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    04.02.2014   Heidelberg launches new Saphira ink series specially developed for LE UV users    ( Company news )

    Company news -Ink series optimized for LE UV applications in cooperation with manufacturers
    -LE UV machine technology and consumables now available from a single source
    -New ink series available as Saphira Ink Low Energy UV 100 and 400

    At drupa 2012, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) unveiled its DryStar LE (Low Energy) UV drying technology, an energy-efficient process that offers a gateway to UV printing for commercial print shops in particular. This process uses highly reactive UV inks, which reduces the number of dryer lamps required in the press and thus cuts energy consumption significantly. This technology has already become established on many markets. Heidelberg is now augmenting its technology portfolio with perfectly coordinated ink series sold under the Saphira label, thus offering users machine technology and consumables from a single source.
    The new ink series, available as Saphira Ink Low Energy UV 100 and 400, are ideal for printing on paper, card/board, and non-absorbent materials. They exhibit excellent gloss properties and good screen dot quality. Both product series enable printing to ISO 12647-2 (process standard for offset printing). Sheets printed with Saphira Ink LE UV are ready for finishing straight away as they are already dry on exiting the press. Complementary consumables from the Saphira range, such as blankets, coatings, and washup and dampening solutions, are also available. Heidelberg will continue to expand and further develop this range alongside its LE UV technology.
    Users of Drystar LE UV technology therefore have access to a portfolio of Saphira consumables that have been tailored to their particular application in cooperation with the relevant ink manufacturers. This enables them to unlock the full potential of the LE UV process and achieve outstanding print results at an excellent price-performance ratio.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)

     
    04.02.2014   MWV Elects Dr. Robert K. Beckler and Robert A. Feeser Executive Vice Presidents     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Dr. Robert K. Beckler, Executive Vice President and President, Packaging (left) and Robert A. Feeser, Executive Vice President Global Operations (right)

    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV) announced that its board of directors has elected Dr. Robert K. Beckler and Robert A. Feeser each to the position of executive vice president, effective immediately.
    In his new role, Robert (Bob) Beckler will assume global commercial responsibilities, including leadership of the company’s three packaging segments: Food & Beverage; Home, Health & Beauty; and Industrial Packaging. In addition, he will be responsible for MWV’s Specialty Chemicals business, and will continue his oversight of the company’s strategy and business initiatives across Latin America.
    “Bob Beckler has been a key leader in MWV’s most successful businesses over the past decade,” stated John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer. “He has implemented and driven an end-market focus in both Specialty Chemicals and MWV Rigesa – shaping global participation strategies that have led to profitable growth. Bob’s strategic vision and energetic leadership in this new role will be a critical factor in the success of our packaging business, including the recently-announced margin improvement actions he will lead over the coming months and beyond.”
    Robert (Bob) A. Feeser will assume global operations responsibilities, including leadership of the company’s paperboard, primary plastics and folding carton operations around the world, as well as business support services, supply chain, engineering, and safety, health and environmental functions. He will also continue to lead the company’s strategy and business initiatives across Asia Pacific.

    “Bob Feeser is a leader with keen judgment and extensive operational experience,” said Luke. “His work at MWV over the past many years has helped position our packaging business for success – especially shaping our participation in global paperboard end markets and improving the productivity of our large mills. Bob’s combination of industry experience, market knowledge and operating expertise in this new role will help us strengthen performance and improve profitability.”
    James A. Buzzard, president, will be transitioning from the company following a distinguished career.
    Beckler joined MWV in 1987, and held a variety of roles within the company’s Specialty Chemicals business, culminating in being named president, Specialty Chemicals, in 2007. In 2010, he was named president of MWV Rigesa, MWV’s Brazilian packaging subsidiary and in 2012, he was elected senior vice president. Beckler holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
    Feeser joined MWV in 1987 and has held leadership roles in the company’s paper and paperboard sales and operations organizations. In 2002, he was named corporate vice president responsible for the integration of the company’s packaging businesses following the merger of Mead and Westvaco, and in 2004 was named president of the paperboard businesses and MWV Rigesa. In 2011, Feeser was named senior vice president and given responsibility for the company’s largest packaging segment, Food & Beverage. Feeser holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Miami University, a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Dayton, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Duke University.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    04.02.2014   New multi-channel data logger facilitates easy temperature measurement in industrial situations     ( Company news )

    Company news T&D Corporation presents the MCR-4TC, a new high precision data logger which is capable of 4-channel measurements and recording from a single unit simultaneously

    With its latest model, the MCR-4TC, T&D Corporation, the Japanese market leader for data loggers, introduces a new device that can be coupled together with up to four units, making it possible to measure and record up to 16 channels simultaneously. This facilitates easy temperature management in industrial situations such as in pipes, ducts and boilers, cooking equipment and chilled goods storage areas.
    The battery operated temperature monitoring data logger runs on two AA alkaline batteries and supports thermocouple types K, J, T, S and R, enabling wide range measurement from -270 °C up to 1760 °C. Recorded data can be relayed to a PC via USB connection or saved to an SD card and then transferred to a PC. Data can also be viewed and checked on the logger’s handy LCD display. For additional flexibility, the MCR-4TC can be connected to other models in the T&D range, such as the MCR-4V, for quick and precise voltage measurement.
    (T&D Corporation)
     
    04.02.2014   SECUPRODUCT: Legally binding counterfeit protection for mechanical and plant engineering    ( Company news )

    Company news 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH at Hannover Messe 2014

    Picture: micro colour code technology SECUTAG®

    A counterfeit protection system must be quickly and cost-effectively integrated into existing production processes – this is the motto under which 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH presents its industry solutions at the Hannover Messe 2014. The focus is on the counterfeit protection SECUPRODUCT®, which enables the direct security of products, parts and components in mechanical and plant engineering as well as in the automotive and aviation industry. The solution is based on the micro colour code technology SECUTAG® and can be precisely applied to almost all solid materials using a dispenser. In addition 3S also shows the link between traceability and counterfeit protection with SECUDATA® as well as the security of high-value packed quality products with the OTF security label. The expert for legally binding counterfeit protection will be presenting its wide range of products and solutions at Hannover Messe, in hall 8, stand no. D06 (VDMA association stand), from 7 to 11 April 2014.

    Increasing numbers of counterfeits in mechanical and plant engineering
    Mechanical and plant engineering is one of the industries which are most effected by product piracy. According to a study of the VDMA from 2012, the estimated damage for this industry is EUR 7.9 billion per year (which is an increase of around 24 percent compared to the previous study from 2010). It is not only individual modules and spare parts which are being counterfeited, it is also components and complex systems, from gear motors and controls to entire machines. In addition, counterfeiters are focussing more and more on small to medium-sized companies. As reported by the VDMA, every second company with less than 250 employees has been affected – an enormous potential threat to German companies of this size.

    Direct product security with SECUPRODUCT®
    3S provides a solution with SECUPRODUCT® which is especially tailored to the industry's needs. In mechanical and plant engineering the industry solution provides the legally binding proof of identity for individual parts such as aggregates, compressors or ball bearings, as well as for spare parts and precision tools. In the automotive and aviation industry supplier products, such as brake pads and filters, profit from product protection. In addition the function of conventional product security systems such as seals, labels, holograms and sealing stamps can be optimised by combining them with SECUTAG®.

    Fast integration, moderate costs
    SECUPRODUCT® is meticulously and precisely applied onto nearly all solid matters, among which are metals, synthetics, paper products, glass, alloys and textile fabrics. Due to the fact that only a standard pen microscope with 100x magnification is required, it is not necessary to set up a laboratory for analysis. Therefore expensive investments in specialists and technical equipment as well as lengthy testing processes are not required. The system is quickly integrated into all production processes; costly changes are not necessary. Because even for counterfeit protection the costs and complexity need to remain manageable.

    Investment in counterfeit protection boosts product image
    Such a protection strategy will not only reduce control costs along the production and supply chain, but it will also strengthen the image of industrial manufacturers as guarantors of high quality because the system can be communicated to the public. Companies using 3S industry solutions for product protection can also benefit from a good selling point: Their customers can buy the company's product safe in the knowledge that it is the original. Based on extensive experience in the field of security printing, the full range of security solutions can be offered from one source: From the concept stage to production and from supply to downstream services, the full-service supplier 3S provides the optimal product and IP protection strategy for companies of all sizes in all industries.

    SECUDATA®: Traceability must be counterfeit protected
    Another major exhibition focus of 3S will be on the combination of traceability and counterfeit protection. SECUDATA® combines the logistic advantages of traceability systems (e.g. data matrix and RFID) and counterfeit protection by means of micro colour codes. Both codes are conjointly applicable onto the product, its primary or secondary packaging, labels and closures. Thanks to the micro colour code both the traceability code and the product are protected against counterfeiting in a manner that cannot be legally contested. First the traceability code is checked in databases; the final security is provided by verification using micro colour code. In this way SECUDATA® ensures continuous security throughout the entire goods and material flow, from supplier and production through to trade and consumer.

    OTF security label: Combined protection against tampering and counterfeiting
    3S Simons Security Systems GmbH has developed the OTF security label specifically designed to protect security-relevant devices and premium packaging used for quality products. This also ensures that online terminals used for cashless payment transactions, for example, are protected against tampering. The advantage of the new closure seal: It is based on Secure-ID® technology and can be completely removed without leaving any residue behind. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues which might contaminate the protected device are thus avoided. This is a particular advantage for leased instruments.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
     
    04.02.2014   Gould Acquires Bosworth Papers, Inc.    ( Company news )

    Company news Harry E. Gould Jr., Chairman, President and CEO of Gould Paper Corporation, New York City, announced that Gould has acquired Houston, Texas-based Bosworth Papers, Inc. on January 31, 2014. Bosworth, formerly owned by the Jordan family, has distribution facilities in Houston, Austin and San Antonio, in addition to three retail paper stores.
    Bosworth will continue to operate under its own well-respected name as a division of Gould's Dallas based subsidiary, Western-BRW Paper.
    Mr. Gould stated, "Bosworth Papers has been servicing the Texas market for 90 years and we are extremely pleased to have Bosworth Papers join Gould Paper Corporation. This is a strategic fit for Western-BRW's existing operations and will also provide us with an additional operating location in San Antonio."
    Joe Ryan, President of Western-BRW Paper, stated, "The acquisition of Bosworth Papers is highly synergistic and provides significant opportunities for future growth. It will immediately facilitate enhanced customer service, increase our product offerings and provide better mill support for both Bosworth Papers' and Western-BRW's existing customer base."
    Joe Jordan, a former owner and principal of Bosworth, will directly manage the company as Vice-President of Bosworth and will report to Mr. Ryan.
    (Gould Paper Corp.)
     
    04.02.2014   Competition complaint against Sappi in Germany dismissed    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Fine Paper Europe has learned that the Bundeskartellamt (German Federal Cartel Office) will not pursue the complaint that PaperlinX Limited and its German subsidiary Deutsche Papier Vertriebs GmbH have brought against it on 4 December 2013.
    The Bundeskartellamt decision comes as no surprise. Sappi Fine Paper Europe’s position has always been that its commercial practices in Germany and in any other country in which it operates are fully compliant with the applicable competition laws and that PaperlinX’s accusations are entirely unfounded.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    03.02.2014   Screen's inkjet presses 'mean business' at Ipex    ( Company news )

    Company news Stand N4-C330, Ipex, 24-29th March 2014, ExCel, London

    At Ipex Screen showcases its latest high-end Truepress Jet inkjet presses designed to print a range of high-quality digital direct mail, book, document, transpromo, newspaper, label and personalised gifting products.
    Every day the highly successful Truepress Jet520 - the world’s most successful high-speed, single-pass colour inkjet press - and the new Truepress Jet L350UV digital label press will be printing a range of products to demonstrate the multiple business opportunities available to print specialists and label converters. Visitors will also see clever customised gifting, cartons and promotional packaging products all printed on the B2 Truepress JetSX digital inkjet press.
    "Our aim is to show how Screen Truepress Jet technology can drive profitable businesses by producing versatile high-quality print – efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively," says Brian Filler, President of Screen Europe. "Superb engineering and years of experience handling colour goes into every Truepress Jet to give companies the ultimate confidence that they can always meet customer quality and deadline expectations."
    "Our aim is to show how Screen Truepress Jet technology can drive profitable businesses by producing versatile high-quality print – efficiently, reliably and cost-effectively," says Brian Filler, President of Screen Europe. "Superb engineering and years of experience handling colour goes into every Truepress Jet to give companies the ultimate confidence that they can always meet customer quality and deadline expectations."
    The Truepress Jet L350UV is an easy-to-use inkjet label press that delivers photo-realistic quality, fast job turnarounds and stable, colour consistent, output. The press prints widths up to 322mm (12.6in) and prints at a top speed of 50m (164ft).
    The Truepress Jet L350UV uses Screen’s wide-gamut high-definition UV inks with optional opaque white ink. This combination of ink produces tremendous colour vibrancy while enhancing application versatility by allowing users to print on transparent film and metallic foil. A resolution of 600 x 600 dpi combined with very small droplet size gives sharp, well-defined images and text.
    (Screen Europe)
     
    03.02.2014   Congress program has been published! EuroMaintenance in Helsinki May 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news EuroMaintenance 2014 - the perfect place for networking
    Finnish knowhow in industrial maintenance is excellent. We have an honour to host the top event of maintenance - EuroMaintenance 2014. We sincerely invite you to Helsinki, Finland, in 5th - 8th of May 2014.

    Congress program has been published!
    Check the sessions and speakers www.euromaintenance2014.org >> Congress Programme

    EuroMaintenance Expo 6.-8.5.2014
    EuroMaintenance Expo attracts all major products, equipment and service providers together in the modern Messukeskus Helsinki, Expo and Convention Centre. Exhibition is a high quality meeting place for professionals in the maintenance and production sectors. Come and meet the international top professionals, congress participants and guests of the event.

    Book your stand and meet the international top professionals of maintenance!

    EuroMaintenance Congress 5.-8.5.2014
    The Congress offers a massive information package on maintenance with case studies. Top business leaders share their success stories and key speakers from international universities present their educational programs and latest research developments. The congress is complemented by the 6th World Congress on Maintenance and Asset Management with presentations of physical asset management - currently the hottest topic in maintenance.

    EARLY BOOKING BONUS:
    All congress participants registered by 31st January (and participation fee paid by the 14th February), will receive a free tablet computer!
    Concurrently four top industrial exhibitions for metal and engineering industries, welding and surface treatment. FinnTec, ToolTec, JoinTec and Pinta.

    Contacts:
    EXPO:
    Ms. Jutta Kainua
    Expomark Oy
    tel. +358 40 701 4184
    jutta.kainua@expomark.fi

    CONGRESS:
    Ms. Elisa Numminen
    Finnish Maintenance Society Promaint
    tel. +358 40 701 4185
    elisa.numminen@kunnossapito.fi
    (www.euromaintenance.org)
     
    03.02.2014   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG extending portfolio of technical base papers    ( Company news )

    Company news PRODURA Release, a base paper suitable for direct-siliconising has been added to the DREWSEN PROTECH product portfolio of label- and coated base papers.
    DREWSEN offers one-side or two-side barrier coated PRODURA Release for industrial processes and for graphical label laminates.
    PRODURA Release is suitable for all kinds of siliconising and
    is available in substances from 45 – 160 gsm.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    03.02.2014   Scoring with small investments: Upgrade of VIB nozzle moisturizers    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith is offering an upgrade solution for VIB nozzle moisturizers that leads to the best spray quality with low investment costs. The conventional VIB nozzle moisturizers are being converted to the high OnQ ModulePro standard by Voith. The upgrade is being offered in four flexible packages.
    The first package offers improved spray nozzle technology and lowers operating costs thanks to higher spraying efficiency. The VIB nozzle mouthpieces are replaced with OnQ ModulePro nozzles in the installation. The latter have an innovative inner mixing that facilitates a finer spray quality with higher flow amounts. Quality problems due to markings in the paper are thus often eliminated. The paper manufacturer can be assured in advance through use of our test nozzles.
    The second package includes modernization of the control system. The maintenance-intensive out-dated valve technology is being replaced by modern maintenance-free Voith spider valves. Control can be done either with OnQ Profilmatic CD control software or via a link to 3rd party systems. The result: control is once again state-of-the-art – regular maintenance work and the associated costs are noticeably reduced.
    The third package is suitable for paper manufacturers whose 4-bit control valves are in good condition but require a new control system. The Voith OnQ Profilmatic is able to control the VIB valves precisely and in many cases achieves further profile improvement over previous systems. The fourth package replaces individual components such as the spray beam or supply stations, depending on the needs of the paper manufacturer.
    The OnQ ModulePro VIB upgrade solutions from Voith allow paper manufacturers to gradually upgrade their VIB nozzle moisturizers to the latest technology. That ensures a stable availability of spare parts, improves performance and reduces the maintenance efforts. In all, these upgrade packages will be investments that quickly pay off.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.02.2014   FINAT Technical Seminar 2014 - Versatile Programme and International Speakers focus on ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Redesigning the Label'

    Picture: Kurt Walker, President

    Following the last three highly successful seminars, which each attracted around 200 attendees, FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive labelling industry, will again return to Barcelona this year for its biennial technical seminar. It will take place at the Fira Palace Hotel from 5-7 March 2014. The detailed programme of this year's edition has been released and registration is open.

    Redesigning the Label

    "In today's changing world, the self-adhesive label industry is constantly evolving," says Kurt Walker, President at FINAT. "During the Technical Seminar we'll share with the industry the state of the art today and the latest developments in self-adhesive technology that will help redesign the labels of the future." Thus with central theme 'Redesigning the Label', this one-and-a-half day seminar, with simultaneous translation into French, German and Spanish, is aimed at all levels of the technical community, from research and development to production to technical directors and executives. Attendees will be updated on a broad range of issues, such as legislation, materials science, converting technology and end applications for self-adhesive labels. Presentations will be delivered by industry and business experts, who will offer practical advice to help delegates make their own infrastructures more efficient and productive and their business more profitable.

    Technical Seminar Programme 2014
    After the welcoming activities on Wednesday afternoon, March 5, the seminar starts on

    Thursday, 6 March

    09.00 - 09.15 Opening of the seminar and short FINAT introduction by Kurt Walker, FINAT President (CH) and introduction by Sean Duffy, Chairman FINAT Seminar Subcommittee (F)

    09.15 - 09.50 Keynote speech: Trends in self-adhesive labelling as perceived by a label converter, Alan Hazlewood, Skanem (UK)

    09.50 - 10.30 State of the global label market
    Dr. William Llewellyn, AWA Alexander Watson Associates (NL)

    10.30 - 11.00 FINAT update on global food contact regulations
    Mark Macaré, FINAT (NL)

    11.30 - 12.00 How can new UV curing approached for radiation curable pressure sensitive adhesives contribute to the redesign of labels
    Wolfgang Aufmuth, Collano Adhesives AG (CH)

    12.00 - 12.30 The role of silicones in flat release, and recent developments to improve their high speed release performance
    Alex Knott, Dow Corning Europe (B)

    12.30 - 13.00 Boundless possibilities in label finishing
    Dr Ulrike Plaia, Leonhard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG (D)

    14.30 - 15.00 Behaviour of label materials during die-cutting
    Prof. Dr. Dirk Burth, University of Applied Sciences Munich (D)

    15.00 - 15.30 Laser die-cutting: a new approach
    Mike Bacon, Spartanics (USA)

    16.00 - 16.30 Adhesion on rough surfaces: the role of viscoelasticity
    Prof. Dr. Anke Lindner, University of Paris - ESPCI (F)

    16.30 - 17.00 Multilayer adhesives: physics, chemistry, philosphy
    Marcus Gablowski, Herma GmbH (D)

    17.00 - 17.30 Security labels provide effective brand protection
    Dirk Matthias Rauhut, Drewsen Spezialpapiere GmbH & Co. KG (D)

    Friday, 7 March

    09.00 - 09.30 Linerless Labeling, Rako/Evonik (D)

    09.30 - 10.00 Ravenwood Packaging '10 years of a commercial linerless system'
    Paul Beamish, Ravenwood Packaging (UK)

    10.00 - 10.30 Recyclable polypropylene (Proliner story)
    Neil Fedorowycz, UPM Raflatac (UK)

    10.30 - 11.00 Converting technology for sustainable label
    Maxime Bayzelon, ETI Converting Equipment (CN)

    11.30 - 12.30 Release liner recycling initiatives discussion panel
    moderated by Mike Fairley
    Panellists: Avery Dennison, Channeled Resources Group, C4G, Reculiner, UPM Raflatac

    12.30 - 13.15 Closing speech: Trends in self-adhesive labeling as perceived by a brand- owner, Tony Barnett, Procter & Gamble Limited (UK)

    For full details on the Technical Seminar 2014 go to www.finat.com.
    (FINAT)
     
    03.02.2014   Kelheim Fibres and Krones develop alternative medium for beer filtration    ( Company news )

    The development of a substitute for diatomite in precoat filtration in the brewing industry is the subject of a joint research project between Kelheim Fibres, world leading manufacturer of viscose speciality fibres, and Krones AG, globally successful producer of beverage and food technologies, which has been running since mid-2013.

    In recent years diatomite has come under criticism as its heavy dust emissions have proven to be damaging to the health of the user’s operatives and because the increased cost of disposal. Viscose fibres consist of 100% cellulose and are therefore renewable and environmentally sound. They are completely biodegradable and compostable. Viscose fibres are neutral in taste, physiologically and hygienically sound and therefore ideally suited for applications in sensitive Food applications.
    In the past, there have already been attempts to substitute diatomite by alternative filter media, such as virgin cellulose fibres.

    Viscose fibres - an environmentally sound and tailor-made alternative

    The new joint research project takes this idea one step further: in contrast to virgin cellulosic fibres, viscose fibres are regenerated cellulosic fibres and therefore their physical and chemical properties can be perfectly adapted to meet the needs of the user. It is therefore possible to control the parameters of filtration – such as the degree of filtration, the pressure drop or the selective removal of undesired elements – in a precise and custom-designed way. First results of the joint research project demonstrate a high level of suitability of Kelheim Fibres viscose products as a filtering aid. The main focus of the project is the clarification of the beer and its physical stabilisation by the use of functional viscose fibres, which can also be adapted to meet the specific filtration requirements of the beer.

    Research benefits from industry-specific expertise

    Both research partners, Kelheim Fibres GmbH and Krones AG, are contributing their industry-specific expertise to the project and the practical evaluation of viscose fibres in beer filtration – and by so doing are laying the best foundations for the success of the project. This joint research project is subsidised by the Bavarian Ministry for Economy and Media, Energy and Technology in the context of the program “New Materials”.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    03.02.2014   Change in Management at Brigl & Bergmeister    ( Company news )

    Company news The Brigl & Bergmeister Group would like to inform that Mr Martin Ruopp will step down as Managing Director of the company as of 31 January 2014.
    Mr Ahmad Porkar, who has been the owner of the Group since 2011, will join the management team of both companies as of 1 February 2014 and assume all of the duties previously performed by Mr Ruopp.

    The owner and employees of Brigl & Bergmeister and Papirnica Vevče acknowledge and greatly value the contribution Martin Ruopp has made over the past six years. The efficiency of both plants improved significantly under his management and he played an important role in setting the course for the continued successful growth of the Group, which today is one of the leading manufacturers of speciality paper for labels and flexible packaging.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    31.01.2014   First experiences with CeraGuide B at DS Smith Aschaffenburg    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith at Aschaffenburg, Germany, has equipped most of the wire, breast and drive rolls in their forming section of PM 1 with the CeraGuide B full plasma ceramic coating from Voith. Difficult machine conditions, the properties of the machine clothing, as well as the increasingly critical raw material input, had led to severe wear on the former rubber covers of the wire and drive rolls.
    In the beginning, the main objective for the switch to ceramic surfaces was the increased run time of the rolls, thus lowering maintenance costs. Soon after start-up, further benefits of the new coatings were observed with forming fabric life being extended by more than 50% in nearly all positions. Additionally, the roll surfaces have maintained their shape and integrity perfectly, especially at the ends, where previous cover fracturing through invasive corrosion has always been present and contributory to fabric damage.
    Since CeraGuide B has been installed, forming fabric edge damage is now a thing of the past thanks to a unique roll end and edge radius treatment process, and wire drive stability has been excellent throughout without a single instance of slippage. The longest serving CeraGuide B cover has now been running in the machine for 5 years without interruption on the drive position of the bottom wire, where previous rolls with rubber covers had to be changed after 150 to 400 days of operation.
    An additional potential for cost reduction is offered through doctoring in those roll positions. Whereas former rubber covers needed a high amount of lubrication water to avoid wear or damage from the doctor blade, CeraGuide B can be doctored without any lubrication water. For example, on PM 1, 550 l/m/min of doctor lubrication water can be saved per doctoring position. Walther Böhm, technical director at Aschaffenburg, emphasizes that in addition to the water savings, equipment costs for providing that amount of water, like pumps etc, disappear.
    Against the background of a more and more critical raw material situation and the resulting sensitivity to wear in the wire section, the market request for CeraGuide B is growing constantly. This coating suits graphical as well as board and packaging applications and has proven its quality in more than 120 installations over the years. Unlike competitor products on the market, CeraGuide B is a full plasma ceramic of utmost hardness without fast wearing epoxy components. Due to its numerous benefits, CeraGuide B shows a return on investment of less than one year in most applications.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    31.01.2014   Metsä Fibre wins innovation competition with the new Botnia Nordic Plus pulps    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre has won the Quality Innovation of the Year 2013 competition, organised by Laatukeskus Excellence Finland, in the Large Companies category with its new Botnia Nordic Plus softwood pulps.
    For Metsä Fibre, participation in the quality innovation competition is primarily a means to speed up and develop its own innovation process with the help of external evaluation, but the award is also an indication of company’s innovative operating culture.
    “Winning the Quality Innovation of the Year competition for the second year in a row is a great recognition of our persistent development work. It encourages the organisation to process ideas and turn them into commercially viable innovations,” says Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Business Development at Metsä Fibre.
    The assessment criteria of the Quality Innovation of the Year competition are innovation and quality. The jury of the competition evaluates the novelty value of the innovation, its potential for practical application, and the level of systematic development work that led to its creation. A high-quality innovation does not only meet customers' expectations but strives to exceed them.
    Production of the award-winning pulps started at the world's largest single-line softwood pulp mill in Joutseno, Finland in May 2013. With the cooking process using polysulphide, Metsä Fibre brought the Botnia Nordic Plus softwood pulps to the market. They include new papermaking properties that customers can utilise in the development of their own processes. Polysulphide technology has never before been applied on such a large scale. According to the jury, such innovations are very rare within the pulp industry. Metsä Fibre’s innovation shows that forerunners in the field are constantly renewing their business, ensuring their success also in the future.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
     
    31.01.2014   Appleton Coated expands offering in pharma insert lightweight opaque product    ( Company news )

    Company news With the success of its newly-launched Pharma Insert Opaque, Appleton Coated is expanding the grade into a complete range of lightweight opaque products consisting of five basis weights. It is designed and manufactured specifically for high-speed production of pharmaceutical insert and onsert projects.
    “The initial product launch has gone extremely well and customer feedback is very positive. The top request is to expand the grade line and offer additional basis weights,” says John Mazuroski, Appleton Coated’s business development manager for technical and specialty products. He continues, “As this grade expansion shows, the demand is there and we have the product development and manufacturing skills to bring these technically demanding products to market quickly and efficiently. This groundwood-free product delivers exceptional converting and gluing on all types of equipment and is providing customers with increased print fidelity.”
    Appleton Coated Pharma Insert Opaque is available in 26-, 27-, 30-, 35-, and 40-pound basis weights and is being offered in rolls and sheets. Acid-free, enhanced elemental chlorine-free (EECF) and pH neutral, it may be ordered with post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF), as FSC® certified (FSC® C007796); SFI® certified and with Green-e® certified Green Power. For all grades that carry the Green Power designation, 100% of the electricity used to manufacture these products is matched with renewable energy credits (RECs) from Green-e certified energy sources, primarily wind.
    The first North American coated paper mill to be FSC certified, Appleton Coated has a strong environmental management system in place as evidenced by its ISO 14001 certification. Appleton Coated is an EPA Green Power Partner and requires that all of its out-bound carriers are EPA Smart-Way certified. It has been recognized by the Green Master's Program of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council as one of their Green Masters Award Companies. In addition, it is one of six Green Tier II companies recognized by the Wisconsin DNR as having exceptional environmental management systems in place.
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
     
    31.01.2014   Mitsubishi Inkjet Papers - Ecologically Sustainable    ( Company news )

    Company news Many paper grades that are printed with water-based inks are not deinkable, and cause problems in the recycling process. Mitsubishi
    HiTec Paper
    offers the solution in JETSCRIPT DL 9084: A deinkable, coated inkjet paper for use in commercial high-speed inkjet printing. The INGEDE certification validates this contribution by Mitsubishi
    HiTec Paper to environmental sustainability.
    With many paper grades that are printed with water-based inks, the ink cannot be removed or can only be partially removed from the paper during the de-inking process.
    This can make a crucial difference to the recyclability of the paper. The commercial inkjet printing sector continues to grow, and with it, the importance of deinkability for recycling of paper products used.
    With the JETSCRIPT range, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper offers a broad portfolio of high-quality, coated inkjet papers for high-speed inkjet
    printing. All products have a special ink receiving layer. Unlike uncoated or so-called "treated” papers, most of the ink is fixed in the coating, so does not penetrate deeply into the paper fibres. The ink receiving layer leads not only to product properties such as high optical density, but also to the fact that JETSCRIPT papers printed with water-based inks are deinkable.
    "With JETSCRIPT DL 9084, and also with our other matt coated media, we offer deinkable inkjet papers for commercial high-speed printing," says Monika Stubbe, Head of Sales Inkjet Papers at Mitsubishi. "With this product we contribute to an as closed as possible paper cycle, and protect the environment."
    In close cooperation with FOGRA and INGEDE, the International Association of the Deinking Industry, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has conducted several de-inking tests. The result: JETSCRIPT DL 9084 has been INGEDE certified (INGEDE Method 11). This paper from Mitsubishi meets the requirements of the ERPC Scorecard and has received de-inking certificates for a number of water-based inks, which are used by digital printing machines such as Océ ColorStream, Kodak Versamark, Ricoh, InfoPrint and the HP T-Series.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe)
     
    31.01.2014   The first Outotec TankCell® e500 will be delivered to First Quantum Minerals in Finland     ( Company news )

    Company news To address the market demand of increased capacity and volume Outotec has developed the mega size flotation cell based on the well reputated technologies. The first TankCell® e500 flotation cell will be installed to First Quantum Minerals' Kevitsa operation in Finland. It is one of the world's largest flotation cells with an effective volume of over 500 m3.

    First Quantum Minerals' Kevitsa operation, commissioned in 2012, is a nickel-copper-platinum group elements (PGE) mine located north-northeast of Rovaniemi in the Finnish Lapland.

    "The TankCell® e500 will provide significant additional capacity and flexibility to the Kevitsa flotation flowsheet without taking up significant real estate. The net result is efficient use of capex and, going forward, opex', says Anthony Mukutuma, Plant Manager at FQM Kevitsa Mining Oy.

    Outotec previously delivered grinding mills, filters, thickeners, an automation package and flotation cells to Kevitsa during the project construction. The flotation circuits have in total 68 Outotec TankCells of which 14 are large 300 m3 machines. The new TankCell® e500 has been manufactured and preassembled in a workshop in Finland and passed all mechanical and fluid dynamical performance tests.

    "Outotec is renowned for the performance, innovation and efficiency of its flotation technology. This contract further strengthens our position as the global technology leader in flotation. With over 400 sold TankCell® e300 flotation machines Outotec is also a clear market leader in the large size range. The new 500 m3 cell is Outotec's response to growing throughputs, low ore grades, and need for lower capital investments and production costs", says Kalle Härkki, President of Outotec's Minerals Processing business area.

    Read more about Outotec TankCell® e500 at www.outotec.com/tankcell
    (Outotec Oyj)
     
    31.01.2014   Vesa Alatalo appointed as CEO of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj has appointed Vesa Alatalo (B.Sc. (Eng.) and MBA), as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Alatalo commences his duties as the CEO on 16 January 2014.

    Vesa Alatalo (born 1970) transfers to Vaahto Group from the position of Head of Waste to Energy business segment at Konecranes Finland Oy. Prior to the position of Head of Waste to Energy, Alatalo’s positions at Konecranes have included Head of Workstation Lifting Systems, product director for Light Lifting products, and managing director of Konecranes Lifting Systems GmbH, Austria (2012–2013). Alatalo transferred to Konecranes Finland Oy from the position of Country Manager for Finland of the Industrial Sales Division at Osakeyhtiö SKF Aktiebolag. Before transferring to Osakeyhtiö SKF Aktiebolag, Alatalo has held the position of product line manager at Sandvik Mining and Construction Oy and various management positions at Orbis Oy, including the position of managing director of Orbis Solutions (Hong Kong) Ltd., China (2001–2003) and member of board of directors of the same (2001–2006).

    Alatalo has received the degree of Master of Business Administration from the University of Wales and the degree of B.Sc.(Eng.), (Machine Automation and Robotics) from the Institute of Technology, Jyväskylä.

    Vesa Alatalo does not hold shares in Vaahto Group Plc Oyj either personally or through controlled entities.

    Vesa Alatalo is the brother of Sami Alatalo, who is a member of the Board of Directors of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj. As a member of the Board of Directors, Sami Alatalo has not taken and will not take part in the decisions concerning the position or the remuneration of the new CEO.

    Ari Viinikkala, the previous Chief Executive Officer of Vaahto Group Plc Oyj, held the position until 15 January 2014.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
     
    31.01.2014   CEPI: BASTA! Enough is enough – the EU needs to get back on track!    ( Company news )

    Company news European industry unveils campaign in support of Europe’s economic recovery

    Following the release of the Industrial Renaissance Communication, CEPI (the Confederation of European Paper Industries) launched a campaign calling for the EU to put the manufacturing industry at the heart of the European economy. “Basta! Get back on track!” calls for the EU to reduce red tape, help win the global competitiveness race, rethink exisiting policies and put the focus back on industry.
    It intends to show how Industrial Renaissance can be put into practice. To make Europe a better place for manufacturing means creating a legislative environment in which European manufacturers can compete on a level playing field with other manufacturers throughout the world. By ensuring legislation is appropriate, affordable and consistent. Demonstrating where European policy has gone wrong, the Basta! campaign will also highlight where EU policy has been well-implemented to support industry on a national level.

    Four elements are part of this campaign:
    1. Reduce red tape
    The EU managed to create a staggering 2,314 new regulations and directives in 5 years, while producing 700 measures to reduce the amount of red tape that was created.
    2. Help win the global competitiveness race
    Europe is competing with regions that have lower taxes, lower wages and less strict legislation. The Commission must balance the playing field for European businesses.
    3. Rethink existing policies
    There is a considerable price gap between the costs for energy in Europe and those in the rest of the world. Words have to be put into practice now to create a level playing field on which European businesses can compete.
    4. Focus back on industry
    The European Commission needs to bring an industrial competitiveness dimension into EU policies at an early stage and keep in mind the importance of the value chain in manufacturing. Incentivising resource efficiency and innovation and allowing companies to choose their own methods for doing this instead of micromanaging will be more successful, according to CEPI.

    Mrs Presas explained: “The Basta! messages are meant for the current Commission and the next one. The campaign seeks to make the Industrial Renaissance more concrete.”

    Other industry sectors are invited to join CEPI and several have announced their interest in supporting the campaign, which will run throughout 2014.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    30.01.2014   Weedon Corrugated Products introduces new range of speciality board grades following major ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...investment in new state-of-the-art corrugator

    Weedon Corrugated Products, already one of the country’s leading independent manufacturers of corrugated packaging, is expanding further into the high-end printed Retail Ready Packaging (RRP) market. The move is made possible by investment in a new state-of-the-art corrugator for the company’s plant in Audenshaw, Manchester. This will enable it to introduce a new range of environmentally friendly, economical board grades which are ideal for RRP and which the company is calling ‘Less-flute’.
    Less-flute is a new type of board, launched in response to the RRP market’s growing demand for better print quality, cost efficiency and sustainability. Less-flute uses eco-friendly paper in a new flute profile which is thinner than B flute but delivers a similar performance. This makes Less-flute more economical in terms of both production and logistics – less cost, less space in stock, less to transport and fewer resources consumed – yet with a better surface for printing, which delivers better print quality than the more conventional B flute. Less-flute is therefore ideal for display packaging and RRP, particularly for food products and the fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market.
    Weedon Corrugated Products already produces B, C and BC double wall corrugated sheet and packaging. When the new corrugator becomes operational later in December, the company will add Less-flute, E flute, EL double wall (E flute combined with Less-flute) and EB double wall corrugated to its range. The introduction of LE flute offers the Point of Sale (POS) display market a fully recycled display board grade, which is also more space-efficient than the current EB option.
    The new corrugator means Weedon Corrugated Products will be able to produce Less‑flute and the other new board grades in-house, which will give the company greater control over costs, quality and production schedules, thus enhancing its service to its customers.
    The new corrugator is expected to increase Weedon Corrugated Products’ capacity by 30%. Its purchase represents a major investment for the company which was acquired by the Weedon Group in mid-2011.
    In expanding into the high quality printed RRP market, Weedon Corrugated Products will be able to build on the experience and expertise of its sister company, Staffordshire-based Weedon PSC, which is one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of RRP and POS displays.

    John Weedon, Managing Director of Weedon Corrugated Products, said:
    “These new board grades are a major breakthrough for the retail side of the corrugated packaging market, addressing two of the biggest factors which concern our customers – quality and cost. By installing this new corrugator we are able to introduce the benefits of Less-flute to our customers. We can also increase our capacity, control board quality and enhance the service we offer.
    “At the same time, this acquisition represents a significant milestone for Weedon Corrugated Products. It is a major capital investment in the company and enables us to expand our range of products within the RRP and POS markets.”
    (Weedon Corrugated Products Limited)
     
    30.01.2014   First UV Inkjet Digital Label Press successfully installed in Witzhave    ( Company news )

    Company news The first UV Inkjet Digital Label Press Tau330-7c from Durst, the north Italian leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing platforms, was installed in December. With the means of this press a new digital printing technology has been implemented in Witzhave.
    The company will use the press to mainly expand the digital portfolio as well as produce typical inkjet and short-run applications very efficiently and economically.
    Advantages of the Durst-UV-Inkjet are high resistance, very good ink coverage, high opacity and excellent brilliance.
    (RAKO Etiketten GmbH & Co KG)
     
    30.01.2014   Release of the complete PulPaper 2014 Conference Programme - don't miss the Early Bird    ( Company news )

    Company news Friday 31 January is the last day to enjoy the Early Bird price when registering for the PulPaper 2014 Conferences. Don't miss the opportunity to be inspired by industry experts on the main theme of Biofuture for Mankind, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. Alongside the main conference runs the IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, a scientific conference alternating between the continents.

    Visitor Registration now open
    To save time arriving at the venue, we highly recommend that you register ahead as a visitor to the exhibition. Visitor Registration is now open on the official website. For all the useful information you might need as a visitor, take a look in the Visitor Information Brochure. This brochure will also be available in Russian on the official website within the next week.

    Exhibition floor is filling up - a few good locations left
    Set to take place only every four years, the expectations are high and the preparations constantly ongoing to make this 8th edition the best PulPaper ever. Sales status has reached 80% with only a few good spots left in the hall.
    Do not miss out on the opportunity to exhibit at the most influential pulp and paper industry event of 2014.

    Unforgettable gala evening and new exciting features
    Visit the official PulPaper website to read more about the new exciting features of the Paper Square, the PulPaper After Work, the Company and Product Presentations. Also, do not miss out on the Paper Engineers Association celebrating its 100th anniversary with a spectacular gala evening taking place in the brand new Helsinki Music Centre on Wednesday 4 June, 2014.

    Focus on Russian visitors
    For the 8th edition of PulPaper, large focus is put on attracting visitors from the great pulp and paper producing neighbouring country in the east, Russia.
    For the first time, a version of the official website, a landing page, has been set up in Russian to accomodate the large amount of potential Russian visitors. The informative Visitor Information brochure is also being translated and will soon be posted on the Russian site as well as the official website.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    30.01.2014   WavStar boosts filter bag capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet keeps you... Up & Running!

    Valmet, with its decades of experience, is the global market leader in disc filter bags. Valmet’s offering covers all thickener applications in mechanical pulping and recycling operations, as well as save-alls. You will be able to find the perfect match for all kinds of disc filter sectors, whether you need a bag for easy applications or more demanding ones. Let’s take a closer look at WavStar, the corrugated filter bag.

    The secret of WavStar lies in its unique fabric corrugation. “This increases the sector surface area by 29%, enhancing capacity by 10-25%,” says Antti Mäkinen, Product Sales Manager at Valmet. The corrugation also facilitates filter cake removal.

    Heat-resistant fabrics for top performance
    The fabrics are made of heat-resistant materials, which feature excellent breaking strength and chemical resistance properties. They ensure high runnability and performance, even in tough conditions, such as in TMP/CTMP and groundwood processes. The bags are fitted with acid-proof or Kynar (PVDF) zippers and sewn with Teflon yarn.

    Mixed polyester for easy conditions
    WavStar bags are also available in mixed polyester when the bags do not need to be resistant to high temperature and strong chemicals, such as in save-alls and DIP processes. Mixed polyester bags ensure the same high capacity and performance properties as heat-resistant bags.

    For new disc filters and upgrading
    WavStar bags are suitable for new filters and upgrading. "They suit all filter sectors on the market," Mäkinen says. Depending on the desired capacity increase, either a single sector or several sectors with WavStar bags can be combined with conventional flat-surface segments in a disc filter. A good alternative to installing an entirely new filter in a process line is to retrofit existing sectors with WavStar bags.

    Targets are achieved
    WavStar disc filter bags have been used as the standard bag in many mills in Europe and East and South East Asia. “The results speak for themselves, capacity increase has been as targeted and maintenance has been as easy as promised,” concludes Mäkinen.

    Key benefits of WavStar:
    - High capacity
    - High pulp discharge consistency
    - Good filtrate quality
    - Cost-effective retrofit
    - Easy maintenance and service
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    30.01.2014   Consumers for Paper Options Applauds Congressional Efforts to Restore Access to Paper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Social Security Statements

    Government Funding Package Directs Social Security Administration to Begin Restoring Mailed Social Security Earnings Statements

    Consumers for Paper Options, a coalition of individuals and organizations advocating for access to paper-based services and information, applauded congressional action to restore the paper delivery of annual Social Security Statements.
    Congressional appropriators successfully inserted language supporting paper-based statements into the Joint Explanatory Statement to the Conference Report for H.R. 3547, the Fiscal Year 2014 funding bill which was signed into law on Friday, January 17th.
    The conference report language, which has the authority of a binding statutory requirement, directs the Social Security Administration (SSA) to present a plan to Congress within 60 days that "[includes] a significant restoration of the mailing of statements" to individuals, a practice that was eliminated by the SSA in 2011.
    While earnings statements are currently available online, wage-earners must first create an online account and provide sensitive personal information before being granted access.
    This presents a significant burden for the nearly one-third of Americans without internet access, as well as those with cybersecurity concerns.
    “Social Security statements are a tremendous resource, providing American workers a way to proactively verify the accuracy of their benefits, and, in turn, make informed retirement decisions,” said John Runyan, executive director of Consumers for Paper Options. “
    Congress’s latest action represents a significant step toward making sure that all Americans can access this important financial planning tool.
    We are grateful for the legislative branch’s commitment to remedying this misguided policy, and especially for the work of Rep. Susan Davis (D-CA), who worked to move this effort forward. We look forward to reviewing the Social Security Administration’s proposal in the coming days.”
    According to a national poll commissioned by Consumers for Paper Options, 72 percent of consumers surveyed said they would like for the government to continue to provide paper copies of essential documents like Social Security annual earnings statements and checks.
    Click to access findings from the poll, which contains dozens of data points and found that an overwhelming majority of Americans oppose private sector and government efforts to eliminate paper-based information and services.
    Consumers for Paper Options supports other Congressional efforts to restore and protect access to paper-based government information and services – including H.R. 3385, the SAVINGS Act, which was introduced by Rep. Matthew Cartwright (D-Pa.) The SAVINGS Act would protect access to savings bonds, which are no longer sold in paper form, by preserving the Tax-Time Savings Bond Program through 2018.
    In addition, the coalition supports H. Res. 97, a bipartisan resolution recently introduced by Reps. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) and Mike Michaud (D-Maine), which seeks to reverse federal initiatives to eliminate paper-based information and services.
    (Consumers for Paper Options)
     
    29.01.2014   Monadnock Sustainability Progress Report    ( Company news )

    Company news Monadnock Paper Mills, Progress Reportfamily owned manufacturer of technical/specialty, premium printing and packaging papers, released its first Sustainability Progress Report, which highlights the company’s progress in reducing environmental impacts. Sustainability goals are guided by Monadnock’s commitment to continuous improvement and are formalized under third-party certified ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standards.
    “A family-run company for nearly 200 years, we have always taken corporate social responsibility seriously and believe in holding ourselves accountable,” said Richard Verney, chairman and chief executive officer, Monadnock Paper Mills. “That responsibility is represented in the value we place on our dedicated employees and in the high-quality products we deliver to our customers. We are proud to say that while reducing environmental impacts we continue to experience growth in new markets and defy papermaking consolidation that is occurring worldwide.”

    Monadnock Paper Mills has worked diligently to exceed aggressive impact reduction goals for the last 40 years. The company tracks impact reductions in a number of areas, including electricity consumption, CO2 equivalent emissions, water usage and solid waste, among others. Key milestones include:
    -In the past 15 years, Monadnock has reduced its water consumption by 55 percent through the installation of water recycling equipment, utilizing valve restrictors and instituting other projects identified by the company’s water conservation team.
    -In 2013, Monadnock made a significant commitment to reduce CO2 equivalent emissions and energy impacts relative to production – now making all of its paper 100 percent carbon neutral (Verified Emission Reductions) using 100 percent renewable electricity (Green-e certified wind power Renewable Energy Certificates).
    -In 2013, Monadnock made improvements to flashboards and a hydroelectric turbine in its generating facilities – expecting to increase on-site hydropower generation by 400,000 kwH per year.
    -One hundred percent of Monadnock’s electricity is derived from clean, renewable sources.

    “We leave no stone unturned when seeking new opportunities to reduce environmental impacts to not just meet, but exceed our goals,” said Michelle Hamm, environmental manager, Monadnock Paper Mills. “One example is the waste water that is discharged from our own purification facilities. It exceeds the state’s stringent standards for water quality and is actually cleaner than the river water into which it is eventually released.”
    The ongoing success of Monadnock’s sustainability initiatives is a company-wide effort. In 2012 the “Green Team” was established, which is comprised of members from across all functional areas of the company. The team identifies opportunities for environmental impact reductions and shares the results across the company to promote transparency and awareness.
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
     
    29.01.2014   Innovation from Voith facilitates the positioning of edge deckles in suction rolls    ( Company news )

    Company news With Voith´s latest development TrackLight it is for the first time possible to easily adjust the edge deckles meaning optimum machine performance immediately after grade change or start-up. An unique lighting system allows the operator to instantly identify precisely the edge deckle location and adjust the width of the suction zone relative to the paper web.
    Without TrackLight paper producers face the risk of increasing costs of operation and reduced machine efficiency and performance. Until now, edge deckles could only be adjusted by an experienced operator. Improper positioning can cause various operating challenges and add costs: high vacuum energy costs due to much gap between paper web and end deckle. When operating with a vacuum zone that is too narrow, edge flipping is typically a result of this and impair machine efficiency.
    All these risks can be eliminated with the help of TrackLight, as the suction roll will be operating with the optimum vacuum chamber width. Apart from reducing web edge problems, energy consumption due to unnecessary intake of air is also decreased. This will also avoid a costly known situation, unnecessary stress on the deckle adjustment mechanism due to it turning over the mechanical stop. This helps to reduce unscheduled downtimes and eliminated uneccesary maintenance budget.
    The TrackLight technology is very simple to operate and greatly benefit the operator as it is like seeing inside the suction roll while it is in operation. In addition, personnel do not need additional training thanks to its intuitive operation. TrackLight can be installed quickly and easily during a regular mechanical roll service at a Voith Service Center and Voith will support the installation at the customer site.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    29.01.2014   Burrows Paper Corporation Announces Conversion and Expansion Plans    ( Company news )

    Company news Burrows Paper Corporation, headquartered in Little Falls, New York, announced another step in its Innovate and Invest global strategy. The company is implementing a simultaneous conversion and expansion project, part of a comprehensive strategic plan to expand Burrows domestic paper and global packaging business groups. Burrows is a worldwide supplier of light weight specialty paper and packaging solutions.
    In announcements to staff and customers, Rose Mihaly, President and Chief Operating Officer, stated the investment will both advance Burrows market position and yield operational efficiencies. Burrows 2014 action plan calls for the conversion and redeployment of physical facility use and machine components in its Mill Street paper mill. “In July, Burrows will shut down its 90-inch wide paper machine, PM2, and begin repurposing the machine components and space to the adjacent paper machine, PM3, at the same facility,” said Mihaly. “By dismantling and redeploying the smaller paper machine, we will realize a series of improvements including better traffic flow, safety enhancements, increased productivity on PM3, and the ability to dedicate other equipment to meet special customer requests,” Mihaly said.
    “Our goal is for the transition to have little or no effect on employment levels,” Mihaly stated. “This has been a collaborative process with our union leaders, from planning to arriving at an implementation schedule. Employees assigned to PM2 today will continue as usual through later this year,” continued Mihaly. “During the transition, we will work closely with each person to align skills and interests with job opportunities in our Mill Street and Mohawk Valley mills, and in other Burrows facilities.”
    This latest initiative is similar to company investments in its Mohawk Valley mill, where an older machine was removed to allow for facility improvements, creating production efficiencies and opportunities for product development. Following installation of new equipment this summer, Burrows will launch a new patented product for which it has already secured commercial orders. “Our primary goal with changes of this nature is to implement improvements while ensuring uninterrupted service to customers,” said Mihaly. “That starts with our outstanding employees who understand customer expectations and reliance on Burrows products.”
    Expansion and conversion has been a hallmark of Burrows nearly 100-year business model. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Bill Burrows stated, “This is one piece of an ongoing plan to yield cost savings and operating efficiencies, freeing up capital to invest in capabilities that meet customer demand.” He attributes the company’s success to a combination of innovation, growth investments, and financial discipline. “In our industry, changes happen so frequently that just keeping pace is not enough,” said Burrows. “We must anticipate how markets are shifting and where new demands are likely to emerge. We then direct that knowledge to new products and capabilities.” Mihaly added that the company looks forward to continuing long-term growth in its local and worldwide operations.
    This estimated $7 million conversion and expansion investment is expected to be completed by the end of 2014. “We are proud to be a privately-held paper and packaging manufacturer that continues to invest and grow in New York State,” said Burrows. “We appreciate the support of local and state economic development efforts that recognize the value of New York State’s manufacturing sector.” Burrows Paper Corporation was awarded grant funding from the Empire State Development Corporation and NYS Excelsior Jobs program tax credits to support the expansion project.
    (Burrows Paper Corp.)
     
    29.01.2014   Flint Group: New, water washable coating plates for security printing    ( Company news )

    Company news nyloprint® WA-S and WA-S Digital plates are efficient, fast and environmentally friendly

    Flint Group Flexographic Products has launched a new water washable coating plate for UV varnishes. Both, the conventional nyloprint® WA-S and the nyloprint® WA-S Digital printing plates are ideally suitable for in-house plate processing in the area of security and banknote printing. The plates are designed for high quality demands in inline and offline print finishing as well as solid and spot coating.
    The soft relief layer enables an optimal ink transfer and thus an excellent solid density of the ink. The aluminium base provides a high level of dimensional stability, which ensures outstanding register accuracy and top printing quality. The new nyloprint® WA-S printing plates can be processed with tap water only without need of any additives, which makes them extremely environmentally friendly. Furthermore, they are very productive and cost effective for the user as they can be processed very fast, due to the short processing time of just 25 to 35 minutes.
    The new coating plates, nyloprint® WA-S and nyloprint® WA-S Digital, are available to the market with immediate effect.
    (Flint Group Flexographic Products)
     
    29.01.2014   Unique portable and online moisture meters from Visilab    ( Company news )

    Company news Visilab AK30 is a portable moisture meter for paper, board, packaging, converting industry, other fibre materials and printing industry.

    Picture: Visilab AK30 moisture meter

    Visilab Signal Technologies Oy in Finland has supplied portable and on-line moisture meters based on reflecting infrared technology. Visilab AK30 is a portable moisture meter for paper, board, packaging, converting industry, other fibre materials and printing industry. Visilab also provides the small on-line meter AK40. The AK30 Portable Moisture Meter is targeted for non-touching handheld tasks in paper production quality control. It is a robust device with high accuracy and repeatability. It has useful features for acquiring and analyzing data. Its small size and a graphical display provide instant information, while the wireless transmission eases further analysis of the data. It can also measure a running web.

    AK40 is a small on-line meter, it has all the same features as AK30 but has a bigger sturdy box and some QCS connections and an infrared web thermometer.
    (Visilab Signal Technologies Oy)
     
    29.01.2014   World Biomass Power Markets / 3-5 February 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news With just 1 week to go until World Biomass Power Markets, you have only a limited time to register your place and guarantee your seat.

    With over 24 hours of unmissable content and networking events, the conference is the foremost annual forum to learn from and make new business contacts with the global solid biomass, biomass power, and waste-to-power sectors.

    Register now and secure your chance to network with the cream of the global biomass power sector, over 350 attendees from more than 200 different global companies including:

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    Josh Green
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    Green Power Conferences
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    (Green Power Conferences)
     
    29.01.2014   Yuen Foong Yu's (2) Intelli-Tissue® 1500 machines, delivered by PMP Group, have reached an ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... impressive capacity boost

    PMP Group has been supporting one of the leading Asian papermakers – Yuen Foong Yu Corporation – for the last six years (within the tissue business). After designing seven tissue machines for three facilities located in China, both companies have reached a higher level of cooperation.
    On January 1st 2014, PM#5 and PM#6, which are running in the YFY’s Yangzhou (China) facility, have achieved an impressive capacity increase. PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1500 machines, with a maximum operating speed of 1,600 mpm, were brought on stream in the summer of 2012. Both machines were designed to produce 75 tpd each. However, thanks to the machines parameter optimization it was possible to enhance the capacity up to 96.7 tpd on PM#5 and 84.3 tpd on PM#6. Reaching the speed record of 1700 mpm and enhancing the daily capacity up to 17% (in total) - with basis weight at wire of 14.1 gsm on one and 12.3 gsm on the other. Improved parameters were able to be obtained due to YFY’s exceptional experience in the field of tissue production, as well as its detailed knowledge of PMP’s machines. PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1500 line is especially popular among tissue makers thanks to being an economical solution, which is a unique combination of simplicity and technology.
    Back in 2012, Mr. Ming-Fa Tang, the YFY Deputy General Manager Engineering & Technology said that it was the fastest assembly and start-up in the history of the YFY Corporation. It means that YFY’s PM#5 and PM#6 were not only the fastest in installation, they are now one of the fastest machines in the company’s entire fleet. At present, the two companies are in the middle of an execution phase for the following (4) PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1500 machines for the Yangzhou and Dingfung tissue mills. Both YFY and PMP Group are eager to raise the bar on those projects after achieving exceptional results on PM#5 and PM#6.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    28.01.2014   MASTERFOLD Helps Imballi Deliver    ( Company news )

    Company news When you have contracts with nationally and internationally recognised brands, making sure that you can deliver is vital. This is why Imballi S.p.A chooses BOBST MASTERFOLD lines for its speciality folding and gluing work.
    “We keep our customers by providing a very flexible service,” says Marco Ballan, Director of Imballi S.p.A, the Italian corrugated box and display company. “To achieve this we have to continuously invest in advanced technology. This state-of-the-art equipment, and the know-how we have, distinguishes us in the market. It gives us a flexibility to meet the needs of customers that other companies do not have.”
    In 2011, the company installed a BOBST MASTERFOLD 350 A4 folder-gluer with a POLYJOINER unit and LOGIPACK packer. The line allowed the company to better produce large format, multi-point boxes with partitions - and to produce them highly efficiently. Thanks to the success of the investment, Imballi has just ordered a second MASTERFOLD line, along with a MASTERCUT die-cutter.

    Exporters too
    Based in the northern Italian town of Castelfranco Veneto, 30 minutes west of Treviso and 45 km from Venice, Imballi has a customer base that includes a number of nationally and internationally renowned brands, and even exports as far as France, Belgium and Poland. Growth, driven by this customer base, has led to Imballi reaching a turnover of €25 million, with the company’s target being to reach an annual figure of €30 million in the near future.
    Established just over twenty years ago, Imballi S.p.A originally operated from two separate sites, but in 2006 moved to a single 11,000 square metre plant which also has room for expansion. The company employs 120 staff over two shifts, with extra shifts laid on in the busy autumn and spring periods.
    The core business for Imballi is made up of mailing packs printed with integrated bar codes, boxes with apertures and large format displays. Among its box production, much consists of added-value products such as boxes with windows, paper handles, glued reinforcements, or inside printing, as well as boxes using special papers or treatments. The company also produces difficult-to-manufacture packaging such as boxes printed onto gold coloured surfaces using UV inks and varnishes.
    Just over two years ago the company reviewed the market for folder-gluers as it searched for a machine that could help it expand its range of large-size boxes as well as boxes with one or two partitions. While BOBST was the only manufacturer offering the 350cm size that Imballi wanted, the Italian company was also very keen on what the MASTERFOLD would be able to do for them in terms of capability, flexibility and performance.
    “We ran trails at the BOBST Competence Center in Switzerland, just with some plain, unprinted blanks,” recalls Mr Ballan. “We were very enthusiastic about the results. We produce a lot of 6-corner boxes and boxes made with two partitions here. The MASTERFOLD line with POLYJOINER could fold and glue all of this work, in all the sizes we wanted, and also produce packaging in three parts. Also, repeat jobs were much faster with the MASTERFOLD, they could be saved on the CUBE3 and we could see that work which we were running at 2,000 boxes an hour could run at double that speed with this line.” The company also noted improved quality of the finished products thanks to the MASTERFOLD’s rear stacker corrector.
    The MASTERFOLD 350 A4 is capable of handling micro-flutes, litho-laminates, single and double wall corrugated, as well as heavy solid board, processing straight line, crash-lock, 4- and 6-corner designs. Its easy-to-set Accufeed section, with built-in blank aligner, provides the precise alignment that users need to run consistently at high speed, making the most of the MASTERFOLD's 250 metres per minute running speed.
    With a potentially much faster line, Imballi S.p.A. needed to investigate how it would handle the end of line delivery of its products and opted for a BOBST LOGIPACK robotic packer. Fast enough to keep up with the MASTERFOLD, unlike human operatives, LOGIPACK also means that less people are required to run the line, saving money. When quality is as important as it is at Imballi, LOGIPACK delivers the quick and gentle packing required to batch boxes reliably without marking or scuffing.

    New BOBST lines
    Today, with the complete MASTERFOLD 350 line well established, Imballi has ordered additional lines from BOBST to help it reach its €30 million turnover target. In the next few months a MASTERFOLD 130 with a BOBST Palletizer will supplement the plant’s existing BOBST ALPINA folder-gluer of the same size, giving the company additional folding and gluing capacity in small to medium formats. Around the same time a MASTERCUT 1.7 will replace an existing SPO 160, giving the plant much needed additional width for its die-cut blanks. This machine will complement the plant’s two BOBST SP-162 CER blankers.
    These new machines will join two BOBST ASITRADE lines which provide Imballi with its litho-laminated board, the top sheets having been printed on a six-colour Speedmaster XL 162, which was the first of its configuration in Italy. To ensure the high production flexibility needed to satisfy short notice customer orders, which can at times be for large quantities, Imballi operates a system that ensures the constant availability of paperboard in rolls from its warehouse.
    "Like everyone in the industry we are facing the need to improve operational efficiency in many areas so that we can respond to the increasing demands of our customers," says Mr Ballan. "Technology like we get from the BOBST lines means we can keep ahead of the competition."
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    28.01.2014   Minerals Technologies Inc. Signs Commercial Agreement with European Paper Company to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Deploy FulFill® Technology for High-Filler Loading

    Unique High-Filler Technology Will Provide Significant Cost Savings in Reduced Fiber Consumption by Increasing PCC Filler Usage 20%

    Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with a prestigious European paper company to provide Fulfill® E-325, a new, high-filler technology, at the paper company's mill in Europe.
    Minerals Technologies now has 15 agreements with paper mills that have adopted the Fulfill® E-325 technology that the company introduced in late 2010. This agreement with this papermaker is the company's fourth in Europe.
    These agreements confirm the commercial progress of the Fulfill® brand, a portfolio of high-filler technologies that offers papermakers a variety of efficient, flexible solutions that decreases dependency on natural fiber and reduces costs. The Fulfill® E-325 series allows papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) by three to five points, which replaces higher cost pulp, and increases PCC usage between 20 to 30 percent.
    "We are delighted that this highly respected European papermaker is adopting our new technology that will allow them to produce quality paper at lower cost," said D.J. Monagle, senior vice president & managing director, Paper PCC. "The continued acceptance of our FulFill® E-325 technology in Europe reaffirms the revitalization of our new product pipeline, and of our commitment to advance our technology leadership throughout our satellite network around the world."
    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has 58 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.
    Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. The company recorded sales of $1.01 billion in 2012.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
     
    28.01.2014   Schubert and IPS combine pharmaceutical competencies    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture:
    Gerald Schubert (Managing Director Gerhard Schubert GmbH) and Olaf Horrenberger (CEO IPS)

    Gerhard Schubert GmbH and IPS International Packaging Systems are combining their expertise in pharmaceutical packaging. They jointly launched the “Schubert Pharma” competency team on 1 January 2014. Customers in the pharmaceutical industry will benefit from cross-disciplinary consulting. “Together we are able to respond even more efficiently to the specific market requirements of the demanding pharmaceutical sector,” explained Olaf Horrenberger, CEO of IPS. The company is aiming to double revenues in the Pharma Unit over the next three years.
    In total, 20 pharmaceutical experts from sales, purchasing, project management, validation and service will in future work as Schubert Pharma at IPS under one roof. As a team, they will produce sophisticated packaging solutions for the pharmaceutical industry from primary packaging through to the pallet with the finished product.
    The organisational and spatial centeralisation of the two companies will create synergies. Schubert brings its expertise in highly flexible TLM packaging machines and its longstanding business relationships with pharmaceutical companies, while IPS offers extensive experience in project management. As a general contractor and engineering service provider, IPS has supplied individual and tailored packaging solutions from a single-source for over 40 years. Schubert Pharma’s portfolio includes comprehensive engineering consulting services, project management for turnkey systems and line optimisation for existing packaging lines. The company also takes over the maintenance of systems for their entire lifespan.
    As part of its engineering consulting activities, supplier-independent track and trace solutions are developed and implemented to customers´ specific requirements. Schubert Pharma also designs system solutions for future product lines and volume capacities. Upon request, the team evaluates the performance and process capability of existing machine technologies, produces budget and target figures and supports companies during their approval processes.
    (Gerhard Schubert GmbH)
     
    28.01.2014   A stable fourth quarter 2013 for BillerudKorsnäs impacted by unexpected production problems    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Per Lindberg, President & CEO

    BillerudKorsnäs fourth quarter results are stable, but negatively impacted by unexpected production problems. The problems have primarily included two longer unplanned stops at the Frövi mill and a quality related problem in Gruvön, with a total impact on the results of approximately SEK 70 million. Operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2013 will amount to approximately SEK 195 million. Non-recurring integration costs are estimated to approximately SEK 30 million and the operating profit adjusted for integration costs is estimated to approximately SEK 225 million.
    "Production at the end of the year has not really gone our way. We have suffered from some unusual incidents, and it is without doubt exceptional that these problems could occur during the same quarter. Production is now in full swing again and we are completely comfortable with the actions taken. These issues do not affect our view of the future as the underlying business is stable. We are building a company to deliver value to customers and shareholders for a long time to come”, says Per Lindberg, President & CEO.
    Toward the end of the fourth quarter, the company has had longer stops in Frövi on two occasions caused by defects in steam generation and distribution. The repairs were extensive and complex resulting in further loss of time and thus production. The negative impact on operating profit is expected to amount to approximately SEK 40 million.
    Also, during the end of quarter a quality problem was detected at Gruvön. The problem is solved by preventive measures in the process by investments and improved quality procedures. The negative impact on operating profit is expected to amount to approximately SEK 30 million.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    28.01.2014   Mediatronics Presents Innovative Solutions Developed by Bordeaux in Wetec 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Bordeaux Digital Printink, an industry leader in developing, manufacturing and distributing high quality inks and coatings, announced that they will present their products at Wetec in Stuttgart, Germany, 13-15 February 2014, in Mediatronics stand 8A50. At the show Bordeaux plans to inspire print service providers with its large portfolio of Solvent, Eco Solvent, UV & UV LED inks as well as Dye Sublimation, Latex ink, coatings and innovative inkjet technologies that can open up new business opportunities and increase productivity.

    Visitors to Wetec will learn about the first Bulk solution for Epson® SureColor™ S-series printers. The integration of a Chip Emulator and ink level monitor into the system is especially beneficial for print operators wanting to ensure cost effective continuous and maximum print production. The solution uses Bordeaux Mix & Match™ FUZE ECO SC solvent ink, 100% color and chemically compatible with OEM ink.

    “The Smart cartridge system and fully compatible ink are the first and only solution to be introduced for SureColor printers. These products are a testament to Bordeaux’s R&D expertise and progress, “says Matthew Reijnders, Director of Sales and Business Development for Bordeaux. “We strive and have succeeded in providing better and more accurate solutions for a wider array of printers in order to serve more print service providers, both in terms of inks and bulk delivery solutions, now and long term.”

    Bordeaux offers a full line of water based liquid laminates for the wide format digital printing market and UV based coating line for more diverse applications such as document finishing and pre-press applications. Both laminates and coatings are intended to enhance the prints, increase durability to abrasion and prevent fading.

    “Our customers are very happy with Bordeaux’s original quality products, including their unrivalled range of Mix & Match inks for solvent and UV/UV LED printers,” says Udo Kotzman from Mediatronics. “This year our goal is to get Bordeaux’s Liquid laminates and UV coatings into every print shop. These superior products can open a new world of services for all print shops offering wide format and digital press specialty graphic applications.”

    Visit Bordeaux at Mediatronics stand 8A50 at Wetec, the trade fair for sign making, digital printing and illuminated advertising in Messe Stuttgart, Germany.
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
     
    28.01.2014   Last chance to book Pulpaper 2014 - the industry event of the year     ( Company news )

    Company news Why exhibit at PulPaper, Helsinki, 3-5 June 2014?

    • One of the most influential pulp and paper events in the world, last time attracting over 12000 visitors from 63 different countries.
    • Set to take place only every four years, the expectations are high and the preparations constantly ongoing to make this 8th edition the best PulPaper ever. Sales status has reached 80% with only a few good spots left in the hall, click here to see updated hall plan.
    • Incomparable to other pulp and paper events when it comes to the outstanding quality of the program, the marketing and the clear focus on the industry.
    • The 1ooth anniversary of the Paper Engineers’ Association influencing the whole event with the two conferences Biofuture for Mankind and IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference as well as the unforgettable gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre on 4 June.
    • The exhibition floor of PulPaper 2014 will be jam packed with happenings and new features:
    The Paper Square – From a stage & exhibition area in the middle of the hall, top management from the pulp-, paper and board producing companies will be updating us on trends and news in the industry.
    Company and Product Presentations – During all three days of the exhibition, exhibiting companies will be presenting their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations, from a stage area in the middle of the hall.
    PulPaper After Work – Set on the floor after exhibition hours on Tuesday 3 June, PulPaper After Work gives all participants of PulPaper the chance to network, mingle and enjoy good food, drink and entertainment.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    28.01.2014   Invitation to Present: 2014 International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference    ( Company news )

    Company news An Invitation to Present has been announced for TAPPI's 2014 International Bioenergy and Bioproducts Conference (IBBC), September 17-19, 2014 in Tacoma, Washington.
    IBBC brings together technology and business leaders in the pulp and paper industry focused on biomass utilization. This is the only event in North America dedicated to leveraging assets and knowledge within the industry.

    Showcase your technology, applications, and successes at the 2014 event.
    Presentations are being sought in the following areas:
    • Advances in Conversion Pathways – pyrolysis, catalysts, enzyme breakthroughs
    • Advances in Bioproducts - chemicals, fuels, partnerships
    • Biomass Supply and Demand – assessments, physical properties, crop developments
    • Biomass Harvesting and Preparation – pretreatments, characterization, new equipment
    • Case Studies – pilot, pre-commercial, commercial
    • Project Financing – analyses and risk assessments
    • Impacts of Policies and Incentives – evaluations and assessments
    • Abstracts on other topics are welcome
    (TAPPI Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)
     
    28.01.2014   PMT Italia to supply ÆGO™SIZER FC to Zhejiang JINGXING Paper in China     ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia S.p.A as a worldwide leading paper machinery supplier is increasingly strengthening its presence in China installing key paper machine key sections of high technological level for new machines and rebuilds.
    After several successful experiences of Film Size Presses supplied to premium Paper Producers throughout Asia, PMT Italia has recently been selected by Zhejiang JINXING Paper Joint Stock Co. Ltd in the People’s Republic of
    China, for the supply of a new Film Size Press, ÆGO™SIZER FC, for the PM15 of their Pinghu Mill, a 5.5 m wide machine producing high quality White Top and Kraft Liner, in a basis weight range of 125 to 230 g/m2 with a maximum operating speed of 800 m/min.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    27.01.2014   Stora Enso plans to shut down coated magazine paper machine in Finland     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is starting co-determination negotiations with employees at Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland regarding a plan to shut down permanently paper machine (PM) 1 with annual capacity of 190 000 tonnes of coated magazine paper by the end of the first quarter of 2014 due to structural weakening of magazine paper demand in Europe. The planned closure would affect up to 90 employees.
    Stora Enso will record a restructuring provision and a working capital write-down as a non-recurring item related to the planned closure with a negative impact of approximately EUR 8 million on operating profit in its first quarter 2014 results.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    27.01.2014   Marbach: Managing Director Retired    ( Company news )

    Company news Franz Strack (picture), Managing Director of the Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG, retired from the business at the end of 2013.
    Peter Marbach: "Mr. Strack has been working for Marbach for more than half of his life. With his prudence and foresight he has played an important role in turning the Marbach Group into what it is today: the industry leader in diecutting technology."
    Besides his engagement in Marbach, Mr. Strack runs a very successful family business with his wife: he has 4 children and 6 grandchildren.
    Bernd Klenk, who has already been part of Marbach's general management since January 1, 2011, has now moved across to replace him as the new managing director.
    (Karl Marbach GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.01.2014   Cristini 1914-2014: 100 Years young!    ( Company news )

    Company news Serving the paper Industry, since 5 generations, Cristini have been supplying the Paper Industry for 100 years in 2014.
    The company is 100% family owned, distributing its products lines in more than 50 countries worldwide.
    Some of the technologies widely used nowadays in PMC, like the first seamed press fabric (US Pat no.569040, 1956), or the first microwave consistency meter (2005), have been introduced to the market for the first time by our Company.

    Milestones in Cristini history:
    1801 Fourdrinier was granted British patent 2487 on 20 October 1801
    1852 Pietro Bombardieri started an industrial production of woolen felts and blankets in Fiorano al Serio
    1914 Giuseppe Cristini purchased Soc. Pietro Bombardieri to add production capacity to the family company F.lli Cristini, based in Marone. S.A. Giuseppe Cristini is born
    1956 Cristini deposited in US and several Countries the world's first patent for seamed press fabric
    1994 First Insurance Quality Registration
    1997 Cristini North America started Carrier Ropes and Spiral production
    1998 First forming fabric production unit in Austria
    1999 Start-up of the Diagnostic Systems project
    2001 Patent for real triple layer Forming Fabric (TrioTwin™ generation)
    2001 Installation of heat-setting equipment up to 14 wide
    2004 Patent for the application of spiral fabrics on corrugator belts
    2006 Patent for FiberScan™, world's first microwave consistency meter
    2008 Patents for advanced SSB Forming Fabric (MaxiFlyer™)
    2009 Development of PermFlowDUO™, world's first portable moisture & permeability meter
    2011 World record for 24h production on 80g/m² packaging grade is broken at 1650 m/min with 100% Cristini press fabrics
    2012 Essential™ patent for new ESB Forming Fabric
    2014 100 Years Young! The Cristini name is present in the paper industry since 100 years. This is the right opportunity to look at the future and celebrate the event with a new logo and a completely refreshed website.

    The origins of the Cristini Group date back to the middle of the 18th century, and are deeply rooted in the traditions of the Fiorano Al Serio valley. Since the Middle Ages, this area has been actively involved in the textile industry.
    Serving the paper Industry, since 5 generations, Cristini will have been supplying the Paper Industry from 100 years in the coming 2014. 100% family owned, the company is distributing its products lines in more than 50 countries worldwide. Some of the technologies widely used nowadays in PMC, like the first seamed press fabric (US Pat no.569040, 1956), or the first microwave consistency meter (2003), have been introduced to the market for the first time by our Company.
    Our Research & Development has engineered innovative products, subsequently introduced to the market, which have become important in the evolution of the paper industry. The Company strongly believe in the constant innovation, coming by technology cooperation with universities, research centres of excellence, papermakers and paper machine builders.
    Cristini has specialized in the design and application of advanced technology fabrics that make high quality paper production possible. The combined experience of the Group is aimed at improving the competitiveness of its customers.
    "Continuous technological evolution of our plants and enhanced human resources operating on a systematic level". The high quality standards of Cristini's products have earned the appreciation and trust of many highly competitive markets.
    With production units throughout Europe and North America, the Cristini Group is a reliable partner for all pulp and paper companies.
    Responsibility for the environment is a global concern, and Cristini is committed to respecting any and all regulations in this regard. Today, it is everybody's duty to combine product quality with respect for the environment. With this is mind, Cristini has for many years, used a closed wastewater recycling system, and utilized chemicals that have a low environmental impact. Atmospheric emissions are constantly controlled to meet government standards.
    Only by respecting nature today, will tomorrow's generations have the chance to enjoy it in the future.
    All along this century, we staid totally dedicated to the Paper Industry, and we like the daily challenge this innovative industry present to us.
    After all, companies are nothing more than people and the day to day actions they take.
    (S.A. Giuseppe Cristini S.p.A.)
     
    27.01.2014   Paper Check-off Program Now A Reality With Publishing Of Final Rule    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: AF&PA Board Chairman David Scheible

    The final rule was published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Janaury 22, formally establishing the program and stating the assessment of 35 cents per short ton on printing and writing, containerboard, paperboard and Kraft paper will begin on March 1, 2014.
    “Today’s action marks the beginning of the next chapter for our industry to tell the positive story about the benefits of paper and paper-based packaging,” said AF&PA Board Chairman David Scheible, president and CEO of Graphic Packaging International. “The Paper Check-off will build a promotional program to showcase the positive attributes of our products.”
    The Paper Check-off was initiated by a panel of industry leaders and approved by the companies through a USDA referendum.
    “Our members are eager to see the Paper Check-off become a reality, giving our industry and its products the opportunity to be recognized for the value they provide to consumers everywhere,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “We commend the Paper Check-off Panel for its work to coalesce the industry in support of this program, as well as the efforts of USDA to finalize the program.”
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    27.01.2014   Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy Board Elects New Chairman and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Officers 2014-2017

    Picture: Celso Marcelo de Oliveira

    The Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy (ABIB Brazil) announced the election of President Celso Marcelo de Oliveira as the new ABIB Brazil board chairman. The ABIB Brazilian Association of Manufacturers of Biomass and Renewable Energy began operations in 2009 and over the years has been seeking work in the dissemination and development of projects and technological and scientific research in the areas of management and use of biomass, bioenergy and renewable energy . The ABIB is dedicated to supporting the industrial development (biomass, bioenergy, woodchips bio and bio woodpellets woodbriquete), promotion and the fostering of teaching, research, extension and institutional, scientific and technological development in Brazil and abroad. Currently holds ABIB 927 business and professional associates in Brazil and abroad, becoming with the world's largest body of biomass and bioenergy sector.

    I am honored to serve as chairman of the ABIB Brazil board of directors and look forward to meeting head-on the challenges and opportunities on the horizon this year, said Celso Oliveira . The association continues to demonstrate its credibility as the organization for our industrys biomass, bioenergy, woodchips, pellets and briquette , sustainability, and environmental regulation in Brazil . Our industry has a good story to tell, and I look forward to helping share it more broadly with the business community.

    In a recent study published in the main European Energy and Biomass, only three countries stand out with the greatest potential for feedstock and production of pellets on a large scale: Australia, South Africa and Brazil. The study concluded that the country that has the greatest potential for production is Brazil for having a highly developed forestry industry based resource a plantation of 6,300,000 ha. and annual quantities of timber of 175 million m and the existence of millions of tons of timber and forest residues. In 2020 had a total quantity of 157,992,556 meters cubic of forest residues produced in Brazil long enough to generate 1,244,253 (tj) of thermal energy and C02 emissions avoided 189 591 060.

    President Charmain ABIB Brazil Celso Oliveira has served as Brazil Biomass and Renewable Energy president and CEO since 2009. Since being elected to ABIB Brazil board of directors, he has served in various leadership roles, including as chairman of CEO Task Force on Biomass and the WoodChips or Pellets Brazil. Has training in Corporate Law at PUC Expertise in Renewable Energy University of Lisbon Portugal Consultant Specializing in Corporate Sustainable Development Project, Renewable Energy Law and Litigation with 45 books published in Brazil and abroad. Author of the Works Renewable Energy Wood Pellets and Biomass and Bioenergy Brazil. Consultant responsible for the development of 34 industrial projects for the production of biomass, bio and bio woodpellets woodbriquete in Brazil, the United States and Europe.

    Also elected to officer positions by the ABIB Brazil Board are:

    Vice Chairman Biomass and Pellets Jordano Busatto Milani, president and CEO of BR Biomass Brazil. Executive Director of BR Biomass Ltd a leading producer of wood pellets in Brazil. Developed industrial projects using waste bagasse for the production of pellets of sugar cane bagasse in Maringa, Parana State. Expert in development of sustainable industrial projects in Brazil with the implementation of BR Biomass.

    Vice Chairman Forestry abd Wood Marcos Stolf, president and CEO of Stolfiber Fiber and Business with wood. He specializes in establishing teams , developing and implementing reforestation projects , chip / biomass , timber yard , sawmill and pellet plant plant . Proven knowledge in trading (purchase / sales ) of forest assets throughout Brazil , environmental licensing partner in forestry and industrial , logistics areas ( inbound , outbound , port and maritime ) , operations and wood processing technologies since planting and harvesting to the industrial process of logging and relationship with government agencies . Was Chief Operating Officer of Suzano Renewable Energy Suzano Pulp and Paper. Establishment of office in SP and time of land acquisition operations , forestry and industrial licensing, logistics and pellets industry . Acquisition / transfer of approximately 90,000 ha in MA ; licenses planting and planting of 26,500 ha ; Industrial LP and LI . Basic; conceptual study " inquiry" ; receiving and equalization proposals for industrial plants of 1 or 2 million tons of pellets per year; trading terrestrial logistical arrangements for the transport of pellets industry / port and seaport / customer in Europe.

    Vice Chairman Bioenergy, Renewable Energy and Environmental Sustainability Gerson Sampaio Filho, president Teknergia. Director of Sustainability teams in the area of sustainability projects, hydro, solar or wind energy, investments in infrastructure, focusing on performance and productivity, using modern management tools. Expertise for Projects internacionais. Engenheiro Graduate in Electrical engineering with planning and control of works (1981). Physicist with Post Graduation in Environment new technologies.
    (ABIB Brazilian Association Industry Biomass and Renewable Energy)
     
    27.01.2014   Valmet to supply multi-fuel boiler for Sappi's Kirkniemi paper mill in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver a complete multi-fuel boiler to Sappi Ltd's Kirkniemi Mill in Lohja, Finland. The startup of the plant is scheduled for summer 2015. The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.
    "Competitive solutions for multi-fuel based energy production are one of Valmet's key competences and we are a leader in this field. The agreement with Sappi is an excellent start for our energy business for the new year," says Jyrki Holmala, Pulp and Energy Business Line President, Valmet.
    The new boiler can flexibly use solid fuels such as bark from the mill's debarking process, other wood-based fuels and coal. Together with the mill's current biofuel boiler and Valmet's new boiler it is possible to produce biomass-based energy up to 100%.
    "With this investment we will be able to improve our cost competitiveness and profitability as well as secure energy supply at our Kirkniemi Mill. In line with Sappi's commitment to sustainable development, the processes will be based on BAT - Best Available Technology, and the use of effective flue gas cleaning equipment will minimize any environmental impact," says Martti Savelainen, Mill Director of Sappi Kirkniemi.
    Valmet's delivery will include a complete circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler, and a Valmet baghouse filter. The contract also covers installation, training and commissioning for the equipment. The boiler plant will have a steam capacity of 88 MW. The boiler combines high-efficiency combustion of various solid fuels with low emissions, even when burning fuels with completely different calorific values at the same time.
    "Commissioning a boiler plant of this size in 1.5 years is a challenging timetable. This tight delivery schedule is possible thanks to Valmet's standardized CFB boiler design, proper pre-engineering and experienced project team," points out Juha Särkijärvi, Project Manager, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    24.01.2014   Swedish institutions acquire Kinnevik's ownership in BillerudKorsnäs    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Mia Brunell Livfors, CEO of Kinnevik

    Investment AB Kinnevik ("Kinnevik") announced that a limited number of Swedish institutions have acquired all of Kinnevik's 51.8 million shares in BillerudKorsnäs for a total consideration of SEK 3.7 billion (SEK 72 per share). The majority of the shares were acquired by AMF, the Fourth Swedish National Pension Fund's (AP4) and Alecta. The remaining shares were acquired by a small number of financial institutions, mainly four larger Swedish equity funds.
    The integration of Korsnäs and Billerud has been successfully implemented creating larger synergies than initially expected. With Kinnevik's increasing focus on digital services in telecom & financial services, online and media, the sale of BillerudKorsnäs is a further step in developing our strategy.
    After the transaction, Kinnevik will have net cash of around SEK 3 billion. In order to have financial flexibility, the goal is to have no or a low leverage in the Parent Company and the transaction will not affect Kinnevik's expected dividend.
    The price of SEK 72 per share corresponds to a discount of 5% compared to the volume weighted average price of BillerudKorsnäs share on NasdaqOMX in the past 30 trading days and 0% compared to the volume in the past 60 trading days.
    "The merger of Korsnäs and Billerud is now successfully implemented and I am proud of the value that has been created. As large and long-term financial institutions acquire our shares, we ensure stability for the company going forward. Kinnevik's financial position is very strong which will support the continued development of our current holdings and enable us to continue to make new investments within telecom and financial services, online and media." says Mia Brunell Livfors, CEO of Kinnevik.
    Anders Oscarsson, head of equities at AMF, comments:"This is an opportunity that we have monitored for some time. BillerudKorsnäs has a clear growth strategy and a dedicated management team which is implementing the strategy with increasing success. I am very pleased that we have the opportunity to increase our ownership stake in the company through this transaction with Kinnevik."
    Erik Penser Bankaktiebolag advised Kinnevik in the transaction.
    The information is of such character, which Kinnevik shall disclose in accordance with the law on Trading with Financial Instruments (1991:980) and/or the Securities Market Act (2007:528). The information was distributed for disclosure at 8.15 a.m. on 9 December 2013.
    (Investment AB Kinnevik)
     
    24.01.2014   BIR World Mirror on Recovered Paper / Quarterly Report - January 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Ranjit Baxi, President of the BIR Paper Division

    International Market with a focus on Asia
    News that the global economy is expected to continue expanding at a moderate pace over the coming two years has been welcomed given the post-2008 financial meltdown and subsequent global slowdown followed by recession. The world economy grew by 2.7% last year and is projected to record increases of 3.6% in 2014 and 3.9% in 2015.
    China, the engine for fibre consumption, has also begun to pick up. Other developed and emerging economies posted similar trends during the fourth quarter of last year. However, currency volatility was a major challenge during the same period, with export pricing made difficult by the increased fluctuations in the exchange rates between the US dollar and both the Euro and sterling. Freight rates tended to remain reasonably stable during the quarter.
    Export volumes increased during the quarter both to China and India while other Asian countries have also started to increase their fibre procurement. At the same time, we are continuing to see increasing signs of export volumes out of the USA outpacing those from Europe. Quality of fibre and prices are continuing to take centre stage.
    OCC prices for Asian main ports began the fourth quarter of 2013 at US$ 195+ per tonne and moved up to US$ 200+ before ending the year at the lower level of US$ 185+. Mixed paper demand again fluctuated during the quarter, primarily driven by quality standards; prices began October at US$ 165+ per tonne and climbed to US$ 170+ prior to ending the year at US$ 160+.
    (BIR Bureau of International Recycling)
     
    24.01.2014   More details of Fibria's project for the expansion of the Três Lagoas mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Plans for the company’s new fiberline in Mato Grosso do Sul should be submitted to the Board of Directors for approval before the end of June

    Picture: Três Lagoas mill in Mato Grosso do Sul

    Further to the ongoing feasibility studies for the implementation of a new fiberline at its Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul state), on Monday (January 13th), Fibria – Brazil’s world eucalyptus pulp market leader – sat down with 150 representatives of 36 suppliers of pulp industry equipment. The purpose of the meeting was to invite them to participate in the current phase of the project, which should be submitted for approval by the company’s Board of Directors of Fibria before the end of the first half of this year.
    The Fibria's new fiberline in Três Lagoas is expected to have an installed capacity of 1.75 million tons a year. This would bring the unit’s total annual production to 3.05 million tons, making it the largest pulp mill in the world – a position currently occupied by Fibria’s Aracruz Unit (Espírito Santo state), where there are three production lines.
    Fibria installed its first fiberline at Três Lagoas, with an annual production capacity of 1.3 million tons, in 2009, thus pioneering pulp production in a city which is now considered to be the world’s pulp capital.
    Fibria, whose focus is on disciplined growth, intends to take advantage of what it sees as a window of opportunity for setting up new pulp production capacity, subject to market conditions. Fibria’s CEO, Marcelo Castelli, said that "We are planning for the new fiberline to come into operation at the beginning of the fourth quarter of 2016, when we believe there will be room additional supply to the market, if the current fundamentals continue to apply".
    (Fibria Celulose S/A)
     
    24.01.2014   Kazakhstan Kagazy PLC announces that it is exiting the logistics business to focus on its ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...burgeoning paper & recycling business

    Picture: Tomas Mateos Werner, CEO, Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC

    Kazakhstan Kagazy has agreed to transfer its Class A Warehouse and Container Terminal businesses to Investment Fund of Kazakhstan (“IFK”), as a result of IFK enforcing outstanding debts against the assets of these businesses.
    Despite the profitability of the logistics business, where EBITDA grew from almost zero in 2009 to more than USD 5 million in 2013, and management’s efforts to restructure the IFK loan, the Company was unable to reach a mutually acceptable restructuring solution. This was due to the gulf between the debt capacity of the logistics business and the size of the IFK loan.
    The unsupportable loan was originally drawn down from Development Bank of Kazakhstan (“DBK”) by the Company’s former management and the DBK loan was then purchased by IFK in 2013. The Company has commenced proceedings against former management and shareholders in the London High Court, and alleges that $53.5m of the original DBK loan was misappropriated.

    The Company's CEO, Tomas Mateos Werner, commented:
    "The Class A Warehouse and Container Terminal businesses were unfortunately not profitable enough to carry the IFK debt, which we allege was fraudulently disbursed by the Company’s former shareholders. For over four years we have used the growing cash flow from these businesses to repay the debt. We have also tried to reach a mutually acceptable debt restructuring agreement, which unfortunately has not been possible. Our priority now is to work together with IFK to ensure that the maximum amount of jobs are saved and that service to our clients continues uninterrupted.
    Our key paper & recycling business remains strong, and I look forward to announcing our plans for the development of this business over the coming months.”
    (Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC)
     

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