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    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.)
     
    16.12.2015   Lenzing AG intends to appoint Thomas Obendrauf as new CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news The Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG has recommended to the Supervisory Board to appoint, at its next meeting on 10 December 2015, Thomas Obendrauf, 45, as the company’s CFO, for three years from 1 March 2016.

    A Styrian by birth, Thomas Obendrauf studied commercial science at the Vienna University of Economics and Business and at the Chicago University, where he acquired an MBA. He also qualified as a tax consultant in Austria and as a Certified Public Accountant in the U.S.

    Mr Obendrauf, who is currently the CFO of car dealership Wiesenthal Autohandels AG, had previously worked for twelve years as CFO and in other management positions with circuit board manufacturer AT&S AG. On top of his outstanding financial know-how, he gained comprehensive expertise in innovation management in the U.S. As a proven expert on Asia, Thomas Obendrauf also brings to his new job many years of operative management experience in developing and optimising lasting business relations in the Far East.

    Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG, said about the intended appointment of the new CFO: “With Thomas Obendrauf we managed to attract to Lenzing AG a recognised top manager. The whole Lenzing Group can benefit, for our future strategic focus, from his comprehensive expertise and his many years of international experience.”

    About his planned move to the Management Board of Lenzing AG, Thomas Obendrauf said: “Lenzing AG has successfully completed a difficult restructuring process and will now be able to grow again with innovative products in the market. Due to the strong ties with Asia, the global fibre market is still highly dynamic. Getting the chance to work as CFO for such a respected, innovative company as Lenzing AG is therefore a highly responsible and challenging assignment.”

    The current CFO of Lenzing AG, Thomas Riegler, informed the Supervisory Board that he will terminate his contract ahead of schedule by the end of 2015, with the restructuring process, to which he significantly contributed as a finance and restructuring expert, successfully completed. Mr Riegler wants to spend more time on his own interim management and consulting company. The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG wishes to thank Mr Riegler for his significant contribution to the Group’s realignment and all the best for his future entrepreneurial businesses.

    From 1 March 2016, the Management Board of Lenzing AG, will therefore consist of: Stefan Doboczky (CEO), Robert van de Kerkhof (CCO), and Thomas Obendrauf (CFO).
    (Lenzing AG)
     
    16.12.2015   Triple win at the 2015 POPAI awards    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division has been recognised with three accolades at the prestigious POPAI awards 2015.

    The packaging and supply cycle specialist was presented with one gold and two silver awards at the 9th annual POPAI awards.

    The POPAI awards recognise excellence in point-of-purchase advertising displays and in-store communication activity and are judged by a distinguished panel of industry professionals.

    DS Smith won gold for its BBQ display for Premier Foods in the ‘Food & Drink Temporary Display’ category and went on to scoop silver in the overall temporary ‘Display of the Year’ category. The triple win was completed with silver for the ASDA Back to School Bus display.

    The gold winning BBQ display unit commissioned by Premier Foods supported the launch of a new range of Shake n Flavour seasoning. The innovative and lifelike unit was designed to mimic a life-size BBQ. By adding theatre and excitement to the shopping experience, shoppers were drawn in and encouraged to try the new product. The use of vibrant six-colour screen print also added to the impact of the unit.

    DS Smith’s second award winning pack was its Back to School Bus created for Asda. The pack was designed to create excitement giving shoppers a one-stop-shop for all of their new school term requirements.

    Tony Foster, Sales and Marketing Director of DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division, said: “We like to help our customers create a sense of theatre in store, using fun designs and innovative print techniques to engage with shoppers and, ultimately increase sales. We’ve delivered some compelling results for customers, and we’re delighted once again that our efforts have been recognised by the POPAI awards.

    “At DS Smith we are constantly looking to innovate and don't just respond to our customers' challenges, but proactively go out to them with new innovations that will help increase sales, reduce costs and manage risk. It’s nice to be recognised for the great work being delivered every day.”
    (DS Smith Packaging)
     
    16.12.2015   Scheufelen and Heidelberg in cooperation over phoenolux - High end Inline printing technology ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...meets high-quality paperboard

    In September 2015 the Heidelberg Web Carton Converting GmbH (prior Gallus Stanz- und Druckmaschinen GmbH) completed a first printing trial with Scheufelen phoenolux c1s 300 gsm.
    Using the Heidelberg Inline Converting System ICS 670 the new developed carton has been printed from roll to finished die-cut within one single pass.
    Processing this project, two high-end providers came together which complete each other perfectly.
    Especially the performance of the Scheufelen SBS board phoenolux, its
    whiteness and outstanding printability has the optimal prerequisites to show ability and performance of the Heidelberg inline web press at its best.

    The design of the carton box, containing information from both companies, was agreed within a few days and printing could get started. Several thousand reference boxes were produced for the use of sales and marketing departments in both companies.

    First customers of Scheufelen already got the chance to evaluate the quality of the finished paperboard. They were impressed by beauty of the design with contrast colours defined by the luxury white surface of phoenolux, finalised by an elegant cold foil finishing. The functionality of the box is supported by perfect folding characteristics of phoenolux by Scheufelen, as well as by the efficient creasing process of the Heidelberg FCL.

    AT A GLANCE:
    Printing machine:
    Heidelberg ICS 670 combined with a Heidelberg FCL 670 – Inline Converting System for ultimate efficiency in folding carton converting.
    Material/Substrat: phoenolux c1s / 300 gsm
    Printing process / Inline-production: Due to the modularity of the Heidelberg ICS the process includes various printing and value
    adding processes. The folding cartons were produced from roll to die-cut in one single pass, including the following process steps:
    - 5 colours flexo-printing on front side (CMYK and special colour – blue)
    - Solid black flexo-printing on backside
    - Silver cold foil
    - Gloss varnish
    - Iriodin varnish
    - Creasing
    - Flatbed die-cutting
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    16.12.2015   Walki and Mondi to terminate the acquisition agreement    ( Company news )

    Company news In May 2015, we announced that Mondi Group had approached Walki Group, in order to acquire two of Walki’s extrusion coatings sites: Pietarsaari in Finland (photo) and Wroclaw in Poland. The deal was subject to competition clearance. The commission raised concerns about the impact on the competition environment, and a considerable time was spent on discussing ways to alleviate these.
    However, a workable solution suitable for all parties was not found and therefore Mondi has decided to withdraw the application from the Commission and terminate the acquisition agreement.
    The Industrial Packaging business, including the Pietarsaari and Wroclaw sites, will remain an integral part of Walki’s strategy.
    (Walki Group)
     
    16.12.2015   Hallsta Paper Mill postpones restart of PM 11     ( Company news )

    Company news The clean-up after the fire of 20 November at Hallsta Paper Mill has been completed, and that has enabled a better assessment of the damage caused. Paper machine PM 12 is already up and running, while it has now been assessed that PM 11 will be able to be restarted in mid-March.

    PM 11 manufactures fresh fibre-based magazine paper such as Holmen VIEW and Holmen XLNT, with an annual capacity of 330 000 tonnes. It was possible to restart the second machine at the mill, book paper machine PM 12, on 2 December.

    The clean-up effort surrounding the part of the pulp factory linked to PM 11 was concluded last week.

    “The damage proved to be more extensive than it was initially possible to gain an overview of. So the assessment is that PM 11 will be restarted in mid-March,” says Nils Ringborg, CEO of Holmen Paper.
    He adds: “We have a close dialogue with our customers so we can manage the new schedule while reviewing all opportunities to shorten the start-up time.”

    The fire took place in the pulp factory in the north of the factory site. The two paper machines at the mill were not affected or damaged by the fire. An investigation into the cause of the fire shows that the fire arose next to a rotating axle whose heat caused smouldering that rapidly spread.

    As previously announced the incident is expected to have a negative impact on results for the fourth quarter amounting to SEK 30 million.
    (Holmen Paper AB)
     
    16.12.2015   Blue Angel for LEIPA magazine paper confirmed based on strict 2016 criteria catalogue -     ( Company news )

    Company news - ISEGA certification for selected types of paper

    The “Blue Angel” is considered the world’s oldest environmental symbol, and enjoys widespread acceptance. The quality- and environmental seal stands for the highest ecological standards, and for the health safety and serviceability of products. The criteria are regularly updated by the Federal Environmental Agency with the participation of experts, as is the case for the certification period beginning in 2016. The Blue Angel was again confirmed for all types of LEIPA magazine paper under the strict standards of the 2016 criteria catalogue. This means LEIPA customers may continue to depend on the guarantee of the highest possible content of recycled paper, maximum protection of forests and resources, and the strictest standards in the use of chemicals. Using magazine paper which is both environmentally-friendly and of high quality, LEIPA makes it possible for its customers to achieve their own goals and to reach target groups with high standards of their own – whether as a brand ambassador for impressive magazines, catalogues, corporate publications and advertising, or direct mailings.

    In addition to the Blue Angel, the EU eco-flower, and the FSC® (FSC-C089451)- and PEFC certificates, selected types of magazine paper from LEIPA are now also certified by ISEGA: The LEIPA papers ultraLUX, ultraMAG and ultraMAG PLUS can be safely used for food packaging. They may come into direct contact with dry, non-fatty foods and food products which are peeled and washed before consumption, and can be used as secondary packaging. This opens up new application areas in food product packaging - such as portion packaging, side dishes in food packaging, and printed tray linings.
    For utilization purposes that involve a barrier function - i.e. particularly fatty food products - the LEIPA Business Unit FlexPack has designed LEIPAbarrier, an innovative co-extruded coating which functions as an excellent barrier against substances containing mineral oil (MOSH/MOAH). This LEIPA innovation involves an especially thin coating, environmentally-friendly and high-performance, and is being used in primary packaging for food products, and in technical applications.
    (LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)
     
    15.12.2015   John Schauer Joins Xerium as Top Leader for Nonwovens Market    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), announced the hiring of Mr. John Schauer to the position of Product Manager – Nonwovens Market. Mr. Schauer comes to Xerium with 30 years of management and technical leadership experience and most recently held the role of North America Nonwoven Manager for a one of Xerium’s chief competitors in this market.

    Mr. Schauer will be responsible for leading Xerium’s North America Nonwovens business plan as well as coordinating Xerium’s global efforts. John will also support our active engagement with The Nonwovens Institute at North Carolina State University.

    David Pretty, Xerium President of North America and Europe, said, “The nonwoven market is an important part of Xerium’s strategic plan. Xerium is a leading global supplier of technically advanced belts, fabrics, aprons, and roll cover technology in this market. Our newest Huycon belts have proven successful on some of the world’s most demanding nonwoven lines. As a result, our Gloggnitz, Austria facility was recently expanded to keep pace with the increased demand in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. John Schauer’s seasoned leadership is a significant step forward for Xerium to further advance in this growing market.”

    John Schauer said, “I am excited to join Xerium and am thankful to be leading the value creation platform for North America. I look forward to creating value for Xerium and its customers. Xerium is well positioned to achieve its strategic objectives.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    15.12.2015   Sonoco Display & Packaging Recognized With 10 Design of the Times Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Sonoco Display and Packaging, the point-of-purchase (POP) display and packaging services division of Sonoco (NYSE:SON), has been awarded 10 Design of the Times Awards by the Path to Purchase Institute at the 2015 Shopper Marketing Conference & Expo in Minneapolis.

    The Design of the Times Awards competition celebrates the most inspiring and creative in-store campaigns and activation tactics, and recognizes their key role in the discipline of shopper marketing. Sonoco Display and Packaging was recognized with:

    Gold Awards:
    -Nestlé: NESCAFÉ® Dolce Gusto Inline Demonstrator (photo)
    -InComm: 2014 Holiday Tree Gift Cards Display

    Silver Awards:
    -Chattem: ROLAIDS® Giant Roll Skinny Tower
    -Coolcore: Dr. Cool® Recovery-On-The-Go™ Launch Floor Display
    -Swann®: Home Security Systems Demonstrator
    -Nestlé: Skinny Cow® Iced Coffee Launch Program

    Bronze Awards:
    -InComm: 2014 Back-to-School Gift Cards Display
    -Robert Bosch Tool Corporation: Dremel® Micro™ 8050 National Launch
    -Sam’s Club: DURAGLIDE 6™ Launch Campaign
    -Sam’s Club: DURAGLIDE 6™ Launch Packaging

    “Sonoco is honored to have our retail merchandising team recognized for their inspiring and creative work with customers,” said Philippe Erhart, division vice president and general manager, Sonoco Global Display and Packaging. “Our team is highly committed to developing innovative and engaging in-store solutions that connect with shoppers and ultimately promote and sell products for our customers.”

    “We congratulate our customers and our division’s retail merchandising team on their exceptional shopper-engaging, award-winning achievements,” added Meg Bekker, division director of sales and marketing, Sonoco Global Display and Packaging.
    (Sonoco Products Co)
     
    15.12.2015   Hahnemühle the 'Brand of the Century'    ( Company news )

    Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH is delighted to announce another prestigious award: ‘Brand of the Century’ as documented by the ‘Markenpreis der Deutschen Standards’ (Brand Award of the German Standards) together with inclusion as a member of the ‘Brands of the Century’ compendium. The latest edition of the book published every third year by Dr Florian Langenscheidt presents German brands of different product segments that are assessed as the strongest. The number of brands making it to the compendium as ‘Stars on the Brand Sky’ amount to a total of approximately 250 companies.

    “We are truly delighted with this award,” said Ann Kristin Plüss, Hahnemühle’s Marketing and Communications Director. “This accolade is awarded to those German companies that have set exemplary standards with their products.” An advisory board consisting of top class brand experts selected Hahnemühle as ‘Brand of the Century’ in the product category ‘Feinstpapier’ (finest paper). “We are honoured by having been made a part of this extraordinary brand project and to have the chance of taking a place in this line-up of tradition rich brands,” concluded Ann Kristin Plüss.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
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    15.12.2015   Xeikon CX3 helps CODEX expand brand work    ( Company news )

    Company news Faster production, increased capacity and quality, wider product range and competitive prices all in one system

    Leading Hungarian specialty label producer CODEX is the latest company to validate the business-winning benefits of the Xeikon CX3 digital label press. CODEX specializes in Extended Content Labels (ECL), often referred to as booklet labels; security and anti-counterfeit label solutions; and labels for food and pharmaceutical products. The company has an extensive production portfolio of offset, flexo, screen and digital printing solutions as well as extensive finishing capabilities. The Xeikon CX3 will enable this innovative €5 million turnover company to be even more competitive in its chosen market segments as well as position it to enter new markets, both locally and around the globe.

    ”Our Xeikon CX3 is already delivering big dividends,” says CODEX Chairman Károly Orbán. “Its incredibly fast production speeds and high quality have helped us increase both productivity and profitability. And thanks to its CHEETAH toner, we can supply the food, cosmetics and pharma industries with labels that conform to the latest EU regulations. In fact, we have already produced several different labels for Nestlé Hungary since we installed the system a short time ago.” Xeikon’s CHEETAH toner technology, incorporated in the specifically-designed Cheetah toner used with the CX3, requires a much lower fusing temperature than typical toner-based presses, meaning it can print on a wider range of heat-sensitive substrates. It also meets FDA regulations for food contact and offers the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass, important for printing on dark and transparent substrates.

    For almost three decades, CODEX has been recognized as a leading provider of unique and specialized labels, including ECL (Extended Content Labels) and security labels for a broad range of national and international clients from number of industries. The Xeikon CX3 joins its impressive printing production facility that includes a Xeikon 3300, five conventional and UV offset printing machines, rotary and flatbed digital and flexo solutions, as well as screen printing systems.

    “We wanted to shorten our lead times yet maintain a reasonable price point for smaller quantities,” Orbán states. “We also wanted to increase our production capacity, and to be able to be even more competitive with our booklet label production. The Xeikon CX3 has proven to be the ideal solution to meet those needs and will take us to ever new levels as we continue to explore the new applications it enables.”

    Most importantly, Orbán is confident the Xeikon CX3 will help CODEX achieve its goal of creating a highly flexible approach to print production: “There really was no other choice but the Xeikon CX3 press to achieve these objectives,” he adds.

    The all-in-one answer

    As for the expected long-term impact of the Xeikon CX3, Orbán states, “In addition to all of its other benefits, and its contribution toward cementing our leading market position in the Central European region, we expect to be able to gain an even stronger foothold in the luxury label market, especially food, cosmetics and pharma, and to maintain long-lasting customer relationships.

    Orbán expects the Xeikon CX3 to be a key enabler for the company’s ongoing expansion of market opportunities ”With the help of the Xeikon CX3, we can increase and expand our export activities.

    Thanks to Xeikon, we can deliver the outstanding quality, fast production and high customer satisfaction that will make achievement of these lofty goals possible.”

    As for the CODEX relationship with Xeikon, Orbán states: “We work well with Xeikon’s Hungarian distributor Bauer+Bauer and also with Xeikon’s branch office in Austria. The service and support has been excellent, and we know that we can turn to them with any kind of technical questions and we will quickly get the right answers.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    15.12.2015   Ernest Cardboard Guitar Takes on Legendary Licks    ( Company news )

    Company news When Leo Fender set out to change the way guitars were made and played, he didn’t know he would also change music forever. But when the Fender Stratocaster made its first appearance in 1954 with its unique vibrato bridge, it revolutionized every kind of popular music: jazz, blues, country, and of course, rock ‘n’ roll. The iconic “Strat” has been played by everyone from The Beatles’ George Harrison to Bonnie Raitt to Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner. Jimi Hendrix played one, so did Kurt Cobain. In fact, chances are if you know a guitarist by name, they probably played a Strat.

    Strats are synonymous with power, performance and playability. The neck has to fit into the nimble fingers of musicians while withstanding 250 lbs of torque the strings exert to deliver the licks, riffs and rhythms we love. So when Dave Lee and Marc Wierenga from Signal Snowboards came to Ernest and said they wanted to make a cardboard Strat for the upcoming National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show and for their buddy Brad from a little band called Linkin Park, we knew we had our work cut out for us.

    If you know Ernest, you know we’ve never been one to back away from a challenge. Mike Martinez, Director of Design Solutions, set out to create a “rock solid corrugated core” for Fender to shape into an iconic—and totally playable—Strat. According to Martinez, “Once you get the form everything falls into place.” We don’t like to toot our own horn (or blow our own amp), but we’re pretty sure we surprised the guys over at the Fender Custom Shop with this one.

    Paul Waller, Fender master builder for more than a decade, hand shaped the 50s style cutaway from a slab of corrugate layered for lasting strength. Martinez riffs, “Working with the guys at Fender was awesome. Their commitment to their craftsmanship was very cool to see.” And the cardboard Stratocaster is truly a thing of beauty. The smooth, curving body and see-through flutes and ribs are the combined product of Ernest’s expert engineering and Fender’s master milling. Best of all, this cardboard guitar has that unmistakable Strat sound.
    (Ernest Packaging Solutions)
     
    15.12.2015   PMP Introduces New Branding Initiative    ( Company news )

    Company news PMP Group (PMP) – a global provider of tissue, paper and board technologies for Pulp & Paper industry partners as well as solutions for other heavy industries has refreshed its branding, implementing a new logo and visual identity. PMP’s image modernization is a response to the significant metamorphosis that the company has gone through within the last couple of years and is an element of PMP’s new strategy for the years 2016-2018.

    Through successful execution of capital projects for esteemed partners worldwide, PMP has become a more mature and conscientious organization with revenue of 51 mln EURO (FY 2015). Today PMP’s products and solutions can be found in 28 countries on six continents, including key references in a diverse array of pulp and paper corporations. PMP has opened new facilities in the United States, China, and Italy to facilitate service to its customers. Over the years, PMP’s strategy has evolved from a Low Cost Solutions philosophy (price based competitive advantage) into Optimum Cost Solutions (technology based competitive advantage). PMP’s defined Code of Values focused on partnership and an ethical business approach has been the best indication of its endeavors.

    Going forward, PMP’s strategic goal is to increase its focus on being a customer driven supplier of investment goods that create opportunities and add value. PMP wants to be perceived as a technological integrator, strong and agile. PMP’s target is to increase its market share by 20% within the next 3 years, with a specific focus on the Americas.

    Recently PMP has embarked on a fundamental evaluation of who they are, what they do, and how they do it. As they have evolved over the past several years from a “best price” to an “best technological solution” philosophy they have found that in every area of the world they are being referred to simply as “PMP”.

    PMP’s new logo was developed after consultation with its clients, partners and employees and is designed to better correspond with how the world perceives the company. This PMP logo evokes technology and passion. The black and green palette is inspired by over 160 years of company history. The round elements are associated with the rotating parts of machinery and symbolize continued growth. A green arrow indicates further company development and upward progress while a modern font underlines the significance of state-of-the-art technology driven by proven solutions.

    A new tagline “Passion Comes First” sums up PMP’s vision of its unique approach to company performance and teamwork. PMP believes that the real engine for success is people who drive business forward. This approach appreciates the human side of activity and emotions that shape uniqueness of individuals. One of PMP’s ideas is to make its employees proud of their personal and team achievements, empower their undiscovered abilities and strengthen their loyalty.

    Please note: “PMP” is the brand under which member companies of the PMP Group (including PMPoland S.A., PMP Fast Service Sp. z o.o., PMPKonmet Sp. z o.o. PMP Americas Inc., PMP IB (Changzhou), PMPower S.r.l.) operate and provide products and services for customers from the Pulp and Paper and Build-to-Print industries.

    PMP’s new visual identity as well as their new promo campaign “Passion Comes First” underlining PMP’s refreshed and proactive approach to cooperation with its partners around the globe has been officially launched on December 14th, 2015.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    15.12.2015   Brigl & Bergmeister has issued its Call-for-Entries for the Golden Label Award 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news The Golden Label Award celebrates the most outstanding achievements in label design and label production. Both are a challenge in terms of creativity combined with technical know-how.
    The competition is open to all those who want to qualify their economic activities in terms of design and technical know-how. All ready-printed paper labels for products that are commercially available are eligible for submission.
    All entries must be received by 15/02/2016.

    With a one-off participation fee in the amount of € 150.- (excl. VAT), up to 15 labels per participant may be submitted.
    A distinguished panel of recognised experts from various specialist fields in regards to printing and design will gather on 22/02/2016 to for the main round jury assessment and on 15/03/2016 for the finalist round jury assessment to select the winners.

    The Golden Label Award winners will be honoured during a gala dinner on 15/03/2016 at the Ferry Porsche Congress Center in Zell am See, Austria, - as opening act of the 11th International Label Conference.

    For more information go to http://www.goldenlabelaward.com/english/ or contact the Golden Label Award Team at +43 3842 800-235 or marketing@brigl-bergmeister.com.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    14.12.2015   Voith on the path to new strength: Result significantly better, targets for the year exceeded    ( Company news )

    Company news -Group's profit from operations up by 15 percent
    -Return on capital employed increased
    -Voith Paper also with significant leap in results
    -Group-wide Voith 150+ success program takes effect: €220 million of savings already posted up to 2016
    -New Group Division Voith Digital Solutions founded
    -Voith's CEO Lienhard (photo): "The fiscal year ended reflects the enor-mous transformation of the company in recent years. Voith is picking up momentum again."

    The Voith Group made great progress on its way to new strength in the 2014/15 fiscal year (ending on September 30, 2015). The Group achieved a significant improvement in its operative earnings and reported a plus of 15 percent in profit from its continuing operations up to €270 million, thereby exceeding its annual targets. This no longer includes the Voith Industrial Services division, which is being sold and which is consequently classified in the consolidated balance sheet under discontinued operations. Key reason for this leap in results was the Group-wide Voith 150+ success program and the discernible impact of the program's portfolio optimization and efficiency improvement measures.

    Voith also increased the sales of its continuing operations by three percent to €4.30 billion (previous year: €4.17 billion). Sales of a good €1 billion generated by the Voith Industrial Services division are no longer included in these figures either. The Group's return on capital employed rose by 1.8 percent to 12.2 percent. As a result, Voith exceeded its announced annual targets for sales, profit from operations and return on capital employed, to some extent significantly. The development of Voith Paper was especially good news: this Group Division's profit from operations leaped from €9 million to €58 million – demonstrating the success of the measures initiated and implemented to adapt to Voith Paper's changed market situation.

    Owing to the restructuring costs of the Group-wide Voith 150+ success program, however, which amounted to a total of €231 million for the year as a whole, the net result was negative as planned and announced in advance: This came to €-93 million euros (previous year: €+41 million).

    Orders received remained, as anticipated, at the same good level as the previous year. Continuing operations received orders worth a total of €4.39 (previous year: €4.40) billion. Orders on hand in the Voith Group as at the end of the period under review were worth €5.29 billion (previous year: €5.38 billion). The book-to-bill rate was thus higher than 1. This means that Voith didn’t live from the substance of its orders.

    "We put in some extremely hard work for Voith. Over the last three years we have undertaken extensive restructuring efforts and consistently revised our Group strategy. The fiscal year ended reflects the enormous transformation work performed by our employees. Voith is picking up momentum again. Our Group-wide Voith 150+ success program is taking effect and we are making tangible progress on the path to new strength," explained Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of Voith GmbH.

    Voith 150+ success program: Measures for €220 million up to September 30, 2016, already decided and implemented; new Group Division Voith Digital Solutions founded
    One of the most important strategic decisions taken during the past fiscal year was to sell Voith's Industrial Services Group Division and to concentrate the Group consistently on its technology and engineering competence. The process of selling Voith Industrial Services is on schedule and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2016 at the latest. At the same time, Voith selectively strengthened its involvement in the automation and Industrie 4.0 field with its stakeholding in KUKA, a manufacturer of robotic systems.

    This re-focusing on technological expertise and the digital agenda forms part of the Group transformation process which was launched with the Voith 150+ success program with which Voith secures its long-term competitiveness and technology leadership. Voith expects the program to generate annual cost savings of around €250 million. At the end of the fiscal year 2014/15 measures equal to overall savings of €220 million for the period up to September 2016 had already been decided and implemented.

    Voith CEO Dr. Hubert Lienhard also used the occasion of the balance sheet press conference to announce the foundation of a new Group Division. Voith's new Group Division, Voith Digital Solutions, will bring together the company's expertise in the fields of IT, automation, software and sensor technology. Venture and start-up activities in the Industrie 4.0 field will also be undertaken by the new Voith Digital Solutions Group Division in the future. The division will be launched with around 600 employees and approximately €250 million sales volume from preexisting business. "We aim to become an enterprise which will be a major player in shaping the digital transformation of our industries, in the same way that we helped shape the first industrial revolution 150 years ago. With the founding of our Voith Digital Solutions Group Division we are focusing in particular on developing new business models for our existing customer markets as well as on developing new markets and industries which have not previously been served by Voith. We believe that this field offers considerable growth potential for an established technology leader with the sort of broad domain knowledge which Voith has," explains Lienhard.

    All Group Divisions return clearly positive results
    Voith Paper reports jump in results
    All Group Divisions showed themselves to be in robust form during the past year and made a significantly positive contribution to the operating result.
    Voith Hydro maintained a comparable level of sales to that of the previous year and sustained its profitability almost unchanged. The number of orders received was, however, significantly lower than the good level achieved in the previous year. Voith Paper achieved a substantial increase in both its sales and level of orders received. The significant increase in profitability demonstrates the success of the adjustments it has made in recent years. Voith Turbo received almost as many orders as in the previous year and also reported a modest increase in sales.

    Outlook: Cautious optimism
    Voith expects to again face a challenging environment in the 2015/16 fiscal year: growth in important economies, such as China, is slowing, the investment climate in important industries and regions is expected to remain persistently subdued and raw material prices continue to be low.

    Against this background, the Group's conservative plans for the current fiscal year are based on the assumption of stable sales and orders received. The operating result is expected to continue improving as a result of the noticeable impact of Voith 150+. This is, however, contingent on the continuing stable growth of the global economy. Economic developments in the markets of China and Brazil, which are of such importance to Voith, will need to be scrutinized carefully: The global economy as a whole as well as Voith's earnings position in particular would suffer if growth in China were to slow down more than currently projected or if Brazil were to slip further into recession than presently anticipated by economists. As the one-time restructuring costs have been absorbed, Voith now plans to return to a clearly positive net result.

    "Our planning for the coming year is conservative and sound and we are very confident that the tangible impact of our Group-wide Voith 150+ success program will continue to be felt and that we will continue on our path towards successful consolidation next year as well. At the same time we realize that, regardless of all the efforts we make internally, the state of the economy in our key markets, and above all China, will be decisive for our success in the coming year," explains CEO Lienhard.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    14.12.2015   Rotoflex Releases HSI Horizontal Slitter Rewinder     ( Company news )

    Company news Rotoflex, a world leader in inspection, slitting, rewinding and die cutting equipment has released the new HSI slitter rewinder designed for high volume label slitting, inspection and rewinding. Built with the extreme ruggedness and reliability as its flagship VSI vertical design series, the HSI offers label converters an operator-friendly horizontal configuration.

    Features of the new HSI include 330 and 440mm web widths, 1000 fpm running speed, extra-large inspection table, ergonomic 37 inch (940mm) high editing area, easily accessible slitting module, a straightforward web path and conveniently located finished roll rewind location. With end-to-end servo control design, the HSI also features the Rotoflex URC 2.0 proprietary control system with simple menus and an intuitive interface, giving operators the ability to monitor all functions from a single screen.

    The small footprint HSI is configurable for a variety of vision inspection solutions and offers a range of options, such as the new biometric (fingerprint) authentication for operator access and the Rotoflex exclusive Report Management System (RMS). With the powerful RMS tool, real-time production data is collected from multiple finishing machines to a single interface, which can be accessed remotely via computer or handheld device. RMS generates a variety of detailed, customizable reports on performance variables such as run time, defects, production volume and scrap generation, as well as compares outputs of multiple machines.

    Manohar Dhugga, Rotoflex director of engineering and service, comments: “Designed with the proven robust construction of our successful VSI series, the HSI is an advantageous solution for converters preferring a horizontal slitting inspection configuration in their off-line finishing machines. The HSI is one of many new Business Responsive Technologies to be unveiled in the next few months, supporting our commitment to deliver high quality, innovative solutions that drive customer profitability.”
    (Rotoflex)
     
    14.12.2015   DS Smith: Proposed acquisition of Milas Packaging in Turkey    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Plc (“DS Smith”), the leading provider of recycled corrugated packaging in Europe, is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to acquire the Milas packaging business (“Milas”) of DasaMilas Ambalaj.

    Milas is a leading producer of specialist corrugated packaging and displays in Turkey. The business is focused on international FMCG customers, and is well positioned for the large Istanbul market as well as European export. The business generates approximately $25m of sales and has c.240 employees at its production facility located near Istanbul.

    Completion, which is subject to customary conditions including competition clearance, is expected by the end of our financial year 2015/16.

    Miles Roberts (photo), Chief Executive of DS Smith said:
    “We are pleased to welcome the Milas business into the DS Smith Group and look forward to working with its stakeholders. This acquisition gives DS Smith direct exposure to the attractive Turkish market through a well-invested business focused on FMCG customers and is a further step in complementing our South Eastern European footprint and capabilities for pan-European customers.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    14.12.2015   New Foundation Launches to Provide Innovative Financing Solution for Rainforest Protection    ( Company news )

    Company news Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has initiated the establishment of a new independent organisation, the Belantara Foundation, that will create an innovative new direct funding platform to protect rainforests. This new funding mechanism will channel both public and private sector finance direct to local communities and other actors implementing forest conservation projects. The announcement coincides with the Global Landscape Forum in Paris which is taking place as part of the UN climate talks during COP21, to draw attention to the urgent need to protect the world’s remaining forests.

    Belantara’s mission will be to provide a direct channel to protect and support Indonesian forests for the billions of dollars of financing for forest conservation that have been pledged worldwide. When its full remit is announced in 2016 the foundation will be able to receive funding from both the public and private sector, with governance standards, safeguards and a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system that gives funders confidence their money is being put to good use.

    The new platform builds on APP’s experience of working with government and non-government actors on landscape-wide conservation and restoration projects in Indonesia. It seeks to draw on the partnerships that APP have established with government funded programmes such as the landscape approach programme in South Sumatra province , with the aim of finding synergies with programmes of this type and collaborating with these actors in landscapes across Indonesia.

    The foundation will have a clear governance structure and arm’s length agreement with APP, who will be guaranteeing a long-term grant to fund its initial activities. The new foundation will provide both a coordination and supervisory function for different actors in the landscape and achieve its objectives by allocating funds to NGOs, local communities and other organisations involved in delivering projects. All activities will have the ultimate aim of protecting and restoring Indonesian rainforests.

    “Billions of dollars have been pledged around the globe for forest conservation, but too little of it has made a real impact on the ground. We want to use our leverage and reach as the largest private concession holder in Indonesia to create a platform that will be independent and accountable but which will also provide an effective means of channelling some of this funding to real projects that make a difference in protecting and restoring Indonesia’s rainforests. We will start by investing our own funds in the platform but hope that in a short time others will follow,” said Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability and Stakeholder Engagement at APP.

    Belantara along with the Indonesian Ministry of Environment and Forestry, Yapeka, APP and other partners, has produced a landscape conservation master plan to act as a guide for all partner groups implementing projects. With the input of key stakeholders, the foundation has identified ten priority landscapes, where APP and its suppliers have commercial forestry based operations and are among the most ecologically valuable, yet simultaneously threatened in Indonesia. These will form the initial focus of the foundation’s work to support the protection and restoration of local ecosystems while advancing sustainable development within communities. These landscapes are a mix of ecosystems dominated by wetlands, including mangrove forests, peat swamp forests, and freshwater swamp forests, together with lowland rainforests and heath forests.

    The Foundation is uniquely placed to be able to work with a diverse group of stakeholders and stimulate collaboration and coordination amongst all parties engaged in conservation projects in the ten landscapes identified across Sumatra and Kalimantan. The Foundation will also allocate funding to initiatives that share similar landscape scale conservation objectives. These plans will be unveiled in more detail in early 2016.

    This new commitment is in addition to APP’s existing pledge to support the protection and restoration of 1 million hectares of forest landscapes and to channel and coordinate USD $10 million a year of in-kind and financial support into forest conservation across Indonesia, announced in 2014. Earlier this week at the Indonesian Pavilion at COP21, APP also announced a community based agro-forestry programme for 500 communities in Indonesia.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)
     
    14.12.2015   Rengo Subsidiary Osaka Paper Withdraws From Newsprint and Printing Paper Business    ( Company news )

    Company news Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces its consolidated subsidiary, Osaka Paper Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Nishiyodogawa-ku, Osaka; President: Akiyoshi Yoshino; hereafter “Osaka Paper”) has decided to withdraw from the newsprint and printing paper business at the end of March 2016.

    Reason for withdrawal
    Osaka Paper entered the newsprint and printing paper business in 1947, and has been contributing to Japan’s high economic growth and the upgrading of the information and communications industry mainly through the sale of newsprint. However, due to recent changes in the business environment, such as the reduction in circulation of newspapers, continuation and growth of the newsprint and printing paper business is assessed to be difficult, and Osaka Paper will instead focus resources on its other main business in boxboard.

    Way ahead
    Osaka Paper will close newsprint and printing paper PM1 at the end of December 2015, and stop sales activities at the end of March 2016.
    (Rengo Co Ltd)
     
    14.12.2015   Brigl & Bergmeister, Niklasdorf & Vevče - Well equipped for the future    ( Company news )

    Company news With the start up of the new film press at the Niklasdorf mill in Austria in November 2015, BRIGL & BERGMEISTER has completed the 3-phase investment programme, “Innovation One” launched in 2013. In 2013, the company already invested in a film press for the Vevče mill in Slovenia, thus ensuring both mills' future competitiveness.

    Advantages of the film press
    The newly installed film press replaces the conventional size press and offers numerous benefits. For example, the paper machine's speed is increased even further, while quality is improved and the product range is extended. The traditional range of one-side coated papers can now be produced with an even more selective and consistent surface quality. The new components of the plant are designed to allow for further increases in production capacity in the future.

    Extension of the product portfolio
    Spring 2014 saw investments in the headbox, which form the basis for a new future-oriented and innovative product portfolio. They allow Brigl & Bergmeister to offer a complete range of siliconizing base papers (called CCK – Clay Coated Kraft) under the brand name “NiklaSilico” within the sector of “Graphic Arts Applications”. With the new headbox, the maximum achievable grammage has been significantly increased to 137 g/m².

    Customised embossing patterns
    This year, investments in a third embossing calender were also made, in order to provide additional capacity for embossed speciality papers. Thus, B&B can also offer customised embossing patterns to the food & beverage industry.

    Further reduction of the environmental impact
    These investments also reflect B&B's motto “Think & Act Green”. Both the Niklasdorf and the Vevče mills already show industry-leading measures in terms of environmental protection. Thanks to the investments made, further energy savings will be achieved in the future by reducing the required steam and electricity consumption. Other resource-saving aspects, such as savings in particular production materials and increased machine efficiency, also contribute to accomplishing this aim.

    The investments at both sites in recent years have increased the annual capacity of the B&B Group to 190,000 tonnes. B&B’s focus will remain on high-grade speciality papers for labels and flexible packaging for the consumer packaged goods industry.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    14.12.2015   Across Every Link of the Packaging Processing Industry Chain: 2016's Mega 4-in-1 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Packaging Expo Set for Dongguan

    First in the global packaging market rankings, China has great prospects for development, with a market capacity of more than RMB 1 trillion (USD 158.2 billion). With large volumes of packaging data and corresponding technical content, the Chinese packaging industry still needs to improve in terms of technical content, equipment automation, intelligence and numerous other areas. How to overcome bottlenecks and enhance core competitiveness has become a key industry focus.
    In order to promote technology development in China’s packaging industry, to improve the technical content of Chinese packaging equipment, and enhance communication within the industry, Reed Exhibitions will host SinoCorrugated South, SinoFoldingCarton, SinoFlexoGraphy and China Packaging Container at the GD Modern Exhibition Center in Houjie Town, Dongguan, from April 14 to April 16, 2016.

    The combined events will integrate all kinds of local and international packaging science and technology resources, leading to packaging and printing technology innovation and development.
    Potential-Rich Four Exhibitions in One to Usher in a New Era
    Packaging of goods is a key step before they enter the market. Furthermore, packaging cannot be made without various kinds of packaging materials and machines. The consumption of China’s packaging products has matched that of global development in a fast-rising period. With the rapid expansion of the retail market, end user use of various types of packaging products is fast expanding.
    To boost progress and development in the packaging industry, in 2016, two new competitive events, SinoFlexoGraphy and China Packaging Container will be introduced to the already successful SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton.

    This integration of the entire packaging manufacturing industry chain, through SinoFlexoGraphy and China Packaging Container, sees the debut of two new shows feature flexoprinting equipment technology and various material packaging containers, consumables and designs, including flexible packaging, labeling, end users and many other wide packaging manufacturing and application areas.

    With its higher scale effect, the combined event will span a 67,000 sqm exhibition area, representing a comprehensive show focused on the entire packaging and printing industry. Locally and internationally renowned suppliers will showcase flexo printing equipment, and many packaging products made by packaging container machines. These will cover every kind of equipment, advanced technology, whole solutions and consumables, services, designs and many along the in entire packaging chain, in addition to manufacturing equipment, technology and consumables in the corrugated and folding carton industries.
    The exhibitions will fully integrate multiple industry resources, thereby providing an all-in-one platform for trade, visiting, studying, investigating and networking. A greater number of buyers with big budgets and high purchasing intent will be onsite. These will include end users of food, commodities, and medicine packaging. Exhibitors will be well placed, therefore, to better understand market demand, secure orders, and break through trade bottlenecks.
    Visitors will see more products, updated technologies, end users, comprehensive market trends and superior solutions to help researchers and purchasing decision makers keep up-to-date with industry information, follow development trends, network with industry peers, and develop business.

    Four Collocated Exhibitions: A New Phase for Industry Development
    After over 10 years of developing and innovating its converting events, Reed Exhibitions has integrated industry resources to meet the demands of major local and international users of packaging printing. In 2016, the event organizer will invite well-known enterprises, trade associations, and trade professionals to join SinoCorrugated South, SinoFoldingCarton, SinoFlexoGraphy and China Packaging Container. All events will feature a totally new look for Reed China’s packaging shows, and be held to a high standard.
    SinoCorrugated South 2016 will be a trade show for corrugated equipment, consumables and technology in Asia-Pacific. The event will display corrugated, cardboard equipment and related consumables, driving development in the corrugated industry. SinoCorrugated South is an excellent platform on which to meet purchasing buyers, find business matches, expand into emerging fields, promote your brand and network with industry peers.
    SinoFoldingCarton 2016 will focus on Asia’s post-print, high-end folding carton packaging printing enterprises to give exhibitors face-to-face communication opportunities with visitors that have big budgets and high purchasing intent. The event will help folding carton businesses assess demand, build their brands, break through bottlenecks and seize new opportunities within target markets.
    SinoFlexoGraphy 2016 will give a wide range of green packaging professionals a more comprehensive understanding of new flexible printing equipment, technologies, and entire solutions in the process of green packaging to improve purchasing efficiency, upgrade production structures and boost production efficiency.
    China Packaging Container 2016 will showcase packaging containers, materials and design services, including four sections: paper packaging containers, plastic packaging containers, metal packaging containers, and glass packaging containers. The event will enhance matchmaking by targeting invitations at over 5,000 packaging researchers, and purchasing decision makers from numerous industries for the packaging of food, beverages, commodities, medicines, digital, cloth, gifts and more.

    The exhibits will span 67,000 sqm and include products from over 700 locally and internationally renowned exhibitors. Additionally, 200+ packaging containers, raw materials and design service suppliers will showcase over 1,400 units of corrugated, folding carton, flexo printing, and paper packaging manufacturing equipment, as well as over 1,000 kinds of consumables. An anticipated 33,000 local and international visitors, together with over 200 media and association delegates, will be on site. The event will be a supreme opportunity for China to present itself to the global paper packaging industry, showcasing its modern technologies, large scale and growing influence.
    International Influence: Building a Prime Exhibition Platform
    Reed Exhibitions consistently leverages modern and traditional media to promote events to important packaging markets across the world. This activity consistently attracts buyers and trade visitors en masse. With the full support of many local and international trade associations, 2016’s mega packaging event is set to scale new heights of excellence.

    In preparation for the shows, Reed will send representatives to Turkey, South Korea, India, Indonesia, Spain and many other developed and emerging corrugated regions, to further promote the shows by attending important local meetings. During these outreach activities, the Reed delegates will collaborate with local industry associations, as well as equipment suppliers and corrugated box factories.
    To the upcoming combined event, Reed will invite packaging and printing industry association leaders, elite enterprise representatives and others to Dongguan. Over 100 locally and internationally renowned trade associations will attend and support. Reed will also organize high-level purchasing delegations representing businesses to visit.

    Additionally, Reed will continue to intensify the issuing of invitations to international visitors by engaging over 10 international call centers in Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, the Middle East, South America, North America and Beijing. These call centers will understand local markets and use that knowledge to invite local visitors and ensure a high quality standard of attendee. For exhibitors, the shows will be the ideal platform on which to expand global market share, and maximize the return on their participating investment.

    The combined exhibitions, together with the inclusion of industry elites and the participation of corrugated professionals, will elevate the shows and place participants in position to reap lasting rewards from this exercise in the future.

    Although industry development is restricted by many factors, progressive development trends remain. China’s packaging industry continues to advance and innovate. The combined exhibitions, which will boost industry innovation, will highlight the latest information, advanced equipment and leading theories in China. All this will serve to drive the country forward.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    11.12.2015   LignoCity – a new centre for new green technologies    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia, Nordic Paper and Paper Province have started a collaboration to develop the future forest-based bioeconomy. The first step is to establish an open test bed called LignoCity. Here, companies can develop and scale up technology that refines lignin to new climate-friendly fuels, chemicals and materials.

    As the world heads towards a bio-based economy, lignin – a by-product of pulp production – is increasingly seen as a raw material with great potential. Lignin could be a green alternative for producing fuels and energy as well as chemicals and lightweight materials. Great efforts are being made to develop processes and to refine different lignin qualities for different applications.

    Thanks to a broad newly established collaboration initiated by Innventia, Nordic Paper and Paper Province, several of these initiatives can now be realised. With financial support mainly from VINNOVA, Innventia’s demonstration plant in Bäckhammar will be further developed and made into an open test bed for companies who want to evaluate and validate new refining concepts in the lignin area. The plant is currently the only one in the world that can produce tailor-made lignin qualities in sufficient quantities for upscaling. The purpose of LignoCity is to create a centre where ideas are brought together and opportunities for commercial development are identified and supported. Lignin from kraft pulp production and other sources, for example from ethanol and sugar production, can be processed at the plant. The project involves 18 industrial and public players, including Karlstad University, the municipality of Kristinehamn and Casco Adhesives AB.

    “With LignoCity, we are bringing together business models, technological development and infrastructure for research, development and innovation. In the long term, we also hope to be able to extract other components from the black liquor and tackle other process streams,” says Per Tomani, manager for the LignoCity project and the Lignin & Carbon Fibres focus area manager at Innventia.

    “It is extremely valuable for the region’s businesses to have access to this type of open test facility, so that we can continue the development of a forest-based bioeconomy,” says Maria Hollander, CEO of Paper Province.

    Kristinehamn is aiming high when it comes to innovations concerning new green fuels. Our goal is to profile ourselves as a municipality with a viable and creative business, where we carry on our technical traditions by creating future innovation. Efforts like LignoCity can help creating jobs and we are proud that the municipality contributes to this, says Carina Welin, Information manager.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    11.12.2015   Storing electricity in paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Researchers at Linköping University’s Laboratory of Organic Electronics, Sweden, have developed power paper – a new material with an outstanding ability to store energy. The material consists of nanocellulose and a conductive polymer. The results have been published in Advanced Science.

    One sheet, 15 centimetres in diameter and a few tenths of a millimetre thick can store as much as 1 F, which is similar to the supercapacitors currently on the market. The material can be recharged hundreds of times and each charge only takes a few seconds.

    It’s a dream product in a world where the increased use of renewable energy requires new methods for energy storage – from summer to winter, from a windy day to a calm one, from a sunny day to one with heavy cloud cover.

    ”Thin films that function as capacitors have existed for some time. What we have done is to produce the material in three dimensions. We can produce thick sheets,” says Xavier Crispin, professor of organic electronics and co-author to the article just published in Advanced Science.

    Other co-authors are researchers from KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Innventia, Technical University of Denmark and the University of Kentucky.

    The material, power paper, looks and feels like a slightly plasticky paper and the researchers have amused themselves by using one piece to make an origami swan – which gives an indication of its strength.

    The structural foundation of the material is nanocellulose, which is cellulose fibres which, using high-pressure water, are broken down into fibres as thin as 20 nm in diameter. With the cellulose fibres in a solution of water, an electrically charged polymer (PEDOT:PSS), also in a water solution, is added. The polymer then forms a thin coating around the fibres.

    ”The covered fibres are in tangles, where the liquid in the spaces between them functions as an electrolyte,” explains Jesper Edberg, doctoral student, who conducted the experiments together with Abdellah Malti, who recently completed his doctorate.

    The new cellulose-polymer material has set a new world record in simultaneous conductivity for ions and electrons, which explains its exceptional capacity for energy storage. It also opens the door to continued development toward even higher capacity. Unlike the batteries and capacitors currently on the market, power paper is produced from simple materials – renewable cellulose and an easily available polymer. It is light in weight, it requires no dangerous chemicals or heavy metals and it is waterproof.

    The Power Papers project has been financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation since 2012.

    ”They leave us to our research, without demanding lengthy reports, and they trust us. We have a lot of pressure on us to deliver, but it’s ok if it takes time, and we’re grateful for that,” says Professor Magnus Berggren, director of the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Linköping University.

    The new power paper is just like regular pulp, which has to be dehydrated when making paper. The challenge is to develop an industrial-scale process for this.

    ”Together with KTH, Acreo and Innventia we just received SEK 34 million from the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research to continue our efforts to develop a rational production method, a paper machine for power paper,” says Professor Berggren.
    (Linköping University)
     
    11.12.2015   Significant growth in functional and industrial print markets demonstrates potential for printers ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and suppliers

    A new report from Smithers Pira, The Future of Functional and Industrial Print to 2020, examines the rapidly emerging use of printing-for-profit in novel areas outside the traditional graphics and packaging arenas.

    This wide range of applications in professional 3D printing, printed electronics, biomedical and more are driving market growth, in a collective industry quantified by Smithers Pira as being worth $67 billion in 2015 – and reaching more than $107 billion in 2020.

    Printing technology is widely used to decorate items from architectural and automotive glass to ceramics, electronics and textiles with new functions including biomedical, display and photovoltaics becoming significant.

    “Industrial functional print is growing as demand grows for construction, automotive, electronics and manufactured products that use print – and there is more print involved in the manufacturing processes. This is in stark contrast to publication and commercial print, where volumes are declining,” said Sean Smyth, print consultant and author of the report.

    “Industrial print is very attractive to equipment and consumable suppliers to develop niche applications that may grow significantly, as is the case for inkjet printing of ceramic tiles.”

    The functional and industrial printing industry is a dynamic one, with exciting developments across its many sectors. In Japan several of the largest printing companies report very large businesses producing decor, laminates and printed electronics, exploiting their printing skills on behalf of customers to manufacture products more efficiently.

    There are clusters of development, in university laboratories and at ink and equipment suppliers. In the UK the CPI (Centre for Process Innovation) is exploring how printing can be used to manufacture a whole new series of products such as flexible displays, large-area lighting, sensors, power sources, intelligent tickets and labels, smart packaging, and entirely new physical forms of functional electronic devices. These can be thinner, lighter and more rugged than the current silicon materials, while printing allows them to be mass-produced at low cost.

    While analogue printing methods – gravure, flexo, litho, screen, pad-printing and foiling – are widely used, there is very strong growth in digital methods, with new inkjet inks opening many new opportunities. These markets do not use paper or paperboard substrates; rather plastic, film, glass, metal, ceramics, textiles, laminates and composite materials are involved.

    There is significant M&A activity in the supply side. For example, EFI has been making significant acquisitions to enter the ceramic and textile sectors; while Dover Corporation purchased the JK Group SPA inkjet textile ink group (Kiian, JTeck and Sawgrass) in October 2015.

    Equipment and software companies are keen to spread their capabilities to industrial 3D printing too, another exciting area of the functional and industrial print industry: Adobe and Stratasys have announced a partnership that will see users of Photoshop able to send 3D files to be printed through Stratasys Direct Express, making 3D printing more accessible to creatives.

    These and other key trends in functional and industrial print are outlined in The Future of Functional and Industrial Print to 2020. The technologies employed and how these will develop is a key part of the report, and there are several case studies that highlight how players have succeeded in exploiting these opportunities.
    (Smithers Pira)
     

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