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    16.07.2015   Smurfit Kappa paper mill recognised for continual sustainability innovation     ( Company news )

    Company news The District of Aachen, one of Europe’s leading regions for science and research, has awarded Smurfit Kappa’s Zülpich paper mill in western Germany a prestigious innovation prize in recognition of its outstanding sustainability performance.

    Photo: Smurfit Kappa Zülpich Mill Managing Director Christian Ludwig and Günter Rosenke, District President for the district of Euskirchen.

    The AC² Innovation Award recognises businesses that have made an exceptional contribution to innovation. Winners are traditionally drawn from the automotive or medical sectors, but the judging panel – which consisted of eminent university professors including the Chancellor of the RWTH University of Aachen and senior business leaders – created a special Jury Prize for the recycled paper facility.

    Smurfit Kappa’s Zülpich paper mill impressed the jury with its sustainable and profitable operational approach. The mill operates a closed loop for production water which, due to local restrictions around returning water to the environment, ensures that zero water waste is emitted from the mill. It also captures the biogas produced from the water cycle as a by-product, and burns this for energy to power production. Finally, a multi-fuelled boiler uses unrecoverable waste to burn as fuel.

    The AC² Innovation Award coincides with the launch of Smurfit Kappa’s eighth annual Sustainable Development report, which highlights strong progress against key strategic priority areas including forest, climate change, water, waste, and people. The recognition by the District of Aachen of the Zülpich paper mill is the latest example of Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to designing and enabling truly circular systems, and to using sustainability as a driver for business value.

    Smurfit Kappa Zülpich’s Managing Director, Christian Ludwig, comments:
    “Smurfit Kappa Zülpich has long operated circular systems that deliberately reduce waste through innovative design, and maximise resource efficiency to offer our customers an environmentally friendly product. We are very honoured that the District of Aachen has recognised our efforts.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Zülpich Papier GmbH)
    15.07.2015   Mimaki Simplifies Small-Lot Digital Packaging Production    ( Company news )

    Company news Producing professional packaging in 5 minutes with ArtiosCAD Designer Solution in combination with the UJF-6042 LED UV inkjet printer and the CFL-605RT cutting plotter

    Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, today announced a joint development with Esko[1] to simplify the digital packaging production for companies that produce packaging samples and mock-ups, as well as small packing runs and personalised packaged goods. The Original Goods Package System (OGPS) from Mimaki is comprised of three components:
    -ArtiosCAD Designer Solution (ArtiosCAD DS), a subset of Esko’s industry-leading ArtiosCAD, the world’s most widely used package design CAD software, and including 400 easy-to-use templates as well as tools for original package creation;
    -Mimaki UJF-6042, an LED UV inkjet flatbed printer with maximum printing dimensions of 610 x 420 mm. It can be used to print on a product, as well as to print product packaging.
    -Mimaki CFL-605RT cutting plotter supporting on-demand production with multiple functions, including cutting and creasing of packaging material and cutting of package cushioning.

    “Packaging converters, commercial printers and design firms are experiencing a growing demand for a more cost effective means of producing samples, mock-ups and small lots of customized or personalised packaging,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “Our goal was to simplify the process of packaging design and production to bring professional packaging design within the reach of original goods manufacturers of all sizes. By combining a subset of the market-leading ArtiosCAD software by Esko with affordable printing and cutting technology from Mimaki, our Original Goods Package System is well-positioned to change the way small lot packaging is designed and produced.”

    How It Works
    To create a package design, the user simply selects one of the 400 professionally-designed templates included with ArtiosCAD DS, enters the inside package dimensions and thickness of the media to be used. More detailed parameters as well as shapes and sizes of flaps can also be specified. The system then creates a package design file that can be imported into Adobe®Illustrator® to add graphics[2]. Users can also use specialised tools to create their own custom designs and include them in the final design. The system offers a total solution not only for the design and creation of product packaging and cushioning but also for printing directly onto a product. Users that don't need the predesigned templates available in the ArtiosCAD DS software, can create custom designs with the guide function.

    “Once a design is final,” Horsten adds, “it can be printed in exceptional quality on the UJF-6042 in full colour and if needed with varnish effects. The printed design can then be cut and creased using the CFL-605RT cutting plotter that matches the printer size. A finished package can literally be produced in minutes, either as a mock-up or sample using actual target substrates, for small lot packaging production, and even personalised or serialised packages. This total solution will allow designers, packaging converters, commercial printers, and small manufacturers to revolutionise the way they design and produce small lot packaging.”

    Available Now
    The Original Goods Packaging System (OGPS) is available from resellers and distributors as an option to the CFL605RT cutting plotter from Mimaki.
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)


    Avery Dennison will introduce a number of significant innovations designed to drive sustainable growth at Labelexpo Europe 2015 which will be held in Brussels from 29 September until 2 October.

    “Avery Dennison has once again developed a unique set of label and packaging solutions to help converters meet today’s key challenges,” comments Andrew Crawford, vice president of marketing at Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe. “This year our booth will feature five interactive zones, focusing on the key benefits of enhanced shelf appeal, productivity, sustainability, Select Solutions portfolios and services.”

    Converters looking for differentiation and competitive advantage will discover a new emulsion acrylic, general purpose adhesive for paper that is proven to be faster, tougher and broader than comparable products in the market today.

    “Faster” operation, because of shortened set-up times, material consistency at high speed and minimised cleaning time - which results in reduced converting costs and freed up capacity. With a ‘time to stick’ of up to 5 times faster than standard products on the market, this “tougher” construction offers up to 60% higher force to peel on cardboard, up to 5 times better air blown dispensing performance, and more than 3 times higher adhesion at lower temperatures (5°C to 0°C - compared to our standard GPP S2000N and multiple competitive products). Moreover its “broader” temperature application range and food and pending fatty food approval expands commercial possibilities for converters.

    Shelf appeal
    Two innovations that positively impact shelf appeal are Aqua Opaque, a solution for the wet opacity issues in Wine & Spirits labels (ice bucket test); and AeroDress, a pressure-sensitive solution for aerosols, which opens up new markets for converters as it helps brand owners increase flexibility for late stage differentiation and reduce obsolete stock without compromising on shelf-appeal.

    Among the innovations at Labelexpo that focus on sustainability is the introduction of a new bio-based PE product to help end users meet their environmental sustainability goals; and Avery Dennison® Glass Recycling, a proprietary labelling technology that allows clear separation of PSL from glass particles thus facilitating clean glass recycling.

    Select Solutions™
    Lastly, Avery Dennison will feature its Select Solutions Portfolio which offers proven application-specific constructions as well as custom-engineered solution capabilities to match precise customer needs. This collection offers 100,000 potential constructions via the company’s Mix & Match™ service, and 15 application-specific portfolios that give label converters a fast and simple route to unique labelling solutions for brand owners. Both are offered with low Minimum Order Quantities and rapid shipping. Additionally, converters can develop high-performance custom-engineered solutions with the Select Solutions team.

    During the show, Avery Dennison will also be featured in the Labelexpo Smart Packaging Lab, which allows visitors to take a look at the latest advances in substrates, inks, digital systems and printing, including research tools and materials that interact with electronics. As part of the Smart Packaging Lab, Avery Dennison will feature advanced label material technology including the company’s sophisticated materials that interact with electronics.

    Anyone unable to attend Labelexpo will still be able to experience the innovations Avery Dennison will debut at the show and gain access to the information and tools featured in the company’s physical Labelexpo booth through the interactive virtual trade show tool at coming in mid-September.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    15.07.2015   Bobst Italia highlights gravure and lamination technologies at Open House during Converflex 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news The closeness of the Milan exhibition grounds where the Converflex exhibition recently took place, to Bobst Italia’s production plant in San Giorgio Monferrato, always provides the opportunity for show visitors to make the short journey to see live demonstrations of BOBST gravure printing presses and laminators. This latest Converflex was no exception, and Bobst Italia had the pleasure of welcoming over 60 converters during the two days of the Open House.

    On its Converflex stand, BOBST treated visitors to a first taste of things to come at the Open House by exhibiting a print unit from one of its most successful gravure press models ever – the Rotomec 4003MP gravure printing press for flexible materials, the same line in demonstration at the Open House.

    Gravure printing was, however, just one of the processes visitors to the BOBST stand at Converflex could discuss with the specialists who were on hand, each ready to illustrate the many solutions developed by BOBST to meet the production requirements of packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries. Also showcased at Converflex was the extensive BOBST range of services, designed to help users achieve optimum production levels, expand their capacity and succeed in their existing, or new, markets.

    For converters who made the journey to Bobst Italia’s production plant, the first technology to take center stage was gravure printing. The Rotomec 4003MP gravure press currently in Bobst Italia’s Competence Center is configured for shaftless gravure cylinders. The printing demonstration was built around showing guests the efficiency, and the resulting output quality, of the systems and equipment the press is equipped with - most notably its integrated washing system and its Twin Trolley.

    First the press was set in register using the TAPS system, through a sequence that was completed automatically in less than five minutes. Then the machine accelerated to a production speed of 450m/min before performing an automatic splice on the rewinder at maximum speed. The demo continued with a color change from a light to a dark color, before resuming printing at full speed for a few minutes. The press was then brought to a halt and the washing sequence carried out, followed by a change of color from dark back to light again. After another run of printing and another automatic splice, the machine was stopped. These operations were designed to show the efficiency of the Rotomec 4003MP in terms of performance of its register control and its rapidity of print unit set up and job changeover. The demonstration also gave visitors the opportunity to compare print samples taken from the machine at different stages of the run, that is, before and after the color changes. The samples were then compared using a spectrophotometer, which registered a low “Delta E”, demonstrating the absence of contamination in the colors subsequent to wash-up.

    The use of the Twin Trolley system highlighted the flexibility it provides in terms of fast job preparation and ink logistics, as well as the savings that can be made by a reduction in both ink use and solvent waste.

    After seeing the performance of the equipment dedicated to gravure printing, visitors moved to the CL 850D duplex laminator equipped with a flexo trolley. As the quality of BOBST flexo trolley is acknowledged, especially for its performance in coating solvent-based adhesives onto thin aluminium foil, visitors were able to check the perfect quality of the output: a two-layer composite material made up of 7 micron aluminium foil and 12 micron PET.
    The two machines in demonstration represent the highly successful solutions BOBST brings to their respective fields of application. Over 200 Rotomec 4003MP gravure printing presses are installed world-wide, whilst the CL 850 laminator has a firmly consolidated position in the class of high performance equipment with advanced technology and automation, holding the largest market share in the two major markets of Italy and Germany.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)
    15.07.2015   UPM introduces its renewed UPM Color range – Salmon, Pink, Yellow and Orange    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM is presenting its renewed UPM Color range with Salmon, Pink, Yellow and Orange. The renewed UPM Color is an ideal combination of low basis weight, high bulk with an additional yield benefit. The renewed UPM Color enables higher quality printed products with improved haptic properties. This grade is part of standard newsprint papers and is suitable for both Coldset and Heatset Offset printing.

    UPM Color range increases the awareness of a printed product
    The printed product, be it a whole newspaper, a section or an independent flyer, is distinguishable by its color. UPM Color increases the attractiveness of newspapers, supplements, directories and special publications.
    These papers are now produced at UPM Jämsä River Mills (at Kaipola), Finland. This new product represents highest sustainability standards, including the most comprehensive environmental certification, the EU Ecolabel, as well as forest certifications FSC® and PEFC™. In addition, UPM Color contains recycled fibre.

    UPM CSWO papers for every end use
    UPM CSWO papers offer customers the largest product range and widest coverage in Europe by providing the right paper for every potential end use. Most UPM papers for CSWO are EU Ecolabelled.
    “The production of UPM Color has been transferred from UPM Chapelle, France, to UPM Jämsä River Mills at Kaipola, Finland, this month. Our wide range of products has been developed to meet customers’ future needs,” states Terry Parry, Technical Sales Director, Newspaper Publishing, UPM Paper ENA.
    15.07.2015   Steel cylinders for the dryer section - EvoDry a winner at WEIG-Karton    ( Company news )

    Company news Compared with cast iron cylinders, steel cylinders offer impressive features like higher thermal conductivity and greater material strength. These and other benefits mean that it makes good sense to install steel cylinders when upgrading dryer sections. Recently, WEIG-Karton also opted to install EvoDry steel cylinders at its plant in Mayen, Germany.

    Because EvoDry steel cylinders for the dryer section have high material strength they can have a thinner wall thickness than comparable cast iron cylinders. The temperature distribution in EvoDry drying cylinders is very even, which ensures optimum paper quality. The head and shell of EvoDry cylinders are welded to one another, so that larger sheet widths can be passed over the drying cylinder. The high material strength and low wall thickness of the steel cylinder result in higher thermal conductivity, improving heat transfer by 7 – 10 %. Thanks to this high efficiency, production can be stepped up or investment cost minimized when using EvoDry, as fewer drying cylinders need to be installed.

    On two machines in Mayen, WEIG-Karton produces recycling board for the folding boxboard industry and plasterboard for the plasterboard industry. Total annual production is 630,000 metric tons of board. In 2014 the company decided to rebuild the dryer section of its BM 6 plasterboard machine. Voith won the order to convert the dryer section and installed a total of 31 EvoDry steel cylinders. The board manufacturer opted in favor of steel cylinders to achieve the maximum possible drying efficiency. As well as supplying the cylinders, Voith was also responsible for assembly and commissioning.

    The rebuild of the dryer section was a smooth and fast process. After just 19 days, WEIG-Karton could resume production of plasterboard on its BM 6. “We are absolutely delighted that the rebuild was accomplished so quickly and smoothly,” says Henning Dippel, Operations Manager BM 6, adding: “We are equally pleased about our decision to install the EvoDry steel cylinders. We have been able to save space and yet achieve better runability and energy efficiency than before.” Shortly after startup of the EvoDry steel cylinders the guaranteed CD moisture profile values have already been achieved.

    EvoDry drying cylinders can be used for the production of all paper grades. Optimum results are achieved with paper grades that are dried at high temperature, for example board and packaging papers.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    15.07.2015   Premier Paper appointed as a UK stockist of LUMI     ( Company news )

    Company news The Premier Paper Group, the UK’s largest independent paper merchant with a nationwide network of regional stock holding branches, has announced that it has been appointed as a UK stockist of the LUMI product range from leading paper producer StoraEnso.

    The ranges will be stocked and distributed in the UK by Premier with effect from the middle of July.

    As part of the deal, another grade in the LUMI product range that will also be available through Premier Reel Paper is LumiPlus, an uncoated pre-print grade for use on narrow format reel presses.

    LumiArt is a woodfree, multicoated glossy art paper and board for extremely demanding image printing, that has been especially developed with printers and designers ain mind.

    Its unique properties make it ideal for printing the most demanding images and the perfect choice for print applications that have lots of images, and guarantee great image reproduction.

    LumiArt is used for print applications including; art books, brochures, catalogues, magazine covers, magazines, posters, folders and inserts.

    LumiSilk is a woodfree, multicoated silk paper and board that has an incredibly white bright finish, and has been created for print applications which require both images and text to be of an exceptionally high print quality.

    This makes LumiSilk an ideal choice for printing applications such as; photo and art books, advertising prints and brochures.

    LumiSilk is used for a variety of print applications, including; books, brochures, catalogues, magazine covers, folders, posters and inserts.
    (Premier Paper Group)
    15.07.2015   Sappi sells Cape Kraft recycled packaging mill to Golden Era Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi wishes to announce the sale of its Cape Kraft recycled packaging paper Mill to the Golden Era Group. In March 2015 Sappi initiated a closed tender process after receiving many expressions of interest to buy the mill. It is expected that the transaction will close in September 2015. The disposal is not categorisable in terms of section 9.5 of the JSE Listings Requirements. Sappi will receive just short of R600 million from the two transactions.

    Commenting on the transaction, Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel (photo) said: “The sale of the Cape Kraft and Enstra mills and the recycled packaging paper business is in line with Sappi Southern Africa’s strategy to unlock value from non-core assets and free up resources for investment in dissolving wood pulp, virgin containerboard and other new business opportunities. The sales also support the Sappi Limited strategy to strengthen the group’s balance sheet and focus on high-growth opportunities.”

    Golden Era Group CEO Kishor Chhita remarked: “We are very pleased to be able to acquire this top quality asset from Sappi. It will strengthen our position in the market as a service-oriented company that offers packaging solutions and will further help us to achieve our goal of creating lasting team-based partnerships with our customers.”
    (Sappi Limited)
    14.07.2015   Esko to demonstrate strong business impact of its prepress solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Powerful, flexible production workflows for all printing technologies

    Esko plans a big splash at Labelexpo Europe, the world's largest event for the label and package printing industry. On display right at the show floor entrance will be the full range of Esko solutions that help label and packaging converters build consistency and flexibility in their production workflows, no matter their size, the degree of complexity of their businesses or the printing technologies used. Esko will be located on stand 4C20. Labelexpo Europe 2015 takes place September 29th till October 2nd at the Brussels Expo in Belgium.

    “Labelexpo Europe is always a great show for us,” states Armand Gougay, VP EMEA at Esko, “We will be taking advantage of this event as part of our ongoing commitment to understand what keeps printers, converters and brand owners awake at night, and advise them on best practices to address these pain points. We will share our expertise and suggest how to improve profitability by implementing smart prepress, automated workflow, best in class flexo, color management and systems integration across their entire business. Our focus at the show will be to demonstrate how smart prepress solutions help any label and packaging converter to grow their business.”

    Exceptional communication and error-free production
    To be successful in today’s market place, one must perform exceptionally well in all areas of label and packaging production. Brand owners create packaging designs that resonate with consumers and that are designed, approved and produced with the utmost accuracy. Converters execute these designs perfectly and as fast and efficient as possible. Everyone throughout the entire supply chain has to work together effectively to achieve these goals.

    To that end, Esko will present its renowned software solutions – covering everything from design over prepress and workflow automation, proofing and color up to the printed job, and beyond. Bundled under Esko Software Suite 14, the most complete collection of preproduction software tools available on the market, Esko’s software solutions optimize cost, streamline workflows and improve the overall quality and consistency, regardless if labels are produced digitally, in offset, flexo, gravure or screen print.

    Workflow automation is a top priority for successful label manufacturers, and Esko will have no shortage of ideas and options at the show to help businesses of all sizes increase automation, productivity and profits. At the heart of this are Esko Automation Engine, a modular workflow server with dynamic workflows that sets a new standard for prepress workflow automation with rock-solid quality control, and WebCenter, Esko’s unique and powerful web-based platform that manages the entire packaging and label project life cycle, including specifications and approvals.

    The latest release of Esko Software Suite adds flexibility for the user by enabling popular software editors like Studio and DeskPack to be used in subscription mode in monthly or yearly programs. The increasing demand for hosted applications is supported with the availability of WebCenter as a fully hosted solution.

    Celebrating 20 years of digital flexo excellence
    Also on show is Esko’s portfolio of digital flexo platemaking solutions. The flexo plate imagers integrated with software, services, know-how and industry partner connections cover the widest range of digital flexo printing applications. “High quality printing requires high quality prepress and digital flexo plates,” comments Thomas Klein, VP Hardware Business at Esko. “We are delighted to celebrate two decades of the popular Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI), which continues to be the world’s leading standard for digital flexo plate imaging. By extending the CDI with Esko HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo technology, flexo print quality has stepped up to previously unseen quality levels comparable to gravure and offset. Flexo print today delivers customers high quality results for labels, flexible packaging, corrugated boxes and more.”

    Trusted advisor for label and packaging converters
    “Esko experts will be on hand to act as trusted advisors, listen to visitors, understand their business needs and recommend solutions from Esko and its partners,” Gougay adds. He points out that a broad range of Esko’s press, plate and software partners will also exhibit, providing the perfect opportunity for attendees to understand the benefits of an integrated workflow. Esko’s partners at Labelexpo Europe 2015 include – amongst others – press manufacturers Gallus, Nuova GIDUE, HP Indigo, Mark Andy and Nilpeter; plate vendors Dantex, DuPont, Flint, Fujifilm and MacDermid; and software partners CERM and CHILI Publish.
    “Labelexpo Europe 2015 is shaping up to be once again a fabulous show. We look forward to a fun and productive event guaranteed to deliver Results that Make You Smile!” Gougay concludes.
    (Esko Belgium)
    14.07.2015   Toscotec to rebuild PM1 at ISMA 2000 S.L in La Torre de Claramunt-Spain    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a major dry-end rebuild of the ISMA 2000 S.L. PM 1 in La Torre de Claramunt, Barcelona- Spain. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.

    ISMA 2000 SL, is a familiar Company, with operating centers in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands The main business in Barcelona, is the production and processing of tissue products, while in Mallorca the activity is focused on the collection and recovery of waste paper. The main recognized company products are from 100% recycled paper and include: AFH towel, Kitchen rolls, sheets stretcher rolls, napkins, toilet paper.

    Toscotec's delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM1 dry end section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This will features a new TT SYD-3600MM provided with Toscotec patented solution for head insulation, a new Yankee steam & condensate system and a Duo-system Yankee hood, SMART type, from Milltech.

    Engineering, training start up and commissioning services are also included in the package.

    The aim of the rebuild is to increase the production and the performances of the crescent former machine up to 90 tpd. This is the decision that has driven ISMA 2000 to apply for the TT DOES package from Toscotec.

    “Our broad conclusion after a deep technical evaluation - says Fernando Luz, Company General Manager, - is that we are forced either to increase output for the same or less specific energy consumption input. Toscotec large experience and reliable approach with its proven TT DOES package, already applied in several mills working conditions worldwide, has matched our requirement in this direction. This rebuild completes the one already initiated in the phase of pulp treatment allowing us to use complex raw material with high quality fibers and increasing efficiency and reducing energy consumption”.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    14.07.2015   New production line for strength resins and solutions polymers    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has successfully started a new strength resins and solution polymers production line in its paper chemical site in Äetsä, Finland. The new production line was started in April 2015 and the ramp-up of the new production capacity has been successful resulting in high product quality and performance.
    The new plant serves Kemira’s highly valued customers in both Paper and O&M segments in the Nordics, Western Russia and Eastern European rim and strengthens our capabilities in the growth areas. Strength products will respond to the growing demand of tissue, packaging boards and specialty papers.

    Kemira continues to invest in growing markets and value-adding product lines and is committed to serve the paper industry.
    (Kemira Chemicals Oy)
    14.07.2015   Paper and Packaging Industry Joins Together to Launch National Consumer Campaign    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ Campaign Looks to Increase Appreciation and Demand

    The Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ consumer campaign launched July 8 with a $20M investment in paid and earned media between July and December funding this cross-platform campaign designed to slow the decline in paper usage and grow demand for packaging. The Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB), established as a checkoff program in 2014 by industry referendum, oversees this multimillion dollar campaign which uses an emotional, story-telling approach to generate consumer appreciation for paper and paper-based packaging.

    The Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, created by Cramer-Krasselt in Milwaukee, integrates traditional media including 30-second commercials, print advertising showcasing paper and packaging items that comprise milestones big and small, and a digital presence in banner ads, video and the campaign’s information hub, Social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
    The program is financed by U.S. manufacturers and importers from four industry sectors including printing and writing; Kraft packaging paper, containerboard and paperboard.

    “The paper and packaging industry is a $132 billion dollar industry,” says John Williams, chairman of the Paper and Packaging Board. “It’s important that people know we have hi-tech jobs, sustainable practices and lead in manufacturing innovation – but the best way to talk directly to consumers about the unique attributes of products we make is to connect with them about the role these products play in their lives.”

    “The campaign highlights relatable moments that connect consumers to paper and packaging products in meaningful, emotionally relevant ways,” says Mary Anne Hansan, P+PB’s executive director.

    About Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™
    This new campaign from the manufacturers and importers of paper and paper-based packaging highlights the important role paper and packaging play in our lives, helping us accomplish our goals at home, at school and in the workplace.
    (Paper and Packaging Board)

    14.07.2015   GEA acquires leading supplier of hygienic pumps    ( Company news )

    Company news GEA has acquired Hilge, a leading supplier of hygienic pumps, especially stainless steel pumps for food and beverage applications. The company is based at Bodenheim, Germany and generated with about 150 employees revenues of more than EUR 35 million in fiscal year 2014. Hilge’s product range is complementary to the offering of GEA’s flow components portfolio. The transaction remains subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities.

    “With the acquisition of Hilge, we continue implementing our M&A strategy to fill technological gaps by acquiring accretive specialist companies which complement our product portfolio”, commented Juerg Oleas (photo), CEO of GEA. “Hilge strengthens our position as a leading supplier of equipment and provider of solutions in hygienic and aseptic process environments.”

    “Hilge has been a part of the Grundfos Group since 2004. Nevertheless, the increased focus for Grundfos on core business has led to the conclusion that the sanitary business is not a strategic focus area. GEA is a strong strategic fit for Hilge with strong synergies expected given GEA’s focus on the processing industry, including food and beverage. Everyone wins! GEA expands in its focus area, Grundfos concentrates on its core business, and Hilge joins an organization where it will play a strong strategic role”, says Executive Vice President Lars Aagaard, Head of Business Development of Grundfos.
    (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)
    14.07.2015   Graphic Packaging Closes Jonquiere, Quebec Paperboard Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Graphic Packaging International Canada, ULC, a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), announced that it closed its thermo mechanical paperboard mill in Jonquiere, Quebec effective July 13. This decision was made as a result of a thorough assessment of the facility's manufacturing capabilities, associated costs and market demand for its products. The closure will affect approximately 140 employees.

    "The closing of the Jonquiere facility was a difficult decision. We are working closely with the affected employees to provide support and assistance," said Mike Doss, President and Chief Operating Officer.

    The company anticipates one-time costs of $4-5 million in the second half of 2015 related to this closure.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
    14.07.2015   Cham Paper Group publishes preliminary key figures    ( Company news )

    Company news Challenging first half-year 2015

    As expected and communicated, the paper sector of Cham Paper Group faced a challenging first half year 2015. Investments made to increase the capacities of the paper machines in Carmignano at the beginning of the year and the transition of the coating activities from Cham to Italy during the second quarter caused temporary capacity constraints and production inefficiencies. In addition, the massive strengthening of the US dollar against the Euro resulted in significantly higher pulp prices that could not immediately be passed on to customers through price increases. In the real estate sector, preparations for the transformation of the industrial area into a new urban quarter went according to plan. On the basis of preliminary results, the Group achieved during the first half-year total revenues of CHF 100 million, 13% below the previous year's period. In local currencies, however, revenues have been on the level of the prior year. The operating result before restructuring charges is expected in the range of CHF 1 - 2 million, the net result should be even.

    Cham Paper Group will publish the full half-year report on 20 August 2015.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
    13.07.2015   Ricoh Europe Encourages Printers to Expand Use of Web to Print    ( Company news )

    Company news Extend reach, generate new revenues, gain new clients

    Many professional printing operations that have implemented web-to-print solutions are not yet taking full advantage of all of the business and production benefits of these solutions, according to a brand new white paper sponsored by v. Making the Most of Mobile: What a ‘Mobile-First’ Strategy Means for Your Business is available for free download here.

    Graham Moore, Director, Business Development, Ricoh Europe says “Web-to-print is a business necessity for production printing operations, but many are basically using web-to-print solely as a job submission tool, and there are so many more benefits to these solutions that can help printers extend their reach, generate new revenues and gain new clients. To gain the most advantage from web-to-print, these solutions must also be easy to use from mobile devices since that is where clients spend a lot of their time these days. Our Making the Most of Mobile white paper will give printers lots of great ideas about how and why they should extend their use of mobile solutions, especially as it relates to web-to-print.”

    The white paper explores three aspects of mobile that apply to businesses of all sizes and across all industries, but with a focus on how they can be applied by professional printing companies. These include:
    -How mobile technologies can be levered in your own business to improve productivity in terms of production and business management, employee satisfaction and more;

    -What you need to consider in terms of client-facing applications in order to give them the flexibility of conveniently and comfortably accessing your business from any device, anywhere, anytime, ordering print and other products, reviewing job status and more; and

    -How you can take advantage of the rapid adoption of mobile technologies to add new (profitable) products and services to your portfolio that not only generate new revenue streams but add value to your clients’ businesses.

    Moore adds, “Today, the clients of a Print Service Provider are not that different from other types of customers, who expect the convenience of being able to work from any device, anywhere. The print purchasing process is no exception. This requires that all client-facing applications employ a mobile-first development strategy so they offer a good customer experience regardless of how they are accessed. And with an effective web-to-print implementation, even complex work can be submitted, monitored and managed via mobile devices. As for printers, being able to manage that and other aspects of their businesses remotely from their own mobile devices, will make them even more efficient and responsive.”

    Moore also points out that as printers move more deeply into the world of mobile, for both internal and client-facing uses, they will find significant value in adding capabilities that make print interactive, such as Ricoh’s Clickable PaperTM, saying, “With Clickable Paper, Ricoh makes it easy for printers to offer a value-added service that links printed pieces to a variety of online information sources, extending both the value and the life of the printed document. This is a great way for printers to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive business environment. And offering this service can also encourage marketers to expand their use of print because combining it with Clickable Paper to make print interactive will drive readers online to relevant locations, such as visiting the brand’s ecommerce site to place an order.”
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
    13.07.2015   Kemira appoints Tero Huovinen as Senior Vice President, Communications and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Corporate Responsibility

    Tero Huovinen (photo) has been appointed SVP, Communications and Corporate Responsibility of Kemira Oyj as of August 1, 2015. He reports to Kemira's President and CEO Jari Rosendal. Huovinen has been working as VP, Investor Relations in Kemira since 2010. He will also continue in his current position on interim basis until the appointment of a new head of investor relations.

    "Tero has been deeply involved in Kemira's transformation in recent years and at the same time has lifted our investor relations function to an international level. As Kemira executes its growth focused strategy, Tero will support it by leading the Communications and Corporate Responsibility function with an aim to increase awareness and visibility for Kemira and to meet the continuously rising internal and external expectations for corporate responsibility," says Kemira's President and CEO, Jari Rosendal.

    Leena Lie, Kemira Oyj's current SVP, Communications and Corporate Responsibility will leave Kemira to take up the position of SVP, Communications at Cargotec Oyj.
    (Kemira Oyj)
    13.07.2015   Fujifilm's Flenex FW water-washable flexo plate makes its official European debut at Labelexpo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Following successful North American installations, the high-quality plate will take centre stage within Fujifilm’s label offering at the show

    Fujifilm announces that it will use Labelexpo Europe 2015 (September 29th - October 2nd, Brussels) as the European launch platform of its advanced new water-washable flexo plate, Flenex FW. On its stand (A34 - Hall 9), Fujifilm will demonstrate how label converters can benefit from this high quality and low cost-in-use flexo plate.

    Flenex FW is a photopolymer plate containing a special rubber-based compound that is not oxygen sensitive, minimising the effect oxygen has on the dot shape. As a result, Flenex guarantees reduced dot gain and better ink transfer for cleaner and brighter print results. The plate delivers longer runs for label converters, while producing a consistent 200lpi at 4,400 dpi, 1% flat top process dot structure for superb high quality. Improved durability and reduction in plate swell are further benefits offered by the new Flenex FW plate.

    Visitors to the Fujifilm stand will see how Flenex FW reduces platemaking processing times to less than 40 minutes, 3 times faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water-wash technologies. This enables label businesses to increase the number of plates they can produce in a given time, and also achieve a faster turnaround. Fujifilm will also be highlighting how Flenex FW eliminates the expense of higher-cost solvent and thermal processors, as well as potential upcharges on associated consumables, and why it represents the lowest cost-in-use flexo plate production system.

    Compatible with the leading flexo platesetters and water-wash processors, the Flenex FW plate will be part of an integrated production environment at the show, which will also include a dedicated label workflow solution on Fujifilm’s stand.

    Peter Verryt, strategic business development, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe, comments: “Labelexpo Europe is the world's largest event for the label printing industry and we are keen to showcase the advanced features and high performance delivered by Flenex FW on this stage.

    The plate has been very well received in the US since its introduction there 18 months’ ago, with installations increasing by the week. As such, we are delighted to officially introduce this plate into the European market and we’re confident European label converters will also immediately recognize its business advantages.”

    Label converters visiting the Fujifilm stand will also have the opportunity to explore the company’s comprehensive range of Uvivid narrow web inks and ancillaries, all designed to maximise throughput and simplify the label production process, as well as guarantee high quality printed applications.

    Fujifilm’s hybrid inkjet printer, the Acuity LED 1600, will also be featured on the stand, and will be used to highlight how users can produce outstanding prototype packaging samples and short-run labels and stickers quickly and efficiently, taking advantage of the printer’s spot varnish capability.

    Peter concludes: “Fujifilm has extensive experience in the label and packaging market, with the company already a major supplier of aluminium plates to offset packaging printers and UV ink to narrow web label converters. At this year’s Labelexpo show, we’re aiming to build on our respected position in the market with the official European launch of Flenex FW, a plate we believe has the potential to make a significant impact on the label and packaging sectors. We look forward to demonstrating how all our Fujifilm solutions can help label and packaging converters enhance their operational efficiencies and production capabilities.”
    13.07.2015   Nedmag Industries invests heavily in storage expansion for magnesium hydroxide    ( Company news )

    Company news Nedmag Industries in Veendam, The Netherlands, will be expanding its magnesium hydroxide storage capacity. Four new storage tanks have been shipped from Sweden to the production site in Veendam.

    With the expansion of the magnesium hydroxide storage capacity, Nedmag expects to meet the fast increasing demand for its magnesium hydroxide, especially in the pulp and paper industry.

    Nedmag’s decision to further differentiate its products was agreed over a year ago. Its new product, stable magnesium hydroxide, was introduced in 2014. Over time, the company has invested in a new production line, equipment and expertise while working closely with partners and universities.

    Nedmag’s new stable magnesium hydroxide is utilized, among others, as an environmentally friendly solution for chemicals currently used in the pulp and paper industry and waste water treatment – for neutralisation of acid and pH control, metal removal, removal and recovery of phosphorus.

    Since 2014, Nedmag has entered in a strategic alliance with Imerys and partnered up with Banmark to offer the European pulp and paper industry a novel and sustainable pulp bleaching technology. Supported by their advanced laboratories, Nedmag’s delivers environmental benefits and via recipe optimization a cost saving solution with multiple performance benefits to the pulp industry.

    The strong increase in demand for Nedmag’s new magnesium hydroxide necessitates the investment in additional storage capacity. The storage tanks were shipped from Sweden, to Delfzijl, the Netherlands, by sea (a 40 hour journey). From there it was transported to Nedmag by barge. The magnesium hydroxide storage tanks have a capacity of 350 cubic meters each.
    (Nedmag Industries Mining & Manufacturing B.V.)
    13.07.2015   Mimaki: Beauty and practicality demonstrated alongside at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki sparkles up Stand 8C52 with eco-solvent silver ink

    Mimaki will be participating in Labelexpo Europe 2015, scheduled for 29 September through 2 October in Brussels, Belgium. On Stand 8C52 Mimaki will display unique new products for the label market that can be created with the Mimaki family of printers. Highlighted at the show will be eye-catching labels embellished with Mimaki’s Eco-Solvent Silver Ink, alongside flexible and rigid labels for safety applications such as fire exits and assembly point indicators, delivered on the UJF-6042.

    “Mimaki is focused on bringing high value solutions to the label market,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “Visitors to our stand at the show will see this in action with a wide array of differentiated applications that our printers make possible. We are looking forward to speaking to visitors at the show, learning more about their businesses, and inspiring them with new revenue-generating ideas to realise their imagination with an affordable investment. We’ll make the Labelexpo theme of technology saving the day a true deliverable at the Mimaki booth.”

    Mimaki will be showcasing a variety of large format printers at the show. These include:
    -CJV150 Series: This series of award-winning printers comes in four different print widths and integrated cutting solutions at a print speed of up to 56 m2/h and features automatic switching from printing to cutting. Continuous crop mark detection delivers accurate contour cutting to support even the most complex label layouts. New eco-solvent silver ink opens the door to new and profitable product offerings for label converters,
    -UJF6042 A2 Format UV LED Flatbed Printer: With outstanding 1800×1800 print quality, this energy saving eco-friendly printer with LED UV curing has multiple ink options, including white ink, clear varnish and inkjet primer for printing on a wider variety of substrates. This printer is ideally suited for production of rigid or flexible labels, promotional material and packaging prototypes. It allows for print on a wide variety of substrates, including glass, metals and acrylics.

    “As always, we will have our application experts on hand to speak one-on-one with visitors,” Horsten adds. “It is always exciting to collaborate with customers on new ways to grow their businesses. We’ll make sure Mimaki delivers the excellence to their production room so they can print profitably and reliably.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    13.07.2015   BOBST digital printing press for corrugated board - Schumacher Packaging becomes ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...the second beta site

    The second beta-testing site to receive a BOBST digital printing press for corrugated board is the Schumacher Packaging plant in Ebersdorf, Germany, where the installation is already well under way and where production will start at the end of this month.

    The Ebersdorf site, in central Germany, is the central hub of Schumacher Packaging GmbH, which has thirteen sites across Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. Björn Schumacher, Managing Director of Schumacher Packaging GmbH, said, "We are very excited about the possibilities this BOBST press offers for opening up new market areas to us. We continuously invest in high-performance, state-of-the-art machines in all our production areas, which is one of the reasons we have been able to grow our business significantly over the past few years. Being a beta site for this digital solution gets us in on the ground floor of this revolutionary technology."

    Designed and built in Switzerland, the BOBST digital printing press for corrugated board prints images, graphics, codes and text, which can vary from sheet to sheet. Production speeds can reach 200 meters per minute, with a maximum sheet width of 1.3 meters. Applications include serialization, personalized packs, versioned packaging, customized corrugated products, and medium to short-runs of conventional boxes and displays. Incorporating Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology, the BOBST press delivers four-color digital print directly onto corrugated board and print run lengths can be from a single sheet to several thousand. The collaboration between technology leaders BOBST and Kodak has produced a digital press which exhibits a combination of print quality, speed and versatility which will allow converters to better respond to an increasingly dynamic market.

    Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group, said, "The print technology choices that corrugated packaging manufacturers have had available to them, up until now, have determined the markets they can serve. Our new solution changes all this because one printing press can open up a huge range of markets, from long runs of boxes featuring variable data to very short runs of bespoke packs and displays - as well giving access to a large number of mid-volume opportunities. And all this is delivered at high speed, with close to offset quality. It means that corrugated packaging manufacturers will be able to enter all sorts of existing and new markets."

    The Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology used in the BOBST digital printing press has a number of characteristics that make it ideal for corrugated packaging production. This continuous inkjet printing technology provides greater throw distance compared to drop-on-demand inkjet enabling print on a wide range of substrate thicknesses; its high speed continuous jetting makes the press more responsive and so able to print variable data at faster speeds; and the technology uses water-based inks which are food compliant, compatible with a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates and more environmentally friendly. The jetting modules are self-maintaining and, when they need to be replaced, can be refurbished and recycled with minimal waste.

    "This product represents the first generation of solutions from the Strategic Partnership we announced with BOBST in 2013," said Philip Cullimore, Sr. VP of Kodak, and President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division. "Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology fits well into the product vision of BOBST to provide production digital capabilities."

    Philippe Milliet, Head of Business Unit Sheet-fed, added, "Brand owners want more flexibility, especially at the late stage, as well as equal or better print quality. They also aim to increase engagement with consumers, while at the same time keeping costs under control. Our digital solution gives our customers the ability to deliver all that using one machine."
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    13.07.2015   ANDRITZ to supply new fiber line to ITC Bhadrachalam, India    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from ITC Bhadrachalam, Telangana Province, India, to supply a BCTMP fiber line with a production capacity of 300 tons per day. The new plant will be the first mechanical pulping line in India for production of high-brightness board grades. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

    The order comprises the supply of a fiber line with 2-stage refining to ensure lowest possible energy demand and high fiber quality, as well as a two-stage bleaching system with minimum chemical consumption. Six counter-current washing stages are to reduce contaminants so that exceptionally clean pulp can be produced at low chemical oxygen demand. In addition, the ANDRITZ washing technology keeps fresh water consumption and effluent levels to a minimum.

    The new fiber line uses available synergies with the existing eucalyptus pulping line at ITC Bhadrachalam. The effluent will be evaporated, the clean condensate re-used, and the white liquor from the kraft mill will be used as alkali source in the new BCTMP fiber line.
    (Andritz AG)
    10.07.2015   PAPER ARABIA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Once again we welcome you into Paper Arabia 2015 in its 8th Edition. It is the biggest event in the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa regarding PAPER, CONVERTING, CORRUGATED CARDBOARD, PACKAGING, RECYCLED, TISSUE and/or related products.

    We are pleased to announce you, that the exhibition has been launched with a new hall in DWTC, Sheikh Saeed Hall 1, for bigger space and comfort, and introducing many new ideas that will be launched during the show. The event will take place on the 14th September 2015 till the 16th September 2015. I invite you to visit the website:

    Last year, we registered an increase of 27% in exhibitor’s presence from 22 countries and more than 35% increase in the trade visitor’s number from 81 countries. We are becoming the leaders in the paper trade show!
    This year our prices are very well placed and we are looking forward to have you on board of our 8th edition.
    (Al Fajer Information & Services)
    10.07.2015   Constantia Flexibles: Alexander Baumgartner appointed CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Wendel and Constantia Flexibles are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Baumgartner (photo) as CEO of Constantia Flexibles. Alexander Baumgartner will join Constantia Flexibles on October 1st 2015 at the latest.

    After a transition period he will succeed Thomas Unger. As announced previously, Thomas Unger and Wendel had planned on such a move before the end of the year. Thomas Unger currently remains CEO and is fully empowered and supported by the Supervisory Board.

    Frédéric Lemoine, Chairman of the Executive Board of Wendel and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Constantia Flexibles said: “We are very pleased about the arrival of Alexander Baumgartner at Constantia Flexibles in Vienna. Alex has a strong and recognized experience in packaging. We are also pleased to have implemented a smooth transition with Thomas Unger, which creates an excellent environment for this great company to grow and develop over the coming months.”

    Since 2010, Alexander Baumgartner is President for Europe of the Beauty & Home Aptargroup division, where he played a significant role in leading the Beauty & Home reorganization and in the development and implementation of a European manufacturing strategy. He began working for Aptargroup in the legacy Seaquist Closure business as European President in 2007. Alexander Baumgartner began his career in Austria in 1990 as Marketing Manager - Automotive Industry for PCD Polymere GesmbH within the OMV group. He then joined the Mayr-Melnhof Group in 1994 first as Marketing Manager and then as Sales Manager. In 2000, he became Chief Operating Officer for the STI Group - Gustav Stabernack GmbH in Hamburg, a position he held for seven years.

    He graduated from Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna and Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
    10.07.2015   UPM pulp and paper mills’ environmental performance reported in EMAS 2014 statements    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has published the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) statements for the year 2014. The company has certified all its European pulp and paper mills, the UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay and the UPM Changshu paper mill in China in accordance with the EMAS.

    Transparency and openness with stakeholders are an essential part of UPM’s corporate responsibility worldwide. The EMAS registration and third-party verified reporting promote continuous improvement.

    “As a forerunner in the integration of the bio and forest industries, UPM is committed to innovation-driven future. We see circular-economy thinking – making more with less - as the future business model, Anssi Klinga, Senior Vice President UPM Pulp, Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA, and Kim Poulsen, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper Asia state in the report.

    “Sustainability-driven not only describes our solutions, but also our way of performing,” they continue.

    EMAS requires participants to have an Environmental Management System and to publish a third-party verified Environmental Statement, which increases the credibility and reliability of environmental data. The corporate statement includes group-level information and core indicators on e.g. energy and material efficiency. The mill supplements deepen the corporate statement with local information, such as environmental targets and accomplishments.

    In addition to the EMAS - in which the company has participated for about 20 years - UPM provides comprehensive environmental information assured by third parties from corporate level right through to the mills and individual products. Ecolabelled products, product declarations and certified operations are used to inform the company’s stakeholders about responsibility and transparency.
    10.07.2015   Crofton mill resolves operating issues and resumes production    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) announced that due to operating issues that have been fully resolved, the Crofton mill has incurred production losses of approximately 8,600 tonnes of pulp and 8,600 tonnes of paper in the month of June. These production losses will not impact current customer orders but will reduce second quarter EBITDA approximately $5 to 6 million.

    No health or environmental issues occurred during this period, and the mill has returned to production capacity.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    10.07.2015   Borregaard and Sappi announce 20,000 tonnes capacity expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Borregaard and Sappi have decided to increase the lignin production capacity by 20,000 tonnes at LignoTech South Africa.

    The added volume will be marketed to the joint venture company's existing applications and geographical markets. The investment by LignoTech is estimated at ZAR 105 million (approx. NOK 70 million), and the project is expected to be completed in 2017.

    Commenting on the decision, Per Arthur Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard said "It is a strategic priority for Borregaard to grow our lignin business. This investment will strengthen LignoTech South Africa's competitive position, and improve our offering to key markets in Asia, The Middle East and Africa."

    Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited, said "Looking to the future, Sappi is targeting strong growth from new business opportunities related to energy, nanocellulose and bio products including lignin and sugars. This expansion is an important vote of confidence in our joint venture with Borregaard and the global competitiveness of South Africa-based LignoTech."
    (Borregaard Chemcell)
    10.07.2015   DS Smith invests in latest Sheetfeeding technology    ( Company news )

    Company news State-of-the-art corrugator raises quality for customers. DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division has made a major investment within its Sheetfeeding business.

    The £12m development officially opened on June 24 at the company’s Blunham site and sees existing machinery replaced with a new state-of-the-art corrugator, the installation of high-tech materials handling lines and a complete refurbishment of the premises.

    DS Smith’s Sheet Plant customers will benefit from more consistent quality, very short lead times and a comprehensive range of board grades.

    Adrian Swindells, Sheetfeeding Managing Director for DS Smith, emphasised the company is committed to early adoption of leading edge equipment to meet ever increasing customer quality and service needs.

    “Not only do we want to invest in the very latest technology and working practices, we want to ensure DS Smith’s proposition is future-proof as our customers’ requirements evolve,” he said.

    “As early adopters we drive change, ensure best practice and offer a complete turnkey solution like no other in our field. It’s what our customers expect from a company of our breadth and scale.”

    DS Smith packaging division has been at the forefront of the Sheetfeeding market for more than 35 years and the installation of this 2.8m corrugator is intended to lead the industry.

    Gareth Jenkins, Managing Director of DS Smith’s Packaging Division, added: “With this investment in the latest corrugator and materials handling equipment, we take another step in our £100m UK investment programme. Apart from the obvious quality benefit, the automated stock and planning systems make us more agile, offering customers greater security of supply. As a business, DS Smith strives for operational excellence and part of this is to become the best Sheetfeeder in Europe.”
    (DS Smith Packaging Group)
    09.07.2015   Catalyst announces appointment of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) announced the appointment of Frank C. De Costanzo as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

    A seasoned treasury and finance executive with significant experience and banking relationships across the globe, Mr. De Costanzo joins Catalyst from Kinross Gold Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, where he has served as Vice President and Global Treasurer since 2010.

    Prior to Kinross, he held a progression of senior financial roles with Pitney Bowes Inc., The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. and Union Bank of Switzerland AG in North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. De Costanzo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Business of Administration degree.

    “I am very pleased to welcome Mr. De Costanzo to Catalyst,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “His depth of finance and treasury experience, combined with his extensive global relationships, and proven success at large and complex businesses will serve Catalyst well.”

    Frank will join Catalyst on July 20th, 2015.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    09.07.2015   CHAMELEONbyOMETTM: the future of Tissue customized and printed on-demand     ( Company news )

    Company news Digital inkjet printing completes OMET machine range for tissue converting and realizes the dream of printing short runs of disposable products with variable graphics and data.

    The Open House that OMET organized on June 22-26 in Lecco during iT’s tissue 2015 was the world Premiere of new technologically advanced modular units. Among these, CHAMELEONbyOMETTM, digital printing 4-color inkjet group.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM implies a change of perspective for the manufacturer of napkins and place mats about what you can print and the criteria of customization of the final product. Thanks to the possibility to insert, in fact, variable data and different graphics for each folded napkin or for groups of napkins, the product acquires uniqueness, ‘speaks’ a plurality of languages, and is transformed, according to uses, in a piece of communication or in an object of worship.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM is a ‘direct-print’ system in which a computer installed on the machine receives the variable graphic files and processes them according to precise parameters set by the operator. The digital printing group CHAMELEONbyOMETTM can print any type of image in high-resolution from a digital file. Through it, you can print napkins made to impress as the daily menu of a restaurant - ... and do it every day!, - enter a unique data as a proper name on a single towel alternately with other names, print a prize contest on a place mat that will be used for a week ...and the next week propose an entirely different release.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM extends any product portfolio and concretizes the possibility of on-demand short-runs printing with an extra selling point for the tissue converter: the customization of printed tissue products. The enhanced operational flexibility and modularity of OMET machines for tissue converting, designed to speed up the changeover and reduce waste, fit perfectly with the market approach promoted by the new digital group.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM; not only makes costs rationalization possible for short runs printing and reduces time and cost of changeovers, but is a marketing tool that allows you to really make the difference in the market with infinite solutions and innovative ideas!
    (Omet S.r.l.)
    09.07.2015   Munksjö invests in a new storage centre at its specialty paper mill in Rottersac, France, to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... further improve customer service

    Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced paper products, steps up
    initiatives to support activities of its Rottersac Mill, France: investment in a totally new storage centre, improvement of production equipment and implementation of a customer service centre for Europe.

    Photo: Implementation of a new European customer service centre at the Rottersac Mill, located in the South West, France, for the Graphics and Packaging business area.

    The company has announced an investment project in the building of a totally new 9,100 m² storage centre. Almost all output is to be stored on-site. This investment will ease logistic flows, reduce carbon foot print and enable a better quality control of packaging, leading to a better service to our customers. The new facility will be ready in 2016.

    The Group also invested in 2014 in the mill production assets through new equipment combining two coating surface devices (size press and film press).
    This state-of-the art technology enables a specific coating on the two sides of the paper, opening new possibilities for new product development. For instance, it allows for a better paper quality or specific functionalities to meet the increasingly demanding market expectations.

    The new European customer service centre will strengthen Munksjö's
    competitiveness by grouping sales support to one hub per Business Area, and for Graphics and Packaging it will be located at the Rottersac Mill close to the production. This new organisation will enable flexibility in resources and teams enabling even better customer service.

    "These initiatives and investments translate the willingness of the Group to support activities and dynamism of the Rottersac Mill. Developing new products, improving quality and customer service are vital to maintain a leading market position in a very competitive environment." comments Thierry Chassagne, Rottersac Mill Manager.

    The Rottersac Mill employs approximately 200 employees and is part of the Business Area Graphics and Packaging. This production site is specialized in the manufacturing of specialty papers for food and non-food flexible packaging, repositionable notes, envelop windows and other industrial applications. In everyday life, these papers are for instance used for baking, packaging of sweets or cheese, to name a few. The site is certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, FSC® and PEFC Chain-of-Custody.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
    09.07.2015   New brand identity underscores Heidelberg's strategic reorientation    ( Company news )

    Company news -Portfolio consistently geared towards today’s and tomorrow’s customer needs
    -Unique, color-coded identity for each of the core areas – Services, Equipment and Consumables
    -New brand identity unveiled at the launch for Print Media Center Commercial marks the start of the run-up to the drupa trade show

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is associated with the printing industry like no other company in the sector. For generations, the company has shaped the industry to make a success of printed communication in all its different forms. To maintain its position as the most reliable partner in the printing industry, Heidelberg has undergone extensive strategic development and systematically adapted its portfolio to today’s and tomorrow’s customer needs and requirements. The company is underlining this reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity.

    This development at Heidelberg will help customers remain successful in a changing market environment – to ensure lasting profitability, customers need a comprehensive and tailored package of services geared toward effective and reliable production processes, the right equipment for cost-effective investment, and exceptionally easy access to all tried and tested consumables.

    The new brand identity reinforces the customer benefits that Heidelberg is offering through its all-inclusive portfolio of digital and offset printing, workflows, consumables, and services. The focus is no longer simply on equipment, but on the integrated overall process and all the requisite components.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH)
    09.07.2015   Appleton Coated Announces Sales Partnership with New Leaf Paper for Reincarnation ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Coated Paper Line

    Appleton Coated®
    has entered into an agreement with New Leaf Paper® to market and sell Reincarnation®, a coated paper line made from 100% post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF).

    Darin Dodd, Appleton Coated’s vice president commercial sales, explains, “Appleton Coated has been manufacturing Reincarnation for our customer New Leaf Paper (NLP) for over three years. Our two companies felt that the combined strength of our sales teams and merchant relationships made for a natural fit.” Dodd continues, “Reincarnation is the industry-leading sustainable coated paper. The fact that we can sell it in addition to making it really adds value and choice to our offering of sustainable papers.”

    New Leaf Paper CEO Joe Fanelli comments, “We are very pleased. We have a great relationship with Appleton Coated that now extends into a sales partnership on our Reincarnation brand – this will benefit all brand-owners, printers, and creatives looking for the most sustainable choice in coated papers.”

    Made in the USA at Appleton Coated’s mill, New Leaf Reincarnation is the paper of choice for some of North America’s leading environmentally-aware brands. It is 100% PCRF coated paper with all fiber sourced within 100 miles of our mill, further reducing its environmental impact. It offers Forest Stewardship Council® certification (FSC® C007796). It is process chlorine free, pH neutral and archival. It is Lacey Act compliant, and 100% of the electricity used to manufacture it is offset with Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECS). With 93 (GE) brightness and state-of-the-art coating technology it is the perfect combination of high quality, consistency, and sustainability. Reincarnation is offered in Matte, Dull, and Gloss finishes in a wide range of text and cover basis weights.
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
    09.07.2015   Production of paper and board in Europe in full transformation    ( Company news )

    Company news The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) released its 2014 Key Statistics, giving a clear picture of the industry’s performance last year. The report includes data about production, consumption and the trade of pulp, paper and raw materials, as well as data on energy and environment. It shows an industry in full transformation, with the growth in output in the packaging sector and a more modest increase in hygiene paper production more than balancing out the continuous decline in the output of graphic paper. Here are the main highlights of the report:

    - The production of paper and board in Europe decreased by 0.2% in 2014 compared to the previous year, after a cumulative decline of 4% between 2010 and 2013. It is now established at 91.1 million tonnes.

    - Paper and board consumption rose by 0.9% compared to 2013 and totalled 77.1 million tonnes. This increase is particularly important because it comes after three consecutive years of decline. The EU28 and the euro area recovered in 2014, with the annual GDP thought to have increased by respectively 1.3% and 0.8% (source: Eurostat). This was reflected in the demand for paper.

    - Graphic grades represented 40.5% of all paper and board produced in Europe, packaging grades 47.5%, sanitary and household papers 7.7% and speciality grades 4.3%.

    - Paper and board exports to countries outside CEPI dropped, causing concern, whilst imports rose, resulting in a slightly negative trade balance impact. However, CEPI countries maintained an overall positive trade balance in paper (exports exceeding imports) of 14.0 million tonnes in 2014 (14.8 million tonnes in 2013).

    - Market pulp production fell by 1.4% compared to 2013, with an output of 13.2 million tonnes.
    (CEPI aisbl)
    09.07.2015   European legislation opens up an opportunity for paper carrier bags    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Parliament has voted in favour of an amendment to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. This new legislation, which is designed to regulate plastic carrier bags less than 50 μm thick, opens up a great opportunity for paper carrier bags.
    The legislation gives national governments two ways to implement the regulation: they can either reduce consumption to 90 plastic carrier bags per citizen/year by 2019 and 40 bags/year by 2025 or introduce a mandatory charge for shoppers by 2018. Today, every EU citizen uses about 198 plastic carrier bags/year.

    The aim of this new legislation is to reduce plastic waste in our environment. Every year, more than 8 billion plastic bags end up as litter in Europe*. Littering of plastic carrier bags leads to a widespread problem of rubbish in water bodies, threatening aquatic ecosystems worldwide. Furthermore, littering of plastic carrier bags is an inefficient use of resources since they are made from fossil raw materials.

    As an alternative, paper carrier bags have some exceptional environmental credentials that no other bag types have: they are natural, biodegradable and recyclable, come from an infinitely renewable resource and are produced in a sustainable manner. Paper carrier bags are strong, have excellent printability, can have either a glossy or a smooth surface and have very good stiffness to keep the packed goods safe.

    Paper carrier bag producers are now preparing for increased demand for their products when fossil-based plastic bags in supermarkets and other shops have to be replaced.
    08.07.2015   Bordeaux Partners with Ultimatum Engineering    ( Company news )

    Company news Ultimatum, a UK based Sign and Digital ink distributer provider for UV curable flatbed printers and Bordeaux Digital PrintInk, an industry leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high quality original inks and coatings for every inkjet technology and majority of applications, announced new partnership agreement. Ultimatum will be offering its customers Bordeaux UV & UV LED inks for a variety of printers, specifically for Oce' Arizona® and Fujifilm Acuity®.
    Bordeaux is thrilled to cooperate with ultimatum in the UK market. "Ultimatum Inkjet Support Ltd with its outstanding recognized service reputation in the UK and Bordeaux Digital Print Ink have formed an alliance to bring a greater experience to Oce Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity owners” Says Eddie Tucker, managing director at Ultimatum Engineering. Furthermore, "Ultimatum Inkjet Support continues to Expand its Oce Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity community, with a huge list of Bordeaux converted machines customers that are ready to share their experiences of this unity".
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
    08.07.2015   Mitsubishi HiTec Paper adjusts prices in response to sustained cost increases     ( Company news )

    Company news Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Mustertextzuaktivieren, the Bielefeld manufacturer
    of coated speciality papers, is increasing prices further for its whole product range as a result of constantly rising costs, particularly of raw materials.
    The global price increase of 8% applies to all products and takes effect for deliveries from 1 September 2015.
    Customers will be contacted directly by a representative of the Mitsubishi sales team.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
    08.07.2015   Katri Sundström appointed VP, Investor Relations in Metsä Board    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation has appointed Katri Sundström (M.Soc.Sc.) as VP, Investor Relations as of 1 September 2015. Sundström joins Metsä Board from the position of Head of Investor Relations at Lemminkäinen Corporation.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    08.07.2015   Fiskeby: New/old logistics solution for the United Kingdom    ( Company news )

    Company news The UK has long been one of Fiskeby's largest and most important markets. Most of the cartonboard sent from Fiskeby to the United Kingdom is shipped by sea.

    The shipping company SUN Line operated by Thor Shipping & Transport is responsible for Fiskeby’s shipping. From March 2015, departures have taken place from Oxelösund and Västerås twice a week compared with the previous once per week

    - The advantages of this logistics solution are several, says Bo Karlsson, Logistics Manager at Fiskeby. Cost-wise transportation by sea is very competitive when compared to transport by road. In addition there are environmental aspects. Sea transport is an environmentally better option than transportation by truck. In 2015, this has become even more pronounced when new rules designed to reduce sulphur emissions by marine transportation are being introduced in Northern Europe.

    The staff at Fiskeby´s UK Office in Aylesbury have been very pleased with the implementation of this change to the logistics solution.
    - The transition to Thor Shipping has gone smoothly, says Peter Beckwith, Sales Manager Western Europe. Having the UK warehouse has enabled the growth and positioning of Fiskeby as a major supplier to the UK converting market. The Hull warehouse has always enabled us to store customers' material ready for a prompt delivery.
    (Fiskeby Board AB)
    08.07.2015   SCA launches GraphoStyle – a high quality LWC publication paper     ( Company news )

    Company news SCA has developed a high bulk LWC paper called GraphoStyle. Its printability is on a par with exclusive magazines, it creates volume and has one of the best environmental profiles in the market.

    GraphoStyle is a matt, bright and bulky (feels thicker) LWC paper. This gives it an exclusive magazine feel, even for printed materials with lower page counts. It is also suitable for smaller runs.

    GraphoStyle offers great value for both readers and advertisers. They benefit from using paper with a higher bulk, giving the printed material a high-class feel and appearance.

    “There has been a clear increase in the demand for bulky paper with high brightness in Europe, while paper that has an easily-readable matt surface is also proof of environmental values,” says Ulf Edman, Marketing Director for SCA Ortviken’s publication paper.

    GraphoStyle has a higher brightness, providing good contrasts and vibrant colours in images. Higher bulk also enables paper buyers to reduce the grammage, saving money in both purchasing and distribution. GraphoStyle has been developed to compete with higher bulk papers used in advertising and magazines.

    “Over the past few years, SCA Ortviken has launched products based on customer needs that are profitable to produce. GraphoInvent is an uncoated, bulky paper for newspapers, magazines and advertising. GraphoInvent has captured a high market share in a short period of time. We then launched the easily-readable coated paper GraphoSilk – we are selling high volumes of this paper. With GraphoStyle we want to give customers an extraordinary paper that meets the needs that we are currently seeing,” continues Ulf Edman.
    (SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)
    08.07.2015   Invitation to visit 12th Paperex 2015, World's Largest Paper Show    ( Company news )

    Company news Plan your visit at 12th edition of Paperex 2015, World’s Largest Paper Show, scheduled during Nov 1-4, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, INDIA.

    PAPEREX is the only comprehensive business platform serving the paper industry and has established itself as a “Business Festival of the Paper Industry” for Best Sourcing, Technology & Knowledge Transfer, Joint Ventures, and Investments across the globe

    Paperex 2015 has received an over whelming response from world over and now became the World’s Largest Paper Show with expected presence of 600 + leading Exhibitors from 28+ countries and trade visitors from 60 + countries. The four day concurrent international conference on "Pulp & Paper Industry: Innovations - Need of the Hour" is also being organized by IARPMA .

    This year 1st Tissueex 2015, has also been planned along with Paperex 2015. This will be the only business event of its kind on Tissue Paper, Machinery and Technologies in the country.

    This Global business platform will contact you with the best of the Paper, Tissue and allied industry for
    --Specialty Papers:- Printing Paper, Newsprint , Kraft Paper, Graphic paper , paper board etc
    --Tissue Paper- Product, Machinery, Technology, etc at Tissueex 2015
    --Paper Mill Plant & Machinery. New and used paper machinery, converting machinery
    --New Technologies:- Automation & Instrumentations, Quality & Process Control, Surface Coating, and many more..
    --Packaging machinery and material
    --Latest Equipment & Accessories:- Rolls, Bearings, Blade & Knife, Pumps & System, etc.
    --Raw Materials:- Pulp, Waste Paper, Specialty Chemicals, Mineral & pigments, etc
    --Networking with industry: - through major paper Industry associations
    --And many more..

    As the visitor registration is now open, we are requesting you to plan your visit for this business festival of the Paper and Tissue Industry.

    You as a trade visitor will be the most important part of the event and witness the latest technology and innovation in the industry to support your business objectives.
    (International Trade and Exhibitions India Pvt Ltd)
    08.07.2015   Valmet delivers white liquor handling system to BillerudKorsnäs's pulp mill in Skärblacka, Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver a white liquor handling system to BillerudKorsnäs's pulp mill in Skärblacka, Sweden. The start-up of the rebuilt plant is planned in June 2016.

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

    "Previously Valmet has delivered a recovery boiler rebuild and a new evaporation plant to the Skärblacka mill. This upgrade will enable a production capacity increase, as existing equipment has become too small and is in a need of extensive maintenance," says Thomas Malmqvist, Sales Manager Pulp and Energy, from Valmet.

    Details about the delivery
    The new equipment that Valmet will install are a white liquor filter of type PDW and a causticizer tank. The white liquor filter produces a clear white liquor which increases the efficiency and availability in the pulping process. The separation of white liquor from lime mud is done by pressure filtration. After the rebuild the white liquor plant will have a capacity of 5 200 m3 per day.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    08.07.2015   Asahi Photoproducts Appoints New UK Branch Manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Paul Chant tasked with continued growth and expansion within the UK flexographic market

    Picture: Akiro Kato, MD Asahi Photoproducts Europe (right) welcomes Paul Chant (left) to the company

    Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Chant as UK Branch Manager.

    Chant joins the business at a time when Asahi Photoproducts is experiencing growth and expansion within the UK Flexographic market. He brings 28 years of experience from within the industry, having worked in the label, flexible packaging and reprographic sectors at senior manager and director levels. Chant previously worked for Asahi in a technical sales support role and now rejoins the company with responsibility for the entire UK business.

    Chant comments, “I am delighted to be back with the company at such an exciting time. It is clear that recent appointments to the UK-based technical support team have really strengthened the business unit and have played a major role in recent growth and success. The A.Q.U.A. service is a clear differentiator, and combined with market leading products, places Asahi in a very strong position for future success. I am looking forward to further developing our relationships with both new and existing clients.”

    The A.Q.U.A. (Asahi Quality Universal Assurance) service was launched in 2014 and is a critical element of Asahi’s market-leading technical support. Asahi’s enthusiastic team of experienced technical support staff works on site in close cooperation with printers, collecting valuable print characteristic data through quality audits ensuring optimum plate performance and stability as well as effective maintenance of equipment.

    “We are delighted to have Paul back in the fold,” says Akiro Kato, Managing Director of Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “He brings with him an exceptional level of industry knowledge and expertise that will serve both us and our clients extremely well. He is a welcome addition to the team.”

    For more information on Asahi Photopolymer Plate Solutions please contact Asahi Photoproducts UK Ltd. on Tel. +44 01277 232877 or Email: or visit us at
    (Asahi Photoproducts (UK) Ltd)
    08.07.2015   Munksjö to present new release and label papers at LabelExpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced papers products, will present new additions to its range of release papers for silicone coating, as well as a new range of specialty face-stock label papers, while exhibiting at LabelExpo Europe in Brussels, Belgium, from 29 September to 2 October. The company will also showcase its collaboration with RecuLiner in the field of recycling of silicone coated release papers.

    Based on the company's patented1) technology, Munksjö’s range of supercalendered release papers comprises Acti-V® grades for PSA labelstock applications and Acti-V® Industrial grades for double side silicone coating, for technical release liner applications such as Tapes, Medical or Composites.

    Acti-V® has gained considerable success thanks to its unique benefits: silicone curing requires less catalyst (platinum) and energy, while silicone anchorage is stronger and more durable, even in challenging environmental conditions.

    Acti-V XB, Munksjö’s newest addition to its release papers offering, combines Acti-V® consolidated performances with new benefits. The product’s enhanced surface treatment provides an extra barrier that improves silicone hold-out, with the result of a brighter stain test of siliconized liner at equal amounts of silicone. Alternatively, the same stain test results can be achieved with a lower silicone coat-weight.

    Beyond release liners, Munksjö will also present Adercote™, a complete range of specialty papers dedicated to high-end PSA applications such as vegetal oil, wine & spirits or pharmaceutical labels. Ranging from calendered to one-side coated papers, the offering delivers a variety of properties for the most demanding requirements: excellent grease resistance, optimum opacity and high printing results, to name a few. Munksjö will also demonstrate creative design effects being explored through
    special offline surface coating.

    To support sustainable end-of-life for paper release liners, Munksjö will showcase the innovative option for recycling silicone coated paper into Cellulose Fiber Insulation (CFI), thanks to the collaboration with Belgian company RecuLiner. The patented technology developed by RecuLiner allows transforming silicone coated release paper waste into a natural, high performance material for use in thermal and sound insulation of buildings.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
    07.07.2015   DS Smith tests standing desks for ultimate office performance    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative corrugated board desk developed by packaging experts

    DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division has created a prototype standing desk made entirely from corrugated board. The desk was produced for a member of staff who was interested in making lifestyle changes in response to a specific health need.

    Commercially available standing desk solutions can be expensive – costing anything up to £3,000 a time. However one DS Smith employee thought that the engineering skills and innovative materials at the heart of the company’s packaging operation could produce something that was just as effective at significantly lower cost.

    After a few initial prototypes the design team produced an entirely free standing desk made from corrugated board, that is strong enough to support a computer and all the technology and paperwork that normally sit on a desk. Being made from corrugated board means it is also entirely sustainable and more cost effective than wooden or plastic alternatives.

    “This is a great example of the ongoing innovation that lies within our business – our teams have that same enthusiasm to help customers overcome challenges and to deliver continuous improvement for them,” said Tony Foster, Sales and Marketing Director, at DS Smith’s UK packaging division. “We innovate every day in every way, and it’s great to see this having a positive impact on our own teams as well as the wider industry.”

    The employee himself is delighted with the result, and he now uses the desk every day. He said: “It’s very practical and sturdy - it’s amazing what we can achieve when faced with a challenge!”

    Employee health and wellbeing is extremely important to DS Smith and this innovative prototype standing desk is just one way the business is supporting healthy lifestyle habits. Working with national charity Heart Research UK, the supply cycle specialist is also offering healthy heart checks at its 31 sites – from Livingston to Launceston - providing workers with the opportunity to have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI and waist measurements checked and ask questions about their lifestyle habits.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
    07.07.2015   WestRock Company Formed with Completion of Merger of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn    ( Company news )

    Company news WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) announced that it has begun operations following the completion of the combination of MeadWestvaco Corporation and Rock-Tenn Company.

    Photo: Steve Voorhees, CEO, WestRock Company

    WestRock is one of the world's largest paper and packaging companies with $15 billion in annual revenue and 42,000 employees in 30 countries. The company aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. It will support customers from approximately 275 operating and business locations around the world, including the most comprehensive substrate offering in the industry and a wide variety of packaging solutions for diverse end markets from food and beverage to personal care and healthcare.

    "We are excited about the opportunity we have to win together with our customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and our communities—all of whom stand to benefit from our expertise in developing and delivering paper and packaging solutions around the world and our determination to exceed customer expectations" said Steve Voorhees, CEO, WestRock Company.

    WestRock will report third quarter earnings after the market close on July 29, 2015.
    (WestRock Company)
    07.07.2015   ALTANA Management Board Repositions Itself for the Future    ( Company news )

    Company news -Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (61) is going to retire and will hand over the chairmanship of the Management Board to longtime Management Board member Martin Babilas (43, photo) on January 1, 2016
    -Stefan Genten (46) will become ALTANA’s new Chief Financial Officer on August 1, 2015 

    The Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals company ALTANA has appointed Martin Babilas (43) to become the Chief Executive Officer. On January 1, 2016, he will succeed Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (61), who will retire. Martin Babilas has been the Chief Financial Officer of ALTANA AG since 2007. In November of last year, he took over additional responsibility of two of the company’s four divisions from Dr. Wolfgruber. Babilas has worked for ALTANA since 1998.

    “The generation change in the company’s management reflects sustainable corporate development, as well as the Group’s ability to change,” said Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Schmieder, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ALTANA AG. “Under the leadership of Dr. Wolfgruber, ALTANA’s chemical business has developed extraordinarily successfully in the last 13 years while undergoing constant changes. We would like to express our sincere gratitude and great appreciation for him already today. As a longtime member of the Management Board, Martin Babilas has played a key role in the development of ALTANA’s strategy. We are convinced that he will continue to lead the company on this successful path.”

    The Supervisory Board has appointed Stefan Genten (46) as ALTANA’s new Chief Financial Officer as of August 1, 2015. Stefan Genten worked in various management capacities for the Grünenthal pharmaceutical group for 13 years, since 2005 as a member of the Corporate Executive Board and as the CFO. He was also in charge of operative functions, for example for the Latin American business, and as Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the last five years.

    “We are pleased to have attracted Stefan Genten, a proven leadership personality, to ALTANA,” said Dr. Schmieder about the new CFO. “He will provide us with new impetus and we will benefit from his many years of international experience.”

    On January 1, 2016, Martin Babilas will take over responsibility for Corporate Development/M&A, Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Internal Audit from Dr. Wolfgruber. On that same date, Dr. Christoph Schlünken (53) will assume responsibility for Innovation Management. Dr. Schlünken became a third member of ALTANA’s Management Board last November.
    (Altana AG)
    07.07.2015   Gould Paper Corporation Appoints Joseph Ryan As Executive Vice President North America and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Michael Trachtenberg As Executive Vice President International

    Gould Paper Corporation announced the appointments of Joseph Ryan as Executive Vice President North America and Michael Trachtenberg as Executive Vice President International. In their new roles, both will continue to report to David H. Berkowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.

    Mr. Ryan began his career with Unijax Paper in 1974. In 1986, after the acquisition of Unijax by Unisource, Mr. Ryan was promoted to numerous management positions until he was given the job of Region President – Unisource Southwest. In 1999, Mr. Ryan moved to the Mead Corporation as Sales Director for Merchant, Broker and Export Sales. Since 2010, Mr. Ryan has had responsibility for Gould’s Western BRW - Bosworth Paper operations in Texas and Missouri. Mr. Ryan will continue to work out of Western – BRW's facility in Carrollton, Texas.

    Mr. Trachtenberg was previously the President of Gould’s Metro Division in New York. In his new role, Mr. Trachtenberg will be responsible for all Price & Pierce operations in New York, Finland, Sweden, Holland, and Asia; as well as Gould UK and Gould France. Mr. Trachtenberg will be working out of the Gould UK office located in Leatherhead.

    Mr. Trachtenberg joined Gould Paper in 2007 and throughout his 28 years in the industry, has worked in various sales and senior management positions.
    (Gould Paper Corp.)
    07.07.2015   TheWall disperser filling from Voith: efficient fiber treatment due to a unique design    ( Company news )

    Company news TheWall is a new disperser filling from Voith that was developed to ensure an improved fiber treatment during a long service life. The design of TheWall is innovative and unique. It is made of an especially strong material and used by tissue, newsprint and magazine paper manufacturers as well as board and packaging paper producers. It can be integrated into all current Voith dispersers and in selected dispersers of other manufacturers.

    TheWall features three impressive innovations. Firstly, on the inner circle, the rotor vanes of TheWall ensure that the stock can be feeded uniformly to the distributing teeth. The new design also has a continuous functional barrier between the individual working edges of the filling. This prevents the stock from passing by untreated (short circuit flow) and gives the fine rows of teeth more stability. Another new feature is that the operating gap is adjustable in a wide range without impairing the efficiency of the disperser. Thus the energy input can be kept constant over the entire service life of the filling. At the same time, TheWall uses less energy than conventional disperser fillings while offering the same technological results.

    Around 25 test installations are now successfully operating in various paper mills, with several customers ordering TheWall even before completion of the test phase. They will use them as their standard equipment.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    07.07.2015   Smurfit Kappa win top European innovation award from Nestlé     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa was awarded the European Innovation Recognition Award for outstanding innovation proposals by Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

    The award is given for outstanding innovation proposals across Europe and is judged by internal teams at Nestlé on the basis of a series of solutions demonstrating innovation, proactivity and practicality.

    The awards mark a year of innovation at Smurfit Kappa. In June 2014, the company launched its new global brand strategy ‘Open the future’, designed to deliver customer growth through insights and innovation and to develop packaging solutions which drive business success.

    In April 2015, Smurfit Kappa launched its industry-leading Global Experience Centre, the flagship hub of a global network which harnesses local expertise to develop packaging solutions together with customers to maximise their business success. Based in Schiphol, Amsterdam, it is the largest paper-based packaging experience centre in the world.

    The centre was launched at Smurfit Kappa’s annual Innovation Event, which also saw the unveiling of Shelf Smart, a new concept to help customers like Nestlé develop the optimum shopper marketing solution in a risk-free environment, helping improve customers’ brand performance at the point-of-purchase.

    Mike, Drummond, VP Pan European Sales at Smurfit Kappa, says: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way by one of our most important customers with whom we have built genuine strategic engagement to deliver value across critical aspects of its business. It’s a perfect example of our ‘Open the future’ strategy in action, combining real insight, true innovation and operational excellence to create opportunities for our customers and their brands. It’s a real testament not only to our own teams, from innovation to design to logistics, but more importantly the team at Nestlé who have constantly embraced new thinking, ideas and innovations as we have built our partnership.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)

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