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    10.02.2014   E.C.H. Will’s Asian Sales Office renamed Papersystems Asia    ( Company news )

    Company news The Asian Sales Office of E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako has been renamed Papersystems Asia. The office located in Jakarta, Indonesia, and previously known as KPL FarEast, is the representative office for all products and services of E.C.H. Will, Pemco (including its SHM and Wrapmatic brands) and Kugler-Womako in South East Asia and China.

    This change of name illustrates and underlines the affiliation of the joint regional Sales Office Papersystems Asia to the companies in the Papersystems Group.

    All other contact details of the Sales Office remain unchanged - except for the email address domain. As of January 12, 2014, Papersystems Asia has changed its email addresses to the new email domain "" (e.g. Emails sent to all old email addresses will be forwarded automatically to the new address.
    (E. C. H. Will GmbH)
    07.02.2014   Propapier improves process performance with Savcor's Wedge    ( Company news )

    Company news German board manufacturer Propapier has purchased Savcor Wedge Process Diagnostics System. The system was delivered in the fall 2013. Customer is very happy with the initial positive results gained.

    Propapier PM2 GmbH, is a subsidiary of the Progroup AG and the factory is situated in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany. The mill produces corrugated base paper from 100% recycled paper.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
    07.02.2014   Stora Enso divests its shareholding in Thiele Kaolin     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has signed an agreement to sell its 40.24% shareholding in the US-based processed kaolin clay producer Thiele Kaolin Company to Thiele Kaolin Company for USD 76 (EUR 56) million. Stora Enso will record a capital gain of EUR 37 million as a non-recurring item in its first quarter 2014 results. The consideration was paid fully in cash when the agreement was signed and is subject to final adjustments by the end of March 2014. The divestment will decrease the operational EBIT of the segment Other by approximately EUR 7 million annually.
    The transaction was signed and finalised on 4 February 2014. Following the transaction, Stora Enso is no longer a shareholder of Thiele Kaolin Company.
    Stora Enso’s shareholding in Thiele Kaolin was part of its North American operations but not included in the divestments in 2007. Thiele Kaolin’s divestment is part of Stora Enso’s programme of selling non-core assets and in accordance with its strategic transformation to a value-creating renewable materials company focusing on growth markets.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    07.02.2014   UPM reports solid Q4 results with decreased costs and improved efficiency    ( Company news )

    Company news Q4 Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 207 million (EUR 146 million Q4 2012)

    Picture: Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO

    Q4/2013 (compared with Q4/2012)
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.27 (0.20), and reported EUR 0.06 (-2.83)
    • Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 207 million, 8.0% of sales (146 million, 5.5% of sales)
    • EBITDA was EUR 302 million, 11.7% of sales (317 million, 11.9% of sales)
    • 48% of the targeted annualised EUR 200 million cost savings achieved in Q4/2013
    • Operating cash flow was EUR 262 million, net debt decreased to EUR 3,040 million

    Full year 2013 (compared with 2012)
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.91 (0.74), and reported EUR 0.63 (-2.14)
    • Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 683 million, 6.8% of sales (556 million, 5.3% of sales)
    • EBITDA was EUR 1,155 million, 11.5% of sales (1,312 million, 12.5% of sales)
    UPM introduced a new business structure and is implementing a profit improvement programme and focused growth initiatives
    • Board’s proposal for dividend per share EUR 0.60 (0.60)

    Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO comments on the result:
    “The last quarter of 2013 was a satisfactory conclusion to a year which started off with a brisk headwind. In Q4 we achieved our best quarterly business performance in 2013. Part of this was due to seasonal factors, but a significant part comes from the wide range of improvement efforts we made throughout the year. Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 207 million (146 million). Due to strong operating cash flow we were able to reduce our net debt by EUR 261 million during Q4.
    We are very pleased that UPM Biorefining, UPM Plywood and UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) were able to achieve a significant improvement in their financial performance with proactive internal measures.
    Many pulp mills in the Biorefining business area were able to break their production records last year which boosted our pulp volumes. The granted permission to increase pulp production in Uruguay also positively impacted the result of the final quarter in 2013.
    Plywood performance has improved consistently, and in Q4 achieved its best quarter since 2008. In Plywood, both the sales strategy as well as the production efficiency have been revised with excellent results.
    In Paper ENA decreasing volumes and prices as well as unfavorable currencies were sources of serious headwind throughout the year and called for strong improvement actions. We responded with heavy cost savings both in the business and in the supporting functions. In Q4 Paper ENA managed to restore its profitability to the level of the previous year. It is fair to say that at the end of the year the business has a significantly more competitive cost structure than in early 2013.
    UPM Energy suffered from mild weather and lower hydropower volumes in Q4 but was nevertheless able to maintain unchanged average electricity prices. In UPM Raflatac the sales development was positive, particularly in the growth markets. Despite challenging currency development in Asia, the performance of UPM Paper Asia was satisfactory.
    We made good progress with our Biofore strategy in 2013. A key milestone was the implementation of the new business structure in November. The new organisation has started off well and we expect the new structure to sharpen our operational focus further in each business.
    Simultaneously with the new structure we announced a short term profitability improvement programme targeting EUR 200 million cost savings by the end of 2014. Implementation of the programme has proceeded fast and in Q4 we had achieved 48% of the targeted savings.
    I’m proud of the change readiness that UPM’ers have shown in the face of these changes. This gives us confidence in proceeding further with our profitability and growth initiatives. Over the coming three years, we have set ourselves clear targets for our growth initiatives in biofuels, woodfree speciality papers in China, label materials and pulp production. In parallel with this process we also seek to simplify our business portfolio. Our goal is to enhance the value of UPM businesses, ” says Jussi Pesonen.

    Outlook for 2014
    Growth in the European economy is expected to remain low in 2014, but improve from last year. Growth in the US and in the developing economies is expected to continue to outperform Europe.
    This environment is expected to be supportive for the global pulp and label materials demand, as well as paper demand in Asia. The slight improvement in the European economy may moderate the negative demand development seen in the European graphic paper market in the past two years and stimulate European demand for wood products. The current hydrological situation in Finland is close to the long-term average level, and the forward electricity prices in Finland for H1 2014 are somewhat lower than the realised market prices in H1 2013.
    UPM’s business outlook for H1 2014 is broadly stable.
    In H1 2014, UPM’s performance is expected to be underpinned by a stable overall outlook for UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia and UPM Plywood, as compared to H2 2013.
    Profitability in UPM Paper ENA is expected to improve due to the on-going cost reduction measures. In H1 2014 compared to H2 2013 however, performance will be negatively impacted by lower delivery volumes, including seasonal factors.
    UPM Biorefining is starting the year in a stable market. Capacity additions in the global pulp market may impact the pulp market balance unfavourably during 2014, depending on the timing of the new start-ups.
    07.02.2014   JPMorgan Chase Co's holding in UPM has exceeded the threshold of 5 percent    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM-Kymmene Corporation has on 6 November 2013 received an announcement under Chapter 9, Section 5 of the Securities Markets Act, according to which JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s indirect holding in UPM has exceeded the threshold of 5 per cent on 5 November 2013.
    According to the announcement, the indirect holding of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in UPM is 26,550,599 shares, corresponding to 5.02 per cent of UPM's shares and voting rights. UPM’s registered total number of shares and voting rights amounting to 528,704,962 shares has been used in the calculation of percentages for the announcement.

    The chain of the aforementioned controlled undertakings of JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the following:
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. (100 %)
    JPMorgan Asset Management International Limited (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings (UK) Limited (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited (100%)

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. (100%)
    J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. (100%)

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management (Asia) (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management (Taiwan) Limited (100%)

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (100%)
    (UPM-Kymmene Corporation)
    06.02.2014   RAKO-GROUP on Packaging Innovations 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Take this opportunity and visit us from 26th – 27th February 2014 at the Packaging Innovations 2014 in Birmingham. We will present our newest product highlights in areas such as self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging and security technologies.

    We are looking forward to welcome you at our stand in hall 10, stand F18.
    (RAKO Etiketten GmbH & Co KG)
    06.02.2014   Vaahto Group to Reinforce its Group Strategy by Focusing on its Process Technology Business ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...and by Writedowns in its Paper Technology

    Vaahto Group Plc Oyj reinforces its strategy, in accordance with which it under the lead of its new CEO, Vesa Alatalo, strongly focuses on the Process Technology business. The Company carries out its Process Technology business through its subsidiaries Japrotek Oy Ab and Stelzer Rührtechnik International GmbH. As Vaahto Group is continuing implementing the strategy change it commenced in the spring of 2013, it is planning the divestment of its loss-making Paper Technology business. The Board of Directors is considering options regarding the divestment of the Paper Technology business, with the primary option being the sale of the business.
    Vaahto Group Plc Oyj writes down subordinated loans it has granted to Vaahto Paper Technology Oy. Due to the writedowns, the equity of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj falls negative. The writedown will not have a cash-flow effect. Due to losses expected to be incurred by Vaahto Paper Technology Ltd, it is expected that also its equity will fall negative during the first quarter of the year 2014. To reinforce the financial position of Vaahto Group and to finance the new strategy, Vaahto Group is planning on implementing a share issue during the first half of 2014.
    The agreement that Vaahto Group reached with its creditors in late 2013 supports the liquidity of the Company. In accordance with the agreement, companies in the Vaahto Group are not required to repay loans from credit institutions during the year 2014. In connection of Vaahto Group receiving additional financing of two million euro from certain of its shareholders, creditors of the group relieved it of debts of one million euro in aggregate. It was further agreed that the creditors of the group will relieve the group of debts of two million euro in aggregate, provided that certain conditions in the financing agreement are met. The Company holds the view that such conditions on the debt relief will be met during the first quarter of 2014, but the creditors are obligated to relieve the company of the said debts also in the case that the conditions are met after the first quarter of 2014. Additionally, the financing arrangement includes a commitment by the creditors of relieving debts of a further one million euro if the Company is able to raise new equity through a share issue in an amount of no less than one million euro. The combination of the financing arrangement that has been reached, the partially conditional debt relief of four million euro in aggregate, the planned divestments of the Paper Technology business and the proposal for a share issue planned by the Board of Directors make clearer the direction of the business of the group under the new strategy along with supporting the group’s financial position and liquidity.
    The financial year 2013 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of the continuing businesses of Vaahto Group are expected to be clearly positive. Vaahto Group’s group-level financial year 2013 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (for the entire business) are expected to be negative.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
    06.02.2014   Summary: Creativeworld 2014 – Hahnemühle the trend    ( Company news )

    Hahnemühle FineArt introduced two new products at this years Creativeworld /Paperworld. The paper manufacturer evoked a rapturous response with its “Style Sketch” a trendy product for “Urban Sketching”. The stylish sketch book has a black cover with a colored core and a corresponding ring binding. Pablo Ientile, Illustrator and Urban Sketcher used the “Style Sketch” at the Hahnemühle booth and presented impressively the different applications of the high-quality papers. It is suitable for sketches, illustrations, designs and manga with pencils and coloured pens, as well as for fineliner, ink pens and watercolor and acrylic paints.
    “Hahnemühle Easy Frame” was introduced for the first time at Creativeworld/Paperworld. The innovative new stretch frame enables mounting of Canvas and soft artist papers. With Hahnemühle EasyFrame artists, photographers and print studios have the opportunity to present their paintings, photo prints and reproductions quickly and easily. The 5-minute demonstrations at the booth attracted many visitors. The launch is planned soon.
    “We were very satisfied with the show. We had interesting conversations that let us have an opticmistic view to the year. Also promising is the significant increase of visitors from our export markets at the show as well as the feedbacks we received from visitors about our two new products,” said Norbert Klinke, Director of Marketing and Sales at Hahnemühle FineArt.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

    06.02.2014   Jim Henneberry resigns as CEO of Australian Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Jim Henneberry has resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer at Australian Paper after eight years with the company.
    This was announced to staff and stakeholders on Friday, 31 January 2014.
    Jim made the difficult decision to leave Australian Paper in order
    to pursue new opportunities outside of the business. His resignation is effective from 14 February 2014.
    Australian Paper thanks Jim for his dedication and commitment to the company since joining in 2006. We wish him success in the next endeavour.
    Until further notice, Mr Hirofumi Fujimori, the Representative Director of Australian Paper’s holding company Nippon Paper Industries, is the Acting CEO.
    (Australian Paper)
    06.02.2014   KOLB is celebrating its 50th anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news Two Americans had just invented the computer language BASIC. In Dearborn, Michigan the first Ford Mustang had left the factory. The Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to Martin Luther King, Jr. It was in this same year, back in 1964, when in Hedingen, the Swiss chemist, Dr. Werner Kolb, founded a chemical factory. Since then, KOLB has grown to become a well-known producer of nonionic surfactants and paper chemicals. Today, KOLB is the largest independent alkoxylater surfactants in Europe and celebrates its 50th anniversary.
    Surfactants are chemicals which are crucial in many products and manufacturing processes. They reduce the surface tension of liquids which assist in mixing non-mixable liquids such as oil and water. Surfactants are usually only a small part of a larger formula, but they have a great impact on the performance of a product. There are various applications: You can find surfactants in shampoos, washing powders and cleaners – just to mention a few.

    In the context of globalisation
    Economic development trends also had an influence on KOLB. In 1993, a plant with two production units was built in Moerdijk, close to the sea in the Netherlands. Later, in 2007, KOLB was acquired by Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), a well-known international palm plantation company. Two additional production units were subsequently built in the Netherlands in 2008 and 2012.

    Product development in KOLB’s own laboratory
    Today’s markets are so dynamic that you need to act fast in order to be successful. Only flexible, lean partners can guarantee quick turnaround times. Working in close cooperation with the customer, the R&D team of KOLB develops tailor-made products for the global market. This comes about by working in a non-bureaucratic fashion along with having great technical know-how and being faster than most competitors. KOLB distinguishes itself through its pragmatic approach and technical adeptness.

    50 years’ experience for a sustainable future
    Sustainability has always been key at KOLB – and continues to be a part of our future vision. Sustainability is achieved with raw materials, products and processes. The eco efficiency of the KOLB processes is continually optimised. Receiving a certificate for actively reducing CO2 emissions as well as a Dutch responsible care award for our heat recovery system strikingly emphasises this fact. When it comes to sustainable raw materials, KOLB leads the way, having brought the first RSPO-certified nonionic surfactant onto the market.
    RSPO stands for ‘Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’. KLK is among the founding members of this international organisation, which developed a certification program for sustainable palm oil. So KOLB offers its customers the possibility to buy sustainable palm oil derivatives, which helps stakeholders reach sustainability targets.

    Invested in employees
    No company can remain successful without committed employees. KOLB has realised for a long time that an investment in know-how, skills and talents of each employee leads to the best “return on investment”. So there is always a motivated and professional team available for the customers.

    Our slogan: Your challenge our commitment
    KOLB‘s current slogan is a promise to the customer and also acts as the guiding principle of daily work at the company. KOLB’s work environment is built on teamwork and healthy competition, and where achievement and success are rewarded with mutual respect. Efficient project organisation, clear process structures, quick decision-making, an open dialogue and direct communication are mottos which employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders find mutually beneficial.
    In this way, KOLB will continue to follow its course confidently in the decades to come.
    (Kolb Distribution Ltd)
    06.02.2014   Natural paper Z-Offset Rough certified by HP Indigo    ( Company news )

    Company news The super-white Z-Offset Rough sets new benchmarks in the area of woodfree uncoated papers convincing, both with regard to haptic and with regard to technical aspects.
    Thanks to the new and favourable surface finish InkSet® this paper is ideally suited for classical offset print applications but also for HP Indigo format press applications. Z-Offset Rough (80-320 gm2) has been awarded by HP Indigo for its fixation and runnability (“best performing substrates”). Z-Offset Rough is also laserable.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)

    06.02.2014   INGEDE Symposium 2014 - Celebrating 25 Years of INGEDE    ( Company news )

    Company news Welcome to the 23rd INGEDE Symposium on February 12, 2014!

    The INGEDE Symposium 2014 will take place on Wednesday, February 12th, 2013 from 9:00 to 17:00 at "Haus der Bayerischen Wirtschaft" in Munich, room "Europasaal".

    -9:00 Registration and Coffee
    -9:30 25 Years of INGEDE (Keynote)
    Michael Söffge, Steinbeis Paper
    -10:00 Update on INGEDE’s Activities
    Ulrich Höke, Chairman of INGEDE
    -10:30 INGEDE’s Activities in Digital Printing
    Axel Fischer, INGEDE PR
    -11:00 The Way to the Circular Economy: EU Policy in the Past 25 Years
    Jori Ringman, CEPI
    -11:30 Lunch
    -13:00 Panel Session:
    Collection of Paper for Recycling
    Josef Augusta, Austria Papier Recycling
    David Barrio, Aspapel, Spain
    Stefan Endras, Utzenstorf Papier, Switzerland
    Klaus Große, Stora Enso Sachsen, Germany
    Harald Großmann, TU Dresden, EcoPaperLoop Project
    Barry Read, United Kingdom
    -15:30 Coffee
    -16:00 Beyond Expectations: The Two Team Breakthrough Concepts
    Marco Mensink, CEPI
    -16:30 INGEDE Project 141 13 PTS: "DIP Characterisation"
    Elisabeth Hanecker, PTS
    -17:00 Closure and Outlook
    Ulrich Höke, Chairman of INGEDE
    -19:00 Dinner at the "Pschorr", Viktualienmarkt 15
    registered participants only
    (INGEDE - Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Deinking-Technik e.V.)
    05.02.2014   The strength and sophistication of Twist in a new visual booklet    ( Company news )

    Company news Favini, the innovative Italian paper manufacturer, presents a new visual booklet for Twist, a product that unites paper and nonwoven fabric and features both great strength and sophistication.
    At first glance, the new booklet exudes an air of fashion and glamour. The work was designed by Spanish illustrator Manuel Rebollo, who manages to capture the emotion of the times through his graphical style and keen use of calligraphy as both an aspect of esthetics and a means of communication.
    Taking inspiration from his passion for music, fashion, love and feminine sensuality, the artist has illustrated the booklet using vast areas of color that contrast with surrounding whitespace, all of which integrates perfectly into the exclusive feel of Twist.
    Twist ensures excellent levels of print performance and is particularly suited to silkscreen printing. Colours come to life to create a thrill for the senses and give the illustrations a unique strength and intensity. The paper blends into the drawings, the metallic details and the embossed elements to create an amazing tactile effect.
    Available in a wide range of colours and grammages, Twist is ideal for printing exclusive invitations and greeting cards, as well as for packaging, shopping bags, tags and more for the worlds of fashion and luxury goods, not to mention in the publishing industry for the covers of elegant books or for notebooks that won’t go unnoticed.
    The entire assortment of Twist papers is FSC certified and suited for most printing and ennobling processes.
    (Favini Srl)
    05.02.2014   Valmet to upgrade two boilers at Mondi Group's mills in Sweden and Bulgaria    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will upgrade a recovery boiler at Mondi Group's Dynäs paper mill in Sweden and a power boiler at Mondi's Stambolijski mill in Bulgaria.
    The purpose of the upgrades is to increase the capacity and availability of the boilers. Both boiler rebuilds are planned to be ready in the fall of 2014. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    "Mondi has been very active to develop their mills, and we, at Valmet, are very happy that Mondi has selected us for these important rebuilds. Upgrades are an area that is becoming more and more important for the industry in Europe as it relatively quickly increases production in existing plants," says Markus Bolhàr-Nordenkampf, Director Central and Eastern Europe, Valmet.
    The scope and selection of solutions in a Valmet boiler upgrade depend on the needs and technology at the mill or in the boiler plant. An upgrade normally provides increased capacity and improved boiler performance. It can also increase the service life of the boiler by as much as 10-15 years, depending on the circumstances.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    05.02.2014   Manroland Sheetfed delivers in 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Manroland Sheetfed, the German press builder rescued from insolvency by British industrialist Tony Langley two years ago next week, has posted a profit in the year to 31st December 2013.
    In the Langley Holdings plc Annual Report & Accounts for 2013, Manroland Sheetfed GmbH is said to have traded in line with expectations to make a small profit on revenues of €314 million, although with internal charges the press builder contributed some €10 million to the group's €91.4 million profit before tax.
    The Offenbach company delivered just over 100 new presses or 528 printing units during the year to December. Dr. Peter Conrady Head of Sales said “We are delighted with this result which was slightly higher than budgeted. We have a turnover in excess of our €300 million target with a positive operating profit and this is very good news”.
    Speaking via webex in an interview with the European press in December, CEO Rafael Penuela said that the company’s strategy had been to concentrate principally on its existing customers, focusing on improving their productivity and lowering costs. Looking to 2014, Mr Penuela said that the focus on helping their customers to be more competitive will remain at the centre of the company's strategy.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
    05.02.2014   Intec Launches Fiery Front End for CP3000 model range    ( Company news )

    Company news Intec Printing Solutions Limited announced that it has launched its highly successful ‘Fiery® XF for Intec’ colour management and workflow solution for use with its newly launched CP3000 professional digital colour production printer range, further expanding the printer’s capabilities to offer new and improved workflow, colour and quality enhancements.
    The combination of the Fiery digital front end and colour management workflow with the Intec CP3000 models, ensures graphic arts professionals and print companies receive a unique print solution providing razor sharp imaging and exact colour through a fully customisable user interface and workflow onto a broad spectrum of media for a smoother print production experience.
    The CP3000 range is ideal for a wide range of printing applications including short and medium run print production up to 400gsm/micron for promotional printing, greeting cards, envelopes, booklets and banners as well as point of sale applications and much more!
    With the addition of the Fiery front end the whole print production process from job creation to printing is streamlined through the use of default paper profiles; its modular software architecture allows users to add advanced colour functionalities such as the Color Verifier and Color Profiler Options, further expanding the user experience and meeting the needs for greater colour control in the short-run print production marketplace.
    The addition of the Fiery RIP also offers users, imposition, nesting, variable data and a whole host of professional tools to ensure the very best quality and productivity from your Intec CP3000 digital press.
    “By offering the Fiery front end for use with the CP3000 models, Intec continues to bring market leading products to its customers” states Ian Melville, managing director at Intec Printing Solutions. “And we are even more delighted to be able to offer our customers a flexible and scalable high-speed RIP and colour management workflow that is the perfect solution to drive the CP3000 range alongside the other products in our solutions portfolio.”
    With the Fiery system being offered for use with the CP3000 models, users will be able to quickly and easily achieve stunning, precise and predictable quality output on all manner of substrates. The Fiery XF for Intec RIP is compatible for use with Mac OSX and Windows systems and offers a combination unmatched in productivity and performance at the lowest cost per print in its class.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    05.02.2014   Sustainability is an integral part of the paper tissue value chain - Industry’s continued ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Ambition is to drive sustainable hygiene and human health

    Picture: Tree nursery

    Industry veteran Roberto Berardi of the European Tissue Symposium explains how the sector is taking steps to stay ahead of the curve in meeting the challenges of sustainability

    When you work in an industry that relies on forests for its base material then you naturally think long term. Business sustainability is a way of life in the European tissue industry where trees can have a growing cycle of up to 50 years. Europe has some of the most advanced forestry management systems in the world and performs well against a range of sustainability criteria. The goal of the tissue industry is to not only drive the adoption of ever-greater sustainability practices within our own sector, but to be an integral part of driving sustainable hygiene and human health throughout Europe. Sustainability must become a way of life.

    Before elaborating on some of the initiatives the industry is taking I should clearly define the concept of ‘sustainable business’. Sustainability is often described as having three pillars: social, environmental and economic. I agree of course but my preferred definition is one I learned in a seminar at Harvard Business School a few years ago where Sustainability was defined as Leadership and Responsibility. A business must set its direction placing the principles of sustainability at its very heart: its purpose, mission, strategy, goals, values and responsibilities. It must then create a corporate context and culture in which its actions are economically, legally and ethically sound.

    By meeting each of these three criteria in all of its business actions an organisation can legitimately claim to be sustainable. And indeed as we have already seen, ethical requirements frequently become legal requirements over time as societal opinion moves to embrace a more sustainable approach to the way we do business.

    This is ultimately in agreement with the Brundtland Commission's mission to unite countries to pursue sustainable development together. Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

    So how is the European Tissue industry shaping up?
    The sector is working continuously to increase its sustainability across a host of different areas including recycling, recovery, transport, water and workplace safety. There are some well-established initiatives and also some exciting new projects being developed and likely to herald the future direction for the sector.

    Forest certification – a crucial development in demonstrating our sustainable credentials
    We are immensely proud of our most recent initiative in the area of Forest Certification. This is a crucial development for the sector and offers reassurance to our customers and consumers while also lending further credibility to the sector.

    ETS supports the use of fibres from sustainably and legally managed forests and encourages the use of third party certification as one of the best ways to ensure that suppliers meet these requirements. We do not favour any single scheme but support the various international and national Forest Certification schemes that offer third party verification or certification of compliance.
    Customers have welcomed the certification of fibres and we are committed to supporting the sustainable management of forests based on responsible forest management, social responsibility and economic viability. We also encourage the development of standards, performance measures, and continual improvement in best practices for forest ecosystems.
    We use the definition of ‘Sustainable Forest Management’ agreed at the Second Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, held in Helsinki in 1993: “The stewardship and use of forests and forest
    lands in a way and at a rate that maintains their biodiversity, productivity, regeneration capacity, vitality and their potential to fulfil now and in the future, relevant ecological, economic and social functions at local, national and global levels, and that does not cause damage to other eco-systems.”

    ETS has particularly welcomed the new EU Timber Regulation which came into force in 2013 and ensures that only products from legally sourced wood are sold across the EU28. The members of ETS have for some years committed to using only fibres from legal and sustainable sources.

    Exploring opportunities in recycling and recovery
    Europe leads the world in paper recycling with levels at over 70% in 2012 – up from 40% in 1995. While paper consumption levels are the same today as in 1998, recycling levels are 150% higher. In Europe, a paper fibre is collected and recycled on average 3.5 times, compared with just 2.4 times worldwide. ETS are members of the European Recovered Paper Council, committed to meet a voluntary recycling target of 70% in the EU +Switzerland and Norway by 2015 – a level already achieved today and higher than any other region in the world.

    I should stress though that Lifecycle analysis studies (LCA) show sustainable tissue products can be produced with both recovered and new fibres and that each has its benefits and shortcomings. Experts have carried out carbon footprint studies on toilet tissue that prove that the decision to use either fibre type does not significantly alter the carbon footprint and that neither fibre type can be considered environmentally preferable when considering carbon emissions.

    Total environmental impacts depend on a number of factors including location of the mill, closeness of available fibres, energy options and production waste utilisation and these should be reviewed on a case by case basis. It is for this reason that we advocate a total lifecycle approach to understand the environmental impact of our products. We are not in favour of carbon footprint labelling for our products as it measures just one environmental impact and so can be potentially misleading for consumers. However we are following with great interest the EU project to establish Product and Organisation environmental footprints as these should encompass all the environment impacts and overcome the weakness in carbon footprinting.

    Thanks to sophisticated new technologies the tissue industry increasingly uses recycled fibres in products without compromising on softness, strength and absorbency. Companies are innovating using recycled fibres or environmentally friendly fibres from plants that grow well and are able to offer products that are similar to virgin fibre ones.

    The very latest development is that industry leaders are actively exploring opportunities to recycle paper towels. Research is ongoing but could lead to some exciting breakthroughs for our industry in contributing to Europe’s status as paper recycling world champion.

    Driving waste minimization
    The most effective way to recover used materials is to not generate waste in the first place. A great deal of work is being undertaken in paper mills across Europe to minimize wastage - in the production processes, in the cutting of the paper, and in the way machinery and forklifts are used. Efforts seek to minimise damage and hence wastage in the handling of tissue products and the industry is also developing more absorbent products which hence reduce usage.

    Conservation of water is a key global concern and companies in the tissue sector increasingly operate fully closed production loops to reuse water – although they have to evaluate whether this is the most cost-efficient option in the more water abundant countries of northern Europe.

    Upholding sustainability in the workplace
    Safety in the workplace is a fundamental prerequisite of sustainability - and a legal and ethical obligation. Upholding optimal safety is rooted in respect and if employees believe that management is placing safety as a number one priority then they will be motivated and work well. The result is a virtuous circle for a company’s prosperity. The implementation of values and practices that guarantee optimal safety standards is rooted in the psyche of not just the tissue industry but of its main suppliers too and we are proud of the safety standards that we uphold.

    So what’s next for the tissue sector?
    Trade customers and consumers are increasingly aware of the need to save and conserve. They are particularly keen on packaging reduction and industry members have taken a number of initiatives to make products more compact. This pleases retailers as they take up less space on-shelf in store, and pleases customers as they are less bulky to store at home. Larger rolls - twice the length of a standard roll – which save on packaging, transport and storage costs, have been available for a number of years too and are now being extended more widely including into private label

    ETS has also undertaken transport studies to look at truck utilisation and content optimisation in order to be more economic and energy efficient. And the industry hasn’t stopped there. We also look at recycled plastics for the outer wrappings to ensure that every stage of the production chain is conscious of the impact it has on the environment.

    Looking to the future our industry will continue to push the boundaries in re-utilisation techniques and even surpass some of the excellent work that is being done today. I believe we will develop ever more efficient and effective paper production and converting technology and perhaps machines will be more compact so located closer to the final customer.

    I would also hope that we will work to further limit our energy waste, promote renewable sources and reduce the miles travelled by our products. Some promising new work is taking place in the area of wind energy generation already with wind turbines being cited in forests on the tops of hills where they are away from people and in low-yield locations.

    My dream of course is that future innovations will provide the planet with unlimited quantities of low cost, low impact energy. This would enable us to develop the ideal toilet roll: soft, absorbent, resistant, very long, pleasantly decorated, made with recycled fibres and at a price that is accessible to the vast majority of people.

    I am excited about what we have achieved so far in driving the principles of sustainability throughout our sector. And I am optimistic about the future and where innovation and a determination to do even better can lead us. But we are not complacent. The European tissue industry is committed to helping people to achieve a better quality of life by delivering optimal hygiene that supports human health. Unless we are able to improve, or at the very least uphold our standards of excellent, then we cannot justify the term ‘sustainable’.
    (ETS European Tissue Symposium)
    05.02.2014   IMPS 2014 - International Munich Paper Symposium    ( Company news )

    Company news For the 23rd time, one of the major annual European conferences in paper technology, the IMPS 2014 — INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM is going to take place in the modern Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Conference Center from 26-28 March 2014. The Symposium focuses on technical presentations related to paper and board manufacturing and will be offered in the German and English language through a superb simultaneous translation. In addition to the presentations, the IMPS also features an exhibition and a cultural programme.

    The theme of the meeting is “Progress in Board and Paper Technology”, and while many of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines, play a very important role.

    Most presentations will deal with first time reports and take an analytical, rather than a commercial approach. The speakers will share their experiences with relatively new systems, and will also take a look at some future developments.

    The IMPS has been held annually for more than 22 years and is always focused on current topics related to the paper manufacturing and paper supplying industry. In contrast to many very large conferences, the IMPS will host not more than about 500 participants in a first class atmosphere. It is intended to provide an international platform for people working in the field of board, paper and printing technology.

    The fee includes a number of options: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as pdf-files, coffee breaks with snacks, superb lunches as well as a gala dinner on Wednesday evening. As far as places are available, a fascinating cultural event on Thursday evening and an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institute of Munich University of Applied Sciences on Friday, are also included.

    Last year, the IMPS-2013 was completely booked out well before the start of the symposium. We therefore recommend that you book early.
    (IMPS Management Ltd. & Co. KG)
    05.02.2014   MIAC TISSUE BUSINESS POINT 2014: FOCUS ON TISSUE!    ( Company news )

    A new business concept that brings together Technology, Finished Products, Raw Materials and Services, designed exclusively for companies operating in the tissue paper sector. More than 60 companies are waiting to show you their latest machinery technical development and finished products!

    MIAC Tissue Panorama Conference is divided in 4 sessions
    (simultaneous translation is available, official language of the Conference is English. Participation is free of charge):

    -26 March 2014 | time 10.30 - 12.30 | TECHNICAL session
    Tissue Products & Green Economy. Reduction in the environmental impact
    of both paper mill and converters

    -26 March 2014 | time 14.30 - 16.00 | COMMERCIAL session
    Tissue: strategic role in the range of commercial distribution and new consumption trends

    -27 March 2014 | time 10.30 - 12.30 | TECHNICAL session
    Technological and financial improvements in tissue production

    -27 March 2014 | time 14.30 - 16.00 | COMMERCIAL session
    Tissue: a wide market open to service and new channels

    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. Modern Trade Buyers, Mass Retailers, Converters, Wholesalers and Office Suppliers will get new business
    opportunities offered by an ever-growing industry.
    (Edinova Srl)
    05.02.2014   Cascades Announces Consultations with Its Swedish Subsidiary's unions concerning the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... potential closure of the Djupafors business

    On February 4, Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and production of green packaging and tissue products, announced that its subsidiary, Cascades Djupafors, located in Ronneby, Sweden , will start the consultation process with the unions on February 25 concerning the potential closure of the Djupafors business.
    "Djupafors is in a difficult financial position and is operating in a very competitive market. The announcement is part of a revision and restructuring process of our manufacturing platform in Europe . It is also worth noting that we have been dealing with a difficult economic environment in Europe since 2011," explained Mario Plourde , President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades.
    The plant, acquired by Cascades in 1989, has 130 employees and specializes in the manufacture of coated boxboard for folding boxes made from virgin fibres. It has an annual production capacity of 60,000 tonnes.
    (Cascades Inc.)
    04.02.2014   Highly dynamic and precise – The new HDE high-performance punch system from Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news With its integrated HDE high-performance punch system, Voith is launching a new generation of punching systems. The HDE was developed specifically for punching, nibbling and forming applications in the high-end segment. It offers convincing performance with high dynamic behavior and precise control mode.
    The high dynamic behavior of the HDE is based on newly developed valves as well as intelligent hydraulic and electronic control circuits. With a punch stroke of 4 mm, the new punch system achieves a cycle time of just around 18 ms. The operator benefits from very high machine productivity.
    Thanks to the new DECV valves (Direct Electronic Copy Valve), control of the HDE is extremely accurate. The DECV is a directly controlled, electronic copy valve. Direct actuation by a servo motor gives the valve very fast and highly precise impulse response. The HDE achieves a repeatability of up to 0.01 mm, permitting high-precision bending and forming processes. Moreover, the valve is designed to be rugged, compact and very flexible in terms of interfaces – integration into the machine or system could not be simpler.
    The load-controlled "two-pressure-system" with separate supply circuits for low pressure and high pressure assures an optimal power balance in the system. Companies using the HDE from Voith will reduce energy consumption by up to 60 percent compared to that of single-circuit systems.
    The HDE punch system features additional pressure sensors. The integrated process monitoring provides improved diagnostics. If necessary, the "PunchMaster" software tool can be used to retrieve diagnostic data from the HS4 punch controller via Ethernet from anywhere in the world. Maintenance needs can thus be detected quickly worldwide. This reduces machine downtime; the operator avoids the costs for repairs and service calls.
    In the field of punch, nibble and forming drives, Voith is the leading supplier of proven complete systems consisting of hydraulic power pack, control unit with actuator and control electronics with application software. The machinery and drive system are connected using very few interfaces. As a result, control of the hydraulic system is extremely simple.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    04.02.2014   95% of Canadians can now recycle paper boxes and cartons    ( Company news )

    Company news Canadians can no longer say they’d love to recycle their old paper boxes but can’t do it where they live.
    That’s because virtually all Canadians now have access to the convenient recycling of both corrugated boxes and paperboard or boxboard cartons. The actual access numbers, calculated by independent
    consulting firm, CM Consulting, are 96% and 95% of Canadians respectively. The numbers update a paper industry study conducted four years ago that placed access numbers in the 83% to 85% range.
    “What this means,” says John Mullinder, who heads up the paper packaging industry’s environmental council, PPEC, “ is that Canadians no longer have any excuses for placing paper boxes in the garbage.
    They don’t belong there, and besides, we need them to make new boxes.” Most of the new boxes manufactured in Canada, he says, are made from 100% recycled material that’s been collected from the back of factories or supermarkets or from curbside or depot programs.
    About 40 years ago, he says, the only paper packaging collected for recycling in Canada was the old corrugated boxes that had been used to deliver supplies to factories and supermarkets. When the supply of these boxes tightened up, the recycling mills started to look for
    additional sources of paper fibre, which led them to lobby municipalities to add the collection of old corrugated containers (or OCC) from households. Then in the early 1990s, PPEC and a select group of customers led North America in the further recycling of old boxboard (the common cereal or shoe box). This is normally 100% recycled content as well, and can be blended in with old corrugated boxes to make new paper packaging.
    “While we have used old corrugated to make new boxes for years,“ says Mullinder, “we are particularly proud of our efforts to divert old boxboard from landfill. Within a relatively short timeframe we’ve gone from zero public access in one province (Ontario) to almost 100% access nationally.”
    What the in dustry really wants now, he adds, is for Canadians to make sure that they take full advantage of their recycling opportunities. “We need that material to make new boxes. It should not go to waste.”
    (PPEC The Paper and Paperboard Packaging Environmental Council)
    04.02.2014   AP-Tec Pack challenged by Broby Grafiska design school students    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Sample named AVUNS from design school student Klara Pettersson.

    As part of Arctic Paper Grycksbo’s development of packaging materials, a design project was undertaken with the Swedish graphic design school, Broby Grafiska. The results yielded a range of innovative packaging solutions showing the applications possible when using AP-Tec Pack, a fully bleached and coated solid board.
    Broby Grafiska, in Sunne, Sweden, is a well established post-secondary school that combines theoretical and practical studies in close cooperation with employers and industry. Each year 116 students are admitted, mainly to the graphic communications, packaging design and packaging production management study programmes. The packaging design students regularly take part in different design competitions and have won many awards.
    “When we had reached a certain point in our development work of AP-Tec Pack, we had the idea for a design project with Broby Grafiska,” says Jaana Ahlroos, Product Manager Coated Papers at Arctic Paper. “They are well-known for their packaging design programme, so it was a logical step to ask one of their classes to challenge the capabilities of our new board in a design project.”

    The task was to create packaging for an appealing cosmetic kit using 250 g/m2 AP-Tec Pack. When creating the different packaging, the students were asked to put the material to the test to see what could be achieved in terms of design and printability, and hence the attraction on the shop shelves. “Natural Personal Care” was the theme to be kept in mind.
    “The students had a great deal of freedom to chose a cosmetic product and create an appealing package while at the same time challenging the material physically,” says Mats Olsson, design teacher at Broby Grafiska. “The packages were created using ArtiosCAD software from Esko, and printed on either a UV printer or a laser printer. The printed sheets were cut in a Kongsberg XL20 sample maker and put together manually, some with glue and some without.
    “My students really showed a great dedication to the project with Arctic Paper Grycksbo. They were able to test the limits of a new packaging material and learn how it differed in performance to traditional layered boards. In their evaluation of AP-Tec Pack they said that this board material came out better than expected and its flexibility facilitated their creativity. The coated surface, as expected, gave very good print results irrespective of printing method. The overall conclusion was that AP-Tec Pack is an ideal material for small cartons,” Mats Olsson ends.
    (Grycksbo Paper AB)
    04.02.2014   Heidelberg launches new Saphira ink series specially developed for LE UV users    ( Company news )

    Company news -Ink series optimized for LE UV applications in cooperation with manufacturers
    -LE UV machine technology and consumables now available from a single source
    -New ink series available as Saphira Ink Low Energy UV 100 and 400

    At drupa 2012, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) unveiled its DryStar LE (Low Energy) UV drying technology, an energy-efficient process that offers a gateway to UV printing for commercial print shops in particular. This process uses highly reactive UV inks, which reduces the number of dryer lamps required in the press and thus cuts energy consumption significantly. This technology has already become established on many markets. Heidelberg is now augmenting its technology portfolio with perfectly coordinated ink series sold under the Saphira label, thus offering users machine technology and consumables from a single source.
    The new ink series, available as Saphira Ink Low Energy UV 100 and 400, are ideal for printing on paper, card/board, and non-absorbent materials. They exhibit excellent gloss properties and good screen dot quality. Both product series enable printing to ISO 12647-2 (process standard for offset printing). Sheets printed with Saphira Ink LE UV are ready for finishing straight away as they are already dry on exiting the press. Complementary consumables from the Saphira range, such as blankets, coatings, and washup and dampening solutions, are also available. Heidelberg will continue to expand and further develop this range alongside its LE UV technology.
    Users of Drystar LE UV technology therefore have access to a portfolio of Saphira consumables that have been tailored to their particular application in cooperation with the relevant ink manufacturers. This enables them to unlock the full potential of the LE UV process and achieve outstanding print results at an excellent price-performance ratio.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

    04.02.2014   MWV Elects Dr. Robert K. Beckler and Robert A. Feeser Executive Vice Presidents     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Dr. Robert K. Beckler, Executive Vice President and President, Packaging (left) and Robert A. Feeser, Executive Vice President Global Operations (right)

    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) announced that its board of directors has elected Dr. Robert K. Beckler and Robert A. Feeser each to the position of executive vice president, effective immediately.
    In his new role, Robert (Bob) Beckler will assume global commercial responsibilities, including leadership of the company’s three packaging segments: Food & Beverage; Home, Health & Beauty; and Industrial Packaging. In addition, he will be responsible for MWV’s Specialty Chemicals business, and will continue his oversight of the company’s strategy and business initiatives across Latin America.
    “Bob Beckler has been a key leader in MWV’s most successful businesses over the past decade,” stated John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “He has implemented and driven an end-market focus in both Specialty Chemicals and MWV Rigesa – shaping global participation strategies that have led to profitable growth. Bob’s strategic vision and energetic leadership in this new role will be a critical factor in the success of our packaging business, including the recently-announced margin improvement actions he will lead over the coming months and beyond.”
    Robert (Bob) A. Feeser will assume global operations responsibilities, including leadership of the company’s paperboard, primary plastics and folding carton operations around the world, as well as business support services, supply chain, engineering, and safety, health and environmental functions. He will also continue to lead the company’s strategy and business initiatives across Asia Pacific.

    “Bob Feeser is a leader with keen judgment and extensive operational experience,” said Luke. “His work at MWV over the past many years has helped position our packaging business for success – especially shaping our participation in global paperboard end markets and improving the productivity of our large mills. Bob’s combination of industry experience, market knowledge and operating expertise in this new role will help us strengthen performance and improve profitability.”
    James A. Buzzard, president, will be transitioning from the company following a distinguished career.
    Beckler joined MWV in 1987, and held a variety of roles within the company’s Specialty Chemicals business, culminating in being named president, Specialty Chemicals, in 2007. In 2010, he was named president of MWV Rigesa, MWV’s Brazilian packaging subsidiary and in 2012, he was elected senior vice president. Beckler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
    Feeser joined MWV in 1987 and has held leadership roles in the company’s paper and paperboard sales and operations organizations. In 2002, he was named corporate vice president responsible for the integration of the company’s packaging businesses following the merger of Mead and Westvaco, and in 2004 was named president of the paperboard businesses and MWV Rigesa. In 2011, Feeser was named senior vice president and given responsibility for the company’s largest packaging segment, Food & Beverage. Feeser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Miami University, a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
    04.02.2014   New multi-channel data logger facilitates easy temperature measurement in industrial situations     ( Company news )

    Company news T&D Corporation presents the MCR-4TC, a new high precision data logger which is capable of 4-channel measurements and recording from a single unit simultaneously

    With its latest model, the MCR-4TC, T&D Corporation, the Japanese market leader for data loggers, introduces a new device that can be coupled together with up to four units, making it possible to measure and record up to 16 channels simultaneously. This facilitates easy temperature management in industrial situations such as in pipes, ducts and boilers, cooking equipment and chilled goods storage areas.
    The battery operated temperature monitoring data logger runs on two AA alkaline batteries and supports thermocouple types K, J, T, S and R, enabling wide range measurement from -270 °C up to 1760 °C. Recorded data can be relayed to a PC via USB connection or saved to an SD card and then transferred to a PC. Data can also be viewed and checked on the logger’s handy LCD display. For additional flexibility, the MCR-4TC can be connected to other models in the T&D range, such as the MCR-4V, for quick and precise voltage measurement.
    (T&D Corporation)
    04.02.2014   SECUPRODUCT: Legally binding counterfeit protection for mechanical and plant engineering    ( Company news )

    Company news 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH at Hannover Messe 2014

    Picture: micro colour code technology SECUTAG®

    A counterfeit protection system must be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into existing production processes – this is the motto under which 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH presents its industry solutions at the Hannover Messe 2014. The focus is on the counterfeit protection SECUPRODUCT®, which enables the direct security of products, parts and components in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the automotive and aviation industry. The solution is based on the micro colour code technology SECUTAG® and can be precisely applied to almost all solid materials using a dispenser. In addition 3S also shows the link between traceability and counterfeit protection with SECUDATA® as well as the security of high-value packed quality products with the OTF security label. The expert for legally binding counterfeit protection will be presenting its wide range of products and solutions at Hannover Messe, in hall 8, stand no. D06 (VDMA association stand), from 7 to 11 April 2014.

    Increasing numbers of counterfeits in mechanical and plant engineering
    Mechanical and plant engineering is one of the industries which are most effected by product piracy. According to a study of the VDMA from 2012, the estimated damage for this industry is EUR 7.9 billion per year (which is an increase of around 24 percent compared to the previous study from 2010). It is not only individual modules and spare parts which are being counterfeited, it is also components and complex systems, from gear motors and controls to entire machines. In addition, counterfeiters are focussing more and more on small to medium-sized companies. As reported by the VDMA, every second company with less than 250 employees has been affected – an enormous potential threat to German companies of this size.

    Direct product security with SECUPRODUCT®
    3S provides a solution with SECUPRODUCT® which is especially tailored to the industry's needs. In mechanical and plant engineering the industry solution provides the legally binding proof of identity for individual parts such as aggregates, compressors or ball bearings, as well as for spare parts and precision tools. In the automotive and aviation industry supplier products, such as brake pads and filters, profit from product protection. In addition the function of conventional product security systems such as seals, labels, holograms and sealing stamps can be optimised by combining them with SECUTAG®.

    Fast integration, moderate costs
    SECUPRODUCT® is meticulously and precisely applied onto nearly all solid matters, among which are metals, synthetics, paper products, glass, alloys and textile fabrics. Due to the fact that only a standard pen microscope with 100x magnification is required, it is not necessary to set up a laboratory for analysis. Therefore expensive investments in specialists and technical equipment as well as lengthy testing processes are not required. The system is quickly integrated into all production processes; costly changes are not necessary. Because even for counterfeit protection the costs and complexity need to remain manageable.

    Investment in counterfeit protection boosts product image
    Such a protection strategy will not only reduce control costs along the production and supply chain, but it will also strengthen the image of industrial manufacturers as guarantors of high quality because the system can be communicated to the public. Companies using 3S industry solutions for product protection can also benefit from a good selling point: Their customers can buy the company's product safe in the knowledge that it is the original. Based on extensive experience in the field of security printing, the full range of security solutions can be offered from one source: From the concept stage to production and from supply to downstream services, the full-service supplier 3S provides the optimal product and IP protection strategy for companies of all sizes in all industries.

    SECUDATA®: Traceability must be counterfeit protected
    Another major exhibition focus of 3S will be on the combination of traceability and counterfeit protection. SECUDATA® combines the logistic advantages of traceability systems (e.g. data matrix and RFID) and counterfeit protection by means of micro colour codes. Both codes are conjointly applicable onto the product, its primary or secondary packaging, labels and closures. Thanks to the micro colour code both the traceability code and the product are protected against counterfeiting in a manner that cannot be legally contested. First the traceability code is checked in databases; the final security is provided by verification using micro colour code. In this way SECUDATA® ensures continuous security throughout the entire goods and material flow, from supplier and production through to trade and consumer.

    OTF security label: Combined protection against tampering and counterfeiting
    3S Simons Security Systems GmbH has developed the OTF security label specifically designed to protect security-relevant devices and premium packaging used for quality products. This also ensures that online terminals used for cashless payment transactions, for example, are protected against tampering. The advantage of the new closure seal: It is based on Secure-ID® technology and can be completely removed without leaving any residue behind. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues which might contaminate the protected device are thus avoided. This is a particular advantage for leased instruments.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
    04.02.2014   Gould Acquires Bosworth Papers, Inc.    ( Company news )

    Company news Harry E. Gould Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Gould Paper Corporation, New York City, announced that Gould has acquired Houston, Texas-based Bosworth Papers, Inc. on January 31, 2014. Bosworth, formerly owned by the Jordan family, has distribution facilities in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, in addition to three retail paper stores.
    Bosworth will continue to operate under its own well-respected name as a division of Gould's Dallas based subsidiary, Western-BRW Paper.
    Mr. Gould stated, "Bosworth Papers has been servicing the Texas market for 90 years and we are extremely pleased to have Bosworth Papers join Gould Paper Corporation. This is a strategic fit for Western-BRW's existing operations and will also provide us with an additional operating location in San Antonio."
    Joe Ryan, President of Western-BRW Paper, stated, "The acquisition of Bosworth Papers is highly synergistic and provides significant opportunities for future growth. It will immediately facilitate enhanced customer service, increase our product offerings and provide better mill support for both Bosworth Papers' and Western-BRW's existing customer base."
    Joe Jordan, a former owner and principal of Bosworth, will directly manage the company as Vice-President of Bosworth and will report to Mr. Ryan.
    (Gould Paper Corp.)
    04.02.2014   Competition complaint against Sappi in Germany dismissed    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Fine Paper Europe has learned that the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office) will not pursue the complaint that PaperlinX Limited and its German subsidiary Deutsche Papier Vertriebs GmbH have brought against it on 4 December 2013.
    The Bundeskartellamt decision comes as no surprise. Sappi Fine Paper Europe’s position has always been that its commercial practices in Germany and in any other country in which it operates are fully compliant with the applicable competition laws and that PaperlinX’s accusations are entirely unfounded.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
    03.02.2014   Screen's inkjet presses 'mean business' at Ipex    ( Company news )

    Company news Stand N4-C330, Ipex, 24-29th March 2014, ExCel, London

    At Ipex Screen showcases its latest high-end Truepress Jet inkjet presses designed to print a range of high-quality digital direct mail, book, document, transpromo, newspaper, label and personalised gifting products.
    Every day the highly successful Truepress Jet520 - the world’s most successful high-speed, single-pass colour inkjet press - and the new Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press will be printing a range of products to demonstrate the multiple business opportunities available to print specialists and label converters. Visitors will also see clever customised gifting, cartons and promotional packaging products all printed on the B2 Truepress JetSX digital inkjet press.
    "Our aim is to show how Screen Truepress Jet technology can drive profitable businesses by producing versatile high-quality print – efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively," says Brian Filler, President of Screen Europe. "Superb engineering and years of experience handling colour goes into every Truepress Jet to give companies the ultimate confidence that they can always meet customer quality and deadline expectations."
    "Our aim is to show how Screen Truepress Jet technology can drive profitable businesses by producing versatile high-quality print – efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively," says Brian Filler, President of Screen Europe. "Superb engineering and years of experience handling colour goes into every Truepress Jet to give companies the ultimate confidence that they can always meet customer quality and deadline expectations."
    The Truepress Jet L350UV is an easy-to-use inkjet label press that delivers photo-realistic quality, fast job turnarounds and stable, colour consistent, output. The press prints widths up to 322mm (12.6in) and prints at a top speed of 50m (164ft).
    The Truepress Jet L350UV uses Screen’s wide-gamut high-definition UV inks with optional opaque white ink. This combination of ink produces tremendous colour vibrancy while enhancing application versatility by allowing users to print on transparent film and metallic foil. A resolution of 600 x 600 dpi combined with very small droplet size gives sharp, well-defined images and text.
    (Screen Europe)
    03.02.2014   Congress program has been published! EuroMaintenance in Helsinki May 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news EuroMaintenance 2014 - the perfect place for networking
    Finnish knowhow in industrial maintenance is excellent. We have an honour to host the top event of maintenance - EuroMaintenance 2014. We sincerely invite you to Helsinki, Finland, in 5th - 8th of May 2014.

    Congress program has been published!
    Check the sessions and speakers >> Congress Programme

    EuroMaintenance Expo 6.-8.5.2014
    EuroMaintenance Expo attracts all major products, equipment and service providers together in the modern Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. Exhibition is a high quality meeting place for professionals in the maintenance and production sectors. Come and meet the international top professionals, congress participants and guests of the event.

    Book your stand and meet the international top professionals of maintenance!

    EuroMaintenance Congress 5.-8.5.2014
    The Congress offers a massive information package on maintenance with case studies. Top business leaders share their success stories and key speakers from international universities present their educational programs and latest research developments. The congress is complemented by the 6th World Congress on Maintenance and Asset Management with presentations of physical asset management - currently the hottest topic in maintenance.

    All congress participants registered by 31st January (and participation fee paid by the 14th February), will receive a free tablet computer!
    Concurrently four top industrial exhibitions for metal and engineering industries, welding and surface treatment. FinnTec, ToolTec, JoinTec and Pinta.

    Ms. Jutta Kainua
    Expomark Oy
    tel. +358 40 701 4184

    Ms. Elisa Numminen
    Finnish Maintenance Society Promaint
    tel. +358 40 701 4185
    03.02.2014   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG extending portfolio of technical base papers    ( Company news )

    Company news PRODURA Release, a base paper suitable for direct-siliconising has been added to the DREWSEN PROTECH product portfolio of label- and coated base papers.
    DREWSEN offers one-side or two-side barrier coated PRODURA Release for industrial processes and for graphical label laminates.
    PRODURA Release is suitable for all kinds of siliconising and
    is available in substances from 45 – 160 gsm.
    03.02.2014   Scoring with small investments: Upgrade of VIB nozzle moisturizers    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith is offering an upgrade solution for VIB nozzle moisturizers that leads to the best spray quality with low investment costs. The conventional VIB nozzle moisturizers are being converted to the high OnQ ModulePro standard by Voith. The upgrade is being offered in four flexible packages.
    The first package offers improved spray nozzle technology and lowers operating costs thanks to higher spraying efficiency. The VIB nozzle mouthpieces are replaced with OnQ ModulePro nozzles in the installation. The latter have an innovative inner mixing that facilitates a finer spray quality with higher flow amounts. Quality problems due to markings in the paper are thus often eliminated. The paper manufacturer can be assured in advance through use of our test nozzles.
    The second package includes modernization of the control system. The maintenance-intensive out-dated valve technology is being replaced by modern maintenance-free Voith spider valves. Control can be done either with OnQ Profilmatic CD control software or via a link to 3rd party systems. The result: control is once again state-of-the-art – regular maintenance work and the associated costs are noticeably reduced.
    The third package is suitable for paper manufacturers whose 4-bit control valves are in good condition but require a new control system. The Voith OnQ Profilmatic is able to control the VIB valves precisely and in many cases achieves further profile improvement over previous systems. The fourth package replaces individual components such as the spray beam or supply stations, depending on the needs of the paper manufacturer.
    The OnQ ModulePro VIB upgrade solutions from Voith allow paper manufacturers to gradually upgrade their VIB nozzle moisturizers to the latest technology. That ensures a stable availability of spare parts, improves performance and reduces the maintenance efforts. In all, these upgrade packages will be investments that quickly pay off.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    03.02.2014   FINAT Technical Seminar 2014 - Versatile Programme and International Speakers focus on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Redesigning the Label'

    Picture: Kurt Walker, President

    Following the last three highly successful seminars, which each attracted around 200 attendees, FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive labelling industry, will again return to Barcelona this year for its biennial technical seminar. It will take place at the Fira Palace Hotel from 5-7 March 2014. The detailed programme of this year's edition has been released and registration is open.

    Redesigning the Label

    "In today's changing world, the self-adhesive label industry is constantly evolving," says Kurt Walker, President at FINAT. "During the Technical Seminar we'll share with the industry the state of the art today and the latest developments in self-adhesive technology that will help redesign the labels of the future." Thus with central theme 'Redesigning the Label', this one-and-a-half day seminar, with simultaneous translation into French, German and Spanish, is aimed at all levels of the technical community, from research and development to production to technical directors and executives. Attendees will be updated on a broad range of issues, such as legislation, materials science, converting technology and end applications for self-adhesive labels. Presentations will be delivered by industry and business experts, who will offer practical advice to help delegates make their own infrastructures more efficient and productive and their business more profitable.

    Technical Seminar Programme 2014
    After the welcoming activities on Wednesday afternoon, March 5, the seminar starts on

    Thursday, 6 March

    09.00 - 09.15 Opening of the seminar and short FINAT introduction by Kurt Walker, FINAT President (CH) and introduction by Sean Duffy, Chairman FINAT Seminar Subcommittee (F)

    09.15 - 09.50 Keynote speech: Trends in self-adhesive labelling as perceived by a label converter, Alan Hazlewood, Skanem (UK)

    09.50 - 10.30 State of the global label market
    Dr. William Llewellyn, AWA Alexander Watson Associates (NL)

    10.30 - 11.00 FINAT update on global food contact regulations
    Mark Macaré, FINAT (NL)

    11.30 - 12.00 How can new UV curing approached for radiation curable pressure sensitive adhesives contribute to the redesign of labels
    Wolfgang Aufmuth, Collano Adhesives AG (CH)

    12.00 - 12.30 The role of silicones in flat release, and recent developments to improve their high speed release performance
    Alex Knott, Dow Corning Europe (B)

    12.30 - 13.00 Boundless possibilities in label finishing
    Dr Ulrike Plaia, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG (D)

    14.30 - 15.00 Behaviour of label materials during die-cutting
    Prof. Dr. Dirk Burth, University of Applied Sciences Munich (D)

    15.00 - 15.30 Laser die-cutting: a new approach
    Mike Bacon, Spartanics (USA)

    16.00 - 16.30 Adhesion on rough surfaces: the role of viscoelasticity
    Prof. Dr. Anke Lindner, University of Paris - ESPCI (F)

    16.30 - 17.00 Multilayer adhesives: physics, chemistry, philosphy
    Marcus Gablowski, Herma GmbH (D)

    17.00 - 17.30 Security labels provide effective brand protection
    Dirk Matthias Rauhut, Drewsen Spezialpapiere GmbH & Co. KG (D)

    Friday, 7 March

    09.00 - 09.30 Linerless Labeling, Rako/Evonik (D)

    09.30 - 10.00 Ravenwood Packaging '10 years of a commercial linerless system'
    Paul Beamish, Ravenwood Packaging (UK)

    10.00 - 10.30 Recyclable polypropylene (Proliner story)
    Neil Fedorowycz, UPM Raflatac (UK)

    10.30 - 11.00 Converting technology for sustainable label
    Maxime Bayzelon, ETI Converting Equipment (CN)

    11.30 - 12.30 Release liner recycling initiatives discussion panel
    moderated by Mike Fairley
    Panellists: Avery Dennison, Channeled Resources Group, C4G, Reculiner, UPM Raflatac

    12.30 - 13.15 Closing speech: Trends in self-adhesive labeling as perceived by a brand- owner, Tony Barnett, Procter & Gamble Limited (UK)

    For full details on the Technical Seminar 2014 go to
    03.02.2014   Kelheim Fibres and Krones develop alternative medium for beer filtration    ( Company news )

    The development of a substitute for diatomite in precoat filtration in the brewing industry is the subject of a joint research project between Kelheim Fibres, world leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres, and Krones AG, globally successful producer of beverage and food technologies, which has been running since mid-2013.

    In recent years diatomite has come under criticism as its heavy dust emissions have proven to be damaging to the health of the user’s operatives and because the increased cost of disposal. Viscose fibres consist of 100% cellulose and are therefore renewable and environmentally sound. They are completely biodegradable and compostable. Viscose fibres are neutral in taste, physiologically and hygienically sound and therefore ideally suited for applications in sensitive Food applications.
    In the past, there have already been attempts to substitute diatomite by alternative filter media, such as virgin cellulose fibres.

    Viscose fibres - an environmentally sound and tailor-made alternative

    The new joint research project takes this idea one step further: in contrast to virgin cellulosic fibres, viscose fibres are regenerated cellulosic fibres and therefore their physical and chemical properties can be perfectly adapted to meet the needs of the user. It is therefore possible to control the parameters of filtration – such as the degree of filtration, the pressure drop or the selective removal of undesired elements – in a precise and custom-designed way. First results of the joint research project demonstrate a high level of suitability of Kelheim Fibres viscose products as a filtering aid. The main focus of the project is the clarification of the beer and its physical stabilisation by the use of functional viscose fibres, which can also be adapted to meet the specific filtration requirements of the beer.

    Research benefits from industry-specific expertise

    Both research partners, Kelheim Fibres GmbH and Krones AG, are contributing their industry-specific expertise to the project and the practical evaluation of viscose fibres in beer filtration – and by so doing are laying the best foundations for the success of the project. This joint research project is subsidised by the Bavarian Ministry for Economy and Media, Energy and Technology in the context of the program “New Materials”.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
    03.02.2014   Change in Management at Brigl & Bergmeister    ( Company news )

    Company news The Brigl & Bergmeister Group would like to inform that Mr Martin Ruopp will step down as Managing Director of the company as of 31 January 2014.
    Mr Ahmad Porkar, who has been the owner of the Group since 2011, will join the management team of both companies as of 1 February 2014 and assume all of the duties previously performed by Mr Ruopp.

    The owner and employees of Brigl & Bergmeister and Papirnica Vevče acknowledge and greatly value the contribution Martin Ruopp has made over the past six years. The efficiency of both plants improved significantly under his management and he played an important role in setting the course for the continued successful growth of the Group, which today is one of the leading manufacturers of speciality paper for labels and flexible packaging.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
    31.01.2014   First experiences with CeraGuide B at DS Smith Aschaffenburg    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith at Aschaffenburg, Germany, has equipped most of the wire, breast and drive rolls in their forming section of PM 1 with the CeraGuide B full plasma ceramic coating from Voith. Difficult machine conditions, the properties of the machine clothing, as well as the increasingly critical raw material input, had led to severe wear on the former rubber covers of the wire and drive rolls.
    In the beginning, the main objective for the switch to ceramic surfaces was the increased run time of the rolls, thus lowering maintenance costs. Soon after start-up, further benefits of the new coatings were observed with forming fabric life being extended by more than 50% in nearly all positions. Additionally, the roll surfaces have maintained their shape and integrity perfectly, especially at the ends, where previous cover fracturing through invasive corrosion has always been present and contributory to fabric damage.
    Since CeraGuide B has been installed, forming fabric edge damage is now a thing of the past thanks to a unique roll end and edge radius treatment process, and wire drive stability has been excellent throughout without a single instance of slippage. The longest serving CeraGuide B cover has now been running in the machine for 5 years without interruption on the drive position of the bottom wire, where previous rolls with rubber covers had to be changed after 150 to 400 days of operation.
    An additional potential for cost reduction is offered through doctoring in those roll positions. Whereas former rubber covers needed a high amount of lubrication water to avoid wear or damage from the doctor blade, CeraGuide B can be doctored without any lubrication water. For example, on PM 1, 550 l/m/min of doctor lubrication water can be saved per doctoring position. Walther Böhm, technical director at Aschaffenburg, emphasizes that in addition to the water savings, equipment costs for providing that amount of water, like pumps etc, disappear.
    Against the background of a more and more critical raw material situation and the resulting sensitivity to wear in the wire section, the market request for CeraGuide B is growing constantly. This coating suits graphical as well as board and packaging applications and has proven its quality in more than 120 installations over the years. Unlike competitor products on the market, CeraGuide B is a full plasma ceramic of utmost hardness without fast wearing epoxy components. Due to its numerous benefits, CeraGuide B shows a return on investment of less than one year in most applications.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    31.01.2014   Metsä Fibre wins innovation competition with the new Botnia Nordic Plus pulps    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre has won the Quality Innovation of the Year 2013 competition, organised by Laatukeskus Excellence Finland, in the Large Companies category with its new Botnia Nordic Plus softwood pulps.
    For Metsä Fibre, participation in the quality innovation competition is primarily a means to speed up and develop its own innovation process with the help of external evaluation, but the award is also an indication of company’s innovative operating culture.
    “Winning the Quality Innovation of the Year competition for the second year in a row is a great recognition of our persistent development work. It encourages the organisation to process ideas and turn them into commercially viable innovations,” says Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Metsä Fibre.
    The assessment criteria of the Quality Innovation of the Year competition are innovation and quality. The jury of the competition evaluates the novelty value of the innovation, its potential for practical application, and the level of systematic development work that led to its creation. A high-quality innovation does not only meet customers' expectations but strives to exceed them.
    Production of the award-winning pulps started at the world's largest single-line softwood pulp mill in Joutseno, Finland in May 2013. With the cooking process using polysulphide, Metsä Fibre brought the Botnia Nordic Plus softwood pulps to the market. They include new papermaking properties that customers can utilise in the development of their own processes. Polysulphide technology has never before been applied on such a large scale. According to the jury, such innovations are very rare within the pulp industry. Metsä Fibre’s innovation shows that forerunners in the field are constantly renewing their business, ensuring their success also in the future.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
    31.01.2014   Appleton Coated expands offering in pharma insert lightweight opaque product    ( Company news )

    Company news With the success of its newly-launched Pharma Insert Opaque, Appleton Coated is expanding the grade into a complete range of lightweight opaque products consisting of five basis weights. It is designed and manufactured specifically for high-speed production of pharmaceutical insert and onsert projects.
    “The initial product launch has gone extremely well and customer feedback is very positive. The top request is to expand the grade line and offer additional basis weights,” says John Mazuroski, Appleton Coated’s business development manager for technical and specialty products. He continues, “As this grade expansion shows, the demand is there and we have the product development and manufacturing skills to bring these technically demanding products to market quickly and efficiently. This groundwood-free product delivers exceptional converting and gluing on all types of equipment and is providing customers with increased print fidelity.”
    Appleton Coated Pharma Insert Opaque is available in 26-, 27-, 30-, 35-, and 40-pound basis weights and is being offered in rolls and sheets. Acid-free, enhanced elemental chlorine-free (EECF) and pH neutral, it may be ordered with post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF), as FSC® certified (FSC® C007796); SFI® certified and with Green-e® certified Green Power. For all grades that carry the Green Power designation, 100% of the electricity used to manufacture these products is matched with renewable energy credits (RECs) from Green-e certified energy sources, primarily wind.
    The first North American coated paper mill to be FSC certified, Appleton Coated has a strong environmental management system in place as evidenced by its ISO 14001 certification. Appleton Coated is an EPA Green Power Partner and requires that all of its out-bound carriers are EPA Smart-Way certified. It has been recognized by the Green Master's Program of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council as one of their Green Masters Award Companies. In addition, it is one of six Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin DNR as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
    31.01.2014   Mitsubishi Inkjet Papers - Ecologically Sustainable    ( Company news )

    Company news Many paper grades that are printed with water-based inks are not deinkable, and cause problems in the recycling process. Mitsubishi
    HiTec Paper
    offers the solution in JETSCRIPT DL 9084: A deinkable, coated inkjet paper for use in commercial high-speed inkjet printing. The INGEDE certification validates this contribution by Mitsubishi
    HiTec Paper to environmental sustainability.
    With many paper grades that are printed with water-based inks, the ink cannot be removed or can only be partially removed from the paper during the de-inking process.
    This can make a crucial difference to the recyclability of the paper. The commercial inkjet printing sector continues to grow, and with it, the importance of deinkability for recycling of paper products used.
    With the JETSCRIPT range, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper offers a broad portfolio of high-quality, coated inkjet papers for high-speed inkjet
    printing. All products have a special ink receiving layer. Unlike uncoated or so-called "treated” papers, most of the ink is fixed in the coating, so does not penetrate deeply into the paper fibres. The ink receiving layer leads not only to product properties such as high optical density, but also to the fact that JETSCRIPT papers printed with water-based inks are deinkable.
    "With JETSCRIPT DL 9084, and also with our other matt coated media, we offer deinkable inkjet papers for commercial high-speed printing," says Monika Stubbe, Head of Sales Inkjet Papers at Mitsubishi. "With this product we contribute to an as closed as possible paper cycle, and protect the environment."
    In close cooperation with FOGRA and INGEDE, the International Association of the Deinking Industry, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has conducted several de-inking tests. The result: JETSCRIPT DL 9084 has been INGEDE certified (INGEDE Method 11). This paper from Mitsubishi meets the requirements of the ERPC Scorecard and has received de-inking certificates for a number of water-based inks, which are used by digital printing machines such as Océ ColorStream, Kodak Versamark, Ricoh, InfoPrint and the HP T-Series.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe)
    31.01.2014   The first Outotec TankCell® e500 will be delivered to First Quantum Minerals in Finland     ( Company news )

    Company news To address the market demand of increased capacity and volume Outotec has developed the mega size flotation cell based on the well reputated technologies. The first TankCell® e500 flotation cell will be installed to First Quantum Minerals' Kevitsa operation in Finland. It is one of the world's largest flotation cells with an effective volume of over 500 m3.

    First Quantum Minerals' Kevitsa operation, commissioned in 2012, is a nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) mine located north-northeast of Rovaniemi in the Finnish Lapland.

    "The TankCell® e500 will provide significant additional capacity and flexibility to the Kevitsa flotation flowsheet without taking up significant real estate. The net result is efficient use of capex and, going forward, opex', says Anthony Mukutuma, Plant Manager at FQM Kevitsa Mining Oy.

    Outotec previously delivered grinding mills, filters, thickeners, an automation package and flotation cells to Kevitsa during the project construction. The flotation circuits have in total 68 Outotec TankCells of which 14 are large 300 m3 machines. The new TankCell® e500 has been manufactured and preassembled in a workshop in Finland and passed all mechanical and fluid dynamical performance tests.

    "Outotec is renowned for the performance, innovation and efficiency of its flotation technology. This contract further strengthens our position as the global technology leader in flotation. With over 400 sold TankCell® e300 flotation machines Outotec is also a clear market leader in the large size range. The new 500 m3 cell is Outotec's response to growing throughputs, low ore grades, and need for lower capital investments and production costs", says Kalle Härkki, President of Outotec's Minerals Processing business area.

    Read more about Outotec TankCell® e500 at
    (Outotec Oyj)
    31.01.2014   Vesa Alatalo appointed as CEO of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj has appointed Vesa Alatalo (B.Sc. (Eng.) and MBA), as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Alatalo commences his duties as the CEO on 16 January 2014.

    Vesa Alatalo (born 1970) transfers to Vaahto Group from the position of Head of Waste to Energy business segment at Konecranes Finland Oy. Prior to the position of Head of Waste to Energy, Alatalo’s positions at Konecranes have included Head of Workstation Lifting Systems, product director for Light Lifting products, and managing director of Konecranes Lifting Systems GmbH, Austria (2012–2013). Alatalo transferred to Konecranes Finland Oy from the position of Country Manager for Finland of the Industrial Sales Division at Osakeyhtiö SKF Aktiebolag. Before transferring to Osakeyhtiö SKF Aktiebolag, Alatalo has held the position of product line manager at Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy and various management positions at Orbis Oy, including the position of managing director of Orbis Solutions (Hong Kong) Ltd., China (2001–2003) and member of board of directors of the same (2001–2006).

    Alatalo has received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales and the degree of B.Sc.(Eng.), (Machine Automation and Robotics) from the Institute of Technology, Jyväskylä.

    Vesa Alatalo does not hold shares in Vaahto Group Plc Oyj either personally or through controlled entities.

    Vesa Alatalo is the brother of Sami Alatalo, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj. As a member of the Board of Directors, Sami Alatalo has not taken and will not take part in the decisions concerning the position or the remuneration of the new CEO.

    Ari Viinikkala, the previous Chief Executive Officer of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj, held the position until 15 January 2014.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
    31.01.2014   CEPI: BASTA! Enough is enough – the EU needs to get back on track!    ( Company news )

    Company news European industry unveils campaign in support of Europe’s economic recovery

    Following the release of the Industrial Renaissance Communication, CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) launched a campaign calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy. “Basta! Get back on track!” calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink exisiting policies and put the focus back on industry.
    It intends to show how Industrial Renaissance can be put into practice. To make Europe a better place for manufacturing means creating a legislative environment in which European manufacturers can compete on a level playing field with other manufacturers throughout the world. By ensuring legislation is appropriate, affordable and consistent. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.

    Four elements are part of this campaign:
    1. Reduce red tape
    The EU managed to create a staggering 2,314 new regulations and directives in 5 years, while producing 700 measures to reduce the amount of red tape that was created.
    2. Help win the global competitiveness race
    Europe is competing with regions that have lower taxes, lower wages and less strict legislation. The Commission must balance the playing field for European businesses.
    3. Rethink existing policies
    There is a considerable price gap between the costs for energy in Europe and those in the rest of the world. Words have to be put into practice now to create a level playing field on which European businesses can compete.
    4. Focus back on industry
    The European Commission needs to bring an industrial competitiveness dimension into EU policies at an early stage and keep in mind the importance of the value chain in manufacturing. Incentivising resource efficiency and innovation and allowing companies to choose their own methods for doing this instead of micromanaging will be more successful, according to CEPI.

    Mrs Presas explained: “The Basta! messages are meant for the current Commission and the next one. The campaign seeks to make the Industrial Renaissance more concrete.”

    Other industry sectors are invited to join CEPI and several have announced their interest in supporting the campaign, which will run throughout 2014.
    (CEPI aisbl)
    30.01.2014   Weedon Corrugated Products introduces new range of speciality board grades following major ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...investment in new state-of-the-art corrugator

    Weedon Corrugated Products, already one of the country’s leading independent manufacturers of corrugated packaging, is expanding further into the high-end printed Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) market. The move is made possible by investment in a new state-of-the-art corrugator for the company’s plant in Audenshaw, Manchester. This will enable it to introduce a new range of environmentally friendly, economical board grades which are ideal for RRP and which the company is calling ‘Less-flute’.
    Less-flute is a new type of board, launched in response to the RRP market’s growing demand for better print quality, cost efficiency and sustainability. Less-flute uses eco-friendly paper in a new flute profile which is thinner than B flute but delivers a similar performance. This makes Less-flute more economical in terms of both production and logistics – less cost, less space in stock, less to transport and fewer resources consumed – yet with a better surface for printing, which delivers better print quality than the more conventional B flute. Less-flute is therefore ideal for display packaging and RRP, particularly for food products and the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market.
    Weedon Corrugated Products already produces B, C and BC double wall corrugated sheet and packaging. When the new corrugator becomes operational later in December, the company will add Less-flute, E flute, EL double wall (E flute combined with Less-flute) and EB double wall corrugated to its range. The introduction of LE flute offers the Point of Sale (POS) display market a fully recycled display board grade, which is also more space-efficient than the current EB option.
    The new corrugator means Weedon Corrugated Products will be able to produce Less‑flute and the other new board grades in-house, which will give the company greater control over costs, quality and production schedules, thus enhancing its service to its customers.
    The new corrugator is expected to increase Weedon Corrugated Products’ capacity by 30%. Its purchase represents a major investment for the company which was acquired by the Weedon Group in mid-2011.
    In expanding into the high quality printed RRP market, Weedon Corrugated Products will be able to build on the experience and expertise of its sister company, Staffordshire-based Weedon PSC, which is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of RRP and POS displays.

    John Weedon, Managing Director of Weedon Corrugated Products, said:
    “These new board grades are a major breakthrough for the retail side of the corrugated packaging market, addressing two of the biggest factors which concern our customers – quality and cost. By installing this new corrugator we are able to introduce the benefits of Less-flute to our customers. We can also increase our capacity, control board quality and enhance the service we offer.
    “At the same time, this acquisition represents a significant milestone for Weedon Corrugated Products. It is a major capital investment in the company and enables us to expand our range of products within the RRP and POS markets.”
    (Weedon Corrugated Products Limited)
    30.01.2014   First UV Inkjet Digital Label Press successfully installed in Witzhave    ( Company news )

    Company news The first UV Inkjet Digital Label Press Tau330-7c from Durst, the north Italian leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing platforms, was installed in December. With the means of this press a new digital printing technology has been implemented in Witzhave.
    The company will use the press to mainly expand the digital portfolio as well as produce typical inkjet and short-run applications very efficiently and economically.
    Advantages of the Durst-UV-Inkjet are high resistance, very good ink coverage, high opacity and excellent brilliance.
    (RAKO Etiketten GmbH & Co KG)
    30.01.2014   Release of the complete PulPaper 2014 Conference Programme - don't miss the Early Bird    ( Company news )

    Company news Friday 31 January is the last day to enjoy the Early Bird price when registering for the PulPaper 2014 Conferences. Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired by industry experts on the main theme of Biofuture for Mankind, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. Alongside the main conference runs the IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, a scientific conference alternating between the continents.

    Visitor Registration now open
    To save time arriving at the venue, we highly recommend that you register ahead as a visitor to the exhibition. Visitor Registration is now open on the official website. For all the useful information you might need as a visitor, take a look in the Visitor Information Brochure. This brochure will also be available in Russian on the official website within the next week.

    Exhibition floor is filling up - a few good locations left
    Set to take place only every four years, the expectations are high and the preparations constantly ongoing to make this 8th edition the best PulPaper ever. Sales status has reached 80% with only a few good spots left in the hall.
    Do not miss out on the opportunity to exhibit at the most influential pulp and paper industry event of 2014.

    Unforgettable gala evening and new exciting features
    Visit the official PulPaper website to read more about the new exciting features of the Paper Square, the PulPaper After Work, the Company and Product Presentations. Also, do not miss out on the Paper Engineers Association celebrating its 100th anniversary with a spectacular gala evening taking place in the brand new Helsinki Music Centre on Wednesday 4 June, 2014.

    Focus on Russian visitors
    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 the official website.
    (Adforum AB)
    30.01.2014   WavStar boosts filter bag capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet keeps you... Up & Running!

    Valmet, with its decades of experience, is the global market leader in disc filter bags. Valmet’s offering covers all thickener applications in mechanical pulping and recycling operations, as well as save-alls. You will be able to find the perfect match for all kinds of disc filter sectors, whether you need a bag for easy applications or more demanding ones. Let’s take a closer look at WavStar, the corrugated filter bag.

    The secret of WavStar lies in its unique fabric corrugation. “This increases the sector surface area by 29%, enhancing capacity by 10-25%,” says Antti Mäkinen, Product Sales Manager at Valmet. The corrugation also facilitates filter cake removal.

    Heat-resistant fabrics for top performance
    The fabrics are made of heat-resistant materials, which feature excellent breaking strength and chemical resistance properties. They ensure high runnability and performance, even in tough conditions, such as in TMP/CTMP and groundwood processes. The bags are fitted with acid-proof or Kynar (PVDF) zippers and sewn with Teflon yarn.

    Mixed polyester for easy conditions
    WavStar bags are also available in mixed polyester when the bags do not need to be resistant to high temperature and strong chemicals, such as in save-alls and DIP processes. Mixed polyester bags ensure the same high capacity and performance properties as heat-resistant bags.

    For new disc filters and upgrading
    WavStar bags are suitable for new filters and upgrading. "They suit all filter sectors on the market," Mäkinen says. Depending on the desired capacity increase, either a single sector or several sectors with WavStar bags can be combined with conventional flat-surface segments in a disc filter. A good alternative to installing an entirely new filter in a process line is to retrofit existing sectors with WavStar bags.

    Targets are achieved
    WavStar disc filter bags have been used as the standard bag in many mills in Europe and East and South East Asia. “The results speak for themselves, capacity increase has been as targeted and maintenance has been as easy as promised,” concludes Mäkinen.

    Key benefits of WavStar:
    - High capacity
    - High pulp discharge consistency
    - Good filtrate quality
    - Cost-effective retrofit
    - Easy maintenance and service
    (Valmet Corporation)
    30.01.2014   Consumers for Paper Options Applauds Congressional Efforts to Restore Access to Paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Social Security Statements

    Government Funding Package Directs Social Security Administration to Begin Restoring Mailed Social Security Earnings Statements

    Consumers for Paper Options, a coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for access to paper-based services and information, applauded congressional action to restore the paper delivery of annual Social Security Statements.
    Congressional appropriators successfully inserted language supporting paper-based statements into the Joint Explanatory Statement to the Conference Report for H.R. 3547, the Fiscal Year 2014 funding bill which was signed into law on Friday, January 17th.
    The conference report language, which has the authority of a binding statutory requirement, directs the Social Security Administration (SSA) to present a plan to Congress within 60 days that "[includes] a significant restoration of the mailing of statements" to individuals, a practice that was eliminated by the SSA in 2011.
    While earnings statements are currently available online, wage-earners must first create an online account and provide sensitive personal information before being granted access.
    This presents a significant burden for the nearly one-third of Americans without internet access, as well as those with cybersecurity concerns.
    “Social Security statements are a tremendous resource, providing American workers a way to proactively verify the accuracy of their benefits, and, in turn, make informed retirement decisions,” said John Runyan, executive director of Consumers for Paper Options. “
    Congress’s latest action represents a significant step toward making sure that all Americans can access this important financial planning tool.
    We are grateful for the legislative branch’s commitment to remedying this misguided policy, and especially for the work of Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), who worked to move this effort forward. We look forward to reviewing the Social Security Administration’s proposal in the coming days.”
    According to a national poll commissioned by Consumers for Paper Options, 72 percent of consumers surveyed said they would like for the government to continue to provide paper copies of essential documents like Social Security annual earnings statements and checks.
    Click to access findings from the poll, which contains dozens of data points and found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose private sector and government efforts to eliminate paper-based information and services.
    Consumers for Paper Options supports other Congressional efforts to restore and protect access to paper-based government information and services – including H.R. 3385, the SAVINGS Act, which was introduced by Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-Pa.) The SAVINGS Act would protect access to savings bonds, which are no longer sold in paper form, by preserving the Tax-Time Savings Bond Program through 2018.
    In addition, the coalition supports H. Res. 97, a bipartisan resolution recently introduced by Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Mike Michaud (D-Maine), which seeks to reverse federal initiatives to eliminate paper-based information and services.
    (Consumers for Paper Options)
    29.01.2014   Monadnock Sustainability Progress Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Monadnock Paper Mills, Progress Reportfamily owned manufacturer of technical/specialty, premium printing and packaging papers, released its first Sustainability Progress Report, which highlights the company’s progress in reducing environmental impacts. Sustainability goals are guided by Monadnock’s commitment to continuous improvement and are formalized under third-party certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standards.
    “A family-run company for nearly 200 years, we have always taken corporate social responsibility seriously and believe in holding ourselves accountable,” said Richard Verney, chairman and chief executive officer, Monadnock Paper Mills. “That responsibility is represented in the value we place on our dedicated employees and in the high-quality products we deliver to our customers. We are proud to say that while reducing environmental impacts we continue to experience growth in new markets and defy papermaking consolidation that is occurring worldwide.”

    Monadnock Paper Mills has worked diligently to exceed aggressive impact reduction goals for the last 40 years. The company tracks impact reductions in a number of areas, including electricity consumption, CO2 equivalent emissions, water usage and solid waste, among others. Key milestones include:
    -In the past 15 years, Monadnock has reduced its water consumption by 55 percent through the installation of water recycling equipment, utilizing valve restrictors and instituting other projects identified by the company’s water conservation team.
    -In 2013, Monadnock made a significant commitment to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions and energy impacts relative to production – now making all of its paper 100 percent carbon neutral (Verified Emission Reductions) using 100 percent renewable electricity (Green-e certified wind power Renewable Energy Certificates).
    -In 2013, Monadnock made improvements to flashboards and a hydroelectric turbine in its generating facilities – expecting to increase on-site hydropower generation by 400,000 kwH per year.
    -One hundred percent of Monadnock’s electricity is derived from clean, renewable sources.

    “We leave no stone unturned when seeking new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts to not just meet, but exceed our goals,” said Michelle Hamm, environmental manager, Monadnock Paper Mills. “One example is the waste water that is discharged from our own purification facilities. It exceeds the state’s stringent standards for water quality and is actually cleaner than the river water into which it is eventually released.”
    The ongoing success of Monadnock’s sustainability initiatives is a company-wide effort. In 2012 the “Green Team” was established, which is comprised of members from across all functional areas of the company. The team identifies opportunities for environmental impact reductions and shares the results across the company to promote transparency and awareness.
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
    29.01.2014   Innovation from Voith facilitates the positioning of edge deckles in suction rolls    ( Company news )

    Company news With Voith´s latest development TrackLight it is for the first time possible to easily adjust the edge deckles meaning optimum machine performance immediately after grade change or start-up. An unique lighting system allows the operator to instantly identify precisely the edge deckle location and adjust the width of the suction zone relative to the paper web.
    Without TrackLight paper producers face the risk of increasing costs of operation and reduced machine efficiency and performance. Until now, edge deckles could only be adjusted by an experienced operator. Improper positioning can cause various operating challenges and add costs: high vacuum energy costs due to much gap between paper web and end deckle. When operating with a vacuum zone that is too narrow, edge flipping is typically a result of this and impair machine efficiency.
    All these risks can be eliminated with the help of TrackLight, as the suction roll will be operating with the optimum vacuum chamber width. Apart from reducing web edge problems, energy consumption due to unnecessary intake of air is also decreased. This will also avoid a costly known situation, unnecessary stress on the deckle adjustment mechanism due to it turning over the mechanical stop. This helps to reduce unscheduled downtimes and eliminated uneccesary maintenance budget.
    The TrackLight technology is very simple to operate and greatly benefit the operator as it is like seeing inside the suction roll while it is in operation. In addition, personnel do not need additional training thanks to its intuitive operation. TrackLight can be installed quickly and easily during a regular mechanical roll service at a Voith Service Center and Voith will support the installation at the customer site.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

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