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    29.07.2015   Stora Enso Interim Review January–June 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Transformation continues with strong cash flow, despite some operational challenges

    Q2/2015 (compared with Q2/2014)
    -Sales EUR 2 562 (EUR 2 579) million decreased by 0.7%; sales excluding the structurally declining paper and divested businesses increased by 4.8% mainly due to increase in Montes del Plata pulp mill volumes.
    -Operational EBIT EUR 207 (EUR 209) million, operational EBIT margin remained unchanged at 8.1%, despite operational challenges amounting to EUR 12 million in the Consumer Board division.
    -EPS excluding non-recurring items EUR 0.18 (EUR 0.13).
    -Cash flow from operations EUR 489 (EUR 288) million, cash flow after investing activities EUR 261 (EUR 29) million.
    -Net debt to operational EBITDA 2.7 (2.8), liquidity EUR 1.0 (EUR 1.6) billion.
    -Operational ROCE 9.4% (9.8%).

    Q2/2015 (compared with Q1/2015)
    -Sales increased by 2.9%, sales excluding the structurally declining paper and divested businesses increased by 4.5%.
    -Operational EBIT decreased by 5.9% due to higher maintenance activity and operational challenges in the Consumer Board division.

    Q1–Q2/2015 (compared with Q1–Q2/2014)
    -Sales declined by 1.8%, sales excluding the structurally declining paper and divested businesses increased by 3.8%.
    -Operational EBIT increased by 9.2% due to positive foreign exchange impacts and lower variable costs, offset partly by lower average sales prices for paper.

    Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments on the second quarter 2015 results:
    "In the second quarter, Stora Enso generated strong cash flow, and sales increased by 4.8%, excluding structurally declining paper and divested businesses, compared to the second quarter of 2014. This growth shows the ability of our businesses to transform.
    Operational EBIT margin remained unchanged at 8.1% compared to the second quarter of a year ago, even though the Consumer Board division was negatively affected by production challenges at the Imatra and Skoghall mills and lower harvesting volumes in Guangxi, China, amounting to EUR 12 million. Moreover, preparations ahead of the start-up of the Guangxi mill increased fixed costs by EUR 10 million. Return on capital employed for the Group decreased to 9.4% from 9.8%.
    During the quarter, we made additional progress in transforming into a renewable materials growth company. The pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay, is already an important driver of our topline as well as our profitability. Construction at our Guangxi investment project is proceeding according to plan and the main machinery is now being installed. The conversion of the Varkaus mill fine paper machine in Finland is on track and the production of kraftliner is expected to commence by the end of the year. Murow sawmill in Poland also began operating during the quarter, increasing its capacity of classic sawn products. We have also announced the closure of our corrugated packaging converting unit in Chennai, India, due to unprofitability. The mill employs 350 people, who will receive compensation and support.
    We are constantly developing our offering. I am especially happy that we and NXP Semiconductors are cooperating on the development of intelligent packaging solutions.
    One of the achievements during the quarter was entering into a partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO). The agreement will among other things ensure that our policies and practices are aligned with international labour standards. Moreover, we launched human rights actions plans to address the Danish Institute for Human Rights assessment findings published in February. Together with Kemira, a global chemicals company, we have begun construction to enhance the responsible use of local water in three villages in Guangxi.
    When it comes to outlook, sales in the third quarter of 2015 are estimated to be similar to the amount of the EUR 2 562 million in the second quarter of 2015. Operational EBIT is expected to be in line with the EUR 207 million recorded in the second quarter of 2015. During the third quarter, there will be maintenance shutdowns at several mills.
    As always, I would like to thank our employees for their commitment, our customers for their business and our investors for their trust. We work hard to keep on creating value, today and tomorrow."

    -The construction of the Guangxi consumer board mill in China is proceeding according to plan and the installation of the main machinery has begun. The board machine is expected to be operational in mid-2016 as announced earlier.
    -The conversion of the Varkaus mill’s fine paper machine in Finland for kraftliner is proceeding as planned and expected to start at the end of 2015.

    Q3/2015 sales are estimated to be similar to the amount of the EUR 2 562 million in Q2/2015. Operational EBIT is expected to be in line with the EUR 207 million recorded in Q2/2015. The negative maintenance impact is expected to be EUR 15 million higher in Q3 than in Q2/2015.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)

    Company news Arctic Paper announces the "Profit Improvement Program 2015/2016”, containing an evaluation of measures to eliminate further losses at the Mochenwangen mill.

    Arctic Paper has decided to further increase the speed of its structural changes. This is due to a continued complicated paper market in combination with the effects of the policy of the European Central Bank (ECB), which has led to a dramatic strengthening of the US Dollar during the last months.

    The ‘Profit Improvement Program 2015/2016’ involves all units and has the target to lessen cost by about 50 MPLN annually. The intentions included in the Program are creation of enhanced Shared Service Centres for our different units, individual mill profitability improvements and an audit of external service costs. As a result of the described Program, the Management Board expects an increase in operating profitability, as well as in all support functions of the Group.

    With the aim to eliminate losses at the Mochenwangen mill the management of Arctic Paper is initiating further cost reduction measures, which will also include evaluations to possibly cease the production. The employee information and consultation processes will start in line with the local legislation. Simultaneously a prospective sale of the mill is being examined. The management expects that the impact of excluding the losses of the Mochenwangen mill from consolidated results, will amount to approximately 18 MPLN in 2015.

    Arctic Paper started to transform the Arctic Paper Mochenwangen mill into a production unit of special technical papers (greaseproof, flooring industry papers, special wallpapers) in 2013 and closed the PM 1 in the Mochenwangen unit the same year. Since then the mill management and the employees have made significant efforts to change the portfolio of the mill. Solely in 2015, several new greaseproof products and two new products for the flooring and the wallpaper industry were created, with clear cost benefits for the customer. Despite these efforts, the cash flow of the unit, not least due to the development of the USD, continues to be negative.
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
    29.07.2015   SinoFoldingCarton 2015 Set for September Launch    ( Company news )

    Company news Illustrating Future Trends in Folding Carton Manufacturing

    Among the various forms of paper packaging, folding carton is a mature packaging market segment that has seen fast growth. Folding carton products are extensively used to package tobacco, food, pharmaceuticals and daily-use chemicals, among other everyday products. Demand for folding carton continues to rise. In the last 10 years, global use of folding carton has risen by 3% to 6% a year. This growth is reflected in the China market too.

    Reducing Costs, Enhancing Efficiency Top Priorities For Folding Carton Manufacturers
    In recent years, due to state policies and the gradual downturn of the economy, China’s folding carton market has suffered unprecedented challenges. The official implementation of the New Labor Law means that labor cost will rise by over 30% - a heavy blow for labor-intensive industries. As a result, much of China’s manufacturing industry has been forced to migrate and many international companies have relocated factories to Vietnam, India and other countries where labor costs are lower. This presents a big challenge for China’s folding carton manufacturing industry.

    In addition, with the Chinese government’s introduction of the “eight regulations” against corruption and extravagance in 2013, demand for high-end folding carton has fallen drastically, suppressing part of the high-end folding carton market. The demand for high-end packaging has shifted to regular packaging, leading to fiercer competition in the regular packaging market. Take a Shenzhen factory that produces liquor packaging, for example, high-end liquor packaging used to account for at least 50% of orders received. Today however, orders for high-grade packaging have plummeted and companies have had to modify their product mix. Under these circumstances, the capacity of high-end packaging market has fallen and aggravated competition in the regular packaging market. This has gradually intensified homogeneous competition between packaging and printing plants. Many printing plants have had to lower labor costs to win orders.

    In the context of such intense competition, folding carton producers have begun to lower comprehensive costs and improve production efficiency. The effective approach is to expand investment to introduce automated equipment, in a bid to reduce the amount of manual labor, improve equipment safety, enhance production efficiency, reduce scrap rates and lower consumption. A bag-making company used to produce a maximum of 20,000 bags a day, using a high number of workers. Now, thanks to a new automated roll-feeding bag-making machine, which can produce over 150,000 paper bags per day, that volume has skyrocketed. At the same time, the number of workers has largely fallen, proving that automation is a good way to enhance efficiency.

    Automation, Efficiency And Going Green: Developmental Goals For The Folding Carton Manufacturing Industry
    In view of gradually changing user demand and the ever-changing market, folding carton manufacturers have come up with effective reform measures, including, for example, modulation conformity of equipment functions, enhancement of equipment cost performance, diversification of functions and customized making of equipment for users according to specific needs. With product innovation core to competitiveness, companies have continued to improve products and enrich product lines. To meet specific needs of customers at every level has become the developmental goal of equipment manufacturers.

    Apart from efficiency and automation, going green is currently a mega trend in the folding carton equipment industry. While the notion of environment protection is widely accepted in China, local companies have yet to attach enough importance to this concept, likely due to the pressure of costs or because they lag behind their foreign counterparts in their thinking on this matter. Folding carton printing enterprises must accelerate their adoption of environmentally sensitive practices, to keep pace with this trend in the future. There is a real opportunity to become a trend setter and industry leader by doing so.

    Presenting the Leading Folding Carton Event in Asia-Pacific
    The folding carton manufacturing market is currently showing signs of stabilizing – recovering after a downturn. Visitors to SinoFoldingCarton 2014 proved that recovery was evident in the European and American markets, whose purchasing power has risen. While mostly retaining a ‘wait-and-see’ attitude, some local enterprises have begun to respond to this shift.

    Against this backdrop, SinoFoldingCarton 2015 will be a leading trade platform specializing in showcasing folding carton post-press equipment, as well as related supplies, technologies and services. It will bring together over 300 enterprises, including suppliers of well-known domestic and foreign brands of post-press equipment suppliers. There will be three new exhibition areas dedicated to printing ink supplies, packaging paper and digital printing/packaging testing. These new additions will further elevate SinoFoldingCarton’s status as one of the most remarkable events in the folding carton packaging industry.

    SinoFoldingCarton 2015 will be held from September 16 to September 18 in Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center, Houjie, Dongguan. The recovery of the global economy is set to drive a revival. The packaging printing industry will undoubtedly be one of the first industries to feel the effect. As one of the largest packaging printing industry bases in China, the recovery of the packaging printing industry is expected to be clearly evident in Guangdong because of huge demand for equipment renewal and plant expansion.

    SinoFoldingCarton 2015 is a leading post-press finishing exhibition based in South China, with influence that extends across Asia-Pacific. The exhibition area span 25,000 sqm, with over 300 enterprises showcasing 600+ units of high-end, high cost-performance folding carton post-press equipment and technologies, as well as more than 800 supplies. Focus will be on the cutting-edge information and technologies of paper packaging products to provide high quality solutions to lower energy consumption and make post-press finishing production more efficient. It will be an international trade platform that enables folding carton producers to improve purchasing efficiency, save investment costs and get updates on technology developments.

    Many well-known domestic and foreign brands will share the SinoFoldingCarton stage, featuring large varieties of products. The participation of so many suppliers is a stark indication of the strong impression and value delivered by previous editions of SinoFoldingCarton. It also illustrates suppliers’ high expectations for SinoFoldingCarton 2015.

    The upcoming exhibition will introduce the Paper Bag Workshop. Here, leading paper bag-making equipment manufacturers will demonstrate machines to illustrate the entire production process of paper bags from printing and paper cutting to bag shaping. The organizers will conduct a special TAP Program to include decision-makers from local enterprises whose annual output value exceeds RMB 50 million. These executives will all have clear purchasing intent and will take part in business matching activities with appropriate exhibitors, in a bid to improve participants’ ROI. A large number of end users from the food, pharmaceutical, general merchandise and gift industries will also join the exhibition, thereby creating a convenient and effective trade platform.

    The exhibition will also feature visitors from over 70 countries and regions. Apart from Europe, the US and other countries and regions where packaging industry is developed, Reed Exhibitions, organizers of SinoFoldingCarton 2015, will also intensify tapping emerging markets and invite buyers from India, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia. A total of 18,000 local and international visitors are expected.

    SinoFoldingCarton 2015 has received much attention from local and international packaging and printing industry associations, many of which will organize visiting delegations as a token of their support. The organizers will also host over 10 engaging onsite activities, including business matching, industry summit forums, technology exchange meetings, new product releases, factory visits and much more!

    The newest folding carton packaging technologies, the latest industry developments and the most effective exchange and promotion platform, SinoFoldingCarton 2015 will deliver all of these as the folding carton industry’s landmark event. Join us from September 16 to 18, 2015, in Dongguan!
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
    29.07.2015   Iggesund's challenge to designers: 200 ideas for better packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news When Iggesund Paperboard challenged the world’s designers to create better and more sustainable consumer packaging the result was almost 200 design proposals. The company has now selected three of these to receive a reward and also opened a dialogue with more designers about being able to use their creations in various contexts.

    Photo: Maikel Roberts of Barcelona won for a packaging system for toilet or kitchen paper. The system gives more efficient loading, better in-store exposure and easier in-store handling.

    “We’re overwhelmed by the enthusiasm that greeted our project, both from the participating designers but also the attention it has received in the press,” comments Staffan Sjöberg, Public Relations Manager at Iggesund Paperboard. “And of course we’re pleased, because one of our aims was to show more designers what they can do with paperboard in general and our products, Invercote and Incada, in particular.”

    One of the winning entries is a packaging system for rolls of toilet or kitchen paper. It was submitted by Maikel Roberts, Barcelona.

    “It’s exciting from our perspective as a paperboard manufacturer because it involves an upgrade from plastic wrap to paperboard,” Sjöberg says. “What Maikel has created is a system that allows more to be loaded on every pallet and also gives better exposure at the point of sale. It also probably makes in-store handling easier.”

    Jessica Bergdahl, Moa Ahlström, and Linnea Löfgren, first-year students at Nackademin in Stockholm, Sweden, were selected for their tri-function crisps packaging. As packaging, it protects its contents better than a traditional bag but it can also be unfolded and function as a serving bowl. Finally, the lid, which is used to close the packaging, can also be used to serve dip in.

    “Packaging that can offer several functions during its lifetime is always interesting and I’m convinced that we will see more of this type of thing in the future,” comments Bo Wallteg, long-time editor-in-chief of the packaging industry magazine Nord-Emballage, and member of the competition jury.

    The Bulgarian design name Alpha Design was the third winner for its proposal for a holder and protective cover for e-book readers.

    “A paperboard cover or holder is inexpensive and also means e-book readers can be supplied with customised contents and a cover that reflects the contents,” explains Johan Granås, Business Developer at Iggesund, who was also a member of the three-person jury. “But even if that option is not used, this should still be a cheaper alternative than many other holders and covers now on the market.”

    Iggesund has worked with the American crowdsourcing agency Crowdspring, whose global network of designers formed the basis of the competition.

    “We hoped to see some local variations where we could distinguish differences between countries and parts of the world,” says Staffan Sjöberg with slight disappointment. “But we lucked out there – the vast majority of the entries were makeovers of products from global brands.”

    He also points out that the jury judged the concepts largely without doing a detailed analysis of the realism of every entry. Some entries were rejected for clearly being impossible to realise but there were also many entries with commercial potential.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    28.07.2015   Chetwynd mill re-opening brings 150 new jobs to the area    ( Company news )

    Company news On Wednesday July 7, Paper Excellence officially re-opened Chetwynd, a mill that has been closed since 2012.

    The reopening of this Mill is predicted to bring almost 150 additional jobs to the South Peace region.

    Paper Excellence, purchased the mill, which was formerly run by Tembec, last year

    Deputy CEO Pedro Chang confirmed Paper Excellence commitment to the Mill and said that the Company will make every effort ensure the mill was running as efficiently as possible, and spent the time since then purchasing and installing new equipment.

    A soft-opening was held about a month ago, but as of Wednesday the plant is in full operation.

    The move was attended and praised by Minister Theresa Wat, MLA Mike Bernier, local Chetwynd Mayor Merlin Nichols, as well as representatives from Unifor, the union representing some of the mill workers.

    “We’re proud to have been a part of a process to create good resource jobs,” said Joie Warnock, Unifor Western Director. “B.C.’s pulp industry has struggled because our export policy kills Canadian jobs, but hopefully this re-opening can lead a trend in the industry.”

    “The government has placed all of its eggs in the basket of liquefied natural gas extraction,” he added.

    “But in the pulp sector, this is just the tip of the iceberg if the BC government began to take resource jobs seriously.”
    (Paper Excellence Chetwynd Pulp Mill)
    28.07.2015   SCA invests in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA is set to invest approximately SEK 650m in a new production facility in Brazil for the manufacture of incontinence products. Production is scheduled to commence in 2016.

    Through an acquisition made in 2011, SCA established a presence in the Brazilian market for incontinence products. Since then, SCA has increased its sales and market share in Brazil. SCA is now the second largest company in the Brazilian market for incontinence products, with its global leading brand TENA and the local brand, Biofral.

    Brazil, which is one of SCA’s prioritized emerging markets, is the third largest retail market in the world for incontinence products.

    “This investment will increase our production capacity and improve our profitability in Brazil in the long term. The investment enables us to capitalize on the growth opportunities that we can see in the Brazilian market for incontinence products and to potentially launch other product categories in the future,” says Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO of SCA.

    The new production facility in Jarinu, Brazil, will replace the smaller existing plant.

    In 2014, SCA’s net sales in Brazil amounted to SEK 514m.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    28.07.2015   Europapier completes the acquisition of PaperNet's signage business unit    ( Company news )

    Company news Approval by antitrust authorities received: Europapier takes over the signage business unit and other assets of PaperNet GmbH

    Europapier CE GmbH, a daughter company of the Heinzel Group, has just closed the deal to acquire the signage business unit of the Austrian signage and paper merchant PaperNet GmbH, as was announced in June 2015. With this transaction, Europapier acquires the complete signage business as well as other remaining assets of PaperNet GmbH with effect from 24 July 2015. From that day, Europapier CE GmbH will provide full support and service to signage customers throughout the country, with company PaperNet GmbH closing its entire sales operation on the same day, as was officially pre-announced.

    As part of the transaction, Europapier also takes over the existing PaperNet GmbH signage team of 17 employees around business lead Michael Hicker, guaranteeing a smooth transition of the business for existing customers.

    The Austrian daughter companies of the Europapier Group, Europapier Austria GmbH and EU-RO Handelsges.m.b.H., both specialized in paper wholesaling and both holding the position of local market leaders, have continuously expanded their product portfolio and significantly increased their stock during the past weeks. This allows them to guarantee a reliable and sufficient supply to their Austrian paper wholesale customers, despite PaperNet’s discontinuation.

    “In the continuously shrinking paper market we will witness further changes on the supply side in the coming years,” Helmut Limbeck (photo), Board Member and co-owner of the Europapier Group, explains. “Contrary to current business trends, Europapier’s strategy is to invest in the product portfolio, availability and services offered in order to further expand our position as market leader and stay the reliable partner of choice for our customers. As the single remaining Austrian paper wholesaler, we bear a special responsibility in our home market. The recent extension of our product and service portfolio with the new range of signage business has therefore been a logical step.”
    (Europapier Austria GmbH)
    28.07.2015   Visy Paper started up VP5 in Melbourne, Australia, after Toscotec's Press Section Upgrade    ( Company news )

    Company news Visy Paper PM5 has successfully started up in end of March 2015 at Coolaroo, Melbourne – Australia, after a press section upgrade carried out by the Italian company Toscotec. VP5 paper machine produces coating base sheet and test liner for export, from recycled paper.

    Visy is one of the world’s largest privately owned paper, packaging and recycling companies; it was established in Melbourne, Australia in 1948 as a manufacturer of corrugated cardboard boxes, and today’s operational footprint extends in over 120 sites across Australia, New Zealand, Thailand and Vietnam and trading offices across Asia, Europe and the USA.

    The project aim was to increase test liner paper quality and the overall efficiency of the press section, thus increasing the energy savings. The goal was achieved by the installation of a new framing for the press section and the introduction of a state of the art shoe press - TT XPress as third nip, working with a maximum nip load of 1300kN/m at an operating speed of 1000 m/min. The addition of a new TT SteelDryer-SD1500 at the beginning of the dryer section, completed the upgrade.

    The short shut down period and the success of the installation was a result of the strong and constant partnership and cooperation between Toscotec, Build Run Repair, Visy’s dedicated Project Management Group, and the Mill that led to the quick achievement of the expected performances.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    28.07.2015   MultiForm IR and MultiForm IC forming fabrics launched worldwide    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has launched two new forming fabrics, designed for manufacturing demanding board and packaging papers and also graphic grades. As the names of the MultiForm IR and MultiForm IC suggest, these forming fabrics are part of Voith’s I-Series. All products in this series are based on a unique SSB concept. The special feature of the fabrics in the I-Series is their warp ratio of 3:2.

    The new forming fabrics were specifically developed for positions that put high demands on dimensional stability and dewatering performance. The unique warp principle of both MultiForm forming fabrics combines a fine paper side with an extremely stable machine side. This allows an increase in paper quality and a longer service life for the fabric. Further benefits are the good runnability of the fabrics at high speeds and their positive impact on resource consumption.

    Voith’s I-Series has already been used to produce around 14 million metric tons of paper worldwide. The I-Series forming fabrics are being used in a wide range of applications from fine paper through to demanding packaging papers and are suitable for all kinds of former types.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    28.07.2015   Stora Enso to divest its Barcelona mill in Spain    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Barcelona mill, which produces recycled-fibre based consumer board, to the private equity fund Quantum. The transaction is in line with Stora Enso’s strategy to focus its consumer board offering on high quality virgin-fibre products.

    The initial cash consideration for the divestment of the shares is approximately EUR 10 million, subject to customary closing day adjustments. The transaction has no material income statement impact and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2015, subject to regulatory approvals.

    “Stora Enso is focusing its consumer board offering on high quality virgin-fibre products. The Barcelona mill is the only recycled-fibre based mill in our Consumer Board division. Despite positive results development in recent months, the Barcelona mill requires further development effort and investment if it is to remain on a profitable path. I believe that the mill can operate more efficiently under the new ownership,” says Jari Latvanen, Head of Consumer Board division.

    Based on the annual figures for 2014, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 117 million and simultaneously decrease Stora Enso’s annual board production capacity by approximately 195 000 tonnes. The transaction does not have material impact on Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and cash flow going forward and it will improve operational EBIT and EBITDA margins slightly. The Barcelona mill employs approximately 220 people.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    27.07.2015   Alberto Caprari is elected PRESIDENT of ANIMA    ( Company news )

    Company news Numbering over 194 thousand employees and with 40 billion euros revenue, the mechanical engineering industry is the backbone of Italian industry as a whole and a true excellence both in Europe and the World. ANIMA, Confindustria's Federation of Italian Associations of Mechanical and Engineering Industries, is one of Europe's most important and well-established organizations comprising 34 Associations and over one thousand member companies.

    After having held office as Chairman of ASSOPOMPE for 6 years, Alberto Caprari, former Vice-Chairman of ANIMA since 2010, has been elected by the Governing Board and by a very broad majority, for the important task of being Chairman of the Federation.

    ASSOPOMPE acquired new energy and enthusiasm during the Caprari chairmanship, attracting lots of new members and gaining in importance in Europe at the technical meetings where future regulations and issues proposed by the European Commission were discussed. It became one of the major landmarks in the associative activities of EUROPUMP on a European and international scale.

    The CAPRARI Group is one of the leading enterprises on the international scene when it comes to manufacturing centrifugal pumps and electric pumps and creating advanced solutions for managing integrated water cycles. With headquarters in Italy, Caprari has been a recognized protagonist of the sector for the past 70 years and is a brand appreciated world-wide. With over 700 employees, CAPRARI comprises several production facilities (three in Italy, one in China and one in Turkey), as well as ten Subsidiaries, Joint Ventures and a well-established distribution network in all five continents.
    The Company and the Group have supported Alberto Caprari throughout these significant developments and can now be proud of his having taken up such an important commitment, convinced that his endeavours will provide increasing status to ANIMA and to the key sector that it represents.

    The work program presented by the new Chairman seeks to promote the development of means and actions able to increase the presence of Italy's mechanical engineering enterprises in the international markets (precisely those that are more receptive and interested in Italian manufacturing know-how), as well as growth in market segments with higher added value in Italy: all this by exploiting CAPRARI's experience.
    These, in fact, are the spheres in which CAPRARI has achieved success, thus its background and characteristics could become an excellent example for many companies in the electrical and mechanical engineering industries.
    We are certain that Alberto Caprari's work will contribute highly towards strengthening the perception of quality and reliability that are intrinsic features of products truly “Made in Italy” that ANIMA's thousand enterprises represent to perfection.
    (Caprari S.p.A.)
    27.07.2015   Norske Skog: New growth opportunity in bioenergy    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog plans to build biogas facilities at its mills, utilizing bio-waste from the paper production to renewable energy.

    Norske Skog Saugbrugs will invest NOK 150 million in construction of a biogas facility in connection to its effluent plant. The biogas facility will contribute to gross operating earnings in 2016 and be at full run-rate contribution in 2017.

    - We are planning to commercialize bio-waste from raw material into gas at our mills. Despite challenging markets, we believe that our mill sites are sustainable, and will strengthen their competitiveness by constructing biogas facilities. Our new growth area will be a new main business leg named Nature's Flame, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog and chairman of the board of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.

    Enova has granted NOK 52 million in support to the project, while Sparebank 1 Gruppen and Halden Municipality's pension fund has provided about NOK 100 million in debt financing. Norske Skog plans to build biogas facilities at its mills, utilizing biowaste from the paper production process to renewable energy. Norske Skog is currently considering replicating the project at its other mills.

    - An onsite biogas facility brings twofold economic benefits; a new biogas revenue stream and reduced paper production costs. Biogas is further a renewable alternative to fossil fuels, which forms part of the carbon solution. Moreover, biogas has large potentials in improving urban air quality, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    AGA will be the main purchaser of biogas from Saugbrugs. AGA has been supplying biogas to heavy vehicles since 2008. AGA supplies 550 buses and trucks with biogas from filling stations every day.

    - The agreement with Norske Skog Saugbrugs represents a positive addition for renewable fuels in the county of Østfold, Norway. The volume of biogas covered by the agreement will be able to supply biogas to a fleet of 70 heavy vehicles and a reduction in CO2 emissions of about 6,500 tons annually, says John Melby, Manager Clean Energy at AGA AS.

    The investment in the biogas business will strengthen the entire mill site's competitiveness and be part of Norske Skog's efforts to improve operations at its remaining mill sites.

    - Bioenergy can play an important role in the transition to a more environmental friendly transport sector, and availability of bioenergy must be increased. Therefore, we find it great that Norske Skog Saugbrugs will utilize sewage sludge from paper production to produce biogas. Buses and refuse trucks in Østfold will now be able to use climate-friendly biogas made from waste products from Norske Skog. We wish to see more of this type of energy utilization. Hopefully, several other mills in the Norske Skog group will adopt similar solutions, says marketing director Audhild Kvam in Enova.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    27.07.2015   Inaugural BOBST & Partners Roadshow in Vietnam a great success    ( Company news )

    Company news Over 130 participants and prospective customers attended the BOBST and Partners Roadshow held in HCMC, Vietnam on 23rd June to hear about the latest innovations and trends in flexible packaging.

    The now well-established roadshow formula brings together leading equipment manufacturers and management of packaging companies. The conference opened with a welcome addresses from Mr Othmar Hardegger, Consul General of the Embassy of Switzerland in Vietnam and Mr Cao Hong Quang from the Vietnam Packaging Association.

    Throughout the day, BOBST, along with partners discussed market trends and solutions in their respective fields, covering the areas of production, printing, converting and finishing.

    Eric Pavone, Business Director of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed commented "Vietnam is an important market for us, due to the fast growing economy and the packaging sector gaining market share to become one of the most rapidly growing industries in the country with increased demand for consumer goods and in particular foodstuffs. The demand for innovative products is high and the BOBST range of solutions in flexo printing, gravure printing, laminating, coating and vacuum metallizing are ideal for meeting the requirements of the packaging industry in Vietnam".

    Laurence Dy, Zone Business Director SEA, BOBST BU Web-fed said, "This, the first BOBST and partners roadshow to be held in Vietnam was a great success and the feedback received from attendees was overwhelmingly positive."

    Eric Pavone concludes, "The roadshows were set up to provide a focus on new technology and most importantly how that technology can benefit the users. They are also a great networking opportunity as under one roof, packaging converters will find a range of companies giving highly specialised presentations in their respective field with plenty of opportunities for potential business discussions.

    I believe that along with our roadshow partners we have succeeded in our goal of presenting value added processes and solutions aimed at helping to improve the quality and profitability of converters’ business. The excellent comments we have received from attendees supports this belief".
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    27.07.2015   Packaging Corporation of America Reports Record Second Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) reported record second quarter net income of $114 million, or $1.16 per share, compared to last year’s second quarter net income of $100 million, or $1.01 per share. Earnings included a net charge for special items for the Boise integration and DeRidder, Louisiana mill restructuring of $2 million, or $0.02 per share. Excluding special items, second quarter 2015 net income was a record $116 million, or $1.18 per share, compared to second quarter 2014 net income of $114 million, or $1.16 per share. Second quarter net sales were $1.5 billion in both 2015 and 2014.

    Photo: Mark W. Kowlzan, CEO

    Excluding special items, the $0.02 per share increase in second quarter 2015 earnings, compared to the second quarter of 2014, was driven by increased volume ($0.10), improved corrugated products sales mix ($0.02), lower costs for energy ($0.07) and chemicals ($0.02), and a lower tax rate ($0.04). These items were partially offset by lower white paper prices and mix ($0.10), lower export containerboard prices ($0.02), higher labor and benefit costs ($0.05), increased annual mill outage costs ($0.03) and higher wood costs ($0.02).

    Packaging segment EBITDA in the second quarter of 2015 was $267 million with sales of $1,142 million compared to second quarter 2014 packaging EBITDA of $259 million, excluding special items, with sales of $1,145 million. Corrugated products shipments were up 2.1% compared to the second quarter of last year with the same number of workdays. Containerboard production was 937,000 tons which was an increase of 91,000 tons over last year’s second quarter including 79,000 tons from the D3 machine at DeRidder. Containerboard inventories were down 1,400 tons compared to the end of the first quarter and were down about 4,000 tons from year-end 2014.

    Paper segment EBITDA in the second quarter of 2015 was $37 million with sales of $281 million compared to second quarter 2014 EBITDA of $45 million, excluding special items, with sales of $295 million. Office paper and printing and converting shipments were up, while pressure sensitive paper shipments were down compared to the second quarter of last year.

    Commenting on results, Mark W. Kowlzan, CEO, said “We had an outstanding quarter operationally in both our mills and box plants which increased earnings significantly over prior guidance. The benefits from the improvements made at the DeRidder mill, during its first quarter outage, were realized faster than expected, which allowed further grade optimization in our containerboard mill system. In corrugated products, our sales mix improved seasonally more than we expected contributing to higher earnings. We also continued to improve operations and lower costs in our white paper mills which offset some of the impact of lower paper prices.”

    “Looking ahead to the third quarter,” Mr. Kowlzan added, “we expect higher containerboard, corrugated products and white paper shipments, lower mill annual outage costs, and lower chemical costs. White paper prices are expected to be lower with announced price changes in industry trade publications. Finally, we plan to take our D3 paper machine at DeRidder down in September for 13 days to install additional dryers which will provide the capability to achieve design capacity and lower our costs. Considering these items, we expect third quarter earnings of $1.28 per share.”
    (PCA Packaging Corporation of America)
    27.07.2015   Implementation of collaborative production management system to save energy    ( Company news )

    Company news Papelera Brandia SA produces machine-glazed (MG) kraft papers ranging from 24 to 140g/m2. Their kraft papers are ideal for wrapping and packaging. The brightness of the glazed side of the paper optimizes printability.

    In 2012, Papelera Brandia started to have problems with maxi-meters tripping. These are devices used to automatically block power consumption after having reached a pre-determined limit, in order to avoid penalty payments to the local electrical utility for consuming too much energy. The maxi-meters became faulty due to old age and lack of servicing.

    Quant offered an Energy Audit as the strategic approach to both reveal their energy consumption and to identify a follow up including a master plan with the identification of potential opportunities and savings.

    Following an on-site visit by Quant experts, who performed electrical and thermal energy measurements in the power plant, pulping process and paper machine energy sources, interviews were conducted with the quality, production, maintenance, purchasing and plant managers to understand how they manage their operations and their knowledge about energy policies.

    Information such as invoices from various utilities and other energy supply companies were collected and analysed.

    As a result, Quant and Papelera Brandia defined a master plan with prioritization of opportunities, categorization and a feasibility analysis.

    One of the crucial needs identified was a monitoring and targeting system. Quant’s solution was to install the cpmPlus Energy Manager, including meters and monitoring software, to communicate with quality control, production and planning systems.
    (Quant AB)
    24.07.2015   Borregaard: All-time high result for Performance Chemicals    ( Company news )

    Company news Borregaard’s operating revenues totalled NOK 1,054 million (NOK 993 million)1 in the 2nd quarter of 2015. EBITA2 was NOK 131 million (NOK 130 million).

    Performance Chemicals improved its EBITA, while there was a decline in Specialty Cellulose and Other Businesses. In total, costs were stable in local currencies. Currency developments, including negative hedging effects, contributed positively by approximately NOK 50 million. Hedging effects were NOK -54 million in the 2nd quarter.

    EBITA in Performance Chemicals increased to an all-time high as positive currency effects, product mix and higher sales prices more than compensated for lower raw material supply. The reduction in Specialty Cellulose was mainly due to lower sales prices, a weaker product mix and lower contribution from bioethanol. EBITA in Other Businesses declined, primarily due to a higher activity level in the Exilva project.

    Profit before tax was NOK 125 million (NOK 126 million) in the 2nd quarter. Earnings per share were NOK 0.92 (NOK 0.91).

    - We are pleased to deliver another all-time high result for Performance Chemicals. In addition, we reached important milestones in our strategic projects in the US and South Africa, both aimed at growing this business area further, says President and CEO Per A. Sørlie.
    (Borregaard ChemCell)
    24.07.2015   Flint Group develops direct engravable plate for pad printing    ( Company news )

    Company news new nyloprint® DLE 30 S yields excellent print quality

    With the nyloprint® plate programme, Flint Group offers an extensive range of high-performance products for letterpress, dry offset, pad printing and security print applications. Now, the portfolio will be expanded with the new direct engravable pad printing plate, nyloprint® DLE 30 S. This plate has been designed for laser direct engraving making any further plate processing steps like wash out and drying obsolete. Generating the relief in only one step makes the plate processing much more efficient and improves the process stability when producing pad printing plates. Besides that, it exhibits very good cup gliding characteristics and stability on press together with excellent ink transfer.

    nyloprint® DLE 30 S plates are suitable with all standard laser systems: with CO2, fibre and diode laser systems, but also with standard ablation laser systems for flexo and letterpress plates. This new gravure plate for high quality pad printing is particularly well-suited for industrial and promotional products.

    Extensive field tests showed excellent results. It has become evident that the new printing plate has very good resolution properties, which enables outstanding print quality, also with halftone images.

    The new, direct engravable pad printing plate, nyloprint® DLE 30 S, is available to the market since mid July 2015.
    (Flint Group Germany GmbH)
    24.07.2015   Södra shows the way    ( Company news )

    Company news This year we are investing 5 billion SEK in our mills. But that´s not what makes us most proud.

    At Södra we are proud that we always put the forest first. After all, our members and forest owners are one and the same: Their forests guarantee that we will have a secure supply of high-quality raw material for generations to come, and that the environment and sustainability will always be at the core of everything we do. Ever since Södra’s first pulp mill started up in 1938, we have been seeking to balance innovative thinking with energy efficiency. We know that our customers can never stand still, so neither can we. We believe there are many more bright ideas waiting to be discovered from the forest and that together we can harvest them. Our 5 billion SEK investment to expand our capacity, optimise product quality and increase our energy efficiency yet further is a good start.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    24.07.2015   Sappi Speciality Papers Gears Up for FachPack and Labelexpo    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Speciality Papers announced that it will be exhibiting at two important European packaging & label shows in the fall of this year. FachPack is scheduled to run from 29 September through 1 October in Nuremberg, Germany (Hall 4, Stand 4-111); while Labelexpo Europe will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 29 September through 2 October (Stand 5E17). 2015 marks the debut for Sappi Speciality Papers as exhibitor at Labelexpo Europe.

    “We are quite excited about our presence at both fairs,” says Thomas Kratochwill, Director Sales & Marketing at Sappi Speciality Papers. “Our newly created Speciality Papers competence center at our Alfeld Mill has strengthened us to expand our market reach, bringing even more new and innovative products to market for both packaging and labels and work closer together with our customers providing meaningful and sustainable packaging solutions.”

    The rebuild of PM2 at Alfeld Mill has increased the variety and quantity of speciality papers the mill is now able to produce. The competence centre, is staffed with a team of application specialists, technical customer support as well as highly skilled end use managers. This dedicated business development team is tasked with developing new innovations and solutions for the packaging market.

    Sappi debuts at Labelexpo Europe
    At Labelexpo Europe, Sappi Speciality Papers will be featuring its Algro Sol® line of silicone base papers featuring low silicone consumption, 25% lower than other standard carrier papers currently available on the market. This ensures excellent removal of the self-adhesive films from the siliconised carrier paper and results in significant cost savings. Increased production capacities at the Alfeld Mill as a result of the PM2 rebuild ensure a long-term and sustainable supply of this popular material in a dynamically changing marketplace, also expanding its reach to the Americas and Asia.

    Sappi will also be showing their label paper portfolio dedicated to wet-glue labelling: Parade® Prima A, G and HP, a one-side-coated paper with impressive brightness and gloss designed for superior print results and excellent optical appearance.

    Attending FachPack
    At FachPack, Sappi Speciality Papers will be presenting innovative solutions for flexible packaging, rigid packaging and topliner. Sappi presents a range of speciality papers and carton board that are ideal for all packaging requirements from outer wrapping to cartons and for all printing, converting and finishing processes.

    FachPack marks the first public showing of atelierTM, a hybrid FBB product that exceeds current market standards. atelier, produced at the company’s Maastricht mill, is a multi-ply board produced on a single-wire board machine, a feat no other paper manufacturer has ever achieved. It delivers the ultimate in brightness, purity and gloss with a silk touch and feel and unrivalled bulk, truly a new dimension in folding box board. This new product is a must-see for show attendees.

    “Ten years ago, we entered the carton board market and set out to revolutionise it with the Sappi Algro Design® family of SBB carton boards”. Thomas Kratochwill says; “Now we are doing it again with atelier and FBB, introducing an entirely new quality level in folding box board.”

    Brilliant, Sustainable Substrates: A Sappi Hallmark
    Also featured at the show will be Sappi’s award-winning bright white carton board Algro Design; the premium white topliner Fusion® for lamination to carton and corrugated cardboard; and Algro® Nature, a certified home compostable flexible packaging substrate that is based on renewable raw materials.Algro Nature is the first and only packaging paper that can be composted at home. It can also be laminated onto flexible packaging films from NatureFlex (produced by Innovia Films).

    Sappi is presenting at the show Algro® Guard M and Leine® Guard M barrier paper grades equipped with hot seal properties, developed in partnership with BASF and Eurofins. These sustainable and recyclable packaging materials are designed to address concerns about migration of mineral oil into food from packaging that is manufactured from recycled paper.

    The single side coated Algro Guard M is ideal for outer packaging that requires high quality print, and uncoated Leine Guard M is suitable for internal packaging and pouches. These grades are recommended for use in sugar, chocolate and confectionery; coffee and tea; crisps, snacks and nuts; dried and dehydrated foods packaging.

    “Regardless of how demanding brand owner requirements for labels and packaging might be,” Thomas Kratochwill concludes, “our substrates are ideal for meeting those needs. Packaging converters, brand owners, designers and print finishers will get evidence on how the flexibility of Sappi speciality papers contributes to the visible, tactile and protective qualities of the finished package. We are specialists in addressing challenging packaging and conversion requirements. With all of the work that is going on in our Alfeld competence center, we expect that we will also have some surprises for show attendees and encourage everyone to stop by our stand for more news and to get samples of all of these outstanding packaging materials. Our goal is to introduce one innovation each year, and we are on track to do so in 2015.”
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
    24.07.2015   Resolute Selects State-of-the-Art Tissue Machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the selection of a state-of-the-art tissue machine for the project at its Calhoun mill, in Tennessee. Supplied by Valmet, the Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) machine will produce premium quality tissue products for the consumer market.

    This machine is part of the previously announced $270 million project to build a facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. Preparation work has begun at Calhoun, and the machine is expected to start making tissue in the first quarter of 2017.

    "This is the first time we will produce products directly for the consumer market," stated Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "The selection of the Advantage NTT tissue machine is in line with our promise to retailers to install equipment that will offer the highest quality and the differentiation they seek for their store brands."

    The move into the tissue market represents an important step forward in Resolute's corporate growth strategy, and the company will continue to evaluate opportunities to expand its presence in this growing market segment.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
    24.07.2015   MIAC 2015 - BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE PAPER SECTOR!    ( Company news )

    Company news MIAC 2015, an event not to be missed for all those working in the paper
    industry sector! Rapidly changing technological solutions require continuous education: MIAC is the answer to all this! Save the date: next 14.15.16 October the international paper industry sector meets in Italy during the 22nd edition of MIAC Exhibition.

    Some MIAC Exhibitors will open the doors of its facilities during the 3 days of MIAC 2015. Reserve your visit by contacting the Company and visit the open house of your interest!

    Also for the 2015 edition, MIAC Exhibition planned four "technical meetings" in order to take stock of the situation regarding trend, future perspectives and new available technologies in the paper sector. The participation to the Conferences is free of charge. Simultaneous translation from Italian to English and vice versa is available during the Conferences.

    MIAC 2015 awards 6 visitors of the Exhibition! The two Modules of Participation (one red and one green) must be delivered to the “MIACar Point” located in the Tensostructure Pavilion and to the Upper Floor of the Pavilion.

    14 and 15 October 2015 09.00 - 18.00 // 16 October 2015 09.00 - 15.30
    (Edipap Srl)
    24.07.2015   Asahi Photoproducts to Feature Innovative Flexographic Plate Solutions at IGAS 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Pinning Top Dot technology supports fixed colour palette printing techniques with no compromise in quality

    Asahi Kasei E-materials Corporation, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development and parent entity globally known as Asahi Photoproducts, will be exhibiting at IGAS 2015, taking place from 11-16 September in Tokyo. Asahi will be located on stand E2 2-17at the show with featuring its Pinning Top Dot plate technology, which enables a broad colour gamut, vibrant colour reproductions, soft tonal shades and improved productivity. It is also the ideal solution for fixed colour palette printing which is rapidly gaining in popularity among flexographic printers looking to optimize colour and reduce ink costs.

    “IGAS 2015 is an important show for us,” says Mr. Hidekatsu Hirayama, Sales & Marketing Manager for Asahi Japan Region. “We believe our Pinning Top Dot technology can help leading flexographic companies maintain their competitive advantage in Asia’s demanding and dynamic labels and packaging environment.”

    Sam Yamamoto, Senior Manager for Asahi Asia & Pacific Region, adds, “At IGAS, we will be showing all of the latest developments in flexographic plates, and our experts will be on hand to answer attendees’ questions. Pinning Top Dot technology (PTD) was designed by Asahi to improve flexographic print quality with the option of an environmentally sustainable water-wash system or a solvent washable plate. At the same time, all Asahi solutions ensure no-compromise print quality with the fixed colour palette printing technique, which delivers both cost and quality benefits to brand owners and their flexographic suppliers. Our development efforts have been driven by collaboration with creative agencies, trade shops, brand owners and printers to ensure the right mix of capabilities to meet all of their needs. We are excited to be sharing our solutions and expertise with show attendees.”

    Pinning Top Dot: The Details
    A feature of both Asahi’s solvent-washable TOP and TSP and water-washable AWP™ plates, Pinning Top Dot technology (PTD) enables a clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and shoulders in screen areas. This leads to fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime, as well as significant quality improvements.

    PTD allows a kiss-touch printing pressure setting. It makes use of low plate surface tension, made possible by a specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry, to inhibit liquid flow. The ink forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point. This results in a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate, helping flexographic printers meet the ever increasing quality demands of their customers.

    Further contribution to corrugated post-print market
    In addition to its PTD plate lines, Asahi will also show its new version of Tenaflex™ liquid polymer resin and AFP™-CH new solvent thick plate. Tenaflex™ resin features solid plate level of printing quality and durability in a liquid plate resin for Japanese post-printed corrugated market which requires world highest print quality. The resin has a hybrid performance that combines the advantages of liquid resin including 3 layer polymer structure with the enhanced technical properties of a solid plate, including increased plate resilience and strength. AFP™-CH is newly developed thick plate achieving reduced flute-mark through newly developed polymer technology.

    Sam Yamamoto adds, “Asahi first brought innovative liquid resin technology to market more than 40 years ago, and we are proud that our innovation continues today. These latest developed polymers will help customers maintain a leadership position in the highly competitive corrugated market. All of Asahi’s new technologies bring value to the markets we serve, and we are pleased to be sharing them with IGAS 2015 attendees!”
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
    23.07.2015   European paper and beverage carton industries welcome European Parliament's views on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...renewable and recyclable materials

    European paper and beverage carton industries welcome European Parliament’s views on renewable and recyclable materials

    On Thursday 9 July, the European Parliament gave a clear message to the European Commission to address crucial issues in an ambitious circular economy package. These include ending the landfill and incineration of recyclable waste, applying mandatory separate collection schemes and making the bio-economy an integral part of the circular economy.

    The European paper and beverage carton industries have called upon the European Commission for a long time to support the industry’s efforts in further improving recycling, but also to extend the scope of the circular economy package from reducing waste to including measures that foster responsible sourcing of raw materials and particularly promote the use of responsibly sourced renewable materials.

    Marco Mensink (photo), CEPI Director General says: “The European Parliament has now given a clear mandate for making the bio-economy an integral part of the circular economy. Renewability is nature’s way of circularity, clearly recognized by MEPs in their vote.”

    Bertil Heerink, ACE Director General adds: “A well-functioning circular economy will benefit from an increased use of renewable resources. We therefore welcome Thursday’s vote that underlines the importance of shifting from finite to renewable resources. We are looking forward to a constructive dialogue with the European Parliament on all topics related to the circular economy.”
    (CEPI aisbl)
    23.07.2015   A.Celli: Rebuild project at SCA facilities    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA Hygiene Spain installs refurbished rewinder with new A.Celli Paper equipment.

    Rebuild project for A.Celli Paper at SCA facilities in Allo (Spain), where the leading global hygiene and forest products company required an updated service on moving rewinder assets and major upgrade on the drive side and slitting unit. Thus, A.Celli Paper dismantled on-site the previous machinery and installed refurbished equipment with new drive and automation and safety systems, and the new, latest-generation cutting system.

    Started up in September/2014, the system fulfilled all the tests and the customer was fully pleased not only with the new technology supplied by A.Celli, but also with the technical and operational support that the teams have always shown during the entire rebuild process. “A.Celli Paper confirms itself a high level partner”, says SCA. “They immediately identified our needs and supplied what we required. Together, we scheduled the tests and started up the refurbished rewinder. This new cutting system is truly innovative and ensures extremely high quality of the paper – something SCA particularly caters to.”

    With this new rewinder, the SCA Spain facility has gained in performance, instantly showing an improvement in paper quality and, consequently, a better finished product.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
    23.07.2015   Greif Names DeeAnne Marlow as Senior Vice President, Human Resources     ( Company news )

    Company news Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF. B), the world leader in industrial packaging products and services, announced the appointment of DeeAnne Marlow as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Marlow joins Greif as a member of the executive steering team reporting directly to Greif CEO David B. Fischer.

    "Aligning short- and long-term talent needs is critical for every company. DeeAnne brings both extensive global manufacturing experience to Greif and a unique approach to the human resources function. She partners with the business to clearly identify needs, define measurable outcomes and then implement affordable and effective HR systems that map to business goals," said David B. Fischer, Greif CEO. "I look forward to collaborating closely with her and have every confidence that she will help Greif achieve its business ransformation goals."

    Marlow joins Greif from global manufacturer Cummins Inc., where she oversaw a team of 140 HR professionals across five continents. There she worked in various business units and advocated on behalf of the businesses' needs to improve performance management and ensure the successful integration of two joint ventures in Latin America. As a partner to the business leads at Cummins, she implemented systems that
    strengthened strategic business planning and change management. Her broad HR technical experience includes leadership development,
    aligning compensation with global market trends and improving recruiting and retention.

    "The role of HR has transformed. It has gone from purely services to a
    function that can bring measurable results by partnering with the business," said Marlow, who has over 25 years of HR experience. "My focus is on aligning HR to the short- and long-term business needs so that the business can achieve measureable results, create opportunities and improve overall business performance. I am excited to join Greif, with its focus on transforming to meet customers' future needs."

    Marlow is SPHR Certified, holds a Six Sigma Green Belt and received an MBA from the University of South Dakota.
    (Greif, Inc.)
    23.07.2015   Schreiner Group is "Innovator of the Year 2015"    ( Company news )

    Company news Top 100 Jury Awards Prize for Holistic Innovation Management

    Schreiner Group has achieved overall victory in the Germany-wide “Top 100” innovation competition, which has earned the company recognition as “Innovator of the Year 2015.” Prior to winning the award, the Munich-based high-tech company of the printing and film-converting industry participated in a challenging selection process. “Top 100” mentor Ranga Yogeshwar presented the prize to Managing Shareholder Roland Schreiner at the “German Mittelstands-Summit” in Essen on June 26.

    Photo from the left: Robert Weiß (Technology- and Innovationsmanagement Schreiner Group), Ranga Yogeshwar and Roland Schreiner (Managing Shareholder Schreiner Group)

    Top 100 has been recognizing mid-sized businesses for their innovation management for more than 20 years. Schreiner Group particularly convinced the “Top 100” judging panel with its “smooth transition from the second to the third family generation at the helm of the company that also gave new impetus to innovation.” In the judges’ opinion, the company had done an exemplary job of managing this change, as the transition was used to specifically drive the evolution of the innovation processes: “The conceptual basis for this is provided by ‘Strategy 2020,’ which Roland Schreiner developed together with the members of top management. In pursuing this strategy, the company has succeeded in expanding its internal, innovation-related communication which, in the jury’s opinion, further improved the company’s positive innovation climate. Schreiner’s commitment to innovation is also underscored by ‘Innovation’ being anchored in the organization as one of the four corporate values besides ‘Quality,’ ‘Performance’ and ‘Enthusiasm,’” the judges added.

    “Innovation is a corporate value that is being lived at Schreiner Group. All employees are consistently encouraged to think outside the box and to contribute new ideas,” said Roland Schreiner. “Therefore, I owe a debt of gratitude to all our employees for achieving our ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.”

    The judges’ decision was based on the results of a comprehensive questionnaire in the categories of “Innovation-Encouraging Top Management,” “Innovation Climate,” “Innovative Processes and Organization,” Innovation Marketing and External Orientation” and “Innovation Success.” During a company tour, the members of the judging panel chaired by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business received a first-hand impression of Schreiner Group’s innovation process. This obviously had a lasting effect, as the judging panel of professionals stressed in the justification of its selection: “Schreiner Group impressed in ‘Top 100’ as an agile, strong-growth mid-size company with a comprehensive and holistic understanding of innovation.”
    (Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG)
    23.07.2015   Creation Reprographics Enhances Quality, Sustainability with Asahi Photoproducts AWP™ ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Flexographic Plates - Serving customers who demand the best

    Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, announced that British Daventry-based Creation Reprographics has been using the premium quality Asahi AWP™ flexographic plate system for the past three years with excellent results. Designed for high quality print performance, the AWP™ water wash plate outperforms the best digital plates currently available for flexo. For the first time, a digital photopolymer plate can hold extremely small stable dots – smaller than those of solvent processed plates – and its stability on press is superior to solvent plates, with numerous associated environmental and waste reduction benefits.

    Matt Francklow, Owner of Creation Reprographics, said: “Sustainability is truly coming to the fore in print. With this high quality water wash plate, it’s the final check for retailers. At Creation Reprographics, we have positioned ourselves in the premium segment of the market, competing head on with gravure in Europe and serving those customers that demand the best in the UK. Our AWP™ results are simply unrivalled – consistency, slightly raised ink density and better lay down, good minimum dot, and speed to press are all achieved - making the printer’s job easy. The system works across all substrates, and we see a real demand for this level of performance in premium flexible packaging applications – a growth area in the industry. Converters looking to move away from gravure and offset are truly surprised by what AWP™ can achieve.”

    Extensive plate trials and live commercial production jobs have proven AWP™s ability to print down to a 10 micron dot, using classic round dot screening. With the latest screening technologies, the plate is able to reproduce a vignette fade to zero. Due to this quality leap, customers are able to successfully transfer production from offset or gravure to flexographic printing.

    Francklow continued: “At Creation Reprographics, we pride ourselves on our approach to environmental sustainability, and AWP™ fits with that ethos perfectly. We’re investing in energy management solutions across our sites and even looking at whether we can collect, filter and recycle our rainwater to do the washing of these plates. Even pens get recycled here!”

    Alan Coker, Creation Business Development Manager, commented: “Reducing waste in the plate making game is critical to your profitability. Throwing polymer in the bin is just not acceptable. Asahi’s supports our AWP™ plate technology investment with preventative maintenance and machine audit visits. And they are on hand 24 hours a day, delivering technical solutions quickly and accurately whenever needed, maximising our production efficiency.

    “Our customers are delighted as well. Since the plates do not suffer from distortion due to solvent swelling or increased temperature, we are achieving better registration and consistency on press. With the start-up time absolutely minimised, we’re making plates in less than 1.5 hours. Combine that with suitability for 4-colour process set applications, and you have an extremely compelling value proposition.”

    The Asahi AWP™ technology has been designed from the outset as an environmental plate solution minimizing wherever possible waste of precious resources. The system is water washable and does not rely on harsh solvents. The water is also reused in the process, being filtered and recycled through the plate processing system. The system is also free from the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions that are typically generated by solvent and thermal processes.

    The entire plate manufacturing process does not generate any waste other than unexposed polymer residues, which are collected as ‘dry cake’ and safely repurposed as a combustive agent for incineration waste plants. AWP™ plates do not absorb much water, reducing the drying time of the plate by up to two to three times that of solvent cleaned plate systems. This results in cost and space reductions for the plate making room, as energy-demanding hot air dryers are not required.
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
    22.07.2015   Martin Haake signs the new Twill mailing by Favini    ( Company news )

    Company news Twill, the elegant felt-marked paper, features a vintage interpretation of Venice by worldwide famous illustrator Martin Haake

    Favini presents the new Twill mailing.
    Characterized by a classical, linear design, Favini’s Twill paper is the perfect partner for sophisticated and elegant communication. The fine texture enhances the tactile experience on both sides of the paper and offers an ideal background for creative solutions.

    Favini chose for their new mailing the skillful hands of worldwide famous illustrator Martin Haake, who turns ‘imperfection’ into his major strength. “I am especially touched by things that are imperfect and I like to create images that are also imperfect. If some of my illustrations get too perfect, I have to draw them again”, said the artist. Twill’s perfect linear texture contrasts well with the deliberately ‘imperfect’ style of Martin, who recreates Venice in a retro and poetic style.

    Enclosed in the Twill mailing is a gift for the Favini designers and partners, an original mini poster with a vintage touch. Even the cover is a piece to keep and to use as inspiration: the blue tone of Twill Indigo creates an ideal background for the textures printed litho, Pantone 877 and for the orange silk screened areas.
    (Favini Srl)
    22.07.2015   Norske Skog: Lower margins in a challenging market    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the second quarter of 2015 were NOK 138 million, down from 192 million in the first quarter. EBITDA were down due to weak publication paper demand in 2015 and industry focus on market share. Today, Norske Skog announces entry into two new growth areas alongside the publication paper business: bioenergy at our facilities and tissue production at Bruck.

    The net loss of NOK 571 million in the second quarter of 2015 was significantly impacted by negative other gains and losses amounting to NOK 276 million. Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 0.4 billion from the end of first quarter 2015, from NOK 7.1 billion to NOK 7.5 billion, due to seasonally high interest payments and somewhat unfavourable foreign exchange effects. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 89 million (NOK -387 million in Q1 2015) and working capital was practically flat throughout the second quarter.

    - We cope with a challenging market for publication paper by a cash driven commercial policy, and continued efforts to cut costs and improve productivity. In addition, we have stopped group support to operations at Walsum. Given that mill's high costs relative to competitors, it was very difficult to see a return to profitability. We will continue to pursue an active capacity management policy to support cash generation and improved market balance, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Lower LWC sales volume due to discontinuation of Walsum and appreciation of the Norwegian krone caused lower operating revenues in the quarter. Cost of materials were lower compared to last quarter reflecting the discontinuation of high cost production at Walsum. Fixed costs in the quarter declined to below NOK 500 million. The low sales volume, a less favorable sales mix and continued losses at Walsum through May contributed to reduced gross operating earnings both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter.

    Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe decreased by 10% and 4% respectively in the five first month of 2015 compared to the same period last year. The mills reduced their capacity utilization to 80% (82% in Q1 2015) in the quarter to avoid low margin sales and to support the company's commercial policy.

    Operating revenue declined slightly with Australian dollar depreciation and challenging export markets for newsprint to Asia. Variable costs per tonne decreased in Q2 2015 with seasonally lower energy costs. Fixed costs were flat. Gross operating earnings improved year-over-year with the completion of the Boyer conversion.

    Demand for newsprint in Australia decreased by around 10% in the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year, while demand for magazine paper was relatively stable. The mills increased their capacity utilization to 89% compared to 88% in Q1 2015.

    Active capacity management
    Total annual production capacity for the group is 2.8 million tonnes. In Europe the group capacity is 2.1 million tonnes, while in Australasia the capacity is 0.7 million tonnes. Capacity utilization for the group in the second quarter was 82% compared with 83% in the first quarter.

    - The market remains challenging. We have performed active portfolio management of our machine capacity in the second quarter, and we will continue this policy in the next quarters. Already announced permanent capacity cuts of more than 2.5 million tonnes in Europe and North-America in 2014 and 2015 in our product segments should be favourable to the market balance, and thus future price levels, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    22.07.2015   Rebuild of Gruvön PM 6 successfully completed    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has successfully completed the modernization of the paper machine PM 6 at BillerudKorsnäs AB in Gruvön, Sweden. As part of the rebuild project, the press section and parts of the dryer section have been modernized. BillerudKorsnäs manufactures on the PM 6 fluting for packaging paper from virgin fibers.

    Photo: OnQ ModuleSteam

    In the press section the existing roll press was taken out of the second position and installed in the first press position. Now a new NipcoFlex shoe press is being used as the second press. The NipcoFlex package delivered to BillerudKorsnäs is the first one which can achieve lineloads of up to 1,700 kN/m. This is only possible through an optimal combination of roll, shoe, press sleeve and press felt, which were all developed by Voith. Through the extremely high press pulse maximum dewatering is achieved with the highest paper quality. The closed web run through the press reduces sheet breaks and increases the runnability of the paper machine. Dryness and speed of the paper machine are increased simultaneously. In addition, the cantilevering structure in the shoe press position of the new press allows the use of endless felts.

    For the conditioning of the press felt a ProLub cleaning system has been installed for the first time in a paper machine for packaging papers. ProLub cleans continuously the felt across the entire working width. The dryer section has been reduced by two dryers, resulting in further energy savings.

    Also part of the scope of supply were MultiFlex machine clothings in the press and dryer section and an OnQ ModuleSteam steam box that ensures a uniform CD moisture profile and a higher dryness.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

    Company news The difference between water and people is that water needs no encouragement at all to turn its energy into work! All you need is someone with the will to harness that energy. That's why hydro power is one of the longest established, most widely used, and indeed most reliable forms of renewable energy production.

    With the completion of major refurbishments to its hydro power plants, The KATZ Group has confirmed its commitment to a sustainable corporate strategy. Even before the modernization work, the company was covering 34 percent of its energy needs with its own renewable sources – so people are already enthusiastically awaiting the new figures! The KATZ Group expects its four highly efficient Kaplan turbines and generators to boost the amount of electricity produced by 1.23 million kilowatt hours a year, a figure roughly equivalent to the power consumption of some 300 homes.

    As well as installing new technology, the company has made further efforts to improve the ecology of the River Murg by making alterations designed to help fish navigate up and down the river. The 3.8 million euro investment has created a cost-effective and eco-friendly basis for meeting the challenges that lie ahead.

    Enthusiasm for the high quality of the project came from various bodies, including the Karlsruhe local government office, Rastatt district administration, and the municipality of Weisenbach, which owns the stretch of water. They expressed particular praise for the changes made to help fish navigate up and down the Murg, which have improved the overall ecology of the river.

    There was widespread satisfaction among the project participants with the skilful way in which the challenges of the project had been overcome.
    "That's why I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved – it was thanks to them that the project ran so smoothly and successfully," says Daniel Bitton.
    (Katz GmbH & Co. KG)
    22.07.2015   ACQUISITION BY PRO-GEST OF THE CARTIERA MANTOVA    ( Company news )

    Company news On June 30, 2015 the official acquisition of the Cartiera of Mantova was signed by the Pro-Gest Group.

    In late March, Pro-Gest submitted a binding offer to purchase the paper mill of the Burgo Group and in the light of the industrial value of the project, Burgo accepted.

    Both Parties confirm their commitment to a relaunch of the industrial site that take into account the characteristics of the employment impact on the territory.

    The goal is reactivate the paper mill, hopefully by the summer of next year. Meanwhile a dozen former employees will be hired as early as July 1, 2015, in order to begin work on the restoration of the Cartiera - after a long period of closure - under the coordination of Francesco Zago (Director of Cartiere Group Division of Pro -Gest) and Alfredo Pistons (Head of Cartiera Mantova).
    (Pro-Gest S.p.A.)
    22.07.2015   Neenah Grows Both Premium Packaging and Technical Products Platforms with Agreement to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Acquire FiberMark

    Neenah Paper, Inc. announced it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the outstanding equity of ASP FiberMark, LLC ("FiberMark") from an affiliate of American Securities LLC for $120 million. With annual sales of over $160 million, FiberMark is a specialty coating and finishing company with a strong presence in luxury packaging and overlapping technical product categories. The company sells globally from six production facilities in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.

    "FiberMark is well known in the marketplace for its high touch service as well as a meaningful breadth of premium coated, textured and colored products. The acquisition adds new capabilities that will further accelerate our strategy to expand in targeted growth areas like premium packaging and performance materials, and complements previously announced strategic investments supporting the continued growth of our filtration business," said John O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer. "The combination of FiberMark and Neenah increases the size and our reach in many of our addressable markets and provides opportunities to accelerate growth with a wider range of capabilities and products to better serve our customers. From a financial standpoint, the investment represents an attractive use of capital with a mid-teen rate of return, is not dilutive to our EBITDA margins and will be immediately accretive in year one."

    The Company indicated it expects one-time costs in 2015 of approximately $5 million for transaction fees and integration, with synergies exceeding $6 million per year within three years. Ongoing accretion (excluding one-time costs) is expected to be over $0.40 per share.

    The acquisition will be financed approximately equally between cash on hand and borrowing against the Company's revolving credit facility and is expected to close on July 31, subject to customary conditions. Additional details will be discussed in the Company's second quarter earnings call on August 6th.
    (Neenah Paper Inc.)
    22.07.2015   Chemistry and Packaging improve first-half EBIT; Paper Division feels impact of weak euro and...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... lower paper prices

    All three business divisions of the CPH Group increased their sales volumes in the first half of 2015 over the same period last year. But with a weaker euro and lower paper prices, net group sales for the period fell 18.0% to CHF 199.3 million, and the first-half group EBIT of CHF -18.5 million was a CHF 27.8 million decline on the prior-year period.
    On a brighter note, and despite a strong Swiss franc, the Chemistry and Packaging divisions achieved slight year-on-year improvements in their first-half EBIT results.
    The 13% year-on-year fall in the value of the euro against the Swiss franc had a tangible impact on the 2015 first-half results of the CPH Group, which generates some two-thirds of its revenues in the Eurozone.

    “All our business divisions raised their sales volumes in the first six months of this year,” says Group CEO Peter Schildknecht (photo). “And our Chemistry and Packaging divisions also improved their first-half earnings, despite having to contend with a highly overvalued Swiss franc.”

    The Paper Division continued to pursue its efficiency enhancements;
    but these were still not sufficient to fully offset the impact of
    adverse currency movements and falling newsprint prices. Net salesfor the CPH Group as a whole amounted to CHF 199.3 million, an 18.0% year-on-year decline.

    Chemistry and Packaging improve their earnings results
    Thanks largely to substantially higher sales volumes, the Chemistry Division posted net sales for the first half of 2015 that exceeded their prior-year level. The production facilities in Switzerland and the USA were both well utilized. And the division’s first-half EBIT result also represented a slight year-on-year improvement.
    The pharmaceuticals markets saw further growth in the first-half period, though in Europe –the prime sales market for the Packaging Division – this was of only low-single-digit percentage proportions.
    Higher sales volumes only partially offset currency-related losses,
    and net sales for the period were correspondingly down. The division improved its first-half EBIT result, though, thanks to further efficiency enhancements.

    In addition to the weakness of the euro, the Paper Division suffered from declines in paper prices. These two adverse trends could only be partially offset by higher sales volumes. And although expenditure was further reduced from its prior-year level, the division still posted a
    negative first-half EBIT result.
    Since it accounts for some two-thirds of total group earnings, business developments at the Paper Division have a major influence on overall results for the CPH Group. Group EBIT for the first-half period fell from the CHF 9.3 million of 2014 to CHF -18.5 million. The strength of the Swiss franc adversely affected the financial result, too, and the net result for the period declined to CHF -28.7 million. Total equity as of 30 June 2015 amounted to CHF 404.3 million; and with an equity ratio of 64.1%, the CPH Group remains robust in capitalization terms.

    The Annual General Meeting of 1 April 2015 newly elected Manuel Werder
    and Kaspar W. Kelterborn to the Board of Directors of CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG, the Group’s holding company. The Board reconstituted itself at its first post-AGM meeting. Tim Talaat assumed
    the position of Deputy Chairman from Max Walter, who had previously retired; and Kaspar W. Kelterborn was appointed chair of the Board’s Finance & Auditing Committee, with further committee members Peter Schaub and Manuel Werder.

    Outlook for 2015: currency movements crucial
    The Chemistry Division should continue to benefit from steady demand in the second half of the year. The division’s production facilities are currently well utilized, especially for higher-margin products.
    Higher sales volumes and further cost economies should cushion the adverse currency impact, and both net sales and EBIT for the year as a whole are likely to be broadly at their 2014 levels.
    Prospects for the Packaging Division remain favourable. The expansion in China is making good progress, and work has begun on the new Wujiang production facility. The first coated films for the local pharmaceuticals sector should be available from this in mid-2016.
    Packaging’s net sales for 2015 are likely to fall short of the previous year’s, owing largely to currency trends; but with the success of the efficiency improvements it has effected, the division is confident of posting an EBIT for 2015 that is roughly in line with its prior-year level.
    The Paper Division sees some brighter prospects for the second half of the year: several of its competitors have announced price increases for their magazine paper products. But given the falls in demand,
    Europe’s paper production capacities would need to be further substantially reduced to permit sustainable price recoveries. The division has already initiated more action to enhance its efficiency,
    by further improving its processes and lowering its costs. But it will
    be unable to emulate its net sales of 2014, and will post a clearly negative EBIT result for the year as a whole.
    “For 2015 the CPH Group expects to report lower net sales than last year and a negative annual earnings result,” summarizes Peter Schildknecht. “But in the medium term, CPH will return to profit, as we demonstrated already last year.”
    To this end, the Group will continue to pursue its strategy of expanding outside Switzerland beyond its paper business, to better tap
    local markets with strong growth rates and to reduce its presently high exposure to adverse currency movements.
    (CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG)

    Company news ...AND FASTER INNOVATION

    The Select Solutions Portfolio from Avery Dennison brings for the first time ever in Europe many proven application-specific constructions as well as custom-engineered solution capabilities to match precise customer needs. It means label converters can innovate and reach new markets more easily than ever before, with outstanding technical support and service options.

    Georg Mueller-Hof, director Select Solutions, Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, said that innovation starts with confidence. “We are giving label converters a winning combination. This collection offers 100,000 potential constructions via our Mix & Match™ service, and fifteen application-specific portfolios that give label converters a fast and simple route to unique labelling solutions for brand owners. Both are offered with low Minimum Order Quantities and rapid shipping. Additionally, converters can develop high-performance custom-engineered solutions with the Select Solutions team.”

    Converters can select among available adhesives, liners, facestocks and engineered materials on demand, with on-the-spot quotations and full sales support. Extensive web and print product collateral also help to make choosing the best solution simpler than ever. The portfolios include coupon labels, labels that detach without a trace, anti-counterfeiting solutions, resealable labels, multi-layer constructions, and labels that stick for a product’s lifetime.

    Mueller-Hof said that the focus is on supporting converters throughout the entire process: “Technical solutions leaders are a key part of the Select Solutions offer. They work directly with converters to understand individual needs and product requirements. Then they help to design a product that will differentiate converter and brand owner alike. Mix & Match options are available that provide well-proven combinations of materials, for a simpler trial process and faster time-to-market. Much more complex specifications can also be met for virtually any application, thanks to tailor-made constructions. It all means that converters can break into new segments far more easily, in areas as diverse as dry-peel labelling, oxygen barrier reclosures, tamper-evident labelling, kiddie stickers, drum labelling and much, much more.”

    Select Solutions™ will be featured at the Avery Dennison booth (Hall 5, Stand 5A31) at Labelexpo in Brussels from September 29 - October 2, 2015.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    21.07.2015   KBA-Sheetfed Solutions on the path to the "Internet of Things"    ( Company news )

    Company news Digital Business Transformation modifies business processes

    The graphic arts industry has changed immensely and forces the supply industry to make organisational changes. Koenig & Bauer (KBA) therefore recently took this shift into account by spinning-off business units operating on the market and production activities from the future holding company. But that is not enough: In parallel, experts from the company’s largest business unit KBA-Sheetfed Solutions have been working on a new global sales, service and marketing strategy. As part of this, meetings have been taking place regularly with representatives from the subsidiaries. The strategy’s goal is ‘digital business transformation’ – the optimisation and transparent organisation of all business processes and the development of new business models in accordance with Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. The findings and processes are expected to be transferred to other KBA business units at a later date.

    Photo: Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM at KBA-Sheetfed Solutions, used examples to highlight business strategies which arise from combining data from sales, service and Marketing

    KBA opted for the flexible Salesforce software platform in order to implement these changes. This internationally widespread CRM solution successful in many industries supports digital business transformation, offers practical mobile services and analysing tools, and can be expanded further at any time. The almost 200-year-old press manufacturer thus uses well-known technology from the social media sphere, e.g. for internal business communication. The experts from Salesforce were so amazed by KBA’s approach to digital business transformation that they invited KBA-Sheetfed Solutions to their presentation in front of over 4,000 participants on 2 July in Munich as part of the Salesforce World Tour. Managing director Ralf Sammeck, CIO Jürgen Tuffentsammer and Thomas Göcke, head of sheetfed marketing and CRM, presented the digitally linked cooperation between sales and service in the sheetfed segment with keynotes, interviews, videos and a presentation.

    Eliminating information silos
    How do the users benefit from this? “We need to understand our customers better,” says Ralf Sammeck, managing director of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions. “That means we cannot simply deliver printing presses, we need to support our customers in attaining market success with our machines and systems.” This is achieved by linking all available data from sales, service and marketing to reduce information silos and collate this data with press data. This collated data can then be linked, structured and analysed thus offering the foundation for decisions. The quick access and sharing of information within the company leads to an enormous transfer of knowledge.

    Services tailored to customer needs
    In summary, KBA is able to respond better to customer needs and offer suitable services. This can be a proactive service approach: In the event of a part malfunction the press sends a message to KBA. A service assignment can be scheduled at the right time enhancing press availability and user satisfaction. Performance checks for optimising press performance can be derived from comparing the data with top performing presses. Community Clouds support users by providing explanations on operating functions and a platform for exchanging information. Users can learn from each other and share practices, making new customer experiences possible. This in turn creates key differentiation factors for the brand.

    Digital business transformation allows all data to be accessed worldwide with mobile devices. Management decisions founded on knowledge can be made anywhere, an important aspect for an international company like KBA. The user profits from this process acceleration. A lot of groundwork has already been laid and some topics have been implemented.

    50 per cent of mid-size German companies do not consider digitalisation a priority. Most chose to focus investment on technology. With its high number of patents, KBA is a technical innovator in the press engineering industry and expects to boost close and long-term customer relations by digitalising business processes.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    21.07.2015   Pakistan's flexible and carton packaging industries participate in BOBST & partners Karachi ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... roadshow

    The two-day BOBST & partners packaging print and converting roadshow, held in Karachi in May 2015, brought together over 140 prominent representatives of the Pakistani flexible and carton packaging industries. Together, delegates heard from world-leading equipment and consumables manufacturers about the latest technologies and processes for packaging printing and converting.
    The focus of day one was on the latest innovations in flexible packaging solutions, from raw materials to finished products. These were presented by BOBST and its industry partners.

    “We have important customers in Pakistan, with a number of BOBST gravure printing, laminating and metallizing equipment installations for converting flexible materials,” commented Eric Pavone, Business Director, BOBST Business Unit Web-fed, “In addition to illustrating the way our value-creating solutions can meet market needs, and supporting the drive among Pakistan’s converters towards higher performance and product quality, the roadshow provided us with the opportunity of personally giving them an in-depth look at the advantages of our very latest developments. Most notably among these was the brand new RS 5002 gravure printing press for flexible packaging which we launched earlier this year.”

    Carton packaging was covered on day two of the roadshow. BOBST presented its latest solutions designed to help carton makers work towards “zero-fault” packaging, along with highlighting some specific process developments in hot-foil stamping, the die-cutting of in-mold labels, rotary Braille embossing, and litho-lamination. Industry partners also showcased their latest solutions, aimed at driving innovation through the corrugated board and folding carton packaging supply chain and giving converters a competitive advantage.

    Mr. Samir Khoudja, Head of Zone, Bobst Africa & Middle East, said, “Pakistan in an important market for us. It already has a large number of BOBST folding carton installations and we expect further development in the corrugated board industry over the coming years.” He added, “This seminar brought a unique opportunity for us and our industry partners to demonstrate to customers in Pakistan how we can help them improve the quality of their output while at the same time reducing their costs. Our presence in Pakistan shows our commitment to supporting the development of the packaging industry in this key market.”

    Complementing the technical presentations, very valuable insights on trends in both the flexible and carton sectors of Pakistan’s packaging industry were given by Mr. Rizwan Ghani, General Manager of Packages Limited, Lahore, and Mr. Ahmed Farooq, Corporate Packaging Services Manager, Nestlé Pakistan, who relayed the perspectives of a major converting company and a brand owner respectively.
    Also of interest were the addresses given at the opening of each day of the roadshow. On the day dedicated to flexible packaging, Mr. Syed Aarij Iqbal, CEO of M/s Alpha Penta Pvt Ltd, spoke in his capacity as Executive Member of the Italian Development Committee (IDC) about the promotion of bi-lateral trade between Pakistan and Italy, as well as about the role of the IDC.

    Mr. S. M. Naseeruddine, Member of the Board of PAPGAI, the Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry, addressed the audience on the day dedicated to carton packaging. He highlighted the history and the mission of the association, and shared information about the organization of the PrintPak exhibition, which will be held in Karachi this November.

    The event was co-hosted by Sal-Im International Company, the BOBST agent in Pakistan.
    “We have been BOBST’s carton converting equipment representative in Pakistan for over thirty years and through very many successful installations in the country. From earlier this year we have also taken over the representation for BOBST flexible material printing and converting equipment,” explained Mr. Salman Hanif, Director of Operations, Sal-Im International Company. “The roadshow has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to touch base and establish a personal contact with the management of a great number of Pakistani flexible packaging converting companies, which is invaluable for the development of our activities in this sector of the packaging industry.”
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    21.07.2015   manroland web systems Joins Digital Book Printing Forum in London    ( Company news )

    Company news Digital finishing solutions developed and engineered by manroland web systems help to save the printed book

    Photo: FormerLine offers numerous various production possibilities.

    The “2015 London Digital Book Printing Forum” took place at The Royal Society in London on June 25, 2015. Around 150 people joined the event. The target audience was anyone who has a stake in the development of digital book production – from large global publishers, self-publishers, printing companies and suppliers to the printing and publishing industries. Also manroland web systems joined the discussion about how to make the printed book fit for the future and how to provide the most efficient and cost-effective technology in this sector.

    The event was organized by Interquest, a USA based market research company specializing in the global printing industry, and is held on an annual basis also in London, Every year there is also a presentation of the results of market analysis from previous years that show how the market opinion changes. As manroland web systems emerged into a top-supplier for digital book production during the last few years, the company took part at the event and added its knowledge to the discussions that were all about the main topic: How to make the printed book more attractive to the customers in times of e-readers and tablets?

    Printed Books on the Upgrade
    The market research presented at the event shows: the UK digital book production currently is 13% of the total (increased from 8% in 2012). Interquest research shows that the market perception is that this will rise to 18% - 20% by 2018. The USA book production has even increased by 4.6% and bookshops have seen a recovery. The sales of tablets and e-readers have slowed or stagnated. These are good numbers for digital book printers and this is mainly caused by the immense progress in productivity and quality that has happened during the last few years to support the digital book printing business.

    FormerLine Offers Numerous Production Possibilities
    manroland web systems e.g. developed the FormerLine for digital book production on an industrial scale. The system was especially designed regarding the requirements and the intended book production of the customers. In general, the FormerLine convinces by its variability, enabled by the continuously flexible cut-off from 145 mm to 420 mm. Together with the lift collator RS 34 from RIMA, the system produces stapled signatures or up to 8,000 glued and stapled book blocks per hour with up to 70 mm magnitude in a highly efficient way and with great performance.

    According to the required format and pagination of the signature, the customer can choose the relevant web lead over the formers. The strongest point of the FormerLine concept is to produce different formats and paper qualities in so called “batches” which can consist of different books with different page numbers. Even each individual book can have a different pagination.

    In keeping with the preferences of the market, the FormerLine is fast, flexible, and productive. The FormerLine runs with a web speed of up to 300 m/min. The combination of a variable cut-off, a maximum web width of 1,067 mm (model with 3 formers) and a production speed of up to 300 meters per minute shows the best performing digital printing system for book production at this time. The high efficiency explained by minimal makeready times, also for format changes, reel changes and industrial maintenance concepts, furthermore features the solution.

    New Technology Means More Success
    Technology like the FormerLine helps the printers to reach the requirements of the market. The discussion at the event showed that there are several topics that drive the industry today. Besides slowing the growth of e-books, book printers care about a supply chain management: publishers want printers to be able to produce a “book of one” print on demand (POD) or any number of books in a timely and cost-effective manner as an individual edition or in batched production using highly automated web based job entries. This different Business Cases were nicely shown from different European Printers, presenting their company, their workflow and their printing systems to the audience. Publishers and printers try more and more to avoid holding stock and are moving to “Auto Stock Replenishment” business models reducing inventory and cost of stock handling. The batch-production of FormerLine exactly fulfils these requirements of the industrial digital production. Shorter, more frequent runs and a reduced time to market are required.

    There is also a growing need for added value. There were some examples of adding value to books including personalization, augmented reality, RFID chip insertion, inclusion of electronics within books.

    Bright Prospects
    All in all, the mood at the event was very positive about the future of the printed book. The e-book has found a place in the market but is not going to replace the physical book anytime soon. The challenges for book printers are to be able to supply a single book or several thousand books very quickly and to be able to distribute efficiently to the end user. Publishers and authors are looking for a multi-media, multi-channel solution with no inventory and an efficient supply chain from a single book upwards. That is where manroland web systems can help by supplying and constantly developing best possible solution for the digital book printing.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
    21.07.2015   Pixelle® High Speed Ink Jet Papers - Bringing high image fidelity, speed, customization and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...increased productivity to our customers

    As the leading manufacturer of inkjet papers in North America, Glatfelter’s unparalleled Pixelle® product portfolio delivers superior performance, exceptional image fidelity and unmatched value. Increase productivity and profitability with Pixelle – Engineered to meet the demanding needs of your high-speed digital presses with excellent post-processing attributes.

    Ready to take advantage of high-speed inkjet technology? Gain a competitive edge with dye and pigment-based inks and maintain the cost control you and your customers expect.
    Since Pixelle® is engineered specifically for high-speed inkjet. It is perfectly suited for an array of applications from statements, to books, to color-critical premium marketing materials.
    Plus the broad portfolio of the Pixelle HSIJ paper line allows you to dial in the perfect balance between speed, quality and ink consumption — while delivering amazing production output and lowering your overall costs.

    Turn documents such as bills, statements, and purchase orders into attention-grabbing, marketing tools. These combined communications reinforce branding and focus attention because customers typically take more notice of bills than ads.

    Industrial book production is one of the largest print markets worldwide and offers one of the biggest market opportunities for digital printing.

    Direct Mail
    Use personalized text and images in your direct mail campaigns and gain new business by producing highly-personalized, targeted mail pieces that create higher response rates and faster response times for clients.

    General Commercial
    This includes all types of promotional items such as flyers, brochures, spec sheets and many more. With high-speed inkjet technology and Pixelle® papers, you can customize campaigns and target customers with highly individualized content. And Pixelle is your best choice for color-critical premium marketing materials.

    Pixelle Basic (Untreated)
    Dependable, efficient. Suitable for pigment-based and dye-based inkjet systems, as well as laser printing and offset printing.

    Pixelle Enhanced (Treated)
    Quick-drying, enriched tones. Ideal for high-color graphics, sharp images. Suitable for pigment-based and dye-based inkjet systems, as well as laser printing and offset printing.

    Pixelle Book (Untreated & Treated)
    Designed to accommodate breakthrough inkjet technologies in the digital book industry.

    Pixelle Extra (Coated Lightly)
    High color saturation. Enhanced image durability, smooth surface. Suitable for pigment and dye inks.

    Pixelle Superior (Coated)
    Exceptional quality. Smooth surface, crisp image. Meets USPS requirements.

    Pixelle is designed to run on all high-speed inkjet presses.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
    21.07.2015   ETS falls short of expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news The Juncker Commission recently launched the largest industrial policy decision it will take in its entire mandate, with the new proposal for the EU Emission Trading System. The proposal has a number of good elements but falls short in its protection of energy intensive industries. Member states hold the key to the solution.

    In October 2014 the European Council recognised that measures to protect energy intensive industry from carbon leakage should be maintained when revising the EU ETS. The Council concluded the most efficient installations in sectors such as the pulp and paper industry should not face undue carbon costs that would impact their global competitiveness.

    Member states however added expectations on the revenues they want from the EU ETS. Today’s proposal therefore fixes the share of auctioning vs. the share of free allocation. “The proposal shows the member states cannot have their cake and eat it. If policy makers in Brussels and the member states are serious on growths and jobs, the fixed share of free allocation should be changed to really protect industry as agreed by the Heads of State”, said Marco Mensink (photo), CEPI Director General.

    CEPI does appreciate the focus on low carbon investments and support for technology and innovation in the new proposal. The use of more accurate production data is good, even though the proposal could be more ambitious. CEPI also believes the linear reduction of the benchmarks used for free allocation is reasonable and improves predictability.

    The proposal does however not solve the lack of free allocation for Combined Heat and Power Plants in Europe, which has been an additional factor in closing down very carbon efficient gas-fired energy plants in Europe. The pulp and paper industry is a leading CHP sector, producing over 50% of its electricity consumption by itself.

    Finally, the proposal strengthens the focus of member states on compensation for higher electricity costs to industry, but does not lead to a harmonised EU approach, which is what the internal market requires. Member States have to align their compensation schemes, so industry is treated equal across Europe.

    The European Pulp and Paper Industry is a globally competing sector, with over 700 installations covered by the EU ETS. Total sector fossil CO2 emissions were 31 Million tonnes in 2014, already reduced from 43 Million tonnes of CO2 in 2005. The sector has a clear focus on breakthrough technology programmes through its 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap for the Forest Fibre Sector. “Sufficient carbon leakage protection is essential, especially for sectors that want to invest in low carbon technologies in Europe. In order to reduce emissions, we need to be attractive for investments”, concluded Marco Mensink. CEPI calls upon the policy makers to rethink their approach.
    (CEPI aisbl)
    20.07.2015   Screen Europe unveils latest Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press at Labelexpo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New software, hardware and finishing features deliver new levels of quality, productivity and flexibility

    At Labelexpo Screen Europe will demonstrate the latest model of the Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press featuring important new innovations that combine to deliver superb quality, productivity and flexibility (Booth 9B30). Since the innovative Truepress Jet L350UV was launched just two years ago, the press has evolved significantly and in Brussels visitors will see the latest model featuring new ‘vivid colour’ extended gamut, JDF-enabled job control software and inline/offline finishing – all for the first time. Popular with label converters worldwide, 25 systems have already been installed and all are in maximum production and driving business growth. Several companies are now investing in their second press to meet demand.

    The high-productivity Truepress Jet L350UV uses Screen’s high-definition CMYK+white UV inks and delivers photo-realistic quality at 50m/minute (16 sqm/min) on web widths up to 350mm. The press incorporates single-pass greyscale piezo printheads with a minimum droplet size of 3 picolitres. Printing resolutions of 600 x 600dpi combined with the very small droplet size gives sharp, well-defined images and text.

    New features
    The latest Screen Truepress Jet L350UV at Labelexpo further maximises the potential for profitability by offering end-to-end production with new developments in links to MIS and near line finishing. The new link to CERM (MIS) allows JDF communication to the Screen EQUIOS digital front end to eliminate many repetitive manual tasks and automating planning and step & repeat routines. The resultant improvement in efficiency cuts production time still further and enables over 25 short run jobs per shift. In turn information is fed back live to a digital dash board displaying production data, printing speeds and metres printed for all scheduled jobs.

    The new Screen JetConverter L350 is a modular finishing solution offering the flexibility of both in-line and off-line operation to achieve the highest productivity. It is equipped with many new standard functions for label printing, including varnishing, lamination, die-cutting and slitting. In addition, advantages such as decreased times for setup and adjustment and reduced paper wastage achieved by a shorter path line enable significant cost reductions during label production.

    At Labelexpo Screen launches Vivid Color Mode which allows the Truepress JetL350UV to further extend the colour gamut that can be achieved from the existing vibrant inkset. Vivid Color Mode enhances and simplifies the process of attaining spot colour values using just a simplified four-colour ink set and without the need for spot colour inks.

    Finally, already recognised as achieving the smoothest gradations, sharpest detail with the thinnest ink lay down compared to other inkjet label devices, the EQUIOS DFE’s new text resolution function offers HD quality text sharpness by reducing ink spread across the whole job or on selected elements - even on uncoated paper substrates.
    (Screen Europe)
    20.07.2015   Fujifilm's wide format Uvijet UV inks gain Nordic Ecolabel certification    ( Company news )

    Company news Fujifilm announces that a large number of inks within its Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications received the Nordic Ecolabel certification. This further reinforces the company’s green credentials and its position as a world leader in the development of UV inkjet inks, underpinned by the ‘Sustainable Innovation’, ‘Manufacturing Champions’ and ‘Best Process Plant’ awards it has won in the last four years.

    The Nordic Ecolabel is a well-established and internationally recognised environmental labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption and helps consumers identify environmentally-friendly products. The certification confirms Fujifilm’s commitment to manufacture products that meet the highest quality and performance standards, according to the company’s internal ‘Design for Health, Safety and Environment’ policy regarding the use of chemicals. This policy is designed to limit employees’ exposure to hazardous substances, minimise environmental impact, and to surpass the requirements of chemical control legislation.

    Fujifilm Uvijet inks that now carry the Nordic Ecolabel trademark include: Uvijet KI, KV, OZ, OB, OL, OW, QN, WH, WI and LL. Uvijet OB, OZ, OL and OW formulations have been developed for use with the Inca Onset range of printers. Uvijet OZ offers excellent finishing properties, while Uvijet OL is a low odour corrugated ink suitable for display and secondary packaging. The newly launched Uvijet OW ink offers improved adhesion properties, so that it can be used on a wider range of rigid and flexible plastic substrates.

    The Uvijet KI and KV inks are suitable for Fujifilm’s Acuity flatbed range, the latter designed for thermoformed light industrial applications, with Uvijet WH and WI inks optimised for the Acuity F in particular. In terms of roll-to-roll systems, Uvijet QN inks are supplied for Uvistar printers, with the Uvijet LL range of inkjet inks specifically developed for use with the Acuity LED 1600. In common with all these inks is the ability to deliver excellent dot reproduction, produce bright, vibrant colours and adhere to a wide range of rigid and flexible materials, maximising application versatility.

    Carole Noutary, Technical Manager R&D at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, comments: “The Nordic Ecolabel certification is another testimony to how Fujifilm’s state-of-the-art UV inkjet technologies support wide format printers in their efforts to minimise their environmental footprint and achieve best practice in sustainable print production. This is an important certification to add to the extensive list of recent manufacturing awards, and is recognition of our quality-led processes and environmental commitment.”

    Fujifilm Uvijet inks are produced at the Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems (FSIS) manufacturing facility for screen and UV wide format ink in Broadstairs, UK.
    (Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Ltd)
    20.07.2015   Portucel informs on changes in the governing bodies    ( Company news )

    Company news Following the resignation of Mr. Francisco José Melo e Castro Guedes as member of the Board of Portucel S.A, and considering the inexistence of alternate members of the Board, the Company's Board of Directors has unanimously decided, in accordance to subparagraph b of number 3 of article 393 of the Companies Code, to susbtitute the resigning member by co-opting Mr. João Paulo Araújo Oliveira as member of the Board for the current four-year term.
    It was also unanimously approved that the designated member will be part of the Executive Committee, replacing Mr. Adriano Augusto da Silva Silveira, who will take on non-executive duties.
    (Portucel Empresa Produtora de Pasta e Papel SA)

    20.07.2015   Interim Report for Duni AB (publ) 1 January – 30 June 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Continued improved earnings

    Photo: Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni

    1 April – 30 June 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1 002 m (922). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 4.2%.
    -Earnings per share, for continuing operations, after dilution amounted to SEK 1.44 (1.40).
    -Table Top reported earnings in parity with 2014, other operating business areas improved over the previous year.
    -Decision to invest SEK 110 m in upgrading two paper machines in Skåpafors for increased capacity.
    -Hygiene production in Skåpafors is now closed, and hygiene business and changeover work in the Materials & Services business area are reported as discontinued operations as from the second quarter 2015. This is reported on a line in the income statement before "Net income". The consolidated income statement has been recalculated from 2013 and reports only continuing operations.

    1 January – 30 June 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1 987 m (1 739). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 8.5%.
    -Earnings per share, for continuing operations, after dilution amounted to SEK 2.94 (2.39).
    -Net debt amounted to SEK 916 m, compared with SEK 1,164 m for the same period last year.

    CEO’s comments:
    “Despite a late and cold spring, with an unfavorable calendar effect, quarterly earnings improved by SEK 11 m as compared with last year.
    Hygiene production has now been completely closed and the previously announced production move from Dals Långed to Skåpafors is continuing according to plan. The project will be fully completed during the fourth quarter of 2015. In order to clarify the effects from the discontinued hygiene business, the accounts and reporting will from now distinguish between "continuing operations" and "discontinued operations".

    The Group’s overall structural effects in the second quarter are largely neutral due that the hygiene production is completed and Paper+Design, which was acquired on 11 June 2014, entails relatively small effects on earnings as the second quarter is the year’s weakest.

    Net invoicing for the second quarter amounted to SEK 1,002 m (922), corresponding to growth of 8.7% as compared with last year. Operating income for continuing operations is SEK 104 m (93) and the operating margin was strengthened to 10.3% (10.1%). Net debt at the end of the quarter amounted to SEK 916 m (1,164).

    Organic growth during the quarter is lower than the previous quarter. A disadvantageous calendar effect with an early Easter, together with a late and cold spring in central and northern Europe, led to demand during the period which was weaker than expected. A consequence of this is a lower leverage effect in terms of earnings within the supply of goods.

    During the quarter, the decision was taken to invest SEK 110 m in the paper mill in Skåpafors. The investment, with installation anticipated to be fully completed during the second quarter of 2016, yields an increase in capacity of approximately 15% and, in addition, creates a new platform for product development, not the least in the area of environmentally-adapted material.

    The Table Top business area increased net invoicing to SEK 563 m (552) during the quarter; adjusting for currency sales for the business area fell by 2.6%. The decline is explained by calendar effects and worse spring weather in several of our main markets. Western and Southern Europe report continued good growth but this does not compensate for the decline in our more important business regions. The operating income for the quarter were SEK 87m (87) and the operating margin was 15.5% (15.7%).

    The Meal Service business area continues to grow at a stronger rate than the market. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 163 m (148) and the operating income increased to SEK 13 m (7). The business area reports positive growth throughout all markets and the consistent investment in innovation and environmentally-adapted concepts continues to have a positive impact on both sales and earnings.

    The Consumer business area continues to contribute to a significant increase in sales as a result of the acquisition of Paper+Design. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 212 m (161) and the operating income improved to SEK -1 m (-5). The operating margin was strengthened to -0.3% (-3.2%). Seasonally, the second quarter is weak for this business area; few holidays and a mix of relatively simple products has resulted in the second quarter having the lowest percentage over the year in terms of earnings.

    In the New Markets business area, we are seeing a more stable currency situation in Russia while, at the same time, demand in the restaurant and hotel sector has declined heavily. We see satisfactory growth in other markets. Net invoicing during the quarter amounted to SEK 55 m (48) and the operating income increased to SEK 4 m (3).

    In the Materials & Service business area, hygiene business has been discontinued and are reported for the quarter as "discontinued operations" outside of Materials & Services. Net sales for the business area, i.e. "continuing operations" for the quarter amount to SEK 10 m (13), with an operating income of SEK 0 m (1).

    Although the weather was working against us, we experienced positive growth on most of our markets and our on-going projects continue to contribute to better profitability in the continuing operations”, says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni.
    (Duni AB)
    20.07.2015   Barry‐Wehmiller working to acquire the paper processing group of Bielomatik    ( Company news )

    Company news Barry‐Wehmiller Cos., Inc., capital equipment and engineering solutions leader, is moving toward acquiring the Bielomatik group associated with the paper processing product line of Bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG. They signed a letter of agreement this week, and expect the sale to be finalized in the upcoming months, once approval conditions are met.
    Bielomatik’s paper processing product line that cuts, binds, finishes and wraps paper will merge with BW Papersystems, headquartered in the USA, a global supplier to the paper and board sheeting; paper converting; and corrugating industries.

    Bielomatik is globally known for its paper processing equipment including sheeters, and machines for wrapping, stacking and packing. Their paper processing group additionally manufactures stationery and binding machines incorporating all binding technologies used for the production of exercise books, in schools and business around the

    BW Papersystems offers state of the art technology for folio, cut size and digital sheeting and packaging machines, plus stationery, passport production and specialized paper converting applications. For the corrugating industry, customers can continue to rely on the well‐known brands MarquipWardUnited, Curioni and VortX. With manufacturing plants in USA and Europe, parts and service centers in the USA, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Shanghai plus an effective global team of aftermarket parts and field service, BW Papersystems offers a lasting commitment to its customers.

    BW Papersystems, with Bielomatik, will employ over 1,600 team members worldwide and is expected to generate revenue in excess of $400 million.
    20.07.2015   Iggesund is adding services in Asia    ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard is enhancing its distribution service in Asia. The main aim is to shorten lead times and thereby give Asian customers better service.

    “We are continuously evolving together with our customers’ needs. We have therefore set up a sheeting and warehousing capability in Taiwan, which will be operationally ready by the end of July 2015,” explains Ivan Chong, Business Area Director G&P, Asia Pacific. “This channel will strive to enhance Invercote’s availability in the Asian market and will help Iggesund and our customers to gain new business.”

    Iggesund is not just establishing a distribution channel in Asia. The company will also keep Invercote in stock and offer local sheeting from a service point in Taiwan in order to minimise lead times.

    “Invercote is a niche product aimed at customers who place high demands on appearance and function and who want the end result to attract attention on the retail shelf and encourage purchase,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing, in charge of global sales. “Unlike basically all SBB paperboard made in Asia, Invercote has a multi-layer construction, which means it does not crack along the creases. This is a huge advantage, supported, of course, by Invercote’s strong environmental and economic sustainability properties.”

    Iggesund’s enhanced service in Asia is part of its efforts to become more global by strengthening its delivery service outside Europe. It is also recruiting staff to reinforce its sales efforts. The company has also launched a broader service concept to inform its customers of the many resources and support functions available to them. “Care by Iggesund” includes the quick and easy ordering of samples and inspirational material, the provision of product safety information and certificates, and access to the analytical services of Iggesund’s accredited Laboratory of Sensory and Chemical Analyses. Iggesund’s extensive environmental documentation is also part of the service offering, not least as a guarantee that customers will not encounter any unpleasant surprises due to the origin of the forest raw material used in their paperboard.

    Iggesund’s service offering also includes everything associated with the company’s products, Invercote and Incada: from technical support in local markets to Iggesund’s own paperboard expertise in the form of various reference works.

    “We don’t just want our customers to buy our paperboard – we also want them to get the most out of it,” Arvid Sundblad comments. “All our documentation, together with our team of technicians, who are out in the local markets and who have experience from projects and operations similar to those of our customers, exists to ensure this. Some of this support we have had for a long time but we haven’t been clear enough to our customers in general that all this service exists.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    17.07.2015   Minerals Technologies Inc. Implements Commercial Agreement with Indian Pulp & Paper Producer ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... to Deploy FulFill® E-325 High Filler Technology

    Unique High-Filler Technology Provides Significant Cost Savings in Reduced Fiber Consumption by Increasing PCC Filler Usage

    Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) disclosed that it has implemented a commercial agreement to use its Fulfill® E-325 high filler technology on a paper machine at a mill in India. This brings to 20 the number of paper mills that have commercially adopted the novel Fulfill® E-325 technology in order to reduce cost by replacing pulp with filler and to improve paper machine runnabilty. The paper company wished to remain unnamed for competitive reasons.

    Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer, said: "We are extremely pleased that this fine producer of high quality printing and writing papers has chosen to build upon the positive results that came with the earlier startup of an on-site PCC satellite plant. PCC filler has enabled better quality and lower cost and we are confident that Fulfill® will extend their savings. The continuing adoption of our FulFill® technology by our satellite PCC customers is a testament to our capability as global leader in papermaking technology."

    The Fulfill® E-325 series allows papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), replacing higher cost fiber, and increasing PCC usage without compromising paper quality or performance. The advancement of this new technology confirms the commercial progress of the Fulfill® brand, which offers papermakers a variety of efficient, flexible solutions that decreases dependency on natural fiber and reduces costs.

    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has 62 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    17.07.2015   Voith successful at the Baden-Württemberg Environmental Technology Award    ( Company news )

    Company news With the HydroSeal product, Voith has successfully participated in the Environmental Technology Award in Category 3 - Technologies for Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation. The company came second.

    Photo from left: Franz Untersteller (Environment Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg) with Frank Opletal (CTO, Voith), Marc Erkelenz (R&D, Voith) and Jochen Honold (Global Productmanager, Voith)

    The Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy of Baden-Württemberg has been awarding the Environmental Technology Award since 2009. It is awarded every two years for excellent and innovative products in environmental technology. The prize money amounts to 100,000 euros and is spread over four categories ("Energy Efficiency", "Material Efficiency", "Technologies for Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation" and "Measurement and Control Technology") and a special prize of the jury. Participation is open to companies with head offices or branches in Baden-Württemberg. The award recognizes products that make a significant contribution to resource efficiency and environmental protection and are nearing launch onto the market or that will be on the market in not more than two years. This year's awards ceremony by Environment Minister Franz Untersteller took place on 7 July 2015, in the Römerkastell (Roman Fort) in Stuttgart.

    "We see our ranking as a special award for our commitment to the development of innovative environmental technology." The HydroSeal product is a new sealing strip system with integrated lubricating water supply for suction rolls in a paper machine. "Compared to previous sealing strip systems the new design from Voith, for which several patents have been filed, saves water and energy at the same time and furthermore results in a number of additional process advantages and thus a high customer value", explained Marc Erkelenz, R&D Manager of Mechanical Roll Service at Voith. The environmental benefit is immense: with the rebuild of only one suction roll savings in fresh and waste water of up to 20,000 m³/year (compared to about 8 Olympic swimming pools), and about 1 million kWh/year (the equivalent annual energy consumption of approximately 667 persons) can be achieved – depending on the size and type of the machine.
    "With the Environmental Technology Award Baden-Württemberg we honor products and technologies that manage to bring the needs of people in line with the needs of the economy and at the same time protect the environment," said Environment Minister Franz Untersteller, who together with the jury of experts chose the prize winners and the nominated companies from the applications. The other jury members are Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth (director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology as well as director of the Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Plasma Technology at the University of Stuttgart), Joachim Kaufmann (CEO Dürr Systems GmbH), Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer (director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organization and director of the Institute for Industrial Ergonomics and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart) – represented by Mr. Michael Bucher (head of Competence Team Shared Systems Design IAO), Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Kfm. Alexander Sauer (director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) of the University of Stuttgart and director of Development Group Efficiency Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation IPA), Dr.-Ing. Hannes Spieth (managing director of Environmental Technology BW) and Ingolf Baur (physicist and presenter at SWR).
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    17.07.2015   100% Acquisition of Consolidated Subsidiary, Gould Paper Corporation    ( Company news )

    Company news Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited (JP) hereby announces the acquisition of additional shares in one of the USA’s largest paper merchants, Gould Paper Corporation (Gould). The acquisition was effected through JP’s consolidated USA subsidiary, Japan Pulp & Paper (U.S.A.) Corporation (JPUSA) and makes Gould a wholly owned subsidiary within the JP Group.

    JP has been making efforts to strengthen and expand its global procurement and sales network, and as part of these efforts acquired a 51% share in the ownership of Gould in April 2010. By taking full ownership of Gould now, with its abundant human resources, experience and business sites throughout Europe and North America, two markets considered highly important in JP’s strategy for its non-Japan business segment, JP will be able to simultaneously strengthening its presence in both of these markets, increase the synergies within the entire JP Group and further expand its business activities outside of Japan.
    (JP Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited)
    17.07.2015   170 Years of James Cropper: A Celebration of a Proud Manufacturing Tradition    ( Company news )

    Company news Five British Monarchs have sat on the throne, 55 Prime Ministers have presided over the affairs of the United Kingdom and the combustion engine, the television set and the computer have all been invented since James Cropper made the first sheet of paper 170 years ago.

    Sunday 5 July 2015 marks a landmark for James Cropper PLC, its pulp and paper products business and the revolutionary Technical Fibre Products (TFP) nonwoven materials company, as well as marking a notable anniversary for international papermaking and British industry. Under the tutelage of sixth generation family Chairman, Mark Cropper, the company reaches its 170th year in business and remains in the same Lake District location to this day.

    The company was founded by the original James Cropper, the Liverpool-born son of a wealthy railway merchant and financier, when he bought the Burneside and Cowan Head paper mills for the princely sum of £16,990.

    In almost two centuries technological advancement, catastrophic economic depressions, world wars, devastating fires and unrelenting competition have come to challenge one of Britain’s oldest family companies. What has ensured that the Burneside Mill remains open, alongside international production, storage and sales facilities, is a commitment to innovation, expertise, ethical production and trading standards and impeccable standards of production and customer service.

    The past year has seen a state of the art third manufacturing line added to the TFP production base, in order to meet increasing demand from customers in the aerospace, energy and automotive industries amongst others. It has also seen further expansion into the Far East paper market, with a China office for James Cropper Paper. These exciting advances demonstrate a company on the front foot as the second century of trading closes in.

    Mark Cropper, Chairman of James Cropper PLC, says: “Six generations worth of high standards and values are one of the reasons why we are where we are today, so the past plays a significant part of what we are, what we have become and what we want to be. However, as a global trading company that leads in technological advancements in the materials industry, our people have the foresight to anticipate changes in demand and use of our products and respond. This is what I believe to be the essence of our success.”

    To mark the 170th Anniversary and also the official opening of the third TFP manufacturing line, there is a celebration event planned later on in the summer.
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)

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