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    New: Birkner 2015 International PaperWorld - Early bird discount for web and book orders    ( Company news )

    Company news Order now at the special subscription prices the new book and web editions of Birkner 2015 – International PaperWorld that will be published within short time.
    The new completely revised Birkner media provide a unique information network with company and trade datas as well as up-to-date news, which you may use for your business planning and implementation.

    More than 28.000 updated company profiles with more than 23.000 internet addresses are available for professional research. Apart from producers, converters and raw material suppliers also the company profiles of service companies, suppliers and merchants are presented.

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    The new book edition in 2 volumes of Birkner 2015 – International PaperWorld supports research in the structured company profiles in reliable and structured manner.

    Use the economic combination prices and fill out the order form.
    We also gladly accept your orders at info@paper-world.com so you can receive your personal copies and database accesses immediately after publication.
    (Birkner GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    28.01.2015   dMASTER™    ( Company news )

    Company news The most efficient dewatering performance on any paper machine is one of the main objectives for every papermaker. The newly patended IBS dMASTER™ is a revolutionary dewatering system that maximizes the dewatering performance in the fourdrinier section.
    (IBS Austria GmbH)
     
    28.01.2015   With Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100%, Antalis offers office customers optimum environmental and...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... print performance

    After a year of collaboration between Antalis, its suppliers and the Xerox® MCTC (Xerox® Media & Consumables Technology Center), Antalis is launching Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100%. The first Xerox® product to be launched by Antalis since the acquisition of the Xerox® DSE division in 2013.

    Produced from 100% post-consumer waste, the new premium recycled paper carries a 5-star rating under the Green Star System and also offers “100% performance guaranteed” having passed rigorous Xerox® performance tests. Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% aims to replace 3 existing Xerox® recycled product ranges - Xerox® Recycled Pure+, Xerox® Recycled Supreme and Xerox® Recycled Supreme+ - offering customers even stronger environmental credentials and a simplified choice of paper at no extra cost. Resellers will also benefit from reduced stock levels.

    The very best in recycled paper
    Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% is made exclusively from recycled materials, thus promoting eco-responsible behaviour and contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it offers a superior whiteness level (CIE 150) comparable to that of top quality non-recycled office papers. This is achieved through meticulous waste paper selection and advanced recycling and cleaning procedures. The high level of whiteness makes Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% suitable for a wide array of use and day-to-day applications in an office environment just like its non-recycled counterparts.

    Guaranteed performance for customers
    Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% carries the Antalis “100% Performance Guaranteed” label which confirms that it has undergone rigorous testing by the Xerox® MCTC (Xerox® Media & Consumables Technology Center) bexerox-certified-259x194.JPGfore being deemed fit for service. Physical properties of the paper such as grammage, thickness, stiffness, formation, smoothness, whiteness, shade opacity and moisture content are checked to give the final product the best look and feel as well as to ensure print quality and runnability. The sheet structure and behaviour are also tested as all these properties can affect the paper’s print performance. Comprehensive mill inspections and testing of samples with Xerox® printers ensure that the paper produced is of consistently high quality.

    “After a year of arduous technical testing, we are very proud to launch such an exceptional recycled paper as our first new paper under the Xerox® brand,” explains Dan Turner, Product Manager, Antalis UK. “Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% is the perfect choice for any office customer eager to adopt an environmentally-responsible paper sourcing policy, without compromising on quality. This paper delivers on both counts.”
    (Antalis Ltd)
     
    28.01.2015   PMT Italia S.p.A. to register Capital Increase with the Entry of China Paper Machinery Co.    ( Company news )

    Company news In April 2014 a promising technological and commercial agreement was signed between PMT Italia and China Paper Machinery Co. (SinoCPMC) as a result of the mutual interest of the two Companies for a strategic goal of common growth.
    The level of Excellence of PMT’s Technology and Capabilities has then recently been the reason for SinoCPMC to consolidate this Partnership entering as PMT’s Stockholder at the same time with PMT’s Capital
    Increase on January the 8th 2015.
    SinoCPMC, wholly owned by the Sinolight Group, after the acquisition of Sinolight Guotai Machinery Co. and the creation of the Hebei branch company, equipped with the most advanced machinery and management, intends to become “The leader of cutting-edge technology for Chinese paper machinery, the pioneer of advanced paper making machinery made in China and a national leading and international first class system integrator with ownership of key technology.”
    PMT Italia has been operating under this name since year 2000 and was, before this, the leading production facility in Europe for Beloit. PMT Italia owns the complete technology for various kinds of paper machines and the richest manufacturing, project management and service
    capabilities.
    With the new Partnership and the Capital Increase PMT will be able to reinforce its Presence on the Global Paper Machinery Market, while the new Group will now take mutual advantage of the shared experience, technical skills, production facilities and commercial network in order
    to expand its business and become an even more relevant leading player with the worldwide supply of machinery and services for this industrial branch.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    28.01.2015   emtec Electronic at Expo ACOTEPAC 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the South American „Expo ACOTEPAC 2015“ in Cali, Colombia. From February 25th until 27th, the company will be present at the exhibition together with Elof Hansson International AB.
    The technical equipment, which will be presented in Cali this time are the emtec EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester for characterizing the process relevant surface parameters of paper and board. Its application leads to the optimization of the production and converting processes to gain the best possible quality at the lowest possible costs.
    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers in the suspension. In addition to the FPA, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    27.01.2015   Halkali Kağit Karton - Turkey starts up 2 new PMT Headboxes    ( Company news )

    Company news The Turkish paper producer Halkali Kağit has very recently successfully started up two new ÆGO™STREAM S Headboxes on the PM2 of its Istanbul
    Mill.
    PM2 is about 4 m wide and produces Fluting, Test Liner in two layers in a
    basis weight range of 80 to 180 g/m2, from 100% waste paper, at a maximum
    operating speed of 870 m/min.
    The bottom layer ÆGO™STREAM S is equipped with smarpro dilution water
    system for the basis weight profiling.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    27.01.2015   IBIS to unveil new Smart-binder features at Hunkeler Innovation Days    ( Company news )

    Company news IBIS is delighted to announce its participation in the Hunkeler 'Innovation Days' (HID) exhibition at the Allmend fair and event centre in Lucerne,Switzerland, from 23-26 February 2015.

    At this important trade exhibition we will show the latest model IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' on the Canon stand, running in-line with a high-speed continuous-feed inkjet printer and web cutter.

    Two innovative new Smart-binder features have been developed in response to customer demand to run variable-data jobs with booklet thickness (number of pages) continually changing. These will be shown for the first time at HID:

    1/ ASA-100 Automated Stitch Adjust system. This enables the Smart-binder stitcher to continually and automatically adjust the wire staples to perfectly suit the thickness of each booklet being stitched. This system has been created in response to our customer's needs to handle complex, variable-data jobs in which the number of pages in the booklets is constantly changing.

    2/ SBS-100 Sheet Buffer module. This will be installed in between the web cutter and the Smart-binder. The SBS-100 buffer receives printed sheets at a constant rate from the web cutter (defined by the printer speed of 127 m/min), store these sheets and feed them at variable rates into the Smart-binder depending on the number of sheets in each booklet. The SBS-100 enables very thin booklets (for example 8 pagers and even 4-page single sheets) to be mixed with thicker booklets while maintaining a constant, high printer web speed. It even allows the in-line Smart-binder to stop and restart if necessary without pausing the printing operation. This SBS-100 buffer module enables our customers to benefit from in-line finishing, without reducing the printing efficiency.

    t HID we will also demonstrate the Smart-binder SB-3's unique and patented ISG cold-glue process, as a high-quality binding alternative to wire stitching.

    Hunkeler Innovation Days 2015 is the leading event for 'trend-setters and technology leaders' who set the pace for the next stage of industry innovation. Visitors will experience highly efficient end-to-end workflows, from software to finished books, from idea to solution.

    The printing sector is changing at a rapid pace, and IBIS is delighted to demonstrate its latest innovations and be part of this internationally important show, together with thousands of experts and decision-makers.

    Our latest IBIS technical advances will further demonstrate how our customers can benefit from the economies and advantages of digital printing and finishing processes, for an increasing range of diverse client segments and applications.
    (IBIS Bindery Systems UK)
     
    27.01.2015   Vinke Display in Breda now operating under the name Schumacher Packaging & Display BV    ( Company news )

    Company news On course for growth in new sales markets

    The well-known specialist Vinke Display BV in Breda has changed its company name: with immediate effect, it will be known as Schumacher Packaging & Display BV. In June 2014, Vinke Display was taken over by the Schumacher Packaging Group. Vinke Display has long been a creative force for innovative displays, promotional packaging and shop decorations and, for both parties, this takeover represents a step forward in their growth strategy and new sales markets. The specialists in Breda will be able to bring their expertise to all customers and European markets currently serviced by the Schumacher Packaging Group. In turn, the acquisition of this new site means that the Schumacher Packaging Group has a new sales and logistics centre specifically for the Benelux area. Existing customers of the Breda company now have access not only to highly-attractive displays but also to the huge Schumacher Packaging portfolio of tailor-made packaging solutions in solid and corrugated cardboard.

    The new Schumacher Packaging site in Breda is already looking after the whole of the Netherlands as well as Belgium and its customers include a large number of major brand-name manufacturers in Europe such as Coca Cola, Ferrero and Procter & Gamble. Continuity in management has been assured; before the takeover, Luc Swaenen was a co-owner of Vinke Display and he continues in the role of Managing Director at Schumacher Packaging & Display BV. The most recent annual turnover figure for the Breda plant was in the region of EUR 10 million.

    “Being part of the ower-managed Schumacher Packaging Group means that we are significantly expanding our product portfolio and our range of services,” said Luc Swaenen. “This is a major step into the future for us.” In Breda, the emphasis will still be on display products. “Over the past 50 years, Vinke Display has worked hard to achieve a leading position in the Benelux display market,” he explained. “Now that we have merged to become Schumacher Packaging & Display BV, we can demonstrate that our abilities and our creativity extend much further than that.”

    For the Schumacher Packaging Group, the site at Breda will serve as both a sales and a logistics centre for the Benelux area, not least because it will give sales support to our new corrugated board plant in Greven, Germany, where Schumacher has built an ultra-modern plant directly next to Münster/Osnabrück Airport, with production commencing there in May 2014. By investing EUR 45 million in the Greven plant, the Schumacher Packaging Group has, from the very beginning, followed the principal strategic goal of facilitating the opening up of sales markets such as north-western Germany and Benelux.
    (Schumacher Packaging & Display BV)
     
    27.01.2015   emtec Electronic with a Workshop at the PaperWeek Canada 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Canadian „PaperWeek / PAPTAC 2015“ in Montréal in Canada. From February 02nd until 05th, emtec Electronic will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 03 together with Technidyne Corporation Canada. Beside the participation at the exhibition, emtec Electronic will give several presentations and demonstrations in a workshop.
    On Monday, the 02nd February, Mr. Stefan Rübesam will talk about the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. In comparison, he will explain when standard methods, like the Cobb or Bendtsen/Sheffield-Test come to their limit.
    Additionally on Monday, Stefan Rübesam from emtec will show how to use the measurement equipment for the wet end area to gain an optimal and efficient process control: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the technical equipment, which will be presented in Montréal this time. This device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue properties as softness, smoothness respectively roughness and stiffness. Furthermore, these three parameters can be combined to the overall handfeel value. How the device is used for an efficient process optimization and an objective quality control will be explained by Mr. Alexander Grüner on Wednesday, 04th February.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    27.01.2015   Take a unique chance to book your stand at PAP-FOR Russia 2016 at the special early-booking rate!     ( Company news )

    Company news The special offer is valid till 27 February 2015!

    Please fill in the application form and send it to marina.sirotina@reedexpo.ru.

    PAP-FOR Russia 2016, XIV International Exhibition and Business Forum for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries, will be held in ExpoForum (St.Petersburg, Russia) on 25–28 October 2016.
    PAP-FOR Russia is the key professional event in Eastern Europe covering the entire spectrum of the pulp and paper industry. In 2014 PAP-FOR Russia brought together over 250 exhibitors from 28 countries and almost 6,000 professional visitors.

    Benefit from the special participation terms and open the borderless opportunities of the vast Russian market with PAP-FOR Russia 2016!
    (Reed Expo Russia)
     
    27.01.2015   MWV and RockTenn Agree to Combination Creating a $16 Billion Global Packaging Leader     ( Company news )

    Company news -Two Industry Leaders to Create a Powerful Global Provider of Consumer and Corrugated Packaging Solutions
    -Combined Company Positioned to Generate Substantial Cash Flow to Deliver Superior Growth and Strong Shareholder Returns
    -Total Annual Synergies of $300 Million to be Achieved over Three Years
    -Expect to Maximize the Value of MWV’s Pension Surplus Through Plan Consolidation
    -Previously Announced Tax-Free Spin-off of MWV Specialty Chemicals to be Completed Post-Closing

    Photo: John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV

    Rock-Tenn Company (“RockTenn”) (NYSE:RKT) and MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MWV”) (NYSE:MWV) announced that they have entered into a definitive combination agreement to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging (“NewCo”) in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16 billion. The combined company, to be named prior to closing, will have combined net sales of $15.7 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 billion, including the impact of $300 million in estimated annual synergies to be achieved over three years.

    Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, MWV stockholders will receive 0.78 shares of NewCo for each share of MWV held. RockTenn shareholders will be entitled to elect to receive either (a) 1.00 shares of NewCo or (b) cash in an amount equal to the volume weighted average price of RockTenn common stock during a five-day period ending three trading days prior to closing for each share of RockTenn held. The cash and stock elections by RockTenn shareholders will be subject to proration such that the resulting ownership of NewCo will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders, and based on the shares outstanding today, approximately 7% of RockTenn shares will receive cash in lieu of stock. This targeted ownership ratio of NewCo will facilitate the continued favorable tax attributes of the previously announced spin-off of MWV’s specialty chemicals business, which the parties intend to complete after the closing of the business combination.

    Steven C. Voorhees, chief executive officer of RockTenn, said, “This transaction brings together two highly complementary organizations to create a new, more powerful company with leadership positions in the global consumer and corrugated packaging markets. This is a terrific opportunity for shareholders, employees and customers of both companies, all of whom stand to benefit enormously from the combination. Importantly, our two companies are also an exceptional cultural fit, sharing a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and a focus on developing innovative packaging solutions. Planning for the integration of these two companies has already started and we expect to expeditiously realize the full value of cost synergies we have identified.”

    John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV, said, “We are creating the leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging solutions – and generating significant value for both companies’ shareholders. This transaction is a logical step that is borne of our strategic progress and financial success, and it offers MWV shareholders both immediate value and the opportunity to participate in significant upside as the new company generates substantial growth from its market-focused global strategy.”

    Mr. Voorhees will serve as chief executive officer and president of the combined company, and Mr. Luke will become non-executive chairman of the board of directors. The board will be comprised of eight directors from RockTenn and six directors from MWV. Other key executives and their positions will be determined according to their strengths and will be named prior to closing. The combined company will maintain its principal executive offices in Richmond, Va., and will have operating offices in Norcross, Ga.

    The transaction requires the approval of shareholders of both MWV and RockTenn and is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Both parties target closing the transaction in the second calendar quarter of this year.

    In separate news releases, MWV and RockTenn both reported earnings for the most recent quarter ended December 31, 2014.

    Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. served as financial adviser to RockTenn in the transaction and provided its board of directors a fairness opinion. Lazard has also provided a fairness opinion to RockTenn’s board of directors, as well as advice to the Company on certain matters related to the transaction. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as RockTenn’s legal counsel.

    MWV’s financial advisers were BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Greenhill has also provided a fairness opinion to MWV’s board of directors. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as MWV’s legal counsel.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    27.01.2015   ANDRITZ to upgrade fiberline at Mondi Frantschach's pulp mill, Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Mondi Group to upgrade the continuous cooking plant at the Frantschach mill in St. Gertraud, Austria. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

    ANDRITZ will convert the digester to its Downflow Lo-Solids cooking technology and add a TurboFeed chip pumping system to improve the feed to the digester as well as a vapor reboiler to further reduce odorous emissions. In the brownstock washing area, ANDRITZ will deliver a pressure diffuser washer.

    This upgrade is a follow-up order to the recovery boiler that was delivered by ANDRITZ and started up successfully in the Frantschach mill in 2013. Mondi’s investment will help to improve the use of resources and further increase the mill’s energy efficiency and competitiveness.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    26.01.2015   Suominen introduces FIBRELLA™ Lite Spunlace for hygiene markets    ( Company news )

    Company news Suominen, a leading global supplier of nonwovens, announces the launch of its new lightweight product FIBRELLA™ Lite Spunlace to its nonwoven offering, particularly targeted to the global hygiene market. Fibrella™ Lite nonwovens meet the exacting requirements for a light yet stretchable material with strength and elongation properties required in laminates for absorbent hygiene products in baby care and adult incontinence applications. Available in 25 gsm and 28 gsm configurations, Fibrella™ Lite offer versatility for combination ofmaterials using hot-melt, extrusion, heat and ultrasonic lamination. Its cloth-like, extremely soft feel, the breathability and skin-friendliness of Fibrella™ Lite make it an ideal element in laminates for hygiene products.

    Speaking at the launch of Fibrella™ Lite, Lynda Kelly, SVP Care Business Area, said “Suominen’s expansion into the hygiene business is one of the key elements of our growth strategy. Fibrella™ Lite is a perfect example of innovative application of technology to match traditionally incompatible nonwoven features like softness, strength and light weight together in one material.”

    “Fibrella™ Lite is a very important addition to our portfolio of hygiene products.Applicability for various lamination processes creates a broad range of end products making this new launch very attractive and exciting” concludes Marjo Kuisma, Product Manager for Hygiene market.
    (Suominen Corporation)
     
    26.01.2015   The Paper Bar from Thomas Pink & James Cropper    ( Company news )

    Company news A stylish bar has been produced using luxury papers from James Cropper

    James Cropper and heritage clothing brand, Thomas Pink joined forces to commission a stunning paper bar and set of paper drinking accessories, designed to stand as a centrepiece in the hallowed halls of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) during the London Collections fashion event.

    Developed and built by Sam Robins of design studio, Flow Creation, the free-standing bar, made from two different weights of James Cropper’s White Kendal Manilla stock came complete with paper glasses, lamps and fine architectural detail to complement the historic setting. Constructed to stand at the heart of Thomas Pink’s, London-inspired Autumn/Winter 2015 collection launch on Saturday 10 January 2015, the collaboration called on the designer to evoke the crisp freshness of a new, white shirt while testing the qualities of the versatile paper stock.

    Following deliveries of 315gsm and 180gsm papers to his Blackpool studio, Robins combined manual hand-working and paper cut techniques with computerised design and cutting processes to develop the bar and drinking paraphernalia. As well as working with Thomas Pink’s commercial team and both event and lighting designers for his cues, he looked to the ICA itself for inspiration, noting detail from the Corinthian columns and ornate cornicing.

    Sam says: “Initially I was shocked by the size of the venue; it’s a really grand, imposing space. The bar has grown to 8.5 metres long as a result. Thomas Pink really let me develop the design and specifications with little intervention, simply asking that it did the job of allowing models to interact with it as an alternative to your usual catwalk fashion show. The paper has stood up to every test I have thrown at it, with heavier stock taking the burden of structural support and the lighter weight allowing for decorative elements. Many of the props are really quite large, but can stand without additional support.”

    As well as creating lemon slices, martini glasses and even a paper-framed, 3D artwork of the Thomas Pink logo, ‘cheeky fox’, Robins has incorporated LEDs and RGB lighting tape into hidden parts of the bar to ensure it responds to thematic changes during the show. The only structural concession required of the paper, to give models confidence in using the bar naturally, was an MDF sub-structure for surface strength and ballast. To close the event, gathered VIPs of the fashion industry and press were handed pink pens and invited to leave messages on the clean, white surface.

    Chris Brown, Commercial Director of James Cropper, said: “Our customers come to us for a product that is perfectly matched to their needs, and in this case our White Kendal Manilla was ideal for laser cutting as well as the purity of its colour. Kendal Manilla has become established as a benchmark in quality in the art, craft and stationery markets and has proved perfect for the intricate construction of this fun, visually stunning project.”

    The paper bar will be recycled following the press launch alongside the PINK Drink/James Cropper branded paper drinks cups used to serve cocktails at the event. The Kendal Manilla stock contains up to 40% reclaimed fibres from single-use drinks cups. The reclaimed pulp originates from James Cropper’s own, pioneering recycling plant, which sees the formerly unrecyclable waste material given a new lease of life.
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
     
    26.01.2015   Variably packaged    ( Company news )

    Company news With a variable packaging solution the packaging and display manufacturer DS Smith is setting new standards in the area of complexity reduction. From two virtually identical corrugated cardboard layouts three pieces of packaging of completely different sizes can be built. The clever structure is particularly ideal for online stores due to its versatility thanks to a clever construction. Products of many different sizes and quantities can be securely transported using this packaging concept.

    DS Smith realises variable shipping packaging
    With the intelligently constructed shipping packaging 'Variable' DS Smith has developed and implemented a packaging concept true to the motto 'The Power of Less', which, thanks to its flexibility, can fully meet the challenges of online retail. A packaging with a base and cover can be quickly created from just two slightly differing layouts. The opportunity to also create another separate packaging from each of the base and cover parts is particularly sophisticated.The result is three items of packaging of various formats that are optimally adjusted to individual product requirements.

    With the 'Variable' packaging concept the Full-Service-Packaging-Provider DS Smith has provided a customer with significantly reduced complexity: the previous 13 different packaging units were completely replaced by the two layouts. The therefore significantly minimised number of different items of packaging for various sizes optimised the customer's entire packaging process and ensured greater efficiency.
    (DS Smith Packaging Division)
     
    26.01.2015   Ence foresees strong increase in sales revenue by the appreciation of US$    ( Company news )

    Company news • Every 5 cent rise in US$ supposes to Ence an increase of turnover exceeding €15 million. The average exchange rate in 2014 stood at $ 1.329/€ compared to current $ 1.18/€

    Euro against US Dollar evolution is boosting sales revenue Ence - Energía y Celulosa. Operations in the global pulp sector are referenced in American currency, so the fall of the Euro is involving a strong increase in sales revenue of cellulose sold by Ence in international markets, which the company expects will impact in a significant profit improvement expected for 2015.

    It should be noted that for every 5 cent appreciation of the US$, sales revenue of Ence are increased by more than 15 million Euros, with an equivalent impact on the company profits. Strong fall of the Euro from an average price in 2014 of $ 1.329/€ to the current $ 1.18/€ suppose, therefore, an important boost for sales and results of Ence.

    Furthermore, it is important to mention that pulp prices are showing a good performance in recent months in Europe --Ence reference market--, with progressive improvement since last September and announced price increases to 770 dollars/ton. In addition, industry analysts expect during this year the strength of pulp prices, in view of the evolution of demand and the expected entry into operation of new production capacity.

    Ence will absorb the impact of energy reform on its results with the upcoming closure of the accounts for 2014, because of success of its recovery plan launched results last year, which will return Ence to benefits since the beginning of this year. The aforementioned appreciation of Dollar will be a significant improvement over earnings estimates made by the company.

    Ence Energía y Celulosa recently managed to close 2015 cellulose sales agreements for a volume of 930,000 tons, which ensures the company 100% of its sales target for this year. According to these figures Ence plans to maintain its export volume, which will be above 80% of its production. The company is the leading producer of eucalyptus pulp in Europe with a capacity of 930,000 tonnes/year and it is the second company by sales on the continent.
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)
     
    26.01.2015   Valmet to supply key board machine solutions for Zhejiang Long Chen Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Zhejiang Long Chen Paper with a new headbox, press section and sizer for its new PM7 containerboard machine to be located in the company's Dushan mill in Jiaxing City in China. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Valmet's key technologies for containerboard
    Valmet's delivery for the new containerboard machine will include a new OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox for improved product quality and increased productivity, a center-roll based OptiPress press section with modern shoe press technology for lighter basis weights, as well as a new OptiSizer Film sizing section utilizing film application.
    "In containerboard manufacturing, headbox, press section and sizer are key components in order to secure production quality. That's why also Long Chen chose Valmet to supply those parts for their PM7 machine," comments Kari Räisänen, Area Sales Director of Valmet.

    The 7250mm wide (wire) PM7 will produce containerboard grades at maximum speed of 900 m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    26.01.2015   Mercian Labels installs world’s first Xeikon Cheetah    ( Company news )

    Company news UK label specialist plans to leverage Xeikon Cheetah to continue double-digit growth path

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce the first installation of its breakthrough Xeikon Cheetah digital label press, just months after the dedicated label printing solution was announced. UK-based Mercian Labels is the world’s first pilot site of the Xeikon Cheetah and has chosen this innovative, high-speed press to help it continue its double-digit growth path. Xeikon Cheetah, the most productive five-color digital label press in its class, will be installed early February at Mercian Labels’ new factory in Staffordshire, and run alongside their existing Xeikon 3000 Series digital press; as well as hotfoiling, flexo and inkjet technologies for an exceptionally robust label manufacturing platform.

    Dr. Adrian Steele, Managing Director of Mercian Labels, comments: “We have chosen to adopt the latest generation of Xeikon digital label printing technology on the back of above-average growth in the digital part of our business, where we have run out of production capacity. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah will better position us for expected growth and we are confident the capacity to be quickly filled.”

    Prior to the investment, Mercian Labels thoroughly evaluated other potential options available on the market. “We looked at competitive technologies from liquid toner to UV inkjet as well as the latest offers from Xeikon dry toner,” says Steele. “Every investment has to have a ROI. We like to sweat our assets, regardless of whether they are software or hardware. We are in the business of making money – not just labels. Everything has to earn its keep, and we are convinced that the Xeikon Cheetah will definitely do just that.”

    Time and cost measurements
    “The advantages of the new press will be measurable in terms of speed and reduced running costs,” continues Steele. “As a result, we expect to take more market share from what is traditionally flexo territory as digital becomes more competitive on longer runs. What is compelling is that it will open up a larger share of the market for us. We will look closely at how digital can grasp even more jobs that used to be printed in flexo, thanks to the faster running speed and lower consumables cost. With increased capacity, the cost point also goes down. And with a genuinely different cost base to our competitors, we can improve competitiveness.”

    Mercian Labels is proud of its independence when it comes to software and the benchmark the company has set in the UK for three-day lead times. “Our mantra is speed and service,” says Steele. “This means we must be very informed about and accurate with our pricing, so we can offer the benefits of the best of both digital and UV flexo technologies to our customers. As a full service label printer we see both areas growing at a similar pace for different reasons; thus our strategy is to offer the best technology for every specific demand. Customers increasingly want to deal with one supplier for their custom packaging requirements, and not be forced to use multiple suppliers who only serve a narrow profile of work because they refuse to adopt the best of both digital and analogue worlds, and in different product areas such as cartons as well as labels. That is why we have already taken a small but significant step into digitally printed cartons, adding to our label business. This move has really connected with our customer base.”

    Confidence drives early adoption
    Also important to the investment was the strong relationship Mercian Labels has with Xeikon: "This is not the first time we have entered into an R&D agreement to be an early adopter,” Steele explains. “Our long-standing and successful relationship with Xeikon is key to us as a user. We understand the technology and strategy, and how it will benefit us in the future. We wouldn’t have embarked on being the first global Xeikon Cheetah user unless I had a high degree of confidence in the platform and the relationship to get any issues sorted out quickly. You have to have faith and confidence in the strategy of the company. We think we will get to full production capacity very early based on customer demand, our talented staff and our very productive relationship with the digital printing experts at Xeikon.”

    Supporting future growth
    The investment fully supports Mercian Labels’ expansion following growing demand for its digital and security labelling products. Previously based in a 6.000sq ft. site in Cannock, the company’s new 24.000sq ft. factory in Staffordshire represents a significant increase in capacity. Now spread over two sites, with 50 staff and 31.000sq ft. of label and carton manufacturing capacity, the £3.4m turnover firm has a customer base of approximately 9.000 and is acquiring around 40 new customers a month. “We have experienced seven consecutive years of double-digit growth and see our future growth coming from various combinations of product innovation, market share and acquisitions. We formally completed our merger of AC Labels in Derby into the core Mercian Labels business at the end of last year and remain acquisitive,” states Steele. “The Xeikon Cheetah will solve a number of headaches for us and it can count on a very warm welcome to the Mercian family by both our production and sales teams.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, concludes: “The Xeikon Cheetah represents the most important advancement in the digital label market in 15 years, and we are delighted that innovative operations like Mercian Labels are adopting its cutting-edge technology. Its unrivalled speed can deliver a previously unattainable mix of speed, quality and efficiency that will enable our customers to stand out from their competition.”

    To showcase the new Xeikon Cheetah, Mercian Labels and Xeikon will be holding an exclusive preview event at the Mercian Labels premises in Burntwood, Staffordshire. This two-day event will take place in the afternoon of February 24th, one day before the Packaging Innovation show at Birmingham NEC; and in the afternoon of February 25th, the first day of the Easyfairs show.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    23.01.2015   Glatz: Sale of Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. to delfortgroup    ( Company news )

    Company news We would like to inform you that we have sold our factory Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. in Vietnam to Austrian-based delfortgroup on December 16th, 2014.
    The current, rapidly changing market for standard tobacco papers results in increasing price-declines, especially in Asia. Our long-term strategic goal has always been to focus on our core competencies, which includes high quality cigarette and plugwrap papers but has also been especially on Tipping Base papers and LIP-papers.
    We will continue to produce high-quality tobacco papers (CP and PWP) in Germany as we currently do and we will strive to strengthen our capabilities on Tipping Base- and LIP-papers by focusing our future R&D efforts on these two product groups as well as our production sites in Germany.
    We are looking forward to continue our close relationship with you in all matters and are well prepared to continue our global supply of all kinds of products out of Germany as requested.
    (Julius Glatz GmbH Papierfabriken Neidenfels)
     
    23.01.2015   TENCEL® - first medically tested fiber    ( Company news )

    Company news The Lenzing Lyocell fiber TENCEL® is the first fiber to be medically tested according to the FKT test method criteria for body compatibility and toxic substances.

    Photo from left to right: R. Van de Kerkhoff; S. Jary; M. Doser

    The Lyocell fiber TENCEL® stands for skin-sensory properties in many products. Particularly in the home textiles market, these properties are essential in bed linens when it comes to the end consumer’s buying decision. Textiles which come into contact with the skin should satisfy the highest standards. Lenzing has taken the first important step with this test by KFT, the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien e.V. Thus TENCEL® is the first fiber which may use the FKT label “MEDICALLY TESTED – TESTED FOR TOXINS”. “Sleep is critical to good health,” Dr. Susanne Jary, Director Home & Interiors at Lenzing, explains. “A medically proven starting material such as the TENCEL® fiber promotes good health. Above all, bed linens which are mostly in direct contact with the skin can make a major contribution towards general well-being,” Jary continues. “For this reason, it is extremely important to us that our fiber satisfies the criteria of the FKT label and is thus a pre-requisite for health-friendly home textiles.”

    Cooperation with FKT to promote body compatible textiles.
    ”Cooperation with Lenzing is an important step to establish the FKT label in the textile industry,” Prof. Dr. Michael Doser, Board Member of the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien, explains. “The FKT label is a reliable quality characteristic for strictly scientific and independently tested textiles,” he says. FKT awards the label “MEDICALLY TESTED - TESTED FOR TOXINS” which is a reliable quality label for textiles that don’t release any chemicals that may irritate the skin or damage a person’s health.

    This unique combination of tests for harmful substances and for sensitive effect-based body compatibility provides double tested safety. The manufacturers of high-quality textiles use this scientific certification to verify their quality standards and build a high degree of confidence with their end customers. These high-quality testing standards ensure that the TENCEL® fiber meets the strictest skin compatibility tests in line with the approval criteria for medical devices. This generates trust and transparency in and for the end consumer and offers considerable influence when it comes to the decision to buy the textile.
     
    23.01.2015   UPM Industry Leader with Gold Class Distinction in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Assessment    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has received Industry Leader position with Gold Class Distinction in the RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook.

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

    The Sustainability Yearbook lists world’s sustainability leaders and ranks companies into gold, silver and bronze class on the basis of their performance in the RobecoSAM’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The CSA is an analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labor practices, corporate governance and risk management.

    For each industry, the company with the highest score is named as the RobecoSAM Industry Leader. The leading company is considered to be best prepared to seize the opportunities and manage the risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments.

    “The Industry Leader with the Gold Class distinction results from our good ranking in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI),” says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM. “We have been assessed as the industry leader in sustainability in the DJSI maintained by RobecoSAM. This is a result of our systematic work and development e.g.in the areas of resource efficiency, responsible forestry and sourcing as well as working conditions and safety,” she continues.
    (UPM)
     
    23.01.2015   Södra: Damage caused by Storm Egon estimated at 3 million forest cubic metres    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra estimates that damage to Södra's members' properties during Storm Egon was approximately 1.5 million forest cubic metres, corresponding to a total of about 3 million forest cubic metres in Götaland. This figure is significantly lower than anticipated given the high wind speeds registered. Södra believes that the extent of the damage may have been limited by the favourable direction of the wind, by the fact that earlier storms had already felled sensitive forest stands and that forest management practices have been better adapted to the risk of storms.

    Södra has carried out an inventory on the storm damage at 267 reference properties that are well dispersed across Götaland. On the basis of this inventory, the assessment is that the storm damage corresponds to approximately 1.5 million forest cubic metres on Södra's members' properties, which corresponds to a total of about 3 million forest cubic metres in Götaland. The damage mainly comprises scattered areas of wind-felled trees and exposed areas, for example, on the edges of forests.

    Storm damage has been recorded throughout Götaland with the extent varying widely among the properties, although the worst damage was caused in the Västra Götaland and Jönköping counties around the Vänern and Vättern lakes.

    The extent of the damage was considerably less than that caused by Cyclone Per (2007), which felled 16 million forest cubic metres in Götaland, despite the fact that the wind speeds recorded for both storms were roughly the same. Cyclone Gudrun (2005) felled some 75 million forest cubic metres.
    In the aftermath of Cyclone Gudrun, forestry began to adapt its forest management practices to reduce the risk of future storm damage.

    "At Södra, we have amended our forest management instructions. Now, trees are thinned when they are at a lower height and final harvesting takes place earlier in spruce-dominated stands," says Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management at Södra.
    "In recent years, we have also had an increase in the number of storms that have felled storm-sensitive forest stands and that have made the remaining forests more resilient to storms," says Örlander.

    Inventory and safety
    Södra urges its members to take an inventory of the damage to their properties as soon as possible and to contact their forestry inspector.
    There is a significant risk that there will be a spruce bark beetle infestation in the summer throughout the area hit by the storm. To ensure the protection of the forest and safeguard the value of the wood, it is therefore important to process the storm-felled wood as soon as possible.
    Södra, which has just over 50,000 owners and members who jointly own about half of the forest land in Southern Sweden, is appealing to all forest owners to take the utmost care when processing the wood felled in the storm.

    "Always put safety first! Start by taking an inventory and planning. Use mainly professional assistance and machinery when undertaking major work. Refrain from doing the work yourself if you don't have the experience or know-how, and never work alone," says Örlander.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    23.01.2015   Stora Enso's NRI in fourth quarter 2014 have EUR 225 million negative impact on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... operating profit

    Stora Enso will record non-recurring items (NRI) with a negative net impact of approximately EUR 225 million on operating profit and a positive impact of approximately EUR 53 million on income tax in its fourth quarter 2014 results. The NRI will decrease earnings per share by EUR 0.22.

    The NRIs are:
    -a negative NRI of approximately EUR 204 million due to fixed asset impairments mainly in Printing and Reading. The impairments are due to further weakened long-term earnings expectations resulting from decline in the European paper markets.
    -a negative NRI in Printing and Reading of approximately EUR 30 million due to fixed asset impairments and inventory write-downs related to the earlier announced, ongoing disposal of Uetersen Mill in Germany. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval process and estimated to be completed during the first quarter of 2015.
    -a positive NRI in Renewable Packaging of approximately EUR 9 million due to the earlier announced disposal of the Corenso business operations. The disposal was completed on 1 December 2014.

    The positive impact of approximately EUR 53 million on the income tax comprises a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 40 million due to the operative NRIs and a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 12 million due to valuation of deferred tax assets.

    The impairment charges taken in the fourth quarter 2014 reduce quarterly depreciations by EUR 7 million starting from fourth quarter 2014.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    23.01.2015   No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure    ( Company news )

    Company news EFSA’s comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity concludes that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI).
    Although new data and refined methodologies have led EFSA’s experts to considerably reduce the safe level of BPA from 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day (µg/kg of bw/day) to 4 µg/kg of bw/day, the highest estimates for dietary exposure and for exposure from a combination of sources (called “aggregated exposure” in EFSA’s opinion) are three to five times lower than the new TDI.
    Uncertainties surrounding potential health effects of BPA on the mammary gland, reproductive, metabolic, neurobehavioural and immune systems have been quantified and factored in to the calculation of the TDI. In addition, the TDI is temporary pending the outcome of a long-term study in rats, which will help to reduce these uncertainties.

    Why has EFSA done this risk assessment?
    BPA is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of food contact materials such as re-usable plastic tableware and can coatings (mainly protective linings). Another widespread use of BPA is in thermal paper commonly used in till/cash register receipts. Residues of BPA can migrate into food and beverages and be ingested by the consumer; BPA from other sources including thermal paper, cosmetics and dust can be absorbed through the skin and by inhalation.
    Dr Trine Husøy is a member of EFSA’s expert Panel dealing with food contact materials (CEF Panel) and Chair of the BPA working group. She said: “The Panel decided to re-evaluate the safety of BPA because of the publication of a huge number of new research studies in recent years.”
    To be as open and transparent as possible, EFSA thoroughly consulted and engaged with national authorities and stakeholders during this risk assessment to ensure that the widest possible range of scientific views and information were considered. According to Dr Husøy, “the public consultation process also helped us to refine our assessment through the submission of additional data and to further clarify important aspects of the opinion such as uncertainties”. (A report on the public consultation is available below.)

    Refined assessment of BPA toxicity
    After weighing up a significant body of new scientific information on its toxic effects, the CEF Panel concluded that high doses of BPA (hundreds of times above the TDI) are likely to adversely affect the kidney and liver. It may also cause effects on the mammary gland in animals.
    Studies indicating BPA as the cause of other health effects were less conclusive, stated Dr Husøy. “Effects on the reproductive, nervous, immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, as well as in the development of cancer are not considered likely at present but they could not be excluded on the available evidence. So, they add to the overall uncertainty about BPA-related hazards and therefore have been considered in the assessment.”
    The Panel also assessed the possibility that BPA results in unexpected responses to different doses, e.g. adverse effects that are only induced by low BPA doses (known as ‘non-monotonic dose-response’ or NMDR relationships). The experts concluded that the available data do not provide evidence of such relationships for the health effects considered.

    Exposure: dietary picture clearer, non-dietary less certain
    In 2006, when EFSA last assessed dietary exposure to BPA, fewer data were available and EFSA’s experts were required to make several conservative assumptions about consumption and the levels of BPA in food. “With significantly more and better data we have updated and more accurately estimated dietary exposure to BPA for all population groups, said Dr Husøy. “As a result, we now know that dietary exposure is four to fifteen times lower than previously estimated by EFSA, depending on the age group.”
    For the first time, EFSA has also considered exposure to BPA from non-dietary sources. Dr Husøy underlined however: “There is a lack of supporting data on dermal exposure – for example, how much BPA the body absorbs through skin by touching thermal paper – which really increases the uncertainty of estimates from thermal paper and cosmetics”.

    Quantifying and factoring in uncertainties
    EFSA’s experts used new methodologies to take account of the uncertainties regarding potential health effects, exposure estimates and evaluation of risks for humans. Dr Husøy stated that “by analysing each uncertainty one by one and combining our expert judgement the Panel was able to quantify these uncertainties and to factor them in to its risk assessment and derivation of the TDI.”
    EFSA will reconsider the temporary TDI when the results of long-term research by the US National Toxicology Program are available for evaluation in two to three years. This research is expected to address many of the remaining uncertainties about BPA’s toxic effects.
    (efsa European Food Safety Authority)
     
    23.01.2015   emtec at the KRONA Institute in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news Optimization of the Production Process of Paper and Board
    emtec Electronic at the KRONA Institute in St. Petersburg

    emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the IV Annual International State-of-the-Art Conference 2015 at the KRONA Institute in St. Petersburg in Russia with the topic “Modern Systems for Paper and Board Quality Control”. On 18th February, Ms. Elena Beznosova will speak about “Predicting the surface behavior of paper and board during glueing and printing processes” and present some different Paper Testing Technology to optimize the production process of paper and board from the pulp to the finished product with the goal getting an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

    For efficient process optimization, it is essential to look at both, the wet and dry end of paper and board production. In the wet end, it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS – Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production for further steps within the conversion. This can be realized by the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. How this functions will be explained in detail by Ms. Elena Beznosova during her presentation on site.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    22.01.2015   Burrows Paper Corporation Sells Hydroelectric Power Plants to Cube Hydro New York    ( Company news )

    Company news Burrows Paper Corporation announced that it and the other owners of
    Lyonsdale Associates, LLC have sold their ownership interests in Lyonsdale Associates to Cube Hydro New York LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC. Lyonsdale Associates owns and operates a 3 MW hydroelectric facility in Lyonsdale, N.Y., and is the
    general partner of Little Falls Hydroelectric Associates, which owns and operates the 13.6 MW Little Falls hydroelectric facility in Little Falls, N.Y. The Little Falls and Lyonsdale facilities have been generating clean electric ity in Upstate New York since 1986.

    “We are pleased to announce that Cube Hydro will assume control of the Lyonsdale and Little Falls facilities and will maintain Bill Burrows’ vision and commitment to sustaining the environment. We are extremely proud of our dedicated employees who have operated and maintained these facilities since they commenced commercial operations, and we are positive that Cube Hydro will continue this strong operating history,” said Rose Mihaly, president and chief operating officer of Burrows Paper Corporation.
    “Cube Hydro is excited to close on the acquisition of Lyonsdale Associates and assume control of the Lyonsdale and Little Falls hydro plants. We look forward to operating and maintaining these facilities to maximize the generation of clean electricity to businesses and residents of Upstate New York, and to being part of and involved in the local communities,” said Kristina Johnson, president and CEO of Cube Hydro.
    John Collins, president of Cube Hydro New York, added, “We have been extremely impressed with the commitment of Burrows Paper Corporation and Lyonsdale Associates, and their employees to operate and maintain these plants at a very high standard to ensure the long-term generation of clean, renewable electricity. We are committed to maintaining these high standards to ensure the production of clean electricity for decades to come.”
    (Burrows Paper Corporation)
     
    22.01.2015   A glorious unboxing experience    ( Company news )

    Company news Mauboussin Pour Lui perfumes, by Lorience Paris in Europe, is growing with two new flanker scents that are variations of the original fragrance. Both come in customised bottles and boxes and offer the glorious unboxing experience that has become the signature of Mauboussin perfumes.

    ​The boxes for the new scents, Mauboussin Pour Lui “In Black” and “Time Out”, are made from Stora Enso’s Ensocoat 2S board, which enables symmetric, superb printing and finishing results on both sides of the board. When opening the box, the bottle and the brand are mirrored on the silver-coloured inner surface of the box. The effect is achieved by applying a metallised polyester film on the board.

    The new Mauboussin Pour Lui flankers will be on display at Stora Enso’s stand AB20 at PCD Paris show 4–5 February 2015. Lorience Paris will be presenting them at TFWE Singapore and IAA DFS Orlando in 2015.

    Variations for different markets
    “Mauboussin Pour Lui In Black is an intense scent full of masculine power for those who live their lives to the fullest. The box it comes in is the blackest of black, like a big, black car full of hidden force. Both the bottle and the box play with matte and gloss,” says Thierry Faucon, Creative Director at Lorience Paris. Achieving such a solid black surface takes demanding print work, and the special effects require perfect smoothness.

    In Black is targeted to European and US markets, while the lighter fragrance Time Out is intended particularly for Asia. For the latter, Mr Faucon’s source of inspiration was a lagoon, providing a cool and energizing getaway from the hectic pace of daily life. Together with the original Mauboussin Pour Lui, the new scents and their stylish boxes create a strong shelf presence, attracting buyers effectively.
    (Stora Enso France)
     
    22.01.2015   Cost-cutting with spray dampening units fitted with technotrans self-cleaning nozzles    ( Company news )

    Company news The modernisation of newspaper printing presses with new spray dampening units offers a considerable cost-cutting potential. v, a manufacturer of peripheral equipment for the printing industry, uses special self-cleaning and extremely low-maintenance nozzles in its deltaspray.line products. The resulting cost savings can boost the competitiveness of already existing systems.

    Older systems often do not include any spray dampening units, explains Peter Böcker, head of sales at technotrans AG: "However, not only the acquisition of new systems, but also the replacement of older, outdated models, can increase the system efficiency to a considerable extent," he says. This is why technotrans has developed the deltaspray.line with several unique advantages.

    No clogging of the nozzles thanks to the Venturi effect
    The most important selling point compared to other solutions is the self-cleaning nozzle. Special structures in the cap of the nozzle produce the so-called Venturi effect, i.e. the generation of negative pressure. Clean air from inside the housing is drawn in and flows around the nozzle. As a result, dirt and ink particles cannot clog the nozzle. This effect is realised completely without any external energy supply. Actively generated compressed air, which leads to high energy costs, is thereby made redundant. The longer service life and the reduced level of wear lead to a further boost of productivity. "We have been using this technology successfully in numerous systems for several years," explains Peter Böcker. The user feedback is positive in every way.

    Intelligent set-up for a higher level of efficiency
    The entire set-up of the system aims at boosting productivity. Thanks to the modular spray dampening units as well as their nozzles that can be controlled individually, the dampening solution dosing process is highly precise. The exact dampening solution application improves the quality of the printed product to a considerable extent. The nozzles are equipped with a bayonet lock, ensuring their quick exchange in just a few simple steps – no tools needed. As a result, maintenance tasks can be completed easily in just a few minutes.

    The integration into already existing systems is coordinated in co-operation with technotrans AG. The company also offers a complete range of peripheral equipment for newspaper printing, from dampening solution circulation up to central ink supply systems.
    (technotrans AG)
     
    22.01.2015   Toscotec to rebuild PM4 tissue machine at Van Houtum - The Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a dry end rebuilding of the Van Houtum B.V. PM 4 tissue machine in Swalmen, The Netherlands. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

    Van Houtum is an independent producer of hygienic paper products and innovative washroom solutions for 80 years and is a leader in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This family-owned company operates one mill in Swalmen, located in the south of the Netherlands, where it can produce approximately 45,000 tonnes/yr of tissue from recovered paper on two machines. A separate location nearby houses nine converting lines: three rewinders produce toilet and industrial products and six lines produce interfold and multifold products. The firm has some 200 employees and generates annual sales of around €65m. Under the brand name of “Satino Black”, environmental labelled as FSC recycled and European Ecolabel as well as Cradle to Cradle-certified, the Company offers a wide range of products that includes toilet paper and paper hand towels.

    In line with this green and dared philosophy, the Company has decided to choose Toscotec for its dry end rebuild on the PM4. The purpose of the rebuilding is to implement machine efficiency, reliability and safety in operations.

    Toscotec 's delivery includes a new reel TT Reel-P that will replace completely the existing old one. The supply is completed also by new tail threading system, sheet stabilizers and shaft puller with expandable shafts. The project will be handled on a turnkey basis, including dismantling of the existing equipment, installation of the new machinery, start-up assistance and training services. The new machine parts will be designed for an operative speed up to 1800 mpm with a paper width of 2600 mm.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    22.01.2015   MIAC 2015 next October in Lucca (Italy)!     ( Company news )

    Company news MIAC 2015 will take place in Lucca on 14.15.16 October 2015!

    270 International Exhibitors will show you their latest innovations in terms of machinery, equipment, technologies and services. At MIAC you can meet, in just 3 days and in one place, the leader companies in the paper industry sector.
    We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please save the date! Next October!

    The new MIAC website is on-line!
    Please visit us and give a look to the 2015 Exhibitors! The Conferences program will be ready soon and published on-line within April 2015. We wish to remind you that participation to the MIAC Conferences is free of charge!

    270 COMPANIES
    YOU CAN MEET 270 INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES AT THE SHOW, ALL IN ONE PLACE AND UNDER ONE ROOF!

    A 3-DAY SHOW
    A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR PAPER AND CONVERTING TECHNICIANS TO FIND OUT THE LATEST NEWS IN THIS PROFESSION..., IN JUST 3 DAYS!

    A FULL OVERVIEW
    OF THE TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO THE PAPER INDUSTRY SECTOR!

    4 CONFERENCES
    4 HIGHLY QUALIFIED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES!
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    22.01.2015   International Pulp & Paper Week – Bioeconomy Innovation Forum Kick-Off Meeting    ( Company news )

    Company news Adforum and Mentor Communications welcome you to take part in in the kick-off breakfast meeting for the International Pulp & Paper Week and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum.

    When: Thursday January 29th, 9.00 – 11.00
    Where: Stockholmsmässan, meeting room K12 (please enter through the main entrance at Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö, Stockholm)

    During this kick-off meeting we will provide you with coffee, breakfast and important information about the next generation events for the pulp, paper and biobased industries. Please click here to register to the meeting (registration compulsory) or to receive more information about the events. Please register before January 27.

    Time to integrate with other industries – more visitors!
    The forest industries are facing major changes and are nowadays offering a lot of new interesting products for a wide range of industries and purposes. For the new event we are inviting strategic target groups from other industries, offering the opportunity to cooperate across the traditional industry borders. For the next events we are not only aiming to get visitors from the Swedish pulp and paper industry but also from a wide range of other industries that can benefit biobased products from the forest.

    Two events covering the entire forest industry
    The Pulp & Paper Week will continue the long traditions of pulp and paper exhibitions in Stockholm while the Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will have a strong focus on new products and innovations from the forest industry.
    Running as two separate, but parallel events in the same hall, the two events will offer great synergies between the various sectors of the forest industry. The two events will offer the latest features within the event industry such as integrated conferences in exhibition area, social activities, matchmaking and company visits.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    21.01.2015   Changes to Pöyry's Group Executive Committee    ( Company news )

    Company news Anja Silvennoinen, 54, MSc in Energy technology, MBA, has been appointed Executive Vice President of Pöyry PLC and President of the Energy Business Group and member of the Group Executive Committee of Pöyry PLC. She will assume these positions on 1 March 2015 and will report to Alexis Fries, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC.

    Anja Silvennoinen is currently Vice President, Head of Energy, Nordics, in the Management Consulting Business Group of Pöyry.

    Anja Silvennoinen will succeed Sergio Guimaraes in these positions. Reporting to Alexis Fries, Sergio Guimaraes will assume a Senior Vice President, Business Development position at Pöyry with a specific focus on Latin America and including tasks related to operations and process optimisation at Group level.He will leave his position at the Group Executive Committee.

    "I want to warmly welcome Anja to the Group Executive Committee and wish her every success in developing our energy business further. At the same time, I want to thank Sergio for an outstanding job done in the Energy Business Group and as a member of the Group Executive Committee. I am particularly pleased that we had an excellent internal candidate to succeed Sergio in his positions", says Alexis Fries, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC.
    (Pöyry PLC)
     
    21.01.2015   Henri Vermeulen takes on ERPC chairmanship    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Henri Vermeulen as chairman, taking over from Beatrice Klose (Intergraf). Mr Vermeulen is Vice President Paper for Recycling of the Smurfit Kappa Group and represents CEPI in the EPRC. His ERPC chairmanship began on 1 January 2015 and he will remain in this position until the end of 2016.

    The ERPC was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor the progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. In 2011, the ERPC committed itself to meeting and maintaining both the voluntary recycling target of 70% in the EU-27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2015 as well as qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign, and research and development.

    “The ERPC has been very successful in carrying out qualitative actions on paper recovery, to improve the quality of paper for recycling in Europe. The challenge is to maintain the current high collection and recycling volumes in Europe, despite changing paper consumption patterns”, said Mr Vermeulen.

    Mr Vermeulen is 49 years of age and holds a master’s degree in Law from Maastricht University. Since 1997, he is responsible in Europe for all recovered paper activities, first at Kappa Packaging and since 2005 for the merged Smurfit Kappa group. In this function he is involved in many different entities throughout Europe, from operating paper for recycling companies to industrial associations like CEPI, where he chaired the Recycling & Product committee for several years. He is married with two children and has the Dutch Nationality.
    (ERPC The European Recovered Paper Council)
     
    21.01.2015   KBA presents new RotaJET L and VL inkjet off the reel    ( Company news )

    Company news The new, highly flexible KBA RotaJET L digital press platform will dominate Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) presence at the Hunkeler Innovationdays from 23 to 26 February in Lucerne. This follows the debut of an operational KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet web press at the same show in 2013. Experts from KBA will be manning a stand in hall 1 (booth no.15) also providing information on the latest and future RotaJET VL applications in industrial digital printing.

    The modular RotaJET L platform is available in five different web widths from 895 to 1,300mm (35.2 - 51.1in). and can be upgraded to the maximum printing width and colour content at a later date. Additionally, it can be flexibly configured to suit all fundamental application areas in the high-volume digital printing segment. Retrofitting future generations of printing heads is also possible. Users can thus react quickly and economically to changing demands without needing to invest in entirely new kit.

    Along with the new 89-130 series based on the RotaJET L platform and the RotaJET 76 (max. printing width 781mm/30.7in) unveiled at Drupa 2012 for book, commercial, magazine and newspaper printing, KBA has built the RotaJET VL inkjet range with a printing width of over 1.60m (5.2ft) or even over 2m (6.6ft) for industrial applications. The prominent press manufacturer benefits from its wealth of know-how in web guidance and substrate handling accumulated over many years. Decorative printer Interprint therefore recently fired up the first KBA RotaJET VL with a printing width of 1.68m (5.5ft). The partnership between HP and KBA announced at the end of September 2014 for the development and production of a digital press for corrugated printing is based on Koenig & Bauer’s unique experience in precision mechanical engineering for a host of print applications and processes.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    21.01.2015   Joined up approach at heart of products presented at Packaging Innovations    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: X-Rite eXact™ is a next generation handheld color measurement solution that takes into account the new business needs and dynamics of a global supply chain. X-Rite eXact enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color across the entire color network and avoid unwanted reprint and rework

    The importance of creating long term, holistic and customer centric relationships will be the focus of X-Rite Europe’s presence at Packaging Innovations, NEC Birmingham, February 26 and 27 on Stand H23.

    The global leader in color science and technology will showcase its range of market leading hardware and software solutions developed to maximize end-to-end color control. It will also demonstrate its commitment to customer education to support continued growth and success.

    “We want to demonstrate to customers how our solutions can ensure they have a complete end to end approach that delivers maximum consistency, productivity and end user satisfaction,” comments Tim Smith, Sales Manager UK, Inks and Packaging at X-Rite Europe.

    “We will talk through our range of solutions to identify what is required today as well as how we can support them long after their investment. That way they can be confident they are always delivering the best service and we can continue to show how our constantly updated portfolio will enable them to offer market leading results well into the future.”

    Among the solutions taking the spotlight are eXact and eXact Scan, the next generation in handheld color measurement that enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color avoiding unwanted reprint and rework.

    ColorCert software will also be presented. The dashboard allows procurement and brand owners access to supplier scorecards for monitoring the production process across the supply chain. Also being highlighted is PantoneLIVE and the newly updated Pantone Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards.

    “Every company is different and has their own unique requirements,” adds Mr. Smith. “These can range from market strengths and sector specialisms to size and customer demands. They can also change as trends emerge. That is why at Packaging Innovations we will be looking to get to know and understand each one of our visitors so we can make a bespoke recommendation.”
    (X-Rite Ltd)
     
    21.01.2015   Enhanced Filter Performance thanks to Viscose Speciality Fibres from Kelheim    ( Company news )

    Company news At the world’s biggest filtration event, the FILTECH conference and exhibition, Dr. Philipp Wimmer from the R&D team of the German viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres will present a paper on how beer can be filtered in an environmentally friendly manner by using sustainable viscose speciality fibres and avoiding the use of potentially hazardous diatomite.

    Photo: Bramante viscose fibre

    Unlike other cellulosic fibres such as cotton or wood pulp, viscose fibres are distinguished by their well-defined and reproducible properties that allow them to be designed to meet the needs of processing steps and adapted to each application. For example, the porosity and surface of a filter can be precisely controlled by adding viscose fibres with different cross-sections. The incorporation of functional additives into viscose fibres allows the optimization of the fibres in respect of the intended application, for example for the removal of tannins from beer. The advantage of functional viscose fibres: as the additives are incorporated in the fibres they do not impact the physical properties of the filter and can not migrate into the filtered product but can still function effectively. The use of viscose speciality fibres from Kelheim is completely safe both for people and for the environment, and this is one of the reasons why the fibres have been used for decades in medical products. The fibres are certified for food contact by ISEGA and the absence of harmful substances in the products is confirmed by their certification to the OEKO-TEX® 100 standard in the most demanding product class. Viscose fibres are taste neutral and are currently used in food and beverage applications, for example in coffee pads and tea bag papers. Kelheim Fibres’ research team is working on many other possible filtration applications for the use of viscose fibres. As a result of the wide product range Kelheim Fibres offers – from extra high absorbent to water repellent, from flame retardant to ion exchange fibres – there are almost no limits to the imagination. As viscose fibres are manufactured from renewable raw materials incineration at the end of filter life is CO2 neutral, or – if the residue in the filter allows – they can be composted, an ideal disposal route for precoat filter cakes in the beverage industry.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    21.01.2015   Bordeaux Announces Campaign in UK for PLASMA VU – a Vutek QS™ Dedicated Ink Solution ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... A free ink set for every conversion!

    Bordeaux announces a campaign promoting the industry’s first dedicated ink solution for Vutek QS printers. The owners of Vutek QS™ printer series in the UK will get a free set with the first purchase of PLASMA VU conversion kit.
    Bordeaux’s PLASMA VU is Bordeaux’s printer specific solution for the Vutek QS which enables a simple installation with zero printer downtime. The versatile and low odor UV curable ink is specifically designed for full compatibility in every Vutek QS printer parameter for optimum performance.
    The ink has been rigorously tested on the QS2000™ / QS3200™ printers and exhibits an extended color gamut using 7 colors for guaranteed performance by an established ink research and manufacturing company.
    The conversion kit includes 2 full color sets of compatible OEM ink, flush and a dongle bypass and supplied in packaging that match the printer’s original feeding outlets. This new solution guarantees top level performance, high quality colors, exceptional reliability and cost savings.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    21.01.2015   Multiple Big-Name Exhibitors Confirmed: SinoCorrugated 2015 Set To Be Key Marketplace ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...For Corrugated Industry

    We are excited to announce that 98.47% of exhibiting booths of SinoCorrugated 2015 had already been booked, following a continuing surge in demand for exhibition space that has also seen new halls be open for the exhibition. This is a trend that is expected to last as SinoCorrugated continues to spearhead the rapid development of the corrugated industry and sustain its growth in size and influence.

    An Intelligent Factory Zone will be introduced for the first time at SinoCorrugated 2015
    -Be among the first to enter this USD 5 billion market.
    The Zone will be an opportunity for suppliers to seize a share of the intelligent factory market, exchange with buyers, and create China’s top exhibition platform for factory intelligentization.

    Scope of Exhibits in Intelligent Factory
    • Material Conveying, Piling & Ground Logistics
    • Environment, Safety & Waste Treatment
    • Factory and Equipment Intelligentization
    • Storage Equipment & Technologies
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    21.01.2015   New ownership at Matti Technology AG    ( Company news )

    Company news As of January 13th 2015, Mr. Thomas Amrein took over Matti Technology AG (Matti) and its management. Thomas Amrein is an electrical engineer and an economist. In his professional career he held positions in research, development and commercial functions at national and international SME’s and enterprises in the B2B area.

    At its headquarters in Sulgen the company employs approximately 25 employees, most of them with a degree in engineering. All jobs will be maintained. Matti Technology AG was founded in 1995 by Mr. Max Matti. In 2005 Dr. Dieter Woschitz took over the company. During these years he and his team developed Matti to the market leading integrator of digital printing machines. In this year, Matti is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

    The upcoming retirement in 2017 has led to Dieter Woschitz’s decision to hand over the company to younger hands. Mr. Dieter Woschitz will closely support and advise the company during the next two years.

    Matti Technology AG develops, designs, manufactures and markets (worldwide) integrated solutions for high-speed digital print. Among Mattis international clientele are OEM partners who manufacture digital printing machines but also innovative printing shops, direct-mailers, letter shops, datacenters, banks, insurances and book / manual printers.

    In 2014, together with its partner “bielomatik”, located in Neuffen, Germany, Matti has founded the „Bielomatik-Matti AG” Joint Venture. bielomatik is one of the leading vendors for paper processing and plastics welding machines.

    In November 2014, during the Open-House, the joint venture presented the “PageMaster”. This fully integrated machine configuration digitally prints at speeds up to 300 meters per minute and produces personalised backstitched products with varying formats and page numbers. The PageMaster delivers true inline production “from the white roll to the final product”.
    (Matti Technology AG)
     
    20.01.2015   Valmet Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at Syktyvkar Tissue Group in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news A Valmet-supplied tissue line recently started up at Syktyvkar Tissue Group's new site in Semibratovo, Yaroslavl region, Russia. The new Advantage DCT 100HS machine adds 30,000 tons of tissue per year to the company's current production of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades.
    Valmet has previously delivered an Advantage DCT 100 production line to Syktyvkar's mill in the republic of Komi, which started up in 2008, as well as a major rebuild of their PM1 at the same mill in 2011.
    "Valmet and Syktyvkar Tissue Group have developed a strong relationship during our previous deliveries. Excellent teamwork and big efforts from both sides combined with our well proven technology made the start-up very smooth and efficient. We are looking forward to continuing our long-term partnership in future projects," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director EMEA, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The tissue machine has a width of 2.7 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.
    Valmet's delivery included a complete tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine. The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder and an AirCap hood. The project scope also included basic and detailed engineering, process equipment, as well as the supervision of the installation and training of the new tissue line.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    20.01.2015   Ten years after Cyclone Gudrun - forestry balance has been restored     ( Company news )

    Company news In January 2005, Cyclone Gudrun swept over Götaland in southern Sweden, felling about 200 million trees, or 75 million cubic metres of wood, in the process. Today, 10 years later, the forest's balance has been restored. "Replanting has continued apace and forest regeneration of the storm clearings has been satisfactory," explained Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management at Södra.

    On the night between 8-9 January 2005, Cyclone Gudrun swept across southern Sweden. Wind speeds of up to 33 m/s were registered in Småland, causing enormous damage to Södra members' forest estates. At the storm's peak, 415,000 households were without electricity and several communities were cut off.

    "It was only after we had spent a few days performing an inventory that we fully understood the extent of the damage to our members' forests. Many of us were shocked to discover the huge losses sustained by the forest in the storm and, at Södra, this entailed an entirely new way of working to help our members recover," remarked Örlander.

    Following intensive and large-scale efforts to process the trees felled by the cyclone, Södra simultaneously stored more than 10 million cubic metres of storm-felled timber at terminals and mills and on roadways. The last of the terminal stocks of storm-felled timber were collected from the Asige terminal in Halland in late November 2009. And two days before Christmas Eve in 2009, the last of the logs that were felled in the storm were sawn at Södra's Värö sawmill.

    "In hindsight, we can conclude that the damage was not as bad as we first feared," added Örlander. "We were enormously lucky in terms of the weather. It was also significant that insect populations were low in early 2005, which meant that the felled trees were not damaged. We can also see that the young forests are growing well in the clearings that we have replanted."

    Among Södra's members, an estimated 40 million cubic metres of timber were blown over, which was equivalent to about four annual harvests at the time.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    20.01.2015   Resolute Receives 2014 Best Forest and Paper Solutions Clean Tech Award from ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... The New Economy

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) has been awarded The New Economy Magazine's Clean Tech Award in the Best Forest and Paper Solutions category for 2014.

    Photo: Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Now in their sixth year, The New Economy's Clean Tech Awards honor and recognize companies around the world whose ideas, achievements, projects and solutions reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership. Elements considered include research and development initiatives, overall strategy, and sustainability approach and achievements.

    "The increased recognition of Resolute's achievements and leadership through designations like Clean50 and Corporate Knights' Best 50, and now The New Economy's Clean Tech Awards, demonstrates our continued and meaningful progress on our sustainability objectives," said Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    The magazine's winter issue announcing the full slate of awards and recipients will be shared with subscribers in North America, Europe and Asia, and distributed at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) in late January. Detailed information will also be published on the London-based media company's website.

    "Receiving such international recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of all employees at Resolute. We will continue our focus on the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic. Our commitment to sustainability and our achievements over the past several years provide Resolute with a competitive advantage in the marketplace," added Garneau.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    20.01.2015   RadTech Europe sets its 2015 agenda    ( Company news )

    Company news RadTech Europe, the international association promoting the radiation curing technologies, anticipates a full and exciting agenda of activities in 2015 – driven by unprecedented interest in the UV/EB curing technologies across an ever-widening range of industries. Established in 1988, the association was driven by a desire to create a formal profile for the industry’s even then extended value chain, and to establish a pan-European platform where members could meet, share knowledge, develop joint themes, and educate. That process continues today – in an even wider context.

    New place, new format, new applications
    RadTech Europe’s major focus will be on its 2015 conference – a biennial event which uniquely brings together its members’ diverse interests and expertise. The 2015 event’s headline is ‘UV/EB now: new place, new format, new applications’. Located this year in Prague, Czech Republic, 13-15 October, RadTech Europe 15 will offer an in-depth agenda featuring both plenary and parallel sessions, with a complementary exhibition which will additionally provide an ideal location for delegate networking, as well as for commercial presentations on new product introductions from RadTech Europe member companies.

    Conference agenda
    The planned conference agenda reflects the variety of topics at the heart of the UV/EB market today – including water-based technologies, advances in photochemistry and polymerisation; developments in formulations, coatings, and equipment, graphic arts applications (including digital print and packaging); industrial usage from wood and paper coatings to plastics and 3D printing/additive manufacturing; and, of course HSE and safe usage.

    There will be an additional focus on the considerable base of innovation in the industry, which is responding to the enormous interest in the benefits of radiation curing as compared to ‘traditional’ curing/drying technologies. New and emerging application areas, such as field-applied coatings, textiles, photovoltaics, aerospace, and the nanotechnologies, will be explored, along with tooling and technology advances, for example in the area of UV LED, and innovations in chemistries, synthesis routes, and the use of renewable materials.

    EB curing seminar
    The RadTech Europe 2015 calendar will feature additional events, such as a dedicated EB curing seminar to identify and evaluate the advantages -- in terms of low energy usage, low operating temperatures, and photoiniator-free systems -- that today’s smaller, better inerted electron beams deliver.

    Best practice, safety in use
    Central to RadTech Europe’s concerns is the raft of best practice and regulatory documents that guarantee the safety of radiation curing in all its applications. 2015 will see the continuation of the association’s active participation in the new review of the EC reference document on the best available techniques for surface treatment using organic solvents (BREF STS). The document, which is being evaluated by a large number of stakeholder organisations, specifies emission limits and other environmental permit requirements, and includes information on alternative technologies to lower VOC emissions – a key benefit of UV and EB curing technologies. The review process is expected to take approximately three years.

    RadTech Europe is also involved in the working group applying for the extension of the exemption of mercury in “special purpose discharge lamps” under the RoHS directive on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – an arena which is of importance to UV mercury-vapour bulbs.

    Food-safe UV-cured inks
    Other areas where the association is making positive contributions include REACH and the German Printing Ink Ordinance, now in its fifth draft, which is currently at the core of existing European standards for the safety of printing inks in food packaging materials in terms of non-migration, low odour, and no taste transfer. 2014 saw RadTech Europe organise a dedicated seminar on this issue to great interest of the industry.

    …and now in three dimensions
    Radiation curing technologies may have been around for more than 70 years, but they are today very much central to the launch pad for a real 21st-century innovation: 3D printing or additive manufacturing. This process involves building three-dimensional objects/ products individually, in plastic, from a digital file. These creations may be medical devices, toys, custom jewellery, electronics, automotive components, and many other consumer and industrial products. But they all share one manufacturing feature: radiation curing.

    A new industrial revolution?
    The exceptional interest in the possibilities of 3D printing/additive manufacturing market that is currently being experienced has intensified interest in all aspects of UV/EB curing. RadTech Europe President David Helsby is in no doubt that the association’s 2015 agenda will include a strong and growing focus on this sector. ‘Additive manufacturing is going viral,’ he says, ‘and our members’ science, expertise, and experience are critical to turning what is currently an embryo technology into a new industrial revolution.’ www.radtech-europe.com
    (RTE RadTech Europe Office)
     
    20.01.2015   Employee negotiations concluded in Finland and the UK - UPM closes 675,000 tonnes of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...publication paper capacity

    UPM permanently closes down paper machine 2 at UPM Kaukas and paper machine 5 at UPM Jämsänkoski in Finland, along with paper machine 1 at the UPM Shotton mill in the UK. Production will be ceased by the end of March 2015 at the latest. Employee consultation processes concerning the closing plans were concluded in mid-January 2015.

    The number of positions is reduced by 114 at the Kaukas mill in Lappeenranta, by 138 at the Jämsä River Mills and by 121 at Shotton. The consultations covered among others reasoning for personnel reductions, schedule and change support for those made redundant. All of the mills will continue paper production on the remaining paper machines.

    Along with the closures, UPM reduces its coated and uncoated magazine paper capacity by approximately 460,000 tonnes and its newsprint capacity by 215,000 tonnes.

    As planned, the company also continues centralising its Supply Chain operations in Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and transfers Supply Chain planning and order fulfillment activities.

    “These decisions are unfortunate for the personnel involved, and the past months have been challenging for all of us. From the business point of view, the measures taken are necessary to improve our operating rates and profitability in the European paper business, which still suffers from overcapacity. By reducing capacity we ensure the efficient use of our remaining machines in Europe,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA.

    The announced decisions are part of UPM’s EUR 150 million profit improvement target introduced in November 2014 . The full profit improvement programme includes variable and fixed cost savings in all UPM businesses and functions.
    (UPM)
     
    19.01.2015   Globe valve with membrane actuator adept at control tasks    ( Company news )

    Company news The universally compatible GEMÜ 536 globe valve has a robust design and is reliable in operation. This valve was developed with a long service life and low maintenance requirements in mind.

    The GEMÜ 536 pneumatically operated 2/2-way globe valve has a low maintenance membrane actuator which can be controlled by inert gaseous media. The valve plug is fixed to the spindle in such a way as to allow flexing during closure in order to ensure tight shut off. Steel and PTFE as well as a fibre glass-reinforced PTFE version are available as seats.
    The valve spindle is sealed by a self-adjusting gland packing. This provides a low-maintenance and reliable valve spindle seal even after an extended period of operation. The wiper ring which has also been introduced additionally protects the gland packing from contamination and damage.
    The customer has a choice between cast stainless steel 1.4408 or SG iron GGG40.3 (available from the beginning of 2015) for the material of the valve body. A flange in accordance with EN 1092 or ANSI cl. 125/150 RF is available for the piping connection.
    A good flow rate and controllability is achieved due to the globe valve design. Standard regulating cages are used in the control valve design. Thanks to the high-quality design, GEMÜ 536 is also suitable for high operating temperatures and pressures. A version according to ATEX is also available as an option.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    19.01.2015   Invercote upgrade - an adaptation to market demands     ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard announces an upgrade to its flagship product, Invercote. From summer 2015 the bestselling paperboard in the Invercote family, Invercote G, will feature a lightly coated reverse side.

    “More and more brand owners want to have access to high-quality reverse side printing, for example in order to print a colour shade or pattern which improves recognition and reinforces their brand,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Iggesund Paperboard. “We are developing Invercote step by step, and always in the direction our customers want.”

    Prior to this latest upgrade, Invercote G has been triple-coated on the print side with an uncoated reverse and is available in grammages from 180 to 380 g/m2. Over the years it has come to be the quality leader, primarily due to the combination of excellent printing and foil laminating properties together with high quality and an equally high quality consistency. One of the many reasons to choose it as a graphic or packaging material has been the high predictability of the end result.

    Coating the reverse side means that the whiteness on the reverse has also been adjusted up. Further improvement has also been made to the lightfastness, which was already the best on the market, and which is crucial for a package to keep looking fresh over time on the retail shelf.

    ”This is not a revolution but rather an adaptation to gradually changing customer demands. The reverse side coating is very light – it improves the printing properties, but still keeps the tactile feeling of roughness,” Sundblad continues. “But in making this change we have also preserved all the other properties that have repeatedly led to Invercote being ranked by leading brand owners as the European paperboard market’s strongest brand.”

    Concurrently with the introduction of the upgraded Invercote G, Iggesund has also improved and made more transparent its service offering under the name Care by Iggesund. The aim is consistent delivery times but the offering also encompasses everything from a rapid sample service and the dissemination of knowledge to local technical support and a transparent raw materials supply.

    “It’s crucial to us that anyone who chooses Invercote will not only sleep well at night but also know that the end result will be dazzling,” Sundblad concludes.

    Specifications for the upgraded Invercote G as well as sample and trial material will be available from early February. Deliveries will start July 1st.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    19.01.2015   GLATFELTER APPOINTS CHRISTOPHER W. ASTLEY AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...BUSINESS UNIT PRESIDENT, ADVANCED AIRLAID MATERIALS

    Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced the promotion of Christopher W. Astley (photo) to Senior Vice President & Business Unit President, Advanced Airlaid Materials (AMBU), effective immediately. In this new role, he will have overall P&L responsibility, and will lead the development as well as implementation of strategic and tactical plans for the business.

    “I am very pleased to announce Chris’s promotion to the role of Senior Vice President & President, AMBU,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Since joining Glatfelter in August 2010, he has demonstrated a track record of leadership and hands-on execution that has created value for the Company and our shareholders. Chris has been a key driver of the development of the strategy for the Company as a whole as well as specifically for AMBU. In addition, he played a key role in recent acquisitions, including Dresden Papier and Spezialpapierfabrik Oberschmitten GmbH (SPO), as well as the expansion of the Company’s capabilities in several key areas. I look forward to his continued success in this new leadership role.”

    Mr. Astley had been Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy of Glatfelter. Prior to joining Glatfelter, Mr. Astley served in various consulting roles for more than 15 years in the pulp, paper and packaging industries. He held positions with Accenture in its strategic services practice and with Coca-Cola, supporting long-term strategy development in its North American business unit. Mr. Astley also successfully led a privately held firm serving the commercial construction industry.

    Mr. Astley holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.

    Mr. Astley succeeds Jonathan Bourget, who will be leaving the Company after assisting in a transition period. Commenting on the transition, Mr. Parrini said, “On behalf of the leadership team, I wish to thank Jonathan for his service and contributions to support AMBU’s growth over the last few years. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    19.01.2015   Agfa Graphics Launches Acorta Automatic Cutting Plotter with Auto Recognition    ( Company news )

    Company news To extend the product offering for sign and display makers, Agfa Graphics has added an automatic cutting plotter to its Anapurna and Jeti wide-format printer portfolio.

    Acorta is an automatic cutting and finishing plotter dedicated to respond to the requirements of the cardboard, digital printing and signage industries. It helps sign and display printers turn a wide variety of printed rigid and flexible sheet media into finished decoration, containers, banners etc. that truly stand out.
    "Delivering POP/POS materials is more than just printing on the right substrate," said Dominiek Arnout, Vice President for Inkjet at Agfa Graphics. "We are developing and all-integrated approach in which our customers can add an extra in-house finishing step, all driven from Asanti. Rendering, printing and cutting in one workflow allows them to be more productive, more efficient suppliers with a higher return on investment for their business."

    Acorta uses advanced technologies such as an innovative auto recognition system; it automatically localizes the printed objects and the position of the reference points on the cutting table, as well as the substrate’s height to avoid manual set-up of the job parameters.

    Acorta features cutting speeds of up to 102 m/min with maximum automation and minimum operator intervention. Its robust build and 40 vacuum zones that are automatically activated where and when needed, further add to the cutter’s great accuracy and stability.
    (Agfa Graphics NV Zweigniederlassung Düsseldorf)
     
    19.01.2015   Open house at Bobst Bielefeld on February 25 - 26 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: BOBST F&K 20SIX CS flexo press

    On February 25 – 26, Bobst Bielefeld will hold an open house in its Compentence Center in Bielefeld, Germany. Like at last year's open house in October, there will be both a print demonstration and speeches on process related topics to update visitors on the latest technological developments.

    The live demonstration will be focused on a BOBST F&K 20SIX CS model, flagship of the platform based F&K 20SIX series of CI flexo presses. The model that will be on demonstration features a print width of 1650 mm (65''), a repeat of 1200 mm (47.2''), and a speed of 600 m/min (1970 ft/min). It is designed for both solvent-based and water-based printing. Among the extensive range of equipment on show are smartGPS™, the off-press impression setting system, shaftless winders, a 100% inspection system, a special slitting device, and last but not least an auxiliary system for handling large format cylinders.

    The first day of the event (February 25) is targeted at an international audience with all presentations given in English, whereas on February 26 all presentations will be given in German. On both days, the formal agenda is scheduled from 11 a.m. to approximately 6.30 p.m.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
     
    19.01.2015   Parkar Communications scores with the Esko Kongsberg XN cutting table in just six months    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Mahesh Parkar, Managing Director of Parkar Communications Pvt. Ltd with the Kongsberg XN table at Parkar’s plant in Andheri East

    Parkar Communications Private Limited is a one-stop shop for on-the-ground marketing communication in Mumbai. Design, product development, offset and digital print, signage, POP, events, and corporate film production – from concept to execution on the ground, Parkar’s signage and POP solutions for brands such as P&G, Gillette, Cadbury, Onida and Mahanagar Gas are visible throughout Mumbai’s stores and malls around the country. Six months ago, the company installed an Esko Kongsberg XN cutting and creasing table with Esko’s ArtiosCAD 3D and i-cut Suite software at its Andheri East plant.

    Till the company installed the Kongsberg XN, PCPL was totally dependent on manual labor for executing its signage and POP projects, engaging almost a dozen persons in that department. That count is now down to just one. “It was all manual cutting and involved quite a bit of labor management. Also, the cost of blades and cutters were a big expense. And we could not get the desired quality. That led us to Esko,” says Mahesh Parkar, Managing Director of PCPL.

    Parkar adds that earlier, manually cutting a 8-foot by 4-foot sheet took close to 45 minutes. With the Esko Kongsberg XN, that time is down to only 6 to 8 minutes. “The Kongsberg XN cutting table not only helps us save on labor, but it also allows us to reduce the material costs; which is in fact a huge saving,” states Parker.

    Confidence, Excellence, Productivity, Growth
    Apart from cost savings, the Kongsberg table provided the company the necessary confidence to take on all kinds of jobs. Earlier PCPL would cut only certain types of materials and outsource the rest. This has now changed. “We are now cutting materials which we were outsourcing to a third party. Earlier we were not sure if we could do justice to clients where certain materials were involved. We would either not take that work, or we were compelled to outsource it. After installing the Kongsberg XN our reliance on third parties is over and our commitment levels have increased,” Parkar says.

    Esko’s ArtiosCAD allows PCPL to create its POP designs from scratch in 3D and send them directly to the cutting table, while i-cut’s preflight checks the PDF files coming in and makes sure the files will RIP and print and cut correctly. The i-cut Suite also saves material and optimizes production by determining the most accurate and efficient cutting path. Parkar says it was very easy to train his staff to use ArtiosCAD 3D and i-cut Suite effectively. “We had an impression that extensive training would be needed to operate the Esko software. On the contrary, it turned out to be very easy software to handle. Yes, it would take some time to become an expert but one can be trained for basic operations in a very short time. The proof is that one of our staff who was part of our labor department is currently operating the system,” Parkar states.

    Shrihari Rao, who leads Esko’s sales team in India, says that he was really impressed that Mr. Parkar’s decision was based purely on versatility and throughput – ‘On how quickly can I offer accurately finished products to a variety of demands and opportunities in the market’: “Whether it’s short or long jobs, or prototypes — the Kongsberg tables offer quick throughput because they require very little setup time. There are equipment manufacturers who claim they can produce hundreds of pieces an hour, but take hours to set up and that is inefficient. Absolute market leadership in India with almost 100 installs and local support by factory trained engineers from our Bangalore and Mumbai offices added to the decision making.”

    Huge boost in business
    With significant savings across the board, and a rise in productivity and improved consistency in quality, PCPL has seen a major boost in its signage and POP business. “In the last six months our business in POP and signage segment has seen a growth of close to 50%. This is because of the rise in our capacity and our confidence in taking on a variety of work. However, this is just a start and we still have sufficient capacity in the signage segment to see a further growth of another 50%,” concludes Parkar.
    (Esko Belgium)
     

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