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    03.12.2013   The LGR Emballages Group enlarges its offer of folding cartons with hot foil stamping    ( Company news )

    Company news In order to meet the growing demand for sophisticated folding cartons in the healthcare and personal care sectors, the LGR Group has installed mid-2013 a brand-new hot foil stamping machine.
    The machine has been set up on the LGR-CFL Emballages site, located in Le Creusot (France), which has a special focus on personal care and cosmetics.
    It allows to get outstanding and eye-catching surface finishes, for metallic and holographic texts or patterns.
    Moreover, a specific register system guarantees an optimal quality.
    The LGR Group is today one of the few suppliers on the European market able to propose « premium » finishing (hot stamping, printing on metallized polyester, selective varnishes...) on a site manufacturing pharmaceutical folding cartons with GMP standards and Certipharm certification.
    LGR Emballages is one of the leaders in Europe for folding cartons for the pharmacy/healthcare/hygiene/care industry and litho-printed laminated boxes. The Group is continuing the modernization of its plants and the enlargement of its product portfolio.
    (LGR EMBALLAGES)
     
    03.12.2013   PulPaper 2014 - floor is filling up    ( Company news )

    Company news The global forest industry is gearing up to meet once again in Helsinki for the extraordinary anniversary event of PulPaper, 3-5 June, 2014.

    Did you know this about PulPaper 2010?
    • More than 12000 visitors from 63 countries
    • 95% of them was overall very satisfied with the event
    • 50% were looking to place orders with exhibitors within the next 12 months
    • 625 exhibitors from 30 countries

    The impressive results of past PulPaper events and the large amount of satisfied exhibitors and visitors has resulted in a very positive reservation status for PulPaper 2014. It is still possible to book a good location in the hall but there really is no time to waste, click here to see the current floor plan. This time with extra focus on Russia, major worldwide marketing efforts are currently in place to maintain the high standard of our visitors, a very high percentage of which are highest level managers from the pulp and paper producing companies around the world.

    Even more to offer exhibitors and visitors
    The 100th anniversary of The Paper Engineers Association of Finland (PI), with the grand gala evening on Wednesday June 4 as a celebration of this, is one of the special attractions of the event. However, this time around, the exhibition part of the event has more than ever to offer exhibitors and visitors.

    Paper Square
    Meet the pulp, paper and board producing companies of Metsä, UPM, Stora Enso and SAPPI at the Paper Square, a stage and exhibition area in the middle of the hall from which these companies will be updating us on trends and news in the industry.

    Company and Products presentations
    On popular demand, exhibiting companies will be presenting their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations relating to the global pulp and paper industry from a dedicated stage area in the hall. It is still possible to book slots, contact martina.haglund@messukeskus.com.

    PulPaper After Work
    This relaxed get-together is taking place in the Exhibition Hall after opening hours, at 16:30-19:00 in the evening of Tuesday 3 June. After a day at the exhibition floor, exhibitors and visitors can mingle, network and relax while enjoying good food, drink and entertainment from the Paper Square stage. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to arrange After Work activities in their stand.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.12.2013   The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Excerpts from the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com)Global Timber Markets

    • Sawlog prices were higher in practically all of the 20 regions worldwide as tracked by the WRQ each quarter. The only exceptions were in Canada, Western US, Finland and Brazil where prices were slightly lower than in the previous quarter.
    • The reduced prices in North America resulted in a 0.6 % drop in the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) to $85.94/m3, the first decline since the 2Q/12.
    • Global trade of logs may reach just over 76 million m3 in 2013, which would be six percent higher than in 2012 but slightly lower than in 2011.

    Global Pulpwood Prices
    • Softwood fiber prices were up in most countries worldwide with just a few exceptions including Sweden, Brazil and Oceania. The largest price increases were seen in the US South, Germany, France and Spain.
    • The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) edged up to $97.94/odmt in the 3Q/13.
    • This was $0.19/odmt higher than in the previous quarter but $2.11/odmt below 3Q/12 price.
    • The mood in the sawmilling sector in the Nordic countries has improved this fall after a year of mostly disappointing sales to traditional markets. There is cautious optimism for multiple reasons including improved housing markets in the US, higher lumber demand in China and Japan, and signs of a recovery in Europe.
    • During the first ten months of 2013, China’s lumber imports were 20 % higher than last year. Canada is the largest lumber supplier, but this year Europe, Russia, Chile and New Zealand have all increased their shipments to China at a faster pace than has Canada.
    • Softwood lumber imports to Japan have been 20% higher this year than last year, with the biggest increases in shipments from Sweden, Finland and Austria.

    Global Biomass Markets
    • Pellet export volumes from North America to Europe continued to rise during the 2Q/13, representing steady growth for the past seven quarters.
    • In the US South, pellet export volumes in the 2Q/13 increased 16% from the previous quarter to just over 700,000 tons.
    • As often has been the case, pellet prices in Germany were on the move upwards in the fall after a quiet summer.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ)
     
    02.12.2013   IBS Austria receives ECOPROFIT award    ( Company news )

    Company news IBS Austria GmbH received the ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal Award 2013.
    ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal is a cooperation project aimed at reducing operational emissions, saving natural resources and lowering operational costs.

    ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal is therefore a successful model for the sustainable economic development of a region, which contributes the increased use of integrated environmental technology by:
    - improving the local environmental situation
    - strengthening companies economically (cost savings) and
    - by establishing public-private partnerships.
    (IBS Austria GmbH)
     
    02.12.2013   Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo has been selected for the Mondberge ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Species Conservation Calendar 2014

    Following on from two previously successful calendars and produced to a luxury standard on Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo, the 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar is a feast for the eye. Last year’s calendar won gold in its category at Printstars 2013, the acclaimed innovation award within the German printing industry and the latest calendar is sure to be a strong contender for 2014. One of the striking images of the 12 threatened species is of the kingfisher - droplets of water glitter like stars and the kingfisher's bright plumage glistens as the gleaming silver fish flounders one last time before disappearing into the bird's orange-red beak. "This calendar presents some of the most stunning wildlife photography I have seen for a long time," says German actor Hannes Jaenicke, ambassador of the limited edition calendar. As in the past two years all profits will go towards projects to protect threatened wildlife.
    For the new edition the calendar's creators, Publisher TiPP 4 Verlag in Rheinbach and Print and Media company druckpartner in Essen, selected 12 very different images submitted by world renowned wildlife photographers from their most stunning shots. The featured species are presented in unusual ways using several different print finishing techniques.

    Print finishing makes the difference
    "When we developed the first species conservation calendar three years ago, Algro Design Duo from Sappi produced by far the best photo prints," says Michael Matschuck, Managing Director of druckpartner. "We were especially impressed by the excellent image reproduction and finish of the wildlife pictures on the bright white surface. Algro Design Duo also has the necessary rigidity and stability to be held in the wooden spiral binding."
    As well as exotic species like the koala and the orca, the calendar features more familiar animals like the hedgehog and the honeybee. There are two calendar pages for each month.
The top page, printed on Algro Design Duo in a weight of 250 g/m2, depicts the animal or the bird. The bottom page, printed on a Sappi graphics grade, MagnoTM bulk, also in a weight of 250 g/m2, includes the calendar itself and information about each species. There are also details about the photographer and a little of their history. Instead of an aluminium wire binding druckpartner and TiPP 4 opted for an innovative spine made of untreated birchwood. This allows the pages to be easily removed so that they can be framed and hung on a wall.

    As with previous editions, this strictly limited edition, of which only 2014 will be printed to match the year, is bound to impress and bring a uniquely visual and tactile experience. Using different finishing techniques and effects for each image the desirable calendar will undoubtedly become a collector’s item. With a scented coating on the eucalyptus leafs for the koala bear, for example, and an iridescent effect on the ice crystals for the wolf, sea fans are coated with a partially textured varnish which is slightly rough to the touch. Relief embossing gives the furry parts of the bee's body a 3D effect and as an unusual touch, a high-gloss UV finish enhances the realism of the black glass on which a gecko is sitting.
    Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi Fine Paper Europe explains, "A lot of passion has gone into producing the 2014 Species Conservation Calendar. We have been impressed by the way druckpartner made full use of the creative design and finishing possibilities to present these stunning pictures by international wildlife photographers from all over the world on our bright white cartonboard and make this deluxe wall calendar special.”

    Media for species conservation
    The Mondberge project was initiated by Michael Matschuck and Andreas Klotz, Managing Director of TiPP 4 Verlag, to support species conservation. Their goal was to produce high-quality media products that could be sold to raise money for species conservation, inform and entertain. The 2012 and 2013 calendars raised almost €40 000, which was used to support a number of projects including the protection of mountain gorillas in Uganda, porpoises in the Baltic Sea and cheetahs in Namibia. The bilingual calendar (in English and German) makes an excellent charitable corporate gift for customers or employees.

    Award-winning species conservation calendar
    The Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar has already won a series of awards for its brilliant printing and sophisticated print finishing. In addition to the recently presented Printstar 2013, the 2012 calendar won gold in the calendar category in the Sappi European Printer of the Year and Sappi International Printer of the Year competitions, as well as receiving a BlueGreen Award. This prize recognised creativity, eco-friendly printing and social responsibility. The 2013 Species Conservation Calendar was also nominated for the acclaimed gregor calendar award and was among the finalists in the Druck+Medien Awards 2013.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    02.12.2013   Ahlstrom receives approval to sell its pre-impregnated décor paper and abrasive businesses to...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Perusa

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that the European Commission and the Brazilian competition authority CADE have approved Perusa Group as the buyer for Ahlstrom's pre-impregnated décor papers and abrasive paper backings businesses.
    The divestment is made to comply with the commitments made to the European Commission and to the Brazilian competition authority CADE as disclosed in May 2013. The transaction between Ahlstrom and Perusa was announced on October 18, 2013, and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2014 at the latest.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    02.12.2013   From mini to maxi – Hahnemühle Sketch Books    ( Company news )

    For the big trend ‘Mobile Sketching’ – even ‘Street art’ or ‘Urban Sketching’ called – Hahnemühle offers a comprehensive range of sketch books and sketch journals in artist paper range. We present here in the new Hahnemühle blog two products.
    This is where colour comes in: Put a Hahnemühle ‘Sketch & Note’ booklet in your pocket as a everyday companion and be ready to start sketching wherever you are. Enjoy the trendy cover colours of the new sketching journals. A hard wearing stitched binding holds 40 pages of full-grain natural white 125 gsm paper, which is perfectly suited for drawings and notes with pens of any kind. ‘Sketch & Note’ is available in A4 for your briefcase, A5 for your backpack or pocket-sized A6 and A3 for maximium sketching fun. German illustrator Marc Robitzky uses enthusiastically Hahnemühle ‘Sketch & Note’ booklets : “I can let off steam in the colorful creative A3 size sketchbooks. The booklets are flexible and up for everything. My sketchbooks are my creative diaries.” German artists Cordula Kerlikowski likes to draw and paint in the new Hahnemühle ‘D & S Mini Sketchbook’. “The book fits perfectly in my palm . It is ideal for my botanical studies. In my studio I´m using the mini sketches to create a bigger work of art.” This sturdy black cover protects the thread-sewn natural white sheets . The 140 gsm thick paper is ideal for drawings with pencil, charcoal, red chalk, fineliner, colored pencils or drawing inks. For creative people who love hand charming haptic, all Hahnemühle sketch books and booklets are also an ideal gift.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

     
    02.12.2013   Bindomatic launches the Eco Cover!    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 1st of November all our covers are available in an Eco version, where the plastic is replaced by an FSC certified transparent paper. This means that a bound cover is fully recyclable.
    If you want to try our new product, just refer to the same product as before and with the additional name Eco, like Aquarelle Eco or Aquarium Eco. From 1st of November deliveries start of the new products.
    We are happy to serve our environmentally caring customers!
    (Bindomatic AB)

     
    02.12.2013   Outotec VSF®X Plant - Modularized revolution for efficient solvent extraction    ( Company news )

    Company news Outotec has been developing a wide range of solvent extraction technologies for decades and is now launching the new Outotec VSF®X Plant. The standardized and modularized Outotec VSF®X Plant provides a novel way to design, manufacture, transport, install, operate and maintain a solvent extraction plant far better than in the past with highly sustainable and safe methods.
    The Outotec VSF®X Plant is designed to handle flows from 100 m³/h up to 10 000 m³/h and metal content from 1g/l up to 50g/l. All metals for which an extraction reagent is available can be extracted using Outotec VSF®X solvent extraction technology.
    One stop shop - total delivery package
    Outotec is the only technology provider that offers a highly predefined but still tailor-made total delivery package based on customers' needs. Outotec's renowned SX knowledge is automatically included in predesigned VSF®X Mixer-Settler modules. This innovative, modular product enables fast-track deliveries, predefined costs, state-of-the-art documentation and implementation, efficient logistics, and fast installation - all this in and environmentally friendly and sustainable way.
    Benefits:
    • 20% shorter lead time
    • Decades of experience in solvent extraction
    • Predefined concept and modular design
    • Lower investment, installation and operation costs
    • Increased availability
    • Proven environmentally sound technology
    • Enhanced safety
    • Life cycle services available
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    29.11.2013   Model Recover - Optimum energy efficiency    ( Company news )

    Company news As a raw material, waste paper is becoming increasingly valuable in the manufacture of paper for containerboard. At the same time, the range of waste-based fuels that can be burned to generate steam in the paper plants is becoming ever broader.
    The Model Group has therefore decided to expand the materials flows needed to secure its paper production processes. This is known as Model Recover. Together with the resulting optimisation in logistics, this enables us to close the waste paper – recycling – packaging cycle. Model Recover is a further element in the comprehensive range of services offered by the Model Group.
    (Model AG)
     
    29.11.2013   "The slower you move, the faster you die!"    ( Company news )

    Company news This was how David Bosshart (picture), head of the renowned Duttweiler Institute, introduced his presentation at the "25 Years Pro Carton“ event at the ECMA Congress in September in Dubrovnik. He painted a most enlightening scenario of current behaviour patterns and future desires. Pro Carton asked him how this relates to packaging.

    Our life has changed dramatically, and it keeps changing. Developments which used to take 100 hundreds are now completed in five years. This acceleration governs all aspects of our life and is one of the most significant developments of our time. Technical advancement makes everything go faster and faster - eating, sleeping, life, work, recreation, even retirement and dying. On the other hand, the need for a slow-down is growing, there is a demand for deceleration - the romantic desire for a different world.
    New types of food, a far cry from traditional meals, to fast food and drink foods, reduce the time required for eating to virtually zero. "Power naps between working sessions are attempts at reducing sleep requirements: short snoozes are the new message, be it in the office or in parks. Outsourcing, self-service and automation accelerate professional and private procurement processes.

    New behavioural patterns
    Entirely new characteristic body postures at computers or iPads are a challenge for architects and furniture designers. Consumers in the digital age are multifunctional – as users, thinkers, tenants, test persons, sharers, resellers, drivers, swappers, co-workers or manufacturers. Possession becomes less important, many things are available without the need to buy them.
    But above all, we are seeing new behavioural patterns emerge. This includes the desire for immediate reward and satisfaction - delayed pleasure is rejected. You can see it and you want it now– including discounts. And we are also seeing decision fatigue due to constant time pressure and ending disposable income. And third: the speed of greed, consumers quickly develop desires and want to satisfy these uninhibited. Fourth: the "Stickiness Factor": the time gained easily dissipates in apps which leap at us from smartphones and stick to us - or we to them.

    Systematic creativity
    David Bosshart has several recommendations for developing one's own creativity despite this tremendous activity. First of all, avoid infobusity!" Excess information absorption limits creative energy. Simplicity is the name of the game. There are two speeds in the creative process: the first is fast, automatic, intuitive and largely involuntary, the second is slow, deliberate, conscious, focussed.
    It is easy to guess which speed Bosshart prefers. Fast, intuitive decisions are required in daily routine programmes, information overflow is not helpful, it tends to restrict. To accelerate creativity he presented an extensive checklist for speedier thinking, communication, decision and action.
    Speedier thinking: find micro-trends, foresee the next big waves, continuous brainstorming, no limits to collecting, refinement of algorithms, let the best ideas win.
    Faster communication: focus on emerging markets, travel, external contacts and supporting language competence, use strong AND poor connections, intercultural experience, immediate collection of insights, allowing others to share.
    Faster decisions: get rid of excessive bureaucracy, focus on ensuring that the right people share their knowledge, trust among all partners of the supply chain, facilitate all kinds of diversity-learning, face the challenge through a "court jester".
    Quicker action: maintain the entrepreneurial spirit of small and middle-sized companies, support proponents of changes, employ outsiders and permanent "migrants" (people who have gained business experience in different countries) simplify exchange processes, manage creativity, seek financial flexibility, make comparative evaluations.
    All these will result in completely new professions. The reason: new job profiles are important to find new ideas, products or business models in ever shorter processes. "Are you creative? Can you imagine?", asks Bosshart and lists: "Director of Mind and Mood, Vice President of Cool, Chief Imagination Officer, Visualiser; Assistant Storyteller, Manager of Diversity, Supply Chain Inefficiencies Detector, Taste Maker Support, Alternative Currency Banker, Societing Strategist, Deconsulting Advisor, Talent Aggregator, Digital Identity Planner."

    Desires of the future
    "What is sexy in a fast world", asks Bosshart "where virtuality dominates, where transparency is virtually guaranteed, where pornos are background music, availability is no longer a topic, where friends are mass goods and everything is more or less public?"
    The answers he provides, show a world of magical attraction which successful products will require in the future: the new fascination of mystique, the desire of pleasurable anticipation, the power of forgiveness, the cult of authentic loyalty, the eroticism of tranquillity, the thrill of switching off, the gift of feeling remorse and - quite surprisingly - the learning experience of things unpleasant.
    The current change is highly complex and we all need to adjust to this new totality.

    The experience of packaging
    Packaging has the big advantage that it comes closest to the desire for revelation, and the desire of living with secrets. Those who package well (sustainably!) and nicely (for soul and feelings) will always have opportunities for gaining people. The cartonboard industry therefore needs to do two things better: first, continue to nurture the good (sustainability) so that people can enjoy without regrets, and secondly, promote the nice aspects (whatever feelings and soul enjoy). For the fast consumer this mean the intelligent offering of convenience packaging, for the slow consumer it means making the shopping experience in the store more intensive and extensive through packaging.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)
     
    29.11.2013   BURGO GROUP INCORPORATES THE ACTIVITIES OF ITS SPECIALTY PAPERS DIVISION ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... IN THE SUBSIDIARY MOSAICO SRL

    Burgo Group will incorporate the activities of its Specialty Papers Division “Mosaico” in the fully owned subsidiary Mosaico Srl as of 1st January, 2014.
    The new company will maintain its focus on the development, production and sale of specialty papers, used in a wide variety of different applications requiring a highly specialized knowhow: flexible packaging papers, self-adhesive and wet glue labels, special graphic papers and boards.
    The new company will include Chiampo, Lugo, Treviso and Tolmezzo mills with an overall annual capacity of about 300,000 tons and a labour force of 850 workers. Mr Lorenzo Marzotto, former Vice President of Mosaico Division, has been appointed as CEO of Mosaico Srl.
    With this strategic decision, Burgo Group continues to pursue the aim to strengthen and increase its presence in the specialty papers markets.
    (Burgo Group spa)
     
    29.11.2013   Orchids Announces New Paper Machine And Converting Line Projects    ( Company news )

    Company news Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE MKT: TIS) announced its plans to invest $30.4MM to upgrade its paper making and converting assets in Pryor, Oklahoma.

    The paper mill project will replace two existing paper machines and start-up in approximately 20 months. The new paper machine will be supplied by Recard, S.p.A, providing the following advantages:
    -Improved quality and manufacturing flexibility. The new paper machine will be capable of producing a broader range of paper grades that are utilized in value and premium tier products. It will replace two paper machines that produce paper utilized only in value tier products. This provides greater flexibility to the operation and allows for maximizing production output across all paper machines.
    -Increased capacity and lower production costs. The project is expected to increase the annual capacity of Orchids' paper mill from 57,000 tons to over 70,000 tons. Completion of the project will provide Orchids with sufficient paper to produce approximately 11 million cases of converted products annually. The new machine offers higher production rates and improved energy efficiency, thereby resulting in significantly lower production costs than the two machines being replaced.
    -Return to the shareholders. The combination of lower production costs and increased capacity is expected to increase annual EBITDA by approximately $6 million to $8 million once the project is complete.

    The converting line project is an upgrade to an existing asset and will improve manufacturing flexibility and capacity with a lower cost structure. This project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and to generate an additional annual EBITDA of $2.8 million to 3.4 million when fully utilized.
    Mr. Jeff Schoen, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Orchids is implementing an "upgrade and debottleneck" strategy that improves our manufacturing flexibility, capacity, and cost structure. These projects increase our ability to produce higher quality grades of value and premium products supporting our vision of being recognized as a 100% retailer-focused, national supplier of high quality consumer tissue products in the value, premium, and ultra-premium product categories."
    "We are pleased to further our relationship with Recard. Due to the success of our previous paper machine project with them, we believe they are an excellent choice as the supplier for this next phase in improving our paper making capabilities."
    Mr. Schoen also stated, "Furthermore, we anticipate the increased production capacity and reduced operating costs associated with this plan will create long-term value for our stockholders. We do not expect this level of capital investment and associated leverage to impede our ability to return excess cash to our shareholders."
    (Orchids Paper Products Co)
     
    29.11.2013   Outotec® Process Advisor and Outotec® Sentinel     ( Company news )

    Company news Expert systems for easy-to-use process control and monitoring Softwares

    Outotec has long experience from Flash Furnace process control. In the recent years emphasis has been put on developing easy-to-use process control and monitoring softwares, so called Expert Systems. The Outotec® Sentinel system is an online furnace integrity monitoring system for cooling elements, and the Outotec® Process Advisor is an online dynamic process control model with an operator user interface. These softwares can be integrated with the Outotec Proscon® automation system and together they form a complete process automation platform for a smelter operation.

    Quick facts:
    High quality Outotec cooling elements together with the Outotec Sentinel cooling water supply and monitoring system compose an extensive cooling solution.
    New Outotec expert systems can result in significant improvements in process monitoring and control. Equipment integrity and personnel safety will be ensured with constant monitoring and alarm indications of the expert systems. The Outotec solution combines all of these forming a complete package.
    Direct economic benefits can be achieved by stabilizing the process conditions, which enables lower metal losses, higher oxygen efficiency, lower energy costs and optimized shut-down scheduling for equipment replacement (improved furnace lifetime).
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    29.11.2013   Huhtamäki Oyj acquires a corrugated packaging manufacturer in the UK    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Jukka Moisio, CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj

    Huhtamaki has acquired BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. in the UK. BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. specializes in corrugated packaging for the foodservice, confectionery and cosmetics markets and is based in Blackburn, Lancashire, the UK. The company employs approximately 120 people. With the acquisition Huhtamaki continues to implement its strategy of quality growth and expands its product offering.
    All shares of the privately owned BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. were acquired for a purchase price of approximately EUR 20 million. The net sales of the acquired business during financial year 2012-2013 were approximately EUR 18 million. The acquired company will be renamed Huhtamaki BCP Ltd. and it will become part of Huhtamaki's Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment. The acquisition is expected to be EPS accretive as of 2014.
    "We are pleased to continue strengthening our position with this targeted acquisition," says Jukka Moisio, CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj.
    "BCP's corrugated food-to-go products complement our existing range of foodservice products perfectly," says Eric Le Lay, Executive Vice President Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania. "We also look forward to serving BCP's current and future customers in the confectionery and cosmetics industries."
    "I am extremely pleased to have BCP join the Huhtamaki Group," says Brian Jones, Chairman of BCP. "The Group has both the desire and the resources to grow the business further."
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    28.11.2013   Basta! Paper Industry Wants EU Economy To Be More Competitive    ( Company news )

    Company news The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is introducing a new campaign, calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy.
    Due to launch in 2014 in time for the EU elections, ‘Basta! Get back on track!’ calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink existing policies and put the focus back on industry. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.
    At European Paper Week, CEOs from large paper companies, will come together to discuss the impact legislation can have on European competitiveness. The European manufacturing industry represents innovation, investment and jobs and it can help overcome the economic crisis – but not when legislation is contradicting, overlapping or disproportionate.
    Teresa Presas, Director General of CEPI, said, “The paper industry wants to stay within a strong Europe setting a worldwide example. However, the current legislative situation is leading to imports of unemployment and exports of pollution. We urge policymakers to get back on track and focus on competitiveness. We say Basta! to the impact excessive legislative burdens are having on the manufacturing industry."
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    28.11.2013   Burgo to remove from the market the 180,000 tons capacity of CWF of its Avezzano mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Burgo has decided to permanently remove from the market the 180,000 tons capacity of CWF of its Avezzano mill as of January, 2014.
    This is the consequence of a continuous reduction in market demand of CWF and of the related excess capacity in the coated woodfree market. Burgo is in the process of reassessing all its production sites with the objective of optimizing its product and logistics costs.
    Further evaluation of alternative production options for Avezzano mill in the area of uncoated papers is under scrutiny.
    (Burgo Group spa)
     
    28.11.2013   Heidelberg realigns its small-format product portfolio    ( Company news )

    Company news -Speedmaster SM 52 and SX 52 (picture) to take center stage
    -Production of small-format offset Printmaster GTO 52 to be phased out
    -Linoprint C 901 and C 751 digital printing systems complement the portfolio for this market segment

    Print shops in the small-format offset printing sector are facing smaller run sizes, shorter delivery times, and tough competition on pricing. To stay competitive, more and more companies are turning to industrial production. Following the introduction of the successful Speedmaster SM 52 and SX 52, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has adapted its product portfolio for the new market conditions, thereby ensuring it covers the entire spectrum of relevant applications. As a consequence, production of the Printmaster GTO 52 will be phased out from March 2014. The highly productive Speedmaster SM 52 has long offered customers working with the Printmaster GTO 52 an effective springboard for further growth. And, since drupa 2012, the Speedmaster SX 52 has been available in configurations that can be tailored precisely to customer requirements. The press can also be ordered with the Anicolor short inking unit, which is ideal for the production of short print runs due to its extremely short makeready times and low paper waste. More than 30,000 printing units of the Speedmaster SM 52/SX 52 have already been sold worldwide.
    In addition, the company's Linoprint C 901 and C 751 digital printing systems offer print shops an attractive and cost-effective complementary solution for printing short and/or variable commercial runs. "We are adapting to the new requirements in the small-format segment and are optimizing our portfolio for this market," explains Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. "Because our portfolio for this segment comprises offset and digital printing technologies, customers benefit from the close interlinking of both worlds and can boost their competitive edge even further."

    Tried-and-tested machines for small-format offset and digital printing
    The Speedmaster SM 52 is available as a two- and four-color press with a standard delivery. Depending on the model, components such as Prinect Press Center Compact and the automatic washup devices for the inking unit and blanket and impression cylinders are standard features. In day-to-day work, the press more than meets requirements for flexibility in terms of materials and printing stock thickness and delivers short setup times and high production outputs of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. The Speedmaster SM 52 has also been designed to accommodate inline applications such as numbering, perforating, and envelope printing.
    Alongside the Speedmaster SM 52, Heidelberg also offers the Speedmaster SX 52 - a machine platform that can be customized for specific requirements. The press features state-of-the-art technology and an extensive range of configuration options such as Anicolor short inking unit technology, coating unit, printing stock thickness to 0.6 mm, perfecting devices, and technology for security printing - all of which ensures that print shops can handle a broad and varied range of orders. From two to ten printing units, a range of deliveries are available depending on the model and to suit the space available and the print shop's run sizes.
    Both series can naturally be integrated into the Prinect workflow and have been designed for ecological print production.

    Since drupa 2012, the Linoprint C 901 and Linoprint C 751 have been available with the new Prinect Digital Print Manager. Even without integration into a complete workflow, this solution provides users with a highly efficient and transparent digital print workflow with a wide range of functions, such as variable data management, postpress with digital inline finishing systems, and a document-oriented workflow. Optional integration into the Prinect print shop workflow creates a seamless hybrid workflow between offset and digital printing that is unique in the industry.
    As a result, customers in the A3 market segment can utilize a whole range of options to provide their end customers with the service they require.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    28.11.2013   Paper Check-off Referendum Passes With Huge Support    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Donna Harman, AF&PA President and CEO

    Paper and paper-based packaging companies have voted to approve the Paper Check-off promotion program. Companies to be covered by the program participated in the vote, held October 28 to November 8. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the results, in which 85 percent of the companies and 95 percent of the industry production of covered grades voting in the referendum approved the program.
    “The industry’s approval of the Paper Check-off program offers a new opportunity to build on our long history of innovating paper products to meet the needs of consumers around the world,” said AF&PA Board Chairman David Scheible, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging International. “Paper and paper-based packaging is a sustainable choice, and the Paper Check-off will allow us to make a concerted effort of educating and informing consumers of the benefits our products offer.”

    The Paper Check-off was initiated by a panel of industry leaders and approved by those companies who will be assessed.
    “The leaders of our industry have expressed overwhelming support to initiate a program that will shine a light on the sustainability benefits of paper and paper-based packaging,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “The Paper Check-off will offer a brighter future for the recyclable, reusable and renewable paper and paper-based packaging products, which inform and communicate; package and protect; and capture life’s memorable moments. We appreciate the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide our industry the opportunity to vote for the Paper Check-off.”
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    28.11.2013   Catalyst Paper to reduce executive team and increase operational focus    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer

    As part of its plan to improve cost competitiveness, Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) will reduce the size of its executive team by three positions. In addition, each mill general manager will report directly to the CEO to increase the focus on operational excellence and safety performance.
    “Our focus on operational efficiency requires that enterprise support costs be reduced wherever possible including at the leadership level. The commitment, flexibility, and contributions of the three individuals who are leaving Catalyst is commendable as we make these necessary changes,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    -Bob Lindstrom, Vice President, Supply Chain, Energy and Information Technology will retire from the company on December 31, 2013. Bob joined Catalyst in 1980 and has been extensively involved in strategic, operational and industry initiatives during a 30-year career with the company.
    -Lyn Brown, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Responsibility, will leave the company on December 31, 2013. Lyn joined Catalyst in 2004 and led the company’s sustainability and stakeholder engagement programs.
    -David Adderley, Vice President and General Counsel, will leave the company on March 31, 2014. David joined Catalyst in 2010 and guided the company through its restructuring process under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in 2012 and the sale of non-core assets in 2013 in connection with the restructuring.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    28.11.2013   Bordeaux Reports Another Successful Viscom in Düsseldorf, Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Bordeaux Digital Printink, a leading innovator of a wide range of inks and coatings for a variety of demanding inkjet applications, printing technologies and techniques, and its distributor BRS, showcased Bordeaux’s broad portfolio of inks and coatings at Viscom Düsseldorf, Germany, 7-9 November. Bordeaux offered quality and reliable inks, with often better results than OEM, for a variety of application possibilities.
    Attendees had great interest in the new environmentally friendly products in Bordeaux’s portfolio, including the Bulk Ink System installed with Bordeaux’s advanced FUZE ECO NR™ ink, Mix & Match™ with OEM, without the need for ICC color profiling. This ink enjoys an extensive selection of media compatibility and a very wide color gamut. Bordeaux also offered a wide range of UV and UV LED fast-curing ink, resulting in reduced electricity consumption and lower heat, enabling more flexibility in the use of substrates.
    “At Viscom Dusseldorf, we met printer service providers who converted their printers from other ink to Bordeaux’s original ink,” says Matthew Reijnders, Director of Sales and Business Development for Bordeaux. "One of our customers related that when they converted their Mimaki CJV30, the conversion was simple and they didn’t need to change their existing profiles. They were impressed with the price - performance ratio."
    Bordeaux is recognized for its high quality products and customer service. Bordeaux recently terminated its licensing agreements with German private label suppliers. The company will continue distributing its original products through its’ authorized resellers only, BRS (brs-repro.de), Mtec (mtec-printer.de) and Mediatronics (mediatronics.com).
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    28.11.2013   ARCHROMA NAMES STEPHAN SIELAFF AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER    ( Company news )

    Company news Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, announced today that Stephan Sielaff has been named Chief Operating Officer.
    Based in Reinach, Switzerland, Stephan Sielaff will oversee the business' global production, manufacturing and integrated supply chain activities, ensuring the highest level of performance and efficiency to meet the company’s commitment to world-class standards and high service levels.
    “With Stephan Sielaff, we have found the experienced operations and supply chain leader we need to help develop Archroma’s supply chain, technology platform and customer service to an unparalleled level in industry,” comments CEO Alexander Wessels.
    “Archroma has a tradition of materials excellence and expertise, and a vibrant future,“ adds Stephan Sielaff. “I feel privileged to join a company that places a high value on innovation, performance and in particular, reliability, as foundational elements in the way it serves its customers. I’m passionate about the value added for our internal and external customer through a world-class supply-chain, for me it’s the holy grail of operations when it comes to satisfying even the highest customer requirements in service, quality and innovation at competitive cost.”
    Sielaff brings Archroma significant diverse and global materials and process industry expertise. He has spent the past 8 years with Symrise, most recently as the Senior Vice President Global Operations of the Flavor & Nutrition business. He oversees the complete global supply chain operations, which he developed and implemented, for 26 sites in 20 countries. Previously Sielaff held various roles in supply chain, innovation and engineering, as well as marketing at Unilever. He holds a MS, Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.
    His appointment will be effective February 2014.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    28.11.2013   ALLIMAND: SC-SIZER    ( Company news )

    Company news To meet with the needs for diversifying paper types and the increasing demand for new surface applications: the «SC-Sizer» is an innovative technology & a boost for development of new market shares … !

    After the latest announcement made for our new shoe press pilot called « FAROS »*, ALLIMAND, designer and manufacturer of paper machines and paper industry equipment based in the Rhône-Alpes region, continues its dynamic growth and strengthens its position by offering a new technology : the SC- SIZER in order to target new markets …

    Market context:
    The level of customer demands is growing both in quality and quantity, i.e. for the paper surface finish: resistance, silky feel, enlarged functionalities … etc. To find out an answer to these challenges encountered for all paper types (paper industry, wrapping, paperboard box, labels, etc..), ALLIMAND’s Research & Development Department has designed a new technology at the beginning of year 2012 aimed at making it easier to apply foreign products on the paper sheet in order to alter the surface finish easily. Let’s focus on …

    Enlarged applications
    « With the launch of 1st technology « A-Sizer » a few years ago, ALLIMAND has developed further this technology with the « SC-Sizer » to increase its offer to customers and meet with their needs for diversifying paper types along with enlarged possibilities for paper surface applications » explains Simon CENA, ALLIMAND’s Managing Director.

    How to ease work & optimize machine operators’ performance
    The simplification of the main functions of the SC-Sizer head - locking the applicator rod, adjusting the head position – enables one hand to extend applications and on another hand to ease work for paper machine operators. « This shift in the design of head manufacturing optimizes the machine cleaning thanks to a greater visibility of the access areas. It also increases operators’ safety » says Simon CENA.
    With a very compact size the SC-Sizer head can easily be installed to replace existing obsolete heads enabling a significant gain of space in most cases.

    How to produce more with a higher quality standard & target new markets
    The paper manufacturers will be in a position to offer new innovative products to their customers and save energy due to a reduced drying time for the paper sheet after the coating process.
    The SC-Sizer will thus open new markets to ALLIMAND and makes it possible to win several projects by offering market opportunities for speciality or wrapping papers for example. The SC-Sizer has proved to be a business success with references in Europe and Asia.
    (Allimand)
     
    27.11.2013   Lecta Announces a Price Increase on Coated Woodfree paper Deliveries in Latin America    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta, the second largest European coated woodfree paper-manufacturing group, informs its customers in Latin America that the Company will implement a price increase of 50 to 60 US$ per ton depending on market. It will be effective for deliveries January 2014.
    Taking in consideration the current manufacturing costs and the low levels of profitability this price increase is inevitable.
    Our customers will be personally informed by our sales teams who will provide them with any information they may require.
    (Lecta Europe)
     
    27.11.2013   Chesapeake Leicester's double BOBST EXPERTFOLD investment    ( Company news )

    Company news Chesapeake Leicester has revamped its gluing department following the installation of two state-of-the-art BOBST machines - an EXPERTFOLD 50 and an EXPERTFOLD 110. The move has allowed the site to standardise its equipment focusing its employee skills on the latest technology.

    Picture: Left to right: Andy Tebbut (Operator), Jane Furbrough (Operator), Jim Gilligan (Finishing Manager), Andy Sharp (Team Leader) and Chris Isham (Bobst Instructor).

    The EXPERTFOLD 50 is the first machine of its type to be installed in the world. The line is designed for small order quantities so it has the flexibility for quick make-ready times. Jon Drennan, Chesapeake Leicester’s Operations Director, said: “We’ve been very impressed with the EXPERTFOLD 50 since its installation. The EXPERTFOLD 50 has allowed us to respond effectively to a continuing trend for smaller order quantities without compromising even the most demanding quality expectations.”
    The EXPERTFOLD 110 machine is ideally suited to complex work. A recent demonstration in Switzerland showed that the machine could run at double the speed of many standard gluing lines and offers a significant reduction in make-ready times. “The EXPERTFOLD 110 machine only started production recently but has already made a very encouraging start, said Jon. “Over the last 2 years, we’ve completely transformed the Leicester site. The two new gluers complement earlier investments in modern printing presses and the latest cut & crease technology. The site also leads the way in the PantoneLive colour matching system which is now being introduced to other Chesapeake locations.”
    In addition, Chesapeake Nottingham has also strengthened its gluing capacity through the installation of a BOBST Alpina folder gluer.
    (Bobst Group (UK & Ireland) Ltd)
     
    27.11.2013   KBA and Vinfoil develop compact cold foil system    ( Company news )

    Company news The ColdFoil Infigo SF110 module has been an integral part of the KBA sheetfed offset product range for a number of years. It is already in use in print companies all over the world.
    Now, Vinfoil and KBA have once again pooled resources to develop a trimmed-down version of their proven cold foil system, the Micro SF110 GF. It has been conceived as a simple-to-handle, compact alternative for high-quality foil transfer, with which the growing demand for stylish product refinement can also be satisfied by users on a tighter budget.
    The market for gloss foil transfer is growing. More and more brand-name manufacturers are looking for ways to lend their products an unmistakable, exclusive appearance – for example through the use of metallic effects. Today, cold foil transfer is even being used for brochures, as a means to help them stand out from the crowd. Cold foil is here able to play out a major advantage over hot-foil stamping, as inline production on an offset press is more efficient and thus cost-effective. They run at higher speeds, even shorter runs become profitable, and no expensive tools are required.

    Cold foil systems for every application
    The cold foil module ColdFoil Infigo SF110 has been a product of choice on the market for gloss offset foil transfer for several years. Packaging printers all over the world have integrated modules into their Rapida sheetfed offset presses to realise high-quality foil applications inline. Many are using the system on a daily basis, and that at top printing speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour – performance which definitely merits a world record for this type of finishing.
    There are numerous print companies, however, who would like to offer gloss foil transfer, but do not have enough corresponding jobs to work with cold foil every day. With the Micro SF110 GF, KBA is now able to offer such users a perfect solution. The new cold foil module is a compacter, space-saving version of the ColdFoil Infigo SF110 which – with a slightly lower level of automation – offers the same first-class quality, robustness and reliability as the present system. The Micro SF110 is intended for printers whose job structures require occasional production with cold foil refinement.

    Simple handling
    Vincent van der Heijden, the founding father of manufacturer Vinfoil: “We are naturally using certain proven elements of the Infigo in the Micro version, but the Micro is otherwise a new development from the ground up.” One particular characteristic of the ColdFoil Micro SF110 GF is its compact design. As the foil reels are positioned above the printing units, the module is also a very practical option for smaller print companies with limited floor space. Even so, the Micro SF110 GF handles reels with up to 10,000 metres of cold foil. And it runs just as fast as the Rapida press, namely at the highest speeds.
    Rapida presses with the ColdFoil Micro SF110 GF module are fitted with a crane for handling of the full and empty reels. This allows reel replacement without physical effort. The remote control unit for opening and closing of the shaft locks also renders an additional walkway superfluous. Accessibility to the inking units is not restricted in any way.

    Constant high quality
    The lightweight tensioning and friction shafts are driven by a servo motor and were selected specifically for the Micro SF110 GF. They are especially simple to handle. Print companies acquainted with the heavy shafts typically encountered will immediately appreciate the difference. The servo drive permits extremely exact synchronisation of the foil web to the running speed of the press. Combined with the modern technology for web tension control, this ensures efficient production.
    Just like the larger ColdFoil Infigo SF110 module, the Micro SF110 GF delivers constantly high quality. The use of servo motors precludes the need for dancer rollers. The sensitive metallised layer of the cold foil never comes into contact with any press parts or rollers, and there is accordingly no risk of damage. The result is outstanding print quality. Annoying contamination of the inking units with aluminium dust is likewise avoided.

    Compact system with good market chances
    Johannes Naumann, head of the design office for half and medium formats at KBA, welcomes the development of the new Micro SF110 GF: “We have been working with Vinfoil for many years. The cold foil systems meet and even exceed our expectations with regard to speed and performance.” Naumann sees good chances for the new product on the market. “KBA has a very strong standing on the packaging market. With the new compact system, we are able to offer our users real added value – an extremely modern, high-performance cold foil system.” A ColdFoil Micro SF110 GF module will be available for print demonstrations on a Rapida 106 in the KBA customer centre in Radebeul from the second quarter of 2014.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
     
    27.11.2013   Kimberly-Clark Australia: Sigma FMCG Supplier of the Year     ( Company news )

    Company news Kimberly-Clark Australia (KCA) marketer of the Huggies, Kleenex, VIVA, U by Kotex, Poise and Depend brands, has been awarded FMCG Supplier of the Year at the Sigma Supplier of the Year Awards in Melbourne last week.

    Picture: Kimberly-Clark Australia employees left to right: Matthew Mifsud, Customer Category Manager; Ben Bynon, National Pharmacy Customer Manager; Tony Leach, National Business Manager

    This is the second year KCA was nominated and in the Top 3 of the FMCG Supplier of the Year category. Sigma is KCA's biggest pharmacy customer, owner of Amcal and Guardian pharmacy brands.
    David Kirby, KCA Consumer Sales Director said 'this is fantastic acknowledgement of our Pharmacy team's dedication to working with customers on joint business development. We're proud of the work we do with Sigma pharmacies and are grateful for this recognition.'
    The award is scored on the below criteria and Supply Chain, Operations, Merchandise and key Pharmacy owners score all suppliers.

    Criteria:
    -Communication and joint business planning
    -Innovation and Initiatives presented at the Pharmacy Assistants Conferences in each state.
    -Catalogue and promotional program performance
    -Supply Chain performance including collaboration
    -Store level support for the Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian banners
    -Training and category review presentations to Head Office and store communication
    (Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd)
     
    27.11.2013   BillerudKorsnäs introducing changes to group management to focus on profitable growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: President and CEO Per Lindberg

    At its Capital Market Days, held on 14-15 November, BillerudKorsnäs presented a clear focus on profitable growth in its various business areas over the years going forward. To meet these expectations, the composition of the Group’s Senior Management Team (SMT) will change somewhat. At the same time an Extended Management Team (EMT) will be established, with a continued focus on integration and coordination of production/market.
    Ulf Eliasson will take up the post of SVP Consumer Board, and Christer Simrén, who formerly headed both Consumer Board and Operations, will therefore focus exclusively on the responsibilities of COO and Operations. As Ulf Eliasson takes over as SVP Consumer Board, Magnus Kangas will become Mill Manager at Gävle. In addition, Henrik Essen will assume the role of SVP Communications and Sustainability. SMT will therefore consist of the following members:
    President and CEO Per Lindberg, COO Christer Simrén, CFO Susanne Lithander, SVP Consumer Board Ulf Eliasson, SVP Containerboard Lennart Eberleh, SVP Packaging Paper Johan Nellbeck, SVP HR Karin Hågfeldt, SVP Communication and Sustainability Henrik Essén, SVP Forestry Uno Brinnen and SVP Strategic Development Magnus Wikström.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    27.11.2013   Leading Packaging Corporation in Mexico purchases Mexico's first L&W Autoline 400 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...paper testing system

    The leading packaging corporation Grupo Gondi, Mexico has made the decision to purchase an L&W Autoline 400 system from Lorentzen & Wettre for its mill Empaques Modernos Guadalajara, through Lorentzen & Wettres representative, IVF y Asociados, SA de CV.
    Empaques Modernos Guadalajara is a paper mill producing recycled liners and coated papers with weight from 100 to 600 g/m2, and has a modern plant for corrugated boxes.
    As Grupo Gondi relies on certified processes and international standards the choice fell on Lorentzen & Wettre when they had a need for improved quality testing, and faster feedback on final quality to their production department.
    L&W Autoline 400 is the fourth generation of automated paper testing systems from Lorentzen & Wettre. The system quickly measures the paper properties, identifies problem areas and therefore allows papermakers to optimize the process and thereby improving the paper quality.
    "This is a significant order since it will be the first L&W Autoline 400 (automated paper testing system) installation ever in Mexico. The fact that one of the leading corporations chooses instruments from us shows our position as market leader in quality control testing and process optimization for the pulp and paper industry", says Klara Mårtens Ekblad, Director of Sales, Lorentzen & Wettre.
    (AB Lorentzen & Wettre)
     
    27.11.2013   Deluxe calendar to raise funds for species conservation     ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo has been selected for the Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar 2014

    Image: For the new 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar, world renowned wildlife photographers submitted12 very different images from their most stunning shots

    Following on from two previously successful calendars and produced to a luxury standard on Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo, the 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar is a feast for the eye. Last year’s calendar won gold in its category at Printstars 2013, the acclaimed innovation award within the German printing industry and the latest calendar is sure to be a strong contender for 2014. One of the striking images of the 12 threatened species is of the kingfisher - droplets of water glitter like stars and the kingfisher's bright plumage glistens as the gleaming silver fish flounders one last time before disappearing into the bird's orange-red beak. "This calendar presents some of the most stunning wildlife photography I have seen for a long time," says German actor Hannes Jaenicke, ambassador of the limited edition calendar. As in the past two years all profits will go towards projects to protect threatened wildlife.

    For the new edition the calendar's creators, Publisher TiPP 4 Verlag in Rheinbach and Print and Media company druckpartner in Essen, selected 12 very different images submitted by world renowned wildlife photographers from their most stunning shots. The featured species are presented in unusual ways using several different print finishing techniques.

    Print finishing makes the difference

    "When we developed the first species conservation calendar three years ago, Algro Design Duo from Sappi produced by far the best photo prints," says Michael Matschuck, Managing Director of druckpartner. "We were especially impressed by the excellent image reproduction and finish of the wildlife pictures on the bright white surface. Algro Design Duo also has the necessary rigidity and stability to be held in the wooden spiral binding."
    As well as exotic species like the koala and the orca, the calendar features more familiar animals like the hedgehog and the honeybee. There are two calendar pages for each month.
The top page, printed on Algro Design Duo in a weight of 250 g/m2, depicts the animal or the bird. The bottom page, printed on a Sappi graphics grade, MagnoTM bulk, also in a weight of 250 g/m2, includes the calendar itself and information about each species. There are also details about the photographer and a little of their history. Instead of an aluminium wire binding druckpartner and TiPP 4 opted for an innovative spine made of untreated birchwood. This allows the pages to be easily removed so that they can be framed and hung on a wall.

    As with previous editions, this strictly limited edition, of which only 2014 will be printed to match the year, is bound to impress and bring a uniquely visual and tactile experience. Using different finishing techniques and effects for each image the desirable calendar will undoubtedly become a collector’s item. With a scented coating on the eucalyptus leafs for the koala bear, for example, and an iridescent effect on the ice crystals for the wolf, sea fans are coated with a partially textured varnish which is slightly rough to the touch. Relief embossing gives the furry parts of the bee's body a 3D effect and as an unusual touch, a high-gloss UV finish enhances the realism of the black glass on which a gecko is sitting.
    Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi Fine Paper Europe explains, "A lot of passion has gone into producing the 2014 Species Conservation Calendar. We have been impressed by the way druckpartner made full use of the creative design and finishing possibilities to present these stunning pictures by international wildlife photographers from all over the world on our bright white cartonboard and make this deluxe wall calendar special.”

    Media for species conservation

    The Mondberge project was initiated by Michael Matschuck and Andreas Klotz, Managing Director of TiPP 4 Verlag, to support species conservation. Their goal was to produce high-quality media products that could be sold to raise money for species conservation, inform and entertain. The 2012 and 2013 calendars raised almost €40 000, which was used to support a number of projects including the protection of mountain gorillas in Uganda, porpoises in the Baltic Sea and cheetahs in Namibia. The bilingual calendar (in English and German) makes an excellent charitable corporate gift for customers or employees.

    Award-winning species conservation calendar

    The Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar has already won a series of awards for its brilliant printing and sophisticated print finishing. In addition to the recently presented Printstar 2013, the 2012 calendar won gold in the calendar category in the Sappi European Printer of the Year and Sappi International Printer of the Year competitions, as well as receiving a BlueGreen Award. This prize recognised creativity, eco-friendly printing and social responsibility. The 2013 Species Conservation Calendar was also nominated for the acclaimed gregor calendar award and was among the finalists in the Druck+Medien Awards 2013.

    About Algro Design

    Algro Design from Sappi is one of the most popular coated carton types on the market. The product range impresses with superior whiteness, consistent surface finish, very high, light resistance and a silky smooth touch. It is available in three product versions:
    - Algro Design® with double coated front side and uncoated reverse side
    - Algro Design® Card with double coated front side and single coated reverse side
    - Algro Design® Duo with symmetrically double coated surface on the front and reverse sides

    Further details:
    www.druck-partner.de
    www.tipp4.de
    www.mondberge.com
    www.sappi.com
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    26.11.2013   Cham Paper Group Holding AG: Solidarity in Carmignano    ( Company news )

    Company news - Renewed strength breathed into social partnership in Carmignano
    - Continued streamlining of executive management within the Group

    On 8 November 2013 the Cham Paper Group announced that the sale of the Italian mills had fallen through due to the failure to reach an agreement in contract negotiations with the employees' representatives at Carmignano. In the meantime the local site management have been able to come to an economically viable and forward-looking consensus with workers. The new agreement, adopted by a large majority at the general meeting of the mill's workforce, enables a significant expansion of the mill's flexibility in terms of operating hours, especially on bank holidays, while retaining the original compensation models. This agreement marks a key development and demonstrates the firm intention of all stakeholders to secure the strengthened market position of the mill in Carmignano enabled by the successful restructuring of the Group.
    The Board of Directors of the Cham Paper Group are pleased with the alliance achieved with the social partners and is convinced of the favourable future prospects of both Italian mills. At the same time they are continuing to streamline the Group's management. The Executive Committee is being disbanded; in future the three site managers at Carmignano, Condino and Cham will report directly to the delegate of the Board of Directors, Urs Ziegler. Peter Müller, the former site manager at Cham and in charge of the Swiss paper business, will be taking on various special projects at Group level. However, in mid 2014 he will leaving the Cham Paper Group at his own request upon the completion of the two-year transformation and relocation phase. At the Holding level, Urs Ziegler will continue to be assisted by Luis Mata, Head of Finance & Controlling, and Franziska Stöckli, Head of Corporate Services.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
     
    26.11.2013   PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox to be delivered to India    ( Company news )

    Company news In May 2013, PMP Group signed a contract with Shreyans Industries for delivery of the Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox. The delivery would be a part of the paper machine’s upgrade.
    Shreyans Industries is an Indian paper mill located in the Ahmedgarh, in Sangrur district. The paper mill manufactures writing & printing paper. Its actual manufacturing capabilities reach 35 000 MT/year. The paper mill’s aim is to increase PM speed up to 750 mpm and its annual production up to the 50 000 MT. Due to the fact that installation of the new headbox will improve paper quality and enable operation with higher speed, Shreyans Industries decided to choose PMP Group as a supplier.
    PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox is a technologically advanced equipment characterized by operational friendly construction and owing to applied stainless long-term durability. The headbox will be about 3100 mm wide and equipped with consistency profiling system, which assures control over the basis weight, resulting uniform paper web structure and better CD basis weight profile. The Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox will be equipped with 4 rows of headbox tubes.
    Delivery of PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox is scheduled on the first half of 2014. Apart from delivery PMP will supervise the assembly process and the start-up of the hydraulic unit.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    26.11.2013   Lighter cartons for pharmaceuticals     ( Company news )

    Company news Pharmaceutical companies can now take advantage of cartons that are lighter than ever before. Stora Enso, packaging manufacturer Edelmann and packaging line supplier Uhlmann tested and qualified lower-weight board for the production of pharmaceutical cartons in high-speed pharmaceutical packaging lines. The test showed that Stora Enso's 215 gsm Tambrite board can easily be used in packaging instead of the 250 gsm boards that are typically used, with no compromise in packaging performance.
    Such a reduction in package weight generates savings and environmental benefits throughout the supply chain and the product's life cycle, which means less raw material used, less weight in storage and transportation, less packaging waste and fees to pay, and a lower carbon footprint.
    "The project combines Stora Enso's material expertise with the converting and filling expertise of leading packaging solution suppliers serving pharmaceutical industry," says Wilfried Schmahl, Segment Development Manager, Stora Enso, who works with both pharmaceutical companies and chocolate and confectionery brand owners. "Focusing on one target, we jointly managed to optimise all factors to achieve the most efficient and the most sustainable output: minimum raw material use, superb printing and converting performance including safety coding on the maximum filling line speed."
    The development project started with printing trials at the end of 2012. Stora Enso's Tambrite board was tested against several competitive board qualities of 250 gsm basis weight, which is typically used in pharmaceutical cartons. Edelmann manufactured cartons in three sizes and the packaging trial was conducted on a high-tech packaging line at Uhlmann at the maximum speed of 300 boxes per minute. Tambrite at a lower weight from 235, 225 down to 215 gsm, proved to run perfectly at full speed.
    The use of lighter cartons was shown live at the recent FachPack exhibition in Germany, where cartons made of 215 gsm Tambrite were run on the BEC300 packaging line at Uhlmann's stand. The innovative solution is being marketed by Edelmann using the name ValueCase.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    26.11.2013   NewPage to Idle No. 12 Paper Machine at Rumford Maine Mill in February 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news NewPage Holdings Inc. ("NewPage") announced that, based on current product demand, it has decided to indefinitely idle the No. 12 paper machine at the Rumford, Maine mill by mid-February 2014. The No. 12 paper machine manufactures approximately 300 tons of coated paper per day used primarily for magazines, catalogs and commercial printing applications.
    "Specific operating plans, as well as timing and the number of jobs affected, are still being developed and will be implemented across the NewPage platform while satisfying customer commitments," stated Mark Lukacs, senior vice president of operations for NewPage. "We sincerely regret having to make this announcement because of the impact to our employees. We will be working with our Rumford management team to minimize the effects to our employees."
    "We continue to operate in a weak commercial environment and needed to take action," said George Martin, president and chief executive officer for NewPage. As reported by the Pulp and Paper Products Council or PPPC, North American coated paper market continues to be under pressure due to the continued year-over-year decline of coated shipments and significant increase in imports from Western Europe.
    "We remain committed to running our operations in the most efficient manner possible as we balance our production to customer demand," added Lukacs. "Based on customer demand, this downtime is necessary to maintain that balance. Our flexible mill system enables us to fully service our customers' needs going forward. We will continue to consider the need for additional downtime as demand conditions unfold."
    (NewPage Corporation)
     
    25.11.2013   Favini says 'NO' to counterfeiting and presents Secure Suite, the only full range of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... technologically advanced security papers for brand protection

    Through significant investment in research and development, Favini can now present a unique, complete range of solutions that reach the peak of excellence with Secure-Nanolock.
    Favini, an Italian firm with a long history of innovation in paper manufacturing and a high level of expertise in the security-papers segment, presents Favini Secure Suite, the exclusive range of technologically advanced paper that features unique, effective anti-counterfeiting solutions for various needs and applications. Favini Secure Suite is designed to protect products from counterfeiting by adding security elements within the packaging or labeling that ensure the product’s authenticity.
    In recent years, thanks to constant investment in research and the company’s extensive experience in security paper, Favini, has created an entire range of paper that focuses on protecting luxury products and brands. Solutions to protect against brand counterfeiting are widely used in numerous industries, including clothing, footwear, fashion accessories, jewelry and cosmetics, as well as in the food industry, in pharmaceuticals, IT and art.
    Counterfeiting is greatly harmful to companies, consumers and society at large. For businesses, this damage comes in at least three forms. The first is financial in the form of reduced sales; the second is in brand image, which reflects on the quality of the original products as they become confused with the counterfeits; the third comes in the form of unfair competition given the lower costs incurred for research, development and manufacturing.
    According to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), global volumes of counterfeiting are on the rise and are expected to reach USD 1.7 trillion by 2015. Counterfeiting does not only harm businesses, but also society in general in that it increases organized crime, reduces tax revenues and has a negative impact on employment. Consumers are also exposed to health risks when using counterfeit products that contain toxic substances.
    Favini’s Secure Suite is the solution to fight back against black-market counterfeits. The company’s wide range of Secure Suite security papers for brand protection features a variety of security elements that can be used with boxes, labels, cards and certificates, as well as on other support materials such as shopping bags, company communications and other documentation in order to guarantee a product’s authenticity. Secure Suite is a modular offering that includes security elements that can be used either individually or in combination for even greater protection.
    Among the innovations Favini has to offer, Secure-Nanolock is the most technologically advanced, featuring a special hologram with incorporated code that measures less than 500 μm square and is made up of a holographic pattern that includes a hidden message that can be read by computer or smartphone. A specially designed app and software, along with a magnifying glass, are required to read and decode the hidden message. Secure-Nanolock technology includes the ability to incorporate a unique security feature in the hologram and provides a tracking system for both consumer goods and documents. Secure-Nanolock is currently the only security system of its kind and was made possible by the significant investment that Favini has dedicated to research.
    Favini offers seven other solutions along side Secure-Nanolock. These include: Secure-Watermark, a personalized watermark that can be used to identify authentic documentation; Secure-Fibres, synthetic fibers within the paper that can only be seen under sunlight or UV light; Secure-Reagents, which is the treatment of paper with chemicals that change color when an attempt at counterfeiting is made; Secure-Dust, micro-elements included in the paper that can only be seen under a magnifying glass and special lighting; Secure-Check Marker, a verification system that Favini has designed that features a special marker used to quickly check authenticity; Secure-Zap, which ensures document authenticity by way of a special paper treatment that can only be seen with a laser pen or an acoustic device; and, finally, Secure-Skin, a technology that features a micro-embossing that contains custom logos, patterns and other micro-messages that can only be seen with at least 15x magnification and which can be applied to paper that has other security systems in order to provide even greater protection.
    (Favini Srl)
     
    25.11.2013   DS Smith repositioning creates unified vision for the future    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging and supply cycle strategist DS Smith has announced that it is bringing its packaging, paper, plastics and recycling businesses together under one new unified corporate identity and brand.
    The move comes 18 months after the UK-based manufacturer acquired Swedish rival SCA Packaging, which secured a 14% share of the European corrugated packaging market for DS Smith.
    Group chief executive Miles Roberts said: “DS Smith has gone through a major transformation in the last few years. We are now able to offer a much wider product and service portfolio and operate on a much larger scale as a strategic partner with cross-industry expertise, while at the same time continuing to offer our customers a local, personal service.
    “ Our recent acquisitions have enabled us to make significant progress in the highly competitive European packaging market and have helped with the integration of our European and UK businesses.
    “Our customers are constantly seeking more in terms of innovation, sales and efficiency, but with far less time and resource. Our skills and expertise allow us to support our customers in those challenges, so they can be confident that DS Smith’s solutions will help solve their problems, and have a positive impact on their business and its performance.”
    DS Smith is now one of the leading providers of packaging solutions and the largest cardboard and paper recycling company in Europe, with a turnover of £3.7billion and more than 20,000 employees across the world.
    Roberts added: “Bringing our packaging, paper, plastics and recycling operations together means we can offer customers a complete service from design and production right through to supply and recycling. The decision to bring all our operations under one clear strong brand was the natural next step for us.”
    As part of the repositioning, DS Smith is also launching a new website (www.dssmith.com). The new brand is launched today (20 November 2013) and will be gradually implemented across the different divisions and geographies.
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    25.11.2013   Metsä Board Corporation's operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 75.1 million ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in January–September 2013

    Picture: CEO Mikko Helander

    Result for January–September 2013
    -Sales were EUR 1,540.1 million (Q1–Q3/2012: 1,599.1).
    -The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 75.1 million (51.4). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 83.0 million (181.8).
    -The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 30.8 million (18.3). The result before taxes including non-recurring items EUR 38.8 million (148.7).
    -Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.08 (0.05) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.10 (0.41).

    Result for the third quarter of 2013
    .Sales were EUR 502.3 million (Q2/2013: 502.8).
    .The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 18.9 million (26.0). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 19.3 million (28.9).
    .The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 8.5 million (18.5). The result before taxes including non-recurring items EUR 9.0 million (21.3).
    .Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.02 (0.05) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.02 (0.06).

    Events in the third quarter of 2013
    -Folding boxboard and kraftliner delivery volumes increased slightly in the third quarter. Metsä Board announced a folding boxboard price increase in Europe as of 14 October 2013.
    -The new Modo Northern Light kraftliner produced at the Husum mill was introduced, and its delivery volume increased according to plan.
    -The extensive maintenance shutdowns at the integrated Husum and Kemi mills were carried out as planned.
    -The market situation for papers continued to be weak in Europe.
    -Metsä Board sold its 51 per cent holding in Metsä Group Treasury Oy to Metsäliitto Cooperative for approximately EUR 5 million.
    -Markus Holm was appointed Metsä Board's CFO and member of the Corporate Management Board as of 1 January 2014.

    Events after the period
    -Metsä Board announced that it will renew its management and reporting structure. As of the first quarter of 2014, the company’s reporting segments will be Cartonboard, and Linerboard and Paper. Ari Kiviranta was appointed SVP, Head of Cartonboard business area and Seppo Puotinen SVP, Head of Linerboard and Paper business area.
    “The situation in our Paperboard business continues to be good. Metsä Board's paperboard deliveries have grown by nearly 10 per cent this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, although growth in demand for consumer goods has been very slow in the key markets.
    Our third-quarter profitability was, as expected, weaker than in the previous quarter due to the extensive planned maintenance shutdowns at the integrated Husum and Kemi mills. Folding boxboard and kraftliner deliveries continued to increase slightly in the third quarter. We are currently increasing folding boxboard prices in Europe.
    The market has welcomed the new kraftliners from Husum and their delivery volumes have grown as planned. No improvement is in sight in the European paper market, which is why it is increasingly important for us to be able to substitute new products for Husum mill’s weakest paper volumes and thus improve the mill's profitability”, says Mikko Helander, CEO.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    25.11.2013   04th - 06th December 2013: DREWSEN exhibits at 26th INTERGRAF Conference    ( Company news )

    Company news DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE will be presenting their high-quality security papers and anti-forgery solutions at the 26th International Security Printers Conference & Exhibition INTERGRAF in Vienna, Austria from December 4th – December 6th 2013 (booths B8 & B9).
    Understanding the latest methods of preventing forgery is of major importance to our 475-year-old company. In order to provide our customers with state-of-the-art security paper solutions we stay in regular contact with numerous public authorities, enabling us to meet the increasing requirements for document and brand security. We would therefore like to provide any interested parties with a widespread statement of facts, figures and solutions regarding forgery and fraud.
    We have therefore invited Police Superintendent Andreas Heuser, a lecturer and expert on the subject at the Police Academy in Hesse, to join us at this year’s exhibition. Superintendent Heuser will not only present a selection of forged documents confiscated by the German law enforcement authorities, but he will also illustrate the latest solutions of preventing and revealing forgeries.
    Mr. Heuser will be glad to answer your questions regarding document security and how solutions provided by DREWSEN can reduce the risk of counterfeit or forgery.
    Visitors are more than welcome to join us at the DREWSEN booth (B8 & B9) where they will be offered widespread information about today’s prospects of preventing forgery.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.11.2013   Chesapeake Services Limited and Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc. Agreeto Merge, Creating ...    ( Company news )

    ... Global Leader in Print-Based Specialty Packaging

    Chesapeake Services Limited (“Chesapeake”) and Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc. (“MPS”) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge the two businesses. This merger of equals will create a leading global provider of print-based specialty packaging. The combined company will have sales of more than $1.4 billion on a pro forma basis, employ over 7,000 people throughout the world, and operate from more than 50 manufacturing facilities on three continents. The combined company will supply a broad range of packaging, including printed folded cartons, labels, inserts/leaflets, rigid boxes and specialist packaging for the pharmaceutical/healthcare, consumer, personal care, confectionery, spirits and multi-media end-markets. The vast majority of operations are divided between the United States and nine countries in Europe. The combined company will also have a growing presence in emerging markets, including from an existing facility in China.
    Marc Shore, MPS’s CEO, said: “Joining these two companies will greatly benefit our customers and employees. The combined manufacturing footprint and technological capabilities are truly unique and will position us to match our customers’ needs with a broader range of products and operational flexibility. The ability to produce these goods and services in the United States, Europe and China will also give our customers consistency on a global basis. We are very excited to bring these two families of passionate, hardworking and committed employees together as they will ensure our future success.”
    Mike Cheetham, Chesapeake’s CEO, said “I’m excited about the prospects this transaction offers for our collective customers, employees and suppliers. Both companies have benefited from a strong ongoing investment program and will continue to invest in order to deliver on the considerable growth opportunity this merger presents. Our extensive global network of dedicated operations provides our customers with a strategic partner for their long-term needs.”
    Marc Shore has been appointed CEO of the combined company. Mike Cheetham and Dennis Kaltman, current MPS President, will be co-Presidents and will serve with Marc on the Executive Committee responsible for overseeing the integration and growth of the combined company.
    Upon completing the merger, ownership in the combined company will be split evenly between funds managed by global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”) and Chesapeake management, who currently collectively own 100% of Chesapeake, and investment funds advised by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“Madison Dearborn”) and MPS management, who currently collectively own 100% of MPS. Completion of the merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. It is anticipated that the merger will close during the first quarter of 2014.
    In connection with the transaction, Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to Chesapeake and Carlyle, and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel. Barclays and Moelis & Company acted as financial advisors to MPS and Madison Dearborn, and Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel to Credit Suisse and Barclays.
    (Chesapeake plc)
     
    25.11.2013   Innventia paper packaging wins Plastovation Award    ( Company news )

    Company news The expanding and self-opening food package Sustainable Expanding Bowl was awarded the the Bio category prize during Plastovationer Awards on 13 November in connection with Elmia Subcontractor in Jönköping.

    Picture: Hjalmar Granberg at the awards ceremony of Plastovationer Awards

    Plastovationer Awards are given in five categories: "Plastovationer", Product Development, Composite, Bio and Energy Efficiency. Innventia, together with design studio Tomorrow Machine received the prize in the category of Bio for "having created an exciting new concept in the form of a self-expanding packageing for dried food. By exploiting the unique properties of Innventia's mechano-active biomaterials, old and new technology come together in an innovative border crossing. The result is an elegant packaging solution with a wide range of applications."
    The Sustainable Expanding Bowl is a so-called demonstrator, a prototype developed to demonstrate the possibilities of a new interactive material produced from renewable resources. The demonstrator has already met worldwide interest on material and design blogs when it was awarded The Dieline Sustainable Packaging Award 2013. The ingenious construction has been designed by Anna Glansén and Hanna Billqvist at the design studio Tomorrow Machine, in a unique collaboration with Innventia's materials research team led by Hjalmar Granberg. The starting point for the designers was the features of the material itself, a cardboard with active properties that respond to heat and moisture. Thanks to the expanding function, the package size is minimized which will avoid transporting air in the package. Normally, this type of food packaging consists of as much as two-thirds air.
    "We are very happy and proud ! This is yet another sign that our new material from the forest is gaining ground in new areas and industries, says Catharina Ottestam," Vice President business area Packaging Solutions.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    22.11.2013   SCA launches Sustainable Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA is launching a new product area, Sustainable Packaging, comprising a portfolio of packaging paper. The new products will offer excellent printability, have a world-leading environmental profile and be highly competitive.

    “We have been working for several years to develop products that can complement our production of both publication papers and kraftliner,” says Rolf Johannesson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at SCA Forest Products. “Sustainable Packaging is the first result of this development project.”

    “Packaging material is an attractive and growing market, where we can meet high demands for sustainability and a growing share renewable materials. Our target for the first phase is to produce at least 75,000 tons of these products over the next two years.”

    Sustainable Packaging comprises three product families: SPLENDO, OPERIO and PURO. They include both coated and uncoated grades and combine a resource-efficient, strong and light packaging material with excellent printability. They also offer attractive features in terms of product safety and environmental performance, such as a uniquely low carbon footprint, fresh fibre from sustainably managed forests and environmentally compatible production.

    Sustainable Packaging can be used when manufacturing corrugated products, as a printing surface on board material or as flexible packaging for food, an expanding product area.

    The new products will be produced at Ortviken paper mill.

    “These new products make use of Ortviken’s real strengths – first-class mechanical pulp based on fresh spruce fiber, the flexibility offered by our four paper machines when manufacturing coated and uncoated grades of paper and our strong environmental profile. Access to chlorine-free bleached kraft pulp from Östrand and the expertise offered by SCA’s R&D Centre have also been invaluable assets,” says Kristina Enander, Mill Manager at SCA Ortviken.

    SCA Ortviken in Sundsvall has a production capacity of approximately 900,000 tons of coated and uncoated paper per year and employs approximately 700 people.
    (SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)
     
    22.11.2013   New Milltech Yankee Hood and Air System for Wepa Cassino tissue mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Milltech, the Lucca-based supplier of advanced solutions for drying to the tissue and paper industry, owned by Toscotec, started up a new SMART-eMT Yankee Hood complete with Air system and Heat Recovery, at Wepa Cassino tissue mill in August 2013.
    This investment allows Wepa to achieve significant improvements in production and consumption, while offering the best solution for a safe, quick installation within the existing machine.
    The SMART-eMT Yankee Hood, designed in accordance with the best available technologies, uses multiple heat recovery stages to recover exhaust energy. With this important new upgrade the Cassino mill can now optimize the production cycle and achieve a real improvement in paper quality, while decreasing energy consumption and environmental impact.
    Wepa Cassino is located in the Centre of Italy, close to Rome; it is part of Wepa Group - a leading company in tissue manufacture. The mill is an important and modern facility, which is completely integrated with a 5600 mm width tissue machine, converting lines and automatic storage system. Its capacity is more than 60.000 t/year.
    Milltech, which has formed part of the Toscotec group since 2012, specializes in machine hoods, dust extraction systems, Yankee steam and condensate systems and energy recovery. Its main purpose is to maximize the use of modern technology to minimize energy consumption throughout the drying process. Milltech's keen eye for customer service and expectations, is in the tradition of all Toscotec companies.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    22.11.2013   Kemira to implement global price increase for pulp and paper chemicals    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira will implement a price increase up to 15 %, depending on product segment, for its Pulp and Paper Chemicals. The adjustment will affect selected product lines between 5-15% and will be immediately implemented or as existing contracts allow.
    The price increase is an effect of increases in all major cost drivers; including key feed stocks and raw material, energy and transport. Kemira has continuously rationalized operations and reduced fixed costs, but has now reached a point when a price increase is necessary to secure the position as a strong supplier to the Pulp & Paper Industry.
    (Kemira Oyj)
     
    22.11.2013   PulPaper 2014 Conferences - announcing the next round of speakers     ( Company news )

    Company news It is time to announce the next round of speakers of the PulPaper 2014 Conference. Biofuture for Mankind is the main theme of the conference, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. The main topic of the second afternoon of the conference, Wednesday June 4, is ‘Biomass – avenue for business’. Speaking in this particular session is Ed de Jong from Avantium in Holland, with a ”Critical view of forest biorefinery to serve chemical industry” and also professor Thomas E. Amidon speaking about the biorefineries of the future, ”Perspective of future biorefinery”.

    The first part of the conference’s last day, Thursday June 5, will deal with ‘Biobased materials for Mankind’. Speaking at this session is Marika Lindström from Unilever and Jaime Santafe from Tetra Pak, both dealing with packaging from the aspect of the brand owners.
    At the 29th International Mechanical Pulping Conference (IMPC), the scientific conference running alongside the main conference, Dinesh Fernando et al, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden, will be giving a talk on ‘Exploring mechanisms of fibre development during HC- and LC refining of mechanical pulps that govern pulp and paper properties’. ‘High temperature ATMP pulping for high freeness pulp grades’ will be dealt on by Marc Sabourin, Andritz, USA and Zhirun Yuan et al, FPInnovations, Canada, will talk about ‘Application of High-yield Pulp in Tissue and Towel’.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    22.11.2013   Air preheating is increasing system efficiency     ( Company news )

    Company news -A new module from Bosch Industriekessel
    -Return on capital expected in two years

    A new steam boiler system by Bosch Industriekessel recently went into operation at the premises of Slovenian paper manufacturer Paloma Sladkogorska. The system equipment includes the recently introduced APH air preheating system, a heat recovery device which Bosch launched on the market in July this year. It reduces the flue gas temperature of the boiler by preheating the combustion air, thereby increasing system efficiency.
    The air preheating system is available for single or double flame tube steam boilers with duoblock burners. It is recommended for use in applications in which process conditions mean that it would not make sense to include a flue gas condenser. On account of its special hydraulic circuitry, the system has far fewer components than commercially available two-circuit systems. It consists of a three-way valve, a combined flue gas heat exchanger and an air-side heat exchanger. If double flame tube boilers such as the one at Paloma are used, the system features two air-side heat exchangers.
    A part of the hot feed water is directed to the air-side heat exchangers via the three-way valve. This preheats the combustion air for firing and reduces the temperature of the feed water. The downstream flue gas heat exchanger recovers heat from the hot boiler waste gases as a result of the cooled feed water partial flow reducing the flue gas temperature. The efficiency of the boiler system is up to two percent higher, whilst fuel consumption and emissions are lower.
    The ZFR gas-fired boiler produces approximately 30 tons of steam per hour in the paper factory. An integrated superheater module on the boiler generates superheated steam instead of saturated steam, as a result of which temperatures of up to 285 degrees Celsius can be reached. The steam is required for production processes such as drying paper rolls. Every year, Paloma produces hygiene products including toilet paper, tissues, paper towels and napkins from approximately 70,000 tons of paper.
    Thanks to the BCO boiler control, operation is user-friendly and settings can be tailor-made according to demand. Integrated fault messaging management, along with troubleshooting support via Bosch Teleservice, make for seamless operation.
    Previously, Paloma was using a steam turbine and a 30-year-old water tube boiler. The absence of heat recovery devices meant that significant potential for savings was not being tapped into. With the new Bosch boiler system with economizer and air preheating system, the paper manufacturer now has an energy generation system at its disposal that is optimised in terms of both economic efficiency and the environment. With continuous operation, return on capital for the total investment should be seen in approximately two years. The Slovenian company C. P. Biro, a long-term partner of Bosch, was responsible for all aspects of project support locally.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     
    22.11.2013   Siemens supplies integrated drive system for board machine from Mayr Melnhof AG    ( Company news )

    Company news -First use of Simotics HT direct high-torque gearless motors in the Austrian paper industry
    -Optimum interaction of motors and Sinamics frequency converters for high electro-mechanical and energy efficiency

    Picture: Siemens is to equip the board machine (KM3) of Mayr Melnhof AG in Frohnleiten with an integrated drive system comprising Sinamics S120 servo converters and high-torque motors of the Simotics HT-direct series. This is the first time that the water-cooled gearless motors will be used in the Austrian paper industry.

    Siemens Drive Technologies Division has received the order from Mayr Melnhof Karton AG, the world's largest manufacturer of coated recycling cardboard, to modernize a board machine (KM3) in Frohnleiten, Austria. As part of renewal of the multi-motor system, Siemens will use an integrated drive system, consisting of high-torque motors of the Simotics HT-direct series and Sinamics S120 servo converters. The water-cooled gearless motors are being used in Austria's paper industry for the first time and, in conjunction with the servo drives, permit high electro-mechanical and energy efficiency.
    As part of modernization of the board machine in Frohnleiten, a total of 90 drives are installed with a total drive power of eleven megawatts. 14 of them are water-cooled motors from the Simotics HT-direct series. As gearless drives, these exert high torques at low speeds directly on the driven machine. Moreover, space is saved by elimination of gearing and the engineering, installation, and maintenance work is reduced. This has a positive effect on running costs. As part of the integrated drive system, the motors are optimally adapted to operation with the Sinamics S120 converters. These converters perform all drive tasks and save additional energy in the alternation between motoring and generating requirements typically demanded by a paper machine. Siemens is responsible for the planning, hardware and software engineering, commissioning, training. The modernization measures started this fall and are scheduled to be completed around one year later.
    (Siemens AG)
     
    21.11.2013   Sappi and KAPAG announce direct sales and marketing partnership in France     ( Company news )

    Company news "Total Brand Consistency" concept makes Sappi’s Algro Design® and KAPAG’s Algro® Duo product families more accessible in the French printing and packaging market

    Image: Kapag's promotional samples folder customised to fit Sappi's Algro Design marketing campaign.

    Sappi Fine Paper Europe and Swiss Karton + Papier AG (KAPAG) are joining forces to launch Sappi’s bright white cellulose carton brands Algro Design and KAPAG’s Algro Duo to the French printing and packaging market. In the spirit of "Total Brand Consistency", the purpose of this collaboration is to harness the power and expertise of both companies, enabling them to enhance the product portfolio and service levels for companies in France that are in the premium printing and packaging sectors.
    Featured are high quality Algro Design, Algro Design Card and Algro Design Duo products from Sappi with weights from 160 g/m2 to 400 g/m2 as well as laminated Algro Duo versions from KAPAG, also based on Algro Design, with weights ranging from 450 g/m2 to 710 g/m2 (with higher thicknesses of up to 5 mm available on demand).
    "We are excited to be jointly bringing this message to brand owners, designers, agencies, printing companies, packaging converters and print finishers,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Sappi Product Group Manager Rigid Packaging. “By extending the print and packaging supply chain in France for the Algro Design and Algro Duo product families, we will increase the awareness of expanded opportunities to use these high-quality materials for even better results. This partnership also assures easier access to these outstanding products in the French market. Algro Design carton board is known for its exceptional surface properties. It is now available for a wider variety of applications and in heavier board weights.”
    “Customers trust us to give the best advice and we believe in the performance of Algro Duo,” says Alexander Meyer, Managing Owner of KAPAG. “We have been noticing increased market demand for a single premium product that is available in very low and very high grammages for a wide array of end uses. This is why we have joint forces with Sappi. Algro Design is recognised as one of the outstanding grades in that product segment. The extended range delivers the same appearance, and therefore increases brand recognition and trust among consumers”. Sappi's Algro Design premium carton board is made from virgin fibres and comprises the ideal material for high-quality packaging and printed products. Using Algro Design guarantees maximum precision, a premium look and feel of luxury and consistent quality. The high quality of the carton, its surface feel and, in particular, its brilliant white finish and even surface produce sharper, livelier printed images, ensuring excellent contrast while giving the impression of greater space and dimensionality for both on-shelf packaging display as well as for graphic illustrations.
    Expanding market position in France
    France is one of the most important and sophisticated markets in terms of cosmetics and perfumes. Algro Design from Sappi already holds an important position in the market, and now it is available in weights up to 710 g/m2 and higher that still deliver the well-known "look and feel" of Algro Design surface properties. The ability to deliver "Total Brand Consistency" using the Algro Design and Algro Duo product families has been standard practice for a number of years in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux. In these markets, Algro Design carton board and its laminated versions, sold by KAPAG, are synonymous with luxury and premium quality and are available via common distribution platforms and local trade partners.
    In France, however, with no trade partnership in place for the premium packaging sector, Sappi and KAPAG have decided to reach the market with a direct sales and marketing approach. French printing and packaging companies that produce packaging for cosmetics, jewellery and decorative packaging, as well as those who require heavier carton thicknesses for fashion accessories, spirits, confectionery, promotional giveaways, POS displays and other advertising materials, will benefit from faster access to the Algro Design and Algro Duo brands through this partnership. With a product that guarantees the same surface properties across a vast range of weights, brands can also be assured of comprehensive product and brand consistency, regardless of the weight or design they ultimately choose.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    21.11.2013   UPM Chapelle PM 6 improves newsprint production with Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Last year, UPM Chapelle Darblay, France, decided to replace the existing ceramic cover on the center press roll of PM 6 with a TerraSpeed ceramic cover from Voith in order to increase machine speed by reducing the draw after the press roll.
    The goal was to lower the draw by at least 10% in that position, going down from 3.6% at a machine speed of 1,500 m/min to slightly above 3.2% machine speed difference just by using a better ceramic surface on the solid center press roll. UPM chose TerraSpeed to achieve that target due to its excellent performance in numerous reference installations.
    After more than one year in operation, the production on Chapelle PM 6 confirms that UPM's high expectations have been exceeded. In a very stable running performance, the TerraSpeed cover shows draw values down to 3.0% constantly, leading to a considerably higher production output.
    These stable conditions were confirmed by monitoring the surface roughness of the ceramic cover, which almost had not changed at all since the start-up of TerraSpeed in mid 2012. This consistency can be kept due to the excellent properties of the TerraSpeed cover, but also due to the proper doctoring with SkyTerra S blades from Voith, which were designed especially to run on TerraSpeed.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    21.11.2013   Domtar to expand its personal care business in Europe with the acquisition of Indas    ( Company news )

    Company news Transaction is a critical step to building a pan-European business
    (All financial information is in Euros1, unless otherwise noted.)

    - Indas is a leading supplier of branded adult incontinence products in Spain
    - Transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings
    - Closing of the transaction is expected by year-end 2013

    Picture: John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar

    Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately-held Laboratorios Indas, SAU ("Indas"), a leading branded incontinence products manufacturer and marketer in Spain.
    Domtar will acquire all the outstanding capital stock for €285 million and the business is expected to have approximately €140 million of debt, net of cash, at closing. The net debt is expected to be reduced by the collection of approximately €25 million of past due accounts receivable2 before year-end or early 2014, resulting in an enterprise value of €400 million. The majority of the debt will be repaid by Domtar in connection with the closing of the transaction.
    "The acquisition of Indas advances our transformation into a leader in Personal Care, an attractive market segment that is an important growth engine for Domtar," said John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar. "With the addition of the new business, Domtar will become one of the leading adult incontinence products manufacturers in Europe, providing the critical mass upon which to build a pan-European business. As a result of this transaction, we are substantially closer to achieving our previously stated goal of generating at least $300 million of EBITDA from fiber based consumer products by 2017. As we continue on our journey to further expand in growth markets, we remain committed to returning the majority of free cash flow to shareholders."
    Michael Fagan, Senior Vice-President, Personal Care said "Indas is a leading marketer of adult incontinence care products in Spain with its IncoPack and Indasec® line of products, and we are pleased to be adding these prominent brands to our portfolio. The combination of our strong franchise in Northern Europe with Indas' best-in-class adult incontinence products business in Southern Europe promises to deliver solid results."
    With a primarily branded product offering, Indas has a leading market position across a number of adult incontinence segments in Spain including heavy incontinence and underpads as well as branded light incontinence. They also produce a wide range of absorbent-related hygienic and medical products. Indas distributes its products in three main channels: pharmacies, hospitals and retail. They operate a modern manufacturing facility located in Toledo, Spain, ideally situated to serve the Iberian Peninsula and to expand in Southern Europe. Indas, after giving effect to its acquisition of a business earlier in 2013, has estimated annual run rate sales of approximately €190 million and EBITDA of approximately €46 million.
    Commenting on the acquisition, Javier Martin, Chief Executive Officer of Laboratorios Indas, SAU said, "The acquisition by Domtar is a great outcome for our customers and our employees. Domtar is a strategic long-term owner who is committed to growth in Personal Care and they will give us access to the resources and the technology to accelerate our growth plans and be successful."
    We expect the acquisition to be accretive to Domtar earnings from day one and to enhance the overall profit margins of Domtar's Personal Care business segment. Domtar will use cash on hand and available sources of borrowing to finance the acquisition. The closing of the transaction is expected by year-end 2013, subject to customary closing conditions, including the notification required by the Spanish antitrust authorities. Lazard has acted as sole investment banker to the company in connection with the transaction.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    21.11.2013   World's first Advantage NTT tissue line supplied by future Valmet successfully started up at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Fabrica De Papel San Francisco in Mexico

    The world’s first Advantage NTT tissue line has been succesfully started up in Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s mill in Mexicali, Mexico. The new line is Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s third tissue machine supplied by Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet. After the first months the machine is already operating at high speed producing premium quality tissue with high bulk and softness.
    “We are very excited about the successful start-up, and the Advantage NTT technology has indeed met our high expectations. We strongly believe that this flexible concept will change the way tissue will be produced in the future. So far we have tested a large amount of different grades and basis weights, in both plain and textured mode, all with good result. We have actually set some production records with the new NTT concept,” says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Director of Operations, Fabrica de Papel San Francisco.
    “Our Advantage NTT concept gives a new more flexible option for producing premium quality tissue using less energy and fiber compared to traditional technology. We are very satisfied with our first start-up, efficiency and the quality of the products. This is a great milestone in our company’s history. The collaboration between the mill’s team and our team has been excellent and we are proud to support Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s ambition to supply premium products,” says Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.
    The Advantage NTT concept is Metso's technology for producing premium quality textured tissue with high bulk and softness using less energy and fiber. Its unique flexibility makes it possible to easily switch from production of conventional to textured tissue. It can be operated by virgin or recycled fiber.

    Technical information
    The scope of supply comprised a complete 2.6-m-wide Advantage NTT tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Metso Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap yankee hood, sheet control, tail threading equipment, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel.
    The new tissue line will add another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s existing production.
    Fabrica De Papel San Francisco already operates two Advantage DCT tissue machines at their Mexicali facility, one of which started up in 2006 and the other in 2009. The company’s PM 4 set a then world speed record of 2,160 m/min in 2009 and their PM 5 achieved a record-breaking rapid start-up in 2009, reaching a production speed of 2,100 m/min only 12 days after start-up.
    Fabrica de Papel San Francisco now operates five tissue production lines and converting facilities delivering tissue products for the Mexican and US market.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     

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