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    PAP-FOR Russia 28 - 31 October 2014 at EXPOFORUM, Saint Petersburg, Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news PAP-FOR Russia is the largest pulp and paper event in Eastern Europe that represents all cutting edge products, innovative ideas and ultramodern industry technologies on one site.
    It is an ideal B2B event for establishing new partnerships and developing business. During four days PAP-FOR gives the full market overview and gathers all industry professionals in one meeting place.

    Why Russian market is worth entering?
    Russia is the largest country in the world with growing economy:
    -Expected decrease in entry barriers and creation of new opportunities for foreign countries due to WTO accession.
    -Easy accessibility to Kazakhstan and Belarus markets due to membership in the Custom Union.
    -Strong consuming growth caused by huge population and economic development (15 cities with a million-plus population, 145 million people in total, over 5 million companies).
    -Fantastic growth in retail industry (appr. 20% in 2013).
    -Prospects of becoming a key consumer of PPI products instead of stagnating European and Asian PPI markets.
    -Well enough space and clients for the international players.

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

    PAP-FOR Russia 2014 will be held at the new exhibition and convention centre EXPOFORUM, Pavilion 1 (Peterburgskoye Highway, 64/1, St. Petersburg, Russia).
    (Reed Exhibitions Russia)
     
    31.10.2014   Robustness and precision for a flawless embossing    ( Company news )

    Company news OMET is rightly proud of the technology inside its tissue converting machines dedicated to the production of napkins, which stand out for their quality and precision of execution. The embossing is no exception.

    A key aspect in the production of napkins is the embossing, or the process during which the tissue passes through the embossing cylinders that ‘mark’ the texture of the napkin with the aim to make the veils that compose it match, and make the napkin softer and more compact. The embossing units on OMET’s machines, with differences depending on the model, work at a rated speed of 800 meters per minute with a production capacity ranging from 2800 to 6000 napkins per minute.

    The sturdy construction of OMET machines dedicated to the production of disposable paper napkins and towels enhances the embossing process and guarantees results characterized by extreme accuracy, as confirmed by the most important manufacturers on the market. The possibility to lubricate the gears through the presence of oil tanks, the on board cylinder setting system that aims at making the machine as more rigid as possible, and the presence of a single independent motor, are the result of decades of experience that brought OMET to be a reference in the market. The trust in OMET is mainly due to the reliability and durability of its machines, but also to the quality and the ease of use of in-line embossing, always a phase of the production of napkins considered crucial in order to obtain an excellent finished product. Only the embossing groups of OMET machines offer a great vibration control thanks to the wide production experience related to more than 700 lines of converting, which ensures consistency of process and high-quality production, reducing errors to a minimum.

    Since 2012 there is a new system of cassette micro-embossing that allows to speed up the printed job changeover thanks to a system for the rapid replacement of the rotary cylinders. The efficiency of the machines is enhanced, besides the fast changeover, by the presence of a performing cleaning systems in-line.

    The wide range of options and the ability to configure the machine according to the customer's needs are the strengths of OMET, together with the great attention to details that improve the performance of the machine and the quality of the napkin. These include the careful selection of raw materials, the attention in the choice of suppliers of components and, finally, the control of all the construction, testing and start-up phases of the machines.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    31.10.2014   Given the choice, consumers choose the envelope - FEPE Congress, 2‐4 October 2014, Krakow    ( Company news )

    Company news Consumers want the right to choose on how they are contacted by banks, utility providers and other service companies, and very often that choice is via the envelope. This was the message at FEPE’s 57th Congress of the European Federation of Envelope Manufacturers (FEPE), held in Krakow from 2-4 October 2014.

    David Gold from Royal Mail group in the UK presented the “Keep Me Posted” campaign, a partnership of representatives from charities, interest groups and business fighting for the consumer’s right to choose how they are contacted. “Service providers are now starting to see the merit of being associated with the campaign” said Mr Gold. “With 81% of adults wanting to choose how they receive information, giving consumers choice in how they are communicated with rather than pushing their customers online by default is not only right thing to do, but better for their business ” he concluded.

    The untapped potential of administrative documents
    As the paper and envelope industries struggle with falling paper mail volumes in the face of digitalization Philippe Coppé from bpost in Belgium introduced an innovative idea to slow this decline. Bills and bank statements are valuable documents but they rarely meet consumers’ needs. Working with major companies, bpost has developed “RelatioMail”, a project to add value to administrative documents, such as bills. In depth rethinking and redesigning of these documents has led to improved ergonomics, readability and impact. Setting and integrating business objectives was also key to the process. So far several major utility companies have adapted their invoices using this new approach, with impressive results.

    The envelope business moves with the times
    Ann Galland´s (Galland Strategies) message to envelope manufacturers was that as digital disruption does happen anyway, “you will be better off if the company cannibalizing your business through change is your own”. In that respect Maynard Benjamin from the Global Envelope Alliance set out his vision of where the industry is now and what it needs to do to stay successful in the future.
    As postal operators are forced to change their business models as letter mail business drops, envelope manufactures will similarly have to reshape and adapt by becoming more diverse manufacturers. New technologies such as QR codes, Augmented Reality and Geofencing offer opportunities waiting to be exploited by postal operators and customers alike. “We must remember that mail is important. It is a physical medium that is sensory and consumers like and want to use the mail” Mr Benjamin concluded.
    Russell Croisdale from UK based Encore envelopes further elaborated on this theme by presenting facts of figures from the past 5 years and a forecast for the future. Despite several years of falling mail volumes this decline is slowing down overall.
    Summing up the congress FEPE President Thomas Schwarz remarked that despite the continuing economic difficulties and the challenges presented by the shift to digital communication, the envelope industry had reason to be positive. “Initiatives such as Keep me posted in the UK and RelatioMail in Belgium prove that envelopes and paper communication still have a part to play in today’s world, and what’s
    more consumers agree too!”

    Next year´s FEPE congress will take place from 29-31 October 2015 in Sevilla.
    (FEPE Federation Européenne des Producteurs d'Enveloppes)
     
    31.10.2014   Kimberly-Clark Announces Details for Completion of Kimberly-Clark Health Care Spin-Off    ( Company news )

    Company news Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB) announced the record date, distribution date and distribution ratio for the previously announced tax-free spin-off of its health care business. The spin-off will form the new publicly traded company, Halyard Health, Inc. Kimberly-Clark also increased its 2014 share repurchase program to take into account expected proceeds as a result of the spin-off.

    Photo: Thomas J. Falk, chairman and chief executive officer of Kimberly-Clark Corp.

    Kimberly-Clark shareholders will receive one share of Halyard Health common stock for every eight shares of Kimberly-Clark common stock held as of the close of trading on Oct. 23, 2014, the record date for the spin-off. Kimberly-Clark shareholders will receive cash in lieu of any fractional shares. The spin-off is expected to be effective as of the end of the day on Oct. 31, 2014, the distribution date for the spin-off, with 100 percent of the shares of Halyard Health distributed to Kimberly-Clark shareholders.

    Before completion of the spin-off, Halyard Health expects to make a one-time cash payment to Kimberly-Clark. As a result, Kimberly-Clark is increasing its 2014 share repurchase target to $2 billion, up from its previous plan of $1.3 to $1.5 billion.

    "The spin-off will let Halyard Health pursue its own value-creation opportunities as a focused healthcare company," said Thomas J. Falk, chairman and chief executive officer of Kimberly-Clark Corp. "Looking ahead, we continue to be optimistic about our prospects to deliver strong returns to shareholders through successful execution of our Global Business Plan."

    Halyard Health has applied to list its shares on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol "HYH." Kimberly-Clark expects that a "when-issued" public trading market for Halyard Health common stock will begin on the NYSE on or about Oct. 21, 2014, under the symbol "HYH WI" and will continue through the distribution date. Halyard Health common stock is expected to begin "regular way" trading on the NYSE on Nov. 3, 2014, the first trading day following the distribution date.

    No action is required by Kimberly-Clark shareholders to receive shares of Halyard Health common stock in the spin-off. Beginning on or about Oct. 21, 2014, through the distribution date, it is expected that there will be two ways to trade Kimberly-Clark common stock — either with or without the right to receive Halyard Health common stock in the spin-off. Investors are encouraged to consult with their broker and financial and tax advisors regarding the specific implications of buying or selling Kimberly-Clark common stock on or before the distribution date.

    The spin-off and the distribution of Halyard Health stock is subject to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) having declared effective Halyard Health's registration statement on Form 10. In addition, the spin-off is subject to conditions set forth in a Distribution Agreement between Kimberly-Clark and Halyard Health, the form of which is filed as an exhibit to Halyard Health's registration statement on Form 10.
    (Kimberly-Clark Corp.)
     
    31.10.2014   UPM Interim report Q3/2014: UPM achieves EUR 200 million profit improvement target ahead of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...schedule, Net debt at lowest level in 15 years

    Q3 2014 compared with Q3 2013
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.32 (0.26), and reported EUR 0.34 (0.26)
    • Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 235 million, 9.7% of sales (194 million, 7.8% of sales), due to the success of the profit improvement programme
    • EBITDA was EUR 346 million, 14.3% of sales (311 million, 12.6% of sales)
    • The full targeted annualised cost savings of EUR 200 million were achieved in Q3 2014, ahead of schedule

    Q1–Q3 2014 compared with Q1–Q3 2013
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.85 (0.64), and reported EUR 0.95 (0.57)
    • Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 617 million, 8.4% of sales (476 million, 6.4% of sales), due to the success of the profit improvement programme
    • EBITDA was EUR 957 million, 13.0% of sales (853 million, 11.4% of sales)
    • Growth projects progressed in UPM Biorefining, UPM Paper Asia and UPM Raflatac
    • Strong operating cash flow at EUR 779 million (473 million), net debt decreased to EUR 2,726 million

    Jussi Pesonen (photo), President and CEO comments on the result:
    UPM posted a strong third quarter 2014 thanks to the success of the profit improvement programme and very good operational efficiency in all businesses. I’m particularly pleased with our cash flow performance and balance sheet as this provides the foundation for both dividend growth and the ability to continue the transformation of the company.
    Our new business structure has been operational for 12 months now and the profit improvement programme we started with the new organisation has been completed ahead of schedule. These 12 months have shown that this organisation is capable of delivering results. Our operating profit has improved by 21% compared to Q3 in 2013 and by 30% during the first nine months of 2014.
    Compared to Q3 2013, UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America), UPM Paper Asia and UPM Plywood were all successful in their efforts to improve profitability and lower costs. In UPM Paper ENA, the operating profit also included energy-related refunds in Europe.
    In UPM Biorefining, flawless operational efficiency enabled a good result despite the headwind from prices.
    In addition, UPM Raflatac managed to increase its operational efficiency and delivery volumes.
    In UPM Energy, profitability continued on a good level.
    We have reached our 200 M€ profit improvement target ahead of schedule, and we have identified further improvement potential. Also the growth outlook, particularly in Europe, remains weak. Therefore, it is time to set a new profit improvement goal. We are preparing a new plan including fixed and variable cost savings. We are analysing the means and tools at our disposal and will communicate a new profit improvement target in the next few weeks.
    As for our strategic growth projects, we are well on track in terms of achieving our target of EUR 200 million of additional EBITDA.
    The Lappeenranta biorefinery, the first of its kind in the world, will start producing clean, advanced renewable diesel during the fourth quarter. In Pulp, the construction works at the Kymi mill extension are on schedule. Investments in both wood-free speciality grades and labelling materials in China, as well as UPM Raflatac’s expansion in the self-adhesive labels are also making solid progress.
    Overall, UPM is in a strong position to undertake future opportunities. We have a new profit improvement programme in preparation and our growth projects proceed well. Furthermore, our cash flow and balance sheet are very strong, enabling the continuing transformation of the company,” said Pesonen.

    Outlook for 2014
    Growth in the European economy has been modest in 2014, but has improved over last year. The outlook for economic growth in Europe has weakened somewhat during the autumn. In the US, growth has been stable at a moderate level, whereas growth is expected to continue in the developing economies.
    This environment is expected to be supportive for the global pulp and label materials demand, as well as paper demand in Asia. The graphic paper demand in Europe is expected to decline moderately. The current hydrological situation in Finland is below the long term average level. Based on forward prices, electricity prices in Finland in H2 2014 are expected to be slightly lower than in H2 2013.
    UPM’s business outlook is broadly stable.

    In H2 2014, UPM’s performance is expected to be underpinned by similar or slightly better performance in UPM Paper ENA, UPM Paper Asia, UPM Raflatac, UPM Plywood and UPM Energy, when compared to H2 2013.
    UPM Biorefining’s performance in H2 2014 compared to H2 2013 continues to be impacted by lower chemical pulp prices. Commercial production of renewable diesel at the Lappeenranta refinery is expected to start during Q4 2014, but the impact on UPM Biorefining’s earnings during H2 2014 is expected to be minor.
    Q4 2014 is expected to be impacted by seasonally higher fixed costs, the year-end stoppages in the company’s paper mills when compared to Q3 2014.
    (UPM)
     
    31.10.2014   Catalyst to take temporary curtailment at Powell River    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) announced the temporary curtailment of one of three paper machines at its Powell River mill, removing capacity of 6,500 tonnes of specialty paper grades from the market.

    This curtailment reflects Catalyst’s strategy to match production with domestic market demand and inventory.

    The Powell River No. 9 paper machine will be idled on October 31 for three weeks. Additional downtime may be taken later in the quarter based on market demands.

    Catalyst is working closely with employees to balance labour and production time to mitigate potential for seasonal layoffs.

    “We continue our focus of matching production to customer orders,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “This curtailment is not expected to impact existing customer orders.”
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    30.10.2014   Cascades, the Québec government and Rackam inaugurate a major solar park in Kingsey Falls     ( Company news )

    Company news Pierre Arcand, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources and Minister responsible for the Northern Plan, Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades, and Mathieu Chagnon, President of Rackam, inaugurated the Alain-Lemaire Solar Park, which will supply energy to Cascades' units in Kingsey Falls.

    Cascades and Rackam started work on the ground-level facility in June, installing a powerful concentrated solar power (CSP) system with a surface area of 1490 m 2 on a 4000 m 2 lot, with the aim of reducing the consumption of natural gas used to produce the hot water required for operations at the industrial complex. The project is a first in the pulp and paper industry.

    Financing for the $1,073,830 project came in part from a $463,500 grant from the Ministère de l'Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec. The funding came from the former Energy Innovation Assistance Program (PAIE), now part of the Technoclimat Program. Gaz Métro was also involved in the project, contributing $76,000 through its Innovation Program.

    "The completion of this project is the logical outcome of the vision the Québec government has adopted concerning green energy. We are making significant efforts to support the development of new sources of clean energy, and to encourage the business community to employ these innovative energy-producing technologies. I am proud to see that our efforts are bearing fruit. The project we are inaugurating today demonstrates the skill and ingenuity of Québec entrepreneurs who are moving forward with innovative technologies that will have positive impacts on both our economy and the environment," stated Minister Arcand.

    "With the commissioning of the Alain-Lemaire Solar Park, Cascades is once again at the forefront of sustainable development, reaffirming its position as a leader in energy efficiency," said Mario Plourde . "This project, built on the values instilled in the Company by the Lemaire brothers for half a century, will also encourage the new generation of entrepreneurs and the continued development of green technologies. We hope that this initiative will inspire other businesses to follow suit."

    "The solar park in Kingsey Falls is the only facility of its kind in Canada , which is proof of Cascades' leadership and innovative spirit," said Mathieu Chagnon . "Rackam rose to the challenge to successfully develop this new solar technology. The results are extremely satisfying: more than 1490 m 2 of mirrors will produce over 1 MWh per year, allowing the solar park to supply high-quality energy to the Kingsey Falls industrial complex."

    The facility will produce more than 4440 GJ a year, which will be used to heat 87 500 m 3 of pressurized water to a temperature of 106 o C to 118 o C, thus saving 139 700 m 3 of natural gas annually.

    This reduction in the consumption of natural gas will also allow Cascades plants to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by more than 265 equivalent tonnes of CO 2 per year, or 5300 tonnes of CO 2 over 20 years.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    30.10.2014   Diversification to BillerudKorsnäs branded corrugated carton trays by ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... relying on Esko prepress and digital finishing Solutions

    Parksons Packaging, India’s leading monocarton company has diversified into the production of SoliQ™ branded corrugated carton trays under license from BillerudKorsnäs (Sweden). Designed specifically for fruit and vegetables, the special SoliQ marked corrugated boxes are manufactured according to stringent quality standards ensuring that the contents are protected throughout their supply chain.

    Parksons Packaging’s diversification into this new vertical of branded corrugated cartons means investing in new equipment for corrugation, multi-color flexographic printing and slotting and creasing at the Chakan plant in Western India. However, its design and sample making infrastructure was already in place as Parksons is a long-time user of Esko software including ArtiosCAD for the structural design of folding cartons. Parksons Chairman Mr. Ramesh Kejriwal says, “The Esko prepress system with ArtiosCAD software helped us in building our packaging design facility into a vibrant innovation center called DESIGN PARK.”

    The diversification from offset to flexography and the change from folding cartons to printed corrugated trays have been smooth because of the familiarity and confidence in Esko software tools and sample making hardware. Parksons Packaging was the first Indian packaging converter to install a Kongsberg XL Series sample maker when it was launched in 2001. Having found the first Kongsberg XL most reliable, the saga of trust has continued with Parksons’ installation of the newly launched Kongsberg V20 sample making table for the new diversification project.

    “The new sample maker was essential because of the larger size needed for the sampling of corrugated cartons,” says Mr. Kejriwal. “Its immense robustness and flexibility means that it can cut and crease samples and short runs of both folding cartons and special corrugated cartons. The Kongsberg V20 can handle materials of sizes up to 1750 x 1650 mm. Its flexibility means that we can cut rubber blankets that are needed for the spot varnishing of folding cartons but we can also cut flexographic plates for mounting on our new multi-color flexo printer slotter. Our familiarity with the use of multiple Esko sample makers at our several plant locations made it a natural progression to the Kongsberg V20 when we were contemplating sample making for the corrugation business.”

    Parksons has the complete prepress and workflow software from Esko to drive both folding carton and corrugated carton production. “The Esko prepress software has been the backbone of our folding carton production,” explains Mr. Kejriwal. “Thus the prepress and design infrastructure was in place and our familiarity and confidence in the appropriate tools and particularly in ArtiosCAD, helped us with our diversification. With the knowledge that Esko has of the flexo workflow we were encouraged to extend their prepress system to our diversification in the corrugation business. It’s simply a combination of leading-edge software and in the case of the sample maker, hardware - reliability and trust.”

    Srihari Rao, Esko’s Director of Sales for India recalls the strong relationship with a pioneering and ever-growing partner: “We highly value our long relationship with Parksons Packaging. As this company continues with expansion and diversification to new locations and new segments, it can count on us at Esko as trusted partners. We’ll help Parksons Packaging to leverage its human resource and investment in our prepress and workflow technology”.
    (Parksons Packaging Ltd)
     
    30.10.2014   Mondi Group: Interim management statement    ( Company news )

    Company news This interim management statement provides an update on the financial performance and financial position of the Group since the half year ended 30 June 2014, based on management accounts up to 30 September 2014 and estimated results for October 2014. These results have not been audited or reviewed by Mondi’s external auditors.
    Audited results for the year ending 31 December 2014 will be published on or around 24 February 2015.
    Except as discussed in this interim management statement, there have been no significant events or transactions impacting either the financial performance or financial position of Mondi Group since
    30 June 2014 up to the date of this statement.

    Group Performance Overview
    Third quarter underlying operating profit of EUR 174 million was in line with management’s expectations, comparable to the prior year period and 10% below that of the previous quarter.
    Like-for-like sales volumes were broadly in line with the comparable prior year period.
    Previously announced price increases were successfully implemented in a number of the Group’s key Packaging Paper markets, with increases implemented for unbleached kraft paper from the beginning of the third quarter, recycled containerboard from August and unbleached kraftliner from September.
    Wood costs were lower on average than the previous quarter whilst paper for recycling costs were at similar levels.
    The business continued to benefit from its investments in energy related capital expenditure and lower European natural gas prices.
    During the quarter, the major annual maintenance shuts scheduled for the Group’s uncoated fine paper and containerboard facilities were completed according to plan. The major kraft paper maintenance shuts are scheduled for the fourth quarter. The impact on third quarter underlying operating profit from these shuts is estimated at around EUR 30 million. Based on prevailing market prices, the fourth quarter impact will be around EUR15 million to EUR 20 million.

    The South Africa Division benefited from the stronger US dollar on its export sales whilst the weaker Russian rouble had a negative impact on
    the more domestically focused Russian businesses. The recent strengthening of the US dollar relative to the euro should support
    European pricing in packaging grades and provide a net benefit to the Group’s export businesses.
    The Group continues to monitor the developments in Russia and the Ukraine, however these have had minimal direct impact on operations to date.

    Reorganisation of business segments
    During the quarter, the Group refined its organisational structure, which has resulted in several changes within the Group’s segmental reporting.
    The most significant of these changes were the:
    -transfer of the release liner business from Fibre Packaging to Consumer Packaging to take advantage of identified synergies in customer relations, innovation and the global footprint of these businesses ; and
    -transfer of the 40,000 tonne per annum kraft paper machine at the Ruzomberok mill from Uncoated Fine Paper to Packaging Paper.

    The restated segmental information is included as an appendix to this statement. The reorganisation had no impact on the overall Group result.

    Divisional Overview
    The Packaging Paper business saw selling price increases across a number of key grades. Unbleached kraft paper price increases of between EUR 30/tonne and EUR 40/tonne were implemented from July. Price increases for unbleached kraftliner and recycled containerboard of between EUR30/tonne and EUR 40/tonne were achieved in steps during
    August and September.
    Prices for white-top kraftliner and speciality kraft paper were stable.
    During the quarter, the Group announced the intention to close one of the two speciality kraft paper machines at its Lohja mill in Finland with capacity of 30,000 tonnes per annum. Closure and restructuring costs amount ing to EUR 6 million were recognised as a special item.

    Fibre Packaging continued to perform well, with good year-on-year margin development in both Corrugated Packaging and Industrial Bags.
    Increasing paper input costs in the Corrugated Packaging segment and seasonally weaker demand in Industrial Bags are expected to put some
    pressure on margins in the fourth quarter.
    During the quarter the sub-scale Moderbrugg corrugated packaging plant in Austria was sold.
    The integration of the recently acquired Graphic Packaging industrial bags business in the US is progressing according to plan. Various restructuring activities have been announced, including the closure of a plant in Philadelphia. The closure and restructuring costs, which will be reflected as a special item, are estimated at EUR 13 million.
    Profitability in Consumer Packaging improved from the previous quarter, although the weak trading conditions in Europe continued to impact this business. A relocation of the head office activities of the business unit was implemented and costs amounting to EUR 12 million reflected as a special item.
    (Mondi South Africa Division)
     
    30.10.2014   Iggesund Paperboard: Bold action to improve service     ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard is now taking bold action to improve its service. The company offers its customers a wide range of services but most important is its delivery service. Like most other paperboard manufacturers, Iggesund – and not least its customers – has suffered from delivery times that have varied considerably.

    Photo: "Our service exists so that customers can get the most out of Invercote and Incada,” emphasises Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Iggesund.

    “Having a capacity utilisation rate of almost 95 per cent makes you very sensitive to fluctuations in demand, especially when that demand increases,” explains Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Iggesund. “In the past we’ve had a number of such experiences and we don’t want either ourselves or our customers to go through that again.”

    A logistics team has been working for a couple of years to gradually improve the situation. Just over six months ago Iggesund launched the greatly modernised support system that forms the foundation for the improved delivery service.

    “The change of systems was so radical that it was about the same as doing a heart-lung transplant plus a full body blood transfusion in a human being,” Sundblad adds. “This reorganisation has created the conditions for us to start moving towards constant delivery times but that will take time.”

    Iggesund’s delivery service solution ranges from overnight service from dedicated customer stocks to regular deliveries from the mill, with several more options in between. Further development will occur over the next 12 months.

    Iggesund’s service offering also encompasses everything linked to the products Invercote and Incada, from technical support in local markets to the paperboard expertise the company offers with its range of reference materials.

    “We don’t just want customers to buy our paperboard,” Sundblad says. “It’s important to us that they also get the most out of it. All our documentation and our teams of locally based technicians with their experience of projects and processes similar to our customers’ exist to make sure that happens.

    “We’ve offered some of this support for a long time but we haven’t made it clear enough to the majority of our customers that this service is available.”

    Other features of the service offering, which is now being launched under the name “Care by Iggesund”, are the fast, easy ordering of samples and inspirational materials, the provision of product safety information and certificates, and access to the analytical services of Iggesund’s accredited Laboratory for Chemical and Sensory Analyses. Iggesund’s extensive environmental documentation is also part of the service, not least as a guarantee that customers will have no unpleasant surprises about the origin of their forest raw material.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    30.10.2014   New stock preparation from Voith in operation at N. R. Agarwal Industries Ltd.    ( Company news )

    Company news A new stock preparation system was put into operation in June at the Indian paper manufacturer N. R. Agarwal Industries Ltd. in Sarigam, in the federal state of Gujarat.

    The company established a complete, new paper mill in Sarigam for graphic paper grades so as to meet the rising demand for graphic paper in the Indian market. The annual production capacity of the new mill is 100,000 metric tons of paper.

    An IntensaDrum SD 35 pulping drum is part of the stock preparation system at Agarwal Industries. The IntensaDrum SD 35 is a part of the BlueLine equipment family and the first one of this type that has been in operation in India. Shortly after the start-up, the Voith IntensaDrum impressed with very good results, as the Managing Director R N Agarwal confirms: “It is a very good machine. The rejects are very clean and free of fiber.”

    The stock preparation at N. R. Agarwal Industries Ltd. is a two-stage deinking and flotation system. Voith’s decades of experience with stock preparation systems was decisive for N. R. Agarwal Industries Ltd. when choosing a supplier. The low maintenance and energy costs of IntensaDrum SD 35 pulping drum also appealed. Furthermore, the IntensaDrum SD 35 is simple and robust in operation and its pulping performance is very good. Voith supplied the entire stock preparation system. The delivery included the automation technology, engineering, assembly and start-up.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    30.10.2014   Valmet to supply new tissue line to Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing in China    ( Company news )

    Company news One of China's leading paper and pulp producers, Lee & Man Manufacturing Ltd, has decided to invest in an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line from Valmet. The new tissue line will be installed at the company's Chongqing mill in Zhutuo Town, Yongchuan City, China. The line is designed for production of high quality tissue products and the start-up is planned to be in late 2015.
    The order was included in Valmet's third quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

    Lee & Man employs the most effective technology and the new tissue line will fulfill their high demands on sustainability. Valmet's Advantage DCT concept is well established on the market and has proven to bring high flexibility, energy- and fiber efficient production as well as tissue products with high bulk and softness.
    "We are excited to work with Lee & Man in this project, supporting their environmental targets. Our Advantage Visco Nip press is specially designed for very high linear loads which combined with a cast alloy Yankee cylinder makes it possible to increase the paper dryness after press and reach significant drying energy savings," says Svenerik Olsson, Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet China.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min. It will produce 60.000 tons of toilet and facial tissue per year, using virgin wood pulp and bleached bamboo fiber as raw material.
    Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the well proven Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, a steam heated AirCap hood, WetDust dust system and a SoftReel P reel. Basic engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    29.10.2014   Stora Enso: Solid quarterly performance – the transformation journey continues    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments the third quarter 2014 results:
    "Stora Enso delivered solid performance during the third quarter. Sales, excluding the structurally declining paper business, were up by 3%. We are successful in our cost management and the operational EBIT increased 14% year-on-year. Return on capital employed increased to 9.7%, which is yet another step in the right direction. Furthermore, we have improved Net debt/EBITDA compared to a year ago from 3.1 to 2.8.
    We have taken several steps in our transformation into a customer focused renewables materials company. A key milestone was the inauguration of the pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay, and we are now ready to ramp up its production capacity. During the quarter, we also initiated the process to convert the Varkaus Mill in Finland for production of virgin-fibre-based containerboard. Moreover, we have invested in a demonstration and market development plant in the USA for the extraction and separation of highly pure sugars from biomass to be converted into differentiated biochemicals. The investment in the consumer board machine in China, proceeds as planned. Our non-core asset disposal programme is moving ahead with the divestment of Corenso as the most recent step. Together with innovation in our existing product range, these initiatives will play a major role in our transformation.
    During the quarter, we have put a partly new Group Leader ship Team in place. There is a clearer focus, partly due to the fact that we have split Global Communications and Global Responsibility. Our focus on Responsibility is partly reflected by the section in our quarterly reporting. We are moving ahead.
    When it comes to outlook, the fourth quarter 2014 sales are estimated to be roughly similar to the EUR 2 514 million in the third quarter 2014. Operational EBIT is expected to be somewhat lower than the EUR 210 million in the third quarter 2014 due to normal seasonal weakness in the Renewable Packaging and Building and Living divisions.
    This was my first quarter as the CEO and I am very impressed by all our competent and committed employees who together build the future of Stora Enso. It is all about creating value for our customers, today and tomorrow."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    29.10.2014   Kemira Oyj's Interim Report January-September 2014: Organic revenue growth accelerated    ( Company news )

    Company news Third quarter:
    -Organic revenue growth was 3%. Reported revenue decreased 2% to EUR 541.5 million (553.7) due to impact of divestments completed earlier.
    -Operative EBITDA improved to EUR 69.9 million (68.9) with a margin of 12.9% (12.4%).
    -Reported earnings per share increased to EUR 0.16 (0.09) mainly as a result of lower non-recurring charges than in the comparable period.

    January-September:
    -Organic revenue growth reached 1%. Reported revenue decreased 6% to EUR 1,589.6 million (1,683.9) due to divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rates.
    -Operative EBITDA decreased 3% to EUR 187.6 million (193.9) with a margin of 11.8% (11.5%).
    -Operative earnings per share were EUR 0.47 (0.53).
    -Kemira maintains its outlook for 2014.

    Kemira's President and CEO Jari Rosendal (photo):
    "In the third quarter, Kemira's organic growth accelerated to 3% from 1% in the first half of 2014. Paper and Oil & Mining continued to grow above-the-market and Municipal & Industrial's revenue showed signs of recovery. Our operative EBITDA margin increased from 12.4% to nearly 13% with notable improvements in Oil & Mining and Municipal & Industrial.
    Kemira is moving forward in the next phase of its strategy implementation: focusing on growth. We updated our mid-term revenue and operative EBITDA margin targets in September, expecting revenue of EUR 2.7 billion in 2017 and an operative EBITDA margin of 15%. These targets are expected to be reached through organic growth, inorganic growth, and continuous efficiency improvements.
    In Paper, our market leadership position as the only global pulp and paper chemical supplier will be further strengthened by the acquisition of AkzoNobel paper chemical business, announced in July. Another positive development was the receipt of the final operating permits for our new process chemicals site in Nanjing, China. We are also increasing pulp chemical deliveries to StoraEnso's new pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay that ramps up its capacity.
    In Oil & Mining, we are investing in new and existing emulsion and dry polyacrylamide capacity in North America in order to harvest the good growth potential in the oil & gas market. Demand for emulsion polyacrylamide has been strong, especially in horizontal drilling and stimulation of shale oil & gas. Kemira is the second largest producer of emulsion and dry polyacrylamides in the world.
    In Municipal & Industrial, our new coagulant manufacturing site in Dormagen, Germany has reached its full planned capacity and in Tarragona, Spain we are currently ramping up the capacity in order to further strengthen our market leadership position in chemical raw and waste water treatment. In North America, we regained business, especially in the municipal water treatment sector and revenue decline slowed down in the third quarter.
    Looking ahead, we will keep our guidance for 2014 unchanged, expecting slight organic revenue growth and an operative EBITDA approximately at the same level as in 2013."
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    29.10.2014   Södra invests more than SEK 100 million in Mönsterås pulp mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra will invest more than SEK 100 million in its pulp mill in Mönsterås. The investment will result in more efficient energy utilisation and enhanced productivity at the mill.

    The Mönsterås pulp mill is Södra's largest with total annual production of 750,000 tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp. Mönsterås is Södra's oldest mill, founded in 1958, but is also one of the most modern of its kind in the world as a result of successive investments. This latest investment, now approved, relates to the expansion of the evaporation plant.

    Södra is undergoing an intensive expansion period and the investment that is now being announced is a further step in improving production, assuring and enhancing the already-high quality of its pulps and optimising energy utilisation.

    Södra's largest ongoing investment is the expansion of the pulp mill in Värö totalling in excess of SEK 4 billion. The project will increase annual production at the mill from 450,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes. In addition, an investment of SEK 700 million is being made in Mörrum to increase pulp production. A new chip plant will be constructed and one of the two pulp lines will be upgraded.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    29.10.2014   Contactless encoder with increased scanning distance    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2000 series is Leine & Linde’s series of bearing-less encoders for large shafts. The concept consists of a rotating ring and a fix scanning unit which detects the speed through contactless scanning.

    ”Our customers like the principle of contactless scanning”, says Per-Johan Ahlström who is product manager for Leine & Linde’s speed sensors. “The solution is immune to mechanical wear as it has no bearings or other contact surfaces. And that suits the heavy industry where you normally find big stresses on the machinery.”

    Now Leine & Linde introduces several technical upgrades on the product series. The upgrades consist of an increased installation distance between ring and scanning unit, and also an increased scanning frequency to allow a higher shaft speed.
    (Leine & Linde AB)
     
    29.10.2014   Bobst Bielefeld presents new ColorControl system at Open House    ( Company news )

    Company news On October 7 and 8, Bobst Bielefeld held an Open House dedicated to the topic of color matching. The great interest in the event – not only among flexo printers but professionals across the whole industry – clearly showed that the topic of color matching continues to be highly important. On the one hand, a consistent standard in flexo color matching does not exist and on the other hand brand owners demand high color accuracy. The first day of the event was held in German whereas the second day was held in English targeting an international audience.

    On both days, the event was split up into a seminar session in the morning and a print demonstration in the afternoon. The presentation of BOBST’s new ColorControl system was the focus of the event. ColorControl aids printers in considerably reducing set-up times whilst at the same time, improving process consistency with color matching.

    During the seminar session the holistic approach of the new ColorControl system to the complex process of color matching was explained. As Hermann Koch, new Sales & Marketing Director at Bobst for German speaking countries, pointed out, color matching is more than just process control using spectrophotometer and modifying the ink using a scale. That is why the BOBST ColorControl system considers the whole process that a printer has in place, from an analysis of existing equipment to the careful matching between proofer and printing press and the ink correction at the printing press.

    During the live demo, the fast and user-friendly process control and the ink correction were showcased on a spot color. Thanks to latest hardware and software, interfaced with the press control system, the generation of a modified recipe and the transfer of the modified ink to the press proved to be a matter of minutes. The subsequent process control on a printed sample evidenced that only one iteration was required to stay within the desired tolerance.

    It was not only the live demonstration of ColorControl but also the presentations of guest speakers that sparked the interest of the professionals from the industry attending the seminar session. Uwe Richter, graduate physicist and color measuring and management specialist, spoke about "Improving the workflow from ink preparation to recipe correction at the press". During his speech, he clearly pointed out the importance of thorough ink preparation and the manifold parameters affecting color. Mustafer Dilek from gmg explained the capacities of state-of-the-art digital proofing while Bernd Sanning from Flexicon highlighted the topic of color matching from the print buyers’ perspective.

    "We are pleased by the very positive feedback we received from visitors of our Open House, and feel it justified our decision to present the topic of color matching by the dual concept of a seminar session and a live demo. For future events we will certainly replicate this concept to update our customers on latest developments", explains Bill Duckham, Bobst Bielefeld Sales & Marketing Director.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
     
    29.10.2014   Newly developed user interface makes operating highly intuitive, easy, fast and flexible    ( Company news )

    Company news The increasingly growing demand for ever more sophisticated production tools has inspired Esko to develop the i-cut Production Console. This newly developed front-end operating system will be the common platform for all Kongsberg digital finishing systems. It combines the feature set of the XL-Guide tailored for packaging applications and i-cut Vision Pro, the industry standard front-end for cutting and short run productions. Designed for all operations on all Kongsberg tables, the i-cut Production Console forms a solid foundation for any future developments.

    The i-cut Production Console (iPC) drives all functionality found on Kongsberg tables, such as camera control, machine set up, tool recognition, calibration and tool adjustments. “These tried and tested features are industry favorites, and are now incorporated into a much more intuitive operating system for users,” explains Tom Naess, Esko Product Manager CAM. “We want to help customers simplify their approach so they can maximize their capabilities. Ease of use is about making complex tasks easy. A good portion of accomplishing this is hidden in great software design created completely from scratch, consulting with user interface specialists to build an efficient system. The iPC instinctively supports the machine operator and displays colors with a meaning, which draws focus to the right area at the right time. It will change the way operators finish a job, and allow them to get even more out of their machine: they will get up to speed faster while improving the output quality. It all leads to less downtime and more efficiency - with less training or service intervention.”

    Assuring the most stable operating system
    The i-cut Production Console is ingeniously designed to guide and support the operator, and incorporates a number of logical, user-friendly features: from its icon-based graphical interface with color coded alerts and updates, to the ability to follow production progress from a distance. “This enables one operator to do other tasks while overseeing the production on a Kongsberg table,” explains Naess. “With clear display functionality and easy to understand icons, every step of operation can be readily identified for a smooth process.”

    The legacy of i-cut Vision Pro software along with the Esko XL-Guide that operated previous generations of Kongsberg tables has created a firm base for theiPC to deliver on Esko’s Highest Flexibility promise – one common user interface for all tables and all applications, allowing users to easily understand how to expand the capabilities of their machine into different business areas. “It's a platform designed to help operators get jobs done faster and easier, with more options,” explains Naess. “For example, they can pause a run, complete an urgent job or quick prototype, and return to the first batch of work. The result is maximized capacity and uptime with increased efficiency.”

    Extended versatility
    "As Kongsberg users work with a greater variety of production tools, they want to be prepared for any job and be more efficient, whether they are working on packaging or wide format displays,” concludes Naess. “The development of the i-cut Production Console is also based on extensive input and testing from our users who contributed to the system’s specifications. Their experience was very valuable to identify particular user features that bring ease of use to a next level. The iPC will add even more to the already high popularity of our tables and help customers become more productive than they already are.”

    The i-cut Production Console is available now, worldwide through all Esko sales and distribution channels for Kongsberg XN and V Series tables. Beginning in 2015, it will become available for most Kongsberg models, including upgrades for existing customers.
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    29.10.2014   MEET THE EPSON SUREPRESS L-4033A & AW     ( Company news )

    Company news Visit us in booth #8735 at Pack Expo International, Nov. 2-5, 2014, to learn about the SurePress L-4033 & more.

    Over 100 owners experience the value of Epson SurePress L-4033 series digital label presses every day. With pre- and post-press options that can be tailored to meet your needs and budget, the SurePress L-4033A & AW now make it easier than ever for you to go digital.

    There's Digital. Then there's Epson Digital.
    The Epson SurePress family of digital label presses provides pre- and post-press versatility that can be tailored to meet various needs and budgets. With the addition of the new Surepress L-6034 industrial label press with breakthrough PrecisionCore™ printing technology, Epson provides your business with the choices it needs for high-quality digital label printing.
    (Epson Deutschland GmbH)
     
    29.10.2014   Vacon to open a sales office in Turkey     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon will strengthen its market position in Turkey and ability to offer customer-driven services there by opening a sales office in Istanbul this November.
    Turkey is the 31st country where Vacon will establish an office of its own.
    "Vacon has already been present in Turkey for many years via its distributor, installed base and strong after-sales support. Now the time is ripe for us to establish a sales office of our own and grow our existing network," says Emre Gören, Managing Director of Vacon Turkey.
    Vacon's own office in Turkey is a clear sign of the company's determination to further strengthen its foothold in the country. The Turkish AC drives market has a good growth potential. The major business areas in Turkey for Vacon are the construction industry, infrastructure, shipbuilding, and energy efficiency applications.
    "We aim to grow significantly faster than the market, and that means we will have to expand our activities to new areas and to new channels. At first, we will make sure that our sales, service and technical support in Turkey allow us to offer even more comprehensive services to our local customers. Also, being present in the country will support our growth strategy and strengthen Vacon's brand awareness," concludes Gören.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    28.10.2014   Mayr-Melnhof: Gotthard Mayringer appointed new CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news The Supervisory Board of Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG has unanimously appointed Gotthard Mayringer (48, photo) as new Chief Financial Officer (CFO).

    Gotthard Mayringer is a long-term CFO of the group Engel Holding Gesellschaft m.b.H., Schwertberg. The company is world market leader in injection moulding machines.

    Born in Upper Austria he completed studies of Business Administration at Johannes Keppler University in Linz. Subsequently he was employed with KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft in Frankfurt am Main, Linz and Salzburg for eight years. At this time he was also a university lecturer.

    Gotthard Mayringer succeeds Oliver Schumy after March 1, 2015. His first term of office will be three years.
    (Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)
     
    28.10.2014   Stora Enso invests in quality and cost-competitiveness of Imatra Mills in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso invests EUR 27 million to improve the quality and cost-competitiveness and to increase the capacity of the consumer board machine 5 by 20 000 tonnes at its Imatra Mills in Finland. The investment will focus on the coating part of the machine and on modernising the winder and reel packaging section.

    ”The investment is in line with Stora Enso’s transformation into a customer focused renewable materials company. In addition to the capacity increase, the investment will enhance the quality and cost-competitiveness of our Tainionkoski unit in the global markets,” says Vesa Simola, Head of Consumer Board Business Unit.

    According to the plan, the modernisation of the reel packaging section will take place in the spring 2015 while the machine is running. The rest of the work is planned to be carried out during the scheduled maintenance stoppage in September 2015.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    28.10.2014   Paper Machinery Corporation Introduces Fastest Paper Cup Forming Machine - The PMC 1003    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper Machinery Corporation announced that it will introduce the highest speed paper cup forming machine in history at Pack Expo International, Nov. 2-5, in Chicago. The PMC 1003, which can form up to 330 cups per minute, will meet the needs of high-volume paper cup and container converters providing greater efficiency and reduced production costs.

    Building on the legacy of the PMC 1002, the PMC 1003 combines the robust PMC cam drive with technological advancements to establish a new speed benchmark. Next generation integration of servo and cam technology leads to reduced inertia for faster, more efficient production.

    “Speed means everything in today’s global economy,” stated Mike Hansen, PMC’s vice president of packaging. “The new PMC 1003 allows converters to complete large capacity runs faster so they can meet production schedules that are becoming more compressed.”

    Its range and versatility allow the PMC 1003 to form cups and containers from 3 oz. to 32 oz. “Today’s markets are truly global and require a wide variety of configurations in cups and containers,” said John Baumgartner, president of PMC. “The PMC 1003 forms tapered paperboard or plastic cups and containers for food and beverage, snacks, and frozen dessert categories.”

    Fast, productive, operator-friendly, the new PMC 1003 gives converters the essential speed and agility needed in this competitive economy. It can be seen in operation at booth S1608 at Pack Expo International.
    (Paper Machinery Corp.)
     
    28.10.2014   IML Labels takes digital leap with Xeikon 3500    ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon sets industry standard for digital printing of in-mold labels

    The Xeikon 3500 (photo) is increasingly becoming the technology of choice for companies looking to print in-mold labels digitally, with installations taking place around the world on a regular basis. The latest company to invest in the Xeikon technology is IML Labels. The company is based just north of Montreal, Canada and has added a Xeikon 3500 digital color press to complement its offset presses.

    “Our customers are spread throughout North America and about 75 percent of them are involved in the food business,” says owner Donald Caron, who founded IML Labels in 2007. “As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil. In addition, color matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job.”

    IML Labels has grown rapidly since its formation and today it employs more than 50 people. The company provides a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ service including pre-press, overprinting and finishing in order to create high-quality, ready-to-mold labels. Typical end products are ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs. IML Labels’ client base includes molders and direct customers, many of whom are leading names in the food sector, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial and souvenir industries.

    “We are being asked frequently to provide mock-ups and help with test marketing new packaging. In addition, we are experiencing a growing demand for shorter print runs, often down to around 1,000. Our offset presses simply weren’t economical for these orders. The Xeikon 3500, already in operation on a full shift basis, enables us to meet these requirements effectively and provide a better service to our customers.”

    The Xeikon 3500 at IML Labels runs ICE toner, which is now the standard toner for printing in-mold labels. The Xeikon 3500 can handle substrate widths up to 516 mm / 20.3 inches. This format flexibility enables the production of a broad range of label formats. Xeikon’s extensive finishing range for its digital presses provided IML Labels with several converting options for their labels. They have installed a UCoat finishing unit, which allows inline flood aqueous coating and provides cut-to-sheet capabilities. Die cutting of labels is done on their existing equipment used for offset printed labels.

    “The Xeikon 3500 has proved to be the ideal sales and marketing tool,” says Mr. Caron. “Orders from new customers are printed digitally as these invariably involve shorter runs. Consequently, we have eliminated the waste and inefficiencies we used to encounter on our traditional presses. When orders reach a certain size, they can easily be switched to offset.”

    Mr. Caron adds, “We intend to take advantage of the ability to print variable data on the Xeikon press to incorporate features such as sequential numbering. Today, the market is demanding a level of production flexibility that only digital printing can provide. However, every situation is different and we worked closely with Xeikon to develop a solution that met our specific requirements.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing, Labels & Packaging, comments, “The production of in-mold labels with digital technology is proving to be a powerful tool for brand owners. Now, they can easily undertake test marketing projects, trials and short runs. It is only a matter of time until more brands embrace this opportunity. Xeikon has invested a lot of time and resources in developing this technically complex application. We were able to execute it successfully in real production environments due to the expertise and guidance of customers such as IML Labels Canada.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    28.10.2014   Kemira announces price increase for ASA-size products    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira will implement a price increase of up to 20% for selected Fennosize products globally. The adjustment will be immediately implemented or as the existing contracts allow. The price adjustment is a result of very tight global olefin supply. Linear α-olefin is the main raw material for ASA-products.
    (Kemira Oyj)
     
    28.10.2014   The Evolution of Electronics of OMET's Tissue Converting machines    ( Company news )

    Company news The ambitious project of electronic standardization of the entire range of OMET machines is now reality. The digitization of data from the machines and the remote control of their functions, through the acquisition and interpretation of data and images remotely, and the standardization of the electronic equipment on board, are the first stages of a program for the total control of the tissue production process that is already bringing huge benefits to the efficiency of the lines.

    That the machines do not have secrets for OMET is a fact. Whether in the tissue or the printing sector, the in-depth knowledge of the processes and applications and the extreme attention in making every machine operation autonomous in its accomplishment and analysable during the operational phase, have resulted in the physical separation of the man from the machine and in a control detached from the operator’s will and skills.

    It is the consequence of the fulfilment of a long process accelerated by the introduction in the 1980s of the first electronic controls and the advent of computers as tools managing the machine functions and, later, interpreting the operational data.

    We analyse here the steps of OMET project and what developments are expected in the future.
    First, OMET’s Research and Development for the tissue sector is concluding the operation of unification of the operator interface for all machines in the tissue segment. Begun in 2013 with the last born, the FV Line, the homogenization of the so-called HMI (Human Machine Interface) continued on this first line and then in the TV 840 Line and AS Line, this latter the machine for production of paper towels.

    At the same time, it was introduced the possibility of total machine control by independent servo motors for each axis. The project began with the FV Line, and then extended to the TV 840 Line and AS Line (TV 503 is currently under preparation at the time of writing this article). The complete control of the motors is offered also in remote, through tele service. It is possible, for example, to verify the operating parameters of the motor of a TV 840 Line installed on the other side of the world directly from OMET’s headquarters in Lecco, Italy.

    Following the standardization of the electronic equipment, all the machines of the series TV 503, TV 840, FV Line and AS Line, share the same type of operator panel and the same console. It must be said, however, that the HMI is similar in the main controls for the whole range, but at the same time, specific on the basis of the different functions of each machine. The operator panel becomes the control point from which, through the independent servo drives, all machine adjustments are performed in a simple and automatic way.

    The use of cameras mounted at strategic points of the machine helps the operator, allowing instant and total control of what happens. The same images can also be viewed remotely at any time. This becomes extremely important when malfunctions or failures occur because, even via remote assistance, you can understand the problem quickly and intervene in a more timely and immediately decisive manner.

    The control consoles on the machine units are equipped with touchscreen panels and/or membrane keypads for the management of local settings; on the membrane keyboards, each button can take up to five different colors which guide the operator in the operations to be performed, making the use of the machine simple and intuitive.

    The digitization of the electronic data coming from the machine has a dual function: on the one hand you can collect production data and, through the fast adaptation to the best production parameters, you can achieve a reduction of waste, in addition to the obvious savings of time, thanks to the certainty of a greater operating precision. On the other hand, the increasingly intensive automation of the machine through digital adjustments allows easier handling of the basic operations (speed increase / decrease, start / stop, etc.), and the more complex (register, modification of product size, etc.).

    100 percent safety for the operator
    Create a safe working environment for the operator is an essential aspect that involves a strict observance of the safety rules. The continuous evolution of machines and systems implies a consequent and rapid change of the working conditions and the need, therefore, to adapt these new solutions to the standards in use.

    The latest machine lines produced by OMET implement several new solutions which increase the level of safety for the operator, however already very high, and reflect from the physical point of view in the presence of a casing (partly transparent) that ‘envelops’ completely the structure of the machine and in the application in all the critical points of protective hand guards.

    The real change, however, is once again ‘digital’. A communication bus and certificate has been introduced on the AS Line so that the transmission of the safety signals is not performed through traditional wiring but in a digital way. The use of this system has brought considerable benefits: the machines are more secure and efficient, wiring is reduced and thus the possible sources of failure, the diagnosis is simpler and more detailed.

    OMET applies a system of quality control according to ISO 9001 standards and is always careful to ensure maximum operating safety and to provide only certified products, requirement more than binding, for example, in the case of sale to large groups and multinational companies operating in multiple territories.

    Tele service via the Internet
    The technological development of electronics on board of the machine led to an increase in the possibility of exploitation of the web for remote maintenance, in addition to more traditional systems that use the phone or the wireless connection. There are two types of remote support on the machines, one that uses the telephone network, for machines of older installation, and another one that uses the web for machines of new installations.

    OMET is testing a router similar to the one used for internet connection, but more versatile, accessible via 3G mobile network or over Wi-Fi and the ability to connect to both new and old lines via the fieldbus present in the machine (Profibus / MPI or Profinet). A multi-router connection will be available at each OMET Service point in the world to be sent to customers in case of need.

    Development of the system of supervision and data collection
    To meet the demand of customers that need to monitor and improve the efficiency of their tissue converting machines, OMET has created a point of collection of the machine production data, storage and subsequent analysis for the implementation of corrective measures. The main data whose download is strategic for assessing the productivity and profitability of the machine are the indices of productivity, the amount and types of materials used and the alarms occurred in the operational phase.

    This system is optional on every line; you can interface with machines installed both recently and in the past, and integrate multiple lines of the same production unit:

    CONNECTIVITY
    Being an architecture based on standard Ethernet, the system structure can be implemented with the same characteristics and potential of an intranet/internet network and, therefore, easily accessible from both the production facility or, through the Internet, from any other place.
    SCALABILITY
    The system can be scaled and adapted for all OMET machines, new and existing, in order to offer a wider range of sizes and configurations to meet the different demands of cost and performance.
    MULTIPLE INTERFACES CONNECTABLE

    With the new system, you can manage a high number of connected interfaces including:

    - File transfer
    It is possible to automatically transfer on corporate servers or simply through a USB stick all the data stored including recipes for pre-set line during job changeovers, or production data after each job shift.
    - Printers
    Connecting to printers for printing, for example, reports of the end of turn.
    - Barcode/other codes readers
    The use of scan reader allows, for example, the recording of the data concerning paper coils and inks used for the tracking of materials.
    - Smart card readers
    By recording data from smart card readers you can monitor the activities of operators and maintainers.
    - Energy measurement
    The energy consumption can be constantly monitored during operation for a proper and timely control of operating costs.

    Consumption analysis and activities for energy saving
    The adoption of appropriate measures to reduce energy consumption without increasing the cost of the equipment is an essential factor today. While, it is obvious, the energy consumption of the machines has increased proportionally to the increase in performance, the introduction of independent motors has already led to a large consumption optimization as it is possible to select, and operate, only the engines needed to each specific production phase of the machine. In addition, solutions with common power supply like the one used in the AS Line permit, through the sharing of energy between drives, a further reduction of the absorption.
    OMET is sensitive to topics like energy saving and environmental impact of the machines that, quite rightly, will increase their importance in the future in the battle for the protection of the environment through the reduction of emissions and fuel consumption. The R&D of OMET is at work in this regard and there are considerable opportunities offered by digitization in this sense.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    28.10.2014   New ISEGA Direct Food Contact Certifications for Adestor Adhesives     ( Company news )

    Company news Adestor’s A251 and SP123 adhesives are now ISEGA certified for direct contact with food.

    The acrylic adhesives A251 and SP123, part of Lecta’s Adestor pressure-sensitive line, are now available with ISEGA certification for direct contact with dry and moist food. All Adestor facestock can be requested with these two adhesives.
    A251 is a permanent adhesive for general applications and use; it adheres well to smooth and slightly rough or curved surfaces. SP123 is a super-permanent high-tack adhesive suitable for challenging, rough surfaces such as wood, cardboard and plastics (HPDE, PP, PET and PVC).

    With this new certification, 6 Adestor adhesives now hold ISEGA certification for direct contact with food:
    - HM100 hot-melt adhesive: direct contact with dry or moist food
    - BC361 Plus, VR152, CG349 water-based acrylic adhesives: direct contact with dry, moist and fatty foods with a reduction factor of at least 2.

    This new approval enables Lecta to offer our customers a wide variety of pressure-sensitive materials especially suited for label manufacturing in the food industry.
    Adestor’s ISEGA certifications are available in PDF format at www.adestor.com, where you can also find technical specifications and in-depth information on all of Lecta’s self-adhesive product range.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    27.10.2014   AVERY DENNISON EXTENDS ITS BROAD EUROPEAN FOOD-APPROVED PORTFOLIO WITH...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... NEW TOPCOAT

    A new food-approved topcoated product has been added to the already extensive Avery Dennison food labelling film portfolio. The addition means that Avery Dennison now offers the widest range of food-approved films in Europe, with materials that can support a large variety of food labelling conditions.

    PP60 Top Cavitated White Film with S2045N hotmelt adhesive and a food-approved topcoat is the latest material in the food-approved portfolio. This topcoat joins the existing TC7007 topcoat in Avery Dennison’s standard film range. PP60 Top Cavitated White Film complies with Article 3.1.a of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, and can be used in any food application, including chilled conditions that require higher performance levels.

    Rob Groen in 't Wout, senior product manager for filmic label materials, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials - Europe, comments: “There are plenty of challenges in the food segment, but the most critical one faced by all food producers today is the tough regulatory environment. Our goal is to do everything possible to make food labelling choices simple and productive.”

    “Food directives and regulations apply to face materials, adhesives and topcoats, and need to be taken into account when deciding on the label construction. Avery Dennison’s newly expanded food-approved portfolio makes it far easier to choose the right look, the right cost and the right performance characteristics.”

    The comprehensive food-approved range ensures not only regulatory compliance but also successfully meets many typical application challenges, including labelling cold and moist surfaces traditionally found in chilled products such as dairy, cheese, and meats. Avery Dennison’s S2045N hotmelt adhesive is an important contributor to the portfolio’s performance, giving excellent tack and adhesion on a wide variety of substrates.

    Groen in 't Wout adds that label converters now have one place where they can go for any food-related requirement: “Food producers can find all of their required options in this portfolio, and there is no additional time or effort needed to make sure that regulations have been met.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    27.10.2014   Norske Skog: Still lower costs    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog continues the positive trend of reducing costs. High production at the mills in a demanding market shows the relative competitive position of the group.

    - Our competitive position has improved over the past year as a result of continuous improvement programs in all areas. Interest expense has been reduced by repayments of expensive bond loans and by replacement of cheaper securitisation facilities based on receivables totalling so far around NOK 800 million. At the same time, we will continuously monitor the market situation, and if necessary implement active capacity management to counteract the effects of market imbalances, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2014 were NOK 208 million, down from NOK 251 million in the second quarter, but an improvement from third quarter 2013 of NOK 32 million. The decrease was due to prolonged initiation of the new LWC-production at Boyer in Australia and a planned nine-week stop at one of three machines at Skogn in Norway.

    Loss before tax for the period amounted to NOK -40 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of NOK -165 million in the second quarter of 2014. Loss after tax for the period amounted to NOK -192 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of NOK -114 million in the second quarter of 2014. The tax expense of NOK 152 million was mainly negatively impacted by a reassessment of deferred tax assets. Net interest-bearing debt decreased by NOK 21 million to NOK 6 931 million. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 46 million in the third quarter, compared to NOK 206 in the second quarter.

    - Despite the generally high cost level in Norway, especially on wages, we have still in recent years implemented extensive cost cuts at our mills and headquarter. Efforts of creative staff have resulted in more efficient use of energy and raw materials, as well as lower fixed costs, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Europe
    Operating income was slightly lower compared to the previous quarter despite a modest increase in sales volume. Capacity utilization was 86% in the third quarter compared to 87% in the second quarter. The summer stop at one of three machines in Norway contributed to decline in gross operating earnings.
    Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe fell by 5% and 4% in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year. Cost of materials was flat from the second quarter on a per tonne basis. Fixed costs continue to show a downward trend.

    Australasia
    Operating revenue increased compared to the second quarter, due to higher production after the start-up of the LWC-machine at Boyer. Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Oceania fell by 6% and 1% in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year.
    Variable costs per ton increased in the quarter compared to the previous quarter due to higher costs associated with LWC-production at Boyer. Fixed costs were slightly higher compared with the second quarter in part due to a stronger Australian dollar. Capacity utilization was 94% in the quarter compared with 91% in the previous quarter.

    Outlook
    Publication paper prices in Europe are expected to remain relatively stable into 2015. The market balance for newsprint is acceptable, while the operating rate for magazine paper currently is not satisfactory.
    Newsprint prices in Australasia are to a large degree fixed through long-term contracts, while export volumes track international prices. Magazine paper prices are more short-term and among other exposed to the relative strength of AUD.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable. Fixed costs initiatives continue.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    27.10.2014   Amcor wins Climate Disclosure Award with perfect score    ( Company news )

    Company news Amcor has received the highest Climate Disclosure rating of companies listed in the ASX200, being awarded a perfect score of 100% for its Climate Disclosure and winning the CDP ASX200 Best Climate Disclosure Award.

    Photo: David Clark, Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability

    CDP is the world’s only global climate disclosure program. The Climate Disclosure Award recognises Amcor’s robust carbon measurement and management, climate change strategy, risk management processes and outcomes, and commitment to transparently reporting on our performance.
    Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability, David Clark said: “We are delighted to accept the CDP Award which is testament to our ongoing commitment to transparent reporting and continually looking for new and better ways to reduce carbon emissions, waste to landfill and water use across our global operations.
    “We track this through our global EnviroAction program which delivers real and tangible environmental and social benefits. Since the start of Amcor’s five year EnviroAction plan in 2010/11, the Company has reduced green house gas emission intensity by 19%; waste to landfill intensity by 53%; and water use intensity by 16%. In addition, last year over 40 of our sites reported zero waste to landfill and all 180 sites reduced their waste contributing to a more sustainable environment,” concluded Mr Clark.
    (Amcor Ltd)
     
    27.10.2014   Hermann Koch appointed new Sales & Marketing Director at Bobst Bielefeld for Germany, Austria ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and Switzerland

    Effective of October 1, Hermann Koch was appointed Sales & Marketing Director of Bobst Bielefeld for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In his new position, Mr. Koch takes some of the workload from Bill Duckham who continues to hold the position of an international Sales & Marketing Director.

    After a technical education in the packaging industry, Hermann Koch has held different positions in the industry for more than 25 years now. His profound knowledge of the whole process chain of flexo printing including prepress and his former sales responsibilities at Bobst for various regions across the world make him an excellent expert of both the German and the international packaging markets. In 2013, Mr. Koch was elected to the Board of the German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA), and ever since represents the interests of the German flexo industry with great commitment. In his new position, Hermann Koch was granted general power of attorney.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
     
    27.10.2014   DublNature® by Wausau Paper PPI's 2014 Most Innovative New Products    ( Company news )

    Company news Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) announced that its DublNature family of premium towel and tissue products produced from 100 percent recycled fiber received the 2014 Most Innovative Product Award from PPI at the RISI 29th North American Forest Products Outlook Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 8. Pulp and Paper International, (“PPI”), is an on-line and print publication of RISI, a recognized leading information provider in the global paper and forest products industry.

    First introduced in May 2013, Wausau Paper’s Green Seal™-certified, DublNature® line of premium, plush, cloth-like towel and tissue products utilizes 100 percent recycled fiber and is produced on the Company’s unique ATMOS technology-enabled paper machine at its facilities in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. DublNature products are designed for both comfort and functionality and provide exceptional softness, strength, absorbency and brightness. DublNature is made from high-quality 100 percent recycled fibers and is certified by Green Seal, Inc., as environmentally preferable. DublNature products, and their upscale packaging, are well suited to a wide range of applications and are targeted at businesses and institutions seeking the finest quality while supporting green purchasing initiatives.

    “We are pleased with this recognition from an important voice in the industry. During a challenging period for our Company we remained committed to producing the finest 100 percent recycled fiber premium towel and tissue products for the away-from-home segment of the Tissue industry,” commented Michael C. Burandt, chairman and CEO. “I’d like to thank our engineering, product design, papermaking, converting and marketing teams, all of whom are responsible for bringing these products to fruition and meeting the high growth demands we continue to experience.”

    Matthew L. Urmanski, president and COO, added, “A year into the significant revamping of our product portfolio we again recognize the key role in our success played by the highly engaged network of Wausau Paper distributors. Their call for a broader expression of premium towel and tissue products in the away-from-home market and commitment to the process underwrote our development of the DublNature premium product. This, along with the launch earlier this year of our premium brand Artisan™ and the revolutionary Alliance™ high-capacity electronic roll towel dispensing system has been the driver of our growth and expectations for improved performance beyond 2014.”

    Artisan™ is a line of premium towels which are brilliant white, remarkably strong, yet designed to provide a soft and thorough hand drying experience. The toweling has a clean and hygienic appearance as well as cloth-like durability and strength for exceptional performance. Artisan is the only line of premium quality roll and folded towels that feature Green Seal™ certification and are made from superior quality 100 percent recycled fibers and cater to high-end facilities seeking exceptional quality products that reinforce an upscale image.

    Alliance™ is a high-capacity electronic roll towel dispensing system featuring twice the capacity of typical roll towel dispensers. The revolutionary patent-pending design of Alliance accommodates two full rolls – up to 1,000 feet each – that seamlessly transfer by automatically switching to the second roll when the first is completely depleted. This unique transfer feature results in fewer service interruptions and reduced maintenance time. Combined with Wausau’s EcoSoft®, DublNature® or Artisan™ Green Seal™-certified toweling, Alliance offers a new, unique hand-drying experience superior to other systems in the market.
     
    27.10.2014   Tieto to deliver global Production System to International Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The new MES system (Manufacturing Execution System) meets the global requirements of the paper industry.

    Tieto, the largest Nordic IT services company, and International Paper (IP), a global leader in packaging and paper throughout the world, have signed an agreement for the delivery of an MES solution based on Tieto’s standard SAP-based MES solution.

    The MES system, which will initially be rolled out to almost 26 North American sites, covers all of the production shop floor execution with connections into SAP’s Extended Warehouse Management covering the complete Manufacturing to Delivery Process.

    “With our legacy MES approaching end-of-life, we sought out a solution that closely integrates with our SAP operating model while allowing us to adapt to new business requirements. Our partner, Tieto, brings an SAP-based solution, paper industry experience, SAP expertise, and a global delivery model that will be the key to our success,” says Joseph Rahme, Senior IT Manager of International Paper.

    “Tieto is a strong player in the paper industry: we have more than 220 MES installations globally. Tieto’s advantage is that we can handle large projects and have flexible business models together with tailor-made governance principles. The agreement with International Paper is based on our standard SAP-based MES solution. This enables us to develop together with IP the most mature MES ever, which meets all requirements of the paper industry,” adds Thomas Hohenauer, IP customer and delivery executive and country manager of Tieto in Austria.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)
     
    24.10.2014   UPM RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF WORLD LEADERS FOR CORPORATE ACTION ON ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CLIMATE CHANGE

    UPM has achieved a top position with the highest possible score, 100, on The A List in the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. UPM was the only paper and forest products company in the world with A100 level.

    Photo: Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility

    The A List presents 187 listed companies identified as demonstrating a superior approach to climate change mitigation. The list has been produced by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies, and it was made at the request of 767 investors representing more than a third of the world’s invested capital.

    According to CDP, the leading companies are making better progress to mitigate climate change than their non-leading peers. They invest more to decrease emissions and provide a high level of transparency in their disclosure of climate-related information. Leaders are also enjoying good financial results from their efforts.

    “We are very proud of this recognition. This is the first time in the global index, and the 6th time in a row in the CDP Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. Having a top score of 100 makes the achievement even more valuable”, says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility.

    “This recognition addresses our Biofore strategy in action. Climate is one of the key areas of our sustainability agenda. We have a solid track record in emissions reduction not only in traditional ways but also in new innovations like renewable wood-based biofuels,” Salpakivi-Salomaa continues.

    UPM is a frontrunner in the use of forest biomass as a fuel. Globally 67% of fuels used at UPM mills are biomass-based and 78% of the company’s electricity production is free from fossil CO2 emissions. UPM has invested over one billion euros in renewable biomass-based energy generation during the last decade.

    Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP, says: “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and we face steep financial risk if we do not mitigate them. The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater. Thus, there are many good reasons to congratulate UPM. The companies listed in this index are responding to the ever-growing demand for environmental accountability and should inspire others to follow suit.”
    (UPM Timber)
     
    24.10.2014   De La Rue signs banknote printing contract with the Bank of England     ( Company news )

    Company news De La Rue is delighted to announce that it has signed a new 10 year contract with the Bank of England to print its sterling banknotes at the Bank’s facility in Debden, Essex.

    On 8 September 2014, the Bank announced that De La Rue had been identified as the ‘preferred bidder’ for the banknote printing contract. The Bank has subsequently completed assurance activity on De La Rue’s bid and the contract has now been finalised.

    Philip Rogerson, De La Rue Chairman commented; “We are delighted with the Bank of England’s decision to award this prestigious and important contract to De La Rue, following a rigorous selection procedure. We are looking forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the Bank over the next 10 years.”

    The new contract will commence in April 2015.
    (De La Rue plc)
     
    24.10.2014   Successful debut for the new POLAR high-speed cutter N HD    ( Company news )

    Company news At the local trade fair Druck+Form in Sinsheim, POLAR presented its new-style high-speed cutter for the first time. With the machine facelift, operators can now enjoy the benefits of a contemporary cockpit design. One outstanding feature is the innovative touchscreen, to which the "HD" extension to the machine designation refers. This stands for high definition and clearly indicates what users can expect.

    The industry is now catching up on what is already standard for smartphones and tablets. The new touch display generation is hallmarked in particular by its brilliance. With its touch-responsive activation, the new display permits even more accurate and intuitive operation. Customized operator calibration of the display is also no longer necessary. In addition, the new "HD display" is much more resistant to scratches and mechanical wear. POLAR is the first cutting-machine manufacturer in the world to introduce this technology on its machines. The new operating panel will be used for the highspeed cutter models N PLUS, N PRO HD and N AT HD.

    New design
    But not only the display is new. All high-speed cutter models from 78 to 176 now also have a new look. The revamp was focused on the front view of the machine. With its uniform color on the front plate, the light barriers and the front of the machine table, operators are given a cockpit-style environment. An ergonomic hand rest is also provided for the operator below the new HD touchscreen. Last but not least the machine has a newly designed foot pedal.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    24.10.2014   The merger of Czech PAPCEL and French ABK Groupe    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 15th October 2014, the French manufacturer of paper technology, the company ABK Groupe Tullins, has become part of the PAPCEL Group, Czech Republic.
    The Czech company PAPCEL has merged with its French competitor and thus expanded its production range and markets portfolio.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    24.10.2014   Metsӓ Board recognised by CDP as a leader in climate change transparency    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board is honoured to be awarded a position in the CDP’s Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Metsä Board achieved an excellent score of 98 out of 100 for the depth and quality of climate change data it discloses to investors and the global marketplace.

    High scores indicate that a company provides robust climate data and conveys a strong understanding of corporate climate-related issues. Only companies with a score in the top 10% are awarded a position in the CDLI, showing they have provided a high level of transparency in their disclosure of climate-related information.

    Mika Joukio (photo), CEO of Metsä Board, says: “We are delighted to have gained such a significant score for our data submission and that it has helped us win a place in the Nordic CDLI. It is a tribute to the commitment of everyone within Metsä Board, as sustainability lies at the heart of our organisation, and will motivate us to increase our efforts in the future.”

    CDP disclosure scores are provided to investors and other decision makers through various channels, including Bloomberg terminals, to help them assess corporate preparedness for changing market demands and emissions regulation.

    Leadership status is earned by submitting climate change information through CDP’s global environmental disclosure system for independent assessment against CDP’s scoring methodology. The score threshold for entering the Nordic CDLI rose to 95 in 2014.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    24.10.2014   First Higher-value Chemical Derived from Lignin to Hit Market in 2021    ( Company news )

    Company news As lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research.

    Lignin, a component of lignocellulosic biomass and a common byproduct stream from cellulosic conversion processes, has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these lignin derived chemicals such as BTX (a mixture of benzene, toluene, and xylene) and cyclohexanol lags growing feedstock supplies, according to Lux Research.

    Today, the commercial sale of lignin is limited. Even though the pulp and paper industry produces about 50 million metric tons (MT), most is burned for power with only 1 million MT reaching the chemicals market. However, the supply of lignin from other sources is set to grow. Growing production of fuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks alone is projected to process up to 2.9 million MT in 2017, creating huge opportunities for the creation of higher-value chemicals.

    “Lignin is capable of producing a variety of straight chain, cyclic and aromatic chemicals, each with market sizes ranging from the tens of millions of dollars up to the hundred-billion-dollar range,” said Julia Allen, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Finding Untapped Value: Converting Lignin to Higher Value Chemicals.”
    “But creating higher-value chemicals requires technology development to balance feedstock variability, lignin separation effects, depolymerization, and product separation challenges, which still has significant work ahead,” she added.

    Lux Research analysts evaluated technologies to convert lignin into higher-value chemicals and leveraged an invention-to-commercialization model to predict the emergence of such chemicals on the market. Among their findings:
    -First lignin-based value added chemical product expected to launch in 2021. A predictive tool designed by Lux Research – based on historical invention-to-commercialization pathways of major materials – found the lignin-to-chemical innovation cycle to lag that of Polylactic acid (PLA) by 18 years. Consequently, the first lignin-derived chemical product may be expected to hit the market in 2021, following a significant patent inflection in 2018-19.
    -Thermal Routes Appear Best for Near-term. There are four major routes under development to convert lignin into smaller chemical constituents – thermal, chemical, metallic catalytic and biological. Of them, thermal depolymerization, such as pyrolysis, is the most mature, though companies focus on fuels not chemicals. Purely chemical routes are limited in scale, while the metallic catalytic processes to higher-value chemicals have unresolved technical challenges despite being the industry leader in terms of scale, and biological routes lag in commercial development.
    -Wide range of commercialization opportunities exist. Ahead of a second patent inflection in 2018-2019 following the first in 2006-2007, opportunities abound for companies and research institutions to develop processes to convert lignin into higher-value chemicals whose markets can be in the billions of dollars. As continued R&D accelerates, early-stage companies such as Annikki, Biome Bioplastics and Vertichem, as well as universities like the Universite de Sherbrooke and Tohoku Universities, are prime targets for collaboration.
    (Lux Research Inc.)
     
    23.10.2014   LP215 steals the show in Oslo    ( Company news )

    Company news Intec’s director of new business development, Mark Baker-Homes recently attended the AIG hosted Sign Og Print exhibition at the Exporama in Oslo on the 17th and 18th of September to support two of Intec’s Scandinavian partners.
    The Intec ColorSplash CS5600 model with Fiery® XF for Intec RIP which offers dedicated envelope printing through the professional envelope feeder, was being displayed for the first time in Europe, attracting interest from commercial printers, marketing companies and envelope printers alike. But the star of the show was the LP215 label printing solution attracting an outstanding volume of interest.
    It would appear that a lot of printers are looking for something more that just sheet fed solutions due to an evolving market and the LP215
    offers that solution. The label industry is still print, it’s still graphic design and is something most printers understand and it offers them an opportunity to move into an area that they are familiar with. But also their customers are asking for customized print packaging and it’s something that they can offer alongside the other print items that they currently produce.
    As a result, both partners were very excited about the amount of demand gathered by the LP215 and had a range of good enquiries that look like they will lead to a significant number of sales over the coming months.
    Interest in the ColorSplash CS5000 and envelope feeder was also extremely high. With the ability to print an extra color; white or clear, the CS5000 was alternating between both colors during the show, printing at high speed onto dark colored envelopes with PrintShop Mail, our variable data software solution that works in harmony with the CS5600.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    23.10.2014   Management extended with Mr Frank Büsching     ( Company news )

    Company news The management of colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co. KG has been extended with Mr Frank Büsching as of September 15, 2014.
    Frank Büsching as the new Managing Director is assuming responsibility for the areas of Sales, Marketing and Packaging Development.
    The responsibilities for all the further sections remain unchanged:
    Mr Martin Bruttel is responsible for the areas of Engineering and Production, Mr Thomas Pfefferle the areas of Accounting, Controlling, IT, Human Resources and Procurement. With this step, we wish to do justice to the permanently increasing expectations of our customers and also our own claims which we make of competitiveness.
    (colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co KG)
     
    23.10.2014   Stora Enso receives highest possible score in Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso was recognised as a leading company in terms of the disclosure of data related to climate change to investors and other stakeholders. Released by the international non-governmental organisation CDP, the CDP Nordic 2014 Report gives Stora Enso the highest possible score in the Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).

    Stora Enso submitted climate change information through CDP’s global environmental disclosure system for independent assessment. Company disclosures to CDP are rated out of a total of 100, and Stora Enso achieved the maximum score. High scores indicate that a company provides robust climate data with a high level of transparency.

    “Solid reporting of data and transparency are key elements in our Global Responsibility work at Stora Enso,” says Terhi Koipijärvi, acting EVP, Global Responsibility. “We work hard to maintain high standards in our environmental and social responsibility reporting. The data informs and guides our work, and is something that our stakeholders increasingly expect from us.”

    According to Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP, “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and we will face steep financial risks if we do not mitigate them. The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater. For this reason we congratulate businesses responding to the ever-growing demand for environmental accountability, and should inspire others.”

    Disclosures to CDP’s climate change programme meet the needs of 767 institutional investors with assets totalling more than USD 92 trillion, which is around a third of the world’s invested capital. CDP disclosure scores are provided to help investors and other decision-makers assess corporate preparedness for market demands and emission regulations.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    23.10.2014   Iggesund's investments led to sought-after industry award    ( Company news )

    Company news Over the past four years Iggesund Paperboard has invested more than 370 million euro to improve the energy solutions at its paperboard mills in Iggesund, Sweden and Workington, England. Compared with the situation a decade ago, the company has succeeded in reducing its fossil carbon emissions by more than 260,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil sources. The reduction is the equivalent of taking 85,000 cars, each driven 10,000 kilometres a year, off the road. It is against the background of these investments that the industry organisation PPI awarded its Bio Strategy of the Year prize to Iggesund Paperboard at the beginning of October.

    “We’re very pleased with the award but even more with the major move we’ve made from fossil fuel to bioenergy,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Iggesund. “Of course that’s because we’re assuming our own responsibility for the climate issue but also because it will give us more stable energy costs over time.”

    At the mill in Workington, where Incada is made, Iggesund has implemented a dramatic shift from fossil natural gas to biomass. A new biomass boiler was completed in the spring of 2013 and has contributed to a big reduction of Incada’s carbon footprint. Today Incada is among the folding box boards with the lowest values in this respect. At Iggesund, where the company produces Invercote, a new recovery boiler has helped to minimise the mill’s fossil carbon dioxide emissions and has also enabled the mill to often operate without using any fossil fuel at all. The goal is for the mill to be powered only by biomass and also to be self-sufficient in both electricity and heat.

    “This is very gratifying,” Sundblad says. “The world is pressuring us to reduce our fossil carbon emissions and we’re living up to that. We’re thereby helping to support public policy goals and at the same time we also expect to stabilise our energy costs.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    23.10.2014   Valmet's new OptiBin innovation in use at Nordic Paper's Bäckhammar pulp mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has developed a new chip bin, OptiBin, for pulp mills' digester chip feeding. Its task is to serve as a buffer before the digester and to remove air from the chips in an odorless manner. The new design is the result of years of development aimed at a cost-effective solution with as few moving parts as possible.

    The first installation in the world
    The first OptiBin was recently started up at the Nordic Paper Bäckhammar pulp and paper mill nearby Kristinehamn, Sweden. In spite of a very tight schedule, the installation and assembly of the new chip bin exceeded expectations at Nordic Paper - everything had to be completed during the regular eight-day mill shutdown.
    "The startup was very successful. We started production according to our schedule. What's more, even the startup curve, with a gradual increase in output, followed our plans. A week after the shutdown, we reached full production," says Jonas Lindqvist, Deputy Director of Production and Project Manager at Nordic Paper. "There is still some residual points and, of course, some trimming to ensure that we achieve the goals we have set for the project," he adds.
    "For us at Valmet, Bäckhammar was the perfect partner for taking our new development into practice. Partly because the mill is close to our development center in Karlstad, Sweden, and also because we've always had a very good relationship with Bäckhammar," says David Elfman, Sales Manager at Valmet.

    OptiBin reduces fiber loss and environmental impact
    Valmet's new OptiBin can be used in various cooking processes. The innovations in the OptiBin design bring several benefits. The design allows chips to flow smoothly and results in even pre-steaming and less runnability problems. Without good pre-steaming before cooking the cooking liquor will not penetrate the whole chip and results in uncooked chips.
    The flow design allows a cold top to be used. This means that the bin itself will form a lid of chips that disables gases to flow to the atmosphere which results in less odors to the surroundings.
    Thanks to the new chip bin, Nordic Paper estimates an increase in production of about 1,000 Adt/yr. In addition, the OptiBin has led to substantial fiber savings, and as a bonus for those living nearby the mill, it is expected to minimize malodorous emissions into the environment.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    23.10.2014   New from Mitsubishi: Satin coated Inkjet Paper with Offset Characteristics    ( Company news )

    Company news With JETSCRIPT DLS 9020, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is
    offering a new, double-sided satin coated inkjet paper for the growing market of high-speed inkjet printing. The special feature is that the 90g paper provides a unique offset-feel and is ideally suited for use with both pigment and dye inks.
    More and more high-speed inkjet users want to use a paper that displays offset characteristics. With DLS 9020, Mitsubishi now meets this requirement. This creates a new business opportunity for printing specialists, because DLS 9020 is designed specifically for applications
    such as print-on-demand, brochures & magazines, transpromo and direct mail.

    The new paper offers a number of features:
    -Satin coated both sides
    -Satin on printed surface also
    -Unique offset feel
    -Good opacity and very good colour reflection
    -High White
    -Wide colour gamut allows for accurate reproduction of even critical colours
    -Very good full-area reproduction
    -Designed for pigment & dye inks
    -Immediate and fast processing in post printing process
    -De-inkable and thus ecologically sustainable

    JETSCRIPT DLS 9020 is available in jumbo rolls in various widths from now.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     
    22.10.2014   Changes in the Executive Management Team of Ahlstrom    ( Company news )

    Company news Mrs. Nadia Stoykov, born 1963, M.Sc. (Law) and MBA has been appointed Executive Vice President, Commercial Excellence, and member of the Executive Management Team. She will be responsible for leading and further developing commercial excellence within Ahlstrom.
    Nadia Stoykov has previously worked in various senior management roles at Nyrstar Sales and Marketing AG, Valspar Corporation AG, IDEX Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company.
    She will join Ahlstrom during the fourth quarter of 2014 and will report to Marco Levi, President & CEO.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    22.10.2014   Intec: Sue Barnes joins UK sales team    ( Company news )

    Company news Mike Hiscox, Intec’s international sales manager, is delighted to welcome Sue Barnes (photo) to the UK sales team as internal sales account manager where she will be instrumental in organizing the day to day support and communication with our distributors and customers.
    Mike says: “We are extremely excited to have such an experienced and well organized person such as Sue come and work with Mark Baker-Homes and myself. Having an extremely outgoing personality and enjoying contact with a range of different cultures and societies, Sue is well placed to ensure that our international customers are well looked after.”
    Starting her career as a reprographic executive for a carton board packaging company, looking after the typesetting and reprographic needs of blue chip companies, Sue progressed into internal sales. Over the past 20 years she has moved around within the packaging industry working for companies ranging from carton board litho print to flexible packaging companies in and around the Midlands and East Anglia region including suppliers to the medical, pharmaceutical, liquid packaging, food processing, cosmetic and personal care companies dealing with brands across Europe and the rest of the world.
    Sue said; “In joining Intec it gives me the opportunity to re-locate from the Midlands to Dorset, which has been a dream for many years, as well as being able to continue to work in a customer relations capacity which is what I enjoy the most. The role goes hand in hand with my previous experience within the print packaging industry where I have worked for the past 25 years.”
    The Intec family would like to welcome Sue and we all very much look forward to working with her.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    22.10.2014   Stora Enso strengthens its Group Leadership Team with Sourcing    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has appointed Johanna Hagelberg (photo) as Executive Vice President Sourcing as of 1 November 2014. This is a new role in Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team.

    Johanna Hagelberg joined Stora Enso in November 2013 as SVP Sourcing of the division Printing and Living. Prior to joining Stora Enso she held leading positions within sourcing at companies including Vattenfall, RSA Scandinavia and NCC.

    “Johanna Hagelberg is a result-oriented professional and team-spirited manager. Her solid experience in procurement and operational excellence will strongly contribute to developing Stora Enso’s partner relationships while building a competitive cost base,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    22.10.2014   New KBA RotaJET L-Series: ultra flexible for changing market demands    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA expands digital printing portfolio with modular RotaJET 89 – 130 platform

    KBA unveiled the most flexible and the most adaptable high-volume inkjet product series in terms of customer demands currently on the market at World publishing Expo 2014 in Amsterdam.

    The digitalisation of the printing industry is progressing. At the same time in the high-volume inkjet printing segment requirements regarding the configuration, features, maximum web width and productivity of digital printing systems are extremely varied in the book, direct mail, magazine, newspaper and industrial printing market segments addressed by the KBA RotaJET. This is in addition to the change in market demands over time due to the increasing expansion of digital printing. KBA is the first manufacturer to take these circumstances into account with the new retrofittable RotaJET L product series available in various web widths, maximum printing widths and colour content. The KBA RotaJET 89 – 130 printing systems based on this new series supplement the RotaJET 76 which is still available.

    Future users of the new RotaJET L platform have a huge advantage which allows them to react quickly and economically to changing market conditions and customer demands without the need to invest in entire new kit straight away. The high-performance RotaJET can be optimally configured to suit the respective market and industry environment. The new KBA digital press series includes five RotaJET printing systems which can handle web widths ranging from 895 to 1300mm (35.2 - 51.1in). As all these new systems have been developed based on an identical platform it is possible to upgrade a KBA RotaJET 89 (web width 895mm/35.2in) easily and quickly to a RotaJET 100, RotaJET 112, RotaJET 123 or even a premium RotaJET 130 (web width 1,300mm/51.1in). Furthermore, it is also possible to modify a 1C monochrome system into a 4C colour system.

    The RotaJET 130 is currently the only high-volume inkjet system with a web width of 1,300mm to offer top quality 4-colour printing. Therefore the RotaJET 130 represents the ultimate high-end system in high-volume inkjet.
    Founded on KBA’s long-term development strategy and the press’ consistent modular design the KBA RotaJET has been designed to be retrofitted with future print head generations. This means that the KBA RotaJET 89–130 platform is the most flexible and future-proof high-volume inkjet system for users currently on the market.
    What is more, the RotaJET 89-130 systems do not require any adjustment of the usual web widths or print substrate logistics as they might in web offset printing. Thus the KBA RotaJET can even be integrated into existing offset landscapes without any compromises.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
     
    22.10.2014   Södra commences expansion of Mörrum    ( Company news )

    Company news The expansion of Södra Cell Mörrumhas started. On 16 October, Södra's CEO Lars Idermark turned the first soil in the project.

    Earlier this year, Södra's Board of Directors decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new chip plant will be constructed and one of the two pulp lines will be modified.
    "This is another investment that will strengthen our market position and competitiveness in market pulp. The expansion of our pulp production represents an integral part of our Group strategy and is a prerequisite for developing our business," said Idermark.

    The existing facility in Mörrum currently produces 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tonnes per year.
    The investment includes a new chip plant and two separate wood room lines, one for softwood chips and one for hardwood chip production, and conversion of the softwood pulp line, where the existing washing facility will be replaced.
    The new wood room facilities are scheduled to go into operation in December 2015 and the softwood pulp line in March 2016.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     

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