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    04.05.2015   J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH + Co KG at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-E03

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    (J. Rettenmaier & Söhne GmbH + Co KG)


     
    04.05.2015   RN-Ceramic GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A50

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    (RN-Ceramic GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   RS Papiertechnik GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A50

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    (RS Papiertechnik GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   Runtech Systems Oy at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D25

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    (Runtech Systems Oy)


     
    04.05.2015   Savcor IT GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D25

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    (Savcor IT GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   Schäfer MWN GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-B31

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    (Schäfer MWN GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-B31

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    (SchäferRolls GmbH & Co. KG)


     
    04.05.2015   Servophil AG at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
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    (Servophil AG)


     
    04.05.2015   Spraying Systems Deutschland GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A61

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    (Spraying Systems Deutschland GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   Stamm GmbH & Co. KG at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-B70

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    (Stamm GmbH & Co. KG)


     
    04.05.2015   STB GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-C50

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    (STB GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   Technidyne Corporation at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-C46

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    (Technidyne Corporation)


     
    04.05.2015   Techpap SAS at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D26

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    (Techpap SAS)


     
    04.05.2015   Tekniska Precisionsfilter JR AB at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D26

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    (Tekniska Precisionsfilter JR AB)


     
    04.05.2015   TM System Finland Oy at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A50

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    (TM System Finland Oy)


     
    04.05.2015   Triad Papierservice GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-B31

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    (Triad Papierservice GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   UMV Coating AB at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015

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    (UMV Coating AB)


     
    04.05.2015   Valmet GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-B11

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    (Valmet GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   VDP Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken e.V. at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D51

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    (VDP Verband Deutscher Papierfabriken e.V.)


     
    04.05.2015   Villforth Siebtechnik GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A71

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    (Villforth Siebtechnik GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   Wefapress Beck + Co GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-C45

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    (Wefapress Beck + Co GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   Wetend Technologies Ltd at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D26

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    (Wetend Technologies Ltd)


     
    04.05.2015   Woollard & Henry Ltd at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-A50

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    (Woollard & Henry Ltd)


     
    04.05.2015   X-Rite GmbH at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-C68

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    (X-Rite GmbH)


     
    04.05.2015   ZELLCHEMING e.V. Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier- Chemiker und Ingenieure at ...     ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 ... Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main

    30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-E50
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    (ZELLCHEMING e.V. Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier- Chemiker und Ingenieure)


     
    04.05.2015   PAPTAC Standard Methods Committee Disbands     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Wayne Bichard

    The Executive Council of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC) has decided to dissolve the Standards Methods Committee (SMC). The SMC, Chaired by Wayne Bichard of FPInnovations, was responsible for providing the industry with up-to-date scientific methods for the evaluation of raw materials, processes, and products. This means that new PAPTAC test methods would no longer be developed and existing ones would no longer be updated. These methods would still be valid and available and would continue to form a body of useful technical literature.

    PAPTAC was founded in 1915 as the Technical Section of the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association. PAPTAC is a Canadian-based non-profit organization, dedicated to improving the technical and professional capabilities of its members worldwide, and to the advancement of the pulp and paper industry.

    Todd Popson, CEO of Technidyne Corporation, has been a member of the SMC for about 20 years. The final meeting of the PAPTAC Standard Methods Committee will be held on Thursday, May 14 at 9:30 AM at FPInnovations.

    Wayne Bichard the longtime Chairman of the PAPTAC Standard Methods Committee has been battling with cancer and his health has been very bad in recent months. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.
    (Technidyne Corp.)
     
    01.05.2015   Complete stock preparation line for Bulgaria    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2014 the company PAPCEL signed a contract to deliver stock preparation line with an output capacity of 120 tpd to Bulgaria.
    The whole project originated with a great support and a grant from the European Union. The line is designed for recycling of waste paper, where the finished product will be a semi-product in the form of dewatered pulp on pallets. The scope of delivery included: pulper LCV-20-WD, belt conveyor, dewatering drum OBN-10, washing separator VSV-30, and periodical rejects separators PSN-30, cleaners SVS-25-M, HRB pumps, and belt presses incl. thickeners, filter for water purification, etc.
    The equipment and machinery was dispatched in March 2015, the commissioning is scheduled in 2Q/2015.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    01.05.2015   Appointment of Johan Stumpf as successor to Ralph von Veh as ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Mpact Corrugated Managing Director

    Mpact is pleased to announce the appointment of Johan Stumpf as Managing Director of Mpact’s Corrugated business with effect from 1 January 2016, succeeding Ralph von Veh (63), who is approaching retirement.

    The Board’s timing of the implementation of the succession plan was decided in consultation with Ralph and the Executive Directors and is aimed at ensuring a smooth and orderly transition in the leadership of the Corrugated business.

    To facilitate an efficient handover Johan will join Mpact on 1 October 2015 as Director Operations – Mpact Corrugated.

    The Board would like to thank Ralph for his invaluable contribution towards the success of the Group and, in particular, the Corrugated business which, under his leadership over the past 15 years, has been established as the market leader.

    Ralph will remain with the Group as a member of the Mpact Executive Committee, responsible for the bags and sacks businesses, Detpak and Pyramid, and will represent Mpact’s interests on the boards of various Mpact subsidiaries and associates. Ralph will also assume responsibility for certain strategic business initiatives.

    Johan (47), who holds a BEng (Hons)(Industrial) and an MBA (Cum Laude) degree from the University of Pretoria, has a proven track record and extensive executive management experience in the fruit and agricultural sectors as well as manufacturing. He will join Mpact from the Klein Karoo Group where he has served as Managing Director since 2009. Prior to joining the Klein Karoo Group Johan spent six years as Managing Director of Sundays River Citrus Company (Pty) Ltd, the largest packer and marketer of citrus in southern Africa. Johan’s diverse experience also includes six years with SABMiller as production and engineering manager as well as management and executive roles in supply chain management and consulting.

    “We have every confidence that Johan’s depth of experience and understanding of the broader industry, will enable him to lead the Corrugated team to build further on the very solid foundation already laid in the Corrugated business,” says Mpact Group CEO, Bruce Strong.

    Tony Phillips, Chairman of Mpact Limited said, “We are most fortunate to be in a position to enable a smooth transition of leadership within Mpact Corrugated, whilst also continuing to draw on Ralph’s extensive knowledge and experience as a member of the Executive Committee.”
    (Mpact Paper)
     
    01.05.2015   Paperworld China 2015 scheduled in October for superior industry sourcing period    ( Company news )

    Company news The 11th edition of Paperworld China, the leading international trade fair in China for the stationery and office supplies industry will be held from 15 – 17 October 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Hall N1 – N2, an ideal location for exhibitors and visitors alike. As Paperworld China will now even better accommodate the industry sourcing period, a number of quality exhibitors have already signed on to participate in the 2015 show, including major brand names such as Dokumental, Liberty, Max, Polar Bear, Premec, Simbalion and Titi. Also, the Wenzhou and Ningbo pavilions have already confirmed their attendance at the show.
    Paperworld China will gather buyers locally and from around the world to source products in China as October is the prime sourcing period in Asia for consumer goods. To take advantage of the best Asia has to offer in the industry, buyers will begin the hunt for products in Shanghai and conclude their sourcing needs in Guangzhou or Hong Kong. Being the first station of the new sourcing route, suppliers and buyers are able to better understand the needs and desires of consumers.

    Creative Pavilion and Oriental Culture zone returning
    In 2014, the show featured the “DIY Studio” which was jointly organised by Paperworld China and the DIY Industry Promotion Council of Shanghai Creative Industry Association. This endeavour attracted numerous high-quality “do-it-yourself” and handicraft companies displaying their products in the zone with more than 20,000 professional visitors at Paperworld China coming to also discover the newest in DIY products and ideas.
    Representing the show organiser, Ms Fiona Chiew, Deputy General Manager for Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd said: “The DIY market is always expanding with new and innovative products continuing to inspire consumers, especially in the emerging market in China. Considering the tremendous success at last year’s Paperworld China, we will join forces again to establish the inaugural Creative Pavilion, expecting to double in exhibition space and exhibitor numbers.”

    The Creative Pavilion will include a greater variety of items related to DIY supplies, hobby products as well as crafts and artist supplies. Exhibitors will offer live demonstrations and interactive workshops for a better understanding of their products ranging from scrapbooks, patchworks, paper moulds, glass paints, wood paints, fabric paints and fabric art items to clay modelling and embroidery.

    Additionally, the very well-received Oriental Culture zone will be returning in 2015. It will cooperate with museums and cultural organisations to highlight traditional arts and workmanship in combining cultural and contemporary elements. The enhanced product groups including desktop items and related souvenirs with oriental attributes will also be extended this year.

    Paperworld China will also be held concurrently with two other well-known events: Music China, Asia Pacific’s largest trade fair for musical instruments and Prolight + Sound Shanghai, the leading professional audio and lighting, entertainment and event technology trade fair in Asia. Combining all three shows will allow for gaining a greater audience as visitors from educational institutions, schools as well as visitors from the creative sector will gather at Shanghai New International Expo Centre at the same time and experience a creative synergy in visiting all three shows.

    An early-bird discount will be offered to applications until 31 May 2015. For more information about the show, please visit www.paperworldchina.com or email: stationery@hongkong.messefrankfurt.com.

    Paperworld China
    China International Stationery and Office Supplies Exhibition
    Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
    15 – 17 October 2015
    (Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd)
     
    01.05.2015   SOLVAY TO EXPAND PEROXIDES PRODUCTION TO SERVE GROWING ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... NORTH AMERICAN MARKETS

    Solvay, the world’s largest producer of hydrogen peroxide, plans to expand its production facility in Longview (photo), WA., to meet growing demands from pulp and paper producers in the Pacific Northwest and other industrial markets around the United States.
    Solvay expects to increase its North American production capacity by about 20 percent, supported by a multi-million dollar investment in Longview. This investment will help to ensure that Solvay can continue to supply key markets that rely on Solvay to support their own growth projections.
    The investment will be in two stages.
    Longview construction is expected to begin later in 2015 and completion of stage one is expected in late 2016. Stage two of the expansion will take place in the near future as market conditions require.
    Plant employment will remain stable, augmented by contract workers during the construction stages.
    Solvay’s investment plans signify another substantial commitment to the Longview plant and to the region’s industrial markets including the neighboring North Pacific Paper Corporation’s (NORPAC) production facility.
    The expansion of Solvay’s North American peroxides capacity will also support internal demand growth for electronic grade peroxide serving the electronics market.
    Paul Hogan, Solvay’s North American senior vice president for peroxides, explained, “We have seen tightening market conditions in recent years, conditions that should continue for the near future, and this investment is needed to support our customers’ significant growth.
    Additionally, our electronic grade hydrogen peroxide is experiencing strong growth and this investment will help secure our position in this important market segment.
    “Solvay is the global peroxides market leader,” he said, “and we remain committed to serving customers who, in turn, expect us to support their growth ambitions.”
    Since the Longview plant opened in 1989, Solvay has more than tripled its local production in a longstanding partnership with the forest products industry. In addition, Solvay’s Longview employees have worked without a lost-time accident for almost the entire history of the site.
    Capping that commitment to safety, Solvay, since 2002, has consistently earned VPP Star Status from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one of the first manufacturing sites in Washington State to do so.
    (Solvay Chemicals Inc.)
     
    01.05.2015   PAPERLINX: AUSTRIAN BUSINESS PLACED INTO ADMINISTRATION    ( Company news )

    Company news PaperlinX Limited (“PaperlinX”) advises that local court processes to place its Austrian operations, PaperNet GmbH, into administration commenced on 28 April 2015. An administrator has been appointed and will commence in that role once the final court processes are concluded.
    The local directors were required to commence this course of action given the liquidity issues that the business has faced following the tightening and/or withdrawal of credit terms from suppliers and lenders in recent weeks after the PaperlinX UK and Benelux businesses were placed into administration. This appointment in Austria highlights the interconnectedness of the PaperlinX European businesses.
    Although attempts to sell this business have been unsuccessful, PaperlinX will continue to pursue opportunities to divest the remaining European businesses in Spain, Czech Republic, Poland, Scandinavia, Ireland and Germany.
    PaperlinX reiterate its previous statements that the successful and profitable business operations in Australia, New Zealand and Asia have financial separation from European operations. The day to day businesses and operations of the ANZA region remain unchanged.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
     
    30.04.2015   ABB wins automation order from Fajar Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Automation system comprising distributed control system and quality control system will contribute to higher productivity and reliability of packaging paper production

    ABB, the leading power and automation technology group, has won an order from PT Fajar Surya Wisesa Tbk (Fajar Paper), a leading packaging paper manufacturer in Indonesia. The contract was booked end of 2014.

    ABB will provide the automation system for paper machine 3 (PM3), one of the current five paper machines at Fajar Paper responsible for a combined production of around 1.2 million tons of packaging paper per year, including Coated Duplex Board, Kraft Liner Board and Corrugated Medium Paper.

    “We are very happy to use ABB equipment on our paper machines and we appreciate how ABB always takes a long term view of their relationship with Fajar, seeing it as something that is more important than one single order,” said Wimba Wibawa, Engineering Director in PT Fajar Surya Wisesa TBk.

    The scope of delivery comprises distributed control system for stock preparation, chemical area and paper machine and quality control system for paper machine with two scanners. The existing third-party automation system in PM3 will be replaced with ABB’s Automation System 800xA, thus resolving the legacy issue faced by the automation system. With this project, Fajar Paper will be one step closer to its plan of having a site-wide fully integrated automation system.

    “We are delighted to collaborate with Fajar Paper once again after the successful execution of the automation system in paper machine 5 and we look forward to a long-standing and valuable partnership,” said Ravi N., manager of ABB’s Process Automation division in Singapore. “ABB has extensive knowledge and experience in delivering such projects and will continue to build on this strong track record providing reliable and efficient technology for the paper industry.”

    800xA is ABB’s flagship collaborative process automation platform comprising distributed control system, safety control system, quality control system and electrical control system.
    (ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)
     
    30.04.2015   Giesecke & Devrient makes a Healthy Start into 2015 with Restructuring Underway    ( Company news )

    Company news -Sales in 2014 up 4.5 percent to 1.83 billion euros
    -EBIT before restructuring slightly above last year at 62 million euros
    -One-off restructuring costs of 74 million euros
    -Consolidated net income at minus 73 million euros
    -Free cash flow at 23 million euros
    -Positive trend in the first quarter in terms of order backlog and earnings

    Photo: Dr. Walter Schlebusch, Chairman of the Management Board of Giesecke & Devrient

    For Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) 2014 was a year of restructuring, during which important strategic decisions were made. Yet sales increased by 4.5 percent to 1.83 billion euros. Group earnings (EBIT) were slightly above last year at 62 million euros (2013: 56.2 million euros). However, all three business units – Banknote, Mobile Security and Government Solutions – fell short of their earning targets. Restructuring expenses amounted to 74 million euros. EBIT after restructuring is at minus 12 million euros, while the net loss for the year amounts to 73 million euros.

    "This performance can be attributed above all to increasing competitive and pricing pressure in all markets relevant to G&D. The countermeasures implemented so far had been insufficient. Last year we therefore launched an extensive cost reduction program amounting to 100 million euros, with which we will strengthen our profitability for the long term. In addition, we have undertaken structural changes at the company to enable us to better adapt to market and customer demands in future," explains Dr. Walter Schlebusch, Chairman of the Management Board of Giesecke & Devrient. Measures have been taken to strengthen all three business units for the future, including reorganization of the Mobile Security and Banknote business units, and the operational realignment of the Government Solutions business unit. "With the launch of Veridos GmbH – a joint venture by the Government division and Germany's federal mint, the Bundesdruckerei – we are pooling our international activities, giving us good opportunities for growth," commented Schlebusch on the joint venture, which became operational on January 1, 2015. "Despite the current challenges, we are on the right track. Together with the cost reduction program and structural changes, which we have undertaken with a view to the future, the current order situation, the growth markets in Asia and North America, and increasing sales prospects in future segments promise a positive outlook for G&D," continues Schlebusch.

    Business Units
    The Banknote business unit is market leader in the production of new banknotes, in the field of substrates, security solutions, banknote processing systems, and automated processing technology. It has succeeded in increasing its sales by 5 percent to 887 million euros in the last business year and therefore still accounts for the largest proportion of consolidated sales. Earnings were also positive, predominantly due to good sales in the areas of banknote paper, foils, and banknote security solutions. Sales in compact banknote processing systems and service sales were also significantly improved.
    The Mobile Security business unit is one of the world's leading providers of products, services, and complete solutions for payment, secure communication, and identity management. In 2014, sales for this business unit were up by 6.4 percent to 778 million euros, especially in card products for banks due to continuous EMV migration in Asia and America. However, the earnings contribution was once again negative, mainly due to an even more dramatic drop in prices worldwide.
    The Government Solutions business unit is a leading provider of government security documents and an integrated provider of ID solutions. Sales came in at 168 million euros, roughly 6 percent less than the previous year figure. The unit did not realize a positive contribution to earnings in 2014. However, in the same period the unit won good new contracts, such as to supply several million passports in Iraq. Signing the contract to found the joint venture Veridos GmbH also laid the foundations for the expansion of international business.
    The second division of the Government Solutions business unit – the listed company Secunet, in which G&D holds a 79.43% share – performed well and succeeded in increasing both sales and earnings compared to last year. The principal share of sales growth is attributed to the public sector, due on the one hand to cryptographic products and on the other to a large cyber security product range for public-sector clients.

    Outlook
    The current healthy order situation will have a positive impact over the coming months. In 2015 G&D forecasts further sales growth and an increase in EBIT slightly above the 2014 figure. Consolidated net income should return to positive territory. The trend in the first quarter confirms this outlook. In addition, there will be initial positive effects of the cost reduction program. G&D will also invest heavily in research and development again this year. Dr. Walter Schlebusch comments "I am confident that we have good growth prospects, with our innovative products and our forward-looking business models. The essential restructuring will give us a boost."
    (G&D Giesecke & Devrient GmbH)
     
    30.04.2015   ANDRITZ to rebuild paper machine for Suzano, Brazil, to expand paper production by ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... fluff pulp production

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Suzano Papel e Celulose to upgrade the paper machine at the Suzano mill in São Paulo. After the rebuild, the plant will produce both eucalyptus fluff pulp and coated/uncoated wood-free paper. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

    The machine will produce around 100,000 tons of fluff pulp per year. Due to this rebuild, Suzano will be the first fluff pulp producer in Brazil and the first producer worldwide to supply fluff pulp based on short-fiber eucalyptus. The company is one of the largest integrated pulp and paper producers in Latin America. Its main products are eucalyptus pulp, printing and writing paper, as well as paperboard.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    30.04.2015   Handwritten resistance to smartphone use     ( Company news )

    Company news How can we persuade schoolchildren and teenagers to loosen their grip on their smartphones and write by hand instead? Bernard Bouvet is chairman of the Union Professionnelle de la Carte Postale, (UPCP), an advocacy organisation for the postcard industry in France. He may not have all the answers but he is at least practising active resistance. In recent years UPCP has put both itself and postcards on the map by creating the writing week Semaine de l’écriture, which aims to teach schoolchildren the value of writing texts by hand. Iggesund Paperboard has supported the campaign since its inception by providing materials for the postcards used in the various writing activities.

    Caption: “It’s a cultural achievement to promote writing by hand,” says Bernard Bouvet, chairman of the French Union Professionnelle de la Carte Postale (UPCP). “We cannot allow all communication to go via emails and text messages, with the resulting degeneration of the language.”

    For the past three school years, UPCP has distributed a postcard on a specific theme – most recently it was love – and organised a competition for the best-composed postcard. A specially composed guide for teachers informs them not only about the competition but also about a range of other school activities that can be done with the postcards. The campaign has been successful – in the first school year 45,000 cards were sent out; this year it was 360,000 and next year the plan is to distribute more than half a million cards. And it is the schools that are driving this strong growth trend.

    “Personally I believe it is a cultural achievement to promote writing by hand,” Bouvet explains as he waves an elegant fountain pen. “We cannot allow all communication to go via emails and text messages, with the resulting degeneration of the language.”

    The postcard activities and the writing week are of course one method of defending the position of physical postcards in an ever-more digitalised world. The postcard industry in France peaked at the turn of the millennium and since then annual sales have fallen by 20 per cent. However, for the past four years sales have stabilised and are worth about 400 million Euro.

    Taking greeting cards and tourist postcards together, the average French person sends seven cards a year. As chairman of the UPCP, Bouvet looks enviously at the UK market, where people each send 54 cards a year.

    “But they have a different culture in that respect – it would seem that they even send cards when they get divorced,” he says with a touch of French astonishment at the peculiar habits of the British.

    Bouvet began his career as an apprentice typesetter at the age of 14 before becoming a photographer of postcard pictures. He remained loyal to postcards until retiring in February 2015. Despite his retirement, he will continue as the chairman of the UPCP throughout 2016. After that, he wants to continue developing the writing week with new forms of cooperation. In his spare time he intends to teach his 18 grandchildren to put aside their smartphones and write more postcards.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    30.04.2015   Metsä Board and Tieto deepen their partnership – Tieto to deliver TIPS MES to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Metsä Board’s Husum mill

    The world’s leading paperboard producer Metsä Board has chosen Tieto to deliver a complete manufacturing execution system (MES) to its mill in Husum, Sweden.

    Tieto is a strong player in the board and paper industry: Tieto has installed more than 220 manufacturing execution systems worldwide. Tieto’s TIPS is the leading manufacturing execution system covering sales, logistics and production management for the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries. It integrates business, planning and production processes in real time.

    The new contract continues a successful partnership between Tieto and Metsä Board. Tieto has already delivered TIPS MES to Metsä’s other mills in the Nordics. Implementing TIPS MES in Husum will help Metsä Board to harmonize and integrate workflows and processes globally. The new solution leads to more cost-efficient maintenance and support, and Metsä Board will benefit from having parallel key performance indicators across all mills.

    “Tieto knows the industry and our company well. We are pleased to continue this partnership by integrating all our mills into the same system, which will help us provide a more harmonized system environment and way to operate,” says Börje Wiklund, IT Manager at Husum mill.

    “This deal further enhances our relationship with Metsä Board and shows the true business value that the digitalisation of processes can bring to the board industry. We are pleased that Metsä Board has shown continued confidence in our cutting-edge TIPS products. We know how to run projects together, and we have an established governance model in place with MES,” says Mats Lidström, Tieto Customer Manager.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
     
    30.04.2015   Norske Skog: High profit due to refinancing    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog successfully completed in the first quarter a EUR 290 million senior secured notes issue and bond exchange, extending the maturity profile. The profit after tax was 663 million in the first quarter mainly due to gains on exchanged bonds.

    - After these refinancing transactions, we have strengthened and secured our long-term capital structure by enhancing our liquidity position, realizing immediate de-leveraging and extended debt maturities, said Mr. Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    - Already completed and announced capacity cuts in the industry should lead to an improved market balance for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe effective in second half of 2015. However, our effective cost reduction programs at every mill and a weaker Norwegian krone support operating margins, particularly for the Norwegian units, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the first quarter of 2015 were
    NOK 192 million, slightly up from 190 million in the fourth quarter. EBITDA were flat with a weak market for publication paper in Europe and low Asian export prices for newsprint, outweighing positive foreign exchange rate effects and an improvement at Boyer.

    - We now see the positive effects of the conversion of one machine line from newsprint to LWC at Boyer. We are the sole producer of publication paper in Australia and New Zealand, which gives us a competitive edge in those markets. Given the weak magazine paper markets in Europe, Walsum will be under strategic review, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    30.04.2015   Stora Enso: Solid quarter supported by foreign exchange tailwinds    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments the first quarter 2015 results:

    "Stora Enso reports solid results for the first quarter, supported by foreign exchange tailwinds. Excluding the structurally declining paper business and divested business, sales increased 3.0% compared to the first quarter of 2014.
    Operational EBIT increased 20.9% due to cost cutting and favourable exchange rates. Return on capital employed increased from 8.6% to 10.1%.
    Stora Enso is continuing the transformation into a renewable materials growth company. We are already benefitting from the ongoing ramp-up of the pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay. In addition, we are just about to start lignin extraction at the Sunila Mill in Finland. Later this year, we will start producing kraftliner, virgin-fibre-based containerboard, at the Varkaus Mill in Finland. During 2015, we are also increasing the liquid packaging board capacity at the Imatra Mills in Finland. In the summer, we will finalise our investment at Murow sawmill in Poland, increasing its capacity of classic sawn products. Next year, we will start the new production line for wooden building elements at Varkaus. Furthermore, as a major driver of our transformation, the Guangxi consumer board mill is expected to be operational in mid-2016. We have an exciting period ahead of us.
    We are also continuing our non-core asset disposal programme and initiatives to lower our costs. In the first quarter, the Uetersen Paper Mill in Germany was divested. We also announced plans to rationalise our building solutions operations in Finland including a possible reduction in personnel by approximately 50 people and a possible closure of the Pälkäne production unit.
    When it comes to outlook, second quarter 2015 sales are estimated to be slightly higher than the EUR 2 491 million in the first quarter of 2015. Operational EBIT is expected to be in line with the EUR 220 million recorded in the first quarter of 2015. There will be maintenance work in several units during the second quarter. The negative maintenance impact is expected to be EUR 30 million more in the second quarter than in the first quarter 2015.
    As always, I would like to thank our employees for your commitment, our customers for your business and our investors for your trust. We work hard to keep creating value, today and tomorrow."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    29.04.2015   FINAT announces 2015 New Technology Webinar Series    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, announces a series of webinars designed to present the latest independent label industry knowledge and focusing on topics relevant to the future of the industry. Purpose of the webinars is to offer a convenient tool at members’ fingertips to brief them on management, technology and sustainability developments that may impact their business in the near future. The FINAT Board’s ‘New Converting Technology’ taskforce is driving the webinar programme, and works closely with FINAT’s Young Managers Club that also regularly organizes business webinars specifically for young managers in the label industry with the next ones scheduled for June and October.

    The 2015 Technology Webinar Series follows a FINAT webinar end of last year on the future of printed electronics. “Proactive knowledge sharing and supporting our members, as well as the industry in general on technologies, trends and challenges is an ongoing focus for FINAT, as innovation continues apace. The webinar last year proved so successful that we felt members would benefit from more,” comments Kurt Walker, FINAT President. “On closer investigation three topics stood out.”

    Thursday, May 7th at 2PM CET: “Sensory Labels and Packaging” by Hannah Hall, Research Manager at Blue Yonder Research

    The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market has become incredibly competitive and with the additional pressure from the retailers to support promotions whilst keeping retail prices low, this all has to be achieved on efficient budgets. The webinar will provide insights into the techniques used to ensure that brands connect with their end-user on a multi-sensorial, often sub-conscious level that drives loyalty. Brands are constantly looking for added value and partners who share their passion. Strong relationships with brands are built by understanding precisely what they need, paying attention to the smallest details, and through introducing new techniques that can save time and money whilst improving their product offering. The techniques discussed in this webinar are relevant to all sizes of brands – local or global, and are absolutely essential to their growth.

    The webinar is open to FINAT member company representatives – especially those involved in marketing and product development – who can register on the FINAT website.

    Thursday, August 27th at 2PM CET: “The Impact of Good Colour Management” by Marcus Ruckstädter, Sales Director at EU Zeller + Gmelin

    Marcus will look at why on site colour management is needed to reduce downtime and increase uptime; and how to understand customer as well as brand demands and their key drivers. Also the current challenges, along with the associated costs, printers and converters are will be addressed in the presentation. He will also detail possible solutions based on technology, not the human eye, and process driven financial and customer retention benefits.

    Thursday, November 26th at 2PM CET: “Direct Print - A Threat to Pressure Sensitive” by Corey Reardon, CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates

    Corey will expand on potential threats to the label market such as digital heat transfers on to bottles, replacing PS and competing with allied technologies such as sleeves and IML.

    “We believe these are subjects our members are keen to get a better understanding of. It will help them to investigate further what the possibilities are for them, now and in the future. Individually or collectively, the information can make a significant difference to the direction an operation takes both in terms of investment and customer development. We look forward to seeing how members use the knowledge to make real changes to the performance of their businesses,” adds Chris Ellison of OPM Labels and Packaging, who is the FINAT Board member responsible for new technology awareness. “In tandem with the Young Managers Club webinars, we are building a nice stream of new FINAT knowledge sharing activity, all created to support members on their path to success and profitability.”

    More information on the upcoming Technology Webinars will be available on the FINAT website www.finat.com. All Technology webinars are free of charge for FINAT members.
    (FINAT)
     
    29.04.2015   The Conservation Fund Partners with Apple To Permanently Protect U.S. Working Forests    ( Company news )

    Company news Groundbreaking initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland.

    The Conservation Fund announced that it is partnering with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably.

    “Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow,” said Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. “By all accounts, the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges. The initiative announced today is precedent-setting.”

    The forests that Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting are larger than the land area of the City of San Francisco. Through its commitment, Apple can ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber to paper and pulp mills.

    Reed Forest in Aroostook County, Maine:

    Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting more than 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in Aroostook County, Maine. Reed’s wetlands, rivers and upland forest provide refuge in Maine’s iconic North Woods for Atlantic salmon, bald eagle, northern goshawk and Canada lynx. This project builds on a broader landscape of more than a million acres of conserved lands and interconnected forest habitat that stretches beyond the border into New Brunswick, Canada. Reed Forest will remain a working forest, ensuring continued fiber production and protecting jobs and recreational opportunities.

    Brunswick Forest in Brunswick County, North Carolina:

    The partnership will protect more than 3,600 acres of pine and hardwood forest in Brunswick County, along the southern coast of North Carolina. This property sits adjacent to the 17,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve, which builds connectivity and halts fragmentation for this National Natural Landmark. With high-quality pine savannas and striking and unusual plants and flowers, it had long been a conservation priority. The Brunswick Forest will be managed by the Fund as a sustainable working forest.

    Apple’s initiative protects forestlands through The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund (WFF). Pioneered by the Fund in the late 1990s, the program is an entirely new model for acquiring and permanently protecting ecologically significant portions of America’s last, large, intact privately-held forests. The program places conservation easements on the land, which ensure sustainable harvests and restrict the subdivision or conversion of land to non-forest uses. In addition, this land can only be sold with the conservation easements intact, and sale proceeds are reinvested to protect other vulnerable forestlands.

    WFF also uses forest management strategies to enhance forest health and productivity, wildlife habitat, CO2 sequestration and water quality, while supporting the economic vitality of surrounding communities.

    Out of 750 million acres of U.S. forests, more than 420 million acres are “working” forest, which provide timber for construction, as well as fiber for paper and packaging. More than 45 million acres of those working forests are at risk of being lost to development. In particular, these lands are being sold and then resold in smaller pieces to be converted into residential and commercial space.

    “The status quo for America’s working forests is simply not acceptable,” said Selzer. “We will continue to drive innovative solutions that help ensure their protection and create a sustainable future for generations to come. Today’s announcement is both a turning point and blueprint for forest conservation,” he concluded.
    (The Conservation Fund)
     
    29.04.2015   Turbidity sensor Turbimax CUS52D    ( Company news )

    Company news Hygienic Memosens sensor for turbidity measurement in drinking water, process water and utilities

    Turbimax CUS52D is a smart sensor with lab accuracy that allows unattended operation in all measuring points of your water production. Thanks to its hygienic, self-cleaning design, you can mount it directly into your pipeline. This way you will save on extensive bypass installations and avoid product loss. With Memosens digital technology, the Turbimax CUS52D combines maximum process and data integrity with simple operation. It enables lab calibration and simplifies predictive maintenance.

    Benefits
    -Measuring results like in the lab: Highly accurate and reliable monitoring of your water quality – even at the lowest turbidity.
    -Turbidity measurement without product loss: Hygienic inline measurement preserves each drop of water in the process.
    -Unattended operation: Intelligent design and practical accessories enable sophisticated self-cleaning capabilities and minimize maintenance.
    -Smart verification and calibration: Absolutely safe, liquid-free, without Formazin.
    -Great flexibility, simple handling: One sensor for all measuring points and all installation environments (inline or immersion).
    -Improved process control: Individually adaptable sensor response time.
    -Fast commissioning: Factory calibration and Memosens technology allow plug & play integration into your process.

    Field of application
    Turbimax CUS52D measures turbidity in:
    ###Drinking and process water:
    - All measuring points from inlet to outlet of water plants
    - Abstraction and raw water control
    - All measuring points in distribution networks
    - All quality control points in water production

    ###Wastewater treatment plants:
    - Reuse of outlet water (e.g. 4th cleaning step)

    ###Utilities of all industries:
    - All measuring points from inlet to outlet of water production
    - All measuring points in distribution networks
    (Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG)
     
    29.04.2015   Cascades invests $25M in Candiac and Kingsey Falls     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a North American leader in the recovery, manufacturing and converting of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces the installation of a new state-of-the-art converting line in its Candiac plant for the manufacture of high-quality paper towels. In addition, Cascades will upgrade two converting lines in Candiac and Kingsey Falls that will also produce high-end tissue products. The start-up of the new line in Candiac is planned for July 2015 , while the improved converting lines are scheduled to begin production in the first quarter of 2016. This $25 million investment will create 10 new jobs and consolidate the 200 existing ones at the Candiac plant.

    Jean Jobin (photo), Cascades Tissue Group's President and COO stated: "This major investment in Quebec is part of our plan to modernize Cascades' assets to produce higher quality tissue products more efficiently. In addition, this investment will allow us to better serve our customers by making us more competitive while opening new market opportunities."

    The new converting line will be Cascades Tissue Group's most productive line. It will enable a more efficient production of higher quality paper towels and the addition of new formats. The total annual capacity for the new line is approximately 3.5 million cases. It will produce high-quality paper towels for the retail and away-from-home markets.

    "As part of its strategic plan, Cascades has chosen to focus its investments in growth areas of the future: the tissue paper and packaging sectors. The new converting line will be paired with the paper machine that was upgraded in 2011 to install the new and innovative Atmos ® technology. The investment follows on the heels of our strategic deployment in the Southeastern United States and on the West Coast, where we are aiming to further strengthen our position on the North American tissue market", added Mario Plourde , President and CEO of Cascades Inc.

    "Innovation and modernization drive the growth of our companies, and are important levers for prosperity in Québec. Our government is delighted with this project, which is a wonderful example of the incorporation of innovative technologies into the Québec manufacturing sector," explained Jacques Daoust, Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports.

    Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades, is the largest tissue paper manufacturer in Canada , and the fourth largest in North America. The Candiac and Kingsey Falls mills manufacture bathroom tissue, paper towels, table napkins and facial tissues for the Canadian and American retail and away-from-home markets.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    29.04.2015   Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places    ( Company news )

    Company news Eleven places in the world – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released by WWF.
    Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in these “deforestation fronts” if current trends continue, according to findings in the latest chapter of WWF’s Living Forests Report series. The fronts are located in the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumatra.
    These places contain some of the richest wildlife in the world, including endangered species such as orangutans and tigers. All are home to indigenous communities.
    “Imagine a forest stretching across Germany, France, Spain and Portugal wiped out in just 20 years,” says Rod Taylor, Director of WWF’s global forest programme. “We’re looking at how we can tackle that risk to save the communities and cultures that depend on forests, and ensure forests continue to store carbon, filter our water, supply wood and provide habitat for millions of species.”
    The report builds on earlier analysis by WWF showing that more than 230 million hectares of forest will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken, and that forest loss must be reduced to near zero by 2020 to avoid dangerous climate change and economic losses.

    Landscape solutions vital to halting deforestation
    Living Forests Report: Saving Forests at Risk examines where most deforestation is likely in the near term, the main causes and solutions for reversing the projected trends. Globally, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock, palm oil and soy production, but also encroachment by small-scale farmers. Unsustainable logging and fuelwood collection can contribute to forest degradation, or “death by a thousand cuts,” while mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects bring new roads that open forests to settlers and agriculture.
    “The threats to forests are bigger than one company or industry, and they often cross national borders. They require solutions that look at the whole landscape,” says Taylor. “This means collaborative land-use decision-making that accounts for the needs of business, communities and nature.”
    The report is being released at the Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity, an international gathering of political, business and civil society leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    “The summit is an opportunity to advance green investment and build transformational public-private partnerships,” says WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini, who will address the summit. “Indonesia has a major opportunity to transition into an innovative green economy that prioritizes human prosperity and well-being as much as a healthy environment. Choosing to retain healthy and natural forests for multiple purposes and to optimize the productivity of the surrounding land will be a compelling example of this approach. We need smart land-use planning that recognizes the long-term value of healthy forest landscapes.”

    Indonesia in focus
    Despite a recent slowdown, deforestation remains a major issue in Indonesia. Sumatra has lost more than half of its natural forests due to paper and palm oil plantations, and the remaining forest is severely fragmented. WWF projections show that another 5 million hectares of forest could be lost by 2030. Forest cover in the Borneo deforestation front, including Malaysia and Brunei, could be reduced to less than a quarter of its original area by 2020 if current trends continue. New Guinea, which includes Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, could lose up to 7 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030 if large-scale agriculture development plans materialize.
    “The Indonesian government and local policymakers can shift from development plans that yield short-term gains to land-use approaches that will safeguard forests and provide economic opportunities,” Taylor says. “The moratorium on new forest conversion permits provides an opportunity to assess what can be done to halt these deforestation fronts and develop a greener, more inclusive economy.”
    (WWF Forests for Life Programme)
     
    29.04.2015   ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre Oy finalized contract to supply key production technologies for the new...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...bioproduct pulp mill in Finland

    International technology Group ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre have finalized the contract to deliver key production technologies for a new bioproduct pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The respective letter of intent was signed in early February this year.

    The order value for ANDRITZ is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the mill is scheduled for third quarter of 2017. The core equipment supplied by ANDRITZ will originate largely from Finland and thus will have a significant positive employment impact on ANDRITZ’s engineering staff located in Kotka, Lahti and Varkaus as well as on the ANDRITZ workshop located in Savonlinna where a big part of the core equipment for this contract will be fabricated.

    “The bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Competence, reliability and successful cooperation in previous large investments were emphasized when we made a decision of the key technology suppliers”, says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre Oy.

    ANDRITZ’s scope of supplies includes the core equipment for:
    -A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, three stacker-reclaimer chip handling systems, and bark handling. Each debarking line can process both softwood and hardwood and is designed for world record capacities (pine/spruce/birch: 470/350/270 m3 solid-over-bark per hour), and includes a de-icing conveyor, a debarking drum (5 x 48 meter), and the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ chipper, ensuring high capacity without compromising the chip quality.
    -A softwood and hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feeding system, a two-vessel continuous cooking plant, a new evaporation system for liquor extraction, and seven DD (Drum Displacer) washers for brownstock washing and bleaching. The softwood capacity of this line will be the highest in the world (3,900 tons per day).
    -The world’s most energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with the highest capacity in Europe (1,650 tons/hour). The plant is closely connected to the fiberline using ANDRITZ’s latest innovative and patented solutions, and thus creating the most energy efficient overall combination for the mill. The plant will have seven stages and concentrate black liquor to the very high dry solids content of 85% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. In addition, ANDRITZ will also deliver chloride removal systems to enhance the chemical recovery process and to produce liquid methanol, which will be used as a biofuel source.
    -A recausticizing plant, which will be the largest in Europe (white liquor production of 16,000 m3/day), and world’s largest single-line recausticizing plant, with two centrifuges for dregs, slaker-classifier, white liquor disc filter, and lime mud disc filter.

    The new mill will be a next-generation bio-product pulp mill which can convert wood raw material into biomaterials and bioenergy in addition to producing high-quality pulp. It will not use any fossil-based fuels as all of the energy required will be generated from wood.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    28.04.2015   Trinseo to Exhibit at the European Coatings Show    ( Company news )

    Company news Presenting a Complete Portfolio of Latex Chemistries

    Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials company and manufacturer of plastic, latex and rubber, announced participation in the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg, Germany. Trinseo will be located in hall 4, stand 4-460 at the exhibition of Nordmann, Rassman (NRC). NRC is Trinseo’s DACH and Eastern European distribution partner for latex materials.

    “It has become a tradition for us to participate with NRC at the European Coatings Show. This trade fair provides us with the opportunity to interact with our current customers, as well as share our complete construction and adhesive binder’s portfolio with potential new customers. We are committed to helping them take latex products to the next level of innovation,” said Jan Muller, Global Business Director for Latex.

    Trinseo delivers a high level of expertise and provides water based binders solutions for an array of applications, including:
    • Building & Construction
    • Adhesives & Sealants
    • Technical Fabrics
    • Technical Papers & Boards

    The European Coatings Show is the world’s leading exhibition of the coatings and paint industry. The biennial fair features products in the areas of raw materials for coatings, printing inks and adhesives to intermediates for construction chemicals, laboratory and production equipment, testing and measuring equipment, and application systems to safety at work and environmental protection. 
    (Trinseo Europe GmbH)
     
    28.04.2015   Festo continues on its course of worldwide growth    ( Company news )

    Company news -Pneumatic and electric automation on a broader basis
    -With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year, Festo Group consolidated its market position.

    Photo: Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG

    With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year (2013: 2.28 billion euros), the Festo Group consolidated its global market position and continued its successful growth of the past few years. The regions of Asia, the Americas and Europe were also marked by growth. The German market grew the most strongly in a year-on-year comparison. Significant impulse for growth was given by the Customer Solutions, Process Automation and Electric Automation divisions. The Didactic division further extended its presence on the market and registered a very good year. Over the coming years, the company intends to extend its leading market position even further with its new LEAD strategy (Leadership in Automation and Didactic) in pneumatic and electric actuation for industrial automation and in vocational education.

    The financial year 2014 in summary
    With growth of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in 2014, Festo surpassed its predicted increase in turnover of 6 to 7 %. Broken down by region, the year-on-year increase amounted to 8 % in Asia, 5 % in the Americas and 8 % in Europe. Sales on the German domestic market grew by 9 %.
    In addition to the strategic business fields, the growth generators in Germany were development in the field of Electronic Light Assembly (electronics and assembly of small components) and new projects in the automotive industry. Cooperation with major customers was also extended.
    Customer Solutions (CS), Process Automation (PA) and Electric Automation (EA) number among the important pillars of growth for Festo. The CS division grew by 8 %, and PA by under 4 %. The EA division grew the most strongly, with a rate of 18 %. Didactic, the world market leader in vocational education and training, consolidated its position and rounded off a very positive year with a growth rate of more than 17 %.
    “Festo has grown rapidly and successfully over the past few years. From this position of strength, we shall now invest in the future with our new LEAD strategy and further extend our leading position in the market for pneumatic and electric actuation in industrial automation and in vocational education,” said Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG.

    Customer Solutions in high demand
    The demand for custom-designed systems solutions expedited growth in the Customer Solutions division. “In view of the high demand for Customer Solutions, we are constantly extending our global network of Technical Engineering Centres and Application Centres. This enables us to realise customer projects rapidly and in an agile manner on location in all regions,” said Dr. Veit.
    Positive growth was also recorded by the MedLab unit with its automation solutions for medical and laboratory technology: its annual increase in turnover registered over the past ten years amounts to almost 13 %.

    Growth in Process Automation
    The special solutions competence of Festo is reflected not only in Factory Automation, but also in Process Automation; this has led to an increase in turnover in the fields of water/wastewater and biotech/pharmaceuticals.

    Electric automation acquires increasing significance
    In addition to pneumatic automation technology, increasing significance is also being acquired by its electric counterpart. “With 18 %, Electric Automation was the division with the highest growth rate,” explained Dr. Veit.
    “Electric automation and pneumatics are important technological keys to the production of the future. Production processes must become even more flexible, while system functions are frequently becoming increasingly complex with more stringent requirements placed on networked communication. Festo has the right solution here: we offer our customers technology-neutral automation – both pneumatic and electric,” said Dr. Veit in clarifying the target.

    Festo Didactic strengthens its market position
    The networked flexible production of the future also places new practical demands on the qualification of students and specialist employees. In this regard, Festo Didactic consolidated its leading position on the market last year with new education concepts and learning systems in the context of Industry 4.0.
    With the takeover of the Canadian-US company Lab-Volt in June 2014, the company extended its portfolio in the field of technical learning systems for electronics, electrical engineering and energy management. The new “LabVolt Series” learning systems for the sectors of electronics, electrical engineering and energy management are produced in Canada and the USA and represent an invaluable supplement to the product range of Festo Didactic.

    Technological leadership extended
    “Our innovation pipeline is completely full for the next few years,” emphasised Dr. Veit. To further enhance its position as the technological market leader, the company is also investing in the development of electric automation engineering in addition to pneumatics. Dr. Eberhard Veit: “Customers want integral solutions – from the product, to systems, up to custom-designed solutions and the appropriate software. We are therefore investing more than 7 % of our global annual turnover in research and development, and thus in new smart, intuitive product innovations along with more than 10,000 individual solutions that help boost our customers’ productivity even further,” Dr. Veit added.
    Festo has important topics on its agenda: “Current megatrends such as energy efficiency, globalisation, digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and the life sciences open up interesting opportunities. For this reason, our company will be extending its range of products and solutions in the fields of medical engineering and laboratory automation over the coming years. Likewise, we are increasing our range of offers in process automation to include Industrial Water, Chemical (fine chemicals) and Food Processing. In view of recent developments and trends such as big data, smart services and electromobility, we are expecting short- and long-term impulses for products and markets that support the technology portfolio of Festo and reinforce its current market position, while at the same time helping to open up new markets,” explained the Chairman of the Management Board.

    The focus of research is on Industry 4.0
    The research and development activities in the context of Industry 4.0 are being given special emphasis. “We at Festo see Industry 4.0 as a highly interdisciplinary future project, on which we are constantly working in cooperation with partners from science and industry. Festo is involved for example in a number of joint research projects that deal with various aspects of future production. However, not only the latest technical developments are important here, but also the question of what status the human operator will have in the overall context of future production, and how a company can prepare its employees for this development. We are addressing this matter with our Didactic unit,” said Dr. Veit.
    “Practical examples of this are our Cyber Physical Factory, a modular production facility for vocational education and training in Industry 4.0 at our Didactic unit; and the Multi-Carrier System in Electric Automation, an innovative transport system for greater flexibility in production processes,” Dr. Veit added. “The Multi-Carrier System incorporates important options relevant to Industry 4.0. Our flagship product, the CPX automation platform, will also be capable of integration into Industry 4.0 environments via OPC-UA.” Festo has initiated many further customer projects in the field of digitalisation of industrial automation. Our customers set store by the competence of Festo in technology and innovation, and in vocational education.
    “We are also providing fresh impulse in the areas of our Bionic Learning Network and our Future Concepts again this year," said Dr. Veit. At the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, this is particularly relevant in the light of the motto “Join the Network!” The projects illustrate how networked communication between individual systems can be combined into an intelligent overall system and provide interesting approaches to future production.

    Investments in Germany as a production location
    In 2015, it is readily apparent that Festo is also investing in Germany to an increasing extent and is setting store by this country as an industrial location. No less than three new buildings are being occupied and officially opened this year: the Automation Center at the corporate headquarters in Esslingen, the Technology Factory in Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and the Global Production Centre Hassel in Rohrbach (Saarland) with its emphasis on new materials and polymers. At this site alone, the company has invested a total of around 150 million euros in the development of know-how and competence and in state-of-the-art working environments.
    The Technology Factory currently under construction represents a significant step towards the production of the future. New concepts from Industry 4.0 are also being applied and tested here. On completion of this complex, control elements, valves, valve manifolds and electronic components will be manufactured here. The Ostfildern-Scharnhausen location is designed as a future-proof adaptable factory: approaches from Industry 4.0 are being realised at this facility, and the CPX platform and the Multi-Carrier System will be in operation in many production units there. In addition, the insights gained in various research projects will be implemented and tested in a pilot area. All components for the AS interface – a data and energy supplier for actuators and sensors – will also be manufactured in this factory.

    Global investments in know-how and technology
    The focus on growth and on customer requirements calls for investments. “Customers in Asia and America now expect the same service, excellent delivery reliability and consultation that our customers enjoy in Europe,” explains Dr. Eberhard Veit. Festo is making investments worldwide to meet these demands on a global basis. Altogether, around 300 million euros have been invested in the development of the global development, production and logistics network as well as in new buildings. These investments are focused on the USA, Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland and China along with Korea, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
    More than 40 million US dollars are being invested in America alone. On a site in Mason, Ohio measuring more than 15,000 m², a new production and logistics centre is being built that will commence operations this year and be officially opened in 2016. The new Regional Service Centre (RSC) caters to additional growth in the USA, Canada and Mexico. With its centrally located new RSC, Festo offers its customers in North America innovative tailor-made solutions and even better service. “This will further consolidate our position in the American automation market,” said Dr. Veit.
    Festo is thus continuing with its successful two-pronged strategy. In Germany, Festo is pursuing the development of know-how, research and development, new technologies and technology factories; and at its locations in the global growth markets, production is carried out in the region for the region. The modules are adapted on location to suit specific regions or customers, and tailor-made individual solutions are devised. With the national companies and production centres outside Germany, Festo has been making a major contribution toward improving the innovative power and production quality of the new markets. "This has boosted the technological standards and demands in the local markets; for us, this in turn increases the demand for competitive automation solutions,” explains Dr. Veit.

    Global growth markets open up new opportunities: focus on the USA and China
    To assert itself on the future growth markets and remain competitive on a global scale, Festo already underwent a restructuring process last year. “In future, growth will take place not only in Germany and Europe, but above all in Asia and America. We shall therefore greatly increase our presence in the high-focus countries of the USA and China; we have already been making preparations for this over the past few years. We shall also establish a broader basis for our activities and invest in new growth sectors such as electric light assembly (ELA). Nevertheless, we shall not lose sight of our core business: in pneumatics, we intend to open up additional market segments with a focused, competitive product range. In our Electric Automation, Process Automation, Customer Solutions and Didactic divisions, too, we shall extend our range of activities and enhance our position on the market,” said Dr. Veit.
    In future, Festo will be concentrating to a greater extent on its traditional fields of expertise: excellent consultation for its customers, a high level of solutions competence for individual requirements, a first-class product range, excellent logistics performance, technology and innovations competence in many areas, a global market presence and competent service.

    Festo as a top employer: a professional future with career opportunities
    Over the past few years, Festo has constantly grown not only in terms of turnover. The workforce grew in 2014 to 17,800 worldwide (previous year: 16,700), including 8,100 employees in Germany (previous year: 7,700) and 9,700 abroad (previous year: 9,000).
    In 2014, Festo once again numbered among the top 100 employers for engineers in Germany and the top 500 in Europe. The company provides ideal working conditions, career opportunities and the possibility of lifelong learning and internal or external further education for trainees, first-time employees and young professionals, but also for employees with long professional experience. Junior employees are strategically supported with a talent management programme. Added to this are specific offers for on-the-job studies. Young aspirants are also given support in the form of a stipend or as part of the Stay Inspired student development programme.
    Last year, a total of around 120 trainees and bachelor students in Germany and 25 in China embarked on a course of education with Festo. Two of them can look forward to a very special year ahead: as the winners of the preliminary round of national professional competitions, they will represent Germany in the mechatronics section of the WorldSkills vocational championship in Brazil later this year.
    Software will play an increasingly significant role in future production. After all, there can be no intelligent products without the appropriate software. For the automation specialist Festo, it is therefore increasingly important for interdisciplinary teams to develop uniform solutions with a consistent architecture at the interface of hardware and software. “We offer exciting career prospects in the environment of Industry 4.0, also for software developers,” emphasised Dr. Veit.
    (Festo AG & Co. KG)
     
    28.04.2015   Christophe Vidal joins LGR    ( Company news )

    Company news LGR Packaging is pleased to announce the arrival into the Management Board of Christophe Vidal (photo), who will be in charge of Sales, Marketing and Development activities.

    Christophe, 48 year-old, has been working since 2003 in the folding carton industry.
    After an experience within A&R Carton in France in Commercial and Supply chain departments, he worked for 11 years with Mayr Melnhof Packaging. He was for this company firstly European Key Account Manager in Vienna, moved then to Poland as Sales Director for 2 years, and spent the last 5 years in Vienna again as Manager of a Business Unit.

    The customer and operational experiences of Christophe Vidal in international context will bring LGR a significant value as part of its growth strategy.

    He will take up his new position as from June 1st, 2015.
    (LGR Packaging SAS)
     
    28.04.2015   TRM Packaging invests £1million to increase capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news TRM Packaging has installed a new pallet press line as part of the latest phase in the company’s £8 million investment programme.

    The UK’s leading manufacturer and printer of retail ready packaging recently finished the installation of a £1 million investment into a new pallet press line which includes a Dücker palletiser, Mosca pallet strapper and a Haloila Octopus pallet wrapping machine.

    Trevor Maund said: “The decision to install the new pallet press line came on the back of the increased demand for high quality printing from our customers.

    “The new line offers a range of features such as increased control on wrapping pressures and improves final presentation before shipping to our clients.”

    “It is the latest investment, underpinning our push towards securing TRM’s position as the most capable plant in the country in the corrugated industry.”

    The new line will increase output of TRM’s plant by a third and improve the flexibility and responsiveness of the business, allowing it to process more packs than was previously possible.

    TRM is also upgrading the incumbent palletising line so it can offer the same features as the new equipment.
    (TRM Ltd)
     
    28.04.2015   Orient Paper Completes Installation of Tissue Paper Packaging Equipment and Commences ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Trial Production

    Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, announced that it has completed the installation of previously purchased packaging equipment at the Company's Wei County Industrial Park facility for its tissue paper packaging production lines and has commenced trial production.

    The tissue paper packaging production lines involve a post production process which cuts, re-rolls and packages tissue base paper to produce final commercially packaged products, such as toilet paper, boxed and soft packed tissues, handkerchief tissues, paper napkins, bathroom paper towels and kitchen paper towels. Prior to the production launch of tissue base paper by the production line PM8, the Company will utilize externally sourced tissue base paper to produce its commercially packaged tissue paper products and prepare for future expansion into the tissue paper market.

    Mr. Zhenyong Liu (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are excited to announce the completed installation and launch of trial production for our tissue paper packaging lines, which was completed nearly two months ahead of schedule. The strong progress we have made reflects our team's commitment and hard work."
    (ONP Orient Paper Inc.)
     
    28.04.2015   Pehlivanoğlu Kağit, Turkey, upgrades PM1 with PMT Italia    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia will supply a new SIZER FO Film Size Press with new Threading System and Pulper to Pehlivanoğlu Kağit for their PM1 in Çerkezköy, Turkey.
    The 2.850 mm wide PM1 produces Fluting and Test Liner in a grammage range of 75 to 200 g/m2 with a design speed of 1.000 m/min.
    The rebuild is planned for the end of 2015 and the new production will start at the beginning of 2016.
    This project represents for PMT a further occasion of confirming its constantly developed sizing technology as well as a new result of its growing position of preferred supplier in the Turkish paper industry.
    PMT is a global paper machinery producer, able to provide all paper suppliers with advanced and customized equipment, from headbox through winder, including integrated projects with basis or detail engineering of associated auxiliary systems.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     

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