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    26.11.2013   Lighter cartons for pharmaceuticals     ( Company news )

    Company news Pharmaceutical companies can now take advantage of cartons that are lighter than ever before. Stora Enso, packaging manufacturer Edelmann and packaging line supplier Uhlmann tested and qualified lower-weight board for the production of pharmaceutical cartons in high-speed pharmaceutical packaging lines. The test showed that Stora Enso's 215 gsm Tambrite board can easily be used in packaging instead of the 250 gsm boards that are typically used, with no compromise in packaging performance.
    Such a reduction in package weight generates savings and environmental benefits throughout the supply chain and the product's life cycle, which means less raw material used, less weight in storage and transportation, less packaging waste and fees to pay, and a lower carbon footprint.
    "The project combines Stora Enso's material expertise with the converting and filling expertise of leading packaging solution suppliers serving pharmaceutical industry," says Wilfried Schmahl, Segment Development Manager, Stora Enso, who works with both pharmaceutical companies and chocolate and confectionery brand owners. "Focusing on one target, we jointly managed to optimise all factors to achieve the most efficient and the most sustainable output: minimum raw material use, superb printing and converting performance including safety coding on the maximum filling line speed."
    The development project started with printing trials at the end of 2012. Stora Enso's Tambrite board was tested against several competitive board qualities of 250 gsm basis weight, which is typically used in pharmaceutical cartons. Edelmann manufactured cartons in three sizes and the packaging trial was conducted on a high-tech packaging line at Uhlmann at the maximum speed of 300 boxes per minute. Tambrite at a lower weight from 235, 225 down to 215 gsm, proved to run perfectly at full speed.
    The use of lighter cartons was shown live at the recent FachPack exhibition in Germany, where cartons made of 215 gsm Tambrite were run on the BEC300 packaging line at Uhlmann's stand. The innovative solution is being marketed by Edelmann using the name ValueCase.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    26.11.2013   NewPage to Idle No. 12 Paper Machine at Rumford Maine Mill in February 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news NewPage Holdings Inc. ("NewPage") announced that, based on current product demand, it has decided to indefinitely idle the No. 12 paper machine at the Rumford, Maine mill by mid-February 2014. The No. 12 paper machine manufactures approximately 300 tons of coated paper per day used primarily for magazines, catalogs and commercial printing applications.
    "Specific operating plans, as well as timing and the number of jobs affected, are still being developed and will be implemented across the NewPage platform while satisfying customer commitments," stated Mark Lukacs, senior vice president of operations for NewPage. "We sincerely regret having to make this announcement because of the impact to our employees. We will be working with our Rumford management team to minimize the effects to our employees."
    "We continue to operate in a weak commercial environment and needed to take action," said George Martin, president and chief executive officer for NewPage. As reported by the Pulp and Paper Products Council or PPPC, North American coated paper market continues to be under pressure due to the continued year-over-year decline of coated shipments and significant increase in imports from Western Europe.
    "We remain committed to running our operations in the most efficient manner possible as we balance our production to customer demand," added Lukacs. "Based on customer demand, this downtime is necessary to maintain that balance. Our flexible mill system enables us to fully service our customers' needs going forward. We will continue to consider the need for additional downtime as demand conditions unfold."
    (NewPage Corporation)
     
    25.11.2013   Favini says 'NO' to counterfeiting and presents Secure Suite, the only full range of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... technologically advanced security papers for brand protection

    Through significant investment in research and development, Favini can now present a unique, complete range of solutions that reach the peak of excellence with Secure-Nanolock.
    Favini, an Italian firm with a long history of innovation in paper manufacturing and a high level of expertise in the security-papers segment, presents Favini Secure Suite, the exclusive range of technologically advanced paper that features unique, effective anti-counterfeiting solutions for various needs and applications. Favini Secure Suite is designed to protect products from counterfeiting by adding security elements within the packaging or labeling that ensure the product’s authenticity.
    In recent years, thanks to constant investment in research and the company’s extensive experience in security paper, Favini, has created an entire range of paper that focuses on protecting luxury products and brands. Solutions to protect against brand counterfeiting are widely used in numerous industries, including clothing, footwear, fashion accessories, jewelry and cosmetics, as well as in the food industry, in pharmaceuticals, IT and art.
    Counterfeiting is greatly harmful to companies, consumers and society at large. For businesses, this damage comes in at least three forms. The first is financial in the form of reduced sales; the second is in brand image, which reflects on the quality of the original products as they become confused with the counterfeits; the third comes in the form of unfair competition given the lower costs incurred for research, development and manufacturing.
    According to the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), global volumes of counterfeiting are on the rise and are expected to reach USD 1.7 trillion by 2015. Counterfeiting does not only harm businesses, but also society in general in that it increases organized crime, reduces tax revenues and has a negative impact on employment. Consumers are also exposed to health risks when using counterfeit products that contain toxic substances.
    Favini’s Secure Suite is the solution to fight back against black-market counterfeits. The company’s wide range of Secure Suite security papers for brand protection features a variety of security elements that can be used with boxes, labels, cards and certificates, as well as on other support materials such as shopping bags, company communications and other documentation in order to guarantee a product’s authenticity. Secure Suite is a modular offering that includes security elements that can be used either individually or in combination for even greater protection.
    Among the innovations Favini has to offer, Secure-Nanolock is the most technologically advanced, featuring a special hologram with incorporated code that measures less than 500 μm square and is made up of a holographic pattern that includes a hidden message that can be read by computer or smartphone. A specially designed app and software, along with a magnifying glass, are required to read and decode the hidden message. Secure-Nanolock technology includes the ability to incorporate a unique security feature in the hologram and provides a tracking system for both consumer goods and documents. Secure-Nanolock is currently the only security system of its kind and was made possible by the significant investment that Favini has dedicated to research.
    Favini offers seven other solutions along side Secure-Nanolock. These include: Secure-Watermark, a personalized watermark that can be used to identify authentic documentation; Secure-Fibres, synthetic fibers within the paper that can only be seen under sunlight or UV light; Secure-Reagents, which is the treatment of paper with chemicals that change color when an attempt at counterfeiting is made; Secure-Dust, micro-elements included in the paper that can only be seen under a magnifying glass and special lighting; Secure-Check Marker, a verification system that Favini has designed that features a special marker used to quickly check authenticity; Secure-Zap, which ensures document authenticity by way of a special paper treatment that can only be seen with a laser pen or an acoustic device; and, finally, Secure-Skin, a technology that features a micro-embossing that contains custom logos, patterns and other micro-messages that can only be seen with at least 15x magnification and which can be applied to paper that has other security systems in order to provide even greater protection.
    (Favini Srl)
     
    25.11.2013   DS Smith repositioning creates unified vision for the future    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging and supply cycle strategist DS Smith has announced that it is bringing its packaging, paper, plastics and recycling businesses together under one new unified corporate identity and brand.
    The move comes 18 months after the UK-based manufacturer acquired Swedish rival SCA Packaging, which secured a 14% share of the European corrugated packaging market for DS Smith.
    Group chief executive Miles Roberts said: “DS Smith has gone through a major transformation in the last few years. We are now able to offer a much wider product and service portfolio and operate on a much larger scale as a strategic partner with cross-industry expertise, while at the same time continuing to offer our customers a local, personal service.
    “ Our recent acquisitions have enabled us to make significant progress in the highly competitive European packaging market and have helped with the integration of our European and UK businesses.
    “Our customers are constantly seeking more in terms of innovation, sales and efficiency, but with far less time and resource. Our skills and expertise allow us to support our customers in those challenges, so they can be confident that DS Smith’s solutions will help solve their problems, and have a positive impact on their business and its performance.”
    DS Smith is now one of the leading providers of packaging solutions and the largest cardboard and paper recycling company in Europe, with a turnover of £3.7billion and more than 20,000 employees across the world.
    Roberts added: “Bringing our packaging, paper, plastics and recycling operations together means we can offer customers a complete service from design and production right through to supply and recycling. The decision to bring all our operations under one clear strong brand was the natural next step for us.”
    As part of the repositioning, DS Smith is also launching a new website (www.dssmith.com). The new brand is launched today (20 November 2013) and will be gradually implemented across the different divisions and geographies.
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    25.11.2013   Metsä Board Corporation's operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 75.1 million ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in January–September 2013

    Picture: CEO Mikko Helander

    Result for January–September 2013
    -Sales were EUR 1,540.1 million (Q1–Q3/2012: 1,599.1).
    -The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 75.1 million (51.4). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 83.0 million (181.8).
    -The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 30.8 million (18.3). The result before taxes including non-recurring items EUR 38.8 million (148.7).
    -Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.08 (0.05) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.10 (0.41).

    Result for the third quarter of 2013
    .Sales were EUR 502.3 million (Q2/2013: 502.8).
    .The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 18.9 million (26.0). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 19.3 million (28.9).
    .The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 8.5 million (18.5). The result before taxes including non-recurring items EUR 9.0 million (21.3).
    .Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.02 (0.05) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.02 (0.06).

    Events in the third quarter of 2013
    -Folding boxboard and kraftliner delivery volumes increased slightly in the third quarter. Metsä Board announced a folding boxboard price increase in Europe as of 14 October 2013.
    -The new Modo Northern Light kraftliner produced at the Husum mill was introduced, and its delivery volume increased according to plan.
    -The extensive maintenance shutdowns at the integrated Husum and Kemi mills were carried out as planned.
    -The market situation for papers continued to be weak in Europe.
    -Metsä Board sold its 51 per cent holding in Metsä Group Treasury Oy to Metsäliitto Cooperative for approximately EUR 5 million.
    -Markus Holm was appointed Metsä Board's CFO and member of the Corporate Management Board as of 1 January 2014.

    Events after the period
    -Metsä Board announced that it will renew its management and reporting structure. As of the first quarter of 2014, the company’s reporting segments will be Cartonboard, and Linerboard and Paper. Ari Kiviranta was appointed SVP, Head of Cartonboard business area and Seppo Puotinen SVP, Head of Linerboard and Paper business area.
    “The situation in our Paperboard business continues to be good. Metsä Board's paperboard deliveries have grown by nearly 10 per cent this year, compared to the corresponding period last year, although growth in demand for consumer goods has been very slow in the key markets.
    Our third-quarter profitability was, as expected, weaker than in the previous quarter due to the extensive planned maintenance shutdowns at the integrated Husum and Kemi mills. Folding boxboard and kraftliner deliveries continued to increase slightly in the third quarter. We are currently increasing folding boxboard prices in Europe.
    The market has welcomed the new kraftliners from Husum and their delivery volumes have grown as planned. No improvement is in sight in the European paper market, which is why it is increasingly important for us to be able to substitute new products for Husum mill’s weakest paper volumes and thus improve the mill's profitability”, says Mikko Helander, CEO.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    25.11.2013   04th - 06th December 2013: DREWSEN exhibits at 26th INTERGRAF Conference    ( Company news )

    Company news DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE will be presenting their high-quality security papers and anti-forgery solutions at the 26th International Security Printers Conference & Exhibition INTERGRAF in Vienna, Austria from December 4th – December 6th 2013 (booths B8 & B9).
    Understanding the latest methods of preventing forgery is of major importance to our 475-year-old company. In order to provide our customers with state-of-the-art security paper solutions we stay in regular contact with numerous public authorities, enabling us to meet the increasing requirements for document and brand security. We would therefore like to provide any interested parties with a widespread statement of facts, figures and solutions regarding forgery and fraud.
    We have therefore invited Police Superintendent Andreas Heuser, a lecturer and expert on the subject at the Police Academy in Hesse, to join us at this year’s exhibition. Superintendent Heuser will not only present a selection of forged documents confiscated by the German law enforcement authorities, but he will also illustrate the latest solutions of preventing and revealing forgeries.
    Mr. Heuser will be glad to answer your questions regarding document security and how solutions provided by DREWSEN can reduce the risk of counterfeit or forgery.
    Visitors are more than welcome to join us at the DREWSEN booth (B8 & B9) where they will be offered widespread information about today’s prospects of preventing forgery.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.11.2013   Chesapeake Services Limited and Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc. Agreeto Merge, Creating ...    ( Company news )

    ... Global Leader in Print-Based Specialty Packaging

    Chesapeake Services Limited (“Chesapeake”) and Multi Packaging Solutions, Inc. (“MPS”) announced today that they have entered into a definitive agreement to merge the two businesses. This merger of equals will create a leading global provider of print-based specialty packaging. The combined company will have sales of more than $1.4 billion on a pro forma basis, employ over 7,000 people throughout the world, and operate from more than 50 manufacturing facilities on three continents. The combined company will supply a broad range of packaging, including printed folded cartons, labels, inserts/leaflets, rigid boxes and specialist packaging for the pharmaceutical/healthcare, consumer, personal care, confectionery, spirits and multi-media end-markets. The vast majority of operations are divided between the United States and nine countries in Europe. The combined company will also have a growing presence in emerging markets, including from an existing facility in China.
    Marc Shore, MPS’s CEO, said: “Joining these two companies will greatly benefit our customers and employees. The combined manufacturing footprint and technological capabilities are truly unique and will position us to match our customers’ needs with a broader range of products and operational flexibility. The ability to produce these goods and services in the United States, Europe and China will also give our customers consistency on a global basis. We are very excited to bring these two families of passionate, hardworking and committed employees together as they will ensure our future success.”
    Mike Cheetham, Chesapeake’s CEO, said “I’m excited about the prospects this transaction offers for our collective customers, employees and suppliers. Both companies have benefited from a strong ongoing investment program and will continue to invest in order to deliver on the considerable growth opportunity this merger presents. Our extensive global network of dedicated operations provides our customers with a strategic partner for their long-term needs.”
    Marc Shore has been appointed CEO of the combined company. Mike Cheetham and Dennis Kaltman, current MPS President, will be co-Presidents and will serve with Marc on the Executive Committee responsible for overseeing the integration and growth of the combined company.
    Upon completing the merger, ownership in the combined company will be split evenly between funds managed by global alternative asset manager The Carlyle Group (“Carlyle”) and Chesapeake management, who currently collectively own 100% of Chesapeake, and investment funds advised by Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“Madison Dearborn”) and MPS management, who currently collectively own 100% of MPS. Completion of the merger is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approval. It is anticipated that the merger will close during the first quarter of 2014.
    In connection with the transaction, Credit Suisse acted as financial advisor to Chesapeake and Carlyle, and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal counsel. Barclays and Moelis & Company acted as financial advisors to MPS and Madison Dearborn, and Ropes & Gray LLP served as legal counsel. Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP served as legal counsel to Credit Suisse and Barclays.
    (Chesapeake plc)
     
    25.11.2013   Innventia paper packaging wins Plastovation Award    ( Company news )

    Company news The expanding and self-opening food package Sustainable Expanding Bowl was awarded the the Bio category prize during Plastovationer Awards on 13 November in connection with Elmia Subcontractor in Jönköping.

    Picture: Hjalmar Granberg at the awards ceremony of Plastovationer Awards

    Plastovationer Awards are given in five categories: "Plastovationer", Product Development, Composite, Bio and Energy Efficiency. Innventia, together with design studio Tomorrow Machine received the prize in the category of Bio for "having created an exciting new concept in the form of a self-expanding packageing for dried food. By exploiting the unique properties of Innventia's mechano-active biomaterials, old and new technology come together in an innovative border crossing. The result is an elegant packaging solution with a wide range of applications."
    The Sustainable Expanding Bowl is a so-called demonstrator, a prototype developed to demonstrate the possibilities of a new interactive material produced from renewable resources. The demonstrator has already met worldwide interest on material and design blogs when it was awarded The Dieline Sustainable Packaging Award 2013. The ingenious construction has been designed by Anna Glansén and Hanna Billqvist at the design studio Tomorrow Machine, in a unique collaboration with Innventia's materials research team led by Hjalmar Granberg. The starting point for the designers was the features of the material itself, a cardboard with active properties that respond to heat and moisture. Thanks to the expanding function, the package size is minimized which will avoid transporting air in the package. Normally, this type of food packaging consists of as much as two-thirds air.
    "We are very happy and proud ! This is yet another sign that our new material from the forest is gaining ground in new areas and industries, says Catharina Ottestam," Vice President business area Packaging Solutions.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    22.11.2013   SCA launches Sustainable Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA is launching a new product area, Sustainable Packaging, comprising a portfolio of packaging paper. The new products will offer excellent printability, have a world-leading environmental profile and be highly competitive.

    “We have been working for several years to develop products that can complement our production of both publication papers and kraftliner,” says Rolf Johannesson, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, at SCA Forest Products. “Sustainable Packaging is the first result of this development project.”

    “Packaging material is an attractive and growing market, where we can meet high demands for sustainability and a growing share renewable materials. Our target for the first phase is to produce at least 75,000 tons of these products over the next two years.”

    Sustainable Packaging comprises three product families: SPLENDO, OPERIO and PURO. They include both coated and uncoated grades and combine a resource-efficient, strong and light packaging material with excellent printability. They also offer attractive features in terms of product safety and environmental performance, such as a uniquely low carbon footprint, fresh fibre from sustainably managed forests and environmentally compatible production.

    Sustainable Packaging can be used when manufacturing corrugated products, as a printing surface on board material or as flexible packaging for food, an expanding product area.

    The new products will be produced at Ortviken paper mill.

    “These new products make use of Ortviken’s real strengths – first-class mechanical pulp based on fresh spruce fiber, the flexibility offered by our four paper machines when manufacturing coated and uncoated grades of paper and our strong environmental profile. Access to chlorine-free bleached kraft pulp from Östrand and the expertise offered by SCA’s R&D Centre have also been invaluable assets,” says Kristina Enander, Mill Manager at SCA Ortviken.

    SCA Ortviken in Sundsvall has a production capacity of approximately 900,000 tons of coated and uncoated paper per year and employs approximately 700 people.
    (SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)
     
    22.11.2013   New Milltech Yankee Hood and Air System for Wepa Cassino tissue mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Milltech, the Lucca-based supplier of advanced solutions for drying to the tissue and paper industry, owned by Toscotec, started up a new SMART-eMT Yankee Hood complete with Air system and Heat Recovery, at Wepa Cassino tissue mill in August 2013.
    This investment allows Wepa to achieve significant improvements in production and consumption, while offering the best solution for a safe, quick installation within the existing machine.
    The SMART-eMT Yankee Hood, designed in accordance with the best available technologies, uses multiple heat recovery stages to recover exhaust energy. With this important new upgrade the Cassino mill can now optimize the production cycle and achieve a real improvement in paper quality, while decreasing energy consumption and environmental impact.
    Wepa Cassino is located in the Centre of Italy, close to Rome; it is part of Wepa Group - a leading company in tissue manufacture. The mill is an important and modern facility, which is completely integrated with a 5600 mm width tissue machine, converting lines and automatic storage system. Its capacity is more than 60.000 t/year.
    Milltech, which has formed part of the Toscotec group since 2012, specializes in machine hoods, dust extraction systems, Yankee steam and condensate systems and energy recovery. Its main purpose is to maximize the use of modern technology to minimize energy consumption throughout the drying process. Milltech's keen eye for customer service and expectations, is in the tradition of all Toscotec companies.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    22.11.2013   Kemira to implement global price increase for pulp and paper chemicals    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira will implement a price increase up to 15 %, depending on product segment, for its Pulp and Paper Chemicals. The adjustment will affect selected product lines between 5-15% and will be immediately implemented or as existing contracts allow.
    The price increase is an effect of increases in all major cost drivers; including key feed stocks and raw material, energy and transport. Kemira has continuously rationalized operations and reduced fixed costs, but has now reached a point when a price increase is necessary to secure the position as a strong supplier to the Pulp & Paper Industry.
    (Kemira Oyj)
     
    22.11.2013   PulPaper 2014 Conferences - announcing the next round of speakers     ( Company news )

    Company news It is time to announce the next round of speakers of the PulPaper 2014 Conference. Biofuture for Mankind is the main theme of the conference, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. The main topic of the second afternoon of the conference, Wednesday June 4, is ‘Biomass – avenue for business’. Speaking in this particular session is Ed de Jong from Avantium in Holland, with a ”Critical view of forest biorefinery to serve chemical industry” and also professor Thomas E. Amidon speaking about the biorefineries of the future, ”Perspective of future biorefinery”.

    The first part of the conference’s last day, Thursday June 5, will deal with ‘Biobased materials for Mankind’. Speaking at this session is Marika Lindström from Unilever and Jaime Santafe from Tetra Pak, both dealing with packaging from the aspect of the brand owners.
    At the 29th International Mechanical Pulping Conference (IMPC), the scientific conference running alongside the main conference, Dinesh Fernando et al, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Sweden, will be giving a talk on ‘Exploring mechanisms of fibre development during HC- and LC refining of mechanical pulps that govern pulp and paper properties’. ‘High temperature ATMP pulping for high freeness pulp grades’ will be dealt on by Marc Sabourin, Andritz, USA and Zhirun Yuan et al, FPInnovations, Canada, will talk about ‘Application of High-yield Pulp in Tissue and Towel’.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    22.11.2013   Air preheating is increasing system efficiency     ( Company news )

    Company news -A new module from Bosch Industriekessel
    -Return on capital expected in two years

    A new steam boiler system by Bosch Industriekessel recently went into operation at the premises of Slovenian paper manufacturer Paloma Sladkogorska. The system equipment includes the recently introduced APH air preheating system, a heat recovery device which Bosch launched on the market in July this year. It reduces the flue gas temperature of the boiler by preheating the combustion air, thereby increasing system efficiency.
    The air preheating system is available for single or double flame tube steam boilers with duoblock burners. It is recommended for use in applications in which process conditions mean that it would not make sense to include a flue gas condenser. On account of its special hydraulic circuitry, the system has far fewer components than commercially available two-circuit systems. It consists of a three-way valve, a combined flue gas heat exchanger and an air-side heat exchanger. If double flame tube boilers such as the one at Paloma are used, the system features two air-side heat exchangers.
    A part of the hot feed water is directed to the air-side heat exchangers via the three-way valve. This preheats the combustion air for firing and reduces the temperature of the feed water. The downstream flue gas heat exchanger recovers heat from the hot boiler waste gases as a result of the cooled feed water partial flow reducing the flue gas temperature. The efficiency of the boiler system is up to two percent higher, whilst fuel consumption and emissions are lower.
    The ZFR gas-fired boiler produces approximately 30 tons of steam per hour in the paper factory. An integrated superheater module on the boiler generates superheated steam instead of saturated steam, as a result of which temperatures of up to 285 degrees Celsius can be reached. The steam is required for production processes such as drying paper rolls. Every year, Paloma produces hygiene products including toilet paper, tissues, paper towels and napkins from approximately 70,000 tons of paper.
    Thanks to the BCO boiler control, operation is user-friendly and settings can be tailor-made according to demand. Integrated fault messaging management, along with troubleshooting support via Bosch Teleservice, make for seamless operation.
    Previously, Paloma was using a steam turbine and a 30-year-old water tube boiler. The absence of heat recovery devices meant that significant potential for savings was not being tapped into. With the new Bosch boiler system with economizer and air preheating system, the paper manufacturer now has an energy generation system at its disposal that is optimised in terms of both economic efficiency and the environment. With continuous operation, return on capital for the total investment should be seen in approximately two years. The Slovenian company C. P. Biro, a long-term partner of Bosch, was responsible for all aspects of project support locally.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     
    22.11.2013   Siemens supplies integrated drive system for board machine from Mayr Melnhof AG    ( Company news )

    Company news -First use of Simotics HT direct high-torque gearless motors in the Austrian paper industry
    -Optimum interaction of motors and Sinamics frequency converters for high electro-mechanical and energy efficiency

    Picture: Siemens is to equip the board machine (KM3) of Mayr Melnhof AG in Frohnleiten with an integrated drive system comprising Sinamics S120 servo converters and high-torque motors of the Simotics HT-direct series. This is the first time that the water-cooled gearless motors will be used in the Austrian paper industry.

    Siemens Drive Technologies Division has received the order from Mayr Melnhof Karton AG, the world's largest manufacturer of coated recycling cardboard, to modernize a board machine (KM3) in Frohnleiten, Austria. As part of renewal of the multi-motor system, Siemens will use an integrated drive system, consisting of high-torque motors of the Simotics HT-direct series and Sinamics S120 servo converters. The water-cooled gearless motors are being used in Austria's paper industry for the first time and, in conjunction with the servo drives, permit high electro-mechanical and energy efficiency.
    As part of modernization of the board machine in Frohnleiten, a total of 90 drives are installed with a total drive power of eleven megawatts. 14 of them are water-cooled motors from the Simotics HT-direct series. As gearless drives, these exert high torques at low speeds directly on the driven machine. Moreover, space is saved by elimination of gearing and the engineering, installation, and maintenance work is reduced. This has a positive effect on running costs. As part of the integrated drive system, the motors are optimally adapted to operation with the Sinamics S120 converters. These converters perform all drive tasks and save additional energy in the alternation between motoring and generating requirements typically demanded by a paper machine. Siemens is responsible for the planning, hardware and software engineering, commissioning, training. The modernization measures started this fall and are scheduled to be completed around one year later.
    (Siemens AG)
     
    21.11.2013   Sappi and KAPAG announce direct sales and marketing partnership in France     ( Company news )

    Company news "Total Brand Consistency" concept makes Sappi’s Algro Design® and KAPAG’s Algro® Duo product families more accessible in the French printing and packaging market

    Image: Kapag's promotional samples folder customised to fit Sappi's Algro Design marketing campaign.

    Sappi Fine Paper Europe and Swiss Karton + Papier AG (KAPAG) are joining forces to launch Sappi’s bright white cellulose carton brands Algro Design and KAPAG’s Algro Duo to the French printing and packaging market. In the spirit of "Total Brand Consistency", the purpose of this collaboration is to harness the power and expertise of both companies, enabling them to enhance the product portfolio and service levels for companies in France that are in the premium printing and packaging sectors.
    Featured are high quality Algro Design, Algro Design Card and Algro Design Duo products from Sappi with weights from 160 g/m2 to 400 g/m2 as well as laminated Algro Duo versions from KAPAG, also based on Algro Design, with weights ranging from 450 g/m2 to 710 g/m2 (with higher thicknesses of up to 5 mm available on demand).
    "We are excited to be jointly bringing this message to brand owners, designers, agencies, printing companies, packaging converters and print finishers,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Sappi Product Group Manager Rigid Packaging. “By extending the print and packaging supply chain in France for the Algro Design and Algro Duo product families, we will increase the awareness of expanded opportunities to use these high-quality materials for even better results. This partnership also assures easier access to these outstanding products in the French market. Algro Design carton board is known for its exceptional surface properties. It is now available for a wider variety of applications and in heavier board weights.”
    “Customers trust us to give the best advice and we believe in the performance of Algro Duo,” says Alexander Meyer, Managing Owner of KAPAG. “We have been noticing increased market demand for a single premium product that is available in very low and very high grammages for a wide array of end uses. This is why we have joint forces with Sappi. Algro Design is recognised as one of the outstanding grades in that product segment. The extended range delivers the same appearance, and therefore increases brand recognition and trust among consumers”. Sappi's Algro Design premium carton board is made from virgin fibres and comprises the ideal material for high-quality packaging and printed products. Using Algro Design guarantees maximum precision, a premium look and feel of luxury and consistent quality. The high quality of the carton, its surface feel and, in particular, its brilliant white finish and even surface produce sharper, livelier printed images, ensuring excellent contrast while giving the impression of greater space and dimensionality for both on-shelf packaging display as well as for graphic illustrations.
    Expanding market position in France
    France is one of the most important and sophisticated markets in terms of cosmetics and perfumes. Algro Design from Sappi already holds an important position in the market, and now it is available in weights up to 710 g/m2 and higher that still deliver the well-known "look and feel" of Algro Design surface properties. The ability to deliver "Total Brand Consistency" using the Algro Design and Algro Duo product families has been standard practice for a number of years in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Benelux. In these markets, Algro Design carton board and its laminated versions, sold by KAPAG, are synonymous with luxury and premium quality and are available via common distribution platforms and local trade partners.
    In France, however, with no trade partnership in place for the premium packaging sector, Sappi and KAPAG have decided to reach the market with a direct sales and marketing approach. French printing and packaging companies that produce packaging for cosmetics, jewellery and decorative packaging, as well as those who require heavier carton thicknesses for fashion accessories, spirits, confectionery, promotional giveaways, POS displays and other advertising materials, will benefit from faster access to the Algro Design and Algro Duo brands through this partnership. With a product that guarantees the same surface properties across a vast range of weights, brands can also be assured of comprehensive product and brand consistency, regardless of the weight or design they ultimately choose.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    21.11.2013   UPM Chapelle PM 6 improves newsprint production with Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Last year, UPM Chapelle Darblay, France, decided to replace the existing ceramic cover on the center press roll of PM 6 with a TerraSpeed ceramic cover from Voith in order to increase machine speed by reducing the draw after the press roll.
    The goal was to lower the draw by at least 10% in that position, going down from 3.6% at a machine speed of 1,500 m/min to slightly above 3.2% machine speed difference just by using a better ceramic surface on the solid center press roll. UPM chose TerraSpeed to achieve that target due to its excellent performance in numerous reference installations.
    After more than one year in operation, the production on Chapelle PM 6 confirms that UPM's high expectations have been exceeded. In a very stable running performance, the TerraSpeed cover shows draw values down to 3.0% constantly, leading to a considerably higher production output.
    These stable conditions were confirmed by monitoring the surface roughness of the ceramic cover, which almost had not changed at all since the start-up of TerraSpeed in mid 2012. This consistency can be kept due to the excellent properties of the TerraSpeed cover, but also due to the proper doctoring with SkyTerra S blades from Voith, which were designed especially to run on TerraSpeed.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    21.11.2013   Domtar to expand its personal care business in Europe with the acquisition of Indas    ( Company news )

    Company news Transaction is a critical step to building a pan-European business
    (All financial information is in Euros1, unless otherwise noted.)

    - Indas is a leading supplier of branded adult incontinence products in Spain
    - Transaction is expected to be immediately accretive to earnings
    - Closing of the transaction is expected by year-end 2013

    Picture: John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar

    Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced the signing of a definitive agreement for the acquisition of privately-held Laboratorios Indas, SAU ("Indas"), a leading branded incontinence products manufacturer and marketer in Spain.
    Domtar will acquire all the outstanding capital stock for €285 million and the business is expected to have approximately €140 million of debt, net of cash, at closing. The net debt is expected to be reduced by the collection of approximately €25 million of past due accounts receivable2 before year-end or early 2014, resulting in an enterprise value of €400 million. The majority of the debt will be repaid by Domtar in connection with the closing of the transaction.
    "The acquisition of Indas advances our transformation into a leader in Personal Care, an attractive market segment that is an important growth engine for Domtar," said John D. Williams, President and CEO of Domtar. "With the addition of the new business, Domtar will become one of the leading adult incontinence products manufacturers in Europe, providing the critical mass upon which to build a pan-European business. As a result of this transaction, we are substantially closer to achieving our previously stated goal of generating at least $300 million of EBITDA from fiber based consumer products by 2017. As we continue on our journey to further expand in growth markets, we remain committed to returning the majority of free cash flow to shareholders."
    Michael Fagan, Senior Vice-President, Personal Care said "Indas is a leading marketer of adult incontinence care products in Spain with its IncoPack and Indasec® line of products, and we are pleased to be adding these prominent brands to our portfolio. The combination of our strong franchise in Northern Europe with Indas' best-in-class adult incontinence products business in Southern Europe promises to deliver solid results."
    With a primarily branded product offering, Indas has a leading market position across a number of adult incontinence segments in Spain including heavy incontinence and underpads as well as branded light incontinence. They also produce a wide range of absorbent-related hygienic and medical products. Indas distributes its products in three main channels: pharmacies, hospitals and retail. They operate a modern manufacturing facility located in Toledo, Spain, ideally situated to serve the Iberian Peninsula and to expand in Southern Europe. Indas, after giving effect to its acquisition of a business earlier in 2013, has estimated annual run rate sales of approximately €190 million and EBITDA of approximately €46 million.
    Commenting on the acquisition, Javier Martin, Chief Executive Officer of Laboratorios Indas, SAU said, "The acquisition by Domtar is a great outcome for our customers and our employees. Domtar is a strategic long-term owner who is committed to growth in Personal Care and they will give us access to the resources and the technology to accelerate our growth plans and be successful."
    We expect the acquisition to be accretive to Domtar earnings from day one and to enhance the overall profit margins of Domtar's Personal Care business segment. Domtar will use cash on hand and available sources of borrowing to finance the acquisition. The closing of the transaction is expected by year-end 2013, subject to customary closing conditions, including the notification required by the Spanish antitrust authorities. Lazard has acted as sole investment banker to the company in connection with the transaction.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    21.11.2013   World's first Advantage NTT tissue line supplied by future Valmet successfully started up at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Fabrica De Papel San Francisco in Mexico

    The world’s first Advantage NTT tissue line has been succesfully started up in Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s mill in Mexicali, Mexico. The new line is Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s third tissue machine supplied by Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet. After the first months the machine is already operating at high speed producing premium quality tissue with high bulk and softness.
    “We are very excited about the successful start-up, and the Advantage NTT technology has indeed met our high expectations. We strongly believe that this flexible concept will change the way tissue will be produced in the future. So far we have tested a large amount of different grades and basis weights, in both plain and textured mode, all with good result. We have actually set some production records with the new NTT concept,” says Dario Palma y Meza Espinoza, Director of Operations, Fabrica de Papel San Francisco.
    “Our Advantage NTT concept gives a new more flexible option for producing premium quality tissue using less energy and fiber compared to traditional technology. We are very satisfied with our first start-up, efficiency and the quality of the products. This is a great milestone in our company’s history. The collaboration between the mill’s team and our team has been excellent and we are proud to support Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s ambition to supply premium products,” says Jan Erikson, Vice President, Sales, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.
    The Advantage NTT concept is Metso's technology for producing premium quality textured tissue with high bulk and softness using less energy and fiber. Its unique flexibility makes it possible to easily switch from production of conventional to textured tissue. It can be operated by virgin or recycled fiber.

    Technical information
    The scope of supply comprised a complete 2.6-m-wide Advantage NTT tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Metso Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap yankee hood, sheet control, tail threading equipment, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel.
    The new tissue line will add another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to Fabrica de Papel San Francisco’s existing production.
    Fabrica De Papel San Francisco already operates two Advantage DCT tissue machines at their Mexicali facility, one of which started up in 2006 and the other in 2009. The company’s PM 4 set a then world speed record of 2,160 m/min in 2009 and their PM 5 achieved a record-breaking rapid start-up in 2009, reaching a production speed of 2,100 m/min only 12 days after start-up.
    Fabrica de Papel San Francisco now operates five tissue production lines and converting facilities delivering tissue products for the Mexican and US market.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    21.11.2013   Munksjö to present its advances in release papers at LabelExpo Asia 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö*, one of the world’s largest specialty paper companies, will exhibit at LabelExpo Asia 2013, December 3-6 in Shanghai, and will present to the Asian market its latest advances in release papers for the Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) industry. The most recent developments include the new Acti-V LEAF lightweight release paper for labelstock applications and the enlarged Silco portfolio for specific PSA graphics needs.
    Munksjö’s attendance at the largest label and package printing event in Asia demonstrates its willingness to support the PSA industry globally and meet the increasing demand of Asian markets for sustainable, high-performance solutions.
    New Acti-V LEAF 50 g/m2 is a lightweight glassine release paper with superior mechanical characteristics. Thanks to a tensile strength comparable to that of much heavier standard release papers, Acti-V LEAF enables to produce thinner and lighter PSA labelstock laminates, with no compromise on efficiency. And because it is manufactured with the Acti-V technology, it enables a revolutionary silicone anchorage with significant savings on energy and catalyst cost in the silicone formulations.
    For PSA wide-format graphics applications, Munksjö has recently added Silco Flat Premium and Silco Flat HB to its range of clay-coated release papers. Silco Flat Premium eases production process and application of the most sensitive vinyl and thin transparent films. Silco Flat HB is designed for plotter applications and enables precise film cut even with the most complex shapes.
    Other developments to be showcased at LabelExpo Asia are the new Silco Office 50 and 55 g/m² enlarging the offering of clay-coated release papers for office applications and the new dedicated range of release papers for pre-impregnated composites materials.
    Munksjö Release Liners Business Area is a global leading producer of release papers for the PSA industry. Its release papers are manufactured at sites in Europe and South America*. All of them are ISO 14001, FSC® and PEFC™ Chain-of-Custody certified. The offering of Munksjö Graphics and Packaging Business Area also includes specialty facestock label papers and base papers for metallized labels.

    *The combination of Munksjö AB and Ahlstrom’s Label and Processing business in Europe was completed May 27, 2013 to form Munksjö Oyj, one of the world’s largest global specialty paper companies. The second phase is expected to take place by end of 2013 for Ahlstrom’s LP activities in Brazil.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    21.11.2013   GLV Group completes the sale of its business unit GL&V Fabrication located in Trois-Rivières    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Richard Verreault, President and Chief Executive Officer of GLV Inc

    GLV Inc. (GLV Group) announces the sale of its business unit GL&V Fabrication, located in Trois-Rivières, to a group of four members of the local management team.
    "For many years, we wanted to ensure a long-term future for all employees of this business unit. I am very confident that the new owners will manage to seize new market opportunities that will enable the new company to grow", said Richard Verreault, President and Chief Executive Officer of GLV Inc.
    This sale comes after GLV Group has said on several occasions over the past few years that manufacturing equipment was no longer a central sector of activity in its business strategy.
    GLV Group maintains business ties with the new company, for which a new name will be announced shortly.
    (GLV Group (GLV Inc.)
     
    21.11.2013   Tieto performs feasibility study for Munksjö regarding integrated IT support    ( Company news )

    Company news Tieto has made an agreement with speciality paper company Munksjö to perform a feasibility study regarding integrated IT solutions. The purpose is to make the company's supply chain more efficient, from order intake to production and final invoicing. The study is expected to be completed in early 2014.
    Munksjö Oyj is the result of the merger of Swedish Munksjö AB and Finnish company Ahlstrom's Label and Processing business area. Tieto has previously provided services to Ahlstrom. The assignment is made up of two parts: firstly, Tieto will be investigating an overall solution for the entire sales and order process at the Munksjö group, and secondly it will be reviewing the production processes at two Munksjö paper mills.
    The project will be supported by Tieto Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS), Tieto's solution for the paper industry. TIPS is used for all parts in the supply chain, including order management, stock planning, invoicing and transport cost management. TIPS modules are used in the production process to manage, monitor, identify and quality assure production.
    The sales and order handling process will also include the customised OrderPlan solution currently used by Ahlstrom.
    The possibility of introducing new shared solutions can help Munksjö become more integrated and efficient. "This exciting project will also allow us to analyse our processes in order to improve our business structure," says Krister Fredriksson, Vice President, IT at Munksjö. "Tieto has a sharp focus on the forest and paper industry and an interesting solution that we would like to evaluate."
    "We're delighted that Munksjö has entrusted us with this task. It strengthens our position as an established, reputable supplier of IT solutions in the Swedish market," says Mats Lidström, Key Account Manager, Tieto Sweden AB.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
     
    20.11.2013   Ahlstrom announces price increases for masking tape base papers    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces price increases on its masking tape materials produced by the Food and Medical business area. The price increases will be made to compensate for the continued high costs of raw materials and chemicals as well as energy related inflation.
    The price increases will affect all masking tape products manufactured in Europe effective December 15, 2013. The increase will be up to 4% depending on markets as well as the product and the agreements in place. Specific details will be discussed with each customer individually by the appropriate sales teams in the coming days.
    Ahlstrom offers the widest range of masking tape base papers for a perfectly sharp finish line and optimal protection on even the most delicate surfaces. Food and Medical business area's end-use applications include teabags, coffee filters, food packaging, baking papers, masking tape, surgical gowns and drapes, and sterile barrier systems.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    20.11.2013   CITO LOCK - efficient and safe    ( Company news )

    Company news Our automatic safety lock prevents damage to your valuable stripping tool during transport and storage.

    CITO LOCK offers you the following advantages:
    -locking bolt made of 100 % break-proof material
    -prevents damage to your valuable stripping tools during transport
    -secure storage for tools
    -improved machine performance, less down time
    -convenient and safe handling
    -automatic safety lock
    -patented technology
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    20.11.2013   Innovative Product Ideas Featuring Shorter Folded Signatures - World Premiere: TWE¦ƎNMC from ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... Muller Martini Revolutionizes Thread Sewing

    Picture: World Premiere: The Ventura MC from Muller Martini is the first book sewing machine than can stitch in signatures of different sizes with accurate positioning.

    Muller Martini has set the stage for countless new and exciting ideas for thread-sewn products: thanks to the TWE¦ƎNMC option, smaller folded signatures can now also be stitched in a book block using the Ventura MC book sewing machine.
    From simple advertising messages to sophisticated coupon booklets or maps in guide books, with the new retrofittable TWE¦ƎNMC option smaller folded signatures can also be stitched in a book block. “Such shortened signatures, called tweens, provide great added value,” explains Jürgen Noll, Managing Director Marketing und Services of Muller Martini Book Technology GmbH. “They lend themselves for example to high-quality inlays in photo books or art books, or to conveying knowledge in textbooks in an interesting way.” New product ideas also arise from the possibility of stitching in signatures with different fold types, such as a double-parallel fold or a zigzag gatefold.

    World Premiere in Thread Sewing
    The Ventura MC is the first book sewing machine on the market that is capable of stitching products featuring signatures in different sizes and positions. An additional servo drive in the sewing saddle enables the tweens to differ both in length and width and to be variably positioned in the book block. “Thanks to the motion control drive design, the lug chain adjusts independently to the different sizes and the tweens can be processed entirely automatically,” adds Noll.

    Easy to Retrofit
    The TWE¦ƎNMC option was first unveiled at China Print 2013 in Beijing and attracted so much interest among visitors that many spontaneous purchases were made. New machines are already fitted with the new solution, and it is easily retrofittable on machines from the 2/11 series and onwards. For Ventura MC machines with an older year of manufacture, it is necessary to check individually whether an upgrade is possible.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
     
    20.11.2013   MoveRoll Oy strengthens its organisation    ( Company news )

    Company news MoveRoll strengthens its organisation and appoints Jyrki Sairo as Head of Unit. Jyrki Sairo will commence his activities on 7.11. Jyrki’s foremost task is to serve as Unit Manager of MoveRoll Oy.
    Mikko Rantanen, MoveRoll Oy’s Chairman of the Board, will remain in office. In future, Mikko Rantanen will focus even more on customer relationship management and business development.
    “In the last five years, MoveRoll Oy has become a global supplier of paper roll handling equipment to the paper industry. Together with our international customers, we have started internationalization. I believe that this arrangement will benefit our customers, suppliers, and our employees. With the addition of Jyrki to our team, our operations become more organized and gain quality. For me, this arrangement means that I will have more time for managing our customer relationships, which is very important for me”, says Mikko Rantanen.
    Jyrki has a long history as Managing Director of industry suppliers. He has worked in several projects related to logistic and quality and has been responsible for change management. Appointing Jyrki Sairo as Head of Unit strengthens our expertise and our customer service.
    (MoveRoll Oy)
     
    20.11.2013   Pöyry PLC: Pöyry to start statutory employee negotiations in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Pöyry will start statutory employee negotiations in Finland in industry related business units of the Regional Operations and the Industry Business Group. These negotiations are aimed at reducing the overall capacity by approximately 200 people including layoffs and permanent reductions of some 25 people. The purpose of the negotiations is to adjust the capacity in Finland to the current market situation.
    Ongoing client projects will not be impacted by these adjustment measures.
    Statutory employee negotiations announced earlier on 10 October 2013 are currently progressing as planned.
    Pöyry employs over 2000 people in Finland.
    (Pöyry Plc)
     
    20.11.2013   Successful start-up of ANDRITZ deinking line at TNPL, India    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has started up the deinking system delivered to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited (TNPL) in Tamil Nadu, India.
    “We are very pleased that we have been able to complete this important project for TNPL and the Indian pulp and paper industry successfully thanks to ANDRITZ technologies and the good cooperation with ANDRITZ,” says Mr. S. Udayasankar, Chief General Manager (Projects) of TNPL.
    ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER has supplied a modern, 3-loop deinking system including two dispersers and a FibreFlow drum pulper for a capacity of 300 t/d. The furnish for the production of high-quality printing and writing paper comprises 80% SOP (Sorted Office Paper) and 20% OMG (Old Magazines).
    TNPL produces newsprint, printing, and writing paper from bagasse. The paper mill started its production in 1984 with an annual capacity of 90,000 t and increased production to 400,000 t by expanding and modernizing. This has made TNPL the world’s largest bagasse-based paper mill (handling about one million tons of bagasse every year). TNPL exports one fifth of its production to more than 50 countries.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    20.11.2013   Pulp mills and sawmills in Latin America had among the lowest wood costs in the world ...    ( Company news )

    ... in the 2Q/13, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Declining costs for sawlogs and pulplogs in Brazil and Chile over the past few years have made the forest industry in the two countries quite competitive. In the 2Q/13, pulplog prices in both countries were among the lowest in the world and sawlog Prices were substantially below the Global Sawlog Price Index GSPI, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly.

    The wood costs for pulp and lumber manufacturers in the two largest producing countries in Latin America, Brazil and Chile, have fallen during much of 2012 and 2013, and were in the 2Q/13 at the lowest levels in over two years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com). The two countries currently have some of the lowest wood raw-material costs in the world, and since these costs account for 55-65% of the production costs when manufacturing pulp and lumber, it makes the industry quite competitive in the export market.
    In Brazil, prices for both sawlogs and pulplogs have come down substantially in US dollar terms the past few years. The average pine sawlog price is currently over 20% below the record high levels reached in 2011. This sharp price decline is more a reflection of a weakening Brazilian Real than any dramatic price changes in the local currency. The current sawlog costs, which were about 30% below the global sawlog index GSPI, makes Brazilian sawmills very competitive. Although Brazil is a minor, player in the global lumber export market, the country has expanded sales to the US, which is by far the largest consumer of Brazilian softwood lumber, this year, with shipments in the 3Q/13 reaching their highest levels in over two years.
    Prices for pulpwood in Brazil have followed a similar trend to those of sawlogs, with sharp declines in US dollar terms but only modest declines in the Brazilian Real the past year. Current pulplog price levels have not been seen in almost five years, and the Brazilian pulp industry has become much more competitive compared to a few years ago.
    Prices for pine sawlogs in Chile have been surprisingly stable in 2012 and 2013 despite higher log demand from sawmills the past year both because of a stronger domestic market and increased exports. Chile is about the tenth largest exporter of softwood lumber in the world and shipments to China, Japan and the US were all up the first half of 2013 as compared to the same period in 2012.
    Pulplog prices in Chile have also fallen, with the 2Q/13 prices being about eight percent lower than in the 2Q/12. The average cost for Eucalyptus fiber in Chile is currently the lowest in all countries tracked by the WRQ, making the country’s pulp mills some of the world’s lowest cost producers of hardwood market pulp.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ))
     
    20.11.2013   World Biomass Power Markets - 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam    ( Company news )

    Company news We are pleased to announce that the full agenda and speaker listing for the World Biomass Power Markets conference and exhibition is now available

    To get the latest updates on:

    - The BioPower Producers Panel – some of the leading biomass power producers debate the critical market issues that confront the sector
    - Our co-firing, conversion and retrofit case studies
    - Finance and Investment Panel Debate - how to present financially closable projects to banks and investors
    - The Great Sustainability Debate – A unique, multi-stakeholder panel where our speakers will come together as an industry to make sure the facts are out there
    - The Pre-Conference UK Focus Day - featuring UK experts who will debate and share their expertise and views on recent market changes
    (Nick Cressey, Head of Bioenergy, Green Power Conferences, nick.cressey@greenpowerconferences.com)
     
    19.11.2013   RECORD ATTENDANCE AT THE 20TH EDITION OF MIAC    ( Company news )

    Company news Last October, MIAC, the International Exhibition for the Paper Industry, celebrated its 20th edition, achieving a record attendance and strengthening its role as one of the major international exhibitions of machinery and equipment for the paper industry. This event, not to be missed and aimed at updating paper mill and converter technicians, takes place every year in Lucca at the heart of the Paper District.
    Having reached its 20th edition, once again, MIAC recorded a full house in the exhibition halls of the trade fair centre in Lucca. The event, established in 1994, has seen a steady rise in the number of exhibitors and visitors over the years and has become an international show with visitors from all over the world, especially from Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, Arab countries and North Africa.
    This can be seen in the numbers recorded at the end of the 3-day event: with 270 exhibitors attending (130 direct exhibitors + 140 represented companies), the 2013 edition achieved a record attendance from Italy and abroad. In fact, MIAC recorded over 4,100 visitors from 57 different countries and, including all those attending on the days following the initial recorded data, the number totalled over 5,200 visitors. Even more significant is that the leading role this international event plays for the machinery and equipment for the paper industry sector can be seen in the figures regarding the attendance of foreigners: 30% of visitors from abroad.
    “In this difficult economic climate, we have further confirmation that MIAC is an increasingly international event acknowledged worldwide,” commented Gianmaria Pfeiffer, director of MIAC, “We have had visitors from all over the world, with a large number from Eastern Europe, Russia, Turkey and Arab countries, as well as from non-European countries. MIAC has therefore showed its internationalization, a path that we began a few years ago and that has brought the expected results. Moreover, the 20th edition of MIAC achieved record attendance: on all three days of the event, the number of visitors recorded exceeded those of the previous 19 editions”.
    On this important anniversary, the organising company Edinova S.r.l. wanted to renew the furnishings and fittings of the exhibition stands to create a restyled environment at the trade fair, which was appreciated by both exhibitors and visitors. “Despite the economic crisis that involves all industrial sectors in different ways - explained Pfeiffer - a more positive atmosphere could be felt in the aisles of MIAC. The desire for drive and to emerge from the economic crisis was evident, and it appears that market data show a glimmer of light, even if it is only slight. At the opening ceremony the president of Assocarta, Engineer Paolo Culicchi, showed that he was moderately optimistic about the trends in the paper industry in general over the following five years and this gives us hope. The goal for the next edition, scheduled for October 2014 in Lucca, will be to further increase the attendance of foreigners and we will do this using all the means we have available in order to offer exhibitors and participants a business environment that always meets their expectations”.
    (Edinova S.r.l.)
     
    19.11.2013   Innventia: New Research Managers at Packaging Solutions and Material Processes    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Astrid Odeberg Glasenapp and Magnus Gimåker

    From the start of October, Astrid Odeberg Glasenapp is Research Manager of Market and Consumer Insight in Packaging Solutions and the new Research Manager of Paper Chemistry and Nanomaterials in Material Processes is Magnus Gimåker.
    Astrid has been working with us at Innventia since 2001 in roles including secretary for the SUW trade and industry group, "The International Development Group for Corrugated Board" and as a Vinnmer fellow. She completed an MBA at the School of Economics within the Vinnmer project. She has a PhD from Hamburg University within pulp chemistry and previously worked for the German corrugated board industry association as a technical adviser.
    "I am looking forward to working within a field that is going to play an important role in the future as well as taking on the challenges and opportunities that there are to develop the field together with colleagues in the group", says Astrid.
    "We regard this as a growing field which has a major future, and I am delighted that we now have Astrid as Research Manager working on this, says Catharina Ottestam, Business Area Manager for Packaging Solutions.
    Magnus has a PhD in fibre and polymer technology from KTH and has been working as a researcher at Innventia since 2010 within both paper physics and paper chemistry. His two principal assignments have been managing a project concerning 3D forming of paper and cardboard (mainly within the VINN Excellence Centre, BiMaC Innovation, but also in other projects) and cluster leader of Paper Mechanics for Improved Quality.
    "I am delighted to have the opportunity to head up the work in a group with numerous exciting activities, and for the confidence that has been shown in me. It will be very exciting to learn about and contribute to all of the group's activities, not least within the nanocellulose field where there is a lot happening at present", says Magnus.
    "I am extremely pleased that, in competition with a number of external applicants, we were able to fill this important position of Research Manager with an internal applicant" says Torgny Persson, Business Area Manager for Material Processes.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    19.11.2013   Youbisheng Green Paper AG appoints new CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news The Supervisory Board of Youbisheng Green Paper AG has appointed David Tsui as the new Chief Financial Officer. He succeeds Clement Hoo, who resigned his position with effect of 01 September 2013 but continued to support the Group as an advisor.
    David Tsui (53) has long and proven experience in accounting and finance. He was Finance Director at several companies with stock exchange listings abroad. Among others, he has worked for Dragon Sportswear Holdings Ltd. and Asia Ceramics Holdings Plc. His professional career has also included management positions in auditing and consultancy.
    David Tsui is Australian. He has the qualification as Chartered Accountant in Australia (ACA) and holds a Master of Economics from Macquarie University Sydney.
    (Youbisheng Green Paper AG)
     
    19.11.2013   FORTRESS PAPER ANNOUNCES THIRD QUARTER 2013 RESULTS    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. (“Fortress Paper” or the “Company”) reported 2013 third quarter EBITDA loss of $7.3 million.
    The Dissolving Pulp Segment generated EBITDA loss of $ 6.6 million and the Security Paper Products Segment generated EBITDA of $1.6 million.
    Corporate costs contributed $ 2.3 million to EBITDA loss.
    Fortress reported adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $ 15.6 million, or diluted loss per share of $1.07 for the third quarter of 2013 on sales of $ 53.2 million.
    In the second quarter of 2013, the Company reported adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $20.6 million or diluted loss per share of $1.42 on sales of $59.9 million, and for the third quarter of 2012, adjusted net loss from continuing operations of $ 23.2 million or diluted loss per share of $ 1.61 on sales of $ 38.3 million.
    Adjusted net loss in the second quarter of 2013 was impacted by an expense of approximately $3.5 million recorded as a deferred tax accrual.
    Fortress reported a net loss from continuing operations of $13.4 million, or diluted loss per share of $ 0.92 for the third quarter of 2013. In the second quarter of 2013, the Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $20.9 million or diluted loss per share of $1.43, and for the third quarter of 2012, net loss from continuing operations of $ 24.1 million or diluted loss per share of $1.67.
    Fortress reported a net loss, including discontinued operations, of $ 12.4 million, or diluted loss per share of $ 0.85 for the third quarter of 2013. In the second quarter of 2013, the Company reported a net income, including discontinued operations of $134.1 million or diluted earnings per share of $9.23. Included in discontinued operations was a $153.3 million gain on the sale of the Dresden mill. In the third quarter of 2012, the Company reported a net loss of $19.1 million or diluted loss per share of $ 1.32, including discontinued operations.
    The Dissolving Pulp Segment has experienced another difficult quarter due to depressed market prices, delays in the cogeneration facility completion and operational and maintenance issues.
    The Fortress Specialty Cellulose (“FSC”) mill cogeneration facility project was successfully completed on October 2, 2013 and began delivering power to the Hydro Québec grid at the contracted commercial rate. This is a significant milestone for the reduction of the overall cost structure at the mill.
    As a result of a strategic assessment and testing of alternatives for the FSC mill, the Company has been pursuing a strategy of modifying the mill to be capable of swinging production from dissolving pulp to northern bleached hardwood kraft (NBHK) pulp.
    This redesign is expected to enable the Company to maximize margins in response to changing market conditions.
    The Security Paper Products Segment has experienced a third consecutive quarter with sales, volumes and revenues significantly higher relative to any comparative period in 2012 and 2011.
    The Landqart mill continues to implement new programs to improve efficiencies and profitability. EBITDA for the Security Paper Products Segment for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 was $ 7.4 million higher when compared to the third quarter of 2012, and $ 1.1 million higher compared to the previous quarter.
    However, less than favourable conditions, including the strength of the Swiss franc against the Euro, overcapacity in the banknote paper industry and increased competition for orders, continue to adversely impact the results of the Security Paper Products Segment.

    Management’s Outlook
    Dissolving Pulp Segment
    Dissolving pulp markets remained challenging during the third quarter of 2013 due to continued excess supply.
    The average market price of dissolving pulp in China, as reported by China Chemical Fibers & Textiles Consultancy Group (CCF), a leading professional data analysis company relied upon in the dissolving pulp industry, was approximately US$ 880 per air dried metric tonne (ADMT) during the third quarter of 2013.
    Management believes that the current depressed dissolving pulp prices are indicative of unusual market conditions and are not sustainable in the long term. Following the interim anti-dumping duty announcement of the Ministry of Commerce of China (“MOFCOM”) on November 6, 2013 for Canadian, American and Brazilian companies, based on its preliminary assessment, the Company believes that the supply of dissolving pulp will decrease significantly and lead to a price increase in the short to medium term.
    The Company also believes that if the interim duty for all other unnamed Canadian, American and Brazilian dissolving pulp producers remains unchanged, it will have a long term deterrent effect on supply dynamics.
    Prior to the third quarter of 2013, viscose producers in China had decreased operating rates to manage inventory and stabilize prices. However, operating rates in the third quarter have increased which has eroded viscose staple fibre prices to their lowest levels in many months.
    Dissolving pulp is the main raw material input for the production of viscose staple fibre. Cotton prices remained relatively stable in China during the third quarter of 2013 and well above viscose staple fibre prices. Viscose staple fibre is a substitute for cotton. The FSC mill operated more efficiently during the third quarter of 2013 relative to the prior quarter. Cash costs continued to improve in the third quarter but were higher than expected due to operational and maintenance issues and delay in the cogeneration facility start-up.
    Shortly after quarter end the cogeneration project was successfully completed and the facility commenced delivering power to the Hydro Québec grid at the contracted commercial rate. The cogeneration start-up was delayed due to unexpected mechanical failure of the high pressure water pump and the back-up pump which were resolved when a new supplier was engaged and the 100 hour test could be completed. Although depressed dissolving pulp prices continue to impact FSC mill results, the Company expects to realize significant cost-savings from production improvements, cost reduction initiatives and the cogeneration facility in the fourth quarter of 2013 and into fiscal 2014.
    Finished goods inventory levels of dissolving pulp at the end of the third quarter were higher than previous periods. During the third quarter of 2013, the FSC mill implemented a plan to reduce logistics, transportation and distribution costs. Dissolving pulp inventory levels were higher due to the mill retaining ownership of the inventory for a longer period in the sales cycle, as well as ongoing negotiations with Chinese buyers resulting from the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing China dissolving pulp anti-dumping investigation.
    Subsequent to the quarter end, dissolving pulp sales with our existing customers have resumed.
    The Company is evaluating the impact of the MOFCOM decision on the Fortress Global Cellulose (“FGC”) mill project in Lebel-sur-Quévillon, Québec. The Company is also continuing the process of exploring strategic options for the FGC mill project, to mitigate the financial risk, including alternative financing structures, joint ventures and partnership opportunities.
    The Company will be comparing the FGC mill investment opportunity to other strategic options for shareholder value creation. The Company is currently in discussions with prospective equity investors for the project and is in the process of discussing potential revised terms for its project financing to provide greater flexibility.
    Approximately $25 million has been spent to date on the FGC mill project. Due to changing economics and market conditions, there is no assurance that definitive investment arrangements will be concluded or that the FGC mill project will proceed to completion as previously planned.
    Due to a change in timelines relating to the FGC mill project, the Company reviewed with Hydro Québec its electricity supply agreement dated September 28, 2012, resulting in the agreement no longer being in effect. The FGC mill intends to submit a tender for a new power supply agreement under Hydro Québec's power purchase program request for proposals expiring December 21, 2013. Among other things, the new tender will include a request for an increase in the amount of power to be supplied by the cogeneration facility from the previously approved 34 megawatts to 42 megawatts. There is no assurance that the Company will be granted another power supply agreement.

    Security Paper Products Segment
    The Landqart mill has had a strong third quarter order intake including a contract extension on one of the mill’s more significant orders. The pipeline of opportunities to year end is strong and consists of a mix of tender and repeat order possibilities which, if successfully secured, will further improve an already stable order book for next year.
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    18.11.2013   Suzanne Blanchet, Cascades Tissue Group CEO, Wins Gold in 2013 Stevie Awards for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Women in Business

    Suzanne Blanchet , president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group, has won a Gold Stevie ® Award for the "Female Executive of the Year in Canada " category in the 10 th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. This internationally renowned award was given to her as recognition of her outstanding contribution to her company and industry. Under her leadership, Cascades Tissue Group has become a billion-dollar leader in the tissue industry, pioneering environmentally sound and innovative paper products.
    "It is with profound gratitude and great humility that I receive this award," stated Suzanne Blanchet . "I would like to share it with my colleagues, who all contributed to Cascades Tissue Group's success and international recognition."

    Recognizing a Female Pioneer in the Tissue Industry
    As the first woman to chair a paper company in North America , Suzanne Blanchet was a perfect candidate for a Stevie Award for Women in Business. Her impressive career, which started as a finance intern and evolved to her becoming president and CEO of Cascades Tissue Group in 1997, has been hallmarked by tenacity, dedication to her employees and a willingness to constantly push boundaries and innovate. The launch of innovative products such as Cascades ® Antibacterial TM paper towels and expansion of Cascades' tissue activities in the United States - two recent examples of initiatives she's led to expand Cascades' recognition as an industry leader in sustainability and innovation - are indicative of her unique qualities as a visionary and willingness to take calculated risks.
    "Since her début at Cascades, Suzanne has always pushed the limits," said Mario Plourde , Cascades' President and CEO. "She is energetic, direct and transparent, and she's always looking for greater and better things for Cascades. Through her leadership, she successfully built a billion-dollar business starting from a one-plant operation. She is an example of determination and success, and we commend her on this meaningful honor."

    An Award for Women Changing the Face of Business
    "For 10 years we have been recognizing the achievements of women in the workplace, and this year's nominations were the most impressive class the judges have ever reviewed," said Michael Gallagher , founder and president of the Stevie Awards. "We congratulate all of this year's winners for their achievements."
    (Cascades Tissue Group)
     
    18.11.2013   Demag process cranes: reliable storage of high production volume    ( Company news )

    Company news -Modern Karton orders further automated paper roll shipping store
    -Six Demag process cranes provide high handling rates
    -Best possible utilisation of space thanks to vertical paper roll storage


    Modern Karton Sanayi ve Ticaret
    once again relies on Demag crane technology. The Turkish cardboard and packaging manufacturer has commissioned Terex Material Handling with the installation of an automated paper store with six Demag process cranes at its Corlu location. The task of the double-girder overhead travelling cranes, which are equipped with vacuum lifting devices, is to gently place the finished paper rolls into storage in a space-saving fashion and to stage them ready for shipping as required. The scope of delivery also includes a warehouse management system that will provide for optimised process steps thanks to configurable storage strategies. The project, including installation and commissioning of the crane systems, is being implemented in co-operation with the Turkish Demag agency Genel Makina from Istanbul. Production is scheduled to begin at the first quarter of 2015.
    As early as 2008, Modern Karton commissioned a paper roll store with Demag crane systems. The paper roll shipping store, which is currently the largest in the world, channels the production output of the PM 4 paper machine. The Turkish paper manufacturer’s paper machine 5, which is currently under development, is designed for an annual production capacity of 400 000 tonnes of liner and fluting paper, which is made from 100%recycled paper. After the PM 5 is commissioned, Modern Karton will achieve an annual production volume at its Corlu location of one million tonnes of paper, which will be stored and staged ready for delivery by Demag crane systems.
    Dr Lars Brzoska, Vice President & Managing Director Terex Material Handling, explains: “We are pleased with this renewed vote of confidence by our customer Modern Karton in our Demag brand crane technology. With this project, we are continuing to expand our presence in this economically significant region and consolidate our position as a specialist for intralogistic solutions for specific industries.”
    Hamdullah Eren, Member of the Board of Eren Holding A.S., underlines: “For us it was important from the beginning to work in close co-operation with an international company that has extensive references. A decisive factor in the award of the new contract was also that for more than five years, Demag crane systems have demonstrated their outstanding efficiency and reliability in our first paper roll shipping store. Moreover, by implementing appropriate storage strategies, Terex Material Handling has again been able to offer an integrated solution that fully meets our requirements with respect to high installation performance.”
    (Demag Cranes & Components GmbH)
     
    18.11.2013   Fast and Precise: G&D's BPS X9 Assures Top Quality of Freshly Printed Banknotes    ( Company news )

    Company news Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) has launched the world’s fastest banknote processing system: the BPS X9. This new single note inspection system was specifically designed for banknote printers. Its throughput rate of up to 44 banknotes per second, optimized user processes, and short set-up times have improved productivity as much as 12 percent compared to its predecessor. At the same time, the system delivers highly precise, reliable quality assurance testing of freshly printed banknotes. The BPS X9 is now available for ordering.
    “Banknote technology is becoming increasingly sophisticated in order to effectively ward off counterfeiting. The BPS X9 inspects every single banknote ‘from head to toe’ and only approves it if it meets all the criteria for acceptance by machines and human users. Thanks to the 100 percent quality inspection, central banks can be confident that only defect-free banknotes enter circulation,” noted Ralf Wintergerst, Head of the Banknote Processing division and future Group Executive for the Banknote business unit at G&D.
    The system’s extraordinary performance is the result of the foresighted integration of all the modules. Thanks to automatic feeding from the cutting machine and continuous currency singling, the BPS X9 can process up to 44 banknotes per second without interruption. It comes with state-of-the-art sensors that can detect the tiniest misprints and out-of-tolerance conditions.
    For greater productivity and security, the BPS X9 can be combined with a CutLink X cutting machine and a NotaPack packaging system. This configuration fully automates banknote finishing at the printing works and avoids manual intervention. What is more, BPS X9 software provides secure remote access to all statistics and processing data. Multiple users can simultaneously access analyses and reports on processed banknotes. As such, this completely new software generation allows workflows and banknote quality to be continuously managed and improved as needed.
    Different service packages are available to keep system availability high. They range from supporting the customer’s maintenance technicians to providing advanced remote service for rapid responses to malfunctions. In addition, operating parameters can be conveniently modified over an online network connection without requiring a service technician to be at the customer’s premises.
    (G&D Giesecke & Devrient GmbH)
     
    18.11.2013   DiGITAL PRINTER CHECK OUT THE CP3000     ( Company news )

    Company news Intec UK welcomed Digital Printer magazine to our International Headquarters in Poole this month to coincide with the launch of the Intec CP3000 digital color Printer range.
    Intec’s Director of Business Development Mark Baker-Homes and Marketing Manager Terri Winstanley demonstrated the feature packed CP3000 and it’s fantastic booklet finishing System to Chris Rushton and Andy Knaggs who were very impressed with its fantastic print quality and astounding cost per copy.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    18.11.2013   Successful rebuild of dryer section in Schwarzenberg by PAMA    ( Company news )

    Company news The Schumacher Packaging GmbH in Schwarzenberg assigned PAMA GmbH Freiberg, a subsidiary of the Austrian company KRESTA industries, with the redesign of the drying section of the board machine at Schwarzenberg site.
    In early October this year, the board machine was successfully put into operation with increased drying capacity. Taking into account the very limited space 10 new drying cylinders were installed, including the necessary modifications of the drive, of the lubrication system as well as comprehensive adjustments of the steam and condensate system. The drying cylinders are equipped with rope grooves so that a rope guide can be retrofitted later on.
    (PAMA GmbH)
     
    15.11.2013   Erhardt+Leimer extends its presence in China further    ( Company news )

    Company news On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of its Chinese subsidiary, the automation expert Erhardt+Leimer is further extending its activities in China. In October, the company's management team together with 200 guests celebrated the ground breaking ceremony for a new production and development location. The new plant in Hangzhou will mainly produce systems for the sales area "corrugated cardboard" as well as for web guiding. The German experts intend to use the new plant to further extend their market position in China and to gain additional growth potential.
    Erhardt+Leimer has been present in Asia for over 30 years as one of the largest global suppliers for automation, control and inspection technology. The growing importance of the Chinese market led to the foundation of E+L China in 2003. Ten years later E+L China is extremely well-placed with 130 employees in its main branch and six further locations, spread out across the entire People's Republic, and makes a significant contribution to the success of the Erhardt+Leimer Group in Asia.
    The Asian market is now the most important global market for many sectors. This is also true for Erhardt+Leimer. The proportion of turnover earned in Asia has been increasing steadily over the last few years. It won't be long before 50% of global turnover is earned there. According to Hannelore Leimer, Chairwoman of the Erhardt+Leimer Group Management Board, the new plant in Hangzhou is therefore also a "milestone in the 95-year history of Erhardt+Leimer".
    Erhardt+Leimer is spending several millions of Euros to purchase the land and build the new plant. The result will be a state-of-the-art, efficient unit on the 3-hectare site, where not only sales and service but also development and production of components for the Chinese market will take place. In this manner, those responsible at E+L want to extend the product range to Chinese machine manufacturers in the middle price bracket and establish themselves as reliable and efficient partners here, too.
    The employees are an important factor determining whether this target will be reached. Dr. Michael Proeller, managing director of E+L, made this particularly clear in his speech honoring the 10-year anniversary. The majority of the 130 employees have been working for the company for many years and have made a great contribution to the success of E+L China. The selection of the new location is one example of how important the employees are to the company; it is not very far from the previous branch in Hangzhou so that almost nothing will change for the employees.
    Furthermore, Hangzhou is a location with good education facilities. However, Erhardt+Leimer also wants to independently provide qualification for its employees: at the Chinese subsidiary, a dual vocational training program will be established according to the German model in order that the company will be equipped with well-trained young employees for the future.
    Satisfied employees, a new plant, enough potential for further growth – Erhardt+Leimer are on course for success in China. We can therefore look forward to how things will develop over the next time.
    (Erhardt + Leimer GmbH)
     
    15.11.2013   Innventia: 10th anniversary and inauguration of new research facilities    ( Company news )

    Company news Ten years ago, we became Innventia as you know us today, after the merging of STFI, Packforsk, PFI and parts of Framkom. This was celebrated with approximately one hundred guests in connection with Innventia Days on 22 to 23 October. The event offered seminars, workshops, exhibitions, one-to-one discussions with Innventia’s experts and the inauguration of two new research facilities.
    "Innventia is a company with a long history and many years of experience. Why are we then celebrating 10 years of Innventia and not 60 years of Packforsk, 70 years of STFI or even 90 years of PFI? We have chosen to celebrate ten years to show that we are Innventia and not the different parts. Innventia today is one strong company with broad experience and expertise in our focus areas. The future is based on innovation and we are all striving to understand what future innovations are needed for our industry. By thinking new, thinking ahead and thinking together we can meet those needs."
    With those words, President Birgitta Sundblad welcomed the guests to the anniversary celebrations at Innventia in Stockholm on 22 October. The opening ceremony included a symbolic ribbon-cutting to inaugurate a new imaging NIR spectrometer and a new laboratory for the production of carbon fibre from lignin. These facilities could then be visited during the afternoon, which also offered many other activities. In two workshops, which had been fully booked in advance, new opportunities were discussed under the title The Nightmare of a Paperless World. In the newly redecorated auditorium Innoversum, philosophical seminars were offered and those who so desired could book a private conversation with one of Innventia's experts or participate in the study Papermaking towards the future. Between these activities, visitors could stroll around and view two exhibitions: one a historical journey through the development of five innovations, the other a futuristic installation which offered the observer an experience that could inspire new collaborations and development based on today's material assets and expertise. In the evening, the festivities continued with dinner at Fjärilshuset in Haga.
    The anniversary celebrations were held in connection with Innventia Days, which brings together companies involved in Innventia's three-year research programme for seminars and mingling sessions. The current programme began in January 2012 and addresses issues of great interest to Innventia customers, such as energy and material savings, production efficiency and new bio-based products.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    15.11.2013   International German PR Award 2013    ( Company news )

    Picture: Stephan Freist, Barbara Knipper (Hahnemühle), Ute Weingarten (Artpress), Bettina Scheerbarth (Hahnemühle), Stephan Fink (Fink&Fuchs PR), Michael Siekiera (Hahnemühle), Ulrich Nies (DPRG-President)

    At the end of October the prize-giving ceremony and gala occasion for the "Deutscher PR Preis 2013" (International German PR Award) took place in Wiesbaden, Germany. We are one of the happy award winners in the category "small and medium sized enterprises". We are absolutely delighted to receive an award for our intensive work and ideas, which we developed together with external parties.

    What did we do to receive this highly regarded award?
    In recent years we have been strongly engaged in art projects such as sponsoring of artists and exhibitions, our international painting competition, art and photo activities around paper in laboratories and the very successful art platform Upon Paper. We have set-up our new communication strategy and started our expansion globally.
    Due to our social media engagements we've formed an intensive dialogue with customers and fans of our products, which brought us new creative impulses and ideas. We have developed a digital strategy which increased our market reach significantly due to social media and especially new content e.g. moving images.
    These activities have attracted great interest among media and bloggers. A variety of articles in new medias, supplements and business pages of national and international key medias such as Süddeutsche Zeitung, F.A.Z., Frankfurter Rundschau, Welt, Focus, Vogue, Handelsblatt, Tagesspiegel, Berliner Zeitung, Cicero and Guardian are some of the highlights in the last two years.
    We could not realise all that we wanted to achieve alone, so we called on external partners. The successful cooperation with Fink & Fuchs PR, Wiesbaden, and Artpress, Berlin for selected projects has brought us significant steps further and enabled us to reach faster defined targets.
    The award will not be the end of our work, it is more an incentive for the great projects we are currently working on e.g. our digital strategy and plenty more other lovely projects, which will be published in the upcoming months. Watch this space.
    We would like to thank all those that have supported and enriched us with their interest, cooperation and ideas in the last year, whether artists, photographers, bloggers and journalists and of course our market partners, colleagues and all of our many customers.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

     
    15.11.2013   Ahlström Capital and Accent Equity to divest ÅR Packaging    ( Company news )

    ÅR Packaging Group has signed agreements, which when completed, will lead to divesting all ÅR Packaging businesses, i.e. the company’s Tobacco, Specialties, and Food packaging operations.
    ÅR Packaging’s Tobacco packaging operations and all Russian operations will be acquired by Mayr-Melnhof Karton AG, an integrated Austrian manufacturer of folding cartons and coated recycled carton board.
    The Specialties packaging operations, consisting of Flextrus and Lund Carton, will be divested to Weidenhammer Packaging Group. Weidenhammer is a German company and one of the world’s two leading suppliers of composite cans, composite drums and plastic containers.
    Advanced negotiations, based on a signed Letter of Intent, are under way regarding the Food packaging operations and the operations will likely be sold in a trade sale.
    “The European paperboard packaging industry is in a consolidation process. There is strong business logic behind these transactions, and we are confident that the operations of ÅR Packaging will have matching synergies with its acquirers. Ahlström Capital has been a long-standing owner of ÅR Packaging, and we are pleased that the operations of ÅR Packaging will in the consolidating market have owners with strong capabilities to develop the businesses further. Thus, we truly believe that the transactions will be an advantageous solution for the ÅR Packaging employees, customers and suppliers,” says Panu Routila, President & CEO of Ahlström Capital Oy.
    It is the intention of the transaction parties to have the deals regarding the Tobacco and Specialties packaging operations completed by the end of 2013 and the deal regarding the Food packaging operations completed by the end of the first quarter 2014.
    (Ahlström Capital Oy)
     
    15.11.2013   SCA further increases occupational safety with Voith system    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA Hygiene Products S.P.A. Lucca, Italy, has chosen the ProTect system from Voith to continue to ensure safety while performing press fabric measurements during paper machine operation. As a leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA develops and produces sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products. Occupational safety is very important for SCA as an employer worldwide.
    ProTect consists of carriage, fixture and any number of traverse beams and can be operated with all available standard portable measurement devices for press felt measurements. SCA Lucca equipped all its four tissue machines with one traverse beam each and a single measurement carriage can be conveniently used for all four machines. There was only 13 weeks between order and commissioning.
    "It is our top priority to secure the safety of our employees”, says Massimo Santolini, Mill Manager, Lucca. “ProTect allows reliable and risk-free press felt measurements at different positions before the press section – especially in areas that are difficult to access. This is why we have chosen this solution from Voith.”
    Press felt measurements are essential to guarantee efficient paper production. ProTect is designed to take reliable press felt measurements at various positions in the press section of the paper machine while still ensuring that operating personnel are safe.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    15.11.2013   Fripa Miltenberg invests in new tissue paper machine from Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news The family-owned company Fripa - Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG has commissioned Voith with the delivery of a new production line for its Miltenberg location in Germany. The system is designed to sustainably produce high-quality tissue paper. Fripa is thus continuing its successful market strategy as a leading service-oriented provider of high-quality tissue paper.
    The managing partner, Verena Queck-Glimm, elaborates on Fripa’s decision: “After in-depth evaluation of the concepts and technologies available, we decided in favor of a Voith machine. In addition, Voith convinced us with its commitment and the energy-efficient components which are so important for us.”
    The paper machine is designed for an operating speed of 2,100 meter per minute and will produce 36,000 metric tons of high-quality toilet and towel paper annually from pulp with a working width of 2.7 meter. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2014.
    In designing the paper production process, particular importance was accorded to low energy consumption and to low water and wastewater values. Among other things, the use of the NipcoFlex T shoe press was a key factor in choosing Voith. With this technology, the need for thermal energy can be substantially reduced. NipcoFlex T is also ideally suited for production of soft paper and thus meets the high quality requirements of Fripa. The new paper machine will be equipped with other energy-efficient components and systems. The order is completed by extensive maintenance and replacement parts services.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    14.11.2013   LUXE PACK MONACO 2013: Record numbers and plebiscited!    ( Company news )

    Company news LUXE PACK MONACO 2013, the premier show for creative packaging, ended on 25 October with exceptional results:
    -400 exhibitors, including 40 first-time exhibitors, offered a wide range of materials and expertise,
    -A frenzy of launches were exclusively unveiled at the show,
    -7,439 quality visitors came representing an increase of 6% against 2012,
    -Rich and innovative content on major topical issues: trends, sustainable development, design, regulations...
    -A positive and studious environment,
    -Many promising projects in the pipeline...

    LUXE PACK MONACO 2013 was hailed by the entire profession that had come together in Monaco!

    A 26th edition that was even more business-oriented
    A record 400 exhibitors, including 40 first-time exhibitors, presented specific expertise and techniques and desired materials such as glass, leather, cases, rhinestones and crystals, full service, and anti-counterfeiting systems and the range of creative packaging was particularly extensive.
    LUXE PACK MONACO is the only exhibition that comprehensively showcases companies and current expertise in the glass industry from all over the world. The round table gathering European glass industry leaders was also very popular.
    Once again LUXE PACK MONACO was the scene of a large number of launches in the fields of finishing-decoration, sensoriality, nomadism, and anti-counterfeiting that was exclusively unveiled during the event ensuring that every visitor found what they needed to enhance their products and brands amongst the countless innovative solutions proposed.
    LUXE PACK Forum Innovation showcases displayed innovations presented by exhibitors and the innovations competing for the 2013 LUXE PACK in green prize.
    One of LUXE PACK MONACO's major assets is the quality of its visitors which was praised by exhibitors again this year. Beyond the number of visitors (7,439 visitors marking a 6% increase against 2012), the professionals present recognised the quality of exchanges and the decision-making power of their contacts. Business exchanges were intense and many confidential business meetings were held on-site before the end of the event.
    46% of visitors were French and 54% were international from 77 countries. This year there was a marked increase in visitors from certain European countries (Italy and Spain in particular) and the USA and the number of companies being represented also raised. As exhibitors had rightly felt, there were more senior executives, in particular from branches and purchasing departments, visiting the exhibition this year.

    Rich content
    The Guest of Honour, Francis Kurkdjian, gave his presentation to a packed auditorium. This internationally renowned perfumer related his life story, thwarted vocations, and successes despite the odds very simply.
    The round table on eco-design was also very popular with a panel of high-level speakers, very concrete feedback, and pertinent contributions by the Utopies Consulting Agency, specialised in Sustainable Development.

    The now awaited LUXE PACK trends observer delivered its conclusions during a round table. Three trends were updated and deciphered by the experts present:
    -"Deal with the Devil" or when vampires and sexy heroes inspire leading brands and their packaging,
    -"Let's celebrate": the desire to celebrate everything joining a deeper need for rituals and allowing Travel Retail requirements to be met,
    -"History Telling": brands reaffirm their roots, legacy, and history of their expertise to reassure consumers and attract more young people looking for references.

    ...and pioneering
    LUXE PACK MONACO 2013 broke new ground by giving the floor to experts in the automotive industry who presented about the "design to cost" process that could be applied to the luxury sector. This process involves brands reversing their stance when dealing with suppliers to encourage them to use their transversal vision and asking them "what can you offer us for this price?" for a project.
    Also new this year were the very popular free consultations in semiotics providing concrete answers to key questions for product managers and executives such as adequacy of packaging or a logo with brand image and targeted positioning, evaluation of potential brand extension based on the packaging, and strategic recommendations to build a new brand which determine brand management and its development potential.
    LUXE PACK MONACO presented LUXE PACK ESSENTIALS for the first time this year.
    Marc Rosen, American designer, Hannah Stodell, Insight Editor at LS:N Global UK, Géraldine Bouchot, Prospective studies manager, and Elodie Nigay, Marketing project manager, at Carlin International France scoured the stands for the three days of the event to find LUXE PACK's three "I"s: Inspiration, Innovation, and Ideas.

    Next year's LUXE PACK MONACO will be held at the Grimaldi Forum from 27 to 29 October.
    (IDICE MC)
     
    14.11.2013   Lenzing Revises Guidance for the 2013 Financial Year    ( Company news )

    Company news -EBITDA of EUR 220 - 230 mn expected for 2013
    -Material costs and personnel expenditures to be reduced by EUR 120 mn p.a. until 2015
    -All fiber production facilities will continue to operate at full capacity

    Picture: Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing AG

    The Lenzing Group, the world’s leading producer of man-made cellulose fibers, achieved business results in line with expectations in the first three quarters of 2013 in spite of unfavorable market conditions. This can be attributed to the countermeasures which are already underway. Consolidated sales amounted to EUR 1,447.0 mn, a decline of 7.7% from the comparable level of EUR 1,567.5 mn in the previous year. Consolidated earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) continued to be at a good level, amounting to EUR 223.8 mn in the first nine months of 2013, a drop of 20.5% from the prior-year figure of EUR 281.5 mn. This comprised an EBITDA margin of 15.5% (Q1-3/2012: 18.0%). Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) in the first nine months of the year fell by 33.0% to EUR 136.4 mn, down from EUR 203.4 mn. On the basis of the anticipated weaker fourth quarter of 2013, Lenzing revised its guidance for the entire year 2013 downwards. Lenzing now expects EBITDA of between EUR 220 - 230 mn in 2013 (last guidance: EUR 280 mn).
    In the light of the ongoing difficult market situation, Lenzing has decided to proactively implement a massive, far-reaching cost optimization program. The initiative will enable cost savings of EUR 120 mn p.a. until 2015 as a means of safeguarding Lenzing’s cost leadership on the global market for man-made cellulose fibers. In this way Lenzing is responding to the current difficult market environment, which has led to increasingly fierce price competition.
    “The difficult market situation will continue in 2014 and possibly well into 2015. We will resolutely counteract this unfavorable situation and adjust our cost structures to the new circumstances as quickly as possible”, says Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing AG. “Our aim must not only be to expand our quality leadership and innovative strength on a sustainable basis, but also to regain the cost leadership in our industry. We continue to see attractive growth potential for our products, but we are already preparing ourselves today as optimally as possible for the increasingly tough competition. Cost discipline and cash generation will be our targets over the coming years.”
    In particular, the sales and marketing organization will be strengthened as part of the current reorganization project. The entire organization will sharpen its focus to more strongly orient its activities to the important fiber markets of Asia and Turkey. Sales efforts in China especially will be expanded on the basis of additional technical experts and market development capabilities.
    Lenzing will continue to invest, particularly in developing TENCEL® for high quality textile applications and sustainable nonwoven applications. Demand for Lenzing Modal® remains strong.
    The expanded cost optimization program “excelLENZ 2.0” is a further, comprehensive step to sustainably safeguard earnings and future investment projects. It complements the initial “excelLENZ” cost-saving program which has been underway since the beginning of the year as well as the organizational restructuring of the Group. Improvement potential for all cost modules encompassing all operating units has been defined over the past weeks. The measures to be implemented on this basis will not only result in savings in material costs but also massive reductions in operating expenses and overhead, extensive increases in operating efficiency as well as a reduction in the total number of employees. All global sites will be affected. The staff at the Group’s largest production site in Lenzing, Upper Austria will likely be downsized by up to 15% from the current level of about 2,600 employees (including retiring employees and unfilled vacancies). On balance, a total of up to 600 jobs will be cut or vacant positions not filled.
    The individual measures will be quickly carried out in the coming months, and thus already partially impact earnings in 2014. Lenzing expects one-off expenses related to the implementation of the “excelLENZ 2.0” drive in the mid double-digit euro range.

    Sales and earnings in the first three quarters in line with expectations
    In spite of the increasingly difficult market environment, business of the Lenzing Group in the first three quarters of 2013 developed in line with expectations. The downward pressure on selling prices could at least be partially offset by significantly higher fiber shipment volumes, cost savings and a marketing drive for specialty fibers Lenzing Modal® and TENCEL®.
    Fiber production facilities were operating at full capacity during the first three quarters of the year. Fiber shipment volumes increased to approximately 660,000 tons due to capacity expansion measures, up 12% from the prior-year level of 590,000 tons. However, average fiber selling prices of the Lenzing Group were at EUR 1.73 per kilogram, about 14% lower than in the previous year. The underlying reason was the price and margin pressure in China as a consequence of surplus production capacities. This development intensified further in the third quarter and influenced all other key sales markets.
    The EBITDA of EUR 223.8 mn and the EBIT of EUR 136.4 mn include the one-off proceeds totaling EUR 24.8 mn mainly from the sale of the Business Unit Plastics. The financial result amounted to minus EUR 19.1 mn in the first three quarters of 2013 (Q1-3/2012: minus EUR 7.4 mn). This led to a profit for the period of EUR 86.6 mn, a decrease of 44.2% year-on-year from EUR 155.1 mn in the first three quarters of 2012. Earnings per share, calculated on the basis of Lenzing shares outstanding, were EUR 3.21 in the first nine months, down from EUR 5.67 in the previous year.
    Investments in intangible assets and property, plant and equipment (CAPEX) totaled EUR 180.6 mn in the first nine months of 2013, below the prior-year level of EUR 213.7 mn. The focal point of the investment activity on the part of the Lenzing Group was construction of the new large-scale TENCEL® production plant at the Lenzing site, completion of the conversion and refitting work at the Paskov/CZ pulp plant as well as infrastructure investments. Adjusted Group equity as of the end of September 2013 rose slightly to EUR 1,163.4 mn, up 0.9% from the comparable figure of EUR 1,153.1 mn at the end of 2012. This corresponded to an adjusted equity ratio of 46.2% of total assets (December 31, 2012: 43.8%). Due to the investment activity of the Lenzing Group, net financial debt increased to EUR 461.2 mn in the first nine months of 2013: (December 31, 2012: EUR 346.3 mn). Accordingly, net gearing was 39.6% (December 31, 2012: 30.0%).
    The number of employees in the Lenzing Group as at September 30, 2013 totaled 6,772 people, down from 7,033 at the end of 2012 and 6,958 at the end of the third quarter of 2012.

    Revised guidance for 2013
    No imminent change in the difficult business environment can be expected on the global fiber market. The continuing high level of cotton inventories has unfavorable effects on the entire fiber industry. The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) expects inventories to rise by an additional two million tons to 20.8 mn tons by the end of the current season (end of July 2014)*.
    Lenzing expects price pressure to remain strong in the fourth quarter of 2013. For this reason, Lenzing has revised its guidance for the entire year 2013. Accordingly, consolidated sales are expected to total about EUR 1,9 bn for 2013 as a whole (last guidance: EUR 2.0 bn). EBITDA will likely amount between EUR 220 - 230 mn due to restructuring costs for operational restructuring measures (last guidance: EUR 280 mn), whereas EBIT will total approximately EUR 75 - 85 mn (last guidance: EUR 160 mn), which can be attributed to one-off costs for write-downs.
    (Lenzing Papier GmbH)
     
    14.11.2013   Kemira to implement global price increase for pulp and paper chemicals    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira will implement a price increase up to 15 %, depending on product segment, for its Pulp and Paper Chemicals. The adjustment will affect selected product lines between 5-15% and will be immediately implemented or as existing contracts allow.
    The price increase is an effect of increases in all major cost drivers; including key feed stocks and raw material, energy and transport. Kemira has continuously rationalized operations and reduced fixed costs, but has now reached a point when a price increase is necessary to secure the position as a strong supplier to the Pulp & Paper Industry.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    14.11.2013   New Sales Director for Intec UK    ( Company news )

    Company news Robin Janes joins John Anderson, Operations Director and Mark Baker-Homes, Director of Business Development on the Senior management team as Sales Director this November.

    Joining us from NRG International (part of the Ricoh Group), Robin has more than 21 years’ experience in solutions based printing coupled with a strong background in sales and business management of over 130 distributors in 96 countries around the world.

    “I am delighted to be joining the Intec team at such a pivotal point in the company’s history” said Robin.
    “With an exciting new product lineup, a clear direction to expand the company’s operations plus strong signs of economic recovery from around the globe, I will be looking not only to introduce new long term distributors but also to maximise the potential of the existing network.
    Furthermore, I am keen to learn from our trusted partners how they would like to see the Intec Business develop and to find new and improved ways of motivating their own sales and marketing staff.”

    In his spare time Robin likes to get off the beaten track, either by exploring the remoter regions of the UK and Europe in his motor home or by sailing around the coastlines of the English Channel. Married with 2 grown-up children, he also enjoys experimental cooking at home using many of the different experiences and techniques from his overseas travel.

    Ian Melville, Managing Director, stated “I am delighted that Robin is joining Intec at this very significant point of time in our growth and as we launch additional ground breaking products to the Intec family. Robin’s huge experience in channel sales development will enable us to maximise Intec’s growth globally in the coming months and years ahead.”

    With all the new and exciting products coming Robin’s Focus will be to develop sales into new territories and to further grow Intec’s business.

    Robin can be contacted from the 18th November at:
    robin.janes@intecprinters.com
    or via our Sales Co-ordinator,
    Lauren Fox:
    lauren.fox@intecprinters.com
    and on +44 (0)1202 845 960
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    14.11.2013   Future Valmet to supply a complete tissue line for Faderco in Algeria    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, supplies a complete tissue line for the Algerian company Faderco. The order also includes an automation solution for machine, process and quality controls. The tissue line will be installed on Faderco’s new site at Setif, Algeria. The start-up of the tissue machine is planned for the second quarter of 2015. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received, and the automation package in Automation segment's fourth quarter 2013 orders received.
    The order is a result of a long and thorough planning and market evaluation process done by Faderco. "After thorough investigations and evaluation we came to the conclusion that Metso is the right partner for Faderco for such an important project which will establish high quality tissue paper production on the Algerian market,” says Amor Habes, owner of Faderco.
    “We are very impressed with the well founded investment and technical analysis done for the project. The detailed preparation done already in an early stage will certainly contribute to the success of this project. We are proud to be part of the growth of the Faderco company,” says Jan Erikson, Vice President Sales, Pulp, Paper and Power, Metso.

    Technical information
    The tissue production line will have a design capacity of around 30,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new lines will be virgin fiber.
    Metso’s scope of delivery will comprise of one complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 100+ tissue machine. The machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a Metso Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap, an Advantage WetDust dust system and an Advantage SoftReel A reel. The stock preparation line consists of OptiSlush pulper, OptiFiner conical refiners and deflaker and OptiScreen screens. Also an advanced MC20T rewinder with calender as well as roll transporting and wrapping equipment is included in the delivery. In addition to the paper making process Metso supplies complete electrical systems and effluent treatment of the waste water coming from the process.
    The delivery also includes an automation package with Metso DNA machine and process controls and Metso IQ quality controls. Complete installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also part of the delivery. The supply is based on total Mill Engineering by Metso. A smooth and successful start-up of the tissue production line is ensured through a one year on-site support, by Metso.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    14.11.2013   Voith installs VariFlex winder at Mpact in record time    ( Company news )

    Company news In June 2013, Voith installed a new VariFlex winder at Mpact’s PM 3 in Felixton, South Africa, in just eight days. Two days after start-up, the maximum operating speed of 2,500 m/min was reached.
    With this project Mpact Ltd. pursued two goals: Compared to the former winder, the new VariFlex should feature a 50% higher processing capacity, thus allowing to cope with a planned increase in production at the PM 3 in the future. In addition, the time from switching off the old winder until starting up the VariFlex was reduced to an absolute minimum. The combined efforts of the Voith and Mpact installation teams enabled the start-up of the winder two days earlier than the demanding 10-day planned schedule. The two goals were achieved.
    The efficient installation and start-up process was made possible by a special procedure. Even before the new winder was delivered, it was taken into operation at Voith in Krefeld, Germany, then packed into three oversize containers and shipped to South Africa. In Felixton, a crane lifted the winder into the mill, where it was installed in the course of 24-hour shifts.
    “The new winder has removed the bottleneck in our process. We have already seen an 8 % speed increase on the paper machine and are looking forward to the next machine upgrade knowing we are not constrained of the front end“, says Brian Smith, Mill Manager at Mpact Felixton.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     

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