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    27.12.2013   NPTA Presents 2014 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award to Don and Max Clampitt    ( Company news )

    Company news NPTA, the association for the paper distribution channel, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2014 Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award, NPTA’s highest honor.

    Picture: Donald C. Clampitt, Chairman, NPTA and Chairman & CEO, Clampitt Paper

    For the first time in the award’s 30-year history, it will be presented to two industry leaders, Don and Max Clampitt of Clampitt Paper.
    “Over the years, there are only a very few whose names are synonymous with the merchant and paper business. Clampitt is one of those rare names,” said Tom Gallager, President of West Linn Paper Company. “Max Clampitt was a leader in every regard. Clampitt Paper continues to be a valued organization that exudes class, quality and superior business dealings in every respect.”
    Max Clampitt was born in 1912 in Ruston, La. Max founded Clampitt Paper with his wife, Mary-Nell, in 1941. He started out in an 8,000-
    square-foot building with three employees and one truck. Through the years, Clampitt Paper grew from those three employees to over 250
    employees and one of the few remaining independent local paper merchants in the southwest region.
    “Max Clampitt was a force in the merchant community,” said James C. Tyrone, EVP of Commercial Operations and Business Development, NewPage Corporation. “He built a highly reputable and successful merchant business from the ground up. Don continued with the same focus on customers that Max did.”
    Don Clampitt began his 34-year career in the paper industry working in the warehouse of Clampitt Paper during high school. He returned to the firm after graduating from the University of New Mexico (UNM), and since that time has worked in almost every position in the company.
    When Max passed away in 2001, Don stepped into the President and CEO role.
    “In a time when paper is too often reduced to a commodity, Don still loves to talk about what makes paper, particularly premium paper, unique,” said Tom O’Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Mohawk. “He pioneered the establishment of a Creative Center where designers and printers can come look at samples and talk about their work. Don is the only CEO of a major paper distributor I know of who still loves to go out and teach paper classes for customers and design students.”
    In addition to launching the Clampitt Creative Center in 2004, Don has grown the Clampitt brand to include 15 retail stores and six warehouse locations and expanded to Tulsa, Albuquerque and Kansas City.
    “Don followed in his father’s footsteps and continued the strict standards Max Clampitt set for personal integrity, professionalism, work ethic and fair play,” said T.F. Shannon, President of Bradner Smith & Company. “He is highly regarded in the industry, and has an impeccable reputation, and a willingness to listen and learn.”
    Don is the current Chairman of the NPTA Board of Directors, a DREAM Fund Board Member (and past President), Baylor Healthcare Foundation Board Member, Dallas Arboretum Advisory Council Member and Frost Bank Advisory Board Member. He was inducted into the UNM Anderson School of Business’ Hall of Fame in 2012, and received the first-ever Advertising Innovation and Marketing Excellence Award (AIME) in 2013 from the Dallas/Fort Worth American Marketing Association, American Advertising Federation and DREAM Fund.
    During his career, Don has also served as a board member of the Printing & Imaging Association, Dallas Ad League, Dallas Society of Visual Communications, Art Institute of Dallas, UNM Alumni Board and UNM Anderson School of Management Advisory Board; president of the Association of Independent Printing Paper Merchants (AIPPM); and chairman of the IABC Dallas Quill Awards.
    “As long as I have attended National Paper Trade Association meetings and gone to the Chairman’s Lunch, the Stanley O. Styles Award has represented the highest principles and ideals of the paper industry,” said Don Clampitt. “My father was the true visionary behind Clampitt Paper, and I am honored to be considered with him as a recipient of this award.”
    Don Clampitt will accept the Stanley O. Styles Industry Excellence Award on behalf of himself and Max at the Paper 2014 convention, March 23-25 in New York City. Donations to honor the Clampitts can be made to the Paper and Plastics Education Research (PAPER) Foundation 2014 Scholarship Program.
    (NPTA Alliance)
     
    23.12.2013   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014: positive status of exhibitor participation    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 6 month prior to ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 more applications than last year around this time are existent. For the first time, the exhibition center in Frankfurt will be the setting of the important trade fair for the European pulp and paper industry.
    The combination of expertise, diversity and knowledge transfer is the trademark of ZELLCHEMING-Expo. Providers as well as trade visitors benefit from this concept. The trade fair together with the 109th Annual General Meeting of the association ZELLCHEMING e. V. as well as a further supporting program unifies various highlights under one roof.
    At the Annual General Meeting, organized by ZELLCHEMING e. V. experts inform about trends, developments and solutions around the paper industry. The key aspect of the program in 2014 is dealing with the change of today’s pulp and paper industry to a bio-economic branch which will provide our society with environment friendly products of renewable raw materials.
    New ideas and current research results are presented which shall contribute in the future to the competitiveness of this sector as well as an efficient and environmentally sustainable production.
    Further information on ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 is available at: www.zellcheming-expo.de
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - ZELLCHEMING)
     
    23.12.2013   Kemira and European Investment Bank (EIB) signed EUR 45 million research and development ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... loan agreement

    Kemira Oyj and the European Investment Bank (EIB) have signed on December 11, 2013, a EUR 45 million research and development loan agreement.
    The European Investment Bank has evaluated and granted the loan to support the research, development and innovation activities of the Kemira Group during the years 2013-2016.
    Kemira's long term collaboration with universities, institutes of technology and research institutes combined Group's own research centers' development projects form foundation of R&D activities. The facility is intended for financing of the research and development expenditures at Kemira's core businesses.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    23.12.2013   Nippon Paper Industries Adds New Color to FRONTYTOUGH Series, High-bulk Mechanical Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Launches “FRONTYTOUGH W” and Changes Lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70”

    Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga) commences sales of “FRONTYTOUGH W”, a new color of FRONTYTOUGH series which has been highly regarded as high-bulk mechanical paper in the Japanese paper market, and changes a part of the lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70”.
    The FRONTYTOUGH series has been produced in the Ishinomaki mill (Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture) and well-known by customers for its successful reduction of weight of conventional mechanical paper by using our advanced bulking technology, while maintaining an equal level of paper thickness to that of its conventional products. This November, a new color of pale white is added to the series which has been also quite popular with customers for its natural tone of color, and a part of the lineup of “FRONTYTOUGH 70” realizes much higher-bulk to satisfy customers’ various demands.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
     
    23.12.2013   New strengthened service organization structure at manroland web systems    ( Company news )

    Company news Service function moved to the management level under the leadership of the Managing Director Eckhard Hoerner-Marass (picture). Anton Hamm, Head of Service, leaves the company.
    The Executive Board at manroland web systems GmbH have made this decision in order to significantly and rapidly increase the strength and success of the Service division in the market, to streamline the company’s organization and increase its responsiveness. For this reason, the “Head of Service” function has now been combined into a “Head of Sales and Service” function, and moved to the management level under the leadership of Eckhard Hoerner-Marass. “Service that is sales-oriented and constantly available to our customers is the key to success for our company and with this new organization structure, we have further strengthened this important division in the company” says Eckhard Hoerner-Marass, Managing Director.
    Anton Hamm, previously responsible for the Service Department at manroland web systems has left the company due to this revised organizational structure. Eckhard Hoerner-Marass, Managing Director at manroland web systems, is now directly responsible and takes over the the operations of the Service division.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
     
    23.12.2013   New GardaPat 13 Catalogue    ( Company news )

    Company news More than a catalogue, a print project where the focus is on the colour white.
    Cartiere del Garda presents GardaPat 13 BIANKA, GardaPat 13’s latest addition, with a catalogue in which white is the true protagonist.
    The project highlights the versatility of white and of GardaPat 13, a paper which allows you to experience different varieties of white in three different shades. Inspired by the rich language of the semi-nomadic Arctic populations, who have developed numerous words to identify the colour of snow, the catalogue illustrates the nuances of the GardaPat 13 line with photos of the white of the Arctic flora and fauna printed on the various papers in the range.
    The catalogue emphasises in this way print results on GardaPat 13’s three hues: GardaPat 13 KLASSICA, in a warm natural shade; GardaPat 13 KIARA, with a white natural shade; and the pure white shade of the new GardaPat 13 BIANKA.

    The characteristics of GardaPat 13 guarantee excellent printing results:
    - woodfree coated paper with a matt surface and high bulk
    - guaranteed 1.3 volume
    - velvet surface
    - ECF
    - acid free
    - age resistant
    - always guaranteed as FSC® certified

    The GardaPat 13 papers are now produced with new technology that enables even higher product quality and superior printing results, including:
    - higher printing gloss
    - a smoother surface
    - superior printability

    GardaPat 13 BIANKA is available in 115, 135 and 150 gsm. Other GardaPat 13 papers are available in 90,100,115,135,150,200 and 250 gsm.
    With this catalogue, Cartiere del Garda shows once again how the uniqueness of a high quality paper such as GardaPat 13 can offer an endless range of experiences, completing and characterizing every message with shades that are full of meaning. Now more than ever, thanks to GardaPat 13, a white page is much more than just a blank page.
    (Cartiere del Garda S.p.A.)
     
    20.12.2013   Koenig & Bauer strengthens competitiveness - Management board presents realignment concept ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...for KBA

    --- Autonomous divisions for sheetfed and web business, manufacturing and special applications --- Revised location concept addressing all activities --- Between 1,100 and 1,500 jobs affected

    --- Non-cash expenses for extraordinary depreciation in the middle double-digit million euro range --- Additional provisions for capacity adjustments already effective in 2013

    The management board of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA), Würzburg, presented a concept for the strategic realignment of the KBA Group and a package of measures aimed at strengthening the company's profitability long term and future development potential to today's meeting of the company's supervisory board. Attention centred on sustainable structural adjustments to secure core business activities, the optimisation and concentration of value creation at the various locations, and changes to organisational structures within the group, placing a focus on future growth fields. After in-depth deliberations, the supervisory board has approved the concept.
    The worldwide print industry is facing ongoing structural change in the media sector, characterised by concentration processes among publishers and printers and overall reshaping of the print branch. The consequence is a continued reluctance to invest, which has led to significant excess capacities across the whole press manufacturing industry. The world market for sheetfed presses, for example, has been halved over the recent years, and the market for web presses has contracted by around 70%. Lasting reversal of this marked slump in web business is not to be expected, and branch experts are also predicting stagnation at the current low level for sheetfed business. Sustained growth is only discernible in the digital and packaging segments, and in certain special markets.
    Against this background, the past months have been used to elaborate a corporate strategy under the heading "fit@all", with a series of measures to strengthen the long-term competitiveness and profitability of the company. Alongside the necessary adaptation of core business activities to the changed market situation, growth potential for KBA was a central theme. KBA president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann: “Swift and radical restructuring is intended to facilitate our development into a decentrally organised and highly flexible press manufacturing company, which, complementing its core business, is active above all in profitable niche markets. With this decision, we have laid the foundations for sustainable realignment and interesting future prospects. The essential basis, however, is initially consolidation of our core business activities.”

    The concept adopted contains the following measures:
    -The objective is –subject to approval from the AGM in May 2014 – to establish divisions with clearly defined profit responsibilities for the fields sheetfed presses, web presses, special applications and manufacturing. The division for special applications embraces the growth fields MetalPrint (metal decorating), security presses and the activities of the recently acquired companies Kammann Maschinenbau GmbH (screen printing for the direct decoration of hollow glass containers) and Flexotecnica S.p.A. (web flexo presses for flexible packaging).
    -Measures targeting structural and process optimisation are to be implemented in the sheetfed offset division. Further key aspects are capacity and personnel adjustments, as well as solutions for under-performing product segments and sales units.
    -In the web press division, activities are to be transferred to a business model based on labour flexibility. Here, too, personnel adjustments are necessary.
    -On the basis of a revised location concept for the overall group, it was decided to relocate selected production tasks, with corresponding personnel adjustments at the five European locations. The closing or disposal of individual locations is not excluded.
    -General administrative expenses at the group headquarters in Würzburg are to be reduced with lasting effect.
    -A total of between 1,100 and 1,500 jobs will be affected at group level by the measures adopted today.

    These measures necessitate non-cash impairments in the middle double-digit million euro range on the annual balance sheet for 2013. Further burdens are to be expected on account of the adjustments to value creation and other cost structures. Their amount is dependent on the results of the now commencing negotiations with employee representatives and can thus not be estimated at present.
    “We have made some far-reaching decisions for KBA today. They will also be accompanied by painful cuts for the workforce. It was not easy for us to make these decisions, but they are unfortunately imperative for the future sustainability of our company,” said CEO Bolza-Schünemann. “We should see the first fruits of these changes in 2015, and a return to sustainable profitability in 2016 at the latest.”
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    20.12.2013   Holmen Paper: Our paper is now ecolabelled by the EU    ( Company news )

    Company news All graphic paper from the Hallsta and Braviken paper mills and newsprint from Holmen Paper Madrid have been approved to carry the EU Ecolabel.
    Taking long-term responsibility for the environment is a fundamental aspect of Holmen Paper’s strategy. All the mills are certified according to the ISO systems for environmental, energy and quality management. Holmen Paper and Holmen’s forestry are also certified under the standards FSC and PEFC.
    “These certifications help to establish trust in our environmental work. Adding the EU Ecolabel to the mix strengthens our environmental profile even further,” states Katarina Granö, market communications manager at Holmen Paper.
    “The products have their environmental impact carefully assessed before they can qualify for the EU Ecolabel. For graphic paper, the main focus is on the use of fibre raw materials, chemicals and energy, plus emissions to air and water during manufacture,” explains Leonard Dahlberg, environmental and quality engineer at Braviken.
    Since Holmen Paper’s three mills already perform extremely well in terms of the environment, no specific new investment has been needed to secure the EU Ecolabel. A great deal of work has, however, been put into checking and replacing process chemicals in order to meet the set requirements.
    Now Holmen Paper’s products, Holmen VIEW, Holmen XLNT, Holmen TRND, Holmen PLUS, Holmen BOOK and Holmen GUIDE, and the Holmen NEWS from Madrid have been approved to carry the EU Ecolabel.
    Securing the EU Ecolabel for Holmen Paper’s products is seen as an increasingly important advantage for the future. Pressure from the market is increasing and in some countries and product areas it is practically essential to be able to offer EU Ecolabelled products. Ecolabelled products are sold with a supplement charge.
    The customer and market survey that Holmen Paper recently presented confirms that ecoprofiling is considered important.
    “Retail chains in particular, which send out large quantities of direct mail, want to be able to show that they’re using paper with good environmental credentials,” comments Karolina Svensson, who heads the team working on the company’s market analysis and business intelligence.
    The EU Ecolabel is also predicted to take on increasing significance for magazines, since it is an EU-wide ecolabel. Furthermore, the survey shows that there are many misconceptions when it comes to paper and environment. For example, there is a general belief that printed products have a greater environmental impact than digital media.
    “As an industry, we need to do much more to inform the world about how little environmental impact paper production has compared with what the general public thinks. Certifying our products under FSC, PEFC and now the EU Ecolabel helps get this important message across,” says Karolina Svensson.
    (Holmen Paper AB)
     
    20.12.2013   Voith's ceramic coating convinces Sappi Ehingen    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 2008, Sappi Fine Paper Europe has been using the Voith ceramic coating TerraSpeed on its PM 6 in Ehingen. On the top roll of the fourth press, TerraSpeed has been in use for five years. Sappi Ehingen is now giving a very positive feedback: TerraSpeed shows excellent properties in terms of roughness and sheet release and allows low tension settings. All these parameters have not changed since the start-up in November 2008, and roll grinding has not been necessary so far.
    Previously, rolls with thermal coatings, however, had to be removed and ground after 15–18 months of operation. Due to the extremely long service life and continuous performance of TerraSpeed, the operating costs have been decreased considerably for Sappi Ehingen: The costs for roll removal and grinding have been saved three times so far. At the same time, the TerraSpeed upgrading costs are not higher than those of previous coatings.
    Sappi Fine Paper Europe is the leading producer of high-quality fine papers in Europe. The Sappi mill in Ehingen is situated in the South of Germany and comprises both pulp and paper mill. The PM 6 in Ehingen produces 260,000 t annually of coated woodfree papers in a basis weight range of 70–200g/m2.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    20.12.2013   Sappi Honored by RISI with PPI Award 2013 for Advances and Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB) Paper Drew Special Recognition

    Sappi Fine Paper Europe, the leading European producer of fine paper for packaging and graphic arts, today announced that it is the recipient of a prestigious RISI award. Sappi was recognised with an award for ‘Advances and Innovation in Speciality Papers’ for its flexible packaging papers with a functional Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB). The annual PPI Awards were launched in 2009 by RISI, the leading information provider to the global forest products industry.

    “We deeply appreciate the recognition RISI has given us with this prestigious award,” said Rosemarie Asquino, Sales & Marketing Director Speciality Papers Sappi Fine Paper Europe. “It is a validation of our continued efforts to deliver the most innovative and environmentally sustainable solutions to the packaging industries. We are especially pleased to have received the ‘Advances and Innovation in Speciality Papers’ award again, we were awarded last year with Fusion, premium white liner in the same category. We believe our MOB solution will have a significant impact on the safety and sustainability of food packaging around the globe.”

    Brand owners are increasingly seeking new packaging solutions that address concerns about migration of mineral oil and other contaminants into food from recycling board based packaging containing residues from printing inks and process chemicals. Sappi’s innovative range of flexible packaging papers with functional Mineral Oil Barrier (MOB) coatings solves the contaminant migration problem and still allows the environmentally sustainable use of recycled fibers in secondary packaging materials. The innovation concerns the development of a mineral oil barrier for packaging applications, in order to prevent penetration of the saturated (MOSH) and aromatic (MOAH) fractions of mineral oil into the food.

    In addition, Sappi Fine Paper North America was also honored with a special award: “We would also like to congratulate our sister company, Sappi Fine Paper North America, for winning the ‘Promotional Campaign of the Year’ award for Ideas that Matter” added Asquino.

    The PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. It provides a platform that honors the leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments within the industry. An international panel of judges selects the finalists and winners for the PPI Awards. RISI selects these judges based on their relevant expertise in the industry.
    (Sappi Fine Paper Europe)
     
    20.12.2013   Lecta's New 'FIRE 2014' Calendar and Screensaver    ( Company news )

    Company news Fire, an element of nature that reveals its striking beauty
    Rivers of lava at night, solidified magma, unpredictable splashes of liquid fire…

    Lecta continues its series of calendars based on the four elements of nature with twelve original images in which contrasts of color and texture offer an artistic vision of fire in a volcanic setting.
    The papers chosen for printing the “FIRE 2014” Calendar were Lecta’s CreatorStar and GardaGloss Art ranges, specially designed for commercial printing and the most demanding print jobs.
    All the photographs in the new calendar are available as screensavers that can be downloaded free of charge on the Lecta Group company websites.
    Currently, Lecta has nine mills with a total production capacity of approximately two million tons and is recognized worldwide as a reliable, flexible and customer-focused supplier.
    Lecta is firmly committed to protecting the environment. All of our manufacturing sites have secured the strictest environmental management certifications – ISO and EMAS – as well as PEFC™ and FSC® chain of custody certifications thereby guaranteeing the wood and pulp used as raw materials have been sustainably sourced. Recently, Lecta also obtained ISO 50001 energy management certification.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    20.12.2013   Norske Skog Saugbrugs develops new technology to produce better paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog has been granted NOK 7 million from Innovation Norway for the establishment of a world-leading pilot plant for the development of microfibrillated cellulose (MFC) or nanocellulose as it is also called. MFC has several interesting applications, including as a new raw material in paper production and as a possible reinforcement of plastic.
    - If we succeed in producing MFC with this technology and use it in our paper production, this could reduce our costs and make us more competitive in the future. At the same time, the MFC competence will be useful for the entire group, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
    - The plant will be one of the largest in the world, and will most likely give Norske Skog unique knowledge of how MFC can be exploited on a large scale, says Roy Vardheim, Managing Director of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.
    The pilot project involves the production of MFC from thermomechanical pulp (TMP), which is the main raw material for paper. The project is budgeted at NOK 14 million, of which Innovation Norway's funding share is NOK 7 million.
    - Innovation Norway is keen to support future-orientated research and development by Norwegian companies. In 2013, we received an additional grant to promote innovation and competitiveness in wood-based industries, following good preparatory work by the industry itself. We are extremely pleased with the response to the announced funds. Norske Skog Saugbrugs was one of the companies that took the opportunity to invest in exploiting nanotechnology in the production of paper, says Toril Mølmen, Head of Innovation Norway, Region of Oslo, Akershus and Østfold.
    MFC has received much attention within forestry industrial research in recent years. The material has special properties and can be used in a number of areas. Manufacture of MFC takes place using high pressure treatment of thermomechanical pulp (TMP).
    (Norske Skog Saugbrugs)
     
    20.12.2013   Smurfit Kappa named Company of the Year 2013     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa was named Company of the Year at the Business and Finance Awards 2013 which took place in Dublin on the 12th December.
    The ‘Company of the Year Award’ recognises the company which best demonstrates outstanding business leadership, sustainable growth, innovative strategy, strong financial returns and employee development.
    For over 30 years, the Business & Finance Awards have been recognising excellence in Irish business and is the longest running and most coveted business awards program in Ireland. Past receipients of this prestigious award include Google, Ryanair and Microsoft.
    The award reflects the views of business leaders and entrepreneurs throughout Ireland’s leading companies. The CEO’s of Ireland’s top 500 companies are approached for their nominations for the Company of the Year Award and a jury of their peers selects the winner.
    Smurfit Kappa faced strong competition for the award from the other shortlisted companies which included Paddy Power, Glanbia, Aer Lingus, Eircom, Sky, Greencore and Intel to name a few.
    The Business Person of the Year was John Moloney, the retiring CEO of Glanbia, who has recently joined the SKG plc Board as a non executive director.
    Gary McGann, Chief Executive Officer comments “Being nominated by industry peers is very gratifying and we are delighted to be recognised as Company of the Year. We also congratulate our new Board colleague, John Moloney, on his prestigious award.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    20.12.2013   FORTRESS PAPER DISSOLVING PULP MILL TAKES MARKET DOWNTIME    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announced that it will be taking market downtime at the Fortress Specialty Mill (the "FSC Mill") in Thurso, Québec. The recent imposition of an interim duty by China's Ministry of Commerce ("MOFCOM") on the import of Canadian dissolving pulp into China has made it uneconomical for the FSC Mill to continue producing dissolving pulp at this time and the current market pricing for northern bleached hardwood kraft (NBHK) pulp is not sufficient to warrant production. The Company anticipates it will take approximately 10 weeks' market downtime at the FSC Mill commencing December 22, 2013, during which employees at the FSC Mill will be encouraged to take their holidays. This market shutdown will also reduce the scheduled June 2014 maintenance shutdown and allow the Company to manage its dissolving pulp inventory build-up which resulted from the volatility and uncertainty in pricing in the short term dissolving pulp market.
    Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper,
    commented: "As a result of a thorough evaluation of the current economics at the FSC Mill, the board of directors of Fortress Paper has determined that the fiscally prudent action is for the FSC Mill to take approximately 10 weeks' market downtime, subject to prevailing market conditions. This will result in a reduction of the cash burn based on current market prices and the current preliminary duty that has been imposed. During this downtime, we will continue to implement various operational improvements that will bring our overall cost structure down, as well as proactively focus on preventative procedures to enhance the FSC Mill's productivity and reliability when it resumes operation."
    Mr. Wasilenkoff further added, "We still have confidence in the future pricing and prospects for dissolving pulp as the market adjusts to the impact of the duty and future growth demands."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    20.12.2013   Lessebo Bruk to reorganize its paper, pulp and energy businesses into three separate entities     ( Company news )

    Company news Lessebo Bruk has until today been organized as one integrated company, where both paper production, pulp production, as well as energy production has been part of the same company.

    In order to secure the company and cultivate the different business areas they will be separated into three different legal entities:
    -Lessebo Paper AB will be the paper company
    -Lessebo Pulp AB will handle pulp
    -Lessebo Energy AB will be producing and selling our energy.

    This reorganization is done in order to enhance the focus and profitability of the individual businesses. The current owners will at the same time add additional capital to further support the development of the new company.
    To make this transition happen we are forced to end the existing company which will be moved into receivership. Thus opening the possibility of organizing the best possible new companies that will have the highest chance of a profitable and secure future.
    We also believe that our customers will be best served when all our activities are focused on the core business, so that together we can continue to have the relationship that secures further development and profitability for us and our customers.
    (Lessebo Bruk AB)
     
    19.12.2013   Flint Group launches the next generation of UV Low Energy Curing, Highly Reactive Inks and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Coatings, for Sheetfed and Web Offset Printing

    UV curing of inks and varnishes is undergoing a major evolutionary change and the emerging low energy UV lamp technology represents the most significant development for many years. Flint Group is at the forefront of ink and coatings development technology and announces the launch of the superb UV Low Energy Curing, Highly Reactive Inks and Coatings system, Ultraking® XCURA!
    Flint Group in collaboration with leading OEMs and lamp manufacturers has developed and is now launching a full range of low energy UV curing highly reactive inks and coatings under the name Ultraking® XCURA. One of the unique key features of XCURA is that one product will print on certain non porous, as well as standard coated and uncoated substrates – a real winner where printers need quality and flexibility on tight schedules. XCURA products have a very high colour strength, display excellent ink/water stability and require lower levels of energy to operate. They also comply with ISO 2846-1 and are suitable for printing to ISO 12647-2 standard.
    Considerable ecological advantages are derived from the new low energy lamp technology, not least of which is that the lamps filter out or eliminate wavelengths below 290 nm. Consequently there is no ozone created, hence the need for exhaust is completely removed. In addition heat is controlled due to unique lamp design and control technology.
    Rod Balmer, Director of Global Research and Product Development, Flint Group explains some of the challenges of developing inks and coatings to operate under these new parameters:
    “These inks are formulated using a selection of photoinitiators which absorb at the higher end of the spectrum and are optimised for high speed curing. These inks are highly reactive, the need for multiple UV lamps is not necessary, thus reducing operating costs for the printer.”

    Richard Wilson, UV Product Management Director, Flint Group believes XCURA will be attractive to the fast turnaround conventional printers who can save energy costs by eliminating infra-red drying and warm air drying for water based coatings, turning around work in a matter of minutes, saving on work-in-progress and improving delivery times.
    “As commercial printers are pushed to offer shorter and shorter lead times, work-in-progress must be kept to a minimum and jobs have to be turned-around for next day delivery. Low energy UV curing will allow the conventional commercial printer to manufacture to these new targets. We can see the web-to print sector in particular being early adopters of this technology because of the dramatic reduction in manufacturing time and the lower entry cost than traditional UV” stated Wilson.
    (Flint Group Print Media Europe)
     
    19.12.2013   Södra's group strategy 2014-2020     ( Company news )

    Company news After a number of months of intensive and comprehensive work mapping out Södra’s way forward, the company’s Board has now made a formal decision on a new group strategy; a collective way forward which will allow employees and owners together to face new challenges together and make the most of the opportunities offered by our changing world.
    Following a period in the early 2000s when the company achieved rapid growth and good profitability, Södra has seen a phase in which profits have been down and growth has stagnated. Changes such as a reduction in the allocation of electricity certificates and industry restructuring will also affect Södra. A new collective strategy has been devised so that the company can adapt to new situations.

    So what does the new Södra group strategy involve?
    First, Södra must become a more unified group – one Södra. This will be done so that shared resources can be used more effectively and also to allow staff to work more efficiently. A clearly unified Södra will also reinforce the way in which the company is perceived by everyone else, so strengthening the Södra brand.

    It is also important to focus on growth. Growth is a prerequisite for adding value for Södra’s owners in the long term. Companies which fail to grow lose their competitiveness and do not develop. Södra’s business is based on creating an outlet for its members’ timber and using the industry to give them a share of the profit from processing. The markets for Södra’s products are growing by three to five per cent each year. Much of this growth is not taking place on existing, mature markets, but on the rapidly growing Asian markets. And Södra has to be part of this.
    Growth is vital to all business areas – but the ways in which they will grow will vary slightly. Investments have to be made in a number of areas. For the pulp business, extensive investments at the mill are planned to take place during the strategy period. This means that production and turnover will increase. Investing with a view to increasing production capacity is vital if the company is to ensure the competitiveness of Södra Cell.

    For the sawmills, growth will mainly involve making the most of the opportunities provided by earlier investments. The same is true for the interior wood business and Trivselhus. For Södra Skog, the increase in production will result in a need to increase its timber supply.

    All industrial operations must become two to three per cent more efficient each year in order to handle their relative competitiveness. This means that Södra has to work smarter and improve continually. Processes and working methods must be reviewed, in all respects and in all parts of the group, and Södra has to derive the full benefit from the huge investments which have already been made.

    Södra also has to become even better at adding value for its customers. Among other aims, the company has to move from concept to new product more quickly and give customers access to both excellent products and outstanding expertise.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    19.12.2013   Smurfit Kappa wins two Global 2013 PPI Awards     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Gary McGann – Group Chief Executive Officer

    Recognised for its commitment to sustainability, Smurfit Kappa was awarded top prize for Bio Strategy of the Year and Mill Manager of the Year at the PPI Awards ceremony which took place on 11 December in Dubai.
    The two awards reinforce the Group’s global position as a leading player in the paper-based packaging sector, and once again show the company’s continuous strive for excellence.
    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer comments, “ These awards demonstrate the commitment of Smurfit Kappa to deliver sustainable paper based packaging solutions to our customers while showing our respect for the communities in which we operate and for the wider environment.”
    Launched in 2009, the PPI Awards are the only awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp, paper and packaging sector.

    Mill Manager of the Year – Jo Cox, Roermond Papier, the Netherlands
    Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier is the largest recycled container board mill within the Group and one of the largest in Europe. Under the management of Jo Cox, it has developed into a mill with strong values, excellent performance, and dedicated employees with a passion for creating high quality and sustainable products. Proof of success can be seen in the mill’s continuous output growth , strong operating performance and recognition by customers as a sustainable packaging paper supplier.

    Bio Strategy of the Year – Roermond, the Netherlands
    Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier was recognised for developing an effective sustainability strategy, creating valuable solutions for almost all of its reject streams. The mill creates value through a unique process converting its combustible rejects into approximately 15,000 tonnes of high calorific (bio) fuel pellets (Rofire®), leading to significant savings in annual CO2 fossil emissions. Currently 99,5% of the mill’s raw materials are converted into valuable and useful products and applications.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    19.12.2013   PulPaper 2014 Conferences - Early Bird price until 31 January, 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Biofuture for Mankind is the main theme of the PulPaper 2014 conference, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. Alongside the main conference runs the IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, a scientific conference alternating between the continents.
    It is now possible to register for the conferences. Registering before 31 January means that you can enjoy the Early Bird price.

    New features of PulPaper - The Paper Square and PulPaper After Work
    For the first time in the history of PulPaper, the paper producers will be available on the exhibition floor. The Paper Square will also be in focus at the PulPaper After Work on Tuesday 3 June, the perfect way to end a day at work. Participants of the PulPaper event have the opportunity to relax, network and enjoy good food, drink and entertainment from the Paper Square stage.

    VTT - "Our participation at PulPaper has always lead to concrete customer cases"
    - We have always enjoyed the international context of PulPaper at our home ground, says Katriina Matilainen, Marketing Specialist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. - PulPaper has always been a professionally organized event and offered various networking opportunities: the conference, exhibition, social events and one-to-one meetings.
    VTT is a partner in concept and technology development. With cross-disciplinary expertise, unique research facilities and
    extensive global industry network, the company provides cutting-edge technological solutions and innovative services to private enterprises and public entities. VTT’s expertise covers the whole pulp and paper value chain. In addition to traditional fibre based raw materials, the company develops novel biobased coatings and packaging materials as well as printing and converting technologies.
    VTT hosts the PulPaper 2014 Excursion to Jyväskylä on 5-6 June, where participants have the unique opportunity to learn about the world's most advanced fibre technology & novel foam forming research and piloting facilities.
    - We expect PulPaper 2014 to be an interactive few days with sales & networking opportunities and several fascinating discussions about the latest technology innovations in a global atmosphere, concludes Matilainen.

    Unforgettable gala evening
    Join the festivites when the Paper Engineers Association celebrates its 100th anniversary. The spectacular gala evening takes place in the brand new Helsinki Music Centre on Wednesday 4 June, 2014.
    (Adforum)
     
    18.12.2013   Kruger receives Green Innovation Award    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: ADRIQ gives Kruger the 2013 “Green Innovation” award for its Brompton mill’s fly ash reuse project. From left to right: Jean-Louis Legault, Chief Executive Officer, Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec (Québec Association for research and innovation development - ADRIQ); Luc Michel, Services Director, Brompton Mill, Kruger; René Hamel, Environment Coordinator, Brompton Mill, Kruger; Balázs Tolnai, General Manager ̶ Technology, Industrial Products Division, Kruger; Gérald St-Aubin, Vice-President, Investment Fund and Strategic Support, Desjardins; and Albert De Luca, Tax Partner, Deloitte.

    Kruger Inc. proudly announces that it was presented with the 2013 Green Innovation Award at the 23rd Gala of the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec (Québec Association for research and innovation development - ADRIQ) held in Montréal on November 21, 2013. The award was given to Kruger’s Publication Papers Division in recognition of a project that reuses fly ash produced by the cogeneration plant at its newsprint mill in Brompton, Québec.
    The Brompton Mill has been producing electricity and steam from paper residue and other biomass sources at its cogeneration plant since 2007. This highly green process significantly reduces the Mill’s GHG emissions.
    Managers at Kruger’s cogeneration plant worked on this research project in partnership with the University of Sherbrooke’s Civil Engineering Department for three years in order to find an alternative for reusing cogeneration fly ash.
    The project, funded by the Québec Ministry of Natural Resources and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, demonstrated that cogeneration fly ash could be used as a cement alternative for various industrial applications. The researchers showed that up to 20% of cement could be replaced with fly ash for making concrete, without compromising the finished product’s quality or durability.
    Not only does this discovery open the way to substantial savings for concrete manufacturers, but it has also helped to significantly reduce the amount of landfilled waste.
    To date, the Brompton facility is the first and only facility in Québec and Canada that has had cogeneration fly ash certified as a cement substitute.
    (Kruger Inc.)
     
    18.12.2013   Metsä Tissue increases baking and cooking paper prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Tissue will raise the prices of its baking and cooking papers by 5 percent in the first quarter of 2014. The price increases will affect all the baking and cooking papers on all the markets latest from 1 April 2014.

    Metsä Tissue is one of the biggest global suppliers of baking and cooking papers and products. Its papers and branded SAGA products are sold in over 60 countries.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
     
    18.12.2013   Peak performance in format 6 die-cutting technology – Heidelberg unveils new ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Dymatrix XL 145 CSB with optimum automation and maximum precision

    -New Dyset XL optical feed system delivers feed register accuracy and stable sheet travel at maximum speeds
    -Minimal makeready times thanks to camera adjustment via preset functions and straightforward operation
    -New pneumatic chase ensures fast and reproducible tool changes
    -Tried-and-tested modules from Dymatrix 106 CSB such as chase changer and Prinect Integration
    -Folding carton printer Hepack orders not one but two Dymatrix XL 145 CSB die cutters as part of a large investment package

    Industrial-scale folding carton manufacturers need appropriate die cutters to finish the sheets printed on their highly productive presses. Following numerous discussions about the requirements of customers in this market segment, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has now developed the Dymatrix XL 145 CSB - a peak performance die cutter for format 6 applications. Thanks to the new Dyset XL optical feed system, the new pneumatic chase, and further preset modules, the die cutter is systematically geared toward maximum productivity and optimum precision. Available with immediate effect, the preset modules boast tried-and-tested technologies from the Dymatrix 106 CSB high-performance die cutter such as fine adjustment of the die-cutting plate position and format setting at the feeder. The chase changer and the quick-action clamping system for the stripping and blanking stations ensure short makeready times during job changes. A completely redesigned main gear mechanism increases the speed to 9,000 sheets per hour. As with the Dymatrix 106 CSB, the gearing is based on the technology used in presses, with no temperamental worm drives. Prinect integrates the Dymatrix XL 145 CSB into the print shop workflow for maximum overall process efficiency. CSB stands for cutting, stripping, and blanking.
    The Dymatrix XL 145 CSB will be available from midway through 2014 and augments the Dymatrix 145 CSB range. It offers outstanding flexibility, supporting grammages of between 80 and 2,000 gsm and processing materials 0.1 to 4 millimeters (0.0039 to 0.16 inches) thick. A sample machine is available for demonstrations at the Print Media Center in Wiesloch-Walldorf.

    New Dyset XL optical feed system - feed register accuracy and stable sheet travel at maximum speeds
    The Dymatrix XL 145 CSB operates according to the proven, patented moving upper platen principle, which delivers optimum quality even with the minimum number of break points. With the new Dyset XL feed system, each sheet is measured optically by three cameras, and the circumferential and lateral registers are then automatically aligned in the feeder. Sheets can be measured from the top and, optionally, from the bottom. Either the sheet edge, the printing mark or the print image is used for alignment purposes. The benefits of this dynamic alignment are maximum precision with a perfect die-cutting register of plus/minus 0.1 millimeters (0.0039 inches), fast makeready times, and a reduction in paper waste by preventing misaligned sheets.
    Thanks to a highly tolerant feeder inlet window, it is also possible to process less accurate piles. Narrow printing marks just 20 millimeters (0.79 inches) wide are sufficient. Like the color and register marks for Prinect Inpress Control, these marks can also be integrated into the print control strip if necessary. The positions of the printing marks can be saved and are easy to call up as preset settings for a repeat job using the machine's touchscreen. This enables motorized camera positioning. The Dyset XL feed system is simple to operate and requires no maintenance, because all components are encapsulated. Remote maintenance is possible using Prinect Remote Service. To sum up, the machine scores highly in terms of productivity and process stability.
    This is facilitated by the new pneumatic chase with compressed air, which delivers fast tool changes with excellent repeat accuracy. The chase requires no maintenance and benefits from a long service life. A high level of automation is achieved by the new function for fine adjustment of the die-cutting plate. Here, too, saving preset settings enables repeat jobs to be completed in no time at all. The compact chase changer speeds up the exchange of different cutting dies considerably and extends the die cutter's extensive level of automation further still.

    First user - folding carton printer Hepack expects to boost productivity with two Dymatrix XL 145 CSB die cutters
    Based in the southern German town of Neuenstein, Hepack Druck + Verpackung GmbH is building a completely new print shop over the coming year to secure future growth and a general improvement in efficiency. "Customers want their jobs at the right time and expect excellent quality at favorable prices," says Managing Director Peter Heim, describing the daily challenges facing a folding carton printer. The comprehensive equipment package includes two new Dymatrix XL 145 CSB die cutters with the Dyset XL feed system. The first will be installed before the end of this year and the second at the end of 2014. The new building is scheduled for completion in fall 2014. "We currently have three Dymatrix die cutters in operation here - two Dymatrix 106 machines and a Dymatrix 142. Once Heidelberg had demonstrated the possibilities of the new Dymatrix 145 XL CSB, it didn't take us long to make our decision. We are familiar with Dymatrix technology, and the new model is an innovative, state-of-the-art machine. Above all, we expect it to be highly accurate, less likely to develop faults, and thus more productive," adds Heim. Typical run lengths at the company are between 30,000 and 40,000 sheets per job on average. Environmental protection is extremely important to Hepack. Prinect will integrate the two new Dymatrix XL 145 die cutters into the print shop workflow, which will mean less paper waste and transparent processes. What's more, the new machines require only half as much power as their predecessors, which will have a positive impact on energy efficiency. "The new die cutters will enable us to be even more successful in meeting our customers' extremely high demands when it comes to quality and end-to-end process control," stresses Heim. His company is investing in two die cutters to ensure high process reliability.
    Hepack has gained itself an excellent reputation throughout Europe as an innovative packaging printing specialist for major companies in the food and hygiene industries. Founded in 1981, it now has over 100 employees working in three shifts. The company processes more than 25,000 metric tons of solid board with grammages of up to 600 gsm each year. The pressroom includes a Speedmaster XL 105 six-color press with coating unit, a Speedmaster CD 102-6 with a double coating unit and a printing press in format 6. Hepack systematically ensures a sustainable printing process. For example, absolutely all die-cutting waste is recycled.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    18.12.2013   SEK 3.4 million to test beds for new wood-based materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia has been awarded a grant of SEK 3,400,000 by VINNOVA for two projects which will accelerate the development of new products from renewable resources. The test bed Swedish lignin-based carbon fibre will expand the possibilities for establishing lignin as a raw material for carbon fibre production. In addition, the development of 3D packages of paper and board can also come true thanks to a new feasibility study at Innventia.

    Picture: Lignin fibre produced at Innventia's new carbon fibre laboratory

    As part of VINNOVA’s focus on the development of test beds within the environmental technology area, Innventia has been granted SEK 3,000,000 for establishing a test bed for lignin-based carbon fibre. The industrial usage of carbon fibre is foreseen to increase fourth fold by 2020. Carbon fibre composites can e.g. replace steel in cars and transport vehicles and reduce the weight and thereby the fuel consumption. The need for new non-petroleum based raw material for carbon fibre production is huge. Lignin is a biobased, renewable material that is accessible in large quantities. The establishment of a test bed will accelerate the development of lignin into an established raw material for carbon fibre production.
    “The grant confirms our focus on carbon fibre from lignin. Within the frame of the project, we will also produce criteria for building a pilot facility for multifilament carbon fibre production. Thanks to our establishment of a consortium of parties along the whole value chain, from raw material producers to end users, and research institutes, we have now good potential to increase the availability of biobased carbon fibre,” says Marie Bäckström who is leading the research within biorefinery processes and products.
    In addition to the investment in a test bed for lignin-based carbon fibre, Innventia is granted SEK 400,000 to examine how the pilot plant, FEX, can be developed into a test bed for manufacture of highly stretchable paper and board products. The idea is to enable testing in the future of new manufacturing concepts for paper that has to be extremely stretchable in both machine and cross direction, a quality that will make it possible to replace some of today’s 3D packages in plastic, thereby reducing the amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste.
    “Traditionally, paper has only been used to manufacture packages with flat surfaces. What restricts the use of paper for 3D packages, i.e. with curved surfaces, is the lack of industrial processes to produce paper material with a high level of stretchability in the cross direction,” says Mikael Nygårds, research manager of the paper physics area.
    “Once FEX is optimised, the machine will also be able to produce highly deformable paper and board that can be used to manufacture 3D package demonstrators. As FEX can imitate industrial conditions, we will hopefully be able to lower the threshold for industrial implementation,” says Hannes Vomhoff, who is leading the research within paper technology.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    18.12.2013   Metso receives a repeat order for automation technology from Mondi's Ružomberok mill in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Slovak Republic

    With better process control, the mill can improve its overall performance and decrease its environmental footprint

    Mondi SCP a.s. has placed an extensive order with Metso for advanced automation technology for its Ružomberok pulp and paper mill in the Slovak Republic. The mill is building a new recovery boiler and a turbine, as well as extending its evaporation plant and lime kiln, which will be run with Metso’s automation system. High-tech automation contributes to lower costs, raw material usage, energy consumption and environmental load, while enabling the mill to achieve its targeted quality and performance.
    “We chose Metso’s solution in order to take advantage of synergies with our existing mill environment, making use of the knowledge of our professionals and operators, as well as minimizing side costs. Another factor that supported our choice of Metso as a supplier was our good experience and cooperation in the past,” says Michal Legersky, Project Manager, Mondi SCP a.s.
    Metso’s scope of delivery will include a complete Metso DNA automation system for the new recovery boiler 3 and the turbine, the evaporation plant and lime kiln extension, as well as for the upgraded operator stations in recovery boiler 2. The delivery also includes application engineering and commissioning. The major part of Metso’s automation system will be started up in the fall of 2014.
    “The mill already has Metso DNA in all other areas of the recovery island, so the operators are familiar with the system,” comments Udo Schober, Area Sales Manager, Automation, Metso.
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    18.12.2013   ANDRITZ to supply calender for production of high-grade graphic papers to Shandong Tralin Paper...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in China

    International technology Group ANDRITZ received an order to supply a PrimeCal Soft calender to Shandong Tralin Paper, one of China’s top ten paper producers.
    The 2-nip calender will produce high-grade graphic printing and writing paper with a basis weight of 40 to 60 g/m². The calender installed at PM9 (working width: 7,400 mm; production speed: 1,200 m/min) considerably reduces the two-sidedness of the paper web and increases its smoothness and gloss values, thus significantly improving printability and print image. Thanks to its broad spectrum of possible nip loads and roll temperatures, the calender also ensures bulk-preserving production of high-grade papers.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.12.2013   ALLIMAND awarded as «Leader of the Year»    ( Company news )

    Company news Grenoble Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Business Awards 2013

    On the occasion of the 2013 Business Awards organized each year by the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce & Industry, ALLIMAND as a designer and manufacturer of paper machines established since 1850 in Rives (i.e. six generations), ranked 1st among 1 000 SMBs in Isère (department in the Rhône-Alpes region) and won the “Business Leader” Award …

    A growth of nearly 81 % …!
    This Award is given as a reward for the outstanding growth of our Business (nearly 81 % in 2012) as the result of a diversification marketing strategy and significantly innovative products. « This important increase in the company sales revenue is closely linked to the fact that 3 paper machines have been sold in that period along with many orders for equipment refurbishment concerning alterations or significant improvements meeting with the new market demands » explains Franck RETTMEYER, ALLIMAND CEO.

    Questions and Answers with ALLIMAND CEO, Franck RETTMEYER:
    - What does this Award represent for ALLIMAND? For yourself…?
    It is always good to receive such an Award in spite of their increasing numbers within the last years.
    At the region level, this Award does make sense because our company is in competition with many local businesses. Moreover, for ALLIMAND staff it is a valuable recognition for their work performance.
    And I do share the same feeling.

    - What are your next challenges for the 3 coming years?
    To remain a key player in this difficult market environment as every year the counter restarts from zero.
    More seriously, to consolidate our growth, keep on developing new products and seek new markets.

    - What are the main Prizes or Awards you have won over the last years and which were the consequences on the development of your business?
    A prize for Big Export in 2011; the consequence of that was good in particular with our foreign customers and also other partners such as banks, BPI (French Public Bank of Investment) and so on.
    (Allimand)
     
    17.12.2013   Stora Enso invests in renewable energy at Enocell Mill site     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso Biomaterials Division’s Enocell Pulp Mill’s power plant will be transferred from Fortum Power and Heat Oy to Stora Enso at approximately EUR 16 million in accordance with an existing finance lease agreement. Stora Enso has approximately EUR 16 million short term finance lease liability specific to this transaction in the September 2013 balance sheet. The Division will also invest approximately EUR 13.5 million to increase use of renewable energy at the mill.
    The power plant at the mill site owned by Fortum Power and Heat Oy will be transferred to Stora Enso ownership on 31 December 2013. In 1990 Fortum Power and Heat Oy (then called Imatran Voima Oy) bought the old power plant at the mill site and built a new power plant there as part of a mill expansion project. The new power plant comprises a 100 MW solid fuel bubbling bed boiler and a 99 MW turbogenerator. The power plant uses bark from the pulp mill and residues from forestry operations as fuel. Its annual power production capacity is approximately 600 GWh, of which around 400 GWh is used by Stora Enso’s operations at the mill site.
    The day-to-day operations and maintenance of the plant are already undertaken by employees of Stora Enso and the mill maintenance company Efora Oy, so no personnel will be transferred in the change of ownership.
    “Transferring the power plant to Stora Enso’s ownership will facilitate development of operations as a whole,” says Stora Enso’s Enocell Mill Manager Sauli Purho.

    Investment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs
    The investment in renewable energy will enable about 85% of the fuel oil used in its lime kiln to be replaced by sawdust. The investment is expected to reduce the mill’s annual fossil-based carbon dioxide emissions by 30 000 tonnes and energy costs by EUR 5 million. The changes required to the mill processes will be made during 2014.
    “We want to make the mill’s energy balance more environmentally friendly. The pulp mill is more than self-sufficient in energy, but purchased fuel is still needed for the lime kiln. Through the investment Enocell Mill is taking a significant step towards being a mill free of fossil fuels,” says Mill Manager Sauli Purho. Most of the sawdust used will be supplied by Stora Enso’s nearby Uimaharju and Kitee sawmills.
    (Stora Enso Enocell Pulp Mill)
     
    17.12.2013   JR Press UK switches to POLAR    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainability-minded B3 packaging printer JR Press has turned to POLAR for its latest investment, a POLAR 78 ECO guillotine (picture), which is being used to pre-cut boards and finished printed work in equal parts.
    It is some years since the company bought equipment from Heidelberg, but the business owner Geoff Fone says he felt confident in the advice he was given and his research had convinced him that this was the best guillotine for his company’s needs and the price was fair.
    “We are investing to keep our machinery current. The POLAR was the best equipment on the market. What mattered most to us was the ease of use and programming functions along with build quality. Price came in after that and, given that we wanted a premium product, we believe this offers fair value for money,” says Mr Fone.
    The POLAR guillotine has been delivered to the company’s new premises in Daventry and operates flexible day shifts, running to the company’s high quality and service standards. The business has been in operation for 25 years and specialises in short and medium run lengths.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.12.2013   Metsä Board's 'Never-ending box' wins gold in Hong Kong Print Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news A brochure in the form of a ‘never-ending box’, designed by Metsä Board Packaging Services, has won a Gold Award in the Hong Kong Print Awards 2013. Metsä Board took the age-old greeting card design but substituted interlocking boxes for flat card stock, and added messages and graphics to promote its services. Printers of the box, Hong Kong-based Safe Power, were presented with the award in the ‘Promotional Printing – Other’ category at a ceremony held on 9 December 2013.
    “We are delighted our brochure has won the Gold Award, having decided to differentiate ourselves by moving on from a booklet-style design,” says Cyril Drouet, Technical Innovation Director, of Shanghai-based Metsä Board Packaging Services. “The never-ending box symbolises endless love or happiness as the recipient works their way through the different panes and comes back to the beginning. This made a perfect metaphor for our paperboards’ life cycle from planting trees, to making board, then packaging and finally to recycling.
    “We brought the concept to life by creating interlocking boxes instead of flat paper, and used the last box in the cycle as a container for a business card or USB stick,” says Cyril Drouet. “Finally, a retail-type sleeve was added, providing a key to the complex structural design as well as demonstrating the print capabilities of both front and reverse sides of Carta Elega, 290 gsm, our board used for the box.”
    Now in its 25th year, the Hong Kong Print Awards are run by the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong and are open to designers, printers, publishers and related industries.
    (Metsä Board Packaging Services)
     
    17.12.2013   Mitsubishi thermal papers approved by HP Indigo    ( Company news )

    Company news The demand for personalized pre-printed media in small runs is increasing steadily.
    HP Indigo is one of the leading printing technologies in this area. A wide range of thermal papers from Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has now been approved by HP Indigo.

    Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is the first thermal paper manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of approved products for use on HP Indigo digital presses:
    •From 57 to 233 gsm
    •With or without a protective top coat
    •For front side or reverse side printing with the HP Indigo technology

    The new thermoscript "I-series", a non top coated thermal paper, is perfectly pre-printable on the thermal front side on HP Indigo presses. The thermoscript "E-Series", a top coated thermal paper, offers excellent reverse-side printing features, whilst the "IE-Series" is printable on both sides on HP Indigo presses. The use of a primer is not necessary.
    With these new product certifications, Mitsubishi is adapting to changing market conditions and customer requirements. Applications such as short runs of personalized event tickets or labels are now possible with HP Indigo pre-printed thermal paper. Thus, the advantages of both printing technologies are used effectively.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     
    17.12.2013   New Hygiene Zones at Kelheim Fibres    ( Company news )

    Company news Viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has reached a significant milestone in the progress of the company’s Hygiene Project: at the beginning of December, the newly designated “hygiene zones” were ceremonially “closed off” – and now, only specially trained staff are permitted access to these areas.
    As a result of the outstanding quality of its hygiene fibres, Kelheim Fibres has been the world’s leading supplier of tampon fibres for many years. In recognition of the responsibility this brings and to extend their role as a pioneer in this area, the business launched an extensive Hygiene Project in 2011. The project not only addresses technical and technological improvements – the primary focus is on raising the awareness of the plant personnel of the correct handling of the sensitive hygiene fibres and of the stringent demands of customers in the hygiene market.
    „Global corporations in the hygiene products market now see our medium-sized company as a peer level partner – that is already one benefit that results from our hygiene project”, said Dr. Haio Harms, CEO at Kelheim Fibres, during the event. “We have proven that we understand what really matters to our customers and that we can trust each other as equal partners.”
    Numerous measures – such as for example intensive training sessions for the staff as well as the introduction of special workwear for the relevant employees - have helped build increasing trust. At the same time, Harms emphasized that this latest step, namely the designation of hygiene zones, would not be the final point of Kelheim’s efforts. The Bavarian fibre experts will continue to improve their speciality hygiene fibres – with external support and expertise drawn from, among others, the pharmaceutical industry.
    Although Kelheim Fibres has been the preferred supplier for a long time for customers from the tampon industry who need to meet the strict demands of the American FDA for this sensitive area, the company wants to further raise their in-house standards for hygiene fibres and even set higher requirements depending on the specific application of the fibres.
    “The main focus of our efforts in the context of our hygiene project is on our tampon fibres, which are of enormous significance for Kelheim Fibres”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim.
    “But we see an increasing demand for hygienically sound fibres in other fields of application. The hygiene project has helped us prepare for these markets!”
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    17.12.2013   Wunderkind - Papierfabrik Scheufelen presents its 2014 calendar    ( Company news )

    Company news The 28th calendar produced by Papierfabrik Scheufelen, Lenningen, focuses firmly on language. German is becoming a world language. Although many people here in Germany complain about the flood of English loan words and Anglicisms, German words have been almost imperceptibly gaining ground in foreign cultures for many years now. Working with the agency Strichpunkt, Papierfabrik Scheufelen set out to find ideal examples of this that would also reflect the company values.

    Even the calendar’s title “Wunderkind” creates a wonderful connection with Carl Scheufelen, the brilliant company founder, who introduced art paper to Europe in 1892. “With its art paper, Papierfabrik Scheufelen became synonymous with high-quality coated papers. With this calen-dar, we aim to make people more aware of Lenningen as a location, sustainable and traditional ways of making paper, and our paper brands that represent exceptional quality worldwide – quality made in Germany,” says Irmgard Glanz, Head of Marketing at Scheufelen, de-scribing the linguistic journey that awaits in this calendar fresh off the presses.

    The calendar provides a month-by-months guide through some familiar and some more unexpected words drawn from different aspects of life. Carefully chosen Germanisms that have now become commonplace worldwide are lovingly explained in this calendar and presented in an unmistakeable and, indeed, familiar style. The graphics take pride of place, while the accompanying text explains the words and draws parallels with the paper manufacturer. It’s a fascinating, exceptionally high quality, sometimes playful and extremely vivid collection. The calendar for the individual months is located at the foot of each page.

    The year gets off to a spirited start. Scheufelen’s fine paper grades have been renowned for over a century, but only a handful of people are aware of the wonderful “Kirschwasser” brandy made from fruit grown on trees in the company’s very own meadows. February intro-duces Walter Gropius, who founded his Staatliches “Bauhaus” in 1919, bringing together fine arts, applied arts and performing arts for the first time. This unique symbiosis continues to influence painting, theatre and music to this very day. Scheufelen itself adopted Gropius’ mantra of “light, air and hygiene” and applied these principles in many parts of its company complex. In March, the theme is “Zeitgeist”. Issues like the environment are now in the minds of people across the globe. This focus on the natural world is reflected in Scheufelen’s sustainable production of FSC- and PEFC-certified papers and, in line with the DIN EN ISO certifications 50001 and 14001, represents a lasting commitment to energy and the environment.

    A “delicatessen” is a place to enjoy some of the finer things in life in April and all year round. Producing tasty food needs more than just the very best ingredients; it also needs the perfect recipe. As with the secret formulas and intense craftsmanship involved in manufacturing paper, the only way to achieve exceptional results is to use exceptional raw materials. May is dedicated to the pioneering spirit. In 1892, Rudolf “Diesel” used Sadi Carnot’s theory of an ingenious cycle to develop the “ideal thermal machine”, a move that marked an enormous leap forward in the field of transportation. By launching the first art paper, Adolf and Heinrich Scheufelen heralded the dawn of a new era of paper in Europe. The Scheufelen brand with its phoenix logo is still the benchmark for coated papers. The message in June is that children are the future. This is a concept that Friedrich W. A. Fröbel, founder of the first ever “Kindergarten”, embraced right back in 1840. Even in its early years, Scheufelen demonstrated a high level of social responsibility for its employees by building various facilities for the community, young people and children.

    The “Edelweiss” is the most famous Alpine flower. That’s more than enough reason to celebrate this highly symbolic little plant during July. The edelweiss has been a protected species since 1886 and its brilliant white is echoed in the paper grade phoenixmotion Xenon. August reflects how Scheufelen is active regionally and has a strong presence across the globe. As the Lenningen site has a good connection to the “Autobahn”, the company can deliver paper reliably and quickly. Incidentally, “Autobahn” is also part of the vocabulary required for the “Deutsch als Fremdsprache” (German as a Foreign Language) certificate. Papierfabrik Scheufelen is located deep in the Lenningen valley, a precious cultural landscape on the edge of the Swabian Alb biosphere reserve. So, in September, what could be better than packing up a “Rucksack”? Previously only the trusty companion of walkers and hikers, its modern-day counterpart is often used by travellers, in leisure time or even as an alternative travel bag.

    October is the month for “Lederhosen”, leather trousers with a long his-tory. Usually made from tanned deerskin, traditional lederhosen are mainly worn in the Alpine regions of Central Europe (but not in Switzerland). The braces and intricate stitching on the trousers are particularly eye-catching. Closer examination reveals interwoven linden branches. Used in Lenningen’s coat of arms, this symbolizes the coming together of the six districts that now make up Lenningen. In November, the spotlight falls once again on the design and print work that can be achieved on the paper grade heaven 42. This page of the calendar shows a final draft complete with colour scale. “Wunderbar” conjures up the silvery grey of November days and the first isolated snowflakes herald the onset of winter, but the yellow writing evokes a feeling of glorious bright sunshine. And, now, the year is drawing to a close. December’s striking “Glockenspiel” image reflects the celebratory atmosphere of the festive season. Generally found in church towers or historic buildings, mechanical glockenspiels with moving figures enchant visitors from all over the world. It’s a fascinating image and the perfect way to end one year and welcome a new one.

    The “Wunderkind” calendar is printed on the coated Scheufelen papers phoenixmotion, heaven 42 and bvs with different matt and gloss surfaces, and with grammages of 250 grams per square metre throughout. Further information on the selected words and details of the relevant print techniques and finishes – such as hot foils, Iriodin coating, other spot coatings using screen printing and embossing – are given in the appendix to the calendar. The new calendar is printed by druck-pruskil.gmbh, Gaimersheim, with surface finishing by DENGLANZ Druckveredelung GmbH in Erlangen-Eltersdorf.

    Just 3,500 copies of the limited edition bilingual (German/English) “Wunderkind” calendar are being printed. A limited number are available for calendar fans to buy at a price of EUR 100.00 each (including VAT). A smaller number of individual calendar pages are also available at EUR 15.00 each (including VAT). Orders can be placed from mid-December directly in the Scheufelen webshop at:

    www.scheufelen.com/en/creative-shop/products/kunstkalender.html
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    16.12.2013   Roland DG at PSI: High-quality prints on promotional items and business gifts    ( Company news )

    Company news Roland DG is showing its VersaUV LEF-20 (picture) and LEJ-640F UV printers at PSI, the most important European trade fair for the promotional products industry. This trade show is taking place in Düsseldorf from 8 - 10 January. Roland DG will be present at booth B-40 in hall 12.

    Even the smallest of jobs is profitable with the LEF-20
    The VersaUV LEF-20 is Roland DG’s newest flatbed printer for gadgets, business gifts and promotional products. The machine has a print area of 508 by 330 mm and prints razor-sharp text and images on iPhone and tablet covers, pens, USB sticks and other objects or plates up to 10 cm thick.
    The LEF-20 works with UV ink that cures under the influence of an LED lamp. No heat is involved in this process, which means that heat-sensitive materials and electronics can be printed with no problems at all. The printer is equipped with four standard colours (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), white and clear ink. The white ink creates beautiful results on dark and transparent backgrounds. The clear ink can be used to produce prints with glossy or matte finishes or to create doming effects. These effects are produced by printing several layers of this ink, creating a textured effect.
    In short, the VersaUV LEF-20 offers a quick and inexpensive solution for personalizing promotional articles. With this printer, the size of the order is not important. Personalizing a limited number or even only one object does not entail any extra expense.

    LEJ-640F is ideal for larger jobs
    The VersaUV LEJ-640F personalizes larger series of gadgets and promotional articles with gorgeous prints. It is the largest flatbed printer from the Roland DG range and has a print area of 1.6 m by a maximum of 3.3 m. The machine prints CMYK, white and clear inks on flexible as well as rigid substrates with a maximum thickness of 15 cm.
    (Roland DG GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   SCA invests MSEK 500 in Obbola paper mill    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA will invest roughly MSEK 500 in a new digester in the Obbola kraftliner mill outside Umeå in northern Sweden. The new digester is a re-investment and it provides better energy efficiency and allows for a continued development of the mill.
    SCA Obbola is producing kraftliner, the outer layers of corrugated board, based on unbleached kraft pulp. The existing eight batch digesters have been in operation since 1962. They are in need of renovation and constitute a bottleneck for the continued development of the mill.
    “With this investment in a new digester we will significantly improve the energy efficiency of the mill”, says Per Strand, mill manager of SCA Obbola. “We get a modern and reliable production facility and can increase production by 5000 tonnes per annum. The investment allows for a continued development of the operations at the mill.”
    SCA Obbola’s production is presently 435 000 tonnes of unbleached kraftliner and the mill has roughly 300 employees.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    16.12.2013   Stora Enso introduces improved Tambrite     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is reducing the basis weight of its Tambrite packaging board to improve its efficiency and environmental performance. Thanks to recent product development the runnability, stiffness, print results and packaging performance of the boards are guaranteed to remain as good as ever.
    Tambrite is the most well-known carton board brand among European converters and is widely used in pharmaceutical, food, chocolate and confectionery packaging. The reduction of the basis weight of the board provides benefits throughout the supply chain by generating savings in raw materials, less weight in storage and transportation, less packaging waste and fees, and a lower carbon footprint.

    Suitable for the most demanding applications
    "Tambrite will be an even more efficient and environmentally friendly choice than ever before. Yet it will offer the same outstanding performance in the most demanding applications such as pharmaceutical packaging with laser or inkjet coding or Braille embossing. We are pleased to present Tambrite as the number one choice for pharmaceutical, food and chocolate brand owners who look for excellent packaging performance and value for money," says Öystein Aksnes, General Packaging Segment Director at Stora Enso.
    Tambrite is produced at Stora Enso Ingerois Mill, Finland. The mill will gradually introduce the new, lower grammage range in production to enable a smooth switch and flexible board deliveries to all customers who use Tambrite in their packages. Stora Enso's new supply chain management process and effective sheeting services help ensure quick board deliveries according to customers' individual demands.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    16.12.2013   Prinect User Days 2013 – focus on established and visionary topics    ( Company news )

    Company news -Print shop management, getting started in automation, and opportunities with web-to-print were key topics
    -Lectures and workshops on Creative Cloud and multi-channel publishing look ahead to the future
    -Over 300 participants from all over Europe

    Prinect User Days 2013 took place over four days at the start of November at the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg. The event's organizers were delighted to welcome more than 300 participants from all over Europe. Under the motto "by users for users", numerous lectures and a total of 24 workshops were packed with expertise and information on the latest Prinect developments since drupa 2012 and on future innovations. Participants had the opportunity to expand their expertise in relevant workshops and stimulating discussions.
    In times of structural change, efficient print shop management plays a more crucial role than ever in the economic success or failure of a print shop. Lectures on personnel management and staff motivation were therefore intended to encourage companies to understand the need for authentic and future-oriented employee management in response to the ongoing structural changes and associated uncertainty within businesses.
    Workshop topics included detailed discussions on firm favorites from the areas of prepress and MIS, web-to-print, automation, LE-UV, and packaging printing.
    Expert lectures and in-depth workshops ventured a look to the future by focusing on the topics of Creative Cloud and multi-channel publishing as additional business opportunities for print shops and media service providers.
    Outside of the lectures and workshops, participants were also given plenty of time to network and share experiences with fellow users and Prinect developers from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)


     
    16.12.2013   The KapStone Longview Mill Wins 2013 AF&PA Sustainability Award     ( Company news )

    Company news The KapStone® Paper and Packaging Corporation’s Longview Mill has been recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) as a leader in sustainability by winning an AF&PA 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award. The awards were presented at the association’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 1 in Charleston, S.C.

    Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. The KapStone Longview Mill is being honored with the 2013 Leadership in Sustainability - Greenhouse Gas Reduction/Energy Efficiency Award for its “One-Year Snapshot of Longview’s Multi-Year Journey” project.
    “KapStone’s Longview Mill project is a great example of stringent business discipline and out-of-the-box thinking,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “The integrated solutions used by the KapStone Longview Mill demonstrate that doing what’s right for business is also right for the environment.”
    The KapStone Longview Mill embarked on a multi-million dollar improvement project that spanned three years, contributing to the following overall results: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 72 percent over the last decade; reduction of overall energy use by 37 percent since 2007; reduction of overall energy used per ton of paper produced by 17.6 percent since 2007; an increase of total tons of paper produced by 50 percent since 2006.
    "We're extremely pleased that our commitment to environmental protection is being recognized,” said Randy Nebel, president, KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation. "Our achievements so far have resulted from teamwork on the part of many skilled and dedicated people. They're also the result of our common vision, revolving around both business success and environmental protection. We believe that the two go hand-in-hand.”
    AF&PA releases its biennial Sustainability Report every other year, which in 2012 showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. AF&PA will release its next report in mid-2014.
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    16.12.2013   ARCHROMA OPENS FORERUNNING WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN JAMSHORO, PAKISTAN     ( Company news )

    Company news • Facility based on zero liquid discharge objective
    Archroma's biggest investment in Pakistan ever

    Picture: The sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility of Archroma in Jamshoro, Pakistan. (Photo: Archroma)

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, 13 December 2013 announced that it opened its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR, the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements.

    At the inauguration held on December 10, 2013, Alexander Wessels, CEO of the Archroma Group, declared: “At Archroma, we take water scarcity very seriously and therefore are constantly exploring new and environmentally compatible solutions. As a chemical company committed to innovation and performance together with sustainability, Archroma puts a lot of time and engagement in developing chemical solutions that help our customers use less water.”

    In a textile industry currently under close scrutiny for its heavy water use, the SET facility is a clear sign that leading companies such as Archroma are constantly aiming for ever more sustainable solutions.

    The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres consisting of flocculation, equalization, surface aeration, clarification, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis to yield colorless water with a COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) and TDS (Total Dissolvable Solids) of less than 75 ppm.

    Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan, added: "In 2010 we decided to make the significant investment in the Jamshoro site with the aim of setting new standards not only in the quantity but also in the quality of the recovered water. The data from the SGS testing report is indicative of Archroma’s commitment towards sustainable operational excellence.” The Jamshoro site is one of the biggest textile chemical sites within Archroma. It produces dyes, chemicals, emulsions and pigment dispersions for the textile, leather, paper and coatings industries.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   ARCHROMA OPENS FORERUNNING WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN JAMSHORO, PAKISTAN     ( Company news )

    Company news • Facility based on zero liquid discharge objective
    Archroma's biggest investment in Pakistan ever

    Picture: The sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility of Archroma in Jamshoro, Pakistan. (Photo: Archroma)

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, 13 December 2013 announced that it opened its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR, the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements.

    At the inauguration held on December 10, 2013, Alexander Wessels, CEO of the Archroma Group, declared: “At Archroma, we take water scarcity very seriously and therefore are constantly exploring new and environmentally compatible solutions. As a chemical company committed to innovation and performance together with sustainability, Archroma puts a lot of time and engagement in developing chemical solutions that help our customers use less water.”

    In a textile industry currently under close scrutiny for its heavy water use, the SET facility is a clear sign that leading companies such as Archroma are constantly aiming for ever more sustainable solutions.

    The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres consisting of flocculation, equalization, surface aeration, clarification, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis to yield colorless water with a COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) and TDS (Total Dissolvable Solids) of less than 75 ppm.

    Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan, added: "In 2010 we decided to make the significant investment in the Jamshoro site with the aim of setting new standards not only in the quantity but also in the quality of the recovered water. The data from the SGS testing report is indicative of Archroma’s commitment towards sustainable operational excellence.” The Jamshoro site is one of the biggest textile chemical sites within Archroma. It produces dyes, chemicals, emulsions and pigment dispersions for the textile, leather, paper and coatings industries.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   Ziegler Paper Mill with new Subsidiary and new Sales Team for the UK, Benelux ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and German Market

    From January, 2014, Ziegler Paper Mill will operate with the newly established subsidiary in Holland called Ziegler Papier Netherlands B.V. with its headquarters and offices in Amsterdam. The Swiss manufacturer of special papers Ziegler Paper Mill will cultivate together with its newly founded subsidiary the UK, Benelux and German markets. The aim is to serve and advise customers better and more efficiently.
    Two new paper experts with considerable paper industry experience form the team of the new subsidiary: Mr. Arthur Snel, Regional Sales Manager, will be in charge of the UK and Benelux market, and Mr. Bernd Pusnik, Sales Manager, will take care of the German market. For more information on the newly founded subsidiary please visit our website www.zieglerpapier.com.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)
     
    16.12.2013   The Label Industry Manages Lifecycle Change    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT Young Managers Club learns how to lead the way at YMC Summit

    Picture: YMC summit workshop

    As in every aspect of life, time has not stood still for the self-adhesive label industry. Since its beginnings in the 1930s, it has evolved continuously on every front – in terms of materials, print technologies, dispensing technologies, and, of course, people. Many of the entrepreneurs who, in the 1970s and 1980s, created the extraordinary web of small label printing businesses that formed the backbone of today’s massive global industry are today retirees. Their companies – which have claimed some 50% of the world’s label business – have been the subject of M&A activity, of cross-border partnerships. However, as in all family businesses, as time moves on, they are the subject of generation change. FINAT’s Young Managers Club – a lively part of the European self-adhesive labelling association’s infrastructure – is dedicated to making that process work.

    Great ideas with limited resources
    The FINAT Young Managers Club held its second Summit in Warsaw in November 2013. Its headline – ‘great ideas with limited resources’ – was chosen to reflect the challenges the industry faces in terms of rising costs and competitive technologies, but most of all to create a professional platform for grasping, and successfully developing, future business opportunities. Some 40 ‘young managers’ from companies representing the self-adhesive labelling supply chain across Europe and beyond, came together at the Summit to benefit both from a strong agenda that combined the context of the industry with leading-edge management practice through workshops, and valuable networking opportunities.

    Business model innovation
    Leading companies around the globe recognise the need to rethink their business models to reflect the current environment. The first summit workshop on 'Where can we innovate?', took the participants through the process of ‘sketching’ a business model canvas. By identifying the structural segments – customers, offer and needs, infrastructure, and financials – and the key trends, market forces, macroeconomic and industry forces that impinge upon them, different approaches to a business model profile can be tested and adopted. Starting with a blank business model ‘canvas’, participants formed small groups to look at the extant business models in different label market segments – from wines and spirits to pharmaceuticals –defining their strengths and weaknesses. Their task then was to identify ways to improve them, and then to present their results for the benefit of all the delegates. The efficacy of the exercise was strongly proven by the amount of lively feedback from the floor.

    Label industry trends and opportunities
    Next morning’s programme opened with an evaluation of trends and opportunities within the label industry, from Roger Pellow (UK), Chairman, Labels & Packaging Group, Tarsus – publishers of Labels & Labeling International and founders and organisers of the Labelexpo event. "This is a great industry… but we are in a time of change – change in technology, and generation change. We are moving from a craft industry to a technology industry."

    Mr Pellow showed how the role and function of labels are changing – for example, from an information carrier to a communications medium – and discussed the implications of the major external and internal developments today for the way the industry can successfully conduct its business. His overarching message was uncompromising. Managing change and implementing innovation in today’s label industry demands greater knowledge, education, and training.

    Doing more with less
    One of the major contributors to an efficient, cost-effective modus operandi in business today is lean manufacturing – and this was the topic that dominated the rest of the Summit’s agenda. Efficiency improvement is not only in manufacturing. Purpose, process, and people are all important parts of the equation. It is important to see the whole before fixing the parts.

    Defining the business matrix: from problem definition to measurable results.
    In another workshop participants were challenged, in groups, to complete an X-matrix chart, integrating strategies, tactics, processes, and results, for a specific type of business. This activity is acknowledged to be a valuable way of drawing together the different strings that make up a business. The matrix helps management to define its breakthrough goals; the desired business results to be achieved – a compass for strategy development and execution; the process metrics to be used; and the selection of implementation tactics and projects. Team members are named within the matrix, along with their responsibilities, and are accountable; and the final co-ordination and alignment, across the whole matrix, along with all complexities and dependencies, may be resolved step by step. Key message here is all about the importance of strategy. Strategy is a process that is lived daily or not at all. Strategy is not just lip service, but hard work, with transparent project planning, accountability, and control.

    Participants were very impressed with the clear, focused, and comprehensive view that this thought matrix presented, truly reflecting the aim of their summit – implementing ‘great ideas with limited resources’.

    Jules Lejeune, FINAT’s Managing Director, was full of praise for the event, and for the energy and enthusiasm of the Young Managers Club membership, and commented: ‘When the FINAT Young Managers Club was founded on the occasion of our 50th anniversary in 2008, the aim was to create a platform where incoming business leaders could connect FINAT’s successful past with a dynamic future. Now, five years later, the YMC itself has become an established feature of FINAT’s structure. Yet it is still refreshing to experience the continuing stream of the YMC’s high-quality, interactive, and business-oriented programmes, which are setting new standards in FINAT.’

    "I am proud to have been chosen to represent the new generation of our dynamic industry," said Dana Kilarska, Young Managers Club President. "I am grateful for the opportunity the YMC has given me and my contemporaries to step into the future with the help of professionals and experts who can really broaden our knowledge and capabilities. We are young and eager to learn."

    Next year event is a special YMC Global Congress in Chicago, USA, September 2014, jointly organised with TLMI (US) and LMAI (IN).
    (FINAT)
     
    13.12.2013   POLAR: Management Change    ( Company news )

    Company news By mutual agreement, POLAR-Mohr and Jürgen Freier are ending their collaboration. The company will be led, in future, by Dr Markus Rall (picture) as the sole Managing Director.
    POLAR-Mohr and Jürgen Freier, Director of Sales and Service, have decided, by amicable agreement, to end their collaboration. Freier will leave the company with immediate effect. "I am confident that Dr Markus Rall, an industry expert, will continue to be a positive influence at POLAR going forward", said Freier.
    Dr Rall has worked for the company since 1 October 2012. As sole Managing Director, he will take over full responsibility for the company. Dr Rall said of the change: “We regret Jürgen Freier’s resignation and wish him every success in his future career."
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    13.12.2013   Lincoln Paper: Operational Indefinite Shutdown of Pulp and Paper Mill Operations    ( Company news )

    Company news Given the situation created with the November recovery boiler explosion and the costs associated with this, we have decided to indefinitely idle the Pulp and Paper mill portions of our facility. Our Tissue mill business will continue to operate at full capacity. Consequently, we will be downsizing to accomplish this change in operations. These are difficult decisions because they affect our hard working employees and the surrounding communities. However, they are necessary for the long term survival and success of our business.
    (Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC)
     
    13.12.2013   ARCHROMA LAUNCHES LEUCOPHOR® SKH LIQUID PAPER BRIGHTENER FOR ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...COLORLOK® GRADES

    A new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok® papers at an affordable price

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, is pleased to offer papermakers a new opportunity to achieve cost-effective, high-brightness ColorLok® grades of office paper with the launch of Leucophor® SKH liquid. This optical brightening agent (OBA) is the latest addition to Archroma's innovative Leucophor range.
    Leucophor SKH is a urea-free, hexasulfonated OBA capable of delivering the highest levels of brightness. It sets a new benchmark of cost performance when used in combination with ColorLok technology in size-press applications. At the same time, Leucophor SKH maintains excellent performance in standard size-press applications.
    Andrew Jackson, Global Head Product Management OBA at Archroma comments: “Archroma’s Paper Solutions Business constantly improves and innovates both its products and services based on market needs. Leucophor SKH is an exciting development; it brings to market a new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok papers at an affordable price. We look forward to working together with our customers to use this innovative OBA technology to bring down application costs.”
    Leucophor SKH is currently available in the United States, with rollout in Canada and Latin America expected to follow shortly. It is anticipated that Leucophor SKH will be available in Europe from mid-2014.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    13.12.2013   Peter Watson Named Chief Operating Officer of Greif, Inc.    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B) has appointed Peter Watson, 56, chief operating officer of the company, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Watson was group president responsible for Greif’s Paper Packaging and Land Management business segments as well as Global Sourcing & Supply Chain and the company’s Greif Business System capabilities.
    Greif President and CEO David Fischer said, “Throughout his career at Greif, Pete has demonstrated his ability to lead and grow businesses. In the role of COO, Pete’s leadership and deep operating experience will further position our global team for maximum effectiveness. His emphasis on safety, knowledge of the Greif Business System and commitment to The Greif Way will significantly contribute to the success of the company and its business ambitions. Further, Pete’s passion for people and talent development will position the organization for future success.”
    Watson will assume responsibility for all business operations in his new capacity including Greif’s Flexible Products & Services segment, where his experience in integrated hub and spoke manufacturing models is expected to add significantly to that business.
    (Greif Inc.)
     
    13.12.2013   KP DELIVERS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF GROWTH AND SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES ...    ( Company news )

    ... PROFITABILITY

    - Robust growth: Net sales increased by 2% to €1,191 Mio.
    - Outstanding earnings performance: Adjusted EBITDA improved by 14% to €174 Mio.
    - Continued debt reduction: Net debt decreased by €90 Mio. to €430 Mio.
    - Significant investments in growing markets and innovation for long-term growth
    - Recruitment of strong talent across Operations, Innovation, Marketing, and Finance Teams

    The Klöckner Pentaplast Group, the global leader in pharmaceutical and consumer packaging, printing, and specialty plastic film solutions, has continued on its growth track in the financial year 2012/2013 ending September 30, 2013. Net sales increased by 2% from €1,167 Mio. to €1,191 Mio. In the same period, Adjusted EBITDA improved by 14% from €153 Mio. to €174 Mio.
    The Klöckner Pentaplast Group also increased its available liquidity to €189 Mio. (previous year: €145 Mio.). The strong operational and cash flow performance, coupled with Net working capital improvements enabled the company to make several voluntary prepayments of its term loan. This contributed to a decrease in Net debt by €90 Mio. to €430 Mio.
    Christian Holtmann, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group: “We are delighted with the strong financial performance we delivered in the first full financial year under our new ownership structure, which is led by SVP, which has been extremely supportive. The results reflect a step change in the company’s profitability.”
    Klöckner Pentaplast’s strong performance in FY 2013 is primarily attributable to its strategy for profitable growth. Since 2011, the company has launched a number of initiatives to develop kp along the three pillars “grow the core, extend the reach, expand the breadth.” A broad set of initiatives is underway to continuously enhance the company’s operational excellence; to strengthen its market leadership position; and to innovate with and for its customers. kp aims to deliver superior customer value and provide additional services to best respond to customers’ needs.
    Klöckner Pentaplast’s growth strategy has been backed by major investments in growing and attractive markets resulting in a Capex increase of 6% to €41 Mio. The company invested in ist facilities in Cotia, Brazil; Crumlin, Great Britain; Santo Tirso, Portugal; and Villa Del Totoral, Argentina. In July 2013, the company also opened its first production site in China (Suzhou), producing packaging films for the growing domestic Chinese and Asian markets. The expansion of its global platform resulted in the total number of employees rising to 3,102 (PY 3,032).
    Markus Hölzl, CFO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group comments: “Klöckner Pentaplast’s ability to deleverage reflects the company’s solid financial footing and strong liquidity position. Our operating strength will allow us to continue to follow this path going forward.”
    Christian Holtmann, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group concludes: “Next year, we will continue to focus on operational improvement while accelerating the implementation of our growth strategy. We will invest in growing and attractive markets. We will continue to drive innovation and recruit strong talent across the organization in all areas of Operations, Innovation, Marketing, and Finance. Additionally, we plan to further focus on customer relationship management, product portfolio management, and operational efficiency. The company is well positioned to capture growth in emerging countries and will gain further momentum as its innovation pipeline yields results.”
    (Klöckner Pentaplast Ltd)
     
    13.12.2013   In 2013 Voith Is Setting the Course for the Group's Future Development    ( Company news )

    Company news -2013 Group sales stable at previous year’s level
    -Positive operating results for all Group Divisions
    -Result affected by one-off expenditure on restructuring
    -Voith 150+ program launched

    Picture: Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President & CEO

    The Voith Group has continued its stable development under challenging conditions in fiscal 2012/13 (to September 30). Despite structural changes in key markets, increasingly tougher competition and a slump in the capital goods sector, the global provider of leading-edge technology and industrial services achieved sales of EUR 5.728 billion, just slightly more than the previous year’s figure of EUR 5.724 billion. As forecast mid-year, the orders received of EUR 5.2 billion were below that of the previous year (EUR 5.7 billion), largely due to the recession in the market for paper machines.
    The operational result prior to non-recurring items dropped to EUR 308 million (previous year: EUR 341 million). All four Group Divisions made clearly positive contributions to the Group’s earnings. The Group’s net income for the year was much burdened due to extraordinary items totaling EUR 156 million that resulted particularly from the restructuring measures initiated. Voith’s bottom line was Group net income of EUR 63 million (previous year: EUR 114 million). This was at the level expected in the course of the year.
    “Although the past fiscal year was more difficult than expected our business model once again provided to be resilient,” says Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of Voith GmbH. “Not only have we largely made up for market-driven weaknesses in individual divisions, we have also managed to use our own resources to fund a high level of non-recurring expenses to secure our future,” continues Dr. Lienhard. Voith CFO Dr. Hermann Jung adds: “Our fundamental earnings power remains intact. Even in a challenging fiscal year like 2012/13 we have a positive free cash flow. In addition, Voith has no net debt but net liquidity.”

    Launch of Group-wide program Voith 150+
    To pave the way for a successful long-term future, Voith launched the Voith 150+ program in fiscal 2012/13 (in 2017 Voith will celebrate its 150th anniversary as a company). The focus is on optimizing structures and processes and the existing portfolio of products and services. The restructuring and efficiency improvement measures contained in Voith 150+ will generate annual cost savings totaling EUR 150 million. Moreover, Voith expects it to free up around EUR 100 million of working capital.
    The measures include ongoing restructuring and capacity adjustments focused on the market potential and growth prospects in Europe, as well as a review of our product portfolio to identify weaker activities without strategic prospects in the Group, such as locomotive manufacture. In addition, the company intends to exploit further growth potential e.g. by developing new markets and regions, expanding the high-growth service segment and creating local value added in growth markets. Apart from organic growth out of these activities, acquisitions are also possible, particularly to round off the existing portfolio.

    Different developments in the four Group Divisions
    Voith Hydro, the single source supplier for hydro power plant equipment, increased its sales by 6 percent to EUR 1.388 billion. Due to the lack of large-scale hydro power projects of the kind that had characterized new business in previous years, the orders received of EUR 1.2 billion were, as expected, lower than the high value of the previous year, but still at a satisfactory level.
    Voith Industrial Services, the global provider of technical services for the key industries automotive, energy, chemicals and petrochemicals as well as mechanical engineering and aerospace, upped its sales by 8 percent to EUR 1.2 billion. The growth was due on the one hand to the good performance in the automotive segment and on the other to additions to the basis of consolidation. Even adjusted for these factors, Voith Industrial Services was still able to increase its sales.
    At Voith Paper, the paper industry pioneer, sales fell by 6 percent to EUR 1.6 billion due to the ongoing recession in the market for graphic paper machines. As predicted, the market trend left a clear mark on orders received, which dropped by 22 percent to EUR 1.4 billion.
    Voith Turbo, the specialist in power transmission, reported a slight fall in sales to EUR 1.5 billion (down 3 percent), a figure that was nevertheless within the predicted range. Orders received were EUR 1.4 billion, 6 percent lower than the previous year, were largely influenced by lower demand from the mining sector.
    On the whole, the Group continued to benefit in fiscal 2012/13 from megatrends like mobility and urbanization, renewable energies or production methods that conserve resources as well as its leading position in all core areas of business.

    Outlook for 2014: Earnings expected to increase
    For the current 2014 fiscal year Voith still does not expect any noticeable economic momentum on its markets. Against this background the Group’s focus will be on further improvement of cash flow and returns. The measures initiated as part of the Voith 150+ program are already having a positive effect in the current fiscal year and are helping to improve the operational result. As the greater part of the restructuring expenditure was already posted in the fiscal year just ended, Voith is expecting net income to increase faster than sales. On the other hand, sales and orders received are likely to remain stable. “We will use this phase of a weakening economic situation in the capital goods sector to energetically pursue our strategic and operational initiatives and therefore ideally align the company for future profitable growth,” says CEO Lienhard.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    13.12.2013   RockTenn Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2013 Earnings Up 111% Over the Prior Year Quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) reported earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 of $2.40 per diluted share and adjusted earnings of $2.66 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings per diluted share increased 91% over the prior year quarter.

    Fourth Quarter Results
    -Net sales of $2,485 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 increased $131 million compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Segment income of $332 million increased $123 million or 59% over the prior year quarter.
    -RockTenn's restructuring and other costs and operating losses and transition costs due to plant closures for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $0.26 per diluted share after-tax. These costs primarily consisted of $19 million of pre-tax facility closure charges and $7 million of pre-tax acquisition and integration costs. The pre-tax facility closure charges primarily consisted of severance and other employee costs, equipment impairments and carrying costs for facilities acquired in the Smurfit-Stone acquisition that were partially offset by gains on the sale of previously closed facilities.

    Chief Executive Officer's Statement
    RockTenn Chief Executive Officer, Steve Voorhees, stated, "We are pleased with our record adjusted earnings and cash flow in the September quarter and for all of fiscal 2013. We expect to continue to improve our business performance and generate strong free cash flow during fiscal 2014. With our leverage ratio now below two times for the first time since March 2011, we have significant flexibility to take advantage of opportunities to invest in our business and return capital to shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases."

    Segment Results
    Containerboard and Paperboard Tons Shipped
    Containerboard shipments of approximately 1,825,000 tons decreased approximately 34,000 tons compared to the prior year quarter due to lower domestic sales. Consumer Packaging segment paperboard and pulp shipments of approximately 366,000 tons increased approximately 16,000 tons over the prior year quarter.

    Corrugated Packaging Segment
    Corrugated Packaging segment net sales increased $147 million to $1,744 million and segment income increased $125 million to $238 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter. The increased sales and earnings are primarily related to higher selling prices and increased synergies that were partially offset by higher commodity and other costs. In addition, segment income included a $12 million gain related to the recording of additional value of spare parts at our containerboard mills acquired in the Smurfit-Stone acquisition and a $9 million gain related to the termination of a steam supply contract at our Solvay recycled containerboard mill, net of boiler start-up costs. Corrugated Packaging segment EBITDA margin was 20.0% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 up 630 basis points from the 13.7% in the prior year quarter, the highest such segment EBITDA margin since the Smurfit-Stone acquisition and primarily represents higher pricing, increased synergy realization and continued operating performance improvements.

    Consumer Packaging Segment
    Consumer Packaging segment net sales increased $11 million and segment income declined $10 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter. Segment income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 included $18 million received in connection with the termination and settlement of a paperboard supply agreement, net of legal fees in the period, and segment income in the current year fourth quarter included approximately $8 million related to a partial insurance settlement of property damage claims associated with the prior year Demopolis turbine failure. Additionally, segment income was impacted primarily by higher commodity and other costs that were partially offset by generally higher selling prices and volumes. Consumer Packaging segment EBITDA margin was 17.0% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, driven by higher SBS, URB and pulp pricing and continued operating execution.

    Recycling Segment
    Recycling segment net sales increased $12 million over the prior year fourth quarter to $276 million primarily as the impact of increased selling prices exceeded the impact of lower volumes. Segment income increased $7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to the impact of cost structure improvements.

    Cash Provided From Operating, Financing and Investing Activities
    Cash provided by operations was $310 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, after pension funding in excess of expense of $80 million. We reduced net debt (as defined) by $176 million in the September quarter to $2.81 billion and our Leverage Ratio (as defined) was 1.95 times. Total debt was $2.84 billion at September 30, 2013. We invested $133 million in capital expenditures and returned $22 million in dividends to our shareholders.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
     
    12.12.2013   Catalyst Paper begins search for head of Sales & Marketing     ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) announced that Tom Crowley is no longer with the company and a search will begin immediately for a new leader of the Sales and Marketing function.
    “We are continuing to align the organization structure with our focus on operational efficiency and our production base in British Columbia,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers can expect our attention to product quality, service excellence and timely delivery to remain clear and constant throughout this transition process.”
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    12.12.2013   L.C.Paper 1881 chooses Toscotec TT DOES solution for PM2 rebuilding    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec with its associate Milltech have been awarded a contract to deliver a major dry-end rebuild of the L.C.Paper 1881 SA PM 2 in Besalu, Catalunya - Spain. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.
    LC Paper was formed in 1881 on the back of the Industrial Revolution and is now well regarded for its production of niche tissue products contained with two tissue machines (PM2 and PM3) annually producing 45,000 tonnes of tissue for the AfH market.
    The main recognized company product is OnePly® tissue paper that is produced on PM3 from virgin pulp while on PM2 actually every kind of paper is made from 100% recycled paper. This range of products includes Table 72, 37 g/m2 and Exterkraft 50 g/m2. The products are certified by the ISO 14001 European policy and the Ecolabel tag, both of them ensuring an extraordinary attention to the environment. Apart of this LC Paper is also well recognized in the European tissue market for its attention into the energy reduction problems and on its leadership of cogeneration application .
    In 1993, the Company introduced a cogeneration plant. It was the first plant with a diesel engine of 6.5 MW in Spain that was expanded in 1999 with a second 6 MW engine.
    In 2009 LC Paper launched PM3 with a patented process that takes gases from the cogeneration plant to dry the paper by the means of an innovative hood provided already by Milltech. In 2011 the first diesel engine was sold and in 2012 LC paper installed a new gas engine. 6 MW of this energy will be used for feeding the new hood by Milltech on PM2 with a further decrease of energy consumption.
    Toscotec 's delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM2 dry end and press section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This will features a double presses solution with a rebuild of the felt run, a new TT SYD-15FT with doctoring system and a Duo-system Yankee hood, SMART eMT type from Milltech. The wet end hood is burner feeding type, the dry end hood could be fed either by cogeneration gases or conventional burner (normally with COG on is switched off). Exhaust gases are used to generate two stages of steam (high and low pressure) through steam generators in addition to the heat recovery to pre-heat the make-up and combustion air. Maximum drying production with a machine trim width at reel of 3050 mm will be 130 tpd. With this new intervention the PM2 consumption will be lower than 1,350 kWh/t.
    According to the LC Paper CEO Joan Vila, this investment will allow to increase the competitiveness of the Company. ”After a detailed analysis of our project we decided to choose once more Milltech and Toscotec for the innovative solution they were able to introduce, that is aligned with LC Paper business philosophy as well as for the previous positive experience we have done on PM3”, he said.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     

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