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    22.01.2014   Resumption of the LWC production at the paper machine 4 in Perlen    ( Company news )

    Company news After the fire end of October 2013 at the winder of the LWC line, the
    production of PM4 at Perlen Papier AG has been successfully resumed on
    December 19th.
    Based on good planning of the repair works and active support of partner companies it was possible to complete the repairs ahead of schedule. The printing test made after the start up of the paper machine 4, show best results regarding runnability and printability of the paper.
    We would like to thank all our customers for their support and comprehension in this very difficult situation.
    All LWC types PERLENTOP gloss and satin are again available with immediate effect.
    (Perlen Papier AG)
    22.01.2014   Sappi: Chief Executive Officer to step down due to ill-health    ( Company news )

    Company news It is with deep regret that the board of directors (“the board”) of Sappi Limited announced that the CEO of the company, Ralph Boëttger (picture), will be relinquishing his position as CEO and director on 30 June 2014. Ralph, who has been with Sappi as CEO for almost 7 years, has been diagnosed with a serious illness and has taken the decision to step down.
    Dr Danie Cronjé, Chairman of the board of Sappi Limited, said: “I personally and on behalf of the board and everyone at Sappi, express our heartfelt thanks to Ralph for the sterling work he has done in leading Sappi through a particularly challenging period in the company’s proud history. Under Ralph’s leadership the group has been transformed. A clear strategy and sound action plans are in place; the major projects to re-position the group have been successfully completed and are operational, leaving the company in a position for growth into the future.
    “A process is in place to identify Ralph’s successor and to allow for a timeous and smooth hand-over.
    “On behalf of us all I wish Ralph and his family all the very best for the future.”
    Commenting on his decision, Ralph said: “I deeply regret having to make this decision at this time as I am convinced that Sappi stands on the cusp of a period of strong performance and exciting growth. However, I believe that spending my time with my family has become the priority and that it is in the best interest of the company and of my family for me to step down as announced. I would like to thank Dr Cronjé, the board of Sappi and every single employee for their support and dedication in re-positioning Sappi for a great future.”
    (Sappi Limited)
    22.01.2014   Hohner buys Ernst Nagel Bookletmaker Division    ( Company news )

    Company news Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH, the Tuttlingen based German post-press machinery manufacturer acquired the bookletmaker division of Ernst Nagel GmbH Stuttgart on January, 15th 2014.
    Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH, established in 1930, established its reputation in the first place by manufacturing small wire stitching machines and high precision stitching heads. Their enviable reputation still places them as a global market leader today.
    The acquisition of the bookletmaker division of Ernst Nagel GmbH heralds an important strategic step in Hohner's history and future development. Nagel has been a manufacturer of post-press equipment since 1920 and not only they are well known for their "Foldnak" product range within the traditional graphics industry but have also achieved a significant international market share in the digital post-press market.
    For this reason the acquired product portfolio will complete the existing range of possibilities from Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH, enabling greater penetration into additional target markets. An ongoing development of Hohner stitching products has been focused in particular on the permanently growing digital finishing sector of the printing industry. The direction of production in today’s market means that printers need flexibility due to the influx of small and diversified orders one day and longer runs the next. Hohner will not, however, proceed with the complete product range of Ernst Nagel Bookletmakers. The plan will be to slightly reduce and adapt the original portfolio with regard to Hohner’s desired market penetration and existing business relationships.
    Engineering, production and assembling will all be integrated within the headquarters of Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH GmbH in Tuttlingen with their 110 employees. This important factor guarantees continued German manufacturing precision - an essential detail to which Hohner pays much attention.
    The first presentation of new Hohner Foldnak machines will take place at Ipex 2014 from March, 24th - 29th in London. Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH is delighted to announce this perfect complement to their range, enabling Hohner to offer the complete scope of stitching solutions to not only printers both large and small, but in both Litho and Digital sectors of the market. Hohner very much view this as the next step in their story of success, epitomizing the saying "Hohner - perfection in postpress".
    (Hohner Maschinenbau GmbH)
    22.01.2014   Pulp Manufacturer Cleans Up With Wastewater Pre-Treatment Facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Fox River Fiber Reduces Its Carbon Footprint From Pulp Operations

    Fox River Fiber has begun utilizing a $7 million wastewater pre-treatment facility designed to reduce the company’s environmental impact from its pulp manufacturing operations.
    The De Pere, Wisconsin-based company is a leader among pulp manufacturers in turning post consumer fiber into high-quality pulp for environmentally conscious companies.
    The on-site anaerobic digesting system creates cleaner industrial wastewater prior to releasing it to the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District. The company plans to sell the recovered biological solids to other anaerobic treatment facilities for use as seed in treatment towers.
    (Fox River Fiber Co)
    22.01.2014   Pelikan Holding AG: Publication of an Ad-Hoc announcement    ( Company news )

    Company news Pelikan Holding AG announces that Pelikan Holding AG Group will acquire the German and Austrian sales business as well as administrative functions of Herlitz PBS AG with effect from 01 March 2014.
    This strategic step is devoted to strengthen the market position of the Pelikan Group as well as to achieve improvements in its results.
    (Pelikan Holding AG)
    21.01.2014   The Beginning of the Age of “L” - Rengo Begins Operations at the Shin-Nagoya Plant, a ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Leading-edge Corrugated Plant Thoroughly Dedicated to the Concept of “Less is More.”

    Picture: Front of the Shin-Nagoya Plant

    Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that it officially commenced operations at the Shin-Nagoya Plant (Kasugai-shi, Aichi Prefecture), in place of Rengo’s former Nagoya Plant (Higashi-ku, Nagoya-shi).

    Ample consideration has been given to the environment at the new plant, including the introduction of photovoltaic power generation systems. The plant has been fitted with many such leading-edge technologies and design innovations meant to help protect the global environment, such as the first seismically isolated automated warehouse at a Rengo corrugated plant, which has been installed in order to improve safety during distribution work and accomplish efficient inventory management.

    In addition to working to further reduce energy consumption and CO2 emissions, Rengo will realize its concept of “Less is more.” by aiming to create high-quality products with great added value that use fewer resources. In addition, this plant will serve as a central base for the Rengo Group in the Chubu region. Rengo will provide full support to the economy of the Chubu region—where increased development is expected due to the planned opening of the Linear Chuo Shinkansen, a high-speed train linking Tokyo and Nagoya—in the field of packaging.
    (Rengo Co Ltd)
    21.01.2014   Kodak Rings Opening Bell at NYSE - Celebrates Return to World's Largest Stock Exchange as ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... B2B Technology Company

    Kodak (NYSE: KODK) January 08 celebrated its recent relisting on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) by ringing the exchange's opening bell.

    Following the company's emergence from reorganization on Sept. 3, Kodak common shares began trading on the NYSE – by far the world's largest stock exchange – on Nov. 1 under the new "KODK" symbol.

    The new Kodak is a global technology company offering breakthrough solutions and professional services in the packaging, graphic communications and functional printing markets. Kodak leverages its technical expertise to drive change in the industry, with new applications and a broad product portfolio. Leading products include:
    KODAK PROSPER Presses and Imprinting Systems, based on the company's revolutionary Stream commercial inkjet technology that produces an unrivaled combination of speed, quality and cost advantages for customers in commercial printing and packaging;
    KODAK FLEXCEL Systems packaging solutions that drive cost savings on press and deliver outstanding quality, driven by groundbreaking KODAK SQUARESPOT Laser Imaging Technology that is also a breakthrough technology for functional printing solutions that will be delivered to the market starting in 2014, and
    KODAK SONORA XP Process Free Plates that enable printers to take plates straight to press without any chemistry or processing, and without sacrificing quality or productivity.

    "This bell ringing is a symbol of Kodak's remarkable transformation," said Antonio M. Perez, Kodak's President and Chief Executive Officer. "It's a new year, with a new company, a new stock and a new start. We are a B2B company focused on innovating for our customers and delivering value to our shareholders. This bell ringing has extra significance for everyone at the new Kodak because we are reaffirming our strong connections with our customers by having some of them join us at this event."
    (Kodak Co)
    21.01.2014   Motion Industries' Mill Services Demonstrates “How2” Install a Universal Driveshaft Assembly     ( Company news )

    Company news Motion Industries, a leading distributor of industrial maintenance, repair, and operation (MRO) replacement parts, has released a new video on their “MiHow2” series of product/application solutions. The instructive video series’ goal is to share practical industrial applications that viewers can adapt in their own facilities.

    Motion’s division Mi Mill Services assisted in the filming of, “How to Install a Universal Driveshaft Assembly.” Mi Mill Services specializes in the build, repair and supply of a variety of universal joints, shaft assemblies, and hydraulic/pneumatic components. The video can now be viewed online at

    “This is a great illustration of how just a few degrees of misalignment can negatively affect a driveshaft’s performance and reliability,” said Randy Breaux, Motion Industries’ Senior VP of Marketing, Product Management, & Strategic Planning. “It’s crucial for a plant or mill to know the alignment criteria for proper installation, to help avoid unplanned downtime.”

    Each MiHow2 video was filmed in a workshop setting, and features the Motion Industries host with a guest from one of the market-leading industrial manufacturers—or in this case one of Motion’s own experts—demonstrating a product or application. The series is also available for viewing via Facebook, Engineering TV, and YouTube. Additional MiHow2 videos are scheduled to be posted in coming weeks.

    With annual sales of $4.5 billion, Motion Industries is a leading industrial parts distributor of bearings, mechanical power transmission, electrical and industrial automation, hydraulic and industrial hose, hydraulic and pneumatic components, industrial products, safety products, and material handling. Motion Industries has over 550 operations including 14 distribution centers throughout North America and serves more than 150,000 customers from the food and beverage, pulp and paper, iron and steel, chemical, mining and aggregate, petrochemical, automotive, wood and lumber, and pharmaceutical industries.
    (Motion Industries Inc.)
    21.01.2014   Materials Testing at Your Fingertips with the New EJA Vantage Touch Screen Instrument Controller    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: EJA Vantage Tensile Tester

    The EJA Vantage Series Universal Testing Machine has a new option available to customers. A touch screen instrument controller offers a simplified way to run tensile tests, peel tests, compression tests, and COF tests without the need of a computer.

    Thwing-Albert’s EJA Vantage Series is a brand known for quality and can be found in quality control laboratories worldwide. The new controller allows customers to have a simple, stand-alone version of the instrument and save the cost of a personal computer. Using a touch screen tablet that is connected to a built-in bluetooth system, technicians can run basic test functions with the touch of their fingertips.

    This option was developed as a quick and easy testing machine equipped to run tests. The other goal was to provide an option for materials testing that required minimal operator training. Customers can still opt to add MAP-4 testing software and connect to a computer to enhance the data analysis capabilities and user controls.

    Two screen size options are available to customers – 7” and 10”. The EJA Vantage would be equipped with a touch screen mounted to the side panel of the machine. The built-in tests available include Tensile, Peel, Compression, and COF with parameters that can be easily modified and saved.

    Customers looking for a simple solution to testing will find it easy to work with this instrument controller. This new system will automatically recognize what load cell is connected without any adjustments needed. The touch screen controller for this materials testing machine operates using bluetooth communication and can be easily connected to a network printer to print out reports generated from the testing results.

    Please contact our office if you are interested in a touch screen instrument controller at or 856-767-1000.
    (Thwing-Albert Instrument Co)
    21.01.2014   KBA: Personnel change in web press segment - Jens Maul hands over service activities to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Thomas Potzkai

    Picture: Thomas Potzkai (l) has taken over as head of web press after-sales service activities from Jens Maul (r). He aims to strengthen KBA’s customer focus further by joining these activities with his current area of responsibility as head of division web presses and project management

    After more than two successful years at the helm of web press after-sales services at Koenig & Bauer (KBA) Jens Maul (48) has left the company at his own request as of 1 January 2014. This decision was based on Maul’s wish to concentrate fully on his own firm outside the graphic arts industry.
    As the new head, Thomas Potzkai (43) will unite web press services with his current area of responsibility as vice-president and head of division web presses and project management. Press expert Potzkai, who has held diverse technical management positions in his 27 years at KBA, aims to strengthen customer focus further with this move.
    After joining KBA in October 2011, Jens Maul restructured web press service activities, reinforced these with additional personnel and introduced new products and services to actively support KBA customers in a rapidly changing market environment. To this end, PrintHouse Service (PHS) was founded at the beginning of 2012 headed by Steffen Dittmann. This subsidiary has already enjoyed considerable success primarily offering a range of services (maintenance, repairs, retrofits and press relocations) for third-party presses up to monitoring production systems at printing firms with on-site personnel.
    Thomas Potzkai plans on consistently following the path taken by Jens Maul. He has extensive experience in the development and customer support of commercial, gravure and newspaper web presses. The bundling of management responsibilities for the areas press scheduling, project management, on-site installation, commissioning, user training up to press acceptance and customer support for the entire service life of web presses should reinforce customer loyalty. Thomas Potzkai intends to implement experienced project managers in new press activities as heads of customer support in after-sales service.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    21.01.2014   Benson Gateshead Makes Biggest Ever Press Investment     ( Company news )

    Company news Benson Gateshead has announced details of its largest single press investment ever.

    Benson Gateshead, the North East flagship site of Benson Group, one of the UK’s leading privately owned printed folding carton manufacturers, has announced details of its largest press investment ever with the purchase of an eight-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 B1 format perfecting press.
    The configuration of the machine means that the press can produce medium format sheets at speeds of up to 18,000 per hour in up to eight colours and a coating on one side of the sheet, or up to six colours and coating on one side of the sheet plus two colour printing and coating on the reverse – a reverse printing product offering that the company is marketing under the “Benson Verso” name.
    Commenting on this latest addition to the Benson Gateshead press line-up, Andrew Pybus, General Manager of the company’s two North East sites, said: “This is the largest investment that the group has made on a single press, and we are looking forward to its arrival here in the North East in 2014.
    “Printed packaging continues to grow in its complexity. Customers seek to gain the maximum marketing potential from their cartons. We need to stay ahead of the game and this press will give us additional capabilities, both in the number of printing units that can be utilised for single sided printing, and in the ability to print on both sides of the sheet in a single pass.”
    Commenting on the decision to invest once again in Heidelberg printing equipment, Mark Kerridge, Managing Director of Benson Group, said: “Our three most recent investments in Heidelberg presses for our Bardon operation have given us a performance edge, and our customers have been delighted with the results. The reliability of the equipment, coupled with the back-up service from Heidelberg, has helped us to produce more printed sheets than ever before. We look forward to more of the same from this latest investment.”
    Jim Todd, Sales Director of Heidelberg UK, said: “Benson Group has recognised the strength of the Speedmaster XL product and with this configuration for Gateshead has created a clever solution that enables them to offer something different to the market and to broaden the appeal of their packaging solutions. This is a very unusual Speedmaster XL 106 with a print-coat-perfect-print-coat configuration. It can offer eight colours straight or six-back-two and with coating on both sides. Packaging with information or marketing material inside the box is a growing trend, and Benson Group, as usual, have been quick to equip themselves to meet this need.”
    (Integrated Packaging Ltd)
    21.01.2014   Marking the FINAT 2014 Labelling Agenda    ( Company news )

    Company news The international resource for knowledge, information, best practice and inspiration across the labelling community

    FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry announces its 2014 labelling events. Learning and networking are key aspects of the industry and greatly valued by its members. A number of important gatherings is being organized this year again. The programme gives members the opportunity to meet with peers, clients, press and other industry related contacts, get informed and exchange information.

    A fully packed agenda 2014

    - Technical Seminar, 5-7 March 2014, Barcelona, Spain: ‘Redesigning the label’. This will include reviewing the current technology and market for self-adhesive labels, as well as the latest trends regarding raw materials, label construction, printing, converting and applications for self-adhesive labels. The one-and-a-half day seminar, with simultaneous translation into French, German and Spanish, is aimed at all levels of the technical community, from research and development to production to technical directors and executives. Attendees will be updated on a broad range of issues, such as legislation, materials science, converting technology and end applications for labels. Presentations will be delivered by industry experts, who will offer practical advice to help delegates make their own infrastructures more efficient, productive and profitable.

    - Congress Logo Competition: As every year FINAT has issued a design competition for its annual congress logo at graphic arts students in France. The winner(s) will be honoured during the FINAT congress.

    - Industry Trends Report: FINAT will release the first edition of its half-yearly Industry Trends Report in April.

    - FINAT Congress, 5-7 June 2014, Monte Carlo, Monaco. This year’s congress will carry as its theme “The Battle for Shelf Appeal – Winning Strategies for the Label Industry”. The theme was inspired by supermarket visits by members from FINAT in their eternal search for new ideas and innovative product decoration concepts. They found that the battle for what a major end-user calls the ‘moment of truth’ to catch the eye of the consumer increasingly also translates into a battle for the most attractive yet cost effective product decoration solution.
    The congress programme will open with a keynote presentation by international brand consultants Cartils and will feature two expert panel discussions, one bringing together representatives from leading application technology providers, and the second one featuring leading end-users in different market segments like food, retail, cosmetics, beverages, toys etc. On the second day, delegates will be introduced to newly emerging technologies relevant to the future of labeling, such as printed electronics.
    As closing keynote speaker, FINAT is proud to announce Bertrand Piccard, the world famous balloonist, who (along with Brian Jones) was the first to complete a non-stop balloon flight around the globe.

    - FINAT Label Competition: FINAT welcomes all 2014 FINAT Label Competition entries as of now. Deadline: 7 March. The participation details and registration forms are available in English, French and German. There is a new category 'Automotive' added in the group Marketing/End-uses and the association welcomes label entries for transport oils, automotive related cleaners, compenent cares, in car products etc...

    - FINAT Recycling Award: a new Recycling Award will be launched soon.

    - FINAT Technical Handbook 9th edition: A revised and embellished edition of the test methods manual is scheduled to appear in the first quarter of 2014. In addition to the more accurate full coloured pictures and schematics, the handbook will in the future also contain links to videos showing how the relevant test method is performed. For more information on all these activities and guidelines for the FINAT Label Competition 2014 go to
    20.01.2014   Heavy industries to benefit from Vacon's standardized AC drives solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: VACON NXP System Drive

    The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon launches a new product range - VACON® NXP System Drive - during the company's Drives Conference in Dubai, UAE on 16 January 2014. The new product range of standardized AC drives offers customers cost-efficiency, reliability and uniform quality. The system integrators focusing on heavy industry customers can make complex solutions simple with a wide variety of standardized drive modules.

    "The VACON NXP System Drive is based on standardized modules, processes and tools as well as on a tested and verified enclosure design. Yet the product is configurable with the help of pre-engineered and tested options. Configurability is one of the product's most compelling features. Furthermore, we can customize the product according to specific customer needs," says Jari Marjo, Vacon's Marketing Director for Premium Drives.

    The new product range simplifies installation and commissioning as well as provides end-users with significant life-time benefits, such as decreased maintenance costs and minimized needs for spare parts and training.

    The VACON NXP System Drive is based on the VACON NXP and VACON Common DC bus products, which include a large variety of modules in a wide power range. The system drive product range is available in various IP ratings, and CE and UL certifications provide an external verification for the product. The control and power sections of the AC drive are separated, which is an important safety feature. In addition, a wide range of pre-engineered options such as supply units, fieldbus interfaces, and inverter modules are available.

    Vacon has a long and proven track record in project business and in providing engineering services globally. As an independent company focusing 100% on AC drives, Vacon does not compete with its partners.

    "Vacon is a partner which is easy to work with, and we want to further enhance our cooperation with partners. The VACON NXP System Drive will improve our ability to serve our partners, to be more responsive and able to provide a broader scope of delivery. This allows our partners to focus on the overall solutions while we focus on the AC drives, where we are the experts," Marjo explains.

    "To put it simply, VACON NXP System Drive will make complex solutions simple with standardization, and standardized modules bring reliability and improve the total cost of ownership," concludes Marjo.
    (Vacon Plc)
    20.01.2014   Metsä Group's tissue and cooking paper business advances sustainable low-carbon tissue ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... manufacturing

    Metsä Tissue is continuing its work on lowering carbon dioxide emissions and improving energy efficiency in tissue manufacturing. The Sustainable Low Carbon Tissue Manufacturing (SLCTM) project is part of Metsä Group’s work on improving its energy efficiency by 10 percent by the year 2020.
    The project’s main target is to develop ready-to-implement concepts for reducing specific direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and for improving the productivity of tissue manufacturing. The project has ran from 2012 to 2013 with the support of over EUR 400 000 from the European Commission’s Sustainable Industry Low Carbon Scheme (SILC). The project has progressed according to plans with encouraging results.
    The SLCTM project, carried out in cooperation with engineering office Neumeister, has gathered experimental data from Metsä Tissue’s production units in Finland, Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Sweden in 2012 and made the thermodynamic analysis in 2013. The final project report with general applicable guidelines will be published in spring 2014.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
    20.01.2014   CreativeWorld 2014 – Sketching in a stylish way with Hahnemühle Style Sketch    ( Company news )

    To match the current mega trend ‘Mobile Sketching’ Hahnemühle will present new fancy spiral bound sketch booklets at this years CreativeWorld from 25th to 28th of January 2014 in Frankfurt. The strong black covers have a striking red, blue or green coloured core with a corresponding coloured spiral and can be fully opened to provide a sturdy base for studies and notes.
    Pablo Ientile, an globetrotting artist and ‘urban sketcher’ will open his studio at the Hahnemühle booth hall 4.1, E10 to draw exclusively for Hahnemühle´s trade partners in the new ‘Style Sketch’. Visitors will have the chance of watching him in action, posing for him or providing proposals and ideas for his illustrations. They can also win one of his works of art in a new ‘Style Sketch’ booklet.
    In addition to Hahnemühle´s traditional painting and drawing papers, the market-leading inkjet papers are in focus. The German artist paper manufactory presents the world’s esteemed papers for fine art reproduction, digital art and photo printing. Beside the established Hahnemühle Digital FineArt Collection with award-winning papers, the range ‘Hahnemühle Photo’ will be on display. The portfolio comprises the first PE papers with microporous inkjet coating by Hahnemühle and two attractive entry-level qualities. It’s ideal for Creativeworld visitors from the traditional artist segment who want to market their originals as a limited edition digitally printed.
    Creativeworld Frankfurt is the first show where the artist paper manufacturer will present their new Corporate Desing including the revamped logo and a new typography in Europe. Beside the mentioned changes, a new trend-setting digital strategy has been launched. With its transparent, open and modern expression and suiting customer demands, the new appearance reflects Hahnemühle´s central values: passion, perfection, openness, respect in the collaboration and sustainability.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

    20.01.2014   Bekaert Solaronics installs two Edge Dryers at NorPaper Avot Vallée, Blendecques, France    ( Company news )

    Company news Bekaert Solaronics has recently installed two Edge Dryers on PM4 at NorPaper Avot Vallée to improve the moisture profile on the paper edges. The Bekaert Edge Dryer is a compact, easy-to install and efficient solution for edge drying.

    The systems are equipped with M2000 modules, high density electric infrared emitters especially developed for the paper and board industry. Thanks to the patented design of these modules, the lamps last over twice as long as conventional emitters.
    (Solaronics SA)
    20.01.2014   emtec Electronic at Expo ACOTEPAC 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: CAS Charge Analyzing System

    Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the South American „Expo ACOTEPAC 2014“ in Cali, Colombia. From February 19th until 21st, emtec Electronic will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 03 and 04 together with Neotek Colombia SAS and Elof Hansson International AB.

    The technical equipment, which will be presented in Cali this time are the emtec EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester for characterizing the process relevant surface parameters of paper and board, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer for determining tissue properties as softness, smoothness respectively roughness and stiffness and combining these parameters to the overall handfeel value.

    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge, the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers and the DFA Dynamic Filtration Analyzer for determining the influence of chemicals on drainage and retention behavior.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    20.01.2014   Future JetTM Secures High Ratings from Kodak, HP, Screen USA; Continues to Gain Momentum ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Among Major Printers, OEMs

    FutureMark® Paper Group’s Future JetTM, the first high-recycled, coated digital inkjet paper, continues to gather industry accolades following its September launch, including top ratings from Kodak (“4 Diamond Rating”), HP (“Recommended Media to Best Performing Media”) and Screen USA (“A” rating). Compatible with both dye- and pigment-based printers, Future Jet offers publishers, direct mail providers and commercial printers excellent print quality on the greenest paper available.

    “Following more than two years of development and testing, we are pleased to collaborate with all of the major printers and OEMs to demonstrate the tremendous potential for this market-changing product – the industry’s first coated recycled digital ink jet paper,” said Steve Silver, President & CEO of FutureMark Paper Company. “With the many divergent print engines and media applications in this market, we continue to see that Future Jet’s unique coating locks in color, opening the door to ink savings, product print improvement and market expansion options.”

    Future Jet’s 4 Diamond Rating from the KODAK PROSPER Paper Rating Program indicates users will experience consistent, high-quality results with the paper. Don Burns, Business Development Director - Inkjet Technology Partnerships at Kodak stated, “The strong partnership between our two companies provided us with insight into FutureMark’s deep technical skills underpinning the development of Future Jet. Their focus on creating a high-quality sustainable solution for digital inkjet is in line with Kodak’s vision for the industry, and we are pleased that the combination of Kodak’s printing equipment and ink with FutureMark’s new recycled coated inkjet sheet gives customers superb print quality.”

    Future Jet is also now certified for HP Pigment Inkjet Web Press, with a rating of “Recommended Media to Best Performing Media.” As part of the HP certification process, Future Jet performance was comprehensively evaluated, including printed gamut, image quality, text quality, show through, durability and runability. HP’s testing revealed that FutureMark’s Future Jet product provides excellent print density, runability, fill uniformity, gamut volume and text quality on the HP Inkjet Web Press.

    In its paper evaluation and certification report for Screen USA’s Truepressjet 520 Series, Future Jet achieved an “A” overall rating (4.77 out of 5) for its 45 and 50 pound basis weights. The paper was also acknowledged as G7 calibrated for optimal image quality, and passed a smudge test to ensure the paper’s capacity to resist smudging from water, fingerprints or the use of a highlighter. Runability, vibrancy, color quality and opacity were all graded “excellent.”

    Ken Ingram, Vice President, Sales of Screen (USA), stated, “Our comprehensive testing of Future Jet has validated our initial assessment – FutureMark’s new, lightweight high-recycled digital inkjet product offers outstanding print quality on demanding four color projects. Future Jet will open up a variety of new publishing and direct mail market opportunities for us.”

    Kris Albee, Marketing Director, Production Print Solutions division of Canon Solutions America (CSA), added: “We are thrilled to enable recycled sheets with great color on inkjet, and very pleased to add an alternative 45 Pound sheet from FutureMark to our list of CSA qualified inkjet substrates. With the market continuing to move to inkjet, we see recycled sheets as an important expansion of paper which we have evaluated and determined to run on our inkjet printers.”

    Future Jet paper boasts a matte finish, a high brightness rating of 85 and at least 90 percent recycled content. Future Jet is available in 45 and 50 pound basis weights and is available through Horizon Paper. For more
    information, the Future Jet product data sheet can be found at or contact Horizon at:
    (FutureMark® Paper Group)
    20.01.2014   CPH’s 2013 sales depressed by persistent pricing pressures    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Location Perlen (Switzerland)

    Despite increasing its product volumes sold, the CPH Group saw its net annual sales decline to CHF 481.1 million for 2013, 1.6% down from the previous year. In view of the significant changes in the market environment over the past few years (particularly in the Paper and Silicate Chemistry Divisions), CPH is to reassess – with a view to possible
    impairments – the values of its tangible fixed assets in Switzerland.

    While the economic climate did show signs of slow improvement in 2013 in the broader industrialized world, the European recovery was only hesitant and only began in the second half of the year. For 2013 as a whole, the economy stagnated in Europe, and thus in the CPH Group’s prime sales markets. Asia remained on its current strong growth track. So far only the CPH Group’s Packaging Division, which is geared consistently to the pharmaceuticals market, has benefited from the improved economic conditions. The Paper Division did raise product volumes, despite a loss of production following a fire; but continuing price erosion depressed its annual sales results. In the Chemistry Division, higher sales were recorded in the USA, but these improvements could not offset the sales decline in Switzerland. With the Paper Division accounting for around two-thirds of total Group sales, the CHF 481.1 million net annual sales for the CPH Group represented a 1.6% decline on the previous year.

    Annual earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) for 2013 will be in line with previouslycommunicated expectations. Including the financial impact of the loss of production by the paper machine PM 4 following a fire in its winder, EBIT for the year is expected to range between CHF -27 and -29 million.

    Packaging stands out positively
    The Chemistry Division delivered a favourable performance in North and South America, which generate over one-third of sales. The division maintains its own US production facilities. The North American market saw stronger demand for molecular sieves in response to increased shale gas production, while the South American market witnessed a similar trend for Ethanol production purposes. Within Europe the Chemistry Division’s business in Switzerland suffered from customers’ decisions to defer certain projects and from sluggish demand in the markets served by its Uetikon operations. Overall the division sustained an 11.8% decline in its net sales for the year, which stood at CHF 59.2 million.

    The Paper Division sold 514,398 tonnes of newsprint and magazine paper in 2013 – a slight 1.1% increase on the previous year that was achieved despite the reduced production capacities following the PM 4 winder fire. The increase also enabled the division to gain further market share. But with paper prices continuing to fall, net sales for the year were 2.8% below previous year at CHF 305.5 million.

    The Packaging Division, which is well established as a provider of premium packaging films to the pharmaceuticals sector, was able to further enlarge its share of its European market. The range of films produced with differing barrier and protection credentials are used primarily for medicine blister packs. The division posted net sales for 2013 of CHF 116.4 million, a 9.3% year-on-year improvement.

    Tangible fixed assets to be tested for impairment
    The market environments in the chemistry and paper segments have undergone major and permanent changes over the last few years. CPH’s Uetikon operations are now under growing competitive pressure from suppliers based in Asia; and on the European paper market the structural decline in demand has led to fierce predatory competition, which in turn has resulted in steady price declines. The continued strength of the Swiss franc is further eroding profitability, as Switzerland accounts for a high proportion of the Group’s production activities. With present projections strongly suggesting that these market trends will continue, the CPH Group will be testing its tangible fixed assets for impairment as part of the process of compiling and auditing its accounts and financial statements for 2013. These actions may result in impairments of between CHF 240 and 270 million, which would further downwardly affect EBIT for the year. The findings of the corresponding assessments will be communicated at this year’s annual results media conference.

    Even after impairments of the extent envisaged above, CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG would still have a high balance sheet equity ratio of around 60% and an ongoing positive cash flow. The impairment testing planned will also entail no further restructuring actions, and will in particular have no impact on present personnel numbers. Perlen Papier AG is also well positioned in its markets, and the decision to invest in the new PM 7 paper machine was still vital to its ability to remain competitive in today’s fiercely-contested markets.

    Personnel changes
    After 25 years of service on the CPH Board of Directors, Dr. Franz-Josef Albrecht will not be standing for re-election for a further term of office at the Annual General Meeting of 10 April 2014. Details of his proposed successor will be communicated in due course. Michel Segesser, the Group’s Head of HR & Communications and a member of Group Executive Management, will also be leaving CPH to take on a new professional challenge. CPH thanks Franz-Josef Albrecht and Michel Segesser for all their work, service and commitment to the CPH Group’s development, and offers them every good wish for the future.
    (CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG)
    20.01.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news The final speaker line-up for the 2014 World Biomass Power Markets congress and exhibition has now been published.

    We are delighted to announce a number of new, high profile speakers who have joined our unrivalled, expert line-up of panellists and presenters. They include:
    Two fantastic new keynote speakers:
    • Christopher Huhne, Former Member of the UK Government and now Europe Chairman at Zilkha Biomass Fuels
    • Igor Grela, Technical Director at the Polaniec Plant of GDF SUEZ Energii Poland. The plant is the world's biggest, 100% biomass-fired energy unit, with a production capacity of 205 MW
    PLUS even more industry-leading, top-level biomass power professionals, joining our faculty of nearly 100 world class speakers, including:
    • Richard Bellingham, Senior Manager - Renewables and CHP, Ofgem
    • Mark Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, Shepherd Construction
    • Nina Skorupska, Chief Executive Officer, Renewable Energy Association
    • Gerry Riley, Corporate Engineer for Fuels and Combustion, RWE Generation UK
    • Marco Albani, Sustainable Energy Advisory, Mckinsey & Co.
    • Jorrit Hachmer, Biofuels Trader, RWE Supply & Trading
    • Karl-Heinz Schulz, Chief Operating Officer, Seeger Green Energy
    • Frank Ligthart, Director, Waste to Energy Business, Valmet Power
    • Terrol Bateman, Vice President - Europe, Dome Technology

    The final early registration rate expires this week so register today to benefit from the maximum possible savings.
    Further savings are available for group bookings, project developers, utilities and the partners of our leading sponsors. To inquire about these, please call us on +44 (0) 207 099 0600.

    I look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam.
    Kind regards,
    Josh Green
    Event Manager
    Green Power Conferences
    Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 4211

    Twitter: @WorldBioPower
    Linked In: World Biomass Linked In Group
    (Green Power Conferences)
    17.01.2014   Vacon helped save 22 hours of global electricity production in 2013     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Vesa Laisi, President and CEO, Vacon Plc

    Global AC drives manufacturer Vacon estimates that its products helped save approximately 55 TWh of energy in 2013. Also, the amount of energy produced last year from renewable energy sources with Vacon's AC drives was approximately 22 TWh.

    About 55 TWh (50 TWh in 2012) of electrical energy was saved last year with the help of Vacon AC drives. This corresponds to the amount of energy produced by approximately ten 700-MW nuclear power reactors in a year, or the annual electricity consumption of approximately 12 million households in Europe. This also corresponds to approximately 22 hours of the world's annual electrical energy production 1).

    In addition, in 2013, the amount of energy produced with the help of Vacon's AC drives from renewable energy sources was approximately 22 TWh (20 TWh in 2012). This corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 5 million households in Europe, or approximately 9 hours of the world's entire annual electrical energy production 1).

    An AC drive adjusts the speed of an electric motor according to the real process need, which typically reduces energy consumption by 20-50%. According to studies, the payback time of AC drives has continuously shortened. For example, in pump and fan applications the payback time can even be less than one year.

    "Vacon has delivered AC drives since 1995. From the technological perspective, AC drives will be more energy efficient and offer better performance in the future. Competing or substitute technical solutions do not exist for AC drives and are not within sight," says Vesa Laisi, Vacon's President and CEO.

    Energy-efficiency in Vacon's new vision

    In November 2013 Vacon published its new community-based vision. The company's vision is The Drives Family, a close community where the best people work together to develop the best products, applications and services for customers.

    "The Drives Family helps our customers optimize their operations, save and produce energy efficiently and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In this way we make the world and our way of living more sustainable," sums up Vesa Laisi.

    1) World's electricity production data: Key World Energy Statistics 2013, International Energy Agency (IEA).
    (Vacon Plc)
    17.01.2014   CITO SPIKE SYSTEM – easy and convenient    ( Company news )

    Company news CITO SPIKE SYSTEM – the complete system for Spikes. Easy and convenient to handle, it comes with a logical system of spike rails and packing sheets to suit different thicknesses of corrugated board.

    CITO SPIKES offer you the following advantages:
    -simple changeover of the Spikes on the rail
    -heights in line with European diecutting standard
    -no risk of injury when changing over Spikes
    -colour-coded packing sheets standardised to the thickness of the corrugated board
    -easy-to-assemble rails are self-adhesive
    -identical in concept to Mini-Spikes
    17.01.2014   Norske Skog enters into a sales cooperation with CellMark for the Asian markets    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog and CellMark AB have agreed to enter into a long term marketing agreement for sales of publication paper in the Asian markets. The parties will establish a new distributor in Singapore, NorCell Asia, which will have the exclusive marketing rights for all Norske Skog products to be sold in the Asian markets. Norske Skog will transfer its current sales operations and sales staff in Singapore from PanAsia Paper Trading to NorCell Asia.
    Norske Skog and CellMark established a similar long term sales cooperation for the North American markets in August 2011. The North American sales operations are operated by NorCell Inc. The parties' experiences from the cooperation in the North American markets have triggered the expansion of the cooperation between the two groups into the Asian markets.
    - The common goal of Norske Skog and CellMark in this cooperation is to offer customers a broader range of solutions for their publishing needs while maximizing efficiency and minimizing cost in the supply chain, says the CEO of Norske Skog, Sven Ombudstvedt.
    - This agreement significantly strengthens CellMark's position in sales of publication grades into Asia and allows us to further develop our well functioning co-operation with Norske Skog in a new region, says CellMark's CEO, Hans Kling.
    Norske Skog furthermore expects to release approximately USD 15-20 million in working capital by the cooperation with CellMark in the Asian markets. The new sales and marketing operations by NorCell Asia will start operate in January 2014.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    17.01.2014   Xerium Announces Planned Closure of European Rolls Facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, announced that it has initiated consultation proceedings with the works council at its rolls facility in Heidenheim, Germany. Production after a closure would be transferred to the Company's remaining rolls facilities in Europe where there is sufficient capacity to handle Heidenheim's order volume. Due to the nature of the proceedings with the local works council, the Company is not able to provide an estimate of the anticipated restructuring expenses at this time, but does expect permanent annualized cost savings of $2.1 million from this action.
    "We are continuing our multi-year program to strengthen our competitiveness globally. It requires difficult decisions that affect great people but these are very necessary actions given the economic realities of the markets we serve. We have firm plans to save as many jobs as possible under these circumstances," said Harold Bevis, Xerium's President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe these actions will increase our competitiveness in Europe, without sacrificing quality or our position in the market."
    (Xerium Technologies, Inc.)
    17.01.2014   emtec Electronic at PaperWeek Canada 2014 / PAPTAC 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer

    Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Canadian „PaperWeek / PAPTAC 2014“ in Montréal, Canada. From February 03rd until 06th, emtec Electronic will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 03 together with Technidyne Corporation Canada.

    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the technical equipment, which will be presented in Montréal this time. This device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue properties as softness, smoothness respectively roughness and stiffness. Furthermore, these
    three parameters can be combined to the overall handfeel value.

    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers.

    During the conference Mr. Alexander Gruener will explain in detail the different functions and applications of these three valued labor assistants in his presentation “Possibilities for process optimization from the wet end to the finished product”.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    17.01.2014   New developments in passport manufacture    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The PassPort 2 of Kugler-Womako

    Passports are documents which make high demands in terms of forgery protection. So the machinery deployed in the manufacture of these products must always be state-of-the-art. For the Australian company Note Printing Australia (NPA), Kugler-Womako GmbH has developed a new variant of its passport machine PassPort 2, the PassPort2 PUR, which uses a polyurethane hot-melt adhesive instead of the traditional glues, and a completely new PassPort chip insertion machine.

    NPA, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia, has been manufacturing Australian banknotes for a century now and prides itself on providing secure products of the very highest quality. These include not only banknotes but also passports. Today, NPA has a fleet of thoroughly modern machines at its disposal. The systems deployed in passport manufacture come exclusively from Kugler-Womako of Nürtingen (Germany).

    PassPort2 PUR – more security thanks to improved adhesion
    At NPA, an Australian passport goes through a total of five different PassPort machines during production. The PassPort 1 binds the books, collating the individual components of the passport two-up and sewing them together. In the second machine, the layers from the PassPort 1 are laminated with covers and / or chip inlays. In the third machine the two-up layers from PassPort 2 have the biometric inlays inserted into the pages after the middle on the PassPort Chip Insertion machine. On the PassPort 3, the layers are gold embossed, separated one-up, folded and cut to size with a die-cutting tool. Finally, in the PassPort 4, the passport is given a Gothic number and a laser perforation. At the same time, the chips for e-passports can also be initialized and personalized here.

    Up to now, cold glue has been used in the PassPort 2 to glue the inner book and cover. On the machine designed for NPA, the gluing process has been adapted for polyurethane hot-melt adhesive (PUR). To this end, Kugler-Womako has modified its PassPort2 machine accordingly and replaced the traditional cold glue applicator roll with sheeting dies, via which PUR adhesive is applied to the material to be processed at temperatures of between 130 and 140°C. A glue quantity control system uses a heat-detecting camera to check the even application of the adhesive layer on the surface to be glued. While it is cooling, the PUR adhesive undergoes a chemical process and hardens completely. The cross-linking of PUR is better than that of cold glue, so it is also very suitable for heavy and coated papers. One improved security aspect is that the bound products can also withstand extreme temperatures and humidity without losing any of their adhesive strength. Another is that the bond cannot be detached without destroying the glued materials. What is more, PUR adhesive attains its final hardness in a very short time, so that the products can be further processed immediately. This is not possible with cold glue because of its prolonged drying time of approx. 24 hours.

    Users of the traditional Kugler-Womako PassPort2 who want to change to PUR adhesive without having to go all the way and invest in a new system may be interested to know that almost any existing PassPort2 machine can be converted into a PUR machine.

    PassPort chip insertion
    As well as a special passport number, many passports today are also already fitted with an RFID chip, which normally goes between the cover and the endleaf. However, in talks with Kugler-Womako, NPA expressed their wish to have the chip inserted between two pages after the middle of the passport to ensure that it was better protected. On account of the high cost of the chips it was also important to NPA to have production spoilage reduced to an absolute minimum.
    So Kugler-Womako developed a newly designed machine for the customer – the PassPort Chip Insertion. It also works with PUR adhesive and is situated downstream of the PassPort 2 in the production process. With the center seam needing to remain visible as a security feature, the chip is inserted between the two pages that come after it. PUR is applied to the pages via an adhesive die and the RFID chip is inserted. Then the glued pages are closed and pressed together. Thus the chip is no longer detachable, and is enclosed in the passport in such a way as to be well protected. To minimize spoilage, the target page in the passport is scanned by a print mark reader prior to insertion of the chip.

    Trusting cooperation
    The designers and technicians at Kugler Womako worked closely together with NPA in implementing their customer's wishes. “We very much appreciate the machines and the skills of the staff at Kugler Womako, especially the mechanics and technicians”, says Andrew Atwell, passport production manager at NPA. The equipment having been commissioned successfully, the manufacture of the new generation of passports in Australia has been going ahead since September.

    Kugler-Womako GmbH
    Wenke Terbuyken
    Schlosserstraße 15
    72622 Nürtingen
    Tel.: +49 7022 7002218
    Fax: +49 7022 33444
    (Kugler-Womako GmbH)
    17.01.2014   Operational Indefinite Shutdown of Pulp and Paper Mill Operations     ( Company news )

    Given the situation created with the November recovery boiler explosion and the costs associated with this, we have decided to indefinitely idle the Pulp and Paper mill portions of our facility. Our Tissue mill business will continue to operate at full capacity. Consequently, we will be downsizing to accomplish this change in operations. These are difficult decisions because they affect our hard working employees and the surrounding communities. However, they are necessary for the long term survival and success of our business.
    (Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC)
    16.01.2014   Advantage DCT tissue line supplied by Valmet successfully started up at Wuhan Chenming's mill ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in China

    A new tissue line delivered by Valmet (previous Metso Pulp, Paper and Power) successfully came on stream at Wuhan Chenming Hanyang Paper Co. Ltd's mill in Wuhan, China, in November 2013. This is the customer's first tissue line.
    The new Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line started up ten days before the estimated time and is now producing high quality tissue at high speed. With a width of 5.6 m and an operating speed of 1,900 m/min, the new production line will produce 60,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new line is virgin pulp.
    "Demand for tissue is growing and advanced tissue production technologies are one of our strengths. In 2013, in total eight tissue machines supplied by us were started up. Valmet's Advantage DCT technology has been very well received by our customers", says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper business Line.
    "Valmet met our expectations for a fast delivery, smooth installation, commissioning and start-up, and we are looking forward to further expand our co-operation", says Mr. Liu Junhua, project responsible of Wuhan Chenming TM1.
    "The installation work has been characterized by very good collaboration and team spirit between Valmet and the mill team which has facilitated the successful start-up. The Advantage DCT concept enables fast start-up, easy operations and high efficiency", says Stefan Ziegel, project manager, Valmet.
    The delivery comprised a complete production line with stock preparation equipment and an Advantage DCT 200 HS tissue machine including an OptiFlo II TIS multi-layer headbox, a cast alloy Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap hood, an Advantage WetDust dust management system and an Advantage SoftReel reel. The delivery also featured Valmet's patented Advantage ViscoNip pressing technology. The production line is optimized to enhance final product quality and save energy.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    16.01.2014   New and reliable press fabric for tissue manufacture offers maximum dewatering capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith’s TissueFlex XD press fabric for tissue production has very good saturation for maximum dewatering. It is produced with a lower caliper offering faster break-in times allowing the machine to reach higher productivity sooner. At the same time, TissueFlex XD has a resilient structure, so that the key properties of the fabric are maintained over a long period.
    Over time, the operating speeds of tissue machines have increased substantially. Press fabrics like TissueFlex XD meet these more demanding requirements. Despite its low thickness the structure of TissueFlex XD remains stable, even at high operating speeds. The tissue manufacturer can expect high runability and increased productivity.
    Thinner press fabrics often have the drawback that they quickly drop in performance due to wear, compaction and contamination. But this is not the case with TissueFlex XD: Voith has incorporated a unique non-woven layer that retains the properties of the fabric for a long time and delivers consistent performance. The special needling of the base, batt and non-woven layers also reduces wear and achieves a smooth tissue surface. The combined layers produce an even pressure for efficient drying. TissueFlex XD is a benefit for most tissue applications and can also reduce energy consumption.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    16.01.2014   Rune Sollie new CFO in Norske Skog    ( Company news )

    Company news Rune Sollie (47) has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) in Norske Skogindustrier ASA. Sollie has broad experience from various financial positions within Norwegian industry.
    Rune Sollie has most recently held the position of chief group accountant in Statoil Fuel & Retail AS. He has broad experience from various audit and accounting work in UNIConsult AS, Yara International ASA, KPMG, the Directorate of Public Roads and the Central Bank of Norway. He also has experience from the banking and finance sector, and is a board member of KBN Kommunalbanken Norway.
    - I am very pleased to have with me an experienced and qualified professional such as Rune Sollie in the further development of the company. The challenges ahead will be to continue to improve profitability across the group and to adapt our organisation to the company's size and activities. Rune Sollie's expertise and management experience will be very beneficial when facing these challenges, says President and CEO Sven Ombudstvedt.
    - I look forward to working in a global organization with many exciting processes and skilled people. Despite challenging markets, considerable effort will be made to improve the profitability of our products, says Rune Sollie, newly appointed CFO of Norske Skog.

    Rune Sollie will assume the position from 20 January 2014.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    16.01.2014   Advanced motion control system from ABB simplifies design of modular printing machinery    ( Company news )

    Company news ABB drive critical to Rollem’s new Descending Card Stacker

    Picture: Colin Pears and Stuart Murphy with Rollem's New Stacker

    An economic multi-axis motion controller and high level software development environment from ABB is helping Rollem - a leading specialist print machinery manufacturer - to rapidly evolve its modular finishing system. The motion architecture has just made it easy to add another peripheral to the company's print finishing equipment range - a stacking unit that collects and groups products such as business cards into finished quantities ready for shipping.
    Rollem specializes in ultra-accurate cutting/perforating/scoring machines, and has built a worldwide reputation for creating print finishing lines for high quality and security related applications. The company's focus on extreme accuracy means that users often are able to squeeze extra units out of production processes or standard paper sizes with Rollem finishing equipment.
    At the heart of all of Rollem's current machinery range is a compact ABB controller called NextMove-ESB2. This compact packaged module is capable of controlling up to eight servo and stepper motor axes, and includes onboard analog and digital I/O for general machine control, plus interfaces including a CANopen port for controlling distributed motion and I/O resources. Depending on the particular finishing line configuration and number of motion axes, one or more of these controllers is installed in the distributed control system. ABB's architecture provides Rollem with a granular control solution that scales economically according to the complexity of the required finishing line. NextMove's broad combination of motion and machine control functionality also gives it great versatility to meet the needs of any particular new station in Rollem's expanding modular equipment family.
    The newly-designed Descending Card Stacker is typically installed as a third station on a Rollem print finishing line, following slitting and collating stations. This peripheral employs a single axis of movement using a stepper motor, which dynamically varies the height of a stacking tray that is synchronized to a laser sensor detecting the position and height of printed items. In the case of playing cards printing, for instance, the system can group multiple packs to create a ready-to-use Blackjack deck. In the business card world, the system will group specific printed quantities such as 250 or 500 into a stack for final shipping.
    Designing and integrating this new modular peripheral was simplified by the ABB motion control system. The stepper motor axis and its ABB drive connects to the main controller and HMI via the print finishing line's CANopen network. Software-wise, the nature of ABB's MINT motion software language has always made it easy for the Rollem developers to create code, as it uses clear English-like commands and has hundreds of keywords that provide single-command instructions for motion tasks. One of the most common keyword forms used by Rollem throughout its finishing line are a set of commands called FOLLOW for example, which allow axes to be linked and follow a master axis by a programmed ratio.
    (ABB USA)
    16.01.2014   The President of the United States visited Vacon in North Carolina     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, President Obama, Dan Isaksson, Vacon

    President Barack Obama paid a visit to the Vacon Research and Development center in Research Triangle Park, NC today. The visit was part of the president's travel to North Carolina. The president's tour at Vacon was also accompanied by Ernest Moniz, United States Secretary of Energy.
    "We were privileged and honored to welcome President Obama to Vacon. We arranged a tour at our R&D lab, demonstrating how Vacon is actively involved with making the world and our way of living more sustainable in terms of energy efficiency," said Dan Isaksson, vice president of medium voltage drives at Vacon, who was one of the hosts during the visit.

    "So the reason I came here today is because we've got to do more to connect universities like NC State with companies like Vacon to make America the number-one place in the world to open new businesses and create new jobs. We want to do that here in North Carolina, and we want to do this all across America," said President Obama during his speech at the North Carolina State University.

    Vacon, headquartered in Finland, is the world's largest company focusing solely on AC drives, which are used to control the speed of electric motors to maximize energy efficiency. Vacon's operations in North Carolina are focused on research and development of Vacon's new product line, medium-voltage AC drives.

    In November 2013 Vacon published its new vision, The Drives Family where the best people work together to develop the best products, applications and services for customers. "The newly-published Vacon vision is tangible here in North Carolina. The combination of a highly skilled and innovative workforce, a business-friendly climate and the opportunity to collaborate with various companies and universities made the Triangle area a great choice for Vacon," Isaksson said.
    (Vacon Plc)
    16.01.2014   Integrated automation - Simple, fast and reliable    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: GEMÜ 651 with fully integrated automation module

    The GEMÜ 651 aseptic valve is a successful symbiosis of the GEMÜ 650 diaphragm valve used in sterile systems and proven instrumentation.
    It has a fully integrated automation module in three different designs. The combi switchbox combines optical position indication by LEDs with electrical position indicator and integrated pilot valves. The version with an integrated positioner also has what has become known as a SpeedAP function to enable fast commissioning. The automation module works using a microprocessor-controlled intelligent position sensor paired with an analogue travel sensor system. In addition, its teach-in function simplifies commissioning.

    Furthermore, the GEMÜ 651 valve has integrated travel and system control. The automation module has AS-interface capability. Due to its compact design, the valve is very well suited for use in the smallest spaces, for example as components of multi-port valve blocks.
    The valve design was developed taking into account the guidelines and recommendations of FDA, EHEDG and GMP. Thanks to integrated air ports, for example, pneumatic connectors between the actuator and pilot valve are not needed.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    16.01.2014   Print, Packaging & Label Innovations Press Release    ( Company news )

    Company news Intec Printing Solutions Limited has announced that it will exhibit at the Print, Packaging & Label Innovations Show at the NEC in Birmingham on 26th and 27th February 2014.

    The company plans to show their incredibly successful Intec EDGE 850 Label Printer and NEW Intec Label Finishing Solution for on demand label printing at the event.
    “It will be an exciting time for Intec at the show this year because we will not only be demonstrating the very popular Intec EDGE 850 but we will also be unveiling the new Intec Label Finishing System and previewing a ground breaking new 5 colour print and packaging system” says Ian Melville, Managing Director of Intec Printing Solutions Limited. “Intec will proudly showcase the latest technology for finishing labels from digital roll to roll based label printers - this will provide customers with a complete finished label printing package and our presence at the show ensures we get these in front of the right audience” states Mr Melville.
    The Intec Label Printing and Finishing System is aimed at anyone looking for an affordable professional label production system – whether it be a label printing company looking for a great on demand full colour label production system with optional variable data – or an organisation looking to bring their label production in house and on demand. Working in synergy with the Intec EDGE 850 Label Printer, the finishing system provides an affordable roll to roll solution using the latest high speed contour cutting systems running up to double the speed of previous solutions, and capable of cutting at up to 3m/min. The Intec finisher also provides laminating and on the fly contour cutting as well as optional matrix removal.
    Intec will also be previewing a new industry leading digital printer, the CS5000, that can print White and Clear toner onto thick boards! With this in mind they will demonstrate how easy it is to produce prototype packaging using new die cutting equipment.
    “The Intec Label Printing Solution can print self-adhesive die cut matrix removed, retained continuous roll labels for a whole range of packaging while the Intec CS5000 can actually print the packaging, handling media up to 400gsm/400micron and up to 1.3 metres long. The Packaging Innovations Show is a great opportunity for us to demonstrate our models to prospective buyers” says Terri Winstanley, Head of Marketing and PR. Adding: “This show is a diverse event covering a whole range of printing including labels and packaging, making it ideal for Intec to exhibit at.”
    Intec Printing Solutions will be at Stand E12 in the Print Innovations and Labelling Zone.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Corporation)
    15.01.2014   manroland web systems establishes a dual leadership    ( Company news )

    Company news From January 1, 2014 Joern Gossé (49, picture) joins the executive board of manroland web systems GmbH in Augsburg. He takes over the management together with Eckhard Hoerner-Marass and will be responsible for Sales and Service.
    Joern Gossé shows more than 25 years of experience in leading positions at the printing industry. The skilled Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) (Graduate Engineer, UAS- University of Applied Science) has started his career in 1988 at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG. Joern Gossé has many years of international experience in sales and service and successfully managed different plants in Germany. Since 2005 he has been Managing Director at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG, Northern Region, Hamburg. His overall responsibility included the business units sales, service and finance with 130 employees at the plant and a base of 2,500 customers.
    Eckhard Hoerner-Marass stays spokesman of the manroland web systems management. „We are very pleased to have Joern Gossé as a management colleague with his great experience in sales and service and his profound knowledge of the print industry. Together with our well-established management team, we are looking forward to constantly moving onward on the companies road to success”, says Eckhard Hoerner-Marass.
    Despite a weak market at the second half of 2013, manroland web systems could reach a positive result.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
    15.01.2014   'Double Take', the new Dolce Vita designer piece    ( Company news )

    Company news Favini presents the new designer piece for Dolce Vita, the paper that brings the Italian good life to the world of design. Printing like a coated paper but feeling like a natural fine paper, these Italian paper makers know how to make a really special product!
    Called ‘Double Take’, the piece makes a visual play with everyday objects – think you are looking at buttons, then seeing one is a plate with salami and tomatoes as button holes; or another is a set of spectacles until one is a racing bike! Encouraged to see familiar objects in unusual settings can bring them to life, in just the same way that Dolce Vita brings unexpected brilliance to a printing work of high quality.
    Technically Dolce Vita is unsurpassed. The exceptional resolution, brightness and impact of the printed images are the result of a special pigment designed by Favini. Great technical characteristics of rigidity, strength and a special touch make Dolce Vita a perfect choice for a wide range of corporate communications and packaging.
    In keeping with the promise of its name, Dolce Vita is produced using green electrical energy from renewable sources, contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions – and of course it is FSC, no need for a double take on the environment from Favini.
    (Favini Srl)
    15.01.2014   Appleton Coated Makes 2014 Green Resolutions Easier to Keep    ( Company news )

    Company news Appleton Coated is starting 2014 with the resolution to make it easier and more affordable to use coated paper made with post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF).
    It is now offering its category-leading U2:XG® 30% PCRF recycled no.2 coated paper for the same price as its standard 10% PCRF no.2 sheet, Utopia Two®.
    Making ordering easier, it is stocking 69 new U2:XG stock items in its national distribution centers.
    Appleton Coated CEO Doug Osterberg comments, “This pricing move allows brand owners and creatives to specify coated paper that promotes their corporate sustainability measures even as it improves their bottom line costs on printed marketing materials.” He continues, “The new parts are adding efficiency and choice to the merchant and printer sides of the supply chain.”
    U2:XG is the trademarked name for Appleton Coated’s extra green, coated offering in the no.2 coated paper arena. It offers 30% PCRF, is FSC® certified (FSC® C007796), and is produced with Green Power™. This means 100% of the electricity used to manufacture all U2:XG products is matched with renewable energy credits (RECS) from Green-e® certified energy sources – primarily wind.
    Offering gloss, dull and matte finishes, as well as one the few Ivory coated papers still produced in the U.S. The U2:XG product lineup is one of the broadest in the high PCRF no.2 category. Introduced in May 2007, U2:XG is being used by some of the leading brands in North America.
    The first coated paper mill in North America to be Forest Stewardship Council™ (FSC®) certified, Appleton Coated was just named to the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI) for environmental transparency, 1 of 25 paper companies worldwide to be so honored. Appleton Coated maintains ISO14001 certification and is an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Green Power Partner. In addition, it is one of six Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
    15.01.2014   Ahlstrom to sell its Paulínia plant in Brazil to Suominen    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Ahlstrom President and CEO Jan Lång

    Ahlstrom Corporation and Suominen Corporation have agreed on the sale of the shares of Ahlstrom Fabricação de Não-Tecidos Ltda to Suominen. The company operates the Brazilian plant of Ahlstrom's former Home and Personal business area.
    Ahlstrom sold its wipes business, the Home and Personal business area, to Suominen in 2011, but the transfer of the Paulínia plant in Brazil was prolonged due to delays in certain required official permissions and subsequent renegotiations between Suominen and Ahlstrom. The enterprise value of the transaction is agreed at EUR 17.5 million. Suominen will finance the acquisition through a convertible hybrid bond issue with a nominal value of EUR 17.5 million.
    Ahlstrom's Home and Personal business area, excluding the Brazilian part of the operation, was transferred to Suominen on October 31, 2011. The plant sold today is located in Paulínia, Brazil, approximately 120 kilometers northwest of São Paulo. The plant was built in 2008 and employs approximately 40 people. All employees will be transferred to Suominen at the closing of the transaction, which is expected to take place in February 2014.
    "We are very pleased that the transfer of Ahlstrom Paulínia and consequently the divestment of our wipes business to Suominen will now be completed. In accordance with our new strategy, Ahlstrom focuses on high performance fiber-based products that aim for a clean and healthy environment," said Jan Lång, President & CEO, Ahlstrom.
    "Finalizing the acquisition of the Paulínia plant marks an important milestone for Suominen. The deal provides us a foothold in the South American markets where we see very exciting growth opportunities," said Nina Kopola, President & CEO, Suominen.
    The transaction requires that the Extraordinary Shareholders' Meeting of Suominen will authorize its Board to issue a convertible hybrid bond.

    Ahlstrom to underwrite the convertible hybrid bond issue
    Ahlstrom will sell Ahlstrom Paulínia to Suominen in exchange for cash, and has agreed to underwrite any convertible hybrid capital notes not sold to the market at nominal value.
    Ahlström Capital Group has committed to purchase any notes received by Ahlstrom, at the same nominal value, any time as requested by Ahlstrom within 9.5 months of the closing of the Ahlstrom Paulínia transaction. As compensation Ahlstrom will grant Ahlström Capital an option to acquire Ahlstrom's current 26.9% shareholding in Suominen at a price of EUR 0.50 per share within 10 months of the closing of the transaction. Ahlstrom will, however, retain the right to sell all or part of its shares in Suominen to other parties until Ahlström Capital exercises the option.
    "We are pleased to participate in the completion of the Paulínia factory transaction. We consider it as an interesting opportunity that through commitments made now in the financing arrangement, Ahlström Capital has the possibility to become one of the major shareholders of Suominen," says Panu Routila, President & CEO of Ahlström Capital.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    15.01.2014   With Courage into the Future    ( Company news )

    Company news This is the motto of the 10th International Label Conference. For the tenth time, manufacturers, representatives of branded companies, bottlers, printers, suppliers to the printing industry, trend scouts and designers – and thus the entire value-added and supply chain of products involving labels – will meet in Bad Hofgastein, Austria, from 19 to 21 March 2014.
    The conference aims at sharpening people's awareness and encouraging everyone to courageously think along new lines.

    Increased pressure & speed
    In the past, new strategies were developed every five years or so – today, things are continuously changing, and will continue to do so in the future. Packaging companies, too, feel the pressure of having to adjust to ever more rapid changes in market situations that are driven by growing competition and pricing pressure, more complex products and processes, and increasing globalisation, among other things.

    Integrated view to packaging and courage to think along new lines
    In future, it will be even more essential to focus not purely on technologies and machinery when developing new packaging, but on the consumers' emotions and needs. High flexibility is required to be able to provide the appropriate product in the right quantity and size at any time. For by now it is no longer a question of various distribution channels, but of sub-worlds that have developed within them. It is in particular the supply chain that is challenged here, as it must be able to produce as many products as possible using one system, based on costs and market needs.

    More and more, packaging and product are becoming one
    Eco-friendliness and sustainability, quality and safety, or innovation – today's and tomorrow's packaging must be able to take all these aspects into account. The prerequisite for this is that we are courageous in our thinking, holistic in our design work, and achieve collaboration between a variety of disciplines on a basis of trust and confidence. Above all, we must focus on attending to the consumers' needs right from the beginning.

    All this requires courage. Courage to face the future.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
    15.01.2014   The President of the United States to visit Vacon's R&D center in North Carolina     ( Company news )

    Company news President Barack Obama is scheduled to visit the Vacon Research and Development center in Research Triangle Park, NC on Wednesday, January 15. The visit is part of the president's travel to North Carolina where he will also speak at a local university.

    "It is our great pleasure and honor to welcome President Obama to Vacon's R&D center. We look forward to demonstrating Vacon's energy-saving products and our U.S. operations, in North Carolina in particular, to the president," says Dan Isaksson, vice president of medium voltage drives at Vacon.

    The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon, headquartered in Finland, is the world's largest company focusing solely on AC drives, which are used to control the speed of electric motors to maximize energy efficiency. The North Carolina R&D center is one of five Vacon facilities in the United States. Vacon opened the research center and lab in Raleigh's Research Triangle Park in 2012.

    "Global megatrends such as increased energy consumption, increased urbanization and combating the climate change create demand for more and more energy-efficient solutions. The AC drives play an important role in these solutions, and we are proud that we have a state-of-the-art research center in North Carolina," says Vesa Laisi, Vacon's President and CEO.
    (Vacon Plc)
    14.01.2014   Seppo Parvi will join Stora Enso in February 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news As announced on 17 September 2013, Stora Enso has appointed Seppo Parvi, M.Sc., 49, as its new Chief Financial Officer. He was previously Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Food and Medical Business Area, at Ahlstrom Corporation. Seppo Parvi will join Stora Enso in the beginning of February 2014.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    14.01.2014   Ricoh Announces Availability of Ricoh Pro L4100 Large Format Printer Series    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh announces the availability of its new Ricoh Pro L4100 latex large format printer series. The new roll-to-roll large format printer is available in 130cm (53 inch) or 160cm (63 inch) widths and supports up to seven colours in various configurations. In addition to CMYK, orange, green and white inks are also available. The Ricoh ProTM L4160 and L4130 delivers high print productivity and quality as a result of technological innovations which include the Ricoh piezo electric print heads. It also meets the market need for products that reduce environmental impacts of printing through its use of aqueous latex ink and ability to operate with low power consumption.
    Graham Moore, Director of Business Development for Ricoh Europe says, “Following the early reveal, at drupa 2012, of our intention to grow our portfolio with the system, the Ricoh Pro L4100 series has been through Ricoh’s rigorous quality assurance process, and we have been assimilating the positive customer feedback we received. As well as being ideally suited for the specialist signage market, we are particularly excited to be able to offer print services providers in Europe another solution to support their business growth and offer new services such as display and signage to their clients.”
    The Ricoh Pro L4100’s latex ink is an aqueous (water-based) ink which contains a low level of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). It has no odour and the low curing temperature of 60°C ink enables both quick drying, for a fast job turnaround, and the ability to print on many heat-sensitive substrates without damaging them.
    The extensive array of media includes PVC, tarpaulin, synthetic paper, coated-paper, uncoated paper, film, textiles and more. In addition, it allows the use of lighter weight substrates, thus reducing overall costs, including shipping. Ricoh is expanding the range of compatible substrates through its continuing media profiling and testing programme in partnership with Color Concepts, an industry standard for media validation.
    “Ricoh latex inks offer outdoor durability of one to two years, or two to three years with lamination. With white ink,” says Moore, “printers’ clients benefit from brilliant colour on all substrates - including transparent and dark materials - for signage, branded materials and window displays. And the addition of orange and green extends the colour gamut to encompass a wider range of vibrant colours, ideal for both indoor and outdoor materials, and to reproduce corporate colours accurately.”

    Ultra-small droplets for ultra-high quality
    Using Ricoh’s latest generation of high quality stainless steel multiple jetting piezo inkjet heads, three different drop sizes are produced at once, with drops as small as four picolitres. The result is smooth, lifelike images every time. The small drop size also enables production of smooth gradations and fine details, including fine lines and small fonts.
    The Ricoh Pro L4100’s Uninterrupted Ink Supply System (UISS) adds to the productivity of the printer. “When one CMYK ink cartridge runs out of ink, the system switches automatically to the second cartridge of the same colour for unattended printing,” says Moore. “In a busy print production environment, this ensures that the operation runs as smoothly and productively as possible with minimal operator intervention.”

    Intuitive Color GATE RIP for more productivity
    The Ricoh Pro L4100 is available with the ColorGATE RIP. “We are providing ColorGATE as a bespoke menu-driven RIP that allows users to choose the exact feature set they need,” Moore explains. “It is intuitive, reducing the learning curve and improving productivity. And it includes excellent colour management tools ideal for demanding commercial print environments.”
    Moore concludes: “We anticipate that commercial printers will find the quality and environmental responsibility of a Pro L4100 series printer coupled with the power and colour management capability of the ColorGATE RIP an attractive combination. Especially as they are backed by Ricoh’s world class service structure. Today’s announcement means they are able to coordinate the in-house production of a broader range of colour-managed print applications, strengthening their client relationships and improving their profitability.”

    Ricoh Pro L4100 series features summary
    -7 colour printing — CMYK, white, orange and green
    -Latest generation Ricoh piezo variable drop print head with drops as small as 4 picolitres
    -Aqueous latex ink with low environmental impact
    -Durable printing for outdoor and indoor applications
    -High productivity printing up to 18.2 m2 per hour
    -Fast drying
    -Wide range of media supported, from PVC to paper to textiles and more
    -Choice of two print widths (1361 mm or 1610 mm)
    -50% less power consumption than its closest competitor
    -Lower ink curing temperatures for reduced energy consumption and use of lighter-weight and heat sensitive materials
    -Optional ColorGATE menu-driven RIP for exact feature set specification
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
    14.01.2014   PaperWorks to appoint William McSwain as interim President and CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news PaperWorks Industries, Inc. (PWI) has named William McSwain as interim President and CEO of PaperWorks, replacing Mark Staton, who is departing in January. PWI is a Sun Capital Partners operating company. They have begun a search for a permanent successor.
    Bill McSwain is a seasoned business executive with leadership experience in many industries, and has served in various capacities for many companies within the Sun Capital portfolio. Prior to 1999, Mr. McSwain served in several finance and operations positions for The Sherman-Williams Company. Mr. McSwain is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.
    Mr. McSwain requests that all PWI employees “maintain their focus on the company’s priorities in order of their importance: safety, quality, customer service and cost.”
    (PaperWorks Industries Inc.)
    14.01.2014   Norske Skog sells its remaining stake in the Brazilian operations    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog has entered into an agreement to sell the remaining 49% of the shares in Norske Skog Pisa in Brazil to Papeles Bio Bio SA (formerly Norske Skog Bio Bio) which is controlled by Group BO / Pathfinder, a consortium of Chilean investors. The sales price for the 49% stake is USD 37 million, and the proceeds will be received during the first half of 2014.

    - We are pleased that we are selling the remaining stake in the Brazilian operations earlier than expected. For some time, we have stated that we aim to have our core business in Europe and Australasia. The sale is also part of our strategy to improve our liquidity, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Following this transaction, Norske Skog will no longer have paper production in South America. As part of the initial divestment of the 51% stake in Norske Skog Pisa in June 2013, a framework for selling the remaining 49% of the shares was agreed with Papeles Bio Bio SA. These terms have now been renegotiated and include an accelerated timeline for the sale of the 49% stake. This has been possible due to a Brazilian tax refinancing program (REFIS) which was launched by the Brazilian authorities in the second half of 2013 and in which Pisa has participated.
    Papeles Bio Bio SA will continue to develop the activities in Brazil together with its operations in Chile.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    14.01.2014   Release of the complete PulPaper 2014 conference programme     ( Company news )

    Company news With less then 6 months left until 3 June and the grand opening of next year's most important pulp and paper industry event, the complete Conference Programme is released.
    - Helsinki and the PulPaper 2014 event is ready to deliver its best performance ever in June 2014, says Pirkko Molkentin-Matilainen, president and CEO of PI Paper Engineers Association. – Based on the European vision 2050 for the bioforest industry, this time we offer the most groundbreaking international conference focusing on future bioforest issues. In connection to the conference visitors have a unique opportunity to see the only foam forming pilot machine in the world by attending the excursion to VTT Jyväskylä, Molkentin-Matilainen continues. - Celebrating its 100th anniversary with a spectacular gala evening in the brand new Helsinki Music Centre on June 4, PI Paper Engineers Association would like to extend to everyone a warm welcome to come celebrate with us.
    Biofuture for Mankind is the main theme of the top level international conference, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. The programme has been carefully put together by industry leaders and experts led by Chairman Jorma Eloranta.
    An important part of the conference programme and running alongside the main conference is the 29th International Mechanical Pulping Conference (IMPC), a scientific conference circulating between the different continents.The presentations will cover the whole area from fundamentals and energy efficiency to new applications and innovations, as well as mill experiences. The IMPC Programme Committee is chaired by Sari Liukkonen, VTT Technical Research. The composition of the complete PulPaper 2014 Conference Programme has been overseen and organised by AEL, Finland's leading provider of technical training.
    - With its world premier exhibition, the top class international conference and, for the event's 8th edition, a grand 100th anniversary celebration of PI (Paper Engineers Association), PulPaper 2014 will gather industry professionals from about 65 different countries, says Mr Marcus Bergström, CEO, Adforum. - New for this 8th edition is the Paper Square, a stage and exhibition area in the middle of the hall where participants of the event will have the opportunity to meet the pulp, paper and board producing companies of Metsä Group, UPM, Stora Enso and SAPPI at the Paper Square, from where these companies will be updating us on trends and news in the industry, concludes Bergström.
    (Adforum AB)
    14.01.2014   Wood fiber costs for hardwood pulp producers have fallen 17% in two years and in the 3Q/13, were ...    ( Company news )

    ... the lowest they have been since 2009, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Wood fiber costs, which account for about 60% of the production costs when manufacturing pulp, have been in steady decline in many parts of the world for the past two years, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. In the 3Q/13, the Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) had fallen 17% since 2011, while the Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) was down 10% over the same period.

    The wood costs for the global pulp industry have trended downward in a majority of the pulp-producing regions of the world the past two years, according to the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). This has mainly been the result of lower prices for market pulp but also because of reduced pulp production and increased supply of Wood fiber in some regional markets.

    As the costs of energy, labor and chemicals have changed relatively less than those of wood fiber the past year, the wood cost as a percentage of the production costs when manufacturing pulp have fallen. In the 2Q/13, wood fiber costs accounted for just over 59% of the production costs on a worldwide basis, down from approximately 63% in the 2Q/12 but up from 51% in 2006, according to Fisher International.

    Although wood fiber prices have trended downward for most of the past few years, softwood fiber prices were actually up from the previous quarter in the 3Q/13 in most countries worldwide with just a few exceptions including Sweden, Brazil, and Australia.
    The largest price increases were seen in the US South, Germany, France and Spain.

    The Softwood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) edged up to $97.94/odmt in the 3Q/13, as reported by the WRQ ( This was $0.19/odmt higher than in the previous quarter but over 10% lower than two years ago.

    The Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) fell for the fourth consecutive quarter to $98.15/odmt in the 3Q/13. This was down 2.3 % from the previous quarter and the lowest level since the 2Q/09. The biggest price declines have been in Asia and Latin America, while wood costs in Europe, Russia and North America have continued to be relatively stable the past year. In just two years, the HFPI has fallen by almost 17%.

    Note. The Global Wood Fiber Price Index is a weighted average of delivered wood fiber prices for the Pulp industry in all regions tracked by the publication Wood Resource Quarterly. These regions together account for 85-90% of the world’s wood-based pulp production capacity.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ))
    14.01.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news Within Biomass, CHP and Waste-to-Energy Power Generation, one market continues to stand out from others around the world: the United Kingdom.

    Although it retains major challenges, the UK biopower sector enjoys strong backing from its government, detailed legislation and regulation aimed squarely at driving future generation and, crucially, an exciting pipeline of retrofits and new build projects ranging from 1-300MW of power.

    To reflect the level of interest in this major market, the World Biomass Power Markets congress and exhibition (Amsterdam, Feb 3-5) will feature a conference pre-day dedicated to furthering the understanding of the United Kingdom market and to trying to grasp what the recent move from ROC to CfD incentives will mean for the short, medium and long-term future of biopower project development and generation across the UK.

    We have assembled a world class line-up of experts from Government, Project Development, Power Generation and Regulation who will present, debate and take questions on the core issues that will shape the future of what is currently the world’s major market for power generation using bio-based feedstocks.

    Our unique set of speakers for this intensive and in-depth one day focus include:
    • Liz McDonnell, Assistant Director - Bioenergy Policy, DECC - UK Department of Energy and Climate Change
    • Mark Perkins, Chief Executive Officer, Shepherd Construction
    • Mark George, RHI Technical Manager, Ofgem
    • Ben Elsworth, Chief Executive Officer, MGT Power
    • David Williams, Chief Executive, ECO2
    • Max Aitken, Director, Estover Energy
    • James Snape, Partner, Nabarros
    • Myles Kitcher, Director, Peel Environmental
    • Brodie Govan, Biomass Broker, PVM Environmental Products

    Register today and don’t miss out on this invaluable briefing on the core market for biomass power and CHP. If you are a biomass professional, there is simply no more valuable a way that you could spend February 3rd!
    I look forward to seeing you in Amsterdam next month.

    Kind regards,
    Josh Green
    Event Manager
    Green Power Conferences
    Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 4211
    (Green Power Conferences)
    13.01.2014   Andritz: Ad hoc press release    ( Company news )

    Company news - Further financial provisions for pulp mill project in South America
    - Preliminary results 2013 for the ANDRITZ GROUP: sales between 5.7 and 5.8 bn. euros; expected EBITA of approximately 160 MEUR
    - Order intake in 2013 expected to reach 5.5 bn. euros – good development in fourth quarter of 2013

    International technology Group ANDRITZ announces ad hoc that further financial provisions in the middle double-digit million euro range are necessary in connection with supplies for a pulp mill in South America. These provisions will have a significant negative impact on the earnings of the ANDRITZ GROUP in the fourth quarter of 2013, and consequently also on the full year results for 2013.

    The reasons for the provisions are additional project cost overruns resulting from strikes on the site and additional expenses for construction and erection work. From today’s perspective, there is no evidence of a need for further financial provisions – however, they cannot be excluded. Start-up of the plant is expected in the first quarter of 2014.

    As a result of all the financial provisions made for the pulp project in South America in 2013, the EBITA of the ANDRITZ GROUP in 2013 is expected to reach approximately 200 MEUR and, after deduction of the provisions already announced in the third quarter of 2013 for structural improvement measures planned in the Schuler Group (acquired by ANDRITZ in 2013), approximately 160 MEUR (2012: 357.8 MEUR), respectively. Sales of the ANDRITZ GROUP in 2013 are expected to amount to between 5.7 and 5.8 bn. euros (2012: 5,176.9 MEUR).

    Order intake of the Group in the fourth quarter of 2013 amounted to approximately 1.5 bn. euros, thus order intake of the Group in 2013 is expected to reach around 5.5 bn. euros. This is an increase of about 12% compared to the previous year (2012: 4,924.4 MEUR).

    The final financial results and more detailed information for the 2013 business year will be published as scheduled on February 28, 2014,
    (Andritz AG)
    13.01.2014   Chesapeake Hillington presses ahead    ( Company news )

    Company news Chesapeake, a leading producer of consumer packaging, has installed a MAN Roland R700 LTTLV UV offset litho print press at its Hillington operation, just outside Glasgow.
    Gary Carroll, Hillington’s Operations Manager, commented: “The R700 replaces an older, smaller press and supports the site’s growth strategy, whilst extending our capabilities. The press ideally complements the site’s existing R700 machine and the additional capacity will allow the site to produce a greater volume and range of products. It will also help strengthen the quality and service levels we deliver to our customers.”
    The MAN Roland R700 press is equipped with 6 print and 2 flexo coating units, full UV and IR drying capability as well as a closed loop colour control system. The R700 has many time-saving features designed to assist in rapid changeovers which are essential in today’s fast-changing marketplace.
    Chesapeake Hillington is a leading supplier of wet-applied labels and outer paper wraps primarily to the drinks, confectionery and food markets. It also supplies swing-tags, booklets and collarettes to a wide range of market sectors.
    (Chesapeake Pharmaceutical & Healthcare Packaging)
    13.01.2014   Minerals Technologies Signs Agreement with UPM-Kymmene Corporation for the Construction of...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... a Satellite PCC Facility in China

    Satellite Plant Will Be the Company's Seventh in China

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed an agreement with UPM-Kymmene Corporation to build a satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant on site at UPM's paper mill in Changshu, China, located in Jiangsu province. The satellite plant will provide PCC for paper filling and will have an initial capacity of 100,000 short tons. The plant is scheduled to begin operation early in 2015.
    "We are extremely pleased that UPM, a premier global papermaker, has chosen Minerals Technologies' PCC for their paper-filling needs at their mill in Changshu," said Robert S. Wetherbee, chief executive officer. "This is our fourth satellite agreement in China within approximately one year, bringing our total to seven in that country. This contract confirms the momentum of our geographic expansion strategy, and demonstrates the value of developing an organization well positioned to successfully operate the growing network of satellite plants in China."
    (Minerals Technologies Inc.)

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