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    25.10.2013   Mavern Instruments extends direct support with opening of new office in Mexico City    ( Company news )

    Company news Malvern, UK: In a move that reflects continued sales growth in Mexico, Malvern Instruments has opened a new office in Mexico City. Operational since August 2013, the Mexico office provides both pre- and after- sales support to a growing customer base. It is also the venue for an increasing number of advanced training courses and seminars, and is part of Malvern’s operational expansion in Mexico and throughout Latin America as a whole. The opening of the office in Mexico comes just a year after the establishment of a sales and applications laboratory in Sao Paolo, Brazil.

    “The markets of Latin America are very important for Malvern, across our complete range of products for materials and biophysical characterization,” said Brian Dutko, President of The Americas Operations for Malvern. “Our investment in operations in Mexico will extend the local support and training we can deliver to our instrument users and to potential new customers as Malvern’s systems play an increasing role in this growing manufacturing economy.”

    “I am delighted that Malvern’s business in Latin America now has such a great new resource in Mexico,” said Edna Alvarez, Latin America Sales Manager for Malvern. “There is great demand for Malvern’s products throughout the industrial and scientific communities of Latin America. The new office in Mexico allows us to extend the range of Malvern analytical solutions to a broader community and is part of Malvern’s commitment to increasing its global presence and providing the highest possible standards of support to customers everywhere.”

    Strong customer relations and exceptional worldwide service are the cornerstones of Malvern’s business, which serves its global customer base with applications laboratories, sales offices and distribution partners throughout the world. This is all backed by access to technical and applications specialists around the world and an extensive online presence offering a comprehensive range of resources.

    The new office in Mexico is located at: Patriotismo 130, Oficina 102, Col. Escandon, CP 11800 Mexico DF. Full details are available on the ‘Contact Us’ section of the Malvern website www.malvern.com
    (Malvern Instruments Ltd)
     
    25.10.2013   New BOBST Dark Night Process Unveiled at Bobst Manchester Open House    ( Company news )

    Company news Over 60 visitors from around the world attended this year’s Bobst Manchester Open House held at its Heywood Technology Centre on 15th October 2013. The event saw visitors from the UK, Europe, North America, Canada, South America, Africa and India.

    The day consisted of technical presentations in the sales lounge followed by two demonstrations on a BOBST General K5000 in the adjacent machine demonstration area.

    The new BOBST Dark Night Process was the focus of the first presentation of the day. Dark Night is a new approach to defect elimination to achieve higher barrier films. This was followed by a machine demonstration using BOBST General Registron Hawkeye.

    The second presentation and demonstration was focused on the AlOx process. BOBST uses a standard aluminium metallizing machine as a foundation for the AlOx process which results in versatility as one machine can be used for two processes without compromise. The application is available for coating a wide range of films including PET, BOPP, CPP, PLA and other types of plastic films. The coated film can be used for end products including baked goods and microwaveable products.
    (Bobst Manchester Ltd)
     
    24.10.2013   Finland to lead the way as a designer of cellulose-based products    ( Company news )

    Company news Photo: Cellulose fibre yarn made directly from pine fibres at VTT. Yarn diameter in is 100 µm. Photographer: Pekka Rötkönen

    The combination of strong design competence and cutting-edge cellulose-based technologies can result in new commercially successful brands. The aim is for fibre from wood-based biomass to replace both cotton production, which burdens the environment, and polyester production, which consumes oil. A research project launched by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University and Tampere University of Technology aims to create new business models and ecosystems in Finland through design-driven cellulose products.

    The joint research project is called Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC). The objective is to develop cellulose-based products suitable for technical textiles and consumer products. The technology could also find use in the pharmaceutical, food and automotive industries. Another objective is to build a new business ecosystem and promote spin-offs.

    The breakthrough for these new products and services is expected to take a few years. State-of-the-art cellulose processing technologies could generate production value of up to EUR 2–3 billion in Finland's forestry, textile and mechanical engineering industries, and in entirely new business sectors.

    This is one of two strategic projects launched by Tekes – Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation intended to help transform Finnish business life. The project received nearly EUR 3 million in funding from Tekes for the opening research stages in 2013–2015.

    Designers envision consumer products of the future

    Aalto University students participate in the project by offering fresh new perspectives on Finnish cellulose products.

    “The research project provides an opportunity to use design methods to turn cellulose raw material into products, services and business. Designers contribute to the project by introducing an experimental method of creating prototypes, as well as the ability to visualise something that doesn't yet exist. This allows us to take consumer perspective into account at different stages of the programme," explains Professor Pirjo Kääriäinen from the Aalto University's Department of Design.

    According to Kääriäinen, design as a strategic resource in the industry is so far relatively untapped. As a working method, industrial design brings a user-focused perspective to the project, opening new and unexplored opportunities for commercial use of the materials and for envisioning new products. This work combines with the creation of business ecosystems in line with the principles of sustainable development.

    New materials and technologies are a source of inspiration to designers. The first sessions with technology developers were filled with excitement and bursts of innovation. For researchers, the notion of design needs affecting the material being created was particularly interesting.

    New technologies in yarn manufacture

    Researchers seek to combine Finnish design competence with cutting-edge technological developments to utilise the special characteristics of cellulose to create products that feature the best qualities of materials such as cotton and polyester. Product characteristics achieved by using new manufacturing technologies and nanocellulose as a structural fibre element include recyclability and individual production.

    The first tests performed by professor Olli Ilkkala's team at the Aalto University showed that the self-assembly of cellulose fibrils in wood permits the fibrils to be spun into strong yarn.

    VTT has developed an industrial process that produces yarn from cellulose fibres without the spinning process. VTT has also developed efficient applications of the foam forming method for manufacturing materials that resemble fabric.

    "In the future, combining different methods will enable production of individual fibre structures and textile products, even by using 3D printing technology," says Professor Ali Harlin from VTT.

    Usually the price of a textile product is the key criterion even though produced sustainably. New methods help significantly to shorten the manufacturing chain of existing textile products and bring it closer to consumers to respond to their rapidly changing needs. Projects are currently under way where the objective is to replace wet spinning with extrusion technology. The purpose is to develop fabric manufacturing methods where several stages of weaving and knitting are replaced without losing the key characteristics of the textile, such as the way it hangs.

    Finland's logging residue to replace environmentally detrimental cotton

    Cotton textiles account for about 40% of the world's textile markets, and oil-based polyester for practically the remainder. Cellulose-based fibres make up 6% of the market. Although cotton is durable and comfortable to wear, cotton production is highly water-intensive, and artificial fertilisers and chemical pesticides are often needed to ensure a good crop. The surface area of cotton-growing regions globally equates to the size of Finland.

    Approximately 5–6 million tons of fibre could be manufactured from Finland's current logging residue (25–30 million cubic metres/year). This could replace more than 20% of globally produced cotton, at the same time reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 120–150 million tons, and releasing enough farming land to grow food for 18–25 million people. Desertification would also decrease by approximately 10 per cent.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    24.10.2013   AVERY DENNISON TURNLOCK™ LAMINATING SYSTEM PROTECTS GRAPHICS USING ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... ONLY ONE ROLL

    Picture: Using standard print techniques and a turn bar, the Avery Dennison TurnLock™ Laminating System protects graphics using a single roll. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR184)

    Avery Dennison is introducing its TurnLock™ Laminating System in Europe at Labelexpo 2013. A patent-pending technology, Turnlock allows converters to protect graphics using a single roll, consuming 30 per cent less material and at 25 per cent higher operational efficiencies. The system eliminates the need for an over-laminate or transfer tape.

    “Using standard print techniques and a turn bar, this system fundamentally changes how converters can print and protect durable goods graphics more easily,” says Marco Fermo, durables segment director, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials. “This technology makes it possible to replace two rolls with a single roll, while retaining the same high levels of graffiti resistance and scuff protection. This means faster changeovers, improved splicing, reduced inventory and less waste. Turnlock eliminates common over-lamination failures such as improper lamination tension or lifting of the over-laminate. Cost savings are also substantial, so it is not surprising that converters are beginning to proactively suggest this new material to existing customers.”

    The TurnLock Laminating System uses four key steps to protect graphics, using a single roll rather than two rolls. Images and text are first reverse printed on a clear, self-adhesive, 2mm polyester film face stock. This printed face stock is then de-laminated and webbed upwards toward the turn bar, with the adhesive/liner following a different, lower path.
    At the turn bar the face stock is flipped, so that the reverse print has a positive orientation. Finally, the face stock is re-laminated with the adhesive/liner.

    Two product specifications are available for use in the TurnLock Laminating System, each with different pattern coats, and converters can produce white, black and metalized PET colours while on press.
     
    24.10.2013   RISI forecasts radical transformation of global cut-size markets     ( Company news )

    The copy paper market has remained consistent and profitable in recent years. It has remained largely unaffected by the recession compared with other graphic paper grades such as newsprint and coated papers. However, this is a declining market, competing with electronic substitutes. Maintaining profitability has seen a competitive battle for market share which will transform the market over the next 10 years. These findings were reported in a major new study recently released by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry.

    The Global Outlook for Cut-Size Uncoated Woodfree Paper Markets analyzes the market for imaging, multipurpose, and other cut-size business papers on a global scale. The study was undertaken to see how demand will develop and how the distribution chain will evolve over the next 10 years.
    (RISI)
     
    24.10.2013   Cleaner power for ports and ships - VACON® NXP Grid Converter improves cost and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... energy efficiency of marine applications

    Energy efficiency, cost of fuel and environmental aspects like noise and pollution levels are playing a key role for ship and port owners of the world. As approximately 90% of all world's commercial goods are delivered with ships today, the efficiency of the marine sector influences the cost and carbon footprint of nearly all commercial goods.

    The VACON NXP Grid Converter, a new product launched by the global AC drive manufacturer Vacon, represents the next step in the energy optimization ensuring that ship and port owners can meet the next level of energy efficiency while productivity increases and business prospers.

    "The VACON NXP Grid Converter can easily be integrated into various applications in ports and ships to provide cleaner power, improved performance and cost savings," says Jari Marjo, Marketing Director, Premium Drives. "This technology becomes increasingly important now that the marine business seeks all possible ways to improve their energy-efficiency, reduce fuel consumption, costs, harmful emissions, noise levels and vibration," Marjo continues.

    Vacon has been developing applications for its marine customers with this technology for several years. Now the product is officially released to the market as part of Vacon's comprehensive product portfolio.

    Below are a couple of examples of the applications provided:

    The VACON NXP Grid Converter has successfully been used, for instance, in shore supply solutions including the Port of Shanghai, which enable ships to source electrical energy from local grids on the shore, meaning that main and auxiliary power generators can be switched off.

    The VACON NXP Grid Converter can also be used in shaft generator systems which allow optimum control of propulsion machinery at various speeds and at the same time generate electricity into the electrical grid of the ship.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    23.10.2013   2013 Luxe Pack in Green Award    ( Company news )

    Company news The special LUXE PACK in Green exhibition takes place at the 2013 LUXE PACK MONACO event held from 23-25 October 2013. The exhibition highlights environmentally friendly innovations from exhibitors participating in trade fair and showcases those products designed with sustainable development and an eco-design approach in mind.

    The best eco-designed solution, as judged by a prestigious panel of industry professionals, will be presented the LUXE PACK in Green Award on 23 October 2013. The judging criteria takes into account the originality of the design of the product or process; raw material sourcing; process optimisation including use of renewable and green technologies; transportation; product end of life including recyclability; economic impact and market demand.

    Applications from Luxe Pack exibitors have been examined by the jury members, and 5 have been short-listed for the Award. Two innnovations from James Cropper are amongst those selected by the jury to go forward to the final round of judging for the 2013 Luxe Pack in Green Award; a paper which incorporates cocoa husk waste from chocolate production for world leading chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, and our new reclaimed fibre facility which recycles coffee cup waste on an industrial scale.

    The judging will take place on the first day of the Luxepack exhibition, and the judges will make their final decision following presentations by the short-listed companies.

    The LUXE PACK in green 2013 jury

    Michel FONTAINE, President of the French National Packaging Council
    Elizabeth LAVILLE, Director& Founder of the Sustainable development consulting agency UTOPIES
    Sandrine SOMMER, Sustainable Development Director GUERLAIN
    Susanna BONNATI, Creative Director COMUNICANDO
    Sandrine NOEL, Environment Manager LOUIS VUITTON
    Fanny FREMONT, Sustainable Purchasing and Botanical Trade Manager, YVES ROCHER GROUP
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
     
    23.10.2013   UPM'S CLIMATE CHANGE RECOGNIZED    ( Company news )

    UPM has achieved a top position in Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) Nordic 260 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI) for the fifth year running. UPM was ranked in the index with top scores: 99 points out of 100 maintaining the leadership position in its sector.

    The achievement was announced today in the CDP Nordic 260 Climate Change Report 2013, which tracks how the world’s largest listed companies are acting in response to a changing climate.

    In the Nordic Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index high scores indicate good internal data management and understanding of climate change related issues affecting the company. The index highlights companies within the Nordic stock exchanges which have displayed the most professional approach to corporate governance in respect of climate change disclosure practices.

    “This recognition addresses our Biofore strategy and determined work with integrating sustainability into our businesses. Climate being one of the key areas of our sustainability agenda, we have an established track record in emissions reduction not only in traditional ways but also in new innovations like renewable wood-based biofuels,” says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment.

    UPM is a frontrunner in the use of forest biomass as a fuel. Globally 65% of fuels used at UPM mills are biomass-based and 81% of the company’s electricity production is free from fossil CO2 emissions. UPM has invested over one billion euros in renewable biomass-based energy generation during the last decade.

    Read more about Carbon Disclosure Project: www.cdp.net

    For further information please contact:
    Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment, tel. +358204150396.
    (UPM)
     
    22.10.2013   Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen comments on third quarter 2013 results announced today     ( Company news )

    Company news “Strong performance in Packaging, European paper markets struggle”

    Picture: Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen

    Helsinki, Finland, 2013-10-22 12:01 CEST (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- STORA ENSO OYJ STOCK EXCHANGE RELEASE 22 OCTOBER 2013 at 13.01 EET

    “The third quarter ended with the operational profitability just slightly up year on year. Nevertheless, it was a very different quarter than a year ago, with 5% lower sales for the Group and significantly rebalanced contributions from the segments. However, most importantly lower sales were compensated by lower fixed and variable costs. Segmentally, there was a strong performance in Renewable Packaging and continued cost-driven turnaround in Building and Living. The good news was balanced by Printing and Reading continuing to contend with a weak market environment, and Biomaterials facing exchange-rate-related challenges as well as one-time costs from Veracel. In summary, it was a better than expected quarter that underlined the importance of our cost focus.

    “The timetable for completing our joint-venture pulp mill Montes del Plata in Uruguay was revised during the quarter after the main technology contractors informed the company that they could not complete their work on schedule. That unexpected development was balanced by the view of the owners of the mill that the mill continues to be a good high-return investment and the delays can only lead to an even stronger effort to complete it well and ramp it up starting in early 2014.

    “After announcing the revised two-phase timetable of our China investment, we have gradually started to initiate the mill site works. The target schedule for starting up the board machine remains in the beginning of 2016.

    “The fourth quarter outlook for operational EBIT is clearly lower than a year ago, as already announced on 9 October. This is because, in contrast to the other two segments, the two strongly performing segments Renewable Packaging and Building and Living, which together generate the majority of the Group’s earnings, both have a seasonal and market-driven pattern. In practical terms, the last quarter in these segments is clearly weaker than the first three quarters of the year, thus making the Group’s earnings especially seasonal this year and also weaker during the last quarter.

    “With all the challenges around us, from European paper markets to finally completing and ramping up Montes del Plata, we at Stora Enso believe that improving the things we can control – from fixed cost reduction to quality of completing and commissioning the new projects in a focused and responsible manner – is more important than ever.”

    For further information, please contact:
    Lauri Peltola, EVP, Global Identity, tel. +358 2046 21380
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    22.10.2013   Bosch steam boiler system cleverly combined with solar heat     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The solar thermal system supports feed water preheating.

    An increase in production capacity provided Fixkraft Futtermittel GmbH, a producer of animal feed based in the Danube port town of Enns, Austria, with the opportunity to restructure its energy supply. A system concept from plant construction company Ing. Aigner Wasser – Wärme – Umwelt GmbH in Neuhofen/Krems, Austria was introduced. It comprises a Bosch steam boiler featuring modules for increased efficiency combined with a solar thermal system. With the new energy supply, Fixkraft is able to reduce its CO2 emissions by around 85 tons per year and make energy cost savings of approximately 15 per cent compared against the old system.

    The Universal UL-S steam boiler from Bosch with an output of 2,500 kg/h provides the process heat required to produce the animal feed. The saturated steam is introduced directly into the product, meaning that the amount of condensate that is returned is very low. A solar thermal system with an installed collector area of 320 m² is used to help preheat the feed water.

    The fresh water needed is taken from the company's own well, treated and then supplied to a 6,000-litre heat storage tank. The solar collectors absorb the sun's energy and pass it on to the water in the heat storage tank via a heat exchanger.

    The WSM-V water service module deaerates the make-up water. It is heated to 103 °C. The gases contained in the water dissolve and leave the deaeration system with a small quantity of steam, known as exhaust vapour. The VC vapour cooler uses the thermal energy contained in the exhaust vapour and feeds it back to the water service module. Heating-up steam is saved and the energy efficiency of the system increased.

    The feed water itself is heated further in the economiser, reducing the flue gas temperature of the boiler. In order to make additional use of the flue gas condensate, a condensing heat exchanger made of stainless steel is installed downstream of the economiser. The make-up water preheated by solar heat absorbs the condensation heat before it is supplied to the feed water tank via the exhaust vapour heat exchanger and deaerator dome.

    The boiler equipment also includes the low-emission natural gas firing system with oxygen control. This continually measures the oxygen content in the flue gas and controls the air supply accordingly. Modern touchscreen controls with a teleservice connection enable the system to be operated reliably and based on individual requirements.

    Thanks to the use of solar energy and heat recovery facilities, Fixkraft benefits from a highly efficient and environmentally-friendly steam supply. Energy use is reduced and efficiency increased.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     
    22.10.2013   White Paper: Accelerating the Growth of Packaging Production in the 21st Century    ( Company news )

    Company news By Louis Gordon, Marcom Manager, Landa Digital Printing

    As Benny Landa explained in his recent webcast, our representatives have been on a on a global trek – covering North America, Asia, Europe and many points in between. We’ve met with many of printers, converters, industry analysts, and print purchasers.

    The data and feedback we gathered have contributed to the further development of Nanographic Printing™ presses, most notably the new Landa Operator Cockpit and the inline coating unit. This information has also given us additional understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing printing in general – and packaging in particular.

    Global dynamics create opportunities for folding carton

    We’ve done a deep dive into both commercial printing and the packaging industry. In packaging, especially, we’ve focused on the lion’s share of the market – the folding carton segment. To say the least, the more we learn about this business, the more enthusiastic we get!

    For example, according to Smithers Pira, folding carton production is a recognized growth industry in the print world. In fact, it’s forecast to grow by 4.5% through 2016.

    Why? Among many factors are global demographic shifts and the emergence of new economic power regions. The evolving market is triggering massive transitions in package buying behavior and preferences. Younger generations, in particular, purchase more foods and beverages for home consumption than their parents. The “new” buyer also wants packaging that’s resealable, microwaveable and environmentally friendly.
    (Landa Digital Printing)
     
    22.10.2013   PMT Italia S.p.A to supply ÆGO™ SIZER FC to Shandong Tralin Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia S.p.A as a worldwide leading paper machinery supplier is increasingly strengthening its presence in China installing key paper machine sections of high technological level for new machines and rebuilds.
    After recently getting the order of an ÆGO™ 2FLX PRESS S for PM16, PMT Italia S.p.A. has once more found the favour in the eyes of Shandong Tralin Paper, one of the top ten paper producers in China and will supply a new Film Size Press, ÆGO™ SIZER FC for PM9, a 7.4 m wide machine producing high quality fine paper out of virgin fibre, in the basis weight range of 40 to 60 g/m2 at a maximum operating speed of 1,200 m/min.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    22.10.2013   Munksjö introduced new sustainable release papers at LabelExpo Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, the newly created global leader in specialty papers, exhibited for the first time at LabelExpo Europe, September 24-27 in Brussels, and presented several new products that widen even further its range of release papers for the Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) industry.
    With the development of new products, and the recent launch of the Full Circle recycling program, Munksjö demonstrates its willingness to actively support the PSA industry in growing their business sustainably.
    At LabelExpo Europe, Munksjö introduced Acti-V LEAF 50 g/m2, a new light weight release paper with superior mechanical characteristics, for production of thinner and lighter PSA labelstock laminates. With a tensile strength comparable to that of much heavier standard release papers, Acti-V LEAF enables to use less material, improve efficiency and sustainability, with safety of high strength.
    It features additionally unique Acti-V benefits making silicone coating more efficient and reliable.
    Acti-V technology, introduced in 2011, was successfully extended to the entire range of supercalendered release papers, for one or two-side silicone coating.
    Acti-V allows a revolutionary silicone anchorage and significant saving on energy and catalyst cost in the silicone formulations. The product was tested with formulations below 20 platinum ppm and coated at speeds over 1200 m/min.
    For PSA graphics applications, the Silco Flat range, offers the widest portfolio of specialized clay-coated release papers to answer the most demanding wide-format printing needs. The last developments include SilcoFlat Premium for the most sensitive vinyl and thin transparent films and Silco Flat HB, specifically developed for plotter cut application, allowing precise cut even with the most complex shapes.
    New Silco Office 50 and 55 g/m² will enlarge the offering of clay-coated release papers for office applications such A4 labels for home and office desktop printers.
    These new grades meet market expectations for lighter and more sustainable solutions with no compromise on performance.
    Additionally, Munksjö introduced a dedicated range of release papers for pre-impregnated composites materials used by industries such as marine, aerospace, wind-energy, leisure or automotive. This range of process papers includes supercalendered, clay-coated and SCK grades for silicone coating on both sides.
    At LabelExpo Europe, Munksjö also presented the Full Circle recycling program for paper release liner that enables label end-users to save on landfill cost and reduce their environmental foot print.
    The Full Circle program offers collection of paper linerwaste at no cost, for recycling into specialty papers. Paper liner can be ollected in Belgium, Germany, Luxembourg and the Netherlands.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    22.10.2013   Smurfit Kappa UK Limited to acquire CRP Print and Packaging Holdings Ltd     ( Company news )

    Smurfit Kappa UK, an integrated manufacturer of paper-based packaging products with operations throughout the UK, announces that it has agreed to acquire CRP Print and Packaging Holdings Limited.
    CRP is a private company with operations in Corby which specialises in litho-laminated packaging, 3D point of sale, HD preprint, food contact and heavy duty. CRP currently employs approximately 220 people.
    Eddie Fellows, Managing Director of CRP commented: “The Company has enjoyed considerable success under private ownership for the last 20 years and has grown substantially in the past five years. The time is now right for us to strategically align our business to meet the future requirements of the market and Smurfit Kappa was the obvious choice with its extensive product offering and wide geographical spread”.
    Clive Bowers, CEO of Smurfit Kappa corrugated UK commented “I am delighted with the acquisition of CRP Print and Packaging. They have built an excellent business across a number of product group areas which adds to our existing strengths, whilst offering new and exciting product opportunities to the market. This acquisition supports our continued drive to further develop the future of packaging with creative product and supply chain solutions.
    ‘Eddie and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Peter Sangster, founder and chairman of CRP, who has been associated with the industry for fifty years, for his commitment, dedication and market leadership. Everyone wishes him a healthy and well deserved retirement.”
    SKUK is a subsidiary of Smurfit Kappa Group plc which is a world leader in paper-based packaging with operations in Europe and the Americas and is quoted on the London and Irish stock exchanges.
    (Smurfit Kappa UK)

     
    21.10.2013   Mondi presents its new biodegradable and compostable paper-based bag for pet food and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... food packaging

    Mondi Consumer Packaging is highly committed to integrating sustainable development into their business model and to provide its customers the best suitable packaging and the lowest possible impact on the environment. The latest innovation in the field of sustainability is a new hybrid paper-based bag, which is biodegradable and compostable whilst offering the excellent protection thanks to an innerlayer of biodegradable film required by the pet food and food industry. The novel paper-based bag is designed as pinch bottom bag, hence offers all the advantages of an eye-catching presentation in combination with a green image.
    Last week at German trade fair FachPack Mondi successfully presented the biodegradable paper-based bag - its’ novel sustainable solution. The biodegradable paper-based bag consists of one or more layers of paper and a layer of biodegradable film, which ensures an excellent grease and oil barrier. These properties are especially important to the pet food and food industry, as utmost protection of content is mandatory. The sustainable pinch bottom bag, which is produced in Mondi Novasac, Italy, is suitable for automatic filling systems and easy to palletise. The strong, reliable bag presents an ideal communication panel thanks to its large printing surface. To optimally present customer brands, the hybrid bag is available with white or brown paper, the later emphasising a natural appearance.
    “Our new bag provides the advantages of a pre-made paper-based bag ensuring product safety and freshness. And offers, in addition, the major advantage of biodegradability and compostability”, Ralph Landwehr, CEO Mondi Consumer Packaging and North America explains.
    Although often used as if both terms mean the same, biodegradable is quite different from compostable. While biodegradable simply means to be consumed by microorganisms and return to compounds found in nature, ‘compostable’ makes the specific demand that the object breaks down in a compost pile, the biodegradable paper-based bag therefore is fully integrated in the environmental life cycle.
    The flexible concept of Mondi’s pre-made paper-based bags offers a wide range of packaging solutions. Some of the major features are sturdiness along with great flexibility in size, design, and printing options. All requirements for direct contact with food are fulfilled, i.e. HACCP, BCR/IoP. The latest extension of this portfolio helps also to reduce environmental impact thanks to its biodegradability and compostability according to EN 13432 (requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation).
    The biodegradable paper-based bag is suitable for various products, such as flour, sugar or rice and the ideal packaging solution for the pet food industry.
    (Mondi Europe & International Division)
     
    21.10.2013   Södra's Interim Report Jan-Sep 2013: Greatly improved earning capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news In spite of a continued weak economy, Södra has grown underlying earnings significantly over the first three quarters compared to the same period last year.

    Picture: President and CEO, Lars Idermark

    Interim report Jan-Sep 2013
    -Net revenue was SEK 12,436 million, which represents a drop of 4 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.
    -Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, rose by SEK 780 million compared to the same period last year and totalled SEK 190 million. At the same time costs have decreased by 9 per cent.
    -Operating profit after restructuring costs was SEK -706 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -590 million.
    -In July, Södra decided to close the pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. Restructuring costs are SEK 896 million and are accounted for separately in the results.
    -Cash flow after investments was SEK 295 million, which is SEK 939 million higher than the corresponding period for 2012.

    The Group Chief Executive's comments
    "We can see that our markets continue to be characterised by the weak economy and the strong Swedish krona. Despite this, our earning capacity grew over the year.
    The change when looking at the trend over recent months is particularly evident. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs in the third quarter of this year, was SEK 221 million. This is SEK 608 million above the same period last year," commented Lars Idermark Group President and CEO at Södra.
    "An important factor in the improvement in earnings was the savings and efficiency measures that have been implemented, which total more than a quarter of a billion kronor to date this year," he continued.
    Despite weak economic growth in Europe, the market for softwood sulphate pulp has continued to develop positively. The reduction in demand that normally occurs over the summer months failed to materialise this year. The strong market balance is expected to continue for the remainder of the year, and Södra raised the price of softwood sulphate pulp to USD 900 per tonne on October 1. The impact of the price increase on Södra Cell's profitability is determined by how the Swedish krona moves against the US dollar.
    "A contributing factor to the strong market growth for softwood sulphate pulp is our decision to close the plant at Tofte. The mill ceased production in August and means capacity has been reduced by 375,000 tonnes per year," Idermark added.
    Södra Cell has enjoyed a significant improvement in earnings over the year and currently has good profitability, despite the prevailing economic climate.
    "Last year's results were impacted by significant losses in the Norwegian mills, which made us take the decision to close."
    For sawn timber products, the market has gradually strengthened over the year, albeit from a low level. The market is currently characterised by stable demand and unchanged prices. Södra Timber's production over the first nine months rose to 1,085,000 cubic metres up from 1,001,000 cubic metres for the same period last year.
    "Ahead of the last quarter, we note an improvement in demand for sawn timber products in some of our key markets and we also see some room for improvement in prices. The new sawmill at Värö is now fully expanded and operates a three-shift production system, in order to establish profitability. We anticipate a continued high rate of production at our sawmills and we will produce more than 1.5 million cubic metres this year. Next year, we expect to achieve total production of approximately 1.7 million cubic metres," remarked Idermark.
    The market for interior products is affected by a continued slow pace both in terms of construction and home renovations. Deliveries improved over the autumn from a seasonal aspect.
    "Södra Interiör is currently undergoing an extensive programme of change to create a more efficient, more customer and market oriented organisation in order to further increase competitiveness."
    Forestry operations over the summer and early autumn were characterised by a strong contraction and build up of standing timber stock.
    "We have a strong offering in the timber market and the price increase that we implemented in May has had the intended effect," according to Idermark.
    "Good harvesting conditions with a dry autumn have paved the way for a high level of harvesting activity. The outlook for the end of the year is good, and we envision that Södra's operations will continue to have a consistently high demand for raw timber products," Idermark concluded.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    21.10.2013   TANABE and JDengineers introducing     ( Company news )

    Company news ... Folder Gluer.

    The machine is a full servo drive machine. Mechanical, the machine is very solid like all the TANABE machines. The side frames are made of 25 mm.thick steel plates. The machines is free of vibrations.

    The machine control is developed and build in Europe by JD engineers. This guarantees a solid and reliable service and spare parts delivery.

    The TANABE JDBOXR is equipped with a lot of new features to reduce set-up times and increase the output of your specialty folder gluer.

    For more information, please contact JD engineers in the Netherlands.
    (JD Engineers B.V.)
     
    21.10.2013   Graphic Packaging International sets new postpress standards with a Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB    ( Company news )

    Company news -High-performance die cutter delivers exceptional process efficiency and stable production
    -New quicklock frame cuts makeready times
    -Die cutter enables flexible just-in-time production processes

    Folding carton manufacturer Graphic Packaging International has invested in the postpress facilities at its Hoogerheide site in the Netherlands. One year ago, a Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB high-performance die cutter from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) was installed in the die-cutting shop. This has already led to a significant increase in productivity and automation in the production process. "Investing in the Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB is helping us achieve our goal of providing our customers with the flexible, high-quality just-in-time production they are looking for - even with the most complex of jobs," says Willem de Groot, who is in charge of the die-cutting shop at the Hoogerheide site.
    The folding carton manufacturer is one of the first companies anywhere in the world to use the Dymatrix with the new quicklock frame, and this alone has helped cut makeready times by five minutes. Overall, they have been reduced by a third. The productivity calculations produced by Business Consulting teams from Heidelberg prior to the investment have already been exceeded.

    Efficient production, flexible formats
    Operating round the clock six days a week, the die cutter handles up to 650,000 sheets each week, combining excellent production stability with top-quality results. From paper and card to corrugated board, it processes all kinds of materials at speeds of up to 9,000 sheets per hour and is also remarkably easy to operate. Stored machine settings can simply be called up on the touchscreen for repeat jobs, while automated presettings keep makeready times down. Operators can also control processes such as fine adjustment of die-cutting plates and tool alignment directly on the touchscreen.
    The chase changer unveiled at drupa 2012 shortens makeready times by speeding up the die-changing process on the Dymatrix. The die cutter's flexible 113 centimeter (44.49 inch) format also makes it suitable for large-format jobs. The stable stripping and blanking station enables reliable stripping of the tiniest pieces of waste and clean separation, even with small repeats. "The technical advantages of the Dymatrix 113 Pro CSB help make the entire production process extremely stable and efficient, with an exceptionally high level of automation," says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment.
    Graphic Packaging uses both large-format and 3B-format printing. The folding carton manufacturer's pressroom already includes equipment from Heidelberg - a Speedmaster XL 105 and a Speedmaster XL 106. As for postpress, the company has, until recently, obtained all its die cutters from another manufacturer. Graphic Packaging International specializes in the production of folding cartons for the European food and beverages industry. Some 315 staff at the Dutch site in Hoogerheide produce food packaging for customers such as Nestlé and Südzucker.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    21.10.2013   Maschinenvorführungen auf einer Rotomec 4003MP Tiefdruckmaschine mit ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... achslosen Zylindern und einer CL 850 Kaschiermaschine bei Bobst Italia während der K’2013

    Parallel zur K’2013 in Düsseldorf veranstaltet BOBST Hausmessen und Maschinenvorführungen in den Technologiezentren in Deutschland (Bielefeld), England (Manchester) und Italien (S. Giorgio Monferrato). Besucher haben dort die Möglichkeit, neueste Maschinen und Technologien für Rollendruck und –verarbeitung in Live-Vorführungen zu erleben.

    Bobst Italia in S. Giorgio Monferrato bildet das BOBST-Kompetenzzentrum für Tiefdruck, Beschichten und Kaschieren von flexiblen Materialien. Entsprechend stehen diese Technologien im Fokus der Maschinenvorführungen.

    Die Rotomec 4003 Tiefdruckmaschinen-Baureihe verdankt ihren weltweiten Erfolg ihrer großen Vielfältigkeit, wenn es darum geht, anwendergerechte Lösungen für ein breites Marktspektrum im Bereich der Bedruckung flexibler Materialien zu finden. BOBST hat das Angebotsspektrum weiter ausgedehnt und stellt als neueste Variante die Rotomec 4003MP mit achslosen Zylindern vor.

    Im Bereich hochwertiger Kaschierenmaschinen nimmt BOBST unbestritten eine Marktführerschaft ein. Im Technologiezentrum in Italien steht derzeit eine Duplex-Kaschiermaschine vom Typ CL 850 mit Flexo-Beschichtungswagen für Maschinenvorführungen Verfügung. Für den Auftrag von lösemittelhaltigem Kleber auf dünnes Aluminium bei hohen Produktionsgeschwindigkeiten stellt die CL 850 eine kokurrenzlose Lösung dar. Sie bietet überragende optische Qualität, verbraucht ein Minimum an Kleber und garantiert eine optimale Verbundfestigkeit. Gleichzeitig bieten der Flexo-Beschichtungswagen und die Dual-Trockner-Technologie eine ideale Lösung im Sinne nachhaltiger Produktion.

    Die CL 850D Kaschiermaschine wir auch im Technologiezentrum von Bobst Bielefeld anlässlich der Hausmesse während der K’2013 zur Vorführung kommen. Für den Transport interessierter Besucher wird ein Pendelverkehr zwischen dem Düsseldorfer Messegelände und dem Technologiezentrum in Bielefeld geboten.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)
     
    21.10.2013   From adhesive solution to mechanical integration    ( Company news )

    Company news Lohmann not only provides tailor-made adhesive systems, it also supports its customers right through to the application stage.

    The "Bonding Engineers" not only provide support for their customers while developing the adhesive solution, they will also manufacture bespoke dispensers and machines. At the request of a customer, application engineers Gerd Rottmann and Jan Eller developed a laminating station with an integrated spool unwinder. When designing the station, the engineers were responsive to the special requirements of an extrusion facility and were guided by the set up of the existing machine and the materials used in the extrusion of PBT plastic tubes. During the process, an 8mm wide adhesive tape is laminated. The application engineers provided the customer with a complete solution. They fitted the plastic tubing with DuploCOLL 377, a double-sided adhesive tape, which met the material and quality requirements and, in addition, ensured the tape was automatically fed into the machine. They also developed the inline laminating station DuploTEC (Technical Application Tools) TAT 90218R. This enables double-sided adhesive tape to be appliLaminierstation_0713.tifed to the continuous profile fully automatically.
    However, Lohmann applications engineer Jan Eller knows that every process is different and requires an individual approach: "The fact that the plastic tubing is not very stable in the longitudinal direction places high demands on the laminating process. Laminating cannot put any strain on the tube, or it might become deformed." In order to avoid this, the spool unwinder was fitted with a motorised unwinding device to ensure that the adhesive tape unrolls easily, thus minimising the strain on the tube. The characteristics of the adhesive tape also have to be tailored to the process. It is not only the adhesive that has to be compatible with the materials being joined; the carrier and the characteristics of the liner also have to be adapted to the mechanical laminating process.
    A laminating station like this offers the customer numerous advantages. As an inline solution, it has a significant cost advantage over the competition. Machines do not have to be modified, and no extra work is involved. Processes are also significantly more reliable compared with an offline version. A facility of this type can be adjusted to suit a large variety of profiles and can be used in a variety of industry sectors.
    The Lohmann "Bonding Engineers" are thus able to provide complete solutions that are perfectly tailored to the demands of the process.
    (Lohmann GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    18.10.2013   ANDRITZ to supply fiberline equipment for modernization of Stora Enso's Oulu mill, Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ received an order from Stora Enso to supply equipment for modernization of the fiberline at the Oulu mill, Finland.
    The goal of the modernization project is to improve operational cost efficiency by increasing energy efficiency and reducing chemical consumption. The modernized plant will be started up in two phases in 2014 and 2015.
    The ANDRITZ scope of supply includes a cooking upgrade with a new Help pre-steaming chip silo and supply of a new bleaching stage with a drum displacer washer. The Oulu mill has an annual production capacity of 1,125,000 t of coated wood-free paper and 370,000 t of long-fiber pulp.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.10.2013   Open letter addressing DG Connect's paper-free communication policy    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Commission’s DG Connect committed to a paper -free communication policy in an article published on their website, but several organisations of the paper value chain including CEPI answered in an open letter asking DG Connect not to abandon millions of citizens with their communication policy.
    Paper-based communication remains very important for millions of Europeans, if one only thinks of all the people who do not have online access, they will be left behind if communication becomes paperless. Despite the benefits of digital technology, paper should be complementary to electronic media and not discarded. Printed communication remains essential for various reasons, it encompasses a big part of the European industry. Implementing this policy will in turn discriminate millions who value printed communication or depend on it as they do not have internet access.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    18.10.2013   Soundview Paper Company appoints Karl Meyers as Chief Operating Officer ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...– Away from Home Division

    Soundview Paper Company announced that Karl Meyers has accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer – Away from Home Division. In this role Meyers will be reporting to the office of the President & CEO, and will be supporting John McLean, SVP Sales & Marketing, and Jim Crawford, SVP Operations & Technology.
    “Karl’s operating knowledge and market place experience in the Away From Home Business will be instrumental in expanding our profitable market share growth and firming up our five year strategy for this Business,” said George Wurtz, President & CEO of Soundview Paper Company. Prior to this position, Meyers was a Senior Advisor to Soundview, and is an experienced veteran in the paper and packaging industry.
    (Soundview Paper Company)
     
    18.10.2013   Stora Enso selected for FTSE4Good responsible investment index for 13th consecutive year ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and for top position in Nordic Climate Index

    For the thirteenth year in succession, Stora Enso has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series. The FTSE4Good is one of the most widely recognised indexes for socially, ethically and environmentally responsible investment.
    The criteria for inclusion in the FTSE4Good index cover environmental management, climate change, human rights, supply chain labour standards and efforts to counter bribery. The criteria are regularly revised to ensure that they reflect the highest standards of responsible business practice. Stora Enso improved its ratings significantly this year compared with the previous year.
    For the fourth consecutive year, Stora Enso has also achieved a top position in CDP’s Nordic 260 Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). This annual index highlights those companies listed on the Nordic stock exchanges that have displayed a strong approach to the disclosure of information regarding climate change. In 2013 the Nordic 260 CDLI comprises 27 companies.
    “Our commitment to global responsibility is reflected in the fact that we have been selected for both of these indexes for several years in succession”, says Stora Enso EVP Lauri Peltola. ”Not only is global responsibility the core of everything we do, but we also realise the need for continuous improvement every day.”
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    18.10.2013   Start-up of Voith ATMOS tissue machine at Wausau Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news -Company increases its premium tissue production by 70,000 t/a
    -Branches out into a wider spectrum of product categories
    -Drives growth in the North American away-from-home Segment

    Picture: ATMOS can be operated with up to 100% recycled fiber

    An important tissue paper producer in the US, Wausau Paper has begun operating its new Voith tissue machine to meet demand in the conventional and premium away-from-home products segment. The equipment was installed at the company's plant located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
    The new machine is designed to operate in conventional Crescent Former mode and in ATMOS mode and will enable Wausau to increase its installed tissue production capacity.
    The main highlight of this double-width (5,600 mm) machine supplied by Voith is the use of ATMOS technology, which was developed in Voith’s Innovation Center in São Paulo, Brazil. This technology enables the production of premium and ultra-premium tissue papers using up to 100% recycled fiber, and consumes up to 60% less energy when compared to similar existing technologies.
    Apart from the economies of scale resulting from its energy savings, the ATMOS technology also yields high bulk, softness and absorption capacity, which are crucial attributes for the premium tissue segment, especially in the North American market, where Wausau Paper operates.
    For optimum operation in both modes, key fabrics for the new machine are supplied by Voith including the forming fabric TissueForm ITY for best formation quality and dewatering maximization and all ATMOS-related fabrics such as: the AtmosFlex felt AX2, the various AtmosMax designs for highest sheet bulk, caliper and absorbency and the AtmosBelt BW2.
    "Developed in a joint effort with Wausau Paper, this project is very important strategically for both companies, since the American market is the world's largest premium and ultra-premium tissue and towel paper consumer", points out Rogerio Berardi, Global Vice President – Tissue Product Management at Voith Paper. The Voith ATMOS technology is also present in the tissue mills of CMPC Talagante (Chile), Cascades Candiac (Canada), as well as of a tissue producer in Europe.
    In addition to the ATMOS technology, Wausau Paper's tissue machine is fitted with the most advanced technologies that Voith offers for the tissue market. It includes the complete stock preparation with the new IntensaPulper and the new Pluralis refiner disc for less energy consumption. For the tissue machine Voith delivered a MasterJet Pro T one-layer headbox with the ModuleJet automatic dilution system, a cast-iron Yankee with an 18 ft. (5.4 m) diameter, and a high performance hood to withstand temperatures of up to 510 °C.
    Also included was the complete automation system including MCS, DCS and QCS, a complete vacuum system, the EcoChange and MasterCut reel spool change and web cutting systems, as well as the MasterReel with independent primary and secondary arms operation for optimum premium tissue paper reeling.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    18.10.2013   Start-up of Voith ATMOS tissue machine at Wausau Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news -Company increases its premium tissue production by 70,000 t/a
    -Branches out into a wider spectrum of product categories
    -Drives growth in the North American away-from-home Segment

    Picture: ATMOS can be operated with up to 100% recycled fiber

    An important tissue paper producer in the US, Wausau Paper has begun operating its new Voith tissue machine to meet demand in the conventional and premium away-from-home products segment. The equipment was installed at the company's plant located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky.
    The new machine is designed to operate in conventional Crescent Former mode and in ATMOS mode and will enable Wausau to increase its installed tissue production capacity.
    The main highlight of this double-width (5,600 mm) machine supplied by Voith is the use of ATMOS technology, which was developed in Voith’s Innovation Center in São Paulo, Brazil. This technology enables the production of premium and ultra-premium tissue papers using up to 100% recycled fiber, and consumes up to 60% less energy when compared to similar existing technologies.
    Apart from the economies of scale resulting from its energy savings, the ATMOS technology also yields high bulk, softness and absorption capacity, which are crucial attributes for the premium tissue segment, especially in the North American market, where Wausau Paper operates.
    For optimum operation in both modes, key fabrics for the new machine are supplied by Voith including the forming fabric TissueForm ITY for best formation quality and dewatering maximization and all ATMOS-related fabrics such as: the AtmosFlex felt AX2, the various AtmosMax designs for highest sheet bulk, caliper and absorbency and the AtmosBelt BW2.
    "Developed in a joint effort with Wausau Paper, this project is very important strategically for both companies, since the American market is the world's largest premium and ultra-premium tissue and towel paper consumer", points out Rogerio Berardi, Global Vice President – Tissue Product Management at Voith Paper. The Voith ATMOS technology is also present in the tissue mills of CMPC Talagante (Chile), Cascades Candiac (Canada), as well as of a tissue producer in Europe.
    In addition to the ATMOS technology, Wausau Paper's tissue machine is fitted with the most advanced technologies that Voith offers for the tissue market. It includes the complete stock preparation with the new IntensaPulper and the new Pluralis refiner disc for less energy consumption. For the tissue machine Voith delivered a MasterJet Pro T one-layer headbox with the ModuleJet automatic dilution system, a cast-iron Yankee with an 18 ft. (5.4 m) diameter, and a high performance hood to withstand temperatures of up to 510 °C.
    Also included was the complete automation system including MCS, DCS and QCS, a complete vacuum system, the EcoChange and MasterCut reel spool change and web cutting systems, as well as the MasterReel with independent primary and secondary arms operation for optimum premium tissue paper reeling.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    18.10.2013   Mitsubishi HiTec Paper invests in the future    ( Company news )

    Company news Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is investing almost EUR 5 million in technical production equipment and the optimization of energy processes.
    At the same time personnel has been increased both in Sales and in Research & Development. Thereby the German manufacturer of coated specialty papers is continuing along its path of optimization of existing product lines, focus on innovative new products and the resulting closeness to its markets.
    The investment of EUR 3.2 million in technical production equipment refers to the optimization of the coating machines in Bielefeld.
    The objectives of this investment are both improvements in quality and productivity as well as more flexibility in utilization of the highly advanced coating systems for several product ranges.
    The optimization of energy processes is being achieved by investing a total of EUR 1.6 million in new cooling systems. Investments in both locations in Bielefeld and Flensburg allow more energy efficient use of process cooling, thus supporting the company's goal of protecting the environment.
    Personnel in both Sales and Research & Development departments had already been increased. Mitsubishi HiTec Paper hereby remains faithful to its principles of closeness to both market and customers as well as caring for a continuous optimization of existing products and the introduction of innovative new products.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     
    17.10.2013   PrintStars 2013: Bronze Award for 3S' security label    ( Company news )

    Company news The Innovation Award of the German Printing Industry

    Picture: OTF security label

    3S Simons Security Systems GmbH received the Bronze Award in the "Packaging and Labelling" category at this year's PrintStars 2013 award ceremony. This prize was given to 3S in recognition of its outstanding OTF security label specifically developed to protect high security devices and premium packaging used for quality products and food. The security label also protects online terminals used for cashless payment transactions as well as top quality watches, jewellery, fragrance products and electronic devices from unauthorized access or manipulation. It is based on Secure-ID® technology and can be completely removed without leaving any residue behind. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues which might contaminate the protected device are avoided. Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH, the leading supplier of pet food and supplies, is one of 3S' customers who uses the OTF security label in its German stores to secure its online terminals for cashless transactions against unauthorized access.
    The anti-counterfeit technology specialist from Westphalia also succeeded at last year's PrintStars competition: 3S received the Bronze Award for its security labels produced for the testing equipment manufacturer INGUN. Moreover, it was nominated for the Print and Media Awards 2013 in the category 'The most innovative company of the year'. "The seamless protection of high security devices and premium products is becoming an increasingly important area of interest for manufacturers, distributors and consumers," says Rolf Simons, Managing Director of 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH. "The PrintStars Award emphasizes our claim to develop innovative and high quality products designed to prevent counterfeiting and tampering."
    PrintStars – the Innovation Award of the German Printing Industry
    This year, the organisers of PrintStars received 432 applications for products in 15 categories and for nine special prizes, once again a lot more than last year. More than 900 print buyers, print service providers, agencies, photo studios, publishers, prepress providers and print finishing companies participated in this year's contest. There were also many entries from universities as well as vocational and technical schools. The Award Ceremony, which was part of the "PrintNight" event, took place in Stuttgart, at the Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, on 16 October 2013. The PrintStars prize is awarded annually to honour the best products in the printing industry.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
     
    17.10.2013   KBA at the World Publishing Expo 2013 in Berlin: Offset and inkjet newspaper printing from ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...one source

    In 2012 Koenig & Bauer (KBA) won almost 40% of all contracts for new newspaper web presses awarded by the international newspaper industry and this year it is over 40%. Despite this high market share, the volume of new investments in newspaper printing technology which has shrunk by over 70% since 2006 to under €300m is not enough to fill the global market leader’s already significantly reduced capacity.
    In the KBA press conference at the World Publishing Expo (WPE) in Berlin KBA CEO and president Claus Bolza-Schünemann pointed out that the market revival for new newspaper technology expected in 2010 did not occur due to structural and economic reasons (media shift, Euro crisis). He also said that given media developments, trends towards concentration and realignment in the newspaper industry, suppliers should be prepared for a continued moderate decline in investments in new offset presses, prepress and mailroom technology, rather than a significant recovery.
    According to the latest market analyses, sales of new commercial and newspaper presses (not including used presses, service and consumables) in the supply industry fell to €630m in 2012 after a short-lived rise in 2010 to €800m. This is following sales of €1.7bn in 2007 and a low of €600m in the crisis year 2009. KBA is expecting a further decline to approx. €500m for 2013. It is assumed that yearly investments in new web offset technology will bottom out to approx. €400m by 2015. Against this background, Bolza-Schünemann views previous reductions in capacity on the suppliers’ side as not yet satisfactory and in line with market developments.

    Additional business with inkjet digital printing
    Along with further capacity adjustments, KBA aims to compensate as much as possible for the lower sales of new web offset presses with more service activities, a broader portfolio for the growing packaging printing and the new business field digital printing. With this in mind, KBA has expanded its proven and innovative offset product range for the newspaper industry with the KBA RotaJET digital press, which has shaped KBA’s stand in Berlin and was present in the Digital Pavilion set up in the “Power of Print” media port. According to Bolza-Schünemann two RotaJETs have already been sold in other market segments and KBA is receiving increasing interest from the newspaper industry, as well as from the book, direct mail and commercial printing sectors which the press initially addressed. Bolza-Schünemann: “The KBA RotaJET is the only inkjet web press from a traditional offset press manufacturer. We have been an innovative partner of the newspaper industry for nearly 200 years and know its demands better than any other digital printing suppliers who have predominantly grown up in the office area. We want to use the trust placed in us to show the industry new business possibilities in connection with the KBA RotaJET. As we offer both offset and digital printing, we can be particularly objective. The respective production structure and the cost-efficiency of a possible implementation of digital printing form the basis of our investment advice.”
    Oliver Baar, KBA project manager for business development digital web presses expanded on the words of the KBA CEO about digital newspaper printing. In a slightly provocative manner, he compared the newspaper industry with a tree on which the sweet, but not yet overripe fruit, hang from branches in the middle or at the very top. While today’s newspaper and supplement business only offer limited market potential, Baar sees sustainable and profitable additional business options in digital printing. These include even more consistent target group orientated newspapers (hyper-localization or special interest small runs), expanding product portfolios to strengthen reader and customer loyalty, and addressing new customer bases as well as the very flexible linking of print and online media. In this context, Oliver Baar quoted the American financial investor Warren Buffett who bucked the trend by purchasing over 30 regional and local titles. Buffett criticises the one-sided, cost-saving strategy of the American newspaper industry at the expense of contents or the frequency of publications. Baar named the Canadian Glacier Media Commercial newspaper group as a further example. The group has successfully implemented AR codes in all of its editions linking print with the digital world (online videos as an addition). In the meantime Die Welt and Focus in Germany have also started to work in similar ways.

    Interesting option: Offset and digital printing in tandem
    Oliver Baar sees further ‘fruit’ hanging in the middle of the tree from retrofitting inkjet imprinting systems (currently Kodak Prosper S30) in offset web presses for the production of coupons, games and addresses. KBA has already carried out such inkjet retrofits. One step further is the combined use of older offset presses, for example a KBA Colora and an inkjet web press, like the KBA RotaJET. Digital printing could be used for highly localized production scenarios (microzoning) in newspapers as well as the format-variable production of additional print products on diverse substrates for readers and ad customers. Traditional business models in the newspaper industry can be expanded in this way and the process costs of small runs are significantly reduced. While in the offset sector predominantly newspaper, commercial web and sheetfed offset presses are used to produce newspapers, semi-commercials, books, magazines and commercial products, the KBA RotaJET addresses small print runs in all these market segments and opens up new business opportunities.

    Cutting-edge offset technology currently popular in Europe
    Even though KBA has expanded its portfolio with the RotaJET for digital newspaper printing, according to experts high-performance offset presses will continue to dominate newspaper production in the next years. As Christoph Müller executive vice president for the web press product house reported, KBA has notably booked orders for the new modular automatable Commander CL following the market-orientated streamlining of its product range two years ago. Since its launch at IfraExpo 2011 in Vienna, ten of these press lines have been sold to Europe, the USA and China. In 2013 Ouest-France in Rennes, Pressedruck in Potsdam and Main-Echo in Aschaffenburg have all opted for this latest KBA newspaper press. In the high-end class the compact Commander CT continues to be by far the most successful press on the global market. 27 presses with a total of 124 printing towers and almost 1,000 printing couples are on its reference list. A few weeks ago Badisches Druckhaus in Baden-Baden and Mittelland Zeitungsdruck in Aarau, Switzerland became the most recent customers to opt for this press.
    The waterless KBA Cortina, which also introduced automated plate changing to the newspaper industry, was the subject of great interest at Drupa thirteen years ago. It has experienced a renaissance in 2013. The Volksfreund-Druckerei Nikolaus Koch in Trier (Saarbrücker Zeitungsgruppe) brought the total of sold Cortina press lines to 20 and it is the first press to be equipped from the beginning with two coaters, following the positive experience made by Freiburger Druck (Badische Zeitung). This type of inline finishing in coldset is currently only possible in waterless offset with the Cortina. It delivers print products in an outstanding print quality, as could be seen from the samples shown in Berlin.

    Service and retrofits gaining importance
    Christoph Müller emphasised that newspapers should use their acknowledged role as a strong brand even more intensively for complementary print activities. This includes creative ad forms in print. KBA offers manifold, partly retrofittable optional equipment and has expanded its service portfolio accordingly. Along with maintenance tasks and repairs, experienced professionals from KBA and its subsidiary PrintHouseService (PHS) carry out increasingly more retrofits on older own or third-party presses. In addition, KBA and PHS have taken over comprehensive on-site technical support at various newspaper and commercial printing houses.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    17.10.2013   POLAR very satisfied with LabelExpo and LabelDays    ( Company news )

    Company news An unexpectedly high number of users took the opportunity to get information from POLAR about solutions for efficient label production at LabelExpo, and the LabelDays event that was held at the same time.
    The parallel attendance at two events, with one stand at LabelExpo in Brussels and another at the open-house LabelDays event in Hofheim, proved very successful, not least to show customers that POLAR is about more than just cutting. In the areas of die cutting according to the puncture principle, inmould and tax stamps, in particular, POLAR offers technologically interesting solutions for economic production. At the well-attended LabelExpo, POLAR benefited from a good stand position and was able to welcome numerous international customers there. The stand-alone die cutter DC-M on show there attracted a lot of attention.
    "We were very surprised at the number of customers who visited us in Brussels and Hofheim," says Jürgen Freier, Head of Service and Sales. Freier was particularly happy to welcome many previously unknown customers. The customers were very impressed at the solutions on display, and in customerspecific demos, interested customers were shown what POLAR has to offer in the area of efficient label production. "We were not only able to initiate a lot of new projects, we also closed a few direct deals," said Jürgen Freier, who was extremely satisfied with the outcome.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.10.2013   Successful Start-Up of A New Edge Control System in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Coldwater is pleased to announce the successful start-up of a new edge control system at April Symbol BM 11 in Shandong Province, China.
    BM 11 is a bleach board machine running liquid container packaging. The FabCurl Edge Control System was installed on the mid ply of BM 11 and after startup instant results were seen in machine cleanliness, TSO angle reduction, basis weight, and moisture profile 2 sigma reduction.
    Coldwater has well over 200 installations world-wide of FabCurl Edge Control Systems. The products are manufactured and supported from both the US and Sweden.
    (Coldwater Seals Inc.)
     
    17.10.2013   NEW GARDAPAT 13 BIANKA    ( Company news )

    Company news Cartiere del Garda, part of the Lecta Group, is proud to introduce a new product from the GardaPat 13 range: GardaPat 13 BIANKA.
    GardaPat 13 BIANKA is a paper with all the characteristics which have been the success of the existing GardaPat 13 products:
    - Woodfree coated paper with matt surface and high bulk
    - Guaranteed 1.3 volume
    - Velvet surface
    - ECF
    - Acid free
    - Age resistant
    - Always guaranteed as FSC® certified

    The distinguishing feature of this new paper - compared to GardaPat 13 KLASSICA, which comes in a warm natural shade, and to GardaPat 13 KIARA, in natural white - lies in its pure white shade, similar to that of the other papers from our “Excellent Collection.”
    GardaPat 13 BIANKA is available in 115, 135 and 150 gsm.
    Despite challenging economic conditions, Cartiere del Garda continues to invest in the research of innovative products, anticipating its customers’ needs and combining maximum quality with environmental respect.
    The entire GardaPat 13 range is now produced with new technology that enables even higher product quality and superior printing results, including:
    - higher printing gloss
    - a smoother surface
    - superior printability
    The new GardaPat 13 swatch book can be requested on www.gardacartiere.it, where you can also find complete updated information on all of Cartiere del Garda’s product lines.
    (Cartiere del Garda S.p.A.)
     
    17.10.2013   CCL DESIGN ACQUIRES WORLDWIDE RIGHTS TO NANO-FUSION™ PAINT PROTECTION FILM    ( Company news )

    Nano-Fusion™, a patented paint protection film with unique surface technology, is now available exclusively from CCL Design, a division of CCL Industries (“CCL”). Worldwide rights to the product line and related intellectual property were acquired by CCL from Avery Dennison as part of the Office & Consumer Products and Designed & Engineered Solutions transaction completed on July 1, 2013.

    This sale does not affect sales of Avery Dennison products including Supreme Wrapping Films and other colored and clear vehicle wraps and vehicle protection films sold under the Avery Dennison brand.

    Questions regarding Nano-Fusion™ Paint Protection Film should be directed to your local representative or you may contact CCL Design directly at nanofusion@cclind.com or online at nano-fusionppf.com or by phone on (440) 878-7000.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    Questions regarding Avery Dennison films should be directed to your local Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions customer service or sales representative. General questions about Avery Dennison products may be directed to Customer Service at graphics.averydennison.com.

    For more information on Avery Dennison products, pricing or roll sizes, designers and printers can visit www.graphics.averydennison.eu or perfectwrap.eu.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    17.10.2013   Tembec reorganizes leadership team and business groups    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Chris Black, currently Executive Vice President, Paper and Paper Pulp Group

    Tembec announced that Dennis Rounsville, Executive Vice President, Forest Products Group, is retiring.
    Chris Black, currently Executive Vice President, Paper and Paper Pulp Group, will take on additional leadership responsibilities as Executive Vice President, Forest Products, Paper and Paper Pulp Group. Christian Ribeyrolle remains Executive Vice President, Specialty Cellulose Group and operations for this business group are unchanged.
    “Dennis Rounsville has been a valuable member of our executive leadership team, and a significant contributor to Tembec and the forest products industry through his long career, and we wish him a fruitful and happy retirement,” said Tembec President and CEO James Lopez. “Chris Black has the business experience and skills to lead the new group forward.”
    “This change reflects the ongoing transformation of Tembec, as well as management’s continuing focus on costs as we reshape our business portfolio,” said James Lopez. “We are parting ways with people who have been dedicated employees and we wish them well in the next phase of their careers.”
    (Tembec Inc.)
     
    16.10.2013   Pulper detrashing from Voith proves a success in many stock preparation lines    ( Company news )

    Company news Disposal of the various contaminants contained in recovered paper poses the greatest challenge to pulper detrashing machines, but the IntensaMaXX from Voith masters it easily. IntensaMaXX facilitates malfunction-free operation with the highest concentrations of contaminants. IntensaMaXX was able to demonstrate this extraordinary capacity in many stock preparation lines. Paper manufacturers worldwide are convinced – already more than 30 units have been sold.
    “In May 2013 we put the first IntensaMaXX detrashing machine into operation,” says Dr. Marietta Jass-Teichmann, CEO of Papierfabrik Adolf Jass GmbH & Co. KG in Fulda, Germany. “Since then it has been running to our complete satisfaction. The capacity is extraordinarily good. For that reason we have also been using a second IntensaMaXX for disposal since the beginning of August.”
    An excentric and asymmetrical enclosure prevents spinning and every type of tail formation in the IntensaMaXX so that even a very high contaminant content does not cause problems during operation. As the contaminant discharge is oriented downward it facilitates reliable removal of heavy contaminants such as screws and stones. The rotor and screen plate are attached to the top of the machine, to minimize wear.
    IntensaMaXX works in an extremely reliable fashion with high throughput and a low maintenance outlay. Along with the high level of operational reliability, other costs can be reduced since substantially less energy is consumed than with the use of other detrashing machines. The investment in the machine is amortized in noticeably less than a year.
    IntensaMaxx is part of the BlueLine from Voith. BlueLine is an innovative product line for stock preparation which, thanks to the most modern technology, keeps energy, water and fiber consumption as low as possible.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    16.10.2013   Natasha Tandon is Head of Global Marketing and Product Management at manroland web systems    ( Company news )

    Company news As of 1st September 2013, Natasha Tandon (picture) is heading Global Marketing and Product Management at manroland web systems GmbH, Augsburg, Germany. Her predecessor Robert Wiedemann takes on new duties within the company concentrating on a special project to extend further the business fields for manroland web systems.
    “I am extremely pleased with this wonderful and challenging new assignment,” said Natasha Tandon. “I look forward to developing manroland web systems’ highly professional marketing and product management activities even further to promote our unique and leading brand, technology, products, and services at its best. I am glad to build on a committed team of experts who are a pleasure to work with. Also I would like to thank Robert Wiedemann for the great job he has done in the past years and wish him good luck for his new role.”

    From India to Germany with manroland web systems
    Natasha Tandon completed her Master’s in Marketing from IIMC (Indian Institute of Mass Communication) and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delhi. Moreover she has years of diverse experience working in renowned companies in India. She started her career as an analyst with American Express, and then worked as a communications consultant before taking over the position of National Marketing Manager at manroland India in New Delhi. Within this role, in addition to Marketing, Strategy and Brand Management, Natasha Tandon was also responsible for Sales Management and Business Development assignments for the Indian market.
    “Being now responsible for the worldwide marketing and product management activities is a perfect extension of my previous function and I am looking forward to working closely with our customers all over the world to develop new products and services to suit their requirements and thus bring them forward and contribute to their success. Our customers and their demands and wishes are in the focus of all we do. Against this background I am delighted to meet the representatives of the international printing industry at World Publishing Expo in Berlin as the first big event of my term.”
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
     
    16.10.2013   Mohawk Announces New Hires in Fine Paper and Digital Divisions     ( Company news )

    Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, is pleased to announce several new hires to support its Mohawk Fine Paper and Mohawk Digital business divisions.
    The two new divisions were recently created to support the growth in Mohawk’s emerging digital business while securing the future of its core fine paper business.
    “Mohawk’s traditional fine paper business is mature, while our digital business has experienced, and is positioned for, rapid growth. Given the differing maturity levels of these two segments, it was necessary to develop individual growth strategies to ensure future success.” said Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mohawk.

    Mohawk announces the following new hires in the Fine Paper Division:
    Norman Charette has joined as District Sales Manager for the New England Region. Charette comes to Mohawk from Ariva/RIS Paper, where he spent the past 19 years in sales management and business development. He holds a B.S./B.A. in Marketing and an MBA, both from Nichols College. He resides in Massachusetts.

    Christine Schaaf has joined as District Sales Manager for Chicago. Schaaf comes to Mohawk from Gruppo Cordenons, an Italian specialty papers mill, where she was employed as Midwest Sales Manager. Schaaf services Mohawk customers and oversees business development in Chicago, Illinois. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Marquette University and lives in Chicago.

    Brian Sagula has joined as District Sales Manager for the Mid-Atlantic Region, servicing Mohawk customers in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Long Island, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Sagula comes to Mohawk with nearly 20 years of sales and business development experience. Brian holds Brian holds a B.S. in Marketing from Illinois State University and lives in Pennsylvania.

    Marc Zitron has joined as District Sales Manager for the Southeast Region, servicing Mohawk customers in Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida. Zitron comes to Mohawk from the NewPage Corporation, where he spent the past decade as Sr. Commercial Print Sales Manager. With nearly 30 years of sales and business development experience, Zitron also previously worked with International Paper and Cincinnati Cordage and Paper Company. He resides in Florida.

    Trent Graham has joined as District Sales Manager for the Southeast Region, servicing Mohawk Customers in Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia. Graham comes to Mohawk from Glatfelter where he spent the last seven years as Territory Manager. Previously, he was an account Manager with Xpedx –The Sterling Group and RR Donnelley in Atlanta. Graham holds a

    Kevin Koetz has joined as District Sales Manager for the Midwest Territory, servicing Mohawk customers in Indiana, Ohio, Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Koetz comes to Mohawk from Baseman Group where he was an Account Executive, and was also previous owner of The Graphic Printery, Inc. in Columbus, Ohio. Koetz holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Bowling Green University and resides in Ohio.

    Catherine Radoncic has joined as Digital Specialist in the Mid-Atlantic region for Mohawk, serving customers in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. A graduate of Mount Saint Mary College, Radoncic has 24 years digital experience with the Xerox Corporation, most recently as Lead Supply Account Manager.

    Mary Kay Dupont has joined as Digital Specialist in the New England region for Mohawk, serving customers in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island. Dupont brings has over 25 years of sales and business development experience in the industry and is a graduate of Southern Connecticut State University.

    New Mohawk employees in the Fine Paper division report into divisional President Kevin Richard, and new Digital employees report into divisional President Paul Biesiadecki.
    (Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.)
     
    16.10.2013   Honeywell To Provide Process Automation Technology For New Russian Pulp Paper Mill     ( Company news )

    Company news North Star Pulp Industrial Complex LLC to Help Meet Growing Demand for Paper Products in China

    Picture: Honeywell's Experion PKS

    Honeywell (NYSE:HON) announced that it has been selected to provide the process control system for a new pulp mill under construction in the Chita region of southeast Russia – the first greenfield pulp mill to be built in Russia in 35 years.
    Built and operated by Russian North Star Pulp Industrial Complex LLC, but wholly owned by Chinese firm Heilongjiang Xingbang International Resources Investment Co. Ltd., the new pulp mill will use Honeywell’s Experion® Process Knowledge System (PKS) to run plant operations. The new mill will have an annual capacity of 230,000 tons of unbleached market pulp when fully operational. Start-up is expected in mid-2015.
    The entire output of the mill will be exported to China to meet the growing demand for paper goods there, including construction material, packaging and other products. Consumption of paper-based goods in China continues to rise at a rate of around 10 percent a year and is expected to reach 115 million tons in 2015. The new pulp mill project is one result of efforts for greater cooperation between Russia’s Chita region and the neighboring Heilonhjiang province of China.
    “Having efficient control systems in place helps improve production performance several times over, so we put a great emphasis on choosing the right ones. Honeywell's Experion PKS fully meets our requirements in terms of energy efficiency, reliability and safety,” said Yang Guangwen, chief engineer and vice general manager, North Star Pulp Industrial Complex LLC. “In addition, Honeywell has offices in Siberia and in China, which will make our collaboration easier.”
    Honeywell's Experion® PKS will be installed in all of the mill’s major process areas including wood preparation, pulping and drying, as well as the chemical recovery and combined heat and power plant.
    “Honeywell has the innovative technologies and the depth of experience in the pulp and paper industry to meet North Star Pulp Industrial Complex’s need for a highly productive and efficient pulp mill,” said Jarmo Kosunen, program director for Honeywell Process Solutions. “Our technology will manage every main process in the mill, improving productivity, process reliability and helping to prevent unplanned shutdowns.”
    (Honeywell International Inc.)
     
    16.10.2013   Södra's Interim Report Jan-Sep 2013: Greatly improved earning capacity     ( Company news )

    Company news In spite of a continued weak economy, Södra has grown underlying earnings significantly over the first three quarters compared to the same period last year.

    Interim report Jan-Sep 2013

    • Net revenue was SEK 12,436 million, which represents a drop of 4 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.

    • Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs, rose by SEK 780 million compared to the same period last year and totalled SEK 190 million. At the same time costs have decreased by 9 per cent.

    • Operating profit after restructuring costs was SEK -706 million. Over the corresponding period for 2012, operating profit was SEK -590 million.

    • In July, Södra decided to close the pulp mill in Tofte, Norway. Restructuring costs are SEK 896 million and are accounted for separately in the results.

    • Cash flow after investments was SEK 295 million, which is SEK 939 million higher than the corresponding period for 2012.

    Picture: Lars Idermark, CEO; Photo: Ola Åkeborn

    The Group Chief Executive's comments

    "We can see that our markets continue to be characterised by the weak economy and the strong Swedish krona. Despite this, our earning capacity grew over the year.
    The change when looking at the trend over recent months is particularly evident. Operating profit, excluding restructuring costs in the third quarter of this year, was SEK 221 million. This is SEK 608 million above the same period last year," commented Lars Idermark Group President and CEO at Södra.

    "An important factor in the improvement in earnings was the savings and efficiency measures that have been implemented, which total more than a quarter of a billion kronor to date this year," he continued.

    Despite weak economic growth in Europe, the market for softwood sulphate pulp has continued to develop positively. The reduction in demand that normally occurs over the summer months failed to materialise this year. The strong market balance is expected to continue for the remainder of the year, and Södra raised the price of softwood sulphate pulp to USD 900 per tonne on October 1. The impact of the price increase on Södra Cell's profitability is determined by how the Swedish krona moves against the US dollar.

    "A contributing factor to the strong market growth for softwood sulphate pulp is our decision to close the plant at Tofte. The mill ceased production in August and means capacity has been reduced by 375,000 tonnes per year," Idermark added.

    Södra Cell has enjoyed a significant improvement in earnings over the year and currently has good profitability, despite the prevailing economic climate.

    "Last year's results were impacted by significant losses in the Norwegian mills, which made us take the decision to close."

    For sawn timber products, the market has gradually strengthened over the year, albeit from a low level. The market is currently characterised by stable demand and unchanged prices. Södra Timber's production over the first nine months rose to 1,085,000 cubic metres up from 1,001,000 cubic metres for the same period last year.

    "Ahead of the last quarter, we note an improvement in demand for sawn timber products in some of our key markets and we also see some room for improvement in prices. The new sawmill at Värö is now fully expanded and operates a three-shift production system, in order to establish profitability. We anticipate a continued high rate of production at our sawmills and we will produce more than 1.5 million cubic metres this year. Next year, we expect to achieve total production of approximately 1.7 million cubic metres," remarked Idermark.

    The market for interior products is affected by a continued slow pace both in terms of construction and home renovations. Deliveries improved over the autumn from a seasonal aspect.

    "Södra Interiör is currently undergoing an extensive programme of change to create a more efficient, more customer and market oriented organisation in order to further increase competitiveness."

    Forestry operations over the summer and early autumn were characterised by a strong contraction and build up of standing timber stock.

    "We have a strong offering in the timber market and the price increase that we implemented in May has had the intended effect," according to Idermark.

    "Good harvesting conditions with a dry autumn have paved the way for a high level of harvesting activity. The outlook for the end of the year is good, and we envision that Södra's operations will continue to have a consistently high demand for raw timber products," Idermark concluded.

    For more information, please contact:
    Lars Idermark, Group President and CEO Södra
    Tel +46 (0)470-894 35

    Magnus Berg, Director of Communications, Södra
    Tel +46 (0)70-52 894 83
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    15.10.2013   New Toscotec eco-sustainable tissue line for Eurovast's Cartiera della Basilica in Lucca    ( Company news )

    Company news The Italian company Eurovast has chosen Toscotec to supply new machinery for its Cartiera della Basilica Lugliano-Bagni di Lucca (LU) plant.
    The machinery with a maximum production capacity of over 30.000 tonnes/year and winder paper size of 2800 mm will go into production in the first quarter of 2014.
    Eurovast, a limited liability company managed by the Romano family and headed by entrepreneur Vincenzo Romano, is at the forefront of the Lucchese paper making industry. It has been working in the tissue market since the beginning of the ‘90s. The company currently has a production capacity of more than 70,000 tonnes per year with a total plant surface area of 36,000 m2 (three paper production plants and two processing plants located in the Lucca region in Bagni di Lucca, Villa Basilica, Lanciole, Capannori and Borgo a Mozzano). The production chain starts with the raw material and the fibres that are selected directly from Cartiera della Basilica. These are then transformed in the converting area of Eurovast SpA plants. Products are developed paying particular attention to health, safety, practicality and eco-sustainability. The company has followed a dynamic and innovative path, which resulted in bringing “Rotolotto®” to the shelf in 1994. “Rotolotto®” is the first single roll (typical of the industrial sector) for domestic use. For Eurovast this product was the driving force for growth and expansion that continues today with a complete range that includes the Fior di Carta® and Fior di Carta Lifestyle® brands.
    The new machinery is a MODULO-PLUS crescent former in double press configuration and steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-3200MM with a maximum speed of 1500 m/min; it’s the ideal solution for meeting the demand for a high quality product together with the need for energy savings and emission reductions.
    Care for the environment and the desire to install an eco-sustainable and innovative system were Eurovast’s determining factors in choosing to offer the consumer manufacturing excellence in a rapidly expanding sector.
    The machinery will be installed at the existing site following the dismantling of the current machinery. Engineering services, assembly supervision, commissioning and start-up are all taken care of by Toscotec.
    This new investment made by Eurovast will ensure the continuation of the growth process that begun in 2007 and allowed the company to adopt new paper making systems aimed at improved paper quality. For example, the purchase in 2008 and 2011 of new machinery for the paper transformation plant led to an improvement in product quality and aesthetics.
    Attention to health, safety, energy saving and eco-sustainability, which is the fruit of a privileged relationship between the company and its clients, make up the driving force in choosing Toscotec as a reliable partner for this project.
    The partnership between the two companies will long continue given that last October, on the occasion of the celebrations for the sale of Toscotec’s 100th steel Yankee dryer, Eurovast was awarded as the first company in the world to have installed the TT SYD Yankee dryer in 2000 in its Botticino plant.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    15.10.2013   Introducing the Roland VersaCAMM VS-i - the new generation of the world's best-selling printer    ( Company news )

    Company news Roland DG introduces the VersaCAMM VS-i large format printer/cutter series, including the VS-640i (1625mm), the VS-540i (1371mm), and the VS-300i (762mm). The VersaCAMM VS-i is the next generation of the world's best-selling printer in the durable graphics market*1. It is an advanced, yet affordable wide format printer/cutter equipped with the new ECO-SOL MAX2 ink and a range of productivity and usability enhancements to deliver the versatility and exceptional image quality sought by print professionals.
    The new VS-i series continues Roland's rich history of innovation and builds upon the highly successful Roland VersaCAMM range, the world's best-selling printer in the durable graphics market. Leveraging Roland's leading print and cut technology, renowned reliability, and ease of use, and then adding to this a range of powerful new features and usability enhancements, the VS-i is one of the most versatile and affordable solutions available, and is destined to remain the world's favourite printer/cutter for durable graphics.
    The VS-i series incorporates the new high definition, nickel free ECO-SOL MAX2 ink, available in nine colours including CMYKLcLm, White, Metallic Silver and Light Black. The new light black delivers accurate reproduction of greys and skin tones, for flawless photographic reproductions and seamless gradients. The latest generation white and metallic inks offer higher density than ever before, plus approximately 1.5 times faster production speed for white ink, and up to 2 times the speed for metallic ink compared to the previous model. All this enables the VS-i series to produce a versatile range of profitable applications including durable outdoor banners, labels, window graphics, vehicle wraps and fine art prints.
    In addition, the new VS-i series has a range of usability enhancements including front loading ink cartridges for easy user access, and the ability to adjust cut settings during operation to improve accuracy and flexibility on long or complex jobs and achieve flawless cutting results. The integrated contour cutting on the VS-i series can produce graphics of any shape in one seamless workflow. Backed by a comprehensive Roland warranty program and a range of premium after sales solutions through Roland DG Care including Roland DG Academy training and Roland DG Creative Center, the VS-i is a complete print solution.
    (Roland DG GmbH)
     
    15.10.2013   KBR to Deliver World-class Maintenance for International Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced that it has been awarded a contract by International Paper to provide total maintenance services for one of Russia’s most productive paper mills located in Svetogorsk, Russia. The undisclosed contract value will be booked into backlog in KBR’s third quarter of 2013.
    For nearly a decade, KBR has provided a full range of total maintenance services to increase production and reliability of the Svetogorsk mill. This contract is for three years with the option to renegotiate commercial terms after the first year.
    “KBR recognizes that delivering maintenance excellence and reliability improvement is essential to the long-term success of the Svetogorsk mill and we are committed to further strengthening our client’s market position and world-class performance,” said Darrell Hargrave, President, Industrial Services, KBR. “Over the years of working with International Paper, we have built an exceptionally solid relationship and KBR is delighted to continue this partnership.”
    (KBR)
     
    15.10.2013   The 9th edition of the Paper Recycling Conference Europe embarks on Warsaw and announces...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...full high-profile agenda

    Taking place for the first time in Warsaw, Poland, from 30-31 October, 2013, the 14th edition of the Paper Recycling Conference Europe, organised by Recycling Today Media Group and Smithers Pira, announces its fully confirmed programme.

    Organisers of the Paper Recycling Conference Europe, Recycling Today Media Group and Smithers Pira, are delighted to announce the European recovered paper conference agenda for 2013
    It is once again positioned to provide a forum for the entire industry to network and share ideas while also gaining insight into key industry drivers from the perspectives of the consuming and supply side of the market.
    Statistics in recently published reports from the European Recovered Paper Council show that fibre was collected and recycled an average of 3.5 times in 2012, with a worldwide average of 2.4 times. In addition,
    figures showed that Europe recycled 71.7 per cent of its paper in 2012, allowing us to indulge in the fact that paper recycling as an industry truly is ‘made in Europe.’
    Given that, this will be an interesting and insightful year to join in the discussions at the Paper Recycling Conference Europe, which is fully equipped to address quality challenges, trading issues and provide a detailed update on plastics recycling trends.
    The conference is set to kick off with an executive session featuring leaders of paper and recycling companies plus forecasts from Smithers Pira’s expert consultant Graham Moore. Each speaker will give insight into where he or she predicts the industry will be in 5-10 years and how these individuals are trying to position their companies for any changes which they see to be forthcoming.
    The two-day agenda, including the ever popular mill buyers session chaired by Bill Moore fosters a better exchange of information and ideas in the buying and selling process. The conference also provides a unique focus on how to optimise production and re-tool recycling centres for the future, with an emphasis on improving quality and efficiency of operations.
    An additional focus of this year’s programme will be on the trends, challenges and opportunities in plastics recycling, incorporating growth trends in film plastics.
    Once again the conference programme will be complemented by a table-top exhibition area, the main destination for the extended networking breaks, ensuring attendees make the most of their time in Warsaw and exchange ideas and contacts with the rest of
    the recycling supply chain throughout the two days.
    (European Paper Recycling Conference)

     
    15.10.2013   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE celebrates its 475th anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news With many years of experience in producing high quality special papers DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE will celebrate its 475th anniversary this year. Herzog Ernst der Bekenner was the Duke of Braunschweig and Lüneburg when he founded the mill in 1538.
    During the founding period in the middle of the Renaissance the paper produced at the mill was used only in the immediate region of Braunschweig and Lüneburg. Today the special papers that are made in Lachendorf are delivered to customers worldwide.

    Through its thoughtful handling of all resources DREWSEN is a very healthy medium-sized family business. Inherent values such as:
    · A long-term future orientation
    · An open and friendly atmosphere and
    · Reliable and cooperative partnerships with our customers
    form the core of our business culture.

    True to our ethos of “Tradition meets Innovation” DREWSEN, together with their customers, consistently continues to develop its Security Papers, Technical Special Papers and Information Papers. Innovative papers created by DREWSEN follows the principle: “From carrier of information to function provider“.
    DREWSEN’s newest product development is Barrier-Papers, under the trademark PROBARRIER. These papers prevent penetration of fats or water and can be used to provide protection in the food and packaging industry. DREWSEN abstains from the use of any biologically non-degradable plastic fibres or fluoropolymerics in the PROBARRIER Papers.
    With over 400 well-trained and highly motivated staff, and an efficient manufacturing site producing 180.000 tons per annum DREWSEN is well placed to continue its success story together with its customers.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    15.10.2013   SCA Chairman in the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA chairman Sverker Martin-Löf has been recognized for outstanding leadership contributions to the paper industry. On October 3, he was inducted into the Paper Industry International Hall of Fame.
    The Paper Industry International Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who, through their inventions, initiative and efforts, have built or improved paper and allied industries worldwide. Martin-Löf and five other paper industry notables from the United States, Finland, Germany, and Sweden have joined the distinguished roster of 111 previously inducted honorees of the Paper Hall of Fame.
    Martin-Löf, who is being recognized for his outstanding contributions in the leadership category, is one of Sweden’s most renowned industrialists. He has played a key role in a number of Swedish industries, including pulp and paper. He was president and CEO of SCA from 1990-2002 and has been chairman since 2002. Under his leadership, and together with the CEO Jan Johansson, SCA has finalized a repositioning with the aim of balancing the cyclical business and increasing the share of value-added products that completely turned around the product mix. By the end of 2012, tissue and personal hygiene products, including global tissue brand Tork and world incontinence leader TENA, represented 80 percent of the total sales of SCA.
    In addition to SCA, Martin-Löf is currently chairman of Industrivärden, one of the Nordic region’s leading holding companies, which includes investments in companies such as SCA, Handelsbanken, Sandvik, Volvo, Ericsson, SSAB, Skanska and ICA Group. Martin-Löf is also chairman of SSAB as well as vice-chairman of Ericsson and Handelsbanken and a board member of Skanska.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    14.10.2013   Favini broadens its luxury packaging offering: new gloss and embossing for Classy Covers    ( Company news )

    Company news Favini, the innovative Italian paper manufacturer, has added glossy new colors and two new embossing techniques to the company’s Classy Covers collection of embossed papers, which is ideally suited to all binding and finishing processes and is particularly popular for laminating boxes.
    The two new embosses, Stripe and Classic Linen, join the original canvas effect emboss. Stripe features an elegant, minimalist pinstripe pattern, while Classic Linen has a refined fabric effect. The new glossy colours – cobalt blue, red and black – and the new embossings make Classy Covers a strong range for all covering needs.
    Classy Covers are made using high-quality raw materials that increase the strength of the paper throughout all stages of production. Resistance to scratching, fingerprints and general wear make Classy Covers perfectly adapted to luxury packaging.
    Classy Covers are coloured in the stock, so there are no undesirable white cut lines along the edges of the boxes as happens when using paper that is only coloured on the surface. The dyes that Favini use ensure excellent levels of light resistance, essential for packaging that maintains the same brilliant colours across the whole package, whether exposed to sunlight or not.
    Classy Covers comes in a great many variations, all of which provide no-compromise quality for the best in luxury packaging.
    (Favini Srl)
     
    14.10.2013   North American customers choose MoveRoll    ( Company news )

    Company news MoveRoll Oy has secured several orders from US-based customers

    In the last four weeks, innovative roll handling equipment supplier MoveRoll has received several orders for horizontal conveyors, turntables, and centralizing modules. The orders will be shipped to paper mills in Texas, Ohio, and Georgia before the end of 2013.
    “I am very pleased to see that our new and innovative technology has been very well received by paper mills and system suppliers in North America. Getting this kind of acceptance is a proof of the high quality of our products.” says Mikko Rantanen, CEO of MoveRoll.
    MoveRoll has developed a patented pressure conveying system and supplies high-quality roll handling equipment on a global scale. For distribution, MoveRoll cooperates with Sales Partners and Assembly Partners. With Georgia-based Sales Partner RTS Alliance, the company has developed a sales network for products and spare parts covering the whole of North America. Complex roll handling projects are handled by Assembly partners, such as Advanced Dynamics that lately received orders for two major systems including a variety of MoveRoll products.
    (MoveRoll Oy)
     
    14.10.2013   Major order at ASIA SYMBOL Rizhao    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has commissioned GAW technologies to deliver the wet end chemicals and working stations for BM12 as well as the coating colour preparation for BM12/13 of ASIA SYMBOL Rizhao (part of APRIL Group), Shandong Province/China.
    Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL), established in 1993, is one of the leading fibre / pulp and paper manufacturers and one of the world’s largest producers of bleached hardwood kraft pulp. The integrated pulp and paperboard mill ASIA SYMBOL in Rizhao commenced commercial operations in 2005.
    The board machines 12 and 13 will share the same coating colour kitchen. Coating colour preparation is one of the key competences of GAW technologies - a globally preferred supplier wherever value-creating solutions in processing plant for the manufacture of refined paper and cardboard need to be found for individual customers. Four coating colour mixers will be installed to ensure the particular flexibility of the coating colour manufacture for the mill site in Rizhao. Also a wastewater treatment system will be erected to ensure lowest impact on the environment. Environmental conservation is an important part of APRIL’s principles.
    The new board machine BM12 will produce liquid packaging board for the food industry (special hygiene standards will be executed during the installation works) and will have a width of 4.6 meter and a production speed of 900 m/min. The start-up is scheduled for summer 2014.
    (GAW technologies GmbH)
     
    14.10.2013   VERSO INTRODUCES ASPECT® EDP FACE SHEET    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE:VRS) introduces Aspect® EDP Face Sheet, the latest addition to its growing portfolio of Aspect® Label and Release Papers products.
    The Aspect® Label and Release Papers product line, which includes
    pressure-sensitive face sheet, cut and stack label, and SCK release paper, leverages generations of Verso papermaking expertise to deliver specialty paper solutions that meet the stringent requirements of label customers.
    The Aspect® EDP Face Sheet product is an uncoated, high brightness, surface-sized freesheet paper suitable for impact and non-impact printing. It possesses an appealing combination of brightness and
    shade, resulting in enhanced bar code and human readable printing.
    The Aspect® EDP Face Sheet paper’s physical properties provide the dimensional stability and strength required in the pressure-sensitive label converting process.
    “With our growing line of Aspect® Label and Release Papers, Verso continues to expand our ability to serve customers for pressure-sensitive and glue-applied label technologies,” says Mike Weinhold, Verso’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development.
    “Our Aspect® EDP Face Sheet product adds another high quality solution for our label customers.”
    Verso manufactures its Aspect® products on the No. 4 paper machine at its Androscoggin mill in Jay, Maine. “Androscoggin’s No. 4 paper machine is well positioned with relative machine scale and an integrated pulp supply,” Weinhold explains. “Androscoggin, like all of our mills, has a strong manufacturing focus on producing consistent, quality products, and our Aspect® Label and Release Papers are no exception. Our customers want a product and a supplier they can rely on, and Verso delivers on both of those needs.”
    (Verso Paper Corp.)
     
    14.10.2013   Energy360 from Voith: all-round analysis leads to energy reduction    ( Company news )

    Company news With Energy360, Voith will in future go beyond a simple determination and allocation of energy consumption in the manufacture of paper. In addition, energy saving potentials will be identified, corresponding measures defined and their successful implementation monitored. Energy360 combines service and software. The hardware can also be supplied, if required.
    The many decades of experience by Voith staff and expert knowledge about each section was key in the development of Energy360, as were valuable comparative figures taken from the entire paper industry. The focus in this process is on the overall energy consumption of a paper mill. Actual analyses showed that cost reductions by up to 30% are possible for gas, oil and electricity.
    Energy360 is designed to identify consumption and savings potentials across the entire process via EnergyQuickScan, a concise consulting service. It will result in an overview of potential projects to reduce energy consumption. This will also include budget and calculation of the return on investment of the projects. In a further step, the customer receives a detailed, audit-level analysis for several projects.
    If required, Voith service teams will assist directly on site with the implementation. OnV EnergyProfiler, a Voith reporting and monitoring tool, subsequently offers full monitoring of the measures implemented. This will make the energy savings transparent and ensure their effectiveness over the long term.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     

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