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    New: Birkner 2016 International PaperWorld - Early bird discount for web and book orders    ( Company news )

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    08.02.2016   Ahlstrom Financial Statements Bulletin 2015: Clear improvement in profitability in the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...last quarter of 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ... GOEBEL Schneid- und Wickelsysteme GmbH

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ... China

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Both Yankees will be manufactured at the ANDRITZ steel Yankee business center in Foshan, China, which offers customers in China state-of-the-art manufacturing, local field service, and quality management.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    01.02.2016   Packaging Corporation of America Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) reported fourth quarter net income of $104 million, or $1.07 per share. Earnings included net charges for special items, primarily for the Boise integration, of $0.4 million. Excluding special items, fourth quarter 2015 net income was $105 million, or $1.08 per share, compared to fourth quarter 2014 net income of $114 million, or $1.16 per share. Fourth quarter net sales were $1.4 billion in both 2015 and 2014.

    Full year 2015 earnings were $437 million, or $4.47 per share, compared to 2014 earnings of $393 million, or $3.99 per share. Full year earnings, excluding special items, were $443 million, or $4.53 per share, compared to 2014 earnings of $459 million, or $4.66 per share. Full year 2015 net sales were $5.74 billion compared to 2014 net sales of $5.85 billion.

    Excluding special items, the $.08 per share reduction in fourth quarter 2015 earnings, compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, was driven primarily by lower white paper prices and mix ($.10), higher annual mill outage costs ($.03), lower corrugated volume ($.02), containerboard production ($.02), and export containerboard prices ($.02), and higher depreciation expense ($.02). These items were partially offset by lower costs for energy ($.05), mill repair costs ($.03), and freight ($.02) as well as lower income taxes of ($.04) per share.

    Packaging segment EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2015, excluding special items, was $252 million with sales of $1.09 billion compared to fourth quarter 2014 packaging EBITDA of $250 million with sales of $1.12 billion. Corrugated products shipments were 1% lower than last year’s record fourth quarter with the same number of workdays. Containerboard production was 903,000 tons which was a 24,000 ton decrease compared to last year’s fourth quarter as PCA ran to demand and, unlike last year’s fourth quarter, did not need to prebuild any inventory to support first quarter maintenance outages. Containerboard inventories ended the year 2,500 tons lower than the third quarter and flat compared to 2014 year-end levels. Full year 2015 packaging EBITDA, excluding special items, was $1,009 million with sales of $4.48 billion compared to full year 2014 EBITDA of $1,015 million with sales of $4.54 billion.

    Paper segment EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2015 was $28 million with sales of $273 million compared to fourth quarter 2014 paper EBITDA, excluding special items, of $45 million with sales of $284 million. Sales prices were lower and volume was essentially equal to the fourth quarter of last year. In addition, the Jackson, Alabama paper mill was down for an extended period for a planned rebuild of the recovery boiler which reduced production by 28,000 tons and increased operating costs. Full year 2015 paper EBITDA, excluding special items, was $161 million and sales were $1.14 billion compared to full year 2014 EBITDA of $186 million with sales of $1.20 billion.

    Commenting on reported results, Mark W. Kowlzan (photo), Chairman and CEO, said, “We performed very well operationally and our earnings exceeded fourth quarter guidance despite lower than expected containerboard production and corrugated products volume. For the year, our earnings of $4.53 per share, excluding special items, were only $.13 per share below last year’s record earnings despite lower white paper prices and mix which reduced 2015 earnings by $.38 per share.”

    “Looking ahead to the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter,” Mr. Kowlzan added, “labor and benefits costs will be higher with annual wage increases and other timing-related expenses, and seasonally colder weather will increase wood and energy costs. Our tax rate will also be higher in the first quarter. These items will be partially offset by slightly higher corrugated products shipments and containerboard production, and lower scheduled mill outage costs. Finally, over the weekend Pulp and Paper Week, a trade publication, lowered its published prices for domestic linerboard and medium by $15 and $20 per ton, respectively, which will adversely affect earnings. Everything considered, we currently expect first quarter earnings of $1.00 per share.”
    (Packaging Corporation of America)
     
    01.02.2016   Two paper manufacturers are focussing on new things in Düren    ( Company news )

    Company news Reflex is taking on additional business segments from Schoellershammer

    The paper factory Reflex, based in Düren, announces its takeover of two new fields of business. As a further step within their multi-pillar strategy, Reflex has now taken over production and supply of graphic tracing paper from the glama brand and paper protected against odours and mineral oils from the Micro-Pack brand from the paper manufacturer Schoellershammer in Düren.

    In the past, tracing paper was required in the graphics field. By contrast, today there are many varied uses for paper in the fields of graphics and printing. These range from sophisticated books, elaborate calendars to brochures and flyers to multi-piece mailings. Not to forget the countless printed materials, special productions, creatively designed greetings cards and envelopes. The glama brand represents, in Reflex’s view, an ideal addition to its own range of tracing papers. Reflex has ample capacity in the PM4 paper making machine for graphic tracing paper to cover orders for the graphics market.

    The Micro-Pack business segments opens up additional sales areas for the paper manufacturer. Reflex is now able to also offer paper products for use in the food industry – equipped with the internationally required barriers against mineral oils or fragrances – made from pure, fibre-based raw materials. The barrier effect is created exclusively by a natural compression, as it is known in nanocellulose. No chemical aids such as plastics, aluminium or fluorine are used to achieve the high-quality properties of the barrier. The environmentally-friendly, biodegradable and recyclable natural product – Micro-Pack- is especially well suited as packaging material for dry and greasy foodstuffs thanks to its neutral taste and scent. Cosmetics in particular retain their classic fragrances thanks to Micro-Packs extreme gas-tight protection. Production takes place on one of three paper machines in the Reflex plant.

    “It was only a few months ago that we took on the production and the products of the opaque drawing and artist paper from Schoellershammer which have developed positively within our plan. With the current takeover of two new business segments – glama and Micro-Pack- we are going forward with the existing good cooperation of the two paper factories on location in Düren,” remarks Hariolf Koeder, head of Reflex, on the ongoing takeover and also stresses: “We use this procedure to demonstrate to our customers and especially our team that we are always working to implement and further develop our multi-pillar strategy.”

    Schoellershammer is preparing a new paper machine for the end of 2016. In the future, the paper manufacturer will be concentrating exclusively on the production of packaging paper from 100% old paper. “It’s a great concern of Schoellershammer’s that we are able to offer our customer a new point of contact for the business segments we have taken on. Good experiences within the business relationship with the paper manufacturer Reflex were as crucial as their technical conditions and the recognised competence in production of tracing paper when it came to taking on the two business segments. With Reflex, the continuity of consistent, high quality and the continuation of the strategy and development of Micro-Pack are secured,” claims Bernd Scholbrock, head of Schoellershammer, evaluating the decisions taken within his company.

    The distribution in both product areas – glama and Micro-Pack – concentrates primarily on the European market, but also focuses on the international market. Reflex distinguishes itself by being a reliable and strategically-orientated, peerless supplier.
    (Reflex GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    01.02.2016   Pratt Staten Island Team Hits New Milestone: 6 Million Tons of Paper Recycled!     ( Company news )

    Company news Pratt Paper NY has just produced its 6 millionth ton of America’s best 100 percent recycled paper.

    Photo: A proud Staten Island team gathers in front of the milestone paper reel led by GM Muneer Ahmad (center, light blue shirt).

    The Staten Island team hit the milestone mid January, and since start up in 1997 has now saved the equivalent of more than 102 MILLION trees – or a forest large enough to cover 100 square miles.

    That’s more than four times the size of Manhattan and enough paper to fill the Empire State Building over 4 times!

    “I’m so proud to be a member of this team and to be a part of this amazing achievement,” said GM Muneer Ahmad. “It’s testament to the hard work, can-do attitude and dedication these papermakers and support staff bring to the job every day.”

    In fact, the mill was originally designed to produce just 800 tons per day, but it’s continued to push production levels so much so that it consistently produces more than 1000 tons per day – and has been doing so for the past 3 years.

    Moreover, it maintains an impressive 93% overall uptime – despite some pretty daunting challenges over the years including Hurricane Irene, Super Storm Sandy and several major snow storms.

    “We’ve overcome a lot in the past two decades – but here’s to the next six million tons,” said Muneer.

    Staten Island’s sister mill in Conyers, Ga., hit the 6 million ton mark in 2013. Together they and our two other mills in Shreveport and Valparaiso help our box plants produce the industry’s best and most sustainable packaging for our customers.
    (Pratt Industries)
     
    01.02.2016   SCA Year-end Report Q4 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news JANUARY 1 – DECEMBER 31, 2015 (compared with same period a year ago)
    -Net sales rose 11% (5% excluding exchange rate effects) to SEK 115,316m (104,054)
    -Organic sales growth, which excludes exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments, was 5%
    -Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 10% to SEK 13,014m (11,849)
    -The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability, was 11.3% (11.4%, 11.1% excluding gains on forest swaps)
    -Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 11% to SEK 12,059m (10,888)
    -Items affecting comparability totaled SEK -2,067m (-1,400), of which SEK -874m (-906) affects cash flow
    -Earnings per share were SEK 9.97 (9.40)
    -Return on capital employed, excluding items affecting comparability, was 12.0% (11.2%)
    -Cash flow from current operations was SEK 9,890m (8,149)
    -The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend by 9.5% to SEK 5.75 per share (5.25)
    -Decision to acquire Wausau Paper Corp.The acquisition was closed January 21, 2016

    CEO’S COMMENTS
    Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO of SCA:
    Organic sales growth was 5% for the full year 2015, and operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 10% compared with 2014.
    The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend by 9.5%, to SEK 5.75 per share.
    2015 was an eventful year. We continued the work with our strategic priorities profitable growth, innovation and efficiency. Our successful innovation work resulted in approximately thirty innovations and product launches and the efficiency improvement measures continued with undiminished strength across the value chain. To further intensify the focus on the Group’s two main operations, we took the decision to initiate a dividing of the Group into two divisions: a Hygiene division and a Forest Products division. During the year the decision was made to further enhance SCA’s hygiene organization. This change took effect on January 1, 2016. We decided to invest in increased capacity at the Östrand pulp mill in Sweden and in a new production plant for incontinence products in Brazil.

    The acquisition of Wausau Paper Corp., a North American Away-from-Home tissue company, is a good strategic fit and strengthens our presence in North America. Wausau Paper’s product portfolio complements SCA’s offerings in North America and gives us access to premium tissue in the region. In Asia we are strengthening our collaboration with Vinda by divesting our business in Southeast Asia, Taiwan and South Korea for integration with Vinda. SCA is the majority shareholder in Vinda, one of China’s largest hygiene companies. The transaction enables us to leverage our joint strengths to build a leading Asian hygiene business.

    We have also continued to address areas with weak profitability. Due to declining global demand for publication papers and weak profitability, one newsprint machine at Ortviken paper mill in Sweden was closed, and as a result of weak market positions and insufficient profitability the baby diaper markets in Brazil and South Africa have been left. As part of the cost-savings program related to the acquisition of Georgia-Pacific’s European tissue operations, during the year we closed a tissue production plant in France. The program was concluded at year-end, but we continue to see opportunities for efficiency improvement measures.

    Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2015 increased by 6% compared with the same period a year ago. Organic sales growth was 4%. In emerging markets, which accounted for 32% of sales, organic sales growth was 11%, and in mature markets organic sales growth was 2%.

    Consolidated operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2015, excluding items affecting comparability and currency translation effects, rose 5% compared with the same period a year ago. The increase is mainly attributable to a better price/mix, higher volumes and cost savings. Raw material costs increased by SEK 529m, mainly due to the stronger U.S. dollar. The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability, was unchanged at 11.9%. Operating cash flow increased by 1%. Return on capital employed, excluding items affecting comparability, grew by 1.1 percentage points to 13.1%.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    01.02.2016   Catalyst Paper Reports Fatality at its Crofton Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX: CYT) regrets to report the occurrence of a fatal incident involving an employee at its Crofton mill.

    The incident resulted from an industrial vehicle roll-over which occurred yesterday evening at the mill.

    The Coroner, RCMP and WorkSafeBC have been contacted and an investigation is underway.

    “We are saddened by this tragic incident,” says Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are doing everything possible to support the investigation. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of the deceased.”

    WorkSafeBC will lead the investigation, fully supported by mill personnel.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    01.02.2016   Valmet's new calendering technology introduced at Stora Enso's Ingerois Board Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet's new aqua cooling calendering technology has been taken into use first time at customer site at Stora Enso Ingerois Board Mill in Finland. Stora Enso decided to modernize the precalender of its board machine BM 4 to improve the quality of the produced board and lighten the board - i.e. increase its bulk - without compromising its properties. BM 4 produces folding boxboard for the consumer packaging industry.

    The new aqua cooling technology has now been successfully used in production for a few months. The technology has made it possible to lower the basis weight of the end product at BM 4 while maintaining the functional and visual properties of the board.

    "The new aqua cooling technology enables developing and optimizing the machine's operating method to achieve bulk saving potential. This brings significant energy and raw material savings throughout the value chain of the product," says Taisto Nevalainen, Mill Director of Stora Enso's Ingerois Board Mill.

    "Cooperation with Stora Enso was excellent from the very first contact to the start-up and the whole process was exceptionally fast. Using the new aqua cooling equipment in practice has confirmed the earlier results from our pilot machine. Installation of the equipment itself went well, and thanks to its compact structure, the equipment fits in perfectly despite the narrow space available," says Mika Viljanmaa, development manager from Valmet's Paper Mills Business Unit.

    A result of focused R&D work
    Valmet focuses in its research and development work on three areas: 1) ensuring advanced and competitive technologies and services, 2) enhancing raw material, water and energy efficiency, and 3) promoting renewable materials. The now introduced aqua cooling technology focuses especially on improving the material and energy efficiency in paper and board making process.

    The idea of aqua cooling is that the paper web is cooled down by evaporating moisture from the web. The effect can be enhanced by adding a small amount of water on the web surface before cooling. The cooler the web is before it reaches the calender, the more quality improvement and raw material savings can be obtained.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    29.01.2016   Fruit Logistica 2016: Paper-based punnets and trays – now available with digital printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Schumacher Packaging offers punnets and trays made from solid and corrugated cardboard

    The Schumacher Packaging Group will be presenting its versatile range of environmentally-friendly fruit and vegetable packaging at Fruit Logistica in Berlin (3-5 September, Hall 7.1a, stand no. A-01). The range includes punnets and trays made of corrugated and solid cardboard which are not only 100% recyclable, but are also now available with custom printing on both sides in multiple colours using the offset, flexographic or – the latest option – the digital printing process.

    Punnets, bowls and inserts
    With the environmentally-friendly fruit and vegetable punnets made from corrugated and solid cardboard agricultural enterprises and producers’ associations can pack their produce in a way that is kind to the environment, and add custom printing to both the inner and outer side of the packaging to advertise their company name and region. Depending on the field of application and customer requirements, Schumacher Packaging manufactures these punnets from a variety of materials such as solid cardboard or F flute. They come in all current standard formats and also in special sizes, even for small order quantities. Schumacher Packaging supplies fruit and vegetable punnets in sturdy double wall corrugated from stock, in two standard sizes: 400x300x155 mm or 600x400x160 mm – or to specific customer requirements. They can also be delivered ready-assembled on request. By using pooled plastic crates, Schumacher Packaging has developed a smart solution that allows growers to advertise their company name or region. Inserts made of printed solid cardboard are laid in these crates underneath the produce, providing a useful space for adding information and advertising.

    Environmentally-friendly and sustainable
    Supermarkets and discount stores are increasingly looking to cardboard instead of plastic when it comes to packaging fruit and vegetables. It is easier to recycle, which takes into account consumer demand for eco-friendliness and sustainability. Added to that, the latest digital printing technique from Bobst used in-house by Schumacher utilises only water-based inks that are food safe and odourless. And because Schumacher Packaging can vary the printing data from sheet to sheet on its new machine, it is now possible to categorise and personalise the packaging exactly as requested, whether for regional, seasonal or promotional purposes or to suit specific customer requirements.

    All-round service for fresh products
    Schumacher Packaging offers a number of other services relating to fruit and vegetable packaging: flexible delivery times, variable order quantities and free storage of punnets until harvest time. “When they come to us, farmers and growers can find everything under one roof – from material manufacture, production and printing on the packaging right through to flexible logistics,” says Hendrik Schumacher, Managing Director of Schumacher Packaging.

    Comprehensive range of paper-based packaging solutions
    In the field of paper-based packaging solutions, Schumacher Packaging has the most comprehensive product portfolio on the market, ranging from transport packaging and sales packaging right through to creative display systems that are perfect for promoting products. The company also offers all options for bespoke production. In line with the type of product and the market requirements, Schumacher Packaging develops and manufactures special creative solutions in any design and quality and with all types of printing and surface finishing. The offering is enhanced by a comprehensive, full service – right from the initial development phase through to the co-packing and finally on to delivery directly to the POS.
    (Schumacher Packaging KG)
     
    29.01.2016   Kotkamills: From PM2 to BM2    ( Company news )

    Company news The Solaris® era was finished in style on Saturday morning January 23rd, 2016, as the last reel of Solaris® printing paper was produced on PM2 at Kotkamills Oy. The moment was nostalgic for many of the employees who have played an important role in the manufacture of Solaris® over the decades. Since May 1987, PM2 has produced 3,5 Million tons of Solaris® that has been used for magazines, leaflets, catalogues, supplements and exercise books in nearly 100 different customer countries globally.

    Photo: The night shift of January 23rd, 2016 produced the last reel of Solaris®. From left: Tommi Katajala, Veijo Metsola, Jarkko Ylärakkola, Arto Melto and Pauno Rantala.

    Despite the nostalgic occasion the future of Kotkamills is bright. The printing paper machine will be replaced by a modern board machine using the latest technology and will produce recyclable, repulpable and renewable Folding Boxboard and Barrier Board grades. After the demolition of PM2 , the installation work of the new Board Machine (BM2) will be started, and the first reels of Kotkamills’ Consumer Boards will be available for customers after the Midsummer of 2016.
    (Kotkamills Oy)
     
    29.01.2016   Model at the Packaging of Perfume, Cosmetics & Design    ( Company news )

    Company news The packaging specialist Model Kramp GmbH presents the latest trends in innovation and sustainable development at the Packaging of Perfume, Cosmetics & Design (PCD) trade fair.

    The 12th PCD will be held in Paris on 3 and 4 February 2016. More than 5,500 brand experts and packaging specialists are expected to attend. We look forward to your visit at our stand AC37!
    (Model Kramp GmbH)
     
    29.01.2016   New Mimaki TS500P-3200 inkjet printer targets home furnishing textiles and indoor soft signage    ( Company news )

    Company news High mix, low volume textile trend ups the super-wide ante

    Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, is to launch the super-wide format TS500P-3200 inkjet printer come February 2016. This 3.2-m wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer is a dedicated transfer paper printer for the textile industry and is ideal for a broad range of applications including home furnishing textiles and indoor soft signage.

    Tailored for the growing close-to-home personalisation trend
    “On-demand inkjet printing systems are increasingly being used for clothing production instead of conventional analogue systems because of their ability to quickly provide high-mix, low-volume printing,” states Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “It started with the fashion industry putting the benefits of on demand digital printing to good use for tailored and variable print quantities. We see the trend expanding now to interior decoration and home styling. Moreover, the change is not limited to the production method, but also to production location. Production sites get shifted from low-cost remote locations to urban areas closer to consumers. We believe this trend will extend to the production of extra-wide textiles for home furnishings from curtains to upholstery and bed linens. Personalisation and delayed delivery do not mix well.”

    Lean, mean and green
    The super-wide format TS500P-3200 inkjet printer, ideal for printing on such fabrics, features a new type of printhead to deliver high-speed printing at 180 m2/h. There are 12 printheads arrayed in three staggered lines that eject ink droplets at high speed to maintain the appropriate ink droplet angle and ensure accurate drop placement with a high head gap. This ensures high-quality printing results on low-cost thin transfer papers.

    Mimaki’s Advanced Pass System 4 (MAPS4) anti-banding function smooths the swath boundaries with reduced numbers of droplets to provide even more beautiful printing. In addition, the newly designed Auto Media Feeder (AMF) allows stable transfer paper feeding at the high-speed setting in order to maintain print quality.

    In addition, the environmentally friendly output does not emit volatile organic compounds after printing and helps reduce CO2 emissions during transportation because it is lightweight and foldable.

    Performance technologies support market innovation
    TheMimaki TS500P-3200 delivers a number of production benefits:
    · 3.2m super-wide printable width is practical for sublimation transfer printing on extra-wide fabrics for curtains, bed linens, and other home furnishings.
    · printing speed of 180m2/h for high productivity
    · new printhead and feeding mechanism ensure high speed and quality printing on 3.2m wide media
    · AMF is capable of feeding media up to 3.2m wide and of 130kg and can maintain stable feeding to achieve high-quality printing
    · cockling-reduction transfer mechanism supports high-speed production on wide papers
    · high performance RIP software TxLink3 Lite to specify the ink volume per colour, and produce large seamless patterns from a single image (including repeat and mirror patterns).

    Uninterrupted printing is aided by the Nozzle Check Unit (NCU) that automatically detects and cleans clogged nozzles while the Nozzle Recovery System (NRS) uses only good nozzles as substitutes, when the clogged nozzles are not recovered after cleaning. Large ink containers in the external ink supply unit support continuous printing.

    Dream big and wide
    The interior decoration market is a growing one, as Horsten concludes: “Demand for indoor fabric signage is increasing as compared with PVC solvent printing. This is in part due to its flexible production that allows designs to be highly creative and responsive to fashions, trends and demands. Mimaki is thrilled to be able to deliver the solution to meet the request of this market. You cannot put a stop on imagination, this solution ensures you don’t have to stop printing it.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    29.01.2016   Sulzer to Supply Extensive Centrifugal Pump Package to Fibria Celulose SA in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Sulzer has been awarded a frame contract for process and medium consistency pumps to the Horizonte 2 project by Fibria Celulose SA, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading eucalyptus pulp producer. Fibria’s new production line will be built in the Três Lagoas Unit in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and it is scheduled for startup in late 2017.

    Fibria’s new production line with an annual capacity of 1.75 million tons will increase the capacity of Fibria's existing Três Lagoas mill to 3.05 million tons of pulp per year. Sulzer supplies the manufacturing, testing, packaging, and installation supervision of the centrifugal pumps. The pump package contains Sulzer's highly efficient AHLSTAR process pumps, MBN multistage pumps and the latest generation of Sulzer MCE medium consistency pumps.

    Sulzer's product portfolio covers most of the processes in a pulp and paper plant, including water and wastewater applications. The ability to offer complete and high-efficient solutions for overall pumping and mixing needs in the pulp and paper industry makes Sulzer a key full-line supplier for every new project in the area.

    During the construction phase, Fibria's Horizonte 2 project is expected to create 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. Once commissioned, the energy self-sufficient new line will generate a surplus power of 120 MW.

    This investment, one of Brazil's largest export-oriented private investments, equivalent to US$ 2.5 billion, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, will contribute to the country’s balance of trade, create job opportunities, improve the quality of life and foster local, regional and national development.
    (Sulzer Pumps Ltd)
     
    29.01.2016   EXPOBOIS now part of the WOODWORLD program of events staged by Deutsche Messe    ( LIGNA 2017 )

    LIGNA 2017 The trade show EXPOBOIS, the most important event in France for the forestry and woodworking industry, will take place in Paris, Villepinte, from 22 to 25 November 2016. Deutsche Messe AG is cooperating for the first time with the French industry association for machine and production technology SYMOP (Syndicat des Machines et Technologies de Production). Both organizations will stage the trade fair, which at the request of the participating exhibitors has been rescheduled and will take place in November 2016.

    EXPOBOIS covers the entire spectrum of the timber and woodworking industry. As from 2016 the exhibition program will embrace the forestry industry, BioEnergy, sawmill technology, woodworking machinery, wood materials and construction, the furniture industry and home decoration. One of the main highlights of the next EXPOBOIS will be the primary wood industry. “With the support of the KWF - Kuratorium für Waldarbeit und Forsttechnik e.V. in Groß-Umstadt, Hesse (Germany), together with a French region, we will demonstrate sustainable forestry management at EXPOBOIS and show how regions with an under-developed infrastructure can nevertheless sustain a profitable forestry sector with a high-quality tree population”, says Kai Varrelmann, Director of Organization and International Distribution at Hannover Fairs International, a member of the Deutsche Messe group. “In close cooperation with our partner SYMOP, and with the support of the political community, industry and the relevant associations, we intend to promote and develop EXPOBOIS.” The European industry association for manufacturers of woodworking machinery, EUMABOIS, already considers EXPOBOIS to be an important trade fair worthy of recommendation to its member companies.

    Trade visitors will find problem-solving processes and value-adding production chains, which are showcased as individual stages in a logically, practice-based structure. The product presentations are augmented by a program that highlights related keynote themes in conferences, company presentations and best-practice examples, including live demonstrations.

    Deutsche Messe is the organizer of LIGNA, the world’s biggest trade fair for machinery, plant and tools for woodworking and wood processing. In addition, Deutsche Messe cooperates with partners in the forestry and woodworking industries from across the globe to organize various international events under the umbrella of WOODWORLD. These include Lesprom Ural Professional in Yekaterinburg, Russia (Ural region), ExpoDrev in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, as well as WoodMac China in Shanghai, Magna Expomueblera in Mexico City, Mexico, WOODWORLD South Africa in Johannesburg and EXPOBOIS in France.

    By virtue of the cooperation with Deutsche Messe, EXPOBOIS ‒ already the leading trade fair in France ‒ will attract greater international interest from exhibitors and trade visitors. The list of exhibitors is already prestigious, including all the world’s leading companies in the individual product segments, while a large proportion of the trade visitors come from France and its European neighbours, as well as the Maghreb region and the French-speaking African countries.

    SYMOP has been stakeholder and organizer of EXPOBOIS in Paris since 1961.
    (Deutsche Messe AG )
     
    29.01.2016   2nd PMP Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc tissue machine smoothly launched in Hebei Xuesong Paper, China    ( Company news )

    Company news Exactly a year ago (January 2015), Hebei Xuesong Paper Co., Ltd signed a contract with PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) for the delivery of 2nd Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc machine. That was a natural consequence of a successful start-up of the 1st machine six months before.

    Efficient cooperation between two companies started from TM#1 project in 2013. First Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc was brought on stream in April 2014 and thanks to excellent cooperation between Hebei Xuesong Paper and PMP, just 5 days after start-up, the maximum production capacity and tissue quality guarantees were achieved. TM#1 is characterized by an ultra-low level of steam consumption (1.6-1.8 t/t) – the best in the industry in this level of technological solution. Optimized paramaters help to significantly minimize production costs and increase sales margins.

    On January 16th this year, PMP successfully started up 2nd Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc at Hebei Xuesong mill. TM#2 (twin sister line to TM#1) is characterized by reel trim of 2850 mm, design speed of 1200 m/min and daily capacity 60 t/d (basis weight 12.5-20 gsm). After TM#2 installation, Hebei Xuesong Paper have two machines (right and left hand) in the same building based on an Integrated Tissue Mill concept. We are proud to announce that paper at reel appeared 3 hours after supplying the stock, at the same time paper reached saleable parameters on the 2nd jumbo roll.

    TM#2 is a twin-sister machine of TM#1 and is also based on philosophy of Optimum Cost Solution including tissue machine fully designed in Europe, manufacturing of the key components such as a Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox and a Intelli-YD™ steel Yankee in Europe, and the remaining manufacturing, tissue machine pre-assembly and tests completed at the Center of Excellence of PMP Group: PMP IB (Changzhou) Machinery & Technology, Changzhou (China). This combination has ensured to lower the cost investment for the customer, while maintaining excellent quality of the equipment supplied. PMP has provided a stock approach system, Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc machine, mechanical drives, electrical drives, a lubrication system, a steam & condensate system and PLC. The PMP team has also been responsible for an erection supervision and technological start-up.

    The same model of right and left hand machines layout in one building is the most compact solution and the two machines can share a common spare parts base. As a result, both space and costs are saved as well as number of personnel required to run the installations. Finally, the valuable experience of PMP gained from TM#1 project has made TM#2 even more adapted to the customer’s requirements.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    29.01.2016   Valmet to supply new high consistency bleaching system to Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver a new high consistency bleaching system to Rottneros pulp mill in Sweden.
    This is the first step in a larger rebuild project, called Agenda 500, at the mill. The longtime goal is to increase both availability and the total production volume of Rottneros two pulp mills to reach a capacity of 500,000 ton per year.

    Planned delivery time for the bleaching system is in July 2016.The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. Typically an order of this scale is valued at around euro 2-4 million.

    "In our investment project we aim to increase capacity and lower our chemical consumption. We have had a long and good relation with Valmet over the years, which is one of the reasons for choosing them as supplier," says Nils Hauri, Production Manager at Rottneros mill.

    "Valmet's bleaching system offers high availability with low operational cost, including energy and chemical consumption and maintenance costs. We are convinced that this bleaching system will live up to all expectations in this project," says Johan Eurenius, Sales Manager at Valmet.

    Details about the delivery
    Valmet's delivery includes machinery and erection, training, commissioning and start-up services. The new high consistency bleaching system consists of a chemical mixer and a bleaching tower, two washing stages with screw presses and mc pumps. This project aims to lower the peroxide consumption, increase capacity and keep maintenance costs to a minimum.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    29.01.2016   Metsä Board shows sustainable paperboards at PCD 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news PCD ─ Packaging of Perfume, Cosmetics & Design, Paris, February 3-4, 2015

    At PCD 2016, Metsä Board will show its range of sustainable, lightweight paperboards made for packaging beauty and men’s care. Its versatile range includes products especially developed for the addition of special features that attract the eye, as well as security devices important for anti-counterfeiting.

    Metsä Board is also celebrating its endorsement by CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project), being awarded leadership in CDP’s Climate Change, Water and Forest programmes. Metsä Board achieved 100/100 for the quality of its climate change information, winning a place in the Nordic Disclosure Leadership Index. It was the sole forest industry company awarded an A grade for water management, and one of only nine companies awarded leadership status in the CDP forest programme.

    Christophe Baudry, Commercial Director for Beautycare at Metsä Board, says: “The packaging of beautycare is as vital as the content it is protecting and showcasing. Purchasing premium products is an emotive process – there is a sensorial ritual between the consumer and the packaging. At the same time, we find consumers are increasingly looking for natural products, so brand owners need packaging that can prove its sustainability throughout the supply chain.”

    On show are Metsä Board’s sustainable and lightweight folding boxboards especially developed for beauty and men’s care as well as other premium applications. They include Carta Allura, Carta Elega, Carta Integra, Carta Solida and Avanta Prima, all made from traceable fresh forest fibres that ensure purity, brightness and strength. The range enables the highest quality print and special effects as well as a smart, crisp finish.

    Also to be featured is Modo Northern Light, a fully bleached linerboard, available both coated and uncoated. It has many uses as microflute and provides new options in corrugated applications.
    In addition to its high quality product portfolio, Metsä Board can also help in creating, developing and blending structural and graphic design together, to maximise brand recognition and positioning.
    (Metsä Board France SAS)
     
    28.01.2016   Sappi continues to invest for the future in its Lanaken and Kirkniemi mills    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Limited has approved investments of some EUR 25m for mill upgrades in Europe during the course of 2016. Sappi Lanaken Mill will improve the performance of its paper machine 7 (PM7) by installing a state-of-the-art film-press coater, and Sappi Kirkniemi Mill will undergo a variety of modifications to its paper machine 3 (PM3) to increase energy efficiency and further improve quality consistency. All work will be completed by the end of calendar year 2016.

    “These investments support our continued drive for efficiency and profitability,” commented Berry Wiersum (photo), CEO Sappi Europe. “We are focused on the future and on continuous improvement, seizing opportunities where they make most sense.”

    In 2013, Sappi Europe announced its intention to make significant investments (EUR 56m) in its Kirkniemi Mill over the coming years. The decision to build a new power plant was key to supporting future operations , safeguarding the competitiveness of the mill, and backing the company’s drive for cost leadership. The new plant opened ahead of schedule in September 2015.

    As part of this new investment in Kirkniemi Mill, PM3 will get a new shoe press for more effective drying as well as modifications to the headbox. Further improvements will include a dilution controlled head box to ensure good runnability, especially on the base paper machine. The investment will increase energy efficiency on PM3 and will promote PM3´s cost competitiveness. The new equipment will further enhance quality consistency through better basis weight and moisture profiles.

    At Lanaken Mill, the gate-roll coater on PM7 will be replaced with a state-of-the-art film-press coater. With additional adaptations to the drying system and coating preparation, the rebuild paves the way for the first coating to have more weight. The investment will enable PM7 to produce the entire portfolio of grades – without compromising on web profile, coating coverage and paper properties.
    (Sappi Limited)
     
    28.01.2016   Manufacturer of coated speciality papers announces price increase    ( Company news )

    Company news Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the Bielefeld manufacturer of coated speciality papers, is increasing prices by 6% for all deliveries as of April 1st, 2016.

    Since 2015, costs for raw materials and chemicals have significantly increased in particular due to the important changes in currencies and could not be compensated despite actions already carried out. In light of the market price level this still results in an imbalance of costs and pricing.

    Customers will be contacted directly by a representative of the Mitsubishi sales team.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     

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