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    04.06.2015   WWF welcomes APRIL's new deforestation moratorium, careful scrutiny required on implementation    ( Company news )

    Company news WWF has welcomed an immediate moratorium on natural forest clearing, and new peatland development in an upgraded Sustainable Forestry Management Plan (SFMP 2.0) announced by pulp and paper company Asia Pacific Resources International Ltd (APRIL).

    “The enhanced Sustainable Forest Management Policy announced today is APRIL’s response to longstanding calls to quit deforestation by civil society groups. WWF hopes APRIL can fully implement this commitment considering its potentially positive environment and social impacts,” said Dr Efransjah, CEO of WWF-Indonesia.

    While optimistic, WWF is still cautious on APRIL’s full and strict implementation of its policy and intends to closely monitor progress in partnership with stakeholders such as NGO coalition Eyes on the Forest.

    Under the new policy, APRIL has committed not to acquire new land, licences or suppliers with plantations developed in breach of the forest safeguards in the policy. While APRIL has committed to no new clearing or draining of forested peatland, the policy allows development of degraded peatland to continue based on recommendations from independent peatland experts. The new policy includes a commitment to protect High Carbon Stock (HCS) areas identified in accord with the HCS Approach prescribed by the HCS Approach Steering Group.

    As a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC), WWF expects to continue working with other experts and civil society groups to support and advise APRIL in meeting its commitments and its transition to become a more responsible producer. WWF is also calling on APRIL to include more representation from civil society groups and to comission an independent review of its progress in implementation of SFMP 2.0. WWF urges APRIL to respond to and follow up all recommendations and inputs from SAC and key stakeholders in a clear and transparent manner.

    “This strengthened commitment by APRIL is an encouraging step along the pathway towards responsible and sustainable production. We call APRIL to always respect tenure rights of indigenous people and take serious efforts to resolve existing social conflict as they are committed to in this policy,” said Aditya Bayunanda, WWF Indonesia Forest Commodity Market Transformation Leader.

    “We will continue to work with other civil society organisations to monitor and assess APRIL’s compliance with its commitments.”
    (WWF – World Wide Fund For Nature)
     
    04.06.2015   A new flowmeter combines 3 devices into one saving costs    ( Company news )

    Company news ABB announces the launch of a new generation of swirl and vortex flowmeters that can measure volume, mass and energy flow in a single device

    ABB introduces a new range of vortex and swirl flowmeters. The new product series replaces the previous TRIO-WIRL devices. Both devices build on the advantages of ABB’s unique swirl flow measurement technology to deliver high accuracy, high reliability and ease of installation. Plus, the new devices offer numerous new innovations to save operational costs and improve performance.

    The new SwirlMaster comes as standard (FSS430) or as an extended version (FSS450). ABB’s unique swirl technology enables very short upstream and downstream piping requirements that save installation costs and enable high accuracy flow measurement in tight spaces. The FSS450 version features functions that are normally found in flow computers such as steam-power calculation - with and without condensation return - and the ability to receive signals from other transmitters for density, temperature, and pressure via an analogue 4...20 mA. The standard FSS430 omits the flow computer algorithms but provides an analog output with HART communication. Both models feature ABB’s universal graphical display (HMI), digital outputs - configurable as pulse, contact and frequency output and an integrated temperature sensor that can be added as an option.

    The new VortexMaster follows the same philosophy with a lower cost entry-level version (FSV430) for simple applications and the extended version (FSV450) that offers the same functions as SwirlMaster FSS450. Both versions are available in a remote design with a cable length of up to 30 meters/100 feet.

    While the measurement principle of the SwirlMaster is based on concentrical swirls which create pressure fluctuations in the medium, the VortexMaster works according to the Kármán vortex street with turbulences generated by a bluff body. Both series have a piezo sensor with multiple elements to register the measured signals and additionally the pipe vibrations with which the measurement signal is compensated. The sensor, transmitter and general set-up for both device series is identical for easy commissioning and spare part management.

    The new devices have significantly improved sensor response time. The reaction time for a change in flow rate is reduced from about 3-6 s to only about 1 s. At the same time the measuring ranges have been extended (depending on the diameter of the device), in some cases significantly.

    In addition, both models are equipped with advanced diagnostic and verification functions. This built-in system monitors device health through regular self-checks on the flow and temperature sensor, and the data storage and electronics. All
    diagnostic status messages are in accordance with the NAMUR directive NE107.

    Both devices also meet further NAMUR requirements like NE21 for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) or NE43 for current output and contact outputs. This makes both the new VortexMaster and SwirlMaster ideally suited for use in the chemical industry. Other ideal applications include those industries in which steam flows need to be monitored. For example, in power generation plants these devices have distinct advantages over other flow measuring principles.

    The simple and robust design of the devices features no moving mechanical parts and high accuracy with +/-0.50% of rate for the SwirlMaster and +/-0.65% (liquid) or +/-0.9% of rate (gas) for the Vortex Master. Both feature an available explosionproof design and stainless steel housing option.
    (ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)
     
    04.06.2015   Voith Group reports robust business development - 'Voith 150+' success program produces results    ( Company news )

    Company news -Group sales in the first half of 2014/15 rise, on comparable view, by a good 5 percent to €2.66 billion
    -Profit from operations up to €137 million, significantly better than last year

    The Voith Group's business has stabilized noticeably in the first six months of the 2014/15 fiscal year in an environment which remains challenging. Previously falling sales went up from October 2014 to March 2015 compared to the figures for last year, as adjusted for changes in the scope of consolidation, by a good 5 percent to €2.66 billion. This was reinforced by positive currency effects but also by strong organic growth in the Voith Paper and Voith Industrial Services Group Divisions. In contrast, orders received in the Voith Group were somewhat subdued following the perceptible pick up in orders last year: These decreased from €2.78 billion to €2.37 billion in the first half year. The reason for this decrease was primarily due to delays in the award of projects in the Voith Hydro Group Division and where delayed new projects are expected to be received in the second half of the year.

    Voith's operative earnings improved more than proportionately to sales thanks to higher Group sales and, above all, to the measures to improve efficiency initiated as part of the "Voith 150+" success program: The Group's profit from operations rose over the adjusted result for the previous year by 12 percent to €137 million. In contrast, as anticipated and announced in advance, the net result for the first half year was negative at minus €131 million (previous year: plus €30 million). This was due to planned special burdens arising from the restructuring measures under "Voith 150+". In total, these costs added up during the current fiscal year in total to an amount in the three-digit million range.

    The Group-wide "Voith 150+" success program sets the Group on course for sustained success in the future. The program focuses on the optimization of structures and processes as well as of the existing portfolio. In the first half year, Voith began streamlining its worldwide administrative functions as announced in February 2015 and initiated further capacity adjustments in Voith Paper in line with “Voith 150+”.

    In parallel, the Voith Group intensified its focus on engineering expertise for the digital age. An important step in this direction was not only its acquisition of a 25.1 percent stake in robot maker KUKA in November 2014, but also the decision to sell the Voith Industrial Services Group Division, which provides personnel-intensive industrial services. The preparations for the sale have been initiated in the meantime.

    "Business performance in the first half year has been encouraging, our measures to safeguard the company's sustainable future are taking effect," explains Dr. Hubert Lienhard (photo), President and CEO.
    All Group Divisions in robust health

    At €656 million, the sales generated by the Voith Hydro Group Division from October to March were slightly down on the very high figure of €668 million reported in the previous year. In a market in which only very few awards are given for major projects, the value of orders received was almost halved compared to the previous year to €376 million. This development cannot be projected for the full year, however, as several major projects are expected to be awarded for the second half year and, as a global market leader, Voith Hydro may reasonably expect to receive some of these orders as it has done in the past.

    Voith Industrial Services showed itself in good shape prior to the planned sale. Adjusted for changes in the scope of consolidation (the disposal of the DIW Group at September 30, 2014, the acquisition of Helix Systems at July 31, 2014), sales increased substantially to €555 million (€497 million) in the first half year, a plus of around 9 percent. Growth was mainly driven by the Automotive division.

    At Voith Paper the impact of the restructuring measures of the recent years became apparent during the first six months of the current fiscal year. Sales grew significantly by 15 percent to €776 million. Orders received by Voith Paper have also stabilized: In the first half year of 2014/15 the Group Division received new orders worth €699 million, just slightly lower than the figure for the previous year (€709 million).

    Voith Turbo just maintained its position from the previous year in a challenging market setting. Sales valued at €669 million were just slightly below the figures for the previous year (€682 million). Within this total, growth was recorded in the Commercial Vehicles and Rail divisions, while sales in the Power, Oil & Gas and Mining & Metals divisions were lower than in the previous year. The value of orders received of €733 million is again similar to the figure for the previous year of €742 million.

    Group forecast for the year as a whole confirmed
    Based on the business development during the first half year and given the persistently gloomy investment climate in important industries and regions, Voith confirms its outlook from December for the 2014/15 fiscal year, provided that the delayed projects are in fact awarded to Voith Hydro in the second half of the year. The Group reckons with sales at approximately the same level as in the previous year, adjusted for the changes in the scope of consolidation. This planning is based on the high orders on hand as at March 31, 2015 valued at €5.27 billion and on the expectation of an overall stable number of orders received.

    Following the significant improvement in the first half year, Voith now also anticipates an increase in its profit from operations for 2014/15 as a whole and expects the restructuring measures to have a further positive impact in the second half of the year. From our current perspective, all Group Divisions, including the Voith Paper Group Division affected by further restructuring, will post a profit. Despite the positive operative earnings performance, the net result for 2014/15 will, as previously announced, be negative owing to the special burden represented by high restructuring expenses.

    "The Group restructuring process is advancing well. The negotiations with the Works Council committees at all the affected locations have now been completed. This means that in the next few months the restructuring and portfolio measures announced in February will be consistently implemented. 'Voith 150+' will again put our company on track for sustained profitable growth. However, there is still work to do," comments CEO Lienhard. "We resolutely continue along the road to making Voith's core divisions, Hydro, Paper and Turbo, consistent technological leaders in the digital age. In the coming years, our objective will be to add specifically automation and industrial software competence to the Voith Group’s existing divisions and to amend our portfolio accordingly.”
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    04.06.2015   Metsä Board will be first to harness foam forming to improve lightweighting    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board, a leading European producer of folding boxboards and linerboards, is to start live testing of foam forming on a production scale at its Kyro mill in Finland. The company has already done extensive development work for years to commercialise the new technology, which is expected to result in considerable benefits to its customers.

    In foam forming technology, the water-fibre suspension is aerated with a stream of tiny bubbles. By using foam forming, the paperboard structure becomes bulkier, lightening the board's weight. In addition, fibres are distributed more evenly in the web, improving formation of the board and resulting in more consistent properties and appearance. On top of these benefits, the technology reduces the use of raw materials, energy and water, enhancing sustainability.

    “We have already seen that the technology works in a laboratory environment as well as on pilot machines,” says Mika Joukio, CEO of Metsä Board. “Following promising laboratory scale results and our detailed feasibility studies, we reached a decision to invest in further development of the technology on a production machine. Our target is to offer our customers even more efficient and ecologically sound paperboards in the future."

    Metsä Board is a forerunner in developing the foam forming technology. The company has been undertaking research as part of the Finnish Bioeconomy Cluster FIBIC’s research programmes which have been successfully scaled up together with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. Different phases of research and development have been accelerated through funding support from Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
     
    04.06.2015   DS Smith completes acquisition of Duropack    ( Company news )

    Company news On 31 May 2015, DS Smith Group completed the acquisition of Duropack

    Further to the announcement on 22nd May 2015 confirming receipt of unconditional competition clearance from all of the relevant authorities, DS Smith Plc, the leading provider of recycled corrugated packaging in Europe, is pleased to announce that it completed on 31st of May 2015 the acquisition of Duropack.

    Miles Roberts (photo), Group Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to complete the acquisition of Duropack, a business that is highly complementary to DS Smith’s geographic footprint and transforms our position in higher-growth South Eastern European geographies. We look forward to integrating the business into the DS Smith Group and are excited about the excellent opportunities for customers, employees and shareholders”.
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    03.06.2015   Mohawk Introduces Four Strathmore ‘Heritage Colors’    ( Company news )

    Company news Carefully curated palette inspired by colors discovered in the Strathmore Archives

    In celebration of the Strathmore fine paper brand, which represents 123 years of American craftsmanship, Mohawk is introducing four new ‘Heritage Colors’ within the Strathmore line.
    This carefully curated palette is inspired by four colors discovered in The Strathmore Archives, and represents four distinct periods in the history of Strathmore papermaking.

    The four new Strathmore Heritage Colors are Golden Olive, Pyro Brown, Dusk Blue and Riviera Rose (photo).
    Golden Olive
    This shade, originally called Olive, was used in the very first Strathmore swatchbook, released in the late 1890s. This particular shade of greenish gold has not been commercially produced since the turn of the 20th century. Golden Olive will be offered in both Wove and Grandee finishes.

    Pyro Brown
    Perhaps the longest-standing color made by Strathmore, Pyro Brown was first introduced in 1905 as part of a long extinct product line. This light shade of brown persisted as a staple shade for Strathmore through the late 1980s, and is being reintroduced in Wove and Grandee finishes.

    Dusk Blue
    First seen in a swatch collection dated 1935, Dusk Blue is a perfect blue-green balance, which is rooted in papermaking history, but surprisingly fresh. Dusk Blue was first introduced as a heavy felt finished paper and is being reintroduced by Mohawk in Wove and Grandee finishes.

    Riviera Rose
    Like Dusk Blue, Riviera Rose was featured prominently in the mid 1930s in a heavy, felt finish. This shade is very similar to the Pantone 2015 color of the year, Marsala. Like the rest of the Heritage Color collection, Riviera Rose will be offered in both Wove and Grandee finishes.

    “As further evidence of what’s old is new again, we’ve reached deep into the Strathmore Archives to recreate four timeless, iconic Strathmore paper shades that celebrate color, texture, and the enduring legacy of the Strathmore brand,” said Chris Harrold, Vice President of Business Development and Creative Director, Mohawk. “We’re thrilled to introduce the Strathmore Heritage Colors which pay tribute to historic shades, and yet will have broad appeal to a new generation of designers and fine paper enthusiasts.”

    Strathmore Heritage Colors will be available in two exquisite textures, a lightly toothy Wove and a genuine felt Grandee, and a variety of paper weights, including 80 text, 80 cover and 100 cover. The new colors will be included within a new and improved Strathmore Writing Text & Cover Swatchbook.
    Strathmore papers have been crafted to the same exacting standards since 1892. The original Strathmore paper swatchbooks date back to 1898 and were manufactured at the Mittineague paper mill in West Springfield, Massachusetts.
    Since acquiring the Strathmore brand ten years ago, Mohawk has continued to manufacture this iconic portfolio of papers at the company’s upstate New York paper mill.

    The thistle has been used as a brand icon since 1894 when Strathmore founder, Horace Moses, travelled to Scotland and became enamored with the blooming thistles found throughout the Valley of Strathmore. The beauty of his discovery made such an indelible impression that Moses adopted the Strathmore name and the thistle as the symbol for his craft.

    Of note, all four Strathmore Heritage Colors are reminiscent of colors featured in Pantone’s Fashion Color Report Fall 2015. Pantone Dried Herb is similar to Strathmore Pyro Brown, Pantone Marsala (2015 Pantone Color of the Year) is similar to Strathmore Riviera Rose, Pantone Oak Bluff is similar to Strathmore Golden Olive and Pantone Stormy Weather is similar to Strathmore Dusk Blue.
    (Mohawk Fine Papers Inc.)
     
    03.06.2015   Stora Enso utilizes Metso's valve know-how in its Varkaus Mill rebuild in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso will supply altogether hundreds of valves for Stora Enso's conversion of the Varkaus Mill fine paper machine in Finland to light-weight containerboard. In addition, Metso has carried out an installed base audit of its valves in the recycled fiber plant. The analysis ensures applicability and future performance of the valves in the rebuild. Metso also takes care of the spare part inventory services to the mill.

    The valve delivery contains Metso's Neles® ball valves, V-port segment valves and triple eccentric Neldisc® butterfly valves (photo) for on-off and control applications. The control valves are equipped with Metso's ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which have capability for advanced performance follow-up. They also allow predictive maintenance planning activities.

    In the installed base audit of its valves conducted in the recycled fiber plant in Varkaus, Metso analyzed the applicability of the valves for the plant's process and made recommendations for future maintenance needs. Properly scheduled maintenance activities with the spare part inventory services support mill availability, process performance and enhance risk control.

    "Stora Enso and Metso have a long-term relationship in the Varkaus Mill. We are pleased that Stora Enso counts on our expertise to meet their valve solutions needs. In addition to the valve supply contract, the results of Metso's audit ensure that they can utilize the existing valve equipment in the containerboard machine, and the necessary maintenance measures can be foreseen and scheduled. Our spare part inventory services ensure that critical parts are available for them. This will bring cost savings and will ensure optimum process efficiency," emphasizes Marko Lindeman, Sales Director, Pulp and Paper industry in Finland, Metso.

    Metso and Stora Enso have a long-term relationship. Metso's flow control solutions are contributing to Stora Enso's process efficiency at several plants globally.

    The order was included in Metso's first-quarter 2015 and 2014 fourth-quarter orders received. The values of the orders are not disclosed. The rebuilt containerboard machine is scheduled to start up during the fourth quarter of 2015.

    Leading flow control offering and service solutions to pulp and paper customers

    Metso has a long track record of delivering engineered performance and reliability to the pulp and paper industry. Metso is the market leader in control and on-off valves for pulp and paper customers globally - about 75% of the world's pulp flows through Metso's valves. Additionally, Metso is one of the leading suppliers of intelligent valve controllers.

    Metso has strong pulp and paper industry expertise in valve solutions, and its comprehensive value-added services improve customers' process efficiency. Metso's flow control offering and services for the pulp and paper industry focus on three main areas: solving technical and process issues, improving business performance, and managing a business area. Today Metso has more than 40 valve and field device service centers worldwide.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    03.06.2015   Confederation of Paper Industries Publishes its Annual Review 2014-15    ( Company news )

    Company news The Confederation of Paper Industries (CPI) is pleased to announce the publication of its Annual Review 2014-15 – Working Together for a Competitive Future.
    The Review highlights the issues that CPI has been dealing with on
    behalf of Members and reflects on key areas of activity in 2014 and into 2015.
    David Workman (photo), CPI Director General, believes that 2014 was the year when attitudes seemed to change. Notably, the Paper Industry was singled out by the Chancellor in his last two Budget speeches as one that the Government recognised as being in need of support. In written communications with the Treasury, CPI has received direct personal responses from the Chancellor himself.
    It is also worth highlighting CPI’s success in securing government
    compensation, worth a total of £23.5m in 2014, to address the Paper
    Industry’s competitiveness issues around the EU Emissions Trading
    System and the UK’s Carbon Price Support taxation.
    Energy remains a key cost for the Paper Industry, with internationally competitively priced energy critical for the long-term future of papermaking in the UK. Environmental issues tackled by CPI are also covered in detail, including the long awaited publication of the Pulp & Paper BREF. CPI has been actively involved throughout the process, working closely with the regulators and mills.
    The Review highlights the achievements in Health and Safety during the three years of the last PABIAC Strategy, which ended on 31 December 2014. It gives an overview of the new strategy – ‘Health and Safety – It’s more than just a paper exercise’ – which will be launched by Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair, Health and Safety Executive, at CPI’s
    Biennial Health and Safety Conference on 30 June 2015.
    A detailed summary of Packaging Affairs activity includes updates on regulatory matters, including food contact issues and the ongoing Corrugated promotional programme.
    A comprehensive review of the statistical data for 2014 with graphs is available, covering Consumption, Production, Recovered Paper Collection, Tissue Parent Reel Production and Shipments of Corrugated Boxes, amongst others.
    (CPI Confederation of Paper Industries)
     
    03.06.2015   Asylum – an installation created in an industrial setting     ( Company news )

    Company news In an industrial workshop in Strömsbruk in northern Sweden, multimedia artist Nils Olof Hedenskog is working up a sweat. Within six months he will create an installation that it is hoped will attract interest from many art institutions around the world. The raw material is paperboard and he is working with Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard.

    Photo: Artist Nils Olof Hedenskog is the artist in residence at Iggesund Paperboard and is working on an installation called “Asylum”. Over a six-month period in the industrial setting he is building six paperboard towers that will enclose a space which viewers cannot enter but only look into.

    “For me there exists a tension between the limitlessness of art and the fact that I am in a strict, production-oriented environment where everything is based on rationality,” he says during a break from his work. “I have six months to create something that represents this tension.”

    Iggesund Paperboard, which offered him the opportunity to be an artist in residence, has a long tradition of working with artists. When the company celebrated its 300th anniversary at the end of the last century, it asked the well-known Swedish painter Mårten Andersson to depict various aspects of its production process. For the past 15 years Inger Drougge Carlberg, a textile artist who has increasingly been working with paper pulp, has had a studio on site at the mill. And five years ago Iggesund challenged packaging designers with its Black Box Project, in which seven international designers had to fill a box of specific dimensions with contents that challenged the performance abilities of the company’s most successful project, Invercote.

    “We manufacture the basic material paperboard so we are a very long way back in the processing chain,” explains Staffan Sjöberg, who works at Iggesund’s Market Communications department. “Our own success is very dependent on all the creative people around the world who make fantastic things from Invercote. So of course we want to foster creativity both on the artistic level but also in the form of the innovations that our customers in the packaging segment put their heart and soul into.”

    He readily admits that the end goal of Iggesund’s creative joint projects is to sell more paperboard. But to attract attention in the creative world a company must step outside the traditional commercial pathways, dare to hand over control and see where external creative forces can take it.

    “It’s a balancing act,” he says. “In traditional business communications the aim is to control everything. In projects like this one you have to dare to give up control so that your efforts to communicate will hopefully reach further than those based on traditional methods.”

    In the industrial workshop Nils Olof Hedenskog is working on models of an installation that will be built of paperboard with a special structure. The aim is to present the installation at an exhibition in the summer of 2015.

    “I’ve worked with paper-based materials for several periods during my artistic career,” he says. “Now it feels terrific to be able to work with material from Iggesund, which has such strong environmental documentation.”

    His installation has the working name of “Asylum” and consists of six paperboard towers enclosing a space. Viewers can look into the space but not enter it. On the outside the towers are not coloured; their structure together with the lighting will create various nuances of grey. On the inside they are painted in fluorescent colours, which will create light that will radiate out between the towers and through peepholes.

    “I’m creating a reflection of the current situation in Europe – with hundreds of thousands of refugees who want to get inside but who most often only get a glimpse of what is inside Europe’s walls,” Hedenskog explains.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    03.06.2015   GAW Group buys back Voith shares in GAW technologies     ( Company news )

    Company news GAW Group is the new sole owner of GAW technologies.

    Voith Paper has handed its 35 percent share in GAW technologies GmbH back to the majority owner, the GAW Group Pildner-Steinburg Holding GmbH. The parties agreed to keep the purchase price confidential.
    „The organisational and market-related development of both groups of companies envisaged a merging of the corporate shares in one entity, which seemed reasonable to all parties involved. Yet the successful market presence that binds Voith and GAW will be continued in the future.“, explains Jochen Pildner-Steinburg, managing director of GAW Group, about the motives of the buyback.
    As of late the Styrian company had a business year in which all GAW enterprise areas were in the black, the group achieved a positive cash flow and an annual net profit, and exhibited an above-average net liquidity.
    (GAW technologies GmbH)
     
    02.06.2015   AVERY DENNISON® OFFERS MAJOR SERVICE ENHANCEMENTS ON DURABLES MATERIALS    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Avery Dennison® offers major service enhancements on durables materials. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR300)

    The Avery Dennison Durables portfolio for reliable labelling under extreme conditions has been upgraded with new service options across many materials. It means smaller inventories and lower costs for European label converters who are working in the automotive, electronics and appliance segments.

    Marco Fermo, durables segment director, Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, said that durables labelling can test any converter’s ability to deliver as promised: “We do everything possible to support converters with the technical challenges that come with durables labelling – backed up by our 80-year track record of innovation. Any projects require lower volume production runs, where service options can be critical. Our Fasson® EXACT™ and Fasson® Ready Width™ programmes are a first choice for many applications where precise widths or small order volumes are needed. Materials come directly from the manufacturer, for the shortest possible lead times.”

    The Ready Width programme enables low-volume orders at standard widths and lengths, while the EXACT programme offers precise roll widths to match converters’ slit patterns – eliminating end wasted roll remainders and offcuts.

    Both programmes supply rolls with a length of 1000 linear meters, so converters benefit from being able to convert without having to splice shorter rolls. 16 products have now been made available under the EXACT programme, and 19 products under Ready Width. Avery Dennison estimates that nearly 80% inventory reductions and up to 15% cost savings are achievable.

    Cees Schouten, Technical Director, Geostick Group commented: “Having the possibility to buy durables products at the exact width I need, and on a 1000lm roll, enables me to produce more efficiently and improve my stock management.”

    Marco Fermo notes that reliable end results are always the goal: “Whether you are labelling an automotive component, a sensitive electronics device, or a high visual impact point-of-sale label on a fragile surface, our specialists can help to choose and implement a solution that matches customers’ expectations and specifications, as well as image criteria. We have cost-effective, UL recognised choices for labelling a very wide range of durables goods, allowing converters to help brand owners meet regulations and safeguard essential product and security information.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    02.06.2015   BOBST Releases General K5000 vacuum metallizer Video Animation: Two Processes, One Machine    ( Company news )

    Company news As industry leader in the field of vacuum metallizing, BOBST is known for its new product innovations. Now BOBST has applied this innovative flair to a project intended to give people a unique insight into what happens inside of a vacuum metallizer. The result of this is the high quality animated video – “BOBST General K5000: Two Processes, One Machine” which provides something a simple video cannot - a glimpse into the heart of the machine.

    The animation provides a 360-degree view of the machine and clearly demonstrates how easily the BOBST General K5000 metallizer can be used for two processes without compromise; for coating both aluminium and aluminium oxide (AlOx) on to a wide range of substrates with high productivity. In addition to the robust BOBST Aluminium evaporation source, production can be switched simply at the touch of a button to AlOx deposition for high barrier transparent films.

    The BOBST General K5000 is specifically designed for the high output film manufacturers end market; a well-established machine in the polymer film industry it metallizes at speeds up to 1000 meters/min utillizing diameter rolls up to 1200mm and widths of up to 4850mm. The machine has several key features including:

    - Large diameter coating drum
    - Pump down times of less than 10 minutes
    - Instant changeover from Al to AlOx
    - Unique winding system
    - Eco mode – energy saving system
    - Low production cost
    - Suitable for the wide web market

    To find out more about the features and benefits of the BOBST General K5000, watch our animation – BOBST General K5000: Two Processes, One Machine (http://tinyurl.com/BOBSTK5000)
    (Bobst Manchester Ltd)
     
    02.06.2015   Catalyst announces major investment in Rumford mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) announced an investment of nearly $16 million in the Rumford mill in Maine, U.S. This is a planned second quarter investment that includes the company’s single largest maintenance expenditure in 2015.

    Approximately $11.4 million will be invested in various maintenance projects including upgrading the Rumford mill’s Recovery Boiler C, which involves completely replacing the 35-year-old generating bank. An additional $4.5 million in capital investments will be made in Q2 (with $1.8 million invested in Q1).

    The Rumford mill is exposed to significant seasonal energy cost fluctuations, and with record cold in 2015 resulting in higher than average first quarter energy costs of $3.0 million, this significant maintenance effort will maximize the overall operation and reliability of Recovery Boiler C, leading to improved energy efficiency and reduced energy costs to help mitigate future seasonal energy cost exposure.

    “Today’s announcement reflects the strategic investments we’re making in our recently acquired US assets to accelerate operational excellence improvements that will ultimately deliver enhanced performance and results,” said Joe Nemeth, President & Chief Executive Officer. “We expect to realize the benefits of this and other key investments in the second half of 2015 as we complete planned maintenance and capital work, and manage the significant costs we anticipated related to the integration of our US operations. With these and other costs behind us, our assets are well positioned to meet improving market conditions in the second half of the year.”
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    02.06.2015   Neenah Paper Reports 2015 First Quarter Results    ( Company news )

    Company news E.P.S. of $0.95 up 20% versus prior year

    v (NYSE: NP) reported 2015 first quarter results.

    First Quarter Highlights
    -Record operating income and adjusted earnings per share, driven by double-digit earnings growth in both segments.
    -Consolidated sales increase 1 percent (8 percent on a constant currency basis).
    -Earnings per diluted share of $0.95 up 20 percent compared with adjusted earnings per share of $0.79 in 2014. Prior year adjusted E.P.S. excluded $0.01 for restructuring costs.
    -Initial dividend paid at the previously announced increased quarterly rate of $0.30 per share.

    "Our businesses had a strong start to the year led by volume-driven growth in filtration and other technical products markets as well as margin recovery in Fine Paper and Packaging following last year's spike in winter energy costs. While the strong US dollar materially impacted our top line, effective cost control and lower input costs helped our teams completely mitigate currency impacts on the bottom line," said John O'Donnell , Chief Executive Officer.

    Quarterly Consolidated Results
    Income Statement
    Consolidated net sales of $228.2 million in the first quarter of 2015 grew 1 percent compared with $225.1 million in the first quarter of 2014. Growth resulted from volume gains in Technical Products, including the July 2014 filtration acquisition, improved selling prices and a higher value mix in both business segments. These items more than offset the impact of currency translation, which reduced sales by $14 million, or 7 percent, due to a stronger US dollar versus the euro.
    Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expense of $21.9 million in the first quarter of 2015 increased from $19.9 million in the first quarter of 2014. Higher costs in 2015 included ongoing costs for the acquired filtration business and timing impacts of certain other expenses.
    Adjusted operating income was $28.8 million in 2015 compared with $23.3 million in the first quarter of 2014. While there were no adjusting items in 2015, 2014 adjusted operating income excluded $0.3 million for restructuring costs. Higher income in 2015 reflected revenue growth and lower input costs in 2015 that more than offset increased SG&A and negative impacts of currency translation.
    Net interest expense of $3.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 increased from $2.8 million in the first quarter of 2014 as a result of additional borrowing in Germany in December 2014 that was used to repatriate cash to the US.
    The effective income tax rate of 37 percent in the first quarter of 2015 increased from 35 percent in the first quarter of 2014 primarily due to changes in the expected mix of income between tax jurisdictions.

    Cash Flow and Balance Sheet
    Cash provided from operations in the first quarter of 2015 was $5.1 million compared with $14.8 million in the first quarter of 2014. Lower cash from operations in 2015 reflected an increased investment in working capital, partly due to benefits in the first quarter of 2014 from changes in accounts payable terms, as well as higher accounts receivable as sales increased from year-end levels.
    Capital spending of $5.7 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $4.3 million in the prior year period. In addition to capital spending, cash uses in the first quarter of 2015 included repayment of long-term debt, dividends and share repurchases.
    Net debt (debt less cash) of $164.4 million at March 31, 2015 compared with $161.7 million on December 31, 2014 and $127.8 million as of March 31, 2014. Net debt increased versus year-ago levels primarily as a result of funding for a US filtration acquisition in July 2014.

    Quarterly Segment Results
    Technical Products net sales of $119.9 million increased 2 percent compared with prior year sales of $117.5 million. The growth in sales resulted from increased volumes (including the acquisition), a higher value product mix and increased selling prices, partly offset by unfavorable currency effects. Sales on a constant currency basis grew 14 percent (4 percent excluding the acquisition), led by gains in filtration.
    Operating income of $16.0 million in the first quarter of 2015 increased 17 percent compared with prior year income of $13.7 million, the latter which included $0.3 million for restructuring costs. Higher operating income in 2015 resulted from sales growth, improved net selling prices and lower input costs. These items were only partly offset by higher SG&A and currency impacts.
    Fine Paper & Packaging net sales were $101.4 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $101.5 million in the prior year. Sales reflected improved selling prices and a higher value mix offset by 3 percent lower volumes. While commercial printing volumes for core brands and retail sales increased, lower shipments resulted from timing of certain premium packaging orders and reduced sales of lower value non-branded products.
    Operating income was $17.4 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared with $13.3 million in the prior year. Higher income in 2015 primarily resulted from lower input costs, especially for energy due to last year's winter heating demand, as well as an improved price and mix of products sold.
    Unallocated Corporate and Other includes unallocated corporate costs and results from acquired non-premium paper grades. Unallocated corporate costs in the first quarter of 2015 were $4.8 million compared with $3.8 million in prior year period. Costs were higher in 2015 mostly due to timing of certain expenses. In 2015, sales of non-premium paper grades were $6.9 million, with operating income of $0.2 million, compared with sales in 2014 of $6.1 million and an operating loss of $0.2 million.
    (Neenah Paper Inc.)
     
    02.06.2015   Highest paper quality and production efficiency thanks to state-of-the-art web inspection at ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Chinese paper manufacturer

    Detecting the smallest defects at the highest speeds

    At the manufacturing plant for Guangzhou Paper CO., LTD., production managers decided to install an ISRA VISION web inspection system with the capability to identify and classify relevant quality defects with the highest degree of reliability. The goal is to ensure that the highest quality demands are met at the fastest possible production speeds. Only an integrated automated inspection system can satisfy this requirements profile - and the only one that absolutely stands out with the technology required is offered by ISRA VISION.
    The Chinese Guangzhou Paper CO., LTD., specializes in the manufacturing and global export of a variety of different paper products.
    In order to continuously guarantee its customers the high quality they demand while ensuring the highest possible efficiency, the company made the decision to install a web inspection system on the paper machine PM1 line in Guangzhou. This machine, with a web width of 4,800 mm, produces newspaper and fine paper products that weigh between 45 g/m² and 70 g/m² at a web speed of 1,600 m/min.
    Guangzhou Paper CO., LTD. made the investment in a PAPER MASTER inspection system from ISRA VISION. It uses five cameras that support the maximum resolution and ensure the highest processing speeds. The inspection of surfaces in transmission is conducted with high-power LED illumination. Not only does the surface inspection system identify all of the relevant quality defects 100% of the time, but it also categorizes them as well.
    The crystal clear images of the recorded defects allow the PAPER MASTER inspection system to expertly categorize defects, providing the basis for a highly accurate quality inspection and defect documentation. With this in hand, the paper manufacturer knows exactly what kind of quality is being produced. The classifier teaching makes use of a similarity filter, making online inspection 1,000 times faster than that offered by any other system.
    The manufacturer Guangzhou Paper CO., LTD., placing great importance on using state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, chose ISRA VISION based on their position as the market leader in machine vision and as the only supplier to offer more than 30 years of experience in surface inspection and in producing web break monitoring systems. In addition, ISRA VISION systems are based on the most recent state-of-the-art technologies. The high-end inspection components are tried and tested, meeting the latest compliance requirements. The high availability of the inspection systems help reduce maintenance costs and require less spare parts.
    The PAPER MASTER web inspection system will now play a major role in ensuring that Guangzhou Paper CO., LTD. only produces the highest quality products at an above-average production efficiency. The resulting optimized processes supplied by the inspection system will significantly improve efficiency for the plant.
    (ISRA VISION AG)
     
    02.06.2015   Significantly improved efficiency: The new 900 series from Hoffman & Lamson    ( Company news )

    Company news With the "900" series, Hoffman & Lamson launches a significantly improved, multistage centrifugal blower to the market. Design optimizations result in an increase in efficiency of up to 8 %.
    The new "900" series was developed for optimum performance with directly coupled motors. Optimizations in the housing and the impellers result in an increase in efficiency of up to 8 %, and therefore significant energy savings.
    Compared to other models, it is possible to operate the blower without a gearbox, which considerably reduces the noise emissions of a system.
    The maximum compression pressure is 1.5 bar g. The "900" series is offered in 3 sizes with which a volume flow rate between 8,000 and 67,000 m³/h can be achieved. A large number of design options are possible here: Special coatings, alternative materials, oil and grease lubrication, special gaskets, coupling options and different drives. The multistage centrifugal blower defined in this way is then
    manufactured for the individual application and according to the specified requirements.
    The brands Hoffman® and Lamson® stand for the world's leading manufacturer of multistage centrifugal blowers. The blowers from Hoffman & Lamson are the ideal solution when processes require a uniform pressure, pulsation-free flow and oilfree operation. This property is extremely important for many processes in a broad range of industries, e.g. for the ventilation, extraction, conveying of gases and fine dust or in drying processes.
    (Nash – Zweigniederlassung der Gardner Denver Deutschland GmbH)
     
    02.06.2015   ANDRITZ to overhaul 14 large-scale pumps for water supply of Hong Kong    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: ANDRITZ is overhauling another 14 adjustable propeller pumps for the Shenzhen water supply system, Guangdong Province, China.

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has been awarded a contract for an extensive overhaul of 14 vertical adjustable propeller pumps supplied by ANDRITZ in 2002. The pumps form the heart of the water supply system in Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, which supplies drinking water to Hong Kong.

    In addition to a general overhaul of the 14 pumps, the life cycle of the shaft bearing is also to be extended by installing new bearing technology. Each pump has an impeller diameter of 1,950 millimeters and a power of 5 megawatts at the nominal head of 26.6 meters and the nominal flow rate of 15 cubic meters per second. ANDRITZ supplied a total of 16 pumps for the plant, two of which have already been successfully overhauled.
    (Andritz AG Pumps Division)
     
    02.06.2015   Three strong forestry events will form International Wood Biorefining Week 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Adforum, the world-leading organiser of trade fairs for the pulp and paper industry, and Elmia, whose fairs include the world’s leading bioenergy fair, have agreed to combine their previous fairs to create a strong and timely meeting place in the forest industry. Starting in 2016 the previous fairs will all form part of International Wood Biorefining Week, 24-26th May at Stockholmsmässan.

    International Wood Biorefining Week
    The three events included in International Wood Biorefining Week are International Pulp & Paper Week, World Bioenergy and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum.

    “The forest industry is experiencing a very powerful change in which synergies and integration between various sectors in the industry are becoming increasingly important. Our customers have long desired fewer, more multifaceted, bigger and, above all, more timely meeting places where the industry can meet relevant business partners and customers. Now we can finally offer them that” explains Marcus Bergström, CEO of Adforum.

    World Bioenergy has been organised by Elmia and its partner Svebio, The Swedish Bioenergy Association, since 2004 and has for ten years been an important marketplace for suppliers and purchasers of products, technology, services and expertise in the bioenergy sector. Last time the event was attended by participants from 80 different countries.

    Bioeconomy Innovation Forum is the event for new and innovative products from the forest industry. The focus is on bioplastics, textile fibres, nanocellulose, carbon fibre, packaging, biochemicals and wooden structures. Exhibitors at this event will encounter not only visitors from the forest industry but also from other manufacturing industries with an interest in biobased products.

    In 2016 the three events will be held concurrently in the same hall at Stockholmsmässan and the conferences will also be integrated with the events. The event will feature the latest trends in the meeting industry like match making, company visits and different social events.

    Other partners involved is the leading trade journal Nordisk Papperstidning & Biobusiness. Conference partners for the Bieconomy Innovations Forum are VTT and Innventia, both known for their knowledge in innovations based on forest raw materials.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    01.06.2015   Labelexpo India moves to new home for 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news The organizers of Labelexpo India have announced that 2016’s edition will take place at a new venue, the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida (Delhi NCR), from 17 to 20 November.

    The new venue offers numerous benefits to both exhibitors and visitors with improved infrastructure. The India Expo Centre is in a good location and boasts modern open plan exhibition space so Labelexpo India will be in one flexible event space, while its facilities and onsite parking are some of the other advantages brought by the venue change.

    Jade Grace, Labelexpo India event director comments: “We are excited about our new home for 2016’s show and future editions. Pragati Maidan had very limited availability for 2016 which meant the show would have been held too close to Diwali, so by moving to the India Expo Centre we have been able to secure much better dates for 2016’s edition. With the show set to be around 25% larger in the new event space, we are very confident that its more modern and central layout will enhance the show and provide a refreshed experience for visitors and exhibitors alike.”

    Exhibitors and visitors will be able to access all the information about the show including the new floor plan in the coming weeks at www.labelexpo-india.com.
    (Tarsus Group)
     
    01.06.2015   Creating Picture Perfect Colour Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Asahi Photoproducts customer open house focuses on cost and time savings secured by fixed colour palette printing

    Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, is partnering with specialists in fixed palette colour printing to showcase a plethora of technology advances at a customer open house.

    Being held in Brussels on September 28, the day before LabelExpo, the event will focus on the enhanced quality and cost and time saving benefits that fixed palette colour printing offers.

    “This is a great customer event dedicated for printers to demonstrate the sharp, vibrant and high quality results that are possible,” says David Galton, Sales Director for Asahi Photoproducts, “The print quality achieved by combining our plate technology with fixed colour palette printing techniques brings outstanding shelf appeal to packaging. Print consistency is crucial to brands’ ability to drive sales volumes by increasing visibility, reinforcing identity and ensuring volume turnover.” He adds, “Improved ink management also positively impacts production time and costs.”

    Akihiro Kato, Asahi Photoproducts Managing Director and Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager will welcome attendees before they enjoy the specially-designed, packed agenda.

    Aside from a detailed review of Asahi Photoproducts’ Fixed Colour Palette with AWP, a number of partners will present technological advances being made in their sectors and how they could enhance production and profitability for Asahi Photoproducts’ print shop customers.

    These include Esko and Apex Anilox highlighting the benefits of Equinox and Anilox, respectively, for fixed colour palette printing while Xeikon will focus on the benefits of laser technology. Other presentations will be from Lohmann Tape and Arets Inks. A plate demo and company tour will complete the day’s line-up of informative presentations and activities. For more information about Asahi Photoproducts Europe, visit www.asahi-photoproducts.com.

    To confirm attendance with the desired number of participants from your print shop company please email monika.d@duomedia.com. Seats are limited, registrations are handled on a first reply, first-serve basis.
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
     
    01.06.2015   FINAT Young Managers Club fosters sharpened business skills    ( Company news )

    Company news Reporting on the successful second YMC Global Congress

    FINAT’s Young Managers Club (YMC), a lively part of the European self-adhesive labelling association, reports on its successful second YMC Global Congress that was held last month in Slovakia. The Congress lived up to its ‘Climb to the Top’ theme by bringing together label industry participants in the ‘under forties’ category to help them sharpen their business skills to meet the challenges of a changing world. The 2015 YMC Global Congress once again took a very hands-on approach, combining a company site visit, workshops and panel discussion sessions.

    “This year’s edition of the YMC Global Congress was yet again a great learning opportunity. Even for those beyond the age of 40, it is never too late to change habits in order to become even more effective. The interactive, educational format of the YMC meetings, including the previous event in Poland, has set new standards and was one of the sources of inspiration behind the makeover of our primary event, which has now been redefined as the European Label Forum ,” comments Jules Lejeune, FINAT’s Managing Director.

    “It is always a pleasure to speak with people who are experiencing the same challenges as I, and to meet new young managers in our industry,” adds YMC President and congress chairman Dana Kilarska. “It is great to see people coming back to this event but, most importantly, it is great to see new young managers at these events, because this means that YMC is a strong platform for young managers in the labelling industry. We climb to the TOP!”

    An exciting and educational Congress programme
    A high point of the conference was the facility visit to the internationally-recognised Bratislava-based self-adhesive label converter Purgina, home Dana Kilarska. She and her brother, Radovan, are the second generation of young managers of a business founded by their parents in 1991. The company’s 80 employees offer a full-service design-to-print label capability to its customers, with a focus on labels for high-end wines and beers and spirits.

    The formal Congress agenda opened with a highly-effective workshop on core management principles: ‘Seven habits of highly-effective people’, given by Zoltan Demjan of leading global consultancy Franklin Covey. Mr. Demjan emphasized the fact that ‘we decide on our actions’, and showed how he had taken this concept to heart as a mountaineer, with major climbs and presidency of the Czechoslovak Mountaineering Association behind him. The Congress also featured an innovation workshop conducted by Dr. Jozef Kristak, Deputy Director of management consultancy IPA Slovakia. He defined a ‘thin’ company and the challenges achieving leanness involves – like experiencing the changes in customer requirements; attacks on costs, variability in order volumes and delivery times, etc., which complicate forecasting of customer needs and wants and require supplier flexibility.

    Highly valued by the participants
    The informal, yet highly educational approach of the YMC Congress is very much appreciated by the participants, as evidenced by comments from Rodolfo Hagmaier of Hagmaier Etiketten & Druck, who states: “As always, the YMC congress was a big success. I was able to take away many new ideas and impressions for our company. The conversations with YMC colleagues are very helpful for building up an overview of the market. It was great to go out with this wonderful group of young managers. And perhaps one of the most important things is that we all had a lot of fun!”

    Hank Guijtens of SPGPrints fully agrees, saying: “It was a great event to meet colleagues from the label business and get trained at the same time. The experience and the different perspectives of the people created a professional atmosphere and inspired new energy and ideas. I will definitely participate in this congress the next time.”

    “I was overwhelmed by the quality of the speaker list and of each individual presentation,” comments Leo Becker of Avery Dennison. “This was the highest concentration I’ve experienced of knowledge and expertise on a range of leading-edge topics by people who really know their subjects. Most highly recommended!”

    “The FINAT YMC brings together a group of young managers with high prospects. This edition in the beautiful Slovakian capital Bratislava was an excellent choice of venue in which to experience the potential of new possibilities on our business markets. I will be able to apply what we have seen and learned from these workshops in my day-to-day business. We should organise this event more than once a year!” adds Steven Minjauw of CERM Belgium.

    Filip Weymans of Xeikon, says: “This YMC was truly a great edition. The programme was the right balance between work and pleasure, allowing participants to get to know each other. The different workshops were focused upon personal development, perspectives of market development, and a hands-on exercise of practical day-to-day challenges in the production environment. As such, the event covered a broad spectrum, and that is exactly what a YMC Congress should do: expose people to the broad spectrum of business!”
    (FINAT)
     
    01.06.2015   Michael P. Doss Promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Graphic Packaging ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... International, Inc. and Appointed to Board of Directors, Graphic Packaging Holding Company

    Graphic Packaging International, Inc. (NYSE: GPK) announced the appointment of Michael P. Doss (photo) as President and Chief Operating Officer, reflecting an expansion of his previous role of COO. Mr. Doss has also been appointed to the Board of Directors of Graphic Packaging Holding Company. He will continue to report directly to the company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, David Scheible.

    During his 25-year career with GPI, Mr. Doss has held significant positions of both commercial and operational leadership. "Mike has led our Company's transformation into a global, pure-play vertically integrated paperboard and packaging company. He has successfully managed numerous international and U.S.-based acquisitions and significant divestitures," said Mr. Scheible. "Mike's deep industry and customer knowledge, business acumen and leadership skills well qualify him to take even greater responsibility for leading Graphic Packaging's continuing growth strategy in the global paperboard and paperboard packaging arena."

    Mr. Doss holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Marketing and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, both from Western Michigan University. He is also a graduate of Harvard University's General Manager Program.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
     
    01.06.2015   Grupo Gondi trusts in BOBST for greenfield Mexican site    ( Company news )

    Company news BOBST is to supply seven conversion lines for a greenfield site currently under construction by Grupo Gondi at Nava in Coahuila state, Mexico.

    The lines include state-of-the-art MASTERCUT die-cutters and EXPERTFOLD folder-gluers. The order reflects Grupo Gondi’s commitment to investing in innovative production equipment and its trust in the equipment and world-leading service support provided by BOBST. The new plant will also feature a 400 meter per minute corrugator from BOBST strategic partner BHS, which will be the first of its type in Latin America.

    Emilio Corti, Head of Sales for BOBST’s Business Unit Sheet Fed, said, "This deal is the continuation of a very long and successful business relationship we have with Grupo Gondi and proves that our advanced technologies meet in full the needs of high-end customers in North America."

    Grupo Gondi is the leading paper and packaging business in Mexico and the new plant is being constructed to supply the present and future packaging needs of manufacturers in the Coahuila, Mexico area, as well as those in the southern states of the USA. Grupo Gondi supplies specialized packaging to the CCC Brewery in Nava, Mexico, and is supporting Constellation Brands, Inc. by building its new plant very close to its customer. The plant will feature corrugated, litho-laminated, micro-flute and folding carton production with high graphics capabilities.

    Eduardo Posada, CEO of Grupo Gondi, said, "This investment in state-of-the-art BOBST and BHS equipment reinforces Gondi’s focus to respond properly and innovatively to the needs and challenges of our customers, and strengthens our commitment to efficient operations, innovation and the best service level."

    In a deal closed at the end of 2014, BOBST will supply two MASTERCUT 2.1 die-cutters complete with pre-feeders and palletizers, two VISIONCUT 1.6 PR die-cutters, two EXPERTFOLD 145 folder-gluers and an EXPERTFOLD 165. All four die-cutters feature the unique BOBST Power Register system which provides dynamic, non-contact registration of die-cutting to the print on the sheet. Power Register represents the leading edge of die-cutting technology and is of particular use for the conversion of litho-laminated sheets, which traditional mechanical registration systems struggle with.

    The three EXPERTFOLD lines represent the very latest in BOBST folding and gluing technology, the model having been launched just last year. EXPERTFOLD offers true control of each box as it goes through the machine, resulting in high performance allied to excellent final box quality. EXPERTFOLD also offers flexibility in the type and dimensions of the substrates that can be run. All three BOBST folder-gluers for Grupo Gondi’s new plant will be A2 versions, giving the client the ability to manufacture straight-line or crash lock cartons on any line.

    The 400 m/min 98" BHS corrugator is a volume line with end-to-end automation, designed for filling large orders and achieving maximum delivery reliability. It comes with the technology to corrugate and laminate preprinted material at high speed.

    Grupo Gondi’s Nava plant will be built in two phases, with the startup of phase one due in the final quarter of 2015. The eventual capacity of the plant is planned to be around 10'000 tons of corrugated and micro-flute packaging per month, and the company has set demanding efficiency targets of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) in excess of 80%. Achieving these targets is substantially supported by the choice of BOBST die-cutting and folding & gluing equipment, which is noted for its high productivity and uptime, which is in part due to the extensive support available to customers from the local BOBST service center in Mexico City.

    Emilio Corti, said, "As in the rest of the world, our customers in Mexico not only value the technology and productivity of our equipment, they also value the support we supply from our local service centers. We are able to deliver technical advice, spare parts and engineers very quickly because we have teams of people local to our customers. It’s part of our 360 degree support, which starts before they buy a machine and continues throughout its working life."
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    01.06.2015   Nalco Launches Next Generation of 3D TRASAR Technology for Cooling Water    ( Company news )

    Company news Nalco, an Ecolab company, introduces the next generation of its industry-leading 3D TRASAR™ Technology for Cooling Water, featuring an upgraded interface and more advanced processing capabilities to efficiently manage more complex cooling water systems.

    "With increased demands on the world's limited fresh water resources, today's businesses are continually challenged to achieve greater productivity by using less water and energy, and extending the life of production assets," said Pete Nassos, vice president of Marketing, Nalco. "The new 3D TRASAR Technology for Cooling Water platform meets the more complex water management needs of our customers."

    The 3D TRASAR system delivers the appropriate chemistry response to ensure a balanced, efficient and safe cooling system. Unique real-time monitoring, patented actives-based control technology, proprietary stress resistant chemistry and 24/7 information management capabilities detect, determine and deliver improved scale, corrosion and microbiological performance.

    The enhanced 3D TRASAR platform provides the web-based performance metrics and operational assistance necessary for greater control of cooling water systems and the processes they impact. Featuring a more advanced controller with higher processing capabilities and improved diagnostics, the solution can monitor more dynamic processes and key performance indicators (KPIs) to improve production reliability, reduce downtime, increase water and energy savings, and enhance asset protection.

    The new platform also is easier to use, with an improved user interface and navigation, seamless two-way communication and web-based monitoring and reporting. The System Assurance Center also has been expanded to effectively accommodate the more advanced monitoring capabilities of the new platform.

    First introduced in 2004, 3D TRASAR technology is now in use at more than 28,000 locations throughout the world. Since its inception, 3D TRASAR technology has helped businesses conserve more than 400 billion gallons of water.
    (Nalco Company)
     
    01.06.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with steel Yankee for Doubletree Paper Mills, USA    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed start-up of the PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue machine with steel Yankee supplied to Doubletree Paper Millsʼ Gila Bend mill in Arizona, USA.

    The machine has a design speed of 2,100 m/min and a width of 2.6 m. The Yankee is manufactured entirely of steel and has a diameter of 4.8 m.

    ANDRITZ supplied the tissue machine on an EPC basis, including the crescent former, the complete stock preparation plant, and automation systems.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    29.05.2015   Caliz - a new premium aseptic package    ( Company news )

    Company news IPI presents Caliz, the latest package innovation in the aseptic carton market. As a new premium shape with unique features, Caliz makes a strong visual impact from all angles, offering more ways to position and strongly differentiate your brand among competitors. With its ergonomic shape and attractive design, Caliz is projected to meet the changes of aseptic carton market that looks for superior and functional packages for today’s needs and tomorrow’s trends.

    A new premium shape in aseptic carton
    With a unique perceptive visual characteristic, Caliz gives you more ways to position and differentiate your brand on aseptic carton shelf.
    The new eye-catching shape is designed to meet the changing of market segment that looks for superior and functional package for today’s needs and tomorrow’s trends.
    A new business opportunity is here to be seized.
    A good taste, in a functional, long-lasting and distinctive premium pack.

    Caliz… Let’s make your product lovable!
    (IPI Srl)
     
    29.05.2015   Lecta Announces a Price Increase on CWF Papers Effective 1st July 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news The price increase by Lecta will range from 6 to 8% and will be applied on its 2 side CWF papers.

    The price increase will be effective in paper deliveries from first July 2015.

    This price movement is unavoidable to offset rising manufacturing costs, particularly for raw materials.

    Lecta sales teams are at our customers’ disposal to provide specific information on how the price increase will be applied on a country by country basis.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    29.05.2015   Pöyry awarded engineering assignment for Kotkamills folding boxboard machine project in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Kotka, Finland

    Kotkamills has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for engineering consultancy, laser scanning, 3D modelling, detail engineering and site services for the folding boxboard machine project at their Kotka Mill in Finland. The assignment is a continuation of the pre-feasibility services performed by Pöyry and it covers the majority of the required engineering services related to the implementation of the project.

    With a focus on environmental sustainability, this project responds to growing customer demand by introducing high-quality recyclable barrier board to the market. Unlike other generally used plastic-coated boards, the barrier board of Kotkamills can be recycled without any special measures. By converting the paper machine product to packaging boards, Kotkamills will secure its position as a globally significant manufacturer of forest industry products. Following the conversion into a board machine, Kotka Mill's capacity will be about 400,000 tonnes per year of folding boxboard.

    The conversion work is planned to take place during the second quarter of 2016. The board machine is scheduled to start up by the end of June 2016.

    "We are very pleased to be able to continue our productive co-operation with Pöyry, one of the few engineering companies who knows paper industry throughout and can fulfil the whole expertise portfolio needed in this kind of wide project with various innovative process parts", says Markku Hämäläinen, CEO of Kotkamills Oy.

    "This project is a continuation of the co-operation between Kotkamills and Pöyry. Developing long term partnerships is a benefit for both; client and Pöyry. We are proud to be a part of this innovative project that emphasises balanced sustainability, which is at the heart of our business. This project further strengthens Pöyry's position as the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy", says Nicholas Oksanen, President, Industry Business Group.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q2/2015.
    (Pöyry Plc)
     
    29.05.2015   Dr. Stephan Glander New Division President of BYK Additives & Instruments    ( Company news )

    Company news Dr. Stephan Glander (46, photo) has been appointed new Managing Director of BYK-Chemie GmbH, based in Wesel, Germany, and worldwide President of BYK Additives & Instruments, the largest division in terms of sales of the specialty chemicals group ALTANA. He will take up these roles as of July 1, 2015, succeeding Dr. Christoph Schlünken, who became a member of the ALTANA Management Board in November 2014.

    Dr. Glander brings many years of international management experience. With a PhD in chemistry and an MBA at Michigan State University, he held various management positions in major chemical companies such as Bayer AG. In his last role as Managing Director of the Engineering Plastics Division of Röchling, he had full responsibility for the Composites and Medical Plastics business units. Before that, from 2005 to 2012, he worked for Quadrant EPP AG in Switzerland as Business Line Manager Advanced Engineering Plastics and was later promoted to Global Director Marketing & Technology of the group.

    “I am pleased that we have gained a true industry expert with excellent technical and management skills for our largest business unit,“ says ALTANA board member Dr. Christoph Schlünken. “I am confident that he will continue the BYK success story together with our employees here.”
    (BYK-Chemie GmbH)
     
    29.05.2015   Raumaster Paper delivers the modernisation of four JR-1000 winders    ( Company news )

    Company news Raumaster Paper is a reliable partner with excellent knowledge in Winder rebuilds. We are also specialized in modernizing Winders of other suppliers. Through modernization we are able to maximize safety, usage and productivity.

    Raumaster Paper delivers the modernisation of four JR-1000 winders
    In 2012 – 2015, upon the request of a paper manufacturer, Raumaster Paper implemented the modernisation of four winders of type JR-1000 utilising the modular structure developed for modernising technology. Even one winder related accident is one too many, therefore manual processing of cores was changed to automatic. After the upgrade, the cores are brought to the winder manually from a core cassette from behind the safety fence to core magazines. The winding arms automatically lift the cores from the magazines. The safety logic also monitors the access gates and access ways.

    The winder modernisations also required that the logic was upgraded from S5 to S7F. The need for logic modernisation is quite common, as those found in winders that have been in use for a long time are so old that no replacement components can be found.
    The concept thinking of modernisations performed by Raumaster Paper also significantly improved the
    performance of the winders. Production volumes increased, because changing the cores was easier, and it was possible to run the winders faster.

    Another reason why the receiver of the modernisation appreciated this operational approach, was that Raumaster Paper was able to provide a good prognosis of the success of the projects in advance. Assurance of the technical goals of the project was of particular importance to the customer.

    Technical scope of deliveries
    Raumaster delivered the following modernisation packages:
    -Mill audits
    -Core magazines
    -Soft winding drums
    -Super heavy stations
    -Automatic core and end gluing
    -Slitter positioning upgrade
    -Automatic station positioning
    -S7 Control System with WinCC and touch screens
    (Raumaster Paper Oy)
     
    28.05.2015   Sappi to increase its European coated fine and coated mechanical paper prices     ( Company news )

    Company news Continuously rising input costs and consequently declining profit margins make corrective pricing measures inevitable as Sappi Europe’s business is unsustainable at current price levels.
    We are therefore announcing a price increase of 8% for all European coated fine and coated mechanical reels business as per the 1st of July 2015.

    The timing and extent of a price rise for coated fine paper sheets will be announced separately.

    Our customers will be personally informed by our sales managers who will provide them with any information they may ‎require.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    28.05.2015   FEDRIGONI ACQUIRES ARJO WIGGINS LTDA AND BECOMES THE TOP PLAYER IN ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...SOUTH AMERICA

    The Group strengthens its presence on South American markets, especially in Brazil, Chile, and Argentina

    Photo: CEO Claudio Alfonsi

    Acquisition price: approx. €85 million
    The Group’s 2016 turnover is expected to be about €1 billion, with 70% generated on international markets

    The Fedrigoni Group – a leading international operator in the production and sale of high value added paper, banknote paper, security products and self-adhesive items – is pleased to announce that it has completed the acquisition of 100% of the share capital of Arjo Wiggins Ltda, a Brazilian subsidiary of Arjo Wiggins and South America’s sole producer of paper for banknotes and security documents, and special graphic papers.
    A price of approximately €85 million was paid for the acquisition, of which €5 million will be payable in 2016 upon achievement of specific conditions and results.
    Arjo Wiggins Ltda posted turnover of approximately €70 million in 2014.
    In the first few months of 2015 the company confirmed a good economic performance, exceeding 2014 results.

    The acquisition of Arjo Wiggins Ltda further strengthens the Group’s presence in Brazil (where it has been on the market since 2009 with Arconvert Brasil, which produces and markets self-adhesive labels) and makes it South America’s top player in banknote paper, security products, special graphic papers, and self-adhesive items.
    The acquisition also achieves important synergies in all of the Fedrigoni Group’s core operations and further strengthens the Group’s position as world leader in the security products and special graphic papers sectors-products with high value added and high profitability that have achieved excellent growth rates, especially in South America.

    “This transaction is in line with the international growth and development strategy that the Group has implemented in recent years, and allows us to forecast 2016 turnover of over €1 billion, with 70% generated on foreign markets compared to the current 64%,” says CEO
    Claudio Alfonsi, who continues, “Thanks to this acquisition, the Fedrigoni Group is now South America’s largest player in the high value added paper sector. We are extremely pleased, because not only
    we have strengthened our position in Brazil, a strongly expanding market, we now have direct access to South America’s high valued added markets with special pressure-sensitive labels. Both recent acquisitions, the Brazilian one and GPA, our recent acquisition in the United States, have a good profitability - which will be further enhanced by our ability – and accomplish the strategic plan we
    presented to the financial community in 2014."
    (Fedrigoni)
     
    28.05.2015   Colbert Packaging Installs New Heidelberg Printing Press    ( Company news )

    Company news Colbert Packaging Corporation, a leading manufacturer of folding cartons, rigid paper boxes and paperboard specialty products, announced that a brand new Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 printing press is now fully operational in its Elkhart, Ind., manufacturing facility. The 40-inch offset press can print six-color processes and coat paperboard in a single pass – using both conventional and ultraviolet inks and coatings.

    The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 is fast. Not only was it built to run at speeds of up to 18,000 sheets per hour, but Colbert’s new press also includes some special features that increase production efficiency. The full logistic feeder package is one such feature; with it, the press quickly and easily performs load changeovers and enables continuous feeding. Automatic plate hangers also provide for rapid plate hanging; all six printing plates are simultaneously hung in only 90 seconds.

    “We wanted to achieve high efficiency, though certainly not at the expense of high quality,” said Bill Snyder, vice president of operations for Colbert Packaging. The Heidelberg has built-in quality assurance features, including an in-press color control scanner, which automatically scans every 16 sheets and feeds color values to press operators as the job is running. “This new press meets our high standards, and our people are very excited about its capabilities and speed,” he added.

    Colbert started training its people on the new press in early February, when four employees spent a week at Heidelberg USA in Kennesaw, Ga. The training – which was conducted by a Heidelberg Master Demonstrator – included hands-on experience with machine startup and shutdown, job setup and high-speed production, seamlessly switching between ultraviolet and conventional inks, proper cleaning and maintenance, etc. In recent weeks, the newly installed Heidelberg press has undergone significant testing, and additional training has been conducted onsite in Colbert’s Elkhart facility.

    “This new press will have a major impact on our entire operation,” said Jim Hamilton, president of Colbert Packaging. “In addition to quality and efficiency improvements resulting from the upgraded technology, the press will also provide additional capacity and expanded capabilities.”
    The Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 offset press joins an extensive repertoire of equipment used to produce folding cartons, rigid setup boxes and paperboard specialty products, including formed paper trays, in Colbert’s 109,000 sq. ft. manufacturing plant in Elkhart.
    (Colbert Packaging Corporation)
     
    28.05.2015   Pharma in motion    ( Company news )

    Company news There is a huge demand for health care, and it’s growing rapidly. Nonetheless, the pharmaceutical industry is facing major challenges. David Swift, former global head of packaging sourcing at Novartis, spoke to Pro Carton about current and future developments.

    The pharmaceutical market is growing, but will undergo significant changes over the next few years. This is due to high costs, patent expiries, a growing market for generic products, considerable over-regulation as well as cost control measures in public spending. What can the pharmaceutical industry do?
    “Besides mergers and acquisitions, other means are cost cutting, focus on emerging markets, transition from the blockbuster model to niche products and changes of the pharmaceutical distribution model. Some companies have also offshored things that are not necessarily done in Europe”, says David Swift.

    Growth in Europe is fuelled by the ageing population. “The biggest growth markets are China and the US, and, interestingly, Germany, followed by Brazil and Russia. In the developed markets, 71 % of the revenues are coming from specialty medicines. This is important, because the way that these drugs are packed and sold is different. So the packaging will change as well.”

    The most significant change in the distribution is the direct to pharmacy model that some of the pharmaceutical companies are employing now. “They are either skipping out the wholesaler completely or they prefer a model where they use only one or two wholesalers. So the relationship between the producer of the drugs and the pharmacists is much closer.”

    Different drugs are going to different channels, there is a segmentation. “Some go to the pharmacy directly, some to the patients directly, some to the hospitals, some to the wholesaler – a whole bunch of different ways. The wholesalers are vertically integrating as well and moving up and down the value chain.”

    Implications for Pharma Packaging
    “Concerning the pipelines, there is an increasing focus on “high value” therapeutic areas such as oncology, immunology, antiviral, and for the central nervous system. Concerning the type of drugs, pre-filled syringes, auto injectors/pens, and combination devices will see growth. Biologics will continue to outpace overall pharma spending growth and are expected to represent 19–20 % of the total market value by 2017.”

    In the opinion of Pro Carton this heralds a number of new developments in packaging:
    -Packaging must become more attractive to keep branded products marketable following patent expiry. They must convey the brand’s message.
    -Packaging must create stronger buying stimuli as physicians and patients will play a far greater role in the purchasing decision than to date, and the influence of wholesalers is decreasing.
    -This applies even more for products which have to hold their own on a larger health market: their packaging should strengthen customer loyalty in every aspect and stimulate repurchasing of the product.
    -Packaging will reflect high value products and the value of new special products, whose importance will increase particularly in Europe.
    -Packaging will become significantly more complex due to biologics and syringes, as well as therapies with different medications.
    -This necessitates that packaging manufacturers must place great value on convenience when complex packaging meets an ageing population in Europe.
    -Packaging will certainly become more intelligent in terms of information and links to the Internet: this will provide extensive additional information on their mode of action and efficacy.

    The market for pharmaceutical packaging has already distinguished itself through demanding solutions. The dynamic development of the market now offers all partners in the Supply Chain the mutual opportunity of developing new creative concepts.
    (Pro Carton)
     
    28.05.2015   DS Smith Plc: Year end trading update - CONTINUED GOOD GROWTH    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Plc, the leading supplier of recycled packaging for consumer goods, announces a trading update for the year to 30 April 2015.

    Photo: Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive

    Trading update
    Group performance in the year has been in line with our expectations, with strong underlying growth more than offsetting the continued strengthening of sterling on translated results.
    The market and business trends from our trading update of 23 February 2015 have remained consistent with volume growth in H2 ahead of our first half and the prior year.
    Growth has been across all regions, as the roll-out of our design centres and proposition continues to gain good customer traction.
    Return on sales and return on capital continue to improve due to
    further business integration, increasing our value-added products and services to customers, and operational efficiencies, combined with tight working capital management.
    Our outlook remains positive as the business performs in line with our
    medium term financial targets, despite economic headwinds in many of our markets, and the Board continues to view the future with confidence.

    Duropack update
    Following the announcement of the proposed acquisition of Duropack, on 23 February 2015, the necessary competition filings have been made and it is expected that completion will take place in Q1 of our financial year 2015/16.
    Plans are in place to integrate this business immediately from completion and we look forward to building on the excellent market positions that Duropack already has in its regions.
    Miles Roberts, Group Chief Executive, said: “We are pleased with the performance of the business in the year, in particular the continued market share and volume growth. We continue to actively manage our business portfolio and the progress we have made with customers during the year, together with the opportunities we see for growth in these
    markets, gives us confidence in the prospects for the business.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    28.05.2015   Innovative packaging to reduce food wastage    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia is coordinating a unique collaboration project that will lead to less food wastage. Resource-efficient packaging solutions that work throughout the value chain, from food and packaging producer to consumer, will contribute towards a reduction in wasted resources.

    Up to 50 percent of all food that is produced is either destroyed or thrown away. Food wastage refers to unnecessary food waste, such as food that could have been eaten if it had been dealt with differently. According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, roughly a million tonnes of food is thrown away each year in Sweden, with households accounting for the majority of this. Food wastage could be reduced with packaging that protects its contents and helps consumers to handle products in the best way.

    The "Packaging systems for reduced food wastage" project will develop innovative new packaging solutions to reduce food wastage, throughout the value chain from food producer to consumer. The solutions will be optimised at system level so that no part of the chain is optimised at the expense of any other part. In order to take an overall approach, Innventia has brought together a unique consortium with participants from the entire value chain: materials and packaging producers, food producers, the convenience goods trade, authorities, institutions and universities (headed up by Karlstad University's Helén Williams), recycling companies and Stockholm Consumer Cooperative Society. It transpired at the workshop arranged last year during the introductory phase - stage one of VINNOVA's Challenge-Driven Innovation programme - that many players lacked sufficient knowledge and awareness of other parts of the chain.

    As the project enters stage two, mapping wastage and the potential for improvement throughout the value chain will be an important part of the process. Ethnographical consumer studies will be carried out as part of this. These studies will show how food is dealt with in the home, and will highlight opportunities for packaging improvements in order to protect the product, communicate and make the best use of resources.

    Three different prototypes will be created in partnership with three food producers, as concrete examples of how packaging can contribute towards increased use and make the food and packaging industries more resource-effective. These prototypes are being developed to build up knowledge that can also be applied to completely different products. Since two thirds of all packaging is used within the food and drink industry, the results will affect millions of users in the long term. For the companies taking part in the project, the new, more effective packaging will also be a concrete result in their efforts to achieve sustainable development that can also strengthen their brands.

    "Producing prototypes gives companies physical examples that they can show," says project manager Kristina Wickholm. "General knowledge is not enough to generate innovation. Our ambition is to develop real packaging solutions and to demonstrate the actual significance of the packaging when it comes to preventing wastage from occurring. Then we will be able to talk about packaging as an environmental hero."

    "The fact that players from the entire chain now want to collaborate to reduce food wastage at every stage makes this a real dream project," adds researcher Helén Williams, Karlstad University, who will also be a sub-project manager.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    27.05.2015   Xeikon Cheetah hits the quality mark at its first North American installation at Accu-Label    ( Company news )

    Company news Label printing expert leverages market’s fastest full-color digital label press to better meet customer needs and support growth

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce the first North American installation of the Xeikon Cheetah at Accu-Label, Inc. making it the third pilot site worldwide to install this breakthrough digital label production solution. Accu-Label, located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has added Xeikon’s new press to complement its existing production platform, which includes a Xeikon 3500 that was installed last year, as well as flexographic printing solutions. Xeikon Cheetah is the most productive five-color digital label press available on the market today. It was the exceptional speed of the press (98 ft/min or 30m/min), combined with its high quality output, that convinced Accu-Label to invest in the Xeikon Cheetah. The investment will enable the company to respond to evolving client demands, expand into new markets and optimize its production processes – all while meeting the high level of quality output the company has been renowned for throughout its history.

    “We chose Xeikon because they really understood our business and challenges. Our experiences with their customer support, technical service and consulting services have been outstanding,” explains David Manning, Accu-Label’s founder. ”Of course, speed was a big consideration, but there was more… we are a company that has always been dedicated to providing the best quality printing and a high level of service. For us, it doesn’t matter how fast a press goes if we can’t deliver a quality product. We felt the Xeikon Cheetah gave us both speed and better quality than other digital printing technologies currently available on the market. The Xeikon team showed us how installing the Xeikon Cheetah would help us meet the specific demands of our customers while ensuring superior quality. Having this flexibility is a fundamental market differentiator for us.”

    A tradition of quality
    Accu-Label is a family-centered business that has been dedicated to surpassing the expectations of its customers ever since it was founded 28 years ago. Over the years, the company has continuously expanded and its growth has been fueled by two things: Manning’s passion for printing and the company’s dedication to quality. Until its first Xeikon acquisition last year, the business had been 100% flexo, but Manning says, “I have always looked for more effective processes by asking ‘What’s a better way to do this?’ Last year, the answer was to add digital to our production platform with the Xeikon 3500, which is already in high demand. Today, we are building on our investment in digital with the Xeikon Cheetah.”

    Catie Manning, overseeing sales & marketing at Accu-Label, explains how the addition of the first digital press only one year ago changed the business. “While at first, our customers had to be educated about the capabilities of digital production, they have come to value the quality and consistency it offers. In just one year, we have had so many jobs printed digitally that the Xeikon 3500 is running at high capacity. Adding a second digital label press – the fastest on the market in its class – is vital to meeting their expectations, now and in the future. In addition, to better position the company to address our evolving customer needs, the speed and throughput of the Xeikon Cheetah will enable growth in our customer base. This will also improve the efficiency of our flexo production fleet by dedicating it to the longer runs it is designed to produce cost-efficiently.”

    The digital journey
    The addition of digital label production capacity has meant big changes for Accu-Label and its customers. Being able to offer both high quality digital and conventional flexographic printing expands the range of solutions and services the company can offer. David Manning believes the Xeikon Cheetah press is critical to continuing that expansion. He says, “Flexo is an art form that I truly love, and I’ve been practicing this art for a long time. But nowadays, it’s not the right solution for every label project. For proofs and mock-ups as well as shorter and versioned runs, the cost, time and energy required makes it inefficient, and in many cases, unattainable. The Xeikon Cheetah, which gives us higher quality than many other digital label production solutions on the market, is the key to future-proofing our business.”

    David comments that one of the biggest benefits of digital is the greater level of flexibility it offers for design and prototyping. He notes, “This flexibility lets us provide better service to existing customers and offer new services to companies we have not been able to work with before. For example, we have customers who want to see many versions of their labels before they go into production. Digital label production lets you get to final designs more quickly and very cost-effectively. It enables clients to be more creative with their ideas and gives us the opportunity to help them bring that creativity to market faster. This process saves time, money and effort for the client – another key advantage of digital label production.”

    Perfect match, perfect quality
    For Accu-Label, quality remains one of the most important considerations. David Manning says, “As we continue to evolve our business, we never lose sight of our dedication to quality. This focus on quality is what has made us successful for 28 years. Quality and consistency are critical to us and to our customers, and with our combination of flexographic printing and Xeikon digital presses, we never sacrifice either one. We hit the quality mark each and every time.”

    “Accu-Label is a great example of what a label manufacturer can accomplish by incorporating digital toner technology into the mix,” adds Filip Weymans, Director of Segment Marketing, Labels and Packaging at Xeikon. “And there is no better way to do that than with the Xeikon Cheetah. The Xeikon Cheetah is a groundbreaking press that represents one of the most important advancements in the digital label production market. We are gratified to see that leading label printers, such as Accu-Label, have chosen the Xeikon Cheetah to meet client needs and expand into new markets.”

    “With Xeikon’s support, it’s been a fantastic year. They have brought a level of understanding about our business and significant value to each conversation, while giving expert advice on how to address changing market needs. I respect and appreciate that,” Manning concludes. “When we talked about the future, it became clear that the right equipment would help us continue to build on our success. The new Xeikon Cheetah press is exactly the technology we need in order to do that.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    27.05.2015   Increased accuracy through spreading of the measurement range    ( Company news )

    Company news The actual working ranges of industrial equipment are increasing constantly. This applies also to web and coil processing equipment being capable of handling very thin and narrow webs but also heavier
    and broader webs. This results in extremely high requirements regarding the accuracy of web tension measurement and control.
    HAEHNE has selected an easy approach to achieve high resolution and accuracy resulting in a substantially lower cost solution. Typically web tension sensors have an overall measurement error of 1.0 or 0.5 %. If such a sensor is used in lower measuring range, the total error becomes unacceptably large and not suitable for measurement and closed loop control. For this purpose web tension sensors with an overall measuring error of 0.1 % have been designed which improve the measurement results by a factor of 5. This means that now it is possible to measure and control the forces in the lower
    range precisely. Important is also, that such a sensor is not only protected in the large force range by mechanical stops (tenfold overload of nominal range) but also in the lower force range by the intrinsic nature of the design.
    The accuracy for small forces can still improve in this very precise measurement by spreading the measurement range. Therefore a corrected nominal value is determined in the lower force range.
    The calibrations are stored in the associated HAEHNE amplifiers DCM or DCX. For example by switching the measuring range at 10 % of nominal force the accuracy of 0.1 % refers to the 10 % of the nominal forces.
    Successful installations are a proof that this approach is not only cost-effective but also very a robust under both mechanical and electrical considerations.
    (HAEHNE Elektronische Messgeräte GmbH)
     
    27.05.2015   Verso Corporation Reports First Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS) reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015. Results for the quarters ended March 31, 2015 and 2014 include:
    -Consummation of the NewPage acquisition.
    -Net sales of $806 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to $299 million in the first quarter of 2014.
    -Adjusted EBITDA before pro forma effects of the profitability program of $44 million in the first quarter of 2015, compared to $35 million in the first quarter of 2014 (Note: Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined and reconciled to net income later in this release. Also note that for a more accurate comparison of our Adjusted EBITDA, prior periods have been adjusted to exclude Bucksport and to include the historical operations of NewPage)

    Photo: Verso President and Chief Executive Officer David Paterson

    Overview
    Verso's net sales for the first quarter of 2015 increased $507 million, or 170%, due primarily to the addition of net sales resulting from the NewPage acquisition, compared to the first quarter of 2014.

    During the first quarter of 2015, Verso recorded special items affecting operating income totaling $42 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, primarily related to integrating the legacy Verso and NewPage operations, restructuring costs associated with the NewPage acquisition and closure of the Bucksport mill. During the first quarter of 2014, special items of $22 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, were primarily attributable to $10 million of NewPage acquisition related costs and to a $12 million positive impact of our mark-to-market adjustment on hedges.

    "Verso's results for the first quarter of 2015 included a number of non-recurring expenses that resulted from completion of our NewPage acquisition on January 7, 2015, transactions associated with the acquisition, integration activities, and the previously announced closure of our Bucksport Mill in Maine," said Verso President and Chief Executive Officer David Paterson.

    "Looking at the underlying operations of the business, including the first 6 days of the year and comparing the results for the 8 mills against a pro forma quarter for the prior year, overall volume was up slightly, market pulp volume was strong, and we've seen nice increases in sheets and our specialty paper grades. Verso's average sales price per ton of paper increased 7% in the first quarter, the result of an improved mix of products after the NewPage acquisition. Input costs increased over the previous quarter, mostly as a result of the continuing increase in wood costs, and we continue to optimize inventory levels.

    "As we look ahead to the remainder of 2015, we continue to focus on the safety of our people, integration of the NewPage business, the achievement of synergies across the entire company, our "R-gap" process aimed at increasing efficiency and reducing costs across our manufacturing platform, and managing working capital."
    (Verso Corporation)
     
    27.05.2015   Wausau Paper Strengthens Sales, Marketing and Converting Leadership, Confirms Commitment to...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Product Innovation

    Announces Hiring of Brian Powers, John Formon and Randall Hetland

    Photo: Wausau president Matthew L. Urmanski

    Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) announced the hiring of industry veterans Brian Powers, as Vice President – Sales & Marketing; John Formon, as Vice President – Innovation; and G. Randall Hetland, as Director of Converting.

    “Wausau Paper has long been committed to the away-from-home towel and tissue industry,” commented Wausau president, Matthew L. Urmanski. “The addition of these talented individuals to our organization strengthens our ability to differentiate Wausau Paper in the away-from-home marketplace and expand the growth potential of our business.”

    Brian Powers, a 20-plus-year towel and tissue industry veteran, will return to Wausau Paper July 1, 2015, after spending a number of years with SCA Americas, most recently as Vice President of Sales. Powers is familiar with Wausau Paper’s away-from-home towel and tissue business, having spent 14 years with the Company in various roles including Director of Sales and Product Manager.

    John Formon joined Wausau Paper in February 2015, and is providing leadership to the Company’s product innovation team. He is a 28-year tissue industry expert who joins Wausau from SCA Americas, where he most recently held the role of Global Technical Innovation Director. At SCA, Formon oversaw the development of that company’s dispenser program. Prior to working with SCA, Formon was a Senior Manager for Commercial and Consumer Product Development at Georgia Pacific.

    Randy Hetland, also a 20-plus-year industry veteran, joined the operations team at Wausau Paper in March 2015, in the leadership role over the Company’s converting platform. He comes to Wausau from Georgia Pacific’s Zachary, Louisiana, tissue manufacturing operations where he served as Towel Stream Lead, and held a variety of other converting management roles. Prior to Georgia Pacific, Hetland worked in converting operations for Proctor and Gamble at its Albany, Georgia, tissue/consumer products site.
    (Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue Products)
     
    27.05.2015   Lenzing Group: Clear Earnings Improvement in the First Quarter of 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news -Increased revenue thanks to better product mix
    -Cost savings improve operating results
    -Market environment remains difficult

    Photo: Lenzing’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Untersperger

    The first quarter of 2015 for the Lenzing Group was characterized by satisfactory volume demand against the backdrop of still unsatisfactory selling prices. In spite of the ongoing difficult market environment, the upgraded product mix, slightly higher fiber sales volumes and the improved cost situation enabled Lenzing to achieve a clear improvement in earnings.

    Consolidated revenue totaled EUR 474.6 mn in the first quarter of 2015, a rise of 5.1% from EUR 451.7 mn in the previous year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) improved by 28.7% from the previous year to EUR 59.6 mn (Q1 2014: EUR 46.3 mn). This corresponded to an EBITDA margin of 12.6% (Q1 2014: 10.2%). Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) amounted to EUR 27.0 mn in the first three months of 2015, comprising a sharp rise of 61.3% from the prior-year level of EUR 16.7 mn. The EBIT margin was 5.7% (Q1 2014: 3.7%). The profit for the period more than doubled to EUR 16.6 mn, climbing by 115.3% from EUR 7.7 mn in the first quarter of 2014.
    Adjusted equity of the Lenzing Group rose to EUR 1,113.6 mn at the end of March 2015, up from EUR 1,066.1 mn at the end of 2014. The adjusted equity ratio amounted to 45.4% (December 31, 2014: 44.9%). Net financial debt was more or less unchanged at EUR 450.1 mn (December 31, 2014: EUR 449.5 mn), whereas net gearing fell to 40.4% from 42.2% at the end of 2014.

    Laying the groundwork for success
    “The marketing drive for specialty fibers launched in 2014, especially for TENCEL®, has paid off. We successfully implemented initial price increases and significantly increased the share of specialty fibers in the product mix. Moreover, we laid the groundwork for generating further earnings improvements against the backdrop of an ongoing difficult market environment thanks to comprehensive structural and cost optimization measures”, explains Lenzing’s Chief Executive Officer Peter Untersperger. “The excelLENZ cost savings initiative is proceeding according to plan and will generate cost savings of up to EUR 160 mn p.a. as of 2016 compared to the year 2013. Furthermore, we are adjusting technical services to the declining investment activity of the Lenzing Group, thus serving as the basis for important productivity increases.”

    Strong volume demand
    Lenzing continued the good operational development achieved in the fourth quarter of 2014 with respect to its core business of manufacturing man-made cellulose fibers in the first quarter of 2015 as well. All production plants were once again operating at full capacity. Demand for the specialty fiber Lenzing Modal® as well as TENCEL® was very gratifying. Lenzing reported a comparatively good development for standard viscose fibers used in textile applications in the first quarter of 2015 thanks to the selective focus on attractive sales markets and higher value fiber qualities, continuing the positive trend of the fourth quarter of 2014.

    The improved product mix led to a rise in Lenzing’s average fiber selling prices before currency effects to EUR 1.68/kg in the first quarter of 2015 compared to EUR 1.56/kg in the first quarter of 2014. In a like-for-like comparison, taking account of all revenue-related currency effects in the first quarter of 2015, the average fiber selling price of the Lenzing Group in the first three months of 2015 would be about EUR 1.58/kg.
    Outlook 2015

    The viscose fiber market showed a slight upward movement at the beginning of the second quarter of 2015. However, it remains to be seen whether this development is sustainable. Thanks to the ongoing high volume demand for its fibers, Lenzing continues to expect full utilization of all its production capacities. Lenzing will strive to carry out selling price increases in the second quarter of 2015. Moreover, the excelLENZ program involving additional cost savings will be resolutely continued. Lenzing continues to expect an ongoing improvement in the product mix and a good development of operating results in both the textile and nonwovens segments for the rest of the year. This can be attributed to the very good development of TENCEL® and Lenzing Modal® and the intensified marking activities targeting attractive markets and new customers.
    (Lenzing Papier GmbH)
     
    27.05.2015   Fibria announces the construction of a new pulp production line at the Três Lagoas (MS) unit    ( Company news )

    Company news -One of Brazil’s largest private investments focusing on export markets, the Horizonte 2 Project will receive investment of R$7.7 billion
    -Construction project will create 40,000 direct and indirect jobs
    -Total annual pulp production capacity at the Três Lagoas unit will be expanded by 1.75 million tons
    -Fibria consolidates its position as the world’s largest producer of eucalyptus pulp, with total annual capacity of 7 million tons

    Fibria, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading eucalyptus pulp producer, announced on May 14, 2015 that its Board of Directors approved the Horizonte 2 Project, which will expand its Três Lagoas unit in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul.

    The new production line will have annual pulp production capacity of 1.75 million tons. Combined with its existing capacity, already in operation, the Três Lagoas unit will reach total annual production capacity of 3 million tons, making it one of the world’s largest eucalyptus pulp production sites. As a result, Fibria’s total annual pulp production capacity, considering all of its units, will expand from the current 5.3 million tons to over 7 million tons.

    One of the largest private investments in Brazil focused on the export market, the amount invested in the Horizonte 2 project will reach R$7.7 billion (approximately US$2.5 billion) and draw on own funds from the company’s strong cash generation as well as third-party funding from various sources, such as the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), export credit agencies (ECAs), the Midwest Development Fund, commercial banks and capital markets.

    Over the two years of construction, the Horizonte 2 project will create 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. During the peak of construction, the site will have around 10,000 workers. Once commissioned, Fibria’s new pulp line will have 3,000 direct and indirect jobs.

    “The expansion of the Três Lagoas unit is in keeping with the strategy of growth with discipline of Fibria, which sees a window of opportunity for the commissioning of new pulp production capacity in the market in 2018. It is with great pride that we make this major investment in Brazil, which focuses on the export market and will contribute to Brazil’s trade balance, create new jobs, improve quality of life and promote local, regional and national development,” said Fibria CEO Marcelo Castelli.

    The execution of the Horizonte 2 project will engage around 60 local suppliers. During construction, Fibria will administer 500,000 hours of training in Forestry operations and another 390,000 hours of training in Industrial operations, which includes preparing both in-house and third-party teams. Construction will make an important contribution to the public coffers, with Fibria expected to pay around R$450 million in taxes during construction.

    Fibria has already obtained the environmental licenses required for expanding the Três Lagoas unit, including construction permits. It is also already investing to develop the forest base in the region to ensure the future supply of the new production line. The supply of wood required for the new mill’s operations will come from forests cultivated in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and planning is already underway for the new eucalyptus demand to be generated, which amounts to 174,000 hectares of Planted forests on owned, leased and partner areas, as well as future purchases of wood from third parties. Today the company already has a surplus of 107,000 hectares, including both planted areas or areas under planting contracts.

    Fibria was a pioneer in developing the pulp industry in Três Lagoas. The company’s unit was inaugurated in March 2009, with annual pulp production capacity of 1.3 million tons. Fibria’s initial investment attracted other investments by industry players to Três Lagoas, leading the city to gain recognition as the “pulp capital of the world.”

    The Fibria unit in Três Lagoas incorporates ecodesign concepts, with cleaner production processes and a pleasant and safe work environment. Additionally, all energy consumed is generated by the mill itself, using biomass in the form of eucalyptus bark and liquid biomass produced in the industrial process. With the Horizonte 2 project, the industrial unit, in addition to generating and consuming its own energy, will generate surplus power of 160 MWh, which will contribute to Brazil’s energy balance.

    The pulp produced by Fibria at Três Lagoas will be transported by rail to the Port of Santos on the coast of São Paulo, for export to more than 40 countries.
    (Fibria Celulose S/A)
     
    27.05.2015   Smurfit Kappa rolls out new Shelf Smart service to deliver business success in store     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa has announced the roll-out of its new Shelf Smart service at its flagship Innovation Event – a market-leading solution that will help customers develop proven packaging solutions faster than ever before.

    Smurfit Kappa has developed the new Shelf Smart service with a single-minded focus on improving its customer’s product performance at the point-of-purchase. It is the first service on the market that gives customers the ability to identify their optimum shopper marketing solution in a risk-free environment, and to quickly measure the results with real shoppers. Shelf Smart merges Smurfit Kappa’s packaging expertise, shopper insights, technology, partnership strategy and effective designs, and is the latest example of the company’s commitment to unlocking new opportunities and driving measurable business success through packaging innovation.

    Marketing managers have welcomed the concept as a fast, joined-up and measurable process that adds real value to their shopper marketing strategies. It follows Smurfit Kappa’s recent white paper on shopper marketing – Marketing on the Shelf - exactly how in control are you? The study revealed that 76 percent of purchase decisions are made by consumers in store, and that they take an average of 4 seconds – highlighting the extent of the commercial opportunities at the point-of-purchase, and the need for brands to develop a marketing strategy.

    Arco Berkenbosch, Senior Vice President Innovation, Smurfit Kappa, explains: “At the outset of the Shelf Smart service we combine cutting-edge insights tools, such as our Shelf Viewer technology which compares the positioning and merchandising of up to 22,000 other products and placements, with our global design experience to develop bespoke packaging solutions that are tailored to real-world challenges. We then use an innovative 3D visualizer to bring the idea to life in a risk-free virtual environment, before finally testing its impact on real shoppers using online eye-tracking tools developed in collaboration with high-tech partner EyeSee. In this way Shelf Smart guarantees measurable business success for brands by proving that the service will make customers’ shopper marketing more likely to drive purchase decisions and business success.”

    Smurfit Kappa has developed the Shelf Smart solution as part of its relentless focus on saving customers time and money by making a packaging solution right before it is made real, and the whole process from problem definition to proven solution takes as little as 4 to 8 weeks.

    Shelf Smart is just one of a range of innovations launched at the company’s flagship Innovation Event on April 15-16th in the Netherlands. It will be made available to Smurfit Kappa customers in a phased roll-out across selected European markets in 2015, and coincides with the opening of a new Global Experience Centre at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. This site will be the showcase hub for a global network that harnesses local expertise to develop packaging solutions together with customers, and is one of the largest packaging Experience Centres in the world.

    Smurfit Kappa’s network of Experience Centres and the Shelf Smart service are the latest examples of the company’s strategy to ‘Open the future’ for its customers, by delivering growth through insight and innovation. They exemplify Smurfit Kappa’s wider commitment to maximising value for its customers, by developing proven packaging innovations that drive business success and optimise consumers’ path to purchase.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    27.05.2015   Forestry's most important meeting places join forces - three strong events under the same roof     ( Company news )

    Company news Adforum, the world-leading organiser of trade fairs for the pulp and paper industry, and Elmia, whose fairs include the world’s leading bioenergy fair, have agreed to combine their previous fairs to create a strong and timely meeting place in the forest industry. Starting in 2016 the previous fairs will all form part of International Wood Biorefining Week, 24-26th May at Stockholmsmässan.

    “This will be a long-term collaboration together with our joint partners,” explains Marcus Bergström, CEO of Adforum. “The forest industry is experiencing very powerful change in which synergies and integration between various sectors in the industry are increasingly important. Our customers have long desired fewer, more multifaceted, bigger and, above all, more timely meeting places in the industry where they can meet relevant business partners and customers. Now we can finally offer them that.”

    The three events included in International Wood Biorefining Week are International Pulp & Paper Week, World Bioenergy and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum.

    International Pulp & Paper Week continues the tradition of fairs for the pulp and paper industry that have been organised by Adforum since 1968. The latest event was held in cooperation with a Swedish pulp and paper organisation in Stockholm in 2011 and brought together 650 exhibiting companies from 30 countries plus almost 10,000 visitors from 56 countries.

    Global event

    World Bioenergy has been organised by Elmia and it’s partner Svebio, The Swedish Bioenergy Association, since 2004 and has for ten years been an important marketplace for suppliers and purchasers of products, technology, services and expertise in the bioenergy sector.

    “Thanks to Sweden’s leading position in the bioenergy field, it has been possible to develop World Bioenergy into a global event with participants from 80 countries,” comments Torbjörn Johnsen, Business Manager Forestry at Elmia. “When we launched World Bioenergy, the growth area was by-products from tree harvesting and the sawmill industry. Today we have a totally new situation with a pulp and paper industry that is investing heavily to create an integrated process industry in which bioenergy is becoming an ever more important part of the product mix.”

    Biobased products

    Bioeconomy Innovation Forum is a new event for new and innovative products from the forest industry. The focus is on bioplastics, textile fibres, nanocellulose, carbon fibre, packaging, biochemicals and wooden structures. Exhibitors at this event will encounter not only visitors from the forest industry but also from other industries with an interest in biobased products.

    “For this event we will also be inviting visitors from other manufacturing industries with an interest in forestry’s sustainable solutions,” Marcus Bergström says. “It’s important to create a dialogue between various industries and to enable forestry companies to meet their customers. At previous forestry events they have mainly met their own suppliers and employees.”

    Integrated conferences

    In 2016 the three fairs will be held concurrently in the same hall at Stockholmsmässan and the conferences will also be integrated with the fairs. Another partner involved in the fairs is the trade journal Nordisk Papperstidning & Biobusiness, which is owned by the media company Mentor Communication.

    Svebio will be involved in the World Bioenergy event. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, the leading research and technology company in the Nordic region, and Innventia, a world-leading research institute that works with innovations based on forest raw materials, are conference partners for the Bioeconomy Innovation Forum.

    “The forest industry is becoming ever more broader nowadays and it feels both good and important that we can jointly offer customers a marketplace where all stakeholders can meet and new partnerships and business deals can be made,” comments Torbjörn Johnsen. “Sweden and Finland have a special position with regard to the shift towards a biobased society and the driver of this development is the forest and forest industry. It feels totally right that we are now locating this new joint international event in Stockholm.”
    (Adforum AB)
     
    26.05.2015   Good start to 2015 for the Södra Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra's operating profit for the first four months of the year amounted to SEK 941 million (503). Sales increased 7 percent to SEK 6,243 million and the operating margin improved to 15 percent (9).

    "The year started well for Södra, with healthy sales and strong results. The market has been stable, prices relatively good and the currency situation favourable. Production has also been efficient and we are seeing the results of continued rationalisation," commented CEO Lars Idermark (photo).

    The wood supply in southern Sweden was in line with the preceding year, but considerably higher than the average for the past five years. The supply of wood to Södra's mills functioned effectively. Deliveries of sawn timber showed a positive trend. In moulding and panelling, competition from manufacturers in the Baltic countries remained intense. Demand for pulp remained stable, but the currency trend with a strengthened USD against the EUR led to a slightly lower world market price for softwood sulphate pulp (NBSK).

    The earnings improvement for the first four-month period is the result of healthy demand for Södra's products and services and a favourable currency situation. Profit for the Södra Cell business area increased to SEK 968 million (517), while profit for Södra Wood amounted to SEK 22 million (21) and profit for Södra Skog to SEK 41 million (51).
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    26.05.2015   Australian Paper announces Dip Plant Opening: Major boost for Australian-made recycled paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Australia’s only premium wastepaper recycling and de-inking plant has opened in Victoria’s Latrobe Valley, with Australian Paper announcing that the $90 million facility at Maryvale Mill has started producing recycled copy paper and will soon extend into envelope and printing papers.
    “This plant will take up to 80,000 tonnes of wastepaper out of Australia’s landfill each year which is enough to fill a tennis court to more than twice the height of the Eureka Tower. We are committed to meeting the growing demand for premium, local recycled paper,” Peter Williams, Chief Operating Officer, Australian Paper, said recently.
    “It is a vital part of our future operations and we thank everyone who has made this investment in regional Victorian manufacturing possible.
    “We received project funding from the Federal and Victorian Governments and letters of support for the project from Planet Ark, Green Capital and a number of our key customers.
    "We applaud this initiative, it is a great win for recycling and it creates green jobs when we are seeing a decline in Australian manufacturing in other areas," said Paul Klymenko, CEO of Planet Ark.
    “The Australian Government has specified that it will purchase 100% recycled papers from 1st July this year and we are hopeful that all Government Departments, Federal and State, will recognise the sustainability advantages of Australian-made 100% recycled paper over
    imports when making their purchase decisions, Mr Williams said.
    “The environmental benefits of this project are significant. Importing recycled paper made overseas only adds to Australia’s landfill and also generates significant sea-freight emissions. In contrast, removing 80,000 tonnes of wastepaper from Australia’s landfill saves up to 200,000 tonnes of carbon emissions every year, which is equal to taking more than 70,000 cars off Australia’s roads.
    “The current Australian market demand for recycled content office papers is only one third of the new plant’s capacity, so we need everyone’s help to lift the demand for Australian-made recycled content paper and do the right thing for our local environment.” Mr Williams said.
    The construction phase of the plant has supported almost 1,000 Australian jobs and the ongoing operation will provide flow on employment for around 250 people, mostly in the local manufacturing and wastepaper collection industries.
    (AP Australian Paper)
     
    26.05.2015   Koenig & Bauer first-quarter report 2015 Orders up 27% – sales and earnings behind target    ( Company news )

    Company news -30% more orders for sheetfed offset and special presses
    -Low sales of €177.3m given more deliveries in second-half of 2015
    -Pre-tax loss of €17.7m in first quarter
    -High net liquidity of €169.2m; Restructuring on track
    -Shareholders decide on new company structure on 21 May
    -Outlook: Group sales of over €1bn with EBT margin of up to 2%

    In the words of president and CEO Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Koenig & Bauer’s (KBA) financial figures for the first quarter of 2015 still paint “a differentiated picture”. Bucking the industry trend, the press manufacturer’s group order intake of €306.7m was 27% up on the previous year and order backlog was around €130m higher than at the beginning of the quarter. In contrast, there is still some catching up to do in terms of sales and earnings. At €177.3m group sales were down 16.9% on the prior-year figure. Given the low sales volume this quarter due to the delivery structure and capacity underutilisation at KBA’s German web press sites which have now been rescaled, group earnings before taxes (EBT) of –€17.7m were also lower than the prior-year figure of –€12.1m. Nevertheless, the company’s management has affirmed its forecast for 2015. Bolza-Schünemann: “KBA will generate far more than 50% of group sales in the second-half of the year with corresponding positive effects on earnings. In light of the solid number of new projects I am confident that we will be able to achieve our group sales target for 2015 of over €1bn with a better EBT than in 2014 and an EBT margin of up to 2% of sales in spite of a weaker Q1 and Q2 this year.”

    New segment reporting…
    For the first time this KBA interim report contains the new break down of the business into the segments sheetfed offset presses (Sheetfed Solutions), digital and web offset presses (Digital & Web Solutions) and special presses (Special Solutions). Companies in security printing belonging to KBA-NotaSys as well as the subsidiaries active in packaging markets are grouped under Special Solutions.

    …and new company structure
    More transparency, clear management responsibility and enhanced strategic flexibility are the goals of the new company structure proposal which the AGM will decide upon on 21 May in Würzburg. Accordingly, KBA-Sheetfed Solutions in Radebeul and KBA-Digital & Web Solutions in Würzburg are to be spun-off from the parent as autonomously operating business units. Group-wide production (KBA-Industrial Solutions) and security press activities in Würzburg (KBA-NotaSys) are expected to form further legal entities. These spun-off companies are to have a German legal status of an AG & Co. KG (limited partnership) with the parent as a public limited company and sole general partner. Koenig & Bauer AG as a holding with a management board consisting of three members will take over central and strategic tasks. The other members of the management board will become managing directors of the operating companies. Cross-subsidies between the business units will not be tolerated and KBA will invest the capital available to achieve the long-term higher returns on capital necessary. The new company structure is expected to be implemented from 1 January 2015 retrospectively upon approval by the AGM. The internal organisational structure has been in place for one year.

    Lower sales and product mix hit this quarter’s results
    At €546.7m group order backlog on 31 March was almost €130m higher than at the beginning of the year. Compared to the prior-year quarter low sales, the product mix and capacity underutilisation which has yet to be completely eliminated in the Digital & Web segment hit earnings. The group’s gross profit margin fell from 25.4% to 20.6% and EBIT from –€10.2m to –€16.2m. A net interest loss of €1.5m led to a group pre-tax loss (EBT) this quarter of €17.7m, compared to –€12.1m the previous year. After deducting taxes, group results on 31 March stood at –€16.9m (2014: –€14m) and earnings per share came to –€1.01 (2014: –€0.85).
    At €174.7m order intake after three months in Sheetfed Solutions, KBA’s largest segment, was up 30.5% on 2014, while sales of €109.8m remained slightly below the prior-year figure of €111.1m. The book-to-bill ratio triggered a growth in order backlog of 26.7% to €246.6m. This segment’s loss of €2.7m was somewhat higher than the prior year (2014: –€1.6m) due to the unfavourable product mix and expenses associated with restructuring the international sales network. In the course of the year earnings will also gradually improve in line with the increase in the number of deliveries.
    The volume of new orders in the Digital & Web Solutions segment rose by 5.7% to €27.9m, up from €26.4m in 2014. At €13.3m revenue fell short of the previous year’s figure of €41.5m which made a major contribution to the segment’s loss of €8.7m. However, savings resulting from the extensive adjustment to capacities and upcoming deliveries will have a positive impact on sales and earnings in the following quarters. Moreover, promising strategic opportunities have opened up for this new segment through addressing new business fields for KBA RotaJET presses and the alliance with HP in the digital corrugated printing market.
    Orders in the Special Solutions segment were up 31% to €117.4m. At €63.2m sales this quarter were 8.1% lower than in 2014 (€68.8m). Operating profit in this segment stood at €1.2m compared to the prior-year figure of €4m. KBA anticipates a significant rise in both figures in the third and fourth quarter in particular with the delivery of larger security press orders.

    Fewer sales in Europe – more in North America
    Compared to 2014 an €8.8m decrease in domestic sales to €35.3m raised the export level from 79.3% to 80.1%. Deliveries to other parts of Europe fell to €46.3m. This region’s contribution to group sales was below average at 26.1% (2014: 31%). Business in North America jumped from €24.4m to €30.2m, or 11.4% to 17% of the total. The proportion generated by Asia and the Pacific stood at 28.5%. Given the dip in demand in China the total sales volume of €50.5m in this region was less than the previous year (€64.9m). At €15m revenue attributable to Latin America and Africa came to 8.5% of group sales.

    High net liquidity of almost €170m
    Cash flows from operating activities improved to –€29.3m (2014: –€51.3m) despite considerable cash outflows for severance payments. A drop in trade receivables and higher customer prepayments contributed to this improvement. Active working capital management cut inventories by around €70m year-on-year. After deducting funds for investing activities, at –€31.1m our free cash flow was also healthier (2014: –€54.4m). Along with ample credit lines, funds at 31 March came to €186m. Less bank loans of €16.8m, net liquidity stood at €169.2m. A further decrease in the discount rate for German pensions contributed significantly towards reducing KBA’s equity ratio to 18%.

    Payroll down by over 900
    At the end of March 2015 there were 5,321 employees on the KBA group payroll, 916 fewer than twelve months earlier (6,237). Excluding apprentices, trainees, employees exempted from their duties and staff on phased retirement schemes the group workforce sank to 4,711. This total is expected to fall to around 4,500 following the completion of the group restructuring programme in 2016. At 6.1% KBA’s training rate remains remarkable.

    Outlook: Over €1bn in sales and up to 2% EBT margin
    With new orders up almost 30% in the first quarter, KBA performed above average as, according to statistics from the VDMA (German Machinery and Plant Manufacturer’s Association), over 12% fewer orders for German printing equipment were placed during this period. The positive trend in terms of incoming orders in Sheetfed Solutions continued in April. The success of Print China and the group’s strong footing in packaging printing proved to be beneficial. The delivery structure at KBA will change substantially in 2015. Its web offset business is contributing less and less to group sales. In contrast, high-volume digital inkjet printing is gaining in importance as KBA-Digital & Web Solutions addresses new applications, such as industrial decor printing. An inkjet web press for the corrugated market co-developed with HP opens up additional opportunities. It is being manufactured in Würzburg and will be unveiled to the industry in the fourth quarter.
    Today sheetfed offset presses and related systems generate over 50% of the group’s sales. Packaging printers dominate the business of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions and the majority of companies in the Special Solutions segment. In this segment presses and systems for producing banknotes make the largest contribution to the company’s sales and earnings. They mainly go to government clients not usually from industrialised countries which makes planning the security press business difficult. Nevertheless, the KBA group’s broad line up levels out segment-related fluctuations in demand and facilitates adjustments to market shifts.
    As is typical for the industry, the KBA group will once again generate far more than half of its sales in the second-half of the year. The same is true of the security press business. With this in mind, the sales target of over €1bn in 2015 remains realistic. The KBA management board is also targeting an improvement in earnings to an EBT margin of up to 2% given an expected rise in sales.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    26.05.2015   Screen launches 'best-in-class' roll-to-roll system for Truepress Jet W3200UV printer    ( Company news )

    Company news Screen Graphic and Precision Solutions announces the global launch of a 3.2m wide roll-to-roll system for its Truepress Jet W3200UV. The new system integrates with the flatbed Truepress Jet W3200UV to turn it into one of the industry’s most versatile wide-format printers, producing high-quality UV print on both sheeted and roll-fed substrates at 150 sqm/hr.

    The Truepress Jet W3200UV flat/roll printer is a joint development between Screen and its subsidiary company Inca Digital. It unites Screen’s roll media handling technology, developed for its successful high-end digital web presses, with Inca’s leading digital flatbed technology. Able to handle rolls from 0.75m up to 3.2m wide, the new system can be purchased with a new printer or can be easily retro-fitted in the field. Very easy to use, the operator can switch from a fast flatbed into a fast roll-fed printer in the time it takes to walk around the machine! Once the table is locked the printer effectively converts into roll mode. The 3.2m x 1.6m wide flatbed table is driven by magnetically encoded linear motors to achieve precision movement. In addition, the printer includes features typically found on printers that come with much higher price tags, such as pop-up registration pins, auto-cleaning capability, intelligent nozzle mapping and a head-crash detection system.

    The Truepress Jet W3200UV features six colours plus two white-ink channels and different print modes which can be selected depending on the finished product. For example, Photo Quality and Fine Photo Quality modes can reproduce fine lines, serif fonts and detail in highlight areas, while the Production Mode is optimized for point-of-purchase materials. Text as small as 4-point and 6-point reversed are sharp and legible in all modes. Like the flatbed machine, the new roll system features an advanced multilayer option enabling up to 8 layers to be merged.

    As a result, this single all-round printer can produce the widest range of both commodity and high-value products, such as everyday display graphics, hard/soft signage, wallcoverings, banners, lorry curtains, window film, quality POS, 1 to 8 multi-layers, backlit and day/night graphics and accurate 75lpi lenticulars.

    “Retailers today want their print suppliers to be able to produce a wide variety of graphics and POS products using many different solid and flexible substrates, with a fast turnaround and at the best quality,” says Bui Burke, Vice-President, Screen Europe. “The versatile Truepress Jet W3200UV’s ability to print on both roll and flat materials at full 150 sq/m hr production speeds delivers the best of both worlds. No other printer comes close to this level of flexibility.”

    There are two models of the Truepress available: the 85sqm/hr Truepress Jet W3200UV ST and the 150sqm/hr Truepress Jet W3200UV HS. Users can upgrade from the ST to the HS on-site as and when they wish.
    (Screen Europe)
     
    26.05.2015   Rottneros initiates investment program to increase capacity in both its mills, Vallvik Mill and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Rottneros Mill

    The Rottneros Board has decided to make the first investments of 180 MSEK to increase production capacity at both the Group mills, Vallvik Mill and Rottneros Mill, to ensure continuous progress and growth.

    This means that the new plan prepared by management, Agenda 500, starts immediately. Agenda 500 is a long-term industrial plan to increase the capacity of the Group through successive investments. Investments are made in renewed production equipment and organization to increase capacity and eliminate bottlenecks in the two mills.

    The long-term objective is to expand Rottneros' total capacity to reach a business volume of at least 460,000 tons of pulp annually, compared to the 345,000 tonnes produced last year. The rate of the investments will be determined by Rottneros' ability to allocate the increased volumes in the market.

    The total framework amounts to around SEK 800 million for the whole Agenda 500 divided into SEK 400 million medium-term and SEK 400 million in the longer term.

    "We are very pleased with the positive development within Rottneros and the implementation of Fokus 15. Agenda 500 builds on our successful focus on high-quality pulp and we look to the future with great confidence", says Chairman Rune Ingvarsson.

    Rottneros' CEO Per Lundeen (photo), who together with the management teams at the two mills has developed Agenda 500, is convinced that the operations will gain significantly from continued investment and development of the niche strategy.

    "The Vallvik Mill and Rottneros Mill produce high quality and specialized pulp and they have been very successful with their market positioning towards more and more specialty products. The success of our specialty products has created resources and given us the courage to take this step and thus secure the future of the Rottneros Group and the two mills." says Per Lundeen.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     
    26.05.2015   Ence's General Meeting of Shareholders approves a dividend of 10 cents per share    ( Company news )

    Company news It represents a return of 3% shareholder

    • The successful restructuring and cost reduction plans of the company, the growth of pulp prices and the appreciation of the dollar, will mean a major boost to the results of Ence in 2015.
    • Given the positive outlook for the continuity of the factory Ence in Pontevedra, Ence expressed strong commitment to environmental excellence, job creation and quality of life of citizens.
    • Ence will begin implementing the new facade of its factory in Pontevedra to minimize their visual impact and working on a new and advanced treatment system that will allow the reuse of process water and minimize the effluent into the sea.

    The Ence's General Meeting of Shareholders held today has approved a dividend of 0.10 euros per share, representing a shareholder return of 3% on the price of Ence's Day communication of the proposal.
    As the President of Ence - Energía y Celulosa Juan Luis Arregui said, the company undertook during the year 2014 a "profound restructuring" has already been completed "with a year in advance."

    Ence will concentrate its efforts in 2015 on reducing costs and improving competitiveness. As explained by the Vice Chairman and CEO of the company, Ignacio de Colmenares, "Ence will overcome this year the profit that was before the electricity reform" and stressed that measures provide an increase in EBITDA of 77 million euros and reducing costs nearly 40 euros / tonne production.
    In addition, the rise in international pulp prices and the appreciation of the dollar against the euro are driving more results to Ence this year. "For every 5 cent appreciation of the US currency recalled Colmenares-, our sales revenues are increased by more than 15 million euros".
    Another factor contributing to the rapid recovery of Ence is the good performance of pulp prices in recent months in Europe, the market for Ence. Thus Prices are offering a progressive improvement from the $ 734 / ton in the last quarter of 2014, with prices of $ 770 / ton today and announced price increases of $ 810.

    Ignacio de Colmenares also referred to plans for business growth and biomass renewable energy production of cellulose. In the first case, Ence announced that support their growth projects "aimed at markets with high sales prices of energy markets requiring renewable energy and sustainable basis, including island systems are a magnificent goal, and, of course, with minimal regulatory risk".
    Regarding the "organic" growth in the pulp business, the CEO spoke about Ence plans to increase its production capacity by 40,000 cellulose in the Operations Center Ence in Navia (Asturias). The company also plans to increase the capacity of its factory in Pontevedra, whose continuity, Colmenares said, "begins to clear".

    “Ence will not dissapoint Pontevedra”
    Juan Luis Arregui also referred to the Galician factory of Ence Energía y Celulosa. He thanked the "support continuity" of different political parties and citizen groups of Pontevedra and Galicia. He said "Ence will not disappoint Pontevedra".
    "I understand and agree that the population of Pontevedra requires us to have an environmental exemplary factory”, Arregui said. And the same words - "I understand and share it" - referred to the need to integrate scenically factory and keep increasing the generation of wealth in the environment. Ence president said that the "obligation" of the company is "making this factory regain competitiveness and make it a model" of industrial facility.
    Referring to Ence’s Galician factory, Ignacio Colmenares stressed the need to "seal a new pact with the city of Pontevedra and its region". The Managing Director of Ence said the company is committed to "putting progressively implemented a whole series of projects that will ensure environmental excellence of our facilities. And we are ready to prove that we will continue creating wealth, jobs and prosperity for the city of Pontevedra and its region through unique initiatives and business and social investments. "
    "Let's start with the implementation of the new facade of the factory to minimize its visual impact on the estuary. I also want you to know that we are working with a leading company in water treatment in a new treatment that allows the reuse of our process water, minimizing water use and effluent Lérez river to the sea. As odors, we reiterate our commitment to final disposal”, said Ignacio de Colmenares.
    The Vice President and Managing Director concluded by noting that "in 2015 will see catapulted the results of Ence, significantly above what we announced at the last General Meeting of Shareholders".
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)
     

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