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    04.07.2013   MediaLiner for Photo-realistic Images on Corrugated Packaging and Displays     ( Company news )

    Company news Within just one year of its launch in 2012, Stora Enso Speciality Papers’ MediaLiner, targeted to brand owners and the corrugated packaging industry, has gained high acceptance within the whole supply chain. The quality of images on packaging, sales trays and displays has become increasingly important, and MediaLiner offers brand owners superior graphic quality for presenting their products at the point of sale (POS). This innovative product creates a new, not yet existing liner category: Graphic Liner.
    “MediaLiner has been developed in close co-operation with brand owners, packaging designers, packaging producers and Stora Enso. It is a special graphic liner, with double silk coating and a bright-white surface. These properties of MediaLiner enable the creation of a completely new generation of high-impact packaging, sales trays and displays to boost sales of high-quality technical products, food, confectionery, cosmetics, spirits and design products in a new and efficient way,” says Marcus Weise, Business Development Manager, Stora Enso Speciality Papers.
    Produced at Stora Enso’s Uetersen Mill in Germany, MediaLiner is available in basis weights of 120, 135, 160, 190 and 220 g/m2. It can be used as liner on corrugated boards or open flutes. The graphic liner is suitable for both offset and flexography and is ideal for pre-print and direct printing using either sheets or reels. With its bright-white silk surface it provides excellent printing results and a highly pleasant touch and feel. This enables enhancement of sales packaging and displays with photo-realistic images, as previously only possible with the best greeting cards and in photo printing. MediaLiner is also suitable for spot and effect varnishing to attract even more attention at the POS. A free sample kit with laminated and printed samples (4c Euroscale, dispersion lacquer, UV spot varnish) as well as blank samples can be requested by e-mail to
    Stora Enso Speciality Papers has set out to continuously rethink packaging and to serve its customers with future-oriented products that represent real improvements to brand image, design, the environment, the economy, safety, feasibility and functionality, and that have proven in applicable tests. To find out more, please visit us at the Fachpack 2013 exhibition (24–26 September in Nuremberg, Germany), Hall 7A, Stand 337.
    (Stora Enso Fine Paper Uetersen Mill)
    04.07.2013   Sonoco Names Thompson Vice President, Marketing and Innovation    ( Company news )

    Sonoco(NYSE: SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, announced that Marcy Thompson has been named vice president, marketing and innovation, according to M. Jack Sanders, president and chief executive officer.
    In this new position, Thompson, 51, will lead Sonoco's marketing function, including an initiative to develop a focused consumer insights and end-use market strategy to better serve the Company's customers. Thompson reports to Rob Tiede, senior vice president, global Consumer Packaging and Services, and John Colyer, senior vice president, global Industrial Products and Protective Solutions.
    Previously, Thompson headed the North American Rigid Paper division since 2011. Group Vice President Howard Coker will temporarily take over the division's day-to-day operations until a successor is named and will maintain responsibilities for the Sonoco's global Rigid Paper, Closures and Plastics businesses. To assist Coker during this interim period, Tiede will assume executive leadership of the Company's global Plastics businesses.
    "Our marketing team has already begun a detailed analysis of the consumer insights and end-use markets that are most relevant to our customers' products," said Sanders. "Marcy has first-hand experience working with many of our largest customers, and she will lead a cross-functional team to better align our diverse packaging and services capabilities with our customers' changing needs. In addition, Marcy will work with me in developing processes to improve ideation and innovation, which will be critical for Sonoco's growth and development."
    Thompson joined Sonoco in 2006 as division vice president of sales and marketing for the North American Industrial Products Division where she later became division vice president and general manager. Prior to becoming a corporate officer in 2011 and leading Rigid Paper North America, she was division vice president and general manager, Sonoco Recycling, LLC, and division vice president and general manager of the Company's North America Tubes and Cores Division.
    Thompson joined Sonoco from General Electric's Commercial Finance business where she was chief marketing officer, Healthcare Financial Services. She previously held several sales, marketing and business leadership positions with General Electric, The Gillette Company and Inland Steel Company. She is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a B.S. degree in metallurgy, and has earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt certification.
    (Sonoco Products Co)
    04.07.2013   Compact tissue machine from Voith is a market success    ( Company news )

    The VTM 1 from the Voith tissue machines family has impressed its first customers. The machine is already successfully running with a Brazilian tissue producer. In Indonesia a customer will start the operation of the VTM 1 at the end of 2013. These tissue machines have a particularly compact design and offer high operating speeds and easy operation.
    The VTM 1 is designed to operate at a speed of 1,800 m/min. The web width at the reel is up to 2,850 mm. The Yankee cylinder can be supplied with a 15 or 16 ft diameter and with a shell manufactured as a cast iron or steel cylinder. In addition, Voith is also providing all clothing and roll covers as well as, at the customer’s request, the entire automation for the VTM 1.
    The VTM 1 can be supplied with different press concepts, including the innovative NipcoFlex T shoe press. Compared with conventional press rolls, with the NipcoFlex T technology the dry content after press is up to 5% higher, i.e. up to 20% of the thermal energy can be saved. This is achieved with no change in paper quality and very uniform CD moisture profiles. This technology also allows increasing machine efficiency and improving paper quality.
    With the VTM series Voith is thus offering compact machines that fully meet the high quality standards of tissue manufacturers.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    04.07.2013   300 printers experience the new large-format Rapida 164 live    ( Company news )

    Company news International customer event at KBA in Radebeul

    At last year’s Drupa KBA unveiled the Rapida 145 press series which offers outstanding performance in large format. The new KBA Rapida 164, available since the beginning of this year, also supersedes the vastly successful Rapida 162.
    The Rapida 164 was officially showcased as part of an open house at KBA in Radebeul on 20 and 21 June. Over 300 existing and potential users of large-format sheetfed offset presses from over 15 predominantly European countries came to the Elbe valley in Saxony to view first-hand the new standard of performance in this format class and the great advances in process automation, makeready times and productivity for increasingly shorter runs.
    Equipped for the production of packaging, a plinth-mounted six-colour Rapida 164 with coater and extended delivery was the focus of live demonstrations. Jürgen Veil, head of sheetfed marketing, introduced the automation components and presented the print demonstrations. The new Rapida 164 redefines the benchmarks in the 120.5 x 164cm (47.4 x 64.57in) format class. Thanks to dedicated drive technology and a high level of automation, time consuming manual adjustments are no longer required at the feeder. The press runs at a maximum output of 15,000sph simply by pressing two buttons. Like the Rapida 145, the Rapida 164 is equipped with DriveTronic SIS sidelay-free infeed. Along with automatic plate changing, there is also the option of DriveTronic SPC dedicated drives at the plate cylinders that support simultaneous plate changes in all printing units in only 100 seconds. Further makeready processes, such as washing with CleanTronic Synchro, are also possible in parallel. Similar to medium-format presses, when changing plates KBA Plate-Ident carries out on-press plate recognition, pre-registration and checks that the plates are correctly positioned. Even coating formes can be changed automatically while the press is printing, as can anilox roller sleeves. The high-flow doctor-blade chamber with a reduced filling volume is also a new feature. The increased speed at which the ink flows supports faster production speeds and optimised sheet brakes for commercial and packaging printing ensure an outstanding pile formation. Further new features found in the Rapida 164 include the AirTronic delivery, energy-saving VariDryBlue drying systems and the new ErgoTronic console with integrated measuring systems.

    Simultaneous printing and makeready
    The visitors then saw an everyday job change. The printing plates were mounted with DriveTronic SPC and after the first proof density measurements and colour register were checked. In less than four minutes the Rapida 164 produced a typical packaging job. Blue and silver were used in the fifth and sixth printing units as special inks. The following job change was really something special. Printing units one and two plus the coater were uncoupled during plate changing and blanket washing. The ink ducts were washed and the coating was pumped out likewise in parallel. In less than three minutes the first proof of the next job could be seen. Following register and density measurements, within five minutes a four-colour packaging job had started. While the press carried on printing at full speed, coating continued to be pumped out and anilox roller sleeves were changed in preparation for the next job. After the press was stopped, plate changes, blanket washing, coating forme changes and filling the doctor-blade chamber with new coating all took place simultaneously in under two minutes. Then the coater and printing units one and two were reconnected and after about six minutes the Rapida 164 was printing the next job. A world first in large format then rounded-off the demonstrations with the Flying JobChange between the first and sixth printing unit.

    Speciality from Radebeul: UV inert drying in sheetfed offset
    Along with the live press demonstrations, Jürgen Veil introduced the new VariDry UV dryer made and developed entirely by KBA. It is particularly energy efficient thanks to cutting-edge reflectors and less distance between lamps and substrate. Further benefits include a reduction in diffused light, UV radiation and the build-up of heat. The efficiency of UV lamps is continuously checked as UV output is measured directly on the lamp by a sensor. Lamps can be exchanged in just a few seconds by hand. Along with classic UV dryers, KBA also offers UV inert dryers for medium- and large-format Rapidas as a speciality. These offer enhanced crosslinking as well as fewer risks in terms of migration and odour if the consumables are tailored to the conditions in the inert chamber. A short time ago in sheetfed offset it was not possible to create a stable nitrogen barrier. Reasons for this were the gripper system, the open cylinder gap and the large distance between the printing cylinder and inert chamber, plus rigid substrates coming into contact with the inert chamber. KBA has solved this problem with its new AirTronic Drum suction cylinder. Mr Veil used the example of the 19-unit Rapida 106 with inert equipment at Amcor Tobacco Packaging in Rickenbach, Switzerland when explaining the process. Along with an outstanding print and finishing quality, it also eliminates the need for additional process steps in producing high-quality migration-sensitive packaging.
    A further presentation focused on calculating the output of a press according to OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). Press efficiency is determined by three factors: availability, performance and quality.

    Highlights in all format classes
    Along with the official premiere of the Rapida 164, participants were treated to presentations on six other sheetfed presses from half-size to large format. The spectrum ranged from packaging production on a Rapida 75 up to commercial production with fast job changes on a Rapida 145. Highlights included: printing cosmetic packaging on a brand-new Rapida 76 equipped with almost all automation options found in the Rapida 106, such as DriveTronic SIS and DriveTronic SPC, 4/4-colour high-speed commercial production including fast job changing on a ten-colour Rapida 106, producing commercial jobs on a six-colour Rapida 145 with coater at speeds of up to 17,000sph, printing at 20,000 sph with inline colour control according to grey balance with InstrumentFlight from System Brunner on a five-colour Rapida 106 and last but not least producing intricately finished packaging on a double-coater Rapida 106 with inline cold foil finishing (KBA ColdFoiler). In addition, for the first time KBA showcased four-back-four production on an eight-colour Rapida 105 with HR UV dryers. Overall the international sheetfed offset experts gained an insight into the high standard of printing and finishing technology inside the KBA Rapidas in all format classes.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    04.07.2013   The Carlyle Group Acquires Chesapeake, a Global Supplier of Pharmaceutical ...    ( Company news )

    ... and Consumer Packaging Products

    Carlyle Investment Will Build on Recent Growth To Further Expand International Operations

    Global Alternative Asset Manager The Carlyle Group (NASDAQ: CG) today announced the acquisition of Chesapeake, one of the largest global suppliers of value-added paper-based packaging products and services from Irving Place Capital and funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management.

    Capital for this investment will come from Carlyle Europe Partners III L.P., a €5.3billion fund that makes mid- and large-cap investments. Further terms of the investment were not disclosed.

    Headquartered in Nottingham, UK, and with nearly 5,000 employees across 38 sites in 9 countries, Chesapeake is a high quality and premium producer of paper-based leaflets, labels and cartons, primarily for the pharmaceutical, confectionery and premium drinks markets for a blue-chip client base. Chesapeake has grown significantly in recent years to produce revenues of €580m in 2012.

    Eric Kump, Managing Director Carlyle Europe Partners, said: “Chesapeake is a strong business focused on attractive growth markets. The management team has delivered sustained growth and significantly strengthened the company in recent years. We look forward to partnering with them to further develop the company’s international footprint and to invest in delivering industry leading products and services. We believe the combination of Carlyle’s global presence and network and the strength of the company’s existing footprint and customer relationships will help drive significant growth and new market opportunities in the coming years.”

    Mike Cheetham, Chief Executive Officer of Chesapeake commented: “We are delighted to have Carlyle working with us as we continue building on the strong reputation we have earned for our high quality products and services. Carlyle’s backing will support our aspirations to build upon our strong investments over the past three years as we further grow and develop our business. This collaboration will allow us to respond effectively to new business opportunities as we look to further align our business with our customers’ global requirements.”

    Nicholas Mockett, Head of Packaging M&A at Moorgate Capital added: “Carlyle’s investment in Chesapeake highlights the increasing importance of packaging in consumer marketing and the vital role that packaging plays in highly regulated industries, such as pharmaceuticals, in protecting the end user. There has been a sea change in this segment in recent months, with Contego Healthcare being acquired by Filtrona (now Essentra PLC) for £160m and the sister company Contego Cartons being acquired by Graphic Packaging of the USA.”

    Carlyle was advised on the transaction by Moorgate Capital, Latham & Watkins, Credit Suisse, and KPMG. Financing was provided by Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs, UBS and Barclays.
    (Moorgate Capital)
    04.07.2013   2012 European Paper Industry Statistics - European paper and board ...    ( Company news )

    ... production and consumption decrease due to economic slowdown

    CEPI just released the latest European pulp and paper industry statistics, which give a clear picture of the performance of the industry in 2012. These key statistics include data about production, consumption and the trade of pulp, paper and raw materials, as well as data concerning energy, environment, and social affairs.

    European pulp and paper production in 2012 continued to be affected by the economic slowdown which began in mid-2011. Notably, its performance remains above other energy-intensive sectors in Europe. The European paper industry is looking for a healthier supply and demand balance and is modernising its industrial base to remain competitive.

    The overall output performance of all CEPI member countries during 2012 was similar to that of other major traditional paper producing world regions, such as USA, Japan and South Korea. Only China and Brazil performed better.

    CEPI members produced 92.1 million tonnes of paper and board in 2012 which represents a decrease of 1.6% over 2011. The pre-crisis production in 2008 totalled 97.9 million tonnes. Pulp production fell by 1.0% while the output of market pulp increased by 4.3%.

    Exports of paper and board outside Europe showed an increase by 5.3% whilst imports fell by 9.7% when compared with 2011. The overall consumption of paper and board in CEPI fell by 3.8% last year. In comparison the overall GDP in Europe decreased by 0.3% in 2012, but it will recover in 2014 with a 1.4% increase (source: Eurostat – EU27).

    You can download the pdf on the CEPI website at or request your own paper copy by sending an email to

    More detailed statistical information is available to non-CEPI members by subscription.

    A full report can be ordered by contacting Ariane Crèvecoeur, by telephone +32 (0)2 62749 35 or email or Erik Kilby
    (CEPI aisbl)
    04.07.2013   Intec Printing Solutions Limited at Labelexpo Europe 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Labelexpo Europe 2013 is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry - with more products, more launches and more live demonstrations than ever before!

    Corrie van der Westhuizen, Product Specialist at Intec and Mark Baker-Homes, Director of Business Development will be on hand at Labelexpo in Brussels to demonstrate the EDGE 850 Label Printing Solution.

    To learn more about this fantastic label printing solution and understand the dealer opportunities available to you, come and meet with Mark and Corrie at the show.

    Please let us know you are coming:
    Stand: 12U108, Labelexpo in Brussels, 24th- 27th September, 2013
    Brussels Expo, 1 Place de Belgique / Belgiëplein 1, 1020 Brussels, Belgium
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    03.07.2013   Strength and quality    ( Company news )

    Company news Fiber gives paper strength and printability. In the past, less fiber meant lower strength and poor printability. KemForm is changing the equation.
    Two trends continue to cause headaches for the paper industry: recycled water and reused fiber. Both are creating problems with the strength and quality of the end product. Traditional chemistries struggle in closed systems. KemForm, however, thrives.
    It is a solution concept that uses Kemira’s Fennosil micropolymers, linear polymers and silica or clay to create an application-specific solution perfectly suited for the mill. This year, KemForm is being relaunched with new silica that has smaller particle dimensions, making it work more effectively with the other new component, a new micropolymer. Combined, these upgrades bring even better performance to the concept.
    “We are targeting productivity and the quality of the customers end product,” says Marco Polverari, Sr Manager, Marketing, Paper. “KemForm overcomes the limitations of current paper making technology for sheets with high ash or filler content,” he says. “Normally, adding more filler reduces the paper quality. With KemForm, less fiber is needed to maintain or increase paper quality.”

    Typically, inorganic fillers, such as clay and calcium carbonates, are large particles that do not penetrate the organic fiber matrix of the paper well. KemForm allows the filler particles to be incorporated into the fiber matrix more thoroughly and evenly throughout the sheet.
    In the board industry, KemForm is used primarily for improving strength and board sheet formation, allowing better bending and folding of the consumer product package. In the paper industry, speed and quality are the key factors. Productivity gains come from the improved dewatering of the sheets with KemForm, allowing the paper machines to run faster.
    “When the fiber layout in the paper sheet is optimized, we get better dewatering,” explains Polverari. “This reduces the amount of water needed to produce each ton of paper.”
    More and more paper mills are closing their water cycle. Combined with recycled fiber, these closed systems experience high levels of contamination. Under these conditions, traditional chemistries no longer work. KemForm, on the other hand, performs like a charm. It has been developed on the back of Kemira’s decades of hands-on experience in paper and board production. “Here we have a concept that caters specifically to the needs of our paper and board customers,” ends Polverari.

    3 Facts:
    -KemForm allows papermakers to add value for their customers through better sheet surface properties and printability.
    -By using KemForm, paper mills can reach a sheet ash content of 35% without lowering strength or printability.
    -KemForm not only improves machine efficiency, but also improves end-product properties.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    03.07.2013   Making the first impression - Mauboussin Pour Lui packed in a new carton made of Ensocoat     ( Company news )

    Company news Choosing the packaging board for your luxury cartons is the first but crucial step in achieving the impression your product deserves. A recent example of the success in creating a luxury carton is the package manufactured by Nortier Emballages, a French carton maker specialising in the luxury segment. Their recommendation of using Ensocoat 2S for a carton protecting a flacon of Mauboussin Pour Lui led into a sophisticated package which as such is a technical achievement. "We are extremely satisfied with the quality of the carton", says Mr Thierry Faucon, Artistic and Development Director of Lorience Paris, the company marketing the Mauboussin perfumes.
    The Mauboussin brand is best known for the famous jewelry store established in Paris in 1827. The company entered the perfumes market in 2000 and partnered in 2008 with Lorience. The uniquely designed carton for Mauboussin Pour Lui and the flacon look fairly different from other Mauboussin brands.

    Power to the package
    Mr Faucon explains: "The idea was to be more masculine but stay in the same spirit as our products for women. The emblem of Mauboussin perfumes for women is a ring as the cap of the flacon. Take this ring and imagine pressing it against the Pour Lui flacon, and it stamps an arch-shaped recess with the label on the front face of the regular, sharp, cuboid-shaped masculine flacon. The carton previews what is inside, in terms of colour and the impact on the flacon. The contrast between the matt dark brown surface and mirror-like gloss of the label belt gives masculine power to the package. When he opens the carton, the consumer again sees the brand label and also his own face reflected in the smooth, mirror-glossy inside of the package".
    Nortier Emballages proposed Ensocoat 2S as the material for the carton to achieve top quality. The clear and simple but top quality design of the package was appreciated by male consumers, and sales started in autumn 2012 very well, without a special marketing campaign at that time.

    Excellent for demanding packaging solutions
    "Mauboussin Pour Lui has been one of our most demanding projects", says Mr Jean-Marc Bodineau, Key Account Manager of Nortier Emballages: "The carton is covered on both sides with a silver metallised polyester film, which is a fragile material and presents challenges for the manufacturing process, requiring both excellent machinery and highly skilled production personnel. Most often, metallic film is used only for the outer surface. Ensocoat 2S was chosen as the substrate to achieve an equally excellent result on both sides. This is probably the first time ever that a carton has been coated with metallised polyester on both sides."
    The result is harmonious, an excellent sample of Nortier's competence and the material used. "This was our very first project for Lorience", says Mr Bodineau. "We recommended Ensocoat 2S for this most demanding project, because we knew that the board will behave as expected in the production process where both the outside and the inside of the package are converted."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    03.07.2013   Metso finalized the order agreement with CMPC Celulose Riograndense    ( Company news )

    Metso and CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. (CMPC) have finalized the agreement, according to which Metso will supply the key technology to CMPC’s Guaíba II pulp line in Brazil. The total value of the project is around EUR 800-900 million, of which around EUR 400 million consists of Metso’s own equipment and systems.
    The new pulp line, which is an expansion to the existing Guaíba pulp mill, will have a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes per year and will be able to reach 1.5 million tonnes per year with minor investments. The new pulp line will be built in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil and is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2015.
    Metso’s delivery will include the main parts of the pulp line: the cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, a recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln, and an integrated automation solution and an operator training simulator for all mill process areas.
    The main part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power orders received in the second quarter of 2013. The automation package is included in Metso Automation’s orders received in the second quarter of 2013.
    The order will be supplied by Metso’s units in Europe and Brazil. The total impact on employment will be approximately 300 man-years in Metso group and during the peak of the construction approximately 4,000 people will be working for Metso in the construction site.
    “The confirmation of the agreement concludes an important stage in the construction process of this new pulp mill in Brazil. This is a significant step in the consolidation of a project involving a lot of people and resources. Guaíba II is a project in which many people have worked professionally and tirelessly. Metso's professionalism and commitment to health and safety was a key element for CMPC during the decision process,” says Gonzalo García, General Secretary, Empresas CMPC.
    “This major order from CMPC is a recognition of Metso's strong capabilities as a full-scope supplier for the pulp industry,” says Pasi Laine, President of Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business. “It highlights our customers’ trust in the know-how that we have developed locally to build complete pulp mills.”
    (Metso Oyj)
    03.07.2013   Tofte plant to close    ( Company news )

    Company news It has not been possible to reach a sales solution for the mill in Tofte despite much effort, and so Södra has now made the decision to close the plant. This decision means that production will cease in August.
    (Södra Cell AB)

    Company news ... WET WIPES

    Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials on July 2, 2013 introduced a new adhesive that brings important benefits to high-performance re-sealable packaging for home and personal care products.

    The adhesive, R1490M, was designed specifically for the re-seal market, and suits a very wide range of ‘wet wipe’ applications such as baby, facial and household wipes. In particular, it offers great moisture and solvent resistance for up to 60 opens/closures, along with clean removability from polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and polypropylene (PP) substrates.

    “Requirements of ‘wet wipe’ products extend well beyond the need for multiple opens and reclosures,” said Jasper Zonnenberg, director, Specialties Europe, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials. “Brand image is also critical, and this adhesive gives a good ‘feel’, with a smooth and quiet peel across many surface types.”

    Zonnenberg noted that cost is a key issue for many home and personal care applications, which can place very high demands on any reclosure label and its adhesive. "With R1490M, consumers can experience the high packaging quality needed for everyday use, but at lower production costs,” he said. “This can help increase margins and even create new packaging opportunities for existing products."
    Available with a wide range of filmic facestocks, R1490M ensures that a new and more cost-effective choice is now available to home and personal care brands. The adhesive also carries BfR XIV food approval for dry, non-fatty and fatty foodstuffs, with a reduction factor of 5.

    R1490M is one of recent ‘next generation’ adhesives developed by Avery Dennison to transform labelling costs and performance. Products using the adhesive are also available with a special gum pattern on 2-metre widths.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    03.07.2013   New Managing Director for BÖWE SYSTEC Nordic    ( Company news )

    Company news BÖWE SYSTEC NORDIC has officially appointed Mr. Johan Östman as the new Managing Director for the Nordic organization as of May 13, 2013. Johan Östman will have the operational responsibility for the Nordic countries as well as supporting the sales business.

    “Johan Östman has previously worked for Martin Yale, Lyreco and Canon in similar positions and we are very happy that he has accepted the position as Managing Director for BÖWE SYSTEC Nordic. He is characterized by excellent leadership qualities and his remarkable experience in the business. We are convinced that Mr. Östman will be able to strengthen and expand our company's market position in the Nordic countries with his “can-do” mentality and collaborative style of management,” says Joachim Koschier, Chairman of the Board BÖWE SYSTEC Nordic and Chief Sales Officer BÖWE SYSTEC GmbH.
    (Böwe Systec AB)
    03.07.2013   ANDRITZ to supply waste paper drum pulping system to PT Suparma, Indonesia: higher...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... production capacity and better yield

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order to supply a new FibreFlow drum pulper to the board and paper producer PT Suparma for the rebuild of its existing waste paper pulping system located in Surabaya, Indonesia. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2013.
    The drum pulper has a capacity of 350 t/d based on a mix of 80% LOCC (Local Old Corrugated Container) and 20% AOCC (American Old Corrugated Container). The scope of supply includes engineering, erection supervision, start-up, training, as well as a spare and wear parts package. The ANDRITZ FibreFlow drum pulper is used for fiber slushing and separation of coarse contaminants for all kinds of recovered paper, providing high production capacity and better fiber yield in a single unit.
    PT Suparma supplies high-quality board and laminated wrapping kraft and tissue paper for the Asian market, also exporting to Australia and Africa. The company produces 190,000 tons of paper per year. With this order, ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER confirms its position as one of the leading suppliers of OCC systems for the Asian market.
    (Andritz AG)
    03.07.2013   E.C.H. Will, Kugler-Womako and Papersystems Holding file application for protective ...    ( Company news )

    ... shield proceedings

    • Self-administration ordered – executive management remains in place
    • Restructuring expert Detlef Specovius joins management
    • Lawyer and tax consultant Berthold Brinkmann appointed as preliminary trustee
    • In spite of positive business and earnings Kugler-Womako had to file for protective shield proceedings as well
    • Business of all companies will remain fully operational
    Pemco Inc. in Sheboygan/WI not affected

    The Executive Management Board of Papersystems Holding GmbH filed for protective shield proceedings, a German version of the US Chapter 11 proceedings, on 28 June 2013 after consultation with its shareholders at the Pinneberg district court, as did the affiliate companies E.C.H. Will GmbH and Kugler-Womako GmbH. These proceedings allow a company to create a sustainable business plan with the goal of restructuring the business while maintaining self-administration. This will create the necessary conditions for the company to successfully continue its business in the future.

    For this reason, the Management Board will continue to be responsible for all three companies. Detlef Specovius has joined the management as a restructuring expert. The district court has appointed the lawyer and tax consultant Berthold Brinkmann from the Hamburg-based firm Brinkmann & Partner to preside over the procedure as a preliminary trustee.

    In the coming months, a new concept with the objective to restructure the company will be implemented. This concept has already been pre-agreed with the staff, the works' council and trade union. Alexander Wassermann, CEO of E.C.H. Will holding company Papersystems, explains: "Our objective is to use the benefits of the protective shield proceedings and the support of our shareholders to emerge from this situation as quickly and as successfully as possible. We are convinced that
    Papersystems and its affiliates E.C.H. Will and Kugler-Womako can be restructured in a very short period for a solid, long-term future.“

    Background: While the group's service business is continually growing, from mid-2012 on there has been a drastic slump in the new machine business of E.C.H. Will reflecting the global stagnation in the graphic paper market and the economic slow-down in Asia. As the world market leader of passport binding and paper converting machines, Kugler-Womako is financially healthy and profitable and enjoys a positive business trend. Due to a pooled financing model, Kugler-Womako is unwillingly forced to file for protection under the shield. This is not the case for Papersystems’ third subsidiary – the US based Pemco Inc. in Sheboygan/WI: this company is profitable, financially independent and therefore not affected by these proceedings.
    The business of all companies will remain fully operational. Customers and suppliers have been informed. Payment of wages and salaries during the proceedings are ensured.

    Since 1866, for nearly 150 years, E.C.H. Will has been a leading provider of machines and system solutions for the paper manufacturing and processing industry. E.C.H. Will has 239 employees in Wedel (Germany), Kugler-Womako 105 in Nürtingen (Germany) and Pemco 139 in Sheboygan/WI. In 2012, a consolidated revenue of approx. 111 million € (144 million US $) was achieved.

    Wedel / Nürtingen (Germany) 3 July 2013
    (Papersystems Holding GmbH)
    03.07.2013   fibre PLUS 2013 Ends Up in Lenzing's Net    ( Company news )

    Company news Award for vegetable nets made of Lenzing Modal® Color at this year’s printissimo|embalissimo|fibre PLUS

    This year’s gala awards ceremony to bestow the printissimo|embalissimo|fibre PLUS Awards of Austropapier took place in Vienna on June 18, 2013. The project submitted by the Packaging Center Graz - “Vegetable Nets from Cellulose Fibers” made of 100% Lenzing Modal® Color – succeeded in convincing the jury and was given the award in the category fibre PLUS.
    Berndt Köll (Global Innovation & Business Development Director – Textile fibers), Marina Crnoja-Cosic and Ulf Renz (Textile Engineering) accepted the prize on behalf of Lenzing AG.
    “fibre PLUS is already the second award which our nets have received. For us this is a clear signal of the growing environmental awareness in the packaging sector. At the same time, we consider this award to be a mandate to move ahead in this direction”, says Marina Crnoja-Cosic.
    The innovative and completely biodegradable vegetable nets made of 100% Lenzing fibers are the results of a successful cooperation between fiber producer Lenzing AG, yarn manufacturer Borckenstein and the Packaging Center Graz, which produces the nets. Since the beginning of the year, these nets have already been used by the organic food supplier Ja! Natürlich (REWE), and are also now being used by the Zurück zum Ursprung product line (Hofer).
    Lenzing Modal® Color is produced from European beech wood and is thus 100% natural. More than one-third of the wood is derived from Austrian forests. Pulp and fiber production are carried out in line with the principle of sustainability. Lenzing manufactures the pulp it uses itself, and thus exerts control over the entire production process, which is considered to be a worldwide best practice. This is unique in the global fiber industry.
    (Lenzing Papier GmbH)
    03.07.2013   Fight against product piracy: Counterfeit protection for the packaging & logistics industry    ( Company news )

    Company news 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH at FachPack 2013

    Legally binding counterfeit protection for the entire packaging process chain - this is the theme for 3S Simons Security Systems' product exhibition at FachPack 2013. The OFT security label is one of the innovations presented by the German specialist for counterfeit protection solutions. It allows users to protect their security-relevant devices and high-quality packaging against manipulation and plagiarism. 3S has developed the industry solution SECUPACK®, which is specifically designed to meet the specific needs of the packaging industry. With SECUPACK® all types of primary and secondary packaging can easily be secured. In the logistics sector, the focus lies on traceability and counterfeit protection with SECUDATA®. The full-service provider 3S Simons Security Systems will be presenting its product protection systems at FachPack in Nuremberg, at the association stand of the Institute for Distribution and Trade Logistics (IDH), hall 4/4-125, 24 - 26 September 2013.

    Counterfeit protection for the packaging industry
    The fight against rampant product piracy plays a crucial role in the packaging industry, in particular when it comes to packaging in the field of medical technology and pharmacy. For primary and secondary packaging there are many ways of protecting original products against counterfeiting across the entire production and logistics chain, while also ensuring legal certainty.
    On the basis of SECUTAG®, 3S has developed several industry-specific solutions for the protection of all products that affect people's health or lives, helping users to unambiguously identify originals. The only device needed is a simple microscope with magnifying powers of 100x magnification. SECUTAG® serves as a deterrent to counterfeiters, reduces the costs of control in production and logistics and strengthens the corporate image of manufacturers as they can communicate their security strategy to the public. Moreover, the system supports the prevention of unjustified product liability claims and claims for compensation.

    OTF security label provides protection against tampering and counterfeiting
    3S has developed the OTF security label specifically designed to protect security-relevant devices and premium packaging used for quality products. This also ensures that online terminals used for cashless payment transactions, for example, are protected against tampering. The advantage of the new closure seal: It is based on Secure-ID® technology and can be completely removed without leaving any residue behind. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues which might contaminate the protected device are thus avoided. This is particularly advantageous when using leased devices. Only a gentle push or a slight increase in temperature will cause the OTF security label to show number strings, logos or different visual elements so that any attempt to tamper with a device or packaging is instantly identified. Based on the counterfeit protection system SECUDATA®, micro colour code particles were also added to the label enabling identification of originals. This anti-forgery measure can be combined with traceability systems, such as data matrix or RFID.

    SECUDATA®: Traceability must be tamper-resistant
    Another major exhibition focus will be on the combination of traceability and counterfeit protection. Radio frequency identification (RFID) or data matrix are identification technologies that are suitable for logistics, however, they do not offer any counterfeit protection. RFID chips are not yet economically viable for mass application and they cannot be used for all materials; apart from that, they can be manipulated. And data matrix codes can now be forged easily.
    This is why SECUDATA® combines the logistic advantages of traceability systems (e.g. data matrix and RFID) and counterfeit protection by means of micro colour codes. Both codes are conjointly applicable onto the product, its primary or secondary packaging, labels and closures. Thanks to the micro colour code both the traceability code and the product are protected against counterfeiting in a manner that cannot be legally contested. First, the traceability code is checked via databases; verification by means of the micro colour code then provides conclusive assurance. In this way, SECUDATA® ensures seamless protection of the entire flow of goods and materials, from the supplier and manufacturer to the distributor and end customer.

    SECUPACK®: Counterfeit-proof packaging from all domains
    With SECUPACK®, 3S has developed an industry solution specifically designed for the packaging industry offering legally binding counterfeit protection for primary and secondary packaging from all industries. Folded boxes, blisters, tubes and cans made of different materials are secured with SECUPACK® allowing them to be unambiguously identified as originals. The colour codes are applied onto the materials by different printing methods, directly added to the products or applied by means of a dispenser.
    Complex changes to the manufacturing process are not required when applying the codes by means of a dispenser. This application can be integrated into existing production and supply chains in a simple way and at low cost (e.g. blister packaging lines). As a standard microscope is used for the authentication process, it is not necessary to provide a laboratory for analysis. High investment in expert staff and technical equipment as well as time-consuming verification processes are thus avoided.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
    02.07.2013   Catalyst Paper announces changes to Board of Directors    ( Company news )

    Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) announced changes to its Board of Directors with the appointment of Jill Leversage and the resignation of Giorgio Caputo.
    “I would like to welcome Ms. Leversage who brings extensive financial and industry experience to the board,” said Chairman and Interim Chief Executive Officer Les Lederer. “We thank Mr. Caputo for his support during Catalyst’s reorganization and his contribution to the governance of Catalyst since the company emerged from restructuring last September.”
    Ms. Leversage is a chartered accountant with more than 25 years of experience in investment banking and M&A advisory services, particularly in the forest and manufacturing industries. She holds a commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is a chartered business valuator and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of B.C. Ms. Leversage is chair of the British Columbia Innovation Council, a director and chair of the audit committee of Eagle Star Minerals Corp. and a director of Delta Gold Corporation. Active on numerous community boards, she received a Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Award in 2012 and an Honorary Doctorate from BCIT in June 2013.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    02.07.2013   Electronic Monitoring Code Zone to Feature Newest Technologies at SinoFoldingCarton 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news The State Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recently announced its intention to begin electronically monitoring imported drugs.

    According to a notice on the State FDA’s website, foreign drug pharmaceutical factories, together with the corresponding production and packaging plants named on the imported drug registration certificate, should be added to China’s drug electronic monitoring network. This means each box of imported drugs will be labeled with an electronic monitoring code.

    According to the 12th five-year plan for national drug safety, all drugs and drug manufacturing processes should be monitored electronically by the end of 2015. By July 2012, the State FDA had applied electronic monitoring to basic drugs. It has now begun to do the same for drug manufacturing.

    So far, drugs covered in the nationwide electronic monitoring network include 60,000 approvals – 34% of the total. About 3,300 pharmaceutical factories, 68% of the national total, have access to the network. Thanks to the push to meet the requirements of uniform labels for drug electronic monitoring codes, drug manufacturers are experiencing greater demand from packaging and printing companies than ever before. Hence calls for drug factories to meet and talk to printing companies.

    As a leading commercial platform for electronic monitoring codes in China, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will give exhibitors great opportunities to meet buyers with high purchasing ability and intent.

    The exhibition will be held at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center from August 21 to August 23 in Houjie, Dongguan. China’s highest profile printing companies specializing in electronic monitoring codes will all be featured at the event.

    Reed Exhibitions, organizers of SinoFoldingCarton 2013, will feature a special Electronic Monitoring Code Zone on-site to analyze policies and market information related to the industry. The zone will display inkjet printing equipment and technologies applied to drug boxes and packages and offer companies looking to newly enter the drug packaging business an opportunity to learn about the prospects and challenges in this market.

    The Electronic Monitoring Code Zone will span 1,000 sqm. It will offer many practical and technical insights, as well as business opportunities for printing factories that provide services for industries such as cosmetics, food, cigarettes, wine and home appliances to enter a new industry.

    To date, the Electronic Monitoring Code Zone has attracted a high number of local and international companies, including Kodak, Shanghai Dragon, Win.Win Digital Security, Beijing Xinjianlong, Beijing Shield, Hangzhou Kangdexin, Shanghai Uni-M Tech, Shanghai Sonic Jet, Harbin Xinqi, Shanhe and Shanghai Full Sources Automatic Equipment. These businesses will display their latest electronic monitoring code technology and solutions.

    Chen Han, General Sales Manager of Shanghai Dragon Printing Machinery, spoke highly of SinoFoldingCarton 2012. At last year’s show, Mr. Chen found that the Electronic Monitoring Code Zone brought together many key players in the electronic monitoring code field and that these companies brought with them a host of good ideas and practicable solutions. The visitors were very interested in the equipment on display and he believed that this was indicative of a prosperous future for the electronic monitoring code market.

    Tan Qiaojun, an esteemed Consultant from the Printing & Printing Equipment Industries Association of China (PPEIAC), has visited the Electronic Monitoring Code Zone three times. Mr. Tan felt that the overall effect of the 2012 feature was excellent due to the fact that it attracted local and international buyers, as well as high profile companies from across the industry. He was delighted to learn that Reed would again host an Electronic Monitoring Code Zone this year.

    Collocated with SinoFoldingCarton 2012, the Electronic Monitoring Code Zone will highlight the application of electronic monitoring codes to companies from across the country. The stage is set for this feature to again be one of the highlights of SinoFoldingCarton.

    For more information, please visit the official SinoCorrugated 2013 website:
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    02.07.2013   Z-Offset Rough is the new element in the Z-family    ( Company news )

    Company news The Z is the symbol for Ziegler Paper, but also for the senses: from A-Z. Z-Offset Rough is the new element in the Z-family. Besides Z-offset Rough, the classic matte Z offset and the natural white Z-Offset Natural are available.
    With Z offset Rough Ziegler Paper Mill sets standards regarding all of the senses. The printing characteristics are excellent, thus guaranteeing a delight to the eye. The feeling of matte and rough paper is exhilarating and a new haptic experience. Anyone who touches it is touched and understands what understanding each other really means. The paper's sound is just as a paper should sound.
    All Z-qualities are multifunctional: for offset, laser and digital applications. Three Swiss quality papers in the latest CP line "Swiss".
    In Switzerland Z-Offset Rough is exclusively available from Fischer Papier AG (also envelope range) in weights of 80 to 320 g/m2.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)
    02.07.2013   Step Forward Paper™ now available in the U.S. exclusively at Staples    ( Company news )

    Company news Revolutionary paper from company co-founded by Woody Harrelson can help save forests

    Today marks an important step forward in the protection of forests with the launch of the first high-quality and affordably priced straw-based copy paper in the U.S., Step Forward Paper™ available exclusively on and for order in Staples stores, through in-store kiosks.
    Step Forward Paper™ is revolutionary copy paper made up of 80 percent wheat-straw waste and 20 percent Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified wood fiber.
    Buying two boxes of Step Forward Paper instead of copy paper made from virgin forest fiber saves one tree.
    “Staples is excited to bring Step Forward Paper, a new alternative fiber product to consumers and businesses,” said Mark Buckley, Staples vice president of environmental affairs. “This award-winning paper is an easy and cost-effective way for consumers and businesses to conserve forests without sacrificing quality.”
    Two-time Academy Award nominee and long-time environmental advocate Woody Harrelson is a co-founder and investor in Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc., which designed and produces Step Forward Paper.
    “Half of the world’s forests cut down are used to make paper,” said Harrelson, who received an honorary doctorate from York University for his long-time dedication to environmental work. “Step Forward Paper is a real plus for the forest, it’s a real plus for the farmers, and it’s going to be great for our future.”
    A landmark Life Cycle Study comparison research report by Offsetters, a leading North American carbon management solutions provider, was commissioned by Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc. to provide consumers with access to objective measures of the relative positive and negative impact of different papers on the environment. The research results show wheat-straw based paper and 100 percent recycled tree-fiber paper types have the lowest environmental impact across the seven indicators studied.
    Step Forward Paper is presently made at a mill in India identified through an exhaustive international search as the only one having the capacity to make 80 percent ag-fiber paper that is elemental chlorine-free with FSC-certified wood fiber .
    “Our goal is to establish a market that will support our plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility in North America, which will in turn enable us to produce this straw paper with an even smaller footprint,” said Jeff Golfman, president of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc.
    North America is home to seven of the 10 largest intact forest ecosystems left in the world. These forests contain vast quantities of the world's unfrozen fresh water and are among the largest storehouse of carbon on earth. The absorption and storage of carbon dioxide by intact forests influences climate change.
    Canopy, an award winning not-for-profit environmental organization, has been a catalyst for change in the development of the market for environmentally responsible papers and a driver in the introduction of straw paper fiber throughout North America. Commenting on today’s announcement, Canopy founder and executive director Nicole Rycroft said, “Canopy’s work to advance solutions such as Step Forward Paper helps reduce pressure on the world’s ancient and endangered forests and reduce the pressure on species that rely upon these forests for survival. In turn, increasing the market demand for straw paper with companies like Staples facilitates the development of North American production capacity, value-added opportunities for farmers and local jobs at paper mills.”
    (Prairie Pulp & Paper, Inc.)
    02.07.2013   Polyscope wins 2013 Best Managed Company Award    ( Company news )

    Company news Polyscope outstanding performance is recognized in major awards programme

    Polyscope is proud to announce that it has won a Deloitte Best Company Award 2013. This distinction was awarded as part of the “Best Managed Companies” program, organized by Deloitte in the Netherlands in cooperation with the TiasNimbas Business School and the VNO-NCW. A critical jury assessed relevant applicant companies on their financial statements, growth, strategy, organization, and management. The jury then awarded the title of “Best Managed Company” to the most outstanding of these companies. The award winners reflect the notable work ethic and ingenuity of the Netherlands’ leading companies in 2013.

    As a fast growing company, Polyscope stands out through its ability to balance external growth with manageability. Patrick Muezers, Managing Director, Polyscope explained, “As a young and innovative company, Polyscope managed to distinguish itself as a Best Managed Company thanks to the commitment shown by our employees, stakeholders, advisors, business partners, and those around us. They all made a significant contribution, for which we are very grateful. We view this award as a great response to, and confirmation of our efforts over the past few years.” Mr. Muezers adds: “Deloitte’s feedback on our style of management provides us with guidance for the future. Next year Polyscope will focus on the “Youngster Poly-development Program”. Our objective will be to provide training within our compay for young starters, helping them to become competent and capable managers.”

    Polyscope congratulates fellow honorees on their achievements and looks forward to another great year of business, improvement, and growth.

    More about the Award
    Each year Deloitte seeks the best managed companies in the Netherlands. Every applicant must be a private, medium to large Dutch company with a minimum annual turnover of 15 million euros and are financially sound.
    For full details on the programme and winners (in Dutch) please visit
    (Polyscope Polymers bv)
    01.07.2013   LANXESS increases prices for ion exchanger    ( Company news )

    Company news Specialty chemicals company LANXESS will increase prices for its Lewatit ion exchange resins by three to five percent as of July 1, 2013. The specific adjustment will depend on resin grade and region. The premium products of the Liquid Purification Technologies business unit play an important role in industrial water treatment, food processing and many processes of the chemical industry. Detailed information is available at

    The Liquid Purification Technologies business unit is part of LANXESS’ Performance Chemicals segment, which recorded sales of EUR 2.2 billion in fiscal 2012.
    (LANXESS Deutschland GmbH)
    01.07.2013   SinoFoldingCarton 2013 to Spearhead China’s Green Printing Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news As the importance of a low-carbon economy grows in people’s minds, green printing has become a rising industry trend, with many companies already adopting eco-friendly practices. Larger companies, who set trends that the rest of industry follows, have implemented measures like improving technology, buying better equipment and reducing energy costs.

    Changing Production Methods and Reducing Pollution
    As a long-established member of the printing industry, Shanghai Tobacco Package Printing is one of the leading agents of green printing. The company realizes that environmental sustainability is key to growth. To implement this concept, it has abandoned its original manufacturing methods that only reduced pollution during the last phase of the process, in favor of new production methods that are based on new technologies and energy-saving equipment. Shanghai Tobacco also now applies green principles across the entire production process. Such sustainable practices also greatly improve production efficiency.

    Today, many other packaging companies are considering introducing advanced equipment and technologies to change their development mode, create more product varieties and improve quality. Some paper box equipment suppliers are also promoting technical innovation and new product development to satisfy demand for more eco-sensitive manufacturing practices.

    Hangzhou Kangdexin Machinery’s KS1100 Pre-Coating Water-Based Dual-Use Laminating Machine is an example of the new trend towards sustainable machinery. With a laminating speed of 80 to 100 meters per minute, it can achieve large volumes of industrial production. The machine’s vertical dryer, big dry roll, hot wind circulation system and highly efficient glue minimize the use of adhesives; while the special measuring roll in the gluing unit guarantees accuracy; and the combined heating and heat exchange system saves energy.

    Creating Green Products and Making Technology Environment Friendly
    Printing ink is one of the production materials that most greatly influences quality. To be eco-friendly, good printing ink must be non-toxic, odorless and devoid of harmful elements like lead, chrome and mercury. To be socially responsible, packaging companies must use qualified printing ink.

    As well as being environment friendly, Tianjin Toyo Ink’s products are consistently ranked among the best in the world. To solve the problem of producing wastewater that contains harmful chemicals like phenol, the company has upgraded its technology and removed the step in which phenolic resin was used. This has now been replaced with new, one-step resin synthesis technology to reduce pollution.

    Since green printing was written into the 12th Five-Year Plan for the Chinese printing industry, it has become an unstoppable trend. The companies mentioned above have set themselves apart as model practitioners of green printing for the rest of the industry.

    However, since the uptake of green printing products in the market is still problematic, SinoFoldingCarton 2013, the leading commercial platform for post-printing equipment, consumables, technologies and services for China’s folding carton industry will be held at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center from August 21 to August 23. The show will actively promote green printing.

    SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will bring together Asia’s high-end carton packaging and printing enterprises, who work on post-press processing, to give members of the industry a new opportunity to learn about automated green equipment and new printing practices. SinoFoldingCarton 2013 promises to be a major international showcase for green printing, and a perfect channel through which to discover new ideas about green upgrades.

    For more information, please visit the official SinoFoldingCarton 2013 website:
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    01.07.2013   Metso to supply containerboard line for Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Yet another cost-efficient OptiConcept M line to be delivered to Asia

    Metso will supply Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd. with an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for their Pinghu site in Zhejiang Province in China. The new production line is targeted to produce high-quality containerboard grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The line ordered by Zhejiang Jingxing Paper will be the fourth OptiConcept M-type production line to be supplied to Asia. The first line delivered was started up in China in December 2012. This latest project introduces the newest member in the OptiConcept M family, widening Metso’s offering to serve the narrower trim width of 5,650 mm. This represents Metso’s strategic move to enter this narrow segment, especially in China and Asia-Pacific,“ says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Paper Mills Sales and Marketing, Metso.
    Metso’s novel OptiConcept M production line stands for economy of total investment, personnel safety and machine usability as well as reduction of environmental load. The production line optimizes the machine investment in line with the mill’s capacity needs and ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost.
    According to Sami Anttilainen, R&D Director, Paper business line, Metso, the development project of this new trim width range has been very dynamic. “The confidence shared by the entire development team in the new concept created a strong basis for uniform engineering resulting in a well-functioning fit-for-purpose concept,” Anttilainen summarizes.
    The main part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received, and the automation package in Automation’s second quarter 2013 orders received.

    Technical information
    Metso’s delivery will comprise a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel with related air systems and chemical systems. The automation package will include dilution headbox controls.
    The new 5.65-m-wide (trim) machine, PM 16, will produce fluting grades out of recycled raw materials in the basis weight range of 70-120 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 880 tonnes per day and the design speed 1,100 m/min.
    (Metso Oyj)
    01.07.2013   NewPage To Accept Top 2013 AmeriStar Packaging Award For Sustainability    ( Company news )

    Company news New LittleFoot™ Family of 100% Compostable Packaging Barrier Products Wins Highest Honor for Sustainability Innovation

    NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading supplier of flexible packaging papers for food and medical packaging, announced the receipt of the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award for its new LittleFoot™ family of 100 percent compostable packaging barrier products.
    Each year, the IoPP presents the prestigious AmeriStar Awards to leaders in the industry, recognizing excellence and innovation in packaging design. The AmeriStar Sustainability Award is a top honor, recognizing packaging that has scored high in reducing its impact on the environment, and includes evaluation of factors such as efficient energy usage, recycling efforts, effective use of packaging materials, material recovery, and the use of renewable raw materials.
    LittleFoot™, an innovative new 100 percent compostable packaging laminate from NewPage, is made from renewable resources and was developed to offer oxygen and moisture barrier levels that are ideal for shelf stable food applications such as coffee, dry mixes, confections and energy bars. LittleFoot™ has an exceptional surface for printing, and integrates into existing converting equipment.
    "We are honored to have received this top sustainability recognition from the IoPP," said Jim Sheibley, director, specialty papers business and product development for NewPage. "We look forward to exploring opportunities to commercialize our LittleFoot product in the months ahead through partnerships and licensing agreements with strategic brand owners and packaging converters who are striving to enhance their compostable packaging offerings."
    AmeriStar Awards are judged based on packaging innovation, sustainability, protection, economics, performance and marketing.
    (NewPage Corporation)
    01.07.2013   Fiskeby invests in biogas plant    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors at Fiskeby decided to invest in a biogas plant at the mill in Norrköping at the last board meeting.
    Fiskeby invests in the construction of a so-called anaerobic water purification process directly linked to the company's existing water treatment plant. In this anaerobic purification process biogas is formed. The biogas can then be used as energy in the production of cartonboard, replacing electricity. There are several opportunities to exploit the gas and one of the most environmentally interesting is the operation of the dryers that are used in the production of our board.
    Since 2010, the Swedish government has assigned investment resources annually to support the introduction of new technologies and solutions that enhance energy production and Swedish Energy Agency has granted Fiskeby 12.6 million SEK for the construction of a biogas plant.

    Start of construction: 2014
    Start of production: 2015
    Production: ca 1 milj Nm3 biogas/year, approximately 9 GWh/year
    Investment: 47 MSEK
    (Fiskeby Board AB)
    01.07.2013   The winners are... 23 best digital production tools honoured with EDP Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Now in its 7th year, the European Digital Press Association has grown from strength to strength - with 20 member magazines covering 23 countries in Europa, representing over 1 million readers. Each year the EDP Association comes together to debate, discuss and award the best in innovative technology within the digital printing market.

    Following a pre selection by the Technical Committee, the EDP General Assembly, made up of a representative of each European publication, has the last word in giving an Award to the nominated products, making the EDP Awards and it’s recognized blue logo a most prestigious and prized accolade for any manufacturer to hold. And for the potential user it gives peace of mind in their investment decision.

    On June 26th the 2013 Awards were presented to this years winners at a Award Ceremony on the occasion of the FESPA exhibition in London.

    Rudolf Messer, President of the EDP, commented; “The 23 very worthy winners have demonstrated that by focusing investment in research and development they can continue to bring innovative products to market that truly make a difference to their customers businesses. We’re delighted to be working with FESPA in 2013 and congratulate all our winners and nominated finalists.”

    Neil Felton, Managing Director of FESPA Association, hosting the EDP Association Awards ceremony, in his welcome statement emphasized the importance of trade magazines and the role they play in the communication between suppliers and their users.
    (EDP European Digital Press Association)
    28.06.2013   Five Key Advantages Make SinoFoldingCarton 2013 Prime Trade Event     ( Company news )

    Company news The packaging industry is integral to China’s economic development. In recent years, despite being severely tested by the effects of the global financial crisis, the industry has remained on a steady upward trajectory. Folding carton packaging, in particular, has shown tremendous vigor in development.

    As the folding carton industry continues to grow, companies are being confronted with unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

    To keep pace with new trends and to achieve the environment friendly and energy saving standards set for the international packaging and printing industry, a growing number of folding carton packaging companies are turning to more efficient automated manufacturing equipment to improve their competitiveness.

    In light of these trends, SinoFoldingCarton 2013, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will be a powerful trade platform for buyers and folding carton manufacturers. The exhibition will take place at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center from August 21 to August 23, 2013.

    Post-press folding carton equipment, consumables, technologies and services will be showcased at SinoFoldingCarton 2013. The show will also boast five major advantages over other events.

    Advantage 1: The Only Post-Press Folding Carton Trade Fair in Asia-Pacific
    With the rapid development of China’s folding carton industry, SinoFoldingCarton continues to expand in scale. It is Asia-Pacific’s sole trade platform for post-press folding carton equipment, consumables, technologies and services. It is also renowned among exhibitors for its scale, professionalism and high level of internationalization.

    Jiang Jianzhi, General Manager of STS Machinery (Shenzhen), part of the Taiwan-based SBL Group, commented, “Beyond a doubt, SinoFoldingCarton is a world leading, highly professional trade show. It’s a great stage on which to display new products. SinoFoldingCarton 2012 was significantly better in terms of quality of visitors and number of exhibitors, compared to 2011. We are very interested in attending SinoFoldingCarton 2013. We hope next year’s exhibition will prove even more effective!”

    Chris Miller, CEO of EskoArtwork Greater China, also expressed satisfaction with SinoFoldingCarton 2012: “We brought our latest products, the Kongsberg VL series cutting tables, and displayed them, together with a number of innovative new technologies to Chinese users. Numerous visitors came and made enquiries at our booth. SinoFoldingCarton highlights new industry trends. For us, it’s a valuably unique platform via which to learn about and satisfy clients’ needs.”

    In 2013, SinoFoldingCarton will reach new heights in terms of exhibition scale, professionalism and internationalism. Reed will again feature the solutions, innovations and trends at the heart of the folding carton manufacturing trade. The displays will be complemented by a diverse array of informative on-site forums and seminars.

    Across an area of 25,000 sqm, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will bring together over 300 local and international equipment manufacturers/technology suppliers with 20,000 buyers from all over the world. These statistics represent a new record in SinoFoldingCarton history.

    Advantage 2: Three Dedicated Zones Expand New Business Areas
    To enrich the exhibition content, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will debut three new zones focused on Electronic Monitoring Codes, Packaging Paper and Oil. These will provide more diversified folding carton solutions for visitors. The zones will closely reflect development trends and hot topics in the folding carton industry and serve as the perfect platform for exhibitors to learn the latest trade information and meet new business partners.

    Reed Exhibitions is using creative and expansive measures to attract local and international exhibitors to the three zones. To date, high profile companies, including Kodak, Shanghai Dragon, Lixin, Shield, Tongde Group, Win.Win Digital Security and Shanghai Full Source Automation Equipment Inc. have confirmed that they will showcase their new innovations in the Electronic Monitoring Code Zone.

    SinoFoldingCarton 2013’s themed forums and seminars will feature leading industry experts analyzing current policies and sharing their experiences. The Electronic Monitoring Code Zone, the Packaging Paper Zone and the Oil Zone will be a key attraction for exhibitors, visitors and media at the show.

    Advantage 3: More Targeted Invitations to Buyers
    Reed Exhibitions plans to invite over 20,000 key managers and senior executives from the Purchasing and Technology departments of folding carton companies to SinoFoldingCarton 2013. These prospects will come from over 90 countries and regions. 48% of those invited will be decision makers and 32% will have the power to influence purchasing decisions or make recommendations.

    Major companies from South America (Brazil, Chile, and Argentina), the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran) and Asia (India, Malaysia) will also be invited, giving Chinese folding carton companies valuable opportunities to explore international markets.

    For SinoFoldingCarton 2013, Reed will again run a Targeted Attendee Program (TAP). This visitor initiative will give exhibitors numerous opportunities to build long-term relationships with buyers that have clear purchasing intent. The TAP affords show attendees an all-in-one exhibition experience where they can visit exhibits, evaluate solutions and conclude purchases – all without leaving the exhibition site.

    Advantage 4: Strong Support from 30+ Local and international Industry Associations
    Numerous key industry associations consistently support SinoFoldingCarton. Yu Zizhuo, Secretary of the Jiangxi Printing and Duplicating Industry Association, said, “We’re long time supporters of SinoFoldingCarton. It’s a big packaging and printing event. So many locally and globally renowned brands are featured at the show each year. For our members, SinoFoldingCarton is the best place to efficiently buy trade-related products and get up-to-date industry information.”

    Over 30 trade associations will promote SinoFoldingCarton 2013 among their members and send visiting delegations. These include the All India Federation of Master Printers, the North India Printers Association, the Korean Packaging Association, the Vietnam Packaging Association, Jiangxi Province Printing & Duplicating Association, Henan Packaging Technology Association, Fujian Packaging Technology Association, Chongqing Technology Association, Shenzhen Packaging Technology Association and Guangdong Packaging Technology Association’s Printing Committee.

    Core Advantage 5: Outstanding Exhibition Promotion
    The promotion of SinoFoldingCarton 2013 is already underway, to maximize the effect of the show. Not only is Reed working with over 30 industry associations, but it will also invite more than 120 print and online media outlets from around the world to cover the three-day event.

    The journalists will report on the exhibition itself, as well as the accompanying events like forums, seminars and press conferences, to reach as much of the global folding carton manufacturing industry as possible.

    Reed will also work with many international agents to invite exhibitors’ target customers. Action teams around the world will issue invitations to folding carton companies in their region via direct mail, email and text message. Invitations to SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will also be sent to a database of over 100,000 trade contacts, thereby extending the reach of the exhibition.

    SinoFoldingCarton is a world-renowned exhibition brand. In 2013, the event will again be a one-stop purchasing platform where buyers can fulfill their procurement needs and exhibitors can meet valuable prospective customers. The event is known throughout the international folding carton industry and it enjoys a strong reputation.

    Reed is actively recruiting exhibitors for SinoFoldingCarton 2013 and has already confirmed the participation of a number of high profile companies, many of them long-time exhibitors at the show. We believe these leading companies and closely targeted elite industry professionals will lift SinoFoldingCarton 2013 to new heights.
    For more information, please visit the official SinoFoldingCarton 2013 website:
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    28.06.2013   Walki's new technology enables cost-efficient production of large volumes of furniture foil    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Walki is now able to deliver very big volumes cost-efficiently.

    Walki has developed a new technology for producing an environmentally friendly, paper-based furniture foil. The new technique for applying UV lacquer and ink makes the surface on the furniture foil even more resistant without compromising lightness.
    Walki's Consumer Packaging has successfully delivered foils for back panels for the furniture industry for several years. Because of the growing demand for high-quality furniture foils, Walki has developed a new technique for applying UV lacquer and ink, making the surface even more resistant while still maintaining lightness.
    – With our new enhanced technique for applying UV lacquer we will substantially improve the surface resistance, says Tomas Nyström, Project Manager Furniture Lining.

    Large volumes cost-efficiently
    New equipment has been applied on a conventional Flexo printing machine. This new technique enhances the quality of the foil's barrier and improves the surface resistance.
    In using a conventional Flexo printing machine, Walki is the first supplier in the world to produce large reels of furniture foil of up to 3,5 metres in width. The typical size is about 1,5 to 2,5 metres.
    – We can produce very large volumes in a very cost-efficient manner. We are talking about a high-capacity machine, says Jan-Anders Fagerhed, Technical Service & Development Manager.

    Highly eco-friendly
    The base web is based on paper fibres, making it substantially more environmentally friendly than other alternatives on the market that are based on plastic foils and other artificial materials. The foil is also formaldehyde free.
    The new technique also needs less colouring than other alternatives on the market, further enhancing its advantage from an environmental perspective.
    – Thanks to our new technique we are able to reach the same colour quality using less inks, says Nyström.
    Walki can utilize its strong in-house knowledge of available paper qualities to help customers in choosing the right grade for the end purpose.
    Further plans for enhancing the technology are already in the pipeline.
    – We are making continuous development efforts aiming to expand deliveries to other parts of the furniture industry in addition to back panels, says Jan-Anders Fagerhed.
    (Walki Group Oy)
    28.06.2013   Industrial restructuring plan at Condat: Completion of the procedure for consulting ...    ( Company news )

    ... representative bodies

    The meeting of employee representatives held on June 13th closes the period for consultation of staff representative bodies begun on 22nd March 2013 in the framework of Condat’s industrial restructuring plan, including stoppage of line 6 and its consequences for employment.
    At the end of this meeting the employee representatives delivered their opinion.
    Condat’s management has done everything possible to preserve jobs and keep the number of forced layoffs down. The initial project submitted to the workers’ elected representatives on 22nd March 2013 envisaged the elimination of 144 jobs. Five of these positions have been kept through the negotiations with the representative bodies, which leaves the number of jobs eliminated at 139. Incentives have furthermore been provided to facilitate voluntary early retirement as well as other kinds of voluntary redundancies (business creation, workforce transition …).
    Any voluntary redundancy will enable the redeployment of an employee whose job is in jeopardy.
    These measures should result in significantly reducing the number of forced layoffs.
    The stoppage of line 6 will take effect as from 1st July 2013.
    The first dismissal notifications will be made from 31st July 2013 and will be scaled out until the end of 2013.
    Condat is not the sole organisation in the Lecta Group affected by restructuring. Cost reduction measures are under way at all the other firms in the group.

    Consultation and social dialogue
    Management has been sensitive to the concerns of the social partners involved throughout the consultation period.
    The quality of the dialogue between Management and social partners has, after over 20 negotiation meetings, made it possible to work out a set of measures enabling a tailor-made response to each different situation.
    Staff support conditions have been got under way in association with a specialised organisation since 16th May 2013 in order to reach a redeployment solution specifically targeted for each of the employees concerned, either internally or in the job pool.

    Adaptation of the industrial system
    Management foresees investments from this autumn in order to optimise the operation of the other two production lines with a view to extending their grammage ranges.
    These investments should be operational by the end of 2013.
    Until these aspects are operationally commissioned, the manufacture of these products will temporarily be handled by other firms in the Lecta Group.

    Management reassurance as to the future of Condat
    It is practically impossible for the management to make forecasts for the future in the present economic setting. Well aware of its social responsibility, nevertheless, it seeks to reassure and confirm its wish to do everything possible to ensure the endurance of the Condat site and preserve jobs in Dordogne.
    (Papeteries de Condat S.p.A)
    28.06.2013   Several automation orders demonstrate global tissue making industry's trust in Metso's ...    ( Company news )

    ... technologies

    With Metso's advanced tissue automation solutions and services, global tissue makers are able to turn their process and quality challenges into visible results.
    Turkish Hayat Kimya A.S., a global player in the tissue market and the current holder of the world speed record for tissue machines, has chosen Metso’s automation technology for its two new tissue production lines that it ordered from Metso. One of the lines will be installed at a new mill site near Alabuga, Tatarstan, in Russia, and the other one in Mersin, Turkey.
    The extensive automation delivery will include Metso DNA machine and process controls and Metso IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, startup and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
    Both tissue machines will have a width of 5.6 m, a design speed of 2,200 m/min and a design capacity of 70,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades made from virgin fiber. The startup of the tissue machine in Russia is planned for the second half of 2014, and the second tissue machine will start up in Turkey at the end of 2015.

    Automation also for Syktyvkar Tissue
    Another tissue producer that has selected Metso’s automation is Syktyvkar Tissue Group in Russia. Its recent order for a complete Metso tissue production line also includes Metso DNA automation for process, machine and drive controls and Metso IQ quality controls.
    The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s new site in Semibratovo, located some 220 km from Moscow. The new line will have a width of 2.7 m and an operating speed of 2,000 m/min, and it will add another 30,000 tons per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to the company's existing production. The startup of the machine is scheduled for mid-2014.

    Metso introduces novel measurements for tissue
    “A wave of recent breakthrough developments in automation is revolutionizing the quality and runnability management of tissue lines,” says Seyhan Nuyan, Director, Pulp, & Paper, and Tissue Applications, Automation, Metso. “Our comprehensive but scalable automation solution is geared towards optimum productivity, energy efficiency and product quality. This comprehensive automation concept is now complemented with new products.”
    One such new introduction is IQ Web Color Measurement. This novel sensor is the first of its kind capable of measuring color or brightness of the finished tissue or towel product.
    The new deliveries include another recent innovation by Metso, the non-nuclear basis weight sensor, Metso IQ Fiber Weight Measurement, which also measures the moisture content of the web.
    (Metso Oyj)
    28.06.2013   Pöyry awarded basic engineering services assignment for Lwarcel Celulose pulp mill project in ...    ( Company news )

    ... Brazil

    Pöyry has been awarded an assignment by Lwarcel Celulose, a Lwart Group company, for basic engineering and logistics studies for the expansion of its pulp mill at Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo. Lwarcel had earlier engaged Pöyry's services in the conceptual and pre-feasibility analysis for the project.
    As part of the expansion, Lwarcel intends to build a new production line at the same location of the current mill. The line will bring an additional production capacity of up to 750,000 tons a year; currently, the annual production is 250,000 tons of short fibre pulp from eucalyptus - raw material used in the production of several types of paper in Brazil and abroad.
    In addition to the new production line, the project also predicts the increase of the company's planting area, going from 38,000 acres to 90,000 acres of planted eucalyptus forests. This expansion will generate economic and social development, as well as contributing to the preservation of native and spring areas.
    "Pöyry has been working with Lwarcel since 2008 on studies for alternatives, logistics, feasibility and conceptual design, furthermore we have been engaged in environmental impact studies" emphasises Marcelo Cordaro, head of Pöyry's operations in Brazil.
    The assignment further strengthens Pöyry's position as the world's leading engineering solutions provider for the pulp and paper sector.
    The value of the order is not disclosed. The project will be included in the Industry business group's second quarter 2013 order stock.
    (Pöyry Plc)
    28.06.2013   RIMA-SYSTEM and Müller Martini: Post Press in a new dimension for the biggest ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... heatset press in the world.

    Picture: Post Press system of the 2x80p Lithoman with single-gripper system from Müller-Martini and complete finishing line from RIMA-SYSTEM.

    It was the biggest order for a web offset press signed at Drupa 2012. This year the largest heatset press of the world – consisting of two 80p manroland Lithoman IV presses which can run in Duplex mode – is going into production at Kraft-Schlötels in Wassenberg, Germany.

    The press will be equipped with a highly modern and innovative Post Press, able to match the unique press performance. It will be realized by the Post Press specialists RIMA-SYSTEM and Müller Martini, cooperation partners since summer 2011.

    The total width of the two machines (4.5m) is more than the largest rotogravure presses. The huge amount of printed paper requires a proven Post Press technology with a performance never seen before. In addition reliable 24/7 production, high flexibility and intelligent back-ups are key requirements for this Post Press configuration.

    Behind the manroland folder a newly developed single-gripper system from Müller-Martini will pick-up the two shingled streams at 100.000cph and deliver the products to the finishing area with the RIMA-SYSTEM equipment. The products will then be trimmed, stacked, optionally strapped and finally palletized with four of the proven 4-axis robots from RIMA-SYSTEM. The whole configuration is highly accessibility so it can be operated with minimum manning.

    Large retail orders, consisting of many locations (drop points with or without plate changes) are controlled by the JOB OPTIMIZER software. The software includes a real-time “pallet execution engine” that ensures that every pallet is automatically built according to the specification for this drop point. It also guarantees that on two-line productions only a single “last” pallet is generated. This is realized by transferring stacks from one bundle line to the other at the end of the run.

    The JOB OPTIMIZER software will also be retrofitted on the two existing 72p presses at Kraft-Schlötels which are already equipped with Post Press from RIMA-SYSTEM.

    For Kraft-Schlötels (together with Westend Druck in Essen they form the WKS-Druckholding) this project is part of their strategy to make print and finishing more industrial and cost-effective. To do so they again invested in leading technologies – like the post press solution from their long-standing technology partner RIMA-SYSTEM.
    (Rima-System GmbH)
    28.06.2013   Norske Skog - new head quarter location    ( Company news )

    Company news The Mayor of Oslo Fabian Stang made the official opening of Norske Skog's new head quarter at Skøyen in Oslo. Norske Skog has had its headquarters at Oxenøen in the municipality of Bærum since 1998.

    Norske Skog has undergone a major reorganisation and downsizing in recent years, reducing the need for the large premises at Oxenøen. The CEO Sven Ombudstvedt said at the opening ceremony: "Norske Skog is a very different company today than it was just a few years ago. Our intention is to have timely, efficient and pleasant premises, adapted to the number of employees and our current business".
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    27.06.2013   Woody Harrelson launches tree-friendly paper brand    ( Company news )

    Company news On this May 21, 2013 file photo, actor Woody Harrelson attends the "Now You See Me" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square in New York. The 51-year-old actor is the co-founder of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc., which launched its brand of environmentally friendly paper Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Woody Harrelson is putting his paper where his passions are.
    The company spent 15 years researching and developing its Step Forward Paper. It's made of wheat-straw waste and wood fiber rather than virgin trees.
    The company says replacing two packs of traditional copy paper with their product saves one tree.
    Harrelson says half the world's forests are cut down to make paper, and his company's new paper is "going to be great for our future.
    (Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc.)
    27.06.2013   Catalyst Paper board chairman steps in as interim CEO    ( Company news )

    Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) announced the appointment of Leslie Lederer, a director and chairman of the company as the interim president and chief executive officer. The appointment takes effect on Kevin J. Clarke’s departure as Catalyst CEO and board member at the end of June.
    Mr. Lederer is a former industry executive with Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation with extensive experience in the industry, and a member of the Illinois Bar.
    Mr. Clarke’s resignation was announced in April and the Board initiated an executive search for his successor at that time. Mr. Clarke is leaving the company and the board to return to his home in the state of New York where his family resides.
    Mr. Lederer’s appointment will enable the Board to complete the executive search in due course and will facilitate a seamless transition once a new chief executive officer is selected.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    27.06.2013   CHANGES IN THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF ARCTIC PAPER    ( Company news )

    Company news Michał Jarczyński (photo), CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., has submitted his resignation, effective on 15th July 2013 of this year. Meanwhile, the Supervisory Board has entrusted the function of acting CEO of Arctic Paper to Mr Wolfgang Lübbert the current Member of Management Board and Sales & Marketing Director. The Supervisory Board expressed its great gratitude to Michał Jarczyński for his 15 years of work on development of the group.
    Olle Grundberg, the Chairman of Supervisory Board commented: “We would like to thank Michał Jarczyński for 15 years of intensive work on the development of the Arctic Paper Group. Michał Jarczyński has been associated with the group since 1998. He was originally employed at our plant in Kostrzyn, which under his leadership became the most productive paper mill in our group. He also oversaw such important processes for the growth of the group as inclusion of the Kostrzyn paper mill in the special economic zone, construction of our own gas-fired heat and power plant in Kostrzyn, listing of Arctic Paper on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, acquisitions and the group’s debut on NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm. We wish him much success in his further professional challenges.”
    Michał Jarczyński, outgoing CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., said: “Arctic Paper is a group presenting great challenges and demanding vast knowledge and commitment. I am proud that I had the opportunity to contribute my own experience to the company over such a long period and—together with the other members of the management team—to build the company’s strong position on international markets.”
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
    27.06.2013   POLAR successfully presents its automation solutions at China Print    ( Company news )

    Company news With its P-Net service Compucut®, the Transomat unloading unit and cutting system L-R-137-T PACE, POLAR is offering three interesting solutions for cutting process automation.
    "Presenting our high-end cutting system L-R-137-T PACE at the China Print was a gamble, but the interest shown by our customers has confirmed it was worthwhile", says Jürgen Freier, Polar's Head of Sales and Service. Automation is playing an increasing role even in China.
    The printing businesses located in areas of urban concentration, in particular, are finding it more and more difficult to find suitable operating staff. In addition to qualification, ergonomics is an important topic. This is reflected by the increasing use of the Transomat unloading unit specifically to unload the cutting machine.
    PACE (POLAR Automation for Cutting Efficiency) is a synonym for automated cutting processes. The loading, turning and waste removal operations are automated. The Autoturn turning gripper combined with the Autotrim cutter forms the automation centerpiece here. The interaction between these two components allows automation of the first five cuts (four-side and dividing cuts).
    In addition to machine automation, an automation solution for creating cutting programs - Compucut® - was showcased. The P-Net service Compucut®, which is now also available in Chinese, allows greater streamlining of work cycles at the high-speed cutter or cutting system. This is a decisive competitive advantage, especially for web-to-print businesses. The cutting program is generated off the high-speed cutter while it continues production. By now, all major web-to-print businesses are using Compucut®.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
    27.06.2013   Essential Drug List Expands to 520 from May 1, 2013, To Promote Electronic Monitoring    ( Company news )

    Company news Medicines on the national list of essential drugs - called “zero markup drugs” - are the ones used to prevent and treat common diseases. China’s Ministry of Health (M.o.H.) recently announced that 213 new types of medicines have been added to this list, bringing the total to 520. The M.o.H. also clarified that, as well as primary hospitals run by the government, second-class hospitals will now receive these basic medicines as a priority.

    More Varieties; Fewer Specifications
    The national essential drug list is adjusted every three years. The latest edition, published in 2012, includes three varieties: chemical medicines/ biomedicines, Chinese patent medicines and TCM herbal medicines. Of these, there are 317 kinds of chemical and biomedicines.

    According to the M.o.H., the new edition of the list has several new features:
    • It adds the kinds of medicines needed by primary health institutes to provide better care and it promotes these to higher level facilities.
    • It improves the structure of the list, adding medicines for cancer and blood diseases.
    • It standardizes drug forms and specifications.

    The 520 kinds of medicines include over 850 forms and more than 1,400 specifications. Compared with the 2009 list (where 307 kinds of medicines included over 780 forms and 2,600 specifications) there are far fewer specs in this latest edition. This will help to streamline the process of medicine use.

    Nearly 200 Kinds of Medicines for Children
    Worldwide, there is a general lack of variety in medicines for children. In response to this shortfall, the 2012 edition of the drug list has added new kinds and specifications of drugs especially for minors, including those for national immunization programs.
    On the revised list, there are nearly 200 kinds of medicines, including over 70 forms and specifications for children only. These include oral granules, oral solutions, injectable suspensions and dry suspensions. These additions ease the shortage of children’s medicine.

    Basic Medicines Dispatched to Second-Level Hospitals
    According to the requirements of the M.o.H., primary health institutes opened by government shall all use basic medicines that they can choose from the nationally approved list. These drugs, chosen for their function, positioning, service range, scale and effectiveness, are sold according to the zero markup policy.
    The M.o.H. has stipulated that second-level hospitals and higher will gradually receive basic medicines in the list and prioritize the use of these to reduce costs to patients. Prescriptions will be regulated and medicines will be used more appropriately. At the same time, the percentage of the cost of basic medicines that is reimbursed will increase to reduce the cost of drugs to patients.

    Circulation of Electronic Monitoring Codes
    To guarantee the quality of medicines, state authorities will strengthen the safety evaluation of basic medicines, TCM injectable solutions and high-risk medicines. They will also improve the qualities of these. All basic medicines will undergo regular quality checks, with the results of these tests to be made publically available.
    The M.o.H. will also promote the construction of a transparent national drug electronic monitoring system that covers all kinds of medicines and all distribution processes. The system will integrate information and unify standards to better connect related authorities and businesses. A drug monitoring network for rural areas will also be established.
    The monitoring of the negative effects of basic medicines will be improved and the emergency recall system enhanced, to guarantee the safety of properly administered drugs ingested by the public.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    27.06.2013   Lecta’s New Specialty Papers at Drinktec and Labelexpo Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s leading event in the beverage industry and the largest show in the labelling industry will take place in September in Munich and Brussels.

    Torraspapel, part of the Lecta Group, will be present for the first time at Drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry. The event, to be held in Munich from September 16-20, offers Lecta a unique opportunity to present its portfolio of specialty papers for beverage label design: Metalvac metallized papers, used by the most prestigious beer brands, and a wide selection of Adestor self-adhesive materials, for all kinds of beverages.

    Lecta’s label papers will also be featured, once again, at Labelexpo Europe from September 24-27 in Brussels. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to find out about numerous new developments in Lecta’s ranges of one-side coated, metallized, cast-coated and thermal papers as well as its self-adhesive materials.

    “Labels to Celebrate” is an exclusive selection of Adestor brand pressure-sensitive labels for the food and beverage industries. The range includes a variety of textured, coated and metallized papers, and permanent adhesives, in addition to the following new Adestor facestock: Matt WS 90, Gloss WS 80, Snow Digital WS and Embossed Toile WS, all designed for wine and spirits, champagne, water and gourmet food product labels. The line’s launch is being showcased in the new “Labels to Celebrate” swatch book, which includes 21 elegantly designed high-quality print self-adhesive labels with special finishes: stamping, relief and UVI screen printing. The catalog is available in 4 languages (Spanish, Italian, French and English) and contains technical information on all grades.

    Metalvac, a range of high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized paper, arrives at Drinktec and Labelexpo with a new catalog. The swatch book is made up of 3 volumes corresponding to the three applications for which Metalvac is designed: wet-glue labels, pressure-sensitive labels, and tobacco and packaging. Each folder contains general information on the range and specific information about the application, in addition to technical specifications and grade samples in different colors and finishes. All the information is available in Spanish, English and French.

    Eurokote is a bright white cast-coated paper ideal for premium labels for wine and spirits, champagne, luxury packaging and the self-adhesive, advertising and publishing markets.

    Lecta’s range of one-side coated Creaset papers features Creaset Suit. Specifically designed for color printing all sorts of labels and flexible packaging, Creaset Suit is a glossy paper with high specific volume and opacity as well as rapid ink penetration that facilitates on line varnishing and subsequent finishing processes. Its sheet formation and physical properties give it high internal resistance and dimensional stability, allowing for increased productivity in printing and finishing processes and final application on the package. Other products in this range include Creaset Adhesive, specially designed as facestock for self-adhesive applications in reels; Creaset Tobacco, developed for soft cigarette packets; Creaset Tobacco Wrap, for wrapping soft cigarette packets and Creaset RBP, kraft base paper for silicone coating.

    For applications that use direct thermal printing, Lecta has developed a range of Termax papers that guarantee perfect bar code resolution and provide different levels of durability and sensitivity depending on the final application. Used for point-of-sale receipts, transport and other types of tickets, and coupons, Termax papers can also be used for self-adhesive labels.

    All Lecta’s specialty papers are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards and ISO 50001 energy efficiency standards. They are also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain of Custody forest certification.

    Discover the “Let’s go labelling” campaign in which Lecta encourages you to fill your world with stickers.
     Drinktec: Pavilion A2, stand 439, September 16-20, in Munich
     Labelexpo Europe: Pavilion 5, stand A72, September 24-27, in Brussels

    For more information about Lecta’s range of specialty papers, please visit and .
    (Lecta Group, Torraspapel)
    27.06.2013   Wausau Paper Announces Closing of Specialty Paper Business Sale    ( Company news )

    Wausau Paper NYSE:WPP) (“Wausau”) yesterday confirmed the closing of its previously announced definitive agreement entered into on May 18 to sell its specialty paper business to Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC, a newly formed company sponsored by KPS Capital Partners L.P., a New York-based private equity firm.
    The transaction includes Wausau Paper’s manufacturing facilities in Mosinee and Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and resulted in net cash proceeds to Wausau, subject to certain post-closing adjustments, of approximately $105 million after settlement of transaction-related liabilities, transaction costs and taxes. A portion of the net proceeds will be used to eliminate the currently outstanding balance on the Company’s revolving-credit agreement of approximately $67 million.
    (Wausau Paper Technical Specialty Products)
    27.06.2013   Pre-Bankruptcy of Sniace    ( Company news )

    The Board of Directors of SNIACE, S.A., in the meeting held yesterday afternoon, agreed to file the communication – ruled in article 5 bis of the Creditors Meeting Law (Ley Concursal 22/2003, de 9 de Julio), related to the Pre-Bankruptcy, of the following companies of the SNIACE GROUP, SNIACE, S.A., VISCOCEL, S.L.U y CELLTECH, S.L.U. – in the Corporate Court of Madrid.
    (Sniace Sociedad Nacional Industrias Applicaciones Celulosa Española S.A.)

    Company news ... WINE BOTTLES

    Picture: The new Avery Dennison Aqua Stick® Portfolio featuring Z3338 Adhesive is the first pressure-sensitive labelling solution designed for the labelling of sparkling wine and champagne bottles. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR163)

    Applying labels to wine and sparkling wine bottles when they are cooler than their surroundings and slick with surface condensation has just become easier. The exclusive new Aqua Stick® portfolio from Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials avoids the time-consuming and costly practices required until now to prevent condensation during labelling.

    “This new portfolio was developed in close collaboration with wine and sparkling wine brand owners, and takes careful account of real-world conditions faced by adhesives and facestocks,” said Fabien Bourgies, Avery Dennison global wine and spirits segment director. “With Aqua Stick, we are seeing scrap reductions and faster changeovers, with unique improvements to operational performance for these types of applications.”

    Wine and sparkling wine bottles often drop below ambient temperature during label application, and this temperature difference can lead to surface condensation problems and a weakened bond between label and bottle. Dispensers often experience inconsistent label positioning and higher scrap rates as a result.
    Materials in the Aqua Stick portfolio use Avery Dennison’s unique Z3338 emulsion adhesive. Engineered for variable temperature and humid environments, Z3338 actively absorbs any surface moisture present, removing the need to bring bottles up to room temperature. The adhesive allows in-line processing at up to 600 bottles per minute, with consistent label positioning. Even the exit of the labelling tunnel, where further condensation often appears, poses no problem.

    The performance improvements continue all of the way through a bottle’s lifecycle. Z3338 can withstand exposure to an ice bucket or cold box, and keep the label firmly in position.

    Three premium facestocks are currently available for Europe in the new Aqua Stick range: Fasson® 60# Uncoated Litho WS, MaxFlex™ Bright Silver and Sparkling Asti.

    Find out more at
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    26.06.2013   Cepac purchases Zund cutting system at FESPA London 2013    ( Company news )

    Zund UK today at FESPA London announced the sale of a Zund G3 XL3200 with rear extension and semi-automatic feeder to Cepac.

    Custom designed and built in 1999, Cepac has established one of the largest and most technologically advanced corrugated packaging plants in the world. A modern plant, leading edge technology and sophisticated computer based design, is supported by a team of dedicated and experienced professionals.

    Their single aim is to produce a product and a service, which is second to none – in terms of performance, quality and new development. This customer-focused approach means listening to and understanding, customers’ packaging needs and responding in a prompt, professional and friendly manner.

    Cepac first entered the UK market in 1999 when it opened a Greenfield operation in Rotherham England. Continued investment in leading edge technology has established Cepac as the leading Independent for transit, Retail ready and Branded packaging in the UK.

    More recently Cepac has acquired the Doncaster based display business Screen print Doncaster which it has re branded Cepac Doncaster Ltd.

    Managing Director Sandra Margetts commented “Being part of the Cepac group has enabled us to further expand our business in the 2D and 3D display markets”.

    She continued, “The Cepac ethos is all about listening to customer needs and investing in technology which meets both their current and future needs. We are delighted to have identified Zund as a leading edge manufacturer and believe that this machine will significantly add to our successful business”.

    The G3 from Zund owes it success to its robust Swiss build, modularity and flexibility. Users can specify the size, tooling and extensions in addition to semi automatic or automatic handling of substrates. Its' workflow system, Zund Cut Centre v2, integrates seamlessly to ensure the smooth handling of materials and jobs in the workflow.

    Zund UK is exhibiting on the Zund AG stand at FESPA London until Saturday 29th June on stand C20S.
    (Zund Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd)
    26.06.2013   OnQ FormingSens Process improvement due to optimal water weight     ( Company news )

    Company news OnQ FormingSens measures the water weight in the former using high-frequency, ultra-precise microwave technology, without sources of radioactivity.
    Since the process influences in the former are constantly changing, the water weight should be continuously determined. Voith Paper has developed the OnQ FormingSens sensor, which measures the water weight in real time and defines an optimal water weight on a sustained basis for lasting process improvement.
    With multi-ply wire sections, couching is optimized by unambiguously defining the water weight for the individual plies. Radioactive sources, which are used in most handheld measurement devices, are also omitted thanks to the harmless microwave sensor system.
    OnQ FormingSens can be used with almost all former types and grammages. The installation positions within the former can be arbitrarily chosen as long as the expected water weight is within the measurement limits.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    26.06.2013   Metso to supply cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing and screening plants to ....    ( Company news )

    ... BillerudKorsnäs in Sweden

    Metso will supply BillerudKorsnäs with a cooking plant rebuild, a brown stock washing plant and a screening plant for its mill in Gruvön, Sweden. The start-up of the rebuilt cooking plant and brown stock washing plant is planned for May 2014 and that of the screening plant for May 2015. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The rebuilt cooking plant together with the new brown stock washing plant will more efficiently utilize the wood raw material and lower the chemical consumption in the pulping process. In addition the cooking plant rebuild and the new screening plant will substantially lower the energy consumption within the process area,” says Alf Sondell, Production Manager at BillerudKorsnäs, Gruvön mill.
    The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received.

    Technical information
    Metso’s scope of supply will include a rebuild of the existing cooking plant to feature a CompactCooking G2 digester. The delivery will also comprise a new ImpBin chip impregnation system, a new pressure diffuser and a screening plant.
    (Metso Oyj)
    26.06.2013   ASSOCIATION BETWEEN FSC & APRIL ENDING    ( Company news )

    On 23 May 2013, Greenpeace, WWF Indonesia and the Rainforest Action Network filed a formal complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council about association with the APRIL Group. In accordance with the FSC International Dispute Resolution System, FSC set in motion the process of dealing with the complaint.
    However, on 14 June 2013, the FSC International received from our Asia-Pacific and China offices written requests by APRIL subsidiaries to withdraw their FSC certificates, which were all for chain-of-custody.
    No reason for the withdrawal was offered.
    To officially withdraw from FSC, certificate holders must work with their certifying bodies, in this case, Bureau Veritas, SGS Hong Kong and QMI Sai Global. While FSC International acknowledged receipt of the withdrawal letters from APRIL subsidiaries, the actual process to terminate the contractual relationship may take some time.
    When the withdrawal of the FSC certificates by APRIL becomes legally effective, there will no longer be any association between FSC and APRIL. Due to this new situation, the complaint process is being put on temporary hold, pending an internal discussion about the appropriate path forward.
    FSC International will provide additional information once we decide about next steps.
    (FSC International)
    26.06.2013   ANDRITZ to upgrade BCTMP line for Bohui Paper, China     ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received the order to supply a new pre-treatment stage for Bohui Paper’s BCTMP line 1 in Shandong province, China. The pre-treatment stage for the board production line has a capacity of approximately 600 t/d and comprises an ANDRITZ Impressafiner MSD, an ANDRITZ impregnator and an ANDRITZ chip bin discharger. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
    A pre-treatment stage with an ANDRITZ Impressafiner MSD, a key equipment in ANDRITZ mechanical pulping systems, is essential for state-of-the-art TMP processes. The benefits of a pre-treatment with an ANDRITZ Impressafiner MSD includes maximum liquor uptake while squeezing out distracting extractives and heavy metals. Moreover, the chip treatment in the ANDRITZ pre-treatment stage balances the chip bulk density as well as the chip moisture profile, consequently preparing perfect conditions for the down-streamed refining process – a determining process step in terms of optimum pulp properties and energy savings.
    (Andritz AG)
    26.06.2013   Bioeconomy as a solution for South Australia’s declining forest industry    ( Company news )

    South Australia’s forest industry is being significantly challenged as production levels fall due to declining export competitiveness and accordingly means for improving the industry’s competitiveness are being sought. The South Australian State Government’s Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) has invited VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland experts to undertake a study that identifies potential routes by which the increased competitiveness can be achieved.

    Achieving world class productivity in existing business combined with the development of higher-value add products is key to creating a sustainable future for the forestry industry. The VTT study into increasing industry productivity and developing more sustainable and higher-value add products from the Limestone Coast’s forestry resources involves working with local industry to identify achievable short, medium and longer term sustainable market opportunities.
    The study is a key initiative of the State Government’s Manufacturing Works strategy, and is also one of the key actions identified in the Limestone Coast Economic Diversification report.
    The traditional sawn timber production industry must be continuously improve and develop to ensure world class productivity, but in the emerging bioeconomy this is not enough. The new opportunities presented by bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials must be captured, in addition to further developing opportunities in more traditional but evolving areas like construction elements, wood residue laminates, wood-plastic composite products, value added packaging materials etc. This could mean, for example, that in addition to the focus on developing the industry through productivity improvements and product extensions, next-generation biorefineries could be established in the region, utilising the side streams or unutilised raw material streams from the forest industry as input into the production of bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials. The goal is to identify new business opportunities suitable for local companies as well as raising the technological level of the region’s industry to meet the requirements of a competitive modern fibre-based industry.

    VTT's project well-received
    In addition to this study the State Government has launched “the South East Forestry Partnerships Program” which is a $27 million State Government assistance package designed to encourage a viable and strong timber sawmilling industry in the region.
    The first phase of the project executed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, examined the current business structure in the Mount Gambier region. The findings from this first phase identify that the present situation is difficult, but that the situation could be improved by implementing existing solutions and approaches already in use elsewhere. John Kettle, International Operations Manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, notes that improvements are about two parallel action streams. The first is about improving the productivity in existing operations whilst simultaneously increasing the value adding by firms in their existing or adjacent value chains. The second is about adding higher value adding activities drawing on new technologies that will allow for the entry into the bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials value chains.
    “As cheap competition increases, the traditional cost-based model is no longer viable in a high operating cost country for companies whose business depends on export and export-based value chains. The forest industry must move to a value-based concept in order to guarantee competitiveness. The purpose of this study is to help smaller companies develop their business towards effective and efficient production with higher added value.”
    According to Kettle, local companies have had a positive attitude towards VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s project. Based on the results from the first phase, the players in the area share the same goals: forests are still considered to be the anchor of the future in the Mount Gambier region, and there is a desire to bring about a new renaissance for the industry through a long-term effort.
    The second phase of the study will chart the future pathways for the forest industry in Mount Gambier and the opportunities for production with a higher added value. During the second phase, road maps will be prepared with the goal of guiding the development of new, fibre-based industries in the Mount Gambier region as well as identifying business opportunities utilising emerging technologies. The governments of the State of South Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia have committed the necessary resources for the two phases of the study.
    The Cellulose Fibre Chain Technology Roadmap project is supported by Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast and the project’s steering group includes central players in the Australian forest industry, academia and labour union together with representatives from the Commonwealth, State and local government.
    The report for the first phase of the research:

    Further information:
    John Kettle
    Manager, International Operations
    Tel. +358 40 593 6013
    Toni Ahlqvist
    Senior Research Scientist
    Tel. +358 40 573 7398
    Further information on VTT:
    Olli Ernvall
    Senior Vice President, Communications
    358 20 722 6747
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)

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