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    05.12.2013   CALL FOR PAPERS OF SCIENCE & INNOVATION: From Paper to Bio-Materials - Fibre ...    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 ... Applications and Fibre Processes for an Industry under Transformation

    109th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014 CONFERENCE AND EXPO 24th - 26th June 2014

    The ZELLCHEMING Annual Conference and Expo 2014 will highlight the transformation of paper industry towards a modern industry sector supplying our society with sustainable products made from renewable fibres.
    Part of the 2014 event will be the conference platform on science and innovation where new ideas and current research results can be presented which contribute to the future competitiveness of the sector and to efficient and sustainable production.
    This Call for Papers is directed towards potential speakers from science and industry working on research and innovation. The presentations we have in mind should demonstrate new and initial ideas, current subjects of researchers and scientists and issues which are likely to attract higher interest in the near future. The presentations are meant to give the ignition for a solid exchange of thoughts or even a cooperation of partners in different fields.

    The science and innovation platform of the ZELLCHEMING Annual Conference 2014 will focus on:
    Fibre Applications and Fibre Processes for an Industry under Transformation

    We are seeking for new ideas and concepts for
    • utilizing papermaking fibres for novel products,
    • perspectives for combining papermaking knowledge and materials with other materials like textiles,
    • cutting edge specialty fibres and their characterization,
    • improving sustainability and (energy) efficiency of papermaking processes,
    • novel process ideas and concepts

    For the Science and Innovation Platform, full presentations (20 min presentation), and poster presentations are welcome. The full presentations will have to pass a peer-reviewing procedure and will be published after the conference if the authors provide a full paper. Abstracts from all presentations will be published in the IPW
    magazine.
    Are you interested in giving a paper concerning this section of the conference at the Annual General Meeting of ZELLCHEMING in 2014? If so, please note the following:
    • The presentation you are offering to give has not been published yet.
    • You should submit the name(s) of the author(s), the title, type of the presentation (full paper, short communication or poster) and an
    abstract (some 250 words) of your presentation in English and via e-mail to the association’s office before January 12th, 2014
    (c.gembus@zellcheming.de).

    If you have any questions on the Science and Innovation Platform of ZELLCHEMING 2014 Annual General Meeting, please do not hesitate to contact the association’s office or the chairman of the scientific committee (schabel@papier.tu-darmstadt.de).

    We specifically encourage also young members of the R&D community to actively participate and are looking forward to seeing you again in Frankfurt in June 2014!
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - ZELLCHEMING)
     
    05.12.2013   Breakthrough technologies set to revolutionise paper and pulp industry and provide climate solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry calls for breakthrough technologies to be at the heart of the 2030 climate and energy package.

    Picture: Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General

    The European pulp and paper industry has searched for, and now found, breakthrough technology concepts which can enable a competitive future in Europe. The example is a fascinating case study from one of Europe’s energy intensive industries.
    The European paper industry supplies a quarter of the global market, employs 185,000 people in 520 companies with a turnover of 75 billion per year.
    At this year’s European Paper Week gathering in Brussels, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), unveiled eight concepts for breakthrough technologies that provide solutions which can enable the future of the industry in Europe. Each solution offers opportunity to create value, reduce costs, improve margins, radically change sector operations and allow massive decarbonisation.
    In March 2011 the European Commission set a challenging target of -80% CO2 reductions by 2050. In November 2011 the paper industry launched its own 2050 Roadmap that analysed how to achieve this decarbonisation target while increasing value in the sector by 50%. One year later, the industry followed up by launching the Two Team Project which brought together the teams who have developed the eight concepts announced today.
    In this year-long competition, two teams comprising of scientists, companies, suppliers and outsiders worked to identify viable concepts that would help the industry achieve its objectives. Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced the winning team and winning concept from among the eight finalists. She praised the efforts of the sector: “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.”
    The winning concept is known as “deep eutectic solvents”. It is a brand new technology which, at low temperatures, breaks biomass down into constituent parts which can then be used in the paper and pulp industries. If utilised at scale this technology could radically change pulp and paper production around the world and replace some of the most energy intensive parts of the current process. Deep eutectic solvents have seen remarkable results at the laboratory scale. In the coming months and years, they will need to be further studied and developed.
    Commenting on the outcome of the competition, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. While we have announced a winner, we are confident that all the shortlisted concepts have an important role to play. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. Now policy must be developed to support the development of these technologies.”
    Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, went on to say: “Policymakers once thought targets could be met with existing technology and behavioural change. That is wrong. Breakthrough technologies are needed to meet low carbon targets. Investments in innovation need to focus on breakthroughs, not on incremental growth. CEPI’s Two Team Project perfectly illustrates this”.
    Little effort is given to developing breakthrough innovations for the manufacturing sectors of tomorrow and industrial and climate policy have left this area untouched.
    The Two Team Project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation process and providing pre-competitive leads. It is now up to individual companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers. The right conditions must be put in place to enable research, pilot, demonstration and investments.

    The announcement of the winner will be followed by a seminar on Thursday 28th November in which eight finalists will have an opportunity to present their concepts to European Paper Week attendees.

    The eight breakthrough technologies are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future. They are:

    Deep Eutectic Solvents – the winner
    A ground-breaking discovery: Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) produced by plants, opens the way to produce pulp at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. Using DES, any type of biomass could be dissolved into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose with minimal energy, emissions and residues. They could also be used to recover cellulose from waste and dissolve ink residues in recovered paper.

    Flash condensing with Steam
    Waterless paper production? Very nearly. Largely dry fibres would be blasted into a forming zone with agitated steam and condensed into a web using one-thousandth the volume of water used today.

    Steam
    Using more energy to use less? You read it right. Using the full power of pure steam for superheated steam drying would save energy as most heat could be recovered and recycled. Steam will then be used as fibre carrier for making and forming paper.

    Supercritical CO2
    Neither gas nor liquid but somewhere in between, Supercritical CO2 (scCO2) is widely used in many applications, to dry vegetable, fruits and flowers, extract essential oils or spices. Suppliers for large consumer items use it to dye textile. Coffee and tea have been decaffeinated with scCO2 since the early 80s. We could use it to dry pulp and paper without the need for heat and steam, and why not dye paper or remove contaminants too, while we’re at it?

    100% electricity
    Shifting pulp and paper production to energy-efficient technologies using electricity rather than fossil fuel power to generate heat will cut all CO2 emissions as the power sector shifts to renewable energy. The sector would also provide a buffer and storage capacity for the grid, storing energy as hydrogen or pulp.

    DryPulp for cure-formed paper
    Imagine a papermaking process that uses no water. This is it. Fibres are treated to protect them from shear, and then suspended in a viscous solution at up to 40% concentration. The solution is then pressed out and the thin sheet cured with a choice of additives to deliver the end-product required.

    Functional Surface
    The key to unlocking greater added value from fewer resources depends on a shift to producing more lightweight products, and selling surface area and functionality rather than weight. Advances in sheet formation and new cocktails of raw materials will lead the way to the lightweight future.

    The Toolbox to replicate
    What about the great ideas that never make it? Put together a combination of process, material and equipment innovations as a toolbox of stepping stones to 2050 and the pathway becomes clearer, boosting sector and investor confidence.
    (CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries)
     
    04.12.2013   FutureMark Paper Expands Client Roster in 2013, Breaks Ground in Educational Publishing Market    ( Company news )

    Company news FutureMark Paper experiences strong growth in 2013, signing on or expanding existing relationships with a number of retailers, publishers and marketing services providers

    Company makes inroads in educational publishing market, with 50% year over year volume growth; clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier, Scholastic, Wiley and Zaner Bloser

    If school systems across the U.S. switched to high-recycled (>90%) paper for their educational materials, more than 4 million trees, nearly 2 billion gallons of water and 2.5 trillion BTUs of energy could immediately be saved

    FutureMark® Paper Group, North America’s leading provider of responsibly made recycled paper, announced the continued expansion of its customer roster among leading retailers, premier publishers and marketing services providers.
    The company reported new business wins in 2013 from Menards and other major retail chains, as well as increased volume from existing customers such as TI ME Magazine, Gannett and Sam’s Club.
    FutureMark also made notable strides in the educational publishing market in 2013, with 50 percent year over year volume growth, including new or expanded orders with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier and Zaner Bloser – adding to its existing work with Scholastic and Wiley.
    As part of broader green initiatives among K-12 schools and higher education institutions, there is growing interest in high-recycled paper options for educational textbooks and instructional materials, most of which have traditionally been printed on conventional, or virgin, paper.
    A small portion of these materials may contain paper with 10-20 percent recycled fiber – technically qualifyingthem to be labeled “recycled.”
    High-recycled paper, however, is comprised of at least 90 percent recycled fiber and looks, feels and performs as well as the lower - or non-recycled options.
    “We are very pleased with our business growth in 2013 and look forward to continuing this momentum into 2014,” stated Steve Silver, President & CEO of FutureMark Paper Company. “We see the educational publishing market as an area in which we can support significant industry change and lessen the environmental impact of textbooks and instructional materials. If school systems across the United States made the switch to high-recycled paper for these materials, more than 4 million trees, nearly 2 billion gallons of water and 2.5 trillion BTUs of energy could immediately be saved.”

    Contributing to the company’s recent growth and positive outlook is FutureMark’s newest product: Future JetTM, the industry’s first high-recycled, coated digital inkjet paper. Compatible with both dye- and pigment-based printers, Future Jet offers publishers and commercial printers excellent print quality on the greenest paper available.
    Added Silver: “Our sustainable, affordable, high-quality paper is impressing even the most skeptical buyers and printers, and we’re looking forward to turning more heads with additional new products we are readying for release early next year.”
    (FutureMark® Paper Group)
     
    04.12.2013   Innventia's Paul Krochak named the winner of the TAPPI Jasper Mardon Prize 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news The presentation “Bridging Chemical Dosage, Mixing Quality and Variability in Paper Sheets” by Paul Krochak (photo), Bo Norman, Giuseppe Carmine Fasci, and Lisa Prahl Wittberg, was named the winner of the Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize recognizing the Best Papermaking Technology Paper presented at PaperCon 2013.
    The study investigated the fact that poor dosage and mixing of chemicals in the approach flow has long been suspected to lead to variability in paper products. The results of the study indicate the existence of optimal dosage configurations and point toward a strong coupling between chemical addition strategy, mixing quality and variability in final products.
    "It is an honor to win this award. It was actually quite a large effort putting this paper together. We had some luck in getting such a strong Masters student, Giuseppe, who performed all of the modelling and simulations under Lisa's and my supervision. Bo executed the FEX demonstration trials and then he and I worked incredibly hard to put the article together. There were some times when I thought we were putting in far too much effort into a conference paper, but in hindsight it was completely worth it," says Paul Krochak who will receive the award at PaperCon 2014 in Nashville.
    "Paul Krochak's paper reporting the results of a study investigating the influence of variables in chemical additive addition on final product quality is a noteworthy effort that advances the industry's understanding of this important aspect of papermaking technology," notes Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO. "It's an outstanding example of how research can advance technology and in turn lead to improved product quality and thus is very deserving of the prestigious Jasper Mardon Prize."
    (Innventia AB)
     
    04.12.2013   Vacon strengthens its foothold in Latin America     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon expands its operations in Brazil and Latin America, and on account of this, Vacon's sales office in Brazil is moving to new premises in São Paulo. The inauguration of the premises took place yesterday, 2 December 2013.
    "Vacon's business has developed favorably in Brazil and in Latin America, and we see good prospects for growth in this region. In accordance of Vacon's newly published new strategy, to secure growth, Brazil is one of the target countries where we will invest. Our sales office in Brazil allows us to increase our competitive edge in the whole of Latin America, build our own competence in the region and differentiate from the competitors. At the same time, we will bring added value to our customers and prepare the ground for our high-power AC drives strategy," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations at Vacon.
    "Vacon's office in São Paulo is moving to new larger premises where we will have more space to grow and give support to our regional customers in Brazil and other Latin American countries. We are expanding our service center facilities and we have a new training center. Furthermore, we have the possibility to start local cabinet assembly in Brazil. This is a remarkable step forward because this allows us to better serve our customers in the oil & gas, marine and offshore and renewable energy production business," says Claudio Luis Baccarelli, Vacon's Managing Director in Brazil.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    04.12.2013   Efficient operation with modular Bosch technology     ( Company news )

    Company news Preserves manufacturer saves 40,000 euros per year in energy costs

    Following an energy analysis in 2012, Valenzi GmbH & Co. KG from Suderburg in the Lower Saxony region of Germany decided to replace its steam supply. A complete system from Bosch was used, which could be matched exactly to the customer's requirements thanks to the numerous modules available. The manufacturer of forest fruit preserves expects an energy saving from the new system of around 40,000 euros per year. The CO2 emissions are also reduced by approximately 300 tons.

    The modular design of the Bosch system ensures energy-optimised boiler operation. The existing boilers had been in operation for up to 31 years and were replaced with two modern UL-S type steam boilers with speed-controlled natural gas firing systems, each with an output of 5,000 kg/h. The company primarily uses steam to preserve mushrooms and refine wild berries and soup ingredients. The second boiler is used as a backup and to cover peak loads. Integrated economisers make efficient use of the energy from the hot boiler flue gases to heat the feed water. The boiler efficiency increases by 4.8 per cent and fuel consumption decreases by the same proportion.

    Water treatment components provide optimum feed water quality. The WTM water treatment plant produces softened make-up water. To reduce susceptibility to corrosion, thermal deaeration is performed after the softening process via the WSM-V water service module. The water is heated to 103 degrees Celsius, causing the gases contained in the water to be released. Using the compact EHB heat recovery module, thermal energy from the hot desalted water is used to preheat the feed water. This leads to an increase in efficiency and a reduction in fuel, cooling water and waste water costs.

    In addition, the system is fitted with a CSM condensate service module. The module collects and stores accumulated condensate and channels it back to the water service module. The lower demand for make-up water reduces water and energy consumption.

    The intuitive touch-screen BCO/SCO controls make it easy to operate and adjust the boilers and system. Triggered by the push of a button or an external request signal, the start-up and shut-down processes for the steam boilers are performed automatically using the integrated SUC start-up, standby and shut-down control. The sequence control applies the consumption-optimised operating mode for the multi-boiler system. The steam boilers are kept warm by means of a heating coil built into the end of the boiler, and this ensures that there is rapid availability.

    The modular design of the Bosch boilers and components meant that effort for planning and installation could be kept low. Planning office Westfalia Wärmetechnik from Rödinghausen and plant construction company AME-Technik from Hamelin were commissioned to complete this work. The operator benefits from the increased degree of automation of the economically and ecologically optimised energy generation system. In addition to the new boiler system, further measures such as waste heat utilisation in the compressors and cold stores improve Valenzi's energy consumption further.
     
    04.12.2013   Leading Edge Corrugated Cardboard Manufacturing Solutions to Be Showcased at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... SinoCorrugated South 2014

    The most prominent event in Asia-Pacific's corrugated manufacturing industry, SinoCorrugated South 2014, will kick off next April 10 at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center. The show is set to be held along with SinoFoldingCarton, China's leading showcase for innovative post-print solutions.
    The value of participating in SinoCorrugated South next year will be immense. Because of the show’s key focus on the corrugated packaging market and its supreme effectiveness in bringing together industry leaders with equipment and consumables suppliers, agencies and manufacturers of corrugated cardboard, it stands head and shoulders above others as the preferred biennial showpiece for Asia-Pacific’s corrugated manufacturing trade.
    Across an exhibition area of 60,000 sqm, over 600 exhibitors will display their newest manufacturing and processing solutions to 26,000 local and international visitors. SinoCorrugated South 2014 also promises to be highly effective in boosting trade across the entire international corrugated board manufacturing industry.
    The organizers are looking forward to welcoming powerful buyer delegations from the fastest developing markets in Asia-Pacific. These will include groups from India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. By assembling buyers from rapidly developing markets, SinoCorrugated South sets itself apart as the best place for ambitious businesses keen to boost their share of the regional market.
    Exhibitors can expect to come face-to-face with an even greater number of high quality visitors in the coming year as visitor numbers for SinoCorrugated South 2014 are set to top those for the 2012 edition by 20%. In 2012, 35% of visitors were at Vice President level or higher. A further 20% were Purchasing Managers. In addition to these figures, approximately 25% of visitors to SinoCorrugated South 2012 represented companies with a production output value exceeding RMB 100 million (USD 16.3 million).
    Over the years, SinoCorrugated South has built a strong reputation as the preferred platform via which to unveil the latest manufacturing and processing solutions; attract new customers; secure fresh orders; seek business opportunities and improve brand image. More than that, exhibiting for just three days at the South China show delivers a promotional effect that lasts an entire year.
    Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the show, have created, through SinoCorrugated South, a powerful blend of exhibition platform and marketing engine that helps exhibitors to comprehensively accelerate development through higher sales and year-round customer interest. For SinoCorrugated South 2014, Reed will regularly distribute exhibitor details to local and international corrugated case producers and trading companies, as a way of maximizing the promotion of their brands and magnifying the benefits of their taking part.
    A high value, record-breaking event, SinoCorrugated South 2012 attracted 20,853 visitors (28% more than in 2010), of whom 1,386 were international (24% higher than in 2010). Feedback from participants was significantly positive as 96% of visitors declared themselves satisfied with the overall effect of the 2012 show. On the exhibitor side, satisfaction with the show’s effect was even higher: 98%. The same post-show survey, conducted by Reed Exhibitions, showed that 88% of visitors intend to attend the show again.
    Based on the tremendous achievements of the most recent SinoCorrugated South event and the significant development potential still inherent in the global corrugated cardboard manufacturing trade, confidence is high that the 2014 show will be a powerful, highly effective commercial platform for exhibitors, visitors and buyers – boosting international trade, enhancing cross-border communication and driving sustainable development.
    (Reed Huayin (Shanghai) International Exhibitions Co. Ltd)
     
    03.12.2013   Fortum’s new bio-oil plant has been commissioned in Joensuu - first of its kind in the world    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortum’s new bio-oil plant has been commissioned in Joensuu, Finland. Producing bio-oil from wood-based raw materials, the plant is the first of its kind in the world on an industrial scale. The bio-oil plant is unique in that it has been integrated with Fortum’s Joensuu combined heat and power plant.

    Bio-oil is produced from forest residues, wood from first thinnings and other wood biomass, such as forest industry by-products, sourced locally from the Joensuu region. The bio-oil production will increase Fortum’s wood use in energy production in Joensuu from 300,000 to 450, 000 solid cubic meter per year. The Joensuu bio-oil plant’s annual production of 50,000 tonnes corresponds to the heating needs of more than 10,000 households.

    The employment impact of the bio-oil production plant project has been estimated to be about 60–70 man-years in the Joensuu region. Jobs are created in raw material sourcing, at the production plant and in logistics.

    Finnish Parliament Member and Chair of the Commerce Committee Mauri Pekkarinen and Fortum’s Chief Financial Officer Markus Rauramo inaugurated the bio-oil plant in Joensuu on Friday, 29 November.

    “I am very pleased that our long planned pyrolysis project has now reached this stage. The use of bio-oil has significant positive environmental Impacts because energy produced with bio-oil reduces carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90% or more compared to fossil fuels. We aim for continuous development and growth of the business in CO2-free energy production. Consequently, this investment aligns very well with our strategy,” CFO Markus Rauramo noted in his inaugural speech.

    Fortum Otso® bio-oil can be used at heat plants or in industrial steam production as a replacement for heavy and light fuel oil. In the future, bio-oil can be used as a raw material for various biochemicals or traffic fuels.

    In October, Fortum signed its first agreement to supply bio-oil produced in Joensuu to Savon Voima, which will use the bio-oil to replace the use of heavy and light fuel oil in its district heat production in Iisalmi. Additionally, Fortum will use bio-oil in its own heat plants in Joensuu and in Vermo, Espoo.

    Joensuu’s bio-oil plant is based on so-called fast pyrolysis technology in which wood biomass is rapidly heated in oxygen-free conditions. As a result of the heating, the biomass decomposes and forms gases that are then condensed into oil. Fortum has invested about 30 million euros in its bio-oil plant and in modification work to its heat plants, and the project has received about 8 million euros in government investment subsidies. Development and conceptualisation of the new technology has been done collaboratively between Fortum, Metso, UPM and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The Research has been part of TEKES – the Finnish Funding Agency for Tech-nology and Innovation’s Biorefine programme.

    Fortum Corporation
    Corporate Communications

    Further information:
    Jouni Haikarainen, Vice President, Fortum, Heat Division, Finland, tel.+358 40
    709 5690
    Fortum media phone: +358 40 198 2843
    (Fortum Corporation)
     
    03.12.2013   European Paper Week – Reinventing Growth    ( Company news )

    Company news European paper industry focuses on sustainability and innovation

    Picture: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissionner for Climate Action

    The European pulp and paper industry concluded its 15th European Paper Week, focusing on sustainability and innovation in the sector under the theme “Reinventing Growth”. Within that context the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) presented its 6th sustainability report and the Two Team Project results. The exciting three-day event brought together over 350 people from the sector, related organisations as well as numerous representatives from the European institutions, providing a high-level platform for discussion.
    European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, welcomed CEPI’s 6th sustainability report and stressed that he is looking forward to the next report in a video message at CEPI’s Annual Meeting. He also sees the paper industry as one of the leading sectors in a circular economy.
    The facts speak for themselves, -43% CO2 emissions per tonne of product since 1990, were recorded in the new report and a recycling rate of 71.7%. 65% of wood delivered to European mills is certified and accidents reduced by over 60% in the last 10 years. Recognising the achievements of the sector, former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson told the industry: “Sustainability is modernisation”.
    In a panel, CEOs of the paper industry concentrated on the fact that the paper industry is a sustainable sector, stressing that sustainably also means financially viable.
    The second part of the Annual Meeting featured European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard. She announced the winning concept of the Two Team Project, which was tasked to identify breakthrough technology concepts for the paper industry in its bid to lower CO2 emissions by 2050. “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.” she stressed.
    The eight breakthrough technologies identified by the project are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future.
    Commenting on the outcome, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. However, the project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation and it is up to the companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers.“
    The European Paper Week this year covered a large variety of topics related to EU policy and experts from different fields were able to debate EU-US trade discussions as well as European standards for paper for recycling and benefits of print media. Additionally, energy issues were discussed and young researchers received the opportunity to present their recent research results to a large audience of industry representatives.
    The summary of the proceedings will be available in a few weeks time. The next European Paper Week will take place 25-27 November 2014 in Brussels.
    (European Paper Week)
     
    03.12.2013   Daco Solutions 250th Machine Sold To Label Metrics    ( Company news )

    Company news UK label converting equipment manufacturer Daco Solutions, Beverley, is celebrating the design of its 250th machine with a sale to leading label converter, Label Metrics.
    The deal for the new Daco D350 was clinched at Labelexpo Europe 2013 after Label Metrics saw the specification in advance.
    The Daco D350 is a single spindle machine fitted with a Daco U350L 1m (40”) unwind for immediate higher production output for this class of die cutter. It features an auto cut and apply web advance system with inter-label cutting for applying the web to the cores at the start of the rewinding process. The die station is strong and is supported down to ground level. The D350 delivers the benefit of a turret rewinder without the outlay.
    “There is no machine out there with a single rewind, auto cut / apply combination and with the job storage system where all relevant parameters for the job can be stored and recalled next time the job runs reducing make ready considerably,” says Sales Manager, Mark Laurence.
    Matt Bly, director of Label Metrics, did not hesitate when he became aware of the new development. “There is nothing on the market exactly like this machine,” he says. “We are a fast turnaround label specialist so capacity is the key when it comes to plain label die cutting. The reduced downtime, minimal make ready and high capacity U350L 1m (40”) unwind enables us to increase sales.”
    (Daco Solutions Limited)
     
    03.12.2013   All-in-one solution: integrated winder service from Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith’s winder service offers a convincing all-round solution as it covers all three areas, i.e. mechanics, automation and technology. Often, winder services are carried out by separate service providers because they are each only active in one of these areas.
    Thanks to Voith’s all-round service there is less coordination effort involved for the paper manufacturer who would normally have to liaise with a number of service providers. In addition, because Voith offers its services as flexible packages, every paper mill can tailor the scope of supply to its requirements. Ongoing inspection and servicing ensure that the winder is constantly in a perfect technical condition. In the process, potential defects are detected and rectified in good time before they can cause problems.
    Services from Voith are offered in three packages: Basic, Comfort & Premium. Whereas the Basic package comprises all inspections and function checks as well as a consultation, the Comfort package also includes the servicing work and an annual safety check. The Premium package offers in addition all necessary maintenance tasks from planning through to implementation as well as technological advice, spare parts and measures to improve winder efficiency.
    The problems that can occur due to inadequate servicing of the winder generally result in reduced production speed due to vibrations. The winding quality is also impaired. But now, with these coordinated service processes by Voith, winders can be inspected, maintained and optimized quickly and easily.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.12.2013   Lecta Reduces CWF 2S Production Capacity in 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta Group will make an additional reduction of CWF production capacity in 2014 of around 40,000 tons.
    As a result of the decreasing demand for coated wood free papers and considering the continuing negative demand expected in the coming years, Lecta is progressively adapting its production structure and reducing its capacity in this product line.
    After the closure of Condat’s L6 (July 1, 2013), which represents a capacity reduction of 130,000 tons, Lecta will now make an additional reduction of around 40,000 tons of CWF 2/S for 2014. The capacity will be re-assigned primarily to internal consumption, covering growing internal needs due to Lecta’s recent investments in the specialty papers segment.
    With these projects, in 2014 Lecta will remove from the market a total production capacity of around 170,000 tons of CWF 2S papers.
    (Lecta Europe)
     
    03.12.2013   The LGR Emballages Group enlarges its offer of folding cartons with hot foil stamping    ( Company news )

    Company news In order to meet the growing demand for sophisticated folding cartons in the healthcare and personal care sectors, the LGR Group has installed mid-2013 a brand-new hot foil stamping machine.
    The machine has been set up on the LGR-CFL Emballages site, located in Le Creusot (France), which has a special focus on personal care and cosmetics.
    It allows to get outstanding and eye-catching surface finishes, for metallic and holographic texts or patterns.
    Moreover, a specific register system guarantees an optimal quality.
    The LGR Group is today one of the few suppliers on the European market able to propose « premium » finishing (hot stamping, printing on metallized polyester, selective varnishes...) on a site manufacturing pharmaceutical folding cartons with GMP standards and Certipharm certification.
    LGR Emballages is one of the leaders in Europe for folding cartons for the pharmacy/healthcare/hygiene/care industry and litho-printed laminated boxes. The Group is continuing the modernization of its plants and the enlargement of its product portfolio.
    (LGR EMBALLAGES)
     
    03.12.2013   PulPaper 2014 - floor is filling up    ( Company news )

    Company news The global forest industry is gearing up to meet once again in Helsinki for the extraordinary anniversary event of PulPaper, 3-5 June, 2014.

    Did you know this about PulPaper 2010?
    • More than 12000 visitors from 63 countries
    • 95% of them was overall very satisfied with the event
    • 50% were looking to place orders with exhibitors within the next 12 months
    • 625 exhibitors from 30 countries

    The impressive results of past PulPaper events and the large amount of satisfied exhibitors and visitors has resulted in a very positive reservation status for PulPaper 2014. It is still possible to book a good location in the hall but there really is no time to waste, click here to see the current floor plan. This time with extra focus on Russia, major worldwide marketing efforts are currently in place to maintain the high standard of our visitors, a very high percentage of which are highest level managers from the pulp and paper producing companies around the world.

    Even more to offer exhibitors and visitors
    The 100th anniversary of The Paper Engineers Association of Finland (PI), with the grand gala evening on Wednesday June 4 as a celebration of this, is one of the special attractions of the event. However, this time around, the exhibition part of the event has more than ever to offer exhibitors and visitors.

    Paper Square
    Meet the pulp, paper and board producing companies of Metsä, UPM, Stora Enso and SAPPI at the Paper Square, a stage and exhibition area in the middle of the hall from which these companies will be updating us on trends and news in the industry.

    Company and Products presentations
    On popular demand, exhibiting companies will be presenting their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations relating to the global pulp and paper industry from a dedicated stage area in the hall. It is still possible to book slots, contact martina.haglund@messukeskus.com.

    PulPaper After Work
    This relaxed get-together is taking place in the Exhibition Hall after opening hours, at 16:30-19:00 in the evening of Tuesday 3 June. After a day at the exhibition floor, exhibitors and visitors can mingle, network and relax while enjoying good food, drink and entertainment from the Paper Square stage. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to arrange After Work activities in their stand.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.12.2013   The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Excerpts from the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com)Global Timber Markets

    • Sawlog prices were higher in practically all of the 20 regions worldwide as tracked by the WRQ each quarter. The only exceptions were in Canada, Western US, Finland and Brazil where prices were slightly lower than in the previous quarter.
    • The reduced prices in North America resulted in a 0.6 % drop in the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) to $85.94/m3, the first decline since the 2Q/12.
    • Global trade of logs may reach just over 76 million m3 in 2013, which would be six percent higher than in 2012 but slightly lower than in 2011.

    Global Pulpwood Prices
    • Softwood fiber prices were up in most countries worldwide with just a few exceptions including Sweden, Brazil and Oceania. The largest price increases were seen in the US South, Germany, France and Spain.
    • The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) edged up to $97.94/odmt in the 3Q/13.
    • This was $0.19/odmt higher than in the previous quarter but $2.11/odmt below 3Q/12 price.
    • The mood in the sawmilling sector in the Nordic countries has improved this fall after a year of mostly disappointing sales to traditional markets. There is cautious optimism for multiple reasons including improved housing markets in the US, higher lumber demand in China and Japan, and signs of a recovery in Europe.
    • During the first ten months of 2013, China’s lumber imports were 20 % higher than last year. Canada is the largest lumber supplier, but this year Europe, Russia, Chile and New Zealand have all increased their shipments to China at a faster pace than has Canada.
    • Softwood lumber imports to Japan have been 20% higher this year than last year, with the biggest increases in shipments from Sweden, Finland and Austria.

    Global Biomass Markets
    • Pellet export volumes from North America to Europe continued to rise during the 2Q/13, representing steady growth for the past seven quarters.
    • In the US South, pellet export volumes in the 2Q/13 increased 16% from the previous quarter to just over 700,000 tons.
    • As often has been the case, pellet prices in Germany were on the move upwards in the fall after a quiet summer.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ)
     
    02.12.2013   IBS Austria receives ECOPROFIT award    ( Company news )

    Company news IBS Austria GmbH received the ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal Award 2013.
    ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal is a cooperation project aimed at reducing operational emissions, saving natural resources and lowering operational costs.

    ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal is therefore a successful model for the sustainable economic development of a region, which contributes the increased use of integrated environmental technology by:
    - improving the local environmental situation
    - strengthening companies economically (cost savings) and
    - by establishing public-private partnerships.
    (IBS Austria GmbH)
     
    02.12.2013   Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo has been selected for the Mondberge ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Species Conservation Calendar 2014

    Following on from two previously successful calendars and produced to a luxury standard on Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo, the 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar is a feast for the eye. Last year’s calendar won gold in its category at Printstars 2013, the acclaimed innovation award within the German printing industry and the latest calendar is sure to be a strong contender for 2014. One of the striking images of the 12 threatened species is of the kingfisher - droplets of water glitter like stars and the kingfisher's bright plumage glistens as the gleaming silver fish flounders one last time before disappearing into the bird's orange-red beak. "This calendar presents some of the most stunning wildlife photography I have seen for a long time," says German actor Hannes Jaenicke, ambassador of the limited edition calendar. As in the past two years all profits will go towards projects to protect threatened wildlife.
    For the new edition the calendar's creators, Publisher TiPP 4 Verlag in Rheinbach and Print and Media company druckpartner in Essen, selected 12 very different images submitted by world renowned wildlife photographers from their most stunning shots. The featured species are presented in unusual ways using several different print finishing techniques.

    Print finishing makes the difference
    "When we developed the first species conservation calendar three years ago, Algro Design Duo from Sappi produced by far the best photo prints," says Michael Matschuck, Managing Director of druckpartner. "We were especially impressed by the excellent image reproduction and finish of the wildlife pictures on the bright white surface. Algro Design Duo also has the necessary rigidity and stability to be held in the wooden spiral binding."
    As well as exotic species like the koala and the orca, the calendar features more familiar animals like the hedgehog and the honeybee. There are two calendar pages for each month.
The top page, printed on Algro Design Duo in a weight of 250 g/m2, depicts the animal or the bird. The bottom page, printed on a Sappi graphics grade, MagnoTM bulk, also in a weight of 250 g/m2, includes the calendar itself and information about each species. There are also details about the photographer and a little of their history. Instead of an aluminium wire binding druckpartner and TiPP 4 opted for an innovative spine made of untreated birchwood. This allows the pages to be easily removed so that they can be framed and hung on a wall.

    As with previous editions, this strictly limited edition, of which only 2014 will be printed to match the year, is bound to impress and bring a uniquely visual and tactile experience. Using different finishing techniques and effects for each image the desirable calendar will undoubtedly become a collector’s item. With a scented coating on the eucalyptus leafs for the koala bear, for example, and an iridescent effect on the ice crystals for the wolf, sea fans are coated with a partially textured varnish which is slightly rough to the touch. Relief embossing gives the furry parts of the bee's body a 3D effect and as an unusual touch, a high-gloss UV finish enhances the realism of the black glass on which a gecko is sitting.
    Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi Fine Paper Europe explains, "A lot of passion has gone into producing the 2014 Species Conservation Calendar. We have been impressed by the way druckpartner made full use of the creative design and finishing possibilities to present these stunning pictures by international wildlife photographers from all over the world on our bright white cartonboard and make this deluxe wall calendar special.”

    Media for species conservation
    The Mondberge project was initiated by Michael Matschuck and Andreas Klotz, Managing Director of TiPP 4 Verlag, to support species conservation. Their goal was to produce high-quality media products that could be sold to raise money for species conservation, inform and entertain. The 2012 and 2013 calendars raised almost €40 000, which was used to support a number of projects including the protection of mountain gorillas in Uganda, porpoises in the Baltic Sea and cheetahs in Namibia. The bilingual calendar (in English and German) makes an excellent charitable corporate gift for customers or employees.

    Award-winning species conservation calendar
    The Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar has already won a series of awards for its brilliant printing and sophisticated print finishing. In addition to the recently presented Printstar 2013, the 2012 calendar won gold in the calendar category in the Sappi European Printer of the Year and Sappi International Printer of the Year competitions, as well as receiving a BlueGreen Award. This prize recognised creativity, eco-friendly printing and social responsibility. The 2013 Species Conservation Calendar was also nominated for the acclaimed gregor calendar award and was among the finalists in the Druck+Medien Awards 2013.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    02.12.2013   Ahlstrom receives approval to sell its pre-impregnated décor paper and abrasive businesses to...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Perusa

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that the European Commission and the Brazilian competition authority CADE have approved Perusa Group as the buyer for Ahlstrom's pre-impregnated décor papers and abrasive paper backings businesses.
    The divestment is made to comply with the commitments made to the European Commission and to the Brazilian competition authority CADE as disclosed in May 2013. The transaction between Ahlstrom and Perusa was announced on October 18, 2013, and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2014 at the latest.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    02.12.2013   From mini to maxi – Hahnemühle Sketch Books    ( Company news )

    For the big trend ‘Mobile Sketching’ – even ‘Street art’ or ‘Urban Sketching’ called – Hahnemühle offers a comprehensive range of sketch books and sketch journals in artist paper range. We present here in the new Hahnemühle blog two products.
    This is where colour comes in: Put a Hahnemühle ‘Sketch & Note’ booklet in your pocket as a everyday companion and be ready to start sketching wherever you are. Enjoy the trendy cover colours of the new sketching journals. A hard wearing stitched binding holds 40 pages of full-grain natural white 125 gsm paper, which is perfectly suited for drawings and notes with pens of any kind. ‘Sketch & Note’ is available in A4 for your briefcase, A5 for your backpack or pocket-sized A6 and A3 for maximium sketching fun. German illustrator Marc Robitzky uses enthusiastically Hahnemühle ‘Sketch & Note’ booklets : “I can let off steam in the colorful creative A3 size sketchbooks. The booklets are flexible and up for everything. My sketchbooks are my creative diaries.” German artists Cordula Kerlikowski likes to draw and paint in the new Hahnemühle ‘D & S Mini Sketchbook’. “The book fits perfectly in my palm . It is ideal for my botanical studies. In my studio I´m using the mini sketches to create a bigger work of art.” This sturdy black cover protects the thread-sewn natural white sheets . The 140 gsm thick paper is ideal for drawings with pencil, charcoal, red chalk, fineliner, colored pencils or drawing inks. For creative people who love hand charming haptic, all Hahnemühle sketch books and booklets are also an ideal gift.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

     
    02.12.2013   Bindomatic launches the Eco Cover!    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 1st of November all our covers are available in an Eco version, where the plastic is replaced by an FSC certified transparent paper. This means that a bound cover is fully recyclable.
    If you want to try our new product, just refer to the same product as before and with the additional name Eco, like Aquarelle Eco or Aquarium Eco. From 1st of November deliveries start of the new products.
    We are happy to serve our environmentally caring customers!
    (Bindomatic AB)

     
    02.12.2013   Outotec VSF®X Plant - Modularized revolution for efficient solvent extraction    ( Company news )

    Company news Outotec has been developing a wide range of solvent extraction technologies for decades and is now launching the new Outotec VSF®X Plant. The standardized and modularized Outotec VSF®X Plant provides a novel way to design, manufacture, transport, install, operate and maintain a solvent extraction plant far better than in the past with highly sustainable and safe methods.
    The Outotec VSF®X Plant is designed to handle flows from 100 m³/h up to 10 000 m³/h and metal content from 1g/l up to 50g/l. All metals for which an extraction reagent is available can be extracted using Outotec VSF®X solvent extraction technology.
    One stop shop - total delivery package
    Outotec is the only technology provider that offers a highly predefined but still tailor-made total delivery package based on customers' needs. Outotec's renowned SX knowledge is automatically included in predesigned VSF®X Mixer-Settler modules. This innovative, modular product enables fast-track deliveries, predefined costs, state-of-the-art documentation and implementation, efficient logistics, and fast installation - all this in and environmentally friendly and sustainable way.
    Benefits:
    • 20% shorter lead time
    • Decades of experience in solvent extraction
    • Predefined concept and modular design
    • Lower investment, installation and operation costs
    • Increased availability
    • Proven environmentally sound technology
    • Enhanced safety
    • Life cycle services available
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    29.11.2013   Model Recover - Optimum energy efficiency    ( Company news )

    Company news As a raw material, waste paper is becoming increasingly valuable in the manufacture of paper for containerboard. At the same time, the range of waste-based fuels that can be burned to generate steam in the paper plants is becoming ever broader.
    The Model Group has therefore decided to expand the materials flows needed to secure its paper production processes. This is known as Model Recover. Together with the resulting optimisation in logistics, this enables us to close the waste paper – recycling – packaging cycle. Model Recover is a further element in the comprehensive range of services offered by the Model Group.
    (Model AG)
     
    29.11.2013   "The slower you move, the faster you die!"    ( Company news )

    Company news This was how David Bosshart (picture), head of the renowned Duttweiler Institute, introduced his presentation at the "25 Years Pro Carton“ event at the ECMA Congress in September in Dubrovnik. He painted a most enlightening scenario of current behaviour patterns and future desires. Pro Carton asked him how this relates to packaging.

    Our life has changed dramatically, and it keeps changing. Developments which used to take 100 hundreds are now completed in five years. This acceleration governs all aspects of our life and is one of the most significant developments of our time. Technical advancement makes everything go faster and faster - eating, sleeping, life, work, recreation, even retirement and dying. On the other hand, the need for a slow-down is growing, there is a demand for deceleration - the romantic desire for a different world.
    New types of food, a far cry from traditional meals, to fast food and drink foods, reduce the time required for eating to virtually zero. "Power naps between working sessions are attempts at reducing sleep requirements: short snoozes are the new message, be it in the office or in parks. Outsourcing, self-service and automation accelerate professional and private procurement processes.

    New behavioural patterns
    Entirely new characteristic body postures at computers or iPads are a challenge for architects and furniture designers. Consumers in the digital age are multifunctional – as users, thinkers, tenants, test persons, sharers, resellers, drivers, swappers, co-workers or manufacturers. Possession becomes less important, many things are available without the need to buy them.
    But above all, we are seeing new behavioural patterns emerge. This includes the desire for immediate reward and satisfaction - delayed pleasure is rejected. You can see it and you want it now– including discounts. And we are also seeing decision fatigue due to constant time pressure and ending disposable income. And third: the speed of greed, consumers quickly develop desires and want to satisfy these uninhibited. Fourth: the "Stickiness Factor": the time gained easily dissipates in apps which leap at us from smartphones and stick to us - or we to them.

    Systematic creativity
    David Bosshart has several recommendations for developing one's own creativity despite this tremendous activity. First of all, avoid infobusity!" Excess information absorption limits creative energy. Simplicity is the name of the game. There are two speeds in the creative process: the first is fast, automatic, intuitive and largely involuntary, the second is slow, deliberate, conscious, focussed.
    It is easy to guess which speed Bosshart prefers. Fast, intuitive decisions are required in daily routine programmes, information overflow is not helpful, it tends to restrict. To accelerate creativity he presented an extensive checklist for speedier thinking, communication, decision and action.
    Speedier thinking: find micro-trends, foresee the next big waves, continuous brainstorming, no limits to collecting, refinement of algorithms, let the best ideas win.
    Faster communication: focus on emerging markets, travel, external contacts and supporting language competence, use strong AND poor connections, intercultural experience, immediate collection of insights, allowing others to share.
    Faster decisions: get rid of excessive bureaucracy, focus on ensuring that the right people share their knowledge, trust among all partners of the supply chain, facilitate all kinds of diversity-learning, face the challenge through a "court jester".
    Quicker action: maintain the entrepreneurial spirit of small and middle-sized companies, support proponents of changes, employ outsiders and permanent "migrants" (people who have gained business experience in different countries) simplify exchange processes, manage creativity, seek financial flexibility, make comparative evaluations.
    All these will result in completely new professions. The reason: new job profiles are important to find new ideas, products or business models in ever shorter processes. "Are you creative? Can you imagine?", asks Bosshart and lists: "Director of Mind and Mood, Vice President of Cool, Chief Imagination Officer, Visualiser; Assistant Storyteller, Manager of Diversity, Supply Chain Inefficiencies Detector, Taste Maker Support, Alternative Currency Banker, Societing Strategist, Deconsulting Advisor, Talent Aggregator, Digital Identity Planner."

    Desires of the future
    "What is sexy in a fast world", asks Bosshart "where virtuality dominates, where transparency is virtually guaranteed, where pornos are background music, availability is no longer a topic, where friends are mass goods and everything is more or less public?"
    The answers he provides, show a world of magical attraction which successful products will require in the future: the new fascination of mystique, the desire of pleasurable anticipation, the power of forgiveness, the cult of authentic loyalty, the eroticism of tranquillity, the thrill of switching off, the gift of feeling remorse and - quite surprisingly - the learning experience of things unpleasant.
    The current change is highly complex and we all need to adjust to this new totality.

    The experience of packaging
    Packaging has the big advantage that it comes closest to the desire for revelation, and the desire of living with secrets. Those who package well (sustainably!) and nicely (for soul and feelings) will always have opportunities for gaining people. The cartonboard industry therefore needs to do two things better: first, continue to nurture the good (sustainability) so that people can enjoy without regrets, and secondly, promote the nice aspects (whatever feelings and soul enjoy). For the fast consumer this mean the intelligent offering of convenience packaging, for the slow consumer it means making the shopping experience in the store more intensive and extensive through packaging.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)
     
    29.11.2013   BURGO GROUP INCORPORATES THE ACTIVITIES OF ITS SPECIALTY PAPERS DIVISION ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... IN THE SUBSIDIARY MOSAICO SRL

    Burgo Group will incorporate the activities of its Specialty Papers Division “Mosaico” in the fully owned subsidiary Mosaico Srl as of 1st January, 2014.
    The new company will maintain its focus on the development, production and sale of specialty papers, used in a wide variety of different applications requiring a highly specialized knowhow: flexible packaging papers, self-adhesive and wet glue labels, special graphic papers and boards.
    The new company will include Chiampo, Lugo, Treviso and Tolmezzo mills with an overall annual capacity of about 300,000 tons and a labour force of 850 workers. Mr Lorenzo Marzotto, former Vice President of Mosaico Division, has been appointed as CEO of Mosaico Srl.
    With this strategic decision, Burgo Group continues to pursue the aim to strengthen and increase its presence in the specialty papers markets.
    (Burgo Group spa)
     
    29.11.2013   Orchids Announces New Paper Machine And Converting Line Projects    ( Company news )

    Company news Orchids Paper Products Company (NYSE MKT: TIS) announced its plans to invest $30.4MM to upgrade its paper making and converting assets in Pryor, Oklahoma.

    The paper mill project will replace two existing paper machines and start-up in approximately 20 months. The new paper machine will be supplied by Recard, S.p.A, providing the following advantages:
    -Improved quality and manufacturing flexibility. The new paper machine will be capable of producing a broader range of paper grades that are utilized in value and premium tier products. It will replace two paper machines that produce paper utilized only in value tier products. This provides greater flexibility to the operation and allows for maximizing production output across all paper machines.
    -Increased capacity and lower production costs. The project is expected to increase the annual capacity of Orchids' paper mill from 57,000 tons to over 70,000 tons. Completion of the project will provide Orchids with sufficient paper to produce approximately 11 million cases of converted products annually. The new machine offers higher production rates and improved energy efficiency, thereby resulting in significantly lower production costs than the two machines being replaced.
    -Return to the shareholders. The combination of lower production costs and increased capacity is expected to increase annual EBITDA by approximately $6 million to $8 million once the project is complete.

    The converting line project is an upgrade to an existing asset and will improve manufacturing flexibility and capacity with a lower cost structure. This project is expected to be completed by the end of 2014 and to generate an additional annual EBITDA of $2.8 million to 3.4 million when fully utilized.
    Mr. Jeff Schoen, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Orchids is implementing an "upgrade and debottleneck" strategy that improves our manufacturing flexibility, capacity, and cost structure. These projects increase our ability to produce higher quality grades of value and premium products supporting our vision of being recognized as a 100% retailer-focused, national supplier of high quality consumer tissue products in the value, premium, and ultra-premium product categories."
    "We are pleased to further our relationship with Recard. Due to the success of our previous paper machine project with them, we believe they are an excellent choice as the supplier for this next phase in improving our paper making capabilities."
    Mr. Schoen also stated, "Furthermore, we anticipate the increased production capacity and reduced operating costs associated with this plan will create long-term value for our stockholders. We do not expect this level of capital investment and associated leverage to impede our ability to return excess cash to our shareholders."
    (Orchids Paper Products Co)
     
    29.11.2013   Outotec® Process Advisor and Outotec® Sentinel     ( Company news )

    Company news Expert systems for easy-to-use process control and monitoring Softwares

    Outotec has long experience from Flash Furnace process control. In the recent years emphasis has been put on developing easy-to-use process control and monitoring softwares, so called Expert Systems. The Outotec® Sentinel system is an online furnace integrity monitoring system for cooling elements, and the Outotec® Process Advisor is an online dynamic process control model with an operator user interface. These softwares can be integrated with the Outotec Proscon® automation system and together they form a complete process automation platform for a smelter operation.

    Quick facts:
    High quality Outotec cooling elements together with the Outotec Sentinel cooling water supply and monitoring system compose an extensive cooling solution.
    New Outotec expert systems can result in significant improvements in process monitoring and control. Equipment integrity and personnel safety will be ensured with constant monitoring and alarm indications of the expert systems. The Outotec solution combines all of these forming a complete package.
    Direct economic benefits can be achieved by stabilizing the process conditions, which enables lower metal losses, higher oxygen efficiency, lower energy costs and optimized shut-down scheduling for equipment replacement (improved furnace lifetime).
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    29.11.2013   Huhtamäki Oyj acquires a corrugated packaging manufacturer in the UK    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Jukka Moisio, CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj

    Huhtamaki has acquired BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. in the UK. BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. specializes in corrugated packaging for the foodservice, confectionery and cosmetics markets and is based in Blackburn, Lancashire, the UK. The company employs approximately 120 people. With the acquisition Huhtamaki continues to implement its strategy of quality growth and expands its product offering.
    All shares of the privately owned BCP Fluted Packaging Ltd. were acquired for a purchase price of approximately EUR 20 million. The net sales of the acquired business during financial year 2012-2013 were approximately EUR 18 million. The acquired company will be renamed Huhtamaki BCP Ltd. and it will become part of Huhtamaki's Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment. The acquisition is expected to be EPS accretive as of 2014.
    "We are pleased to continue strengthening our position with this targeted acquisition," says Jukka Moisio, CEO of Huhtamäki Oyj.
    "BCP's corrugated food-to-go products complement our existing range of foodservice products perfectly," says Eric Le Lay, Executive Vice President Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania. "We also look forward to serving BCP's current and future customers in the confectionery and cosmetics industries."
    "I am extremely pleased to have BCP join the Huhtamaki Group," says Brian Jones, Chairman of BCP. "The Group has both the desire and the resources to grow the business further."
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    28.11.2013   Basta! Paper Industry Wants EU Economy To Be More Competitive    ( Company news )

    Company news The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is introducing a new campaign, calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy.
    Due to launch in 2014 in time for the EU elections, ‘Basta! Get back on track!’ calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink existing policies and put the focus back on industry. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.
    At European Paper Week, CEOs from large paper companies, will come together to discuss the impact legislation can have on European competitiveness. The European manufacturing industry represents innovation, investment and jobs and it can help overcome the economic crisis – but not when legislation is contradicting, overlapping or disproportionate.
    Teresa Presas, Director General of CEPI, said, “The paper industry wants to stay within a strong Europe setting a worldwide example. However, the current legislative situation is leading to imports of unemployment and exports of pollution. We urge policymakers to get back on track and focus on competitiveness. We say Basta! to the impact excessive legislative burdens are having on the manufacturing industry."
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    28.11.2013   Burgo to remove from the market the 180,000 tons capacity of CWF of its Avezzano mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Burgo has decided to permanently remove from the market the 180,000 tons capacity of CWF of its Avezzano mill as of January, 2014.
    This is the consequence of a continuous reduction in market demand of CWF and of the related excess capacity in the coated woodfree market. Burgo is in the process of reassessing all its production sites with the objective of optimizing its product and logistics costs.
    Further evaluation of alternative production options for Avezzano mill in the area of uncoated papers is under scrutiny.
    (Burgo Group spa)
     
    28.11.2013   Heidelberg realigns its small-format product portfolio    ( Company news )

    Company news -Speedmaster SM 52 and SX 52 (picture) to take center stage
    -Production of small-format offset Printmaster GTO 52 to be phased out
    -Linoprint C 901 and C 751 digital printing systems complement the portfolio for this market segment

    Print shops in the small-format offset printing sector are facing smaller run sizes, shorter delivery times, and tough competition on pricing. To stay competitive, more and more companies are turning to industrial production. Following the introduction of the successful Speedmaster SM 52 and SX 52, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has adapted its product portfolio for the new market conditions, thereby ensuring it covers the entire spectrum of relevant applications. As a consequence, production of the Printmaster GTO 52 will be phased out from March 2014. The highly productive Speedmaster SM 52 has long offered customers working with the Printmaster GTO 52 an effective springboard for further growth. And, since drupa 2012, the Speedmaster SX 52 has been available in configurations that can be tailored precisely to customer requirements. The press can also be ordered with the Anicolor short inking unit, which is ideal for the production of short print runs due to its extremely short makeready times and low paper waste. More than 30,000 printing units of the Speedmaster SM 52/SX 52 have already been sold worldwide.
    In addition, the company's Linoprint C 901 and C 751 digital printing systems offer print shops an attractive and cost-effective complementary solution for printing short and/or variable commercial runs. "We are adapting to the new requirements in the small-format segment and are optimizing our portfolio for this market," explains Stephan Plenz, member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. "Because our portfolio for this segment comprises offset and digital printing technologies, customers benefit from the close interlinking of both worlds and can boost their competitive edge even further."

    Tried-and-tested machines for small-format offset and digital printing
    The Speedmaster SM 52 is available as a two- and four-color press with a standard delivery. Depending on the model, components such as Prinect Press Center Compact and the automatic washup devices for the inking unit and blanket and impression cylinders are standard features. In day-to-day work, the press more than meets requirements for flexibility in terms of materials and printing stock thickness and delivers short setup times and high production outputs of up to 15,000 sheets per hour. The Speedmaster SM 52 has also been designed to accommodate inline applications such as numbering, perforating, and envelope printing.
    Alongside the Speedmaster SM 52, Heidelberg also offers the Speedmaster SX 52 - a machine platform that can be customized for specific requirements. The press features state-of-the-art technology and an extensive range of configuration options such as Anicolor short inking unit technology, coating unit, printing stock thickness to 0.6 mm, perfecting devices, and technology for security printing - all of which ensures that print shops can handle a broad and varied range of orders. From two to ten printing units, a range of deliveries are available depending on the model and to suit the space available and the print shop's run sizes.
    Both series can naturally be integrated into the Prinect workflow and have been designed for ecological print production.

    Since drupa 2012, the Linoprint C 901 and Linoprint C 751 have been available with the new Prinect Digital Print Manager. Even without integration into a complete workflow, this solution provides users with a highly efficient and transparent digital print workflow with a wide range of functions, such as variable data management, postpress with digital inline finishing systems, and a document-oriented workflow. Optional integration into the Prinect print shop workflow creates a seamless hybrid workflow between offset and digital printing that is unique in the industry.
    As a result, customers in the A3 market segment can utilize a whole range of options to provide their end customers with the service they require.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    28.11.2013   Paper Check-off Referendum Passes With Huge Support    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Donna Harman, AF&PA President and CEO

    Paper and paper-based packaging companies have voted to approve the Paper Check-off promotion program. Companies to be covered by the program participated in the vote, held October 28 to November 8. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the results, in which 85 percent of the companies and 95 percent of the industry production of covered grades voting in the referendum approved the program.
    “The industry’s approval of the Paper Check-off program offers a new opportunity to build on our long history of innovating paper products to meet the needs of consumers around the world,” said AF&PA Board Chairman David Scheible, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging International. “Paper and paper-based packaging is a sustainable choice, and the Paper Check-off will allow us to make a concerted effort of educating and informing consumers of the benefits our products offer.”

    The Paper Check-off was initiated by a panel of industry leaders and approved by those companies who will be assessed.
    “The leaders of our industry have expressed overwhelming support to initiate a program that will shine a light on the sustainability benefits of paper and paper-based packaging,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “The Paper Check-off will offer a brighter future for the recyclable, reusable and renewable paper and paper-based packaging products, which inform and communicate; package and protect; and capture life’s memorable moments. We appreciate the work of the U.S. Department of Agriculture to provide our industry the opportunity to vote for the Paper Check-off.”
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    28.11.2013   Catalyst Paper to reduce executive team and increase operational focus    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer

    As part of its plan to improve cost competitiveness, Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) will reduce the size of its executive team by three positions. In addition, each mill general manager will report directly to the CEO to increase the focus on operational excellence and safety performance.
    “Our focus on operational efficiency requires that enterprise support costs be reduced wherever possible including at the leadership level. The commitment, flexibility, and contributions of the three individuals who are leaving Catalyst is commendable as we make these necessary changes,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    -Bob Lindstrom, Vice President, Supply Chain, Energy and Information Technology will retire from the company on December 31, 2013. Bob joined Catalyst in 1980 and has been extensively involved in strategic, operational and industry initiatives during a 30-year career with the company.
    -Lyn Brown, Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Responsibility, will leave the company on December 31, 2013. Lyn joined Catalyst in 2004 and led the company’s sustainability and stakeholder engagement programs.
    -David Adderley, Vice President and General Counsel, will leave the company on March 31, 2014. David joined Catalyst in 2010 and guided the company through its restructuring process under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act in 2012 and the sale of non-core assets in 2013 in connection with the restructuring.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    28.11.2013   Bordeaux Reports Another Successful Viscom in Düsseldorf, Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Bordeaux Digital Printink, a leading innovator of a wide range of inks and coatings for a variety of demanding inkjet applications, printing technologies and techniques, and its distributor BRS, showcased Bordeaux’s broad portfolio of inks and coatings at Viscom Düsseldorf, Germany, 7-9 November. Bordeaux offered quality and reliable inks, with often better results than OEM, for a variety of application possibilities.
    Attendees had great interest in the new environmentally friendly products in Bordeaux’s portfolio, including the Bulk Ink System installed with Bordeaux’s advanced FUZE ECO NR™ ink, Mix & Match™ with OEM, without the need for ICC color profiling. This ink enjoys an extensive selection of media compatibility and a very wide color gamut. Bordeaux also offered a wide range of UV and UV LED fast-curing ink, resulting in reduced electricity consumption and lower heat, enabling more flexibility in the use of substrates.
    “At Viscom Dusseldorf, we met printer service providers who converted their printers from other ink to Bordeaux’s original ink,” says Matthew Reijnders, Director of Sales and Business Development for Bordeaux. "One of our customers related that when they converted their Mimaki CJV30, the conversion was simple and they didn’t need to change their existing profiles. They were impressed with the price - performance ratio."
    Bordeaux is recognized for its high quality products and customer service. Bordeaux recently terminated its licensing agreements with German private label suppliers. The company will continue distributing its original products through its’ authorized resellers only, BRS (brs-repro.de), Mtec (mtec-printer.de) and Mediatronics (mediatronics.com).
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    28.11.2013   ARCHROMA NAMES STEPHAN SIELAFF AS CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER    ( Company news )

    Company news Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, announced today that Stephan Sielaff has been named Chief Operating Officer.
    Based in Reinach, Switzerland, Stephan Sielaff will oversee the business' global production, manufacturing and integrated supply chain activities, ensuring the highest level of performance and efficiency to meet the company’s commitment to world-class standards and high service levels.
    “With Stephan Sielaff, we have found the experienced operations and supply chain leader we need to help develop Archroma’s supply chain, technology platform and customer service to an unparalleled level in industry,” comments CEO Alexander Wessels.
    “Archroma has a tradition of materials excellence and expertise, and a vibrant future,“ adds Stephan Sielaff. “I feel privileged to join a company that places a high value on innovation, performance and in particular, reliability, as foundational elements in the way it serves its customers. I’m passionate about the value added for our internal and external customer through a world-class supply-chain, for me it’s the holy grail of operations when it comes to satisfying even the highest customer requirements in service, quality and innovation at competitive cost.”
    Sielaff brings Archroma significant diverse and global materials and process industry expertise. He has spent the past 8 years with Symrise, most recently as the Senior Vice President Global Operations of the Flavor & Nutrition business. He oversees the complete global supply chain operations, which he developed and implemented, for 26 sites in 20 countries. Previously Sielaff held various roles in supply chain, innovation and engineering, as well as marketing at Unilever. He holds a MS, Chemical Engineering from the Technical University of Dortmund, Germany.
    His appointment will be effective February 2014.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    28.11.2013   ALLIMAND: SC-SIZER    ( Company news )

    Company news To meet with the needs for diversifying paper types and the increasing demand for new surface applications: the «SC-Sizer» is an innovative technology & a boost for development of new market shares … !

    After the latest announcement made for our new shoe press pilot called « FAROS »*, ALLIMAND, designer and manufacturer of paper machines and paper industry equipment based in the Rhône-Alpes region, continues its dynamic growth and strengthens its position by offering a new technology : the SC- SIZER in order to target new markets …

    Market context:
    The level of customer demands is growing both in quality and quantity, i.e. for the paper surface finish: resistance, silky feel, enlarged functionalities … etc. To find out an answer to these challenges encountered for all paper types (paper industry, wrapping, paperboard box, labels, etc..), ALLIMAND’s Research & Development Department has designed a new technology at the beginning of year 2012 aimed at making it easier to apply foreign products on the paper sheet in order to alter the surface finish easily. Let’s focus on …

    Enlarged applications
    « With the launch of 1st technology « A-Sizer » a few years ago, ALLIMAND has developed further this technology with the « SC-Sizer » to increase its offer to customers and meet with their needs for diversifying paper types along with enlarged possibilities for paper surface applications » explains Simon CENA, ALLIMAND’s Managing Director.

    How to ease work & optimize machine operators’ performance
    The simplification of the main functions of the SC-Sizer head - locking the applicator rod, adjusting the head position – enables one hand to extend applications and on another hand to ease work for paper machine operators. « This shift in the design of head manufacturing optimizes the machine cleaning thanks to a greater visibility of the access areas. It also increases operators’ safety » says Simon CENA.
    With a very compact size the SC-Sizer head can easily be installed to replace existing obsolete heads enabling a significant gain of space in most cases.

    How to produce more with a higher quality standard & target new markets
    The paper manufacturers will be in a position to offer new innovative products to their customers and save energy due to a reduced drying time for the paper sheet after the coating process.
    The SC-Sizer will thus open new markets to ALLIMAND and makes it possible to win several projects by offering market opportunities for speciality or wrapping papers for example. The SC-Sizer has proved to be a business success with references in Europe and Asia.
    (Allimand)
     
    27.11.2013   Lecta Announces a Price Increase on Coated Woodfree paper Deliveries in Latin America    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta, the second largest European coated woodfree paper-manufacturing group, informs its customers in Latin America that the Company will implement a price increase of 50 to 60 US$ per ton depending on market. It will be effective for deliveries January 2014.
    Taking in consideration the current manufacturing costs and the low levels of profitability this price increase is inevitable.
    Our customers will be personally informed by our sales teams who will provide them with any information they may require.
    (Lecta Europe)
     
    27.11.2013   Chesapeake Leicester's double BOBST EXPERTFOLD investment    ( Company news )

    Company news Chesapeake Leicester has revamped its gluing department following the installation of two state-of-the-art BOBST machines - an EXPERTFOLD 50 and an EXPERTFOLD 110. The move has allowed the site to standardise its equipment focusing its employee skills on the latest technology.

    Picture: Left to right: Andy Tebbut (Operator), Jane Furbrough (Operator), Jim Gilligan (Finishing Manager), Andy Sharp (Team Leader) and Chris Isham (Bobst Instructor).

    The EXPERTFOLD 50 is the first machine of its type to be installed in the world. The line is designed for small order quantities so it has the flexibility for quick make-ready times. Jon Drennan, Chesapeake Leicester’s Operations Director, said: “We’ve been very impressed with the EXPERTFOLD 50 since its installation. The EXPERTFOLD 50 has allowed us to respond effectively to a continuing trend for smaller order quantities without compromising even the most demanding quality expectations.”
    The EXPERTFOLD 110 machine is ideally suited to complex work. A recent demonstration in Switzerland showed that the machine could run at double the speed of many standard gluing lines and offers a significant reduction in make-ready times. “The EXPERTFOLD 110 machine only started production recently but has already made a very encouraging start, said Jon. “Over the last 2 years, we’ve completely transformed the Leicester site. The two new gluers complement earlier investments in modern printing presses and the latest cut & crease technology. The site also leads the way in the PantoneLive colour matching system which is now being introduced to other Chesapeake locations.”
    In addition, Chesapeake Nottingham has also strengthened its gluing capacity through the installation of a BOBST Alpina folder gluer.
    (Bobst Group (UK & Ireland) Ltd)
     
    27.11.2013   KBA and Vinfoil develop compact cold foil system    ( Company news )

    Company news The ColdFoil Infigo SF110 module has been an integral part of the KBA sheetfed offset product range for a number of years. It is already in use in print companies all over the world.
    Now, Vinfoil and KBA have once again pooled resources to develop a trimmed-down version of their proven cold foil system, the Micro SF110 GF. It has been conceived as a simple-to-handle, compact alternative for high-quality foil transfer, with which the growing demand for stylish product refinement can also be satisfied by users on a tighter budget.
    The market for gloss foil transfer is growing. More and more brand-name manufacturers are looking for ways to lend their products an unmistakable, exclusive appearance – for example through the use of metallic effects. Today, cold foil transfer is even being used for brochures, as a means to help them stand out from the crowd. Cold foil is here able to play out a major advantage over hot-foil stamping, as inline production on an offset press is more efficient and thus cost-effective. They run at higher speeds, even shorter runs become profitable, and no expensive tools are required.

    Cold foil systems for every application
    The cold foil module ColdFoil Infigo SF110 has been a product of choice on the market for gloss offset foil transfer for several years. Packaging printers all over the world have integrated modules into their Rapida sheetfed offset presses to realise high-quality foil applications inline. Many are using the system on a daily basis, and that at top printing speeds up to 18,000 sheets per hour – performance which definitely merits a world record for this type of finishing.
    There are numerous print companies, however, who would like to offer gloss foil transfer, but do not have enough corresponding jobs to work with cold foil every day. With the Micro SF110 GF, KBA is now able to offer such users a perfect solution. The new cold foil module is a compacter, space-saving version of the ColdFoil Infigo SF110 which – with a slightly lower level of automation – offers the same first-class quality, robustness and reliability as the present system. The Micro SF110 is intended for printers whose job structures require occasional production with cold foil refinement.

    Simple handling
    Vincent van der Heijden, the founding father of manufacturer Vinfoil: “We are naturally using certain proven elements of the Infigo in the Micro version, but the Micro is otherwise a new development from the ground up.” One particular characteristic of the ColdFoil Micro SF110 GF is its compact design. As the foil reels are positioned above the printing units, the module is also a very practical option for smaller print companies with limited floor space. Even so, the Micro SF110 GF handles reels with up to 10,000 metres of cold foil. And it runs just as fast as the Rapida press, namely at the highest speeds.
    Rapida presses with the ColdFoil Micro SF110 GF module are fitted with a crane for handling of the full and empty reels. This allows reel replacement without physical effort. The remote control unit for opening and closing of the shaft locks also renders an additional walkway superfluous. Accessibility to the inking units is not restricted in any way.

    Constant high quality
    The lightweight tensioning and friction shafts are driven by a servo motor and were selected specifically for the Micro SF110 GF. They are especially simple to handle. Print companies acquainted with the heavy shafts typically encountered will immediately appreciate the difference. The servo drive permits extremely exact synchronisation of the foil web to the running speed of the press. Combined with the modern technology for web tension control, this ensures efficient production.
    Just like the larger ColdFoil Infigo SF110 module, the Micro SF110 GF delivers constantly high quality. The use of servo motors precludes the need for dancer rollers. The sensitive metallised layer of the cold foil never comes into contact with any press parts or rollers, and there is accordingly no risk of damage. The result is outstanding print quality. Annoying contamination of the inking units with aluminium dust is likewise avoided.

    Compact system with good market chances
    Johannes Naumann, head of the design office for half and medium formats at KBA, welcomes the development of the new Micro SF110 GF: “We have been working with Vinfoil for many years. The cold foil systems meet and even exceed our expectations with regard to speed and performance.” Naumann sees good chances for the new product on the market. “KBA has a very strong standing on the packaging market. With the new compact system, we are able to offer our users real added value – an extremely modern, high-performance cold foil system.” A ColdFoil Micro SF110 GF module will be available for print demonstrations on a Rapida 106 in the KBA customer centre in Radebeul from the second quarter of 2014.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
     
    27.11.2013   Kimberly-Clark Australia: Sigma FMCG Supplier of the Year     ( Company news )

    Company news Kimberly-Clark Australia (KCA) marketer of the Huggies, Kleenex, VIVA, U by Kotex, Poise and Depend brands, has been awarded FMCG Supplier of the Year at the Sigma Supplier of the Year Awards in Melbourne last week.

    Picture: Kimberly-Clark Australia employees left to right: Matthew Mifsud, Customer Category Manager; Ben Bynon, National Pharmacy Customer Manager; Tony Leach, National Business Manager

    This is the second year KCA was nominated and in the Top 3 of the FMCG Supplier of the Year category. Sigma is KCA's biggest pharmacy customer, owner of Amcal and Guardian pharmacy brands.
    David Kirby, KCA Consumer Sales Director said 'this is fantastic acknowledgement of our Pharmacy team's dedication to working with customers on joint business development. We're proud of the work we do with Sigma pharmacies and are grateful for this recognition.'
    The award is scored on the below criteria and Supply Chain, Operations, Merchandise and key Pharmacy owners score all suppliers.

    Criteria:
    -Communication and joint business planning
    -Innovation and Initiatives presented at the Pharmacy Assistants Conferences in each state.
    -Catalogue and promotional program performance
    -Supply Chain performance including collaboration
    -Store level support for the Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian banners
    -Training and category review presentations to Head Office and store communication
    (Kimberly-Clark Australia Pty Ltd)
     
    27.11.2013   BillerudKorsnäs introducing changes to group management to focus on profitable growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: President and CEO Per Lindberg

    At its Capital Market Days, held on 14-15 November, BillerudKorsnäs presented a clear focus on profitable growth in its various business areas over the years going forward. To meet these expectations, the composition of the Group’s Senior Management Team (SMT) will change somewhat. At the same time an Extended Management Team (EMT) will be established, with a continued focus on integration and coordination of production/market.
    Ulf Eliasson will take up the post of SVP Consumer Board, and Christer Simrén, who formerly headed both Consumer Board and Operations, will therefore focus exclusively on the responsibilities of COO and Operations. As Ulf Eliasson takes over as SVP Consumer Board, Magnus Kangas will become Mill Manager at Gävle. In addition, Henrik Essen will assume the role of SVP Communications and Sustainability. SMT will therefore consist of the following members:
    President and CEO Per Lindberg, COO Christer Simrén, CFO Susanne Lithander, SVP Consumer Board Ulf Eliasson, SVP Containerboard Lennart Eberleh, SVP Packaging Paper Johan Nellbeck, SVP HR Karin Hågfeldt, SVP Communication and Sustainability Henrik Essén, SVP Forestry Uno Brinnen and SVP Strategic Development Magnus Wikström.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    27.11.2013   Leading Packaging Corporation in Mexico purchases Mexico's first L&W Autoline 400 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...paper testing system

    The leading packaging corporation Grupo Gondi, Mexico has made the decision to purchase an L&W Autoline 400 system from Lorentzen & Wettre for its mill Empaques Modernos Guadalajara, through Lorentzen & Wettres representative, IVF y Asociados, SA de CV.
    Empaques Modernos Guadalajara is a paper mill producing recycled liners and coated papers with weight from 100 to 600 g/m2, and has a modern plant for corrugated boxes.
    As Grupo Gondi relies on certified processes and international standards the choice fell on Lorentzen & Wettre when they had a need for improved quality testing, and faster feedback on final quality to their production department.
    L&W Autoline 400 is the fourth generation of automated paper testing systems from Lorentzen & Wettre. The system quickly measures the paper properties, identifies problem areas and therefore allows papermakers to optimize the process and thereby improving the paper quality.
    "This is a significant order since it will be the first L&W Autoline 400 (automated paper testing system) installation ever in Mexico. The fact that one of the leading corporations chooses instruments from us shows our position as market leader in quality control testing and process optimization for the pulp and paper industry", says Klara Mårtens Ekblad, Director of Sales, Lorentzen & Wettre.
    (AB Lorentzen & Wettre)
     
    27.11.2013   Deluxe calendar to raise funds for species conservation     ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo has been selected for the Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar 2014

    Image: For the new 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar, world renowned wildlife photographers submitted12 very different images from their most stunning shots

    Following on from two previously successful calendars and produced to a luxury standard on Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo, the 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar is a feast for the eye. Last year’s calendar won gold in its category at Printstars 2013, the acclaimed innovation award within the German printing industry and the latest calendar is sure to be a strong contender for 2014. One of the striking images of the 12 threatened species is of the kingfisher - droplets of water glitter like stars and the kingfisher's bright plumage glistens as the gleaming silver fish flounders one last time before disappearing into the bird's orange-red beak. "This calendar presents some of the most stunning wildlife photography I have seen for a long time," says German actor Hannes Jaenicke, ambassador of the limited edition calendar. As in the past two years all profits will go towards projects to protect threatened wildlife.

    For the new edition the calendar's creators, Publisher TiPP 4 Verlag in Rheinbach and Print and Media company druckpartner in Essen, selected 12 very different images submitted by world renowned wildlife photographers from their most stunning shots. The featured species are presented in unusual ways using several different print finishing techniques.

    Print finishing makes the difference

    "When we developed the first species conservation calendar three years ago, Algro Design Duo from Sappi produced by far the best photo prints," says Michael Matschuck, Managing Director of druckpartner. "We were especially impressed by the excellent image reproduction and finish of the wildlife pictures on the bright white surface. Algro Design Duo also has the necessary rigidity and stability to be held in the wooden spiral binding."
    As well as exotic species like the koala and the orca, the calendar features more familiar animals like the hedgehog and the honeybee. There are two calendar pages for each month.
The top page, printed on Algro Design Duo in a weight of 250 g/m2, depicts the animal or the bird. The bottom page, printed on a Sappi graphics grade, MagnoTM bulk, also in a weight of 250 g/m2, includes the calendar itself and information about each species. There are also details about the photographer and a little of their history. Instead of an aluminium wire binding druckpartner and TiPP 4 opted for an innovative spine made of untreated birchwood. This allows the pages to be easily removed so that they can be framed and hung on a wall.

    As with previous editions, this strictly limited edition, of which only 2014 will be printed to match the year, is bound to impress and bring a uniquely visual and tactile experience. Using different finishing techniques and effects for each image the desirable calendar will undoubtedly become a collector’s item. With a scented coating on the eucalyptus leafs for the koala bear, for example, and an iridescent effect on the ice crystals for the wolf, sea fans are coated with a partially textured varnish which is slightly rough to the touch. Relief embossing gives the furry parts of the bee's body a 3D effect and as an unusual touch, a high-gloss UV finish enhances the realism of the black glass on which a gecko is sitting.
    Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi Fine Paper Europe explains, "A lot of passion has gone into producing the 2014 Species Conservation Calendar. We have been impressed by the way druckpartner made full use of the creative design and finishing possibilities to present these stunning pictures by international wildlife photographers from all over the world on our bright white cartonboard and make this deluxe wall calendar special.”

    Media for species conservation

    The Mondberge project was initiated by Michael Matschuck and Andreas Klotz, Managing Director of TiPP 4 Verlag, to support species conservation. Their goal was to produce high-quality media products that could be sold to raise money for species conservation, inform and entertain. The 2012 and 2013 calendars raised almost €40 000, which was used to support a number of projects including the protection of mountain gorillas in Uganda, porpoises in the Baltic Sea and cheetahs in Namibia. The bilingual calendar (in English and German) makes an excellent charitable corporate gift for customers or employees.

    Award-winning species conservation calendar

    The Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar has already won a series of awards for its brilliant printing and sophisticated print finishing. In addition to the recently presented Printstar 2013, the 2012 calendar won gold in the calendar category in the Sappi European Printer of the Year and Sappi International Printer of the Year competitions, as well as receiving a BlueGreen Award. This prize recognised creativity, eco-friendly printing and social responsibility. The 2013 Species Conservation Calendar was also nominated for the acclaimed gregor calendar award and was among the finalists in the Druck+Medien Awards 2013.

    About Algro Design

    Algro Design from Sappi is one of the most popular coated carton types on the market. The product range impresses with superior whiteness, consistent surface finish, very high, light resistance and a silky smooth touch. It is available in three product versions:
    - Algro Design® with double coated front side and uncoated reverse side
    - Algro Design® Card with double coated front side and single coated reverse side
    - Algro Design® Duo with symmetrically double coated surface on the front and reverse sides

    Further details:
    www.druck-partner.de
    www.tipp4.de
    www.mondberge.com
    www.sappi.com
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    26.11.2013   Cham Paper Group Holding AG: Solidarity in Carmignano    ( Company news )

    Company news - Renewed strength breathed into social partnership in Carmignano
    - Continued streamlining of executive management within the Group

    On 8 November 2013 the Cham Paper Group announced that the sale of the Italian mills had fallen through due to the failure to reach an agreement in contract negotiations with the employees' representatives at Carmignano. In the meantime the local site management have been able to come to an economically viable and forward-looking consensus with workers. The new agreement, adopted by a large majority at the general meeting of the mill's workforce, enables a significant expansion of the mill's flexibility in terms of operating hours, especially on bank holidays, while retaining the original compensation models. This agreement marks a key development and demonstrates the firm intention of all stakeholders to secure the strengthened market position of the mill in Carmignano enabled by the successful restructuring of the Group.
    The Board of Directors of the Cham Paper Group are pleased with the alliance achieved with the social partners and is convinced of the favourable future prospects of both Italian mills. At the same time they are continuing to streamline the Group's management. The Executive Committee is being disbanded; in future the three site managers at Carmignano, Condino and Cham will report directly to the delegate of the Board of Directors, Urs Ziegler. Peter Müller, the former site manager at Cham and in charge of the Swiss paper business, will be taking on various special projects at Group level. However, in mid 2014 he will leaving the Cham Paper Group at his own request upon the completion of the two-year transformation and relocation phase. At the Holding level, Urs Ziegler will continue to be assisted by Luis Mata, Head of Finance & Controlling, and Franziska Stöckli, Head of Corporate Services.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
     
    26.11.2013   PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox to be delivered to India    ( Company news )

    Company news In May 2013, PMP Group signed a contract with Shreyans Industries for delivery of the Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox. The delivery would be a part of the paper machine’s upgrade.
    Shreyans Industries is an Indian paper mill located in the Ahmedgarh, in Sangrur district. The paper mill manufactures writing & printing paper. Its actual manufacturing capabilities reach 35 000 MT/year. The paper mill’s aim is to increase PM speed up to 750 mpm and its annual production up to the 50 000 MT. Due to the fact that installation of the new headbox will improve paper quality and enable operation with higher speed, Shreyans Industries decided to choose PMP Group as a supplier.
    PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox is a technologically advanced equipment characterized by operational friendly construction and owing to applied stainless long-term durability. The headbox will be about 3100 mm wide and equipped with consistency profiling system, which assures control over the basis weight, resulting uniform paper web structure and better CD basis weight profile. The Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox will be equipped with 4 rows of headbox tubes.
    Delivery of PMP Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox is scheduled on the first half of 2014. Apart from delivery PMP will supervise the assembly process and the start-up of the hydraulic unit.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    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)
     

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