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    10.04.2014   FEFCO London Summit 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news FEFCO is pleased to announce that it will host its next Summit on 4-6 June 2014 in London at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel & Conference Centre.

    The Summit is open to FEFCO Members only.
    Online Summit registration is now available.

    Target Audience:
    -CEOs from the corrugated industry
    -General Managers
    -Sales & Marketing Managers
    -Corresponding members
    -Sympathiser members

    Conference language is English.
    There will be no simultaneous translation.
    The FEFCO Summit is organised by FEFCO Communication Committee under the guidance of the FEFCO Board.
    (FEFCO I.A. Fédération européenne des fabricants de carton ondulé)
     
    10.04.2014    Importation of softwood logs to Sweden reached a 10-year high in 2013 with Norway and Latvia ...     ( Company news )

    ... being the major suppliers of both pulplogs and sawlogs, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    The forest industry in Sweden imported about ten percent of its wood raw-material Needs in 2013, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly. Softwood log imports reached a tenyear high, while there has been a decline in the importation of hardwood logs. The Major log suppliers to Sweden in 2013 were Latvia, Norway, Estonia and Finland.

    Sweden is the fourth largest importer of logs in the world, despite having forests that cover almost two-thirds of the country. The import volumes have been growing steadily the past five years, with 2013 imports being almost 60 percent higher than five years ago. Softwood logs make up all of the increase in imports and Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ) reported that 2013 had the highest softwood log Import volume over the past ten years. In a contrary development, the importation of hardwood logs in 2013 declined, with import volumes being down about 16 percent from the previous year. As a matter of fact, imports last year fell to the second lowest level in 15 years, with Latvia reducing shipments the most.

    During the past few years, between 10-15% of the imported log volume have been sawlogs destined for sawmills in the Southern part of Sweden, of which most have been sourced in Norway.

    Almost 90% of imported logs in 2013 were pulplogs, evenly split between softwood and hardwood. The two major supplying countries have been Norway (softwood) and Latvia (softwood and hardwood), with other neighboring countries including Finland, Russia and Estonia following far behind.

    The total softwood log shipments from Norway to Sweden, including sawlogs and pulpwood, reached just over two million m3 in 2013, up from 1.4 million m3 in 2012 and only 709,000 m3 in 2011. The major reason for this dramatic increase was that the Swedish pulp company Sodra permanently closed its pulpmill in Tofte, Norway last summer. As a consequence, private forest owners in the region have increased their log shipments to pulp mills in central Sweden. This has had an impact on log flows and prices in the local markets in Sweden and there has been no shortage of wood fiber in this part of the country, according to the WRQ (www.woodprices.com).

    Imported wood-raw material for the Swedish forest industry is not just a marginal business but quite important for many manufacturers of lumber and pulp. The past two years, imported logs have accounted for about ten percent of the total log consumption in the country, this was up from 7.5 percent in 2009.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ))
     
    10.04.2014   Cascades Announces the Closure of Its Swedish Subsidiary Cascades Djupafors    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc., a leader in the recovery and production of green packaging and tissue products, is announcing that, following a consultation process with the unions, it has reached an agreement concerning the closure of its subsidiary, Cascades Djupafors, located in Ronneby, Sweden.

    Picture: President and Chief Executive Officer, Mario Plourde

    Production at the mill will thus end definitively on June 30, 2014. Following the closure, a number of customers will be served by the mill in La Rochette, France. Agreements have already been reached with these customers in order to avoid any disruptions in deliveries.
    "Today, it is with regret that we announce this difficult decision, which is the result of weak market conditions. The current economic situation in Europe is forcing us to reorganize our European production activities in order to compete. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the employees in Djupafors for their work, and the loyalty they have demonstrated to Cascades over the years. We will be with them throughout this difficult time," added President and Chief Executive Officer, Mario Plourde.
    The plant, acquired by Cascades in 1989, has 130 employees and specializes in the manufacture of coated boxboard for folding boxes made from virgin fibres. It has an annual production capacity of 60,000 tonnes.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    10.04.2014   Lecta Reduces Its CO2 Emissions by 10%    ( Company news )

    Company news All Lecta mills have strict CO2 emissions control systems in place and have obtained ISO 50001 energy efficiency certification

    As a result of implementing a variety of energy-saving projects, including the start-up of new CHP plants, improvements in manufacturing processes, upgrading equipment, eliminating the use of fuel-oil and using rail rather than ground transport, Lecta has reduced its CO2 emissions per ton of paper by 10% since 2006. In the last two years, despite changes aimed at manufacturing more higher added-value specialty papers, which have entailed lower productivity levels overall, Lecta has continued to reduce emissions to values of 0.36 t CO2 per ton produced in 2012.

    The paper industry is one of the industries best positioned to mitigate climate change: the paper cycle begins with a natural, renewable raw material (trees) that absorbs CO2 during its growth; stored carbon is not released when trees are cut but remains within the paper products themselves, true CO2 stores; paper can be recycled several times after use, thereby increasing carbon sequestration time; and even when it is not suitable for recycling, paper can be used as biofuel, as well as biomass, with the consequent reduction in landfill waste volumes and the resulting emissions.

    Lecta is one of the largest manufacturers of coated woodfree paper in the world and a leader in the European specialty papers market. It is made up of three companies with a long tradition in their home markets: Cartiere del Garda in Italy, Condat in France and Torraspapel in Spain.

    Lecta currently has 8 mills with a total production capacity of nearly 2 million tons and is recognized worldwide as a reliable, flexible and customer-centered supplier as well as being a leader in environmental stewardship.

    All of the group manufacturing sites hold ISO 9001 quality certification, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management certifications, and ISO 50001 energy management certification. Furthermore, Lecta is able to guarantee the sustainable origin of the wood used to manufacture our products, in strict compliance with new European timber regulations and PEFCTM and FSC® chain-of-custody standards, offering maximum credibility and transparency in our wood sourcing operations.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    09.04.2014   Wausau Paper Announces President and CEO, Henry C. Newell, Steps Down    ( Company news )

    Company news -Non-Executive Chairman Thomas J. Howatt Will Retire From Board
    -Michael C. Burandt Appointed Interim CEO and Will Become Chairman

    Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) announced that its President and Chief Executive Officer, Henry C. “Hank” Newell (photo), has stepped down as CEO effective immediately and plans to resign from the Company’s Board of Directors after a brief transition period. The Company also announced that Non-Executive Chairman Thomas J. Howatt will be retiring from the Board in advance of the Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders.
    Michael C. Burandt, a Wausau Paper Board member since February 2012 and a member of the Board’s Audit and Corporate Governance committees, has been appointed interim Chief Executive Officer and will become Chairman following a brief transition period. The Board is conducting a search for a permanent CEO replacement.
    Mr. Burandt said, “On behalf of the Board, I want to thank Hank Newell for his contributions to the Company, and in particular for his role in transforming Wausau Paper into a pure-play tissue company that is well-positioned to deliver value over the long term. We wish Hank all the best in his future endeavors.”
    Mr. Burandt continued, “I would also like to thank Tom Howatt for his more than thirty years of dedicated service to Wausau Paper. Tom has led this Company admirably as its Chief Executive Officer and, more recently, as its Chairman of the Board. Tom’s leadership and expertise have been invaluable, and we will be wishing him well as he transitions to retirement from our Board.”
    Mr. Burandt added, “Going forward, we will continue to pursue our tissue-focused strategy in order to drive growth, increase earnings, return cash to shareholders and create long-term value. I look forward to the opportunity to work with Wausau Paper’s talented team.”

    Mr. Burandt expects to conduct a detailed review of all aspects of the Company’s operations and the impact on first-quarter performance of cold weather, competitive pricing pressure in support product categories, professional fees associated with proxy and advisory services, and other factors. The Company expects to provide further updates to shareholders at the time of its first-quarter earnings announcement.
    Mr. Burandt, 68, is a paper industry veteran, having served from 1988 until 2007, in various senior positions at Georgia Pacific Corporation, a manufacturer of tissue products, fine paper, building products, containerboard, packaging pulp, and DIXIE® brand products. From November 2000 until May 2007, he was Georgia Pacific’s Executive Vice President of North American Consumer Products, which included the at-home and away-from-home tissue businesses, fine paper business, bleached board business, and the DIXIE® brand businesses. Mr. Burandt was appointed to the Wausau Paper Board in February 2012. He is currently President and CEO of Cantina Holdings LLC, a position he has held since September 2007.
    The Company also said that its Board of Directors is currently in settlement discussions with Starboard Value regarding the issues that Starboard has raised in its publicly-filed correspondence. While discussions are continuing, no agreement has been reached.
    Separately, the Company also announced that it has amended its credit agreements as of March 28, 2014, the details of which were filed in a Form 8-K with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
    (Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue Products)
     
    09.04.2014   Mohawk Introduces New Saybrook Envelope Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, has expanded the company’s envelope offerings with the introduction of Saybrook envelopes.
    Saybrook Envelopes are a new collection of value-priced envelopes that are an outstanding choice for direct mail, financial mailings, office and retail use.
    Engineered for superior ‘lay flat’ use on a wide range of envelope printing and inserting equipment, Saybrook Envelopes provide excellent print performance for offset and flexo printing, as well as foil stamping and thermography.
    Mohawk’s envelope quality stands above the rest. Every Mohawk envelope features a discreet die-cut “M” on the inside seam, which is revealed by holding the envelope up to a light source. The “M-notch” is a symbol of Mohawk quality and assurance, backed with world class service and support.
    Saybrook envelopes are available in bright white wove, recycled white wove, brown kraft and gray kraft envelope papers, in basis weights ranging from 24 lb/90 gsm to 28 lb/105 gsm. The following sizes are available: commercial, catalog, booklet, square, remittance, coin, Baronial and A-style announcement.
    (Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.)
     
    09.04.2014   Cartiera dell'Adda – Italy assigns PMT Italia the upgrade project of its PM1    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia has been charged to carry out the necessary modifications of the Cartiera dell’Adda PM1 with the goal of production increase and paper sheet strength properties improvement.
    PM1 produces multilayer board in the grammage range of 180 to 1,000 g/m2 at a maximum operating speed of 450 m/min., with a variable sheet trim at reel of 4,000 to 4,500 mm.
    The upgrade of the machine, forecast for the summer of 2014, will consist of a new Press Section framework suitable for the repositioning of the existing Jumbo Press as well as for the installation of a Shoe Press with its deflection controlled Counter Roll. An upgrade of the machine Drive System and a rearrangement of the transfer fabric run into dryer section will complete the scope of work.
    The project represents for PMT a further occasion to technologically prove itself in the environment of packaging papers and also the beginning of a new partnership with a leading Italian entity of the sector.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    09.04.2014   Amcor Flexibles wins two 2014 Alufoil Trophies    ( Company news )

    Company news Amcor Flexibles is proud to be the recipient of two awards in the prestigious Alufoil Trophy 2014.

    Picture: Amcor EMEND® Tri-pack Formpack® with peelable lidding

    Demonstrating Amcor’s ability to offer the highest quality in innovative and creative packaging solutions, Amcor Flexibles is proud to be the recipient of two awards in the prestigious Alufoil Trophy 2014 organised by the European Aluminium Foil Association (EAFA).
    In the category of Consumer Convenience, Amcor EMEND® Tri-pack Formpack® with peelable lidding was awarded an Alufoil Trophy for its greatly improved openability and product protection. The product consists of a peelable lid blister pack, combining a lidding foil and a Formpack® coldformed bottom web, provided by Amcor Flexibles for Merck Sharp & Dohme Australia (MSDA).
    The EMEND® Tri-pack Formpack® with peelable lidding is used for medication to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by certain anticancer medicines. Due to the aluminum foil in both the lid and bottom web, the blister provides total barrier protection. It is also easier to handle for the patient, eliminating the risk of losing or damaging the capsules, which was an issue with the previous pack format, a larger walleted tri-pack that required the patient to push the tablet through the blister pack lidding for access. As a result of the change, MSDA has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of impacted products found by patients, helping to reduce costs, while increasing the drug's efficacy.
    Speaking about the award, head of the judging panel Dr Mark Caul, Technical Manager for Packaging at Tesco explained, "This particular drug needs to be available when the patient is probably in some distress, so making it easier to access is a major benefit. Also, with an ageing population any format which helps people with less dexterity is very positive."
    In the category of Marketing & Design, Amcor Flexibles was awarded an Alufoil Trophy for Belmoca® coffee capsules. Belmoca®, a leading producer of beverages, have chosen Amcor Flexibles material to create a very special and eye-catching packaging for their five flavours of premium coffee as well as a milk portion: All portions are packaged in shiny, diamond faceted aluminium capsules in different colours. The special design of the capsules helps underlining and differentiating the high product quality and also perfectly complements the company’s promotional slogan "Belmoca® - a diamond in your cup." With the diamond shaped cups, Belmoca® can be well distinguished as a premium brand in the fast growing market for coffee capsules.
    Dr Mark Caul confirmed the view of his jury colleagues, "When packaging can really reflect the quality image the manufacturer, and retailer, want to deliver with such a high impact, then it is clearly a great piece of design. Add the message which has been attached to this product and this capsule could not be more effective - a gem of an entry which deserved the award."
    Apart from the strong marketing impact, the diamond faceting also brings additional strength to the capsules. The high barrier of the aluminium offers an excellent aroma protection and also allows for optimal storage of these rich aromas and tastes and thus guarantees the freshness of the product. The lid material for the coffee capsules is supplied by Amcor Flexibles as well.
    Andrea Della Torre, R&D Director Pharma, Pet Food, Retort and Technical Foils at Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas said, "We are honored to be distinguished as an Alufoil Trophy winner for both our Food and Pharmaceutical product ranges. In the Consumer Convenience category, EMEND® Tri-pack Formpack® is a new packaging solution that greatly increases patient acceptance and compliance, key factors for a medication used in association with anticancer medicines. This trophy recognizes our R&D teams’ relentless efforts to work closely with customers to influence better health outcomes for patients. The Alufoil Trophy in the category Marketing & Design for our Belmoca® capsules and lidding material rewards our continuous focus on innovation and our commitment to finding better and smarter ways to improve the end users experience."
    (AFEA Amcor Flexibles Europe & Americas)
     
    09.04.2014   International Meeting of the tissue paper sector organized by the Technology and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Passion Club Friday, May 23rd, 2014 , at 15pm – Auditorium St. Francesco – LUCCA (IT)

    The first edition of "The roads of Tissue " is coming, the international meeting on the tissue paper sector organized by the Technology and Passion Club. A panel discussion with managers and entrepreneurs of European and non-European companies, an exhibition of unusual and unique products from different countries of the world, an exhibition on the history of tissue handkerchiefs and the Prize Giving Ceremony of university excellences will be part of the meeting, on Friday, May 23rd. The event will take place at the prestigious location of the Auditorium St. Francesco, in the heart of the historic centre of Lucca and at the headquarters of the Club, the Giuseppe Lazzareschi Foundation. A unique opportunity at international level, to meet, learn and discuss about different realities of the tissue paper industry, emphasize the excellence of each production and distribution system, with the aim of highlighting innovation, curiosity and peculiarities. An interesting opportunity of relationship between
    persons of this industrial sector, which will give an opportunity also to analyze the data of the paper district of Lucca that holds about 80 % of the national production of tissue paper and 17% of the European production.

    HOST COUNTRIES of this first edition will be Japan, Nigeria, Arab Countries (Abu Dhabi) and Hungary. Managers and CEOs of the major tissue companies of the host countries as speakers, who will Exchange opinions in a round table discussion, moderated by the British presenter Jonathan Roberts, with the possibility of intervention by the public, in an interesting cross-cultural exchange. An overview of world production, the most consumed products, curiosities and peculiarities of foreign markets and their distribution systems. A unique exhibition of products coming directly from the host countries will be the background of the meeting which will show curiosities and peculiarities related to their markets.

    AWARD CEREMONY
    The day will also provide the opportunity to reward the winners of a yearly contest promoted and financed by the Club. The "CLUB T&P Study Award” is aimed to young graduates in various fields of engineering in different Italian universities. The Club’s president, Mr Massimo Franzaroli, will deliver to the top three winners, selected by a special committee, a cash prize together with the opportunity to access to a company internship. A special prize will be also granted to an interesting new patent in the paper industry.

    80 YEARS IN OUR POCKETS - The history and the evolution of the tissue pocket handkerchief. From 9th to 23rd of May the Club headquarter – the Giuseppe Lazzareschi Foundation – will host an exhibition on the history of tissue handkerchiefs. Result of the passion of the collector Silvio Fioravanti, the collection boasts more than 13 thousand pieces, from 78 nations, from the earliest models (1930-1940) to the latest news. At the end of 2013 the collection entered into the “Guinness World Records " as
    the largest collection of packages of handkerchiefs in the world.
    (Club Tecnologia e Passione)
     
    09.04.2014   The Label Says it All    ( Company news )

    Company news Security logistics labels from Schreiner ProTech showcase the label industry's expertise in product authentication

    FINAT, Europe’s international industry association for self-adhesive labels, is active in promoting the achievements of its members, many of whom are label converters, through its annual label competition, whose winning entries go forward for judging in the prestigious World Label Awards. Both competitions demonstrate the versatility, flexibility, and technical skills that print on to self-adhesive labelstock can deliver. One area where self-adhesive labels have, in recent years, proved particularly adept is in the creation of security labels to help brand owners to provide authentication data for their products, and foil the perpetrators of today’s huge global business in counterfeit goods and ‘grey market’ trading.

    The world’s biggest brand
    Global sales of fake goods are now estimated at $650bn per annum, making 'counterfeit’ the world’s biggest brand. As well as threatening the welfare of purchasers, fake goods negatively affect customer brand loyalty and, of course, the brand owner’s profitability.

    A winning example
    A fine example of an effective security logistics label from Schreiner Group’s ProTech division has been honoured in the 2013 World Label Awards competition. Proclaimed the winner in the technical category covering combination line print, the Schreiner security logistics label features a complex package of overt, covert, and digital security features. It demonstrates ‘best practice’ in leading-edge layered security solutions for high-value and sensitive goods -- in this case, critical OEM automotive spare parts – and it has already found commercial success for authenticating BMW spares.

    Why use a label?
    Labels are the preferred carrier of security features of all kinds, since they provide an accessible substrate which may be checked for authenticity in a number of ways. With self-adhesive labels in particular, the opportunities to build covert security features into or under the label face, or in the adhesive, are diverse.

    Three levels of security
    The three major areas of focus are the provision of devices for visual authentication (with the naked eye, or with a scanner of some kind); secure tracking systems (creating a continuum through the supply and distribution chain); and anti-counterfeiting technologies – often bespoke -- that are difficult, or impossible, to replicate. Such devices may be overt or covert, to provide the broadest possible umbrella of protection for everything from ethical pharmaceuticals to legal documents, designer handbags, automotive parts, prepared foods and their ingredients, toys, and computer software. They can involve the use of the label substrate itself (eg with security watermarks), inks and coatings, Data Matrix codes, holography, and even chemical taggants and microtaggants -- including DNA -- which are detectable only with dedicated specialist scanners.

    The key to success in the real world
    The Schreiner ProTech security logistic label’s specification brings together a complex cocktail of such features – some of which require professional authentication, and all of which need brand owner involvement in developing and using their company’s own security labelling system. As Thomas Völcker, Director, Business Development and Marketing at Schreiner ProSecure, explains: ‘Security is not just a matter of technology today. It’s a matter of educating the people who have to authenticate the product.’

    Visible tamper evidence
    Such education will begin with checking entry-level packaging features like security seals, which will readily provide tamper evidence without the use of any tools except the naked eye.

    Covert features
    At the second level of security, covert features are added to the Schreiner security logistics label via the printing process, including two- and three-dimensional demetallized holographic stripes which produce different (and identifiable) optical effects when they are viewed from different angles.

    Security inks deliver additional features. Thermochromic inks, which change colour at different temperatures, fade to show a ‘genuine’ message when the labelled pack is at body temperature. UV luminescent inks produce a hidden text line and other marks when viewed under a black light. Additionally, a high-resolution random pattern, printed from an extra-high-resolution digital master, is printed on the label to enable authenticators to detect label copying. Anyone copying the pattern illegally will achieve less precision and technical detail in the image, since it is being copied from previous printed matter and not from the digital master. (It will in fact be slightly blurred). A simple scan with a handheld device or even a smartphone and will uncover this blurring and identify the fake.

    Track-and-trace functionality
    Finally, a unique track-and-trace security product batch code is added to verify the integrity of the logistics chain. As with all advanced authentication labelling solutions, customer-specific features can be added to order – and Schreiner ProSecure offers many additional options.

    Foiling the fraudsters is now a major concern on high-value goods such as automotive spares, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and on wines and spirits. Multi-layer security labels from FINAT member companies such as Schreiner ProTech are contributing significantly to reducing the damage for both purchasers and brand owners.

    Sidebar
    Schreiner Group were also victorious in the Innovation category in the 2013 FINAT Label Competition with their Electric Conductive Films – produced using advanced printing and diecutting techniques, and used in electrical and electronic applications such as membrane touch switches and other conductive functions.
    (FINAT)
     
    09.04.2014   UPM chooses Voith to supply labelling materials production line for UPM Changshu mill in China    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has chosen Voith to supply the labelling materials production line at the UPM Changshu mill in China. The agreement covers the main machinery and finishing equipment for the new machine. With the investment, UPM is strengthening its leading global position in labelling materials.
    “The technological know-how and competitive overall solution were decisive points for us to select Voith Paper as supplier. We are happy to start this project with them,” says Timo Heinonen, Project Director from UPM.
    The new machine can produce 360,000 tonnes of labelling materials and uncoated woodfree speciality papers annually, and it will start up at the end of 2015. All grades enjoy a healthy demand outlook in Asia.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    08.04.2014   Researchers design trees that make it easier to produce pulp    ( Company news )

    Company news Researchers have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel, a breakthrough that will mean using fewer chemicals, less energy and creating fewer environmental pollutants.

    Picture: Shawn Mansfield, a professor of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia.

    “One of the largest impediments for the pulp and paper industry as well as the emerging biofuel industry is a polymer found in wood known as lignin,” says Shawn Mansfield, a professor of Wood Science at the University of British Columbia.
    Lignin makes up a substantial portion of the cell wall of most plants and is a processing impediment for pulp, paper and biofuel. Currently the lignin must be removed, a process that requires significant chemicals and energy and causes undesirable waste.
    Researchers used genetic engineering to modify the lignin to make it easier to break down without adversely affecting the tree’s strength.
    “We’re designing trees to be processed with less energy and fewer chemicals, and ultimately recovering more wood carbohydrate than is currently possible,” says Mansfield.
    Researchers had previously tried to tackle this problem by reducing the quantity of lignin in trees by suppressing genes, which often resulted in trees that are stunted in growth or were susceptible to wind, snow, pests and pathogens.
    “It is truly a unique achievement to design trees for deconstruction while maintaining their growth potential and strength.”
    The study, a collaboration between researchers at the University of British Columbia, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Michigan State University, is a collaboration funded by Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, was published today in Science.

    BACKGROUND
    Lignin
    The structure of lignin naturally contains ether bonds that are difficult to degrade. Researchers used genetic engineering to introduce ester bonds into the lignin backbone that are easier to break down chemically.
    The new technique means that the lignin may be recovered more effectively and used in other applications, such as adhesives, insolation, carbon fibres and paint additives.

    Genetic modification
    The genetic modification strategy employed in this study could also be used on other plants like grasses to be used as a new kind of fuel to replace petroleum.
    Genetic modification can be a contentious issue, but there are ways to ensure that the genes do not spread to the forest. These techniques include growing crops away from native stands so cross-pollination isn’t possible; introducing genes to make both the male and female trees or plants sterile; and harvesting trees before they reach reproductive maturity.
    In the future, genetically modified trees could be planted like an agricultural crop, not in our native forests. Poplar is a potential energy crop for the biofuel industry because the tree grows quickly and on marginal farmland. Lignin makes up 20 to 25 per cent of the tree.
    “We’re a petroleum reliant society,” says Mansfield. “We rely on the same resource for everything from smartphones to gasoline. We need to diversify and take the pressure off of fossil fuels. Trees and plants have enormous potential to contribute carbon to our society.”
    (The University of British Columbia, Dept. of Wood Science, Faculty of Forestry)
     
    08.04.2014   BillerudKorsnäs improves efficiency through Tieto solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging material company BillerudKorsnäs AB has signed a multi-year agreement with Tieto regarding the integration and implementation of the Tieto Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS) business system, which has been customized for the packaging industry. The aim is to add value for BillerudKorsnäs customers.

    The solution is part of an initiative by BillerudKorsnäs to create the most reliable and efficient delivery chain in the industry.

    "Tieto has a sound knowledge of the industry, and this standardized solution will help ensure we can provide even better service to our customers," says Johan Fahlroth, Director Supply Chain Customer Service, BillerudKorsnäs.

    TIPS is a centralized sales and planning system that integrates business, planning and production processes in real time. The BillerudKorsnäs solution covers Customer Service Centers all over the world, and paper and board mills in Sweden, Finland and the UK.

    "The solution will also enable us to reduce our IT costs, increase efficiency and simplify integration in relation to our customers, transport providers and suppliers," continues Johan Fahlroth.

    "Through this agreement, BillerudKorsnäs has invested a great deal of trust in us and is positioning us as the leading supplier of this type of solution in Sweden," says Mats Lidström, Customer Manager, Tieto.

    The agreement was signed in February, and the project is estimated to be completed during the second half of 2016. Apart from implementation, the project also involves upgrading the existing TIPS solution, training key users, providing support and carrying out project management for orders.
    (Tieto Germany GmbH)
     
    08.04.2014   Ricoh's Clickable Paper Brings Interactivity to European Print    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh Europe PLC has announced that its Clickable Paper™ technology is to become commercially available in Western Europe, rolled out on a country-by-country basis.

    Clickable Paper is a powerful, interactive print solution that bridges the online and offline worlds. It has the ability to provide immediate one-touch access to up to six different online resources such as video/multimedia, web sites, e-commerce portals and social networks. Clickable Paper makes paper-based communications interactive and delivers far-reaching value to readers by providing easy access to digital rich media via a smartphone or tablet. Its functionality can be critical when it comes to developing an effective interactive print campaign that drives readers to seek additional information and provides tracking of these activities to publishers and advertisers.

    “There are a number of capabilities of this technology that makes it hugely attractive for businesses looking for ways to add greater value to print and to place themselves at the forefront of mobile communications,” comments Benoit Chatelard, General Manager, Solutions, Ricoh Europe. “With Clickable Paper, publishers and advertisers can create highly interactive, multi-media campaigns that yield rapid results. It also protects core print-based businesses while reinventing them at the same time with a unique marketing service that delivers rapid ROI. Results are trackable for greater reportability, increasing the value of this interactive application for publishers and advertisers alike.”

    Using Clickable Paper
    Clickable Paper is based on Ricoh Visual Search, an image recognition technology developed by Ricoh Innovations, Inc. It is more secure than QR codes and permits the repurposing of already printed materials without marking, editing or reformatting the source documents. Although the Clickable Paper logo can be printed on the page to inform the reader that the images are hot spots for more interaction, the technology doesn’t require visible marks of any kind on printed materials, so there is no need to design around a barcode that can detract from a document’s appearance.

    Pilot success
    The commercialisation of Clickable Paper follows a number of successful pilots in the Netherlands, France and the United Kingdom where the technology has been deployed by businesses in commercial print, publishing and luxury goods manufacturing across a range of applications that include books, newspapers and magazines.

    One of the pilots was UK commercial printer Barnwell Print. The company was keen to modernise the user’s experience with the printed page and increase the value of print to enhance its breadth of services and support its clients to grow their own businesses.

    Clickable Paper was incorporated into a 4,000 run of a 274-page book enabling readers to watch a video about fishing. Barnwell Print also used the technology successfully in an advert for Norwich Theatre Royal in a monthly town magazine with a circulation of 40,000 to encourage readers to order theatre tickets online.

    “When we saw Clickable Paper, we immediately recognised its enormous potential,” explains Julian Barnwell, Managing Director and Co-owner of Barnwell Print. “Clickable Paper enables publications to be used as a portal to direct readers to all kinds of extra information or entertainment. It brings printed publications into the world of interactive, multi-channel communications and offers the real-time tracking of reader response that has heretofore been difficult to achieve with a printed publication.’’

    Dutch business magazine De Zaak chose Clickable Paper to reinforce subscriptions and advertising levels by offering a value-added service to subscribers. The monthly publication, with 155,000 readers and a 17,000 subscriber base, chose to enrich its articles with links to its website and other information sources. Chief editor Armand Landman, said, “With Clickable Paper, we added something special to our printed magazine. We can now easily bridge to our online platform where our readers will find a wealth of additional information and services. This allows our readers to have fast, easy access to a broader range of material via their smartphones, with the printed magazine as the base.” He has called it, “the next page in journalism”.

    Chatelard says, “Clickable Paper is a high value, affordable service, grounded in familiar marketing territory such as campaigns, cloud services and print. It is innovative, yet practical and easy to use. It multiplies the communications capability of publishers and advertisers, making the printed page or poster a versatile channel into the online world, enriching readers’ experience. We expect that publishers, advertisers and agencies, progressive print and marketing services providers will embrace Clickable Paper as it becomes available in their respective countries.”
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    08.04.2014   UPM has agreed main suppliers for the Kymi pulp mill expansion project    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM is proceeding as planned with its EUR 160 million investment to increase pulp production at the Kymi mill in Kouvola, Finland. The company has signed agreements within the KYMI-700 project concerning the planning, new debarking plant and pulp drying machine as well as modernisation of the softwood fibre line. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value or further details of the agreements.
    The KYMI-700 project consists of a new debarking plant, a new pulp drying machine and modernisation of the softwood fibre line. The project will be completed in the final quarter of 2015.
    The planning of the KYMI-700 project has been commissioned from the local engineering office CTS Engtec Oy. Raumaster from the Finnish city of Rauma will supply the new debarking plant. The complementary pulp drying machine and modernisation of the fibre line will be supplied by the Austrian company Andritz. Supply of the rest of the equipment and systems will proceed according to the plan.
    With this investment UPM Kymi mill’s annual pulp production capacity will increase by 170,000 tonnes up to 700,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp. The investment forms a significant part of UPM’s target to reach a 10% increase in its 3.3 million tonne pulp capacity over the next three years.
    (UPM)
     
    08.04.2014   EUROPAC INCREASES NET PROFIT 92%     ( Company news )

    Company news The Administration Board of EUROPAC (Paper and Paperboard in Europe, SA) has approved this morning the results for the year 2013th, in which the net profit was 27.43 million euros, 92% more than in 2012. Moreover, the company recorded an increase in turnover for the fourth consecutive year, surpassing for the first time the billion euros and placing aggregate sales in 1075.90 billion, up 10 % from 980.18 million recorded in the previous year.
    -The company reported 27.43 million euros of profit in 2013 compared to 14.29 million achieved in the previous year
    -Aggregate sales of 1,075.90 million represents an increase of 10% compared to 2012
    -There is a significant improvement potential in margins for business lines such as recycled paper and cardboard
    -The applied energy reform has significantly damaged the results of the activity in Spain

    The Administration Board of EUROPAC (Paper and Paperboard in Europe, SA) has approved this morning the results for the year 2013th, in which the net profit was 27.43 million euros, 92% more than in 2012. Moreover, the company recorded an increase in turnover for the fourth consecutive year, surpassing for the first time the billion euros and placing aggregate sales in 1075.90 billion, up 10 % from 980.18 million recorded in the previous year.
    Between the 1st of January and the 31st of December, the consolidated EBITDA registered an increase of 16 % after reaching 104.10 million compared to 90.06 million a year earlier. Meanwhile, EBIT was 54.89 million euros last year, 34% more than in the same period of 2012.
    Enrique Isidro, EUROPAC Group CEO, said that “the results of the exercise are good and have made a turnover exceeding one billion euros for the first time, despite the negative macro-economic context in Europe. Furthermore, the results have been harmed by the effects of an energy reform implemented so disastrously and pointlessly in Spain, and that will certainly affect the Spanish industrial sector negatively. However, the sustained improvement of paper during the year and the soundness of the strategy and management of the Group EUROPAC are the keys to growth in recent years.”
    According to the manager, “the efforts made in recent years in improving the productivity of our facilities and the competitiveness of our products and services allow you to see the true potential of EUROPAC Group in the context of a normalised market where margins of business lines as cardboard and recycled paper are placed in their historical levels .”

    BUSINESS PERFORMANCE IN 2013
    WASTE MANAGEMENT
    Aggregate sales of the waste management business line increased by 14.5 %, in line with the increase in processed tons of recovered paper, which in 2013 reached 292,969. Thus, the strategic objective of further increasing the level of integration of the group continued growing during the last year, to cover 37% of the group recovered paper needs compared to 33% in 2012.

    PAPER
    Improving factory productivity of Viana do Castelo has resulted in increased production of kraftliner paper, 10 % over the previous year, which has allowed the facility to beat his record of annual production to a total of 363,947 tons. This increase in production with good product market conditions has meant an increase in aggregate sales of 17.5%.
    As for recycled paper, the price increase which was applied from last 1st of August, together with the stability of raw material prices in recent months, has allowed to recover progressively the margins of the business during 2013, although there is still significant improvement potential. We have to stress the positive development of the factory Rouen, with an increase in aggregate sales higher than 7%.

    ENERGY
    Regarding the energy, with production and sales levels in line with the previous year, it should be noted the negative impact it has had on the business EBITDA the applied energy reform in Spain, which was partially offset by the improvement in Portugal that responds to that increased paper production in the Viana do Castelo plant.

    CARDBOARD
    Finally, the behaviour of the cardboard business line in 2013 was characterised by the increased volume of sales in all countries in which the Group EUROPAC operates in a difficult market situation. In this context, the difficulty for transfering to the market the raw material price rises has resulted in a decrease in the results.
    From the corporate point of view, it is noteworthy the incorporation of EUROPAC Cartonnerie de Bretagne in March, making the company the fourth largest supplier of packaging in France, and the launch of the first phase of the industrial project in Morocco, whose impact on the annual accounts is not relevant at the moment.
    (Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.)
     
    08.04.2014   Time to shine: Hahnemühle Canvas Metallic    ( Company news )

    Hahnemühle Canvas Metallic 350 gsm is a bright white fine art inkjet canvas with an extravagant metallic gleam. The novel surface will impress every observer with its elegant silver and pearlescent gloss.
    The metallic finish on this finely-structured fabric ensures an extremely lively and appealing image effect.Smaple prints Hahnemühle Canvas Metallic 970x470px The inkjet coating guarantees photographs and art reproductions with extremely high densities, large color gamut and sharp resolution.

    Canvas Metallic in detail:
    -Novel surface with an elegant silver and pearlescent gloss
    -Extremely high densities for dark colors
    -Large color gamut
    -Perfectly suited for the Hahnemühle Framing System

    “This iridescent Canvas Metallic is a great product that extends our successful Hahnemühle Digital FineArt Canvas range perfectly. For vibrant and shimmering art productions, digital art or collages as well as fine art photo prints, Canvas Metallic offers an entirely new, Hahnemuehle Canvas Metallic roll and box1amazingly shiny three-dimensional look. The sample print on Canvas Metallic shows a painting of Jesus Vilalonga which blend perfectly with the elegant silver shine. With a superbly wrapped genuine fine art print on Canvas Metallic, artists and photographers can impress with radiance in galleries, museums and collectors in the truest sense of the word.” – Andrea Sippel, Product Manager of Digital FineArt Paper for Hahnemühle GmbH.
    Available in 17″, 24″ and 44″ wide rolls – 12 meters length.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

     
    08.04.2014   Statement re press speculation concerning Metso Corporation    ( Company news )

    Company news The Weir Group Plc (“Weir”) notes the recent press speculation concerning a possible transaction involving Weir and Metso Corporation (“Metso”) and the subsequent statement from Metso. Weir confirms that it has made an indicative all share merger proposal to the Board of Metso.
    The Board of Weir believes that there is a strong strategic rationale for bringing the two companies together which would offer the opportunity for significant efficiencies and synergies, creating significant value for all shareholders. Weir envisages that the merged entity would be listed on both the London and Helsinki Stock Exchanges.
    Weir will make a further announcement as appropriate in due course.
    Shareholders are advised that there can be no certainty that the merger proposal will lead to any agreement, or as to the timing or terms of any such agreement and there can be no assurance that, even if reached, any such agreement would lead to a transaction.
    Any transaction would be subject, inter alia, to Weir shareholder approval.
    (The Weir Group PLC)
     
    07.04.2014   Mimaki pulls the creative card at FESPA Digital 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Entry-level JFX200-2513 UV inkjet flatbed and Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer for the textile and soft signage markets to be highlighted

    Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, announced that it will be exhibiting at FESPA Digital 2014, scheduled for 20-23 May in Munich, Germany. Mimaki will be located in Stand A1-110 at the show. The company will be presenting two printing solutions: the JFX200-2513 entry-level UV inkjet flatbed and the Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer for the textile and soft signage industries. FESPA Digital 2014 marks the European debut of the latter.

    “FESPA Digital 2014 is the place to be for forward-looking sign and display graphics operations,” said Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA for Mimaki Europe, “and Mimaki is pleased to be able to bring to the show two solutions that will hopefully challenge the creative minds. Both epitomize the opportunities represented by our new tagline: Together We Create. FESPA Digital 2014 is a creative show requiring an imaginative outlook and we are ready to meet the visionary expectations of visitors to our stand at the show.”

    On Display
    An early version of the JFX200-2513 was unveiled as a prototype at Viscom Dusseldorf in November 2013 to rave reviews and will be commercially available in Europe after FESPA Digital 2014. It features:
    - A compact footprint that can easily fit into facilities of almost any size and an affordable price to match.
    - Two different ink types that support a wide range of materials and applications. This includes:
    o LH-100, a hard UV cure ink with high rub and chemical resistance with excellent color fidelity;
    o LUS-150, a low-cost UV cure ink with suppleness that extends to 150% with no cracking for materials to be applied to curved surfaces.
    - Variable dot function that assures less granular high quality prints by jetting three ink dot sizes at once.
    - White ink for brilliant images, compelling backlits, and other items printed on transparent materials. Mimaki Circulation Technology eliminates issues with white ink sedimentation that can occur in printers from other sources.

    For sign and display graphics businesses in the textile and soft signage segments, Mimaki is pleased to be showing the Tx500-1800DS direct sublimation printer at FESPA Digital 2014. “High speed meets high productivity with this innovative textile printer,” Horsten added. “It features a new Sb300 ink that is more affordable than conventional ink, as well as increased print speed for polyester fabrics.”

    Mimaki experts will also be on hand to speak with visitors about their goals and objectives, and to help them match these needs to the most appropriate Mimaki solutions so that “Together We Create” new business opportunities, improved operations, and the highest quality solutions in the marketplace.

    More details about Mimaki and its expansive product portfolio can be found at www.mimakieurope.com.
     
    07.04.2014   HIT EXPANDS MARKET SHARE IN HEAVY DUTY SINGLE STAGE GEAR UNITS    ( Company news )

    Company news Since a few years we are very successful in selling single stage blower drives. Having no dedicated single stage solution for the larger sizes, a special solution was designed starting from the standard horizontal, parallel, 2-stage “Hansen P4” housing (size G, H, J or K - with 1 gear set). What started as a one off project has turned into recurrent business since.

    HIT sees a significant market potential for similar single stage drives, also outside Europe, mainly in the mining sector (e.g. for centrifugal slurry pumps) and for applications such as blowers, compressors and refiners as well as equipment for e.g. the chemical industry and the energy sector.
    (H.I.T. Hansen Industrial Transmissions nv)
     
    07.04.2014   Sappi Europe SA to adjust uncoated woodfree prices in April    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to strong demand supply balance in uncoated fine papers and the sustained increases in the cost structure, Sappi Europe SA increases prices for all its uncoated fine paper (UWF) business in Europe and Export markets by 5%.
    This will take effect for all deliveries invoiced from 14th April 2014.
    In the coming weeks Sappi sales staff will be contacting customers to begin implementation.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    07.04.2014   Voith: energy savings and high strength values convince paper manufacturers    ( Company news )

    Company news -The full Pluralis Line fillings now available
    -More than 1,000 Pluralis fillings sold since 2006
    -Clearly increased strength values and energy savings of up to 30% possible

    The now complete Pluralis Line fillings from Voith offer requirement-oriented refining for nearly all types of raw materials and paper characteristics. The Pluralis Line can be used not only in all Voith machines, but can also be used for many disk refiners in third-party machines. Due to the positive effects on paper quality and the energy balance, paper manufacturers worldwide have trust in the Pluralis Line.
    There are six refiner fillings in the Pluralis Line. The original two refiner fillings for short fiber pulp and long fiber pulp were supplemented by four others. Now with the Pluralis Line the right filling is available to the paper manufacturer for nearly every purpose. IF is ideal for pulp mixtures with up to 30% long fibers. The Pluralis Line also contains a refiner filling for more heavily contaminated recycled raw materials that can also process pulp with longer fibers well and a filling for 100% short fiber pulp or pulp and paper mills that work in an integrated fashion.
    Thanks to Voith’s decades of experience in the production of refiner fillings, high-quality products can be made available to paper manufacturers. More than 6,000 Pluralis refiner fillings have been used worldwide since 2006. In comparison with conventional refiner fillings, energy savings of up to 30% are possible. With many customers, it is still apparent that the strength values are noticeably increased by the use of Pluralis. Even the wet web tensile strength can be increased significant to reduce breaks in the paper machine.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

     
    07.04.2014   Yazoo Mills Invests $4 Million Into Manufacturing Operations    ( Company news )

    Company news Over the past 18 months, Yazoo Mills has been working diligently to make the necessary changes within their manufacturing operations to sustain their current growth trend. The company has invested over $4 million dollars into essential projects, plant infrastructure upgrades, and additional production capacity.
    A new 45,000 square foot distribution center was recently built in Hanover, PA giving Yazoo Mills a total of 195,000 square feet of manufacturing and distribution space for their product lines. With the infrastructure upgrades and remodeling, Yazoo was able to generate 20 local jobs and now employs over 100 individuals.
    A team of managers worked together to redesign and reengineer the existing production lines to improve efficiency and ergonomics throughout the company. Other projects that have since been completed are the additions of new printing capabilities, new packaging line equipment, innovative adhesive storage and distribution system, ERP systems, and upgrading to energy efficient lighting throughout the plant. The construction of an employee training center and 10 new office spaces were also incorporated in the list of remodels at Yazoo Mills.
    (Yazoo Mills Inc.)
     
    07.04.2014   Nonwoven production exceeded 2 million tonnes in 2013 in Greater Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news EDANA disclosed the preliminary European annual statistics for 2013. This release offers a comprehensive picture of the Nonwovens industry in Greater Europe. According to figures collected and compiled by the EDANA secretariat, production of nonwovens in Europe grew by around 1.9% in 2013 to reach 2,037,400 tonnes.

    Picture: Jacques Prigneaux, Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director

    EDANA disclosed the preliminary European annual statistics for 2013. This release offers a comprehensive picture of the Nonwovens industry in Greater Europe, information which offers significant value a few days before the opening of INDEX™ 14, the world’s largest nonwovens exhibition.
    According to figures collected and compiled by the EDANA secretariat, production of nonwovens in Europe grew by around 1.9% in 2013 to reach 2,037,400 tonnes. This compares with 1,998,900 tonnes in 2012 when the annual growth was 1.5%. Despite these two low growth years, the average growth rate since 2009 has been nearly 5.2%.
    Obviously, a more in-depth analysis will be necessary to draw any definitive conclusion, as diverging trends have been observed in different European countries, and between the various production processes of nonwovens.

    Jacques Prigneaux, EDANA’s Market Analysis and Economic Affairs Director, stated “Growth in the Wetlaid nonwovens has been substantial this year, but it is actually the Hydroentanglement process that has recorded the highest apparent growth of more 5.7%. However, other bonding processes within the Drylaid technologies (thermally, chemically bonded and needled punched), and also Spunmelt nonwovens witnessed low growth rates in 2013. Airlaid production, compared to its performance of 2012, recorded a higher growth, at 3%.”
    The main end-use for nonwovens remains the hygiene market with a 32% share of deliveries, amounting to 645,700 tonnes, which has grown by 1.9% in 2013. The most significant growth areas for nonwovens in 2013 were in medical (+14.0%) and all types of filtration applications (+11.5 %), followed by all wipes together (+7.4%), in which the specific evolution of personal care wipes (+12.4%) must be underlined.
    On the contrary, major declines were noticed in interlinings, coating substrates and artificial leather markets. Additionally, several important durable sectors in terms of volumes sold, such as in construction markets or agriculture, showed limited (and sometimes negative) growth.
    Nevertheless, sales to the Automotive interiors market continued to increase (+4.1% in 2013). This trend confirms the importance of the Automotive sector for the European nonwovens industry, which will be highlighted during INDEX™ 14 (with a special workshop to be held from 1.30pm on Tuesday 8th April).
    Only EDANA members receive the full report, as part of one of their most valued membership benefits, and will soon get their complimentary copy of the report “2013 European Nonwovens Production and Deliveries”. EDANA nonwoven producers member companies will receive detailed data, in recognition of their participation.
    "Thanks to a convergence of efforts of the participating companies and of the EDANA staff in the last few years, these statistics are available earlier than ever, making these ever more relevant for planning and benchmarking purposes within member companies" said Jacques.
    (EDANA International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries)
     
    04.04.2014   Nano-paper filter can remove viruses    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The illustration shows the nanofibers in white and the virus in green.

    Researchers at the Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Uppsala University have developed a paper filter, which can remove virus particles with an efficiency matching that of the best industrial virus filters. The paper filter consists of 100 percent high purity cellulose nanofibers, directly derived from nature.
    The research was carried out in collaboration with virologists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences/Swedish National Veterinary Institute and is published in the Advanced Healthcare Materials journal.
    Virus particles are very peculiar objects- tiny (about thousand times thinner than a human hair) yet mighty. Viruses can only replicate in living cells but once the cells become infected the viruses can turn out to be extremely pathogenic. Viruses can actively cause diseases on their own or even transform healthy cells to malignant tumors.
    ‘Viral contamination of biotechnological products is a serious challenge for production of therapeutic proteins and vaccines. Because of the small size, virus removal is a non-trivial task, and, therefore, inexpensive and robust virus removal filters are highly demanded’, says Albert Mihranyan, Associate Professor at the Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Uppsala University, who heads the study.
    Cellulose is one of the most common materials to produce various types of filters because it is inexpensive, disposable, inert and non-toxic. It is also mechanically strong, hydrophyllic, stable in a wide range of pH, and can withstand sterilization e.g. by autoclaving. Normal filter paper, used for chemistry, has too large pores to remove viruses.
    The undergraduate student Linus Wågberg, Professor Maria Strømme, and Associate Professor Albert Mihranyan at the Division of Nanotechnology and Functional Materials, Uppsala University, in collaboration with virologists Dr. Giorgi Metreveli, Eva Emmoth, and Professor Sándor Belák from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)/Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA), report a design of a paper filter which is capable of removing virus particles with the efficiency matching that of the best industrial virus filters. The reported paper filter, which is manufactured according to the traditional paper making processes, consists of 100 percent high purity cellulose nanofibers directly derived from nature.
    The discovery is a result of a decade long research on the properties of high surface area nanocellulose materials, which eventually enabled the scientists to tailor the pore size distribution of their paper precisely in the range desirable for virus filtration.
    Previously described virus removal paper filters relied heavily on interception of viruses via electrostatic interactions, which are sensitive to pH and salt concentrations, whereas the virus removal filters made from synthetic polymers and which rely on size-exclusion are produced through tedious multistep phase-inversion processing involving hazardous solvents and rigorous pore annealing processing.

    Incidentally, it was the Swedish chemist J.J. Berzelius (1779-1848), one of the most famous alumni of Uppsala University, who was the first one to use the pure wet-laid-all-rag paper for separation of precipitates in chemical analysis. In a way, the virus removal nano-paper filter developed by the Uppsala scientists is the modern day analogue of the widely popular Swedish Filter Paper developed by Berzelius nearly two centuries ago.
    (Uppsala University)
     
    04.04.2014   Resolute Expands its Eco-conscious Align Paper Grades    ( Company news )

    Company news Grades use up to 50% less fiber as well as less energy and fewer chemicals

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) continues to expand its Align™ brand of environmentally responsible and budget-friendly papers by adding two more superbrite grades, Hybrid and Alternative, to the company's existing offerings of Ecopaque, Equal Offset and Resolute Max.
    "We now offer five different eco-friendly grades in multiple configurations under our Align brand," said John Lafave, Senior Vice President, Pulp and Paper Sales and Marketing. "Customers have even more choice of paper grades that reduce fiber consumption and save money without sacrificing the quality of their printed product."
    Specific grades that will be added to the Align umbrella include Hybrid Smooth, Hybrid Vellum, Hybrid Envelope, Alternative Book, Alternative Offset and Alternative Opaque produced at the company's Calhoun (Tennessee) mill, as well as Alternative Offset and Alternative Book produced at the Alma (Quebec) mill. Align's Hybrid grades are high-yield, opaque offset papers used for commercial printing such as comics, direct mail, directories, envelopes, inserts and manuals. Align's Alternative Offset papers are ideal for a variety of print applications, including book publishing, financial printing, annual reports and direct mail.
    Resolute's Calhoun mill made significant advancements in reducing its environmental footprint in 2013, which qualify certain of its products to become part of the Align family. One of the most important changes involved shifting Calhoun's energy source from coal to natural gas, considerably reducing the mill's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.
    Align papers are made with up to 50% less wood fiber compared to freesheet paper, and have an environmental footprint 35% to 85% smaller than the average freesheet grade - including some containing recycled content. In addition, by delivering higher opacity and bulk at a lower basis weight than traditional freesheet, Align helps reduce paper, postage and transportation costs. With Align, environmentally- and value-conscious customers can choose from a range of bright, opaque, high-bulk papers that are designed to meet their specific needs.
    The thermo-mechanical pulping process used to produce Resolute's Align family of papers applies heat and mechanical grinding to wood fibers. With this process, 90% of the wood fiber is used, and it also delivers a marked improvement in efficiency over the chemical pulping process employed to make competitive traditional freesheet from kraft pulp. In the chemical pulping process, the lignin, which is the organic 'glue' that holds the wood fibers together, is removed, and only about half of the original wood fiber is used.
    The Align brand's thermo-mechanical process keeps the lignin in the sheet, along with the cellulose and hemicellulose, which provides the mechanical pulp with higher opacity and greater bulk. The lignin's presence also allows Align papers to be produced with only half the amount of wood fiber needed to make traditional freesheet.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    04.04.2014   Fortress Paper Receives Deferral on Investissement Quebec Loan    ( Company news )

    Company news "Fortress Paper" or the "Company" (TSX:FTP) announced that it has been granted a deferral on its upcoming principal payment under its $102.4 million project financing loan with Investissement Québec (the "IQ Loan") relating to its Fortress Specialty Cellulose Mill. The Company received, without penalty, a deferral of approximately $4.3 million in principal repayment which was payable in the second quarter of 2014. This principal payment deferral is in addition to the previously disclosed deferral of approximately $5.3 million in principal and interest payments which were payable during the first quarter of 2014 under the IQ Loan. The purpose of these deferrals is to provide the Company with greater financial flexibility and increased working capital.

    Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: "The recent principal payment deferral enhances the financial flexibility of Fortress Paper and is reflective of our positive ongoing partnership with Investissement Québec (IQ) during this transitory period in the dissolving pulp industry. This interim measure is greatly appreciated while we continue to work towards a more meaningful and long-term structure that would further enhance the Company's financial flexibility." Mr. Wasilenkoff further added, "We feel current market conditions in dissolving pulp are not sustainable and not reflective of the medium to long-term growth in demand. We feel the flexibility provided by IQ together with the progress we have made in stabilizing our Security Papers division should provide Fortress Paper a firm base to build towards an improved outlook for 2014. In addition, we will continue to explore and evaluate various opportunities to further enhance shareholder value in the short and medium-term."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    04.04.2014   FOEX ACQUIRED BY AXIO AND ENTERS PARTNERSHIP DEAL WITH RISI     ( Company news )

    Helsinki, 3rd April 2014 - FOEX Indexes Ltd (FOEX) has been acquired by AXIO Data Group Ltd (AXIO) and will sit alongside RISI in AXIO’s portfolio of forest products information assets. FOEX and RISI have entered into a long-term agreement for RISI to become the exclusive re-seller of FOEX data subscription products.
    As part of AXIO, FOEX will remain an independent organization providing price indices, keeping its industry-leading FOEX brand and PIX™ trademarks while gaining access to additional resources to expand. Timo Teräs will remain Managing Director and all FOEX staff will remain, as will the PIX indices and methodology.
    AXIO CEO, Henry Elkington, said “Over the past 15 years FOEX has developed a robust methodology for price discovery in the forest products sector. We see an opportunity to leverage our ownership of both FOEX and RISI to create stronger and more extensive price discovery for the sector which will ultimately drive market efficiency and value for all stakeholders.”
    FOEX Managing Director, Timo Teräs, said, “We’ve struck a partnership that maintains our rigorous standards and adherence to methodology while gaining access to additional resources for the marketing of our subscription services from RISI. The partnership allows us to introduce additional PIX indices at a speedier time-table than alone, fulfilling an important request from the market.”
    Through AXIO’s ownership, FOEX and RISI will work together to improve price monitoring practices across the global forest products industry. FOEX will continue to manage and administer all contracts for commercial use of PIX indices, and RISI will become the exclusive re-seller of FOEX pulp and paper data subscriptions. The FOEX wood and bioenergy products data sales will be handled by FOEX. Given how widespread price information from each organization is used in the industry, FOEX and RISI commit to make no changes to existing price series before consulting market participants and then giving sufficient advance notice of any changes.
    Global Head of RISI Indices, Matt Graves said “RISI is committed to providing objective, reliable, and independent prices for the global forest products sector. We look forward to working with the team at FOEX to improve the overall service we deliver to our clients.”
    (FOEX Indexes Ltd)
     
    04.04.2014   Vacon opened branch office in Croatia     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Johann Goldfuss, Managing Director for Vacon's subsidiary in Austria

    The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon strengthened its foothold and ability to provide local support for its customers in the Adriatic area by opening a representative office in Zagreb, the capital of Croatia.

    "I think this was a good time for Vacon to establish an office in this region. There are many promising and expanding business sectors in Croatia such as the marine and offshore industry and many other industries where Vacon AC drives can help customers with cost and energy efficiency. In addition, Croatia's central location in the area gives us many good new growth possibilities and ability to locally support our customers," says Johann Goldfuss, Managing Director for Vacon's subsidiary in Austria.

    Vacon is currently present in the Adriatic area via distributors. Now, the company's own presence in the area will strengthen the cooperation with its partners and give the company the possibility to take a bigger role e.g. in large projects.

    "We aim to grow significantly faster than the market, and that means we will have to expand our activities to new areas and to new channels. This new office in Croatia will support this strategy and also strengthen Vacon's brand awareness in the Adriatic area," concludes Goldfuss.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    03.04.2014   Packaging Corporation of America Announces Plans for DeRidder, Louisiana Containerboard Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) announced that it will not convert the idled No. 2 paper machine (D2) at its DeRidder, Louisiana mill to produce containerboard. Instead, PCA will convert the No. 3 newsprint machine (D3) at DeRidder to containerboard, producing lightweight linerboard and medium, and exit the newsprint business. The D3 machine will continue to produce newsprint for PCA customers through mid-September 2014 at which time it will be shut down and converted to containerboard production with an anticipated start-up by November 1, 2014.
    PCA estimated that the capital cost of converting D2 would have been approximately $160 million, and the D2 machine would have had annual containerboard capacity of 300,000 tons. The cost of converting D3 is estimated to be $115 million with annual containerboard capacity of 355,000 tons. In addition, by discontinuing newsprint production, approximately 100,000 tons of low cost, virgin fiber will become available for containerboard production, thereby reducing the amount of higher cost recycled fiber (OCC) required. The D3 conversion project is expected to produce an after-tax discounted cash flow return of 30% - 35% compared to less than a 20% return on the D2 project.
    The shutdown of the newsprint-related assets will result in non-cash charges totaling about $30 million, and from a profitability standpoint, the newsprint business has been operating at slightly below breakeven.
    Mark Kowlzan, Chief Executive Officer of PCA said, “The D3 conversion project provides us needed capacity with a much higher return than the D2 project. Without the D3 project, we estimate that our outside purchases of containerboard would be about 250,000 tons in 2015 in order to support PCA’s total containerboard demand. We will also be able to supply more containerboard to our long term export customers as we have had to withdraw some tons from this market the past several years to support our domestic demand. We regret the impact this decision may have on our newsprint customers, but we are committed to providing them a competitive product and outstanding service until the machine closure.”
    (PCA Packaging Corporation of America)
     
    03.04.2014   Norske Skog: New segment structure from first quarter 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog will report figures for the two operating segments "Publication Paper Europe" and "Publication Paper Australasia" from the first quarter of 2014. The change reflects the streamlining of the group, with consolidated operations now limited to Europe and Australasia.

    The two new segments will include newsprint and magazine paper activities in Europe and Australasia respectively. Please see comparative figures by quarter for 2013 below. Norske Skog will publish interim financial statements in accordance with the new segment structure for the first quarter of 2014 on Thursday 24 April.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    03.04.2014   NewPage Introduces PointSil™ CCK Liner    ( Company news )

    Company news A New Addition to the PointSil Family of Release Liner Papers for Pressure Sensitive Applications

    NewPage Corporation (NewPage) announced a new addition to its PointSil™ release liner family­ with the launch of PointSil™ CCK Liner. This C1S silicone release liner base sheet is ideal for pressure sensitive applications such as laser print labels, point of sale labeling, security and safety labels, and stickers.
    "More and more silicone converters and pressure sensitive laminators are in need of high performing release liners as they continue to increase production speeds and improve their overall efficiencies. The newly engineered PointSil CCK liner answers these critical requirements," said David Diekelman, executive director, specialty papers sales and marketing for NewPage. "PointSil CCK liners work well in all silicone coating methods, and offer the consistency and lay flat characteristics required by the most demanding release liner applications."
    PointSil CCK Liner includes caliper offerings ranging from 2.1 - 5.4 mil, each optimized for caliper-controlled, silicone release liner applications. PointSil CCK Liner joins the broader portfolio of release liners from NewPage including PointSil™ Densified and UniSil™ brands.
    (NewPage Corporation)
     
    03.04.2014   ANDRITZ receives order from UPM Kymi mill, Finland, to supply new pulp drying line and to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... modernize fiberline 3

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from UPM to deliver a complete new pulp drying line and to upgrade the cooking and brown stock handling of fiberline 3 at the UPM Kymi pulp mill in Kouvola, Finland.

    ANDRITZ’s scope of supply comprises:
    -complete pulp drying line with screening plant, TwinWireFormer pulp machine, airborne dryer, cutter-layboy, and bale finishing systems, including mechanical erection.
    -modifications of cooking and brown stock handling, including a new multi-stage DD Washer to enhance brown stock washing in fiberline 3.

    The pulp machine will be based on ANDRITZ’s well proven TwinWireFormer technology, which is suited for processing both, Nordic hardwood and softwood, in one machine. The pulp drying line enables a high specific throughput at reliable operation, which is a main feature of the ANDRITZ TwinWireFormer concept.
    With this investment, UPM Kymi mill’s annual pulp production capacity will increase by 170,000 tons, up to 700,000 tons of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp. The investment forms a significant part of UPM’s target to reach a 10% increase in its 3.3 million ton pulp capacity over the next three years.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    03.04.2014   Valmet to supply Advantage tissue production line to Ipek Kagit Tissue Paper in Turkey    ( Company news )

    Company news Ipek Kagit Tissue Paper has chosen Valmet as supplier for their new tissue line which will be installed at the company's Manisa Plant in Turkey. The new Valmet Advantage DCT 200TS line will play a crucial role in the company's rapid growth in global tissue paper markets. The start-up is scheduled to the second half of 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    "We are convinced that Valmet has the best available technology on the market today. The new Advantage DCT line will support our vision to become a regional powerhouse, by extending our existing leadership in Kazakhstan and the Caucasus to over 20 markets in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Central Asia," says Mr. Sertaç Nisli, General Manager, Ipek Kagit Tissue Paper.
    "Ipek Kagit is an experienced tissue producer with long history in the tissue business. We have had a long and fruitful relationship since the installation of their first tissue machine in 1978. We are looking forward to continuing our cooperation, making this a successful project," explains Jan Erikson, Vice President Sales, Valmet. "The Advantage DCT200 machine is our best selling model which is proven by 34 installations worldwide. It is a safe, reliable and highly efficient technology for production of high quality tissue."

    Technical information
    The delivery will comprise of a complete tissue production line featuring Valmet stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 200TS tissue machine. The machine is equipped with OptiFlo headbox, Advantage ViscoNip press and Yankee cylinder with Advantage AirCap hood. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
    The tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The new line will provide high-quality facial, napkin, toilet and towel grades for consumer and commercial use. The raw material of the new line will be virgin fiber. The production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.04.2014   China Paper – the original show in China since 1987    ( Company news )

    Company news INTEX Shanghai, 15-17 September, 2014

    Organised since 1987 by E.J.Krause and Adforum, China Paper is the no 1 exhibition and event for the Chinese and Asian markets. More than 7300 industry professionals from 52 countries around the world visited the last show in Shanghai back in 2012, a figure 11% higher than the year before, with the exhibition floor hosting 400 exhibitors.
    New for 2014 is the pricing system with lower prices compared to previous years and different areas in the hall priced differently. Also new for this year is the co-operation with RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry. RISI will be in charge of the programme for the China Paper 2014 International Conference.
    Just like previous years, China Paper will not only feature a high quality exhibition, the visitors will also be offered a number of features like an international conference, mill visits, product and company presentations, match making seminars, all being tools needed in order to create a highest quality meeting place for the industry.
    China Paper 2014 is sold now and there are still good locations left around the hall which are allocated on a 'first come-first served' basis.

    Major focus on visitor marketing
    To ensure the most crucial component for a successful exhibition, a high number of qualitative visitors, the major part of the participation fee for China Paper is directly invested in visitor marketing. The experienced organisers of China Paper, have through the years collected extensive visitor databases and vast experience of organizing this and other international industry related events around the world.
    Most welcome to Shanghai and China Paper 2014.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.04.2014   Kemira strives to support growth of the paper industry in the stagnant market of Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news As transformation drives the market in Europe, Kemira continues to commit to the paper industry. The company strives to support growth in the stagnant market of Europe, by focusing especially on packaging & board and tissue.

    “Kemira sees Continental Europe as a key growth area in EMEA”, says Kenneth Nysten, SVP, Paper, EMEA. “We continue to provide and develop a leading portfolio of innovative, tailor-made technologies to fulfill the specific needs of our customers and ensure their success in the transformation of the paper industry. To support this, we are launching a campaign for the growth grades of packaging & board and tissue.”

    In the core of the campaign are Kemira’s key technologies:
    - FennoClean D for targeted microbiological control with diagnostic technology
    - FennoClean PFA for effective and corrosion safe microbe control with no biocide residuals in the final paper
    - KemFlite for efficient control of hydrophobic substances by combining novel analysis and monitoring tools with the broad deposit control product portfolio
    - FennoBond for improved strength characteristics in board and tissue production enabling lower quality raw materials and lower basis weight
    - KemForm Plus for improved formation, dewatering and enhanced ash-loading, and
    - Fennobind for superior binding strength and reduced binder demand with no negative impact on print quality.

    The ways these key technologies and well-engineered chemical phenomena benefit board and tissue makers are illustrated in web-based Board and Tissue Experiences. “Board Experience reveals an in-depth example of what Kemira has to offer through its understanding of pulp and paper industry”, says Antti Matula, Head of Marketing & Product Lines, Paper, EMEA. “It illustrates Kemira’s end-to-end expertise – how the influence of Kemira expertise and chemistry starts from the molecular and fiber level, and improves our customers’ process runnability and endproduct quality, all the way to global industry understanding.”

    Board Experience is available in www.kemira.com/boardexperience. Tissue Experience will be published in April.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    02.04.2014   Duni - New organization with focus on growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Duni is creating a new organization based around five business areas with the aim of focusing on profitable growth. The goal is increased customer focus and market segment specialization within the new business areas.
    “Duni has created very strong positions on the traditional restaurant market in Europe over the past few decades. However, growth in this market has been low for several years,” says Thomas Gustafsson, CEO, Duni.
    “At the same time there are other segments in the European market that are growing quickly, for example fast food, cafés and take-away. In addition, there are many geographic markets outside of Europe that are experiencing annual growth in the double-digits.”

    In order to better take advantage of the growth possibilities in the above fast-growing markets, the Professional business area is now being split into three business areas:
    -Table Top, which will target traditional restaurants primarily in Europe.
    The Business Area Director Table Top is Maria Wahlgren.
    -Meal Service, which will target the growing fast food segment in Europe.
    The Business Area Director Meal Service is Linus Lemark.
    -New Markets, which will be active on fast-growing geographic markets outside of Europe.
    The Business Area Director New Markets is Patrik Söderstjerna.

    The current Consumer business area, which targets the consumer market primarily in Europe, will remain unchanged.
    The Materials and Services business area consists of all sales that do not fall under the other business areas. This business area will primarily include external sales of tissue, where Duni previously decided to phase out its hygiene sales during the first quarter of 2015. Hygiene sales represented roughly 90% of Materials and Services in 2013.
    As a consequence of the new organization, the financial statements will be affected in that income and expenses and assets and liabilities will be broken down into the new segments starting in 2014. However, Duni's consolidated numbers will not change. The financial information for 2013 will be recalculated and reported in conjunction with the interim report for Q1.

    Duni’s new organization consists of the following five business areas as of 1 January 2014:
    -Table Top - market: Traditional restaurants, primarily in Europe.
    -Meal Service - market: Fast food, cafés, take-away, primarily in Europe.
    -New Markets - market: New markets outside of Europe.
    -Consumer - market: Consumer market, primarily in Europe.
    -Materials and Services - primarily production of the tissue paper Duni uses for its own products as well as the production of hygiene products, which is being phased out.
    (Duni AB)
     
    02.04.2014   Enhanced Folding Carton Suite demonstrates Xeikon’s dedication to meet changing needs ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... of packaging market

    New basic Xeikon configuration for digital production of folding carton extends color gamut

    Xeikon will be showcasing its enhanced Folding Carton Suite at Ipex 2014 on stand S1-E090. The digital production of folding cartons is ideal for event-driven seasonal packaging, intensive test marketing, just-in-time delivery contracts and customization of shorter runs to appeal to smaller geographic and demographic market segments. With the Folding Carton Suite, Xeikon offers a ready-to-use package, making it easy for customers to configure an efficient and cost-effective set-up for the digital production of folding cartons. It’s the ideal solution for packaging converters who need to add high quality cost-effective short runs of folding cartons to their mix of offerings as well as for commercial printers looking to enter the packaging market. The Xeikon Folding Carton Suite includes a Xeikon 3000 Series digital press, a range of recommended substrates, specific workflow and software components, toners, consumables and finishing equipment.

    “Digital printing technologies are proven to be the most effective means of meeting evolving market needs such as greater variety of products, smaller quantities and faster time-to-market. The continuous enhancements to the Folding Carton Suite demonstrate our dedication to providing the best end-to-end digital printing solutions to the market, and address the changing needs of brand owners and packaging converters,” says Filip Weymans, of Segment Labels and Packaging at Xeikon. “The Xeikon Folding Carton Suite allows them to digitally produce the same high quality packaging but for a whole range of new applications, allowing them to build new revue streams with higher profit margins.”

    He continues: “The fact that we offer a web-fed solution ensures maximum productivity and minimum waste thanks to the full rotary press technology with a variable repeat length, as well as cost effectiveness by purchasing the substrate on a roll. Its ability to offer B2 and larger format print is another advantage of the Xeikon 3000 Series presses. Specifically the Xeikon 3050 and Xeikon 3500 are tuned to the production of high quality short runs of folding cartons for a wide variety of industries.”

    Extending the color gamut
    The enhanced Folding Carton Suite now offers a basic press configuration where the print stations are equipped with orange toner, in combination with CMYK. The extended color gamut achieved with this configuration ensures the accurate production of a wider range of brand colors. Optional the orange toner can be replaced with other colors such as red, blue or green when the work of the print provider would rather require a color gamut in that area. “The new configuration with orange toner is the result of Xeikon’s listening to and answering the needs of today's brand owners and packaging converters," comments Weymans. "With orange toner, we ensure the best possible match for the broadest array of brand colors.” Also included in the Folding Carton Suite is the cloud-based Xeikon Color Control to make color management even easier.

    One-pass digital printing and digital varnishing
    An alternative press configuration includes a digital spot varnish station, equipped with Durable Clear Toner. The Durable Clear Toner applies in-line spot varnish to make the folding box scuff and scratch resistant, a standard requirement with folding carton production. Having printing and varnishing done one-pass, on one press, saves time and space in the plant, and also eliminates the need for additional investments in separatevarnishing stations. Weymans adds: “Durable Clear Toner supports greater diversification with one compact solution for inline production of unique cartons with the possibility for each one to be different. It is the perfect solution for small to medium-sized folding carton printers that are mostly serving local markets.”

    In addition, Xeikon QA-I toners which are used for all label and packaging applications, score well in terms of lightfastness and comply with FDA guidelines for indirect food contact and direct contact with dry food substances that contain no surface oil or fat.

    Stand-out technologies
    The Folding Carton Suite also features a unique fuser drum to enable the production of smooth and consistent print on uneven and textured media, especially recycled board stock ranging from GC board to GC, GT and GZ grades. The Alpine 516 fuser drum has a flexible outer layer as opposed to a standard hard drum surface which can result in an uneven gloss level on textured materials. It is offered as an option for the two 516 mm wide printing presses in the Xeikon 3000 Series, the entry level Xeikon 3050 and high speed Xeikon 3500, and existing installations can be field upgraded to benefit from this exclusive Xeikon capability.

    In order to increase the lifecycle of parts a simple-to-activate web cleaning system has now also been included in the Folding Carton Suite, lowering the overall cost of production.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    02.04.2014   Xeikon Secures First Trillium™ Order    ( Company news )

    Company news TagG Informatique strongly believes in the exceptional business benefits of Xeikon's liquid toner technology, thrilled with field test opportunity

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital printing technology, today announces that TagG Informatique, a Xeikon customer for about 15 years, will be the first printer worldwide to install Xeikon's new digital printing press using its breakthrough high quality Trillium liquid toner printing technology. The French company has been in business for more than two decades and produces direct mail, promotional material, financial and other documents for large corporate clients. The company has a diverse production platform with specialized equipment dedicated to producing various applications, making it the ideal field test site for Xeikon's Trillium-based press.

    “I had the pleasure of seeing Trillium first-hand last year during Xeikon’s customer engagement process, and I was really impressed with what I saw!” says Hervé Lesseur, Managing Director of TagG Informatique. “I'm convinced that Xeikon Trillium will be a game-changer for the printing market, so I signed up right away for early installation of the new press. I am thrilled to be selected as the first printer worldwide to work with the new technology. Trillium is the perfect combination of cost, speed and high quality. In addition, I have the freedom to use paper substrates of choice, and will be able to produce the highest quality output my clients require. The ability to support IPDS data, which is highly important to print high quality transactional work, is another important benefit. I am looking forward to introducing my client base to the exciting new capabilities enabled by Trillium and leveraging this new press for added business growth.”

    Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon adds, “We are extremely pleased to be working with TagG Informatique on the first Trillium field test. This innovative customer, who wants to leverage this breakthrough technology to compete even more effectively on quality, has the right mix of applications as well as extensive experience in digital printing. This fits perfectly in our strategy for Trillium and will ensure a well-rounded field test. We are looking forward to getting their valuable feedback about press performance to help us improve the technology even more as we prepare it for commercial availability.”

    Trillium: a digital printing technology breakthrough
    Xeikon Trillium is a breakthrough liquid toner printing technology which was unveiled at drupa 2012. The 4-color press prints at a speed of 60 meters (200 feet) per minute at 1200 dpi, with a print width of 500 mm (19.7 inches). Lab tests have already demonstrated the ability to increase throughput to a speed of 120 meters (400 feet) per minute in the future. Its combination of cost-effectiveness, high quality and speed adds a new dimension to the world of digital printing that has not previously existed in the marketplace. Trillium-based presses are specifically designed for high quality production of high volume direct marketing materials, transactional documents, books, catalogs and magazines.

    For more information about Xeikon Trillium, download a free, informative white paper that includes a detailed description of the technology as well as where it fits in the market as compared to other printing technologies:
    www.xeikon.com/sites/default/files/files/Xeikon-Trillium-A-Printing-Technology-Breakthrough.PDF.
     
    02.04.2014   Papierfabrik August Koehler SE: Voith is rebuilding press and dryer section     ( Company news )

    Company news Paper manufacturer Papierfabrik August Koehler SE in Oberkirch, Germany, has chosen Voith to rebuild the press and dryer section of its PM 5. With the rebuild to ropeless threading in the pre- and after-dryer section, safety for the operators is decisively improved and shorter threading times are also achieved. The efficiency of the paper machine is thus increased.
    Another aim of the rebuild is to increase runability through stabilizing the paper web in the dryer section. A stable, wrinkle-free web run without bothersome web fluttering is ensured due to a concept proven many times. TransferFoil, VentiStabilizers and S-Stabilizers are used for supported web run and ProRelease+ boxes are used for stable web release from the drying cylinder. The web stabilization achieved by this leads to a demonstrable reduction in edge cracks in the paper web and thus to fewer breaks. This smooths the way for higher operating speeds with a good degree of machine efficiency.
    The ProRelease+ boxes are characterized by the contactless and at the same time energy-saving MultiSeal sealing system in the high vacuum zone. Another decisive advantage is that, due to their design, no cleaning devices are needed either on the ProRelease+ box or on the stabilization roll. Shutdowns for cleaning are therefore not required.
    During the rebuild, partially corroded machine frame parts in the press section were replaced with new stainless steel parts. The basis for assessing the press frame was a corrosion audit carried out by Voith which evaluated and established either continued use or replacement of components. The rebuild of the PM 5 is thus a further step toward a modern, efficient and safe paper machine and is the basis for future production increases.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    02.04.2014   Bobst Group achieves a significant improvement of its results    ( Company news )

    Company news Bobst Group, the Swiss-based worldwide leading supplier of equipment and services to the packaging industry, achieved consolidated sales of CHF 1.354 billion in 2013, an increase of CHF 90 million or +7.1% compared to 2012. The operating result (EBIT) reached CHF 60.3 million compared to an operating result of CHF 19.0 million in the previous year. The net result reached CHF 27.7 million compared to CHF -5.0 million in 2012. The significant improvements were achieved due to a strong growth in sales, a favorable product mix and due to the successful implementation of the Group transformation program. The strong operating results (EBIT) together with a notable reduction in net working capital, resulted in a significant cash inflow from operating activities of CHF 83.2 million. This enabled the Group to reduce net debt from CHF 190.4 million in 2012 to CHF 109.0 million in 2013 and the cash position increased by CHF 11.8 million to CHF 317.2 million. For the first time since 2008, the Board of Directors will propose the payment of a dividend of CHF 0.75 per share to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders. The Board of Directors will also propose to reduce the share capital of the company by CHF 1’291’524.- by way of cancellation of the corresponding number of registered shares, namely the treasury shares held by the company.

    Order Entries and Backlog
    2013 started with an improved backlog of orders compared to the beginning of 2012. Order entries showed an increase for the first seven months of the year, slowed down from August to October 2013 and increased again at year end.

    Sales
    Consolidated sales for full-year 2013 amounted to CHF 1.354 billion, an increase of CHF 90 million or +7.1% compared to 2012. Sales in the second half of 2013 reached CHF 791 million compared with CHF 563 million in the first six months of the year, and to CHF 731 million in the second semester 2012. All three Business Units and all geographical regions of the world had a positive contribution to the sales growth. Sales of Sheet-fed products increased by 7.6% compared to the previous year. Products for the folding carton industry as well as products for the corrugated equipment industry contributed to this improvement leading to a turnover of CHF 639 million for the year. Sales of Web-fed products increased by 8.9% and achieved CHF 336 million for the year 2013. This excellent result is very close to the all-time-high achieved in 2008, although exchange rates were more favorable in 2008. Sales of Services and spare parts increased by 5.7% to now CHF 377 million, demonstrating the successful implementation of the Group’s service strategy.

    Results
    The significant improvements of both operating result and net result were achieved due to a strong growth in sales, a favorable product mix and due to the successful implementation of the Group transformation program.
    Without transformation costs and the influence of one-time events, the underlying operating result (EBIT) increased from CHF 8.3 million in 2012 to an underlying operating result (EBIT) of CHF 72.6 million in 2013.
    The Group’s results for the reporting year were negatively influenced by transformation costs and one-time events.
    In comparison to the above net negative impact on Net Result of CHF -9.1 million, in 2012, the net impact of one-time events was positive and amounted to CHF 10.7 million at the operating result (EBIT) level and to CHF 8.4 million at the net result level.

    Group transformation program contributed CHF 161 million to operating result (EBIT) by end 2013
    Between its launch in January 2010 and the end of 2012, the Group transformation program phase 1 generated CHF 85 million of recurring savings. The additional actions launched in November 2011 with the Group transformation phase 2 were implemented successfully and generated CHF 76 million of profitability improvements by the end of 2013, which is CHF 16 million more than the initial target of CHF 60 million.

    Solid balance sheet
    The successful business operations, as well as continued efforts to reduce net working capital, resulted in a significant cash inflow from operating activities of CHF 83.2 million. This cash has been used mainly for the repayment of the bonds which matured in July 2013 and to increase the cash position by CHF 11.8 million in the year-end balance sheet. Net debt reduced from CHF 190.4 million in 2012 to CHF 109.0 million in 2013. The consolidated shareholders’ equity for 2013 improved by CHF 97.9 million and amounts to 33.6% in relation to the total balance sheet (27.3% in 2012). The improvement is due to the positive net result of the year 2013 (CHF 26.2 million) and to a large extent due to the impact of IAS 19R (CHF 73.4 million).

    Outlook and financial targets
    In 2014 the business environment will be similar to 2013, unbalanced and challenging; with consolidation likely to occur among both our customers and competitors, particularly in Europe. We expect to have opportunities to leverage our competitive advantages and we will continue to reap the profitability improvement and value creation benefits of our Group transformation. On a global level the folding carton industry is regaining strength after a long period of recession, corrugated is expected to remain strong and flexible packaging will remain stable – based on positive economic indicators worldwide.
    Regionally, Europe and South America are likely to remain fragile, North America and SEA are expected to maintain good levels of activity, while investment levels in India and AMEA will depend on local political confidence and exchange rates. China is expected to continue its good level of activity although tempered by increasing overcapacity and price wars. The investment mood remains volatile, but our markets are active and our product portfolio responds to a large extent to our customers’ demands. Some new products will be launched around mid-year 2014, keeping up the bookings momentum for the last quarter.
    The underlying 2013 results demonstrate the robustness of the Group transformation strategy and 2014 profitability level will be in line with the Group financial targets set for 2015. Profitability increase, value creation and special investments in innovations will be the top priorities this year.
    Bobst Group confirms the guidance published 12 February 2014 that it should reach sales of CHF 1.250 to 1.335 billion in 2014.
    Bobst Group also confirms the following mid- to long-term financial targets: sales of CHF 1.3–1.4 billion due to organic growth at constant exchange rates; a return on capital employed (ROCE) of 9–12%; and an operating result (EBIT) of at least 7%. The equity ratio should be around 35% (excluding the impact of IAS 19R) and the dividend payout ratio between 30–50% of consolidated profit.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    02.04.2014   AVERY DENNISON APPOINTS JEROEN DIDERICH VICE PRESIDENT, GLOBAL ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... MARKETING MATERIALS GROUP

    Picture: Avery Dennison appoints Jeroen Diderich vice president, global marketing materials group

    Avery Dennison Materials Group today announced it has appointed Jeroen Diderich vice president, global marketing. In this role, Diderich will be responsible for the business’s end user and converter marketing strategies, as well as product management across the Label and Packaging Materials and Graphics Solutions business segments.

    Jeroen has more than 10 years experience with Avery Dennison. He led the Materials Group supply chain and operations organization in Europe beginning in 2003. Most recently, Jeroen served as vice president, sales for Materials Group Europe where he led the regional sales organization to improve customer satisfaction, commercialize market-differentiating innovations and grow the business’s sales pipeline.

    Diderich received his bachelor’s degree in marketing management from Hanze University of Applied Sciences and his master’s from Erasmus University Rotterdam. He will continue to be based in Leiden, The Netherlands.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    01.04.2014   Asian Paper 2014 – Still the Best Place To Do Business in ASEAN    ( Company news )

    Company news Despite the recent state of emergency in Bangkok (which has fortunately been lifted and businesses are operating as normal) and the deepening political division, Asian Paper is on top of the situation.
    With over 170 confirmed exhibitors and a 10% increase in visitor pre-registration, Asian Paper 2014 is set to be the very best place to do business in the pulp and paper industry in the region this year. Buyer groups have already been confirmed, along with over 5,000 people expected to visit the show. It will be held in Bangkok from 23 to 25 April 2014.
    “As of now, we are still receiving booth confirmations from international exhibitors and sponsorships are still coming in. We are aware of the possibilities of the lower number of foreign visitors but the ASEAN market is not bothered by it. We’ve already confirmed a group of Myanmar hosted buyers and are in talks with more groups to visit the show. So worry not, the show will go on.” Said Ms. Jennifer Lee, Project Manager of the event, on behalf of UBM Asian Trade Fairs Pte Ltd, the organiser for Asian Paper.

    Industry professionals from at least 22 countries – mostly within Asia – but also many from Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Oceania are also joining the show as new exhibitors.
    In its 12th edition, Asian Paper will have five country pavilions this year, with India and Singapore pavilions as new additions. Other pavilions include those for China, Finland, and France.
    Alongside the bustling exhibition floor, there will also be two important conferences running concurrently. These are the Senior Management Symposium (SMS) and New Applied Technology (NAT) Conference.
    SMS will address important topics aligned with the region as well as across the globe from a senior executive perspective, whereas NAT focuses on the very latest in technology available across pulp, paper, tissue and board production.

    Mr. Paul Wan, managing director of UBM Asian Trade Fairs Pte Ltd, encourages industry professionals to attend the event. He said, “The theme of this year’s event ‘Think Global, Act Asia: the Sustainable Way Forward’ will be amply covered in SMS, and to ensure that all angles are covered we are running two panel discussions so that as many voices and opinions as possible can be heard”.
    Asian Paper 2014 will run from 23 to 25 April at Queen Sirikit National Convention Centre (QSNCC) Bangkok, Thailand. SMS is from 24 to 25 April and the NAT Conference from 23 to 25 April.
    (UBM Asia Trade Fairs Pte Ltd)
     
    01.04.2014   Stora Enso shuts down coated magazine paper machine in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news In January 2014, Stora Enso announced that it planned to permanently shut down paper machine 1 (PM 1) at Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland, due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. Co-determination negotiations with employees at the mill have now concluded and PM 1 will be permanently shut down by the end of April 2014. The shutdown will affect 88 employees.
    PM 1 has an annual capacity of 190 000 tonnes of coated magazine paper. The shutdown will decrease Stora Enso’s coated mechanical paper capacity by about 15%, which represents about 2% of total European coated mechanical paper capacity. Stora Enso will be able to serve its NovaPress customers from Veitsiluoto Mill PM 5 and from Kabel Mill in Germany.
    Stora Enso will make every effort in co-operation with the local community to help the affected personnel find new employment opportunities, and all job openings in other Stora Enso units will be available to those affected.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    01.04.2014   Biorefinery experts gathered in Stockholm     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The opening speech was given by Mikael Hannus, Stora Enso (left) after Peter Axegård, Innventia (right), had opened the 5th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference.

    The 5th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference presented the latest ideas and developments in biorefinery separation and conversion processes as well as new biobased products from the wood based biorefinery: energy, chemicals and materials. These developments will shift the focus from tonnes to diversified customer solutions.

    The Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC) is a leading event where research and industry meet to discuss recent wood-based biorefinery developments. On 25-27 March, the fifth edition was held in Stockholm with 240 delegates representing 26 countries. Since the first event in 2008, developments within wood based biorefining have flourished and many companies around the world are now redirecting towards these new opportunities.

    “Stora Enso is going through an interesting and challenging transformation. With a higher focus on markets demands instead of tonnes, the ambition is to create a better value and solution for the customer in the new markets we are entering,” stated Mikael Hannus, Vice President Biorefinery Stora Enso, in his opening speech at Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre.

    Mikael Hannus also pointed out that the industry has a responsibility for market input to research and innovation. The scientific input is provided by universities and institutes. This thriving collaboration between market and science is also significant for NWBC. The conference gathered expert speakers from the chemical, energy, pulp and paper industries, as well as recognised representatives from the global research community. The seminar programme comprised about 40 oral presentations and even more poster presentations.

    A new side event to NWBC was a three-day professional development course called Designing the Forest Biorefinery at Innventia. About 30 experts from across Europe, North America and around the world shared their experiences, including numerous industry case studies.

    On the 24 March, Innventia arranged a visit to the LignoBoost demonstration plant in Bäckhammar. This facility played a key role for the LignoBoost innovation. The same evening, 90 delegates attended a reception at Innventia including lab visits, i.e. lignin and hemicellulose separation equipment, the carbon fibre laboratory and the nanocellulose pilot plant.

    “During recent years, excellent results from research on lignin have led to commercialisation. Today, we can also see a great interest in new cellulose products based on speciality cellulose or nanocellulose,” says Birgit Backlund, coordinator of NWBC 2014.

    For more information, contact Birgit Backlund, birgit.backlund@innventia.com, tel. +46 768-767 226
    (Innventia AB)
     
    01.04.2014   Sappi Set to Celebrate €60m Alfeld Mill PM 2 Rebuild    ( Company news )

    Company news Ambitious project transformed Papermaking Machine PM 2 to better align with today’s market realities

    Picture: PM2 installed at Sappi Alfeld

    Sappi’s ambitious €60m transformation of Alfeld Mill’s PM 2 was concluded on schedule with the quality exceeding expectations. To celebrate the successful completion, Sappi hosted a special event of the official inauguration of PM 2 rebuild on March 27th to commemorate this amazing undertaking. More than 200 customers, partners, officials, suppliers and members of the media joined Sappi at this celebration event.

    This major project created probably the largest, most innovative and versatile papermaking machine. The state of the art inline machine is producing one-sided coated speciality papers. It involved the use of Europe's largest crane to drop in place a 135-ton MG cylinder 6.5 meters in diameter. In addition to the new MG cylinder, rebuilding PM 2 also included installation of a new head box with dilution system and pre-dryer section as a single tier arrangement.

    “The entire project was completed in an extremely short time frame,” says Dr. Stefan Karrer, Mill Director Sappi Alfeld GmbH. “We have already received very positive customer feedback on the high quality achieved, and we were excited to be unveiling the results to a larger audience at this celebratory event.”

    The program started at noon with a welcome reception, just the first aspect of a very exciting and informative afternoon that included an interactive panel discussion featuring Cherno Jobatey, the famous German TV presenter, who moderated a panel discussion on Future Industry Trends in paper making. Following informative and interactive sessions conducted throughout the afternoon, visitors were invited to see PM 2 live in production. The Event finished with an evening dinner, the perfect opportunity for all participants to network and share impressions.

    Prepared for the Future
    The new papermaking machine delivers a very smooth top-side surface, greater dimension stability and lower penetration of pigments. This improves the overall quality of the grades manufactured on PM 2, enhancing their converting capabilities. The fast and innovative MG machine for one-side-coated paper in the world, it will produce 135,000 tonnes per annum at 1,200m per minute or 72km per hour. “The PM 2 rebuild project has allowed us to establish Alfeld Mill as a Sappi Competence Center for Speciality Papers and Boards,” Dr. Karrer added.

    Rosemarie Asquino, Sales & Marketing Director, Speciality Papers Sappi Fine Paper Europe, adds, “Among the first grades to be produced by the new machine were Fusion®, Parade® Prima, Algro® Finess and Algro® Sol. We have been able to achieve remarkable print results, top dimensional stability and excellent flatness which we know will help our customers achieve high quality results. The higher capacity guarantees customers paper availability in the future.” Sappi Alfeld will continue to develop new products for the release liner, flexpack and label segment market utilising the new capabilities and capacity made available by the transformation of PM 2.
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
     
    01.04.2014   Esko solutions on display at Ipex 2014 address key market trends     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: CDI Spark 2420

    At Ipex 2014, Esko will put a spotlight on solutions that help operations address the industry’s primary challenges. Professionals from packaging, labels, printing and sign & display businesses, as well as designers and brand owners, will have the opportunity to view Esko's industry-leading solutions that are designed to help them better meet the challenges of today's dynamic and rapidly changing industry. Products on display on Esko stand S4-F310 include the Esko Software Suite, Kongsberg XP24 digital cutting table and CDI Spark 2420 with Full HD Flexo. Also subsidiary Enfocus will be present on the Esko stand to demonstrate its newest PitStop preflighting and Switch automation solution.
    “Various industry drivers and megatrends create a challenging context in which packaging service providers and printers are under constant pressure to change,” states Paul Bates, Esko's Regional Business Manager. “We are inspired by trends in the industry and focus on five key directions for packaging preproduction as we continue to innovate our products and solutions. All this is backed up by a significant amount of conversation with and feedback from both brand owners and packaging converters.”

    Workflow automation shifts gears to “lights out”

    Esko Automation Engine smart workflow tickets route designs intelligently and with as little operator intervention as possible, from design to press-ready printing plates. Workflow automation stretches beyond printing and finishing to integrate with brand design at the start and logistics at the end. With new modules such as Automation Engine Connect, prepress workflow is no longer an island of expertise, but the centerpiece that integrates external data from whatever source, internal or external, with the packaging production workflow. Esko Color Engine is embedded throughout the entire workflow to ensure accurate and consistent color reproduction from start to finish. It is linked to the PantoneLIVE™ cloud for flawless color communication. The flexo platemaking process, the last step before the printing press, becomes more automated with the CDI devices that ensure integrated plate imaging. Quality is maintained by Esko Full HD Flexo, the first and only fully digital platemaking workflow in the industry.

    Smart templates rule

    A smart design template connected to content in external databases is the basis for full end-to-end workflow automation. With Esko Dynamic Content, graphics and content are strictly separated and critical content resides securely in cloud-based asset storage. Templates retrieve content from the brand owner’s packaging management system, where changes must only be made once in order to flow through the system to ensure packaging production within the constraints of brand and legal guidelines.

    Quality comes first

    With a successful automated workflow, the focus of a prepress operator shifts entirely to quality checking. At Ipex, Esko will show for the first time an ArtPro companion, a new cross platform software application dedicated to quality checking of packaging production files. Integration of the workflow with inline visual inspection systems closes the loop with the printing process while integration with CAPE palletization and logistics software provides ample opportunity to produce environmentally friendly packaging through a reduction in supply chain waste. Finally, the unrivalled quality produced on Esko's highly popular Kongsberg digital cutting tables for packaging, display and sign applications, provides automation, increased productivity and outstanding precision.

    Interactive editing is “task driven”

    For its latest software release, Esko has focused its research and development efforts on improving the operator experience. Operators will execute their most critical tasks, quality checking and exception handling, in a much more efficient way with a task-driven GUI. Only the tools required for a task are on the operator’s desktop or mobile device. Intelligent wizards guide the operator through expert processes, with 3D and preview of finishing operations as mainstream technology. States Bates: “In the new FlexProof, profiling brand colors for a multi-channel press setup becomes child’s play. With Studio and Store Visualizer, Esko has pioneered the introduction of 3D visualization for virtual mock-ups and store-simulation in the packaging workflow.”

    Online supply chain integration

    Integrated packaging-savvy production and asset management systems dramatically improve time to market and reduce cost. They also support operations that run virtually anywhere in the world, in a home office or even on the road. WebCenter will take this a step further with new technology that dramatically simplifies the transfer of jobs from one production facility to another, handing over entire projects. Another facet is the integration with CHILI Publisher that turns WebCenter into an online editing platform for any remote stakeholder in the process. Dedicated tools for project management and supply chain collaboration will make WebCenter the preferred backbone for global and local packaging production facilities.

    "Ipex is an important platform to communicate with a highly diverse audience that is looking for future-oriented, sustainable solutions," concludes Bates. "We’re looking forward to manifold encounters with various players in the packaging supply chain, in the first place with people looking at investing in a digital press for whom Esko solutions are an enabler for color management and workflow automation. Secondly brand owners and retailers who recognize Esko Brand Management software as a market-leading solution and deploy it for supply chain integration and packaging project management. Thirdly, packaging converters who leverage our solutions for the utmost in quality and productivity, and know us as a trusted business partner that delivers substantial benefits to an ever-growing customer base. In other words, results that make everybody smile!”
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
     
    01.04.2014   Valmet introduces industry-leading online service for spare and wear parts    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet introduces an online spare and wear parts service for pulp, paper and energy customers. Visit eServices at eservices.valmet.com.

    The industry-leading eService application gives easy access to spare and wear parts information and a new channel to contact technical assistance or local spare part specialists. Through eServices, customers can also make inquiries about technical product data, lead times, prices and availability of products.
    Valmet currently serves over 2,000 mills and plants in 85 countries around the world, making over 150,000 parts deliveries per year. Pulp, paper and energy producers focus on retaining cost competitiveness through increasing productivity in their daily production and maintenance operations. Therefore, it is vital to have the right parts on hand at the right time, particularly for maintenance work in major shutdowns and for uninterrupted production.

    A new channel based on customer needs
    Customers have already expressed their interest in online self-service channels. "In a recent survey, almost 80% of our customers said they would welcome new, easy solutions for finding the spare parts they need and for checking their price and delivery times. Now, we are giving our customers easy online access to more than 400,000 product items," says Ismo Katila, Director of Spare Parts Services at Valmet.
    With eServices, customers can search for parts, make inquiries and get information on general availability of the products. Searches can be based on product category, a specific part ID, item description and other parameters. "For more specific information, customers will need to register with eServices. A registered customer can get information about inventory availability, product lead times, pricing and make searches based on their own unique part numbering systems," Katila points out.

    Easy access from mobile devices
    Valmet's online parts service offers a new channel for spare parts management. For example, in fault situations help is usually needed quickly - and this is what eServices provides. "eServices gives customers a new, additional online tool for spare part information and for contacting Valmet day or night, regardless of time zone or area. It can be easily used on smartphones and other mobile devices, too," summarizes Michael D. Nelson, head of Spare Parts Services for Valmet in North America.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    31.03.2014   Kemira Oyj: Jari Paasikivi elected as new Chairman of the Board of Directors in the AGM, ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... EUR 0.53 dividend approved

    Picture: Jari Paasikivi

    The Annual General Meeting of Kemira Oyj approved the Board of Directors proposal of EUR 0.53 dividend per share for the financial year 2013. The Annual General Meeting elected six members (previously five) to the Board of Directors. Annual General Meeting reelected Winnie Fok, Juha Laaksonen, Jari Paasikivi and Kerttu Tuomas and elected Wolfgang Büchele and Timo Lappalainen as new members. Jari Paasikivi was elected as the Board's Chairman and Kerttu Tuomas was elected as the Vice Chairman.
    Wolfgang Büchele (b. 1959), Dr. rer. nat. will leave his position as Kemira Oyj's President and CEO as of April 30, 2014 and start as Linde AG's President and CEO as of May 20, 2014. He is currently also a member of the Supervisory Board of Merck KGaA (to be proposed as the Chairman of the Supervisory Board).
    Timo Lappalainen (b. 1962), M. Sc. (Eng) is currently working as President and CEO of Orion Oyj. He is currently also a member of the Board of ICC Finland and the Vice Chairman of the Board of Chemical Industry Federation of Finland.

    Dividend payment
    The dividend of EUR 0.53 per share will be paid to a shareholder who is registered in the company's Shareholder Register maintained by Euroclear Finland Ltd. on the dividend record date for dividend payment, March 27, 2014. The dividend will be paid out on April 3, 2014.

    Remuneration of the Chairman, the Vice Chairman and the members of the Board of Directors
    The Annual General Meeting decided that the remuneration paid to the members of the Board of Directors will be as follows: the Chairman will receive EUR 74,000 per year, the Vice Chairman and the Chairman of the Audit Committee EUR 45,000 per year and the other members EUR 36,000 per year. A fee payable for each meeting of the Board of Directors and the Board Committees will be EUR 600 for the members residing in Finland, EUR 1,200 for the members residing in rest of Europe and EUR 2,400 for the members residing outside Europe. Travel expenses are paid according to Kemira's travel policy.
    In addition, the Annual General Meeting decided that the annual fee be paid as a combination of the company's shares and cash in such a manner that 40% of the annual fee is paid with the company's shares owned by the company or, if this is not possible, shares purchased from the market, and 60% is paid in cash. The shares will be transferred to the members of the Board of Directors and, if necessary, acquired directly on behalf of the members of the Board of Directors within two weeks from the release of Kemira's Interim Report January 1 - March 31, 2014.
    The meeting fees are to be paid in cash.

    Election of the auditor
    Deloitte & Touche Oy was elected as the company's auditor with Jukka Vattulainen, APA, acting as the principal author. The Auditor's fees will be paid against an invoice approved by Kemira.
    Authorization to decide on the repurchase of the company's own shares
    The Annual General Meeting authorized the Board of Directors to decide upon repurchase of a maximum of 4,500,000 company's own shares ("Share repurchase authorization").
    Shares will be repurchased by using unrestricted equity either through a tender offer with equal terms to all shareholders at a price determined by the Board of Directors or otherwise than in proportion to the existing shareholdings of the company's shareholders in public trading on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd (the "Helsinki Stock Exchange") at the market price quoted at the time of the repurchase.
    The price paid for the shares repurchased through a tender offer under the authorization shall be based on the market price of the company's shares in public trading. The minimum price to be paid would be the lowest market price of the share quoted in public trading during the authorization period and the maximum price the highest market price quoted during the authorization period.
    Shares shall be acquired and paid for in accordance with the Rules of the Helsinki Stock Exchange and Euroclear Finland Ltd.
    Shares may be repurchased to be used in implementing or financing mergers and acquisitions, developing the company's capital structure, improving the liquidity of the company's shares or to be used for the payment of the annual fee payable to the members of the Board of Directors or implementing the company's share-based incentive plans. In order to realize the aforementioned purposes, the shares acquired may be retained, transferred further or cancelled by the company.
    The Board of Directors will decide upon other terms related to share repurchase.
    The Share repurchase authorization is valid until the end of the next Annual General Meeting.

    Authorization to decide on share issue
    The Annual General Meeting authorized the Board of Directors to decide to issue a maximum of 15,600,000 new shares and/or transfer a maximum of 7,800,000 company's own shares held by the company ("Share issue authorization").
    The new shares may be issued and the company's own shares held by the company may be transferred either for consideration or without consideration.
    The new shares may be issued and the company's own shares held by the company may be transferred to the company's shareholders in proportion to their current shareholdings in the company, or by disapplying the shareholders' pre-emption right, through a directed share issue, if the company has a weighty financial reason to do so, such as financing or implementing mergers and acquisitions, developing the capital structure of the company, improving the liquidity of the company's shares or if this is justified for the payment of the annual fee payable to the members of the Board of Directors or implementing the company's share-based incentive plans. The directed share issue may be carried out without consideration only in connection with the implementation of the company's share-based incentive plan.
    The subscription price of new shares shall be recorded to the invested unrestricted equity reserves. The consideration payable for company's own shares shall be recorded to the invested unrestricted equity reserves.
    The Board of Directors will decide upon other terms related to the share issues.
    The Share issue authorization is valid until May 31, 2015.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    31.03.2014   Resolute to Invest $105 Million at Calhoun Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced a $105 million upgrade to its Calhoun, Tennessee, pulp and paper mill, including the installation of a modern continuous pulp digester and other wood chip processing equipment. When completed by mid-2016, the project will contribute to significantly lower the mill's costs, increase its pulp capacity and improve the mill's versatility.
    "This investment will make a good mill even better," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "It will improve the mill's long-term competitiveness by lowering its costs and giving it the flexibility to adjust grade production to changing market dynamics. This is a significant capital project, which reflects the company's commitment to this facility and confidence in the business environment in Tennessee."
    In addition to creating approximately 50 new jobs to join the 480 employees currently at the mill, Resolute expects the project's implementation to produce efficiencies from better wood yield and lower steam and chemical usage. It will also increase the pulp machine's production output and maximize dryer utilization for internal purposes, giving the mill the versatility to manufacture a range of products, including specialty papers such as Resolute's Align™ uncoated freesheet substitutes, and value-added grades not presently in the product offering.
    The Calhoun mill currently operates 3 machines and a pulp dryer and has a total mill capacity of approximately 609,000 metric tons of market pulp, specialty papers and newsprint. Along with Resolute's other mills in the area, it sources its fiber from the competitive and stable U.S. southeast fiber basket.
    "We received support for this project from the State of Tennessee, McMinn County, and the Tennessee Valley Authority, which has supplied power to the mill since its startup in 1954," Garneau continued. "These partners and our employees helped move the project forward quickly, and we appreciate their commitment to our Calhoun operation."
    "For more than 50 years, Resolute Forest Products has had a thriving presence in East Tennessee which can be felt far beyond the borders of our state," stated Bill Hagerty, Commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. "Tennessee's global momentum is fueled by companies that extend their brand on a worldwide scale, and with customers in nearly 100 countries, Resolute is one of those companies. I appreciate the company's decision to further expand and invest in Calhoun, and for the jobs that will be created for our citizens."
    "TVA congratulates Resolute Forest Products on its announcement that adds new investment and jobs in Calhoun," said John Bradley, Tennessee Valley Authority's senior vice president of economic development. "Growth like this happens when TVA and economic development partners like the state of Tennessee, McMinn County, and other local leaders support existing business expansion."
    The Calhoun mill has continuously produced paper products at its current site since 1954. Over this period of time, the mill has been a contributor to the community through employment, the purchase of local goods and services, the payment of state and local taxes, charitable contributions and community involvement.
    John Gentry, McMinn County Mayor, explained the role of the operation in the county: "Resolute Forest Products has been an invaluable corporate citizen of McMinn County for over five decades. The company could have chosen to place this expansion at one of their numerous locations, so it goes without saying that this $105 million capital investment makes a strong statement about the company's commitment to its Calhoun plant and the confidence it has in McMinn County's workforce."
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     

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