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    30.12.2015   Metso's strong valve expertise utilized in Kotkamills' boxboard machine conversion    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso will supply hundreds of valves for Kotkamills Oy's mill in Kotka, Finland, where the current printing paper machine will be rebuilt to produce high-quality and environmentally friendly consumer board grades. The new production line will be commissioned in the second quarter of 2016.

    "Metso has unique knowledge and expertise in pulp and paper industry valves. Our requirements for the valves used in the machine conversion specifically target the reliability of the valves and the efficiency of the production process. The production line conversion timetable is short, so proven project know-how and good experiences were important criteria for us when we selected the valve supplier," notes Jari Mäkelä, who is in charge of the machine conversion automation and electrification at Kotkamills.

    The valve order includes Metso's Neles® ball control valves, segment valves, and Neldisc® disc valves for shut-off and control applications. The control valves are equipped with Metso's ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which can monitor valve performance and enable the planning of preventive maintenance.

    "Metso will supply a comprehensive range of valve solutions for the machine rebuild, solutions that meet the customer's needs in the best possible way. The valve solutions we have chosen for the customer's machine rebuild are easy to service and will increase the mill's competitiveness," emphasizes Janne Viljamaa, Sales Manager, Metso Flow Control Solutions.

    Kotkamills Oy and Metso share a long history of collaboration, and Metso's reliable valve solutions are utilized in the production process also in the mill's current paper machine production lines.

    The order was included in Metso's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. Metso's valve deliveries will start in early 2016.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    29.12.2015   Envi Portfolio to Include Indoor/Outdoor Print Media Solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Monadnock Envi® Ultraform Backlit Poster provides a durable, weather resistant, dimensionally stable print media for brand owners interested in more sustainable advertising

    Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. (MPM), a family-owned manufacturer that delivers high-performance specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, today announced the newest product in their Envi Portfolio line, Envi Ultraform Backlit Poster. Envi Ultraform is an innovation in print media for outdoor and indoor applications such as bus shelters and backlit and other retail and entertainment signage that is Forest Stewardship Council certified, contains 10 percent post-consumer waste recycled fiber and maintains superior formation for uncompromising print results. Best of all, it’s recyclable in the mixed waste paper bin.

    Recent data shows that design firms have reported a five percent increase in the use of sustainable materials based on consumer feedback and demand (retailenvironments.org, Retail Environments, September 2015 issue, page 23). Envi Backlit answers that need by providing an FSC®-certified, renewable alternative to rigid polystyrene. Further, the product is a print-ready poster stock optimized for UV or Latex inkjet, offset and screen-printing. In addition to improving a brand’s environmental footprint, the product provides exceptional surface uniformity, smoothness and brightness and is resistant to harsh environmental conditions.

    “As consumers become more environmentally-conscious, Monadnock is constantly looking to develop solutions that brands can leverage to improve their environmental profile,” said Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock. “This innovation in indoor and outdoor advertising aligns well with our plastic-replacement strategy and complements our Envi Portfolio of substrates which provides brands with sustainable options that do not require a compromise in performance or aesthetics.”
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
     
    29.12.2015   Stora Enso and Kemira successfully complete water management project in China    ( Company news )

    Company news The community project is benefiting 2 600 people in rural Guangxi.

    A three-year corporate responsibility initiative on water stewardship run by Stora Enso and the global chemicals company Kemira in Guangxi Province in Southern China has now been completed. Launched in 2013, the initiative was designed to find new responsible water management solutions through stakeholder engagement, local community work, and capacity building.

    Pilot projects launched by Stora Enso and Kemira in the villages of Nahupo, Shengping, and Baimei in the spring of 2015 have addressed local concerns such as poor sewage treatment and water supply systems. During the six-month construction phase, a total of 12.7 kilometres of water and sewage piping were laid, with water storage tanks and artificial wetlands also built. The projects have given almost 2 600 villagers better access to clean water.

    Stora Enso and Kemira also trained local villagers to enable them to maintain the new infrastructure in the long term. A survey revealed that villagers are highly satisfied with the project and its results. Other related developments over the past two years have also helped to increase Guangxi residents’ awareness of how to use water responsibly.

    “Active engagement with local residents has been essential in making this project a success,” says Noel Morrin, Stora Enso’s EVP for Sustainability. “The results have been very positive, and we look forward to learning more about the long-term benefits.”

    "I recently visited the villages and watched the new systems in operation,” says Tomas Biström, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Kemira. “They are well-suited for the local context, and do what they’re expected to do – with no complicated maintenance work or skills required – by improving access to clean water and treating wastewater more efficiently and responsibly."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    29.12.2015   Packaging Corporation of America Announces Election of Mark W. Kowlzan as Chairman; ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Paul T. Stecko to Continue to Serve on Board

    Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) announced that effective December 31, 2015, Mark W. Kowlzan (photo) will become Chairman & CEO of the company. Mr. Kowlzan has served as CEO since July 2010.

    Paul T. Stecko will step down as non-executive chairman but will continue to serve on the board of directors. He has also entered into an agreement with the company to serve as a senior advisor for strategic matters. Mr. Stecko has served as chairman of the board since 1999. He served as PCA’s CEO from 1999 to 2010 and as executive chairman from 2010 to 2013.

    Commenting on the announcement, Mr. Stecko said, “The company and the board will be well served under Mark’s leadership. During the past five years, Mark has been instrumental in leading the company’s success in growing our business and creating substantial shareholder value.”

    Mr. Kowlzan commented, “We are very pleased that Paul will continue to serve PCA as both a director and senior advisor and remain involved in matters of strategic importance.”
    (PCA Packaging Corporation of America)
     
    29.12.2015   Presto II Digital – the Ideal Solution for Offset and Digital    ( Company news )

    Company news The Presto II Digital saddle stitching system is the perfect solution for graphic arts companies that want to keep their options open for the future in terms of printing modes.

    The Muller Martini Presto II Digital is capable of processing both sheet-fed and web printed products in offset and digital printing. It produces at 9,000 cycles per hour, processing up to 30,000 incoming signatures. Thanks to its space-saving design and high level of automation, it is the most economical and powerful saddle stitcher on the market for small to mid-sized runs. Since journals, magazines and brochures have falling run sizes while their product variety is increasing, shorter processing times are required, which means there is a stronger emphasis on digital printing in saddle stitching too. The further development of the proven and successful entry-level saddle stitching line from Muller Martini was therefore just what Ultragraph Ltd. was looking for. The company based in Burscough near Manchester (England) replaced its Bravo with a Presto II Digital, because it is producing considerably more digitally printed magazines, leaflets and brochures since commissioning an HP Indigo.

    The increase in digitally printed signatures with shorter runs prompted Nick Jones to change his plans. The managing director of the innovative family-run business, who had originally intended to recondition the company’s existing saddle stitcher, knew as soon as he saw the brochure: “I have to have that machine.” A visit to Muller Martini’s Print Finishing Center in the Swiss city of Zofingen convinced him completely. “I ran ten different jobs myself, and all were impeccable!”

    Roughly a year after installing the Presto II Digital with a single-sheet flat pile feeder, a processing folder, six flat pile feeders, a cover feeder and a three-knife trimmer, Ultragraph’s investment has been recouped. The saddle stitcher has excelled with its flexibility. The Presto II Digital has passed with flying colors at Ultragraph, processing everything from flyers and leaflets to product catalogs and company magazines in runs ranging from 20 digitally printed copies to 100,000 offset copies. Where possible, several digital short runs are produced back to back using the Presto II Digital. That is possible thanks to the short job changeover times, which also enable interruptions in large jobs if an urgent small-volume job needs to be performed in the meantime.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
     
    29.12.2015   University of Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation Joins Two Sides     ( Company news )

    Company news University of Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation has joined Two Sides North America, the non-profit organization that promotes and encourages the responsible production, use, and sustainability of print and paper.

    “We welcome the University of Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation to our network of over 10 U.S. and Canadian universities offering paper science and engineering programs, as well as graphic communications. Over the past four years, several students and professors have engaged with us to help spread our message throughout the academic sector. So many students are studying in these fields and it’s important that the public get the correct facts about print and paper,” says Two Sides North America President Phil Riebel.

    "The Foundation is pleased to partner with Two Sides to increase awareness of the continuing value of paper and paper related products. Our member companies’ support of our students is testimony to the vitality of our industry and its relevance in today’s economy," says Michael Roberts, Executive Director, University of Washington Pulp and Paper Foundation.
    (Two Sides North America Inc. )
     
    28.12.2015   Large format printing with Latex inks at SGI Dubai 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Water-based inks have been around for a long time. Since some years, several manufacturers offer Latex ink that enables a host of new applications.

    Aqueous or water-based inks in large format printing are mainly reduced to indoor applications. However, since some years manufacturers are offering Latex inks that enable many more applications and adhere to a multitude of substrates.
    Latex inks can not only be used on paper substrates, but all kinds of substrates. The polymer formulaes that manufacturers of latex inks employ allow for crosslinking of polymers during the drying phase, thus enabling smooth and even surfaces. Compared to other inks, latex inks are also very durable. Because latex inks are comprised of pigments rather than dyes, their fade resistance when exposed to the sun's UV rays is much greater.
    The speed of Latex printers is as high as 180 sqm/h and the inks are environmentally friendly. Some manufacturers have their inks certified according to UL Ecologo and UL Greenguard Gold standards. As latex inks are water-based, their environmental impact is reduced and only low VOC levels are emitted thus eliminating the need for expensive ventilation systems.

    "Several of the exhibitors at SGI Dubai 2016 will present printers and solutions employing Latex inks. Existing and new applications, such as car and vehicle wraps, outdoor advertising as well as indoor advertising can thus be realised environmentally friendly. As organiser of SGI Dubai 2016 we are very happy to be able to showcase such a multitude of applications as well as solutions for the signage market to visitors from MENA and beyond. The UAE is one of many states that foster environmentally friendly solutions and actively supports their introductions", states Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC. "While traditional sign making technologies are declining, digital technologies are taking over and offer a multitude of applications that enable print shop owners to increase their business and engage in new applications that hitherto could not be accommodated. SGI Dubai 2016 is the place for everyone in the signage industry and beyond to inform themselves about those new technologies and how they can benefit their businesses."

    SGI Dubai 2016 will take place from January 10 – 12, 2016 at the World Trade Center in Dubai (UAE).
    (International Expo-Consults (IEC))
     
    28.12.2015   Appointment to Pöyry's Group Executive Committee    ( Company news )

    Company news Erik Olsson, 54, MSc in Computer and Regulation Technology, has been appointed President of the Management Consulting Business Group and member of the Group Executive Committee of Pöyry PLC as of 1 January 2016. He will report to Martin à Porta, President and CEO of Pöyry PLC from 1 January 2016.

    Erik Olsson is currently Senior Vice President, Business Development of Pöyry PLC. He will succeed Jarkko Sairanen in these positions. Jarkko Sairanen will leave Pöyry for another company, as announced on 25 November 2015.

    "I am very pleased to welcome Erik Olsson to the Group Executive Committee and wish him every success in developing our management consulting business. It is excellent that in Erik we have found an internal candidate who brings deep sector experience and insight from across the bioenergy and pulp & paper markets", says Martin à Porta.
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
     
    28.12.2015   Heidelberg showcases next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news -Prinect digital front end ensures intelligent integration of offset and digital printing
    -Further automation of mixed form workflow
    -New Speed Estimator automates costing in MIS
    -New Prinect Portal integrates online applications
    -New Prinect Web Shop facilitates move into online business
    -Automated design creation and precise costing in packaging workflow
    -Automatic paper stretch compensation for reduced plate consumption and shorter makeready times

    Since Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) first unveiled the Prinect print and media workflow over a decade ago, the company has further developed the system to create the basis for virtually fully automated print production. Prinect supports media companies in the smart integration of key print product manufacturing processes. As a result, it already delivers many of the elements and technologies currently being discussed in the context of process digitization and thus forms the basis for the smart print shop – the sector’s answer to the question of Industry 4.0.

    Heidelberg will be presenting the next stage in automated print media production at drupa 2016, which is taking place from May 31 to June 10 in Düsseldorf. By continuing to digitize processes throughout the value-added chain of media service providers, the company is significantly improving customer loyalty while also making a major contribution to the sector’s further industrialization.

    The main innovations relate to the integration of offset and digital printing in a single workflow, further automation of all production processes, integration of commercial processes, and involvement of print buyers in the workflow.

    “As in other sectors, the digitization of key processes is progressing rapidly in the print media industry. Thanks to its Prinect print and media workflow, Heidelberg is able to play a leading role in shaping this process so as to ensure enhanced customer benefits,” says Stephan Plenz, Member of the Management Board responsible for Heidelberg Equipment. “Smart integration is the term we use to describe the essential requirement for becoming a Smart Printshop. What that means is not only greatly simplifying communication between media service providers and their customers, but also making order processing far easier and far more profitable.”
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    28.12.2015   Consistency and stability put Manroland Sheetfed on course for 4th profitable year in a row    ( Company news )

    Company news Now in its fourth consecutive year of profitability, Manroland Sheetfed GmbH is set to record one of its most successful years, according to the company's CEO, Mr Rafael Penuela (photo).

    In a joint Asian industrial media interview attended by the company’s six Managing Directors from Greater China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia & Singapore and Thailand & Indonesia, Mr Penuela said that 2015 was set to become Manroland Sheetfed’s most profitable year in recent memory.

    Expressing satisfaction with the company’s development, Mr. Penuela pointed to an increase of new order intakes, up 30% from the previous year. He expressed confidence that “2015 will be the fourth year in a row where we will remain profitable – and most probably it will be the best out of the last four years.”

    Discussing the company’s operations in the light of the global print market, Mr. Penuela reaffirmed the importance of the Asian region, emphasizing Manroland Sheetfed’s strong commitment to the region and its growing contribution to the company’s recent success.

    Developing this theme, Mr. Penuela said that the Asian market would still represent a large share of Manroland Sheetfed’s turnover for new machinery and that further improvements in the economic climate would see even more growth, as printers take advantage of new technology to stay competitive domestically and also to explore new export markets.

    On the outlook for the global print industry generally, Mr. Penuela said that while this was positive for the foreseeable future, it would continue in a consolidation phase but that some areas, including packaging print, were set for appreciable growth. Asked about offset versus digital printing, he pointed out the advantages of both, explaining that they had co-existed for many years, as they would in future. On the lower costs offered by offset, he said: “I am still convinced that there is no cheaper and more efficient way of industrial production of paper and board than offset printing when it comes to cost per copy,” and that offset printing offered “nearly endless possibilities of inline enhancements.”

    In order to address current problems of market maturity, lower profitability, environmental issues and lack of personnel training, Mr. Penuela urged printers to learn from the mistakes of the past and to adopt two important strategies to deal with them. The first of these was to become a cost leader by specializing in certain products and the second was to specialize in value-adding processes. He also pointed to the importance of training staff to take full advantage of the latest technology, as addressed by Manroland Sheetfed’s TOP (Technology+Organization+Personnel) program, which some of the larger global printers have started to adopt, with encouraging performance results.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    28.12.2015   Ostermöller Verpackungen commissions the world's first BOBST VISIONCUT 106 LER ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in-line separating die-cutter

    In the first half of September, Ostermöller Verpackungen GmbH & Co. KG, which has its head office in Bünde, Germany, commissioned the world's first VISIONCUT 106 LER. BOBST had previously presented this completely new, 3B-format flat-bed die-cutter at the COMPETENCE 15 open house held at its headquarters in Mex, Switzerland in late June 2015, showcasing the in-line separation and 8'000 sheets per hour production speed of the new press. Alongside the VISIONCUT 106 LER's short set-up times and innovative technical features, it was the presence of the automatic separation capability at a competitive cost that won over Olaf Ostermöller, owner and Managing Director of the long-standing, medium-sized packaging company.

    Photo: At the beginning of September 2015, Ostermöller Verpackungen, which is headquartered in Bünde in the North Rhine-Westphalia region of Germany, commissioned the world's first VISIONCUT 106 LER with in-line separator. "With three months’ production experience of the VISIONCUT we are very happy with the results. It underlines how right we were to make this investment," says Olaf Ostermöller.

    "In the fields of foodstuffs and technical products in particular, packaging is increasingly being erected and glued by machine. Given this background, we were absolutely determined to install a flat bed die-cutter with in-line separation to replace our existing system. This now enables us to meet our customers' quality demands without any compromise," explains Ostermöller, emphasizing the importance of replacing another manual operation in the production process. And he goes on to explain that the VISIONCUT 106 LER is also flexible enough to be converted quickly and easily to full-sheet output. "With three months’ production experience of the VISIONCUT we are very happy with the results. It underlines how right we were to make this investment," concludes Ostermöller.

    To make sure it selected the right system, Ostermöller compared flat bed die-cutters from a number of manufacturers. "Ultimately, we could see no reason not to stay with the market leader."

    The die-cutter was installed at the end of August and was up and running just a few days later. Since then it has been operating without the slightest problem. "Compared to our previous SP 104-E die-cutting machine, set-up times have become considerably shorter," says Ostermöller, turning to another important benefit of the new production technology. For example, Quick Lock frames permit rapid changeover of the die-cutting tools, while the unique tool frames, which are equipped with a high-speed clamping device and permit tool adjustments to micrometer precision, greatly simplify the task of adjusting the stripping and separating tools for the machine operators. The shorter set-up times are particularly advantageous when it comes to short runs. But for the moment, the Managing Director is unable to say exactly how much of a benefit this will be. "We are still in the introductory phase and getting to grips with the many different capabilities of the new machine," explains Ostermöller.

    The optical, non-contact sheet register, the fully automatic Smart Feeder and the double-cam gripper drive, number among the other technical highlights of this innovative flat-bed die-cutter. Together, they guarantee reliable production during the processing of a wide range of packaging materials at sheet formats of up to 1'060 x 760 mm – including lightweight paper material with a grammage of 80 g/m2 or more, carton board up to 2'000 g/m2, as well as plastics and corrugated board up to a thickness of 4 mm – while ensuring outstanding quality and productivity.

    "With the VISIONCUT 106 LER, we can achieve full production speed faster than with our previous die-cutter and accelerate it to its peak throughput of approximately 8'000 sheets per hour," continues Ostermöller, illustrating one aspect of the new machine's enhanced productivity that offers his company an extremely attractive price/performance ratio.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    28.12.2015   Tieto acquires Imano and strengthens its position in paper and forest industries in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Tieto has acquired Imano AB, a Swedish consulting company offering consulting services and helping its clients in the paper and forest industries digitalize their business processes. The company has approximately 50 employees in Sweden and its revenue in 2014 was EUR 7.1 million (SEK 66 million).

    Tieto is currently the global leader in providing production and production planning systems, based on its own software, and one of the leading companies offering IT services to the pulp and paper industry in the Nordics. The acquisition supports Tieto’s objective of becoming the largest IT services provider in the paper and forest industries in Sweden and Norway.

    “Tieto has 40 years of experience working in the intersection of technology and business in the paper and forest industry. This acquisition complements our competence portfolio especially in the fibre sourcing business and enables us to expand our end-to-end solutions for the forest value chain from woods to end-user goods. The new consultancy capability provided by Imano will also open our business to new potential clients in Sweden and Norway,” says Henrik Reims, Head of Forest Industry at Tieto.

    “Imano is the leading consulting company in fibre sourcing in Sweden. By combining our deep industry expertise with Tieto’s global delivery and full stack of IT services, we can seize this great opportunity to continue to grow and offer customers new exciting solutions,” says Christer Lindqvist, Managing Director of Imano AB.

    The business operations and personnel of Imano have been transferred to Tieto immediately. The parties have agreed not to disclose the financial terms of the transaction.
    (Tieto Germany GmbH)
     
    23.12.2015   Powerflute Oyj: Termination of discussions    ( Company news )

    Company news On 10 December 2015 Powerflute Oyj ("Powerflute" or the "Company") announced that it had received a preliminary proposal from Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC ("Madison Dearborn") regarding a possible offer for the entire issued and to be issued share capital of the Company (the "Proposal").

    Following evaluation of the Proposal by the independent members of the Board of Directors of Powerflute and consultations with certain major shareholders of Powerflute, the Board of Powerflute has terminated discussions with Madison Dearborn.

    This announcement is being made by Powerflute with the prior knowledge of Madison Dearborn.
    (Powerflute Oyj)
     
    23.12.2015   Finch Paper To Invest Over $20mm in Uncoated Paper Facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Finch Paper receives an economic development grant from New York State that will strengthen the company’s competitive position in uncoated freesheet paper

    Finch Paper LLC, manufacturer of uncoated papers including flagship Finch Opaque and Finch Fine®, has announced a plan to invest $20 million in its Glens Falls, NY, manufacturing campus. An important component of the plan includes funding from public-private partnerships, as awarded today by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon the recommendation of the state’s Capital Region Economic Development Council (REDC).

    Finch Paper LLC is a leading Opaque paper manufacturer, whose investment strategy is designed to increase its reliability and flexibility in the paper markets it serves while sustaining and growing vital manufacturing jobs in the Capital District and Adirondack region of New York State.

    During a time of rapid change in the industry, Finch Paper is planning to invest in these critical areas: its wood processing and converting operations, its pulp mill, and the company’s largest paper machine. State-of-the-art equipment and asset upgrades in the company’s woodyard operation will have many benefits including improvements in safety, chip quality and fiber yield. The new equipment will use much less fuel and electricity and is expected to stimulate additional investments among Finch’s wood suppliers.

    Finch Paper will also upgrade the pulp mill’s distributive control system. Finch operates one of only two ammonia based bi-sulphite (ABBS) pulp mills in the country which produces an exceptionally high-bright pulp while minimizing odors at its downtown location.

    This announcement by New York’s Capital District REDC was also the critical component needed to engineer, build and install a new headbox on Finch’s largest paper machine. This major investment secures the company’s competitive position, improving both quality and efficiency while lowering the cost structure. “Finch and New York State have the ability to compete on a global scale,” Finch Paper President & CEO Debabrata Mukherjee said. “This investment is a celebration of our 150-year anniversary and will ignite the commitment we need to win for the next 150 years.”

    Finch Paper is making additional investment in energy efficiency. Collaborating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Finch’s goal is to make further reductions in gas and electric consumption and the company’s corresponding carbon footprint. Finch Paper produces two-thirds of its energy needs through on-site renewable resources with the balance coming from natural gas. Already Boiler MACT compliant, Finch is in an ideal position to invest in continuous improvement projects and assets that add value to their business and their customers’ businesses.
    (Finch Paper LLC)
     
    23.12.2015   Goss announces Omnicolor II upgrade for industry's leading 16-page web press    ( Company news )

    Company news -Potential boost for more than 400 M-600 presses worldwide
    -Significant reduction in start-up waste possible
    -Eliminates component obsolescence
    -Short installation with measurable ROI

    Goss has launched an upgrade for the M-600 press to support the press model’s competitive edge in color control and eliminate potential obsolescence issues. Now the standard on all new M-600 press installations, the benefits of Omnicolor II press controls include start-up waste lowered by anything from 20 up to 50 percent as well as significant reductions in turnaround time.

    The new features of the Omnicolor II upgrade are purpose-designed to achieve a more automated process to support the press operator. The ability to automate press setting direct from CIP3 data is a key area that reduces a three-stage process down to a single step, resulting in less waiting time and eliminating error potential.

    The significant waste reduction is enabled by a range of system improvements, including:

    Accurate pre-setting of the ink keys via the pre-press interface (CIP3 file)
    Quicker reaction of the ink keys and repetitive positioning
    Ability to move all ink keys simultaneously;
    Ink and paper selection – up to 10 papers and inks, to optimize the presetting
    Auto learning – by saving all running job settings, the Omnicolor will, job after job, fine tune the presetting by taking into account ink, paper and coverage specifications for optimum results.
    New functionality such as Ink Tracking and Color Boost, enables the fastest possible process to achieve good copies.

    Following a one-day press audit, Goss engineers require full press access for between two and four days to install the low-investment upgrade on existing M-600 systems.

    Underpinning the Omnicolor II development are latest-generation hardware components of the Goss Omnicon controls system proven for controlling production on even the largest commercial press systems, such as the 96-page Sunday 5000 presses installed at Polestar, UK. In sharing this technology, Omnicolor II benefits from latest measures in preventative obsolescence, hard disk reliability and wide-ranging connectivity, such as via VPN. M-600 users can now also enjoy easier operation via a large touchscreen display and HMI software, as well as systems architecture and connectivity designed specifically for modern, industrialized production.

    To help customers evaluate the potential gains from an Omnicolor II upgrade, Goss is using an ROI calculator to provide individualized expected savings.

    “Customers can see the potential pay-off, whatever their current production model may be,” comments Rutger Jansen, head of customer service, Goss International Europe. “Together, we plot in their average number of jobs and current makeready figures against the investment cost and the new figures they can reliably expect. I can’t claim that the calculation methodology is groundbreaking, but it certainly helps convince our customers that the Omnicolor II upgrade is.”
    (Goss International Americas Inc.)
     
    23.12.2015   PMT Italia to upgrade PM#5 at Papeterie de Clairefontaine, Etival (France)    ( Company news )

    Company news Papeterie de Clairefontaine selected PMT Italia as the supplier of a Press section rebuild of their PM#5, located at Etival - Clairefontaine, France.
    The 3.8 m wide machine produces high quality fine papers.

    The project is expected to improve production capacity and heavy grammages production as well, by installing a new smarnip® shoe press that will give more flexibility to the machine in producing low as high basis weights.
    With the start up of this project, planned for the Spring of 2016, PMT will have two smarnip® shoe presses in the PM#5 and one smarnip® shoe press in the PM#6.
    This project follows other successful PMT references on those grades with similar rebuilds.
    PMT is a global paper machinery producer, able to provide producers of different paper grades with advanced equipment from headbox through winder, including integrated projects with basis or detail engineering of associated auxiliary plants.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    23.12.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up the world's first eucalyptus fluff pulp drying plant at the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Suzano mill, Brazil

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the world’s first eucalyptus-based fluff pulp drying plant at Suzano Papel e Celuloseʼs Suzano mill, São Paulo, Brazil. The pulp produced is mainly used for production of sanitary papers.

    ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER delivered several modifications to the existing PM5 production line including a new rewinder. Within a time frame of less than nine months, the complete line was engineered, rebuilt, and put into operation for the production of both fluff pulp and wood-free paper.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    23.12.2015   Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M board making line started up at Pratt Industries in the USA    ( Company news )

    Company news Pratt Industries' Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, PM 16, successfully came on stream on October 04, 2015 at their greenfield paper mill in Valparaiso, Indiana, USA. This is Valmet's first OptiConcept M installation in North America.

    "PM 16 is one of the industry's most efficient paper mill, employing 120 people to make 370,000 tons a year - twice the productivity of many competitor mills. It is the world's most environmentally-friendly paper mill and a showcase for the latest in 21st Century paper-making technology," says Anthony Pratt, Global Chairman of Pratt Industries.

    Valmet OptiConcept M board making line is designed to use less water, electricity and raw materials. "That's important not only for our environment but also for our customers who realize the importance of sustainable packaging." says Pratt.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    23.12.2015   Huhtamaki investing in new capacity in Northern Ireland    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of its growth strategy, Huhtamaki is investing in new capacity at its molded fiber packaging manufacturing unit in Lurgan, Northern Ireland. The total investment is approximately GBP 5 million. Machinery installation is expected to be completed in early 2016.

    The Lurgan unit, which has been manufacturing molded fiber packaging such as egg cartons, egg trays and cup carriers for 80 years, is expanding its manufacturing capacity to meet the needs of the growing egg market in the UK and Ireland. The new equipment will also enable Huhtamaki to expand its product range within the molded fiber sector.

    “We have expanded our product range and improved our operational efficiency in the UK during the past years. More importantly, we’ve been able to differentiate ourselves from our competitors, offering real value and service to our customers. With this new, state-of-the-art machinery we invest in the future growth, and in serving our customers better,” says Petr Domin, interim Executive Vice President, Molded Fiber.
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    23.12.2015   First information on the 25th International Munich Paper Symposium - IMPS 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news For the 25th time, one of the major annual European conferences in paper technology, the IMPS - INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM is going to take place in the modern Sheraton München Arabellapark Conference Center from 9-11 March 2016. The theme of the meeting is “Progress in Board and Paper Technology”, and while almost all of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines play a very important role.

    All presentations deal with first important results of technological improvements directly from board and paper mills.
    The IMPS is always focused on specific topics related to the paper manufacturing and paper supplying industry. In contrast to many very large conferences, the IMPS will host not more than about 400-450 participants, in a superb first class atmosphere. It is intended to provide an international platform for people engaged in the field of board, paper and printing technology. The conference will be bilingual (English+German) with highest quality simultaneous translation and with a small but superb exhibition.

    Registration can easily be done via the attached registration form which can be easily filled in at your computer and send back via fax or email. The fee of 1440 Euro (plus 50 Euro after January 7th, 2016) plus VAT includes a number of services: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as files, superb lunches and a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, and, as far as places are available, an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institutes of Munich University of Applied Sciences and, finally, on Thursday evening a fascinating cultural event.
    Please be aware that the IMPS 2013 and IMPS 2014 and IMPS 2015 with more than 400 attendees each from up to 26 different countries were completely sold out. We therefore recommend you to register early.
    (IMPS Management Ltd & Co. KG)
     
    22.12.2015   One success leads to another    ( Company news )

    Company news A new Tissue Machine by A.Celli Paper up & running in the Americas.

    The start-up successfully completed on 6th November is the result of a fruitful collaboration with Fábricas de Papel Potosí and clear proof of A.Celli’s increasing presence in the Americas.

    The new A.Celli Tissue Machine represents a strategically interesting project through which the Italian technology supplier once again underscores its role as leading-edge partner in the field of Tissue Machines, the company’s core business. The long-standing competence, dependable reliability and technological excellence that have always distinguished the Group make A.Celli Paper the ideal supplier for every customer, whether Italian, European, Asian, large, medium or small, or international group.

    This machine has a 2850-mm web width, a working speed of 1500 m/min and a production capacity of 80 tpd. It is equipped with a 12-ft steel Yankee and latest generation hood. It was designed to answer all the customer’s requests and demands in order to guarantee an enhancement in production level, assured by optimal performance and paper quality, with consequent improvement in the finished product.

    With this new Tissue Machine, A.Celli Paper offers the customer a leap forward in quality, aiming for important and ambitious production milestones in its quest to conquer an extremely particular territory such as Mexico.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
     
    22.12.2015   Model Obaly: New Finished Goods Warehouse    ( Company news )

    Company news In October 2015, the Model Obaly plant in Opava has launched the construction of a new finished goods warehouse. The building will have a floor plan of 60 x 100 metres and will be 18 metres high, providing storage space for approximately 12,600 pallets with finished goods. Pallet handling will be fully automated. The warehouse is planned to be finished and put into operation in mid-2016.
    (Model Obaly a.s.)
     
    22.12.2015   Verso Stevens Point Mill Earns 2015 Green Masters Award for Sustainability Initiatives and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Performance

    Verso Corporation (OTCQB: VRSZ), a leading supplier of printing papers, specialty papers and pulp, announced that its mill in Stevens Point, Wisconsin, has earned a 2015 Green Masters Award for the second year in a row. Verso is among an exclusive group of leading companies in Wisconsin that was recognized by the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council for significant and ongoing sustainability practices.

    "Sustainability is one of Verso's founding principles and is integral to the decisions we make across our business every day," said Becky Burris, Verso Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety and Sustainability. "As we seek to reduce our environmental footprint, we challenge ourselves and our suppliers to find new and better ways to use resources more efficiently and further reduce air emissions, water discharges and waste. We are very proud to be recognized by the Green Masters Program for our sustainability initiatives at the Stevens Point Mill."

    The Stevens Point Mill was judged in a competitive process on a comprehensive range of key sustainability areas, including energy, water, waste management, emissions and transportation, as well as educational and community outreach. The Green Masters Award designation is the highest tier attainable in this competitive process and is only made available to Green Masters Program participants scoring in the top 20 percent of all program participants, based on points awarded for sustainability practices in these key sustainability areas.

    The Stevens Point Mill produces specialty papers for food, beverage and consumer goods applications. The mill works within stringent operational standards, constantly striving to improve internal processes, and has invested in continuous improvement methodology that has led to a number of successful sustainability projects. "Our overarching sustainability goal is continuous performance improvement in everything we do," said Stevens Point Mill Manager Craig Helgeson. "The Stevens Point Mill continues to make noteworthy progress in sustainably manufacturing and delivering high quality specialty papers. It is rewarding to be recognized alongside other companies in Wisconsin who are sustainability leaders."

    Notable accomplishments for the Stevens Point Mill in 2015:
    -Carbon Emissions Reduction: Two-year reduction of 8.8 percent in carbon emissions produced per ton of paper manufactured
    -Water Usage Reduction: Two-year reduction of nearly 19 percent of total water usage per ton of paper manufactured
    -Total Energy Usage Reduction: Nearly 4 percent reduction in energy usage over prior year per ton of paper manufactured
    -Transportation Sustainability: Over 86 percent of shipments utilize the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's SmartWay™ transportation partners

    The 2015 Green Masters Award was presented to Verso at the 8th Annual Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
    (Verso Corporation)
     
    22.12.2015   Cardboard Lexus created entirely from DS Smith Heavy Duty Calibre board    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith, in partnership with Scale Models of London, have created a full size Lexus Origami Car, created as a celebration of the skills of Lexus’s takumi craftsmen and women, capturing the spirit of Creating Amazing in design and engineering.

    There has never been a Lexus like it: sheet metal, glass and plastics have been set aside for the creation of a one-off life-size model crafted in precision-cut DS Smith Calibre cardboard. The remarkable Lexus Origami Car is a faithful replica of the new IS saloon, produced as a celebration of the human craftsmanship skills that go into every car Lexus makes.

    The skilled men and women – known as takumi – who work on the Lexus production lines hone their dexterity skills by learning how to fold paper into a origami model cat, using only their non-dominant hand. The Origami Car takes the spirit of this talent to a far higher level, while also embracing the spirit of Lexus’s Creating Amazing global brand campaign.

    An Origami Car has a fully fitted interior, functioning doors, headlights and rolling wheels. Thanks to an electric motor mounted on its steel and aluminium frame, it can even be driven.

    Members of the public will be able to see the car as a star attraction at the Grand Designs Show at the NEC in Birmingham 8th > 11th October.

    The car will also feature in a forthcoming Lexus advertising campaign.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
     
    22.12.2015   Top management change – previous Pöls head Kurt Maier to become new CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news In its meeting on 18 December 2015, the Supervisory Board of the Heinzel Group appointed Kurt Maier (photo) as new Chief Executive Officer of Heinzel Holding GmbH. Kurt Maier, currently spokesman of the Management Board of the group company Zellstoff Pöls AG, will assume his new role with effect from the next general meeting on 31 March 2016.

    On the same day, the current CEO Alfred Heinzel will withdraw from the operational business and join the Supervisory Board.

    The Supervisory Board will decide on the successor of Kurt Maier at Zellstoff Pöls AG soon.
    (Heinzel Holding GmbH)
     
    21.12.2015   KapStone Paper And Packaging Announces Temporary Curtailment At Longview Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) ("the Company") is announcing that due to seasonally softer market conditions, it will temporarily curtail operations at its Longview Mill beginning Monday, Dec. 21 at 7:00 a.m. The curtailment is expected to last seven days for the entire mill and will be extended an additional two days for certain product grades and paper machines. No other KapStone mill location will be taking market-related downtime during this period. This measure will not affect customer orders and service.
    (KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation)
     
    21.12.2015   UPM is planning to change its corporate structure in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM-Kymmene Corporation is planning to change its corporate structure in Finland to better match its current business structure.

    UPM's business structure consists of six business areas. Currently UPM Raflatac and UPM Plywood in Finland are already fully owned subsidiaries. Now similar structures are considered for other business areas and/or units in Finland.

    The changes are planned to be carried out in stages business by business within the next 15 months and progress will be reported in connection with the interim reports.

    The planned arrangement is administrative and has minor impact on day-to-day operations. Corporate and functional services to new entities would continue as earlier.

    The plan does not include personnel reductions.
    (UPM)
     
    21.12.2015   Voith to supply complete Sack Kraft Production Line in Russia     ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has received an order from Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill (Segezha PPM) to supply a complete process line for sack paper. The Segezha Group aims to use the new line to further expand its position as a global market leader for sack paper.

    Photo: Voith Sales Manager Johann Frommknecht signing the contract with Nikolay Naumov (General Manager Segezha PPM) and Sergey Pomelov (President Segezha Group)

    Voith will supply the complete turnkey production line to the customer at its Segezha facility in the Russian republic of Karelia. Segezha PPM will produce sack papers from unbleached sulfate pulp on the new PM 11, which has a wire width of 4,950 mm and design speed of 800 m/min. The machine’s annual capacity is 110,000 metric tons, which will allow Segezha PPM to increase its production output at this site by 40 percent. During signing of the contract, Segezha Group President Sergey Pomelov said that "following the startup of the PM 11, the Segezha Group intends to move up the ranks to become the world's second largest producer of sack papers. We are confident that we can achieve this goal in collaboration with Voith.” The company currently ranks fourth on the international market and second on the European market.

    Nikolay Naumov, General Manager of Segezha PPM, who was extremely satisfied with the discussions ahead of the contract signing, added: “I hope that the cooperation between Segezha PPM and Voith during implementation of the project will be just as impressive and exemplary.”

    Voith’s scope of supply includes the complete production line with stock preparation, a MasterJet headbox, a single NipcoFlex press, a MasterReel reeler, a VariFlex winder and the entire process know-how. Voith will also supply the complete automation, electrical installations and initial clothing package for the production line.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    21.12.2015   Cenveo Announces Agreement to sell its Packaging Business to WestRock     ( Company news )

    Company news Cenveo, Inc. (NYSE: CVO) (the “Company”) announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Cenveo Corporation, and certain of its other subsidiaries have entered into a definitive agreement to sell the Company’s packaging business to a division of WestRock Company (“WestRock”), a leading provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets globally.

    The sale involves six facilities located in the U.S., Canada and
    Dominican Republic along with strategic sourcing partnerships in Asia and the Caribbean that provide folded carton, shrink sleeve and lithographic laminated display packaging solutions (“Packaging Business”).

    Robert G. Burton, Sr. (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated:
    “The agreement brings conclusion to the review process of our Packaging Business which we started in the summer of 2015. The sale allows the Company to focus management’s efforts on its core
    operations, specifically our envelopes, labels, and commercial print
    segments where we hold leading market positions. The transaction will generate significant cash for the Company, an important step in our stated plan to deleverage our balance sheet, improve cash flows, and address certain debt maturities. Additionally, the agreement is expected to provide the Company access to one of the leading global
    packaging companies in the United States via a proposed commercial arrangement.”

    The cash purchase price for the Packaging Business is approximately
    $ 105 million, subject to certain adjustments set forth in the agreement.
    The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close in early 2016. Barclays acted as exclusive financial advisor
    and Hughes Hubbard & Reed acted as legal advisor to the Company.
    (Cenveo)
     
    21.12.2015   Mondi ranks first in mill performance in the EMGE cut-size    ( Company news )

    Company news Mondi’s Color Copy, IQ, and MAESTRO® all ranked in top 10 for brand awareness in Europe

    International packaging and paper company Mondi ranks again first in mill performance with their Uncoated Fine Paper mills in the new EMGE cut-size industry survey for 2015, even improving on its top rating in 2013. In terms of brand awareness, Color Copy, IQ, MAESTRO® and Mondi are all ranked within the top 10 in Europe. Snegurochka is the best known brand in Russia, mentioned by 75% of all Russian participants, while in Austria and Switzerland IQ, Mondi and Color Copy took the first three spots, with 40% of participants mentioning these brands.

    “We are really pleased with the results of the EMGE survey, particularly our mill performance being ranked first in Europe yet again, for the seventh time in a row,” said Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. Being ranked first in Europe in the performance ratings for reliability of delivery – the most important factor according to the survey – product range and innovative marketing approach, is a testament to our firm focus on customer needs and our continued drive to innovate and do things better,” he explained. In Russia Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper’s outstanding customer service level was rated highest, and achieved top marks for a total of seven out of thirteen criteria including its product range and innovative marketing approach.

    The EMGE cut-size brand and supplier benchmarking survey covers the image of white cut-size paper mills and mill brands in Western and Eastern Europe in 2015. This report presents the results of an interview survey among the trade (paper merchants, Original Equipment Manufacturers/OEMs, and Office Stationary Distributors/OSDs). The research focuses on mills and mill brands covering customer awareness, factors of importance and product/mill performance.

    “We aim to continue to excel at what is important to our customers: reliable delivery of the right products at the right time and excellent customer service, every day” concluded Mr. Klumpp.
    (Mondi Europe & International Division)
     
    21.12.2015   Greif Reports Fourth Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a world leader in industrial packaging products and services, reported fourth quarter 2015 net income attributable to the corporation totaling $12.4 million or $0.21 per diluted Class A share on sales of $868.5 million compared with net income of $8.7 million or $0.15 per diluted Class A share on sales of $1,048.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. After adjusting for the effect of divestitures for both quarters and currency translation for the fourth quarter 20151, sales were 2.0 percent lower for the quarter when compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The reduction was due to lower volumes and decreases in steel costs that are passed through to customers, partially offset by the impact of discrete strategic pricing actions. Excluding the impact of special items2, earnings were $0.76 per diluted Class A share for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $0.60 per diluted Class A share for the fourth quarter of 2014. The improvement was due primarily to reductions in SG&A expenses related to our transformation initiatives and the reduction in full year tax expense related to the realization of benefits from the implementation of discrete tax planning strategies and the adjustment of recorded tax liabilities.

    Pete Watson (photo), President and Chief Executive Officer, stated “We continue to demonstrate the discipline needed to achieve our transformation goals despite challenging market conditions. As we move forward, we will continue to leverage all aspects of the Greif Business System. While progress is being made, much work remains. I am confident we are on the right path to achieve our transformation commitments, improve earnings, increase cash flow and deliver value to our shareholders.”

    Segment Results
    Net sales are impacted primarily by the volume of products sold, selling prices, product mix and the impact of changes in foreign currencies against the U.S. Dollar. The table below shows the percentage impact of each on our change in net sales, excluding divestitures, from the three months that ended on October 31, 2014 to the three months that ended on October 31, 2015, for the business segments with manufacturing operations.

    Rigid Industrial Packaging & Services
    Net sales decreased 20.1 percent to $601.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $752.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Excluding the impact of divestitures3, net sales decreased 16.9 percent for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with the fourth quarter of 2014.
    Operating profit was $10.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $46.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily attributable to the same factors impacting net sales and higher restructuring and non-cash asset impairment charges, partially offset by improvements in SG&A expenses. Operating profit before special items and excluding the impact of divestitures was $42.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 versus $58.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.

    Paper Packaging
    Net sales decreased 3.6 percent to $179.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $186.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Excluding the impact of divestitures, net sales decreased 0.7 percent to $179.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $181.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2014 due primarily to the annual maintenance shutdown at our Massillon, OH mill that occurred during the fourth quarter of 2015 as opposed to the third quarter in 2014.
    Operating profit was $32.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $41.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease was primarily due to the same factors impacting net sales, price decreases driven by a reduction in the published index prices for medium containerboard and a reduction in gain on sale of businesses of $3.7 million.

    Flexible Products & Services
    Net sales decreased 26.7 percent to $73.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $100.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Excluding the impact of divestitures, net sales decreased 17.9 percent to $73.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $89.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2014.
    Operating loss was $12.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 versus an operating loss of $56.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. Operating loss before special items totaled $5.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 versus $6.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease in operating loss before special items was primarily due to a reduction in SG&A expenses and production costs as a result of transformation efforts in the segment, partially offset by higher costs of the move to an in-house labor force in Turkey, which was prompted by changes in the local regulatory environment.

    Land Management
    Net sales increased 62.5 percent to $14.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $8.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase in net sales was due to the sale of the remaining 5,200 acres of development properties in Canada during the fourth quarter of 2015.
    Operating profit was $1.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2015 compared with $5.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014. The decrease in operating profit was primarily due to a reduction in gains on sale of property, plant and equipment of $2.6 million as no core timberland property was sold in the three months ended October 31, 2015.

    Dividends
    On December 8, 2015, the Board of Directors declared quarterly cash dividends of $0.42 per share of Class A Common Stock and $0.62 per share of Class B Common Stock. Dividends are payable on January 1, 2016 to stockholders of record at the close of business on December 21, 2015.

    Company Outlook
    In fiscal year 2016, the company’s results are expected to benefit from further execution of our transformation efforts. These improvements are expected to be achieved despite the continuation of a sluggish global industrial economy and continued strengthening of the U.S. dollar relative to other currencies adversely impacting our results. We anticipate that our fiscal year 2016 Class A earnings per share will be between $2.05 - $2.35 per share, excluding gains and losses on the sales of businesses, timberland and property, plant and equipment, acquisition costs and restructuring and impairment charges.
    (Greif Inc.)
     
    21.12.2015   Paloma and Abris Capital sign €15m capital increase deal    ( Company news )

    Company news Abris Capital to become majority shareholder in Paloma, provide money for investments in capacities, efficiency and trademark.

    Slovenia' s tissue paper and products manufacturer Paloma has signed a deal with the Polish private equity fund Abris Capital Partners on a €15m capital increase. Paloma's shareholders will decide on the move at the general body meeting scheduled for 5 January 2016. Slovenia's sovereign holding company Slovenski državni holding (SDH), which owns nearly 71% of the shares in Paloma has clearly expressed support for the sale of the company to the Polish investor.

    Once the capital increase and acquisition of shares are completed, Abris Capital will become majority shareholder in Slovenia's tissue manufacturer and will be required to publish a mandatory takeover bid for the remaining Paloma-shares at the same price per share as offered in the capital increase process, e.g. €3.30 per share.

    Paloma runs four four tissue machines and 28 converting lines at the facility in Sladki Vrh in northeastern Slovenia, right next to the border with Austria. In 2014, the company produced 68,000 t of tissue and 63,500 t of paper products.
    (EUWID Pulp and Paper)
     
    21.12.2015   Outotec designed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in operation in Turkey     ( Company news )

    Company news Outotec's fluidized bed technology used in a new 90 MWth paper residuals incinerator and cogeneration plant in Turkey helps reduce emissions and avoids landfill disposal.

    Modern Karton, a subsidiary of Eren Holding, is one of the major European manufacturers of packaging paper and corrugated cardboard materials from waste paper. The company operates several paper machines at its production facilities in Çorlu, 90 km northwest of Istanbul. Eren Holding selected Outotec to design and build a new cogeneration plant on a turnkey basis. The plant was handed over to the client in October 2015.

    The incinerator designed by Outotec uses by-products such as paper rejects, biological sludge and paper sludge from Modern Karton. The cogeneration plant produces electricity for the network and steam, which is used as energy in the paper production. The new paper residuals incineration plant complies with the strict environmental standards set by the European Union.

    Sustainable waste-to-energy solution
    The plant utilizes 450,000 tons per year of residuals from paper recycling to produce up to 27 MW of electricity for the paper machines. The fully refractory-lined fluidized bed incinerator allows highly flexible operations by accepting a broad range of fuel types in terms of the feed material. In addition Outotec's open-nozzle grid configuration allows debris such as metals, glass, and stones to be removed during operation without unnecessary shutdowns.

    Benefits of Outotec Bubbling Fluidized Bed Incinerator
    • Low lifetime costs
    • Highly efficient use of fuel
    • Cost savings through recycled residues
    • Avoids landfill disposal costs for waste production
    • Produces minimal environmental emissions
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    21.12.2015   New high-speed inkjet papers that have the character of coated woodfree paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The new JET-SPEED® web press papers developed by the Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller Group offer the market a genuine alternative to South African Sappi’s JAZ range.

    The new papers were developed in conjunction with HP for use on their PageWide Web Presses. They feature HP‘s ColorPRO Technology, which enables them to meet HP’s high quality standards. ColorPRO Technology means that Felix Schoeller’s papers do not need to be pre-treated but can be directly printed using water-based pigmented inks. Their performance on HP printers is outstanding. As well as high whiteness, with high ink application the papers produce better print quality with higher optical densities and a larger colour gamut than standard woodfree papers.

    The papers in the JET-SPEED® web press range are all about pin-sharp details and creating the look and feel of coated woodfree paper, combined with full colour inkjet functionality and outstanding print properties, brilliant colours and sharp line definition.

    “We are proud of the fact that in a very short space of time we – in conjunction with HP, our partner of many years - have developed a top-quality, high-speed inkjet paper. It enables us to develop new markets and convince new customers of the quality of our products," Thomas Leifert, head of Felix Schoeller’s Digital Media Business Unit, stresses.

    “As a leading provider of digital papers for multiple print platforms, Felix Schoeller knows how to deliver unique products that meet end-user demand, "said Matthew Nuth, director of large-format graphics medias and coatings with HP. “The Felix Schoeller portfolio of inkjet- optimized uncoated and coated papers with ColorPRO Technology provides our customers with a wide variety of media for multiple applications.”

    JET-SPEED® web press papers are used for high-end small print runs or customised applications such as mail shots, full-colour brochures and marketing materials. Samples of the new pigment-coated inkjet papers are available on request. The products are available in grammages of 90, 115, 130 and 150 g/m² in either gloss or silk surface.
    (Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    18.12.2015   GLATFELTER ANNOUNCES PLANS TO BUILD NEW ADVANCED AIRLAID MATERIALS ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... FACILITY IN THE U.S.

    Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced that it will invest approximately $80 million to build a new production facility in the United States for its Advanced Airlaid Materials business (AMBU). The Company is currently evaluating location options, primarily in the southern United States.

    “Our Advanced Airlaid Materials business is a global growth platform that has a unique opportunity to capitalize on increasing and unmet demand in North America for the materials used in lighter-weight hygiene and disposable wipes products,” said Dante C. Parrini (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our plan to build this new facility is in direct response to customer needs for increased capacity in a tightening North American airlaid market.”

    The new facility is expected to have an annual capacity of approximately 22,000 short tons, increasing the Company’s total global airlaid materials capacity to approximately 129,000 short tons. In support of market growth, the investment is supported by customer commitment to purchase a significant amount of the annual capacity. In addition, the new facility will establish a specialty asset base in the United States and create a center of excellence for other lighter basis weight products. The Company anticipates production will start in approximately two years and the project will be funded by a combination of cash on hand and its existing credit facility.

    “We are planning to locate this facility in close proximity to several key customers and highly efficient transportation routes in the southern U.S., as well as where we have additional access to a high-quality, skilled workforce,” said Chris W. Astley, Senior Vice President & Business Unit President, Advanced Airlaid Materials. “Identifying an optimal location for this facility will provide Glatfelter and its customers with logistics and supply chain benefits, and opportunities for collaboration. Our Advanced Airlaid Materials business enjoys excellent customer relationships, and we expect this new facility will provide us with additional competitive advantage to support long term growth.”
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    18.12.2015   Monadnock's 2015 Sustainability Progress    ( Company news )

    Company news Company Entering 10th year of ISO 14001 Environmental Management System Certification


    Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.
    , manufacturer of technical specialty and premium printing and packaging papers, shared highlights from its 2015 efforts to reduce environmental impacts, including the results of two recent third-party audits.

    Monadnock has achieved re-certification for compliance with ISO14001:2004, the leading international standard for environmental management systems (EMS). SGS Group, a leader in third-party registration, recently completed a comprehensive independent audit of Monadnock’s Bennington, New Hampshire facility. Monadnock successfully met the ISO14001 EMS requirements and demonstrated the processes to maintain that system and its commitment to continuous improvement.

    Further, Monadnock recently achieved re-certification for compliance with Forest Stewardship Council Chain of Custody standards. Rainforest Alliance completed their third-party independent audit and found that Monadnock satisfied the requirements for tracking and documenting FSC fiber from suppliers, through its production facility and delivery to its customers.

    Additional highlights from the past year include the following:
    • Impact reduction projects in 2015 yielding an estimated reduction of 620,000 kWh of electricity through LED light retrofitting and manufacturing equipment efficiency improvements.
    • An estimated increase of 750,000 kWh in renewable energy generation will be realized in 2016 from its on-site, low-impact, hydroelectric generation facilities as a result of turbine upgrades and the installation of automated flow controls.
    • Continued commitment to EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership with 85% of its contracted carriers adhering to SmartWay principles.
    • Now an Environmental Paper Network Power User (papercalculator.org). Supporting the EPN ensures that its Paper Calculator continues to operate as a free resource that is transparent, independent, and communicates the benefits of environmentally preferable paper choices.
    • Expanded the EnviPortfolio® offering of products to replace PVC, styrene and other plastics with renewable fiber-based alternatives.

    “It is rewarding to once again receive third-party validation of our hard work and environmental impact reductions,” said Monadnock Chairman and CEO Richard Verney. “There is always more work to be done. We are committed to sustainable innovation and remaining ahead of this curve.”

    The ongoing success of Monadnock’s sustainability initiatives is a company-wide effort fully supported by Monadnock’s executive management and spearheaded by the “Green Team”. Comprised of members from across all functional areas of the company, the team identifies opportunities for environmental impact reductions and shares the results across the company to promote transparency and awareness.
    (Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc.)
     
    18.12.2015   Heidelberg used Packaging Days to showcase new products from partnership with ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Masterwork for packaging sector

    -New MK Easymatrix 106 CS provides gateway to die cutting and stripping with optimum price-performance ratio
    -Highest quality thanks to offline inspection with the MK Qmini 420/550
    -Folding carton gluing machine from the Diana range (photo) used successfully by both large packaging groups and medium-sized folding carton manufacturers

    As a folding carton manufacturer or commercial printer producing short to medium runs, how can I attract and retain new customers? And how do I assure the high quality required in the pharmaceutical and luxury goods sectors in particular? What machines support efficient and cost-effective production? The more than 150 visitors to the Packaging Days received detailed answers to all these questions. The event, organized by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg), was held at the company's Wiesloch-Walldorf site in mid-November. Here, guests from Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and South America saw the presentation of the new MK Easymatrix 106 CS die cutter and the MK Qmini 420/550 offline inspection system, which are tailored precisely to customer needs. These machines are further products from the successful collaboration between Heidelberg and its Chinese partner Masterwork Machinery Co. (MK)
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    18.12.2015   Final stage of machine and equipment assembly in Shklov    ( Company news )

    Company news PAPCEL is the general supplier of the “turnkey” paper plant for production of decorative papers in Shklov, Belarus.

    Currently, the project is in the stage of gradual completion of civil works: railroad siding, driveways and access roads, exterior lighting - communication networks, landscaping incl. greenery. Finishing works are being carried out in the interior of technology hall, in the administration part - ceramic tiles, sanitary facilities and drywalls. Furthermore, polymer coating of the floors in warehouses and technology is in progress. A fireproof spraying of the hall steel structure, fire water distribution systems, installation of air pipes including ventilation units on the roof of the hall and air conditioning units have been done. The assembly of stock preparation line technology and packaging line of reels for finished production, including electro part, has been finished. Assembly works are being gradually finalized for various parts of the paper machine.

    Likewise, intense electrical installations are underway. The high voltage part and electrical switchboards have been connected. The delivery also includes a new boiler room with an output of 15 tons of steam per hour with grate combustion system for biomass burning - wood chips with addition of sludge from wastewater treatment plant. The boiler room is located in a separated hall. The technological part of the boiler room has been assembled and now intensive assembly of piping, heat insulation and cables is being carried out.

    The boiler room will provide steam for production technology. The steam from the existing boiler room will be used for paper machine start-up, which also provides hot water heating for the new paper plant.

    The existing wastewater treatment plant was completed with a new filter press. Complete technology has been assembled and installed including electrical parts. Since October 20, 2015 the machinery and equipment has been put into trial operation. The customer provides the purchase of all raw materials for technology start-up. The assembly of machinery will be completed in December 2015.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    18.12.2015   Stora Enso inaugurates new Innovation Centre for biomaterials in Stockholm    ( Company news )

    Company news The Innovation Centre for biomaterials will host research, application, business development and strategic marketing under one roof. By creating renewable solutions and products from second-generation biomass, such as wood, in order to replace fossil-based products, the centre is addressing societal problems such as climate change, increased urbanisation as well as water and land use issues.

    “The Innovation Centre in Stockholm is another important step on the road to Stora Enso’s transformation into a renewable materials company. It will help us build on our long, worldwide tradition in forestry, which – when coupled with access to sustainable raw materials and our expertise in fibres – gives us an excellent starting point for creating solutions that will benefit our customers and end-users in various industries and markets,” says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO at Stora Enso.

    “Specifically, the centre will help to boost innovation by identifying business opportunities in the markets for renewable materials and bio-based chemicals. We will link our own expertise with leading research centres, universities and business partners,” says Arno van de Ven, SVP, Head of Innovation in Stora Enso’s Biomaterials division.

    Currently, there are 40 people working in the centre and it is estimated that by the end of 2017 it will employ around 100 people, recruited both from inside of the company as well as externally. The Innovation Centre covers 4 900 m2, with a state-of-the art laboratory area of 1 600 m2, and is located in the greater Stockholm area in Nacka, Sweden.
    (Stora Enso Biomaterials, Enocell Pulp Mill)
     
    18.12.2015   Green light for better slitting quality and safety - DIENES introduces new knife holders with...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...LED display to its range

    DIENES, the specialist for industrial slitting technology, has developed a knife holder with the
    PSGs-DF 50 LED that customers have been waiting for for a long time.

    Compared to conventional knife holders, adjusting the knife overlap for this knife holder can now be controlled easily and comfortably via an LED display. A clever innovation, which ensures more precision and safety particularly during knife replacement, and has thus already been successfully implemented with many customers.

    The precise setting of the knife overlap is a decisive criterion for clean cutting edges. But depending on the machine or during unfavourable light conditions, access to the slitting section and visibility of the knife head can be limited, thus making the depth adjustment potentially difficult and sometimes even dangerous for the operator. For this reason, the development department of DIENES has been consistently looking for a better solution for setting the knife
    overlap, and thus developed the pneumatic shear cut knife holder PSGs-DF 50 LED – based on the proven and often used knife holder PSGs-DF 50. While so far, visual judgment was relied upon when controlling the depth adjustment for conventional knife holders, this now occurs via an LED display for the new knife holder, providing operators with more precision and safety when working on the slitting
    system.

    Improved manual adjustment
    However, the LED display itself is by far not everything the PSGs-DF 50 LED has to offer. The manual adjustment itself has also been optimised. While other knife holders have a scale ring for adjusting, where the diameter of the knife needs to be known, for this knife holder a sensor automatically registers the knife diameter. If the knife is used for example after regrinding, operators can immediately see on the LED display in which direction they need to adjust the depth adjustment to set the holder position in such a way that the desired knife overlap is reached. If the display is red, readjustment is required. A green light indicates that the optimum depth is reached. And so slitting can be continued - easily, precisely and without any compromises when it comes to safety.

    Benefits at a glance:
    -User-friendly LED display for adjusting the knife overlap
    -Sensor for detecting the knife diameter
    -Reproducible knife overlap, even if the knives have a different diameter
    -Knife head does not need to be visible to control the depth adjustment
    -Increased safety for operators, as depth adjustment occurs from above and reaching into the slitting section is not required
    -Precise cutting edge and reduced wear on knives and holders
    -360° hand guard
    -Optional adjusting slide
    -Maximum flexibility due to narrow overall width (slitting width from 50 mm)
    -Reproducible knife contact forces that can be adapted to the slitting material
    -Increased knife service life by means of zero-play, vibration-damping guide systems
    -Double guide ensures high stability
    -Optimum cutting edge quality even for difficult slitting material and high speed
    (Dienes Werke für Maschinenteile GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.12.2015   BOBST Large Format Hot Foil Stamping Days showcase new technology and economics for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... added value finishing in size VI

    The Large Format Hot Foil Stamping Days held at the BOBST Competence Center in Mex, Switzerland, introduced visitors to the new economics of added value finishing brought about by the evolved EXPERTFOIL 142 size VI hot foil stamping press. Visitors from twenty of the foremost companies in Europe using hot foil stamping saw how getting extra products onto a sheet can dramatically change the profitability of the process, especially when margins are tight.

    Held from the 16th - 18th of November, the event also allowed visitors to hear about, and exchange ideas on, the latest developments in the hot foil stamping process, especially at the large format size, from BOBST specialists and selected partners including Hunkeler Systems, Kurz Prägefolien AG, hinderer+mühlich GmbH & Co. KG, and UEI Falcontec.

    Marco Lideo, Product Sales Director for BOBST BU Sheet-fed Folding Carton, “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for packaging makers or printers who print at size VI to then have to cut their sheets down to hot foil stamp them. It’s much more cost effective to work at size VI throughout the entire production process and it can make the difference between profit and loss on a job.”

    Until the arrival of the EXPERTFOIL 142 only ‘bolt-on’ foiling solutions were available to finishers working in the size VI format. But with its range of ingenious features, such as a walk-in foil section for ergonomic foil handling, its completely new foil reel control system for smoother and better controlled foil unwinding, and its 360° one-level platform, EXPERTFOIL 142 is a complete work station allowing finishers to foil natively, and profitably, at size VI. Its pressure of up to 600 tons allows for excellent foil deposition, as well as for very deep embossing on even the thickest materials, which is of particular interest for those manufacturing champagne or liquor cartons etc. With a running speed of 5'000 sheets per hour and a format of 1'420 x 1'020 mm, on paper, carton or corrugated board, users could see almost double the sheet surface compared to other solutions.

    Marco Lideo, said, “Depending on the layout, a machine like the EXPERTFOIL 142 can give users as much as double the number of blanks per sheet compared to a size IIIB machine, and much more output. We have customers who are already seeing the benefits. For example one of the clients who bought an EXPERTFOIL 142 has just ordered a second machine, to help them meet demand. I imagine visitors to our Large Format Hot Foil Stamping Days certainly went away with a lot to think about.”
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    17.12.2015   Powerflute Trading Statement    ( Company news )

    Company news Powerflute Oyj ("Powerflute" or the "Group") provides an update on trading and on the outlook for the year ending 31 December 2015.

    The Group has performed strongly during the second half of the year in both its Coreboard and Cores and Packaging Papers activities and the outlook for 2016 remains positive.

    In Coreboard and Cores, the US business continues to enjoy favourable market conditions and is performing well. In China, while the competitive environment has become more challenging as the year has progressed, margins have been maintained. In Europe, actions taken earlier in the year to address the cost base and concentrate sales into more attractive markets are beginning to deliver benefits and recent announcements by competitors of price increases for both coreboard and cores are expected to contribute to further forward momentum in 2016.

    Market conditions for Packaging Papers have softened slightly compared with earlier in the year, but continue to compare favourably with prior periods. The annual planned maintenance stop in September was completed successfully, with the restart in line with the planned schedule and the various projects undertaken all delivering benefits in line with or ahead of our expectations.

    The results for the year will be affected by non-recurring items related to the acquisition and integration of Corenso. However, these items continue to be in line with or lower than the estimates previously provided and the integration of Corenso is progressing well.

    The outcome for the year remains dependent upon a number of factors, including the extent to which production units continue to operate through the Christmas and New Year holiday periods and the impact of fluctuations in exchange rates on open foreign currency hedging positions. However, assuming no material change in exchange rates between now and the year-end, we currently expect that EBITDA before non-recurring items for the full year will be in the range €53 million to €55 million and that net debt at the year-end will be in the range €42 million to €46 million.

    The Group will release its results for the year ended 31 December 2015 in March 2016.
    (Powerflute Oyj)
     
    17.12.2015   KRPA PAPER, a. s. awards GapCon S.r.l. with Order for its PM 6 Press Rebuild    ( Company news )

    Company news The Czech specialty papers producer KRPA PAPER, a. s. has selected GapCon S.r.l. to provide an extensive rebuild of its PM 6 Press Section. The scope of supply includes a modification of the Press Section including an installation of the EconPRESSTM Shoe Press and a consequent modification of the 1st dryer group. The target of the modernization is higher ex-press dryness and consequent production rates increase and energy savings.

    KRPA PAPER, a. s. operates one paper machine, coating line, printing and converting division. It is a member of KRPA Holding, a group of paper producing and converting companies, it celebrates 180th anniversary of an uninterrupted papermaking and converting tradition. KRPA PAPER supplies food packaging and P&W industry. Production range includes greaseproof papers KH PACK, carbonless copy papers KH COPY and other specialty papers. The company focuses on tailor-made production of direct food packaging papers and functional papers for multilayer wrapping materials. Papers are produced under utmost care of the environment and food safety, and are exported worldwide.
    (Krkonošské papírny a.s.)
     
    17.12.2015   drupa 2016: Heidelberg exhibits the digitized future of the print media industry under the motto ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...“Simply Smart”

    -“Smart print shop” shows the integrated and networked print shop
    -“Smart services” boost availability and productivity
    -“Smart collaboration” stands for innovative approaches to cooperation
    -Collaborations combine expertise and accelerate development - Heidelberg joins with partners at drupa to exhibit pioneering solutions in Düsseldorf and Wiesloch-Walldorf

    During the drupa 2016 trade fair (Düsseldorf, May 31 to June 10, 2016), Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) will be exhibiting the digitized future of the print media industry under the motto “Simply Smart”. At its heart, this topic is about the pressing need for print shops to continuously improve their efficiency and respond to the global demands of end customers in ever faster and more flexible ways. To meet this need, print shops must determine how their business model can be digitized and involve their customers in this process. The highly flexible production of a growing number of personalized print products is, in itself, becoming a standard process. In the future, print shops will be embedded even more deeply into a digital supply chain with customers and suppliers, and will have to meet even greater expectations regarding additional services such as shipping and multimedia marketing.

    “Presented under the motto “Simply Smart”, the Heidelberg exhibits at drupa will showcase the digitized and industrially organized print shop as an essential element for successful business models in the future. Working with our partners, we want to offer futureproof products and services that help our customers to be successful,” says Harald Weimer, Member of the Management Board, responsible for Heidelberg Services. “We believe that the integrated and networked print shop represents a trailblazing step for companies in our industry that want to move their businesses forward. By supplying automated processes and services, we are helping our customers to meet the demands that competitive print media production will face in the future.”

    The “Simply Smart” theme is the company’s response to the challenges associated with Print Media Industry 4.0. Heidelberg is offering specific benefits and making it as easy as possible to work with increasingly complex processes and technologies.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    17.12.2015   Sweco commissioned for land use and construction planning for pulp mill expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Sweco will be responsible for land use and construction planning, and parts of the process piping plan, for SCA’s expansion of Östrand’s pulp mill in Timrå. This investment in Östrand will double production of bleached needle-sulphate pulp and create Sweden’s largest pulp mill.

    ”This is one of the largest industrial investments ever made in Sweden. The assignment confirms our position as the leading expert in paper and pulp planning,” said Åsa Bergman, CEO of Sweco Sweden.

    Under the assignment, Sweco’s industry specialists and structural engineers will be responsible for land use and construction planning and for parts of the process piping plan. Sweco has been carrying out assignments at Östrand since the 1920s. Sweco’s experts in areas ranging from land use and geotechnics to fire and water and sewer systems conducted project feasibility studies during the past year.

    Sweco’s work on the project will begin immediately and continue through 2018, when the new mill is scheduled to begin operation.
    (Sweco AB (publ))
     
    17.12.2015   'Paper Conference': Established and new     ( Company news )

    Company news On 11-12 May 2016, the traditional “Paper Conference“ in Graz will prove yet again that it is a premier event reflecting all the latest trends and industry developments.

    It is a matter of fact that today’s paper and pulp sector is acting globally, embracing sustainability and constantly leverage new potentials beyond the classical field of paper production. Production enterprises have long since started to operate biorefineries and also serve as energy suppliers. Never before their success strategies have been more networked, more versatile, more innovative and global.

    Taking up these developments, the “Paper Conference” adopted a new title, extended focus and international format.

    As initiators, our goal is to create an open platform that sends out inspiring signals for the future. Giving the“Biorefinery” sector and its many facets an even higher priority is an essential step on the way. Addressing more topics and building a network along the entire timber value-added chain and in the fields of human resources/training are further steps in the same direction.

    Choosing English as the primary language of the lectures will help to increasingly get important international contacts involved.

    Of course the event will continue to address current topics presented by distinguished speakers, feature an interesting trade show and offer pleasant side events.

    All details about these will be published on
    http://paper-biorefinery.com/en in due time.

    It would be a pleasure and privilege to welcome you at the PAPER & BIOREFINERY CONFERENCE 2016 in Graz on 11/12 May. Please save the date.
    (Akademischer Papieringenieurverein an der TU Graz (APV Graz))

     
    17.12.2015   OMET installs the 750th tissue converting machine in the world    ( Company news )

    Company news OMET is pleased to announce the accomplishment of the 750 installations of tissue converting machines globally since its foundation in 1963.

    It is the most evident result of OMET’s continuous search for innovation and of the trust customers all over the world tribute to a true market leader in the manufacturing of tissue converting machines.

    The achievement of the 750th installation of a tissue converting machine comes in a period of strong growth of the OMET Group that has steadily increased its turnover by a steady 10% each year since 2009 and is targeting 90 million Euro in 2015.

    The installed base of OMET tissue converting machines spreads over the five continents as evidence of the company’s leading position as a provider of modular machines for the production of napkins, towels and place mats.

    In over fifty years of presence in the tissue industry, OMET has reached ambitious goals, supported by people and values that still represent the main motor of the company. The achievement of the 750 installations coincides, in fact, with the presentation of the FV.4 line (vacuum folding machine for napkins with 4 lanes), the renewed AS Line for the production of towels, the ruthless project of digitalization of all the company’s products to ease up the process flow and increase the overall safety, and the introduction of new modular units, among whose Chameleon, the innovative modular print head units for the digital direct printing of variable data on napkins.

    The worldwide expansion and the continuous innovation that characterize the company’s attitude towards the market are obvious signs of a business strength that always seeks new challenges.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    16.12.2015   Colbert Packaging Installs New Mark Andy Label Press in Flexographic Facility     ( Company news )

    Company news Colbert Packaging Corporation has installed a Mark Andy Performance Series P5 for pressure-sensitive roll label applications. The P5 features a 13-inch web width and utilizes a four-color print process, and its servo-based platform delivers superior print quality and high productivity through simple operation, rapid changeovers and reduced spoilage.

    “This new press has all the latest bells and whistles, and we look forward to showing our customers what it can do, but what really sold us on the P5 is its amazing print quality and high efficiency,” said Brad Davis, vice president and general manager of Colbert Flexographic Packaging.

    Designed to meet the high demands of today’s quick-turn pressure-sensitive label market, the Mark Andy P5 produces both paper and film-based labels. The press’ innovative print head configuration
    substantially reduces make-ready times, and Mark Andy’s quick change die cut system allows the operator to slide a new rotary die into place in a matter of seconds. Furthermore, a shorter web path, more stable web tension and an automated register system all result in reduced spoilage.

    The Mark Andy P5 label press joins an extensive repertoire of equipment – including a narrow web folding carton press, a nine-color flexo press, an additional pressure-sensitive label press, multiple
    label inspection presses, folder-gluers and other finishing equipment – in Colbert’s 45,000 sq. ft. flexographic printing facility. In
    addition to labels, folding cartons and product information inserts
    are also produced in this facility, which is located two blocks from Colbert Packaging headquarters.
    (Colbert Packaging Corporation)
     
    16.12.2015   Ahlstrom makes an investment to increase flexibility of its Binzhou production line in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, has decided to make an investment to increase the flexibility of its Binzhou wallcoverings products line in China.

    Following the modification, the production line will be capable of producing filtration products in addition to wallcovering materials. The annual capacity of the line will be about 20,000 metric tons of wallcovering or filtration products and the re-engineering work is expected to be completed by April 2016.

    "This investment reinforces our commitment to our customers in the filtration and wallcovering materials markets in China and elsewhere in the region," says Fulvio Capussotti, Executive Vice President, Building and Energy business area. "It's also vital for us to make the Binzhou line more versatile to ensure business agility."

    The Binzhou wallcoverings production line was inaugurated in May 2014. Ahlstrom also operates another line producing filtration products at the same site in the Shandong Province on China's east coast. Going forward, Ahlstrom will be able to supply the Asian and Chinese markets with a wider product mix and the site will also have a stronger role in research and product development. The two lines in Binzhou will be part of the Filtration & Performance business area from the beginning of 2016.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    16.12.2015   Algro Design Award-winning rigid packaging solution from Sappi    ( Company news )

    Company news Good enough to touch: enhancing the POS experience

    Packaging can open doors at the point of sale. To allow customers to really 'feel' the premium product line of exclusive hosiery and shapewear brand ITEM m6 from high-tech German manufacturer medi, the rlc | packaging group developed an ingenious concept. The silky touch of Sappi's bright white carton material Algro Design and a practical click closure make the premium quality of the contents clear from the outside. The result: an award-winning packaging solution!

    Photo: Proud winners of the 2015 Red Dot Design Awards include rlc packaging group, medi, Leo Burnett, and Sappi

    With its audible click closure and silky touch, the elegant packaging concept for premium legwear from Bayreuth-based German manufacturer medi doesn't just appeal to customers in stores: it has also won over two important award committees. At this year's Red Dot Design Award gala, the packaging for the exclusive hosiery and shapewear brand ITEM m6 was crowned a winner. And at the Pro Carton ECMA Awards 2015, the resealable packaging with the soft touch was a finalist in the non-food category.

    Awakening curiosity about the product
    German company medi is one of the leading manufacturers of medical aids, primarily known for its compression garments, braces and orthopaedic supports. Four years ago, the manufacturer launched its first fashion brand under the name ITEM m6. The label combines stylish, elegant hosiery for women and men with the company's expertise in compression technology, ensuring comfort for hard-working legs on the job, at events or while travelling.

    medi's criterion for the new packaging solution was clear: it had to show the customer exactly what they were getting. This might sound easy at first glance, but on closer inspection it's a challenging task. The packaging not only had to make the customer curious about the product, but it also needed to help them understand what they were holding. It had to convey the accurately defined compression effect of the socks and tights, achieved by a specially developed high-tech form-fit thread. In addition to providing a comfortable fit around the leg, the hosiery also stimulates circulation.

    Crucial to the design, the packaging is not conventionally shrink-wrapped but can be opened like a book. This allows the customer to examine the product in the store and easily close the packaging again with the optimised resealable closure. The side closure audibly 'clicks' to indicate that the carton is resealed without causing any damage to the packaging or the product. "The resealable closure was adapted from a confectionery design," explains Andreas Brohm, sales manager at LEUNISMAN, the beauty and healthcare division of rlc | packaging group in Hannover. The click fastening that allows the ITEM m6 box to be fully opened and closed over and over again was originally developed for rlc's 'to go' packaging ZetKLIK, which is primarily used for candies.

    The ITEM m6 packaging also features PET windows on the front and back to reveal the insert inside the box, which varies depending on the type of product. The smaller packaging variants also have a PET window insert with a hanger that can be slid outwards if required. This allows the product to be hung up rather than presented standing up at the POS.

    The perfect material for the job
    The choice of carton material shows how a smooth, bright white surface, flexural rigidity, protective functions and deformability impact the finished result. Algro Design from Sappi is one of the most popular coated carton types on the market. The product range impresses with its extreme whiteness, consistent surface finish, very high light resistance and a silky smooth touch. It is also very easy to process using standard finishing techniques. Brohm confirms, "First you have the unsurpassed whiteness of Algro Design. This gives the white packaging its exceptional brilliance. The click closure shows the flexibility and strength of the material. It can be opened and closed numerous times without losing its tension."

    For the white packaging, Algro Design sheets were carefully printed using a UV printing process: in silver and double black for the text and graphic elements. The soft-touch UV coating, giving the box its silky-smooth feel and protecting it from scratches, was applied over the entire surface. After the sheets were die-cut, the die-cut PET window films, produced at the same time, were joined using a special pick-and-place process at the rlc factory in Switzerland. Because the windows on the front are printed and hot foil-embossed, this method is the best choice to avoid damaging the previously finished lid of the packaging during assembly.

    Teamwork: the recipe for success
    The packaging concept and design were developed in close collaboration between Leo Burnett in Berlin and rlc | packaging group in Hannover. "Because of our complete system approach and the wide range of technologies available to us, we were able to develop the optimum packaging solution for ITEM m6 – from the first design drafts to printing, the client gets everything they need from one provider," Brohm explains.

    The individual packaging parts are manufactured at LEUNISMAN in Hannover (Germany) and LIMMATDRUCK | ZEILER in Spreitenbach (Switzerland) before being supplied to Bayreuth for assembly. Here, the folding boxes for ITEM m6 are assembled by employees at a workshop for people with disabilities run by a social welfareorganisation in Bayreuth. The inserts for the many differentcolours and materials are then digitally printed by medi on an on-demand basis and inserted, together with the products, into the folding box, complete with windows. Each product is illustrated in the relevantcolour on the back of the packaging, so the consumer can see the contents at a glance.

    Packaging as brand ambassador
    The resealable closure was a key requirement for the ITEM m6 packaging . First it was necessary to design the optimum closure mechanism. It needed to be easy to operate and add value to the packaging. Secondly, it was necessary to find a carton material that not only offered brilliant whiteness but also had sufficient rigidity and bending characteristics to withstand frequent opening and closing without damage. The choice of Sappi's bright white carton material for the women's range was the obvious one for Leo Burnett and rlc | packaging group.

    "The desire to find new solutions was foremost, and everyone involved in developing and creating the packaging was inspired by it," says Brohm, describing the enthusiasm for the project among the team, made up of professionals from all areas of the company. The result is a unique, attractive, functional and deservedly award-winning packaging solution that engages the senses. In practice, it has significantly exceeded sales forecasts. It conveys the technology and comfort of the product with packaging that is more than simply a protective box but rather, a multisensory complete presentation, giving pleasure to the consumer even before the purchase is made.

    In both visual and tactile terms, the packaging makes an instant impression, conveying the qualities of the product inside. Products for women are packaged in brilliant white – for which Sappi's bright white carton material Algro Design, with a weight of 350 gs/m2, was chosen – while men's products catch the eye in intense black. In both cases, high ink coverage is achieved with UV printing. Combined with a soft-touch coating, this creates a silky surface finish that reflects the comfort of the products when worn.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     

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