoldingCarton, would like to congratulate Mr. Kamal Chopra as having been promoted as the Vice President of AIFMP in 2015.

    As the world’s leading corrugated and folding carton manufacturing show, SinoCorrugated & SinoFoldingCarton keep working to serve the paper packaging industry chain and provide the necessary networking platform among countries and experts. Over the years, the exhibition remains in close cooperation with partners, especially maintaining long-term strategic cooperation with AIFMP which is devoted to promoting technology and academic exchanges between China and India. In addition to being thankful for all of the support from the association management team in every session, Reed Exhibitions would also like to extend special heartfelt gratitude to Mr. Kamal Chopra who plays an important role between China and India in the packaging and printing industries.

    Working with Mr. Kamal, we have learned that India and China are both populous nations with a rapidly increasing demand for printing and packaging products. In India, there are more than 250,000 large and small printing enterprises with an investment of more than 2 billion dollars, and the annual printing industry revenue growth rate is far greater than the overall GDP growth. It is expected that the Indian printing market capacity will exceed 5.8 billion dollars (374 billion rupees). Currently, as the second largest printing market in Asia, India has been continuously improving their production and management level to adapt to future development.

    As one of the well-known leaders of the India printing industry, Mr. Kamal plays a decisive role between China and India. Reed Exhibitions appreciate that he organizes thousands of Indian experts and scholars to visit China; meanwhile, he actively develops the next generation of printing talent in India. We are pleased to provide the Indian experts with a unique opportunity to visit advanced printing factories in China and to participate in many kinds of technical forums.

    In 2015, Reed Exhibitions were pleased to be informed that Mr. Kamal was promoted as the Vice President of AIFMP. We congratulate him on this important news and hope Mr. Kamal will continue to serve the local printing industry, as well as the global printing industry, at a new height. As always, Mr. Kamal supports SinoCorrugated South 2016 & SinoFoldingCarton 2016, held at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center, Houjie, Dongguan, from April 14-16, 2016. What’s more, he will organize local Indian printing enterprises to visit the show.

    Let us share good wishes and sincere congratulations to Mr. Kamal for this promotion, and may he continue to make outstanding contributions to Indian printing enterprises.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    04.02.2016   NYC Recycled Pizza Boxes Made in Staten Island    ( Company news )

    Company news Anyway you slice it Pratt’s New York City box plant makes the industry’s best pizza boxes – all 200,000 of them a day.

    Photo: Councilman Steve Matteo (left) and Recycling Division President Myles Cohen show off the Pratt pizza box

    But now, the Big Apple team has joined forces with a leading local politician to come up with a unique way to honor their Staten Island home – by producing a limited edition run of pizza boxes proudly stamped “Made in Staten Island.”

    The idea was the brainchild of NYC councilman Steve Matteo to help increase recycling rates in his borough. And what better way than with a Pratt pizza box – made on Staten Island by Staten Islanders with recycled paper from the streets of Staten Island.

    “The boxes provide tangible evidence that recycling is not only good for the environment, it provides real economic benefit to Staten Island,” Matteo said. “I think sometimes it’s hard for people to feel motivated if they don’t understand where it’s going to go, and now on Staten Island you can really see it come right back to you in your neighborhood pizzeria.”

    Matteo says Pratt was the perfect partner to increase recycling awareness – so our team produced and distributed 1500 Staten Island pizza boxes free of charge to local pizzerias.

    “As a paper recycling industry leader, Pratt Industries has been doing tremendous work right here in Travis for almost two decades, employing and supporting the employment of hundreds of residents, while generating hundreds of millions in revenue to the city,” he said. “So the bottom line is recycling helps our bottom line: The more we recycle, the more jobs we help create, the more we help the local economy and ourselves.”

    Pratt Recycling Division president Myles Cohen said the company was happy to play a key role.

    “Our mill and box factory are constantly working with the City Council, the Sanitation Department and the Borough President’s office to ensure we are maximizing recycling rates in Staten Island,” he said.

    “In fact our success as a company and a creator of ‘green-collar’ jobs here on the Island is due to the excellent relationship between the public and private sectors.”
    (Pratt Industries)
     
    04.02.2016   KOLB REBRANDS, TAKES ON THE KLK OLEO IDENTITY    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2007, Kolb became a subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad, a company incorporated in Malaysia and listed on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. Since, Kolb and KLK’s oleochemical division, KLK OLEO, have successfully been interweaving their roots. KLK OLEO is the world’s preeminent oleochemical producer, a company committed to delivering excellence in the global marketplace.

    “By combining our specialisation in application know-how, rapidity and customer orientation together with KLK OLEO’s product value chain, we can boost each other’s individual capabilities to new levels. This, we can only attain together,” says Uwe Halder, CEO of Kolb.

    As of 1 February 2016, Kolb will be rebranded as part of its new identity as a member of the KLK family. This would include having the KLK OLEO logo on its buildings, name-tags, letterhead and marketing material. The legal entities will stay the same. Kolb is proud to be part of a global player who believes in a successful and sustainable future for Kolb’s products and services as well as the value and might of Kolb’s sites in Hedingen (Switzerland) and Moerdijk (Netherland).

    “With KLK OLEO, headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, and KLK Tensachem in Ougrée (Belgium) being a close sister company, we have access to even more potential opportunities and capabilities,” says Anja Vonderhagen, Commercial Director of Kolb.

    Martine Dols, Head of Marketing of Kolb adds, “To engage our employees with the rebranding, we have proudly launched the slogan – Uniting to unfold potential.
    Because we know — together we are much more than the sum of our parts.”
    (Kolb Distribution Ltd)
     
    04.02.2016   Asian markets driving growth in global packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Growth in packaging consumption has remained positive and reliably strong for the Asian region, according to new report

    The definitive study on the global packaging industry, The Future of Global Packaging to 2020 examines current market sizes, market and technology trends and forecast demand over the next five years.

    Packaging is an essential everyday item in developed markets and this is increasingly becoming the case in the emerging markets. The market for global packaging amounted to $812 billion in 2014, with an annual growth rate of 4.2% over the period 2010–14. The industry is forecast to grow at an annual rate of 3.5% over the period 2015–20, and is expected to reach $998 billion at today’s prices. This forecast growth is expected to be driven by Asia and stronger growth in regions that have struggled in recent years, particularly Western and Eastern Europe.

    "Following the financial crisis of 2008/09 that caused a significant decline in global sales of packaging, the market has picked up somewhat in recent years, although it still faces challenges. Continued urbanisation, growth in cost per package, sustainability and the growth in the consumer class in emerging markets are all factors that are forecast to drive value growth going forward." (Paul Boyce, Report co-author)

    Asia accounted for the largest share of the packaging market in 2014, followed by North America and Western Europe. Growth in packaging consumption has remained positive and reliably strong for the Asian region and there is still much potential for growth as the consumer class becomes more fully realised and consumption of cosmetics and other fast moving consumer goods – as well as healthcare – grows.

    Flexible plastic packaging was the fastest growing market globally in 2014, followed by rigid plastic packaging and board packaging as the third fastest growing sector. Looking ahead, flexible plastic packaging is predicted to continue as the fastest growing packaging category.

    Sustainability has become an increasingly prominent issue in the packaging industry. One of the main packaging developments in recent years is the increased incorporation of bio-based PET into brands packaging supply chain. Coca-Cola is one of the most recent brands to release a bio-based PET bottle on the market, named the PlantBottle, which is made from 100% bio-based materials.

    Sustainability issues have enhanced the focus and presence of lightweighting upon the industry. It has become a common trend for packaging converters to reduce the weight of their products in order to reduce costs associated with transportation, reduce CO2 emissions, and to help create a more sustainable supply chain. In the last 20 years, the weight of an average 50cl plastic bottle has come down by around 50%. Lightweighting is also occurring in other markets such as metal, glass, and board.

    The Future of Global Packaging to 2020 is a comprehensive insight into the key drivers and trends affecting the global packaging industry. The report examines the specific growth sectors and crucial factors driving change over the next five years.
    (Smithers Pira)
     
    04.02.2016   CCL INDUSTRIES ANNOUNCES THREE TRANSACTIONS FOR CCL LABEL     ( Company news )

    Company news CCL Industries Inc. (“CCL”), a world leader in specialty label and packaging solutions for global corporations, small businesses and consumers, announced that it has concluded two acquisitions for CCL Label plus increased its stake in one of its joint ventures.

    CCL acquired Woelco AG, a supplier of durable labeling systems for Industrial & Automotive customers based near Stuttgart with subsidiary operations in both the United States and China. The $27 million net cash purchase consideration includes a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility held in a related German property company. 2015 sales were $31 million, with adjusted EBITDA of approximately $4.5 million. Dieter Woelfle, the principal shareholder of Woelco, will be appointed Managing Director of the European Industrial & Automotive label business under the CCL Design identity, reporting to Peter Fleissner, Group Vice President.

    In addition, CCL acquired Label Art Ltd. and Label Art Digital Ltd., privately owned companies with common shareholders, based in Dublin, Ireland. Label Art is a leading pressure sensitive label producer in Ireland with a focus on Healthcare & Specialty customers in Ireland and the UK. 2015 sales were $17 million with adjusted EBITDA of approximately $3 million. The agreed purchase consideration in acquired debt and cash is $15 million, subject to customary closing adjustments. The new business will trade as CCL Label Ireland with immediate effect.

    Finally, CCL invested $6 million in cash to increase its stake to 75% in the tube manufacturing joint venture in Bangkok, Thailand, with Taisei Kako Co. Ltd. of Japan. As CCL now has management control of this operation, 2016’s results will be consolidated with CCL Label’s Home & Personal Care business with a minority interest adjustment. CCL-
    Taisei’s 2015 sales were nominal with start-up costs.

    Geoffrey T. Martin (photo), President & CEO of CCL, commented, “We have known the management of Label Art for many years and welcome them and the deeply experienced Woelco team to CCL. These acquisitions bring strategically important new geography and capability to our
    Healthcare & Specialty and CCL Design businesses respectively. Our increased investment in CCL Taisei strengthens our growing commitment
    to our tube product line globally for Home & Personal Care customers while maintaining an important partnership and market presence in Japan.”
    (CCL Industries Inc.)
     
    04.02.2016   ERNST & CIE AG secures business succession in the Mölle Group    ( Company news )

    Company news ERNST & CIE secures the business succession of Mölle GmbH, a leading provider in the packaging sector, by acquiring shares from Stefan Mölle.

    This has allowed ERNST & CIE to pursue long-term objectives with plans to continue developing the company on both a national and international level. Jürgen Brand, executive of ERNST & CIE AG, says: “The Mölle Group has a high level of expertise when it comes to the requirements of a highly specialised product. In our search for individual customised solutions we will continue on the path we have set out on. Innovative production processes, a modern fleet of inventory, and qualified employees will ensure our ability to compete in future.”

    Klaus Eckert will become Managing Director in Kastellaun. He has years of international experience in the industry and will be in charge of corporate management and development. Klaus Eckert explains: “Working with customers in the spirit of partnership will be the basis of continuing successful business development in the future. We will control target growth centrally from our production facilities in Kastellaun. Our qualified and motivated employees are vital to our success along with the high-performance production technology.”

    A financially sound partner, ERNST & CIE will support the company in its process of expansion, drawing on its many years of experience as a medium-sized company to provide new impetus for further development. The company will retain its independence in the process, as that is where the key lies to successful business development. Stefan Mölle explains: “Developing high quality individual solutions in a specialised sector of the packaging industry was the driving force behind my entrepreneurial activities. With ERNST & CIE AG I know that the company is in good hands for sustainable and successful development.” Close cooperation with Stefan Mölle will ensure a smooth transition. Stefan Mölle will keep ties with the company in a consulting capacity to continue the success story with the new management.
    (Mölle GmbH)
     
    04.02.2016   New corporate design for the ultimate year of trade fairs     ( Company news )

    Company news The Marbach Group is looking forward to an exciting year 2016. Not only the big trade fairs “drupa“, „FachPack“ and „K“ take place this year. Marbach will also present countless novelties.

    This involves of course mostly product innovations. But that’s not all. Marbach will update its visual appearance and also launch its new website in this context.

    Marketing Manager Tina Dost: “During this ultimate trade fair year, we want to excite our customers not only with new products. We will also introduce our Corporate Design. As of drupa, we will occur more modern, fresh and with a new slogan. And that’s not all! We started with our monthly newsletter for our cutting die customers over a year ago. It enjoys great popularity. Starting 2016, there will be numerous infoletter discount campaigns regarding our product innovations, to increase the subscriptions even more!”

    Marbach keeps a low profile in terms of product developments that are in progress until drupa. Tina Dost: “We don’t want to reveal too much yet. But we will present a couple of new technologies with which we can supply our customers more individually and also provide them highest productivity in their cutting process.”
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    03.02.2016   20 years of research at Södra     ( Company news )

    Company news Södra's Foundation for Research, Development and Education has now been in existence for just over 20 years. Some SEK 250 million has been allocated to the foundation since its inception in 1995 and SEK 175 million has been distributed. The result of the initiative is progress in a range of fields in the bio-based economy, including new opportunities for fossil-free products.

    Approximately 150 research projects have been awarded funding since the establishment of the foundation in 1995. These projects have varied in character and scope, and have included funding for research into sustainable timber construction, the establishment of the Avancell fibre engineering centre with the aim of raising the processing value in the sulphate pulp industry, the development of machine planting of saplings and training of sniffer dogs to detect spruce bark beetle infestation. The results of the research projects have been significant, both from a societal perspective and for the forest industry.

    For example, research into timber construction has enhanced the know-how required to construct tall timber buildings, thereby opening the possibility for more climate-smart housing construction. The focus of Avancell has been directed to Welfare materials from sustainable forest resources; sustainable products for textile fibres, packaging for drinks and liquid food, and personal care products, such as nappies.

    "Sustainable and profitable forestry and a stable forest industry are issues for the future," says Laila Rogestedt, SVP Innovation & New Business at Södra and foundation Board member. "The fact that we have stable funding of long-term research in these fields paves the way for climate-smart products and sustainable production as well as jobs."

    Issue of climate change a future trend
    Laila Rogestedt believes that the year ahead will be an exciting one. The next decision regarding the allocation of funding will be made at the Board meeting in March. Over the past year, several applications have addressed the issue of the contribution of the forest to the carbon balance, and the combination of production goals and environmental goals.

    "We can see a trend in recent years towards the role of the forest in the issue of climate change," says Laila Rogestedt. "It's an incredibly important issue for the future where we can make a huge contribution. It's truly exciting to be part of this development."
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    03.02.2016   Kimberly-Clark Announces Year-End 2015 Results And 2016 Outlook    ( Company news )

    Company news Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) reported year-end 2015 results and provided its 2016 outlook and related key planning assumptions.

    Executive Summary
    -Fourth quarter 2015 net sales of $4.5 billion decreased 6 percent compared to the year-ago period, as changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales 11 percent. Organic sales rose 5 percent, including a 9 percent increase in developing and emerging markets.
    -Diluted net income per share for the fourth quarter was income of $0.91 in 2015 and a loss of $0.22 in 2014. Full-year diluted net income per share was $2.77 in 2015 and $4.04 in 2014.
    -Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share were $1.42 in 2015 compared to adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.35 in 2014. Performance benefited from organic sales growth, cost savings, input cost deflation and a lower share count. Comparisons were negatively impacted by unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate effects, increased marketing, research and general spending on a local currency basis and higher other expense. Adjusted earnings per share in both years exclude certain items described later in this news release.
    -Full-year adjusted earnings per share were $5.76 in 2015, up 5 percent compared to adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of $5.51 in 2014. The company's previous guidance was for adjusted earnings per share of $5.70 to $5.80. The company's original outlook in January 2015 was for adjusted earnings per share of $5.60 to $5.80.
    -At the end of 2015, Kimberly-Clark deconsolidated its Venezuelan business from the company's balance sheet and moved to the cost method of accounting for its operations in Venezuela. As a result, the company recorded an after tax charge of $102 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.
    -Adjusted earnings per share in 2016 are expected to be $5.95 to $6.15. The outlook reflects expectations for 3 to 5 percent organic sales growth, substantial cost savings, relatively benign commodity costs and significantly unfavorable foreign currency exchange rates.

    Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Thomas J. Falk (photo) said, "Our fourth quarter results capped off another year of good financial performance for Kimberly-Clark. For the full year of 2015, we achieved 5 percent organic sales growth, highlighted by 10 percent growth in developing and emerging markets and a 5 percent volume increase in our North American consumer products business. We also improved adjusted operating profit margin by 120 basis points, including benefits from $365 million of FORCE cost savings. In addition, we grew adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations 5 percent, toward the high end of our original guidance for the year despite significantly more currency headwinds. Finally, we improved return on invested capital considerably and returned $2.1 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. I'm pleased with our execution in a challenging environment."

    Falk added, "Looking to 2016, we will continue to focus on the fundamentals that create shareholder value and we expect to deliver good underlying financial performance. We will also continue to invest in our brands, our targeted growth initiatives and our capabilities. We plan to achieve healthy organic sales growth and cost savings, improve cash flow and allocate capital in shareholder-friendly ways. Despite another year of significantly unfavorable currencies, we also expect to further improve our margins and deliver 3 to 7 percent growth in adjusted earnings per share. We are very optimistic about our future and our ability to generate attractive returns to shareholders through successful execution of our Global Business Plan."

    Fourth Quarter 2015 Operating Results
    Sales of $4.5 billion in the fourth quarter of 2015 were down 6 percent compared to the year-ago period. Changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales 11 percent as a result of the weakening of most currencies relative to the U.S. dollar. Organic sales rose 5 percent, as volumes increased 4 percent and net selling prices improved 1 percent.

    Fourth quarter operating profit was $630 million in 2015 and $158 million in 2014. Adjusted operating profit was $779 million in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $769 million in the year-ago period. Adjusted results in 2015 exclude $108 million of charges for the Venezuelan deconsolidation, $27 million of 2014 Organization Restructuring costs, $8 million of charges for pension settlements and $6 million of charges for restructuring the company's business in Turkey. Adjusted results in 2014 exclude a $462 million charge for a balance sheet remeasurement in Venezuela, $133 million of 2014 Organization Restructuring costs, $20 million of restructuring costs for European strategic changes and $4 million of income related to an updated assessment regarding a regulatory dispute in the Middle East.

    The year-over-year adjusted operating profit comparison benefited from organic sales growth, $85 million in cost savings from the company's FORCE (Focused On Reducing Costs Everywhere) program and $15 million of savings from the 2014 Organization Restructuring. Input costs decreased $50 million, including $45 million of lower costs for raw materials other than fiber and $5 million of lower energy costs. Other manufacturing-related costs also decreased versus the year-ago period. Translation effects due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates lowered operating profit by $85 million and transaction effects also negatively impacted the comparison. Total marketing, research and general expenses increased on a local currency basis, mostly due to higher administrative and selling costs. On an adjusted basis, other (income) and expense, net was expense of $23 million in 2015 and $7 million in 2014. Results in 2015 were driven by foreign currency transaction losses, including impacts of the devaluation of the Argentine peso in December 2015.

    The fourth quarter adjusted effective tax rate, which excludes the effects of the previously mentioned items excluded from adjusted earnings per share, was 30.6 percent in 2015 and 30.5 percent in 2014. The adjusted effective tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2015 also excludes the impact of a $49 million tax charge, related to prior years, as a result of an updated assessment of uncertain tax positions. Kimberly-Clark's share of net income of equity companies in the fourth quarter was $37 million in 2015 and $33 million in 2014. At Kimberly-Clark de Mexico, results benefited from organic sales growth, lower input costs and cost savings, but were negatively impacted by a weaker Mexican peso. Fourth quarter net income attributable to noncontrolling interests was $11 million in 2015 and $20 million in 2014. The change was driven by the redemption of $0.5 billion of preferred securities in December 2014.

    Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
    Cash provided by operations in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $665 million versus $590 million in 2014. Full-year cash provided by operations was $2,306 million in 2015 and $2,845 million in 2014. The comparison was negatively impacted by higher pension contributions, increased working capital and the 2014 spin-off of the health care business, partially offset by lower tax payments. Full-year defined benefit pension plan contributions were $485 million in 2015 and $185 million in 2014.
    Capital spending for the fourth quarter was $258 million in 2015 and $309 million in 2014. Full-year spending was $1,056 million in 2015 and $1,039 million in 2014. Fourth quarter 2015 share repurchases were 2.9 million shares at a cost of $350 million. Full-year 2015 share repurchases totaled 7.1 million shares at a cost of $800 million. Total debt was $7.8 billion at the end of 2015 and $7.0 billion at the end of 2014.

    Fourth Quarter 2015 Business Segment Results
    Personal Care Segment
    Fourth quarter sales of $2.2 billion decreased 4 percent. Currency rates were unfavorable by 12 percent. Volumes increased 6 percent and net selling prices and product mix were each favorable by 1 percent. Fourth quarter operating profit of $473 million increased 15 percent. The comparison benefited from organic sales growth, cost savings and lower input and other manufacturing-related costs, partially offset by unfavorable currency effects and increased marketing, research and general spending on a local currency basis.
    Sales in North America increased 4 percent. Volumes improved 5 percent, while currency was unfavorable by 1 percent. Volumes were up double-digits in adult care, with benefits from category growth and market share gains. Volumes on Huggies diapers rose mid-single digits compared to a 10 percent decline in the year-ago period and included benefits from innovation and increased promotion support. Child care and feminine care volumes were each up low-single digits, while Huggies baby wipes volumes were off double-digits compared to strong double-digit growth in the prior year.
    Sales in developing and emerging markets decreased nearly 12 percent, including a negative impact from changes in currency rates of more than 23 percent. Volumes increased 6 percent and the combined impact of higher net selling prices and changes in product mix improved sales 6 percent. The volume growth included gains in China and most of Latin America, led by Brazil. The higher net selling prices were driven by increases in Eastern Europe and Latin America in response to weaker currency rates.
    Sales in developed markets outside North America (Australia, South Korea and Western/Central Europe) decreased 9 percent, including a 12 point drag from unfavorable currency rates. Volumes rose 4 percent, driven by Australia, while the combined impact of changes in net selling prices and product mix reduced sales 1 percent.

    Consumer Tissue Segment
    Fourth quarter sales of $1.5 billion decreased 6 percent. Currency rates were unfavorable by 9 percent. Volumes increased 4 percent, while net selling prices were down 1 percent. Fourth quarter operating profit of $262 million decreased 6 percent. The comparison was impacted by unfavorable currencies, partially offset by cost savings and organic sales growth.
    Sales in North America increased 4 percent. Volumes increased 8 percent, while net selling prices were off 2 percent and product mix was unfavorable by more than 1 percent. Volume growth was particularly strong on Cottonelle bathroom tissue and Viva paper towels and included benefits from market share gains and promotion activity.
    Sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 23 percent, including a 26 point negative impact from currency rates. Net selling prices rose 4 percent.
    Sales in developed markets outside North America fell 10 percent. Currency rates were unfavorable 10 percent. Volumes advanced 1 percent and product mix improved slightly, while net selling prices were off 2 percent.

    K-C Professional (KCP) Segment
    Fourth quarter sales of $0.8 billion decreased 9 percent. Changes in currency rates reduced sales 9 percent. Volumes were off 2 percent and product mix/other was slightly unfavorable, while net selling prices rose 2 percent. Fourth quarter operating profit of $157 million increased 4 percent. The comparison was impacted by higher net selling prices and cost savings, partially offset by unfavorable currency effects.
    Sales in North America were down 1 percent. Currency was unfavorable 1 percent. Net selling prices increased 1 percent, while volumes were off 1 percent.
    Sales in developing and emerging markets decreased 19 percent, including a 21 point drag from currency rates. Net selling prices rose 4 percent, driven by increases in Latin America in response to weaker currency rates, and product mix was favorable by 1 percent. Volumes declined 4 percent.
    Sales in developed markets outside North America were down 15 percent. Changes in currency rates reduced sales more than 11 percent. Volumes decreased 3 percent compared to a strong year-ago result.

    Full Year 2015 Results
    Sales of $18.6 billion decreased 6 percent compared to the year-ago period, as changes in foreign currency exchange rates reduced sales more than 10 percent. Organic sales rose approximately 5 percent, as volumes increased 4 percent and product mix/other was favorable by 1 percent.
    Operating profit was $1,613 million in 2015 versus $2,521 million in 2014. Adjusted operating profit of $3,210 million in 2015 increased 1 percent compared to $3,184 million in 2014. Adjusted operating profit comparisons benefited from organic sales growth, FORCE cost savings of $365 million, input cost deflation of $150 million and $65 million of savings from the 2014 Organization Restructuring. Translation effects due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates lowered operating profit by $360 million and transaction effects also negatively impacted the operating profit comparisons. Total marketing, research and general expenses increased on a local currency basis, driven by higher administrative costs. On an adjusted basis, other (income) and expense, net was expense of $62 million in 2015, driven by foreign currency transaction losses, and income of $3 million in 2014.
    Diluted net income per share was $2.77 in 2015 and $4.04 in 2014. Adjusted earnings per share of $5.76 in 2015 increased 5 percent versus $5.51 of adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations in 2014. The increase included benefits from higher adjusted operating profit and a lower share count.

    2014 Organization Restructuring
    In October 2014, Kimberly-Clark initiated a restructuring program in order to improve organization efficiency and offset the impact of stranded overhead costs resulting from the spin-off of the company's health care business. The restructuring is intended to improve underlying profitability and increase flexibility to invest in targeted growth initiatives, brand building and other capabilities critical to delivering future growth.
    The restructuring is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, with total costs anticipated to be toward the middle of the previously communicated range of $130 to $160 million after tax ($190 to $230 million pre-tax). Cumulative pre-tax savings from the restructuring are expected to be $120 to $140 million by the end of 2017. Fourth quarter 2015 restructuring costs were $22 million after tax ($27 million pre-tax), bringing cumulative costs to $137 million after tax ($196 million pre-tax). Fourth quarter 2015 savings were $15 million, bringing cumulative savings to $70 million.

    2016 Outlook and Key Planning Assumptions
    The company's key planning and guidance assumptions for 2016 are as follows:
    -Net sales in a range of down 3 percent to even with the prior year.
    -----Organic sales growth of 3 to 5 percent, with volumes up 2 to 3 percent and changes in net selling prices and product mix, combined, up an additional 1 to 2 percent.
    -----Negative foreign currency exchange rate impact of 5 to 6 percent.
    Adjusted operating profit growth of 2 to 5 percent.
    -----Cost savings of at least $350 million from the company's FORCE program.
    -----Savings of at least $50 million from the 2014 Organization Restructuring.
    -----Negative foreign currency translation effects of 5 to 6 percent. Currency transaction effects are also anticipated to negatively impact comparisons.
    -----Impact of changes in key cost inputs expected to be between $100 million of deflation and $50 million of inflation. The company is assuming North American market prices of $840 to $870 per metric ton for eucalyptus pulp and $35 to $45 per barrel for oil. Despite lower oil prices, some oil-based costs are expected to increase due to market-specific dynamics. Costs for materials in some international markets are also expected to increase due to local inflation.
    -----Advertising spending as a percent of net sales is expected to be similar to, or up slightly, compared to 2015.
    -----Other (income) and expense, net is anticipated to be less expense than in 2015.
    -Net income from equity companies similar to or up somewhat compared to 2015's level.
    -Adjusted effective tax rate between 30.5 and 32.5 percent. The quarterly adjusted effective tax rate in 2016 could vary more than in 2015.
    -Adjusted earnings per share of $5.95 to $6.15, up 3 to 7 percent versus $5.76 in 2015.
    -Capital spending of $950 to $1,050 million.
    -Defined benefit pension plan contributions of up to $100 million.
    -Dividend expected to increase mid-single digits, subject to approval by the Board of Directors. The anticipated increase is generally consistent with the 2015 growth in adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of 5 percent.
    -Share repurchases are expected to total $600 to $900 million, subject to market conditions.
    (Kimberly-Clark Corp.)
     
    03.02.2016   Roberta Ghilardi, Dr Hans-Peter Bauer and Harald Knechtel are the new Managing Directors of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH

    The long-established company GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH, part of the Italian IMS Deltamatic Group, is appointing its new Management Board. As of January 14th, 2016, three Managing Directors will conduct the business of one of the world's leading providers of slitter rewinders and winding machines. Former Managing Director Andreas Hollmann left the company consensually.

    Roberta Ghilardi, who already led the company as Managing Director in 2014, will be responsible for, amongst others, Administration and Finance. Dr Hans-Peter Bauer, Head of Mechanical Engineering at GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH since 1997, becomes Managing Director Operations (Engineering and Production). Harald Knechtel, since 2011 Head of Sales, is appointed Managing Director for the company's worldwide sales and marketing activities.

    “We are delighted that we have been able to appoint the Management Board with Mrs Ghilardi, Dr Bauer and Mr Knechtel. Having been with the company for many years, they are extremely familiar with our company and the markets. Together, in line with our company's future-oriented corporate governance, we will be able to secure the success and competitiveness of GOEBEL IMS in the long term and continue to inspire our customers,” says Daniele Vaglietti, CEO of IMS Deltamatic S.p.A.

    GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH and IMS, a brand of the Italy-based IMS Deltamatic Group, merged their business activities in March 2015. The first step following this fusion was to expand the international sales channels, customer service and the product portfolio for customers worldwide. The new trio at the top will continue this success story.

    Optimising the brand's position in the core markets and tapping new sales markets is the top priority for Harald Knechtel. The new Managing Director for Sales and Marketing at GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH has already successfully expanded new markets in his role as Head of Sales from 2011 to 2015. Collaborating closely with Product Development, Harald Knechtel was able to achieve numerous synergy effects and successes, including the largest single order in the company's history. His many years of experience in steering international sales channels have provided Harald Knechtel with extensive expertise in the products and in-depth knowledge of the core industries.

    The new Managing Director Operations (Engineering and Production) is Dr Hans-Peter Bauer, who has worked for GOEBEL since 1989 and in leading management positions for many years. As Head of Mechanical Construction, he played a vital role in further expanding the product range. The company developed numerous new machines under his leadership, including the largest slitter rewinder MONOSLIT GIANT. Dr Bauer intends to expand the product portfolio through product developments such as new, contemporary machine constructions and control systems that meet customer needs and create long-term value. In close cooperation with the parent company IMS Deltamatic, the Darmstadt based company will be able to achieve numerous synergy effects.

    For Roberta Ghilardi, responsible for Administration, Finance and other functional units, the top priority is to secure and strengthen the company's competitive position. Since GOEBEL was taken over by the machine group IMS Deltamatic S.p.A., she was responsible for the strategic direction of the Darmstadt based company. “By restructuring, we have laid the groundwork for a successful future, even in difficult market and competition conditions. We will therefore continue to optimise business processes and maintain a consistent customer focus.”
    (GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH)
     
    03.02.2016   New technology for corrugated board cutting dies    ( Company news )

    Company news With the new Marbach nick changing system, you can react fast and easily to varying conditions of your corrugated board material.

    Ingo Graham, Marbach Technical Sales Engineer: “Our customers often face the problem of fluctuations regarding the material’s humidity. Depending on the type and the condition of the corrugated board, a different number of nicks is necessary. Our customers are more flexible with the nick changing system and can adjust their tool to the material properties in no time.”

    This means a shorter machine start-up phase. The nick changing system also improves the hygiene in the die cutting environment: grinding additional nicks on press is not necessary any more. This eliminates the grinding dust that could be transferred to the blanks and end up in the customer’s product. The system’s mechanical locking feature enables you to quickly change cutting rules multiple times without any damage to the dieboard.
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    03.02.2016   Flint Group launches new rotec® Lightweight Sleeve    ( Company news )

    Company news Plate mounting sleeve with weight savings up to 40% is now available

    Flint Group officially launches its new rotec® Lightweight Sleeve for conventional plate mounting with adhesive tapes. Offering weight savings up to 40% compared to standard sleeves on the market, this new generation of hard-coated sleeves meets a huge range of customers’ requirements in the mid to wide web and pre-print sector. Maximum weight limits for components handled in the pressroom, shorter and easier press setups, or even missing adapter configurations can easily be managed in the future.

    “The latest developments in the sector of polyurethane foams made it possible to combine among the highest thermal and dimensional stability with less density. This results in our rotec® Lightweight Sleeve – without any compromise in our proven quality.” states Nico Jasper, Flint Group Product Manager and Technical Sales Sleeves.

    Further to the weight savings, the rotec® Lightweight Sleeve offers a new feature which was highly appreciated by all test customers: The entire sleeve edge is sealed with an aluminum plate. This protects the sleeve from exposure of cleaning liquids, inks or solvents and prevents from unnatural diameter growth of the sleeve.

    The rotec® Lightweight Sleeve is also available in rotec® Ω-Surface Technology for use of solvent based inks as well as all well-known features like the rotec® Stainless Steel Register Ring.

    Patrick Luedecke, Flint Group Sales Director Sleeves gives an outlook: “Our Product Development Department in Ahaus, Germany is working intensively on new customer oriented sleeve solutions. Our customers can really look forward to the next innovations rolled out by Flint Group.”

    The rotec® Lightweight Sleeve is available with a wall thickness starting at 19 mm and face lengths up to 2835 mm.
    (Flint Group Germany GmbH)
     
    03.02.2016   evian® display using Fusion topliner of Sappi wins German Packaging Award     ( Company news )

    Company news For the flap display of beverage brand evian®, Swiss company Model AG came up with a smart idea using Sappi's environmentally friendly bright white topliner.

    The easy-to-assemble flap display for Evian-Volvic Suisse SA was conceived as a means of replacing metal with corrugated cardboard. Model AG, based in Weinfelden, Switzerland, was tasked with replacing the previous metal display with a floor display made from corrugated cardboard to reduce costs and shipping weight, as well as to make the display easier to assemble. The company chose Fusion of Sappi for the topliner because of its outstanding material properties and processing characteristics. The success of the display and its design concept proves that Fusion topliner was the right choice: the evian® display recently won the German Packaging Award 2015 in the category of Display and Promotional Packaging.

    "The composition of Fusion topliner (180 g/m2) makes it more elastic than other papers and the edges stay perfect even after bending. In other words, its optimum virgin fibre composition means that the paper doesn't break at folded edges," says Andreas Benninger, Leader at Model Crea. "This award validates that our innovative solutions are being noticed in the German market. It was also exciting to see the change in the ecological and economic factors when offset-laminated corrugated cardboard is used instead of metal."

    "The aim was to create a unit on which different formats could be displayed,” adds Sara Masciave, Junior Brand Manager at Evian-Volvic Suisse SA. "The labels on the side (Mini: 330ml / Move: 500ml / Sport: 750ml / One: 1l) indicate at a glance that each format has a specific purpose such as the practical 750ml bottle with a drinking closure for sports."

    Display concept designed to save materials
    The Flap display solution was developed at the Model Innovation and Competence Center (ICC) and accommodates three different, readily accessible bottle sizes that can easily be removed from the stand. The display, designed by design agency 29-degrees, can be transported to the point of sale flat with just a few pre-cut parts, and then quickly and easily assembled and filled. The sidewalls of the display are reinforced for added stability. The low-resource use of materials and the ingenious technical implementation using 100% corrugated cardboard impressed the jurors from the German Packaging Institute (DVI), who judged the display as a compact and elegant point of sale solution.

    The properties of Fusion topliner met the requirements of the corrugated cardboard construction of the evian® display in every respect. By opting for offset-laminated corrugated cardboard, Model AG designed a concept for customers who prefer extremely fast unpacking and assembly to reduce costs. It requires very little material, since the glued attachment of the tray support in the shell gives the display added stability and rigidity. The material-saving design and ultra-quick assembly make the display a low-cost choice for evian® and its retailers.

    Using bleached white virgin fibres (100% primary fibres) and relying on the know-how in the production of bright white speciality papers and carton board for which Sappi is recognized, Fusion has set the standard in the corrugated cardboard market. Especially with the low grammage paper now available, corrugated cardboard displays provide new inspiration and utility with a focus on the brightest whites, vibrant printing, harmonious surfaces and edges, lower process costs and transport volumes, and food safety. Because stringent specifications are established for Fusion, customers can absolutely rely on its consistent performance for lamination, printing, print finishing, and finally, on store shelves or at the point of sale.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    03.02.2016   Big retailer win for DS Smith Recycling Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Recycling Division in Germany has recently confirmed a partnership for paper recycling with one of Germany’s biggest retailers.

    After the Edeka group from Hamburg, Germany, DS Smith's new partner is the second largest German retailer with a strong presence in Europe but also in other parts of the world, featuring many famous brands such as retail stores, discount stores, tourism agencies and production facilities. In 2014 the group generated sales of around €50 billion and employed just fewer than 330,000 workers.

    The group is also the largest paper recycling tender in Germany with an annual volume amounting to 210,000 tonnes efficiently collected from its retail outlets and then baled in one of the 28 central warehouses of the group.

    A rigorous tender and interview process has been implemented to select recycling partners for the group's paper. As part of that process that DS Smith Recycling Germany, as one of only two successful candidates, secured approximately half of the total volume, 110,000 t / year.This volume equates to approximately 4,600 collections per year which means that if all of these trucks queued up, this would create a convoy of some 192 km - roughly the distance from Frankfurt to Cologne.

    Speaking of the success Achim Wiese, Head of Recycling in Germany commented:
    ‘It’s not without a great deal of pride that I am pleased to tell you of this success. Tenders for this type of volumes do not come to the market every day and we are delighted to have secured such a significant proportion of that tender. This volume is an important component in the role of DS Smith recycling to ensure the supply of raw materials of our paper mills’.
    (DS Smith Recycling Deutschland GmbH)
     
    03.02.2016   LIGNA Conference 2016: online registration has now started    ( LIGNA 2017 )

    LIGNA 2017 Online registration ( www.ligna.de/en/con) has now begun for the first international LIGNA Conference, to be held at the Robotation Academy (located on the LIGNA showgrounds in Hannover, Germany) on 3 and 4 May 2016. The event is being staged by Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association within VDMA.

    The conference fee (€249 plus VAT) covers admission, catering on both days, plus an informal get-together on the evening of 3 May.

    The LIGNA Conference is supported by Lignum Consulting GmbH, Kupferzell, Germany, and Ostwestfalen Lippe University of Applied Sciences (OWL), Lemgo, Germany. In its role as a leading independent management consultancy for the international wood and furniture industry, Lignum Consulting has acquired extensive experience, in particular in the area of integrated production. OWL University of Applied Sciences boasts a strong research orientation and is a prominent member of the Federal Research Ministry’s excellence cluster “Smart Technical Systems OWL (it’s owl)”. The university maintains close links with the local mechanical engineering and production engineering industries. “With Lignum Consulting and the Production and Economics Department of OWL University of Applied Sciences we have recruited two external partners that will contribute significantly to our interesting and diverse lecture program,” said Christian Pfeiffer, in charge of LIGNA at Deutsche Messe.

    Alongside Lignum Consulting and OWL University of Applied Sciences the following enterprises have pledged their support for the LIGNA Conference: BIESSE Group (Pesaro, Italy), SCM Group (Rimini, Italy), HOMAG Group AG (Schopfloch, Germany), IMA Klessmann GmbH (Lübbecke, Germany) and imos AG (Herford, Germany).

    The LIGNA Conference will consist of keynotes, a variety of interesting papers and a panel discussion on the topic “Integrated production in woodworking – the way towards Industry 4.0”.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    02.02.2016   Sustainability and Superior SRP – SUN’s Stars of 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news The ongoing rise of the discounters and resulting demand for outstanding quality SRP (Shelf Ready Packaging), coupled with a growing focus on sustainability, are the primary factors expected to shape the corrugated sector in 2016 – according to SUN Automation Group®, a recognised leader in the global corrugated sector.

    Whilst discount stores have undoubtedly dealt a blow to the big supermarkets during 2015, convenience stores have also made a mark with consumers turning to quicker, more frequent shops for more of their needs. Aldi became the UK’s sixth largest supermarket last year, overtaking Waitrose, and between 2010 and 2015 the discount retailers grew at more than twice the rate of the “big four”.

    This has led to a growing demand for top quality SRP – thus helping to underpin the popularity of corrugated as a sustainable, protective and practical packaging solution.

    Sustainability is also now a consideration in its own right, as European corrugated printers face higher than ever levels of environmental regulation, echoed by a genuine desire from many companies to improve their sustainability credentials – but without impacting negatively on profits.

    Rob Dal Lago, SUN Automation’s General Manager EMEA, explained: “To improve sustainability box plants need to identify trends in the market and position their products and services accordingly: waste, water usage and inks are all key areas for consideration. Thanks to ongoing competition within the corrugated sector, plant margins have historically been very tight so, if all suppliers are competing more or less equally on the basis of cost and quality, a small edge such as proven focus on sustainability may be the deciding factor in winning a contract.”

    In addition, as the industrial sector moves inexorably towards the adoption of Industry 4.0, where all manufacturing and related processes are interlinked and coordinated, there is an ever greater focus on minimising errors and defects that can impact the bottom line.

    Daniel Bosma, SUN Automation Sales Manager, EMEA, added: “The principle behind Industry 4.0 is to connect and automate as many systems as possible in order to identify and eliminate potential for defects, thus reducing downtime and profit erosion. This is a work in progress and some distance in the future for the majority of box plants, but the principle is the same as currently – improving quality and minimising errors in order to increase profit margins.

    “For those companies just starting on this journey, making the most of their current plant - perhaps by enhancing their existing equipment with retrofitted SUN Automation components - could certainly give them a head start towards the idealistic achievement of zero defects and optimal productivity.”

    SUN Automation, which has 30 years’ experience in retrofitting innovative technologies to transform corrugated equipment, provides box plants worldwide with technologies that assist with increasing production quality, efficiency and profitability. With an unequalled portfolio of solutions SUN Automation is in the ideal position to guide box plants towards the most appropriate equipment for their needs, whether for conventional flexographic or the fast approaching digital arena.
    (Sun Automation Group UK)
     
    02.02.2016   Hunkeler - succession planning implemented further     ( Company news )

    Company news As majority shareholder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hunkeler Group, business economist Stefan Hunkeler (50) is following in the footsteps of his father, Franz Hunkeler (74), who will be retiring from the position as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Hunkeler Group (which he had since 1990) with effect from February 1, 2016. Franz will still remain available as a valuable member of the Board of Directors. Michel Hunkeler (44) will be replacing Stefan Hunkeler as CEO.

    Photo: A strong family company: Franz Hunkeler (center) with his sons Stefan (right, Chairman of the Board of Directors) and Michel (left, CEO) in front of the newly constructed extension for the Hunkeler Group's Production division. Together the two brothers hold 100% of the share capital.

    Stefan Hunkeler joined the company in 1999 and managed the Hunkeler Group as CEO and delegate of the Board of Directors until January 2016. Michel Hunkeler will now take over the operational management of the globally active company from his brother Stefan. As a minority shareholder, he will be able to make full use of his many years of experience as a member of the Board of Directors of Hunkeler and has been working for the company in operations since August 1, 2015. Michel will be transfering overall responsibility for marketing and sales to Hans Gut (49), who has successfully managed the Marketing division as a long-standing member of the Executive Board of Hunkeler to this day. Hans Gut is also taking over the responsibility from Erich Hodel, Director Sales America/Asia Pacific, who is leaving on April 1, 2016 to our partner company Hunkeler Systeme AG. A smooth transfer is guaranteed thanks to Hans Gut's wealth of experience.

    It is thanks to this exemplary succession planning that further foundations for the ongoing successful development of the SME are guaranteed in the long term. Ever since being established in 1922, Hunkeler AG has always been managed by members of the Hunkeler family. A far-sighted approach, as well as great intuition where market requirements and the innovative solutions derived from them are concerned, have made a significant contribution to the successful development of the globally active company. All decisions will continue to be made and implemented in the interests of customers and business partners. One such big step into the future was already taken in 2015 with the extension to house a new production facility in Wikon. Maintaining its commercial independence has always been one of the cornerstones for the success of the family company. This is symbolized by the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne which have established themselves as the international industry convention for high-performance digital printing.
    (Hunkeler AG)
     
    02.02.2016   Huhtamaki completed the acquisition of FIOMO    ( Company news )

    Company news Huhtamaki has completed the acquisition of FIOMO, a.s., a manufacturer of flexible packaging foils and labels in the Czech Republic. With the acquisition Huhtamaki expands its flexible packaging manufacturing footprint in Europe and is able to offer agile high quality off-set printing capabilities for smaller production runs for its customers.

    The annual net sales of the acquired business in 2014 were approximately EUR 21 million and it employs approximately 120 people in its manufacturing unit in the Prague area. The debt-free purchase price was approximately EUR 28 million. The business will be consolidated into the Flexible Packaging business segment as of February 1, 2016.
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    02.02.2016   Avery Dennison Materials Group EU HQ IS awarded a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM certificate    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Avery Dennison Materials Group EU HQ IS awarded a ‘Very Good’ BREEAM certificate. (Photos: Avery Dennison, PR319)

    Avery Dennison has brought its sustainability vision to life at its new EU headquarters and Research & Development center in Oegstgeest, the Netherlands. The long-term leased building acts as the European hub for the global Avery Dennison (NYSE:AVY) Materials Group business - a leader in labelling, packaging, and graphics solutions. A BREEAM(1) ‘Very Good’ certificate was awarded at a ceremony on December 10, during a celebration for all of the partners involved in the building’s design and construction. The building is located in the BioScience Park in Oegstgeest, which is among the top five science parks in Europe.

    Angelo Depietri, vice president/general manager Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, said that Avery Dennison aims to break through conventional patterns of thinking and stretch existing boundaries in its drive to improve environmental performance: “Our sustainability vision involves thinking about much more than our own operations. We work to support sustainability initiatives with our customers, our partners, and across the wider community. This new building was conceived from the very start to create a place where our employees could collaborate, innovate, and inspire our customers – and also to offer exceptional performance with resource and energy consumption.”

    A whole range of sustainability features have been brought together to merit the tough BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rating. The headquarters has energy efficient ground-storage heating and cooling, heat-reflective glass, elevators that recover energy, motion-controlled lighting, FSC-certified timber, and more than 100 birdcages on a sedum-covered green roof.

    Depietri said that none of the many sustainability measures implemented have compromised function: “We now have a 12,000m2 sustainable building that can accommodate up to 450 people, including a 1,600m2 state-of-the-art Research & Development center for further product innovation.”

    Leading architectural firm Paul de Ruijter, developer OVG Real Estate, construction company J.P. van Eesteren all worked with Avery Dennison to build the innovative, contemporary and technologically advanced building with the goal of creating a space that fosters collaboration, innovation and productivity.

    Coen van Oostrom, CEO of OVG Real Estate, said, “Avery Dennison has worked with experts to design a building that prioritizes comfort, health and productivity for end-users. It is one of the first companies in the Netherlands to create a combined office/ Research & Development center with ‘Very Good’ BREEAM certification, and the criteria developed and implemented during this project are now standard for other lab buildings seeking BREEAM certification. It underlines Avery Dennison’s commitment to working more sustainably, and preparing a legacy for future generations.”

    Depietri said that Avery Dennison is fully committed to making a contribution to a more sustainable future: “We think it’s important to lead the way on this crucial issue, and to challenge ourselves and others to do everything possible to protect our environment. Not only are we now operating from one of the most sustainable properties in the area, but we are also working hard to drive sustainability gains across our entire supply chain.”

    (1) BREEAM is the world's leading sustainability assessment method for master planning projects, infrastructure and buildings. It addresses a number of life cycle stages such as New Construction, Refurbishment and In-Use. The focus on sustainable value and efficiency makes BREEAM certified developments attractive property investments and generates sustainable environments that enhance the well-being of the people who live and work in them.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    02.02.2016   McDonald's partners with James Cropper for Pioneering recycling trial     ( Company news )

    Company news British master papermaker James Cropper has announced a trial recycling partnership with McDonald’s UK, as the two explore pioneering moves in sustainability and recycling.

    The partnership will enable paper cups used in McDonald’s restaurants across the UK, every week, to be recycled at James Cropper’s state-of-the-art reclaimed fibre plant – turning previously non-recyclable, plastic-coated paper cups into new paper products.

    Richard Burnett, market development manager at James Cropper, said: “It’s estimated that up to 2.5 billion paper cups are used in the UK every year. Most of these are currently not recycled as, being polyethylene-coated, they can’t be recycled amongst ordinary household waste. In addition, collecting used paper cups for recycling has been problematic due to the nature of their use – they’re used on the go and are often taken away from the place of purchase”.

    “The partnership with McDonald’s has been nearly two years in the making and signifies an important step towards recycling used paper cups and, ultimately, reducing waste going to landfill. By collaborating with McDonald’s, we’re working towards an effective scheme that can recoup as many used paper cups as possible, which can then go back into the supply chain.”

    The trial recycling scheme – a UK first – has been rolled out across 150 of McDonald’s 1250 UK restaurants so far. Paper cups are collected from McDonald’s and then baled by Simply Cups, the UK’s only paper cup recovery and recycling scheme, before being delivered to James Cropper for reprocessing. Reclaimed fibre can then be used in everything from brochures and stationery to designer gift boxes.

    Helen McFarlane, sustainability consultant at McDonald’s UK, added: “Paper cups constitute about 30% of our packaging waste and this is a great opportunity to ensure that the quality fibre used in making those cups gets another life. We have recently started to introduce recycling stations in our restaurants to allow customers to separate paper cups, and we’re eager to see what this trial with James Cropper and Simply Cups will look like, hopefully helping set up the infrastructure for others to use in future.”

    Richard continued: “With the demand for eco-friendly products rising we’re seeing more and more clients interested in using reclaimed fibre as part of their paper requirements, in luxury shopping bags and company literature, for instance. This ground-breaking trial with McDonald’s demonstrates how organisations can work together to create a mutually beneficial, effective and sustainable supply chain. Businesses can use ‘green’ processes and schemes to simultaneously minimise waste and utilise an otherwise waste material as a new product .”

    The partnership with McDonald’s is just the start of the journey to make widespread post-consumer paper cup recycling a reality.

    The reclaimed fibre facility at James Cropper, which was opened by HM The Queen in 2013, uses a method which separates the paper from the plastic coating, and currently processes the equivalent of 10 million paper cups per week from the off cuts of paper cup manufacturers.

    The process results in no wastage whatsoever – with 90 per cent of the cup waste being converted back into FSC® certified fibre for paper production and the remaining 10 per cent, which is plastic, being repurposed as garden furniture, for example.
    (James Cropper plc)
     
    02.02.2016   ANDRITZ successfully starts up semi-chemical pulp line with green liquor pulping technology at...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... JSC Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill, Russia

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the pulp line delivered to JSC Arkhangelsk Pulp and Paper Mill (APPM) at the Novodvinsk mill, Russia. The new line features ANDRITZ green liquor technology for efficient pulp cooking, refining, and washing and produces 1,000 t/day of semi-chemical pulp for the production of corrugated board from birch and aspen.

    Semi-chemical pulp is produced in a combination of mild chemical treatment and subsequent mechanical treatment in which the fibers are liberated from the wood matrix. This delignification process step is interrupted at an early stage in order to increase the yield and produce stiff fibers – an important quality criterion in the production of corrugated medium. A major advantage of the ANDRITZ green liquor technology, which is mainly applied for hardwoods and enhances the fiber quality substantially, is the efficient and easy recovery of cooking chemicals in the adjacent kraft mill. Thus, no additional process steps are needed for chemical recovery.

    With this new line, the production capacity of APPM has doubled, while productions costs and waste water volume have been substantially reduced.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    01.02.2016   PMP to supply (2) Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue machines for Hebei Jinboshi Group Co., Ltd,..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... China

    On 22nd January 2016, PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) – a global provider of tissue, paper & board technology, signed a contract with Heibei Jinboshi Group CO., LTD. For the delivery of (2) Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc lines.

    The (2) Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc will be characterized with 3650mm reel trim, operating speed of 1200 m/min, daily capacity 75 t/d and a basis weight 12.5-25 gsm each. This project will be based on a PMP Integrated Tissue Mill concept, which means 2 machines (left-hand and right-hand) in the same building, a shared control room as well as a warehouse. The same model of right and left hand machines layout in one building is the most compact solution and the two machines can share a common spare parts base. As a result, both space and costs are saved as well as number of personnel required to run the installations. At the same time high production flexibility plays a significant role in achieving top installations effectiveness.

    The PMP’s scope of supply will cover the single layer Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic Headbox, 4-roll Intelli-Former®, compact Intelli-Press®, 12ft Steel Intelli-YD™, Intelli-HoodTM and Intelli-Reel®. In addition, PMP will provide mechanical drives, electrical drives, lubrication system, Steam & Condensate system and the PLC. The PMP team will also provide erection supervision and technological start-up.

    The new project will be implemented based on the Optimum Cost Solution philosophy by executing the tissue machine fully designed in Europe (PMPoland & PMPower), manufacturing of the key components such as a hydraulic headbox and a steel Yankee in Europe, and the remaining manufacturing, as well as tissue machine pre-assembly and tests completed at the PMP Center of Excellence: PMP IB, Changzhou (China). This combination allows to lower a cost of investment for the customer, while maintaining the premium quality of the equipment supplied. The start-up is scheduled for the end of 2016 (1st machine) and the middle of 2017 (2nd machine).

    With the excellent performance of operating reference and continuous new orders, PMP Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc Technology has been recognized worldwide to be a high-quality, high-efficient and ultra low-consumption solution for tissuemakers. This type of product was designed to suit Chinese Market in perfect way being totally in line with guidance of Chinese Government reflected in 12th 5 year plan.
    Year by year, PMP increases its presence in China through implementation of projects for both tissue & paper customers. Only in the last decade in Mainland China, PMP provided 13 CF tissue machines and 20 capital paper machine rebuilds including core technological units such as Intelli-Jet V® Headboxes, Intelli-Nip® Shoe Presses, Intelli-Sizer™ Size Presses, etc. Combination of a state-of-art technology and rich experience of PMP and convenient local service from PMP IB results in smart integration of assets & competences. This way PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue solutions bring excellent support for its users daily.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    01.02.2016   ANDRITZ to supply two tissue machines with 20-foot steel Yankees to Guizhou Chitianhua, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Guizhou Chitianhua to supply two tissue machines (TM5, TM6) with steel Yankees for a mill in Chishui city, Guizhou Province, for the production of high-quality facial wipes, toilet paper, and handkerchief paper. The start-up of TM5 is scheduled for the end of 2016 and of TM6 for the beginning of 2017.

    The new PrimeLineST tissue machines have a design speed of 2,000 meters per minute and a paper width of 5.6 meters. The machines of this type are currently unique on the market because they combine a high-performance Yankee with a steam-heated hood. Both Yankees for Guizhou Chitianhua are made entirely of steel, have a diameter of 20 feet, and hence are among the largest in the world. They enable a high drying capacity and achieve remarkable cost savings compared to systems operated with gas because of usage of steam.

    Both Yankees will be manufactured at the ANDRITZ steel Yankee business center in Foshan, China, which offers customers in China state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and quality management.
    (Andritz AG)
     

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