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    04.03.2014   Lecta Publishes Its Newest Environmental Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta reaffirms its leadership in sustainability and makes significant progress in reducing its environmental impact.
    Lecta is one of the largest manufacturers of coated woodfree paper in the world and a leader in the European specialty papers market.
    Lecta currently has 9 mills with a total production capacity of nearly 2 million tons and is recognized worldwide as a reliable, flexible and customer-centered supplier as well as being a leader in environmental stewardship.
    A long history of best practices and over 105 million euros allocated to environmental projects since 2006 have enabled Lecta to secure the strictest environmental management and quality certifications, thus minimizing the environmental impact of its operations.
    All of the group manufacturing sites hold ISO 9001 quality certification, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management certifications, and ISO 50001 energy management certification. Furthermore, Lecta is able to guarantee the sustainable origin of the wood used to manufacture our products, in strict compliance with new European timber regulations and PEFCTM and FSC® chain-of-custody standards, offering maximum credibility and transparency in our wood sourcing operations.
    Lecta has significantly reduced the environmental impact of its activity in recent years with a 10% reduction in CO2 emissions, a 12% reduction in water usage and a nearly 30% reduction in the amount of dry sludge sent to landfill since 2006. There are just a few examples of Lecta’s efforts as an environmentally friendly company.
    In keeping with our goal of communicating our environmental performance in a transparent and responsible manner, the data included in this environmental report have been evaluated and verified by an independent third party, as specified in the annex.
    Lecta’s new Environmental Report is available in four languages: English, Spanish, French and Italian. We invite you to download the complete version of the Environmental Report in pdf format on Lecta’s sustainability website: .
    (Lecta Group)
    04.03.2014   NewPage Introduces FlexPack Essential™    ( Company news )

    Company news A New Flexible Packaging Paper Solution For Extrusion And Lamination Applications

    NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading supplier of specialty papers, announces the introduction of FlexPack Essential™, the newest member of their comprehensive family of flexible packaging papers designed for lamination and extrusion applications in food and medical packaging.
    Designed for flexible packaging requiring a smooth, semi-gloss finish and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) compliance for food contact, FlexPack Essential works with emulsion, solventless and solvent laminations, and is available in a variety of basis weights from 22.5 – 55 lb. (3000ft2). Further, FlexPack Essential's rigidity and on-the-shelf performance offers brand owners a more sustainable flexible packaging option when compared to traditional film substrates.
    "Consumers are demanding more responsible packaging," said Jim Sheibley, director of business and product development for specialty papers. "With the creation of FlexPack Essential, NewPage offers brand owners the ability to add more renewable content to their flexible packaging without compromising on-the-shelf performance."
    (NewPage Corporation)
    04.03.2014   Paper Square - new exciting feature at PulPaper 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news For the first time in PulPaper history, organisers are happy to present the Paper Square

    The Paper Square is a large stage and exhibition area in the middle of the exhibition hall. During the three days of the event, you are most welcome to visit the Paper Square area and meet with the great pulp, paper and board producing companies of SAPPI, UPM, Metsä Group and Stora Enso. Top management from the four companies will take to the stage to update participants of the PulPaper event on trends and news in the industry and give their view and input on the industry’s future and development.

    Most welcome to the Paper Square.
    (Adforum AB)
    04.03.2014   Södra to expand Värö pulp mill     ( Company news )

    Company news At their meeting on 24 February, Södra's board of directors made the decision to invest SEK 4 billion (around USD 610 million) to implement a major expansion of the pulp mill in Värö. Work is now starting to increase the current production capacity of 425,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy of pulp. This will make the mill one of the biggest in the world in terms of softwood sulphate pulp production.
    "This expansion is a vital part of our strategy, and a must if we are to be able to develop our business. The paper pulp market is growing globally, and now it will be possible for us to continue to grow together with our customers," commented Lars Idermark, CEO and Group President at Södra.
    "The expansion at Södra Cell Värö is a measure which will reinforce our market position. We already supply high-quality pulp to a number of different customer segments, and we can now develop and underpin this. Our aim is to become the first choice for customers," he continued.
    "This decision means that we will be increasing the current pulp production capacity of 425,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy. As well as increasing pulp production, this investment means that the plant can be made even more energy efficient. Södra Cell Värö is already independent of fossil fuels during normal operation. Our supplies of green energy can be increased still further thanks to this investment."
    If the environmental permit process goes according to plan, the expanded mill will be ready for commissioning in the third quarter of 2016. The project will create the equivalent of 400 full-time jobs over a period of ten years. In the long term, the investment will also create 20 or so new job opportunities at the mill and 220 job opportunities within surrounding businesses.
    "This is a major investment, and it will be of enormous significance to our members - both industrial and forest owners. This expansion will give us more efficient pulp production while also securing a long-term and profitable market for our members' raw timber products," said Christer Segerstéen, Södra's Chairman.
    "With this decision, we are demonstrating our belief in the forests and the opportunities we perceive for our products. We have a renewable and growing raw material in the forests of our members, and a modern and efficient industry," Segerstéen added.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    04.03.2014   Ubiquitous exposure to phenolic food contact substances    ( Company news )

    Company news New study investigates phenolic compounds in pregnant women, finds phenols in more than 90% of specimens, specific phenol exposure may depend on ethnic group

    Picture: Mean phenolic compound levels

    Chemical exposures have been linked to a variety of chronic diseases. Food contact materials are considered an important contributor to overall chemical exposure. In particular, prenatal and early life exposures to certain hazardous chemicals are considered of relevance for later development of chronic disease.
    The U.S. National Children’s Study (NCS) investigates the effects of early life chemical exposure on disease development later in life. In a first step, the NCS Vanguard Study evaluates feasibility, study procedures and outcome assessments to be used in the NCS’ main study design. The present study published in the February 2014 issue of the peer-reviewed scientific journal Environmental Research presents results on phenol exposure in pregnant women derived from the NCS Vanguard Study (Mortensen et al. 2014).
    In order to show the data’s representativeness, the researchers from the U.S. National Center for Environmental Health compared the results to data from non-pregnant women of the U.S. National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2009-2010 and pregnant women from NHANES 2005-2010. The phenolic compounds measured in the study include the food contact substances bisphenol A (BPA, CAS 80-05-7), triclosan (CAS 3380-34-5), benzophenone-3 (BP-3, CAS 131-57-7), methyl- and propyl parabens (MP and PP, CAS 99-76-8 and 94-13-3), which are all authorized for plastic food contact under Regulation EC 10/2011 in Europe and of which BPA, BP-3 and PP are also explicitly authorized as indirect food additives in the U.S..

    Methods. Mortensen and colleagues measured urinary levels of BPA, triclosan, BP-3, MP, PP, and 2,4- and 2,5-dichlorophenols (CAS 120-83-2 and 583-78-8) in 506 pregnant women aged 18-49. The women from 40 study locations completed questionnaires on age, race/ethnicity, annual household income, education and study site. Spot urinary samples were taken in the third trimester and analyzed for phenols using solid-phase extraction-high performance liquid chromatography-isotope dilution-tandem mass spectrometry.
    Results were analyzed using multiple regression analysis including age, race/ethnicity, education, income, study site and log urinary creatinine as covariates.

    Results. The researchers detected all phenolic compounds in the majority of women (Figure 1). Mean levels of BPA, MP and PP were 1.4, 103.5 and 19.1 µg/l (Figure 2). Whereas urinary BP-3 concentrations were highest in non-Hispanic white women (µ=72.0 µg/l; 95% CI: 57.0, 90.9), triclosan levels were highest in Hispanic women (33.9; 21.7, 63.0). The researchers could not assess the impact of demographic factors including education, income, or study site due to the limited sample size.
    Similarly to the NCS results, NHANES 2009-2010 detected all phenols other than triclosan in more than 90% of women.
    Results were generally similar, though mean urinary BP-3 concentrations were higher in NCS women (88.2 vs. 41.5 µg/l) and non-Hispanic white NCS women had higher BP-3 levels than NHANES women (89.6 vs. 38.0 µg/l). Non-Hispanic black NCS women had lower PP and MP and higher 2,4- and 2,5-dichlorophenol urinary concentrations than their NHANES counterparts (MP, 151.6 vs. 359.7 mg/l; PP, 25.3 vs. 57.0 mg/l; 2,4 dichlorophenol, 3.8 vs. 1.4 mg/l; 2,5-dichlorophenol, 89.2 vs.20.6 mg/l). The geometric means for the urinary phenols of pregnant women from NHANES 2005-2010 were generally similar to the data from the NCS cohort. NHANES 2005-2010 data further indicates a slight decline in urinary triclosan concentrations between 2005 and 2008, though sample size was too small to analyze individual ethnic groups.
    The results found by Mortensen and colleagues generally coincide with the well-established NHANES cohorts. This indicates that the cohort is representative for pregnant women from the general population, as well as for women in general, irrespective of pregnancy status. The authors hypothesize that elevated BP-3 levels in non-Hispanic whites can be related to increased sunscreen use, whereas the lower BPA exposure in old order Mennonite women indicate a link between BPA body burden and reduced exposure to plastic and canned food. The authors conclude that while the NCS cohort can provide abundant information on pregnant women and is representative for the general U.S. population, the cohort is limited by pregnancy status and unavailability of exposure information. However, the main NCS study will overcome this pitfall, and may provide important information on early life exposure and disease development later in life.
    (Food Packaging Forum)
    04.03.2014   Fujifilm focusses on the business model of inkjet print production at Ipex 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Fujifilm Jet Press 540

    Fujifilm announces that it will be using its presence at Ipex 2014 (stand S4-E330) to showcase the business models for many different types of commercial print produced using inkjet technologies, to highlight the versatility and capability of its presses. On show will be the company’s Jet Press 720 B2 sheet-fed press, the Jet Press 540W web press, and the new Graphium digital label press, which will be making its UK debut at the show.
    Fujifilm will be running both the Jet Press 720 and Jet Press 540W live for the duration of the show, in as real a production environment as possible. Thanks to a partnership with Intelligent Finishing Systems Ltd at the show, Fujifilm will be focussing on the production of finished print using inkjet technologies, with a Horizon StitchLiner 6000 on its stand. As a result, the company will be producing short run calendars, brochures, magazines, books, labels, manuals and posters with run lengths from 1 to 5000, and will be demonstrating the business model for each one.
    As the demand for short-run print continues to grow, Fujifilm’s aim is to demonstrate the variety of jobs that can be printed profitably using inkjet presses that are commercially available today, and highlight to print service providers the potential business opportunities offered by inkjet printing.
    The production of labels and speciality print will be also be showcased on the Fujifilm stand with Graphium, the new digital UV inkjet press developed and manufactured by FFEI, being used to highlight how production costs can be reduced and how the right digital press can be a viable solution for both short and long run label conversion jobs. Combined with Fujifilm’s new Uvijet Graphium ink, developed specifically for label printing applications, this system raises the bar in terms of the performance that can be achieved from a digital label press.
    Finally, Fujifilm will be showcasing its XMF workflow production suite, and will be demonstrating how this advanced software can not only support high volume, variable data digital print production, but also handle the fast turnarounds required for shorter run digital print.
    Graham Leeson, head of european communications, Fujifilm Graphic Systems, comments: “When visitors to Ipex arrive at our stand they will step into a real-life inkjet production environment, with the opportunity to see just how inkjet presses can profitably print many types of fast turnaround, short run print. We are committed to demonstrating the power of inkjet technologies and open people’s eyes to its full potential and Ipex provides us with the perfect platform to achieve this.”
    (Fujifilm Europe GmbH)

    Company news ... WORLD'S PELLETS

    The board of ABIB - Brazilian Association of Industries Biomass and Renewable Energy, and coordination of the 7th BioTech Fair and 9th International Bioenergy Congress are enabling a unique space linked to the production of machinery , equipment and supplies for the production of pellets companies expose themselves during holding the Fair , from 1 to 3 October 2014, in São Paulo. This is the WORLD 'S pellets. An exclusive space within the 7th BiotechFair with information only for this market. Alongside ABIB is coordinating a workshop on market trends and technology for the production of pellets in Brazil.

    Join this initiative. The potential of the Brazilian market for the production of pellets is very large, Show your equipment to a qualified and interested in public affairs. Visitors are entrepreneurs and professionals in wood, agribusiness , sugar cane and solid waste plants. We also studied cases production in lectures at the workshop . We have room for this unique exhibition space already with all installation and assembly For information layout email
    (ABIB Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy)
    04.03.2014   Optimization of the Production Process of Paper, Board and Tissue    ( Company news )

    Company news “International Munich Paper Symposium 2014”
    emtec Electronic at the IMPS 2014 in Munich, Germany

    This year the IMPS – International Munich Paper Symposium will take place the 23rd time and emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the event in Munich, Germany. From March 26th until 28th, emtec will present different special technical equipment – interesting for all players within the paper, board and tissue industry.
    With the application of the special testing equipment from emtec Electronic it is possible to control and guide the complete process of paper, board or tissue production from the pulp to the finished product into the right direction, in order to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    A further new development of the company is the new and innovative ACA – Ash Content Analyzer. This special measurement device determines the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers in the paper industry within seconds without combustion of the samples, i.e. nondestructive. Its application leads to substantial savings in material, man power, time and energy with a simultaneous obvious increase of the measuring accuracy compared to traditional methods.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    03.03.2014   Focus on Russian visitors     ( Company news )

    Company news For the 8th edition of PulPaper, large focus is put on attracting visitors from the great pulp and paper producing neighbouring country in the east, Russia.

    For the first time, a version of the official website, a landing page, has been set up in Russian to accomodate the large amount of potential Russian visitors. The informative Visitor Information brochure is also being translated and will soon be posted on the Russian site as well as in this very article.

    Welcome to visit
    (Adforum AB)
    03.03.2014   KCL installs new 4-colour Kodak Prosper Imprinting Line    ( Company news )

    Company news KCL will install new inkjet line, which consist of sheet feeder, 4 Kodak Prosper S-10 print heads and a dryer. New press can print both paper and paperboard, coated and uncoated materials. Sheets can pre-coated or post coated on KCL’s sheet fed offset press. This is a unique place to see how paper or paperboard work on high speed 4-colour inkjet printing.
    KCL is not any more offering testing on VL 2000 press, which is a drop-on-demand technology. VL 2000 is ideal for uncoaterd paper grades, where as Prosper technology is for coated papers and paperboards. KCL will continue hybrid printing with S-10 print heads on the heatset press.
    New press will be ready to print in May 2014.
    (Oy Keskuslaboratorio-Centrallaboratorium Ab KCL)
    03.03.2014   SKG Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group announced results for the 3 months and 12 months ending 31 December 2013.

    Picture: Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO

    Full Year 2013 Highlights
    -Significantly strengthened capital profile and materially reduced cash interest
    -Revenue growth in 2013 of 8% and 30% increase in free cash flow
    -Return on capital employed of 13.1%
    -Successful integration and growth of Smurfit Kappa Orange County
    -2013 cost take-out target achieved with further €100 million for 2014
    -Final dividend per share increased by 50% from 20.50 cent to 30.75 cent

    Performance Review & Outlook
    Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO commented: “During 2013 the Group has completed its main financial restructuring activity moving from being a leveraged company to achieving a corporate credit profile. As a consequence, the profile of the Group has fundamentally changed and the progress made offers the company a wide range of strategic and financial options.
    For 2013 the Group is pleased to announce a full year EBITDA performance of over €1.1 billion and a return on capital employed of over 13%. With a weaker though improving year-on-year performance in Europe, the Americas has been a strong source of earnings growth in 2013 and continues to provide the Group with geographic diversity and exposure to higher growth markets.
    The Group’s European corrugated packaging operations showed good growth in 2013, with box volumes up 2% year-on-year and the Group is progressing with box price increases through the fourth quarter and into 2014. The good volume result was achieved despite low macroeconomic growth and reflects organic growth with our customers and specific market share wins.
    SKG is clearly established as a committed partner to our customers, working in their industries and in many cases within their operations to define and meet their increasingly complex packaging needs. This is evidenced by the sizeable market share that SKG has with the major international branded companies.
    Over the course of the year improved containerboard demand coupled with stable supply side conditions and a steady Old Corrugated Containers (‘OCC’) market supported a recovery in testliner prices, which has gone some way to addressing the relatively poor returns for the grade over the last number of years. However, in spite of increasing testliner pricing, margins have still not adequately recovered due to consistently higher input costs. Recent weakness in kraftliner pricing has abated and the strong recycled market should provide upward pricing pressure in the grade.
    The operations in the Americas segment remain a very important part of the Group’s strategic goals. They performed well in 2013 with reported volume growth of over 2% year-on-year in spite of some economic difficulties. However, due to recent developments in Venezuela with regards to the possible exchange rate at which US dollars may be made available, the Group has updated its Principal Risks and Uncertainties disclosure on page 13.
    SKG reports a full year 2013 net debt / EBITDA ratio of 2.37 times. The consistent progress on debt reduction has been made possible by the strong free cash flow generated through a robust operational performance and decisive capital allocation. Debt paydown and re-financing activities undertaken to date have resulted in a €120 million reduction in annualised cash interest since the IPO and boosts available free cash flow.
    SKG will continue to progressively reward shareholders from earnings growth and interest savings resulting from the fundamental repositioning of the Group. In that context, the Board is recommending a final dividend of 30.75 cent for 2013, a 50% increase on last year, reflecting confidence in the business. It is the company’s intention to continue a progressive dividend policy within the context of the Group’s ongoing earnings profile.
    SKG has a good pipeline of capital projects with very attractive returns. Utilising its strong free cash flow, SKG intends to invest in these projects, increasing its capital expenditure in a controlled manner to 120% of depreciation for a three year period. Once completed, these projects will deliver improved efficiencies, material earnings growth and are expected to deliver IRR’s of at least 20%.
    A priority focus of the Group is to seek to expand its operations in the high growth regions of the Americas and Eastern Europe through accretive acquisitions, together with innovation and differentiation initiatives already underway in our current business. While maintaining the strengthened capital structure and the strong cash flow dynamics, in the absence of sufficient accretive acquisitions, the company will return capital to the shareholders.
    For 2014, based on the current macro-economic outlook, the Group expects to achieve continued earnings growth. This will be delivered in the context of the fundamental financial, strategic and differentiation initiatives commenced in 2013 and as the European packaging business progressively secures the recovery of input cost increases through higher box prices. Today, the Group is in a strong position to further optimise its integrated European operations and to increase its unique Americas exposure through the use of its strong balance sheet and its proven management thereby continuing to deliver earnings growth and improved returns to our shareholders.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    03.03.2014   Metsä Board: Historical figures based on the new reporting structure    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation announced on 6 November 2013 to renew its management and reporting structure as of 1 January 2014 to better reflect the company’s strategy and to create a better platform for growth in the folding boxboard and kraftliner businesses. The company operates through two business areas which will also be the company’s reporting segments from 1Q 2014 reporting onwards:
    - Cartonboard
    - Linerboard and Paper

    Accounting for the 24.9 per cent ownership in Metsä Fibre Oy will remain unchanged. The associated company result of Metsä Fibre will continue to be allocated to business segments based on their respective pulp consumption. About 60 per cent of the result impact of Metsä Fibre ownership is expected to be booked in Linerboard and Paper business area and the rest in the Cartonboard business area.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    03.03.2014   Environmental Impact Assessment approved for Modernization and Expansion Project of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Arauco Pulp Mill in Chile

    The Environmental Assessment Commission of Chile’s Bío Bío Region announced the approval of the “Modernization and Expansion Project for Arauco Mill” (MAPA) presented by ARAUCO to the Environmental Assessment Service on April 12, 2012.
    This approval constitutes an important milestone in the development of the MAPA project. The next steps include the completion of the technical-financial assessment, the definition of a funding program for the project and its presentation to the company’s Board.
    The project involves an investment of US$2,100 million for a new production line (Line 3) with state of the art technology; the modernization of Line 2 (pine), which will continue to operate with new improvements; and the closedown of Line 1 (eucalyptus), which dates back to the ‘70s. Once MAPA is in operation, its estimated total annual pulp production is 2,100,000 ADt.
    The project also includes the construction of a new boiler for the production of biomass based electric energy, and a power line, to generate a maximum of 166 MW of surplus energy to be delivered to the Central Interconnected System (SIC), the national energy grid.
    Charles Kimber, ARAUCO’s Senior Vice-President for Commercial & Corporate Affairs, said “this new milestone [allows us] to move forward to the next steps in the development of an investment that will be important for the company as well as the province of Arauco, where we have worked hard and extensively to complete this project, with the highest technical standards and citizen participation”.
    MAPA is expected to enter into operation two years after construction begins. The labor workforce is estimated at 4,700 people during the construction period, with a peak of 8,300 people. The workforce for the pulp mill’s operation is estimated at 1,500 people.
    (Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A.)
    28.02.2014   PMT Italia to startup KapStone® Paper and Packaging Corporation in North Charleston, South ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Carolina (USA)

    PMT Italia S.p.A. announces the successful startup of its latest ÆGO™FLX SHOE at KapStone® Paper and Packaging Corporation in North Charleston, South Carolina (USA)

    PMT recently replaced the PM3 press section of KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation in North Charleston, SC. The new press section was part of a paper machine upgrade to improve the capability and efficiency of PM3 in producing Ultra High Performance (UPL) lightweight linerboard grades.
    The installation and startup of the new PM3 press proceeded as scheduled with the machine immediately producing first quality production.
    PMT was chosen for this project as a result of their vast experience
    and references of similar projects. This is the third recent shoe press project for PMT in North America and demonstrates the growing
    presence and acceptance of PMT in the North American market.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
    28.02.2014   Tobacco Directive: Parliament approves plans to deter young people from smoking    ( Company news )

    Company news Draft legislation updating the EU Tobacco Directive to make tobacco products less attractive to young people was endorsed by MEPs on Wednesday. This legislation, already informally agreed with EU health ministers, would require all packs to carry picture warnings covering 65% of their surface. E-cigarettes would be regulated, either as medicinal products if they claim to help smokers to quit, or as tobacco products.
    "This is the culmination of years of work against the background of intense lobbying from the tobacco industry and its front groups. The new measures are a big step forward for tobacco control, and will help to prevent the next generation of smokers from being recruited. We know that it is children – not adults – who start to smoke: the overwhelming majority of smokers start before their 18th birthday" said rapporteur Linda McAvan (S&D, UK). The draft legislation was approved by 514 votes to 66, with 58 abstentions.

    Health warnings: two-thirds of the pack, front and back
    Current legislation requires that health warnings cover at least 30% of the area of the front of the pack and 40% of the back. The proposed text would increase this to 65%, front and back, and would require these warnings to be in picture form - something that does not happen in the majority of member states at the moment. Packs of fewer than 20 cigarettes - which are cheaper and hence more accessible to children - would be banned in the handful of countries where they are still allowed on the market.

    Dual route for E-cigarettes
    As proposed by MEPs, e-cigarettes would be regulated, either as medicinal products, if they are marketed as a quitting aid, or alternatively as tobacco products. In the latter case, their nicotine concentration should not exceed 20 mg/ml.Refillable e-cigarettes would be allowed. Electronic cigarettes should be childproof and should carry health warnings. They would be subject to the same advertising restrictions as tobacco products.

    Additives listed, flavours banned
    The text would ban flavourings in cigarettes and roll-your-own tobacco that would make the product more attractive by giving it a “characterising flavour”. Menthol would be banned from 2020. Flavours would be allowed for water pipe tobacco.
    Certain additives which are particularly damaging to health would be banned, and regulators would have new powers to require the tobacco industry to carry out extra studies on a "priority list" list of additives, to be set out in a delegated act. Additives essential to produce tobacco, such as sugar, would be authorised.

    700,000 deaths per year in the EU
    Twelve years after the current directive entered into force, smoking remains the principal preventable cause of death in the EU and about 700,000 people die of it each year. Over the years, measures taken to discourage smoking have helped to reduce the proportion of EU citizens who smoke from 40% in the EU15 in 2002 to 28% in the EU 27 in 2012.

    Next steps
    The text is to be approved by the Council of Ministers on 14 March. Member states would have to put the provisions on tobacco products into effect within two years of the updated directive’s date of entry into force.
    (European Parliament)
    28.02.2014   Södra increases price for softwood pulp in Europe to USD 940 per tonne    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to strong global markets and solid demand, Södra will increase its market price for NBSK in Europe to USD 940, effective from March 1st 2014.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    28.02.2014   PulPaper 2014 - offering you more     ( Company news )

    Company news PulPaper is one of the most influential pulp and paper events in the world, last time attracting over 12000 visitors from 63 different countries. This time around the event is packed with even more content, important networking and new features. Take a look at the PulPaper After Work, a mingle session in the exhibition hall after closing hours on Tuesday 3 June, or the PI 100th anniversary gala evening, the grand celebration in the Helsinki Music Centre on 4 June.

    PulPaper 2014 is incomparable to other pulp and paper events when it comes to the outstanding quality of the conference program, Biofuture for mankind and the 2014 IMPC International Mechanical Pulping Conference.

    Visitors of PulPaper 2014 - did you already save the date?

    Don't forget to book your visit to this year's most important industry event. When visiting the official website, you can read about the different new features, see the exhibitor list and register as a visitor.
    Did you know that for the first time in PulPaper history the paper producing companies of SAPPI, UPM, Metsä Group and Stora Enso will be present on the exhibition floor? Meet and listen to the CEOs and other experts from these four companies at the Paper Square in the middle of the exhibition hall.
    Do not miss other exhibiting companies presenting their latest news and innovations at the stage for Company and Product Presentations on the exhibition floor.

    Visitor Invitation brochure, containing all you need to know as a visitor, also available in Russian.

    Exhibitors of PulPaper 2014 - offer until the end of the week

    With four years to the next event, this is an opportunity not to be missed! Other industrial events can be attended another year. Sales status at the PulPaper exhibition has already reached 86%, meaning that this will be a well attended event.
    Contact us for an offer before the end of February and take part in the lottery where you can win free advertising space in the venue!
    Why not participate in Face to face exhibition coaching on 18 March in the Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki. As with other marketing tools, successful exhibiting is directly based on the know-how. Read more about this opportunity.
    (Adforum AB)
    28.02.2014   Kemira acquires BASF AKD emulsion business    ( Company news )

    Company news BASF and Kemira announced February 27, 2014 that Kemira will acquire BASF's global alkyl ketene dimer (AKD) emulsion business. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2014.

    "Kemira is a global leader in paper and pulp chemistry and the leading supplier of sizing products for the paper industry. This acquisition of the AKD emulsion business is one part in implementing our strategy and will further strengthen our possibilities to serve our Paper customers especially on the continental European market", said Kenneth Nystén, Senior Vice President, Regional Business Unit Paper EMEA.

    With this transaction BASF, the leading supplier of paper chemistry, will further optimize its paper chemicals portfolio in order to focus on customer-oriented products and solutions to improve the efficiency of paper machines and lower the total cost of operation. "In line with our recent announcement we have evaluated all strategic options for the AKD emulsion business and found an excellent partner in Kemira who will ensure a smooth transition and uninterrupted supply of customers", said Andreas Tuerk, Senior Vice President, Paper Chemicals Europe.

    The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the agreement.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    28.02.2014   Hamburger Rieger GmbH invests 18 million Euro: major reconstruction of Spremberg plant    ( Company news )

    Company news For the qualitative expansion of its product portfolio, Hamburger Rieger invests a total of 18 million Euro in its Spremberg site to convert the plant's PM 1 for the production of coated white testliner.
    The reconstruction of the paper machine is scheduled for early 2015, so that production of coated testliner varieties will commence as early as in the first quarter 2015. As of 2015, in addition to the coated varieties RiegerLiner and RiegerTop produced on the PM 2 at the Trostberg site, which have been well-established and appreciated on the market for many years, the Spremberg site will be able to produce, amongst other things, coated paper in roll widths of up to 335 cm and grammages of 130 g/m² and more. The reconstruction enables Hamburger Rieger to offer its customers in future the entire range of widths and to further consolidate its market leadership position in the field of white, coated and uncoated testliners.
    The companies BVG, Bellmer and Voith have been chosen as partners in undertaking the largest reconstruction of the PM 1 since its commissioning in 2005.
    With respect to installation engineering for chemicals and fillers, the co-operation partner will once again be the Greifenberg-based firm of BVG because of good experiences made in preceding projects. The core commission is the adaptation and expansion of the already existing coating kitchen to meet the new requirements for coated testliner qualities. BVG will supply all components for the continuous coating colour processing including the additives stations.
    The commission for reconstruction work on the PM 1 went to the firm of Bellmer in Niefern-Öschelbronn. Bellmer's scope of delivery comprises adaptation of both the pre-dryer and secondary dryer sections including steam and condensate system, new broke pulper, hard-nip calender, a single-blade coater with spray nozzle as well as an energy-efficient coat drying section. Bellmer assumes full responsibility for engineering, project management, disassembly and assemblage as well as commissioning and training. Here, too, a reliable, competent partner has been chosen on the basis of good experiences in many joint projects in the past.
    To protect the coated varieties in future from potential damage such as moisture, soiling and other damage, a fully automated roll packaging machine will be installed right behind the existing paper roll cutting machine. The contract for supplying the roll packaging machine was awarded to the Krefeld branch of the Voith corporation, which won the bid in particular on grounds of its concept and references. After this reconstruction, the PM 1 in Spremberg will be the most modern facility for the production of coated corrugated paperboard in Europe.
    (Hamburger Rieger GmbH)
    28.02.2014   ANDRITZ GROUP: results for the 2013 business year    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ looks back on a disappointing 2013 business year. Although the HYDRO and METALS (including Schuler) business areas saw very positive development, the results of the PULP & PAPER and SEPARATION business areas were unsatisfactory. Together with expected expenses and provisions for the structural improvement program at Schuler, this resulted in a substantial decline in the ANDRITZ GROUP’s earnings and profitability in 2013 compared to the preceding year. The main financial developments in detail:

    - Sales of the ANDRITZ GROUP amounted to 5,710.8 MEUR and were thus 10.3% higher than the reference figure for the previous year (2012: 5,176.9 MEUR). This increase is due to consolidation of the Schuler Group, which has contributed 966.6 MEUR in sales since its first-time consolidation as of March 1, 2013.
    - The order intake rose by 13.9% compared to the previous year, reaching 5,611.0 MEUR (2012: 4,924.4 MEUR), with the Schuler Group contributing 868.4 MEUR. The order intake of all four business areas reached a satisfactory level.
    - The order backlog amounted to 7,388.5 MEUR as of December 31, 2013, an increase of 11.7% compared to the end of last year (December 31, 2012: 6,614.8 MEUR). The Schuler Group contributed 1,040.4 MEUR to the Group’s order backlog.
    - Earnings (EBITA) amounted to 164.1 MEUR and were thus 54.1% below the reference figure for the previous year (2012: 357.8 MEUR). Profitability (EBITA margin) declined to 2.9% (2012: 6.9%). The main reasons for this substantial decline are high expenses and provisions in the PULP & PAPER business area for cost overruns in connection with supplies to a pulp mill in South America as well as planned exceptional expenses and provisions for the structural improvement program at Schuler. Furthermore, additional costs for the market launch of a new product series in China as well as the moderate investment activity in the mining and chemical industries led to a considerable decline in earnings in the SEPARATION business area.

    - Net income without non-controlling interests amounted to 66.6 MEUR (-72.6% vs. 2012: 242.7 MEUR).
    - Due to consolidation of the Schuler Group, total assets of the ANDRITZ GROUP increased to 5,571.4 MEUR (year-end 2012: 5,161.0 MEUR). Due to the acquisition of Schuler, the net liquidity, at 893.1 MEUR, declined significantly compared to the reference figure as of the end of 2012 (1,285.7 MEUR).
    - In line with the earnings development, the Executive Board will propose a decrease in dividend to 0.50 EUR per share for the 2013 business year (2012: 1.20 EUR) at the Annual General Meeting on March 21, 2014, corresponding to a payout ratio of approximately 78% (2012: approximately 51%).

    Referring to the outlook for the 2014 business year, Wolfgang Leitner, President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG, says: “We do not anticipate any significant recovery in the global economy in 2014 and thus expect practically unchanged investment and project activity compared to 2013 in the markets served by ANDRITZ, with some major projects likely to be awarded in the hydro and pulp sectors.”

    On the basis of these expectations, the order backlog, and the sales contribution by acquisitions not included in the full twelve-month period in 2013, the ANDRITZ GROUP expects a slight rise in sales in 2014 compared to the previous year. The net income of the Group is currently expected to see a significant improvement in 2014 compared to the low earnings in 2013.
    (Andritz AG)
    27.02.2014   Another Successful Event for Mediatronics and Bordeaux at Wetec 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Mediatronics, a major German distributor, and Bordeaux Digital Printink, an industry leader in developing and manufacturing high quality inks and coatings, reported successful results from Wetec in Stuttgart, Germany from 13-15 February 2014. At the show Bordeaux impressed print service providers with its Eco Solvent, Solvent, UV & UV LED and Dye Sublimation inks.

    “Research shows printers in Germany are interested in alternative ink, as long as they know who is manufacturing the ink, “says Udo Kotzman from Mediatronics “We are proud to represent Bordeaux Digital Printink in Germany. Bordeaux purchases raw materials from leading German suppliers and then rigorously test their inks and coatings. We proved to visitors that Bordeaux inks deliver the same quality as OEM and they can start seeing the savings immediately.”

    Bordeaux introduced the first OEM compatible ink and Smart Cartridge Solution for Epson® SureColor™ S-series. The solution includes a Chip Emulator and ink status system for printers wanting to ensure cost effective continuous printing, without ink waste. The solution uses Bordeaux Mix & Match™ FUZE ECO SC Eco solvent ink, fully compatible with the original ink.

    “Wetec is an important platform for manufacturers such as Bordeaux,” says Matthew Reijnders, Director of Sales and Business Development for Bordeaux. “Germany’s weather conditions require our wide color spectrum of solvent inks, including Vivid Magenta for outdoor durable prints, and at Wetec we were able to show off just these types of practical solutions.”
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
    27.02.2014   Renewed and responsive UPM Raflatac website goes live    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac has launched a redesigned website at, featuring a fresh new look, richer content and enhanced access to product information.

    In terms of content, the new website offers extensive and upgraded product information for UPM Raflatac self-adhesive label materials. Visitors have access to regionally specific product ranges and downloadable technical product information PDFs, all of which are accessible through a redesigned, effective product search.

    Visually, the new-look website reflects the company’s technical expertise and attentive customer service attitude that sets the industry benchmark. The responsive new website also scales itself automatically to desktop, laptop and mobile device displays. In addition to English, the UPM Raflatac website is available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish and Russian.

    “We have listened to the voice of our customers and developed the UPM Raflatac website to meet their needs”, says Sari Raunio, Manager, DigiCenter at UPM Raflatac. “All the information about our products and services has been made available with an emphasis on maximum accessibility. Our aim is to exceed customers’ and stakeholders’ expectations.”

    For more information, please contact:
    Ms Sari Raunio, Manager, DigiCenter, UPM Raflatac, tel. +358 2041 6143
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
    27.02.2014   KapStone Announces Installation Of New Press Section At North Charleston Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) announces the completion of a $29 million investment at the company's North Charleston, SC, paper mill. The primary project in this investment was the replacement of the press section on No. 3 Paper Machine which improves the capability and efficiency of producing Ultra High Performance (UPL) lightweight linerboard grades. The new press section was supplied by PMT Italia. The investment also included projects in the fiber and utilities areas to support production of these strategically important grades.
    The installation and startup of the new press and the supporting projects were completed on schedule in early February.
    KapStone has become a market leader among independent box makers by developing and selling light-weight, high-performance, virgin-fiber-based kraft linerboard.
    (KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation)
    27.02.2014   Gould Paper Corporation Appoints David H. Berkowitz As Chief Operating Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Harry E. Gould Jr., Chairman and President of Gould Paper Corporation, New York City, announced the appointment of David H. Berkowitz as Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the Corporation. In his new role, Mr. Berkowitz will continue to work out of Gould's Corporate Headquarters at 99 Park Avenue in New York City and will continue to report to Mr. Gould. Mr. Berkowitz began his career in 1970 with Central Paper Company which was founded by his grandfather in Newark, New Jersey in 1920. Mr. Berkowitz joined Gould Paper Corporation in 2007 after the sale of Central Lewmar in 2005 to private equity investors. At the time of the sale, Mr. Berkowitz was Central Lewmar's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
    Mr. Gould added "David has been doing an exemplary job in running our North American operations and it is my intent to have him, during the rest of this year to familiarize himself with our foreign activities which include the various Price & Pierce locations, Gould UK and Gould Papiers France. In addition to showing our respect for the job he has done on the domestic side, this will also allow me to devote more time to growing and expanding our over-all activities. I, of course, will continue to maintain our relationships with all of our key customers and suppliers."
    (Gould Paper Corp.)
    27.02.2014   ANDRITZ HYDRO to supply electromechanical equipment for Lauca hydropower plant, Angola    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ is to supply the electromechanical equipment for the new Lauca hydropower plant, Angola, via Construtora Norberto Odebrecht to GAMEK (Gabinete de Aproveitamento do Medio Kwanza), a part of the Angolan power corporation ENE (Empresa Nacional de Electricidade). The order value for comparable deliveries lies in the lower three-digit million euro range; the order will enter into force in the course of 2014 upon fulfillment of all administrative requirements. Commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2017.

    The hydropower station planned on the Kwanza River will comprise two power houses for which the ANDRITZ HYDRO deliveries will include six Francis turbines, each with an output of 340 megawatts, as well as generators and additional equipment. Lauca will supply a total output of 2,067 megawatts, providing clean energy from hydropower for 750,000 people.
    (Andritz Hydro GmbH)
    27.02.2014   Stora Enso: Voith's DuoShake improves formation on PM 6 in Oulu mill significantly    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to the installation of a Voith DuoShake at the PM 6 of Stora Enso´s Oulu mill, Northern Finland, in August 2013 the Ambertec value was improved significantly for the production of paper with a basis weight of 250 g/m² at a production speed of 710 m/min. Stora Enso places high quality demands on the paper grades produced in Oulu and wanted to improve the paper quality. After start-up and optimization of DuoShake, however, the expectations were exceeded by far.
    The Stora Enso mill in Oulu is one of the world's largest and most modern paper mills for the production of high-quality paper grades. PM 6 is equipped with a hybrid former and produces 620,000 t of wood-free coated paper per year on a wire width of 9.100 mm.
    DuoShake is a reaction force-free shaking unit for the breast roll which ensures homogenous fibre distribution and improved CD fibre orientation, resulting in better formation, reduced MD/CD ratio and thus higher CD strength. Thanks to its compact design the DuoShake can easily be retrofitted to nearly any paper machine.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    27.02.2014   Dazzling Appearance: Voith and the Oscars®    ( Company news )

    Company news When the 86th Academy Awards® - the world's most prestigious awards in film - are being presented in Hollywood's Dolby Theatre on 2 March 2014, a tiny part of Voith will be in the show. All eyes will be fixed eagerly on the golden envelopes containing the secret of the prize winners. And the paper for these glamorous wrappers originates from a paper machine made by Voith.
    "Gmund Treasury” is the name of the paper out of which the Oscar envelopes are made. It is produced on paper machine PM 407 by the Gmund paper mill which is situated in the small town with the same name on Lake Tegernsee in Germany. PM 407 has been used starting in 1979 for the production of high-quality paper by the papermakers in Gmund. The machine was originally built by Voith for Züricher Papierfabrik. After a rebuild, it was moved to Lake Tegernsee, from where it will make its contribution to the Academy Awards Oscar also in the future.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    26.02.2014   Styron Announces Latex Capacity Expansion in China - Constructing New Latex ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Reactor at Zhangjiagang Site

    Styron, the global materials company and manufacturer of plastics, latex and rubber, announced plans to expand its latex capacity with a new reactor at its Zhangjiagang, China, production facility. This expansion will mainly support the demand for latex in China’s paper and paperboard industry, forecast to grow in the next five years.

    “The paper and paperboard industries have been using Styron’s latex chemistries for innovative binder coatings for more than 60 years,” said, James Mingyu Ni, Styron Latex Business Director for Asia Pacific. “This investment at Zhangjiagang will allow us to expand our reach in the Chinese marketplace where we have built a reputation for outstanding technical service and product quality. In the past five years, Styron has been involved in the startup of 80 percent of the new coated paper and board mills in China, helping our customers determine optimal product formulations for their paper coating challenges. We look forward to continuing to provide this support to the growing market.”

    The new reactor, expected to commence production in the second quarter of 2015, will be Styron’s fourth unit of its kind at Zhangjiagang. It will serve mainly the paper and paperboard and also carpet industries, and complement Styron’s other latex production facilities in the Asia Pacific region in Korea and Indonesia.

    “As a world leader in latex technologies, Styron offers a wide range of custom-engineered solutions that improve end-use properties of paper and paperboard, carpet, building and construction materials, and a variety of other products,” said Marco Levi, Senior Vice President and Business President, Emulsion Polymers. “Our goal has always been to help manufacturers compete in the global marketplace through new technologies, by working intimately and confidentially with our customers. The expansion at Zhangjiagang supports Styron’s commitment to the latex business and in particular the Asia Pacific region, which is an important growth region for the company.”

    Zhangjiagang is the ideal location for Styron to expand its latex production and offerings in the Asia Pacific region. The company has been operating latex plants on this site for many years, and will continue to benefit from its strategic location, local resources, employees and community support.
    (Styron S/B Latex Zhangjiagang Company Limited)
    26.02.2014   Yutian County Henghui Printing & Packaging Apparatus Set for SinoFoldingCarton 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The global folding carton industry’s biggest event, SinoFoldingCarton organized by Reed Exhibitions will run from April 10 to April 12 this year at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center in Houjie, Dongguan. The exhibition will bring together folding carton equipment suppliers, consumables manufacturers and folding carton manufacturers from across China and Asia-Pacific. It will also showcase the full array of folding carton processing equipment. In this way, SinoFoldingCarton will serve as an efficient, convenient communication and trade platform for exhibitors and buyers.
    Yutian County Henghui Printing and Packaging Equipment is located in Hebei Province’s Yutian hi-tech industrial park, part of the Matoushan Industrial Zone in Yutian County, Hebei Province. The company integrates science, technology development, production, sales and service. Among its departments are a Sales, Finance, Technology, Production and Quality Inspection. Yutian Henghui also has a central office and a complete structural system. The Henghui series of products is sold widely across China and also exported to many parts of Southeast Asia and Africa. It is popular among masses of users.
    Yutian County Henghui Printing & Packaging Apparatus mainly produces diverse equipment like fully automated die-cutting machinery, semi-automatic die-cutting machines, fast loading indentation modulus and more. The company’s die-cutting machine uses advanced Japanese technology. Its key parts such as bearings and electrics are imported from famous brands. They are also economical, practical and durable. The company’s fast loading indentation module combines international standard production equipment with mature manufacturing processes.
    Yutian County Henghui Printing & Packaging Apparatus continues to perfect quality management practices, quality assurance systems and reliable inspection methods. The company’s production relies on high-quality imported raw materials. Accurate positioning, solid chopping blocks, durability, extended periods of die cutting times are all additional, value-adding features.
    Yutian County Henghui Printing & Packaging Apparatus firmly believes that only high quality products and good services will see it through every challenge.
    The company is grateful to SinoFoldingCarton for providing an opportunity to enlighten more industry peers about its operations. You are welcome to visit Booth 5C53 in Hall 5 at SinoFoldingCarton 2014. Come and experience Yutian County Henghui Printing & Packaging Apparatus’s high quality products first hand.
    (Reed Exhibition Greater China)
    26.02.2014   First Quality Tissue: Expansion plans    ( Company news )

    Company news First Quality Tissue, a privately held leading manufacturer of ultra-premium towel and tissue products is pleased to announce the following strategic expansion plans.
    The company has made plans to add two additional TAD paper machines with an estimated annual capacity of 140,000 tons at locations to be announced over the next 30 days. The startup of these machines is expected to be Q3 2015 and Q3 2016 respectively.
    The installation of our already purchased ATMOS tissue machine, with expected annual capacity of 70,000 tons is well underway with an expected startup of Q1 2016 at the existing Anderson, SC site.
    “First Quality leadership recognizes, and is totally aware of the requirements and expectations of our customers and our needs in the ultra-premium category. Consistent with our business philosophy we are focused on our business dynamics, our customers and ultimately our consumers who use and value our products. Additional state of the art capacity ensures, in a more comfortable and confident fashion, the growth and continuous needs of our customers”.
    Since inception, almost eleven years ago, First Quality Tissue has been committed to providing ultra-premium tissue and towel products to its customers in the United States, Canada and select International locations. The company has already installed four state of the art Through- Air-Dried (TAD) machines – two in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and two in Anderson, South Carolina. These strategic announcements will bring their total number of tissue machines to 7 with an estimated capacity of 500,000 tons.
    (FQT First Quality Tissue LLC)
    26.02.2014   Ahlstrom introduces Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM), a biodegradable molding material for food packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, introduces Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM), a new biodegradable molding material for food packaging. This innovative and patent-pending product can be used for a range of food applications. Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) combines environmental credentials, product differentiation, and performance all in one package.
    Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) provides a range of features that benefit food processors and their brands. Key benefits include heat resistance (up to 220°C/428°F), easy release, high wet strength, and the superior grease resistance thanks to our unique genuine vegetable parchment.
    In addition, Ahlstrom's new molding material offers superior branding and differentiation properties with the possibility to watermark or dye Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) with a range of hot food contact approved colors. True to Ahlstrom's commitment, NatureMold(TM) helps to advance sustainability. Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) is produced from renewable resources with FSC(TM) certified pulp. It is the environmentally friendly alternative to molds and trays made from plastic or aluminum.
    "The Ahlstrom NatureMold(TM) product line has great performance especially because of its grease resistance and easy release. The coloring and watermark options allow significant brand differentiation. Its sustainability credentials are compelling as all the materials are from renewable sources as well as biodegradable," explains Omar Hoek, EVP, Food.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)

    Company news MIAC Tissue Business Point is a new business concept that brings together Technology, Finished Products, Raw Materials and Services, designed exclusively for companies operating in the tissue paper sector. MIAC Tissue Business Point is to be held in Lucca (Italy) on 26.27 March 2014. Entrance is free of charge.

    TECHNOLOGY: Paper Mills and Converters technicians and managers will get an overview on the latest advances in technology and equipment available to the tissue industry sector.

    Finished Products: Modern Trade Buyers, Mass Retailers, Converters, Wholesalers and Office Suppliers will get new business opportunities offered by an ever-growing industry.

    A new business concept reserved to a maximum of 70 Exhibiting Companies. Visiting MIAC Tissue Business Point means obtaining a full overview in the technology and product in the world of tissue paper.

    A streamlined, interesting Conference program. The Conference Program involves 4 sessions with the participation of independent experts
    outlining trends and prospects of the tissue paper market plus technical and product presentations by the Participating Companies. Participation is free of charge. Simultaneous translation is available.

    SAVE THE DATE: 26.27 March 2014 - 2 days of business!
    We are looking forward to welcoming you in Lucca!
    (Edinova Srl)
    25.02.2014   SinoCorrugated South 2014: Ushering in a New Era of Green Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news SinoCorrugated South 2014 is coming soon, bringing with it a fresh wave of green industrial innovation. A green era of packaging printing is slowly dawning in China, with the whole industry trying to adapt, some enterprises have taken the lead in carrying out green practices, setting an example for transformation. In tandem, however, the market must become more accepting of green printing products. As the leading display platform of corrugated box equipment, consumables and technologies in Asia-Pacific, SinoCorrugated South 2014, to be held at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12, 2014, will energetically publicize and promote green packaging.
    Keeping with changing times and adhering to green packaging are essential to the development of the recycling economy. This also helps to create a resource-saving society and promote harmonious development between man and nature. The corrugated box industry understands the significance and urgency of packaging and developing the recycling economy in an environment friendly way. The changes to be made will be based on a global vision. Right now, many companies have begun to develop environment friendly practices. Some large companies have adopted measures that include improving production technology, enhancing the level of equipment and reducing energy consumption of production. Industry pioneers have let the way with manufacturing green packaging. In recent interviews with company directors and other staff from carton factories and equipment suppliers, interesting insights into their own companies’ development and that of green packaging were shared.

    Improving Technology, Innovating Ideas and Exploring Environment Friendly Energy-Saving Techniques
    Wang Jianjiang, General Manager, Shaoxing Jiahe Color Printing & Packing Garments
    Wang Jianjiang believes that his company fully grasped environment friendly concepts, as well as the idea of green packaging, long before the green trend became dominant across all industry. It is essential to keep up with the times and achieve green production as well as processing. Speaking frankly, Mr. Wang said that it was not enough for companies to simply follow environment friendly practices; the government should also encourage green packaging through the introduction of related policies. It is also up to the state to ensure the effective implementation of energy-saving policies.
    Recently, Jiahe Color Printing has taken major steps towards environment protection. The company has attached increased importance to enhancing production efficiency and actively improving technology and equipment. It has always imposed strict requirements upon itself, developing a bottom-up three-level quality management system that allows product quality issues to be quickly reported and resolved. It has further improved production efficiency, product quality, resource utilization and market competitiveness. Jiahe also attaches great importance to the practicality of printing and packaging. Mr. Wang believes that China has succumbed to the “over packaging” phenomenon, a key contributor to resource wastage. This causes serious harm to society, especially through pollution. As a socially responsible company, Jiahe must put an end to over packaging and actively promote resource-saving ideas.
    Jiahe will continue, with technical reform and innovation, to improve production efficiency and the utilization rate of raw materials so as to save more social resources and further the cause of environmental protection. At the same time, the company will lead the charge, and stick to the principles, of environment friendly ideas - integrating them with their production processes.
    Jiahe’s staff believes that, through top products and outstanding services, they can continue to innovate and provide society with high quality, environment friendly packaging products.

    Promote Green Quality, Be Socially Responsible
    Sato Katsuya, Head of Business Operations, Sakata Inx (Shanghai)
    In a recent interview, Mr. Katsuya said that since the 1990’s, China’s printing industry has developed at an incredible rate. Since his first visit to China in 1991, the quality and efficiency of printing has drastically improved. Environment friendly printing is set to remain a key theme in future.
    Many misunderstand what water-based ink is. This type of ink is actually incredibly environment friendly. We know that both pigments and dyes are used in printing. The difference between them is that dye is easy to smudge and is seriously pollutant. It contains ingredients structurally similar to benzene, which is harmful to children's health. However, due to its lower cost, many small enterprises use dye to print.
    Pigment is relatively environment friendly, but also relatively costly. As such, many companies are reluctant to use it. But Sakata Inx has always insisted on green products and practices, starting right from the source. Mr. Sato told us, our products use water-soluble resin and water-soluble pigment as raw materials. They are environment friendly and nontoxic and it can reduce waste emissions during production and use of oil ink. Meanwhile, our factory is constantly improving the manufacturing process in aspects of wastewater management and waste emission. For example, we manually scrape the tank wall when cleaning the ink tank, to reduce cleaning times and generation of wastewater. Mr. Sato believes that price competition will not last long and will one day be eliminated. With the modernizing of laws, people are more attentive to environment friendly requirements, and competition between companies is finally based on a combination of quality and eco-friendliness.
    The ultimate goal of enterprise is profit. But corporate social responsibility cannot be sacrificed in pursuit of this goal. Oil ink contains a pollutant chemical. But this ink is also an integral part of daily production and life, so the only option is to minimize the pollution levels. Sakata Inx has striven daily towards this end. While producing high quality oil ink, it also gives customers waste disposal solutions and urges the industry to adopt greener manufacturing and processing practices. As a part of society, we have the futures of our children, the earth, and humanity as a common goal. We want to contribute to China's printing industry and to harmonious society.

    Green Production, Safety First
    Ji Yushu, General Manager, Runhai Packaging Material
    Ji Yushu thinks that to achieve environment friendly, energy-saving production, production efficiency must first improve, particularly that of equipment and technology. Runhai Packaging Material mainly produces A, B, C and E corrugated cardboard, carton and folding carton. For corrugated cardboard and carton manufacturers, production equipment is crucial. Therefore, the company has introduced the WJ-2500-II five-layer corrugated cardboard high speed production line (from Taiwan), fully automated four color printing/grooving machine made by Beijing Aerospace Machinery, a made-in-Taiwan fully automated three color printing grooving machine, a fully automated high-speed flatbed die cutting machine, a fully automated laminating machine, a stitching-gluing machine, a nailing machine and other carton packaging equipment with high-level automation, made by Shanghai Eternal Machinery. This equipment increases production and boosts efficiency, greatly reducing energy consumption.
    In order to improve competitiveness and meet national environmental standards, Runhai Packaging Material has established a quality management and production supervision system that eliminates resource waste and gives customers high quality, high performance products through manufacturing and processes. We put quality first and treat the customer as King. This is how we have won the trust and support of many of China’s biggest companies.
    If you take Qingdao Runhai Packaging Material’s paper cup as an example, you see that its quality can impact consumer health. Therefore, the production of paper cup must be non-pollutant and non-toxic. The company uses superior non-hazardous PE-coated paper. The coating machine melts the PE plastic and evenly applies it to the surface of the paper, creating a thin layer of film. The heat is on the surface of the paper, so the film is firm and fixed. No chemical solvent is used during the whole process. Moreover, there is no need to use adhesive during the secondary processing of packing materials, which can be sealed by melting PE film.
    The paper cup includes one-side PE-film-coated paper cups and two-side PE-film-coated paper cups; one-side PE-film-coated paper cups are made by one-side PE film paper; most of the market paper cups and advertising paper cups are one-side PE-film-coated paper cups. The side that comes into contact with water is made by smooth PE film. Two-side PE-film-coated paper cups are made by two-side PE film paper; both the inner and outer sides of the paper cups are made by PE film. Paper cups have become the 21st century’s preferred green catering utensils. Internationally renowned fast food chains like McDonalds and KFC; soft drink brands like Coca-Cola and Pepsi, as well as instant noodle makers, all use disposable paper cups.

    Be a Green Company. Promote Sustainable Development.
    Qu Jianlin, General Manager, Shanghai Jinchang Carton Machinery Manufacture
    Fine feathers make fine birds. More than 20 years ago, companies came to the realization that good packaging makes for good products. Today, as traditional wooden boxes and bamboo boxes disappear from the packaging market, people have started to use paper instead of wood to recycle packaging materials and industrialize corrugated box packaging. In recent years, product packaging has gone from plain wrapping to gift type packaging. So much so, that in some cases the packaging has become superior to the product.
    Over packaging is not only a serious waste of resources, but it also causes pollution. It is a problem that China needs to end urgently. Promoting green packaging will also turn into policies inspired by strong public opinion. Environment friendly water-based printing will gradually replace oil printing, and flexographic printing will replace offset printing. These are the packaging industry development trends of the future.
    Shanghai Jinchang specializes in water-based post-print machine research and development. The company makes internationally advanced automation control technology. It started using servo control technology in 2004, launched the first domestic servo control front edge paper feeding printing machine in SinoCorrugated in 2005, produced the first independent drive double servo five color printing machine in 2007, and launched the independent drive double servo eight color printing machine in 2011.
    After years of research, development, manufacturing trials and cooperation with academic institutions, Jinchang’s new Olight full servo drive eight-color water-based printing machine was unveiled at SinoCorrugated 2013. The machine uses the globally advanced multi-point (print roller, anilox roller and transfer roller) independent drive control system and non-heating automatic dry transfer mechanisms. In this way, after printing, the corrugated cardboard can be directly die cut and processed. Doing this guarantees printing precision of products and improves production efficiency. Its natural drying system is also good for environment protection and resource conservation.
    Jinchang creates favorable conditions for saving resources and protecting the environment. It also contributes to the efficient recycling of resources, promotes sustainable development of the enterprise and encourages social harmony. The company’s GM, Mr. Wang, said Jinchang would continue to adhere to green production and promote sustainable development to create a green and happy world for future generations.

    Today, green printing is part of the strategic development of the printing industry. The national 12th Five-Year Plan identified green printing, together with printing packaging, as key to China's printing industry. The 18th National Congress of the CPC places ecological compliance on the same level of importance as well as economic, political, cultural and social development.
    Green packaging is a general trend that will continue well into the future. For that reason, we should firmly establish a sense of green printing and make development of green packaging and industry the cornerstones of our economic structural adjustment. By adopting new technologies, processes, materials and equipment, and by vigorously developing green technologies and products, we can drive sustainable industry development.
    As part of society, entrepreneurs should combine scientific development with energy conservation, emissions reduction, eco-friendly production and greater energy efficiency. To develop green packaging requires systems engineering. The forthcoming SinoCorrugated South 2014 will showcase current and upcoming trends in green packaging through an environment friendly, energy-saving and cost-reducing manufacturing equipment and consumables for corrugated cardboards and cartons on show. SinoCorrugated South 2014 will show how China’s packaging industry is developing and provide a good chance for packaging companies to transform and upgrade.
    SinoCorrugated South 2014 is Asia-Pacific's leading trade show for the global corrugated manufacturing industry. The event features the latest, most innovative corrugated equipment and consumables on the market. As a sourcing platform for manufacturers of corrugated boxes, honeycomb paperboard, paper stock models and paper pipes, the show attracts manufacturers, buyers and end-users alike. It is a must-attend event that sharpens participants' competitive edge by providing networking opportunities, technological updates and news of the latest industry developments.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    25.02.2014   Leopold Verpackungen installs another BOBST MASTERCUT 145 PER    ( Company news )

    Company news At the end of 2013, Leopold GmbH Verpackungen, headquartered in Ludwigsburg, installed another BOBST MASTERCUT 145 PER flat-bed die-cutter for large-format operations at its newest production site in Marbach. The company now has a total of four BOBST high-performance flat-bed die-cutters for size 6 operations - each complete with Power Register - in its state-of-the-art facility, which the company moved into in 2007. The further increase in capacity had become necessary due to the need to manufacture even more high-quality packaging for the highly competitive food industry market while ensuring maximum performance and availability.
    “With the most recently installed MASTERCUT 145 PER we process the majority of orders at speeds of between 8,500 and 9,000 sheets an hour, in three-shift operation. In other words, we fully exploit its high production capacity. It was time for us to expand our capacity in this area, especially for high-volume orders from the food industry,” said Director Reiner Leopold, thus explaining the motivation behind the recent investment decision. Especially with these kinds of orders, maximum performance and availability of the machine technology, together with high production quality, are of utmost importance. “Further key factors that give us the flexibility we need for our everyday work are ease of use and fast changeover times between jobs.” All this contributed to the decision to install an additional MASTERCUT 145 PER. “Especially in the area of high-volume packaging for the food industry, I see no alternative to this cutter.”
    The MASTERCUT 145 PER, which was designed by BOBST especially for high-production volumes, combines a state-of-the-art feeder system with intelligent sheet transport - the unique Power Register II system - along with automatic pallet transfer and the shortest possible setting-up times. These features are the secret of its extremely high productivity and reliability which combines with high-quality cutting of large formats. With a production speed of up to 9,500 sheets per hour, the MASTERCUT 145 PER is the fastest die-cutter for size 6 operations available on the market. What is more is its versatility: formats up to 1,450 x 1,050 mm are processed by the MASTERCUT 145 PER from paper with a grammage of at least 80 g/m2, cardboard of up to 2,000 g/m2 and corrugated board of up to 5 mm.
    Leopold: “From our point of view, BOBST is a pioneer especially in the development of flat-bed die cutters and advancing technological development. This too was an important aspect for us. Because, obviously, with our investments we also aim at always being on the cutting edge of technology.”
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    25.02.2014   ASIAN PAPER 2014 - Bigger and Stronger    ( Company news )

    Company news With the show a little over 2 months away, the 12th edition of Asian Paper 2014 has already increased its exhibition space as well as the pre-registration numbers compared with the same time for the last event.
    The only biennial pulp, paper and board heavyweight exhibition and conference in the ASEAN region, more than 100 direct exhibitors have confirmed their attendance at the 12th edition of Asian Paper in Thailand, the Land of Smiles.

    Last Call for Hosted Buyer Programme!
    Take advantage of the 2 night's complimentary hotel offered to qualified international buyers who will be visiting the Asian Paper 2014 from 23 - 25 April in Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre, Bangkok, Thailand. The dateline for the submission of the Registration form and the confirmed Air ticket will be on 25 February 2014.

    1) Senior Management Symposium (SMS)
    A unique gathering of industry leaders from the publishing industry, paper product manufacturers, pulp and paper producers as well as raw material, equipment and chemical suppliers, SMS is a strategic conference platform dedicated to delivering the latest industry outlook, consumer and purchasing trends development in process and energy saving technology, and the optimization of cost and quality to achieve scalable businesses.

    2) New Applied Technology - Call for Papers
    Asian Paper would like to invite you to submit a session proposal for presentation at the New Applied Technology (NAT) Conference, where experts share and exchange ideas and viewpoints on numerous technical issues facing pulp and paper makers today.

    Mill Visit
    This year, we will be bringing our mill visitors to Fiber Pattana Co., Ltd, a unique UHT beverage carton recovery pulp mill that recovers quality paper pulp from post-consumption UHT beverage cartons. Started in 2005, the company is now supplying this recovered pulp to major kraft paper mills and fiber cement industries in Thailand in volumes of 30,000 tons per annum. Fiber Pattana also uses the by-products of the process, such as PE plastic and aluminium foil, are also converted into composite materials for the construction industry, such as corrugated roof tiles and housing side-panels. More innovative products such as insulation panels for fishery cold storage on fishing boats are also produced in our plant.
    (UBM Asia Trade Fairs Pte Ltd)
    25.02.2014   Mouvex® SLC Series Pumps - Ideal For Chemical Transfer Applications Found in Pulp & Paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Industry

    Mouvex®, a leading manufacturer of positive displacement pumps, vane compressors, screw compressors and hydraulic coolers, is pleased to announce that its SLC Series Eccentric Disc Pumps feature a design that is ideal for demanding liquid-transfer applications found in the pulp and paper industry, including the handling of numerous chemical-based compounds.
    The design of Mouvex’s SLC Series pumps can meet the challenges found in pulp and paper manufacture because they have been designed to deliver superior volumetric efficiencies while handling thin, abrasive,
    aggressive and higher viscosity fluids. Other design benefits of the SLC Series include seal-less construction; low shear and agitation of the pumped product; the capability of handling solids and abrasives; self-priming; line stripping; and the ability to run dry. SLC Series pumps also feature CIP cleaning, SIP sterilization, and have been engineered to increase productivity gains and energy savings.
    Specifically, Mouvex’s new SLC4 and SLC8 models are ideal for pulp and paper applications because they feature major technological advancements that includes the incorporation of a double-wall bellows into the design, along with monitoring that is done by pressure switch. By mounting the pressure switch on the bellows flange, the bellows becomes an independent sub-assembly within the pump, making for safer and easier operation. Other improvements in the SLC4 and SLC8
    pumps includes the ability to handle differential pressures up to 10 bar (145 psi) in the SLC4 and 6 bar (87 psi) in the SLC8, and high-quality sand castings that are integrated into the manifold flange and bracket, which are compatible with ISOPN16 and ANSI150 flanges.
    (MOUVEX® Headquarters)
    25.02.2014   New Granit Three-Knife Trimmer from Muller Martini – Fully Automated and with a Wide Range of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Applications

    Featuring Innovative SmartPress Technology

    The new Granit three-knife trimmer impresses with innovative SmartPress technology, resulting in consistent, first-class trim quality. The fully automated equipment has a wide range of applications in softcover and hardcover lines.
    The Granit uses patented SmartPress technology, which has proven its worth in the higher performance range, to provide optimal, consistently high trim quality. It ensures a gentle and controlled pressing procedure in which all air between the sheets of paper completely escapes, even if the product is bulky, allowing for the product to be trimmed perfectly, which is key to consistently high product quality. SmartPress technology is adaptive. In other words, pressing automatically adjusts during production to fluctuations in product thickness, ensuring consistent book quality.

    Versatile Uses
    The Granit three-knife trimmer from Muller Martini ensures cost-effective production in a wide range of applications. The Granit can take full advantage of seamless automation in a fully networked perfect binding line, such as the Pantera or Alegro A6. The operator can perform the necessary fine-tuning directly on the central screen of the perfect binder during production. In addition, the trimming cassette and pressing pad can be exchanged in just a few steps, which shortens job changeover times considerably.

    Limited Investment Volume
    If used in existing perfect binding lines, the Granit increases efficiency enormously. Production runs can be planned and performed efficiently with a job changeover time of just three minutes. The productivity of an older line can be vastly increased, especially for relatively small runs, while the required investment volume remains limited.

    For Hardcover or as a Stand-Alone Machine
    The Granit also provides top-class trim quality in hardcover lines. The SmartPress technology meets all the requirements in this area too. In order to achieve short setup times, the three-knife trimmer is easily connected to the commander of the casing-in machine, which enables size data to be transferred quickly.
    At companies where perfect-bound products are trimmed using a guillotine cutter, the production process is rendered considerably more efficient using the Granit. If the new three-knife trimmer is used as a stand-alone machine, loading is always ergonomic and safe.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
    25.02.2014   Xeikon specialty Suites bring innovation to IPEX 2014 - Advanced digital printing technology ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... offers end-to-end productivity, Quality and efficiency

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital colour printing technology, will be showcasing a host of market-leading solutions at Ipex 2014. Located on stand S1-E090, the company will demonstrate its integrated hardware and software solutions specifically developed to help customers raise the bar in digital print quality and productivity for a wide range of applications. Ipex is taking place March 24 to 29 at the ExCel in London.

    “Xeikon has been and continues to be a supporter of Ipex and we are excited to be part of the show at its brand-new location,” says Patrick Van Baelen, VP Marketing at Xeikon. “In addition, the UK is an important market for us, and Ipex provides good access to UK printing companies. As such, it is the ideal platform to showcase the capabilities of our digital printing solutions and revealing more details on our Suites.”

    Focused end-to-end solutions

    At Ipex, Xeikon will be demonstrating its Suites that include not only an outstanding digital printing press, but also the software and workflow, consumables and tools, recommended print media, and equipment that are required for a true end-to-end digital printing solution. “We have made a number of enhancements to our Folding Carton Suite, and are introducing dedicated Suites for commercial print and book printers,” comments Van Baelen. “Visitors to our stand will be able to see live production and speak to Xeikon experts about how their businesses can benefit from implementing these unique configurations.”

    The Future of Folding Cartons

    On show will be Xeikon’s enhanced Folding Carton Suite and Xeikon 3500 digital press, the star model in Xeikon’s Folding Carton Suite, producing personalized short-run folding cartons. Combined with solutions from Xeikon’s Aura Partner Network, the Folding Carton Suite enables a highly automated short-run manufacturing process, covering the entire flow from design to finished box. It includes dedicated workflow and software components, application-specific toner and consumables and a full library of approved conventional and specialty cartonboard without any pre-coating required.

    “While demand for conventionally produced folding cartons will remain, brand owners also need to produce a greater variety of products in smaller quantities and with faster time-to-market. And they need the ability to do intensive test marketing affordably,” marks Van Baelen. “Digital printing technologies are proven to be the most effective means of meeting these evolving requirements. Xeikon has been delivering digital folding carton manufacturing solutions since 1998. Visitors at Ipex will see that we continue to enhance these solutions as market conditions and technology evolve.”

    Books and Documents

    Ipex will also mark the introduction of the Document Production Suite and Book Production Suite, that address the evolving needs of commercial, document and book printers in new and innovative ways. “Customer feedback tells us that these application-specific Production Suites add significant value to printing operations across a broad spectrum of segments,” adds Danny Mertens, Director Segment Marketing & Business Development Document Printing. “They make it easy for conventional printers to add digital capabilities to the mix, while digital printers can easily integrate with existing environments.”

    Full details about all of the Xeikon Suites will be revealed during a press conference, scheduled on the first day of the show at 2pm.

    Xeikon will also be demonstrating its digital printing creativity at Ipex’s new Future Innovations Zone created to highlight printed products and technologies that are set for rapid expansion over the next few years
    (Xeikon Deutschland GesmbH)
    25.02.2014   New smart phone app enables easy temperature and humidity management via data loggers    ( Company news )

    Company news T&D Corporation has developed a free of charge “ThermoWeb” app for Android and IOS that enables users to supervise its TR-7wf series high precision data loggers, which monitor temperature and humidity.

    To facilitate data monitoring in all situations, T&D Corporation, the Japanese market leader for data logger systems, offers its clients a range of free of charge cloud solutions that are designed to make life easier. With the company’s latest innovation – the convenient ThermoWeb app for use with its TR-7wf series of high precision data loggers – users can access logged data via tablet or smart phone from anywhere at any time. The TR-71wf, TR-72wf and TR-72wf-H data loggers automatically upload recorded temperature and humidity data to T&D’s free of charge WebStorage Service, which provides a storage capacity of up to 20 MB.

    Their high precision and wide range measurement facilities combined with their flexibility makes the TR-7wf data loggers ideal for use in industrial as well as public areas. They can be utilized, for example, in hospitals, museums, warehouses or subway trains for temperature and humidity management and also for humidity and heating control in housing. If a disturbance should occur while the data loggers are in use, warning notifications can be sent via e-mail. The ThermoWeb app is also able to receive visual and acoustic warning signals. If the access point is not available, the ThermoWeb App can be used to communicate with the data loggers directly.
    (T&D Corporation European Sales Office)
    24.02.2014   Energy-Saving and Cost-Reducing Functions of Corrugated Cardboard Production Lines    ( Company news )

    Company news Today, environmental protection, energy-saving and consumption reduction are global issues and major considerations for customers when they choose products. In order to take advantage of this new situation, many enterprises have “greened” their brand marketing strategies in a number of ways, to the extent that environmental protection is no longer just a buzzword for marketers.
    The win-win of brand promotion and profit growth cannot be achieved unless coupled with green concepts and integrated into the daily production and operations of the enterprise. In recent years, green practices and energy savings have also been introduced into the carton industry. As a result, many carton production and equipment manufacturers have become more environment friendly, trying to reduce production cost and contribute to sustainable development.
    Diverse specifications, small orders and customer demand for fast delivery have forced carton manufacturers to enhance the automation levels of corrugated cardboard production lines, as well as production management levels, to improve quality and efficiency, save energy and labor, reduce consumables and cut waste. Cost management of corrugated cardboard production lines is very important, as this is where the key cost cuts can be achieved. Energy-saving and cost-reducing methods of corrugated cardboard production line are explored below:

    Establish Advanced Energy-saving Ideas for Corrugated Cardboard Production Line
    Energy saving and environment protection is, and has always been, key to maintaining the human living environment. It is the focus of the national sustainable development strategy and a priority in the current Five-Year Plan. In the face of growing resource and environmental constraints, it is up to every part of society to be aware of the impending crisis. Carton companies are no exception. They must establish green and low-carbon development ideas; emphasize energy conservation and emission reductions; improve the mechanisms of motivation and self-discipline and carry out basic national policies that encourage resource saving and environmental conservation.
    While the concept of energy saving and environment protection has long been prevalent in developed countries, it is relatively new to China’s carton industry. The focus needs to shift to popularizing this eco-concept in China. Wu Xiaohui, Chief Operating Officer of BHS (Shanghai), a famous supplier of corrugated manufacturing machinery and services, said, “We’ll first promote the idea to customers. Once they accept the idea, they will bring it to suppliers, who in turn will pass it back to manufacturers. So the idea goes along each link of the supply chain, right through to the end user. The belief is that those advanced ideas will gradually be adopted by the Chinese market and applied into the actual production and sales”. To this end, BHS has let the way in the industry, producing equipment that can save 1.7% to 23.4% of electricity.

    Reduce Downtime and Waste Generation
    The haphazard downtime of corrugated cardboard production lines generates a large amount of waste, and drives down efficiency, thereby increasing production costs. The main reasons for the downtime of corrugated cardboard production lines are due to five elements: man, machine, materials, method and environment. These are resolved individually.
    To reduce costs, the production of corrugated board must be smartly scheduled. Cartons of the same quality grade, for different customers, should be produced together, as far as possible. This will cut production costs more effectively. Additional factors such as size of carton should also be considered, to minimize the wastage generated along the cardboard production line. In addition, special calculations of the cardboard area, optimizing the processing area of the cardboard, reduce unnecessary waste of materials. The scheduling of corrugating machines should follow the principles of placing the body paper with the same quality and size together. Paper should be fed in from wide to narrow to reduce switching time.
    To reduce downtime, maintenance of the corrugated cardboard production line should be efficient. Giving full play to the performance of equipment and enhancing production efficiency are effective ways to indirectly cut production costs. Maintenance should be performed by the operator and supervised by equipment and management personnel, especially the lubricating of mechanical equipment. Secondary maintenance should be done by equipment maintenance personnel and assisted by the operator. They should mainly focus on steam deflation, steaming and leakage of the equipment and adjustment of equipment status. For renovations, the Equipment Department should establish a detailed, major overhaul plan and implement it according to the problems that occur during equipment use. Daily equipment maintenance is also very important. Despite low investment costs, its effect is good. On one hand, it can prolong the life of the machinery and maintain smooth operation. On the other hand, it also can reduce the frequency of mechanical failure and the occurrence of defective goods and save labor/material resources. This is the key to cutting costs along the corrugated cardboard production line. Regular inventory of equipment spare parts to reduce the amount of illiquid funds and ensure the timely maintenance and production should be observed.

    Perform Technical Upgrades and Apply New Technologies
    In production, average speed is the major determinant for the productivity of corrugated cardboard production lines. At present, many carton equipment manufacturers have adopted new control technologies to optimize electric power distribution for use during the manufacturing process. Compared with corrugated cardboard production lines of the same type, high speed corrugated cardboard production lines can easily achieve the same productivity requirements without frequent speed changes. They consume about 20% less power, greatly reduce wastage and minimize the consumption of energy and materials in production.
    The stable operation of corrugated cardboard production lines ensures the consistent quality of the cardboard produced. Moreover, the use and maintenance costs are extremely low, increasing the return on investment in the equipment. The use of intelligent designs of integrated control panels and human-computer interfaces makes the operation of the corrugated cardboard production line more intuitive and simpler. It also significantly reduces maintenance and labor costs.
    Using the production line’s production management system to control costs can accurately calculate efficiency, achieve speed synchronization of the whole production line and effectively reduce waste. Using automatic splicers significantly reduces the waste of body paper, improves machine speed and enhances production efficiency. If considering cost, at least one automatic splicer should be installed before the plywood process. It is important to pay attention to the choice of production control system, because many kinds of products can be used to realize production and management. The key point of selecting these cannot be limited to price comparison, but should focus on how to achieve the goal of accurately saving raw materials, especially by raising the accuracy of changing paper.
    The computer can also automatically control the paste volume according to different paper qualities, as well as varying machine speed so the paste gap can be automatically reduced when operating at high speed, and paste volume can increase when operating at low speed. This saves at least 15% of paste volume. Furthermore, for temperature control, a computer can automatically adjust the drying area of the preheating cylinder according to paper quality. The speed of the machine can also be modified to ensure the hardness of the cardboard.
    Apart from carton manufacturing companies and equipment suppliers, conscientious industry exhibition organizers have taken on the heavy responsibility of promoting green energy saving. Reed Exhibitions is key among these. SinoCorrugated South 2014, organized by Reed, will be held at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12.
    As the leading Asia-Pacific corrugated carton industry showcase, the event will feature the newest in printing technologies for this industry, namely, green practices, loss reduction and technological advances. The top local and international carton equipment manufacturers will take part in the exhibition and technological innovation products will be prominently profiled onsite.
    Major corrugated carton production equipment like corrugated cardboard production lines as well as machines for printing, die-cutting, pasting boxes and laminating will be displayed, so will body paper, printing oil ink, printing plate materials and ERP production software. Each of these devices and solutions represent new technological highlights. These innovations have the effect of significantly improving efficiency in production equipment and broadening the options for users. Visitors will learn new trends from across the whole corrugated carton industry and benefit from technological innovation and efficiency promotion.
    SinoCorrugated South 2014 is Asia-Pacific's leading trade show for the global corrugated manufacturing industry. The event features the latest, most innovative corrugated equipment and consumables on the market. As a sourcing platform for manufacturers of corrugated boxes, honeycomb paperboard, paper stock models and paper pipes, the show attracts manufacturers, buyers and end-users alike. It is a must-attend event that sharpens participants' competitive edge by providing networking opportunities, technological updates and news of the latest industry developments.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    24.02.2014   Södra's income statement for 2013     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Lars Idermark, Group CEO

    -Despite a weak economic situation and a strong Swedish krona, Södra saw a significant increase in its underlying earnings in 2013. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, amounted to SEK 400 million, representing a SEK 1,329 million increase on last year.
    -Net sales for the group amounted to SEK 16,580 million, which represents a drop of one per cent. This drop is primarily due to a fall in sales of electricity certificates and the closing of the CTMP mill at Follafoss, Norway. At the same time, costs have fallen by nine per cent.
    -Operating profit, restructuring costs excluded, rose by SEK 1,329 million compared to last year and totalled SEK 400 million.
    -Operating profit, restructuring costs included, amounted to SEK -417 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -929 million.
    -In July, Södra decided to close its pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. Restructuring costs amounted to SEK 817 million and are accounted for separately in the results.
    -Cash flow after investments was SEK 597 million, which is SEK 1,412 million higher than the corresponding period for 2012.
    -The equity/assets ratio at year-end was 59 per cent (61).
    -Investments amounted to SEK 952 million (1,708) for the year.
    -Södra's new group strategy was presented in December. This aims to create a cohesive group and long-term profitable growth.

    Business environment and market
    After a weak 2012 in economic terms, the world economy gradually recovered in 2013. Positive signals indicating an improving situation and rising growth rate were seen as early as the spring, but uncertainty in the European economy and elsewhere resulted in slow development.
    The market for Södra's products eventually improved after a slow first six months of the year. The autumn in particular was positive in terms of market pulp, but even the market for sawn timber products improved slightly. Stocks of softwood sulphate pulp were relatively low during the year, which meant that prices could gradually be increased to an extent. The list price for softwood sulphate pulp in Europe stood at USD 810 per tonne at the start of the year, rising to USD 905 per tonne at the end.
    The market for sawn timber products got off to a weak start, but in the autumn it began to be characterised by stable demand and strengthening prices. A construction market that remains weak and a cautious renovation market in Sweden, combined with a relatively sharp decrease in new construction in Norway, has influenced the market for interior timber products.
    The timber market in southern Sweden was characterised by high demand from industry during the first six months of the year. The range of forest resources was low at the start of the year but increased after Södra raised its standard timber prices by SEK 40 kronor per m3sub before the summer. This resulted in an increase in the purchase rate mainly for final felling. The price difference for softwood pulp timber between Götaland and Svealand grew wider over the year, to 50 kronor per m3sub.

    Södra's profits
    The group's net sales fell by 1 per cent to SEK 16,580 million. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, rose by SEK 1,329 million compared to last year and totalled SEK 400 million. A decision was made during the year to close the sulphate pulp mill in Tofte. The mill in Follafoss was sold to Austrian company Mayr Melnhof Karton.
    Operating profit, which includes restructuring costs of SEK 817 million for the closure of the mill in Tofte, was SEK -417 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -929 million.
    Södra Cell's operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, amounted to SEK 719 million. Operating profit including restructuring costs amounted to SEK -98 million (-283). The huge improvement in underlying earnings is largely explained by lower costs and higher deliveries. Production amounted to 1,774 000 tonnes (1,782 000). This reduction in production is due to the closure of Tofte during the year, and because production for 2012 included volumes produced at the Follafoss mill.
    Södra Timber's operating profit amounted to SEK -217 million (-469). This improvement in its profit is due mainly to an increase in volumes, an increased sawing yield and reduced costs. Production amounted to 1,624 000 m3 (1,451 000).
    Södra Interiör's operating profit amounted to SEK -73 million (2). This amount includes non-recurring costs in connection with the relocation of production of interior timber mouldings from Denmark to Sweden, among other things.
    Södra Skog's operating profit amounted to SEK 42 million (-20). This improvement is due mainly to a reduction in expenses.

    The Group Chief Executive's comments:
    "Our markets have continued to be characterised by a weak economic situation and a strong Swedish krona. Despite this, our earning capacity grew significantly over the year. If we exclude the restructuring costs for the closure of the pulp mill in Tofte, our operating profit amounted to SEK 400 million, which is SEK 1,329 million better than in 2012. These improved underlying earnings are what we now take with us into 2014," said Lars Idermark, CEO and Group Chief Executive at Södra.
    "The savings and streamlining measures implemented throughout all parts of the company are one important element in this improvement in profits," continued Idermark.
    "The restructuring presented by closing our pulp mill in Tofte impacted upon profits for 2013 but had a positive effect on cash flow. It also helped to reinforce the market balance for long-fibre market pulp. We also sold the second, smaller mill in Follafoss in Norway during the year, which resulted in a positive economic contribution."
    "One important measure in 2013 was the formulation of our new group strategy. Following a period in the early 2000s when the company achieved growth and good profitability, Södra has seen a phase in which profits have been falling and the company has failed to grow. Therefore, this strategy aims to create profitable growth. One important element of this strategy will be to make us a more cohesive group, allowing us to use our collective resources more effectively and work together more efficiently. The fact that the markets for our products are growing by 3-5 per cent per year is also giving us opportunities to grow, and this is a must if we are to be able to add value for our owners in the long term."
    "Södra Cell has seen a massive improvement in profit levels and is currently enjoying positive development."
    "For sawn timber products, the market has gradually strengthened over the year, albeit from a low level. We are currently seeing a market with stable prices and demand."
    "One important element of our efforts to improve profits at Södra Timber will involve increasing production further. This year, we are expecting to achieve total production of approximately 1.8-1.9 million cubic metres. The new sawmill in Värö has been operating at full capacity since last autumn. Three-shift production is now placing us in a position from which to achieve profitability. We are aiming to produce 500,000 cubic metres of sawn timber in 2014 and 600,000 cubic metres in 2015."
    "Our hardwood sawmills are now fully integrated into Södra Timber, and both sales and production volumes are seeing a positive trend curve."
    "We have implemented restructuring at Södra Interiör over the year, along with extensive changes with a view to creating a more efficient organisation which is more customer- and market-oriented. Profits for 2013 are subject to costs for the measures implemented in order to enhance competitiveness in the long term."
    "There has been plenty of demand for timber, and we have a strong offering in the timber market. The price increase which we implemented in May has had the desired effect. Södra's land conservation guarantee, launched in June, has also been met with great interest and demand among forest owners," said Idermark.
    "Looking to the future, I feel that our prospects for 2014 are better than they have been compared to the past couple of years. Europe, which is the primary market for our products, is expected to be stronger, with growth in the economy in 2014. A better economic situation in 2014 will also result in consistently high demand for raw timber products from Södra," concluded Idermark.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    24.02.2014   Intec launches ground breaking new products at IPEX 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news After an immensely successful show at IPEX in 2010, Intec Printing Solutions, which has distributors located across the globe, has announced its presence at IPEX 2014 to introduce ground breaking new products for the graphic arts and commercial print industry. The ColorSplash range of digital colour printers will have their exclusive launch at IPEX 2014.
    The ColorSplash range includes the CS4000 – new 4 colour professional print production system and ground breaking CS5000 model – a radical new 5 colour print production system that will offer stunning digital colour for multi-media printing, with the added benefit of clear and white printing. In addition to offering white and clear toner printing onto thick boards of up to 400gsm/micron, Intec will also offer the models with specialist feeders and media stackers for greater productivity and the handling of a wide range of medias from heavy stocks, envelopes, packaging boards, labels, polyesters and much, much more. With the addition of the Fiery® XF for Intec RIP, greater colour accuracy and stunning prints can be achieved through colour management and workflow tools such as specific Intec colour profiles, nesting, imposition, variable data and more!
    “These revolutionary new printer models ensure that Intec continues to offer industry leading print solutions for graphic arts professionals and the on demand production market place”, states Ian Melville, managing director of Intec Printing Solutions.
    Intec will also be showcasing its entire product portfolio which includes digital colour envelope printing solutions driven by PrintShop Mail for the high speed creation of one to one personalised print. Label printing solutions for short to medium production runs onto die cut matrix removed or retained and continuous roll media, and its new label finishing equipment to digitally die-cut any shape label, laminate, matrix remove and slit rolls of labels at over 3 metres per minute.
    The newly launched CP3000 range of digital colour printers, that offer the lowest cost of print per page in its class, will be demonstrated alongside the XP2020 heavy stock print solution, which continues to thrive and will be showing envelope printing at its best and displaying print production on to ultra-heavy stocks up to 600gsm and media up to 1.2 metres in length.
    All of the Intec digital print solutions at the show will be driven by the highly successful Fiery XF for Intec colour management and workflow RIP that offers users stunning, precise and predictable quality output on all manner of substrates from any of the Intec printer range.
    Also making an appearance will be the incredibly successful Glunz and Jensen PlateWriter 2000 iCTP system, demonstrating how easy it is to produce chemistry free, day light loaded, digital aluminium plates for small to medium offset presses.
    Make sure you come and see us on Stand S2-E180 to see how Intec can benefit your business.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    24.02.2014   Kagazy names Poul Bech as new Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Former Visor Holding Chief Financial Officer succeeds outgoing CFO, Aida M. Yelgeldiyeva, who has become advisor to the CEO

    Kazakhstan Kagazy Group Kazakhstan Kagazy Group (the “Group”) announced that Poul Bech (photo) has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding the outgoing CFO, Aida Yelgeldiyeva, who will remain in the Group as advisor to the CEO. Poul becomes CFO effective immediately.
    “Poul brings strong skills and experience to the role as we aim towards strengthening and expanding the business,” said Tomas Mateos, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer. “He has significant financial and operational management expertise which will be essential in the execution of the Group’s growth plans.”
    Poul spent his early career at Coopers and Lybrand as an auditor and then progressed to senior financial and operation roles at Carlsberg. His first role in Kazakhstan was as Finance Director for Maersk. Poul then worked as CFO of United Cement. His most recent position was as CFO of Visor Holding, a Kazakh private equity group.
    “I’m excited to step into this role and look forward to working closely with investors and shareholders,” Poul Bech said. “Aida has developed a strong finance team, and I plan to continue to execute on the company’s strong discipline around costs and focus on shareholder value.”
    (Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC)
    24.02.2014   Webinar: Foam in paper making: From a harm to an asset    ( Company news )

    Company news Resource efficiency and new product opportunities for the forest sector and fibre based products

    Can existing paper and board machines be turned to make over 15% lighter products from less valuable raw materials? Can you use less refined pulps with excellent formation and reduce energy and chemical consumption? Can you simultaneously provide new product launches? This may sound like a dream but latest R&D results show that this may become a reality through introduction of the foam forming technology.

    In foam forming, a large amount of air is added to fibre suspension. This prevents fibre flocculation, enhances dewatering, enables production of light weight structures and opens up a way to utilize traditionally challenging raw materials from nanoparticles to long fibres. The first pilot scale facility, which offers a way for companies to test their concepts in realistic process conditions, was launched last year and the development race towards the next generation biobased fibre products has already begun.

    Foam forming offers a sustainable alternative for companies to improve their current competitiveness through an agile process, which makes the adaptation to market changes easier in the future. This webinar will reveal how foam forming leads to a new manufacturing platform for fiber based products.

    Key learning objectives

    - Hear why foam forming leads in a leap in papermaking resource-efficiency through light weighting

    - Learn how it improves the competitiveness of current products

    - Get a feeling on requirements to turn existing machines to foam forming

    - See demonstrations of new product opportunities such as technical textiles and sound absorption materials etc.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    24.02.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2nd annual World Biomass Power Markets took place in Amsterdam earlier this month.
    The event kicked off with a sold-out UK Focus Day. Top on the agenda was the new CfD system and its effects on the biomass power sector. Liz McDonnell, Assistant Director – Bioenergy Policy at DECC, introduced the plans for EMR, including the rationale behind the two investment pools for established and less established renewable technologies and benefits of the new CfD system. Discussions followed on the effects of EMR on biomass pipelines in the UK, with insider perspectives from developers and IPPs including MGT Power, ECO2 and Estover Energy.

    The buzz continued through to the main conference, featuring 70 speakers across 2 days of plenary and streamed sessions. On day one, delegates listened to keynote addresses from RWE Innogy, DP Cleantech, Zilkha Biomass Fuels and GDF Suez Energii Poland on the case for sustainable power generation from biomass. Keynote speakers hammered home the message that biomass is a sustainable, viable alternative energy, with a potential to generate 65,000 jobs in the UK alone. However, with challenges from climate change apathy, political complexity surrounding consenting and a powerful counter-lobbying community, more is needed to communicate the positives of biomass. Nevertheless, speakers remained confident and upbeat on the future of the biomass sector, with all eyes on the Brazilian and Asian markets.

    The World Biomass Power Markets 2015 website is now live, and there is already a lot of excitement about the event.
    Please contact me today if you are interested in becoming a part of what is already looking set to be the biggest and best WBPM yet!

    Kind regards,

    Paul Shearer
    Event Manager - World Biomass Power Markets
    Green Power Conferences
    Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 4211
    (Green Power Conferences) )
    24.02.2014   Pankaboard continues its steady development and announces the opening ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... of its own branch office in Russia

    Picture: Mr. Vladimir Pushilin and Mrs. Tatiana Shaburova

    Pankaboard, a leading Finnish specialty cartonboard producer, will open an own sales office in Russia to strengthen its local presence in the market. In addition to Russia, the office will serve the CIS markets as well.

    The new office and sales execution is headed by the Regional Sales Director, Mr. Vladimir Pushilin, who has deep sales expertise and knowledge in the market of cartonboard packaging. Mrs. Tatiana Shaburova has been appointed sales and customer service manager.

    The office will be located in Saint-Petersburg (1217, 21 lit. A, Gakkelevskaya str., Saint-Petersburg, 197227) and will be fully operational as of the 10th of March 2014 providing the highest service level to the customers.

    The own sales office in Saint-Petersburg is a natural and strategic development and will enable Pankaboard to further enhance and develop the sales and customer service in Russia and CIS.
    (Pankaboard Oy)
    21.02.2014   WWF and Mondi to sustain ecosystems through responsible business practices    ( Company news )

    Company news WWF and Mondi Group announced that they will work together in a three-year strategic partnership that focuses on increasing environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sectors.

    The partnership, which links one of the largest packaging, pulp and paper producers in the world with the world’s largest conservation organisation, sends a strong signal that addressing environmental sustainability makes good business sense.

    The partnership will focus on minimising the impacts of Mondi’s operations on forests, climate and water, and encouraging sustainable practices in the industry.

    The work programme will cover three main areas -
    - Ecosystem Stewardship - building on the successful Mondi Wetlands Programme in South Africa, this work will focus on protecting high conservation value ecosystems in Russia and other regions and increasing the value and resilience of multi-functional production landscapes in South Africa.

    - Manufacturing Stewardship –further reducing the water and climate footprint of Mondi’s operations and promoting resource efficiency, recycling and longevity of products, including the cascading use of wood and forest products where appropriate.

    - Product Stewardship – further enhancing the environmental performance of Mondi’s products through; among others - credible certification and efficient life-cycle use of materials in their paper and packaging products.

    “As population grows and competition for land increases, forest-based industries that rely on renewable resources can play an important role in protecting and managing vital ecosystems,” says Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International. “Companies like Mondi that choose to contribute to sustainable resource use and nature conservation are ensuring their own long-term viability, while contributing to the well-being of people and the planet today.”

    David Hathorn, Group CEO Mondi says, “Mondi and WWF have a successful association working together on projects. This international partnership enables us to join forces on a larger scale. Sustainable development is integral to our business, and we are very pleased to be working with WWF as we continue to reduce our footprint and share responsible practices across our industry and beyond.”
    (WWF International Paper Team)
    21.02.2014   POLAR: New sales and service manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Since January 1, 2014 Markus Judel (picture) has been POLAR's new sales and service manager.
    Markus Judel has been responsible for the areas of sales, after-sales service and marketing at POLAR since January 1, 2014. He is now part of the extended managing board. Dr. Markus Rall remains the sole managing director.
    After the departure of Jürgen Freier by mutual agreement last year, POLAR looked into how this important function could be filled at short notice. Markus Judel is a very experienced member of the POLAR staff who is well known in our industry. We are delighted to have found a colleague for this demanding task who comes from within our own ranks.
    Customers regard Judel as an extremely competent and trustworthy partner in dialog and negotiations. He has been with the company for 24 years. After qualifying as an industrial administrator, he embarked on his career as a member of the in-house sales team. Shortly afterwards, he became shipping manager. In tandem with his job, he completed a business degree. Since 1996 he has been responsible for various regions and markets as one of POLAR’s sales area managers.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
    21.02.2014   Biomass supply chains developed by VTT speed up use of bioenergy in Vietnam    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: In Vietnam, loading and unloading of biomass is traditionally made manually

    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed efficiency in the biomass supply and use for energy in Vietnam's Mekong Delta as part of the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Mechanisation of loading and unloading of biomass working phases reduce transport costs by 15%. The production and use of biomass pellets in industrial boilers was demonstrated to be financially and technologically sound.

    Vietnam possesses considerable biomass reserves. Development of the current biomass supply chains and power plant operations will increase the use of biomass fuels for energy.

    VTT's task in Vietnam was to develop efficient and reliable biomass supply chains for multi-fuel CHP power plants and industrial boilers. At the beginning of the project, VTT developed five new biomass supply technologies, three of which were selected for practical demonstration in the Mekong Delta.

    In Vietnam, loading and unloading of biomass is traditionally made manually. The project enhanced sea and road transport of biomass and developed mechanised methods for biomass handling in transport. The quality, availability, storage and pelletisation of raw materials was also improved. A particular aim was to promote the simultaneous use of multiple biofuels to ensure year-round supply of agrobiomass-based raw materials.

    Larger-sized boats (25 tonnes) and use of pneumatic discharging equipment reduced biomass transport costs by 15%. Using this equipment to discharge biomass from ships is 73% cheaper than the corresponding traditional manual work.

    The project also established whether biomass pellets could be used to replace fossil fuels. The use of pellets in industrial boilers proved to be economically and technologically sound. The lowest pellet production costs derived from use of the by-product of pressed sugar cane residues, known as bagasse: 372 VND/kWh (13 EUR/MWh). Use of pellets prepared from bagasse as fuel in steam production, for example, is around 40% cheaper than using traditional wood fuel.

    Combustion tests with fuel blend of bagasse and rice husk were done in a CHP boiler in the Mekong Delta. Both fuel blend preparation and the combustion test with fuel blend were highly successful. The test extends use of the mill's boiler facility for electricity production to all year round by eliminating enforced closure during the summer months.

    The typical Vietnamese biomass materials are harvest and food processing residues of rice, sugar cane, wood, coffee and coconut. Most of these can be used as biomass fuel. The overall production potential for solid biomass in 2010 was 104.4 million tonnes (374 TWh), with the share of agrobiomass by-products at 70% and of wood fuel at 30%.

    The major obstacles to investment in biomass power plants are the low price of electricity and the lack of reliable biomass supply chains.

    The project (Development and demonstration of multi-fuel supply chains for power plants and industrial boilers in Vietnam) was realised through collaboration between VTT and the Institute of Energy in Hanoi.

    VTT publication: Development of biomass fuel chains in Vietnam:
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    21.02.2014   Hood refurbishing provides for energy-efficient operation    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith replaced the hood roof and the hood side walls of the PM 4 at the August Koehler SE paper mill in Oberkirch, Germany, and thus facilitated an energy-efficient operation of dryer section and heat recovery.
    Previously, the hood elements had still been designed as a riveted structure. Over the years, these rivets loosened due to the heating and cooling of the hood. Moisture thus penetrated into the insulation. The insulation effect of the elements weakened, causing condensation during operation of the dryer section with a high exhaust air dew point. However, a high exhaust air dew point is a precondition for energy-efficient operation of the dryer section and for a high level of performance for heat recovery from the dryer section exhaust air.
    Voith therefore replaced the hood elements of the wall and ceiling. The proven modular rivet-free hood elements from the EcoHood dryer section hood were used. They were mounted on the existing steel substructure together with new seals. The hood can thus be operated condensation-free with a high exhaust air dew point. The August Koehler paper mill confirms: the dryer section and heat recovery are again working in an energy-efficient manner.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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