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    24.10.2014   First Higher-value Chemical Derived from Lignin to Hit Market in 2021    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The existing facility in Mörrum currently produces 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tonnes per year.
    The investment includes a new chip plant and two separate wood room lines, one for softwood chips and one for hardwood chip production, and conversion of the softwood pulp line, where the existing washing facility will be replaced.
    The new wood room facilities are scheduled to go into operation in December 2015 and the softwood pulp line in March 2016.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    21.10.2014   Specialty Chemicals Company ALTANA Enlarges Management Board    ( Company news )

    Company news -Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President of the BYK Additives & Instruments division, will join ALTANA’s Management Board as of November 1, 2014
    -Chief Financial Officer Martin Babilas will assume additional responsibilities
    -Reorganization caters to accelerated growth of the ALTANA Group

    Photo from left to right: Dr. Christoph Schlünken, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, Martin Babilas

    The specialty chemicals company ALTANA is enlarging its Management Board. As of November 1, 2014, Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President of the BYK Additives & Instruments division, will be an additional member. In his new capacity, Dr. Schlünken will primarily be in charge of the BYK and ECKART Effect Pigments divisions, while Chief Financial Officer Martin Babilas will assume responsibility for the ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants and ELANTAS Electrical Insulation divisions. The Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, will continue to oversee core functions such as Corporate Development, Corporate Innovation, and Corporate HR. “The expansion of ALTANA’s Management Board accommodates the increasing size of our company,” says Wolfgruber. “I am very happy about the addition of Dr. Schlünken, who has helped boost ALTANA’s growth in different areas, most recently with the integration of Rockwood’s rheology business into BYK.”

    Dr. Christoph Schlünken joined the ALTANA Group in 2001 as the Managing Director of ELANTAS GmbH, after holding various sales and marketing positions at Bakelite AG starting in 1994. In 2005, Schlünken, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, became president of the ECKART Effect Pigments division. Within the framework of the rotation of all four division presidents, Dr. Schlünken became president of BYK Additives & Instruments in November 2012. He will continue to head this division until a successor is found.
    (altana AG)
    21.10.2014   Roll fed digital printing plus inline-finishing: Live demonstration of the first fully integrated ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... bielomatti machine

    bielomatti invites you to the Open House from 18 to 26 November 2014 to Neuffen
    The Bielomatik-Matti AG (short: bielomatti) invites you to its Open House to Neuffen (Germany). From 18 to 26 November 2014, the company shows its fully integrated machine configuration PageMaster, which combines high-quality roll fed digital printing with inline-finishing for the first time. Amongst others, brochures, manuals, and personalized notebooks will be printed digitally.
    As a new player on the market bielomatti offers innovative digital printing and processing technology from one source. bielomatti now combines the comprehensive technology know-how and the experience and expertise of the two partners in digital printing and print finishing.

    World premiere of the PageMaster
    During an Open House (18-26 November 2014) at the bielomatik site in Neuffen, Germany (close to Stuttgart), printers, converters, publishers and other interested customers have the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of the new bielomatti technology. For the first time the fully integrated bielomatti machine configuration PageMaster will be demonstrated, printing and converting - individual, wire-stitched products in a variety of formats and page numbers, with highest productivity and machine availability.

    Job changes will be done "on the fly" during machine operation. With a maximum capacity of 110 products per minute in double pocket operation and with production speeds of up to 300 m/min the PageMaster will show the live production of --- brochures, magazines, instruction manuals or personalized notebooks from the unprinted roll to the finished product. Job changes with the same product size will be executed "on the fly" during running production process, job changes with changes in product size can be done within shortest time at a press of a button.

    Razor sharp images are guaranteed by the Prosper 24.5” Linebars for B/W printing as well as the 4” Prosper S10 printing units for the imprinting of spot color where also pantone colors can be used. Both systems are based on the KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology. It is a continuous inkjet system, which enables even large runs to be produced
    economically with production costs that are considerably below the costs of comparable
    digital printing systems. The Stream Technology is designed for a real high
    speed production with superior printing quality that stands the comparison with offset printing. With a resolution of 175 lpi, a variety of coated and uncoated papers can be printed on both sides over the whole machine width.

    Perfect paper processing

    In addition to the new bielomatti PageMaster two other machines from bielomatik´s portfolio will be presented at the Open House. The new high performance cross cutter CutMaster CFS 105 is exhibited in a stand alone version. This extremely compact stand-alone solution can be used for cutting sheets of board, paper, as well as in the future plastic film. Digital inkjet printheads can be integrated for the imprinting of personalized data. Furthermore, an inline integration to digital printing or finishing machines with a non-stop pile change system is available
    And the BookMaster BM 360, which is perfectly suitable for the production of hardcover books, will demonstrate an economic book-on-demand production.

    Detailed information on the new machine concept and the technology applied is also available in the eDossier “Inline processing of digital prints", which is ready to be downloaded on the bielomatti homepage ( In addition, the site provides detailed information about other product ideas, the companies involved, as well as the available technology kit.
    At you can sign up for your desired appointment at the Open House.
    (Bielomatik-Matti AG)
    21.10.2014   BillerudKorsnäs wants to cut food waste – joins SAVE FOOD    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs has joined SAVE FOOD, a UN supported global initiative on food loss and waste. With smarter packaging solutions, BillerudKorsnäs contributes to a significant reduction in waste.

    "A key component of BillerudKorsnäs’ development work on smarter packaging solutions involves a focus on improved food transport. Consequently, it is a natural step for us to be part of Save Food", says Henrik Essén, Senior Vice President, Communication and Sustainability. Save Food – a UN supported global initiative on food loss and waste – was launched in 2011 and aims to reduce the amount of food lost or thrown away. An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year, corresponding to 3.3 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions. This can be compared with emissions from all road traffic in the US in 2010, which amounted to 1.5 gigatonnes.

    Large-scale fruit and vegetable losses
    "Fruit and vegetables account for the greatest losses in the food industry, not only in absolute figures when it comes to the number of tonnes destroyed but also with respect to the costs incurred for waste and from an environmental perspective. The carbon footprint from organic products that are transported long distances but never consumed is very large", says Lars Broström, Commercial Director at Paccess, a subsidiary of BillerudKorsnäs. About a quarter of this waste is attributable, unfortunately, to inadequate packaging.
    "One problem is that few players in the supply chain look at the overall picture when it comes to transporting food and instead focus only on their own area of the supply chain. Companies often use cheap packaging solutions that are only able to withstand the transport distance for which they are responsible".

    SoliQ™ boxes protect fruit
    With strong, primary-fibre based packaging material and high-performance solutions, BillerudKorsnäs is able to contribute to less waste. For example, BillerudKorsnäs has developed the SoliQ™ corrugated box to withstand the difficult conditions associated with intercontinental transport of grapes and citrus fruits from South Africa to Europe. SoliQ™ offers clear advantages throughout the value chain – from packaging manufacturers and growers all the way to the consumer. With SoliQ™, packaging-related waste has decreased radically. This has resulted in significant cost savings and less manual handling in the supply chain as well as strengthening the supplier’s brand, particularly among importers. "In addition to durability, it is important to consider temperature and moisture when developing packaging solutions, since high temperatures and condensation are common causes of fruit and vegetable spoilage during transport", says Lars Broström.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB)
    21.10.2014   X-Rite Pantone To Exhibit at LabelExpo India    ( Company news )

    Company news Company will showcase solutions that enable label converters to measure, manage and communicate color

    Picture: InkKeyControl software

    X-Rite Pantone announced they are exhibiting at LabelExpo India, taking place 29 October - 1 November in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. X-Rite Pantone will be exhibiting in Hall 12, booth B52. At the event, X-Rite will be showcasing its suite of offerings that enable closed-loop color measurement and management for label converters.

    “In India, as in other parts of the world, label converters are being required to do more with less,” says Francesco Tomasello, X-Rite’s Vice President, EMEA Sales Channels, Retail and India. “That’s why we are excited to be showcasing our range of solutions at LabelExpo India. Our products are proven to help label converters reduce time at prepress, save money in their production costs and, most importantly, provide better service to their customers.”

    X-Rite will feature PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based color management service that was developed by X-Rite Pantone and is also offered as part of Esko’s Color Engine software. With PantoneLIVE, the digital brand color lives in a secure, centralized cloud ecosystem where it’s accessible to everyone involved in label production process. This unprecedented level of access facilitates color standards across all phases of production, regardless of the printing technologies or substrates that are used.

    In addition to PantoneLIVE, X-Rite Pantone will also highlight their entire range of color management products that can work individually or together to ensure color quality in every step of the label production process. Products highlighted at LabelExpo India include:
    • ColorCert - ColorCert provides procurement and brand owners with a process control for monitoring and managing color across a large and diverse supply chain. ColorCert simplifies color communication from the artwork phase of projects through separation, the ink room and pressroom.

    • X-Rite eXact™ The X-Rite eXact™ is our next generation spectrophotometer that is designed to support a wide range of applications. eXact enables printers and label converters to understand, control and manage color, ensuring the utmost in color accuracy and avoiding costly reprinting and rework.

    • eXact Scan - eXact Scan extends the functionality of the X-Rite eXact by adding unmatched speed, flexibility and new quality control for the printing and packaging industries.

    • InkKeyControl – Combining eXact Scan with InkKeyControl software from X-Rite enables color management at a low cost of entry. InkKeyControl allows printers to achieve faster make-ready and improve quality control by controlling the ink keys.

    • InkFormulation 6.2 – With new features and enhancements, the latest version of InkFormulation gives users more flexibility in the way they handle the software. InkFormulation 6.2 creates formulation for all colors of a PantoneLIVE™ library and other Color Libraries with a single click. In addition, it allows ink film thickness calibration for offset printing, and simplifies the formulation for the reuse of ink leftovers.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
    21.10.2014   Ahlstrom announces price increases for transportation filtration materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces price increases on its air and liquid filter media produced by the Transportation Filtration business area. The price increases will be made to compensate for the continued high level of certain raw material costs, utilities-related inflation and regional currency impacts.

    Photo: Ahlstrom XAIR Automotive and Heavy Duty Air Filter media

    The price increases will affect all transportation filtration products worldwide and will be effective starting from December 1, 2014. The increases will be up to 10% depending on markets, products and the agreements in place.

    Air and liquid filter media manufactured by the Transportation Filtration business area are used in air applications including heavy duty and automotive air intake and cabin air as well as liquid applications for heavy duty and automotive oil and fuel. Ahlstrom's Transportation Filtration business area has production sites in six countries.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    21.10.2014   Sappi and PrintCity win PrintStar 2014 Bronze award for premium El Drago drinks packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2014 PrintStar Bronze Award in the packaging category goes to the El Drago polygonal drinks box made from Sappi Algro Design

    Strong and unique look and feel - produced inline: This is what caught the eye of judges when examining the luxurious El Drago drinks packaging, winning Sappi Europe and PrintCity the prestigious PrintStar 2014 Bronze award in the packaging category. This ambitious project was co-produced by Sappi and 15 member companies of the PrintCity Alliance.

    The goal of this innovative project was to demonstrate the possibilities of "Value Added Packaging" in as realistic a way as possible: The El Drago sample packaging was used to provide branded product manufacturers, designers, printers and print finishers with inspiration about how today’s technologies, substrates and processing solutions can be used in an optimised and efficient manner throughout the entire packaging value chain. The polygonal premium packaging design used for the El Drago submission validates that it is not out of the realm of possibility to produce an exclusive design with exceptional shelf appeal in an industrial inline production environment.

    Complex finishing begins with the substrate
    Sappi, whose 350 g/m2 Algro Design® SBS carton was used for one of the two packaging options, believes beginning with a bright white carton board is the key to delivering a high quality finish and lower transport volumes while ensuring sufficient rigidity of the box to withstand handling and protect the product. The special shape of the packaging, with its filigree bevelled and inwardly curved sides, provides the ideal backdrop for the special-effect finishes with reflective features that were used in this project.
    In producing this package, materials and surfaces such as leather, aluminium, chrome and gold were reproduced as realistically as possible. A silver laminate, hot foil stamping, multicolour pigments, gloss and matte varnishes, structural embossing and raised/blind embossing were extremely effective in highlighting exotic dragon motifs. "The El Drago sample packaging is perfectly designed to raise brand awareness and enhance the perceived value of the product it contains,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi. “The packaging must appeal to all of a prospective buyer’s senses, and that's exactly what it does!"

    "Congratulations and thanks go to all the people who have contributed their significant passion, creativity and expertise in a successful collaboration to produce a wonderful example of Connection of Competence in practice," enthuses Rainer Kuhn, Managing Director of PrintCity GmbH. "Third place in such a competitive environment is good, but it is also an incentive for all of us to improve even further with a goal of getting the gold next year! We've still got a few more interesting concepts up our sleeves."
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
    21.10.2014   JetMounter™ Fuzion XD to Be Unveiled at 2014 SGIA Expo    ( Company news )

    Company news Drytac® will introduce the next generation of JetMounter roller laminators at this year’s SGIA Expo, held October 22-24 in Las Vegas. The JetMounter™ Fuzion XD is a heavy-duty wide format roller laminator with a durable metal construction, specifically designed with print shops and smaller facilities in mind.

    Available in a 63-inch laminating width, the JetMounter Fuzion XD is a true workhorse, offering numerous features that simplify the lamination process for users. Most noteworthy are interchangeable, large diameter non-stick silicone rollers; a heat-assist top roller with digital display for Celsius/Fahrenheit; a heavy-duty lift mechanism for precise, calibrated pressure control; adjustable speed control up to 20 feet per minute; and four auto-grip supply or take-up shafts with adjustable brake tension on the operator side for roll-to-roll lamination.

    “The Fuzion XD is well equipped to handle a variety of applications, such as laminating vehicle wraps, creating window decals or mounting graphics to substrates,” notes Drytac Product Manager, Nate Goodman. “And, we’ve positioned it competitively - offering it at a lower price point for those who want to add roll-to-roll laminating in their shops without the burden of a significant upfront investment.”

    Additional features on the new model include a center release, fold down feed table with a “lay flat” paper in-feed guide; latching storage compartment on each side of the stand; maximum nip opening of 1 inch; and heavy-duty lockable casters for greater stability and maneuverability. The model can also accommodate 10-inch diameter rolled material and is cTUVus and CE-certified.

    To learn more about the JetMounter Fuzion XD, visit Drytac at booth #753 during the 2014 SGIA Expo.
    (Drytac Europe Limited)
    20.10.2014   Looking for a briter approach? UPM launches UPM Brite 80 C    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM introduced its comprehensive range of machine finished speciality paper grades at the World Publishing Expo 2014. The paper range meets the future needs of publishers for end uses such as supplements, inserts, flyers, books and catalogues.
    UPM Brite 80 is the latest newcomer in UPM’s product range for coldset web offset printing. The new quality with its good look, touch and feel is an attractive alternative for publishers.
    “Print is a complementary medium within the increasingly diverse world of publishing. To add value requires getting the best from content, and to do this well requires a greater appreciation of paper and its intrinsic characteristics,” says UPM’s Ken Ehrnrooth, Head of Sales, Newspaper Publishing, UPM Paper ENA.
    “Our mills have met this challenge and developed new products to support the ever increasing demands of supplement work for both publishers and newspaper printing houses,” Ehrnrooth continues.
    With a D65 brightness of 80, good opacity and high print contrast, UPM Brite 80 meets the requirements of customers who require a cost efficient grade with strong environmental characteristics and values.
    “UPM Brite 80 completes the already wide range of UPM’s 100% recycled grades. Thanks to its raw material base, office papers, the grade generates unique brightness gains with minimal environmental impact.”
    The new grade offers an interesting alternative for publishers and printers who wish to stand out from the competition with improved added value paper. This paper has been awarded an EU Ecolabel after fulfilling strict criteria that include requirements related to energy and chemical use, forest sustainability and production-related emissions to water and air.
    20.10.2014   Domtar wins two Pulp and Paper International Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) accepted the Environmental Strategy of the Year Award and the Innovative Printing and Writing Campaign of the Year Award at the Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Awards 2014 held on October 8 in Boston, Massachusetts. The PPI Awards are held each year to recognize the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.

    For the Environmental Strategy of the Year, Domtar's Windsor Mill was chosen for its steadfast dedication to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, energy use and waste, as well as championing the use of raw materials sourced from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified sources.

    "This award recognizes that we are leaving a legacy of sustainable development and caring in our community. Caring is one of Domtar's core values, and that means being a responsible corporate citizen," said Eric Ashby, Domtar's Windsor General Manager.

    The Innovative Printing & Writing Campaign of the Year recognized Domtar's Paper Fun Truck initiative. This whimsically decorated truck visited schools, businesses, retirement communities and even a Los Angeles area beach to show how paper remains fun and valuable. The Paper Fun Truck is part of Domtar's PAPERbecause campaign, which uses humor and facts to debunk myths about the paperless society.

    "Paper is an important part of our daily lives, both professionally and personally. We are pleased that Domtar has had success in telling compelling stories about the products we make, which has impacted our entire industry," said Paige Goff, Domtar's Vice-President of sustainability and business communications.
    (Domtar Inc.)
    20.10.2014   Metsä Tissue nominated for international Energy Efficiency Award 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Tissue has been nominated for the international Energy Efficiency Award by DENA, the German Energy Agency, for its comprehensive work on improving energy efficiency and decreasing emissions in its production.

    The nomination is based on Metsä Tissue’s project to establish an innovative heat distributing net at Stotzheim mill, Germany, to reduce energy consumption and decrease direct specific greenhouse gas emission at the mill, which produces coloured and printed napkins. The project, implemented in 2011–2012, reduces heat consumption by over 11 per cent and direct greenhouse gas emissions by 1,280 tonnes per year.

    “With the amount of heat we have now saved, over 330 single-family houses can be heated for a year,” says Gero Kronen, VP Production, Metsä Tissue’s Stotzheim mill.

    Metsä Group’s targets are to reduce fossil fuel-based carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent per produced tonne and improve energy efficiency by 10 per cent by 2020 from the 2009 level.

    “Metsä Tissue is intensively investing in improving energy efficiency at all of its ten mills. Since 2006, we have run four large-scale energy efficiency programmes and gained improvements of over 10 per cent. We will continue our work to improve our performance and mitigate climate change,” says Christoph Zeiler, Senior Vice President, Tissue, West Europe.

    Metsä Tissue is one of the twelve nominees in the competition. The best three projects will be announced on 11 November 2014 in Berlin by DENA. DENA has been awarding industrial and commercial companies for outstanding energy efficiency improvement projects since 2007. This year, the award’s patronage is Sigmar Gabriel, the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy of Germany.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
    20.10.2014   VIDEOJET® STEPS UP TO THE MAILMARK®    ( Company news )

    Company news Manufacturer among select number approved by Royal Mail for 2D barcodes

    Photo: Videojet BX6500/6600 Series Binary Array Ink Jet printer

    Videojet Technologies is delighted to announce it is one of only a few suppliers approved by the Royal Mail to print its MailMark® 2D barcode.

    “We are very pleased that our coding systems have been verified as suitable to print this new barcode,” explained Videojet’s Graphics Sales Manager, Jon Unwin.
    He worked closely with Videojet software engineers and the Royal Mail to ensure the manufacturer’s solutions can print the MailMark 2D bar code to the required standard.
    Videojet then collaborated with a large mailings solutions provider to trial the new software on the Videojet BX6500/6600 Series Binary Array Ink Jet printers.

    The printers offer exceptional throughput on even the most complex jobs, fast drying inks to print on a broad range of materials and print heads that are built to last. Their reliability and durability ensure high productivity print.
    “We were determined to become one of only a handful of suppliers whose printing machines have been approved for producing collateral for high volume mailings. Now we can help any operation that produces mass mailings enjoy greater reportability and response transparency,” states Mr Unwin.

    Royal Mail Mailmark® barcode technology offers users the ability to access web-based reporting from an online analytics dashboard. The batch level reporting details predicted delivery, volume and performance as well as item level error reporting creating a powerful analytical tool.
    Designed for high volume, high quality machine readable mail it is most suited to organisations, retail and wholesale, that produce millions of letters, or large letters, each year.
    Companies using the 2D barcode on mailings through Royal Mail can also benefit from a discount in costs– another incentive to adopt the technology.

    Continues Mr Unwin: “Videojet has developed a range of high quality solutions for customers in this market but we were keen for them to have peace of mind when it comes to using MailMark®. That is why the Royal Mail approval was so important for us.”
    (Videojet Technologies Ltd)
    20.10.2014   Metsä Group and Port of Helsinki to prepare pulp exports of Äänekoski bioproduct mill via Vuosaari    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre Oy and the Port of Helsinki have signed a letter of intent to develop Vuosaari as the export harbour of pulp produced at the planned new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski.

    Vuosaari’s central role in Finnish foreign trade flows and its good access by both land and sea were factors favouring its choice as an export harbour. Recent investments into the port infrastructure and the port’s current role as an export harbour of Metsä Group companies create a good foundation for building a competitive solution both for Metsä Group and the society.

    “Vuosaari provides us with good opportunities to develop operations that support an efficient and competitive logistics system," says Jari Voutilainen, SVP, Logistics at Metsä Group. “This is an important milestone in designing the export logistics solution for the investment proposal next spring. Cost-efficient and fluent logistics are key contributors when deciding on the investment.”

    The final investment decision on the construction of the bioproduct mill will be made next spring. A positive investment decision would mean starting production in 2017. The mill would increase Metsä Group's annual export deliveries by 800,000 tonnes, equivalent to approximately 35 railway wagons of pulp per day.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
    17.10.2014   Twin Rivers Customizes Publishing Papers to Target Religious Text Applications    ( Company news )

    Company news Premium Hybrid and Freesheet Offering Delivers Value and Quality

    Understanding the challenges facing religious publishers and printers, Twin Rivers Paper Company tailored a portfolio of lightweight Premium Hybrid and Freesheet papers to deliver value and quality for spiritual scripture, inspirational non-fiction and study guides.

    “Whether it is paper cost, supply chain logistics, quality or ease of doing business, publishers and printers are being asked to do more for less in delivering evangelical materials around the world,” said Robert Hutchins, Product Manager. “As an experienced supplier, we know this market. For the last 20 years our Freesheet grades set industry standards while our Premium Hybrid papers are driving market innovation.”

    With an 80+ year legacy of papermaking, Twin Rivers is one of the primary North American manufacturers of lightweight opaque Freesheet papers, a category widely used for scriptural applications because of strength and printability. Understanding the market need for options, Twin Rivers pioneered the Premium Hybrid category, formulated with the optimal blend of Groundwood and Freesheet fiber to deliver opacity, strength and value.

    “Our Premium Hybrid papers have transformed other publishing markets like financial printing and reference. We know once religious publishers and printers become more familiar with our blended products they will appreciate the unique benefits of the offering. Premium Hybrid can translate into a significant advantage for a publisher,” added Hutchins. “Our papers provide options that support brand image while stretching budgets to expand reach.”

    Core papers for religious text applications include Custom Brite® and Bridge Supreme®. Custom Brite is a Freesheet paper available in 22-40 lb. basis weights while Bridge Supreme is a Premium Hybrid paper available in 18-38 lb. basis weights, with added hybrid capability extending up to 40 lb. Both grades are designed for this technical application; optimizing readability, performance and aesthetics.

    Additionally, Twin Rivers manufacturers a robust line of publishing papers that can be engineered to meet the needs of a wide array of applications. The company is known for its lightweight manufacturing flexibility, excellent service platforms and willingness to co-develop customized solutions. Paper characteristics including fiber furnish, bulk, basis weight and brightness drive a needs-based approach to paper selection.
    (Twin Rivers Paper Company)
    17.10.2014   LaserSecure technology by Schreiner ProSecure identifies counterfeits by means of invisible ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... features in the ink

    From initial consultancy to suitable testing equipment: complete solutions for reliable authentication

    Schreiner ProSecure with its LaserSecure technology offers manufacturers comprehensive protection of their products against counterfeiting. Authentication by means of the time-tested technology has now become even more reliable and faster due to a new generation of readers. They detect unique optical fingerprints incorporated in the inks used for LaserSecure, which enables the identification of discrete product items, grades or types of products. Authenticity can be verified either by a quick check or a forensic measurement technique.

    In 2013, customs officials at the EU’s borders confiscated 36 million faked goods equating to an original value of 768 million euros. The steadily growing threat posed by product counterfeiting calls for solutions that make it possible to easily detect fakes along the value chain and to take them out of circulation. Schreiner ProSecure assists manufacturers in protecting their products against counterfeiting and tampering – from an initial analysis of potential risks and selection of the appropriate security technologies through to the provision of the required authentication equipment. LaserSecure is a time-tested anti-counterfeiting technology, which now offers even higher security thanks to new reading equipment.

    Invisible pigments provide proof of authenticity
    For the LaserSecure solution, so-called ‘taggants’ are inconspicuously incorporated into a printing ink and processed in screen, flexo, letterpress or offset printing. The pigments are very robust, light resistant, durable and chemically inert, in other words resistant to liquids and acids, and toxicologically harmless. They withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius. The odorless and colorless taggants can subsequently be analyzed on the product for authentication purposes by means of dedicated readers.

    The threat scenario determines the protection technology
    LaserSecure technology is primarily designed for authentication by experts. Schreiner ProSecure has now further developed the technology and combines these features to create customized LaserHighSecure profiles. Their unique optical fingerprint identifies discrete product items, grades or product types.

    Testing and reading technology for maximum reliability
    Schreiner ProSecure provides three different authentication devices to prove the presence of the covert security features. The devices can either be used to determine the mere presence of the security feature in a quick test or to perform a detailed analysis of various emission properties of the pigment components as a forensic measuring technique.

    Customized security solutions instead of standard products
    Early involvement of Schreiner ProSecure’s anti-counterfeiting experts in the product development process enables them to address a manufacturer’s specific requirements using a targeted approach. Therefore, it makes sense to think about marking solutions for authentication purposes as early as in the concept stage. Schreiner ProSecure will analyze the specific threat scenario of a brand owner or product and, based on this analysis, select the most suitable security technologies.
    (Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG)
    17.10.2014   Vellum Logistics Fit - UPM Raflatac launches its fittest ever labelstock for shipping and logistics    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac EMEIA has launched a next-generation logistics labelstock which answers industry demand for a more productive, competitive and sustainable solution. The new Vellum Logistics Fit product draws on the latest material advances to combine substantial business benefits with precision-engineered performance.
    The thin Vellum Logistics Fit label face has been matched with a leaner HG45 release liner as a move away from the traditional HG65. This provides more labels per same-diameter roll and the potential to upgrade to longer rolls. The result is fewer roll changes in label conversion and dispensing operations, for a marked increase in productivity.
    The label face and liner retain good strength for reliable conversion, and label end-users will be satisfied with a well-defined thermal transfer print result for reliable scanning. The reduction in material usage also adds value for major label end-users seeking to achieve their sustainability targets.

    Engineered for business and sustainability needs
    With the RH 6 adhesive, the benefits of the new labelstock are accessible across a wide range of shipping and logistics labelling applications. RH 6 performs well in conditions from chilled to room temperature, on substrates including cardboard and stretch film.
    “The products in our next-generation ‘Fit’ range introduce more productive, competitive and environmentally responsible solutions in their intended applications,” explains Jon Lenck, Director, Business Segment VIP at UPM Raflatac EMEIA.

    “Vellum Logistics Fit is engineered using the latest material and technological developments to be precisely fit for purpose. Label printers and end-users in logistics and shipping can look forward to a balance of performance and efficiency optimized for today’s business and sustainability needs.”
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
    17.10.2014   BOBST & Partners' packaging roadshow conferences draw huge audiences in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news The first Asian Conference of the BOBST and Partners’ 2014 World Roadshow went with a bang in August 2014 in Indonesia. Held at the Shangri-la hotel in Jakarta over two days dedicated to flexible packaging and folding carton packaging respectively, the event welcomed 273 guests from the local industry.

    “The level of interest and participation of Indonesia’s printing and converting industry surpassed our expectations”, commented Eric Pavone, Business Director of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed. “This speaks volumes about it becoming a premier industry event where technology updates meet networking”.
    The now well-established Roadshow formula provides a value added forum that brings together leading equipment and consumables manufacturers and top management of packaging companies. Both the flexible and carton programmes dedicated to the presentation of innovative technology were completed in Jakarta by the insightful presentations of the guest speaker from Nestlé Indonesia who spoke about packaging needs and trends from the brand owner perspective.

    The focus of day 1 was on the latest innovations in flexible packaging converting solutions from raw materials to finished products. The event was co-hosted by Rotokemas Indonesia and Mr Felix Hamidjaya, Chairman of the association that groups the country’s flexible packaging companies, delivered a welcome address.
    “The flexible packaging market is one of the most dynamic in Indonesia” explained Laurence Dy, Zone Business Director SEA, BOBST BU Web-fed “The higher disposable income of Indonesian consumers’ fuels demands for better quality packaging and different packaging formats. This relates to both the food-industry, as well as other segments that are rapidly growing in popularity such as beauty & personal care, and pet food where flexible packaging solutions are on the increase.”

    The enhancement of carton packaging through value added processes was covered on the second day of the Roadshow by BOBST and partners with industry and product insights from Nestlé Indonesia.
    Indonesia being the 5th largest tobacco market in the world, the morning sessions were dedicated to this premier segment of the packaging industry.
    “The local tobacco industry requirements are very exacting and target superior quality output and productivity. By bringing to the industry advanced solutions that meet the continuously evolving needs of this high-end market, BOBST has established itself as the benchmark in the region for the quality of equipment performance” said Eric Pavone.

    The second part of the day started with BOBST superior technical solutions in CI flexo printing and continued with technology around the value added processes, this time involving sheet-fed methods. The graphic and tactile enhancement of packaging in the cigarette, cosmetic and heath care industries as well as well established and new technologies are always well received.
    Various aspects of offline converting solutions were explained keeping in mind technical complexities of multistep processes as well as viability of investments in the context of developing economies. A thought provoking presentation with a tag line of “ What drive competitiveness, lower investment or better efficiency“ by Subhasis Roy, Zone Business Director SEA, BU Sheet-fed, was well appreciated by the audience as it put the whole discussion in the right perspective.

    With the largest range of both sheet and web-fed equipment and services to cover the requirements of flexible packaging and folding carton packaging manufacturing, BOBST has built a large customer base in Indonesia and numbers hundreds of installations.

    “Based on the complimentary comments we have received from the participants, I trust that together with our industry partners we succeeded in presenting value added processes and technical solutions aimed at optimizing the quality and profitability of converters’ operations through both new equipment or upgrading of installed machines and systems for all the different end-users market segments” concluded Eric Pavone.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    17.10.2014   Flint Group raises prices on Offset Inks in Europe, Middle East & Africa    ( Company news )

    Company news -Prices for Offset inks will increase by 5%
    -Price Increase becomes effective on 1st January 2015 subject to existing contracts contracts.

    The upward pressure on raw materials for Offset Inks has remained unabated and necessitates that Flint Group raise prices for these specific product groups as of 1st January 2015.

    “The market for pigment intermediates and pigments has shown considerable increases due to more stringent environmental regulations and strict enforcement of these regulations.” Jan-Paul van der Velde, SVP Procurement, Sustainability, IT and Regulatory continuing that “As well, various resins and basic chemicals used in the process industries remain challenging, with continued upward price pressures sustaining a long run with no relief in sight and fewer suppliers available with whom to partner.”

    Craig Foster, President Print Media Europe Division, adds that the industry has seen a steady creep upwards of pricing for most inputs, as well as some significant increases in specific product types. Flint Group, recognising the challenges our customers face, has worked doggedly to mitigate increases through intensive efficiency programmes and the ongoing development of a business appropriate lean organisation. He adds that “consistent product supply and quality is vital to our valued customers and will never be compromised. Therefore, despite our continued efforts to mitigate the impact of the ongoing cost escalation, Flint Group is forced to pass modest increases through the supply chain.”

    The new pricing is valid for the region Europe Middle East and Africa and will take effect from 1st January 2015, subject to existing contracts.
    (Flint Group Print Media Europe)
    17.10.2014   UPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has been listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2014-2015. UPM is listed in the indices for the third year in a row.

    “We have been assessed as the world’s sustainability leader of our industry and we can be very proud of it. We consider responsibility as a competitive advantage, and UPM’s Biofore strategy is a strong indication of our commitment to sustainable development”, says Jussi Pesonen (photo), CEO of UPM.
    “Our existing and new businesses using renewable and recyclable raw materials are at the core of our Biofore strategy. We aim to create more with less in all our own operations. The efficient use of raw materials and energy brings savings in terms of the environment and costs”, Pesonen continues.

    UPM has defined corporate responsibility principles with forward-looking targets and corresponding measures in the key areas of economic, environmental and social responsibility. Shareholder value creation and good corporate governance are the key areas of economic responsibility. Sustainable products and resource efficiency again are the key areas of environmental responsibility. Work safety and responsible sourcing are the main focus areas of social responsibility. The aim is to continuously improve our performance in all of these areas.

    “In social responsibility, our focus is on work safety and wellbeing in particular. Our Step Change in Safety initiative, launched in 2012, has resulted in exceptional success. UPM’s lost time accident frequency (LTAF) has globally improved by more than 60 percent in two years”, Pesonen concludes.

    The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics.
    17.10.2014   Smurfit Kappa Group to acquire Bates Container     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Bates Container LLC, a non-integrated corrugated packaging manufacturer in the South West of the United States.

    Photo: Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO

    Bates is a long-established highly regarded private corrugated manufacturer strategically positioned to serve and grow its customer base in the wider Texas region by delivering high quality differentiated packaging solutions. Bates employs 320 people and a substantial element of its approximately 135,000 tonnes of containerboard requirement will be supplied by Smurfit Kappa Orange County’s (‘SKOC’) containerboard mill in Dallas.

    This transaction, which will be immediately earnings accretive, will involve an initial consideration of US$150 million with a further estimated deferred payment of US$7.5 million. The acquisition is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2014 subject to customary regulatory approval, with funding from existing cash reserves. The pro forma 2014 EBITDA for Bates is expected to be US$18.5 million and the Group has identified synergies of US$11.5 million which it expects to deliver within 24 months of completion. Inclusive of synergies, the transaction will carry a pro-forma multiple of 5.25 times EBITDA.

    Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa Group COO stated, “This acquisition fits perfectly with our integrated model, complementing in a significant way the successful integration of SKOC which was acquired in December 2012 and providing us with substantial scope for further synergies in both businesses. These synergies will be primarily delivered through additional integration of the containerboard needs of Bates into SKOC’s 350,000 tonnes recycled containerboard mill, with additional savings expected through a range of operational efficiency measures. Importantly, the Group’s enlarged packaging footprint in the US will further enhance SKG’s capacity to provide innovative, insight-led and value enhancing packaging solutions to both current and prospective customers”.

    Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO, said: “We are pleased to announce our agreement to acquire Bates Container Corporation and look forward to welcoming the excellent team from Bates into the Smurfit Kappa Group. The transaction reflects our continued focus on the accretive growth of our operations in the Americas and the combination of SKOC and Bates will increase our market presence and provide us with higher quality earnings in this region.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    17.10.2014   Technocell invests in the future    ( Company news )

    Company news Growth in growth markets and regions is Technocell’s clear strategic goal. The company set the course to achieve this goal in summer this year. With its proposed investments, Technocell is stressing its commitment to customers in its target markets, strengthening its technological competence, broadening its expertise, and increasing security of supply.

    The decor paper market is a growth market, especially in North and South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia and China. To capitalise on the opportunities arising in these regions and at the same time meet the changing demands of the markets and customers, Technocell, a division of the Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller Group, is investing in strategic growth. The investment programme will focus on improving product quality and machine productivity. To this end, two paper machines in Osnabrück and one in Günzach will have new or modified head boxes.

    To address continuing growth in the North American market and shore up the company’s current market position, PM 19 in Drummondville, Canada, will also be fitted with a new head box at the end of 2015. At the same time, Technocell is exploring the options for expanding the paper machine’s technical capabilities to produce 2 x 1.61 metre-wide print base papers. With these measures, Technocell is improving its quality standards for lightweight décor papers and creating the conditions needed for further growth.
    Due to rising demand, there are also plans to create additional capacity by mid-2015 for the pre-impregnated products that Technocell Dekor markets under the brand name PRIP®. To date these pre-impregnated products have been produced at the Neustadt mill.

    Decor and nonwoven papers for the Eastern European market
    Although the wallpaper market is mostly stagnating, nonwoven wallpaper’s share in that market is growing. This replacement process will continue in the coming years and will play an important role in the Eastern European markets, especially Russia. To meet the rising demand, modifications to PM 1 in Osnabrück have already been carried out, especially in the beater room, to enable it to produce not only decor papers but also nonwoven papers for the wallpaper market.
    To supply the Eastern European markets, especially the Russian market, the decision was taken to build a new paper machine at Penza, Mayak-Technocell’s production facility. It will produce both nonwoven wallpapers and decor papers. It will also be equipped with a film press to enable it to produce inline-coated nonwoven papers. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2017. It is set to have a capacity of 30 000 tonnes, which will take total capacity for Mayak-Technocell up to 58 000 tonnes.
    The new paper machine will guarantee that Technocell has sufficient local capacity in the Russian growth market for a long time to come. Mayak-Technocell is already well established in the Russian decor paper market with PM 5 in Penza. With this investment in additional capacity, Mayak-Technocell is accommodating the needs of its Western European customers who are increasingly building production facilities in Russia and set great store by a local supply chain.

    Self-sufficiency in energy supply is the company’s long-term goal
    The Felix Schoeller Group’s long-term energy strategy includes the aim to achieve a high degree of self-sufficiency in energy supply in the future. An initial step towards this aim was taken at the Neustadt mill earlier in the year: a new gas-based CHP (combined heat and power) plant went online there last summer.
    Another step in that direction was taken at the Penig mill in Saxony, where a new boiler with gas turbine is scheduled to be installed next year. This measure is intended to help strength the mill’s competitiveness and make sure it is future-proof.
    (Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG)
    16.10.2014   Pöyry awarded engineering assignment for Eldorado Line 2 expansion project - South America's ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... largest single-line production of bleached kraft pulp, Brazil

    Eldorado Brasil Celulose S/A has awarded Pöyry with the basic engineering services assignment for the Eldorado Line 2 expansion project. From 2009 to 2012, Pöyry was responsible for the conceptual study, basic engineering, Balance of Plant (BOP) detailed engineering and supporting the construction management for Line 1. For Line 2, Pöyry is already responsible for the conceptual and environmental studies and detailed engineering for the site infrastructure.

    The new assignment includes engineering services, enquiry specifications of main process equipment, auxiliary systems, water and effluent treatment and investment cost estimate.

    The new production line will increase the capacity of the Eldorado mill in Tres Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul state to 4.0 million Air Dry tons (ADt) per year of baled bleached kraft pulp. Raw material will be eucalyptus wood from plantations established by Eldorado in the area surrounding the mill site.

    "Within the Pulp industry, Pöyry has always distinguished itself by providing services that add value, and has many reference projects in this sector. For Eldorado Brasil, Pöyry has been an excellent partner, contributing greatly to the achievement of extremely challenging goals in the pursuit of excellence that the company aims for", says Carlos Roberto Paiva Monteiro, Industrial Technical Director of Eldorado Brasil.

    "This assignment underlines our leading position as the major engineering consultant of large projects for pulp and paper and it derives from a fruitful partnership between Eldorado and Pöyry. We are glad that we can support Eldorado in this large development", says Marcelo Cordaro, President of Pöyry's Regional Operations Latin America.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Regional Operations Business Line order stock in Q3/2014.
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
    16.10.2014   BillerudKorsnäs wins Product Development award at Lafarge Global Supplier Awards 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs is the proud winner of this year’s Product Development award at the Lafarge Global Supplier Awards held in Paris on September 17th 2014.

    Lafarge, the world in leader in building materials, rewarded the work done in close partnership between the Lafarge Research Centre in Lyon and the BillerudKorsnäs Sack Lab Sweden on the development of a new packaging solution.
    Lafarge awarded 7 suppliers under different categories after an evaluation of 75 global suppliers.

    Carlos Espina, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Lafarge praised the Product Development award winner:
    "The development is an exciting and enriching joint development between BillerudKorsnäs and Lafarge. This project shows that great achievements can be reached in a close and trusting cooperation between partners in the value chain."

    Mikael Strömbäck, Business Segment Director, Sack Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs, had this to say upon accepting the award:
    "We continue to lead the development of new smarter packaging innovations and this new sack solution perfectly illustrates the mission of BillerudKorsnäs: ‘’We challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future".
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
    16.10.2014   Polish packaging firm paves the way for growth: A further Rapida jumbo for Werner Kenkel    ( Company news )

    Company news Polish packaging printer Werner Kenkel recently expanded its press fleet with a second giant sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer (KBA). The new Rapida 145 with five printing units and coater will predominantly print corrugated packaging like the KBA Rapida 162a which has been successfully in operation at the firm for a few years. The new press will expand the company’s production capacity by approx. 80 per cent.

    Picture: Two giant Rapidas in the modern press room at Werner Kenkel. Left the Rapida 162a from 2010 and the new Rapida 145

    Werner Kenkel is a family enterprise founded in 1979. It specialised in the production of packaging made of solid board and corrugated using flexo and offset from the beginning. The firm currently has three sites and its cutting-edge offset facility is located in Krzyck Wielki. The first Rapida 162a was installed at this plant in 2010 followed recently by a new Rapida 145. The firm’s co-owner Damian Kenkel: “The key reasons for the purchase of another press was down to the continuously growing packaging market in Poland, increasing customer requirements in terms of quality and finishing as well as the necessity to expand production capacity. Given the extremely positive experience we have had with our first Rapida 162a we decided once again on a large-format KBA press. For the last four years our Rapida 162a has predominantly printed packaging products. Now after transferring the majority of these jobs to the new Rapida 145 we plan to use its outstanding capabilities for finishing and special effects.”

    High level of automation
    The new Rapida 145 with five printing units and coater suits production at Werner Kenkel perfectly. It is mounted on a plinth measuring 420mm (16.5in) and its features include a board-handling package, nonstop facilities at the feeder, SIS sidelay-free infeed, DriveTronic SPC DriveTronic SPC dedicated plate-cylinder drives with KBA Plate-Ident plate recognition and pre-registration, CleanTronic Synchro for the simultaneous washing of the blankets and impression cylinders, DriveTronic SRW simultaneous roller washing in the idle units parallel to printing and KBA VariDryBLUE energy-saving drying technology. The ErgoTronic ColorControl console is equipped with ErgoTronic Lab and QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour control. The press is integrated in pile logistics at the feeder and delivery as well as connected to the firm’s MIS and IT systems, just like the Rapida 162a.
    Wiesław Grabsztunowicz, production manager and head planner at Werner Kenkel: “Only a few vendors offer the format we wanted. We knew that KBA is a trusted supplier with its sheetfed offset facility near the Polish border which was an important benefit. We were satisfied with the expertise shown by the KBA sales and service team in Poland when we received our Rapida 162a. The press itself also works problem-free. A further advantage was that our press operators were familiar with how to operate a Rapida. We therefore chose KBA once again”.

    More production flexibility
    Rapida 145’s configuration allows this press to take over most jobs from the larger Rapida 162a. Wiesław Grabsztunowicz is convinced that the firm’s flexibility has improved due to the short makeready times delivered by the new press: “We spent several days discussing the optimum equipment of the new press with representatives from KBA CEE. In doing so, we took into account the enormous potential of our six-colour Rapida 162a with two coaters (for dispersion and UV coating). The option to transfer a large part of our orders which require basic dispersion coating to the Rapida 145 and to exploit its high level of performance allowed us to free up capacity of our two-coater press which we now use more for high-grade finishing jobs. We are thus able to expand our product spectrum considerably”.
    Damian Kenkel: “Our customers are global players, from the FMCG, electronic and chemical industries. Their demands in terms of quality force us to invest continuously in our press fleet. The inauguration of the Rapida 145 fits this strategy perfectly”.
    Jan Korenc, managing director of KBA CEE, adds: “We are pleased that Werner Kenkel has once again invested in technology from KBA and are convinced that the new Rapida 145 will contribute to the firm’s further development. This extensively automated press is suited to the economical production of smaller print runs. We are proud that the circle of Polish printers who bank on high-end sheetfed offset solutions from KBA has grown with this press installation at Werner Kenkel”.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    16.10.2014   Pro-Gest will restart Ondulati Giusti and Cartonificio Fiorentino in record time    ( Company news )

    Company news Crisis resolved. With regards to the recent news that appeared in the press, where there was feared to be yet another crisis for a Tuscan company, a solution has been found in short time and without any repercussions for the over 300 workers and for all others involved in the industry. The Pro-Gest Group, a leader in the production of paper and corrugated board products, based in Istrana-Treviso, has begun to manage the two companies directly, with the total involvement of all employees and the immediate restart of production.

    In recent months, due to the lack of approval of financial statements by the law, the majority of credit institutions, frightened by the lack of information, had suspended their credit lines totaling several million euros. In early September, just one day before passing over the majority of shares, the former shareholders approved the financial statements which reported significant losses for 2013 for both companies. All banks were immediately convened by the new owners and were assured of the route they had intended to take – a clearer and more transparent approach on the business situation and on its accounts. In order to ensure a smooth restart, this was a necessary process to regain the opening of credit lines, still within the limits previously granted and never revoked. Only a few institutions have responded positively and the situation did not allow to anticipate the invoices even thought there was the availability to do so and a high credit quality. The lack of credit has prevented the payment of all suppliers and particularly those strategic for the business. At this point the situation rapidly degenerated, and production was stopped, because of the lack of payments no longer allowed Giusti to have supplies of raw material and therefore made it unable to even deliver its end products, with the risk of significant criminal penalties.

    With the intention of preserving all job positions and values ​​of business continuity a lease will be stipulated during the course of today for both organizations, with which all workers and the restart of production will be ensured. The timing of the intervention during a moment of crisis is often represented as one of the success factors of this initiative. In this case, the workers can breathe a sigh of relief.
    (Pro-Gest S.p.A.)
    16.10.2014   6 days left for Grand Opening: Experience the Latest Innovations, Solutions and Products!    ( Company news )

    Company news Experience the latest innovations, solutions, products from the world leaders in Paper, Board / Packing, Packaging & Printing Industries / Tissue & Hygiene Products.

    Emerging markets are increasingly becoming the source of growth in the complex global economy. The rate of return on foreign investment is higher in the MENA region than in any other emerging market. Egypt has one of the most developed and diversified economies in the region.

    Global executives and investors must pay heed.
    The Middle East & Africa markets for paper is expected to continue to grow in the near future, with recent figures indicating that the region would need at least 28 million tons of paper to fulfill its needs by 2020.
    Citing the same promising future aspects, the foreign investors in paper sector are looking to strengthen their business in the MENA as well as domestic investors who seek to uplift their production capacity to meet the local needs. Generally, the paper industry is investing heavily in its future.
    This has been the drive of PAPER-ME’s growing importance, making it the awaited event for prominent International and local exhibitors to meet face to face with manufacturers, professionals and suppliers interested in the latest products, equipment, paper manufacture machinery, pulp , paper, cardboard, tissue, chemicals, printing and packaging technologies.
    Since its launch in 2009, success of PAPER-ME accumulated through years. In its 5th edition, PAPER-ME 2013 success surpassed all expectations putting the show ahead from any other specialized exhibition in the region.PAPER-ME 2013 Post–Show Report
    PAPER-ME will continue to serve as your trusted business partner in Africa and Middle East to make sure your company accomplishes its goals, thrive, and expand your business in the MENA.
    Experience our success yourself and be part of PAPER-ME 2014 to Increase your profits, Develop business network, Meet paper industry key players, Capture market share and Gain media exposure.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
    16.10.2014   New screw press from Voith: high dewatering performance and low energy consumption, with ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... minimum maintenance required

    With the new InfiltraScrewpress, Voith is launching another product to join its BlueLine range of stock preparation machines, that impresses with its high dewatering performance, improved energy efficiency and low maintenance outlay. As part of Voith’s Compact Dispersion System it has been successfully in operation at a number of paper manufacturing sites.

    The Compact Dispersion System by Voith is a dispersion system featuring outstanding performance in the reduction of stickies and spot contamination. Further benefits are low energy consumption and space requirements, as well as high system availability. The Compact Dispersion System by Voith includes the InfiltraScrewpress, the InfibraHeater quick heating screw and the InfibraDisp disperser, which has also been newly developed. These machines also belong to the BlueLine product range.

    The InfiltraScrewpress boasts a design that is more than ten times stiffer than comparable machines, complementing its low center of gravity. This ensures the machine’s very tight tolerances over the entire operation cycle, allowing high dewatering performance and minimal fiber loss to be achieved. It is equipped with a double-thread press screw. The fiber suspension is fed into the screw press at a stock consistency of 8 – 12 % and is then transported by the press screw in axial direction. The suspension is thickened by the constricting volumes between press screw and screen baskets. Excess water is discharged via the screen baskets. The filtrate can thus be pressed out of the suspension and discharged via the screen baskets of the new SplitScreen screen elements. The remaining pulp is conveyed at a stock consistency of around 30% via the outlet of the screw press to the InfibraHeater quick heating screw.

    The double-thread design of the screw press provides a continuous stock discharge to the InfibraDisp disperser, resulting in a reduction of the energy consumption in downstream processes. Together with a special protective coating, a further positive effect of the even stock flow is an extended service life and low maintenance outlay.

    The SplitScreen screen elements feature improved dewatering performance and markedly greater ease of maintenance. Its special design allows quick replacement of the split screen plates without time-consuming disassembly of the entire screen element. The SplitScreen screen element is used in the new screw press, but can also be installed into existing screw presses as part of a rebuild package.

    Voith’s BlueLine range for the stock preparation impresses with its low consumption of energy, fibers and water.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

    Company news Archroma has entered into an agreement to acquire the textile chemicals business of BASF
    •Acquisition will extend Archroma's portfolio offering and strengthen its presence in high growth markets

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals for the textile, paper and emulsions sectors and a portfolio company of US-based private investment firm SK Capital Partners, today announced that they have entered an agreement to acquire the global textile chemicals business of BASF.

    The business being acquired delivers products and technologies across the entire textile chemicals spectrum, with particular strength in printing, finishing and coating chemicals segments. The acquisition ideally complements Archroma’s textile dyes and chemicals portfolio and geographical presence. In addition, the acquisition will allow Archroma to reinforce its Textile Specialties team with a global specialist team that has an especially strong presence in Asia and other high growth markets. Both BASF’s and Archroma’s textile businesses are headquartered in Singapore, close to the highly developing Asian textile markets and customers.

    “With this agreement, we are bringing together the century-old history of BASF textile chemicals products, technologies and people with Archroma's already strong heritage from Hoechst, Sandoz and Clariant," Alexander Wessels, CEO of Archroma, notes. "Archroma already acquired 49% of textile manufacturer M. Dohmen in May 2014, illustrating our company’s determination to become the preferred supplier in our industries."

    Thomas Winkler, Archroma’s Textile Specialties President, added “We are looking forward to partnering with the management and employees of the BASF textile chemicals business. I am convinced that together we can build upon our strong technologies and market positions with the same commitment to customer focus, innovation, world-class quality standards, high service levels, cost-efficiency and sustainability.”

    The transaction comprises the global textile chemicals business, as well as the legal entity BASF Pakistan (Private) Ltd., Karachi. About 290 positions globally are in the scope of the transaction, of which approximately 230 are in Asia.

    The transaction is subject to approval by the relevant antitrust authorities and the closing is expected to take place by the end of the first quarter in 2015. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
    15.10.2014   Metsä Tissue increases baking and cooking paper prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Tissue will raise the prices of its baking and cooking papers by 5 percent as of 1 January 2015. The price increases will concern all the baking and cooking papers on all markets.

    Metsä Tissue is one of the biggest global suppliers of baking and cooking papers and products. Its papers and branded SAGA products are sold in over 60 countries.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
    15.10.2014   Stora Enso joins forces with Volvo to cut CO2 emissions    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's Langerbrugge Mill helps Volvo Car Gent cut CO2 emissions by more than 40% with energy from waste. This equals 15 000 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year, equivalent to the heating of 5 000 households.

    Stora Enso's Langerbrugge Mill has joined forces with Volvo Car Group, the global car company, to reduce carbon emissions at Volvo's plant in Belgium with renewable energy, via a district heating connection.
    Langerbrugge Mill is located in Gent, Belgium close to Volvo's manufacturing facility, Volvo Car Gent. Stora Enso will install an underground hot water pipeline during 2015 to transport hot water at a temperature of 125 degrees Celsius to the car production facility. This will be used to heat Volvo's buildings and paint booths. The first hot water will be delivered in the autumn of 2016.
    Stora Enso has a stated purpose to do good for the people and the planet. The joint project with Volvo is an additional step on this journey. Volvo Car Gent will, as a direct result of this initiative, substantially reduce its use of fossil fuels for heating purposes, decreasing its CO2 emissions by 15 000 tonnes per year, a net decrease of more than 40% of total CO2 emissions.

    "We do not use gas or coal, we use waste to produce renewable energy," says Stora Enso Mill Manager Chris De Hollander. "Our power plants produce combined heat and power, currently providing all of the heat and more than 70% of the electricity to meet our mill needs. With rising energy costs, this is a great asset for us. And now we can deliver green heat to Volvo as well."
    The mill has invested in bioenergy in recent years – it has a highly efficient multi-fuel boiler that is capable of using industrial waste for energy production. Such waste includes demolished waste wood from construction sites, along with other waste from the community that would otherwise end up in a landfill.
    The project has been made possible with financial assistance from the Flemish Government, which provided an ecology subsidy of EUR 2 million.

    Paper from an urban forest
    Stora Enso's Langerbrugge Mill's business model is fully based on recycling waste. The mill produces premium paper products out of recycled paper, collected within a 300 kilometre radius from the mill gates. This radius encompasses about 80 million people and 70% of the purchase power of Europe. Major European cities in this radius include Paris, London, Amsterdam and Brussels, along with the Ruhr area in Germany and the Netherlands.
    "We call it an urban forest. We get the fibre we need by collecting old paper from the households. There is no need to use wood," adds Chris de Hollander. "This kind of sourcing is cost-efficient and sustainable as we minimise emissions from transportation."
    (Stora Enso Publication Paper Langerbrugge Mill)
    15.10.2014   Rottneros sells the CTMP equipment of Utansjö Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Rottneros AB (publ) has reached an agreement to sell the CTMP equipment of the Utansjö Mill to BillerudKorsnäs.

    "We are pleased that our CTMP equipment is a good fit within the large investment BillerudKorsnäs is making in Frövi and Rockhammar" says Carl-Johan Jonsson (photo), CEO Rottneros.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
    15.10.2014   Screen announces next generation inkjet web press    ( Company news )

    Company news Eight years after Screen surprised the world with its first high-speed web-fed inkjet press, the company announces the next generation of inkjet printing with the launch of the Truepress Jet520HD.

    Screen has manufactured more than 700 inkjet presses since the market-defining Truepress Jet520 was originally launched and it remains today the best-selling inkjet press for the transactional, direct mail and book printing markets. Despite this success, Screen has recognised that the market for inkjet can be extended by offering a significant improvement in print quality and by widening the range of materials that can be printed.

    With this in mind, Screen set about developing a next-generation inkjet printing machine where quality is the driving force. The result is the new Truepress Jet520HD, a ground-up design with new paper transport, new drying techniques, new printheads and new screening technologies that make the most of new wide-gamut inks.

    Superb quality

    Starting with the basic specifications, like many of the current inkjet machines on the market today, this new model is 520mm wide but there the similarities end. The first big difference is the combination of speeds and resolutions. The highest quality output is achieved at 50 m/min with a resolution of 1200x1200dpi while the fastest speed is 120 m/min at a resolution of 600x600dpi.

    In addition to the high resolution, the Truepress Jet520HD benefits from the printhead's ability to produce variable size droplets. In combination with the company's unique screening algorithms, different size droplets can be precisely placed to maximize print quality and minimize ink consumption.

    The next key difference is a new high density ink which is very close to the standards used in offset printing worldwide. Using ink with such a high density allows the operator to choose between printing with the highest quality or to minimise costs by using less ink than current inkjet technologies.
    Substrate flexibility

    Most inkjet web presses today can only print on a limited range of substrates, typically 60gsm to 170gsm. The new Truepress Jet520HD can print on material from 40gsm to 250gsm which significantly increases the flexibility of the machine in terms of the work that can be produced. Printing high-quality variable colour on 250gsm board creates many new direct mail opportunities such as post cards and one-piece mailers.

    While the initial machines will be launched as four-colour units, the Truepress Jet520HD has a modular structure to allow for extra head units to be added in the future. Each printhead will be controlled independently so that if you are only printing with one colour, all of the other printheads remain capped. However, there is no time delay when switching from a single-colour to multi-colour job.

    All Screen's inkjet printers have a reputation for their ease of use and simple maintenance routines, and this has led many users to opt for a self-service approach. The Truepress Jet520HD will be no exception. For example, the use of industrial printheads means that head changing is not a regular event and even when they do need to be changed, the unit is easily accessible and changing a head is simple.

    The Truepress Jet520HD will be launched with an optional inspection unit based on Screen's highly regarded JetInspection. JetInspection is a system that checks the whole page and compares the printed result to the RIP data to give a unique level of security. JetInspection has been redesigned for use with the new press, including complete integration with the machine's GUI.
    New workflow

    Last but not least, the Truepress Jet520HD benefits from being driven by Screen's Equios workflow software. A new version of Equios will be launched with the printer that has new features to optimize the machine's performance such as In-RIP Smart Imposition, ICC Profile Editor and Spot Colour Editor. Using the latest Adobe core, Equios will be able to process all levels of variable data at the full engine speed.

    Because the focus of the development for the Truepress Jet520HD has been on increasing the market applications for high-speed inkjet, the new machine will not replace the current family of Truepress Jet520s. The Truepress Jet520 still offers excellent value. Similarly, Screen will continue to sell the Truepress Jet520EX Mono for black and white printing for the higher speeds required in some volume applications, and the Truepress Jet520ZZ delivering up to 220 m/min.
    (Screen Europe)
    15.10.2014   Heidelberg unveils digital printing generation with even better performance    ( Company news )

    Company news -Linoprint CV with five colors for more flexibility in short-run printing
    -Linoprint CP for maximum productivity in a new performance class
    -New Prinect Digital Frontend with new RIP technology

    A good three years after launching sales of the Linoprint C series of digital printing systems, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is unveiling a new generation of digital printing presses that delivers even better performance. The new Linoprint CV and Linoprint CP models are geared toward improved flexibility and productivity in the cost-effective production of short, personalized, and hybrid print runs. The new Prinect Digital Frontend sets a new standard in digital printing quality thanks to the use of Heidelberg Renderer (RIP) technology - which has been tried-and-tested in offset printing - and Heidelberg color management.

    Linoprint CV offers greater flexibility due to white and coating functions and supports a large range of materials
    With a printing speed of 90 pages per minute, high quality standards, and comprehensive functions, the new Linoprint CV sets new standards in its performance class. The system will be able to print with five colors, making it unique in its segment. Besides the four primary colors, the system also offers white with high opacity or alternatively a coating with high gloss properties as an additional color - either as a full-area or spot coating. Switching between white and a coating is simple, which means both surface finishing techniques can be used with flexibility.
    Users can choose from a huge variety of substrates, ranging from structured papers to coated media, colored paper and synthetic films. What's more, because the Linoprint CV is designed for large paper formats, users can produce up to 700 mm long, three page folding brochures or posters in a single operation.
    The multiple paper magazines in the system can be refilled on the fly, which keeps makeready times short. Several high-capacity magazines, which can be fitted with optional vacuum/suction-tape feeders, also ensure a continuous supply of paper without the operator having to constantly monitor the Linoprint CV. The system can thus also process long runs in a single pass, without interrupting production. A new, enlarged operating cockpit further enhances ease-of-use by helping the operator to both maintain a clear overview of every print job and re-run repeat jobs.

    Linoprint CP offers outstanding productivity and comprehensive inline finishing solutions
    The new Linoprint CP produces advertising and presentation materials at a printing speed of 130 pages per minute, as well as high-quality personalized print products, professionally bound books, and brochures. The system has a modular design that safeguards a high level of availability. The image transfer and fusing units are physically separate, which reduces heat from affecting the process of image transfer and makes it easier to locate and clear paper jams. The standard configuration includes a vacuum/suction-tape feeder that ensures even difficult printing materials such as heavy coated media are fed into the press reliably. The inline finishing units offer a whole host of solutions - from high-capacity stacking, perforating, and folding all the way through to leaflets and books with adhesive binding. The Linoprint CP can also be used to process a range of materials, some of which can be quite challenging, such as structured papers and plastics. A color toner with a low melting point further increases the range of materials that can be printed. The press operates using a feedback monitoring system that automatically corrects toner density and thus delivers excellent color stability.

    New Prinect Digital Frontend: More integration and certainty in the production process
    The Prinect Digital Frontend newly developed by Heidelberg supports the seamless integration of both new digital printing systems into the overall workflow of a print shop. This means that all print jobs can be centrally managed in one workflow system, irrespective of the production process that has been selected.
    To ensure repeat jobs can be carried out with greater certainty and reliability, all work processes such as job creation, preflight checking, color management, and impositioning can be saved as linked sequences. This certainty in production also extends to the printing of personalized data. Furthermore, the Prinect Digital Frontend also supports the finishing options of the new Linoprint systems, thereby enabling several print jobs to be produced ready for sale in a single operation.
    "The newly developed Digital Frontend from Heidelberg generates decisive added value for users. Indeed, besides getting better quality and productivity from digital printing systems, print shops also want to be able to control and manage as many applications as possible via a central workflow. That is precisely where the strengths of the Prinect Digital Frontend come into play," says Jason Oliver, head of Business Area Digital at Heidelberg.

    Everything from a single source
    In addition to the new Linoprint systems from Heidelberg, digital printers can also benefit from a broad range of technical and machine-based services, training and consulting offerings, and consumables offered in collaboration with Ricoh. This entire portfolio is designed to reinforce and extend the competitiveness and performance capabilities of print media companies.
    Both printing systems and the Prinect Digital Frontend will be available from spring 2015 and will replace the previous Linoprint C 751 and Linoprint C 901 models.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    15.10.2014   Outotec launches the TankCell e630 - the world's largest flotation cell     ( Company news )

    Company news New high-capacity cell based on our proven, industry-leading technology brings energy efficiency and significant cost savings.
    The Outotec TankCell® e630 is the latest addition to Outotec's leading flotation portfolio, which already offers the widest range of cell sizes on the market. With an effective volume of 630 m3 as standard, and volumes of close to 700 m3 achievable depending on the chosen configuration, it is the largest flotation cell in the world.
    Suitable for all flotation applications, the e630 is designed to meet the market demand for increased capacity combined with improved production and energy efficiency. It incorporates proven innovations such as the Outotec FloatForce® mixing technology, which enables superior pumping performance, as well as better air dispersion and mixing capability, improved efficiency, and longer component wear life.
    The TankCell e630 outperforms smaller cells in terms of energy efficiency while enabling a significant increase in production capacity. Compared to an equivalent plant build using the smaller Outotec TankCell e300, total capital cost can be reduced by as much as 10-20 percent. Typical installed power for the e630 is 500 kW / 600 hp and specific power consumption is lower than that of smaller TankCells. Outotec recommends using a variable frequency drive to enable optimization of both metallurgy and power consumption in these high-capacity production units.
    Its large capacity makes the Outotec TankCell e630 particularly suitable for rougher and scavenger duties in gold and base metal applications. The unit has a diameter of 11 meters and a lip height of approximately 7 meters.

    Key benefits
    •Suitable for all flotation applications
    •Proven, energy-efficient design
    •Increased production capacity with less equipment
    •Longer component life and reduced maintenance needs
    •Lower capital investment and operational costs compared to multiple smaller units
    (Outotec Oyj)
    14.10.2014   Cascades Tissue Group Launches New Tandem+ Towel and Tissue Dispensing System     ( Company news )

    Company news Tandem+ high-capacity dispensers, a new solution for improved productivity and hygiene

    Cascades Tissue Group introduced its brand new towel and tissue dispensing system: Tandem ® +. Sleek, stylish and created for performance, Tandem+ (pron. Tandem Plus) is designed to be the perfect solution for facility managers looking to manage operating costs while providing employees, customers and other patrons of their restrooms experiences that reflect well on their businesses and show that they care.

    The system features touchless, controlled dispensing that reduces cross-contamination of germs as well as unnecessary paper consumption. In addition of being one of the most compact high-capacity dispensers on the market, it facilitates jumbo-sized paper rolls greater than 1,000 feet in length to dry more hands with less routine maintenance. That makes Tandem+ compatible with Cascades' full assortment of away-from-home paper towel offerings, including its patented, award-winning Cascades ® antibacterial paper towel that's proven to kill bacteria on hands.

    "Tandem+ is all about simultaneously bringing about healthier people and bottom lines," said Jean Jobin , Cascades Tissue Group President and Chief Operating Officer. "Developed with our partners' needs in mind, it addresses all of their main challenges, reducing maintenance and labor costs while facilitating productivity and hygiene. All of this combines with one of the most sustainable paper offerings on the market."

    Available in white and black to fit any décor, Tandem+ includes a customizable OnDisplay TM window that allows facility managers to swap in and out signage promoting their brands, activities or offerings on a recurring basis, or to simply remind users about sound hygiene practices.

    "Washrooms are high-traffic environments where businesses can educate and communicate to their audiences, so we see great opportunity for our customers here," said Jobin.
    (Cascades Tissue Group)
    14.10.2014   Wood fiber consumption by the Japanese pulp industry was up six percent in first half of 2014 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... with hardwood chip supply from Vietnam and South Africa increasing the most, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    The pulp manufacturing industry in Japan has increased production levels in 2014 resulting in higher import volumes of both softwood and hardwood chips. The biggest increases in import volumes have been softwood chips from the US and hardwood chips from Vietnam and South Africa, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Hardwood prices have trended downward the past year, while softwood prices have gone up.

    Pulp production in Japan has picked up in 2014 as compared to 2013, with wood fiber consumption being six percent higher during the first six months of this year as compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Japan Paper Association. The increase in demand was practically the same for softwood fiber as for hardwood fiber, but the overall volume of the total virgin fiber consumption is still split at approximately 68 % hardwood and 32 % softwood fiber.
    To meet the higher wood fiber needs, domestic fiber sourcing from the domestic sawmills has increased by two percent and import volumes have gone up nine percent year-to-date.
    In the 2Q/14, importation of softwood and hardwood chips was up by as much as 17% and 14%, respectively, as compared to the same quarter last year.
    Despite the substantial increase in import volumes, average prices for imported hardwood chip prices in Japan declined by about 17 dollar per odmt from 2Q/13 to 2Q/14, as reported in the latest Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Average prices for softwood chips were one dollar higher in the 2Q/14 as compared to the same quarter in 2013, but as much as 13 dollars higher than in the first quarter this year.
    The general trend the past four years has been that prices for imported chips have gone up in the local currency due to a weakening Yen against the US dollar, and that prices for domestically sourced chips have fallen slightly. In the 2Q/14, prices for imported softwood chips were on average 65% higher than residual chips from domestic sawmills, while imported hardwood chips were just over 20% higher than locally sourced hardwood chips, as reported in the WRQ (
    The biggest change in fiber sourcing this year has been a sharp increase in softwood chip imports from the US and record high import volumes of hardwood chips from Vietnam.
    Other developments include higher volumes imported from South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia, while shipments of hardwood chips from Chile and Australia have continued to decline in 2014. With the recent pick-up in hardwood fiber imports to Japan, the total import volume for this year could very well reach its highest level in six years.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
    14.10.2014   SCA’s Hygiene Matters 2014 consumer survey; Continued global need for increased access to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... hygiene products and knowledge

    Hygiene Matters 2014 is the fourth global consumer survey commissioned by leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA. The aim is to raise awareness among decision makers, experts and the general public globally, of the connection between hygiene, health and wellbeing. SCA also aims to contribute to a more knowledge-based public dialogue that strengthens the possibility of improved hygiene for women, men and children everywhere. The theme of Hygiene Matters 2014 has been “Women and Hygiene”.

    SCA aims to make a difference to people’s everyday life by providing sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products under many strong brands such as TENA, Tork, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo and Vinda. The 2014 Hygiene Matters survey results reinforce SCA’s determination to work even harder to meet women’s needs and desires when it comes to personal and intimate hygiene for themselves and their families. The Hygiene Matters 2014 consumer survey clearly shows that there are still unmet needs among women globally both when it comes to hygiene products and solutions, as well as raising knowledge about personal hygiene that could help combat taboos.

    “This year’s Hygiene Matters survey results show that SCA’s work is relevant and there is still a lot to do for women’s access to hygiene products and solutions, and explaining the close link between hygiene and health. About 80 percent of SCA’s consumers are women. From a global perspective a majority of women and girls in the world still do not have access to personal care products such as menstrual hygiene protection,” explains Joséphine Edwall-Björklund, Senior Vice President, Group Function Communications, SCA.

    “Furthermore many women and men don’t have access to incontinence care products. This does not only hold women back to be able to participate fully in society socially, educationally and professionally, it can also affect women’s health negatively in ways that are easily preventable. There is a clear connection with poor hygiene standards in public restrooms in for example work places, schools, hospitals, restaurants and airports and the spreading of germs and disease, resulting in high costs for private individuals, employers and society overall. As a leading global hygiene company, SCA can play an important role within this context both from a hygiene and health education perspective,” says Edwall-Björklund.

    “Women’s possibilities to develop and live their lives to the fullest, are often dependent on access to, and information about, good hygiene. This is clearly expressed in SCA’s sustainability ambitions and is also a key dimension of our business strategy. The survey clearly reveals that female consumers believe that there is room for improvement in many areas related to hygiene and health in both mature and emerging markets. For SCA, this is much more than a business opportunity. This way of thinking is deeply ingrained in our corporate culture,” comments Kersti Strandqvist, Senior Vice President, Group Function Sustainability, SCA.

    The results in this year’s Hygiene Matters survey show that it is clear that women continue to play a crucial role as change agents. Especially in the developing world when they are placed at the center of decisions about water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion programs and activities.

    “As a company whose products such as TENA, Tork, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo and Vinda, touch many people during different phases in life, SCA has a history of solid community engagement. Although our business today is global our perspective is local, embracing small-scale collaborations around the world. SCA’s support is often sought after for our thought leadership, knowledge, insight, and innovation in health and hygiene matters. These initiatives can include anything from conducting training programs to breaking taboos to distributing sanitary pads in refugee camps. In fact, locally supported community involvement is a part of our business strategy,” says Edwall-Björklund.

    “SCA supports a large number of educational initiatives for girls regarding menstruation and physical development in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia and other markets. Colombia was the first market to start in 1990 and since then about 2 million girls have participated. These initiatives are linked to SCA’s brands Libresse, Saba, Nosotras and Donnasept,” says Strandqvist. “Our goal is not to take over the role of civil society, but to contribute in fields where we have our core competence and interests. This creates a foundation for long-term efforts and real, measurable effects.”

    “How SCA is participating with the female Team SCA in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, is yet another way of promoting the message of women’s possibilities to fully take part in society. This offshore marathon is one of the sporting world’s most challenging events. By making it possible for our female Team SCA to participate with the same backup as men, we hope to contribute to breaking the glass ceiling in yet another area of society,” Edwall-Björklund concludes.

    “It’s quite incredible: we celebrate birth, yet have a very hard time talking about menstruation and this year’s Hygiene Matters consumer survey confirms that fact again,” says Dr. Christopher Williams, Executive Director of the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, the only United Nations body devoted solely to improving sanitation and hygiene in developing countries. “This taboo is radically harmful to women, especially young girls, in developing countries. They miss from one to four days of school per month, suffer discomfort in seclusion, face unnecessary health risks, and feel ashamed about disposing pads, if they even have them. We must work together to ensure that women and girls around the world are able to manage menstruation inside and outside the home with dignity, and we support efforts to gather an evidence base for decision makers.”

    The Hygiene Matters Consumer Survey

    SCA took the initiative to the first Hygiene Matters survey in 2008 to channel the voice of the consumer. The results in the four surveys to date contain valuable information on a global and local level that can contribute to a more knowledge-based public dialogue with the aim to improve hygiene standards globally. Improved public and individual hygiene standards will have positive effects on people’s health, while creating value by lowering costs on both a personal and societal level.

    The answers in the 2014 survey show that SCA’s continued initiatives to educate and facilitate solutions for improved hygiene are important. There is still room for improvement on access to hygiene products and solutions, as well as to knowledge explaining the close link between hygiene and health.

    In 2014, the three main focus areas of the survey were:

    Hygiene in public places and concerns about becoming ill due to poor hygiene
    The menstruation taboo
    Hygiene is important and the internet is a growing information source regarding hygiene and health

    The main findings of the survey were:

    Both men and women believe good hygiene standards are important and worry about becoming ill from poor hygiene in public places
    Individuals to take greater responsibility
    Governments and employers to improve hygiene standards
    Women extra effected during menstruation due to taboos and lack of hygiene products
    Internet growing as information source

    Here SCA plays an important role with its personal hygiene products, services, as well as education.

    The survey was carried out during May 2014, commissioned by SCA and conducted by the business intelligence firm United Minds and the research company Cint. The survey was conducted in 13 countries: Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. The countries added from the 2011 report were: Brazil, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Omitted from the 2014 report was Australia.

    Responses were compiled through a web-based survey, and a total of 13,492 respondents. Approximately 500 women and 500 men were surveyed on each market. National quotas have been used to obtain accurate age representation.

    The survey results mentioned is this press release are mainly from a global perspective. More country specific results for Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States will be communicated by SCA locally.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    14.10.2014   Lecta to Present Its New Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s largest beverage industry event will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 11-13.

    Lecta will participate once again in the BrauBeviale Fair, with nearly 1,300 exhibitors and 33,000 industry professionals expected to attend. The show will feature the latest developments and trends in raw materials, machinery and technology, logistics and marketing for beer, water and other beverages.

    It will also be a unique opportunity for Lecta to present its specialty paper lines for beverage label design: Metalvac metallized papers, found on some of the best-known beer brands; Creaset one-side coated papers, especially designed for color printing labels and flexible packaging; and the wide range of Adestor pressure-sensitive materials for all types of beverages.

    Metalvac 100% recyclable high-vacuum metallized papers are designed for high-quality moisture-resistant wet-glue labels on both returnable and non-returnable bottles. They can also be transformed into self-adhesive labels. The Metalvac range is available with gloss and matt finishes, as well as with pinhead, brushed and linen embossing.

    Creaset comes to BrauBeviale with its range of one-side coated papers especially designed for the packaging and label industry. Standard and wrap-around labels for beer, water and soft drinks are just a few of the applications for which Creaset papers can be used.

    “Labels to Celebrate” is the exclusive Adestor pressure-sensitive label collection for high-end wines, sparkling wines, spirits and water. It features gloss and matt coated papers, metallized and bright white facestock for deluxe labels, laid and embossed papers to give labels a hand-crafted appearance, and wet-strength facestock. All can be combined with the BC361 Plus permanent adhesive for ice-bucket immersion.

    The “Labels to Celebrate” swatchbook includes 21 labels with special finishes: stamping, relief and UVI screen printing, highlighting the elegant designs for which the Adestor self-adhesive papers line can be used.

    All of Lecta’s specialty papers are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards and ISO 50001 energy management standards. They are also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications. Further information on Lecta’s range of specialty papers can be found at and

    We look forward to seeing you at BrauBeviale 2014, pavilion 4, stand 343, November 11-13.
    (Lecta Group)
    13.10.2014   Södra begins Värö expansion     ( Company news )

    Company news 8 October saw the start of the expansion of the Södra pulp mill in Värö.

    The Board of Directors at Södra made a decision in February to invest four billion Swedish kronor in a massive expansion of the pulp mill in Värö, north of Varberg. The Land and Environment Court has now given Södra permission to begin the actual construction work. Theexpanded mill is scheduled to start up in the autumn of 2016. This expansion involves increasing the current production capacity of 425,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes of pulp per year. This will make the mill one of the biggest in the world in terms of softwood sulphate pulp production.

    "The paper pulp market is growing globally, and now it will be possible for us to continue to grow together with our customers. The expansion at Södra Cell Värö is a measure which will reinforce our market position. We already supply high-quality pulp to a number of different customer segments, and we can now develop and underpin this. Our aim is to be the first choice for customers," said Lars Idermark, Södra's CEO.

    The expansion of Södra Cell in Värö will create 400 FTEs over a period of ten years. The investment will also create new job opportunities at the mill and 220 job opportunities within surrounding businesses.
    (Södra Cell AB)

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