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    26.01.2015   Mercian Labels installs world’s first Xeikon Cheetah    ( Company news )

    Company news UK label specialist plans to leverage Xeikon Cheetah to continue double-digit growth path

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce the first installation of its breakthrough Xeikon Cheetah digital label press, just months after the dedicated label printing solution was announced. UK-based Mercian Labels is the world’s first pilot site of the Xeikon Cheetah and has chosen this innovative, high-speed press to help it continue its double-digit growth path. Xeikon Cheetah, the most productive five-color digital label press in its class, will be installed early February at Mercian Labels’ new factory in Staffordshire, and run alongside their existing Xeikon 3000 Series digital press; as well as hotfoiling, flexo and inkjet technologies for an exceptionally robust label manufacturing platform.

    Dr. Adrian Steele, Managing Director of Mercian Labels, comments: “We have chosen to adopt the latest generation of Xeikon digital label printing technology on the back of above-average growth in the digital part of our business, where we have run out of production capacity. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah will better position us for expected growth and we are confident the capacity to be quickly filled.”

    Prior to the investment, Mercian Labels thoroughly evaluated other potential options available on the market. “We looked at competitive technologies from liquid toner to UV inkjet as well as the latest offers from Xeikon dry toner,” says Steele. “Every investment has to have a ROI. We like to sweat our assets, regardless of whether they are software or hardware. We are in the business of making money – not just labels. Everything has to earn its keep, and we are convinced that the Xeikon Cheetah will definitely do just that.”

    Time and cost measurements
    “The advantages of the new press will be measurable in terms of speed and reduced running costs,” continues Steele. “As a result, we expect to take more market share from what is traditionally flexo territory as digital becomes more competitive on longer runs. What is compelling is that it will open up a larger share of the market for us. We will look closely at how digital can grasp even more jobs that used to be printed in flexo, thanks to the faster running speed and lower consumables cost. With increased capacity, the cost point also goes down. And with a genuinely different cost base to our competitors, we can improve competitiveness.”

    Mercian Labels is proud of its independence when it comes to software and the benchmark the company has set in the UK for three-day lead times. “Our mantra is speed and service,” says Steele. “This means we must be very informed about and accurate with our pricing, so we can offer the benefits of the best of both digital and UV flexo technologies to our customers. As a full service label printer we see both areas growing at a similar pace for different reasons; thus our strategy is to offer the best technology for every specific demand. Customers increasingly want to deal with one supplier for their custom packaging requirements, and not be forced to use multiple suppliers who only serve a narrow profile of work because they refuse to adopt the best of both digital and analogue worlds, and in different product areas such as cartons as well as labels. That is why we have already taken a small but significant step into digitally printed cartons, adding to our label business. This move has really connected with our customer base.”

    Confidence drives early adoption
    Also important to the investment was the strong relationship Mercian Labels has with Xeikon: "This is not the first time we have entered into an R&D agreement to be an early adopter,” Steele explains. “Our long-standing and successful relationship with Xeikon is key to us as a user. We understand the technology and strategy, and how it will benefit us in the future. We wouldn’t have embarked on being the first global Xeikon Cheetah user unless I had a high degree of confidence in the platform and the relationship to get any issues sorted out quickly. You have to have faith and confidence in the strategy of the company. We think we will get to full production capacity very early based on customer demand, our talented staff and our very productive relationship with the digital printing experts at Xeikon.”

    Supporting future growth
    The investment fully supports Mercian Labels’ expansion following growing demand for its digital and security labelling products. Previously based in a 6.000sq ft. site in Cannock, the company’s new 24.000sq ft. factory in Staffordshire represents a significant increase in capacity. Now spread over two sites, with 50 staff and 31.000sq ft. of label and carton manufacturing capacity, the £3.4m turnover firm has a customer base of approximately 9.000 and is acquiring around 40 new customers a month. “We have experienced seven consecutive years of double-digit growth and see our future growth coming from various combinations of product innovation, market share and acquisitions. We formally completed our merger of AC Labels in Derby into the core Mercian Labels business at the end of last year and remain acquisitive,” states Steele. “The Xeikon Cheetah will solve a number of headaches for us and it can count on a very warm welcome to the Mercian family by both our production and sales teams.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, concludes: “The Xeikon Cheetah represents the most important advancement in the digital label market in 15 years, and we are delighted that innovative operations like Mercian Labels are adopting its cutting-edge technology. Its unrivalled speed can deliver a previously unattainable mix of speed, quality and efficiency that will enable our customers to stand out from their competition.”

    To showcase the new Xeikon Cheetah, Mercian Labels and Xeikon will be holding an exclusive preview event at the Mercian Labels premises in Burntwood, Staffordshire. This two-day event will take place in the afternoon of February 24th, one day before the Packaging Innovation show at Birmingham NEC; and in the afternoon of February 25th, the first day of the Easyfairs show.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    23.01.2015   Glatz: Sale of Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. to delfortgroup    ( Company news )

    Company news We would like to inform you that we have sold our factory Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. in Vietnam to Austrian-based delfortgroup on December 16th, 2014.
    The current, rapidly changing market for standard tobacco papers results in increasing price-declines, especially in Asia. Our long-term strategic goal has always been to focus on our core competencies, which includes high quality cigarette and plugwrap papers but has also been especially on Tipping Base papers and LIP-papers.
    We will continue to produce high-quality tobacco papers (CP and PWP) in Germany as we currently do and we will strive to strengthen our capabilities on Tipping Base- and LIP-papers by focusing our future R&D efforts on these two product groups as well as our production sites in Germany.
    We are looking forward to continue our close relationship with you in all matters and are well prepared to continue our global supply of all kinds of products out of Germany as requested.
    (Julius Glatz GmbH Papierfabriken Neidenfels)
     
    23.01.2015   TENCEL® - first medically tested fiber    ( Company news )

    Company news The Lenzing Lyocell fiber TENCEL® is the first fiber to be medically tested according to the FKT test method criteria for body compatibility and toxic substances.

    Photo from left to right: R. Van de Kerkhoff; S. Jary; M. Doser

    The Lyocell fiber TENCEL® stands for skin-sensory properties in many products. Particularly in the home textiles market, these properties are essential in bed linens when it comes to the end consumer’s buying decision. Textiles which come into contact with the skin should satisfy the highest standards. Lenzing has taken the first important step with this test by KFT, the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien e.V. Thus TENCEL® is the first fiber which may use the FKT label “MEDICALLY TESTED – TESTED FOR TOXINS”. “Sleep is critical to good health,” Dr. Susanne Jary, Director Home & Interiors at Lenzing, explains. “A medically proven starting material such as the TENCEL® fiber promotes good health. Above all, bed linens which are mostly in direct contact with the skin can make a major contribution towards general well-being,” Jary continues. “For this reason, it is extremely important to us that our fiber satisfies the criteria of the FKT label and is thus a pre-requisite for health-friendly home textiles.”

    Cooperation with FKT to promote body compatible textiles.
    ”Cooperation with Lenzing is an important step to establish the FKT label in the textile industry,” Prof. Dr. Michael Doser, Board Member of the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien, explains. “The FKT label is a reliable quality characteristic for strictly scientific and independently tested textiles,” he says. FKT awards the label “MEDICALLY TESTED - TESTED FOR TOXINS” which is a reliable quality label for textiles that don’t release any chemicals that may irritate the skin or damage a person’s health.

    This unique combination of tests for harmful substances and for sensitive effect-based body compatibility provides double tested safety. The manufacturers of high-quality textiles use this scientific certification to verify their quality standards and build a high degree of confidence with their end customers. These high-quality testing standards ensure that the TENCEL® fiber meets the strictest skin compatibility tests in line with the approval criteria for medical devices. This generates trust and transparency in and for the end consumer and offers considerable influence when it comes to the decision to buy the textile.
     
    23.01.2015   UPM Industry Leader with Gold Class Distinction in RobecoSAM's Sustainability Assessment    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has received Industry Leader position with Gold Class Distinction in the RobecoSAM’s annual Sustainability Yearbook.

    Photo: Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM

    The Sustainability Yearbook lists world’s sustainability leaders and ranks companies into gold, silver and bronze class on the basis of their performance in the RobecoSAM’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). The CSA is an analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labor practices, corporate governance and risk management.

    For each industry, the company with the highest score is named as the RobecoSAM Industry Leader. The leading company is considered to be best prepared to seize the opportunities and manage the risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments.

    “The Industry Leader with the Gold Class distinction results from our good ranking in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI),” says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, Environment and Responsibility, UPM. “We have been assessed as the industry leader in sustainability in the DJSI maintained by RobecoSAM. This is a result of our systematic work and development e.g.in the areas of resource efficiency, responsible forestry and sourcing as well as working conditions and safety,” she continues.
    (UPM)
     
    23.01.2015   Södra: Damage caused by Storm Egon estimated at 3 million forest cubic metres    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra estimates that damage to Södra's members' properties during Storm Egon was approximately 1.5 million forest cubic metres, corresponding to a total of about 3 million forest cubic metres in Götaland. This figure is significantly lower than anticipated given the high wind speeds registered. Södra believes that the extent of the damage may have been limited by the favourable direction of the wind, by the fact that earlier storms had already felled sensitive forest stands and that forest management practices have been better adapted to the risk of storms.

    Södra has carried out an inventory on the storm damage at 267 reference properties that are well dispersed across Götaland. On the basis of this inventory, the assessment is that the storm damage corresponds to approximately 1.5 million forest cubic metres on Södra's members' properties, which corresponds to a total of about 3 million forest cubic metres in Götaland. The damage mainly comprises scattered areas of wind-felled trees and exposed areas, for example, on the edges of forests.

    Storm damage has been recorded throughout Götaland with the extent varying widely among the properties, although the worst damage was caused in the Västra Götaland and Jönköping counties around the Vänern and Vättern lakes.

    The extent of the damage was considerably less than that caused by Cyclone Per (2007), which felled 16 million forest cubic metres in Götaland, despite the fact that the wind speeds recorded for both storms were roughly the same. Cyclone Gudrun (2005) felled some 75 million forest cubic metres.
    In the aftermath of Cyclone Gudrun, forestry began to adapt its forest management practices to reduce the risk of future storm damage.

    "At Södra, we have amended our forest management instructions. Now, trees are thinned when they are at a lower height and final harvesting takes place earlier in spruce-dominated stands," says Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management at Södra.
    "In recent years, we have also had an increase in the number of storms that have felled storm-sensitive forest stands and that have made the remaining forests more resilient to storms," says Örlander.

    Inventory and safety
    Södra urges its members to take an inventory of the damage to their properties as soon as possible and to contact their forestry inspector.
    There is a significant risk that there will be a spruce bark beetle infestation in the summer throughout the area hit by the storm. To ensure the protection of the forest and safeguard the value of the wood, it is therefore important to process the storm-felled wood as soon as possible.
    Södra, which has just over 50,000 owners and members who jointly own about half of the forest land in Southern Sweden, is appealing to all forest owners to take the utmost care when processing the wood felled in the storm.

    "Always put safety first! Start by taking an inventory and planning. Use mainly professional assistance and machinery when undertaking major work. Refrain from doing the work yourself if you don't have the experience or know-how, and never work alone," says Örlander.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    23.01.2015   Stora Enso's NRI in fourth quarter 2014 have EUR 225 million negative impact on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... operating profit

    Stora Enso will record non-recurring items (NRI) with a negative net impact of approximately EUR 225 million on operating profit and a positive impact of approximately EUR 53 million on income tax in its fourth quarter 2014 results. The NRI will decrease earnings per share by EUR 0.22.

    The NRIs are:
    -a negative NRI of approximately EUR 204 million due to fixed asset impairments mainly in Printing and Reading. The impairments are due to further weakened long-term earnings expectations resulting from decline in the European paper markets.
    -a negative NRI in Printing and Reading of approximately EUR 30 million due to fixed asset impairments and inventory write-downs related to the earlier announced, ongoing disposal of Uetersen Mill in Germany. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval process and estimated to be completed during the first quarter of 2015.
    -a positive NRI in Renewable Packaging of approximately EUR 9 million due to the earlier announced disposal of the Corenso business operations. The disposal was completed on 1 December 2014.

    The positive impact of approximately EUR 53 million on the income tax comprises a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 40 million due to the operative NRIs and a positive tax impact of approximately EUR 12 million due to valuation of deferred tax assets.

    The impairment charges taken in the fourth quarter 2014 reduce quarterly depreciations by EUR 7 million starting from fourth quarter 2014.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    23.01.2015   No consumer health risk from bisphenol A exposure    ( Company news )

    Company news EFSA’s comprehensive re-evaluation of bisphenol A (BPA) exposure and toxicity concludes that BPA poses no health risk to consumers of any age group (including unborn children, infants and adolescents) at current exposure levels. Exposure from the diet or from a combination of sources (diet, dust, cosmetics and thermal paper) is considerably under the safe level (the “tolerable daily intake” or TDI).
    Although new data and refined methodologies have led EFSA’s experts to considerably reduce the safe level of BPA from 50 micrograms per kilogram of body weight per day (µg/kg of bw/day) to 4 µg/kg of bw/day, the highest estimates for dietary exposure and for exposure from a combination of sources (called “aggregated exposure” in EFSA’s opinion) are three to five times lower than the new TDI.
    Uncertainties surrounding potential health effects of BPA on the mammary gland, reproductive, metabolic, neurobehavioural and immune systems have been quantified and factored in to the calculation of the TDI. In addition, the TDI is temporary pending the outcome of a long-term study in rats, which will help to reduce these uncertainties.

    Why has EFSA done this risk assessment?
    BPA is a chemical compound used in the manufacture of food contact materials such as re-usable plastic tableware and can coatings (mainly protective linings). Another widespread use of BPA is in thermal paper commonly used in till/cash register receipts. Residues of BPA can migrate into food and beverages and be ingested by the consumer; BPA from other sources including thermal paper, cosmetics and dust can be absorbed through the skin and by inhalation.
    Dr Trine Husøy is a member of EFSA’s expert Panel dealing with food contact materials (CEF Panel) and Chair of the BPA working group. She said: “The Panel decided to re-evaluate the safety of BPA because of the publication of a huge number of new research studies in recent years.”
    To be as open and transparent as possible, EFSA thoroughly consulted and engaged with national authorities and stakeholders during this risk assessment to ensure that the widest possible range of scientific views and information were considered. According to Dr Husøy, “the public consultation process also helped us to refine our assessment through the submission of additional data and to further clarify important aspects of the opinion such as uncertainties”. (A report on the public consultation is available below.)

    Refined assessment of BPA toxicity
    After weighing up a significant body of new scientific information on its toxic effects, the CEF Panel concluded that high doses of BPA (hundreds of times above the TDI) are likely to adversely affect the kidney and liver. It may also cause effects on the mammary gland in animals.
    Studies indicating BPA as the cause of other health effects were less conclusive, stated Dr Husøy. “Effects on the reproductive, nervous, immune, metabolic and cardiovascular systems, as well as in the development of cancer are not considered likely at present but they could not be excluded on the available evidence. So, they add to the overall uncertainty about BPA-related hazards and therefore have been considered in the assessment.”
    The Panel also assessed the possibility that BPA results in unexpected responses to different doses, e.g. adverse effects that are only induced by low BPA doses (known as ‘non-monotonic dose-response’ or NMDR relationships). The experts concluded that the available data do not provide evidence of such relationships for the health effects considered.

    Exposure: dietary picture clearer, non-dietary less certain
    In 2006, when EFSA last assessed dietary exposure to BPA, fewer data were available and EFSA’s experts were required to make several conservative assumptions about consumption and the levels of BPA in food. “With significantly more and better data we have updated and more accurately estimated dietary exposure to BPA for all population groups, said Dr Husøy. “As a result, we now know that dietary exposure is four to fifteen times lower than previously estimated by EFSA, depending on the age group.”
    For the first time, EFSA has also considered exposure to BPA from non-dietary sources. Dr Husøy underlined however: “There is a lack of supporting data on dermal exposure – for example, how much BPA the body absorbs through skin by touching thermal paper – which really increases the uncertainty of estimates from thermal paper and cosmetics”.

    Quantifying and factoring in uncertainties
    EFSA’s experts used new methodologies to take account of the uncertainties regarding potential health effects, exposure estimates and evaluation of risks for humans. Dr Husøy stated that “by analysing each uncertainty one by one and combining our expert judgement the Panel was able to quantify these uncertainties and to factor them in to its risk assessment and derivation of the TDI.”
    EFSA will reconsider the temporary TDI when the results of long-term research by the US National Toxicology Program are available for evaluation in two to three years. This research is expected to address many of the remaining uncertainties about BPA’s toxic effects.
    (efsa European Food Safety Authority)
     
    23.01.2015   emtec at the KRONA Institute in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news Optimization of the Production Process of Paper and Board
    emtec Electronic at the KRONA Institute in St. Petersburg

    emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the IV Annual International State-of-the-Art Conference 2015 at the KRONA Institute in St. Petersburg in Russia with the topic “Modern Systems for Paper and Board Quality Control”. On 18th February, Ms. Elena Beznosova will speak about “Predicting the surface behavior of paper and board during glueing and printing processes” and present some different Paper Testing Technology to optimize the production process of paper and board from the pulp to the finished product with the goal getting an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

    For efficient process optimization, it is essential to look at both, the wet and dry end of paper and board production. In the wet end, it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS – Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production for further steps within the conversion. This can be realized by the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. How this functions will be explained in detail by Ms. Elena Beznosova during her presentation on site.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    22.01.2015   Burrows Paper Corporation Sells Hydroelectric Power Plants to Cube Hydro New York    ( Company news )

    Company news Burrows Paper Corporation announced that it and the other owners of
    Lyonsdale Associates, LLC have sold their ownership interests in Lyonsdale Associates to Cube Hydro New York LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cube Hydro Partners, LLC. Lyonsdale Associates owns and operates a 3 MW hydroelectric facility in Lyonsdale, N.Y., and is the
    general partner of Little Falls Hydroelectric Associates, which owns and operates the 13.6 MW Little Falls hydroelectric facility in Little Falls, N.Y. The Little Falls and Lyonsdale facilities have been generating clean electric ity in Upstate New York since 1986.

    “We are pleased to announce that Cube Hydro will assume control of the Lyonsdale and Little Falls facilities and will maintain Bill Burrows’ vision and commitment to sustaining the environment. We are extremely proud of our dedicated employees who have operated and maintained these facilities since they commenced commercial operations, and we are positive that Cube Hydro will continue this strong operating history,” said Rose Mihaly, president and chief operating officer of Burrows Paper Corporation.
    “Cube Hydro is excited to close on the acquisition of Lyonsdale Associates and assume control of the Lyonsdale and Little Falls hydro plants. We look forward to operating and maintaining these facilities to maximize the generation of clean electricity to businesses and residents of Upstate New York, and to being part of and involved in the local communities,” said Kristina Johnson, president and CEO of Cube Hydro.
    John Collins, president of Cube Hydro New York, added, “We have been extremely impressed with the commitment of Burrows Paper Corporation and Lyonsdale Associates, and their employees to operate and maintain these plants at a very high standard to ensure the long-term generation of clean, renewable electricity. We are committed to maintaining these high standards to ensure the production of clean electricity for decades to come.”
    (Burrows Paper Corporation)
     
    22.01.2015   A glorious unboxing experience    ( Company news )

    Company news Mauboussin Pour Lui perfumes, by Lorience Paris in Europe, is growing with two new flanker scents that are variations of the original fragrance. Both come in customised bottles and boxes and offer the glorious unboxing experience that has become the signature of Mauboussin perfumes.

    ​The boxes for the new scents, Mauboussin Pour Lui “In Black” and “Time Out”, are made from Stora Enso’s Ensocoat 2S board, which enables symmetric, superb printing and finishing results on both sides of the board. When opening the box, the bottle and the brand are mirrored on the silver-coloured inner surface of the box. The effect is achieved by applying a metallised polyester film on the board.

    The new Mauboussin Pour Lui flankers will be on display at Stora Enso’s stand AB20 at PCD Paris show 4–5 February 2015. Lorience Paris will be presenting them at TFWE Singapore and IAA DFS Orlando in 2015.

    Variations for different markets
    “Mauboussin Pour Lui In Black is an intense scent full of masculine power for those who live their lives to the fullest. The box it comes in is the blackest of black, like a big, black car full of hidden force. Both the bottle and the box play with matte and gloss,” says Thierry Faucon, Creative Director at Lorience Paris. Achieving such a solid black surface takes demanding print work, and the special effects require perfect smoothness.

    In Black is targeted to European and US markets, while the lighter fragrance Time Out is intended particularly for Asia. For the latter, Mr Faucon’s source of inspiration was a lagoon, providing a cool and energizing getaway from the hectic pace of daily life. Together with the original Mauboussin Pour Lui, the new scents and their stylish boxes create a strong shelf presence, attracting buyers effectively.
    (Stora Enso France)
     
    22.01.2015   Cost-cutting with spray dampening units fitted with technotrans self-cleaning nozzles    ( Company news )

    Company news The modernisation of newspaper printing presses with new spray dampening units offers a considerable cost-cutting potential. v, a manufacturer of peripheral equipment for the printing industry, uses special self-cleaning and extremely low-maintenance nozzles in its deltaspray.line products. The resulting cost savings can boost the competitiveness of already existing systems.

    Older systems often do not include any spray dampening units, explains Peter Böcker, head of sales at technotrans AG: "However, not only the acquisition of new systems, but also the replacement of older, outdated models, can increase the system efficiency to a considerable extent," he says. This is why technotrans has developed the deltaspray.line with several unique advantages.

    No clogging of the nozzles thanks to the Venturi effect
    The most important selling point compared to other solutions is the self-cleaning nozzle. Special structures in the cap of the nozzle produce the so-called Venturi effect, i.e. the generation of negative pressure. Clean air from inside the housing is drawn in and flows around the nozzle. As a result, dirt and ink particles cannot clog the nozzle. This effect is realised completely without any external energy supply. Actively generated compressed air, which leads to high energy costs, is thereby made redundant. The longer service life and the reduced level of wear lead to a further boost of productivity. "We have been using this technology successfully in numerous systems for several years," explains Peter Böcker. The user feedback is positive in every way.

    Intelligent set-up for a higher level of efficiency
    The entire set-up of the system aims at boosting productivity. Thanks to the modular spray dampening units as well as their nozzles that can be controlled individually, the dampening solution dosing process is highly precise. The exact dampening solution application improves the quality of the printed product to a considerable extent. The nozzles are equipped with a bayonet lock, ensuring their quick exchange in just a few simple steps – no tools needed. As a result, maintenance tasks can be completed easily in just a few minutes.

    The integration into already existing systems is coordinated in co-operation with technotrans AG. The company also offers a complete range of peripheral equipment for newspaper printing, from dampening solution circulation up to central ink supply systems.
    (technotrans AG)
     
    22.01.2015   Toscotec to rebuild PM4 tissue machine at Van Houtum - The Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a dry end rebuilding of the Van Houtum B.V. PM 4 tissue machine in Swalmen, The Netherlands. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.

    Van Houtum is an independent producer of hygienic paper products and innovative washroom solutions for 80 years and is a leader in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). This family-owned company operates one mill in Swalmen, located in the south of the Netherlands, where it can produce approximately 45,000 tonnes/yr of tissue from recovered paper on two machines. A separate location nearby houses nine converting lines: three rewinders produce toilet and industrial products and six lines produce interfold and multifold products. The firm has some 200 employees and generates annual sales of around €65m. Under the brand name of “Satino Black”, environmental labelled as FSC recycled and European Ecolabel as well as Cradle to Cradle-certified, the Company offers a wide range of products that includes toilet paper and paper hand towels.

    In line with this green and dared philosophy, the Company has decided to choose Toscotec for its dry end rebuild on the PM4. The purpose of the rebuilding is to implement machine efficiency, reliability and safety in operations.

    Toscotec 's delivery includes a new reel TT Reel-P that will replace completely the existing old one. The supply is completed also by new tail threading system, sheet stabilizers and shaft puller with expandable shafts. The project will be handled on a turnkey basis, including dismantling of the existing equipment, installation of the new machinery, start-up assistance and training services. The new machine parts will be designed for an operative speed up to 1800 mpm with a paper width of 2600 mm.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    22.01.2015   MIAC 2015 next October in Lucca (Italy)!     ( Company news )

    Company news MIAC 2015 will take place in Lucca on 14.15.16 October 2015!

    270 International Exhibitors will show you their latest innovations in terms of machinery, equipment, technologies and services. At MIAC you can meet, in just 3 days and in one place, the leader companies in the paper industry sector.
    We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please save the date! Next October!

    The new MIAC website is on-line!
    Please visit us and give a look to the 2015 Exhibitors! The Conferences program will be ready soon and published on-line within April 2015. We wish to remind you that participation to the MIAC Conferences is free of charge!

    270 COMPANIES
    YOU CAN MEET 270 INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES AT THE SHOW, ALL IN ONE PLACE AND UNDER ONE ROOF!

    A 3-DAY SHOW
    A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY FOR PAPER AND CONVERTING TECHNICIANS TO FIND OUT THE LATEST NEWS IN THIS PROFESSION..., IN JUST 3 DAYS!

    A FULL OVERVIEW
    OF THE TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE TO THE PAPER INDUSTRY SECTOR!

    4 CONFERENCES
    4 HIGHLY QUALIFIED INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCES!
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    22.01.2015   International Pulp & Paper Week – Bioeconomy Innovation Forum Kick-Off Meeting    ( Company news )

    Company news Adforum and Mentor Communications welcome you to take part in in the kick-off breakfast meeting for the International Pulp & Paper Week and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum.

    When: Thursday January 29th, 9.00 – 11.00
    Where: Stockholmsmässan, meeting room K12 (please enter through the main entrance at Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö, Stockholm)

    During this kick-off meeting we will provide you with coffee, breakfast and important information about the next generation events for the pulp, paper and biobased industries. Please click here to register to the meeting (registration compulsory) or to receive more information about the events. Please register before January 27.

    Time to integrate with other industries – more visitors!
    The forest industries are facing major changes and are nowadays offering a lot of new interesting products for a wide range of industries and purposes. For the new event we are inviting strategic target groups from other industries, offering the opportunity to cooperate across the traditional industry borders. For the next events we are not only aiming to get visitors from the Swedish pulp and paper industry but also from a wide range of other industries that can benefit biobased products from the forest.

    Two events covering the entire forest industry
    The Pulp & Paper Week will continue the long traditions of pulp and paper exhibitions in Stockholm while the Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will have a strong focus on new products and innovations from the forest industry.
    Running as two separate, but parallel events in the same hall, the two events will offer great synergies between the various sectors of the forest industry. The two events will offer the latest features within the event industry such as integrated conferences in exhibition area, social activities, matchmaking and company visits.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    21.01.2015   Changes to Pöyry's Group Executive Committee    ( Company news )

    Company news Anja Silvennoinen, 54, MSc in Energy technology, MBA, has been appointed Executive Vice President of Pöyry PLC and President of the Energy Business Group and member of the Group Executive Committee of Pöyry PLC. She will assume these positions on 1 March 2015 and will report to Alexis Fries, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC.

    Anja Silvennoinen is currently Vice President, Head of Energy, Nordics, in the Management Consulting Business Group of Pöyry.

    Anja Silvennoinen will succeed Sergio Guimaraes in these positions. Reporting to Alexis Fries, Sergio Guimaraes will assume a Senior Vice President, Business Development position at Pöyry with a specific focus on Latin America and including tasks related to operations and process optimisation at Group level.He will leave his position at the Group Executive Committee.

    "I want to warmly welcome Anja to the Group Executive Committee and wish her every success in developing our energy business further. At the same time, I want to thank Sergio for an outstanding job done in the Energy Business Group and as a member of the Group Executive Committee. I am particularly pleased that we had an excellent internal candidate to succeed Sergio in his positions", says Alexis Fries, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC.
    (Pöyry PLC)
     
    21.01.2015   Henri Vermeulen takes on ERPC chairmanship    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Henri Vermeulen as chairman, taking over from Beatrice Klose (Intergraf). Mr Vermeulen is Vice President Paper for Recycling of the Smurfit Kappa Group and represents CEPI in the EPRC. His ERPC chairmanship began on 1 January 2015 and he will remain in this position until the end of 2016.

    The ERPC was set up as an industry self-initiative in November 2000 to monitor the progress towards meeting the paper recycling targets set out in the 2000 European Declaration on Paper Recycling. In 2011, the ERPC committed itself to meeting and maintaining both the voluntary recycling target of 70% in the EU-27 plus Switzerland and Norway by 2015 as well as qualitative targets in areas such as waste prevention, ecodesign, and research and development.

    “The ERPC has been very successful in carrying out qualitative actions on paper recovery, to improve the quality of paper for recycling in Europe. The challenge is to maintain the current high collection and recycling volumes in Europe, despite changing paper consumption patterns”, said Mr Vermeulen.

    Mr Vermeulen is 49 years of age and holds a master’s degree in Law from Maastricht University. Since 1997, he is responsible in Europe for all recovered paper activities, first at Kappa Packaging and since 2005 for the merged Smurfit Kappa group. In this function he is involved in many different entities throughout Europe, from operating paper for recycling companies to industrial associations like CEPI, where he chaired the Recycling & Product committee for several years. He is married with two children and has the Dutch Nationality.
    (ERPC The European Recovered Paper Council)
     
    21.01.2015   KBA presents new RotaJET L and VL inkjet off the reel    ( Company news )

    Company news The new, highly flexible KBA RotaJET L digital press platform will dominate Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) presence at the Hunkeler Innovationdays from 23 to 26 February in Lucerne. This follows the debut of an operational KBA RotaJET 76 inkjet web press at the same show in 2013. Experts from KBA will be manning a stand in hall 1 (booth no.15) also providing information on the latest and future RotaJET VL applications in industrial digital printing.

    The modular RotaJET L platform is available in five different web widths from 895 to 1,300mm (35.2 - 51.1in). and can be upgraded to the maximum printing width and colour content at a later date. Additionally, it can be flexibly configured to suit all fundamental application areas in the high-volume digital printing segment. Retrofitting future generations of printing heads is also possible. Users can thus react quickly and economically to changing demands without needing to invest in entirely new kit.

    Along with the new 89-130 series based on the RotaJET L platform and the RotaJET 76 (max. printing width 781mm/30.7in) unveiled at Drupa 2012 for book, commercial, magazine and newspaper printing, KBA has built the RotaJET VL inkjet range with a printing width of over 1.60m (5.2ft) or even over 2m (6.6ft) for industrial applications. The prominent press manufacturer benefits from its wealth of know-how in web guidance and substrate handling accumulated over many years. Decorative printer Interprint therefore recently fired up the first KBA RotaJET VL with a printing width of 1.68m (5.5ft). The partnership between HP and KBA announced at the end of September 2014 for the development and production of a digital press for corrugated printing is based on Koenig & Bauer’s unique experience in precision mechanical engineering for a host of print applications and processes.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    21.01.2015   Joined up approach at heart of products presented at Packaging Innovations    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: X-Rite eXact™ is a next generation handheld color measurement solution that takes into account the new business needs and dynamics of a global supply chain. X-Rite eXact enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color across the entire color network and avoid unwanted reprint and rework

    The importance of creating long term, holistic and customer centric relationships will be the focus of X-Rite Europe’s presence at Packaging Innovations, NEC Birmingham, February 26 and 27 on Stand H23.

    The global leader in color science and technology will showcase its range of market leading hardware and software solutions developed to maximize end-to-end color control. It will also demonstrate its commitment to customer education to support continued growth and success.

    “We want to demonstrate to customers how our solutions can ensure they have a complete end to end approach that delivers maximum consistency, productivity and end user satisfaction,” comments Tim Smith, Sales Manager UK, Inks and Packaging at X-Rite Europe.

    “We will talk through our range of solutions to identify what is required today as well as how we can support them long after their investment. That way they can be confident they are always delivering the best service and we can continue to show how our constantly updated portfolio will enable them to offer market leading results well into the future.”

    Among the solutions taking the spotlight are eXact and eXact Scan, the next generation in handheld color measurement that enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color avoiding unwanted reprint and rework.

    ColorCert software will also be presented. The dashboard allows procurement and brand owners access to supplier scorecards for monitoring the production process across the supply chain. Also being highlighted is PantoneLIVE and the newly updated Pantone Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards.

    “Every company is different and has their own unique requirements,” adds Mr. Smith. “These can range from market strengths and sector specialisms to size and customer demands. They can also change as trends emerge. That is why at Packaging Innovations we will be looking to get to know and understand each one of our visitors so we can make a bespoke recommendation.”
    (X-Rite Ltd)
     
    21.01.2015   Enhanced Filter Performance thanks to Viscose Speciality Fibres from Kelheim    ( Company news )

    Company news At the world’s biggest filtration event, the FILTECH conference and exhibition, Dr. Philipp Wimmer from the R&D team of the German viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres will present a paper on how beer can be filtered in an environmentally friendly manner by using sustainable viscose speciality fibres and avoiding the use of potentially hazardous diatomite.

    Photo: Bramante viscose fibre

    Unlike other cellulosic fibres such as cotton or wood pulp, viscose fibres are distinguished by their well-defined and reproducible properties that allow them to be designed to meet the needs of processing steps and adapted to each application. For example, the porosity and surface of a filter can be precisely controlled by adding viscose fibres with different cross-sections. The incorporation of functional additives into viscose fibres allows the optimization of the fibres in respect of the intended application, for example for the removal of tannins from beer. The advantage of functional viscose fibres: as the additives are incorporated in the fibres they do not impact the physical properties of the filter and can not migrate into the filtered product but can still function effectively. The use of viscose speciality fibres from Kelheim is completely safe both for people and for the environment, and this is one of the reasons why the fibres have been used for decades in medical products. The fibres are certified for food contact by ISEGA and the absence of harmful substances in the products is confirmed by their certification to the OEKO-TEX® 100 standard in the most demanding product class. Viscose fibres are taste neutral and are currently used in food and beverage applications, for example in coffee pads and tea bag papers. Kelheim Fibres’ research team is working on many other possible filtration applications for the use of viscose fibres. As a result of the wide product range Kelheim Fibres offers – from extra high absorbent to water repellent, from flame retardant to ion exchange fibres – there are almost no limits to the imagination. As viscose fibres are manufactured from renewable raw materials incineration at the end of filter life is CO2 neutral, or – if the residue in the filter allows – they can be composted, an ideal disposal route for precoat filter cakes in the beverage industry.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    21.01.2015   Bordeaux Announces Campaign in UK for PLASMA VU – a Vutek QS™ Dedicated Ink Solution ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... A free ink set for every conversion!

    Bordeaux announces a campaign promoting the industry’s first dedicated ink solution for Vutek QS printers. The owners of Vutek QS™ printer series in the UK will get a free set with the first purchase of PLASMA VU conversion kit.
    Bordeaux’s PLASMA VU is Bordeaux’s printer specific solution for the Vutek QS which enables a simple installation with zero printer downtime. The versatile and low odor UV curable ink is specifically designed for full compatibility in every Vutek QS printer parameter for optimum performance.
    The ink has been rigorously tested on the QS2000™ / QS3200™ printers and exhibits an extended color gamut using 7 colors for guaranteed performance by an established ink research and manufacturing company.
    The conversion kit includes 2 full color sets of compatible OEM ink, flush and a dongle bypass and supplied in packaging that match the printer’s original feeding outlets. This new solution guarantees top level performance, high quality colors, exceptional reliability and cost savings.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    21.01.2015   Multiple Big-Name Exhibitors Confirmed: SinoCorrugated 2015 Set To Be Key Marketplace ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...For Corrugated Industry

    We are excited to announce that 98.47% of exhibiting booths of SinoCorrugated 2015 had already been booked, following a continuing surge in demand for exhibition space that has also seen new halls be open for the exhibition. This is a trend that is expected to last as SinoCorrugated continues to spearhead the rapid development of the corrugated industry and sustain its growth in size and influence.

    An Intelligent Factory Zone will be introduced for the first time at SinoCorrugated 2015
    -Be among the first to enter this USD 5 billion market.
    The Zone will be an opportunity for suppliers to seize a share of the intelligent factory market, exchange with buyers, and create China’s top exhibition platform for factory intelligentization.

    Scope of Exhibits in Intelligent Factory
    • Material Conveying, Piling & Ground Logistics
    • Environment, Safety & Waste Treatment
    • Factory and Equipment Intelligentization
    • Storage Equipment & Technologies
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    21.01.2015   New ownership at Matti Technology AG    ( Company news )

    Company news As of January 13th 2015, Mr. Thomas Amrein took over Matti Technology AG (Matti) and its management. Thomas Amrein is an electrical engineer and an economist. In his professional career he held positions in research, development and commercial functions at national and international SME’s and enterprises in the B2B area.

    At its headquarters in Sulgen the company employs approximately 25 employees, most of them with a degree in engineering. All jobs will be maintained. Matti Technology AG was founded in 1995 by Mr. Max Matti. In 2005 Dr. Dieter Woschitz took over the company. During these years he and his team developed Matti to the market leading integrator of digital printing machines. In this year, Matti is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

    The upcoming retirement in 2017 has led to Dieter Woschitz’s decision to hand over the company to younger hands. Mr. Dieter Woschitz will closely support and advise the company during the next two years.

    Matti Technology AG develops, designs, manufactures and markets (worldwide) integrated solutions for high-speed digital print. Among Mattis international clientele are OEM partners who manufacture digital printing machines but also innovative printing shops, direct-mailers, letter shops, datacenters, banks, insurances and book / manual printers.

    In 2014, together with its partner “bielomatik”, located in Neuffen, Germany, Matti has founded the „Bielomatik-Matti AG” Joint Venture. bielomatik is one of the leading vendors for paper processing and plastics welding machines.

    In November 2014, during the Open-House, the joint venture presented the “PageMaster”. This fully integrated machine configuration digitally prints at speeds up to 300 meters per minute and produces personalised backstitched products with varying formats and page numbers. The PageMaster delivers true inline production “from the white roll to the final product”.
    (Matti Technology AG)
     
    20.01.2015   Valmet Advantage DCT tissue line successfully started up at Syktyvkar Tissue Group in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news A Valmet-supplied tissue line recently started up at Syktyvkar Tissue Group's new site in Semibratovo, Yaroslavl region, Russia. The new Advantage DCT 100HS machine adds 30,000 tons of tissue per year to the company's current production of bathroom tissue, napkin and towel grades.
    Valmet has previously delivered an Advantage DCT 100 production line to Syktyvkar's mill in the republic of Komi, which started up in 2008, as well as a major rebuild of their PM1 at the same mill in 2011.
    "Valmet and Syktyvkar Tissue Group have developed a strong relationship during our previous deliveries. Excellent teamwork and big efforts from both sides combined with our well proven technology made the start-up very smooth and efficient. We are looking forward to continuing our long-term partnership in future projects," says Björn Magnus, Sales Director EMEA, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The tissue machine has a width of 2.7 m and a design speed of 2,000 m/min and is optimized to save energy and to enhance final product quality.
    Valmet's delivery included a complete tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100HS tissue machine. The tissue machine is equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder and an AirCap hood. The project scope also included basic and detailed engineering, process equipment, as well as the supervision of the installation and training of the new tissue line.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    20.01.2015   Ten years after Cyclone Gudrun - forestry balance has been restored     ( Company news )

    Company news In January 2005, Cyclone Gudrun swept over Götaland in southern Sweden, felling about 200 million trees, or 75 million cubic metres of wood, in the process. Today, 10 years later, the forest's balance has been restored. "Replanting has continued apace and forest regeneration of the storm clearings has been satisfactory," explained Göran Örlander, Head of Forest Management at Södra.

    On the night between 8-9 January 2005, Cyclone Gudrun swept across southern Sweden. Wind speeds of up to 33 m/s were registered in Småland, causing enormous damage to Södra members' forest estates. At the storm's peak, 415,000 households were without electricity and several communities were cut off.

    "It was only after we had spent a few days performing an inventory that we fully understood the extent of the damage to our members' forests. Many of us were shocked to discover the huge losses sustained by the forest in the storm and, at Södra, this entailed an entirely new way of working to help our members recover," remarked Örlander.

    Following intensive and large-scale efforts to process the trees felled by the cyclone, Södra simultaneously stored more than 10 million cubic metres of storm-felled timber at terminals and mills and on roadways. The last of the terminal stocks of storm-felled timber were collected from the Asige terminal in Halland in late November 2009. And two days before Christmas Eve in 2009, the last of the logs that were felled in the storm were sawn at Södra's Värö sawmill.

    "In hindsight, we can conclude that the damage was not as bad as we first feared," added Örlander. "We were enormously lucky in terms of the weather. It was also significant that insect populations were low in early 2005, which meant that the felled trees were not damaged. We can also see that the young forests are growing well in the clearings that we have replanted."

    Among Södra's members, an estimated 40 million cubic metres of timber were blown over, which was equivalent to about four annual harvests at the time.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    20.01.2015   Resolute Receives 2014 Best Forest and Paper Solutions Clean Tech Award from ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... The New Economy

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) has been awarded The New Economy Magazine's Clean Tech Award in the Best Forest and Paper Solutions category for 2014.

    Photo: Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Now in their sixth year, The New Economy's Clean Tech Awards honor and recognize companies around the world whose ideas, achievements, projects and solutions reflect innovation, long-term vision and leadership. Elements considered include research and development initiatives, overall strategy, and sustainability approach and achievements.

    "The increased recognition of Resolute's achievements and leadership through designations like Clean50 and Corporate Knights' Best 50, and now The New Economy's Clean Tech Awards, demonstrates our continued and meaningful progress on our sustainability objectives," said Richard Garneau, President and Chief Executive Officer.

    The magazine's winter issue announcing the full slate of awards and recipients will be shared with subscribers in North America, Europe and Asia, and distributed at the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) in late January. Detailed information will also be published on the London-based media company's website.

    "Receiving such international recognition reflects the hard work and dedication of all employees at Resolute. We will continue our focus on the three pillars of sustainability – environmental, social and economic. Our commitment to sustainability and our achievements over the past several years provide Resolute with a competitive advantage in the marketplace," added Garneau.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    20.01.2015   RadTech Europe sets its 2015 agenda    ( Company news )

    Company news RadTech Europe, the international association promoting the radiation curing technologies, anticipates a full and exciting agenda of activities in 2015 – driven by unprecedented interest in the UV/EB curing technologies across an ever-widening range of industries. Established in 1988, the association was driven by a desire to create a formal profile for the industry’s even then extended value chain, and to establish a pan-European platform where members could meet, share knowledge, develop joint themes, and educate. That process continues today – in an even wider context.

    New place, new format, new applications
    RadTech Europe’s major focus will be on its 2015 conference – a biennial event which uniquely brings together its members’ diverse interests and expertise. The 2015 event’s headline is ‘UV/EB now: new place, new format, new applications’. Located this year in Prague, Czech Republic, 13-15 October, RadTech Europe 15 will offer an in-depth agenda featuring both plenary and parallel sessions, with a complementary exhibition which will additionally provide an ideal location for delegate networking, as well as for commercial presentations on new product introductions from RadTech Europe member companies.

    Conference agenda
    The planned conference agenda reflects the variety of topics at the heart of the UV/EB market today – including water-based technologies, advances in photochemistry and polymerisation; developments in formulations, coatings, and equipment, graphic arts applications (including digital print and packaging); industrial usage from wood and paper coatings to plastics and 3D printing/additive manufacturing; and, of course HSE and safe usage.

    There will be an additional focus on the considerable base of innovation in the industry, which is responding to the enormous interest in the benefits of radiation curing as compared to ‘traditional’ curing/drying technologies. New and emerging application areas, such as field-applied coatings, textiles, photovoltaics, aerospace, and the nanotechnologies, will be explored, along with tooling and technology advances, for example in the area of UV LED, and innovations in chemistries, synthesis routes, and the use of renewable materials.

    EB curing seminar
    The RadTech Europe 2015 calendar will feature additional events, such as a dedicated EB curing seminar to identify and evaluate the advantages -- in terms of low energy usage, low operating temperatures, and photoiniator-free systems -- that today’s smaller, better inerted electron beams deliver.

    Best practice, safety in use
    Central to RadTech Europe’s concerns is the raft of best practice and regulatory documents that guarantee the safety of radiation curing in all its applications. 2015 will see the continuation of the association’s active participation in the new review of the EC reference document on the best available techniques for surface treatment using organic solvents (BREF STS). The document, which is being evaluated by a large number of stakeholder organisations, specifies emission limits and other environmental permit requirements, and includes information on alternative technologies to lower VOC emissions – a key benefit of UV and EB curing technologies. The review process is expected to take approximately three years.

    RadTech Europe is also involved in the working group applying for the extension of the exemption of mercury in “special purpose discharge lamps” under the RoHS directive on the use of hazardous substances in electrical and electronic equipment – an arena which is of importance to UV mercury-vapour bulbs.

    Food-safe UV-cured inks
    Other areas where the association is making positive contributions include REACH and the German Printing Ink Ordinance, now in its fifth draft, which is currently at the core of existing European standards for the safety of printing inks in food packaging materials in terms of non-migration, low odour, and no taste transfer. 2014 saw RadTech Europe organise a dedicated seminar on this issue to great interest of the industry.

    …and now in three dimensions
    Radiation curing technologies may have been around for more than 70 years, but they are today very much central to the launch pad for a real 21st-century innovation: 3D printing or additive manufacturing. This process involves building three-dimensional objects/ products individually, in plastic, from a digital file. These creations may be medical devices, toys, custom jewellery, electronics, automotive components, and many other consumer and industrial products. But they all share one manufacturing feature: radiation curing.

    A new industrial revolution?
    The exceptional interest in the possibilities of 3D printing/additive manufacturing market that is currently being experienced has intensified interest in all aspects of UV/EB curing. RadTech Europe President David Helsby is in no doubt that the association’s 2015 agenda will include a strong and growing focus on this sector. ‘Additive manufacturing is going viral,’ he says, ‘and our members’ science, expertise, and experience are critical to turning what is currently an embryo technology into a new industrial revolution.’ www.radtech-europe.com
    (RTE RadTech Europe Office)
     
    20.01.2015   Employee negotiations concluded in Finland and the UK - UPM closes 675,000 tonnes of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...publication paper capacity

    UPM permanently closes down paper machine 2 at UPM Kaukas and paper machine 5 at UPM Jämsänkoski in Finland, along with paper machine 1 at the UPM Shotton mill in the UK. Production will be ceased by the end of March 2015 at the latest. Employee consultation processes concerning the closing plans were concluded in mid-January 2015.

    The number of positions is reduced by 114 at the Kaukas mill in Lappeenranta, by 138 at the Jämsä River Mills and by 121 at Shotton. The consultations covered among others reasoning for personnel reductions, schedule and change support for those made redundant. All of the mills will continue paper production on the remaining paper machines.

    Along with the closures, UPM reduces its coated and uncoated magazine paper capacity by approximately 460,000 tonnes and its newsprint capacity by 215,000 tonnes.

    As planned, the company also continues centralising its Supply Chain operations in Paper ENA (Europe and North America) and transfers Supply Chain planning and order fulfillment activities.

    “These decisions are unfortunate for the personnel involved, and the past months have been challenging for all of us. From the business point of view, the measures taken are necessary to improve our operating rates and profitability in the European paper business, which still suffers from overcapacity. By reducing capacity we ensure the efficient use of our remaining machines in Europe,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA.

    The announced decisions are part of UPM’s EUR 150 million profit improvement target introduced in November 2014 . The full profit improvement programme includes variable and fixed cost savings in all UPM businesses and functions.
    (UPM)
     
    19.01.2015   Globe valve with membrane actuator adept at control tasks    ( Company news )

    Company news The universally compatible GEMÜ 536 globe valve has a robust design and is reliable in operation. This valve was developed with a long service life and low maintenance requirements in mind.

    The GEMÜ 536 pneumatically operated 2/2-way globe valve has a low maintenance membrane actuator which can be controlled by inert gaseous media. The valve plug is fixed to the spindle in such a way as to allow flexing during closure in order to ensure tight shut off. Steel and PTFE as well as a fibre glass-reinforced PTFE version are available as seats.
    The valve spindle is sealed by a self-adjusting gland packing. This provides a low-maintenance and reliable valve spindle seal even after an extended period of operation. The wiper ring which has also been introduced additionally protects the gland packing from contamination and damage.
    The customer has a choice between cast stainless steel 1.4408 or SG iron GGG40.3 (available from the beginning of 2015) for the material of the valve body. A flange in accordance with EN 1092 or ANSI cl. 125/150 RF is available for the piping connection.
    A good flow rate and controllability is achieved due to the globe valve design. Standard regulating cages are used in the control valve design. Thanks to the high-quality design, GEMÜ 536 is also suitable for high operating temperatures and pressures. A version according to ATEX is also available as an option.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    19.01.2015   Invercote upgrade - an adaptation to market demands     ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard announces an upgrade to its flagship product, Invercote. From summer 2015 the bestselling paperboard in the Invercote family, Invercote G, will feature a lightly coated reverse side.

    “More and more brand owners want to have access to high-quality reverse side printing, for example in order to print a colour shade or pattern which improves recognition and reinforces their brand,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Iggesund Paperboard. “We are developing Invercote step by step, and always in the direction our customers want.”

    Prior to this latest upgrade, Invercote G has been triple-coated on the print side with an uncoated reverse and is available in grammages from 180 to 380 g/m2. Over the years it has come to be the quality leader, primarily due to the combination of excellent printing and foil laminating properties together with high quality and an equally high quality consistency. One of the many reasons to choose it as a graphic or packaging material has been the high predictability of the end result.

    Coating the reverse side means that the whiteness on the reverse has also been adjusted up. Further improvement has also been made to the lightfastness, which was already the best on the market, and which is crucial for a package to keep looking fresh over time on the retail shelf.

    ”This is not a revolution but rather an adaptation to gradually changing customer demands. The reverse side coating is very light – it improves the printing properties, but still keeps the tactile feeling of roughness,” Sundblad continues. “But in making this change we have also preserved all the other properties that have repeatedly led to Invercote being ranked by leading brand owners as the European paperboard market’s strongest brand.”

    Concurrently with the introduction of the upgraded Invercote G, Iggesund has also improved and made more transparent its service offering under the name Care by Iggesund. The aim is consistent delivery times but the offering also encompasses everything from a rapid sample service and the dissemination of knowledge to local technical support and a transparent raw materials supply.

    “It’s crucial to us that anyone who chooses Invercote will not only sleep well at night but also know that the end result will be dazzling,” Sundblad concludes.

    Specifications for the upgraded Invercote G as well as sample and trial material will be available from early February. Deliveries will start July 1st.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    19.01.2015   GLATFELTER APPOINTS CHRISTOPHER W. ASTLEY AS SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT & ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...BUSINESS UNIT PRESIDENT, ADVANCED AIRLAID MATERIALS

    Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced the promotion of Christopher W. Astley (photo) to Senior Vice President & Business Unit President, Advanced Airlaid Materials (AMBU), effective immediately. In this new role, he will have overall P&L responsibility, and will lead the development as well as implementation of strategic and tactical plans for the business.

    “I am very pleased to announce Chris’s promotion to the role of Senior Vice President & President, AMBU,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Since joining Glatfelter in August 2010, he has demonstrated a track record of leadership and hands-on execution that has created value for the Company and our shareholders. Chris has been a key driver of the development of the strategy for the Company as a whole as well as specifically for AMBU. In addition, he played a key role in recent acquisitions, including Dresden Papier and Spezialpapierfabrik Oberschmitten GmbH (SPO), as well as the expansion of the Company’s capabilities in several key areas. I look forward to his continued success in this new leadership role.”

    Mr. Astley had been Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy of Glatfelter. Prior to joining Glatfelter, Mr. Astley served in various consulting roles for more than 15 years in the pulp, paper and packaging industries. He held positions with Accenture in its strategic services practice and with Coca-Cola, supporting long-term strategy development in its North American business unit. Mr. Astley also successfully led a privately held firm serving the commercial construction industry.

    Mr. Astley holds a Masters in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Richmond.

    Mr. Astley succeeds Jonathan Bourget, who will be leaving the Company after assisting in a transition period. Commenting on the transition, Mr. Parrini said, “On behalf of the leadership team, I wish to thank Jonathan for his service and contributions to support AMBU’s growth over the last few years. We wish him well in his future endeavors.”
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    19.01.2015   Agfa Graphics Launches Acorta Automatic Cutting Plotter with Auto Recognition    ( Company news )

    Company news To extend the product offering for sign and display makers, Agfa Graphics has added an automatic cutting plotter to its Anapurna and Jeti wide-format printer portfolio.

    Acorta is an automatic cutting and finishing plotter dedicated to respond to the requirements of the cardboard, digital printing and signage industries. It helps sign and display printers turn a wide variety of printed rigid and flexible sheet media into finished decoration, containers, banners etc. that truly stand out.
    "Delivering POP/POS materials is more than just printing on the right substrate," said Dominiek Arnout, Vice President for Inkjet at Agfa Graphics. "We are developing and all-integrated approach in which our customers can add an extra in-house finishing step, all driven from Asanti. Rendering, printing and cutting in one workflow allows them to be more productive, more efficient suppliers with a higher return on investment for their business."

    Acorta uses advanced technologies such as an innovative auto recognition system; it automatically localizes the printed objects and the position of the reference points on the cutting table, as well as the substrate’s height to avoid manual set-up of the job parameters.

    Acorta features cutting speeds of up to 102 m/min with maximum automation and minimum operator intervention. Its robust build and 40 vacuum zones that are automatically activated where and when needed, further add to the cutter’s great accuracy and stability.
    (Agfa Graphics NV Zweigniederlassung Düsseldorf)
     
    19.01.2015   Open house at Bobst Bielefeld on February 25 - 26 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: BOBST F&K 20SIX CS flexo press

    On February 25 – 26, Bobst Bielefeld will hold an open house in its Compentence Center in Bielefeld, Germany. Like at last year's open house in October, there will be both a print demonstration and speeches on process related topics to update visitors on the latest technological developments.

    The live demonstration will be focused on a BOBST F&K 20SIX CS model, flagship of the platform based F&K 20SIX series of CI flexo presses. The model that will be on demonstration features a print width of 1650 mm (65''), a repeat of 1200 mm (47.2''), and a speed of 600 m/min (1970 ft/min). It is designed for both solvent-based and water-based printing. Among the extensive range of equipment on show are smartGPS™, the off-press impression setting system, shaftless winders, a 100% inspection system, a special slitting device, and last but not least an auxiliary system for handling large format cylinders.

    The first day of the event (February 25) is targeted at an international audience with all presentations given in English, whereas on February 26 all presentations will be given in German. On both days, the formal agenda is scheduled from 11 a.m. to approximately 6.30 p.m.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
     
    19.01.2015   Parkar Communications scores with the Esko Kongsberg XN cutting table in just six months    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Mahesh Parkar, Managing Director of Parkar Communications Pvt. Ltd with the Kongsberg XN table at Parkar’s plant in Andheri East

    Parkar Communications Private Limited is a one-stop shop for on-the-ground marketing communication in Mumbai. Design, product development, offset and digital print, signage, POP, events, and corporate film production – from concept to execution on the ground, Parkar’s signage and POP solutions for brands such as P&G, Gillette, Cadbury, Onida and Mahanagar Gas are visible throughout Mumbai’s stores and malls around the country. Six months ago, the company installed an Esko Kongsberg XN cutting and creasing table with Esko’s ArtiosCAD 3D and i-cut Suite software at its Andheri East plant.

    Till the company installed the Kongsberg XN, PCPL was totally dependent on manual labor for executing its signage and POP projects, engaging almost a dozen persons in that department. That count is now down to just one. “It was all manual cutting and involved quite a bit of labor management. Also, the cost of blades and cutters were a big expense. And we could not get the desired quality. That led us to Esko,” says Mahesh Parkar, Managing Director of PCPL.

    Parkar adds that earlier, manually cutting a 8-foot by 4-foot sheet took close to 45 minutes. With the Esko Kongsberg XN, that time is down to only 6 to 8 minutes. “The Kongsberg XN cutting table not only helps us save on labor, but it also allows us to reduce the material costs; which is in fact a huge saving,” states Parker.

    Confidence, Excellence, Productivity, Growth
    Apart from cost savings, the Kongsberg table provided the company the necessary confidence to take on all kinds of jobs. Earlier PCPL would cut only certain types of materials and outsource the rest. This has now changed. “We are now cutting materials which we were outsourcing to a third party. Earlier we were not sure if we could do justice to clients where certain materials were involved. We would either not take that work, or we were compelled to outsource it. After installing the Kongsberg XN our reliance on third parties is over and our commitment levels have increased,” Parkar says.

    Esko’s ArtiosCAD allows PCPL to create its POP designs from scratch in 3D and send them directly to the cutting table, while i-cut’s preflight checks the PDF files coming in and makes sure the files will RIP and print and cut correctly. The i-cut Suite also saves material and optimizes production by determining the most accurate and efficient cutting path. Parkar says it was very easy to train his staff to use ArtiosCAD 3D and i-cut Suite effectively. “We had an impression that extensive training would be needed to operate the Esko software. On the contrary, it turned out to be very easy software to handle. Yes, it would take some time to become an expert but one can be trained for basic operations in a very short time. The proof is that one of our staff who was part of our labor department is currently operating the system,” Parkar states.

    Shrihari Rao, who leads Esko’s sales team in India, says that he was really impressed that Mr. Parkar’s decision was based purely on versatility and throughput – ‘On how quickly can I offer accurately finished products to a variety of demands and opportunities in the market’: “Whether it’s short or long jobs, or prototypes — the Kongsberg tables offer quick throughput because they require very little setup time. There are equipment manufacturers who claim they can produce hundreds of pieces an hour, but take hours to set up and that is inefficient. Absolute market leadership in India with almost 100 installs and local support by factory trained engineers from our Bangalore and Mumbai offices added to the decision making.”

    Huge boost in business
    With significant savings across the board, and a rise in productivity and improved consistency in quality, PCPL has seen a major boost in its signage and POP business. “In the last six months our business in POP and signage segment has seen a growth of close to 50%. This is because of the rise in our capacity and our confidence in taking on a variety of work. However, this is just a start and we still have sufficient capacity in the signage segment to see a further growth of another 50%,” concludes Parkar.
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    19.01.2015   Hugo Diego launches new digitally printed wallpaper collection    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Hugo Diego's 2015 Textures Collection - examples

    3D bleached wooden paneling, bronzed iron sheets and cartoon character inspired designs; these are just some of the creative wallpaper capabilities Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, will showcase on its stand F25 (Hall 4) at Heimtextil, the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles. Following a successful collaboration at several industry trade shows last year, Xeikon is again teaming up with innovative designer Hugo Diego (www.creative-illusion.com) to produce eye-catching tactile designs using the Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite, an all-in-one digital solution that produces a finished product.

    “We are very excited to be demonstrating the commercial and creative flexibility that our presses bring to the market and sharing how innovative designers can use them to develop offerings that stand out in a crowded market. Digital printing technologies from Xeikon allow designers to push boundaries and as such extend their portfolios with high impact and visually vibrant results – all without any compromise in quality,” comments Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s Director Marketing & Business Development Document Printing.

    Outstanding quality for ultra-realistic new designs

    Mr. Diego, who is launching his new 2015 Textures collection at Heimtextil, explains: “What makes this collection very special is that we are introducing for the first time wood and rusted metal textures. We will also be introducing a new set of bricks to complement our very popular red brick texture, and bring back our four very popular stone textures. All of our textures are in very high resolution with over a billion pixels. They are seamless and repeat every 12 feet (3.66m) which makes us unique compared to anything else available in the market. This enables us to cover large areas while still maintaining a very realistic effect. We are excited about our ongoing collaboration with Xeikon and the added flexibility it gives us and our customers compared to traditional production processes.” The Hugo Diego 2015 Textures collection catalogue is available online on: http://issuu.com/hugo_diego/docs/2015_textures_collection_-_final_is/1.

    While design is critical, digital print has taken production an evolutionary stage forward by enabling the ordering of panels from 0.91m (3ft) to 3m (10ft) in small quantities. Mr. Diego adds: “Without this type of printing capability, this product would not exist at this price point with this flexibility. The Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite of tools open a world of possibilities for any designer. Printing is now a very fluid process in my workflow. I can design a collection of textures, murals or patterns for a client, get prototypes printed that will be exactly what the production model will look like, and go into full production, all in one continuous motion. There is no need to use different machines or different substrates. Being able to use the same suite of tools for short runs or large productions is a real time and money saver when designing, creating, producing and distributing wall coverings of all types.”

    Xeikon solutions at Heimtextil 2015
    On display will be the most productive top quality digital printing press on the market and an ‘all-in-one’ solution that produces a finished product. Xeikon will also be demonstrating wall-covering production and featuring its latest developments in toner technology. More details are available in the news release on https://www.xeikon.com/en/about-us/news/Xeikon_at_Heimtextil_2015
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    16.01.2015   Temporary Suspension of One of Resolute's Two FSC Certificates in Quebec Extended    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) recently learned from a Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) Canada press release that FSC has requested that the Rainforest Alliance certification body extend the temporary suspension of one of Resolute's two certificates in Quebec's Lac-Saint-Jean region for six months, until July 2, 2015.

    "I am quite surprised by FSC Canada's last-minute intervention, which to my knowledge is unprecedented," said Richard Garneau (photo), president and chief executive officer of Resolute. "I note that FSC Canada has indicated that it has identified possible solutions to avoid 'unfairly penalizing' Resolute, according to its president, François Dufresne, quoted in the December 21, 2014 edition of the newspaper Le Progrès Dimanche. We are eager to meet with Mr. Dufresne and discuss solutions for reinstating our FSC certificates."

    The extension of the temporary suspension is intended to give the Quebec government time to settle its dispute with the Cree First Nation, which dates back to 2002, and to resolve issues with its caribou conservation plan, the two issues that led to the temporary suspension of Resolute's certificates in the Lac-Saint-Jean area.

    "Naturally, we would prefer to have our certificates reinstated, but it is clear that Resolute cannot resolve the two major stumbling blocks, and in view of the auditors' interpretations that led to these temporary suspensions, we question whether it is possible for the government to fully address the concerns without major socio-economic impacts on employment and the well-being of communities," added Garneau.

    It is also interesting to note that only the Lac-Saint-Jean certificate has been extended, while the Mistassini-Péribonka certificate, which expired on December 3, 2014, is not treated with the same measure of flexibility even though it was alleged to suffer the same defect related to the caribou conservation plan.

    "We look forward to clear proposals from FSC Canada for resolving the two issues that are responsible for the temporary suspension of the two certificates, while maintaining the viability of our company and the communities in which we operate," said Richard Garneau. "We are also asking FSC Canada to reconcile the regional and provincial caribou conservation action plans, and on implementation of Motion 65, introduced by Greenpeace and adopted at the FSC's last General Assembly, held in September in Seville, Spain. The motion, which calls for preservation of 80% of intact forest landscapes, is scheduled to come into effect at the end of 2016."

    In light of recent events, Resolute believes it is important for FSC Canada to establish an independent comparative analysis of all the audits conducted in recent years in Quebec and Ontario, according to the FSC boreal standard, in order to compare auditors' interpretations and requirements, as well as the efforts made by certificate holders to meet these requirements. FSC Canada should proceed with this exercise for the sake of fairness and transparency for all certificate holders; this goes to the credibility of the standard itself.

    "We remain convinced that such an analysis would clearly demonstrate to our employees, communities, governments and customers, that Resolute is a leader in sustainable forest management and would underscore our ongoing commitment to balancing the three sustainability pillars: environmental, social and economic," added Garneau.

    Resolute remains committed to the voluntary certification of 100% of the forests it manages to one or more of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards used in Canada and recognized world-wide, namely, Sustainable Forest Initiative® (SFI®), FSC and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). In addition, the company continues to be one of the largest holders of FSC sustainable forest management certificates in Canada and recently successfully renewed its certificates in the Mauricie, Abitibi and North Shore regions of Quebec.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    16.01.2015   AstenJohnson appoints new Chief Executive Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news AstenJohnson announced that Kevin Frank (photo) will replace Dan Cappell as CEO of AstenJohnson Holdings, effective immediately. The AstenJohnson Board and Dan Cappell have been carefully planning this succession over the past year. Dan will remain with the company and be available on a consulting basis for the next 4 months to ensure a seamless transition.

    Kevin will assume Dan’s responsibilities as CEO and will report directly to AstenJohnson Chairman, Bill Finn.

    “Kevin is an exceptional talent. His depth of knowledge and experience will bring a fresh perspective to our business and growth prospects,” said Finn. “His passion for growth, experience in paper-related industries and commitment to continuing the AstenJohnson culture will help us serve our customers even more effectively for years to come. I’m excited about what he will bring to AstenJohnson as we execute our evolving business strategy.”

    Prior to AstenJohnson, Kevin held a number of roles with Voith. He most recently served as CEO of Voith Hydro with responsibility for the United States. Under his leadership, the business grew significant sales and market share in a very competitive market.

    “During Dan Cappell’s 30 years of service to AstenJohnson, his passion for our strategy, dedication to our associates and our customers, and innovative thinking pushed us forward,” said Finn. “From the very beginning, his vision led us to establish a world class investment in Asia and solidify our position as a premier provider of paper-machine clothing and equipment. Most recently, he put us on a path to future growth in Advanced Fabrics, Paperchine, PQS and the recent acquisition of Eagle Nonwovens.”

    “Being asked to lead AstenJohnson is a privilege that I don’t take lightly,” said Kevin. “I am excited to get started. The needs of our customers are varied and demanding. We have an enormous opportunity to serve them in new and different ways. We must be fierce advocates for our customers, work every day to exceed their expectations and continuously earn their trust.”
    (AstenJohnson Inc.)
     
    16.01.2015   Smurfit Kappa's ingenuity flies sky-high with cardboard plane     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa has once again demonstrated how its extensive expertise and knowledge can span beyond the realm of packaging – this time by sending a corrugated aeroplane in to the sky.

    The company is proud to employ the best minds with unique backgrounds, from aeronautical engineers to video-gamers, meaning it was perfectly placed to rise to a challenge from Dutch TV channel BNN to create and fly an aeroplane made entirely of paper and cardboard.

    Working from the Development Centre (DC), Smurfit Kappa’s hub for research and development, the company drew on its extensive knowledge and expertise to design, build and finally fly a plane which was not only made out of cardboard, but was also sturdy enough to carry a real person. The plane was initially designed by DC engineer Arnoud Dekker, who has a degree in aeronautical engineering. This was then translated in to a corrugated 3D model, and the physical plane was then built using the skills and experience of the wider team at the DC. The entire process was carried out from start to finish in-house, demonstrating how Smurfit Kappa can draw on a combination of design expertise and scientific understanding of corrugated board to create solutions to meet any challenge.

    The finished product was approximately 9 metres long by 8 metres wide, at a height of over 2 metres and weight of around 160kg. The plane was made entirely from paper, cardboard and glue – comprising of 70 m2 of paper, 240m2 of cardboard, and 25kg of glue. Once constructed, it was put to the test and successfully sent in to the air with a dummy on board weighing the same as a real person, 60kg, and achieved a height of over 25 metres and a distance of over 300 metres.

    “When we were initially approached to take on this challenge we were a bit sceptical, but this quickly turned in to excitement,” said Dekker. “It was a great way for us to show the strength, versatility and durability of corrugated board, as well as the expertise and insight that goes in to creating any product, whether it’s a plane or a challenging packaging solution for one of our customers.”

    This is another example of how Smurfit Kappa is set to ‘Open the future’ for its customers. The new strategy focuses on delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, reflecting the continued battle for brand owners to win that all-important First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another. It is brought to life through a dynamic microsite, where a series of films demonstrate how customers across the world have worked in partnership with Smurfit Kappa to create innovative solutions which have driven commercial success. The new microsite can be visited at openthefuture.info, the home for new, shareable content which is updated regularly.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    16.01.2015   Editorial on the purchase of Sintec Srl: SINTEC Srl - a CITO Group company    ( Company news )

    Company news The CITO GROUP is strengthening its activities in Italy. CITO Italia Srl was founded in Trieste in December 2008, and since then CITO has been continuously expanding its market position in Italy. All products from the CITO BoxLine, FormLine and PrintLine divisions are successfully marketed in Italy through this subsidiary. In order to further boost its presence on the Italian market, CITO had, for some time, been seeking an alliance with a company which is deeply rooted in the Italian diecutting and diemaking market – and on 17 December 2014, the search was over when CITO Italia Srl acquired all shares in SINTEC Srl. Armando Caimi was appointed as new managing director of SINTEC Srl (he is also a managing partner at CITO Italia Srl).

    SINTEC Srl has been firmly established in Italy for decades, having been founded in 1992 by business partners Roberto Colombo and Gianluigi Frua. The new company emerged from the diecutting division at Sandvik Italia, where Roberto Colombo had been in charge of marketing products for cutting die production since 1980. This means that SINTEC has the benefit of almost 35 years of experience in diecutting in Italy. In 2003, Marco Colombo (Roberto’s nephew) joined the company as a joint partner.

    SINTEC’s business model is based on its international connections together with its proximity to customers and its long-standing customer relationships. The company currently imports products made by 17 different manufacturers around the world and SINTEC was also the first company in Italy to become deeply involved in the automation of the production process for cutting die products. Based in Milan, it currently has 11 employees, all of whom possess strong technical expertise. The decision to sell his company was not an easy one for major shareholder Roberto Colombo. He felt that his ties to the company and the cutting die market were as strong as ever, so it was particularly important for him and his business partners to find a suitable buyer that was just as deeply-rooted in this line of business. Roberto Colombo and Gianluigi Frua both intend to gradually withdraw from the company to make room for the next generation, although they both wish to remain involved on a consultancy basis over the next few years. Their search for a partner who would appreciate this wealth of experience was satisfied in the form of CITO Italia Srl. During the many years of working together on the graphics market, it had been inevitable that these business associates would meet up with each other on many occasions. This was certainly true in the case of Jürgen Marien, principal shareholder, with whom there had been contact for a long time. Both sides had the opportunity to get to know each other well and build up a mutual respect, and as Roberto Colombo commented on the business deal: “When someone sells their company, it is like handing over a child to new parents and therefore it is important to select the new owners carefully. I am very happy with my choice and I am also rather proud that my company will be a CITO GROUP company in future.”

    SINTEC will continue to operate as an independent enterprise and all staff will remain in place. SINTEC customers everywhere will now be able to benefit from CITO as a global player with a strong in-house R&D department. From now on, all CITO quality products will be integrated into the SINTEC product range and this is especially good news in view of the fact that a former partner of SINTEC has just withdrawn after several decades in the business. The HS CITO range of rules will ensure the continued availability of high-quality cutting rules. The old and the new parties involved at SINTEC are looking forward to a satisfying and successful working relationship with their customers. Jürgen Marien remarked on his new involvement in Italy: “I fell in love with Italy when I was a child, so I am particularly pleased that I am now forging stronger links with this country through business”.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    16.01.2015   L’OREAL AND AVERY DENNISON COLLABORATE TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... OF LABELS

    L’Oreal Americas (OR:EN Paris) and Avery Dennison (NYSE: AVY) are collaborating to identify and reduce the environmental impacts of packaging labels throughout the entire label lifecycle.

    The collaboration has already produced a comprehensive Avery Dennison Greenprint™ assessment showing how thinner label materials can reduce environmental impacts. Avery Dennison Greenprint, a screening lifecycle tool launched in 2010, is the first of its kind in the label industry.

    “We strongly believe in a sustainable supply chain, and this is ingrained in our business practices,” said David Wolbach, assistant vice president – Packaging Hair – L’Oreal Americas. “However, to achieve the ultimate goal of reduced-impact materials, we cannot work alone. It is essential that all facets of the value chain – material suppliers, printers, consumers, and recyclers – collaborate together to establish a clear and transparent low-impact product stream globally.”

    When L’Oreal announced its strategy to meet tomorrow’s sustainability challenges, Sharing Beauty with All, the company committed to a number of sustainability targets, including the continued improvement of its packaging’s environmental profile. In doing so, L’Oreal is considering packaging in the most comprehensive way possible, including labels and their precise environmental impact.

    According to L’Oreal, the Avery Dennison Greenprint method allows them to look at impact of its label materials, including the raw material extraction, manufacturing, and ultimately the label’s end-of-life. This approach is able to identify where the biggest environmental impacts lie and to devise strategies on how best to mitigate these impacts.

    This method guided L’Oreal in its decision to transition the labels for some of its leading products to Avery Dennison’s Global MDO substrate, which is designed to lead to significant reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption and waste generated in disposal.

    “It is equally important that we have the necessary information available to understand the environmental impacts of the materials we are using,” Wolbach added. “This helps us immensely in our material selection process.”

    By switching from Avery Dennison’s Global Co-Ex film product to Global MDO, L’Oreal has reduced environmental impacts from 7% to 19% across the categories of fossil material, water use, energy use, GHG emissions and solid waste.

    Improvements in sustainability require collaboration across the value chain, including converters recommending the right material to brands,” said Rosalyn Bandy, Avery Dennison Sustainability manager, North America. “L’Oreal’s leadership in improving the environmental profile of packaging is driving the value chain to work closer together.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    16.01.2015   Record speed and successful start-up of ANDRITZ tissue machine at C&S Paper Yunfu, China    ( Company news )

    Company news The PrimeLineST tissue machine started up by international technology Group ANDRITZ at C&S Paper Yunfu, China, at the beginning of 2014 achieved a production speed of 1,800 m/min, thus setting a world record for a tissue machine with steam-heated hood.

    At the same time, the second tissue machine with steel Yankee supplied by ANDRITZ to C&S Paper Yunfu was started up successfully, with a design speed of 1,900 m/min and a width of 5.56 m.

    The ANDRITZ PrimeLineST tissue machines were designed particularly to further reduce drying costs. The entire drying process uses steam only, and the high-precision steel Yankee – combined with a steam-heated hood – allows high output and runability as well as significant cost savings by operating with the comparatively cheap steam. Thanks to the steel Yankee and the fully integrated heat recovery system, the steam consumption is also well below the amount required by similar machines.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    15.01.2015   MWV to Separate Specialty Chemicals Business    ( Company news )

    Company news -Spinoff will enhance value for shareholders by creating two strong, market-leading companies
    -Continues strong record of returning value to shareholders – $4 billion over last decade

    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced that its board of directors has approved a plan to fully separate its Specialty Chemicals business from the rest of the company. The separation is expected to be executed by means of a tax-free spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business to MWV shareholders, resulting in two independent, publicly traded companies. The spinoff is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. MWV remains open to other value-creating alternatives for the Specialty Chemicals business throughout this process.

    “Following a thorough strategic review process, MWV’s board and leadership team determined that a tax-free spinoff of Specialty Chemicals presents the best opportunity to create the greatest value for our shareholders,” said John A. Luke Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, MWV. “The separation of Specialty Chemicals will establish two strong companies that are better positioned to compete and profitably grow in their targeted markets. This action continues our strong record of returning value to our shareholders, which has exceeded $4 billion over the last 10 years.”
    Mr. Luke continued: “This is an opportunity we have created by executing on a deliberate strategy of building MWV's businesses into packaging and specialty chemicals leaders globally. We are in a strong position to take this next step to maximize value for our shareholders. Our strong commercial progress and improved execution have put our packaging business on a sustainable path toward market-leading margins and growing cash returns. The separation of our Specialty Chemicals business, along with the organizational redesign work we are undertaking, reflects the strong commitment of our management team and board of directors to creating value for our shareholders and establishing a business model that will significantly improve the profitability and cash flow profile of our packaging business.”

    MWV expects to receive cash from the spinoff that will be used primarily to pay down debt to maintain MWV’s investment grade credit rating. MWV expects to continue to pay a strong dividend, with the final rate to be determined post-separation. The company also will continue to look for opportunities to return capital to shareholders.

    MWV Packaging
    Following the separation, MWV will be in an excellent position to accelerate its strategy as a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, optimally positioned to create long-term value through its market-focused strategy. Through this strategy, the company has improved its growth and profitability profile by enhancing its product mix and focusing on the most attractive opportunities in growing global packaging markets while reducing structural costs.
    In conjunction with the separation of the Specialty Chemicals business, MWV is undertaking a comprehensive organization redesign to accelerate its market-focused packaging strategy and achieve market-leading margins. The actions will ensure the company has the capabilities to execute on its profitable growth strategy with an appropriately sized support structure and business model that will provide attractive total returns to shareholders.

    MWV Specialty Chemicals
    The Specialty Chemicals business will be well positioned to accelerate profitable growth in its megatrend aligned markets of energy, infrastructure and transportation. The business is a leading provider of performance chemicals used in printing inks, asphalt paving and adhesives, as well as in the agricultural, paper and petroleum industries. The business also produces activated carbon products used in gas vapor emission control systems for automobiles and trucks, as well as applications for air, water and food purification.
    The Specialty Chemicals business will have greater ability to grow and expand its leadership positions in attractive global markets. The business is expected to extend its ‘best-in-class’ financial performance record with the appropriate capital structure to allow the new company to accelerate the pursuit of attractive profitable growth opportunities. As a stand-alone chemicals company with a strong margin profile, Specialty Chemicals will continue to be a leader among its peers.

    Conditions
    The spinoff of the Specialty Chemicals business is subject to a legal opinion on the tax-free nature of the transaction.

    Advisers
    Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. are serving as financial advisers to MeadWestvaco, and Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz is serving as legal adviser.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    15.01.2015   Al Jawad Carton and Packaging installs further ROLAND 706LV    ( Company news )

    Company news New ROLAND 706 LV to boost production capacity of Saudi printer

    Two decades after getting its first ROLAND press, Al Jawad Carton & Packaging Factory has again invested in Manroland technology for an additional boost to its production capacity. The company purchased a ROLAND 706 LV with InlineFoiler to boost productivity, keep production costs to a minimum and add value to its line of printed products.

    With a growing list of customers and a continuous flow of production orders, Saudi Arabian printer Al Jawad required a press to cut make-ready times and waste, whilst maintaining high standards in print quality.

    Al Jawad operates in the city of Al-Hassa and installed their first ROLAND 706 LV in 1994. Established in 1983 by the Al Jawad Group, the company specializes in packaging printing, including cartons, self-adhesive labels, stickers and paper bags. Operating such a successful business through the years, Al Jawad continues to look for ways to give its customers top-quality printing and service at the most reasonable price. No wonder it attaches great importance to cutting-edge printing technology.

    “With the installation of the new ROLAND 706 LV, we will be able to maximize customer satisfaction because of the shorter lead time and premium print quality,’’ said Mr. Ahmed Jawad Al-Khars, General Manager and owner of Al Jawad.

    “The latest InlineFoiler with indexing function gives us further possibilities of providing customers with attractive enhancements on the printed sheet but at a lower cost.” added Mr. Al-Khars.

    The InlineFoiler on the ROLAND 706 LV is the hero in this set-up. It enables the sheetfed offset to transfer foil to a substrate and then overprint it – all of it taking place inline. What’s more, the latest indexing function offers up to 62% potential cold foil saving according to different job types. A remarkable improvement in terms of cost saving!

    With the “OnePass” production philosophy, the ROLAND 700 ensures stability when applying enhancements or embellishments to the printing product, such as spot coatings and varnishes, there is greater room for creativity. The end result, of course, is an attractive, eye-catching product that truly satisfies print customers.

    “Premium value-added service from Manroland Sheetfed and its local partner Alkhorayef Printing Solutions (Manroland Sheetfed’s sales and service partner in Saudi Arabia) was also one of the most critical factors in our investment decision making process. Undoubtedly we have been satisfied over the past years”, commented by Mr. Ahmed Jawad Al-Khars.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    15.01.2015   Delivery of new hydraulic headbox to India    ( Company news )

    Company news On December 11, 2014, PAPCEL-ABK Groupe have signed a contract with one of the Indian customers for a new hydraulic headbox with wire of 4.480 mm and design speed of 1.000 m/min for writing & wrinting PM.

    Concluding of this new contract is a big sales success since PAPCEL Group entered into Indian Market in 2013. PAPCEL + ABK Groupe are also responsible for erection, commissioning, and performance guarantee for all equipment, which will be delivered.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    15.01.2015   Valmet acquires Process Automation Systems business from Metso: Valmet becomes stronger, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... more stable and more profitable as a result of the acquisition

    Photo: Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation

    Valmet Corporation and Metso Corporation have signed an agreement on the sale of Metso's Process Automation Systems business to Valmet on January 15, 2015. The enterprise value of the acquisition is EUR 340 million. The acquisition will be financed with committed long-term financing. It is estimated that the acquisition will be completed by April 1, 2015. The completion of the transaction is subject to approval by the competition authorities.
    The acquired operations supply process automation and information management systems and related applications and services to the pulp, paper, energy and other process industries. The purchased operations employ about 1,600 people. Net sales for 2013 amounted to approximately EUR 300 million.

    Combination of Valmet and Process Automation Systems creates unique customer offering
    As a result of the acquisition, Valmet will become a stronger and unique technology and services company in its field, with a full automation offering. The acquisition strengthens Valmet's competitiveness by combining paper, pulp and power plant technology offering, services, process know-how and automation into one customer value-adding entity. Approximately 80 percent of Process Automation Systems sales comes from Valmet's current customer industries and the rest from other process industry clients.

    Process Automation Systems is a strong, established business
    The business being acquired is a strong business, with established customer relations and a high level of technology and know-how. About 1,600 automation professionals work close to customers at approximately 80 locations around the world. The share of services business in the acquired business is significant, accounting for approximately 45 percent of net sales in 2013, and is based on large installed automation base and a captive business model. The acquired business has a good financial track record and stable cash flow.

    The acquisition makes Valmet more stable and more profitable
    Net sales of the Process Automation Systems business is approximately EUR 300 million, of which Valmet has accounted for approximately 10 percent. Therefore the acquisition increases the share of stable high-margin business of Valmet's net sales by approximately EUR 270 million.

    Process Automation Systems has a solid financial track record, with slight growth and relatively stable margins during the last 10 years. EBITA margin (earnings before interest, taxes and amortization) for Process Automation Systems has been approximately 10-12 percent.

    Through the acquisition, Valmet strengthens its offering and continues to develop its business. Significant cost synergies are not expected to be achieved.

    Valmet's balance sheet remains strong also after the acquisition. To illustrate, if the acquisition had taken place at the end of September 2014, Valmet's gearing after the acquisition would have been be approximately 23 percent and equity ratio approximately 35 percent, based on illustrative figures of the acquired business at the end of September 2014.

    Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation: With the acquisition we create a unique customer offering and strengthen further our leading market position
    "Through the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, Valmet will become a technology and service company with full automation offering. The acquisition will help Valmet in increasing its business stability, while also improving profitability. By combining paper, pulp and energy technology, process know-how, services and automation, we can serve our customers even better than before and move our customers' performance forward. This transaction has an excellent fit with our existing strategy and the timing is right for Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    14.01.2015   Rising pulp costs force DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE to raise prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to significant increases in the cost of pulp, primarily due to the continued weakening value of the Euro against the USD, DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE is forced to raise prices for its uncoated woodfree papers.

    This step is necessary as the costs for long and short fiber pulp has increased in excess of 10 % since the summer of 2014.
    Price adjustments are essential, so that DREWSEN can remain a viable and stable long-term partner for its customers.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    14.01.2015   Mondi Tape Days draws industry experts from all over Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Mondi Release Liner recently gathered 25 tape industry experts from all over Europe to discuss the latest developments in tape technologies and products. Following the success of ‘Mondi Tape Days’, the company announced that it is planning to hold a series of similar events.

    The Mondi Tape Days participants met in Germany over two days in late September. In addition to attending seminars and forum discussions, they toured the Mondi Inncoat plant in Raubling, Germany and BMW World in Munich. As the automotive industry is one of the key markets for tape useage, the visit to the BMW plant gave an interesting insight into the car manufacturing processes and illustrated the some ways in which Mondi products are used in automobile manufacturing processes. Mondi Inncoat gave visitors a detailed tour of the plant’s coating equipment including the newest machine, the Extruder 10.

    Mondi’s programme also featured guest speakers from Henkel on the topic of solvent adhesives and from the German trade association Industrieverband Klebstoffe on regulations concerning tapes and adhesives. Speakers from Mondi provided an insight into silicone systems and gave an overview of the company’s portfolio of paper and film-based liners used by the tape industry.

    Jurgen Van der Donck, Marketing & Sales Director Release Liner, said: “Mondi Tape Days offered a rare chance to get a variety of tape industry experts together for two days of focused learning and networking. One of our goals was to show customers the advantage of involving us early in a product’s development process so they can benefit from our long expertise in release liners for the tape industry.”

    The company plans an Asian version of the event for summer 2015 and a next edition in Europe beginning of 2016.
    (Mondi Inncoat GmbH)
     
    14.01.2015   Petri Helsky appointed CEO of Metsä Tissue Corporation    ( Company news )

    Company news Petri Helsky, M.Sc (Chem. Eng.), M.Sc (Econ), 48, has been appointed CEO of Metsä Tissue Corporation. He will start in his new position and as a member of Metsä Group’s Executive Management Team latest on 1 July 2015.

    Petri Helsky has extensive experience from international management positions within the chemical industry. He has held different management positions in Kemira Oyj since 2007, the latest being President of Paper segment and President of the Asia-Pacific Region and member of Kemira Management Board.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
     
    14.01.2015   UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is in commercial production    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s first wood-based renewable diesel biorefinery has started commercial production in Lappeenranta, Finland. UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery is based on a hydrotreatment process developed by UPM, and produces approximately 120 million litres of renewable UPM BioVerno diesel yearly.

    “Lappeenranta Biorefinery is the first significant investment in a new and innovative production facility in Finland during the ongoing transformation of the forest industry. It is also a focal part in the implementation of our company’s Biofore transformation strategy,” saysHeikki Vappula, Executive Vice President, UPM Biorefining.

    “The production process works as planned and the high quality end product, UPM BioVerno diesel, fulfils customer specifications. The start-up phase of the biorefinery began in early autumn, and it has included customary new process and production related challenges. The biorefinery is first of its kind in the world. We are now happy to move forward from start-up phase and be able to concentrate on regular production process”, says Petri Kukkonen, Head of UPM Biofuels business.

    Innovative biofuel
    The UPM BioVerno diesel is produced out of crude tall oil, a residue of pulp production, in the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery. A big portion of the raw material come from UPM’s own pulp mills in Finland.

    UPM BioVerno renewable diesel reduces greenhouse gas emissions by as much as 80 per cent compared to traditional diesel. Based on research, high quality UPM BioVerno works with all diesel motors just as well as any regular diesel. UPM has a sales agreement with NEOT (North European Oil Trade), a wholesale organisation of oil and biofuel products.
    “It is great to see how the results of technology and product development work that took many years will materialise as a commercial operation. Sustainable wood-based raw materials are turned into a unique fuel that truly decreases emissions and is suitable for all diesel cars, buses and trucks,” says Kukkonen.

    Significant investment in bioeconomy
    UPM has built a € 175 million biorefinery without any public investment grants. Construction of the UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery started in summer 2012 and the foundation stone was laid in November of the same year. The construction employed nearly 200 people for approximately two years. The biorefinery will directly employ nearly 50 people and indirectly about 150 people.
    “I want to thank the biofuels team and our partners for their co-operation both in the construction and start-up phase. The know-how of many UPMers is combined in the Lappeenranta Biorefinery, and it is a clear sign of our company’s will to take strong steps in furthering the bioeconomy,” says Vappula.
    (UPM Group - Paper Industry)
     
    13.01.2015   Michelman Takes Steps to Better Anticipate and Serve Customers' Needs around the Globe    ( Company news )

    Company news Michelman, a global manufacturer of surface additives and polymers, has introduced an improved organizational structure consisting of three Strategic Business Groups. The new structure will help Michelman better anticipate and serve its customers’ needs by driving collaboration between its experienced industry focused business teams - now fully integrated into the Strategic Business Groups - that serve customers in the flexible packaging, paint & coatings, fibers & composites, engineered wood, paper & corrugated, digital printing and other industries. The resulting open flow of ideas, solutions, and application expertise will allow faster introduction of new technologies and applications and reduce customers’ concept-to-commercialization time.

    The three groups are Coatings, serving coating formulators with advanced polymers and additives; Industrial Manufacturing, whose expert teams work hand-in-hand with discrete product manufacturers to improve productivity and end-use performance; and Printing & Packaging, helping move the industry forward with innovative solutions in print receptive, functional and barrier coating technologies.

    Michelman has appointed the following people, all with extensive global experience, to lead the new groups. Dr. Gautham Parthasarathy has been hired as Group Director, Coatings. Gautham comes to Michelman from Emerald Performance Materials, where he was VP and General Manager of the K-Flex specialty plasticizers business. He has held leadership roles with responsibilities for strategic development, marketing, business development, M&A, R&D, and operations. Mr. Michael Annis has been hired as Group Director, Industrial Manufacturing. Mike was most recently with Celanese Engineered Materials, where he held the position of Global OEM Manager and North America Business Development Manager in the Electronics Business Unit. He has previous experience in R&D, operations, sales, marketing and quality functions. Dr. Rick Michelman, Michelman’s Chief Technology Officer, has assumed the role of Group Director, Printing & Packaging on an interim basis.

    All three strategic groups are supported regionally around the world by enhanced management teams led by Mr. Jean-Marc Verhaeghe, VP/Managing Director, EMEA, Mr. Steven Wong, VP/Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, and Mr. Marty Riehemann who will assume the new role of VP/Managing Director, Americas in addition to his corporate role as Chief Commercial Officer.

    According to Mr. Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman, “As always, organizational and management decisions at Michelman are made first and foremost to ensure all of our customers are provided the very best environmentally friendly products, service and support. These steps will allow us to improve the customer experience, and provide a platform for continued strategic growth.”
    (Michelman Inc.)
     
    13.01.2015   Huhtamaki signed EUR 400 million syndicated revolving credit facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Huhtamaki signed EUR 400 million syndicated revolving credit facility

    Huhtamäki Oyj has signed a EUR 400 million syndicated revolving credit facility loan agreement for the period of five (5) years. The new credit facility refinances an existing EUR 400 million credit facility signed in March 2011, and will be used for general corporate purposes of the Group.

    The Mandated Lead Arrangers and Book Runners of the credit facility are BNP Paribas, Citigroup Global Markets Limited, Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft, DBS Bank Ltd, ING Belgium NV/SA, J.P. Morgan Limited, Landesbank Hessen Thüringen Girozentrale, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (publ), Nordea Bank Finland Plc, Pohjola Bank plc and Standard Chartered Bank.
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     

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