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    30.01.2015   LIGNA 2015: Global innovations showcase for the forestry and wood industries    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 - More international business – more innovations – more integration
    - Versatility: multi-material processing systems
    - Premiere of Wood Industry Summit

    More international business. More innovations. More integration. That’s what visitors and exhibitors can expect when the international wood industry demonstrates its immense capabilities and innovative spirit at the upcoming LIGNA in Hannover, Germany. The event runs from 11 to 15 May 2015, and all the market leaders will be there to impress solution-seekers with a tremendous array of products and services. Together, they will present key technologies for every single links of the wood value chain – i.e. plant, tools and machinery for industrial furniture manufacturers, carpenters, joiners and cabinetmakers; solutions for processing and working with solid wood; sawmill technology; systems for wood panel and veneer production; forestry equipment and machinery; and a range of technologies for extracting energy from wood. And as diverse as the technologies on display may be, they are united in promoting greater efficiency for every stage of production and processing.

    “LIGNA is championing the cause of greater efficiency and integration in production by means of advanced technology. Like no other trade fair in the world, it features entire production lines in action – as tangible proof that integrated production and Industry 4.0 are indeed within reach. LIGNA is an absolute must if you want to find out about the latest developments and advances in automation and digitization in the wood industry,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, the member of the Management Board at Deutsche Messe responsible for LIGNA. “Survival in today’s competitive markets belongs to those who master the latest strategies, systems and solutions. The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ has reached the wood and furniture industries, sparking a move towards total integration that shows no signs of abating. To take advantage of this trend and remain competitive, manufacturers need to optimize their data flows. And that’s true whether they are engaged in mass or one-off production. In the near future, workpieces, machines and logistic systems will be able to ‘talk’ to one another, and IT, telecommunications technology and manufacturing will merge to form a seamlessly integrated system. It’s a new production paradigm and it offers enormous opportunities for everyone concerned.”

    The theme of integrated production is central to many areas of the upcoming LIGNA show. Among much else, it will have its own Guided Tour and be addressed at a series of talks to be held within the on-site Robotation Academy.

    The upcoming show will feature more than 1,500 exhibitors from over 40 countries, whose displays will fill some 120,000 square meters (over 1,290,000 sq. ft.) of space and impress solution-seekers in need of the latest furniture industry plant and equipment and innovative technologies for the wood and forestry industries. “Quite a lot of first-time exhibitors will be using this year’s LIGNA to present their innovations to the world. They include providers of solutions for the joinery and cabinetmaking trades, manufacturers of machinery for the furniture industry, production automation specialists, and suppliers of technology for processing solid wood and for sawmilling. These newcomers –and the fact that some of our regular exhibitors have markedly increased their booked space – bode well for LIGNA 2015,” said Köckler. “LIGNA features a wealth of information on the latest products, trends and innovations. It provides the ideas, inspiration and solutions that wood industry professionals need in order to future-proof their business models.”

    LIGNA’s strong level of international participation sets it apart from rival shows. This year, its top ten exhibiting nations, apart from Germany, are Italy, Austria, China, Sweden, Taiwan, Switzerland, Turkey, France, Spain and the USA. Much of the growth in terms of leased exhibition space has come from Italy, China, Turkey and the USA.

    One of the exciting new developments at LIGNA 2015 is that some of the fair's exhibitors of woodworking and processing equipment will be showcasing the non-wood capabilities of their machines. In other words, visitors will see machines that can handle not just wood, but plastics, composite panels, composites, insulation and construction materials as well. Some of the machine tools on display are even capable of processing light alloys. These additional, non-wood applications are advantageous in a range of fields, particularly caravan and boat building, vehicle customization, ship and aircraft interior finishing, and plastics processing and fabrication. The ability to process plastics and composites is also becoming increasingly important in the joinery and cabinetmaking trades.

    CNC technology is also growing in importance in these trades. More and more joiners and cabinetmakers are investing in CNC processing centers in order to be able to deliver on the most exacting customer specifications and produce custom furniture and joinery quickly and at highly competitive rates. This growth is due in part to the increasing range of compact, high-performance options available at the trades end of the market and will be reflected at LIGNA, with its solid lineup of state-of-the art CNC technology. The exhibitors in halls 11, 12, 14 and 15 will present innovative solutions and entry-level CNC options for joinery and cabinetmaking firms of all sizes, from tech-savvy niche craftsmen to SMEs engaged in series production.

    The other major new development at LIGNA 2015 is the premiere of the Wood Industry Summit, an intelligent, integrated platform comprising an exhibition area, a matchmaking platform, and a dialogue forum. The Summit targets exhibitors from international companies and economic regions that provide large-scale forestry machinery and other primary wood processing technologies. These exhibitors will have the opportunity to network directly with visitors from integrated companies operating in areas such as pulp and paper, forestry and log and timber processing. They will also meet forest owners, wood/timber merchants, investors, researchers and representatives of the timber-rich regions of Russia, China, Eastern Europe and North and South America. In this way, the Wood Industry Summit will broker new opportunities in growth markets.

    Each day of the Summit will start with a brief lead-in presentation on a highly topical issue, followed by an in-depth lecture on market entry conditions for a selected export market. Each day’s proceedings will also include presentations on various solutions by exhibitors and will be rounded off with a tour of the exhibition, followed by an expert discussion panel. Among the big highlights of the Summit will be the displays of John Deere equipment, as Dr. Köckler explains: “Thanks to the presence of John Deere and other key players, the Wood Industry Summit means that Hall 13 will, for the very first time, also feature large-scale forestry machines. John Deere’s involvement effectively endorses the Wood Industry Summit and its chosen format, while at the same time making LIGNA’s forestry technology offerings more international than ever.”

    LIGNA 2015 will also feature the Fibers in Process@LIGNA marketplace – a group pavilion that will provide a wood industry perspective on the various processes and technologies used in the pulp and paper industry. As well as offering an integrated overview of the entire resource cycle in this industry, the pavilion will focus on measurement and control systems, process optimization in automation, industry services and asset management, and resource and energy efficiency.

    The open-air site and neighboring pavilions will also feature a number of exhibitors offering the latest in sustainable forestry and wood-energy equipment and solutions.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    30.01.2015   CMA confirms investigation of food cans suppliers merger    ( Company news )

    Company news The CMA has referred Sonoco Products Company’s completed acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group GmbH for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.

    On 13 January 2015 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that it would refer the merger for a full investigation unless the parties offered acceptable undertakings to address the CMA’s competition concerns regarding the production and supply of composite cans for food products in the UK.

    Sonoco has offered undertakings intended to address the concerns identified. After careful consideration the CMA was not confident that these would resolve the concerns in a clear-cut manner (see note below). The CMA has therefore decided to refer the merger for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.

    A decision on the merger will be made by a group of independent panel members supported by a case team of CMA staff.
    (Competition and Markets Authority (CMA))
     
    30.01.2015   Smurfit Kappa opens second UK Experience Centre     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa opens second UK Experience Centre leading to more accessible innovative solutions and services for customers

    Smurfit Kappa has announced the opening of a new Experience Centre in Mold, North Wales, the United Kingdom, bringing to seven the number of regional centres across Europe.

    The centre gives customers hands-on, real-time insights into how to meet their business needs, and does so through the relentless implementation of packaging and service innovations. It follows the opening in 2012 of the first UK Experience Centre in Yate, South-West England.

    Working with the Smurfit Kappa team, visitors to the Mold Experience Centre will be able to immerse themselves in the latest insights and experience first-hand the latest in packaging and service innovation. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and tools, such as a Virtual Store, a Retail Insight Centre, a Shelf Viewer and a full screen cinema room.

    The Mold centre is the latest in a series of centres that have opened across Europe as part of Smurfit Kappa’s ’Open the future’ global brand strategy. Aimed at delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, the strategy is also being used to aid brands battling to win the First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another.

    According to analysis revealed in the Smurfit Kappa report ‘Marketing on the shelf – exactly how in control are you?’, up to 40% of a product viewed on-shelf can be made up of secondary packaging, a valuable marketing channel which too often falls outside the radar of brand teams.

    Arco Berkenbosch, VP Marketing, Research and Development at Smurfit Kappa, said: “These centres are an innovative and refreshing environment where we want to invite our customers to inspire them and show them first-hand how we can help them to be even more successful in their respective markets.”

    “By opening the centre in Mold we are able to offer a localised service that supports businesses based around the region. Visiting the Experience Centre will create a situation where we can clearly define our customers’ needs in the world where our customers are operating.,” added Phil Husband, Smurfit Kappa UK Packaging Development Manager.

    Smurfit Kappa’s two UK Experience Centres join a network being rolled out in Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Ireland and Spain. The hub, one of the largest packaging Experience Centres in the world, is due to open in spring 2015 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

    Arco Berkenbosch added: “These centres enable us to share our global expertise at a local level directly to the customer. They can then evaluate, tailor and test the packaging in the centre, before any financial investment has been made.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    30.01.2015   GL&V Finishing keeps rolling along with its 10th MagTrim™ System    ( Company news )

    Company news Lenox Massachusetts: The tenth MagTrim™ Automatic Slitter Positioning system has been sold recently to the customer that has already purchased and installed three different systems in three different mills all making brown paper grades. The fourth system purchased was for a second system in a three machine mill to replace a competitor’s automatic system that has been installed and running for less than three years. These MagTrim Automatic Slitter Positioning systems continue to provide tremendous value and fast payback for our customers.

    Some recent feedback from customers includes the following comments:

    “Incredible speed combined with unbelievable accuracy in a package designed specifically for reliability.”

    “This MagTrim™ system is a beautiful machine; you guys have the best equipment, hands down.”

    In addition to its production benefits, one of the most important factors of this technology is safety. Operators no longer have to check slitter positions with tape measures and the new safety devices included with our systems minimize the operator engagement with one of the more dangerous operations of threading. The newest vertical arrangements provide “hands off” threading with the use of nip rollers, threading pans and air showers to bring the new parent roll tail from the lead in roll to the drum pocket safely.

    The customer base has welcomed this technology advancement. We have six different companies all taking advantage of this game changing technology product.
    (GL&V Sweden AB Stockholm)
     
    29.01.2015   Hunkeler Innovationdays: POLAR's efficient cutting solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news From 23 to 26 February POLAR will present efficient cutting solutions at the Hunkeler Innovationdays. Presentations will focus on three-side trimmer BC 330 (photo) and cutting machine 56 NET.
    At the shared booth of Heidelberg and ATS Tanner POLAR's machines will be integrated in the live production of a brochure and demonstrate how to combine high quality with economical manufacturing. One example is P-Net Compucut®. It integrates the cutting machine into the digital workflow by taking the relevant data from prepress and converting JDF files in the corresponding cutting programs. Such a program is started via bar code.

    Three-side trimmer BC 330
    The robust, networkable POLAR three-side trimmer is the perfect machine to automatically trim adhesive-bound products. The BC 330 shows superior cutting precision and handles a wide range of sizes. Formats from DIN A6 to DIN A4 can be cut directly one after the other without machine conversion. The BC 330 is operated using an ergonomically positioned 18.5" touchscreen display. The clear menu guidance ensures easy operation. A cutting program is generated in less than 1 minute. Integrated in the digital workflow, the cutting data can be transferred directly. A great variety of setting options allows to optimize the production tailored to every product.

    Cutting machine POLAR 56 NET
    NET is a designation for cutting machines which can be integrated into the digital workflow. Of course, this is an important aspect when dealing with digital printing. P-Net Compucut® accepts the digital sheet layout and converts it into a cutting program which can be started directly via the integrated bar-code reader. The cutter is operated from a 18.5" touch-screen display with process visualization. A graphic display shows the material handling and reduces the risk of errors to a minimum.
     
    29.01.2015   It's A...Boiler!     ( Company news )

    Company news Our Green Bay, Wisconsin, facility recently welcomed an exciting new addition to the family – a 385,000-pound, 40-foot long . . . boiler!

    At nearly 30 feet tall and 23 feet wide, a traditional stork wouldn't do – the boiler arrived on a 436-foot cargo ship on December 11. Tightly swaddled in a blue over-wrap, this behemoth bundle was a sight to behold. The precious cargo safely made it down the Fox River and then to our Broadway mill on December 19.

    We’re not just biased because it’s our boiler, but we couldn't be more excited. The new natural gas boiler will produce steam for our mill’s operations and generate power. It will replace our largest coal-fired boiler, helping us to reduce our air emissions, meet future regulations and modernize our facilities. After it’s up and running in mid-2015, along with additional improvements at the mill, emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide will drop by 80 percent.

    This and other recent sustainability investments at Green Bay total more than $80 million, helping to ensure the continuing viability of the mill, which is turning 96 this year. Boy, we have a lot to celebrate in Green Bay!
    (Georgia-Pacific Corp.)
     
    29.01.2015   Smurfit Kappa CEO awarded European CEO of the Year by RISI    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa CEO Gary McGann (photo) has been awarded 2015 European CEO of the Year for the second year running by investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the European and global pulp and paper industry.

    The consecutive awards follow Institutional Investor magazine naming Mr McGann Best CEO in the sector for 2013.

    Awarded by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, the criteria for nomination included leadership, vision and strategic accomplishment.

    In the first nine months of 2014, Smurfit Kappa delivered year-on-year growth in EBITDA of 6% and pre-exceptional EPS growth of 55%, reflecting the continuing benefits of the Group’s integrated business model, the strength of its international portfolio of businesses, the consistent delivery on cost reduction initiatives and a fundamentally improved capital structure.

    The US acquisition of Bates Container for US$158 million in October 2014 built on the previous acquisition of what is now Smurfit Kappa Orange County, and recent acquisitions in Colombia and Dominican Republic have further enhanced the Group’s footprint in the Americas region.

    In December 2014, the Group’s credit rating was upgraded to BB+ / Ba1 by both Moody’s Investors Service and by Fitch Ratings, which followed an upgrade by Standard & Poor’s in February 2014.

    Last year also saw the launch of Smurfit Kappa’s new, innovation-focused global brand strategy, ‘Open the future’.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    29.01.2015   emtec Electronic at the IMPS 2015 in Munich    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative Solutions for Testing the Paper Quality

    This year the IMPS – International Munich Paper Symposium will take place the 24th time and emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the event with a booth in Munich, Germany. From March 11th until 13th, emtec will present different special technical equipment – interesting for all players within the paper, board and tissue industry.
    With the application of the special testing equipment it is possible to control and guide the complete process of paper, board or tissue production from the pulp to the finished product into the right direction, in order to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.
    This year, the company, located in Leipzig, will present a measuring device for the wet end of production. There it is extremely important to have detailed information about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer.
    Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning
    the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    A further new development of the company is the innovative ACA – Ash Content Analyzer, which determines the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers in the paper industry within seconds without combustion of the samples, i.e.
    nondestructive.
    Beside these new measurement equipment, the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester will be presented, which makes it possible to predict the behavior of paper surfaces during converting processes like glueing, coating and printing.
    For the tissue industry emtec comes up with the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which determines the softness very fast and objectively.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    29.01.2015   MWV Agrees to Sell European Tobacco Folding Carton Business to AR Packaging Group     ( Company news )

    Company news Company will continue to be a global leader in high-quality paperboard for tobacco and other premium packaging

    Photo: Joe McNamara, president of MWV’s Tobacco business

    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its European-based tobacco folding carton business to AR Packaging Group AB, a maker of paperboard cartons, flexible packaging, and trays based in Lund, Sweden. The business has annual revenue of approximately $190 million (€146 million), which is included in MWV’s Food & Beverage segment. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the transaction is expected to be completed in the next several months.

    “MWV has long been—and remains—committed to our customers in the global tobacco market,” said Joe McNamara, president of MWV’s Tobacco business. “This transaction gives us the opportunity to further focus our participation on our leadership position in high-quality paperboard for tobacco and other premium packaging markets around the world. Our strong teams and facilities in the folding carton space will flourish as part of AR Packaging, and MWV will continue to serve our global customers as the market for high-quality paperboard grows in many regions.”

    MWV’s European tobacco folding carton business specializes in the manufacture and printing of hinge-lid boxes, display cartons, and high-impact cigarette packaging, as well as folding carton packaging for some chocolate confectionery and consumer apparel segments. The business has deep customer relationships in western and eastern Europe and includes manufacturing operations at three facilities in Graz, Austria; Krakow, Poland; and Moscow, Russia, which have a total of 680 employees. Also included in the sale is the tobacco and confectionery folding carton business currently served by MWV’s plant in Svitavy, Czech Republic. The Svitavy plant will remain part of MWV beyond the transition period. MWV will continue to produce high-quality solid bleached sulfate (SBS) paperboard for global tobacco end markets at its Covington, Virginia, paperboard mill.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    29.01.2015   Hong Kong International Stationery Fair breaks visitor record    ( Company news )

    Company news -Exhibitors and buyers praise show as key international influence
    -Popular fringe programme exceeds expectations of key players

    The 15th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, held 12 – 15 January 2015, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was successfully concluded. The increasingly successful event is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Proving to be an important platform in the paper, stationery, office supplies and DIY industries, the show drew 20,482 local and international buyers to the event. The buyers were from 120 countries and regions. The top 10 visitor countries and regions were: the Chinese mainland, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the US, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and India.
    The four-day event attracted 225 exhibitors joining to expand their businesses and meet industry peers. The exhibitors came from 13 countries and regions: the Chinese mainland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, as well as the first-time participation of Italy, Pakistan and Poland at the show.

    Exhibitors and buyers praise show as key influence in international market
    As one of the leading industry platforms in the region, the show receives strong support from professional industry associations and quality exhibitors. The 2015 show continued to feature three pavilions from Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Mr Donald Mai, Secretary General of the Taiwan Association of Stationery Industries was the Taiwanese pavilion organiser, and he noticed that the show has been improving every year. He commented: “The visitor flow is even better than last year, and visitors come from different parts of the world, which proves that this trade fair is one of the most international platforms within the industry. The show also plays an important part in the industry as it is held in the beginning of the year, and so it is regarded as the industry’s trendsetter.”
    Additionally, Mr Mai is looking forward to the future of the industry and the show. He added: “I am very positive and confident about the stationery market. We will continue to support this fair, and we aim to gather more Taiwanese exhibitors for future editions of the fair.”

    To encourage the creation of innovative stationery and attract the attention to the latest trends, the show launched an exciting concurrent event titled “My Favourite Stationery 2015”, which engaged the show’s buyers to vote for their favourite item. The event’s Grand Prize product was “Zcan+ Wireless”, a wireless scanner mouse which was designed and manufactured by Hong Kong company Systech Electronics Ltd. Exhibiting at the show for the second time, the company’s Marketing Manager Ms Venus Wong said: “Winning the prize is definitely helpful for us because this will increase consumer confidence in our products. Last year we had a satisfactory result and that’s why we want to make use of this platform again. This year we’ve met distributors from overseas buying offices, such as from the Chinese mainland, India, Malaysia and Singapore. I am happy that they are quite impressed with our new product and we’ve also received useful contacts.”

    For visitor Ms Sudrak Chambundabongse, Vice President – Merchandising, B2S Company Limited, this was her initial appearance at the fair. She was looking for trendy, high quality stationery and licensing products and was very satisfied with the quality of exhibitors, commenting: “It is a very international show and it has successfully gathered important industry players from around the world. Not only can I source my needs here, I can also meet competitors and know more about the market trends. I think Hong Kong International Stationary Fair is essential for the industry.”

    Also praising the quality of both exhibitors and products on display was another first-time buyer, Ms Joyce Chen, Manager of Jin Yuh Tarng in Taiwan, who primarily sourced DIY stationery and unique and personalised products. She said: “We particularly treasure the opportunity to meet face-to-face with various stationery suppliers worldwide, which has created many potential business leads for us. We would not hesitate to come back again for future editions of the show.”

    In addition to sourcing basic office equipment and supplies, visitor Mr Xu Yan, Director, Executive Brand of Office Depot (China), one of the world’s largest office supplies retailers from the US, was also interested in learning more about green and environmentally-friendly products. He said: “An increasing number of people are putting emphasis on products that are safe for their children, as well as the environment. Overall, I am particularly pleased with the business-matching service and was able to set over 20 appointments with potential suppliers. I look forward to the show’s future editions.”

    Popular fringe programme is a great benefit and exceeds expectations of key industry players
    Providing the latest information on market trends and industry news, the show’s fringe programme helps inform those making the business decisions. Mr Paul Poon, Head of Design at Ten Design Stationery, was a speaker for the seminar “Stationery Design Trends 2015”. He spoke with the aim of exploring the new design trends and helping participants better understand the Hong Kong stationery market, especially those industry members devoted to design and production.

    Speaking during the “Stationery – Traditional vs Digital” seminar, Mr Yasushi Inoue, Director and Senior Managing Officer, KOKUYO S&T Co Ltd discussed good design, high-end products and digitalisation. He noted: “The stationery market is challenging and so this seminar is very important to the industry as it provides a good platform for us to give ideas and solutions.”

    In attendance at the seminar was Ms Linda Zhao, Sales Manager at YiWu Good Joy Stationery Trading Firm. She commented: “The seminar is relevant to me because now it’s the digital and internet era, and I can learn from the experts which will help me plan better for our corporate sales strategy.”

    The next edition of Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held from 11 – 14 January 2016. For further information about the show, please visit www.hkstationeryfair.com
    (Messe Frankfurt)
     
    29.01.2015   Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M boardmaking line officially launched at SCG Paper's mill in Thailand     ( Company news )

    Company news SCG Paper's Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, PM 16, successfully came on stream on October 01, 2014, 11 days ahead of the targeted date, at the Siam Kraft Industry Ban Pong mill in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The official Inauguration Ceremony at the Ban Pong mill took place on January 23, 2015, with over 400 guests celebrating the new well performing production line.

    Photo: The Valmet OptiConcept M containerboard production line started up on October 01, 2014 for Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd. at the Ban Pong mill in Ratchaburi, Thailand.

    "PM 16 showcases the cutting edge technology of paper packaging manufacturing. It combines the world's latest technologies with SCG Paper's expertise, which means our company can now manufacture the products to meet the needs of customers in all and finer details," says Wichan Jitpukdee, Managing Director of Siam Kraft Industry.
    The new 7.25 m wide PM 16 is the third OptiConcept M -type containerboard production line already started up. Earlier two lines have been started-up for Liansheng Paper Industry and Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing in China. This SCG Paper's line has an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes of high-quality 100% recycled fluting grades in the basis weight range of 90 to 150 g/m2.The design speed of the machine is 1,300 m/min.
    "Siam Kraft PM 16 is one of the most successful projects in South East Asia. It proves that Valmet can offer the very efficient technology in terms of energy consumption and operating cost reduction", says Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Head of South East Asia region, Valmet, Thailand.

    Energy efficient OptiConcept M board machine
    Valmet's delivery included a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel including an approach flow system, steam and condensate systems, surface size preparation and supply systems, a winder as well as machine clothing. In addition, Valmet provided an extended scope of supply implementation covering complete mill engineering, installation and supervision services related to commissioning, testing and start-up. Training services were also included in the delivery.
    The Siam Kraft PM 16 containerboard production line combines high productivity with low energy usage per produced ton of paper. The real-time energy consumption monitoring shows that the production line is performing as expected in energy efficiency. "One important driver for this project was to achieve the efficient energy consumption level, which means we could optimize the operating costs yet, remain competitive", says Sompob Witworrasakul, Director of Engineering Division, SCG Paper.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    28.01.2015   dMASTER™    ( Company news )

    Company news The most efficient dewatering performance on any paper machine is one of the main objectives for every papermaker. The newly patended IBS dMASTER™ is a revolutionary dewatering system that maximizes the dewatering performance in the fourdrinier section.
    (IBS Austria GmbH)
     
    28.01.2015   With Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100%, Antalis offers office customers optimum environmental and...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... print performance

    After a year of collaboration between Antalis, its suppliers and the Xerox® MCTC (Xerox® Media & Consumables Technology Center), Antalis is launching Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100%. The first Xerox® product to be launched by Antalis since the acquisition of the Xerox® DSE division in 2013.

    Produced from 100% post-consumer waste, the new premium recycled paper carries a 5-star rating under the Green Star System and also offers “100% performance guaranteed” having passed rigorous Xerox® performance tests. Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% aims to replace 3 existing Xerox® recycled product ranges - Xerox® Recycled Pure+, Xerox® Recycled Supreme and Xerox® Recycled Supreme+ - offering customers even stronger environmental credentials and a simplified choice of paper at no extra cost. Resellers will also benefit from reduced stock levels.

    The very best in recycled paper
    Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% is made exclusively from recycled materials, thus promoting eco-responsible behaviour and contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it offers a superior whiteness level (CIE 150) comparable to that of top quality non-recycled office papers. This is achieved through meticulous waste paper selection and advanced recycling and cleaning procedures. The high level of whiteness makes Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% suitable for a wide array of use and day-to-day applications in an office environment just like its non-recycled counterparts.

    Guaranteed performance for customers
    Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% carries the Antalis “100% Performance Guaranteed” label which confirms that it has undergone rigorous testing by the Xerox® MCTC (Xerox® Media & Consumables Technology Center) bexerox-certified-259x194.JPGfore being deemed fit for service. Physical properties of the paper such as grammage, thickness, stiffness, formation, smoothness, whiteness, shade opacity and moisture content are checked to give the final product the best look and feel as well as to ensure print quality and runnability. The sheet structure and behaviour are also tested as all these properties can affect the paper’s print performance. Comprehensive mill inspections and testing of samples with Xerox® printers ensure that the paper produced is of consistently high quality.

    “After a year of arduous technical testing, we are very proud to launch such an exceptional recycled paper as our first new paper under the Xerox® brand,” explains Dan Turner, Product Manager, Antalis UK. “Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% is the perfect choice for any office customer eager to adopt an environmentally-responsible paper sourcing policy, without compromising on quality. This paper delivers on both counts.”
    (Antalis Ltd)
     
    28.01.2015   PMT Italia S.p.A. to register Capital Increase with the Entry of China Paper Machinery Co.    ( Company news )

    Company news In April 2014 a promising technological and commercial agreement was signed between PMT Italia and China Paper Machinery Co. (SinoCPMC) as a result of the mutual interest of the two Companies for a strategic goal of common growth.
    The level of Excellence of PMT’s Technology and Capabilities has then recently been the reason for SinoCPMC to consolidate this Partnership entering as PMT’s Stockholder at the same time with PMT’s Capital
    Increase on January the 8th 2015.
    SinoCPMC, wholly owned by the Sinolight Group, after the acquisition of Sinolight Guotai Machinery Co. and the creation of the Hebei branch company, equipped with the most advanced machinery and management, intends to become “The leader of cutting-edge technology for Chinese paper machinery, the pioneer of advanced paper making machinery made in China and a national leading and international first class system integrator with ownership of key technology.”
    PMT Italia has been operating under this name since year 2000 and was, before this, the leading production facility in Europe for Beloit. PMT Italia owns the complete technology for various kinds of paper machines and the richest manufacturing, project management and service
    capabilities.
    With the new Partnership and the Capital Increase PMT will be able to reinforce its Presence on the Global Paper Machinery Market, while the new Group will now take mutual advantage of the shared experience, technical skills, production facilities and commercial network in order
    to expand its business and become an even more relevant leading player with the worldwide supply of machinery and services for this industrial branch.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    28.01.2015   emtec Electronic at Expo ACOTEPAC 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the South American „Expo ACOTEPAC 2015“ in Cali, Colombia. From February 25th until 27th, the company will be present at the exhibition together with Elof Hansson International AB.
    The technical equipment, which will be presented in Cali this time are the emtec EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester for characterizing the process relevant surface parameters of paper and board. Its application leads to the optimization of the production and converting processes to gain the best possible quality at the lowest possible costs.
    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers in the suspension. In addition to the FPA, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    28.01.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with steel Yankee for Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... China

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed start-up of the tissue machine with an 18-foot steel Yankee supplied to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in Pinghu city, Zhejiang province, China.

    The PrimeLineST C8 machine, which is producing high quality facial wipes and toilet paper grades, has a design speed of 1,900 m/min and a paper width of 2.85 m.

    The steel Yankee with head insulation, in combination with a steam-heated hood, enables a high drying capacity at minimized energy costs. Start-up of a second ANDRITZ tissue machine for Zhejiang Jingxing Paper has been scheduled before the end of this year.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    27.01.2015   Halkali Kağit Karton - Turkey starts up 2 new PMT Headboxes    ( Company news )

    Company news The Turkish paper producer Halkali Kağit has very recently successfully started up two new ÆGO™STREAM S Headboxes on the PM2 of its Istanbul
    Mill.
    PM2 is about 4 m wide and produces Fluting, Test Liner in two layers in a
    basis weight range of 80 to 180 g/m2, from 100% waste paper, at a maximum
    operating speed of 870 m/min.
    The bottom layer ÆGO™STREAM S is equipped with smarpro dilution water
    system for the basis weight profiling.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    27.01.2015   IBIS to unveil new Smart-binder features at Hunkeler Innovation Days    ( Company news )

    Company news IBIS is delighted to announce its participation in the Hunkeler 'Innovation Days' (HID) exhibition at the Allmend fair and event centre in Lucerne,Switzerland, from 23-26 February 2015.

    At this important trade exhibition we will show the latest model IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' on the Canon stand, running in-line with a high-speed continuous-feed inkjet printer and web cutter.

    Two innovative new Smart-binder features have been developed in response to customer demand to run variable-data jobs with booklet thickness (number of pages) continually changing. These will be shown for the first time at HID:

    1/ ASA-100 Automated Stitch Adjust system. This enables the Smart-binder stitcher to continually and automatically adjust the wire staples to perfectly suit the thickness of each booklet being stitched. This system has been created in response to our customer's needs to handle complex, variable-data jobs in which the number of pages in the booklets is constantly changing.

    2/ SBS-100 Sheet Buffer module. This will be installed in between the web cutter and the Smart-binder. The SBS-100 buffer receives printed sheets at a constant rate from the web cutter (defined by the printer speed of 127 m/min), store these sheets and feed them at variable rates into the Smart-binder depending on the number of sheets in each booklet. The SBS-100 enables very thin booklets (for example 8 pagers and even 4-page single sheets) to be mixed with thicker booklets while maintaining a constant, high printer web speed. It even allows the in-line Smart-binder to stop and restart if necessary without pausing the printing operation. This SBS-100 buffer module enables our customers to benefit from in-line finishing, without reducing the printing efficiency.

    t HID we will also demonstrate the Smart-binder SB-3's unique and patented ISG cold-glue process, as a high-quality binding alternative to wire stitching.

    Hunkeler Innovation Days 2015 is the leading event for 'trend-setters and technology leaders' who set the pace for the next stage of industry innovation. Visitors will experience highly efficient end-to-end workflows, from software to finished books, from idea to solution.

    The printing sector is changing at a rapid pace, and IBIS is delighted to demonstrate its latest innovations and be part of this internationally important show, together with thousands of experts and decision-makers.

    Our latest IBIS technical advances will further demonstrate how our customers can benefit from the economies and advantages of digital printing and finishing processes, for an increasing range of diverse client segments and applications.
    (IBIS Bindery Systems UK)
     
    27.01.2015   Vinke Display in Breda now operating under the name Schumacher Packaging & Display BV    ( Company news )

    Company news On course for growth in new sales markets

    The well-known specialist Vinke Display BV in Breda has changed its company name: with immediate effect, it will be known as Schumacher Packaging & Display BV. In June 2014, Vinke Display was taken over by the Schumacher Packaging Group. Vinke Display has long been a creative force for innovative displays, promotional packaging and shop decorations and, for both parties, this takeover represents a step forward in their growth strategy and new sales markets. The specialists in Breda will be able to bring their expertise to all customers and European markets currently serviced by the Schumacher Packaging Group. In turn, the acquisition of this new site means that the Schumacher Packaging Group has a new sales and logistics centre specifically for the Benelux area. Existing customers of the Breda company now have access not only to highly-attractive displays but also to the huge Schumacher Packaging portfolio of tailor-made packaging solutions in solid and corrugated cardboard.

    The new Schumacher Packaging site in Breda is already looking after the whole of the Netherlands as well as Belgium and its customers include a large number of major brand-name manufacturers in Europe such as Coca Cola, Ferrero and Procter & Gamble. Continuity in management has been assured; before the takeover, Luc Swaenen was a co-owner of Vinke Display and he continues in the role of Managing Director at Schumacher Packaging & Display BV. The most recent annual turnover figure for the Breda plant was in the region of EUR 10 million.

    “Being part of the ower-managed Schumacher Packaging Group means that we are significantly expanding our product portfolio and our range of services,” said Luc Swaenen. “This is a major step into the future for us.” In Breda, the emphasis will still be on display products. “Over the past 50 years, Vinke Display has worked hard to achieve a leading position in the Benelux display market,” he explained. “Now that we have merged to become Schumacher Packaging & Display BV, we can demonstrate that our abilities and our creativity extend much further than that.”

    For the Schumacher Packaging Group, the site at Breda will serve as both a sales and a logistics centre for the Benelux area, not least because it will give sales support to our new corrugated board plant in Greven, Germany, where Schumacher has built an ultra-modern plant directly next to Münster/Osnabrück Airport, with production commencing there in May 2014. By investing EUR 45 million in the Greven plant, the Schumacher Packaging Group has, from the very beginning, followed the principal strategic goal of facilitating the opening up of sales markets such as north-western Germany and Benelux.
    (Schumacher Packaging & Display BV)
     
    27.01.2015   emtec Electronic with a Workshop at the PaperWeek Canada 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Canadian „PaperWeek / PAPTAC 2015“ in Montréal in Canada. From February 02nd until 05th, emtec Electronic will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 03 together with Technidyne Corporation Canada. Beside the participation at the exhibition, emtec Electronic will give several presentations and demonstrations in a workshop.
    On Monday, the 02nd February, Mr. Stefan Rübesam will talk about the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. In comparison, he will explain when standard methods, like the Cobb or Bendtsen/Sheffield-Test come to their limit.
    Additionally on Monday, Stefan Rübesam from emtec will show how to use the measurement equipment for the wet end area to gain an optimal and efficient process control: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the technical equipment, which will be presented in Montréal this time. This device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue properties as softness, smoothness respectively roughness and stiffness. Furthermore, these three parameters can be combined to the overall handfeel value. How the device is used for an efficient process optimization and an objective quality control will be explained by Mr. Alexander Grüner on Wednesday, 04th February.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    27.01.2015   Take a unique chance to book your stand at PAP-FOR Russia 2016 at the special early-booking rate!     ( Company news )

    Company news The special offer is valid till 27 February 2015!

    Please fill in the application form and send it to marina.sirotina@reedexpo.ru.

    PAP-FOR Russia 2016, XIV International Exhibition and Business Forum for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries, will be held in ExpoForum (St.Petersburg, Russia) on 25–28 October 2016.
    PAP-FOR Russia is the key professional event in Eastern Europe covering the entire spectrum of the pulp and paper industry. In 2014 PAP-FOR Russia brought together over 250 exhibitors from 28 countries and almost 6,000 professional visitors.

    Benefit from the special participation terms and open the borderless opportunities of the vast Russian market with PAP-FOR Russia 2016!
    (Reed Expo Russia)
     
    27.01.2015   MWV and RockTenn Agree to Combination Creating a $16 Billion Global Packaging Leader     ( Company news )

    Company news -Two Industry Leaders to Create a Powerful Global Provider of Consumer and Corrugated Packaging Solutions
    -Combined Company Positioned to Generate Substantial Cash Flow to Deliver Superior Growth and Strong Shareholder Returns
    -Total Annual Synergies of $300 Million to be Achieved over Three Years
    -Expect to Maximize the Value of MWV’s Pension Surplus Through Plan Consolidation
    -Previously Announced Tax-Free Spin-off of MWV Specialty Chemicals to be Completed Post-Closing

    Photo: John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV

    Rock-Tenn Company (“RockTenn”) (NYSE:RKT) and MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MWV”) (NYSE:MWV) announced that they have entered into a definitive combination agreement to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging (“NewCo”) in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16 billion. The combined company, to be named prior to closing, will have combined net sales of $15.7 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 billion, including the impact of $300 million in estimated annual synergies to be achieved over three years.

    Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, MWV stockholders will receive 0.78 shares of NewCo for each share of MWV held. RockTenn shareholders will be entitled to elect to receive either (a) 1.00 shares of NewCo or (b) cash in an amount equal to the volume weighted average price of RockTenn common stock during a five-day period ending three trading days prior to closing for each share of RockTenn held. The cash and stock elections by RockTenn shareholders will be subject to proration such that the resulting ownership of NewCo will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders, and based on the shares outstanding today, approximately 7% of RockTenn shares will receive cash in lieu of stock. This targeted ownership ratio of NewCo will facilitate the continued favorable tax attributes of the previously announced spin-off of MWV’s specialty chemicals business, which the parties intend to complete after the closing of the business combination.

    Steven C. Voorhees, chief executive officer of RockTenn, said, “This transaction brings together two highly complementary organizations to create a new, more powerful company with leadership positions in the global consumer and corrugated packaging markets. This is a terrific opportunity for shareholders, employees and customers of both companies, all of whom stand to benefit enormously from the combination. Importantly, our two companies are also an exceptional cultural fit, sharing a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and a focus on developing innovative packaging solutions. Planning for the integration of these two companies has already started and we expect to expeditiously realize the full value of cost synergies we have identified.”

    John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV, said, “We are creating the leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging solutions – and generating significant value for both companies’ shareholders. This transaction is a logical step that is borne of our strategic progress and financial success, and it offers MWV shareholders both immediate value and the opportunity to participate in significant upside as the new company generates substantial growth from its market-focused global strategy.”

    Mr. Voorhees will serve as chief executive officer and president of the combined company, and Mr. Luke will become non-executive chairman of the board of directors. The board will be comprised of eight directors from RockTenn and six directors from MWV. Other key executives and their positions will be determined according to their strengths and will be named prior to closing. The combined company will maintain its principal executive offices in Richmond, Va., and will have operating offices in Norcross, Ga.

    The transaction requires the approval of shareholders of both MWV and RockTenn and is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Both parties target closing the transaction in the second calendar quarter of this year.

    In separate news releases, MWV and RockTenn both reported earnings for the most recent quarter ended December 31, 2014.

    Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. served as financial adviser to RockTenn in the transaction and provided its board of directors a fairness opinion. Lazard has also provided a fairness opinion to RockTenn’s board of directors, as well as advice to the Company on certain matters related to the transaction. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as RockTenn’s legal counsel.

    MWV’s financial advisers were BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Greenhill has also provided a fairness opinion to MWV’s board of directors. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as MWV’s legal counsel.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    27.01.2015   ANDRITZ to upgrade fiberline at Mondi Frantschach's pulp mill, Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Mondi Group to upgrade the continuous cooking plant at the Frantschach mill in St. Gertraud, Austria. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

    ANDRITZ will convert the digester to its Downflow Lo-Solids cooking technology and add a TurboFeed chip pumping system to improve the feed to the digester as well as a vapor reboiler to further reduce odorous emissions. In the brownstock washing area, ANDRITZ will deliver a pressure diffuser washer.

    This upgrade is a follow-up order to the recovery boiler that was delivered by ANDRITZ and started up successfully in the Frantschach mill in 2013. Mondi’s investment will help to improve the use of resources and further increase the mill’s energy efficiency and competitiveness.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    26.01.2015   Suominen introduces FIBRELLA™ Lite Spunlace for hygiene markets    ( Company news )

    Company news Suominen, a leading global supplier of nonwovens, announces the launch of its new lightweight product FIBRELLA™ Lite Spunlace to its nonwoven offering, particularly targeted to the global hygiene market. Fibrella™ Lite nonwovens meet the exacting requirements for a light yet stretchable material with strength and elongation properties required in laminates for absorbent hygiene products in baby care and adult incontinence applications. Available in 25 gsm and 28 gsm configurations, Fibrella™ Lite offer versatility for combination ofmaterials using hot-melt, extrusion, heat and ultrasonic lamination. Its cloth-like, extremely soft feel, the breathability and skin-friendliness of Fibrella™ Lite make it an ideal element in laminates for hygiene products.

    Speaking at the launch of Fibrella™ Lite, Lynda Kelly, SVP Care Business Area, said “Suominen’s expansion into the hygiene business is one of the key elements of our growth strategy. Fibrella™ Lite is a perfect example of innovative application of technology to match traditionally incompatible nonwoven features like softness, strength and light weight together in one material.”

    “Fibrella™ Lite is a very important addition to our portfolio of hygiene products.Applicability for various lamination processes creates a broad range of end products making this new launch very attractive and exciting” concludes Marjo Kuisma, Product Manager for Hygiene market.
    (Suominen Corporation)
     
    26.01.2015   The Paper Bar from Thomas Pink & James Cropper    ( Company news )

    Company news A stylish bar has been produced using luxury papers from James Cropper

    James Cropper and heritage clothing brand, Thomas Pink joined forces to commission a stunning paper bar and set of paper drinking accessories, designed to stand as a centrepiece in the hallowed halls of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) during the London Collections fashion event.

    Developed and built by Sam Robins of design studio, Flow Creation, the free-standing bar, made from two different weights of James Cropper’s White Kendal Manilla stock came complete with paper glasses, lamps and fine architectural detail to complement the historic setting. Constructed to stand at the heart of Thomas Pink’s, London-inspired Autumn/Winter 2015 collection launch on Saturday 10 January 2015, the collaboration called on the designer to evoke the crisp freshness of a new, white shirt while testing the qualities of the versatile paper stock.

    Following deliveries of 315gsm and 180gsm papers to his Blackpool studio, Robins combined manual hand-working and paper cut techniques with computerised design and cutting processes to develop the bar and drinking paraphernalia. As well as working with Thomas Pink’s commercial team and both event and lighting designers for his cues, he looked to the ICA itself for inspiration, noting detail from the Corinthian columns and ornate cornicing.

    Sam says: “Initially I was shocked by the size of the venue; it’s a really grand, imposing space. The bar has grown to 8.5 metres long as a result. Thomas Pink really let me develop the design and specifications with little intervention, simply asking that it did the job of allowing models to interact with it as an alternative to your usual catwalk fashion show. The paper has stood up to every test I have thrown at it, with heavier stock taking the burden of structural support and the lighter weight allowing for decorative elements. Many of the props are really quite large, but can stand without additional support.”

    As well as creating lemon slices, martini glasses and even a paper-framed, 3D artwork of the Thomas Pink logo, ‘cheeky fox’, Robins has incorporated LEDs and RGB lighting tape into hidden parts of the bar to ensure it responds to thematic changes during the show. The only structural concession required of the paper, to give models confidence in using the bar naturally, was an MDF sub-structure for surface strength and ballast. To close the event, gathered VIPs of the fashion industry and press were handed pink pens and invited to leave messages on the clean, white surface.

    Chris Brown, Commercial Director of James Cropper, said: “Our customers come to us for a product that is perfectly matched to their needs, and in this case our White Kendal Manilla was ideal for laser cutting as well as the purity of its colour. Kendal Manilla has become established as a benchmark in quality in the art, craft and stationery markets and has proved perfect for the intricate construction of this fun, visually stunning project.”

    The paper bar will be recycled following the press launch alongside the PINK Drink/James Cropper branded paper drinks cups used to serve cocktails at the event. The Kendal Manilla stock contains up to 40% reclaimed fibres from single-use drinks cups. The reclaimed pulp originates from James Cropper’s own, pioneering recycling plant, which sees the formerly unrecyclable waste material given a new lease of life.
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
     
    26.01.2015   Variably packaged    ( Company news )

    Company news With a variable packaging solution the packaging and display manufacturer DS Smith is setting new standards in the area of complexity reduction. From two virtually identical corrugated cardboard layouts three pieces of packaging of completely different sizes can be built. The clever structure is particularly ideal for online stores due to its versatility thanks to a clever construction. Products of many different sizes and quantities can be securely transported using this packaging concept.

    DS Smith realises variable shipping packaging
    With the intelligently constructed shipping packaging 'Variable' DS Smith has developed and implemented a packaging concept true to the motto 'The Power of Less', which, thanks to its flexibility, can fully meet the challenges of online retail. A packaging with a base and cover can be quickly created from just two slightly differing layouts. The opportunity to also create another separate packaging from each of the base and cover parts is particularly sophisticated.The result is three items of packaging of various formats that are optimally adjusted to individual product requirements.

    With the 'Variable' packaging concept the Full-Service-Packaging-Provider DS Smith has provided a customer with significantly reduced complexity: the previous 13 different packaging units were completely replaced by the two layouts. The therefore significantly minimised number of different items of packaging for various sizes optimised the customer's entire packaging process and ensured greater efficiency.
    (DS Smith Packaging Division)
     
    26.01.2015   Ence foresees strong increase in sales revenue by the appreciation of US$    ( Company news )

    Company news • Every 5 cent rise in US$ supposes to Ence an increase of turnover exceeding €15 million. The average exchange rate in 2014 stood at $ 1.329/€ compared to current $ 1.18/€

    Euro against US Dollar evolution is boosting sales revenue Ence - Energía y Celulosa. Operations in the global pulp sector are referenced in American currency, so the fall of the Euro is involving a strong increase in sales revenue of cellulose sold by Ence in international markets, which the company expects will impact in a significant profit improvement expected for 2015.

    It should be noted that for every 5 cent appreciation of the US$, sales revenue of Ence are increased by more than 15 million Euros, with an equivalent impact on the company profits. Strong fall of the Euro from an average price in 2014 of $ 1.329/€ to the current $ 1.18/€ suppose, therefore, an important boost for sales and results of Ence.

    Furthermore, it is important to mention that pulp prices are showing a good performance in recent months in Europe --Ence reference market--, with progressive improvement since last September and announced price increases to 770 dollars/ton. In addition, industry analysts expect during this year the strength of pulp prices, in view of the evolution of demand and the expected entry into operation of new production capacity.

    Ence will absorb the impact of energy reform on its results with the upcoming closure of the accounts for 2014, because of success of its recovery plan launched results last year, which will return Ence to benefits since the beginning of this year. The aforementioned appreciation of Dollar will be a significant improvement over earnings estimates made by the company.

    Ence Energía y Celulosa recently managed to close 2015 cellulose sales agreements for a volume of 930,000 tons, which ensures the company 100% of its sales target for this year. According to these figures Ence plans to maintain its export volume, which will be above 80% of its production. The company is the leading producer of eucalyptus pulp in Europe with a capacity of 930,000 tonnes/year and it is the second company by sales on the continent.
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)
     
    26.01.2015   Valmet to supply key board machine solutions for Zhejiang Long Chen Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Zhejiang Long Chen Paper with a new headbox, press section and sizer for its new PM7 containerboard machine to be located in the company's Dushan mill in Jiaxing City in China. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Valmet's key technologies for containerboard
    Valmet's delivery for the new containerboard machine will include a new OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox for improved product quality and increased productivity, a center-roll based OptiPress press section with modern shoe press technology for lighter basis weights, as well as a new OptiSizer Film sizing section utilizing film application.
    "In containerboard manufacturing, headbox, press section and sizer are key components in order to secure production quality. That's why also Long Chen chose Valmet to supply those parts for their PM7 machine," comments Kari Räisänen, Area Sales Director of Valmet.

    The 7250mm wide (wire) PM7 will produce containerboard grades at maximum speed of 900 m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    26.01.2015   Mercian Labels installs world’s first Xeikon Cheetah    ( Company news )

    Company news UK label specialist plans to leverage Xeikon Cheetah to continue double-digit growth path

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce the first installation of its breakthrough Xeikon Cheetah digital label press, just months after the dedicated label printing solution was announced. UK-based Mercian Labels is the world’s first pilot site of the Xeikon Cheetah and has chosen this innovative, high-speed press to help it continue its double-digit growth path. Xeikon Cheetah, the most productive five-color digital label press in its class, will be installed early February at Mercian Labels’ new factory in Staffordshire, and run alongside their existing Xeikon 3000 Series digital press; as well as hotfoiling, flexo and inkjet technologies for an exceptionally robust label manufacturing platform.

    Dr. Adrian Steele, Managing Director of Mercian Labels, comments: “We have chosen to adopt the latest generation of Xeikon digital label printing technology on the back of above-average growth in the digital part of our business, where we have run out of production capacity. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah will better position us for expected growth and we are confident the capacity to be quickly filled.”

    Prior to the investment, Mercian Labels thoroughly evaluated other potential options available on the market. “We looked at competitive technologies from liquid toner to UV inkjet as well as the latest offers from Xeikon dry toner,” says Steele. “Every investment has to have a ROI. We like to sweat our assets, regardless of whether they are software or hardware. We are in the business of making money – not just labels. Everything has to earn its keep, and we are convinced that the Xeikon Cheetah will definitely do just that.”

    Time and cost measurements
    “The advantages of the new press will be measurable in terms of speed and reduced running costs,” continues Steele. “As a result, we expect to take more market share from what is traditionally flexo territory as digital becomes more competitive on longer runs. What is compelling is that it will open up a larger share of the market for us. We will look closely at how digital can grasp even more jobs that used to be printed in flexo, thanks to the faster running speed and lower consumables cost. With increased capacity, the cost point also goes down. And with a genuinely different cost base to our competitors, we can improve competitiveness.”

    Mercian Labels is proud of its independence when it comes to software and the benchmark the company has set in the UK for three-day lead times. “Our mantra is speed and service,” says Steele. “This means we must be very informed about and accurate with our pricing, so we can offer the benefits of the best of both digital and UV flexo technologies to our customers. As a full service label printer we see both areas growing at a similar pace for different reasons; thus our strategy is to offer the best technology for every specific demand. Customers increasingly want to deal with one supplier for their custom packaging requirements, and not be forced to use multiple suppliers who only serve a narrow profile of work because they refuse to adopt the best of both digital and analogue worlds, and in different product areas such as cartons as well as labels. That is why we have already taken a small but significant step into digitally printed cartons, adding to our label business. This move has really connected with our customer base.”

    Confidence drives early adoption
    Also important to the investment was the strong relationship Mercian Labels has with Xeikon: "This is not the first time we have entered into an R&D agreement to be an early adopter,” Steele explains. “Our long-standing and successful relationship with Xeikon is key to us as a user. We understand the technology and strategy, and how it will benefit us in the future. We wouldn’t have embarked on being the first global Xeikon Cheetah user unless I had a high degree of confidence in the platform and the relationship to get any issues sorted out quickly. You have to have faith and confidence in the strategy of the company. We think we will get to full production capacity very early based on customer demand, our talented staff and our very productive relationship with the digital printing experts at Xeikon.”

    Supporting future growth
    The investment fully supports Mercian Labels’ expansion following growing demand for its digital and security labelling products. Previously based in a 6.000sq ft. site in Cannock, the company’s new 24.000sq ft. factory in Staffordshire represents a significant increase in capacity. Now spread over two sites, with 50 staff and 31.000sq ft. of label and carton manufacturing capacity, the £3.4m turnover firm has a customer base of approximately 9.000 and is acquiring around 40 new customers a month. “We have experienced seven consecutive years of double-digit growth and see our future growth coming from various combinations of product innovation, market share and acquisitions. We formally completed our merger of AC Labels in Derby into the core Mercian Labels business at the end of last year and remain acquisitive,” states Steele. “The Xeikon Cheetah will solve a number of headaches for us and it can count on a very warm welcome to the Mercian family by both our production and sales teams.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, concludes: “The Xeikon Cheetah represents the most important advancement in the digital label market in 15 years, and we are delighted that innovative operations like Mercian Labels are adopting its cutting-edge technology. Its unrivalled speed can deliver a previously unattainable mix of speed, quality and efficiency that will enable our customers to stand out from their competition.”

    To showcase the new Xeikon Cheetah, Mercian Labels and Xeikon will be holding an exclusive preview event at the Mercian Labels premises in Burntwood, Staffordshire. This two-day event will take place in the afternoon of February 24th, one day before the Packaging Innovation show at Birmingham NEC; and in the afternoon of February 25th, the first day of the Easyfairs show.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    23.01.2015   Glatz: Sale of Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. to delfortgroup    ( Company news )

    Company news We would like to inform you that we have sold our factory Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. in Vietnam to Austrian-based delfortgroup on December 16th, 2014.
    The current, rapidly changing market for standard tobacco papers results in increasing price-declines, especially in Asia. Our long-term strategic goal has always been to focus on our core competencies, which includes high quality cigarette and plugwrap papers but has also been especially on Tipping Base papers and LIP-papers.
    We will continue to produce high-quality tobacco papers (CP and PWP) in Germany as we currently do and we will strive to strengthen our capabilities on Tipping Base- and LIP-papers by focusing our future R&D efforts on these two product groups as well as our production sites in Germany.
    We are looking forward to continue our close relationship with you in all matters and are well prepared to continue our global supply of all kinds of products out of Germany as requested.
    (Julius Glatz GmbH Papierfabriken Neidenfels)
     
    23.01.2015   TENCEL® - first medically tested fiber    ( Company news )

    Company news The Lenzing Lyocell fiber TENCEL® is the first fiber to be medically tested according to the FKT test method criteria for body compatibility and toxic substances.

    Photo from left to right: R. Van de Kerkhoff; S. Jary; M. Doser

    The Lyocell fiber TENCEL® stands for skin-sensory properties in many products. Particularly in the home textiles market, these properties are essential in bed linens when it comes to the end consumer’s buying decision. Textiles which come into contact with the skin should satisfy the highest standards. Lenzing has taken the first important step with this test by KFT, the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien e.V. Thus TENCEL® is the first fiber which may use the FKT label “MEDICALLY TESTED – TESTED FOR TOXINS”. “Sleep is critical to good health,” Dr. Susanne Jary, Director Home & Interiors at Lenzing, explains. “A medically proven starting material such as the TENCEL® fiber promotes good health. Above all, bed linens which are mostly in direct contact with the skin can make a major contribution towards general well-being,” Jary continues. “For this reason, it is extremely important to us that our fiber satisfies the criteria of the FKT label and is thus a pre-requisite for health-friendly home textiles.”

    Cooperation with FKT to promote body compatible textiles.
    ”Cooperation with Lenzing is an important step to establish the FKT label in the textile industry,” Prof. Dr. Michael Doser, Board Member of the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien, explains. “The FKT label is a reliable quality characteristic for strictly scientific and independently tested textiles,” he says. FKT awards the label “MEDICALLY TESTED - TESTED FOR TOXINS” which is a reliable quality label for textiles that don’t release any chemicals that may irritate the skin or damage a person’s health.

    This unique combination of tests for harmful substances and for sensitive effect-based body compatibility provides double tested safety. The manufacturers of high-quality textiles use this scientific certification to verify their quality standards and build a high degree of confidence with their end customers. These high-quality testing standards ensure that the TENCEL® fiber meets the strictest skin compatibility tests in line with the approval criteria for medical devices. This generates trust and transparency in and for the end consumer and offers considerable influence when it comes to the decision to buy the textile.
     
    23.01.2015   UPM Industry Leader with Gold Class Distinction in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Assessment    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has received Industry Leader position with Gold Class Distinction in the RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook.

    Photo: Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM

    The Sustainability Yearbook lists world’s sustainability leaders and ranks companies into gold, silver and bronze class on the basis of their performance in the RobecoSAM’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The CSA is an analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labor practices, corporate governance and risk management.

    For each industry, the company with the highest score is named as the RobecoSAM Industry Leader. The leading company is considered to be best prepared to seize the opportunities and manage the risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments.

    “The Industry Leader with the Gold Class distinction results from our good ranking in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI),” says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM. “We have been assessed as the industry leader in sustainability in the DJSI maintained by RobecoSAM. This is a result of our systematic work and development e.g.in the areas of resource efficiency, responsible forestry and sourcing as well as working conditions and safety,” she continues.
    (UPM)
     
    23.01.2015   Södra: Damage caused by Storm Egon estimated at 3 million forest cubic metres    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra estimates that damage to Södra's members' properties during Storm Egon was approximately 1.5 million forest cubic metres, corresponding to a total of about 3 million forest cubic metres in Götaland. This figure is significantly lower than anticipated given the high wind speeds registered. Södra believes that the extent of the damage may have been limited by the favourable direction of the wind, by the fact that earlier storms had already felled sensitive forest stands and that forest management practices have been better adapted to the risk of storms.

    Södra has carried out an inventory on the storm damage at 267 reference properties that are well dispersed across Götaland. On the basis of this inventory, the assessment is that the storm damage corresponds to approximately 1.5 million forest cubic metres on Södra's members' properties, which corresponds to a total of about 3 million forest cubic metres in Götaland. The damage mainly comprises scattered areas of wind-felled trees and exposed areas, for example, on the edges of forests.

    Storm damage has been recorded throughout Götaland with the extent varying widely among the properties, although the worst damage was caused in the Västra Götaland and Jönköping counties around the Vänern and Vättern lakes.

    The extent of the damage was considerably less than that caused by Cyclone Per (2007), which felled 16 million forest cubic metres in Götaland, despite the fact that the wind speeds recorded for both storms were roughly the same. Cyclone Gudrun (2005) felled some 75 million forest cubic metres.
    In the aftermath of Cyclone Gudrun, forestry began to adapt its forest management practices to reduce the risk of future storm damage.

    "At Södra, we have amended our forest management instructions. Now, trees are thinned when they are at a lower height and final harvesting takes place earlier in spruce-dominated stands," says Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management at Södra.
    "In recent years, we have also had an increase in the number of storms that have felled storm-sensitive forest stands and that have made the remaining forests more resilient to storms," says Örlander.

    Inventory and safety
    Södra urges its members to take an inventory of the damage to their properties as soon as possible and to contact their forestry inspector.
    There is a significant risk that there will be a spruce bark beetle infestation in the summer throughout the area hit by the storm. To ensure the protection of the forest and safeguard the value of the wood, it is therefore important to process the storm-felled wood as soon as possible.
    Södra, which has just over 50,000 owners and members who jointly own about half of the forest land in Southern Sweden, is appealing to all forest owners to take the utmost care when processing the wood felled in the storm.

    "Always put safety first! Start by taking an inventory and planning. Use mainly professional assistance and machinery when undertaking major work. Refrain from doing the work yourself if you don't have the experience or know-how, and never work alone," says Örlander.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    23.01.2015   Stora Enso's NRI in fourth quarter 2014 have EUR 225 million negative impact on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... operating profit

    Stora Enso will record non-recurring items (NRI) with a negative net impact of approximately EUR 225 million on operating profit and a positive impact of approximately EUR 53 million on income tax in its fourth quarter 2014 results. The NRI will decrease earnings per share by EUR 0.22.

    The NRIs are:
    -a negative NRI of approximately EUR 204 million due to fixed asset impairments mainly in Printing and Reading. The impairments are due to further weakened long-term earnings expectations resulting from decline in the European paper markets.
    -a negative NRI in Printing and Reading of approximately EUR 30 million due to fixed asset impairments and inventory write-downs related to the earlier announced, ongoing disposal of Uetersen Mill in Germany. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval process and estimated to be completed during the first quarter of 2015.
    -a positive NRI in Renewable Packaging of approximately EUR 9 million due to the earlier announced disposal of the Corenso business operations. The disposal was completed on 1 December 2014.

    The positive impact of approximately EUR 53 million on the income tax comprises a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 40 million due to the operative NRIs and a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 12 million due to valuation of deferred tax assets.

    The impairment charges taken in the fourth quarter 2014 reduce quarterly depreciations by EUR 7 million starting from fourth quarter 2014.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    23.01.2015   No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure    ( Company news )

    Company news EFSA’s comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity concludes that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI).
    Although new data and refined methodologies have led EFSA’s experts to considerably reduce the safe level of BPA from 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day (µg/kg of bw/day) to 4 µg/kg of bw/day, the highest estimates for dietary exposure and for exposure from a combination of sources (called “aggregated exposure” in EFSA’s opinion) are three to five times lower than the new TDI.
    Uncertainties surrounding potential health effects of BPA on the mammary gland, reproductive, metabolic, neurobehavioural and immune systems have been quantified and factored in to the calculation of the TDI. In addition, the TDI is temporary pending the outcome of a long-term study in rats, which will help to reduce these uncertainties.

    Why has EFSA done this risk assessment?
    BPA is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of food contact materials such as re-usable plastic tableware and can coatings (mainly protective linings). Another widespread use of BPA is in thermal paper commonly used in till/cash register receipts. Residues of BPA can migrate into food and beverages and be ingested by the consumer; BPA from other sources including thermal paper, cosmetics and dust can be absorbed through the skin and by inhalation.
    Dr Trine Husøy is a member of EFSA’s expert Panel dealing with food contact materials (CEF Panel) and Chair of the BPA working group. She said: “The Panel decided to re-evaluate the safety of BPA because of the publication of a huge number of new research studies in recent years.”
    To be as open and transparent as possible, EFSA thoroughly consulted and engaged with national authorities and stakeholders during this risk assessment to ensure that the widest possible range of scientific views and information were considered. According to Dr Husøy, “the public consultation process also helped us to refine our assessment through the submission of additional data and to further clarify important aspects of the opinion such as uncertainties”. (A report on the public consultation is available below.)

    Refined assessment of BPA toxicity
    After weighing up a significant body of new scientific information on its toxic effects, the CEF Panel concluded that high doses of BPA (hundreds of times above the TDI) are likely to adversely affect the kidney and liver. It may also cause effects on the mammary gland in animals.
    Studies indicating BPA as the cause of other health effects were less conclusive, stated Dr Husøy. “Effects on the reproductive, nervous, immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, as well as in the development of cancer are not considered likely at present but they could not be excluded on the available evidence. So, they add to the overall uncertainty about BPA-related hazards and therefore have been considered in the assessment.”
    The Panel also assessed the possibility that BPA results in unexpected responses to different doses, e.g. adverse effects that are only induced by low BPA doses (known as ‘non-monotonic dose-response’ or NMDR relationships). The experts concluded that the available data do not provide evidence of such relationships for the health effects considered.

    Exposure: dietary picture clearer, non-dietary less certain
    In 2006, when EFSA last assessed dietary exposure to BPA, fewer data were available and EFSA’s experts were required to make several conservative assumptions about consumption and the levels of BPA in food. “With significantly more and better data we have updated and more accurately estimated dietary exposure to BPA for all population groups, said Dr Husøy. “As a result, we now know that dietary exposure is four to fifteen times lower than previously estimated by EFSA, depending on the age group.”
    For the first time, EFSA has also considered exposure to BPA from non-dietary sources. Dr Husøy underlined however: “There is a lack of supporting data on dermal exposure – for example, how much BPA the body absorbs through skin by touching thermal paper – which really increases the uncertainty of estimates from thermal paper and cosmetics”.

    Quantifying and factoring in uncertainties
    EFSA’s experts used new methodologies to take account of the uncertainties regarding potential health effects, exposure estimates and evaluation of risks for humans. Dr Husøy stated that “by analysing each uncertainty one by one and combining our expert judgement the Panel was able to quantify these uncertainties and to factor them in to its risk assessment and derivation of the TDI.”
    EFSA will reconsider the temporary TDI when the results of long-term research by the US National Toxicology Program are available for evaluation in two to three years. This research is expected to address many of the remaining uncertainties about BPA’s toxic effects.
    (efsa European Food Safety Authority)
     
    23.01.2015   emtec at the KRONA Institute in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news Optimization of the Production Process of Paper and Board
    emtec Electronic at the KRONA Institute in St. Petersburg

    emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the IV Annual International State-of-the-Art Conference 2015 at the KRONA Institute in St. Petersburg in Russia with the topic “Modern Systems for Paper and Board Quality Control”. On 18th February, Ms. Elena Beznosova will speak about “Predicting the surface behavior of paper and board during glueing and printing processes” and present some different Paper Testing Technology to optimize the production process of paper and board from the pulp to the finished product with the goal getting an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

    For efficient process optimization, it is essential to look at both, the wet and dry end of paper and board production. In the wet end, it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS – Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production for further steps within the conversion. This can be realized by the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. How this functions will be explained in detail by Ms. Elena Beznosova during her presentation on site.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    22.01.2015   Burrows Paper Corporation Sells Hydroelectric Power Plants to Cube Hydro New York    ( Company news )

    Company news Burrows Paper Corporation announced that it and the other owners of
    Lyonsdale Associates, LLC have sold their ownership interests in Lyonsdale Associates to Cube Hydro New York LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC. Lyonsdale Associates owns and operates a 3 MW hydroelectric facility in Lyonsdale, N.Y., and is the
    general partner of Little Falls Hydroelectric Associates, which owns and operates the 13.6 MW Little Falls hydroelectric facility in Little Falls, N.Y. The Little Falls and Lyonsdale facilities have been generating clean electric ity in Upstate New York since 1986.

    “We are pleased to announce that Cube Hydro will assume control of the Lyonsdale and Little Falls facilities and will maintain Bill Burrows’ vision and commitment to sustaining the environment. We are extremely proud of our dedicated employees who have operated and maintained these facilities since they commenced commercial operations, and we are positive that Cube Hydro will continue this strong operating history,” said Rose Mihaly, president and chief operating officer of Burrows Paper Corporation.
    “Cube Hydro is excited to close on the acquisition of Lyonsdale Associates and assume control of the Lyonsdale and Little Falls hydro plants. We look forward to operating and maintaining these facilities to maximize the generation of clean electricity to businesses and residents of Upstate New York, and to being part of and involved in the local communities,” said Kristina Johnson, president and CEO of Cube Hydro.
    John Collins, president of Cube Hydro New York, added, “We have been extremely impressed with the commitment of Burrows Paper Corporation and Lyonsdale Associates, and their employees to operate and maintain these plants at a very high standard to ensure the long-term generation of clean, renewable electricity. We are committed to maintaining these high standards to ensure the production of clean electricity for decades to come.”
    (Burrows Paper Corporation)
     
    22.01.2015   A glorious unboxing experience    ( Company news )

    Company news Mauboussin Pour Lui perfumes, by Lorience Paris in Europe, is growing with two new flanker scents that are variations of the original fragrance. Both come in customised bottles and boxes and offer the glorious unboxing experience that has become the signature of Mauboussin perfumes.

    ​The boxes for the new scents, Mauboussin Pour Lui “In Black” and “Time Out”, are made from Stora Enso’s Ensocoat 2S board, which enables symmetric, superb printing and finishing results on both sides of the board. When opening the box, the bottle and the brand are mirrored on the silver-coloured inner surface of the box. The effect is achieved by applying a metallised polyester film on the board.

    The new Mauboussin Pour Lui flankers will be on display at Stora Enso’s stand AB20 at PCD Paris show 4–5 February 2015. Lorience Paris will be presenting them at TFWE Singapore and IAA DFS Orlando in 2015.

    Variations for different markets
    “Mauboussin Pour Lui In Black is an intense scent full of masculine power for those who live their lives to the fullest. The box it comes in is the blackest of black, like a big, black car full of hidden force. Both the bottle and the box play with matte and gloss,” says Thierry Faucon, Creative Director at Lorience Paris. Achieving such a solid black surface takes demanding print work, and the special effects require perfect smoothness.

    In Black is targeted to European and US markets, while the lighter fragrance Time Out is intended particularly for Asia. For the latter, Mr Faucon’s source of inspiration was a lagoon, providing a cool and energizing getaway from the hectic pace of daily life. Together with the original Mauboussin Pour Lui, the new scents and their stylish boxes create a strong shelf presence, attracting buyers effectively.
    (Stora Enso France)
     
    22.01.2015   Cost-cutting with spray dampening units fitted with technotrans self-cleaning nozzles    ( Company news )

    Company news The modernisation of newspaper printing presses with new spray dampening units offers a considerable cost-cutting potential. v, a manufacturer of peripheral equipment for the printing industry, uses special self-cleaning and extremely low-maintenance nozzles in its deltaspray.line products. The resulting cost savings can boost the competitiveness of already existing systems.

    Older systems often do not include any spray dampening units, explains Peter Böcker, head of sales at technotrans AG: "However, not only the acquisition of new systems, but also the replacement of older, outdated models, can increase the system efficiency to a considerable extent," he says. This is why technotrans has developed the deltaspray.line with several unique advantages.

    No clogging of the nozzles thanks to the Venturi effect
    The most important selling point compared to other solutions is the self-cleaning nozzle. Special structures in the cap of the nozzle produce the so-called Venturi effect, i.e. the generation of negative pressure. Clean air from inside the housing is drawn in and flows around the nozzle. As a result, dirt and ink particles cannot clog the nozzle. This effect is realised completely without any external energy supply. Actively generated compressed air, which leads to high energy costs, is thereby made redundant. The longer service life and the reduced level of wear lead to a further boost of productivity. "We have been using this technology successfully in numerous systems for several years," explains Peter Böcker. The user feedback is positive in every way.

    Intelligent set-up for a higher level of efficiency
    The entire set-up of the system aims at boosting productivity. Thanks to the modular spray dampening units as well as their nozzles that can be controlled individually, the dampening solution dosing process is highly precise. The exact dampening solution application improves the quality of the printed product to a considerable extent. The nozzles are equipped with a bayonet lock, ensuring their quick exchange in just a few simple steps – no tools needed. As a result, maintenance tasks can be completed easily in just a few minutes.

    The integration into already existing systems is coordinated in co-operation with technotrans AG. The company also offers a complete range of peripheral equipment for newspaper printing, from dampening solution circulation up to central ink supply systems.
    (technotrans AG)
     
    22.01.2015   Toscotec to rebuild PM4 tissue machine at Van Houtum - The Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a dry end rebuilding of the Van Houtum B.V. PM 4 tissue machine in Swalmen, The Netherlands. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

    Van Houtum is an independent producer of hygienic paper products and innovative washroom solutions for 80 years and is a leader in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This family-owned company operates one mill in Swalmen, located in the south of the Netherlands, where it can produce approximately 45,000 tonnes/yr of tissue from recovered paper on two machines. A separate location nearby houses nine converting lines: three rewinders produce toilet and industrial products and six lines produce interfold and multifold products. The firm has some 200 employees and generates annual sales of around €65m. Under the brand name of “Satino Black”, environmental labelled as FSC recycled and European Ecolabel as well as Cradle to Cradle-certified, the Company offers a wide range of products that includes toilet paper and paper hand towels.

    In line with this green and dared philosophy, the Company has decided to choose Toscotec for its dry end rebuild on the PM4. The purpose of the rebuilding is to implement machine efficiency, reliability and safety in operations.

    Toscotec 's delivery includes a new reel TT Reel-P that will replace completely the existing old one. The supply is completed also by new tail threading system, sheet stabilizers and shaft puller with expandable shafts. The project will be handled on a turnkey basis, including dismantling of the existing equipment, installation of the new machinery, start-up assistance and training services. The new machine parts will be designed for an operative speed up to 1800 mpm with a paper width of 2600 mm.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    22.01.2015   MIAC 2015 next October in Lucca (Italy)!     ( Company news )

    Company news MIAC 2015 will take place in Lucca on 14.15.16 October 2015!

    270 International Exhibitors will show you their latest innovations in terms of machinery, equipment, technologies and services. At MIAC you can meet, in just 3 days and in one place, the leader companies in the paper industry sector.
    We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please save the date! Next October!

    The new MIAC website is on-line!
    Please visit us and give a look to the 2015 Exhibitors! The Conferences program will be ready soon and published on-line within April 2015. We wish to remind you that participation to the MIAC Conferences is free of charge!

    270 COMPANIES
    YOU CAN MEET 270 INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES AT THE SHOW, ALL IN ONE PLACE AND UNDER ONE ROOF!

    A 3-DAY SHOW
    A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR PAPER AND CONVERTING TECHNICIANS TO FIND OUT THE LATEST NEWS IN THIS PROFESSION..., IN JUST 3 DAYS!

    A FULL OVERVIEW
    OF THE TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO THE PAPER INDUSTRY SECTOR!

    4 CONFERENCES
    4 HIGHLY QUALIFIED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES!
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    22.01.2015   International Pulp & Paper Week – Bioeconomy Innovation Forum Kick-Off Meeting    ( Company news )

    Company news Adforum and Mentor Communications welcome you to take part in in the kick-off breakfast meeting for the International Pulp & Paper Week and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum.

    When: Thursday January 29th, 9.00 – 11.00
    Where: Stockholmsmässan, meeting room K12 (please enter through the main entrance at Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö, Stockholm)

    During this kick-off meeting we will provide you with coffee, breakfast and important information about the next generation events for the pulp, paper and biobased industries. Please click here to register to the meeting (registration compulsory) or to receive more information about the events. Please register before January 27.

    Time to integrate with other industries – more visitors!
    The forest industries are facing major changes and are nowadays offering a lot of new interesting products for a wide range of industries and purposes. For the new event we are inviting strategic target groups from other industries, offering the opportunity to cooperate across the traditional industry borders. For the next events we are not only aiming to get visitors from the Swedish pulp and paper industry but also from a wide range of other industries that can benefit biobased products from the forest.

    Two events covering the entire forest industry
    The Pulp & Paper Week will continue the long traditions of pulp and paper exhibitions in Stockholm while the Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will have a strong focus on new products and innovations from the forest industry.
    Running as two separate, but parallel events in the same hall, the two events will offer great synergies between the various sectors of the forest industry. The two events will offer the latest features within the event industry such as integrated conferences in exhibition area, social activities, matchmaking and company visits.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    21.01.2015   Changes to Pöyry's Group Executive Committee    ( Company news )

    Company news Anja Silvennoinen, 54, MSc in Energy technology, MBA, has been appointed Executive Vice President of Pöyry PLC and President of the Energy Business Group and member of the Group Executive Committee of Pöyry PLC. She will assume these positions on 1 March 2015 and will report to Alexis Fries, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC.

    Anja Silvennoinen is currently Vice President, Head of Energy, Nordics, in the Management Consulting Business Group of Pöyry.

    Anja Silvennoinen will succeed Sergio Guimaraes in these positions. Reporting to Alexis Fries, Sergio Guimaraes will assume a Senior Vice President, Business Development position at Pöyry with a specific focus on Latin America and including tasks related to operations and process optimisation at Group level.He will leave his position at the Group Executive Committee.

    "I want to warmly welcome Anja to the Group Executive Committee and wish her every success in developing our energy business further. At the same time, I want to thank Sergio for an outstanding job done in the Energy Business Group and as a member of the Group Executive Committee. I am particularly pleased that we had an excellent internal candidate to succeed Sergio in his positions", says Alexis Fries, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC.
    (Pöyry PLC)
     
    21.01.2015   Henri Vermeulen takes on ERPC chairmanship    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Henri Vermeulen as chairman, taking over from Beatrice Klose (Intergraf). Mr Vermeulen is Vice President Paper for Recycling of the Smurfit Kappa Group and represents CEPI in the EPRC. His ERPC chairmanship began on 1 January 2015 and he will remain in this position until the end of 2016.

    The ERPC was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor the progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. In 2011, the ERPC committed itself to meeting and maintaining both the voluntary recycling target of 70% in the EU-27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2015 as well as qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign, and research and development.

    “The ERPC has been very successful in carrying out qualitative actions on paper recovery, to improve the quality of paper for recycling in Europe. The challenge is to maintain the current high collection and recycling volumes in Europe, despite changing paper consumption patterns”, said Mr Vermeulen.

    Mr Vermeulen is 49 years of age and holds a master’s degree in Law from Maastricht University. Since 1997, he is responsible in Europe for all recovered paper activities, first at Kappa Packaging and since 2005 for the merged Smurfit Kappa group. In this function he is involved in many different entities throughout Europe, from operating paper for recycling companies to industrial associations like CEPI, where he chaired the Recycling & Product committee for several years. He is married with two children and has the Dutch Nationality.
    (ERPC The European Recovered Paper Council)
     
    21.01.2015   KBA presents new RotaJET L and VL inkjet off the reel    ( Company news )

    Company news The new, highly flexible KBA RotaJET L digital press platform will dominate Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) presence at the Hunkeler Innovationdays from 23 to 26 February in Lucerne. This follows the debut of an operational KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet web press at the same show in 2013. Experts from KBA will be manning a stand in hall 1 (booth no.15) also providing information on the latest and future RotaJET VL applications in industrial digital printing.

    The modular RotaJET L platform is available in five different web widths from 895 to 1,300mm (35.2 - 51.1in). and can be upgraded to the maximum printing width and colour content at a later date. Additionally, it can be flexibly configured to suit all fundamental application areas in the high-volume digital printing segment. Retrofitting future generations of printing heads is also possible. Users can thus react quickly and economically to changing demands without needing to invest in entirely new kit.

    Along with the new 89-130 series based on the RotaJET L platform and the RotaJET 76 (max. printing width 781mm/30.7in) unveiled at Drupa 2012 for book, commercial, magazine and newspaper printing, KBA has built the RotaJET VL inkjet range with a printing width of over 1.60m (5.2ft) or even over 2m (6.6ft) for industrial applications. The prominent press manufacturer benefits from its wealth of know-how in web guidance and substrate handling accumulated over many years. Decorative printer Interprint therefore recently fired up the first KBA RotaJET VL with a printing width of 1.68m (5.5ft). The partnership between HP and KBA announced at the end of September 2014 for the development and production of a digital press for corrugated printing is based on Koenig & Bauer’s unique experience in precision mechanical engineering for a host of print applications and processes.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    21.01.2015   Joined up approach at heart of products presented at Packaging Innovations    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: X-Rite eXact™ is a next generation handheld color measurement solution that takes into account the new business needs and dynamics of a global supply chain. X-Rite eXact enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color across the entire color network and avoid unwanted reprint and rework

    The importance of creating long term, holistic and customer centric relationships will be the focus of X-Rite Europe’s presence at Packaging Innovations, NEC Birmingham, February 26 and 27 on Stand H23.

    The global leader in color science and technology will showcase its range of market leading hardware and software solutions developed to maximize end-to-end color control. It will also demonstrate its commitment to customer education to support continued growth and success.

    “We want to demonstrate to customers how our solutions can ensure they have a complete end to end approach that delivers maximum consistency, productivity and end user satisfaction,” comments Tim Smith, Sales Manager UK, Inks and Packaging at X-Rite Europe.

    “We will talk through our range of solutions to identify what is required today as well as how we can support them long after their investment. That way they can be confident they are always delivering the best service and we can continue to show how our constantly updated portfolio will enable them to offer market leading results well into the future.”

    Among the solutions taking the spotlight are eXact and eXact Scan, the next generation in handheld color measurement that enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color avoiding unwanted reprint and rework.

    ColorCert software will also be presented. The dashboard allows procurement and brand owners access to supplier scorecards for monitoring the production process across the supply chain. Also being highlighted is PantoneLIVE and the newly updated Pantone Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards.

    “Every company is different and has their own unique requirements,” adds Mr. Smith. “These can range from market strengths and sector specialisms to size and customer demands. They can also change as trends emerge. That is why at Packaging Innovations we will be looking to get to know and understand each one of our visitors so we can make a bespoke recommendation.”
    (X-Rite Ltd)
     
    21.01.2015   Enhanced Filter Performance thanks to Viscose Speciality Fibres from Kelheim    ( Company news )

    Company news At the world’s biggest filtration event, the FILTECH conference and exhibition, Dr. Philipp Wimmer from the R&D team of the German viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres will present a paper on how beer can be filtered in an environmentally friendly manner by using sustainable viscose speciality fibres and avoiding the use of potentially hazardous diatomite.

    Photo: Bramante viscose fibre

    Unlike other cellulosic fibres such as cotton or wood pulp, viscose fibres are distinguished by their well-defined and reproducible properties that allow them to be designed to meet the needs of processing steps and adapted to each application. For example, the porosity and surface of a filter can be precisely controlled by adding viscose fibres with different cross-sections. The incorporation of functional additives into viscose fibres allows the optimization of the fibres in respect of the intended application, for example for the removal of tannins from beer. The advantage of functional viscose fibres: as the additives are incorporated in the fibres they do not impact the physical properties of the filter and can not migrate into the filtered product but can still function effectively. The use of viscose speciality fibres from Kelheim is completely safe both for people and for the environment, and this is one of the reasons why the fibres have been used for decades in medical products. The fibres are certified for food contact by ISEGA and the absence of harmful substances in the products is confirmed by their certification to the OEKO-TEX® 100 standard in the most demanding product class. Viscose fibres are taste neutral and are currently used in food and beverage applications, for example in coffee pads and tea bag papers. Kelheim Fibres’ research team is working on many other possible filtration applications for the use of viscose fibres. As a result of the wide product range Kelheim Fibres offers – from extra high absorbent to water repellent, from flame retardant to ion exchange fibres – there are almost no limits to the imagination. As viscose fibres are manufactured from renewable raw materials incineration at the end of filter life is CO2 neutral, or – if the residue in the filter allows – they can be composted, an ideal disposal route for precoat filter cakes in the beverage industry.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    21.01.2015   Bordeaux Announces Campaign in UK for PLASMA VU – a Vutek QS™ Dedicated Ink Solution ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... A free ink set for every conversion!

    Bordeaux announces a campaign promoting the industry’s first dedicated ink solution for Vutek QS printers. The owners of Vutek QS™ printer series in the UK will get a free set with the first purchase of PLASMA VU conversion kit.
    Bordeaux’s PLASMA VU is Bordeaux’s printer specific solution for the Vutek QS which enables a simple installation with zero printer downtime. The versatile and low odor UV curable ink is specifically designed for full compatibility in every Vutek QS printer parameter for optimum performance.
    The ink has been rigorously tested on the QS2000™ / QS3200™ printers and exhibits an extended color gamut using 7 colors for guaranteed performance by an established ink research and manufacturing company.
    The conversion kit includes 2 full color sets of compatible OEM ink, flush and a dongle bypass and supplied in packaging that match the printer’s original feeding outlets. This new solution guarantees top level performance, high quality colors, exceptional reliability and cost savings.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    21.01.2015   Multiple Big-Name Exhibitors Confirmed: SinoCorrugated 2015 Set To Be Key Marketplace ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...For Corrugated Industry

    We are excited to announce that 98.47% of exhibiting booths of SinoCorrugated 2015 had already been booked, following a continuing surge in demand for exhibition space that has also seen new halls be open for the exhibition. This is a trend that is expected to last as SinoCorrugated continues to spearhead the rapid development of the corrugated industry and sustain its growth in size and influence.

    An Intelligent Factory Zone will be introduced for the first time at SinoCorrugated 2015
    -Be among the first to enter this USD 5 billion market.
    The Zone will be an opportunity for suppliers to seize a share of the intelligent factory market, exchange with buyers, and create China’s top exhibition platform for factory intelligentization.

    Scope of Exhibits in Intelligent Factory
    • Material Conveying, Piling & Ground Logistics
    • Environment, Safety & Waste Treatment
    • Factory and Equipment Intelligentization
    • Storage Equipment & Technologies
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    21.01.2015   New ownership at Matti Technology AG    ( Company news )

    Company news As of January 13th 2015, Mr. Thomas Amrein took over Matti Technology AG (Matti) and its management. Thomas Amrein is an electrical engineer and an economist. In his professional career he held positions in research, development and commercial functions at national and international SME’s and enterprises in the B2B area.

    At its headquarters in Sulgen the company employs approximately 25 employees, most of them with a degree in engineering. All jobs will be maintained. Matti Technology AG was founded in 1995 by Mr. Max Matti. In 2005 Dr. Dieter Woschitz took over the company. During these years he and his team developed Matti to the market leading integrator of digital printing machines. In this year, Matti is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

    The upcoming retirement in 2017 has led to Dieter Woschitz’s decision to hand over the company to younger hands. Mr. Dieter Woschitz will closely support and advise the company during the next two years.

    Matti Technology AG develops, designs, manufactures and markets (worldwide) integrated solutions for high-speed digital print. Among Mattis international clientele are OEM partners who manufacture digital printing machines but also innovative printing shops, direct-mailers, letter shops, datacenters, banks, insurances and book / manual printers.

    In 2014, together with its partner “bielomatik”, located in Neuffen, Germany, Matti has founded the „Bielomatik-Matti AG” Joint Venture. bielomatik is one of the leading vendors for paper processing and plastics welding machines.

    In November 2014, during the Open-House, the joint venture presented the “PageMaster”. This fully integrated machine configuration digitally prints at speeds up to 300 meters per minute and produces personalised backstitched products with varying formats and page numbers. The PageMaster delivers true inline production “from the white roll to the final product”.
    (Matti Technology AG)
     

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