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    04.05.2015   VDP Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken e.V. at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D51

    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (VDP Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken e.V.)

    04.05.2015   Villforth Siebtechnik GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A71

    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (Villforth Siebtechnik GmbH)

    04.05.2015   Wefapress Beck + Co GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-C45

    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (Wefapress Beck + Co GmbH)

    04.05.2015   Wetend Technologies Ltd at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D26

    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (Wetend Technologies Ltd)

    04.05.2015   Woollard & Henry Ltd at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A50

    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (Woollard & Henry Ltd)

    04.05.2015   X-Rite GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-C68

    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (X-Rite GmbH)

    04.05.2015   ZELLCHEMING e.V. Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier- Chemiker und Ingenieure at ...     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 ... Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main

    30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-E50
    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (ZELLCHEMING e.V. Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier- Chemiker und Ingenieure)

    04.05.2015   PAPTAC Standard Methods Committee Disbands     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Wayne Bichard

    The Executive Council of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC) has decided to dissolve the Standards Methods Committee (SMC). The SMC, Chaired by Wayne Bichard of FPInnovations, was responsible for providing the industry with up-to-date scientific methods for the evaluation of raw materials, processes, and products. This means that new PAPTAC test methods would no longer be developed and existing ones would no longer be updated. These methods would still be valid and available and would continue to form a body of useful technical literature.

    PAPTAC was founded in 1915 as the Technical Section of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association. PAPTAC is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members worldwide, and to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry.

    Todd Popson, CEO of Technidyne Corporation, has been a member of the SMC for about 20 years. The final meeting of the PAPTAC Standard Methods Committee will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 9:30 AM at FPInnovations.

    Wayne Bichard the longtime Chairman of the PAPTAC Standard Methods Committee has been battling with cancer and his health has been very bad in recent months. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
    (Technidyne Corp.)
    04.05.2015   Fibria: 1Q15 Earnings Release    ( Company news )

    Company news 1Q15 Highlights
    -Pulp production of 1,291 thousand tons, 6% down on 4Q14, but 1% up year-on-year. LTM production totaled 5,288 thousand tons.
    -Scheduled maintenance downtime at the Aracruz Mill’s C Plant successfully concluded.
    -Pulp sales of 1,229 thousand tons, 13% less than in 4Q14 but 3% more than in 1Q14. LTM sales were 1% higher than production in the same period.
    -Net revenue of R$1,997 million (4Q14: R$2,001 million | 1Q14: R$1,642 million). LTM net revenue totaled R$7,438 million, 5% up on 2014 and a new 12-month record.
    -Cash cost of R$572/t, 21% and 4% up on 4Q14 and 1Q14, respectively, and below LTM inflation. Excluding the foreign exchange variation, the cash cost edged up by 1% year-on-year.
    -EBITDA Margin of 50%, a new quarterly record.
    -Adjusted EBITDA of R$1,007 million, 11% and 48% higher than in 4Q14 and 1Q14, respectively, and also a quarterly record. LTM EBITDA
    totaled R$3,119 million.
    -EBITDA/ton of R$819/t (US$285/t), 27% more than in the previous three months and 43% up year-on-year.
    -Free cash flow of R$ 373 million, 42% up on 4Q14 and R$364 million more than in 1Q14.
    -Net loss of R$566 million (4Q14: net loss of R$128 million | 1Q14: net income of R$19 million).
    -Gross debt in dollars of US$ 2,915 million, 7% and 22% down on 4Q14
    and 1Q14, respectively.
    -Net debt in dollars reached its lowest level since Fibria began operations, falling by 9% over 1Q14.
    -Total cost of debt, including the full swap of debt in reais, of 3.5 % p.a. (4Q14: 3.4 % p.a. | 1Q14: 3.7% p.a.).
    -Average debt term of 54 months (4Q14: 55 months | 1Q14: 47 months).

    The pulp market remained balanced in the first quarter of 2015. Positive demand was confirmed by the decline in inventories and the increase in eucalyptus pulp exports over the same period last year, especially to Asia.
    Thanks to the favorable fundamentals, Fibria was able to introduce a new US$ 20/t increase in pulp prices for all regions as of April (Europe: US$ 790/t) and allowing sales to move up 3% year-on-year.
    As a result of the price hikes announced by other producers, the PIX/FOEX BHKP Europe price averaged US$ 750/t in the quarter, 2% more than in the previous three months.
    The average dollar recorded a consistent upturn throughout the period,
    climbing by 13%, which, together with higher pulp prices in dollars,
    helped push up the average net price in reais by 14% in comparison to 4Q14.
    In addition, EBITDA reached a new quarterly record.
    Pulp production totaled 1,291 thousand tons in 1Q15, 6% down on 4Q14
    due to the reduced number of production days and the scheduled maintenance downtime at the Aracruz Mill’s C Plant. Compared to the same period the year before, output increased by 1%, thanks to improved operating efficiency.
    Sales volume came to 1,229 thousand tons, 13% down on the previous quarter due to period seasonality, and 3% up on 1Q14 due to higher
    demand, mainly in Europe and Asia.
    Pulp inventories closed the quarter at 52 days. The production cash cost was R$ 572/t, 21% up on 4Q14, primarily due to the scheduled maintenance stoppages, the lower utilities result, the higher cost of wood (higher average distance from forest to mill and increased use of third-party wood, especially in the forestry partnership program) and exchange rate effect.
    In comparison with 1Q14, the cash cost increasedby 4% (LTM IPCA inflation: 8.1%) primarily due to the foreign exchange variation and
    higher wood costs.
    Fibria will continue to seek initiatives to minimize its cost structure
    and ensure that the upturn in its 2015 production cash cost lags inflation.
    Adjusted 1Q15 EBITDA totaled R$ 1,007 million, 11% up on 4Q14 and a new quarterly record, thanks to the higher average net price in reais and lower cash COGS.
    The EBITDA margin stood at 50%. The increase over 1Q14 was also due to the higher average net price in reais, as well as the upturn in sales volume.
    LTM EBITDA came to R$ 3,119 million, 12% up on 2014.
    Free cash flow for the quarter amounted to R$ 373 million, 42% more than in the previous three months, mainly due to higher EBITDA and
    the declinein interest payments (thanks to the liability management initiatives), partially offset by the variation in working capital.
    The year-on-year increase was driven by the same factors. The 1Q15 financial result was a net expense of R$ 1,746 million, versus net expenses of R$ 611 million in 4Q14 and R$ 170 million in 1Q14.
    The variation was chiefly due to the 21% appreciation of the closing
    dollar against the real, resulting in higher foreign-exchange losses on dollar-denominated debt and hedge instruments.
    It is worth noting the 39% reduction in interest expenses in dollars
    over 1Q14, thanks to more effective liability management aimed at reducing the principal and cost of debt.
    Gross debt in dollars totaled US$ 2,915 million, 7% and 22% down on 4Q14 and 1Q14, respectively.
    The Company closed the quarter with a cash position of R$ 361 million,
    including the mark-to-market of the derivative instruments.
    As a result of all the above, Fibria reported a 1Q15 net loss of R$ 566 million, versus a net loss of R$ 128 million in 4Q14 and net income of R$ 19 million in 1Q14.
    (Fibria Celulose S/A)
    01.05.2015   Complete stock preparation line for Bulgaria    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2014 the company PAPCEL signed a contract to deliver stock preparation line with an output capacity of 120 tpd to Bulgaria.
    The whole project originated with a great support and a grant from the European Union. The line is designed for recycling of waste paper, where the finished product will be a semi-product in the form of dewatered pulp on pallets. The scope of delivery included: pulper LCV-20-WD, belt conveyor, dewatering drum OBN-10, washing separator VSV-30, and periodical rejects separators PSN-30, cleaners SVS-25-M, HRB pumps, and belt presses incl. thickeners, filter for water purification, etc.
    The equipment and machinery was dispatched in March 2015, the commissioning is scheduled in 2Q/2015.
    (Papcel a.s.)
    01.05.2015   Appointment of Johan Stumpf as successor to Ralph von Veh as ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Mpact Corrugated Managing Director

    Mpact is pleased to announce the appointment of Johan Stumpf as Managing Director of Mpact’s Corrugated business with effect from 1 January 2016, succeeding Ralph von Veh (63), who is approaching retirement.

    The Board’s timing of the implementation of the succession plan was decided in consultation with Ralph and the Executive Directors and is aimed at ensuring a smooth and orderly transition in the leadership of the Corrugated business.

    To facilitate an efficient handover Johan will join Mpact on 1 October 2015 as Director Operations – Mpact Corrugated.

    The Board would like to thank Ralph for his invaluable contribution towards the success of the Group and, in particular, the Corrugated business which, under his leadership over the past 15 years, has been established as the market leader.

    Ralph will remain with the Group as a member of the Mpact Executive Committee, responsible for the bags and sacks businesses, Detpak and Pyramid, and will represent Mpact’s interests on the boards of various Mpact subsidiaries and associates. Ralph will also assume responsibility for certain strategic business initiatives.

    Johan (47), who holds a BEng (Hons)(Industrial) and an MBA (Cum Laude) degree from the University of Pretoria, has a proven track record and extensive executive management experience in the fruit and agricultural sectors as well as manufacturing. He will join Mpact from the Klein Karoo Group where he has served as Managing Director since 2009. Prior to joining the Klein Karoo Group Johan spent six years as Managing Director of Sundays River Citrus Company (Pty) Ltd, the largest packer and marketer of citrus in southern Africa. Johan’s diverse experience also includes six years with SABMiller as production and engineering manager as well as management and executive roles in supply chain management and consulting.

    “We have every confidence that Johan’s depth of experience and understanding of the broader industry, will enable him to lead the Corrugated team to build further on the very solid foundation already laid in the Corrugated business,” says Mpact Group CEO, Bruce Strong.

    Tony Phillips, Chairman of Mpact Limited said, “We are most fortunate to be in a position to enable a smooth transition of leadership within Mpact Corrugated, whilst also continuing to draw on Ralph’s extensive knowledge and experience as a member of the Executive Committee.”
    (Mpact Paper)
    01.05.2015   Paperworld China 2015 scheduled in October for superior industry sourcing period    ( Company news )

    Company news The 11th edition of Paperworld China, the leading international trade fair in China for the stationery and office supplies industry will be held from 15 – 17 October 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Hall N1 – N2, an ideal location for exhibitors and visitors alike. As Paperworld China will now even better accommodate the industry sourcing period, a number of quality exhibitors have already signed on to participate in the 2015 show, including major brand names such as Dokumental, Liberty, Max, Polar Bear, Premec, Simbalion and Titi. Also, the Wenzhou and Ningbo pavilions have already confirmed their attendance at the show.
    Paperworld China will gather buyers locally and from around the world to source products in China as October is the prime sourcing period in Asia for consumer goods. To take advantage of the best Asia has to offer in the industry, buyers will begin the hunt for products in Shanghai and conclude their sourcing needs in Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Being the first station of the new sourcing route, suppliers and buyers are able to better understand the needs and desires of consumers.

    Creative Pavilion and Oriental Culture zone returning
    In 2014, the show featured the “DIY Studio” which was jointly organised by Paperworld China and the DIY Industry Promotion Council of Shanghai Creative Industry Association. This endeavour attracted numerous high-quality “do-it-yourself” and handicraft companies displaying their products in the zone with more than 20,000 professional visitors at Paperworld China coming to also discover the newest in DIY products and ideas.
    Representing the show organiser, Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd said: “The DIY market is always expanding with new and innovative products continuing to inspire consumers, especially in the emerging market in China. Considering the tremendous success at last year’s Paperworld China, we will join forces again to establish the inaugural Creative Pavilion, expecting to double in exhibition space and exhibitor numbers.”

    The Creative Pavilion will include a greater variety of items related to DIY supplies, hobby products as well as crafts and artist supplies. Exhibitors will offer live demonstrations and interactive workshops for a better understanding of their products ranging from scrapbooks, patchworks, paper moulds, glass paints, wood paints, fabric paints and fabric art items to clay modelling and embroidery.

    Additionally, the very well-received Oriental Culture zone will be returning in 2015. It will cooperate with museums and cultural organisations to highlight traditional arts and workmanship in combining cultural and contemporary elements. The enhanced product groups including desktop items and related souvenirs with oriental attributes will also be extended this year.

    Paperworld China will also be held concurrently with two other well-known events: Music China, Asia Pacific’s largest trade fair for musical instruments and Prolight + Sound Shanghai, the leading professional audio and lighting, entertainment and event technology trade fair in Asia. Combining all three shows will allow for gaining a greater audience as visitors from educational institutions, schools as well as visitors from the creative sector will gather at Shanghai New International Expo Centre at the same time and experience a creative synergy in visiting all three shows.

    An early-bird discount will be offered to applications until 31 May 2015. For more information about the show, please visit or email:

    Paperworld China
    China International Stationery and Office Supplies Exhibition
    Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
    15 – 17 October 2015
    (Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd)

    Company news ... NORTH AMERICAN MARKETS

    Solvay, the world’s largest producer of hydrogen peroxide, plans to expand its production facility in Longview (photo), WA., to meet growing demands from pulp and paper producers in the Pacific Northwest and other industrial markets around the United States.
    Solvay expects to increase its North American production capacity by about 20 percent, supported by a multi-million dollar investment in Longview. This investment will help to ensure that Solvay can continue to supply key markets that rely on Solvay to support their own growth projections.
    The investment will be in two stages.
    Longview construction is expected to begin later in 2015 and completion of stage one is expected in late 2016. Stage two of the expansion will take place in the near future as market conditions require.
    Plant employment will remain stable, augmented by contract workers during the construction stages.
    Solvay’s investment plans signify another substantial commitment to the Longview plant and to the region’s industrial markets including the neighboring North Pacific Paper Corporation’s (NORPAC) production facility.
    The expansion of Solvay’s North American peroxides capacity will also support internal demand growth for electronic grade peroxide serving the electronics market.
    Paul Hogan, Solvay’s North American senior vice president for peroxides, explained, “We have seen tightening market conditions in recent years, conditions that should continue for the near future, and this investment is needed to support our customers’ significant growth.
    Additionally, our electronic grade hydrogen peroxide is experiencing strong growth and this investment will help secure our position in this important market segment.
    “Solvay is the global peroxides market leader,” he said, “and we remain committed to serving customers who, in turn, expect us to support their growth ambitions.”
    Since the Longview plant opened in 1989, Solvay has more than tripled its local production in a longstanding partnership with the forest products industry. In addition, Solvay’s Longview employees have worked without a lost-time accident for almost the entire history of the site.
    Capping that commitment to safety, Solvay, since 2002, has consistently earned VPP Star Status from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one of the first manufacturing sites in Washington State to do so.
    (Solvay Chemicals Inc.)

    Company news PaperlinX Limited (“PaperlinX”) advises that local court processes to place its Austrian operations, PaperNet GmbH, into administration commenced on 28 April 2015. An administrator has been appointed and will commence in that role once the final court processes are concluded.
    The local directors were required to commence this course of action given the liquidity issues that the business has faced following the tightening and/or withdrawal of credit terms from suppliers and lenders in recent weeks after the PaperlinX UK and Benelux businesses were placed into administration. This appointment in Austria highlights the interconnectedness of the PaperlinX European businesses.
    Although attempts to sell this business have been unsuccessful, PaperlinX will continue to pursue opportunities to divest the remaining European businesses in Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Scandinavia, Ireland and Germany.
    PaperlinX reiterate its previous statements that the successful and profitable business operations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia have financial separation from European operations. The day to day businesses and operations of the ANZA region remain unchanged.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
    30.04.2015   ABB wins automation order from Fajar Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Automation system comprising distributed control system and quality control system will contribute to higher productivity and reliability of packaging paper production

    ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk (Fajar Paper), a leading packaging paper manufacturer in Indonesia. The contract was booked end of 2014.

    ABB will provide the automation system for paper machine 3 (PM3), one of the current five paper machines at Fajar Paper responsible for a combined production of around 1.2 million tons of packaging paper per year, including Coated Duplex Board, Kraft Liner Board and Corrugated Medium Paper.

    “We are very happy to use ABB equipment on our paper machines and we appreciate how ABB always takes a long term view of their relationship with Fajar, seeing it as something that is more important than one single order,” said Wimba Wibawa, Engineering Director in PT Fajar Surya Wisesa TBk.

    The scope of delivery comprises distributed control system for stock preparation, chemical area and paper machine and quality control system for paper machine with two scanners. The existing third-party automation system in PM3 will be replaced with ABB’s Automation System 800xA, thus resolving the legacy issue faced by the automation system. With this project, Fajar Paper will be one step closer to its plan of having a site-wide fully integrated automation system.

    “We are delighted to collaborate with Fajar Paper once again after the successful execution of the automation system in paper machine 5 and we look forward to a long-standing and valuable partnership,” said Ravi N., manager of ABB’s Process Automation division in Singapore. “ABB has extensive knowledge and experience in delivering such projects and will continue to build on this strong track record providing reliable and efficient technology for the paper industry.”

    800xA is ABB’s flagship collaborative process automation platform comprising distributed control system, safety control system, quality control system and electrical control system.
    (ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)
    30.04.2015   Giesecke & Devrient makes a Healthy Start into 2015 with Restructuring Underway    ( Company news )

    Company news -Sales in 2014 up 4.5 percent to 1.83 billion euros
    -EBIT before restructuring slightly above last year at 62 million euros
    -One-off restructuring costs of 74 million euros
    -Consolidated net income at minus 73 million euros
    -Free cash flow at 23 million euros
    -Positive trend in the first quarter in terms of order backlog and earnings

    Photo: Dr. Walter Schlebusch, Chairman of the Management Board of Giesecke & Devrient

    For Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) 2014 was a year of restructuring, during which important strategic decisions were made. Yet sales increased by 4.5 percent to 1.83 billion euros. Group earnings (EBIT) were slightly above last year at 62 million euros (2013: 56.2 million euros). However, all three business units – Banknote, Mobile Security and Government Solutions – fell short of their earning targets. Restructuring expenses amounted to 74 million euros. EBIT after restructuring is at minus 12 million euros, while the net loss for the year amounts to 73 million euros.

    "This performance can be attributed above all to increasing competitive and pricing pressure in all markets relevant to G&D. The countermeasures implemented so far had been insufficient. Last year we therefore launched an extensive cost reduction program amounting to 100 million euros, with which we will strengthen our profitability for the long term. In addition, we have undertaken structural changes at the company to enable us to better adapt to market and customer demands in future," explains Dr. Walter Schlebusch, Chairman of the Management Board of Giesecke & Devrient. Measures have been taken to strengthen all three business units for the future, including reorganization of the Mobile Security and Banknote business units, and the operational realignment of the Government Solutions business unit. "With the launch of Veridos GmbH – a joint venture by the Government division and Germany's federal mint, the Bundesdruckerei – we are pooling our international activities, giving us good opportunities for growth," commented Schlebusch on the joint venture, which became operational on January 1, 2015. "Despite the current challenges, we are on the right track. Together with the cost reduction program and structural changes, which we have undertaken with a view to the future, the current order situation, the growth markets in Asia and North America, and increasing sales prospects in future segments promise a positive outlook for G&D," continues Schlebusch.

    Business Units
    The Banknote business unit is market leader in the production of new banknotes, in the field of substrates, security solutions, banknote processing systems, and automated processing technology. It has succeeded in increasing its sales by 5 percent to 887 million euros in the last business year and therefore still accounts for the largest proportion of consolidated sales. Earnings were also positive, predominantly due to good sales in the areas of banknote paper, foils, and banknote security solutions. Sales in compact banknote processing systems and service sales were also significantly improved.
    The Mobile Security business unit is one of the world's leading providers of products, services, and complete solutions for payment, secure communication, and identity management. In 2014, sales for this business unit were up by 6.4 percent to 778 million euros, especially in card products for banks due to continuous EMV migration in Asia and America. However, the earnings contribution was once again negative, mainly due to an even more dramatic drop in prices worldwide.
    The Government Solutions business unit is a leading provider of government security documents and an integrated provider of ID solutions. Sales came in at 168 million euros, roughly 6 percent less than the previous year figure. The unit did not realize a positive contribution to earnings in 2014. However, in the same period the unit won good new contracts, such as to supply several million passports in Iraq. Signing the contract to found the joint venture Veridos GmbH also laid the foundations for the expansion of international business.
    The second division of the Government Solutions business unit – the listed company Secunet, in which G&D holds a 79.43% share – performed well and succeeded in increasing both sales and earnings compared to last year. The principal share of sales growth is attributed to the public sector, due on the one hand to cryptographic products and on the other to a large cyber security product range for public-sector clients.

    The current healthy order situation will have a positive impact over the coming months. In 2015 G&D forecasts further sales growth and an increase in EBIT slightly above the 2014 figure. Consolidated net income should return to positive territory. The trend in the first quarter confirms this outlook. In addition, there will be initial positive effects of the cost reduction program. G&D will also invest heavily in research and development again this year. Dr. Walter Schlebusch comments "I am confident that we have good growth prospects, with our innovative products and our forward-looking business models. The essential restructuring will give us a boost."
    (G&D Giesecke & Devrient GmbH)
    30.04.2015   ANDRITZ to rebuild paper machine for Suzano, Brazil, to expand paper production by ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... fluff pulp production

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Suzano Papel e Celulose to upgrade the paper machine at the Suzano mill in São Paulo. After the rebuild, the plant will produce both eucalyptus fluff pulp and coated/uncoated wood-free paper. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

    The machine will produce around 100,000 tons of fluff pulp per year. Due to this rebuild, Suzano will be the first fluff pulp producer in Brazil and the first producer worldwide to supply fluff pulp based on short-fiber eucalyptus. The company is one of the largest integrated pulp and paper producers in Latin America. Its main products are eucalyptus pulp, printing and writing paper, as well as paperboard.
    (Andritz AG)
    30.04.2015   Handwritten resistance to smartphone use     ( Company news )

    Company news How can we persuade schoolchildren and teenagers to loosen their grip on their smartphones and write by hand instead? Bernard Bouvet is chairman of the Union Professionnelle de la Carte Postale, (UPCP), an advocacy organisation for the postcard industry in France. He may not have all the answers but he is at least practising active resistance. In recent years UPCP has put both itself and postcards on the map by creating the writing week Semaine de l’écriture, which aims to teach schoolchildren the value of writing texts by hand. Iggesund Paperboard has supported the campaign since its inception by providing materials for the postcards used in the various writing activities.

    Caption: “It’s a cultural achievement to promote writing by hand,” says Bernard Bouvet, chairman of the French Union Professionnelle de la Carte Postale (UPCP). “We cannot allow all communication to go via emails and text messages, with the resulting degeneration of the language.”

    For the past three school years, UPCP has distributed a postcard on a specific theme – most recently it was love – and organised a competition for the best-composed postcard. A specially composed guide for teachers informs them not only about the competition but also about a range of other school activities that can be done with the postcards. The campaign has been successful – in the first school year 45,000 cards were sent out; this year it was 360,000 and next year the plan is to distribute more than half a million cards. And it is the schools that are driving this strong growth trend.

    “Personally I believe it is a cultural achievement to promote writing by hand,” Bouvet explains as he waves an elegant fountain pen. “We cannot allow all communication to go via emails and text messages, with the resulting degeneration of the language.”

    The postcard activities and the writing week are of course one method of defending the position of physical postcards in an ever-more digitalised world. The postcard industry in France peaked at the turn of the millennium and since then annual sales have fallen by 20 per cent. However, for the past four years sales have stabilised and are worth about 400 million Euro.

    Taking greeting cards and tourist postcards together, the average French person sends seven cards a year. As chairman of the UPCP, Bouvet looks enviously at the UK market, where people each send 54 cards a year.

    “But they have a different culture in that respect – it would seem that they even send cards when they get divorced,” he says with a touch of French astonishment at the peculiar habits of the British.

    Bouvet began his career as an apprentice typesetter at the age of 14 before becoming a photographer of postcard pictures. He remained loyal to postcards until retiring in February 2015. Despite his retirement, he will continue as the chairman of the UPCP throughout 2016. After that, he wants to continue developing the writing week with new forms of cooperation. In his spare time he intends to teach his 18 grandchildren to put aside their smartphones and write more postcards.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    30.04.2015   Metsä Board and Tieto deepen their partnership – Tieto to deliver TIPS MES to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Metsä Board’s Husum mill

    The world’s leading paperboard producer Metsä Board has chosen Tieto to deliver a complete manufacturing execution system (MES) to its mill in Husum, Sweden.

    Tieto is a strong player in the board and paper industry: Tieto has installed more than 220 manufacturing execution systems worldwide. Tieto’s TIPS is the leading manufacturing execution system covering sales, logistics and production management for the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries. It integrates business, planning and production processes in real time.

    The new contract continues a successful partnership between Tieto and Metsä Board. Tieto has already delivered TIPS MES to Metsä’s other mills in the Nordics. Implementing TIPS MES in Husum will help Metsä Board to harmonize and integrate workflows and processes globally. The new solution leads to more cost-efficient maintenance and support, and Metsä Board will benefit from having parallel key performance indicators across all mills.

    “Tieto knows the industry and our company well. We are pleased to continue this partnership by integrating all our mills into the same system, which will help us provide a more harmonized system environment and way to operate,” says Börje Wiklund, IT Manager at Husum mill.

    “This deal further enhances our relationship with Metsä Board and shows the true business value that the digitalisation of processes can bring to the board industry. We are pleased that Metsä Board has shown continued confidence in our cutting-edge TIPS products. We know how to run projects together, and we have an established governance model in place with MES,” says Mats Lidström, Tieto Customer Manager.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
    30.04.2015   Norske Skog: High profit due to refinancing    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog successfully completed in the first quarter a EUR 290 million senior secured notes issue and bond exchange, extending the maturity profile. The profit after tax was 663 million in the first quarter mainly due to gains on exchanged bonds.

    - After these refinancing transactions, we have strengthened and secured our long-term capital structure by enhancing our liquidity position, realizing immediate de-leveraging and extended debt maturities, said Mr. Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    - Already completed and announced capacity cuts in the industry should lead to an improved market balance for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe effective in second half of 2015. However, our effective cost reduction programs at every mill and a weaker Norwegian krone support operating margins, particularly for the Norwegian units, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the first quarter of 2015 were
    NOK 192 million, slightly up from 190 million in the fourth quarter. EBITDA were flat with a weak market for publication paper in Europe and low Asian export prices for newsprint, outweighing positive foreign exchange rate effects and an improvement at Boyer.

    - We now see the positive effects of the conversion of one machine line from newsprint to LWC at Boyer. We are the sole producer of publication paper in Australia and New Zealand, which gives us a competitive edge in those markets. Given the weak magazine paper markets in Europe, Walsum will be under strategic review, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    30.04.2015   Stora Enso: Solid quarter supported by foreign exchange tailwinds    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments the first quarter 2015 results:

    "Stora Enso reports solid results for the first quarter, supported by foreign exchange tailwinds. Excluding the structurally declining paper business and divested business, sales increased 3.0% compared to the first quarter of 2014.
    Operational EBIT increased 20.9% due to cost cutting and favourable exchange rates. Return on capital employed increased from 8.6% to 10.1%.
    Stora Enso is continuing the transformation into a renewable materials growth company. We are already benefitting from the ongoing ramp-up of the pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay. In addition, we are just about to start lignin extraction at the Sunila Mill in Finland. Later this year, we will start producing kraftliner, virgin-fibre-based containerboard, at the Varkaus Mill in Finland. During 2015, we are also increasing the liquid packaging board capacity at the Imatra Mills in Finland. In the summer, we will finalise our investment at Murow sawmill in Poland, increasing its capacity of classic sawn products. Next year, we will start the new production line for wooden building elements at Varkaus. Furthermore, as a major driver of our transformation, the Guangxi consumer board mill is expected to be operational in mid-2016. We have an exciting period ahead of us.
    We are also continuing our non-core asset disposal programme and initiatives to lower our costs. In the first quarter, the Uetersen Paper Mill in Germany was divested. We also announced plans to rationalise our building solutions operations in Finland including a possible reduction in personnel by approximately 50 people and a possible closure of the Pälkäne production unit.
    When it comes to outlook, second quarter 2015 sales are estimated to be slightly higher than the EUR 2 491 million in the first quarter of 2015. Operational EBIT is expected to be in line with the EUR 220 million recorded in the first quarter of 2015. There will be maintenance work in several units during the second quarter. The negative maintenance impact is expected to be EUR 30 million more in the second quarter than in the first quarter 2015.
    As always, I would like to thank our employees for your commitment, our customers for your business and our investors for your trust. We work hard to keep creating value, today and tomorrow."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    29.04.2015   FINAT announces 2015 New Technology Webinar Series    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, announces a series of webinars designed to present the latest independent label industry knowledge and focusing on topics relevant to the future of the industry. Purpose of the webinars is to offer a convenient tool at members’ fingertips to brief them on management, technology and sustainability developments that may impact their business in the near future. The FINAT Board’s ‘New Converting Technology’ taskforce is driving the webinar programme, and works closely with FINAT’s Young Managers Club that also regularly organizes business webinars specifically for young managers in the label industry with the next ones scheduled for June and October.

    The 2015 Technology Webinar Series follows a FINAT webinar end of last year on the future of printed electronics. “Proactive knowledge sharing and supporting our members, as well as the industry in general on technologies, trends and challenges is an ongoing focus for FINAT, as innovation continues apace. The webinar last year proved so successful that we felt members would benefit from more,” comments Kurt Walker, FINAT President. “On closer investigation three topics stood out.”

    Thursday, May 7th at 2PM CET: “Sensory Labels and Packaging” by Hannah Hall, Research Manager at Blue Yonder Research

    The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market has become incredibly competitive and with the additional pressure from the retailers to support promotions whilst keeping retail prices low, this all has to be achieved on efficient budgets. The webinar will provide insights into the techniques used to ensure that brands connect with their end-user on a multi-sensorial, often sub-conscious level that drives loyalty. Brands are constantly looking for added value and partners who share their passion. Strong relationships with brands are built by understanding precisely what they need, paying attention to the smallest details, and through introducing new techniques that can save time and money whilst improving their product offering. The techniques discussed in this webinar are relevant to all sizes of brands – local or global, and are absolutely essential to their growth.

    The webinar is open to FINAT member company representatives – especially those involved in marketing and product development – who can register on the FINAT website.

    Thursday, August 27th at 2PM CET: “The Impact of Good Colour Management” by Marcus Ruckstädter, Sales Director at EU Zeller + Gmelin

    Marcus will look at why on site colour management is needed to reduce downtime and increase uptime; and how to understand customer as well as brand demands and their key drivers. Also the current challenges, along with the associated costs, printers and converters are will be addressed in the presentation. He will also detail possible solutions based on technology, not the human eye, and process driven financial and customer retention benefits.

    Thursday, November 26th at 2PM CET: “Direct Print - A Threat to Pressure Sensitive” by Corey Reardon, CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates

    Corey will expand on potential threats to the label market such as digital heat transfers on to bottles, replacing PS and competing with allied technologies such as sleeves and IML.

    “We believe these are subjects our members are keen to get a better understanding of. It will help them to investigate further what the possibilities are for them, now and in the future. Individually or collectively, the information can make a significant difference to the direction an operation takes both in terms of investment and customer development. We look forward to seeing how members use the knowledge to make real changes to the performance of their businesses,” adds Chris Ellison of OPM Labels and Packaging, who is the FINAT Board member responsible for new technology awareness. “In tandem with the Young Managers Club webinars, we are building a nice stream of new FINAT knowledge sharing activity, all created to support members on their path to success and profitability.”

    More information on the upcoming Technology Webinars will be available on the FINAT website All Technology webinars are free of charge for FINAT members.
    29.04.2015   The Conservation Fund Partners with Apple To Permanently Protect U.S. Working Forests    ( Company news )

    Company news Groundbreaking initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland.

    The Conservation Fund announced that it is partnering with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably.

    “Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow,” said Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. “By all accounts, the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges. The initiative announced today is precedent-setting.”

    The forests that Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting are larger than the land area of the City of San Francisco. Through its commitment, Apple can ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber to paper and pulp mills.

    Reed Forest in Aroostook County, Maine:

    Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting more than 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in Aroostook County, Maine. Reed’s wetlands, rivers and upland forest provide refuge in Maine’s iconic North Woods for Atlantic salmon, bald eagle, northern goshawk and Canada lynx. This project builds on a broader landscape of more than a million acres of conserved lands and interconnected forest habitat that stretches beyond the border into New Brunswick, Canada. Reed Forest will remain a working forest, ensuring continued fiber production and protecting jobs and recreational opportunities.

    Brunswick Forest in Brunswick County, North Carolina:

    The partnership will protect more than 3,600 acres of pine and hardwood forest in Brunswick County, along the southern coast of North Carolina. This property sits adjacent to the 17,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve, which builds connectivity and halts fragmentation for this National Natural Landmark. With high-quality pine savannas and striking and unusual plants and flowers, it had long been a conservation priority. The Brunswick Forest will be managed by the Fund as a sustainable working forest.

    Apple’s initiative protects forestlands through The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund (WFF). Pioneered by the Fund in the late 1990s, the program is an entirely new model for acquiring and permanently protecting ecologically significant portions of America’s last, large, intact privately-held forests. The program places conservation easements on the land, which ensure sustainable harvests and restrict the subdivision or conversion of land to non-forest uses. In addition, this land can only be sold with the conservation easements intact, and sale proceeds are reinvested to protect other vulnerable forestlands.

    WFF also uses forest management strategies to enhance forest health and productivity, wildlife habitat, CO2 sequestration and water quality, while supporting the economic vitality of surrounding communities.

    Out of 750 million acres of U.S. forests, more than 420 million acres are “working” forest, which provide timber for construction, as well as fiber for paper and packaging. More than 45 million acres of those working forests are at risk of being lost to development. In particular, these lands are being sold and then resold in smaller pieces to be converted into residential and commercial space.

    “The status quo for America’s working forests is simply not acceptable,” said Selzer. “We will continue to drive innovative solutions that help ensure their protection and create a sustainable future for generations to come. Today’s announcement is both a turning point and blueprint for forest conservation,” he concluded.
    (The Conservation Fund)
    29.04.2015   Turbidity sensor Turbimax CUS52D    ( Company news )

    Company news Hygienic Memosens sensor for turbidity measurement in drinking water, process water and utilities

    Turbimax CUS52D is a smart sensor with lab accuracy that allows unattended operation in all measuring points of your water production. Thanks to its hygienic, self-cleaning design, you can mount it directly into your pipeline. This way you will save on extensive bypass installations and avoid product loss. With Memosens digital technology, the Turbimax CUS52D combines maximum process and data integrity with simple operation. It enables lab calibration and simplifies predictive maintenance.

    -Measuring results like in the lab: Highly accurate and reliable monitoring of your water quality – even at the lowest turbidity.
    -Turbidity measurement without product loss: Hygienic inline measurement preserves each drop of water in the process.
    -Unattended operation: Intelligent design and practical accessories enable sophisticated self-cleaning capabilities and minimize maintenance.
    -Smart verification and calibration: Absolutely safe, liquid-free, without Formazin.
    -Great flexibility, simple handling: One sensor for all measuring points and all installation environments (inline or immersion).
    -Improved process control: Individually adaptable sensor response time.
    -Fast commissioning: Factory calibration and Memosens technology allow plug & play integration into your process.

    Field of application
    Turbimax CUS52D measures turbidity in:
    ###Drinking and process water:
    - All measuring points from inlet to outlet of water plants
    - Abstraction and raw water control
    - All measuring points in distribution networks
    - All quality control points in water production

    ###Wastewater treatment plants:
    - Reuse of outlet water (e.g. 4th cleaning step)

    ###Utilities of all industries:
    - All measuring points from inlet to outlet of water production
    - All measuring points in distribution networks
    (Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG)
    29.04.2015   Cascades invests $25M in Candiac and Kingsey Falls     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a North American leader in the recovery, manufacturing and converting of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces the installation of a new state-of-the-art converting line in its Candiac plant for the manufacture of high-quality paper towels. In addition, Cascades will upgrade two converting lines in Candiac and Kingsey Falls that will also produce high-end tissue products. The start-up of the new line in Candiac is planned for July 2015 , while the improved converting lines are scheduled to begin production in the first quarter of 2016. This $25 million investment will create 10 new jobs and consolidate the 200 existing ones at the Candiac plant.

    Jean Jobin (photo), Cascades Tissue Group's President and COO stated: "This major investment in Quebec is part of our plan to modernize Cascades' assets to produce higher quality tissue products more efficiently. In addition, this investment will allow us to better serve our customers by making us more competitive while opening new market opportunities."

    The new converting line will be Cascades Tissue Group's most productive line. It will enable a more efficient production of higher quality paper towels and the addition of new formats. The total annual capacity for the new line is approximately 3.5 million cases. It will produce high-quality paper towels for the retail and away-from-home markets.

    "As part of its strategic plan, Cascades has chosen to focus its investments in growth areas of the future: the tissue paper and packaging sectors. The new converting line will be paired with the paper machine that was upgraded in 2011 to install the new and innovative Atmos ® technology. The investment follows on the heels of our strategic deployment in the Southeastern United States and on the West Coast, where we are aiming to further strengthen our position on the North American tissue market", added Mario Plourde , President and CEO of Cascades Inc.

    "Innovation and modernization drive the growth of our companies, and are important levers for prosperity in Québec. Our government is delighted with this project, which is a wonderful example of the incorporation of innovative technologies into the Québec manufacturing sector," explained Jacques Daoust, Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports.

    Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades, is the largest tissue paper manufacturer in Canada , and the fourth largest in North America. The Candiac and Kingsey Falls mills manufacture bathroom tissue, paper towels, table napkins and facial tissues for the Canadian and American retail and away-from-home markets.
    (Cascades Inc.)
    29.04.2015   Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places    ( Company news )

    Company news Eleven places in the world – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released by WWF.
    Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in these “deforestation fronts” if current trends continue, according to findings in the latest chapter of WWF’s Living Forests Report series. The fronts are located in the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumatra.
    These places contain some of the richest wildlife in the world, including endangered species such as orangutans and tigers. All are home to indigenous communities.
    “Imagine a forest stretching across Germany, France, Spain and Portugal wiped out in just 20 years,” says Rod Taylor, Director of WWF’s global forest programme. “We’re looking at how we can tackle that risk to save the communities and cultures that depend on forests, and ensure forests continue to store carbon, filter our water, supply wood and provide habitat for millions of species.”
    The report builds on earlier analysis by WWF showing that more than 230 million hectares of forest will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken, and that forest loss must be reduced to near zero by 2020 to avoid dangerous climate change and economic losses.

    Landscape solutions vital to halting deforestation
    Living Forests Report: Saving Forests at Risk examines where most deforestation is likely in the near term, the main causes and solutions for reversing the projected trends. Globally, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock, palm oil and soy production, but also encroachment by small-scale farmers. Unsustainable logging and fuelwood collection can contribute to forest degradation, or “death by a thousand cuts,” while mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects bring new roads that open forests to settlers and agriculture.
    “The threats to forests are bigger than one company or industry, and they often cross national borders. They require solutions that look at the whole landscape,” says Taylor. “This means collaborative land-use decision-making that accounts for the needs of business, communities and nature.”
    The report is being released at the Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity, an international gathering of political, business and civil society leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    “The summit is an opportunity to advance green investment and build transformational public-private partnerships,” says WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini, who will address the summit. “Indonesia has a major opportunity to transition into an innovative green economy that prioritizes human prosperity and well-being as much as a healthy environment. Choosing to retain healthy and natural forests for multiple purposes and to optimize the productivity of the surrounding land will be a compelling example of this approach. We need smart land-use planning that recognizes the long-term value of healthy forest landscapes.”

    Indonesia in focus
    Despite a recent slowdown, deforestation remains a major issue in Indonesia. Sumatra has lost more than half of its natural forests due to paper and palm oil plantations, and the remaining forest is severely fragmented. WWF projections show that another 5 million hectares of forest could be lost by 2030. Forest cover in the Borneo deforestation front, including Malaysia and Brunei, could be reduced to less than a quarter of its original area by 2020 if current trends continue. New Guinea, which includes Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, could lose up to 7 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030 if large-scale agriculture development plans materialize.
    “The Indonesian government and local policymakers can shift from development plans that yield short-term gains to land-use approaches that will safeguard forests and provide economic opportunities,” Taylor says. “The moratorium on new forest conversion permits provides an opportunity to assess what can be done to halt these deforestation fronts and develop a greener, more inclusive economy.”
    (WWF Forests for Life Programme)
    29.04.2015   ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre Oy finalized contract to supply key production technologies for the new...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...bioproduct pulp mill in Finland

    International technology Group ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre have finalized the contract to deliver key production technologies for a new bioproduct pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The respective letter of intent was signed in early February this year.

    The order value for ANDRITZ is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the mill is scheduled for third quarter of 2017. The core equipment supplied by ANDRITZ will originate largely from Finland and thus will have a significant positive employment impact on ANDRITZ’s engineering staff located in Kotka, Lahti and Varkaus as well as on the ANDRITZ workshop located in Savonlinna where a big part of the core equipment for this contract will be fabricated.

    “The bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Competence, reliability and successful cooperation in previous large investments were emphasized when we made a decision of the key technology suppliers”, says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre Oy.

    ANDRITZ’s scope of supplies includes the core equipment for:
    -A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, three stacker-reclaimer chip handling systems, and bark handling. Each debarking line can process both softwood and hardwood and is designed for world record capacities (pine/spruce/birch: 470/350/270 m3 solid-over-bark per hour), and includes a de-icing conveyor, a debarking drum (5 x 48 meter), and the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ chipper, ensuring high capacity without compromising the chip quality.
    -A softwood and hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feeding system, a two-vessel continuous cooking plant, a new evaporation system for liquor extraction, and seven DD (Drum Displacer) washers for brownstock washing and bleaching. The softwood capacity of this line will be the highest in the world (3,900 tons per day).
    -The world’s most energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with the highest capacity in Europe (1,650 tons/hour). The plant is closely connected to the fiberline using ANDRITZ’s latest innovative and patented solutions, and thus creating the most energy efficient overall combination for the mill. The plant will have seven stages and concentrate black liquor to the very high dry solids content of 85% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. In addition, ANDRITZ will also deliver chloride removal systems to enhance the chemical recovery process and to produce liquid methanol, which will be used as a biofuel source.
    -A recausticizing plant, which will be the largest in Europe (white liquor production of 16,000 m3/day), and world’s largest single-line recausticizing plant, with two centrifuges for dregs, slaker-classifier, white liquor disc filter, and lime mud disc filter.

    The new mill will be a next-generation bio-product pulp mill which can convert wood raw material into biomaterials and bioenergy in addition to producing high-quality pulp. It will not use any fossil-based fuels as all of the energy required will be generated from wood.
    (Andritz AG)
    28.04.2015   Trinseo to Exhibit at the European Coatings Show    ( Company news )

    Company news Presenting a Complete Portfolio of Latex Chemistries

    Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials company and manufacturer of plastic, latex and rubber, announced participation in the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg, Germany. Trinseo will be located in hall 4, stand 4-460 at the exhibition of Nordmann, Rassman (NRC). NRC is Trinseo’s DACH and Eastern European distribution partner for latex materials.

    “It has become a tradition for us to participate with NRC at the European Coatings Show. This trade fair provides us with the opportunity to interact with our current customers, as well as share our complete construction and adhesive binder’s portfolio with potential new customers. We are committed to helping them take latex products to the next level of innovation,” said Jan Muller, Global Business Director for Latex.

    Trinseo delivers a high level of expertise and provides water based binders solutions for an array of applications, including:
    • Building & Construction
    • Adhesives & Sealants
    • Technical Fabrics
    • Technical Papers & Boards

    The European Coatings Show is the world’s leading exhibition of the coatings and paint industry. The biennial fair features products in the areas of raw materials for coatings, printing inks and adhesives to intermediates for construction chemicals, laboratory and production equipment, testing and measuring equipment, and application systems to safety at work and environmental protection. 
    (Trinseo Europe GmbH)
    28.04.2015   Festo continues on its course of worldwide growth    ( Company news )

    Company news -Pneumatic and electric automation on a broader basis
    -With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year, Festo Group consolidated its market position.

    Photo: Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG

    With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year (2013: 2.28 billion euros), the Festo Group consolidated its global market position and continued its successful growth of the past few years. The regions of Asia, the Americas and Europe were also marked by growth. The German market grew the most strongly in a year-on-year comparison. Significant impulse for growth was given by the Customer Solutions, Process Automation and Electric Automation divisions. The Didactic division further extended its presence on the market and registered a very good year. Over the coming years, the company intends to extend its leading market position even further with its new LEAD strategy (Leadership in Automation and Didactic) in pneumatic and electric actuation for industrial automation and in vocational education.

    The financial year 2014 in summary
    With growth of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in 2014, Festo surpassed its predicted increase in turnover of 6 to 7 %. Broken down by region, the year-on-year increase amounted to 8 % in Asia, 5 % in the Americas and 8 % in Europe. Sales on the German domestic market grew by 9 %.
    In addition to the strategic business fields, the growth generators in Germany were development in the field of Electronic Light Assembly (electronics and assembly of small components) and new projects in the automotive industry. Cooperation with major customers was also extended.
    Customer Solutions (CS), Process Automation (PA) and Electric Automation (EA) number among the important pillars of growth for Festo. The CS division grew by 8 %, and PA by under 4 %. The EA division grew the most strongly, with a rate of 18 %. Didactic, the world market leader in vocational education and training, consolidated its position and rounded off a very positive year with a growth rate of more than 17 %.
    “Festo has grown rapidly and successfully over the past few years. From this position of strength, we shall now invest in the future with our new LEAD strategy and further extend our leading position in the market for pneumatic and electric actuation in industrial automation and in vocational education,” said Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG.

    Customer Solutions in high demand
    The demand for custom-designed systems solutions expedited growth in the Customer Solutions division. “In view of the high demand for Customer Solutions, we are constantly extending our global network of Technical Engineering Centres and Application Centres. This enables us to realise customer projects rapidly and in an agile manner on location in all regions,” said Dr. Veit.
    Positive growth was also recorded by the MedLab unit with its automation solutions for medical and laboratory technology: its annual increase in turnover registered over the past ten years amounts to almost 13 %.

    Growth in Process Automation
    The special solutions competence of Festo is reflected not only in Factory Automation, but also in Process Automation; this has led to an increase in turnover in the fields of water/wastewater and biotech/pharmaceuticals.

    Electric automation acquires increasing significance
    In addition to pneumatic automation technology, increasing significance is also being acquired by its electric counterpart. “With 18 %, Electric Automation was the division with the highest growth rate,” explained Dr. Veit.
    “Electric automation and pneumatics are important technological keys to the production of the future. Production processes must become even more flexible, while system functions are frequently becoming increasingly complex with more stringent requirements placed on networked communication. Festo has the right solution here: we offer our customers technology-neutral automation – both pneumatic and electric,” said Dr. Veit in clarifying the target.

    Festo Didactic strengthens its market position
    The networked flexible production of the future also places new practical demands on the qualification of students and specialist employees. In this regard, Festo Didactic consolidated its leading position on the market last year with new education concepts and learning systems in the context of Industry 4.0.
    With the takeover of the Canadian-US company Lab-Volt in June 2014, the company extended its portfolio in the field of technical learning systems for electronics, electrical engineering and energy management. The new “LabVolt Series” learning systems for the sectors of electronics, electrical engineering and energy management are produced in Canada and the USA and represent an invaluable supplement to the product range of Festo Didactic.

    Technological leadership extended
    “Our innovation pipeline is completely full for the next few years,” emphasised Dr. Veit. To further enhance its position as the technological market leader, the company is also investing in the development of electric automation engineering in addition to pneumatics. Dr. Eberhard Veit: “Customers want integral solutions – from the product, to systems, up to custom-designed solutions and the appropriate software. We are therefore investing more than 7 % of our global annual turnover in research and development, and thus in new smart, intuitive product innovations along with more than 10,000 individual solutions that help boost our customers’ productivity even further,” Dr. Veit added.
    Festo has important topics on its agenda: “Current megatrends such as energy efficiency, globalisation, digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and the life sciences open up interesting opportunities. For this reason, our company will be extending its range of products and solutions in the fields of medical engineering and laboratory automation over the coming years. Likewise, we are increasing our range of offers in process automation to include Industrial Water, Chemical (fine chemicals) and Food Processing. In view of recent developments and trends such as big data, smart services and electromobility, we are expecting short- and long-term impulses for products and markets that support the technology portfolio of Festo and reinforce its current market position, while at the same time helping to open up new markets,” explained the Chairman of the Management Board.

    The focus of research is on Industry 4.0
    The research and development activities in the context of Industry 4.0 are being given special emphasis. “We at Festo see Industry 4.0 as a highly interdisciplinary future project, on which we are constantly working in cooperation with partners from science and industry. Festo is involved for example in a number of joint research projects that deal with various aspects of future production. However, not only the latest technical developments are important here, but also the question of what status the human operator will have in the overall context of future production, and how a company can prepare its employees for this development. We are addressing this matter with our Didactic unit,” said Dr. Veit.
    “Practical examples of this are our Cyber Physical Factory, a modular production facility for vocational education and training in Industry 4.0 at our Didactic unit; and the Multi-Carrier System in Electric Automation, an innovative transport system for greater flexibility in production processes,” Dr. Veit added. “The Multi-Carrier System incorporates important options relevant to Industry 4.0. Our flagship product, the CPX automation platform, will also be capable of integration into Industry 4.0 environments via OPC-UA.” Festo has initiated many further customer projects in the field of digitalisation of industrial automation. Our customers set store by the competence of Festo in technology and innovation, and in vocational education.
    “We are also providing fresh impulse in the areas of our Bionic Learning Network and our Future Concepts again this year," said Dr. Veit. At the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, this is particularly relevant in the light of the motto “Join the Network!” The projects illustrate how networked communication between individual systems can be combined into an intelligent overall system and provide interesting approaches to future production.

    Investments in Germany as a production location
    In 2015, it is readily apparent that Festo is also investing in Germany to an increasing extent and is setting store by this country as an industrial location. No less than three new buildings are being occupied and officially opened this year: the Automation Center at the corporate headquarters in Esslingen, the Technology Factory in Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and the Global Production Centre Hassel in Rohrbach (Saarland) with its emphasis on new materials and polymers. At this site alone, the company has invested a total of around 150 million euros in the development of know-how and competence and in state-of-the-art working environments.
    The Technology Factory currently under construction represents a significant step towards the production of the future. New concepts from Industry 4.0 are also being applied and tested here. On completion of this complex, control elements, valves, valve manifolds and electronic components will be manufactured here. The Ostfildern-Scharnhausen location is designed as a future-proof adaptable factory: approaches from Industry 4.0 are being realised at this facility, and the CPX platform and the Multi-Carrier System will be in operation in many production units there. In addition, the insights gained in various research projects will be implemented and tested in a pilot area. All components for the AS interface – a data and energy supplier for actuators and sensors – will also be manufactured in this factory.

    Global investments in know-how and technology
    The focus on growth and on customer requirements calls for investments. “Customers in Asia and America now expect the same service, excellent delivery reliability and consultation that our customers enjoy in Europe,” explains Dr. Eberhard Veit. Festo is making investments worldwide to meet these demands on a global basis. Altogether, around 300 million euros have been invested in the development of the global development, production and logistics network as well as in new buildings. These investments are focused on the USA, Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland and China along with Korea, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
    More than 40 million US dollars are being invested in America alone. On a site in Mason, Ohio measuring more than 15,000 m², a new production and logistics centre is being built that will commence operations this year and be officially opened in 2016. The new Regional Service Centre (RSC) caters to additional growth in the USA, Canada and Mexico. With its centrally located new RSC, Festo offers its customers in North America innovative tailor-made solutions and even better service. “This will further consolidate our position in the American automation market,” said Dr. Veit.
    Festo is thus continuing with its successful two-pronged strategy. In Germany, Festo is pursuing the development of know-how, research and development, new technologies and technology factories; and at its locations in the global growth markets, production is carried out in the region for the region. The modules are adapted on location to suit specific regions or customers, and tailor-made individual solutions are devised. With the national companies and production centres outside Germany, Festo has been making a major contribution toward improving the innovative power and production quality of the new markets. "This has boosted the technological standards and demands in the local markets; for us, this in turn increases the demand for competitive automation solutions,” explains Dr. Veit.

    Global growth markets open up new opportunities: focus on the USA and China
    To assert itself on the future growth markets and remain competitive on a global scale, Festo already underwent a restructuring process last year. “In future, growth will take place not only in Germany and Europe, but above all in Asia and America. We shall therefore greatly increase our presence in the high-focus countries of the USA and China; we have already been making preparations for this over the past few years. We shall also establish a broader basis for our activities and invest in new growth sectors such as electric light assembly (ELA). Nevertheless, we shall not lose sight of our core business: in pneumatics, we intend to open up additional market segments with a focused, competitive product range. In our Electric Automation, Process Automation, Customer Solutions and Didactic divisions, too, we shall extend our range of activities and enhance our position on the market,” said Dr. Veit.
    In future, Festo will be concentrating to a greater extent on its traditional fields of expertise: excellent consultation for its customers, a high level of solutions competence for individual requirements, a first-class product range, excellent logistics performance, technology and innovations competence in many areas, a global market presence and competent service.

    Festo as a top employer: a professional future with career opportunities
    Over the past few years, Festo has constantly grown not only in terms of turnover. The workforce grew in 2014 to 17,800 worldwide (previous year: 16,700), including 8,100 employees in Germany (previous year: 7,700) and 9,700 abroad (previous year: 9,000).
    In 2014, Festo once again numbered among the top 100 employers for engineers in Germany and the top 500 in Europe. The company provides ideal working conditions, career opportunities and the possibility of lifelong learning and internal or external further education for trainees, first-time employees and young professionals, but also for employees with long professional experience. Junior employees are strategically supported with a talent management programme. Added to this are specific offers for on-the-job studies. Young aspirants are also given support in the form of a stipend or as part of the Stay Inspired student development programme.
    Last year, a total of around 120 trainees and bachelor students in Germany and 25 in China embarked on a course of education with Festo. Two of them can look forward to a very special year ahead: as the winners of the preliminary round of national professional competitions, they will represent Germany in the mechatronics section of the WorldSkills vocational championship in Brazil later this year.
    Software will play an increasingly significant role in future production. After all, there can be no intelligent products without the appropriate software. For the automation specialist Festo, it is therefore increasingly important for interdisciplinary teams to develop uniform solutions with a consistent architecture at the interface of hardware and software. “We offer exciting career prospects in the environment of Industry 4.0, also for software developers,” emphasised Dr. Veit.
    (Festo AG & Co. KG)
    28.04.2015   Christophe Vidal joins LGR    ( Company news )

    Company news LGR Packaging is pleased to announce the arrival into the Management Board of Christophe Vidal (photo), who will be in charge of Sales, Marketing and Development activities.

    Christophe, 48 year-old, has been working since 2003 in the folding carton industry.
    After an experience within A&R Carton in France in Commercial and Supply chain departments, he worked for 11 years with Mayr Melnhof Packaging. He was for this company firstly European Key Account Manager in Vienna, moved then to Poland as Sales Director for 2 years, and spent the last 5 years in Vienna again as Manager of a Business Unit.

    The customer and operational experiences of Christophe Vidal in international context will bring LGR a significant value as part of its growth strategy.

    He will take up his new position as from June 1st, 2015.
    (LGR Packaging SAS)
    28.04.2015   TRM Packaging invests £1million to increase capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news TRM Packaging has installed a new pallet press line as part of the latest phase in the company’s £8 million investment programme.

    The UK’s leading manufacturer and printer of retail ready packaging recently finished the installation of a £1 million investment into a new pallet press line which includes a Dücker palletiser, Mosca pallet strapper and a Haloila Octopus pallet wrapping machine.

    Trevor Maund said: “The decision to install the new pallet press line came on the back of the increased demand for high quality printing from our customers.

    “The new line offers a range of features such as increased control on wrapping pressures and improves final presentation before shipping to our clients.”

    “It is the latest investment, underpinning our push towards securing TRM’s position as the most capable plant in the country in the corrugated industry.”

    The new line will increase output of TRM’s plant by a third and improve the flexibility and responsiveness of the business, allowing it to process more packs than was previously possible.

    TRM is also upgrading the incumbent palletising line so it can offer the same features as the new equipment.
    (TRM Ltd)
    28.04.2015   Orient Paper Completes Installation of Tissue Paper Packaging Equipment and Commences ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Trial Production

    Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, announced that it has completed the installation of previously purchased packaging equipment at the Company's Wei County Industrial Park facility for its tissue paper packaging production lines and has commenced trial production.

    The tissue paper packaging production lines involve a post production process which cuts, re-rolls and packages tissue base paper to produce final commercially packaged products, such as toilet paper, boxed and soft packed tissues, handkerchief tissues, paper napkins, bathroom paper towels and kitchen paper towels. Prior to the production launch of tissue base paper by the production line PM8, the Company will utilize externally sourced tissue base paper to produce its commercially packaged tissue paper products and prepare for future expansion into the tissue paper market.

    Mr. Zhenyong Liu (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are excited to announce the completed installation and launch of trial production for our tissue paper packaging lines, which was completed nearly two months ahead of schedule. The strong progress we have made reflects our team's commitment and hard work."
    (ONP Orient Paper Inc.)
    28.04.2015   Pehlivanoğlu Kağit, Turkey, upgrades PM1 with PMT Italia    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia will supply a new SIZER FO Film Size Press with new Threading System and Pulper to Pehlivanoğlu Kağit for their PM1 in Çerkezköy, Turkey.
    The 2.850 mm wide PM1 produces Fluting and Test Liner in a grammage range of 75 to 200 g/m2 with a design speed of 1.000 m/min.
    The rebuild is planned for the end of 2015 and the new production will start at the beginning of 2016.
    This project represents for PMT a further occasion of confirming its constantly developed sizing technology as well as a new result of its growing position of preferred supplier in the Turkish paper industry.
    PMT is a global paper machinery producer, able to provide all paper suppliers with advanced and customized equipment, from headbox through winder, including integrated projects with basis or detail engineering of associated auxiliary systems.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
    28.04.2015   emtec Electronic at the Zellcheming Expo 2015 in Germany    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 Process Optimization and Quality Assurance

    emtec Electronic GmbHwill attend the “Zellcheming Expo 2015” in Frankfurt/Main, Germany – the 110th Annual Meeting and Exhibition. From June 30th until July 02nd, emtec will be present at the exhibition booth no. C46.
    During the Zellcheming Expo, emtec will show a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction, to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the lab equipment FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic presents its Online measuring device FPO Fiber Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process and allows an immediate optimization of chemical dosage.
    The EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester delivers reliable predictions about the behavior of paper surfaces during glueing, printing and coating processes. With the innovative ACA Ash Content Analyzer it is possible to determine the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers of the paper within seconds. The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer measures objectively the softness and calculates the handfeel of tissue products.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    27.04.2015   Technology catches up with imagination at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki will showcase solutions to match at stands U5 and T11 in Hall 6 at Koelnmesse, Cologne

    Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, will showcase its latest collection of textile production solutions including a selection of flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printing solutions at FESPA 2015. FESPA 2015 will take place in Cologne, Germany, from May 18 to 22, 2015. Mimaki will be located in stands U5 and T11 in Hall 6.

    “We see two key growth trends for digital production methodologies: textile production - not soft signage, but fashion and home textiles - and an increasing volume of UV printing with both flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printers,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “UV printing is opening new markets with better quality and lower production costs and textile designers are discovering the benefits that digital textile design and printing offer. Technology is catching up with imagination, and it’s a very exciting time,” he continues. “FESPA is a major show on the Mimaki calendar; and our stand will be as big, bold and bright as ever, offering visitors ideas and tools that will allow them to stretch their creativity.”

    The FESPA mission: to boldly show …

    Mimaki textile-focused solutions on display at the show include:

    • Mimaki TS500-1800, ideal for furnishing fabrics as well as sportswear, T-shirts and apparel;

    • Mimaki TX500-1800, for printing on cotton, polyester-based materials, and other fabrics;

    • Mimaki JV300-130/160, a dye sub printer suitable for everything from garment marketing to fashion; and

    • Specialized solutions for latex print for wallpaper with six-colour printing including orange and green.

    Also on display will be the Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED flatbed printer that prints on a wide range of substrates from acrylics to metal, wood and stone; the Mimaki CJV150 and Mimaki CJV300integrated printer/cutters for a wide range of applications from signage to banners, stickers and canvas prints; and the UJF-3042 / UJF-6042 LED flatbed printers that offer unlimited production capabilities, particularly with its kebab option printing on cylindrical shapes.

    Also, the newest member of the Mimaki product family will be running at full speed at the show: the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutter. It offers both creasing and cutting and enables operations to create and deliver high quality, cost-effective designs - smoothly and quickly. This solution was recently debuted at Cosmopack receiving rave reviews.

    “As you can see,” Horsten adds, “our FESPA stand will have something for everyone, and we promise that visitors can let their imaginations run wild and we can likely keep right up with them. It’s a promising time to be in the industry, and we are enthusiastic to be able to share all of these capabilities with show attendees.”

    Printing what you preach
    Mimaki isn’t just exhibiting at the show; the company is immersed in the FESPA community. Mimaki will be participating in the FESPA Print Inspiration Rally project where an American school bus has been radically transformed into a fully functional camper with the banners and textiles produced by Mimaki. The initiative combines cutting edge print techniques from different market-leading brands with the aim of inspiring creative print applications for interior design. Horsten elaborates, “We print what we preach, it’s as simple as that. You can claim all you want, but at the end of the day, you have to deliver. When we heard about this initiative, we understood how cool it would be to show what we can actually produce. We hope observers will feel the same way and visit our stand or, at least, become more aware of the impact of print in their daily lives.”

    FESPA is like a box of chocolates
    In observance of its 40th anniversary, Mimaki will be hosting a Sweet 40th partner event on May 18th at the Lindt chocolate factory. Horsten explains, “Mimaki and Lindt - two leading producers of exciting goods! We felt that the Lindt chocolate factory was the perfect place to demonstrate how continuous research and development drives the sweet taste of success.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    27.04.2015   Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company's investment in a new technology at its Norampac – Cabano facility. This innovative new process – a Canadian first – is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips.

    This project – worth a total of $26M – represents a major advance in biorefinery development in Canada . Backed by a $10M investment from Natural Resources Canada's Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and an additional $4.4M from the Québec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, the Cabano plant will replace its current process – the production of sodium carbonate-based chemical pulp – with this new, more environmentally friendly and economical one that was developed in conjunction with a U.S. partner.

    This new process – the extraction of hemicellulose from deciduous woodchips – will replace the use of chemical products, which would otherwise have to be purchased, shipped and disposed of responsibly. Another benefit is the plant's reduced energy consumption, which will boost Cabano's competitiveness. The facility's reduced environmental footprint will position Cabano to offer products that are even more environmentally friendly.

    Hemicellulose, a natural polymer found in plant cell walls, presents myriad opportunities ranging from power generation to biofuels such as ethanol, as well as the production of natural sugar-based value-added products.

    "Cascades is once again pleased with this pioneering achievement in the areas of innovation and sustainable development, especially within the four walls of one of its original facilities," declared Mario Plourde , President and Chief Executive Officer. "This project represents a unique advance in biorefinery technological development. This new process will enable improvements in the efficiency and competitiveness of our Cabano plant's current corrugated paper production process, thus making existing jobs more secure."

    "This investment is another example of how our government is helping Canada's forest industry bring innovative, high-value products to the marketplace, increasing Canada's global competitiveness and protecting jobs in the local community," declared the Honourable Greg Rickford, federal Minister of Natural Resources.

    "This investment reflects the importance of the diversification of forest products for the industry and, at the same time, for various government jurisdictions. These are the kind of technological advances that will enable our forest industry to differentiate itself and that will also create prosperity for our regions," declared Laurent Lessard, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.
    (Cascades Inc.)
    27.04.2015   Sweco engaged for next generation bioproduct mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Sweco has been awarded an extensive assignment as part of pulp and paper producer Metsä Group’s major investment in Äänekoski, Finland. The end result will be the most efficient and modern bioproduct mill in the world. The value of the assignment corresponds to one year’s work for approximately 200 people.

    ”This bioproduct mill is the largest ever investment in the forest industry in Finland. As Sweco has met our high standards for energy and environmental efficiency and technical quality in the preplanning of the mill, we decided to continue our collaboration with Sweco,” says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy.

    Under the assignment, Sweco’s industry specialists and structural engineers will design and plan a new production plant for bioproducts and bioenergy. The key role played by Sweco to date includes calculating the cost and assessing the environmental impact of the project.

    ”Sweco is involved here in creating next generation bioproducts and bioenergy, with a clear focus on synergies and resource efficiency. The end result will be the most efficient and modern bioproduct mill in the world,” says Markku Varis (photo), CEO of Sweco Finland.

    Sweco’s work on the assignment will begin immediately and continue through late 2017. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in autumn 2017.
    (Sweco Industry Oy)
    27.04.2015   Market survey highlights advantages of paper sacks for cement fillers    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper sacks benefit from lower total cost and higher filling speed than polyethylene form fill seal sacks.

    Picture: 70% of questionnaire respondents considered the choice of sack system to be of high strategic importance and high spend.

    A recent market research survey conducted by Innventia AB, the Swedish research and technology organisation, has revealed that paper cement sacks offer considerable cost and efficiency advantages for fillers when compared with polyethylene form-fill-seal (ffs) sacks. Another key finding of the study was that choice of sack system is considered by the majority of fillers to be of high strategic importance and high spend. Generally companies buying products and services that account for significant spend and that are also strategically important are reluctant to switch to another supplier or system. A switch may take place but only after careful consideration or due to external influences, such as legislation, consumer or customer preferences, or taxation, over which they have little option or control.

    Comparable performance in the supply chain
    Although polyethylene sacks are perceived as providing greater strength and moisture resistance compared to paper sacks, the survey revealed that fillers find damage, product wastage and spillage to be similar for both sack systems. This finding is particularly interesting in light of recent LCA studies promoting polyethylene sacks which suggest they have a lower environmental impact due to reduced product losses in the supply chain. This assertion does not match the experience of fillers. This finding also suggests that paper sacks are extremely fit-for-purpose and the greater strength and moisture protection offered by polyethylene is not required for the typical hazards encountered in the supply chain for cement.

    Paper is seen as advantageous from an environmental perspective
    The survey has also shown that environmental impact and environmental factors have limited influence over the fillers’ choice of sack or sack system. Nonetheless fillers recognise the paper pack system as advantageous from an environmental perspective noting that they are manufactured from renewable materials.

    Room for some improvement
    There are some areas where paper sacks can improve. As well as providing greater strength and moisture resistance compared to paper sacks, the study revealed that fillers perceive polyethylene as advantageous in terms of dust and cleanliness. Solutions for strong and moisture resistant paper sacks are already available, but along with dust and cleanliness these are important parameters for fillers and paper sack manufacturers can continue focus future innovation efforts in these areas.
    (Innventia AB)
    27.04.2015   FuturaGene's eucalyptus is approved for commercial use in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news This is the first genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus event to be approved worldwide and represents the most significant productivity milestone for the renewable plantation forest industry since the adoption of clonal technology in the early 1990’s. This approval also represents the beginning of a new era for sustainable forest management by enabling the production of more fiber, using less resources. Brazil is the first country to complete the development cycle of such a technology.

    The yield increase provided by the GM eucalyptus will provide economic, environmental and social benefits. The economic benefits include increased competitiveness for the Brazilian forestry sector. The main environmental benefits derived from using less land to produce more fiber will include lowered carbon emission through the reduction of distance between the forests and the mills, reduced use of chemical inputs and greater availability of land for other purposes, such as conservation and food production.

    Partners of Suzano Pulp and Paper’s outgrowers program, including small landholders, who have already benefited from the company´s best seedlings for years, will have access to the technology under terms of current contracts, which do not involve the payment of royalties.

    For Stanley Hirsch, FuturaGene CEO, the approval of this technology represents a breakthrough for the forestry industry: “Producing more wood without increasing the use of natural resources is a constant challenge for all industry players. We are very proud to have developed an innovative technology that is capable of potentiating forestry industry competitiveness while benefitting society as a whole”.

    FuturaGene’s yield-enhanced eucalyptus has been under development since 2001 and has undergone extensive biosafety assessment prior to submission for commercial approval. According to Dr. Hirsch, the company has several additional products at different stages of development in its pipeline. “This approval by CTNBio is an incentive for us to continue seeking innovative technological solutions that contribute for meeting the ever growing global demand for wood in a sustainable manner.”
    (Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.)
    27.04.2015   Valmet introduces new online tool for choosing optimal roll covers    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has launched a new and intuitive roll cover online tool in April 2015. This interactive application enables users to locate and select the correct roll cover for any paper, board or tissue production line roll positions, as well as for pulp drying machines.
    The new online tool will serve Valmet's customers even more efficiently by collating Valmet's entire roll cover and coating product range and presenting the products in one user-friendly view along with all related product information. You can find the application at

    Easily browse through the entire Valmet roll cover range
    "As an industry-leading roll cover supplier, we wanted to make it easy to search for and select a roll cover for each position. In addition to looking at roll cover options and qualities, this is also a quick way to open and download product datasheets", explains Samppa Ahmaniemi, director of Roll Covers at Valmet. The user-friendly online tool can be conveniently accessed even from tablet devices.

    Fit-for-purpose roll covers for all applications
    Valmet's roll cover portfolio contains a wide range of high technology solutions for all applications. For decades, Valmet has utilized the latest technology and research results in the development of roll covers. This work has resulted in modern roll cover materials and innovative coating solutions.
    Regardless of the paper grade or machine brand, Valmet offers its customers a comprehensive selection of roll covers to suit their particular needs. Valmet has developed long-lasting, compliant covers ranging from rubber and polyurethane all the way to ultra-hard carbides and ceramics. These materials provide excellent wear resistance and long, disturbance-free run times. As a result, mills can increase their machine efficiency, extend roll running times and reduce their maintenance costs.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    27.04.2015   AMACO specialized in the manufacture of tissue paper machines: Successful participation in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... the Tissue World exhibition

    AMACO Group participated recently in the Tissue World Exhibition specialist in tissue paper,machinery, and equipment sector, which was held in Barcelona, Spain.

    AMACO team (photo), who participated in the exhibition, includes a large number of different disciplines, including sales, marketing and technical sections of directors, led by the company's president, Ali Mahmoud El Abdallah. The team was accompanied during the show with Mr. Bruno Zaher, the consultant of the Minister of Economy and Trade of the Lebanon who represented the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade.

    The company presented through their participation in this exhibition range from the latest innovations in the field of tissue paper industry. It also showedthe advanced technologies that have contributed to the modernization of the development of the hygienic tissue paperindustry, which has become a distinction in the international markets.
    It also hosted in its booth a large number of customers from different countries of the world, as well as specialists and stakeholders and experts from the international paper industry.

    On the occasion of their participation in the exhibition, AMACO hosted a dinner for the official authorities who participated in this event,in addition to groups of representatives of major companies specialized in the Tissue Paper Industry.

    During the ceremony, the company's president, Ali Mahmoud El Abdallah welcomed the guests and said that the dinner organized by AMACO conjunction with each session of the exhibition " Tissue World ,"which has become a meeting station for all those who involved in the tissue paper sectors in the Arab countries and the world.

    He expressed appreciation for the role played by companies on the level of development of the hygienic tissue paper sector, which enjoys an international level. Mr. El Abdallah presented an honorary shield to the organizer of the exhibition, and commended the efforts, especially they organized the event for the 12thyear at its respectively. He stressed that the AMACO eager to participate in this event every year, and it is continuing its efforts to develop technological capabilities and provide better services to its customers in the various countries of the world.
    (Amaco Group SAL)
    27.04.2015   Things are happening in one fell swoop: 3 premieres at the ACHEMA    ( Company news )

    Company news This year NETZSCH will present 3 product innovations at the ACHEMA in Frankfurt. The NEMO® progressing cavity pump has been re-engineered to the “full service in place” principle of the TORNADO® rotary lobe pump and will be introduced with a maintenance-friendly design. The successful TORNADO® rotary lobe pump is now available in additional sizes; in addition, NETZSCH introduces the new screw pump NOTOS® developed in Brazil.

    ACHEMA Frankfurt 2015, Hall 8, Booth C27

    NETZSCH is the first progressing cavity pump manufacturer who provides full access to all rotating parts of the pump; this establishes a benchmark on the market. After the FSIP concept of the TORNADO® caused excitement in the technical world and among our customers 3 years ago, the maintenance-friendliness for our NEMO® pumps was also redefined. NETZSCH defined the FSIP concept – “Full Service in Place” allowing the user of the pump to conveniently open the pump cavity on site and dismantle all rotating parts and simply install them again without having to remove the pump from the pipe assembly. This concept has now also been realised for the progressing cavity pump. The rotor-stator unit can be simply lifted out after opening the newly designed inspection cover on the pump housing. This significantly reduces the maintenance time and effort for the installer.

    The eagerly awaited smallest T.Proc® all-metal pump of the TORNADO® T2 family, used specifically for low volume flow rates in the processing industry, has recently been developed and is now available. What's more, the demand for larger flow rates in the environmental industry has not gone unheeded either. Up to 200 resp. 300 m³/h can be conveyed with the new T.Envi® 08/200 and 06/300. One machine is already being used successfully at a sewage treatment plant in Hall, Austria.

    Finally, NETZSCH presents a new development from Brazil from the Pomerode plant: The NOTOS® screw pump series. Completely new geometries ensure improved efficiency and increased pressure capacity. NETZSCH sets new standards with this design as well.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH)
    24.04.2015   Smurfit Kappa expands its corrugated packaging operations in the UK     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Inspirepac, a non-integrated corrugated, high quality print and display business in the UK from the Logson Group.

    Inspirepac is a private company with 279 employees, and operates two packaging plants and a further two erecting plants in the North of England. The transaction will further enhance Smurfit Kappa’s market leading position in the UK market, and build on our existing capabilities in the high quality print and Point of Sale market segments.

    The transaction will be completed for a consideration of £43.5 million and will be immediately earnings accretive. It is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015 subject to customary closing conditions. Based on 2014 EBITDA of £6 million and expected year one synergies of approximately £1.2 million, the Group will complete the acquisition at a post synergies multiple of 6.0 times EBITDA.

    Tony Smurfit (photo), COO and President of Smurfit Kappa Group commented: “We are delighted with the announcement of this acquisition and look forward to welcoming the Inspirepac team into Smurfit Kappa UK. They have built excellent businesses in many product and customer sectors which will add to our existing strengths, and support our continued drive to ‘Open the Future’ within the UK packaging market.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    24.04.2015   New KBA Rapida 105 PRO with improved kit and more automation    ( Company news )

    Company news With the Rapida 105 PRO KBA Radebeul announced a new sheetfed offset press in medium format at Print China which ran from 7 to 12 April in Guangdong. The new press takes its place in the top performance segment between the proven Rapida 105 and the high-end Rapida 106. Compared to the Rapida 105, which is still available, at 17,000sph the new press delivers a slightly higher level of performance in terms of production, a larger standard sheet format of 740 x 1,050mm, shorter makeready times thanks to more automation and a new, intuitive operating concept. Additionally, it offers more equipment flexibility and greater scope for customisation. KBA has named the new Rapida 105 PRO which is based on the Rapida 106 (up to 20,000sph) as the best in its class and sees excellent opportunities in the global market for this new press given its attractive price-performance ratio.
    Demands placed on printing companies in terms of technology have changed in recent years. Labour costs have risen around the world. The market for printed products is becoming smaller and competition tougher. Standard features which were satisfactory in the past are often no longer sufficient. This is why KBA has redefined the usual industry standards in medium format with the new Rapida 105 PRO.

    Fast and automated job change
    One of the Rapida 105 PRO’s key features is its full preset capabilities from the feeder, through the printing units to the delivery, something not to be taken for granted in this press class. Changing jobs thus becomes faster and easier. All of the settings at the feeder and delivery can be stored according to job type. When it comes to repeat jobs or orders printed on the same substrate the settings can be used for presetting the Rapida 105 PRO, saving time and waste.
    The new press’ high level of automation can also be seen in other places: automated systems for plate changing are available, such as semi-automatic plate change (change in every printing unit at the touch of a button) and automatic plate change (fully automatic change in all units in 2.8 minutes). The Rapida 105 PRO scores points when washing with the CleanTronic washing system for blankets, impression cylinders and rollers. Optional features include DriveTronic SRW (simultaneous roller wash), CleanTronic Multi (ink changes) and CleanTronic UV. “Fast Clean” enables the high-speed washing of rollers and cuts washing times from four to two minutes.
    The EasyClean ink duct’s non-stick coating greatly shortens cleaning times when changing inks. In addition, the ink ducts also do not have any expendable parts which need to be replaced frequently. As it is not equipped with a film liner, deviations when setting to zero are prevented and ensures that the ink zone settings can be reproduced precisely. The new press is equipped with Rapida inking units known for their fast response times and minimal start-up waste. This is in addition to the ability to uncouple inking units which are not currently being used, a feature greatly valued by many Rapida users. The Rapida 105 PRO also only runs those units needed, saving energy, washing times and washing agents as well as extending the service life of inking rollers.

    More equipment flexibility
    The Rapida 105 PRO is available with up to 10 printing units, perfecting as well as single and multiple coating applications and it can be configured for individual production requirements. Notwithstanding the benefits for commercial printing, it is equipped with a raft of interesting features suited to packaging printing. Along with possible kit for nearly all of the conventional types of coating available today, further features include an outstanding coating unit function valued by packaging printers when changing coating plates, setting the register at the console and the coater and when automatically cleaning the coating circuit or the hydro-pneumatic adjustable doctor-blade chamber. This is in addition to the option of non-stop systems in the feeder and delivery up to the integration in fully automated pile logistics.

    Special packages for special applications
    Microflute, film and lightweight paper packages or kit for in-mould film are available for special applications. The Rapida 105 PRO covers the entire substrate spectrum as it is able to handle thicknesses ranging from 0.04mm to 1.6mm. Moreover, its gripper systems do not need adjusting even when making extreme substrate changes which is an invaluable advantage considering the level of flexibility demanded by the market. Further special components, such as a reel-to-sheet unit, perforation and numbering unit, iris printing device or the KBA ColdFoiler, make the Rapida 105 PRO an extremely flexible, universal machine.
    The press’ maximum sheet format that has been extended by 20mm to 740 x 1,050mm benefits packaging and label printers in particular. In many cases an extra row of blanks can fit onto the sheet with the special formats 750 x 1,050 and 780 x 1,050mm. The “small measuring strips” option increases the practical usage of the printed format further.

    New, intuitive operating concept
    Rapidas have long been known for their ergonomic operation. A new, intuitive operating concept makes operating the Rapida 105 PRO even easier for printers. All of the press’ functions can be controlled via touchscreen with a maximum of two touches of a button. The Rapida 105 PRO’s ErgoTronic console no longer features a data entry keyboard. User-friendly icons allow operators to easily change systems and familiarize themselves with this new press.
    The new JobAccess programme facilitates savings in makeready times of up to 50 per cent and new tools for setting up ink profiles reduce start-up waste. A job list with preview images and optimisation functions for determining the sequence of jobs speed up production changes further. Moreover, all measuring and control systems, such as KBA QualiTronic ColorControl, are available for the Rapida 105 PRO. The fastest control system on the market measures every sheet and inspects every tenth sheet. This system already carries out checks while other systems are still measuring.

    HR and LED drying also available
    Along with savings in waste delivered by the automation modules mentioned, the Rapida 105 PRO scores points in terms of energy efficiency with the VariDryBlue drying system. Energy consumption is reduced by up to 50 per cent as it reuses the hot air. The volume of exhaust air is also minimised. Energy is utilised and not simply “blown away”, an important contribution to protecting the environment.
    HR-UV or LED-UV energy-saving drying processes offered by KBA for all of its Rapida presses are also available for the Rapida 105 PRO and ensure fast post-press especially important to commercial printers. Additionally, LED drying leads to a longer service life of the lamps, minimal heat transfer to the printing stock, advantages in post-press and a significantly higher print quality on uncoated paper.

    Official launch in June
    High print speed: At 17,000sph the Rapida 105 PRO belongs to the high performers and outstrips many other sheetfed offset presses in this format class.
    The Rapida 105 PRO will be officially presented live in operation as part of an international open house at KBA Radebeul from 24 to 26 June. This new medium-format press series from Saxony has already been rigorously tested and is available for order today.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
    24.04.2015   Volga's General Director Mr. Dmitry Donchenko Has Made an Official Statement    ( Company news )

    Company news “Due to a global decline in newsprint prices, which have gone below the cost of production, and a rise in raw material (chemical pulp) prices, Open Joint Stock Company Volga has had to scale back the production and, starting from April 13th, shut down three paper machines to upgrade the production process”, said General Director Mr. Dmitry Donchenko.

    The goal is to change the raw material consumption pattern. Chemical pulp, which is seeing an excessive price hike, is to be substituted with additive-free thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) capable to improve newsprint properties and add some gloss to newsprint.

    To this end, Volga will build a new Thermo-Mechanical Pulp Mill, capacity 450,000 mt/year, which will satisfy the raw material requirements. When the TMP Mill is operational, the currently shutdown paper machines will be brought back on stream again. The upgrade programme will also include improvements to paper machine No. 8.

    At this moment, the preparatory works have been completed and the machine is ready to run on TMP furnish. The high-quality newsprint made by PM8 is in demand in foreign markets and accounts for 50% of Volga’s total output.

    Eventually, Volga is also going to expand the generation capacities of its energy complex (NiGRES) by another 60 MW necessary for the operation of the new TMP Mill.

    Dmitry Donchenko also noted that TMP is currently the best ecological alternative to chemical pulp and the conversion will help to improve the newsprint quality and substantially reduce the production cost. The project will enable Volga to maintain a competitive position in the international market, although will require significant investments.

    “I hope that the company employees will regard this forced shutdown with understanding. I would like to emphasize that only by modernizing the processes and facilities we can hold out through the difficult times of an economic downturn,” concluded Dmitry Donchenko.
    (Volga JSC)
    24.04.2015   BOBST equipment and services on show at Converflex 2015 and Bobst Italia Open House    ( Company news )

    Company news At the forthcoming Converflex exhibition, which takes place in Milan 19 to 23 May 2015, BOBST will present on stand Hall 2 - L11-M14 its comprehensive range of equipment and services developed to enable packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials printing and converting industries to achieve their objectives of efficiency, productivity and product quality.

    For flexible material printing and converting, gravure printing and laminating will be under the spotlight with equipment being shown both on the Converflex stand and at the Open House being held in Bobst Italia’s Technology Center in San Giorgio Monferrato 20 - 22 May. BOBST will also present the latest developments in flexo printing, coating and vacuum metallizing. These range from the latest configurations of the F&K 20SIX platform of flexo printing solutions, to the General vacuum metallizers, including the BOBST General Hawkeye pinhole detection system and the AlOx process for clear high barrier films, through to BOBST coating lines for a wide variety of applications.

    Of interest to folding carton packaging manufacturers will be the BOBST equipment developed specifically for this sector. Covering all aspects of the production process, BOBST designs and manufactures innovative equipment that directly addresses its clients’ business needs. The latest BOBST developments include the brand new EXPERTFOLD 145 and 165 folder-gluers which give true control of the litho-laminate folding processes. Also new is the NOVACUT 106 ER automatic die-cutter, which brings a new level of affordability and ease to the in-line blanking of folding cartons. Visitors will also be able to get information on the whole BOBST range, including the best selling EXPERTCUT 106 PER die-cutter.

    Also showcased will be the extensive BOBST range of services, designed to help users achieve optimum production levels, expand their capacity and succeed in their existing, or new, markets.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)
    24.04.2015   Valmet launches new IQ Process and Quality Vision solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet launched its next generation machine vision solution, Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision, at PaperCon 2015 event in Atlanta. The new solution contains the key elements of advanced process and quality vision system; Valmet IQ Web Inspection System and Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (photo). It features a number of new advanced solutions combined with high-resolution matrix-cameras providing the sharpest quality images that allows the pulp and paper producers to see the defects that have never been seen before.

    "Our process knowledge combined with spearhead machine vision technology now provides tangible benefits to pulp and paper producers. The solution optimizes both end product quality and line efficiency. It allows customers to increase machine speed while simultaneously reducing disturbances. It is not only the pixel size that matters, it is possible to really see the difference," says Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Valmet.

    The Web Inspection System detects quality defects and flaws across the entire width of the sheet, pinpointing any issues in real-time. The Web Monitoring System is designed to monitor production and web break events, seamlessly tracing them back to their root causes.

    Both functionalities have a common, simple and easy-to-use user interface. All Valmet IQ solution components are based on our extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry, and backed up by our expert services.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    24.04.2015   emtec at CIDPEX 2015 in China - Process Optimization in the Tissue and Nonwoven Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the “CIDPEX 2015” China International Disposable Paper Expo in Shenzhen, Guangdong in China from May 25th until 27th. The company will present different testing instruments at the exhibition booth no. 1R39M – together with Shanghai Forest & Paper Scientific Instrument – its representative for China.

    By the application of the different testing instruments the complete production process from the pulp to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.

    In the case of tissue and nonwoven production it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of base product after production and of finished products after converting. This can be realized by the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/ roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue and nonwoven production and converting processes.
    On Monday, 25th May at 3.40 pm, Mr. Alexander Gruener will explain all the possibilities to obtain an efficient production and converting process with the application of these devices in his presentation “Process Optimization from the Wet to the Dry End of the Tissue Production Process”.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    24.04.2015   ERPC Launches Call for Candidates for 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) launched a call for candidates for the 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards. The awards will identify projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe’s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling. Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony taking place at the European Parliament on 14 October.

    Now in their fifth edition, the awards are open to all entities based in Europe, including schools and universities, NGOs, national and regional authorities, companies and associations. “Recognising innovative paper recycling initiatives in Europe helps inspire others to copy good practices. I would really encourage all players involved in paper recycling to present their ideas and innovations and have a chance to present them in the European Parliament”, said Henri Vermeulen, Chairman of the ERPC.

    There are two categories for the awards: Information and Education, and Technology improvement and R&D. Eligible projects, initiatives or campaigns will be evaluated based on the following criteria: relevance and originality, achievements, possibility to reproduce the project and cost effectiveness. The winning entries will gain European-wide recognition as well as press coverage and increased visibility.

    An independent jury will judge the entries in each category, with representatives from the European institutions as well as civil organisations and NGOs. The initiatives may be ongoing or completed, but they must not have started before January 2013. All entries must be submitted by Friday 26 June 2015 before midday Brussels time.

    To apply please go to Should you need some inspiration, the website also contains information from past awards.
    (ERPC The European Recovered Paper Council Secretariat)
    24.04.2015   DS Smith is a 2015 Nestlé Top Supplier    ( Company news )

    Company news Nestlé Deutschland AG has, for the second time, awarded the best out of a total of 1,500 preferred suppliers on the German market. The criteria included responsible procurement, innovative ability, service orientation, cooperation and flexibility. The packaging and display strategist DS Smith is one of the Top 20 suppliers in Germany.

    Photo: Marco Hilpert, Strategic Account Manager (2nd from left), and Per Vinge Frederiksen, Managing Director (2nd from right), both DS Smith Packaging Division Germany-Austria-Switzerland, enjoy the award from Anke Stübing, Regional Head of Procurement (left), and Gerhard Berssenbrügge, CEO of Nestlé Deutschland AG (right).

    DS Smith Packaging delivers packaging and displays made from corrugated cardboard for various Nestlé brands, including Maggi and Nescafé. The Packaging Strategists of DS Smith take into account the entire supply cycle of their customers and this way always find starting points for the significant reduction of the complexity of processes. This allows them to increase sales, reduce costs and minimise risks for their customers. This also includes the fact that the company places a high value on sustainability. For example, DS Smith is helping to promote the Nestlé programme for responsible procurement.

    "Thanks to the outstanding commitment and creativity of all employees involved we have been able to once again be amongst the top 20 of around 1,500 preferred suppliers," says Per Vinge Frederiksen, Managing Director of DS Smith Packaging Germany-Austria-Switzerland. "Only with employees that use all of their knowledge and ideas and are highly committed it is possible to sustainably delight our customers. Our customer Nestlé Deutschland has been looked after by our Strategic Account Manager Marco Hilpert for years, who has very significantly shaped this positive development. To be included in the top 20 is a ground-breaking award for us and at the same time an incentive to continue to meet this level."
    (DS Smith Packaging Division)

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