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    01.07.2013   SinoFoldingCarton 2013 to Spearhead China’s Green Printing Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news As the importance of a low-carbon economy grows in people’s minds, green printing has become a rising industry trend, with many companies already adopting eco-friendly practices. Larger companies, who set trends that the rest of industry follows, have implemented measures like improving technology, buying better equipment and reducing energy costs.

    Changing Production Methods and Reducing Pollution
    As a long-established member of the printing industry, Shanghai Tobacco Package Printing is one of the leading agents of green printing. The company realizes that environmental sustainability is key to growth. To implement this concept, it has abandoned its original manufacturing methods that only reduced pollution during the last phase of the process, in favor of new production methods that are based on new technologies and energy-saving equipment. Shanghai Tobacco also now applies green principles across the entire production process. Such sustainable practices also greatly improve production efficiency.

    Today, many other packaging companies are considering introducing advanced equipment and technologies to change their development mode, create more product varieties and improve quality. Some paper box equipment suppliers are also promoting technical innovation and new product development to satisfy demand for more eco-sensitive manufacturing practices.

    Hangzhou Kangdexin Machinery’s KS1100 Pre-Coating Water-Based Dual-Use Laminating Machine is an example of the new trend towards sustainable machinery. With a laminating speed of 80 to 100 meters per minute, it can achieve large volumes of industrial production. The machine’s vertical dryer, big dry roll, hot wind circulation system and highly efficient glue minimize the use of adhesives; while the special measuring roll in the gluing unit guarantees accuracy; and the combined heating and heat exchange system saves energy.

    Creating Green Products and Making Technology Environment Friendly
    Printing ink is one of the production materials that most greatly influences quality. To be eco-friendly, good printing ink must be non-toxic, odorless and devoid of harmful elements like lead, chrome and mercury. To be socially responsible, packaging companies must use qualified printing ink.

    As well as being environment friendly, Tianjin Toyo Ink’s products are consistently ranked among the best in the world. To solve the problem of producing wastewater that contains harmful chemicals like phenol, the company has upgraded its technology and removed the step in which phenolic resin was used. This has now been replaced with new, one-step resin synthesis technology to reduce pollution.

    Since green printing was written into the 12th Five-Year Plan for the Chinese printing industry, it has become an unstoppable trend. The companies mentioned above have set themselves apart as model practitioners of green printing for the rest of the industry.

    However, since the uptake of green printing products in the market is still problematic, SinoFoldingCarton 2013, the leading commercial platform for post-printing equipment, consumables, technologies and services for China’s folding carton industry will be held at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center from August 21 to August 23. The show will actively promote green printing.

    SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will bring together Asia’s high-end carton packaging and printing enterprises, who work on post-press processing, to give members of the industry a new opportunity to learn about automated green equipment and new printing practices. SinoFoldingCarton 2013 promises to be a major international showcase for green printing, and a perfect channel through which to discover new ideas about green upgrades.

    For more information, please visit the official SinoFoldingCarton 2013 website: www.sino-foldingcarton.com.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    01.07.2013   Metso to supply containerboard line for Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Yet another cost-efficient OptiConcept M line to be delivered to Asia

    Metso will supply Zhejiang Jingxing Paper Joint Stock Co., Ltd. with an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for their Pinghu site in Zhejiang Province in China. The new production line is targeted to produce high-quality containerboard grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2014. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The line ordered by Zhejiang Jingxing Paper will be the fourth OptiConcept M-type production line to be supplied to Asia. The first line delivered was started up in China in December 2012. This latest project introduces the newest member in the OptiConcept M family, widening Metso’s offering to serve the narrower trim width of 5,650 mm. This represents Metso’s strategic move to enter this narrow segment, especially in China and Asia-Pacific,“ says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President, Paper Mills Sales and Marketing, Metso.
    Metso’s novel OptiConcept M production line stands for economy of total investment, personnel safety and machine usability as well as reduction of environmental load. The production line optimizes the machine investment in line with the mill’s capacity needs and ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost.
    According to Sami Anttilainen, R&D Director, Paper business line, Metso, the development project of this new trim width range has been very dynamic. “The confidence shared by the entire development team in the new concept created a strong basis for uniform engineering resulting in a well-functioning fit-for-purpose concept,” Anttilainen summarizes.
    The main part of the order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received, and the automation package in Automation’s second quarter 2013 orders received.

    Technical information
    Metso’s delivery will comprise a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel with related air systems and chemical systems. The automation package will include dilution headbox controls.
    The new 5.65-m-wide (trim) machine, PM 16, will produce fluting grades out of recycled raw materials in the basis weight range of 70-120 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 880 tonnes per day and the design speed 1,100 m/min.
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    01.07.2013   NewPage To Accept Top 2013 AmeriStar Packaging Award For Sustainability    ( Company news )

    Company news New LittleFoot™ Family of 100% Compostable Packaging Barrier Products Wins Highest Honor for Sustainability Innovation

    NewPage Corporation (NewPage), a leading supplier of flexible packaging papers for food and medical packaging, announced the receipt of the Institute of Packaging Professional's (IoPP) 2013 AmeriStar Sustainability Award for its new LittleFoot™ family of 100 percent compostable packaging barrier products.
    Each year, the IoPP presents the prestigious AmeriStar Awards to leaders in the industry, recognizing excellence and innovation in packaging design. The AmeriStar Sustainability Award is a top honor, recognizing packaging that has scored high in reducing its impact on the environment, and includes evaluation of factors such as efficient energy usage, recycling efforts, effective use of packaging materials, material recovery, and the use of renewable raw materials.
    LittleFoot™, an innovative new 100 percent compostable packaging laminate from NewPage, is made from renewable resources and was developed to offer oxygen and moisture barrier levels that are ideal for shelf stable food applications such as coffee, dry mixes, confections and energy bars. LittleFoot™ has an exceptional surface for printing, and integrates into existing converting equipment.
    "We are honored to have received this top sustainability recognition from the IoPP," said Jim Sheibley, director, specialty papers business and product development for NewPage. "We look forward to exploring opportunities to commercialize our LittleFoot product in the months ahead through partnerships and licensing agreements with strategic brand owners and packaging converters who are striving to enhance their compostable packaging offerings."
    AmeriStar Awards are judged based on packaging innovation, sustainability, protection, economics, performance and marketing.
    (NewPage Corporation)
     
    01.07.2013   Fiskeby invests in biogas plant    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors at Fiskeby decided to invest in a biogas plant at the mill in Norrköping at the last board meeting.
    Fiskeby invests in the construction of a so-called anaerobic water purification process directly linked to the company's existing water treatment plant. In this anaerobic purification process biogas is formed. The biogas can then be used as energy in the production of cartonboard, replacing electricity. There are several opportunities to exploit the gas and one of the most environmentally interesting is the operation of the dryers that are used in the production of our board.
    Since 2010, the Swedish government has assigned investment resources annually to support the introduction of new technologies and solutions that enhance energy production and Swedish Energy Agency has granted Fiskeby 12.6 million SEK for the construction of a biogas plant.

    Facts
    Start of construction: 2014
    Start of production: 2015
    Production: ca 1 milj Nm3 biogas/year, approximately 9 GWh/year
    Investment: 47 MSEK
    (Fiskeby Board AB)
     
    01.07.2013   The winners are... 23 best digital production tools honoured with EDP Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Now in its 7th year, the European Digital Press Association has grown from strength to strength - with 20 member magazines covering 23 countries in Europa, representing over 1 million readers. Each year the EDP Association comes together to debate, discuss and award the best in innovative technology within the digital printing market.

    Following a pre selection by the Technical Committee, the EDP General Assembly, made up of a representative of each European publication, has the last word in giving an Award to the nominated products, making the EDP Awards and it’s recognized blue logo a most prestigious and prized accolade for any manufacturer to hold. And for the potential user it gives peace of mind in their investment decision.

    On June 26th the 2013 Awards were presented to this years winners at a Award Ceremony on the occasion of the FESPA exhibition in London.

    Rudolf Messer, President of the EDP, commented; “The 23 very worthy winners have demonstrated that by focusing investment in research and development they can continue to bring innovative products to market that truly make a difference to their customers businesses. We’re delighted to be working with FESPA in 2013 and congratulate all our winners and nominated finalists.”

    Neil Felton, Managing Director of FESPA Association, hosting the EDP Association Awards ceremony, in his welcome statement emphasized the importance of trade magazines and the role they play in the communication between suppliers and their users.
    (EDP European Digital Press Association)
     
    28.06.2013   Five Key Advantages Make SinoFoldingCarton 2013 Prime Trade Event     ( Company news )

    Company news The packaging industry is integral to China’s economic development. In recent years, despite being severely tested by the effects of the global financial crisis, the industry has remained on a steady upward trajectory. Folding carton packaging, in particular, has shown tremendous vigor in development.

    As the folding carton industry continues to grow, companies are being confronted with unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

    To keep pace with new trends and to achieve the environment friendly and energy saving standards set for the international packaging and printing industry, a growing number of folding carton packaging companies are turning to more efficient automated manufacturing equipment to improve their competitiveness.

    In light of these trends, SinoFoldingCarton 2013, organized by Reed Exhibitions, will be a powerful trade platform for buyers and folding carton manufacturers. The exhibition will take place at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center from August 21 to August 23, 2013.

    Post-press folding carton equipment, consumables, technologies and services will be showcased at SinoFoldingCarton 2013. The show will also boast five major advantages over other events.

    Advantage 1: The Only Post-Press Folding Carton Trade Fair in Asia-Pacific
    With the rapid development of China’s folding carton industry, SinoFoldingCarton continues to expand in scale. It is Asia-Pacific’s sole trade platform for post-press folding carton equipment, consumables, technologies and services. It is also renowned among exhibitors for its scale, professionalism and high level of internationalization.

    Jiang Jianzhi, General Manager of STS Machinery (Shenzhen), part of the Taiwan-based SBL Group, commented, “Beyond a doubt, SinoFoldingCarton is a world leading, highly professional trade show. It’s a great stage on which to display new products. SinoFoldingCarton 2012 was significantly better in terms of quality of visitors and number of exhibitors, compared to 2011. We are very interested in attending SinoFoldingCarton 2013. We hope next year’s exhibition will prove even more effective!”

    Chris Miller, CEO of EskoArtwork Greater China, also expressed satisfaction with SinoFoldingCarton 2012: “We brought our latest products, the Kongsberg VL series cutting tables, and displayed them, together with a number of innovative new technologies to Chinese users. Numerous visitors came and made enquiries at our booth. SinoFoldingCarton highlights new industry trends. For us, it’s a valuably unique platform via which to learn about and satisfy clients’ needs.”

    In 2013, SinoFoldingCarton will reach new heights in terms of exhibition scale, professionalism and internationalism. Reed will again feature the solutions, innovations and trends at the heart of the folding carton manufacturing trade. The displays will be complemented by a diverse array of informative on-site forums and seminars.

    Across an area of 25,000 sqm, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will bring together over 300 local and international equipment manufacturers/technology suppliers with 20,000 buyers from all over the world. These statistics represent a new record in SinoFoldingCarton history.

    Advantage 2: Three Dedicated Zones Expand New Business Areas
    To enrich the exhibition content, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will debut three new zones focused on Electronic Monitoring Codes, Packaging Paper and Oil. These will provide more diversified folding carton solutions for visitors. The zones will closely reflect development trends and hot topics in the folding carton industry and serve as the perfect platform for exhibitors to learn the latest trade information and meet new business partners.

    Reed Exhibitions is using creative and expansive measures to attract local and international exhibitors to the three zones. To date, high profile companies, including Kodak, Shanghai Dragon, Lixin, Shield, Tongde Group, Win.Win Digital Security and Shanghai Full Source Automation Equipment Inc. have confirmed that they will showcase their new innovations in the Electronic Monitoring Code Zone.

    SinoFoldingCarton 2013’s themed forums and seminars will feature leading industry experts analyzing current policies and sharing their experiences. The Electronic Monitoring Code Zone, the Packaging Paper Zone and the Oil Zone will be a key attraction for exhibitors, visitors and media at the show.

    Advantage 3: More Targeted Invitations to Buyers
    Reed Exhibitions plans to invite over 20,000 key managers and senior executives from the Purchasing and Technology departments of folding carton companies to SinoFoldingCarton 2013. These prospects will come from over 90 countries and regions. 48% of those invited will be decision makers and 32% will have the power to influence purchasing decisions or make recommendations.

    Major companies from South America (Brazil, Chile, and Argentina), the Middle East (Saudi Arabia, Iran) and Asia (India, Malaysia) will also be invited, giving Chinese folding carton companies valuable opportunities to explore international markets.

    For SinoFoldingCarton 2013, Reed will again run a Targeted Attendee Program (TAP). This visitor initiative will give exhibitors numerous opportunities to build long-term relationships with buyers that have clear purchasing intent. The TAP affords show attendees an all-in-one exhibition experience where they can visit exhibits, evaluate solutions and conclude purchases – all without leaving the exhibition site.

    Advantage 4: Strong Support from 30+ Local and international Industry Associations
    Numerous key industry associations consistently support SinoFoldingCarton. Yu Zizhuo, Secretary of the Jiangxi Printing and Duplicating Industry Association, said, “We’re long time supporters of SinoFoldingCarton. It’s a big packaging and printing event. So many locally and globally renowned brands are featured at the show each year. For our members, SinoFoldingCarton is the best place to efficiently buy trade-related products and get up-to-date industry information.”

    Over 30 trade associations will promote SinoFoldingCarton 2013 among their members and send visiting delegations. These include the All India Federation of Master Printers, the North India Printers Association, the Korean Packaging Association, the Vietnam Packaging Association, Jiangxi Province Printing & Duplicating Association, Henan Packaging Technology Association, Fujian Packaging Technology Association, Chongqing Technology Association, Shenzhen Packaging Technology Association and Guangdong Packaging Technology Association’s Printing Committee.

    Core Advantage 5: Outstanding Exhibition Promotion
    The promotion of SinoFoldingCarton 2013 is already underway, to maximize the effect of the show. Not only is Reed working with over 30 industry associations, but it will also invite more than 120 print and online media outlets from around the world to cover the three-day event.

    The journalists will report on the exhibition itself, as well as the accompanying events like forums, seminars and press conferences, to reach as much of the global folding carton manufacturing industry as possible.

    Reed will also work with many international agents to invite exhibitors’ target customers. Action teams around the world will issue invitations to folding carton companies in their region via direct mail, email and text message. Invitations to SinoFoldingCarton 2013 will also be sent to a database of over 100,000 trade contacts, thereby extending the reach of the exhibition.

    SinoFoldingCarton is a world-renowned exhibition brand. In 2013, the event will again be a one-stop purchasing platform where buyers can fulfill their procurement needs and exhibitors can meet valuable prospective customers. The event is known throughout the international folding carton industry and it enjoys a strong reputation.

    Reed is actively recruiting exhibitors for SinoFoldingCarton 2013 and has already confirmed the participation of a number of high profile companies, many of them long-time exhibitors at the show. We believe these leading companies and closely targeted elite industry professionals will lift SinoFoldingCarton 2013 to new heights.
    For more information, please visit the official SinoFoldingCarton 2013 website: www.sino-foldingcarton.com.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    28.06.2013   Walki's new technology enables cost-efficient production of large volumes of furniture foil    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Walki is now able to deliver very big volumes cost-efficiently.

    Walki has developed a new technology for producing an environmentally friendly, paper-based furniture foil. The new technique for applying UV lacquer and ink makes the surface on the furniture foil even more resistant without compromising lightness.
    Walki's Consumer Packaging has successfully delivered foils for back panels for the furniture industry for several years. Because of the growing demand for high-quality furniture foils, Walki has developed a new technique for applying UV lacquer and ink, making the surface even more resistant while still maintaining lightness.
    – With our new enhanced technique for applying UV lacquer we will substantially improve the surface resistance, says Tomas Nyström, Project Manager Furniture Lining.

    Large volumes cost-efficiently
    New equipment has been applied on a conventional Flexo printing machine. This new technique enhances the quality of the foil's barrier and improves the surface resistance.
    In using a conventional Flexo printing machine, Walki is the first supplier in the world to produce large reels of furniture foil of up to 3,5 metres in width. The typical size is about 1,5 to 2,5 metres.
    – We can produce very large volumes in a very cost-efficient manner. We are talking about a high-capacity machine, says Jan-Anders Fagerhed, Technical Service & Development Manager.

    Highly eco-friendly
    The base web is based on paper fibres, making it substantially more environmentally friendly than other alternatives on the market that are based on plastic foils and other artificial materials. The foil is also formaldehyde free.
    The new technique also needs less colouring than other alternatives on the market, further enhancing its advantage from an environmental perspective.
    – Thanks to our new technique we are able to reach the same colour quality using less inks, says Nyström.
    Walki can utilize its strong in-house knowledge of available paper qualities to help customers in choosing the right grade for the end purpose.
    Further plans for enhancing the technology are already in the pipeline.
    – We are making continuous development efforts aiming to expand deliveries to other parts of the furniture industry in addition to back panels, says Jan-Anders Fagerhed.
    (Walki Group Oy)
     
    28.06.2013   Industrial restructuring plan at Condat: Completion of the procedure for consulting ...    ( Company news )

    ... representative bodies

    The meeting of employee representatives held on June 13th closes the period for consultation of staff representative bodies begun on 22nd March 2013 in the framework of Condat’s industrial restructuring plan, including stoppage of line 6 and its consequences for employment.
    At the end of this meeting the employee representatives delivered their opinion.
    Condat’s management has done everything possible to preserve jobs and keep the number of forced layoffs down. The initial project submitted to the workers’ elected representatives on 22nd March 2013 envisaged the elimination of 144 jobs. Five of these positions have been kept through the negotiations with the representative bodies, which leaves the number of jobs eliminated at 139. Incentives have furthermore been provided to facilitate voluntary early retirement as well as other kinds of voluntary redundancies (business creation, workforce transition …).
    Any voluntary redundancy will enable the redeployment of an employee whose job is in jeopardy.
    These measures should result in significantly reducing the number of forced layoffs.
    The stoppage of line 6 will take effect as from 1st July 2013.
    The first dismissal notifications will be made from 31st July 2013 and will be scaled out until the end of 2013.
    Condat is not the sole organisation in the Lecta Group affected by restructuring. Cost reduction measures are under way at all the other firms in the group.

    Consultation and social dialogue
    Management has been sensitive to the concerns of the social partners involved throughout the consultation period.
    The quality of the dialogue between Management and social partners has, after over 20 negotiation meetings, made it possible to work out a set of measures enabling a tailor-made response to each different situation.
    Staff support conditions have been got under way in association with a specialised organisation since 16th May 2013 in order to reach a redeployment solution specifically targeted for each of the employees concerned, either internally or in the job pool.

    Adaptation of the industrial system
    Management foresees investments from this autumn in order to optimise the operation of the other two production lines with a view to extending their grammage ranges.
    These investments should be operational by the end of 2013.
    Until these aspects are operationally commissioned, the manufacture of these products will temporarily be handled by other firms in the Lecta Group.

    Management reassurance as to the future of Condat
    It is practically impossible for the management to make forecasts for the future in the present economic setting. Well aware of its social responsibility, nevertheless, it seeks to reassure and confirm its wish to do everything possible to ensure the endurance of the Condat site and preserve jobs in Dordogne.
    (Papeteries de Condat S.p.A)
     
    28.06.2013   Several automation orders demonstrate global tissue making industry's trust in Metso's ...    ( Company news )

    ... technologies

    With Metso's advanced tissue automation solutions and services, global tissue makers are able to turn their process and quality challenges into visible results.
    Turkish Hayat Kimya A.S., a global player in the tissue market and the current holder of the world speed record for tissue machines, has chosen Metso’s automation technology for its two new tissue production lines that it ordered from Metso. One of the lines will be installed at a new mill site near Alabuga, Tatarstan, in Russia, and the other one in Mersin, Turkey.
    The extensive automation delivery will include Metso DNA machine and process controls and Metso IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, startup and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
    Both tissue machines will have a width of 5.6 m, a design speed of 2,200 m/min and a design capacity of 70,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades made from virgin fiber. The startup of the tissue machine in Russia is planned for the second half of 2014, and the second tissue machine will start up in Turkey at the end of 2015.

    Automation also for Syktyvkar Tissue
    Another tissue producer that has selected Metso’s automation is Syktyvkar Tissue Group in Russia. Its recent order for a complete Metso tissue production line also includes Metso DNA automation for process, machine and drive controls and Metso IQ quality controls.
    The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s new site in Semibratovo, located some 220 km from Moscow. The new line will have a width of 2.7 m and an operating speed of 2,000 m/min, and it will add another 30,000 tons per year of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades to the company's existing production. The startup of the machine is scheduled for mid-2014.

    Metso introduces novel measurements for tissue
    “A wave of recent breakthrough developments in automation is revolutionizing the quality and runnability management of tissue lines,” says Seyhan Nuyan, Director, Pulp, & Paper, and Tissue Applications, Automation, Metso. “Our comprehensive but scalable automation solution is geared towards optimum productivity, energy efficiency and product quality. This comprehensive automation concept is now complemented with new products.”
    One such new introduction is IQ Web Color Measurement. This novel sensor is the first of its kind capable of measuring color or brightness of the finished tissue or towel product.
    The new deliveries include another recent innovation by Metso, the non-nuclear basis weight sensor, Metso IQ Fiber Weight Measurement, which also measures the moisture content of the web.
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    28.06.2013   Pöyry awarded basic engineering services assignment for Lwarcel Celulose pulp mill project in ...    ( Company news )

    ... Brazil

    Pöyry has been awarded an assignment by Lwarcel Celulose, a Lwart Group company, for basic engineering and logistics studies for the expansion of its pulp mill at Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo. Lwarcel had earlier engaged Pöyry's services in the conceptual and pre-feasibility analysis for the project.
    As part of the expansion, Lwarcel intends to build a new production line at the same location of the current mill. The line will bring an additional production capacity of up to 750,000 tons a year; currently, the annual production is 250,000 tons of short fibre pulp from eucalyptus - raw material used in the production of several types of paper in Brazil and abroad.
    In addition to the new production line, the project also predicts the increase of the company's planting area, going from 38,000 acres to 90,000 acres of planted eucalyptus forests. This expansion will generate economic and social development, as well as contributing to the preservation of native and spring areas.
    "Pöyry has been working with Lwarcel since 2008 on studies for alternatives, logistics, feasibility and conceptual design, furthermore we have been engaged in environmental impact studies" emphasises Marcelo Cordaro, head of Pöyry's operations in Brazil.
    The assignment further strengthens Pöyry's position as the world's leading engineering solutions provider for the pulp and paper sector.
    The value of the order is not disclosed. The project will be included in the Industry business group's second quarter 2013 order stock.
    (Pöyry Plc)
     
    28.06.2013   RIMA-SYSTEM and Müller Martini: Post Press in a new dimension for the biggest ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... heatset press in the world.

    Picture: Post Press system of the 2x80p Lithoman with single-gripper system from Müller-Martini and complete finishing line from RIMA-SYSTEM.

    It was the biggest order for a web offset press signed at Drupa 2012. This year the largest heatset press of the world – consisting of two 80p manroland Lithoman IV presses which can run in Duplex mode – is going into production at Kraft-Schlötels in Wassenberg, Germany.

    The press will be equipped with a highly modern and innovative Post Press, able to match the unique press performance. It will be realized by the Post Press specialists RIMA-SYSTEM and Müller Martini, cooperation partners since summer 2011.

    The total width of the two machines (4.5m) is more than the largest rotogravure presses. The huge amount of printed paper requires a proven Post Press technology with a performance never seen before. In addition reliable 24/7 production, high flexibility and intelligent back-ups are key requirements for this Post Press configuration.

    Behind the manroland folder a newly developed single-gripper system from Müller-Martini will pick-up the two shingled streams at 100.000cph and deliver the products to the finishing area with the RIMA-SYSTEM equipment. The products will then be trimmed, stacked, optionally strapped and finally palletized with four of the proven 4-axis robots from RIMA-SYSTEM. The whole configuration is highly accessibility so it can be operated with minimum manning.

    Large retail orders, consisting of many locations (drop points with or without plate changes) are controlled by the JOB OPTIMIZER software. The software includes a real-time “pallet execution engine” that ensures that every pallet is automatically built according to the specification for this drop point. It also guarantees that on two-line productions only a single “last” pallet is generated. This is realized by transferring stacks from one bundle line to the other at the end of the run.

    The JOB OPTIMIZER software will also be retrofitted on the two existing 72p presses at Kraft-Schlötels which are already equipped with Post Press from RIMA-SYSTEM.

    For Kraft-Schlötels (together with Westend Druck in Essen they form the WKS-Druckholding) this project is part of their strategy to make print and finishing more industrial and cost-effective. To do so they again invested in leading technologies – like the post press solution from their long-standing technology partner RIMA-SYSTEM.
    (Rima-System GmbH)
     
    28.06.2013   Norske Skog - new head quarter location    ( Company news )

    Company news The Mayor of Oslo Fabian Stang made the official opening of Norske Skog's new head quarter at Skøyen in Oslo. Norske Skog has had its headquarters at Oxenøen in the municipality of Bærum since 1998.

    Norske Skog has undergone a major reorganisation and downsizing in recent years, reducing the need for the large premises at Oxenøen. The CEO Sven Ombudstvedt said at the opening ceremony: "Norske Skog is a very different company today than it was just a few years ago. Our intention is to have timely, efficient and pleasant premises, adapted to the number of employees and our current business".
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    27.06.2013   Woody Harrelson launches tree-friendly paper brand    ( Company news )

    Company news On this May 21, 2013 file photo, actor Woody Harrelson attends the "Now You See Me" premiere at AMC Lincoln Square in New York. The 51-year-old actor is the co-founder of Prairie Pulp & Paper Inc., which launched its brand of environmentally friendly paper Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Woody Harrelson is putting his paper where his passions are.
    The company spent 15 years researching and developing its Step Forward Paper. It's made of wheat-straw waste and wood fiber rather than virgin trees.
    The company says replacing two packs of traditional copy paper with their product saves one tree.
    Harrelson says half the world's forests are cut down to make paper, and his company's new paper is "going to be great for our future.
    (Prairie Pulp and Paper Inc.)
     
    27.06.2013   Catalyst Paper board chairman steps in as interim CEO    ( Company news )

    Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) announced the appointment of Leslie Lederer, a director and chairman of the company as the interim president and chief executive officer. The appointment takes effect on Kevin J. Clarke’s departure as Catalyst CEO and board member at the end of June.
    Mr. Lederer is a former industry executive with Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation with extensive experience in the industry, and a member of the Illinois Bar.
    Mr. Clarke’s resignation was announced in April and the Board initiated an executive search for his successor at that time. Mr. Clarke is leaving the company and the board to return to his home in the state of New York where his family resides.
    Mr. Lederer’s appointment will enable the Board to complete the executive search in due course and will facilitate a seamless transition once a new chief executive officer is selected.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    27.06.2013   CHANGES IN THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF ARCTIC PAPER    ( Company news )

    Company news Michał Jarczyński (photo), CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., has submitted his resignation, effective on 15th July 2013 of this year. Meanwhile, the Supervisory Board has entrusted the function of acting CEO of Arctic Paper to Mr Wolfgang Lübbert the current Member of Management Board and Sales & Marketing Director. The Supervisory Board expressed its great gratitude to Michał Jarczyński for his 15 years of work on development of the group.
    Olle Grundberg, the Chairman of Supervisory Board commented: “We would like to thank Michał Jarczyński for 15 years of intensive work on the development of the Arctic Paper Group. Michał Jarczyński has been associated with the group since 1998. He was originally employed at our plant in Kostrzyn, which under his leadership became the most productive paper mill in our group. He also oversaw such important processes for the growth of the group as inclusion of the Kostrzyn paper mill in the special economic zone, construction of our own gas-fired heat and power plant in Kostrzyn, listing of Arctic Paper on the Warsaw Stock Exchange, acquisitions and the group’s debut on NASDAQ OMX in Stockholm. We wish him much success in his further professional challenges.”
    Michał Jarczyński, outgoing CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., said: “Arctic Paper is a group presenting great challenges and demanding vast knowledge and commitment. I am proud that I had the opportunity to contribute my own experience to the company over such a long period and—together with the other members of the management team—to build the company’s strong position on international markets.”
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
     
    27.06.2013   POLAR successfully presents its automation solutions at China Print    ( Company news )

    Company news With its P-Net service Compucut®, the Transomat unloading unit and cutting system L-R-137-T PACE, POLAR is offering three interesting solutions for cutting process automation.
    "Presenting our high-end cutting system L-R-137-T PACE at the China Print was a gamble, but the interest shown by our customers has confirmed it was worthwhile", says Jürgen Freier, Polar's Head of Sales and Service. Automation is playing an increasing role even in China.
    The printing businesses located in areas of urban concentration, in particular, are finding it more and more difficult to find suitable operating staff. In addition to qualification, ergonomics is an important topic. This is reflected by the increasing use of the Transomat unloading unit specifically to unload the cutting machine.
    PACE (POLAR Automation for Cutting Efficiency) is a synonym for automated cutting processes. The loading, turning and waste removal operations are automated. The Autoturn turning gripper combined with the Autotrim cutter forms the automation centerpiece here. The interaction between these two components allows automation of the first five cuts (four-side and dividing cuts).
    In addition to machine automation, an automation solution for creating cutting programs - Compucut® - was showcased. The P-Net service Compucut®, which is now also available in Chinese, allows greater streamlining of work cycles at the high-speed cutter or cutting system. This is a decisive competitive advantage, especially for web-to-print businesses. The cutting program is generated off the high-speed cutter while it continues production. By now, all major web-to-print businesses are using Compucut®.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.06.2013   Essential Drug List Expands to 520 from May 1, 2013, To Promote Electronic Monitoring    ( Company news )

    Company news Medicines on the national list of essential drugs - called “zero markup drugs” - are the ones used to prevent and treat common diseases. China’s Ministry of Health (M.o.H.) recently announced that 213 new types of medicines have been added to this list, bringing the total to 520. The M.o.H. also clarified that, as well as primary hospitals run by the government, second-class hospitals will now receive these basic medicines as a priority.

    More Varieties; Fewer Specifications
    The national essential drug list is adjusted every three years. The latest edition, published in 2012, includes three varieties: chemical medicines/ biomedicines, Chinese patent medicines and TCM herbal medicines. Of these, there are 317 kinds of chemical and biomedicines.

    According to the M.o.H., the new edition of the list has several new features:
    • It adds the kinds of medicines needed by primary health institutes to provide better care and it promotes these to higher level facilities.
    • It improves the structure of the list, adding medicines for cancer and blood diseases.
    • It standardizes drug forms and specifications.

    The 520 kinds of medicines include over 850 forms and more than 1,400 specifications. Compared with the 2009 list (where 307 kinds of medicines included over 780 forms and 2,600 specifications) there are far fewer specs in this latest edition. This will help to streamline the process of medicine use.

    Nearly 200 Kinds of Medicines for Children
    Worldwide, there is a general lack of variety in medicines for children. In response to this shortfall, the 2012 edition of the drug list has added new kinds and specifications of drugs especially for minors, including those for national immunization programs.
    On the revised list, there are nearly 200 kinds of medicines, including over 70 forms and specifications for children only. These include oral granules, oral solutions, injectable suspensions and dry suspensions. These additions ease the shortage of children’s medicine.

    Basic Medicines Dispatched to Second-Level Hospitals
    According to the requirements of the M.o.H., primary health institutes opened by government shall all use basic medicines that they can choose from the nationally approved list. These drugs, chosen for their function, positioning, service range, scale and effectiveness, are sold according to the zero markup policy.
    The M.o.H. has stipulated that second-level hospitals and higher will gradually receive basic medicines in the list and prioritize the use of these to reduce costs to patients. Prescriptions will be regulated and medicines will be used more appropriately. At the same time, the percentage of the cost of basic medicines that is reimbursed will increase to reduce the cost of drugs to patients.

    Circulation of Electronic Monitoring Codes
    To guarantee the quality of medicines, state authorities will strengthen the safety evaluation of basic medicines, TCM injectable solutions and high-risk medicines. They will also improve the qualities of these. All basic medicines will undergo regular quality checks, with the results of these tests to be made publically available.
    The M.o.H. will also promote the construction of a transparent national drug electronic monitoring system that covers all kinds of medicines and all distribution processes. The system will integrate information and unify standards to better connect related authorities and businesses. A drug monitoring network for rural areas will also be established.
    The monitoring of the negative effects of basic medicines will be improved and the emergency recall system enhanced, to guarantee the safety of properly administered drugs ingested by the public.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    27.06.2013   Lecta’s New Specialty Papers at Drinktec and Labelexpo Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s leading event in the beverage industry and the largest show in the labelling industry will take place in September in Munich and Brussels.

    Torraspapel, part of the Lecta Group, will be present for the first time at Drinktec, the world’s leading trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industry. The event, to be held in Munich from September 16-20, offers Lecta a unique opportunity to present its portfolio of specialty papers for beverage label design: Metalvac metallized papers, used by the most prestigious beer brands, and a wide selection of Adestor self-adhesive materials, for all kinds of beverages.

    Lecta’s label papers will also be featured, once again, at Labelexpo Europe from September 24-27 in Brussels. Visitors to the event will have the opportunity to find out about numerous new developments in Lecta’s ranges of one-side coated, metallized, cast-coated and thermal papers as well as its self-adhesive materials.

    “Labels to Celebrate” is an exclusive selection of Adestor brand pressure-sensitive labels for the food and beverage industries. The range includes a variety of textured, coated and metallized papers, and permanent adhesives, in addition to the following new Adestor facestock: Matt WS 90, Gloss WS 80, Snow Digital WS and Embossed Toile WS, all designed for wine and spirits, champagne, water and gourmet food product labels. The line’s launch is being showcased in the new “Labels to Celebrate” swatch book, which includes 21 elegantly designed high-quality print self-adhesive labels with special finishes: stamping, relief and UVI screen printing. The catalog is available in 4 languages (Spanish, Italian, French and English) and contains technical information on all grades.

    Metalvac, a range of high-vacuum 100% recyclable metallized paper, arrives at Drinktec and Labelexpo with a new catalog. The swatch book is made up of 3 volumes corresponding to the three applications for which Metalvac is designed: wet-glue labels, pressure-sensitive labels, and tobacco and packaging. Each folder contains general information on the range and specific information about the application, in addition to technical specifications and grade samples in different colors and finishes. All the information is available in Spanish, English and French.

    Eurokote is a bright white cast-coated paper ideal for premium labels for wine and spirits, champagne, luxury packaging and the self-adhesive, advertising and publishing markets.

    Lecta’s range of one-side coated Creaset papers features Creaset Suit. Specifically designed for color printing all sorts of labels and flexible packaging, Creaset Suit is a glossy paper with high specific volume and opacity as well as rapid ink penetration that facilitates on line varnishing and subsequent finishing processes. Its sheet formation and physical properties give it high internal resistance and dimensional stability, allowing for increased productivity in printing and finishing processes and final application on the package. Other products in this range include Creaset Adhesive, specially designed as facestock for self-adhesive applications in reels; Creaset Tobacco, developed for soft cigarette packets; Creaset Tobacco Wrap, for wrapping soft cigarette packets and Creaset RBP, kraft base paper for silicone coating.

    For applications that use direct thermal printing, Lecta has developed a range of Termax papers that guarantee perfect bar code resolution and provide different levels of durability and sensitivity depending on the final application. Used for point-of-sale receipts, transport and other types of tickets, and coupons, Termax papers can also be used for self-adhesive labels.

    All Lecta’s specialty papers are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards and ISO 50001 energy efficiency standards. They are also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain of Custody forest certification.

    Discover the “Let’s go labelling” campaign in which Lecta encourages you to fill your world with stickers.
     Drinktec: Pavilion A2, stand 439, September 16-20, in Munich
     Labelexpo Europe: Pavilion 5, stand A72, September 24-27, in Brussels

    For more information about Lecta’s range of specialty papers, please visit www.torraspapel.com and www.adestor.com .
    (Lecta Group, Torraspapel)
     
    27.06.2013   Wausau Paper Announces Closing of Specialty Paper Business Sale    ( Company news )

    Wausau Paper NYSE:WPP) (“Wausau”) yesterday confirmed the closing of its previously announced definitive agreement entered into on May 18 to sell its specialty paper business to Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC, a newly formed company sponsored by KPS Capital Partners L.P., a New York-based private equity firm.
    The transaction includes Wausau Paper’s manufacturing facilities in Mosinee and Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and resulted in net cash proceeds to Wausau, subject to certain post-closing adjustments, of approximately $105 million after settlement of transaction-related liabilities, transaction costs and taxes. A portion of the net proceeds will be used to eliminate the currently outstanding balance on the Company’s revolving-credit agreement of approximately $67 million.
    (Wausau Paper Technical Specialty Products)
     
    27.06.2013   Pre-Bankruptcy of Sniace    ( Company news )

    The Board of Directors of SNIACE, S.A., in the meeting held yesterday afternoon, agreed to file the communication – ruled in article 5 bis of the Creditors Meeting Law (Ley Concursal 22/2003, de 9 de Julio), related to the Pre-Bankruptcy, of the following companies of the SNIACE GROUP, SNIACE, S.A., VISCOCEL, S.L.U y CELLTECH, S.L.U. – in the Corporate Court of Madrid.
    (Sniace Sociedad Nacional Industrias Applicaciones Celulosa Española S.A.)
     
    27.06.2013   AVERY DENNISON DRAMATICALLY IMPROVES LABELLING ON CONDENSATION-COATED ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... WINE BOTTLES

    Picture: The new Avery Dennison Aqua Stick® Portfolio featuring Z3338 Adhesive is the first pressure-sensitive labelling solution designed for the labelling of sparkling wine and champagne bottles. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR163)

    Applying labels to wine and sparkling wine bottles when they are cooler than their surroundings and slick with surface condensation has just become easier. The exclusive new Aqua Stick® portfolio from Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials avoids the time-consuming and costly practices required until now to prevent condensation during labelling.

    “This new portfolio was developed in close collaboration with wine and sparkling wine brand owners, and takes careful account of real-world conditions faced by adhesives and facestocks,” said Fabien Bourgies, Avery Dennison global wine and spirits segment director. “With Aqua Stick, we are seeing scrap reductions and faster changeovers, with unique improvements to operational performance for these types of applications.”

    Wine and sparkling wine bottles often drop below ambient temperature during label application, and this temperature difference can lead to surface condensation problems and a weakened bond between label and bottle. Dispensers often experience inconsistent label positioning and higher scrap rates as a result.
    Materials in the Aqua Stick portfolio use Avery Dennison’s unique Z3338 emulsion adhesive. Engineered for variable temperature and humid environments, Z3338 actively absorbs any surface moisture present, removing the need to bring bottles up to room temperature. The adhesive allows in-line processing at up to 600 bottles per minute, with consistent label positioning. Even the exit of the labelling tunnel, where further condensation often appears, poses no problem.

    The performance improvements continue all of the way through a bottle’s lifecycle. Z3338 can withstand exposure to an ice bucket or cold box, and keep the label firmly in position.

    Three premium facestocks are currently available for Europe in the new Aqua Stick range: Fasson® 60# Uncoated Litho WS, MaxFlex™ Bright Silver and Sparkling Asti.

    Find out more at label.averydennison.eu/AquaStick.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    26.06.2013   Cepac purchases Zund cutting system at FESPA London 2013    ( Company news )

    Zund UK today at FESPA London announced the sale of a Zund G3 XL3200 with rear extension and semi-automatic feeder to Cepac.

    Custom designed and built in 1999, Cepac has established one of the largest and most technologically advanced corrugated packaging plants in the world. A modern plant, leading edge technology and sophisticated computer based design, is supported by a team of dedicated and experienced professionals.

    Their single aim is to produce a product and a service, which is second to none – in terms of performance, quality and new development. This customer-focused approach means listening to and understanding, customers’ packaging needs and responding in a prompt, professional and friendly manner.

    Cepac first entered the UK market in 1999 when it opened a Greenfield operation in Rotherham England. Continued investment in leading edge technology has established Cepac as the leading Independent for transit, Retail ready and Branded packaging in the UK.

    More recently Cepac has acquired the Doncaster based display business Screen print Doncaster which it has re branded Cepac Doncaster Ltd.

    Managing Director Sandra Margetts commented “Being part of the Cepac group has enabled us to further expand our business in the 2D and 3D display markets”.

    She continued, “The Cepac ethos is all about listening to customer needs and investing in technology which meets both their current and future needs. We are delighted to have identified Zund as a leading edge manufacturer and believe that this machine will significantly add to our successful business”.

    The G3 from Zund owes it success to its robust Swiss build, modularity and flexibility. Users can specify the size, tooling and extensions in addition to semi automatic or automatic handling of substrates. Its' workflow system, Zund Cut Centre v2, integrates seamlessly to ensure the smooth handling of materials and jobs in the workflow.

    Zund UK is exhibiting on the Zund AG stand at FESPA London until Saturday 29th June on stand C20S.
    (Zund Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd)
     
    26.06.2013   OnQ FormingSens Process improvement due to optimal water weight     ( Company news )

    Company news OnQ FormingSens measures the water weight in the former using high-frequency, ultra-precise microwave technology, without sources of radioactivity.
    Since the process influences in the former are constantly changing, the water weight should be continuously determined. Voith Paper has developed the OnQ FormingSens sensor, which measures the water weight in real time and defines an optimal water weight on a sustained basis for lasting process improvement.
    With multi-ply wire sections, couching is optimized by unambiguously defining the water weight for the individual plies. Radioactive sources, which are used in most handheld measurement devices, are also omitted thanks to the harmless microwave sensor system.
    OnQ FormingSens can be used with almost all former types and grammages. The installation positions within the former can be arbitrarily chosen as long as the expected water weight is within the measurement limits.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    26.06.2013   Metso to supply cooking plant rebuild and brown stock washing and screening plants to ....    ( Company news )

    ... BillerudKorsnäs in Sweden

    Metso will supply BillerudKorsnäs with a cooking plant rebuild, a brown stock washing plant and a screening plant for its mill in Gruvön, Sweden. The start-up of the rebuilt cooking plant and brown stock washing plant is planned for May 2014 and that of the screening plant for May 2015. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The rebuilt cooking plant together with the new brown stock washing plant will more efficiently utilize the wood raw material and lower the chemical consumption in the pulping process. In addition the cooking plant rebuild and the new screening plant will substantially lower the energy consumption within the process area,” says Alf Sondell, Production Manager at BillerudKorsnäs, Gruvön mill.
    The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power second quarter 2013 orders received.

    Technical information
    Metso’s scope of supply will include a rebuild of the existing cooking plant to feature a CompactCooking G2 digester. The delivery will also comprise a new ImpBin chip impregnation system, a new pressure diffuser and a screening plant.
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    26.06.2013   ASSOCIATION BETWEEN FSC & APRIL ENDING    ( Company news )

    On 23 May 2013, Greenpeace, WWF Indonesia and the Rainforest Action Network filed a formal complaint with the Forest Stewardship Council about association with the APRIL Group. In accordance with the FSC International Dispute Resolution System, FSC set in motion the process of dealing with the complaint.
    However, on 14 June 2013, the FSC International received from our Asia-Pacific and China offices written requests by APRIL subsidiaries to withdraw their FSC certificates, which were all for chain-of-custody.
    No reason for the withdrawal was offered.
    To officially withdraw from FSC, certificate holders must work with their certifying bodies, in this case, Bureau Veritas, SGS Hong Kong and QMI Sai Global. While FSC International acknowledged receipt of the withdrawal letters from APRIL subsidiaries, the actual process to terminate the contractual relationship may take some time.
    When the withdrawal of the FSC certificates by APRIL becomes legally effective, there will no longer be any association between FSC and APRIL. Due to this new situation, the complaint process is being put on temporary hold, pending an internal discussion about the appropriate path forward.
    FSC International will provide additional information once we decide about next steps.
    (FSC International)
     
    26.06.2013   ANDRITZ to upgrade BCTMP line for Bohui Paper, China     ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received the order to supply a new pre-treatment stage for Bohui Paper’s BCTMP line 1 in Shandong province, China. The pre-treatment stage for the board production line has a capacity of approximately 600 t/d and comprises an ANDRITZ Impressafiner MSD, an ANDRITZ impregnator and an ANDRITZ chip bin discharger. Start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2014.
    A pre-treatment stage with an ANDRITZ Impressafiner MSD, a key equipment in ANDRITZ mechanical pulping systems, is essential for state-of-the-art TMP processes. The benefits of a pre-treatment with an ANDRITZ Impressafiner MSD includes maximum liquor uptake while squeezing out distracting extractives and heavy metals. Moreover, the chip treatment in the ANDRITZ pre-treatment stage balances the chip bulk density as well as the chip moisture profile, consequently preparing perfect conditions for the down-streamed refining process – a determining process step in terms of optimum pulp properties and energy savings.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    26.06.2013   Bioeconomy as a solution for South Australia’s declining forest industry    ( Company news )

    South Australia’s forest industry is being significantly challenged as production levels fall due to declining export competitiveness and accordingly means for improving the industry’s competitiveness are being sought. The South Australian State Government’s Department for Manufacturing, Innovation, Trade, Resources and Energy (DMITRE) has invited VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland experts to undertake a study that identifies potential routes by which the increased competitiveness can be achieved.

    Achieving world class productivity in existing business combined with the development of higher-value add products is key to creating a sustainable future for the forestry industry. The VTT study into increasing industry productivity and developing more sustainable and higher-value add products from the Limestone Coast’s forestry resources involves working with local industry to identify achievable short, medium and longer term sustainable market opportunities.
    The study is a key initiative of the State Government’s Manufacturing Works strategy, and is also one of the key actions identified in the Limestone Coast Economic Diversification report.
    The traditional sawn timber production industry must be continuously improve and develop to ensure world class productivity, but in the emerging bioeconomy this is not enough. The new opportunities presented by bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials must be captured, in addition to further developing opportunities in more traditional but evolving areas like construction elements, wood residue laminates, wood-plastic composite products, value added packaging materials etc. This could mean, for example, that in addition to the focus on developing the industry through productivity improvements and product extensions, next-generation biorefineries could be established in the region, utilising the side streams or unutilised raw material streams from the forest industry as input into the production of bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials. The goal is to identify new business opportunities suitable for local companies as well as raising the technological level of the region’s industry to meet the requirements of a competitive modern fibre-based industry.

    VTT's project well-received
    In addition to this study the State Government has launched “the South East Forestry Partnerships Program” which is a $27 million State Government assistance package designed to encourage a viable and strong timber sawmilling industry in the region.
    The first phase of the project executed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, examined the current business structure in the Mount Gambier region. The findings from this first phase identify that the present situation is difficult, but that the situation could be improved by implementing existing solutions and approaches already in use elsewhere. John Kettle, International Operations Manager at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, notes that improvements are about two parallel action streams. The first is about improving the productivity in existing operations whilst simultaneously increasing the value adding by firms in their existing or adjacent value chains. The second is about adding higher value adding activities drawing on new technologies that will allow for the entry into the bioenergy, biochemicals and biomaterials value chains.
    “As cheap competition increases, the traditional cost-based model is no longer viable in a high operating cost country for companies whose business depends on export and export-based value chains. The forest industry must move to a value-based concept in order to guarantee competitiveness. The purpose of this study is to help smaller companies develop their business towards effective and efficient production with higher added value.”
    According to Kettle, local companies have had a positive attitude towards VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland’s project. Based on the results from the first phase, the players in the area share the same goals: forests are still considered to be the anchor of the future in the Mount Gambier region, and there is a desire to bring about a new renaissance for the industry through a long-term effort.
    The second phase of the study will chart the future pathways for the forest industry in Mount Gambier and the opportunities for production with a higher added value. During the second phase, road maps will be prepared with the goal of guiding the development of new, fibre-based industries in the Mount Gambier region as well as identifying business opportunities utilising emerging technologies. The governments of the State of South Australia and the Commonwealth of Australia have committed the necessary resources for the two phases of the study.
    The Cellulose Fibre Chain Technology Roadmap project is supported by Regional Development Australia Limestone Coast and the project’s steering group includes central players in the Australian forest industry, academia and labour union together with representatives from the Commonwealth, State and local government.
    The report for the first phase of the research: http://www.dmitre.sa.gov.au/files/966_vtt_final_stage1_report.pdf

    Further information:
    John Kettle
    Manager, International Operations
    Tel. +358 40 593 6013
    john.kettle@vtt.fi
    Toni Ahlqvist
    Senior Research Scientist
    Tel. +358 40 573 7398
    toni.ahlqvist@vtt.fi
    Further information on VTT:
    Olli Ernvall
    Senior Vice President, Communications
    358 20 722 6747
    olli.ernvall@vtt.fi
    www.vtt.fi
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    26.06.2013   Demand Increases for Electronic Monitoring Codes: Market-Ready Medicines Now Require ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Electronic ID

    By 2015, all medicines entering the China market will have an electronic ID that bears a monitoring code.
    On October 21, 2011, Shao Mingli, former Director of the China Food & Drug Administration (FDA), said that China would strengthen its monitoring capabilities in the drug market, ensuring that all market-ready medicines would be tagged with an electronic monitoring code by 2015. This means, all these types of medicines will have an electronic ID card via which every process - production, distribution and prescription - can be monitored and tracked.
    Tagging drugs with electronic monitoring codes is an important measure established by the FDA to oversee the quality of drug production and distribution. In the event of a drug causing an adverse reaction or a serious event, the origins and locations of all forms of the drug can be quickly identified to promptly halt its use. The monitoring code will also have the effect of preventing counterfeit drugs from entering the market.
    According to Mr. Shao, China will implement electronic monitoring on high-risk drugs like narcotics, psychotropic drugs, blood products, vaccines and TCM injections. The electronic monitoring code will also cover essential medicines.
    Mr. Shao further added that China will take further measures to strengthen its drug monitoring capabilities and promote standards compliant with the rapid growth of the drug market. The measures include speeding up the application of rapid detection technology to drugs during frontline supervision. This will improve the government’s ability to inspect drugs and strengthen the monitoring of adverse drug reactions. In this way, the FDA will build a security and risk alert system that will serve to improve China’s ability to deal with emergencies and maximize the promotion of safe drug use by the public.
    The China-ASEAN Drug Safety Forum was held during the eighth China-ASEAN Exhibition between October 21 and October 22, 2011. The forum, themed “Strengthening Communication, Guaranteeing Safety and Advancing Development”, explored each country’s laws on drugs and drug monitoring systems.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    25.06.2013   Unisource Introduces porcelainECO® 30    ( Company news )

    New Smooth Double-Coated Surface for Commercial Printing with 30% Post-Consumer Waste

    Unisource Worldwide, Inc., one of the leading independent marketers and distributors of commercial printing and business imaging papers, packaging systems, and facility solutions and equipment with offices and operations in key locations around the world, announces the newest addition to its coated paper product line: porcelainECO® 30.
    porcelainECO 30 is a versatile and FSC-certified coated paper, which improves on the popular porcelainECO line by offering 30% post-consumer waste. This environmentally responsible paper combines the highest standards of performance with unmatched value – and is available nationally across the US this summer. This quick-drying, high-gloss sheet is Lacey Act compliant and available in 60, 70, 80 and 100 text and 80, 100 and 111 lb. cover.
    porcelainECO 30 offers a truly environmental option without compromise on quality. It provides outstanding printability on a smooth double-coated surface for excellent ink holdout, with a high stiffness and bulk guarantee,” said Nancy Sobhy, Senior Marketing Manager, Paper and Wide Format for Unisource Worldwide.
    (Unisource Worldwide Inc.)
     
    25.06.2013   Discover Mitsubishi Label Papers    ( Company news )

    Company news Labelexpo 2013 – Mitsubishi HiTec Paper to exhibit for the first time

    For the first time Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, the German specialty paper manufacturer, will be presenting the diversity of its paper range at Labelexpo 2013. Discover Mitsubishi Label Papers, tailor-made paper solutions for a great variety of applications in the labelling industry:
    • Thermal papers – thermoscript
    • Inkjet papers – jetscript
    • Carbonless papers – giroform
    • Cast coated label papers – supercote

    The product range covers coated label papers for traditional printing methods such as offset and flexo, as well as for digital printing technologies such as Inkjet and HP Indigo. Even hybrid printing is possible.
    Whether identification labels, price labels, logistics labels, security labels or decorative labels, the range of label papers from Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is tailor-made to the application. ISEGA releases, FSC certification, OEM and ink recommendations are of course available.
    Discover our HP Indigo printable thermal paper thermoscript I 70!
    Discover our brilliant inkjet face papers jetscript with a glossy, semi-glossy or matt finish!
    Discover our traditional cast-coated label papers supercote for wet-glue and self-adhesive labelling solutions!
    Visit us at our booth 6F25 in hall 6.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe)
     
    25.06.2013   ABB names Ulrich Spiesshofer as CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Head of Discrete Automation and Motion division to succeed Joe Hogan on September 15

    The Board of ABB has unanimously appointed appointed Ulrich Spiesshofer, the head of its Discrete Automation and Motion (DM) division, as Chief Executive Officer. He will succeed Joe Hogan in this role in an orderly transition on September 15, 2013. Hogan will continue with ABB for some months as Senior Advisor to the Board.
    Spiesshofer joined ABB’s Executive Committee in 2005 and was named responsible for DM in 2009. He has led a doubling of the division’s revenues by organic and inorganic means, and the integration of Baldor – ABB’s largest ever acquisition. He has increased profit margins through a turnaround in Robotics, as well as the profitable growth and relentless execution of the motors and drives activities.
    “ABB has developed a strong bench of talent: I am extremely pleased that the new CEO comes from within the company, and brings a solid track record and deep knowledge of the portfolio,” said ABB Chairman Hubertus von Grünberg. “Ulrich has been a key force in shaping and implementing ABB’s strategy, and the integration of Baldor stands out as a benchmark for successful large acquisitions.”
    Spiesshofer also initiated other business expansion activities in DM based on organic growth and acquisitions. These have helped DM to grow faster than the market and to expand into new business areas such as e-mobility and uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), as well as to better balance the business geographically. The planned acquisition of Power-One would make ABB a leading global supplier of solar inverters. A successor to his role in DM will be announced in due course.
    CEO Joe Hogan said: “Ulrich has done a tremendous job in DM based on the solid knowledge and experience acquired in many successful years within ABB and outside. With his strong contribution and team-oriented collaboration, our mid-term strategy has been making great progress.”
    Prior to taking over DM, Spiesshofer was responsible for Corporate Development, leading strategy development and implementation across the power and automation businesses, in very close collaboration with all of ABB’s teams. This included ABB’s roadmap for mergers and acquisitions and the formation of ABB’s technology venture arm. In this role, he strengthened ABB’s operational excellence and procurement processes, laying the groundwork for the cost savings program which has been executed over the past few years of global economic crisis.
    “I am excited about the opportunity to lead ABB and serve our customers, building on Joe’s success,” said Spiesshofer. “I am looking forward to keep working with all my colleagues in the Executive Committee and the entire ABB team. Together, we will continue to drive profitable growth and relentless execution for the company.”
    Before joining ABB, Spiesshofer spent three years at Roland Berger Strategy Consultants and 11 years at A.T. Kearney management consultants, where he built successful consulting businesses in industries including oil and gas, utilities, telecoms and automotive, in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He has a master’s degree in Business Administration and Engineering, and a PhD in Economics, both from the University of Stuttgart, Germany.
    (ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)
     
    25.06.2013   PMT founds a new branch in China: PMT Kunshan    ( Company news )

    Company news In order to face the increasing demand on the Asian market, PMT has made the strategic decision to found a new branch in China, PMT Kunshan, situated in the town of the same name.
    PMT Kunshan, whose first activities will be the pre-erection of key components for the Asian market and the service to installations in the Far East, has been conceived with the intent of widening PMT’s present capability of supplying machinery and services to the Paper Industry in the Chinese market as well as expanding its activity to other countries.
    PMT sales activity in China will continue with the local support of Kaukomarkkinat. Some local technicians will be trained in Italy in order to build the first service staff while further internal and external manpower will be in charge of pre-erection activities.
    Kunshan, with its ideal position in the most advanced Chinese area, between Shanghai and Nanjing, is one of the economically most interesting towns in China with its 2.4% foreign direct investment, especially from Taiwan.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    25.06.2013   Screen expands Truepress Jet UV wide-format printer range at FESPA 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Focus on speed, quality, versatility & choice

    Screen Europe will present the latest UV wide-format printers in its expanding Truepress Jet range at FESPA 2013 (Stand Q41N, 25-29 June, ExCel, London). The Truepress JetW1632UV flat-bed UV printer will be in action demonstrating the ultimate in productivity and the significant benefits of Screen EQUIOS workflow automation and PDF Polisher file optimisation
    software to improve all round quality. Plus, making its global debut at the show will be a new Truepress Jet wide format printer that further expands the range alongside the Truepress JetW1632UV and the Truepress Jet2500 hybrid printer. Full details will be revealed at the show.
    The Truepress JetW1632UV combines superior design and innovative technology from Screen and its group company Inca Digital.
    Printing at speeds up to 94 square metres per hour (true sellable quality) the Truepress Jet delivers class-leading productivity and astounding print quality on a range of media and sizes up to 1,600mm x 3,200mm up to a
    maximum 48mm thickness. The latest super-fine droplet printheads deliver razor-sharp 1200 dpi text, fine definition and smooth vignettes. Screen’s unique brilliant inks offer a wide colour gamut and, combined with light cyan and light magenta inks, produce stunning photographic-quality back/front-lit displays.
    Visitors to FESPA will see the power of PDF Polisher software, Screen’s automated software solution to enhance and optimise images and PDF files. The software features a number of pre-sets to meet specific demands e.g. faces or jewellery, automatically applying different levels of contrast, sharpness and colour correction. The result is enhanced and optimised output even from less-than-perfect source files.
    “Screen’s Truepress Jet wide-format printers feature precision inkjet imaging and engineering to give the market the best combination of quality, productivity and reliability to deliver fast return on investment,” says Brian Filler, President, Screen Europe. “It’s exciting to be unveiling a new printer at FESPA that expands our range perfectly and enables us to give the market a choice of precision printers to suit their businesses.”
    (Screen Europe)
     
    25.06.2013   MIAC 2013 next October in Lucca (Italy)    ( Company news )

    Company news The aim of MIAC - International exhibition of Paper Industry (16.17.18 October 2013 - Lucca - Italy), is to update paper mill and converter technicians on the latest advances in technology. Rapidly changing technological solutions require continuous education: MIAC is the answer to all this! MIAC, now at its 20th edition, is an international meeting point that allows you to compare the technologies and business proposals of all the companies present at the Exhibition. An event not to be missed for all those working in the Paper Industry sector.
    Visiting MIAC means obtaining a full overview of the technology and equipment available to the paper industry sector and measuring up against the sector’s needs and problems. At MIAC, 270 International Exhibitors present their latest innovations in terms of machinery, equipment, technology and services. MIAC is a 3-day event, bringing all the leading paper industry operators together under one roof.
    Taking part in MIAC means being one of 5,000 Visitors from across the globe who meet in Lucca in October of each year (last year’s MIAC Exhibition registered Visitors from 51 Countries). Visiting MIAC is a unique opportunity for paper and converting technicians to find out the latest news in this profession.
    The 3-day event offers a number of free, must-see Conferences. The 2013 schedule, currently being finalized, will include highly qualified international Conferences designed to inform participants in a concrete and dynamic manner.
    MIAC is held in Lucca, the only officially recognized “Paper District” in Europe. But Lucca is not only synonymous with the Paper Industry! It is also one of the major tourist destinations in Italy, and is sure to charm the Visitors of MIAC with its beautiful city walls, towers and squares.
    (EDINOVA SRL)
     
    25.06.2013   PulPaper 2014 Conference Programme - outline released     ( Company news )

    Company news PulPaper, one of the highest regarded meeting places for the global pulp and paper industry is taking place in Helsinki, Finland, June 3-5, 2014.
    Biofuture for Mankind is the main theme of the top class international conference, which will cover the topic of bio economy and resource management for a sustainable world. How to make business from biomass and how to make new products out of forest industry byproducts are two other topics covered. The final session of the last day will deal with the future role of paper in the media society. Click here for a view of the conference outline. Running alongside the conference is the 29th International Mechanical Pulping Conference (IMPC).
    On June 4, 2014, PI's (Paper Engineers Association) 100th anniversary will be celebrated in style with a spectacular gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre and the anniversary will in several ways be recognised during the whole event.
    PulPaper, one of the highest regarded meeting places for the global pulp and paper industry is taking place in Helsinki, Finland, June 3-5, 2014.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    25.06.2013   Time to book ABTCP, Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news It is still possible to book a stand at the 46th edition of this the largest event in the American region. ABTCP 2013 will take place in the Transamérica Expo Center in Sâo Paulo, Brazil, Oct 8-10, 2013.
    For this edition of the ABTCP event, the technical congress will be merged into the exhibition area offering better integration and networking - making it more convenient for all ABTCP participants. The theme of the event is "Clean Technologies and Eco-efficiency" and will include sessions on recovery and utilities, environment, forest based resources, engineering and maintenance, pulp and paper. For this edition, ABTCP is partnering up with PI to present the latest technologies in the sector.
    Another feature of the 46th edition is that producers of pulp and paper will be present with stands. The organisers expect about 180 exhibitors and more than 8000 visitors at the event.
    More information about the event can be found on the official event website, click here. ABTCP is arranged by the ABTCP association with Adforum as the Overseas Associate.
    (Adforum AB)

     
    24.06.2013   Partner Mr. Elgar Drewsen passed away    ( Company news )

    Company news It is our sad duty to inform you of the death of our partner

    Dip. Eng Elgar Johann-Christian Drewsen

    who passed away on 15th June, 2013 at the age of 87.

    As a member of the eponymous family, Mr. Drewsen actively contributed to the further development of our company until the time of his death. His influence will remain indelibly embossed upon our company.

    He was held in high esteem within the paper industry and was an astute and experienced advisor for a great number of people. Due to his social dedication and his humanity, he was respected and appreciated by all. The welfare of "all his papermakers" and their families was of enormous importance to him.

    His achievements and his personality will go down in the 475-year company history of the Lachendorf paper mill.

    It is with deep sadness that we take leave of the deceased. With Mr. Drewsen's passing, we have lost a patron of our establishment, who we will remember with gratitude and honour always.

    With sad regards,

    DREWSEN Spezialpapiere GmbH & Co. KG
    - Board of Directors -
    Dr. Thomas Katzenmayer
    Dr. Matthias Rauhut
     
    24.06.2013   Doyle Simons Appointed President and CEO of Weyerhaeuser Company    ( Company news )

    • Proven leader with solid industry experience and strong track record of results

    Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) announced its board of directors has elected Doyle Simons, age 49, president and chief executive officer, effective August 1, 2013. He will be engaged as CEO Elect effective immediately. Simons succeeds Dan Fulton, who turns 65 this year and will be retiring as planned. Effective August 1, Fulton will serve as executive vice chairman of the Weyerhaeuser board of directors until his retirement in October 2013.
    “As former CEO and chairman of Temple-Inland, Doyle has a proven track record of driving performance to achieve results,” said Chuck Williamson, chairman of Weyerhaeuser’s board of directors. “He has deep experience in the forest products industry, broad business and functional expertise and a passion for operational excellence. I know he will bring tremendous energy, vision and leadership to Weyerhaeuser as the company continues to optimize its assets, increase efficiency and pursue sustainable growth.”
    Simons was chairman and chief executive officer of Temple-Inland from 2008 until February 2012 when it was acquired by International Paper. In 2009, he was selected by investment analysts as RISI’s North American CEO of the Year in the paper and forest products industry for his leadership in delivering strong results in a challenging economic environment. He has served on the Weyerhaeuser board of directors since June 2012.
    Fulton has been president of Weyerhaeuser Company since January 2008 and chief executive officer since April 2008. Prior to that he was president and CEO of the company’s wholly owned real estate subsidiary.
    “For nearly six years, Dan has guided Weyerhaeuser with a steady hand through unprecedented economic turmoil and an extremely depressed housing market,” Williamson said. “The strength of the company today is clear evidence of his adept leadership through a very challenging period. Dan also oversaw the company’s conversion to a real estate investment trust — a change that has proven highly beneficial to Weyerhaeuser shareholders. I look forward to the continued value he will bring to the company as a board member during the transition period over the next several months, and I wish him well in his retirement.”
    About Simons, Fulton said: “I’ve had the opportunity to get to know Doyle over the past year as a highly engaged member of our board. I’m excited to see him take the reins to lead Weyerhaeuser to the next level of performance. He has a strong and varied skill set, extensive industry knowledge and deep respect for our company values. I know he’ll do a fantastic job building upon the operational improvements we’ve made to ensure we take full advantage of the housing recovery, maximize the value of our assets and continue to grow.”

    About Doyle R. Simons
    Doyle R. Simons was appointed a director of Weyerhaeuser Company in June 2012. He served as chairman and chief executive officer of Temple-Inland, Inc. from 2008 until February of 2012 when it was acquired by International Paper Company. In 2009, he was selected by investment analysts as RISI’s North American CEO of the Year in the paper and forest products industry for his leadership in delivering strong results in a challenging economic environment. Prior to becoming CEO, he held various management positions with Temple-Inland, including executive vice president from 2005 through 2007 and chief administrative officer from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining that company in 1992, he practiced real estate and banking law with Hutcheson and Grundy, L.L.P. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Baylor University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from The University of Texas at Austin. Simons serves on the board of directors of Fiserv, Inc. and is a member of the board of visitors for the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. He is also on the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board, and serves on the Advisory Councils of the College of Natural Sciences and the Texas Memorial Museum at The University of Texas at Austin.

    About Daniel S. Fulton
    Dan Fulton was named president of Weyerhaeuser Company on January 1, 2008, and became chief executive officer on April 17, 2008. From 2001 to 2008, he served as president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company. Prior to that, he was president and chief executive officer of Weyerhaeuser Realty Investors, Inc. He joined Weyerhaeuser in 1975. Fulton graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Miami University (Ohio) in 1970. He received a Master of Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Washington in 1976, and he completed the Stanford University Executive Program in 2001. Fulton is the past chair of the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. He is on the boards of the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. He is the chair of the Washington Roundtable, a member of the Business Roundtable, and chair of the Business Roundtable Housing Subcommittee. He also is a member of the Advisory Board for the Foster School of Business at the University of Washington.
    (Weyerhaeuser Company)
     
    24.06.2013   Appointment of Joint Chairman    ( Company news )

    The Mondi Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Tshamano Mohau Frederik (‘Fred’) Phaswana as joint chairman with effect from 1 June 2013. He will replace Cyril Ramaphosa who, as announced in January, stepped down at the conclusion of the Annual General Meetings on 3 May 2013.
    Fred Phaswana is chairman of Standard Bank Group and The Standard Bank of South Africa. He is also chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs and non-executive director of Naspers Limited. He was formally regional president of BP Africa, a non-executive director of Anglo American plc and chairman of Anglo American South Africa, Anglo Platinum, Transnet, Ethos Private Equity, the South African Energy Association and the Advisory Board of the Cape Town Graduate School of Business. He is also former honorary president of the Cape Town Press Club.
    With effect from 1 June 2013, Fred will be a member of the DLC nominations committee.

    David Williams, Joint Chairman, commented:
    ‘The Mondi Group Boards and I are delighted that Fred will be joining us. He brings extensive experience in board and senior business leadership roles and his knowledge of the South African business environment will be of particular benefit to Mondi.
    I would also like to take this opportunity to thank Cyril for his significant contribution to the Mondi Group. He helped guide Mondi through its initial years of listing and played an important role in providing constructive counsel particularly on issues specific to the South African business environment. He leaves with our very best wishes for the future.’
    There are no other details that require to be disclosed in respect of the appointment of Fred Phaswana pursuant to Rule 9.6.13 of the UK Listing Rules.
    (Mondi Group)
     
    24.06.2013   Norske Skog divests part of its operations in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Norske Skog has agreed to sell 51% of the shares in Norske Skog Pisa in Brazil to Papeles Bio Bio S.A., (former Norske Skog Bio Bio) which is controlled by Group BO/Pathfinder, a consortium of Chilean investors. The agreed purchase price for the 51 % stake is USD 41.3 million.
    - The divestment is a part of our strategy to improve Norske Skog's cash flow and financial position. We are pleased to be able to sell part of the Brazilian operations and enter into a partnership with an industrial player, that we already know from the sale of our former Chilean operations back in 2012, and that has long-term plans for the Pisa mill, says Sven Ombudstvedt, president and CEO of Norske Skog.
    - We are extremely happy to have Norske Skog as our partner in Brazil, a country where BO/Pathfinder currently controls a packaging business. This association will surely strengthen our position in the South-American market, and will allow us to give better service to our current and future customers, says Juan Obach, President of Papeles Bio Bio S.A.

    The Pisa mill has a total newsprint production of approximately 170 000 tons, and is one of total four newsprint mills in South-America. Papeles Bio Bio has agreed upon the terms of purchasing Norske Skog's remaining shares in the Brazilian operations within an expected time horizon of one to two years.
    The buyer, Papeles Bio Bio S.A., is part of Group BO/Pathfinder. The Group also owns BO Packaging, which is one of the leading companies in the Chilean, Brazilian and Peruvian packaging business. The investor consortium is headed by the BO/Pathfinder Group, former owners of Masisa, and has interests in graphic, packaging, glass products, building products, agribusiness and real estate.
    Closing of the 51% share transaction is expected to take place in June 2013.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    24.06.2013   Prizewinning Swedish package design    ( Company news )

    Company news The Swedish research institute Innventia and design studio Tomorrow Machine have been awarded The Dieline Sustainable Packaging Award 2013 for the “Sustainable Expanding Bowl”. The result of this unique collaboration between materials scientists and designers are an expanding and self-opening food packaging in a new mechano-active cellulose based material that would lead to significant reductions in transport costs. The award was presented on 23 June in connection with the Dieline Package Design Conference 2013 in San Francisco.

    The award-winning package has already met worldwide interest on design and material blogs. Photos and videos show the initially compact package grow as the hot water is added, and finally open up ready for the meal. The ingenious construction has been designed by Anna Glansén and Hanna Billqvist at the design studio Tomorrow Machine, in a unique collaboration with materials scientists at Innventia. The starting point for the designers was the features of the material itself, a cardboard with active properties that respond to heat and moisture. Thanks to the expanding function, the package size is minimized which will avoid transporting air in the package. Normally, this type of food packaging consists of as much as two-thirds air.

    The Sustainable Expanding Bowl is a so-called demonstrator, a prototype developed to demonstrate the possibilities of a new interactive material produced from renewable resources. The attention created by this demonstrator has shown that there is a need for functional packaging from renewable materials. With The Dieline’s award, the researchers hope that the material development will accelerate and catch up with market need.

    “When researchers and designers come together sparks fly. This collaboration is exactly what we were looking for to take our research results further to the market. Now, this old material idea got me to go across the Atlantic to collect the first prize in a design competition. It's amazing,” says Hjalmar Granberg, scientist within Innventia’s research area New materials and functions.

    “It's incredibly exciting to work with scientists and be able to take part in the process of researching,­ before a material is completely developed. We as designers are then able to control the material’s properties and so we can create a product from a material that is fully optimized for what the product is meant to do. The opportunity to work with Innventia in particular was fantastic, as we share the same vision of making sustainable solutions for the future,” says Hanna Billqvist.

    “We are very grateful and honoured to be the first winners of the Dieline's Sustainability category, which is newly instated this year. It is also exciting to take part in the conference held in connection with award ceremony in San Francisco,” Anna Glansén adds.

    Facts about the award:
    The Dieline Package Design Awards are worldwide competition devoted exclusively to the art of consumer package design. The Dieline Package Design Awards were launched in 2009 in order to bring more awareness to the importance of well-designed packaging. The awards, for the 2013 edition 13 different categories, are judged by a highly esteemed panel of 10 industry experts from around the world, and awarded based on Creativity, Marketability, and Innovation. Read more: http://www.packagedesignawards.com/ and http://www.thedieline.com/.

    Facts about the project:
    The demonstrator was developed in Innventia’s project Babelfish during 2012-2013, financed by VINNOVA (Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems). The project team consisted of Sandra Pousette, project manager (Innventia), Marie-Claude Béland, research and business coordinator (Innventia), Hjalmar Granberg, material scientist (Innventia), Mikael Lindström, research manager and och deputy director business area Packaging Solutions (Innventia), Hanna Billqvist and Anna Glansén, designers (Tomorrow Machine).
    (Innventia AB)

     
    21.06.2013   Increased availability and efficiency: Voith rebuilds tissue machine at WEPA    ( Company news )

    Voith successfully rebuilt and modernized the TM 1 of WEPA at the location in Mainz, Germany. These measures were completed in a very short period of only seven days. The customer’s aim of quickly yet substantially increasing the availability and efficiency of its tissue machine was thus fulfilled.
    Voith’s delivery to WEPA included all the wear and spare parts, and it aligned all the rolls in the wet end section and serviced the steam joint and the gearbox of the Yankee cylinder in the TM 1. Furthermore, the overhaul and start-up of the felt and fabric stretchers and of both fabric guides were included. The machine frame of the tissue machine was completely refurbished. This refurbishing also included a replacement of various tension rods for the cantilever frame.
    The TM 1 in Mainz produces toilet paper from 100% recovered paper in a basis weight range of 15.5 to 18.5 g/m² at a machine speed of 1,750 m/min. The WEPA Group has 10 locations in five European countries with a total of 17 paper machines and boasts a production capacity of approx. 600,000 metric tons.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    21.06.2013   Stora Enso aims to convert Varkaus Mill fine paper machine to containerboard     ( Company news )

    Stora Enso has decided to commence a feasibility study with the aim of converting the Varkaus Mill fine paper machine in Finland to produce virgin-fibre-based containerboard. The findings of a recently completed pre-feasibility study supported continuation of the process. The feasibility study, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2014, will evaluate the profitability of the project to manufacture containerboard at Varkaus Mill.
    “This is an opportunity to take advantage of two market forces, where one can see a decreasing global market for paper but an increasing global market for board. It is an opportunity to grow in the containerboard market at competitive investment cost,” says Hannu Alalauri, SVP Packaging Solutions at Stora Enso Renewable Packaging.
    If the investment is approved following the feasibility study, the capital expenditure for the conversion is estimated to be in the range of EUR 80–100 million and in line with Stora Enso’s investment criteria. Utilising existing capabilities within Stora Enso by modifying them to a new product line is part of Stora Enso’s transformation to a value-creating renewable materials company focusing on growth markets.
    “Containerboard is a key growth market for Stora Enso. We have already invested EUR 280 million in our recovered-paper-based containerboard mill site at Ostrołęka, Poland, and now we are actively evaluating a next step in virgin-fibre-based packaging grades,” says Hannu Alalauri.
    Varkaus Mill, which employs 260 people, has one paper machine with an annual capacity of 285 000 tonnes of uncoated fine paper. The potential capacity of the board machine would be about 350 000 tonnes per year.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    21.06.2013   Stora Enso concludes second phase of planning EUR 200 million streamlining and structure...    ( Company news )

    ... simplification programme announced on 23 April – estimated personnel reduction approximately 2 500

    On 23 April 2013 Stora Enso announced new plans to simplify and streamline its operations to focus its different businesses, simplify its operations and enable greater focus on growth in value-creating businesses. The potential EUR 200 million annual Group fixed cost reduction from actual costs in year 2012 to second quarter 2014 run rate will include the earlier announced EUR 30 million streamlining of the Building and Living Business Area. All plans are subject to co-determination negotiations in the local units.
    The EUR 200 million plans do not include any capacity reduction actions. In addition to the EUR 200 million, the effect of previously announced cost and capacity reduction actions between 2012 and the second quarter of 2014 will be EUR 75 million per year.

    According to preliminary estimates, the plans could reduce the total number of employees by approximately 2 500, depending on the outcome of the co-determination negotiations and processes. The geographical split of the planned personnel reduction is as follows:
    Finland: 650
    Sweden: 750
    Europe excluding Nordic countries: 850
    Outside Europe: 250

    The cost-efficiency and rightsizing actions are being planned by each Business Area, Group Service and Function. The actions planned in the Business Areas include identifying process efficiencies in production units and services, and the potential to reduce and centralise mill administration tasks, and to simplify organisation structures and reduce management layers in Business Area administration. The various Business Areas have reached different stages of their plans: for example, in the Building and Living Business Area the plans have progressed well and most of the co-determination negotiations have already been concluded and decisions taken.
    Group Services and Functions are rethinking their priorities, rightsizing and simplifying structures. Some will go through further strategic assessment in order to optimise the service level and approach.
    “This new round of streamlining is understandably very difficult for our employees, who have already experienced several cost-saving programmes in the recent past. However, we have to respond to weakness in the European economy, structurally shrinking markets in some of our businesses and our poor profitability. We must face reality, and then try to support the employees affected by these plans in a responsible way. We have a strong track record in restructuring operations. Delivering on our savings targets will be yet another proof of our ability and agility to rightsize operations quickly to match future needs,” says CEO Jouko Karvinen.
    The one-time costs will be recorded in accordance with Stora Enso practice and accounted as non-recurring items mainly during the second and third quarters of 2013.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    21.06.2013   Chairlady of Nine Dragons Paper Group receives BIR Papyrus Award    ( Company news )

    Ms Cheung Yan, Chairlady and founder of Nine Dragons Paper Group, the world’s largest recovered paper based paper manufacturer, has been honoured by BIR in the framework of the Keynote Session on Tuesday, 28 May at 11.30.
    The BIR Papyrus Award is in recognition of Ms Yan’s service to the industry, her achievement of substantial growth in recovered fibre consumption and for her leadership in social, quality and environmental management.
    Ms Yan is one of the most influential businesspeople in China. She was named “Entrepreneur of the Year in China” by Ernst & Young and amongst others received the ”China Chamber of Commerce Contribution Award” and the “China Charity Award” by the Ministry of Civil Affairs of the PRC. The Nine Dragons Group is a dedicated advocator of environmentally friendly manufacturing. Its extensive use of recovered paper as raw material has promoted the collection and recycling of domestic waste paper in China, thus facilitating sustainability for Chinese economic development. With its key environmental indices outperforming government requirements, the Group has won extensive government recognition and numerous awards in environmental management.
    Ms Yan is also the founder of American Chung Nam, Inc, the world’s largest exporter of recovered paper material, headquartered in Los Angeles.
    The BIR Papyrus Award was created to honour the “champions” of the paper recycling sector. It was agreed that the award would be made to a deserving individual during the Paper Division meeting at each BIR Spring Convention; and then at every BIR Autumn Convention, the prize would be conferred on a meritorious company or organization.
    Ranjit Baxi, President of the BIR Paper Division, states: “It is a great honour for BIR that Ms Yan has accepted our invitation. Her leading role in the recognition of our sector’s massive environmental and social contribution, not least in terms of conserving resources and creating jobs, cannot be stressed enough.”
    (BIR Bureau of International Recycling)
     
    21.06.2013   New Langhammer Co-operation Partner in South Africa    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: “To a good co-operation!“, Stephan Schlottoff, Export Manager at Langhammer GmbH (center), with Klaus Tiefenbacher, Managing Director of Reitech SA (right) and Murray van der Merwe, Sales Manager at Reitech SA (left)

    In the area of export Langhammer has its sights firmly set on the aspiring South African market and with Reitech SA, a specialist machine builder in Cape Town, has gained a well-known and certified representative in South Africa.

    As an aspiring economic power, South Africa is becoming increasingly important and of interest to many companies. With a national output of almost 600 billion US dollars South Africa currently forms the largest national economy on the African continent. In addition to a well-developed financial and judicial system, South Africa has a good infrastructure and in the past few years has been characterised by consistent growth.

    Reitech SA, a company founded by Dr. Kurt A. Koerber in 1963 under the name Hauni South Manufacturing (Pty) Ltd., was the second overseas branch of the German Hauni company. Hauni South Manufacturing initially built special machines, components and spare parts for the South African tobacco industry. Dr. Koerber employed a young engineer Franz Reiss and he became the new owner of the company in 1995. Shortly after establishment, the company name was changed from Hauni South Manufacturing to Reitech SA.

    In the meantime Reitech SA has since grown to a company with 50 employees. Focusing on South Africa, Reitech SA supplies machines to well-known companies in the food, consumer goods and tobacco industries in the sub-Saharan countries. Today Reitech SA is an acknowledged specialist when it comes to packaging and end-of-line automatisation.

    Since 2012 Reitech SA supports Langhammer with their experienced sales and service technicians as partner and local agent in the African region. “South Africa will play a major role in our overseas strategy in the future. For this reason we are especially happy to have Reitech SA as a respected partner on our side. We look forward to working together,” commented Stephan Schlottoff, Export Manager at Langhammer GmbH, recently.
    (Langhammer GmbH)
     
    20.06.2013   Catalyst adds Ascent to expand its range of lightweight coated papers for printers,....    ( Company news )

    Company news ... publishers, advertisers
    Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) is reaching higher to expand an already broad mechanical printing product range with the addition of Ascent, a coated three paper. Made at the Port Alberni mill on the only coated mechanical paper machine in Western North America, Ascent went from idea to market in the space of a few short months.
    “Our product development team brought tremendous cross-disciplinary expertise to the initiative, along with the understanding that a new product had to be hands down excellent to meet the quality expectations of customers when there is so much choice in the marketplace,” said Tom Crowley, senior vice-president, sales and marketing. “Ascent was lab tested, trialled in pressrooms, and when it comes to printing, there’s no better proof of how well it shows, than Catalyst’s most recent sustainability report which was printed on Ascent.”
    Catalyst has long specialized in lower-basis weight production across a wide range of papers from newsprint and directory grades, to specialty papers ideal for retail inserts and flyers, to high quality glossy mechanical papers popular with commercial printers, magazine, catalogue and book publishers.
    “We’re adding a third branch to our coated family of products – Electracote, Pacificote and now Ascent – and they all offer the benefit of bulk without weight. It’s a great advantage for postage-sensitive customers who are bracing for another round of rate hikes,” said Mr. Crowley. “Like many of our products, Ascent is available under our Sage program for those who value the assurance of a top notch sustainability partner who reinforces their own brand promise to environmentally aware consumers.” Port Alberni mill has one of North America’s greenest footprints with 91% of the energy coming from renewable biomass fuels and hydroelectric power.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    20.06.2013   Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin chooses Metso's automation and optimization solution to boost ...    ( Company news )

    ... cooking line productivity

    Metso DNA control system, analyzer and pulp cooking process optimization service to help the mill to face the challenge of running the fiber line more efficiently and preserving the fiber quality properties at the same time.

    Metso has won an order from Smurfit Kappa for the supply of a Metso DNA control system and a pulp cooking process optimization solution to its Cellulose du Pin mill in Biganos, France. First part of the project is scheduled to be completed in September 2013 with the installation of Metso Kappa Q analyzer, and second part in March 2014. The amount of the order will not be disclosed.
    Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin, which is an integrated plant producing Brown Kraftliner, White Top Kraftliner and White Top Testliner, made the decision to replace the aging control system and Kappa analyzer of its cooking line. The mill was also facing the challenges of increasing the stability of its pulping process and its Kappa index, to better meet the mill’s paper production objectives.
    Metso’s unique product range offering automation and process optimization solutions was a key factor in the mill’s decision to invest in a Metso solution.
    The Metso Continuous Cooking optimization service aims at producing the maximum amount of optimum quality pulp, stabilizing cooking conditions, eliminating disturbances and providing operators with tools to execute production rate and pulp grade changes automatically. The service consists of two parts: the implementation of advanced process controls coupled with Metso process experts optimizing the cooking process. Metso’s process optimization service was chosen because of Metso’s industry leading pulp process expertise coupled with a history of delivering targeted savings in similar cases globally.
    The implementation of the Metso Kappa Q analyzer helps provide better control inputs to process control and coupled with the Metso Continuous Cooking optimization service allows for improved process performance. The Metso Kappa analyzer was chosen as it provides the standard platform for process optimization and quality control at most of the leading pulp mills in the world.
    ‘’Smurfit Kappa Cellulose du Pin had to change the aging technology of the digester’s DCS and Kappa analyzer, and the Metso DNA system was chosen for its integrated solution including the optimization of the cooking process,’’ says Philippe PLANTEY Technical Project Manager for this strategic renewal.
    ‘’Maintenance personnel has already a deep knowledge of the Metso DNA platform. Configuration and programming are mastered by the factory automation’s team. The equipment reliability and the centralized archiving of the continuous cooking line datas together with the on-site availability of spare parts and the local assistance from Metso facilitated our choice.”
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    20.06.2013   KBA: Consolidation and realignment continue    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: In his speech to shareholders, KBA CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann reported positive news from the trade shows in China and Turkey

    --- KBA pays a dividend of 40 cents per share for 2012 --- Successful trade shows boost sheetfed order intake --- Persistent investment reluctance in web presses

    --- Restructuring process not yet complete --- Focus on further diversification in print-related growth markets --- Similar sales and pre-tax earnings to 2012 expected

    At the 88th annual general meeting of the world’s second-largest press manufacturer Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) at the Vogel Convention Center in Würzburg, KBA president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann painted a mixed picture of the current situation in the printing press market. Whereas the sheetfed division benefitted from numerous orders placed at the well-attended trade shows China Print in Beijing and Printtek in Istanbul, slow demand for commercial and newspaper web presses is continuing. Along with competition from online media, economic weakness in key sales markets acts as a brake on investment. However, in recent weeks newspaper printers from Germany and France have ordered new presses from KBA. Business with special presses for security printing has also returned to normal following an extraordinarily high order volume in 2011. In comparison, other niche markets and our service business have shown positive developments. All in all, group order intake after five months came to €362m, 25% down on last year’s figure which was boosted by the industry’s leading trade show, Drupa. At the end of May order backlog of €614.5m was 28% lower than 2012.

    The race to catch up in the second half of the year
    Large projects postponed by customers and more deliveries in the second half of the year ended in KBA sales of €395.2m behind target after five months. Objectives for 2013 include similar annual sales to 2012 (€1,293.9m) with a different product structure. KBA anticipates a slight decline in the sales volume for web offset presses and systems for security printing due to current market developments. In the sheetfed segment management is pursuing a less volume-orientated business strategy and an additional programme to reduce costs has been in place in both divisions for some time. Furthermore, management sees a need for further consolidation in the web business, which continues to be affected by slow market demand below expectations. In his speech the CEO pointed out that shareholders should prepare themselves for similar group pre-tax earnings to last year instead of the moderate increase originally planned. KBA will publish figures for the first half-year on 9 August.

    Further market adjustments in web press business
    At the end of May the KBA group payroll came to 6,156 or 100 fewer than one year ago. Excluding apprentices, trainees and employees in phased retirement schemes, the group payroll stands at nearly 5,500. After the loss of 2,000 jobs group-wide over the past four years, management considers additional measures as necessary given the disappointing market situation for web presses and in some niche markets. In constructive talks with employee representatives management strives to find responsible solutions.

    Top priority: improving earnings
    In his review of the past year, KBA CEO indicated that he was not satisfied with the group profit of €2.3m with sales of €1.3bn, “When looking at the industry situation it must be noted that KBA is the only large press manufacturer to have remained in the black operationally and after interest for the fourth year in a row despite considerable restructuring expenses and a substantial value adjustment to fixed assets in our sheetfed division. We know that there is room for improvement and we are pushing forward in many areas to increase profitability”. Along with realigning production capacity and amendments to wage agreements in place since the beginning of the year, the series of measures include cost-saving initiatives in group purchasing, administration and production, as well as a price increase of sheetfed offset presses.

    Diversifying in digital printing and packaging
    Bolza-Schünemann also referred to the profitable product lines which have come about through acquisitions over the past ten years: “This diversification strategy implemented at an early stage helped us significantly during past crisis years and shall be continued with targeted acquisitions in promising print segments. Our healthy balance sheet and sold financial standing give us room to actively shape our future.” As an example he cited the intended takeover of the Italian press manufacturer Flexotecnica, a company specialising in presses for printing on film and other substrates in the growing market for flexible packaging. The takeover process should be completed in September. Many projects are soon to be finalised for the KBA RotaJET 76 digital press which was first unveiled at Drupa 2012 as a prototype. The first KBA RotaJET was sold a few days before the AGM. Along with the initially addressed segments books, direct mail and advertising, KBA has unexpectedly received great interest from newspaper printers and users from other areas.

    Shareholders agree with proposal for dividend
    Allowing shareholders to participate adequately in the company’s success remains management’s objective. Compared to the previous year, in 2012 KBA quadrupled its group operating profit not including special items. Even after a special depreciation of €27.1m in the sheetfed division, operating profit rose to €16m. The parent, Koenig & Bauer, posted retained earnings of €6.6m after reinvesting 50% of the sum of 2012’s net profit and the previous year’s profit carried forward. Following last year’s decision not to pay a dividend, the management and supervisory boards proposed to pay shareholders a dividend of 40 cents per share taken from the parent’s retained earnings. The AGM approved this proposal. The remaining amount of approx. €10,000 will be transferred to other reserves.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    20.06.2013   Change of Rottneros Group CEO    ( Company news )

    Carl-Johan Jonsson has been appointed as the new CEO of the pulp producer Rottneros AB with effect 1 July 2013. He succeeds Ole Terland who has been the CEO of Rottneros since 2008. Carl-Johan Jonsson, aged 47, most recently held a corresponding position with Mondi Dynäs AB, which manufactures kraft paper.
    Ole Terland is leaving his position essentially as a result of Arctic Paper S.A. becoming the new main owner of Rottneros during the spring of 2013. The greater part of the board was also replaced in conjunction with the AGM in March.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     

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