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    23.02.2015   emtec Electronic at Asian Paper 2015 in Jakarta    ( Company news )

    Company news High Paper Quality by Application of Quality Equipment

    This year the “Asian Paper 2015” will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia and the company emtec Electronic GmbH will attend. From April 28th until 30th, the company will present different paper testing equipment at booth no. C27.
    In the wet end of the paper production process it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process.
    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get information about the quality of the base and final products. Therefore emtec will present the EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester in Jakarta, which characterizes the process relevant surface parameters of paper and board in order to predict its converting properties. Additionally, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer will be shown, which gives reliable and objective information about the “hand feel” and different softness parameters of tissue products.
    In summary, the application of all these measuring devices leads to the optimization of the production and converting processes to gain the best possible quality at the lowest possible costs.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    23.02.2015   At the Hunkeler Innovation Days 2015 Heidelberg shows economic finishing of short runs in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... production network with partners

    -Continuous quality check by using the same barcode system for all units
    -High flexibility and production variety for both, digitally and conventionally printed jobs

    At the Hunkeler Innovation Days taking place in Luzern, Switzerland from February 23rd to 26th, 2015, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is showing solutions for the production of digitally printed softcover brochures of high quality on booth B02. Themed HEI Flexibility this is an answer to the trend to smaller runs and to flexibility as high as possible with the finishing of digitally and conventionally printed jobs.

    Together with its partners Hunkeler, ATS, Müller Martini, and Polar, Heidelberg shows a flexible machine network where a complete brochure is produced live. This brochure consists of a content which was digitally produced in rotary printing and a cover which is bound by means of hotmelt glue, finally getting a three-side trim in one work step. With this configuration the continuous control of contents and cover per barcode is shown. All units involved use the same barcode system in order to make sure that the product is compiled and produced correctly.

    The systems consists of a Hunkeler UW6-unwinding module, the following cross cutter CS6-I and the directly connected Heidelberg Inline folder Stahlfolder TH 56, folding the sheets and transferring them as collected pile to an ATS bundler FAB A 820. By means of the barcode it is ensured that every set has been collated completely in the bundler. Afterwards the folded signatures are brought together with the cover on the latest Müller Martini perfect binder and bound to a completed brochure. The Müller Martini perfect binder represents a world premiere which is shown to the trade experts at the Hunkeler Innovation Days for the first time. Here, the barcode ensures as well that cover and contents fit together. The final three-side trim is done automatically in the POLAR three-side trimmer BC-330, where the production barcode is read again.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    23.02.2015   DS Smith: Proposed acquisition of Duropack and trading update    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith Plc (“DS Smith”), the leading provider of recycled corrugated packaging in Europe, is pleased to announce the proposed acquisition of the Duropack business (“the acquisition”) for approximately €300m (c.£220m). Duropack, a recycled corrugated board packaging business with market-leading positions across South Eastern Europe, is being acquired from CP Group 2 BV, a One Equity Partners subsidiary.

    Photo: Miles Roberts, Chief Executive of DS Smith

    The acquisition is highly complementary to DS Smith’s geographic footprint and transforms our position in higher-growth South Eastern European geographies, further strengthening our pan-European capabilities to our existing customer base in addition to providing access to new customers.

    Duropack has number one or two market positions in many of the geographies in which it operates and, combined with DS Smith’s existing operations in Hungary, Slovakia and Austria, will have a leading position across South Eastern Europe.

    The business is well invested with high quality assets and operates a “short paper, long fibre” model similar to that of DS Smith.

    In 2014 the business delivered EBITDA of €41 million and EBIT of €22 million on turnover of €273 million. Cost synergies of €12 million, are expected to be realised within three years of ownership. The additional investment required to integrate the acquisition is c.€13 million, incurred over the first two years. This will be funded by cash savings, driven by working capital efficiencies and tight cash management.

    The total consideration, including the assumption of debt, is expected to be circa €300 million, subject to customary post-closing adjustments, representing a post synergy multiple of 5.7 times EBITDA.

    The acquisition is being financed from existing debt facilities. It will be immediately accretive to earnings per share and generate a return above our cost of capital during the second year of ownership.

    The acquisition is subject to competition clearance, which we expect in calendar Q2, with completion shortly thereafter.
    Trading update

    In the three month period to 31 January 2015, the business has continued to perform in line with our plans. Volumes have been ahead of the run-rate achieved in the first half of the year and remained positive in all regions, with Central Europe and Italy particularly strong. We are delighted by the initial customer reaction to our recent acquisition of Andopack and performance there has been in line with our expectations.

    On 30 January 2015, we completed the disposal of our testliner mill in Nantes, France, which had capacity of c. 60 thousand tonnes. This transaction is in line with our strategy to exit paper manufacturing which does not sufficiently complement our Packaging business. There will be an exceptional charge of £9 million, of which £7 million is non-cash.

    Our outlook remains positive as the business continues to perform in line with our medium term financial targets, despite economic headwinds in many of our markets, and the Board views the future with confidence.

    Miles Roberts, Chief Executive of DS Smith said:
    “Duropack is an excellent business and a highly complementary fit. It is a further important step in our strategy to leverage our scale and strengthen our geographic footprint. Duropack has high quality assets with market leading positions. We look forward to it contributing to the overall growth of DS Smith in attractive markets where we were previously under-represented.

    Since our half-year, we have continued to make good progress with our customers, benefitting from our differentiated commercial offering and the ongoing roll out of our design centres. Our volume performance has been strong, as the rapidly changing retail environment and consumer buying patterns make well-designed recycled packaging increasingly relevant.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
     
    20.02.2015   The creasing device that eliminates cracking fast    ( Company news )

    Company news Let down by poor results from inadequate scoring or fed up with the expense of outsourcing your creasing work?

    Tri-Creaser Fast Fit, with its ingenious split creasing rib technology, turns your existing folder into a powerful creasing machine, helping you reduce costs, improve quality, turn jobs around faster, satisfy customers and maintain full production control in-house.
    •Tried, tested, trusted by printers... over 70,000 sold worldwide
    •Pays for itself on average within 4 print runs
    •Fits all popular folding machine brands
    •Fast delivery, no installation charge

    70, 000 Tri-Creasers sold world-wide
    With over 70,000 Tri-Creaser solutions already sold world-wide to fit on almost 50 types of folding machines, there is no wonder why we are respected globally as the one stop company thousands of people come to every year to improve the quality of their creasing.
    (Tech-ni-Fold Ltd)
     
    20.02.2015   SolarFlow roll cover from Voith achieves top lifetime    ( Company news )

    Company news A suction roll with a SolarFlow polyurethane cover from Voith has had its first maintenance after almost four years. The manufacturer of fine paper that owns the roll has called the running time of exactly 1,438 days between two grinding intervals a potential record-breaker. Suction rolls with other covers would often only manage a quarter of this running time.

    “We only achieved such a remarkable long running time between two grinding intervals thanks to high performance roll covers combined with regular and comprehensive service,” adds Jochen Honold, Global Product Manager Mechanical Roll Service.

    The suction roll was completely dismantled at the Voith Service Center in Ravensburg. This is a standardized procedure that ensures that the causes of signs of wear are discovered and can be rectified. “We perform a weak point analysis for each roll that we get for service. This means that we can save our customers future repairs,” says Alexander Reutlinger, Head of the Voith Service Center in Ravensburg.

    The SolarFlow polyurethane roll cover allows a maximized void volume, which is maintained over a long installation period due to its unique material properties. This enables stable nip conditions, therefore fast machine speeds with a high dry content and at the same time low energy consumption.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    20.02.2015   UPM reduced work-related accidents by 70 percent in three years    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has significantly reduced work-related accidents with a three year program called “Step Change in Safety 2012–2014”. UPM’s lost time accident frequency (LTAF) has decreased by 70% from 15.2 in 2012 to 4.4 in 2014.

    The Step Change in Safety 2012–2014 initiative engaged all UPM employees in a joint mission to improve the company’s safety culture and safety performance. The pervasive program renewed the foundations of safety work by shifting focus to preventative measures, such as proactive risk identification and management. Strong management commitment and active participation of employees and contractors have been the keys to success.

    As a result, UPM’s global LTAF decreased by a total of 70% from 15.2 in the beginning of 2012 to 4.4 by the end of 2014. The total number of lost time accidents globally decreased from over 550 in 2011 to 155 in 2014.

    “We have achieved excellent results and they clearly show that a new safety culture has been adopted throughout the company. All UPMers have contributed to the result and we can all be proud of the achievement,” says Jussi Pesonen, CEO of UPM.

    One cornerstone for safety work are UPM safety standards, which were put in place during the Step Change in Safety initiative. The standards define the minimum requirements for safety performance and operations, and they are common to all UPM units around the world. For the next three years, the focus will be in perfecting the local implementation practices.

    “The great results from our safety initiative have encouraged us to raise the bar even further. Our first goal was to get our LTAF below 5. Next we are aiming to go below 3,” Jussi Pesonen continues.

    Careful induction and job specific safety training play important roles in identifying risks and consequently preventing accidents.

    Employees' risk awareness is continuously improved by organising safety training, sharing information on near-miss situations and encouraging employees to report all hazardous situations and safety deficiencies.

    In 2015 UPM launches a practice in which all UPM employees will be provided a regular refresher safety training to make sure that all the latest information and practices is in use.
    (UPM)
     
    20.02.2015   Tembec's new turbine passes commercial-in-service test at its Temiscaming site    ( Company news )

    Company news Tembec announces that the recently installed turbine at the Temiscaming site has successfully met the commercial-in-service test set forth in the power purchase agreement (“PPA”) it entered into with Hydro-Québec. The turbine operated for 100 continuous hours above the required level specified in the PPA. The Company was successful in meeting the test on its first attempt. This represents a significant milestone for the Company as the turbine qualification allows it to sell electricity to Hydro-Québec at the more favorable “green” power rate. The new boiler and turbine will materially improve the Temiscaming specialty cellulose mill’s cost structure and profitability.
    (Tembec Inc.)
     
    20.02.2015   Bosch expands CPS portfolio for the serialization of pharmaceutical packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Equipped for regulatory requirements worldwide
    -Quick format changes thanks to user-friendly design
    -Intelligent connection of machine and software
    -Reliable serialization and application of safety seals

    Bosch Packaging Technology, a leading supplier of process and packaging technology, has expanded its portfolio for the serialization of pharmaceutical packaging. In the fight against counterfeit drugs, many countries are about to implement legislation changes for a stricter labelling of pharmaceuticals. Consequently, drug manufacturers require safer and more flexible solutions. “With our serialization concept, we offer customers more than just a machine,” explains Daniel Sanwald, product manager at Bosch Packaging Technology. “Bosch offers the complete package, which also includes the corresponding IT.”

    Connection of machine and software
    The CPS (Carton Printing System) forms the basis of all serialization solutions from Bosch. It has been continuously developed regarding flexibility and user-friendliness. Depending on customer requirements, the system prints 1D or 2D data matrix codes on up to 400 folding cartons per minute. Thanks to an upgrade of the camera system, both codes can now be checked on different carton qualities even more reliably. If the contrast and readability of the data matrix codes do not conform with the required level of quality, the products are automatically sorted out. The machine is easy to operate from the front, so that mechanical components are easily and quickly accessible in case of format changes. An optimized threading of the labelling tape reduces downtime of the CPS 1900 to a minimum.

    The CPS systems can be connected to both machine software and company IT in a multi-level process, ensuring that serial numbers are attributed reliably. Therefore, Bosch Packaging Technology has adapted the proven automation technology from Bosch’s automotive sector to the specific requirements of the pharmaceutical industry. “This experience enables us to offer our customers IT solutions that not only process the entire order management; they also control both import and export of the serial numbers,” Daniel Sanwald explains. Depending on country and guideline, the numbers are either allocated centrally or generated by the company. Contract manufacturers in turn receive the numbers from their clients. According to Sanwald, “our IT system is equipped for all three cases. The Bosch machines can also be flexibly combined with systems from other IT providers.” The IT concept has further advantages for production companies: production parameters and data of all packaging lines are clearly visible at all times. “For instance, in the case of unforeseen events like downtime or modification, capacities are automatically re-planned,” Sanwald says. “The connection of our machines with the corresponding IT offers companies a new production foresight.”

    Modular design for additional safety
    Thanks to its modular design, the CPS system can be extended by further modules. For example, a weighing module inspects the weight of each folding carton individually. Existing machines can also be equipped with a Tamper Evident module. The labeller applies additional safety seals across the side flap of the folding carton, thus offering optimum protection against manipulation. Sensor systems carry out safe and reproducible checks of seal presence and correct application. The machine and all applications, such as the camera, are operated via a single HMI (Human Machine Interface). “The operator has a uniform look and feel, and does not need to switch between different HMIs. Moreover, this makes the central audit trail a lot easier,” Sanwald underlines.

    Growing global need for serialization
    According to the Bosch experts, the need for serialization technology will continue to grow over the coming years. Amongst others, 2015 will see the implementation of new guidelines in Saudi Arabia, where drug packaging must be equipped with a data matrix code step by step, followed by serial numbers in 2016. In Brazil, individual batches must be serialized as of 2015, before it becomes obligatory the following year. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) aspires to implement a standardized identification for all prescription drugs in form of a 2D data matrix code in a step-by-step approach until the end of 2023. The European Union’s Falsified Medicines Directive 2011/62/EU stipulates coded packaging with a 2D data matrix code and a unique serial number for nearly all prescription drugs, presumably from the first quarter of 2018. With the flexible serialization solutions from Bosch, pharmaceutical manufacturers are well-equipped for all regulatory requirements worldwide.
    (Robert Bosch GmbH Geschäftsbereich Verpackungstechnik)
     
    20.02.2015   Valmet's Financial Statements Review January-December 2014: Profitability in the targeted range ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in Q4/2014 - good orders received in Services

    Photo: President and CEO Pasi Laine

    Valmet has formed a separate legal group as of December 31, 2013. The financial information for the year 2014 and the Statement of Financial Position as at December 31, 2013 presented in this Financial Statements Review are based on actual figures. The Statement of Income and Statement of Cash Flow for the year 2013 and all other comparison figures are based on financial carve-out data. Figures in brackets, unless otherwise stated, refer to the comparison period, i.e. the same period of the previous year.

    October-December 2014: Profitability in the targeted range
    -Orders received increased 12 percent and amounted to EUR 480 million (EUR 428 million).
    -Orders received increased in the Paper and Services business lines, and decreased in the Pulp and Energy business line.
    -Net sales increased 17 percent to EUR 777 million (EUR 666 million).
    -Net sales increased in Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
    -Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 48 million (EUR -25 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 6.1 percent (-3.7%).
    -EBITA margin reached the targeted range of 6-9 percent in Q4/2014.
    -Earnings per share were EUR 0.17 (EUR -0.41).
    -Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -5 million (EUR -34 million).
    -Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 30 million (EUR -38 million).

    January-December 2014: EBITA almost doubled
    -Orders received increased 41 percent and amounted to EUR 3,071 million (EUR 2,182 million).
    -Orders received increased in the Pulp and Energy, and Paper business lines, and remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line.
    -Net sales decreased 5 percent to EUR 2,473 million (EUR 2,613 million).
    -Net sales increased in the Pulp and Energy business line, remained at the previous year's level in the Services business line, and decreased in the Paper business line.
    -Earnings before interest, taxes and amortization (EBITA) and non-recurring items were EUR 106 million (EUR 54 million), and the corresponding EBITA margin was 4.3 percent (2.1%).
    -Profitability has improved in every quarter of 2014.
    -Earnings per share were EUR 0.31 (EUR -0.42).
    -Non-recurring items amounted to EUR -12 million (EUR -86 million).
    -Cash flow provided by operating activities was EUR 236 million (EUR -43 million).

    Dividend proposal
    The Board of Directors proposes for the Annual General Meeting that a dividend of EUR 0.25 per share be paid. The proposed dividend equals to 81 percent of the net result.

    Guidance for 2015
    Valmet estimates that, including the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, net sales in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 2,473 million) and EBITA before non-recurring items in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 106 million).
    The completion of the acquisition of Process Automation Systems is subject to approval by the competition authorities.

    Short-term outlook
    General economic outlook
    Global growth in 2015-16 is projected at 3.5 and 3.7 percent, downward revisions of 0.3 percent relative to the October 2014 World Economic Outlook. The revisions reflect a reassessment of prospects in China, Russia, the euro area, and Japan as well as weaker activity in some major oil exporters because of the sharp drop in oil prices. The United States is the only major economy for which growth projections have been raised. The distribution of risks to global growth is more balanced than in October. The main upside risk is a greater boost from lower oil prices, although there is uncertainty about the persistence of the oil supply shock. Downside risks relate to shifts in sentiment and volatility in global financial markets, especially in emerging market economies, where lower oil prices have introduced external and balance sheet vulnerabilities in oil exporters. Stagnation and low inflation are still concerns in the euro area and in Japan. (International Monetary Fund, January 20, 2015)

    Short-term market outlook
    Valmet is reiterating its short-term market outlook presented on July 31, 2014. Valmet estimates that activity in board and paper markets will remain on a good level. The activity in the services, pulp, energy, and tissue markets is estimated to remain satisfactory.

    President and CEO Pasi Laine: A good first year as an independent company
    Valmet had a good first year as an independent company. While the focus was strongly on improving profitability, we were also succesful in receiving orders. We received over EUR 3 billion of orders during 2014, which clearly indicates that customers appreciate and trust Valmet and that we have the skills and technology to move our customers forward. It was also pleasing to notice the increase in orders received in the Services business line in the last quarter of the year. All in all, Valmet's order backlog is now approximately EUR 2 billion, and this gives us a good starting point for 2015.
    Valmet has been able to improve its profitability in every quarter of 2014 and EBITA almost doubled in the full year of 2014. The highlight of our hard work was the last quarter of 2014, when profitability reached the targeted range. This is a result of the excellent and goal-oriented work put in by every Valmet employee at every site and location around the world. When meeting with Valmet employees around the world, I have been amazed by the determination and energy everyone has shown to reach this target. That is why I want to thank all Valmet employees for all the efforts made during the course of 2014. Our work on profitability does not, of course, end here. We still have further profitability improvement potential through savings in procurement and quality, by actions to improve project and service margin, by continuing to improve cost competitiveness, and by improving product cost competitiveness to increase gross profit.
    After a good first year as an independent company, I am excited to go into 2015. We have a better starting point going into 2015 compared to a year ago, while also the acquisition of Process Automation Systems helps making Valmet even stronger than before. Through the acquisition, Valmet will become a technology and services company with full automation offering and the acquisition will help Valmet in increasing business stability and profitability.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    20.02.2015   SCA Year-end Report Q4 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news JANUARY 1–DECEMBER 31, 2014 (compared with same period a year ago)
    -Net sales rose 12% (10% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 104,054m (92,873)
    -Organic sales growth, which excludes exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments, was 3% (4% including Vinda’s organic sales growth)
    -Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 14% (12% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 11,849m (10,381)
    -The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability, was 11.4% (11.2%)
    -Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 17% (14% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 10,888m (9,320)
    -Items affecting comparability totaled SEK -1,400m (-1,239)
    -Earnings per share were SEK 9.40 (7.90)
    -Cash flow from current operations was SEK 8,149m (6,252)
    -The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend by 10.5% to SEK 5.25 per share (4.75).
    -Recalculations have been made for previous periods on account of new and amended IFRSs and rules governing consolidated financial statements and joint arrangements

    Photo: CEO Jan Johansson

    CEO’S COMMENTS
    In 2014 SCA delivered its highest profit before tax ever and good organic sales growth. We increased our operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, by SEK 1,468m. We achieved this thanks to the continued work with our strategic priorities – growth, innovation, and efficiency.
    During the year SCA strengthened its cooperation with the Chinese company Vinda, in which SCA is the majority shareholder, by transferring its hygiene operations in China, Hong Kong and Macau to Vinda. We also continued our successful innovation work and introduced about thirty innovations and product launches under the Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Saba, Tempo, TENA and Tork brands, among others. Our work on achieving increased cost efficiency continues. Our three efficiency programs have continued to deliver substantial savings. Two of the programs were concluded at year-end, however, our work with productivity and cost-efficiency continues. The year was characterized by weak performance of the global economy and geopolitical tensions. The global market for hygiene products was affected by higher competition and low growth in mature markets.
    Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by 17% compared with the same period a year ago. Organic sales growth was 4% (5% including Vinda’s organic sales growth), with growth across all business areas. Growth was mainly related to the hygiene operations’ emerging markets and the Forest Products business area. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability and gains on forest swaps, rose 20% (3% including gains on forest swaps during the same period a year ago), which is SCA’s highest quarterly profit ever. The increase is mainly attributable to a better price/mix, higher volumes, cost savings and the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the Chinese company Vinda. Higher raw material costs resulting from higher prices and a stronger dollar had a negative impact on earnings. The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability, was 11.9%. Operating cash flow increased by 31%. The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend, by 10.5% to SEK 5.25 per share.
    Tissue posted a considerably higher operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2014 compared with the same period a year ago. Operating profit was favorably affected by higher volumes, cost savings and the acquisition of the majority shareholding in the Chinese company Vinda. Consolidation of Vinda had a negative impact on the margin. Personal Care increased its earnings as a result of higher volumes and cost savings, which compensated for higher raw material costs. The lower operating profit for Forest Products is explained by gains on forest swaps during the fourth quarter of 2013. Excluding this effect, earnings increased mainly as a result of higher prices (including exchange rate effects) and cost savings.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    19.02.2015   Virgin fibre a necessity in chocolate packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The Origin Box is made of three kinds of paper material, of which two, Invercote and Incada, are made by Iggesund Paperboard. © Iggesund

    “When we choose the paperboard for chocolate packaging, the decisive factor is taste and odour neutrality. Of course the paperboard must be suitable for the construction we have chosen but if we do not minimise the risk of the chocolate acquiring an off-taste from the packaging material then the rest does not matter.”

    Tom Du Caju and his colleagues at Du Caju Printing & Packaging in Belgium are describing their experiences in food packaging. Du Caju is located in Erpe-Mere, just west of Brussels. With almost 50 employees and annual net sales of EUR 10 million, the company regards itself as a medium-sized Belgian converter. Of the packaging Du Caju produces, 85 per cent is food related and 11 per cent is chocolate packaging.

    “In addition, just over ten per cent of what we do is packaging with direct contact between the food and the packaging material,” says key account manager Koen Penne. “We are choosing our food contact materials such as paperboard very carefully to avoid taint, odour and migration problems.”

    Du Caju has been working with the world’s largest chocolate producer Barry Callebaut, for more than 25 years. The converter is regularly asked to create sophisticated promotional packaging for Callebaut as a sales tool and brand enhancer. The latest creation, The Origin Box, has an outer box made of a brown-coloured speciality paper from James Cropper, Colorscope Bitter Chocolate 350 g/m2. Inside the box are samples of chocolate from many countries. Each sample is packed in a wedge-shaped box made of Incada Silk 300 g/m2 from Iggesund Paperboard. The box also features a wheel giving information about the different types of chocolate. The wheel is printed on Invercote Creato 400 g/m2, also from Iggesund Paperboard, and is covered with the same material as the outer box.

    The brown material has a very matt appearance and a very natural look. The brown colour and the uncoated sides give a very good indication of the look of chocolate.The Origin Box was a finalist in the ECMA/Pro Carton European packaging award competition in 2014.

    “We have learned from experience that only virgin fibre is good enough for this type of packaging,” comments Erwin Heeren, an experienced purchaser at Du Caju. “In choosing materials we also get support from our customer, Barry Callebaut, who tests all packaging materials for up to sixty days in its own sensory laboratory.”

    As a purchaser he must also keep up to date with both the environmental debate and the discussion about how mineral oils in recycled-fibre-based materials can contaminate packaged foods.

    “We are following the mineral oil debate with great interest, as are our most knowledgeable customers,” Erwin Heeren says. “However, we are not seeing any increased demand for traceability certificates for paperboard materials – neither FSC nor PEFC. That demand is constant at between three and five per cent of our total volume.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    19.02.2015   Xeikon announces further expansion in Asia Pacific with the opening of its first ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Technology Center

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce its first Technology Center in Asia Pacific. The offices are based in Malaysia and testify of the strategic focus and continuous growth Xeikon is experiencing in this region. The official inauguration earlier this week was well attended by Xeikon customers from the label, folding carton and document & commercial markets, and presided over by Mr. Cheong Kok Wai, the President of the Selangor & Federal Territory Chinese Printing Presses Association, Mr. Dato Koay Hean Beow, President of the Malaysian Printing Association and Mr. Wim Maes, CEO of Xeikon.

    “We are seeing unprecedented growth in Asia Pacific,” comments Maes. “Xeikon is expanding fast in this region and we find it very important to build and foster close bonds with our customers there. The brand new state-of-the-art 450 sqm facility will help us achieve these goals as it will be addressing the business and educational demands of our customers for more testing, benchmarking and product demonstrations. It will enable us to fully support the growing needs of the local industry.”

    The new Technology Center features Xeikon’s extensive portfolio of presses and suites for labels and packaging applications as well as for document and commercial printing applications. On display, is the Xeikon 3050 digital press, its wide web entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series. The Xeikon 3050 press is designed specifically for label and packaging converters who need a wider web width for the production of their prime label, folding carton, promotional and transfer applications.

    “Xeikon is building a strong sales channel network in Asia supported by a long-standing market and industry knowledge. Through a vast array of digital solutions offering flexibility, quality and creativity, Xeikon helps its customers to stay ahead of developing trends. The new Malaysia-based Technology Center will allow us to further improve our service to new and existing customers in the region,” concludes Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC).

    Future visitors and customers will also have the chance to view Xeikon’s large set of solution suites developed in collaboration with its global network of Aura partners. The suites respond perfectly to the needs of some of the fastest growing digital printing niches.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    19.02.2015   Speedscreen future-proofs its business with Esko    ( Company news )

    Company news Investment in Esko Kongsberg C digital finishing platform to help maintain 30% year-on-year growth

    Esko is pleased to announce that Speedscreen’s £1m investment program included the addition of a fully-featured super-wide Kongsberg C digital finishing system. Specialized in posters, POP displays, POS and signage, Speedscreen is one of UK’s leading large format printers with a £2.2m annual turnover. The company is no stranger to adopting cutting-edge technology. As an example, it was the first in Europe to install the Durst Rho 1012 large format printer. And it was now again among the first to acquire an Esko Kongsberg C64.

    “We have experienced year-on-year growth of over 30% during the last 12 months, and we are striving to equal that this year with the help of the Esko Kongsberg C64,” comments Tim Hill, Speedscreen Managing Director. “Esko’s solutions are a key component of our growth strategy. They allow us to be faster, more responsive, have tighter controls over margins and offer a more creative service. It future-proofs our business.” A video and more details on how Speedscreen is putting its Esko Kongsberg C table at work to increased finishing capacity and quality can be viewed on the company’s website: www.speedscreen.net/services/kongsberg/.

    Continued trust
    Speedscreen first introduced the Esko Kongsberg technology into its production platform six years ago with a Kongsberg i-XL44. Following its investment in the Durst large format printer, the firm required a larger finishing solution to keep up with production output and turned to Esko, its trusted long-time partner, for a solution.

    “The fact is that not long ago, customers didn’t care what equipment you had. Now they are paying attention and they see that you are investing in the ability to serve them better,” says Hill. “With our recent investments, we have systems in place that take advantage of the very latest in technology. We are second to none in the UK in that regard. And we have new customers coming to us because of the solutions we have. In addition to helping win new business, these investments also make our relationships with existing customers much stronger.”

    Speedscreen’s investment also included Esko ArtiosCAD structural packaging design software and i-cut Suite preflighting and workflow solution for large format printing. “These software solutions help us smooth out workflow and save time in design. In addition, we can better plan job ganging and nesting for the most economical material use. We will also be able to further develop the design side of the business with activities such as creating outers,” states Hill.

    True 3.2m wide format capability
    The Kongsberg C64 works with 3.210 mm by 3.200 mm long materials, making it the perfect fit for large format printers, and also for Speedscreen this was an important investment criteria. “The Durst printer massively increased our throughput, and it quickly became evident that our bottleneck would be finishing,” explains Hill. “We looked at a number of options. The Esko Kongsberg C64 was the only table with a full 3.2m work space; the others we considered offered two separate work spaces but were not able to handle a full 3.2m x 3.2m sheet. The Kongsberg is also engineered for heavy-duty performance and includes a powerful 3kw router. All around it was a much better proposition than we found with other solutions in the marketplace. And we were also very comfortable staying with an Esko solution based on our past experience.”

    “Digital runs are getting longer and we needed a digital finishing solution that could manage those longer runs, allowing us to complete them in-house instead of subcontracting the work out. The Kongsberg C64 fits the bill perfectly,” continues Hill. “The installation made an immediate impact. A job we did on a Zünd table took us 32 minutes per sheet but only 12 minutes on the Kongsberg. That type of performance speaks for itself. We can process work faster and retain better margins because of the speed and the fact that we can keep more work in house. This makes us more competitive.”

    The Esko Kongsberg C64 also offers another operational gain when processing rolls of substrates, Hill says: “We can roll media straight from the table so there is no need to remove it from the core. The result is much smoother throughput which increases productivity. We can even run two rolls side by side, giving us maximum productivity every day.” He explains a key attraction was the variety of applications and substrates the Esko Kongsberg C64 can handle, ensuring Speedscreen can deliver a broad product offering. This includes knife and kiss cutting paper, card, display board, plastics, polyprop, foamex and self-adhesive PVC with extreme accuracy, as well as handling Kappa, thick corrugated and foam boards, Perspex and ACM (Dibond) up to 20 mm thick. Mr. Hill adds that the Kongsberg also creases very accurate traces, while Esko’s i-cut technology ensures accurate registration.

    As for the anticipated return on investment, Mr. Hill concludes, “At 50%, the residuals on the old table were very impressive. We see no reason why the new table won’t offer the same ROI.”
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    19.02.2015   24th IMPS - International Munich Paper Symposium    ( Company news )

    Company news In 5 weeks from now the 24th IMPS, one of the major annual European conferences in paper technology, the IMPS - INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM is going to take place in the modern Sheraton München Arabellapark Conference Center from 11-13 March 2015. The theme of the meeting is “Progress in Board and Paper Technology”, and while almost all of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines play a very important role.

    As you may notice from the programme, all presentations deal with first important results of technological improvements directly from board, paper, and tissue mills.
    The IMPS is always focused on specific topics related to the paper manufacturing and paper supplying industry. In contrast to many very large conferences, the IMPS will host not more than about 450 participants, in a superb first class atmosphere. It is intended to provide an international platform for people engaged in the field of board, paper and printing technology. The conference will be bilingual (English+German) with highest quality simultaneous translation.
    Registration can easily be done online or via written form at www.paper-online.de. The fee of 1440 Euro plus VAT includes a number of services: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as files, superb lunches and a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, and, as far as places are available, an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institutes of Munich University of Applied Sciences and, finally, on Thursday evening a fascinating cultural event.

    Munich University of Applied Sciences hosts one of the biggest European international paper departments for students from all over the world and offers since 2004 the Master of Engineering in Paper Technology completely taught in English.
    Please be aware that the IMPS 2013 and IMPS 2014 with more than 450 participants, from > 220 companies and from 26 countries were completely sold out and this year almost 200 companies have already registered.
    (IMPS Management Ltd.&Co. KG)
     
    19.02.2015   Stora Enso completes the divestment of its Uetersen Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has completed the divestment announced on 13 December 2014 of its Uetersen specialty and coated fine paper mill in Germany to a company mainly owned by the private equity fund Perusa Partners Fund 2.

    “We have now successfully completed the divestment of our Uetersen Mill. I am confident that Perusa Partners will be able to develop the mill further and ensure long-term future success in Uetersen. We will continue our strategic transformation into a renewable materials growth company focusing on customers and innovation," says Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo).

    The loss on disposal amounted to approximately EUR 30 million and was recorded as a non-recurring item in Stora Enso’s fourth quarter 2014 operating profit.

    The transaction will enhance Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and cash flow from the second quarter of 2015. Based on 2014 annual figures, the divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 140 million. It will also reduce Stora Enso’s annual paper production capacity by around 240 000 tonnes. Uetersen Mill employs approximately 400 people.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    19.02.2015   Valmet to supply equipment for fluff conversion project at Domtar's Ashdown pulp and paper mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has been selected by Domtar to supply the equipment and technical services to convert a paper machine from uncoated freesheet to fluff pulp at the mill located in Ashdown, Arkansas, USA.

    The delivery is part of Domtar's USD 160 million project to re-purpose the A64 paper machine. The rebuilt machine is scheduled to begin operation in the third quarter of 2016. This order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of Valmet's delivery will not be disclosed.

    "Valmet has been a trusted vendor-partner of ours, one that understands our business and delivers top-quality equipment and services that help our company succeed," says Jack Bray, Domtar's Vice President Manufacturing, Region 2. "We're glad to work with a supplier that shares our commitment to safety and sustainability, as well as performance, in creating world-class fiber products."

    "Valmet has extensive experience in repurposing pulp and paper assets, especially in the production of fluff pulp. As we did during the Plymouth NC5 conversion, we worked closely with Domtar to optimize the technical solution that would meet their project objectives, including world class quality standards and high efficiency runnability," says Frank Swietlik, General Manager, Pulp Dryers and Baling, Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The scope of the Valmet delivery includes a new wet end, upgrades to existing cylinder dryer section, a new fully automated reel and a new OptiWin Pulp winder. Also included is a bypass run to a new cutter-layboy with an automated bale handling line.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    18.02.2015   Mimaki launches the CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed Cutting Plotter ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for small lot and prototype packaging

    Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, today launches the CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed Cutting Plotter that offers both creasing and cutting and will enable operations to create and deliver high quality, cost-effective, designs, smoothly and quickly. The CFL-605RT is designed with Mimaki’s well-established technology to support immediate finishing of packaging and prototypes with multiple functions.

    “There is growing demand for on-demand production of prototypes and small lots, both for products and their packaging,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “This includes fast, efficient prototyping and production of samples as well as small lots of products and packaging that may be modified to reflect different seasonal and regional requirements. There are promotional and special event opportunities, too. In particular, we believe markets such as cosmetics and luxury items will benefit from the ability to produce highly responsive eye-catching packaging with short lead times. Our solutions are specifically designed to meet that need, and we are excited to witness the impact we believe they will have on the market as brand owners and converters alike learn about their many benefits.”

    New to the Market

    The newest addition to Mimaki’s family of cutting plotters, the CFL-605RT, is a multifunction flatbed plotter that accommodates material sizes up to A2 extra and features a variety of functions including creasing and eccentric, tangential and reciprocating cutting. Used in combination with the UJF-6042, the new compact flatbed cutting plotter can achieve on-demand production of the original goods by providing the whole production process, including printing onto goods and packages, and cutting of cushioning materials.

    - The eccentric cutter has a maximum cutting thickness of 1 mm with an optimal downforce setting between 30 and 1,000 g.

    - The tangential cutter features a maximum cutting thickness of 2 mm with high downforce pressure, including materials such as reflective vinyl and rubber sheets.

    - The reciprocating cutter has a maximum 10 mm cutting thickness for materials such as foam or cardboard and uses a vertical reciprocating motion.

    - The creasing roller creases materials for a perfect package. Downforce pressures are adjustable from 500 to 1,000 g.

    Horsten adds, “We are also developing a complete end-to-end solution that will not only reduce the time required for prototyping and small lot production, but will also significantly reduce costs and enable a faster time to market. In many cases, these functions can be performed in-house, eliminating outsourcing and further reducing cycle time. These latest portfolio additions are an outstanding example of our mantra of ‘Let’s Create… Together!’ coming to life.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    18.02.2015   ETS Chairman Roberto Berardi to detail tissue market prospects at Tissue World    ( Company news )

    Company news Insights on the superior hygiene performance of tissue products

    Picture: Roberto Berardi, Chairman

    The superior hygiene performance of tissue products and the benefits they present will be discussed by ETS chairman, Roberto Berardi, as a guest speaker at Tissue World, 17 - 19 March 2015, Fira Barcelona, Spain. The presentation will take place on March 17th, 2015, from 12h until 12h30 and will reference the latest scientific studies that discovered that jet air and warm hand dryers can disperse bacteria into the air and onto users and bystanders. This has significant implications for cleaning, facility and hospitality managers responsible for equipping washrooms in public places.

    The studies led by experts Professor Mark Wilcox and Keith Redway of the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospital and the University of Westminster, were funded by ETS. The studies compared different hand drying methods and their potential to spread bacteria from hands into the air. Jet-air dryers were found to spread greater numbers of bacteria-carrying water droplets that travelled further than other drying methods. In addition, the bacteria remained present in the air long after the dryer has stopped.

    Mr. Berardi will also touch on the consensus statement made by leading European microbiologists and hospital hygienists. The scientists reviewed evidence that hand drying using single use towels rather than electric dryers leads to lower numbers of microbes on hands and in the washroom (both in the air and on surfaces). It concludes that the choice of hand drying methods should take into account the risk of contaminating the hands, other individuals and the washroom, especially in settings where hygiene is very important. The consensus statement provides sound advice for those offering services to offices, manufacturing plants and all workplaces to provide clients with a washroom environment that upholds the highest standards of hygiene.
    (ETS European Tissue Symposium)
     
    18.02.2015   Klabin starts up new paper machine in Goiana (PE)    ( Company news )

    Company news With an investment of R$ 360 million, the Plant will raise production capacity from 50 thousand tons/year to 160 thousand tons/year

    Klabin has announced the operational start-up of Paper Machine 24, installed in the Goiana Plant, in Pernambuco. With this new machine, the Plant is tripling its recycled paper production, hiking capacity from 50 thousand tons/year to 160 thousand tons/year. This new capacity, added to the increase of 15 thousand tons with the rebuild of Paper machine 21, in Piracicaba (SP), will enable Klabin to reach a total production of 270 thousand tons/year of recycled paper in 2015.

    “The Northeast region is showing consumption growth in sectors such as industrialized foods, fruits and civil construction, where we hold the position of important packaging suppliers. Klabin is the market leader in all the segments, in which it operates, and it is extremely important for our business to strengthen the company’s presence in this region”, points out Fabio Schvartsman, the CEO of Klabin.

    During this cycle of investments in packaging paper, Klabin has made a number of expansions in production capacity since 2013. In November of 2013, it inaugurated Paper Machine 23 for production of 80 thousand tons/year of sack kraft, at the Correia Pinto Plant (SC). Last year the company concluded an expansion of Paper Machine 9, at the Monte Alegre Plant (PR), to boost its production of cartonboard by 50 thousand tons/year and added 35 thousand tons/year of kraft paper to the production of Paper Machine 14 in Angatuba (SP). With these, Klabin will achieve a production capacity of 2 million tons/year of paper in 2015.

    To complete this cycle, construction works proceed at a fast pace on the new Ortigueira Mill (Puma Project), which should come on stream at the beginning of 2016 and will raise Klabin’s capacity from 2 million tons/year of paper to 3.5 million tons/year of pulp and paper. As a result, the company will have doubled its production capacity in the period between 2013 and 2016.
    (IKPC Indústrias Klabin de Papel e Celulose S.A.)
     
    18.02.2015   Modular Digital Amplifier DCX with PROFINET - Interface    ( Company news )

    Company news PROFINET is becoming the new standard interface for many applications because only one cable is necessary for most communication and switching functions. Also in the field of force and web tension measurement PROFINET technology is gaining increasing acceptance. With the new modular digital
    Amplifier- DCX HAEHNE offers a PROFINET interface for the conversion of up eight measurement signals for high-speed transmission rates.

    The following advantages of special significance in the industrial Environment:
    - Very fast cycling time for time critical applications
    - Convenient set-up in PROFINET networks
    - Conversion of up to eight measurement signals and additional input signals

    We would be pleased to assist you with any questions you may have regarding your application.
    (Haehne Elektronische Messgeräte GmbH)
     
    18.02.2015   Show debut for latest Truepress at Hunkeler Innovationdays    ( Company news )

    Company news Screen’s latest high-speed web-fed inkjet press, the Truepress Jet520HD, will be the centrepiece of the Screen exhibit at this year’s Hunkeler Innovationdays (Messe Lucerne, 23rd to 26th February).

    The Truepress Jet520HD will print “live” alongside a standard Truepress Jet520, producing a variety of commercial print applications, including high-quality cookery books and short-run magazines. In addition, the Screen Truepress Jet520HD will also be used to produce the complete set of Hunkeler brochures in five different languages. The commercial work will be saddle-stitched on the Screen stand while the cookery books will be perfect-bound on the Hunkeler/Horizon stand. In addition the two presses will print a ticketing application for the Hunkeler laser perforating line.

    Setting a new benchmark in quality and flexibility
    The 520mm-wide Truepress Jet520HD, a major extension of Screen’s inkjet press line-up, will be making its exhibition debut following its launch in September last year. Designed from the ground up to offer market-leading print quality on a wider range of materials, the press incorporates a new paper transport system, new drying techniques, new printheads capable of producing variable-size droplets, and new screening technologies that make the most of new high-density, wide-gamut inks.

    The result is a high-speed, high-quality press designed to deliver the highest product flexibility through an unrivalled combination of speeds and resolutions (from 50 m/min at 1200x1200dpi to 120 m/min at 600x600dpi) and the widest range of substrates (from 40gsm to 250gsm). Screen Europe’s VP of Marketing added “The press is already producing outstanding results at our European early adopter (Nic Oud, in the Netherlands), they have been particularly pleased with the vibrancy of the colours and the consistency of the results and we look forward to demonstrating this at HID.”

    New software tools boost productivity
    Screen will also show a new version of the EQUIOS workflow software, specifically developed to exploit the superb print quality of the Truepress Jet520HD. New features include In-RIP Smart Imposition, ICC Profile Editor and Spot Colour Editor. Using the latest Adobe core, EQUIOS can process all levels of variable data at the full engine speed. In addition, Screen will show a redesigned version of its highly-regarded Jetinspection camera-based security system that is fully integrated into EQUIOS. Jetinspection undertakes real-time, full-pixel and full-colour comparison of the printed result to the RIP data, which gives a complete guarantee of content as well as providing the basis of an automated reprint workflow.

    Screen’s Smart Book Solution is a new feature of EQUIOS that provides a sophisticated automated on-demand book printing workflow, from processing and imposition of files at input, through printing to book binding and finishing.
    (Screen Europe)
     
    18.02.2015   Biomass plant now operational at Delipapier Frouard in France    ( Company news )

    Company news Another important step forward in Delipapier’s strategy to reduce greenhouse gases. An overall investment of approximately 6.5 million Euros. -13,500t CO2 emitted into the atmosphere

    Delipapier Frouard’s new biomass plant is now operational. The overall investment for the plant was approximately 6.5 million Euros. The works are part of the BCIAT 2011 project (Biomasse Chaleur Industrie, Agriculture et Tertiaire) launched by ADEME (Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie) to encourage the industry to produce thermal energy using biomass.
    The plant is used to produce thermal energy in the form of saturated steam and provide approximately 60% of the plant’s overall need; it has a power of 9.24 MW and is powered by a mixture of wood chip
    (approximately 80% of the entire fuel supply) and spent wood.
    This is yet another important step forward in Delipapier’s strategy – the French Sofidel subsidiary – to reduce greenhouse gases, with the aim of cutting over 6,800,000 cubic metres of gas and reducing
    CO2 emissions by over 13,500 tonnes annually.
    To optimise performance, the plant is also equipped with a system for recovering the heat energy from the flue gas coming out of the combustion chamber. By recovering this energy, the overall performance
    of the plant is further improved and the amount of biomass consumed can be reduced.
    Special attention has been paid to the flue gas processing section of the plant: a cyclone system reduces the amount of flue ash emitted into the air. This is complemented by a bag filter that captures
    the finer particles of ash.
    Delipapier has also asked the supplier of the plant, Bono Sistemi, to continuously monitor emissions from the plant and to intervene if necessary to optimise performance.
    Delipapier is a member of Sofidel Group, the second largest tissue paper manufacturer in Europe.
    (Délipapier sas)
     
    18.02.2015   SUN Automation to Unveil Unique Customer Approach at CCE International    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: SUN625® Rotary Die Cutter

    SUN Automation Group®, a recognised leader in the global corrugated sector, will be creating a stir at the CCE International Corrugated and Carton Exhibition (10-12 March, Munich) on stand no 648 with a unique new approach to solving customers’ feeding, printing and converting challenges.

    The company, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, provides corrugated box plants worldwide with technologies that help to increase production quality, efficiency and profitability. With an unequalled portfolio of solutions SUN Automation is in the ideal position to guide box plants towards the most appropriate equipment for their needs, whether digital or flexographic.

    Rob Dal Lago, SUN Automation’s General Manager EMEA, explained: “There are significant developments under way in the corrugated sector and many box plants are poised to invest to gain competitive edge but, with such revolutionary progress being made in digital printing, are undecided on the best way forward. That’s where SUN Automation comes in, offering a unique new approach called ‘Total Print Solutions’.

    “Not only can we offer the cutting edge CorrStream® range of high output single pass digital printers, but we also have 30 years’ experience in retrofitting innovative technologies to transform corrugated equipment from the ‘Inside Out’. We can match our portfolio – which also includes flexographic ink systems for machinery from almost every OEM – to a box plant’s objectives and, crucially, their budget to help them improve quality and performance, in order to be competitive whilst they manoeuvre the fast approaching digital path ahead of them.

    “SUN Automation is in the unique position to provide for, and support, our customers throughout this groundbreaking journey. We believe that no other supplier to the corrugated sector can offer this unrivalled combination of digital and analogue systems choice, expertise and customer service.”

    At CCE, SUN Automation will be hosting presentations and interactive displays, alongside a demonstration model of the company’s new chambered ink system, Accuprint®.

    Visit SUN Automation on stand 648 at CCE International.
    (Sun Automation Group)
     
    17.02.2015   ANDRITZ to supply nonwovens line for production of flushable wipes to Akinal Sentetik Tekstil, Turke    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: ANDRITZ neXline wetlace: high-capacity production of flushable wipes

    ANDRITZ Nonwoven, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order to supply a complete wetlace line to the leading Turkish nonwovens producer Akinal Sentetik Tekstil.

    The highly flexible ANDRITZ technology combines wet forming and hydroentanglement and is especially suitable for the production of flushable wipes that are dispersible and 100% biodegradable without any chemical binder. Start-up of the line is scheduled for 2016.

    ANDRITZ neXline wetlace is designed for high production capacities of up to 15,000 tons per year and integrates stock preparation, wet forming, and hydroentanglement. The ANDRITZ wetlace technology fulfills the highest environmental standards for the end products and produces certificated nonwovens quality according to the latest EDANA/INDA guidelines for flushable wipes.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    17.02.2015   Palatka Mill's $70 Million Investment Boosts Energy Efficiency     ( Company news )

    Company news Our commitment to sustainability can be seen as an investment in the future, which is why we’re spending $70 million in our Palatka, Florida, paper mill. The money will be used to upgrade the mill’s evaporators, a key component in generating energy to operate the mill. At first glance, new evaporators might not sound impressive, but they’ll reduce energy costs by an estimated $1 million per month and water usage by more than 30 percent.

    This is just the latest in almost $100 million spent to enhance the mill’s safety, quality, sustainability and productivity.

    Palatka mill manager Kevin Curry stresses the strategic importance of the expense. “We continue to make ongoing investments in the mill to help reduce our overall environmental impact and improve our cost competitiveness. This latest investment helps accomplish both of those goals, and earning it is a great accomplishment for our entire Palatka team,” he said.

    This new project is in addition to an approximately $19 million investment announced last year for the installation of product quality improvement equipment in the mill’s kraft paper area. Installation of that project is currently underway. The mill also has approximately $10 million slated for safety and environmental improvement projects.
    (Georgia-Pacific Corp.)
     
    17.02.2015   OMET’s full range of tissue converting machines “Re-loaded”    ( Company news )

    Company news Tissue World Barcelona will be the perfect stage for OMET to announce important evolutions inside its range of tissue converting machines.

    The FV Line, series of gearless, modular machines combine what is best in terms of tissue converting processing: flawless, no-vibration embossing, precise vacuum folding and excellent printing results ensured by OMET’s long-term experience in the printing sector.

    Being these machines fully customizable, OMET can accommodate practically any customer’s request. It is the case of the FV Line which is currently under construction in Lecco’s plant and bound for delivery next June: a big size FV.4 machine, with 4 lanes, each one converting a 600mm roll, and 2 printing unit. FV Line can produce uncountable napkin types, different in size and fold; the machine is fully controllable from the main touch panel and it can reach a speed of 400 m/min and a maximum continuous output of 4.000-6.000 napkins per minute.

    The FV Line are part of OMET’s program of revision of the on-board electronics with the aim to make the machines fully controllable from the main pulpit – standardized on all the models but still personalized depending on the machine type and application – in all their most important operations like folding and size change. Thanks to the possibility to control them remotely, via video cameras and make all the adjustments via servo motors, the machines promote savings of time and waste and make all the operational data available for diagnostics and study, also via the web, and for download on PC or connection to the customer’s management software. The machines have no boundaries, they stop being masterpiece of mechanics to become instruments in the hands of converters who can control them remotely, vary their parameters to improve productivity, download and process their working data for future uses.

    This electronics r-evolution has interested the entire range of OMET’s tissue converting machines as part of a digitization project that is already bringing important results in terms of safety of the operators (the machine does not need to be touched as often as before), environmental impact (the start-up phase and the job changeovers, for example, require less time to be performed with reduced quantities of material) and repeatability of the best job quality.

    Further innovation completed just recently by OMET is the complete revision of the AS Line for the production of paper towels. The installation of a brand new AS2700 (processing coils 2700mm wide) at Swiss customer Cartaseta marks the first example. This tissue converting machine boasts a new unwinder and an innovative DESL lamination unit consisting of 2 cylinders with 350 mm in diameter and 3 meters in length, with two incisions that work in sync to produce embossed 'nested' towels. The novelty is represented by the fact that onto the two cylinders are applied as many engines for the purposes of operational control. The work data of the 2 cylinders are collected in a digital way and interpreted for the subsequent application of correctives.

    Tissue World exhibition is expected to work as an amplifier of these major news and be the place where customers, whether current or potential, can receive an update on OMET’s most recent innovations.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    17.02.2015   All Lecta's Mills Obtain OHSAS 18001 Certification     ( Company news )

    Company news OHSAS 18001 is the most widely recognized occupational health and safety management standard worldwide

    With the recently awarded OHSAS 18001 certification at its Sant Joan Les Fonts (Spain), Leitza (Spain) and Condat (France) mills, Lecta has fulfilled the commitment set forth in its most recent Environmental Report to certify all its manufacturing sites by the end of 2014. By doing so, the company has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring the safety of its employees and reaffirmed its engagement in improving quality, environmental, and occupational health and safety standards. Lecta’s performance has become a benchmark for sustainable stewardship within the industry.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    17.02.2015   New TENA Pants Normal – improved both for the user and the environment    ( Company news )

    Company news It's 20 percent thinner, more comfortable to wear and still as confident as ever. It also reduces the carbon dioxide emissions in the production and from transportation and offers a more efficient use of storage - new TENA Pants Normal has it all.

    "We are excited to provide our consumers and customers an improved product that delivers according to their needs," says Mansoor Parvaiz, SCA’s Vice President Category Incontinence Care.

    As a world leader in incontinence care, SCA continuously develops its products through innovative solutions and new TENA Pants Normal exemplifies this.

    “We have re-designed the product so it is more comfortable to wear, but still provides the same level of protection that the user has come to trust," says Stamatios Mantzaris, Global Brand Innovation Manager at SCA.

    Reduces carbon footprint
    New Pants Normal is also better for the environment as it reduces carbon dioxide emissions in production with 23 percent and from transportation with 10 percent, compared to current levels. It is also thinner than before and therefore also reduces the packaging dimensions, which in turn provides a more efficient use of storage.

    Launches globally
    New TENA Pants Normal has been tested by users (both men and women) with very good results – also among caregiving relatives and professional caregivers.
    The product launched in Poland and Hungary in December, followed by the rest of the world during the first half of 2015.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    17.02.2015   Tissue World Barcelona 2015 - Registration now open!    ( Company news )

    Company news With just under two months to the show, we are pleased to announce that Tissue World Barcelona 2015 will offer participants an unrivalled platform to network and do business!

    The show will take place from 17 - 19 March at Fira Barcelona: Gran Via (Hall 1). The event which will comprise of an exhibition and conference will also host a range of show floor activities and features that you will find very useful.

    Remember, a registration fee of EUR15 will apply to all onsite visitors. However to attend for FREE, simply click here to complete your online pre-registration. (Promotion Code: MET)


    What to expect at Tissue World Barcelona 2015?
    Leading Local and International Exhibitors
    The 2015 edition of Tissue World Barcelona will feature over 150 exhibitors and will bring together key industry players and solution providers under one roof over three days.

    Tissue World Barcelona 2015 - Conference
    The conference programme which will also be held during the show days will provide essential on-the-ground analysis of the region's tissue industry and will be a principal showcase of leading industry professionals and key figures, companies and strategies that are shaping the tissue industry across the globe. Click here the view the latest conference programme and to register to attend.

    Much more than just an exhibition!
    Tissue World Barcelona 2015 is more than just an exhibition! The event will also include many show features such as:
    -Product Presentation Corner: A dedicated area on the show floor showcasing presentations that will highlight innovative products and technology. Click here to view the complete agenda and to register your interest to attend.
    -Networking Event: The Networking Event is an ideal opportunity for industry professionals to mingle after show hours. For more information please contact the Tissue World team at info@tissueworld.com

    Sustainability Award - Most Sustainable Exhibitor
    During Tissue World Barcelona 2015, we will recognise and award the exhibiting company who has taken innovative efforts to incorporate best sustainability practices into its participation at Tissue World Barcelona and thereby minimise the environmental impact and enhance its social contribution. Winner will be announced during the Networking Reception at Tissue World Barcelona 2015. Click here for more information

    With this and many other features to be announced, we look forward to welcoming you and your colleagues to Tissue World Barcelona 2015 and hope you can make the most out of your time at the show!
    (UBM Asia)
     
    16.02.2015   Asia Pulp & Paper welcomes Rainforest Alliance’s independent evaluation ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... of its Forest Conservation Policy

    Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has today welcomed the Rainforest Alliance independent evaluation of its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). The evaluation concludes that the company has made moderate progress towards meeting its commitments.

    The FCP was announced on February 5th 2013, marking an immediate end to natural forest clearance by APP’s pulpwood suppliers as well as a range of other measures. APP recognised that engaging the Rainforest Alliance, a credible international organisation, to evaluate its progress would provide a valuable perspective on its work as well as increase transparency.

    The evaluation report, which assesses the period between 5 February 2013 and 15 August 2014, provides a view of the company’s progress towards meeting each of the FCP’s four policy areas, as well as additional public statements that are relevant to the FCP.

    Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director, sustainability, said: “The FCP is an unprecedented initiative – developed by APP, TFT and Greenpeace – to define a new standard and a new business model for achieving Zero Deforestation in the supply chain. We’re pleased that the Rainforest Alliance has recognised the progress we are making. We believe today’s report shows that our efforts to achieve Zero Deforestation are on the right track.

    “However, our FCP implementation measures are not carved in stone. We must have the courage to continually improve them as we learn lessons from implementation. The report has highlighted a number of areas which require additional focus. Its findings, along with feedback from other stakeholders, have been used to inform our FCP implementation plan for 2015 and beyond, which we are introducing today.

    “We also believe that an evaluation like this puts a global spotlight on the issues currently at play in Indonesia’s forests. Since 2013, we have been calling for other stakeholders to support us with our Zero Deforestation Policy because forest continues to be lost due to factors that, despite our efforts, we cannot completely control, such as encroachment, forest fires and illegal activities. Our hope is that this evaluation will raise awareness of forestry issues in Indonesia and prompt others, including government, NGOs and the private sector to collaborate more closely to help tackle the issues across the landscape.”

    Richard Donovan, Rainforest Alliance Senior Vice President of Forestry, said: “In 2013 APP set out an ambitious program for change. The Rainforest Alliance has found that APP has made moderate progress to implement the many commitments embedded in its FCP during the 18 month period we evaluated. Key steps have been taken, such as halting the clearance of natural forest by its suppliers. As with any major change initiative there remains work to be done to put the policies and procedures that have been developed into action in the field. Rainforest Alliance encourages APP to continue on the path set out in the FCP.”

    Today’s FCP Implementation Plan includes the priorities for 2015 onwards, which draw upon Rainforest Alliance’s most significant findings. These are issues related to third party forest clearance, peatland best management practices as well as FPIC and social conflict resolution.

    The additional areas covered in the Implementation Plan are:

    - Wildfire prevention and management

    - HCVManagement and protection

    - Workers’ rights and welfare

    - Sustainable wood supply

    - Landscape conservation initiative

    - Internal engagement

    Elements of the plan will be subject to further consultation as APP continues to implement its Forest Conservation Policy over the coming months and years.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Company Ltd)
     
    16.02.2015   LIGNA 2015: Sawmill Technology - Naturally a cut above the rest     ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 In Hall 27 you’ll find an array of international companies boasting their technological innovations and new concepts in the field of sawmill technology.

    Resource-efficient Production
    As well as newly developed machinery and plant, the show features innovations and opportunities for resource-efficient production. The range of exhibits includes solutions for the production of sawn timber, all the latest developments in measuring systems, and advanced optimization systems for everything from roundwood yards to sorting and sawmills.

    Display Categories
    -Roundwood yards, transport of sawn timber, sorting and stacking equipment
    - Sawn timber production
    - Sawmill technology
    - Measuring systems
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    16.02.2015   Situation of the printing and paper technology industry still tense    ( Company news )

    Company news With sales down 12 percent, the situation of the German printing and paper technology industry remained tense in 2014. The calculated order intake was at the level of the previous year; paper technology showed a 29 percent increase, but printing machine sales went down five percent. The order volume for paper converting technology also decreased by six percent.

    “In some cases, the lack of demand requires our member companies to make painful adjustments,” says Dr. Markus Heering, Managing Director of the VDMA Printing and Paper Technology Association. In the past year, the situation has dramatically worsened due to decreasing business in China. While printing and paper technology of approx. 641 million Euros was shipped from Germany to China during the first eleven months of the previous year, the export volume in the first eleven months of 2014 dropped to 493 million Euros. “Chinese manufacturers tell us that they, too, have big sales problems in their home market,” Heering explains, adding that they increasingly switch to neighbouring countries in South East Asia, which then results in stronger competitive pressure there.

    Europe is the most important market – ray of hope in the USA
    With the pulling force of the Chinese market diminishing, Europe and the USA increasingly come to the fore for the German suppliers of printing and paper technology. “In 2014, too, Europe remained by far the most important market for our member companies,“ Heering stresses, making plain that the total of exports to Turkey, France, Poland, Russia, the UK, Italy and Switzerland alone exceeded one billion Euros during the first eleven months of the past year. Amounting to 1.03 billion Euros, they were significantly higher than the total of exports to the two largest single markets of China (493 million €) and the USA (425 million €).

    As a result, the export of printing and paper technology to the USA was only approximately 70 million Euros lower than that to China last year. One year earlier, the difference between these markets was still 250 million Euros. For Heering, this is confirmation of the strategy of the German manufacturers: “Despite all the efforts that had to be made in China during recent years, they never neglected their traditional markets.” According to him, this also explains why still every third printing machine and every fifth paper converting machine sold worldwide comes from a German manufacturer, although global competition is increasing and there are many new players in the market. The graphic arts industry is changing all over the world, but still chooses technology made in Germany wherever this is possible.

    Hope for TTIP agreement
    “The growing strength of the US market last year underlines the importance of the transatlantic trade for our industry,” Heering stresses. His association and the American Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies (NPES) therefore support a strong transatlantic free trade agreement TTIP. In Washington in mid-December, they had signed a joint declaration and sent it immediately to the chief negotiators of both economic areas. According to Heering, the portfolios of the German and the US manufacturers of printing and paper technology supplement each other. “While we are above all strong as regards the analogue printing methods, the US colleagues are very strong as regards the digital ones,” he explains. A common trade area with harmonized rules will help companies on both sides of the Atlantic.

    In view of the difficult market situation in the graphic arts industry, the German manufacturers of printing and paper technology focus their portfolios more strongly on industrial printing and packaging printing. “With their technologies, they are in a position to offer their customers integrated flexible solutions for improved quality and the enhancement of products and packaging means,” says Heering, pointing out that they range from laminate printing to finishing technology to print on glass, plastic and metal products. “This re-orientation and further development will also give drupa 2016 a different face,” he announces. There, the pioneering technologies that will point the way to the future of the industry will be shown.
    (VDMA Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.)
     
    16.02.2015   ANDRITZ to supply key production technologies for new bio-product pulp mill in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has signed a letter of intent with Metsä Fibre to deliver key production technologies for a new bio-product pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The order value for ANDRITZ is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the planned mill is scheduled for August 2017.

    ANDRITZ’s scope of supplies includes:

    - A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, three stacker-reclaimer chip handling systems, and bark handling. Each debarking line can process both softwood and hardwood, is designed for world record capacities (pine/spruce/birch: 470/350/270 m3 solid-over-bark per hour), and includes a de-icing conveyor, a debarking drum (5 x 48 meter), and the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ chipper, ensuring high capacity without compromising the chip quality.

    - A softwood and hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feeding system, a two-vessel continuous cooking plant, a new evaporation system for liquor extraction, and seven DD (Drum Displacer) washers for brownstock washing and bleaching. The softwood capacity of this line will be the highest in the world by far (3,900 tons per day).

    - The world’s most energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with the highest capacity in Europe (1,650 tons/hour). The plant will have seven stages and concentrate black liquor to the very high dry solids content of 85% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. In addition, ANDRITZ will also deliver chloride removal systems to enhance the chemical recovery process and to produce liquid methanol, which will be used as a biofuel source.

    - A recausticizing plant, which will be the largest in Europe (white liquor production of 16,000 m3/day), with two centrifuges for dregs, slaker-classifier, white liquor disc filter, and lime mud disc filter.

    The new mill will be a next-generation bio-product pulp mill which can convert wood raw material into bio-materials and bio-energy in addition to high-quality pulp. It will not use any fossil-based fuels as all of the energy required will be generated from wood. The erection of the new mill is the largest investment in the Finnish forest industry ever.
    (Andritz AB)
     
    16.02.2015   OpenGate Capital Completes Cross-Border Acquisition of Paper Mill in Nantes France    ( Company news )

    Company news Accretive Acquisition Will Add Production Capacity to OpenGate Portfolio Company NorPaper Avot-Vallée

    Photo: Julien Lagrèze, OpenGate Capital’s Partner overseeing all European investments

    OpenGate Capital, a global private buyout firm, announced that it has completed the acquisition of DS Smith Packaging Papeterie de Nantes SAS (“the Nantes mill”) from DS Smith Plc, (LON: SMDS), a global, leading provider of corrugated and plastics packaging, supported by paper and recycling operations headquartered in the United Kingdom. The Nantes mill, located in Nantes, France, is a specialty producer of white top testliner paper used in a variety of packaging applications. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

    The Nantes mill produces white top testliner made from 100% recycled fiber, with best in class quality and printability in a wide grammage and trim range. The business has approximately 70 employees and a production capacity of approximately 50kT per year. Under terms of the acquisition, the mill will continue to supply materials to its former parent company, DS Smith, and over time and under OpenGate’s ownership, will expand its customer base throughout France and Europe.

    Julien Lagrèze, OpenGate Capital’s Partner overseeing all European investments stated, “The acquisition of the Nantes mill is a direct result of nearly a year-long discussion with DS Smith. We were proactive in identifying the mill as a perfect complement to NorPaper given its white top recycled testliner production capabilities, particularly with large widths and the business’s ability to produce testliner III “brown” that will greatly enhance NorPaper’s product offering.” OpenGate Capital acquired NorPaper Avot-Vallée from Canadian paper conglomerate, Cascades in 2011. NorPaper is a leading producer of white top testliner paper that is sold to European packaging manufacturers. Laurent Glachant, head of NorPaper, will supervise the Nantes mill and spearhead its commercial efforts and development strategy. Overall, NorPaper and the Nantes mill will have a combined annual capacity of 200kT, hence the business will rank number one in France and among the top five in Europe.

    Fabien Marcantetti, Principal with OpenGate Capital’s European office, who worked very closely on this transaction, stated, “We will be examining all means to optimize the Nantes mill from an operational perspective through synergies with NorPaper. We will also seek to continue investing in the business to uphold high efficiency levels and increase production capacity. We are thrilled to have completed this acquisition and look forward to working with the team at Nantes to create new value.”
    (OpenGate Capital LLC)
     
    16.02.2015   Kurita Completes Acquisition of German-Based Water Solutions, Paper Solutions and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Alumina Compounds Businesses of BK Giulini

    Kurita Water Industries Ltd. (“Kurita”) announced that on January 31,
    Kurita completed the procedures for the acquisition of the Water Solutions, Paper Solutions and Alumina Compounds businesses of
    BK Giulini GmbH of Germany and its affiliates (“BKG”) , and
    Kurita Europe APW GmbH (“KEAG”), an overseas subsidiary established in
    Ludwigshafen, Germany, has commenced operations.
    In October last year, Kurita, BKG, and its ultimate parent company,
    Israel Chemicals Limited, entered into an agreement to acquire the businesses. Subsequently, Kurita has performed the procedures under the agreement.
    Having met the closing conditions, including antitrust clearance, and completed preparations for business operations, Kurita has completed the acquisition at a cost of 237 million euros (32.1 billion yen).
    Kurita is continuing to perform procedures for the acquisition of production sites in China.
    As an overseas subsidiary with production sites in Germany and Turkey,
    an R&D facility in Germany, and sales offices in nine countries, mainly in Europe, KEAG will manufacture, develop, and market water treatment chemicals, paper chemicals, and alumina compounds.
    The acquisition will enable Kurita to strengthen its overseas business platform mainly in Europe.
    Kurita expects to generate synergy, with its technologies and products and those of the acquired businesses complementing each other. Sales overseas will account for 28% (compared with 19% in FY2013) of the Group’s total sales, and sales in Europe are expected to account for 10% (compared with 1% in FY2013) of overseas sales.
    Kurita and the acquired businesses will sell each other’s products to boost combined sales and will combine each other’s technologies to enhance the Group’s product capabilities and generate synergy quickly
    through the development of new products and services.
    The Group will enhance its overseas business platform and seek to achieve rapid growth as a corporate group to survive international competition. The Group will also expand its comprehensive solutions for water treatment.
    (Kurita Water Industries Ltd)
     
    16.02.2015   Interim report Q4/2014: UPM reports strong earnings momentum, record strong balance sheet     ( Company news )

    Company news Q4 2014 compared with Q4 2013
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.32 (0.27), and reported EUR 0.01 (0.06)
    • Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 230 million, 9.1% of sales (207 million, 8.0% of sales)
    UPM announced a new profit improvement programme, targeting annualised EUR 150 million impact by the end of 2015
    • Net debt decreased to the record-low level of EUR 2,401 million (3,040 million)
    • The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery started commercial production of advanced renewable diesel in January 2015

    Full year 2014 compared with 2013
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 1.17 (0.91), and reported EUR 0.96 (0.63)
    • Operating profit excluding special items increased to EUR 847 million, 8.6% of sales (683 million, 6.8% of sales), due to the success of the EUR 200 million profit improvement programme
    • Growth projects in pulp, labelling materials and self-adhesive labels proceeded well and will be completed during 2015
    • Operating cash flow was strong at EUR 1,241 million (735 million)
    • The Board proposes an increased dividend of EUR 0.70 (0.60) per share

    Jussi Pesonen (photo), President and CEO, comments on Q4 and full year 2014 results:
    “UPM showed good performance in the fourth quarter of 2014, finishing the year with strong earnings momentum. In 2014, our operating profit improved by 24% year-on-year thanks to the successful actions we have taken to improve profit. Return on equity excluding special items was 8.3% for the full year and operating cash flow per share was EUR 2.33.
    I’m especially pleased with our excellent cash flow. Following the consistently strong cash flow, our balance sheet at the end of 2014 was stronger than ever in the company’s history.
    All six UPM business areas performed well in 2014 and four of them reached or exceeded their long-term return targets.
    Year 2014 also contained several milestones in UPM’s growth projects. The expansion projects in pulp, labelling materials and self-adhesive labels that were started in 2014 are all well on track and will be completed during 2015. The Lappeenranta Biorefinery started commercial production of advanced renewable diesel in January 2015 – a historic moment after eight years of R&D, piloting and construction.
    Today, UPM’s Board of Directors decided on a new dividend policy targeting a dividend of 30-40% of UPM operating cash flow per share. Based on this policy, the Board’s proposal for the 2014 dividend is EUR 0.70 per share.
    With good performance in our businesses, strong cash flow and a leading balance sheet in the industry, we are in a unique position to be able to simultaneously distribute an attractive dividend, implement focused growth projects and act on strategic opportunities.”

    Outlook for 2015
    The improved profitability achieved in 2014 is expected to continue in 2015, and we have prospects to improve further. Our profitability is underpinned by the EUR 150 million profit improvement programme, as well as the first positive impacts from the company’s growth projects. Profitability is affected by lower publication paper prices and lower electricity sales prices in the beginning of the year. The current weakened euro and lower oil price are supportive for the company’s earnings.
    (UPM)
     
    16.02.2015   JET-LINE sense – Felix Schoeller presents its new silk-finish, highspeed-inkjet paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Felix Schoeller Digital Media, one of the Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller Group’s business units, will be at the Hunkeler Innovation Days presenting JET-LINE sense, a new paper specially designed for highspeed-inkjet printing. The paper’s winning feature is its velvety feel combined with a silk sheen. It is ideal for a wide range of applications such as mail shots, brochures or transpromo printing.

    JET-LINE sense is an uncoated, surface-treated paper that can be printed on both sides. Its high whiteness makes for a wide colour gamut, enabling rich colours and deep blacks to be printed. Full colour areas look very homogenous and even.

    The paper also deposits less dirt on the rollers so that subsequent print runs remain clean, extending the intervals between cleaning. Furthermore, the ink dries fast, which means the paper can be handled soon after printing is completed. That results in a significantly higher output per time unit.

    JET-LINE sense is available in grammages of 80 and 90 g/m² and broadens Felix Schoeller Digital Media’s portfolio of products for highspeed-inkjet printing. It is suitable for all common highspeed-inkjet printers and has already been certified for a number of printing systems such as Océ’s ColorStream 3000er series and Screen Truepress machines. Other papers produced by Schoeller for highspeed-inkjet printing include JET-LINE base, a cost-effective alternative with a good line sharpness, and JET-SPEED® master, the paper of choice for high-calibre prints with pin-sharp details.

    “With its pleasant feel and four-colour printing, this paper opens up whole new areas of business for our customers, especially in educational resources or other kinds of publications that combine text and colour images,” says Thomas Leifert who, along with Jörg Borker, is general manager of the Felix Schoeller Group’s Digital Media Business Unit.

    Felix Schoeller Digital Media will be showcasing its product portfolio at the Hunkeler Innovation Days in Hall 1, Booth 19.
    (Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    13.02.2015   Sonoco Announces Price Increase for All Uncoated Recycled Paperboard Products    ( Company news )

    Company news Sonoco (NYSE:SON) announced that it will raise the price for all grades of uncoated recycled paperboard (URB) products by $40 per ton, effective with shipments in the United States and Canada beginning March 2, 2015.

    "The price increase is driven by a need to relieve continued inflationary pressure, especially from rising freight rates and chemicals, and to cover the added cost of continued investment in our paper business," said Palace Stepps, director of sales and marketing for Sonoco's North America paper business.

    Sonoco is one of the largest producers of uncoated recycled paperboard in the United States and Canada, producing more than 1 million tons annually from 11 mills. For more information about Sonoco's complete line of URB paper products or to learn more about current pricing, please visit the Company's website at www.sonoco.com or contact the Company at 1-800-377-2692.
    (Sonoco Products Co)
     
    13.02.2015   UPM reduced work-related accidents by 70% in three years    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: © UPM

    UPM has significantly reduced work-related accidents with a three year program called “Step Change in Safety 2012–2014”. UPM’s lost time accident frequency* (LTAF) has decreased by 70% from 15.2 in 2012 to 4.4 in 2014.

    The Step Change in Safety 2012–2014 initiative engaged all UPM employees in a joint mission to improve the company’s safety culture and safety performance. The pervasive program renewed the foundations of safety work by shifting focus to preventative measures, such as proactive risk identification and management. Strong management commitment and active participation of employees and contractors have been the keys to success.

    As a result, UPM’s global LTAF decreased by a total of 70% from 15.2 in the beginning of 2012 to 4.4 by the end of 2014. The total number of lost time accidents globally decreased from over 550 in 2011 to 155 in 2014.

    “We have achieved excellent results and they clearly show that a new safety culture has been adopted throughout the company. All UPMers have contributed to the result and we can all be proud of the achievement,” says Jussi Pesonen, CEO of UPM.

    One cornerstone for safety work are UPM safety standards, which were put in place during the Step Change in Safety initiative. The standards define the minimum requirements for safety performance and operations, and they are common to all UPM units around the world. For the next three years, the focus will be in perfecting the local implementation practices.

    “The great results from our safety initiative have encouraged us to raise the bar even further. Our first goal was to get our LTAF below 5. Next we are aiming to go below 3,” Jussi Pesonen continues.

    Careful induction and job specific safety training play important roles in identifying risks and consequently preventing accidents.

    Employees' risk awareness is continuously improved by organising safety training, sharing information on near-miss situations and encouraging employees to report all hazardous situations and safety deficiencies.

    In 2015 UPM launches a practice in which all UPM employees will be provided a regular refresher safety training to make sure that all the latest information and practices is in use.

    You can read more about UPM safety induction from the UPM blog including UPM’s new safety induction video “STOP”.
    (UPM)
     
    13.02.2015   Wood Industry Summit - Generating more international business leads    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 Global markets for forestry technology and woodworking machinery mean new opportunities and risks on foreign markets, and getting a grip on everything is only possible with the latest scoop from well-informed experts.

    Platform to develop new foreign markets
    The Wood Industry Summit is rich in both information and dialog, and thus a perfect source of everything you need to enter and/or conquer foreign markets. Companies serving the forestry sector and primary wood processing can use the Summit to determine exactly how they can best leverage promising growth markets.

    To promote matchmaking, highly relevant delegations are invited to attend – delegations from the realms of government, business and science, particularly from the focus regions of Russia, China, North and South America and Eastern Europe.

    Prime exposure
    The Wood Industry Summit gives attendees from industry, business, science and politics the possibility of contributing to an international “Forestry and Wood Cluster” showcase – with the added value that it is staged at the heart of related displays by exhibitors.

    Further benefits for Wood Industry Summit participants
    - Full-service packages for predictable success
    - Quick and easy lead generation
    - Network expansion
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    12.02.2015   Inaugural Printed Interior Decoration Conference provides 360° view of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... new world of interior decoration

    Creative wall, floor and furniture designs present exciting opportunities for print

    A 360° view of printed decoration on different materials for wall and floor covering as well as textiles and furniture was presented at the ESMA-organised Printed Interior Decoration (PID).

    Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA and event organiser of the first European event of its kind, comments: “Looking at the printing market today, many traditional segments are under pressure from competition and this results in lower margins and less work. With a little help and expertise, many of the large format printers can become important suppliers for Printed Interior Decoration solutions. They have the equipment but need to gain some further knowledge and also build a new group of customers and professional partners. Recently, many successful printers switching to this segment have come forward, revealing that this sector could be as interesting and lucrative as the large format display and banner market today”.

    The conference demonstrated that entering a different segment of the market, such as the creation of interiors, is not always an easy transition. The construction and the interior design world have their own standards and regulations. But it highlighted how printers should be the full contractor. A printer providing decorative glass, should work together with a glass fitter to ensure the smooth installation of the decorative glass as doors, walls or windows. Therefore, it is clear that the right partnerships should be made between printers and contractors for these special interior design solutions. The presenters frequently advised on the right materials as well, and how to handle contractors on site.

    It attracted over 150 participants and showcased growing interest in the sector. Its success was further supported by Euroshop, the world’s leading retail trade fair and the wallpaper association. Elke Moebius, Director of Euroshop said after the event: “I first heard about the PID conference in spring 2014 and quickly realized the shared potential for printed interior decoration and EuroShop as the leading retail trade fair worldwide. Due to the increasing importance of e-commerce, it is now all about staging and emotionalizing the point-of-sale. And printed interior decoration contributes to this. The conference introduced me to many engaging topics”.

    With the growing interest in digitally printed and personalised wallpaper and wallcoverings, the event was supported by ‘IGI – The Global Wallcoverings Association’ and ‘Deutsches Tapeten-Institut‘, while SGIA was a Platinium sponsoring partner.
    FESPA also took the opportunity to launch its new project: the Print Inspiration Rally - an American school bus that is fully decorated with print.

    The conference programme provided a mix of technical overviews from suppliers and inspirational presentations from designers Markus Benesch and Birgit Spielvogel who showcased their use of digital print for decoration.

    Exhibitors and visitors alike were delighted at the outcome of PID and are looking forward to the next edition:
    - “The possibilities of digital printing for new applications are exploding and PID showed exactly that. Now it is a matter of imagination.” Exhibitor Bart van Duffel from Falco Technologies
    - “It was an event which brought print providers and end users together to extend a common understanding of needs and possibilities.” Visitor Henning Hagelund from Canon Norway
    - “The PID event far exceeded my expectations - fantastic presentations and direct, effective networking. It was a great two days and worth every minute.” Visitor Markus Benesch, from MARKUSBENESCHCREATES.

    Staged in November 2016, the next Printed Interior Decoration will further mirror the potential of the interior decoration market and feature a broader approach with designers, creative developers, printers and suppliers.
    (ESMA V.Z.W.)
     
    12.02.2015   BOBST at ProPak Vietnam 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news BOBST will be present at ProPak Vietnam from 31st March - 2nd April 2015 on stand #P3 where the latest technologies for the printing and converting industries will be presented.

    For flexo printing the main focus will be on the BOBST F&K 20SIX which features print widths up to 1'650 mm, repeats up to 1'200 mm, and speeds up to 600 m/min. Designed to cover the whole range of packaging printing demands, the models of the F&K 20SIX platform provide technologies all with the aim of improving productivity in order to minimize waste, change-over time and energy consumption.

    In the field of vacuum metallizing, the focus will be on two key innovations - BOBST General Hawkeye Pinhole Detector and the AlOx process. The Hawkeye Pinhole Detector is a monitoring system which at full metallizer speed, detects defects which results in increased production speed and increases in the quality of the final product. The AlOx process produces clear film with good water and oxygen barrier levels and can be used for products including baked goods and microwaveable food where product visibility is required.

    BOBST’s gravure presses cover the widest spectrum of applications, such as the Rotomec platform solutions for flexible packaging and the LEMANIC® lines for carton tobacco packaging. At Propak the focus will be on the brand new BOBST RS 5002 gravure printing press. A compact machine delivering great performance, this shaftless gravure press can add to Asian converters’ productions the extra value that only a market-customized solution can provide.

    Information and displays will also available to illustrate the effectiveness and performance of the range of BOBST multi-technology and solventless laminators, as well as the extrusion coating and laminating lines for flexible packaging and paper and board applications. In coating, the updates will be on BOBST latest developments in technologies for the market segments of labelstock, release liners, adhesive tapes, siliconizing, aluminium lacquering and printed electronics.
    (Bobst Manchester Ltd)
     
    12.02.2015   CCE International 2015 from 10-12 March at Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany    ( CCE International )

    CCE International Europe's only trade fair targeted to the corrugated and cartonboard industry is the industry sector's key marketplace. On a net exhibition space of 4,500 square metres, more than 150 exhibitors from 18 countries will showcase raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the fabrication and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard.

    CCE International presents consumables, corrugating line and equipment, corrugated and carton converting equipment, design and CAD/CAM, printing equipment, cutting, creasing and die-cutting equipment, ancillary equipment, materials handling and warehousing, pallet strapping and handling systems, MIS and plant scheduling systems, waste extraction and baling.

    Visitors to the show are the buyers and users of machines, equipment and systems for corrugated and cartonboard production and a variety of production specialists across diverse industry sectors. An accompanying conference focuses on high speed folding and gluing, flat bed die-cutting and digital print in packaging.

    Online ticket sale at favourable price
    Early registration via the Online Ticket Shop saves visitors money and time on-site. A day ticket booked online costs €20 (on-site: €32), a three-day-ticket only €30 (on-site: €47). Ticket voucher and e-code holders may activate them here. The tickets are also valid for the co-located World's Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting, ICE Europe 2015.

    Travel information and opening hours
    The Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany (hall B6, East entrance) is easily accessible by air, road and public transport. The show is open on Tuesday, 10 March 2015, and Wednesday, 11 March, from 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, 12 March, from 9am – 4pm. A free hotel reservation service and direct booking can be found on the CCE International Website.
    (CCE International)
     
    12.02.2015   SA234: Adestor’s New Water Soluble Acrylic Adhesive    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta launches a new permanent adhesive for labeling reusable hard goods packaging and for general retail applications SA234 is a permanent hot or cold water soluble adhesive and can be removed either through submersion or water jet cleaning, leaving no residue on the product. It is ideal for labeling different types of reusable transport boxes and trays in logistics as well as other surfaces habitually used in retail such as glass, ceramic, plastic etc. SA234 performs extremely well at low temperatures, and can even be used for labeling below 0ºC. Its soft tack makes it particularly suitable for rough surfaces.

    The SA234 adhesive is available with different Adestor facestocks to cover the main end uses of retail and logistics labeling. Please consult www.adestor.com for further details on SA234 adhesive and Lecta’s full range of pressure-sensitive materials.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    11.02.2015   Xeikon to launch new Leaflet Production Suite at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Exciting new announcements and digital solutions to offer differentiation and growth

    The printing sector is changing at a rapid pace, and there is no event that reflects this dynamic activity better than the Hunkeler Innovationdays. With a reputation for showcasing creative solutions that are fit for the future, this bi-yearly industry gathering delivers exciting operational opportunities, brings clarity to current trends, makes the latest developments understandable and shows how they all interplay in actual use. This is why Xeikon is pleased to announce two new exclusive world premières at this year’s edition, taking place from February 23 to 26, at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Switzerland.

    Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s Director Marketing & Business Development Document Printing, is thrilled about the solutions that will be on display: “As an innovator in digital printing technology, we are always looking to deliver print excellence and offer our customers new ways to score better than their competitors. Hunkeler Innovationdays is the perfect platform to help highlight our capabilities and market know-how. We are thrilled about showing our newest digital print portfolio enhancements to the 4000+ expected visitors at this indispensable industry rendez-vous.”

    A new addition to the Production Suite Family

    First to be announced is the new Xeikon Leaflet Production Suite. The Leaflet Production Suite is the newest addition to Xeikon’s portfolio of Production Suites dedicated to the Document & Commercial print market that already include the Book Production Suite, the Document Production Suite, the Large Format Production Suite and the Wall Decoration Suite.

    Together with its Aura Partner Network, Xeikon has developed these high-quality, high-productivity total solutions for some of the fastest growing digital printing niches. These solutions follow the growing trend in today’s print production environment for a wider variety of total solutions, and respond to the increased need for more colors and ever shorter print runs, resulting in digital printing volumes going up.

    With the addition of the Leaflet Production Suite, Xeikon has developed an integrated solution that meets the demand for high-quality pharmaceutical and agro-chemical leaflets as well as for instruction leaflets used in general retail, i.e. in the electronic and cosmetics markets. Xeikon’s ability to print very small text at top quality with a 1200 dpi resolution allows for the successful use of microtext and therefore responds to the strict anti-counterfeit security requirements typical of these industries.

    Stay tuned for more exciting news coming up

    A brand new dry-toner digital press – stay tuned for more imminent news – will also be on display at Xeikon’s stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays. This press will be equipped with a Hunkeler Unwinder, a Web Finishing module that protects against damage in the converting device, a Hunkeler cutter that cuts to clean sheets, and a Guk Folding device, a single conveyor belt that stacks the leaflets. Finally, a camera inspection system, integrated with the print engine, offers quality assurance by checking every print, an absolute must for the pharmaceutical industry.

    At the show, Xeikon will be printing on ultra-thin quality paper of 40-60 gsm. This is made possible thanks to Xeikon's dry toner that is specifically developed based on the requirements of document and commercial printing applications. This dry toner technology also offers benefits related to fusing, increased color gamut and speed. The toners are available in the four process colors (CMYK) as well as five off-the-shelf gamut expansion spot colors (Red, Green, Blue, Orange, and Extra magenta). A Clear toner is available for printing security applications. In addition, Xeikon can also develop custom-made colors to meet specific brand color requirements and print top quality on very thin paper.

    More details about Xeikon’s new dry-toner digital press will be released on the opening day of Hunkeler Innovationdays. Journalists interested in more information, can already sign up for a one-to-one interview with Xeikon product experts during the show by contactingduo@duomedia.com.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    11.02.2015   PMT Italia to upgrade PM1 at SPB, Tirunelveli, India    ( Company news )

    Company news Seshasayee Paper and Boards Limited have recently selected PMT Italia as the supplier of the new SIZER FO Film Size Press for their PM1, Tirunelveli Unit, Tamilnadu, India. The 5 m wide machine produces writing and printing paper.

    Main objectives of the project are the production increase and the paper quality improvement for multicolour printing. With a start-up planned for the summer of 2015, PMT will have the third SIZER FO unit in India.

    The preference of SPB for the PMT technology is the direct consequence of other successful PMT projects in India and this new project will consolidate and confirm PMT’s attitude to understand and face requirements and needs of the Indian market.

    PMT is a global paper machinery producer, able to provide all paper suppliers with advanced and customized equipment, from headbox through winder, including integrated projects with basis or detail engineering of associated auxiliary systems.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    11.02.2015   Eska Graphic Board signs contract for construction of reject gasifier    ( Company news )

    Company news Eska Graphic Board, a manufacturer of graphic board with two plants in Hoogezand and Sappemeer, has signed a contract with Leroux & Lotz Technologies for the construction of a gasifier at its site in Hoogezand. After a long process of litigation due to appeals launched by people living near the factory, Eska Graphic Board has been vindicated on all the points that were contested. The legal victory has paved the way for the construction of the gasifier, which should come into operation in the second half of 2016.

    Sustainable project
    When waste paper is processed into cardboard, some residues from the waste paper are left over. These residues are known as rejects and they currently need to be transported off site for incineration. In its new gasification plant, Eska Graphic Board will convert these rejects into gas and use this to generate steam for its own board-processing machinery. By converting the rejects into fuel on-site, the plant will consume 18 million cubic metres less natural gas every year in its production process. This is the equivalent of the natural gas consumption of 11,000 average Dutch families in a year. The construction of the reject gasifer is an important step towards optimizing the energy-efficiency of the plant. It represents significant progress towards the goal of halving the energy consumption of the paper and board manufacturing sector by 2020 and reducing CO2 emissions.

    Investment
    The construction of the gasification plant will require an investment of €14.5 million, which will be realized partly through a subsidy of €4 million. By building the gasification plant, Eska Graphic Board will make a significant contribution to the market introduction of this highly efficient and environmentally friendly processing technology, which many others will also be able to implement to bring about a more sustainable society.
    (Eska Graphic Board B.V.)
     
    10.02.2015   DOMTAR EXPANDS THE PAPER TRAIL, DIGITAL TRANSPARENCY TOOL ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... THAT TRACES IMPACTS OF PAPER PRODUCTION

    New site now includes social and economic data in addition to estimated environmental impacts

    Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced significant updates to The Paper Trail®, its award-winning interactive tool that helps customers trace the impacts of their paper purchases. The totally renovated site includes social and economic information in addition to environmental data, broadening the meaning of sustainability. It represents Domtar’s belief that businesses should operate transparently, pulling back the curtain on their operations and the resulting impacts.

    With the latest additions, The Paper Trail (www.domtarpapertrail.com) now showcases the people and places behind the products, featuring stories and photos from all 13 of Domtar’s North American mills. The tool assesses Domtar’s community investments by tracking charitable donations and volunteer efforts, such as recycling programs or educational initiatives. It also demonstrates the paper industry’s impact on the economy, as Domtar employs nearly 9,000 people across the United States and Canada. In doing so, The Paper Trail helps both businesses and consumers understand the holistic impact of their purchases.

    “Since first introducing The Paper Trail in 2011, our thinking has continued to evolve regarding what sustainability encompasses,” said Paige Goff, Vice President of Sustainability and Business Communication. “The new site embraces all three legs of the ‘sustainability stool’ by assessing not only our environmental footprint, but our social and economic impact as well. It demonstrates Domtar’s commitment to the towns we operate in – not only as an environmental advocate, but also as a driver of community initiatives and a creator of thousands of jobs.” The Paper Trail provides gate-to-gate impact estimates for Domtar products across five environmental categories: fiber, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, water, renewable energy and waste. It provides relevant context by illustrating how Domtar compares to the rest of the industry in these categories and, importantly, highlights areas for improvement in addition to showcasing what Domtar is doing well.

    “The Paper Trail illustrates many of the complex issues we carefully consider when evaluating opportunities to improve our performance,” said Brian Kozlowski, Senior Manager, Sustainability Performance Optimization. “We’ve used the tool to display mill sustainability data in an interesting and interactive way – and we’re inviting the public to come along on the journey.”

    In addition to providing social and economic data, The Paper Trail also:
    - Includes an expanded list of responsibly produced paper grades, representing the entire EarthChoice® Product Line
    - Displays histories, pictures and stories from all 13 of Domtar’s North American pulp and paper mills
    - Offers users personalized impact report options with broader sustainability information, including topics of interest such as bleaching processes used and tree species utilized
    - Is optimized for use on all smartphone, tablet and desktop devices
    - Uses Google Maps to create a geographic trail to the closest mill that produces a select paper grade

    With these improvements in place, The Paper Trail offers a clear and complete answer to the question “where does my paper come from?” It goes beyond environmental data to show customers how their purchase of North American paper can create a positive ripple effect on local communities. "We can’t always promise perfection, but we believe our customers deserve transparency. That’s a promise we will always deliver – and it’s the reason we created The Paper Trail in the first place.” said Goff. “Now, consumers can also take pride in the fact they’re helping to drive philanthropic efforts and create jobs across North America when they purchase from Domtar.”
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    10.02.2015   Monika Olbricht joins Xeikon as Sales Director Document Printing Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news Key appointment underlines Xeikon roll-out strategy for commercial launch of ground-breaking Trillium technology

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce that Monika Olbricht has joined the company as Sales Director, Document Printing, Europe. Olbricht will take responsibility for sales and business development for Document Printing in Europe as well as the commercial launch of Xeikon’s Trillium technology, planned for later in 2015.

    “We are absolutely thrilled to have an executive of the caliber of Monika Olbricht join our team,” comments Wim Maes, Xeikon’s CEO. “Monika has an impressive background, having held several international management positions in sales and marketing over the past 17 years. She will be instrumental in developing the commercial strategy to jumpstart our next growth phase in Europe. And the energy and knowledge she will bring to the Trillium program, which we believe is a critical advancement in the digital printing market, make her a welcome addition to the Xeikon team.”

    Olbricht has studied, lived and worked in a number of European countries and is fluent in five languages. Prior to Xeikon, she served as Executive Director of Business Development for Commercial Print at Océ. During her 17-year career across a variety of management roles, she gained significant expertise in commercial and transactional printing, direct mail, book and newspaper printing. She brings with her well-established relationships with key industry players, including both printing operations and suppliers to the industry.

    “I am excited to be joining Xeikon,” states Olbricht. “As innovators in digital print, Xeikon is committed to bringing best-in-class solutions to customers, helping them develop and grow their businesses. It’s particularly thrilling to be bringing Xeikon´s game-changing Trillium liquid toner technology to market. I believe this platform will open up many valuable new business opportunities for our customers in Document Printing across a variety of applications. I’m very much looking forward to helping our customers leverage this innovative platform for business growth.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    09.02.2015   Sofidel starts a new wastewater treatment plant at Delicarta Paper Mill in Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news The technology used makes it possible to recover up to 75% of wastewater

    Picture: Delicarta Paper Mill

    Sofidel has recently started a new wastewater purification plant for reducing the amount of clean water extracted from the groundwater table at Delicarta Paper Mill, in Porcari (Italy). The technology used is currently one of the best and most innovative available and makes it possible to recover up to 75% of wastewater, saving 350,000 m3 fresh water annually.

    The process involves three phases. In the first phase the wastewater undergoes a biological process. In the second, for the solid-liquid
    separation, it undergoes a ultrafiltration section (this treatment takes the name of the MBR - Membrane Biological Reactor). The third and last phase, aiming at eliminating the remaining salt fraction, consists of a reverse osmosis system.

    The technical partner is Degremont, with General Electric handling the MBR (Membrane Biological Reactor) aspect of the process.
    The overall investment for the implementation of the project, the first in the paper tissue sector, was 3 million Euros.
    (Sofidel S.p.A.)
     

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