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    15.10.2014   Rottneros sells the CTMP equipment of Utansjö Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Rottneros AB (publ) has reached an agreement to sell the CTMP equipment of the Utansjö Mill to BillerudKorsnäs.

    "We are pleased that our CTMP equipment is a good fit within the large investment BillerudKorsnäs is making in Frövi and Rockhammar" says Carl-Johan Jonsson (photo), CEO Rottneros.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     
    15.10.2014   Screen announces next generation inkjet web press    ( Company news )

    Company news Eight years after Screen surprised the world with its first high-speed web-fed inkjet press, the company announces the next generation of inkjet printing with the launch of the Truepress Jet520HD.

    Screen has manufactured more than 700 inkjet presses since the market-defining Truepress Jet520 was originally launched and it remains today the best-selling inkjet press for the transactional, direct mail and book printing markets. Despite this success, Screen has recognised that the market for inkjet can be extended by offering a significant improvement in print quality and by widening the range of materials that can be printed.

    With this in mind, Screen set about developing a next-generation inkjet printing machine where quality is the driving force. The result is the new Truepress Jet520HD, a ground-up design with new paper transport, new drying techniques, new printheads and new screening technologies that make the most of new wide-gamut inks.

    Superb quality

    Starting with the basic specifications, like many of the current inkjet machines on the market today, this new model is 520mm wide but there the similarities end. The first big difference is the combination of speeds and resolutions. The highest quality output is achieved at 50 m/min with a resolution of 1200x1200dpi while the fastest speed is 120 m/min at a resolution of 600x600dpi.

    In addition to the high resolution, the Truepress Jet520HD benefits from the printhead's ability to produce variable size droplets. In combination with the company's unique screening algorithms, different size droplets can be precisely placed to maximize print quality and minimize ink consumption.

    The next key difference is a new high density ink which is very close to the standards used in offset printing worldwide. Using ink with such a high density allows the operator to choose between printing with the highest quality or to minimise costs by using less ink than current inkjet technologies.
    Substrate flexibility

    Most inkjet web presses today can only print on a limited range of substrates, typically 60gsm to 170gsm. The new Truepress Jet520HD can print on material from 40gsm to 250gsm which significantly increases the flexibility of the machine in terms of the work that can be produced. Printing high-quality variable colour on 250gsm board creates many new direct mail opportunities such as post cards and one-piece mailers.

    While the initial machines will be launched as four-colour units, the Truepress Jet520HD has a modular structure to allow for extra head units to be added in the future. Each printhead will be controlled independently so that if you are only printing with one colour, all of the other printheads remain capped. However, there is no time delay when switching from a single-colour to multi-colour job.

    All Screen's inkjet printers have a reputation for their ease of use and simple maintenance routines, and this has led many users to opt for a self-service approach. The Truepress Jet520HD will be no exception. For example, the use of industrial printheads means that head changing is not a regular event and even when they do need to be changed, the unit is easily accessible and changing a head is simple.

    The Truepress Jet520HD will be launched with an optional inspection unit based on Screen's highly regarded JetInspection. JetInspection is a system that checks the whole page and compares the printed result to the RIP data to give a unique level of security. JetInspection has been redesigned for use with the new press, including complete integration with the machine's GUI.
    New workflow

    Last but not least, the Truepress Jet520HD benefits from being driven by Screen's Equios workflow software. A new version of Equios will be launched with the printer that has new features to optimize the machine's performance such as In-RIP Smart Imposition, ICC Profile Editor and Spot Colour Editor. Using the latest Adobe core, Equios will be able to process all levels of variable data at the full engine speed.

    Because the focus of the development for the Truepress Jet520HD has been on increasing the market applications for high-speed inkjet, the new machine will not replace the current family of Truepress Jet520s. The Truepress Jet520 still offers excellent value. Similarly, Screen will continue to sell the Truepress Jet520EX Mono for black and white printing for the higher speeds required in some volume applications, and the Truepress Jet520ZZ delivering up to 220 m/min.
    (Screen Europe)
     
    15.10.2014   Heidelberg unveils digital printing generation with even better performance    ( Company news )

    Company news -Linoprint CV with five colors for more flexibility in short-run printing
    -Linoprint CP for maximum productivity in a new performance class
    -New Prinect Digital Frontend with new RIP technology

    A good three years after launching sales of the Linoprint C series of digital printing systems, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is unveiling a new generation of digital printing presses that delivers even better performance. The new Linoprint CV and Linoprint CP models are geared toward improved flexibility and productivity in the cost-effective production of short, personalized, and hybrid print runs. The new Prinect Digital Frontend sets a new standard in digital printing quality thanks to the use of Heidelberg Renderer (RIP) technology - which has been tried-and-tested in offset printing - and Heidelberg color management.

    Linoprint CV offers greater flexibility due to white and coating functions and supports a large range of materials
    With a printing speed of 90 pages per minute, high quality standards, and comprehensive functions, the new Linoprint CV sets new standards in its performance class. The system will be able to print with five colors, making it unique in its segment. Besides the four primary colors, the system also offers white with high opacity or alternatively a coating with high gloss properties as an additional color - either as a full-area or spot coating. Switching between white and a coating is simple, which means both surface finishing techniques can be used with flexibility.
    Users can choose from a huge variety of substrates, ranging from structured papers to coated media, colored paper and synthetic films. What's more, because the Linoprint CV is designed for large paper formats, users can produce up to 700 mm long, three page folding brochures or posters in a single operation.
    The multiple paper magazines in the system can be refilled on the fly, which keeps makeready times short. Several high-capacity magazines, which can be fitted with optional vacuum/suction-tape feeders, also ensure a continuous supply of paper without the operator having to constantly monitor the Linoprint CV. The system can thus also process long runs in a single pass, without interrupting production. A new, enlarged operating cockpit further enhances ease-of-use by helping the operator to both maintain a clear overview of every print job and re-run repeat jobs.

    Linoprint CP offers outstanding productivity and comprehensive inline finishing solutions
    The new Linoprint CP produces advertising and presentation materials at a printing speed of 130 pages per minute, as well as high-quality personalized print products, professionally bound books, and brochures. The system has a modular design that safeguards a high level of availability. The image transfer and fusing units are physically separate, which reduces heat from affecting the process of image transfer and makes it easier to locate and clear paper jams. The standard configuration includes a vacuum/suction-tape feeder that ensures even difficult printing materials such as heavy coated media are fed into the press reliably. The inline finishing units offer a whole host of solutions - from high-capacity stacking, perforating, and folding all the way through to leaflets and books with adhesive binding. The Linoprint CP can also be used to process a range of materials, some of which can be quite challenging, such as structured papers and plastics. A color toner with a low melting point further increases the range of materials that can be printed. The press operates using a feedback monitoring system that automatically corrects toner density and thus delivers excellent color stability.

    New Prinect Digital Frontend: More integration and certainty in the production process
    The Prinect Digital Frontend newly developed by Heidelberg supports the seamless integration of both new digital printing systems into the overall workflow of a print shop. This means that all print jobs can be centrally managed in one workflow system, irrespective of the production process that has been selected.
    To ensure repeat jobs can be carried out with greater certainty and reliability, all work processes such as job creation, preflight checking, color management, and impositioning can be saved as linked sequences. This certainty in production also extends to the printing of personalized data. Furthermore, the Prinect Digital Frontend also supports the finishing options of the new Linoprint systems, thereby enabling several print jobs to be produced ready for sale in a single operation.
    "The newly developed Digital Frontend from Heidelberg generates decisive added value for users. Indeed, besides getting better quality and productivity from digital printing systems, print shops also want to be able to control and manage as many applications as possible via a central workflow. That is precisely where the strengths of the Prinect Digital Frontend come into play," says Jason Oliver, head of Business Area Digital at Heidelberg.

    Everything from a single source
    In addition to the new Linoprint systems from Heidelberg, digital printers can also benefit from a broad range of technical and machine-based services, training and consulting offerings, and consumables offered in collaboration with Ricoh. This entire portfolio is designed to reinforce and extend the competitiveness and performance capabilities of print media companies.
    Both printing systems and the Prinect Digital Frontend will be available from spring 2015 and will replace the previous Linoprint C 751 and Linoprint C 901 models.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    15.10.2014   Outotec launches the TankCell e630 - the world's largest flotation cell     ( Company news )

    Company news New high-capacity cell based on our proven, industry-leading technology brings energy efficiency and significant cost savings.
    The Outotec TankCell® e630 is the latest addition to Outotec's leading flotation portfolio, which already offers the widest range of cell sizes on the market. With an effective volume of 630 m3 as standard, and volumes of close to 700 m3 achievable depending on the chosen configuration, it is the largest flotation cell in the world.
    Suitable for all flotation applications, the e630 is designed to meet the market demand for increased capacity combined with improved production and energy efficiency. It incorporates proven innovations such as the Outotec FloatForce® mixing technology, which enables superior pumping performance, as well as better air dispersion and mixing capability, improved efficiency, and longer component wear life.
    The TankCell e630 outperforms smaller cells in terms of energy efficiency while enabling a significant increase in production capacity. Compared to an equivalent plant build using the smaller Outotec TankCell e300, total capital cost can be reduced by as much as 10-20 percent. Typical installed power for the e630 is 500 kW / 600 hp and specific power consumption is lower than that of smaller TankCells. Outotec recommends using a variable frequency drive to enable optimization of both metallurgy and power consumption in these high-capacity production units.
    Its large capacity makes the Outotec TankCell e630 particularly suitable for rougher and scavenger duties in gold and base metal applications. The unit has a diameter of 11 meters and a lip height of approximately 7 meters.

    Key benefits
    •Suitable for all flotation applications
    •Proven, energy-efficient design
    •Increased production capacity with less equipment
    •Longer component life and reduced maintenance needs
    •Lower capital investment and operational costs compared to multiple smaller units
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    14.10.2014   Cascades Tissue Group Launches New Tandem+ Towel and Tissue Dispensing System     ( Company news )

    Company news Tandem+ high-capacity dispensers, a new solution for improved productivity and hygiene

    Cascades Tissue Group introduced its brand new towel and tissue dispensing system: Tandem ® +. Sleek, stylish and created for performance, Tandem+ (pron. Tandem Plus) is designed to be the perfect solution for facility managers looking to manage operating costs while providing employees, customers and other patrons of their restrooms experiences that reflect well on their businesses and show that they care.

    The system features touchless, controlled dispensing that reduces cross-contamination of germs as well as unnecessary paper consumption. In addition of being one of the most compact high-capacity dispensers on the market, it facilitates jumbo-sized paper rolls greater than 1,000 feet in length to dry more hands with less routine maintenance. That makes Tandem+ compatible with Cascades' full assortment of away-from-home paper towel offerings, including its patented, award-winning Cascades ® antibacterial paper towel that's proven to kill bacteria on hands.

    "Tandem+ is all about simultaneously bringing about healthier people and bottom lines," said Jean Jobin , Cascades Tissue Group President and Chief Operating Officer. "Developed with our partners' needs in mind, it addresses all of their main challenges, reducing maintenance and labor costs while facilitating productivity and hygiene. All of this combines with one of the most sustainable paper offerings on the market."

    Available in white and black to fit any décor, Tandem+ includes a customizable OnDisplay TM window that allows facility managers to swap in and out signage promoting their brands, activities or offerings on a recurring basis, or to simply remind users about sound hygiene practices.

    "Washrooms are high-traffic environments where businesses can educate and communicate to their audiences, so we see great opportunity for our customers here," said Jobin.
    (Cascades Tissue Group)
     
    14.10.2014   Wood fiber consumption by the Japanese pulp industry was up six percent in first half of 2014 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... with hardwood chip supply from Vietnam and South Africa increasing the most, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    The pulp manufacturing industry in Japan has increased production levels in 2014 resulting in higher import volumes of both softwood and hardwood chips. The biggest increases in import volumes have been softwood chips from the US and hardwood chips from Vietnam and South Africa, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Hardwood prices have trended downward the past year, while softwood prices have gone up.

    Pulp production in Japan has picked up in 2014 as compared to 2013, with wood fiber consumption being six percent higher during the first six months of this year as compared to the same period in 2013, according to the Japan Paper Association. The increase in demand was practically the same for softwood fiber as for hardwood fiber, but the overall volume of the total virgin fiber consumption is still split at approximately 68 % hardwood and 32 % softwood fiber.
    To meet the higher wood fiber needs, domestic fiber sourcing from the domestic sawmills has increased by two percent and import volumes have gone up nine percent year-to-date.
    In the 2Q/14, importation of softwood and hardwood chips was up by as much as 17% and 14%, respectively, as compared to the same quarter last year.
    Despite the substantial increase in import volumes, average prices for imported hardwood chip prices in Japan declined by about 17 dollar per odmt from 2Q/13 to 2Q/14, as reported in the latest Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Average prices for softwood chips were one dollar higher in the 2Q/14 as compared to the same quarter in 2013, but as much as 13 dollars higher than in the first quarter this year.
    The general trend the past four years has been that prices for imported chips have gone up in the local currency due to a weakening Yen against the US dollar, and that prices for domestically sourced chips have fallen slightly. In the 2Q/14, prices for imported softwood chips were on average 65% higher than residual chips from domestic sawmills, while imported hardwood chips were just over 20% higher than locally sourced hardwood chips, as reported in the WRQ (www.woodprices.com).
    The biggest change in fiber sourcing this year has been a sharp increase in softwood chip imports from the US and record high import volumes of hardwood chips from Vietnam.
    Other developments include higher volumes imported from South Africa, Brazil and Indonesia, while shipments of hardwood chips from Chile and Australia have continued to decline in 2014. With the recent pick-up in hardwood fiber imports to Japan, the total import volume for this year could very well reach its highest level in six years.
    (Wood Resources International LLC)
     
    14.10.2014   SCA’s Hygiene Matters 2014 consumer survey; Continued global need for increased access to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... hygiene products and knowledge

    Hygiene Matters 2014 is the fourth global consumer survey commissioned by leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA. The aim is to raise awareness among decision makers, experts and the general public globally, of the connection between hygiene, health and wellbeing. SCA also aims to contribute to a more knowledge-based public dialogue that strengthens the possibility of improved hygiene for women, men and children everywhere. The theme of Hygiene Matters 2014 has been “Women and Hygiene”.

    SCA aims to make a difference to people’s everyday life by providing sustainable personal care, tissue and forest products under many strong brands such as TENA, Tork, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo and Vinda. The 2014 Hygiene Matters survey results reinforce SCA’s determination to work even harder to meet women’s needs and desires when it comes to personal and intimate hygiene for themselves and their families. The Hygiene Matters 2014 consumer survey clearly shows that there are still unmet needs among women globally both when it comes to hygiene products and solutions, as well as raising knowledge about personal hygiene that could help combat taboos.

    “This year’s Hygiene Matters survey results show that SCA’s work is relevant and there is still a lot to do for women’s access to hygiene products and solutions, and explaining the close link between hygiene and health. About 80 percent of SCA’s consumers are women. From a global perspective a majority of women and girls in the world still do not have access to personal care products such as menstrual hygiene protection,” explains Joséphine Edwall-Björklund, Senior Vice President, Group Function Communications, SCA.

    “Furthermore many women and men don’t have access to incontinence care products. This does not only hold women back to be able to participate fully in society socially, educationally and professionally, it can also affect women’s health negatively in ways that are easily preventable. There is a clear connection with poor hygiene standards in public restrooms in for example work places, schools, hospitals, restaurants and airports and the spreading of germs and disease, resulting in high costs for private individuals, employers and society overall. As a leading global hygiene company, SCA can play an important role within this context both from a hygiene and health education perspective,” says Edwall-Björklund.

    “Women’s possibilities to develop and live their lives to the fullest, are often dependent on access to, and information about, good hygiene. This is clearly expressed in SCA’s sustainability ambitions and is also a key dimension of our business strategy. The survey clearly reveals that female consumers believe that there is room for improvement in many areas related to hygiene and health in both mature and emerging markets. For SCA, this is much more than a business opportunity. This way of thinking is deeply ingrained in our corporate culture,” comments Kersti Strandqvist, Senior Vice President, Group Function Sustainability, SCA.

    The results in this year’s Hygiene Matters survey show that it is clear that women continue to play a crucial role as change agents. Especially in the developing world when they are placed at the center of decisions about water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion programs and activities.

    “As a company whose products such as TENA, Tork, Libero, Libresse, Lotus, Nosotras, Saba, Tempo and Vinda, touch many people during different phases in life, SCA has a history of solid community engagement. Although our business today is global our perspective is local, embracing small-scale collaborations around the world. SCA’s support is often sought after for our thought leadership, knowledge, insight, and innovation in health and hygiene matters. These initiatives can include anything from conducting training programs to breaking taboos to distributing sanitary pads in refugee camps. In fact, locally supported community involvement is a part of our business strategy,” says Edwall-Björklund.

    “SCA supports a large number of educational initiatives for girls regarding menstruation and physical development in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, the Dominican Republic, Chile, Peru, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Malaysia, Russia and other markets. Colombia was the first market to start in 1990 and since then about 2 million girls have participated. These initiatives are linked to SCA’s brands Libresse, Saba, Nosotras and Donnasept,” says Strandqvist. “Our goal is not to take over the role of civil society, but to contribute in fields where we have our core competence and interests. This creates a foundation for long-term efforts and real, measurable effects.”

    “How SCA is participating with the female Team SCA in the round-the-world Volvo Ocean Race, is yet another way of promoting the message of women’s possibilities to fully take part in society. This offshore marathon is one of the sporting world’s most challenging events. By making it possible for our female Team SCA to participate with the same backup as men, we hope to contribute to breaking the glass ceiling in yet another area of society,” Edwall-Björklund concludes.

    “It’s quite incredible: we celebrate birth, yet have a very hard time talking about menstruation and this year’s Hygiene Matters consumer survey confirms that fact again,” says Dr. Christopher Williams, Executive Director of the Water Supply & Sanitation Collaborative Council, the only United Nations body devoted solely to improving sanitation and hygiene in developing countries. “This taboo is radically harmful to women, especially young girls, in developing countries. They miss from one to four days of school per month, suffer discomfort in seclusion, face unnecessary health risks, and feel ashamed about disposing pads, if they even have them. We must work together to ensure that women and girls around the world are able to manage menstruation inside and outside the home with dignity, and we support efforts to gather an evidence base for decision makers.”

    The Hygiene Matters Consumer Survey

    SCA took the initiative to the first Hygiene Matters survey in 2008 to channel the voice of the consumer. The results in the four surveys to date contain valuable information on a global and local level that can contribute to a more knowledge-based public dialogue with the aim to improve hygiene standards globally. Improved public and individual hygiene standards will have positive effects on people’s health, while creating value by lowering costs on both a personal and societal level.

    The answers in the 2014 survey show that SCA’s continued initiatives to educate and facilitate solutions for improved hygiene are important. There is still room for improvement on access to hygiene products and solutions, as well as to knowledge explaining the close link between hygiene and health.

    In 2014, the three main focus areas of the survey were:

    Hygiene in public places and concerns about becoming ill due to poor hygiene
    The menstruation taboo
    Hygiene is important and the internet is a growing information source regarding hygiene and health

    The main findings of the survey were:

    Both men and women believe good hygiene standards are important and worry about becoming ill from poor hygiene in public places
    Individuals to take greater responsibility
    Governments and employers to improve hygiene standards
    Women extra effected during menstruation due to taboos and lack of hygiene products
    Internet growing as information source

    Here SCA plays an important role with its personal hygiene products, services, as well as education.

    The survey was carried out during May 2014, commissioned by SCA and conducted by the business intelligence firm United Minds and the research company Cint. The survey was conducted in 13 countries: Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States. The countries added from the 2011 report were: Brazil, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and South Africa. Omitted from the 2014 report was Australia.

    Responses were compiled through a web-based survey, and a total of 13,492 respondents. Approximately 500 women and 500 men were surveyed on each market. National quotas have been used to obtain accurate age representation.

    The survey results mentioned is this press release are mainly from a global perspective. More country specific results for Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom, and the United States will be communicated by SCA locally.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    14.10.2014   Lecta to Present Its New Papers for Beverage Labels at BrauBeviale 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s largest beverage industry event will be held in Nuremberg, Germany, from November 11-13.

    Lecta will participate once again in the BrauBeviale Fair, with nearly 1,300 exhibitors and 33,000 industry professionals expected to attend. The show will feature the latest developments and trends in raw materials, machinery and technology, logistics and marketing for beer, water and other beverages.

    It will also be a unique opportunity for Lecta to present its specialty paper lines for beverage label design: Metalvac metallized papers, found on some of the best-known beer brands; Creaset one-side coated papers, especially designed for color printing labels and flexible packaging; and the wide range of Adestor pressure-sensitive materials for all types of beverages.

    Metalvac 100% recyclable high-vacuum metallized papers are designed for high-quality moisture-resistant wet-glue labels on both returnable and non-returnable bottles. They can also be transformed into self-adhesive labels. The Metalvac range is available with gloss and matt finishes, as well as with pinhead, brushed and linen embossing.

    Creaset comes to BrauBeviale with its range of one-side coated papers especially designed for the packaging and label industry. Standard and wrap-around labels for beer, water and soft drinks are just a few of the applications for which Creaset papers can be used.

    “Labels to Celebrate” is the exclusive Adestor pressure-sensitive label collection for high-end wines, sparkling wines, spirits and water. It features gloss and matt coated papers, metallized and bright white facestock for deluxe labels, laid and embossed papers to give labels a hand-crafted appearance, and wet-strength facestock. All can be combined with the BC361 Plus permanent adhesive for ice-bucket immersion.

    The “Labels to Celebrate” swatchbook includes 21 labels with special finishes: stamping, relief and UVI screen printing, highlighting the elegant designs for which the Adestor self-adhesive papers line can be used.

    All of Lecta’s specialty papers are manufactured to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental standards and ISO 50001 energy management standards. They are also available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody forest certifications. Further information on Lecta’s range of specialty papers can be found at www.torraspapel.com and www.adestor.com

    We look forward to seeing you at BrauBeviale 2014, pavilion 4, stand 343, November 11-13.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    13.10.2014   Södra begins Värö expansion     ( Company news )

    Company news 8 October saw the start of the expansion of the Södra pulp mill in Värö.

    The Board of Directors at Södra made a decision in February to invest four billion Swedish kronor in a massive expansion of the pulp mill in Värö, north of Varberg. The Land and Environment Court has now given Södra permission to begin the actual construction work. Theexpanded mill is scheduled to start up in the autumn of 2016. This expansion involves increasing the current production capacity of 425,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes of pulp per year. This will make the mill one of the biggest in the world in terms of softwood sulphate pulp production.

    "The paper pulp market is growing globally, and now it will be possible for us to continue to grow together with our customers. The expansion at Södra Cell Värö is a measure which will reinforce our market position. We already supply high-quality pulp to a number of different customer segments, and we can now develop and underpin this. Our aim is to be the first choice for customers," said Lars Idermark, Södra's CEO.

    The expansion of Södra Cell in Värö will create 400 FTEs over a period of ten years. The investment will also create new job opportunities at the mill and 220 job opportunities within surrounding businesses.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    13.10.2014   Ahlstrom to start co-operation negotiations at its Kauttua production line    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a high performance fiber-based materials company, announced that it will start on October 16, 2014, co-operation negotiations with employee representatives at its Kauttua production line in Finland as part of its earlier announced rightsizing program. The negotiations will affect the whole personnel at the site and may lead to personnel reductions or temporary lay-offs. The aim of the negotiations is to evaluate ways to adjust Ahlstrom's production capacity and costs to the prevailing overcapacity on the global masking tape markets.

    The Kauttua plant manufactures base paper for masking tape. The markets for masking tape have significant overcapacity globally, especially in Europe.

    The Kauttua production line is part of Ahlstrom's Food Business Area and it employs approximately 20 employees. The negotiations are expected to be completed by early December 2014.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    13.10.2014   Graphic Packaging Holding Company Announces Michael Ukropina as ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...SVP-Consumer Packaging Division

    Graphic Packaging Holding Company has appointed Michael Ukropina to the role of Senior Vice President – Consumer Packaging Division. Ukropina joined Graphic Packaging earlier this year and has been actively engaged in the development of the long term strategy.

    "Mike brings over 20 years of packaging-related experience, strong customer focus, and a global understanding of our industry," said Mike Doss, Chief Operating Officer. "His deep expertise and leadership have been an excellent addition to our team, and we are excited about his appointment into this key senior leadership role."
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
     
    13.10.2014   Telrol Group chooses Xeikon for the third time in a row    ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon announces that Telrol Group, one of Europe's largest producers of labels, has commissioned a third Xeikon 3300. The new machine is equipped with ICE toner. Telrol Group's head office is in Almere in the Netherlands. Over the years, Telrol has grown into a group of companies (Peha Labels, Biolabel, HACCP Label, LMG Ribbons, Kolibri Labels en Q-Tronics) by means of suitable acquisitions. Telrol was partly taken over in August by Hansol Paper, a conglomerate quoted on the stock exchange. The group, with a turnover of 150 million euros, continues to be run by its joint owner and CEO Hoessein Hadaoui.

    Telrol produces a broad range of labels for various sectors, such as food, retail, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, household and personal care, logistics and chemicals. The group has more than 70 printing presses and finishing machines. Its state-of-the-art machines consist of equipment for digital, flexographic, screen, offset, book and rotogravure printing, among others. Telrol serves its clients throughout Europe from various distribution centers in different countries.

    The company installed its first Xeikon 3300 press, equipped with QA-I toner, in 2009. A second one followed in 2011. A decisive factor in choosing these machines was that QA-I toner, just like ICE toner, is suitable for food packaging applications according to FDA standards and also meets European packaging standards. A major part of Telrol's turnover comes from labels that are used in the food sector.

    Hoessein Hadaoui explains why Telrol has bought a third Xeikon press: "We are very satisfied with the performance of the Xeikon 3300 machines. We have therefore started a process for installing Xeikon digital printing presses. With the installation of the third machine, which is equipped with ICE toner, we have additional capabilities in comparison with QA-I toner for expanding our use of Xeikon technology in other locations in our group."

    “That a leading company such as Telrol, the benchmark in Europe, has chosen Xeikon for the third time in a row, shows that our solutions satisfy the needs of this market", says Filip Weymans, Xeikon's Director of Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging. "This also confirms that we have made the right choices so far, and that motivates us to raise the bar even higher."
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    13.10.2014   Kelheim Fibres selected as finalist in two categories of ITMA Future Materials Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news The world-leading viscose speciality fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has reached the final of the ITMA Future Materials Awards in not one, but two categories.
    With their new speciality fibre Bramante, the Bavarians applied for the award in the category “Best Innovation Medical Textiles“. Bramante offers a solution for an increasing challenge of our ageing society: after all, 20% of all people over 60 suffer from urinary incontinence.
    The hollow viscose fibre Bramante far exceeds the naturally high absorbency of viscose fibres – Bramante is capable of absorbing and retaining an amount of liquid corresponding to around 250% of its own weight! It retains absorbed liquids even when under pressure, enabling the production of incontinence pads that are washable and therefore environmentally sound, yet at the same time absolutely reliable, and don’t restrict the activities of the user.
    Thus incontinence pads made with Bramante fibres clearly outperform existing washable products. Alongside the innovative fibre, Kelheim Fibres has also identified the optimum construction for the nonwoven fabric used, and so offers the only washable incontinence solution which is currently able to compete with disposable products.
    But Bramante is only one example of the enormous innovation capability of Kelheim’s fibre experts. In the category “Most innovative large company“ Kelheim Fibres has also been named as one of the finalists.
    Their uncompromising innovation strategy remains the only way for the company situated in the high-cost location Germany to compete with the much larger manufacturers in Asia.
    This strategy focuses on the continuous development of new markets for viscose fibres.
    In close cooperation with its customers, Kelheim Fibres develops new speciality viscose fibre products which are perfectly suited to these new markets and end products and which provide additional functionalities that cannot be substituted by standard fibres.
    As a result of this process more than ten new fibres have been developed in the last five years alone and are being commercialised for different applications. Four out of these fibres are already produced in commercial quantities.
    By rigorously pursuing the innovation strategy, the Bavarians were able to increase the share of specialty fibres in their portfolio from less than 30% in the middle of the 1990s to more than 60% in 2013. This success was made possible by the highly motivated and qualified staff, a production facility offering high flexibility and numerous pilot plants for trials and by intensive cooperation with national and international research institutes.
    As a result, Kelheim Fibres is the only European manufacturer of short-cut viscose fibres for paper applications, the only European manufacturer of dry tow for stretch-breaking and of wet tow and is the world’s leading supplier of hygiene fibres, principally for the manufacture of tampons. Kelheim Fibres will further pursue its innovation strategy with the aim of increasing the share of specialty fibres to above 80% within the next years.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    10.10.2014   CITO ProcessLine    ( Company news )

    Company news To further emphasise our service to you, we present to you our new product line “ProcessLine” which provides compact and convenient devices for an increase in quality and improved quality control.
    ProcessLine allows optimisation of your processes. Whether for printing, diemaking or converting, it is becoming increasingly important during these process stages to take measurements, carry out checks and document the results.
    Our ProcessLine checking and measuring instruments make it possible for you to control your processes quickly, reliably and efficiently. Handling and operating our checking and measuring instruments is intuitive and can be mastered in no time at all.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    10.10.2014   Relyco Announces New Comprehensive Line of Premium Inkjet Compatible Paper Media Products    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry’s best performing products are specialty coated for inkjet printers to deliver superior image quality and lowest cost per print

    Picture: DURASEAL Envelopes

    Relyco®, the specialty paper experts, announced at Graph Expo a new comprehensive line of premium paper media products specifically engineered for today’s leading inkjet printers and production presses. Relyco’s inkjet compatible products are manufactured with the highest quality of materials and specialty coated to deliver the industry’s most superior image quality and lowest cost per print (often less than $0.01 per print).

    “Production inkjet printing is really gaining momentum because of its superior image quality and affordability when compared to toner-based printing. However, mainstream adoption of inkjet technology is being held up by the lack of quality paper media products that can really showcase its superior image quality capabilities,” said Mike Steinberg, CEO of Relyco. “Here’s a great analogy. Would you put regular gas in your brand new sports car knowing that performance would suffer? That’s what many users of production inkjet printers are doing today when they run inferior media products today with poor results. Our products have been designed and tested to deliver an unrivaled image quality POP.”

    Relyco’s comprehensive and growing line of premium paper media products are compatible with many of today’s Memjet-engine and other production inkjet printers and presses.

    Relyco Premium Inkjet Products
    • DURASEAL Envelopes – Relyco offers the only envelopes designed specifically for inkjet printers. Available as standard #10 and 6” x 9” booklet 24# envelopes (with or without windows), DURASEAL envelopes are constructed of the highest quality and specialty coating, providing a unique and proprietary color “POP” to deliver superior image quality.
    • ENDURA LABEL Digital Inkjet Labels – Available in many durable and utilitarian stocks of matte and gloss, poly, vinyl, PET films and paper materials. ENDURA LABEL offers exceptional image integrity that truly “POPs” out with vibrant colors when used on inkjet printers and presses. ENDURA LABEL comes in hundreds of shapes, sizes and rolls for applications of all types.
    • ULTRASEAL Pressure Seal Forms – Cost-effective way to create, process, and deliver transpromos and transactional mailers, ULTRASEAL self-mailer forms eliminate the time and costs associate with folding, stuffing, gluing and heating of mailings and envelopes.
    • REIMAGE Carbonless Paper – With REIMAGE carbonless paper, it is easy to create and costeffectively print multi-part forms on demand for invoices, statements, receipts, inventory, shipping, or any other applications that require extra duplicate copies.
    • REVLAR Waterproof Synthetic Paper – With a special inkjet compatible coating, Relyco offers its REVLAR waterproof synthetic paper for inkjet applications. Get near photo quality results on a “virtually indestructible” paper. REVLAR is great for signs, menus, posters, maps,
    and any other application where the paper will be subjected to extreme conditions.
    • EZ-Card ID and Membership Cards – Available in a wide range of styles, sizes and inkjet compatible materials, EZ-Card from Relyco enables you to print ID and membership cards for many different applications.
    • Inkjet Cut-Sheet Stock – Specialty coated inkjet papers and card stocks are great for promotional mailers and post cards that need to stand out. Relyco’s products deliver the industry’s best image quality.
    • WinkJET Wide Format Rolls – Relyco offers wide format roll products in many different material types for most wide format inkjet printers, including aqueous, latex, solvent, UV curable, and digital press (DT) inkjet printers

    Relyco’s premium inkjet products are great for thousands of applications for which superior image quality and lower cost per print matters. Try Relyco’s products for direct mail, transpromos, transactional mailers, retail labeling, signage, multi-part forms, ID and membership cards, promotional mailers, and so much more.
    Relyco Product Samples and Availability
    (Relyco Sales Inc.)
     
    10.10.2014   Mondi's recycled NAUTILUS® papers awarded Buyers Lab (BLI) performance certification    ( Company news )

    Company news Consistent quality of NAUTILUS® SuperWhite and NAUTILUS® ReFresh externally verified

    Mondi’s recycled brands NAUTILUS® SuperWhite and NAUTILUS® ReFresh have been awarded with the Buyer’s Lab (BLI) performance certification based on independent testing across numerous digital imaging devices. Buyer’s Lab (BLI), the leading global independent office products test lab and business consumer advocate, tested the NAUTILUS® papers on a total of 15 different office document imaging devices (including copiers, printers, fax machines and multifunctional products) and evaluated the results based on paper dust, runnability (curl, double-sheeting and misfeeds), image performance, packaging and cut defects. According to the certificates awarded, both NAUTILUS® brands have proven to be highly reliable, with excellent performance related to image quality, dusting and curl.

    “I can confirm that both Mondi papers - NAUTILUS® ReFresh and NAUTILUS® SuperWhite - have been awarded BLI’s Performance Certification, which means that it has delivered very good results across a wide range of devices and brands in BLI’s testing program,” says David Sweetnam, Head of European Research and Lab Services.

    Beyond awarding the performance certification of NAUTILUS®, BLI has also chosen to use the NAUTILUS® brands for its ongoing lab testing. “All of BLI’s Environmental Testing on a wide range of imaging devices is conducted with Mondi NAUTILUS® Refresh Triotec 30% and NAUTILUS® SuperWhite 100% recycled papers, both of which are quality-grade recycled multipurpose papers. A number of other Mondi media types, including NAUTILUS® SuperWhite are also used in BLI’s Public and Custom testing, and they have always delivered outstanding quality and reliability,” confirms Dr. Simon Plumtree, European Managing Editor.

    “Having purchased NAUTILUS® recycled paper from Mondi for several years now, I have to say that the consistent quality performance of the brand is excellent. We’re satisfied and more importantly, our customers are satisfied. Can’t ask for more,” says Hanspeter Albrecht, Head of Marketing, Berberich Papier, sharing a customer perspective.

    “We were thrilled to receive the external verification of our high quality recycled NAUTILUS® papers. It is one thing if we say we produce excellent recycled papers, but another thing entirely if an independent body and customers confirm it,” says Johannes Klumpp, Marketing & Sales Director, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. “The clear benefits for users – less machine wear and reduced maintenance costs – are combined with an excellent eco-profile and externally verified. So there are no compromises between quality and environmental benefits. It doesn’t get any better than that,” concludes Klumpp.
    (Mondi Uncoated Fine & Kraft Paper GmbH)
     
    10.10.2014   Agreement on capacity adjustments at KBA site in Frankenthal: Payroll reduced to 164 employees    ( Company news )

    Company news Following constructive negotiations the Koenig & Bauer (KBA) management board, managing directors of the subsidiaries Albert-Frankenthal and KBA-FT Engineering, PfalzMetall, employee representatives at the Frankenthal site and IG Metall agreed on necessary market-related capacity adjustments at the KBA plant in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate. The corresponding agreements were already signed.

    The agreement stipulates that given the significantly shrunken global market volume for web offset presses and the resulting insufficient capacity utilisation at the companies in Frankenthal which are highly dependent on this segment, the number of employees at both subsidiaries will be reduced to a total of 164 (84 at Albert-Frankenthal and 80 at KBA-FT Engineering). Capacity utilisation is expected to be improved due to these personnel adjustments and the prolonged losses posted by the two subsidiaries should soon come to an end.

    Currently 222 employees are on the payroll at Albert-Frankenthal and 149 at KBA-FT Engineering, 28 of which will leave due to natural fluctuations. Accordingly the current agreement effects some 180 staff. They are to be made redundant by 31 October 2014 and will have the opportunity to qualify for a new position for one year at a transitional company from 1 January 2015. Severance pay for the employees leaving is based on the collective wage agreement signed in 2011 and in the future social compensation plans agreed for the plant in Würzburg will be valid. A new amendment to wage agreements and framework agreements will regulate the assignment of orders in future between the Group and the two companies in Frankenthal.

    The Koenig & Bauer management board regrets the loss of jobs and refers to the intensive efforts to generate additional orders by the Group and other sectors for the Frankenthal facility. However, as this volume was not sufficient and extensive capacity adjustments were also necessary at other KBA plants there was no other option but to sustainably improve the completely inadequate capacity utilisation in order for the business to operate cost efficiently. The business model developed by the management board together with the managing directors on site for both subsidiaries with a total of 164 staff will make the continuation of the KBA site in Frankenthal far more promising than ongoing underemployment with high losses.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    10.10.2014   Researchers convert carbon dioxide into a valuable resource    ( Company news )

    Company news The product, Precipitated Calcium Carbonate (PCC), is used in e.g. plastics, papers, rubbers and paints. The innovative plant represents the next stage prior commercialization of a new process that consumes CO2 in order to convert a low-value by-product into a highly valuable resource for industry.

    The potential economic and environmental benefits of this new technology are significant. "We are turning the industrial solid by-product from steel-manufacturing into a product which is 50 times more valuable," says Arshe Said, a postgraduate researcher at Aalto University. "Also, this process actually consumes CO2 and acts as a CO2 sink which benefits the environment greatly."

    Current methods of PCC production require burning large amounts of limestone. "The conventional method involves large mining activities and has high CO2 emissions," points out Sanni Eloneva, D.Sc. (Tech).

    Carbon intensive manufacturing industries are coming under increasing pressure from bodies such as the EU to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. "We believe this pilot plant will help to efforts by these industries to conform with government imposed emissions and waste targets," explains Professor Mika Järvinen.

    In 2010, 13% of the total steel slag produced in Europe (16 Mt) went to the landfill. "In theory, if all the calcium in this steel slag could be recovered, approximately 13 Mt PCC/year could be produced, simultaneously sequestering nearly 6 Mt CO2/year," Järvinen continues.

    The highly promising new technology also has other potential advantages. "We are currently investigating the possibility of extracting other valuable materials from the slag after the extraction of calcium", says Said.

    The pilot PCC plant is now running in Otaniemi campus of Aalto University. The method used in the pilot is based on the patent owned by Aalto University Foundation together with Åbo Akademi and Rautaruukki Oyj (now part of SSAB).
    (Aalto University)
     
    10.10.2014   KEEPING. TRACK - Dienes Regrinding service    ( Company news )

    Company news To ensure that your processes are not affected for longer than is necessary, DIENES offers an uncomplicated regrinding service - in certified quality and optimised by our expertise as the world's leading manufacturer of industrial slitting tools.
    This service extends from cleaning the knives, precise measurement of deviations, ultra-modern two-phase CNC/NC precision grinding, comprehensive inspection with a report of the results and a test report, to reliable shipping back to your business. If required, this can also be done within 48 hours and with a practical collect-and-return service.
    Benefit from our professional regrinding offer, which is optimally aimed at your individual requirements and applications. As an example, this can also include the required marking after regrinding and specific coating of the material surface. Our regrinding service guarantees that the quality of your slitting tools is always as good as new.
    You can increase your productivity and quality of your cutting edges with our innovative services. And at the same time this means reduced downtime and extended regrinding intervals as well as minimised knife deployment costs and less cutting dust.
    You can order the time and cost-saving DIENES regrinding service online or by telephone. If you have any questions in this regard, please contact us.
    Besides our regrinding service we offer knife boxes for a save transport and clearly arranged storage of your circular knives. The knife boxes are available in two different sizes (max. outer diameter: 150 or 200 mm).
    (Dienes Werke für Maschinenteile GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    09.10.2014   Heidelberg unveils new digital press for the growing label market    ( Company news )

    Company news -Joint development with Gallus based on inkjet technology from Fujifilm
    -Strong growth anticipated in digitally printed labels
    -Milestone on the road to realizing medium-term sales potential in the digital sector

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is unveiling a new digital press for the growth market of digitally printed labels. This represents the next milestone in the company's strategic realignment, particularly in terms of significantly expanding sales in the digital sector over the medium term.

    Picture: Heidelberg and Gallus jointly developed the Gallus DCS 340 digital label printing press in less than one year. It is designed to meet growing demand for the cost-effective production of short, medium, and versioned runs in label printing.

    The rapid progress in rolling out the digital strategy shows that the partnerships Heidelberg has nurtured with various suppliers are proving highly successful when it comes to developing new digital printing systems for industrial applications. For example, the Gallus Group, which was recently taken over in full by Heidelberg, has held a customer event to present the forthcoming Gallus DCS 340 (DCS = Digital Converting System) digital label printing press, which is based on inkjet technology from Fujifilm. Heidelberg and Gallus jointly developed the digital production system for industrial label printing in less than one year. Heidelberg is to manufacture the inkjet unit at its Wiesloch-Walldorf site, while the flexo and converting units for the new press will be produced at the Gallus plant in St. Gallen, Switzerland. The system is slated to enter series production in the coming year and will meet growing demand for the cost-effective production of short, medium, and versioned runs in label printing.
    "We are pursuing a growth strategy in our digital printing operations," says Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. "Today, less than twelve months after we started our collaboration with Fujifilm, we can stand alongside Gallus and unveil the first print-ready system. The only way to rapidly leverage growth potential in digital printing is through partnerships. This helps us get a lot closer to our medium-term sales targets in the digital sector."

    Having completed its takeover of Gallus Holding AG in the summer, Heidelberg has reinforced its commitment to the growth segment of digital label printing. Ferdinand Rüesch, former owner of Swiss-based Gallus Holding AG, supports the strategic realignment that Heidelberg is pursuing. With a total stake of around nine percent, he is the company's biggest individual shareholder.
    "It was the right time to take this step. It is only by working with a strong partner such as Heidelberg that Gallus can overcome the long-term challenges facing digital printing in our sector and still make full use of the potential that is out there," says Rüesch.

    Digital printing drives change in the growth segment
    The newly unveiled digital printing system has been designed for the self-adhesive labels market. The global print volume for these labels is growing by around four percent a year. Although only around five percent of this volume is printed digitally, this figure is rising rapidly. Indeed, digital printing is driving change in this highly promising market segment. It is anticipated that, in the medium term, just under half of the presses sold in this sector will be digital. By launching this new technology, Heidelberg and Gallus will be actively shaping change in the business models used in this segment and offering users a versatile and cost-effective solution.
    "Heidelberg has reached another milestone in its realignment in the digital sector. The next steps to develop additional digital printing systems as part of the collaboration with Fujifilm are already being taken," says Linzbach.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    09.10.2014   Monadnock Announces New Manager of Environmental Services    ( Company news )

    Company news Company reinforces a “top down” commitment to environmental sustainability

    Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc., a family-owned manufacturer that delivers high-performance specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, announced that Brian Maloy (photo) has joined the company as Manager of Environmental Services. In this role, he will be dedicated to the environmental health of the company and surrounding community.

    Mr. Maloy joins Monadnock from FiberMark North America, Inc., where he served as Environmental Health and Safety Manager and was fully responsible for the company’s regulatory programs at the Brattleboro Vermont facility. Prior to this, he served as Environmental Manager at Seaman Paper Company. Mr. Maloy holds an A.S. in Environmental Sciences from Berkshire Community College and B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

    “I am delighted to appoint someone of Brian’s calibre to this role,” said Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock. “While we are committed to sustainable innovation and remaining ahead of this curve, there is always more work to be done. His experience will help push our sustainable and environmentally-conscious business practices to the next level.”

    Monadnock has adopted numerous sustainability practices that that benefit the company and surrounding community. For example, Monadnock made the decision to implement ISO 14001 in 2004, an international series of standards related to environmental management -- something no other paper company of its size had done. On the supply side, the company gets 50 percent of its energy from its own low-impact, run-of-river dams on the neighboring Contoocook River, and has repowered one of the facilities to increase output by 20 percent. The company also voluntarily greens up 100 percent of its electrical consumption with renewable energy certificates.

    “I am excited to join a company that has been long recognized for its focus on sustainability and commitment to comprehensive energy and environmental leadership programs,” said Maloy. “Monadnock’s environmental stewardship extends far beyond the innovative products it makes into its day-to-day business practices and is also demonstrated in its commitment to the local community.”
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
     
    09.10.2014   Duni concentrates production to Skåpafors    ( Company news )

    Company news In connection with the closure of production of hygiene materials at Rexcell, which was announced in February 2013, a review of the company's long-term production has been made. Decision has now been taken to concentrate all remaining production to the facility in Skåpafors.

    Picture: Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni.

    The demand for Duni's premium products is increasing, leading to larger future capacity needs. As the production capacity of premium products is larger in Skåpafors than on the plant in Dals Långed it has been decided to concentrate future production to the plant in Skåpafors. Operations in Dals Långed are expected to be closed by October 2015.
    "Rexcell is an important part of Duni's business offering and to the company's leading market position. To concentrate future production to one production unit creates synergies, thereby increasing the company's competitiveness," says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni.
    In February 2013, was informed that 110 people would be affected by the closure. The result of the close-down of the hygiene production and concentration to one production site means that a total of 83 persons have been given notice.
    (Duni AB)
     
    09.10.2014   The Ricoh ProTM C9100 and C9110 - A New Generation of Durable High Volume Digital Presses    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh announces the Ricoh Pro C9100 series for the graphic arts sector - a new generation of durable high volume digital presses. They are especially suited for larger commercial printers seeking to start up or expand their hybrid digital and offset workflow and will easily integrate into existing operations. The new additions are productive from the first page out and deliver high volume, personalised print runs, with fast turnaround times.
    With these new models, Ricoh is now delivering a more affordable digital colour production printer that has higher productivity, greater media handling capabilities and print quality than previously available in this class, breaking down previous cost barriers of entry for clients looking to enter the digital colour production space at these high speeds.
    With speeds up to 130ppm, a maximum monthly volume of up to one million A4 sheets and a duty cycle of 1.75 million A4 sheets, the Pro C9100 series fills a void for customers who have demands for such turnaround performance. At the same time, for those who don’t have the high monthly volumes needed to justify the cost of competing printers, the affordability of the Pro C9100 series means that these printers are no longer penalised for not meeting monthly print volumes. The digital print market is expanding rapidly and without a lower cost of entry for clients, they may be unable to compete with other providers that have larger budgets. This platform levels the playing field – not only from a cost perspective, but also for colour quality and an expanded feature set.

    Peter Williams, Executive Vice President and Head of the Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe, said “While technology led-change is driving a new future for the graphic arts market, the necessity to enhance client value and increase client satisfaction remains at the fore of every business. Alongside that, the need to drive profits is essential to ensure a stable business that can continue to support its clients into the future. We are really excited to launch the Ricoh ProTM 9100 series of digital production powerhouses to help our clients achieve these goals. They can invest in confidence in Ricoh’s services and software, and our technology which was the number one choice for colour, digital cut sheet presses in Western Europe for 2013. The Pro C9100 series gives clients options they have not had at this price point in the past, bringing positive disruption to a previously static market.”

    Print services providers seeking to expand the services they provide to clients will be able to quickly take on a wide range of new commercial applications with the Pro C9100 series capability to print onto uncoated, textured and coated media from 52gsm to 400gsm, duplex banner sheet printing up to 700mm and even speciality media such as super-gloss, magnet, metallic, transparent or synthetic. This allows them to quickly extend their expertise to include light packaging, direct mail, books, promotional materials, brochures and business cards.
    Print quality is assured with the inclusion of Ricoh’s enhanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology providing image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi. Productivity levels are high with print speeds up to 110ppm for the Pro C9100 and 130ppm for the Pro C9110. All speeds are maintained, regardless of paper weight, and productivity is further increased for A3 due to minimal processing adjustments, enabling 75ppm for A3 or 150 ppm A4 equivalent. Daily use is also optimised with the sturdy and durable design of the presses and the Operator Replaceable Units (ORUs) that enable trained users to increase uptime and performance. The expansion of Ricoh’s unique media library allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to ensure image quality and reliability, including different ICC profiles for front and back of a sheet. The Pro C9100 series is available with either the EFI E-43 or the faster and more powerful E-83 print server. The Pro C9100 series is available in EMEA early in 2015.
    Ricoh’s continuing commitment to innovation means that commercial and corporate print clients can select the optimum blend from the company’s fast expanding portfolio of production-oriented products and solutions to support the profitable evolution of their businesses. The introduction of the Pro C9100 series enhances the existing portfolio of colour cut sheet presses which, together with the Pro C7100X series, offer greater productivity and creativity to commercial and graphic art users. The recent launch of the Pro VC60000 extends the Ricoh range of continuous feed inkjet presses, and the hardware portfolio is completed by wide and large format printers, configured for graphics and for architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) requirements. Ricoh’s software solutions deliver supreme connectivity and performance across the spectrum of workflow needs that professional production printers have, whether in mixed or digital only environments.

    Ricoh Pro C9110 Series Features Summary
    · Highly productive with print speeds up to 110 ppm for the Pro C9100 and 130ppm for the Pro C9110 based upon A4 (150ppm A4 equivalent when running A3)
    · Media support up to 400gsm in both simplex and duplex at rated engine speed.
    · Optimum image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi with Ricoh’s Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology
    · Both presses have a maximum standard sheet size of SRA3
    · Duplex banner printing up to 700mm
    · Maximum monthly volume of 1 million based on A4
    · Duty cycle of 1.75 million A4
    · Automatic image feedback system gives colour density correction of engine calibration
    · Precise sheet-to-sheet and front-to-back registration is achieved with an enhanced mechanical registration system
    · Reliable throughput of the wide range of supported media is ensured by the use of Ricoh’s new vacuum feed technology.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    09.10.2014   FachPack 2015: packaging & more    ( Company news )

    Company news - More topics: focus on “Marking and Labelling”
    - More to experience: PackBox Forum, special shows and co.
    - More space: new hall 3A in use

    It’s time at last: FachPack 2015, one of the most important European trade fairs for packaging, gets off to a flying start again from 29 September to 1 October after a scheduled one-year break. Around 1,500 exhibitors (2013: 1,439) determine the face of FachPack with their products and services for packaging, technology, processing and logistics. A primary element of the sector and another “added value” for the expected 37,000 trade visitors (2013: 34,598) from Germany and the neighbouring countries is the focus topic “Marking and Labelling”.
    “There has always been a lot going on at FachPack: three compact days of exhibiting packed with information, discussions and decisions,” enthuses Director Exhibitions Heike Slotta. And besides the products for the packaging process chain, the trade fair has distinctly more to offer once again in 2015: from the new image, which already gives the observer a look at the added value behind FachPack, to presentations and special shows that explain topics such as “Marking and Labelling” to the packaging specialists. Not forgetting the creative and pleasant working atmosphere, in which information and cultivating contacts with experts from all over Europe are just as important as solution-orientated dialogue with customers. Heike Slotta is particularly pleased about another new feature: “For the first time FachPack is also using our attractive new hall 3A – a real advantage for exhibitors and visitors!”

    Expert products and services along the packaging process chain
    FachPack offers the exhibitors, including 400 international companies, the perfect setting for presenting their solutions for packaging, technology, processing and logistics – whether for industrial or consumer goods. At the last event, 678 exhibitors scored with their recognized expertise in packaging materials, packaging supplies and packaging ancillaries, whereas 531 firms showed innovative technology like packaging machinery, labelling and marking equipment, and peripheral packaging machinery and equipment. 219 specialists put their stamp on package printing, processing and design, and 386 companies offered their products and services for packaging logistics. A good quarter of the mainly small and medium enterprises presented solutions in several segments of the packaging process chain.

    FachPack is the gathering of the European packaging market and is valued by the exhibiting companies: The results of a survey by an independent institute in 2013 show that 91 per cent assessed the overall success of their exhibiting positively. FachPack is the ideal opportunity for making valuable new business contacts – as proven by the large number of exhibitors who succeeded in this respect (92 per cent). 95 per cent praised the high professional competence of the visitors. They reached their most important target groups in the course of FachPack.

    Focus on “Marking and Labelling”
    Markings are essential. They control the flow of goods, provide consumer information, encourage customers to buy with their individual design and ensure the genuineness and traceability of products. “Marking and Labelling” has been a cross-sector theme along the entire packaging process chain at FachPack from the very beginning and now becomes the focus of attention for the first time in 2015. As many as 350 providers showed their solutions specifically for this segment in 2013. The heart of FachPack 2015 provides a comprehensive overview of all kinds of labels for information (“smart labelling”) or decoration (“nice labelling”). Effective labelling machines, innovative coding systems, auto-ID systems, track and trace, different carrier materials, the latest printers and printing processes like digital printing and 3D printing, precision marking processes with laser or ink and lots more can be experienced with the focus topic.

    The supporting programme also deals with “Marking and Labelling”: Besides a special presentation by the exhibitors, the programme includes the special show on “Smart Labelling – A Look into the Future” organized by the Fraunhofer Institute IML of Dortmund, which shows current research findings. The exhibition examines the “nice labelling” aspect in a special show on Innovative Printing Techniques and Design. The focus topic is also dealt with in depth at the popular PackBox Forum. Exhibitors with products and services specifically for “Marking and Labelling” are specially highlighted in the exhibitors database and in the Exhibition Guide. This makes it easier for visitors to find relevant exhibitors quickly and effectively.

    The supporting programme: more to experience – more results
    Typical FachPack? The extensive and informative supporting programme covers the products and services from the efficient German and European packaging industry. For example, the PackBox Forum continues its success story and in cooperation with renowned industry partners again offers visitors a professional gathering with inspiring presentations and discussions on the spectrum of products at the exhibition. Many other highlights take up trends in the industry and venture a look outside the box to provide added value and experience – always on the theme of “information, innovation, inspiration”:
    -Theme Park “Packaging in Medical Technology and Pharmacy”
    -Special show of Packaging Design
    -Packaging Business Lounge
    -German Packaging Award
    -World of Experience of Solid Board
    -Corrugated Cardboard Forum
    -Innovative Logistic Processes
    -German Packaging Museum

    Latest programme details at: www.fachpack.de/programme
    Highly qualified audience from all packaging sectors
    The “added value” at the exhibition – the wealth of innovative solutions, the constructive atmosphere and not least the emotional experience – convinces more and more visitors from industry and trade with money to invest (2013: 34,598). Over 7,700 international guests came from 92 countries, mainly from Austria, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Italy and Poland. In 2015 FachPack expects around 37,000 manufacturers and users of packaging for consumer and industrial goods and their component and equipment suppliers. They are all specialists from the packaging sector and related sectors like food and drinks, pharmaceuticals and medicine, cosmetics, textiles and clothing, non-food (furniture, jewellery, sport, DIY stores) chemicals, paper and printing trade, electrical engineering and electronics, automotive, metalworking and plastic processing, machinery and equipment construction, packaging logistics, wholesale, retail and mail order trade, and last but not least media and advertising. The exhibitors praise the high qualifications of the visitors: 90 per cent of them are involved in procurement processes in their companies.

    Information and cultivation of contacts are just as important for the packaging specialists here as answering specific technical questions. Special guidance for visitors makes it easier for a results-orientated exchange of views at FachPack in 2015: The exhibitors state the groups of visitors for which they offer specific solutions on their application form. The visitors then find this information in the Exhibitors & Products Database and in the Exhibition Guide. This simplifies planning the stands to be visited. So both sides benefit, get talking to each other faster and can jointly work out individual concepts.
    (NürnbergMesse Group)
     
    09.10.2014   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tenth tissue machine for Hengan Group, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up Hengan Group’s PM17 tissue machine at the Changde mill. Hengan Group is one of the leading producers of hygiene and sanitary products in China.

    The PrimeLineTM W8 tissue machine – already the tenth tissue machine supplied by ANDRITZ to Hengan Group – has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. The scope of supply also included a steel Yankee with a diameter of 18 ft., the complete stock preparation plant, and the automation system.

    ANDRITZ is presenting its latest technologies for tissue production at the MIAC trade fair (October 15-17, 2014, in Lucca, Italy) and at Tissue World Asia (November 11-13, 2014, in Shanghai, China).
    (Andritz AG)
     
    09.10.2014   Competition authority prevents acquisition of Uetersen paper mill    ( Company news )

    Company news On 9 October, Brigl & Bergmeister withdrew its application to the German Federal Cartel Office for approval of the merger with the Uetersen paper mill.
    In May 2014, Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH signed an agreement for acquisition of the Uetersen speciality paper mill from the Stora Enso Group, subject to merger control approval.
    Already in September, the German Federal Cartel Office (FCO) expressed reservations against the merger. Both parties subsequently submitted further conclusive market information and expert reports, none of which, however, managed to persuade the FCO to change its stance. Consequently, Brigl & Bergmeister withdrew the merger application on 9 October 2014.
    The contracting parties have mutually agreed to cancel the share purchase agreement.
    Brigl & Bergmeister regret the decision made by the FCO. The label market would have benefited substantially from the acquisition of the Uetersen paper mill. The merger would have created a strong group of speciality paper mills and provided positive impulses throughout the entire value chain.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    08.10.2014   Arctic Paper Group appoints new MD for Scandinavian sales force    ( Company news )

    Company news In conjunction with the intended new Scandinavian set-up Arctic Paper Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Leif-Arne Karlsen (photo) as new Managing Director for Arctic Paper Sweden. Leif-Arne will have responsibility for all of the groups Scandinavian sales. This is executed as of the 23rd of September.
    As part of the on-going restructuring program of Arctic Paper, Leif-Arne Karlsen has been appointed Managing Director of Arctic Paper Sweden with responsibility for all sales operations in Scandinavia. Leif-Arne has been a successful Managing Director of the combined Danish/Norwegian operation, and prior to that also held the position as Sales Director of Arctic Paper Sweden. The new role will now include Sweden – and the target is to develop the synergies and the customer advantages of the new set-up.
    Simultaneously former Managing Director of Arctic Paper Sweden – Lars Eriksson – will leave his position. After four years as head of the Swedish operations we want to wish Lars the best success in his future enterprises.
    Leif-Arne Karlsen comments: “After twelve exciting and successful years at Arctic Paper, I am looking forward to executing our new strategy in Scandinavia. I trust my experience and positive approach, together with the professional sales organisation of Arctic Paper, will create a strong sales team. Working closely together, our aim is to deliver increased customer benefits to the market in an efficient and productive way.”
    (Arctic Paper Sverige AB)
     
    08.10.2014   Robin Ahlström appointed Chairman of the Board of Ahlstrom     ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Ahlstrom Corporation has elected Robin Ahlström (photo) as Chairman of the Board as of October 1, 2014. Pertti Korhonen's resignation from the Board and the Chairman position was announced earlier.
    Robin Ahlström (b. 1946) has served as Vice Chairman of the Board since 2014 and as member of the Board since 2013. In his new role, Mr. Ahlström will also become a member of the Shareholders' Nomination Board.
    In addition, the current Board member Markus Rauramo was appointed Chairman and member of the Human Resources Committee.
    As of now, there will be seven members on the Board of Directors of Ahlstrom. The term of the Board of Directors will expire at the close of the next Annual General Meeting.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    08.10.2014   Strubl KG opts for EVO XDs from KBA-Flexotecnica    ( Company news )

    Company news The compact EVO XDs/n press platform was developed by KBA-Flexotecnica in Tavazzano, near Milan, for the growing segment of smaller print runs in the flexible packaging printing market.

    The Italian flexo specialist which has belonged to the Koenig & Bauer Group (KBA) for nine months recently announced the successful German market premiere of the new platform. The managing directors of Strubl KG in Wendelstein, near Nuremberg, opted for an eight-colour press from the EVO XDs series with a print width of 1,000mm (39.3in). This new press will be fired up in spring 2015.

    The Franconian company with over 60 years of history is managed by Dr Christoph Strubl and Franz Strubl. The 100-strong firm has a broad product portfolio. Along with film extrusion, flexo printing, laminating and post-press machines, Strubl KG also has its own engineering department for filling machines. This makes it possible for the company to deliver customer-specific system solutions from a single source. Customers value the flexibility, expertise and innovative strength of the mid-sized firm in particular. Strubl is a systems supplier for automation technology and packaging material. Its broad product portfolio includes:

    plastic packaging (film and bags) for industrial and consumer goods
    primary and secondary packaging for cleanroom
    semi and fully automatic Plug & Pack packaging systems as well as user-specific packaging machines

    The new EVO XDs/n series from KBA-Flexotecnica address the ongoing trend within the flexible packaging market towards smaller print runs with more frequent job changes. The main difference is the EVO XDs’ print width of 600 to 1,000mm (23.6 – 39.3in) and 1,100 to 1,200 (43.3 – 47.2in) for the EVO XDn. When developing this new press platform the engineers at Flexotecnica placed great importance on an attractive price/performance ratio and high cost efficiency. The EVO XDs/n platform’s energy-saving drive technology also contributes to this. AIF (= Auto Impression Setting System) automatic printing pressure adjustment and ARF (Automatic Image positioning detection) automated register setting keep start-up waste to a minimum. This has a significant advantage on production costs when frequently changing jobs and printing with very expensive substrates.

    All of this is achieved without compromising the high print quality demanded by today’s market. Film, laminate, paper and self-adhesive substrates can be processed with a high print quality, regardless if solvent, water-based, UV or EB inks are used.
    (KBA-Flexotecnica S.p.A.)
     
    08.10.2014   Papyrus auf der 20. Druck+Form in Sinsheim    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Papyrus Deutschland ist auch im Messeherbst 2014 wieder mitten im Markt, nah am Kunden und dort vor Ort, wo Kompetenz und Service groß geschrieben werden. Auf der 20. Druck+Form in Sinsheim stehen ausgewählte Experten des führenden Unternehmens im grafischen Bereich mit ihrem Wissen und ihrer Erfahrung zum Dialog auf Augenhöhe bereit.

    Papierleidenschaft
    Vom 08. bis 11. Oktober zeigen sie unter dem Motto „Papierleidenschaft“, welche Vorteile Papiere, Kartonagen und Verpackungsmaterialien bieten. Vertreter von Industrieunternehmen, des Fachhandels, von Behörden und Institutionen sowie Agenturen und Druckereien können sich im persönlichen Gespräch über die neuesten Möglichkeiten des intelligenten und effizienten Einsatzes von Papierprodukten informieren. Schwerpunktthemen des Messeauftritts von Papyrus Deutschland an Stand 6406 in Halle 6 sind Digitaldruckpapiere, Specials Feinstpapiere, Umwelt- und Recyclingpapiere sowie der perfekte Einsatz von Farbe.

    Die Jubiläumsveranstaltung der Druck+Form zeigt auch in diesem Jahr praxisorientierte Lösungen, Produkte und Dienstleistungen aus den Bereichen Druck- und Mediavorstufe, Software, Systeme, Web-to-Print, Digitaldruck, Offsetdruck sowie Druck- und Papierweiterverarbeitung. Im Rahmen des kostenlosen Weiterbildungsformats der Print Factory Academy erfahren interessierte Besucher unter anderem wie sie mit optimierter Logistik Zeit und Geld sparen, welche Vorteile der Einsatz haptisch veredelter Druckerzeugnisse bietet und welche Chancen der moderne Digitaldruck eröffnet. Besuchen Sie uns vor Ort!
    (Papyrus Deutschland GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    08.10.2014   Mercer International Inc. to Acquire Minority Interest in Its Stendal Mill and Amends the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Stendal Mill's Credit Facilities

    Mercer International Inc., or "Mercer", (Nasdaq:MERC) (TSX:MRI.U) announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has agreed to acquire all of the shareholder loans (aggregating approximately $48 million) and substantially all of the shares of the minority shareholder in our Stendal mill and other rights for €13.0 million ($17 million), of which €3.0 million ($4 million) will be paid in cash and €10.0 million ($13 million) will be payable by way of a one-year payment-in-kind note which can be paid in cash or shares of our common stock at our election.

    Additionally, Mercer has successfully amended Stendal's senior project finance credit facility (approximately $499 million outstanding) and its amortizing term facility (approximately $18 million outstanding) to provide greater financial flexibility to Stendal by, among other things, loosening the financial covenant ratios Stendal must comply with and reducing scheduled principal repayments under the project finance credit facility by 50% while retaining its current "cash sweep". In connection with the amendment, Mercer made a capital investment of $20.0 million in Stendal.

    "We are pleased with the transactions and believe that this acquisition of the additional interest in Stendal will provide us with enhanced operational and financial flexibility to build value for our shareholders," said Mr. Jimmy S.H. Lee, President and Chairman. "We are also pleased to have successfully amended the Stendal mill's credit facilities, which will provide it with greater financial flexibility."
    (Mercer International Inc.)
     
    07.10.2014   Fully automatic AutoPlate Pro plate changing system from Heidelberg also available for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Speedmaster XL 75 and Speedmaster XL 106 in future

    -Plate changing times some 50 percent shorter than with AutoPlate
    -Easy to operate and enables staff to carry on working during plate changes
    -Initial installations with Speedmaster XL 75 and Speedmaster XL 106 a big success

    Graphic: Comparison between Heidelberg plate changing systems based on the example of a Speedmaster XL 75 five-color press.

    The fully automatic AutoPlate Pro plate changing system will be available for the Speedmaster XL 75 and XL 75 Anicolor from this fall and for the Speedmaster XL 106 from spring 2015. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) introduced AutoPlate Pro at drupa 2012 for the new Speedmaster CX 102, SX 102, and SX 74 models launched at this event. The system offers a cost-effective alternative to the AutoPlate XL. Unlike this simultaneous plate changer, the plate cylinder of the AutoPlate Pro remains in the gear train and is not disconnected. Consequently, the printing plates are not clamped in place at exactly the same time, but in a time-optimized, staggered process. AutoPlate Pro achieves plate changing times around 50 percent shorter than the semi-automatic AutoPlate system, which results in faster makeready. More than 100 presses with over 600 AutoPlate Pro systems between them are now in operation at the print shops of satisfied customers all over the world.

    Easy to operate and enables staff to carry on working during plate changes
    The benefits of AutoPlate Pro are now also being made available to commercial and packaging print shops that opt for the XL 75 and XL 106 series. Thanks to its fully automatic operation, this plate changer, too, enables operators to carry on working while the machine changes the printing plates autonomously - in the same way as a pile change at the feeder, for example. The system is easy to operate. A plate change for a new job is initiated via pre-programmed processes of the Intellistart process-oriented operator guidance system or directly at the Prinect Press Center. Sensors monitor the entire procedure, which ensures excellent process stability and thus high availability.

    The differences between the three plate changing systems - AutoPlate, AutoPlate Pro, and AutoPlate XL - therefore go beyond the time required for plate changes and extend to whether or not operators can perform other tasks during this period. Take the example of a Speedmaster XL 75 five-color press. While AutoPlate requires 4 minutes and 10 seconds, AutoPlate Pro enables the five printing plates to be changed in 2 minutes and 5 seconds and AutoPlate XL in 1 minute and 42 seconds.

    From this fall onward, the Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor, which is also designed for frequent job changes, will come with AutoPlate Pro as standard. AutoPlate XL will be offered as an option. AutoPlate will still be supplied as standard with the Speedmaster XL 75, but the AutoPlate Pro and AutoPlate XL options will also be available to customers. The Speedmaster XL 106 will still come with the semi-automatic AutoPlate Advanced plate changing system as standard, with AutoPlate Pro available as a new option alongside AutoPlate XL.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

     
    07.10.2014   Thermographic method reveals the drying time in the sheet     ( Company news )

    Company news Lower grammages significantly changes the behaviour of the drying rate and air flow during tissue production. This was pointed out in a new Licentiate thesis presented by Aron Tysén (photo) on 30 September at Karlstad University.

    The removal of water is an integral part of tissue production. Through air drying (TAD) is used for premium tissue grade products. This process provides both better absorption and bulk compared to traditional dewatering by pressing, but is very energy intensive. A better understanding of the TAD process may lower energy demand.
    Aron Tysén has in his licentiate work at Innventia investigated the influence of grammage, formation, i.e. variation in local grammage, and pulp type on non-uniform drying and air flow through the sheet. A method was developed, based on infrared thermography, to determine local drying time of laboratory sheets on a sub mm-scale, while monitoring air flow and pressure drop of the TAD process. Modified permeability, i.e. the air flow through the fibre network at a given grammage, was used to evaluate air flow characteristics.

    The results from the studies presented in the thesis "Through air drying - The influence of formation and pulp type on non-uniform drying and air flow" show, somewhat unexpectedly, that neither the pulp type, nor the formation has much influence on the drying rate and the non-uniformity of drying. Grammage, however, seems to play a crucial role. For low grammages, only small mass-specific drying rate variations between the sheets were noted. For higher grammages, however, the mass-specific drying rate became dependent on the modified permeability to an increasing extent, suggesting a change in drying mechanisms with grammage.

    "This implies that TAD at low grammages would not benefit from high through air flows. It might be better to have a longer drying section with less air flow, allowing saturation of the drying air", says Aron Tysén.

    The Licentiate degree was the first milestone towards a PhD degree. For Aron's further studies, many avenues are possible with the developed technique. For instance a closer look at the influence of the TAD wire design on the local drying times, which would be possible with the high resolution obtained with the thermographic method.

    "The methodology developed by Aron has shown that thermography can be used to calculate the drying rate. In the next step, it would also be possible to match the drying time maps against other measurements such as grammage maps which could lead to greater understanding of connections between, for instance, grammage variations, moisture variations, and local drying times, says Hannes Vomhoff who has been Aron's supervisor at Innventia.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    07.10.2014   Eldorado Brasil achieves further production world record and sets global environmental benchmarks    ( Company news )

    Company news After having achieved world record pulp production of 5,156 tons per day at the end of March 2014, the Eldorado Brasil pulp mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil, again set a new world record with ANDRITZ technologies in August 2014. On August 30, Eldorado Brasil produced 5,300 tons of pulp within a single day.
    This means a specific drying capacity in the range of 400 tons per day and per meter of working width.

    The mill also achieved important benchmarks in terms of sustainable reduction of steam and electrical power consumption, fiber loss, and water consumption. Consumption of steam and electrical power in the pulp drying plant is approximately 10% lower, and the fiber loss and fresh water consumption are about 5% lower than in comparable worldwide leading pulp mills.

    The mill was started up successfully at the end of 2012 and has achieved several production records since then. ANDRITZ delivered the woodyard, cooking system, fiberline, white liquor plant, and the new generation of its pulp drying plants to Eldorado, including two parallel Twin Wire Former pulp machines, two airborne dryers, two cutter-layboys, and four bale finishing lines.

    Eldorado Brasil’s greenfield pulp mill achieves annual production of around 1.5 million tons of dried, bleached eucalyptus market pulp and is thus currently the largest single-line pulp mill in the world.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    07.10.2014   Valmet to supply equipment for evaporator train upgrade at Domtar's Ashdown mill in U.S.    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply equipment and technical services required to upgrade an evaporator train at the Domtar Pulp & Paper Mill located in Ashdown, Arkansas. The key objectives of the upgrade are to significantly reduce energy consumption and fresh water usage in the mill as well as to improve reliability and performance of the evaporator train.
    The upgraded evaporator train is scheduled to start operation in the fourth quarter of 2015. This order is included in Valmet's 3rd quarter orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

    "Domtar selected Valmet for this project because of the technology proposed for the upgrade, total cost of ownership considerations and the successful long-term relationship we have with Valmet," says Jimmy Evans, Strategic Contracts Manager for Domtar.
    "We worked closely with Domtar to optimize the technical solution that would meet their project objectives, including providing a system that would be simpler and safer to operate," says Raymond Burelle, Regional Sales Manager for Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    The scope of the Valmet's delivery includes the supply of new evaporator vessels, the component needed to upgrade the existing concentrators as well as several other smaller vessels and other miscellaneous equipment.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    06.10.2014   Domtar makes key updates to its Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) is pleased to announce a whole new packaging look, a realignment of the product line, as well as a series of product enhancements to its Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line.

    Picture: VitalityTM office paper

    In June 2013, Domtar Corporation completed the acquisition of the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line for the U.S. and Canada. With its strong foundation in serving businesses and corporations, the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line was already a well-known brand within the marketplace, and the Domtar leadership team wanted to continue to build on that success.

    "Although we wanted to continue to leverage the great foundational work that Xerox had established within the paper category, we also wanted to grow the paper business, and expanding beyond large and corporate customers was a key driver for us," said John D. Williams, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our goal was to maintain the existing customer base, while still broadening the brand's appeal across new consumer targets, as well as increasing the presence of the Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line within new channels of business." Williams added.

    The Xerox® Paper and Specialty Media Line has been reorganized into three product families, VitalityTM, BoldTM, and RevolutionTM to help customers make better paper choices based on their usage and project needs.
    -VitalityTM includes versatile office papers that are great for a wide variety of uses and always provide great looking results.
    -BoldTM is a line of professional office papers and digital printing papers designed to give users the highest quality results, so that their work always looks a step above the rest.
    -RevolutionTM is a line of specialized paper, films and materials that allow customers to create professional looking marketing and business building tools.

    New packaging was created not only to reflect these changes, but also to refresh and modernize the look to align with Xerox's strong positioning within the marketplace.

    "We worked hard to create a package that's not only attractive, but also one that reflects the professional nature of the brand and gives customers just enough information to make informed choices about their paper purchases." said Katie Zorn, Marketing Director for Domtar Business Papers.

    Additionally, many of the product features have been enhanced to meet market demands. One result is by optimizing the office papers to perform in a wide variety of print devices, Domtar has eliminated the need to choose paper by print device.

    Domtar, also known for its leadership in sustainability practices and strong commitment to domestic production, made the decision to add the rigorous Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certification to nearly all of its office papers and digital printing paper products. Many of the certified products will bear the well-known World Wildlife Fund panda logo, and the entire office papers line will be produced in either the United States or Canada.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    06.10.2014   Changes in the Management Team of Munksjö    ( Company news )

    Company news Kim Henriksson (photo), Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has tendered his resignation from Munksjö Oyj to continue his career outside the company.
    Kim Henriksson joined Munksjö AB in 2010 and has been a member of the
    Management Team during Munksjö's growth phase, combination with Ahlstrom Label and Processing and listing on the Nasdaq OMX Helsinki stock exchange.
    Kim Henriksson will leave Munksjö during the first quarter of 2015 to join Access Partners, an independent financial advisory firm. His successor will be appointed in due course.
    We want to express our warmest thanks to Kim for his valuable contribution during his time at Munksjö and wish him all the best in the future.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    06.10.2014   Appvion Launches New Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Appvion, Inc. has announced a treated high-speed inkjet paper as the latest addition to its portfolio of specialty papers that includes market-leading products in the carbonless, thermal and security segments. Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper is engineered and manufactured specifically for web-based inkjet printing and has been qualified on key original equipment manufacturers' (OEMs) presses.

    Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper delivers exceptional print quality and is ideal for transactional documents such as bills and statements, direct mail, promotional materials, and catalogs and books. The paper is available in a 24 lb. bond/60 lb. text weight, with additional weights to be added to the product line soon.

    "The universal surface treatment we apply to our high-speed inkjet paper optimizes performance and versatility by allowing printers to use either dye-based or pigment-based aqueous ink with this product," said Ethan Haas, Appvion's vice president and general manager of carbonless and specialty papers.

    Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper delivers a wide color gamut and yields vibrant image reproduction. Its superior sheet formation ensures even solids and sharp lines. The paper also offers a brilliant whiteness for excellent image contrast, and high opacity for low show-through. It's designed to dry quickly to provide outstanding smear resistance. Plus, it runs smoothly and efficiently on post-processing and finishing equipment.

    Haas said that collaboration between OEMs and paper producers like Appvion is resulting in rapid enhancements to paper performance, ink options, and process choices that complement improvements being made to digital hardware and software technology by OEMs. Such innovation is helping to fuel the rapidly growing popularity of inkjet printing.

    "We make our inkjet paper exclusively at our integrated pulp and specialty paper mill in Pennsylvania. That gives us the flexibility and control to ensure our product meets the increasing performance standards of OEMs and that we provide the product consistency and responsiveness in service and supply that our customers value," Haas said. He added that Appvion's dedicated service package includes a stocking program, shortened lead times, and low minimum order quantities.

    Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper is both acid free and elemental chlorine free (ECF). It is manufactured under ISO 14001:2004-certified environmental management systems. FSC® Certified (FSC-C003368) product versions are available. Appvion offers technical support for product testing. Plus, Appvion Treated High-Speed Inkjet Paper is covered by Appvion's 100% satisfaction guarantee.
    (Appvion Inc.)
     
    06.10.2014   Verso Announces Closure of Bucksport, Maine Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Paper Corp. (NYSE: VRS) announced plans to close its paper mill in Bucksport, Maine (photo). The closure of the mill is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2014. The mill closure will reduce Verso's coated groundwood paper production capacity by approximately 350,000 tons and its specialty paper production capacity by approximately 55,000 tons.

    "The Bucksport mill unfortunately has not been profitable for a number of years, in spite of our employees' dedicated efforts to make it so. Our assessment indicates that it is impossible for the mill to achieve profitability in today's marketplace," said Verso President and Chief Executive Officer, Dave Paterson.

    "This decision is especially difficult because of the significant impact that the closure of the Bucksport mill will have on many people across the region, especially our long-serving and hard-working employees and their families," said Verso Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Energy, Lyle Fellows.

    Verso is committed to helping the Bucksport mill employees who will be affected by the closure. Verso will work closely with union officials and salaried employees concerning severance benefits and other assistance. Verso also will work with local and state officials to help the affected employees access resources to identify alternative employment opportunities.

    Verso will work with its customers to find the best long-term solutions for their product needs after the closure of the Bucksport mill. "Our desire in this process is to minimize disruption to our customers' businesses to the extent possible. Even in the face of reduced production capacity, our customers know that they can depend on Verso to deliver high-quality paper products and exceptional customer service," said Verso Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development, Mike Weinhold.

    Verso estimates that the closure of the Bucksport mill will result in pre-tax cash severance and other shutdown charges of approximately $35-45 million to be recorded in 2014 and 2015. The estimated cash charges consist of approximately $30-35 million in severance costs and approximately $5-10 million in other shutdown costs. Verso currently is analyzing options for the disposition of mill assets and thus does not have sufficient information to estimate the pre-tax noncash asset impairment and accelerated depreciation charges at this time. Verso expects that the noncash charges will be recognized in 2014.

    "The Bucksport mill has a long and proud history. We thank all of our employees, the surrounding communities, and the many local and state officials who have partnered with us over the years," said Bucksport Mill Manager, Dennis Castonguay. "It's difficult to put into words how much your support has meant to us."
    (Verso Paper Corp.)
     
    06.10.2014   Mauro Borges, Minister of Industry and Trade, will attend ABTCP 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Discussing the theme"Competitiveness: is your company prepared for the future?", ABTCP – the Brazilian Pulp and Paper Technical Association - holds, from October 7th to 9th, the 47th Pulp and Paper International Congress and Exhibition, at the Transamérica Expo Center, in São Paulo. Among the Government authorities, main industry executives, specialists and technicians of international reputation confirming their presence, are the Minister of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, Mauro Borges, who will attend the event overture session, and Vicente Falconi, business consultant.

    The event overture session will take place on October 7th, at 10:00 AM and will count on a pronouncement of ABTCP Executive Director, Darcio Berni, followed by the speeches of TAPPI President and CEO, Larry N. Montague, and of IBÁ Chairman of the Board, Carlos Aguiar. Then, the business consultant Vicente Falconi will conduct a talk show on the theme of the event and the award of the best paper of the Technical Congress – Student Category - will be performed.

    The event, as in all years, is distinguished by the excellence of the technical and academic papers which bring innovation and provide greater productivity, with sharp quality of products and services in the industry, being a reference to disseminate new technologies, on top of being a great opportunity for networking and exchanging experiences among the professionals of the segment.
    This year, the Congress and Exhibition count on the institutional support of the major industry technical association in the world, TAPPI, which brings together pulp and paper producers along with processing and packaging industries.

    ABTCP, will take place from October 7th to 9th this year, in São Paulo, SP, and is admittedly one of the major events in the sector, bringing together professionals willing to exchange knowledge and experiences on this productive chain, within the most diverse areas. This year, the Congress is co-accomplished with the similar TAPPI – the Technical Association of Pulp and Paper Industry - the main industry association in the world, and still counts on the support of IPEF – the Forestry Science and Research Institute. Such is its representativeness for the sector that this edition attendance is estimated over 600 internationally renowned experts and technicians.
    The event occurs in parallel with the also traditional Exhibition of sector Manufacturers and Suppliers, gathering, during the three days of the event, more than 8 thousand visitors, in a 6 thousand m2 area.
    (ABTCP - Associação Brasileira Técnica de Celulose e Papel)
     
    02.10.2014   Model to merge Swiss group companies    ( Company news )

    Company news Model Holding AG is merging its operating group companies in Switzerland with Weinfelden-based Model AG with effect from 1 January 2015. Support processes for all plants will be centralised as a result. All Swiss production sites, in Au (SG), Moudon, Niedergösgen and Weinfelden, will continue in operation, as will the three Model Pack Shops.

    The Model Group is combining its operating group companies in Switzerland with Model AG with effect from 1 January 2015. The move is designed to optimise processes and improve their cost structures in the production of board, corrugated board and paper, within the same structure that is already proving successful in all of the other countries in which the Model Group. This means that support processes for all plants will be centralised cost-efficiently under one roof in the future. From 2015 onwards, the Swiss group companies will form a single legal entity, Model AG, headquartered in Weinfelden, Canton Thurgau.

    The reorganisation has been prompted by positive experience in other countries. "Merging the individual companies in Poland and the Czech Republic, for example, significantly strengthened our market position", explains Elisabeth Model, CEO Western Region, Model Group.

    The move brought both qualitative and quantitative improvements. Collaboration between plants was stepped up markedly, for example, while combining and concentrating support processes reduced costs. "A merger is always also an opportunity to join forces, and will ideally trigger a wave of positive changes. An interesting momentum has been developing ever since it has been known internally that the Swiss companies are to be combined. Cross-divisional projects are already in their early stages. That gives me great confidence, and shows that the decision is an important step not just towards the future, but for it." Elisabeth Model.
    (Model AG)
     
    02.10.2014   The sale of Vaahto Group's Service business has been completed    ( Company news )

    Company news Vaahto Group has made an announcement on 3 September 2014 of the sale of the Service business of Vaahto Paper Technology Ltd to a company to be incorporated by a group of investors represented by Antti Vaahto.

    The sale of the business has been completed on 26 September 2014. Vaahto Paper Technology’s 47 employees in Tampere will transfer to the new employer in the sale of the business.

    Along with the changes in strategy Vaahto Group focuses on Process Technology business. By the selling of the Service business, Vaahto Group is implementing the new strategy outlined by the Board of Directors. The sale also improves cash flow of the company for the fiscal year 2014.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
     
    02.10.2014   GLATFELTER COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF ELECTRICAL PAPERS PRODUCER    ( Company news )

    Company news Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced that yesterday it completed the previously announced acquisition of Spezialpapierfabrik Oberschmitten GmbH (SPO) from FINSPO Beteiligungs-GmbH for €8.5 million (approximately U.S.$11 million).

    Photo: Dante C. Parrini, Glatfelter Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    SPO’s plant is located near Frankfurt, Germany. Its primary electrical products and applications include highly technical papers for a wide range of capacitors used in consumer and industrial products; insulation papers for cables and transformers; and materials for industrial power inverters, electromagnetic current filters and electric rail traction. SPO also produces glassine products, which are used in cosmetics packaging, food packaging, and pharmaceutical dosage bags.

    The acquisition of SPO broadens Glatfelter’s existing product lines for the electrical market. This acquisition also complements Glatfelter’s previously announced partnership with Dreamweaver International to develop and manufacture lithium-ion battery separators, which utilize Glatfelter’s capabilities and expertise in making advanced fiber-based engineered materials. SPO will operate as part of Glatfelter’s Composite Fibers business unit.

    “We are excited by the completion of this acquisition and look forward to delivering to SPO‘s customers on our commitment to superior product quality and customer service,” said Dante C. Parrini, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “I believe this acquisition will further our Composite Fibers business unit’s strategy of capitalizing on the fast-growing electrical market by expanding our electrical papers product platform. I am also pleased to welcome SPO’s 193 employees to our organization.”

    Glatfelter financed the acquisition through a combination of cash on hand and borrowings under its existing revolving credit agreement. The addition of SPO is expected to be $0.03 to $0.05 accretive to earnings per share in 2015 excluding one-time acquisition and integration costs. The Company expects to incur approximately $2 million to $3 million of one-time acquisition and integration costs.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    01.10.2014   Kruger Inc. to halt a paper machine at its Brompton Mill indefinitely    ( Company news )

    Company news Kruger Inc. announced that it will stop production on the No. 1 Paper Machine and deinked pulp plant operations at its Brompton Newsprint Mill for an indefinite period, effective November 14, 2014. This decision, which is intended to rebalance the order book and improve the Mill's competitive position, will affect some 98 employees and reduce its annual newsprint production by 100,000 tonnes.

    Unfavourable market conditions, in particular the continuing drop in demand for newsprint, were cited as the reason for the decision. Kruger Inc. will make every effort to minimize the closure's impact on its employees.
    (Kruger Publication Papers Inc.)
     
    01.10.2014   Brand new NOVACUT 106 ER sells well on its world premiere    ( Company news )

    Company news Strong visitor interest at ExpoPrint reflects growing demand for automated production.

    The BOBST NOVACUT 106 ER in-line blank separating die-cutter made its world debut at ExpoPrint 2014 in Sao Paulo, Brazil in July and created strong interest from visitors attracted to automating their carton manufacturing processes. This interest in the newest member of the NOVACUT range was crowned by the sale of the exhibition machine to Argentinean carton maker Guedikian Impresores SA on the first day of the show. A significant number of further NOVACUT 106 ER’s were ordered during the show and will go to, amongst other places, Asia. A large number of promising projects were initiated at the exhibition, with sales being imminent. Visitors to the BOBST booth were also impressed by an EXPERTFOLD folder-gluer line running at 115'000 boxes per hour with simultaneous in-line Braille embossing.
    As pressure grows on packaging manufacturers to be more efficient, the feedback from visitors to the BOBST booth at ExpoPrint 2014 was that carton makers are increasingly interested in options for the automated in-line separation of cartons. Making its debut at the exhibition, the new NOVACUT 106 ER represents a way for carton makers to access in-line blank separation without the production or investment headaches that users often expect from this process.

    Emilio Corti, Head of Sheet-fed Sales for BOBST said, "We were particularly delighted by the visitor response to the debut of the NOVACUT 106 ER at ExpoPrint, which resulted in several machines being sold during the show and in many projects being launched that will result in machine purchases by customers in Asia, Europe and the Americas. It's clearly the right machine for today's market, not least because of the substantial savings it can bring to carton makers. By delivering perfectly stacked bundles of blanks, without the need for hand stripping, it meets in full the production needs of our customers for fully automated and integrated processes. On top of this it also enhances the performance of downstream processes, since automatically blanked cartons run more productively on equipment like folder gluers."

    At ExpoPrint 2014, the NOVACUT 106 ER was shown blank separating both double-cut and single-cut cartons at its full speed of 7'000 sheets per hour, but the press also allows users to run conventional 'non-blanked' work using their existing tooling. This flexibility comes courtesy of the machine's delivery section, which can be converted from single/double cut blank separating to full sheet delivery, and back, in a matter of seconds. NOVACUT can process a wide range of substrates from light paper and cartonboard, through to synthetics and corrugated.

    The BOBST Angle Lock® blanking tool system means that users can blank jobs which previously would not have been cost effective - and regardless of where they operate in the world - because Angle Lock® blanking tools can either be supplied directly by BOBST or made in-plant using standard components. Referring to this, Emilio Corti said, "By providing customers with first class tooling technology that enhances the performance of the new NOVACUT, we are supporting certain markets where access to good quality tooling is difficult, if not impossible."

    Philippe Milliet, Head of the Business Unit Sheet-fed at BOBST, said, "Our strategy is to help carton makers worldwide supply cost-effective packaging, so in each market segment we offer innovative equipment that meets their production, quality and budget requirements. This NOVACUT completes our range of die-cutters for the world market. Alongside its state-of-the-art technology, it also offers access to our tooling solutions, which means that it will be the best solution across a wide range of markets."

    To help users get over any apprehension about the in-line separation process, BOBST delivers unmatched customer support from its worldwide network of service support centers. Each center offers: pre- and post-sales advice from process specialists; training; technical support; remote diagnostics; access to field service technicians; and spare parts/consumables supply.

    The NOVACUT 106 ER also features:
    -full size IIIb sheet size - 1060mm x 760mm
    -quick change upper frames in the blanking and stripping sections
    -automatic locking/unlocking of tools
    -automatic pressure setting, and
    -non-stop production

    Also on show at ExpoPrint 2014 was a BOBST EXPERTFOLD line featuring the latest generation ACCUBRAILLE GT Braille embossing unit and a CARTONPACK GT automatic packer. Processing cartons that had been blank separated on the NOVACUT 106 ER, the line was shown folding, gluing and Braille embossing the boxes at speeds of up to 115'000 per hour. This configuration of line is particularly suited to pharmaceutical packaging manufacture and ACCUBRAILLE GT not only ensures the consistency of Braille embossed dots throughout the run, but also means lower tooling costs - because one ACCUBRAILLE tool replaces several die-cutter embossing dies. A further benefit is that, with no need to carry out the time-consuming make-ready of such embossing dies, changeover times on the upstream die-cutter are reduced, improving plant efficiency overall.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    01.10.2014   Soundview Paper Announces Leadership Transition    ( Company news )

    Company news Soundview Paper Company announced that George Wurtz is retiring from his position as President and CEO of the Elmwood Park, New Jersey-based towel and tissue product manufacturer, effective September 23, 2014. Mr. Wurtz will continue to be engaged with Soundview as its Chairman and as a significant investor. He will be succeeded as President by Karl Meyers, who has served as Chief Operating Officer of Soundview’s Away-From-Home Division for the past year and brings decades of experience in the pulp and paper industry to the position. Meyers and Wurtz were two of the original industry leaders who started Soundview.

    “Soundview Paper was established in 2012 to recapture the greatness of a family-owned business and transform an eighty-year old company into a leading, 21st century manufacturer,” Mr. Wurtz said. “We believed then that a united and safe workforce delivering high-quality products and superior customer service at a competitive price would drive that transformation and it has. I am extremely proud of how our team has positioned the company for growth and success in the years to come and have the utmost confidence in Karl’s ability to lead this business in its next successful chapter.”

    Mr. Wurtz further indicated that Mr. Meyers has decades of hands-on experience and leadership in the Consumer Products Tissue Market of North America. His capabilities make him uniquely qualified to build upon Soundview’s recent success. Under Wurtz’s leadership, Soundview increased its sales of converted product by successfully revitalizing the Marcal Brand, penetrating new channels of distribution, improving product quality and through the acquisition of Vermont based Putney Paper entered the Away From Home business with a complete product portfolio.

    Tim Fazio, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Atlas Holdings LLC, which owns Soundview Paper, said, “George Wurtz partnered with us to found Soundview Paper and immediately spearheaded the successful turnaround of a vital consumer products business. From ensuring strong labor-management relations to developing an exciting array of products to meet our customers’ needs, George honored the legacy of the Marcal name at every turn and set us on the right course for the future. We thank George for his contributions as President and CEO and look forward to his continued service as a member of the Soundview Board of Directors.”

    Mr. Fazio added, “We are extremely fortunate that Karl Meyers has agreed to serve as Soundview’s next President. Karl has all the attributes necessary to be an exceptional leader of Soundview; he’s a former paper company mill worker, a supervisor, and an energetic, innovative leader. He knows our business from the ground up, has the unwavering respect and admiration of his colleagues, and has the industry expertise necessary to take Soundview to the next level of sustainable excellence.”

    Mr. Meyers has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Soundview’s Away-From-Home Division since 2013. Prior to joining Soundview, he served as a senior executive for Georgia Pacific Corp. from 1997 to 2009. In that role, he helped to lead manufacturing operations in Oklahoma, North Carolina, and Toluca, Mexico. Prior to that, Meyers spent sixteen years working in a variety of leadership posts within Fort James and Fort Howard Corporation in Oklahoma.

    “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Soundview Paper and its extraordinary employees who care deeply about the company we’re part of and meeting the needs of the customers we’re privileged to serve,” said Mr. Meyers. “Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy, and Soundview is at the forefront of our industry when it comes to employee safety, innovative product development, customer service and community engagement. I look forward to working with my colleagues, our customers and the community to write the next great chapter in the story of this company.”
    (Soundview Paper Company)
     
    01.10.2014   New food packaging: The environment and stiffness ticked all the right boxes for SAS    ( Company news )

    Company news Paperboard is a promising material for airline food packaging – it has low weight, can be barrier coated, and can be finished to the required level of elegance and quality feel. Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) has recently introduced a new food box made of the folding box board Incada.

    Picture: When SAS commissioned the development of a new form of packaging for its inflight meals the airline chose the folding box board Incada from Iggesund as its base material.

    “In creating packaging for inflight meals you must take many factors into account,” explains Gustaf Öholm, Senior Manager, Onboard Concepts, Services & Sales at SAS. “The packaging must have low weight, present the food well and feel good in the hand. It must be easy to open and of course it must preserve the intentions of our kitchen up until the food reaches the passenger.”

    The airline’s previous solution was not good enough and SAS therefore decided to develop a new form of food packaging that could live up to the many quality and visual demands.
    Important parameters included the feel of the material, the surface coating and the ability to colour the material.
    The new food packaging is now being used for evening meals for passengers in SAS Plus on almost all routes outside the Nordic region. Another new feature is that all the contents – apart from one piece of chocolate – are now being produced at the same place by a dedicated team. SAS believes this will raise both the quality and quality consistency of the meals.

    SAS’s packaging supplier worked together with Elanders, which previously developed a compostable packaging for Malmö Aviation that was also far lighter in weight. The SAS commission was to create packaging that is easy to use, has low weight and presents the food in an elegant way.

    “We chose Incada from Iggesund because of its stiffness and we coated the inside with a barrier of black-dyed polyethylene. The packaging’s outside was printed black and we then put a lot of effort into finding a transparent film that captured a minimum of condensation in order to create the best possible visual impression of the food,” explains Tony Norén of Elanders.
    Incada is made at Iggesund Paperboard’s mill at Workington, England. There, Iggesund has radically changed its energy supply from fossil natural gas to biomass. The mill’s new CHP power plant is the result of an investment of £108 million, and the reduction in fossil emissions is the equivalent of taking 65,000 cars a year permanently off the road.

    “Of course the environmental aspect is also an important factor in our decision,” Gustaf Öholm concludes. “Obviously it’s important to us that our food packaging has a high standard from an environmental perspective.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard Ltd)
     
    01.10.2014   The Ricoh ProTM C7100X series opens new markets and new opportunities for graphic arts     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The Pro C7100X series is available in EMEA early in 2015

    Ricoh announces the Ricoh Pro C7100X series of digital colour cut sheet presses, ideal for small to medium sized graphic arts business, direct mailers, service bureaux, digital printers and centralised reprographic departments. Its features are designed to support print service providers seeking to increase their current digital printing capacity, enter new markets and explore new digital opportunities by providing capabilities and offerings to clients not previously available with this engine class.

    The Pro C7100X series makes it easier for print service providers to offer diverse and unique outputs to their clients and new revenue streams to their business. Highly productive for its class, the Pro C7100X series delivers print speeds up to 90ppm and supports media up to 360gsm. Optimum image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi is achieved with Ricoh’s enhanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology. It delivers a premium finish, and supports an extensive range of media, including new textured media technology, and enables many different applications such as light packaging, demo packaging, direct mail, books, brochures and business cards. A key feature of the Pro C7100X series is its fifth colour station allowing applications with clear gloss or white, offering print services providers significant additional revenue opportunities.

    Peter Williams, Executive Vice President and Head of the Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe said “As small and medium sized graphic arts businesses seek to remain competitive, profitable and add value to clients, it is essential that they have the right tools in place to deliver innovative applications and introduce new service lines. By adding a Ricoh ProTM C7100X series digital press to their workflows they can boost return on investment, expand or introduce new digital print services, with fast turnaround times and promise exceptional image quality and impact to clients. The ability to apply spot or flood clear gloss and white, and to quickly switch between the two, is unprecedented at this price point.”

    The expansion of Ricoh’s unique media library allows users to adjust and associate different parameters per substrate to ensure image quality and reliability. In addition to product features, the Operator Replaceable Units (ORUs) enable trained users to replace more than a dozen parts key to reliability and image quality to help increase uptime and performance.

    The Pro C7100X series is available with either the EFI E-43A or the faster and more powerful E-83A print server. The Pro C7100X series is available in EMEA early in 2015.

    Ricoh’s continuing commitment to innovation means that commercial and corporate print clients can select the optimum blend from the company’s fast expanding portfolio of production-oriented products and solutions to support the profitable evolution of their businesses. The introduction of the Pro C7100X series enhances the existing portfolio of colour cut sheet presses to offer greater productivity and creativity to commercial and graphic arts users. The launch of the Pro VC60000 extends the Ricoh range of continuous feed inkjet presses, and the hardware portfolio is completed by wide and large format printers, configured for graphics and for architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) requirements. Ricoh’s software solutions deliver supreme connectivity and performance across the spectrum of workflow needs that professional production printers have, whether in mixed or digital only environments.

    Ricoh Pro C7100X Series Features Summary
    - Highly productive with print speeds up to 80 ppm for the C7100X and 90ppm for the C7110X based upon A4
    - Media support up to 360gsm
    - Optimum image quality up to 1200 x 4800 dpi with Ricoh’s enhanced Vertical Cavity Surface Emitting Laser (VCSEL) technology
    - Versatile with a fifth colour station providing clear and white toner
    - Maximum sheet size of SRA3
    - Simplex banner printing up to 700mm
    - Maximum monthly volume of 240,000 based on A4
    - Duty cycle of 700k
    - Precise sheet-to-sheet and front-to-back registration achieved with mechanical registration
    - Reliable throughput of the wide range of supported media is ensured by the use of Ricoh’s new vacuum feed technology
    - Compatible with either the EFI E-43A or the faster and more powerful E-83A print Server
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    01.10.2014   First edition of The Inkjet Conference exceeds expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news Impressive line-up of industry leaders reveal innovations in inkjet technology for industrial markets to 300+ attendees

    As fast-paced developments in inkjet printing technology are opening traditional industrial applications to digital printing such as packaging, textile, plastics and many more, ESMA is staging ‘The Inkjet Conference™’ (www.theijc.com), sponsored by enabling partner drupa, for the very first time at the Swissôtel in Neuss (Düsseldorf), Germany, on September 30 and October 1 2014.

    “The interest in inkjet for industrial applications has been overwhelming." says Steve Knight, Founder of Digital Direct, who runs The Inkjet Conference on ESMA's behalf. "An impressive line-up of industry leaders will share their insights with over 300 attendees - all interested in the further opportunities this great technology has to offer. We anticipated that our conference fills a void in the market today but are extremely happy with the buy-in and confidence of these great firms - 37 exhibitors have registered ranging from well-known names in print to totally new players entering this market. The two conference days are well filled with 41 speakers so the rooms will be buzzing with ideas and propositions on inkjet. ”

    Steve Knight further comments: “Inkjet is the fastest growing area of print. The rapid evolution of core technologies is driving cross market adoption of digital imaging with huge economic benefits, and while some market sectors are still in the 10’s of machines, others are in the 1000’s. Digital print in automotive interior is to be expected next year and so is direct printing on beverages and secondary packaging. Furthermore, labels, ceramics, textiles and packaging are all fast-growing sectors and represent a multi-billion euro business that is expanding rapidly.”

    Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA comments: “Technical advances in inks, printheads software and electronics are being aided by a growing integration know-how. In turn, improvements in image quality are being driven by further research in inks and surface treatments, curing and drying. As a result, this improved image quality is driving further market adoption.”

    The inkjet conference brings together industry and academic leaders in their fields to speak about the latest advances and future developments driving digital print and offers a great networking opportunity to meet both the presenters and the market leaders from their respective industries. The two-day, multi-subject educational conference has been developed specifically for inkjet equipment manufacturers. It includes:
    - A focus on inkjet engineering and the placing of a million drops that will feature hardware and software aspects of equipment design and manufacture. Areas touched on will include fluid systems, precision engineering, printheads, digital asset management, RIPs, colour calibration and workflow.
    - A review on fluid and ink components such as nano particles, conductive, aqueous and UV inks.
    - An academic track open to all universities and non-commercial research institutes to present their work.

    Sabine Geldermann, Director of drupa: “The conference supports precisely our “Touch the Future” focus, theme and claim of drupa 2016. It is responding to the rapid market changes and is stimulating new and important visitor target groups with state-of-the-art technologies and new solutions.”

    Martin Stegelmeier, Senior Project Manager for PEPSO (Printed Electronics Products and Solutions) of Messe Düsseldorf, points out that “PEPSO connects seamlessness with inkjet technology. Many new materials and application developments are connecting with this upcoming conference and are a springboard towards drupa 2016!”

    The conference consists of over 30 different presentations with topics as varied as:
    - Membrane Pumps in Inkjet Printers – a success story, Andreas Hauri (KNF Flodos)
    - UV-LED Systems and Integration, Patrick Montali (PrintabLED)
    - Piezo Inkjet for Precision Dispensing of Functional Materials, Steve Liker (Trident)
    - System Integration: an Ink Point of View , Frank De Voeght (Chemstream)
    - Improving Inkjet Industry by Implementing Intelligent Sensors, Martin Kurtz (Balluff GmbH)
    - Industrial Inkjet for Packaging- Beyond the Box, Holly Steedman (Indujet GmbH)
    - Limitations and Benefits of Industrial Inkjet Printing, John Corrall (Industrial Inkjet Limited)
    - Utilizing the Full Power of the Computer Hardware, Frédéric Soulier (Caldera)
    ....

    The academic track also displays the latest in inkjet technology:
    - Advanced Drop Watching (iPrint Institute, University of Applied Sciences Western Switzerland)
    - Carbon Nano-Forms Suspensions for Inkjet Printing Energy Applications (Department of Chemistry, University of Torino)
    - Silver micro size distribution and printing technique influences on coatings for flexible electronics
    - Inkjet printing of functional materials for energy applications
    - Inkjet printing and sintering techniques of functional layers for electronic applications
    (ESMA V.Z.W.)
     
    30.09.2014   hubergroup braces itself for the future    ( Company news )

    Company news hubergroup boosts its activity to sustainably meet the highly competitive business in a market environment with all its constantly growing challenges. As announced today, hubergroup will further align sales structures and strategic segments by merging its two largest entities in Europe.

    hubergroup will merge the two German companies Michael Huber München GmbH and Hostmann-Steinberg GmbH into the new hubergroup Deutschland GmbH. In this merger, redundant structures will be eliminated and processes will be noticeably optimised. In addition, the two producing factories in Celle and Munich will be organised along specific product lines, enabling hubergroup to focus on specific market segments for quickest response time in order to maintain and improve customer satisfaction.

    In addition to the activities in Germany, hubergroup will also bolster its market presence in Switzerland so they can adjust better to the regional requirements. Stehlin+Hostag AG and the just acquired AMRA Farben AG in Rapperswil-Jona will merge to hubergroup Schweiz and service the Swiss market entirely from Rapperswil-Jona.

    hubergroup says this activity will expand its position as a service-oriented, quality-ink manufacturer. "The upcoming steps are means to ensure sustainable business in a highly competitive market. Shortly after arranging re-financing under improved conditions, our financially solid company now focuses on long-term organisational layout so we will be ready for the future," explains Heiner Klokkers, Member of the Board of MHM Holding GmbH. "As a reliable partner to our customers, quality and service is of highest priority to us. We will continue to set the standard as a supplier of printing inks, printing varnishes and printing products that meet the highest demands," he says. "To ensure all this, we will substantially improve the efficiency of our processes."

    Although these measures will create noticeable strengthening of the sites in Germany and improve sales structures of hubergroup Schweiz, job cuts will be unavoidable. Due to its close-down, the Swiss site in Lachen will have to bear the major burden, while the German sites are only affected with minor cuts. To keep the impact socially acceptable, the management of each site is in close contact with the workers' council.
    (Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH München)
     

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