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    28.04.2015   Pehlivanoğlu Kağit, Turkey, upgrades PM1 with PMT Italia    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia will supply a new SIZER FO Film Size Press with new Threading System and Pulper to Pehlivanoğlu Kağit for their PM1 in Çerkezköy, Turkey.
    The 2.850 mm wide PM1 produces Fluting and Test Liner in a grammage range of 75 to 200 g/m2 with a design speed of 1.000 m/min.
    The rebuild is planned for the end of 2015 and the new production will start at the beginning of 2016.
    This project represents for PMT a further occasion of confirming its constantly developed sizing technology as well as a new result of its growing position of preferred supplier in the Turkish paper industry.
    PMT is a global paper machinery producer, able to provide all paper suppliers with advanced and customized equipment, from headbox through winder, including integrated projects with basis or detail engineering of associated auxiliary systems.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    28.04.2015   emtec Electronic at the Zellcheming Expo 2015 in Germany    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 Process Optimization and Quality Assurance

    emtec Electronic GmbHwill attend the “Zellcheming Expo 2015” in Frankfurt/Main, Germany – the 110th Annual Meeting and Exhibition. From June 30th until July 02nd, emtec will be present at the exhibition booth no. C46.
    During the Zellcheming Expo, emtec will show a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction, to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the lab equipment FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic presents its Online measuring device FPO Fiber Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process and allows an immediate optimization of chemical dosage.
    The EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester delivers reliable predictions about the behavior of paper surfaces during glueing, printing and coating processes. With the innovative ACA Ash Content Analyzer it is possible to determine the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers of the paper within seconds. The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer measures objectively the softness and calculates the handfeel of tissue products.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    27.04.2015   Technology catches up with imagination at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki will showcase solutions to match at stands U5 and T11 in Hall 6 at Koelnmesse, Cologne

    Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, will showcase its latest collection of textile production solutions including a selection of flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printing solutions at FESPA 2015. FESPA 2015 will take place in Cologne, Germany, from May 18 to 22, 2015. Mimaki will be located in stands U5 and T11 in Hall 6.

    “We see two key growth trends for digital production methodologies: textile production - not soft signage, but fashion and home textiles - and an increasing volume of UV printing with both flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printers,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “UV printing is opening new markets with better quality and lower production costs and textile designers are discovering the benefits that digital textile design and printing offer. Technology is catching up with imagination, and it’s a very exciting time,” he continues. “FESPA is a major show on the Mimaki calendar; and our stand will be as big, bold and bright as ever, offering visitors ideas and tools that will allow them to stretch their creativity.”

    The FESPA mission: to boldly show …

    Mimaki textile-focused solutions on display at the show include:

    • Mimaki TS500-1800, ideal for furnishing fabrics as well as sportswear, T-shirts and apparel;

    • Mimaki TX500-1800, for printing on cotton, polyester-based materials, and other fabrics;

    • Mimaki JV300-130/160, a dye sub printer suitable for everything from garment marketing to fashion; and

    • Specialized solutions for latex print for wallpaper with six-colour printing including orange and green.

    Also on display will be the Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED flatbed printer that prints on a wide range of substrates from acrylics to metal, wood and stone; the Mimaki CJV150 and Mimaki CJV300integrated printer/cutters for a wide range of applications from signage to banners, stickers and canvas prints; and the UJF-3042 / UJF-6042 LED flatbed printers that offer unlimited production capabilities, particularly with its kebab option printing on cylindrical shapes.

    Also, the newest member of the Mimaki product family will be running at full speed at the show: the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutter. It offers both creasing and cutting and enables operations to create and deliver high quality, cost-effective designs - smoothly and quickly. This solution was recently debuted at Cosmopack receiving rave reviews.

    “As you can see,” Horsten adds, “our FESPA stand will have something for everyone, and we promise that visitors can let their imaginations run wild and we can likely keep right up with them. It’s a promising time to be in the industry, and we are enthusiastic to be able to share all of these capabilities with show attendees.”

    Printing what you preach
    Mimaki isn’t just exhibiting at the show; the company is immersed in the FESPA community. Mimaki will be participating in the FESPA Print Inspiration Rally project where an American school bus has been radically transformed into a fully functional camper with the banners and textiles produced by Mimaki. The initiative combines cutting edge print techniques from different market-leading brands with the aim of inspiring creative print applications for interior design. Horsten elaborates, “We print what we preach, it’s as simple as that. You can claim all you want, but at the end of the day, you have to deliver. When we heard about this initiative, we understood how cool it would be to show what we can actually produce. We hope observers will feel the same way and visit our stand or, at least, become more aware of the impact of print in their daily lives.”

    FESPA is like a box of chocolates
    In observance of its 40th anniversary, Mimaki will be hosting a Sweet 40th partner event on May 18th at the Lindt chocolate factory. Horsten explains, “Mimaki and Lindt - two leading producers of exciting goods! We felt that the Lindt chocolate factory was the perfect place to demonstrate how continuous research and development drives the sweet taste of success.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    27.04.2015   Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company's investment in a new technology at its Norampac – Cabano facility. This innovative new process – a Canadian first – is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips.

    This project – worth a total of $26M – represents a major advance in biorefinery development in Canada . Backed by a $10M investment from Natural Resources Canada's Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and an additional $4.4M from the Québec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, the Cabano plant will replace its current process – the production of sodium carbonate-based chemical pulp – with this new, more environmentally friendly and economical one that was developed in conjunction with a U.S. partner.

    This new process – the extraction of hemicellulose from deciduous woodchips – will replace the use of chemical products, which would otherwise have to be purchased, shipped and disposed of responsibly. Another benefit is the plant's reduced energy consumption, which will boost Cabano's competitiveness. The facility's reduced environmental footprint will position Cabano to offer products that are even more environmentally friendly.

    Hemicellulose, a natural polymer found in plant cell walls, presents myriad opportunities ranging from power generation to biofuels such as ethanol, as well as the production of natural sugar-based value-added products.

    "Cascades is once again pleased with this pioneering achievement in the areas of innovation and sustainable development, especially within the four walls of one of its original facilities," declared Mario Plourde , President and Chief Executive Officer. "This project represents a unique advance in biorefinery technological development. This new process will enable improvements in the efficiency and competitiveness of our Cabano plant's current corrugated paper production process, thus making existing jobs more secure."

    "This investment is another example of how our government is helping Canada's forest industry bring innovative, high-value products to the marketplace, increasing Canada's global competitiveness and protecting jobs in the local community," declared the Honourable Greg Rickford, federal Minister of Natural Resources.

    "This investment reflects the importance of the diversification of forest products for the industry and, at the same time, for various government jurisdictions. These are the kind of technological advances that will enable our forest industry to differentiate itself and that will also create prosperity for our regions," declared Laurent Lessard, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    27.04.2015   Sweco engaged for next generation bioproduct mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Sweco has been awarded an extensive assignment as part of pulp and paper producer Metsä Group’s major investment in Äänekoski, Finland. The end result will be the most efficient and modern bioproduct mill in the world. The value of the assignment corresponds to one year’s work for approximately 200 people.

    ”This bioproduct mill is the largest ever investment in the forest industry in Finland. As Sweco has met our high standards for energy and environmental efficiency and technical quality in the preplanning of the mill, we decided to continue our collaboration with Sweco,” says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy.

    Under the assignment, Sweco’s industry specialists and structural engineers will design and plan a new production plant for bioproducts and bioenergy. The key role played by Sweco to date includes calculating the cost and assessing the environmental impact of the project.

    ”Sweco is involved here in creating next generation bioproducts and bioenergy, with a clear focus on synergies and resource efficiency. The end result will be the most efficient and modern bioproduct mill in the world,” says Markku Varis (photo), CEO of Sweco Finland.

    Sweco’s work on the assignment will begin immediately and continue through late 2017. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in autumn 2017.
    (Sweco Industry Oy)
     
    27.04.2015   Market survey highlights advantages of paper sacks for cement fillers    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper sacks benefit from lower total cost and higher filling speed than polyethylene form fill seal sacks.

    Picture: 70% of questionnaire respondents considered the choice of sack system to be of high strategic importance and high spend.

    A recent market research survey conducted by Innventia AB, the Swedish research and technology organisation, has revealed that paper cement sacks offer considerable cost and efficiency advantages for fillers when compared with polyethylene form-fill-seal (ffs) sacks. Another key finding of the study was that choice of sack system is considered by the majority of fillers to be of high strategic importance and high spend. Generally companies buying products and services that account for significant spend and that are also strategically important are reluctant to switch to another supplier or system. A switch may take place but only after careful consideration or due to external influences, such as legislation, consumer or customer preferences, or taxation, over which they have little option or control.

    Comparable performance in the supply chain
    Although polyethylene sacks are perceived as providing greater strength and moisture resistance compared to paper sacks, the survey revealed that fillers find damage, product wastage and spillage to be similar for both sack systems. This finding is particularly interesting in light of recent LCA studies promoting polyethylene sacks which suggest they have a lower environmental impact due to reduced product losses in the supply chain. This assertion does not match the experience of fillers. This finding also suggests that paper sacks are extremely fit-for-purpose and the greater strength and moisture protection offered by polyethylene is not required for the typical hazards encountered in the supply chain for cement.

    Paper is seen as advantageous from an environmental perspective
    The survey has also shown that environmental impact and environmental factors have limited influence over the fillers’ choice of sack or sack system. Nonetheless fillers recognise the paper pack system as advantageous from an environmental perspective noting that they are manufactured from renewable materials.

    Room for some improvement
    There are some areas where paper sacks can improve. As well as providing greater strength and moisture resistance compared to paper sacks, the study revealed that fillers perceive polyethylene as advantageous in terms of dust and cleanliness. Solutions for strong and moisture resistant paper sacks are already available, but along with dust and cleanliness these are important parameters for fillers and paper sack manufacturers can continue focus future innovation efforts in these areas.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    27.04.2015   FuturaGene's eucalyptus is approved for commercial use in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news This is the first genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus event to be approved worldwide and represents the most significant productivity milestone for the renewable plantation forest industry since the adoption of clonal technology in the early 1990’s. This approval also represents the beginning of a new era for sustainable forest management by enabling the production of more fiber, using less resources. Brazil is the first country to complete the development cycle of such a technology.

    The yield increase provided by the GM eucalyptus will provide economic, environmental and social benefits. The economic benefits include increased competitiveness for the Brazilian forestry sector. The main environmental benefits derived from using less land to produce more fiber will include lowered carbon emission through the reduction of distance between the forests and the mills, reduced use of chemical inputs and greater availability of land for other purposes, such as conservation and food production.

    Partners of Suzano Pulp and Paper’s outgrowers program, including small landholders, who have already benefited from the company´s best seedlings for years, will have access to the technology under terms of current contracts, which do not involve the payment of royalties.

    For Stanley Hirsch, FuturaGene CEO, the approval of this technology represents a breakthrough for the forestry industry: “Producing more wood without increasing the use of natural resources is a constant challenge for all industry players. We are very proud to have developed an innovative technology that is capable of potentiating forestry industry competitiveness while benefitting society as a whole”.

    FuturaGene’s yield-enhanced eucalyptus has been under development since 2001 and has undergone extensive biosafety assessment prior to submission for commercial approval. According to Dr. Hirsch, the company has several additional products at different stages of development in its pipeline. “This approval by CTNBio is an incentive for us to continue seeking innovative technological solutions that contribute for meeting the ever growing global demand for wood in a sustainable manner.”
    (Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.)
     
    27.04.2015   Valmet introduces new online tool for choosing optimal roll covers    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has launched a new and intuitive roll cover online tool in April 2015. This interactive application enables users to locate and select the correct roll cover for any paper, board or tissue production line roll positions, as well as for pulp drying machines.
    The new online tool will serve Valmet's customers even more efficiently by collating Valmet's entire roll cover and coating product range and presenting the products in one user-friendly view along with all related product information. You can find the application at www.valmet.com/rollcovers.

    Easily browse through the entire Valmet roll cover range
    "As an industry-leading roll cover supplier, we wanted to make it easy to search for and select a roll cover for each position. In addition to looking at roll cover options and qualities, this is also a quick way to open and download product datasheets", explains Samppa Ahmaniemi, director of Roll Covers at Valmet. The user-friendly online tool can be conveniently accessed even from tablet devices.

    Fit-for-purpose roll covers for all applications
    Valmet's roll cover portfolio contains a wide range of high technology solutions for all applications. For decades, Valmet has utilized the latest technology and research results in the development of roll covers. This work has resulted in modern roll cover materials and innovative coating solutions.
    Regardless of the paper grade or machine brand, Valmet offers its customers a comprehensive selection of roll covers to suit their particular needs. Valmet has developed long-lasting, compliant covers ranging from rubber and polyurethane all the way to ultra-hard carbides and ceramics. These materials provide excellent wear resistance and long, disturbance-free run times. As a result, mills can increase their machine efficiency, extend roll running times and reduce their maintenance costs.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    27.04.2015   AMACO specialized in the manufacture of tissue paper machines: Successful participation in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... the Tissue World exhibition

    AMACO Group participated recently in the Tissue World Exhibition specialist in tissue paper,machinery, and equipment sector, which was held in Barcelona, Spain.

    AMACO team (photo), who participated in the exhibition, includes a large number of different disciplines, including sales, marketing and technical sections of directors, led by the company's president, Ali Mahmoud El Abdallah. The team was accompanied during the show with Mr. Bruno Zaher, the consultant of the Minister of Economy and Trade of the Lebanon who represented the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade.

    The company presented through their participation in this exhibition range from the latest innovations in the field of tissue paper industry. It also showedthe advanced technologies that have contributed to the modernization of the development of the hygienic tissue paperindustry, which has become a distinction in the international markets.
    It also hosted in its booth a large number of customers from different countries of the world, as well as specialists and stakeholders and experts from the international paper industry.

    On the occasion of their participation in the exhibition, AMACO hosted a dinner for the official authorities who participated in this event,in addition to groups of representatives of major companies specialized in the Tissue Paper Industry.

    During the ceremony, the company's president, Ali Mahmoud El Abdallah welcomed the guests and said that the dinner organized by AMACO conjunction with each session of the exhibition " Tissue World ,"which has become a meeting station for all those who involved in the tissue paper sectors in the Arab countries and the world.

    He expressed appreciation for the role played by companies on the level of development of the hygienic tissue paper sector, which enjoys an international level. Mr. El Abdallah presented an honorary shield to the organizer of the exhibition, and commended the efforts, especially they organized the event for the 12thyear at its respectively. He stressed that the AMACO eager to participate in this event every year, and it is continuing its efforts to develop technological capabilities and provide better services to its customers in the various countries of the world.
    (Amaco Group SAL)
     
    27.04.2015   Things are happening in one fell swoop: 3 premieres at the ACHEMA    ( Company news )

    Company news This year NETZSCH will present 3 product innovations at the ACHEMA in Frankfurt. The NEMO® progressing cavity pump has been re-engineered to the “full service in place” principle of the TORNADO® rotary lobe pump and will be introduced with a maintenance-friendly design. The successful TORNADO® rotary lobe pump is now available in additional sizes; in addition, NETZSCH introduces the new screw pump NOTOS® developed in Brazil.

    ACHEMA Frankfurt 2015, Hall 8, Booth C27

    NETZSCH is the first progressing cavity pump manufacturer who provides full access to all rotating parts of the pump; this establishes a benchmark on the market. After the FSIP concept of the TORNADO® caused excitement in the technical world and among our customers 3 years ago, the maintenance-friendliness for our NEMO® pumps was also redefined. NETZSCH defined the FSIP concept – “Full Service in Place” allowing the user of the pump to conveniently open the pump cavity on site and dismantle all rotating parts and simply install them again without having to remove the pump from the pipe assembly. This concept has now also been realised for the progressing cavity pump. The rotor-stator unit can be simply lifted out after opening the newly designed inspection cover on the pump housing. This significantly reduces the maintenance time and effort for the installer.

    The eagerly awaited smallest T.Proc® all-metal pump of the TORNADO® T2 family, used specifically for low volume flow rates in the processing industry, has recently been developed and is now available. What's more, the demand for larger flow rates in the environmental industry has not gone unheeded either. Up to 200 resp. 300 m³/h can be conveyed with the new T.Envi® 08/200 and 06/300. One machine is already being used successfully at a sewage treatment plant in Hall, Austria.

    Finally, NETZSCH presents a new development from Brazil from the Pomerode plant: The NOTOS® screw pump series. Completely new geometries ensure improved efficiency and increased pressure capacity. NETZSCH sets new standards with this design as well.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH)
     
    24.04.2015   Smurfit Kappa expands its corrugated packaging operations in the UK     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Inspirepac, a non-integrated corrugated, high quality print and display business in the UK from the Logson Group.

    Inspirepac is a private company with 279 employees, and operates two packaging plants and a further two erecting plants in the North of England. The transaction will further enhance Smurfit Kappa’s market leading position in the UK market, and build on our existing capabilities in the high quality print and Point of Sale market segments.

    The transaction will be completed for a consideration of £43.5 million and will be immediately earnings accretive. It is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015 subject to customary closing conditions. Based on 2014 EBITDA of £6 million and expected year one synergies of approximately £1.2 million, the Group will complete the acquisition at a post synergies multiple of 6.0 times EBITDA.

    Tony Smurfit (photo), COO and President of Smurfit Kappa Group commented: “We are delighted with the announcement of this acquisition and look forward to welcoming the Inspirepac team into Smurfit Kappa UK. They have built excellent businesses in many product and customer sectors which will add to our existing strengths, and support our continued drive to ‘Open the Future’ within the UK packaging market.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    24.04.2015   New KBA Rapida 105 PRO with improved kit and more automation    ( Company news )

    Company news With the Rapida 105 PRO KBA Radebeul announced a new sheetfed offset press in medium format at Print China which ran from 7 to 12 April in Guangdong. The new press takes its place in the top performance segment between the proven Rapida 105 and the high-end Rapida 106. Compared to the Rapida 105, which is still available, at 17,000sph the new press delivers a slightly higher level of performance in terms of production, a larger standard sheet format of 740 x 1,050mm, shorter makeready times thanks to more automation and a new, intuitive operating concept. Additionally, it offers more equipment flexibility and greater scope for customisation. KBA has named the new Rapida 105 PRO which is based on the Rapida 106 (up to 20,000sph) as the best in its class and sees excellent opportunities in the global market for this new press given its attractive price-performance ratio.
    Demands placed on printing companies in terms of technology have changed in recent years. Labour costs have risen around the world. The market for printed products is becoming smaller and competition tougher. Standard features which were satisfactory in the past are often no longer sufficient. This is why KBA has redefined the usual industry standards in medium format with the new Rapida 105 PRO.

    Fast and automated job change
    One of the Rapida 105 PRO’s key features is its full preset capabilities from the feeder, through the printing units to the delivery, something not to be taken for granted in this press class. Changing jobs thus becomes faster and easier. All of the settings at the feeder and delivery can be stored according to job type. When it comes to repeat jobs or orders printed on the same substrate the settings can be used for presetting the Rapida 105 PRO, saving time and waste.
    The new press’ high level of automation can also be seen in other places: automated systems for plate changing are available, such as semi-automatic plate change (change in every printing unit at the touch of a button) and automatic plate change (fully automatic change in all units in 2.8 minutes). The Rapida 105 PRO scores points when washing with the CleanTronic washing system for blankets, impression cylinders and rollers. Optional features include DriveTronic SRW (simultaneous roller wash), CleanTronic Multi (ink changes) and CleanTronic UV. “Fast Clean” enables the high-speed washing of rollers and cuts washing times from four to two minutes.
    The EasyClean ink duct’s non-stick coating greatly shortens cleaning times when changing inks. In addition, the ink ducts also do not have any expendable parts which need to be replaced frequently. As it is not equipped with a film liner, deviations when setting to zero are prevented and ensures that the ink zone settings can be reproduced precisely. The new press is equipped with Rapida inking units known for their fast response times and minimal start-up waste. This is in addition to the ability to uncouple inking units which are not currently being used, a feature greatly valued by many Rapida users. The Rapida 105 PRO also only runs those units needed, saving energy, washing times and washing agents as well as extending the service life of inking rollers.

    More equipment flexibility
    The Rapida 105 PRO is available with up to 10 printing units, perfecting as well as single and multiple coating applications and it can be configured for individual production requirements. Notwithstanding the benefits for commercial printing, it is equipped with a raft of interesting features suited to packaging printing. Along with possible kit for nearly all of the conventional types of coating available today, further features include an outstanding coating unit function valued by packaging printers when changing coating plates, setting the register at the console and the coater and when automatically cleaning the coating circuit or the hydro-pneumatic adjustable doctor-blade chamber. This is in addition to the option of non-stop systems in the feeder and delivery up to the integration in fully automated pile logistics.

    Special packages for special applications
    Microflute, film and lightweight paper packages or kit for in-mould film are available for special applications. The Rapida 105 PRO covers the entire substrate spectrum as it is able to handle thicknesses ranging from 0.04mm to 1.6mm. Moreover, its gripper systems do not need adjusting even when making extreme substrate changes which is an invaluable advantage considering the level of flexibility demanded by the market. Further special components, such as a reel-to-sheet unit, perforation and numbering unit, iris printing device or the KBA ColdFoiler, make the Rapida 105 PRO an extremely flexible, universal machine.
    The press’ maximum sheet format that has been extended by 20mm to 740 x 1,050mm benefits packaging and label printers in particular. In many cases an extra row of blanks can fit onto the sheet with the special formats 750 x 1,050 and 780 x 1,050mm. The “small measuring strips” option increases the practical usage of the printed format further.

    New, intuitive operating concept
    Rapidas have long been known for their ergonomic operation. A new, intuitive operating concept makes operating the Rapida 105 PRO even easier for printers. All of the press’ functions can be controlled via touchscreen with a maximum of two touches of a button. The Rapida 105 PRO’s ErgoTronic console no longer features a data entry keyboard. User-friendly icons allow operators to easily change systems and familiarize themselves with this new press.
    The new JobAccess programme facilitates savings in makeready times of up to 50 per cent and new tools for setting up ink profiles reduce start-up waste. A job list with preview images and optimisation functions for determining the sequence of jobs speed up production changes further. Moreover, all measuring and control systems, such as KBA QualiTronic ColorControl, are available for the Rapida 105 PRO. The fastest control system on the market measures every sheet and inspects every tenth sheet. This system already carries out checks while other systems are still measuring.

    HR and LED drying also available
    Along with savings in waste delivered by the automation modules mentioned, the Rapida 105 PRO scores points in terms of energy efficiency with the VariDryBlue drying system. Energy consumption is reduced by up to 50 per cent as it reuses the hot air. The volume of exhaust air is also minimised. Energy is utilised and not simply “blown away”, an important contribution to protecting the environment.
    HR-UV or LED-UV energy-saving drying processes offered by KBA for all of its Rapida presses are also available for the Rapida 105 PRO and ensure fast post-press especially important to commercial printers. Additionally, LED drying leads to a longer service life of the lamps, minimal heat transfer to the printing stock, advantages in post-press and a significantly higher print quality on uncoated paper.

    Official launch in June
    High print speed: At 17,000sph the Rapida 105 PRO belongs to the high performers and outstrips many other sheetfed offset presses in this format class.
    The Rapida 105 PRO will be officially presented live in operation as part of an international open house at KBA Radebeul from 24 to 26 June. This new medium-format press series from Saxony has already been rigorously tested and is available for order today.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
     
    24.04.2015   Volga's General Director Mr. Dmitry Donchenko Has Made an Official Statement    ( Company news )

    Company news “Due to a global decline in newsprint prices, which have gone below the cost of production, and a rise in raw material (chemical pulp) prices, Open Joint Stock Company Volga has had to scale back the production and, starting from April 13th, shut down three paper machines to upgrade the production process”, said General Director Mr. Dmitry Donchenko.

    The goal is to change the raw material consumption pattern. Chemical pulp, which is seeing an excessive price hike, is to be substituted with additive-free thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) capable to improve newsprint properties and add some gloss to newsprint.

    To this end, Volga will build a new Thermo-Mechanical Pulp Mill, capacity 450,000 mt/year, which will satisfy the raw material requirements. When the TMP Mill is operational, the currently shutdown paper machines will be brought back on stream again. The upgrade programme will also include improvements to paper machine No. 8.

    At this moment, the preparatory works have been completed and the machine is ready to run on TMP furnish. The high-quality newsprint made by PM8 is in demand in foreign markets and accounts for 50% of Volga’s total output.

    Eventually, Volga is also going to expand the generation capacities of its energy complex (NiGRES) by another 60 MW necessary for the operation of the new TMP Mill.

    Dmitry Donchenko also noted that TMP is currently the best ecological alternative to chemical pulp and the conversion will help to improve the newsprint quality and substantially reduce the production cost. The project will enable Volga to maintain a competitive position in the international market, although will require significant investments.

    “I hope that the company employees will regard this forced shutdown with understanding. I would like to emphasize that only by modernizing the processes and facilities we can hold out through the difficult times of an economic downturn,” concluded Dmitry Donchenko.
    (Volga JSC)
     
    24.04.2015   BOBST equipment and services on show at Converflex 2015 and Bobst Italia Open House    ( Company news )

    Company news At the forthcoming Converflex exhibition, which takes place in Milan 19 to 23 May 2015, BOBST will present on stand Hall 2 - L11-M14 its comprehensive range of equipment and services developed to enable packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials printing and converting industries to achieve their objectives of efficiency, productivity and product quality.

    For flexible material printing and converting, gravure printing and laminating will be under the spotlight with equipment being shown both on the Converflex stand and at the Open House being held in Bobst Italia’s Technology Center in San Giorgio Monferrato 20 - 22 May. BOBST will also present the latest developments in flexo printing, coating and vacuum metallizing. These range from the latest configurations of the F&K 20SIX platform of flexo printing solutions, to the General vacuum metallizers, including the BOBST General Hawkeye pinhole detection system and the AlOx process for clear high barrier films, through to BOBST coating lines for a wide variety of applications.

    Of interest to folding carton packaging manufacturers will be the BOBST equipment developed specifically for this sector. Covering all aspects of the production process, BOBST designs and manufactures innovative equipment that directly addresses its clients’ business needs. The latest BOBST developments include the brand new EXPERTFOLD 145 and 165 folder-gluers which give true control of the litho-laminate folding processes. Also new is the NOVACUT 106 ER automatic die-cutter, which brings a new level of affordability and ease to the in-line blanking of folding cartons. Visitors will also be able to get information on the whole BOBST range, including the best selling EXPERTCUT 106 PER die-cutter.

    Also showcased will be the extensive BOBST range of services, designed to help users achieve optimum production levels, expand their capacity and succeed in their existing, or new, markets.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)
     
    24.04.2015   Valmet launches new IQ Process and Quality Vision solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet launched its next generation machine vision solution, Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision, at PaperCon 2015 event in Atlanta. The new solution contains the key elements of advanced process and quality vision system; Valmet IQ Web Inspection System and Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (photo). It features a number of new advanced solutions combined with high-resolution matrix-cameras providing the sharpest quality images that allows the pulp and paper producers to see the defects that have never been seen before.

    "Our process knowledge combined with spearhead machine vision technology now provides tangible benefits to pulp and paper producers. The solution optimizes both end product quality and line efficiency. It allows customers to increase machine speed while simultaneously reducing disturbances. It is not only the pixel size that matters, it is possible to really see the difference," says Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Valmet.

    The Web Inspection System detects quality defects and flaws across the entire width of the sheet, pinpointing any issues in real-time. The Web Monitoring System is designed to monitor production and web break events, seamlessly tracing them back to their root causes.

    Both functionalities have a common, simple and easy-to-use user interface. All Valmet IQ solution components are based on our extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry, and backed up by our expert services.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    24.04.2015   emtec at CIDPEX 2015 in China - Process Optimization in the Tissue and Nonwoven Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the “CIDPEX 2015” China International Disposable Paper Expo in Shenzhen, Guangdong in China from May 25th until 27th. The company will present different testing instruments at the exhibition booth no. 1R39M – together with Shanghai Forest & Paper Scientific Instrument – its representative for China.

    By the application of the different testing instruments the complete production process from the pulp to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.

    In the case of tissue and nonwoven production it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of base product after production and of finished products after converting. This can be realized by the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/ roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue and nonwoven production and converting processes.
    On Monday, 25th May at 3.40 pm, Mr. Alexander Gruener will explain all the possibilities to obtain an efficient production and converting process with the application of these devices in his presentation “Process Optimization from the Wet to the Dry End of the Tissue Production Process”.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    24.04.2015   ERPC Launches Call for Candidates for 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) launched a call for candidates for the 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards. The awards will identify projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe’s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling. Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony taking place at the European Parliament on 14 October.

    Now in their fifth edition, the awards are open to all entities based in Europe, including schools and universities, NGOs, national and regional authorities, companies and associations. “Recognising innovative paper recycling initiatives in Europe helps inspire others to copy good practices. I would really encourage all players involved in paper recycling to present their ideas and innovations and have a chance to present them in the European Parliament”, said Henri Vermeulen, Chairman of the ERPC.

    There are two categories for the awards: Information and Education, and Technology improvement and R&D. Eligible projects, initiatives or campaigns will be evaluated based on the following criteria: relevance and originality, achievements, possibility to reproduce the project and cost effectiveness. The winning entries will gain European-wide recognition as well as press coverage and increased visibility.


    An independent jury will judge the entries in each category, with representatives from the European institutions as well as civil organisations and NGOs. The initiatives may be ongoing or completed, but they must not have started before January 2013. All entries must be submitted by Friday 26 June 2015 before midday Brussels time.

    To apply please go to www.paperforrecycling.eu/recycling-awards. Should you need some inspiration, the website also contains information from past awards.
    (ERPC The European Recovered Paper Council Secretariat)
     
    24.04.2015   DS Smith is a 2015 Nestlé Top Supplier    ( Company news )

    Company news Nestlé Deutschland AG has, for the second time, awarded the best out of a total of 1,500 preferred suppliers on the German market. The criteria included responsible procurement, innovative ability, service orientation, cooperation and flexibility. The packaging and display strategist DS Smith is one of the Top 20 suppliers in Germany.

    Photo: Marco Hilpert, Strategic Account Manager (2nd from left), and Per Vinge Frederiksen, Managing Director (2nd from right), both DS Smith Packaging Division Germany-Austria-Switzerland, enjoy the award from Anke Stübing, Regional Head of Procurement (left), and Gerhard Berssenbrügge, CEO of Nestlé Deutschland AG (right).

    DS Smith Packaging delivers packaging and displays made from corrugated cardboard for various Nestlé brands, including Maggi and Nescafé. The Packaging Strategists of DS Smith take into account the entire supply cycle of their customers and this way always find starting points for the significant reduction of the complexity of processes. This allows them to increase sales, reduce costs and minimise risks for their customers. This also includes the fact that the company places a high value on sustainability. For example, DS Smith is helping to promote the Nestlé programme for responsible procurement.

    "Thanks to the outstanding commitment and creativity of all employees involved we have been able to once again be amongst the top 20 of around 1,500 preferred suppliers," says Per Vinge Frederiksen, Managing Director of DS Smith Packaging Germany-Austria-Switzerland. "Only with employees that use all of their knowledge and ideas and are highly committed it is possible to sustainably delight our customers. Our customer Nestlé Deutschland has been looked after by our Strategic Account Manager Marco Hilpert for years, who has very significantly shaped this positive development. To be included in the top 20 is a ground-breaking award for us and at the same time an incentive to continue to meet this level."
    (DS Smith Packaging Division)
     
    24.04.2015   Interim Report for Duni AB (publ) 1 January – 31 March 2015: Strong first quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news 1 January – 31 March 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1,046 m (921). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 7.3 %.
    -Operating income increased by more than 50%, from SEK 73 m to SEK 112 m.
    -Earnings per share, after dilution amounted to SEK 1.57 (1.09).
    -Improvement within all business areas with the exception of Materials & Services, where production of hygiene products was discontinued at the end of the quarter.
    -The net debt continues to decline thanks to a positive cash flow.

    Photo: Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni

    CEO’s comments:
    “The first quarter was strong and included a historic increase in net invoicing and operating income. Growth was recorded of approximately 14%, with net invoicing of SEK 1,046 m (921). Operating income for the quarter increased to SEK 112 m (73) and the operating margin strengthened to 10.7% (7.9%). The net debt at the end of the quarter was SEK 836 m.

    Since the beginning of 2013, the Company has enjoyed a positive earnings and sales trend. The improvement has been achieved through structural measures (acquisitions and divestments) and greater internal efficiency. During the period, we have also experienced a volatile currency situation, with a weaker Swedish krona having a positive effect on earnings, while an ever stronger USD has had a negative impact on our raw materials costs. With the closure of the hygiene products business, the structural effects will diminish during the second quarter of 2015. As from the third quarter, the structural effect will become somewhat negative compared to last year; the acquired Paper+Design will then have been part of Duni for more than 12 months, at the same time as the hygiene product operations will be phased out entirely.

    Delivery capability during the quarter was good and all business areas (with the exception of Materials & Services) demonstrated growth and an improvement in earnings compared to last year.

    In the Table Top business area, net invoicing increased to SEK 513 m (477). The quarter started relatively weak but followed up by a strong finish, among other things with an increased share of premium sales contributing to an improved product mix. Western Europe demonstrated solid growth, while sales in Central Europe and the Nordic region were in line with last year. Operating income increased to SEK 78 m (64) and the operating margin strengthened to 15.2% (13.3%).

    The Meal Service business area continues to grow faster than the overall market. Net invoicing increased to SEK 136 m (123) and operating income increased to SEK 2 m (-1). Strong growth in Central Europe, together with a successful focus on customized and environmentally adapted product concepts, has continued to have a positive impact on both sales and earnings.

    The Consumer business area continues to contribute to a significant increase in sales as a consequence of the acquisition of Paper+Design. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 276 m (157), while operating income improved to SEK 24 m (6). The operating margin strengthened to 8.6% (3.6%). Parallel with the acquisition, we are witnessing strong growth in Duni’s consumer operations. For example, certain important markets such as the Nordic region and Germany are demonstrating growth in excess of 10%, at the same time as our design initiatives are generally developing extremely positively.

    Within New Markets, Russia remains challenging, although a degree of stability was achieved during the quarter. Sales were initially weak, but the quarter closed with sales measured in local currency ending on the same level as last year. Sales for the business area as a whole amounted to SEK 47 m (43) and operating income increased to SEK 3 m (-3).

    Within Materials & Services, the manufacture of hygiene products ceased at the end of March and the coming quarter will include only very limited final invoicing. The process of consolidating continued production in Skåpafors is proceeding and the transition is to be completed in full during the fourth quarter of the year. Net invoicing for the quarter fell to SEK 74 m (120) and operating income to SEK 4 m (7).

    All in all, the quarter includes a series of improvements and the strong start to the year gives us good reasons to continue to invest in growth, attractiveness and efficiency” says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni.
    (Duni AB)
     
    23.04.2015   Christer Segerstéen resigns as Chairman of Södra     ( Company news )

    Company news Christer Segersteén (photo) is resigning from his position as Chairman of Södra after a total of 24 years on the Board. The Nomination Committee has proposed Lena Ek as new Chairman, and Hans Berggren as new Board member.

    Christer Segersteen will step down from the Board after 24 years. He was Vice Chairman for 18 years and Chairman for four. In 2015, he will turn 65.

    "I have spent many fun, exciting and challenging years with Södra. Södra is now moving forward, with a new Group strategy under new management. Although I will miss Södra, it's time for others to take over and it feels satisfying to hand over a company that is stable, profitable and financially sound."

    "The proposals that the Nomination Committee will now present to the AGM will ensure that the Board is composed of appropriate and highly competent members, who also represent renewal. Lena Ek has an extensive background in politics and has served on the Board of Södra for ten years. Hans Berggren has extensive experience in the industry, as well as in cooperative enterprises. Both are forest owners and members of Södra," says Nomination Committee Chairman, Tomas Andersson.

    Lena Ek has worked politically at municipal, county, national and EU levels, and serves on the Board of the Swedish Centre Party as well as the Party's Executive Committee. She was Minister for the Environment from 2011-2014 under the Swedish Alliance government and since the election in 2014, has been a Member of the Riksdag and Deputy Chair of the Committee on Environment and Agriculture.

    Lena Ek has been a member of Södra for many years, and owns forest properties outside Mönsterås where she grew up. She served on Södra's Board from 2000-2010. She was born in 1958, has a degree in international law, and lives in Valdemarsvik.

    "Södra is an important organisation and means a lot to us as members. Whatever forest owners do, they can always turn to Södra, and the value that Södra generates for us as its owners is fantastic. The forest and forest fibre have enormous potential in terms of new products and new markets. It is an honour to be recommended by the Nomination Committee," says Lena Ek.

    The proposed new Board member is Hans Berggren, President of the co-operative association Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter and its three subsidiaries Lyckeby Culinar AB, Lyckeby Starch AB and Kockens AB. The Group generates sales of SEK 1.2 billion and sells products to the paper and food industries. Hans Berggren was born in 1956, is an agronomist and lives outside Karlshamn.

    Anders Grennborg, 62, is resigning from the Board after 13 years, and Caroline Sundewall after five years.

    The proposed re-elections to the Board are Marie Hallén and Ola Hildingsson.

    Södra's Annual General Meeting will be held on 19 May in Växjö.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    23.04.2015   ESMA Celebrating 25th Anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news Creating new opportunities for members in the Industrial Printing Market & Oliver Kammann of K-Flow appointed as new Chairman of the Board

    ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, celebrated its 25th anniversary during this years General Assembly held in Mallorca on March 20th with the highest member attendance on record. In 1990, ESMA was founded in the UK as an initiative of several European screen printing suppliers who recognised the need for an organisation to represent the interests and needs of all manufacturers of screen printing machines, supplies and equipment. The initial goal of ESMA was to maintain the growth and potential of screen printing.

    Today 25 years later, the association is not only pushing the boundaries for screen printing in new applications and industries but the same philosophy is now also applied to digital printing to open up new possibilities. The graphics printing landscape is changing rapidly and Industrial Printing seems to be the hottest topic ever. ESMA has been the home for Industrial Printing for the last two decades with well-known conferences such as "GlassPrint", "Membrane Switch", "Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing" and in recent times also with new formats such as "Printed Interior Decoration", "The Inkjet Conference" and "Direct Container Print", all aimed at showcasing and promoting knowledge and possibilities for industrial print applications for screen, pad and digital technologies.

    Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA, says “The association has established its own identity in the broader printing industry. With its challenging goals of building conferences in specialised areas and promoting its innovative ‘Knowledge-Hub’ concept, ESMA has evolved into a unique player in the market.”

    From April onwards, the ESMA team has been expanded with Maciej Bochajczuk as the new Marketing and Communication Coordinator. As a full time employee, he will help to further develop ESMA's online and offline marketing activities. With his addition, the ESMA team has grown in the last eight years to four permanent staff members!

    The General Assembly recognised the achievements over the last 25 years and also looked forward to the challenges and opportunities that the very dynamic industrial printing market will offer.

    During the General Assembly ESMA presented its new Chairman of the Board, Oliver Kammann of the German software and consulting company K-Flow. At the same time the Board and Steering Committee announced two new members, Samuel Wagner of Sefar and Frederic Blancher of Encres Dubuit. The new Chairman of the Marketing and Communication Committee, Jeremy Spencer of Caldera, was also introduced into office. The Members of the Board of ESMA are aiming their expertise and efforts at delivering real benefit for all current and future ESMA members.

    Oliver Kammann, Chairman of ESMA, is excited that "ESMA's membership, served through its Board and Committee structure, represents an excellent cross-section of leading European companies from the screen, pad, digital and substrates industry. I am looking forward to doing my best to advance the cause of ESMA and to generate real benefits through our conferences and education programs for our members, their customers and the industry as a whole."

    At the time of the General Assembly, ESMA represents the interest of 65 member companies, a record high for the association. This year will see the return of two highly successful events with "The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC.com)" and "GlassPrint", but also the introduction of a new event, "Direct Container Print (DCP)" aimed at introducing packaging manufacturers and brand owners to the possibilities and benefits of direct to shape decoration of plastic and glass containers!
    (ESMA V.Z.W.)
     
    23.04.2015   Elwin Street Embraces Ricoh’s Digital Book Production at London Book Fair    ( Company news )

    Company news London publishing house Elwin Street has turned to Ricoh’s digital printing production technology to enable it to promote new titles at this years’ London Book Fair, April 14 to 16, Olympia.

    The collaboration sees Ricoh’s cut sheet digital presses used to print books on demand. It allows the ten year old independent co-edition packager with a prestigious international client base, to produce small quantities of offset-like quality books. This will help them more cost effectively market their new trade list as part of the Modern Books focus at the key three-day publishing event.

    Modern Books features illustrated, practical titles for mindful living, with healthy eating, parenting, active ageing and creativity being core categories. Titles printed by Ricoh’s digital cutsheet technology will include: The Vegetarian Year by Jane Hughes, endorsed by the UK Vegetarian Society; The Alkaline Cookbook by Dr Stephan Domenig and the Alkaline Cleanse, the follow up to the best-selling Alkaline Cure; Love, Aimee x featuring 50 original, creative desserts from Aimee Twigger’s kitchen, as featured on her popular blog.

    Silvia Langford, Director of Elwin Street, comments: “We are a packager of trade books, specialising in popular science and cookery. To date we have printed everything using offset print, so being able to print small quantities of our new titles before they are fully published was not always economically viable. However, since we met Ricoh at last years’ London Book Fair, we have found the possibilities their digital presses can open up very interesting. Their ability to produce books with high production values in very small quantities enables us to show our clients what new titles will look like. We expect this will help us to close more sales.”

    “At Ricoh we see Publishing as a significant opportunity for our digital print technologies,” comments Ricoh Europe's Business Development Director Graham Moore. “We are delighted to work with Elwin Street in this way. The flexibility that digital print can offer – especially for very short runs - helps publishers like Elwin Street take a more considered approach to their print production processes. With digital print they can agree run lengths that suits today’s demand and know there is the ability to produce variable quantities in the future.”
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    23.04.2015   MB Bäuerle presents a global novelty at the Achema    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Achema fair that will be held in Frankfurt / Germany from June 15 until June 19, the folding machine manufacturer MB Bäuerle will show for the first time two versions of its fold module for producing package inserts for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and packaging industry (Hall 3.1, Stand A11). Both fold units are available for integration into cartoning and packaging machines and as stand-alone folding systems.

    The leafletFOLDER NET 21 (photo) is characterized by its end-to-end automation. All major settings are made at the touch-screen display. Four automatic fold plates with integrated deflectors allow all common small folds down to a fold length of 15 mm. 16 types of fold are pre-programmed and can be recalled immediately - all other folds are freely programmable by entering the respective data. Fold rollers settings are also automated and even the code readers move to a defined position at the touch of a button. The computer control makes it possible to save the positions of the stops of fold plates, deflectors or the code reader and to set them again automatically when required. Thus up to 200 repeat jobs are exactly reproducible, which is of great use for small batches. The folder can be optionally equipped with professional scoring devices and a divert gate. A network interface permits the complex integration of the leaflet folder software into the control of the cartoning resp. packaging machine.

    Also for the first time MB Bäuerle will present the new leafletFOLDER 21. This fold module, which is driven by means of low-noise, almost maintenance-free flat belts, combines innovative technology with maximum efficiency. The swivel-mounted feed table offers excellent accessibility. The leaflet transport module is extendable and easily removable. The large read area allows the integration of all code reading systems as well as reading from top to bottom. The manual fold unit with four fold plates is easy to handle. As fold plate and dummy plate form a single unit, there is no need to insert additional deflectors. Even multilayer, pre-folded inserts can be processed reliably with the folder.
    (MB Bäuerle GmbH)
     
    23.04.2015   BASF introduces new anti-fake technology to tackle counterfeit crop protection products in China    ( Company news )

    Company news -Special color additive makes labeling unique and has now been integrated into all key product lines in China
    -Technology helps farmers keep food, feed and fiber safe
    -Next step of BASFʼs commitment to reduce illegal crop protection market globally

    BASF is leading the fight against counterfeiting in the crop protection market by investing in brand new anti-fake technology. In China the company is introducing an innovative product label that features an identification system developed by BASF and a local partner in exclusive collaboration. This technology will ensure that farmers in China can buy genuine BASF crop protection products.
    “Our new technology quickly proves the authenticity of BASF products and points out with clarity products that are counterfeited. We are committed to providing farmers with effective, innovative products that allow them to work in a safe environment and produce safe food, feed and fiber,” said Tracy Wu, Director Business Management Greater China, BASF Crop Protection.

    State-of-the-art technology, exclusively developed in collaboration with BASF
    The new technology, which has been developed by experts from BASF and a local labeling company in China, incorporates a special water mark into the product label that is invisible indoors but clearly visible in sunlight. In addition, the BASF know-how Verbund has created a special BASF color pigment to provide an additional unique characteristic that makes it even easier for farmers and retailers to identify genuine BASF products.
    The technology has already been incorporated into the BASF Cabrio®, Cabrio® Top, Merivon® and Cantus® fungicide product labels since March 2015. Beginning in 2016, it will be incorporated into the labels of other product lines, and the technology will be updated.

    Long-term commitment to reduce illegal products in crop protection market
    BASFʼs investment in China is one more milestone in the companyʼs ongoing global fight against counterfeit crop protection products. In other markets, like Brazil, BASF has also invested in a tailor-made device that helps its customers to check the authenticity of their purchase. The so-called DAF (anti-counterfeiting device) system consists of a seal containing a data matrix code and a modern bimetallic foil that can be applied to all product containers. Through directing a laser pointer to the bimetallic foil, BASF’s sales force and customers can identify the authenticity of the product: if authentic, the word BASF will be reflected. With illegal crop protection products making an estimated 9% of the total market, such solutions are of extreme relevance to Brazilian growers and further support to the development of sustainable agriculture.
    (BASF (China) Co Ltd)
     
    23.04.2015   Powerflute Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Powerflute Oyj ("Powerflute" or the "Group") announces its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2014. Powerflute is quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (POWR).

    HIGHLIGHTS
    · Acquisition of Corenso for cash consideration of €101.6 million completed in December 2014
    · Increase in dividend to 1.50 cents per share (2013: 1.35 cents)

    Results excluding non-recurring items
    · Revenues increased 16% to €150.1 million (2013: €129.4 million)
    · EBITDA from operating activities increased 20% to €20.9 million (2013: €17.4 million)
    · EPS increased by 17% to 3.8 cents per share (2013: 3.3 cents)

    Like-for-like performance
    · Revenues from Packaging Papers increased 4% to €134.4 million (2013: €129.4 million)
    · EBITDA from operating activities increased 8% to €18.7 million (2013: €17.4 million)
    · Operating profit increased by 7% to €13.0 million (2013: €12.1 million)

    Results including non-recurring items
    · Operating profit of €10.1 million (2013: €10.9 million) after charging transaction costs of €6.2 million (2013: €1.2 million) and gain on acquisition of €1.4 million (2013: nil)
    · Profit before tax of €8.6 million (2013: €10.0 million)
    · EPS of 2.2 cents per share (2013: 2.8 cents)
    · Net debt of €61.5 million, representing less than 1.5 times pro-forma historical EBITDA

    Commenting on the results, Dermot Smurfit (photo), Chairman of Powerflute said:
    I am pleased to report that 2014 was another successful year for Powerflute, with improvement in the underlying profit and earnings per share from our Packaging Papers businesses. We were delighted to complete of the acquisition of the Corenso group of companies in December 2014, and remain excited about the future potential of the business and expect it will make a significant contribution to earnings per share in 2015 and beyond.
    Packaging Papers has made an encouraging start to the year, with a good operational performance backed by favourable market conditions and exchange rates, resulting in earnings growth compared with the same period of the prior year. The new Coreboard and Cores segment is also performing well and good progress has been made with integration activities.
    Despite the increase in borrowings resulting from the Corenso acquisition, the Group continues to have only moderate leverage and a strong balance sheet and is well positioned to pursue opportunities for the development of its businesses as they arise.
    (Savon Sellu Oy)
     
    23.04.2015   Tieto Future Mill Workplace – building new ways of working    ( Company news )

    Company news In recent years, factories have been affected by many factors: from lack of resources, climate change and shorter business cycles to changes in user behaviour.

    Industrial Internet is integrating automation concepts where all areas are networked and can model and simulate not only all data generated within the company, but also external data. Subsequently, this data is incorporated into a holistic approach in the form of a decision support system, which assists employees with their daily decisions.

    This assistance occurs with the help of tools and technologies such as Google Glass or Kinect for Windows, an Xbox-like console for commercial applications that is controlled by voice commands or gestures. Once employees have logged on using the facial recognition software, it can be operated completely hands-free, even when wearing gloves.

    New technologies bring with them benefits for employees as well as synergies for the company. Employees are better prepared for meetings involving things such as shift handovers, as the information can be provided beforehand and the length of meetings is thereby reduced. Employees can also see all essential points at a glance and the information can be personalised and interactive.
    Industry transformation

    As automation, amount of networking machines and complexity of production increase, there are various effects on employees:
    -Focus shifts from processing standardised working procedures towards dealing with problems or exceptional circumstances
    -Different IT systems are increasingly used for transactions (information gathering, collaboration and communication)

    This in turn affects the underlying IT systems. It affects alerting, decision support, knowledge management, analysis of various solution scenarios and their impact, as well as IT-based employee cooperation.

    It is therefore necessary that an IT system of the future support the user with relevant decisions - whether through knowledge management or simulation of its effects.

    In addition, we see how communication and cooperation are integrated in the respective scenarios as a great opportunity to become more efficient.

    The goal of all initiatives is simplification. The employee must be able to make informed decisions quickly and in cooperation with others.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)
     
    23.04.2015   Valmet and Metsä Fibre finalized the order agreement for key technology to Äänekoski bioproduct mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Metsä Fibre have signed the agreement for the supply of key technology to Metsä Fibre's new Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland. Valmet announced the letter of intent of the delivery on February 13, 2015.

    Valmet delivery includes recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, lime kiln and a mill wide Valmet DNA automation system. The estimated value of Valmet's delivery, which includes only the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 125-150 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

    The construction of the bioproduct mill will start immediately and the production at the new mill is scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2017.

    "The bioproduct mill will strengthen Metsä Group's leading position in northern softwood pulp market and will improve our profitability. We have had long term and successful cooperation with Valmet which is a strong supplier of equipment of this scale," says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

    Technological innovations and important employment impact
    Valmet delivers leading technology for the Äänekoski bioproduct mill. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line and lime kiln will be the largest in Europe. All the equipment will have high energy efficiency.
    "Our gasification technology and recovery boiler maximize the use of bioenergy and makes the pulp mill totally fossil fuel free. Valmet delivers a modern gasification plant, where bark is dried and gasified to product gas which is then used as fuel in the lime kiln. The Valmet delivered recovery boiler has multiple high power features including patented heat recovery from flue gas to combustion air enabling the mill to sell outside 1.4 times more electricity than it needs for its own operation," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.
    Valmet's delivery for the bioproduct mill will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 250 man years, out of which half in Finland mainly in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Ulvila and Raisio.

    Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Metsä Fibre Äänekoski bioproduct mill
    The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Metsä Fibre's total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion and the mill's annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes.
    Valmet's delivery includes engineering, procurement, supply and construction management of a recovery boiler, a pulp drying line, a lime kiln and a gasification plant. The recovery boiler will have a capacity of 7,200 tds/d (tonnes dry solids a day). It provides steam to a turbine with 260 MW electrical capacity, which makes Metsä Fibre's recovery boiler plant the largest renewable energy production unit in Europe. The pulp drying line will have a trimmed width of 8.25 meters and a capacity of 2,700 Adt/d (air dry tonnes a day). The lime kiln will have a capacity of 1,200 t/d and will be operated by renewable fuel provided by 87 MW product gas capacity biomass gasification plant.
    Valmet's automation delivery includes an extensive Valmet DNA automation and process information system covering the entire pulp mill and Valmet IQ quality control system for the pulp drying machine.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    22.04.2015   Xerium Expands Huydura Family of Dewatering Wires for Twin Wire Presses and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Double Wire Presses

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched the Huydura family of dewatering wire technology for twin wire presses and double wire presses for pulp production. The innovative Huydura portfolio now includes three product tiers providing the industry’s most advanced pulp-making wire technology. Huydura AP, Huydura HD, and Huydura XL are specially engineered to provide optimum dewatering, sheet release, and durability at the highest pressure loads. Huydura is also available in endless and seamed versions for the most demanding applications.

    “Our machine clothing technology team is proud to unveil yet another step change in performance on these demanding double wire pulp press applications. Huydura has long been a benchmark for performance on these type presses and the newly expanded portfolio broadens the application scope to more machines and positions for the ideal combination of performance and life” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “We are continually pushing the technology envelope for more innovations to help our customers achieve new performance levels with reduced operating costs.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    22.04.2015   Design 'OSCAR' for ROLAND 700 Evolution    ( Company news )

    Company news Manroland’s state-of-the-art new printing press has been recognised in one of the world’s biggest design awards. The ROLAND 700 Evolution, launched at the end of 2014, is one of the winners of the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2015.

    The Awards attracted nearly 5,000 entries from 56 countries. The Founder and President of Singapore-based Red Dot, Professor Dr Peter Zec, said Manroland had showed “uncompromising competency and considerable courage.” “You have measured yourself successfully against the best in the industry,” he said in a letter to Manroland.

    The jury was made up of designers, academics and journalists from 25 countries who were impressed by the Evolution’s sleek and futuristic look and technology aimed at giving printers unprecedented levels of efficiency, operation and quality.

    Features include an ergonomic operating user interface with touch-screen controls, Direct Drive technology, and feeder, delivery and dampening units specially designed for high-speed production.

    Manroland’s CEO, Rafael Penuela, said: “We are naturally thrilled to have won this award. Printing presses are not usually recognised for their design. It’s a tribute to our team here in Germany who conceived, developed and launched the Evolution in just two years.”
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    22.04.2015   DS Smith leads corrugated packaging market with breakthrough HP digital preprint solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith has taken delivery of industry-leading digital preprint solution this month.
    Working in collaboration with HP to develop and deploy digital preprint solutions for high-volume corrugated packaging, DS Smith took delivery of the bespoke HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press in March 2015.

    The narrow-width press, which will print four colours onto the liner prior to corrugating, precedes the delivery of a wide-web machine – currently in development – which is more size-compatible with high-volume fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) corrugated packaging needs.

    The investment will enable DS Smith to deliver products to market faster, customise batches to support brand and marketing initiatives, deliver short and long print runs, and ensure consistent print quality.

    The HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press is installed at the Belper site, part of DS Smith’s UK packaging division, which has been chosen as the test site given its long pedigree of print innovation and will act as the digital preprint R&D centre for the company.

    This installation is a big step in DS Smith’s collaboration with HP towards deploying a high-volume, digital preprint solution, to meet the corrugated packaging needs of FMCG markets. DS Smith will also be the world’s first user of the HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press, HP’s recently announced wide-web digital preprint solution.

    DS Smith intends to lead the corrugated packaging industry with this game-changing technology.

    Stefano Rossi, divisional CEO for DS Smith, commented: “We invest in the latest printing technology at an early stage to ensure our customers have unrivalled access to the highest quality and widest range of printing techniques.

    “We look forward to developing digital alongside our other print processes; the combination of speed, quality and agility provided by our extensive range of printing options opens up many opportunities for our customers.

    “This is a big investment; it shows our determination to be at the forefront of technology, to lead the market and to continually enhance the service and support we provide to our customers.”

    HP looks forward to the DS Smith solution deployment in Belper. “We believe our HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press and the HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press preprint solution will provide DS Smith innovative new capabilities, and that combined with DS Smith’s vision and focus around quality and customer service will help us sharpen our packaging presses offering to the market,” said Eric Wiesner, General Manager for HP’s Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions division.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
     
    22.04.2015   Metsä Board increases white fresh forest fibre linerboard prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board announces a price increase of € 40 per tonne for white fresh forest fibre linerboards in the continental European markets, effective May the 11th, 2015 as consequence of the good demand in the recent months and a strong market outlook.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    22.04.2015   emtec at Future. Forum Paper in Austria - Process Optimization within the Paper, Board and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Tissue Production

    On May 20th and 21st, emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the “Future. Forum Paper” – the Austrian Paper Conference with trade show for pulp and paper industry in Graz.
    During the two days emtec will present different testing instruments by which the process from the production of the pulp to the conversion to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the process and delivers reliable and necessary information concerning the efficiency of chemicals in the process immediately.
    In addition to the wet end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production and of the finished product after converting. The EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester is one of the equipment for determining important paper surface properties such as hydrophoby and sizing as well as the porosity and pore structure, which have influences on the printability, coatability, and glueability.

    Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling.

    Another innovative device is one of the latest developments: the ACA Ash Content Analyzer. It allows the fast and accurate determination of the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the individual filler components of paper and board. It is a useful alternative to the traditional combustion method.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    22.04.2015   WWF's 'Environmental Self-check' - a free and confidential service for pulp and paper producers    ( Company news )

    Company news With the launch of the online Environmental Self-check, WWF provides an improved service to pulp and paper manufacturers globally for company internal usage. The five online steps to check the environmental footprint of pulp and paper brands can be filled out confidentially. The Environmental Self-check is a new feature of WWF´s Check Your Paper, a public database of brands with high environmental standards (checkyourpaper.panda.org)

    “WWF wants to offer an additional service to producers to support continual improvement efforts. With the Environmental Self-check we encourage companies to test their products with our method and verify their environmental performance. Companies can download their scores for company internal usage and discussions without any cost or obligations,” said Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Pulp and Paper Global Manager, WWF International “Of course we encourage them to also publish their scores subsequently, to show leadership in transparency.”

    The Environmental Self-check is based on a method which reduces the complexity of assessing the forest and manufacturing footprint of pulp and paper products. Previously called “Scorecard”, it was developed upon request by and with support of large buyers, and in consultation with scientists, NGOs and producers. The Check Your Paper method is already being used across regions and for different products. WWF now also encourages the use of the method in supplier screening tools, for example those of retailers and other large buyers of pulp and paper.
    The public Check Your Paper database has further a new focus on featuring pulp and paper products with high environmental standards and a low forest, water and climate footprint. As part of the improved Check Your Paper, WWF will offer more opportunities for transparent leaders in the sector to get public recognition for published brands. All third party audited brands will automatically participate in the Environmental Paper Awards 2016 which will be issued for Best Environmental Performance paper brands and the most transparent producers.

    Rod Taylor, Director Forests for Life Programme, WWF International said “At a time of increasing interest in supply chain risks worldwide, the Check Your Paper Method offers an opportunity for suppliers and buyers to work together to reduce their environmental footprint.”
    (WWF International)
     
    22.04.2015   Sale of SKG Solidboard and Graphicboard operations in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group announces that it has signed an agreement to sell its Solidboard and Graphicboard operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK to the Aurelius Group.

    The operations being sold have net assets amounting to €42 million, and comprise two Graphicboard mills, an integrated Solidboard operation consisting of two mills and four converting sites.

    The transaction represents a further progression of the Group’s stated objective to focus on its core business as a leading global producer of paper based packaging solutions and maximise long term returns for shareholders.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    22.04.2015   bielomatik focuses on growth sectors    ( Company news )

    Company news Restructuring under chapter 11 proceedings

    bielomatik focuses on the profitable growth sectors plastic welding and lubrication technology. The division paper converting machines shall be now sold acknowledging a difficult market situation.

    bielomatik is restructuring itself under chaper 11 protection. The county court of Esslingen agreed to the corresponding filing of the bielomatik management. The approximately 550 employees in Neuffen have already been informed during an employee meeting.

    This allows bielomatik to evade an impending insolvency and to continue being lead under the manufacturers own management team. The chapter 11 proceedings have only recently been adopted in German insolvency law. The business activities will be continued unrestricted; the company is still financially solvent.

    Simultaneously, standard insolvency filings have been initiated for bielomatik jagenberg, bielomatik’s subsidiary company, that employs 23 members of staff at Neuss/Germany. An employee meeting has been held there as well.

    The renowned restructuring expert Arndt Geiwitz of Schneider Geiwitz & Partner accompanies the filings as a trustee. Patrick Wahren has been appointed as the insolvency administrator for bielomatik jagenberg.

    “bielomatik is and will continue to do business with its customers and partners under the protective shield of chapter 11”, emphasizes the chairman of management board Alexander Wassermann. “We are able to fulfill all customer orders as planned. Moreover, we can and will pay our orders with suppliers.”

    Within the last years bielomatik has developed extensively the plastic welding and lubrication technology businesses. The company has positioned itself profitable and future-oriented regarding the technology, its products and innovation projects. The business is developing in these areas very positively and further growth is expected in 2015. “We also see a great deal of positive potential in the paper converting division that could enable synergies in another commercial context and that brings value to a potential purchaser”, says restructuring expert Arndt Geiwitz. “We will lead intensive sales negotiations”.

    Throughout the upcoming three months the company will establish a restructuring plan. If the creditors accept this plan, it will be implemented – in conjunction with a corresponding decision by the court. Wassermann promises an approach in close cooperation with the creditors, business partners, employees, the court and the trustees.

    The chapter 11 filing has no effects on the validity of employment contracts. All rights and duties persist. As a result, many employees have a secured salary entitlement for three months due to the so called insolvency substitute benefits during the chapter 11 proceedings.

    All foreign subsidiaries of bielomatik in Italy, Romania, the USA, Brazil, China, Singapore and Japan are not affected by these filings.
    (bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    22.04.2015   Latest news from PulpEye at ZELLCHEMING 2015 Booth C10 Halle 11    ( Company news )

    Company news At ZELLCHEMING 2015 PulpEye will present the full range of online analyser modules, including the brand new FWT fibre wall thickness, CrillEye and the Dynamic Drainage Analyzer, DDA 5.

    Fibre wall thickness is an important parameter and PulpEye is now introducing the world’s first technology for measurement of fibre wall thickness, the FWT module.

    CrillEye measures the amount of crill and it is now possible to pre-calculate the strength of the paper and board and hence to define the refining needed to optimise the amount of crill.

    PulpEye has launched the fifth generation of its Dynamic Drainage Analyzer, DDA 5 giving drainage values comparable to real drainage situations on modern paper machines’ wire sections.

    Looking forward to meet you at stand C10 in Halle 11
    (PulpEye AB)
     
    21.04.2015   Tests show that ifoodbag's carrier bag keeps food frozen for up to 24 hours    ( Company news )

    Company news Now serial entrepreneur Fredrik Wester is investing in the company

    Tests of ifoodbag's unique paper carrier bag started in 2014. The test period has now concluded and the results show that the bag manages to keep goods, such as foodstuffs, frozen and chilled for up to 24 hours. The product is thus fully developed, though at this point there is no product available on the market. Despite this, the company has received advance payment for annual orders from customers throughout the world. For the next phase, one of Sweden's most successful entrepreneurs, company leader Fredrik Wester, is coming on-board as part of Sweden's most exciting start-up company.

    It has been a long time since anything new has happened on the carrier bag front. Developments have stood still for many years – until now that is, with ifoodbag meeting the food industry's need for an intelligent carrier bag with the same production cost as ordinary food bags. ifoodbag's solution is a water-resistant carrier bag made of paper, with cooler and freezer functions which work for up to 24 hours, and is suited to e-commerce companies that sell foodstuffs online, as well as food shops. The fact that the test period recently concluded with exclusively positive results means that the product is now considered to be fully developed. The tests were conducted by independent experts at the Innventia research institute, and were performed both in accredited laboratories and with a number of well-established participants within the online-based grocery store segment which has resulted in customer orders with advance payments.
    The ifoodbag concept entails simpler and cheaper transportation of frozen and chilled goods, increased quality in foodstuffs and less need for additives. Reduced food waste is another positive effect, and the company hopes that the new product will be able to save food that would previously have been destroyed, in hot climates for example.

    "The bag achieved the expected test results and we have proved that the product works", says Karl Fallgren, CEO and founder of ifoodbag. "Despite the product not being available on the market yet, we have already noted massive interest, both nationally and internationally. We have even signed agreements with several customers and new investors are continually being added. I am absolutely delighted to be able to present the company's latest addition, Fredrik Wester".

    With the test period's successful completion, the ifoodbag is now entering a new phase. In conjunction with this, company leader and lecturer Fredrik Wester is stepping in as an investor and new partner. Fredrik Wester has been an entrepreneur since he was 16 years old. He has extensive retail knowledge, and access to a global network within the retail trade, having collaborated with companies including the e-commerce giant Amazon, among others.

    "This is a brilliant product that has the capacity to be massive", says Fredrik Wester, investor in ifoodbag and new partner. “The ifoodbag has proven everyone who thought a paper carrier bag could only ever be a paper carrier bag wrong. And instead of handing a customer a finished solution, ifoodbag has developed a product based on an actual need. We work the same way within the rapidly-growing world of digital games, where something new is happening all the time – and that's how you succeed in changing people's lifestyles".
    (ifoodbag AB)
     
    21.04.2015   Santasalo's Launches Quatro+ Planetary Gears Providing 30% Higher Torques and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... 200% Extended Bearing Life on Original Quatro Series

    Gear manufacturer, Santasalo, is pleased to introduce their new series of planetary gear units to the global industrial market. The new Quatro+ range (photo) offers higher torques without the requirement to increase the gear unit size or weight giving you more for your investment. In addition, an extended bearing life up to 200% higher than the original Quatro series, ensures enhanced availability of the gears and reduced operating costs.

    The Quatro+ series offers nominal output torque up to 1,427 kNm, up to 30% increase on the torque of the original Quatro series but with no change to the size and weight of the gear unit. Its advanced design brings Santasalo to the forefront of planetary gear innovation and can be highly customised to meet the requirements of a vast range of applications in many industries. You can view our Quatro+ movie here

    Santasalo will showcase the Quatro+, for the first time, at the 2015 Hannover Fair in Germany this April. Experts on the Santasalo planetary product range will be there to represent the product launch and provide experience and knowledge on both the Quatro+ and all other planetary gears offered by the business. The business sees this as a great opportunity for customers and other interested parties to learn more about the benefits of this new, highly innovative and cost effective product series.

    “Upgrading the power rating of Santasalo’s original Quatro series has allowed us to provide our customers with a new range of drives that fulfill the most demanding high torque application needs. With the Quatro + series, we can deliver very cost competitive drive solutions for, not only new machines, but as a replacement of existing Santasalo Quatro drives and competitor gear units. We are excited to launch this advanced technology to the global market for heavy duty planetary gear units,” said Pasi Jokela, Senior Vice President of Santasalo Capital Sales.
    (Santasalo Gears Oy)
     
    21.04.2015   Labelexpo Europe commits to Brussels for 2017    ( Labelexpo )

    Labelexpo The organizers of Labelexpo Europe have confirmed that 2017’s edition is set to remain at Brussels Expo in Belgium. Home to the biennial event since 1985, the decision was taken following a year-long venue research project.

    The results of this were presented to the Labelexpo Advisory Board along with the findings of a consultation of key stakeholders on a potential location change. As well as reviewing Brussels, other shortlisted destinations evaluated by site visits included Barcelona, Amsterdam and Stuttgart. Further venue options in Geneva, Madrid, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt were also researched having already discounted other locations based on their immediate suitability.

    Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series explains: “This is an important exercise for us and we routinely review the cities and venues we call home to ensure they offer the best value, facilities and experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. We carried out extensive analysis and considered each location’s individual merits based on transport, logistics, accommodation, hall layout and space requirements, infrastructure, venue services, timing and cost.

    “Feedback was received and reviewed from over 1,000 exhibitors and visitors and Brussels and Barcelona emerged as the two main contenders for 2017’s show. While an interest in moving to Barcelona was clear, there was more opposition to a location change expressed by those who preferred Brussels and it would have affected footfall. Brussels is also set to undergo a major regeneration project (called NEO Brussels) with the Heyzel Plateau site, where Brussels Expo is based, being redeveloped and its metro and tramway lines being further improved and extended.

    “Brussels is an excellent, flexible and accessible place to do business. With these redevelopment plans now in place, we will continue to work closely with our partners at Brussels Expo and Visit Brussels to facilitate our exhibitors and visitors’ needs to ensure they get the best possible experience at Labelexpo Europe.”
    (Tarsus Group Limited)
     
    21.04.2015   Commissioning of high-capacity pulping node in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of the project execution of stock preparation line reconstruction for the company Nikol-Pak, Uchaly, Russia, aimed at increasing output capacity up to 540 tpd, also a high-capacity pulping node was put into operation. Within the node six machinery prototypes delivered by the company PAPCEL were put into operation. The main part of the node consists of new type of pulper LCV-65 with nominal engine output of 710 kW. Also 2 pieces of periodical rejects separator PSN-40 with prototype screen shape are connected to the pulping node, through which the line achieves higher performance. The rejects from PSN are drained by dewatering drum prototype OBN-20 which replaced OBN-10 with lower output. A completely innovated type of spinning impurities ragger, which provides continuous tub cleaning, is part of the node. Optimal setting is able to increase the node performance high above the projected performance. At the same time, the spinning impurities ragger solution brings great savings in terms of reduced equipment wear off and lower energy consumption. Overall, the customer is highly satisfied with the pulping node operation as well as with the reconstruction of stock preparation line.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    21.04.2015   Walcher & Rees speed up their work with POLAR LabelSystem DC-11plus    ( Company news )

    Company news Walcher & Rees GmbH in Heidenheim is one of the leading suppliers of labels in the German-speaking region. By their own account, this 200-strong, family-run company produces nearly 16 billion labels each year. To successfully meet the growing demand, they have put the second POLAR DC-11plus Label System into service.

    Describing the strategy leading to the introduction of the POLAR machine, managing director Fabian Walz says: “When the economic situation at Walcher & Rees GmbH became more difficult in 2010, we decided to restructure the company". In this regard, attention focused on the five die-cutters which had seen better days and in the management's view no longer conformed to the level of performance which is both possible and necessary to achieve in today's market. The idea was that by deploying new units equipped with the latest technology the overall number of machines could be reduced whilst significantly increasing productivity.

    Close Cooperation with POLAR
    At just the right moment, while it was searching for a partner with whom to implement these ideas, the company received an offer from POLAR. The engineering company had presented the prototype for a new die-cutting system at drupa 2012 and was itself looking for a partner with the facilities for installing and testing the machine under production conditions. As many years of collaboration with POLAR in the field of cutting machines had seen nothing but positive results and since there was a feeling that the existing suppliers of die-cutting machines had fallen behind the Hofheim company both in terms of technology and performance, there was nothing to be said against the concept or to prevent Walcher & Rees from awarding the contract to POLAR.

    Many positive effects
    oday, production is arranged so that the labeling material is first cut into strips with a POLAR high-speed cutter. Two strips of labels arranged side by side are then cut into individual label stacks. These are separated and then transported one by one to the DCplus system die-cutter. After die-cutting, the label packs are automatically carried onto the BDplus single-head bander and banded together. Thanks to the revised processes, the DC-11plus today handles up to 24 packs per minute whereas its predecessor's peak was 16 packs per minute. As regards production at Walcher & Rees, this means that, depending on the order, up to nine million labels can be produced in one shift, whereas previously only six million was possible under the same conditions.
    A particular advantage in this regard is the machine's ability to cut two stacks at once. Walz: "We currently use the machine particularly for print runs in the tens of millions and we are extremely happy with it."

    Flexibility
    What managers also appreciate is the flexibility of the machine when it comes to formats and their uses. "We are now able to process hundreds of the most varied formats accurately and reliably with very rapid retooling," says Walz. The large table, which by contrast with the earlier models is significantly easier to load and can hold a pre-buffer of up to three layers, is a contributing factor, as is the fact that, compared with the earlier models, there is greater scope for adjustment, for example as regards tilting, rotating and distortion handling. Walz: "And, in this regard, we shouldn't forget the stability and construction of the machine itself. Once the production parameters have been set, the cut product is transferred smoothly and steadily into the die-cutting room to be further processed. You can practically let the machine run on its own."
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    21.04.2015   Valmet to supply key technologies for paper machine grade conversion to Kotkamills in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply key technologies for extensive grade conversion for Kotkamills Oy in Finland. The target is to convert the existing printing paper (machine finished coated paper, MFC) production line to produce high-quality folding boxboard and barrier board grades. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. Valmet delivery is a part of customer's total EUR 70 million equipment order.

    "Kotkamills is very pleased to have the know-how of Valmet's advanced coating technologies available for the important rebuild project from magazine paper to innovative packaging boards," says Markku Hämäläinen, CEO of Kotkamills Oy.

    Key technologies for grade conversion
    "Valmet delivers key technologies for the grade conversion to enable cost efficient and flexible production of recyclable and sustainable packaging materials. Our advanced coating solutions are a good fit for this demanding project," says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President of Paper Mills Sales and Marketing from Valmet.
    Valmet's delivery includes different kind of coating units, new center driven OptiReel as well as new OptiWin two-drum compact winder. The delivery also includes modernization of dryer section and calender as well as related automation-, air- and chemical systems. Automation delivery includes Valmet DNA machine and process control, condition monitoring and machine vision systems.
    The 5970 mm-wide (wire) machine will produce folding boxboard (FBB) grades in the basis weight range of 150 - 500 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 400,000 tonnes per year and the design speed 750 m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    21.04.2015   Metsä Group to build next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre has today made the decision to build a bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland in the area of the existing pulp mill. The construction work will begin immediately, and the mill is scheduled to be completed during the third quarter of 2017.

    The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. The total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion, of which 40 per cent will be equity financed and 60 per cent debt financed. The latter will include bank loans and trade credit. In addition, Metsä Fibre has received EUR 32.1 million as an investment subsidy for renewable energy from the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Metsä Fibre is owned by Metsäliitto Cooperative (50.2 per cent), Metsä Board Corporation (24.9 per cent) and Itochu Corporation (24.9 per cent).

    The bioproduct mill’s annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes, of which 800,000 tonnes will be softwood pulp and 500,000 tonnes hardwood pulp. The softwood pulp will be exported mainly to Europe and Asia. In addition to premium pulp, the mill will produce much more electricity than it will need, as well as tall oil and turpentine, among other bioproducts. All side streams from the bioproduct mill are planned to be utilised in the ecosystem that will be formed by various companies around the mill.

    The new mill will increase the consumption of pulpwood in Finland by approximately 4 million cubic metres per year, or approximately 10 per cent. The mill will use a total of 6.5 million cubic metres of wood raw material annually, which will mainly be sourced from Finland.

    “We have a very busy year behind us. During this period, we have determinedly advanced the project according to the original plan. The mill area has been prepared for the construction work, an environmental permit and other permits currently required for the construction have been obtained, the financing solutions have been agreed, and the main partners have been selected. Cooperation with the authorities as well as other parties participating in the project has been open and constructive,” says Kari Jordan, President and CEO of Metsä Group.

    “The steady growth in the demand for northern softwood pulp on the global market is the main driver for the investment. We aim to strengthen our leading position in this market, increase Metsä Fibre's business, and improve our profitability in the long term,” Jordan says.

    A significant impact on the Finnish economy
    After completion, the bioproduct mill will increase the annual value of Finland's exports by EUR 0.5 billion, and its income effect on Finland will be more than EUR 0.5 billion annually. During construction, the bioproduct mill's effect on employment will be approximately 6,000 jobs and when completed more than 2,500 jobs in the entire value chain, of which approximately 1,500 will be new. The mill itself will employ approximately 200 people.
    Approximately 70 per cent of the bioproduct mill's main equipment deliveries will be of Finnish origin. The detailed engineering work will require approximately 200 man-years, and 100 per cent will be of Finnish origin.

    Energy efficiency and low emissions used as design criteria
    Minimised emissions, low specific water consumption, as well as high energy and material efficiency have been the central design criteria for the bioproduct mill. The wood raw material used by the mill and all side streams will be fully utilised as products and bioenergy.
    The bioproduct mill will contribute to achieving renewable energy targets in Finland. The mill concept maximises the bioenergy to be sold and increases the share of renewable energy in Finland by approximately two percentage points. Furthermore, the mill will not use any fossil fuels. All of the energy it requires will be generated from wood. The electricity self-sufficiency rate of the mill will be 240 per cent.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
     
    20.04.2015   Distribute, mix and collect - The GEMÜ 553 distribution valve with modular body concept    ( Company news )

    Company news Modern and compact valve solutions are much in demand in plant engineering, for use in a wide range of applications. In addition to demanding requirements in terms of pressure and temperature, modular-style and expandable valve solutions are becoming increasingly popular. Through their adaptability to individual situations, a high level of flexibility can be achieved for a range of different applications with the modular GEMÜ 553 distribution valve.
    The GEMÜ 553 series consists of high-quality, stainless steel investment cast bodies that can be very easily connected together in series using a tried-and-tested seal system. In terms of actuator unit, pneumatically operated actuators made of stainless steel or plastic are available from the GEMÜ modular system. These can, depending on requirements, be used in combination with a widely varied range of accessories, such as electrical position indicators, combi switchboxes and/or pilot valves.

    Versatile application possibilities
    Thanks to the diversity of combination options, as well as the technical properties it possesses, the valve can be deployed for a variety of different processes. In this regard, it can be used in applications where an extremely wide variety of different media are distributed, mixed or collected. In particular, the GEMÜ 553 is ideally suitable for the distribution of cooling and lubricating fluids on machine tools. In the mixing function, media with different properties can be mixed together, such as hot and cold water. In the collection application, a same medium is guided in the back flow to a common outlet. In the distribution function, a medium is guided to a variety of different consumers. With the aid of a universal module, it is possible to integrate temperature and pressure measuring directly into the process. Furthermore, media can be separated along the pipe train. As a result, it is possible to control the flow of two media or types of media (e.g. liquid or gaseous) independently of one another via the same valve configuration.
    Thanks to the possibility of locking the individual connections in place in 90° increments, the valve arrangement can be ideally adapted to the most different of process and mounting conditions. Female threads in G1/2 and G3/4 are available for the connections. The module can be terminated at a desired point through separate connection and blanking flanges. The valve bodies are designed in pressure rating PN 25 and can be quickly and straightforwardly connected together via a threaded connection. When connected, the valve bodies are mutually sealed using O-rings.

    Visit us at the Achema:
    Hall 8, booth F4
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    20.04.2015   Reflex takes over drawing papers from Schoellershammer     ( Company news )

    Company news Two paper manufacturers strengthen the Düren location

    Only a few weeks ago, the tradition-steeped paper maker Reflex in Düren announced the takeover of a new business segment. As part of their new multi-tiered strategy, Reflex is to take over the production and products involving opaque drawing and artist’s papers from the Papierfabrik Schoellershammer, which is also based in Düren.

    Under the brand “Schoellershammer Fine Art by Reflex”, the papers, which are in high demand with artists and graphic designers, are to be provided by Reflex in future. In addition to the Da Capo, Duria, Durex brands, and in particular also the 4g brand used for airbrushing and calligraphy, all the types within the range of papers suitable for drawing and printing techniques are to be continued.

    “With this new business segment, we see an excellent chance to strengthen and develop our portfolio in addition to the existing Reflex paper products”, says Hariolf Koeder (photo), CEO of Reflex, about the latest takeover: “Of course, we are delighted that we have been able to make this initial, important strategic investment in our future business shortly after taking over the company”.

    The 230-year old family-run company Schoellershammer intends to set up a new paper machine by the end of 2016. In this way, the paper manufacturers wish to concentrate on the field of packaging as well as on transparent fine papers. The relinquishment of the opaque paper range to Reflex is therefore a natural development for Schoellershammer, in particular due to the close proximity of the two companies in Düren. However, the main reason for this decision was that Reflex possess the technical prerequisites for this business segment.

    “We are delighted that the continuity of our drawing and artist’s papers is secured for our customers at the same consistently high quality through Reflex. Reflex represents an ideal partner with recognised competence”, explains Alexander Stern, the Managing Director of Schoellershammer.

    The sales will be orientated both on the German-speaking markets and on the international markets in Europe and overseas. The continuity of the sales activities will be guaranteed through the reinforcement of the Reflex Team through experienced Schoellershammer competence.
    (Reflex GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    20.04.2015   Cultivating for Future Generations - Introducing GreenHarvest products    ( Company news )

    Company news A truly innovative offering that incorporates plant-based rapidly renewable fiber, such as bamboo and wheat straw, into trusted Kleenex® and Scott® Brand towel and tissue products.

    GreenHarvest products represent a pioneering approach to fiber sourcing that will transform the paper products industry.
    As a world leader in sustainability, Kimberly-Clark is paving the way – delivering innovative products along with the quality and performance that you’ve come to expect from our trusted brands.
    Today, in a resource-constrained, digital world, with fewer sources of recycled fiber, and the need to put less pressure on natural forests, it’s important to continue exploring new fibers.

    What is GreenHarvest plant-based fiber?
    It’s fiber, but it doesn’t come from trees. It comes from plants, such as wheat and bamboo.

    Fiber Sourcing
    Being first to market means forging new paths – developing new manufacturing processes as well as a unique supply chain to obtain wheat straw directly from U.S. farmers.
    There was no model for what we were attempting to do. So we built it ourselves – providing additional revenue to farming communities and utilizing an abundant plant source.

    Certifications
    All GreenHarvest products are third-party certified, providing assurance that they meet stringent standards of environmental leadership.
    - Meet EPA guidelines for minimum post-consumer waste content (towels 40%, bathroom tissue 20%)
    - Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified
    - Most are ECOLOGO certified
    We are always seeking new and innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
    (Kimberly-Clark Corp.)
     
    20.04.2015   Toscotec delivers a second tissue line to AMS BR Star Paper S.A, Portugal    ( Company news )

    Company news The italian leading paper machinery manufacturer Toscotec will supply a second tissue line to the Portuguese producer AMS BR Star Paper in its plant in Vila Velha de Ródão, in the east of the country. At the present, the mill already houses an AHEAD-2.0S line from Toscotec, with an overall capacity of 110 tpd, started up in 2009. The new machine will come on stream on third quarter of 2015.

    Toscotec’s “turn-key” project for TM#2 includes stock preparation plant for virgin pulp, AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine with Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-15FT, machine auxiliaries including hood and air systems by Milltech, electrification & control system, additional plants and complete engineering and erection activities. Machine speed will be 2000 mpm with a net trim width of 2820 mm and a daily production of 110 tons for the Customer Consumer and Away from Home markets.

    The successful cooperation between the two companies, demonstrated in the TM#1 project, as well as the Toscotec technology and its excellence and experience in complex “turn-key” projects worldwide, has been the decisional factor for AMS to choose once again the Italian company for this challenging project.

    AHEAD-2.0 line of tissue machines, the company’s best-of-breed range, represents the state-of-the-art for Toscotec technology and it’s designed to satisfy all production needs in terms of both the type of raw materials used and the quality of the end product. The best available technology and a flexible design with tailor made solutions, has been awarding Toscotec for more than 40 orders for AHEAD lines in the last four years, becoming so far the reference tissue machinery supplier in this segment.
    The ultimate concept affecting the AHEAD line, that the Company is expected to launch in the next IT’S Tissue edition, is PRODERGY.The new PRODERGY is the first tissue machine that unites top performance in terms of production and end product quality with maximum energy efficiency, as a result of the special configuration of the drying section. With a net trim width of 5600 mm and an operating speed of 2000 mpm and is fitted with steam heated hood by Milltech and the biggest steel Yankee ever built for tissue paper production. So far PRODERGY extends the AHEAD-2.0 line to the new horizon of production of tissue in a sustainable way.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    20.04.2015   Global Anilox Leader Announces Organizational Change    ( Company news )

    Company news Apex Group of Companies, in an effort to align their global operations under a single, unifying nomenclature, has made the strategic decision to drop “Group of Companies” from their name. Moving forward, the organization will be known both internally and externally as Apex International.

    “We want to ensure that our supplier partners, our competition and, most especially, our customers recognize our brand as being global in scale. We have 7 production facilities on 4 continents and sell anilox and metering solutions to customers in over 80 countries.” said Ken Ralton, President of Apex International. “The key message is that Apex customers, no matter where their operations are, can and should expect the same quality and same commitment to service excellence. Apex International is one company with a focus on supplying the highest quality, most technologically advanced anilox solutions in the world while also leading the industry with an uncommon commitment to the end to end customer experience. And we’re willing to prove it by open our doors to any customer that wants a first-hand look at what makes Apex International different.”
    (Apex International)
     
    20.04.2015   emtec at ANEX & SINCE 2015 - Softness Evaluation: An Introduction to the Nonwoven-Market    ( Company news )

    Company news The company emtec Electronic will participate at the “ANEX & SINCE 2015” in Shanghai, China from 13th to 15th of May. The event will be a combination of the Asia Nonwovens Exhibition and Conference (ANEX) and the Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition (SINCE). The company emtec will be present at booth no. V21 together with Shanghai Forest & Paper Scientific Instrument – its representative for China.

    At the exhibition booth emtec will present its TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which was developed for the tissue industry, but is also applicable in the nonwoven sector. The device allows the optimization of the production and converting process, the quality control from supplied products, and also the quality assurance during the production and converting process. Furthermore, the TSA can be used in the R&D to develop new products and to improve existing products.
    The TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/ roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the production and converting processes.

    More information about the device and its application will be given by Mr. Alexander Gruener in his presentation “TSA: A new method for Process Optimization, QA and R&D in Nonwovens Production and Converting.” on Wednesday, 13th May at 10:05 am.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    20.04.2015   Bekaert Solaronics installs two UniDryer® V3 and an Energy Recovery System ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... (ERS) at the Condat paper mill - Lecta Group, France

    Bekaert Solaronics has installed two gas infrared drying UniDryer® V3 systems on PM8 after coaters 1&2 at the Condat paper mill of Lecta Group in France.

    The investment is to significantly reduce the energy consumption and hence lower the operational costs. The UniDryer® V3 systems replace the existing electrical infrared dryers and are coupled to the hot air dryers by the ERS concept which uses the exhaust from the UniDryer® V3 as energy source for the hot air dryers.

    The combined infrared and air dryer UniDryer® V3 is a compact system in which high performance gas infrared emitters are alternated with high temperature and velocity air nozzles. The combination of these features results in rapid heating, a high evaporation rate and ultimately in better paper quality.

    Both systems are equipped with Gem12E emitters which have proven their excellent efficiency and reliability for the paper and board industry. Today, more than 7 000 Gem12E emitters have already been installed in manufacturing sites of the world’s major paper companies. Also the ERS concept is increasingly gaining interest because it significantly reduces the energy consumption of hot air dryers.
     

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