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    10.06.2014   Giesecke & Devrient and Bundesdruckerei bundle their foreign business for government solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) and Bundesdruckerei GmbH have signed a contract to establish a joint venture which is to operate under the name Veridos GmbH. The partners are bundling their international business with solutions for secure identification, such as passport and ID card systems for governments. The new company is to be headquartered in Berlin. Bundesdruckerei and Giesecke & Devrient will, however, continue to independently pursue business in Germany, their business activities on the private sector market and in banknote printing.
    Giesecke & Devrient will hold a 60% share in Veridos and Bundesdruckerei 40%. In addition to its headquarters in Berlin, Veridos will also have an operating facility in Munich, a production site in Greece and other subsidiaries in Canada, Mexico and Brazil and will operate independently on the international market. The supervisory bodies of both companies, the G&D shareholders and the Federal Ministry of Finance as owner of Bundesdruckerei have all approved the establishment of this joint venture. Subject to approval under cartel law, Veridos will commence business operations in mid-2014.
    "These two distinguished German specialists in secure government solutions are a perfect match both in terms of their products and in other key areas. Together, we can create one strong German systems supplier in a continuously growing international market," explains Dr. Walter Schlebusch, CEO of Giesecke & Devrient. "The new company will be a one-stop supplier and technology leader for ID solutions and hence a reliable partner for governments around the globe."
    Ulrich Hamann, CEO of Bundesdruckerei GmbH: "Government demand for secure identity solutions and products is growing all over the world. Veridos will benefit from the innovative strength and many years of experience which Bundesdruckerei and G&D have in high-security technology, so that the company will be in an excellent position to compete on an international level."
    For many years now, Giesecke & Devrient and Bundesdruckerei have been successfully co-operating in projects on the international market. They are producing the driving licence for Latvia and last year they won a tender together for the issuance of the electronic ID card in Kosovo. At the same time, global demand by governments for ID solutions is growing as the number of people travelling by air is growing by around 5% each year. Both companies are supplying important security solutions to meet this demand. The protection of identities is also becoming more and more important. As is the importance of forge-proof ID documents and border control systems that permit fast clearance while guaranteeing outstanding security.
    The new company will benefit from the technological know-how, established international customer relationships and valuable experience which both partners and their staff will contribute. The portfolio ranges from one-stop solutions for the production and personalisation of passport documents, ID cards and cards for the health sector as well as driving licences to issuance, personalisation and document management systems right through to solutions for border control and identification of individuals. eID systems to authenticate and protect electronic transactions on the net and to safeguard communications by public agencies are another important part of this portfolio. Veridos will provide a total of around 400 jobs.
    (Giesecke & Devrient GmbH)
     
    10.06.2014   Andritz initiates arbitration proceedings against Montes del Plata    ( Company news )

    Company news Celulosa y Energía Punta Pereira S.A. (“CEPP”), a joint-venture company in the Montes del Plata group formed by Stora Enso and Arauco, has been notified of arbitration proceedings initiated against it by Andritz Pulp Technologies Punta Pereira S.A., a subsidiary of Andritz AG, claiming EUR 200 million. The arbitration relates to contracts for the delivery, construction, installation, commissioning and completion by Andritz of major components of the Montes del Plata pulp mill project located at Punta Pereira in Uruguay. CEPP disputes the claims brought by Andritz and will also actively pursue claims of its own against Andritz for breach by Andritz of its obligations under the contracts.
    No provisions have been made concerning the arbitration proceedings.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    10.06.2014   KRAFFT Eco-Speed Concept and     ( Company news )

    Company news KRAFFT Eco-Speed Concept
    KRAFFT Eco-Speed-Concept is the joint set-up of all capabilities increasing efficiency of the drying section by optimisation of performance and reduction of energy consumption

    KRAFFT offers a single source concept:
    • Project management and analyse of present conditions
    • Projecting • Engineering supported by calculations and simulation tools
    • Application of KRAFFT roller technology to increase machine speed including bearings and housings
    • Application of KSD - KRAFFT Steel-Dryers, coatet or non-coated, including bearings and housings
    • Optimisation of the rope guide
    • Optimisation of the drives
    • Delivery and installation

    The concept is designed to allow a purposeful use of the defined technologies with a stepwise approach of performance data. A significant contribution for life time extension of running equipment.
    Ask – We create the Speed!


    KSD – KRAFFT Steel Dryer
    For drying cylinders a trend from casted to steel design is recognised. The KSD – KRAFFT Steel Dryer is based on the steel dryer technology which was developed with KRAFFT know-how
    The „next generation drying technology“ allows now a wider range in Diameter – up to 2.500 mm – and a trim width up to 8.000 mm. New production methods with reduced tolerances are the base line and result in much more homogeneous dryer.

    The advantages of KSD:
    • KSD are in service since decades, couple of hundreds systems are in service • Even wall thickness • Homogenous temperature profile • More drying capacity • Lower energy consumption • More trim width in existing framing

    „All in all and depending of the machine and paper quality we can assess an increased efficiency of 4 up into the two digits percentage. KSD have a more even wall thickness. Because of the lower thickness they are lighter and have a better heat transfer rate. This result in a higher drying performance and energy is saved. Furthermore it is possible to increase the paper trim width in existing framing, because the wet zone of the paper is smaller compared to casted cylinders.
    Ask – We are under Steam!
    (Carl KRAFFT & Söhne GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    10.06.2014   Drive Your Business Forward at Paper ME    ( Company news )

    Company news PAPER-ME 2014 The 6th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging Industry, which will be held on October 22nd -24th , 2014. at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt. Halls (1,2,3)

    PAPER-ME 2014 Exhibition is classified as one of the best, most successful and potential Paper Tissue &Packaging Exhibition featuring opportunities of this industry in Africa & MENA Markets.
    85%of the exhibiting area is now booked: Leading Local and International companies have already confirmed their participation at PAPER-ME 2014.

    PAPER-ME 2014:
    -3 specialized in parallel events PAPER-ME 2014, TISSUE-ME 2014, PACK2PACK 2014
    -7630 Square Meters Gross Area
    -9.250 trade visitors from 40 countries.
    -Hosted Buyers & Official Trade Missions from targeted countries in Africa & MENA.
    -Group Participation from China & India.
    -Exclusive Machinery Display.

    Business Match Making Program
    Visitors are invited cordially to register their information in the Business Match Making Program.
    Through Our Business Matchmaking Program visitors can:
    -Connect with decision-makers, experts and suppliers in Egypt, Africa and the Middle East region during the show.
    -Update your profile and discover exhibitors' featured products.
    -Interact with exhibitors during PAPER-ME 2014 according to pre-scheduled business meetings.
    -Meet, connect and do business at PAPER-ME 2014.
    -Brand Building among Industry & end users.
    -Find new source of raw materials and market of finished products
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    10.06.2014   PulPaper 2014 - End of Show Report     ( Company news )

    Company news The 8th edition of PulPaper was held in Helsinki 3-5 June, 2014. The three eventful days once again confirmed PulPaper's status as the world's premier and most progressive meeting place for the industry. Just like it set out to, the event enabled participants to share knowledge, innovation and new ideas with each other and created a platform to meet, network, do business and stay updated.

    For first time exhibitor Richter Karhula, PulPaper was a great success. – Richter has been active on the German market for over 40 years. After having taken over the Karhula plant a year ago we wanted to get better known in the Northern market, says Dirk Richter, General Manager of Richter GmbH&Co KG. - By exhibiting at PulPaper, we made many new and valuable contacts in the Finnish market. The arrangement was very well implemented and we had a great time in Helsinki with customers and colleagues. We feel even more at home in the Finnish market now and hold a very positive attitude towards the future.
    Richter Karhula attracted a lot of attention in the hall due to special marketing activities and visibility around the Messukeskus. The company works independent from any machine supplier and performs service for nearly every part of the paper machine and offers spare parts, new roll covers as well as manufacturing, repair and regeneration of rolls.

    PulPaper 2014 had a final visitor figure after three days of 9428. The visitors travelled to Helsinki from 72 countries worldwide, making it the most international event of its kind. The exhibition floor hosted 453 exhibitors from 29 countries in 193 stands.
    - The feedback from exhibitors, visitors and conference delegates of the event has been very positive, says Adforum CEO Marcus Bergström. - The Biofuture for Mankind and the IMPC2014 conferences offered participants highest quality content and the social activities, the Pulpaper After Work and the PI 100th anniversary Gala Evening provided guests with a great mix of entertainment and networking opportunities. We are very happy with the general outcome of PulPaper 2014 and would like to welcome everyone back to the next PulPaper event scheduled to take place in the late spring/early summer of 2018, dates to be announced.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    06.06.2014   Bio-based carbon fibre from wood within ten years     ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia and Swerea SICOMP launch a road map for carbon fibre from lignin, a wood raw material. The target is to by 2025 have developed a new high-value Swedish product for use primarily in advanced composite materials.
    Carbon fibre is strong and light and has many applications. Today, the demand for carbon fibre is mainly limited by the high cost. As a result, the material is currently primarily used in products where performance is more important than price. By introducing a cost-effective lignin-based carbon fibre, the market could increase considerably. By launching a joint road map, the two research institutes Innventia and Swerea SICOMP will show how this will be possible in just ten years. The launch took place in conjunction with the SICOMP Conference 2014 in Piteå on 2-3 June.
    The target is to by 2025 have developed and created a demand for a new high-value Swedish product from wood raw materials: lignin-based carbon fibre, for use primarily in advanced composite materials. In addition, the Swedish R&D, research infrastructure and production expertise throughout the value chain, from forest-based raw materials to high quality carbon fibre for use in advanced construction materials, will be developed in order to contribute towards establishing industrial carbon fibre production in Sweden.
    "Innventia and Swerea SICOMP have a close strategic cooperation, and, together with representatives from industry, we are planning a joint demonstration facility for the manufacture of lignin-based carbon fibre composites with an annual capacity of approximately 50 tonnes," says Peter Axegård, Innventia.
    "By working together to develop expertise and experimental resources in a smart way, we will form a unique, unbroken value chain and a strong R&D environment from the forest to lignin-based carbon fibre products, says Hans Hansson, Swerea SICOMP.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    06.06.2014   Valmet selected as the main supplier for Södra Cell's major pulp mill rebuild in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has received a major rebuild and new equipment order from Södra Cell for the Värö pulp mill in Sweden. The order is part of Södra Cell's over 400 million euro investment to increase the Värö mill's pulp production capacity from 425,000 tons to 700,000 tons per year.
    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received and is valued at around EUR 200 million.
    Valmet's delivery will contribute to Södra's performance by significantly increasing the Värö mill's pulp production capacity and energy efficiency. The order consists of a new continuous cooking plant and upgrades of wood handling, fiber line, evaporation plant, recovery boiler, recausticizing, flash dryer, pulp dryer and baling. On completion of the project, Värö will be one of the world's largest softwood sulphate pulp mills. The start-up of the renewed pulp mill is scheduled in the third quarter of 2016.
    "We have good experiences of Valmet and feel confident that this project will be a success. We have worked closely together with Valmet in planning the project and it gives us a good start. This investment increases our pulp production, makes the mill more energy efficient and increases its bioenergy supply potential", says Gunilla Saltin, CEO, Södra Cell.
    "We are very pleased that Södra Cell trusted us with this significant order. It is a strong token of our technological leadership and competitiveness in the pulp technology market. Investments in pulp production are active at the moment and Valmet is strongly involved with many major on-going projects", says Jyrki Holmala, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

    Significant employment impact
    The estimated employment impact of the order is about 650 man years mainly in Sweden. A large part of the order will be delivered from Valmet's operations in Sweden: the cooking plant and recausticizing from Karlstad, fiber line, flash dryer and baling from Sundsvall, and evaporation and recovery boiler from Gothenburg. The wood handling and pulp dryer delivery will come from Finland.
    A prerequisite for construction start is the receipt of a permit from the Environmental Court of Appeal.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    06.06.2014   GAW receives follow-up order at TNPL in India    ( Company news )

    Company news GAW Paper Coating Systems, USA, has been awarded with the order by Voith for the complete Wet End Chemicals System, Coating Kitchen and Working Stations for the new BM 4 at Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Limited, India (TNPL).
    It is already the second major order for GAW at TNPL mill sites - the PM3 (Karur District) including coating kitchen and chemical preparation system from GAW that went into operation in 2010. The customer again chose the expertise from the worldwide operating industrial plant constructor, for their Unit-II.
    TNPL was founded in the 1980s by the Government of Tamil Nadu State and has so far mainly produced writing and copy paper and will expand its portfolio with the new board machine. The new Greenfield mill will be erected at a new location (TNPL - Unit II) in Tiruchirappalli District, approximately 100 km from the existing plant. The BM4 will be 3,750 mm wide, with a speed of 600 m/min and will produce about 200,000 tons of coated board varieties (folding boxboard, white lined chipboard, solid bleached sulphate grades). A wide range of raw materials will be used, for example bagasse, wood pulp, deinking pulp, used corrugated containers and thermochemical pulp. The machine will be equipped with Speed Flow Coater, Sizing Application 2g/m2/side, Dyna Coat for Pre-Coat - Application 12 g/m2, Dyna Coat Back Coat - Coating Application 10 g/m2, Sizing Application 2g/m2 and Dyna Coat Top Coat - Application 12 g/m2.
    GAW will supply the Coating Colour Kitchen as well as the Wet End Chemicals System and Working Stations. The delivery is scheduled in spring 2015 and the start up will be later that year.
    (GAW technologies GmbH)
     
    06.06.2014   New Metso Kappa QC Analyzer enhances fiberline process performance with integrated ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... measurements and controls

    New control features maximize discrete to continuous pulp measurement benefits in total pulp quality management, enhance process stability and save on chemical costs.
    Metso has further developed its industry-standard online Metso Kappa Analyzer (Metso Kappa Q) by now introducing an enhanced Metso Kappa QC version. For the first time, a fiberline analyzer not only measures pulp lignin content and brightness, but also includes a new unique stabilizing control capability in all process stages, from the oxygen stage up to the finished pulp.
    The new control capabilities incorporated enable pulp makers to improve total pulp quality management, boost process stability and gain major savings in chemical costs throughout the process stages.

    Number one in analyzer technology
    The enhanced version of the Metso Kappa Analyzer represents the fourth generation of Metso's pioneering pulp mill analyzer technology. For almost 40 years, Metso's products have played a key role in the evolution of chemical pulp mill delignification and bleaching controls. Today, Metso Kappa and brightness analyzers and the well-known inline sensors provide the standard platform for process optimization and quality control at most of the leading chemical pulp mills in the world.
    Metso has the world's widest scope of automation solutions and services for the pulp and paper industry - from fiber to print and from single measurements to mill-wide turnkey automation projects. It is the market leader not only in analyzers, but also in quality control systems as well as in control and on-off valves for this industry sector. Metso's system-independent solutions help customers lower their operating and maintenance costs, and keep their assets' operating value as high as possible.

    High flexibility and user friendliness
    Thanks to a flexible structure, the measurement capacity of Metso Kappa QC can easily be expanded by adding measurement modules and sampling points. Measurement capacity alternatives include 10, 20, 30 or 40 measurements per hour. It is also possible to benefit from the analyzer's advanced continuous Kappa measurement and COD index in applications where fast changes in process conditions and washing efficiency exist by using inline sensor integration in the control structure.
    To fully utilize the efficiency, safety and ease of use of the Kappa QC centralized user interface, Metso is introducing a new high-definition touch screen as part of the new analyzer unit.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    05.06.2014   Logson Group: Supplier of the Year 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Macfarlane Packaging, a part of Macfarlane Group and the UK's leading packaging distribution business, have awarded the Logson Group Packaging Supplier of the Year for 2013. The Macfarlane business units voted them to a convincing victory based on the support that both Boxes and Packaging and Cases24 gave their business throughout 2013.

    Picture: Macfarlane Group CEO Peter Atkinson presents award to Alex Kelly Logson Group CEO

    John Kearney, Director of Procurement, commented; "2013 was a testing environment, yet again, for our business and our industry. The corrugated market faced the difficult combination of competitor pressure and inflation and the Logson Group stood out as the supplier who supported Macfarlane centrally and locally throughout this difficult period.
    Alex Kelly, Logson Group CEO, commented; "We are delighted to have received this recognition from one of our key strategic customers. Through our co-ordinated approach, across divisions, we have enabled Macfarlane to access the full benefits of the Logson Group offering."
    (Logson Group)
     
    05.06.2014   Iggesund's fossil-free mill: The vision is within reach    ( Company news )

    Company news “We’re getting close to the vision of a fossil-free mill that we’ve lived with and that has driven our investments for a long time,” says Mill Director Olov Winblad von Walter. “Our new recovery boiler, which came on line in spring 2012, is getting better and better as we fine tune it, and our increasing pulp production is also boosting our energy production.”

    Picture: Iggesund Mill’s new recovery boiler – which was completed in 2012 at a cost of about EUR 250 million – is one of the basic requirements for being able to operate the mill without using any fossil fuel.

    For a while in mid-April Iggesund Paperboard’s Swedish paperboard mill, Iggesund Mill, was able to operate solely on bioenergy and also supply almost all its own electricity needs. Another important aspect in the vision for Iggesund Mill is that emissions to air and water should be so low that Iggesund is among the global leaders among comparable manufacturers. Yet another goal is that a minimum of by-products will go to landfill.
    Iggesund Mill is one of the world’s integrated paperboard mills with the highest level of investment. When it started up the new recovery boiler was the mill’s biggest investment to date, at a cost of about EUR 250 million. The boiler enabled the mill to gradually increase its annual pulp production from what was then 350,000 tonnes to 420,000.
    “Our sulphate process for pulp production means that we separate out the cellulose fibres that comprise half the mass of a log,” Winblad von Walter continues. “The other half consists of the wood’s binding agent, which is mostly an energy-rich substance called lignin. We burn this in the recovery boiler and it produces enough steam and electricity to cover more than 90 per cent of our energy needs.”
    A fossil-free energy supply is not the only benefit from Iggesund’s new recovery boiler. After the boiler had been fine tuned, it turned out that particle emissions from the mill, which were already low, had been halved. Sulphur emissions, which contribute to the acidification of surrounding land, have also fallen by more than 80 per cent from what were already low levels.
    Just over a year ago Iggesund’s board mill in Workington, England, radically changed its own energy source. From having run on fossil natural gas, the mill switched to using biomass. Achieving this required the investment of about EUR 122 million in a new biofuel boiler. Today the mill operates solely on biofuel and in addition to covering its own energy needs it also supplies fossil-free electricity to the UK electricity grid.
    “One of the goals driving our investments is long-term sustainability, and the investments in both Iggesund and Workington are the result of that approach,” explains Staffan Jonsson, head of Group Technology at the Holmen Group, to which Iggesund belongs.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    05.06.2014   Pankaboard invests in new headbox and sheeter to enhance product quality and customer service    ( Company news )

    Company news Pankaboard continues with their investment program for development of quality and service of their uncoated speciality boards from BM3.

    In June 2014 Pankaboard will install a new dilution head box on BM3. The new head box will provide better formation and improved thickness profile for all BM3 products. Resulting improved product consistency and uniformity will offer better runnability and efficiency in customer processing. Bellmer and TasoWheel will make the installation during the annual maintenance shutdown during midsummer.

    In September 2014 Pankaboard will install a full-width sheet cutter for BM3. The new sheeting line will increase the sheeting capacity for all uncoated speciality products from BM3 at Pankaboard. This investment will benefit customers by improving lead times for uncoated sheeted products by up to 2 weeks compared to today, as well as improving quality and consistency of sheeting.

    Ari Vouti, CEO, commented, “It gives me great pleasure to announce these investments to our valued customers and to confirm our commitment to providing the best quality and service possible. These investments develop our market offer and strengthen our position as the leading producer of uncoated speciality boards and high substance coated folding boxboard”.

    BM3 board machine produces a wide range of high quality uncoated speciality boards which will be enhanced by these investments. The end-use areas / products that will benefit include:
    • Food service: PankaPlex
    • Packaging applications: PankaStar
    • Laminated display board: PankaSilk and PankaMax
    • Capseals: PankaSeal
    • Beer-matt/Coasters: PankaDisc
    • Picture frames: PankaSilk and PankaFrame

    All products are made of 100% natural virgin fibres, certified for direct food contact and available from a mill with PEFC & FSC certified chain of custody accreditation.
    (Pankaboard Oy)
     
    05.06.2014   Voith sees orders received liven up: Noticeably higher level of new business in the first half of ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... the fiscal year

    -Orders received rose by 6 percent in the first half of the current fiscal year to around €2.8 billion
    -Group sales in slight decline on account of currency effects
    -Implementation of Group-wide success program “Voith 150+” begins to take effect as scheduled

    Picture: Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO

    In the first six months of the 2013/14 fiscal year, the Voith Group has continued its sound development in a slightly brighter economic environment, has won a significantly higher number of new orders and has thus started to reverse the trend in new business. Orders received, which were still on the decline in the past fiscal year, increased noticeably between October 2013 and March 2014 in comparison to the same period of the previous year by 6 percent to €2.78 billion, despite the negative currency effects of around €100 million. All Group Divisions made a contribution to the rise. Orders on hand improved slightly on the end of the fiscal year to €5.2 billion.
    The reversal of the trend in orders received will have an effect on the Group’s sales and earnings, albeit with a certain time-lag. As of the end of March, Group sales were slightly down by 4 percent in comparison to the same period of the previous year to €2.60 billion (€2.72 billion). This development was essentially due to negative currency effects, which are currently also impacting other companies, totaling around €120 million at Voith. Adjusted for this non-recurring negative effect, Group sales were up slightly on the previous year.
    Despite the decline in sales, Voith succeeded in making up for the negative currency effects in its operating result. The operational result before non-recurring items rose to €105 million (previous year: €103 million). The improvement in profitability is mainly due to the measures and initiatives introduced under the Group-wide success program “Voith 150+” (Voith is celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2017). Voith launched the program in the past fiscal year in order to set the sails for a sustainable and successful future. The main focus of the program is on optimizing structures and processes as well as the existing portfolio alongside recognizing and exploiting growth potential.
    As planned, the first positive effects of the program were not yet visible in the net income in the first six months. The net income of the Group decreased to €30 million (previous year: €63 million). This was due to positive non-recurring effects arising in the financial result and in income taxes that distort the picture in the same period of the previous year. Adjusted for these special effects, net income was 20 percent higher than the comparable figure of the previous year.
    “We are on schedule with the implementation of Voith 150+ and are working through our program step by step. Our earnings in the first half of the fiscal year demonstrate that the measures initiated are beginning to take effect”, explains Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO. “Furthermore, it has become apparent once again in recent months that our wide portfolio and strong position in our industries and key markets are paying off. This puts us into a position to exploit in the best possible way those opportunities that are increasingly offered by an environment characterized by a tentative recovery of important markets for capital goods”, continues Lienhard.

    Varying developments in the Group Divisions
    Voith Hydro looks back at a satisfactory first half of the fiscal year with a slight rise in sales to €668 million (€659 million) and a strong boost in orders received, which increased by 14 percent to €747 million. This growth rate, however, cannot be extrapolated to the full year, as is typically the case in the plant engineering industry.
    In the first half of the fiscal year, Voith Industrial Services generated sales of €574 million, a figure that is virtually unchanged on the previous year; adjusted for consolidation effects, there was a slight rise in sales originating in the Automotive and Energy-Petro-Chemicals divisions.
    For Voith Paper, the first half of the fiscal year proved once again to be difficult in light of an ongoing weak market for paper machines. On account of the decline in orders received in previous years, sales contracted by 11 percent to €673 million. On the other hand, orders received in the period under review rose by 5 percent to €709 million; these orders stemmed from Asia in particular, where pleasing successes were achieved and where the main demand stemmed from the strong-growth mid-size segment.
    In the first half of the fiscal year, the Voith Turbo Group Division saw an increase in orders received to €742 million (€724 million). Sales decreased to €682 million (€722 million). Adjusted to eliminate the activities of the Locomotive business, which is undergoing a strategic realignment, the core business of Voith Turbo grew slightly by 1 percent.

    Sound development expected to continue over the rest of the fiscal year
    For the second half of the current fiscal year 2014, Voith expects the modest recovery of the global economy to continue, basing its forecast on the economic indicators available. The economic environment for mechanical and plant engineering companies is likely to remain challenging on account of the subdued investment climate in many industries. Moreover, the current fragile recovery in the global economy is subject to risk. Looking ahead, exchange rates similarly remain an uncertainty factor for sales, orders received and earnings figures.
    In light of this, Voith anticipates a sound development over the rest of the fiscal year. Voith confirms its forecast of stable Group sales and orders received. A slight decline in the operational result before non-recurring items is nevertheless anticipated as a consequence of the still tense situation regarding the development of business at Voith Paper. Irrespective of this, the net income should nevertheless rise significantly as forecasted.
    “The intense groundwork of the past fiscal years is increasingly bearing fruit. Voith is on the right track, as can be seen from the sound developments seen in the first half of the fiscal year, to return to a sustainable and profitable growth path”, summarizes CEO Lienhard.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    05.06.2014   PulPaper 2014 - Day 3    ( Company news )

    Company news Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, Finland
    3-5 June, 2014

    This happened on Wednesday at PulPaper 2014:
    Number of visitors on Wednesday 4 June: 4088

    Another day of satisfied participants and a lot of activities going on in the exhibition hall. Conference sessions, Paper Square presentations and Company and Products presentations continued to inspire and engage visitors and delegates.

    PI 100th anniversary celebration - what an amazing evening!
    In the fantastic warm Helsinki summer night, the PI 100th Anniversary Gala Evening treated its 1200 guests to a fabulous experience in the fantastic venue of the Helsinki Music Centre. The evening started off with welcoming words from Martti Savelainen, chairman of PI, followed by acknowledgement of new honorary members of PI. The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award was presented to Professor Per Engstrand from Mid Sweden University, in recognition of outstanding achievement in research and development of mechanical pulping technology.
    Following this was a multiaudiovisual show taking the guests on a 100 year journey through the Paper Engineers' history. The past ten decades where brought alive by actors Nicke Lignell and and Karl-Kristian Rundman, the fantastic singers Sara Aalto and Pentti Hietanen and talented dancers Aleksi Seppänen and Sanna Hento all accompanied by Mikko Mäkinen and his band.
    'After the performance, the guests were invited to a food buffé and drinks, followed by dessert and sister organisations from around the world taking to the stage to congratulate the centenarian.

    Sneak peek at what happens today at PulPaper 2014
    • Opening hours 9-16
    • The Paper Square program kicks off at 10 am with Helen Pan, Manager at Stora Enso Global Responsibility and Kirsi Seppäläinen, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Stora Enso Biomaterials, talking about 'Rethinking Global Responsibility in China and Latin America'. The Paper Square day continues with presentations from top management
    • The key note speaker, Harry Epstein, Growth and Innovation Strategist at Quadrant Management Consulting , LLC., USA will begin the Biofuture for Mankind Conference with his presentation on 'Drivers behind decistions in choosing materials for the future'.
    • For anyone in the print industry, the Biofuture for Mankind conference afternoon session on 'Print Across Societies' is not to be missed. Sustainable media and preferences of media consumers are two of the topics as well as the interesting panel discussion on the hot topic 'Is there future for print?'
    • The Thursday afternoon topic of IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, is Mechanical Pulps in Paper and Board. At the final session, the best IMPC presentation by young researcher - ERGS Keith Kirkpatrick Award will be presented.
    • The Company and Product Presentations Programme goes on all day. Do not miss out on the panel discussion at the Company and Product Presentations stage. At 1 pm the hot topic of "Bio-based economy - hype or real business?" will be dealt with, moderated by Mr Jan Erola, Finnish journalist and TV personality and featuring several debaters.

    Two-day excursion to Jyväskylä to visit VTT and Valmet
    This afternoon, VTT and Valmet, are taking a buss load of registered excursion participants to Jyväskylä for an overnight excursion. Starting off with a dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Päijänne on Thursday evening and company visits on the Friday. VTT will demonstrate the world's only fibre foam technology platform and at the Valmet Paper Technology Centre, the delegates will get a chance to see the most advanced pilot paper machine environment.
    Signed up participants are asked to gather at 14:00 at the Northern Entrance of Messukeskus, departure is scheduled for 14:30.

    Wishing you a great last day - see you at PulPaper 2018!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    04.06.2014   Fiskeby: Construction of biogas plant starts     ( Company news )

    Company news The construction started with a symbolic groundbreaking activity on the 22th of May 2014. The anaerobic water purification process is directly linked to the company's existing water treatment plant and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The production volume is estimated to be about nine million Nm3 biogas per year, equivalent to an energy content of approximately 9,000,000 kWh per year.
    The groundbreaking marks the start of an extensive building project to be carried out during the year. During the summer the initial ground work next to the existing water treatment plant takes place. In August installation of process equipment will begin and the facility is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The production volume is estimated to be about nine million Nm3 biogas per year, equivalent to an energy content of approximately 9,000,000 kWh per year. Biogas is a renewable energy source and will replace electricity in the production of white lined chipboard.
    - With the biogas plant Fiskeby will increase our self-sufficiency in energy, says Torbjörn Hansen, CEO of Fiskeby. In addition, the new biogas plant will relieve the company's existing water treatment plant in a tangible way. The expanded treatment capacity will reduce the company's environmental impact and provide the potential for increased board production.
    The investment amounts to SEK 33 million, of which the Swedish Energy Agency has granted SEK 12.6 million.
    (Fiskeby Board AB)
     
    04.06.2014   MarquipWardUnited Establishes BW Papersystems, the Leading Global Sheeter Machinery ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Manufacturer, through Acquisition of Körber AG’s Papersystems Companies

    MarquipWardUnited, Inc., a Barry-Wehmiller company, has completed the acquisition of the operations of Körber AG’s Papersystems companies: E.C.H. Will GmbH, Pemco Inc. and Kugler-Womako GmbH. The companies become part of the newly-formed BW Papersystems, now the leading global supplier of sheeting and sheet packaging machinery, with solutions for the widest range of applications for the paper converting, manufacturing and packaging industries.

    BW Papersystems employs nearly 1,500 team members worldwide and is expected to generate revenue in excess of $370 million in FY 2014. “With almost $100M in revenue, 250,000 sq. feet of additional capacity and over 340 new associates, the acquisition of the Körber Papersystems businesses opens up a whole new beginning for our organization,” said Tim Sullivan, Barry-Wehmiller Group President. “We look forward to the exciting opportunities our new platform creates for our customers, suppliers and all of our team members worldwide. We are thrilled to partner with the great people from E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako and we welcome them with open arms into the Barry-Wehmiller family.”

    As the frontrunner in technology for cut-size, folio-size and digital-size sheeting and sheet packaging, BW Papersystems offers innovative solutions for the most complex mill to the smallest converter. In addition, the new platform assumes the market leading position in the production of machines for the manufacture of passports and adds machines for stationery manufacturers and bookbinders to its portfolio. Additionally, MarquipWardUnited’s corrugating and finishing lines are part of the comprehensive BW Papersystems product offerings.“

    As part of the integration, E.C.H. Will and Pemco have been rebranded as Will-Pemco, to optimize coordination and the synergy that exists between the two businesses. The combined Will-Pemco entity assures seamless delivery and enhanced service levels.

    BW Papersystems now incorporates five of the strongest brands in the industry: Will-Pemco, MarquipWardUnited, SHM, Wrapmatic and Kugler Womako. Market leading technology is available for folio, cut size and digital sheeting and packaging, plus stationery, passport production and specialized paper converting applications. For the corrugating industry, customers can continue to rely on the well-known brands MarquipWardUnited, Curioni and VortX. With manufacturing plants in USA and Europe, parts and service centers in the USA, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Shanghai plus the largest global team of aftermarket parts and field service professionals in the industry, both new and existing customers will benefit from more comprehensive support and service.

    Steve Brimble, VP Global Sheeter Sales at BW Papersystems, is excited about the company’s future, saying: “When we put all these brands onto one page for the first time, everyone immediately recognized the strength of the combined companies and the benefit for our customers. We see a great opportunity in both the technologies and solutions on offer now and in the potential for future product and service development. There is clearly hard work ahead of us, but the amazing people in this new group are excited to create something truly exceptional by working together with the spirit of truly human leadership, the bedrock of Barry-Wehmiller Group.”
    (MWU MarquipWardUnited Inc. Corporate Headquarters)
     
    04.06.2014   BOBST success at Interpack mirrors its leading market position    ( Company news )

    Company news For BOBST, it was a premiere participation to Interpack, and it was a very successful one. “We were able to finalise projects, kick-off new ones, foster existing relationships and make new contacts with professionals of the industry,” comments Eric Pavone, BOBST Business Unit Web-fed Business Director, as he sums up the company’s participation in the exhibition. He also explains the reasons for the great interest in BOBST products: “Not only are we continuously improving the performance of our high-end solutions for mature markets, we are also extending our product offer for emerging markets. Last but not least, our customers appreciate our service capacities that have been expanded significantly over the last twelve months.”
    The Business Unit Web-fed of BOBST offers printing presses, laminators, web coating and metallizing lines for flexible materials as well as web-fed folding carton printing and inline converting equipment. Its ongoing commitment to the packaging markets worldwide and the strength of its product portfolio are reflected in the Business Unit’s 2013 record performance (+ 8.9 % compared to the already excellent results of 2012).
    The F&K 20SIX range of CI flexo presses recorded excellent market penetration in both mature and emerging markets, performing especially well in USA, Mexico, Middle East and China. Solid sales strengthened BOBST flexo leadership also in the pre-print and non-woven segments worldwide.
    In the flexible materials gravure printing global market, BOBST maintained its premiership mainly with its comprehensive Rotomec 4003 platform. Strongest sales were recorded mainly in Eastern Europe and South East Asia. BOBST Web-Fed Solutions in folding carton over-performed against sales targets due to a high level of investments in South East Asia. This reflects the well-balanced positioning of its range of LEMANIC printing lines.
    The portfolio of BOBST CL and SL laminating machines made progress in driving compelling sales in USA, Germany and Italy mainly for the high performance duplex and triplex converted products. In special coating, BOBST extrusion coating and lacquering equipment sales are growing for highly customized applications with high added value in Europe and the USA.
    Leveraging on the performance of its latest innovative products such as General K4000 and K5000, the range of vacuum metallizing solutions continues to make strong inroads into the converting segment, further consolidating BOBST’s leadership in this market sector.
    The level of business activity at Interpack has provided good evidence that sales should further increase in 2014 despite a challenging business environment and economic uncertainty.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    04.06.2014   FORTRESS ANNOUNCES LABOUR COST REDUCTION PLAN    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announces that it has approved an employee reduction plan that will result in a reduction of approximately 16% of the salaried staff in the Company's dissolving pulp segment, including senior management, middle management and clerical staff. The impact in cost savings is estimated at approximately $2.2 million per annum. These layoffs resulted from a management directive to immediately reduce labour costs as part of a comprehensive cost reduction initiative undertaken in response to the challenging dissolving pulp market.
    "Fortress Paper is facing extremely difficult market conditions for dissolving pulp and we firmly believe in the need to be proactive to control our future," stated Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper. "The reduction in labour costs announced is anticipated to save the Company over $2 million per year and is representative of management's efforts to improve the efficiency of the Company. While layoffs are unfortunate, they are a necessary and prudent measure in these difficult times."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    04.06.2014   Graphic Packaging Holding Company Completes Acquisition of U.K.-Based Benson Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Highlights
    -Acquisition enhances Graphic Packaging's European platform by broadening its offerings in food and consumer products and extending the business into the store brand market
    -Combination creates a $700+ million business in Europe
    -Acquisition complements Graphic Packaging's existing food and beverage business in Europe and provides an opportunity to further integrate our SUS® paperboard
    -Expected to generate $5-$7 million of synergies over the next 18 months

    Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, announced that that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the business of Benson Group, a leading food and healthcare packaging company based in the United Kingdom.
    "We are pleased to welcome the Benson customers and employees into Graphic Packaging," said David Scheible, Graphic Packaging's Chairman, President and CEO. "The strong presence of Benson Group in the store brand market complements Graphic Packaging's existing strengths in the consumer and beverage markets. I know that together we will set new industry standards for quality, customer service and innovation," adds Scheible.
    The combination of Benson Group and Graphic Packaging's existing European businesses is expected to greatly enhance Graphic Packaging's folding carton business in Europe, with sales in excess of $700 million. "This combination allows us to broaden our customer base and to offer our current global customers a wider range of new products and services. Like our strategy in the United States, we are committed to growing our European business around food and beverage end markets and optimizing our supply chain footprint around our customers' needs," added Scheible.
    Benson Group brings more than 200 customers and approximately 940 employees to Graphic Packaging, and operates four folding carton facilities in the United Kingdom that convert approximately 80,000 tons of paperboard annually.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
     
    04.06.2014   PulPaper - Day 2     ( Company news )

    Company news This happened yesterday at PulPaper 2014 - Opening Day:
    Number of visitors on Tuesday 3 June: 3161

    The first day of PulPaper 2014 had a lot to offer its participants.
    The official event Opening Ceremony attracted several hundred attendees and offered a solid program which started off with musical entertainment and continued with talks from Martti Savelainen, Chairman of the board of PI, and Marco Mensink, Deputy Director General of CEPI, and a very appreciated panel discussion between business leaders and students.
    The exhibition floor was buzzing with expectant visitors and exhibitors. Conference sessions, Paper Square presentations and talks from the Company and Products presentations stage were all in popular demand and left the audience with new valuable knowledge and insights.
    The PulPaper After Work was well attended and gave the PulPaper participants a well deserved and relaxed few hours with networking, mingling, nice food and drink in combination with live music from the Paper Square stage and the restaurant Olut & Wursti. Several exhibitors entertained their customers at their stands.
    The PulPaper Award was presented to the happy recipient, Professor Ali Harlin, co-ordinator of the Bioeconomy Transformation project at VTT. Professor Harlin was honored with the award for having generated trust in the development of the pulp and paper industries and for having lead the way with creativeness. Professor Harlin has also been a rigorous spokesman both in Finland and abroad for the necessity of change in the forest industry and the potenital of wood biomass when designing and developing products from the viewpoint of sustainable development.

    So what happens today at PulPaper 2014?
    • Opening hours 9-17
    • The Paper Square program begins at 10 am with Heiki Ilväspää, Vice President at UPM Biomaterials talking about UPM Biomaterials - design meets performance. The day at the Paper Square will continue with presentations from top management.
    • The afternoon session at Biofuture for Mankind Conference brings up the topic 'Biomass - avenue for business' and biorefineries. Ed de Jong from Avantium Chemicals, The Netherlands, will share his view on this topic and Thomas E. Amidon, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, USA, will talk about the future prospects.
    • At the Company and Product Presentations stage in the exhibition hall, companies will present their latest news and innovations. Programme goes on all day.
    • Have a casual business meeting, tend to your inbox or just rest your feet at the Tieto Business Centre, equipped with free WLAN.
    • Stop by the Media Partner Center and get updated on industry news and meet representatives from our carefully selected media representatives from around the world.

    PI 100th anniversary Gala Evening
    Tonight is the night for the industry celebration of 2014! The 100th anniversary of PI - Paper Engineers' Association - will be celebrated in style with a spectacular gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre. The dark suit gala dinner begins at 19:00, tickets have been bought in advance and are sold out since a while back.
    We wish PI a happy 100th anniversary and everyone a fantastic evening!

    Enjoy your day at PulPaper 2014!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    04.06.2014   PulPaper Award to Professor Ali Harlin    ( Company news )

    Company news The PulPaper Award together with a grant of 5000 euros from the Finnish Fair Foundation were granted to Professor Ali Harlin from VTT. Professor Harlin is coordinating the Bioeconomy Transformation project.
    -The name Ali Harlin has recently popped up in several projects where replacements for plastic and oil-based products are sought from the use of wood biomass. Professor Harlin has also been a rigorous spokesman both in Finland and abroad for the necessity of change in the forest industry and the potential of wood biomass when designing and developing products from the viewpoint of sustainable development, states Pirkko Molkentin-Matilainen, president and CEO of PI Paper Engineers Association.
    The PulPaper Award is granted to a person who generates trust in the development of the pulp and paper industries and leads the way with creativeness. In addition, the awarded person has promoted the industry with his/her own actions, ideas and by being an active spokesman for the industry. Characteristics for the winner are uniqueness, boldness, the ability to stand out and the courage to be a pioneer.
    - The forest based economy has gone through a reformation every 70 years - now it is again time for a change. The forest industry is thriving globally and the diminished consumption of paper is visible especially clearly in Finland. Thus Finland has developed into a forerunner in the forest-based bioeconomic research. This structural change has brought about new innovations from the use of energy to the use of materials. These innovative solutions are resulting in raw material efficiency, better turnover and renewed product selections, which lead to overall stability, summarises Professor Harlin.
    (Paperi-insinöörit ry / Paper Engineer's Association)
     
    03.06.2014   FiberMark Introduces Luxurious Product Portfolio for Upscale Health & Beauty Packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news FiberMark, a global leader in manufacturing innovative paperboards, fiber-based specialty covering materials and print media for world-leading brands, announces an innovative new portfolio of folding carton, turned-edge and bag stock products specifically engineered to meet the design demands of the upscale health & beauty packaging market.
    The dramatic visual and tactile appeal of FiberMark packaging materials draws attention to products in the retail environment and significantly drives sales---a must for upscale brands. With thousands of texture, finish and color combinations (including duplex options), FiberMark’s substrates are enhanced by the deep, rich color saturation of the products throughout the sheet, eliminating glaring white edges and ensuring color consistency from lot to lot.
    “Color is often an integral part of brand identity. With today's international supply chains and multi-site manufacturing, maintaining color consistency from site-to-site can often be a challenge for the folding carton packaging printer and converter,” notes Dr. Robert Conforti, Senior Vice-President, New Business Development. “Manufactured using precision color control processes, FiberMark's dyed-through premium packaging provides the solution to these technical challenges.”
    FiberMark’s packaging materials also offer superior decoration and performance characteristics for printers and converters, with custom sheet sizes available to help maximize yield per sheet, and rigid paperboards that are available in a wide variety of calipers, making it possible to eliminate liners. These premium boards and luxury covering materials are strong and durable while providing a stylish, refined alternative to white SBS.
    “FiberMark is dedicated to providing designers with an extensive array of premium packaging and luxury covering materials that reflect and enhance the value of high-end brands,” said Dr. Conforti. “We are pleased to introduce this new collection of decorative paperboards, bag stocks and covering materials that bring sophisticated visual appeal coupled with superior performance to upscale health and beauty brands.”
    (FiberMark North America Inc.)
     
    03.06.2014   Smooth start-up of first MoveRoll® Kicker    ( Company news )

    Company news In two years of intense development work, we have developed a revolutionary pneumatic Kicker. Now, the first MoveRoll® Kicker has been assembled at a paper mill in Kemi, Finland.
    Compact in size and unique in design, the new kicker features robust sliding rails that kick the roll horizontally onto the next conveying device. MoveRoll Kicker is the first unit which can replace the stand-alone standard kicker and offers several benefits over the latter. A major benefit of MoveRoll Kicker is increased safety: When rolls are about to be kicked and during the actual kicking process, MoveRoll Kicker flashes a clearly visible warning light. Increased savings are another important benefit of MoveRoll Kicker: Depending on the application, MoveRoll Kicker can reduce the energy consumption of up to 75%, compared to traditional kickers. Furthermore, easy installation and maintenance allow for savings in installation and maintenance costs.
    The first project at the mill has been started by Mikko Rantanen, the CEO of MoveRoll.“Smooth start-up, understanding customer demands as well as learning more is so important with new innovations. So I feel my duty to be here, starting the first unit personally”, says Mikko.

    MoveRoll Kicker on display at PulPaper in Helsinki!
    We will showcase MoveRoll Kicker during PulPaper 2014in Helsinki. Visit our booth 6b19 for a great conversation on how we can help you to make paper roll handling easier than ever before and find out, why we are convinced that MoveRoll Kicker will revolutionize the way paper rolls are kicked!
    (MoveRoll Oy)
     
    03.06.2014   Voith launches high-performance press fabric with faster saturation    ( Company news )

    Company news The new Velocity press fabric Voith has introduced to the market offers impressively quick start-up and features a special yarn system allowing it to consistently maintain its dewatering performance and void volume over the entire operating life.
    The special yarn structure results in better pressure distribution over the entire width of the fabric, enabling Velocity to absorb water faster and reach a higher saturation more quickly. As a result, the desired hydraulic nip pressure is achieved in an efficient manner, which in turn guarantees optimum dewatering and superb paper quality.
    For even better results, Velocity can also be supplied with a Vector module, a three-dimensional non-woven component that increases the void volume of the fabric while retaining its compressibility. Moreover, Velocity has smaller pores than conventional press fabrics, generating a higher flow velocity in the fabric and thus preventing dirt from depositing on its surface. This self-cleaning function has a positive effect on paper quality.
    Velocity can be used for the manufacture of graphic paper and tissue as well as a range of applications for producing board and packaging papers. Voith offers the press fabric in three variants. Thanks to its modular concept it can be customized to the specific requirements of each application.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.06.2014   Tuesday 3 June: PULPAPER OPENING DAY     ( Company news )

    Company news Today at PulPaper:
    • Doors open up at 9 am - WELCOME!
    • At 10 to 12 am the official event Opening Ceremony will take place in the Congress Wing. Watch it being streamed live to the big screen at the Paper Square stage on the exhibition floor.
    • The Paper Square program begins at 12 am, right after the Opening Ceremony. Listen to presentations from top management of large companies.
    • The Biofuture for Mankind conference starts at 13:30 in the congress wing and the topic for the afternoon is Bioeconomy.
    • The IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference starts at the same time, 13:30, also in the congress wing. The IMPC Poster Presentation Award will be presented to the best poster presentation held yesterday. Participants of PulPaper are encouraged to visit the IMPC poster presentation in the congress wing of Messukeskus. See programme above.
    • At the Company and Product Presentationstage in the exhibition hall, companies will present their latest news and innovations. Programme goes on all day.
    • The PulPaper After Work starts at 16:30 with food, drink and live music. The get-together will be concentrated mainly to the Paper Square and the restarurant Olut & Wursti, but also to several exhibitor stands that will have gatherings of their own. Everyone is welcome, entrance is free of charge. Buy your food ticket for 20 EUR at the Event Office or at the Paper Square Café. The PulPaper Award will be presented at 17:00 from the Paper Square stage.
    • Stop by the Media Partner Center and get updated on industry news and meet representatives from our carefully selected media representatives from around the world.
    • Have a casual business meeting, tend to your inbox or just rest your feet at the Tieto Business Centre, equipped with free WLAN.

    Most Welcome to the opening day of PulPaper 2014!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.06.2014   Press Release on the Open House event held by Bieling & Petsche Stanzformen GmbH in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Elixhausen near Salzburg.

    In December 2013, cutting die manufacturer Bieling & Petsche Stanzformen GmbH , with its Salzburg-based production site, moved into new company premises in Elixhausen near Salzburg, having made a conscious decision to continue manufacture at two production locations in Austria. The pivotal factors for this were the proximity to the customer base, the specialised skills of the workforces in Grödig and Vienna and, not least, the social responsibility the company has towards its employees. At the two locations in Elixhausen and Vienna, Bieling & Petsche is operating in its own properties and each facility has a floor space of 1,100 m².
    On 16 May 2014, the company formally presented the new building in Elixhausen to international customers with an Open House event. Approximately 150 visitors attended – from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Italy – and they gained a positive impression of the company’s performance ability. Alongside presentations and specialist talks held in the marquee, attendees were able to fully exploit the opportunity to witness the daily routines of a diemaker. Staff members were on hand to explain their individual work steps and techniques, enabling them to be easily grasped – literally. Many of these customers experienced live for the first time how their tooling comes into being and how much outlay is put into the technology required in order to guarantee consistently perfect quality.
    In his welcome address, Managing Director and majority shareholder Gerald Minniberger naturally included details about the history of his company. We learned, for example, that the company was founded in Grödig on 21 February 1972 by Messrs Winfried Bieling and Günther Petsche. In 1979, the first laser system for die production in Austria was installed. Special mention should be made here that this was actually an in-house development. During the years that followed, laser systems, plotters and rule processing equipment were developed and constructed in Salzburg and marketed across the whole of Europe. Their first customer was the company known today as DieVision Holding B.V. in Holland; when the equipment was installed in 1980, this marked the beginning of a long-standing, close working relationship and friendship between both diemakers. So it was not surprising that Frans Valkenburg, the owner of the DieVison Group with plants in Holland, Belgium and Poland, was amongst the visitors at the Open House.
    Gerald Minniberger, who has been running the Bieling & Petsche operations since 1996, continued to explain that his company now has four laser systems with a total capacity of 8,500 watts, plus 10 rule bending machines, two cutting machines for straight rules, three high pressure water systems for processing rubber, three milling cutters for Pertinax and steel as well as three special installations for producing stripping tools. At each plant, both flat form and rotary tools are built. The range of services offered also includes stripping and blank separation tools. At the same time as the move into the new building in Elixhausen, the diemaking company Andreas Moser Laserstanzformen GmbH was also acquired and integrated into the new location. This was achieved with the full support of Andreas Moser who is currently plant manager at Elixhausen.
    An additional milestone in Bieling & Petsche’s development was reached in 2012. This was the year when CITO-SYSTEM GmbH joined the company as a partner. This business relationship is also based on a long-standing friendship between both company heads who used to work together back in the 80s and is associated with the marketing and development of laser systems.
    During his presentation, company director and partner of CITO-SYSTEM GmbH, Jürgen Marien, focused on the collaboration within the Die Future Group. This is a development alliance where CITO works together with the European diemakers already mentioned in this article. Mr Marien talked about the joint developments that have already been implemented in the tooling used by Bieling & Petsche and the DieVision Group. Due to the market demand of the diecutting industry, these developments are increasingly being used by other diemakers. Whilst the current projects were being presented, two subject areas aroused particular interest amongst the visitors at the Open House event: the compact measuring devices for die-cut products which were introduced and the project for an alternative base sheet material for cutting dies. The Die Future Group is working on a new material which possesses a much better dimensional stability than wood, is also lighter than wood and which in addition should show a big improvement in terms of being CO2 neutral. Jürgen Marien then continued by stating that he anticipates the first cutting dies made with this material to be in production in 2014.
    The Open House event continued until the following day. On Saturday 17 May 2014, neighbours from Elixhausen, friends of the company and staff family members were given the opportunity to get to know the plant better. The employees’ offspring were particularly interested to find out all the things their dads have to deal with during the working day! Throughout both days, additional excitement was provided in the form of an archery tournament. No-one was surprised when Friday’s winner was a customer from Switzerland, because he was simply carrying on the tradition of William Tell. Musical entertainment was provided on the Friday by the upbeat songs of cabaret artist Walter Martetschläger.
     
    02.06.2014   Rayonier Board of Directors Approves Separation of Rayonier Advanced Materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Board Approves Distribution of Rayonier Advanced Materials Stock

    Picture: Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and CEO of Rayonier Inc.

    Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) announced that its Board of Directors has approved the separation of its Performance Fibers business, which will be known as Rayonier Advanced Materials, and declared a special dividend distribution of all outstanding shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock to Rayonier’s shareholders.
    “Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the completion of our separation,” said Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and CEO. “Rayonier and Rayonier Advanced Materials will soon be independent, industry-leading publicly traded companies, each with its own opportunities to maximize value for our shareholders.”
    The Board of Directors approved a distribution of one share of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock for every three common shares of Rayonier held by Rayonier shareholders. Cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares. The distribution will be effective on June 27, 2014 for shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 18, 2014.
    After the distribution, Rayonier Advanced Materials will be an independent, publicly-traded company and Rayonier will retain no ownership interest in Rayonier Advanced Materials. Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock is expected to begin regular trading on or about June 30, 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol RYAM. Rayonier will continue to trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol RYN.
    Distribution of the stock dividend is subject to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) having declared effective Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Registration Statement on Form 10, as amended, which Rayonier Advanced Materials has filed with the SEC. The special dividend distribution is subject to the conditions set forth in the Separation and Distribution Agreement between Rayonier and Rayonier Advanced Materials, which has been filed as an exhibit to Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Registration Statement on Form 10.
    The distribution is also contingent upon receipt of a private letter ruling from the IRS confirming that the distribution of shares to U.S. shareholders will be tax-free. However, cash paid in lieu of fractional shares may be subject to federal income tax.
    No action is required by Rayonier shareholders to receive shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock in the distribution. Rayonier intends to distribute an information statement to all shareholders entitled to receive the distribution of shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock in June 2014. The information statement is an exhibit to Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Registration Statement on Form 10, which describes Rayonier Advanced Materials and the risks associated with owning Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock, as well as other details regarding the separation.
    After the separation, Rayonier will own and operate the company’s existing Forest Resources and Real Estate businesses. Rayonier will be a geographically diverse forest resources company with 2.6 million acres of high-quality timberlands, including approximately 200,000 acres well situated for real estate development along coastal Florida and Georgia. The company will maintain its status as a tax-efficient Real Estate Investment Trust. The company intends to maintain its strong balance sheet and pay a competitive dividend to its shareholders and expects to retain an investment-grade credit profile.
    Rayonier Advanced Materials will be the world’s leading producer of high-value specialty cellulose fibers, with proprietary cellulose chemistry expertise and manufacturing process knowledge developed over 85 years. The company’s primary production facilities in Florida and Georgia manufacture a wide range of customized high purity products, using both hardwood and softwood. The company is expected to continue to generate strong cash flows and to pay a dividend competitive with its peer group. Rayonier Advanced Materials has secured a BB+/Ba2 grade credit rating.
    (Rayonier Inc.)
     
    02.06.2014   Jacobs Receives Contract from P.T. OKI for Chlorine Dioxide Plant in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced that it was awarded a contract by P.T. OKI Pulp and Paper Mills for the design and supply of an integrated chlorine dioxide plant for its pulp mill project in South Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that when completed, the plant is anticipated to produce 172 metric tonnes of chlorine dioxide per day, making it the largest chlorine dioxide plant ever built. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016.
    Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is designing and engineering the plant, supplying key equipment and materials including Jacobs’ proprietary Chemetics® equipment, and providing technical services for plant erection, operator training, commissioning and testing.
    In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Terry Hagen stated, “We are pleased to build upon our successes in supplying several chlorine dioxide plants to clients in Indonesia since the 1980s, and look forward to providing quality and value to P.T. OKI on this significant project.”
    (Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.)
     
    02.06.2014   Metsä Board Corporation's operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 36.1 million in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... January–March

    Picture: Mikko Helander, CEO

    Result for the first quarter of 2014
    • Sales were EUR 501.2 million (1Q/2013: 535.0).
    • Operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 36.1 million (30.2). Operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 43.5 million (34.8).
    • Result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 20.8 million (3.9). Result before taxes including non-recurring items was EUR 26.0 million (8.5).
    • Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.06 (0.01) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.08 (0.02).

    Events during the first quarter of 2014
    Metsä Board issued a EUR 225 million unsecured bond and signed an agreement on a new syndicated credit facility of EUR 250 million.
    • Metsä Board announced to increase the prices of white-top and fully bleached fresh forest fibre linerboards as well as uncoated fine paper in Europe as of April.
    • Metsä Board divested its property in Lielahti, Tampere to the City of Tampere for EUR 26 million.
    • Metsä Board introduced new coated, fresh forest fibre based Modo Northern Light liner.
    • The Court of Arbitration ordered Metsä Board to compensate approximately EUR 19.7 million to UPM-Kymmene in damages, including legal expenses, in connection with a dispute concerning Metsä Fibre Oy’s shareholder agreement.

    "The year 2014 started as we had expected. Our profitability improved, and paperboard delivery volumes increased from the previous quarter in spite of the continuing uncertainty of the macroeconomy.
    Folding boxboard delivery volumes increased both in Europe and outside Europe. The growth has been fastest in North America, where we have been focusing strongly in recent times. The positive development is expected to continue based on, among other things, our folding boxboard being even over 30 per cent lighter in weight than competing products. Lightness improves customers' cost competitiveness and mitigates environmental impacts.
    The strong growth in the sales of fresh forest fibre linerboard has also continued. Focusing on coated linerboards in Kemi has produced excellent results, and sales of Husum's fully bleached linerboards have developed according to plans. All in all, the target for this year is to increase Metsä Board's fresh forest fibre linerboard sales by approximately 25 per cent from the previous year, to over 450,000 tonnes.
    Demand for Metsä Board's paperboards is estimated to continue good in the second quarter but our profitability is burdened by the extensive maintenance shutdowns at several pulp mills.”

    The divestment of shareholding in Metsä Group Treasury Oy in September 2013 improved Metsä Board's equity ratio by approximately 5 percentage points and return on capital employed by almost 1 percentage point and reduced the company's gross debt by more than EUR 300 million, compared to the second quarter’s actual figures in 2013.

    Business environment and near-term outlook
    Folding boxboard delivery volumes are estimated to increase slightly during the second quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter. Delivery volumes of white-top fresh forest fibre linerboard are estimated to be roughly at the level of the previous quarter. The slightly higher prices of annual folding boxboard agreements concluded in Europe at the end of last year will take full effect during the second quarter. Metsä Board has announced a white-top fresh forest fibre linerboard price increase in Europe as of April 2014.
    Delivery volumes of uncoated fine paper are expected to decrease slightly in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the previous quarter, and delivery volumes of coated paper are expected to be roughly at the previous quarter's level. Metsä Board has announced an uncoated fine paper price increase in Europe as of April. No material changes in coated paper prices are in sight. The delivery volumes and average price of Metsä Board's market pulp are not expected to change materially during the second quarter of 2014.
    Production costs in the second quarter of 2014 are expected to be approximately at the same level as in the previous quarter.
    Metsä Board's profitability during the second quarter will be burdened by the planned annual maintenance shutdowns at several pulp mills.
    Metsä Board’s operating result, excluding non-recurring items, is in the second quarter of 2014 expected to weaken from the first quarter of 2014 due to the annual maintenance shutdowns.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    02.06.2014   Expansion of Local Presence: Voith China Training Center in Kunshan Inaugurated    ( Company news )

    Company news In a festive ceremony, which was also attended by Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economics Affairs Minister, Voith has opened the Voith China Training Center. The center for vocational training and further education in Kunshan (about 80 km north-west of Shanghai) is the largest training facility of the company outside Germany. Voith will be using it to train qualified employees for the Chinese market and thus significantly widen its local presence.
    With the inauguration, Voith once again underlines the significance of China within its corporate strategy and strengthens its commitment in the Chinese market with the new building. "Over the next few years, China will evolve into one of the most important single markets for Voith. Voith would like to fully utilize the potential opportunities offered by this market and continue its success story in China, which has been going on for more than 100 years," said Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH, in his welcoming address. "In order to successfully handle future growth, we need excellently trained experts from our own ranks."
    German Economics Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel praised the commitment of Voith in China and pointed out: "Our dual vocational education system is a celebrated training model and a guarantor for the economic success of our country. Dual training and further vocational education play an important role when it comes to ensuring the next generation of qualified staff. This is also a major issue in China. The dual training system belongs undoubtedly to the things that constitute Germany's good reputation all over the world. And consequently, companies such as Voith safeguard the good reputation Germany enjoys in China with their excellent training schemes."
    The investment volume of the Voith China Training Center amounts to about EUR 8.5 million (73 million Chinese RMB), of which about EUR 1.8 million are covered by the city of Kunshan. A new building with lecture rooms, meeting rooms, offices and a training workshop equipped to German standards has been created on an area of about 4,000 m2.
    With the Voith China Training Center, Voith will be introducing the dual vocational education system based on the German model in China. Following their theoretical training in secondary technical schools, the graduates will complete a comprehensive one-year practical internment at Voith and receive a vocational education that is specifically tailored to the requirements of an industrial company. Voith customers and partners of local companies may in future also utilize the Voith Training Center for the further qualification of their workforce. "We want to deeply root ourselves in China and become a Chinese company with German proprietors. This Training Center is a symbol of how much Voith is already at home here today with our nearly 3,500 employees at twelve Chinese locations.," said Lienhard.
    The dual vocational training model is a proven tool for ensuring young talent in Germany. It makes an important contribution to the competitiveness of the industrial location Germany and has already been adopted by many countries. Voith has been training young people for more than 100 years. "The dual vocational training system according to the German model will ideally complement China's job qualification concepts and secure Voith a workforce of local young talent with excellent theoretical knowledge and practical know-how for years to come," said Mingming Liu, Executive Representative Voith Asia.
    China and Germany have been closely cooperating in the field of vocational training for nearly 30 years. The two countries launched pilot programs for the introduction of the dual system in China from as early as the 1980s. In October 2010, both countries signed an agreement on the further cooperation in the field of vocational education.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    02.06.2014   Pulpaper 2014 Helsinki - OPENING TOMORROW!    ( Company news )

    Company news Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, Finland, 3-5 June, 2014

    Last chance to pre-register!
    Less than 24 hours until the doors open up to PulPaper 2014, the industry event of the year. Industry professionals from 60 countries worldwide has already pre-registered to visit the exhibition and everything is lined up for your visit. Have you registered yet? Save time upon arrival, pre-register your visit free of charge and print your badge using this link or visit the official website. Pre-registered visitors will be in the draw to win a lunch for 2 persons at any of the Fazer Restaurants at the venue.

    453 exhibitors from 29 different countries are ready to greet you and show you their latest innovations, products and services that can enhance your business.
    Industry experts are lined up to inspire you at the PulPaper 2014 Conference, taking place at the congress wing adjacent to the exhibition hall.

    Tomorrow at PulPaper
    • Doors open up at 9 am - WELCOME!
    • At 10 to 12 am the Official Opening Ceremony will take place in the Congress Wing. It is still possible to sign up and be a part of it or you can simply watch it being streamed live to the big screen at the Paper Square stage on the exhibition floor.
    • The Paper Square program begins at 12 am, right after the Opening Ceremony.
    • The Biofuture for Mankind conference starts at 13:30 in the congress wing and the topic for the afternoon is Bioeconomy.
    • The IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference starts at the same time, 13:30, also in the congress wing. The IMPC Poster Presentation Award will be presented to the best poster presentation held today; Monday. Participants of PulPaper are encouraged to visit the IMPC poster presentation in the congress wing of Messukeskus.
    • At the Company and Product Presentation stage on the exhibition floor, companies like Andritz, Konecranes and GL&V will present their latest news and innovations. Programme goes on all day.
    • The PulPaper After Work starts at 16:30 with food, drink and live music. The get-together will be concentrated mainly to the Paper Square and the restarurant Olut & Wursti, but also to several exhibitor stands that will have gatherings of their own.

    The organisers welcome you to Helsinki and PulPaper 2014!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.06.2014   Nedmag and Imerys Enter Into Strategic Alliance to Cater to European Pulp and Paper Industry     ( Company news )

    Company news Imerys becomes exclusive distributor of Nedmag’s products for pulp & paper industries in most European countries

    Nedmag Industries (The Netherlands) and Imerys, the world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry and namely to pulp and paper markets, announce their strategic alliance to develop and market magnesium hydroxide based bleaching technology and products for a large variety of pulp bleaching applications.
    Nedmag & Imerys are coming together to offer the European pulp & paper industry a novel and sustainable pulp bleaching technology. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, the technology also delivers cost savings by ensuring optimised use of magnesium sulphate, caustic soda, silicate and/or hydrogen peroxide in the recipes. Through their combined resources, the partners are in an excellent position to bring a unique combination of technology and application expertise to the pulp industry.
    Multiple performance benefits can be achieved by using magnesium hydroxide in pulp bleaching. This includes higher brightness values, less COD/BOD burden (typically a reduction of 40% can be achieved), better pulp dewatering, and consequently higher yield and cleaner water circuits. Furthermore, magnesium hydroxide has a potential to very significantly improve productivity of paper machines and pulp production lines by reducing down time for process equipment cleaning.

    Mr. Alex Medendorp, Sales & Marketing director of Nedmag, is excited about entering this new field of business and says:
    “Throughout its history, Nedmag has a proven track record of successfully establishing leading positions. The setup of our company allows for ample availability of magnesium hydroxide, a prerequisite to deliver this demanding pulp industry. Recently we have strengthened our team with pulp and bleaching expertise and with well-established partner like Imerys, we will be able to rapidly develop new and tailor-made process solutions to our pulp customers”.
    Mr Mikko Likitalo, Technology Director at Imerys sees major synergies in Nedmag & Imerys coming together to cater to European pulp & paper industry, and says:
    “Competence of Nedmag to develop magnesium-based alkali for bleaching and for enhancing bleaching performance is a perfect match to Imerys’ core competence of delivering products that improve runnability and optics in pulp and paper making”
    By mid-July 2014, production line investment by Nedmag in its special grade of magnesium hydroxide, will be complete. Industrial trial quantities of the product as well as development support have been available from Nedmag for some time already. The product is delivered as a stabilised suspension. To ensure sufficient customer support resources, from now on, the validation of the technology for new customers will be carried out by Nedmag’s alliance partners. Imerys will ensure exclusive market and sales development of in most European countries while Nordic countries will continue to be carried out exclusively by Nedmag’s well-established pulp distribution partner Banmark.
    (Nedmag Industries)
     
    28.05.2014   EV EasyOne technology to Switzerland    ( Company news )

    Company news Aarepapier, PM 3 (liner and fluting), in Switzerland has ordered web stabilizing technology to improve PM runnability and efficiency at single felted section.
    The optimization includes EV EasyOne web stabilizers, EVsf web stabilizer for the group gap, roll modifications and air systems. EV EasyOne web stabilizers are equipped with CD Tail Booster blowing nozzles to create higher vacuum to the front side during the tail feeding.
    (EV Group Oy - EVG)
     
    28.05.2014   Zellstoff Celgar improves its testing capabilities with Metso's next-generation automatic pulp ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... laboratory

    Immediately available quality measurements by using significantly faster testing capabilities
    Zellstoff Celgar, a major supplier of market kraft pulp, located in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada, has placed an order with Metso for a next-generation automatic pulp laboratory. With the new equipment, the mill will be able to improve its pulp testing capabilities to better meet its customer quality needs. The automatic pulp laboratory will be installed in July 2014.
    "We were convinced by Metso's proven technology and ability to support us locally with their North American service teams," says Scott Spencer, Manager, Strategic Development, Zellstoff Celgar.
    Metso will supply a Pulp Expert automatic pulp laboratory with consistency, freeness, tensile, dirt, brightness and High-Definition fiber and shive measurements as well as a proprietary Quality Assurance Tracking program to maximize the use of the measurements.
    Metso has the world's widest scope of automation solutions and services for the pulp and paper industry - from single measurements to mill-wide turnkey automation projects. It is the market leader in quality control systems as well as in control and on-off valves for this industry sector. The company also holds a market-leading position in pulp performance optimization with its advanced Kappa analyzers and inline sensors. Metso's system-independent solutions help customers lower their operating and maintenance costs.

    Getting a full picture of total pulp quality
    Metso Pulp Expert is significantly faster and has about ten times more testing capacity than the traditional laboratory. The reliable, immediately available quality measurements are related to laboratory standards and provide pulp mills with a full picture of total pulp quality.
    Featuring the latest technology, the pulp laboratory's design has been especially created to meet the ever-increasing market requirements for measurement precision, user friendliness and the low need of maintenance. Depending on the application, the service interval can be up to one month. The unique, modular multi-measurement system enables mills to increase their production and maximize their gain. This has been proven with over 200 Pulp Expert installations in pulp and paper mills around the world.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    28.05.2014   New Managing Director appointed for August Faller A/S     ( Company news )

    Company news Pharma specialist Christian Haurum Holmskov takes lead in Danish packaging specialist to steer the company’s Nordic territory.

    August Faller Group is pleased to announce that Christian Haurum Holmskov will take up the position as Managing Director as from June 1, 2014 at August Faller A/S in Hvidovre/Kopenhagen. Before joining August Faller A/S Christian Haurum Holmskov held several positions in pharmaceutical companies like Novo Nordisk A/S, Astra Zeneca A/S and MSD Denmark A/S.
    Commenting on this appointment, Dr. Daniel Keesman, President of the August Faller Group, said: “We are pleased to announce that with the appointment of Christian Holmskov we underline our strategy to consequently focus on our Group’s pharmaceutical and healthcare know-how. Christian’s experience and professional background will add to our comprehensive packaging solutions for efficient supply chains which shall contribute to the economic value added, also in Northern Europe.”
    August Faller Groups extends thanks and appreciation to the former Managing Director Søren Slotsaa who has been the key to the integration of the Danish operation into the Faller Group.
    (August Faller AS)
     
    28.05.2014   Mimaki Honored with Two European Digital Press Association (EDP) Awards at FESPA Digital 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Awards for Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer Up to €200K and Best Multi-Purpose Object Printer in 2014 presented during FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich

    Mimaki reported that it is honored to be recognized once again at FESPA Digital 2014, this time with two European Digital Press Association (EDP) awards and two nominations. The Mimaki JFX200-2513 wide format printer with LED curing was selected from a crowded field of submissions for Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer up to €200K, and Mimaki’s KEBAB option for 360-degree direct printing on cylindrical products was named Best Multi-Purpose Object Printer. The awards were accepted by Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA at a special awards ceremony held during the show.

    “We are extremely honored to be recognized once again by the EDP for our efforts to bring innovative products to the digital printing market that open up new revenue opportunities for our customers and for the industry, this year with two of the prestigious awards,” says Horsten. “The JFX200-2513 and the KEBAB option for the UJF-3042HG and UJF-6042 desktop flatbed printers both bring unique and affordable capabilities that will drive market growth. We received a first award for the best UV Flatbed printer at FESPA 2013 in London last year for our JFX500-2131, so this is a great achievement and clearly shows our dedication to this part of the industry.”

    The JFX200-2513 was shown for the first time at Viscom Dusseldorf 2013. This economical large format flatbed UV inkjet printer can print up to 25 square meters per hour on materials up to 2,500 x 1,300 mm and up to 50 mm thick. The JFX200-2513’s compact footprint, eco-friendly LED curing and attractive price point make it ideal for businesses in the sign and display graphics industry that wish to affordably expand their range of services. The Mimaki JFX200-2513 began shipping in April 2014.

    The Mimaki KEBAB option is easily mounted on Mimaki’s UJF-3042HG and UJF-6042 desktop flatbed printers. Using rotary rollers, Kebab-UJF-6042the KEBAB option rotates the object, allowing UJF-3042HG or UJF-6042 to print directly on the entire surface of the cylindrical item. The result is a beautiful, seamless 360-degree printing accomplished with a few simple steps. This unique finishing capability enables high quality on-demand production of customized three-dimensional print products with a minimum order quantity of one piece, everything from cans to candles.

    “Expanding the possibilities with our small format UV-LED flatbed range has always been one of the things we said we would do. With this KEBAB option, current customers can extend their offerings and develop bright new application ideas.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    28.05.2014   Mikko Helander resigns from his position as Metsä Board's CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news CEO Mikko Helander (picture) will resign from Metsä Board to join Kesko Corporation as of 1 December 2014. Helander will continue as Metsä Board’s CEO for the time being.

    The Board of Directors of Metsä Board has initiated a process to appoint a new CEO.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    28.05.2014   Cellulose Powder Manufacturing Facility Commences Operation    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga, photo) constructed a new cellulose powder* production facility in the Hokkaido Yufutsu Mill (Tomakomai-shi, Hokkaido).
    The production line commenced commercial operation on May 20.

    Nippon Paper Industries is the foremost domestic producer of cellulose powder, supplying the product , ranging from the food and health food sector to the industrial sector. Completed at a cost of 1.6 billion yen, this new facility aims to expand the business domain that is expected to increase strongly in demand, to boost profitability while ensuring a stable supply of products. The commencement of this line brings the total number of the company's production lines to four - two in the Hokkaido Mill and two in the Gotsu Mill (Gotsu-shi, Shimane Prefecture) - which will also ensure its advantageous position in terms of business continuity in the event of an emergency.
    This facility will play a role in strengthening the non-paper business of Nippon Paper Industries, as we continue to evolve as a comprehensive biomass company.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
     
    28.05.2014   New releases and innovations at the exhibition floor of PulPaper 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Five more days until the doors open up to PulPaper 2014, the 8th edition of one of the world's premier and most influential events for the global pulp, paper, board, converting and bio-based industries. Industry professionals from60 countries have already pre-registered their visit to the event taking place in the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki on 3-5 June, 2014.
    The exhibition floor of PulPaper 2014 features 453 companies from 29 different countries, ready to show their latest innovations, technologies and know-how to the pulp, paper, board, converting and bio-based industries. Take a sneak peek below at some of the news and launches of PulPaper 2014.

    Metsä Group : There is more to Metsä than meets the eye.
    Under this device, Metsä Group will be exhibiting its products and services at the Paper Square of the PulPaper exhibition while celebrating 80 years at the forefront of Finnish forest industry. Metsä Board recently introduced new fit-for-purpose products Modo Northern Light linerboard and Carta Allura folding boxboard. A brand new product range for food service and packaging will be launched at the fair. Participants of the PulPaper event can listen to Metsä Groups experts at the Paper Square stage, in the Biofuture for Mankind conference or meet them in person in their stand, 6e41.

    Kumera: Introducing a new patented drum drive
    Kumera Drives Ltd. has a strong position as a leading supplier of mechanical Power Transmissions for Pulp and Paper industries and for many decades, the company has supplied sophisticated drive solutions for different applications within these industries.
    In stand 6e50 at PulPaper 2014, Kumera is introducing a new, patented drum drive, which is based on planetary gearbox and with the unique feature of adjusting the tooth contact in use independently on the changes in the drum dimensions.

    X-rite: Demonstrates Solutions for Colour Management at PulPaper 2014
    X-Rite representatives will demonstrate hardware and software solutions that include the ERX50 non-contact spectrophotometer for continuous in-line measurement and the ESWin software series that manages colour quality control and closed-loop colour control for continuous paper making processes. Also, Alois Thema, X-Rite sales executive for Northern Europe, will give a 20-minute presentation at 10:30 a.m. on 3 June on the effective use of closed loop colour control and in-line measurement of colour on paper-making equipment. Visit X-rite in stand6e17.

    Virtor Oy: R&D of new generation Helmix – Agitators
    The Finnish company Virtor Oy provides leading-edge technical products and services. The 40 year long experience of agitators and hundreds of tanks and process industry components, places Virtor in the world’s premier league of component manufacturers.
    In 2014, Virtor has started significant agitators R&D project with TEKES. The project focuses on energy saving, flow simulation and new materials. Discuss further with Virtor representatives in stand 6b63.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    27.05.2014   High-performance with Voith technology: Bohui BM 3 produces 750,000 tons of board    ( Company news )

    Company news Bohui Paper is enthusiastic: Since 2013 the Voith supplied BM 3 runs to the complete satisfaction of the Chinese board and paper manufacturer. “After a very fast start-up, we have soon been producing paper of perfect quality. We are very happy to work with Voith, a partner with large technological experience and know-how.”
    With a wire width of 8,750 mm and a total length of 400 m, the BM 3 is one of the most efficient board machines. It is designed for an annual production of 750,000 metric tons of quadruple-coated ivory board in the basis weight range of 290–340 g/m².
    Bohui Paper profits from the long term experience Voith gained during the last decades. As a market leader in the field of board and packaging machines Voith supports the paper maker with successfully proven components and modules. Included in the delivery is the whole paper machine from headbox to winder as well as automation and machine clothing.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    27.05.2014   Ahlstrom launches Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up: Quick, easy and clean - the consumer's ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... wall décor product of choice

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, launches today Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up, its new offering for the fast growing digital wall décor market. The patent-pending EasyLife® Spray & Up has a unique, integrated, adhesive system, which significantly improves the decorating experience for consumers.
    Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up is quick, easy and clean to use: no additional adhesive or specialist tools are required, just water and a spray bottle. The user can simply spray the wall with water, apply the material to the wall and the job is done. Application time is reduced by up to 60% plus cleaning up is much easier and faster than with traditional wallpapers.
    Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up is the consumer's wall décor product of choice. In recent focus group studies in North America and Europe, EasyLife® Spray & Up has been widely endorsed by consumers: 95% of consumers said they were "extremely likely" or "very likely" to use the product due to its outstanding benefits - quick, easy and clean, making the job simple for end users.
    Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up Digital grades are HP latex qualified, PVC free, and deliver unique 3D structures, opening new opportunities for unique design with textured and fibrous looks. EasyLife® Spray & Up helps HP digital printers deliver personalised images for consumers, as well as creating a new decorating experience for everyone.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    27.05.2014   Mondi SteamPack® for convenient and vitamin-rich cooking    ( Company news )

    Company news preparing food because the short cooking time preserves vitamins and minerals along with flavour, colour and texture. Mondi SteamPack® provides all these benefits and offers the utmost flexibility to food producers.
    Convenience and environmental aspects, such as the avoidance of excess materials, are high on the packaging agenda nowadays. The key challenges include intelligent protection and ease of preparation and handling. In a highly competitive market, these features must be combined with cost-effectiveness and attractive brand presentation. With less time available, consumers tend to buy convenience food that is fast to prepare, but nevertheless healthy.
    Mondi SteamPack® is a microwaveable packaging with a self-venting function, produced with a hot-melt adhesive, for frozen, chilled and ambient-temperature food. The intelligent SteamPack® is also suitable for high-barrier modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). Furthermore, the steam valve can be applied to a multitude of different packaging solutions, such as pillow bags, stand-up pouches, lidding films or VFFS solutions. “Depending on customer requirements, the microwaveable packaging is manufactured from different base materials,” explains James Warren, Managing Director of Mondi Scunthorpe Ltd. “Our flexible and intelligent concept allows us to use materials with the highest barrier properties for MAP applications. Moreover, the number of micro-holes can be varied to adjust the pressure as needed.” The laser micro-perforation pattern can also be modified to provide either rows of holes in the machine direction or groups of holes in a fixed position. These packaging solutions can be processed on standard filling machines without the need for any additional investment – reflecting the principle of a plug-and-play system. Thanks to the high flexibility as regards the number of micro-perforations and the positioning of the valve, Mondi SteamPack® ensures maximum seal integrity and optimal cooking results.
    High-quality, high-resolution printing in up to eight colours gives rise to an eye-catching presentation at the point of sale. Consumers benefit from healthy and vitamin-rich food preparation as well as the easy opening or peeling features of their ready-made meals. This innovative packaging solution has many applications, ranging from rice, pasta, ready meals, fish and soups to chips, popcorn and many more.
    (Mondi Scunthorpe Ltd)
     
    27.05.2014   EFI Announces its Most Advanced Digital Front End Platform with Fiery FS150 Pro    ( Company news )

    Company news EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, has launched its newest Fiery® platform for cut-sheet digital production systems. The EFI Fiery FS150 Pro digital front end (DFE) offers faster processing, unsurpassed image quality, seamless MIS/ERP integration and even easier to use automated workflows.

    Higher Performance
    Fiery HyperRIP pushes performance to the limit by simultaneously processing a print job on four processor cores. As a result, users can get their full-color digital print jobs processed up to 55% faster than Fiery Driven™ presses without HyperRIP.
    "With the new FS150 Pro technology, we dramatically improve the already industry-leading processing time of Fiery DFEs," said John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. "That best-in-class Fiery performance, combined with easy-to-use automated workflows, gives in-plant print departments and commercial printers the power to complete work faster with outstanding accuracy, even on complex jobs."

    Unsurpassed Image Quality
    The Fiery FS150 Pro DFE has all the advanced imaging features that made its predecessor the first DFE platform to carry a 100% perfect pass label from VIGC's PDF RIP Audit. Users can have more confidence than ever before that their output matches the designer's intent on the first print - including a new unique grayscale composite overprint feature that ensures correct monochrome printing of overprints, drop shadows and transparencies.
    Fiery ImageViewer, an application that allows users to view full resolution raster data in real time and adjust the final raster output before printing, now includes the ability to save last-minute color adjustments so future jobs that require the same type of color correction can be produced faster.
    "EFI raised the bar again with its Fiery FS150 Pro," according to Kaspar Roos, associate director of production workflow solutions at analyst firm InfoTrends. "With its speed enhancements, better color management and productivity improvements, it is a perfect fit for demanding print environments."

    More Job Automation
    The latest version of Fiery Command WorkStation® software included with the Fiery FS150 Pro DFE puts automated production controls at users' fingertips. Server-based automated workflows are easy for system administrators to set up and deploy, allowing operators to produce jobs in fewer clicks and with reduced errors.
    The Fiery FS150 Pro DFE integrates seamlessly with EFI's market-leading MIS/ERP software, eCommerce/Web-to-Print products and scheduling tools. As a result, customers can easily optimize their print load and track both expenses and profits in a complete, connected business operations workflow.

    Additional features and benefits include:
    -Support for APPE 3.0, Adobe's latest PDF-native rendering platform.
    -Fiery JobMaster, an advanced make-ready solution, brings additional tab design features to tackle complex tab layouts and produce unique jobs, giving users the ability to print multi-bank and bleed-edge tabs with ease.
    -The free Fiery Go app for iPhones and iPads allows busy users to monitor and manage print jobs from anywhere in the print shop while doing other tasks.
    -An expanded color library for brand color matching, including the 84 new colors recently issued in the PANTONE Plus Series.
    -Fiery Integration Manager that significantly reduces the effort needed to establish time- and money-saving workflow integrations through Job Definition Format (JDF) configuration settings.
    -Fiery API support for development of custom applications and tools to meet specific user needs.
    (efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)
     
    27.05.2014   The Groasis Greenboxx – biodegradable - it is made of recycled paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The Groasis Waterboxx which is made of polypropylene, works very good. The Groasis Greenboxx is an easy, simple and inexpensive planting solution for the following situations:
    • on difficult to reach rocks and mountains - here it is difficult to remove the polypropylene Waterboxx after 1 year;
    • on sand dunes in deserts - the Waterboxx will be covered by sand;
    • in burned woods – here is no humus to connect the water and nutrients to the soil;
    • on dunes with salt and damaged dunes at the seaside - on such places the Waterboxx will be covered by the dune sand;
    • When a project is really very big – the logistical issues of removing the Waterboxxes are too complicated.

    For these extreme circumstances Groasis has developed a new product. It is the Groasis Greenboxx. The Groasis Greenboxx is made of recycled paper. It is 100% biodegradable. The Greenboxx first helps the tree to start to grow. Then the Greenboxx will degrade and function as a nutrient.

    Conclusion
    The polypropylene Groasis Waterboxx increases planting success under many difficult circumstances. Under some extreme circumstances the Groasis Greenboxx – made of recycled paper - offers even more possibilities to create successful planting results.
    (Groasis B.V.)
     
    27.05.2014   Esko’s Kongsberg C cuts through competition to win EDP Award     ( Company news )

    Company news Esko’s Kongsberg C digital finishing platform has been awarded as Best Large Format Finishing System by the European Digital Press Association (EDP).

    Marian Zincke, Esko Vice President, Digital Finishing Business, says, “We are delighted with this industry recognition. We already knew the Kongsberg C leapfrogs competitive tables in many ways but it is reassuring to see this acknowledged by the EDP association. We believe the 'C' in Kongsberg C stands for Capability, Capacity, Consistency, Choice and a Complete solution. Since its launch it has been received with great enthusiasm by our customers.”

    Esko Kongsberg C provides the highest versatility for all sign, display and packaging applications. One of the most noticeable new features is the innovative composite traverse technology that provides the fastest throughput along with the highest quality and precision in cutting and routing compared to all other systems of the same size. New models available include the Kongsberg C64 that handles 126” wide x 126” long materials (3.210 mm by 3.200 mm); and the Kongsberg C60 model, accommodating 126” wide x 63” long sizes (3.210 mm x 1.600 mm). The Kongsberg C was first introduced to the market in 2013, and customer shipments around the world started in 2014.

    These completely re-engineered and fully-featured superwide digital finishing solutions have been designed for 24/7 production and semi-industrial environments. Kongsberg C60 and C64 models feature a unique, extremely rigid, carbon-composite traverse beam that assures excellent precision and supports high speed, fast acceleration, high quality creasing, and exclusive, powerful 3kW milling capabilities. High quality finishing results are due to no left/right/middle variances as a result of traverse bending and no deceleration when demanding materials are processed, with the ability to handle the most complex jobs without sacrificing quality or throughput.

    Reproteam of Austria is an early adopter of the technology and has been quick to reap the rewards. Michael Hansbauer, owner and managing director, says. "We have many stand builders among our clients. They prefer to have printed panels and fabrics in one piece, creating an overall image effect without interruptions. With the new Kongsberg C64, we can meet these requirements perfectly and stay ahead of the competition, maintaining our position as a provider of top quality displays, publicity and advertising products.”
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
     
    27.05.2014   Ricoh’s Clickable Paper™ wins EDP Award for Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh Europe PLC’s Clickable Paper has been awarded the accolade of Best Valuable Innovation by the European Digital Press Association (EDP). It was voted for by the 20 member magazines which represent over one million readers interested in digital printing trends in EMEA.

    Graham Moore, Director of Business Development, Ricoh Europe, says, “Clickable Paper’s ability to provide immediate one touch access to multiple online resources such as photos, video/multimedia, web sites, e-commerce portals and social networks makes it hugely attractive for businesses looking for ways to add value to the printed page. We are delighted that the EDP recognises the added value Clickable Paper brings to professional print operations, providing their clients with more creative ways to increase the effectiveness of print.”

    Clickable Paper is a powerful, interactive print solution that bridges the online and offline worlds and is available for print services providers, agencies, publishers, brand owners and other organisations to make paper-based communications interactive. It has the ability to give direct access to up to six different online resources such as video/multimedia, web sites, e-commerce portals and social networks. Clickable Paper delivers far-reaching value to readers by providing easy access to digital rich media via a smartphone or tablet. Its functionality can be critical when it comes to developing an effective interactive print campaign that drives readers to take action or seek additional information; and provides tracking of these activities to publishers and advertisers.

    Clickable Paper is based on Ricoh Visual Search image recognition technology, one of a number of innovative technologies that Ricoh continues to develop and bring to market. Clickable Paper is more secure than QR codes, and permits the repurposing of already printed materials without marking, editing or reformatting the source documents. Hotspots are used to link to rich media from related authored content, user contributed social information or calls to action such as tweets, maps, calls and emails.

    The accolade follows two other high profile awards presented to Clickable Paper recently. It won the 2013 Graph Expo Must See ‘ems Award in the U.S. and the French Xplor Grand Jury Award for Innovation. The Xplor jury selected Clickable Paper based on how Ricoh and the luxury watch manufacturer, Bell and Ross, created a customised app to add impact to the launch of a new ceramic watch.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    26.05.2014   MoveRoll: Welcome to our booth at PulPaper 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news We cordially invite you to visit MoveRoll at PulPaper 2014 in Helsinki at booth #6b19.

    Picture: MoveRoll® horizontal conveyor

    At the exhibition, we will showcase our innovative paper roll handling equipment. The highlight will be the European product launch of MoveRoll® Kicker, that features safety, compactness, ease of use, ease of maintenance, and energy savings. Visit our booth for a great conversation on how we can help you to make paper roll handling easier than ever before and find out, why we are convinced that MoveRoll Kicker will revolutionize the way paper rolls are kicked!

    See live demonstrations of MoveRoll® conveyor at the main entrance to PulPaper 2014
    For PulPaper 2014, MoveRoll thought of another special attraction: At the main entrance of Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, live demonstrations of a real size unit of MoveRoll® horizontal conveyor will welcome the trade show visitors!

    PulPaper will take place from 3 June to 5 June in the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre.The last edition of PulPaper attracted more than 12 000 visitors and more than 625 different exhibitors.

    Exhibition hours:
    Tuesday, 3 June: 9:00am to 17:00pm
    Wednesday, 4 June: 9:00am to 17:00pm
    Thursday, 5 June: 9:00am to 16:00pm
    (MoveRoll Oy)
     
    26.05.2014   RockTenn Completes Tacoma Mill Acquisition    ( Company news )

    Company news (NYSE:RKT) RockTenn announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Tacoma Mill.
    "The acquisition of the Tacoma Mill improves our ability to satisfy West Coast customers while generating significant operating efficiencies across our system," said Steve Voorhees, RockTenn's Chief Executive Officer.
    RockTenn acquired the mill for approximately $343 million including working capital adjustments. The purchase price reflects an EBITDA multiple of less than six times based on the mill's financial results for the 12 months ending March 2014 and the expected operating efficiencies, primarily due to the location of the mill on the West Coast. The transaction was structured as an asset purchase.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
     
    26.05.2014   Successful open house: Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA Radebeul illuminates packaging print from all sides

    Picture: Full house: Free seats were hard to come by between the presses in the KBA customer showroom

    “Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014” – that was the banner which was unfurled above a very well received open house addressing the boundless diversity of packaging print. The event was held at KBA in Radebeul on 14 and 15 May. Some 450 users from over 40 different countries accepted the invitation from the world's leading manufacturer of sheetfed offset presses for packaging printing.
    They were treated to a comprehensive overview of the latest technologies, including a number of exciting innovations with potential to redefine the production of folding cartons. A series of presentations dedicated specifically to the segments food, non-food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, following up an overarching branch analysis from the perspective of a brand-name manufacturer, served to maximise the information value of the event for every one of the gathered experts.
    As the keynote speaker, Thibaud Carlier, EMEA Purchasing Group Manager for Carton and Labels at Procter & Gamble, outlined some of the demands which brand manufacturers place on the packaging branch, both today and with a view to the future. Alongside its transport, storage and dispensing functions, packaging should stimulate the consumer to make a purchase decision. The form, visual design and feel of these “silent promoters” at the point of sale thus play a decisive role. Packaging is an instrument of communication and is intended to spread delight. Further important requirements and functions are product compatibility, reproducibility, cost effectiveness, information on the contents, product protection, compliance with laws and regulations, added utility value, environment-friendliness, etc.
    Nowadays, countless channels are available to influence a purchase decision, but only a few relate directly to the packaging. Furthermore, there is a clear divergence between the in-store and in-home roles of packaging. According to a study conducted by Pro Carton, in-store packaging is a top performer across all categories. It offers detailed product information, promotes the purchase decision, is environment-friendly, motivates repeat purchases, encourages recommendation to new customers and exemplifies the high quality of a product. For a whole range of product types, from food, via cleaning products to personal care, non-prescription drugs and cosmetics, it is the packaging which determines more than 50% of purchase decisions.

    Packaging should speak the media language
    Packaging is moreover the only medium which is guaranteed to attract the attention of 100% of the target group. Consequently, it should also speak the media language, with eye-catching decoration and shapes, with an image to promote the product, and with qualities demonstrating sustainability (renewable, recyclable, re-usable). Since packaging has become media, its lifetimes are shorter and volumes are smaller. Flexibility is today an essential key – and that naturally also places new demands on the equipment and technologies used for printing.
    For the remainder of the morning session, the visitors were offered a choice of presentation modules addressing both economical and technical aspects of modern packaging production, and could thus tailor their personal agenda to match individual preferences and interests.
    Jürgen Veil, KBA Key Account Manager for Packaging, presented the broad spectrum of possibilities for inline finishing and product refinement in sheetfed offset. Under the heading “Xtreme Product Diversity”, he described not only established coating variants, but also sophisticated multiple coatings with interesting special effects, for example the process of micro-embossing, which was later demonstrated in practice during the afternoon. Another valuable option is that of inline die-cutting, and it was furthermore pointed out that KBA would soon also be offering its cold-foiling solution in large format. Effectiveness and efficiency were the twin themes of the presentation given by Sascha Fischer, head of KBA complete services & key account manager Europe. He introduced the range of products and services available from KBA to facilitate long-term effective and efficient operation for both new and existing presses. Job structure analyses, configuration checks, production simulations, retrofits and upgrades, approved consumables under the brand name PressConsum, performance assessments and service agreements are all factors which contribute to more effective production. Efficiency, on the other hand, can be enhanced through corresponding training for operators and maintenance staff, dedicated measuring systems on the press, production data acquisition and evaluation, production planning and control, and management information systems. Under the name “KBA Complete Services”, the company offers integrated solutions and top-of-the-class automation technologies, all flanked by comprehensive advice and consulting services. To further the aim of exploiting the full potential for optimisation in print production, KBA has joined forces with numerous technology partners.

    Flexible and fast
    “Xtreme Flexibility” was the topic for Anja Hagedorn from the KBA product marketing department. A wide range of accessory equipment enables KBA Rapida presses to be configured as highly specialised means of production, and thereby matched perfectly to the precise demands of the cosmetics, food, non-food or pharmaceuticals segments. Whether “TouchFree Guidance”, “CX”, “Antistatic Foil” or “Corrugated”, the equipment packages extend the scope of application of a press beyond the standard parameters. Rapida presses are no less flexible when it comes to dryer configurations: In conjunction with application-oriented coating supply systems, the VariDry family of dryers caters for every production requirement – from IR and hot air, via UV, through to full IR/hot-air/UV combinations.
    Fellow KBA product marketing representative Jens Baumann focussed his presentation on the topic of performance. It is not only running speed, but also the implemented quality control functions and cost reductions achieved through process automation which determine the true performance of a printing press. With options for inline colour control (QualiTronic ColorControl), grey balance control according to System Brunner (Instrument Flight) or inline PDF comparison (QualiTronic PDF), KBA possesses a range of highly efficient measuring and control systems which offer significant benefits compared to those of other manufacturers and are in some cases unique on the market. Automation features such as the AniloxLoader or AniSleeve (automatic anilox roller exchange), inking unit disengagement, DriveTronic SRW (Simultaneous Roller Wash), CleanTronic Synchro (fast blanket washing with two washing beams) and DriveTronic SPC (Simultaneous Plate Change) create reserves for even higher output. At the same time, raised press foundations or non-stop pile changing and logistics systems are capable of further increasing the already exceptional performance of Rapida presses. No other medium-format press is able to match the 20,000 sph maximum speed of the Rapida 106, and speeds of 17,000 sph were similarly still considered utopian in large format printing just a few years ago. Especially in packaging printing, where long runs are common, such production speeds lend an enormous boost to the competitiveness of a print company.
    After lunch, a series of parallel print demonstrations offered the packaging specialists a choice of practical insights into production for the food, non-food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals segments. Alongside, corresponding networking solutions, management information systems from Optimus and real-time production data acquisition systems from Logica were presented in the Complete Lounge.

    High-speed print demos in large format
    A six-colour Rapida 145 with inline coater was shown producing green, mainly primary food packaging. The highlights of the demonstrations were the use of low-migration inks, roller washing parallel to continued production (DriveTronic SRW), simultaneous coating forme changing (DriveTronic SFC) and anilox roller exchange during production (AniSleeve). The audience's attention was also drawn to the facilities for fully automatic non-stop pile changing and pile logistics, inline PDF comparison (QualiTronic PDF) and inline colour control (QualiTronic ColorControl). Following the production of fast-food packaging on G-flute corrugated, a job and substrate change was performed to convert the press for 280 g/m2 board. This involved a coating forme and sleeve change, plate changing, a change of coating, blanket washing, and activation of the sixth printing unit in place of the first. The new pizza packaging was printed at the full speed of 17,000 sph, and the rollers of the now disengaged first unit were washed down with the press in full production. After a second fast job changeover, an example of confectionery packaging was printed on 300 g/m2 GC2 board.
    The job changeovers with non-food packaging on a six-colour Rapida 164 (format 120.5 x 164 cm) in a double-coater configuration were equally swift. In addition to high-quality matt and gloss finishing with primer and a UV coating, the demonstration on this press spotlighted fast coating changes. Inline colour control (QualiTronic ColorControl) was also to be seen. The first job was a corrugated board stool (350 g/m2 board finished with matt dispersion coating and subsequently laminated onto a corrugated substrate). After the job changeover, packaging for TV sets was printed on top liner (210 g/m2); the finish was achieved with primer and UV gloss coating.

    Finishing diversity in half- and medium format
    A six-colour Rapida 106 with double inline coating and the cold foil transfer module KBA ColdFoil SF110 placed its focus on the production of luxury packaging for cosmetics and hair-care products. The demonstration included finishing effects based on UV gloss coating, inline embossing and cold foil transfer with the resource-saving options Web Splitting (enabling the foil web to be split into up to five ribbons) and Multi Foil Use (a turner bar system allowing the foil web to run through the impression gap several times). An automatic coating forme change and inline colour control rounded off the presentation. The production of packaging for hair colouring was followed by a plate and foil change, ready for the switch to perfume packaging. As a further highlight, micro-embossing effects were demonstrated in the second coater.
    Non-food packaging was similarly the topic for the Rapida 75: With its VariDry UV dryers, foundations raised by 225 mm, high substrate flexibility and inline die-cutting, the half-format press was able to show off its exceptional capabilities. It began with a football packaging job on transparent PET with partial opaque white, four scale colours and UV coating. A change of substrate (to 240 g/m2 card) enabled production to move on to a job comprising coloured tags. Among the various makeready processes, a die-cutting forme was mounted on the coater tower; with inline die-cutting active, only final blank separation is required at the post-press stage. Parallel to this, a six-colour Rapida 106 with coater and the new cold foil transfer system ColdFoil Micro could be seen printing pharmaceutical packaging.
    Further important aspects of the print demonstrations were fast ink changes (spot colours) and pile logistics. A Rapida 106 also supplied the visitors with match planners for the forthcoming World Cup tournament in Brazil. Overall, it can be concluded that KBA provided a comprehensive insight into the world of modern packaging printing, with high-performance technologies, a rich diversity of finishing options, and unique user-oriented product features.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    26.05.2014   EUROPAC REGISTERS A 2% INCREASE OF NET PROFIT     ( Company news )

    Company news The Administration Board of the Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.) has approved this morning the results for the first quarter of 2014, where a net profit of 4.30 billion Euros has been registered, 2% more than during the same period in the last year. The aggregate sales rose 3 % after standing at 267.06 million.

    -The net profit of the company in the first quarter of the year reached 4.30 million Euros
    -Aggregate sales grew 3% despite the impact of the energy reform in Spain and the weakness of the economy in the relevant markets
    -Consolidated EBITDA increased 3% up to EUR 24.07 million Euros
    -The results have been adversely affected by the impact of the energy reform implemented in Spain, which has had a negative impact of 3.52 million
    -Slight improvement in gross margin in the packaging in all markets with regard to the last quarter of the previous year

    Moreover, the recurrent and consolidated EBITDA increased 1 % and 3% up to 25.40 and 24.07 million Euros, respectively, while EBIT stood at 12.11 million Euros, 10% more than the 11.05 million registered in the first quarter last year.
    Enrique Isidro, Europac Group CEO, explained that "the results of the company slightly improve those obtained during the same period in 2013 in a macroeconomic context characterised by economic weakness in the key markets and an energy reform in Spain that had an impact of 3.52 billion Euros in the first quarter."
    In these circumstances, the company CEO underlined "the increase in net sales, the improvement of the margins from recycled paper and a slight recovery in the gross margins from the cardboard business line in all countries with regards to the last quarter of 2013, which have offset the impact of the energy reform compared to the first quarter of 2013."

    DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPANY'S BUSINESS IN 1T2014
    WASTE MANAGEMENT
    The waste management business line recorded an increase in volume of 14.1 % to reach 79,639 tons, which allowed to double widely the EBITDA in the first quarter of 2013 and increase integration level between recovered paper and recycled paper up to 38 %, compared to 34 % a year ago.

    PAPER
    Regarding the Paper Division, improving the efficiency of the Viana do Castelo kraftliner paper mill allowed to increase the sales volume by 4.6 % up to 91,310 tonnes. In this context, the decline in sales prices in late 2013 hurt the behaviour of aggregate sales and EBITDA, which fell 3.4% and 4.5% respectively. The price difference between recycled and kraftliner paper is below the historical average, which allows to foresee a correction in that regard.
    As for recycled paper, a margins improvement in all markets, which have increased from 3% to 14%, has resulted in an increase in EBITDA of the business, which recorded a figure of 8.43 million Euros, 384.0% more than in the first quarter of 2013. Despite this increase, the margin is still below the historical average of the product.

    ENERGY
    Regarding the energy production line, activity related to the production of paper, the impact of the energy reform implemented in the Spanish market implied a loss of 3.52 billion Euros in the first quarter. In this scenario, since mid-February the energy production is being managed to minimise the impact of the reform. In the Portuguese market there was a decrease in the volume of production and sales because of the maintenance shutdown at the power plant in the Viana do Castelo factory.
    Together, these two factors caused the EBITDA of the energy to fall by 59.0% registering 3.04 million Euros, compared to 7.42 million in the first quarter of 2013.

    CORRUGATED BOARD
    Finally, the corrugated board and packaging business line experienced a slight improvement in gross margin in all markets over the last quarter of 2013, but it is still below the levels of the first quarter of that year. The increase of the volume of production and sales is conditioned by the acquisition of Europac Cartonnerie de Bretagne the 1st of March, 2013.
    This improvement in gross margin and the increase in volume, together with the continuation of a fixed costs control policy, have resulted in an improvement in the EBITDA margin of 6.5%.
    (Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.)
     

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