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    18.02.2014   EFI Launches High-Performance Fiery Digital Front Ends for New Konica Minolta bizhub Family ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... of Presses

    EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, and Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. Inc., announced the availability of two new digital front ends (DFEs) - the EFI Fiery® IC-308 and IC-415 - designed to drive the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS C1060, C1070 and C1070P family of digital presses. Running on the latest, award-winning Fiery FS100 Pro platform, the EFI Fiery DFEs provide unparalleled performance, color management and workflow automation tools.
    "The new additions to the Fiery line-up for the Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS family deliver almost 2.5 times performance improvement over their predecessors," said John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. "This means that print service providers can increase their capacity by shortening turnaround times for even the most challenging and complex files, including increasingly popular variable data jobs."
    "The ongoing relationship between EFI and Konica Minolta is represented in these market-leading solutions," said Kevin Kern, senior vice president, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A. "We are truly excited about delivering new and continued value to our customers with the right solutions to ensure a seamless, integrated experience."

    Reliable processing at blazing speeds
    The two Fiery DFE models are targeted at production print operations, ranging from CRDs to commercial printing firms, and bring powerful functionality for high-margin print jobs such as photobooks or personalized communications. Users can also couple the Fiery IC-308 with Fiery Central, EFI's centralized job production solution, to drive both the new color Konica Minolta bizhub PRESS models and black-and-white bizhub PRESS 1052/1250/1250P digital printers. This unique configuration provides a centralized workflow with the common Fiery Command WorkStation® job management interface to automatically balance printer fleet workloads for more efficient and lower cost production.
    The Fiery FS100 Pro platform used for the new DFEs is the only production platform to achieve a 100% perfect pass rating from industry organization VIGC's PDF RIP Audit. This means that users can accurately and consistently reproduce even intricately designed files developed with tools like Adobe Creative Suite, avoiding costly reprints, delivery delays and dissatisfied print buyers.

    Better business management with EFI MIS integration
    Establishing an integrated workflow that saves time and minimizes touch points in business and production processes is critical to success in today's print market. Print organizations using EFI MIS and web-to-print solutions can seamlessly integrate with the IC-308 to increase operational efficiency. In addition, users can integrate the new DFEs with Kodak PRINERGY and other third-party prepress and workflow solutions to achieve higher-level efficiencies that streamline business operations.
    Customers can also take advantage of Fiery JobMaster, an optional makeready product that includes productivity enhancers such as visual tab insertion and design, easy-to-use page editing, chapterization, and many other late-stage job editing features. This allows operators to set up and execute complex print jobs faster and more efficiently, saving time and increasing overall profitability.
    "We're excited to team with Konica Minolta to bring the advanced capabilities of the Fiery DFEs and bizhub PRESS family of digital color presses to market," EFI's Henze noted. "We look forward to ongoing collaboration to meet the demands of production print customers well into the future."
    (efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)
     
    18.02.2014   Process Optimization within the whole Tissue Production - emtec Electronic at the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... MIAC Tissue Business Point 2014 in Lucca, Italy

    Picture: FPA, Fiber Potential Analyzer, Reliable Lab Measurement of the Fiber Zeta Potential

    emtec Electronic GmbH will participate the first “MIAC Tissue Business Point” in Lucca, both, the show itself as well as the conference. From March 26th until 27th, we will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 04 together with Qi Srl and Metreo Srl – our representatives for Italy. In addition, we will also attend the MIAC Tissue Conference on Thursday, March 27th with a presentation – interesting for all players within the tissue industry.

    During the MIAC Tissue exhibition, emtec will present different testing instruments by which the complete process of tissue production from the pulp to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.

    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.

    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base tissue after the production and of the finished product after converting. This can be realized by the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/ roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.

    During Session 3 in the conference on Thursday, March 27th Mrs. Sandra Vogt will explain in detail the different functions and applications of these valued assistants and their “Possibilities for process optimization from the wet end to the finished tissue product”.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    17.02.2014   ANDRITZ to supply the world’s largest High Energy Recovery Boiler to OKI Pulp & Paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Mills, Indonesia

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from OKI Pulp & Paper Mills to supply the world’s largest recovery boiler for OKI’s new kraft pulp mill in Indonesia. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The order value amounts to approximately 120 million euros.

    The total capacity of the ANDRITZ High Energy Recovery Boiler (HERB) is about 50% higher than of any other recovery boiler in operation today worldwide, reaching a black liquor firing capacity of 11,600 tons of dry solids per day. The maximum daily green electricity production of the boiler is equivalent to the average daily electricity power need of a European city of one million inhabitants.

    The boiler will feature state-of-the-art solutions for optimizing power-to-heat ratios by operating at higher pressures and temperatures than conventional boilers. This allows pulp mills to maximize their environmental-friendly power generation. The order confirms the position of the ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER business area as one the world’s leading suppliers for high-energy recovery boilers.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    17.02.2014   Changes in the Executive Management Team of Ahlstrom     ( Company news )

    Company news Aki Saarinen, Executive Vice President, Strategic Business Development, has decided to resign from Ahlstrom to pursue other career opportunities. He will step down from the Executive Management Team in February 2014 and continue in his current role until mid-August.
    Saarinen joined Ahlstrom in 2012 and has been a member of the Executive Management Team since that. Ahlstrom thanks Aki Saarinen for his valuable contribution to the company.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    17.02.2014   KBA Rapida 205 at Ellerhold hits the 100m-sheet mark    ( Company news )

    Company news 10 years of superlarge format from Radebeul

    Picture: Frank Ellerhold (l), CEO of Ellerhold, with the team who printed the 100 millionth sheet: Alexander Schmidt, Torsten Schubert, Oliver Hirsch and Sven Schiffler (l-r)

    On 21 January at 3:25pm the sheet counter on a KBA Rapida 205 with the serial number 001 proudly clocked up its 100 millionth sheet at Ellerhold in Radebeul. This comes only three weeks before the press’ tenth birthday.
    However, 100m sheets in ten years is nothing new in sheetfed offset. Some packaging printers hit this mark after just two years. The Rapida 205 in giant format (151 x 205cm/54.4 x 80.7in) at Ellerhold predominantly prints large posters with occasional print runs of only 100 copies. More time is spent on makeready than on printing with such small jobs.
    The first Rapida 205 to roll off the assembly line was delivered to Ellerhold where it has completed 7,720 shifts in total and produces nearly 2,000 jobs every year with a maximum output of 9,000sph. In the last ten years it has printed an area measuring 310km² roughly as big as the German city of Munich. Two Rapida 205s are in action at the Ellerhold poster factory in Radebeul. The oldest is a four-colour press with coater and the youngest is a five-colour version with hybrid coating capabilities. Two further four-colour Rapida 205s with coaters have been installed in the firm’s plants in Witten and Karow, near Wismar, as well as a four-colour Rapida 185 with coater in Zirndorf. Ellerhold is the world’s biggest KBA jumbo press user with a total of five Rapida 205s.
    Ellerhold board member Klaus Gerlach is proud of his sheetfed offset giants from KBA, especially his ten-year-old Rapida 205. Gerlach : “Over the past ten years this press has run very stably and without any substantial downtimes. Following a scheduled revision a few weeks ago we plan on printing with this press well into the future. It prints in just a high quality as it did when it was first installed.”
    In the past ten years KBA has delivered some 60 Rapida 185/205 presses to 20 countries all over the world, an average of one every two months. For many years now poster printers have not been the only ones who think big as the super jumbos are just as likely to be found in packaging and commercial print firms. In Saudi Arabia a seven-colour Rapida 185 with twin coaters, a press with an impressive 11 printing and finishing units, is the longest large-format installation to date.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    17.02.2014   Metsä Board introduces a new fully bleached coated liner    ( Company news )

    Company news Coated, lightweight Modo Northern Light is ideal for microflute and litho lamination

    Following the successful launch of uncoated Modo Northern Light last year, Metsä Board is introducing a new coated version of the liner. It complements Metsä Board’s coated Kemiart kraftliners by adding a grade with high whiteness and quality printing properties in lower substances. Coated Modo Northern Light is ideal for litho lamination and microflute applications, and is especially suitable for food packaging thanks to its pure fresh forest fibres, as well as for many other end-uses.
    “Coated Modo Northern Light is a welcome addition to our lightweight linerboard portfolio – a litho lamination liner in lower substances,” says Risto Auero, VP Linerboard Sales, Metsä Board.”It provides excellent printing properties, and is an appreciated solution in markets where a pure material is needed for food packaging and other sensitive products.”
    It is possible to create a very light but strong corrugated structure by using both coated and uncoated Modo Northern Light in various combinations of top and reverse side liner, and the uncoated grade as fluting.
    Modo Northern Light linerboards are manufactured at Metsä Board’s Husum mill in Sweden, which holds PEFC and FSC chain of custody certification as well as environmental and quality certificates. It is made from fresh forest fibres grown in sustainably managed forests. The fibres are of known origin and Metsä Board can trace all other raw materials used in the liner’s manufacture.
    (Metsä Board Paper and Pulp Husum Mill)
     
    17.02.2014   Finch Paper Announces Richard Oelkers As Business Development Manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Finch Paper, producer of uncoated papers including flagship Finch Opaque and Finch Fine®, announced the addition of Richard Oelkers (photo) as Business Development Manager.
    Mr. Oelkers comes to Finch Paper from Lincoln Paper & Tissue, where he served as Regional Sales Manager. Mr. Oelkers has also held senior sales positions with International Paper and Boise Inc.
    Joining Finch Paper’s National Account team, Rick Oelkers will be responsible for new business development among publishers, converters and print resellers.
    Rick said that Finch has been a formidable competitor, and he is happy to be joining a growing uncoated freesheet organization. “Finch is highly regarded for its product value and quality. I’ve always known Finch Opaque to be the ‘Cadillac’ of opaque papers,” he said.
    “Rick brings a wealth of market insight to the Finch team. He will be instrumental in building partnerships within new segments that utilize a broad portfolio of Finch products,” said Clive Gillanders, Director – National Accounts.
    (Finch Paper LLC)
     
    17.02.2014   Register now for Tissue World Americas 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Tissue World Americas, the leading global tissue event, will be in Miami Beach on March 18-21. A new highlight will be the Tissue Retailers and Distributors Insight Forum (TRIF), which means the entire Tissue Value Matrix from raw materials through to retailers and distributors will be present. TRIF has already attracted a dozens of buyers from many of the World's Top Retailers, Paper Distributors and AFH Service Providers.
    1000s of tissue makers from 70-90 countries will of course be there to discuss tissue manufacturing operations, the historical base of Tissue World since 1993, at the Technical and Management Conferences, as well as on the Trade Show Floor featuring over 160 exhibitors.
    All players in the tissue business can benefit by getting actionable insight about this largest Non-food Category (and 3rd largest overall) which is a Big Traffic Driver, and also undergoing big changes as far as the Brand/Private Label Balance. At the same time they will get valuable information about Controversial Environmental Issues such as wood fiber sourcing, which caused Greenpeace and WWF to confront several tissue making companies and retailers.

    Here are some of the many highlights:
    • New Innovations like NTT, ATMOS and ADT, and improved TAD Tissue Making Technology
    • The Tissue World Sustainability Summit: Sustainability, Fibers, Energy and the Environment
    • Big Brands vs Private Labels. Why is Europe so different?
    • Growing Global Trade and Imports in Tissue
    • New Products and Packaging Innovations
    • Changing Consumer Buying Habits and the Influence of E-Commerce

    The purpose of the new, more complete, Tissue World is to:
    Stimulate Cross-Functional Learning and Innovation by All Key Players in the Tissue Value Matrix to Grow the Category, Sustain the Planet and Create More Value
    Register today at www.tissueworld.com/Registration/
    (UBM Asia Trade Fairs Pte Ltd)
     
    14.02.2014   New 950BK 100% mineral oil-free black ink launched to provide safe food packaging applications    ( Company news )

    Company news Domino has launched a new 100% mineral oil-free (MOF) black ink developed to address increasing concerns regarding the migration of printing inks and mineral oils onto the carton board and food packaging. Domino’s new 950BK MOF black ink is non-hazardous, fully sustainable and based on vegetable oils.
    The environmentally friendly 950BK black ink, which is manufactured using vegetable oil, has been designed specifically for use in Domino’s C6000 drop-on-demand (DOD) outer case coding printer for food packaging applications.
    It has been estimated that more than half of the cardboard used in Europe is recycled. Much of this recycled carton-board which is used in food packaging, is produced through the recycling of newspapers. And, it is the mineral-oils from this newsprint ink that is finding its way into the cardboard during the recycling process. These mineral oils contain aromatic and saturated hydrocarbons which can be easily absorbed and over time, accumulate in the body.
    By the introduction of Domino’s new 950BK MOF black ink with the C6000 outer case coder, packaging suppliers can be assured of a completely safe solution for printing text, graphics and supply chain bar codes onto paper and cardboard food packages and cartons. This is achieved by eliminating the risk posed by the migration of harmful toxins leaching from mineral oil-based inks from the print on the outer cases and into the food products inside. In addition, the biodegradable properties of the 950BK MOF ink assist in the de-inking of printed matter during the recycling process.
    An active member of EuPIA (the European Printing Ink Association), Domino has an extensive fluids development and testing facility at its UK headquarters. This enables the company to monitor market requirements and work with its customers to introduce new consumables that are safe and compliant while delivering exceptional product coding and optimum printer performance.
    “The growing concerns about the potential health risks for consumers from mineral oil-based ink contamination is now far too serious to ignore,” says Andrew Gunton, Product Manager – Fluids at Domino. “We have therefore taken a proactive stance by developing an environmentally friendly mineral oil-free ink for our C6000 outer case coding solution. This gives brand owners and manufacturers complete peace of mind that their food products will remain free from mineral oil contamination.”
    (Domino UK Ltd)
     
    14.02.2014   MWV Packaging Matters™ Research Reveals Global Differences in Role of Packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Second annual study explores how packaging impacts shopping behavior, influences product satisfaction and motivates consumers around the world

    MWV Study: Fewer Than 20 Percent of U.S. Consumers Very Satisfied with Packaging
    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, launched Packaging Matters, the company’s second annual study of the role packaging plays in consumer purchasing behavior, brand loyalty and overall product satisfaction. This year, the research has expanded to 10 markets, including Brazil, China, Germany, India, Japan, Russia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States, to provide a broader perspective on the role of packaging around the world.

    Packaging impacts shopping behavior, in-store and online
    Packaging Matters research shows packaging plays a significant role in brick-and-mortar retail purchasing behaviors. Packaging’s role is apparent in the purchasing process – Trial, Repeat or Switch – in which consumers trial a new product and depending on the experience, subsequently repeat that purchase, or switch to another brand to test a different product:
    -Trial: 64% have tried something new because the packaging caught their eye on the retail shelf
    -Repeat: 41% have purchased a product again because of the packaging
    -Switch: 36% have switched brands because of negative experiences with new packaging

    Packaging Matters also examines online shopping habits of global consumers, and the research reveals a host of behaviors – beyond Trial, Repeat or Switch – that can be influenced by packaging. When shopping online, consumers report that product packaging has led them to:
    -Research more information about a product (29%)
    -Write an online review that mentions the packaging (22%)
    -“Friend” or "become a fan" of a brand/company on social networking sites (20%)
    -Post something about that product on social media (18%)

    “Packaging continues to play an important role in building brand loyalty and driving repeat purchase in-store and, increasingly, it is also a vehicle that connects brands and consumers online,” said Steve Kazanjian vice president, Global Creative, MWV. “Brands that recognize how packaging can influence online shoppers have an opportunity to see a ripple effect as those consumers share their positive experience with others via product reviews or through their social networks.”

    Packaging satisfaction is low across the globe
    Because every purchaser is guaranteed to interact with a product’s packaging, it should be an integral component of the marketing mix and the physical manifestation of a brand experience. However, Packaging Matters results show there is opportunity to improve this experience. Only 11% of global consumers are completely satisfied with packaging today, leaving a vast majority of people wanting more from their packaging. Functional attributes, such as protecting the product from spilling and making the product easy to get out, are considered more important packaging attributes to consumers across all product categories. However, these same attributes are underperforming in the eyes of consumers. By comparison, attributes related to the appearance of packaging, such as being attractive and easy to find, are overachieving based on the perceived importance to consumers.
    When looking across product categories, research reveals consumers are most dissatisfied with the to-go packaging category. Fragrance packaging is the category in which the highest percentage of consumers report being completely satisfied.
    “Consumers say that functional attributes of packaging are critical to their satisfaction, but only a small percentage are completely satisfied with packaging as it exists today,” said Brian Richard, director, Consumer and Customer Insights, MWV. "Our research shows that the package needs to do more than look good on a shelf and drive trial of a product. The package also needs to be easy to transport, store, use and dispose of, if the consumer is going to buy the product again."

    Global market nuances in packaging
    For analysis, the surveyed countries were categorized as Developed Packaging Markets (Germany, Japan, U.K., U.S.) and Developing Packaging Markets (Brazil, China, India, Russia, South Africa and Turkey), based on factors such as total GDP, purchasing power of the middle class, sophistication of supply chain, and the prevalence of modern retailing.
    The results show that packaging is more than twice as important to overall product satisfaction for consumers in Developing Packaging Markets compared to those in Developed Packaging Markets (54% vs. 20%). Packaging also impacts the purchasing process (Trial, Repeat or Switch) much more in Developing Packaging Markets than in Developed Packaging Markets. Packaging has a greater influence on online shoppers in Developing Packaging Markets, who may have adopted habits more quickly with the prevalence of mobile devices, compared to peers in Developed Packaging Markets.
    By digging deeper into the nuances of each country surveyed, brand owners can better understand and serve the needs of consumers in some of the fastest-growing and most powerful economies in the world.

    -On average, consumers in India and South Africa express the highest satisfaction across product categories (59% vs. global average of 50%)
    -A product’s packaging is more important than its brand for overall product satisfaction among consumers in Brazil, Germany, Russia and Turkey
    -Japan, one of the most progressive packaging countries in the world, reported the lowest satisfaction ratings across categories (25% satisfied vs. global average of 50%); Japanese consumers have a healthy dissatisfaction with the quality of their packaging, which likely contributed to low satisfaction ratings in this survey, but may help the country drive consistent packaging innovation
    -Chinese consumers are less satisfied overall with packaging than the global average (46% vs. 50%)
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    14.02.2014   GMP-compliant packaging machine provides fast format change and reliable line clearance    ( Company news )

    Company news An innovative packaging solution for life science and healthcare products will be presented by MULTIVAC at interpack 2014. The solution is based on a thermoforming packaging machine, but one in which the machine concept has been optimised for those applications, where a high degree of flexibility is required for packing challenging products.
    "Life science and healthcare products are being packed today in ever smaller batch sizes, in order to fulfil regional or other specific requirements. It is for this reason, that the producing companies set very high requirements for a quick format change, reliable line clearance and intelligent automation technologies for loading and unloading. We have optimised our packaging solution to meet these demands", says Valeska Haux, Marketing Manager at MULTIVAC.
    MULTIVAC has to a large extent separated the areas for product processing and machine technology from each other in the new thermoforming packaging machine. All units installed as part of the machine technology, including hoses, cables and valves, have been moved from the interior of the machine to the rear. This minimises the risk of products getting lodged somewhere during the packaging procedure, which would then require stoppage of the machine. This also ensures that the line can be cleared quickly and reliably.
    The machine is also clad with a transparent polycarbonate front, whose large doors can be easily opened. This enables the operator to have a very good view into the interior areas, which also have lighting, and to quickly detect and remove products which have got lost. The accessibility and ease of cleaning of the machine was also further improved by these design measures.
    A quick and reproducible format change enables the machine to be converted for the widest range of batch sizes. Here MULTIVAC has expanded the potential use of its proven drawer system, which up to now has only been used for the user-friendly changing of tooling in the forming and sealing dies. Now MULTIVAC also offers corresponding change systems for plug-assist dies. Moreover, the changing of the cutting tool in the complete cutter has been simplified, which enables the changeover time of all components to be reduced to a minimum.
    The new thermoforming packaging machine offers a high degree of flexibility with regard to the arrangement of the different modules, the packaging materials which can be run, the possible packaging formats and the batch sizes. As an example of this, both flexible and rigid films can be run on this machine. In addition to producing vacuum packs, the new thermoforming packaging machine is also designed to produce packs with modified atmosphere and reduced oxygen content. Thanks to its flexible layout, the machine concept is also ideally suited to packing a wide range of products, such as for example syringes, ampoules, vials and injectors.
    MULTIVAC's user-friendly line-motion control via the HMI 2.0 operator interface, as well as the highly sensitive sensor technology of the machines, ensure that a consistently high product quality is maintained, as well as an overarching quality assurance. With its track-and-trace function, MULTIVAC meets the serialisation and marking requirements of individual countries.
    (Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller GmbH & Co KG)
     
    14.02.2014   4-colour Kodak Prosper Imprinting Line - KCL installs new 4-colour Kodak Prosper Imprinting Line    ( Company news )

    Company news KCL will install new inkjet line, which consist of sheet feeder, 4 Kodak Prosper S-10 print heads and a dryer. New press can print both paper and paperboard, coated and uncoated materials. Sheets can pre-coated or post coated on KCL’s sheet fed offset press. This is a unique place to see how paper or paperboard work on high speed 4-colour inkjet printing.

    KCL is not any more offering testing on VL 2000 press, which is a drop-on-demand technology. VL 2000 is ideal for uncoaterd paper grades, where as Prosper technology is for coated papers and paperboards. KCL will continue hybrid printing with S-10 print heads on the heatset press.

    New press will be ready to print in May 2014.
    (Oy Keskuslaboratorio-Centrallaboratorium Ab KCL)
     
    14.02.2014   ÅR Packaging divestment cancelled    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Harald Schulz, President and CEO of ÅR Packaging Group AB

    ÅR Packaging Group announced in November 2013 that it would divest all of its businesses. Due to the failed sale of the Tobacco business the divestment process has been cancelled.
    ÅR Packaging Group announced on November 8, 2013 that it had signed agreements with a view to divest all ÅR Packaging businesses. The operations of ÅR Packaging consist of Tobacco, Specialties and Food packaging businesses.
    However, the Tobacco business divestment will not be completed.
    Simultaneously, ÅR Packaging has ended the divestment negotiations regarding the Specialties packaging and the Food packaging operations.
    The shareholders of ÅR Packaging have decided to continue as shareholders of ÅR Packaging Group and are committed to develop the company further. In this context, concrete actions to further strengthen the group will be implemented.
    “As the divestment of ÅR Packaging will not happen, the shareholders of ÅR Packaging Group have made a clear future-oriented decision to further develop the company. Development measures taken in the last few years have left ÅR Packaging considerably more competitively positioned in the market, and the year 2013 proved to be a very strong year for ÅR Packaging. This forms a solid base for moving the company further. We are convinced that we can further strengthen and develop the company in accordance with our strategy together with our fantastic staff, customers and suppliers. We thank our customers, suppliers and employees for their patience and continued belief in the ÅR Packaging Group,” says Harald Schulz, President and CEO of ÅR Packaging Group AB.
    (A&R Carton AB)
     
    14.02.2014   The forest industry in 2013: The situation on the main markets in Europe continues to be ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... challenging - additional burdens in Finland harm competitiveness


    The drawn out economic downturn took a turn for the better at the end of 2013 but growth remained slow. The forest industry’s situation in its main export markets in Europe continued to be challenging.

    The Finnish forest industry’s competitiveness has suffered due to, for example, its high cost structure, as production and labour costs have increased faster than in competitor countries. Additional burdens placed on industry in Finland further weaken the export-driven forest industry’s competitiveness in the coming years.

    The windfall tax will be adopted in 2014. The sulphur directive, which targets forest industry maritime transports, comes into effect in 2015. The wage solutions agreed upon last autumn do not improve the sector’s competitiveness in the short-term and collective labour agreements did not include the reforms desperately required by the forest industry.

    “With decisions that support the export industry, we could contribute to the Finnish forest industry’s competitiveness and help ensure it provides jobs in future as well. In this spring’s budget framework session, the government must not propose any new taxes or increased costs for industry,” says Timo Jaatinen, Director General of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

    “For example, the energy tax refund scheme must be developed so that industry’s energy taxes are no higher than what the EU demands. Sufficient funding must be secured for logistics infrastructure, particularly the maintenance of basic transport infrastructure. We now need swift decisions that speed up economic growth so that Finland can return to growth,” Jaatinen says.

    Decline in paper demand continued, paperboard and pulp production increased

    The Finnish paper industry’s situation continued to be challenging in 2013 due to the weak economic situation in Europe and declining demand for graphic papers. In 2013, a total of 10.6 million tonnes of paper and paperboard were produced in Finland. This is one per cent less than in 2012.

    In 2013, production of graphic paper, printing and writing paper as well as newsprint, totalled 6.3 million tonnes, which is a reduction of almost five per cent from 2012 levels. Production of paperboard grades designed for packaging purposes amounted to 2.9 million tonnes, which is almost seven per cent more than in 2012. Pulp production in Finland totalled 7.1 million tonnes, which is almost four cent more than in the previous year. Pulp export deliveries were about 8 per cent higher than in 2012.

    European construction output weak, wood products exports to countries outside Europe increased

    The wood products industry’s production volume exceeded the 10 million cubic metre mark, totalling 10.1 million cubic metres, which represents a seven per cent increase from the previous year. Exports to countries outside Europe increased, especially to Asia, the Middle East and North Africa.

    European economic uncertainty affected construction output as well. Demand for wood products fell in Finland and housing construction decreased by about a fifth compared to 2012.

    High roundwood costs weakened industry’s competitiveness on the international market.

    Wood raw material-based biorefineries under construction and on the drawing board in Finland

    Construction of a biorefinery that will use crude tall oil as a raw material continued in Lappeenranta. The refinery is due to be completed in 2014.

    Construction of a biorefinery in Kotka began in 2013. The biorefinery will produce lignin, which can be used to replace fossil fuels. The biorefinery is to start production in the first half of 2015.

    A biorefinery that will produce wood-based biogas is being planned in Joutseno. If realised, the biorefinery will start up in 2017.

    For further information please contact:
    Timo Jaatinen, Director General, Finnish Forest Industries Federation, tel. +358 (0)9 132 6600.
    (Metsateollisuus ry - Skogsindustrin rf / FFIF Finnish Forest Industries Federation)
     
    13.02.2014   SCA: Year-end Report 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: SCA CEO Jan Johansson

    - Net sales rose 4% (10% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 89,019m (85,408)
    - Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 15% (19% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 9,934m (8,646)
    - Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 21% (25% excluding exchange rate effects and divestments) to SEK 8,934m (7,382)
    - Items affecting comparability totaled SEK -1,251m (-2,634), including revaluation of Vinda with a positive effect of SEK 564m (0)
    - Earnings per share were SEK 7.90 (7.06)
    - Cash flow from current operations was SEK 5,989m (7,271)
    - The Board of Directors proposes an increase in the dividend by 5.6% to SEK 4.75 (4.50)

    CEO’S COMMENTS
    SCA further strengthened its position in emerging markets in 2013. During the fourth quarter of 2013, the offer for the Chinese tissue company Vinda was completed, and SCA is today the majority owner of Vinda with 51.4% ownership in the company. SCA decided during the year to invest in local production of hygiene products in India and has launched Libero baby diapers and Tempo consumer tissue in the Indian market.

    The efficiency programs in the hygiene and forest products operations are continuing according to plan.

    Consolidated net sales for 2013, excluding exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 10% compared with a year ago. The increase is mainly attributable to acquisitions and higher volumes. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 19%. Cost savings, higher volumes, the acquisition in Europe and gains on forest swaps contributed to the earnings improvement. Operating profit for Personal Care and Tissue, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 4% and 27%, respectively. Operating profit for Forest Products, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 35%. Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 25%.

    Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2013, excluding exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 1% compared with the same period a year ago. The increase is mainly attributable to higher volumes. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 31%. Cost savings and gains on forest swaps contributed to the earnings improvement. The corresponding profit for Tissue rose 18%, while profit for Personal Care decreased by 12% as a result of lower earnings for baby diapers associated with an increase in marketing activities. However, incontinence care products and feminine care products had a positive earnings impact. Operating profit for Forest Products, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 188%. Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, exchange rate effects and divestments, rose 38%.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    13.02.2014   EBB buys Cell Limited    ( Company news )

    Company news We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Cell Limited, the Derbyshire based carton board and packaging supplier.
    Cell have been supplying carton board and packaging to the UK market for over 25 years. Their current 10,000 tonnes per annum business is a complimentary fit to the existing EBB portfolio.
    Based from their 22,000sqft distribution hub in Derbyshire, the new acquisition will be gradually integrated within the EBB network.
    "We are delighted to become part of the EBB Group" said Simon Wooldridge — Cell Sales Manager. "The combined customer base offers exciting opportunities to cross sell for both businesses. The financial strength of EBB and the vision of its Directors were key factors in our decision to join them".
    "Our distribution expertise, financial strength and guarantee to be an independent UK owned supplier are areas where we think we can add value to Cell's current business model. As a Company we are committed to grow our core business to the graphic print sector, whilst at the same time are continuing to look for acquisition opportunities in both our industry, and those closely related." commented Matt Elliott — EBB Managing Director.
    (Elliott Baxter & Co. Ltd - EBB Paper)
     
    13.02.2014   Brazil: Production and revenues with exports grow in 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2013, pulp and paper production in Brazil grew by 7.3% and 1.6%, respectively, in comparison with 2012. From January to December 15 million tons of pulp and 10.4 million tons of paper were produced.
    Exports in the sector totaled US$ 7.1 billion in the year, representing an increase of 7.5% in relation to 2012. Pulp exports reached 9.4 million tons and paper totaled 1.8 million tons. Europe remained the main destination for Brazilian pulp, generating approximately 40% of the revenues with sales of the product to foreign markets, followed by China and North America with 30% and 20%, respectively.
    In regards to paper, accumulated export revenues registered 1% growth as compared to last year, totaling US$ 1.9 billion. Latin America then follows as a major market for the product, being responsible for approximately 14% and 13%, respectively. Shipments to North America grew by 35% in the year.
    Sales of paper to the domestic market totaled 5.7 million tons and had an accumulated growth of 2.9% in the year when compared to 2012, i.e., indicating stability in the Brazilian market.
    During 2013, the sector had major achievements in the measures against the improper usage of tax-exempt paper, which is exclusively destined to the printing of books, newspapers and magazines. Labeling requirements on tax-exempt paper packaging, the commitment of the production chain with the action and, mainly, the nationalization of “RECOPI” (Recognition and Control System for Tax-exempt Paper Operations) were the most relevant facts. In the case of RECOPI, the sector expects that State governments implement the system as soon as possible to close eventual loopholes in the law.
    (BRACELPA Associação Brasileira de Celulose e Papel)
     
    13.02.2014   Heidelberg expands range of Saphira Eco consumables    ( Company news )

    Company news -Criteria for environmentally friendly blankets defined and evaluated in a world first
    -New mineral oil-free ink series for Anicolor technology users
    -First PUR glue with no harmful environmental effects

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has been offering a range of particularly eco-friendly consumables - the Saphira Eco product line - since 2011. This range is subject to the strictest criteria in the print media industry for the environmental compatibility of consumables. Heidelberg has now tightened these criteria once again and adapted them to the latest international environmental standards. It is also further expanding the range of Saphira Eco products it offers.
    Users can now benefit from the Saphira Blanket Pro 200, an eco-friendly blanket that has excellent all-round properties and is particularly suitable for commercial printers looking to make their production operations even more environmentally friendly and sustainable. Working closely with suppliers, Heidelberg has defined and introduced the world's first criteria for environmentally friendly blankets. To define these criteria, the company reviewed the production process and identified and evaluated the green credentials of the substances used.
    Heidelberg is also launching the mineral oil-free Saphira Ink Anicolor S100 and H100 ink series for Anicolor technology, thus making Anicolor, which boasts minimal waste and low energy consumption, even more eco-friendly.
    In the postpress sector, users will be able to use Saphira Binding Glue PUR 330 NE, the first PUR glue not to release any harmful isocyanates and therefore any substances that pose a health risk to users.
    "Green printing has already become standard at numerous companies in industrialized markets. The Saphira Eco product line from Heidelberg offers these companies a range that meets the world's strictest requirements for eco-friendly consumables. It's the perfect choice for customers who attach great importance to their company's green credentials and don't want to compromise on quality when using eco-friendly consumables," says Peter Tix, head of Consumables at Heidelberg.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    13.02.2014   CrillEye presented at Papertech India    ( Company news )

    Company news CrillEye, developed in cooperation with Innventia, was presented by Mattias Drotz, Innventia, at the Papertech conference 18-19 July in Hyderabad, India. The headline of the speech was “Fibre analysis and optimization of process” and covered all aspects on how CrillEye can be used to calculate different strength properties, as well as to optimise fibre mixtures.
    The results from PulpEye measurements of different pulps available in India were presented.
    Improved process control with PulpEye and CrillEye results in a reduced fibre cost by having the right mixture as well as in reduced overall energy consumption.
    (Waggeryd Cell AB)
     
    13.02.2014   Process Optimization within the whole Tissue Production - emtec Electronic at the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Tissue World in Miami, USA

    As usual, emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the „Tissue World Americas 2014“ in Miami, Florida. From March 19th until March 21st, we will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 1065 together with Technidyne Cooperation – our representative for North America. In addition to the exhibition, we will also attend the Tissue World Conference on Friday, March 21st with a presentation – interesting for all players within the tissue industry.

    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the testing instruments, which will be presented in Miami during these three days. The device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue properties as the real softness, smoothness / roughness and stiffness. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.

    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.

    During Technical Session 3 in the conference on Friday, March 21st Mr. Alexander Gruener will explain in detail the different functions and applications of these valued production assistants and their “Possibilities for Process Optimization from the Wet-End to the Finished Tissue Product”.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    12.02.2014   Valmet to supply a paper machine rebuild for Sappi's mill in Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will rebuild a paper machine at the Gratkorn mill of Sappi Austria Produktions GmbH in Austria. Valmet's large rebuild delivery will include the modernization of all the main sections of the paper machine and targets to improve end product quality. The rebuilt production line will start-up during the last quarter of 2014.
    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The value of paper machine rebuilds depends on the scope of the delivery. This kind of line level rebuild is typically valued above EUR 20 million.
    "Continuous improvement in both, cost and quality is always top of mind for us. We have a strong relationship with our customers and make a point of understanding their needs; this investment will ensure that we continue to meet them," says Max Oberhumer, Mill Director at Sappi Gratkorn Mill.

    Valmet's solution for improving the papermaking capabilities
    The modernization of the 9.25-m-wide (wire) PM 11 consists of headbox modification, gap former rebuild as well as press section and drying section rebuild. The forming section rebuild with new shoe and blade forming technology will improve the end product quality of coated woodfree paper grades. The modifications in the press section area will boost the runnability and give possibilities to widen the end product basis weight range.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    12.02.2014   Lenzing appoints New Management Board Member    ( Company news )

    Company news The Supervisory Board meeting of Lenzing AG held on January 31, 2014 appointed Mr. Robert van de Kerkhof (49, photo), MBA, to serve as a member of the Management Board for a period of three years as of May 1, 2014.
    In his capacity as Chief Commercial Officer, Robert van de Kerkhof, a native of the Netherlands, will have management responsibility for marketing and sales. His relevant international management experience is a key reason justifying his appointment to the Management Board. Van de Kerkhof has worked for close to 25 years in the fiber business in various international positions for two prominent companies/ corporate groups (DuPont and Koch Industries). During this time he focused on the fields of marketing and sales, product development, innovations and the ongoing optimization of the value chain.
    Accordingly, effective May 1, 2014, the Management Board of Lenzing AG will consist of Peter Untersperger (Chief Executive Officer), Friedrich Weninger (Chief Operating Officer) and Robert van de Kerkhof (Chief Commercial Officer).
    (Lenzing AG)
     
    12.02.2014   Cartotecnica Veneta installs first QuadTech Color Quality Solution for the gravure market     ( Company news )

    Company news System links QuadTech and X-Rite technologies to simplify preparation and deliver precise color consistency

    Picture: The QuadTech SpectralCam™ delivers L*a*b* data for precise, cost-effective color management—in the image, in-line, on paper or film substrates.

    Cartotecnica Veneta S.p.A, of San Pietro, Gù (PD), Italy, is simplifying color preparation and improving print quality on its gravure printing line with QuadTech’s new Color Quality Solution, and attracting new business in the process.
    QuadTech’s ‘industry first’ integrated Color Quality Solution relays in-line spectral data gathered by QuadTech's SpectralCam™ to ink formulation software from X-Rite and ink technology from Huber Group to ensure a consistent color measurement standard from the brand owner’s request to last printed image. The system installation was managed by QuadTech’s agent, ColorConsulting, S.r.L, and supported by the QuadTech team from the United States.
    Cartotecnica produces finished and semi-finished flexible packaging and folding cartons primarily for large Italian and European food and beverage brands including Ferrero, Nestlé Italy and Unilever. The company’s vast substrate portfolio – ranging from coated and uncoated paper and board, to aluminum foil and thin PP and PE films – requires different ink sets, discrete color targets and precisely imaged gravure cylinders. Before the installation of the automated system, achieving the standards of accuracy required was time-consuming and expensive.
    The QuadTech Color Measurement System with SpectralCam™ is positioned after the last printing unit on Cartotecnica’s gravure line. Once the press is running SpectralCam™ measures the multiple pre-defined color targets throughout the print run to ensure accurate, repeatable color quality. The system receives the color targets, ink quantities, viscosity, substrate, run length, and other parameters utilizing the QuadTech Color Quality Solution and ICON platform.
    The network-based QuadTech ICON™ platform controls all components from one central station. Job data is automatically saved for recall providing makeready, material and labor savings.
    With Huber Group’s ink technology the company can use just one set of color base inks for varying substrates instead of multiple ink gravure series. The X-Rite Ink Formulation software pin-points customer-defined color targets to form a spectral color curve and then checks existing stocks availability for any matching return ink before formulating an ink recipe. This is highly effective as 80% of print jobs at Cartotecnica are repeat jobs, so stored inks are kept to a minimum.
    Ink formulation is then carried out using the Huber Group color database that doses exact color quantities. New formulations are verified using a strike-off produced on The Phantom QD™ portable table-top proofing system from Harper Corporation and a handheld X-Rite SpectroEye. If the formulation is correct, the ink is produced and production can begin. The industry minimum ink batch is 20kg but at Cartotecnica the minimum ink volume is 40kg, so it is essential to achieve the correct color first time right to minimize waste.
    “Before QuadTech’s Color Quality Solution, the production of gravure inks was manual, labor-intensive and wasteful,” said Francesco Meneghetti, President of Cartotecnica Veneta. “Our vast substrate portfolio has always a challenge as it requires different ink sets, unique color targets and accurately made gravure cylinders. Therefore, excess ink was a frequent occurrence but now ink storage space has now been reduced from two rooms to a fifth of one room.”
    The Color Quality Solution has also secured new business for Cartotecnica just 30 minutes after showing Nestlé Italy representatives a live makeready on its problematic multi-layered substrate for its Buitoni range. That substrate includes plastic film on one side and an aluminum foil on the other, but the Cartotecnica’s QuadTech system achieved accurate repeat prints in minutes.
    “We have also eliminated unpredictable manual intervention. Our operators find the QuadTech solution very easy and so accurate to use that they want to work with the system every day, for every job, Meneghetti said.” Set-up is simple and once the color is on the press it decreases makeready time because the system knows exactly what to expect from any ink, cylinder and substrate combination and can rectify anything within minutes.”
    (QuadTech Corporate Headquarters)
     
    12.02.2014   New Jeti Titan S and HS from Agfa Graphics set a new standard for print quality, flexibility and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... productivity

    Building on the success of the Jeti Titan series of UV-curable wide-format printers (recently recognized for its superiority in the IDEAlliance Wide/Grand Format Inkjet System Study), the new Jeti Titan S (speed) and HS (high speed) true flatbed UV-inkjet printers combine exceptional print quality and high productivity at a best-in-industry price point.
    The robust build engines incorporate the latest generation in inkjet print heads (the Ricoh Gen 5 with 1,280 nozzles). The Jeti Titan S is equipped with one row of print heads, yet is field upgradeable to two rows, thus becoming a Jeti Titan HS and doubling the productivity level.

    Industry build. All features included.

    Reflecting market demands, the default set-up for both models is six colors plus white (CMYKLcLmWW). White printing is supported different modes including overprint, under-print, spot, under-spot, fill and over-spot for rigids and pre-white for roll media. The productive white ink solution features an automated recirculation system for optimal reliability. The Jeti Titan S and HS are ideal for higher volume or fast turnaround jobs. They are designed to guarantee the highest accuracy in drop placement. The 7 pico liter droplet size makes it possible to achieve photorealistic image quality with fine text down to 4pt positive and negative. The Jeti Titan S & HS are an unbeatable solution for high-value work like POP viewed at close range or for the high-level art, fashion & cosmetics markets. The Jeti Titan S and HS have a 2x3m true flatbed design for optimum registration and repeatability. Both systems feature a precision moving table, built on a robust steel frame for seven day/three shift endurance, and use the latest generation of print heads and curing technology. Giving even more production flexibility, the 'flat-to-roll' option gives users the ability to print flexible media up to 3.2m wide with the same high quality and resolution as rigid materials. Jeti Titan S and HS, Asanti workflow software and Anuvia UV-curable inks form a matched component system, designed to work together optimally to ensure the highest quality results and maximum productivity for a predictable income.
    (Agfa Graphics NV)
     
    12.02.2014   Pankaboard’s cartonboard grade for paper plates achieves certificate for compostability    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: PankaPlex is now one of the few cartonboards that is officially certified for compostability. © Pankaboard

    PankaPlex, which is designed and widely used in food service applications, has now been granted the demanding compostability certificate for the substances between 190 and 240 gsm. The tests were conducted and successfully approved by the third party ISEGA Laboratory according to the European norm EN 13432 (“Packaging, Requirements for Packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation”). The norm defines the test program, conditions and the assessment criteria, which the compostable packaging has to meet.

    The test results prove that the specific PankaPlex products disintegrate and biodegrade in the defined and strict time limit. In addition, the material fullfills all the requirements in terms of chemical composition, including low limits of heavy metals, to avoid any harm for the environment. Hence, there is no negative impact on the quality of the final compost and the product can safely be recycled through composting.

    ”We are pleased that our PankaPlex-product passed these tests and achieved the certificate. For the user of paper plates this means that plates produced from PankaPlex can easily and safely be recycled through composting together with organic solid waste. This is one more example of Pankaboard’s commitment to develop its products continuously to achieve better product safety, environmental efficiency and sustainability. “Mr Christer Nordman, Pankaboard Vice-President Sales and Marketing says.
    (Pankaboard Oy)
     
    12.02.2014   Asia Pulp & Paper calls on NGOs, governments and businesses to collaborate to protect ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Indonesia’s forests

    Company celebrates one year of its Forest Conservation Policy, setting out challenges to be tackled

    Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) launched its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) Anniversary Report with a call for NGOs, Governments and businesses to work together in an effort to help tackle deforestation in Indonesia.

    On February 5th 2013, APP announced a permanent end to natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain through the introduction of its FCP. Covering over 2.6 million hectares of forest concessions, APP’s FCP represented a breakthrough moment for the global protection of natural forest. The commitment is the largest and most ambitious plan for the implementation of landscape level High Conservation Value (HCV) and High Carbon Stock (HCS) principles in the world.

    As HCV and HCS assessments are nearing completion, APP has begun the process of translating its findings into the Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs), which will set out how the concessions will be run and preserved.

    However, in developing these plans, the company has concluded that success in the long term will require commitment from many more of Indonesia’s forestry stakeholders.

    Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability and stakeholder engagement, said: “We are creating management plans to ensure the viability of the 2.6 million hectares that our suppliers are responsible for. However, unless all of Indonesia’s land is properly managed too, then the forest landscape will continue to be at risk from further degradation.

    “In 2014, we will finalise the largest integrated biodiversity and conservation assessments that have ever been conducted. From these assessments, we have discovered many opportunities and obstacles that we know cannot be realised or resolved by a single company.

    “It is time for all parties to get active and start working together. The days of campaigning against businesses that have shown commitment to change the way they operate, as we have, should be brought to a conclusion. Now is the time to focus on the future and to develop solutions to the complex issues associated with forestry in Indonesia and to promote responsible practise.”

    Scott Poynton, executive director of The Forest Trust, a non-profit organisation that is helping APP ensure its policy is translated into actual change on the ground, said: “One year in and we have a moratorium on forest clearance in all its suppliers that has proven to be effective. HCV and HCS forest assessments are being completed, a number of social conflicts are now solved, and there is real transparency in reporting progress against its policy.

    “We understand that complete trust isn’t built in a day and not even in a single year, but the company is listening to concerns and is ready to continue to implement and improve its FCP implementation. APP is 100 per cent committed to zero deforestation."

    As part of its one year anniversary, APP has set out the four key priorities for 2014 that must be addressed by broader industry to bring about zero deforestation. These are:

    - Overlapping licenses – The issue of overlapping licenses needs to be resolved by all concerned parties if we are to develop a system for governing all concession holders in Indonesia.

    - Community and land conflict issues – At times when the needs of communities are at odds with no-deforestation policies, an agreed and consistent way of managing the negotiation process should be developed.

    - Landscape management – Landscape level conservation is vital to the preservation of peatland, the habitat of key species and protection against forest fires, all of which can span several concession areas of differing uses. A cross sector approach must therefore be developed to manage entire landscapes to ensure their long term viability.

    - Market recognition – Policies that protect forests and peatland can only be economically viable if there is market recognition of their value. It is therefore important for the market to encourage companies to introduce and implement them.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Company Ltd)
     
    12.02.2014   The Board of Directors of Metsä Board Corporation has resolved on an incentive plan for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... key executives

    Picture: Kari Jordan, Chairman of the Board of Directors

    The Board of Directors of Metsä Board Corporation has resolved to continue the share-based incentive plan established in 2011 that is directed to Metsä Board Corporation’s key executives. The aim of the plan is to combine the objectives of the shareholders and the executives in order to increase the value of Metsä Board, to commit the executives to implement the mutual strategy, and to offer them a competitive reward plan based on share ownership.

    The plan includes three new three-year earning periods, calendar years 2014–2016, 2015–2017 and 2016–2018. The Board of Directors will decide on the earnings criteria and related targets at the beginning of each earnings period. The potential reward for the earnings period 2014–2016 will be partly based on Metsä Board Group's Equity Ratio and the development of Return on Capital Employed (ROCE) and Operating result (EBIT) and partly based on Metsä Group’s corresponding indicators, all as determined by the Board of Directors. Each earnings period is followed by subsequent two-year restriction period during which the participant is not entitled to transfer or dispose of the shares.

    The potential reward from the earning period 2014–2016 will in 2017 be paid partly in Metsä Board Corporation series B shares and partly in cash. The proportion to be paid in cash will cover taxes and other statutory costs arising from the reward.

    At the beginning the first earnings period of the plan covers 8 persons including the members of the Metsä Board Corporate Management Board. The maximum reward to be paid for the first earnings period is in aggregate approximately 430,000 Metsä Board Corporation B-series shares.
    Further information:
    Kari Jordan, Chairman of the Board of Directors, tel. +358 10 465 5200
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    12.02.2014   Papermaking towards the future - Innventia Global Outlook     ( Company news )

    Company news “Papermaking towards the future” is the name of our work for our next report in the series ”Innventia Global Outlook”, investigating the future of global papermaking.

    What changes can be observed and are currently taking place? What are the challenges at present, and how will they manifest themselves going forward? In which areas is the outlook most promising and how are we going to get there?

    Our aim in this project is to construct a picture of possible future scenarios and their consequences, at the same time as ascertaining how the industry can prepare for the future. We will use the same concept as we did for "Packaging 2020 - Innventia Global Outlook" and we will be collaborating with Kairos Future in this project too.

    The idea is to create a map of the future for paper manufacturing through conducting investigations, interviews and analyses of papermaking internally at Innventia, but above all with our customers and collaborative partners.

    The report will be released 17 March and it will be an important part of our external communication when we initiate new research and development projects.

    The project is led by Paul Krochak, who has been working on papermaking at Innventia since 2010. The project team also includes Karin Athley, Tatjana Karpenja, Marco Lucisano, Eva Ekroth and Sofie Nordin, Innventia and Mats Lindgren and Magnus Kempe, Kairos Future.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    11.02.2014   INTEC USA CONTINUE TO DRIVE THE BUSINESS FORWARD    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Testing out the Fiery® RIP: Earl and Anthony from ISC

    Intec Corp USA continue to add to our network of global partners with the addition of Millennium Mailing Equipment Inc. to the Intec family.
    With over 24 years experience in the addressing and mailing Equipment industry MME take great pride in providing quality Service and products to their customers.
    Based in Rhode Island MME will be promoting and selling Intec printing solutions in the Boston area of the US.
    The addition of the Intec range of printing solutions is sure to be mutually beneficial and we look forward to working with our new partners.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Corporation)
     
    11.02.2014   Valmet has received an order from OKI Pulp & Paper Mills for supplying key pulp mill technology     ( Company news )

    Company news ... to Indonesia

    Valmet has signed a contract with OKI Pulp & Paper Mills of supplying key technology for a pulp mill project in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Valmet supplies a part of pulp mill equipment and systems with a value of approximately EUR 340 million. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received.

    Commercial production expected to begin in 2016
    The new mill is expected to produce approximately 2 million ADT (air dry tonne) of pulp annually. The commercial production is expected to begin in 2016. Valmet's delivery includes the following parts of the pulp mill: two biomass gasifiers, two biomass boilers, an evaporation system, two lime kilns and two pulp dryers.

    A leading supplier of key pulp mill technology
    "This a good start for the new Valmet and for year 2014", says Pasi Laine, CEO and President of Valmet Corporation. "Valmet is a leading supplier of key pulp mill technology. This order is unique by the scale of the parts to be supplied. The evaporation system and pulp dryers to be supplied will be the largest in the world."
    "In Asia Pacific area we have a good market share which is further strengthened by this project.
    Local presence is essential and we have a strong supplier network close to customer. We will also set up a local project organization which is supported by business teams located in Finland and Sweden", says Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia Pacific.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    11.02.2014   Heidelberg profitability up significantly after nine months –earnings target confirmed    ( Company news )

    Company news -Operating result (EBITDA) excluding special items after nine months increased from € 4 million to € 67 million - EBIT positive at € 10 million (previous year: € -58 million)
    -Sales below previous year at around € 1.7 billion - negative impact of strong euro
    -Free cash flow after nine months including restructuring expenses almost balanced out at € -10 million
    -Financial framework successfully extended to 2017/2018
    -Outlook: Net profit remains target for financial year 2013/2014

    After nine months of financial year 2013/2014 (April 1 to December 31, 2013), Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) remains on track with regard to earnings trend and profitability. After three quarters, the operating result is up significantly on the previous year. In the third quarter (October 1 to December 31, 2013), EBITDA remained at the previous year's level despite the marked drop in sales. As a result, the company is on track to achieve its targets for the current financial year.
    "After nine months, Heidelberg has made significant progress regarding profitability," said Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. "As we expect our sales to pick up and the result to increase in the final quarter, we remain confident that we will meet our target of achieving a net profit."
    Group sales after nine months for the period under review stood at € 1.685 billion (previous year: € 1.905 billion). Negative exchange rate movements accounted for around a third of this drop. This also led to restrained investment activity in new machinery sales among customers in Asia/Pacific and South America, particularly Brazil, which were the regions hit hardest by these developments. Furthermore, Heidelberg continued to scale back its involvement in low-margin areas of business. In contrast, the North America region - particularly the United States - showed a revival in demand.

    Results up again on the same period of the previous year
    After the first nine months of financial year 2013/2014, the operating break-even point was exceeded despite falling sales. As a result of sustained savings from the Focus efficiency program and measures to increase profit contributions, all KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) affecting the results were up again on the same period of the previous year. After three quarters, EBITDA excluding special items increased from € 4 million in the previous year to € 67 million. The EBITDA margin thus reached a value of 4 percent. The result of operating activities (EBIT) excluding special items after nine months climbed from € -58 million to € 10 million. This is the first time this financial year that Heidelberg has achieved a positive cumulative EBIT result.
    In the period under review, the financial result after three quarters was € -41 million (previous year: € -36 million). The previous year included positive one-time effects from interest on tax refunds. After the first nine months of the current financial year, the pre-tax result improved from € -118 million in the previous year to € -32 million. Consequently, the cumulative net result for the first nine months of financial year 2013/2014 improved to € -40 million after € -94 million in the previous year.
    At € 588 million, the Heidelberg Group's order backlog at December 31, 2013 remained stable compared to the previous quarter (€ 598 million).

    Sound financing structure - free cash flow almost balanced
    After the first nine months of financial year 2013/2014, the free cash flow including restructuring expenses (€ -57 million) was almost balanced at around € -10 million. Free cash flow improved significantly on the previous year (€ -87 million) due to the increased result of operating activities and the funds released by the company's asset and net working capital management.
    Net financial debt fell year-on-year to € 271 million (previous year: € 325 million). Despite further payments for Focus, debt at December 31, 2013 was maintained at the low level of March 31, 2013 (€ 261 million).

    Financial framework successfully extended to 2017/2018
    At the start of December, Heidelberg further improved its financing structure as regards its maturities by extending its syndicated credit line and increasing its bond by € 51 million. The financial framework essentially comprises the syndicated credit line which currently stands at € 340 million and a € 60 million convertible bond (both due to mature by mid-2017) and a bond for € 355 million that matures in April 2018. Thus, Heidelberg has arranged an adequate financial framework for its business development and offers a diversified financing structure.
    "By successfully refinancing our credit line, we have made further significant progress in optimizing our financing structure. We have extended the terms of our key financing pillars to 2017 and 2018," said Heidelberg CFO Dirk Kaliebe. "Thanks to our asset and net working capital management, the company's net financial debt remains at a low level. In the medium term, we intend to reduce our debt even further."
    At December 31, 2013, the Heidelberg Group had a workforce of 12,851, excluding 621 trainees (previous year: 13,901, excluding 662 trainees).

    Outlook: Net profit remains target for financial year 2013/2014
    The outlook for the 2013/2014 financial year and the aim of generating a consolidated net profit remain unchanged. In past quarters, Heidelberg has increasingly geared its strategy towards improving profitability. The key figures for the first three quarters of the 2013/2014 financial year show that the company is making good progress in this. To remain prepared for volatility in individual markets and business areas in the future, the operating break-even point needs to be lowered further. Heidelberg is therefore using all available tools to make working hours more flexible in addition to the measures forming part of the Focus efficiency program. Furthermore, the company will push for continued improvement in product-specific profit contributions to clearly improve the result of operating activities excluding special items and achieve a significantly higher annual figure than in the previous year.
    In light of persistent adverse exchange rate developments against the euro, the resultant reluctance to invest in some markets and the scaling back of low margin business, the company expects sales volumes for the year as a whole to be around 10 percent lower than in the previous year. Additional extraordinary expenses will arise in the current financial year in connection with Focus. The financial result will improve compared with the prior-year figure, which was reported in accordance with IAS 19 (2004). Given the measures initiated and in light of the positive trend already seen in the first three quarters, Heidelberg continues to strive for a consolidated net profit in the 2013/2014 financial year.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    11.02.2014   Steve Binnie appointed as Chief Executive Officer ("CEO") effective 01 July 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The board of directors (“the board”) of Sappi Limited is pleased to have announced today that Steve Binnie, currently the Chief Financial Officer “CFO” of the company, will succeed Ralph Boëttger as CEO on 01 July 2014.
    Steve Binnie (46) joined Sappi on 09 July 2012 as CFO-designate and became CFO and joined the Sappi Limited Board on 01 September 2012. Prior to joining Sappi Steve had been the CFO of Edcon (Pty) Ltd since 2002. Prior to joining Edcon he was Group Financial Manager at Investec Bank Limited and held senior management positions at Transunion ITC and New Zealand Milk Products (SA). He is a Chartered Account and holds an MBA from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.
    Dr Danie Cronjé, Chairman of the board of Sappi Limited, said: “I would like to congratulate Steve on his appointment. The board believes that Steve has all the necessary skills and attributes to take Sappi forward and to deliver strong growth into the future.
    “It is anticipated that a successor for the role of CFO will be announced before the end of June 2014.”
    (Sappi Limited)
     
    11.02.2014   Bushfire Impacts Maryvale Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Australian Paper’s Maryvale Mill in the Latrobe Valley was impacted by nearby bushfires from Morwell on February 9.
    Embers travelled inside the mill grounds which resulted in fire.
    The Country Fire Authority (CFA) attended overnight and the fire is
    contained.
    There have been no injuries to our employees.
    Some damage was caused to infrastructure and will need repairing. Operations have been shut down but will progressively come back on line.
    Damage to raw materials and equipment is progressively being assessed.
    We are very grateful for the efforts of our employees, emergency teams,
    CFA and personnel that are working to assist us in these difficult circumstances.
    (Australian Paper)
     
    11.02.2014   Launch of Saudi Big Packaging Show receives a massive international response    ( Company news )

    Company news Saudi Arabia is nowadays driving the world’s pack and print markets, as it positioned itself as the largest business platform to do business in the packaging, printing and converting industry, gaining 70% of the market share in the GCC region.

    To meet such massive needs, we decided to launch one of our giants THE BIG PACKAGING SHOW in Dammam KSA from 9-12 November 2014. We finally offer a tailor-made platform for packaging, printing and converting industries. The exhibition is designed to give raw material manufacturers as well as machinery and service suppliers a unique opportunity to present their latest products and developments.

    The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s packaging industry has achieved an annual growth of 15 percent; the demand for safe and sustainable packaging solutions is also on the rise parallel to food packaging requirements at a time when food consumption is expected to grow at an annual rate of 4.6 percent between 2011 and 2015 to eventually reach 51.1 million tons. The Kingdom alone commands a large 70 percent share of the total GCC packaging market.

    The consumption level of plastics in the GCC has increased dramatically from 19 kg per capita in 2000 to 39 kg per capita in 2012 and should reach the kind of levels seen in developed markets by 2020 according to one of the world's leading petrochemical suppliers in the region.

    BIG PACKAGING SHOW will be co-located with the 3rd Gulf Mach 2014, the leading trade exhibition for the International Exhibition for Machine Tool and Manufacturing Technology. Both exhibitions can be accessed via entrance Dhahran exhibitions Centre.

    We have decided to organize BPS at the same time and place as GULF MACH, as we expect that there will be a strong synergy effect with regards to the visitors. While both shows have their individual core audience, there will be a large number of visitors who will be interested in both shows.

    For companies interested in exhibiting at BPS 2014, an exhibitor brochure is now available including useful information about the exhibition, the venue and how to book stand space. As an introductory offer, there is an early-bird discount of 10% on stand space for exhibitors who book before the end of February.

    Avoid disappointment; BOOK NOW to secure your stand today!

    Arabian German Exhibitions Ltd Sales team
    Tel: (00202) 226 29 682 Fax: (00202) 2261 9545
    Mobile: (002) 0100 906 9609; E-mail: bps@arabiangerman.com
    (AGEX - Arabian German Exhibitions and Publishing Ltd, Nasr City, Cairo)
     
    10.02.2014   Norske Skog: Brighter prospects and better margins    ( Company news )

    Company news Large capacity cuts in the industry have led to improved market balance for newsprint and uncoated (SC) magazine paper. The market for coated (LWC) magazine paper is still challenging. Capacity utilisation in the fourth quarter remained high at around 90%. A weakening of the Norwegian krone improved operating margins, particularly for the Norwegian units, but at the same time this increased long-term debt, which is mostly in EUR and USD.

    - We have performed in line with what we have communicated to the market in 2013. Fixed costs are greatly reduced, lower capacity in the market has improved margins, investments and variable costs were as expected, and reduced working capital in addition to the best health, environment and safety performance in the company's history show that we are on the right track, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the fourth quarter of 2013 were NOK 298 million, up from 176 million in the third quarter. The increase was due positive currency effects caused by a weaker NOK, lower costs and higher sales volumes. Gross operating earnings for the full year 2013 were NOK 862 million, a reduction of NOK 623 million compared to 2012, mainly due to weaker margins and lower production capacity following the divestments of Pisa and Singburi.
    Profit/loss before special items amounted to NOK -599 million in 2013, compared to NOK 432 million in 2012. The net loss of NOK 1.8 billion for 2013 was significantly impacted by negative changes (with no cash impact) in the value of energy contracts and restructuring expenses, amounting to NOK 1.2 billion in total.
    Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 800 million from 2012 to 2013, from NOK 6.0 billion to NOK 6.8 billion, mainly as a result of a weaker NOK. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 497 million in the fourth quarter.

    - The market remains challenging, but we will continue our efforts to improve the group's competitiveness and financial flexibility. Permanent capacity cuts in Europe of 1.5 million tonnes were completed in 2013 and announced cuts of 0.5 million tonnes will be completed in 2014 in our product segments. This constitutes a significant part of the European production capacity and has improved market balance. We therefore see higher prices and expect better margins for 2014, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Prices for our products remained relatively stable in the second half of 2013.

    -Newsprint Europe
    Demand for newsprint in Europe fell by 6% in 2013 compared with 2012. However, there was an increase of 4% in the demand for improved grades. Gross operating margin was positively impacted by higher selling prices and a stronger NOK in 2013.

    -Newsprint outside Europe
    Demand for newsprint in Australasia was weak, with a decline of 17% in 2013 compared with 2012. Demand for coated magazine paper in Australasia increased by 5%.

    -Magazine paper
    A weaker NOK had a positive impact on Norwegian exports. Demand for magazine paper in Europe fell by 6% in 2013 compared with 2013. There was a decline of 4% for SC paper, compared to a decline of 7% for LWC.

    -Active capacity management
    Norske Skog ceased production at one of the machines at Norske Skog Walsum in 2013. Norske Skog also sold the mills at Pisa in Brazil and Singburi in Thailand in 2013. As a result of these restructuring activities, the total annual production capacity decreased from 3.7 to 3.0 million tonnes (19%).

    Capacity utilisation for the group in the fourth quarter was 89% compared with 90% in the third quarter, as a result of active capacity management. Capacity utilisation for 2013 was 88% (88% for 2012).

    - Even though our product portfolio was reduced by two mills and a machine at Walsum in 2013, we have achieved profitability improvements through better use of input factors, reduced working capital and fixed costs. We have implemented an active capacity management to counteract the effects of a market imbalance, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Outlook for 2014
    Sales prices in Europe have increased into 2014 as a result of improved market balance for both newsprint and SC magazine paper. The current exchange rate level has a positive impact on revenue.
    The conversion of one newsprint machine to coated magazine paper at Boyer in Australia will contribute to increased domestic sales from the second quarter. Production in Australasia will be low in the first quarter due to the machine conversion at Boyer.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable when measured in local currencies. Fixed costs will decline following the machine closure at Walsum and ongoing cost reduction programmes.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    10.02.2014   Cartacrusca: Barilla paper straight from nature - Favini and Barilla create a high-quality paper...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... with a reduced environmental impact

    Brought together by a keen sense of social and environmental responsibility, Favini, the innovative Italian paper manufacturer, and Barilla, one of Italy’s largest players in the food industry, have created Cartacrusca (Italian for ‘paper from bran’), the first paper to be made from bran residues that can no longer be used for human consumption. On the back of its experience with Crush, the unique range of ecological papers made from agro-industrial waste, Favini proved an ideal partner for Barilla, which has been looking for ways to make better use of its byproducts, and bran in particular.
    The research and development teams of both Barilla and Favini worked side by side to select the most suitable byproduct and to then purify and mill the bran to make it work with paper fibre. The result is Cartacrusca. Instead of being wasted, the bran residues are given a new life as paper throughout Barilla.
    Cartacrusca contains 17% of bran residues, replacing cellulose and filler materials to produce high-quality paper which is used for all corporate communications. The colour of Cartacrusca Barilla is taken from the bran which also feature as dots throughout the paper, giving it a really authentic feel. 2 grammages have been supplied - 250g, which is ideal for cards book covers, shopping bags and similar applications; and 100g for notebooks papers, letterhead and print publications.
    Giacomo Canali, Packaging Research Manager for Barilla, said, “Barilla has written a new chapter of the Group’s history: the creation of Cartacrusca, a one-of-a-kind paper in that it features the use of bran, a byproduct of the milling of wheat. We have set out into uncharted waters, driven by a keen sense of social and environmental responsibility that we have always felt. Favini proved to be the ideal partner, able to create a custom-designed paper straight from nature, no waste or excess consumption. Cartacrusca was presented and used on October 15th for the panel of Barilla stakeholders, and we are planning on using it again for future projects.”
    Michele Posocco, Brand Manager for Favini, said, “We are proud to have worked with Italy’s number-one food manufacturer and to have given life to a new sort of paper with an extremely low environmental impact. Our experience, which has already been demonstrated with Crush and the use of agro-industrial waste, has now broadened thanks to Cartacrusca Barilla.”
    (Favini Srl)
     
    10.02.2014   Ahlstrom to modify its Executive Management Team    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Rami Raulas, Executive Vice President, Sales region, Europe, Middle East and India

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, will refine its management structure to accelerate the targeted profitability improvement and rapid implementation of the rightsizing program.
    The company's operating model, with five business areas and common processes, will remain unchanged.
    Ahlstrom aims to achieve sales growth through winning new business and speeding up the commercialization of new products. To achieve this, changes in sales management will be implemented to enable a stronger execution power in the regional sales organization and better collaboration between the business areas and regional sales.
    Regional sales organizations will be strengthened. In the new set-up, the Executive Vice Presidents of sales regions will report directly to the President & CEO and will be members of the Executive Management Team. The position of EVP, Sales & Marketing, will be discontinued and the position eliminated from the Executive Management Team.

    The following appointments to the Executive Management Team are made:
    -Rami Raulas, b. 1961, currently Executive Vice President, Sales & Marketing, is appointed Executive Vice President, Sales region, Europe, Middle East and India. He joined Ahlstrom and the EMT in 2009.

    -William Casey, b. 1959, B.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), MBA, currently Vice President, Sales, Americas, is appointed Executive Vice President, Sales region, Americas. He joined the company in 2010.

    -Jari Koikkalainen, b. 1965, will assume responsibility for leading sales in Asia in addition to his current responsibilities as EVP, Transportation Filtration. He is appointed Executive Vice President, Transportation Filtration and Sales region, Asia. He joined the company and the EMT in 2013.

    -Arnaud Marquis, b. 1971, M.Sc. (Eng.), MBA, is appointed Executive Vice President, Building and Energy. He joined Ahlstrom in 1995 and currently works as Vice President, Marketing and Commercial, in the Building and Energy business area. He will succeed Laura Raitio, who resigned on January 21, 2014. Raitio will continue to work on special assignments at Ahlstrom, reporting to Jan Lång, until the end of July. She will step down from the EMT.

    The appointments will be effective as of February 10, 2014.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    10.02.2014   marks-3zet upgrades plate production without missing a beat    ( Company news )

    Company news On-demand plates installed in record time at Le Figaro (Paris)

    In December 2013, marks-3zet upgraded the plate production lines at L’Imprimerie , a member of the Riccobono Group, without impeding production. This upgrade will enable the contract printer, based in Tremblay-en-France on the outskirts of Paris, to maintain its locational advantage with waterless offset printing.
    At the northernmost production site of Riccobono Imprimeurs, the largest newspaper printing group in France, newspapers are produced in both full Berliner and half Berliner format. Some examples include the daily “Le Figaro” and the business magazine “Les Echos” from the Le Monde Group, as well as other periodicals. This is all done in high-quality waterless coldset production.
    For the triple-wide KBA Cortina, with its ten four-high towers, ever shorter periods between editorial deadlines and the start of production placed growing demands on prepress performance in recent months. The three platemaking lines in the printing company were already equipped with fully automated sorting facilities. However, with a total throughput of 260 centre spread plates per hour, the plate exposure units were no longer able to handle the current production volume.
    The company finally decided to replace its two slowest systems with the latest generation of exposure units – without missing a beat in production, of course. This was the task that CEO Wilfried Souchet and CTO Gilles Déchamps had in mind when they contacted the project team, which had already made a name for itself with similar projects before marks-3zet acquired the business unit from Illies Graphik. Riccobono’s top management also wanted to benefit from the proven solutions of marks-3zet, a turnkey contractor based in Mülheim, Germany.

    Installation with minimum impact on ongoing operations
    Last December, two KODAK GENERATION NEWS Platesetters and two marks-3zet MWP 863 plate processors – both the fastest in their class – arrived at the customer’s site.
    marks-3zet took care of the spatial and logistics planning as well as an interim installation of the updated lines at a nearby location. Each of the lines were exchanged on separate days before lunchtime. After being replaced, the lines could be ramped back up to full production in the same afternoon.
    The result: the new plate lines now permit a throughput of 375 double plates per hour. With the use of the plate logistics system from NELA, including NELA PlateFlow software, printing plates are also produced precisely on demand for the KBA Cortina.

    Plates on demand
    With these changes, marks-3zet once again implemented its proven plate logistics concept in Tremblay and got it ready for inspection within just a few weeks. Interfaces to the page workflow and tracking system have also been integrated, along with a status communication function for all plate production components.
    “Efficient production and cascaded job handling for ideal availability have been seamlessly integrated in our daily job processes on the KBA Cortina. Thanks to marks-3zet’s expertise as a general contractor, this prepress project has been a complete success at our location as well,” Gilles Déchamps, technical director at L’Imprimerie, says in summary.
    (Ernst Marks GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    10.02.2014   Lecta Presents Cartiere del Garda’s New Book “Touch”    ( Company news )

    Company news From the time of our birth and the discovery of the surface of our hands and skin, to liquid design and the finest touchscreen Technology

    Cartiere del Garda, part of the Lecta Group, launches Touch, the seventh edition of ‘A better project’, an initiative in which the company explores a different and exciting topic every year. This year’s book tackles the very current theme of ‘touch’. The book is a reflection on the importance of touch and of how it has evolved during the course of history, from ancient times up to our days. Starting with our hands, which are our first and most important receptors, and extending to the whole body and organism, this sense – often given secondary importance after sight and hearing – is described in four chapters. The book ends with a reflection on the tactile dimension of eBooks, comparing them with the beauty and charm which paper is able to convey.

    Touch is a 20x26cm paperback book containing 104 pages. Each of the four chapters is printed on one of the coated matt papers from Cartiere del Garda’s ‘Excellent Collection’ (GardaMatt Art, GardaPat 13 KLASSICA, GardaPat 13 KIARA and the new GardaPat 13 BIANKA), giving readers an opportunity to experience the excellence of our product lines first-hand.

    The editorial project is accompanied by a responsive design website where one can preview and leaf through the book as well as order it.

    With Touch, Lecta shows once again how the uniqueness of high quality paper, combined with exceptional content can convey emotions through a unique sensory and intellectual experience.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    10.02.2014   E.C.H. Will’s Asian Sales Office renamed Papersystems Asia    ( Company news )

    Company news The Asian Sales Office of E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako has been renamed Papersystems Asia. The office located in Jakarta, Indonesia, and previously known as KPL FarEast, is the representative office for all products and services of E.C.H. Will, Pemco (including its SHM and Wrapmatic brands) and Kugler-Womako in South East Asia and China.

    This change of name illustrates and underlines the affiliation of the joint regional Sales Office Papersystems Asia to the companies in the Papersystems Group.

    All other contact details of the Sales Office remain unchanged - except for the email address domain. As of January 12, 2014, Papersystems Asia has changed its email addresses to the new email domain "@papersystems-asia.com" (e.g. office@papersystems-asia.com). Emails sent to all old email addresses will be forwarded automatically to the new address.
    (E. C. H. Will GmbH)
     
    07.02.2014   Propapier improves process performance with Savcor's Wedge    ( Company news )

    Company news German board manufacturer Propapier has purchased Savcor Wedge Process Diagnostics System. The system was delivered in the fall 2013. Customer is very happy with the initial positive results gained.

    Propapier PM2 GmbH, is a subsidiary of the Progroup AG and the factory is situated in Eisenhüttenstadt, Germany. The mill produces corrugated base paper from 100% recycled paper.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
     
    07.02.2014   Stora Enso divests its shareholding in Thiele Kaolin     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has signed an agreement to sell its 40.24% shareholding in the US-based processed kaolin clay producer Thiele Kaolin Company to Thiele Kaolin Company for USD 76 (EUR 56) million. Stora Enso will record a capital gain of EUR 37 million as a non-recurring item in its first quarter 2014 results. The consideration was paid fully in cash when the agreement was signed and is subject to final adjustments by the end of March 2014. The divestment will decrease the operational EBIT of the segment Other by approximately EUR 7 million annually.
    The transaction was signed and finalised on 4 February 2014. Following the transaction, Stora Enso is no longer a shareholder of Thiele Kaolin Company.
    Stora Enso’s shareholding in Thiele Kaolin was part of its North American operations but not included in the divestments in 2007. Thiele Kaolin’s divestment is part of Stora Enso’s programme of selling non-core assets and in accordance with its strategic transformation to a value-creating renewable materials company focusing on growth markets.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    07.02.2014   UPM reports solid Q4 results with decreased costs and improved efficiency    ( Company news )

    Company news Q4 Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 207 million (EUR 146 million Q4 2012)

    Picture: Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO

    Q4/2013 (compared with Q4/2012)
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.27 (0.20), and reported EUR 0.06 (-2.83)
    • Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 207 million, 8.0% of sales (146 million, 5.5% of sales)
    • EBITDA was EUR 302 million, 11.7% of sales (317 million, 11.9% of sales)
    • 48% of the targeted annualised EUR 200 million cost savings achieved in Q4/2013
    • Operating cash flow was EUR 262 million, net debt decreased to EUR 3,040 million

    Full year 2013 (compared with 2012)
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.91 (0.74), and reported EUR 0.63 (-2.14)
    • Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 683 million, 6.8% of sales (556 million, 5.3% of sales)
    • EBITDA was EUR 1,155 million, 11.5% of sales (1,312 million, 12.5% of sales)
    UPM introduced a new business structure and is implementing a profit improvement programme and focused growth initiatives
    • Board’s proposal for dividend per share EUR 0.60 (0.60)

    Jussi Pesonen, President and CEO comments on the result:
    “The last quarter of 2013 was a satisfactory conclusion to a year which started off with a brisk headwind. In Q4 we achieved our best quarterly business performance in 2013. Part of this was due to seasonal factors, but a significant part comes from the wide range of improvement efforts we made throughout the year. Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 207 million (146 million). Due to strong operating cash flow we were able to reduce our net debt by EUR 261 million during Q4.
    We are very pleased that UPM Biorefining, UPM Plywood and UPM Paper ENA (Europe and North America) were able to achieve a significant improvement in their financial performance with proactive internal measures.
    Many pulp mills in the Biorefining business area were able to break their production records last year which boosted our pulp volumes. The granted permission to increase pulp production in Uruguay also positively impacted the result of the final quarter in 2013.
    Plywood performance has improved consistently, and in Q4 achieved its best quarter since 2008. In Plywood, both the sales strategy as well as the production efficiency have been revised with excellent results.
    In Paper ENA decreasing volumes and prices as well as unfavorable currencies were sources of serious headwind throughout the year and called for strong improvement actions. We responded with heavy cost savings both in the business and in the supporting functions. In Q4 Paper ENA managed to restore its profitability to the level of the previous year. It is fair to say that at the end of the year the business has a significantly more competitive cost structure than in early 2013.
    UPM Energy suffered from mild weather and lower hydropower volumes in Q4 but was nevertheless able to maintain unchanged average electricity prices. In UPM Raflatac the sales development was positive, particularly in the growth markets. Despite challenging currency development in Asia, the performance of UPM Paper Asia was satisfactory.
    We made good progress with our Biofore strategy in 2013. A key milestone was the implementation of the new business structure in November. The new organisation has started off well and we expect the new structure to sharpen our operational focus further in each business.
    Simultaneously with the new structure we announced a short term profitability improvement programme targeting EUR 200 million cost savings by the end of 2014. Implementation of the programme has proceeded fast and in Q4 we had achieved 48% of the targeted savings.
    I’m proud of the change readiness that UPM’ers have shown in the face of these changes. This gives us confidence in proceeding further with our profitability and growth initiatives. Over the coming three years, we have set ourselves clear targets for our growth initiatives in biofuels, woodfree speciality papers in China, label materials and pulp production. In parallel with this process we also seek to simplify our business portfolio. Our goal is to enhance the value of UPM businesses, ” says Jussi Pesonen.

    Outlook for 2014
    Growth in the European economy is expected to remain low in 2014, but improve from last year. Growth in the US and in the developing economies is expected to continue to outperform Europe.
    This environment is expected to be supportive for the global pulp and label materials demand, as well as paper demand in Asia. The slight improvement in the European economy may moderate the negative demand development seen in the European graphic paper market in the past two years and stimulate European demand for wood products. The current hydrological situation in Finland is close to the long-term average level, and the forward electricity prices in Finland for H1 2014 are somewhat lower than the realised market prices in H1 2013.
    UPM’s business outlook for H1 2014 is broadly stable.
    In H1 2014, UPM’s performance is expected to be underpinned by a stable overall outlook for UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Paper Asia and UPM Plywood, as compared to H2 2013.
    Profitability in UPM Paper ENA is expected to improve due to the on-going cost reduction measures. In H1 2014 compared to H2 2013 however, performance will be negatively impacted by lower delivery volumes, including seasonal factors.
    UPM Biorefining is starting the year in a stable market. Capacity additions in the global pulp market may impact the pulp market balance unfavourably during 2014, depending on the timing of the new start-ups.
    (UPM)
     
    07.02.2014   JPMorgan Chase Co's holding in UPM has exceeded the threshold of 5 percent    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM-Kymmene Corporation has on 6 November 2013 received an announcement under Chapter 9, Section 5 of the Securities Markets Act, according to which JPMorgan Chase & Co.’s indirect holding in UPM has exceeded the threshold of 5 per cent on 5 November 2013.
    According to the announcement, the indirect holding of JPMorgan Chase & Co. in UPM is 26,550,599 shares, corresponding to 5.02 per cent of UPM's shares and voting rights. UPM’s registered total number of shares and voting rights amounting to 528,704,962 shares has been used in the calculation of percentages for the announcement.

    The chain of the aforementioned controlled undertakings of JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the following:
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. (100 %)
    JPMorgan Asset Management International Limited (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings (UK) Limited (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management (UK) Limited (100%)

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. (100%)
    J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. (100%)

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Asset Management Holdings Inc. (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management (Asia) (100%)
    JPMorgan Asset Management (Taiwan) Limited (100%)

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.
    JPMorgan Chase Bank, National Association (100%)
    (UPM-Kymmene Corporation)
     
    06.02.2014   RAKO-GROUP on Packaging Innovations 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Take this opportunity and visit us from 26th – 27th February 2014 at the Packaging Innovations 2014 in Birmingham. We will present our newest product highlights in areas such as self-adhesive labels, flexible packaging and security technologies.

    We are looking forward to welcome you at our stand in hall 10, stand F18.
    (RAKO Etiketten GmbH & Co KG)
     
    06.02.2014   Vaahto Group to Reinforce its Group Strategy by Focusing on its Process Technology Business ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...and by Writedowns in its Paper Technology

    Vaahto Group Plc Oyj reinforces its strategy, in accordance with which it under the lead of its new CEO, Vesa Alatalo, strongly focuses on the Process Technology business. The Company carries out its Process Technology business through its subsidiaries Japrotek Oy Ab and Stelzer Rührtechnik International GmbH. As Vaahto Group is continuing implementing the strategy change it commenced in the spring of 2013, it is planning the divestment of its loss-making Paper Technology business. The Board of Directors is considering options regarding the divestment of the Paper Technology business, with the primary option being the sale of the business.
    Vaahto Group Plc Oyj writes down subordinated loans it has granted to Vaahto Paper Technology Oy. Due to the writedowns, the equity of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj falls negative. The writedown will not have a cash-flow effect. Due to losses expected to be incurred by Vaahto Paper Technology Ltd, it is expected that also its equity will fall negative during the first quarter of the year 2014. To reinforce the financial position of Vaahto Group and to finance the new strategy, Vaahto Group is planning on implementing a share issue during the first half of 2014.
    The agreement that Vaahto Group reached with its creditors in late 2013 supports the liquidity of the Company. In accordance with the agreement, companies in the Vaahto Group are not required to repay loans from credit institutions during the year 2014. In connection of Vaahto Group receiving additional financing of two million euro from certain of its shareholders, creditors of the group relieved it of debts of one million euro in aggregate. It was further agreed that the creditors of the group will relieve the group of debts of two million euro in aggregate, provided that certain conditions in the financing agreement are met. The Company holds the view that such conditions on the debt relief will be met during the first quarter of 2014, but the creditors are obligated to relieve the company of the said debts also in the case that the conditions are met after the first quarter of 2014. Additionally, the financing arrangement includes a commitment by the creditors of relieving debts of a further one million euro if the Company is able to raise new equity through a share issue in an amount of no less than one million euro. The combination of the financing arrangement that has been reached, the partially conditional debt relief of four million euro in aggregate, the planned divestments of the Paper Technology business and the proposal for a share issue planned by the Board of Directors make clearer the direction of the business of the group under the new strategy along with supporting the group’s financial position and liquidity.
    The financial year 2013 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation of the continuing businesses of Vaahto Group are expected to be clearly positive. Vaahto Group’s group-level financial year 2013 earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (for the entire business) are expected to be negative.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
     
    06.02.2014   Summary: Creativeworld 2014 – Hahnemühle the trend    ( Company news )

    Hahnemühle FineArt introduced two new products at this years Creativeworld /Paperworld. The paper manufacturer evoked a rapturous response with its “Style Sketch” a trendy product for “Urban Sketching”. The stylish sketch book has a black cover with a colored core and a corresponding ring binding. Pablo Ientile, Illustrator and Urban Sketcher used the “Style Sketch” at the Hahnemühle booth and presented impressively the different applications of the high-quality papers. It is suitable for sketches, illustrations, designs and manga with pencils and coloured pens, as well as for fineliner, ink pens and watercolor and acrylic paints.
    “Hahnemühle Easy Frame” was introduced for the first time at Creativeworld/Paperworld. The innovative new stretch frame enables mounting of Canvas and soft artist papers. With Hahnemühle EasyFrame artists, photographers and print studios have the opportunity to present their paintings, photo prints and reproductions quickly and easily. The 5-minute demonstrations at the booth attracted many visitors. The launch is planned soon.
    “We were very satisfied with the show. We had interesting conversations that let us have an opticmistic view to the year. Also promising is the significant increase of visitors from our export markets at the show as well as the feedbacks we received from visitors about our two new products,” said Norbert Klinke, Director of Marketing and Sales at Hahnemühle FineArt.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

     
    06.02.2014   Jim Henneberry resigns as CEO of Australian Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Jim Henneberry has resigned from the position of Chief Executive Officer at Australian Paper after eight years with the company.
    This was announced to staff and stakeholders on Friday, 31 January 2014.
    Jim made the difficult decision to leave Australian Paper in order
    to pursue new opportunities outside of the business. His resignation is effective from 14 February 2014.
    Australian Paper thanks Jim for his dedication and commitment to the company since joining in 2006. We wish him success in the next endeavour.
    Until further notice, Mr Hirofumi Fujimori, the Representative Director of Australian Paper’s holding company Nippon Paper Industries, is the Acting CEO.
    (Australian Paper)
     
    06.02.2014   KOLB is celebrating its 50th anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news Two Americans had just invented the computer language BASIC. In Dearborn, Michigan the first Ford Mustang had left the factory. The Nobel Peace Prize had been awarded to Martin Luther King, Jr. It was in this same year, back in 1964, when in Hedingen, the Swiss chemist, Dr. Werner Kolb, founded a chemical factory. Since then, KOLB has grown to become a well-known producer of nonionic surfactants and paper chemicals. Today, KOLB is the largest independent alkoxylater surfactants in Europe and celebrates its 50th anniversary.
    Surfactants are chemicals which are crucial in many products and manufacturing processes. They reduce the surface tension of liquids which assist in mixing non-mixable liquids such as oil and water. Surfactants are usually only a small part of a larger formula, but they have a great impact on the performance of a product. There are various applications: You can find surfactants in shampoos, washing powders and cleaners – just to mention a few.

    In the context of globalisation
    Economic development trends also had an influence on KOLB. In 1993, a plant with two production units was built in Moerdijk, close to the sea in the Netherlands. Later, in 2007, KOLB was acquired by Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad (KLK), a well-known international palm plantation company. Two additional production units were subsequently built in the Netherlands in 2008 and 2012.

    Product development in KOLB’s own laboratory
    Today’s markets are so dynamic that you need to act fast in order to be successful. Only flexible, lean partners can guarantee quick turnaround times. Working in close cooperation with the customer, the R&D team of KOLB develops tailor-made products for the global market. This comes about by working in a non-bureaucratic fashion along with having great technical know-how and being faster than most competitors. KOLB distinguishes itself through its pragmatic approach and technical adeptness.

    50 years’ experience for a sustainable future
    Sustainability has always been key at KOLB – and continues to be a part of our future vision. Sustainability is achieved with raw materials, products and processes. The eco efficiency of the KOLB processes is continually optimised. Receiving a certificate for actively reducing CO2 emissions as well as a Dutch responsible care award for our heat recovery system strikingly emphasises this fact. When it comes to sustainable raw materials, KOLB leads the way, having brought the first RSPO-certified nonionic surfactant onto the market.
    RSPO stands for ‘Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’. KLK is among the founding members of this international organisation, which developed a certification program for sustainable palm oil. So KOLB offers its customers the possibility to buy sustainable palm oil derivatives, which helps stakeholders reach sustainability targets.

    Invested in employees
    No company can remain successful without committed employees. KOLB has realised for a long time that an investment in know-how, skills and talents of each employee leads to the best “return on investment”. So there is always a motivated and professional team available for the customers.

    Our slogan: Your challenge our commitment
    KOLB‘s current slogan is a promise to the customer and also acts as the guiding principle of daily work at the company. KOLB’s work environment is built on teamwork and healthy competition, and where achievement and success are rewarded with mutual respect. Efficient project organisation, clear process structures, quick decision-making, an open dialogue and direct communication are mottos which employees, customers, suppliers and shareholders find mutually beneficial.
    In this way, KOLB will continue to follow its course confidently in the decades to come.
    (Kolb Distribution Ltd)
     
    06.02.2014   Natural paper Z-Offset Rough certified by HP Indigo    ( Company news )

    Company news The super-white Z-Offset Rough sets new benchmarks in the area of woodfree uncoated papers convincing, both with regard to haptic and with regard to technical aspects.
    Thanks to the new and favourable surface finish InkSet® this paper is ideally suited for classical offset print applications but also for HP Indigo format press applications. Z-Offset Rough (80-320 gm2) has been awarded by HP Indigo for its fixation and runnability (“best performing substrates”). Z-Offset Rough is also laserable.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)

     

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