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    16.06.2015   FachPack 2015: Marking & Labelling    ( FachPack 2015 )

    FachPack 2015 - More details: multi-sector theme in all areas
    - In greater detail: focus theme also in supporting program

    In its 36th trade fair year FachPack can look back on a magnificent success story: what began in 1979 with 80 exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors, has long since become one of the leading European fairs covering everything to do with packaging. 1,439 exhibitors and 34,598 visitors at the most recent event speak for themselves. Reason enough to place the focus on “Marking & Labelling”, which can be experienced at FachPack from 29 September to 1 October in Nuremberg. In 2013, 350 suppliers already showed their solutions specifically on this multi-sector theme, which has been important right from the start.

    Markings are indispensable: they direct goods flows, supply consumer information, motivate and encourage the consumer to purchase with their individual design and ensure the genuineness and traceability of products. The focus theme of FachPack 2015 presents a comprehensive overview of all kinds of labels, which aim to provide information (“smart labelling”) or decoration (“nice labelling”). At the fair there will be effective labelling machines, innovative identification, coding and article-surveillance systems, track & trace, various carrier materials, the latest printer and printing processes such as digital printing and 3D printing, auto ID systems, precise marking processes using laser or ink and much more to discover.

    The focal point: special shows, forum contributions, company presentations
    The supporting program is also devoting itself to the theme of “Marking and Labelling” with many contributions: The “Smart Labelling – A view into the future” special show, organized by the Fraunhofer Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik (IML, Institute for Material flow and Logistics) Dortmund, will be presented in Hall 3A offering the latest results. Best-Practice examples clearly illustrate the trends from research and development in the area of identification technologies. In addition to the optimum packaging, the right marking and identification of goods plays a key role in logistics and opens up new paths for innovative solutions – from standardized track & trace systems up to conducting inventories using drones. On four theme islands the special show is presenting the key economic branches of logistics: production, logistics service-providers, IT and retail. Interested trade visitors can experience the latest technologies and also try them out. Scope for a well-founded extension of specialist know-how, an inspirational exchange, lively discussions or an invigorating coffee in the hustle and bustle of the fair is provided by the popular Forum PackBox in Hall 4. Here too, the main theme will be examined from various perspectives: serialization in the pharmaceuticals sector, smart labelling and the changed challenges for the logistics sector – implementation here would hardly be possible without intelligent marking solutions. Anyone who would like to obtain more detailed information can take a seat in the PackBox free of charge without having to register and listen in on the lectures. The “Labels & more”Pavilion, which is being staged in Hall 9 in cooperation with the Verband der Hersteller selbstklebender Etiketten und Schmalbahnconverter (Association of Self-adhesive Label and Narrow Web Converter Manufacturers, VskE), is presenting label manufacturers, who create such solutions in daily practical applications for customers from the foodstuffs, beverages and pharmaceuticals industry and the retail trade. Labels are just as diverse as their applications, for that reason the range covers a large spectrum of design, printing processes and finishing. Within the framework of the “Packaging Design” special show in Hall 5, using selected exhibits, bayern design will be devoting itself to exemplary packaging design. “Nice Labelling”, in other words the innovative design of labels, is one of the central factors for successful brand communication and market success.

    To ensure that the visitors can be quickly and effectively directed to those companies with a specific range covering all aspects of the “Marking and Labelling” theme, at the event an exhibitor track has been specifically created for this purpose. These companies will also be especially highlighted in the exhibitor database and the fair guide.
    (FachPack 2015)

    15.06.2015   3 premiers at ACHEMA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news We heartily invite you to attend the world premieres to ACHEMA 2015:
    -NEMO®- FSIP
    Four letters stand for Full Service In Place!
    -TORNADO® T2
    Since the product launch in 2012 many things have happened: Extension of the product range, upsize and downsize, and off course with FSIP!
    -NOTOS Multi Screw Pumps
    Product lines with 2, 3 and 4 screws for applications in the Oil & Gas and Energy sector as well as for the marine industry!

    Hit 1:
    NETZSCH as the first progressing cavity pump manufacturer gives full access to all parts of the rotating unit and hereby sets a new benchmark. Three years after the first presentation of the FSIP concept for the TORNADO® pump, which impressed both experts and our customers, maintenance friendliness has now been newly defined for NEMO PUMPS®. Through design innovations of the housing and along the drive train maintenance time and effort have been reduced
    significantly. Visit our twice daily installation demonstrations when the pump is opened with a few moves of the hand, to give access to all rotating parts, without removing the pump from the pipework.

    Hit 2:
    Eagerly expected by the market the smallest T.Proc® full metall version of the TORNADO® T2 family is now available for smaller flow applications in the process industries. We also now cover the demand for larger capacities with the new T.Envi® 08/200 and 06/300.

    Hit 3:
    Based on 35 years of experience in Latin America three all new product lines of the NOTOS multi screw pumps have been developped and are now globally presented for the very first time. The optimized geometries deliver improved efficiency factors and higher pressure capacities. With the new design we set a new standard!

    Are you curious?
    Please feel free to visit the NETZSCH booth for our press conference: June 17th 2015, 12:00 - 13:00 h.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH)
    15.06.2015   FINAT’s seal of approval for tesa® tape    ( Company news )

    Company news Successful conclusion of ‘round-robin’ test for tesa® 7475 PV2 tape

    FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry announces its Test Methods Sub-committee has completed a successful analysis of tesa® 7475 PV2. Seven different laboratories tested 22 different liners and produced 5544 release values to report that tesa® 7475 PV2 provides similar release values to the former tesa® 7475 version.

    In 2013, the discontinuance of a primary raw material resulted in tesa needing to make modifications to their tesa® 7475 test tape which had been successfully used for decades in the self-adhesive market. As a result a new version of this test tape called tesa® 7475 PV2 was introduced in 2014. In order to thoroughly compare the former tesa® 7475 with the new version tesa® 7475 PV2, FINAT conducted a 'round-robin' test program including many of the key users of this test tape.

    The new tape was compared to the former tesa® 7475 version in the FINAT FTM 10 test that measures the release characteristics of silicone coated liners. It helps determine the force required to separate an adhesive front strip from its anti-adhesive backing, or vice-versa, under specified test conditions.

    FINAT concludes that tesa® 7475 PV2 provides similar release values to the former tesa® 7475 version with most liners having a premium or medium release (where the FTM 10 peel values are < 50g/25mm). For release liners with a highly modified release (FTM 10 peel values > 50g/25mm), a conclusive outcome was not possible due to highly scattered individual release values and a small database of release values (only 2 of the 22 liners tested). In general, some release values indicated lower release forces when measuring with tesa® 7475 PV2 –though that still needs to be examined for each individual case.

    “Testing is an essential part of FINAT’s role and one of the cornerstones of the organisation,” comments Hans Lautenschlager, Chairman of the FINAT Sub-committee Test Methods. “We are able to draw on a broad range of industry experts and operations to ensure we are at the forefront of new developments. That knowledge is something we pass on to our members. The freeflow of information and research enables us to support all elements of the industry in a highly informed, effective and accurate way. Specifications for silicone coated liners are often based on FTM 10 in combination with tesa® 7475. It is with this in mind that we recommend a review of the release data obtained with tesa® 7475 PV2 and, if necessary, an update on the release specifications.”

    The FINAT Sub-committee Test Methods is part of the FINAT Technical Committee that exists to understand and promote the science and technology of self-adhesive labelling. It utilises knowledge from a wide range of industry members’ interests to provide an informed body of professional expertise focused on the processes and materials used in the manufacture of self-adhesive labelstock, and their conversion and subsequent application.
    15.06.2015   Enhanced delivery reliability thanks to a new production line in Walki    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new production line at Valkeakoski will enable shorter lead times. Kari Salminen, Ahti Vuorinen and Janne Ahonen inspecting the facings. © Walki Group Oy

    The demand for multilayer laminates is increasing and there is an extensive growth potential, particularly in the construction business. Walki is answering to this demand by investing in a new production line at its Valkeakoski plant in Finland.

    “The production line will be unique on the market”, says Kari Salminen, EVP Construction at Walki.

    The market for insulation facings is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. The European Union’s 202020 target, which among other things aims at a 20% improvement in energy efficiency, is putting a pressure on energy-efficient housing. Efficient insulation is key in keeping heating or cooling costs down.

    Along with a recovery in the European economy, the construction business is expected to pick up, which will have a significant positive effect on the demand for insulation solutions, particular in those products requiring multilayer facings.

    “There is also a huge need for renovating houses and buildings in Europe with better insulation and this will further drive the demand”, says Salminen.

    Thanks to the new investment, Walki will be even more apt to swiftly respond to customers’ needs. The more diverse production lines which will enhance delivery reliability and shorten lead times.
    “We can guarantee short delivery times as we can respond swiftly to customers’ needs with tailor-made solutions. We will be able to expand our customers’ product portfolio and enable growth on their part. The new production line will make a significant difference when it comes to supporting our customers’ business,” says Salminen.

    The production line will also be highly flexible and can cater to several different product segments in addition to the construction industry, such as consumer packaging and the pharmaceutical industry.

    "With this investment, Walki strengthens its position as the premium supplier of multi-layer laminates globally. Further, this investment supports our strategy to strongly focus on the growing segments of energy saving laminates for building purposes and on value adding consumer packaging solutions", says Leif Frilund, President and CEO.

    The new production line will be up and running during the first quarter of 2016.
    (Walki Group Oy)
    15.06.2015   Papierverarbeitung Golzern GmbH at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Frankfurt 30.06. to 02.07.2015 - hall 11.0 - stand D60 We exhibit!

    The experts meet each other at the end of June - at one of the most important meetings of the German and European pulp, paper and supply industry. For the first time we present our company at ZELLCHEMING-Expo. As paper converter for rolls and sheets we connect producer, processor and customer along the value added chain of paper.

    Please visit us at marketplace Fibers in Process@ZELLCHEMING-Expo - stand D60.

    We provide a reliable service and best quality. Thanks to most modern machines and paper-know-how of our employees we make an optimal cut for you.

    Gladly we send a voucher for a free entrance of ZELLCHEMING-Expo to you. Please give us a short information to or use our download for online registration.
    (Papierverarbeitung Golzern GmbH)
    12.06.2015   Market-leading label producer Telrol adds Xeikon Cheetah to its digital portfolio    ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon Cheetah technology will enable one of Europe’s largest self-adhesive label producers to address new markets while staying ahead of fast-paced industry changes

    Xeikon today announced that Telrol Group, one of Europe's largest producers of labels, is the fourth label printing operation worldwide to invest in the breakthrough Xeikon Cheetah technology. With production sites spread over nine countries in Europe, the Telrol - Schades Group produces close to a billion square meters per annum of self-adhesive labels and paper rolls. With five Xeikon 3300s – the most recent one installed earlier this year, plus Xeikon Cheetah technology being implemented in June; Telrol is one of Xeikon’s largest customers worldwide.

    “Acquiring Xeikon Cheetah was the next logical step for us,” states CEO Hoessein Hadaoui. “We consider Xeikon to be a critical business partner. They are innovative, forward-thinking and always involving us as they develop new technology and solutions. For us, the Xeikon digital printing technology is ideal, because of the quality and productivity it delivers but also because of the food safety aspect of the Xeikon toner. Building on the great success and experiences we had with all of our Xeikon 3000 Series, we know Xeikon Cheetah will be a game changer that will help us take the company to the next level.”

    Long standing partnership
    Telrol has always been at the forefront of technology evolution. “Change in the market is happening extremely quickly,” Hadaoui explains. “It’s not a matter of being the smartest or the strongest – it is who can respond most quickly and effectively to change. Keeping up with change is not enough, you have to be ahead of the changes or create the market to succeed and grow. Working with Xeikon, we can do that. They keep me informed as R&D progresses, because I don’t want to wait until releases are already on the market – I want to have them before they are!”

    This mutually-beneficial relationship enables Telrol to continually grow its visionary digital strategy: “We want to be a one-stop shop,” Hadaoui continues. “Our customers are number one companies in their field, and they want us to supply only the best. Xeikon technology puts us ahead of the competition. In our opinion, no other digital print production supplier can offer the integration, IT, strategic marketing or technological developments that Xeikon can. As an example, we are now also looking to expand into the security market. We already have a solid base in food, retail, cosmetics and beverages and believe security labels and ticketing will be the next growth market. Our Xeikon fleet positions us well to enter this exciting market.”

    Pivotal to the investment decision, and to Telrol’s ongoing partnership with Xeikon, is the specifically-designed Xeikon Cheetah toner (QA-CH) developed for high speeds and based on the tried-and-tested ICE toner, which has performed well for Telrol with its other Xeikon presses. Itmeets FDA regulations for food contact and offers the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass. This is ideal for the product mix Telrol produces.

    Speed is of the essence
    Running at 30m/min (98 ft/min), Xeikon Cheetah will enable Telrol to create a leaner multi-platform approach to print production, and deliver its customers a more tailored, cost effective and efficient production process. And it will ensure the company is able to quickly respond to any new market challenges.

    Hadaoui clarifies: “Offering extreme productivity and quality, Xeikon Cheetah gives us a new way of seeing the market and its potential. We want to give customers broader access to the benefits of digital print by enabling more work to be transitioned from conventional production to digital. Xeikon Cheetah technology will allow to significantly raise the crossover point in addition to the other advantages it offers.”

    He explains that the press can easily handle volumes of close to 38.000 meters per day – counting 21 hours of production during three shifts. This ability takes digital label printing to new limits: “In my business, there is still a lot of low hanging fruit that can be transferred easily and cost efficiently from existing technologies. Not only can we then add value through digital print, but we can also increase capacity on the existing traditional printing machines. We have production plants that are dedicated to Blanc, Multi–Color, High–end, Digital, Commodity label and POS (cashroll) production. Each of these sites are highly structured and have their own KPI´s to ensure each is as profitable and Lean as possible. Within the digital department, we can address a different set of demands and ensure that it is also as competitive as it can be. Of course, adding the fastest digital label press in its class, we will be setting new break-even points for certain orders. This opens up the market to broader digital support and a faster analog-to-digital migration.”

    Survival of the creative
    Being able to offer something extra is crucial to Hadaoui’s business ethos: “We are always looking to offer something new,” he says. “That is why we have worked closely with Xeikon throughout the years, and opted to become a pilot site for its Xeikon Cheetah technology – knowing it will meet our expectations. It had to be the best, most robust, and strongest solution in its class in order to support our aggressive 24/7 production schedules. When Xeikon sees any limitations, they proactively work to eliminate them. This ensures that they will continue to have the best digital presses on the market for our portfolio. Because of our past experience with Xeikon, we expect ROI on our latest investment in just two years.”

    This initial install is expected to serve as a blueprint that could be rolled out across the group,Hadaoui states, adding, “My strategy is to set up plants that offer the highest quality in one discipline, which is easy to combine and copy to other locations in Europe. It will help me European-ise digital in the group. I can take the best configurations, processes and practices, put them together and set up similar digital divisions in every site. Our investment in the latest and most advanced Xeikon technology is part of that strategy.”

    And the timing is right with a buoyant market, Hadaoui concludes: “Our industry is set to grow and consolidate. We are still in a pull market. Our anticipated growth is driven by two things – the market is growing volume wise but also important is our ability to add value and drive down costs compared to conventional production, especially with growing demand for shorter runs and versioning from our brand owner clients. I believe you not only have to grow in the field in which you are operating but also keep your eyes open for growth opportunities in related fields. Staying in the same field is a limitation, and I don’t want to be limited in anything – not in markets, technology or people. My partnership with Xeikon ensures that I push the boundaries.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    12.06.2015   Mimaki fires the imagination at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Textile solutions for fashion and home generate record interest and leads

    Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, found fashion and home textile solutions ignited unparalleled interest and a 20% increase in sales leads when it showcased its latest collection of production solutions at FESPA 2015.

    “Just when you thought FESPA could not get any better, it did!” states Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “We enjoyed unprecedented interest on our 270m2 booth, with visitors keen to see our mannequins adorned with eye-catching applications and samples, demonstrating we print what we preach. We’re pleased to report no less than 20% sales lead increase and we even had sales straight off the booth thanks to the FESPA innovation infusion.”

    At the show Mimaki announced the July 2015 availability of the TS300P-1800 dedicated transfer paper inkjet printer: a 1,8m wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer offering new levels of quality and productivity in digital textile printing. Mimaki celebrated also the GREENGUARD GOLD accreditation for the use of its inks in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition, they welcomed Adrian Wolf as Young Star Award winner. He is following up last year’s winner Eleni Bourazanis and receives 500 Euros and a six-week internship at Mimaki.

    And the cherry on the FESPA cake was receiving an EDP award for the whole Mimaki CJV150/CJV300 series as the market’s Best Print and Cut solution.

    Mr. Horsten adds: “The continuous and incessant popularity of FESPA lies in the show’s ongoing commitment to improvement. The organisation and the expert team keep their finger on the pulse of what is currently shaping the market, enabling them to continuously identify future growth areas and opportunities, similar as to how Mimaki is exploring all options. This allows the show to attract new audiences, enabling us to have far broader conversations on how Mimaki is expanding its product portfolio to accommodate both existing and emerging possibilities.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    12.06.2015   Performance upgrade for Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stocks    ( Company news )

    Company news Stability up for productive high-speed conversion, comprehensive advances in printing properties

    UPM Raflatac has introduced significant performance upgrades to its next-generation Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stocks for food, home care and logistics labelling. Improved technical characteristics raise productivity and enable better press results.
    Improvements to the stability of Raflacoat Fit PEFC constructions provide better die-cutting performance and enable faster conversions speeds even with difficult matrix removal. These stability gains also contribute to a higher level of print detail.

    New topcoat for better whiteness and bolder colour
    The Raflacoat Fit PEFC face paper has a new topcoat which has taken the whiteness from 109 to 115 on the CIE index. The topcoat is also less absorbent than its predecessor, so converters are likely to see less ink consumption with UV-flexo while achieving more vivid colours. Also the HP Indigo printability remains at the same good level.
    These qualities, together with improved press stability, provide a solid base for creating complex designs required by today’s end-users and brand owners.

    “Thanks to market feedback, we’ve been able to identify technical features where these label stocks were to be further developed. That work is now done, and extensive customer and end-user trials have confirmed the improved performance of these upgraded products,” comments Jim Grieve, Technical Marketing Manager at UPM Raflatac.
    “The new labels stocks perform better on-press even at higher speeds, and existing Raflacoat FIT customers will notice a drop in ink usage for a better print quality with bolder colours.”
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
    12.06.2015   Hahnemühle @Achema 2015    ( Company news )

    Take the opportunity to get to know us as your reliable partner, whether you are looking for individual paper solutions or standard products for your daily lab work or meet your persons of contact.

    Hahnemühle´s highlights for you at Achema 2015:
    -Our syringe filters: retuned range at very attractive prices.
    -Freshly printed for Achema: our two new product catalogs for filter papers and microfiltration.
    -Your portrait on a filter paper: illustrator Marc Robitzky sketches you with a wink.
    -Win a iPad 3 mini, including a soft cover!
    and much more ...

    Want to make an appointment by email? Send us your appointment proposal to
    We will contact you and would be happy to send you a voucher for a free day ticket.

    Pay us a visit at hall 4.2, stand J11! We look forward to meeting you!
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

    12.06.2015   Safe energy with climate gains in SCAs Nokia plant    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA takes a 360-degree approach to its environmental impact – we have targets in place to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, tripling the production of forest-based biofuels and increasing the availability of wind power. One example of how SCA are taking major strides in reducing the carbon dioxide emissions can be found in SCAs plant in Nokia, Finland.

    Together with a number of other companies, SCA is investing in a new biofuel plant in Finland. Through joint production of energy from biomass, which stems from the forest, SCA’s Finnish plant in Nokia will no longer be dependent on Russian natural gas for its steam generation. In addition, the plant will drastically reduce its carbon footprint – by about 20,000 tons per year, corresponding to 40%.

    “Despite Nokia’s outstanding efforts to reduce energy consumption overall, we consume enough steam to heat half of a small town like Nokia. By investing into a new biomass-fired boiler, we will secure the steam supply, get carbon neutral at the site and reduce cost. All this contributes well to SCA’s objectives to increase efficiencies in our operations,” explains Rob Fuhrmann, Product Supply Director Region Nordic.

    Biomass is procured locally for the new power plant and half of the biosludge from our own production of tissue is utilized as an energy source at the plant. This entails additional advantages – a reduction in costs and the utilization of by-products from production.

    SCA expects the investment to pay for itself within four years. The project has already started and the plant will go online in 2016.
    (SCA Nordic Oy)
    12.06.2015   27th PTS Coating Symposium - 16-17 September 2015 in Munich    ( Company news )

    Company news The leading event 2015 for manufactureres, suppliers and customers

    The traditional PTS Coating Symposium in Munich on September 16 – 17 is the leading event for manufacturers of coated paper and board, their suppliers and customers. The modern ambience of the new conference location Hotel Leonardo Royal, Moosacher Strasse 90, 80809 Munich, combines the convenience of an in-house event with excellent service offers for all guests.

    The programme:
    After an introduction to current market challenges, future technologies and strategies presented by Berry Wiersum (Sappi), Peter Berg (McKinsey) and other speakers, we are again looking forward to a well-balanced, interesting and colourful mixture of scientific results and industrial success stories about coated paper and board, e.g.:

    - New concepts in graphic paper production
    - Innovative packaging concepts with coated paper and board
    - New and improved products with functionalized surfaces
    - Trend-setting process developments in the fields of coating colour application, measurement and sensor technology.

    With some 350 participants and additional 50 visitors of the exhibition, the 26th PTS Coating Symposium in the BMW Welt in Munich was able to continue the great success achieved with the anniversary event held two years ago. In his opening address, Dr. Frank Miletzky, President of PTS, emphasised that the high degree of participation from the paper industry with more than 100 participants sends a very positive signal to the entire sector.

    Keynote Speaker Jussi Pesonen, UPM President and CEO, made it clear in his speech that papermakers, paper converters and their supplier industries are currently caught up in a major transformation process. Completely new products are in demand for markets that include some even outside of traditional paper applications. The development of such products requires networked thinking and the ability to see the bigger picture outside of one’s own added value chains. That was shown very graphically by Professor Dr Werner Klaffke, General Manager of Bayern Innovativ – a co-operation partner of the PTS Coating Symposium for the very first time – in his paper on the importance of innovative networks for a successful future.

    In addition to casting a look towards new markets, many papers were dedicated to the application-related challenges in printing and converting. The theme of curtain coating was presented in more depth in keynote speeches and in a very stimulating discussion at a high level.

    Concrete improvements for the actual here and now were the focus of interest on the second day of the Symposium. “Enhanced efficiency” was the most frequently heard word which was a recurrent theme in all papers. The processes, raw materials and measurement technology were all carefully reviewed. The Symposium concluded with a review of the prospects for the future of new products based on coating technology, in particular barrier coatings and functional composite materials. The next PTS Coating Symposium is scheduled to take place in 2015.
    (Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS))
    11.06.2015   Kotkamills: Appointment in Consumer Boards    ( Company news )

    Company news Mari Carmen López has been appointed Sales Manager for Consumer Boards, Central and Southern Europe, effective as of June 1, 2015. She is based in Stuttgart, Germany. Ms López comes to Kotkamills from Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH, where she held the position of International Sales Manager. She has wide international sales experience and extensive knowledge of the paper industry, including consumer board sales.
    (Kotkamills Oy)
    11.06.2015   Changes in Huhtamaki Group Executive Team    ( Company news )

    Company news Teija Sarajärvi (45), M.A., has been appointed as Senior Vice President, Human Resources and a member of the Group Executive Team reporting to Jukka Moisio (photo), CEO, as of October 1, 2015. She joins Huhtamaki from OP Financial Group, where she has been Executive Vice President, Human Resources and member of the Executive Board. Prior to OP Financial Group, Teija Sarajärvi has worked in various human resources executive positions in Metso, Nokia and ABB.

    Sari Lindholm (46), Senior Vice President, Human Resources and a member of the Group Executive Team has decided to leave Huhtamaki as of May 31, 2015 to pursue new career opportunities outside the Company. "I would like to take the opportunity to thank Sari for her service with the Company over the past 12 years as well as her contribution to the Group's current success, and wish her all the best in her future challenges," says Jukka Moisio, CEO.

    Anne-Mari Jutila, Human Resources Director, Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment, will act as an interim Group HR Director until Teija Sarajärvi joins Huhtamaki.

    Following the aforementioned changes the members of the Group Executive Team are

    Jukka Moisio (Chairman), Chief Executive Officer;
    Thomas Geust, Chief Financial Officer;
    Sami Pauni, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Legal, Group General Counsel;
    Teija Sarajärvi, Senior Vice President, Human Resources (as of October 1, 2015);
    Clay Dunn, Executive Vice President, North America;
    Olli Koponen, Executive Vice President, Molded Fiber;
    Eric Le Lay, Executive Vice President, Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania; and
    Shashank Sinha, Executive Vice President, Flexible Packaging.
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
    11.06.2015   Verso Announces Resignation of Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) announced that Robert P. Mundy (photo), its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has decided to leave the company to take a similar position with Packaging Corporation of America.

    "Bob has made significant contributions to Verso while serving as our Chief Financial Officer since the inception of the company in 2006," said David J. Paterson, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Verso. "Bob's dedication and skills have helped shape the evolution of Verso into the leading producer of coated papers in North America. We thank Bob for his valued service to Verso and wish him continued success in his career."

    Mr. Mundy added, "Having been a member of the Verso executive team from the very beginning, it was an extremely difficult decision for me to leave the company, particularly so soon after we completed the NewPage acquisition. I never have been associated with such a dedicated, hard-working and resourceful group of employees and will miss not being part of the success that lies ahead for Verso. However, the opportunity to be part of an organization like PCA and to step into the CFO role of someone whom I have worked closely with and learned so much from in the past was something that I simply could not pass up."

    To ensure a smooth transition, Mr. Mundy has agreed to remain with Verso through June 30, 2015, and to provide periodic transitional assistance for two months thereafter. Verso's search for his successor is underway.
    (Verso Corporation)
    11.06.2015   PMMI and Koelnmesse GmbH Join Forces for New U.S. Processing and Packaging Show    ( Company news )

    Company news PMMI, The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, and producer of the PACK EXPO portfolio of trade shows, has entered into an agreement to co-produce a new U.S.-based trade show with Koelnmesse GmbH, the leading producer of nutrition-related trade fairs in Europe and Asia, including the Cologne-based Anuga FoodTec, the international supplier fair for the food and beverage industry. The event will focus on processing and packaging technologies serving the food and beverage marketplace.

    "Koelnmesse, and its Anuga FoodTec show, are world leaders in food and beverage processing," says Charles D. Yuska (photo), president and CEO, PMMI. "With shows dating back nearly 100 years, the experience and recognition that Koelnmesse and Anuga bring to the table, particularly in Europe, is invaluable."

    The new show, which will launch in spring 2017, will provide an opportunity for manufacturers in this arena to discover the solutions that will help them grow their businesses.

    "Working with this leading organization to bring a new food and beverage focused event to North America makes great sense for PMMI and ensures a world-class event," Yuska added.

    Gerald Böse, president and CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, echoed that sentiment. "PMMI and the PACK EXPO portfolio of shows are recognized around the world as industry leaders for processing and packaging solutions, and we're eager to work with them on this exciting new venture."
    (PMMI The Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies)
    10.06.2015   JH Label Solutions installs first Xeikon label press in Northern Ireland    ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon, manufacturing innovator in digital label printing, has announced details of the installation of its first digital label press in Northern Ireland with a Xeikon 3030 label press now in place at JH Label Solutions, Lurgan.

    JH Label Solutions (James Hamilton Group) were established almost seven years ago in order to produce high quality and fast turnaround labels for the food packaging industry, in which it was already involved. “Clear plastic packaging suddenly got very popular in the FMCG sector and that also that needed labelling,” said Keith Hamilton, Managing Director of JH Label Solutions. “We relied on outsourcing labels prior, but eventually realized that there was a need in the market for a competitive, innovative, flexible with speed-to-market label printer. It was decided that we should buy our own UV flexographic press – we ended up with three in a very short time! Two eight-colour and one four-colour Nilpeter machines, as demand for our label output grew rapidly and as beverage customers also wanted our high quality and speed-to-market labels.”

    “Digital is already beginning to follow a similar path. We recognised the trend in shorter run-lengths, multiple label types, and ever-tighter production deadlines. We had to react to our market and our customers’ market demands if we were to still lead the way in innovation, quality and speed. Label printing technology is moving very quickly and we needed to be at the forefront of it. We went to the Xeikon Café Exhibition towards the end of 2014, and they were able to show us the latest in digital printing technology.”

    The Xeikon 3030 digital label press and offline Xeikon Dcoat finishing unit are now in production at the company’s Lurgan plant and Keith Hamilton is already surprised at the speed that the project is moving forward at: “The press was only up-and-running at beginning of February and already word is getting around and the machine is very busy,” added Keith Hamilton.

    Xeikon 3030 is the narrow web entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. It is ideal for label converters looking to make their first move into digital production. In addition to prime label applications, the press is also suitable for producing promotional and transfer applications.

    Xeikon 3030 has a variable web width ranging from 200 mm (7.9 inches) up to 330 mm (13 inches). It runs at a top speed of 9.6 m/min (31.5 ft/min) and can handle production volumes of up to 190 square meters/hour (294.5 MSI/hour). Based on customer requirements, the Xeikon 3030 can be field-upgraded to one of the higher speed and / or wider press models of the Xeikon 3000 Series.

    The Xeikon Dcoat post-press unit that was provides for laminating, varnishing, die-cutting, and stripping. The unit is being used in an offline configuration.

    “As is our style, we wanted to be at the forefront of the digital label business in Northern Ireland. We did major market research on digital machines around Europe and analysed their advantages and disadvantages and Xeikon stood out as the supplier of choice – they understand our ethos of innovation, technology, quality and speed-to-market solutions. We did see the Xeikon machines installed at some of their current customers, and they were very honest with us about the benefits of going digital, all of which helped us with our decision,” added Keith Hamilton.

    Commenting about the machine installation on behalf of Xeikon, Filip Weymans. Director Segment Marketing and Business Development Labels and Packagingat Xeikon, said: “It is great to get our first machine into Northern Ireland, and to have been able to convince Keith and the team at JH Label Solutions that Xeikon is the perfect partner for them. Similar to what happened when they moved into flexographic label printing, I am sure that it will not be long before they are looking for a second Xeikon to support their digital move!”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    10.06.2015   Packaging Corporation of America Announces Hiring of Robert P. Mundy to Succeed ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Richard B. West as Chief Financial Officer

    Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) announced the appointment of Robert P. (Bob) Mundy as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective September 1, 2015. Mr. Mundy will begin his employment with PCA on July 1, 2015. He has served as Verso Corporation’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2006. Before that, he worked for more than 20 years with International Paper Company in various positions of increasing responsibility. Richard B. (Rick) West, PCA’s CFO since 1999, will remain an employee of PCA in an advisory capacity through his planned retirement date of March 1, 2016.

    Mark W. Kowlzan, CEO of PCA said, “As a seasoned CFO with more than 30 years of financial and operating experience in the paper industry, Bob is ideally suited to become PCA’s CFO and a key member of our executive management team. In addition, Bob and Rick have very similar backgrounds, having worked together for more than ten years in various financial roles at International Paper.”

    Commenting on Mr. West’s planned retirement, Paul T. Stecko, Chairman of the Board of PCA, said, “Rick has been instrumental to PCA’s success since the company was formed in 1999. I am very pleased that he will continue with PCA into 2016, assisting Bob in his transition to the CFO role and serving PCA in other important areas.”
    (PCA Packaging Corporation of America)
    10.06.2015   TRM installs latest technology flatbed die-cutter    ( Company news )

    Company news TRM Packaging, the UK’s leading independent corrugated packaging manufacturer, has completed the installation of a £2.5 million state-of-the-art BOBST Mastercut die-cutter.

    The 1.7m flatbed die-cutter features the latest generation camera controlled technology to achieve market leading print to die-cut registration accuracy of less than 1mm that complements the award winning high quality print being produced by the company’s seven-colour flexographic printer.

    Trevor Maund, chief executive at TRM Packaging, said: “This investment means we will provide corrugated packaging with an exceptional on shelf appearance that will boost our customer’s in-store presence.”

    The new machine also increases the flat bed die-cut capacity of TRM’s factory by 50% thanks to its automation and exceptional processing speeds, providing the company with the ability to produce even more packs for its customers.

    The completed installation of the Mastercut is part of a year-long £4m investment programme to raise the overall capacity of the site by 25%.

    Mark Ryan, TRM innovation manager, added: “I am excited by the potential of the new die-cutter which gives me the opportunity to come forward with a new generation of ideas for our customers.”
    (TRM Ltd)
    10.06.2015   Bolloré Thin Papers launches Web Order Service, an innovative new service supply chain     ( Company news )

    Company news Bolloré Thin papers has always put the needs and satisfaction of their customers at the forefront of everything they do. Bolloré continues to adopt this approach, which centres on providing a simple, responsive service that customers trust.

    Access to logistics information in real time
    Faced with the challenge of managing a complex logistics chain, in addition to customers’ many calloff orders and a steady rise in the stock of finished products, Bolloré Thin papers decided to implement a new IT solution to manage orders. Using this, we hope to be able to better manage stock while adapting quantities to the pace of production campaigns.
    The WOS portal, designed in collaboration with Honeywell, was officially launched in 2014. In line with efforts to simplify the supply chain, the software was implemented for customers by Bolloré Thin Papers’ sales administration department. Éric Riccobène, Information Systems Manager at Bolloré Thin papers, explains, “It’s about showing our customers that we respond to their needs swiftly, and providing them with stock updates in real time.

    What the Web Order Service offers
    In a sector where accessing accurate data in real time is so important, the WOS stock management solution is a huge benefit for sales teams. The software allows access to detailed information on the quantities released, volumes, requested delivery times and so forth, all in real time.
    For customers, the software improves order tracking by informing them of any stock movement when viewing their orders, stock availability (with old stock appearing on the screen first) and the option to place new call-off orders. New orders are only accepted if the oldest stock has already been sold. In this way, types of stock and their movements can be closely monitored, and there is an increase in the amount of realtime information available. “Thanks to the WOS software, we can really improve the quality of service provided to our customers, and we benefit from a more efficient supply chain”.

    One year later: a tried and tested solution with development opportunities
    “The WOS solution will allow Bolloré Thin papers to significantly reduce their stock of finished products, optimise machine production capacities, and make it easier to manage stock rotation. Looking forward, there are planned changes to the software, for example customers will soon be able to print administrative documents such as invoices, and will be able to download a file containing their stock information, etc.” Éric Riccobène explains.
    This comprehensive solution allows Bolloré Thin papers to guarantee a responsive service and optimise their supply chain, all while ensuring that stock is managed efficiently and effectively.
    (PDL Papeteries du Léman)
    10.06.2015   Leonhard Kurz wins European Digital Press Award    ( Company news )

    Company news Leonhard Kurz has been selected as the "Best special solutions printer" at the European Digital Press Awards 2015. The specialist for decorative and functional coating technology received the award for its DM-Liner enhancing machine. The European Digital Press Association handed over the prize at the award ceremony on May 20 at FESPA in Cologne.

    The award-winning DM-Liner, a patented technology developed by Kurz, transfers metallic layers onto paper and cardboard. The DM-Liner applies a specially developed digital metal foil to sheets of paper preprinted with toner in the digital method. The sheets can be overprinted as desired in digital or offset printing, resulting in colorful metal tints. The metal effects can be achieved from the first copy, for instance for personalization and numbering.
    (Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG)
    10.06.2015   Archroma offers new food compliant colorant solutions for tissue applications    ( Company news )

    Company news - New formulation for food contact applications to meet current EU regulations
    - Innovative dye chemistry with no added diethanolamine or triethanolamine
    - Reformulated following an active research program with expected further grades introduction

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, has extended its Cartasol® range by adding four new food contact approved dyes with no added Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethanolamine (TEA and also called TAN).

    Following an active Archroma research program, new food compliant grades were developed in order to comply with European regulations* which have recently come into force, setting extremely low limitations for DEA and TEA contents in paper and board intended for food contact applications.

    DEA and TEA have been used in the past to help maintain storage stability and prevent deposits forming over time. However, these amines are under scrutiny as they are potentially mutagenic. Potentially these dyes could be no longer considered suitable for food contact applications such as deep dyed napkins.

    Archroma is introducing a new palette of safer grades that will help tissue paper makers create the exciting colors that the consumers are longing for.

    Archroma offers the following new grades in the range:
    - Cartasol® Blue GDFC liq
    - Cartasol® Yellow 2GFC liq
    - Cartasol® Red 7BFC liq
    - Cartasol® Blue 3RFC liq

    Ian Jewell, Head of Global Product Management, Colorants, Paper Solutions Business, Archroma, said: “As a responsible and proactive leading supplier, we have applied our specialist know-how to reformulate these dyes aiming for the elimination of DEA and TEA to help our customers meet the current food contact regulations."

    "With these first grades, we are already able to cover most color needs for food contact applications and we are developing additional ones to fully meet our every customer requirements,” he added.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
    10.06.2015   MIAC 2015: 3 DAYS OF BUSINESS NEXT OCTOBER IN LUCCA (ITALY)!    ( Company news )

    Company news Next October in Lucca (Italy) the leader Companies in the paper industry sector will display their latest developments in machines, systems,
    avant-garde solutions, technology and services.

    Everything is concentrated in 3 days and in one place. MIAC is an international meeting point that allows you to compare the technologies and business proposals of all the companies present at the Exhibition:
    270 international Exhibitors await you in Italy next October!

    Also for the 2015 edition, MIAC Exhibition planned four "technical meetings" in order to take stock of the situation regarding trend, future perspectives and new available technologies in the paper sector. The participation to the Conferences is free of charge. Simultaneous translation from Italian to English and vice versa is available during the Conferences.

    137 stand on the ground floor, 23 stand on the upper floor, 270 Exhibitors in total. Visiting MIAC means obtaining a full overview of the technology and equipment available to the paper industry sector.

    At MIAC 2015 you can meet the International leader suppliers of the
    paper industry sector. 270 Companies will show you the latest technology and machinery available in the paper sector allowing you to get a complete overview in just 3 days.

    14 and 15 October 2015 09.00 - 18.00 // 16 October 2015 09.00 - 15.30
    (Edipap Srl)
    10.06.2015   Iggesund expanding services for Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: “Russia is a hugely promising major market that definitely has room for a high-end product like Invercote,” says Rikard Papp. ©Iggesund

    Iggesund Paperboard is expanding its services for Eastern Europe by establishing a new freight terminal in Riga, Latvia, and a sales office in Moscow to boost Russian sales. The newly established units are a step forward in Iggesund’s long-term plan to cultivate its delivery services on a global scale.

    “We need to be near the customer both in terms of deliveries and other services required by today’s customers,” says Rikard Papp, Director Asia Pacific & Merchants Europe at Iggesund.

    Due to Iggesund’s interest in the Russian markets, the company will, for the second time, be taking part in the RosUpack exhibition in Moscow.

    “The intense interest we met with last year convinced us that we should establish a sales office for the Russian market. It is a major market that definitely has room for a high-end product like Invercote,” says Rikard Papp.

    Iggesund’s service offering is not just about deliveries. The newly launched Care by Iggesund is a comprehensive and improved service concept. Steady lead times are the main goal, but everything from fast sample service and knowledge transfer to local technical support and transparent raw material supply are also part of the package.

    “We don’t want customers who choose Invercote to just sleep well at night. They can also rest assured that the end result will be dazzling,” Rikard Papp says.

    Iggesund Paperboard’s terminal in Riga has been operational since April and the sales office in Russia will be inaugurated in July.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    09.06.2015   Mohawk and Arjowiggins Creative Papers Announce Groundbreaking Strategic Alliance    ( Company news )

    Company news With first partnership of its kind in the fine paper industry. Two world-class paper manufacturers to share manufacturing facilities, expertise and proprietary technologies.

    Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, and Arjowiggins Creative Papers, the world’s leading manufacturer of creative and technical papers with manufacturing facilities in Europe and Asia, have announced a unique and exclusive alliance, effective May 12, 2015. Through this exclusive arrangement, Mohawk and Arjowiggins Creative Papers will share best-in-class manufacturing capabilities, facilities, technologies, sales and marketing resources and expertise.
    The alliance is unprecedented in the paper industry, especially for two brands which previously acted as competitors. Arjowiggins and Mohawk are like-minded fine paper manufacturers with legendary brands that have driven the premium paper segment for over a century. The companies share core values of heritage, innovation, operational excellence, craftsmanship, safety-focused manufacturing, environmental commitment and social responsibility.

    A mutually beneficial exchange of expertise in manufacturing, sales and marketing
    Under the terms of the agreement, Mohawk will have exclusive rights to manufacture Arjowiggins Creative Papers’ luxury packaging products, Delos and Butterfly, as well as rights to license, market and distribute these and other select Arjowiggins Creative Papers luxury packaging products to design, packaging and print professionals in North America.
    Delos is a recognized leader in its field in Europe and, together with Butterfly, it is used in the luxury packaging market by well-known global luxury brands where the highest standards of quality, cleanliness and foldability are demanded. The innovative and traditional characteristics of these Arjowiggins Creative Papers products attract these very demanding brands, which do not ever compromise on quality.
    Likewise, Arjowiggins Creative Papers will have exclusive rights to manufacture Mohawk Superfine (photo) with iTone®, as well as rights to license, market and distribute the product through selected merchants.
    Mohawk Superfine, developed in the late 1940s, has long been the fine paper of choice selected by the world’s leading brands, graphic designers, and fashion houses. World-renowned brands including Tiffany, Herman Miller, Aveda, Honda, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdales and the world’s best graphic designers specify Mohawk Superfine for high-end communications, premium envelopes, fine stationery and luxury packaging.
    Mohawk has, over the years, been a key player in the digital printing market with its proprietary i-Tone® technology. The specially formulated treatment has a unique affinity for both wet and dry toners resulting in consistent, high fidelity image quality and consistent tone for digital printing presses. Mohawk Superfine with iTone® has earned the reputation in the digital printing world for delivering superior print results and high performance.

    According to Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Mohawk: “Today’s business climate requires successful companies to exhibit flexibility, agility and adaptability to remain competitive and profitable. There’s been a considerable amount of consolidation in the North American and European paper industries, but there’s never been a collaborative effort like this on an international level.”

    O’Connor added that “Mohawk’s alliance with Arjowiggins Creative Papers is a groundbreaking move to grow our businesses through better utilization of our respective sales, operational, marketing and manufacturing assets, without requiring a lot of additional investment. Arjowiggins has long been a respected leader in the fine paper and luxury packaging markets, and this exciting collaboration will celebrate our companies’ unique strengths and allow sharing of best practices and technologies. Ultimately, this union creates the largest premium paper and luxury packaging manufacturing entity in the world.”

    Arjowiggins Creative Papers will share unique capabilities and paper manufacturing equipment with Mohawk, including a twin wire machine capable of sophisticated processes resulting in ultra-heavy weight papers with variable finishes. Mohawk will provide manufacturing expertise and will grant Arjowiggins Creative Papers exclusive rights to manufacture the legendary Superfine grade and proprietary i-Tone® surface treatment.

    For Jonathan Mitchell, Managing Director at Arjowiggins Creative Papers, “This unprecedented ‘transatlantic’ alliance is a real exchange of expertise in fine papermaking between two well established paper manufacturers. Mohawk’s i-Tone is arguably the world’s best technology for digital presses so we are delighted to be able to offer this technology in our product portfolio, starting with Superfine. We are happy as well to develop our very strong packaging brands in the US market through this alliance with Mohawk. A worldwide collaboration on this scale will bring unique and far-reaching benefits, not only for our customers, but also for our companies.”

    Innovative Technologies and Best-in-Class Manufacturing
    Arjowiggins and Mohawk are committed to manufacturing excellence, the heritage of fine paper and a culture of innovation. Sharing best in class manufacturing practices and technologies will allow each company to expand into new markets with the most diverse offering of fine papers in the world.

    A Shared Commitment to Environmental & Social Responsibility
    In addition to a shared heritage of craftsmanship and fine papermaking, Mohawk and Arjowiggins also share a deep commitment to environmental and social causes. This commitment will only be reinforced with this very promising and groundbreaking strategic alliance.
    (Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.)
    09.06.2015   Karl Meyers Named CEO and Rob Baron Appointed President of Soundview Paper Company    ( Company news )

    Company news Soundview Paper Company announced that company President Karl Meyers has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and Senior Vice President of Strategy Rob Baron has been named the company’s new President. In addition, longtime tissue and paper industry executives Steve Ziessler and Bob Snyder have joined Soundview’s Board of Managers.

    “I am very pleased to take on this new role and continue to partner with Rob Baron and our entire team to move Soundview forward,” said Meyers. “Rob is a uniquely talented strategist and leader, and the addition of Steve and Bob to our already strong Board of Managers provides us with decades of combined industry expertise to draw upon as we chart our course for the future.”

    “Soundview is a special place,” said Baron. “We have a world-class production facility located in the largest consumer market in the United States, and innovative, customer-driven strategies necessary to compete and win in today’s competitive environment. We have a skilled and dedicated team that manufactures superior products for our customers, and we’re poised to deliver sustained growth. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as the company’s new President at this exciting time.”

    “Each of the individuals we’ve appointed today will play a key role in building an even stronger and more successful Soundview Paper Company,” said Tim Fazio, Chairman of the Soundview Board of Managers and Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlas Holdings LLC, which owns Soundview together with the management team. “We have an outstanding workforce that is focusing on our core strengths as a company.”

    Meyers became Soundview’s President last September after serving as Chief Operating Officer of the company’s Away-From-Home Division. Prior to joining Soundview, he served as a senior executive for Georgia Pacific Corporation from 1997 to 2009. Meyers has played a central role in positioning Soundview at the forefront of the industry regarding associate safety, increasing production and quality, lowering costs and driving innovative product development.

    Baron has been a senior executive within the Atlas Holdings family of companies for four years. He joined Soundview in 2014 as Senior Vice President of Strategy after having served as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Finch Paper, an Atlas-owned business in Glens Falls, New York, from 2012 to 2014. Prior to that, he held several leadership positions within Furniture Brands International, including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Thomasville Furniture Industries, Vice President / Financial Planning & Analysis and the Vice President Finance for both Lane and Broyhill Furniture.

    Together, Bob Snyder and Steve Ziessler bring over five decades of combined tissue and paper industry leadership to Soundview’s Board. Snyder served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Orchids Paper Products (AMEX: TIS) from 2007 to 2014, as well as serving on its Board of Directors. From 2002 to 2005, he worked for Kruger, Inc., where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited, an operation that was comprised of a newsprint mill, timberlands, and power generation facility. Snyder also served in senior roles for KTG USA, a premium grade tissue mill, as well as Great Northern Paper, Inc., Alliance Forest Products U.S. Corporation, Bear Island Paper Co., and Bear Island Timber Co.

    Ziessler has spent the majority of his career in leadership positions in the tissue industry. He most recently served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Building Products from July 2011 to April 2015. Prior to that, he served for six years as President, Chief Operating Officer and Director of Cellu Tissue / Clearwater Paper Corporation. He has also held a number of senior positions with Kimberly-Clark Corporation, including President of Kimberly-Clark Professional in Europe and Vice President of Kimberly-Clark North America.
    (Soundview Paper Company)
    09.06.2015   IDCm – InlineDensity Control motorized: perfect ink density made affordable    ( Company news )

    Company news Haberbeck boosts printing quality of existing ROTOMAN with an ink density retrofit from manroland web systems

    InlineDensity Control (IDC) from manroland web systems is now also available for cost-sensitive retrofit projects. Druckhaus Haberbeck in Lage, Germany, retrofitted a ROTOMAN with the IDCm ink density control. In addition to print quality, the leading commercial printer appreciates the high process stability.

    “We wanted to offer our experience in ink density control in a low-cost control system. Customers deciding to retrofit the IDCm system will enjoy increased quality and process reliability while saving resources,” says Florian Fejfar, manroland web systems, explaining the motivation to develop the IDCm ink density control.The Product Manager for Color & Quality describes the innovation and its distinction from the known InlineDensity Control as follows: “The IDCm uses traversing measurement modules. This allows us to offer a much lower cost price at the same tried and tested measurement quality and precision. We are now also able to offer uncomplicated upgrades to existing press equipment.” All of manroland web systems’ developments aim to provide customers with an optimal production environment and maximum flexibility for the long term. Subsequent press expansions and upgrades such as IDCm are a major component of this philosophy. Haberbeck, known for its inline and offline finishing products such as catalogs, flyers, and mailings takes advantage of this first-hand. The company retrofitted a 2004 ROTOMAN with the color control.

    Quality upgrade for ROTOMAN
    Haberbeck uses the ROTOMAN to efficiently produce small print runs with frequent job changes. The company also requires short retrofit and adjusting times (EDE). In Lage, flying language, price, and image changes are all a part of day-to-day business accompanied by complete image and ink changes. All of these challenges demand stable production quality. IDCm is a sustainable solution, and Günter Wolf, Technical Director of Haberbeck, has been convinced since day one: “We are already familiar with IDC color control thanks to our LITHOMAN and are extremely satisfied with its reliability and performance. We wanted to take advantage of this system for our existing ROTOMAN. But it was necessary for us to keep the procurement costs within a reasonable limit.”

    IDC – advantages throughout the pressroom
    The advantages of ink density measurement have a positive effect throughout the entire pressroom. Haberbeck installed IDCm as a plug & play version, entailing fewer follow-up adjustments. No software changes are required on the press control console and PressManager. At Haberbeck, IDCm fully meets the expected measurement and control quality, handling, and material savings, as Günter Wolf confirms: “The system impressed us with its excellent measuring precision, comparable to manual measurement. Press operators are unable to make measurements at this speed and level of accuracy. IDCm is completely responsible for ink metering control.” The expert staff takes advantage of the staffing resources freed up by the IDCm since the system opens a significantly larger window of time for runability and process optimizing. “In addition, process stability has improved substantially, while waste has been reduced and ink saved,” Wolf states. He himself understands the production process very well, offering an analysis: “It has become much more transparent thanks to the integrated long-term quality evaluation. This helps us to adjust and optimize existing processes.”

    IDC – in-house control system innovation
    InlineDensity Control (IDC) is one of many Inline Control systems developed in collaboration between grapho metronic and manroland web systems. This includes ink and cut-off register, fan-out, and lateral web offset, all of which can be fully integrated into the PECOM environment. In a single measurement, IDC determines true ink density values across the entire width of the web. The high frequency of the colorimetry enables a comprehensive quality report, which can be analyzed in a tool such as the PressMonitor.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
    09.06.2015   Double A and ADVEO strengthen their partnership in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Double A partners with ADVEO, Europe’s largest wholesaler on office supplies. This commitment plans to roll out Double A through Europe, to increase the presence of Double A’s premium paper across the ADVEO network (Calipage, Plein Ciel, Elite group, Office Deal, Buro +…).

    Double A’s European expansion continues
    Following this new agreement, Double A is able to expand its presence in Europe through an increased availability in ADVEO retail outlets. Double A is already available in France, Germany and Belgium. With this new partnership Double A will be able to reach other markets such as Spain and Italy.
    Europe is a priority market for Double A. For two years now, Double A has strengthened its presence on the continent by restarting the Alizay paper factory and also through its distributors. ADVEO is recognized as a leader of the European office supply market. ADVEO is therefore an ideal partner for Double A.

    “ADVEO is a strategic partner for Double A. We hope to be present in all of ADVEO’s European retail outlets by the end of the year”, states Thirawit Leetavorn, Senior Vice-President, Double A.

    The new agreement is part of ADVEO’s strategy to strengthen its product offer through partnerships with premium range paper brands. This new partnership will be a strategic benefit for partners such as Double A, for whom Europe is a key market.

    “The qualities of Double A paper correspond to the premium requirements of our business”, declares Philippe Guillotin, Europe Merchandising and Purchasing Director, ADVEO. “The selection of brands that we propose in means that we have a differentiated value offer and a real commercial advantage. Offer Double A paper in European countries allows us to strengthen our position as a market leader”.
    (Double A Alizay SAS)
    09.06.2015   APP increases availability of PEFC certified products    ( Company news )

    Company news Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) can offer customers with a greater range of Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certified products across its global markets by the end of 2015. This follows the award of Indonesian Forestry Certification Cooperation (IFCC) certification to over 300,000 hectares of APP suppliers’ plantations.

    The 306,400 hectares of IFCC-PEFC certified plantations are operated by two of APP’s suppliers in Riau province, Indonesia; PT. Arara Abadi and PT. Satria Perkasa Agung respectively. In addition, more than 1,000,000 hectares of plantation area are in the final stages of IFCC-PEFC certification, with certification anticipated imminently. This means that APP will be much closer to reaching its Sustainability Roadmap Vision 2020 target of 100% of pulpwood suppliers achieving sustainable forest management certification by 2020 - significantly ahead of target.

    “Consumers increasingly demand sustainable and certified products. APP embraces all credible certification schemes, and is a member and supporter of the PEFC. We have been working hard to help develop the Indonesian national sustainable forest management certification, and have helped to ensure that it is fully aligned with globally recognised standards, because we recognise that independent assurance of sustainable forest management is very important for our customers. Through our work to support the development of the IFCC, its endorsement by the PEFC and the hard work of our suppliers in meeting the IFCC’s international standards, we have achieved this goal.

    “This is now the third year of the implementation of our zero deforestation commitment. In combination with this commitment, this certification means buyers from APP can be assured that not only are APP’s products of high quality, but that they are certified, traceable and support sustainable forest management across Indonesia.” said Aida Greenbury (photo), Managing Director Sustainability, APP.

    Secretary General of PEFC International, Ben Gunneberg said: “PEFC is proud to be associated with first certificates to be issued against the recently endorsed IFCC forest management standard as through these Indonesia is signalling its commitment to sustainable forest management to consumers around the world”

    Dradjad H Wibowo, Chairman of the IFCC, added: “Today marks the realisation of a lot of hard work and a long held ambition to secure internationally recognized certification for Indonesia’s forests. Our dual ambition of stimulating the Indonesian economy, assisting small holders whilst protecting one of our most valuable resources, our natural forests, will be significantly bolstered by the presence of the PEFC certificate, which is regarded around the globe as a guarantee of responsibly sourced products”.
    (IKPP P.T. Indah Kiat Pulp & Paper TbK)
    09.06.2015   BASF to sell its global paper hydrous kaolin business to Imerys    ( Company news )

    Company news -BASF to focus on kaolin for industrial applications
    -Transaction includes a production site in Wilkinson County, Georgia, United States
    -BASF will toll for Imerys during a short transition period post-closing to ensure continued supply for customers

    BASF has signed a contract to sell its global paper hydrous kaolin (PHK) business to Imerys, a leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry, based in Paris, France. In September 2014, BASF announced its plan to evaluate strategic options for its PHK business.

    The divestiture is subject to approval by the relevant merger control authorities. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place during the third quarter of 2015. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial details of the transaction.

    Imerys will purchase the global PHK business including a production site for milling in Wilkinson County, Georgia. Overall, 190 positions will be affected globally. BASF will work with affected employees to help locate other employment opportunities within the company or to provide the appropriate transition support.

    In step with BASF’s strategy to actively manage its portfolio, this divestiture allows the kaolin business to focus on its leading position in the industrial segments. In addition, BASF will continue producing kaolin for process catalysts.

    “We are taking an important step to improve the competitiveness of our kaolin business and further sharpen our focus on growth and core businesses,” said Dr. Shane Porzio, Vice President, Global Business Management of Kaolin for BASF. “We will work closely with Imerys to ensure a smooth transition for customers.”

    BASF will toll for Imerys and provide other services during a short transition period to ensure continuity of supply for customers.
    (BASF SE)
    08.06.2015   technotrans maintains growth trajectory in first quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news Operating profit up 63.5 percent / Growth away from printing industry continues / Forecast for the current financial year confir

    technotrans AG is able to report a very successful start to the 2015 financial year: the company increased its operating profit (EBIT) for the first quarter of 2015 by 63.5 percent compared with the prior-year period, to EUR 2.3 million. Revenue reached EUR 30.6 million, representing growth of 12.9 percent. The growth segments outside the printing industry were the main contributors to this positive business performance. In light of these results, the Board of Management has confirmed its full-year forecast.

    “Our group of companies has made a very successful start to the new financial year of 2015,” commented Henry Brickenkamp, Chief Executive Officer of technotrans AG. The substantial growth in the operating result pushed the EBIT margin up to 7.5 percent (previous year: 5.2 percent). The consolidated result after tax grew by 72.9 percent to EUR 1.5 million. This represents a rate of return of 4.8 percent (previous year: 3.3 percent).

    Total revenue reached EUR 30.6 million, up 12.9 percent on the figure for the prior-year period. The performance of the very strong closing quarter of 2014 (EUR 30.2 million) was also bettered. Revenue streams from outside the printing industry were the biggest contributors to this development: in that area the group companies between them achieved organic revenue growth of around 30 percent. “This development again underlines just how successful the group’s strategic direction is proving to be,” stressed Brickenkamp.

    technotrans now earns 35 percent of its revenue away from the printing industry, with the activities in mechanical and plant engineering, battery cooling as well as medical and scanner technology especially successful in the period under review. Along with Asia and Europe, the American economic region provided growth impetus. “We have also acquired more new customers, over and above increasing the volume of business with established customers,” added Brickenkamp. Business with customers from the printing industry, too, made positive progress, while not quite being on a par with the outstanding development in Q4 2014.

    Turnaround in Technology segment
    In the Technology segment, revenue was up 17.0 percent on the prior-year period at € 20.7 million. This development is mainly attributable to the successful expansion of business in the non-print area. Here, the segment profited both from strong business in the laser industry and from a growing revenue share for the self-developed technologies for temperature control, filtration, cooling lubricant preparation and spray lubrication. Revenue streams from the printing industry were moreover up on the first quarter of 2014, the result of both successfully expanding the market shares in offset printing and of growing demand in the area of digital and flexographic printing. The segment achieved earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of EUR 0.6 million, in a turnaround from a slight loss of EUR 0.1 million in the prior-year period.

    The Services segment achieved revenue growth of 5.2 percent to EUR 9.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period of the previous year (€ 9.4 million). This rise stems substantially from the billing of a number of installation projects in the print business area and from successfully expanded service activities in the new market segments. The operating profit climbed by 9.5 percent to EUR 1.7 million.

    Against the backdrop of a positive business performance, net liquidity for the group in the first three months improved from EUR 4.8 million in the final quarter of 2014 to EUR 7.9 million. The cash flow (net cash from operating activities) came to EUR 3.4 million in the period under review and was therefore 12.5 percent above the level of the prior-year quarter. Equity grew by 4.2 percent in Q1 to EUR 49.5 million, producing an equity ratio of 62.2 percent.

    Forecast confirmed
    “We are very satisfied with the first quarter’s progress, which all things considered surpassed our expectations,” explained Brickenkamp. As matters stand the Board of Management expects full-year revenue to achieve the forecast level of EUR 116 to 120 million. Based on the improvement in operating profit over the past few quarters, the target EBIT margin should be between 6.8 and 7.3 percent, equivalent to EBIT of EUR 7.8 to 8.8 million.
    (technotrans AG)
    08.06.2015   GreeNest - innovative egg packaging made with grass fibers    ( Company news )

    Company news Huhtamaki’s molded fiber business has introduced an egg packaging that is made with grass fibers.

    The world’s first packaging consisting of 50 % grass fibers is one of Huhtamaki’s steps towards more sustainable production and raw material use. Both aspects are at the core of Huhtamaki’s approach to environmental responsibility.

    Huhtamaki’s standard molded fiber products are also environmentally friendly since they are produced of recycled paper. GreeNest, however, goes a step further in resource-efficiency. Using a mixture of grass fibers and recycled paper helps to save 60% water in production and reduce greenhouse gasses by 10%. In addition, less paper is needed for the production because part of it is replaced with grass fiber.

    GreeNest packaging provides the same protection as other Huhtamaki’s egg packaging and is fully recyclable. Yet, fascinating detail for the customer is that grass fibers are partly visible on the surface and can be felt by touching.

    Years of research and development preceded the launch of the new grass based packaging. “We are proud that the first grass packaging is now in stores,” says Dick Huizinga, Business Development Director at Huhtamaki’s Molded Fiber site in the Netherlands.

    At present, eggs packed in GreeNest grass fiber packaging can be found in retail stores in the Netherlands and Germany.
    (Huhtamaki Nederland b.v.)
    08.06.2015   Environmental impact assessment program for Finnpulp's new softwood pulp mill to be launched    ( Company news )

    Company news Finnpulp Oy has submitted an environmental impact assessment program to the North Savo Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment regarding the pulp mill project in Sorsasalo, Kuopio. The assessment program includes Finnpulp Oy's plans on the various implementation alternatives for the mill project and a plan (working program) on the environmental impacts to be assessed and the implementation methods of the assessment.

    The annual production capacity of this pulp mill, designed specifically to produce raw materials for the tissue and packaging board industries, is 1.2 million tons. In addition, it will produce bioelectricity and wood-based biochemicals such as tall oil and turpentine. It is estimated that the mill will use roughly 6.7 million cubic meters of wood raw material per year.

    In addition to the construction and operation of the pulp mill itself, the assessment procedure will cover the essential auxiliary activities required by the mill such as road and rail connections and the power transmission network.
    (Finnpulp Oy)
    08.06.2015   Resolute to Enter Tissue Market by 2017    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced a major decision to build a state-of-the-art facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel.

    "This is an important step forward for Resolute as we execute on our growth strategy in a way that maximizes our ability to capture synergies and deliver superior value," said Richard Garneau (photo), president and chief executive officer. "We have been studying this option to diversify into the tissue business for quite some time, and we will continue to look at opportunities to expand our presence in this growing market. Once fully operational, Resolute will produce high-quality products at one of the most competitive and efficient tissue operations. We will work to be a preferred supplier of major private label retailers by being the best at meeting their needs in customer service and the quality promise of their store brands."

    Resolute's tissue paper machine and converting operations will be built at the Calhoun mill in Tennessee. This $270 million project represents the largest investment made by Resolute since 2010. At full capacity, the new tissue and converting facilities will produce approximately 60,000 metric tons per year of at-home, premium bath tissue and towel, focused on the growing private label market. With market feasibility studies, technology selection and project engineering nearly complete, construction is expected to begin shortly, with ramp-up expected to start in the first quarter of 2017. The tissue machine will use excess slush pulp over and above the additional dried market pulp capacity associated with the previously announced continuous pulp digester project.

    Unlike many other paper products, tissue demand has grown steadily for the past 20 years, and it is expected to continue growing in the future. Today, the at-home segment accounts for the majority of all tissue sold in North America. Over the next ten years, most of the sector's growth is expected to be in the premium quality tier, Resolute's target market.

    The decision to enter the tissue market and to build at its existing Calhoun site further capitalizes on Resolute's unique ability to capture synergies by:

    integrating Resolute's high-quality, low-cost, excess slush pulp for 100% of the tissue machine's fiber requirement;
    utilizing the full capacity of the tissue machine in a state-of-the-art converting operation;
    taking advantage of capital expenditure and fixed cost efficiencies by extending existing infrastructure;
    having access to an attractive and cost-competitive fiber basket; and
    being ideally located to serve Eastern U.S. markets.

    The Calhoun mill also benefits from a strong working relationship with local labor unions. This investment will create 105 new jobs at the mill, in addition to the 50 positions associated with the continuous pulp digester.

    This investment has also received support under existing business development programs offered by the state of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the mill's home community in McMinn County.

    The tissue project is in line with Resolute's disciplined and financially attractive capacity-building investments in markets with future growth opportunities, such as: the 2012 acquisition of Fibrek Inc., which added 60% to the company's market pulp capacity; the Calhoun digester project, which will increase market pulp capacity by another 100,000 metric tons per year as of the end of this year; and the sawmill capacity initiatives, including the complete refurbishment of the Ignace, Ontario, sawmill and the construction of a new sawmill in Atikokan, Ontario, which together are expected to add 275 million board feet to the company's annualized lumber capacity.

    "We want to thank Resolute for expanding in Tennessee and for the new jobs they're creating in Calhoun and McMinn County," said Governor Bill Haslam. "We think it says a lot when companies like Resolute, who can choose to do business anywhere in the world, continue expanding here, and today's announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

    "Resolute and the jobs they provide make a major impact in Calhoun and McMinn County," stated Randy Boyd, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner. "They've been a cornerstone of this community since 1954 and this investment is a big vote of confidence in the quality of our state's workforce. We're focused on giving Tennesseans access to quality education so companies like Resolute have a pipeline of talented workers to ensure success for decades to come."

    "TVA congratulates Resolute Forest Products on its recent announcement of expansion plans involving major investment and adding more than 100 new jobs in the Calhoun community," said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. "We, along with the state of Tennessee and community economic development partners, celebrate Resolute's continuing business success and longstanding commitment to grow in the Tennessee Valley."

    "We want to thank Resolute for their continued faith in the McMinn County workforce, made evident by this $270 million investment. We understand they had other options, but they chose us and for that we are humbled and truly grateful," added John Gentry, McMinn County Mayor. "Resolute continues to diversify and pivot with the changing market demands. We are indeed both fortunate and proud they will continue to call McMinn County home for many years to come."
    (Resolute Forest Products)
    08.06.2015   New 0507 Folder Feeder for Muller Martini Saddle Stitchers: Retrofitting Pays Off    ( Company news )

    Company news The new, retrofittable 0507 folder feeder from Muller Martini makes saddle stitching even more efficient and cost-effective thanks to its large range of formats, quick replacement, feeding using stream feeders and the fact that a folding process is no longer necessary.

    “In terms of return on investment, it’s one of the most attractive investments that we’ve ever made.” When Martin Vogel, Head of Production and Member of the Executive Board of Zofinger Tagblatt AG, which is based in the Swiss canton of Aargau, was asked about his experiences of the 0507 folder feeder with which the BravoPlus saddle stitcher (year of production: 1996) has been fitted, he soon gets talking about the figures, for example for the production of the weekly magazine Tierwelt, which has a circulation of around 80,000 copies. Since the new folder feeder can now also be fed using stream feeders, and all stream feeders for the cover and content signatures can be operated by one and the same person, only one operator is needed for all the feeders instead of two. “With eight hours of production time multiplied by 52 issues a year, it pays off,” says Vogel.

    Numerous benefits
    In addition to cover feeding using stream feeders, the 0507 folder feeder with servo drive, which comes as standard with the new Primera generation and can be retrofitted on the Prima, Prima S, PrimaPlus, BravoPlus, Primera 130 and Primera 140 saddle stitchers, offers numerous other key benefits.
    -Kill two birds with one stone: With a maximum size of 482 x 635 and a minimum one of 89 x 165, the 0507 folder feeder covers a large range of sizes, and replaces the 0553 and 0554 predecessor models (the former being for smaller sizes and the latter for larger sizes) with a single feeder model that covers the whole product range.
    -Flexible installation: Thanks to its compact design, the 0507 folder feeder can be installed anywhere at the saddle stitcher in place of a flat pile feeder. Two flat pile feeders had to make way for the 0554 folder feeder.
    -Short setup times: The 0507 folder feeder has considerably shorter setup times than earlier models. That makes an impact with several job changeovers per shift.
    -Ideal for thin paper: The 0507 folder feeder is optimized for the processing of low paper grammages, which additionally extends the product range.
    -No need for folding process: Since the 0507 folder feeder ensures clean scoring thanks to the tWinScore scoring wheel developed by Muller Martini, the folding process for the covers can be omitted. For saddle stitchers without a folder feeder to date, the use of the folder feeder enables skipping an entire process, making production considerably more efficient.

    “An Attractive and User-Friendly Solution”
    At Zofinger Tagblatt AG, the Tierwelt cover that is printed in four-up, only needs to be trimmed to individual sheets. The earlier folding process in double production is no longer necessary, allowing around five hours of production time to be saved per week. In addition to greater cost-effectiveness (“without the need for the folding process, we can produce at lower cost and have more free capacity”), Martin Vogel also reports enhanced quality when using the new 0507 folder feeder: “Previously we occasionally had scratch marks, but that’s now a thing of the past.”
    He is therefore in no doubt that retrofitting has paid off for the company: “The new folder feeder is an attractive and user-friendly solution for industrial production in particular – it’s just a shame that it wasn’t on the market even earlier ...”
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
    08.06.2015   Innovative Open&Close resealable packages in the pack of 100 category    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to the new, innovative OPEN&CLOSE technology our three-ply Ooops! handkerchiefs come in a convenient, resealable package even in the pack of 100 category.

    This special feature is the only one of its kind in this category, making the opening and storage of our products much easier, so the high quality of our handkerchiefs is guaranteed not only by their softness, but its novel packaging as well.
    (Vajda-Papír Kft.)
    05.06.2015   Algro® Sol – Fit for the global marketplace    ( Company news )

    Company news Silicone base papers from Sappi gaining market share outside Europe

    Picture: Algro Sol Silicone base Papers - Despite the low silicone consumption, an extremely homogeneous silicone surface is achieved.

    Algro Sol silicone base papers from Sappi have had an outstanding quality reputation in the marketplace for the last several decades. Today, Algro Sol enjoys a leading market position in Europe. Before completing the conversion of paper mill PM2 in Alfeld, inaugurated in March 2014, the previous production line for silicone base papers offered minimal flexibility for further growth. Now, increased production capacities ensure a long-term and sustainable supply in a dynamically changing marketplace, expanding its reach to the Americas and Asia.

    Low silicone consumption and homogeneous silicone surface
    An important advantage for converters using silicone base paper is the low silicone consumption that is achieved with Algro Sol paper types in the siliconisation process. The consumption values are normally between 1 and 1.3 g/m². However, consumption measurements have even resulted in values below 1 g/m². This means the consumption is 25% lower as compared to other standard carrier papers currently available on the market. This is achieved by using a double clay coating or by smoothing or calendering of the side being siliconised. Despite the low silicone consumption, an extremely homogeneous silicone surface is achieved. This ensures excellent removal of the self-adhesive films from the siliconised carrier paper. Reduced silicone consumption results in significant cost savings and has a positive effect on the eco-balance. The pulp used to produce Sappi papers also has a positive impact on the environment. As an example, Algro Sol papers are manufactured from pulp sourced from FSC approved wood.

    A paper manufacturer with expertise knowledge.
    Silicone base papers must have good properties both for siliconisation and subsequent processing. Extensive expertise and comprehensive applications knowledge are absolutely essential here. Sappi has acquired both over several decades, and this expertise has been applied during the development of Algro Sol papers. These papers feature rapid silicone curing and good silicone anchoring, high dimensional stability with good flatness of the self-adhesive bond, low shrinkage of the paper on heat loading as well as high ply-bond strength.

    Sappi offers the right solution for every individual application specification. Over the years, the Algro Sol product line has been expanded to include a variety of individual paper types for specific applications. In addition, commercial and in-house siliconisation customers have praised the consistently high quality of Algro Sol papers that results in a high degree of process reliability and process efficiency.

    Short delivery lead-times worldwide
    To ensure that Algro Sol papers are available to siliconisation customers quickly, Sappi maintains international logistics centres and develops custom delivery programmes. In this process, the customer's specific requirements are analysed and special logistics solutions developed. Gunnar Sieber, Manager Product Group Release Liner at Sappi Europe, says, "Our customers expect fast delivery lead-times worldwide, and that's exactly what they get, regardless of whether their production sites are in Germany, the USA, Colombia or China."
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
    05.06.2015   Major interest in Bordeaux's printer specific inks at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New partners, live demonstrations of printer specific solutions and launch of Velvet Jet

    Bordeaux Digital Printink, an industry leader in developing and manufacturing of high quality inks and coatings, wraps up another successful FESPA, with high interest in the breakthrough printer specific solution and establishment of new distributers partnerships.
    During FESPA Bordeaux introduced its printer specific solution concept and marked the new standard for the non-OEM inks market. Striving to lead the market, Bordeaux showed inks that are printer specific, chemically formulated to match the specific technical attributes of top printer models on the market. Attaining to all different ink types, Bordeaux formulated printer specific solution both to the leading solvent printers and the main UV curable printers. Bordeaux is the first non-OEM ink manufacturer to now offer printer specific ink solutions.
    FESPA also marks the launch of Bordeaux's new division – Velvet Jet – dedicated to digital textile printing solutions. Aiming to accommodate market needs Bordeaux have made a strategic commitment to broaden ink solution options, and to offer new solutions for both the fashion and soft signage industries.
    As top distributers are growing interest in Bordeaux, new alliances such as with Ultimatum Engineering, a leading service provider in the UK for Océ Arizona, were established at FESPA.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
    05.06.2015   Revolutionary digital printing solution - BOBST starts beta site program    ( Company news )

    Company news BOBST is known for driving innovation in the packaging industry, and for the technological leaps that allow packaging manufacturers to reach new markets and better exploit existing ones. Today, BOBST is proud to announce one such leap, the first beta site installation of the highly anticipated BOBST digital printing press for corrugated board.

    Designed to deliver four-color digital post-print directly onto a broad range of uncoated and coated corrugated media, the BOBST digital printing press is unique in that it offers both personalization and speed, on short-run and high volume work. This sheet-fed press delivers superb quality, variable-data printing at exceptional speeds - up to 200 meters per minute - and can handle sheets up to a maximum size of 1.3 x 2.1 meters.

    Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of BOBST, said, "We promised the packaging industry a series of revolutionary digital printing solutions. Now that the corrugated version is in beta testing, the industry can see that we are making good on that promise. This press will start a revolution in the corrugated packaging industry because it opens up such a huge range of possibilities to box makers, and to their clients - the brand owners."

    The site chosen for the first beta installation is the Model AG plant in Weinfelden, Switzerland, which is also the production and management hub of the CHF 700m turnover Model Group. Dr. Daniel Model, CEO of Model Group, said, "We are very excited and proud to be the first beta customer for this revolutionary press. We firmly believe that the technology this BOBST solution brings will permanently transform the corrugated packaging industry." Philippe Milliet, Head of Business Unit Sheet-fed, added, "Model have been our partners on many such pioneering projects and we tremendously value their input because of their forward-looking philosophy."

    Working with Stream Inkjet Technology supplied by imaging technology leader Kodak, BOBST has produced the first credible digital solution for industrial scale corrugated box printing. The Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology not only delivers vivid color reproduction and one of the highest print resolutions available, it also utilizes food compliant inks, a key issue for packaging manufacturers in many sectors.

    Philippe Milliet further said, "The BOBST digital printing press is unlike any other solution seen in the market. For corrugated packaging makers, it bridges the gap between high-volume flexo printing and the lower capacity digital systems available up until now. Furthermore, the press has been designed to integrate into the typical high-volume post-print production environments of the corrugated industry. For our customers, it means they can offer their clients more flexibility and the reactivity to meet dynamic consumer demands, by introducing new products with versioning, mass customization and personalization."

    The beta press at Model AG will be shortly followed by a second installation in Europe.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    05.06.2015   Stora Enso sets new financial targets for the Group and divisions    ( Company news )

    Company news All Stora Enso's five divisions will have financial targets set in order to support the Group in attaining its strategic goal.

    Stora Enso has defined clear strategic targets for each division. The targets will enable the markets to better follow each division’s performance, while guiding the divisions in the implementation of the Group’s strategy – as it transforms itself from a traditional paper and board producer to a customer focused renewable materials company. As Stora Enso’s divisions operate in very distinct business environments, the targets will vary between the divisions.

    The key divisional financial target is the Return on Operating Capital (ROOC) percentage – with the exception of the Paper division, which has Free Cash Flow to Net Sales, because its target focuses on the division’s cash flow generation. The targets are defined to be ambitious but reachable within a 5 year planning horizon.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    05.06.2015   Borregaard and Rayonier invest in new lignin operation    ( Company news )

    Company news Borregaard and Rayonier Advanced Materials (RYAM) have entered into a non-binding letter of intent regarding the establishment of a new lignin operation adjacent to RYAM’s Fernandina Beach pulp mill in Florida. The new company will be owned 55% by Borregaard and 45% by RYAM.

    Photo: Per A. Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard

    The Fernandina Beach mill manufactures specialty cellulose and lignin raw material as co-products from softwood. Utilising Borregaard’s know-how and technical expertise, the new company will initially manufacture lignin products suitable for concrete admixture and similar applications targeting primarily the North and South American markets. The products will be marketed through Borregaard’s international sales network and will represent a 30% increase in the lignin sales volume at full capacity.

    It is anticipated that the project will be completed in two phases over 5 years. The parties estimate an aggregate USD 110 million for a capacity of 150,000 metric tonnes dry substance per year. The first phase is expected to commence commercial operations in 2017.

    The new operation will benefit from the development work in the BALI project, and takes priority over a first BALI plant. Longer term, the BALI technology remains a strategic lignin raw material option for Borregaard.

    Completion of the new operation is subject to board approval by both companies and conclusion of definitive agreements, as well as final engineering, refinement of capital estimates, and obtaining required permits and other approvals.

    “The Fernandina Beach project represents an excellent growth opportunity for our lignin business in a global market which for some time has been supply constrained”, says Per A. Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard.

    “Pursuing this opportunity with the leader in lignin-based chemistry significantly enhances the prospects for success while reducing operational and market-based risk,” says RYAM CEO Paul Boynton.
    (Borregaard ChemCell)
    05.06.2015   Pyrox and PyroxHigh: Voith launches new dryer fabrics onto the market    ( Company news )

    Company news With Pyrox and PyroxHigh Voith is launching two new heat-resistant dryer fabrics onto the market. They are part of the CleanWeave family of dryer fabrics and were especially designed for dryer sections with moderately high temperatures. Pyrox fabrics are made from a blend of hydrolysis resistant PPS and abrasion resistant PET materials. Like the entire CleanWeave product family, Pyrox and PyroxHigh is produced from SynStron yarn, a material developed by Voith that is especially suited for the challenging conditions of the dryer section.

    The proven weave structure of CleanWeave dryer fabrics is incorporated in Pyrox and PyroxHigh. It offers a low internal void volume and minimal yarn crossover points, ensuring contamination within the fabric to be reduced. The compact fabric structure simplifies cleaning of the surface to ensure constant permeability. All CleanWeave products from Voith have a stable, easy-to-clean fabric structure which is unique in the industry. This ensures that the fabric maintains close to its original air permeability, maximizing drying and sheet handling over its entire service life.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    05.06.2015   WEIG-Karton – Results with web inspection at former and press section    ( Company news )

    Company news Web Monitoring Vital to Product Quality
    In the paper industry, customer requirements are constantly increasing and product quality has to be continuously improved. WEIG-Karton has introduced intensive quality control processes in order to match and exceed their customer’s expectations.
    WEIG-Karton has been working closely with Procemex since 2009 to improve the optical process monitoring on their folding box board line. Initially a fully integrated Procemex web monitoring and inspection system was installed. In 2013 the resolution was doubled by updating the cameras to the latest FullHD technology, and the potential for product quality improvements was further increased.

    Photo: Pinhole camera beam above forming section of KM6

    Weig & Procemex collaboration for excellence
    In 2013, WEIG-Karton decided to fit their gypsym liner board machine, KM6, with a portable high speed camera system. Four FullHD pinhole cameras were installed at the wet end of the machine to improve
    troubleshooting accuracy.
    This new setup proved to be a great success: it helped the operators to focus their troubleshooting in the right areas of the wet end. The success of the first experiment lead to further innovation collaboration between WEIG and Procemex. Together the teams developed a deployment concept of a camera system that would cover all of the board machine, not just the wet end.

    Seamless inspection on extreme areas
    The team’s ground-breaking idea was to monitor the wire with a pinhole web inspection beam. Procemex had previously used camera beams to inspect pick-up areas with promising results, and they had developed a pinhole beam technology for full-width web monitoring and inspecting
    extreme areas of paper machines. The technology guarantees seamless inspection without disturbing the cleaning mechanisms, such as wipers.
    Thanks to the new technology, web inspection beams can be used in even the most demanding areas of paper and board machines.
    This was the preferred beam technology for the exit press section and the sizing press entry. The same image resolution could be used in all 3 beam positions in order to compare events with each other.
    Single pinhole cameras were installed alongside the beams on the headbox of the KM6.
    Now defects and their root causes can be identified quickly through a process of elimination.

    Ambition leads to success
    In order to develop a comprehensive solution for the KM6, additional web monitoring cameras were installed at 2nd press, pre-dryer section
    and exit from size press.
    Thanks to experienced and dedicated teams at both WEIG-Karton and Procemex, the system was completed in August 2014. Procemex trained WEIG operators and engineers to operate and take care of the system in efficient way.
    Today, a total of 40 single cameras are used to monitor the process and quality of their paper machines, and three 42” monitors display live images of the production.

    Statement from Henning Dippel, KM6 0perating Manager, Weig-Karton:
    “After the commissioning we could see a major improvement in process monitoring quality. The reaction times were significantly reduced.”
    “In addition to defect detection, the condition monitoring of wires and felts plays a significant role in ensuring the economic operation of the material. For example, a hole in the 3rd dryer group felt and wire defect in the former section could be quickly detected and corrected.”
    “It is not just the image quality and work of Procemex that impresses me. The intensive partnership and results oriented co-operation are essential success factors for a sustainable quality control.”

    Statement from Mika Valkonen, CEO, Procemex:
    “Procemex pinhole camera and LED light beam technology are specifically developed for the most challenging wet end and finishing area environments. It is essential to analyze and understand the root causes of web breaks and defects, and eliminate them quickly.”
    “We started developing the wet end frame concept in Finland 3 years ago. The first pinhole camera beam was installed under the pick-up felt of a paper machine. This turned out to be very helpful in solving runnability issues and improving machine efficiency. We soon realized that the concept also works in several other positions where conventional solutions cannot stay clean enough to perform.”
    “Monitoring the forming area is very important, as typically 80-90% of web breaks originate there.”
    “Collaborating with innovative clients like Weig-Karton pushes our process and quality understanding forward, beyond conventional boundaries. This is the only way to improve machine efficiency and product quality.”
    (Procemex Oy)
    05.06.2015   Norske Skog discontinues operations at the Walsum mill in Duisburg    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2015, Walsum's cash flow to the Norske Skog group has been negative with up to NOK 10 million per month. Therefore, the board of Norske Skog has decided to discontinue operations at Walsum in order to prevent further losses for the group. There are 291 employees at the mill, which has an annual production capacity of 205,000 tons of light-weight coated (LWC) paper.

    - Walsum has recently had a significant negative cash flow, a trend unlikely to reverse given the unfavorable cost position. In recent years, we have completed several improvement programs with respect to energy, raw materials, number of employees and the level of working capital without achieving profitability, says CEO Sven Ombudstvedt (photo).

    In December 2013, Norske Skog closed the production at paper machine PM4, which had an annual production capacity of 225,000 tons. At the time, Norske Skog decided to continue production at the mill's second paper machine, PM10. The employees have made significant efforts to improve the remaining activities at the mill.

    - Despite solid efforts from the employees, Walsum is in a loss position. Given the challenging market situation and the mill's high costs relative to competitors, it is very difficult to see a return to profitability, says Ombudstvedt.

    The market for publication paper has been demanding for an extended period. Capacity closures of more than 3.0 million tonnes in Europe and North America in 2014 and 2015, in Norske Skog's product segments, contribute to a better market balance, but do not improve the economic fundament of Walsum.

    Norske Skog has therefore decided to end the support of the cash negative operations at Walsum. This has led the local management of Walsum to file for opening of insolvency proceedings with the local court in Duisburg.

    The closure will not affect agreements that suppliers and customers have with other Norske Skog companies. The closure will have no effect on any of the other business units of Norske Skog. The closure will have no effect on the financing of the Norske Skog group. The closure will for the Norske Skog group have an estimated negative equity effect of around NOK 30-40 million before costs related to the closure. Cash effects beyond the operating losses at Walsum are limited.
    ((Norske Skogindustrier ASA))
    05.06.2015   The labelling of a foodstuff must not mislead the consumer by giving the impression that a ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ...particular ingredient is present, even though it is not in fact present

    Judgment in Case C - 195/14
    Bundesverband der Verbraucherzentralen und Verbraucherverbände
    – Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband e.V. v. Teekanne GmbH & Co. KG

    The list of ingredients may, even though correct and comprehensive, not be capable of correcting sufficiently the consumer’s erroneous or misleading impression that stems from such labelling

    The German company Teekanne markets a fruit tea called ‘Felix Himbeer-
    Vanille Abenteuer’ (‘Felix raspberry and vanilla adventure’). The
    packaging comprises in particular depictions of raspberries and vanilla flowers and the indications ‘Früchtetee mit natürlichen aromen’ (‘fruit tea with natural flavourings’) and ‘Früchtetee mit natürlichen aromen –Himbeer-Vanille-Geschmack’ (‘fruit tea with
    natural flavourings – raspberry-vanilla taste’). In fact, the fruit tea does not contain natural ingredients from vanilla or raspberry or flavouring obtained from them.
    The list of ingredients, which is on one side of the packaging, reads: ‘Hibiscus, apple, sweet blackberry leaves, orange peel, rosehip, natural flavouring with a taste of vanilla, lemon peel, natural flavouring with a taste of raspberry, blackberries, strawberry, blueberry, elderberry’.

    A German consumer-protection association complains that through the
    items on the packaging Teekanne misleads the consumer with regard to the tea’s contents.
    It argues that because of those items, the consumer expects the tea to contain vanilla and raspberry or at least natural vanilla flavouring and natural raspberry flavouring. The association therefore requests Teekanne to desist from advertising the tea. The Bundesgerichtshof (the Federal Court of Justice), to which the case
    came at last instance, asks the Court of Justice whether the labelling
    of a foodstuff may mislead the consumer when it gives the impression that a particular ingredient is present, even though it is not in fact present, and the only way for the consumer to notice this is by reading the list of ingredients.
    By this judgment, the Court of Justice reiterates that EU law requires that the consumer have correct, neutral and objective information that does not mislead him and that the labelling of food cannot mislead.
    While the consumer is assumed to read the list of ingredients before purchasing a product, the Court does not exclude the possibility that the labelling of the product may be such as to mislead the purchaser, when some of the items on the labelling are misleading, erroneous, ambiguous, contradictory or incomprehensible.
    The Court makes clear that, in such a case, the list of ingredients, even though correct and comprehensive, may not be capable of correcting sufficiently the erroneous or misleading impression which
    the consumer gains from the labelling of the foodstuff.
    Therefore, where the labelling of a foodstuff gives the impression that a particular ingredient is present in that foodstuff, even though
    it is not in fact present (this being apparent solely from the list
    of ingredients), such labelling is such as could mislead the purchaser as to the characteristics of the foodstuff in question.

    It is for the national court therefore to determine, by examining
    the various items comprising the tea’s labelling, whether an average consumer who is reasonably well informed, and reasonably observant and circumspect, may be misled as to the presence of raspberry and vanilla-flower or flavourings obtained from those ingredients.
    In the context of that examination, the national court must in particular take into account the words and depictions used as well as the location, size, colour, font, language, syntax and punctuation of the various elements on the fruit tea’s packaging.
    (Court of Justice of the European Union )
    05.06.2015   Lecta and the Top Photographic Creations of the Year    ( Company news )

    Company news Spanish national photography awards choose CreatorSilk for the publication of the prestigious LUX book.

    Lecta reaffirms its connection to the world of art and culture as the paper of choice for innovative, emblematic artistic work.
    Since their creation in 1993, the LUX Photography Awards have emerged as a touchstone of professional photography in Spain, recognizing the year’s best work by professional photographers, with a special emphasis on the search for new ideas and techniques, and the image’s ability to communicate.
    The paper chosen to give expression to the photographs of the winners and finalists of the 2014 LUX Awards was Lecta's PEFC-certified 170 and 350 g/m2 CreatorSilk. The paper is specifically designed to guarantee excellent print quality and color reproduction in prestige work.
    With the LUX Photography Awards Book, our paper will be in the hands not only of the best professional photographers but also in schools, libraries and leading book stores in Spain.
    (Lecta Group)
    Lecta is proud to contribute, once again, to making quality creative work available to a wider audience.
    (Lecta Group)
    04.06.2015   Asahi Photoproducts AWP™- DEF Pinning Top Dot Plate Technology     ( Company news )

    Company news Where Performance Meets Profit

    Asahi Photoproducts, a leading worldwide flexographic plate manufacturer, recognizes the need for fast paced packaging and label printing companies to deliver every higher levels of graphic print quality, both consistently and profitably.

    AWP™- DEF Pinning Top Dot (PTD) flexographic photopolymer plate technology from Asahi ensures exceptional print performance and enhanced press profitability.

    Enhanced print quality
    Asahi AWP™- DEF plates achieve a high quality print performance as a result of their engineered photopolymer chemistry design. With a very high plate resolution designed for fine text and minimum dots fading out to zero, the unique plate specification allows a larger total colour gamut to be achieved, particularly in any highlight areas, providing more design flexibility and graphic quality.

    In terms of the plate production process, as the Asahi AWP™- DEF plate making process is solvent-less, there is no need for high temperature processes and the result is a perfect, dimensionally stable plate, which ensures high quality consistent print production without colour shift.
    Branded Asahi AWP™- DEF, Asahi’s digital water wash flexo plate also has a lighter printing impression which produce constant repeatability of the print quality during a run, ensuring improved graphic consistency and print performance.

    So how does it work?
    Asahi AWP™- DEF Pinning Top Dot plate technology from Asahi is specifically engineered to transfer all remaining ink to the print substrate. The science behind this beneficial property is simple; the Asahi AWP™- DEF plate has a lower surface energy than conventional solvent plates enabling improved ink transfer to the print surface.

    Successful flexographic printing is not just about high quality print performance. In today’s competitive flexo world, profitable production is key and this is where Asahi AWP™- DEF Pinning Top Dot plate technology ensures performance meets profit!

    Improved Printer Profitability
    The Asahi engineered low surface energy plate design facilitates low printing pressure, or “kiss touch” printing as it’s known, which reduces dot gain and results in plates that last longer in the printing process. Less plate wear means reduced plate replacement costs for the printer. Reduced ink filling-in at the mid tone area during printing then also leads to fewer cleaning intervals and increased press production uptime.

    As the Asahi AWP™- DEF plate do not need to be cleaned as often as conventional digital solvent plates, the reduction of press cleaning creates a significant step in profitability for users, as a result of the improvement in overall equipment effectiveness.
    Two key areas of inefficiency in the modern print shop are also plate availability and time to press, which are also both resolved by the Asahi AWP™- DEF PTD solution.

    The solvent-free production of the Asahi AWP™- DEF PTD plate does not require the incorporation of a drying process therefore on average the plate can be delivered to press in approximately one-hour minimizing the risk of press downtime. This speed to press also facilitates its application in combination printing, popular in label and flexible packaging printing applications.

    In summary, the quality, register, availability, flexibility and reduced cleaning requirements of the Asahi AWP™- DEF plate solution ensure high graphic performance and productivity is secured. Combine these benefits with the premium plate quality and the Asahi AWP™- DEF is suitable to be used in the ever more popular Fixed Colour Palette printing process.

    A 33% improvement in overall equipment effectiveness is secured with Asahi AWP™- DEF
    A recent case study by the Asahi team indicated a 33% improvement in Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) compared with using a standard solvent plate in the same print production set up.

    A flexible packaging film printer with a CI Press printing water-based inks was using an anilox roller with a volume of 4cm3/m2 at 400/cm and had an average press speed of 350m/min. Working a three-shift system, 240 days per annum, at a machine cost per hour of €350*, the company had a total operating cost of € 2,016,000 per machine and annum.

    Utilizing a standard solvent plate, the company was experiencing €987,840 of machine uptime cost and a non-production cost of €1,028,160. This equated to a Solvent Plate OEE of just 49%.

    Simply transferring to the Asahi AWP™- DEF plate, the company reversed that trend achieving a machine uptime cost of €1,310,400 and non-production cost of €705,600, securing an OEE of 65%.

    The overall OEE advantage over the solvent plate was 33% or a saving of €322,560 per machine and annum.

    Obviously OEE data varies press shop to press shop and printer to printer with all the variables that need to be taken into account but the evidence is clear - the reduced downtime achieved via reduced cleaning and time to press using the Asahi AWP™- DEF plate delivered the exceptional profitability and enhanced print performance as promised.

    As demonstrated in the example, the Asahi AWP™- DEF flexographic plate is a solution that can easily fit into any existing press shop environment with only the need for an additional water wash processor. This flexibility then enables the printer to react quickly to changing market requirements and trends whilst ensuring that the business efficiency improvement is sustained. Furthermore the Asahi AWP™- DEF plate solution can be used with high definition screening and microcell patterning technologies.

    In summary printer operational efficiency is increased and the profit follows – performance meets profit with the Asahi flexographic Pinning Top Dot plate range!

    For more information on the Asahi Photoproducts range of digital flexographic printing plate solutions, please contact
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
    04.06.2015   WWF welcomes APRIL's new deforestation moratorium, careful scrutiny required on implementation    ( Company news )

    Company news WWF has welcomed an immediate moratorium on natural forest clearing, and new peatland development in an upgraded Sustainable Forestry Management Plan (SFMP 2.0) announced by pulp and paper company Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL).

    “The enhanced Sustainable Forest Management Policy announced today is APRIL’s response to longstanding calls to quit deforestation by civil society groups. WWF hopes APRIL can fully implement this commitment considering its potentially positive environment and social impacts,” said Dr Efransjah, CEO of WWF-Indonesia.

    While optimistic, WWF is still cautious on APRIL’s full and strict implementation of its policy and intends to closely monitor progress in partnership with stakeholders such as NGO coalition Eyes on the Forest.

    Under the new policy, APRIL has committed not to acquire new land, licences or suppliers with plantations developed in breach of the forest safeguards in the policy. While APRIL has committed to no new clearing or draining of forested peatland, the policy allows development of degraded peatland to continue based on recommendations from independent peatland experts. The new policy includes a commitment to protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas identified in accord with the HCS Approach prescribed by the HCS Approach Steering Group.

    As a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), WWF expects to continue working with other experts and civil society groups to support and advise APRIL in meeting its commitments and its transition to become a more responsible producer. WWF is also calling on APRIL to include more representation from civil society groups and to comission an independent review of its progress in implementation of SFMP 2.0. WWF urges APRIL to respond to and follow up all recommendations and inputs from SAC and key stakeholders in a clear and transparent manner.

    “This strengthened commitment by APRIL is an encouraging step along the pathway towards responsible and sustainable production. We call APRIL to always respect tenure rights of indigenous people and take serious efforts to resolve existing social conflict as they are committed to in this policy,” said Aditya Bayunanda, WWF Indonesia Forest Commodity Market Transformation Leader.

    “We will continue to work with other civil society organisations to monitor and assess APRIL’s compliance with its commitments.”
    (WWF – World Wide Fund For Nature)
    04.06.2015   A new flowmeter combines 3 devices into one saving costs    ( Company news )

    Company news ABB announces the launch of a new generation of swirl and vortex flowmeters that can measure volume, mass and energy flow in a single device

    ABB introduces a new range of vortex and swirl flowmeters. The new product series replaces the previous TRIO-WIRL devices. Both devices build on the advantages of ABB’s unique swirl flow measurement technology to deliver high accuracy, high reliability and ease of installation. Plus, the new devices offer numerous new innovations to save operational costs and improve performance.

    The new SwirlMaster comes as standard (FSS430) or as an extended version (FSS450). ABB’s unique swirl technology enables very short upstream and downstream piping requirements that save installation costs and enable high accuracy flow measurement in tight spaces. The FSS450 version features functions that are normally found in flow computers such as steam-power calculation - with and without condensation return - and the ability to receive signals from other transmitters for density, temperature, and pressure via an analogue 4...20 mA. The standard FSS430 omits the flow computer algorithms but provides an analog output with HART communication. Both models feature ABB’s universal graphical display (HMI), digital outputs - configurable as pulse, contact and frequency output and an integrated temperature sensor that can be added as an option.

    The new VortexMaster follows the same philosophy with a lower cost entry-level version (FSV430) for simple applications and the extended version (FSV450) that offers the same functions as SwirlMaster FSS450. Both versions are available in a remote design with a cable length of up to 30 meters/100 feet.

    While the measurement principle of the SwirlMaster is based on concentrical swirls which create pressure fluctuations in the medium, the VortexMaster works according to the Kármán vortex street with turbulences generated by a bluff body. Both series have a piezo sensor with multiple elements to register the measured signals and additionally the pipe vibrations with which the measurement signal is compensated. The sensor, transmitter and general set-up for both device series is identical for easy commissioning and spare part management.

    The new devices have significantly improved sensor response time. The reaction time for a change in flow rate is reduced from about 3-6 s to only about 1 s. At the same time the measuring ranges have been extended (depending on the diameter of the device), in some cases significantly.

    In addition, both models are equipped with advanced diagnostic and verification functions. This built-in system monitors device health through regular self-checks on the flow and temperature sensor, and the data storage and electronics. All
    diagnostic status messages are in accordance with the NAMUR directive NE107.

    Both devices also meet further NAMUR requirements like NE21 for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) or NE43 for current output and contact outputs. This makes both the new VortexMaster and SwirlMaster ideally suited for use in the chemical industry. Other ideal applications include those industries in which steam flows need to be monitored. For example, in power generation plants these devices have distinct advantages over other flow measuring principles.

    The simple and robust design of the devices features no moving mechanical parts and high accuracy with +/-0.50% of rate for the SwirlMaster and +/-0.65% (liquid) or +/-0.9% of rate (gas) for the Vortex Master. Both feature an available explosionproof design and stainless steel housing option.
    (ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)
    04.06.2015   Voith Group reports robust business development - 'Voith 150+' success program produces results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Group sales in the first half of 2014/15 rise, on comparable view, by a good 5 percent to €2.66 billion
    -Profit from operations up to €137 million, significantly better than last year

    The Voith Group's business has stabilized noticeably in the first six months of the 2014/15 fiscal year in an environment which remains challenging. Previously falling sales went up from October 2014 to March 2015 compared to the figures for last year, as adjusted for changes in the scope of consolidation, by a good 5 percent to €2.66 billion. This was reinforced by positive currency effects but also by strong organic growth in the Voith Paper and Voith Industrial Services Group Divisions. In contrast, orders received in the Voith Group were somewhat subdued following the perceptible pick up in orders last year: These decreased from €2.78 billion to €2.37 billion in the first half year. The reason for this decrease was primarily due to delays in the award of projects in the Voith Hydro Group Division and where delayed new projects are expected to be received in the second half of the year.

    Voith's operative earnings improved more than proportionately to sales thanks to higher Group sales and, above all, to the measures to improve efficiency initiated as part of the "Voith 150+" success program: The Group's profit from operations rose over the adjusted result for the previous year by 12 percent to €137 million. In contrast, as anticipated and announced in advance, the net result for the first half year was negative at minus €131 million (previous year: plus €30 million). This was due to planned special burdens arising from the restructuring measures under "Voith 150+". In total, these costs added up during the current fiscal year in total to an amount in the three-digit million range.

    The Group-wide "Voith 150+" success program sets the Group on course for sustained success in the future. The program focuses on the optimization of structures and processes as well as of the existing portfolio. In the first half year, Voith began streamlining its worldwide administrative functions as announced in February 2015 and initiated further capacity adjustments in Voith Paper in line with “Voith 150+”.

    In parallel, the Voith Group intensified its focus on engineering expertise for the digital age. An important step in this direction was not only its acquisition of a 25.1 percent stake in robot maker KUKA in November 2014, but also the decision to sell the Voith Industrial Services Group Division, which provides personnel-intensive industrial services. The preparations for the sale have been initiated in the meantime.

    "Business performance in the first half year has been encouraging, our measures to safeguard the company's sustainable future are taking effect," explains Dr. Hubert Lienhard (photo), President and CEO.
    All Group Divisions in robust health

    At €656 million, the sales generated by the Voith Hydro Group Division from October to March were slightly down on the very high figure of €668 million reported in the previous year. In a market in which only very few awards are given for major projects, the value of orders received was almost halved compared to the previous year to €376 million. This development cannot be projected for the full year, however, as several major projects are expected to be awarded for the second half year and, as a global market leader, Voith Hydro may reasonably expect to receive some of these orders as it has done in the past.

    Voith Industrial Services showed itself in good shape prior to the planned sale. Adjusted for changes in the scope of consolidation (the disposal of the DIW Group at September 30, 2014, the acquisition of Helix Systems at July 31, 2014), sales increased substantially to €555 million (€497 million) in the first half year, a plus of around 9 percent. Growth was mainly driven by the Automotive division.

    At Voith Paper the impact of the restructuring measures of the recent years became apparent during the first six months of the current fiscal year. Sales grew significantly by 15 percent to €776 million. Orders received by Voith Paper have also stabilized: In the first half year of 2014/15 the Group Division received new orders worth €699 million, just slightly lower than the figure for the previous year (€709 million).

    Voith Turbo just maintained its position from the previous year in a challenging market setting. Sales valued at €669 million were just slightly below the figures for the previous year (€682 million). Within this total, growth was recorded in the Commercial Vehicles and Rail divisions, while sales in the Power, Oil & Gas and Mining & Metals divisions were lower than in the previous year. The value of orders received of €733 million is again similar to the figure for the previous year of €742 million.

    Group forecast for the year as a whole confirmed
    Based on the business development during the first half year and given the persistently gloomy investment climate in important industries and regions, Voith confirms its outlook from December for the 2014/15 fiscal year, provided that the delayed projects are in fact awarded to Voith Hydro in the second half of the year. The Group reckons with sales at approximately the same level as in the previous year, adjusted for the changes in the scope of consolidation. This planning is based on the high orders on hand as at March 31, 2015 valued at €5.27 billion and on the expectation of an overall stable number of orders received.

    Following the significant improvement in the first half year, Voith now also anticipates an increase in its profit from operations for 2014/15 as a whole and expects the restructuring measures to have a further positive impact in the second half of the year. From our current perspective, all Group Divisions, including the Voith Paper Group Division affected by further restructuring, will post a profit. Despite the positive operative earnings performance, the net result for 2014/15 will, as previously announced, be negative owing to the special burden represented by high restructuring expenses.

    "The Group restructuring process is advancing well. The negotiations with the Works Council committees at all the affected locations have now been completed. This means that in the next few months the restructuring and portfolio measures announced in February will be consistently implemented. 'Voith 150+' will again put our company on track for sustained profitable growth. However, there is still work to do," comments CEO Lienhard. "We resolutely continue along the road to making Voith's core divisions, Hydro, Paper and Turbo, consistent technological leaders in the digital age. In the coming years, our objective will be to add specifically automation and industrial software competence to the Voith Group’s existing divisions and to amend our portfolio accordingly.”
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    04.06.2015   Metsä Board will be first to harness foam forming to improve lightweighting    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board, a leading European producer of folding boxboards and linerboards, is to start live testing of foam forming on a production scale at its Kyro mill in Finland. The company has already done extensive development work for years to commercialise the new technology, which is expected to result in considerable benefits to its customers.

    In foam forming technology, the water-fibre suspension is aerated with a stream of tiny bubbles. By using foam forming, the paperboard structure becomes bulkier, lightening the board's weight. In addition, fibres are distributed more evenly in the web, improving formation of the board and resulting in more consistent properties and appearance. On top of these benefits, the technology reduces the use of raw materials, energy and water, enhancing sustainability.

    “We have already seen that the technology works in a laboratory environment as well as on pilot machines,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board. “Following promising laboratory scale results and our detailed feasibility studies, we reached a decision to invest in further development of the technology on a production machine. Our target is to offer our customers even more efficient and ecologically sound paperboards in the future."

    Metsä Board is a forerunner in developing the foam forming technology. The company has been undertaking research as part of the Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC’s research programmes which have been successfully scaled up together with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Different phases of research and development have been accelerated through funding support from Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.

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