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    08.07.2015   Fiskeby: New/old logistics solution for the United Kingdom    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news Innovative corrugated board desk developed by packaging experts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo: Steve Voorhees, CEO, WestRock Company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Mike, Drummond, VP Pan European Sales at Smurfit Kappa, says: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way by one of our most important customers with whom we have built genuine strategic engagement to deliver value across critical aspects of its business. It’s a perfect example of our ‘Open the future’ strategy in action, combining real insight, true innovation and operational excellence to create opportunities for our customers and their brands. It’s a real testament not only to our own teams, from innovation to design to logistics, but more importantly the team at Nestlé who have constantly embraced new thinking, ideas and innovations as we have built our partnership.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    07.07.2015   Don't miss your place at Paper Middle East Exhibition    ( Company news )

    Company news We cordially invite you to participate at Paper Middle East 2015 - The 7th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging.

    The Exhibition covering the wide spectrum of Paper, Board, Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products, Packing, Packaging, Printing Industries.

    Date: October 22nd -24th , 2015
    Venue: Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt
    Halls: 1,2,3

    Why Paper Middle East 2015? ... Because you will:
    -Meet face to face with Official Trade Missions and buyers hosted from African & Middle East countries
    -Three co-located industrial exhibitions to serve Paper – Tissue Paper – Packaging industries.
    -Target strategic opportunities in the Middle East& Africa the fastest growing market with higher return on foreign investments
    -Plan your marketing and sales strategy for the upcoming years
    -Enhance your corporate image, make your brand visible in the Middle East & Africa
    -Meet all paper industry market leaders
    -Launch and showcase new products and technologies
    -Evaluate your competitors' position in the Middle East & Africa
    -Manage your relationship with current overseas customers, agents, and distributers
    -Gain media exposure for your business in Africa & Middle East

    Participating Countries
    In addition to the Egyptian leading Companies, we are proud to host International Participation from: Belgium, Austria, Saudi Arabia, China, France, Jordan, Germany, Hong Kong, Greece, Italy, India, Lebanon, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and much more.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    06.07.2015   RACCOONbyOMETTM redefines washing of the printing section of tissue converting machines    ( Company news )

    Company news RACCOONbyOMETTM, washing system for plates, is among the many innovations that OMET presents at iT's Tissue 2015.

    RACCOONbyOMETTM is a newly developed washing system for flexo plates built in the machine. The water pumping in the pipes fully eliminates the processing waste with the objective to increase the printing quality level.

    It is a system of simple design that offers a superior performance. It renews and improves the present equipment on OMET’s tissue converting machines produced up to now.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    06.07.2015   SYNTHRON LAUCHES A NEW INNOVATIVE RELEASE AID FOR THE PAPER INDUSTRY    ( Company news )

    Company news The Paper Making Industry has faced a lot of restructuring over recent years. But despite all of the changes SYNTHRON has continued to develop new and exciting products for this Industrial Sector.

    SYNTHRON is a subsidiary of the PROTEX INTERNATIONAL Group and has been active for more than 40 years in the paper making industry. The Group invests 5% of sales turnover in R&D to develop innovative products for paper-makers and paper pulp producers.

    SYNTHRON has a strong range of products for tissue making, packaging and specialty papers, SYNTHRON anticipates the needs of customers by developing expertise for products and applications which can be applied to a wide variety of substrates, in the this strongly growing segment.

    SYNTHRON manufactures Paper Making chemical auxiliary products at the industrial site of Saint-Avold in Moselle and Auzouer-en-Touraine in Indre-et-Loire in France and also in United States and in China.

    SYNTHRON recently launched SYNTHRO®-PEL SCR 38, which has been developed, produced and marketed in Europe. The interesting feature of SYNTHRO®-PEL SCR 38 is that the product based on different chemistry to replace the silicone which is usually contained in most Release Aids, which also usually require the use of a separate catalyst which can then add to production costs...

    SYNTHRO®PEL SR 38 is based on non-silicone materials and the application process does not require the need for a separate catalyst this can offer some interesting potential cost-savings.

    Many paper based products have a requirement for a “Release Aid”, such as product labels, glassine paper, transfer papers which are use print a motif on textiles and clothing.

    According to Robert MOOR, President of SYNTHRON: “our Company is involved in various industrial sectors, and we have worked in the Paper Making manufacturing sector for many years. Here our main focus has been on specialties and niches, such as Release Aids. We have a Research Centre in France and product application centres round the world SYNTHRON continues to enjoy an excellent reputation for new product development and innovation”

    SYNTHRON continues to build strong partnerships with both private and public, French and overseas R + D organizations, within a framework of a research programme for paper making auxiliary chemicals. And in particular, Robert MOOR stays on the lookout for opportunities for external growth to strengthen the Groups overall position.
    (Synthron S.A.S.)
     
    06.07.2015   Introducing the Next Generation in Wet Label Protection    ( Company news )

    Company news Monadnock Envi Enhanced Barrier Beverage Labels

    Leveraging EarthCoating® Technology, Monadnock Now Offers Enhanced Label Offering for Beer and Wine Brands

    Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. (MPM), a family-owned manufacturer that delivers high-performance specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, announced an innovation in high performance beverage labels. Monadnock Envi® Enhanced Barrier (EB) Label with EarthCoating® is now available in a 100 percent post-consumer-waste fiber, bright white, smooth stock and a virgin fiber, bright white, vellum stock. The next generation in wet label protection, these drop-in replacements for BOPP (Bi-Oriented Polypropylene) film laminated labels offer superior aesthetics, performance and sustainability for products that are subject to high-moisture conditions, such as white wines and craft beers.

    Monadnock entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Smart Planet Technologies for use of its extruded EarthCoating technology for adhesive beverage labels in North America in December 2014. With this coating, the high performance labels contain less plastic and adhesive, while offering improved opacity, brightness and wet-strength when compared to traditional BOPP film laminated labels. These properties translate into beautiful results, even after spending hours in an ice bucket.

    “We have expanded our Envi EB label line offering beverage brands the option of tactile vellum virgin fiber or smooth 100 percent recycled fiber,” said Tim Boyd, Market Segment Manager at Monadnock. “Both of these high-performance Envi Label Stocks will retain their beauty, integrity and brightness during the converting and bottling process and after hours immersed in an ice bucket.”

    “Customers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, so the ability for brands to offer labels with less plastic holds enormous appeal,” said Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock. “This innovation aligns well with our plastic-replacement strategy and complements our Envi Portfolio of substrates which provides brands with sustainable options that do not require a compromise in performance or aesthetics.”
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
     
    06.07.2015   Fedrigoni: Fire at the Verona plant    ( Company news )

    Company news The Company announces that on Friday (July 3) a fire broke out at the plant in Verona which affected a limited part of the production premises.
    The situation is completely under control thanks to the security procedures that were immediately activated. The Staff was not involved: promptly evacuated in accordance with the accident prevention protocols, it did not report any consequence.
    The Company expects to resume production within a few days.
    (Fedrigoni)
     
    06.07.2015   Valmet to supply winding technology for Parenco's paper machine grade conversion rebuild    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Parenco B. V. with high capacity winder for company's containerboard making line PM2 in Renkum, Netherlands. The PM2 was shut down in 2009 by mill's earlier owner due to declining demand of newsprint paper. Now, the machine will be converted to produce testliner and fluting grades, which are used in containerboards. The converted PM2 is scheduled to start-up during the third quarter of 2016.

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

    "Valmet's winding technology enables high capacity and reliable production of lightweight packaging board. The proof of this is our strong reference base in Europe. Our OptiWin two drum winders are well suited for multiple grades and models are available for all machine widths", says Kenneth Åkerlund, Product Manager, Winders and Reels, from Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    Parenco's PM2 has a trim width of 8.5 m. After the conversion it will produce testliner and fluting grades at a capacity of around 385,000 tonnes/yr.
    Valmet's delivery includes a fully automated OptiWin two-drum winder comprising core feeding, automatic set change and an end gluing device. Valmet's delivery also includes parent roll handling system, fully automatic roll marking and roll conveyor system, automatic core cutting and core handling system as well as related pulper and air systems and machine control system.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.07.2015   International Paper Releases 2014 Sustainability Report Demonstrating Significant Progress ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... on 2020 Sustainability Goals, Showcasing Advances in Environmental and Social Commitments

    International Paper released its 2014 Sustainability Report sharing progress against its voluntary sustainability goals, a new sustainability strategy and highlighting collaborations that advance sustainability throughout the life cycle of its products. The 2014 report features stories from around the world that collectively capture some of International Paper's key sustainability efforts and impacts.

    As a global manufacturer operating in more than 24 countries, natural resources are crucial to International Paper's supply chain. This is why the company is continuously working to improve all aspects of their value chain, especially sourcing of wood fiber, water use, and energy efficiency.

    "International Paper uses renewable natural resources to make products that people depend on every day," said Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO, International Paper. "Our commitment to active stewardship of these resources is in our nature, and has been for more than 117 years. We have made significant progress on our sustainability goals and believe that a sharp focus will help us accelerate our results to benefit our customers, our company and the communities where we operate."

    Here is a high-level summary of 2014 accomplishments included in the report:
    - Safety: Eliminating fatalities and injuries in the workplace is International Paper's highest priority. The company's Life-Changing Injury and Fatality Elimination (LIFE) safety program has reduced life-impacting injuries by 68 percent since its inception.
    - Water Use: Recognizing the growing importance of global water usage, International Paper has mapped all mills based on water-related risk to initiate water conservation opportunities.
    - Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions: Since 2010, International Paper has reduced GHGs by 8.3 percent and improved energy efficiency by 6.1 percent by improving processes, equipment, and procedures.
    - Forest Stewardship: International Paper is a global leader in responsible forest stewardship and committed to continuous improvement. The company has surpassed the original goal of 15 percent third-party-certified fiber volume, with a 27.8 percent increase in certified fiber volume since 2010.
    - Ethics and Compliance: In 2014, International Paper expanded the number of suppliers trained in their Supplier Code of Conduct and obtained commitments of compliance from the vast majority of suppliers globally.

    To view the complete report online or to order a hard copy, please visit www.ipsustainability.com
    (International Paper)
     
    03.07.2015   KOALAbyOMETTM: the changing of the embossing as a true selling point    ( Company news )

    Company news The introduction of magnetic plates in replacement of embossing cylinders makes the changing of embossing, one of the most demanding operations in the domain of tissue converting, simple and low-cost. Let us explain how.

    KOALAbyOMETTM is OMET’s revolutionary embossing change system through magnetic plates having its Premiere during iT’s tissue 2015.

    In KOALAbyOMETTM the changing of the embossing takes place through the replacement of two magnetic plates (and not the whole cylinder), coupled, placed on a plain embossing cylinder. In practice, the operator no longer has to handle the heavy embossing cylinders, but simply apply to them - which remain in a fixed position on the machine - the magnetic plates bearing the design of the chosen embossing.

    Using the embossing unit KOALAbyOMETTM, the costs of equipment costs are lowered by 90 percent or more and their procurement times are shortened, thus eliminating the risk of receiving uncompliant cylinders. Moreover, it is not necessary anymore to use of lifting hoists and warehouses for the embossing tools. Preparation and register of the embossing also become quicker to perform. The plates, entering coupled onto the cylinder, are automatically in register and immediately operational.
    The dramatic costs cut of embossing broadens the boundaries in terms of customization options. It becomes possible, in fact, to create any type of customized embossing/printing to emphasize written texts and images at minimum cost and with short delivery times! Very interesting also the possible combination of KOALAbyOMETTM with the digital printing unit CHAMELEONbyOMETTM for on-demand printing and embossing.
    KOALAbyOMETTM is a modular system which makes the embossing a strategic variable in the management of customer requests thanks to the wide possibilities of customization.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    03.07.2015   Tissue World Jakarta: The contrasting implications of deforestation in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news The pulp and paper industry in Indonesia has long been linked to forest clearance, habitat destruction, and haze-causing forest fires. Plagued by the highest rate of deforestation on the planet (Source: TIME magazine, July 2014), Indonesia is also the second biggest world exporter of tissue paper jumbo rolls.

    Are we hopelessly witnessing the unfolding of a catastrophe or is the country acting on it?
    After years of being under scrutiny for their practices, key players of the pulp and paper industry have pledged to commit to zero deforestation across their supply chains. But while companies have vowed to implement policies to ensure sustainable sourcing of raw materials, we are yet to see how far this will be achieved. How actually committed is the pulp industry to go deforestation-free? What are the factors that might pose as an obstacle to achieve this goal and how will tissue manufacturers react to the mounting pressure of green activists if the target is not met in the near future? Will these policies affect the relevant competitive and comparative advantage the Indonesian pulp industry demonstrates? Can the government also play a part by providing a more beneficial business climate?

    Come join us at Tissue World Jakarta during 28 - 30 October 2015 and get precious first-hand information on these and many other controversial topics.
    (UBM Asia)
     
    03.07.2015   Paul Christensson - Vice Chairman of Södra    ( Company news )

    Company news Paul Christensson (photo) has been appointed new Vice Chairman of Södra's Board. Paul Christensson, born in 1959, has been a member of Södra's Board since 2010.

    His previous assignments include Chairman of the Västra Götaland branch of the Federation of Swedish Farmers, and he is currently Chairman of Agroväst and a member of the Supervisory Council for the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland.

    Södra's previous Vice Chairman, Anders Grennborg, stepped down from his position on the Board at the Annual General Meeting on 19 May.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    03.07.2015   Flint Group finds the easy way to create flat top dots    ( Company news )

    Company news nyloflex® FTF Digital – an inherently flat top plate with special, textured surface for flexible packaging

    Flat top dot and surface screening technologies provide high quality print results in flexo printing, but the reproduction still requires a complex prepress process and extensive plate making with additional steps and equipment. Flint Group Flexographic Products now introduces a new and easy way to achieve the same results – with the nyloflex® FTF Digital plate for flexible packaging.

    FTF stands for Flat Top Dot plate for Flexible Packaging. The new flexo plate provides flat top dots by simply processing it like any standard digital plate; no change, no additional equipment, processing step or consumable item is required. A special, textured plate surface eliminates the need for time consuming surface screening. The texture of the plate provides an even ink laydown and increases solid ink density with just a standard resolution of 2,400 or 2,540 dpi. Following the easy way allows achieving a significant reduction in complexity and increased efficiency in the prepress and plate making process. The nyloflex® FTF Digital is the first commercially available product providing such unique features.

    nyloflex® FTF Digital plates display the advantages of flat top dot geometry, such as less dot gain variation resulting in improved production consistency, as well as a reduced bump-up, while reaching the first stable tonal values of e.g., 1.2% at 60 L/cm (152 lpi) thus increasing image contrast. Extensive field trials showed a significant improvement of the typical trail edge void effect with the use of the nyloflex® FTF Digital plate.

    The new photopolymer flexo printing plate, nyloflex® FTF Digital, will be available to the market in the thicknesses of 1.14 mm (.045”) and 1.70 mm (.067”) in July 2015.
    (Flint Group Germany GmbH)
     
    03.07.2015   DS SMITH PLC – 2014/15 FULL YEAR RESULTS Continued momentum in performance, scale ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...and quality of the business

    Highlights
    -Strong growth in profits, returns and dividends, despite FX headwinds
    -Organic corrugated box volume growth of +3.1%
    oAcceleration in H2
    oMarket share gains
    -Strengthened the quality of the business portfolio and continued value creation from acquisitions
    o Four acquisitions announced in the year
    -Continued delivery against all our medium-term targets
    oSignificant improvement in return on sales and ROACE
    oStrong cashflow and working capital performance
    oNet debt reduced to £651 million, 1.49x EBITDA

    Miles Roberts (photo), Group Chief Executive, commented:
    “This has been another good year for DS Smith. In a fast changing retail and consumer environment, packaging is more relevant than ever. The progress in the business with customers is evidenced by accelerating volume growth, together with increased margins and returns, from our unique and enhanced offering.
    We also have momentum behind developing our business portfolio to improve the quality of our business. We have been delighted with the positive customer reaction to our recent acquisitions. The progress we continue to make with global customers, together with the opportunities we see for growth as we expand our international reach and offer ing, gives us confidence to increase our medium-term margin
    target by 100 basis points, and, notwithstanding the continued challenging market environment, we remain excited about the prospects for the business.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    02.07.2015   Pöyry awarded Environmental Impact Assessment services assignment by Finnpulp Oy for...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... planned pulp mill in Finland

    Photo: Nicholas Oksanen, President at Pöyry, Industry Business Group

    Finnpulp Oy has awarded Pöyry with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) assignment for a planned pulp mill project in Kuopio, Finland. The assessment program includes Finnpulp Oy's plans on the various implementation alternatives for the mill project and a plan on the environmental impacts to be assessed. In addition to the construction and operation of the pulp mill itself, the assessment procedure will cover the essential auxiliary activities required by the mill such as road and rail connections and the power transmission network.

    Finnpulp Oy is planning to realise the world's largest softwood pulp mill investment in Kuopio, Finland. The total amount of the investment is EUR 1.4 billion. The basis for all Finnpulp operations is to become the most efficient and modern producer of softwood pulp in the world. Producing market pulp, the mill is scheduled to start operation by the end of 2019.

    The annual production capacity of this pulp mill, designed specifically to produce raw materials for the tissue and packaging board industries, is 1.2 million tons. In addition, it will produce bioelectricity and wood-based biochemicals such as tall oil and turpentine. It is estimated that the mill will use about 6.7 million cubic meters of wood raw material per year.

    "It was easy and smooth to continue the EIA with Pöyry after the prefeasibility study of the pulp mill. At Pöyry the industrial and environmental knowledge is combined in a way that suits Finnpulp's requirements", says Timo Piilonen, Project Director of Finnpulp.

    "The traditional pulp & paper industry is in transition towards a bio-based product business. As the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy, we are proud to support our clients in this transition towards more sustainable solutions. Pöyry is honored to be able to support Finnpulp in the development of this remarkable project", says Nicholas Oksanen, President, Industry Business Group.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q2/2015.
    (Pöyry Plc)
     
    02.07.2015   Production open-house at KBA in Würzburg a resounding success    ( Company news )

    Company news A turnout of 1,000 amazed KBA employees on day two following 50 VIPs

    Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) invited representatives from the world of politics, science, business and the media as well as active and former employees to two production open days at its main plant in Würzburg, Germany, on 12 and 13 June. This came just some two years before the celebrations for the company’s 200th jubilee in September 2017. Around 50 prominent guests and almost 1,000 KBA staff and their families were amazed by how concealed behind the site’s walls the cradle of press engineering has been fundamentally modernised as part of the realignment in place since 2014, especially as the media has often reported negatively on print and the press engineering industry recently.

    As KBA CEO and president Claus Bolza-Schünemann made clear on Friday when talking about the development of the company to external guests, the management board believes in the solid future of print in all its diversity despite the necessary company realignment due to media shifts. Along with setbacks for traditional print media, he mentioned that there are certainly also growing print markets. These range from all kinds of packaging and different kinds of digitally produced prints to industrial printing of decoration and laminates.

    Well-positioned for growing print markets
    The KBA group has a very broad portfolio and is well-placed in growing packaging and industrial print markets. KBA continues to rely on its extensive expertise in tailor-made press technology for various markets and substrates ranging from paper to board and metal, corrugated, film and glass. With an eye on the future in recent years KBA has invested a figure in the double-digit millions in its main facility in Würzburg in parallel to personnel adjustments. New halls for manufacturing and the foundry as well as a new design centre were erected. In 2014 and in recent months highly efficient machines for precision machining large parts were installed and the reorganisation of production and assembly islands including logistics took place which entailed a raft of relocations. The visiting external experts and KBA staff who hadn’t seen the plant from the inside for a long time were impressed by the facility’s technical equipment and the new ergonomic work spaces for assembly.

    Precision manufacturing also for other machinery engineers
    Along with components for KBA presses, the specialists in Würzburg also cast and manufacture precision parts today for prominent external mechanical engineering and plant manufacturers. The new business unit KBA-Industrial Solutions aims to extend its order manufacturing services to other companies. As well as producing various components made of casting, steel or metal, this KBA company is also able to offer assembly, engineering and logistic services. It is thus an interesting partner for other machine manufacturers looking to outsource or in the event of capacity shortages. Accordingly, in addition to Würzburg KBA has also invested strongly in its plant in Radebeul including latest surface coating technology for cylinders and rotating parts.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    02.07.2015   Logson Group Completes Acquisition of Jardin Corrugated Cases    ( Company news )

    Company news The Logson Group, the UK's largest independent supplier of corrugated packaging, announces the acquisition of Jardin Corrugated Cases, an independent integrated facility based in Ely Cambridgeshire.

    Jardin Corrugated Cases has a turnover in excess of £15m, with a leading position within the horticultural sector. Delivering a high service offering, primarily focussed within the South East Region.

    Kevin Hennessy, Jardin Managing Director, who will continue to lead the business, commented: "I am personally delighted we have found such an ideal fit. In joining Logson, we have the security of being part of an excellent Group, with a first class reputation in our industry. The Logson culture will allow us to maintain our independent flair, backed by the financial strength and scale of the UK's 4th largest player. We have exciting plans for our business moving forward and this move can only enhance our offering to both existing and new customers."

    Alex Kelly (photo), CEO of Logson Group added: "The acquisition of Jardin, in addition to our £15m investment plan this year, is a clear indication of our continued desire to grow within the UK market. Jardin represents our first step into the integrated sector, as well as enhancing our regional profile in the South East."

    Jardin will join the three existing Logson brands of Board24, Boxes and Packaging and Cases24. Collectively they form a unique mix of companies offering a full range of corrugated packaging solutions from 17 locations across the UK.
    (Logson Group)
     
    02.07.2015   Liansheng BM 8 convinces with a stable and efficient first year of production     ( Company news )

    Company news Stable and productive was the performance of the Voith supplied Liansheng BM 8 board machine during the first year at Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China. Convinced by the performance of the Liansheng BM 8, the Vice General Manager of Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry, Xue Rongjun, said, “Voith’s vast technological experience, high system efficiency and low operating costs are quite attractive.”

    The remarkably smooth cooperation between Voith and Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry resulted in planned daily production being reached less than two months after start-up. Furthermore, daily production has continued to exceed expectations.

    With a 7,300 mm wire width and 1,100 m/min design speed, the Liansheng BM 8 produces White Lined Chipboard in a basis weight range of 200 to 450 g/m² and coated White Top Testliner from 175 to 200 g/m². The yearly production will reach 700,000 tons.

    With the advantage of Voith’s DF Coat curtain coating technology, which allows that virgin fibers can be replaced by secondary fibers for the coating layer, the BM 8 can produce board and packaging paper grades from 100% secondary fibers. This will help to achieve Fujian Liansheng Industry’s aims for recycling, resource conservation and sustainable development. At the same time, Voith has improved production properties so that whiteness and optical properties can be optimized as required with a much smoother surface.

    Voith also delivered an automation package including the Machine Control System (MCS) and the Quality Control System (QCS). Also included in the scope of supply after start-up were fabrics, services for training, and technological support.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    02.07.2015   Metso receives comprehensive valve solutions order for Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill expansion ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in Sweden

    Metso has been chosen as the main supplier of valve solutions for Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill expansion in Sweden. The extensive valve delivery includes a total of about 700 ball, segment and butterfly valves for on-off and control applications from the Neles® and Jamesbury® (photo) product portfolios. The control valves are equipped with Neles® ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up. To enable good service levels for Södra Cell's pulp mill and other flow control customers in Sweden, Metso opens a new valve service center in the Gothenburg area. The new service center will be operational in autumn 2015.

    The valve order for the plant was placed by Valmet, which operates as a major supplier of rebuilt and new equipment for the pulp mill expansion. On completion of the project, Värö will be one of the world's largest softwood sulphate pulp mills. The renewed pulp mill is scheduled to start up in the third quarter of 2016.

    "Metso's strong valve solutions know-how for the pulp and paper industry is unmatched and our global reference list is extensive. We are pleased that our reliable valve solutions will also support Södra Cell's mill expansion by maximizing pulp process availability and increasing efficiency. Based on our application knowledge of our experts on a well thought out valve component scope means that future valve maintenance will be easier to manage and will bring cost competitiveness for them," emphasizes Tom Adolfsson, Sales and Services Director, Sweden, Flow Control.

    "Metso continuously improves its service capability and scope of offering to help our customers ensure outstanding long-term process performance with high reliability and safety. The new service center in the Gothenburg area strengthens Metso's position to stage, test and repair large numbers of valves to meet customers' high-volume, fast-turnaround repair and service needs during scheduled plant shutdowns," Adolfsson continues.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. Part of this order is included in Metso's first-quarter 2015 orders received, and divided bookings will follow during the second and third quarters of 2015.

    Leading flow control offering and service solutions for 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. Metso's flow control services are available through more than 40 service centers worldwide, employing over 400 dedicated service professionals with in-depth valve application expertise.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    02.07.2015   ARCHROMA SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES USD 515 MILLION CREDIT FACILITIES OFFERING     ( Company news )

    Company news •Senior secured term loans and revolving credit facility of approximately USD 515 million
    • Loans to be used to refinance Archroma's existing debt and support the acquisition of BASF's textile chemicals business

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals for the textile, paper and emulsions sectors, announced that it entered into a senior secured credit agreement that provides for credit facilities totaling approximately USD 515 million.

    The credit facilities are comprised of a USD 75 million multi-currency revolving credit facility, a USD 220 million senior secured term loan and a EUR 200 million senior secured term loan.

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited and HSBC Bank plc acted as Global Coordinators, Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers for the senior secured credit agreement. ICICI Bank UK plc acted as Bookrunner and Mandated Lead Arranger. Credit Suisse AG and UBS Switzerland AG acted as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Itau BBA International plc acted as Lead Arrangers.

    The new credit facilities will be used to refinance Archroma's existing debt, as well as to support the acquisition of BASF’s textile chemicals business announced on July 1, 2015.

    Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have published their respective ratings for the Archroma group and its new credit facilities.

    In a report issued on June 15, 2015, Moody’s, the investor service agency, assigned a B2 corporate family rating to SK Spice Holding Sarl, the ultimate parent company of the Archroma group. Moody’s also assigned a B2 rating to the loan and credit package. The outlook on all ratings by Moody's is stable. In its report, Moody's comments that the stable outlook reflects its expectation that Archroma will maintain adequate liquidity, smoothly integrate the BASF textile chemicals business after the intended acquisition closes, and execute on its current rationalization and cost efficiency programs.

    Standard & Poor’s announced on June 18, 2015 that it had assigned a preliminary "B" long-term rating, with stable outlook, to SK Spice Holding Sarl (Archroma) and a "3" recovery rating to the term loans.

    "The successful refinancing and ratings issued by Moody's and Standard & Poor’s are consistent with Archroma's current size, revenue and profitability," comments Roland Waibel, Chief Financial Officer of Archroma. "Archroma continues to move forward on its path to becoming the preferred chemicals and dyes supplier in our industries through organic growth and acquisitions," Mr. Waibel adds. "We wanted to show an objective rating from leading agencies to allow our financial partners, as well as our customers and suppliers, to share our confidence in Archroma and its ability to deliver on its ambitions."
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    02.07.2015   Lecta to Showcase Its New Label Solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s largest event for the label industry will take place from September 29 to October 2 in Brussels

    Lecta, a leading European manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, will be present at this year’s edition of “Labelexpo Europe”, where it will showcase new features in its one-side coated, metallized, cast-coated and thermal papers and pressure-sensitive materials. Lecta’s extensive range of innovative, environmentally friendly products for a wide variety of end uses makes Lecta one of the foremost suppliers of paper-based solutions worldwide.

    At Labelexpo, Adestor -Lecta’s range of self-adhesive materials- will present SA234, a new water-soluble acrylic adhesive that leaves no residue on the labeled product and that is suitable for all types of reusable transport boxes and trays as well as for other surfaces habitually used in retail such as glass, ceramic and plastic. Another major development is the 23 μm and 30 μm PET release liners for high-speed automatic labeling in the beverage, food and cosmetics sectors. Visitors to our stand will have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the range of facestock that has been designed for premium labels for wine, champagne and spirits in addition to other Adestor products, whose range of permanent adhesives is certified for direct contact with food.

    The new Metalvac E LWS paper, a light wet-strength grade for glue-applied labels of non-returnable glass (eg. single-use beer and water bottles) and plastic containers (PET water and beverage bottles) is the most recent addition to the Metalvac line of metallized papers for high-end labels used in the beverage, food and cosmetics sectors.

    “Endless possibilities” is the title of the new Creaset one-side coated paper swatchbook for labels and flexible packaging: wet-strength grades for returnable water, refreshment and beer bottles, as well as gloss papers for standard food and beverage labels and packaging, are just a few examples of the infinite possibilities that Creaset offers.

    For direct thermal printing applications, Lecta’s Termax thermal papers guarantee perfect bar code definition. Our “Label” range for self-adhesive labels consists of high-sensitivity unprotected thermal papers widely used in the food, logistics and industrial sectors.

    Eurokote is Lecta’s line of cast-coated gloss papers. Their high whiteness, smoothness and high image definition make Eurokote papers the ideal solution for cosmetics, perfume, food and beverage (wine, champagne, spirits and water) labels.

    All of Lecta’s products are manufactured in accordance with ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards and OHAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. They are available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody certifications, thereby guaranteeing that the wood used has been sustainably sourced.

    Discover Lecta’s “All You Need Is Paper” campaign at our stand at Labelexpo Europe 2015, pavilion 5, stand C15, from September 29 to October 2 in Brussels.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    01.07.2015   Duni invests in tissue capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Duni subsidiary Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB will invest approximately 110 MSEK, upgrading their two tissue machines in Skåpafors, Sweden. The investment will increase the tissue capacity at Rexcell by approximately 15% annually.

    Voith GmbH & CO KG has been selected as supplier. This will be the second installation of a new technology in the world and the first in Europe. With this investment Rexcell will have the possibility to develop a new quality standard for tissue napkins. The plan is to have the new technology installed during the second quarter of 2016.

    “As market leader in producing colored tissue for napkins we need to invest in higher efficiency and upgraded materials. This investment will give us the opportunity to develop new products in cooperation with our customers”, says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO of Duni AB.
    (Duni AB)
     
    01.07.2015   Cellulose turning into a supermaterial of the future: Broad-based cooperation multiplying the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... value of Finnish wood

    Cellulose is a supermaterial of the future. This is the view of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa, the collaboration partners who received a EUR 4.9 million strategic research opening granted by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The researchers are working together to develop new biomaterial applications within the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project coordinated by VTT.

    The DWoC project is seeking new design-driven applications for cellulose and is developing related technology as well as exploring new ways to create value in cellulose-based ecosystems. These new materials and innovations can replace fossil-based raw materials in textile products, interior decoration elements and car interior materials.

    "The Government Programme emphasises the importance of the bioeconomy for Finland's future and economic renewal. Renewal necessitates giant research-driven leaps, strong risk taking and national investment in research and innovation funding. Wood the –"green gold" of Finland – is a renewable raw material and wood cellulose can be converted to a golden opportunity when we find new high added value applications alongside the traditional paper and pulp industry," says Project Coordinator Johanna Buchert, Vice President, Research, VTT.

    Broad cooperation is required to promote the bioeconomy and sustainable development. During the first phase of the DWoC project various ways to successfully combine design and materials research were tested. This gave rise both to preliminary product concepts and ideas and to promising technology innovations. During the course of the project yarn made directly from pulp fibre suspension was developed, for example. Manufacturing was started by Spinnova Oy at the beginning of 2015.

    Currently the second phase of the project has started in which textile applications such as 3D printing of cellulose are being developed and the application of cellulose-based materials in the built environment is being studied. In addition to new materials and products, new types of textile manufacturing equipment and processes are being developed. Tekes's funding will enable various operators to collaborate, experiment and seek innovations to create new business ideas and opportunities.

    The future commercialisation of new products and concepts is an important objective. The project will investigate formation of a value producing network of enterprises around cellulose-based material which includes, among others, design-sector companies.

    The DWoC project aims to share information about the potential of cellulose materials and to strengthen the broad-based collaboration network both in Finland and the rest of the world. In order to achieve the national objectives the participation of operators in various sectors is needed, including funders, traditional as well as new companies, research institutions and universities. There is a strong belief in Finland's future as one of the superpowers in the generation of a new cellulose industry.

    The DWoC project (31 March 2015 – 1 April 2018) has progressed to the second phase, and has received EUR 4.9 million in funding from Tekes. Research partners in the project are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Aalto Univerisity, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa's Department of Management.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    01.07.2015   Hand in hand – HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH reorganizes production with Heidelberg    ( Company news )

    Company news -Total investment of € 12 million
    -Productivity up 10 percent even during the construction phase
    -Production – new equipment, workflow, and services from a single source

    Neuenstein-based HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH (HEPACK) has invested around € 12 million in overhauling its entire production and logistics operations. The construction work created an additional 5,000 square meters of space and the flow of goods was completely redesigned based on the lean principle. Production is now organized efficiently with two new large, format 6 presses from Heidelberg, a folding carton gluing machine, and three die cutters in a fully integrated Prinect workflow – a solution that is unique within the industry. In the first five months of the year, this resulted in a 10 percent increase in throughput despite the ongoing construction and installation work.

    Around 80 percent of HEPACK’s production is accounted for by food and confectionery manufacturers with production sites in Germany and neighboring countries, and approximately a fifth of its contracts fall under the general packaging segment. Its customers include companies such as Unilever, Dr. Oetker, and Südsalz.

    In addition to requesting production that is appropriate to use with foodstuffs, customers are making increasing demands when it comes to finishing the products. This includes a growing number of foil finishes, with gold foil particularly popular for confectionery packaging. The proportion of spot coatings with UV varnish is also growing.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH)
     
    01.07.2015   Parenco contracts with Voith to deliver rebuild of newsprint paper machine to packaging paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... production line

    Parenco B.V. has contracted with Voith to deliver the comprehensive rebuild of its stock preparation and PM 2, as well as the facility renovation at Renkum, Netherlands. The project has a completion date of August 2016. The contract followed a 10 month pre-engineering project.

    Having been idle for several years, Renkum PM 2 will be transformed
    from a newsprint machine to a modern packaging production line. This will enable Parenco to enter the market with Voith as technical partner.

    The complex, turn-key scope of work includes a new stock preparation with the rebuild and upgrade of existing equipment. The project will utilize the existing TMP and Deinking plant buildings.

    Voith will provide a rebuild of the recycled fiber plant and the Wet End Process. The paper machine will be equipped with a new two-layer headbox, NipcoFlex shoe press, SpeedFlow sizing unit and after dryer section. The Process Line Package includes all auxiliaries, electrics, DCS, starch preparation, pumps and piping, automation control system and engineering. Besides civil works and all erection, training and start-up services will be carried out by Voith.

    Once completed, the project will increase the mill's capacity by approximately 385,000 t/a, with production focused on testliner and medium grades. The conversion from newspaper to packaging grades will help to position Parenco as a highly competitive supplier in the
    packaging market, and broadens Parenco’s paper making activities.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    01.07.2015   Rottneros launches Bulk Booster which increases carton board bending stiffness by 30 percent ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... without increasing weight

    Swedish pulp manufacturer Rottneros newly developed High Yield Pulp for carton board, Bulk Booster, has been well received at several major board manufacturers. The product is already used in the commercial manufacturing of board qualities for packaging, and in a number of specialty applications.

    Carton board is a generic name for thick paper qualities used for the production of carton board for packaging of food or other products and in graphic contexts. Carton board is made from either recycled fiber or virgin fiber pulp.

    Bulk Booster has been developed by Rottneros Bruk during the last year, and has been tested at full commercial scale at several carton board manufacturers. The product is a High Yield Pulp, which is produced in Rottneros Bruk's unique production lines.

    Bulk Booster's special feature is the increases of the bulk or thickness of the carton, in this aspect it is superior to other available products. This means that you get a thicker board for the same weight of raw material in the manufacturing process. This has significant advantages when it comes to optimizing production economy in carton board production. A moderate mixing with Bulk Booster can increase the bending stiffness in carton board with up to 30 percent, says Olle Dahlin (photo), CEO at Rottneros Bruk who has visited many customers during the development period.

    Development of Bulk Booster from idea to commercial success has been a team effort within Rottneros Bruk and has involved a large part of the staff. Fredrik Danielsson, technical sales manager and Nils Hauri, production manager, who has led the development believes that the interest that carton board manufacturers demonstrated during the project, shows there is a great need for Bulk booster on the market.

    Rottneros CEO Per Lundeen says that the two mills in Rottneros Group, Vallviks Bruk and Rottneros Bruk, with their specialized pulp has been successful in its market positioning towards more and more specialized products used in paper production for non-graphic products.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     
    01.07.2015   UPM showcases the Biofore Concept Car at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 UPM showcases the Biofore Concept Car – a truly sustainable innovation. The Biofore Concept Car is on display from 30 June until 2 July 2015 at Messe Frankfurt.

    “Forests are no longer just a source of timber, paper and pulp. When we look at the forest we see so much more. We see new biomaterials, biofuels and an endless source for truly sustainable innovations,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA.

    Introducing an ecological dimension into car manufacturing
    The Biofore Concept Car demonstrates the use of UPM’s innovative bio-based materials in the automotive industry. The majority of components in the Biofore Concept Car that are traditionally made of plastic are replaced by renewable UPM Formi biocomposite and thermoformable UPM Grada wood material. This leads to a significant improvement of the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing. The Biofore Concept Car was designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

    If a component is manufactured from biocomposite instead of plastic, the carbon footprint can decrease by 60%. Thanks to the lightweight and durable materials, the car weighs 150 kg less than vehicles of a comparable size, which also means reduced fuel consumption.

    The car is fuelled by wood-based renewable UPM BioVerno diesel, which significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions compared to fossil fuels. UPM BioVerno is suitable for all diesel engines, including the 1.2 litre low-emission diesel engine featured in the Biofore Concept Car.

    Continuous development – also in paper manufacturing
    “ZELLCHEMING-Expo is an ideal platform to showcase UPM’s Biofore innovations – be it the Biofore Concept Car, modern biocomposites, biodiesel, biochemicals or just our innovative and sustainable paper portfolio,” explains Bernd Eikens.
    By introducing UPM Valor, UPM Impresse and UPM ReCat to the market, UPM created new, high quality printing papers specialised on the needs of magazine publishers and advertisers. All performance papers reduce mailing and delivery costs while being more sustainable which increases the competitiveness of our customers.
    The papers are ideal for publications and print products that demand premium quality. Thanks to the efficient use of raw materials these innovative papers have lower impact on the environment making UPM one of the leading manufacturers regarding sustainability.
    The extensive paper selection of UPM includes publication and office papers as well as speciality papers for all kinds of end uses. UPM is committed to paper and believes in the coexistence of digital and print media. Paper is a true Biofore product, manufactured from renewable and recyclable materials in sustainably managed mills.
    (UPM)
     
    01.07.2015   Valmet to supply OptiConcept M fine paper making line for APRIL in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M fine paper production line for APRIL Group's Pangkalan Kerinci site in Riau Province in Indonesia. The new production line is planned to produce top quality digital-ready fine papers and it will increase the company's capability to produce value-added products from renewable resources. The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
    The order was included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    The first Valmet OptiConcept M line designed for fine paper production
    OptiConcept M is Valmet's modular board and paper making concept, which enables significant savings in energy, water and raw material usage. The concept has been acknowledged in Finnish Design competition in 2014.
    The new PM3 for APRIL is Valmet's first OptiConcept M delivery in Indonesia. This is also the first time when the latest OptiConcept M technology is utilized in fine paper production.

    "This technology investment increases our ability to meet the growing global demand for premium PaperOneTM products, APRIL Group's flagship paper brand. The deployment will enable new product diversification in response to consumer demand for high-value digital paper products in particular," says Tony Wenas, Managing Director of APRIL Group Indonesia Operations.

    "Valmet OptiConcept M focuses on low operating costs combined with energy-efficient and flexible production of high-quality paper grades. The technological innovations we have made, play a key role in achieving the overall efficiency of the production line," says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper Business Line, Valmet.

    Valmet's delivery includes a complete fine papermaking line from stock preparation to reel with related automation systems. A new winder is also included in the delivery. The new 7.1 m-wide (wire) machine will produce woodfree uncoated paper grades in the basis weight range of 40-120 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 900 tonnes per day and the design speed 1,400 m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    30.06.2015   Valmet's strategy and financial targets unchanged and reconfirmed by the Board of Directors    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet's strategy and financial targets, which were announced on September 3, 2013 and reconfirmed on July 31, 2014, have been reconfirmed by Valmet's Board of Directors, and thus remain unchanged.

    Strategy
    Valmet's mission is to convert renewable resources into sustainable results. The company continues to focus on developing and supplying competitive technology and services to the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet is committed to moving its customers' performance forward.
    Valmet seeks to achieve its strategic targets by pursuing the following Must-Win initiatives: customer excellence, leader in technology and innovation, excellence in processes, and winning team. Valmet's vision is to become the global champion in serving its customers.

    Financial targets unchanged
    Valmet's financial targets remain unchanged and they are the following:
    -Net sales growth to exceed market growth
    -EBITA before non-recurring items: 6-9%
    -Return on capital employed (pre-tax), ROCE: minimum of 15%
    -Dividend payout at least 40% of net profit

    Comment from Pasi Laine (photo), President and CEO of Valmet:
    "Valmet has proceeded systematically in the implementation of its strategy. The EBITA margin target of 6-9 percent is still valid, and we continue the work to reach that level. The acquisition of Automation business was an important step and now we can offer unique benefits for our customers. Valmet is committed to moving our customers' performance forward," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    30.06.2015   Arkema increases hydrogen peroxide pricing in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Arkema increases its prices of all grades of Hydrogen Peroxide in Europe by 7 % effective on July 1st, 2015 or as commitments allow.

    The objective of this price increase is to continue restoring the profitability of this business, in order to allow Arkema to continue satisfying the market’s growing requirements.

    Arkema’s markets hydrogen peroxide under the brands Albone® (photo), Peroxal® and Valsterane® as oxidizing agents in a variety of applications, and primarily as bleaching agent for pulp and paper.
    (Arkema)
     
    30.06.2015   PRIVILEGED INFORMATION: Acquisition of AMS BR Star Paper S.A.     ( Company news )

    Company news Following the market release published on February 10th 2015, Portucel S.A. informs that, after the fulfillment of the necessary conditions for the conclusion of the acquisition of AMS BR Star Paper S.A. (“AMS”), its 100% owned subsidiary, About Balance S.A., acquired the entire share capital of AMS.
    (Portucel Empresa Produtora de Pasta e Papel SA)
     
    30.06.2015   DS Smith: Proposed acquisition of Grupo Lantero's corrugated business    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Plc (“DS Smith”), the leading provider of recycled corrugated packaging in Europe, is pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement to acquire the corrugated activities of Grupo Lantero, including several operations in which DS Smith currently has a minority holding.

    The business is a well-invested Iberian corrugated producer with a strong focus in the FMCG sector, operating seven sites across Spain. This acquisition significantly strengthens our operations in Spain, an important and growing market for corrugated packaging, taking our market share to approximately 10%. It also builds on our recent acquisition of Andopack in calendar Q4 2014, where we have seen a very positive customer reaction to our product and service offering. The acquisition is subject to competition clearance, which we expect during calendar Q3 2015 with completion shortly thereafter.

    The total consideration, including the assumption of debt, is expected to be circa €190m, subject to closing adjustments, representing a post synergy multiple of between 5 and 6x EBITDA. The transaction is being financed from existing cash resources and is expected to deliver a return on invested capital above our cost of capital in the second year of ownership.

    Miles Roberts (photo), Chief Executive of DS Smith said:
    “We are delighted to announce the acquisition of the corrugated activities of Grupo Lantero. It is a high quality business that we have known and partnered with for a number of years and significantly increases our offering to Pan-European customers in this large and growing market. It is a further important step in our strategy to leverage our scale and strengthen our geographic footprint and we look forward to working with Grupo Lantero stakeholders and contributing to the overall growth of DS Smith.”

    Enric Holzbacher, Chief Executive of Grupo Lantero added:
    “We are very pleased to hand over our corrugated packaging business to our partner DS Smith. We are convinced that DS Smith has a strong alignment with our FMCG sector and will further develop our well established customer relationships. Grupo Lantero has decided to strategically focus its activities on its multinational rigid and flexible plastic divisions: Coexpan and Emsur.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    30.06.2015   Research project to make lignin carbon fibre possible    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia – together with Södra and seven other organisations – has been awarded an EU research project that aims to increase investments in development for manufacturing carbon fibre-reinforced plastic composites from kraft lignin. This initiative is of great significance in terms of access to bio-based products in a future bioeconomy.

    In brief, the research project involves manufacturing carbon fibre-reinforced plastic composite with good performance and at a lower price than is currently the case. Lignin fromwood is used as the main carbon fibre raw material. The aim is to demonstrate components for the automotive industry by tailoring the raw material, the manufacturing process for carbon fibres and different manufacturing techniques in which the focus is on replacing traditional, heavier materials in cars with lightweight composites.

    Innventia, part of RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, is hosting the project and coordinating its realisation. Together with Chalmers University of Technology and industrial partners, Innventia has developed the LignoBoost process, which produces pure lignin – a requirement in order to manufacture carbon fibre. Research and development at Innventia has resulted in ever better lignin qualities adapted for carbon fibres and for other applications (e.g. for activated carbon, batteries and binders). Through collaboration with Swerea SICOMP, a partner of this new EU project, the two research institutes cover the entire chain from pulp mill to ready-made composite.

    “We are extremely proud of the team of competences that provides excellent conditions for driving development towards making lignin-based carbon fibres commercially available for lightweight materials,” says the project’s coordinator, Per Tomani. “Thanks to excellent collaboration between Innventia and Södra, we finally have the resources to start linking up the entire value chain, from forest and pulp mill, and onwards to a composite for use in a car.”

    “The project enables us to come one step closer to the commercialisation of carbon fibre from lignin,” says Södra Innovation & New Businesses’ Fredrik Gellerstedt. “If we can create this, it will result in minimised carbon dioxide emissions globally and lead to the continued development of a product that has been assessed as having a highly profitable market.”

    The GreenLight research project is taking place within Bio-Based Industries, a partnership between European industrial companies and the EU. The companies involved in the project come from throughout the value chain, from forestry to finished product. The consortium is being led by Innventia and has been granted EUR 2.6 million for the project, which will run for four years from summer 2015 onwards.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    30.06.2015   ANDRITZ acquires Euroslot KDSS, France: Strengthening of filtration and separation ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... service business

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has acquired Euroslot KDSS, headquartered in Scorbé Clairvaux, France, including its subsidiaries in China and India. The company, which will be renamed ANDRITZ Euroslot, designs and manufactures filtration and separation equipment for the pulp and paper industry, the water and waste water treatment segment, and other industrial applications.

    ANDRITZ Euroslot will be integrated into the ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER business area, thus enabling the company to provide full support and service to its customers worldwide based on ANDRITZ’s strong technological expertise, financial background, and global presence.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    30.06.2015   Bellmer acquires GapCon    ( Company news )

    Company news Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik located in Niefern, Germany has taken over the roll and calender specialist GapCon from Irle-Deuz Group located in Siegen, Germany. Since the foundation in the year 2006 by the experienced engineers Wolfgang Wiertz and Wolfgang Mark, the Gap-Con Group has been a supplier of high-quality products and services for the paper industry. Due to professional expertise, entrepreneurial courage and great commitment, the company has developed over the years into a globally recognized technology enterprise.

    In particular, GapCon enjoys reputation as leader in the field of calenders, shoe presses as well as special rolls.

    From the beginning, both companies Bellmer and GapCon have been united in a close partnership as to development and supply of shoe presses.

    Martin Kollmar, president of Bellmer explains: “The complete product range of GapCon as well as the related services and contact persons will remain unchanged and will perfectly complement our existing portfolio.” In future, the company will operate under the name “Bellmer GapCon GmbH”. The company’s locations in Willich (Germany), St. Pölten (Austria) and Calcutta (India) will continue. The Chinese location at Shanghai will be merged with Bellmer’s local branch. The subsidiary GapCon Italy will remain part of Irle-Group and will specialize in the construction of tissue machines.

    Both product lines and geographical presence are an ideal complement to the Bellmer Group, resulting in even better future possibilities to serve the paper industry in an optimal and flexible manner.

    With this step, the Bellmer group will have a staff of about 600 people worldwide with a sales vol-ume of approx. 130 million EURO. Bellmer is a family-owned company, established in 1842. Bellmer is managed in the 6th generation by the three brothers Philipp, Martin and Erich Kollmar. The Bellmer group features two divisions: In the Bellmer Paper Technology, paper machines for special applications are manufactured. The Bellmer Separation Technology offers optimum solutions for the field of solid/liquid separation.

    Erich Kollmar, president of Bellmer points out: “For us, it is very important that the great employees of both our companies will cooperate even closer than before. The previous managing directors of GapCon, Wolfgang Wiertz and Wolfgang Mark, will manage the company also in future.” Wolfgang Wiertz confirms: “After having cooperated with Bellmer for such a long time, a lot of new opportunities will result form this merger for all parties. First of all, the customers of the paper and board industry will benefit from this development.”
    (Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik)
     
    29.06.2015   Smurfit Kappa reports strong progress in its 8th annual Sustainable Development Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa reiterates its relentless commitment to delivering business value through sustainability across all areas of its operations with its 8th annual Sustainable Development Report

    The report, “Sustainability in every fibre” highlights Smurfit Kappa’s focus on designing and enabling truly circular systems, with a unique commitment to use only 100% sustainably sourced fibres in its products and processes. Full transparency is assured through adherence to the GRI 4 Comprehensive sustainability guidelines. Progress made in 2014 against the five newly defined strategic sustainability priorities includes:

    - Forest - All raw material used in paper production is now sourced under certified Chain of Custody systems
    - Climate Change - 21.6% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of paper produced, on track for 2020 target of 25% reduction
    - Water - 28% reduction in organic content of water (COD) returned to the environment from mills, on track for 2020 target of 33% reduction
    - Waste - Twelve out of 38 paper mills effectively did not send waste to landfill in 2014
    - People - 80% response rate to the first company-wide employee engagement survey, MyVoice2014

    Commenting on the strong performance outlined in the report, Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer at Smurfit Kappa said:
    “We are proud to say that our people and products have sustainability in every fibre. We use it as a lens through which to focus our innovation, our strategy and our processes.”

    Group Chief Operating Officer, Tony Smurfit, continued:
    “This approach has delivered consistent business growth and long-term partnerships with some of the world’s most respected brands. Every day, we prove how our way of working contributes to a better, more sustainable world and a brighter future.”

    The report provides a comprehensive update on Smurfit Kappa’s performance against its five strategic priority areas:
    Expanding sustainable sourcing and responsible forestry
    In 2014 Smurfit Kappa effectively completed its Chain of Custody certification, enabling it to deliver FSC® certified packaging to customers as standard. All raw material used in paper production is now sourced under certified Chain of Custody systems, with more than 97% of packaging and 92% of converting operations certified according to FSC and/or PEFCTM.

    Reducing carbon emissions and increasing renewable power
    A new target for relative CO2 emissions was introduced in May 2014 after Smurfit Kappa achieved its original target of a reduction of 20% by 2020 compared to 2005. The new target is to reduce relative CO2 emissions for the mill system by 25% by 2020 compared to 2005. Relative reduction of fossil CO2 emissions in 2014 was 1.2% compared to 2013, and now stands at -21.6% compared to the 2005 benchmark.

    Smurfit Kappa also gives customers transparency on the carbon impacts of its packaging. For this reason the ‘Innotools’ suite of design software has been equipped with the ability to measure the carbon footprint of individual packaging products since 2011. Now the company has added a new option to Innotools which allows customers to track reductions in the carbon footprint of their packaging over the years.

    Reducing impact on water
    Smurfit Kappa is committed to reducing the organic content of water (COD) returned to the environment from its mills by one third by 2020 compared to 2005 levels, and has now achieved a 28% reduction against that benchmark.

    Ongoing investment in water treatment plants enables Smurfit Kappa to be more efficient in cleaning used water, resulting in more efficient water use and reuse throughout production.

    In addition, Smurfit Kappa is implementing water risk assessments at all paper and board mills that will enable more specific targets on water and individual improvement plans for each mill.

    Reducing waste to landfill
    Twelve out of Smurfit Kappa’s 38 paper mills effectively did not send waste to landfill in 2014. Smurfit Kappa has also launched a waste to landfill assessment project to map opportunities to reduce waste throughout its operations, enabling specific waste reduction targets.

    People
    Smurfit Kappa’s most important asset is its people. The first ever company-wide employee engagement survey, MyVoice2014, gave all employees the opportunity to give their view on their personal working experience. This experience was well received as evidenced by a response rate of 80%. This provides a strong platform to continue making Smurfit Kappa a great place to work.

    Delivering business value for customers through sustainability is part of Smurfit Kappa’s Open the future strategy, which is committed to opening up opportunities with forward-thinking customers by relentlessly applying our experience, expertise and ingenuity.
    (Smurfit Kappa UK Head Office)
     
    29.06.2015   Tsubakimoto delivers power & performance to the Paper industry    ( Company news )

    Company news As one of the world's premier manufacturers of power transmission products, Tsubakimoto has developed a wide range of reliable products, specifically designed to meet the tough working environment of the paper and pulp industry.

    From beginning to end, the paper manufacturing process involves the continuous movement of materials from the original woodchip to the finished paper roll and each process can benefit from the expertise of Tsubaki's design engineers. From drive chain and sprockets to couplings and reduction gearboxes, Tsubaki can deliver a wide range of products that will reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve productivity and profitability.

    To help those involved in operating and maintaining the many processes of paper manufacture achieve their performance and efficiency goals, Tsubaki has released a comprehensive product brochure, which is available on its website.

    From beginning to end, the paper manufacturing process involves the continuous movement of materials from the original woodchip to the finished paper roll and each process can benefit from the expertise of Tsubaki's design engineers. From drive chain and sprockets to couplings and reduction gearboxes, Tsubaki can deliver a wide range of products that will reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) and improve productivity and profitability.

    The operating environment within a typical paper manufacturing facility is often laden with dust that can stick to drive chains and block the conventional lubrication path. This can cause increased levels of wear in the drive chains, which will need more frequent maintenance, increasing costs and possibly reducing productivity and efficiency.

    Tsubaki has developed a range of products, such as Lambda chain, which is a lube-free chain with oil impregnated sintered bushes that retain lubricant, thereby negating the need for external lubrication and extends the wear-life of chain dramatically. This can be matched with a drive chain sprocket that has a deep hardened layer over the entire component that provides excellent wear resistance for a long service life.

    Derek Mack, Sales Director for Tsubaki UK, concludes: "Tsubaki invests heavily in R&D and offers a wide range of products which have been designed for all types of industries and environments. This means that for most applications, even traditional hard wearing ones, we are able to specify a solution which will last many times longer than a basic chain. We will conduct a site visit prior to specification to make sure that we understand the unique requirements of every job and can offer an accurate estimate for our chain's TCO."
    (Tsubakimoto Europe B.V.)
     
    29.06.2015   Emerson combines key maintenance tasks in a single tool for improved savings and efficiency    ( Company news )

    Company news CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer adds an interface to laser shaft alignment fixtures, making technicians’ field time more productive

    Picture: The CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyzer adds an interface to laser shaft alignment fixtures, making technicians’ field time more productive

    Emerson Process Management has enhanced its portable CSI 2140 Machinery Health Analyze​r with a wireless interface to popular laser shaft alignment tools. This advance reduces two burdens -- equipment and time -- for operators performing vibration analysis and corrective tasks in the field.

    The CSI 2140 already offers four-channel plus phase data collection to save time and effort, advanced vibration analysis that embeds expertise in the tool, and multi-plane balancing to correct imbalance in industrial fans. By adding a wireless link to laser fixtures, Emerson further streamlines the work process. Using the CSI 2140, personnel can perform route-based vibration data collection; analyze the root cause; and align the machine -- all in one trip. At the same time, they can identify and solve machinery faults to prevent any unplanned downtime.

    Tom Nelson, CSI 2140 senior technology manager at Emerson, defined the addition of alignment as, “the last piece of the puzzle to deliver a single, superior tool for diagnosing and correcting faults in rotating equipment.”

    The shaft alignment option for the CSI 2140 uses the familiar, intuitive Emerson interface to guide technicians through a three-step process that quickly achieves precision alignment. The laser fixtures employ a unique Sweep technology to measure misalignment easily, even in tight clearance applications. An advanced option monitors the corrective machine moves in vertical and horizontal directions simultaneously. All data collected with the CSI 2140 can be uploaded wirelessly to a single database using the AMS Suite: Machinery Health™ Manager software. This enables the maintenance team to collect data, analyze problems, and document results in parallel.
    (Emerson Process Management)
     
    29.06.2015   Xeikon adds metallic magic for premium digital label and packaging print    ( Company news )

    Company news New Creative Colors toner line – launched at Labelexpo Europe 2015 – expands digital print applications for labels and packaging

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced the introduction of two new toners, MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver. The two special silver metallic toner colors will enable more creative possibilities for designers as well as label and package printers and converters using Xeikon’s digital printing technologies. The luxury-look MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver toners are the first products in the new Xeikon Creative Colors toner group, which recognizes and explores the added value that special effects bring to label and packaging print, especially in the consumer products arena.

    MatteSilver offers the luxury of a rich metal finish to the print substrate while PalladiumSilver – uniquely available for digital print in the Xeikon portfolio – features a speckled silver sparkle for extra textural interest.

    “With this new Creative Colors toner line, Xeikon is mirroring the capabilities of flexo and offset inks. We are giving label and packaging printers and converters the opportunity to offer brand owners added-value haptic and optic qualities with the Xeikon digital print process – popular features of brand promotion and marketing across the globe today,” explains Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon. “The Creative Colors toner line adds an exciting extra dimension to our recognized strengths in the label and packaging print arena – shorter runs, extended product variants and faster delivery times than conventional processes, and of course, personalization. They really make a design stand out!”

    Xeikon toners: an industry-leading line-up
    The new MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver toners complement Xeikon’s toner portfoliothat includes:

    - Standard colors (CMYK);

    - Off-the-shelf spot colors which allow for a gamut expansion beyond CMYK;

    - Custom spot colors allowing to make unique colors based upon LAB values;

    - Technical colors which perform specific function like one-pass opaque white, UV reflecting clear, or security colors which reflect to a specific spectrum or contain certain taggents.

    Creative Colors is a new group within this portfolio and these toners offer the same benefits as all of Xeikon’s toner in terms of food safety, lightfastness and eco-friendliness.

    Van Bauwel adds, “Xeikon is really trailblazing with this new Creative Colors toner line – and we are confident that it will bring even more opportunities in the future for printers employing Xeikon presses to differentiate themselves from their competitors, and deliver the luxury effects that today’s brand owners want. These new toners also represent another step in the analog-to-digital transformation in print and packaging production, not only by enabling new applications but also by allowing printers and converters to migrate even more applications from conventional printing and finishing technologies to digital. And this is just the beginning!”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    29.06.2015   PC monitored manual greasing system    ( Company news )

    Company news Manual greasing of production machinery is an important part of the maintenance activity. LubeRight is a PC aided – RFID based system that monitors every single lubrication activity performed. Each greasing point is equipped with a RFID transponder which the hand held meter identifies. The system registers the real amount of lubricant fed to each point.

    The greaser can also study the history of any point. Apart from minimizing the probability of human errors the system also offers a new, interesting working environment for the greasers. The new improved version provides several new functions. The meter display shows the name of the greasing point as well as comments (how to find the point or any comment associated to the object in focus). The number of ungreased points will also be exposed on the display. The release date for the new version is August 2014. For additional information: http://www.luberight.com
    (Assalub AB)
     

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