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    25.02.2014   New Granit Three-Knife Trimmer from Muller Martini – Fully Automated and with a Wide Range of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Applications

    Featuring Innovative SmartPress Technology

    The new Granit three-knife trimmer impresses with innovative SmartPress technology, resulting in consistent, first-class trim quality. The fully automated equipment has a wide range of applications in softcover and hardcover lines.
    The Granit uses patented SmartPress technology, which has proven its worth in the higher performance range, to provide optimal, consistently high trim quality. It ensures a gentle and controlled pressing procedure in which all air between the sheets of paper completely escapes, even if the product is bulky, allowing for the product to be trimmed perfectly, which is key to consistently high product quality. SmartPress technology is adaptive. In other words, pressing automatically adjusts during production to fluctuations in product thickness, ensuring consistent book quality.

    Versatile Uses
    The Granit three-knife trimmer from Muller Martini ensures cost-effective production in a wide range of applications. The Granit can take full advantage of seamless automation in a fully networked perfect binding line, such as the Pantera or Alegro A6. The operator can perform the necessary fine-tuning directly on the central screen of the perfect binder during production. In addition, the trimming cassette and pressing pad can be exchanged in just a few steps, which shortens job changeover times considerably.

    Limited Investment Volume
    If used in existing perfect binding lines, the Granit increases efficiency enormously. Production runs can be planned and performed efficiently with a job changeover time of just three minutes. The productivity of an older line can be vastly increased, especially for relatively small runs, while the required investment volume remains limited.

    For Hardcover or as a Stand-Alone Machine
    The Granit also provides top-class trim quality in hardcover lines. The SmartPress technology meets all the requirements in this area too. In order to achieve short setup times, the three-knife trimmer is easily connected to the commander of the casing-in machine, which enables size data to be transferred quickly.
    At companies where perfect-bound products are trimmed using a guillotine cutter, the production process is rendered considerably more efficient using the Granit. If the new three-knife trimmer is used as a stand-alone machine, loading is always ergonomic and safe.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
    25.02.2014   Xeikon specialty Suites bring innovation to IPEX 2014 - Advanced digital printing technology ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... offers end-to-end productivity, Quality and efficiency

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital colour printing technology, will be showcasing a host of market-leading solutions at Ipex 2014. Located on stand S1-E090, the company will demonstrate its integrated hardware and software solutions specifically developed to help customers raise the bar in digital print quality and productivity for a wide range of applications. Ipex is taking place March 24 to 29 at the ExCel in London.

    “Xeikon has been and continues to be a supporter of Ipex and we are excited to be part of the show at its brand-new location,” says Patrick Van Baelen, VP Marketing at Xeikon. “In addition, the UK is an important market for us, and Ipex provides good access to UK printing companies. As such, it is the ideal platform to showcase the capabilities of our digital printing solutions and revealing more details on our Suites.”

    Focused end-to-end solutions

    At Ipex, Xeikon will be demonstrating its Suites that include not only an outstanding digital printing press, but also the software and workflow, consumables and tools, recommended print media, and equipment that are required for a true end-to-end digital printing solution. “We have made a number of enhancements to our Folding Carton Suite, and are introducing dedicated Suites for commercial print and book printers,” comments Van Baelen. “Visitors to our stand will be able to see live production and speak to Xeikon experts about how their businesses can benefit from implementing these unique configurations.”

    The Future of Folding Cartons

    On show will be Xeikon’s enhanced Folding Carton Suite and Xeikon 3500 digital press, the star model in Xeikon’s Folding Carton Suite, producing personalized short-run folding cartons. Combined with solutions from Xeikon’s Aura Partner Network, the Folding Carton Suite enables a highly automated short-run manufacturing process, covering the entire flow from design to finished box. It includes dedicated workflow and software components, application-specific toner and consumables and a full library of approved conventional and specialty cartonboard without any pre-coating required.

    “While demand for conventionally produced folding cartons will remain, brand owners also need to produce a greater variety of products in smaller quantities and with faster time-to-market. And they need the ability to do intensive test marketing affordably,” marks Van Baelen. “Digital printing technologies are proven to be the most effective means of meeting these evolving requirements. Xeikon has been delivering digital folding carton manufacturing solutions since 1998. Visitors at Ipex will see that we continue to enhance these solutions as market conditions and technology evolve.”

    Books and Documents

    Ipex will also mark the introduction of the Document Production Suite and Book Production Suite, that address the evolving needs of commercial, document and book printers in new and innovative ways. “Customer feedback tells us that these application-specific Production Suites add significant value to printing operations across a broad spectrum of segments,” adds Danny Mertens, Director Segment Marketing & Business Development Document Printing. “They make it easy for conventional printers to add digital capabilities to the mix, while digital printers can easily integrate with existing environments.”

    Full details about all of the Xeikon Suites will be revealed during a press conference, scheduled on the first day of the show at 2pm.

    Xeikon will also be demonstrating its digital printing creativity at Ipex’s new Future Innovations Zone created to highlight printed products and technologies that are set for rapid expansion over the next few years
    (Xeikon Deutschland GesmbH)
    25.02.2014   New smart phone app enables easy temperature and humidity management via data loggers    ( Company news )

    Company news T&D Corporation has developed a free of charge “ThermoWeb” app for Android and IOS that enables users to supervise its TR-7wf series high precision data loggers, which monitor temperature and humidity.

    To facilitate data monitoring in all situations, T&D Corporation, the Japanese market leader for data logger systems, offers its clients a range of free of charge cloud solutions that are designed to make life easier. With the company’s latest innovation – the convenient ThermoWeb app for use with its TR-7wf series of high precision data loggers – users can access logged data via tablet or smart phone from anywhere at any time. The TR-71wf, TR-72wf and TR-72wf-H data loggers automatically upload recorded temperature and humidity data to T&D’s free of charge WebStorage Service, which provides a storage capacity of up to 20 MB.

    Their high precision and wide range measurement facilities combined with their flexibility makes the TR-7wf data loggers ideal for use in industrial as well as public areas. They can be utilized, for example, in hospitals, museums, warehouses or subway trains for temperature and humidity management and also for humidity and heating control in housing. If a disturbance should occur while the data loggers are in use, warning notifications can be sent via e-mail. The ThermoWeb app is also able to receive visual and acoustic warning signals. If the access point is not available, the ThermoWeb App can be used to communicate with the data loggers directly.
    (T&D Corporation European Sales Office)
    24.02.2014   Energy-Saving and Cost-Reducing Functions of Corrugated Cardboard Production Lines    ( Company news )

    Company news Today, environmental protection, energy-saving and consumption reduction are global issues and major considerations for customers when they choose products. In order to take advantage of this new situation, many enterprises have “greened” their brand marketing strategies in a number of ways, to the extent that environmental protection is no longer just a buzzword for marketers.
    The win-win of brand promotion and profit growth cannot be achieved unless coupled with green concepts and integrated into the daily production and operations of the enterprise. In recent years, green practices and energy savings have also been introduced into the carton industry. As a result, many carton production and equipment manufacturers have become more environment friendly, trying to reduce production cost and contribute to sustainable development.
    Diverse specifications, small orders and customer demand for fast delivery have forced carton manufacturers to enhance the automation levels of corrugated cardboard production lines, as well as production management levels, to improve quality and efficiency, save energy and labor, reduce consumables and cut waste. Cost management of corrugated cardboard production lines is very important, as this is where the key cost cuts can be achieved. Energy-saving and cost-reducing methods of corrugated cardboard production line are explored below:

    Establish Advanced Energy-saving Ideas for Corrugated Cardboard Production Line
    Energy saving and environment protection is, and has always been, key to maintaining the human living environment. It is the focus of the national sustainable development strategy and a priority in the current Five-Year Plan. In the face of growing resource and environmental constraints, it is up to every part of society to be aware of the impending crisis. Carton companies are no exception. They must establish green and low-carbon development ideas; emphasize energy conservation and emission reductions; improve the mechanisms of motivation and self-discipline and carry out basic national policies that encourage resource saving and environmental conservation.
    While the concept of energy saving and environment protection has long been prevalent in developed countries, it is relatively new to China’s carton industry. The focus needs to shift to popularizing this eco-concept in China. Wu Xiaohui, Chief Operating Officer of BHS (Shanghai), a famous supplier of corrugated manufacturing machinery and services, said, “We’ll first promote the idea to customers. Once they accept the idea, they will bring it to suppliers, who in turn will pass it back to manufacturers. So the idea goes along each link of the supply chain, right through to the end user. The belief is that those advanced ideas will gradually be adopted by the Chinese market and applied into the actual production and sales”. To this end, BHS has let the way in the industry, producing equipment that can save 1.7% to 23.4% of electricity.

    Reduce Downtime and Waste Generation
    The haphazard downtime of corrugated cardboard production lines generates a large amount of waste, and drives down efficiency, thereby increasing production costs. The main reasons for the downtime of corrugated cardboard production lines are due to five elements: man, machine, materials, method and environment. These are resolved individually.
    To reduce costs, the production of corrugated board must be smartly scheduled. Cartons of the same quality grade, for different customers, should be produced together, as far as possible. This will cut production costs more effectively. Additional factors such as size of carton should also be considered, to minimize the wastage generated along the cardboard production line. In addition, special calculations of the cardboard area, optimizing the processing area of the cardboard, reduce unnecessary waste of materials. The scheduling of corrugating machines should follow the principles of placing the body paper with the same quality and size together. Paper should be fed in from wide to narrow to reduce switching time.
    To reduce downtime, maintenance of the corrugated cardboard production line should be efficient. Giving full play to the performance of equipment and enhancing production efficiency are effective ways to indirectly cut production costs. Maintenance should be performed by the operator and supervised by equipment and management personnel, especially the lubricating of mechanical equipment. Secondary maintenance should be done by equipment maintenance personnel and assisted by the operator. They should mainly focus on steam deflation, steaming and leakage of the equipment and adjustment of equipment status. For renovations, the Equipment Department should establish a detailed, major overhaul plan and implement it according to the problems that occur during equipment use. Daily equipment maintenance is also very important. Despite low investment costs, its effect is good. On one hand, it can prolong the life of the machinery and maintain smooth operation. On the other hand, it also can reduce the frequency of mechanical failure and the occurrence of defective goods and save labor/material resources. This is the key to cutting costs along the corrugated cardboard production line. Regular inventory of equipment spare parts to reduce the amount of illiquid funds and ensure the timely maintenance and production should be observed.

    Perform Technical Upgrades and Apply New Technologies
    In production, average speed is the major determinant for the productivity of corrugated cardboard production lines. At present, many carton equipment manufacturers have adopted new control technologies to optimize electric power distribution for use during the manufacturing process. Compared with corrugated cardboard production lines of the same type, high speed corrugated cardboard production lines can easily achieve the same productivity requirements without frequent speed changes. They consume about 20% less power, greatly reduce wastage and minimize the consumption of energy and materials in production.
    The stable operation of corrugated cardboard production lines ensures the consistent quality of the cardboard produced. Moreover, the use and maintenance costs are extremely low, increasing the return on investment in the equipment. The use of intelligent designs of integrated control panels and human-computer interfaces makes the operation of the corrugated cardboard production line more intuitive and simpler. It also significantly reduces maintenance and labor costs.
    Using the production line’s production management system to control costs can accurately calculate efficiency, achieve speed synchronization of the whole production line and effectively reduce waste. Using automatic splicers significantly reduces the waste of body paper, improves machine speed and enhances production efficiency. If considering cost, at least one automatic splicer should be installed before the plywood process. It is important to pay attention to the choice of production control system, because many kinds of products can be used to realize production and management. The key point of selecting these cannot be limited to price comparison, but should focus on how to achieve the goal of accurately saving raw materials, especially by raising the accuracy of changing paper.
    The computer can also automatically control the paste volume according to different paper qualities, as well as varying machine speed so the paste gap can be automatically reduced when operating at high speed, and paste volume can increase when operating at low speed. This saves at least 15% of paste volume. Furthermore, for temperature control, a computer can automatically adjust the drying area of the preheating cylinder according to paper quality. The speed of the machine can also be modified to ensure the hardness of the cardboard.
    Apart from carton manufacturing companies and equipment suppliers, conscientious industry exhibition organizers have taken on the heavy responsibility of promoting green energy saving. Reed Exhibitions is key among these. SinoCorrugated South 2014, organized by Reed, will be held at the GD Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12.
    As the leading Asia-Pacific corrugated carton industry showcase, the event will feature the newest in printing technologies for this industry, namely, green practices, loss reduction and technological advances. The top local and international carton equipment manufacturers will take part in the exhibition and technological innovation products will be prominently profiled onsite.
    Major corrugated carton production equipment like corrugated cardboard production lines as well as machines for printing, die-cutting, pasting boxes and laminating will be displayed, so will body paper, printing oil ink, printing plate materials and ERP production software. Each of these devices and solutions represent new technological highlights. These innovations have the effect of significantly improving efficiency in production equipment and broadening the options for users. Visitors will learn new trends from across the whole corrugated carton industry and benefit from technological innovation and efficiency promotion.
    SinoCorrugated South 2014 is Asia-Pacific's leading trade show for the global corrugated manufacturing industry. The event features the latest, most innovative corrugated equipment and consumables on the market. As a sourcing platform for manufacturers of corrugated boxes, honeycomb paperboard, paper stock models and paper pipes, the show attracts manufacturers, buyers and end-users alike. It is a must-attend event that sharpens participants' competitive edge by providing networking opportunities, technological updates and news of the latest industry developments.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    24.02.2014   Södra's income statement for 2013     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Lars Idermark, Group CEO

    -Despite a weak economic situation and a strong Swedish krona, Södra saw a significant increase in its underlying earnings in 2013. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, amounted to SEK 400 million, representing a SEK 1,329 million increase on last year.
    -Net sales for the group amounted to SEK 16,580 million, which represents a drop of one per cent. This drop is primarily due to a fall in sales of electricity certificates and the closing of the CTMP mill at Follafoss, Norway. At the same time, costs have fallen by nine per cent.
    -Operating profit, restructuring costs excluded, rose by SEK 1,329 million compared to last year and totalled SEK 400 million.
    -Operating profit, restructuring costs included, amounted to SEK -417 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -929 million.
    -In July, Södra decided to close its pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. Restructuring costs amounted to SEK 817 million and are accounted for separately in the results.
    -Cash flow after investments was SEK 597 million, which is SEK 1,412 million higher than the corresponding period for 2012.
    -The equity/assets ratio at year-end was 59 per cent (61).
    -Investments amounted to SEK 952 million (1,708) for the year.
    -Södra's new group strategy was presented in December. This aims to create a cohesive group and long-term profitable growth.

    Business environment and market
    After a weak 2012 in economic terms, the world economy gradually recovered in 2013. Positive signals indicating an improving situation and rising growth rate were seen as early as the spring, but uncertainty in the European economy and elsewhere resulted in slow development.
    The market for Södra's products eventually improved after a slow first six months of the year. The autumn in particular was positive in terms of market pulp, but even the market for sawn timber products improved slightly. Stocks of softwood sulphate pulp were relatively low during the year, which meant that prices could gradually be increased to an extent. The list price for softwood sulphate pulp in Europe stood at USD 810 per tonne at the start of the year, rising to USD 905 per tonne at the end.
    The market for sawn timber products got off to a weak start, but in the autumn it began to be characterised by stable demand and strengthening prices. A construction market that remains weak and a cautious renovation market in Sweden, combined with a relatively sharp decrease in new construction in Norway, has influenced the market for interior timber products.
    The timber market in southern Sweden was characterised by high demand from industry during the first six months of the year. The range of forest resources was low at the start of the year but increased after Södra raised its standard timber prices by SEK 40 kronor per m3sub before the summer. This resulted in an increase in the purchase rate mainly for final felling. The price difference for softwood pulp timber between Götaland and Svealand grew wider over the year, to 50 kronor per m3sub.

    Södra's profits
    The group's net sales fell by 1 per cent to SEK 16,580 million. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, rose by SEK 1,329 million compared to last year and totalled SEK 400 million. A decision was made during the year to close the sulphate pulp mill in Tofte. The mill in Follafoss was sold to Austrian company Mayr Melnhof Karton.
    Operating profit, which includes restructuring costs of SEK 817 million for the closure of the mill in Tofte, was SEK -417 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -929 million.
    Södra Cell's operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, amounted to SEK 719 million. Operating profit including restructuring costs amounted to SEK -98 million (-283). The huge improvement in underlying earnings is largely explained by lower costs and higher deliveries. Production amounted to 1,774 000 tonnes (1,782 000). This reduction in production is due to the closure of Tofte during the year, and because production for 2012 included volumes produced at the Follafoss mill.
    Södra Timber's operating profit amounted to SEK -217 million (-469). This improvement in its profit is due mainly to an increase in volumes, an increased sawing yield and reduced costs. Production amounted to 1,624 000 m3 (1,451 000).
    Södra Interiör's operating profit amounted to SEK -73 million (2). This amount includes non-recurring costs in connection with the relocation of production of interior timber mouldings from Denmark to Sweden, among other things.
    Södra Skog's operating profit amounted to SEK 42 million (-20). This improvement is due mainly to a reduction in expenses.

    The Group Chief Executive's comments:
    "Our markets have continued to be characterised by a weak economic situation and a strong Swedish krona. Despite this, our earning capacity grew significantly over the year. If we exclude the restructuring costs for the closure of the pulp mill in Tofte, our operating profit amounted to SEK 400 million, which is SEK 1,329 million better than in 2012. These improved underlying earnings are what we now take with us into 2014," said Lars Idermark, CEO and Group Chief Executive at Södra.
    "The savings and streamlining measures implemented throughout all parts of the company are one important element in this improvement in profits," continued Idermark.
    "The restructuring presented by closing our pulp mill in Tofte impacted upon profits for 2013 but had a positive effect on cash flow. It also helped to reinforce the market balance for long-fibre market pulp. We also sold the second, smaller mill in Follafoss in Norway during the year, which resulted in a positive economic contribution."
    "One important measure in 2013 was the formulation of our new group strategy. Following a period in the early 2000s when the company achieved growth and good profitability, Södra has seen a phase in which profits have been falling and the company has failed to grow. Therefore, this strategy aims to create profitable growth. One important element of this strategy will be to make us a more cohesive group, allowing us to use our collective resources more effectively and work together more efficiently. The fact that the markets for our products are growing by 3-5 per cent per year is also giving us opportunities to grow, and this is a must if we are to be able to add value for our owners in the long term."
    "Södra Cell has seen a massive improvement in profit levels and is currently enjoying positive development."
    "For sawn timber products, the market has gradually strengthened over the year, albeit from a low level. We are currently seeing a market with stable prices and demand."
    "One important element of our efforts to improve profits at Södra Timber will involve increasing production further. This year, we are expecting to achieve total production of approximately 1.8-1.9 million cubic metres. The new sawmill in Värö has been operating at full capacity since last autumn. Three-shift production is now placing us in a position from which to achieve profitability. We are aiming to produce 500,000 cubic metres of sawn timber in 2014 and 600,000 cubic metres in 2015."
    "Our hardwood sawmills are now fully integrated into Södra Timber, and both sales and production volumes are seeing a positive trend curve."
    "We have implemented restructuring at Södra Interiör over the year, along with extensive changes with a view to creating a more efficient organisation which is more customer- and market-oriented. Profits for 2013 are subject to costs for the measures implemented in order to enhance competitiveness in the long term."
    "There has been plenty of demand for timber, and we have a strong offering in the timber market. The price increase which we implemented in May has had the desired effect. Södra's land conservation guarantee, launched in June, has also been met with great interest and demand among forest owners," said Idermark.
    "Looking to the future, I feel that our prospects for 2014 are better than they have been compared to the past couple of years. Europe, which is the primary market for our products, is expected to be stronger, with growth in the economy in 2014. A better economic situation in 2014 will also result in consistently high demand for raw timber products from Södra," concluded Idermark.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    24.02.2014   Intec launches ground breaking new products at IPEX 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news After an immensely successful show at IPEX in 2010, Intec Printing Solutions, which has distributors located across the globe, has announced its presence at IPEX 2014 to introduce ground breaking new products for the graphic arts and commercial print industry. The ColorSplash range of digital colour printers will have their exclusive launch at IPEX 2014.
    The ColorSplash range includes the CS4000 – new 4 colour professional print production system and ground breaking CS5000 model – a radical new 5 colour print production system that will offer stunning digital colour for multi-media printing, with the added benefit of clear and white printing. In addition to offering white and clear toner printing onto thick boards of up to 400gsm/micron, Intec will also offer the models with specialist feeders and media stackers for greater productivity and the handling of a wide range of medias from heavy stocks, envelopes, packaging boards, labels, polyesters and much, much more. With the addition of the Fiery® XF for Intec RIP, greater colour accuracy and stunning prints can be achieved through colour management and workflow tools such as specific Intec colour profiles, nesting, imposition, variable data and more!
    “These revolutionary new printer models ensure that Intec continues to offer industry leading print solutions for graphic arts professionals and the on demand production market place”, states Ian Melville, managing director of Intec Printing Solutions.
    Intec will also be showcasing its entire product portfolio which includes digital colour envelope printing solutions driven by PrintShop Mail for the high speed creation of one to one personalised print. Label printing solutions for short to medium production runs onto die cut matrix removed or retained and continuous roll media, and its new label finishing equipment to digitally die-cut any shape label, laminate, matrix remove and slit rolls of labels at over 3 metres per minute.
    The newly launched CP3000 range of digital colour printers, that offer the lowest cost of print per page in its class, will be demonstrated alongside the XP2020 heavy stock print solution, which continues to thrive and will be showing envelope printing at its best and displaying print production on to ultra-heavy stocks up to 600gsm and media up to 1.2 metres in length.
    All of the Intec digital print solutions at the show will be driven by the highly successful Fiery XF for Intec colour management and workflow RIP that offers users stunning, precise and predictable quality output on all manner of substrates from any of the Intec printer range.
    Also making an appearance will be the incredibly successful Glunz and Jensen PlateWriter 2000 iCTP system, demonstrating how easy it is to produce chemistry free, day light loaded, digital aluminium plates for small to medium offset presses.
    Make sure you come and see us on Stand S2-E180 to see how Intec can benefit your business.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
    24.02.2014   Kagazy names Poul Bech as new Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Former Visor Holding Chief Financial Officer succeeds outgoing CFO, Aida M. Yelgeldiyeva, who has become advisor to the CEO

    Kazakhstan Kagazy Group Kazakhstan Kagazy Group (the “Group”) announced that Poul Bech (photo) has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer, succeeding the outgoing CFO, Aida Yelgeldiyeva, who will remain in the Group as advisor to the CEO. Poul becomes CFO effective immediately.
    “Poul brings strong skills and experience to the role as we aim towards strengthening and expanding the business,” said Tomas Mateos, the Group’s Chief Executive Officer. “He has significant financial and operational management expertise which will be essential in the execution of the Group’s growth plans.”
    Poul spent his early career at Coopers and Lybrand as an auditor and then progressed to senior financial and operation roles at Carlsberg. His first role in Kazakhstan was as Finance Director for Maersk. Poul then worked as CFO of United Cement. His most recent position was as CFO of Visor Holding, a Kazakh private equity group.
    “I’m excited to step into this role and look forward to working closely with investors and shareholders,” Poul Bech said. “Aida has developed a strong finance team, and I plan to continue to execute on the company’s strong discipline around costs and focus on shareholder value.”
    (Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC)
    24.02.2014   Webinar: Foam in paper making: From a harm to an asset    ( Company news )

    Company news Resource efficiency and new product opportunities for the forest sector and fibre based products

    Can existing paper and board machines be turned to make over 15% lighter products from less valuable raw materials? Can you use less refined pulps with excellent formation and reduce energy and chemical consumption? Can you simultaneously provide new product launches? This may sound like a dream but latest R&D results show that this may become a reality through introduction of the foam forming technology.

    In foam forming, a large amount of air is added to fibre suspension. This prevents fibre flocculation, enhances dewatering, enables production of light weight structures and opens up a way to utilize traditionally challenging raw materials from nanoparticles to long fibres. The first pilot scale facility, which offers a way for companies to test their concepts in realistic process conditions, was launched last year and the development race towards the next generation biobased fibre products has already begun.

    Foam forming offers a sustainable alternative for companies to improve their current competitiveness through an agile process, which makes the adaptation to market changes easier in the future. This webinar will reveal how foam forming leads to a new manufacturing platform for fiber based products.

    Key learning objectives

    - Hear why foam forming leads in a leap in papermaking resource-efficiency through light weighting

    - Learn how it improves the competitiveness of current products

    - Get a feeling on requirements to turn existing machines to foam forming

    - See demonstrations of new product opportunities such as technical textiles and sound absorption materials etc.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    24.02.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2nd annual World Biomass Power Markets took place in Amsterdam earlier this month.
    The event kicked off with a sold-out UK Focus Day. Top on the agenda was the new CfD system and its effects on the biomass power sector. Liz McDonnell, Assistant Director – Bioenergy Policy at DECC, introduced the plans for EMR, including the rationale behind the two investment pools for established and less established renewable technologies and benefits of the new CfD system. Discussions followed on the effects of EMR on biomass pipelines in the UK, with insider perspectives from developers and IPPs including MGT Power, ECO2 and Estover Energy.

    The buzz continued through to the main conference, featuring 70 speakers across 2 days of plenary and streamed sessions. On day one, delegates listened to keynote addresses from RWE Innogy, DP Cleantech, Zilkha Biomass Fuels and GDF Suez Energii Poland on the case for sustainable power generation from biomass. Keynote speakers hammered home the message that biomass is a sustainable, viable alternative energy, with a potential to generate 65,000 jobs in the UK alone. However, with challenges from climate change apathy, political complexity surrounding consenting and a powerful counter-lobbying community, more is needed to communicate the positives of biomass. Nevertheless, speakers remained confident and upbeat on the future of the biomass sector, with all eyes on the Brazilian and Asian markets.

    The World Biomass Power Markets 2015 website is now live, and there is already a lot of excitement about the event.
    Please contact me today if you are interested in becoming a part of what is already looking set to be the biggest and best WBPM yet!

    Kind regards,

    Paul Shearer
    Event Manager - World Biomass Power Markets
    Green Power Conferences
    Tel: +44 (0)20 3355 4211
    (Green Power Conferences) )
    24.02.2014   Pankaboard continues its steady development and announces the opening ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... of its own branch office in Russia

    Picture: Mr. Vladimir Pushilin and Mrs. Tatiana Shaburova

    Pankaboard, a leading Finnish specialty cartonboard producer, will open an own sales office in Russia to strengthen its local presence in the market. In addition to Russia, the office will serve the CIS markets as well.

    The new office and sales execution is headed by the Regional Sales Director, Mr. Vladimir Pushilin, who has deep sales expertise and knowledge in the market of cartonboard packaging. Mrs. Tatiana Shaburova has been appointed sales and customer service manager.

    The office will be located in Saint-Petersburg (1217, 21 lit. A, Gakkelevskaya str., Saint-Petersburg, 197227) and will be fully operational as of the 10th of March 2014 providing the highest service level to the customers.

    The own sales office in Saint-Petersburg is a natural and strategic development and will enable Pankaboard to further enhance and develop the sales and customer service in Russia and CIS.
    (Pankaboard Oy)
    21.02.2014   WWF and Mondi to sustain ecosystems through responsible business practices    ( Company news )

    Company news WWF and Mondi Group announced that they will work together in a three-year strategic partnership that focuses on increasing environmental stewardship in the packaging and paper sectors.

    The partnership, which links one of the largest packaging, pulp and paper producers in the world with the world’s largest conservation organisation, sends a strong signal that addressing environmental sustainability makes good business sense.

    The partnership will focus on minimising the impacts of Mondi’s operations on forests, climate and water, and encouraging sustainable practices in the industry.

    The work programme will cover three main areas -
    - Ecosystem Stewardship - building on the successful Mondi Wetlands Programme in South Africa, this work will focus on protecting high conservation value ecosystems in Russia and other regions and increasing the value and resilience of multi-functional production landscapes in South Africa.

    - Manufacturing Stewardship –further reducing the water and climate footprint of Mondi’s operations and promoting resource efficiency, recycling and longevity of products, including the cascading use of wood and forest products where appropriate.

    - Product Stewardship – further enhancing the environmental performance of Mondi’s products through; among others - credible certification and efficient life-cycle use of materials in their paper and packaging products.

    “As population grows and competition for land increases, forest-based industries that rely on renewable resources can play an important role in protecting and managing vital ecosystems,” says Jim Leape, Director General of WWF International. “Companies like Mondi that choose to contribute to sustainable resource use and nature conservation are ensuring their own long-term viability, while contributing to the well-being of people and the planet today.”

    David Hathorn, Group CEO Mondi says, “Mondi and WWF have a successful association working together on projects. This international partnership enables us to join forces on a larger scale. Sustainable development is integral to our business, and we are very pleased to be working with WWF as we continue to reduce our footprint and share responsible practices across our industry and beyond.”
    (WWF International Paper Team)
    21.02.2014   POLAR: New sales and service manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Since January 1, 2014 Markus Judel (picture) has been POLAR's new sales and service manager.
    Markus Judel has been responsible for the areas of sales, after-sales service and marketing at POLAR since January 1, 2014. He is now part of the extended managing board. Dr. Markus Rall remains the sole managing director.
    After the departure of Jürgen Freier by mutual agreement last year, POLAR looked into how this important function could be filled at short notice. Markus Judel is a very experienced member of the POLAR staff who is well known in our industry. We are delighted to have found a colleague for this demanding task who comes from within our own ranks.
    Customers regard Judel as an extremely competent and trustworthy partner in dialog and negotiations. He has been with the company for 24 years. After qualifying as an industrial administrator, he embarked on his career as a member of the in-house sales team. Shortly afterwards, he became shipping manager. In tandem with his job, he completed a business degree. Since 1996 he has been responsible for various regions and markets as one of POLAR’s sales area managers.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
    21.02.2014   Biomass supply chains developed by VTT speed up use of bioenergy in Vietnam    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: In Vietnam, loading and unloading of biomass is traditionally made manually

    VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed efficiency in the biomass supply and use for energy in Vietnam's Mekong Delta as part of the Energy and Environment Partnership Programme of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Mechanisation of loading and unloading of biomass working phases reduce transport costs by 15%. The production and use of biomass pellets in industrial boilers was demonstrated to be financially and technologically sound.

    Vietnam possesses considerable biomass reserves. Development of the current biomass supply chains and power plant operations will increase the use of biomass fuels for energy.

    VTT's task in Vietnam was to develop efficient and reliable biomass supply chains for multi-fuel CHP power plants and industrial boilers. At the beginning of the project, VTT developed five new biomass supply technologies, three of which were selected for practical demonstration in the Mekong Delta.

    In Vietnam, loading and unloading of biomass is traditionally made manually. The project enhanced sea and road transport of biomass and developed mechanised methods for biomass handling in transport. The quality, availability, storage and pelletisation of raw materials was also improved. A particular aim was to promote the simultaneous use of multiple biofuels to ensure year-round supply of agrobiomass-based raw materials.

    Larger-sized boats (25 tonnes) and use of pneumatic discharging equipment reduced biomass transport costs by 15%. Using this equipment to discharge biomass from ships is 73% cheaper than the corresponding traditional manual work.

    The project also established whether biomass pellets could be used to replace fossil fuels. The use of pellets in industrial boilers proved to be economically and technologically sound. The lowest pellet production costs derived from use of the by-product of pressed sugar cane residues, known as bagasse: 372 VND/kWh (13 EUR/MWh). Use of pellets prepared from bagasse as fuel in steam production, for example, is around 40% cheaper than using traditional wood fuel.

    Combustion tests with fuel blend of bagasse and rice husk were done in a CHP boiler in the Mekong Delta. Both fuel blend preparation and the combustion test with fuel blend were highly successful. The test extends use of the mill's boiler facility for electricity production to all year round by eliminating enforced closure during the summer months.

    The typical Vietnamese biomass materials are harvest and food processing residues of rice, sugar cane, wood, coffee and coconut. Most of these can be used as biomass fuel. The overall production potential for solid biomass in 2010 was 104.4 million tonnes (374 TWh), with the share of agrobiomass by-products at 70% and of wood fuel at 30%.

    The major obstacles to investment in biomass power plants are the low price of electricity and the lack of reliable biomass supply chains.

    The project (Development and demonstration of multi-fuel supply chains for power plants and industrial boilers in Vietnam) was realised through collaboration between VTT and the Institute of Energy in Hanoi.

    VTT publication: Development of biomass fuel chains in Vietnam:
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    21.02.2014   Hood refurbishing provides for energy-efficient operation    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith replaced the hood roof and the hood side walls of the PM 4 at the August Koehler SE paper mill in Oberkirch, Germany, and thus facilitated an energy-efficient operation of dryer section and heat recovery.
    Previously, the hood elements had still been designed as a riveted structure. Over the years, these rivets loosened due to the heating and cooling of the hood. Moisture thus penetrated into the insulation. The insulation effect of the elements weakened, causing condensation during operation of the dryer section with a high exhaust air dew point. However, a high exhaust air dew point is a precondition for energy-efficient operation of the dryer section and for a high level of performance for heat recovery from the dryer section exhaust air.
    Voith therefore replaced the hood elements of the wall and ceiling. The proven modular rivet-free hood elements from the EcoHood dryer section hood were used. They were mounted on the existing steel substructure together with new seals. The hood can thus be operated condensation-free with a high exhaust air dew point. The August Koehler paper mill confirms: the dryer section and heat recovery are again working in an energy-efficient manner.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    21.02.2014   Arbitration proceedings related to Metsä Fibre Oy shareholder agreement completed    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation Mustertextzuaktivieren, a part of Metsä Group, announced on 2 November 2012 the initiation by UPM-Kymmene Corporation of arbitration proceedings in which UPM-Kymmene claimed jointly from Metsäliitto Cooperative and Metsä Board primarily EUR 58.5 million in damages and secondarily to return an EUR 58.5 million claimed unjust enrichment based on an alleged breach of the tag-along clause specified in Metsä Fibre’s shareholder agreement signed in 2009.
    The Court of Arbitration has in its judgment, taken by vote, ordered Metsä Board to compensate to UPM-Kymmene approximately 19.7 million euros in damages, including costs related to the arbitration proceedings and penalty interests. The damage compensation will be booked in Metsä Board’s Other operations’ 1Q 2014 operating result as a non-recurring item.
    Metsä Board divested 7.3 percentage points of its shareholding in Metsä Fibre Oy to the Japan-based Itochu Corporation for EUR 138 million in May 2012 and booked a EUR 85 million capital gain.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    21.02.2014   Stora Enso's non-recurring items in fourth quarter 2013 have EUR 392 million negative impact ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... on operating profit

    Fixed asset impairments decrease depreciation by EUR 19 million quarterly and EUR 76 million annually

    Stora Enso will record non-recurring items (NRI) with a negative net impact of approximately EUR 392 million on operating profit and a positive impact of approximately EUR 114 million on income tax in its fourth quarter 2013 results. The NRI will lower earnings per share by EUR 0.33.

    The NRI are:
    -a negative NRI of approximately EUR 556 million due to fixed asset impairments mainly in Printing and Reading because of weakened long-term earnings expectations resulting from decline in European paper markets;
    -a negative NRI of approximately EUR 32 million due to costs related to joint-venture establishment in China, a production disruption in Renewable Packaging and settlement of a legal case with a supplier at the Group’s equity accounted investment Veracel;
    -a positive NRI of approximately EUR 179 million due to a fair valuation gain and a related provision release of EUR 7 million on the Group’s plantation assets in China;
    -a positive NRI of approximately EUR 10 million due to the Group’s share of the effect of the new tax rate on the equity accounted investment Tornator.

    The positive impact of approximately EUR 114 million on the income tax comprises a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 106 million due to the operative NRIs, a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 40 million due to valuation of deferred tax assets and a negative tax impact of approximately EUR 32 million due to application of the new tax rate in Finland.
    The impairment charges taken in the fourth quarter of 2013 reduce quarterly depreciation by EUR 19 million starting in the fourth quarter of 2013. Annual depreciation will decrease by EUR 76 million from 2014 onwards due to the reduced fixed asset base after the impairments.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    20.02.2014   Warren Board purchases the machinery of Reno De Medici UK    ( Company news )

    Company news Warren Board purchases the machinery of Reno De Medici UK

    We are delighted to announce that we have purchased the machinery from Reno De Medici UK'S Wednesbury plant and, at the same time, have entered into a merchant supply agreement for both reels and sheets of the Group's market leading liner grade, Serviliner. Over the next few weeks, we will begin moving the machinery to a newly acquired facility in Wednesbury in the West Midlands, from which we will be offering an enhanced range of services including Reel-to-sheet, Rewinding and Guillotining as well as additional storage capacity. The new facility will operate under the name, Warren Converters Limited.

    In addition to this purchase, we have also acquired a significant volume of Cartonboard stock all of which is now available to view on this website.

    Alternative supply arrangements have already been set up to ensure that existing RDM UK customers will continue to have access to Serviliner during the transfer process. Kieran Ferguson, our Managing Director has commented, “As an independent company with access to a far wider range of products than were available to RDM UK, we believe we will be able to introduce a service offering second to none in the industry thereby increasing opportunities for both customers and suppliers alike. This latest development represents the next stage of Warren’s growth plans."

    For further details please call 0116 232 4102 or email
    (Warren Board Sales Ltd)
    20.02.2014   Series production starts for Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor from Heidelberg    ( Company news )

    Company news - Medium-format press equally popular with both commercial and packaging printers
    - Demonstrations at Print Media Center in Heidelberg and in the U.S.
    - Anicolor technology impresses with short makeready times, minimal waste, and high productivity

    Series production of the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor from Heidelberg began at the start of this year. After the Anicolor zoneless short inking unit proved so successful in the 30 x 50 centimeter (13.78 x 19.69 inch) format for short and very short runs, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) extended this technology to the 50 x 70 centimeter (19.69 x 27.56 inch) format. The Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor made its debut at drupa 2012 and successfully passed field tests involving commercial and packaging printers. Thanks to stable inking-up from the outset, a new print job is inked up after just 20 to 30 startup sheets. This cuts paper waste by as much as 90 percent and also boosts environmental performance significantly.
    The Speedmaster SX 52 and XL 75 Anicolor models and Linoprint C 751 and C 901 digital printing systems offer customers an extensive portfolio for cost-effective production of very short runs and personalized print products. They can combine the highly productive offset technology with the digital printing systems to meet the needs of their business model.

    Medium-format press in demand among commercial and packaging printers
    The first Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor series presses have already been delivered to commercial and packaging printers in Germany, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. These include an up-and-coming web-to-print printer that has been using a Speedmaster SX 52 Anicolor since 2013 and is now looking to produce even higher volumes with a four-color Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor with coating unit. Other presses are installed at pharmaceutical packaging companies that can produce shorter runs flexibly and cost-effectively with the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor. All customers are impressed with the high level of automation, flexibility, comprehensive range of special configurations, and extremely high quality and productivity. The Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor is currently being rolled out as a straight-printing press, while the perfecting press is planned for fall 2014.

    Demonstrations at Print Media Center in Heidelberg and in the U.S.
    Existing and prospective customers will be able to see the benefits of the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor for themselves at various events in the future. The press is now ready for demonstrations at the Print Media Center in Heidelberg and will also be a focal point of the Info Day on "Special applications in commercial printing" taking place in mid-March.
    In Heidelberg USA's North American Print and Packaging Technology Center in Atlanta, the press is installed and ready for demonstrations upon request.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    20.02.2014   Graphic Packaging Holding Company Agrees to Acquire U.K. Based Benson Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Acquisition enhances Graphic Packaging's European platform by broadening its offerings in Food and Consumer Products and extending the business into the Store Brand Market
    Combination creates a $700+ million business in Europe
    Acquisition complements Graphic Packaging's existing Food and Beverage business in Europe and provides an opportunity to further integrate our Coated Unbleached Kraft (SUS™) paperboard
    Expected to generate $5-$7 million of synergies over the next 18 months
    Benson Group had trailing twelve month sales of approximately $200 million and EBITDA of nearly $25 million

    Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, today announced that a European subsidiary has agreed to acquire Benson Group, a leading food and healthcare packaging company based in the U.K.

    "We are very pleased to announce the acquisition of Benson Group," said David Scheible, Graphic Packaging's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We believe Benson Group fits perfectly with our strategy in Europe. The acquisition broadens our Food and Consumer Products offerings and extends our reach into the Store Brand segment. The combination of Benson Group and our existing European businesses is expected to greatly enhance our folding carton business in Europe, with sales in excess of $700 million. This combination also allows us to broaden our customer base and to offer our current global customers a wider range of new products and services. Like our strategy in the United States, we are committed to growing our European business around food and beverage end markets and optimizing our supply chain footprint around our customers' needs."

    Under the terms of the transaction, the purchase price equates to approximately $165 million. The transaction will be funded with existing cash and borrowings from the Company's current revolving line of credit. The Benson Group operates four folding carton facilities in the U.K. that convert approximately 80,000 tons of paperboard annually. The acquisition is subject to standard closing requirements and is expected to close in the second quarter.

    Forward Looking Statements

    Any statements of the Company's expectations in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements, including but not limited to those regarding the effect of the acquisition on the Company's competitive position, expected synergies and earnings and the timing of the closing, are based on currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's present expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to successfully integrate the acquisition and achieve synergies, the timing of regulatory approvals, inflation of and volatility in raw material and energy costs, cutbacks in consumer spending that could affect demand for the Company's products or actions taken by our customers in response to the difficult economic environment, continuing pressure for lower cost products, the Company's ability to implement its business strategies, including productivity initiatives and cost reduction plans, currency movements and other risks of conducting business internationally, volatility in the credit and securities markets and the impact of regulatory and litigation matters, including the continued availability of the Company's net operating loss offset to taxable income, and those that impact the Company's ability to protect and use its intellectual property. Undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements, as such statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements. Additional information regarding these and other risks is contained in the Company's periodic filings with the SEC.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
    20.02.2014   Trend 2014: A Good Feeling    ( Company news )

    Company news People want to feel better in 2014. Two topics will have a major influence on the market for packaging: sustainability is one and includes the manufacturing of products, the other is the revolution in the retail trade due to the continued boom in mobile technology. Pro Carton has summarised the current forecasts of international trend agencies and added its own comments.
    The Otto Group Trend Study 2014 (Trend agency Prof. Peter Wippermann) says it in a nutshell: "Immaterial values are gaining in significance in saturated markets. Critical and conscious consumers place more value on social responsibility. Relationships and the immediate product environment become more important than the product itself in today's network economy. People assess the value of a product according to ist contribution to their personal quality of life."
    Roland Rex, President of Pro Carton, draws the inevitable consequences: "Sustainability is more than simply a trend, sustainability is the prerequisite for future success. Predictions show that the number of tasks of packaging are on the increase, and thus its importance. Packaging has become the interface between the virtual and the real world, it represents the products on the Internet, on billboards as well as on the shelf. The trend to "Guilt-free" as a status symbol will make cartonboard the number one in packaging."

    Companies will not only have to deliver high quality products, they will also have to focus on providing ecological and socially correct answers. Consumer ethics will turn into holistic business ethics. This means that companies will have to operate holistically and add aspects such as well-being and quality of life to the categories growth, efficiency and product focus to their activities.
    Whereas nearly every fourth respondent in 2009 claimed to buy products which were manufactured on an ethically correct basis (26 %), the number has more than doubled in 2013 (56 %). Ethical consumption has become established on the market. Next to product quality, product environment and production conditions have grown in importance. Social aspects are on the increase. Ethical consumption can add substantially to own well-being.
    For the majority of interviewed respondents (60 %) ethical consumption represents an increase in personal quality of life. But it is not exclusively about instant well-being in terms of healthier or more tasty products. Besides ego orientation, caring about others plays an important role. 83 % of all respondents in the trend study admitted to ethical consumption as this would increase the quality of life of people (and animals). 21 % of all persons interviewed regarded industry as the prime driver for ethical consumption. This attitude is most dominant in the younger age group between 16 and 32 years (31 %).

    This has direct effects on marketing, the retail trade and design. The Matthias Horx Future Institute sees a clear trend from Fair Trade to Fair Business. "Fair Trade is migrating from the "good people" corner into the mainstream, social standards and high quality are the demands of tomorrow's critical consumers. Worldwide trade throughout all business sectors is being revolutionised, well beyond coffee and bananas."
    The worldwide trend researchers of "" take it one step further: "In 2014, guilt-free is the new status symbol. Growing numbers of consumers can no longer escape an awareness of the damage done by their consumption: to the planet, society, or themselves. But a mixture of indulgence, addiction and conditioning mean that most can't substantially change their consumption habits. The result? A never-ending guilt spiral which creates exciting opportunities for brands that combine tackling this guilt spiral with consumers' endless status seeking (still the driving force behind all consumer behavior)." Indeed, Guilt-Free Status will be the ultimate indulgence in 2014. Time to create products and services that deliver a guilt-free status fix by being one of these: "High status, chic or fashionable products that are visibly sustainable, ethical or healthy will deliver a Guilt-Free Status hit. Get inspired by Nudie's rugs made from recycled jeans."
    An interesting aspect in this context is the"Circular Economy" predicted by JWT Intelligence. As described by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, a backer of this idea, the Circular Economy is a term for moving economies from the linear "take, make, dispose" model to a more circular system that, among other things, eliminates waste. Companies would become service providers, selling use of their products. The concept is slowly gaining traction. Curbing food waste is becoming a bigger issue.

    Retail trade
    The effects for the trade are clear: origin, regionality and responsibility become sales arguments. But even more so, the retail trade is currently being revolutionised by new technologies which have a major impact on packaging:

    -"Augmented Shopping", the extension of real sales space into the big wide world of the Internet
    -Second-Sale-Culturer: reselling products as an opportunity for the trade
    -From Point of Sale to Point of View: selling space becomes the stage for perfect product presentations
    -Smart Convenience: multimodular supply chains reform logistics

    Stationary trade remains attractive as products can be compared and taken home immediately, However, the online-trade is attempting to minimise the latter advantage. Quite rightly, JWT Intelligence views us as living in an "Age of Impatience": "With the mainstreaming of the on-demand economy and our always-on culture, consumer expectations for speed and ease are rising exponentially. As businesses respond in kind, making the availability of their products and services more instant, impatience and impulsiveness will only continue to increase."

    An example: eBay, Google, Amazon and grocery services including Walmart To Go have introduced same-day delivery options in some markets and are steadily expanding their availability - and some are shrinking the delivery window down to as little as an hour. The eBay Now service provides delivery from local merchants in about an hour for a $ 5 fee. Home Depot is investing some $ 300 million to upgrade to same-day delivery in 2014. With more consumers shopping online but also seeking instant gratification, delivery speed will become a key competitive advantage.
    As speedier delivery comes to online shopping, the pressure is on to dispatch goods within hours. This means a new demand for couriers on call, some of whom will do both the shopping and the delivering. eBay Now's "valets" track down and drop off items in markets where the service is available. Postmates' couriers shuttle lunch, groceries or office supplies. In Chicago, the startup WeDeliver trains "delivery specialists" to work with local merchants.

    Increasing speed and easier recognition of information promotes the trend to more visual design. JWT Intelligence believes, we're shifting to a visual vocabulary that relies on photos, emojis, video snippets and other imagery, largely supplanting the need for text. "Visual" is a new lingo that need to be mastered. Brands will increasingly communicate with images more than words. This will apply both in the digital world and offline, where visual cues will complement or replace text everywhere from packaging to menus and instruction manuals. The labels on Motif Wine bottles, for example, feature no copy, just different graphics for each varietal.
    But as we move further into the digital age, we're starting to both fear and resent technology, fretting about what's been lost in our embrace of unprecedented change. We'll put a higher value on all things that feel essentially human and seriously question (while not entirely resisting) technology's siren call.
    Brands will add human touches as consumers look for more personal and personalized elements in a tech-enabled world populated with global corporate concerns. The new online retailer Zady, for instance, sends handwritten thank you notes with each order. In Italy, Gatorade's personal training app, Smash Your Limits, lets users connect with a trainer who can tailor a program and answer questions. And the new app PS Dept. links fashionistas with sales assistants at high-end stores who can help track down specific items or provide recommendations.
    Proudly Imperfection and even outright ugliness - the quirky, the messy and the flawed - are taking on new appeal in a world that's become neatly polished and curated. Imperfection provides an unfiltered, all too human version of reality that reflects all the diversity that's seen in everyday life.
    In Europe, there's a movement afoot to reduce food waste by selling rather than discarding imperfect produce. Austrian grocery chain Billa, part of Germany's Rewe Group, launched a private-label line of "nonconformist" produce dubbed Wunderlinge, a made-up word that combines the terms for "anomaly" and "miracle". German retailer Edeka has tested selling ugly produce at a discount, branded as "Nobody is perfect". U.K. magazine Delicious is encouraging readers to buy imperfect produce and speaking out against regulations governing the appearance of produce sold in stores.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)

    20.02.2014   Clearwater Paper to Close Long Island Tissue Converting Facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) announced the permanent and immediate closure of its Long Island, N.Y., tissue converting and distribution facility.
    "After thoughtful consideration, we have determined that permanently closing our Long Island plant and consolidating manufacturing at the company's other lower-cost tissue facilities is a necessary step for Clearwater Paper," said Tom Colgrove, president of the company's consumer products division. "This has been a tough decision, one where we carefully reviewed all alternatives to closing the plant."
    The company will work closely with the New York Department of Labor's Rapid Response Unit to assist employees in receiving training or educational benefits or other benefits that enable them to find new employment as quickly as possible. The company will also provide career assistance services to help employees through this difficult time.
    Displaced employees will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Clearwater Paper facilities. In addition, employees will be offered separation pay.
    The company expects the total impact of non-recurring exit related costs to be approximately $12-$15 million, of which approximately $10 million is expected to be incurred in 2014 and the remainder in 2015. The cost savings benefits resulting from the facility consolidation and optimization, which are incremental to the company's previously announced cost savings programs, are expected to be approximately $6 million in operating costs savings in 2014 and approximately $12 million on an annual basis to be fully realized beginning in the first quarter of 2015.
    "Clearwater Paper wants to ensure we are doing as much as we can to help the 155 affected Long Island employees through this difficult time," said Colgrove. "We are working with local and state agencies plus a private job transitional service to supply multiple job options to the employees."
    (Clearwater Paper Corporation)
    20.02.2014   Pulpaper 2014 - still a few good locations left    ( Company news )

    Company news 10 reasons to exhibit at PulPaper, Helsinki, 3-5 June 2014:

    1. One of the most influential pulp and paper events in the world, last time attracting over12000 visitors from 63 different countries.
    2. Sales status reached 86% - you will be participating at a well attended event.
    3. Four years to the next event, do not miss this opportunity! Other industrial events can be attended another year.
    4. Incomparable to other pulp and paper events when it comes to the outstanding quality of the conference program Biofuture for mankind and the 2014 IMPC International Mechanical Pulping Conference.
    5. Meet the CEOs and other experts from the participating companies at the Paper Square in the middle of the exhibition area!
    6. Present your own company, product or new innovations at the Company and Product Presentations stage.
    7. Meet your customers and partners in a relaxed and inspiring environment, attend one of the many social activities, for example PulPaper After Work and the PI 100th anniversary gala evening.
    8. Extensive and penetrating visitor marketing reaching industry professionals globally. No other exhibition will offer you the same marketing efforts. For PulPaper 2014 special focus is put on the Russian market!
    9. Utilize the newly renovated venue Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, offering a wide range of different restaurants and more than 40 different meeting rooms in different sizes! Take the opportunity to invite your customers and partners to a meeting.
    10. Contact us for an offer before the end of February and take part in the lottery where you can win free advertising space in the venue!
    (Adforum AB)
    19.02.2014   Supply & Economics of Biomass in Malaysia    ( Company news )

    Company news Malaysia’s National Biomass Strategy (NBS) has looked into the supply and economics of oil palm biomass in Malaysia and found that 25 million tonnes of biomass could potentially be mobilised across Malaysia at a competitive cost today, with an additional 5 million tonnes that could move to higher value uses by 2020?

    National Biomass Strategy Team Leader and Executive Vice President for Strategic Innovation at Agensi Inovasi Malaysia, Bas Melssen will presenting a Keynote speech at the World Bio Markets Asia Conference and Exhibition taking place 17-18 June 2014 in Kuala Lumpur.
    World Bio Markets Asia has been designed to give you a deeper understanding of the current economics and supply of feedstock within Asia, an overview of the regional opportunities for international conversion technologies and a global review of bio-based success stories in fuels, chemicals and materials to plan your business strategy and maximise your partnering potential.
    Don't miss your chance to meet with the industry’s most influential thought leaders and decision makers including Sime Darby, Beta Renewables, Boeing, Malaysian Biotechnology Corporation and Kimberley-Clark. Register now to save over $800 USD – so why wait?

    I look forward to meeting you on the 17-18 June in Kuala Lumpur at what will be the best opportunity to meet the key players developing the bio-based industries across Asia this year.
    For further information or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.
    Kind regards,
    Hannah Yates
    Event Director
    World Bio Markets Asia Green Power Conferences
    T: +44 (0)203 384 6216
    F: +44 (0)207 900 1853
    (Green Power Conferences)
    19.02.2014   Alexander Pozdnyakov Is Appointed Ilim Group Vice-President – Director, Bratsk Branch    ( Company news )

    Company news Alexander Pozdnyakov is appointed Ilim Group Vice-President – Director, Bratsk Branch effective February 20th.

    As a member of the first level team Alexander Pozdnyakov will be in charge of management of Bratsk Mill, forest branch in Bratsk district and ramping-up of new softwood pulp line. Alexander Pozdnyakov will report to Brett Mosley – Ilim Group Vice-President, Manufacturing.

    Raisa Bouneeva who currently holds the position of Bratsk Branch director after transition will move to Ilim Group head-office in St. Petersburg to manage large capital projects.

    "Alexander Pozdnyakov will be focused on the achievement of targeted production and financial results for our Bratsk branches, as well as on industrial safety and environmental protection. I wish both Alexander and Raisa every success in their new roles," - said Franz Marx CEO of Ilim Group.

    Alexander Pozdnyakov

    Graduated from the Leningrad Technological Institute of the Pulp-and-Paper Industry, the St. Petersburg State Technical University of Plant Polymers and the Russian Government Academy of National Economy.

    Started his professional career as a senior foreman at the Astrakhan Cardboard and Paper Mill in cardboard-and-paper shop. He went on to manage the board-and-paper shop, the corrugated containers shop, and the production and supervisory division at the Mill.

    In 1999 was appointed Deputy General Director of Operations at Kotlas Pulp and Paper Mill. Has served as Chief Managing Director of Kotlas Pulp and Paper Mill since 2003.

    In July of 2007 Alexander Pozdnyakov was appointed Director of Koryazhma Branch of Ilim Group.

    In October 2007 was appointed Ilim Group Vice-President, Managing Director Ilim West business unit.

    In February 2014 Alexander Pozdnyakov is appointed Ilim Group Vice-President – Director, Bratsk Branch.
    (Ilim Group)
    19.02.2014   Magnus Hall steps down and Henrik Sjölund takes over     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Henrik Sjölund successor to Magnus Hall

    Magnus Hall, Holmen President and CEO, has informed the Board of his wish to resign. The Board has appointed Henrik Sjölund, currently CEO of the business area Holmen Paper, to be his successor. Magnus Hall remains CEO until the AGM April 8. Henrik Sjölund will take up the position April 9. The Board has also appointed Anders Jernhall, CFO, to Executive Vice President in Holmen from February 12 2014.

    - During ten years Magnus Hall has done a truly solid work as CEO. In recent years, he has successfully implemented major changes in the business to meet changed market conditions. Now, when he leaves the company, I wish him all the best with his future career. I am convinced that Henrik Sjölund will be a capable CEO of Holmen and look forward to a more close cooperation, says Fredrik Lundberg, Chairman of the Board.

    - After almost 29 years in the Holmen Group, and 10 years as CEO, I have decided to explore new opportunities. It has been an exciting time, dealing with many challenges and handling major changes together with all good colleagues. The forest industry, and especially Holmen, is close to my heart but I feel the time is right to hand over to a new leadership. Henrik Sjölund is an excellent leader who, together with a strong team across the organization, can continue to develop Holmen, says Magnus Hall.

    Henrik Sjölund states: ”As CEO of Holmen Paper I have concentrated on restructuring the operations and moving the business toward specialty paper. I look forward to the challenges in other business areas, and together with all my colleagues within Holmen, lead the development of the Group. Major focus will be taking advantage of the opportunities offered by the significant investments in paperboard and sawmill operations made in recent years.”
    (Holmen AB)
    19.02.2014   Ecofibras SL rebuilds TM5 into Crescent Former    ( Company news )

    Company news The Italian Tissue Machinery manufacturer Toscotec have been awarded a contract to deliver a major rebuild to the Spanish mill of ECOFIBRAS ARANGUREN SL., in Aranguren, Zalla Bizkaia - Spain. The rebuild has been designed to reconfigure the existing TM#5 tissue machine into Crescent Former configuration.
    ECOFIBRAS ARANGUREN is the Tissue manufacturing facility of the CEL group, which formerly was KC Aranguren plant, and initiated 2 years ago a new phase as an independent company. This investment is part of the development plan designed to increase production capacity and improve quality to supply current parent reels market, both in virgin and in deinked pulp reels.
    The present TM#5 is equipped with a suction breast former and sloped wire configuration, double press section and cast iron Yankee of 4500 mm. diameter.
    The max actual operating speed is 1370 m/min with a drying capacity of 101 tpd. In order to produce grades with lower basis weight than today (The required basis weight range is 10 ÷ 36 gsm on the wire) Toscotec will supply to Ecofibras a stock preparation upgrading together with the entire engineering, a fully hydraulic step diffuser headbox TT Headbox-SLT and the complete replacement of the wet-end section into the Crescent Former configuration.
    The purpose is to get further benefits as well as increase tissue machine operating speed up to 1500 mpm initially, reduce electrical power consumption, improve formation quality and improve MD/CD ratio. Actually the design speed for the new supplied equipment is 1900 mpm, that means the possibility to achieve a future operating speed of 1800 mpm by a following modification of the dry-end section, too.
    Ecofibras tissue machine will be the 70th Toscotec’s installed Crescent Former.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    19.02.2014   TerraSpeed roll cover achieves top performance at specialty paper manufacturer Technocell    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 2012, Technocell has been using the Voith TerraSpeed ceramic coating on its PM 18 in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany. For more than one and a half years, TerraSpeed has been running on the central position of the press section, and the production managers in Neustadt are delighted about its excellent and stable performance ever since it has been installed, which is also confirmed by Mill Manager Jens Lategahn.
    The additives used for specialty papers, such as wet strength agents, AKD and the high portion of fillers used (up to 45%), not only require stable roughness and sheet release, but also easy conditioning of the roll surface. Previous roll covers of rubber and composite materials had to be continuously conditioned with release agents to ensure sufficient runability. With TerraSpeed, the use of release agents has been reduced considerably, while the number of breaks in the press area has been cut down by half. Another positive effect is that the doctor blade service lives have been increased by almost 100%.
    All these positive results have been unchanged since start-up in 2012, grinding or re-machining of the roll has not yet been necessary. On the contrary, during the last inspection, the roll surface still showed uniform and stable surface values comparable to the condition on delivery.
    Conventional roll covers, on the other hand, had to be removed and re-machined due to performance and wear problems already after about seven to nine months of service.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    19.02.2014   Valmet to supply bleach plant rebuild to Caima mill in Portugal    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply pulping equipment to Caima Industria de Celulose S.A. in Portugal for a rebuild of the existing bleach plant. Combining Valmet's experience and know-how of pulp, the new equipment will enable Caima to produce high quality dissolving pulp for the growing global market. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.
    The bleach plant rebuild is one part of a larger rebuild project at the mill. Valmet's delivery includes the design, supply and erection of the main and auxiliary equipment. The main machinery in the delivery consists of two TwinRoll wash presses. After completion of the project, the mill will be producing 105,000 tons of high quality Totally Chlorine Free (TCF) dissolving pulp per year.
    "The TwinRoll wash press is proven, state-of-the-art, technology which will ensure an environmentally friendly and efficient production. I am confident this will be a good solution for the Caima mill and I am happy that they chose Valmet as the supplier," says Mikael Gustafsson, Sales Manager, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.
    "After evaluating several options we have chosen Valmet as supplier for this challenging project. Previous successful experiences and Valmet's proven technologies played an important role in this decision," says Gualter Vasco, Mill Manager, Caima.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    19.02.2014   Efficient generation of process heat - New heat recovery steam boiler from Bosch     ( Company news )

    Company news The ideal addition to combined heat and power Units

    Picture: Efficient generation of process heat: The new, modular heat recovery boiler from Bosch

    The new heat recovery steam boiler HRSB from Bosch Industriekessel is the ideal addition to energy concepts involving combined heat and power generation. It provides an efficient way of using accumulated flue gas heat by converting it into process steam. The new type series will be available from March 2014 and, depending on the version, will generate between 400 and 4 100 kilogrammes of steam per hour.

    The heat recovery boiler, which is certified in accordance with the Pressure Equipment Directive, consists of a highly efficient tubular heat exchanger – whose efficiency it is possible to boost even further thanks to the option of integrating an economiser. In addition, the boiler is insulated with effective heat-insulating materials and features state-of-the-art safety equipment. Meanwhile, the tried-and-tested, PLC-based BCO boiler control makes operation exceptionally straightforward and convenient.

    Used in conjunction with a combined heat and power unit, the heat recovery boiler can play a significant part in strategies for using primary energy efficiently. The hot flows of flue gas from the upstream combustion processes are conducted via the tubular heat exchanger and used for steam generation purposes. This additional option for using heat means that combined heat and power units can generally be designed on a larger scale than thermal heat-driven plants. The result is that the plant operator is able to obtain more of its own electricity, which in turn leads to excellent savings on energy costs and short payback periods.

    The heat recovery boiler can be combined with combined heat and power units in the electrical power range from approximately 0.5 to 4 megawatts. Thanks to its modular design and compact dimensions, it is the ideal choice for both new plants and modernisation projects alike.

    By launching the heat recovery steam boiler HRSB, Bosch is expanding its already extensive product range to offer more options in the area of efficient process heat, hot water and electricity generation. Perfectly harmonised system solutions from a single source significantly simplify the planning and installation of the energy systems. Additionally, a wide range of services such as customised maintenance packages are available to ensure the system will keep running efficiently for years to come.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
    19.02.2014   Torraspapel Sponsors - “Business With Social Value”    ( Company news )

    Company news Business with Social Value (BWSV) contributes to the visibility of social enterprises as a competitive economic sector and promotes relationships between for-profit companies and social firms.

    Torraspapel, part of Lecta Group, has collaborated for the second year in a row on the Business with Social Value (BWSV) initiative, which seeks to create real possibilities for social enterprises – non-profits where more than 70% of the staff is made up of persons with disabilities – to compete. The initiative aims to increase the process of positive discrimination toward non-profit businesses that employ people with disabilities, increasing awareness of the social value of these transactions and granting visibility to organizations’ commitment through the use of the “Business with Social Value” brand.

    The second edition of BWSV was held this past December 12 in Barcelona, bringing together more than 60 social enterprises from 54 different areas of activity and 287 purchasers from for-profit companies. Torraspapel supports this initiative and collaborated with its CreatorStar 135-gram paper, used for printing the communication material distributed during the event.

    For more information about the activities of Torraspapel, and Lecta, as socially responsible companies, please visit the Sustainability section at and
    (Lecta Group, Torraspapel)
    18.02.2014   Automation in Cutting - POLAR PACE Days 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news From 12 to 16 May 2014 POLAR will hold its PACE Days 2014 at the company headquarters in Hofheim. The event focuses on automation options in cutting. POLAR will demonstrate how customers can optimize their cutting processes.
    The highlight at the PACE Days is at the same time a real world novelty: POLAR EasyLoad 7S. This product bridges the gap between manual and automatic jogging up to size 121 x 162.
    POLAR's PACE CuttingSystems represent automated cutting. PACE is an abbreviation of ‘POLAR automation for cutting efficiency’. With the Autoturn turning gripper and the Autotrim high-speed cutter as the centerpieces up to 5 cuts can be performed automatically. In the meantime, the operator can prepare the next cutting ream. This helps to enhance productivity or save personnel.
    With its BC 330 three-side trimmer POLAR offers also a machine for automatically cutting perfect-bound products. The device is of special interest for customers who occasionally manufacture perfect-bound products and wish to manually cut them to the required format on the cutting machine. With BC 330 one operator can do the binding and cutting in parallel, without blocking the cutting machine.

    The following highlights will be presented at the POLAR PACE Days 2014:
    -CuttingSystem 200 with EasyLoad 7S, the recently developed loading assistance
    -CuttingSystem PACE (200-137)
    -BC 330 Three-side trimmer
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
    18.02.2014   Bekaert Solaronics installs GemDryer® system at APP Tjiwi Kimia mill, Indonesia     ( Company news )

    Company news Bekaert Solaronics received an important order from APP for the rebuilt of the drying equipment on PM11 at PT Pabrik Kertas Tjiwi Kimia, Tbk, Indonesia.

    The objective of the investment is to replace the existing infrared equipment by a new GemDryer® for coat drying after a film press. This system will increase significantly the infrared power of the existing equipment thanks to the use of the Gem12+ emitters which ensure perfect quality and provide high drying power as well as a long lifetime.
    Moreover, the Bekaert Solaronics GemDryer® combined with Gem12+ emitters ensures extreme compactness of the equipment.
    (Solaronics SA)
    18.02.2014   DC R105: New medium-format sheetfed rotary die-cutter    ( Company news )

    Company news The Radebeul facility of Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) has entered into a partnership with montex-print ost druck- und papierverarbeitungs-maschinen gmbh & co. kg in Lindlar near Cologne (montex-print) to develop, manufacture and market new, high-performance sheetfed rotary die-cutters.
    A corresponding agreement was signed by Ralf Sammeck, executive vice-president for the KBA sheetfed offset product house, and montex-print managing director Eberhard Fuchs in December 2013. Under the product name DC R105, montex-print will in future be distributing single- and double-unit rotary die-cutters based on the technical platform of the medium-format sheetfed press KBA Rapida 105.
    Upon receipt of an order from montex-print, KBA will be supplying all the modules required for a sheetfed rotary die-cutter (feeder, infeed and die-cutting unit, together with the associated drive systems, electrical equipment and air supply) as a ready-assembled machine, at the same time already incorporating montex-print's proven, high-precision magnetic cylinder into the die-cutting unit. Transport, installation, commissioning, training and customer service are to be handled by montex-print. The first DC R105 is expected to be ready for demonstrations at KBA in Radebeul at the end of May, and customers can look forward to the first deliveries from early autumn.
    The DC R105 is designed for sheet formats from 360 x 520 mm to 740 x 1,050 mm, a maximum production speed of 12,000 sheets per hour, and a substrate range from 0.03 to 0.7 mm (setting range 0.0 – 1.2 mm). In terms of productivity, precision, makeready times and ergonomic operation, it will be far superior to the used offset and letterpress models otherwise re-equipped for such die-cutting work. The whole set-up is operated from a control panel at the delivery, as the console normally installed with an offset press is not necessary for a pure die-cutting machine.
    montex-print has been repairing and overhauling used printing presses since 1978, and has built up a good reputation in the industry for the conversion of used sheetfed offset presses into rotary die-cutters over recent years. With the development of a new rotary die-cutter together with KBA, montex-print is now venturing the next step, but nevertheless without abandoning its current used-press business.
    Managing director Eberhard Fuchs is convinced that the cooperation will bring benefits for everyone involved: “For all those customers who seek to generate additional revenue with flexible finishing of the most varied materials, formats and run lengths, we offer the best price-performance ratio thanks to the simple handling and extremely fast makeready. That applies, for example, to the fast-growing IML segment, but at the same time also for short-run packaging, self-adhesive labels and other special materials. The DC R105 is the perfect machine for such jobs!”
    Print finishing has been an important topic at KBA for many years. In the past, this usually meant diverse coating technologies, cold foil transfer and the like. The cooperation with montex-print in the field of rotary die-cutting, however, is now set to further extend the already broad spectrum of finishing options – initially as an stand-alone offline solution after printing, but with the medium-term perspective of inline integration into a Rapida press in suitable cases.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    18.02.2014   EFI Launches High-Performance Fiery Digital Front Ends for New Konica Minolta bizhub Family ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... of Presses

    EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., announced the availability of two new digital front ends (DFEs) - the EFI Fiery® IC-308 and IC-415 - designed to drive the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1060, C1070 and C1070P family of digital presses. Running on the latest, award-winning Fiery FS100 Pro platform, the EFI Fiery DFEs provide unparalleled performance, color management and workflow automation tools.
    "The new additions to the Fiery line-up for the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS family deliver almost 2.5 times performance improvement over their predecessors," said John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. "This means that print service providers can increase their capacity by shortening turnaround times for even the most challenging and complex files, including increasingly popular variable data jobs."
    "The ongoing relationship between EFI and Konica Minolta is represented in these market-leading solutions," said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. "We are truly excited about delivering new and continued value to our customers with the right solutions to ensure a seamless, integrated experience."

    Reliable processing at blazing speeds
    The two Fiery DFE models are targeted at production print operations, ranging from CRDs to commercial printing firms, and bring powerful functionality for high-margin print jobs such as photobooks or personalized communications. Users can also couple the Fiery IC-308 with Fiery Central, EFI's centralized job production solution, to drive both the new color Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS models and black-and-white bizhub PRESS 1052/1250/1250P digital printers. This unique configuration provides a centralized workflow with the common Fiery Command WorkStation® job management interface to automatically balance printer fleet workloads for more efficient and lower cost production.
    The Fiery FS100 Pro platform used for the new DFEs is the only production platform to achieve a 100% perfect pass rating from industry organization VIGC's PDF RIP Audit. This means that users can accurately and consistently reproduce even intricately designed files developed with tools like Adobe Creative Suite, avoiding costly reprints, delivery delays and dissatisfied print buyers.

    Better business management with EFI MIS integration
    Establishing an integrated workflow that saves time and minimizes touch points in business and production processes is critical to success in today's print market. Print organizations using EFI MIS and web-to-print solutions can seamlessly integrate with the IC-308 to increase operational efficiency. In addition, users can integrate the new DFEs with Kodak PRINERGY and other third-party prepress and workflow solutions to achieve higher-level efficiencies that streamline business operations.
    Customers can also take advantage of Fiery JobMaster, an optional makeready product that includes productivity enhancers such as visual tab insertion and design, easy-to-use page editing, chapterization, and many other late-stage job editing features. This allows operators to set up and execute complex print jobs faster and more efficiently, saving time and increasing overall profitability.
    "We're excited to team with Konica Minolta to bring the advanced capabilities of the Fiery DFEs and bizhub PRESS family of digital color presses to market," EFI's Henze noted. "We look forward to ongoing collaboration to meet the demands of production print customers well into the future."
    (efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)
    18.02.2014   Process Optimization within the whole Tissue Production - emtec Electronic at the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... MIAC Tissue Business Point 2014 in Lucca, Italy

    Picture: FPA, Fiber Potential Analyzer, Reliable Lab Measurement of the Fiber Zeta Potential

    emtec Electronic GmbH will participate the first “MIAC Tissue Business Point” in Lucca, both, the show itself as well as the conference. From March 26th until 27th, we will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 04 together with Qi Srl and Metreo Srl – our representatives for Italy. In addition, we will also attend the MIAC Tissue Conference on Thursday, March 27th with a presentation – interesting for all players within the tissue industry.

    During the MIAC Tissue exhibition, emtec will present different testing instruments by which the complete process of tissue production from the pulp to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.

    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.

    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base tissue after the production and of the finished product after converting. This can be realized by the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/ roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.

    During Session 3 in the conference on Thursday, March 27th Mrs. Sandra Vogt will explain in detail the different functions and applications of these valued assistants and their “Possibilities for process optimization from the wet end to the finished tissue product”.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    17.02.2014   ANDRITZ to supply the world’s largest High Energy Recovery Boiler to OKI Pulp & Paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Mills, Indonesia

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from OKI Pulp & Paper Mills to supply the world’s largest recovery boiler for OKI’s new kraft pulp mill in Indonesia. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The order value amounts to approximately 120 million euros.

    The total capacity of the ANDRITZ High Energy Recovery Boiler (HERB) is about 50% higher than of any other recovery boiler in operation today worldwide, reaching a black liquor firing capacity of 11,600 tons of dry solids per day. The maximum daily green electricity production of the boiler is equivalent to the average daily electricity power need of a European city of one million inhabitants.

    The boiler will feature state-of-the-art solutions for optimizing power-to-heat ratios by operating at higher pressures and temperatures than conventional boilers. This allows pulp mills to maximize their environmental-friendly power generation. The order confirms the position of the ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER business area as one the world’s leading suppliers for high-energy recovery boilers.
    (Andritz AG)
    17.02.2014   Changes in the Executive Management Team of Ahlstrom     ( Company news )

    Company news Aki Saarinen, Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development, has decided to resign from Ahlstrom to pursue other career opportunities. He will step down from the Executive Management Team in February 2014 and continue in his current role until mid-August.
    Saarinen joined Ahlstrom in 2012 and has been a member of the Executive Management Team since that. Ahlstrom thanks Aki Saarinen for his valuable contribution to the company.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    17.02.2014   KBA Rapida 205 at Ellerhold hits the 100m-sheet mark    ( Company news )

    Company news 10 years of superlarge format from Radebeul

    Picture: Frank Ellerhold (l), CEO of Ellerhold, with the team who printed the 100 millionth sheet: Alexander Schmidt, Torsten Schubert, Oliver Hirsch and Sven Schiffler (l-r)

    On 21 January at 3:25pm the sheet counter on a KBA Rapida 205 with the serial number 001 proudly clocked up its 100 millionth sheet at Ellerhold in Radebeul. This comes only three weeks before the press’ tenth birthday.
    However, 100m sheets in ten years is nothing new in sheetfed offset. Some packaging printers hit this mark after just two years. The Rapida 205 in giant format (151 x 205cm/54.4 x 80.7in) at Ellerhold predominantly prints large posters with occasional print runs of only 100 copies. More time is spent on makeready than on printing with such small jobs.
    The first Rapida 205 to roll off the assembly line was delivered to Ellerhold where it has completed 7,720 shifts in total and produces nearly 2,000 jobs every year with a maximum output of 9,000sph. In the last ten years it has printed an area measuring 310km² roughly as big as the German city of Munich. Two Rapida 205s are in action at the Ellerhold poster factory in Radebeul. The oldest is a four-colour press with coater and the youngest is a five-colour version with hybrid coating capabilities. Two further four-colour Rapida 205s with coaters have been installed in the firm’s plants in Witten and Karow, near Wismar, as well as a four-colour Rapida 185 with coater in Zirndorf. Ellerhold is the world’s biggest KBA jumbo press user with a total of five Rapida 205s.
    Ellerhold board member Klaus Gerlach is proud of his sheetfed offset giants from KBA, especially his ten-year-old Rapida 205. Gerlach : “Over the past ten years this press has run very stably and without any substantial downtimes. Following a scheduled revision a few weeks ago we plan on printing with this press well into the future. It prints in just a high quality as it did when it was first installed.”
    In the past ten years KBA has delivered some 60 Rapida 185/205 presses to 20 countries all over the world, an average of one every two months. For many years now poster printers have not been the only ones who think big as the super jumbos are just as likely to be found in packaging and commercial print firms. In Saudi Arabia a seven-colour Rapida 185 with twin coaters, a press with an impressive 11 printing and finishing units, is the longest large-format installation to date.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    17.02.2014   Metsä Board introduces a new fully bleached coated liner    ( Company news )

    Company news Coated, lightweight Modo Northern Light is ideal for microflute and litho lamination

    Following the successful launch of uncoated Modo Northern Light last year, Metsä Board is introducing a new coated version of the liner. It complements Metsä Board’s coated Kemiart kraftliners by adding a grade with high whiteness and quality printing properties in lower substances. Coated Modo Northern Light is ideal for litho lamination and microflute applications, and is especially suitable for food packaging thanks to its pure fresh forest fibres, as well as for many other end-uses.
    “Coated Modo Northern Light is a welcome addition to our lightweight linerboard portfolio – a litho lamination liner in lower substances,” says Risto Auero, VP Linerboard Sales, Metsä Board.”It provides excellent printing properties, and is an appreciated solution in markets where a pure material is needed for food packaging and other sensitive products.”
    It is possible to create a very light but strong corrugated structure by using both coated and uncoated Modo Northern Light in various combinations of top and reverse side liner, and the uncoated grade as fluting.
    Modo Northern Light linerboards are manufactured at Metsä Board’s Husum mill in Sweden, which holds PEFC and FSC chain of custody certification as well as environmental and quality certificates. It is made from fresh forest fibres grown in sustainably managed forests. The fibres are of known origin and Metsä Board can trace all other raw materials used in the liner’s manufacture.
    (Metsä Board Paper and Pulp Husum Mill)
    17.02.2014   Finch Paper Announces Richard Oelkers As Business Development Manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Finch Paper, producer of uncoated papers including flagship Finch Opaque and Finch Fine®, announced the addition of Richard Oelkers (photo) as Business Development Manager.
    Mr. Oelkers comes to Finch Paper from Lincoln Paper & Tissue, where he served as Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Oelkers has also held senior sales positions with International Paper and Boise Inc.
    Joining Finch Paper’s National Account team, Rick Oelkers will be responsible for new business development among publishers, converters and print resellers.
    Rick said that Finch has been a formidable competitor, and he is happy to be joining a growing uncoated freesheet organization. “Finch is highly regarded for its product value and quality. I’ve always known Finch Opaque to be the ‘Cadillac’ of opaque papers,” he said.
    “Rick brings a wealth of market insight to the Finch team. He will be instrumental in building partnerships within new segments that utilize a broad portfolio of Finch products,” said Clive Gillanders, Director – National Accounts.
    (Finch Paper LLC)
    17.02.2014   Register now for Tissue World Americas 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Tissue World Americas, the leading global tissue event, will be in Miami Beach on March 18-21. A new highlight will be the Tissue Retailers and Distributors Insight Forum (TRIF), which means the entire Tissue Value Matrix from raw materials through to retailers and distributors will be present. TRIF has already attracted a dozens of buyers from many of the World's Top Retailers, Paper Distributors and AFH Service Providers.
    1000s of tissue makers from 70-90 countries will of course be there to discuss tissue manufacturing operations, the historical base of Tissue World since 1993, at the Technical and Management Conferences, as well as on the Trade Show Floor featuring over 160 exhibitors.
    All players in the tissue business can benefit by getting actionable insight about this largest Non-food Category (and 3rd largest overall) which is a Big Traffic Driver, and also undergoing big changes as far as the Brand/Private Label Balance. At the same time they will get valuable information about Controversial Environmental Issues such as wood fiber sourcing, which caused Greenpeace and WWF to confront several tissue making companies and retailers.

    Here are some of the many highlights:
    • New Innovations like NTT, ATMOS and ADT, and improved TAD Tissue Making Technology
    • The Tissue World Sustainability Summit: Sustainability, Fibers, Energy and the Environment
    • Big Brands vs Private Labels. Why is Europe so different?
    • Growing Global Trade and Imports in Tissue
    • New Products and Packaging Innovations
    • Changing Consumer Buying Habits and the Influence of E-Commerce

    The purpose of the new, more complete, Tissue World is to:
    Stimulate Cross-Functional Learning and Innovation by All Key Players in the Tissue Value Matrix to Grow the Category, Sustain the Planet and Create More Value
    Register today at
    (UBM Asia Trade Fairs Pte Ltd)
    14.02.2014   New 950BK 100% mineral oil-free black ink launched to provide safe food packaging applications    ( Company news )

    Company news Domino has launched a new 100% mineral oil-free (MOF) black ink developed to address increasing concerns regarding the migration of printing inks and mineral oils onto the carton board and food packaging. Domino’s new 950BK MOF black ink is non-hazardous, fully sustainable and based on vegetable oils.
    The environmentally friendly 950BK black ink, which is manufactured using vegetable oil, has been designed specifically for use in Domino’s C6000 drop-on-demand (DOD) outer case coding printer for food packaging applications.
    It has been estimated that more than half of the cardboard used in Europe is recycled. Much of this recycled carton-board which is used in food packaging, is produced through the recycling of newspapers. And, it is the mineral-oils from this newsprint ink that is finding its way into the cardboard during the recycling process. These mineral oils contain aromatic and saturated hydrocarbons which can be easily absorbed and over time, accumulate in the body.
    By the introduction of Domino’s new 950BK MOF black ink with the C6000 outer case coder, packaging suppliers can be assured of a completely safe solution for printing text, graphics and supply chain bar codes onto paper and cardboard food packages and cartons. This is achieved by eliminating the risk posed by the migration of harmful toxins leaching from mineral oil-based inks from the print on the outer cases and into the food products inside. In addition, the biodegradable properties of the 950BK MOF ink assist in the de-inking of printed matter during the recycling process.
    An active member of EuPIA (the European Printing Ink Association), Domino has an extensive fluids development and testing facility at its UK headquarters. This enables the company to monitor market requirements and work with its customers to introduce new consumables that are safe and compliant while delivering exceptional product coding and optimum printer performance.
    “The growing concerns about the potential health risks for consumers from mineral oil-based ink contamination is now far too serious to ignore,” says Andrew Gunton, Product Manager – Fluids at Domino. “We have therefore taken a proactive stance by developing an environmentally friendly mineral oil-free ink for our C6000 outer case coding solution. This gives brand owners and manufacturers complete peace of mind that their food products will remain free from mineral oil contamination.”
    (Domino UK Ltd)
    14.02.2014   MWV Packaging Matters™ Research Reveals Global Differences in Role of Packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Second annual study explores how packaging impacts shopping behavior, influences product satisfaction and motivates consumers around the world

    MWV Study: Fewer Than 20 Percent of U.S. Consumers Very Satisfied with Packaging
    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, launched Packaging Matters, the company’s second annual study of the role packaging plays in consumer purchasing behavior, brand loyalty and overall product satisfaction. This year, the research has expanded to 10 markets, including Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, to provide a broader perspective on the role of packaging around the world.

    Packaging impacts shopping behavior, in-store and online
    Packaging Matters research shows packaging plays a significant role in brick-and-mortar retail purchasing behaviors. Packaging’s role is apparent in the purchasing process – Trial, Repeat or Switch – in which consumers trial a new product and depending on the experience, subsequently repeat that purchase, or switch to another brand to test a different product:
    -Trial: 64% have tried something new because the packaging caught their eye on the retail shelf
    -Repeat: 41% have purchased a product again because of the packaging
    -Switch: 36% have switched brands because of negative experiences with new packaging

    Packaging Matters also examines online shopping habits of global consumers, and the research reveals a host of behaviors – beyond Trial, Repeat or Switch – that can be influenced by packaging. When shopping online, consumers report that product packaging has led them to:
    -Research more information about a product (29%)
    -Write an online review that mentions the packaging (22%)
    -“Friend” or "become a fan" of a brand/company on social networking sites (20%)
    -Post something about that product on social media (18%)

    “Packaging continues to play an important role in building brand loyalty and driving repeat purchase in-store and, increasingly, it is also a vehicle that connects brands and consumers online,” said Steve Kazanjian vice president, Global Creative, MWV. “Brands that recognize how packaging can influence online shoppers have an opportunity to see a ripple effect as those consumers share their positive experience with others via product reviews or through their social networks.”

    Packaging satisfaction is low across the globe
    Because every purchaser is guaranteed to interact with a product’s packaging, it should be an integral component of the marketing mix and the physical manifestation of a brand experience. However, Packaging Matters results show there is opportunity to improve this experience. Only 11% of global consumers are completely satisfied with packaging today, leaving a vast majority of people wanting more from their packaging. Functional attributes, such as protecting the product from spilling and making the product easy to get out, are considered more important packaging attributes to consumers across all product categories. However, these same attributes are underperforming in the eyes of consumers. By comparison, attributes related to the appearance of packaging, such as being attractive and easy to find, are overachieving based on the perceived importance to consumers.
    When looking across product categories, research reveals consumers are most dissatisfied with the to-go packaging category. Fragrance packaging is the category in which the highest percentage of consumers report being completely satisfied.
    “Consumers say that functional attributes of packaging are critical to their satisfaction, but only a small percentage are completely satisfied with packaging as it exists today,” said Brian Richard, director, Consumer and Customer Insights, MWV. "Our research shows that the package needs to do more than look good on a shelf and drive trial of a product. The package also needs to be easy to transport, store, use and dispose of, if the consumer is going to buy the product again."

    Global market nuances in packaging
    For analysis, the surveyed countries were categorized as Developed Packaging Markets (Germany, Japan, U.K., U.S.) and Developing Packaging Markets (Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Turkey), based on factors such as total GDP, purchasing power of the middle class, sophistication of supply chain, and the prevalence of modern retailing.
    The results show that packaging is more than twice as important to overall product satisfaction for consumers in Developing Packaging Markets compared to those in Developed Packaging Markets (54% vs. 20%). Packaging also impacts the purchasing process (Trial, Repeat or Switch) much more in Developing Packaging Markets than in Developed Packaging Markets. Packaging has a greater influence on online shoppers in Developing Packaging Markets, who may have adopted habits more quickly with the prevalence of mobile devices, compared to peers in Developed Packaging Markets.
    By digging deeper into the nuances of each country surveyed, brand owners can better understand and serve the needs of consumers in some of the fastest-growing and most powerful economies in the world.

    -On average, consumers in India and South Africa express the highest satisfaction across product categories (59% vs. global average of 50%)
    -A product’s packaging is more important than its brand for overall product satisfaction among consumers in Brazil, Germany, Russia and Turkey
    -Japan, one of the most progressive packaging countries in the world, reported the lowest satisfaction ratings across categories (25% satisfied vs. global average of 50%); Japanese consumers have a healthy dissatisfaction with the quality of their packaging, which likely contributed to low satisfaction ratings in this survey, but may help the country drive consistent packaging innovation
    -Chinese consumers are less satisfied overall with packaging than the global average (46% vs. 50%)
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
    14.02.2014   GMP-compliant packaging machine provides fast format change and reliable line clearance    ( Company news )

    Company news An innovative packaging solution for life science and healthcare products will be presented by MULTIVAC at interpack 2014. The solution is based on a thermoforming packaging machine, but one in which the machine concept has been optimised for those applications, where a high degree of flexibility is required for packing challenging products.
    "Life science and healthcare products are being packed today in ever smaller batch sizes, in order to fulfil regional or other specific requirements. It is for this reason, that the producing companies set very high requirements for a quick format change, reliable line clearance and intelligent automation technologies for loading and unloading. We have optimised our packaging solution to meet these demands", says Valeska Haux, Marketing Manager at MULTIVAC.
    MULTIVAC has to a large extent separated the areas for product processing and machine technology from each other in the new thermoforming packaging machine. All units installed as part of the machine technology, including hoses, cables and valves, have been moved from the interior of the machine to the rear. This minimises the risk of products getting lodged somewhere during the packaging procedure, which would then require stoppage of the machine. This also ensures that the line can be cleared quickly and reliably.
    The machine is also clad with a transparent polycarbonate front, whose large doors can be easily opened. This enables the operator to have a very good view into the interior areas, which also have lighting, and to quickly detect and remove products which have got lost. The accessibility and ease of cleaning of the machine was also further improved by these design measures.
    A quick and reproducible format change enables the machine to be converted for the widest range of batch sizes. Here MULTIVAC has expanded the potential use of its proven drawer system, which up to now has only been used for the user-friendly changing of tooling in the forming and sealing dies. Now MULTIVAC also offers corresponding change systems for plug-assist dies. Moreover, the changing of the cutting tool in the complete cutter has been simplified, which enables the changeover time of all components to be reduced to a minimum.
    The new thermoforming packaging machine offers a high degree of flexibility with regard to the arrangement of the different modules, the packaging materials which can be run, the possible packaging formats and the batch sizes. As an example of this, both flexible and rigid films can be run on this machine. In addition to producing vacuum packs, the new thermoforming packaging machine is also designed to produce packs with modified atmosphere and reduced oxygen content. Thanks to its flexible layout, the machine concept is also ideally suited to packing a wide range of products, such as for example syringes, ampoules, vials and injectors.
    MULTIVAC's user-friendly line-motion control via the HMI 2.0 operator interface, as well as the highly sensitive sensor technology of the machines, ensure that a consistently high product quality is maintained, as well as an overarching quality assurance. With its track-and-trace function, MULTIVAC meets the serialisation and marking requirements of individual countries.
    (Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller GmbH & Co KG)
    14.02.2014   4-colour Kodak Prosper Imprinting Line - KCL installs new 4-colour Kodak Prosper Imprinting Line    ( Company news )

    Company news KCL will install new inkjet line, which consist of sheet feeder, 4 Kodak Prosper S-10 print heads and a dryer. New press can print both paper and paperboard, coated and uncoated materials. Sheets can pre-coated or post coated on KCL’s sheet fed offset press. This is a unique place to see how paper or paperboard work on high speed 4-colour inkjet printing.

    KCL is not any more offering testing on VL 2000 press, which is a drop-on-demand technology. VL 2000 is ideal for uncoaterd paper grades, where as Prosper technology is for coated papers and paperboards. KCL will continue hybrid printing with S-10 print heads on the heatset press.

    New press will be ready to print in May 2014.
    (Oy Keskuslaboratorio-Centrallaboratorium Ab KCL)
    14.02.2014   ÅR Packaging divestment cancelled    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Harald Schulz, President and CEO of ÅR Packaging Group AB

    ÅR Packaging Group announced in November 2013 that it would divest all of its businesses. Due to the failed sale of the Tobacco business the divestment process has been cancelled.
    ÅR Packaging Group announced on November 8, 2013 that it had signed agreements with a view to divest all ÅR Packaging businesses. The operations of ÅR Packaging consist of Tobacco, Specialties and Food packaging businesses.
    However, the Tobacco business divestment will not be completed.
    Simultaneously, ÅR Packaging has ended the divestment negotiations regarding the Specialties packaging and the Food packaging operations.
    The shareholders of ÅR Packaging have decided to continue as shareholders of ÅR Packaging Group and are committed to develop the company further. In this context, concrete actions to further strengthen the group will be implemented.
    “As the divestment of ÅR Packaging will not happen, the shareholders of ÅR Packaging Group have made a clear future-oriented decision to further develop the company. Development measures taken in the last few years have left ÅR Packaging considerably more competitively positioned in the market, and the year 2013 proved to be a very strong year for ÅR Packaging. This forms a solid base for moving the company further. We are convinced that we can further strengthen and develop the company in accordance with our strategy together with our fantastic staff, customers and suppliers. We thank our customers, suppliers and employees for their patience and continued belief in the ÅR Packaging Group,” says Harald Schulz, President and CEO of ÅR Packaging Group AB.
    (A&R Carton AB)
    14.02.2014   The forest industry in 2013: The situation on the main markets in Europe continues to be ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... challenging - additional burdens in Finland harm competitiveness

    The drawn out economic downturn took a turn for the better at the end of 2013 but growth remained slow. The forest industry’s situation in its main export markets in Europe continued to be challenging.

    The Finnish forest industry’s competitiveness has suffered due to, for example, its high cost structure, as production and labour costs have increased faster than in competitor countries. Additional burdens placed on industry in Finland further weaken the export-driven forest industry’s competitiveness in the coming years.

    The windfall tax will be adopted in 2014. The sulphur directive, which targets forest industry maritime transports, comes into effect in 2015. The wage solutions agreed upon last autumn do not improve the sector’s competitiveness in the short-term and collective labour agreements did not include the reforms desperately required by the forest industry.

    “With decisions that support the export industry, we could contribute to the Finnish forest industry’s competitiveness and help ensure it provides jobs in future as well. In this spring’s budget framework session, the government must not propose any new taxes or increased costs for industry,” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

    “For example, the energy tax refund scheme must be developed so that industry’s energy taxes are no higher than what the EU demands. Sufficient funding must be secured for logistics infrastructure, particularly the maintenance of basic transport infrastructure. We now need swift decisions that speed up economic growth so that Finland can return to growth,” Jaatinen says.

    Decline in paper demand continued, paperboard and pulp production increased

    The Finnish paper industry’s situation continued to be challenging in 2013 due to the weak economic situation in Europe and declining demand for graphic papers. In 2013, a total of 10.6 million tonnes of paper and paperboard were produced in Finland. This is one per cent less than in 2012.

    In 2013, production of graphic paper, printing and writing paper as well as newsprint, totalled 6.3 million tonnes, which is a reduction of almost five per cent from 2012 levels. Production of paperboard grades designed for packaging purposes amounted to 2.9 million tonnes, which is almost seven per cent more than in 2012. Pulp production in Finland totalled 7.1 million tonnes, which is almost four cent more than in the previous year. Pulp export deliveries were about 8 per cent higher than in 2012.

    European construction output weak, wood products exports to countries outside Europe increased

    The wood products industry’s production volume exceeded the 10 million cubic metre mark, totalling 10.1 million cubic metres, which represents a seven per cent increase from the previous year. Exports to countries outside Europe increased, especially to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

    European economic uncertainty affected construction output as well. Demand for wood products fell in Finland and housing construction decreased by about a fifth compared to 2012.

    High roundwood costs weakened industry’s competitiveness on the international market.

    Wood raw material-based biorefineries under construction and on the drawing board in Finland

    Construction of a biorefinery that will use crude tall oil as a raw material continued in Lappeenranta. The refinery is due to be completed in 2014.

    Construction of a biorefinery in Kotka began in 2013. The biorefinery will produce lignin, which can be used to replace fossil fuels. The biorefinery is to start production in the first half of 2015.

    A biorefinery that will produce wood-based biogas is being planned in Joutseno. If realised, the biorefinery will start up in 2017.

    For further information please contact:
    Timo Jaatinen, Director General, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 (0)9 132 6600.
    (Metsateollisuus ry - Skogsindustrin rf / FFIF Finnish Forest Industries Federation)
    13.02.2014   SCA: Year-end Report 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: SCA CEO Jan Johansson

    - Net sales rose 4% (10% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 89,019m (85,408)
    - Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 15% (19% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 9,934m (8,646)
    - Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 21% (25% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 8,934m (7,382)
    - Items affecting comparability totaled SEK -1,251m (-2,634), including revaluation of Vinda with a positive effect of SEK 564m (0)
    - Earnings per share were SEK 7.90 (7.06)
    - Cash flow from current operations was SEK 5,989m (7,271)
    - The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend by 5.6% to SEK 4.75 (4.50)

    SCA further strengthened its position in emerging markets in 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the offer for the Chinese tissue company Vinda was completed, and SCA is today the majority owner of Vinda with 51.4% ownership in the company. SCA decided during the year to invest in local production of hygiene products in India and has launched Libero baby diapers and Tempo consumer tissue in the Indian market.

    The efficiency programs in the hygiene and forest products operations are continuing according to plan.

    Consolidated net sales for 2013, excluding exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 10% compared with a year ago. The increase is mainly attributable to acquisitions and higher volumes. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 19%. Cost savings, higher volumes, the acquisition in Europe and gains on forest swaps contributed to the earnings improvement. Operating profit for Personal Care and Tissue, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 4% and 27%, respectively. Operating profit for Forest Products, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 35%. Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 25%.

    Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2013, excluding exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 1% compared with the same period a year ago. The increase is mainly attributable to higher volumes. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 31%. Cost savings and gains on forest swaps contributed to the earnings improvement. The corresponding profit for Tissue rose 18%, while profit for Personal Care decreased by 12% as a result of lower earnings for baby diapers associated with an increase in marketing activities. However, incontinence care products and feminine care products had a positive earnings impact. Operating profit for Forest Products, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 188%. Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 38%.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    13.02.2014   EBB buys Cell Limited    ( Company news )

    Company news We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Cell Limited, the Derbyshire based carton board and packaging supplier.
    Cell have been supplying carton board and packaging to the UK market for over 25 years. Their current 10,000 tonnes per annum business is a complimentary fit to the existing EBB portfolio.
    Based from their 22,000sqft distribution hub in Derbyshire, the new acquisition will be gradually integrated within the EBB network.
    "We are delighted to become part of the EBB Group" said Simon Wooldridge — Cell Sales Manager. "The combined customer base offers exciting opportunities to cross sell for both businesses. The financial strength of EBB and the vision of its Directors were key factors in our decision to join them".
    "Our distribution expertise, financial strength and guarantee to be an independent UK owned supplier are areas where we think we can add value to Cell's current business model. As a Company we are committed to grow our core business to the graphic print sector, whilst at the same time are continuing to look for acquisition opportunities in both our industry, and those closely related." commented Matt Elliott — EBB Managing Director.
    (Elliott Baxter & Co. Ltd - EBB Paper)
    13.02.2014   Brazil: Production and revenues with exports grow in 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2013, pulp and paper production in Brazil grew by 7.3% and 1.6%, respectively, in comparison with 2012. From January to December 15 million tons of pulp and 10.4 million tons of paper were produced.
    Exports in the sector totaled US$ 7.1 billion in the year, representing an increase of 7.5% in relation to 2012. Pulp exports reached 9.4 million tons and paper totaled 1.8 million tons. Europe remained the main destination for Brazilian pulp, generating approximately 40% of the revenues with sales of the product to foreign markets, followed by China and North America with 30% and 20%, respectively.
    In regards to paper, accumulated export revenues registered 1% growth as compared to last year, totaling US$ 1.9 billion. Latin America then follows as a major market for the product, being responsible for approximately 14% and 13%, respectively. Shipments to North America grew by 35% in the year.
    Sales of paper to the domestic market totaled 5.7 million tons and had an accumulated growth of 2.9% in the year when compared to 2012, i.e., indicating stability in the Brazilian market.
    During 2013, the sector had major achievements in the measures against the improper usage of tax-exempt paper, which is exclusively destined to the printing of books, newspapers and magazines. Labeling requirements on tax-exempt paper packaging, the commitment of the production chain with the action and, mainly, the nationalization of “RECOPI” (Recognition and Control System for Tax-exempt Paper Operations) were the most relevant facts. In the case of RECOPI, the sector expects that State governments implement the system as soon as possible to close eventual loopholes in the law.
    (BRACELPA Associação Brasileira de Celulose e Papel)

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