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    06.10.2014   Domtar makes key updates to its Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) is pleased to announce a whole new packaging look, a realignment of the product line, as well as a series of product enhancements to its Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line.

    Picture: VitalityTM office paper

    In June 2013, Domtar Corporation completed the acquisition of the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line for the U.S. and Canada. With its strong foundation in serving businesses and corporations, the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line was already a well-known brand within the marketplace, and the Domtar leadership team wanted to continue to build on that success.

    "Although we wanted to continue to leverage the great foundational work that Xerox had established within the paper category, we also wanted to grow the paper business, and expanding beyond large and corporate customers was a key driver for us," said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our goal was to maintain the existing customer base, while still broadening the brand's appeal across new consumer targets, as well as increasing the presence of the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line within new channels of business." Williams added.

    The Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line has been reorganized into three product families, VitalityTM, BoldTM, and RevolutionTM to help customers make better paper choices based on their usage and project needs.
    -VitalityTM includes versatile office papers that are great for a wide variety of uses and always provide great looking results.
    -BoldTM is a line of professional office papers and digital printing papers designed to give users the highest quality results, so that their work always looks a step above the rest.
    -RevolutionTM is a line of specialized paper, films and materials that allow customers to create professional looking marketing and business building tools.

    New packaging was created not only to reflect these changes, but also to refresh and modernize the look to align with Xerox's strong positioning within the marketplace.

    "We worked hard to create a package that's not only attractive, but also one that reflects the professional nature of the brand and gives customers just enough information to make informed choices about their paper purchases." said Katie Zorn, Marketing Director for Domtar Business Papers.

    Additionally, many of the product features have been enhanced to meet market demands. One result is by optimizing the office papers to perform in a wide variety of print devices, Domtar has eliminated the need to choose paper by print device.

    Domtar, also known for its leadership in sustainability practices and strong commitment to domestic production, made the decision to add the rigorous Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification to nearly all of its office papers and digital printing paper products. Many of the certified products will bear the well-known World Wildlife Fund panda logo, and the entire office papers line will be produced in either the United States or Canada.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    06.10.2014   Changes in the Management Team of Munksjö    ( Company news )

    Company news Kim Henriksson (photo), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has tendered his resignation from Munksjö Oyj to continue his career outside the company.
    Kim Henriksson joined Munksjö AB in 2010 and has been a member of the
    Management Team during Munksjö's growth phase, combination with Ahlstrom Label and Processing and listing on the Nasdaq OMX Helsinki stock exchange.
    Kim Henriksson will leave Munksjö during the first quarter of 2015 to join Access Partners, an independent financial advisory firm. His successor will be appointed in due course.
    We want to express our warmest thanks to Kim for his valuable contribution during his time at Munksjö and wish him all the best in the future.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    06.10.2014   Appvion Launches New Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Appvion, Inc. has announced a treated high-speed inkjet paper as the latest addition to its portfolio of specialty papers that includes market-leading products in the carbonless, thermal and security segments. Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper is engineered and manufactured specifically for web-based inkjet printing and has been qualified on key original equipment manufacturers' (OEMs) presses.

    Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper delivers exceptional print quality and is ideal for transactional documents such as bills and statements, direct mail, promotional materials, and catalogs and books. The paper is available in a 24 lb. bond/60 lb. text weight, with additional weights to be added to the product line soon.

    "The universal surface treatment we apply to our high-speed inkjet paper optimizes performance and versatility by allowing printers to use either dye-based or pigment-based aqueous ink with this product," said Ethan Haas, Appvion's vice president and general manager of carbonless and specialty papers.

    Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper delivers a wide color gamut and yields vibrant image reproduction. Its superior sheet formation ensures even solids and sharp lines. The paper also offers a brilliant whiteness for excellent image contrast, and high opacity for low show-through. It's designed to dry quickly to provide outstanding smear resistance. Plus, it runs smoothly and efficiently on post-processing and finishing equipment.

    Haas said that collaboration between OEMs and paper producers like Appvion is resulting in rapid enhancements to paper performance, ink options, and process choices that complement improvements being made to digital hardware and software technology by OEMs. Such innovation is helping to fuel the rapidly growing popularity of inkjet printing.

    "We make our inkjet paper exclusively at our integrated pulp and specialty paper mill in Pennsylvania. That gives us the flexibility and control to ensure our product meets the increasing performance standards of OEMs and that we provide the product consistency and responsiveness in service and supply that our customers value," Haas said. He added that Appvion's dedicated service package includes a stocking program, shortened lead times, and low minimum order quantities.

    Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper is both acid free and elemental chlorine free (ECF). It is manufactured under ISO 14001:2004-certified environmental management systems. FSC® Certified (FSC-C003368) product versions are available. Appvion offers technical support for product testing. Plus, Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper is covered by Appvion's 100% satisfaction guarantee.
    (Appvion Inc.)
     
    06.10.2014   Verso Announces Closure of Bucksport, Maine Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE: VRS) announced plans to close its paper mill in Bucksport, Maine (photo). The closure of the mill is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2014. The mill closure will reduce Verso's coated groundwood paper production capacity by approximately 350,000 tons and its specialty paper production capacity by approximately 55,000 tons.

    "The Bucksport mill unfortunately has not been profitable for a number of years, in spite of our employees' dedicated efforts to make it so. Our assessment indicates that it is impossible for the mill to achieve profitability in today's marketplace," said Verso President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave Paterson.

    "This decision is especially difficult because of the significant impact that the closure of the Bucksport mill will have on many people across the region, especially our long-serving and hard-working employees and their families," said Verso Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Energy, Lyle Fellows.

    Verso is committed to helping the Bucksport mill employees who will be affected by the closure. Verso will work closely with union officials and salaried employees concerning severance benefits and other assistance. Verso also will work with local and state officials to help the affected employees access resources to identify alternative employment opportunities.

    Verso will work with its customers to find the best long-term solutions for their product needs after the closure of the Bucksport mill. "Our desire in this process is to minimize disruption to our customers' businesses to the extent possible. Even in the face of reduced production capacity, our customers know that they can depend on Verso to deliver high-quality paper products and exceptional customer service," said Verso Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, Mike Weinhold.

    Verso estimates that the closure of the Bucksport mill will result in pre-tax cash severance and other shutdown charges of approximately $35-45 million to be recorded in 2014 and 2015. The estimated cash charges consist of approximately $30-35 million in severance costs and approximately $5-10 million in other shutdown costs. Verso currently is analyzing options for the disposition of mill assets and thus does not have sufficient information to estimate the pre-tax noncash asset impairment and accelerated depreciation charges at this time. Verso expects that the noncash charges will be recognized in 2014.

    "The Bucksport mill has a long and proud history. We thank all of our employees, the surrounding communities, and the many local and state officials who have partnered with us over the years," said Bucksport Mill Manager, Dennis Castonguay. "It's difficult to put into words how much your support has meant to us."
    (Verso Paper Corp.)
     
    06.10.2014   Mauro Borges, Minister of Industry and Trade, will attend ABTCP 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Discussing the theme"Competitiveness: is your company prepared for the future?", ABTCP – the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association - holds, from October 7th to 9th, the 47th Pulp and Paper International Congress and Exhibition, at the Transamérica Expo Center, in São Paulo. Among the Government authorities, main industry executives, specialists and technicians of international reputation confirming their presence, are the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Mauro Borges, who will attend the event overture session, and Vicente Falconi, business consultant.

    The event overture session will take place on October 7th, at 10:00 AM and will count on a pronouncement of ABTCP Executive Director, Darcio Berni, followed by the speeches of TAPPI President and CEO, Larry N. Montague, and of IBÁ Chairman of the Board, Carlos Aguiar. Then, the business consultant Vicente Falconi will conduct a talk show on the theme of the event and the award of the best paper of the Technical Congress – Student Category - will be performed.

    The event, as in all years, is distinguished by the excellence of the technical and academic papers which bring innovation and provide greater productivity, with sharp quality of products and services in the industry, being a reference to disseminate new technologies, on top of being a great opportunity for networking and exchanging experiences among the professionals of the segment.
    This year, the Congress and Exhibition count on the institutional support of the major industry technical association in the world, TAPPI, which brings together pulp and paper producers along with processing and packaging industries.

    ABTCP, will take place from October 7th to 9th this year, in São Paulo, SP, and is admittedly one of the major events in the sector, bringing together professionals willing to exchange knowledge and experiences on this productive chain, within the most diverse areas. This year, the Congress is co-accomplished with the similar TAPPI – the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry - the main industry association in the world, and still counts on the support of IPEF – the Forestry Science and Research Institute. Such is its representativeness for the sector that this edition attendance is estimated over 600 internationally renowned experts and technicians.
    The event occurs in parallel with the also traditional Exhibition of sector Manufacturers and Suppliers, gathering, during the three days of the event, more than 8 thousand visitors, in a 6 thousand m2 area.
    (ABTCP - Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel)
     
    02.10.2014   Model to merge Swiss group companies    ( Company news )

    Company news Model Holding AG is merging its operating group companies in Switzerland with Weinfelden-based Model AG with effect from 1 January 2015. Support processes for all plants will be centralised as a result. All Swiss production sites, in Au (SG), Moudon, Niedergösgen and Weinfelden, will continue in operation, as will the three Model Pack Shops.

    The Model Group is combining its operating group companies in Switzerland with Model AG with effect from 1 January 2015. The move is designed to optimise processes and improve their cost structures in the production of board, corrugated board and paper, within the same structure that is already proving successful in all of the other countries in which the Model Group. This means that support processes for all plants will be centralised cost-efficiently under one roof in the future. From 2015 onwards, the Swiss group companies will form a single legal entity, Model AG, headquartered in Weinfelden, Canton Thurgau.

    The reorganisation has been prompted by positive experience in other countries. "Merging the individual companies in Poland and the Czech Republic, for example, significantly strengthened our market position", explains Elisabeth Model, CEO Western Region, Model Group.

    The move brought both qualitative and quantitative improvements. Collaboration between plants was stepped up markedly, for example, while combining and concentrating support processes reduced costs. "A merger is always also an opportunity to join forces, and will ideally trigger a wave of positive changes. An interesting momentum has been developing ever since it has been known internally that the Swiss companies are to be combined. Cross-divisional projects are already in their early stages. That gives me great confidence, and shows that the decision is an important step not just towards the future, but for it." Elisabeth Model.
    (Model AG)
     
    02.10.2014   The sale of Vaahto Group's Service business has been completed    ( Company news )

    Company news Vaahto Group has made an announcement on 3 September 2014 of the sale of the Service business of Vaahto Paper Technology Ltd to a company to be incorporated by a group of investors represented by Antti Vaahto.

    The sale of the business has been completed on 26 September 2014. Vaahto Paper Technology’s 47 employees in Tampere will transfer to the new employer in the sale of the business.

    Along with the changes in strategy Vaahto Group focuses on Process Technology business. By the selling of the Service business, Vaahto Group is implementing the new strategy outlined by the Board of Directors. The sale also improves cash flow of the company for the fiscal year 2014.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
     
    02.10.2014   GLATFELTER COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF ELECTRICAL PAPERS PRODUCER    ( Company news )

    Company news Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced that yesterday it completed the previously announced acquisition of Spezialpapierfabrik Oberschmitten GmbH (SPO) from FINSPO Beteiligungs-GmbH for €8.5 million (approximately U.S.$11 million).

    Photo: Dante C. Parrini, Glatfelter Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    SPO’s plant is located near Frankfurt, Germany. Its primary electrical products and applications include highly technical papers for a wide range of capacitors used in consumer and industrial products; insulation papers for cables and transformers; and materials for industrial power inverters, electromagnetic current filters and electric rail traction. SPO also produces glassine products, which are used in cosmetics packaging, food packaging, and pharmaceutical dosage bags.

    The acquisition of SPO broadens Glatfelter’s existing product lines for the electrical market. This acquisition also complements Glatfelter’s previously announced partnership with Dreamweaver International to develop and manufacture lithium-ion battery separators, which utilize Glatfelter’s capabilities and expertise in making advanced fiber-based engineered materials. SPO will operate as part of Glatfelter’s Composite Fibers business unit.

    “We are excited by the completion of this acquisition and look forward to delivering to SPO‘s customers on our commitment to superior product quality and customer service,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I believe this acquisition will further our Composite Fibers business unit’s strategy of capitalizing on the fast-growing electrical market by expanding our electrical papers product platform. I am also pleased to welcome SPO’s 193 employees to our organization.”

    Glatfelter financed the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and borrowings under its existing revolving credit agreement. The addition of SPO is expected to be $0.03 to $0.05 accretive to earnings per share in 2015 excluding one-time acquisition and integration costs. The Company expects to incur approximately $2 million to $3 million of one-time acquisition and integration costs.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    01.10.2014   Kruger Inc. to halt a paper machine at its Brompton Mill indefinitely    ( Company news )

    Company news Kruger Inc. announced that it will stop production on the No. 1 Paper Machine and deinked pulp plant operations at its Brompton Newsprint Mill for an indefinite period, effective November 14, 2014. This decision, which is intended to rebalance the order book and improve the Mill's competitive position, will affect some 98 employees and reduce its annual newsprint production by 100,000 tonnes.

    Unfavourable market conditions, in particular the continuing drop in demand for newsprint, were cited as the reason for the decision. Kruger Inc. will make every effort to minimize the closure's impact on its employees.
    (Kruger Publication Papers Inc.)
     
    01.10.2014   Brand new NOVACUT 106 ER sells well on its world premiere    ( Company news )

    Company news Strong visitor interest at ExpoPrint reflects growing demand for automated production.

    The BOBST NOVACUT 106 ER in-line blank separating die-cutter made its world debut at ExpoPrint 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July and created strong interest from visitors attracted to automating their carton manufacturing processes. This interest in the newest member of the NOVACUT range was crowned by the sale of the exhibition machine to Argentinean carton maker Guedikian Impresores SA on the first day of the show. A significant number of further NOVACUT 106 ER’s were ordered during the show and will go to, amongst other places, Asia. A large number of promising projects were initiated at the exhibition, with sales being imminent. Visitors to the BOBST booth were also impressed by an EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer line running at 115'000 boxes per hour with simultaneous in-line Braille embossing.
    As pressure grows on packaging manufacturers to be more efficient, the feedback from visitors to the BOBST booth at ExpoPrint 2014 was that carton makers are increasingly interested in options for the automated in-line separation of cartons. Making its debut at the exhibition, the new NOVACUT 106 ER represents a way for carton makers to access in-line blank separation without the production or investment headaches that users often expect from this process.

    Emilio Corti, Head of Sheet-fed Sales for BOBST said, "We were particularly delighted by the visitor response to the debut of the NOVACUT 106 ER at ExpoPrint, which resulted in several machines being sold during the show and in many projects being launched that will result in machine purchases by customers in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It's clearly the right machine for today's market, not least because of the substantial savings it can bring to carton makers. By delivering perfectly stacked bundles of blanks, without the need for hand stripping, it meets in full the production needs of our customers for fully automated and integrated processes. On top of this it also enhances the performance of downstream processes, since automatically blanked cartons run more productively on equipment like folder gluers."

    At ExpoPrint 2014, the NOVACUT 106 ER was shown blank separating both double-cut and single-cut cartons at its full speed of 7'000 sheets per hour, but the press also allows users to run conventional 'non-blanked' work using their existing tooling. This flexibility comes courtesy of the machine's delivery section, which can be converted from single/double cut blank separating to full sheet delivery, and back, in a matter of seconds. NOVACUT can process a wide range of substrates from light paper and cartonboard, through to synthetics and corrugated.

    The BOBST Angle Lock® blanking tool system means that users can blank jobs which previously would not have been cost effective - and regardless of where they operate in the world - because Angle Lock® blanking tools can either be supplied directly by BOBST or made in-plant using standard components. Referring to this, Emilio Corti said, "By providing customers with first class tooling technology that enhances the performance of the new NOVACUT, we are supporting certain markets where access to good quality tooling is difficult, if not impossible."

    Philippe Milliet, Head of the Business Unit Sheet-fed at BOBST, said, "Our strategy is to help carton makers worldwide supply cost-effective packaging, so in each market segment we offer innovative equipment that meets their production, quality and budget requirements. This NOVACUT completes our range of die-cutters for the world market. Alongside its state-of-the-art technology, it also offers access to our tooling solutions, which means that it will be the best solution across a wide range of markets."

    To help users get over any apprehension about the in-line separation process, BOBST delivers unmatched customer support from its worldwide network of service support centers. Each center offers: pre- and post-sales advice from process specialists; training; technical support; remote diagnostics; access to field service technicians; and spare parts/consumables supply.

    The NOVACUT 106 ER also features:
    -full size IIIb sheet size - 1060mm x 760mm
    -quick change upper frames in the blanking and stripping sections
    -automatic locking/unlocking of tools
    -automatic pressure setting, and
    -non-stop production

    Also on show at ExpoPrint 2014 was a BOBST EXPERTFOLD line featuring the latest generation ACCUBRAILLE GT Braille embossing unit and a CARTONPACK GT automatic packer. Processing cartons that had been blank separated on the NOVACUT 106 ER, the line was shown folding, gluing and Braille embossing the boxes at speeds of up to 115'000 per hour. This configuration of line is particularly suited to pharmaceutical packaging manufacture and ACCUBRAILLE GT not only ensures the consistency of Braille embossed dots throughout the run, but also means lower tooling costs - because one ACCUBRAILLE tool replaces several die-cutter embossing dies. A further benefit is that, with no need to carry out the time-consuming make-ready of such embossing dies, changeover times on the upstream die-cutter are reduced, improving plant efficiency overall.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    01.10.2014   Soundview Paper Announces Leadership Transition    ( Company news )

    Company news Soundview Paper Company announced that George Wurtz is retiring from his position as President and CEO of the Elmwood Park, New Jersey-based towel and tissue product manufacturer, effective September 23, 2014. Mr. Wurtz will continue to be engaged with Soundview as its Chairman and as a significant investor. He will be succeeded as President by Karl Meyers, who has served as Chief Operating Officer of Soundview’s Away-From-Home Division for the past year and brings decades of experience in the pulp and paper industry to the position. Meyers and Wurtz were two of the original industry leaders who started Soundview.

    “Soundview Paper was established in 2012 to recapture the greatness of a family-owned business and transform an eighty-year old company into a leading, 21st century manufacturer,” Mr. Wurtz said. “We believed then that a united and safe workforce delivering high-quality products and superior customer service at a competitive price would drive that transformation and it has. I am extremely proud of how our team has positioned the company for growth and success in the years to come and have the utmost confidence in Karl’s ability to lead this business in its next successful chapter.”

    Mr. Wurtz further indicated that Mr. Meyers has decades of hands-on experience and leadership in the Consumer Products Tissue Market of North America. His capabilities make him uniquely qualified to build upon Soundview’s recent success. Under Wurtz’s leadership, Soundview increased its sales of converted product by successfully revitalizing the Marcal Brand, penetrating new channels of distribution, improving product quality and through the acquisition of Vermont based Putney Paper entered the Away From Home business with a complete product portfolio.

    Tim Fazio, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlas Holdings LLC, which owns Soundview Paper, said, “George Wurtz partnered with us to found Soundview Paper and immediately spearheaded the successful turnaround of a vital consumer products business. From ensuring strong labor-management relations to developing an exciting array of products to meet our customers’ needs, George honored the legacy of the Marcal name at every turn and set us on the right course for the future. We thank George for his contributions as President and CEO and look forward to his continued service as a member of the Soundview Board of Directors.”

    Mr. Fazio added, “We are extremely fortunate that Karl Meyers has agreed to serve as Soundview’s next President. Karl has all the attributes necessary to be an exceptional leader of Soundview; he’s a former paper company mill worker, a supervisor, and an energetic, innovative leader. He knows our business from the ground up, has the unwavering respect and admiration of his colleagues, and has the industry expertise necessary to take Soundview to the next level of sustainable excellence.”

    Mr. Meyers has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Soundview’s Away-From-Home Division since 2013. Prior to joining Soundview, he served as a senior executive for Georgia Pacific Corp. from 1997 to 2009. In that role, he helped to lead manufacturing operations in Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Toluca, Mexico. Prior to that, Meyers spent sixteen years working in a variety of leadership posts within Fort James and Fort Howard Corporation in Oklahoma.

    “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Soundview Paper and its extraordinary employees who care deeply about the company we’re part of and meeting the needs of the customers we’re privileged to serve,” said Mr. Meyers. “Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy, and Soundview is at the forefront of our industry when it comes to employee safety, innovative product development, customer service and community engagement. I look forward to working with my colleagues, our customers and the community to write the next great chapter in the story of this company.”
    (Soundview Paper Company)
     
    01.10.2014   New food packaging: The environment and stiffness ticked all the right boxes for SAS    ( Company news )

    Company news Paperboard is a promising material for airline food packaging – it has low weight, can be barrier coated, and can be finished to the required level of elegance and quality feel. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has recently introduced a new food box made of the folding box board Incada.

    Picture: When SAS commissioned the development of a new form of packaging for its inflight meals the airline chose the folding box board Incada from Iggesund as its base material.

    “In creating packaging for inflight meals you must take many factors into account,” explains Gustaf Öholm, Senior Manager, Onboard Concepts, Services & Sales at SAS. “The packaging must have low weight, present the food well and feel good in the hand. It must be easy to open and of course it must preserve the intentions of our kitchen up until the food reaches the passenger.”

    The airline’s previous solution was not good enough and SAS therefore decided to develop a new form of food packaging that could live up to the many quality and visual demands.
    Important parameters included the feel of the material, the surface coating and the ability to colour the material.
    The new food packaging is now being used for evening meals for passengers in SAS Plus on almost all routes outside the Nordic region. Another new feature is that all the contents – apart from one piece of chocolate – are now being produced at the same place by a dedicated team. SAS believes this will raise both the quality and quality consistency of the meals.

    SAS’s packaging supplier worked together with Elanders, which previously developed a compostable packaging for Malmö Aviation that was also far lighter in weight. The SAS commission was to create packaging that is easy to use, has low weight and presents the food in an elegant way.

    “We chose Incada from Iggesund because of its stiffness and we coated the inside with a barrier of black-dyed polyethylene. The packaging’s outside was printed black and we then put a lot of effort into finding a transparent film that captured a minimum of condensation in order to create the best possible visual impression of the food,” explains Tony Norén of Elanders.
    Incada is made at Iggesund Paperboard’s mill at Workington, England. There, Iggesund has radically changed its energy supply from fossil natural gas to biomass. The mill’s new CHP power plant is the result of an investment of £108 million, and the reduction in fossil emissions is the equivalent of taking 65,000 cars a year permanently off the road.

    “Of course the environmental aspect is also an important factor in our decision,” Gustaf Öholm concludes. “Obviously it’s important to us that our food packaging has a high standard from an environmental perspective.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard Ltd)
     
    01.10.2014   The Ricoh ProTM C7100X series opens new markets and new opportunities for graphic arts     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The Pro C7100X series is available in EMEA early in 2015

    Ricoh announces the Ricoh Pro C7100X series of digital colour cut sheet presses, ideal for small to medium sized graphic arts business, direct mailers, service bureaux, digital printers and centralised reprographic departments. Its features are designed to support print service providers seeking to increase their current digital printing capacity, enter new markets and explore new digital opportunities by providing capabilities and offerings to clients not previously available with this engine class.

    The Pro C7100X series makes it easier for print service providers to offer diverse and unique outputs to their clients and new revenue streams to their business. Highly productive for its class, the Pro C7100X series delivers print speeds up to 90ppm and supports media up to 360gsm. Optimum image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi is achieved with Ricoh’s enhanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology. It delivers a premium finish, and supports an extensive range of media, including new textured media technology, and enables many different applications such as light packaging, demo packaging, direct mail, books, brochures and business cards. A key feature of the Pro C7100X series is its fifth colour station allowing applications with clear gloss or white, offering print services providers significant additional revenue opportunities.

    Peter Williams, Executive Vice President and Head of the Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe said “As small and medium sized graphic arts businesses seek to remain competitive, profitable and add value to clients, it is essential that they have the right tools in place to deliver innovative applications and introduce new service lines. By adding a Ricoh ProTM C7100X series digital press to their workflows they can boost return on investment, expand or introduce new digital print services, with fast turnaround times and promise exceptional image quality and impact to clients. The ability to apply spot or flood clear gloss and white, and to quickly switch between the two, is unprecedented at this price point.”

    The expansion of Ricoh’s unique media library allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to ensure image quality and reliability. In addition to product features, the Operator Replaceable Units (ORUs) enable trained users to replace more than a dozen parts key to reliability and image quality to help increase uptime and performance.

    The Pro C7100X series is available with either the EFI E-43A or the faster and more powerful E-83A print server. The Pro C7100X series is available in EMEA early in 2015.

    Ricoh’s continuing commitment to innovation means that commercial and corporate print clients can select the optimum blend from the company’s fast expanding portfolio of production-oriented products and solutions to support the profitable evolution of their businesses. The introduction of the Pro C7100X series enhances the existing portfolio of colour cut sheet presses to offer greater productivity and creativity to commercial and graphic arts users. The launch of the Pro VC60000 extends the Ricoh range of continuous feed inkjet presses, and the hardware portfolio is completed by wide and large format printers, configured for graphics and for architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) requirements. Ricoh’s software solutions deliver supreme connectivity and performance across the spectrum of workflow needs that professional production printers have, whether in mixed or digital only environments.

    Ricoh Pro C7100X Series Features Summary
    - Highly productive with print speeds up to 80 ppm for the C7100X and 90ppm for the C7110X based upon A4
    - Media support up to 360gsm
    - Optimum image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi with Ricoh’s enhanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology
    - Versatile with a fifth colour station providing clear and white toner
    - Maximum sheet size of SRA3
    - Simplex banner printing up to 700mm
    - Maximum monthly volume of 240,000 based on A4
    - Duty cycle of 700k
    - Precise sheet-to-sheet and front-to-back registration achieved with mechanical registration
    - Reliable throughput of the wide range of supported media is ensured by the use of Ricoh’s new vacuum feed technology
    - Compatible with either the EFI E-43A or the faster and more powerful E-83A print Server
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    01.10.2014   First edition of The Inkjet Conference exceeds expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news Impressive line-up of industry leaders reveal innovations in inkjet technology for industrial markets to 300+ attendees

    As fast-paced developments in inkjet printing technology are opening traditional industrial applications to digital printing such as packaging, textile, plastics and many more, ESMA is staging ‘The Inkjet Conference™’ (www.theijc.com), sponsored by enabling partner drupa, for the very first time at the Swissôtel in Neuss (Düsseldorf), Germany, on September 30 and October 1 2014.

    “The interest in inkjet for industrial applications has been overwhelming." says Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference on ESMA's behalf. "An impressive line-up of industry leaders will share their insights with over 300 attendees - all interested in the further opportunities this great technology has to offer. We anticipated that our conference fills a void in the market today but are extremely happy with the buy-in and confidence of these great firms - 37 exhibitors have registered ranging from well-known names in print to totally new players entering this market. The two conference days are well filled with 41 speakers so the rooms will be buzzing with ideas and propositions on inkjet. ”

    Steve Knight further comments: “Inkjet is the fastest growing area of print. The rapid evolution of core technologies is driving cross market adoption of digital imaging with huge economic benefits, and while some market sectors are still in the 10’s of machines, others are in the 1000’s. Digital print in automotive interior is to be expected next year and so is direct printing on beverages and secondary packaging. Furthermore, labels, ceramics, textiles and packaging are all fast-growing sectors and represent a multi-billion euro business that is expanding rapidly.”

    Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA comments: “Technical advances in inks, printheads software and electronics are being aided by a growing integration know-how. In turn, improvements in image quality are being driven by further research in inks and surface treatments, curing and drying. As a result, this improved image quality is driving further market adoption.”

    The inkjet conference brings together industry and academic leaders in their fields to speak about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print and offers a great networking opportunity to meet both the presenters and the market leaders from their respective industries. The two-day, multi-subject educational conference has been developed specifically for inkjet equipment manufacturers. It includes:
    - A focus on inkjet engineering and the placing of a million drops that will feature hardware and software aspects of equipment design and manufacture. Areas touched on will include fluid systems, precision engineering, printheads, digital asset management, RIPs, colour calibration and workflow.
    - A review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks.
    - An academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

    Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa: “The conference supports precisely our “Touch the Future” focus, theme and claim of drupa 2016. It is responding to the rapid market changes and is stimulating new and important visitor target groups with state-of-the-art technologies and new solutions.”

    Martin Stegelmeier, Senior Project Manager for PEPSO (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) of Messe Düsseldorf, points out that “PEPSO connects seamlessness with inkjet technology. Many new materials and application developments are connecting with this upcoming conference and are a springboard towards drupa 2016!”

    The conference consists of over 30 different presentations with topics as varied as:
    - Membrane Pumps in Inkjet Printers – a success story, Andreas Hauri (KNF Flodos)
    - UV-LED Systems and Integration, Patrick Montali (PrintabLED)
    - Piezo Inkjet for Precision Dispensing of Functional Materials, Steve Liker (Trident)
    - System Integration: an Ink Point of View , Frank De Voeght (Chemstream)
    - Improving Inkjet Industry by Implementing Intelligent Sensors, Martin Kurtz (Balluff GmbH)
    - Industrial Inkjet for Packaging- Beyond the Box, Holly Steedman (Indujet GmbH)
    - Limitations and Benefits of Industrial Inkjet Printing, John Corrall (Industrial Inkjet Limited)
    - Utilizing the Full Power of the Computer Hardware, Frédéric Soulier (Caldera)
    ....

    The academic track also displays the latest in inkjet technology:
    - Advanced Drop Watching (iPrint Institute, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)
    - Carbon Nano-Forms Suspensions for Inkjet Printing Energy Applications (Department of Chemistry, University of Torino)
    - Silver micro size distribution and printing technique influences on coatings for flexible electronics
    - Inkjet printing of functional materials for energy applications
    - Inkjet printing and sintering techniques of functional layers for electronic applications
    (ESMA V.Z.W.)
     
    30.09.2014   hubergroup braces itself for the future    ( Company news )

    Company news hubergroup boosts its activity to sustainably meet the highly competitive business in a market environment with all its constantly growing challenges. As announced today, hubergroup will further align sales structures and strategic segments by merging its two largest entities in Europe.

    hubergroup will merge the two German companies Michael Huber München GmbH and Hostmann-Steinberg GmbH into the new hubergroup Deutschland GmbH. In this merger, redundant structures will be eliminated and processes will be noticeably optimised. In addition, the two producing factories in Celle and Munich will be organised along specific product lines, enabling hubergroup to focus on specific market segments for quickest response time in order to maintain and improve customer satisfaction.

    In addition to the activities in Germany, hubergroup will also bolster its market presence in Switzerland so they can adjust better to the regional requirements. Stehlin+Hostag AG and the just acquired AMRA Farben AG in Rapperswil-Jona will merge to hubergroup Schweiz and service the Swiss market entirely from Rapperswil-Jona.

    hubergroup says this activity will expand its position as a service-oriented, quality-ink manufacturer. "The upcoming steps are means to ensure sustainable business in a highly competitive market. Shortly after arranging re-financing under improved conditions, our financially solid company now focuses on long-term organisational layout so we will be ready for the future," explains Heiner Klokkers, Member of the Board of MHM Holding GmbH. "As a reliable partner to our customers, quality and service is of highest priority to us. We will continue to set the standard as a supplier of printing inks, printing varnishes and printing products that meet the highest demands," he says. "To ensure all this, we will substantially improve the efficiency of our processes."

    Although these measures will create noticeable strengthening of the sites in Germany and improve sales structures of hubergroup Schweiz, job cuts will be unavoidable. Due to its close-down, the Swiss site in Lachen will have to bear the major burden, while the German sites are only affected with minor cuts. To keep the impact socially acceptable, the management of each site is in close contact with the workers' council.
    (Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH München)
     
    30.09.2014   X-Rite Partners with BenQ for Sophisticated yet Easy Monitor Calibration    ( Company news )

    Company news Palette Master Powered by X-Rite offers direct access to monitor controls for increased calibration accuracy

    X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, announced a long-term strategic technology partnership with BenQ, a global human technology and solutions provider headquartered in Taiwan, to bring increased sophistication and simplicity to monitor calibration for photography and graphic arts professionals. Palette Master Powered by X-Rite, when used with an X-Rite i1Display Pro display calibrator, allows users to gain direct access to BenQ display hardware without the intermediary intervention of the computer’s graphics card. This delivers more accurate calibration of the BenQ PG2401PT monitor. Both X-Rite and BenQ are exhibiting this solution at Photokina, being held in Cologne, Germany, 16-21 September 2014. X-Rite will be located in Hall 4.1, Stand J029 at the show, while BenQ will be located in Hall 4.1, Stand D017.

    “We are extremely pleased to be partnering with BenQ to deliver this unique professional monitor profiling and calibration solution,” said Jan Keller VP OEM Sales of X-Rite. “BenQ’s PG2401PT monitor is the first product in BenQ’s ProGraphics series of printing-certified monitors with both G7 and FOGRA certifications. Giving users the ability to quickly and easily bypass their computer’s graphics card to directly profile and adjust the BenQ display results in more accurate calibration, which in turn means that from design intent through soft proofing, colors will display accurately.”

    The combination of BenQ’s professional certified monitor, X-Rite’s industry-leading i1Display Pro and Palette Master Powered by X-Rite represents an industry-first opportunity for professional and prosumer photographers and graphic arts professionals who have adopted digital workflows and are interested in ensuring consistent color, right the first time, right every time, throughout the capture, creation and production process.

    “Another important aspect of this solution for prosumer and professional photographers is having 99% visibility of the Adobe RGB color space for color-critical work like photo editing,” added Keller. “This means that the monitor accurately displays the tones and hues that fall within the Adobe RGB color space captured by their camera in the raw file so users can apply appropriate edits to match their printer's color gamut. The result is better overall results for both printed and digital edited photo files.”

    “We chose to work with X-Rite in this exclusive partnership because we recognize X-Rite’s market-leading position and strong technology in monitor calibration and profiling,” said Peter YF Huang, General Manager of BenQ Technology Product Center. “We are excited to be bringing this innovative capability to our photographer and graphic arts customers and believe this is one more powerful reason for choosing BenQ monitors over competitive monitors that cannot offer this level of control with the simplicity of our combined solution. We look forward to further collaboration with X-Rite to bring even more innovation to the market.”
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    30.09.2014   Bemis Agrees to Sell its Pressure Sensitive Materials Business to Platinum Equity    ( Company news )

    Company news Bemis Company, Inc. (NYSE:BMS) announced that it has reached an agreement to sell its global Pressure Sensitive Materials business (known as “MACtac”) to Platinum Equity, a California-based private equity firm, for a purchase price of $170 million. This transaction, which is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approval, is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2014. The Company plans to use the proceeds of the sale to fund the growth of its flexible packaging business.

    Commenting on the pending transaction, William Austen (photo), Bemis Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "Bemis is now positioned to dedicate all of our resources to accelerating strategic growth in our core flexible packaging business. Our focus on increasing sales of value-added products for high barrier, medical, and pharmaceutical applications around the world will support our improving performance metrics as well as our organic and inorganic growth objectives.” Further, Austen commented, “This transaction will provide an opportunity for the Pressure Sensitive Materials management team to execute its growth strategy as part of the Platinum Equity portfolio.”

    The Pressure Sensitive Materials business segment includes manufacturing facilities located in Scranton, Pennsylvania; Columbus, Indiana; San Luis Potosi, Mexico; Soignies, Belgium; and Genk, Belgium, along with offices located in Stow, Ohio, and a worldwide sales and distribution network.

    “We have developed a great relationship with Bemis and are pleased to have crafted a divestiture solution that meets their needs, while setting MACtac up for long-term success,” said Platinum Equity Partner Louis Samson, who leads the Platinum Equity team pursuing the acquisition. “We believe the company is well positioned for growth, both organically and through prospective add-on investments. We will provide MACtac the resources, support, and focus it needs to thrive as a standalone company.”

    Platinum Equity has a highly specialized focus on business operations and 19 years of experience owning and operating businesses that have been acquired from large corporate parent companies. Transactions Platinum Equity has completed over the last two years include carve outs from AP Moeller Maersk, CBS, Emerson, and Volvo.

    Goldman, Sachs & Co. is acting as financial advisor and Baker & McKenzie LLP is acting as legal counsel to Bemis Company.
    (Bemis Company, Inc.)
     
    30.09.2014   Lecta at the Frankfurt Book Fair    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews “Our Paper, Your Books” is Lecta’s theme for the show, where it will present its extensive line of papers especially designed for the publishing industry

    Lecta will participate in this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest event for the publishing industry worldwide, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from October 8 to October 12, 2014.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Lecta’s wide range of coated and uncoated papers for publishers firsthand. A new book from Cartiere del Garda’s “A better project” (www.abetterproject.it) collection, “Shades”, will also be available. In it, images printed on a variety of Lecta papers make it easy to appreciate the different print results, thus simplifying the choice of the most suitable paper for a given publication.
    Lecta’s most recent launch, its new high-bulk (1.0) matt coated paper GardaMatt Ultra, has been specifically designed to meet the the publishing industry’s most demanding needs and will be prominently featured at Lecta’s stand.
    Don’t miss the opportunity to discover the group’s extensive line of high-quality papers specifically tailored for publishers’ needs: GardaMatt Art, GardaMatt Ultra, GardaPat 13 KLASSICA, GardaPat 13 KIARA, GardaPat 13 BIANKA, Condat matt Périgord and Coral Book.
    All of Lecta’s coated and uncoated papers are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards, and ISO 50001 energy management standards. They are also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain of Custody forest certifications.

    We look forward to seeing you at the “Frankfurt Book Fair,” pavilion 4.0, stand D76, October 8-12. “Our Paper, Your Books”.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    30.09.2014   Smurfit Kappa recognised by FTSE for its sustainability credentials     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group plc is pleased to announce that it has been added to both the FTSE4Good Global Index and FTSE4Good Europe Index, effective from Monday, 22 September 2014.

    Photo: Ian Curley, CFO of Smurfit Kappa

    The index inclusion recognises the consistent application of best in class standards of sustainability practices and corporate governance throughout the Group’s international operations, and follows closely the Group’s nomination for a number of sustainability awards in PPI’s 2014 Awards to be held in October 2014. The Group was nominated for eleven awards in total, including Bio Strategy of the Year, Environmental Strategy of the Year and two nominations in the field of Innovation in Sustainable Packaging.

    The FTSE4Good Index Series measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practices. FTSE is a world leader in the creation and management of equity indexes that are used by investors for investment analysis, performance measurement, and asset location. A variety of mechanisms are employed to access the most up-to-date relevant data, including scrutiny of annual reports, research of company websites, written questionnaires and liaison with companies where appropriate.

    Ian Curley, CFO of Smurfit Kappa commented on the Company’s addition to the Index Series, “We are delighted to be added to the FTSE4Good Index Series, and regard this as further evidence of our commitment to sustainability, social responsibility and good governance”.

    Steven Stoffer, the Group VP for Sustainability added, “We will continue to actively promote a culture of sustainability across our organisation and tackle important environmental issues while opening opportunities with our customers through the provision of sustainable, innovative and value enhancing packaging solutions”.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    30.09.2014   ANDRITZ to supply another tissue machine to Hebei Yihoucheng, China    ( Company news )

    Company news Following successful start-up of the TM1 tissue machine, international technology Group ANDRITZ has received a follow-up order from Hebei Yihoucheng Commodity, one of the leading producers of sanitary papers in China, to supply another PrimeLineCOMPACT II tissue machine with steel Yankee. Start-up is scheduled for the end of 2015.

    The machine has a design speed of 1,600 m/min and a width of 2.85 m. The steel Yankee’s diameter amounts to 3.66 m. The scope of supply also includes the complete stock preparation plant, automation, and drives.

    The machine and equipment will be manufactured at ANDRITZ’s sites in Europe and China. With this order, ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is strengthening its position as one of the leading suppliers of tissue machines – including local services – in China.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    30.09.2014   Stora Enso divests its coreboard and core manufacturer Corenso    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its Corenso business operations to the Finnish packaging materials company Powerflute Oyj. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately EUR 90 million, and the expected all cash consideration approximately EUR 75 million. Closing of the transaction is expected to take place during the fourth quarter 2014 subject to customary conditions. The transaction's impact on Stora Enso's income statement will be approximately break-even.
    Corenso is part of Stora Enso Renewable Packaging Division. Stora Enso is focusing on selected packaging segments in Packaging Solutions and Consumer Board and further developing and investing in these businesses. The divestment is a natural step in streamlining the business and transforming Stora Enso into a customer-focused renewable materials company in growth markets.
    “We have now found a good new owner for Corenso who we believe can give the company the attention it deserves and develop it further. By divesting Corenso, Stora Enso can better focus on its strategic direction,” says Hannu Alalauri, SVP Packaging Solutions, Stora Enso Renewable Packaging.
    Corenso is one of the world’s leading integrated producers of high-performance cores and high-quality coreboard. It employs about 920 employees in 10 countries in Europe, Asia and North America and has its head office in Lahti, Finland. In 2013 Corenso’s net sales were EUR 211 million and operational EBIT EUR 26 million.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    29.09.2014   Heidelberg Stahlfolder PFX Feeder Technology Earns 2014 InterTech Technology Award    ( Company news )

    Company news Printing Industries of America has honored Heidelberg's Stahlfolder PFX (Pallet Feeder eXtended) Feeder Technology with a 2014 InterTech Technology Award.

    Picture: Judith Ihle, Product Manager at Heidelberg, is proud with the PIA Intertech Award for the Stahlfolder PFX (Pallet Feeder eXtended) feeder.

    "Lean manufacturing principles are more important in printing today than ever before, and the finishing department is rightfully acknowledged as a full participant in the drive to reduce costs, minimize waste and generate higher profits," said Dr. Frank Schaum, Head of HeidelbergPostpress Commercial. "This is the 33rd time a Heidelberg innovation has received an InterTech Technology Award, and we are very happy and proud of it."

    Seamless Transfer from Press to Folder
    The Stahlfolder PFX Feeder was recognized for its success in extending the proven benefits of the stream feeder technology used in Heidelberg offset presses to the folding department. Heidelberg's Stahlfolder PFX Feeder Technology promotes lean production, reduces overhead labor costs, and increases net output up to 50 percent, compared with conventional production. The PFX also yields a 50 percent reduction in feeder faults, even on wavy or curled stocks. The feeder also makes the machine much more ergonomically operator friendly and allows users to achieve the highest run speeds without adding a helper to the operation.
    Customers that have installed a high-speed folder with PFX feeder typically replace two or three existing machines, freeing up floor/intermediate paper storage space and reducing the overhead labor cost per shift, including costs associated with injuries due to the repetitive stress and strain of lifting sheets of paper onto a feed table. In addition to boosting efficiency with lower capital investment, the Stahlfolder PFX feeder also drives down the total cost of manufacturing while driving up profits.
    "Heidelberg's Stahlfolder PFX Feeder Technology enables postpress operations - often considered an unavoidable bottleneck - to keep pace with today's supercharged pressrooms," said Mark Bohan, vice president, technology and research, Printing Industries of America. "Our judges were impressed with the cost savings, productivity improvements, and enhanced profit potential flowing from the ability to drive sheets more efficiently through the shop."

    Unconventional Stability
    The new feeder separates sheets on the pallet and transports them onto the vacuum feed table in a shingled stream, a prerequisite for processing more sheets in the same amount of time. This improves the consistency of feeding, requires fewer stops, and increases the total number of sheets that can be folded during an eight-hour shift. It is impossible to achieve ultra-high-speed, stable production like this with a conventional feed table. The new PFX feeder can be run in single mode or in shingled mode on the infeed. Heidelberg's traditional Stahlfolder TH parallel folder and KH knife folder typically run in single mode. Heidelberg's high-performance Stahlfolder TX parallel folder with twin pneumatic side lay employ the shingled mode.
    J.S. McCarthy Printers (Augusta, Maine) became the first U.S. company to install a Stahlfolder KH 82 folder with PFX feeder last year. Said Vice President Jon Tardiff, "We're doing 32-page signatures at 10,000 cycles per hour, and 16-page signatures at 14,000 cycles per hour, compared with 4,500 to 5,000 signatures per hour on the manual folder we replaced." At this rate, he calculated, "We expect to do 20 to 25 million signatures a year on the new machine."
    "Modern Litho (Jefferson City, Mo.) has been a Heidelberg customer for many years, and we are pleased to say we are extremely satisfied with the PFX feeder on our Stahlfolder KH 82," said Director of Operations Jim Tomblinson. "Heidelberg has greatly enhanced our productivity by supplying us with a machine that can operate at the highest possible speeds while maintaining the high quality standards our customers demand. This cutting-edge folding technology enables Modern Litho to be extremely competitive nationwide."
    "The new PFX system takes pallets directly from the press so operators can focus on count accuracy and the quality of the fold," added Todd Bone, Director of Production. "It has greatly increased our folding capacity, providing more stability and predictability during the folding process."
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    29.09.2014   Pragati pioneers expanded gamut printing with Esko’s award winning Equinox solution     ( Company news )

    Company news Esko is pleased to announce the successful implementation of the Esko Equinox extended gamut solution by Pragati Offset in Hyderabad, India’s pioneering print innovator. Equinox is Esko’s solution for the implementation of extended gamut – or fixed inkset – printing.

    Equinox Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) technology is Esko’s patented technology for converting packaging graphics from CMYK and spot color to a seven-color process. It is applied in the prepress department when preparing jobs for press.

    Converting entire files results in extremely close matches to spot colors, improved pictorial images, and the ability to print more colors than available ink stations on the press, resulting in improved image quality and brand impact. The major benefit, however, is realized in the pressroom as jobs print more economically and more consistently.

    Pragati Director, Mr. Harsha Paruchuri speaks about his early interest in this solution, “I saw this solution in an early beta stage at the EskoWorld Conference in Tampa, Florida about 4 years ago. It struck me as very interesting even at that stage. Taking a large 7 color gamut and having the software convert an artwork with any number of Pantones or RGB images to those 7 colors (or 6 or 5, depending on what you want) sounded interesting.”

    Since the CMYK color space lacks in the green, orange and blue-violet areas, adding these three inks to expand the color space makes sense. A 7 color strategy is made after measurement of the test forms. The set up and maintenance of the profiles and strategies are the main work. Equinox conversion can be done in Esko’s prepress editors with the ability to manually interact and change some of the conversions - or it can be set up in the ticket and done automatically by the RIP during the normalization. There is also a Adobe®Photoshop® plug-in for interactively converting images to 7 colors.

    Mr. Paruchuri explains how Pragati Offset uses Equinox, “Once the profiles are made, it is almost a push button solution as far as spot colors are concerned with the images processed automatically to create a 7 color separation set. And since we have a complete Esko workflow, Equinox fits seamlessly into the workflow.”

    Mr Paruchuri shares the thought process that went into installing two new 7 color plus coater offset presses at the end of 2013, “We thought an additional unit would give us more flexibility as we already print a lot of 6 color jobs and there were times when we felt an additional color would improve the quality and consistency. Equinox also played a part in our thinking when we ordered these new 7 color presses.” Shrihari Rao, Esko’s sales director for India is pleased that Equinox has found resonance with one of the world’s most innovative printers. Rao says, “It is only fitting that Esko Equinox -which received a prestigious Intertech Technology Award- this year, is in the capable hands of a printer who continues to win awards and enormous global recognition for its quality and innovation.”

    Benefits of expanded color gamut reproduction
    The ability to create an infinite number of colors from 7 process colors promotes “gang” press runs – and the economic savings can surpass a million dollars per press each year. Customers using Equinox ECG technology report that they use 7-color process profitably in a production environment for offset cartons as well as for flexible packaging and labels. This has enabled many of the world’s largest consumer product companies to convert entire product lines to expanded gamut.

    In the past 17 years, Pragati Offset has become one of the leading packaging and label printers in the country, winning many national and international awards. While the company sees the use of Equinox as hugely advantageous for offset printed cartons and label printing on its 8 color flexographic presses, it feels that Equinox is the right solution for any project with high gamut requirements from garment catalogues, coffee table and paint swatch books, and even calendars and diaries. “We’ve also recently used it for a wedding card that included a reproduction of an MF Husain painting that contained rich oranges and blues,” says Paruchuri.

    Mr. Paruchuri is very clear about the benefits of using this innovation to match a wide variety of brand and spot colors including many Pantone shades with a fixed set of 7 inks and without having to wash up a press for every job. “A lot of time and money can be saved by not having to wash a million dollar press for 15 to 20 minutes to get the correct shade. The productivity gains by not having to wash-up and change inks are significant, especially if there are a lot of shorter run jobs,” says Harsha Paruchuri in conclusion.
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
     
    29.09.2014   The Future of Graphic Arts Production is Now – The Ricoh ProTM VC60000    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh has revealed the future of commercial print – with the announcement of the Ricoh Pro VC60000, a new generation, continuous feed, inkjet technology platform for graphic arts, designed to excel at direct mail, book printing and marketing materials. The modular based system is the most versatile colour inkjet system available on the market.

    Ricoh believes the Pro VC60000 will set a new benchmark for quality in its class as a result of its unique multi-drop ink technology, achieving a physical resolution of up to 1200x1200 dpi with a dynamic variable drop size within each pixel, providing significant additional perceived print quality. The Pro VC60000 will meet the high productivity needs of commercial printers with a duplex system offering fast speeds, producing nearly 100,000 A4 images per hour. It is the ideal investment for medium to large graphic arts printers seeking to future-proof their business and to reach new clients with new innovative applications and accelerate offset to digital migration. Shipments are expected to start in EMEA in early 2015.

    Peter Williams, Executive Vice President and Head of the Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe, says, “The wait for graphic arts businesses seeking the optimum inkjet platform and partner to grow their business is at an end. At Ricoh, we’ve combined our 25-year experience in print head and ink development with our software and services expertise to ensure we can work closely with our clients as they grow and change for the future.”

    In addition to enabling outstanding image quality, the Pro VC60000’s Ricoh-developed, long lasting print heads and high viscosity water-based pigment inks ensure graphic arts businesses can control costs with a reliable system that delivers maximum uptime while minimising the environmental impact. Flexibility, essential for a busy print operation, is met with its ability to produce premium output on a broad range of media that includes uncoated, coated offset, digital, treated and recycled. The optional protector coat unit provides a durable “scratch & scuff resistant” layer. Fast set up times and easy to produce personalised print runs ensure clients get their messages tailored to who they want and on time, as the Pro VC60000 can meet tight deadlines faster than traditional printing methods.

    Whether integrating into a fully digital or hybrid offset workflow, the Pro VC60000 Digital Front End, the TotalFlow Print Server R600A, ensures native support for PDF, PDF/VT and AFP/IPDS together with JDF and advanced colour management support. It also comes with a new user interface designed specifically for the challenges of graphic arts production.

    Williams says, “We’ve successfully been developing our digital front end print servers for almost 40 years, giving us a deep insight into what clients need to operate effectively. Our success is based upon our approach to providing scalable print servers that are flexible enough to handle integrated workflows in mixed environments. The latest DFE builds on this success, coming fully equipped to handle the demanding needs of fully digital and hybrid offset workflows.”

    The Pro VC60000 is further supported by Ricoh Process Director and Process Director Express, powerful modular software that allows print services providers to automate the flow of jobs through production smoothly and with complete integrity, while retaining flexible control of their print and mail production processes.

    The Pro VC60000 complements the existing InfoPrint 5000 series of inkjet presses and extends Ricoh’s comprehensive range of inkjet solutions into graphic arts. The Pro VC60000 will also follow the same strategy as the successful InfoPrint 5000 series, whereby the investment is future-proofed with an ongoing development plan and continuous upgrade path. Like the InfoPrint 5000 series, it will easily integrate with third party finishing devices. Ricoh will also continue to enhance the InfoPrint 5000 series to meet future customer needs.

    Williams says, “We know that technology-led change has been reshaping the graphic arts industry rapidly over the last decade. We firmly believe that one step for graphic arts businesses seeking to future-proof their business, keep pace with the speed of change and adapt to evolving client requirements is to invest in a leading technology system like the Ricoh ProTM VC60000. Printing on offset coated papers in class-leading resolution, they will be able to transfer offset jobs to this digital system. Our clients, many of them primarily offset printers, will gain enhanced productivity while carefully controlling costs and creating new ways to service their clients.”

    Ricoh’s continuing commitment to innovation means that commercial and corporate print clients can select the optimum blend from the company’s fast expanding portfolio of production-oriented products and solutions to support the profitable evolution of their businesses. In addition to the introduction of the Pro VC60000 continuous feed that extends the existing portfolio of inkjet presses, the colour cut sheet offer is growing fast with today's ProTM C7100X series launch to meet medium and low volume print production needs, along with the ProTM 8100 mono press. The hardware portfolio is completed by wide and large format printers, configured for graphics and for architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) requirements. Ricoh’s software solutions deliver supreme connectivity and performance across the spectrum of workflow needs that professional production printers have, whether in mixed or digital-only environments.

    Ricoh Pro VC60000 Features Summary
    - Premium print quality with Ricoh print heads and fluids, using multi-drop ink technology and physical print resolutions up to 1200x1200 dpi with dynamic variable drop size within each pixel

    - High productivity with fast speeds able to produce up to 40 million impressions per month

    - Versatile with a broad range of media support that include uncoated, coated offset, digital, treated, recycled papers. The optional undercoat unit allows the Ricoh Pro VC60000 to print on offset coated stocks. The optional protector coat unit provides a durable “scratch & scuff resistant” layer.

    - The Ricoh developed Digital Front End, TotalFlow Print Server R600A with native support for a wide range of data streams together with JDF and advanced colour management support

    - Future proofed with ongoing development plan and continuous upgrade path

    - Compatible with Ricoh Process Director and Process Director Express

    - Extends Ricoh’s high volume inkjet portfolio, complementing the existing IP5000 series.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    29.09.2014   Asia Pulp and Paper signs New York Declaration on Forests at UN Climate Summit to help ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...tackle climate change

    Mr. Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Chairman of Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP), joined a number of companies, governments and NGOs to sign the New York Declaration on Forests at an event at the UN Climate Summit 2014. The declaration is an unprecedented international, multi-sector commitment to safeguard the world’s forests and to help tackle climate change.
    All signatories of the Declaration have committed to a vision of slowing, halting, and reversing global forest loss while simultaneously contributing to economic growth, poverty alleviation, rule of law, food security, climate resilience and biodiversity conservation.

    The declaration, which was formalised at an event hosted by UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, highlights that reducing emissions from deforestation and increasing forest restoration are key to tackling climate change. Partners are called on to work together to:
    - At least halve the rate of loss of natural forests globally by 2020 and strive to end natural forest loss by 2030.
    - Restore 150 million hectares of degraded landscapes and forestlands by 2020 and significantly increase the rate of global restoration thereafter, which would restore at least an additional 200 million hectares by 2030.
    - The full list of commitments have the collective target of achieving a reduction in emissions by 4.5-8.8 billion tons per year by 2030.

    ​Teguh Ganda Wijaya, Chairman of APP said: “United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has done the planet and some of its most critical ecosystems a great service in convening this ground-breaking meeting of governments, global business leaders and NGOs. Business can take the lead in delivering these commitments, but we must work closely with all stakeholders including governments and NGOs to truly tackle deforestation and climate change. One of the most effective ways to do this is by conserving forest, planting trees, and protecting the natural forest that surrounds.
    “We at APP also believe that forest-based products can help in this regard because they retain carbon, are recyclable and, when sourced from responsibly managed plantations, are often more sustainable than the alternatives."

    Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability added: “We have shown through our own Zero Deforestation policies that ambitious targets to protect the world’s remaining forests can be agreed, implemented and achieved by companies operating in emerging economies. Our view is that wherever a company is involved in the forest supply chain, they should be implementing these policies immediately. There is no time to waste.”

    APP announced its Forest Conservation Policy and zero deforestation commitment in February 2013 and over the last 18 months, has been working successfully to implement this policy. Earlier this year, the company made a further commitment to support the protection and restoration of one million hectares of tropical rainforest landscapes in Indonesia, one of the most ambitious conservation commitments ever made by a private company.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Company Ltd)
     
    29.09.2014   New Eco High-Speed Inkjet Paper from Mitsubishi    ( Company news )

    Company news Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is introducing two new eco inkjet papers for high-speed printing: JETSCRIPT DT 8002 and DT 9002, which are suitable for Transactional and Transpromo communications and complete the Mitsubishi range.

    The new inkjet papers have matte eco top-surfaces and are printable on both sides. They are characterized by high whiteness, excellent opacity and high smoothness. Superb drying and processing properties make it the medium of choice for high-speed inkjet printing of Transactional and Transpromodocuments.
    They are available in 80gsm and 90gsm. The lighter 80gsm version, DT 8002, saves postage costs and is therefore particularly suitable for mailings. Both products are specially developed and designed for use with pigment inks, but also suitable for dye inks.
    They are of course as FSC® Mix certified products available.

    With DT 8002 and DT 9002 Mitsubishi is responding to the needs of its customers and the market, and completes the wide JETSCRIPT range. Inkjet Papers for all applications from one source - only from Mitsubishi HiTec Paper.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     
    29.09.2014   GLV to Become Pure Water Treatment Company with the Sale of its Pulp and Paper Division and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... will Rename Itself Ovivo

    Key Transaction Highlights
    -Sale of the Pulp and Paper Division for $65 million to the Verreault Family
    -Resulting in a pure water treatment company
    -Significantly strengthens balance sheet with low net debt
    -Paves the way for accelerated organic and acquisition growth
    -GLV Inc. to change its name to Ovivo Inc. following closing of the transaction
    -Marc Barbeau to be appointed President and Chief Executive Officer
    -GLV's Board of Directors recommending that disinterested shareholders vote in favour of transaction

    Picture: Richard Verreault, the President and Chief Executive Officer of GLV

    (All amounts in Canadian dollars)
    GLV Inc. ("GLV" or the "Corporation") announced that it has executed a definitive agreement for the sale of its Pulp & Paper Division (the "Division") for $65 million on a debt-free basis to a corporation owned by Richard Verreault, the President and Chief Executive Officer of GLV and Laurent Verreault, the Executive Chairman of the Board of GLV (the "Purchaser"). This transaction will allow GLV to become a pure provider of water treatment products and solutions in a rapidly growing industry with attractive long-term fundamentals. In addition, the transaction will significantly strengthen GLV's balance sheet and position it for accelerated organic and acquisition growth.

    Upon closing, GLV will receive $60 million in cash, transfer a debt of $2 million to the Purchaser and receive a balance of sale of $3 million payable over the next 42 months. The transaction price will be subject to usual post-closing adjustments related to working capital. GLV expects limited tax leakage from the transaction. Transaction value represents approximately 6.1x the Division's last five year average EBITDA, adjusted for its share of head office expenses.

    GLV's net debt following the transaction is expected to be approximately $10 million. The Corporation has received a commitment from National Bank of Canada with respect to a new revolving credit facility to be implemented upon closing of the transaction. A line of credit of $60 million will be available for general corporate purposes and $80 million will be available for letters of credit.

    Upon closing of the transaction, Richard Verreault will step-down from his current roles of President and Chief Executive Officer and Director of GLV and Laurent Verreault will continue to act as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. The Verreaults will remain important shareholders of the Corporation exercising the same voting power. Marc Barbeau who currently acts as President of the Ovivo division and Executive Vice President of GLV will be appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Following closing, GLV will change its name to Ovivo Inc. to reflect the Corporation's focus on water treatment products and solutions.

    "The Board of Directors of GLV has been considering the sale of the Pulp & Paper Division for quite some time. Over the past years, GLV has solicited and received expressions of interest for the Pulp & Paper Division, none of which was superior to today's proposed transaction. The sale of this Division represents an opportunity for GLV to become a pure water treatment company and utilize the net proceeds to redeploy in Ovivo's higher growth opportunities", said Mr. Marc Courtois, Chair of GLV's Committee of Independent Directors (the "Independent Committee") which is overseeing the transaction. The Board of Directors believes this transaction is in the best interest of all our shareholders."

    Mr. Marc Barbeau, President of Ovivo and Executive Vice President of GLV said: "There are several exciting growth opportunities available to Ovivo and our stronger financial position following this transaction will enable us to further expand our business. I am excited about my future role and look forward to continue to leverage the Ovivo platform to deliver value to our shareholders."

    Mr. Laurent Verreault, Executive Chairman of the Board of GLV said: "Richard and I are pleased to have reached an agreement to acquire the Pulp & Paper Division. We believe that the sale of the Pulp & Paper Division is the right strategic decision for GLV to focus on its core water treatment business and strengthen its financial flexibility to capitalize on growth opportunities. We are optimistic about Ovivo's future and intend to remain an important shareholder of the Corporation. We are also pleased to acquire the Pulp & Paper Division, the founding activities of GLV and to ensure that its head office will remain in Quebec".

    The transaction has been approved unanimously (Laurent and Richard Verreault withholding their votes) by the Board of Directors of GLV following the unanimous recommendation of the Independent Committee composed of Mr. Marc Courtois, Ms. Chantal Bélanger and Ms. Sylvie Lalande. The Board of Directors of GLV also unanimously (Laurent and Richard Verreault withholding their votes) recommends that shareholders (excluding Laurent and Richard Verreault) vote in favour of the transaction at the special meeting of shareholders to be called to approve the transaction.

    Formal Valuation and Fairness Opinions
    KPMG LLP ("KPMG") has provided the Independent Committee with a formal valuation pursuant to which, as at September 24, 2014 and subject to the assumptions, limitations and qualifications contained therein, the fair market value of the Pulp & Paper Division ranged from $63 million to $71 million. KPMG has also provided an opinion that as at September 24, 2014, subject to the assumptions, qualifications and limitations provided therein, the consideration to be received by GLV pursuant to the Share Purchase Agreement is fair, from a financial point of view, to shareholders (other than Laurent Verreault and Richard Verreault). National Bank Financial Inc., acting as financial advisor to the Corporation, has also provided an opinion that as at September 24, 2014, subject to the assumptions, qualifications and limitations provided therein, the consideration to be received by GLV pursuant to the Share Purchase Agreement is fair, from a financial point of view, to shareholders (other than Laurent Verreault and Richard Verreault). The formal valuation and the fairness opinions will be included in the management information circular to be mailed to shareholders in connection with the approval of the transaction.

    Transaction Details
    Pursuant to the Share Purchase Agreement, GLV has a 45-day go-shop period that will extend from September 24, 2014 to November 7, 2014 (the "Go-Shop Period"), during which National Bank Financial Inc., as financial advisor to GLV, will solicit third-party interest in submitting a proposal for the Division which is superior to the proposal made by the Purchaser. The Purchaser will have a right to match any superior proposal. If GLV is successful in soliciting a superior proposal for the Division during the Go-Shop Period, and the Board changes its recommendation, there will be a break fee payable to the Purchaser of $1.0 million. In all other cases where a superior proposal is received and the Board changes its recommendation, the Purchaser will be entitled to a break fee of $2.0 million. Laurent and Richard Verreault have agreed to enter into a support and voting agreement agreeing to vote their shares in favour of an acquisition proposal for the Division that the Board determines to constitute a superior proposal prior to the shareholders' meeting, subject to the terms and conditions of the definitive agreement.

    The completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of 66 2/3% of the votes cast by Class A subordinate voting and Class B multiple voting shareholders present in person or by proxy at the special meeting of shareholders of GLV voting as a class and by the majority of GLV's disinterested shareholders, being all shareholders excluding Laurent and Richard Verreault, in accordance with applicable rules governing related party transactions. The transaction is also subject to customary closing conditions and is expected to close in the third quarter of the current fiscal year.

    The Company intends to mail a management information circular in the upcoming weeks to its shareholders for a meeting expected to be held in November 2014. Details of the transaction as well as the rationale for the Board of Directors' support of the transaction will be set out in the information circular.

    Further details regarding the terms of the transaction are set out in the Share Purchase Agreement which is now available under the profile of GLV at www.sedar.com. The management information circular will also be available at www.sedar.com when mailed to the shareholders.

    Advisors
    National Bank Financial Inc. acted as financial advisor to GLV and Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP acted as legal counsel. Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP acted as legal advisor to the independent committee of the Board of Directors of GLV. Stikeman Elliott LLP acted as legal advisor to the Verreaults.
    (GL&V Canada Inc.)
     
    29.09.2014   EPW update #2 - Speaker shortlisted for award | EPW Innovation Exhibition | New sponsors    ( Company news )

    Company news Registrations for the European Paper Week 2014 opened at the beginning of September. If you haven’t yet registered, hurry up and do so before tomorrow 30 September to benefit from the early bird fee!
    www.cepi.org/epw/registration-epw


    Mazzucato shortlisted for inaugural New Statesman prize
    The key speaker of our Annual Meeting, university of Sussex economist Professor Mariana Mazzucato, is one of six “world-class thinkers” who have been shortlisted for the first-ever New Statesman SPERI Prize in political economy. Professor Mazzucato’s influential 2013 book, The Entrepreneurial State: debunking private versus public sector myths, debunked the myth of an innovative private sector versus a static, bureaucratic State. The book used the history of the internet, biotech, nanotechnology and the emerging clean technology sector to show how radical innovations only happened because of state investment. Her popular TED talk on the subject has been viewed online more than 600,000 times. It used the history of the iPhone to illustrate this point in a concise and dynamic way.
    Join our Annual Meeting and get to see her in person!

    First time at EPW: Innovation Exhibition
    For the first time ever, EPW will open its doors to an exhibition of exciting innovation projects from our industry. The Biofore concept car from UPM will be on display, while VTT, Innventia, CTP and PTS will show innovative products, proving that the pulp and paper industry is moving forward.

    New sponsors
    Siemens is now a gold sponsor, joining our platinum sponsor StepChange Consulting and our other gold sponsors Imerys and Valmet. We are every so thankful to our sponsors and partners for their support.
    (European Paper Week)
     
    29.09.2014   FILTECH 2015 – Conference programm now published     ( Company news )

    Company news With the FILTECH Show taking place from 24.-26. February 2015 the City of Cologne in Germany will turn into the top-meeting-place for all those involved with filtration and separation and adjacent sectors. The story of growth continues and FILTECH, the largest and most important special interest event world-wide, has again expanded its exhibition space at the new venue in Cologne. On 12,000 square metres of exhibition space, 350 companies will present their cutting-edge products and innovations to an international audience of buyers, sellers, users, designers, R&D experts, and the academic world. FILTECH 2015 will feature innovative companies and market leaders from the world-wide filtration and separation industry, including both a strong line-up of returning companies as well as an impressive collection of first-time exhibitors. With clearly more than 50% foreign visitors FILTECH has a distinctly international flare and is a unique platform for learning about trends, gathering information, and generating business – a great opportunity to discover new markets.
    The international Conference is the platform for academia and all those keen to learn about latest research, solutions & approaches, and will feature 160 technical papers by experts from all over the globe. Knowledge and know-how transfer is a main target.
    (KoelnMesse)
     
    26.09.2014   Domtar celebrates sale of five million tons of Forest Stewardship Council® certified paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced that it has sold its five millionth ton of Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified uncoated fine paper, a first for the North American market. Domtar's EarthChoice® Product Line represents the widest range of FSC certified papers available today, and the milestone solidifies the company's position as a longstanding industry leader in responsible fiber sourcing and sustainable practices.

    Picture: EarthChoice Products by Domtar

    Domtar revolutionized the industry when it became the first company in North America to offer FSC certified copy paper in 2005. By breaking from the norm and embracing sustainable goals, Domtar helped create a new model of collaboration - one that has led to long-standing partnerships with some of the world's leading environmental organizations, including the Rainforest Alliance and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).
    "We are thrilled to have continued our work with Domtar as it delivers on its commitment to bring sustainability into the mainstream via its EarthChoice product line," said Tensie Whelan, President of Rainforest Alliance. "The Rainforest Alliance Certified™ seal and the FSC logo featured on EarthChoice products assure consumers they are supporting healthy forests - crucial for clean air and water, carbon sequestration and wildlife habitat. With over five million tons of EarthChoice product sold, this is a prime example of sustainability making good business sense."
    Linda Walker, Director, Global Forest & Trade Network-North America, World Wildlife Fund, added, "We are losing forests at a rate of eight football fields every 10 seconds. One of the best things that can be done to address this dramatic statistic is to put FSC products on the shelves. Domtar is a leader in this. The more FSC-labeled products consumers see, the more we can ensure forests will thrive for generations to come."
    Today, the EarthChoice family of products includes FSC certified paper for business, publishing, converting, printing and specialty uses, and accounts for more than 20 percent of Domtar's total paper sales.
    "I am proud to say that some of the most recognized companies in the world have put their own commitment to responsible environmental practices on paper by choosing Domtar's FSC certified EarthChoice products," said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. "I would like to thank our nearly 10,000 employees, our loyal customers and our supplier partners for helping us sell five million tons of Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, an impressive milestone that once again demonstrates Domtar's sustainability leadership within industry."
    "The support Domtar is demonstrating for FSC certification is generating concrete social and environmental benefits for the world's forests and the people who depend on them. The sale of five million tons of FSC certified paper is another landmark in Domtar's commitment to sustainability. Congratulations to Domtar for its continued leadership and its commitment to healthy and sustainable forests," said Kim Carstensen, Director General of FSC International.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    26.09.2014   Fiskeby: Increased production permit     ( Company news )

    Company news Early September Land and Environment Court granted Fiskeby expanded production permits from 170 000 tonnes of cartonboard per year to 200 000 tonnes annually.
    (Fiskeby Board AB)
     
    26.09.2014   Change in Stora Enso's Group Leadership Team    ( Company news )

    Company news Juha Vanhainen (photo), Executive Vice President, Energy, Logistics, Business Information Services and Wood Supply Operations in Finland and Sweden, will leave his position at Stora Enso as of 15 March 2015. He will take up the position of CEO with the Finnish food company Apetit Plc.

    “Juha’s long experience in forest industry has been a valuable asset for Stora Enso. I want to thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best in his future career,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    26.09.2014   60 % less energy consumption along with increased productivity – the PSH press drive    ( Company news )

    Company news If the goal is to make production presses quicker, more accurate and above all more efficient, then the Voith hybrid servo press drive (PSH) is the best retrofit solution. With the PSH, operators have the benefit of reduced energy consumption and low maintenance costs along with increased productivity.
    The PSH is a drive that replaces the classic valve and control technology. The intelligent control and regulation, developed jointly by Voith and Siemens, enables versatile use of the press. The PSH therefore guarantees the best possible utilization of power and speed to the pressing process. Thus the press only uses as much energy as required by the relevant process phase. This can bring up to 60 % energy savings, improving the total operating costs (TCO) – a real advantage for the operator.
    Due to its modular construction with few components, the drive can be cost effective and easily integrated into any press, saving time and costs in commissioning. The low level of system complexity along with the use of robust components also increases the availability of the press. In comparison to traditional hydraulic systems, the PSH requires significantly less space and oil volumes, which reduces the maintenance costs by 30 %.
    The hybrid servo press drive is the optimum solution, both for retro-fitting and new installations. The complete PSH system includes the servo pump group and servo motor, as well as the hydraulic power pack, safety equipment, switching electronics, sensors and control system, I/O periphery and operating unit with preassembled touch screen user interface.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    26.09.2014   BASF reorganizes its paper chemicals business    ( Company news )

    Company news -BASF to remain a leading global supplier to the paper industry
    -New set-up follows structure of BASF value chains
    -Strategic options for paper hydrous kaolin business being evaluated

    Photo: Michael Heinz, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE

    BASF is changing the organizational set-up of its paper chemicals business to strengthen its competitiveness and better meet the needs of the paper industry. BASF is a leading global supplier to the paper industry and offers a comprehensive range of chemical products for paper manufacturing and coating.

    As of January 1, 2015, the Paper Chemicals division will be dissolved. The current headquarters of the Paper Chemicals division in Basel, Switzerland will be closed by the end of 2014. Overall, there will be a reduction of about 50 positions globally as a result of the implementation of the new set-up. The business will be continued in other divisions of the Performance Products segment as follows:
    -The wet-end chemicals and kaolin businesses will be integrated into the Performance Chemicals division, supplementing the polyacrylamide value chain. A new global business unit “Paper Chemicals” will be established within the Performance Chemicals division. BASF is evaluating strategic options for its paper hydrous kaolin business.
    -The paper dispersions business and the Center for Sustainable Paper Packaging (CSPP) will be integrated into the division Dispersions & Pigments, supplementing the latex dispersions value chain.

    “Integrating the paper chemicals business along existing value chains will allow BASF to optimally steer plant capacity and leverage the advantages of the BASF Verbund. This will strengthen our businesses and further increase the competitiveness of our Performance Products segment,” said Michael Heinz, member of the Board of Executive Directors of BASF SE and responsible for the Performance Products segment.

    BASF remains committed to the paper chemicals industry by providing sustainable solutions and technical expertise. There will be no impact on supply security and service for the customers. Sales with paper chemicals were €1.44 billion in 2013.

    BASF continues to analyze further measures to improve the competitiveness of the Performance Products segment.
    (BASF SE)
     
    26.09.2014   ANDRITZ successfully starts up paper machine at Naberezhnye Chelny Paper Mill, Russia, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... following a rebuild

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PM K-28 paper machine at ZAOR “Narodnoye Predpriyatie Naberezhnye Chelny Paper Mill named after S.P. Titov”, Russia after completing a major rebuild.
    Saleable paper was already obtained on the second reel produced. The machine has a design speed of 800 m/min at a width of 4.75 m and produces testliner and kraftliner.
    ANDRITZ supplied two new headboxes (PrimeFlow SW) with PrimeProFiler dilution control and two PrimeForm Fourdriniers, as well as adding a new press with a PrimePress X shoe press in the second position. PrimeRun M web stabilizers and a new QCS system were also installed, as well as two new paper machine approach systems and a broke pulper. New process pumps from ANDRITZ will help to further raise efficiency.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    26.09.2014   ARCHROMA PUTS HIGH PERFORMANCE, COST CONTROL AND SUSTAINABILITY ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...WITHIN REACH AT 2014 CHINA INTERNATIONAL PAPER TECHNOLOGY EXHIBITION
    AND CONFERENCE (CIPTE)

    Archroma's first appearance at a Chinese paper exhibition since the company took over the paper business from Clariant on October 2013.
    •Latest developments help meet cost-efficiency, high performance and environmental requirements especially in packaging and board, as well as food packaging applications.

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, put sustainability and high-performance within reach with its latest benchmark-setting papermaking innovations at 2014 China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE) from 3 to 5 September, 2014, in Shanghai, China.
    Under the motto “We touch and color peoples’ lives every day, everywhere”, Archroma demonstrated its on-going commitment to support papermakers with cost-effective and more environmentally-considerate solutions to the performance needs of local markets.
    Archroma’s comprehensive product ranges for general-purpose paper, packaging & board, as well as food packaging cover optical brightening agents (OBAs), coloration and processing chemicals, and surface coating additives and agents for all kinds of paper, card and board.

    New developments from Archroma in the spotlight at CIPTE 2014 focused on:
    Solutions for writing and printing paper:
    •The recently introduced disulfonated OBA Leucophor® ACK aims at satisfying the most demanding environmental requirements without compromising quality or ease of use. Leucophor® ACK brings sustainability advantages through its unique, super-highly concentrated urea-free liquid formulation.

    Solutions for packaging and board applications:
    •Cartasol® liquid dyes, and in particular Cartasol® Yellow M-GLC, are particularly suited for dyeing the unbleached, recycled and mechanical pulps typically used for packaging papers. Cartasol® Yellow M-GLC can be used on its own to create attractive yellow and brown shades, or in combination with other dyes of our ranges to produce a wide variety of shades. Cartasol® Yellow M-GLC is REACH compliant and won’t release MDA or other toxic amines, therefore providing a more sustainable alternative solution to other dyes available from the market.
    •Lastly introduced in the range of Archroma’s stickies control innovation for pulp and paper applications, Cartaspers® SCH is a new, innovative organic treatment additive for pulp and paper for prevention of pitch and stickies.
    Archroma’s range, which also includes EPA Award winning Cartaspers® PSM and BfR XXXVI compliant Cartaspers® PSM new allow increasing the runability of the paper machine reducing downtimes.
    •Cartaspers® PSM protects wires and felts minimizing the use of solvents for cleaning. Cartaspers® PSM and Cartaspers® PSM new, when used in felt conditioning, can also allow energy savings.

    Solutions for food packaging:
    •Cartaguard® KHI is a totally PFOA-free, grease-resistant additive for recyclable, non-plastic coated paper packaging used for eat-out-of-hand snacks. It provides a true alternative for manufacturers on the look-out for effective and safe impregnating agents for naturally absorbent papers.
    •For manufacturers looking for a PFOA-free (below limits of detection) product, Cartaguard® KST imparts grease, oil and water resistance to paper and board for food packaging, complying with the BfR XXXVI recommendation.
    “Papermakers are looking to bring down application costs and manufacture high-performance products which are also sustainable and more environmentally considerate,” comments Damrong Roonkaseam, Head of Sales Asia Pacific, Paper Solutions Business at Archroma. “Archroma’s 120-year track record of supporting the paper industry gives us the unique capability to help them address this challenge. Our continued commitment is backed by experience, core technologies, long-standing relationships and a global footprint that together ensure we can deliver high service levels and world-class innovations that reflect the needs of our customers and their markets.”
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    26.09.2014   Sopalin back on TV after 30 years absence!     ( Company news )

    Company news As of Sunday 28 September, the new Sopalin TV campaign will start in France and will be broadcast until November on several French TV channels and on the web.
    Once again a Sofidel brand resorts to irony to promote its products and raise awareness of our everyday habits.
    In the new Sopalin commercial, a woman is forced to use her imagination to make her husband get off the couch and… pull his weight around the house.
    Entitled “Oh my Lord”, with the new slogan “Le Pouvoir est entre vos mains”, the campaign makes fun of the insufficient support given by men when it comes to housework like cleaning and vacuuming, doing the laundry, the ironing and even the cooking.
    In fact in 2014, 80% of women are still the ones performing a majority of domestic chores.
    The cultural background ranges from “Games of Thrones” to “Excalibur”, the mythical sword of King Arthur.

    Click here to see the TV ad:
    Sopalin TV ad


    (Sofidel S.p.A.)
     
    26.09.2014   Packaging group triumphant at Pro Carton ECMA Award    ( Company news )

    Company news The “Packaging of the Year 2014” is from Edelmann

    Edelmann made a convincing appearance with an innovative packaging solution during the competition organised by the European Association of Carton and Carton Board manufacturers: The jury of the Pro Carton ECMA Award selected the folding carton designed by Edelmann for the perfume from the German-Brazilian designer Fernanda Brandao as the “Carton of the Year”. Edelmann Chief Executive Dierk Schröder accepted the award during the Award Gala of the Pro Carton ECMA congress in Sorrento, Italy.

    The judges explicitly mentioned the “perfect communication of the product promise”. The folding carton of this international packaging group stands out with its “unique design,” its form is like an unpolished amethyst. “This differentiates it significantly from the other products and clearly conveys the brand message: limitless energy, pure dynamics and charisma par excellence.”

    “An unforgettable folding carton”
    The members of the jury were not only impressed by the excellent printing quality, but also and in particular by the design of the carton with its asymmetric form: they stated in the appraisal that they had never before seen such an innovative form. The folding carton is not only convincing with regard to its appearance, but also convenient to use. The combination of form, printing and refinement has created an unusual packaging, which stands out from the strong competition in the Beauty Care sector due to its form. In short: “An unforgettable folding carton”

    The polygonal form of the folding carton resembles a prism and matches the shape of the perfume bottle. A multi-coloured offset UV print on PET rainbow silver-laminated board ensured the packaging made an elegant appearance. Edelmann also scored well on the inside of the folding carton thanks to its expertise as a system manufacturer: the liner made of the finest corrugated board was a perfect fit for the product packaging. Using this example, Edelmann has shown that an individual combination of different design elements can produce a convincing brand appearance.

    Pro Carton is the European Association of Carton and Carton Board manufacturers. Their objective is to promote boards and folding cartons as an economically and ecologically balanced packaging medium in the branded goods industry as well as in business, design, the media and politics.
    (Carl Edelmann GmbH)
     
    25.09.2014   Voith upgrades deliver energy and machinery efficiency to Newark America in Fitchburg, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Massachusetts

    Voith has completed an upgrade of the stock preparation at Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions (Newark America) in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, reducing production cost and boosting efficiency in the process. As a result of the upgrades, the facility can now use OCC (Old Corrugated Containers) instead of less contaminated recycled board as a raw material for the production of high quality linerboard. In addition, the upgrade ensures minimal fiber loss during the production process.
    “We are very pleased with the upgrade at our Fitchburg facility”, said Barry Jensen, Vice President Newark Recycled Paperboard Solutions. “The upgrade process went according to plan and the startup was the smoothest we have encountered, which is even more impressive considering complexity of the project. Within a few hours of pressing the start button, the plant was supplying the machine with quality fiber at design capacity. The upgrade project has met all the quality objectives, and power consumption is lower than expected.”

    The main upgrade consisted of improving the current pulper detrashing loop using Voith’s IntensaMaxx. IntensaMaXX prevents tail formation and spinning so that even content with high levels of contaminant can be easily processed. Another advantage of IntensaMaXX is its low energy consumption. IntensaMaXX can be used in continuous low consistency (LC) pulping with recovered paper grades containing contaminants or in high consistency (HC) pulping as a dumping machine after the batch HC pulper.
    In addition, Newark Fitchburg upgraded a multi-stage fine cleaning system with Voith’s unique HCL5C cleaner with HW and LW removal combination, while adding a three stage fine screening upgrade with the C-bar Screen basket. These upgrades included a new third stage MultiMizer with optimum slots configuration for a fiber savings final stage screening concept.
    The HCL5C technology is a multi-stage system for cleaning fiber suspensions. It removes heavy weight and light weight contaminants in the stock preparation and approach flow systems. The C-bar screen basket is used in stock preparation and approach flow and can be used for increasing the capacity of existing pressure screens. It has a large open screening area with high slot width precision, providing up to 20% more capacity than conventional screen baskets. The MultiMizer improves the overall system performance and provides cost savings by reducing the amount of flakes in the reject stream of the fine slotted screening system.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    25.09.2014   Technological audit of paper machine in Vietnam    ( Company news )

    Company news Recently the company PAPCEL, Litovel signed the first-ever contract with a customer from Vietnam. The paper mill is a leading producer of newspaper and graphic papers. The subject of the contract is the implementation of technological audit of s/h equipment and machinery - paper machine and stock preparation line, purchased from Canada and transferred to Vietnam. Originally, the machine produced newsprint paper; the intention of the customer is to produce multilayer papers for the production of corrugated cardboard. Machine width is 6.395 mm, the design speed is 940 mpm.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    25.09.2014   WEPA Group is investing in two new TOSCOTEC paper machines for sustainable securing of the ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ...companys' future

    The WEPA Group, based in the Westphalian city of Arnsberg, will be investing in two tissue paper machines with a combined total capacity of 64,000 tons annually. The machines will be installed at the locations in Lille/France and Marsberg/Germany. By expanding the production output of tissue products, the family-owned company will optimize the existing procurement and logistics structures in Europe, thus enhancing the competitiveness of the entire group.

    The supply agreements have been concluded with the Italian provider Toscotec for both paper machines. The total investment for both projects amounts to more than EUR 50 million. The technology of the paper machines is up-to-date and they meet the high quality require-ments of the market. "As a family-owned company, we position ourselves sustainably for-ward-looking with the investment of two state-of-the-art machines. By expanding our manufacturing capacity, we are continuously securing our demand for jumbo reels and pass this security of supply on to our customers in the consumer and professional business market", stated Martin Krengel, CEO of WEPA Group.

    Walter Hirner, Member of the Management Board (CTO), emphasizes the advantages of the new paper machines in the area of energy efficiency: "The paper industry is one of the largest energy consumers and can make a significant contribution to reduce CO2 emissions by using efficient manufacturing processes and economical use of electricity and natural gasoline for the production of semi-finished goods. This will save resources and optimize cost structures." Furthermore, due to the reduction of acquisition of jumbo reels from 3rd party suppliers, the WEPA group can optimize the logistics flows within the European locations and compensate for increasing shipping costs.

    Subject to regulatory permits, the commissioning for the new paper machines is scheduled for the 3rd and 4th quarter in 2015.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    25.09.2014   Bordeaux Digital Inc.: Get a Free Expo Pass to the 2014 SGIA Expo + Be sure to visit us at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... booth 1401 in Las Vegas, October 22-24

    Picture: PLASMA VU Flexible ink

    The PLASMA VU curable UV based ink series is designed for use on rigid, flexible and elastic substrates for outdoor and indoor applications. They are designed for printing on a wide range of coated and uncoated rolled and rigid media , and also on a wide range of flexible media, like: vinyl, styrene, polycarbonate, acrylic, polyester, PP, foam board and more.

    PLASMA VU Rigid ink:
    Hard ink, glossy and strong mechanical properties.

    PLASMA VU Flexible ink:
    Flexible ink designated for rigid substrates that bend and stretch, the ink has very good adhesion properties. For optimal adhesion use a Bordeaux adhesion promoter.

    Unique benefits:
    Mix for Vutek QS2000™ / 3200 series™
    • No flushing required
    • Formulated for a wide range of flexible and semi flexible applications and media
    • Perfect jetability and instant curing properties
    • VOC and odor free
    • Vivid color gamut
    • High gloss
    • High abrasion resistance

    SGIA Expo: You've Arrived at the Next Level
    You've heard the saying, "Take your business to the next level," yes? Well, if you're at the SGIA Expo — you've arrived. Whether it's on the show floor, or in one of the classic Expo education sessions with industry experts or the highly relevant Keynote Breakfast — the SGIA Expo makes it easy to discuss your new-found imaging acumen with colleagues and potential clients. And, then you can seek out exhibitors on the show floor to go to the next, next level.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    24.09.2014   Mark S. Sutton Elected International Paper Chairman and CEO - John V. Faraci to Retire    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced that the board of directors has elected Mark S. Sutton Chief Executive Officer, effective November 1, 2014 and chairman of the board effective January 1, 2015. Sutton currently serves as president and chief operating officer responsible for leading and running the company's global operations. Prior to his current role he was senior vice president, industrial packaging. "Mark Sutton's election as CEO and chairman and the other changes we are announcing today reaffirm International Paper's ongoing commitment to developing a strong, deep bench that will lead the company to an even more successful future," said CEO and Chairman John V. Faraci. "Under Mark's leadership, I am confident that International Paper's best days are ahead."

    The company also announced the retirement of John V. Faraci, who has served as CEO and chairman of the board of directors since November 2003. Faraci led the transformation of International Paper that began in 2005, when the company included more than a dozen different businesses, from chemicals to real estate to forestry. IP sold its diverse assets and set a course to focus on its two core businesses, packaging and paper. Today, International Paper is strategically well-positioned and competing in attractive growth markets around the world. Faraci served in roles including president, executive vice president and chief financial officer before being named to the company's top job. He will remain CEO until October 31 and chairman until December 31 and will serve as a special advisor until he retires February 28, 2015.

    "The International Paper board of directors would like to thank John Faraci for his 40 years of dedicated service, including his leadership over the past decade as chairman and CEO," said J. Steven Whisler, presiding director. "John's personal integrity, vision and keen focus on value creation helped transform International Paper into a global packaging and paper leader, and his many contributions will positively impact the company and influence the industry for years to come."

    The company also announced the following moves.

    Thomas G. Kadien was named senior vice president, human resources, communications and global government relations along with current responsibilities for supply chain and IP India, effective November 1, and will continue to report to Sutton. Currently, he is senior vice president, N.A. consumer packaging, with responsibilities for operations in India and China. Kadien has been with International Paper since 1978.

    Paul J. Karre, senior vice president, human resources and communications, will retire following a period of transition. After working in a variety of corporate and global business human resource roles, he was appointed vice president, human resources, in July 2000. Karre became senior vice president, human resources and communications, in 2009. Karre has been with the company since 1974.

    Timothy S. Nicholls was named senior vice president, industrial packaging effective November 1, and will continue to report to Sutton. Currently, he is senior vice president, printing and communications papers–the Americas. Nicholls' previous positions included senior vice president and chief financial officer, vice president of finance, and vice president and CFO, IP Europe. He has been with International Paper since 1991.

    William Hoel, who was acting senior vice president of industrial packaging, will resume his role as senior vice president, Container the Americas, reporting to Nicholls.

    W. Michael Amick, Jr., was elected senior vice president, N.A. papers, pulp and consumer packaging, effective November 1, and will report to Sutton. Currently he serves as International Paper vice president and president, IP India, and as executive chairman, International Paper APPM Limited. Prior to his role in India, Amick was vice president and general manager for the coated paperboard business. He has been with International Paper since 1990.

    Glenn R. Landau was elected International Paper senior vice president, effective November 1, and will continue as president, IP Latin America, with responsibilities for operations in Brazil, and will report to Sutton. Since 2013, Landau has served as International Paper vice president and president, IP Latin America. Previously, he served as vice president, investor relations, and as vice president and general manager, containerboard and recycling. He has been with the company since 1991.

    Rampraveen Swaminathan was named president, IP India, effective November 1, and will report to Kadien. Currently, Swaminathan serves as IP vice president and managing director of IP APPM. Swaminathan was appointed a director of International Paper APPM Limited in January, 2012 and also as managing director and CEO of the company in March 2012.

    Certain statements in this press release may be considered forward-looking statements. These statements reflect management's current views and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Factors which could cause actual results to differ include but are not limited to: (i) the level of our indebtedness and increases in interest rates; (ii) industry conditions, including but not limited to changes in the cost or availability of raw materials, energy and transportation costs, competition we face, cyclicality and changes in consumer preferences, demand and pricing for our products; (iii) global economic conditions and political changes, including but not limited to the impairment of financial institutions, changes in currency exchange rates, credit ratings issued by recognized credit rating organizations, the amount of our future pension funding obligation, changes in tax laws and pension and health care costs; (iv) unanticipated expenditures related to the cost of compliance with existing and new environmental and other governmental regulations and to actual or potential litigation; (v) whether we experience a material disruption at one of our manufacturing facilities; (vi) risks inherent in conducting business through joint ventures; and (vii) our ability to achieve the benefits we expect from all strategic acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. These and other factors that could cause or contribute to actual results differing materially from such forward-looking statements are discussed in greater detail in the company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
    (International Paper)
     
    24.09.2014   Voith upgrades disk filters at WEIG-Karton – significantly improved filtrate values after rebuild    ( Company news )

    Company news Moritz J. WEIG GmbH & Co. KG in Mayen, Germany, chose Voith for the rebuild of its third-party disk filter. After a successful startup following the rebuild, significant improvements in filtrate values were recorded, while at the same time maintenance costs are now demonstrably lower. This was achieved by integrating the modern Voith disk filter technology, which includes BaglessPlus disk filter sectors and a new filtrate valve.

    BaglessPlus disk filter sectors made from corrugated stainless steel provide increased capacity by up to 15% to 20%, while at the same time improve filtrate quality. Clear filtrate and super-clear filtrate quality have significantly exceeded customer expectations. Initial measurements recorded 180 ppm in the clear filtrate and 60 ppm in the super-clear filtrate. Since the high filtrate quality will remain unchanged during the entire lifecycle of the BaglessPlus sectors, ranging from 10 to 20 years, large quantities of fresh water can be saved. Moreover, BaglessPlus disk filter sectors are maintenance free, with holes in filter bags no longer being an issue.

    The new filtrate valve ensures a consistently high vacuum and further ensures the high filtrate quality. The rebuild switched the mounting by plain bearing to reliable roller bearing with the new central shaft. In addition, the disk filter was equipped with new knock-off and cleaning spray pipes featuring patented nozzles.
    The upgraded disk filter now replaces four drum thickeners, which had become susceptible to failure due to high screen wear.

    WEIG-Karton’s trust in Voith is based on many years of collaboration. Two years ago another third-party disk filter had already been successfully rebuilt to BaglessPlus sectors and HiCon. Thanks to the conversion to HiCon, this disk filter is now being operated at an intake stock consistency of up to 2%.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    24.09.2014   Promising Pilot Run for Future Fossil Free Barrier    ( Company news )

    Company news UMV Coating System is about to crack the code of how to coat papers and cardboard with fossil free barriers. It creates the opportunity to produce food packaging that is 100% made up of ­materials from biological materials.

    To coat the cardboard to food packaging with fossil free barriers has long been a hard nut to crack. No one has yet ­succeeded in industrial scale without creating pores in the barrier that makes packaging less dense and therefore ­unusable. But after a week long pilot run, it seems that the UMV Coating Systems in Säffle is on the way to solving this global problem.
    - It looks promising, but we don’t want to draw any conclusions before all the analyses are made, says Per Emilsson, Sales Manager at UMV Coating Systems.

    Last spring, UMV Coating Systems was granted funding from Vinnova to conduct pilot tests with its newly developed coater INVO Coater. An initial analytical work undertaken at University of Karlstad had yielded promising results. Now they wanted to go ahead with a major investigation to study if the concept is to coat the fossil-free barriers in full scale.

    During week 36, UMV Coating Systems has conducted 35 pilot runs in its own machinery in Säffle, and two researchers from University of Karlstad analyze the results.
    – We test how good the barrier is, and it looks very promising. We will carry out a battery of tests to determine the ­different barrier properties. We check fat resistance, oxygen permeability and much more. In accordance with established standard methods for testing barriers in food packaging. There is still a lot of analysis to do, but so far we have only seen positive results, says Pia Eriksson, a development engineer at University of Karlstad.

    The cooperation with University of Karlstad works perfect, and the final result of their analysis is expected to be ­completed in december. If the barrier is adequate, it could mean that it will be possible to produce completely fossil free and ­biodegradable food packaging that can handle future environmental legislation.
    (UMV Coating Systems AB)
     
    24.09.2014   DS Smith Plc - Interim Management Statement    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Plc, the leading supplier of recycled packaging for consumer goods, issued its Interim Management Statement in respect of the period since 1 May 2014.

    Picture: Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive

    Trading
    The business has made good progress since the start of the year and performance has been in line with our plans. Like-for-like corrugated box volumes have improved in all our regions, with growth ahead of last year's rate and our medium term financial target of GDP +1%. This growth reflects strong customer support for our proposition, driven by our focus on product and service innovation and removing complexity and cost from our customers' supply chains. Return on sales and ROACE continue to improve, benefiting from the organic growth together with the ongoing delivery of previously announced synergies from the acquisition of SCA Packaging.

    Financial position
    On 1 September 2014, we completed the previously announced disposal of our Scandinavian foam business for £24 million. We concluded our 2013 triennial pension review, with the ongoing cash contribution schedule to the pension fund remaining unchanged.

    Outlook
    Our outlook remains positive as volumes continue to grow, despite competitive market conditions. The Board expects continued performance in line with our medium term financial targets and views the remainder of the year with confidence.

    Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive, said:
    "We continue to make significant progress in developing our differentiated offer for customers in the UK and Continental Europe. Volume performance has been strong as pan-European customers seek to consolidate their supplier bases and recognise the need for well-designed, recycled packaging at the in-store point of sale, where the buying decision is increasingly being made. Notwithstanding continued headwinds in many of our markets, performance has been in line with our plans. The market remains fragmented, providing ongoing opportunities for growth and we are confident in the prospects for the business."
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    24.09.2014   Cham Paper Group Holding AG: Results of the Consultation Procedure    ( Company news )

    Company news On 21 August 2014 the Cham Paper Group announced that it will be boosting the competitive strength of its speciality papers by planning the continued transfer of technology from Switzerland to Italy. The relocation affects the coating technology operations currently run in Cham for producing the digital imaging and barrier papers. Continued relocation of operations is to take place in the first quarter of 2015 and is expected to result in a further reduction of approx. 50 staff at the Group's registered office in Switzerland.

    The Board of Directors and the Executive Management Board immediately contacted the social partner organisations and cantonal authorities for the purpose of carefully planning the current redundancies with the involvement of all stakeholders in a socially responsible manner. The goal of this is to sustainably secure the remaining 30 to 40 positions at Cham in Research & Development (Digital Imaging), Marketing & Sales, Small roll processing and Group administration.

    During the three-week consultation period, proposals for alternative solutions could be submitted to the employee representation committee of the mill in Cham. The consultation period ended on 14 September. No petitions were received from the employee representation committee during this period. The Executive Management Board will now initiate talks as planned with the social partner organisations for the purpose of fleshing out the details of the redundancy scheme with a view to finalising the scheme in the fourth quarter of 2014.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
     
    24.09.2014   Greenpac and Norampac Niagara Falls start shipping again after fire incident    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades announces that operations have resumed partially at the Greenpac and Niagara Falls containerboard mills (photo) following the fire that occurred in the exterior old corrugated containers (OCC) stock piles on Saturday. Both mills have begun shipping finished products manufactured prior to the fire. Production equipment at the Greenpac mill was not damaged during the fire and the mill is expected to resume normal production within next 48 hours. Start–up of the Norampac mill will not be determined until damage to the stock preparation equipment is fully assessed. Employees of both mills are now back to work to help out with various tasks in preparation for start-up.
    Production at Norampac's box plants was unaffected by the unplanned shutdown of the two mills as Norampac was able to compensate containerboard demand with shipments from its other mills.
    In commenting the situation, Marc-André Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer for Norampac stated: "We wish to thank the firefighters, police crews, Mayor Dyster and our employees for the amazing work they accomplished despite heavy winds and challenging weather conditions".
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    24.09.2014   Valmet's new BioTrac pilot plant for hydrolysis of biomass started up    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has installed a new bio pilot plant in its research and development center in Sundsvall, Sweden. The equipment, called BioTrac, is a hydrolysis system which is used for process optimization and testing of raw materials based on biomass. This is part of Valmet's investment into developing new technologies for biorefinery applications, in order to deliver technology and process solutions to reduce CO2 emissions globally.
    Valmet's BioTrac is flexible both when it comes to different raw materials and process alternatives, and can be adapted to several downstream process steps. Hydrolysis is often the first step in a biorefinery, and a step that has to be passed, regardless of subsequent process chosen. Further refining of the biomass can for example be production of bioethanol, bio based chemicals and biomaterial, such as bio based plastics.
    "Many companies want to replace fossil fuels in favor of renewable raw materials. The product streams from our BioTrac system, and from the subsequent processes, can be used as bio based raw materials for production of for example plastics and chemicals. We are confident that our customers appreciate that they now can test their own ideas in our pilot plant, which in all essential parts correspond to the full scale equipment they are interested in," says Rickard Andersson, Vice President, Bio Technology and Environmental Systems, Valmet.
    "In the new BioTrac system it is easy to handle a variety of biomasses and we can closely control and follow what is happening in the process. The system represents world class and is based on technology which was originally developed for the pulp and paper industry, where Valmet has extensive experience going over hundred years back," says Olof Melander, Manager, Valmet Fiber Technology Center in Sundsvall.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    23.09.2014   Xeikon launches SuperBlack toner    ( Company news )

    Company news A dense black toner that meets the specific needs of luxury labels and folding carton applications

    Visitors to the Xeikon booth at Labelexpo Americas 2014 (booth 6135) will be able to witness the company’s latest development in toner technology, called the SuperBlack toner. Normal black toner produces a density of 1.8, while the new SuperBlack provides a density of 2.2-2.4. SuperBlack is a spot color that can be applied using the fifth color station of a Xeikon digital press.

    “A solid, dense black on the packaging of a product conveys a sense of quality and high value, and is very appealing to companies selling luxury items,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director – Product Management at Xeikon. “As a result, this effect is used often by brand owners in the wine and spirits markets as well as in the folding carton sector.”

    Xeikon dry toner is already the preferred technology for wine and spirit labels, which often utilize structured label substrates. The toner particles follow the substrate’s surface, covering the peaks and troughs evenly to create excellent print quality. Xeikon has gone a step further with the development of SuperBlack, which provides a cost effective and easy solution for printing labels and packaging that incorporate full black tones or large areas of black.

    “Xeikon is constantly looking to expand the scope of digital printing. Developing specific toners based upon the needs of the market is one way of meeting this goal. Just last year, we launched ICE toner for pressure sensitive PE labels and IML substrates. The ICE toner has been received extremely well by our customers. We are convinced that the benefits and opportunities offered by the new SuperBlack toner will be embraced by luxury brand owners everywhere,” adds Van Bauwel.

    As with all Xeikon toners for the labels and packaging market, SuperBlack meets FDA regulations for Food contact. SuperBlack toner will be available immediately following its launch at Labelexpo Americas.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     

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