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    30.06.2014   Tiruna America Announces Expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Tiruna America announces plans for expansion at its facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Due to continued growth in the North American market, Tiruna America will double its capacity in 2015 by adding a building expansion, additional machinery and staff. Chris Charette, General Manager, noted that “we’ve had significant growth this past 3 years serving the integrated and independents in North America. Our depot programs, weld overlay rebuilds and cartridge rebuilds have grown by over 10% annually. The addition of another grinder, polisher and some ancillary equipment, along with production area and additional staff will position us well for the future. We are already adding the staff, so that we may ramp up to be ready once the expansion is complete, mid-year 2015. We want to thank our customers for entrusting us with their corrugator roll business.”
    (Tiruña América Inc.)
     
    30.06.2014   KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses Unleash the Next-Generation of Printing to Meet Diverse ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...Customer Needs

    Kodak continues to exceed industry standards in digital color print with the introduction of the KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses. With new innovations in transport, drying and writing systems, combined with advanced press management technology, the PROSPER 6000 Presses are a completely new product offering that deliver high levels of reliability, print speed and application flexibility. These enhancements will empower customers in the book, commercial print and newspaper businesses—as well as print service providers of data-driven print applications such as direct mail and transaction—with tools for success.

    The PROSPER 6000 Presses are powered by an advanced Intelligent Print System (IPS) that continuously monitors, evaluates and adjusts operations to ensure exceptional quality output. With the improved IPS, the PROSPER 6000 Presses can monitor and instantly correct color registration, delivering enhanced registration performance. The Presses' writing system runs on Kodak's newly formulated nanotechnology inks, offering a greater color gamut and delivering print quality that rivals offset output on a wide range of uncoated, coated and glossy papers.

    Two PROSPER 6000 Models for Business Agility

    The PROSPER 6000 Presses will be made available in two models:

    KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press, ideal for commercial print applications requiring high ink laydowns.
    KODAK PROSPER 6000P Press, designed specifically for publishing applications such as books and newspapers which typically use light-weight paper and low-to-medium ink laydowns.

    Both PROSPER 6000 Presses print at speeds of up to 1,000 feet, or 300 meters, per minute on matted and uncoated papers with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 top quality pages per month – up to 2.5 times faster than the KODAK PROSPER 5000XLi Press. An enhanced drying capability allows heavy-weight glossy and silk stock to be printed on the PROSPER 6000C Press at 650 feet, or 200 meters, per minute.

    "Today's printers need tools that enable them to quickly respond to the needs of their customers, as well as the needs of the business. From book publishing to commercial and newspaper printing, the future of the industry will revolve around digital solutions," said Doug Edwards, President, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. "The PROSPER 6000 Presses deliver the highest industry performance coupled with quality approaching 200 lpi, allowing customers to increase agility so they can adapt to the changing demands of the business and better respond to their customers."

    Aligning with its commitment to sustainability, Kodak is focused on delivering imaging innovations to customers that provide greater product value while enabling them to achieve their own sustainability goals. With the combination of stellar quality, reliability and industry-leading productivity, the PROSPER 6000 Presses produce saleable prints at a low cost per page; approaching $0.005/A4 in color consumable costs. The 6000 Presses provide customers with long inkjet head life, high operational uptime and fast job set-up and make-ready time, helping them save both time and money.

    Next-Generation Printing

    In today's printing environment, businesses are investing in technologies that lay the foundation for future success. In book printing, printers are looking for ways to enhance revenue potential by shifting to profitable short-run jobs. These print-on-demand jobs reduce inventory costs and allow the printing of shorter runs on a just-in-time basis to meet specific orders. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses make it feasible and economical to print up to 200-lpi quality books at production run lengths of up to 3,000 copies. In addition, it can produce millions of offset-like pages month after month and reduce costs associated with obsolescence and warehousing.

    Printers in the commercial print space are looking to provide their customers with better response rates for mailings. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses can produce high-gloss targeted direct mail pieces for an average of 30 percent less than using electrophotographic (toner-based) systems. These economics deliver greater return on marketing investments as well as improved efficiency and profitability for production runs of up to one million high-quality mail pieces.

    Newspaper printers and publishers need to drive innovation and leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses make it possible to reach new audiences more efficiently, while streamlining print runs and adapting print editions to target different readers. Digitally printed newspapers are the same size as offset versions and have the same look and feel, offering a high-quality appearance that is readily accepted by advertisers and readers. The 6000 Presses allow multiple newspaper titles to be produced in very short runs. The right number of newspaper editions needed for each outlet can be produced with sufficiently high productivity for medium-sized markets: 15,000-20,000 newspapers.
    (Kodak GmbH)
     
    30.06.2014   New BillerudKorsnäs products meet growing demand for paper bags and carriers    ( Company news )

    Company news With the European Parliament voting to significantly cut plastic bag use by 2019, BillerudKorsnäs has launched two new families of paper for use in carriers for the food and retail sectors. The products offer outstanding value, quality, and flexibility and are produced from renewable raw materials. The fact that they are biodegradable means they pose far less of a threat to waterways than plastics

    BillerudKorsnäs has launched two new paper product families, aimed at meeting growing demand for paper bags and carriers within the retail and food sectors. The Xpression and Basix product lines both offer outstanding strength, printability and environmental credentials, but are carefully designed for use in distinct applications.
    The Xpression range of high-quality kraft paper products is suitable for use in paper carriers produced for use in retail and in other sectors. Papers in the range offer benefits across the value chain. They allow for outstanding colour and text reproduction during printing and enable brand owners to produce strong, durable and appealing carrier bags that reflect on their brands in the best possible way.
    The Basix range of kraft paper, meanwhile, is intended for use in consumer bags that provide protection for food, or that are used in other daily applications. The range consists of stiff papers with an even quality that allows for effective and functional conversion as well as easy-to-use end products. The papers boast good printability, and grease-resistant variants are available for paper bags that come into close contact with greasy food, such as Danish pastries and French fries.
    Marcus Lager, Business Segment Director at BillerudKorsnäs, says there has been an increase in demand for quality paper products, particularly in Europe where tough measures have been introduced to reduce the use of plastic bags and plastic carrier bags.
    In April, the European Parliament voted in favour of new targets that will force nations within the EU to reduce plastic bag use by 80 per cent before 2019," Lager says. "Many consumers have also expressed a strong preference for sustainable, non-plastic alternatives, both in retail and food retail situations."
    Patrik Bosander, Business Development Director at BillerudKorsnäs, says, "The independent research body IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet (IVL Swedish Environmental Institute) conducted climate change impact studies on all the products manufactured in three of our Swedish paper mills. The results showed that our products had a very small carbon footprint. This is due to the paper being made from renewable raw material from sustainable forestry, as well to our investments in environmentally effective technology."
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    30.06.2014   Digital printing breakthrough turns packaging into a tool for enhanced communication    ( Company news )

    Company news High-volume digital printing on corrugated board is now becoming a reality, this was confirmed at a workshop organised by FEFCO
    ,the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers, in June. This technology opens up wide new possibilities for maximising the use of packaging as a platform for communicating directly to consumers.
    With digital printing, corrugated board is being transformed from packaging and protection to a new marketing communications medium, thanks to striking print quality, and the possibilities for customisation and creativity in design.
    "It is a real revolution," said Angelika Christ, FEFCO's Secretary General. "Now, with corrugated packaging, the medium really can become the message".
    At the same time, digital printing allows fuller use of new technologies such as QR codes and augmented reality (AR), enhancing the customer experience by making the packaging interactive.
    One example:
    Prospective customers for LEGO can scan the box and AR will bring the contents of the box to life on a screen. And along fragmented supply chains, unique QR codes printed on packaging are helping to share data.
    Until now, the technology for digital printing on corrugated board has
    been mainly used for display POS and short-run samples. But this one-day seminar, “High Volume Digital Printing on Corrugated Board”, showcased how leading printer manufacturers can now produce high-volume, high-quality and competitively priced digital printing on corrugated board.
    New digital printing equipment was presented by several companies, all capable of transforming corrugated board into customised and customer-oriented packaging and displays.
    The demand for digital printing mainly comes from the customers, packers & fillers and from retailers. The need for versioning and personalisation, regional marketing, last-minute changes, rapid response to customer demand and accelerated time to market are the
    principal factors pushing the industry to move from analogue to digital printing.
    As Angelika Christ reported, the federation was extremely pleased that so many companies joined this event, thus demonstrating that FEFCO continues to offer a useful service to its members.
    Once more, FEFCO has shown its ability to share knowledge and facilitate the spreading of information at European level.
    Wilbert Streefland, the consultant who co-chaired the seminar, quoted Charles Darwin “It is not the strongest industry that survives, but the most adaptive”.
    This workshop demonstrated clearly that the digital printing market will provide huge opportunities for adding value to corrugated packaging and competitiveness. Now is the right time for FEFCO members to take advantage of these opportunities.
    The challenges that this technology is also overcoming include ensuring brand colour consistency with digital print. But some of the challenges have to be met by changes in working pattern too - and notably by workflow automation. Digital print makes more numerous but shorter print runs possible - responding to the changing dynamics in fast-moving consumer goods markets.
    This gives rise to greater administration and re-organising the prepress work. According to Marc Van Damme, FEFCO Production Committee Chairman and Chief Technical Officer for VPK Packaging Group: “It’s not just about switching to digital, it’s about rethinking your work process”.
    "Digital printing on corrugated board is no hype-it is a solution ready for use in everyday production," concluded Angelika Christ.
    (FEFCO I.A.)
     
    30.06.2014   Duni acquires Paper+Design Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Duni has acquired 100% of the shares in the Paper+Design Group. Paper+Design has a strong position in the premium segment for designed napkins primarily within the consumer market segment. The products are mainly sold through specialized retailers in Germany as well as in numerous other geographic markets.

    Picture: Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO of Duni

    Paper+Design is based in the eastern part of Germany and has approximately 200 employees working in production, logistics and sales at the site in Wolkenstein.
    The product portfolio consists mainly of own manufactured designed paper napkins which are sold to consumers through specialized retailers such as stationery stores, garden centers, florists and home furnishings stores. Approximately 60% of sales are exported to more than eighty markets outside Germany.
    Paper+Design has an annual turnover of approximately EUR 38 million. The Group consists of four companies which will be accounted for in the Duni Group's business area Consumer. The operating margin of approximately 20% will contribute positively to the profitability of the business area.
    Purchase of shares and refinancing of the business will affect Duni’s net debt with approximately 63 MEUR. This is covered within the existing loan agreement.
    "This is an acquisition that both complements and strengthens Duni’s range of offerings. With its great expertise in design, Paper+Design creates new opportunities both in the grocery retail trade as well as within specialized retailers, in Germany as well as other geographic markets," says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO of Duni.
    “After four years of trustful cooperation with Paper+Design Group it is satisfying to have found a strong strategic partner for the company. From the very first day of our investment in Paper+Design we were convinced of the design competence, the flexibility and the passion of the employees. We are sure that Duni values these strengths and will give Paper+Design the opportunity for further strategic growth," says Goetz Hertz-Eichenrode, member of the board at the equity capital partner HANNOVER Finanz Group.
    "To us it is good news that Duni acquires Paper+Design," says Thomas Hübner, Managing Director of Paper+Design Group. "Both companies are in the same industry nevertheless the main customer target groups are different. This means a great opportunity for further development for both, Duni as well as Paper+Design."
    (Duni AB)
     
    30.06.2014   Save the date: RadTech Europe Conference and Exhibition 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: UV-lamps

    RadTech Europe (RTE) announces that the next RadTech Europe Conference and Exhibition will take place at the Clarion Hotel in Prague from 13 to 15 October 2015. This informative three-day event will offer:

    - Cutting edge presentations covering all aspects of radiation curing technology from breakthroughs in chemistry to the latest regulatory developments.

    - Unrivalled networking opportunities – A new conference set-up provides easy access to leading industry players and end-users .

    - A dedicated end-user day that will provide answers to all your questions regarding the practical use of radiation curing. This session will also provide information on the latest applications - from (3D) printing and packaging to electronics and automotive.

    - A completely revamped exhibition, including the latest product introductions for UV/EB and UV-LED

    For more information and regular updates about the Conference, visit www.radtech-europe.com..
    (RTE RadTech Europe Office)
     
    30.06.2014   Sappi confirms disposal of Nijmegen Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news With reference to the announcement made on 30 September 2013 about the future of the Sappi Nijmegen Mill, Sappi wishes to confirm that it has reached an agreement to dispose of the mill to an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation ("AIAC"). The new name of the Sappi Nijmegen Mill is Innovio Papers. It will manufacture specialty paper and will no longer be engaged in the coated graphic paper business. A transfer plan is being arranged with current graphic paper customers. The transaction is effective as of 16 June 2014. The disposal is not categorisable in terms of section 9.5 of the JSE Listings Requirements.
    (Sappi Limited)
     
    30.06.2014   Eurocalco Digital - Lecta's New Range of Carbonless Papers    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta presents Eurocalco Digital, its new range of carbonless papers in 75 g/m2 especially designed for sheet-fed digital printing
    Eurocalco Digital is the result of an efficient innovation process. Its low 75 g/m2 grammage is a new development in the digital carbonless paper market that offers printers significant advantages in terms of productivity, storage and the environment:
     A more competitive product
     Thinner forms, requiring less storage space
     A more sustainable product:
     10% less raw material
     15% less water consumption and CO2 emissions
     20% less energy consumed
     16% less waste generated
     100% recyclable
    The new range consists of three types of sheets – CB, CFB, CF – in a wide variety of colors as well as pre-collated sets, making it ideal for numerous types of forms.
    Eurocalco Digital is compatible with laser, inkjet and HP Indigo digital presses and is manufactured with innovative Non-Contact technology, allowing for a uniform application of the layer of coating and thereby guaranteeing perfect transfer of the copy to all the sheets of the form.
    All Eurocalco Digital papers are manufactured in accordance with ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards and ISO 50001 energy management standards. They are made with ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) pulp and are available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody Forest Certifications upon request.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    30.06.2014   Key Topics of PAP-FOR Forum 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news From ideas to business! From the forest to the paper!
    Legendary PAP-FOR Russia exhibition – the largest pulp and paper event in Eastern Europe – is proud to introduce PAP-FOR Business Forum.
    The conference is traditionally held on the first day of the exhibition.
    Dates of PAP-FOR Forum 2014: October 28–29, 2014. Forum will be held at a new venue EXPOFORUM (St. Petersburg, Peterburgskoye Highway, 64/1).
    This year the exhibition organizers unconventionally approached the preparation of the Forum program. For the first time in PAP-FOR history was established the Forum program Committee to identify the up-to-date issues of pulp and paper industry and put them on the agenda. Moreover, state officials, who are able to influence on making decisions on pulp and paper industry "critical" issues, will be brought by Committee.

    Organizer of PAP-FOR exhibition and Forum is proud to present the members of the Program Committee of the Forum PAP-FOR 2014:
    • Association of Specialists of Paper Industry (ASBO)
    • RAO Bumprom Association
    • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
    • “Pulp. Paper. Cardboard” (“C.B.K.”) Magazine

    PAP-FOR RUSSIA 2014 FORUM PROGRAM
    OCTOBER 28, 2014
    Session №1: Round Table "Investment attractiveness of the domestic pulp and paper industry"
    The largest Pulp and Paper Mills, associations, equipment manufacturers and government officials will be involved in the session. International analytical agencies, associations of trends and markets research of Russian and world pulp and paper industry are also invited to participate in the session.
    Session №2: “New Russian forest policy and forest resources condition”
    • Why do timber merchants believe the forest in Russia still exists, but ecologists say the opposite? What has actually caused the shortage of forest resources? What do government statistics and other sources say about it?
    Session №3: “Bio-technology”
    • Experience of European companies, forecasts and global trends in Bio-technology
    • Projects of Russian companies

    OCTOBER 29, 2014
    Session №1: "New projects in the packaging sector"
    • Successful Russian projects
    • Analysis of the current market situation
    • Production and consumption trends
    Session №2: "New successful projects in tissue sector"
    • Disbalance between production and demand in the tissue sector
    • Successful Russian projects
    • Consumption trends
    Session №3: “Printed paper types”
    • Printing trades – coated paper market in Russia, the competitiveness of domestic printing
    • What is happening to the printing market? Roundtable with the publishers, paper wholesalers, producer of newsprint, offset paper and light coated paper
    • Problems of Russian newspaper leaders and possible solutions
    • Office paper market situation
    Session № 4: “HR issues in Pulp and paper industry”
    • Attracting young professionals in the industry
    • PPI Labor market: opportunities, conditions, prospects
    • Company’s experience in the staff involvement, retention and development

    CALL FOR PAPERS!
    Requirements for reports:
    1. Relevance to the key Forum topics. Specify the session in which you wish to speak in the title of report.
    2. Language of presentation (report): English or Russian.
    3. Presentation SHOULD NOT BE COMMERCIALIZED, i.e. not sell your products or services.
    4. Graphics and high quality photo should be used in presentation.
    5. Abstract should be presented (page A4, in Russian or English).
    6. Duration of the report – 15 min.
    7. DEADLINE FOR ABSTRACTS – JULY 1, 2014
    8. DEADLINE FOR PRESENTATIONS (if your report has been approved by the Program Committee) – OCTOBER 1, 2014
    (Reed Exhibitions Russia)
     
    30.06.2014   Valmet received a repeat tissue line order from First Quality Tissue in USA    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply a complete Advantage ThruAir (TAD) tissue line to First Quality Tissue in their existing Anderson, South Carolina USA site. The new production line is planned to be started-up in the second half of 2015 and will add 70,000 tons of ultra premium quality tissue to the company's annual production.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was included in Valmet's first quarter (Q1) 2014 orders received.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    29.06.2014   Montes del Plata starts industrial production     ( Company news )

    Company news Construction of the industrial complex required a USD 2,000 million investment, the largest private investment in the country´s history

    Cellulose pulp production has begun at the Montes del Plata industrial plant. The project required a USD 2,000 million investment, the country`s largest private investment in history. The industrial complex is located in Punta Pereira (department of Colonia) and includes a state-of-the-art pulp production mill, a port terminal and a biomass power plant.
    Montes del Plata´s pulp mill has been designed to produce 1.3 million tonnes of Eucalyptus fibre pulp per year sourced mostly the company´s own forestry plantations that are located in 11 departments. Production will involve the use of the world`s best available techniques for the pulp sector by following IPPC BAT European Union standards.
    The mill is the last link of a value chain that comprises over 5,000 full-time jobs (including direct, indirect and induced jobs) throughout 11 of the country`s departments. As a whole, these jobs have an accumulated net wage bill of USD 100 million per year.
    In operation, the industrial complex will inject USD 844 million into Uruguay´s GDP.
    Additionally, the power generation plant will supply up to 80 MW to the national grid through renewable and sustainable transformation of biomass.
    (CEPP Celulosa y Energía Punta Pereira S.A. Montes del Plata)
     
    27.06.2014   Pro Carton at Interpack: Full house    ( Company news )

    Company news The mood was excellent at this year's Interpack in Düsseldorf from 8. to 14. May which set a new record with 175,000 visitors. The award-winning packs of the Pro Carton ECMA Awards were the eyecatchers at the joint Pro Carton stand.
    Response to the Interpack 2014 was enormous: According to the organisers, the fully booked Düsseldorf Exhibition Centre attracted some 2,700 exhibitors to the 19 halls. "Interest, professional competence of the visitors and the willingness to invest were significantly higher than in 2013."
    The exhibiting companies of the cartonboard and carton industry presented fascinating examples of their work at their extremely attractive exhibition stands. They reported numerous interested parties as well as a high number of high-level contacts. Personal exchange again proved essential and supplemented digital networking. The Interpack has again proven its worth as meeting point.

    Big crowds at the Pro Carton joint stand
    The stand of Pro Carton attracted large crowds. All areas of the Packaging Supply Chain were present, in particular brand owners and designers, but also the retail trade. Many visitors were encouraged to enter the current Pro Carton ECMA-Award before the deadline of 6. June 2014.
    Topic number one during discussions was Multichannel Retailing, a subject which will also be of great importance at the first ECMA Pro Carton Congress "WhatsUp on Cartons? Multiple Challenges Ahead!" from 17. to 20. September in Sorrento (Italy).
    Much in demand were innovative technical solutions for marketing and logistics, and the evergreens structural design and finishing: All visitors to the joint Pro Carton stand immediately turned their attention to the showcases with the award-winning packaging from the Pro Carton ECMA Awards. Another evergreen, as always, was the topic of sustainability.
    (Pro Carton)
     
    27.06.2014   BillerudKorsnäs makes substantial sustainability investments in Gävle    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs' Board of Directors has authorized an investment of over 450 MSEK for environmental improvements at the production unit in Gävle.
    The investment includes a new sedimentation basin, developments in the pulp mill and a large number of related water-saving measures. This will be implemented in 2014 and 2015 and will be completed by the beginning of 2016.
    - This is an important environmental investment for Gävle completely in line with the vision that our products shall have a minimal environmental impact and the best possible function in order to contribute to a sustainable future, says Christer Simrén, COO at BillerudKorsnäs.
    In addition to the environmental benefits, improved water quality and reduced use of electricity, the quality of the products will increase. This investment follows on the energy-related investments made in 2012 which greatly improved the production unit's sustainability performance in terms of energy efficiency and reduction of fossil fuel use.
    (BillerudKorsnäs Gävle)
     
    27.06.2014   Saphira Low Migration: Heidelberg launches consumables for the production of food packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news -Independent testing institutes confirm that Saphira Low Migration products fulfill all the requirements of European legislation
    -Portfolio covers low migration consumables for all stages of the value-added chain in press and postpress

    With Saphira Low Migration, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is launching its own product line of consumables that meet the special requirements for the production of food packaging. In doing so, the company is rounding off its existing portfolio of equipment, service, and software solutions for packaging printing and is now able to offer customers in the food industry packaging solutions from a single source.
    The production of food packaging is subject to the very strictest legislation. One of the key factors in the production process is the consumables used in the press and postpress stages. The aim is to prevent harmful substances in the consumables being transferred to the packaged foodstuffs and potentially altering their composition and/or taste and smell. Consequently, all consumables used must fulfill the strict requirements of EU Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. At the same time, packaging printing in the food sector worldwide is a growth market that more and more print shops are keen to profit from.

    Comprehensive portfolio of low migration products
    Right from the start, Heidelberg is offering a comprehensive range of Saphira Low Migration products for press and postpress. Users can choose from various printing inks, dispersion coatings, dampening solution additives, washup solutions, cleaners, oils to protect rollers, and dispersion glues for folding carton manufacture. In addition to being suitable for use in the production of food packaging, all Saphira Low Migration products meet the high quality requirements Heidelberg places on consumables. Like all Saphira products, they are specially designed for use in equipment from Heidelberg and deliver high productivity and excellent print results. Saphira Low Migration products are identified with the symbol of a glass and fork on the label.

    Independent testing institutes confirm compliance with European legislation
    All materials bearing the Saphira Low Migration label are checked by independent testing institutes for legal conformity in line with Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 and are therefore suitable and approved for the safe production of food packaging. The products ensure that neither the smell nor taste of the foodstuffs is affected, and that their composition does not change in any way. At the same time, the products do not pose any risk to health. All other legal requirements for the production of food packaging remain unaffected and producers of food packaging are not exempted from their duty of care.
    "With Saphira Low Migration, we are responding to requests from many of our customers for consumables for the food packaging sector that are not harmful to health but are still of very high quality," says Peter Tix, head of Consumables at Heidelberg. "Users can rest assured that these products fulfill all the legal requirements for this sector and thus eliminate one of the biggest risk factors in the production process for food packaging."
    Heidelberg plans to continuously expand the portfolio of Saphira Low Migration products. These products can be requested from existing contacts in the sales team, who will also be happy to provide information about the special conditions governing the production of food packaging.
     
    27.06.2014   Dallmann Joins Fox River Fiber As Reliability Engineer    ( Company news )

    Company news New Role Focuses On Plant Maintenance Programs For Paper Recycling Leader

    Rick Dallmann has joined Fox River Fiber in the newly created role of Reliability Engineer, bringing more than 20 years of experience to an industry leader in paper recycling and de-inking of post-consumer wastepaper.
    Dallmann is responsible for helping build reliability strategies and programs, coordinating the computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), as well as the preventive and predictive maintenance programs for the Fox River Fiber plant.
    Dallmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in paper science and engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has previous work experience with companies such as Menomonee Paper, International Paper, Verso Paper and Georgia Pacific.
    Fox River Fiber is a paper recycling leader, turning post-consumer wastepaper into high-quality pulp used in the production of printing and writing grades, as well as packaging-grade papers. The company is one of the only suppliers of FDA-grade recycled pulp in the United States.
    Fox River Fiber earned the Best Places to Work Award from the Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Association (PPMA) in 2013 and the Business Friend of the Environment award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce in 2011.
    (Fox River Fiber Co)
     
    27.06.2014   Extending the range of globe valve bodies    ( Company news )

    Company news The globe valves in the GEMÜ 505, 507, 550, 554 and 555 series have been tried and tested for use in various main and auxiliary processes for hygienic applications. To complete the range of globe valve bodies, an additional design has now also been included.

    For the valve ranges provided, a stainless steel investment cast body is now available in nominal sizes of DN 15, 20, 25, 40, 50 and 65, with integrally cast ASME BPE clamp connections and short ASME BPE length. It can be supplied with an internal and external surface finish of Ra ≤ 0.8 up to Ra ≤ 0.4.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.06.2014   Vacon joins BACnet International as a gold member - improving comfort control in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... building automation

    Picture: VACON® 100 HVAC

    The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon joins, as a gold member, over 90 of the leading building automation vendors and integrators in the world in promoting the use of BACnet as a communication protocol. BACnet is one of the major communication protocols Vacon fully supports as standard in its portfolio of AC drive products suited to the building automation market.
    Vacon offers VACON® 100 HVAC and VACON® 100 X product families for building automation and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) applications. These AC drives improve comfort control and allow substantial energy savings to be achieved by intelligent speed control of pumps and fans.
    BACnet, short for 'Building Automation Control Network', is a data communication protocol for building automation and control networks. Offering interoperability between cooperating building automation devices, it is designed for applications such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control, lighting control, access control and fire detection systems and their associated equipment.
    "BACnet is a key technology in the building automation market, and we want to show our commitment to it by designing competitive products which offer added value to system integrators, property owners and end users. Being a member in BACnet International, Vacon gains access to services and knowledge which allow us to serve our building automation customers better," explains Tuuli Sarvilinna, VP, Marketing, at Vacon Plc.
    BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. In addition, BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    26.06.2014   Valmet to supply new sizing technology for Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH in Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH with a sizer and auxiliaries for its PM3 containerboard machine located in the company's Kreuzau mill in Germany. The target of the project is to improve the strength properties of the white top liner grades. This high quality paper is used for instance as printed cover layer for cardboards and as headliner. The sizer is scheduled to start up during the first quarter of 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Valmet's innovative sizing technology will boost the quality of white top linerboard
    In addition to the new sizer, Valmet's delivery will include a calender rebuild, an air dryer, starch preparation and starch supply systems as well as ropeless tail threading equipment.
    "The new sizer will combine the best features of both spray application and film application, and improve the strength properties of the white top liner grades. The main advantages of the back side spray application technology compared to conventional starch application method are drying energy reduction, fast and accurate starch amount control as well as elimination of wearing parts. The top side film application ensures excellent properties of the white top liner surface," says Ilkka Naatti, Product Manager of coaters and sizers in Valmet.
    "Niederauer Mühle will also be the first paper mill in the Central Europe to benefit from the advantages of safe, reliable and fully ropeless tail threading technology in the size press area. After the rebuild the tail threading process of PM3 will be totally ropeless for all machine parts."
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    26.06.2014   Pöyry awarded engineering and site services assignment for Stora Enso Varkaus pulp mill rebuild ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and paper machine conversion project in Finland

    Stora Enso has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for the engineering and site services for the pulp mill rebuild and paper machine conversion project at its Varkaus Mill in Finland. The assignment relates to the pulp mill rebuild, paper machine conversion, upgrading of existing utilities, and includes detail and civil engineering as well as site services as an option. The assignment is a continuation of the pre-feasibility and the feasibility studies performed by Pöyry during 2013.
    The conversion work is expected to be undertaken mainly during autumn 2015 and the board machine is scheduled to start up during the fourth quarter of 2015. The current 280 000 tonnes per year uncoated fine paper machine is planned to cease production by the end of August 2015. Following the conversion into a board machine, Varkaus Mill's capacity will be about 390 000 tonnes per year of kraftliner and white top liner and 310 000 tonnes of unbleached kraft pulp.
    "This project is a continuation of the long co-operation between Stora Enso and Pöyry, and strengthens Pöyry's position as the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy, having delivered projects for 80% of the world's major pulp and paper companies", says Nicholas Oksanen, President of Pöyry's Pulp and Paper Global Competence Line.
    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q2.
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
     
    26.06.2014   Ideas for new business models – customers encounter special applications for folding machines at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Heidelberg Postpress Special Folding Days

    Figure: The Stahlfolder TH 56 demonstrated small folds such as those used on the packaging inserts that accompany pharmaceutical products.

    -Small folds and special applications take center stage
    -Added-value solutions for pharmaceutical and mailing applications
    -New Stahlfolder BH/CH folding machine series supports entry into the professional folding market

    Postpress plays a particularly important role in determining the quality of the end product and creative suppliers can harness special applications to boost their productivity significantly. That is why more than 200 customers from around the world accepted an invitation from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to attend the "Postpress Special Folding Days" at the Ludwigsburg site in early June. During the events, they encountered a huge range of special solutions based on Stahlfolder folding mchines. Taking center stage were innovative options for the production of direct mail and several different folding machine variants and options for the kinds of small folds used in the packaging inserts that accompany pharmaceutical products. On show to the public for the first time was the new Stahlfolder BH/CH folding machine series, which delivers professional folding production at an attractive price-performance ratio. "Events such as these bring together the creativity of our customers and the vast application know-how of our product experts, which creates an exceptional basis for new and innovative applications and product ideas," says Dr. Frank Schaum, who has been in charge of the Postpress Commercial division at Heidelberg since February this year.
    "That is why we are showcasing, among other things, both carefully selected special machines and our Stahlfolder TX high-performance folding system, which we hope will give our customers inspiration for how to become profitable specialist suppliers in a wide variety of sectors."

    The right folding machine for every customer application
    A clear trend is developing in industrialized nations toward ever more productive solutions. Due to continuing consolidation, capacities are moving more and more toward higher productivity and larger print formats. In the emerging markets, however, investment decisions are primarily dominated by economic factors such as low wage costs. That is why Heidelberg is using the Special Folding Days to present both special machines and a realigned portfolio of folding machines that responds to the various different customer requirements.
    When it comes to industrial high-performance production, the Stahlfolder TX 82 folding system and the versatile Stahlfolder KH 82 combination folding machine with the innovative PFX (Pallet Feeder eXtended) stream feeder highlight two key features of cost-effective modern postpress operations - maximum production output and application flexibility with short makeready times. These special systems can help to boost productivity by up to 50 percent compared to conventional production processes.
    Heidelberg also launched a completely new folding machine for cost-effective standard production at the start of this year - the Stahlfolder BH/CH machines in the 50 x 70 centimeter (19.69 x 27.56 inch) and 70 x 100 centimeter (27.56 x 39.37 inch) formats. Print shops can use these versatile folding machines as a low-cost entry-level option for in-house postpress operations and as a cost-effective means of expanding capacities. Thanks to their end-to-end MCT (Modular Control Technology) control systems, they are fully compatible with all Stahlfolder folding machines, deliveries, and accessories.
    To meet the wide range of requirements and investment budgets of customers worldwide, the machines are available in both basic manual versions and with a new, extremely user-friendly automation system. "During the Special Folding Days, we are presenting the new Stahlfolder BH 56 models as automated machines for rapid makeready and the Stahlfolder CH 78 as a compact, automated cross-fold machine." explains Dr. Schaum. "We are meeting our customers' needs head-on by providing a low-cost route into industrial folding that even includes automated systems and enabling them to leverage the tried-and-tested benefits of the Stahlfolder range, i.e. precise and high-quality mechanical engineering plus full compatibility with the entire Stahlfolder world."
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    26.06.2014   Sonoco-Alcore Receives Favorable Ruling in German Federal Court of Justice    ( Company news )

    Company news Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, announced that on June 12, 2014, the German Federal Court of Justice rejected an appeal against the German portion of Sonoco's European Patent EP 1 071 556, thereby reversing entirely a decision of the Federal Patent Court of March 1, 2011. The patent relates to the use of wide-ply board technology in the production of cores for the paper industry as used in Sonoco's M-Core® Series.
    As a result of the decision, which is final and cannot be appealed, the patent is confirmed to have constantly been in force since it was granted in 2002. In other countries, the validity of the European patent has not been challenged to date. An opposition against the patent before the European Patent Office had been rejected in 2009.
    The combination of the wide-ply in-house manufactured coreboard and Sonoco Alcore's proprietary manufacturing technique give the M-Series Cores increased performance characteristics to meet the higher demands of today's paper industry.
    "The wide-ply board and our patented M-Line technology give us the ability to manufacture a core that has superior dynamic strength capabilities. Additionally, this also provides a higher critical speed than any other core in the market. Combined, this means the M-Core is not just a high performer but also has a higher safety margin for machine operators," said Matti Mykkanen, Sonoco Alcore's technology director, Europe.
    (Sonoco Alcore Headquarters)
     
    26.06.2014   ALTANA Group Invests €100 million in Landa Digital Printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Sees Landa Nanography™ as game changer for the print industry

    Picture: The Nanographic Printing™ process ejects billions of Landa NanoInk™ droplets onto a heated transfer blanket to form a 500nm thick image. The dry image can be laminated onto the surface of any off-the-shelf substrate or paper without penetrating it. The image uses less than half the material of other processes to produce – which means lower cost.

    The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA and Landa Corporation have concluded an equity financing agreement under which ALTANA will invest €100 million (~US$135 million) for a minority stake in Landa Digital Printing. Both companies see the agreement not only as a financial investment, but also as a starting point for a long-term strategic partnership to bring digital printing solutions to the commercial, packaging and publishing markets. Other units of the Landa Group, including Landa Labs and Landa Ventures, are not included in the transaction.
    The proceeds will be used for completing the development of Nanography, Landa’s water-based digital printing process, including engineering and production ramp-up of Landa Nanographic Printing™ Presses and building of manufacturing plants for Landa NanoInk™ colorants.
    ALTANA is expected to be an active partner, drawing on print industry expertise gained from its divisions including BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants.
    “We are extremely excited to be partnering with an industry visionary like Benny Landa. We speak the same language in terms of innovation,” says Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, CEO, ALTANA AG. “I am confident that we are investing in a game-changing technology that can enable the printing industry to thrive in the 21st century and help our customers position themselves well for the future.”
    “We see our alliance with the ALTANA Group as a key milestone for our company and a strong vote of confidence in our mission to bring digital printing to mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets," said Benny Landa, Chairman and CEO of Landa Corporation. “ALTANA brings a wealth of relevant industry and market experience as well as worldwide manufacturing expertise, which will be of great value as we expand our presence globally.”
    (Altana AG)
     
    26.06.2014   CITO press release for: Mittelstandspreis (Medium-Sized Business Award)    ( Company news )

    Company news CITO has been nominated! Every year since 1995, the Oskar Patzelt Foundation has awarded this major annual prize to a medium-sized business. It was originally a regional event but since 2003 it has been awarded nationally. Today, it is the most coveted award for medium-sized enterprises across the whole of Germany. The aim of the foundation is to promote respect for and recognition of entrepreneurial responsibility. With its motto “Healthy SMEs – Strong Economy – More Jobs”, it encourages a culture of independence. The award is intended to showcase businesses with a committed and enterprising personality and it also encourages networking between medium-sized businesses. The individual companies are selected based on the following criteria: overall development of the company; creation and protection of jobs and apprenticeships; modernisation and innovation; corporate citizenship activities as well as service, close contact with customers and marketing.
    The Oskar Patzelt Foundation is a non-profit making organisation, privately funded and completely independent from state financing. More than 200 figures from all sectors of society make up the panels, which guarantees independent decision-making and the decision-making process itself is also DIN ISO 9001 certified. In 2008, the foundation was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for its services. Eligibility for the award is examined on the basis of impartial proposals; in 2014, 4,555 companies and institutions were put forward. Of these, 190 of the candidates who managed to make it through to the next round were based in Bavaria – and CITO-SYSTEM GmbH was amongst these. CITO was put forward to the foundation by the administrative district office of Nuremberg. After a few clarifications and verification of the company facts, CITO was accepted in the jury’s candidate list, which now makes it one of the group of companies in Germany considered worthy of being honoured with this Medium-Size Business Award. During the next stage, the twelve regional juries will review the remaining candidates; the regional prize-winners will be announced in September 2014 and following on from this the national winner will be selected in October.
    CITO is taking part in the competition in 2014 for the first time and has succeeded in moving straight to the second round. As company director and partner Jürgen Marien commented: “At first I was actually rather sceptical, but now we see it as a challenge and we are naturally keen to see how far we can go. Managing a company means always having to face up to the competition and being nominated through the Oskar Patzelt Foundation has aroused our sporting spirit so we are happy to be compared with other medium-sized businesses. Even if we don’t rank amongst the prize-winners, we will undoubtedly get to know a lot of interesting companies and personalities which will definitely be of benefit to us.” To be proposed by a neutral body, then reviewed by an independent jury and rated worthy of the prize is already a high appraisal of the company’s performance and the commitment of its staff.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    26.06.2014   GS1 US celebrates 40 years of the barcode and adoption of global standards    ( Company news )

    Company news In 1973, industry leaders came together to select a single standard for product identification - the barcode. What started as a way to speed grocery store checkout has become the global language of business - a common way for trading partners around the world to identify, capture, and share information about products, locations, and more in real-time. Now, more than five billion GS1 barcodes are scanned every day.

    Today, GS1 US is helping diverse industries drive efficiency, safety, and growth through the adoption and use of standards. GS1 Standards have grown into a global system, used by more than two million companies doing business in 150 countries across 25 industries, including apparel and general merchandise, fresh foods, consumer packaged goods, grocery, foodservice, healthcare, and defense.
    (GS1 US)
     
    26.06.2014   Paper recycling in Europe at 71.7% - A reliable performance secures access to valuable ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... raw material

    The paper recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2013. The total amount of paper collected and recycled in the European paper sector remains stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite decreasing paper consumption in Europe.
    Recycling has increased by 45% (18 million tonnes) since 1998, the base year for the first voluntary commitment set in the European Declaration on Paper Recycling by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC).
    The European paper recycling rate is starting to level out and keeping it at a high rate is becoming progressively more challenging. Not only are quantities changing but so are the different paper consumption patterns.
    The continuing sharp decline in newspaper consumption will significantly affect overall paper recycling levels, as newspapers are traditionally one of the best recycled paper products along with corrugated boxes. Conversely, tissue and sanitary paper consumption is increasing but cannot be accepted for recycling due to hygiene reasons. Overall, 21% of paper consumption is not recyclable or collectable.
    The large majority of the 11 European countries currently still under a 60% recycling rate have reported an improved performance. In parallel, 13 European countries have already exceeded the targeted 70% recycling rate. Paper fibre is now recycled an average of 3.5 times in Europe, far exceeding the world-wide average of 2.4.
    “Making recycling easy and simple year after year requires a huge effort by the paper value chain, and we are pleased to report the positive results”, says ERPC chairwoman Beatrice Klose. “Despite challenging circumstances, paper recycling has continued to perform consistently well”, she concludes.
    Secure access to raw materials has become an increasingly strategic economic issue in Europe. Paper recycling is truly an industry “made in Europe”. In line with EU policies, this industry should be properly safeguarded to remain so. The paper recycling sector is ready and able to add more green jobs, skills and innovations to the European circular economy.
    (CEPI aisbl)

     
    25.06.2014   CITO CREASY and CORRCHECK – genuine quality control    ( Company news )

    Company news ProcessLine: a new business area for CITO-SYSTEM GmbH. CITO, the quality leader in the field of creasing systems, has a long history in the areas of quality control, research and development and the company is now sharing this expertise with the market. The concept is to provide a range of compact and sturdy measuring instruments to incorporate as much reliable quality control into the production process as possible. These new devices have been developed in collaboration with users from the printing, folding box, corrugated board converting and diemaking sectors and are therefore very much geared towards everyday production needs. To maximise valuable working time and conserve material, it is of paramount importance that quality control starts right at the beginning of production.
    For printers, the DenCITOmeter is a great alternative for measuring colour intensity because this cost-effective device was specially developed for use on the printing press. Its strength lies in its ease of use and its fast results. For the packaging sector, the CITO BREYE is available – a device for rapidly measuring the quality parameters of Braille embossing on folding boxes.
    CITO CORRCHECK is an extremely useful device for corrugated board converters for checking the creasing and scoring on corrugated board, but above all for monitoring the so-called washboard effect which can occur on printed corrugated liners. CITO CORRCHECK also enables quality checks to be carried out on the open flute, so that conclusions can be drawn about the state of the corrugator and preventative maintenance can then be carried out if needed, prior to quality defects even occurring.
    In a similar way, the CITO CREASY can be put to good use in the packaging sector. It measures the quality of the creasing through accurate optical comparison of the creasing profile. This provides clear tolerance data in production and a uniform creasing quality throughout the entire production cycle. CITO CREASY is of course also a great help for diemakers; the same instrument can be used to accurately measure the creasing channels in all creasing systems including Pertinax matrices and counterplates. The software was specially designed by CITO and is capable of determining statistical data on the degree of wear on the milling tools. Another advantage is that a quality report can be printed out at any time for the customer. It is always ideal when the same measuring techniques can be used on both sides of the supply chain and when clear quality agreements exist between both business partners. But this can only happen if quality parameters are measured so that results and tolerances can be determined, leaving no room for doubt.
    The CITO CREASY project is all about providing more security to producers and die users and to the same extent. Our industry can now banish to the past “good” or “bad” assessments which are not based on clear data or parameters. Standards that have long been in place in other industries are now certain to be adopted by packaging producers. The technical options are now available and this means we can talk of common measuring values for the future. The measuring technique is designed around optical comparison and is based on the human eye, although the optics are much more accurate and are clearly focused on the specified parameters. By using this technique, it will be possible to work with common quality standards in future on a universal basis. The packaging industry specifies its own embossing standards and tolerances to ensure a trouble-free process which is then transferred to the specifications for the creasing channel. Goods-in inspection and final inspection are carried out according to the same data and are 100 % comparable. Even in today’s production process for diemaking, there are still quality checks which are definitely not in line with modern technology. It starts with the laser system, as this is where the cutting quality is usually measured manually with a thickness gauge. The CITO LaserInspector scans the cut slot with a sensor and measures the overall geometry of the cut. Order-specific parameters can be specified in the software. Three quality settings are given per cut and the device can detect independently whether it is a 2pt, 3pt or 4pt perspective. The laser operator receives a response immediately: Green indicates that the cut is OK, or Red means it must be adjusted. CITO LaserInspector was developed on the basis of practical experience for use in practical situations. The measuring process only takes a matter of seconds and does not affect production in any way. All these measuring devices have originated from the research and development work at CITO where “Don’t guess it – measure it!” is a long-standing principle.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    25.06.2014   Honoured at the SIPEC trade fair: The GEMÜ 650TL diaphragm valve    ( Company news )

    Company news Last year at the SIPEC trade fair in Orléans (France), the Innovation Prize went to GEMÜ for the development of its innovative GEMÜ 650TL "safety valve".

    If the flow velocity in a loop reduces, it can fall below a critical value. When the GEMÜ 650TL diaphragm valve is used, selected tapping points can automatically be closed by the central process monitoring system in order to reduce the tapping quantity and thus increase the flow velocity. It is now also possible to query the position of the handwheel. In this case, the position "handwheel closed" is detected by an optionally available proximity switch and communicated to the plant control system. Previously, this was only possible for the piston position of the actuator. Due to this improvement, a visual check of the plant in person is no longer absolutely essential. The position "handwheel closed" can be checked simply and conveniently from the control room.
    This optimisation adds to the reputation of the GEMÜ 650TL as a "safety valve", because the additional functionality further contributes to protecting plant operators and the conducted medium. Even if the valve closes due to the prevailing parameters (shutoff of control air) and the operator inadvertently forgets to close the hand wheel, uncontrolled escape of the medium can still be prevented.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.06.2014   The DIENES DS 6 knife holder    ( Company news )

    Company news New! highest stability, cutting width from 30 mm, cutting pressure positioning without jerking and many more

    The DS 6 is the culmination of 100 years experience of the company DIENES and know-how from more than 500,000 produced knife holders. Whether it is with manual or semi-automatic operation: The DS 6 impresses with its extremely high stability with very small cutting width from 30 mm and speed of up to 2,000 m/min. Adding to this is the worldwide unique cutting pressure positioning, its high longevity, as well as its comprehensive compatibility.
    As worldwide leading manufacturer for industrial slitting technology, once againwe set a new standard with the innovative DS 6 in the field of knife holders. Thanks to the DIENES honeycomb structure and the long guide bodies, the compact and light design of the DS 6 is extremely sturdy. This means the user can expect highest accuracy even for small cutting widths, and additionally benefits from an increased durability. Furthermore, the DS 6 with its high variability is suited to many sophisticated fields of application, like the processing of paper, foil, non-woven material and non-ferrous metal foil. Our unique patented cutting pressure positioning prevents the stick-slip effect with the balanced pressure distribution on the knives.
    The fact that our new knife holder is trend-setting on the market is also demonstrated by the other product features of the DS 6. For example, it has an integrated patented adjusting slide, which enables precise and reproducible positioning of the holder towards the bottom knife. The setting of the shear angles is possible in two ways: Conventionally with a plate on the retainer as well as from the front with the DIENES angle supports. The quick-change heads ensure a simplified, time-saving and above all safe removal during maintenance and knife exchange – the knife head and the integrated 360° guard can be completely removed and inserted as one unit. Furthermore, this unit can be used in both directions, so that the knife holder is suitable for all feed-ins or can be quickly repositioned. In addition, the knife holder has a forced sequence control for the cutting pressure positioning. Alternatively, however, supply via two separate compressed air circuits for individual adjustment of vertical and horizontal stroke can be selected, so that the cutting pressure can be set even more accurately and reproducibly.
    Operation of the DS 6 is intuitive, comfortable and wholly flexible by being usable from all sides. Its design is vibration-absorbing and it has comprehensive rust and dust protection for maximum sturdiness. Furthermore it is compatible with almost all existing slitting systems and is thus ideally suited to easily update existing machines and make them future-proof.
    The QR codes which are attached to each DS 6 holder were also developed with a view to the future. With these codes, the user can quickly access the online service page which provides information about spare parts, order numbers, documentation and knives that can be used in the DS 6 and gives direct access to the time- and cost-saving DIENES regrinding service.
    (Dienes Werke für Maschinenteile GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.06.2014   Valmet to supply part of a pulp mill capacity upgrade at Portucel Soporcel's Cacia mill in Portugal    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Portucel Soporcel with upgrades for its Cacia mill in Portugal. Valmet's delivery will secure high pulp quality at the new increased production level. The start-up of the renewed plant is planned for the summer 2015. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received and the value of the order will not be disclosed.
    "This order is a continuation of a long-lasting relationship between Portucel and Valmet. The new lime kiln will support the increased demand for lime, as Cacia mill increases its pulp production," says Stefan Mattsson, Vice President, Fiber Processing Business Unit, from Valmet.

    Technical details of Valmet's delivery
    Valmet's delivery includes batch cooking, screening, bleaching and a new lime kiln with a capacity of 110 metric tons per day (MTPD). The bleach plant rebuild includes a new TwinRoll press, which replaces two drum filters. The new lime kiln with flash dryer and electro static precipitator (ESP) will be able to burn both heavy fuel oil (HFO) and natural gas.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    25.06.2014   Twin Rivers Paper Company to Complete Edmundston Odor Reduction Project    ( Company news )

    Company news Twin Rivers Paper Company, a leader in the industry, has been implementing its operational improvement plan since a majority interest in the company was acquired by Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Partners in June, 2013. This improvement plan included a complete review of odor reduction at the pulp mill in Edmundston.
    “We’ve gathered a lot of best practice information on odor reduction technology in similar pulp mills and now we can confidently move forward with completing our own odor reduction project,” said Tim Lowe, CEO. “Work has commenced in the last few weeks and will continue over the next few months.”
    Major tie-ins were done during a scheduled two-day maintenance shut down that occurred June 3-5. Phase one will be the completion of the construction part of the project. Phase two will involve a gradual start-up and calibration process of the odor reduction technology.
    “We couldn’t be happier to hear that Twin Rivers is going forward with odor reduction at the mill,” said Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard. “Since taking ownership last year, the team at the mill has been doing good work to improve operations. We’re pleased they’re making odor reduction a priority.”
    Twin Rivers does not anticipate there will be any disruption to residents or businesses during the construction phase of this project.
    “We work every day to create a sustainable business that will grow and thrive over the long-term,” said Lowe. “We are invested in our community and we are proud to be carrying forward with a project of such importance to the people who live and work here every day.”
    Twin Rivers has been a vital economic engine for the region for over 80 years, producing a wide range of specialty paper and lumber products.
    (Twin Rivers Paper Company Edmundston Pulp Mill)
     
    25.06.2014   UPM Fray Bentos completes production permitting process in Uruguay    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill has complied with all requirements set forth by the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Land Planning of Uruguay and therefore has been authorised to increase its production level to meet the mill capacity as per the company's request in 2011.

    This resolution supports UPM Pulp Business to grow according to their customer needs. It also benefits the growth and development of Uruguay’s forest sector.
    (UPM Fray Bentos Mill)
     
    24.06.2014   Valmet's SealFlo cuts suction roll lubrication water use by up to 50%    ( Company news )

    Company news There is a continuous need for paper manufacturers to reduce their environmental impact. Valmet is contributing to this need by introducing SealFlo, an easy upgrade for suction roll lubrication showers.

    "Valmet's new SealFlo technology reduces water consumption by as much as 50%, while maintaining or improving lubrication results," says Pekka Kivioja, director of Roll Maintenance at Valmet.

    Worn, aged and outdated showers and nozzles lead to substandard lubrication results and consume excessive amounts of water. The new SealFlo axial seal lubrication shower from Valmet features a design which improves the lubrication process, as well as reducing the roll's environmental impact through significantly reduced water consumption.

    Significant savings
    In addition to improved lubrication results, many applications show an improved moisture profile and reduced costs of shower water preparation. Kivioja gives an example: "On a paper or board machine, this could mean savings of as much as 2,500 to 5,000 euros per roll meter per year, resulting in average savings of 100,000 to 200,000 euros a year on a ten-meter wide machine that has four suction rolls." The improved shower functionality also has a positive effect on the lifespan of the axial seal and on the suction roll shell.

    This modification is now available with suction roll maintenance through Valmet's extensive roll service network.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    24.06.2014   Commercial step for DuraPulp    ( Company news )

    Company news In collaboration with UK based James Cropper PLC, the speciality paper and advanced materials group, Södra is taking the first commercial step into the international market for bio-composite material DuraPulp.

    The collaboration brings together the respective core competences of each organisation and the creation of cross-functional expert teams with the aim to develop DuraPulp solutions for a wide potential range of applications.

    "James Cropper's extensive technical competence and global market reach will mean that we will be able to speed up the commercialisation of DuraPulp," said Anna Altner, Södra's Project Manager for DuraPulp.

    "Initially, the collaboration will involve niche and high end packaging related applications but we do see wide potential opportunities, including the horticulture market," explained Jacqueline Redman, Strategic Marketing and Innovation Manager at James Cropper.

    James Cropper plc has 2 business divisions - the paper division includes the speciality and luxury paper manufacturing and converting business and the non-woven division, Technical Fibre Products which has a holds a niche and leading position in the aerospace, energy, medical, automotive and other sectors.

    James Cropper Speciality Papers is one of the world's leading producers of bespoke coloured paper; in the last six months alone it has won two awards for innovative sustainable luxury packaging, most recently in Shanghai.

    "We will be exploring these markets to establish if our unique product can offer useful solutions," noted Urban Blomster, Business Development Manager for DuraPulp.

    Södra is already involved in technical collaboration with Swt Paper, a privately-owned business development company in Varberg specialising in bespoke paper and cardboard products. This collaboration is making it possible to produce wet-formed DuraPulp demonstrators that showcase the material's potential in bespoke packaging and containers.

    DuraPulp is a bio-composite material that consists of specially-selected pulp from Södra Cell and a renewable biopolymer. After additional processing, these two components take on special properties, such as moisture resistance, strength and rigidity.

    James Cropper PLC is an advanced materials group with more than 500 employees and turnover in the region of 80 million GBP.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    24.06.2014   Tieto provides Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG with a Web Trim cloud solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Tieto provides Swiss paper specialist Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG a cost efficient and easily managed cloud solution for creating and optimizing cutting plans for the pulp and paper industry. Web Trim’s Software as a Service solution allows Cham to focus on its core business without any local installations or need to maintain its own IT infra.
    Trim is an optimization module of Tieto Integrated Paper Solution TIPS, which is the leading sales, logistics and manufacturing execution system for the pulp and paper industry.
    Cham and Tieto have been working together for more than 15 years. Cham had the need to update its old release of TIPS Trim to the newest Trim application. Tieto suggested that Cham start using Web Trim as Software as a Service, which allows the company to concentrate on its core business while Tieto takes care of the IT infrastructure.
    “With this solution, we do not have to invest in our own software and hardware. We can focus on our core business and reduce our IT costs significantly. The collaboration with Tieto has been very constructive and efficient. The support after the implementation has been excellent,” says Markus Keiser, Head of Operations at Cham.
    With Web Trim’s Software as a Service solution, the application will always be up to date without any upgrade projects or installations.
    “This additional delivery confirms our assumption that there is an increasing demand for cloud applications in the paper industry as well,” says Stefanie Richter, Continuous Service Manager at Tieto Germany GmbH.
    (Tieto Germany GmbH)
     
    24.06.2014   Mercer International Inc. Announces Joint Venture With Resolute Forest Products Inc. to ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Commercialize Sustainable New Biomaterial

    Mercer International Inc. ("Mercer" or "the Company") announced the launch of a new joint venture company called Performance BioFilaments Inc. ("Performance BioFilaments") established to commercialize an innovative biomaterial derived from wood fiber called cellulose filaments. The joint venture will be equally owned with Resolute Forest Products Inc. ("Resolute"), a leader in the forest products business.
    Cellulose filaments are derived from wood pulp which has been processed using innovative technology licensed from FPInnovations Inc. ("FPInnovations"), one of the world's leading forest products research organizations. The cellulose filaments' exceptional strength and high aspect ratio make it a unique cellulose-based biomaterial. We believe it has the potential to make a wide array of consumer and industrial products stronger, lighter, more flexible and more durable, while leveraging a sustainable and renewable resource with a low carbon footprint.
    "Commercializing cellulose filaments represents a compelling business opportunity developed through our focus on collaborative innovation and takes one of our initiatives to the next level," says Jimmy S.H. Lee, President and Chairman of Mercer. "We are excited to be working jointly with Resolute, which allows us to leverage our respective global research knowledge and resources to implement the commercialization process for this high potential material."
    Performance BioFilaments will seek joint development partners from a range of industries – from automotive and manufacturing, to construction and high-end consumer products – to develop new commercial product applications for cellulose filaments. While we are optimistic about the potential for commercialization of this product, we recognize that, as with the development of all novel product applications, the process can be lengthy and without assurances.
    Performance BioFilaments will build upon the significant investment made by FPInnovations in technology development and production through its current C$43.1 million cellulose filaments project. All of the know-how gained from their project, as well as commercial development quantities of cellulose filaments, will be available to Performance BioFilaments for its commercialization efforts.
    (Mercer International Inc.)
     
    24.06.2014   GLATFELTER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN SPECIALTY PAPERS BUSINESS UNIT    ( Company news )

    Company news Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced key leadership changes in the Specialty Papers Business Unit (SPBU) effective immediately. Timothy R. Hess is promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and Calvin Staudt Jr. has joined Glatfelter as Vice President of Manufacturing. Both men will report to Brian Janki, Vice President & General Manager for SPBU.
    In making this announcement, Mr. Janki said, “These changes strengthen the Specialty Papers’ team, creating a more integrated leadership structure for both our commercial and manufacturing organizations. I expect these changes to accelerate our new product development engine and enhance our customer experience, while improving our operating efficiency and cost position – all of which are critical to our ongoing success in Specialty Papers.”
    Mr. Hess brings 20 years of broad Glatfelter operational and commercial leadership experience and a strong technical background to his new assignment. He will assume ownership of Specialty Papers’ commercial activities, including sales, marketing, new product development, and new business development. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Hess earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the United States Military Academy, West Point and a Master of Science in Pulp & Paper from the Institute for Paper Science and Technology.
    As Vice President of Manufacturing, Mr. Staudt will assume responsibility for all Specialty Papers operations, with an emphasis on safety, reliability, efficient mill operations, and developing capabilities across our manufacturing assets to align with the needs of current and future customers.
    Mr. Staudt brings more than 30 years of industry manufacturing operations experience to Glatfelter. Most recently, he served as General Manager at Rock Tenn in Florence, S.C. Prior leadership roles include assignments with International Paper, Temple Inland, and Evergreen Packaging. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Alabama. Mr. Staudt retired as a Commander of the United States Naval Reserve in 1997.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    23.06.2014   Infinity: Voith’s newly developed press fabric with high dewatering Performance    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Infinity: quick start-up and steady-state Performance

    With Infinity, Voith has developed a completely new generation of endless and seam press fabrics containing a base structure that ensures the fabric will resist compaction during operation. The dewatering performance therefore remains consistently high while maintaining high paper quality.

    The high-quality base fabric of Infinity is woven in an especially uniform method. Additionally, the laminated structure retains its open volume during the entire running time due to a high level of compressibility and better rebound behaviour in comparison to conventional press fabrics. These characteristics increase the dewatering performance and reduce dirt deposits and fiber loss. Infinity rapidly achieves optimal saturation, so the desired machine speed is quickly reached. The high number of contact points of the base fabric provides for uniform pressure distribution, increasing the dry content and the quality of the paper sheet.

    The paper manufacturer has the choice of several designs due to the modular concept of Infinity. Infinity can be tailored to the specific needs of the application to provide immediate benefit to paper machine operation. The new press fabric is also available with seams: the seam loops have an identical loop length, roundness and spacing, which makes the installation of the fabrics faster, simpler and safer.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    23.06.2014   Södra invests to increase pulp production at Mörrum    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra's Board has decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new wood-chip plant will be constructed and one of the mill's two pulp lines will be upgraded.

    In February of this year, Södra's Board decided to invest just over SEK 4 billion to increase capacity at the Värö pulp mill. Investments are now also being made in the Mörrum pulp mill, where Södra currently operates two parallel pulp lines for the production of softwood pulp and textile pulp (dissolving pulp).

    "This is another investment that strengthens our market position and competitiveness for market pulp. The expansion of pulp production is a key part of our Group strategy and a crucial feature of our efforts to develop our operation," said Lars Idermark, CEO of Södra.

    The existing facility at Mörrum currently produces a total of 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tpy.

    "The investment will enable us to meet the growing demands of our customers for softwood pulp and the increasingly popular textile pulp. It will enhance our energy efficiency, result in even higher quality pulp and improve the work environment," commented Gunilla Saltin, President of the Södra Cell business area.

    The project includes a new wood-chip plant with two separate wood lines, one for softwood-chip and one for hardwood-chip production, in addition to a refit of the softwood line, where the existing washing equipment will be replaced.

    The first phase of the project is scheduled to be carried out in 2014-15 with completion expected March 2016.

    Södra Cell Mörrum currently produces high-quality pulp and is the only Södra mill to produce textile pulp, for which demand is growing rapidly. Södra Cell is one of the largest players in the world in the area of softwood pulp and operates three pulp mills in Sweden: Mörrum, Mönsterås and Värö.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    23.06.2014   Successful product launch at this year’s FESPA    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Production site Cham

    At FESPA Digital in Munich the Swiss sublimation paper manufacturer Cham Paper Group presented its latest product innovation TRANSJET® Fashion for the first time to an interested audience.

    With only 45 gsm TRANSJET® Fashion is currently the lightest coated sublimation paper in the assortment. Thanks to its innovative coating the paper features extraordinary colour brilliance, high transfer rates and outstanding ink drying, even with highly saturated colour shades. It has been especially designed for use on industrial high-speed printers with Kyocera print heads. It is available in jumbo reels with a width of up to 3.20 m.

    TRANSJET® Fashion is the answer of the manufacturer to the rapidly increasing demand for a cost-efficient but high-performance sublimation paper that is suitable for high volume applications in cost-driven production processes, as e.g. in the fashion and clothing manufacture industry.

    FESPA visitors were given the opportunity to assure themselves of the outstanding performance of the new TRANSJET® Fashion on site. The paper was presented live on a MS Italy JP-4 printer and made for a massive increase in visitor frequency at the booth.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
     
    23.06.2014   Smurfit Kappa set to Open the future     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa announces the launch of a new global brand strategy across 32 countries, which is set to Open the future for its customers.
    The new strategy focuses on delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, reflecting the continued battle for brand owners to win that all-important First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another. It will deliver the deepest insights programme ever seen in the packaging industry and build a new network of customer experience centres around the world.
    A new, global brand campaign called Open the future will showcase Smurfit Kappa’s dedication to customer growth, through its proactive, listening approach and its relentless pursuit of the critical gains which make the difference in consumer brand choice. It draws on the company’s global experience across packaging, paper and sustainability to help solve real-world problems, based on deep consumer insights.
    The new brand strategy is the result of a 12-month long, global research programme, using the best business-to-business research specialists to establish what brand owners really want from the packaging industry. It included customers, suppliers and investors, as well as broad internal engagement with Smurfit Kappa employees across Europe and the Americas.

    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer at Smurfit Kappa said,:
    "The world for global brands has become more challenging and fast moving but full of opportunity for those who embrace and lead new ideas, new technologies and new trends. We are no different. Our approach to innovation has to be rooted in the sharpest insights, exactly mirroring the approach of the brands who are our customers.”

    The new brand strategy will be rolled out with a range of high profile customer service and innovation programmes which break new ground for the industry. They include the launch of a bespoke customer insights programme, created especially for the world of packaging, which will deliver a depth of understanding of consumer markets, behaviour and trend data never seen before in the industry.
    Smurfit Kappa is also building a new network of customer experience centres in its main markets. The hub will be a showcase International Customer Experience Centre at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport where brand owners will spend days working alongside Smurfit Kappa experts, immersed in market insights and assessing new packaging innovations designed to deliver profitable growth and a sustainable supply chain. Satellite versions of the centre will be introduced in other major markets worldwide.
    Open the future is brought to life through a new, dynamic microsite, where a series of films demonstrate how customers across the world have worked in partnership with Smurfit Kappa to create innovative solutions which have driven commercial success. The new microsite can be visited at www.openthefuture.info and will be the home for new, shareable content updated regularly throughout the year.

    Gary McGann added:
    “The delivery of creative, forward-thinking solutions for brands has always been part of our DNA. Today we’re taking that to a new level with a big commitment to increase our insight into our customers' worlds and deliver growth through innovation.
    “The industry has to look beyond our customers' immediate packaging needs to understand what really makes their business and their customers tick and where future opportunities lie. Only if we do that can we credibly produce insightful, creative solutions that will be taken seriously by brand owners and open up future growth opportunities."
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc (Dublin Office))
     
    23.06.2014   Welcome to Paper Arabia 2014 - Middle East's special event on Paper Industry     ( Company news )

    Company news Over the past few years, Paper Arabia has proven to be the most attended exhibition for all paper industry proffessionals in the Middle East region. The last edition in 2013 was visited by more than 6500 trade visitors from 48 countries, 95% of which were the senior most executive from their respective organisations.
    On September 21-23, 2014, it is time for the 7th edition of the International Exhibition on Paper, Tissue and Converting Industry also covering Corrugated, Carton and Machinery. Taking place in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the grand city of Dubai, Paper Arabia will be the unique platform for the Middle East, African and Asian buyers to meet, source and discuss everything and anything related to the Paper Industry.

    Preview new products at Paper Arabia 2014
    New technology and trend will be unveiled and the world's biggest machinery and technology suppliers will choose this event for their business enhancements to this part of the world. Read about this, Exhibitor profile, participation cost and much more in the Exhibitor Invitation.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    20.06.2014   Antalis sponsors educational session at DSCOOP EMEA    ( Company news )

    Company news Session aims to help printers better market their service proposition to end-users

    For the third consecutive year, leading European paper merchant Antalis is a partner of DSCOOP EMEA, the Digital Solutions Cooperative event which brings together an independent community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Graphic Arts equipment and related solutions. The 2014 edition will take the form of three days of collaborative workshops to discuss how printers can develop their business by better meeting the Needs of and marketing to end-users. Antalis is sponsoring the session entitled “Holding Meaningful Conversations with Marketers”.

    Antalis’s annual participation and sponsorship of the DSCOOP EMEA event is a mainstay of the group’s d2b (Digital-to-Business) initiative which aims to support the various Players in the print industry through the digital printing transition. d2b offers them a broad range of paper and specialty substrates adapted to the latest digital printing and finishing techniques, a team of digital experts, numerous services and dedicated events and open days showcasing innovative applications and techniques.

    An increasing number of printers are investing in digital printing presses, not only to meet the demand for small, cost effective print jobs and quick turnaround, but also to add high added-value services such as web-to-print and cross-media applications to their portfolio. However, for many printers, the world of marketing is an unknown one with a foreign language that they do not naturally master. The DSCOOOP EMEA educational sessions aim to help printers “speak” to marketing and communications professionals, to Position their solutions in a way that will get this audience’s attention and also demonstrate how printers can leverage social networking to develop a strong brand and secure more referrals. The “Holding Meaningful Conversations with Marketers” session sponsored by
    Antalis will be chaired by Sima Dahl, Personal Branding & Social Networking speaker, trainer and coach.

    “The paper and printing industries are in constant flux with digital printing in particular changing the playing field,” says Xavier Jouvet, Group Marketing and Purchasing Director, Antalis International. “Only those who adapt to these changes and find ways to constantly renew their service proposition and target new customers will prosper in the Long term. That is what we as a paper merchant need to do and what we want to help our customers do.”
    (Antalis International)
     
    20.06.2014   FOREST INDUSTRY REPORT CARD: PROGRESS MADE ON AMBITIOUS ...    ( Company news )

    Company news .. GOALS OF VISION2020

    The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today released its first report card on Vision2020, Pathways to Prosperity―it shows progress on the three parameters of products, environmental performance and people and issues a call to action to build on the momentum to date.

    “I’m pleased to say our efforts began to bear fruit during the first two years of our ten year Vision plan for jobs, growth and continuous improvement in the industry’s environmental record,” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

    Vision2020 was launched in May 2012 as a challenge to industry as well as governments, academic researchers, policy thinkers and other partners to build on the sector’s transformation. The Vision goals are to refresh the workforce with an additional 60,000 new employees; improve environmental performance by 35% and generate an additional $20 billion in economic activity from new products and markets, all by the end of the decade.

    The report card covers the first two year period between the baseline year of 2010 and 2012. During this period, final figures show that the forest industry hired 8,000 new recruits and made a further 6% improvement in its environmental credentials, putting the sector on pace to reach its Vision goals. The industry saw only a modest increase in the product goal with a gain in economic activity of $0.5 billion. However the report card reflects a time period when the industry was still recovering from the recession. More recent figures show the industry growing at a faster pace – for example Statistics Canada figures say that during 2013, the forest products sector had a 3.4% increase in GDP, faster than the overall economy at 2%, while wood exports were up 27%.

    “We want to celebrate our initial successes while acknowledging we still have a long way to go.” says Lindsay. “Realizing the ambitious goals of Vision2020 will require bold thinking and determination. There needs to be a collective effort of FPAC and its member companies, working with the broader industry, government, policy thinkers, academics and others to find the best technological, social, environmental and economic pathways to progress.”

    “We look forward to another two years of increasing progress toward implementation of Vision2020 and the green and innovative agenda of the forest products industry of Canada.”
    (FPAC Forest Products Association of Canada)
     
    20.06.2014   Sappi confirms disposal of Nijmegen Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Sappi Europe Head Office

    With reference to the announcement made on 30 September 2013 about the future of the Sappi Nijmegen Mill, Sappi wishes to confirm that it has reached an agreement to dispose of the mill to an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (“AIAC”). The new name of the Sappi Nijmegen Mill is Innovio Papers. It will manufacture specialty paper and will no longer be engaged in the coated graphic paper business. A transfer plan is being arranged with current graphic paper customers. The transaction is effective as of 16 June 2014. The disposal is not categorisable in terms of section 9.5 of the JSE Listings Requirements.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    19.06.2014   The TurnLock™ Laminating System - Label protection just got better     ( Company news )

    Company news The first ever one-roll self-laminating system is now available for durable labelling applications. Compared with an overlaminate or transfer tape, TurnLock offers a material cost reduction of up to 30% and operational efficiency gains of up to 25%.

    Turnlock achieves its one-roll results with a simple turn bar, enabling immediate improvements in laminating operations. The use of standard printing and converting equipment means that no major investment is needed. Big gains are possible on all fronts:

    Lower material costs
    You need to buy only one roll, rather than two, and hold less inventory

    Higher operational efficiency
    Set-up takes less time, splicing is improved and you can run the line faster

    Improved sustainability
    No more mismatched rolls means less scrap, without the need for a disposable liner – Turnlock uses up to 30% less material

    The process is simple but ingenious. Images are first reverse-printed onto the top layer, and the material is passed through standard press stations. The printed facestock is flipped at the turn bar, then buried and locked under a clear PET, resulting in protected, attractive graphics on long-lasting, quality labels.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    18.06.2014   Get acquainted with Russian PPI market with PAP-FOR Russia Exhibition!    ( Company news )

    Company news How to grow your business at Russian and CIS PPI market?
    • Join over 300 exhibitors and check out all the opportunities with PAP-FOR Russia!

    Why Russian market is worth entering?
    Russia is the largest country in the world with growing economy:
    • Expected decrease in entry barriers and creation of new opportunities for foreign countries due to WTO accession.
    • Easy accessibility to Kazakhstan and Belarus markets due to membership in the Custom Union.
    • Strong consuming growth caused by huge population and economic development (15 cities with a million-plus population, 145 million people in total, over 5 million companies).
    • Fantastic growth in retail industry (appr. 20% in 2013).
    • Prospects of becoming a key consumer of PPI products instead of stagnating European and Asian PPI markets*.
    • Well enough space and clients for the international players.


    Why exhibit at PAP-FOR Russia?
    Exhibiting at the leading show for Pulp and Paper industry in Eastern Europe will result in tremendous export opportunities for your company.
    • Every 2 years PAP-FOR draws thousands of producers, suppliers, distributors, government and industry associates from across the country and all over the world.
    • Over 40 key Russian and CIS paper mills are among PAP-FOR exhibitors**.
    • PAP-FOR is a well-established exhibition with history and reputation. Since 1992, it is the largest professional event for PPI in Russia and CIS gathering the whole industry at one B2B platform.
    • More than 50 industry mass media and visitor promotion campaign attract only target audience.

    Who Attends?
    Over 6000 unique professional visitors:
    • Distributors, importers and exporters of paper, cardboard and converting products;
    • Suppliers of equipment for PPI;
    • Packaging manufacturers;
    • Pulp and paper mills;
    • End customers;
    • Governmental and industry associations representatives;
    • For the 1st time PAP-FOR invites major retail chains!
    (Reed Exhibitions Russia)
     
    18.06.2014   Duni is launching the market's most extensive range of compostable, unicolored products    ( Company news )

    Company news If you want to care for the environment and still create a colorful atmosphere, our extensive range of compostable unicolored products is the natural choice.
    Duni is launching the world’s biggest range of compostable, unicolored napkins and tablecoverings. The products in the range carry the OK Compost label. This means that they are guaranteed as biodegradable in an industrial composting plant, contain no harmful chemicals, and may be sorted with food waste when allowed.
    Elisabeth Gierow, CSR & Quality Director at Duni: “We are launching the range for two main reasons. Firstly, there is strong demand from our customers for eco-conscious solutions. Secondly, for us innovation, quality, safety and environmental standards go hand in hand.”
    (Duni AB)
     
    18.06.2014   Mika Joukio appointed Metsä Board's CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation’s Board of Directors has appointed M.Sc. (Tech.), MBA Mika Joukio (49, photo) as the company’s new CEO. Joukio will start in the position on 1 December 2014 at the latest.
    Joukio joins Metsä Board from Metsä Tissue Corporation, part of Metsä Group, where he has been the CEO since 2012. Prior to Metsä Tissue, Joukio worked as the head of Metsä Board’s paperboard business during 2006–2011. He has held various management positions in the company and its predecessors Metsä-Serla Corporation and M-real Corporation since 1990.
    “Mika Joukio has strong earlier experience in Metsä Board and in paperboard as well as consumer product industries. He has a good track record of successful business management in Metsä Tissue. He has an excellent starting point to continuing profitable growth of Metsä Board”, says Kari Jordan, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
    Metsä Board’s current CEO Mikko Helander will move to another company on 1 December 2014 at the latest.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    18.06.2014   Burgo's Board of Directors approves the Industrial Action Plan "Burgo 2020" and 2013 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...financial statement

    The Burgo Group Board of Directors approved the new Industrial Action Plan “Burgo2020” for the period 2014-2018.
    The Plan provides for investments for about € 250 million and significant programs and measures aimed at containing operational costs and matching the production capacity of the Group to the demand trend.
    The Group will remain focused on diversification, which will be achieved by strengthening and developing the presence of its specialty papers on the market, thanks to Mosaico – the dedicated subsidiary of Burgo Group – for which a specific developing plan has been approved.
    The measures and investments included in the Plan will enable the Group to consolidate its competitiveness in the European environment through a significant improvement of its industrial and financial performance and efficiency.
    The consolidated balance sheet will be presented to the shareholders’ meeting on the 29th of June. Burgo Group closes the 2013 accounting period with a turnover of € 2.391 million (- 8,4% compared to 2012) and an EBITDA of € 92 million. The results are a consequence of the negative trend in the graphic papers market and are in line with those of the main competitors. The year ends with a loss of € 147 million, 101 of which due to depreciation and provision measures taken by the Company to develop the Industrial Plan.
    The Group’s financial debt drops to € 957 million, decreasing by 3% compared to the year 2012.
    (Burgo Group spa)
     
    18.06.2014   Scottish Book Printer Gains Greater Efficiency and Color Accuracy with X-Rite IntelliTrax    ( Company news )

    Company news Solution enables production target densities to be reached in as fast as 20 minutes

    X-Rite Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announces that the Glasgow-based academic book and journal printer Bell & Bain has purchased the IntelliTrax colour management scanning solution to manage their on-press colour control. IntelliTrax is X-Rite’s advanced, automated color management scanning for press-side color control, and Bell & Bain will include the solution in their state-of-the-art production platform.

    Founded in 1831, Bell & Bain is one of the few Scottish academic printers to have survived the centuries to thrive in today's ultra-competitive market. With more than 80 employees, the company has a turnover in excess of £9 million and has more than 150 customers, including most of the blue-chip names in international publishing.

    The company operates three large format KBA Rapida 142 offset presses and a new B2 four-colour Rapida 75 with coater. The latest KBA press purchase was part of Bell & Bain’s investment program, which has helped the firm increase turnover by 50% since 2005, and win new business that includes a portfolio of work in the fine arts sector.

    To support that success, Bell & Bain acquired X-Rite’s IntelliTrax scanning color measurement system with the IntelliSetTM Closed-Loop Color Control System from Rutherford Graphic Products.

    Scott Hill, Print Manager at Bell & Bain commented on the impact of the IntelliTrax system has had on their operations. He notes, “Our initial IntelliTrax investment has made a huge difference to our operations – both in accuracy and in speed. First, the integration of the Rutherford closed loop capability that Feeds information back to the press makes duct key changes even more accurate. In addition, the IntelliTrax solution is a lot faster, cutting our make ready time in half and significantly reducing waste. With IntelliTrax, we can reach target densities in 20 minutes - and that’s for large format four-over-four printing. On the older system, it generally took 24 minutes for four-colour make-readies, and that was only one side of the sheet, so this is a significant improvement.”

    Ultra-fast scanning
    X-Rite’s IntelliTrax automatically scans the colour bar of a typical press sheet in less than 15 seconds. It can measure special colours, PANTONE® colours, non-process colours, and paper colour. Instant reports are then created and displayed on-screen. This enables press operators to quickly make adjustments that get them to approved colour faster.

    According to David Stewart, Sales Manager UK, Imaging, Media & Packaging of X-Rite, “The results that Bell & Bain have experienced with IntelliTrax are exactly the types of results that we had hoped for when we developed this solution. We knew that if we could speed up both the color measurement and the correction processes, printers would be able to gain greater efficiencies and achieve a higher color standard. We congratulate Bell & Bain on their success.”

    Bell & Bain’s Intellitrax was installed in conjunction with Rutherford’s AutoPilot, a software solution that delivers fast and cost-effective off-line closed-loop colour control. It seamlessly integrates with pressroom colour control systems, and its ease of use makes staff training and operation simple.

    Scott Hill concludes, “All in all, our upgraded X-Rite IntelliTrax with Rutherford AutoPilot has improved our productivity, decreased turnaround time and freed our press operators to plan ahead on their shift, while maintaining the highest quality colour across all of our work.”
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     

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