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    05.06.2014   PulPaper 2014 - Day 3    ( Company news )

    Company news Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, Finland
    3-5 June, 2014

    This happened on Wednesday at PulPaper 2014:
    Number of visitors on Wednesday 4 June: 4088

    Another day of satisfied participants and a lot of activities going on in the exhibition hall. Conference sessions, Paper Square presentations and Company and Products presentations continued to inspire and engage visitors and delegates.

    PI 100th anniversary celebration - what an amazing evening!
    In the fantastic warm Helsinki summer night, the PI 100th Anniversary Gala Evening treated its 1200 guests to a fabulous experience in the fantastic venue of the Helsinki Music Centre. The evening started off with welcoming words from Martti Savelainen, chairman of PI, followed by acknowledgement of new honorary members of PI. The Arne Asplund Mechanical Pulping Award was presented to Professor Per Engstrand from Mid Sweden University, in recognition of outstanding achievement in research and development of mechanical pulping technology.
    Following this was a multiaudiovisual show taking the guests on a 100 year journey through the Paper Engineers' history. The past ten decades where brought alive by actors Nicke Lignell and and Karl-Kristian Rundman, the fantastic singers Sara Aalto and Pentti Hietanen and talented dancers Aleksi Seppänen and Sanna Hento all accompanied by Mikko Mäkinen and his band.
    'After the performance, the guests were invited to a food buffé and drinks, followed by dessert and sister organisations from around the world taking to the stage to congratulate the centenarian.

    Sneak peek at what happens today at PulPaper 2014
    • Opening hours 9-16
    • The Paper Square program kicks off at 10 am with Helen Pan, Manager at Stora Enso Global Responsibility and Kirsi Seppäläinen, Head of Communications and Sustainability at Stora Enso Biomaterials, talking about 'Rethinking Global Responsibility in China and Latin America'. The Paper Square day continues with presentations from top management
    • The key note speaker, Harry Epstein, Growth and Innovation Strategist at Quadrant Management Consulting , LLC., USA will begin the Biofuture for Mankind Conference with his presentation on 'Drivers behind decistions in choosing materials for the future'.
    • For anyone in the print industry, the Biofuture for Mankind conference afternoon session on 'Print Across Societies' is not to be missed. Sustainable media and preferences of media consumers are two of the topics as well as the interesting panel discussion on the hot topic 'Is there future for print?'
    • The Thursday afternoon topic of IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, is Mechanical Pulps in Paper and Board. At the final session, the best IMPC presentation by young researcher - ERGS Keith Kirkpatrick Award will be presented.
    • The Company and Product Presentations Programme goes on all day. Do not miss out on the panel discussion at the Company and Product Presentations stage. At 1 pm the hot topic of "Bio-based economy - hype or real business?" will be dealt with, moderated by Mr Jan Erola, Finnish journalist and TV personality and featuring several debaters.

    Two-day excursion to Jyväskylä to visit VTT and Valmet
    This afternoon, VTT and Valmet, are taking a buss load of registered excursion participants to Jyväskylä for an overnight excursion. Starting off with a dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Päijänne on Thursday evening and company visits on the Friday. VTT will demonstrate the world's only fibre foam technology platform and at the Valmet Paper Technology Centre, the delegates will get a chance to see the most advanced pilot paper machine environment.
    Signed up participants are asked to gather at 14:00 at the Northern Entrance of Messukeskus, departure is scheduled for 14:30.

    Wishing you a great last day - see you at PulPaper 2018!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    04.06.2014   Fiskeby: Construction of biogas plant starts     ( Company news )

    Company news The construction started with a symbolic groundbreaking activity on the 22th of May 2014. The anaerobic water purification process is directly linked to the company's existing water treatment plant and is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The production volume is estimated to be about nine million Nm3 biogas per year, equivalent to an energy content of approximately 9,000,000 kWh per year.
    The groundbreaking marks the start of an extensive building project to be carried out during the year. During the summer the initial ground work next to the existing water treatment plant takes place. In August installation of process equipment will begin and the facility is scheduled to be completed in 2015. The production volume is estimated to be about nine million Nm3 biogas per year, equivalent to an energy content of approximately 9,000,000 kWh per year. Biogas is a renewable energy source and will replace electricity in the production of white lined chipboard.
    - With the biogas plant Fiskeby will increase our self-sufficiency in energy, says Torbjörn Hansen, CEO of Fiskeby. In addition, the new biogas plant will relieve the company's existing water treatment plant in a tangible way. The expanded treatment capacity will reduce the company's environmental impact and provide the potential for increased board production.
    The investment amounts to SEK 33 million, of which the Swedish Energy Agency has granted SEK 12.6 million.
    (Fiskeby Board AB)
     
    04.06.2014   MarquipWardUnited Establishes BW Papersystems, the Leading Global Sheeter Machinery ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Manufacturer, through Acquisition of Körber AG’s Papersystems Companies

    MarquipWardUnited, Inc., a Barry-Wehmiller company, has completed the acquisition of the operations of Körber AG’s Papersystems companies: E.C.H. Will GmbH, Pemco Inc. and Kugler-Womako GmbH. The companies become part of the newly-formed BW Papersystems, now the leading global supplier of sheeting and sheet packaging machinery, with solutions for the widest range of applications for the paper converting, manufacturing and packaging industries.

    BW Papersystems employs nearly 1,500 team members worldwide and is expected to generate revenue in excess of $370 million in FY 2014. “With almost $100M in revenue, 250,000 sq. feet of additional capacity and over 340 new associates, the acquisition of the Körber Papersystems businesses opens up a whole new beginning for our organization,” said Tim Sullivan, Barry-Wehmiller Group President. “We look forward to the exciting opportunities our new platform creates for our customers, suppliers and all of our team members worldwide. We are thrilled to partner with the great people from E.C.H. Will, Pemco and Kugler-Womako and we welcome them with open arms into the Barry-Wehmiller family.”

    As the frontrunner in technology for cut-size, folio-size and digital-size sheeting and sheet packaging, BW Papersystems offers innovative solutions for the most complex mill to the smallest converter. In addition, the new platform assumes the market leading position in the production of machines for the manufacture of passports and adds machines for stationery manufacturers and bookbinders to its portfolio. Additionally, MarquipWardUnited’s corrugating and finishing lines are part of the comprehensive BW Papersystems product offerings.“

    As part of the integration, E.C.H. Will and Pemco have been rebranded as Will-Pemco, to optimize coordination and the synergy that exists between the two businesses. The combined Will-Pemco entity assures seamless delivery and enhanced service levels.

    BW Papersystems now incorporates five of the strongest brands in the industry: Will-Pemco, MarquipWardUnited, SHM, Wrapmatic and Kugler Womako. Market leading technology is available for folio, cut size and digital sheeting and packaging, plus stationery, passport production and specialized paper converting applications. For the corrugating industry, customers can continue to rely on the well-known brands MarquipWardUnited, Curioni and VortX. With manufacturing plants in USA and Europe, parts and service centers in the USA, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Shanghai plus the largest global team of aftermarket parts and field service professionals in the industry, both new and existing customers will benefit from more comprehensive support and service.

    Steve Brimble, VP Global Sheeter Sales at BW Papersystems, is excited about the company’s future, saying: “When we put all these brands onto one page for the first time, everyone immediately recognized the strength of the combined companies and the benefit for our customers. We see a great opportunity in both the technologies and solutions on offer now and in the potential for future product and service development. There is clearly hard work ahead of us, but the amazing people in this new group are excited to create something truly exceptional by working together with the spirit of truly human leadership, the bedrock of Barry-Wehmiller Group.”
    (MWU MarquipWardUnited Inc. Corporate Headquarters)
     
    04.06.2014   BOBST success at Interpack mirrors its leading market position    ( Company news )

    Company news For BOBST, it was a premiere participation to Interpack, and it was a very successful one. “We were able to finalise projects, kick-off new ones, foster existing relationships and make new contacts with professionals of the industry,” comments Eric Pavone, BOBST Business Unit Web-fed Business Director, as he sums up the company’s participation in the exhibition. He also explains the reasons for the great interest in BOBST products: “Not only are we continuously improving the performance of our high-end solutions for mature markets, we are also extending our product offer for emerging markets. Last but not least, our customers appreciate our service capacities that have been expanded significantly over the last twelve months.”
    The Business Unit Web-fed of BOBST offers printing presses, laminators, web coating and metallizing lines for flexible materials as well as web-fed folding carton printing and inline converting equipment. Its ongoing commitment to the packaging markets worldwide and the strength of its product portfolio are reflected in the Business Unit’s 2013 record performance (+ 8.9 % compared to the already excellent results of 2012).
    The F&K 20SIX range of CI flexo presses recorded excellent market penetration in both mature and emerging markets, performing especially well in USA, Mexico, Middle East and China. Solid sales strengthened BOBST flexo leadership also in the pre-print and non-woven segments worldwide.
    In the flexible materials gravure printing global market, BOBST maintained its premiership mainly with its comprehensive Rotomec 4003 platform. Strongest sales were recorded mainly in Eastern Europe and South East Asia. BOBST Web-Fed Solutions in folding carton over-performed against sales targets due to a high level of investments in South East Asia. This reflects the well-balanced positioning of its range of LEMANIC printing lines.
    The portfolio of BOBST CL and SL laminating machines made progress in driving compelling sales in USA, Germany and Italy mainly for the high performance duplex and triplex converted products. In special coating, BOBST extrusion coating and lacquering equipment sales are growing for highly customized applications with high added value in Europe and the USA.
    Leveraging on the performance of its latest innovative products such as General K4000 and K5000, the range of vacuum metallizing solutions continues to make strong inroads into the converting segment, further consolidating BOBST’s leadership in this market sector.
    The level of business activity at Interpack has provided good evidence that sales should further increase in 2014 despite a challenging business environment and economic uncertainty.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    04.06.2014   FORTRESS ANNOUNCES LABOUR COST REDUCTION PLAN    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announces that it has approved an employee reduction plan that will result in a reduction of approximately 16% of the salaried staff in the Company's dissolving pulp segment, including senior management, middle management and clerical staff. The impact in cost savings is estimated at approximately $2.2 million per annum. These layoffs resulted from a management directive to immediately reduce labour costs as part of a comprehensive cost reduction initiative undertaken in response to the challenging dissolving pulp market.
    "Fortress Paper is facing extremely difficult market conditions for dissolving pulp and we firmly believe in the need to be proactive to control our future," stated Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper. "The reduction in labour costs announced is anticipated to save the Company over $2 million per year and is representative of management's efforts to improve the efficiency of the Company. While layoffs are unfortunate, they are a necessary and prudent measure in these difficult times."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    04.06.2014   Graphic Packaging Holding Company Completes Acquisition of U.K.-Based Benson Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Highlights
    -Acquisition enhances Graphic Packaging's European platform by broadening its offerings in food and consumer products and extending the business into the store brand market
    -Combination creates a $700+ million business in Europe
    -Acquisition complements Graphic Packaging's existing food and beverage business in Europe and provides an opportunity to further integrate our SUS® paperboard
    -Expected to generate $5-$7 million of synergies over the next 18 months

    Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, announced that that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the business of Benson Group, a leading food and healthcare packaging company based in the United Kingdom.
    "We are pleased to welcome the Benson customers and employees into Graphic Packaging," said David Scheible, Graphic Packaging's Chairman, President and CEO. "The strong presence of Benson Group in the store brand market complements Graphic Packaging's existing strengths in the consumer and beverage markets. I know that together we will set new industry standards for quality, customer service and innovation," adds Scheible.
    The combination of Benson Group and Graphic Packaging's existing European businesses is expected to greatly enhance Graphic Packaging's folding carton business in Europe, with sales in excess of $700 million. "This combination allows us to broaden our customer base and to offer our current global customers a wider range of new products and services. Like our strategy in the United States, we are committed to growing our European business around food and beverage end markets and optimizing our supply chain footprint around our customers' needs," added Scheible.
    Benson Group brings more than 200 customers and approximately 940 employees to Graphic Packaging, and operates four folding carton facilities in the United Kingdom that convert approximately 80,000 tons of paperboard annually.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
     
    04.06.2014   PulPaper - Day 2     ( Company news )

    Company news This happened yesterday at PulPaper 2014 - Opening Day:
    Number of visitors on Tuesday 3 June: 3161

    The first day of PulPaper 2014 had a lot to offer its participants.
    The official event Opening Ceremony attracted several hundred attendees and offered a solid program which started off with musical entertainment and continued with talks from Martti Savelainen, Chairman of the board of PI, and Marco Mensink, Deputy Director General of CEPI, and a very appreciated panel discussion between business leaders and students.
    The exhibition floor was buzzing with expectant visitors and exhibitors. Conference sessions, Paper Square presentations and talks from the Company and Products presentations stage were all in popular demand and left the audience with new valuable knowledge and insights.
    The PulPaper After Work was well attended and gave the PulPaper participants a well deserved and relaxed few hours with networking, mingling, nice food and drink in combination with live music from the Paper Square stage and the restaurant Olut & Wursti. Several exhibitors entertained their customers at their stands.
    The PulPaper Award was presented to the happy recipient, Professor Ali Harlin, co-ordinator of the Bioeconomy Transformation project at VTT. Professor Harlin was honored with the award for having generated trust in the development of the pulp and paper industries and for having lead the way with creativeness. Professor Harlin has also been a rigorous spokesman both in Finland and abroad for the necessity of change in the forest industry and the potenital of wood biomass when designing and developing products from the viewpoint of sustainable development.

    So what happens today at PulPaper 2014?
    • Opening hours 9-17
    • The Paper Square program begins at 10 am with Heiki Ilväspää, Vice President at UPM Biomaterials talking about UPM Biomaterials - design meets performance. The day at the Paper Square will continue with presentations from top management.
    • The afternoon session at Biofuture for Mankind Conference brings up the topic 'Biomass - avenue for business' and biorefineries. Ed de Jong from Avantium Chemicals, The Netherlands, will share his view on this topic and Thomas E. Amidon, SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry, USA, will talk about the future prospects.
    • At the Company and Product Presentations stage in the exhibition hall, companies will present their latest news and innovations. Programme goes on all day.
    • Have a casual business meeting, tend to your inbox or just rest your feet at the Tieto Business Centre, equipped with free WLAN.
    • Stop by the Media Partner Center and get updated on industry news and meet representatives from our carefully selected media representatives from around the world.

    PI 100th anniversary Gala Evening
    Tonight is the night for the industry celebration of 2014! The 100th anniversary of PI - Paper Engineers' Association - will be celebrated in style with a spectacular gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre. The dark suit gala dinner begins at 19:00, tickets have been bought in advance and are sold out since a while back.
    We wish PI a happy 100th anniversary and everyone a fantastic evening!

    Enjoy your day at PulPaper 2014!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    04.06.2014   PulPaper Award to Professor Ali Harlin    ( Company news )

    Company news The PulPaper Award together with a grant of 5000 euros from the Finnish Fair Foundation were granted to Professor Ali Harlin from VTT. Professor Harlin is coordinating the Bioeconomy Transformation project.
    -The name Ali Harlin has recently popped up in several projects where replacements for plastic and oil-based products are sought from the use of wood biomass. Professor Harlin has also been a rigorous spokesman both in Finland and abroad for the necessity of change in the forest industry and the potential of wood biomass when designing and developing products from the viewpoint of sustainable development, states Pirkko Molkentin-Matilainen, president and CEO of PI Paper Engineers Association.
    The PulPaper Award is granted to a person who generates trust in the development of the pulp and paper industries and leads the way with creativeness. In addition, the awarded person has promoted the industry with his/her own actions, ideas and by being an active spokesman for the industry. Characteristics for the winner are uniqueness, boldness, the ability to stand out and the courage to be a pioneer.
    - The forest based economy has gone through a reformation every 70 years - now it is again time for a change. The forest industry is thriving globally and the diminished consumption of paper is visible especially clearly in Finland. Thus Finland has developed into a forerunner in the forest-based bioeconomic research. This structural change has brought about new innovations from the use of energy to the use of materials. These innovative solutions are resulting in raw material efficiency, better turnover and renewed product selections, which lead to overall stability, summarises Professor Harlin.
    (Paperi-insinöörit ry / Paper Engineer's Association)
     
    03.06.2014   FiberMark Introduces Luxurious Product Portfolio for Upscale Health & Beauty Packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news FiberMark, a global leader in manufacturing innovative paperboards, fiber-based specialty covering materials and print media for world-leading brands, announces an innovative new portfolio of folding carton, turned-edge and bag stock products specifically engineered to meet the design demands of the upscale health & beauty packaging market.
    The dramatic visual and tactile appeal of FiberMark packaging materials draws attention to products in the retail environment and significantly drives sales---a must for upscale brands. With thousands of texture, finish and color combinations (including duplex options), FiberMark’s substrates are enhanced by the deep, rich color saturation of the products throughout the sheet, eliminating glaring white edges and ensuring color consistency from lot to lot.
    “Color is often an integral part of brand identity. With today's international supply chains and multi-site manufacturing, maintaining color consistency from site-to-site can often be a challenge for the folding carton packaging printer and converter,” notes Dr. Robert Conforti, Senior Vice-President, New Business Development. “Manufactured using precision color control processes, FiberMark's dyed-through premium packaging provides the solution to these technical challenges.”
    FiberMark’s packaging materials also offer superior decoration and performance characteristics for printers and converters, with custom sheet sizes available to help maximize yield per sheet, and rigid paperboards that are available in a wide variety of calipers, making it possible to eliminate liners. These premium boards and luxury covering materials are strong and durable while providing a stylish, refined alternative to white SBS.
    “FiberMark is dedicated to providing designers with an extensive array of premium packaging and luxury covering materials that reflect and enhance the value of high-end brands,” said Dr. Conforti. “We are pleased to introduce this new collection of decorative paperboards, bag stocks and covering materials that bring sophisticated visual appeal coupled with superior performance to upscale health and beauty brands.”
    (FiberMark North America Inc.)
     
    03.06.2014   Smooth start-up of first MoveRoll® Kicker    ( Company news )

    Company news In two years of intense development work, we have developed a revolutionary pneumatic Kicker. Now, the first MoveRoll® Kicker has been assembled at a paper mill in Kemi, Finland.
    Compact in size and unique in design, the new kicker features robust sliding rails that kick the roll horizontally onto the next conveying device. MoveRoll Kicker is the first unit which can replace the stand-alone standard kicker and offers several benefits over the latter. A major benefit of MoveRoll Kicker is increased safety: When rolls are about to be kicked and during the actual kicking process, MoveRoll Kicker flashes a clearly visible warning light. Increased savings are another important benefit of MoveRoll Kicker: Depending on the application, MoveRoll Kicker can reduce the energy consumption of up to 75%, compared to traditional kickers. Furthermore, easy installation and maintenance allow for savings in installation and maintenance costs.
    The first project at the mill has been started by Mikko Rantanen, the CEO of MoveRoll.“Smooth start-up, understanding customer demands as well as learning more is so important with new innovations. So I feel my duty to be here, starting the first unit personally”, says Mikko.

    MoveRoll Kicker on display at PulPaper in Helsinki!
    We will showcase MoveRoll Kicker during PulPaper 2014in Helsinki. Visit our booth 6b19 for a great conversation on how we can help you to make paper roll handling easier than ever before and find out, why we are convinced that MoveRoll Kicker will revolutionize the way paper rolls are kicked!
    (MoveRoll Oy)
     
    03.06.2014   Voith launches high-performance press fabric with faster saturation    ( Company news )

    Company news The new Velocity press fabric Voith has introduced to the market offers impressively quick start-up and features a special yarn system allowing it to consistently maintain its dewatering performance and void volume over the entire operating life.
    The special yarn structure results in better pressure distribution over the entire width of the fabric, enabling Velocity to absorb water faster and reach a higher saturation more quickly. As a result, the desired hydraulic nip pressure is achieved in an efficient manner, which in turn guarantees optimum dewatering and superb paper quality.
    For even better results, Velocity can also be supplied with a Vector module, a three-dimensional non-woven component that increases the void volume of the fabric while retaining its compressibility. Moreover, Velocity has smaller pores than conventional press fabrics, generating a higher flow velocity in the fabric and thus preventing dirt from depositing on its surface. This self-cleaning function has a positive effect on paper quality.
    Velocity can be used for the manufacture of graphic paper and tissue as well as a range of applications for producing board and packaging papers. Voith offers the press fabric in three variants. Thanks to its modular concept it can be customized to the specific requirements of each application.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.06.2014   Tuesday 3 June: PULPAPER OPENING DAY     ( Company news )

    Company news Today at PulPaper:
    • Doors open up at 9 am - WELCOME!
    • At 10 to 12 am the official event Opening Ceremony will take place in the Congress Wing. Watch it being streamed live to the big screen at the Paper Square stage on the exhibition floor.
    • The Paper Square program begins at 12 am, right after the Opening Ceremony. Listen to presentations from top management of large companies.
    • The Biofuture for Mankind conference starts at 13:30 in the congress wing and the topic for the afternoon is Bioeconomy.
    • The IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference starts at the same time, 13:30, also in the congress wing. The IMPC Poster Presentation Award will be presented to the best poster presentation held yesterday. Participants of PulPaper are encouraged to visit the IMPC poster presentation in the congress wing of Messukeskus. See programme above.
    • At the Company and Product Presentationstage in the exhibition hall, companies will present their latest news and innovations. Programme goes on all day.
    • The PulPaper After Work starts at 16:30 with food, drink and live music. The get-together will be concentrated mainly to the Paper Square and the restarurant Olut & Wursti, but also to several exhibitor stands that will have gatherings of their own. Everyone is welcome, entrance is free of charge. Buy your food ticket for 20 EUR at the Event Office or at the Paper Square Café. The PulPaper Award will be presented at 17:00 from the Paper Square stage.
    • Stop by the Media Partner Center and get updated on industry news and meet representatives from our carefully selected media representatives from around the world.
    • Have a casual business meeting, tend to your inbox or just rest your feet at the Tieto Business Centre, equipped with free WLAN.

    Most Welcome to the opening day of PulPaper 2014!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.06.2014   Press Release on the Open House event held by Bieling & Petsche Stanzformen GmbH in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Elixhausen near Salzburg.

    In December 2013, cutting die manufacturer Bieling & Petsche Stanzformen GmbH , with its Salzburg-based production site, moved into new company premises in Elixhausen near Salzburg, having made a conscious decision to continue manufacture at two production locations in Austria. The pivotal factors for this were the proximity to the customer base, the specialised skills of the workforces in Grödig and Vienna and, not least, the social responsibility the company has towards its employees. At the two locations in Elixhausen and Vienna, Bieling & Petsche is operating in its own properties and each facility has a floor space of 1,100 m².
    On 16 May 2014, the company formally presented the new building in Elixhausen to international customers with an Open House event. Approximately 150 visitors attended – from Austria, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Italy – and they gained a positive impression of the company’s performance ability. Alongside presentations and specialist talks held in the marquee, attendees were able to fully exploit the opportunity to witness the daily routines of a diemaker. Staff members were on hand to explain their individual work steps and techniques, enabling them to be easily grasped – literally. Many of these customers experienced live for the first time how their tooling comes into being and how much outlay is put into the technology required in order to guarantee consistently perfect quality.
    In his welcome address, Managing Director and majority shareholder Gerald Minniberger naturally included details about the history of his company. We learned, for example, that the company was founded in Grödig on 21 February 1972 by Messrs Winfried Bieling and Günther Petsche. In 1979, the first laser system for die production in Austria was installed. Special mention should be made here that this was actually an in-house development. During the years that followed, laser systems, plotters and rule processing equipment were developed and constructed in Salzburg and marketed across the whole of Europe. Their first customer was the company known today as DieVision Holding B.V. in Holland; when the equipment was installed in 1980, this marked the beginning of a long-standing, close working relationship and friendship between both diemakers. So it was not surprising that Frans Valkenburg, the owner of the DieVison Group with plants in Holland, Belgium and Poland, was amongst the visitors at the Open House.
    Gerald Minniberger, who has been running the Bieling & Petsche operations since 1996, continued to explain that his company now has four laser systems with a total capacity of 8,500 watts, plus 10 rule bending machines, two cutting machines for straight rules, three high pressure water systems for processing rubber, three milling cutters for Pertinax and steel as well as three special installations for producing stripping tools. At each plant, both flat form and rotary tools are built. The range of services offered also includes stripping and blank separation tools. At the same time as the move into the new building in Elixhausen, the diemaking company Andreas Moser Laserstanzformen GmbH was also acquired and integrated into the new location. This was achieved with the full support of Andreas Moser who is currently plant manager at Elixhausen.
    An additional milestone in Bieling & Petsche’s development was reached in 2012. This was the year when CITO-SYSTEM GmbH joined the company as a partner. This business relationship is also based on a long-standing friendship between both company heads who used to work together back in the 80s and is associated with the marketing and development of laser systems.
    During his presentation, company director and partner of CITO-SYSTEM GmbH, Jürgen Marien, focused on the collaboration within the Die Future Group. This is a development alliance where CITO works together with the European diemakers already mentioned in this article. Mr Marien talked about the joint developments that have already been implemented in the tooling used by Bieling & Petsche and the DieVision Group. Due to the market demand of the diecutting industry, these developments are increasingly being used by other diemakers. Whilst the current projects were being presented, two subject areas aroused particular interest amongst the visitors at the Open House event: the compact measuring devices for die-cut products which were introduced and the project for an alternative base sheet material for cutting dies. The Die Future Group is working on a new material which possesses a much better dimensional stability than wood, is also lighter than wood and which in addition should show a big improvement in terms of being CO2 neutral. Jürgen Marien then continued by stating that he anticipates the first cutting dies made with this material to be in production in 2014.
    The Open House event continued until the following day. On Saturday 17 May 2014, neighbours from Elixhausen, friends of the company and staff family members were given the opportunity to get to know the plant better. The employees’ offspring were particularly interested to find out all the things their dads have to deal with during the working day! Throughout both days, additional excitement was provided in the form of an archery tournament. No-one was surprised when Friday’s winner was a customer from Switzerland, because he was simply carrying on the tradition of William Tell. Musical entertainment was provided on the Friday by the upbeat songs of cabaret artist Walter Martetschläger.
     
    02.06.2014   Rayonier Board of Directors Approves Separation of Rayonier Advanced Materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Board Approves Distribution of Rayonier Advanced Materials Stock

    Picture: Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and CEO of Rayonier Inc.

    Rayonier Inc. (NYSE:RYN) announced that its Board of Directors has approved the separation of its Performance Fibers business, which will be known as Rayonier Advanced Materials, and declared a special dividend distribution of all outstanding shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock to Rayonier’s shareholders.
    “Today’s announcement is a major milestone in the completion of our separation,” said Paul Boynton, Chairman, President and CEO. “Rayonier and Rayonier Advanced Materials will soon be independent, industry-leading publicly traded companies, each with its own opportunities to maximize value for our shareholders.”
    The Board of Directors approved a distribution of one share of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock for every three common shares of Rayonier held by Rayonier shareholders. Cash will be paid in lieu of fractional shares. The distribution will be effective on June 27, 2014 for shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 18, 2014.
    After the distribution, Rayonier Advanced Materials will be an independent, publicly-traded company and Rayonier will retain no ownership interest in Rayonier Advanced Materials. Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock is expected to begin regular trading on or about June 30, 2014 on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the ticker symbol RYAM. Rayonier will continue to trade on the NYSE under the ticker symbol RYN.
    Distribution of the stock dividend is subject to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) having declared effective Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Registration Statement on Form 10, as amended, which Rayonier Advanced Materials has filed with the SEC. The special dividend distribution is subject to the conditions set forth in the Separation and Distribution Agreement between Rayonier and Rayonier Advanced Materials, which has been filed as an exhibit to Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Registration Statement on Form 10.
    The distribution is also contingent upon receipt of a private letter ruling from the IRS confirming that the distribution of shares to U.S. shareholders will be tax-free. However, cash paid in lieu of fractional shares may be subject to federal income tax.
    No action is required by Rayonier shareholders to receive shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock in the distribution. Rayonier intends to distribute an information statement to all shareholders entitled to receive the distribution of shares of Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock in June 2014. The information statement is an exhibit to Rayonier Advanced Materials’ Registration Statement on Form 10, which describes Rayonier Advanced Materials and the risks associated with owning Rayonier Advanced Materials common stock, as well as other details regarding the separation.
    After the separation, Rayonier will own and operate the company’s existing Forest Resources and Real Estate businesses. Rayonier will be a geographically diverse forest resources company with 2.6 million acres of high-quality timberlands, including approximately 200,000 acres well situated for real estate development along coastal Florida and Georgia. The company will maintain its status as a tax-efficient Real Estate Investment Trust. The company intends to maintain its strong balance sheet and pay a competitive dividend to its shareholders and expects to retain an investment-grade credit profile.
    Rayonier Advanced Materials will be the world’s leading producer of high-value specialty cellulose fibers, with proprietary cellulose chemistry expertise and manufacturing process knowledge developed over 85 years. The company’s primary production facilities in Florida and Georgia manufacture a wide range of customized high purity products, using both hardwood and softwood. The company is expected to continue to generate strong cash flows and to pay a dividend competitive with its peer group. Rayonier Advanced Materials has secured a BB+/Ba2 grade credit rating.
    (Rayonier Inc.)
     
    02.06.2014   Jacobs Receives Contract from P.T. OKI for Chlorine Dioxide Plant in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE:JEC) announced that it was awarded a contract by P.T. OKI Pulp and Paper Mills for the design and supply of an integrated chlorine dioxide plant for its pulp mill project in South Sumatra, Indonesia.
    Officials did not disclose the contract value, but noted that when completed, the plant is anticipated to produce 172 metric tonnes of chlorine dioxide per day, making it the largest chlorine dioxide plant ever built. The plant is scheduled to be commissioned in 2016.
    Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is designing and engineering the plant, supplying key equipment and materials including Jacobs’ proprietary Chemetics® equipment, and providing technical services for plant erection, operator training, commissioning and testing.
    In making the announcement, Jacobs Group Vice President Terry Hagen stated, “We are pleased to build upon our successes in supplying several chlorine dioxide plants to clients in Indonesia since the 1980s, and look forward to providing quality and value to P.T. OKI on this significant project.”
    (Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.)
     
    02.06.2014   Metsä Board Corporation's operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 36.1 million in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... January–March

    Picture: Mikko Helander, CEO

    Result for the first quarter of 2014
    • Sales were EUR 501.2 million (1Q/2013: 535.0).
    • Operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 36.1 million (30.2). Operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 43.5 million (34.8).
    • Result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 20.8 million (3.9). Result before taxes including non-recurring items was EUR 26.0 million (8.5).
    • Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.06 (0.01) and including non-recurring items EUR 0.08 (0.02).

    Events during the first quarter of 2014
    Metsä Board issued a EUR 225 million unsecured bond and signed an agreement on a new syndicated credit facility of EUR 250 million.
    • Metsä Board announced to increase the prices of white-top and fully bleached fresh forest fibre linerboards as well as uncoated fine paper in Europe as of April.
    • Metsä Board divested its property in Lielahti, Tampere to the City of Tampere for EUR 26 million.
    • Metsä Board introduced new coated, fresh forest fibre based Modo Northern Light liner.
    • The Court of Arbitration ordered Metsä Board to compensate approximately EUR 19.7 million to UPM-Kymmene in damages, including legal expenses, in connection with a dispute concerning Metsä Fibre Oy’s shareholder agreement.

    "The year 2014 started as we had expected. Our profitability improved, and paperboard delivery volumes increased from the previous quarter in spite of the continuing uncertainty of the macroeconomy.
    Folding boxboard delivery volumes increased both in Europe and outside Europe. The growth has been fastest in North America, where we have been focusing strongly in recent times. The positive development is expected to continue based on, among other things, our folding boxboard being even over 30 per cent lighter in weight than competing products. Lightness improves customers' cost competitiveness and mitigates environmental impacts.
    The strong growth in the sales of fresh forest fibre linerboard has also continued. Focusing on coated linerboards in Kemi has produced excellent results, and sales of Husum's fully bleached linerboards have developed according to plans. All in all, the target for this year is to increase Metsä Board's fresh forest fibre linerboard sales by approximately 25 per cent from the previous year, to over 450,000 tonnes.
    Demand for Metsä Board's paperboards is estimated to continue good in the second quarter but our profitability is burdened by the extensive maintenance shutdowns at several pulp mills.”

    The divestment of shareholding in Metsä Group Treasury Oy in September 2013 improved Metsä Board's equity ratio by approximately 5 percentage points and return on capital employed by almost 1 percentage point and reduced the company's gross debt by more than EUR 300 million, compared to the second quarter’s actual figures in 2013.

    Business environment and near-term outlook
    Folding boxboard delivery volumes are estimated to increase slightly during the second quarter of 2014 compared to the previous quarter. Delivery volumes of white-top fresh forest fibre linerboard are estimated to be roughly at the level of the previous quarter. The slightly higher prices of annual folding boxboard agreements concluded in Europe at the end of last year will take full effect during the second quarter. Metsä Board has announced a white-top fresh forest fibre linerboard price increase in Europe as of April 2014.
    Delivery volumes of uncoated fine paper are expected to decrease slightly in the second quarter of 2014, compared to the previous quarter, and delivery volumes of coated paper are expected to be roughly at the previous quarter's level. Metsä Board has announced an uncoated fine paper price increase in Europe as of April. No material changes in coated paper prices are in sight. The delivery volumes and average price of Metsä Board's market pulp are not expected to change materially during the second quarter of 2014.
    Production costs in the second quarter of 2014 are expected to be approximately at the same level as in the previous quarter.
    Metsä Board's profitability during the second quarter will be burdened by the planned annual maintenance shutdowns at several pulp mills.
    Metsä Board’s operating result, excluding non-recurring items, is in the second quarter of 2014 expected to weaken from the first quarter of 2014 due to the annual maintenance shutdowns.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    02.06.2014   Expansion of Local Presence: Voith China Training Center in Kunshan Inaugurated    ( Company news )

    Company news In a festive ceremony, which was also attended by Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s Vice Chancellor and Economics Affairs Minister, Voith has opened the Voith China Training Center. The center for vocational training and further education in Kunshan (about 80 km north-west of Shanghai) is the largest training facility of the company outside Germany. Voith will be using it to train qualified employees for the Chinese market and thus significantly widen its local presence.
    With the inauguration, Voith once again underlines the significance of China within its corporate strategy and strengthens its commitment in the Chinese market with the new building. "Over the next few years, China will evolve into one of the most important single markets for Voith. Voith would like to fully utilize the potential opportunities offered by this market and continue its success story in China, which has been going on for more than 100 years," said Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of the Corporate Board of Management of Voith GmbH, in his welcoming address. "In order to successfully handle future growth, we need excellently trained experts from our own ranks."
    German Economics Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel praised the commitment of Voith in China and pointed out: "Our dual vocational education system is a celebrated training model and a guarantor for the economic success of our country. Dual training and further vocational education play an important role when it comes to ensuring the next generation of qualified staff. This is also a major issue in China. The dual training system belongs undoubtedly to the things that constitute Germany's good reputation all over the world. And consequently, companies such as Voith safeguard the good reputation Germany enjoys in China with their excellent training schemes."
    The investment volume of the Voith China Training Center amounts to about EUR 8.5 million (73 million Chinese RMB), of which about EUR 1.8 million are covered by the city of Kunshan. A new building with lecture rooms, meeting rooms, offices and a training workshop equipped to German standards has been created on an area of about 4,000 m2.
    With the Voith China Training Center, Voith will be introducing the dual vocational education system based on the German model in China. Following their theoretical training in secondary technical schools, the graduates will complete a comprehensive one-year practical internment at Voith and receive a vocational education that is specifically tailored to the requirements of an industrial company. Voith customers and partners of local companies may in future also utilize the Voith Training Center for the further qualification of their workforce. "We want to deeply root ourselves in China and become a Chinese company with German proprietors. This Training Center is a symbol of how much Voith is already at home here today with our nearly 3,500 employees at twelve Chinese locations.," said Lienhard.
    The dual vocational training model is a proven tool for ensuring young talent in Germany. It makes an important contribution to the competitiveness of the industrial location Germany and has already been adopted by many countries. Voith has been training young people for more than 100 years. "The dual vocational training system according to the German model will ideally complement China's job qualification concepts and secure Voith a workforce of local young talent with excellent theoretical knowledge and practical know-how for years to come," said Mingming Liu, Executive Representative Voith Asia.
    China and Germany have been closely cooperating in the field of vocational training for nearly 30 years. The two countries launched pilot programs for the introduction of the dual system in China from as early as the 1980s. In October 2010, both countries signed an agreement on the further cooperation in the field of vocational education.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    02.06.2014   Pulpaper 2014 Helsinki - OPENING TOMORROW!    ( Company news )

    Company news Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, Finland, 3-5 June, 2014

    Last chance to pre-register!
    Less than 24 hours until the doors open up to PulPaper 2014, the industry event of the year. Industry professionals from 60 countries worldwide has already pre-registered to visit the exhibition and everything is lined up for your visit. Have you registered yet? Save time upon arrival, pre-register your visit free of charge and print your badge using this link or visit the official website. Pre-registered visitors will be in the draw to win a lunch for 2 persons at any of the Fazer Restaurants at the venue.

    453 exhibitors from 29 different countries are ready to greet you and show you their latest innovations, products and services that can enhance your business.
    Industry experts are lined up to inspire you at the PulPaper 2014 Conference, taking place at the congress wing adjacent to the exhibition hall.

    Tomorrow at PulPaper
    • Doors open up at 9 am - WELCOME!
    • At 10 to 12 am the Official Opening Ceremony will take place in the Congress Wing. It is still possible to sign up and be a part of it or you can simply watch it being streamed live to the big screen at the Paper Square stage on the exhibition floor.
    • The Paper Square program begins at 12 am, right after the Opening Ceremony.
    • The Biofuture for Mankind conference starts at 13:30 in the congress wing and the topic for the afternoon is Bioeconomy.
    • The IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference starts at the same time, 13:30, also in the congress wing. The IMPC Poster Presentation Award will be presented to the best poster presentation held today; Monday. Participants of PulPaper are encouraged to visit the IMPC poster presentation in the congress wing of Messukeskus.
    • At the Company and Product Presentation stage on the exhibition floor, companies like Andritz, Konecranes and GL&V will present their latest news and innovations. Programme goes on all day.
    • The PulPaper After Work starts at 16:30 with food, drink and live music. The get-together will be concentrated mainly to the Paper Square and the restarurant Olut & Wursti, but also to several exhibitor stands that will have gatherings of their own.

    The organisers welcome you to Helsinki and PulPaper 2014!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.06.2014   Nedmag and Imerys Enter Into Strategic Alliance to Cater to European Pulp and Paper Industry     ( Company news )

    Company news Imerys becomes exclusive distributor of Nedmag’s products for pulp & paper industries in most European countries

    Nedmag Industries (The Netherlands) and Imerys, the world leader in mineral-based specialty solutions for industry and namely to pulp and paper markets, announce their strategic alliance to develop and market magnesium hydroxide based bleaching technology and products for a large variety of pulp bleaching applications.
    Nedmag & Imerys are coming together to offer the European pulp & paper industry a novel and sustainable pulp bleaching technology. In addition to being environmentally-friendly, the technology also delivers cost savings by ensuring optimised use of magnesium sulphate, caustic soda, silicate and/or hydrogen peroxide in the recipes. Through their combined resources, the partners are in an excellent position to bring a unique combination of technology and application expertise to the pulp industry.
    Multiple performance benefits can be achieved by using magnesium hydroxide in pulp bleaching. This includes higher brightness values, less COD/BOD burden (typically a reduction of 40% can be achieved), better pulp dewatering, and consequently higher yield and cleaner water circuits. Furthermore, magnesium hydroxide has a potential to very significantly improve productivity of paper machines and pulp production lines by reducing down time for process equipment cleaning.

    Mr. Alex Medendorp, Sales & Marketing director of Nedmag, is excited about entering this new field of business and says:
    “Throughout its history, Nedmag has a proven track record of successfully establishing leading positions. The setup of our company allows for ample availability of magnesium hydroxide, a prerequisite to deliver this demanding pulp industry. Recently we have strengthened our team with pulp and bleaching expertise and with well-established partner like Imerys, we will be able to rapidly develop new and tailor-made process solutions to our pulp customers”.
    Mr Mikko Likitalo, Technology Director at Imerys sees major synergies in Nedmag & Imerys coming together to cater to European pulp & paper industry, and says:
    “Competence of Nedmag to develop magnesium-based alkali for bleaching and for enhancing bleaching performance is a perfect match to Imerys’ core competence of delivering products that improve runnability and optics in pulp and paper making”
    By mid-July 2014, production line investment by Nedmag in its special grade of magnesium hydroxide, will be complete. Industrial trial quantities of the product as well as development support have been available from Nedmag for some time already. The product is delivered as a stabilised suspension. To ensure sufficient customer support resources, from now on, the validation of the technology for new customers will be carried out by Nedmag’s alliance partners. Imerys will ensure exclusive market and sales development of in most European countries while Nordic countries will continue to be carried out exclusively by Nedmag’s well-established pulp distribution partner Banmark.
    (Nedmag Industries)
     
    28.05.2014   EV EasyOne technology to Switzerland    ( Company news )

    Company news Aarepapier, PM 3 (liner and fluting), in Switzerland has ordered web stabilizing technology to improve PM runnability and efficiency at single felted section.
    The optimization includes EV EasyOne web stabilizers, EVsf web stabilizer for the group gap, roll modifications and air systems. EV EasyOne web stabilizers are equipped with CD Tail Booster blowing nozzles to create higher vacuum to the front side during the tail feeding.
    (EV Group Oy - EVG)
     
    28.05.2014   Zellstoff Celgar improves its testing capabilities with Metso's next-generation automatic pulp ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... laboratory

    Immediately available quality measurements by using significantly faster testing capabilities
    Zellstoff Celgar, a major supplier of market kraft pulp, located in Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada, has placed an order with Metso for a next-generation automatic pulp laboratory. With the new equipment, the mill will be able to improve its pulp testing capabilities to better meet its customer quality needs. The automatic pulp laboratory will be installed in July 2014.
    "We were convinced by Metso's proven technology and ability to support us locally with their North American service teams," says Scott Spencer, Manager, Strategic Development, Zellstoff Celgar.
    Metso will supply a Pulp Expert automatic pulp laboratory with consistency, freeness, tensile, dirt, brightness and High-Definition fiber and shive measurements as well as a proprietary Quality Assurance Tracking program to maximize the use of the measurements.
    Metso has the world's widest scope of automation solutions and services for the pulp and paper industry - from single measurements to mill-wide turnkey automation projects. It is the market leader in quality control systems as well as in control and on-off valves for this industry sector. The company also holds a market-leading position in pulp performance optimization with its advanced Kappa analyzers and inline sensors. Metso's system-independent solutions help customers lower their operating and maintenance costs.

    Getting a full picture of total pulp quality
    Metso Pulp Expert is significantly faster and has about ten times more testing capacity than the traditional laboratory. The reliable, immediately available quality measurements are related to laboratory standards and provide pulp mills with a full picture of total pulp quality.
    Featuring the latest technology, the pulp laboratory's design has been especially created to meet the ever-increasing market requirements for measurement precision, user friendliness and the low need of maintenance. Depending on the application, the service interval can be up to one month. The unique, modular multi-measurement system enables mills to increase their production and maximize their gain. This has been proven with over 200 Pulp Expert installations in pulp and paper mills around the world.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    28.05.2014   New Managing Director appointed for August Faller A/S     ( Company news )

    Company news Pharma specialist Christian Haurum Holmskov takes lead in Danish packaging specialist to steer the company’s Nordic territory.

    August Faller Group is pleased to announce that Christian Haurum Holmskov will take up the position as Managing Director as from June 1, 2014 at August Faller A/S in Hvidovre/Kopenhagen. Before joining August Faller A/S Christian Haurum Holmskov held several positions in pharmaceutical companies like Novo Nordisk A/S, Astra Zeneca A/S and MSD Denmark A/S.
    Commenting on this appointment, Dr. Daniel Keesman, President of the August Faller Group, said: “We are pleased to announce that with the appointment of Christian Holmskov we underline our strategy to consequently focus on our Group’s pharmaceutical and healthcare know-how. Christian’s experience and professional background will add to our comprehensive packaging solutions for efficient supply chains which shall contribute to the economic value added, also in Northern Europe.”
    August Faller Groups extends thanks and appreciation to the former Managing Director Søren Slotsaa who has been the key to the integration of the Danish operation into the Faller Group.
    (August Faller AS)
     
    28.05.2014   Mimaki Honored with Two European Digital Press Association (EDP) Awards at FESPA Digital 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Awards for Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer Up to €200K and Best Multi-Purpose Object Printer in 2014 presented during FESPA Digital 2014 in Munich

    Mimaki reported that it is honored to be recognized once again at FESPA Digital 2014, this time with two European Digital Press Association (EDP) awards and two nominations. The Mimaki JFX200-2513 wide format printer with LED curing was selected from a crowded field of submissions for Best Flatbed/Hybrid Printer up to €200K, and Mimaki’s KEBAB option for 360-degree direct printing on cylindrical products was named Best Multi-Purpose Object Printer. The awards were accepted by Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA at a special awards ceremony held during the show.

    “We are extremely honored to be recognized once again by the EDP for our efforts to bring innovative products to the digital printing market that open up new revenue opportunities for our customers and for the industry, this year with two of the prestigious awards,” says Horsten. “The JFX200-2513 and the KEBAB option for the UJF-3042HG and UJF-6042 desktop flatbed printers both bring unique and affordable capabilities that will drive market growth. We received a first award for the best UV Flatbed printer at FESPA 2013 in London last year for our JFX500-2131, so this is a great achievement and clearly shows our dedication to this part of the industry.”

    The JFX200-2513 was shown for the first time at Viscom Dusseldorf 2013. This economical large format flatbed UV inkjet printer can print up to 25 square meters per hour on materials up to 2,500 x 1,300 mm and up to 50 mm thick. The JFX200-2513’s compact footprint, eco-friendly LED curing and attractive price point make it ideal for businesses in the sign and display graphics industry that wish to affordably expand their range of services. The Mimaki JFX200-2513 began shipping in April 2014.

    The Mimaki KEBAB option is easily mounted on Mimaki’s UJF-3042HG and UJF-6042 desktop flatbed printers. Using rotary rollers, Kebab-UJF-6042the KEBAB option rotates the object, allowing UJF-3042HG or UJF-6042 to print directly on the entire surface of the cylindrical item. The result is a beautiful, seamless 360-degree printing accomplished with a few simple steps. This unique finishing capability enables high quality on-demand production of customized three-dimensional print products with a minimum order quantity of one piece, everything from cans to candles.

    “Expanding the possibilities with our small format UV-LED flatbed range has always been one of the things we said we would do. With this KEBAB option, current customers can extend their offerings and develop bright new application ideas.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    28.05.2014   Mikko Helander resigns from his position as Metsä Board's CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news CEO Mikko Helander (picture) will resign from Metsä Board to join Kesko Corporation as of 1 December 2014. Helander will continue as Metsä Board’s CEO for the time being.

    The Board of Directors of Metsä Board has initiated a process to appoint a new CEO.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    28.05.2014   Cellulose Powder Manufacturing Facility Commences Operation    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. (President: Yoshio Haga, photo) constructed a new cellulose powder* production facility in the Hokkaido Yufutsu Mill (Tomakomai-shi, Hokkaido).
    The production line commenced commercial operation on May 20.

    Nippon Paper Industries is the foremost domestic producer of cellulose powder, supplying the product , ranging from the food and health food sector to the industrial sector. Completed at a cost of 1.6 billion yen, this new facility aims to expand the business domain that is expected to increase strongly in demand, to boost profitability while ensuring a stable supply of products. The commencement of this line brings the total number of the company's production lines to four - two in the Hokkaido Mill and two in the Gotsu Mill (Gotsu-shi, Shimane Prefecture) - which will also ensure its advantageous position in terms of business continuity in the event of an emergency.
    This facility will play a role in strengthening the non-paper business of Nippon Paper Industries, as we continue to evolve as a comprehensive biomass company.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)
     
    28.05.2014   New releases and innovations at the exhibition floor of PulPaper 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Five more days until the doors open up to PulPaper 2014, the 8th edition of one of the world's premier and most influential events for the global pulp, paper, board, converting and bio-based industries. Industry professionals from60 countries have already pre-registered their visit to the event taking place in the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki on 3-5 June, 2014.
    The exhibition floor of PulPaper 2014 features 453 companies from 29 different countries, ready to show their latest innovations, technologies and know-how to the pulp, paper, board, converting and bio-based industries. Take a sneak peek below at some of the news and launches of PulPaper 2014.

    Metsä Group : There is more to Metsä than meets the eye.
    Under this device, Metsä Group will be exhibiting its products and services at the Paper Square of the PulPaper exhibition while celebrating 80 years at the forefront of Finnish forest industry. Metsä Board recently introduced new fit-for-purpose products Modo Northern Light linerboard and Carta Allura folding boxboard. A brand new product range for food service and packaging will be launched at the fair. Participants of the PulPaper event can listen to Metsä Groups experts at the Paper Square stage, in the Biofuture for Mankind conference or meet them in person in their stand, 6e41.

    Kumera: Introducing a new patented drum drive
    Kumera Drives Ltd. has a strong position as a leading supplier of mechanical Power Transmissions for Pulp and Paper industries and for many decades, the company has supplied sophisticated drive solutions for different applications within these industries.
    In stand 6e50 at PulPaper 2014, Kumera is introducing a new, patented drum drive, which is based on planetary gearbox and with the unique feature of adjusting the tooth contact in use independently on the changes in the drum dimensions.

    X-rite: Demonstrates Solutions for Colour Management at PulPaper 2014
    X-Rite representatives will demonstrate hardware and software solutions that include the ERX50 non-contact spectrophotometer for continuous in-line measurement and the ESWin software series that manages colour quality control and closed-loop colour control for continuous paper making processes. Also, Alois Thema, X-Rite sales executive for Northern Europe, will give a 20-minute presentation at 10:30 a.m. on 3 June on the effective use of closed loop colour control and in-line measurement of colour on paper-making equipment. Visit X-rite in stand6e17.

    Virtor Oy: R&D of new generation Helmix – Agitators
    The Finnish company Virtor Oy provides leading-edge technical products and services. The 40 year long experience of agitators and hundreds of tanks and process industry components, places Virtor in the world’s premier league of component manufacturers.
    In 2014, Virtor has started significant agitators R&D project with TEKES. The project focuses on energy saving, flow simulation and new materials. Discuss further with Virtor representatives in stand 6b63.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    27.05.2014   High-performance with Voith technology: Bohui BM 3 produces 750,000 tons of board    ( Company news )

    Company news Bohui Paper is enthusiastic: Since 2013 the Voith supplied BM 3 runs to the complete satisfaction of the Chinese board and paper manufacturer. “After a very fast start-up, we have soon been producing paper of perfect quality. We are very happy to work with Voith, a partner with large technological experience and know-how.”
    With a wire width of 8,750 mm and a total length of 400 m, the BM 3 is one of the most efficient board machines. It is designed for an annual production of 750,000 metric tons of quadruple-coated ivory board in the basis weight range of 290–340 g/m².
    Bohui Paper profits from the long term experience Voith gained during the last decades. As a market leader in the field of board and packaging machines Voith supports the paper maker with successfully proven components and modules. Included in the delivery is the whole paper machine from headbox to winder as well as automation and machine clothing.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    27.05.2014   Ahlstrom launches Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up: Quick, easy and clean - the consumer's ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... wall décor product of choice

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, launches today Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up, its new offering for the fast growing digital wall décor market. The patent-pending EasyLife® Spray & Up has a unique, integrated, adhesive system, which significantly improves the decorating experience for consumers.
    Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up is quick, easy and clean to use: no additional adhesive or specialist tools are required, just water and a spray bottle. The user can simply spray the wall with water, apply the material to the wall and the job is done. Application time is reduced by up to 60% plus cleaning up is much easier and faster than with traditional wallpapers.
    Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up is the consumer's wall décor product of choice. In recent focus group studies in North America and Europe, EasyLife® Spray & Up has been widely endorsed by consumers: 95% of consumers said they were "extremely likely" or "very likely" to use the product due to its outstanding benefits - quick, easy and clean, making the job simple for end users.
    Ahlstrom EasyLife® Spray & Up Digital grades are HP latex qualified, PVC free, and deliver unique 3D structures, opening new opportunities for unique design with textured and fibrous looks. EasyLife® Spray & Up helps HP digital printers deliver personalised images for consumers, as well as creating a new decorating experience for everyone.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    27.05.2014   Mondi SteamPack® for convenient and vitamin-rich cooking    ( Company news )

    Company news preparing food because the short cooking time preserves vitamins and minerals along with flavour, colour and texture. Mondi SteamPack® provides all these benefits and offers the utmost flexibility to food producers.
    Convenience and environmental aspects, such as the avoidance of excess materials, are high on the packaging agenda nowadays. The key challenges include intelligent protection and ease of preparation and handling. In a highly competitive market, these features must be combined with cost-effectiveness and attractive brand presentation. With less time available, consumers tend to buy convenience food that is fast to prepare, but nevertheless healthy.
    Mondi SteamPack® is a microwaveable packaging with a self-venting function, produced with a hot-melt adhesive, for frozen, chilled and ambient-temperature food. The intelligent SteamPack® is also suitable for high-barrier modified atmosphere packaging (MAP). Furthermore, the steam valve can be applied to a multitude of different packaging solutions, such as pillow bags, stand-up pouches, lidding films or VFFS solutions. “Depending on customer requirements, the microwaveable packaging is manufactured from different base materials,” explains James Warren, Managing Director of Mondi Scunthorpe Ltd. “Our flexible and intelligent concept allows us to use materials with the highest barrier properties for MAP applications. Moreover, the number of micro-holes can be varied to adjust the pressure as needed.” The laser micro-perforation pattern can also be modified to provide either rows of holes in the machine direction or groups of holes in a fixed position. These packaging solutions can be processed on standard filling machines without the need for any additional investment – reflecting the principle of a plug-and-play system. Thanks to the high flexibility as regards the number of micro-perforations and the positioning of the valve, Mondi SteamPack® ensures maximum seal integrity and optimal cooking results.
    High-quality, high-resolution printing in up to eight colours gives rise to an eye-catching presentation at the point of sale. Consumers benefit from healthy and vitamin-rich food preparation as well as the easy opening or peeling features of their ready-made meals. This innovative packaging solution has many applications, ranging from rice, pasta, ready meals, fish and soups to chips, popcorn and many more.
    (Mondi Scunthorpe Ltd)
     
    27.05.2014   EFI Announces its Most Advanced Digital Front End Platform with Fiery FS150 Pro    ( Company news )

    Company news EFI™ (Nasdaq: EFII), a world leader in customer-focused digital printing innovation, has launched its newest Fiery® platform for cut-sheet digital production systems. The EFI Fiery FS150 Pro digital front end (DFE) offers faster processing, unsurpassed image quality, seamless MIS/ERP integration and even easier to use automated workflows.

    Higher Performance
    Fiery HyperRIP pushes performance to the limit by simultaneously processing a print job on four processor cores. As a result, users can get their full-color digital print jobs processed up to 55% faster than Fiery Driven™ presses without HyperRIP.
    "With the new FS150 Pro technology, we dramatically improve the already industry-leading processing time of Fiery DFEs," said John Henze, vice president, Fiery marketing, EFI. "That best-in-class Fiery performance, combined with easy-to-use automated workflows, gives in-plant print departments and commercial printers the power to complete work faster with outstanding accuracy, even on complex jobs."

    Unsurpassed Image Quality
    The Fiery FS150 Pro DFE has all the advanced imaging features that made its predecessor the first DFE platform to carry a 100% perfect pass label from VIGC's PDF RIP Audit. Users can have more confidence than ever before that their output matches the designer's intent on the first print - including a new unique grayscale composite overprint feature that ensures correct monochrome printing of overprints, drop shadows and transparencies.
    Fiery ImageViewer, an application that allows users to view full resolution raster data in real time and adjust the final raster output before printing, now includes the ability to save last-minute color adjustments so future jobs that require the same type of color correction can be produced faster.
    "EFI raised the bar again with its Fiery FS150 Pro," according to Kaspar Roos, associate director of production workflow solutions at analyst firm InfoTrends. "With its speed enhancements, better color management and productivity improvements, it is a perfect fit for demanding print environments."

    More Job Automation
    The latest version of Fiery Command WorkStation® software included with the Fiery FS150 Pro DFE puts automated production controls at users' fingertips. Server-based automated workflows are easy for system administrators to set up and deploy, allowing operators to produce jobs in fewer clicks and with reduced errors.
    The Fiery FS150 Pro DFE integrates seamlessly with EFI's market-leading MIS/ERP software, eCommerce/Web-to-Print products and scheduling tools. As a result, customers can easily optimize their print load and track both expenses and profits in a complete, connected business operations workflow.

    Additional features and benefits include:
    -Support for APPE 3.0, Adobe's latest PDF-native rendering platform.
    -Fiery JobMaster, an advanced make-ready solution, brings additional tab design features to tackle complex tab layouts and produce unique jobs, giving users the ability to print multi-bank and bleed-edge tabs with ease.
    -The free Fiery Go app for iPhones and iPads allows busy users to monitor and manage print jobs from anywhere in the print shop while doing other tasks.
    -An expanded color library for brand color matching, including the 84 new colors recently issued in the PANTONE Plus Series.
    -Fiery Integration Manager that significantly reduces the effort needed to establish time- and money-saving workflow integrations through Job Definition Format (JDF) configuration settings.
    -Fiery API support for development of custom applications and tools to meet specific user needs.
    (efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)
     
    27.05.2014   The Groasis Greenboxx – biodegradable - it is made of recycled paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The Groasis Waterboxx which is made of polypropylene, works very good. The Groasis Greenboxx is an easy, simple and inexpensive planting solution for the following situations:
    • on difficult to reach rocks and mountains - here it is difficult to remove the polypropylene Waterboxx after 1 year;
    • on sand dunes in deserts - the Waterboxx will be covered by sand;
    • in burned woods – here is no humus to connect the water and nutrients to the soil;
    • on dunes with salt and damaged dunes at the seaside - on such places the Waterboxx will be covered by the dune sand;
    • When a project is really very big – the logistical issues of removing the Waterboxxes are too complicated.

    For these extreme circumstances Groasis has developed a new product. It is the Groasis Greenboxx. The Groasis Greenboxx is made of recycled paper. It is 100% biodegradable. The Greenboxx first helps the tree to start to grow. Then the Greenboxx will degrade and function as a nutrient.

    Conclusion
    The polypropylene Groasis Waterboxx increases planting success under many difficult circumstances. Under some extreme circumstances the Groasis Greenboxx – made of recycled paper - offers even more possibilities to create successful planting results.
    (Groasis B.V.)
     
    27.05.2014   Esko’s Kongsberg C cuts through competition to win EDP Award     ( Company news )

    Company news Esko’s Kongsberg C digital finishing platform has been awarded as Best Large Format Finishing System by the European Digital Press Association (EDP).

    Marian Zincke, Esko Vice President, Digital Finishing Business, says, “We are delighted with this industry recognition. We already knew the Kongsberg C leapfrogs competitive tables in many ways but it is reassuring to see this acknowledged by the EDP association. We believe the 'C' in Kongsberg C stands for Capability, Capacity, Consistency, Choice and a Complete solution. Since its launch it has been received with great enthusiasm by our customers.”

    Esko Kongsberg C provides the highest versatility for all sign, display and packaging applications. One of the most noticeable new features is the innovative composite traverse technology that provides the fastest throughput along with the highest quality and precision in cutting and routing compared to all other systems of the same size. New models available include the Kongsberg C64 that handles 126” wide x 126” long materials (3.210 mm by 3.200 mm); and the Kongsberg C60 model, accommodating 126” wide x 63” long sizes (3.210 mm x 1.600 mm). The Kongsberg C was first introduced to the market in 2013, and customer shipments around the world started in 2014.

    These completely re-engineered and fully-featured superwide digital finishing solutions have been designed for 24/7 production and semi-industrial environments. Kongsberg C60 and C64 models feature a unique, extremely rigid, carbon-composite traverse beam that assures excellent precision and supports high speed, fast acceleration, high quality creasing, and exclusive, powerful 3kW milling capabilities. High quality finishing results are due to no left/right/middle variances as a result of traverse bending and no deceleration when demanding materials are processed, with the ability to handle the most complex jobs without sacrificing quality or throughput.

    Reproteam of Austria is an early adopter of the technology and has been quick to reap the rewards. Michael Hansbauer, owner and managing director, says. "We have many stand builders among our clients. They prefer to have printed panels and fabrics in one piece, creating an overall image effect without interruptions. With the new Kongsberg C64, we can meet these requirements perfectly and stay ahead of the competition, maintaining our position as a provider of top quality displays, publicity and advertising products.”
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
     
    27.05.2014   Ricoh’s Clickable Paper™ wins EDP Award for Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh Europe PLC’s Clickable Paper has been awarded the accolade of Best Valuable Innovation by the European Digital Press Association (EDP). It was voted for by the 20 member magazines which represent over one million readers interested in digital printing trends in EMEA.

    Graham Moore, Director of Business Development, Ricoh Europe, says, “Clickable Paper’s ability to provide immediate one touch access to multiple online resources such as photos, video/multimedia, web sites, e-commerce portals and social networks makes it hugely attractive for businesses looking for ways to add value to the printed page. We are delighted that the EDP recognises the added value Clickable Paper brings to professional print operations, providing their clients with more creative ways to increase the effectiveness of print.”

    Clickable Paper is a powerful, interactive print solution that bridges the online and offline worlds and is available for print services providers, agencies, publishers, brand owners and other organisations to make paper-based communications interactive. It has the ability to give direct access to up to six different online resources such as video/multimedia, web sites, e-commerce portals and social networks. Clickable Paper delivers far-reaching value to readers by providing easy access to digital rich media via a smartphone or tablet. Its functionality can be critical when it comes to developing an effective interactive print campaign that drives readers to take action or seek additional information; and provides tracking of these activities to publishers and advertisers.

    Clickable Paper is based on Ricoh Visual Search image recognition technology, one of a number of innovative technologies that Ricoh continues to develop and bring to market. Clickable Paper is more secure than QR codes, and permits the repurposing of already printed materials without marking, editing or reformatting the source documents. Hotspots are used to link to rich media from related authored content, user contributed social information or calls to action such as tweets, maps, calls and emails.

    The accolade follows two other high profile awards presented to Clickable Paper recently. It won the 2013 Graph Expo Must See ‘ems Award in the U.S. and the French Xplor Grand Jury Award for Innovation. The Xplor jury selected Clickable Paper based on how Ricoh and the luxury watch manufacturer, Bell and Ross, created a customised app to add impact to the launch of a new ceramic watch.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    26.05.2014   MoveRoll: Welcome to our booth at PulPaper 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news We cordially invite you to visit MoveRoll at PulPaper 2014 in Helsinki at booth #6b19.

    Picture: MoveRoll® horizontal conveyor

    At the exhibition, we will showcase our innovative paper roll handling equipment. The highlight will be the European product launch of MoveRoll® Kicker, that features safety, compactness, ease of use, ease of maintenance, and energy savings. Visit our booth for a great conversation on how we can help you to make paper roll handling easier than ever before and find out, why we are convinced that MoveRoll Kicker will revolutionize the way paper rolls are kicked!

    See live demonstrations of MoveRoll® conveyor at the main entrance to PulPaper 2014
    For PulPaper 2014, MoveRoll thought of another special attraction: At the main entrance of Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre, live demonstrations of a real size unit of MoveRoll® horizontal conveyor will welcome the trade show visitors!

    PulPaper will take place from 3 June to 5 June in the Helsinki Exhibition and Convention Centre.The last edition of PulPaper attracted more than 12 000 visitors and more than 625 different exhibitors.

    Exhibition hours:
    Tuesday, 3 June: 9:00am to 17:00pm
    Wednesday, 4 June: 9:00am to 17:00pm
    Thursday, 5 June: 9:00am to 16:00pm
    (MoveRoll Oy)
     
    26.05.2014   RockTenn Completes Tacoma Mill Acquisition    ( Company news )

    Company news (NYSE:RKT) RockTenn announced that it has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Tacoma Mill.
    "The acquisition of the Tacoma Mill improves our ability to satisfy West Coast customers while generating significant operating efficiencies across our system," said Steve Voorhees, RockTenn's Chief Executive Officer.
    RockTenn acquired the mill for approximately $343 million including working capital adjustments. The purchase price reflects an EBITDA multiple of less than six times based on the mill's financial results for the 12 months ending March 2014 and the expected operating efficiencies, primarily due to the location of the mill on the West Coast. The transaction was structured as an asset purchase.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
     
    26.05.2014   Successful open house: Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA Radebeul illuminates packaging print from all sides

    Picture: Full house: Free seats were hard to come by between the presses in the KBA customer showroom

    “Packaging. Competence. Network. 2014” – that was the banner which was unfurled above a very well received open house addressing the boundless diversity of packaging print. The event was held at KBA in Radebeul on 14 and 15 May. Some 450 users from over 40 different countries accepted the invitation from the world's leading manufacturer of sheetfed offset presses for packaging printing.
    They were treated to a comprehensive overview of the latest technologies, including a number of exciting innovations with potential to redefine the production of folding cartons. A series of presentations dedicated specifically to the segments food, non-food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, following up an overarching branch analysis from the perspective of a brand-name manufacturer, served to maximise the information value of the event for every one of the gathered experts.
    As the keynote speaker, Thibaud Carlier, EMEA Purchasing Group Manager for Carton and Labels at Procter & Gamble, outlined some of the demands which brand manufacturers place on the packaging branch, both today and with a view to the future. Alongside its transport, storage and dispensing functions, packaging should stimulate the consumer to make a purchase decision. The form, visual design and feel of these “silent promoters” at the point of sale thus play a decisive role. Packaging is an instrument of communication and is intended to spread delight. Further important requirements and functions are product compatibility, reproducibility, cost effectiveness, information on the contents, product protection, compliance with laws and regulations, added utility value, environment-friendliness, etc.
    Nowadays, countless channels are available to influence a purchase decision, but only a few relate directly to the packaging. Furthermore, there is a clear divergence between the in-store and in-home roles of packaging. According to a study conducted by Pro Carton, in-store packaging is a top performer across all categories. It offers detailed product information, promotes the purchase decision, is environment-friendly, motivates repeat purchases, encourages recommendation to new customers and exemplifies the high quality of a product. For a whole range of product types, from food, via cleaning products to personal care, non-prescription drugs and cosmetics, it is the packaging which determines more than 50% of purchase decisions.

    Packaging should speak the media language
    Packaging is moreover the only medium which is guaranteed to attract the attention of 100% of the target group. Consequently, it should also speak the media language, with eye-catching decoration and shapes, with an image to promote the product, and with qualities demonstrating sustainability (renewable, recyclable, re-usable). Since packaging has become media, its lifetimes are shorter and volumes are smaller. Flexibility is today an essential key – and that naturally also places new demands on the equipment and technologies used for printing.
    For the remainder of the morning session, the visitors were offered a choice of presentation modules addressing both economical and technical aspects of modern packaging production, and could thus tailor their personal agenda to match individual preferences and interests.
    Jürgen Veil, KBA Key Account Manager for Packaging, presented the broad spectrum of possibilities for inline finishing and product refinement in sheetfed offset. Under the heading “Xtreme Product Diversity”, he described not only established coating variants, but also sophisticated multiple coatings with interesting special effects, for example the process of micro-embossing, which was later demonstrated in practice during the afternoon. Another valuable option is that of inline die-cutting, and it was furthermore pointed out that KBA would soon also be offering its cold-foiling solution in large format. Effectiveness and efficiency were the twin themes of the presentation given by Sascha Fischer, head of KBA complete services & key account manager Europe. He introduced the range of products and services available from KBA to facilitate long-term effective and efficient operation for both new and existing presses. Job structure analyses, configuration checks, production simulations, retrofits and upgrades, approved consumables under the brand name PressConsum, performance assessments and service agreements are all factors which contribute to more effective production. Efficiency, on the other hand, can be enhanced through corresponding training for operators and maintenance staff, dedicated measuring systems on the press, production data acquisition and evaluation, production planning and control, and management information systems. Under the name “KBA Complete Services”, the company offers integrated solutions and top-of-the-class automation technologies, all flanked by comprehensive advice and consulting services. To further the aim of exploiting the full potential for optimisation in print production, KBA has joined forces with numerous technology partners.

    Flexible and fast
    “Xtreme Flexibility” was the topic for Anja Hagedorn from the KBA product marketing department. A wide range of accessory equipment enables KBA Rapida presses to be configured as highly specialised means of production, and thereby matched perfectly to the precise demands of the cosmetics, food, non-food or pharmaceuticals segments. Whether “TouchFree Guidance”, “CX”, “Antistatic Foil” or “Corrugated”, the equipment packages extend the scope of application of a press beyond the standard parameters. Rapida presses are no less flexible when it comes to dryer configurations: In conjunction with application-oriented coating supply systems, the VariDry family of dryers caters for every production requirement – from IR and hot air, via UV, through to full IR/hot-air/UV combinations.
    Fellow KBA product marketing representative Jens Baumann focussed his presentation on the topic of performance. It is not only running speed, but also the implemented quality control functions and cost reductions achieved through process automation which determine the true performance of a printing press. With options for inline colour control (QualiTronic ColorControl), grey balance control according to System Brunner (Instrument Flight) or inline PDF comparison (QualiTronic PDF), KBA possesses a range of highly efficient measuring and control systems which offer significant benefits compared to those of other manufacturers and are in some cases unique on the market. Automation features such as the AniloxLoader or AniSleeve (automatic anilox roller exchange), inking unit disengagement, DriveTronic SRW (Simultaneous Roller Wash), CleanTronic Synchro (fast blanket washing with two washing beams) and DriveTronic SPC (Simultaneous Plate Change) create reserves for even higher output. At the same time, raised press foundations or non-stop pile changing and logistics systems are capable of further increasing the already exceptional performance of Rapida presses. No other medium-format press is able to match the 20,000 sph maximum speed of the Rapida 106, and speeds of 17,000 sph were similarly still considered utopian in large format printing just a few years ago. Especially in packaging printing, where long runs are common, such production speeds lend an enormous boost to the competitiveness of a print company.
    After lunch, a series of parallel print demonstrations offered the packaging specialists a choice of practical insights into production for the food, non-food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals segments. Alongside, corresponding networking solutions, management information systems from Optimus and real-time production data acquisition systems from Logica were presented in the Complete Lounge.

    High-speed print demos in large format
    A six-colour Rapida 145 with inline coater was shown producing green, mainly primary food packaging. The highlights of the demonstrations were the use of low-migration inks, roller washing parallel to continued production (DriveTronic SRW), simultaneous coating forme changing (DriveTronic SFC) and anilox roller exchange during production (AniSleeve). The audience's attention was also drawn to the facilities for fully automatic non-stop pile changing and pile logistics, inline PDF comparison (QualiTronic PDF) and inline colour control (QualiTronic ColorControl). Following the production of fast-food packaging on G-flute corrugated, a job and substrate change was performed to convert the press for 280 g/m2 board. This involved a coating forme and sleeve change, plate changing, a change of coating, blanket washing, and activation of the sixth printing unit in place of the first. The new pizza packaging was printed at the full speed of 17,000 sph, and the rollers of the now disengaged first unit were washed down with the press in full production. After a second fast job changeover, an example of confectionery packaging was printed on 300 g/m2 GC2 board.
    The job changeovers with non-food packaging on a six-colour Rapida 164 (format 120.5 x 164 cm) in a double-coater configuration were equally swift. In addition to high-quality matt and gloss finishing with primer and a UV coating, the demonstration on this press spotlighted fast coating changes. Inline colour control (QualiTronic ColorControl) was also to be seen. The first job was a corrugated board stool (350 g/m2 board finished with matt dispersion coating and subsequently laminated onto a corrugated substrate). After the job changeover, packaging for TV sets was printed on top liner (210 g/m2); the finish was achieved with primer and UV gloss coating.

    Finishing diversity in half- and medium format
    A six-colour Rapida 106 with double inline coating and the cold foil transfer module KBA ColdFoil SF110 placed its focus on the production of luxury packaging for cosmetics and hair-care products. The demonstration included finishing effects based on UV gloss coating, inline embossing and cold foil transfer with the resource-saving options Web Splitting (enabling the foil web to be split into up to five ribbons) and Multi Foil Use (a turner bar system allowing the foil web to run through the impression gap several times). An automatic coating forme change and inline colour control rounded off the presentation. The production of packaging for hair colouring was followed by a plate and foil change, ready for the switch to perfume packaging. As a further highlight, micro-embossing effects were demonstrated in the second coater.
    Non-food packaging was similarly the topic for the Rapida 75: With its VariDry UV dryers, foundations raised by 225 mm, high substrate flexibility and inline die-cutting, the half-format press was able to show off its exceptional capabilities. It began with a football packaging job on transparent PET with partial opaque white, four scale colours and UV coating. A change of substrate (to 240 g/m2 card) enabled production to move on to a job comprising coloured tags. Among the various makeready processes, a die-cutting forme was mounted on the coater tower; with inline die-cutting active, only final blank separation is required at the post-press stage. Parallel to this, a six-colour Rapida 106 with coater and the new cold foil transfer system ColdFoil Micro could be seen printing pharmaceutical packaging.
    Further important aspects of the print demonstrations were fast ink changes (spot colours) and pile logistics. A Rapida 106 also supplied the visitors with match planners for the forthcoming World Cup tournament in Brazil. Overall, it can be concluded that KBA provided a comprehensive insight into the world of modern packaging printing, with high-performance technologies, a rich diversity of finishing options, and unique user-oriented product features.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    26.05.2014   EUROPAC REGISTERS A 2% INCREASE OF NET PROFIT     ( Company news )

    Company news The Administration Board of the Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.) has approved this morning the results for the first quarter of 2014, where a net profit of 4.30 billion Euros has been registered, 2% more than during the same period in the last year. The aggregate sales rose 3 % after standing at 267.06 million.

    -The net profit of the company in the first quarter of the year reached 4.30 million Euros
    -Aggregate sales grew 3% despite the impact of the energy reform in Spain and the weakness of the economy in the relevant markets
    -Consolidated EBITDA increased 3% up to EUR 24.07 million Euros
    -The results have been adversely affected by the impact of the energy reform implemented in Spain, which has had a negative impact of 3.52 million
    -Slight improvement in gross margin in the packaging in all markets with regard to the last quarter of the previous year

    Moreover, the recurrent and consolidated EBITDA increased 1 % and 3% up to 25.40 and 24.07 million Euros, respectively, while EBIT stood at 12.11 million Euros, 10% more than the 11.05 million registered in the first quarter last year.
    Enrique Isidro, Europac Group CEO, explained that "the results of the company slightly improve those obtained during the same period in 2013 in a macroeconomic context characterised by economic weakness in the key markets and an energy reform in Spain that had an impact of 3.52 billion Euros in the first quarter."
    In these circumstances, the company CEO underlined "the increase in net sales, the improvement of the margins from recycled paper and a slight recovery in the gross margins from the cardboard business line in all countries with regards to the last quarter of 2013, which have offset the impact of the energy reform compared to the first quarter of 2013."

    DEVELOPMENT OF THE COMPANY'S BUSINESS IN 1T2014
    WASTE MANAGEMENT
    The waste management business line recorded an increase in volume of 14.1 % to reach 79,639 tons, which allowed to double widely the EBITDA in the first quarter of 2013 and increase integration level between recovered paper and recycled paper up to 38 %, compared to 34 % a year ago.

    PAPER
    Regarding the Paper Division, improving the efficiency of the Viana do Castelo kraftliner paper mill allowed to increase the sales volume by 4.6 % up to 91,310 tonnes. In this context, the decline in sales prices in late 2013 hurt the behaviour of aggregate sales and EBITDA, which fell 3.4% and 4.5% respectively. The price difference between recycled and kraftliner paper is below the historical average, which allows to foresee a correction in that regard.
    As for recycled paper, a margins improvement in all markets, which have increased from 3% to 14%, has resulted in an increase in EBITDA of the business, which recorded a figure of 8.43 million Euros, 384.0% more than in the first quarter of 2013. Despite this increase, the margin is still below the historical average of the product.

    ENERGY
    Regarding the energy production line, activity related to the production of paper, the impact of the energy reform implemented in the Spanish market implied a loss of 3.52 billion Euros in the first quarter. In this scenario, since mid-February the energy production is being managed to minimise the impact of the reform. In the Portuguese market there was a decrease in the volume of production and sales because of the maintenance shutdown at the power plant in the Viana do Castelo factory.
    Together, these two factors caused the EBITDA of the energy to fall by 59.0% registering 3.04 million Euros, compared to 7.42 million in the first quarter of 2013.

    CORRUGATED BOARD
    Finally, the corrugated board and packaging business line experienced a slight improvement in gross margin in all markets over the last quarter of 2013, but it is still below the levels of the first quarter of that year. The increase of the volume of production and sales is conditioned by the acquisition of Europac Cartonnerie de Bretagne the 1st of March, 2013.
    This improvement in gross margin and the increase in volume, together with the continuation of a fixed costs control policy, have resulted in an improvement in the EBITDA margin of 6.5%.
    (Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.)
     
    26.05.2014   Innovative packaging solutions to reduce food waste    ( Company news )

    Company news VINNOVA has granted SEK 500,000 to the research project “Packaging systems for reduced food waste”. The project will be coordinated by Innventia, bringing together relevant players to develop resource-efficient packaging solutions that lead to a reduction in resource consumption and environmental impact in the form of unnecessary food waste.
    Up to 50 percent of all the food produced in the world is either destroyed or thrown away. Food waste refers to unnecessary food waste, such as food that could have been eaten if it had been dealt with differently. This waste is often linked to packaging and its ability to protect food, as well as the ability to communicate its different functions to consumers for optimum storage and use at home. According to the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency, roughly a million tonnes of food is thrown away each year in Sweden, with households accounting for the majority of this.
    Innventia is now launching the project “Packaging systems for reduced food waste” as part of VINNOVA’s Challenge-Driven Innovation programme. A consortium of relevant players is being put together in association with Karlstad University, with the aim of developing new innovative packaging solutions to reduce food waste, throughout the entire value chain from food producer to consumer. The project is based on the extensive international research already being carried out within the field to map waste, with Helén Williams at Karlstad University playing a leading role. The new project involves more than mapping.
    “What we want to do focuses more on concrete actions,” explains project leader Kristina Wickholm. “Our ambition is to develop real packaging solutions and to demonstrate the actual significance of the packaging when it comes to preventing waste from occurring. This has never been done before.”
    Since two thirds of all packaging is used within the food and drink industry, the results will affect millions of users. With reduced food waste, it is hoped that the image of packaging can make the transition from environmental villain to environmental hero. Another effect that the researchers hope to achieve is new income streams for the forest industry.
    “The Swedish forest industry is actively looking to identify new product areas. Packaging is a growth area where Sweden enjoys a strong position internationally. We now have the opportunity to take a leading role in the work to develop knowledge that contributes towards reducing food waste.”
    As an initial step in the formation of the consortium, Innventia will be arranging a workshop on 4 June. Here, participants will work together to discuss concrete proposals for functional improvements that lead to reduced food waste. The workshop is aimed at all those who come into contact with packaging throughout the value chain, from material suppliers to consumers, as well as players who handle packaging, such as hauliers and kitchen designers.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    26.05.2014   Metsä Group to launch EIA procedure for bioproduct mill planned in Äänekoski, Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre has launched an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure related to a bioproduct mill planned in Äänekoski, Finland. Yesterday, 14 May 2014, the company provided the Central Finland ELY centre (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) with an EIA programme in accordance with the EIA Act.
    The EIA procedure will address the environmental impact of the bioproduct mill planned for the existing mill area of Metsä Group in Äänekoski, and consistently taking the impact into account in planning and decision-making. The EIA procedure will not make any decisions concerning the project, but its goal is to provide information to support decision-making and to increase citizens' information supply and their opportunities to participate.
    The EIA programme drawn up by Metsä Fibre will be available to the public for views and statements during 19 May–18 June 2014 at the ELY centre of Central Finland at the town hall of Äänekoski.
    The bioproduct mill planned by Metsä Fibre will, if implemented, cost about EUR 1.1 billion, and it would be the forest industry's largest investment ever in Finland. The mill's pulp production capacity is 1.3 million tonnes per year. The goal is to build the mill in the existing pulp mill area and it would replace the mill currently operating in the area. The final investment decision on the mill construction will be made in early 2015, which means that the bioproduct mill could be operational in 2017.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
     
    26.05.2014   Tieto boosts Holmen Iggesund's supply chain system    ( Company news )

    Company news Paperboard manufacturer Iggesund Paperboard, part of the Swedish Holmen forest products group, has successfully replaced its current supply chain systems with Tieto's Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS).
    Tieto Integrated Paper Solution (TIPS) supports Iggesund Paperboard's decision-making processes with improved data quality, traceability and master data management. TIPS also gives a better business process transparency as it covers the entire supply chain from order handling to production and warehouse planning, as well as product cost calculations, delivery, dispatch and invoicing. The new supply chain system was launched in March 2014 and replaced several old IT systems, which reduced the complexity of Iggesund's IT environment.
    "Tieto has a deep knowledge of the industry and has been a competent partner in the project. It is critical that we are easy to do business with, and TIPS enables exactly this: through supply chain excellence we can offer our customers the service they demand," says Anna-Lena Ström, Supply Chain Director at Holmen Iggesund.
    Tieto Integrated Paper Solution TIPS is a comprehensive sales and production management solution for the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries. It seamlessly links planning, business operations and production processes, and there are over 200 installations worldwide.
    "TIPS is the world leading product developed to meet the industry needs and fine-tuned according to each customer's specific demands," says Mats Lidström, Sales Executive at Tieto.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
     
    26.05.2014   PulPaper 2014 Helsinki - Event News - Days until opening: 7    ( Company news )

    Company news No time to waste - register today!
    The PI 100th anniversary gala evening and the excursion to Jyväskylä to visit VTT and Valmet are all booked out. Now is the time to pre-register your visit to the exhibition and to sign up for the PulPaper Conferences!
    To save time upon arrival at the exhibition, pre-register your visit free of charge and print your badge using this link. Pre-registered visitors will be in the draw to win a lunch for 2 persons at any of the Fazer Restaurants at the venue.
    The Biofuture for Mankind conference and the IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference will be held in the Congress Wing adjacent to the exhibition hall.

    Present at the stand of UPM: The Biofore Concept Car
    The Biofore Concept Car showcases the use of UPM’s innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. The majority of parts traditionally made from plastics are replaced with high quality, safe and durable biomaterials, UPM Formi and UPM Grada, which can significantly improve the overall environmental performance of car manufacturing. The Biofore Concept Car is designed and manufactured by students from the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. The project combines expertise and insights from several prominent organizations from the field of high technology.
    Take a closer look at this car of the future and meet representatives from UPM in PulPaper stand 6f40.

    PulPaper Award to be announced at the After Work get-together
    The PulPaper award winner is to be announced from the Paper Square stage at 5 pm on 3 June, during the After Work get-together in hall 6. The award will be given to a person or a group of people, not a company or an organisation, who have added value and created trust in the industry as well as shown how the industry can be more diverse, by leading the way in an innovative and creative manner.
    The award is funded by the Finnish Fair Foundation and the jury consists of the Biofuture for Mankind conference programme committee, chaired by former CEO of Metso, Mr Jorma Eloranta.

    Exhibiting at PulPaper 2014: Nalco Finland Oy presenting numerous innovations
    Nalco is an Ecolab company, global leader in water, hygiene and energy technologies, with sales over $13 billion and 45,000 employees in more than 170 countries. The company offers a comprehensive range of innovative sustainable solutions, including retention and drainage, deposit control, dry strength aids, and water treatment.
    - We have participated in PulPaper several times. PulPaper is a great place to present recent innovations, create new contacts and refresh previous relationships, says Nalco District Manager Mrs Sirkku Hisinger. It is always good to meet friends in the industry.
    - For PulPaper 2014 we are presenting several exciting innovations, she continues, for example the Flocmaster, a new piece of equipment specially designed for sludge dewatering applications, she continues. We will also be ready to present the Oxipro, FillerTek, Metrix, Purate and Hydrid chemicals and look forward to discuss the benefits of each technology with our customers.
    - We hope to see as many people as possible at PulPaper 2014, welcome to visit us in stand 6b41 and try your skills at our Pinball-game!
    (Adforum AB)
     
    23.05.2014   Petrocart starts up the new Toscotec tissue line in Piatra Neamt    ( Company news )

    Company news At the end of April, the Rumanian tissue producer Petrocart, has successfully started up their new Toscotec complete tissue production line installed in Piatra Neamt, headquarter of the company since 1908.
    Based on a turn-key concept and an average production of 75 tons per day, the new line includes the stock preparation plant for virgin and recycled fibers, a MODULO-PLUS tissue machine with single-layer headbox, double press configuration and TT SYD-12FT, the tissue machine auxiliary plants including a Milltech hood and steam & condensate system . A three unwind stands tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-M completes Toscotec scope of supply.
    According to Petrocart green philosophy, the project was mainly focused on reduced energy consumption, usage of waste paper, recovery and re-usage of the water in the manufacturing process.
    The project has been managed on the turn-key basis by Toscotec providing also the whole engineering services, erection supervision, start-up and training.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    23.05.2014   GAW receives first order in Saudi Arabia    ( Company news )

    Company news GAW technologies GmbH has received an order from Middle East Paper Co. (MEPCO), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, for a Working Station (Modernization of filtration to the SpeedSizer and for the Warmwater Supply for filter flushing, see picture) at the PM3 of the paper mill in Jeddah.
    MEPCO is the largest producer of paperboard in the Middle East and North Africa and is located in the Red Sea port city Jeddah, in the western province of Saudi Arabia. MEPCO will increase its production and improve the paper quality with the upgrade of its paper machines and has a strong commitment to environmental conservation.
    The upgraded PM3 will produce Testliner/Fluting and will have a width of 5.200 mm and speed of 900 m/min. The GAW scope of delivery includes engineering, delivery of key parts as well as mechanical supervision and start-up & training). The delivery is scheduled for autumn 2014; the start-up will take place until the end of the year.
    It will be the first order for GAW in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Austrian based globally preferred supplier of process plants is proud to support this new customer with expertise and experience of more than 6 decades.
    (GAW technologies GmbH)
     
    23.05.2014   Schur Flexibles Group continues to grow and acquires Danapak Flexibles A/S    ( Company news )

    Company news The Schur Flexibles Group has reached an agreement to take over Danapak Flexibles from Arla Foods. The acquisition is expected to have effect by July 1, subject to approval by the authorities. The Group thus expands the number of companies up to a total of 12.

    Picture: Jakob A. Mosser, CEO of Schur Flexibles Group

    Founded in 1955 by the Danish Dairy Board, Danapak Flexibles has become a specialist for high-barrier packaging solutions for the pharma, dairy as well as other food industries. The company has established itself with a strong niche assortment of high-quality flexible packaging, focussing especially on the pharmaceutical industry and employs a staff of 190. Danapak Flexibles’ headquarter and main production site are located in Slagelse with an additional printing facility in Horsens, both in Denmark and has a strong customer portfolio with focus on significant international brands, generating yearly revenues of approximately € 53 million.
    The acquisition of Danapak Flexibles A/S indicates a new era within a striving and dynamic flexible packaging group, the Schur Flexibles Group. Both complement each other perfectly, as Schur Flexibles is a strong supplier of high-barrier flexible packaging for the food, tobacco and healthcare industries. “Danapak’s excellent product range and know-how of high-barrier flexibles for pharmaceutical- and dairy market perfects our product portfolio. Danapak Flexibles’ unique Product Technology Center combines skills within research, development and graphic design and features a fully equipped laboratory as well as a pilot plant, which will enable us to meet demands and trends from our customers very quickly”, Jakob A. Mosser, CEO of Schur Flexibles Group states.
    The Austrian packaging company with headquarters in Baden, near Vienna, was established two years ago by the private equity company Capiton and Jakob A. Mosser, an industry expert, by means of a „buy and build“ concept. Including Danapak, the Group consists of twelve active companies in Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Finland, Greece and Slovakia. With more than 1,300 employees and customers in over 60 countries, the company generates a yearly flexibles revenue of approximately € 320 million including the new acquisition.
    (Schur Flexibles Holding GesmbH)
     
    23.05.2014   Metsä Board: Divest of Lielahti property to the City of Tampere has been completed    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation , part of Metsä Group, announced on 30 January 2014 its intention to divest its property in Lielahti, Tampere to the City of Tampere for EUR 26 million. The Lielahti property consists of 90 hectares of land, incl. buildings on site, and 1,071 hectares of water area on Näsijärvi lake.

    The transaction has been completed on 28 March 2014.
    Metsä Board closed down the BCTMP pulp mill at the Lielahti site in 2008 and has not had any production operations at the site since. The divestment of Lielahti property does not impact Metsä Board’s annual sales nor have any impact on operative result. Lielahti property’s book value was written off in connection to the mill closure in 2008. Thus, related to the divestment Metsä Board books approximately EUR 25 million in positive non-recurring items in the Other operations’ 1Q 2014 operating result.
    Metsä Board’s proceeds from property divestments in Lielahti and Niemenranta estates in Tampere has since 2010 been approximately EUR 45 million in total. Metsä Board expects approximately EUR 40 million in further proceeds from additional property divestments in Niemenranta during the next approximately 7 years.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    23.05.2014   Holmen's interim report January-March 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news -Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, totalled SEK 389 million (January–March 2013: 238). The improvement in profit is due to higher prices for printing paper, more stable paperboard production as well as higher prices and increased deliveries for sawn timber.
    -Compared with the fourth quarter, operating profit rose by SEK 51 million, mainly as a result of price increases for printing paper.
    -The market situation for paperboard was good. Demand for sawn timber increased from low levels. Demand for printing paper continued to decline.
    -Profit after tax amounted to SEK 276 million (42), which corresponds to earnings per share of SEK 3.3 (0.5). Return on equity was 5.3 per cent (0.8).

    Demand for printing paper in Europe fell by 3 percent in the first months of the year compared to the same period last year. Some price increases were implemented for newsprint. Holmen Paper’s deliveries amounted to 331 000 tonnes, which was 15 per cent lower compared to the
    same period last year as a result of the closure of two paper machines in the autumn of 2013. The strategic product segments MF Magazine and book paper accounted for just over half of deliveries.
    Operating profit for January–March was SEK 6 million (-114), excluding items affecting comparability. The improvement in profit is due to
    higher selling prices and reduced costs. Deprecation has decreased following the closure of production capacity.
    Operating profit improved by SEK 76 million compared with the fourth quarter as a result of higher selling prices, reduced costs and lower
    depreciation. Production has continued to perform well and the capacity utilisation was full during the quarter.
    (Holmen AB)
     
    23.05.2014   Sonoco Reports First Quarter 2014 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, reported financial results for its first quarter ending March 30, 2014.

    Picture: Sonoco President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Sanders

    First Quarter Highlights
    -First quarter 2014 GAAP earnings per diluted share were $.50, compared with $.47 in 2013.
    -First quarter 2014 GAAP results include $.02 per diluted share in after-tax charges related to previously announced restructuring activities. First quarter 2013 GAAP results included after-tax charges of $.03 per diluted share related to restructuring activities and the impact of devaluation on reported results in Venezuela.
    -Base net income attributable to Sonoco (base earnings) for first quarter 2014 was $.52 per diluted share, compared with $.50 in 2013. (See base earnings definition and reconciliation later in this release.) Sonoco previously provided first quarter base earnings guidance of $.50 to $.54 per diluted share.
    -Abnormally severe winter weather across much of the U.S. and Canada unfavorably impacted first quarter 2014 base earnings. Absent the weather impact, the Company estimates that results would have been at or slightly above the high end of its previously issued guidance.
    -First quarter 2014 net sales were $1.19 billion up slightly from $1.18 billion in 2013.
    -Cash flow from operations was $45 million, in line with expectations, compared with $136 million in 2013. Free cash flow for the first quarter was a negative $22 million, compared with $51 million in 2013. The year-over-year changes in operating and free cash flows reflect a more-normal working capital impact as well as higher pension plan contributions. (See free cash flow definition later in this release.)

    Second Quarter and 2014 Base Earnings Guidance Updated
    -Base earnings for the second quarter of 2014 are estimated to be in the range of $.63 to $.67 per diluted share. Base earnings in the second quarter of 2013 were $.59.
    -Full-year 2014 base earnings are expected to be in the range of $2.43 to $2.53 per diluted share and the Company continues to target $2.51 per diluted share.
    -Free cash flow in 2014 is projected to be approximately $130 million.

    First Quarter Review
    Commenting on the Company's first quarter results, Sonoco President and Chief Executive Officer Jack Sanders said, "Severe winter weather significantly disrupted our customers' and our operations in January and February resulting in lost production and sales along with higher operating costs, particularly in our Industrial-related businesses. I'm extremely proud of how our people responded to these challenges as they went to extraordinary lengths to meet the critical needs of our customers. Even with these headwinds, base earnings improved 4 percent in the first quarter as the Company benefited from a positive price/cost relationship, modest productivity improvements and lower pension and interest expenses, partially offset by normal inflation.
    "For the fifth consecutive quarter, operating profits from our Consumer Packaging segment increased year-over-year with first quarter results up 14 percent. This improvement came from a positive price/cost relationship, productivity improvements and lower pension expense, partially offset by higher labor and operating costs. In addition, operating profits from our Display and Packaging segment improved more than 50 percent in the quarter due to productivity improvements and modest volume gains.
    "Operating profits in our Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment declined 4 percent in the first quarter due to the negative impacts of severe weather on volume and energy costs, as well as higher maintenance, freight and raw material costs. These negative factors were only partially offset by a positive price/cost relationship, modest productivity improvements and lower pension costs. Lower volume and higher costs, partially due to the severe weather, negatively impacted our Protective Solutions segment."

    GAAP net income attributable to Sonoco in the first quarter was $52.3 million, or $.50 per diluted share, compared with $48.1 million, or $.47 per diluted share, in 2013. Base earnings in the first quarter were $53.9 million, or $.52 per diluted share, compared with $51.7 million, or $.50 per diluted share, in 2013. Base earnings and base earnings per diluted share are non-GAAP financial measures adjusted to remove restructuring charges, asset impairment charges, acquisition expenses and other items, if any, the exclusion of which the Company believes improves comparability and analysis of the underlying financial performance of the business.
    First-quarter base earnings exclude $1.6 million in after-tax charges, or $.02 per diluted share, related to previously announced restructuring activities. Base earnings in the first quarter of 2013 excluded after-tax charges of $3.6 million or $.03 per diluted share, stemming from restructuring activities and the impact of a currency devaluation in Venezuela. Additional information about base earnings and base earnings per diluted share, along with reconciliation to the most closely applicable GAAP financial measures, is provided later in this release.
    Net sales for the first quarter were $1.19 billion, compared with $1.18 billion in last year's quarter, reflecting essentially flat volume for the Company as a whole. The small increase was driven primarily by higher selling prices and sales from two small acquisitions in recycling and graphics management, partially offset by foreign exchange.
    Gross profits were $212 million in the first quarter, up 3 percent, compared with $206 million in the same period in 2013. Gross profit as a percent of sales improved to 17.9 percent, compared with 17.4 percent in the same period in 2013. This improvement was due primarily to a positive price/cost relationship, manufacturing productivity improvements and lower pension expense, partially offset by higher maintenance, labor and other costs. The Company's first quarter selling, general and administrative expenses increased 3 percent to $124 million, due primarily to wage inflation and higher management incentive costs compared with the previous year.
    Cash generated from operations in the first quarter was $45 million, compared with $136 million in the same period in 2013. Both operating cash flow and free cash flow were lower this quarter as higher GAAP net income was offset by changes in working capital and higher pension contributions. Net capital expenditures and cash dividends were $35 million and $32 million, respectively, during the quarter, compared with $55 million and $30 million, respectively, during the same period in 2013. The decrease in capital expenditures reflects the completion in 2013 of several projects, the most significant of which was the biomass boiler in Hartsville, S.C. The Company also repurchased 208,000 shares of its common stock in the first quarter at a cost of $8.6 million under a previously announced stock buyback plan. (Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations minus net capital expenditures and cash dividends. Net capital expenditures is defined as capital expenditures minus proceeds from the disposal of capital assets.)
    At the end of the first quarter of 2014, total debt was approximately $985 million, compared to $981 million at December 31, 2013. The Company had no commercial paper outstanding and the debt-to-total capital ratio was 36.1 percent at March 30, 2014, compared with 36.3 percent at the end of 2013. Cash and cash equivalents were $191 million at March 30, 2014, compared with $218 million at year end 2013.

    Corporate
    Net interest expense for the first quarter of 2014 decreased to $12.6 million, compared with $14.3 million during the same period in 2013. The decrease was due to lower year-over-year debt levels. The 2014 first-quarter effective tax rate on GAAP and base earnings was 31.3 percent and 31.1 percent, respectively, compared with a 31.6 percent rate for both in the prior year's quarter.

    Second Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Outlook Updates
    Sonoco expects second quarter 2014 base earnings to be in the range of $.63 to $.67 per diluted share. The Company's second quarter 2013 base earnings were $.59 per diluted share. Annual base earnings per diluted share are expected to be in the range of $2.43 to $2.53 in 2014, and the Company is targeting $2.51 per diluted share. The Company's 2014 guidance range reflects an expectation of a 33 percent effective tax rate for the year. Free cash flow is expected to be approximately $130 million in 2014, compared to $245 million in 2013. The year-over-year reduction reflects expectations for higher income tax payments, an increase in pension and post retirement plan contributions and a greater, but more-normal, use of cash for working capital.
    Although the Company believes the assumptions reflected in the range of guidance are reasonable, given uncertainty regarding the future performance of the overall economy and potential changes in raw material prices and other costs, as well as other risks and uncertainties, including those described below, actual results could vary substantially.
    Commenting on the Company's outlook, Sanders said, "Much of the negative impact from severe winter weather occurred in January and February. As weather improved in March, we saw a strong rebound in customer orders across most of our businesses and a sharp improvement in operating performance. Entering April, customer orders appear to be running at more normal levels, in line with volume expectations and our second-quarter earnings guidance, which anticipates continued improvement in operations."

    Segment Review
    Sonoco reports its financial results in four operating segments: Consumer Packaging, Display and Packaging, Paper and Industrial Converted Products, and Protective Solutions. Effective January 1, 2014, Sonoco Alloyd, the Company's retail packaging business and previously part of the Protective Solutions segment, began reporting as part of the Display and Packaging segment. This change reflects the evolving integration occurring between these businesses, enabling them to better leverage the Company's capabilities, products and services to provide complete solutions to our retail merchandising customers. Prior period results for the affected segments have been recast to reflect this change.
    Segment operating results do not include restructuring and asset impairment charges, acquisition expenses, interest income and expense, income taxes or certain other items, if any, the exclusion of which the Company believes improves comparability and analysis.

    Consumer Packaging
    Sonoco's Consumer Packaging segment includes the following products and services: round and shaped rigid containers and trays (both composite and thermoformed plastic); blow-molded plastic bottles and jars; extruded and injection-molded plastic products; printed flexible packaging; global brand artwork management; and metal and peelable membrane ends and closures.
    First quarter 2014 sales for the segment were $465 million, compared with $463 million in 2013. Segment operating profit was $48.2 million in the first quarter, compared with $42.3 million in the same quarter of 2013.
    Segment sales during the quarter were essentially flat as higher selling prices and sales added from the acquisition of a small graphics management business in the U.K. were partially offset by the negative impact of foreign exchange and slightly lower volume. Segment operating profit increased 14 percent due to a positive price/cost relationship, lower pension expense and productivity improvements that more than offset higher labor and operating costs.

    Display and Packaging
    The Display and Packaging segment includes the following products and services: designing, manufacturing, assembling, packing and distributing temporary, semi-permanent and permanent point-of-purchase displays; supply chain management services, including contract packing, fulfillment and scalable service centers; retail packaging, including printed backer cards, thermoformed blisters and heat sealing equipment; and paper amenities, such as coasters and glass covers.
    First quarter 2014 sales for this segment were $153 million, compared with $145 million in 2013. Segment operating profit was $5.4 million in the quarter, compared with $3.5 million in 2013.
    Sales for the quarter were up 6 percent year over year on volume growth in U.S. display and packaging, global pack centers and retail packaging. Quarterly operating profit for the segment grew 53 percent due to manufacturing productivity in retail packaging and volume gains.

    Paper and Industrial Converted Products
    The Paper and Industrial Converted Products segment includes the following products: paperboard tubes and cores; fiber-based construction tubes; wooden, metal and composite wire and cable reels and spools; and recycled paperboard, linerboard, corrugating medium, recovered paper and material recycling services.
    First quarter 2014 sales for the segment were $456 million up slightly from $454 million in 2013. Segment operating profit was $29.8 million in the first quarter, compared with $31.0 million in 2013.
    Despite the negative effects of severe winter weather on volume, segment sales were flat during the quarter as higher selling prices and sales from a small recycling acquisition offset the lower volume and a negative impact from foreign exchange. Operating profits declined 4 percent year over year as a positive price/cost relationship, lower pension expense and modest productivity improvements were more than offset by lower volume and higher maintenance, labor and other costs. Severe weather resulted in lost production at several mills that were forced to cancel multiple shifts due to the conditions and/or partially curtail production. In addition, persistently lower-than-normal temperatures across much of the United States and Canada caused a short-term but significant increase in energy costs at many of our facilities.

    Protective Solutions
    The Protective Solutions segment includes the following products: custom-engineered, paperboard-based and expanded foam protective packaging and components; and temperature-assured packaging.
    First quarter 2014 sales were $112 million, compared with $117 million in 2013. Operating profit was $5.3 million, compared with $9.7 million in the first quarter of 2013.
    This segment's 4 percent decline in sales was due to lower volume in the industrial protective and temperature-assured businesses and the divestiture of a small box plant. Operating profits declined 46 percent due to lower volume and higher costs, partially due to the severe weather, a negative price/cost relationship and start up costs related to a new facility in Mexico.
    (Sonoco Products Co)
     
    23.05.2014   Miracle cure made from plants: Nanocellulose sponges to combat oil pollution    ( Company news )

    Company news A new, absorbable material from Empa wood research could be of assistance in future oil spill accidents: a chemically modified nanocellulose sponge. The light material absorbs the oil spill, remains floating on the surface and can then be recovered. The absorbent can be produced in an environmentally-friendly manner from recycled paper, wood or agricultural by-products.

    Picture: Demonstration of the oleophilic and at the same time hydrophobic properties of a silylated nanocellulose sponge: A droplet of water (blue) sits on the surface, whereas a droplet of oil (red) is absorbed by the material.

    All industrial nations need large volumes of oil which is normally delivered by ocean-going tankers or via inland waterways to its destination. The most environmentally-friendly way of cleaning up nature after an oil spill accident is to absorb and recover the floating film of oil. The Empa researchers Tanja Zimmermann and Philippe Tingaut, in collaboration with Gilles Sèbe from the University of Bordeaux, have now succeeded in developing a highly absorbent material which separates the oil film from the water and can then be easily recovered, “silylated” nanocellulose sponge. In laboratory tests the sponges absorbed up to 50 times their own weight of mineral oil or engine oil. They kept their shape to such an extent that they could be removed with pincers from the water. The next step is to fine tune the sponges so that they can be used not only on a laboratory scale but also in real disasters. To this end, a partner from industry is currently seeked.

    One step production – from cellulose plants
    Nanofibrillated Cellulose (NFC), the basic material for the sponges, is extracted from cellulose-containing materials like wood pulp, agricultural by products (such as straw) or waste materials (such as recycled paper) by adding water to them and pressing the aqueous pulp through several narrow nozzles at high pressure. This produces a suspension with gel-like properties containing long and interconnected cellulose nanofibres .
    When the water from the gel is replaced with air by freeze-drying, a nanocellulose sponge is formed which absorbs both water and oil. This pristine material sinks in water and is thus not useful for the envisaged purpose. The Empa researchers have succeeded in modifying the chemical properties of the nanocellulose in just one process step by admixing a reactive alkoxysilane molecule in the gel before freeze-drying. The nanocellulose sponge loses its hydrophilic properties, is no longer suffused with water and only binds with oily substances.
    In the laboratory the “silylated” nanocellulose sponge absorbed test substances like engine oil, silicone oil, ethanol, acetone or chloroform within seconds. Nanofibrillated cellulose sponge, therefore, reconciles several desirable properties: it is absorbent, floats reliably on water even when fully saturated and is biodegradable.
    (Empa - a Research Institute of the ETH)
     
    23.05.2014   Tieto helps Chinese Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing reduce trim waste and improve ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... production efficiency

    Tieto has successfully delivered Tieto Integrated Paper Solution TIPS Trim to Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd, a world leading paper and pulp manufacturer based in China.
    TIPS Trim system integrates with Lee & Man's sales system. It offers several benefits on time and cost savings. "TIPS Trim is exactly the software to optimize the cutting plan. In most cases, TIPS Trim creates a plan to satisfy the needs of edge control, order fulfilment and mill specific requirement by click on one button," comment the users from Jiangsu and Chongqing sites. "TIPS Trim helps on controlling edge waste," emphasize the users on Dongguan site.
    "We are very proud of this deal, which confirms TIPS to be a leading MES solution also outside our traditional home markets in Northern Europe. We offer a standard paper industry specific solution with rich functionalities and proven ERP integration capability. Our many references of successful deliveries in both the local and global market minimize Lee & Man's risk in the investment," says Timo Jäätvuori, Sales Director for TIPS at Tieto.
    Tieto Integrated Paper Solution TIPS provides a proven real-time operations management solution by seamlessly linking planning, business operations, and production processes of a pulp and paper company. It combines the functionality and the best practices of our previous advanced Sales and MES system deliveries with over 40 years' experience and offers management of the whole order-to-cash value chain. TIPS Trim is an integral part of the solution that helps create and optimise cutting plans.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)
     
    22.05.2014   Voith supports tissue makers with extensive quality control system    ( Company news )

    Company news The unique quality control system portfolio from Voith impresses tissue makers around the world, as it can offer the lowest operating costs in the industry.
    The Voith LSC TecoSens sensor and Voith LSC TecoScan scanner (picture) for non-radioactive measurement of fiber weight and moisture content is worldwide in operation. They belong to Voith’s basic package of the quality control system for the tissue production. Equipped with special cleaning devices, it guarantees maximum availability with minimum maintenance. Combined with its extremely robust construction it offers the lowest operating costs in the industry. This convinces tissue makers, which is why this system is also used with machines from third-party manufacturers.
    Furthermore, OnQ GradeControl, a MD control of basis weight and moisture, is also part of this first package. Additionally OnView information system archives and visualizes all process-relevant data from the tissue machine. OnView offers an adaptable user interface as well as expert tools for process analysis and optimization.
    Now, all products are integrated on the new ComCore platform from Voith which easily can be expanded at any time. The web based ComCore technology offers the opportunity to perform all interventions and call up all information about the various components and applications of the quality control system with one click.
    Thanks to extensive knowledge of the tissue making process and automation technology, Voith offers harmonized solutions. Paper makers can choose the right solution from a variety of products. For example Voith has just launched a new OnQ ModuleSteam T steam box for the quality control system of tissue machines.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     

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