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    16.03.2015   FINAT launches the European Label Forum 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emphasis on knowledge sharing and business relevance

    FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, has reshaped and rebranded its annual congress to reflect greater industry collaboration and cooperation. Under its new name, the European Label Forum (ELF) will take place June 11-13 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    “The annual congress has historically presented key industry updates and insight,” explains Kurt Walker, FINAT President. “However, we want to enhance the value of our annual event for business and opinion leaders from around Europe and beyond. This is why we have chosen to ‘re-brand’ the conference as The European Label Forum. The new format will provide insights to attendees on items of relevance for strategic decision making, by connecting different areas of interest and expertise through dialogue and interaction. Sessions will also map the key transformations reshaping the industry, and in doing should help them to identify the opportunities and challenges. In other words, the ELF will offer a unique source of knowledge, experience and networks key to the strategic success of label businesses in an international business environment.”

    The panel of keynote presenters will furthermore include:
    • Herman van Rompuy, former EU President and Belgian Prime Minister;
    • Rasmus Ankersen, entrepreneur and bestselling management author;
    • Ramses Dingenouts, Senior Packaging & Identity Design Manager at Heineken;
    • Gordon Crichton, Director of the French Procurement Management Institute (MAI).

    There will also be a first-hand preview of the 3rd edition of the FINAT RADAR, the association’s half-yearly market overview to be published after the ELF.

    Parallel Business Streams
    One of the novelties in the ELF will be the series of three parallel programme streams on the first day of the conference, offering a choice of top level expert speakers on three areas of expertise: ‘sales and marketing’, ‘technology and manufacturing’ and ‘management and corporate affairs’. Also new will be a plenary workshop that will take the shape of a ‘lean manufacturing game and exercise’ during the closing session of the event.

    “Presenting trends and underscoring market influences is the key role of this event, but the value is in truly understanding how they will impact day-to-day business and shape the future. With topics like ‘the new reality of retailing’, ‘label design that makes products sell more’, ‘competing product decoration technologies’, ‘3D printing business models’, ‘succession planning’ and ‘how to sell your business?’ we are aiming to offer direct business value to a variety of label industry audiences and we are therefore encouraging label printers to consider participating with multiple members of staff to take advantage of this opportunity”, adds Mr. Walker.

    “There will be ample opportunity to network so that delegates can share ideas amongst themselves and leave with a clearer idea of how they can make a difference when they return to their operations. We also believe the ELF will help attendees build new relationships that will enable them to interact with like-minded business leaders beyond the conference, collaborating on new ways of working to ensure a long-term profitable future.”

    The forum will be the stage for presentation of FINAT’s annual awards, too, including the FINAT Label Awards and Recycling Award.
    (FINAT)
     
    16.03.2015   Xerium Reports 4Q 2014 Adjusted EBITDA of $29.4 Million, +21%    ( Company news )

    Company news Full Year Results Come in on Track, Improved by 6% over 2013

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services announced its Q4 2014 and full year 2014 results.

    Photo: Harold Bevis, President, CEO

    Q4 2014 Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% compared to Q4 2013 on steady sales and continued cost reduction
    -Adjusted EBITDA for Q4 2014 was $29.4 million, or 22.4% of net sales, on a constant currency basis. This was an increase of 21% compared to Q4 2013, primarily due to constant currency sales improvements and continued cost reduction initiatives implemented by the Company. See "Segment Information" and "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
    -Net sales for Q4 2014 were $131.0 million, an increase of $3.1 million, or 2.3% compared to Q4 2013 on a constant currency basis. Rolls sales improved 3.9% primarily due to volume increases in North America and Asia while machine clothing sales increased 1.4% resulting from higher South America, Asia and Europe volumes.
    -Q4 orders were strong for both machine clothing and rolls. On a constant currency basis, total orders are up 1% over Q4 of 2013. On a constant currency basis, sequential orders are up 11% over Q3 2014. These orders provide a strong backlog for the Company heading into 2015.
    -Q4 2014 basic earnings per share was $0.72 per share versus Q4 2013 basic earnings per share of $0.22 per share. The increase of $0.50 per share was primarily driven by higher sales volumes, continued cost reductions, and lower restructuring costs.
    -Excluding non-recurring items such as restructuring costs, deferred tax valuation allowance reversals, basic adjusted earnings per share was $0.43 in Q4 2014, compared to $0.16 in Q4 2013, an increase of 169%. See "Basic Adjusted Earnings Per Share" below.
    -Q4 2014 gross profit was $52.8 million, or 40.3% of net sales, compared to $49.1 million, or 36.7% of net sales in Q4 2013. Machine clothing gross margin improved to 42.3% in Q4 2014 from 38.5% in Q4 2013, and roll covers gross margin improved to 36.8% in Q4 2014, from a gross margin of 33.6% in Q4 2013. These improvements are a direct result of continued cost reductions and operational excellence programs, lower 2014 quality costs and improved product mix.
    -Selling, general and administrative and research and development (SG&A) expenses were $32.8 million, or 25.1% of net sales, in Q4 2014, down from Q4 2013 SG&A expenses of $35.0 million, or 26.2% of net sales.

    Full year 2014 Adjusted EBITDA grew 6% compared to full year 2013 Adjusted EBITDA on steady sales and continued cost reduction
    -Adjusted EBITDA for full year 2014 was $116.0 million, or 21.4% of net sales. This was an increase of 6% compared to 2013, on a constant currency basis, primarily due to continued cost reduction initiatives implemented by the Company.
    -Full year 2014 sales were $542.9 million, an increase of $1.7 million, or 0.3%, compared to the full year 2013, on a constant currency basis. Rolls sales improved 1.7% primarily due to mechanical services and roll cover increases in North America, which were partially offset by machine clothing decreases of (0.4%).
    -Full year 2014 basic loss per share was $(0.48) per share versus full year 2013 basic earnings per share of $0.27 per share. The decrease of $(0.75) per share was primarily driven by the Company's Q3 2014 Brazil tax settlement of $(1.49) per share.
    -Excluding non-recurring items such as restructuring costs, deferred tax valuation allowance reversals, the Brazil tax settlement charge and plant start up costs, basic adjusted earnings per share was $1.58 for full year 2014, compared to $1.23 for full year 2013, an increase of 28.5%.
    -Full year 2014 gross profit was $215.8 million, or 39.7% of net sales, compared to $209.6 million, or 38.3% of net sales for the full year of 2013. Machine clothing gross margin improved to 41.6% for the full year of 2014 from 39.2% for the full year of 2013, which was a direct result of continued cost reductions and operational excellence programs. Roll covers gross margin came in at 36.5% for the full year of 2014, down slightly from gross margin of 36.8% for the full year of 2013, due to unfavorable product mix in Europe partially offset by savings related to the Heidenheim, Germany plant closure in 2014.
    -Selling, general and administrative and research and development (SG&A) expenses were $137.4 million, or 25.3% of net sales for full year 2014, down from full year 2013 SG&A expenses of $141.4 million, or 25.9% of net sales.

    CEO Comments
    "Xerium performed exceptionally well this quarter, with improved sales volume, significant margin expansion and a substantial improvement in Adjusted EBITDA over Q4 2013," said Harold Bevis, President and CEO of Xerium Technologies, Inc. "The global pulp, paper board and tissue market is growing and transforming. Graphical grades and mature markets are declining, while GDP grades and emerging markets are growing. Xerium is pursuing these growth opportunities by re-aligning our global operational footprint and product lineup. We are increasing our industry-leading innovation program, with machine automation solutions and approximately 100 new patents in process. We are underway with the investment program to grow sales in the future, with both the new machine clothing plant in Ba Cheng and the new roll covering and service plant in Corlu, Turkey. The construction of both plants is well underway and we expect to begin production in both plants in Q3 of 2015. In addition, we announced the expansion of two roll and service plants in Griffin, Georgia and Neenah, Wisconsin to broaden both our mechanical service offerings and product offerings."

    Significant investment and repositioning sales growth programs are underway
    Xerium is repositioning its sales growth profile. Specific measurable programs are aimed at growth markets, mechanical services and machine automation, and will enable higher growth and profit rates in the future. Some programs require capital investment and some do not.

    Cost reduction programs remain on track
    Xerium is repositioning its cost profile towards low-cost countries and low-cost operations. We have 16 primary cost programs underway, including plant closures and operational excellence programs directed at waste, quality, productivity, procurement initiatives and a lean SG&A program. As a result of these efforts, total cost savings for Q4 2014 were $7.6 million. Cost savings for the full year of 2014 were approximately $25 million, which represents a total of approximately $48 million in cost reduction savings in 2013 and 2014. In January of 2015, we announced two plant expansion projects in our roll cover and mechanical services business. 2015 cost reduction programs are expected to approximate $20 million.

    Market Outlook
    Global demand for pulp and paperboard is expected to grow at a rate between 0% and 1% in 2015. There is, however, expected to be a shift in global markets with expected declines in North America and increases in Asia, Europe and South America. Both fiber cement and nonwoven markets are global and growing, with 75%-80% of these markets existing outside of the United States. Xerium is positioning itself in developing markets with the new machine clothing plant in Ba Cheng, China and the new roll and service plant in Corlu, Turkey.

    2015 Outlook
    Xerium will continue to focus on cost reduction and operational leadership programs, and our longer term plan includes several sales growth initiatives, including adding new capacity at machine clothing and rolls plants, investing in emerging markets and coming to market with a host of new products. This balance between base market maintenance, focused sales growth, and continuous cost reduction is expected to add additional Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow in the upcoming years which we expect will allow us to pay down over half of our debt by the end of 2020.
    2014 was a very successful year for Xerium. Our 6% increase in Adjusted EBITDA was attributable to maintaining our market share and realizing cost savings related to cost-out actions. The Company spent approximately $65 million on capital expenditures and restructuring activities during 2014. We expect to spend $59 million on these activities in 2015. Free Cash Flow is expected to be positive by $5-10 million and net debt will be relatively unchanged due to the addition of capital leases, primarily related to the China facility. Our Turkey rolls plant is expected to begin production in April, 2015 and we expect to begin production in our new China machine clothing plant in Q3 2015. While we expect to continue to take out costs in 2015 and expect to add approximately 1% of ex-currency top line growth, inflation is expected to limit Adjusted EBITDA growth to $4 million in 2015.

    CFO Comments
    EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Cliff Pietrafitta said: "Q4 2014 constant currency net sales were 2.3% above Q4 2013. Constant currency rolls net sales increased by 3.9% from Q4 2013, primarily driven by an increase of 6.1% in North America, an increase of 12.2% in Asia and an increase of 23.8% in South America. These increases were partially offset by a decline of (3.6)% in Europe. Constant currency machine clothing sales increased by 1.4% from Q4 2013, primarily driven by an increase of 4.3% in Europe, an increase of 12.8% in South America and an increase of 4.1% in Asia. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of (7.5)% in North America."

    Income from operations in Q4 2014 increased by $9.8 million, to $17.5 million from $7.7 million, due to increased gross margins, reductions in SG&A and reduced restructuring expenses. Improved gross margins and reductions in SG&A were driven primarily by our restructuring initiatives and operational excellence programs. Adjusted EBITDA in Q4 2014 was $29.4 million, or 22.4% of net sales.
    During the fourth quarter we continued to take costs out of the business with quarterly savings of $7.6 million and full year savings of approximately $25 million. The Company spent approximately $17 million of cash on capital expenditures and restructuring costs in Q4 2014. For the full year, we spent approximately $65 million in both of these areas.
    As of December 31, 2014, we had an aggregate of $40.3 million available for additional borrowings under our Credit Facility and smaller lines of credit and our cash balances totaled $9.5 million. YTD 2014 free cash flow (defined as cash-flow from operations less capital expenditures) decreased $(30.3) million to $(38.3) million from $(8.0) million in 2013, primarily as a result of the $25 million Brazilian tax payment made in Q3 of 2014, 2014 restructuring activities, working capital increases and increased capital expenditures.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    16.03.2015   Norske Skog: Improved competitive position and robust business units    ( Company news )

    Company news Already announced capacity cuts in the industry should lead to an improved market balance for newsprint and magazine paper. In a very demanding market, our capacity utilisation in the fourth quarter remained high at around 86%. The weaker Norwegian krone is supportive to operating margins, particularly for the Norwegian units. The successful completion of the EUR 290 million in senior secured notes issue and the extended maturity profile enables full operational efforts in 2015.

    - We have performed in line with what we expected for 2014. We have completed important investments at Saugbrugs and Boyer giving these units and the group, a cost-competitive edge in their respective markets. We believe that we are in a better cost position and are more competitive compared to prior years, due to continued cost reduction programmes, an advantageous currency situation, a lower oil price and better economies of scale at our remaining units, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the fourth quarter of 2014 were NOK 190 million, down from 208 million in the third quarter. Operationally, the EBITDA was flat with a weak magazine paper market in Europe offset by completion of the Boyer ramp-up. The depreciation of NOK occurred late in the quarter and had limited impact on the quarterly result. Gross operating earnings for the full year 2014 were NOK 801 million, a reduction of NOK 61 million compared to 2013, mainly reflecting a prolonged ramp-up of the new magazine paper machine at Boyer in Australia and lower sales volumes due to loss of capacity at Singburi, Pisa and Walsum.

    The net loss of NOK 1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 was significantly impacted by a negative foreign exchange effect on foreign denominated long-term debt and negative changes (with no cash impact) in the value of energy contracts. Norske Skog redeemed the last NOK bond amounting to NOK 185 million in the quarter. Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 0.6 billion from 2013 to 2014, from NOK 6.8 billion to NOK 7.4 billion, purely resulting from a weaker NOK. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 641 million in the fourth quarter and NOK 947 million for 2014.

    Active capacity management
    Total annual production capacity for the group is 3.0 million tonnes following the completion of the ramp-up at Boyer. In Europe the group capacity is 2.3 million tonnes, while in Australasia the capacity is 0.7 million tonnes.
    Capacity utilization for the group in the fourth quarter was 86% compared with 88% in the third quarter, as a result of active capacity management. Capacity utilization for 2014 was 88% (88% for 2013).

    - We have performed active portfolio management of our machine capacity throughout 2014, and we will continue this policy in 2015. The market remains challenging, and we will continue our efforts to improve the group's competitiveness and financial flexibility. Already announced permanent capacity cuts of more than 2.5 million tonnes in Europe and North-America in 2014 and 2015 in our product segments should be supportive to the market balance, and thus future price levels, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Outlook
    Publication paper prices in Europe were relatively stable into 2015, beyond certain foreign exchange effects, particular in the UK market. The market balance for newsprint and magazine paper is expected to improve into the second half of 2015, when already announced capacity closures in the industry have been completed.
    Paper prices in Australasia are to a large degree stable reflecting long-term pricing contracts and a large logistical disadvantage for non-domestic producers. Export volumes for newsprint out of Australasia track international prices in Asia and is still expected to be challenging. The new magazine paper machine at Boyer in Australia should give a significantly positive contribution to gross operating earnings in 2015. Last year the machine was a significant negative contributor due to a prolonged ramp-up.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable. Fixed costs initiatives continue.
    The refinancing plan announced in January has been successfully completed. Following these transactions, the capital structure has improved significantly through enhanced liquidity, immediate de-leveraging and an extended maturity profile. Despite this, leverage remains high and requires improved profitability, but the refinancing enables the group to focus on improving operations, cost initiatives and capital efficiency.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    16.03.2015   ICE Europe 2015 – Converting community celebrates a further record event    ( Company news )

    Company news A total of 7,040 visitors from 71 countries and 439 exhibitors from 26 countries on a net exhibition space of 11,000 square metres – the results of the 9th edition of ICE Europe add another record to the success story of the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting. Compared with the previous event the figures of this
    year’s exhibition represent a 7% increase in visitor numbers and a 10% increase in exhibitor numbers and floor space.

    From 10-12 March 2015 converting specialists from all over the world gathered at the Munich Trade Fair Centre to find out about innovative technology, exchange expertise and source the latest equipment to enhance their fabric ation processes.
    “The participating companies were highly satisfied with the outcome of the show. Exhibitors told us about a large number of new business contacts and positive sales figures. We would like to thank all participants for once again making ICE Europe the most successful international marketplace for the converting community,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
    “The further growth of the converting industry’s leading exhibition reflects the positive economic outlook for the sector. With a strong focus on future trends, such as value-added products, processing of new materials and energy-saving manufacturing processes, and by expanding world-wide business networks, there are currently great business opportunities for the converting industry,” explains Nicola Hamann.

    International business was high on the agenda of the participating companies at ICE Europe 2015, and with half of the visitors and 44% of the exhibitors coming from outside Germany this year’s exhibition was more international than ever. Major visitor countries, after Germany, were Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Poland, the Netherlands, Turkey and Spain.
    Major industry sectors represented by visitors were packaging, engineering, the paper industry, package printing, the chemical industry and textiles/nonwovens.
    The exhibition categories visitors were primarily interested in were coating and laminating, slitting/rewinding, control / test / measurement, flexo and gravure printing as well as materials.

    “A first analysis of the exhibitor feedback shows that exhibiting companies were highly satisfied with the outcome of ICE Europe 2015. A vast majority of exhibitors were able to fully reach their target groups; they praised the quality of visitors and the clear focus of this trade exhibition,” says Nicola Hamann.
    Most of this year’s exhibitors had already indicated on-site that they intended to exhibit again at the next exhibition. ICE Europe 2017 will take place from 21-23 March 2017 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.
    Next year, Mack Brooks Exhibitions will organise ICE Asia, from 19 - 21 October 2016, in Shanghai, China; and the next ICE USA will take place from 25 -27 April 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions)
     
    16.03.2015   CCE International 2015 with a visitor plus of 18%    ( Company news )

    Company news 2nd International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry

    With an increase of 18% in visitor numbers, the specialised trade show CCE International 2015 was a great success. A total of 2,410 visitors from 62 countries discovered a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard at this year’s show. A characteristic of the event was the high quality of visitors and the exchange of expertise in open seminars held on-site.
    A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries presented the latest trends and developments in corrugated and carton manufacture and converting at Europe’s only specialised marketplace for the corrugated and cartonboard industry, on some 4,500 m2 net at the Munich Trade Fair
    Centre. This represents a growth in exhibitor numbers and floor space of a good third. Open seminars discussing hot topics like ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’ were held alongside the show on all three days.

    International visitors from specialised industry sectors
    Just like two years ago, the visitors came from all over the world, with 64% of visitors and 82% of exhibitors arriving to Munich from abroad. Most exhibitors were from Italy, Germany, China, Great Britain and the Netherlands. The most represented countries in terms of visitors were Germany, Italy, Poland, Great Britain, Spain, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Switzerland.
    The majority of the trade visitors came from corrugated board plants and sheet plants (52%), were folding carton converters (25%), packaging designers (17%) and corrugated sheet feeders (15%). The dominating industry segments that visitors work in were the food and
    beverage industry (45%), transport and logistics (26%), electrical appliances and electronics (24%) as well as cosmetics (21%), furniture (20%) and pharmaceuticals (18%).
    The main areas of interest for visitors were corrugated converting equipment (45%), printing equipment (41%), corrugating line (38%), folding carton converting equipment (33%), raw materials and consumables (32%) as well as machine and plant control (27%).

    “We have received very positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike“, explains Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the show organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “The exhibitors met exactly the target group of decision makers that they were aiming at. At the same time, the visitors had a significant benefit in terms of information about new developments and trendsetting technology know-how. This allows participants to adapt to the current market demands and to position themselves correspondingly. As a customised complement to the exhibition, the new open seminars on ‘Digital Print‘, ‘Folding and Gluing‘ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting‘ were very much appreciated during the three show days.“

    CCE International show profile
    CCE International presents raw materials, consumables, corrugating line and equipment, corrugated and carton converting equipment, design and CAD/CAM, printing equipment, cutting, creasing and die-cutting equipment, ancillary equipment, materials handling and warehousing, pallet strapping and handling systems, MIS and plant scheduling systems, waste extraction and baling as well as corresponding services.
    The co-located event ICE Europe 2015, the 9th edition of the world’s leading exhibition for the conversion of flexible, web-based materials, such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens also closed its doors with a 7% increase in visitor numbers. 7,040 visitors and 439 exhibitors attended the show.
    CCE International 2017 will take place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany from 21 – 23 March 2017. Mack Brooks has just announced a new industry event for South East Asia. The CCE South East Asia will take place at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre
    (BITEC) from the 21-23 September 2016 presenting the entire processing chain for corrugated and folding carton in a single dedicated trade environment, to serve the local and regional markets of South East Asia.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    13.03.2015   X-Rite Announces Next-Generation Spherical Spectrophotometers for Color Measurement    ( Company news )

    Company news The Ci7800 and Ci7600 Set a New Benchmark for Managing Color throughout the Supply Chain

    X-Rite Incorporated, a globalleader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced a new series of spherical benchtop spectrophotometers that provideaccurate measurement of color across the entire supply chain, from conceptdesign through final product. The X-Rite Ci7800, a master-level instrument, andthe compatible cost efficient Ci7600 represent the next generation ofspectrophotometers, helping users meet color specifications and improveprocess controls.

    In a complex global supply chain, there are many points at which color errorscan occur, from design, specification and formulation, to manufacturing and theassembly of raw materials, parts and the final product. Communicating colorstandards digitally and having accurate, reliable sample-to-sample colormeasurement of materials can mitigate errors, reducing costly rejects, productrework and speeding time to market.

    “The new X-Rite Ci7800 and Ci7600 are specifically designed to help usersovercome color management challenges,” said Chris Winczewski, VicePresident, Product Marketing for X-Rite. “These instruments set a newbenchmark for measuring, managing and communicating color data. TheCi7800 and Ci7600 are the most accurate and reliable benchtop spherespectrophotometer in the market today. They are easier to service and offer anunprecedented audit trail for each sample taken, improving overall colorcompliance in the supply chain.”

    Ideal for the plastics, textile, automotive and paint/coatings industries, the Ci7800 and Ci7600 can adjust to any color supply chain, including thoseanchored by instruments from other suppliers. Product highlights include:

    • Advanced Auditing Capabilities: An on-board camera captures images ofeach measurement, providing a visual record of every sample as well as adetailed audit trail of the settings at the time of measurement. The result is aseamless, automated and consistent color measurement and managementprocess that can be easily audited for invalid measurements and sampledefects. On-board sensors capture temperature and humidity at the time ofmeasurement.

    • Automated Instrument Set-Up: Easy to use software makes instrumentconfiguration simple and eliminates error with pre-loaded customer settings formeasurement consistency.

    • Measurement Flexibility: The instruments come with up to five apertures andthree automated UV filters for increased measurement flexibility across opaque,transparent and translucent materials.

    • Migrate Legacy Colors: The instruments help ensure that legacy data remainsvalid and the new devices fit seamlessly into existing environments regardlessof data format.

    X-Rite will showcase the Ci7800 at NPE 2015, the International Plastics Showcase, March 23 - 27, 2015, in Orlando, Florida and at the European Coatings Show 2015, April 21-23, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    13.03.2015   Holmen reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 45 per cent    ( Company news )

    Company news During 2014, Holmen’s carbon dioxide emissions per tonne of paper and paperboard products produced decreased by 45 per cent compared with 2013. This substantial improvement is the result of a long-term investment and means that the company has taken a further step towards reducing the climate impact of its operations.

    The investment in a new recovery boiler at the paperboard mill in Iggesund has significantly reduced emissions of fossil carbon dioxide and the target is to become self-sufficient in heating and electricity. As a result of extensive energy investments the paperboard mill in Workington currently runs on biofuel and is self-sufficient in electricity and thermal energy. In addition, fossil-free electricity is distributed to the local community. Today, the manufacture of paperboard in the Holmen Group is virtually fossil-free.

    Major investments have been made at Hallsta Paper Mill to increase its energy efficiency, mainly through increased heat recovery from paper machines and pulp production. During 2014, emissions of fossil carbon dioxide decreased by around 70 per cent compared with 2013. At Braviken Paper Mill, oil consumption has decreased due to improvements in the operational strategy for the mill’s steam system, greater efficiency in the solid fuel boiler and increased steam recovery from the production of thermo-mechanical pulp.

    Together these measures have allowed Holmen to reduce emissions of fossil carbon dioxide by 45 per cent in 2014, from 123 to 67 kilos per tonne of paper and paperboard products produced, compared with 2013.

    In recent years Holmen has received several awards for its sustainability work and is included in the UN’s global stock index Global Compact 100 for companies that show a strong financial performance combined with sustainable operations. During 2014 Holmen also gained a place in the Carbon Disclosure Projects (CDP) list of 187 listed companies that are pioneers in the fight against the threat of climate change. In January 2015 Holmen was also named by CDP as one of the 121 best suppliers in the world as regards action against climate change.

    Lars Strömberg, Holmen’s director of sustainable and environmental affairs comments:
    “Our strategy of investing in fossil-free technology at the mills in Sweden and the UK has been crucial for our sustainability work and we are very satisfied with the results for 2014. Being recognised with awards and being included in the sustainability index is acknowledgement of our work. Our efforts on energy and climate issues also create trust, which strengthens our brand with regard to investors, customers and suppliers.”
    (Holmen AB)
     
    13.03.2015   Large Number of Visitors at Muller Martini’s stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays trade fair in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Lucerne: "The Vareo is a brilliant machine"

    Presented as a world premier, the Vareo was the center of attraction at Muller Martini's stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne. A large numbers of visitors wanted to see the perfect binder, where each of the three clamps is equipped with its own servo motor and is driven individually for the first time, live in action.

    Muller Martini displayed the Vareo, which offers maximum flexibility with a mechanical output of up to 1,350 cycles per hour, in Lucerne together with its partners Hunkeler, Heidelberg, ATS and Polar in a flexible machine configuration with which a complete brochure was produced on site. It consisted of digitally printed content (web printing) and a cover, was bound using hotmelt and was given a final three-side trimming in a final step. In this configuration, the comprehensive monitoring of the content and cover by barcode was demonstrated. All modules involved used the same barcode system to ensure that the product had the right composition and is bound correctly.

    Ideal for Short Runs
    "The Vareo is a brilliant machine," said Gottfried Leuenberger, Head of Finishing at the printing and media company W. Gassmann AG in Biel (Switzerland). "Such solutions are needed because the runs are becoming ever smaller. I particularly noticed the outstanding quality of the end products." Trond Erik Isaksen, founder and Managing Director of Livonia Print in Riga (Latvia), was also enthusiastic about the new Vareo: "The perfect machine for digital printing - ideal for short runs."

    For Samir Graba, Managing Director of Société Imprimerie Beta in Ariana (Tunisia), the Vareo is «the ideal À-la-carte solution because it is both predestined for smaller runs in digital printing, but also for the medium run segment from offset printing. I think the new technology of the Vareo is very interesting – a small, but clever machine," Beta, which has two Acoro A7 perfect binders and a 335 saddle stitcher from Muller Martini, still prints exclusively in offset. But it is important for Samir Graba "that we prepare for the future. That's why the Hunkeler Innovationdays were an excellent opportunity for me to inquire in what direction the market is going and what solutions are on offer."

    The All-Rounder for Offset and Digital Printing
    In doing so, Samir Graba noted that, with its excellent price-performance ratio, the Vareo all-rounder comes into its own not only in digital printing for ultra-short runs right down to one copy per job, but also for medium runs, regardless of whether the brochures are produced using offset or digital printing. This makes it the ideal perfect binder for bookbinders and printing houses that work with conventional printing methods and plan to enter digital printing or are already active in digital printing.

    Vareo's flexible equipment enables varied applications. Photo books, personalized catalogs and high-quality brochures can be produced cost-effectively thanks to short setup times (e.g. in less than one minute from A4 to A5), which are indispensable for ultra-short and one-copy runs, and short production times. That enables producing high-quality books extremely quickly, with the very first copy being sellable.

    The Presto II Digital as a Gathering Machine
    In addition to the Vareo, Muller Martini demonstrated at its stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays how the Presto II Digital saddle stitcher is also perfectly suitable for the gathering of signatures. It can be used for the production of both digital and offset printed products. The digitally printed signatures were folded on the TH 56 steel folder and gathered digitally on the Presto II Digital before the finished book block was finally perfect bound live on the Vareo.

    "Because we are now also active in the digital area," explains Gottfried Leuenberger, "I am, of course, looking into this matter closely. Our Primera saddle stitcher is prepared for digital printing, for which reason I had a close look during the trade fair at the inline finishing solution presented by Muller Martini in the Presto II Digital. Because there is no doubt for me that digital is the future." Although Livonia, which has nearly 20 Muller Martini systems (of which only one is older than five years), does not produce any short runs but minimal job sizes of 500 copies, it was nevertheless interesting for Trond Erik Isaksen "to see what is happening in the market for short runs. As there is no other significance trade fair in 2015, the Hunkeler Innovationdays were a golden opportunity for me to have a look what enhancements machine manufacturers were presenting since drupa 2012."

    "Shorter Runs is the Clear Direction"
    ABC Press in Eppindust is also linked to Muller Martini as part of a long-standing partnership on the basis of three Ventura book sewing machines, two Acoro A5 perfect binders, a Diamant bookline and a 335 saddle stitcher. The South African company now wants to enter digital printing. "Because we are seeing the same trend," says Roger Gladwell, Computer-to-Plate Manager, "of a clear movement toward shorter runs and more repeat orders. That's why it was particularly interesting for us to see live in Lucerne what finishing solutions Muller Martini offers."

    Mail Ordner Solutions India PVT Ltd. in Mumbai (India) has been in the area of digital printing for a long time. "We specialize in direct mailing," says Director Prithviraj M. Desai, "but we sometimes also produce books. At the Muller Martini stand, we saw impressively in what direction the technology in digital magazine and book production is going."
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
     
    13.03.2015   Meet Adforum at Skogsindustridagarna in Sundsvall, March 19-20, 2015!    ( Company news )

    Company news Skogsindustridagarna is the major event for the forest industry in Sweden this year, organized in Sundsvall March 19-20, 2015, by Inspecta in co-operation with Pöyry and Idhammar. The event will consist of a conference, an exhibition and a social event in the evening. Please visit their website or watch the movieclip for more information about the event. Adforum will be present at the event – Welcome to our stand!

    Making marketing plans for the incoming year? Let us fill you in on the most important events for the forest industry in May 24-26, 2016 in Stockholm:

    -International Pulp & Paper Week
    The most important event for the pulp and paper industry that will continue the traditions of exhibitions in Stockholm since 1968. The last event was attended by 9064 visitors and 650 exhibiting companies.

    -Bioeconomy Innovation Forum
    The new event for innovations and new products from the forest industry like Biochemicals, Biofuels, Textile Fibres, Bioplastics, Nanocellulose and Consumer packaging. The Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will be organized in co-operation with the forest industry companies.

    An event following the development of the forest industry
    The events by Adforum are developed according to the feedback from the exhibitors and visitors. The next events will not only have a strong focus on new and innovative products but also on other important features like integrated conferences in the exhibition, company visits, matchmaking and social activities.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    13.03.2015   Exchange of knowledge and experiences at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Beside the latest products and services related to paper production there are more attractive offers of information for visitors at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015.

    Market place „Fibers in Process@ZELLCHEMING-Expo“
    The market place „Fibers in Process@ZELLCHEMING-Expo“ is a dialog platform that unifies practice, research and science. It offers visitors the opportunity to get in contact with exhibitors beyond the exhibition stands to debate the industry’s current callenges and developments. Thus a special show is dedicated to the topics „Technology & Services“, „Materials & Processing“ and „Research & Development“. Within the scope of an integrated lecture forum, the so-called Trend Lounge, the topics Paper Industry 4.0 and Resource Efficiency are presented and discussed. Moreover there is an integrated section for research and science where universities and institutes inform about their latest projects as well as their education offers. In addition job starters and young professionals can inform themselves about vacancies of the exhibiting companies at the job and career corner.

    „Paper & Fibre World 2030“ is guiding theme at the conference 2015
    This year’s conference is dedicated to the future project „Paper & Fibre World 2030“ initiated by the German Pulp and Paper Association, German Employers’ Association of the Paper, Board and Plastics Converting Industry and German Paper Technology Research Association. Partner of the project is the Cluster Paper and Fibre. Accompanied is the project by Thomas Strobel of FENWIS GmbH. Focus of the project was to create future visions that enable business chances in attractive future markets with high added value opportunities. For the first time the results of the project will be presented to public. Further more well-known speakers from research and practice will debate the topics „Lightweight with paper in construction and packaging” and „Functional barriers for paper and board”. The conference program is completed by the Cellulose Chemists Symposium.

    The registration for a free entrance ticket is online available under www.zellcheming-expo.de. Moreover one can find further information about the event, travel arrangements and the registration for the conference.
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
     
    12.03.2015   New coreless Solid Plus toilet tissue    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to the use of Solid Plus technology, Sofidel is able to unveil a new coreless toilet tissue on the Italian market.

    Sofidel’s coreless toilet tissue uses a new Solid Plus technology that enables it to dispense with the inner cardboard tube normally found in other toilet tissues. Therefore, the resulting free space can be filled with even more sheets of tissue; 50 more to be precise, thus providing the customer with not only larger rolls of 550 sheets (i.e., 500 + 50) but also with a more practical product.

    The new product, launched under the Coop Zero Tubo brand, marks the start of a new collaboration in the Private Label sector with the leading supermarket in Italy.
    (Sofidel S.p.A.)
     
    12.03.2015   Smurfit Kappa launches Shelf-Facer, boosting brand visibility by up to 50%    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa has announced its latest ground-breaking solution, the Shelf-Facer, proven to increase the visibility of goods on the shelf by up to 50%, leading to a significant increase in potential sales.

    Rigorous testing and extensive shopper insight data have confirmed the benefits of the unique solution, which pulls products to the front of shelf-ready packaging, significantly improving shelf presentation and allowing brands to take full advantage of in-store marketing opportunities.

    The announcement of the Shelf-Facer follows the recent release of Smurfit Kappa’s shopper marketing white paper – Marketing on the Shelf - exactly how in control are you? – which found that, despite 76% of purchase decisions being made by shoppers in-store, brands often fail to seize upon the powerful marketing opportunity it represents, particularly at point of purchase and on the shelf.

    To meet this challenge, Smurfit Kappa drew on the brightest and most creative minds of its 700 plus designers worldwide. Tasked with creating a solution to maximise shelf visibility, the result was an innovative and commercial solution for brands to guarantee their products are as easy as possible to find and buy in store.

    The Shelf-Facer consistently ensures the product is in view and available at the front of the shelf for consumers to find. Once an item has been purchased, it is immediately replaced by another from behind, significantly improving brand visibility and increasing sales.

    Recent studies estimate a significant increase in sales can be achieved through improved shelf presentation. To quantify and understand the impact of the Shelf-Facer, Smurfit Kappa used its unique eye-tracking technology, developed with partner Eyesee, to map where the shoppers’ eye is most drawn to on the shelf. The results prove that the Shelf-Facer increases the visibility of products on the shelf by up to 50%.

    Arco Berkenbosch, Senior Vice President Innovation, Smurfit Kappa, said: “After a great deal of testing and research, we are confident the Shelf-Facer will prove an important new tool that will help brands sell more of their products in-store. We understand the importance of grabbing consumer attention at the point of purchase and, in line with our ongoing commitment to maximise value for our business partners, we are pleased to have created a product that is proven to drive commercial success.”

    The Shelf-Facer is just one of a range of innovations that will be launched at the company’s Innovation Event on April 15th in the Netherlands. The launch of the Shelf-Facer is the latest example of Smurfit Kappa’s wider commitment to maximise value for its customers, by developing proven packaging innovations to drive business success and win at that all important first moment of truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another. It builds on the company’s differentiation strategy to ‘Open the future’ for its customers, by delivering customer growth through insight and innovation.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    12.03.2015   Xeikon Cuts Gem of an Agreement with Sapphire    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: From left to right: Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific; Wim Maes, CEO Xeikon; Neeraj Chaudhry, Founder Sapphire Graphic Solutions; Vikram Saxena, CEO Sapphire Graphic Solutions.

    Digital specialist to represent Xeikon in Indian document printing market

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology has signed an agreement with Sapphire, the leading Indian supplier of digital print solutions to support its expansion in the Indian document printing market.

    The agreement, signed at the brand new Xeikon Asia Technology Center, will focus on the commercial printing and publishing sectors as well as the photo, wall décor and creative markets.

    The portfolio Sapphire represents includes Xeikon’s 8000 Series digital color presses. They feature high precision LED-array imaging technology, which combines true 1200 dpi resolution and 4-bit per spot color depth, to deliver the finest commercial print quality available on the market today. In addition, the Xeikon 8000 Series presses offer unmatched format flexibility, with a media width of 512mm (20.2 inches) and unlimited print length. The presses print on both sides of the substrate simultaneously and can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 10 million pages.

    The 8000 Series presses are a fundamental element in Xeikon’s Document Production Suite, a fully integrated solution for the production of direct marketing material of virtually any size or format, ready for mailing or short-run high-quality transactional printing.

    Sapphire will also offer Xeikon’s Wall Decoration Suite. It allows cost-efficient production of high-quality wall decorations for commercial, retail and residential purposes. This short-run friendly ‘all-in-one’ solution addresses the increasing demand for more customized and personalized print jobs and enables the production of a small roll of finished wallpaper from a large roll of paper. It integrates four major components - a Xeikon digital press printing on the widest media range available, with dedicated workflows and software, application-specific toners and process optimization tools plus pre- and post-press equipment.

    “We pride ourselves on our customer centric approach, whether it is providing a trained operator with the machine or supporting the initial installation for the first couple of weeks,” states Sapphire’s Vikram Saxena, Chief Operating Officer at Sapphire Graphic Solutions. “It is this approach to customer support that has resulted in the success of our business from its inception. We are delighted to be able to work with Xeikon and share with our customers how the large portfolio of Xeikon’s digital printing solutions can help them grow their business and stay ahead of the competition.”

    Bent Serritslev, who was recently appointed Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC) to help support its fast-paced growth in this dynamic region comments: “Sapphire has earned an unrivalled reputation for its service, support and sales of digital printing solutions and we are delighted to be working together in such an exciting and vibrant region. We are looking forward to presenting solutions that can help Indian print production operations improve their production capabilities and enhance their service offering.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    12.03.2015   Invercote G from Iggesund : Upgraded for better digital printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: “For a company like ours that offers top-quality stiff paperboard, the explosive development of digitally printed packaging offers huge possibilities,” comments Fredrik Lisinski, responsible for the development of Iggesund Paperboard’s digital print sales.© Iggesund

    “We’re seeing almost an explosion of digitally printed folding cartons. For a company like ours which offers stiff paperboard of the highest quality this is a terrific development,” comments Fredrik Lisinski, who is responsible for developing Iggesund Paperboard’s sales to the digital print market.

    Strong brands led by Coca Cola have shown that the intelligent personalisation or regionalisation of packaging and labels can drive sales. Presses designed for higher grammages as well as new finishing equipment are opening up new possibilities. At the same time, larger sheet formats are paving the way for better economies of scale for digital printing.

    “In addition, new applications are appearing that were previously unimaginable,” Lisinski adds. “Fifteen – or even ten – years ago, who could have thought that a print run of five calendars featuring photos of someone’s grandchildren or three copies of a photo book could form the financial backbone of a printing firm.”

    Invercote, which is Iggesund’s flagship product, has paved the way for digital printing on thicker paper materials since the technology was introduced in 1993. Today’s Invercote G is certified for a variety of digital print technologies and is recognised as the market leader by digital printers when they need a thicker or stiffer material than usual.

    The rapid development of digital presses and increasingly widespread interest in using digital print on packaging led Iggesund to take the next step with Invercote.

    “The upgraded Invercote G that we’re rolling out into the market this spring will give us a complete portfolio of products for digital applications,” Lisinski explains.

    “Invercote Creato is the best choice for all two-sided printed materials such as covers and various types of cards, but also for packaging with equal demands on both sides of the paperboard. The upgraded Invercote G will give customers who want a clear difference between the paperboard’s two sides but who still want to be able to print on both sides using their digital presses precisely what they’re looking for.”

    The secret lies in the new coating on the reverse side of the upgraded Invercote G.

    Iggesund’s engineers were asked to create a reverse side with improved printing properties – in both offset and digital – but without compromising on the natural feel that has been the product’s hallmark for many years. The market’s reactions to the upgrade have far exceeded expectations.

    With this new product Iggesund wants to give the entire digital print industry a tool with which to smash all the barriers that have hindered digitally printed folding cartons from achieving its full potential.

    “We don’t want our customers to have to choose between good printability in digital applications and first-class packaging characteristics in terms of designability and material stiffness and strength,” Lisinski says. “With Invercote we want to give them both. Our status as the market leader proves we’re on the right path. With this upgraded product I’m convinced that the entire digital packaging print market will take another leap forward.”

    Over the past year Iggesund has made major efforts to increase the availability of Invercote in the most common formats for digital presses.

    “We’ve followed the market and worked with the leading press manufacturers. The result is a product portfolio that is perfectly suited to people who do digital printing on higher grammages,” Fredrik Lisinski concludes.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    11.03.2015   AGI printed on Holmen TRND    ( Company news )

    Company news To expand our offering further and to reach new customer segments, Holmen Paper has launched Holmen TRND for sheet feed. This way, printers of smaller editions of magazines and direct mail can also reap the benefits of using Holmen TRND. The special character of Holmen TRND gives new life to your content.

    Holmen TRND is literally a challenger among magazine papers and is used for magazines and direct mail. The paper is matte, uncoated and the surface is tough and rough. Holmen TRND is a cost efficient alternative to wood-free coated papers.

    The paper magazine AGI Grafiskt Forum printed their Swedish December issue on sheet feed Holmen TRND with good results. Peter Ollén concludes in his editorial that when they send the magazine for distribution, it weighs 25% less than normal but has 20% more bulk. The reader experiences a thicker magazine, the printer saves 25% on paper cost and the distribution weight is reduced by 25%. A win-win situation for all.
    (Holmen Paper AB)
     
    11.03.2015   The new Highway Range from Arctic Paper - Four innovative paper grades for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...high-speed inkjet printing

    Arctic Paper introduces its complete Highway Range, a new innovative and flexible range of quality papers designed for today’s fastest and most efficient inkjet printers. Amber Highway is suitable for the growing transactional printing market, whereas Munken Highway is suited to multifunctional purposes ranging from brochures to coffee table books.

    High-speed inkjet printing technology requires an entirely different approach to paper manufacturing. As a leader in the field, Arctic Paper has developed a flexible paper range for everything from personalised transactional printing to more sophisticated brochures and books.

    All the paper grades in the Highway Range are custom-made for high-speed inkjet printing, while still retaining the touch and feel of traditional paper grades:
    • Amber Highway Regular and Amber Highway Super have been developed for today’s growing transactional and transpromo market, suitable for products such as personalised bank statements, invoices and personalised offerings and ads.
    • Munken Highway White and Munken Highway Cream are true multifunctional, bulky paper grades in two different shades, suitable for black and white and full colour printing using high-speed inkjet, flexo, offset or dry toner printing methods.

    “As a leading producer of fine paper in Europe, we are keen to offer a flexible range of paper grades that meets both current and emerging market needs and we see great potential for the new range,” said Marc Bogaert, Managing Director of Arctic Paper’s sales office in Benelux.
    (Arctic Paper Benelux N.V.)
     
    11.03.2015   SENNING is Participating at TISSUE-ME 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news TISSUE Middle East Exhibition the 2nd International Exhibition for Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting Industries will be held on October 22nd -24th , 2015. at Cairo International Convention Center, Cairo, Egypt.
    TISSUE-ME 2015 Exhibition gathers exclusively Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting manufacturing experts, key players and decision-makers committed to showcase the latest Machinery, Raw Material, Finished Products, Technologies, Innovations, Solutions and Services from around the Globe.

    SENNING is Participating at TISSUE-ME 2015
    More than 60 years of development and construction of packaging machines, are Christian Senning Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG basis for reliable and innovative solutions for the wrapping of paper and tissue products.
    Christian Senning Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG sells 80% of their packaging machines in foreign markets all over the world.
    Christian Senning Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG is producing wrapping machines for the following products:
    Napkins
    Handkerchiefs
    Facial Tissues
    Towels
    Miscellaneous Non-Woven Products
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    11.03.2015   Dynamic and intelligent production brought to print life with the new Mimaki SIJ-320UV    ( Company news )

    Company news Selective debut of 3.2m large format LED-UV curing roll-to-roll inkjet printer with twin roll option

    Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, announces the launch of the LED-UV curing inkjet printer SIJ-320UV, a 3.2m wide format printer developed specifically to support the needs of wide format print service providers in China, Taiwan, Russia, Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The built-in quality and uninterrupted print run checking features combine perfectly with the newly developed LUS-120 high performance UV curing ink, enabling the printer to produce uninterrupted high quality, high speed printing of various signage media, including PVC and other banner materials. The printer will be commercially available as of April 2015.

    Patented dithering for uninterrupted and consistent print quality

    The SIJ-320UV is equipped with various print quality check features to ensure the Mimaki quality guarantee:

    - The patented dithering Mimaki Fine Diffusion 1 technology (MFD1) processes image data while safeguarding the original image quality. The technology is included in the Rasterlink 6 RIP software and reduces noise through hybrid processing of pattern and error diffusion dithering.

    - Mimaki Advanced pass system 4 (MAPS4) reduces banding and uneven colour printing.

    - Optimum waveform technique ensures ink deposition at an optimum angle from the printhead, while maintaining excellent ink droplet circularity.

    - NCU automatically detects and recovers clogged nozzles.

    - NRS selects substitute nozzles to restart printing, if required.

    - Precise media feeding mechanism supports fine printing.

    A multitasking jack-of-all-trades!

    China, Taiwan, Russia, Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa are experiencing a surge in wide format application jobs. The need to produce short run jobs on a wide variety of media has created room in these markets for a wide format printer that could master miscellaneous jobs at a high pace at exceptional quality. Mimaki has therefore launched this dedicated roll-to-roll printer for various signage media, including PVC and other banner materials. Alongside the printer, Mimaki also introduces the versatile LUS-120 UV ink, offering printers the flexibility and durability required for signage jobs. The ink delivers beautiful, durable printing results at all times, even on soft media such as (non-laminated) banner materials. Moreover, in order to make the printer’s job load even more practical, it allows for simultaneous printing on two rolls, up to a maximum mountable media width of 1,524mm for each roll. That way, printers can simultaneously handle two different jobs on one machine.

    Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe, comments on the new launch: “This machine is as versatile and flexible as the printers it is designed for in these regions. State-of-the-art Mimaki technology combined with durable and outstanding ink colour reproduction will make sure they can timely tailor each print job to the needs and quality standards of their customers.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    11.03.2015   Tissue World Barcelona: Voith presents the NipcoFlex T shoe press and state-of-the-art products    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith will have its own stand again this year at Tissue World Barcelona, Spain, to be held from March 17 to 19, 2015. Trade fair visitors will find Voith at stand C 150.

    Voith will introduce the current NipcoFlex T shoe press and illustrate examples of the system already installed worldwide. The presentation will furthermore include ATMOS, the Voith technology for the manufacture of premium tissue, as well as more than 20 other state-of-the-art products for tissue production.

    Marcus Schwier, Voith Vice President Sales Tissue EMEA, will give a presentation on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, on the topic: ‘Join the Future – the Most Energy Saving Tissue Production Line in the World.‘ Mr. Schwier will present the latest operating results from Miltenberg.

    Laslo Monte, Voith Director Sales FRS Tissue & Replacement Rolls EMEA, will give a presentation on Thursday, March 19, 2015 focusing on ‘State-of-the-Art Conditions for Dewatering at the Suction Pressure Roll.’ Mr. Monte will report on the significant energy savings and performance increases that can be achieved for paper machines with the HydroSeal sealing strip system, the SolarSoft polyurethane roll cover and the Evolution press felt.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    11.03.2015   Ecofibras started up TM#5 in Aranguren, Spain, after major rebuilding    ( Company news )

    Company news The Spanish Company ECOFIBRAS ARANGUREN SL, tissue manufacturing facility of the CEL group, has successfully completed and started up in cooperation with Toscotec the tissue machine TM#5 in Aranguren – Zalla Bizkaia – after a major rebuilding.

    Formerly KC Aranguren plant, Ecofibras initiated a new phase as an independent company in 2012.
    TM#5 rebuild project was part of the new development plan designed to increase company’s production capacity and improve product’s quality with the aim to supply current parent reels market, both in virgin and in deinked pulp reels.

    The project’s scope was to rebuild into a crescent former the existing machine TM#5, originally equipped with a suction breast former and sloped wire configuration, in order to produce lower tissue grades, improve the machine speed as well as the runnability and maintenance.

    Toscotec supplied to Ecofibras a stock preparation upgrading, a fully hydraulic step diffuser headbox TT Headbox- SLT and the replacement of the wet-end section into Crescent Former.
    Erection supervision, start-up assistance and training services completed Toscotec’s scope of supply.

    The new configuration, besides reaching energy savings and a high product quality targets, allowed TM#5 machine to increase the operating speed from 1370 mpm up to 1500 mpm, with the possibility of reaching a speed of 1800 mpm once dry end section will be upgraded.

    Due to the perfect integration of the mill and Toscotec teams, the rebuild has been carried out in a very short time and the target was reached both in terms of timing and performances.

    Once more, with this new installation, Toscotec has demonstrated its capability and great experience in managing complex technological machine upgrading and rebuilding worldwide in a short delivery and installation time.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    11.03.2015   Bosch presents Energy generation 4.0     ( Company news )

    Company news ISH Energy 2015 in Frankfurt, hall 8.0, stand B31
    Modular efficiency concept and intelligent controls

    -Interactive demonstration of the energy system control MEC
    -Live connection to real plants with Bosch remote technology
    -Interactive efficiency configurator for heating and process heat

    On the ISH Energy, the World’s leading trade fair for the sanitary, building, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energies Bosch completely focuses on the subject Energy generation 4.0 for large systems. With the new product family Master Energy Control (MEC System) steam, hot water and combined heat and power (CHP) products from Bosch can be combined to intelligent systems. Direct communication between system components like CHPs and steam boilers ensures higher system efficiency and a long system liftetime. Maximum availability and 24/7 remote service are additional benefits of energy generation plants networked with the MEC System. The intuitive user interface allows to view and evaluate the state of systems quick and effective. With the optional remote connection MEC Remote users can safely access their systems from everywhere. If required, experts from Bosch online provide advice and suggest optimisations on demand at any time.

    Thus, Bosch sets a new standard in terms of system availability, reliability and service level. At the ISH Energy visitors can interactively experience the system: A Bosch expert will give live demonstrations of the secure access to test systems, for example, in Kazakhstan.

    Interactive efficiency configurator for heating and process heat
    Another highlight on the trade fair are the interactive configurators for efficient heating and process heat. Whether it is the retrofitting of a heat exchanger, switching from oil to gas operation or the preheating of combustion air with waste heat, here, trade visitors can acquire an impression of the economic efficiency of different modules and combinations.

    When and for whom does a combined heat and power unit pay off? What benefit does the use of waste heat from cooling units have? And which increase in efficiency can intelligent system controls and efficient hydraulics provide? At the Bosch stand on the ISH Energy interested persons receive information about the hidden saving potentials in their current system.

    Industry-specific energy concepts and system solutions
    With 150 years of experience Bosch has unique knowledge in the area of specific requirements of different industries and users. More than 110 000 successful projects in more than 140 countries are a clear proof of the high competence in the area of energy generation systems.

    Highly specialised configuration tools and experienced experts ensure extraordinarily quick and precise customer-specific offer generation. Therefore, one of the focal topics at the Bosch stand are energy concepts for different industries. Besides technical information on thermal system solutions, our experts will demonstrate advantages of Bosch technology by providing insight into innovative reference projects.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     
    10.03.2015   Forty years on, Perstorp’s Capa™ commitment is stronger than ever    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: This year is the 40th anniversary of Capa™, the multi-talented range of caprolactone monomer, aliphatic polyester polyols and thermoplastics from Perstorp. The Sweden-based global supplier of specialty chemicals continues to innovate with Capa™, to bring ground-breaking high-end performance to products and processes in adhesives, biopolymers, coatings, elastomers, and resins used in a wide range of applications. (Photo: Perstorp)

    Since the introduction of Capa™ in 1975, Perstorp has built up an unmatched combination of knowledge and expertise, as well as a market-leading production and testing infrastructure. Capa™ helps Perstorp customers create materials with enhanced properties, such as wear resistance, lower VOC, UV resistance, gloss, adhesion and low temperature flexibility. Perstorp is now strengthening its focus on delivering custom solutions that address industry trends, facilitate innovation and differentiation through measurable benefits.

    Perstorp is constantly investing in production facilities. Its latest investments include a pilot plant that was brought on-stream in Warrington, UK, last year. This will help it develop new grades more quickly for specific needs.

    “With Capa™, we strive to be at the forefront of the development of innovative high performance solutions for formulators across diverse polyurethanes sectors and in plastics,” says Stephen Lewis, BU Vice President for Perstorp’s Capa™ business. “It boils down to three things: Consistent innovation in our technologies, delivering clear benefits throughout the value chain; Customer focus, with superior service support and providing security of supply; and finally Care, with our focus on quality and sustainability.”

    Saving solvents and energy in adhesives production and use
    Capa™ plays a vital role in improving both the adhesion and bonding process of adhesives. It helps minimize joint failures, whether the substrate is textile, wood, metal or plastic. For adhesive formulators and converters, Capa™ is easy to process and apply, helping to minimize processing costs. The low processing temperatures of thermoplastic adhesives containing higher molecular weight Capa™ grades (Capa™ Thermoplastics), and the low melt viscosity of reactive adhesives containing Capa™ Polyols, ensure speed and efficiency as well as reduced energy costs and lower VOC levels.

    Increasing the potential of bioplastics
    Perstorp is stepping up its investment into the fast-growing bioplastics market. Capa™ Thermoplastics are already playing a vital role in enhancing biopolymer performance and biodegradability across a range of bioplastic applications. Compounding equipment is currently being installed in a new advanced laboratory. This investment is critical to support Perstorp customers in their development work in this innovative market.
    Capa™ Thermoplastics add significant value to the performance of biopolymers such as PLA, PHA and starch, in short-life and long-life applications. Today, Perstorp is focusing on key bioplastic growth areas, in paper coatings, bags & films, and packaging, but with its new investments, the company is ensuring that it has the infrastructure in place to meet the challenges of new emerging applications.

    High performance coatings with low carbon footprints
    The coatings market is a key focus for innovation at Perstorp, as the company moves forward in developing targeted solutions for selected segments, applying its expertise in a wide range of technologies to decorative and industrial applications. Perstorp is concentrating on providing customers with improved performance while reducing wherever possible the environmental footprint of the supply chain.

    Perstorp has a leading position as a supplier of high performance materials for industrial coatings used in applications that range from aerospace exteriors, through wind turbine blades, to soft-touch surfaces for car interiors. Capa™ Polyols are the ideal solution for companies formulating premium polyurethane coatings that require very good low temperature properties, resistance to impacts and abrasion, crack resistance, chemical resistance, and very good aesthetic qualities. Capa™ Polyols are also best in class when it comes to VOCs, since they require the addition of little or no solvent.

    Elastomers perform under pressure
    When used in polyurethane elastomers, Capa™ Polyols significantly enhance the performance properties that keep them in good shape over long lifetimes. For example, Capa™ improves the properties of thermoplastic (TPU) end products that require outstanding performance under pressure, such as gaskets, O-rings and seals. For castable elastomers, Capa™ increases toughness, durability and flexibility for applications that range from industrial rollers and mining screens to sports shoes and car bumpers.

    Premium resins
    Capa™-based polyurethane dispersions and UV-curable resins provide sustainability and premium performance properties across wood, metal, plastic, textiles and leather substrates. They provide protection against weathering, cracking, corroding, abrasion and impact. Applications include high-end opto-electrical, automotive, and aerospace coatings as well as paints and printing inks.

    New Capa™ innovations add to sustainability
    Perstorp is now launching the Capa™ Lactides series of very high performance polyols. Properties of these copolymers of caprolactone and lactides can be tailored for specific applications. Perstorp sees major opportunities for these new grades, which enable a good balance between soft feel and a range of mechanical properties in coatings. These liquid grades eliminate solvent use and add long-lasting properties to adhesives and elastomers too. Lactides are based on lactic acid derived from renewable resources, so the new polyols have beneficial carbon footprints as well.
    (Perstorp AB)
     
    10.03.2015   Brigl & Bergmeister to increase prices by 5-8% from April 1    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to a drastic increase of raw material costs compared to last year Brigl & Bergmeister cannot avoid to raise sales prices by 5-8% from April 1. The increase will vary by grade and region.
    At the two locations in Austria and Slovenia, Brigl & Bergmeister manufacture wet strength and non-wet strength label papers as well as flexible packaging papers.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    10.03.2015   ICE Europe 2015 has started: 10% increase in exhibitor numbers and floor space     ( Company news )

    Company news Featuring a total of 439 exhibitors from 26 countries, ICE Europe 2015, International Converting Exhibition, opens its doors from 10 – 12 March 2015 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany. This year, the 9th International Exhibition for Paper, Film, Foil and Nonwovens Converting covers a net exhibition space of 11,000 m2. This represents a 10% increase in exhibitors and net floor space since the previous record event.

    „The continued growth of the world’s leading converting exhibition demonstrates the positive economic outlook of the industry sector and its dynamic development. There is considerable growth potential for the converting industry in the emerging markets where the demand for consumer products and flexible packaging solutions is continuously growing. In the developed markets there is an increasing demand for value-added, individually designed products and smart packaging solutions,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

    For suppliers and users of materials, machines, systems and accessories for the conversion of flexible materials, an international trade show such as ICE Europe is a key driver for innovative production solutions. The exhibiting companies are presenting a comprehensive range of products for the converting industry: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialist software.

    A key feature of ICE Europe is the large number of live demonstration of machinery and systems at the individual exhibition stands. Whether biodegradable materials, enhanced coating applications, efficient slitting and rewinding technology, new printing or precise measuring systems – many novelties are presented at ICE Europe to a wider audience for the very first time.

    A specialist conference on prevailing trends in converting is held alongside the exhibition. The conference is organised by AIMCAL (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging.
    The 2nd International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry will, once again, be co-located to ICE Europe, in hall B6, directly opposite the ICE Europe halls. A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will present raw materials, machines, accessories and systems for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. An open and free seminar with a variety of topics on corrugated and carton production as well as new digital and inkjet print applications will be held on the show floor.
    ICE Europe 2015 will be held in halls A5 and A6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. The show can be accessed via the East entrance. ICE Europe 2015 is open on Tuesday, 10 March 2015, and Wednesday, 11 March 2015, from 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, 12 March 2015, from 9am – 4pm.
    Entry tickets are still available at a discounted price via the online ticket shop. A day ticket costs €20, a 3-day-ticket €30. On-site, tickets cost €32 (day ticket) or €47 (3-day-ticket). Entry tickets for ICE Europe 2015 are also valid for CCE International 2015.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    10.03.2015   CCE International 2015 presents innovative technology and application oriented seminars    ( Company news )

    Company news 2nd edition of Europe’s only specialised exhibition for the corrugated and folding carton industry opens its doors

    Over the next three days, 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will showcase a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Open seminars on the latest developments in corrugated and carton manufacture and converting will be held alongside the show. The detailed seminar programme is now available from the show website.

    From 10 - 12 March 2015, CCE International will once again be the key marketplace for experts from the corrugated and cartonboard industry. With more than one third of growth in exhibitors and net exhibition space, compared with the show premiere in 2013, the exhibition
    covers 4,500 m2 in hall B6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany.
    The show profile of CCE International covers raw materials, consumables, corrugating line and equipment, corrugated and carton converting equipment, design and CAD/CAM, printing equipment, cutting, creasing and die-cutting equipment, ancillary equipment, materials handling and warehousing, pallet strapping and handling systems, MIS and plant scheduling systems, waste extraction and baling as well as corresponding services.

    Open seminars on converting solutions for the packaging industry
    The open seminars held alongside the show will discuss hot topics like ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’ and will take place on all three show days at stand 285 within hall B6. They address experts with in the industry sector and will provide an
    overview of specific topics with Question & Answer sessions following on after each presentation.
    Sessions will mainly be held in English, except for one seminar in German language focusing on ‘Digital Print on Fibre Based Packaging’ on Wednesday, 11 March at 11.00am. The open seminars are free to attend for visitors to the show.

    The conference programme in detail:
    Tuesday, 10th March 2015
    11:00 – 12:00 Digital Print for Corrugated Packaging
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Flat-Bed Digital Printing Systems for Corrugated Board
    Jörg-Peter Kober, Hewlett Packard

    High Speed Corrugated Case Printing in a Single Pass
    Sean Moloney, SUN Automation Group

    How to Deal with Short Run Printed Sheets for Downstream Converting
    Barry Tabor, BCS Autobox
    15:00 – 16:00 Folding and Gluing of Folding Cartons
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, Folding Carton Industry

    High Speed Gluing Machinery for Folding Cartons
    Pinar Kucukaras, Duran Machinery

    Spotting a Defect Box at High Speed on a Gluer is Critical for Batch Accuracy
    Ralf Scharf, Baumer hhs

    Why is Fold Accuracy so Important on the Specialty Gluer?
    Abdel Ezbiri, Cerulean Instrumentation
    Wednesday, 11th March 2015
    11:00 – 12:00 Digital Print on Fibre Based Packaging (in German)

    Flat-Bed Digital Print Systems for Corrugated Board and Displays
    Michael Lackner, Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology

    High Speed Carton Printing - From Work Flow to Finished Carton
    Michael Uhl, Xeikon International

    What Aspects of Your Business Do You Need to Change to Integrate Digital Print into an Analog Business Model? From Design and Through to the Entire Workflow
    Pascal Thomas, Esko
    13:30 – 14:00 Inkjet Print in Packaging

    Industrial Inkjet Printing is Booming Both in Terms of Technology and
    Opportunity – How Can We Take Advantage of this Boom?
    Frazer Chesterman, Co-Founder of the Industrial Print Show InPrint
    15:00 – 16:00 Accurate Die-Cutting of Corrugated Board
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Keeping Your Anvil in Good Shape Results in a Better Die-Cut on a Rotary Die-Cutter
    Taco Paulides, Dicar

    Safe Storage of Your Dies Is Critical to an Efficient Die-Cutting Department
    Torben Christiansen, bcm transtech

    Using Time Saving Die Mounting Equipment on Your Flexo Is Safe and Efficient
    Oscar Serra, Talleres Serra
    Thursday, 12th March 2015
    10:00 – 11:00 Folding and Gluing
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Dealing with the Output from a High Speed Gluing Machinery for Corrugated Boxes Needs Additional Equipment
    Ulrich Wolz, Bahmüller

    Accurate Glue Application is Critical in High Speed Corrugated Box Making
    Chris Leary, W.H. Leary Co.

    Why is Belt Life so Important on a Corrugated Specialty Gluer?
    Hermann Nelles, Ammeraal Beltech
    13:00 – 13:30 The Digital Print Revolution Panel Discussion

    InPrint
    Online registration at favourable price open until the end of the show
    The Online Ticket Shop on the CCE International 2015 website will still be open during the exhibition days. An online day pass booked any time before entering the exhibition is available for €20 and a 3-day-pass for only €30. On-site, the day ticket will cost €32 and the
    season ticket €47. All tickets will also allow access to the co-located event ICE Europe 2015: The 9th edition of the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting takes place in the halls A5 and A6 just opposite of CCE International.
    The exhibition profile of ICE Europe includes the following categories: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialised software.
    CCE International 2015, held in hall B6, is accessible via the East entrance of the Munich Trade Fair Centre and will be open until Thursday 12 March. The opening hours are Wednesday, 11 March 2015 from 9.00 – 17.00 and Thursday, 12 March from 9.00 – 16.00.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    09.03.2015   Toscotec to supply three new AHEAD-1.5M ES tissue machines to Vinda Group, China    ( Company news )

    Company news Vinda Group, producer and branded provider of household paper and personal care & hygiene products in China, has placed an order with the Italian manufacturer Toscotec for the supply of three new tissue lines at its two mills in Deyang, Sichuan and Laiwu, Shandong, which are scheduled to come on stream in the last quarter of 2015.

    Vinda Group has stepped up its expansion plan. In line with the strong partnership established with Toscotec, it decided to place these new orders with the Italian manufacturer, based on Toscotec’s technological advantage, which delivers top product quality and considerably reduces the mill's energy costs. As a result, the Group will add an annual production capacity of 60,000 tons in Shandong and 30,000 tons in Sichuan.

    The new Toscotec lines are AHEAD-1.5M ES crescent former tissue machines, designed for the production of high quality tissue products, with significant energy savings both with usage of gas and with steam. The speed is 1600 mpm, with a trim width of 3400 mm. Furthermore, the scope of supply also includes Toscotec’s Drying Optimization for Energy Saving solution TT DOES, a tailor-made drying package including also Milltech hood, which delivers higher drying efficiency and output, as well as key energy savings. Toscotec’s short approach flow TT SAF contributes to such savings, with an overall efficiency increase in the approach system.
    Complete engineering and erection supervision, commissioning & start up assistance and training services are also part of the supply.

    These orders continue along the line of a strong, successful, long-term partnership between Toscotec Group and Vinda Group, which begun in 2011. Vinda Paper (Shandong) Co. Ltd. already houses two Toscotec tissue machines, PM1 & PM2, which came on stream in the second half of 2013.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    09.03.2015   CS Labels moves into the ‘Fast Lane’ with the Xeikon Cheetah Digital Press    ( Company news )

    Company news With speed increases of almost 60%, the fastest digital label press on the market will enable award-winning digital label printer to boost its capacity by a third

    Xeikon announces today the upcoming arrival of its Xeikon Cheetah press at award-winning digital label printer CS Labels. The new Xeikon digital press is one the most important advancements in digital printing in the last 15 years, and UK-based CS Labels has been selected as one of the pilot sites for this ground-breaking technology, bringing CS Labels’ pressroom portfolio up to five cutting-edge Xeikon digital presses. The new addition will enable CS Labels to increase capacity by yet another third, and the company expects the Xeikon Cheetah to be a key enabler for continuing its year-on-year growth of up to 25% and taking turnover to £4m a year. As one of the fastest digital label presses on the market with printing speeds of 30 meters per minute, the Xeikon Cheetah is 56% faster than any other press in the current Xeikon portfolio, making it the most productive digital press in its class.

    “I am delighted that we have been selected to pioneer this technology and integrate it into our production portfolio,” states Simon Smith, CS Labels Managing Director. “Over the past few years, we have led the way when it comes to helping companies make the switch from traditional flexo printing to digital. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah means that we can make even bigger inroads into a rapidly growing marketplace and a dynamically changing landscape. In our view, digital has not been seen as short run/high cost for some time now as brand owners gain a deeper understanding of its many advantages. We have noticed a real growth in demand for longer digital print runs, culminating with an order for 50,000 linear meters at the end of last year. Our higher end clients are up to date with what is possible and our expanded production capacity will give them even more confidence. Quite simply, the Xeikon Cheetah will enable us to cope with increased demand while continuing to deliver jobs quickly and accurately.”

    Close partnership continues
    CS Labels has had a mutually beneficial relationship with Xeikon for nearly a decade. “The close partnership with Xeikon has allowed both of us to grow and develop, staying ahead of the technology curve,” says Smith. “We have invested in a total of seven Xeikon presses during that time. Each year we look forward to learning about new capabilities coming our way that will allow us to increase our capacity and the breadth of our offerings. The Xeikon Cheetah is the latest advancement, and might just be the best yet!”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, adds: “Selecting CS Labels as a pilot site for the Xeikon Cheetah was an easy decision. Their thought leadership and commitment to digital printing continues to pay off. We are delighted to be their valued partner as we move into the next stage of the industry’s evolution”.

    Exploring new markets
    The Xeikon Cheetah will give CS Labels greater production flexibility and allow the company to explore new markets. “With this new press, we will not only be able to expand capacity but we will also have the capability to produce different types of work,” explains Smith. “Where the Xeikon Cheetah will have the biggest impact is in raising production efficiency. We will be able to have each of the presses in our fleet set up for and dedicated to a specific product type, with no change-over in substrates or settings required. Keeping the same material on the press avoids downtime, and it also means we can offer a broader portfolio leveraging an even more robust production platform and do so more cost effectively.”

    Innovation drives value
    Innovation is a key cornerstone in the ethos of CS Labels, and the company is always looking at how it can support customer growth. “We follow the latest market trends and are reviewing how we can be more innovative,” Smith says. “For example, we see significant growth opportunities in peel-and-reveal labels and digital wrap-around labels, and as such need more capacity to produce these. The Xeikon Cheetah will undoubtedly give us that. In addition, this press will help us to be more proactive in the conventional flexo market as we can be more competitive on the longer flexo runs by virtue of moving more work to digital.”

    This increased production capability dovetails with increasing brand interest in digital according to Smith: “Big brands are taking digital seriously now, and we need to be able to cope with the growing volumes. Digital print enables us to change the nature of the dialogue we have. Customers are not just looking at the cost of production, they are looking at how to use the technology to enhance brand value.”

    He expands: “The Share-a-Coke campaign in Europe changed everything. It blew away perceptions of limitations to digital. Personalization, versioning, improving the overall quality – these are all made affordable by digital. The result is more relevant labeling that generates a better ROI, market nimbleness and improved brand perception. Being able to rapidly transition to new labels based on seasonality, geography, language and special events keeps a brand fresh. Also, the ability to cost-effectively produce these shorter versioned and personalized runs creates a different mental model with respect to run lengths, giving brands better control over inventories and wastage.” The digital conversation also goes beyond the physical product Smith adds: “It is a way to incorporate other technologies such as micro text, augmented reality and other embellishments that can be added later to create a stand-out label.”

    Despite growing interest in digital on the part of brand owners, Smith points out that customer education is still vital. A key element of that education is ensuring digital is considered at the design stage to take full advantage of what it can offer. “The conversation has shifted from a more defensive posture on digital to an enthusiastic pursuit of how it can change operations,” Smith says. “When we get customers into the plant and they see our Xeikon fleet for themselves, the technology literally sells itself and stimulates a lot of great new ideas.”

    As for the future, Smith is understandably excited: “In the next three to five years, there is enormous opportunity. It is not just about printing self-adhesive labels anymore. There are changes in the nature of the dialogue we are having with customers. We are starting to talk to them about digital advantages that go beyond a discussion of price. It is brainstorming with customers about the possibilities that makes it really exciting!”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    09.03.2015   marks-3zet expands business with new subsidiary in Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: marks-3zet Company Building: The head office of marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

    In 2014, marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) acquired the Italian company Printgraph Waterless. On 1 January 2015, the new subsidiary began operating in the Italian market under the name marks-3zet Srl.

    Based in Milan, marks-3zet Srl offers the same product and services portfolio as its parent company, while catering to the specific requirements of the Southern European market.

    As an official retailer for Toray products, marks-3zet Srl provides consumables, investment goods, project management, and other services for waterless offset printing, rounded off by various underpacking materials such as calibrated underpacking sheets.

    marks-3zet Srl is directed by Carmelo Roberto, longtime sales and marketing manager at CtpOptotec, the CtP business unit of Metoda SpA.
    (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    09.03.2015   Printed Electronics for the label printer    ( Company news )

    Company news Updates on the added-value sector of functional printing for labels and packaging, by FINAT

    Packaging has been a prime driver in the development of printed electronics, from RFID to QR codes and other digitally ‘readable’ data. The printing expertise, specialist materials, and conductive inks required to reliably create these ‘intelligent’ functions have long been a specialty of the label production chain – an extended value chain which is supported by a single umbrella organisation in Europe, FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry. Proactive participation in educating and supporting its member companies as well as the industry in general in newly-developing territories such as the printed electronics arena is an ongoing focus for FINAT, as innovation continues apace. A recent members-only expert webinar on printed electronics provided a valuable update on existing applications and potential opportunities for printers in the narrow-web flexo market – not just in packaging or labels.

    New directions for label printers
    Presented by Chris Jones of Novalia, a conductive print and capacitive touch specialists based in the UK, the webinar encouraged label industry delegates to think ‘out of the box’. “By combining extant mainstream equipment, consumables, and expertise, they can create state-of-the-art printed electronics that, in addition to scannability, bring the dimensions of touch, sound and vision into play to add real additional functionality or even ‘must have’ desirability to a product or its packaging,” explains Mr. Jones. “Today, as well as printed circuit boards and transistors, print can deliver a variety of other mainstream applications – including lighting, LEDs, photovoltaics, and even skincare patches, and features strongly in automotive, aviation, architectural and military applications and in pharmaceuticals and healthcare, toys, music, and of course brand protection and anti-counterfeiting.”

    The world of the smartphone
    In a world where the majority of the population has a smartphone, the opportunities to link up such instruments to interact, via printed electronics, with what would appear to be simple printed posters or other items is now attracting more and more interest internationally. Outdoor advertising and displays are good examples. As part of the launch for their new Flavour Shots herbs and spices range, Schwartz used a ‘sonic poster’ featuring Novalia’s capacitive touch technology. The paper poster, when touched, plays music wirelessly through a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. Touching the artwork on different spots triggers musical chords that are meant to add an extra level of engagement with the new Schwartz products. It is conductive inks that turn the surface area of the paper into an interactive interface. Adding new dimensions such as sound or movement to display print is certainly an innovative way to enhance a consumer’s perception of, and interest in, a product.

    Added-value packaging
    There are also creative examples from the extended world of packaging Mr. Jones illustrates: “For example, a box of tissues that featured a playable piano keyboard on the side of the packaging, and multiple-pack secondary packaging for beers and cigarettes that also carried special printed ‘touch’ and ‘connectivity’ features. What consumer could resist the added value of such packaging?”

    On a more serious note, pharmaceutical and healthcare applications add user-friendliness to alert a patient to the need to take his blister-packed medication – and enable the pharmacist/dispenser to check, thanks to a microprocessor in the pack, that the drugs were in fact taken at the right time in the right quantities.

    The winning features of flexo print
    For volume production of printed electronics, narrow-web label printers are particularly well positioned as providers. “While screen and gravure have their place in certain application areas,” Mr. Jones explains, “flexo has proved itself the most attractive print process for the job. Its combination of good print speeds and ease of repeatability; the high, consistent application weight of wet ink that flexo achieves; and the good range of available flexible, inexpensive substrates (paper, PP, PET), constitute an ideal combination. The conductive pigments themselves represent an additional consideration for the flexo printer – both in practical and cost terms – and, additionally, drying the ink is a key factor. Currently, evaporative solvent and water-based drying provide the desired characteristics. UV ink curing remains a challenge, because at this time it does not pack the ink particles together sufficiently. The process of printing conductive inks embraces, in summation, anilox specification, production speed, drying, and press consumables – all of which can affect the ‘sheet resistance’ of the conductive inks – the characteristic which is at the heart of a good result.”

    Innovation beckons the brand owner!
    “There is certainly a considerable and growing interest from narrow-web label printers in extending the range of specialist capabilities they can offer to brand owners. Their skills base and pressroom equipment can enable them to deliver printed items incorporating printed electronics in a variety of creative forms that go well beyond traditional functional/industrial applications and conventional label print,” Mr. Jones concludes.
    (FINAT)
     
    09.03.2015   Media Invitation – SUN Automation at CCE International    ( Company news )

    Company news Visit SUN Automation Group®, a recognised leader in the global corrugated sector, on stand 648 at the CCE International Corrugated and Carton Exhibition (10-12 March, Munich) – and learn more about Total Print Solutions, a unique new approach to solving customers’ feeding, printing and converting challenges based on both digital and flexographic technology.

    Attend open seminars at the show, notably:
    Digital Print for Corrugated Packaging
    Tuesday 10 March, 11.00-12.00

    Presented by Sean Moloney, SUN Automation Global Product Manager – Digital
    Overview: Adding value to the corrugated sector with high output single pass inkjet print solutions from the CorrStream® range. Includes market trends and statistics, the benefits of digital print and how CorrStream is putting box plants back in control.

    Sean Moloney will also feature in the Digital Print Revolution Panel Discussion on Thursday 12 March, 13.00-13.30.

    SUN Automation is uniquely positioned to present a range of solutions, each designed to offer box makers maximum opportunity for value in their markets. Sean Moloney explained: “We have seen the demands faced by corrugated producers shift considerably in recent years, partly driven by the availability of inkjet solutions in other packaging sectors. Corrugated needs to keep pace with the new supply chain dynamics - be that by offering more high quality graphics, shorter supply chain or reduced inventory and write offs.

    “We have worked with the corrugated industry and its materials for three decades, so we are ideally placed to align innovative – yet reliable and robust - inkjet solutions with our unrivalled expertise to enable our customers to thrive in the face of the latest pressures and opportunities within our industry.”

    Visit SUN Automation on stand 648 at CCE International.
    (Sun Automation Group)
     
    09.03.2015   Munksjö launches Metalkote Expert™ and Metalkote Classic™, new base ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... papers dedicated to metallized beer labels

    Munksjö announced today the extension of its range of base papers for metallizing, specially dedicated to premium wet-glue beer labels. The product offering consists of two new one-side coated papers: Metalkote ExpertTM for returnable beer bottles and Metalkote Classic™ for one-way beer bottles.

    Metalkote Expert™ has been specially redesigned for returnable beer bottles. This new base paper is an upgraded version of Metalkote Evolution™. The improved paper surface of Metalkote ExpertTM provides an optimized varnish consumption and outstanding gloss after metallizing. Performances in die-cutting have also been increased while Munksjö maintained its best balance of technical features for enhanced brand image and optimized performance: high runnability in the metallizing process, high printing speed, trouble-free labelling, and quick, cost-efficient wash-off.

    Metalkote Classic™ is a high quality base paper newly-developed for one-way beer bottles. This product also meets the technical requirements of the metallizing process, and enables high performance during printing and labelling. It well completes the Metalkote range by offering a dedicated solution for single-use bottles.

    “With the review of our Metalkote range, we offer to metallizers, printers and brewers different paper solutions to meet more precisely the need of each end-use market, whether for returnable or one-way bottles. Those product launches are well aligned with our strategy to maintain our leading position as specialty paper producer for the metallized label business. For more than 20 years, we have been supporting the industry and are still committed to continue.” comments Adeline Saillard, Vice-President, Metallizing and Facestock Base Papers.

    Metalkote Expert™ and Metalkote Classic™ are one-side coated papers manufactured at the Stenay mill, France. The mill manufactures one-side paper for wet-glue metallized labels, flexible packaging and facestock applications as well as clay-coated paper for release liners. This site is part of to the Graphics and Packaging business area. All mills within this business area are certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, FSC® and PEFC™ Chain-of-Custody.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    09.03.2015   Resolute Announces Permanent Closure of Machine #9 at the Alma Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Reduction of an annual paper production capacity of 75,000 metric tons

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the permanent closure of paper machine #9 at its mill in Alma (Quebec), representing a reduction of 75,000 metric tons of annual specialty papers production capacity.

    Resolute's decision to reduce specialty papers production capacity is driven by market weakness, exacerbated by fiber cost issues in Quebec, as well as ongoing misinformation campaigns by Greenpeace and other environmental activist groups.

    "Greenpeace's ill-founded attacks misrepresent the company's forest management practices and cast unwarranted doubt on Resolute's compliance with Quebec's Loi sur l'aménagement durable du territoire forestier and our sustainability leadership. Quebec's forest management regime is among the best in the world, and the government ensures strict compliance. The regime deserves to be respected and upheld, and we are calling upon the Quebec government to continue to defend its standards and to refute these unjustified and unfounded attacks," stated Richard Garneau, Resolute's president and chief executive officer.

    "These misinformation campaigns impact Resolute and people's lives, as they further destabilize the industry, triggering socioeconomic consequences for the communities that depend on the boreal forest for their livelihood," added Garneau.

    The Alma paper mill employs approximately 340 people and has an annual production capacity of 350,000 metric tons of specialty papers across three machines. Machine #9 will be permanently closed at the beginning of April, resulting in the elimination of about 85 jobs and the permanent reduction of some 75,000 metric tons of production capacity.

    Resolute understands the impact this decision will have on employees, their families and the local community. The company will work with union representatives and government officials to respond to the needs of affected employees. Local management will also ensure that each employee receives support, that the relevant conditions in the collective agreements are respected, and that as many employees as possible are transferred to other company facilities.

    "The decision to rationalize our paper production capacity in Alma was a difficult one to make, as we are mindful of the impact it will have on the affected employees," added Richard Garneau. "Resolute remains committed to customer service and to the delivery of high-quality products, and will work closely with customers to continue to meet their needs," concluded Garneau.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    06.03.2015   Esko Full HD Flexo and Equinox transform fortunes of UK firms    ( Company news )

    Company news Standout quality creates business opportunities for Phoenix Printing Plates and JFM Plates

    The combined benefits of perfect ink laydown, right solid density, vibrant brand colours and supreme platemaking consistency offered by Esko Full HD Flexo technology are helping UK operations develop sector leading services, improve production and win new business and industry plaudits.

    “UK operations are under increasing pressure to provide an all-round, high quality, cost effective, range of services that touch on numerous production sectors,” explains Paul Bates, Esko Regional Business Manager. “But crucial to that is job flexibility, particularly with run lengths. This is where Esko’s Full HD Flexo becomes a critical tool in any solutions portfolio. The ability to provide what specifiers are demanding to ever tighter budgets enables our customers to be highly responsive to ever-changing market requirements.”

    Full HD Flexo adoption opens doors
    JFM Plates adopted Esko Full HD Flexo to stay ahead of the curve and it was the first UK company to achieve Full HD Flexo Certification. Mark McKee, General Manager of the Manchester firm explains: “There were a couple of instances where we had been approached by potential customers and had not been able to quote because we couldn’t fully meet the requirements. We had to do something about it. Now with Esko Full HD Flexo, we can grow the business, safeguard our future and work with a greater number of partners.”

    Celebrating its 35th year in operation as a reprographic specialist, JFM Plates was established by Mark’s father John to serve the lithographic market. After 15 years demand fell as operations began installing their own solutions. This prompted a move to flexo followed ten years later by investment in digital and its first Esko CDI Spark 2530. Three years later a larger CDI Spark 4835 was added. Last year the latest investment was made in another CDI Spark 4835 with high resolution optics of 4,000dpi and inline UV to enable the adoption of Full HD Flexo. Full HD Flexo Certification was completed in March and that has excited our customers as to the enhanced results we can now deliver states Mr McKee.

    “We had been running a stochastic screen set on our standard imagers,” he explains. “Other operations have been using Esko HD Flexo for a few years. We looked at that but decided we wanted to leapfrog the standard technology and go one step beyond. We considered other processing methods but felt UV inline was the cleanest and the most controlled way without adding another step such as lamination of the plate. Also, because we had existing Esko solutions, it made it easier to dovetail – installation was nice and seamless. Now we can really push the boundaries beyond anything we have been able to do before.”

    Cost effectiveness on a plate
    In addition to Esko Full HD Flexo, JFM Plates works with Equinox to help its customers produce work more cost efficiently. Equinox standardises printing production on a standard set of inks. This can result in a reduction in the number of plates required asprinters might not have to rely on a larger set of spot colour inks for each and every job. Equinox allows increased press productivity while reducing ink costs. Because they always use the same set of inks, they can gang jobs together, thus making the use of plates more cost effective. The software enhances quality and consistency, complements the Esko Full HD Flexo platemaking process and is cost efficient without compromising colour accuracy.

    The firm is upgrading to Esko Automation Engine 14 as well, and creates and shares files with strategic partners such a Reprobrand in Scotland via WebCenter. Mr McKee adds: “Coupled with Equinox, we are able to achieve stunning results. And customers are saving on the press costs as a result of reduced make-ready times and ink consumption. Esko Full HD Flexo has given us a big injection and next year we will continue to expand and grow as we find new ways to add value to our services. The solution with Equinox is opening up doors for us and that is not something that we would have been able to do before.”

    Results that deliver
    Bristol operation Phoenix Printing Plates runs three digital imaging systems, of which two Esko 5080 CDI Sparks, along with Esko colour management and ArtPro packaging prepress software. “We immediately saw a 15% growth in business when we started a trial with Esko Full HD Flexo,” comments Steve Collins, Sales Director at Phoenix Printing Plates. “We felt that going Full HD Flexo would make us faster, and the printers we make the plates for stated the quality is so much better. The speed, the no compromise on quality and the improvements to the production process are all making a big difference.”

    He continues: “We are getting much nearer the quality of gravure and offset customers are demanding. Initially customer interest was piqued by the use of the buzzwords but the results soon swayed their decision,” states Collins. “Next to quality improvements, Esko Full HD Flexo enables customers to enjoy lower volume cost of flexo compared to gravure. The industry doesn’t move fast but it wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t have another CDI Spark in the long run.”

    Unique capabilities
    “Because the Full HD Flexo dot shape is unique, it delivers a superior flexo plate that details the highlight, shadow and solid areas of a print job,” concludes Mr Bates. “Aside from the superior quality and consistency, the assurance of sharp text and brilliant imageand the fact there is no need for compromise sets new production standards. These companies have seen the capabilities for themselves and are now enjoying the business improving benefits they bring. It is these benefits that ensure market leading technology Esko Full HD Flexo and Esko Equinox continue to garner industry recognition and accolades including 2014 Printing Industries of America InterTech™ Technology Awards. Customers also continue to collect their own awards: Marvaco, as well as PPP, an EFIA Print Award, Uniflex a FlexoTech Award and Bischof and Klein and Glatz Klischee, DFTA Awards, Marvaco was also a “Best In Show” at the 2014 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards along with RockTenn, Cellotape-Landmark and Lewisburg Container Co.”
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    06.03.2015   ORAFOL Europe GmbH at this year's ICE Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news On the ORAFOL stand we will be presenting our latest Adhesive Tapes product developments, which we are sure will be of interest to the show visitors. These are:

    ● ORAFOL will be launching a completely new range of ORAFLEX® flexo mounting products designed for the flexographic printing industry.

    ● New ORAFIX® products are shown that will extend the ORAFOL range of repulpable splicing tapes and increase ORAFOL’s presence in the Paper and Print Industry.

    ● New developments in the range of ORAFILM® adhesive tapes for the label, print and electronics markets, to cover the needs for LSE bonding.

    ● New range of ORABOND® and ORAFILM® products featuring low fogging for automotive projects to add to the already very successful ORABOND® 1359TM, 1358TM and 1349TM.

    On display will also be the successful range of products offered with the ORAFOL TM branding which was introduced at the previous ICE Show in 2013.
    You can find ORAFOL in Hall A5, stand 1016!
    (Orafol Europe GmbH)
     
    06.03.2015   Changes in the management team at Duni    ( Company news )

    Company news Ulfert Rott has decided to leave his position as Production & Supply Chain Director in Duni. Fredrik Malmgren (photo) is appointed new Production & Supply Chain Director.

    Ulfert Rott has decided to resign from the position as Production & Supply Chain Director and leave Duni after eleven successful years. Fredrik Malmgren has therefore been appointed Production & Supply Chain Director and will join Duni’s management team.

    Fredrik holds an MSc in Automation Engineering at Chalmers Institute of Technology. He is a founding partner at Montell & Partners AB, where he primarily focuses on leading production and supply chain projects for multinational companies. He has also held various interim management positions within supply chain, and has led several significant projects at Duni as a consultant.

    Duni’s CEO Thomas Gustafsson comments:
    “I am confident that Fredrik will be able to lead the production & supply chain organization in an efficient way. He has been involved in several successful projects at Duni during the last year, and has great knowledge about our company and our strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

    Fredrik Malmgren will take on the position from 1st March after a hand-over period.
    (Duni AB)
     
    06.03.2015   ICE Europe and the co-located exhibition CCE International start next week in Munich, Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news The highlight of the year for the international converting community, The World's Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film, & Foil Converting, is just a few days away. Next week, from Tuesday, 10 March to Thursday, 12 March 2015, ICE Europe 2015 will showcase a vast offer for efficient and eco-friendly paper, film, foil & nonwovens converting and the latest manufacturing solutions at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany.
    At the same time with ICE Europe's 430 exhibitors from 25 countries in halls A5 and A6, their colleagues for Europe’s only specialised exhibition for the corrugated and folding carton industry will get ready for CCE International 2015 in hall B6. A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will showcase a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. The CCE International now offers its attendees a series of open seminars on the latest developments in corrugated and carton converting, focusing on topics such as ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’. The entrance to the open seminars is free of charge for visitors to both shows. The full programme is available from the CCE International website.

    Register anytime online and save at least 12 Euros
    The Online Ticket Shop on the ICE Europe 2015 website will still be open during the exhibition days. On your computer, tablet or any other mobile device, you can still book your ticket to the show anytime before entering the exhibition on-site and save at least €12 compared to the box office prices. An online day pass is available for €20 and a 3-day-pass for only €30. At the box office, the day ticket will cost €32 and the season ticket €47.
    Please do remember to also activate any Ticket Vouchers or E-Codes that you may have received from exhibitors in the Online Ticket Shop.
    With pre-booked tickets and activated vouchers, you can access the exhibition quickly and relaxed.
    All tickets also allow access to the co-located event CCE International in hall B6, Europe’s only specialised exhibition for the corrugated and folding carton industry.

    Official Show Catalogue and pocket-size Floor Plans available on-site
    The official ICE Europe 2015 catalogue can be purchased for €10 on-site during the exhibition. Featuring essential information about the show and the exhibitors, it is a vital reference tool and sourcing guide until the next event.
    A free pocket-size floor plan will offer quick and easy navigation aid and be available to all visitors at the entrance as well as at all information points.

    Updates during the show: ICE Europe Website, Podcast and Social Media
    Feel free to check the ICE Europe 2015 website and social media channels for news and the latest updates during the show. During the exhibition days, the ICE Europe 2015 Podcast will highlight prevailing trends and gather feedback from exhibitors and visitors.
    For tweets on Twitter, please ensure that the official hashtag #ICEEurope is used. For tweets that are press related and of special interest to journalists there is the hashtag #ICEPress.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    06.03.2015   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE enters the market for greaseproof barrier papers    ( Company news )

    Company news PROBARRIER: The new DREWSEN brand for greaseproof papers suitable for direct food contact. The current range encompasses grades with a high (Kit 7-9), medium (Kit 4-6) or low (Kit 1-3) grease resistance, as well as bespoke customer-specific products. PROBARRIER is currently available in a range of substances from 40 - 160 g/m². DREWSEN’s product range of high-quality security papers, technical base papers and graphical papers has now expanded into packaging papers.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    05.03.2015   Huhtamäki Oyj's Results January 1 - December 31, 2014: Good sales growth and EBIT    ( Company news )

    Company news The Films business segment, which was sold at the end of December 2014, is reported as discontinued operations in this release and in the Results 2014. Unless otherwise stated, all income statement related quarterly and reporting period figures presented in this release and in the Results 2014, including corresponding periods in 2013, cover continuing operations only. Continuing operations include the Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania, North America, Flexible Packaging and Molded Fiber business segments.

    Q4 2014 in brief
    -Net sales were EUR 581 million (EUR 527 million)
    -EBIT was EUR 45 million (EUR 38 million, excluding NRI of EUR -18 million)
    -EPS was EUR 0.39 (EUR 0.32, excluding NRI)
    -Comparable net sales growth was 6% in total and 7% in emerging markets
    -Currency movements had a positive impact of EUR 19 million on the Group's net sales
    -The Films business segment was sold to a German private equity fund and is reported as discontinued operations

    FY 2014 in brief
    -Net sales were EUR 2,236 million (EUR 2,161 million)
    -EBIT was EUR 175 million (EUR 160 million, excluding NRI of EUR -28 million)
    -EPS was EUR 1.24 (EUR 1.17, excluding NRI)
    -Comparable net sales growth was 6% in total and 10% in emerging markets
    -Currency movements had a negative impact of EUR 36 million on the Group's net sales
    -Acquisition of Positive Packaging, a flexible packaging company operating in India, United Arab Emirates and Africa, was announced in July and closed at the end of January 2015
    -The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of EUR 0.60 (EUR 0.57) per share

    Jukka Moisio (photo), CEO:
    "Our financial performance in 2014 was strong. We recorded comparable net sales growth of 6% and have now reported more than 5% like-for-like growth in six consecutive quarters since mid-2013. Growth in emerging markets during the year was 10%, although there were large monthly and country-by-country variations during the course of the year. Our profitability development was stronger than the sales development and we reached all-time high EBIT, EBIT margin and EPS. The profitability improvement was particularly good during the fourth quarter. We were also able to improve our cash flow compared to the previous year, mostly thanks to the final quarter. Our financial position remains strong and supports us in our future growth aspirations.
    For Huhtamaki, 2014 was a year of change. We sharpened our strategy and focused our business on food packaging, where we already are among the leading companies in the world, and where we want to be successful in years to come. In July, we announced the acquisition of Positive Packaging, a flexible packaging manufacturer having operations in India, the United Arab Emirates and Africa. After closing the acquisition at the end of January, we're now enthusiastic to start integrating the business into our Flexible Packaging segment.
    Due to our focus on food packaging, we decided in the summer to look for future options for our Films segment and announced the sale of the segment in November. The transaction was closed on the last day of 2014 and therefore the business is now reported as discontinued operations. Related to the sale, we have also booked a gain of approximately EUR 5 million for the fourth quarter. These two sizable transactions, the acquisition of Positive Packaging and the sale of Films, increased significantly our focus on food packaging and also the share of fast-growing emerging markets in our portfolio. Now a majority of our employees and manufacturing plants are at the emerging markets, as well as close to 40% of our net sales.
    After the changes made in 2014, this year we will focus on implementing our sharpened strategy. The new strategy will call for more collaboration in innovation, operations and supply chain as well as higher consistency in managing customer interfaces - all this for the benefit of our customers and business partners. We're well positioned for future growth and look positively into 2015."
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    05.03.2015   RFID-Factory showcases workable solutions at LIGNA 2015    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 Time and cost optimization with integrated furniture process chains

    Custom products in industrial mass production and single-unit batch size as an organizational and manufacturing goal – these visions have beckoned for some time already. The reality? Incomplete deliveries, missing parts, production downtime due to stock problems with feed materials, etc., continue to make life difficult for the woodworking and furniture industry. Real-world examples at LIGNA show that smart networked furniture production is no longer out of reach, even for small businesses.

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems promise to continuously improve the efficiency of operating processes. But they can only achieve this to the extent that their instantaneous data matches the real situation in production, inventory, order entry and delivery. Real-time traceability is thus a crucial input factor for ERP systems, and the perfect tool for meeting multidimensional traceability requirements along the entire networked process chain is radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.

    Traceability with RFID revolutionizes furniture production

    LIGNA (11–15 May) shines the spotlight on smart, networked manufacturing systems for the woodworking and furniture industry and gives innovative RFID technology its own stage. In the RFID Factory (Hall 17, Stand D60), LIGNA partner abaco Informationssysteme (Löhne, Germany) and 20 other specialists are presenting traceability technology for every link in the chain, on 600 m² of exhibition space. Their displays will underscore the huge value-adding potential of this technology thanks to its ability to generate real-time data as input for planning systems. Abaco CEO Horst Koitka: “The more often an RFID tag is read, the more cost-effective the system and the more useful the information gathered from it.” Prestigious specialists exhibiting alongside abaco in Hannover are Balluff, the Fraunhofer-Anwendungszentrum Industrial Automation, Lemgo, GS1 Germany, Franz Glane Maschinen- und Gerätebau, Hagemeier Neumöbellogistik, the HOMAG Group, IBM Germany, Ims Ingenieur- und Managementbüro Sauter, Logopak Systeme, Numdata Software, Pietig Lagertechnik, RK Rose+Krieger, Tarakos Software, Venjakob Maschinenbau and Wanko Informationslogistik.

    Industry professionals can expect a fascinating look at every phase of a completely integrated supply chain. The entire logistics flow for furniture production is demonstrated over nine stations using the example of a drawer front: starting with a virtual freshly cut tree, to timber sawing and processing, followed by delivery to the furniture manufacturer, furniture production including all logistics services, the sales phase and finally the finished furniture item for the customer.

    Abaco Informationssysteme (Löhne, Germany) offers efficient software modules for every phase of the furniture process chain, as well as implementation with the customer. Abaco even supplies furniture-specific RFID tags dubbed “Abatags.”

    They are invisibly integrated into every part in the RFID Factory, which is identified automatically by the data stored on the tag as it passes through the various stations. The necessary sensors were developed by Balluff GmbH (Neuhausen a.d.F., Germany) – a global market leader in industrial automation. Oliver Pütz-Gerbig, Product Manager for RF systems in the Identification business unit, describes the advantages of real-time traceability: “Traceability means defining and tracking every step of a process chain. The production history of every manufactured part and all materials and equipment are also automatically documented – with time, location and process. All data is available in real time so that adjustments can be made during the actual production process. Traceability supports lean production, simplifies just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, facilitates legal compliance and ensures product quality.”

    The mounting gates for the sensors are made by RK Rose+Krieger – Verbindungs- und Positioniersysteme (Minden, Germany). CEO Hartmut Hoffmann: “We are a leading supplier of high-quality components and functional modules for linear, profile, joining and module equipment for general industrial automation and production applications.” Several of these versatile design solutions are on display in the RFID area.

    The networked manufacturing technology of the HOMAG Group (Schopfloch, Germany) comes into play in later production steps. Head of Marketing Alexander Prokisch: “Thanks to RFID, automatic wireless identification of painted smart parts is possible at any time. HOMAG Automation, HOLZMA Sägetechnik, HOMAG Holzbearbeitungssysteme and WEEKE Bohrsysteme are exhibiting smart parts in the RFID-Factory just as they might look in a smart factory – whether fully networked or not. Integrated manufacturing, universal software solutions and automation systems are the prerequisite for comprehensive networking on route to Industry 4.0.”

    Internationally active Logopak Systeme (Hartenholm, Germany) demonstrates how intelligent labeling systems can support the process. Strategic Development Manager Lars Thuring explains: “With rising interest in single-unit batches and just-in-time processing, individual identification of parts and materials is gaining importance. Logopak looks forward to the opportunity to present a new RFID-based solution in this field in the LIGNA RFID Factory. Our reliable and industry-capable method offers manufacturers invisible labeling with all the associated advantages.”

    Venjakob Maschinenbau (Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany) is a pioneer in innovative technologies for the furniture industry. Within the simulated production and logistics processes in the RFID Factory, Venjakob presents the benefits of an RFID-controlled, automatic spray painting system. Oliver Milde, Sales and Project Planning: “Every part can be assigned information for spray painting individually via the RFID tag: color changes, curing parameters and feed rates in modern painting systems can be set individually for each item at any time with the Ven Control Master control system. Venjakob shows how tags inserted into the parts can manage these parameters individually using a simulated spray paint feed system.”

    Warehouse management, transport planning and control systems are the specialty of Wanko Informationslogistik (Ainring, Germany). Sandra Gitau, Marketing and PR: “Wanko is presenting its end-to-end software for warehouse, transport and telematics in the RFID-Factory at LIGNA. The Pracar delivery planning system and Prabord telematics solution support the entire transport process, and the Pramag warehouse management system controls all movements of goods. This gives the customer streamlined, efficient and continuous control of their entire transport chain, from arrival at the warehouse to delivery to the customer. The Wanko software is demonstrated live in the RFID Factory in the new furniture logistics area, showing how it meets the individual requirements of the furniture sector and specific customer needs.”

    Software supplier Numdata (Eibergen, Netherlands) is presenting “Ivenza,” an innovative planning and control system for the furniture industry. Says CEO Frank Schepers: “Ivenza is a powerful, web-based 3D configurator with a reliable PPS system. It can be used to design living room, bedroom, kitchen and office furniture online in 3D, and produce it very efficiently – whether in large volumes or as one-off units. Ivenza combines the comprehensive tasks of configuration, order management and production, supplies all necessary data in real time and enables extensive data exchange, e.g. with warehouse management systems or databases such as the IBM cloud.”

    The RFID Factory at LIGNA clearly demonstrates how all players can benefit from end-to-end communications enabled by RFID, which can save valuable resources and time to lower costs at every step of the furniture process chain, as well as prevent errors. To learn more, explore the RFID Factory in Hall 17 during the five days of LIGNA and approach the specialists there with all your questions. The RFID Factory will also be a central focus of the LIGNA “networked manufacturing” guided tours for professionals.
    (Deutsche Messe AG )
     
    05.03.2015   ANDRITZ reports favorable 2014 business year    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2014, international technology Group ANDRITZ improved all financial key figures compared to the previous year:
     Sales amounted to 5,859.3 million euros (MEUR) and were thus 2.6% higher than in the previous year (2013: 5,710.8 MEUR).
     Order intake increased by 8.7%, reaching an all-time high of 6,101.0 MEUR (2013: 5,611.0 MEUR). This positive development is attributable to the PULP & PAPER and METALS business areas.
     The order backlog at the end of 2014 amounted to 7,510.6 MEUR (+1.7% compared to the end of 2013: 7,388.5 MEUR) and thus also reached a new record high.
     At 379.5 MEUR, the EBITA was well above the very low level of the previous year, which was impacted negatively by additional costs in the PULP & PAPER and SEPARATION business areas (+131.3% versus 2013: 164.1 MEUR). The EBITA margin also increased substantially to 6.5% (2013: 2.9%).
     Net income increased to 210.0 MEUR (2013: 53.2 MEUR).
     The net worth position and capital structure as of December 31, 2014 remained solid. Total assets amounted to 5,967.6 MEUR (December 31, 2013: 5,571.4 MEUR) and the equity ratio to 17.0% (December 31, 2013: 16.7%). Liquid funds reached 1,701.6 MEUR (end of 2013: 1,517.0 MEUR) and net liquidity amounted to 1,065.1 MEUR (end of 2013: 893.1 MEUR).
     At the Annual General Meeting on March 26, 2015, the Executive Board will propose a dividend increase to 1.00 EUR per share for the 2014 business year (2013: 0.50 EUR).

    Wolfgang Leitner (photo), President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG, on the outlook for the 2015 business year: “From today’s perspective, no substantial change is expected in project activity in the markets served by ANDRITZ compared to the satisfactory level of 2014. The market environment is still challenging, which is why we will continue with our measures to further enhance competitiveness and profitability this year.”
    On the basis of these expectations and the order backlog at the end of 2014, ANDRITZ expects a slight sales increase in 2015 as well as an improvement in net income compared to 2014.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    05.03.2015   Lecta Sponsors 'Global Packaging Summit 2015'    ( Company news )

    Company news Experts from the packaging industry met in Barcelona to discuss the latest developments in a fast-moving sector

    The annual “Global Packaging Summit” features the latest packaging solutions and industry hot topics such as sustainability, new regulations, innovative cost-reduction strategies, new materials and how to grow brands through packaging design.
    As an event sponsor, Lecta reinforces its position as leader in paper solutions for the packaging industry. This year, Lecta presented its Metalvac metallized papers and Creaset one-side coated papers for labels and flexible packaging.
    Metalvac high-vacuum metallized papers are 100% recyclable and designed for high-quality moisture-resistant wet-glue labels suitable for returnable and non-returnable bottles as well as for use as pressure-sensitive labels. Other applications include inner liners for cigarette packets, wrapping paper and chocolate and food wrappers in general.
    Creaset, Lecta’s line of one-side coated papers, offers important new developments. These include high and low wet-strength papers for water, beer and different types of returnable containers, papers for yoghurt banderoles and thermoform dessert pots for rotogravure printing, as well as papers specially designed for shopping bags.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    04.03.2015   Xeikon Café highlights full potential of Self-Adhesive label production    ( Company news )

    Company news Global networking and educational platform will offer unique insights in latest market trends and technologies

    Increased legislation requirements, greater versioning, language changes, more tactile and eye-catching finishes – today’s label market requires dedicated production solutions from specialized suppliers to maintain profitability. That is why Xeikon, together with its Aura partners, is hosting the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations at its premises in Belgium, from March 10 to 12. During the three-day event, visitors will get first-hand updates on the latest trends and innovations in digital label production and have the opportunity to share insights, success stories and technological developments with industry peers.

    “As a worldwide specialist in the field of self-adhesive label printing, Xeikon has built up an extensive network of Aura partners which are all leading suppliers in their field. These partners and Xeikon’s label experts are joining forces at the Xeikon Café. That allows us to cover all aspects of digital production and offer visitors a unique expert knowledge base”, says Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging. “With such an extensive range of industry expertise present at the Xeikon Café, we can help operations explore the full potential of digital label production, and deliver solutions that make a difference.”

    FINAT complements conference program
    Xeikon is pleased to announce that FINAT, a key international association for the self-adhesive label industry, will take part in the Business Conference program at the Xeikon Café. Jules Lejeune, Managing Director of FINAT who will be sharing his latest views and insights on the label industry, comments: “The self-adhesive label industry accounts for approximately 50% of the total market as it continues to expand with new technologies, materials and external influences bringing about a diversity of exciting new innovations and formats. Self-adhesive labels are by far the most versatile, flexible and innovative labeling format available, with users able to combine a wealth of both decorative and functional attributes into a system that are applied in a productive and cost-effective way. FINAT’s role is to raise awareness about the latest developments and versatility of the self-adhesive labeling technologies and as such, we are delighted to share our profound market knowledge at the Xeikon Café.”

    Integrated solutions dedicated to self-adhesive label production
    At the event, Xeikon and its Aura partners will showcase their industry expertise through different self-adhesive applications, produced using the Xeikon Self-Adhesive Label Suite. This Suite is an integrated solution to print and convert high quality labels, powered by a highly versatile Xeikon digital press and complemented with four supporting components from Aura partners – software, print media, consumables and finishing equipment.

    "Self-adhesive labels are most commonly used for decorating packaging as they offer the highest flexibility to meet market needs. They are available in a wide range of substrates, colors and adhesives, and are compatible with a variety of printing processes and finishing techniques. In addition, self-adhesive labels stick to most materials and can be applied at the very last moment, just before the products are put on the shelves. That's why they are used in many different industries, such as food, beverages, health & beauty, household and pharmaceuticals,” explains Weymans.

    A myriad of information on the different possibilities
    Attending visitors will see that even the sky is not the limit when it comes to producing creative labels. No less than eight different applications will be produced, emphasizing that digital print is capable of meeting the market requirements while maintaining profitability. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with leading experts and walk away with a detailed brochure containing a myriad of information on the different self-adhesive labeling technologies and configurations that are available through Xeikon and its Aura partners.

    Several samples of wine labels produced and on display at the event, will highlight the specific requirements of this kind of labels. With designs changing every year, volumes depending on the harvest, and vineyards looking to diversify their product as much as possible, high quality digital printing provides the answer. The ability of Xeikon presses to print on a wide range of challenging materials, including very thin substrates, combined with the specific technical capabilities of the Xeikon QA-I and SuperBlack toners enable printers to produce winelabels of an exceptional high quality that differentiate from the competition.

    A combination of evolving legislation, products with a high number of SKU’s, language variations and increased demand for more space to communicate, coupled with smaller containers, is requiring label printers to be ever more creative. This is where extended content labels come in to play – with peel-and-reveal labels, booklet labels and leaflets all increasing in popularity. How digital print provides the right answer will be demonstrated with on the spot produced samples of each of these applications.

    Also typical applications including Variable Data Printing used for more personal communication or to drive logistical processes will be demonstrated. What will be printed are logistical labels of products, ordered through an online shop. The challenge for these kind of labels is that quantity and design vary from day to day; first customer impression is crucial and the only solution for this challenge is high quality full color digital printing.

    Finally, there will be examples from the food, health and beauty markets which are becoming very competitive and need to follow stricter legal regulations, with larger volumes driven by a greater variety of taste and products. Also here the Xeikon solutions provide the most cost-effective solution for both small and high volumes, with the highest quality print. Specifically for food labels, Xeikon’s 516mm (20.3”) wide label press and dry-toner technology that meets FDA regulations for food contact offer a vital advantage.

    In addition to the extensive range of Self-Adhesive label applications on display, visitors to the Xeikon Café will also learn more about the dedicated solutions for Folding Carton, Heat Transfer and In-Mold Labels.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    04.03.2015   Environmental Paper Company Index 2015 – WWF invites 80 companies    ( Company news )

    Company news WWF, the world´s largest conservation organisation, is inviting the world’s leading pulp and paper manufacturers to participate in the Environmental Paper Company Index 2015. The biannual Index promotes transparency and continual improvement in the sector. The list of invited manufacturers from
    Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa can be viewed on www.panda.org/epci2015. Results of the evaluation will be published in October/November 2015.

    The increasing number of participants in WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index over the years is a testimony to the growing importance of transparency and the value of the Index for the industry. Participants in the 2013 Index produced 29% of the world´s newsprint, 28% of the world´s graphic paper, 14% of the world´s tissue, 6% of the world´s packaging and 14% of the world´s pulp. This means that the ecological footprint of 82 million tonnes of pulp and paper was disclosed.

    WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index looks at environmental aspects of a company’s policies and targets, as well as the environmental performance of the production of newspaper grades, graphic paper, packaging, tissue, or pulp. The EPCI recognizes a company´s transparency and progress over time, without comparing the companies.

    “We are expecting even higher participation in 2015” says Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Manager of WWF International’s global pulp and paper work. “While we are proactively inviting key pulp and paper producers we are open to receiving expressions of interest from other producers. The EPCI is a tool for companies that are striving for continual improvement in the environmental performance of their pulp and paper production. The Index enables them to be leaders in transparency.”

    Mondi encourages all invited companies to participate in WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI). We believe it is good for the industry to demonstrate increased transparency – showcasing responsible business practices and ongoing improvements. This will be Mondi’s fourth year of participating in the Index and we consider it a fair and positive exercise, providing useful management insights.”
    Mondi (South Africa)

    "Participating in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index is a great opportunity to have a well-known environmental organization with high ambitions evaluate and confirm continuous improvement of sustainability performance."
    Stora Enso (Europe)

    “We welcome WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index. The EPCI measure will aid ITC's efforts at enriching the country's environmental capital while generating significant sustainable livelihood opportunities. The EPCI tool will enable current and prospective customers to objectively view the
    environmental performance of the products that they buy from pulp, paper and paperboard companies."
    ITC (India)

    "Domtar has gained significant insights from our work with WWF the past five years to create the expectation of full disclosure within the industry. As the only North American fine paper manufacturer to participate in the EPCI since its inception, we encourage our peers to follow suit. It’s impossible to verify economic, social and environmental performance without complete transparency.”
    Domtar (Canada)

    Companies that have not been invited but would like to participate can contact the WWF International Paper Team at epci@wwf.panda.org. Deadline for applications to participate is 30th of April 2015.
    (WWF Forests for Life Programme)
     
    04.03.2015   Asia Pulp & Paper welcomes Rainforest Alliance's independent evaluation of its ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Forest Conservation Policy

    Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has welcomed the Rainforest Alliance independent evaluation of its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). The evaluation concludes that the company has made moderate progress towards meeting its commitments.

    The FCP was announced on February 5th 2013, marking an immediate end to natural forest clearance by APP’s pulpwood suppliers as well as a range of other measures. APP recognised that engaging the Rainforest Alliance, a credible international organisation, to evaluate its progress would provide a valuable perspective on its work as well as increase transparency.

    The evaluation report, which assesses the period between 5 February 2013 and 15 August 2014, provides a view of the company’s progress towards meeting each of the FCP’s four policy areas, as well as additional public statements that are relevant to the FCP.

    Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director, sustainability, said: “The FCP is an unprecedented initiative – developed by APP, TFT and Greenpeace – to define a new standard and a new business model for achieving Zero Deforestation in the supply chain. We’re pleased that the Rainforest Alliance has recognised the progress we are making. We believe today’s report shows that our efforts to achieve Zero Deforestation are on the right track.

    “However, our FCP implementation measures are not carved in stone. We must have the courage to continually improve them as we learn lessons from implementation. The report has highlighted a number of areas which require additional focus. Its findings, along with feedback from other stakeholders, have been used to inform our FCP implementation plan for 2015 and beyond, which we are introducing today.

    “We also believe that an evaluation like this puts a global spotlight on the issues currently at play in Indonesia’s forests. Since 2013, we have been calling for other stakeholders to support us with our Zero Deforestation Policy because forest continues to be lost due to factors that, despite our efforts, we cannot completely control, such as encroachment, forest fires and illegal activities. Our hope is that this evaluation will raise awareness of forestry issues in Indonesia and prompt others, including government, NGOs and the private sector to collaborate more closely to help tackle the issues across the landscape.”

    Richard Donovan, Rainforest Alliance Senior Vice President of Forestry, said: “In 2013 APP set out an ambitious program for change. The Rainforest Alliance has found that APP has made moderate progress to implement the many commitments embedded in its FCP during the 18 month period we evaluated. Key steps have been taken, such as halting the clearance of natural forest by its suppliers. As with any major change initiative there remains work to be done to put the policies and procedures that have been developed into action in the field. Rainforest Alliance encourages APP to continue on the path set out in the FCP.”

    Today’s FCP Implementation Plan includes the priorities for 2015 onwards, which draw upon Rainforest Alliance’s most significant findings. These are issues related to third party forest clearance, peatland best management practices as well as FPIC and social conflict resolution.

    The additional areas covered in the Implementation Plan are:
    - Wildfire prevention and management
    - HCVManagement and protection
    - Workers’ rights and welfare
    - Sustainable wood supply
    - Landscape conservation initiative
    - Internal engagement

    Elements of the plan will be subject to further consultation as APP continues to implement its Forest Conservation Policy over the coming months and years.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)
     
    04.03.2015   Valmet receives order from Holmen for softwood line rebuild at Iggesund mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver equipment and services for a rebuild of the soft wood pulp line at Holmen's Iggesund mill in Sweden. The rebuild will improve production stability, cut variable costs and increase pulp production capacity by 15 percent equally to 50,000 tonnes. The works will be implemented in two stages during 2015 and 2016.

    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    "We have a good experience since we have had Valmet presses in our mill for many years. This rebuild will eliminate bottle necks in the process and increase pulp capacity. We will also cut variable costs which will strengthen our competitiveness", says Olov Winblad von Walter, Mill Director, Iggesund.

    "This rebuild is the first step towards a press based bleach plant. The high outlet consistency makes the process easier to control and the volume of effluent will be less than for washers with lower discharge consistencies. Also water and chemical consumption will be minimized. We are looking forward to a good co-operation in this project", says Mikael Gustafsson, Sales Manager, Valmet.

    Technical information about Valmet's delivery
    The scope of the Valmet delivery includes main machinery, basic engineering and erection. In the first stage, two pressure diffusers will be rebuilt, one in the cooking plant and one in the brown stock washing, where also a new TwinRoll press, will be installed. In the second stage, the oxygen delignification stage will be extended into a two-stage OxyTrac system, which will make it possible to still reach lower kappa numbers in case of a further production increase. In the bleach plant two new TwinRoll presses will be installed.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.03.2015   Iggesund at DSCOOP Washington    ( Company news )

    Company news DSCOOP is focused on growing digital print by discussing best practices, networking with peers and continuing education year-round.

    Meet Iggesund Paperboard at DSCOOP Washington on 5-7 March. Drop by booth 535 and explore the possibilities with folding cartons.

    Opening hours:
    Thursday 5th March from 8.00 a.m to 9.00 p.m
    Friday 6th March from 8.00 a.m to 11.00 p.m
    Saturday 7th March from 9.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m

    Where:
    Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
    201 Waterfront Street
    National Harbor, Maryland, 20745
    (Iggesund Paperboard)
     
    03.03.2015   ISRA VISION AG: Management expanded – New Executive Director Group Operations    ( Company news )

    Company news ISRA prepares for next growth steps – intensive focus on efficiency

    ISRA VISION AG (ISIN DE 0005488100), one of the world’s top companies for industrial image processing (Machine Vision) as well as globally leading in surface inspection of web materials and 3D machine vision applications, reinforces the Executive Board for the important Operations segment with an internationally experienced expert.

    As a new member of the Executive Board, Andreas Gerecke takes over the worldwide responsibility for the Operations segment. He has 25 years of experience in international industrial enterprises, among them as Chief Operating Officer at a subsidiary of ABB Deutschland. Gerecke has successfully managed business divisions with revenue dimensions significantly above 100 million euros. Given these experiences, he can provide ISRA with decisive impulses for implementing the aspiring growth objectives.

    In his new function as Executive Director Group Operations, Gerecke is responsible, among other things, for further optimization of the production processes –lean production– as well as the targeted expansion of the infrastructure for further growth. Besides preparing the company for the next revenue dimension, his tasks also include strengthening profitability as well as optimizing and stabilizing the cash flow. Furthermore, it is planned to assign the new member of the Management Board further strategic tasks that are currently overseen by the Chairperson.

    With this strategic addition to the existing management, ISRA actively continues its growth strategy – which core it is to grow sustainably and profitably, diversified across technologies, regions and markets – with reinforced personnel. The company responds to the different market situations in the individual business areas with targeted marketing and sales measures as well as innovations that support the planned double-digit growth for 2014/2015. ISRA will report on the first quarter of the current financial year on February 27, 2015 and will also release a detailed guidance for the entire year 2014/2015.
    (ISRA VISION AG)
     
    03.03.2015   24th International Munich Paper Symposium - Last 40 places available     ( Company news )

    Company news Only a few days left for you to book one of the last 40 places of the 24th INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM, one of the biggest annual European conferences for knowledge transfer in paper technology. The symposium is going to take place in the modern Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Conference Center from 11-13 March 2015. The theme of the meeting is "Progress in Board and Paper Technology", and while almost all of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines play a very important role.

    As you may notice from the programme, all presentations deal with important results of technological improvements directly from board, paper, and tissue mills.

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

    Registration can easily be done online or via written form at www.paper-online.de. The all-inclusive fee of 1440 Euro (plus VAT) includes a number of services: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as files, superb lunches and a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, and, as far as places are available, an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institute of Munich University of Applied Sciences. Finally, it also includes the invitation to visit the famous Circus Krone in Munich on Thursday evening.

    Besides technology you will also have the chance to meet paper technology students of Munich University of Applied Sciences which hosts one of the biggest European paper departments for paper students from all over the world. For 10 years now, the international Master of Engineering in Paper Technology has been offered and taught completely in English.

    Please be aware that the IMPS 2013 and IMPS 2014 - with more than 450 participants from 228 companies and from 26 countries - were completely sold out. This year > 200 companies from 22 countries have already registered and we expect to be fully booked again.
    (IMPS Management Ltd & Co. KG)
     
    03.03.2015   Valmet to supply OptiConcept M containerboard line for Yuen Foong Yu Packaging, Inc. in Taiwan    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for Yuen Foong Yu (YFY) Packaging Inc. for the company's Xin Wu site in Taoyuan County in Taiwan. The new production line will produce high-quality fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Energy efficient high quality production with Valmet's OptiConcept M
    "We selected a machine concept that emphasizes environmental efficiency especially in terms of energy saving. Our target is to produce high quality containerboard. In order to be competitive, we want to operate with the latest proven technology. Valmet's OptiConcept M has the features which align well with our expectations," says Mr Chia-Feng Yeh, Project Director of Yuen Foong Yu Packaging.

    "This high efficient containerboard making line ordered by YFY Packaging will be Valmet's seventh OptiConcept M production line to be supplied globally. The new production line will be able to reduce both carbon footprint as well as energy consumption significantly. The annual production capacity of the new machine will be approximately 300,000 tonnes of board and the design speed will be 1,200 m/min," says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper Business Line, Valmet.

    The operating profitability of the OptiConcept M is based on the concept's overall efficiency covering energy- and resource-efficient processes and high speed. The production line ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost.

    Valmet's delivery includes complete boardmaking line from headbox to reel. A new winder is also included in the delivery.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.03.2015   And the winner is Z-Infinity!    ( Company news )

    Company news Ziegler Paper Mill, long-time paper development partner of Kodak, was awarded and rated at this year’s Hunkeler Innovation Days with 5 Kodak Diamonds (top score) for its highperformance inkjet printing.

    The Swiss family run Ziegler Paper Mill has worked on the field of High performance inkjet technology for more than 10 years. Kodak’s Paper Rating Program has presented the 5 Diamond Award to Ziegler Paper Mill for its Z-Infinity, the mills latest satin coated paper innovation. Z-Infinity is a paper specially created for four-color high-performance inkjet printing. The 5 Diamond rating means that users will experience color uniformity that rivals
    offset quality on coated papers.

    Ziegler Paper Mill and its staff are very proud of this recognition and delighted about the award.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)
     

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