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    27.07.2015   Inaugural BOBST & Partners Roadshow in Vietnam a great success    ( Company news )

    Company news Over 130 participants and prospective customers attended the BOBST and Partners Roadshow held in HCMC, Vietnam on 23rd June to hear about the latest innovations and trends in flexible packaging.

    The now well-established roadshow formula brings together leading equipment manufacturers and management of packaging companies. The conference opened with a welcome addresses from Mr Othmar Hardegger, Consul General of the Embassy of Switzerland in Vietnam and Mr Cao Hong Quang from the Vietnam Packaging Association.

    Throughout the day, BOBST, along with partners discussed market trends and solutions in their respective fields, covering the areas of production, printing, converting and finishing.

    Eric Pavone, Business Director of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed commented "Vietnam is an important market for us, due to the fast growing economy and the packaging sector gaining market share to become one of the most rapidly growing industries in the country with increased demand for consumer goods and in particular foodstuffs. The demand for innovative products is high and the BOBST range of solutions in flexo printing, gravure printing, laminating, coating and vacuum metallizing are ideal for meeting the requirements of the packaging industry in Vietnam".

    Laurence Dy, Zone Business Director SEA, BOBST BU Web-fed said, "This, the first BOBST and partners roadshow to be held in Vietnam was a great success and the feedback received from attendees was overwhelmingly positive."

    Eric Pavone concludes, "The roadshows were set up to provide a focus on new technology and most importantly how that technology can benefit the users. They are also a great networking opportunity as under one roof, packaging converters will find a range of companies giving highly specialised presentations in their respective field with plenty of opportunities for potential business discussions.

    I believe that along with our roadshow partners we have succeeded in our goal of presenting value added processes and solutions aimed at helping to improve the quality and profitability of converters’ business. The excellent comments we have received from attendees supports this belief".
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    27.07.2015   Packaging Corporation of America Reports Record Second Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Packaging Corporation of America (NYSE: PKG) reported record second quarter net income of $114 million, or $1.16 per share, compared to last year’s second quarter net income of $100 million, or $1.01 per share. Earnings included a net charge for special items for the Boise integration and DeRidder, Louisiana mill restructuring of $2 million, or $0.02 per share. Excluding special items, second quarter 2015 net income was a record $116 million, or $1.18 per share, compared to second quarter 2014 net income of $114 million, or $1.16 per share. Second quarter net sales were $1.5 billion in both 2015 and 2014.

    Photo: Mark W. Kowlzan, CEO

    Excluding special items, the $0.02 per share increase in second quarter 2015 earnings, compared to the second quarter of 2014, was driven by increased volume ($0.10), improved corrugated products sales mix ($0.02), lower costs for energy ($0.07) and chemicals ($0.02), and a lower tax rate ($0.04). These items were partially offset by lower white paper prices and mix ($0.10), lower export containerboard prices ($0.02), higher labor and benefit costs ($0.05), increased annual mill outage costs ($0.03) and higher wood costs ($0.02).

    Packaging segment EBITDA in the second quarter of 2015 was $267 million with sales of $1,142 million compared to second quarter 2014 packaging EBITDA of $259 million, excluding special items, with sales of $1,145 million. Corrugated products shipments were up 2.1% compared to the second quarter of last year with the same number of workdays. Containerboard production was 937,000 tons which was an increase of 91,000 tons over last year’s second quarter including 79,000 tons from the D3 machine at DeRidder. Containerboard inventories were down 1,400 tons compared to the end of the first quarter and were down about 4,000 tons from year-end 2014.

    Paper segment EBITDA in the second quarter of 2015 was $37 million with sales of $281 million compared to second quarter 2014 EBITDA of $45 million, excluding special items, with sales of $295 million. Office paper and printing and converting shipments were up, while pressure sensitive paper shipments were down compared to the second quarter of last year.

    Commenting on results, Mark W. Kowlzan, CEO, said “We had an outstanding quarter operationally in both our mills and box plants which increased earnings significantly over prior guidance. The benefits from the improvements made at the DeRidder mill, during its first quarter outage, were realized faster than expected, which allowed further grade optimization in our containerboard mill system. In corrugated products, our sales mix improved seasonally more than we expected contributing to higher earnings. We also continued to improve operations and lower costs in our white paper mills which offset some of the impact of lower paper prices.”

    “Looking ahead to the third quarter,” Mr. Kowlzan added, “we expect higher containerboard, corrugated products and white paper shipments, lower mill annual outage costs, and lower chemical costs. White paper prices are expected to be lower with announced price changes in industry trade publications. Finally, we plan to take our D3 paper machine at DeRidder down in September for 13 days to install additional dryers which will provide the capability to achieve design capacity and lower our costs. Considering these items, we expect third quarter earnings of $1.28 per share.”
    (PCA Packaging Corporation of America)
    27.07.2015   Implementation of collaborative production management system to save energy    ( Company news )

    Company news Papelera Brandia SA produces machine-glazed (MG) kraft papers ranging from 24 to 140g/m2. Their kraft papers are ideal for wrapping and packaging. The brightness of the glazed side of the paper optimizes printability.

    In 2012, Papelera Brandia started to have problems with maxi-meters tripping. These are devices used to automatically block power consumption after having reached a pre-determined limit, in order to avoid penalty payments to the local electrical utility for consuming too much energy. The maxi-meters became faulty due to old age and lack of servicing.

    Quant offered an Energy Audit as the strategic approach to both reveal their energy consumption and to identify a follow up including a master plan with the identification of potential opportunities and savings.

    Following an on-site visit by Quant experts, who performed electrical and thermal energy measurements in the power plant, pulping process and paper machine energy sources, interviews were conducted with the quality, production, maintenance, purchasing and plant managers to understand how they manage their operations and their knowledge about energy policies.

    Information such as invoices from various utilities and other energy supply companies were collected and analysed.

    As a result, Quant and Papelera Brandia defined a master plan with prioritization of opportunities, categorization and a feasibility analysis.

    One of the crucial needs identified was a monitoring and targeting system. Quant’s solution was to install the cpmPlus Energy Manager, including meters and monitoring software, to communicate with quality control, production and planning systems.
    (Quant AB)
    24.07.2015   Borregaard: All-time high result for Performance Chemicals    ( Company news )

    Company news Borregaard’s operating revenues totalled NOK 1,054 million (NOK 993 million)1 in the 2nd quarter of 2015. EBITA2 was NOK 131 million (NOK 130 million).

    Performance Chemicals improved its EBITA, while there was a decline in Specialty Cellulose and Other Businesses. In total, costs were stable in local currencies. Currency developments, including negative hedging effects, contributed positively by approximately NOK 50 million. Hedging effects were NOK -54 million in the 2nd quarter.

    EBITA in Performance Chemicals increased to an all-time high as positive currency effects, product mix and higher sales prices more than compensated for lower raw material supply. The reduction in Specialty Cellulose was mainly due to lower sales prices, a weaker product mix and lower contribution from bioethanol. EBITA in Other Businesses declined, primarily due to a higher activity level in the Exilva project.

    Profit before tax was NOK 125 million (NOK 126 million) in the 2nd quarter. Earnings per share were NOK 0.92 (NOK 0.91).

    - We are pleased to deliver another all-time high result for Performance Chemicals. In addition, we reached important milestones in our strategic projects in the US and South Africa, both aimed at growing this business area further, says President and CEO Per A. Sørlie.
    (Borregaard ChemCell)
    24.07.2015   Flint Group develops direct engravable plate for pad printing    ( Company news )

    Company news new nyloprint® DLE 30 S yields excellent print quality

    With the nyloprint® plate programme, Flint Group offers an extensive range of high-performance products for letterpress, dry offset, pad printing and security print applications. Now, the portfolio will be expanded with the new direct engravable pad printing plate, nyloprint® DLE 30 S. This plate has been designed for laser direct engraving making any further plate processing steps like wash out and drying obsolete. Generating the relief in only one step makes the plate processing much more efficient and improves the process stability when producing pad printing plates. Besides that, it exhibits very good cup gliding characteristics and stability on press together with excellent ink transfer.

    nyloprint® DLE 30 S plates are suitable with all standard laser systems: with CO2, fibre and diode laser systems, but also with standard ablation laser systems for flexo and letterpress plates. This new gravure plate for high quality pad printing is particularly well-suited for industrial and promotional products.

    Extensive field tests showed excellent results. It has become evident that the new printing plate has very good resolution properties, which enables outstanding print quality, also with halftone images.

    The new, direct engravable pad printing plate, nyloprint® DLE 30 S, is available to the market since mid July 2015.
    (Flint Group Germany GmbH)
    24.07.2015   Södra shows the way    ( Company news )

    Company news This year we are investing 5 billion SEK in our mills. But that´s not what makes us most proud.

    At Södra we are proud that we always put the forest first. After all, our members and forest owners are one and the same: Their forests guarantee that we will have a secure supply of high-quality raw material for generations to come, and that the environment and sustainability will always be at the core of everything we do. Ever since Södra’s first pulp mill started up in 1938, we have been seeking to balance innovative thinking with energy efficiency. We know that our customers can never stand still, so neither can we. We believe there are many more bright ideas waiting to be discovered from the forest and that together we can harvest them. Our 5 billion SEK investment to expand our capacity, optimise product quality and increase our energy efficiency yet further is a good start.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    24.07.2015   Sappi Speciality Papers Gears Up for FachPack and Labelexpo    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Speciality Papers announced that it will be exhibiting at two important European packaging & label shows in the fall of this year. FachPack is scheduled to run from 29 September through 1 October in Nuremberg, Germany (Hall 4, Stand 4-111); while Labelexpo Europe will take place in Brussels, Belgium, from 29 September through 2 October (Stand 5E17). 2015 marks the debut for Sappi Speciality Papers as exhibitor at Labelexpo Europe.

    “We are quite excited about our presence at both fairs,” says Thomas Kratochwill, Director Sales & Marketing at Sappi Speciality Papers. “Our newly created Speciality Papers competence center at our Alfeld Mill has strengthened us to expand our market reach, bringing even more new and innovative products to market for both packaging and labels and work closer together with our customers providing meaningful and sustainable packaging solutions.”

    The rebuild of PM2 at Alfeld Mill has increased the variety and quantity of speciality papers the mill is now able to produce. The competence centre, is staffed with a team of application specialists, technical customer support as well as highly skilled end use managers. This dedicated business development team is tasked with developing new innovations and solutions for the packaging market.

    Sappi debuts at Labelexpo Europe
    At Labelexpo Europe, Sappi Speciality Papers will be featuring its Algro Sol® line of silicone base papers featuring low silicone consumption, 25% lower than other standard carrier papers currently available on the market. This ensures excellent removal of the self-adhesive films from the siliconised carrier paper and results in significant cost savings. Increased production capacities at the Alfeld Mill as a result of the PM2 rebuild ensure a long-term and sustainable supply of this popular material in a dynamically changing marketplace, also expanding its reach to the Americas and Asia.

    Sappi will also be showing their label paper portfolio dedicated to wet-glue labelling: Parade® Prima A, G and HP, a one-side-coated paper with impressive brightness and gloss designed for superior print results and excellent optical appearance.

    Attending FachPack
    At FachPack, Sappi Speciality Papers will be presenting innovative solutions for flexible packaging, rigid packaging and topliner. Sappi presents a range of speciality papers and carton board that are ideal for all packaging requirements from outer wrapping to cartons and for all printing, converting and finishing processes.

    FachPack marks the first public showing of atelierTM, a hybrid FBB product that exceeds current market standards. atelier, produced at the company’s Maastricht mill, is a multi-ply board produced on a single-wire board machine, a feat no other paper manufacturer has ever achieved. It delivers the ultimate in brightness, purity and gloss with a silk touch and feel and unrivalled bulk, truly a new dimension in folding box board. This new product is a must-see for show attendees.

    “Ten years ago, we entered the carton board market and set out to revolutionise it with the Sappi Algro Design® family of SBB carton boards”. Thomas Kratochwill says; “Now we are doing it again with atelier and FBB, introducing an entirely new quality level in folding box board.”

    Brilliant, Sustainable Substrates: A Sappi Hallmark
    Also featured at the show will be Sappi’s award-winning bright white carton board Algro Design; the premium white topliner Fusion® for lamination to carton and corrugated cardboard; and Algro® Nature, a certified home compostable flexible packaging substrate that is based on renewable raw materials.Algro Nature is the first and only packaging paper that can be composted at home. It can also be laminated onto flexible packaging films from NatureFlex (produced by Innovia Films).

    Sappi is presenting at the show Algro® Guard M and Leine® Guard M barrier paper grades equipped with hot seal properties, developed in partnership with BASF and Eurofins. These sustainable and recyclable packaging materials are designed to address concerns about migration of mineral oil into food from packaging that is manufactured from recycled paper.

    The single side coated Algro Guard M is ideal for outer packaging that requires high quality print, and uncoated Leine Guard M is suitable for internal packaging and pouches. These grades are recommended for use in sugar, chocolate and confectionery; coffee and tea; crisps, snacks and nuts; dried and dehydrated foods packaging.

    “Regardless of how demanding brand owner requirements for labels and packaging might be,” Thomas Kratochwill concludes, “our substrates are ideal for meeting those needs. Packaging converters, brand owners, designers and print finishers will get evidence on how the flexibility of Sappi speciality papers contributes to the visible, tactile and protective qualities of the finished package. We are specialists in addressing challenging packaging and conversion requirements. With all of the work that is going on in our Alfeld competence center, we expect that we will also have some surprises for show attendees and encourage everyone to stop by our stand for more news and to get samples of all of these outstanding packaging materials. Our goal is to introduce one innovation each year, and we are on track to do so in 2015.”
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
    24.07.2015   Resolute Selects State-of-the-Art Tissue Machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the selection of a state-of-the-art tissue machine for the project at its Calhoun mill, in Tennessee. Supplied by Valmet, the Advantage New Tissue Technology (NTT) machine will produce premium quality tissue products for the consumer market.

    This machine is part of the previously announced $270 million project to build a facility to manufacture at-home, premium private label tissue paper, including bath and towel. Preparation work has begun at Calhoun, and the machine is expected to start making tissue in the first quarter of 2017.

    "This is the first time we will produce products directly for the consumer market," stated Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer. "The selection of the Advantage NTT tissue machine is in line with our promise to retailers to install equipment that will offer the highest quality and the differentiation they seek for their store brands."

    The move into the tissue market represents an important step forward in Resolute's corporate growth strategy, and the company will continue to evaluate opportunities to expand its presence in this growing market segment.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
    24.07.2015   MIAC 2015 - BUSINESS AND TECHNOLOGY IN THE PAPER SECTOR!    ( Company news )

    Company news MIAC 2015, an event not to be missed for all those working in the paper
    industry sector! Rapidly changing technological solutions require continuous education: MIAC is the answer to all this! Save the date: next 14.15.16 October the international paper industry sector meets in Italy during the 22nd edition of MIAC Exhibition.

    Some MIAC Exhibitors will open the doors of its facilities during the 3 days of MIAC 2015. Reserve your visit by contacting the Company and visit the open house of your interest!

    Also for the 2015 edition, MIAC Exhibition planned four "technical meetings" in order to take stock of the situation regarding trend, future perspectives and new available technologies in the paper sector. The participation to the Conferences is free of charge. Simultaneous translation from Italian to English and vice versa is available during the Conferences.

    MIAC 2015 awards 6 visitors of the Exhibition! The two Modules of Participation (one red and one green) must be delivered to the “MIACar Point” located in the Tensostructure Pavilion and to the Upper Floor of the Pavilion.

    14 and 15 October 2015 09.00 - 18.00 // 16 October 2015 09.00 - 15.30
    (Edipap Srl)
    24.07.2015   Asahi Photoproducts to Feature Innovative Flexographic Plate Solutions at IGAS 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Pinning Top Dot technology supports fixed colour palette printing techniques with no compromise in quality

    Asahi Kasei E-materials Corporation, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development and parent entity globally known as Asahi Photoproducts, will be exhibiting at IGAS 2015, taking place from 11-16 September in Tokyo. Asahi will be located on stand E2 2-17at the show with featuring its Pinning Top Dot plate technology, which enables a broad colour gamut, vibrant colour reproductions, soft tonal shades and improved productivity. It is also the ideal solution for fixed colour palette printing which is rapidly gaining in popularity among flexographic printers looking to optimize colour and reduce ink costs.

    “IGAS 2015 is an important show for us,” says Mr. Hidekatsu Hirayama, Sales & Marketing Manager for Asahi Japan Region. “We believe our Pinning Top Dot technology can help leading flexographic companies maintain their competitive advantage in Asia’s demanding and dynamic labels and packaging environment.”

    Sam Yamamoto, Senior Manager for Asahi Asia & Pacific Region, adds, “At IGAS, we will be showing all of the latest developments in flexographic plates, and our experts will be on hand to answer attendees’ questions. Pinning Top Dot technology (PTD) was designed by Asahi to improve flexographic print quality with the option of an environmentally sustainable water-wash system or a solvent washable plate. At the same time, all Asahi solutions ensure no-compromise print quality with the fixed colour palette printing technique, which delivers both cost and quality benefits to brand owners and their flexographic suppliers. Our development efforts have been driven by collaboration with creative agencies, trade shops, brand owners and printers to ensure the right mix of capabilities to meet all of their needs. We are excited to be sharing our solutions and expertise with show attendees.”

    Pinning Top Dot: The Details
    A feature of both Asahi’s solvent-washable TOP and TSP and water-washable AWP™ plates, Pinning Top Dot technology (PTD) enables a clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surfaces and shoulders in screen areas. This leads to fewer cleaning intervals and reduced press downtime, as well as significant quality improvements.

    PTD allows a kiss-touch printing pressure setting. It makes use of low plate surface tension, made possible by a specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry, to inhibit liquid flow. The ink forms a globule, with a large contact angle and high pinning point. This results in a cleaner and more homogeneous ink transfer from plate to substrate, helping flexographic printers meet the ever increasing quality demands of their customers.

    Further contribution to corrugated post-print market
    In addition to its PTD plate lines, Asahi will also show its new version of Tenaflex™ liquid polymer resin and AFP™-CH new solvent thick plate. Tenaflex™ resin features solid plate level of printing quality and durability in a liquid plate resin for Japanese post-printed corrugated market which requires world highest print quality. The resin has a hybrid performance that combines the advantages of liquid resin including 3 layer polymer structure with the enhanced technical properties of a solid plate, including increased plate resilience and strength. AFP™-CH is newly developed thick plate achieving reduced flute-mark through newly developed polymer technology.

    Sam Yamamoto adds, “Asahi first brought innovative liquid resin technology to market more than 40 years ago, and we are proud that our innovation continues today. These latest developed polymers will help customers maintain a leadership position in the highly competitive corrugated market. All of Asahi’s new technologies bring value to the markets we serve, and we are pleased to be sharing them with IGAS 2015 attendees!”
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
    24.07.2015   Antti Vasara new President & CEO of VTT Ltd    ( Company news )

    Company news The board of VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd has chosen D.Tech Antti Vasara as its new President & CEO from 1 November 2015.

    Antti Vasara (49 years) is currently on the leadership team of Tieto Corporation, as Executive Vice President, Product Development Services. Before Tieto Corporation he has worked for Nokia in several roles such as Senior Vice President Nokia Eseries Business Unit, SVP Product Development and Vice President Corporate Strategy. Before he was CEO of a software firm and has been a management consultant at McKinsey & Company. In addition to several management positions in Finland and internationally, he has long experience of serving on Boards of Directors of both listed and unlisted companies.

    Aaro Cantell, the Chairman of VTT's Board of Directors, gave the following comments on the recruitment: "We are delighted with our selection. Antti has long and varied experience of P&L responsibilities in Finnish and international companies. He is familiar with building and leading customer-oriented businesses with the help of skilled experts, and understands the opportunities provided by technology in creating new commercial value. We believe that that under his leadership, VTT will be developed into a more agile and customer-oriented partner of domestic and international companies and to become a more prominent catalyst in Finland's technology sector."

    "VTT is a highly regarded institution that has been building Finnish well-being for over 70 years. It is a great honour to be continuing this work alongside VTT's experienced technology-sector specialists. I want to be involved in raising the level, appreciation and impact of research, development and innovation abroad and in Finnish society. Achieving economic growth by developing and bringing together world-class expertise in new ways is a major challenge in times like these, but I think that, in Finland, VTT is exceptionally well equipped to perform that," says Antti Vasara.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    23.07.2015   European paper and beverage carton industries welcome European Parliament's views on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...renewable and recyclable materials

    European paper and beverage carton industries welcome European Parliament’s views on renewable and recyclable materials

    On Thursday 9 July, the European Parliament gave a clear message to the European Commission to address crucial issues in an ambitious circular economy package. These include ending the landfill and incineration of recyclable waste, applying mandatory separate collection schemes and making the bio-economy an integral part of the circular economy.

    The European paper and beverage carton industries have called upon the European Commission for a long time to support the industry’s efforts in further improving recycling, but also to extend the scope of the circular economy package from reducing waste to including measures that foster responsible sourcing of raw materials and particularly promote the use of responsibly sourced renewable materials.

    Marco Mensink (photo), CEPI Director General says: “The European Parliament has now given a clear mandate for making the bio-economy an integral part of the circular economy. Renewability is nature’s way of circularity, clearly recognized by MEPs in their vote.”

    Bertil Heerink, ACE Director General adds: “A well-functioning circular economy will benefit from an increased use of renewable resources. We therefore welcome Thursday’s vote that underlines the importance of shifting from finite to renewable resources. We are looking forward to a constructive dialogue with the European Parliament on all topics related to the circular economy.”
    (CEPI aisbl)
    23.07.2015   A.Celli: Rebuild project at SCA facilities    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA Hygiene Spain installs refurbished rewinder with new A.Celli Paper equipment.

    Rebuild project for A.Celli Paper at SCA facilities in Allo (Spain), where the leading global hygiene and forest products company required an updated service on moving rewinder assets and major upgrade on the drive side and slitting unit. Thus, A.Celli Paper dismantled on-site the previous machinery and installed refurbished equipment with new drive and automation and safety systems, and the new, latest-generation cutting system.

    Started up in September/2014, the system fulfilled all the tests and the customer was fully pleased not only with the new technology supplied by A.Celli, but also with the technical and operational support that the teams have always shown during the entire rebuild process. “A.Celli Paper confirms itself a high level partner”, says SCA. “They immediately identified our needs and supplied what we required. Together, we scheduled the tests and started up the refurbished rewinder. This new cutting system is truly innovative and ensures extremely high quality of the paper – something SCA particularly caters to.”

    With this new rewinder, the SCA Spain facility has gained in performance, instantly showing an improvement in paper quality and, consequently, a better finished product.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
    23.07.2015   Greif Names DeeAnne Marlow as Senior Vice President, Human Resources     ( Company news )

    Company news Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF. B), the world leader in industrial packaging products and services, announced the appointment of DeeAnne Marlow as Senior Vice President, Human Resources. Marlow joins Greif as a member of the executive steering team reporting directly to Greif CEO David B. Fischer.

    "Aligning short- and long-term talent needs is critical for every company. DeeAnne brings both extensive global manufacturing experience to Greif and a unique approach to the human resources function. She partners with the business to clearly identify needs, define measurable outcomes and then implement affordable and effective HR systems that map to business goals," said David B. Fischer, Greif CEO. "I look forward to collaborating closely with her and have every confidence that she will help Greif achieve its business ransformation goals."

    Marlow joins Greif from global manufacturer Cummins Inc., where she oversaw a team of 140 HR professionals across five continents. There she worked in various business units and advocated on behalf of the businesses' needs to improve performance management and ensure the successful integration of two joint ventures in Latin America. As a partner to the business leads at Cummins, she implemented systems that
    strengthened strategic business planning and change management. Her broad HR technical experience includes leadership development,
    aligning compensation with global market trends and improving recruiting and retention.

    "The role of HR has transformed. It has gone from purely services to a
    function that can bring measurable results by partnering with the business," said Marlow, who has over 25 years of HR experience. "My focus is on aligning HR to the short- and long-term business needs so that the business can achieve measureable results, create opportunities and improve overall business performance. I am excited to join Greif, with its focus on transforming to meet customers' future needs."

    Marlow is SPHR Certified, holds a Six Sigma Green Belt and received an MBA from the University of South Dakota.
    (Greif, Inc.)
    23.07.2015   Schreiner Group is "Innovator of the Year 2015"    ( Company news )

    Company news Top 100 Jury Awards Prize for Holistic Innovation Management

    Schreiner Group has achieved overall victory in the Germany-wide “Top 100” innovation competition, which has earned the company recognition as “Innovator of the Year 2015.” Prior to winning the award, the Munich-based high-tech company of the printing and film-converting industry participated in a challenging selection process. “Top 100” mentor Ranga Yogeshwar presented the prize to Managing Shareholder Roland Schreiner at the “German Mittelstands-Summit” in Essen on June 26.

    Photo from the left: Robert Weiß (Technology- and Innovationsmanagement Schreiner Group), Ranga Yogeshwar and Roland Schreiner (Managing Shareholder Schreiner Group)

    Top 100 has been recognizing mid-sized businesses for their innovation management for more than 20 years. Schreiner Group particularly convinced the “Top 100” judging panel with its “smooth transition from the second to the third family generation at the helm of the company that also gave new impetus to innovation.” In the judges’ opinion, the company had done an exemplary job of managing this change, as the transition was used to specifically drive the evolution of the innovation processes: “The conceptual basis for this is provided by ‘Strategy 2020,’ which Roland Schreiner developed together with the members of top management. In pursuing this strategy, the company has succeeded in expanding its internal, innovation-related communication which, in the jury’s opinion, further improved the company’s positive innovation climate. Schreiner’s commitment to innovation is also underscored by ‘Innovation’ being anchored in the organization as one of the four corporate values besides ‘Quality,’ ‘Performance’ and ‘Enthusiasm,’” the judges added.

    “Innovation is a corporate value that is being lived at Schreiner Group. All employees are consistently encouraged to think outside the box and to contribute new ideas,” said Roland Schreiner. “Therefore, I owe a debt of gratitude to all our employees for achieving our ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.”

    The judges’ decision was based on the results of a comprehensive questionnaire in the categories of “Innovation-Encouraging Top Management,” “Innovation Climate,” “Innovative Processes and Organization,” Innovation Marketing and External Orientation” and “Innovation Success.” During a company tour, the members of the judging panel chaired by Prof. Dr. Nikolaus Franke from the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation of the Vienna University of Economics and Business received a first-hand impression of Schreiner Group’s innovation process. This obviously had a lasting effect, as the judging panel of professionals stressed in the justification of its selection: “Schreiner Group impressed in ‘Top 100’ as an agile, strong-growth mid-size company with a comprehensive and holistic understanding of innovation.”
    (Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG)
    23.07.2015   Creation Reprographics Enhances Quality, Sustainability with Asahi Photoproducts AWP™ ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Flexographic Plates - Serving customers who demand the best

    Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, announced that British Daventry-based Creation Reprographics has been using the premium quality Asahi AWP™ flexographic plate system for the past three years with excellent results. Designed for high quality print performance, the AWP™ water wash plate outperforms the best digital plates currently available for flexo. For the first time, a digital photopolymer plate can hold extremely small stable dots – smaller than those of solvent processed plates – and its stability on press is superior to solvent plates, with numerous associated environmental and waste reduction benefits.

    Matt Francklow, Owner of Creation Reprographics, said: “Sustainability is truly coming to the fore in print. With this high quality water wash plate, it’s the final check for retailers. At Creation Reprographics, we have positioned ourselves in the premium segment of the market, competing head on with gravure in Europe and serving those customers that demand the best in the UK. Our AWP™ results are simply unrivalled – consistency, slightly raised ink density and better lay down, good minimum dot, and speed to press are all achieved - making the printer’s job easy. The system works across all substrates, and we see a real demand for this level of performance in premium flexible packaging applications – a growth area in the industry. Converters looking to move away from gravure and offset are truly surprised by what AWP™ can achieve.”

    Extensive plate trials and live commercial production jobs have proven AWP™s ability to print down to a 10 micron dot, using classic round dot screening. With the latest screening technologies, the plate is able to reproduce a vignette fade to zero. Due to this quality leap, customers are able to successfully transfer production from offset or gravure to flexographic printing.

    Francklow continued: “At Creation Reprographics, we pride ourselves on our approach to environmental sustainability, and AWP™ fits with that ethos perfectly. We’re investing in energy management solutions across our sites and even looking at whether we can collect, filter and recycle our rainwater to do the washing of these plates. Even pens get recycled here!”

    Alan Coker, Creation Business Development Manager, commented: “Reducing waste in the plate making game is critical to your profitability. Throwing polymer in the bin is just not acceptable. Asahi’s supports our AWP™ plate technology investment with preventative maintenance and machine audit visits. And they are on hand 24 hours a day, delivering technical solutions quickly and accurately whenever needed, maximising our production efficiency.

    “Our customers are delighted as well. Since the plates do not suffer from distortion due to solvent swelling or increased temperature, we are achieving better registration and consistency on press. With the start-up time absolutely minimised, we’re making plates in less than 1.5 hours. Combine that with suitability for 4-colour process set applications, and you have an extremely compelling value proposition.”

    The Asahi AWP™ technology has been designed from the outset as an environmental plate solution minimizing wherever possible waste of precious resources. The system is water washable and does not rely on harsh solvents. The water is also reused in the process, being filtered and recycled through the plate processing system. The system is also free from the harmful volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions that are typically generated by solvent and thermal processes.

    The entire plate manufacturing process does not generate any waste other than unexposed polymer residues, which are collected as ‘dry cake’ and safely repurposed as a combustive agent for incineration waste plants. AWP™ plates do not absorb much water, reducing the drying time of the plate by up to two to three times that of solvent cleaned plate systems. This results in cost and space reductions for the plate making room, as energy-demanding hot air dryers are not required.
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
    22.07.2015   Martin Haake signs the new Twill mailing by Favini    ( Company news )

    Company news Twill, the elegant felt-marked paper, features a vintage interpretation of Venice by worldwide famous illustrator Martin Haake

    Favini presents the new Twill mailing.
    Characterized by a classical, linear design, Favini’s Twill paper is the perfect partner for sophisticated and elegant communication. The fine texture enhances the tactile experience on both sides of the paper and offers an ideal background for creative solutions.

    Favini chose for their new mailing the skillful hands of worldwide famous illustrator Martin Haake, who turns ‘imperfection’ into his major strength. “I am especially touched by things that are imperfect and I like to create images that are also imperfect. If some of my illustrations get too perfect, I have to draw them again”, said the artist. Twill’s perfect linear texture contrasts well with the deliberately ‘imperfect’ style of Martin, who recreates Venice in a retro and poetic style.

    Enclosed in the Twill mailing is a gift for the Favini designers and partners, an original mini poster with a vintage touch. Even the cover is a piece to keep and to use as inspiration: the blue tone of Twill Indigo creates an ideal background for the textures printed litho, Pantone 877 and for the orange silk screened areas.
    (Favini Srl)
    22.07.2015   Norske Skog: Lower margins in a challenging market    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the second quarter of 2015 were NOK 138 million, down from 192 million in the first quarter. EBITDA were down due to weak publication paper demand in 2015 and industry focus on market share. Today, Norske Skog announces entry into two new growth areas alongside the publication paper business: bioenergy at our facilities and tissue production at Bruck.

    The net loss of NOK 571 million in the second quarter of 2015 was significantly impacted by negative other gains and losses amounting to NOK 276 million. Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 0.4 billion from the end of first quarter 2015, from NOK 7.1 billion to NOK 7.5 billion, due to seasonally high interest payments and somewhat unfavourable foreign exchange effects. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 89 million (NOK -387 million in Q1 2015) and working capital was practically flat throughout the second quarter.

    - We cope with a challenging market for publication paper by a cash driven commercial policy, and continued efforts to cut costs and improve productivity. In addition, we have stopped group support to operations at Walsum. Given that mill's high costs relative to competitors, it was very difficult to see a return to profitability. We will continue to pursue an active capacity management policy to support cash generation and improved market balance, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Lower LWC sales volume due to discontinuation of Walsum and appreciation of the Norwegian krone caused lower operating revenues in the quarter. Cost of materials were lower compared to last quarter reflecting the discontinuation of high cost production at Walsum. Fixed costs in the quarter declined to below NOK 500 million. The low sales volume, a less favorable sales mix and continued losses at Walsum through May contributed to reduced gross operating earnings both year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter.

    Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe decreased by 10% and 4% respectively in the five first month of 2015 compared to the same period last year. The mills reduced their capacity utilization to 80% (82% in Q1 2015) in the quarter to avoid low margin sales and to support the company's commercial policy.

    Operating revenue declined slightly with Australian dollar depreciation and challenging export markets for newsprint to Asia. Variable costs per tonne decreased in Q2 2015 with seasonally lower energy costs. Fixed costs were flat. Gross operating earnings improved year-over-year with the completion of the Boyer conversion.

    Demand for newsprint in Australia decreased by around 10% in the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year, while demand for magazine paper was relatively stable. The mills increased their capacity utilization to 89% compared to 88% in Q1 2015.

    Active capacity management
    Total annual production capacity for the group is 2.8 million tonnes. In Europe the group capacity is 2.1 million tonnes, while in Australasia the capacity is 0.7 million tonnes. Capacity utilization for the group in the second quarter was 82% compared with 83% in the first quarter.

    - The market remains challenging. We have performed active portfolio management of our machine capacity in the second quarter, and we will continue this policy in the next quarters. Already announced permanent capacity cuts of more than 2.5 million tonnes in Europe and North-America in 2014 and 2015 in our product segments should be favourable to the market balance, and thus future price levels, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    22.07.2015   Rebuild of Gruvön PM 6 successfully completed    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has successfully completed the modernization of the paper machine PM 6 at BillerudKorsnäs AB in Gruvön, Sweden. As part of the rebuild project, the press section and parts of the dryer section have been modernized. BillerudKorsnäs manufactures on the PM 6 fluting for packaging paper from virgin fibers.

    Photo: OnQ ModuleSteam

    In the press section the existing roll press was taken out of the second position and installed in the first press position. Now a new NipcoFlex shoe press is being used as the second press. The NipcoFlex package delivered to BillerudKorsnäs is the first one which can achieve lineloads of up to 1,700 kN/m. This is only possible through an optimal combination of roll, shoe, press sleeve and press felt, which were all developed by Voith. Through the extremely high press pulse maximum dewatering is achieved with the highest paper quality. The closed web run through the press reduces sheet breaks and increases the runnability of the paper machine. Dryness and speed of the paper machine are increased simultaneously. In addition, the cantilevering structure in the shoe press position of the new press allows the use of endless felts.

    For the conditioning of the press felt a ProLub cleaning system has been installed for the first time in a paper machine for packaging papers. ProLub cleans continuously the felt across the entire working width. The dryer section has been reduced by two dryers, resulting in further energy savings.

    Also part of the scope of supply were MultiFlex machine clothings in the press and dryer section and an OnQ ModuleSteam steam box that ensures a uniform CD moisture profile and a higher dryness.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)

    Company news The difference between water and people is that water needs no encouragement at all to turn its energy into work! All you need is someone with the will to harness that energy. That's why hydro power is one of the longest established, most widely used, and indeed most reliable forms of renewable energy production.

    With the completion of major refurbishments to its hydro power plants, The KATZ Group has confirmed its commitment to a sustainable corporate strategy. Even before the modernization work, the company was covering 34 percent of its energy needs with its own renewable sources – so people are already enthusiastically awaiting the new figures! The KATZ Group expects its four highly efficient Kaplan turbines and generators to boost the amount of electricity produced by 1.23 million kilowatt hours a year, a figure roughly equivalent to the power consumption of some 300 homes.

    As well as installing new technology, the company has made further efforts to improve the ecology of the River Murg by making alterations designed to help fish navigate up and down the river. The 3.8 million euro investment has created a cost-effective and eco-friendly basis for meeting the challenges that lie ahead.

    Enthusiasm for the high quality of the project came from various bodies, including the Karlsruhe local government office, Rastatt district administration, and the municipality of Weisenbach, which owns the stretch of water. They expressed particular praise for the changes made to help fish navigate up and down the Murg, which have improved the overall ecology of the river.

    There was widespread satisfaction among the project participants with the skilful way in which the challenges of the project had been overcome.
    "That's why I would like to express my thanks to everyone involved – it was thanks to them that the project ran so smoothly and successfully," says Daniel Bitton.
    (Katz GmbH & Co. KG)
    22.07.2015   ACQUISITION BY PRO-GEST OF THE CARTIERA MANTOVA    ( Company news )

    Company news On June 30, 2015 the official acquisition of the Cartiera of Mantova was signed by the Pro-Gest Group.

    In late March, Pro-Gest submitted a binding offer to purchase the paper mill of the Burgo Group and in the light of the industrial value of the project, Burgo accepted.

    Both Parties confirm their commitment to a relaunch of the industrial site that take into account the characteristics of the employment impact on the territory.

    The goal is reactivate the paper mill, hopefully by the summer of next year. Meanwhile a dozen former employees will be hired as early as July 1, 2015, in order to begin work on the restoration of the Cartiera - after a long period of closure - under the coordination of Francesco Zago (Director of Cartiere Group Division of Pro -Gest) and Alfredo Pistons (Head of Cartiera Mantova).
    (Pro-Gest S.p.A.)
    22.07.2015   Neenah Grows Both Premium Packaging and Technical Products Platforms with Agreement to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Acquire FiberMark

    Neenah Paper, Inc. announced it had signed a definitive agreement to purchase all of the outstanding equity of ASP FiberMark, LLC ("FiberMark") from an affiliate of American Securities LLC for $120 million. With annual sales of over $160 million, FiberMark is a specialty coating and finishing company with a strong presence in luxury packaging and overlapping technical product categories. The company sells globally from six production facilities in the United States and one in the United Kingdom.

    "FiberMark is well known in the marketplace for its high touch service as well as a meaningful breadth of premium coated, textured and colored products. The acquisition adds new capabilities that will further accelerate our strategy to expand in targeted growth areas like premium packaging and performance materials, and complements previously announced strategic investments supporting the continued growth of our filtration business," said John O'Donnell, Chief Executive Officer. "The combination of FiberMark and Neenah increases the size and our reach in many of our addressable markets and provides opportunities to accelerate growth with a wider range of capabilities and products to better serve our customers. From a financial standpoint, the investment represents an attractive use of capital with a mid-teen rate of return, is not dilutive to our EBITDA margins and will be immediately accretive in year one."

    The Company indicated it expects one-time costs in 2015 of approximately $5 million for transaction fees and integration, with synergies exceeding $6 million per year within three years. Ongoing accretion (excluding one-time costs) is expected to be over $0.40 per share.

    The acquisition will be financed approximately equally between cash on hand and borrowing against the Company's revolving credit facility and is expected to close on July 31, subject to customary conditions. Additional details will be discussed in the Company's second quarter earnings call on August 6th.
    (Neenah Paper Inc.)
    22.07.2015   Chemistry and Packaging improve first-half EBIT; Paper Division feels impact of weak euro and...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... lower paper prices

    All three business divisions of the CPH Group increased their sales volumes in the first half of 2015 over the same period last year. But with a weaker euro and lower paper prices, net group sales for the period fell 18.0% to CHF 199.3 million, and the first-half group EBIT of CHF -18.5 million was a CHF 27.8 million decline on the prior-year period.
    On a brighter note, and despite a strong Swiss franc, the Chemistry and Packaging divisions achieved slight year-on-year improvements in their first-half EBIT results.
    The 13% year-on-year fall in the value of the euro against the Swiss franc had a tangible impact on the 2015 first-half results of the CPH Group, which generates some two-thirds of its revenues in the Eurozone.

    “All our business divisions raised their sales volumes in the first six months of this year,” says Group CEO Peter Schildknecht (photo). “And our Chemistry and Packaging divisions also improved their first-half earnings, despite having to contend with a highly overvalued Swiss franc.”

    The Paper Division continued to pursue its efficiency enhancements;
    but these were still not sufficient to fully offset the impact of
    adverse currency movements and falling newsprint prices. Net salesfor the CPH Group as a whole amounted to CHF 199.3 million, an 18.0% year-on-year decline.

    Chemistry and Packaging improve their earnings results
    Thanks largely to substantially higher sales volumes, the Chemistry Division posted net sales for the first half of 2015 that exceeded their prior-year level. The production facilities in Switzerland and the USA were both well utilized. And the division’s first-half EBIT result also represented a slight year-on-year improvement.
    The pharmaceuticals markets saw further growth in the first-half period, though in Europe –the prime sales market for the Packaging Division – this was of only low-single-digit percentage proportions.
    Higher sales volumes only partially offset currency-related losses,
    and net sales for the period were correspondingly down. The division improved its first-half EBIT result, though, thanks to further efficiency enhancements.

    In addition to the weakness of the euro, the Paper Division suffered from declines in paper prices. These two adverse trends could only be partially offset by higher sales volumes. And although expenditure was further reduced from its prior-year level, the division still posted a
    negative first-half EBIT result.
    Since it accounts for some two-thirds of total group earnings, business developments at the Paper Division have a major influence on overall results for the CPH Group. Group EBIT for the first-half period fell from the CHF 9.3 million of 2014 to CHF -18.5 million. The strength of the Swiss franc adversely affected the financial result, too, and the net result for the period declined to CHF -28.7 million. Total equity as of 30 June 2015 amounted to CHF 404.3 million; and with an equity ratio of 64.1%, the CPH Group remains robust in capitalization terms.

    The Annual General Meeting of 1 April 2015 newly elected Manuel Werder
    and Kaspar W. Kelterborn to the Board of Directors of CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG, the Group’s holding company. The Board reconstituted itself at its first post-AGM meeting. Tim Talaat assumed
    the position of Deputy Chairman from Max Walter, who had previously retired; and Kaspar W. Kelterborn was appointed chair of the Board’s Finance & Auditing Committee, with further committee members Peter Schaub and Manuel Werder.

    Outlook for 2015: currency movements crucial
    The Chemistry Division should continue to benefit from steady demand in the second half of the year. The division’s production facilities are currently well utilized, especially for higher-margin products.
    Higher sales volumes and further cost economies should cushion the adverse currency impact, and both net sales and EBIT for the year as a whole are likely to be broadly at their 2014 levels.
    Prospects for the Packaging Division remain favourable. The expansion in China is making good progress, and work has begun on the new Wujiang production facility. The first coated films for the local pharmaceuticals sector should be available from this in mid-2016.
    Packaging’s net sales for 2015 are likely to fall short of the previous year’s, owing largely to currency trends; but with the success of the efficiency improvements it has effected, the division is confident of posting an EBIT for 2015 that is roughly in line with its prior-year level.
    The Paper Division sees some brighter prospects for the second half of the year: several of its competitors have announced price increases for their magazine paper products. But given the falls in demand,
    Europe’s paper production capacities would need to be further substantially reduced to permit sustainable price recoveries. The division has already initiated more action to enhance its efficiency,
    by further improving its processes and lowering its costs. But it will
    be unable to emulate its net sales of 2014, and will post a clearly negative EBIT result for the year as a whole.
    “For 2015 the CPH Group expects to report lower net sales than last year and a negative annual earnings result,” summarizes Peter Schildknecht. “But in the medium term, CPH will return to profit, as we demonstrated already last year.”
    To this end, the Group will continue to pursue its strategy of expanding outside Switzerland beyond its paper business, to better tap
    local markets with strong growth rates and to reduce its presently high exposure to adverse currency movements.
    (CPH Chemie + Papier Holding AG)

    Company news ...AND FASTER INNOVATION

    The Select Solutions Portfolio from Avery Dennison brings for the first time ever in Europe many proven application-specific constructions as well as custom-engineered solution capabilities to match precise customer needs. It means label converters can innovate and reach new markets more easily than ever before, with outstanding technical support and service options.

    Georg Mueller-Hof, director Select Solutions, Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe, said that innovation starts with confidence. “We are giving label converters a winning combination. This collection offers 100,000 potential constructions via our Mix & Match™ service, and fifteen application-specific portfolios that give label converters a fast and simple route to unique labelling solutions for brand owners. Both are offered with low Minimum Order Quantities and rapid shipping. Additionally, converters can develop high-performance custom-engineered solutions with the Select Solutions team.”

    Converters can select among available adhesives, liners, facestocks and engineered materials on demand, with on-the-spot quotations and full sales support. Extensive web and print product collateral also help to make choosing the best solution simpler than ever. The portfolios include coupon labels, labels that detach without a trace, anti-counterfeiting solutions, resealable labels, multi-layer constructions, and labels that stick for a product’s lifetime.

    Mueller-Hof said that the focus is on supporting converters throughout the entire process: “Technical solutions leaders are a key part of the Select Solutions offer. They work directly with converters to understand individual needs and product requirements. Then they help to design a product that will differentiate converter and brand owner alike. Mix & Match options are available that provide well-proven combinations of materials, for a simpler trial process and faster time-to-market. Much more complex specifications can also be met for virtually any application, thanks to tailor-made constructions. It all means that converters can break into new segments far more easily, in areas as diverse as dry-peel labelling, oxygen barrier reclosures, tamper-evident labelling, kiddie stickers, drum labelling and much, much more.”

    Select Solutions™ will be featured at the Avery Dennison booth (Hall 5, Stand 5A31) at Labelexpo in Brussels from September 29 - October 2, 2015.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    21.07.2015   KBA-Sheetfed Solutions on the path to the "Internet of Things"    ( Company news )

    Company news Digital Business Transformation modifies business processes

    The graphic arts industry has changed immensely and forces the supply industry to make organisational changes. Koenig & Bauer (KBA) therefore recently took this shift into account by spinning-off business units operating on the market and production activities from the future holding company. But that is not enough: In parallel, experts from the company’s largest business unit KBA-Sheetfed Solutions have been working on a new global sales, service and marketing strategy. As part of this, meetings have been taking place regularly with representatives from the subsidiaries. The strategy’s goal is ‘digital business transformation’ – the optimisation and transparent organisation of all business processes and the development of new business models in accordance with Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things. The findings and processes are expected to be transferred to other KBA business units at a later date.

    Photo: Thomas Göcke, head of marketing & CRM at KBA-Sheetfed Solutions, used examples to highlight business strategies which arise from combining data from sales, service and Marketing

    KBA opted for the flexible Salesforce software platform in order to implement these changes. This internationally widespread CRM solution successful in many industries supports digital business transformation, offers practical mobile services and analysing tools, and can be expanded further at any time. The almost 200-year-old press manufacturer thus uses well-known technology from the social media sphere, e.g. for internal business communication. The experts from Salesforce were so amazed by KBA’s approach to digital business transformation that they invited KBA-Sheetfed Solutions to their presentation in front of over 4,000 participants on 2 July in Munich as part of the Salesforce World Tour. Managing director Ralf Sammeck, CIO Jürgen Tuffentsammer and Thomas Göcke, head of sheetfed marketing and CRM, presented the digitally linked cooperation between sales and service in the sheetfed segment with keynotes, interviews, videos and a presentation.

    Eliminating information silos
    How do the users benefit from this? “We need to understand our customers better,” says Ralf Sammeck, managing director of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions. “That means we cannot simply deliver printing presses, we need to support our customers in attaining market success with our machines and systems.” This is achieved by linking all available data from sales, service and marketing to reduce information silos and collate this data with press data. This collated data can then be linked, structured and analysed thus offering the foundation for decisions. The quick access and sharing of information within the company leads to an enormous transfer of knowledge.

    Services tailored to customer needs
    In summary, KBA is able to respond better to customer needs and offer suitable services. This can be a proactive service approach: In the event of a part malfunction the press sends a message to KBA. A service assignment can be scheduled at the right time enhancing press availability and user satisfaction. Performance checks for optimising press performance can be derived from comparing the data with top performing presses. Community Clouds support users by providing explanations on operating functions and a platform for exchanging information. Users can learn from each other and share practices, making new customer experiences possible. This in turn creates key differentiation factors for the brand.

    Digital business transformation allows all data to be accessed worldwide with mobile devices. Management decisions founded on knowledge can be made anywhere, an important aspect for an international company like KBA. The user profits from this process acceleration. A lot of groundwork has already been laid and some topics have been implemented.

    50 per cent of mid-size German companies do not consider digitalisation a priority. Most chose to focus investment on technology. With its high number of patents, KBA is a technical innovator in the press engineering industry and expects to boost close and long-term customer relations by digitalising business processes.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    21.07.2015   Pakistan's flexible and carton packaging industries participate in BOBST & partners Karachi ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... roadshow

    The two-day BOBST & partners packaging print and converting roadshow, held in Karachi in May 2015, brought together over 140 prominent representatives of the Pakistani flexible and carton packaging industries. Together, delegates heard from world-leading equipment and consumables manufacturers about the latest technologies and processes for packaging printing and converting.
    The focus of day one was on the latest innovations in flexible packaging solutions, from raw materials to finished products. These were presented by BOBST and its industry partners.

    “We have important customers in Pakistan, with a number of BOBST gravure printing, laminating and metallizing equipment installations for converting flexible materials,” commented Eric Pavone, Business Director, BOBST Business Unit Web-fed, “In addition to illustrating the way our value-creating solutions can meet market needs, and supporting the drive among Pakistan’s converters towards higher performance and product quality, the roadshow provided us with the opportunity of personally giving them an in-depth look at the advantages of our very latest developments. Most notably among these was the brand new RS 5002 gravure printing press for flexible packaging which we launched earlier this year.”

    Carton packaging was covered on day two of the roadshow. BOBST presented its latest solutions designed to help carton makers work towards “zero-fault” packaging, along with highlighting some specific process developments in hot-foil stamping, the die-cutting of in-mold labels, rotary Braille embossing, and litho-lamination. Industry partners also showcased their latest solutions, aimed at driving innovation through the corrugated board and folding carton packaging supply chain and giving converters a competitive advantage.

    Mr. Samir Khoudja, Head of Zone, Bobst Africa & Middle East, said, “Pakistan in an important market for us. It already has a large number of BOBST folding carton installations and we expect further development in the corrugated board industry over the coming years.” He added, “This seminar brought a unique opportunity for us and our industry partners to demonstrate to customers in Pakistan how we can help them improve the quality of their output while at the same time reducing their costs. Our presence in Pakistan shows our commitment to supporting the development of the packaging industry in this key market.”

    Complementing the technical presentations, very valuable insights on trends in both the flexible and carton sectors of Pakistan’s packaging industry were given by Mr. Rizwan Ghani, General Manager of Packages Limited, Lahore, and Mr. Ahmed Farooq, Corporate Packaging Services Manager, Nestlé Pakistan, who relayed the perspectives of a major converting company and a brand owner respectively.
    Also of interest were the addresses given at the opening of each day of the roadshow. On the day dedicated to flexible packaging, Mr. Syed Aarij Iqbal, CEO of M/s Alpha Penta Pvt Ltd, spoke in his capacity as Executive Member of the Italian Development Committee (IDC) about the promotion of bi-lateral trade between Pakistan and Italy, as well as about the role of the IDC.

    Mr. S. M. Naseeruddine, Member of the Board of PAPGAI, the Pakistan Association of Printing and Graphic Arts Industry, addressed the audience on the day dedicated to carton packaging. He highlighted the history and the mission of the association, and shared information about the organization of the PrintPak exhibition, which will be held in Karachi this November.

    The event was co-hosted by Sal-Im International Company, the BOBST agent in Pakistan.
    “We have been BOBST’s carton converting equipment representative in Pakistan for over thirty years and through very many successful installations in the country. From earlier this year we have also taken over the representation for BOBST flexible material printing and converting equipment,” explained Mr. Salman Hanif, Director of Operations, Sal-Im International Company. “The roadshow has provided us with a tremendous opportunity to touch base and establish a personal contact with the management of a great number of Pakistani flexible packaging converting companies, which is invaluable for the development of our activities in this sector of the packaging industry.”
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    21.07.2015   manroland web systems Joins Digital Book Printing Forum in London    ( Company news )

    Company news Digital finishing solutions developed and engineered by manroland web systems help to save the printed book

    Photo: FormerLine offers numerous various production possibilities.

    The “2015 London Digital Book Printing Forum” took place at The Royal Society in London on June 25, 2015. Around 150 people joined the event. The target audience was anyone who has a stake in the development of digital book production – from large global publishers, self-publishers, printing companies and suppliers to the printing and publishing industries. Also manroland web systems joined the discussion about how to make the printed book fit for the future and how to provide the most efficient and cost-effective technology in this sector.

    The event was organized by Interquest, a USA based market research company specializing in the global printing industry, and is held on an annual basis also in London, Every year there is also a presentation of the results of market analysis from previous years that show how the market opinion changes. As manroland web systems emerged into a top-supplier for digital book production during the last few years, the company took part at the event and added its knowledge to the discussions that were all about the main topic: How to make the printed book more attractive to the customers in times of e-readers and tablets?

    Printed Books on the Upgrade
    The market research presented at the event shows: the UK digital book production currently is 13% of the total (increased from 8% in 2012). Interquest research shows that the market perception is that this will rise to 18% - 20% by 2018. The USA book production has even increased by 4.6% and bookshops have seen a recovery. The sales of tablets and e-readers have slowed or stagnated. These are good numbers for digital book printers and this is mainly caused by the immense progress in productivity and quality that has happened during the last few years to support the digital book printing business.

    FormerLine Offers Numerous Production Possibilities
    manroland web systems e.g. developed the FormerLine for digital book production on an industrial scale. The system was especially designed regarding the requirements and the intended book production of the customers. In general, the FormerLine convinces by its variability, enabled by the continuously flexible cut-off from 145 mm to 420 mm. Together with the lift collator RS 34 from RIMA, the system produces stapled signatures or up to 8,000 glued and stapled book blocks per hour with up to 70 mm magnitude in a highly efficient way and with great performance.

    According to the required format and pagination of the signature, the customer can choose the relevant web lead over the formers. The strongest point of the FormerLine concept is to produce different formats and paper qualities in so called “batches” which can consist of different books with different page numbers. Even each individual book can have a different pagination.

    In keeping with the preferences of the market, the FormerLine is fast, flexible, and productive. The FormerLine runs with a web speed of up to 300 m/min. The combination of a variable cut-off, a maximum web width of 1,067 mm (model with 3 formers) and a production speed of up to 300 meters per minute shows the best performing digital printing system for book production at this time. The high efficiency explained by minimal makeready times, also for format changes, reel changes and industrial maintenance concepts, furthermore features the solution.

    New Technology Means More Success
    Technology like the FormerLine helps the printers to reach the requirements of the market. The discussion at the event showed that there are several topics that drive the industry today. Besides slowing the growth of e-books, book printers care about a supply chain management: publishers want printers to be able to produce a “book of one” print on demand (POD) or any number of books in a timely and cost-effective manner as an individual edition or in batched production using highly automated web based job entries. This different Business Cases were nicely shown from different European Printers, presenting their company, their workflow and their printing systems to the audience. Publishers and printers try more and more to avoid holding stock and are moving to “Auto Stock Replenishment” business models reducing inventory and cost of stock handling. The batch-production of FormerLine exactly fulfils these requirements of the industrial digital production. Shorter, more frequent runs and a reduced time to market are required.

    There is also a growing need for added value. There were some examples of adding value to books including personalization, augmented reality, RFID chip insertion, inclusion of electronics within books.

    Bright Prospects
    All in all, the mood at the event was very positive about the future of the printed book. The e-book has found a place in the market but is not going to replace the physical book anytime soon. The challenges for book printers are to be able to supply a single book or several thousand books very quickly and to be able to distribute efficiently to the end user. Publishers and authors are looking for a multi-media, multi-channel solution with no inventory and an efficient supply chain from a single book upwards. That is where manroland web systems can help by supplying and constantly developing best possible solution for the digital book printing.
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
    21.07.2015   Pixelle® High Speed Ink Jet Papers - Bringing high image fidelity, speed, customization and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...increased productivity to our customers

    As the leading manufacturer of inkjet papers in North America, Glatfelter’s unparalleled Pixelle® product portfolio delivers superior performance, exceptional image fidelity and unmatched value. Increase productivity and profitability with Pixelle – Engineered to meet the demanding needs of your high-speed digital presses with excellent post-processing attributes.

    Ready to take advantage of high-speed inkjet technology? Gain a competitive edge with dye and pigment-based inks and maintain the cost control you and your customers expect.
    Since Pixelle® is engineered specifically for high-speed inkjet. It is perfectly suited for an array of applications from statements, to books, to color-critical premium marketing materials.
    Plus the broad portfolio of the Pixelle HSIJ paper line allows you to dial in the perfect balance between speed, quality and ink consumption — while delivering amazing production output and lowering your overall costs.

    Turn documents such as bills, statements, and purchase orders into attention-grabbing, marketing tools. These combined communications reinforce branding and focus attention because customers typically take more notice of bills than ads.

    Industrial book production is one of the largest print markets worldwide and offers one of the biggest market opportunities for digital printing.

    Direct Mail
    Use personalized text and images in your direct mail campaigns and gain new business by producing highly-personalized, targeted mail pieces that create higher response rates and faster response times for clients.

    General Commercial
    This includes all types of promotional items such as flyers, brochures, spec sheets and many more. With high-speed inkjet technology and Pixelle® papers, you can customize campaigns and target customers with highly individualized content. And Pixelle is your best choice for color-critical premium marketing materials.

    Pixelle Basic (Untreated)
    Dependable, efficient. Suitable for pigment-based and dye-based inkjet systems, as well as laser printing and offset printing.

    Pixelle Enhanced (Treated)
    Quick-drying, enriched tones. Ideal for high-color graphics, sharp images. Suitable for pigment-based and dye-based inkjet systems, as well as laser printing and offset printing.

    Pixelle Book (Untreated & Treated)
    Designed to accommodate breakthrough inkjet technologies in the digital book industry.

    Pixelle Extra (Coated Lightly)
    High color saturation. Enhanced image durability, smooth surface. Suitable for pigment and dye inks.

    Pixelle Superior (Coated)
    Exceptional quality. Smooth surface, crisp image. Meets USPS requirements.

    Pixelle is designed to run on all high-speed inkjet presses.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
    21.07.2015   ETS falls short of expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news The Juncker Commission recently launched the largest industrial policy decision it will take in its entire mandate, with the new proposal for the EU Emission Trading System. The proposal has a number of good elements but falls short in its protection of energy intensive industries. Member states hold the key to the solution.

    In October 2014 the European Council recognised that measures to protect energy intensive industry from carbon leakage should be maintained when revising the EU ETS. The Council concluded the most efficient installations in sectors such as the pulp and paper industry should not face undue carbon costs that would impact their global competitiveness.

    Member states however added expectations on the revenues they want from the EU ETS. Today’s proposal therefore fixes the share of auctioning vs. the share of free allocation. “The proposal shows the member states cannot have their cake and eat it. If policy makers in Brussels and the member states are serious on growths and jobs, the fixed share of free allocation should be changed to really protect industry as agreed by the Heads of State”, said Marco Mensink (photo), CEPI Director General.

    CEPI does appreciate the focus on low carbon investments and support for technology and innovation in the new proposal. The use of more accurate production data is good, even though the proposal could be more ambitious. CEPI also believes the linear reduction of the benchmarks used for free allocation is reasonable and improves predictability.

    The proposal does however not solve the lack of free allocation for Combined Heat and Power Plants in Europe, which has been an additional factor in closing down very carbon efficient gas-fired energy plants in Europe. The pulp and paper industry is a leading CHP sector, producing over 50% of its electricity consumption by itself.

    Finally, the proposal strengthens the focus of member states on compensation for higher electricity costs to industry, but does not lead to a harmonised EU approach, which is what the internal market requires. Member States have to align their compensation schemes, so industry is treated equal across Europe.

    The European Pulp and Paper Industry is a globally competing sector, with over 700 installations covered by the EU ETS. Total sector fossil CO2 emissions were 31 Million tonnes in 2014, already reduced from 43 Million tonnes of CO2 in 2005. The sector has a clear focus on breakthrough technology programmes through its 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap for the Forest Fibre Sector. “Sufficient carbon leakage protection is essential, especially for sectors that want to invest in low carbon technologies in Europe. In order to reduce emissions, we need to be attractive for investments”, concluded Marco Mensink. CEPI calls upon the policy makers to rethink their approach.
    (CEPI aisbl)
    20.07.2015   Screen Europe unveils latest Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press at Labelexpo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New software, hardware and finishing features deliver new levels of quality, productivity and flexibility

    At Labelexpo Screen Europe will demonstrate the latest model of the Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press featuring important new innovations that combine to deliver superb quality, productivity and flexibility (Booth 9B30). Since the innovative Truepress Jet L350UV was launched just two years ago, the press has evolved significantly and in Brussels visitors will see the latest model featuring new ‘vivid colour’ extended gamut, JDF-enabled job control software and inline/offline finishing – all for the first time. Popular with label converters worldwide, 25 systems have already been installed and all are in maximum production and driving business growth. Several companies are now investing in their second press to meet demand.

    The high-productivity Truepress Jet L350UV uses Screen’s high-definition CMYK+white UV inks and delivers photo-realistic quality at 50m/minute (16 sqm/min) on web widths up to 350mm. The press incorporates single-pass greyscale piezo printheads with a minimum droplet size of 3 picolitres. Printing resolutions of 600 x 600dpi combined with the very small droplet size gives sharp, well-defined images and text.

    New features
    The latest Screen Truepress Jet L350UV at Labelexpo further maximises the potential for profitability by offering end-to-end production with new developments in links to MIS and near line finishing. The new link to CERM (MIS) allows JDF communication to the Screen EQUIOS digital front end to eliminate many repetitive manual tasks and automating planning and step & repeat routines. The resultant improvement in efficiency cuts production time still further and enables over 25 short run jobs per shift. In turn information is fed back live to a digital dash board displaying production data, printing speeds and metres printed for all scheduled jobs.

    The new Screen JetConverter L350 is a modular finishing solution offering the flexibility of both in-line and off-line operation to achieve the highest productivity. It is equipped with many new standard functions for label printing, including varnishing, lamination, die-cutting and slitting. In addition, advantages such as decreased times for setup and adjustment and reduced paper wastage achieved by a shorter path line enable significant cost reductions during label production.

    At Labelexpo Screen launches Vivid Color Mode which allows the Truepress JetL350UV to further extend the colour gamut that can be achieved from the existing vibrant inkset. Vivid Color Mode enhances and simplifies the process of attaining spot colour values using just a simplified four-colour ink set and without the need for spot colour inks.

    Finally, already recognised as achieving the smoothest gradations, sharpest detail with the thinnest ink lay down compared to other inkjet label devices, the EQUIOS DFE’s new text resolution function offers HD quality text sharpness by reducing ink spread across the whole job or on selected elements - even on uncoated paper substrates.
    (Screen Europe)
    20.07.2015   Fujifilm's wide format Uvijet UV inks gain Nordic Ecolabel certification    ( Company news )

    Company news Fujifilm announces that a large number of inks within its Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications received the Nordic Ecolabel certification. This further reinforces the company’s green credentials and its position as a world leader in the development of UV inkjet inks, underpinned by the ‘Sustainable Innovation’, ‘Manufacturing Champions’ and ‘Best Process Plant’ awards it has won in the last four years.

    The Nordic Ecolabel is a well-established and internationally recognised environmental labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption and helps consumers identify environmentally-friendly products. The certification confirms Fujifilm’s commitment to manufacture products that meet the highest quality and performance standards, according to the company’s internal ‘Design for Health, Safety and Environment’ policy regarding the use of chemicals. This policy is designed to limit employees’ exposure to hazardous substances, minimise environmental impact, and to surpass the requirements of chemical control legislation.

    Fujifilm Uvijet inks that now carry the Nordic Ecolabel trademark include: Uvijet KI, KV, OZ, OB, OL, OW, QN, WH, WI and LL. Uvijet OB, OZ, OL and OW formulations have been developed for use with the Inca Onset range of printers. Uvijet OZ offers excellent finishing properties, while Uvijet OL is a low odour corrugated ink suitable for display and secondary packaging. The newly launched Uvijet OW ink offers improved adhesion properties, so that it can be used on a wider range of rigid and flexible plastic substrates.

    The Uvijet KI and KV inks are suitable for Fujifilm’s Acuity flatbed range, the latter designed for thermoformed light industrial applications, with Uvijet WH and WI inks optimised for the Acuity F in particular. In terms of roll-to-roll systems, Uvijet QN inks are supplied for Uvistar printers, with the Uvijet LL range of inkjet inks specifically developed for use with the Acuity LED 1600. In common with all these inks is the ability to deliver excellent dot reproduction, produce bright, vibrant colours and adhere to a wide range of rigid and flexible materials, maximising application versatility.

    Carole Noutary, Technical Manager R&D at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, comments: “The Nordic Ecolabel certification is another testimony to how Fujifilm’s state-of-the-art UV inkjet technologies support wide format printers in their efforts to minimise their environmental footprint and achieve best practice in sustainable print production. This is an important certification to add to the extensive list of recent manufacturing awards, and is recognition of our quality-led processes and environmental commitment.”

    Fujifilm Uvijet inks are produced at the Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems (FSIS) manufacturing facility for screen and UV wide format ink in Broadstairs, UK.
    (Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Ltd)
    20.07.2015   Portucel informs on changes in the governing bodies    ( Company news )

    Company news Following the resignation of Mr. Francisco José Melo e Castro Guedes as member of the Board of Portucel S.A, and considering the inexistence of alternate members of the Board, the Company's Board of Directors has unanimously decided, in accordance to subparagraph b of number 3 of article 393 of the Companies Code, to susbtitute the resigning member by co-opting Mr. João Paulo Araújo Oliveira as member of the Board for the current four-year term.
    It was also unanimously approved that the designated member will be part of the Executive Committee, replacing Mr. Adriano Augusto da Silva Silveira, who will take on non-executive duties.
    (Portucel Empresa Produtora de Pasta e Papel SA)

    20.07.2015   Interim Report for Duni AB (publ) 1 January – 30 June 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Continued improved earnings

    Photo: Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni

    1 April – 30 June 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1 002 m (922). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 4.2%.
    -Earnings per share, for continuing operations, after dilution amounted to SEK 1.44 (1.40).
    -Table Top reported earnings in parity with 2014, other operating business areas improved over the previous year.
    -Decision to invest SEK 110 m in upgrading two paper machines in Skåpafors for increased capacity.
    -Hygiene production in Skåpafors is now closed, and hygiene business and changeover work in the Materials & Services business area are reported as discontinued operations as from the second quarter 2015. This is reported on a line in the income statement before "Net income". The consolidated income statement has been recalculated from 2013 and reports only continuing operations.

    1 January – 30 June 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1 987 m (1 739). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 8.5%.
    -Earnings per share, for continuing operations, after dilution amounted to SEK 2.94 (2.39).
    -Net debt amounted to SEK 916 m, compared with SEK 1,164 m for the same period last year.

    CEO’s comments:
    “Despite a late and cold spring, with an unfavorable calendar effect, quarterly earnings improved by SEK 11 m as compared with last year.
    Hygiene production has now been completely closed and the previously announced production move from Dals Långed to Skåpafors is continuing according to plan. The project will be fully completed during the fourth quarter of 2015. In order to clarify the effects from the discontinued hygiene business, the accounts and reporting will from now distinguish between "continuing operations" and "discontinued operations".

    The Group’s overall structural effects in the second quarter are largely neutral due that the hygiene production is completed and Paper+Design, which was acquired on 11 June 2014, entails relatively small effects on earnings as the second quarter is the year’s weakest.

    Net invoicing for the second quarter amounted to SEK 1,002 m (922), corresponding to growth of 8.7% as compared with last year. Operating income for continuing operations is SEK 104 m (93) and the operating margin was strengthened to 10.3% (10.1%). Net debt at the end of the quarter amounted to SEK 916 m (1,164).

    Organic growth during the quarter is lower than the previous quarter. A disadvantageous calendar effect with an early Easter, together with a late and cold spring in central and northern Europe, led to demand during the period which was weaker than expected. A consequence of this is a lower leverage effect in terms of earnings within the supply of goods.

    During the quarter, the decision was taken to invest SEK 110 m in the paper mill in Skåpafors. The investment, with installation anticipated to be fully completed during the second quarter of 2016, yields an increase in capacity of approximately 15% and, in addition, creates a new platform for product development, not the least in the area of environmentally-adapted material.

    The Table Top business area increased net invoicing to SEK 563 m (552) during the quarter; adjusting for currency sales for the business area fell by 2.6%. The decline is explained by calendar effects and worse spring weather in several of our main markets. Western and Southern Europe report continued good growth but this does not compensate for the decline in our more important business regions. The operating income for the quarter were SEK 87m (87) and the operating margin was 15.5% (15.7%).

    The Meal Service business area continues to grow at a stronger rate than the market. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 163 m (148) and the operating income increased to SEK 13 m (7). The business area reports positive growth throughout all markets and the consistent investment in innovation and environmentally-adapted concepts continues to have a positive impact on both sales and earnings.

    The Consumer business area continues to contribute to a significant increase in sales as a result of the acquisition of Paper+Design. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 212 m (161) and the operating income improved to SEK -1 m (-5). The operating margin was strengthened to -0.3% (-3.2%). Seasonally, the second quarter is weak for this business area; few holidays and a mix of relatively simple products has resulted in the second quarter having the lowest percentage over the year in terms of earnings.

    In the New Markets business area, we are seeing a more stable currency situation in Russia while, at the same time, demand in the restaurant and hotel sector has declined heavily. We see satisfactory growth in other markets. Net invoicing during the quarter amounted to SEK 55 m (48) and the operating income increased to SEK 4 m (3).

    In the Materials & Service business area, hygiene business has been discontinued and are reported for the quarter as "discontinued operations" outside of Materials & Services. Net sales for the business area, i.e. "continuing operations" for the quarter amount to SEK 10 m (13), with an operating income of SEK 0 m (1).

    Although the weather was working against us, we experienced positive growth on most of our markets and our on-going projects continue to contribute to better profitability in the continuing operations”, says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni.
    (Duni AB)
    20.07.2015   Barry‐Wehmiller working to acquire the paper processing group of Bielomatik    ( Company news )

    Company news Barry‐Wehmiller Cos., Inc., capital equipment and engineering solutions leader, is moving toward acquiring the Bielomatik group associated with the paper processing product line of Bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG. They signed a letter of agreement this week, and expect the sale to be finalized in the upcoming months, once approval conditions are met.
    Bielomatik’s paper processing product line that cuts, binds, finishes and wraps paper will merge with BW Papersystems, headquartered in the USA, a global supplier to the paper and board sheeting; paper converting; and corrugating industries.

    Bielomatik is globally known for its paper processing equipment including sheeters, and machines for wrapping, stacking and packing. Their paper processing group additionally manufactures stationery and binding machines incorporating all binding technologies used for the production of exercise books, in schools and business around the

    BW Papersystems offers state of the art technology for folio, cut size and digital sheeting and packaging machines, plus stationery, passport production and specialized paper converting applications. For the corrugating industry, customers can continue to rely on the well‐known brands MarquipWardUnited, Curioni and VortX. With manufacturing plants in USA and Europe, parts and service centers in the USA, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Shanghai plus an effective global team of aftermarket parts and field service, BW Papersystems offers a lasting commitment to its customers.

    BW Papersystems, with Bielomatik, will employ over 1,600 team members worldwide and is expected to generate revenue in excess of $400 million.
    20.07.2015   Iggesund is adding services in Asia    ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard is enhancing its distribution service in Asia. The main aim is to shorten lead times and thereby give Asian customers better service.

    “We are continuously evolving together with our customers’ needs. We have therefore set up a sheeting and warehousing capability in Taiwan, which will be operationally ready by the end of July 2015,” explains Ivan Chong, Business Area Director G&P, Asia Pacific. “This channel will strive to enhance Invercote’s availability in the Asian market and will help Iggesund and our customers to gain new business.”

    Iggesund is not just establishing a distribution channel in Asia. The company will also keep Invercote in stock and offer local sheeting from a service point in Taiwan in order to minimise lead times.

    “Invercote is a niche product aimed at customers who place high demands on appearance and function and who want the end result to attract attention on the retail shelf and encourage purchase,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing, in charge of global sales. “Unlike basically all SBB paperboard made in Asia, Invercote has a multi-layer construction, which means it does not crack along the creases. This is a huge advantage, supported, of course, by Invercote’s strong environmental and economic sustainability properties.”

    Iggesund’s enhanced service in Asia is part of its efforts to become more global by strengthening its delivery service outside Europe. It is also recruiting staff to reinforce its sales efforts. The company has also launched a broader service concept to inform its customers of the many resources and support functions available to them. “Care by Iggesund” includes the quick and easy ordering of samples and inspirational material, the provision of product safety information and certificates, and access to the analytical services of Iggesund’s accredited Laboratory of Sensory and Chemical Analyses. Iggesund’s extensive environmental documentation is also part of the service offering, not least as a guarantee that customers will not encounter any unpleasant surprises due to the origin of the forest raw material used in their paperboard.

    Iggesund’s service offering also includes everything associated with the company’s products, Invercote and Incada: from technical support in local markets to Iggesund’s own paperboard expertise in the form of various reference works.

    “We don’t just want our customers to buy our paperboard – we also want them to get the most out of it,” Arvid Sundblad comments. “All our documentation, together with our team of technicians, who are out in the local markets and who have experience from projects and operations similar to those of our customers, exists to ensure this. Some of this support we have had for a long time but we haven’t been clear enough to our customers in general that all this service exists.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    17.07.2015   Minerals Technologies Inc. Implements Commercial Agreement with Indian Pulp & Paper Producer ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... to Deploy FulFill® E-325 High Filler Technology

    Unique High-Filler Technology Provides Significant Cost Savings in Reduced Fiber Consumption by Increasing PCC Filler Usage

    Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) disclosed that it has implemented a commercial agreement to use its Fulfill® E-325 high filler technology on a paper machine at a mill in India. This brings to 20 the number of paper mills that have commercially adopted the novel Fulfill® E-325 technology in order to reduce cost by replacing pulp with filler and to improve paper machine runnabilty. The paper company wished to remain unnamed for competitive reasons.

    Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer, said: "We are extremely pleased that this fine producer of high quality printing and writing papers has chosen to build upon the positive results that came with the earlier startup of an on-site PCC satellite plant. PCC filler has enabled better quality and lower cost and we are confident that Fulfill® will extend their savings. The continuing adoption of our FulFill® technology by our satellite PCC customers is a testament to our capability as global leader in papermaking technology."

    The Fulfill® E-325 series allows papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), replacing higher cost fiber, and increasing PCC usage without compromising paper quality or performance. The advancement of this new technology confirms the commercial progress of the Fulfill® brand, which offers papermakers a variety of efficient, flexible solutions that decreases dependency on natural fiber and reduces costs.

    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has 62 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    17.07.2015   Voith successful at the Baden-Württemberg Environmental Technology Award    ( Company news )

    Company news With the HydroSeal product, Voith has successfully participated in the Environmental Technology Award in Category 3 - Technologies for Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation. The company came second.

    Photo from left: Franz Untersteller (Environment Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg) with Frank Opletal (CTO, Voith), Marc Erkelenz (R&D, Voith) and Jochen Honold (Global Productmanager, Voith)

    The Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy of Baden-Württemberg has been awarding the Environmental Technology Award since 2009. It is awarded every two years for excellent and innovative products in environmental technology. The prize money amounts to 100,000 euros and is spread over four categories ("Energy Efficiency", "Material Efficiency", "Technologies for Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation" and "Measurement and Control Technology") and a special prize of the jury. Participation is open to companies with head offices or branches in Baden-Württemberg. The award recognizes products that make a significant contribution to resource efficiency and environmental protection and are nearing launch onto the market or that will be on the market in not more than two years. This year's awards ceremony by Environment Minister Franz Untersteller took place on 7 July 2015, in the Römerkastell (Roman Fort) in Stuttgart.

    "We see our ranking as a special award for our commitment to the development of innovative environmental technology." The HydroSeal product is a new sealing strip system with integrated lubricating water supply for suction rolls in a paper machine. "Compared to previous sealing strip systems the new design from Voith, for which several patents have been filed, saves water and energy at the same time and furthermore results in a number of additional process advantages and thus a high customer value", explained Marc Erkelenz, R&D Manager of Mechanical Roll Service at Voith. The environmental benefit is immense: with the rebuild of only one suction roll savings in fresh and waste water of up to 20,000 m³/year (compared to about 8 Olympic swimming pools), and about 1 million kWh/year (the equivalent annual energy consumption of approximately 667 persons) can be achieved – depending on the size and type of the machine.
    "With the Environmental Technology Award Baden-Württemberg we honor products and technologies that manage to bring the needs of people in line with the needs of the economy and at the same time protect the environment," said Environment Minister Franz Untersteller, who together with the jury of experts chose the prize winners and the nominated companies from the applications. The other jury members are Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth (director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology as well as director of the Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Plasma Technology at the University of Stuttgart), Joachim Kaufmann (CEO Dürr Systems GmbH), Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer (director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organization and director of the Institute for Industrial Ergonomics and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart) – represented by Mr. Michael Bucher (head of Competence Team Shared Systems Design IAO), Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Kfm. Alexander Sauer (director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) of the University of Stuttgart and director of Development Group Efficiency Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation IPA), Dr.-Ing. Hannes Spieth (managing director of Environmental Technology BW) and Ingolf Baur (physicist and presenter at SWR).
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    17.07.2015   100% Acquisition of Consolidated Subsidiary, Gould Paper Corporation    ( Company news )

    Company news Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited (JP) hereby announces the acquisition of additional shares in one of the USA’s largest paper merchants, Gould Paper Corporation (Gould). The acquisition was effected through JP’s consolidated USA subsidiary, Japan Pulp & Paper (U.S.A.) Corporation (JPUSA) and makes Gould a wholly owned subsidiary within the JP Group.

    JP has been making efforts to strengthen and expand its global procurement and sales network, and as part of these efforts acquired a 51% share in the ownership of Gould in April 2010. By taking full ownership of Gould now, with its abundant human resources, experience and business sites throughout Europe and North America, two markets considered highly important in JP’s strategy for its non-Japan business segment, JP will be able to simultaneously strengthening its presence in both of these markets, increase the synergies within the entire JP Group and further expand its business activities outside of Japan.
    (JP Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited)
    17.07.2015   170 Years of James Cropper: A Celebration of a Proud Manufacturing Tradition    ( Company news )

    Company news Five British Monarchs have sat on the throne, 55 Prime Ministers have presided over the affairs of the United Kingdom and the combustion engine, the television set and the computer have all been invented since James Cropper made the first sheet of paper 170 years ago.

    Sunday 5 July 2015 marks a landmark for James Cropper PLC, its pulp and paper products business and the revolutionary Technical Fibre Products (TFP) nonwoven materials company, as well as marking a notable anniversary for international papermaking and British industry. Under the tutelage of sixth generation family Chairman, Mark Cropper, the company reaches its 170th year in business and remains in the same Lake District location to this day.

    The company was founded by the original James Cropper, the Liverpool-born son of a wealthy railway merchant and financier, when he bought the Burneside and Cowan Head paper mills for the princely sum of £16,990.

    In almost two centuries technological advancement, catastrophic economic depressions, world wars, devastating fires and unrelenting competition have come to challenge one of Britain’s oldest family companies. What has ensured that the Burneside Mill remains open, alongside international production, storage and sales facilities, is a commitment to innovation, expertise, ethical production and trading standards and impeccable standards of production and customer service.

    The past year has seen a state of the art third manufacturing line added to the TFP production base, in order to meet increasing demand from customers in the aerospace, energy and automotive industries amongst others. It has also seen further expansion into the Far East paper market, with a China office for James Cropper Paper. These exciting advances demonstrate a company on the front foot as the second century of trading closes in.

    Mark Cropper, Chairman of James Cropper PLC, says: “Six generations worth of high standards and values are one of the reasons why we are where we are today, so the past plays a significant part of what we are, what we have become and what we want to be. However, as a global trading company that leads in technological advancements in the materials industry, our people have the foresight to anticipate changes in demand and use of our products and respond. This is what I believe to be the essence of our success.”

    To mark the 170th Anniversary and also the official opening of the third TFP manufacturing line, there is a celebration event planned later on in the summer.
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
    17.07.2015   The recovery of the Chairman of the Management Board Dr. Gerold Linzbach is delayed ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... - The Supervisory Board appoints Dirk Kaliebe (photo) temporarily as deputy Chairman of the Management Board

    The Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) resolved at its meeting to appoint Dirk Kaliebe as deputy Chairman of the Management Board of the Company, because the recovery of the Chairman of the Management Board, Dr. Gerold Linzbach, is likely to be delayed longer than expected. In his new function, Dirk Kaliebe will take the chair of the Management Board of Heidelberg as well as the functions of the Industrial Relations Director (Arbeitsdirektor) until the return of Dr. Linzbach. He will also present the report of the Management Board at this year’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on 24 July in Mannheim.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH)
    17.07.2015   Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news From a boiler manufacturer to a system supplier

    This year Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary. The company started as a small boiler manufacturer under the Loos family name. In the past decades it developed to a the leading global system supplier for industrial boilers. Since its foundation the company time and again revolutionised the heat and process energy technology in the large performance range: New and further developments continuously improved the efficiency and the durability of boiler systems.

    The product range today comprises in addition system combinations with integration of combined heat and power units and renewable energies as well as products for waste heat utilisation. Internally developed, intelligent controls and web-based remote functions facilitate a higher energy efficiency and provide for an optimum interaction of different energy generators. Passion for power – this is our guiding principle. "We are building on a solid foundation that we have created in the past decades. For the future it is of high importance to use and to network energy much more efficiently. To achieve this we are developing concepts, we are offering system solutions and we are conducting research and development," explains Markus Brandstetter, managing director of Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.

    The history of the company begins in 1865, when Philipp Loos founded the "Dampf-Kessel-Fabrik PH. LOOS" in Neustadt an der Weinstraße (Palatinate). In 1917 today's headquarters in Gunzenhausen (Bavaria) came into being in order to develop a series production of vertical steam and hot water boilers. The boilers from Loos proved to be successful on the market. New production locations were established in Schlungenhof near Gunzenhausen in 1958 and four years later in Bischofshofen, Austria.

    Advantage through innovation
    In 1952 Loos developed and patented the horizontal three-pass flame tube/smoke tube boiler with internal water-flushed rear flue gas reversing chamber – today market standard worldwide. During the course of its history the boiler manufacturer brought further innovations on the market that today still are setting benchmarks in the industry. In 1977, for example, the company developed a fully automatic water level control for a 72-hour operation without permanent supervision. Further procedures and boiler system modules e.g. for water treatment, heat recovery and PLC-based control technology followed. These components optimised not only boiler operation but also greatly facilitated system planning and installation.

    High quality boilers from Germany and Austria
    In the past, boiler pressure vessels were laboriously joined with rivets. The introduction of the welding technique at the beginning of the 20th century lead to significant quality improvements and optimised working processes. In 1966 Loos introduced automation into production and as the world's first boiler manufacturer the company used an numerically controlled flame cutting machine for plate cutting. Today state-of-the-art-manufacturing and testing facilities, welding robots, laser cutting machines and X-ray chambers in connection with the expertise of the specially trained employees ensure the highest in quality and perfection. Up to 1 800 customised industrial boilers per year with transportation weights of up to 108 tons leave the production facilities in Germany and Austria.

    Globally active
    Over 115 000 systems in more than 140 countries: When Bosch Industriekessel talks about its market today, then this is a trip around the world. In the 1980s already first sales subsidiaries were established outside Europe, for example in Asia. Due to the continuous expanison of our sales and service networks at home and abroad the export share currently makes up more than 60 percent.

    The 150th anniversary – a joint success
    150 years after the foundation of the company Bosch Industriekessel looks back with pride on this eventful history, characterised by technical revolutions and innovations. The partnership and the trustful cooperation with planners and plant construction companies as well as the expertise and the passion of around 700 employees have significantly contributed to this success.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
    17.07.2015   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2016 – Parallel held congress with late-breaking topic    ( Company news )

    Company news In the year to come the congress of ZELLCHEMING-Expo organized by the association ZELLCHEMING e. V. which runs parallel to the exhibition focuses on a highly topical issue: “Raw materials & fibers - the extended added value”.
    With this topic the congress is looking on fiber based substrates of the next generation, innovative materials for a bio-based economy and the almost endless possibilities of a new defined forest industry.

    The international paper market is being in change. To continue the success story it is important to identify early future markets, business areas and customer requirements for fiber-based materials.

    Real innovations will be needed to develop new, fiber-based solutions. An intensive exchange between research, training and the industry are just as important as a closer collaboration with the materials industry. Today leading companies of the industry consistently are already standing up for paying a greater attention to waste and by-products of the material use of wood by the development of new bio-based products and services. The change towards the bio-economy and thereby the maximizing of the added value of products out of wood is a great opportunity for the paper industry and the material paper to achieve an important contribution to the sustainable bio-based economy.

    The parallel held conference of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 with the topic “Paper & Fiber World 2030 – What does the future hold for the paper industry” was visited by 400 congress participants.

    The results of 2015 at a glance:
    Participants from Germany 303 (76 %)
    Participants of the European countries 83 (21 %)
    Participants from overseas 14 (3 %)
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
    16.07.2015   Eugenio Eger, the new Favini CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Eugenio Eger (photo) is the newly appointed CEO of the world leader in the production of casting release and innovative graphic specialties made of natural raw materials

    Eugenio Eger is the new Favini CEO, a company historically present in the paper market and world leader in the casting release business.

    Born in 1968, Eger joined the company in 2002, holding the position of CFO and General Manager, after previously gaining important professional experience at both Benetton Group and KPMG.

    “I am proud to accept this challenge. Over the years Favini has proven capable of successfully interpreting the structural changes occurring in its market, diversifying geographically and constantly investing in research and development, to offer its customers’ really revolutionary products and solutions. This has been endorsed by our results: in 2014, we closed with a positive growth (+17%), largely due to the contribution of our casting release division, whose products are used in the production of eco-leather for the fashion and luxury industry” said Eugenio Eger. “We will continue to invest in export markets, which are the most appealing for us: approx. 70% of our turnover is generated in non-European countries. The graphic specialties – for which Favini is renowned – remain as the feather in its cap; in particular, CRUSH and the other eco-friendly products that use agro-industrial residues within their production, continue to gain strength in market approval since their launch.”
    (Favini Srl)
    16.07.2015   Cascades extends and amends its revolving credit facility     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces that it has entered into an agreement with its banking syndicate led by National Bank of Canada and Scotiabank as co-lead arrangers and joint book runners to extend and amend certain conditions of its existing $750 million revolving credit facility.

    The amendment provides that the term of the facility will be extended to July 2019 and that the applicable pricing grid will be slightly lowered to better reflect market conditions. The other existing financial conditions will remain essentially unchanged.

    In commenting on this refinancing, Mr. Allan Hogg (photo), Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, stated: "We are pleased with the continued support from our banking syndicate. The combined impact of this amendment and the refinancing of our senior notes in 2014 and earlier this year, will be to reduce total annual borrowing costs by more than $20 million per year, extend debt maturities to 2019 at the earliest while providing us with bank financing availability of approximately $375 million , which is sufficient to allow us to pursue our growth objectives."
    (Cascades Inc.)
    16.07.2015   New MB-Timed head for temporary perforating and cutting    ( Company news )

    Company news The production of special mailings or similar applications sometimes requires additional technical components. But not only specialized companies are capable of installing this equipment. It is also possible to participate in this market with standard folding machines whose application range is expanded by supplementary units. Folding machines - equipped with timed heads for perforating and cutting - are quickly set up for these jobs. A further advantage is the fact that these machines cannot only be used for special applications, but also for the usual work.

    The pneumatically controlled MB-timed heads have been designed for perforations or cuttings that start resp. end at a defined point. They allow temporary perforating and cutting, for example for window cutouts or perforations for detachable cards.
    (MB Bäuerle GmbH)
    16.07.2015   Modern Karton: Voith process line for packaging paper successful in operation    ( Company news )

    Company news The new PM 5 for light-weight packaging paper at Modern Karton went into operation on time in Corlu, Turkey, in the middle of 2015. The entire process technology – from the stock preparation to the winder, including automation – was delivered by Voith and is characterized by low fresh water and energy consumption.
    Decisive for the choice of supplier were Voith's references in the field of light-weight packaging paper and good experience in working with Voith. Ahmet Eren, managing director of Modern Karton, confirmed: "The comprehensive technological experience of Voith and the sustainability concept of the system convinced us. With this project we can build on our position in the market."

    PM 5 is designed for a production speed of 1,500 m/min and has a wire width of 8,180 mm. It produces around 400,000 metric tons of packaging paper annually with a basis weight of 70 to 160 g/m². "We offer paper manufacturers in this growing market segment convincing, attractive solutions. Our system concept is perfectly adapted to the requirements of this market and our customers benefit from resource- and cost-effective, high-quality machines," said Andreas Endters, member of the Voith Paper Board of Management.

    The modern stock preparation system comprises two lines and is specially designed for the high percentage of rejects in Turkish waste paper. Also the consumption of resources of the paper machine is as low as currently possible thanks to the technology supplied by Voith. For example, due to the installation of the innovative FlowJec dosing system in the approach flow system of PM 5, it is possible to exactly coordinate the use of chemicals. In addition, the OnV EnergyProfiler software localizes and visualizes all the energy consumption during paper production. Added to this are the automation, rolls and first clothing for the machine as well as all additional services and auxiliary packages. Voith has conducted extensive training for new staff and provides additional technology support. Modern Karton itself has set up a power plant on the mill premises to utilize the residual materials from the production process and to generate energy.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    16.07.2015   Pay Attention to Recycling: Low-Energy UV Printing is Not Necessarily Environmentally Friendly     ( Company news )

    Company news Cross-linked inks are difficult to remove in the deinking process — coloured dots within the paper fibres

    Coloured specks on the recycled paper: Just because the curing radiation can now be generated by energy-saving LEDs, instead of high-power mercury bulbs, some try to market UV printing processes to be environmentally friendly. However, the shiny appearances are deceptive: Prints with radiation-cured inks can considerably impair paper recycling because they can hardly be deinked.
    UV-curable printing inks to date hardly fulfil criteria for good recyclability. All inks tested so far contaminate the processed paper for recycling with far too many ink particles that can not or not sufficiently be removed during the paper recycling process. This is also the case for UV-curable inks used in some inkjet printers.
    click toi enlargeAs small amounts of papers printed with UV-cured inks can impair the deinkability of a load of paper for recycling, UV-prints have to be kept separately where they accumulate, e. g. printer waste, and must not be mixed with other graphic papers for deinking. Once they have left the print shop, it is almost impossible to identify and separate them during collection and recycling processes.
    Newly developed inks might be a way out, if they are designed to be removable in the paper recycling process: They should detach from the fibres under the alkaline pulping conditions, disintegrate into small particles, and leave the process clinging to the soap bubbles in a flotation cell.

    Water is not better than oil: Check your ink’s properties
    Different printing inks pose different challenges to the deinking process. Water based inks cause problems as they dissolve in the process water; cross-linked particles due to their size, flexibility or surface properties can neither be separated mechanically (screens) nor by flotation. This is why — also without UV-curing — most current commercially used inkjet inks are rated undeinkable. Already in small amounts they can lead to severe brightness problems in the paper mill.
    Another cross-linked challenge is polyethylene liquid toner (HP Indigo), currently used for most of the photobooks. This is a thin plastic film rather than a conventional printing ink. During the recycling process, this film breaks into snippets, which cannot be removed sufficiently. These snippets have already led to significant damage in a paper mill, since then photobook printer waste must not be mixed with graphic paper for recycling and at best be used for corrugated board.

    More ink, more variety, less fibres
    At the same time, with decreasing grammage of newspapers and more coloured illustrations, paper mills have to remove more and more ink from less and less fibres.
    Together with ink manufacturers, the respective associations, and publishers paper mills continuously check the deinkability of current printed products. For this purpose together with the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) a scoring system has been developed. Together the industries look for ways to replace poor deinkable printing inks by more recycling-friendly solutions.
    (INGEDE - Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Deinking-Technik e.V.)
    16.07.2015   Standard systems for complex control tasks    ( Company news )

    Company news At present, control valves are increasingly becoming the focus of a wide variety of applications. In order to provide the customer with a simple selection guide, GEMÜ has now summarized all the relevant components of a control system under the term Process Control System, or PCS.

    The PCS type combines the standard GEMÜ control valves with mounting kit, piping system and positioner. In this way, the customer has the option of ordering the appropriate control system and all the necessary components quickly and without error. Each nominal size has two regulating cones (linear and equal-percentage) to choose from as standard.
    The operators for the GEMÜ 554 (plastic), GEMÜ 514 (aluminium) and GEMÜ 550 (stainless steel) series are available in the form of actuators.
    GEMÜ 1434, 1435 and 1436 have been integrated into the PCS as controllers. The standard versions of each controller are regarded as basic versions. The GEMÜ 514, 530, 532, 534, 550 and 554 series contain the nominal size range of DN 15 to DN 50. The GEMÜ 536 globe valve covers the nominal size range of DN 65 to DN 150.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    16.07.2015   Kotkamills Oy to manufacture high-quality folding boxboard and barrier board    ( Company news )

    Company news Kotkamills Oy signed agreements totalling EUR 70 million on equipment deliveries for paper machine 2 to be upgraded in the summer of 2016. The deliveries will be divided between Valmet Paperikoneet Oy and Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy. This investment of more than EUR 100 million is aimed to convert the paper machine product from magazine paper to packaging boards. The capacity of the board machine will be 400,000 t/a, with the basis weight area of the end product being 150 – 500 g/m2. Primary products include a high-quality Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board for the food industry. By converting the paper machine product to packaging boards, Kotkamills Oy will secure its position as a globally significant manufacturer of forest industry products.

    More and more attention is paid to environmental friendliness when selecting packaging materials. With this investment published today, Kotkamills Oy responds to the far-reaching requests of end customers of the packaging business to introduce high-quality recyclable barrier board to the market. The new product includes the protection layers required to prevent grease, liquids or moisture from absorbing into the package. The versatility of the board is increased by its heat sealing capacity, cleanness, lightness and first-class printing surface. In the manufacturing process, special attention will be paid to the effective utilisation of wood raw material, and the minimisation of energy, bleaching chemicals and water consumption per each produced ton. A patent is pending for innovations associated with the manufacturing process.

    Unlike other generally used plastic-coated boards, the barrier board of Kotkamills can be recycled without any special measures. Only printing ink, if any, will be removed in recycling. If unprinted, the board can be reused by re-pulping it and using it directly in the paper or board mill's processes. The innovative manufacturing process of the new machine enables the recyclable and environmentally friendly board used in consumer packages to be manufactured cost-efficiently and flexibly without the price of the recyclable product being any obstacle to its use.

    The next-generation packaging board with zero plastic content facilitates the recycling activities of consumers as well as food producers and cafeteria and fast food chains that use large volumes of board packages, as there is no need to sort plastic separately. This directly reduces the total costs of the packaging solution.

    The construction of the investment will be started at the beginning of 2016. Until then, Kotkamills Oy's paper machine 2 will produce high-bulk printing paper Solaris, the delivery of which will be continued normally until the end of the second quarter of 2016. The company will also increase its production volume of Absorbex laminating paper and Imprex products through new investments. What is more, the sawn goods produced at the Kotka sawmill will comprise a significant part of the company's product range.
    (Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy)
    16.07.2015   Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places     ( Company news )

    Company news Eleven places in the world – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released by WWF.

    Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in these “deforestation fronts” if current trends continue, according to findings in the latest chapter of WWF’s Living Forests Report series. The fronts are located in the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumatra.

    These places contain some of the richest wildlife in the world, including endangered species such as orangutans and tigers. All are home to indigenous communities.

    “Imagine a forest stretching across Germany, France, Spain and Portugal wiped out in just 20 years,” says Rod Taylor, Director of WWF’s global forest programme. “We’re looking at how we can tackle that risk to save the communities and cultures that depend on forests, and ensure forests continue to store carbon, filter our water, supply wood and provide habitat for millions of species.”

    The report builds on earlier analysis by WWF showing that more than 230 million hectares of forest will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken, and that forest loss must be reduced to near zero by 2020 to avoid dangerous climate change and economic losses.

    Landscape solutions vital to halting deforestation
    Living Forests Report: Saving Forests at Risk examines where most deforestation is likely in the near term, the main causes and solutions for reversing the projected trends. Globally, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock, palm oil and soy production, but also encroachment by small-scale farmers. Unsustainable logging and fuelwood collection can contribute to forest degradation, or “death by a thousand cuts,” while mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects bring new roads that open forests to settlers and agriculture.
    “The threats to forests are bigger than one company or industry, and they often cross national borders. They require solutions that look at the whole landscape,” says Taylor. “This means collaborative land-use decision-making that accounts for the needs of business, communities and nature.”

    The EU contributes to global deforestation
    Humanity is using the Earth’s resources unsustainably, at significant cost to the natural ecosystems upon which our society and economy ultimately depend. Globally, we use the resources of 1.5 planets. The Ecological Footprint of the EU is even higher: on average, we need 2.6 planets to maintain our current lifestyles. The EU is heavily dependent on the natural capital and resources of other countries, effectively outsourcing large parts of its footprint.

    European Commission-funded research shows that EU consumption led to the loss of 9 million hectares of forest globally during the period 1990-2008 – an area the size of Portugal. A main contributor is the agriculture sector through its consumption of oil crops, such as soy and palm oil and their derived products as well as meat consumption.

    The EU, as a signatory party to the UN Declaration on Forests, has committed to “at least halve the rate of loss of natural forests globally by 2020 and strive to end natural forest loss by 2030” and to support and help “the private sector meet the goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products by no later than 2020”.

    Anke Schulmeister, Senior Forest Policy Officer at the WWF European Policy Office: "Despite acknowledging the need to address the environmental impact of its consumption, the EU has not yet taken significant steps to address its impact abroad and to balance its consumption.

    While some companies are pledging to cut their impact on deforestation, governments are failing to support this ambition through decisive action. We believe the EU should take action now, to match these efforts with policies and regulatory measures, boosting the pledges made, holding companies accountable for implementing their commitments, and raisinge the environmental, social and human rights standards for all companies.

    The 7th Environmental Action Programme of the EU aims to significantly reduce the environmental impact of EU consumption by 2020, in particular in the food, housing and mobility sectors. It proposes the development of an EU action plan on deforestation and forest degradation. This provides a unique opportunity for EU political action."
    (WWF International)

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