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    18.05.2015   VIPs at Spooner Industries    ( Company news )

    Company news The visit of Prime Minster, David Cameron and Chancellor, George Osborne to Spooner Industries in Ilkley in February, certainly will be a day to remember for many at the manufacturing and engineering firm. Their visit included meeting the Directors and a comprehensive tour of the offices and factory floor in the wake of a buoyant order book and continued year-on-year growth for the innovative and technologically-led company.

    Photo: Richard Hey, Test Centre Assistant in the Spooner Test Centre with Prime Minster David Cameron, Steve Newell, Deputy MD Spooner Industries, Chancellor George Osborne. In the background are Mike Brook, Managing Director Spooner Industries and local MP Kris Hopkins

    One focus of the visit was the Spooner Apprentices. With an astonishing 40% of the workforce (64 personnel) having started at Spooner Industries either as Apprentices or Graduate Trainees, the company’s long term commitment to training is apparent. These figures include many long service employees, including two who have completed over 50 years’ service, which ensures unique skills sets are safeguarded for the future.
    Having chatted to the apprentices encouraging a raft of selfie shots, the Prime Minster and Chancellor then went on to try out metal folding on the new CNC press, one of the many technological requirements for the manufacture of a Spooner oven. Andy Carlton, pictured here giving David Cameron a helping hand, said the Prime Minster was interested to hear about working hours and shift patterns. Spooner is currently running day and night shifts in the factory to fulfil existing orders, and the need for expansion both in terms of the workforce and the building footprint is now urgent.
    The record level of sales and particularly exports that Spooner is enjoying was another topic that drew the visitors’ attention. Of the £30m forecasted turnover, 70% of this total will be for export sales to countries such as China, Saudi Arabia and USA, as well as the EU. Raising the impact of exchange rate fluctuations, particularly in the Eurozone, the Prime Minister was interested to hear how these challenges could be overcome.
    He was also fascinated to understand the logistical challenges of transporting and exporting huge pieces of industrial plant and machinery. The largest single export Spooner has made was to California in 2010. Delivered in 3 sections, once export packed, each section measured 11.5m long x 5.6m wide x 3.2m high. Teams of Spooner engineers are deployed to customer sites worldwide to receive the deliveries, unpack, install and commission the equipment, ensuring the machinery is set up correctly and that process performance criteria is met. Client machine operator and maintenance personnel training is also delivered during the commissioning and start-up phases of each project.

    Commenting on his visit, Mr Cameron said:
    “Spooner is a great example of the kind of ‘advanced manufacturing’ businesses this Government is trying to get behind.”
    Taking a minute to admire the panoramic moorland views from the company’s boardroom of ‘Ilkley Moor Baht’at’, the Prime Minster also added that if the boardroom was his office he would hardly get any work done!

    Summing up an unforgettable day, Spooner Managing Director, Mike Brook said:
    “We were very proud to be selected to showcase our business to the Prime Minster and Chancellor. Their interest and enthusiasm for our ambitions and achievements to date will resonate within the company for a long time to come. Despite our worldwide success, we remain committed to growth, Ilkley and the local community and hope our much needed expansion can be accommodated here.”
    (Spooner Industries Ltd)
     
    15.05.2015   X-Rite Details Designs on Next-Generation Color Management at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Turkish Textile Innovation Day

    Company Presented Color Tools For Consistency Across the Textile Supply Chain

    X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, demonstrated next-generation desktop colour at the X-Rite Textile Innovation Day, Istanbul, Turkey.

    Hosted by X-Rite Pantone Distribution Partner Odak, the day attracted more than 35 attendees. They received 2015 product notifications as well as technology and market updates from Simone Viscomi, Sales Director Turkey and MEA of X-Rite, Carola Seybold, Pantone Sales Director and Jochen Mohr, Application Specialist.

    “This well-attended event was a great way for design professionals to learn more about the exciting developments in our solutions portfolio,” comments Viscomi. “Great color control not only improves formulation, it also decreases wastage, and increases production and these were the key messages of this event.”

    He continued: “They were particularly interested in the latest news from Pantone, especially with regards to digital color standards. They were also keen to understand the capabilities offered by the new benchtop sphere spectrophotometer, Ci7800 that enables customers to achieve consistent color across the entire textile supply chain - from concept design through to final product.

    The next generation Ci7800 Benchtop Sphere Spectrophotometer includes new features that reduce errors and improve productivity throughout the textile manufacturing processes. The Ci7800 delivers excellent sample-to-sample color measurement, from raw materials all the way through to the delivery of a color-perfect product.

    Ayla Çuhadaroglu, Managing director of ODAK Kimya Ltd. Istanbul, added: “The vibrant Turkish textile industry is undergoing some key changes to adapt to market opportunities. Accurate color communication, from design to production, has never been more vital which is why color management is such a top priority for leading producers. Our customers appreciated the direct access to X-Rite’s knowledge and expertise and we look forward to supporting them as they implement measures to improve their production success.”

    X-Rite Pantone also highlighted its range of color measurement and management solutions for the textile industry, including:

    - Portable and Compact Spectrophotometers, including 45/0 spectrophotometers, that serve as a foundation for color control programs, making it easy and efficient for textile manufacturers or suppliers to understand, manage and control color at any stage of production.

    - Pocket-sized Spectrocolorimeter that can be used to compare colors.

    - Advanced Quality Control Software that reduces guesswork in evaluating color, reduces color formulation costs and allows verification, optimization and certification of performance of color measurement devices.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    15.05.2015   Ricoh Helps Lantia Tear Up Publishing Rulebook    ( Company news )

    Company news Lantia, the innovative print-on-demand (POD) publisher, digital distributor, bookstore marketing and author crowd-funding platform, is re-writing the rules of publishing supported by a broad portfolio of Ricoh print production solutions.

    With offices in Seville, Spain, and Houston, Texas (U.S.), the company, founded in 2013, now manages the catalogues of more than fifty publishers and self-publishers. It handles everything from cover design, layout and prepress to POD and e-distribution, and from sales reporting to royalty management.

    Central to its operational ethos is flexibility in book production. “It was essential for us to improve the book printing process and considerably shorten the time to market, regardless of the number of books,” states Lantia’s Enrique Parrilla, General Manager. He is also the founder of crowdfunding publishing platform Pentian to allow new authors to gain funding for their books, launched by Lantia.

    Originally Lantia intended to partner with a local book manufacturer for production of printed books. However, they could not find a partner who could offer the service they needed, so they decided to set up, from scratch, their own book production facility in-house. A full review of available options was undertaken before Ricoh became the partner of choice, explains Parrilla. “We looked at what manufacturers had to offer, but chose to invest with Ricoh for a number of reasons,” he says. “The quality of theirpost-sale service was crucial, as was the reliability of their systems. We also evaluated their professional services as well as the unique colour and mono quality of the final print.”

    Their first solution, a Ricoh Pro™ C5110S was installed when the company was established. This provided entry level colour cut sheet printing. However, as the business grew rapidly, a Ricoh Pro™ C751, offering greater colour productivity and two Ricoh Pro™ 8120s mono presses with EFI Fiery RIPs were added within eight months.

    Parrilla adds, “Ricoh also gave us professional training to help us determine how best to drive the systems in the most effective and productive way and improve the overall printing process.”

    This certainly paid off when the company was awarded the contract to produce two short-run print titles for Paulo Coelho. Coelho’s literary agency, Sant Jordi Asociados, approached Lantia with novellas The Supreme Gift and Like the Flowing River. These had previously been available only as Kindle downloads and, although successful, were not set for a global release.

    Mr. Parilla explains, “At short notice, we decided to produce a fully working online sales and management interface and a hard copy of the books. We worked over the weekend. On Monday, we added two versions of the sample book (The Supreme Gift) onto our system, and ordered the POD version. The copies were completed at our production centre in Seville, we collected them on Tuesday, and took a flight to Barcelona on Wednesday. The Ricoh systems enable us to offer truly profitable POD and give us the confidence that we can honour the most demanding service level agreements.”

    The Ricoh investment also supports Pentian, the initiative that enables authors to submit and bring work to market via Pentian.com’s crowdfunding site. Pricing levels are suggested at $10 for an e-book, for instance, or $25 for a hardcover copy, and the price might be higher for a signed hardcover. Readers and investors contribute to financially cover the costs of the project’s production and receive part of the profits from the sale of the book. The work is published in both paper and e-format.

    Mr. Parrilla says the crowdfunding platform enables a ‘disruptive’ financial connection between authors and readers. He adds that in thirty days, a book can be sold worldwide. And Pentian has signed a host of worldwide distribution partners, including Ingram, Amazon, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, Google, Apple and El Corte Inglés.

    The model is working. Since launching its beta test model six months ago, Pentian has captured more than 6% of the self-publishing market in Spain, and it is growing exponentially as the company expands in the United States.

    Mr. Parrilla concludes, “Thanks to our investments and approach to the market, Lantia can now deliver more books to more customers in less time. We are closer to publishers and are able to offer improved quality in a number of different formats. We are as flexible as we can be thanks to Ricoh’s production solutions and, in turn, so are our customers.”
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    15.05.2015   Weyerhaeuser Reports First Quarter Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) reported first quarter net earnings to common shareholders of $90 million, or 17 cents per diluted share, on net sales of $1.7 billion. This compares with net earnings of $183 million, or 31 cents per diluted share, on net sales from continuing operations of $1.7 billion for the same period last year.

    Excluding after-tax charges of $9 million for special items, the company reported net earnings of $99 million, or 19 cents per diluted share for the first quarter. This compares with net earnings from continuing operations before special items of $143 million for the same period last year and $145 million for fourth quarter 2014.

    “We are pleased with our first quarter performance in Timberlands and Wood Products, as operational excellence efforts resulted in higher earnings compared with the fourth quarter in both businesses despite weaker market conditions,” said Doyle Simons (photo), president and chief executive officer. “Our Cellulose Fibers business was challenged by a strengthening U.S. dollar, West Coast port disruptions, and a slower than expected restart of our largest fluff mill after a scheduled maintenance outage in the quarter. We repurchased over $250 million of common shares in the quarter, and have now completed 65 percent of our authorization. We look forward to an improving spring selling season and continue to expect measured growth in U.S. housing starts.”

    Timberlands
    1Q 2015 Performance — Cost efficiencies from operational excellence initiatives across the segment more than offset lower Western log realizations. In the South, seasonal decreases in fee harvest volumes were partially offset by seasonally lower silviculture expenses. Earnings from the disposition of nonstrategic timberlands increased by $14 million compared with fourth quarter 2014.

    2Q 2015 Outlook — Weyerhaeuser expects lower earnings from the Timberlands segment in the second quarter due to a decrease in realizations for Western logs and lower earnings from the disposition of nonstrategic timberlands.

    Wood Products
    1Q 2015 Performance — Manufacturing costs improved due to operational excellence initiatives across our system, and higher production volumes for engineered wood products. These improvements were partially offset by lower average sales realizations across all product lines.

    2Q 2015 Outlook — Weyerhaeuser expects significantly higher earnings from the Wood Products segment in the second quarter. The company anticipates seasonally higher sales volumes across all product lines and average sales realizations for lumber and oriented strand board comparable to the first quarter. The company also expects lower Western log costs and lower per unit manufacturing costs.

    Cellulose Fibers
    1Q 2015 Performance — Average pulp sales realizations and volumes decreased, and costs increased primarily due to a scheduled maintenance outage at our largest fluff mill. While the restart took longer than anticipated, the mill is now running well. The West Coast port disruptions resulted in an extensive production curtailment in our liquid packaging operation and higher transportation and warehousing costs throughout the segment.

    2Q 2015 Outlook — Weyerhaeuser expects lower earnings from the Cellulose Fibers segment in the second quarter. The company anticipates lower average pulp sales realizations. Costs will increase due to an extended pulp mill outage for scheduled maintenance and installation of energy-related capital improvements.
    (Weyerhaeuser Company)
     
    15.05.2015   PAPERLINX: SENIOR MANAGEMENT CHANGES    ( Company news )

    Company news PaperlinX Limited announced that, with immediate effect, Mr Joost Smallenbroek, who is based in the Netherlands will no longer hold the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Company.
    Due to the changes currently occurring in the PaperlinX business in the UK, the Benelux and across the European region, the CFO position is no longer required to be based in Continental Europe.
    Mr Andy Preece, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PaperlinX stated, “I would like to thank Joost for his efforts at PaperlinX.”
    The PaperlinX Board wishes to announce that Mr Wayne Johnston will assume the role of CFO effective May 1st. Mr Johnston joined PaperlinX in 2009. In this period Wayne has performed a number of senior finance roles and prior to this appointment was Deputy CFO and Executive General Manager Corporate Services. Prior to joining PaperlinX, he had a long career at Symbion Health Limited (formerly Mayne Group Limited) where he occupied a number of both commercial and corporate finance roles.
    Mr Preece commented on this appointment, “The Board are extremely pleased that Wayne has accepted the role of CFO and are looking forward to working closely with him”. The CFO role will be based in Melbourne.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
     
    15.05.2015   Jan Gramsma has started in his position as Market & Environment Director at FEFCO     ( Company news )

    Company news Jan was Managing Director of Kappa Packaging production sites in France and Belgium and also worked as a Sales Director for Kappa, being responsible for pan-European customers.
    Next to that, Jan held general management positions in both the offset printing - and the protective packaging industry in The Netherlands, Belgium, France & Germany. He lately worked on a retail project for the Dutch and Belgium Federations of Corrugated Board Manufacturers.
    “We are excited to have engaged a true retail and packaging expert to build on the existing FEFCO campaign and help our industry to promote Corrugated in an even more compelling way. I’d like to welcome Jan to FEFCO and wish him success in the challenging road ahead” says Jon Ernst, Chairman of the FEFCO Market & Environment Committee.
    For additional information, please contact:
    (FEFCO (European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers)
     
    15.05.2015   Be in touch with the Africa & MENA Markets    ( Company news )

    Company news Pack2Pack Expo 2015, The 4th International Leading Exhibition for Packing & Packaging Solutions Exhibition is the largest event of the Packaging industry and the perfect opportunity to drive sales, meet qualified buyers, and increase your networking power.

    Start making plans now to exhibit at Pack2Pack Expo 2015
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    Do you have your exhibit space?
    Get started today! The sooner you book your booth, the better location you can get!
    Over 500 exhibitors from more than 35 countries will present their latest ideas, innovate concepts and technological visions at equipment and machinery for packaging and processing, but also in production tools for packaging materials, materials themselves, and services for the entire industry.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    15.05.2015   European legislation opens up an opportunity for paper carrier bags    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Parliament has voted in favour of an amendment to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. This new legislation, which is designed to regulate plastic carrier bags less than 50 μm thick, opens up a great opportunity for paper carrier bags.

    The legislation gives national governments two ways to implement the regulation: they can either reduce consumption to 90 plastic carrier bags per citizen/year by 2019 and 40 bags/year by 2025 or introduce a mandatory charge for shoppers by 2018. Today, every EU citizen uses about 198 plastic carrier bags/year.

    The aim of this new legislation is to reduce plastic waste in our environment. Every year, more than 8 billion plastic bags end up as litter in Europe. Littering of plastic carrier bags leads to a widespread problem of rubbish in water bodies, threatening aquatic ecosystems worldwide. Furthermore, littering of plastic carrier bags is an inefficient use of resources since they are made from fossil raw materials.

    As an alternative, paper carrier bags have some exceptional environmental credentials that no other bag types have: they are natural, biodegradable and recyclable, come from an infinitely renewable resource and are produced in a sustainable manner. Paper carrier bags are strong, have excellent printability, can have either a glossy or a smooth surface and have very good stiffness to keep the packed goods safe.

    Paper carrier bag producers are now preparing for increased demand for their products when fossil-based plastic bags in supermarkets and other shops have to be replaced.
    (CEPI Eurokraft)
     
    13.05.2015   fipptec at Zellcheming-Expo 2015, Frankfurt am Main    ( Zellcheming-Expo 2015 )

    Zellcheming-Expo 2015 30.06. – 02.07.2015
    Stand 11.0-D25

    Visit us at Zellcheming-Expo in Frankfurt am Main
    (fipptec)


     
    13.05.2015   Sapphire Paper Mill is On the Rise    ( Company news )

    Company news With the excitement of our new paper machine in our Sapphire Paper Mill, we got a little bit emotional and started to reminisce about our grand opening of Sapphire Mill.

    To our delight we found an article from 2011 about the success of our parent reel production within the Sapphire Mill.

    “This is a very encouraging step in the recovery of the mill. Its reopening provided a major boost to the local economy and this increased capacity will allow for a wider customer base.” (Fife Today, 2011)

    In the article it mentions that due to Sapphire Paper Mills success we were increasing our shifts to a four shift system in 2011 creating new jobs in the local area, many of these staff are still with us now, providing more knowledge of our machine and quality of the our parent reels. This was the beginning of a very productive four years for Sapphire Mill.

    Now in 2015 with our investment in the Fourstones, Sapphire Paper Mill is to open our new Paper Machine PM4. We continue to hire locally and have already hired crews for our new Paper Machine, the staff are currently training on our current machine PM2. Our new staff are learning the operations, details and expectations of our customers.

    We are confident that more jobs will be created at Sapphire Paper Mill as well as Fourstones Paper Mill.
    (Fourstones Paper Mill Co Limited)
     
    13.05.2015   CANFOR PULP PRODUCTS INC. ANNOUNCES FIRST QUARTER 2015 RESULTS     ( Company news )

    Company news Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (“CPPI”) (TSX: CFX) reported net income of $28.0 million, or $0.40 per share, for the first quarter of 2015, compared to $20.7 million, or $0.29 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014 and $25.7 million, or $0.36 per share, for the first quarter of 2014

    Photo: Don Kayne, CPPI’s Chief Executive Officer

    After adjusting for items affecting comparability with the prior periods, the Company’s adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $33.3 million, or $0.47 per share, compared to an adjusted net income of $21.3 million, or $0.30 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2014. CPPI’s adjusted net income for the first quarter of 2014 was $26.7 million, or $0.37 per share.

    The Company reported operating income of $41.4 million for the first quarter of 2015, an increase of $13.4 million from $28.0 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2014.
    The improvement in operating income compared to the previous quarter principally reflected increased unit sales realizations for both the pulp and paper segments, driven by a significantly weaker Canadian dollar, which more than offset lower US dollar prices, and reduced pulp unit manufacturing costs primarily attributable to the impact of the scheduled maintenance outage in the pulp segment in the fourth quarter of 2014. The Company’s results for the current quarter also included the recently acquired Taylor Bleached Chemi-Thermo Mechanical Pulp (“BCTMP”) Mill, purchased from Canfor on January 30, 2015.

    Softwood pulp markets weakened somewhat in the first quarter of 2015, for the most part reflecting strong industry operating rates and increased inventory levels in the marketplace. Reflecting the global softwood pulp market conditions, average list prices for Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft (“NBSK”) pulp, as published by RISI, were down in all regions, with the North American average NBSK pulp list price declining US$30 per tonne, or 3%, to US$995 and the list price to China seeing a larger decline, down US$52 per tonne, or 7%. Despite this, the Company’s NBSK pulp sales realizations showed a modest increase from the prior quarter, largely as a result of the sharp deterioration of the Canadian dollar (down 9%) and increased shipment
    s to higher-margin regions in the current quarter.

    Pulp shipments increased 5% from the previous quarter, reflecting additional shipments from the recently acquired Taylor Pulp Mill. Total NBSK pulp shipments were down moderately quarter-over-quarter, with increased demand from North America more than offset by reduced shipments to Asia, in part reflecting the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year holiday. Pulp production levels were up 19%, reflecting both the contribution of the Taylor Pulp Mill as well as increased NBSK pulp production following the scheduled maintenance outage at the Northwood Pulp Mill in the previous quarter. Pulp unit manufacturing costs in the first quarter of 2015 were down moderately compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, principally attributable to the maintenance outage in the previous quarter.

    The Company’s paper segment results were up slightly from the previous quarter, with improved unit sales realizations, resulting principally from the weaker Canadian dollar, partially offset by lower shipments and marginally higher unit manufacturing costs, the latter reflecting market-driven increases in slush pulp costs. Paper production was in line with the previous quarter Commenting on the first quarter’s results, CPPI’s Chief Executive Officer, Don Kayne, acknowledged the sharp decline in the Canadian dollar was a significant contributor to the Company’s improved results and in regards to operations, said, “It was encouraging to see solid improvement in our production performance through the quarter.” Kayne added that the Company’s Intercontinental Pulp Mill turbine upgrade was completed on-time and on-budget at the
    end of March, and that the facility is now selling power externally under an Electricity Purchase Agreement. “This represents another major milestone for our growing energy business,” said Kayne.

    As previously mentioned, on January 30, 2015, CPPI completed the purchase of the Taylor Pulp Mill from Canfor for cash consideration of $12.6 million, including final working capital. In addition to the cash consideration paid on the acquisition date, CPPI may also pay contingent consideration to Canfor over a 3 year period, starting January 31, 2015, based on the Taylor Pulp Mill’s annual adjusted operating income before amortization.
    NBSK pulp markets are projected to stabilize somewhat during the industry’s annual spring maintenance period in the second quarter of 2015. For the months of April and May 2015, the Company announced NBSK pulp list prices of US$980 per tonne in North America, unchanged from March 2015, and list price increases to China of US$10 per tonne for the month of April 2015, and a further US$20 per tonne for May 2015.
    On April 28, 2015, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.0625 per share, payable on May 19, 2015, to the shareholders of record on May 11, 2015.
    (Canfor Pulp Limited)
     
    13.05.2015   Esko Kongsberg celebrates 50 years of innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Bright future ahead for digital finishing specialist

    Esko (www.esko.com) is proud to announce the 50th anniversary of Esko Kongsberg, a milestone celebration for the company. Today, Esko Kongsberg is a world-leading manufacturer of digital finishing systems with many thousands of installations around the globe. Durability, reliability and precision have always been key values throughout its history. “Over the course of fifty years, we have accumulated strong skills, great know-how and excellent technology. This has enabled us to evolve from a manufacturer of drafting tables into a leading supplier of digital finishing systems,” says Emil Skarra, Managing Director Norway at Esko.

    “Digital finishing is a vital part of Esko’s strategy, and Esko Kongsberg is key to our future success and that of our customers,” adds Udo Panenka, President of Esko. “Fifty years of constant innovation have provided us with a strong reputation and foundation. We have excellent technology and skills to help our customers take full advantage of the opportunities digital finishing offers in mainly the signage, display and packaging markets.”

    Strong portfolio built on 50 years of innovation
    In the early years, Kongsberg manufactured the first drafting tables used to produce test-parts and verify cutting programs for ship building. Soon the portfolio expanded to include equipment to engrave print clichés for map printing and then full-size designs for cars and trucks. In the 1980’s, the traditional Kongsberg drafting tables were used in both the sign and packaging markets. In the following years, the company changed owners through a series of acquisitions as it became part of well-known graphic arts companies: first Artios, followed by Barco which transformed in what is today known as Esko. “Our future as a market leader was sealed by the acquisition of the company in 2002 by Esko. Not only could we provide total solutions, but we could also rely on the strength of a global sales force and service network to take us into new markets and seize new opportunities,” Skarra comments. In 2011, Esko – including its Kongsberg operation – was acquired by Danaher, setting the stage for even more innovation in the future.

    Today, Esko Kongsberg serves three primary markets: packaging, displays and signage. “We aim to make production as easy, efficient and productive as possible for our customers – starting at the early stages of structural design, right up through the finished product,” adds Tom Erik Naess, Esko’s Product Manager CAM. The current Kongsberg product portfolio ranges from the XE-series of small format table featuring accuracy and speed, to the XN-series for more versatility and robustness and the XP-series for productivity. Last additions to the Kongsberg family are the V-Series of tables for entry-level sign and sample making, and C-series for (very) wide format productivity.

    A bright future ahead
    The future of Esko Kongsberg looks bright, not in the least with the digital printing market continuing to flourish. “We increasingly see our digital finishing equipment being used for true production of finished products instead of just prototyping or sample making,” Panenka adds. “As a result, we are directing much of our research and development effort toward increasing productivity and industrialization with more automation, tighter linkage to software solutions, more industrial infrastructure (such as material handling) and integration with other machinery.”

    “This year, we also started renovating our Kongsberg site and developing an Innovation Center to enable lean product development methodologies and processes driven by DBS (Danaher Business Systems). These will ensure customer-driven product design delivering the highest quality and performance by targeting the specific needs of our customers. For example, our new prototype center will allow us to utilize benchmark product development processes and methodologies as well as deliver rapid prototyping and enhanced testing,” concludes Panenka. “These are exciting times for the company and for our customers, and we are confidently looking forward to the next 50 years of Kongsberg innovation!”

    Esko will be celebrating Kongsberg’s 50th anniversary at FESPA 2015, taking place in Köln (Germany) this year from May 18 to 22. Visitors to the show are invited to the Esko stand R50 in Hall 6 and join the company in celebrating this milestone festivity.
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    13.05.2015   Fibria and Klabin sign agreement to supply eucalyptus pulp to the global market    ( Company news )

    Company news Fibria and Klabin announce that they have approved the signing of an agreement for the supply of eucalyptus pulp (hardwood) that will be produced at the new Klabin plant under construction in Ortigueira, Paraná (Puma Project). With production capacity of 1.5 million tons, which include 1.1 million tons of hardwood pulp, the plant’s operational startup is expected in 2016.

    The agreement between the Companies establishes a firm commitment for acquisition by Fibria or its subsidiaries of a minimum of 900,000 tons per year of hardwood pulp, for exclusive sale by Fibria or its subsidiaries in countries outside South America. The additional volume produced by the new plant will be sold by Klabin directly as follows: hardwood pulp in Brazil and South America, and softwood pulp and fluff in the global market.

    “The agreement between Fibria and Klabin reflects the innovative vision of both companies and creates a new benchmark in the market. This is a positive initiative for both parties, which combines logistical efficiency, strategic complementarities, synergies and the creation of shared value,” says Marcelo Castelli, the CEO of Fibria.

    “Puma Project is Klabin’s biggest investment in its 116-year history and marks the company’s return to the pulp trading market. Combining Klabin’s renowned forestry and industrial competency with Fibria’s commercial experience in this market, in a pioneering agreement in the global pulp industry, will result in an operation that benefits both companies,” points out Fabio Schvartsman, the CEO of Klabin.

    The agreement term is six (6) years, four (4) of which at a minimum volume of 900,000 tons and two (2) years of a gradual reduction of volume (phase out). The volumes for the fifth and sixth years shall be equivalent to 75% and 50%, respectively, of the volume delivered in the fourth year of the agreement. The sales volume envisaged in the agreement may be reduced at any time, through prior notification, by up to 250,000 tons for a possible future integration into Klabin’s packaging paper. The agreement may also be renewed by mutual agreement. The selling price will be based on the average net price charged by Fibria, FOB (Free on Board) at the Port of Paranaguá in Paraná.
    (Fibria Celulose S/A)
     
    13.05.2015   West Linn Paper Company to Receive Grant to Help Reduce Diesel Emissions in Portland     ( Company news )

    Company news Replacing older equipment with clean diesel projects will reduce localized air pollution in the Portland metro transit corridor

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a $1.5 million Diesel Emission Reduction Act grant to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) that ultimately will remove tons of air pollution from diesel-fueled activities at and near the Port of Portland. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy visited Portland to announce the grant at an event at Northwest Container Services with Oregon DEQ Administrator Dick Pedersen. Amongst other projects, the EPA-funded grant will assist local companies in replacing 23 heavy-duty short-haul diesel trucks, traveling more than 1.3 million miles in the Portland metro area each year.

    West Linn Paper Company will play a significant role in the project as the future owner of at least twelve of the new trucks. The company will take older, less efficient equipment out of use and replace it with new vehicles with improved energy efficiency and more effective filters to remove emissions. The positive impact to the environment will be significant – West Linn Paper anticipates that the project will result in a 20% improvement in fuel economy, and filters capable of removing as much as 90% of the tailpipe emissions.

    “We know this investment will not only improve air quality in Portland, but will also improve people’s health and quality of life,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy in EPA’s news release announcing the grant. “Every dollar we invest in clean diesel generates between $7 and $18 in public health benefits. By promoting clean diesel technologies, we can help save lives locally and play a leadership role on climate change globally.”

    “West Linn Paper is pleased to be a part of this program,” commented Brian Konen, West Linn Paper COO. “The contribution from these projects will be significant and felt on several different levels, from the local health and environmental improvements to the financial benefits of having more fuel efficient equipment.” West Linn Paper has begun negotiating with equipment suppliers and hopes to have the first of the new fleet on the road by the end of the year.
    (West Linn Paper Co)
     
    13.05.2015   LIGNA 2015 - Daily Tips: Wednesday–Friday    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 - Mi-Fr 10:00–15:30 Wood Industry Summit: Focus on China (Wednesday), Russia (Thursday), Brazil (Friday), Hall 13, Stand E02

    - Mi-Fr 9:00–18:00 postmortale: trade fair for the funeral industry, Hall 18

    - Mi 10:00–12:30 Two different tours about networked production in the furniture industry, 2nd tour 14:00‒16:30; Start: Robotation Academy

    - Do 9:00–18:00 11th Lower Saxony Forwarder Championship and 1st Women’s Forwarder Cup, Open-air site, J11 (award ceremony at 16:30)

    - Do 13:00–17:30 5th LIGNACup from STIHL® TIMBERSPORTS® SERIES (award ceremony at 17:00), Open-air site, southern Pavilion 32

    - Fr 9:30–10:30 LIGNA tree planting “Tree of the year: the common maple”, Open-air site, between earth mound and P36 (eastern Hall 26)

    - Fr 11:00–12:00 LIGNA 2015 closing press conference, Convention Center, Room 15/16

    - Fr 14:00–14:30 Award ceremony for the competition “Die Gute Form” (Form and Function) with excellent works from carpenters and cabinetmakers, Hall 11, Stand D77

    - The RFID factory in the furniture industry, Hall 17, Stand D60

    - Wood Crafts Meeting from TischlerSchreiner Deutschland, Hall 11, Stand D77

    - “Research and Training” as THE Meeting Place for Schools and Vocational Academies in the Forestry and Wood Industries, Hall 14/15

    - LIGNA CAMPUS informs about the wood crafts and woodworking industry, Hall 14/15, Stand C56

    - Wood and wood-aluminum window demonstration, Group exhibit ProHolzfenster, Hall 15, Stand A14

    - Marketplace Fibers in Process@LIGNA, interface between wood and paper/wood pulp, Hall 13, Stand D10

    - KWF company pavilion for forest technology, Pavilion P33 and open-air site Expo Roof

    - KWF trend pavilion with new topics from forest technology, small devices, biomass storage and log harvesters, Pavilion P34

    - NRW – Making more out of wood presents sawmill products as well as products and services for innovative wood construction, Pavilion P35

    - From Tree to Fuel / Technical Procedures of Fuel Preparation and Use, Open-air site, Stand L05/9 Meeting point “Brennholzlinie” (wood fuel production chain)

    - The Lower Saxony Pavilion presents the latest results of the federal forest inventory, Pavilion P32
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    13.05.2015   International Pulp & Paper Week - Bioeconomy Innovation Forum supported by World class R&D    ( Company news )

    Company news Bioeconomy Innovation Forum is pleased to announce that the two leading R&D centers in the forest industry, Innventia and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, have joined the event as conference partners. Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will be organized at Stockholmsmässan May 24-26th 2016, in connection to the leading event for the pulp and paper industry, International Pulp & Paper Week.

    Innventia and VTT will be part of a conference committee together with the organizers of the event. The committee will select the most interesting and suitable speakers for the selected focus areas. The conference will be organized in direct connection to the event area but in separate conference facilities in order to secure the quality of the conference. Company and product presentations will be concentrated to another stage in the exhibition area in order to make a clear difference between the official conference program and direct product presentations.

    Bioeconomy Innovation Forum
    The new event is designed by the exhibitors and visitors in order to match the needs of the rapidly changing forest industry. The forum will focus on innovations and new products within Nanocellulose, Bioplatsics and Biocomposites, Textile fibres, Biofuels, Carbon fibres from lignin, Consumer packaging, Biochemicals and Constructions.
    The event will work as a co-operation platform between the forest industry and other industries interested in biobased solutions. The exhibitors are representing companies active in biobased industries while the visitors are coming from different manufacturing industries interested in biobased solutions.

    International Pulp & Paper Week
    The most important event for the pulp and paper industry that will continue the traditions of exhibitions in Stockholm since 1968. The last event was attended by 9064 visitors and 650 exhibiting companies.
    Running as two parallel events in the same exhibition hall, the two events cover the entire forest industry. The new event will be designed in order to highlight networking between different industry groups. In order to optimize the networking, the participants will be presented in networking islands and mini stands. Other features will be matchmaking, social events and company visits.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    12.05.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with steel Yankee for LLC Pulp Invest, Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed the start-up of the PrimeLineCOMPACT II tissue machine with steel Yankee supplied to LLC Pulp Invest, Kazan, Russia.

    The machine has a design speed of 1,700 m/min and a width of 2.8 m. The Yankee, manufactured entirely of steel, has a diameter of 3.6 m.

    ANDRITZ supplied the full turnkey package, comprising a new PrimeLineCOMPACT II tissue machine with steel Yankee as well as the complete stock preparation plant, pumps, automation, and electrification.

    “We are very pleased that we have been able to complete this important project for LLC Pulp Invest and the Russian pulp and paper industry thanks to ANDRITZ technologies. The very good cooperation between our company and ANDRITZ made it a success. ANDRITZ was quick to respond to our needs and had a solution for any challenge,” says Yury Nuzhin, General Director of LLC Pulp Invest.

    With this turnkey supply, ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is further strengthening its market position as a leading global supplier of plants and key components for tissue production.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    12.05.2015   Constantia Flexibles achieves record year in 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Constantia Flexibles again reports increased sales and earnings / Global growth strategy will continue under new owners

    Constantia Flexibles, a world leader in flexible packaging and labels, successfully pursued its growth strategy in the 2014 financial year, with a continued rise in sales and earnings.
    Sales in 2014 increased by 4.8% compared to the previous year to €1,7 billion. Sales adjusted for the effects from exchange rate fluctuations grew by 6% compared to the previous year.
    Operating profit before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was €255.5 million before special items, an increase of 9.2% compared to the previous year. As a result, EBITDA margin was 14.9%.
    Operating profit improved due to the increase in sales as well as targeted cost reduction projects and productivity improvements.
    The Wendel Group, one of Europe’s leading listed investment companies, became the new majority owner of Constantia Flexibles in March 2015 with a shareholding of 73%. As a long-term investor, Wendel will be actively supporting the company’s growth strategy and its ongoing development in the future. The H. Turnauer Foundation continues to hold a significant stake in the company, with 27% percent.
    Thomas Unger, Chief Executive Officer Constantia Flexibles, stated “We have once again managed to increase both our sales and our operating profit, and have made a very promising start to 2015. With the Wendel Group as its new owner, Constantia Flexibles will continue with its growth strategy of recent years.”

    Food
    The second half of the year brought pleasing growth that more than compensated for the consumer restraint at the beginning of the year caused by regulatory and political influences. Despite the difficult market environment in Western Europe, growth in the region held steady at the market level of 1.5%. Above all, packaging for ready-made meals, confectionary, snacks, and coffee capsule systems contributed to above-average growth in sales. Constantia Flexibles experienced a slight decline in sales in Eastern Europe due to the unstable political situation. On the other hand, a 6.4% increase in exports to regions such as Africa, Australia, Asia, and Oceania contributed to the company’s growth.
    Divisional sales grew by 0.7% year on year to €1 billion. EBITDA rose by 6.1% to €150.8 million, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 14.6%. The year-on-year increase in the margin was achieved through productivity improvements, cost reduction programs, and the realization of synergy effects, as well as higher volumes.

    Pharma
    The Pharma Division also proved to be stable in 2014 and was able to increase its profit. Given the worldwide growth in product piracy, the focus during the past financial year was not only on consistent growth in our traditional products, but also primarily on solutions for products with anti-counterfeiting features, as well as new and innovative solutions for drug dosage forms.
    We also improved our market position in contact lens packaging. Our main growth markets were Africa and the Asia-Pacific region. We were able to achieve growth in Western Europe with niche products, and expanded our share in blister packaging as well as home and personal care products in Eastern Europe.
    Divisional sales declined slightly by 1% to €272.9 million. EBITDA rose by 5.9% to €46.9 million, however, with an improved EBITDA margin of 17.2%. Important factors contributing to the improved margin were optimization of the product portfolio, with a greater focus on products with higher value added, reduction of fixed costs, and efficiency gains in production.

    Labels
    Sales in the Labels Division increased in Europe, North America, and Middle East and Africa during 2014, particularly due to a significantly increased sales volume for self-adhesive labels in almost all regions. In North America, new product developments such as a recyclable self-adhesive label countered the generally restrained growth in the beer market.
    Growth in Europe is being driven largely by the very positive trend for in-mould and self-adhesive labels, while paper labels have been declining. Business in Africa grew at a very welcome pace in 2014, with new projects generating additional sales in in-mould and aluminum labels.
    Sales in this division increased by 17.5% to €481.4 million. EBITDA rose by 27.1% to €87.5 million, corresponding to an EBITDA margin of 18.2%.

    Outlook for 2015
    The past financial year forms a solid basis for continued growth in the coming years. The focus for 2015 will be on global growth and innovations. Expanding our presence in the various regions and enhancing our product portfolio are essential components of this strategy. The company will consistently continue its acquisition policy, with a focus on global growth markets.
    We foresee above-average growth in the coming years, primarily in emerging markets, in the direction of polymer applications for Food and Labels. Constantia Flexibles already prepared for this trend in 2013. As a result, we can now offer a broad portfolio of products and services to our customers worldwide.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
     
    12.05.2015   European paper industry welcomes Valmet as a new partner     ( Company news )

    Company news The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) is happy to announce a new partnership with Valmet. CEPI and Valmet have already collaborated in the past, notably on the European Paper Week. The new status will deepen an established good relationship, to include areas of common interest.

    More specifically, Valmet will gain a clear and in-depth insight of the issues the pulp and paper industry is facing, with the opportunity to be part of CEPI’s activities with its stakeholders. CEPI will gain knowledge and expertise, building on its ever-strong eco-system around industry suppliers with the ultimate goal of strenghtening its innovation agenda. “Valmet and CEPI have a lot to gain from this partnership. It is a priviledge to collaborate with such a highly-valued industry supplier and we are very excited to see where this partnership will lead us”, says Marco Mensink, CEPI’s Director General.

    Valmet Corporation is the leading global developer and supplier of technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. Valmet’s services cover everything from maintenance outsourcing to mill and plant improvements and spare parts. Their strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bio-energy production.
    (Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI))
     
    12.05.2015   AR Packaging acquisition of European MWV operations completed    ( Company news )

    Company news AR Packaging announces completion of the acquisition of European Tobacco and general packaging operations from MWV

    ÅR Packaging Group AB is pleased to announce the closing of the previously announced acquisition of the European tobacco, chocolate confectionery and general packaging operations from MeadWestvaco Corporation. The transaction has been successfully completed and the business will be consolidated as from May 1st, 2015.

    Photo: Harald Schulz, CEO of AR Packaging

    The acquired operation includes three plants in Graz, Austria, Krakow, Poland, and Moscow, Russia, and certain additional carton business and related machinery in Svitavy, Czech Republic. AR Packaging will operate the acquired business under the A&R Carton brand.

    “We are happy to finalise this strategic move for AR Packaging where we establish an even stronger position as one of the leaders in the tobacco segment while enhancing the strategic position of key accounts in the confectionery and consumer goods segments. We elevate AR Packaging to a top three position in the European folding carton market with a total group net revenue of approximately 550 million EUR” says Harald Schulz, CEO of AR Packaging. “I look very much forward to integrating the newly acquired operations. This is an important milestone in realizing our growth strategy in selected market segments.”
    (ÅR Packaging Group AB)
     
    12.05.2015   LIGNA 2015 - Daily Tips for Tuesday, 12 May 2015    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 - 10:00–16:00 Various lecture events with focal point Ukraine/eastern Europe at the Wood Industry Summit, Hall 13, Stand E02

    - 13:45–15:15 Holzbau Deutschland reception with “Zimmererklatsch” and exhibition opening Hall 15, Stand F28

    - 14:00–14:30 Podium discussion “Networked Production in the Furniture Industry” Robotation Academy, Pavilion P36

    - 14:00–16:00 Two different guided tours about networked production in the furniture industry, Start: Hall 26, Stand C29

    - 16:10–17:50 Award ceremony, German Wood Construction Prize 2015 and German Wood Construction sponsorship prize/student competition, Hall 13, Stand E02, Wood Industry Summit

    - 18:00–22:00 LIGNA Media Night, “House of Nations”, Hannover Exhibition Center (entrance with invitation)

    All-Day Events, Special Shows, Forums, Seminars:

    - The RFID factory in the furniture industry, Hall 17, Stand D60

    - Wood crafts meeting from TischlerSchreiner Deutschland, Hall 11, Stand D77

    - National Competition “Die Gute Form” (Form and Function) with excellent works from carpenters and cabinetmakers, Hall 11, Stand D77

    - “Research and Training” as THE meeting place for schools and vocational academies in the forestry and wood industries, Hall 14/15

    - LIGNA CAMPUS informs about the wood crafts and woodworking industry, Hall 14/Hall 15, Stand C56

    - Wood and wood-aluminum window demonstration, Group exhibit ProHolzfenster, Hall 15, Stand A14

    - Marketplace Fibers in Process@LIGNA, interface between wood and paper/wood pulp, Hall 13, Stand D10

    - KWF company pavilion for forest technology, Pavilion P33 and open-air site Expo Roof

    - KWF trend pavilion with new topics from forest technology, small devices, biomass storage and log harvesters, Pavilion P34

    - NRW – Making more out of wood presents sawmill products as well as products and services for innovative wood construction, Pavilion P35

    - From Tree to Fuel / Technical Procedures of Fuel Preparation and Use Open-air site, Stand L05/9 Meeting point “Brennholzlinie” (wood fuel production chain)

    - The Lower Saxony Pavilion presents the latest results of the federal forest inventory, Pavilion P32
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    12.05.2015   Vacon helps solve water and food shortages with solar-powered pumps, compressors and fans     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon will introduce its VACON® 20 X (photo) and VACON® 100 X AC drives, specifically designed for solar-powered applications, in the SPS IPC DRIVES ITALIA 2015 fair to be held in Parma, Italy, on 12-14 May 2015. These Vacon AC drives can be used with solar panels in environments where electricity supplies are scarce or unreliable.

    The VACON 20 X and VACON 100 X AC drives play an important part in providing electricity from photovoltaic solar panels to the motors running various processes which make the standard of living better. Some of the typical applications include, for instance, water pumps which provide clean water for drinking and cooking or for irrigation; compressors used for refrigeration of food and dairy products as well as other applications including fans for ventilation and air conditioning.

    The main geographical areas where Vacon's solar-power technology can make a difference include Africa, Middle East, South East Asia, Australia, and the Americas.

    "Vacon AC drives are able to utilize the maximum available energy from the photovoltaic solar panels in all situations. The drives start to control the speed of the motors in the pumps, compressors or fans as soon as the sun starts to shine in the morning, and continue to do so until the sun sets in the evening. We are proud to be helping solve the major global issues of water and food shortages," explains Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations at Vacon.

    Photovoltaic solar panels absorb sunlight and convert it into electricity which can be used to power electrical devices. Once installed, the system has very low maintenance costs and the solar power is basically available for free.

    In addition, solar-powered applications can be used to replace several other solutions that are more expensive, environmentally hazardous or logistically challenging. For example, diesel-driven pumps require fuel to be transported over a certain distance which itself consumes energy. Combustion engines are not that efficient, they require regular maintenance, and used oil and oil filters create hazardous waste.

    Vacon's solar-power technology using VACON 20 X and VACON 100 X AC drives is available up to 30 kW. If more power is needed, for example for deeper wells, solar-powered applications are also available with the VACON® NXP/NXI drives in a power range up to 5 MW.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    12.05.2015   Invitation for MIAC 2015 14.-16.10.2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Runtech Systems team invites you to visit us at International Exhibition of Paper Industry in Lucca, Italy 14.-16.10.2015. You´ll find us at stand B8.

    Visiting MIAC means obtaining a full overview of the Runtech´s technology and equipment available to the paper industry.

    - ProfivaneTM Carbon Composite Headbox Sheets: excellent dimensional stability and surface quality without steps

    - Capacity controlled Runtech EP TurboTM system: saves energy and eliminates water consumption in vacuum system

    - EcoflowTM : online dewatering measurement for suction rolls and uhle boxes

    See you at MIAC stand B8!
    (Runtech Systems Ltd)

     
    11.05.2015   Sofidel enhances its commitment to the environment by broadening its agreement with WWF ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...under the Climate Savers international programme

    New targets for 2020 defined with WWF. In addition to reducing specific direct emissions, the Group identified also objectives concerning indirect emissions, increased use of renewable energies and new awareness activities

    Sofidel Group enhances its commitment to the environment by broadening its agreement with WWF under the Climate Savers international programme, based on the voluntary definition of substantial reduction plans for carbon dioxide emissions through the implementation of innovative strategies and technologies.
    The only Italian company and still the only tissue paper company in the world (paper for hygiene and household purposes) to join the programme, between 2008 and 2012 Sofidel already succeeded in lowering its absolute emissions by 11.1% (186 thousand tonnes of CO2: more or less the equivalent of the amount produced in Italy by 150,000 four-person families per year for electrical consumption), investing more than 25 million Euros.
    Over the same years, also thanks to new acquisitions in Europe and America, the Group's production capacity has increased by more than 45%.
    Sofidel and WWF continue their joint effort concerning climate and energy and, in view of the important changes that the company has undergone since the partnership began in 2008, they are defining and broadening new reduction objectives, updating them to the new size of the company.

    Emissions reduction
    By the end of 2020 Sofidel is committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions for each tonne of paper produced by 23% compared with 2009 level – which has been selected as the base year for the initiative. In terms of comparison, this means avoiding the emission of approximately 900,000 tonnes of CO2, equivalent to the emissions of a fleet of 10,000 HGVs travelling 10,000 km per year for 10 years. This reduction objective will be achieved through an investment plan aimed at increasing the energy efficiency of the processes, the combined production of electrical energy and steam energy and the use of renewable energies. Among the most recent operational investments, or the ones that are currently being brought to completion: a biomass plant installed in France and three cogeneration plants, one of which is already operational in the United States and two about to be installed in Italy. Over coming years, ISO 50001 energy certification will also be implemented in all facilities.

    Other indirect emissions
    Sofidel has not limited itself to analyse the greenhouse gas emissions generated by its activities, but it has also identified opportunities to reduce emissions released by third parties that operate along its value chain: by the end of 2020, the greenhouse gas emissions deriving from the activities of suppliers, packaging, and transport of raw materials and final products, will be reduced by 13% for each tonne of paper produced, in comparison to the figures of 2010. The objective will be achieved by involving the main suppliers and performing a close analysis of the emissions associated to materials and services that will be replaced or improved in the future.

    Renewable sources
    In view of this investment plan, by the end of 2020, it is estimated that 8% of the amount of fuels consumed annually will be covered by renewable sources, an important figure for a company working in such a high energy-consuming sector as the paper industry.

    All-round commitment
    A commitment that covers all bases, therefore, in observance of the continuous pursuit for improvement, by constantly monitoring technological evolutions and increasingly involving suppliers and customers for a joint action against climate changes.
    "For Sofidel, relaunching our commitment with the WWF through the Climate Savers programme is an important instrument to further improve our environmental performance." - declares Luigi Lazzareschi, Sofidel CEO - “It is our way to implement the idea of extended company accountability that obliges us to not only develop the quality of our products but also raise the standards of our production and distribution processes, with the aim of limiting environmental impact and acting as promoters of change”.
    "For 8 years WWF and Sofidel have been working together on strategic issues for the paper sector, to improve the policies of impact on the climate and forest resources, and encourage the implementation of sustainable practices." - declares Gianfranco Bologna, Scientific Director of the WWF - “The objective is to show how environmental sustainability and innovation and opportunity for development and competitivity can go hand in hand, when guided by a vision for the future of the planet that differs from the current scenario. The continuation of the collaboration, which entails positive exchanges of know-how and expertise, offers us the possibility of implementing new actions to reduce the impact on the environment, create awareness and involve the production chain. This has special relevance in this crucial year of commitments that the international community will be taking on, in occasion of the 21st Meeting of the Parties which will be held in Paris next December. This programme greatly involves both Sofidel and WWF, who are aware that good practices can be promoted and shared within the entire sector".
    (Sofidel S.p.A)
     
    11.05.2015   Clearwater Paper Reports First Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) reported financial results for the first quarter of 2015.

    The company reported net sales of $434.0 million for the first quarter of 2015, down 10.5% compared to net sales of $484.9 million for the first quarter of 2014 primarily due to the sale of the company's specialty mills in December 2014. Net earnings determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, for the first quarter of 2015 were $5.8 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared to $6.2 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014. The 2015 first quarter GAAP net earnings included $0.3 million of after-tax benefit associated with the mark-to-market impact of directors' equity-based compensation, $0.4 million of after-tax expense associated with the closure of the company's Long Island, New York, converting and distribution facility, and $1.2 million of after tax non-recurring costs associated with a new labor agreement. Excluding special items, first quarter 2015 adjusted net earnings were $6.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, compared to first quarter 2014 adjusted net earnings of $13.9 million, or $0.66 per diluted share.

    Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, was $36.2 million for the first quarter of 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $37.9 million, down 30.7% compared to first quarter 2014 Adjusted EBITDA of $54.7 million. The decrease in EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA was due primarily to scheduled major maintenance at the company's Lewiston, Idaho, pulp and paperboard facility, lower paperboard shipment volume due to the labor slowdowns at the West Coast shipping ports, and the sale of the company's specialty mills, which were partially offset by improved pricing for paperboard and higher sales of through-air-dried, or TAD products.

    "Clearwater Paper delivered solid results that were in line with the updated outlook for the first quarter of 2015," said president and chief executive officer Linda Massman. "We saw an increase in paperboard volumes off of seasonal levels and improvement to the cost structure of our Consumer Products business as a result of the supply chain optimization work that we started in 2014. Overall, we are starting to see positive results in our businesses with the increased focus on bringing efficiencies to every part of our operation."

    Under the $100 million stock repurchase program, authorized in December 2014, the company repurchased 599,495 shares of common stock at an average price of $61.97 per share during the first quarter of 2015.

    FIRST QUARTER 2015 SEGMENT PERFORMANCE
    Consumer Products
    Net sales in the Consumer Products segment were $235.2 million for the first quarter of 2015, down 17.9% from first quarter 2014 net sales of $286.5 million. This decrease was due to the sale of the specialty mills.
    On a GAAP basis, the segment had operating income of $12.4 million, compared to an operating loss of $0.5 million in the prior year period. Adjusted operating income of $13.6 million for the first quarter of 2015, was up $4.9 million from $8.7 million for the same period in 2014, after adjusting for $0.6 million and $9.2 million of costs related to the facility closures in the first quarters of 2015 and 2014, respectively. In the first quarter of 2015 we also recognized $0.8 million in non-recurring costs associated with a new labor agreement. The higher results were driven primarily by increased sales of TAD products, reduced energy costs, lower pricing for external pulp, and reduced operating supplies and expenses, partially offset by the absence of operating income from the company's former specialty mills.
    -Total tissue sales volumes of 92,209 tons in the first quarter of 2015 were down 27.8% and converted product cases shipped were 13.0 million, down 3.1%, each compared to the first quarter of 2014, largely due to the sale of the specialty mills.
    -Average tissue net selling prices increased 13.7% to $2,546 per ton in the first quarter of 2015, compared to the first quarter of 2014, due to improved product mix after the sale of the specialty mills and higher sales of TAD products.

    Pulp and Paperboard
    Net sales in the Pulp and Paperboard segment were $198.9 million for the first quarter of 2015, up slightly compared to first quarter 2014 net sales of $198.4 million. The slight increase was due to an increase in prices that mostly offset lower shipment volumes. Adjusted operating income for the quarter decreased $19.7 million to $17.1 million, after adjusting for non-recurring costs of $0.9 million associated with a new labor agreement, compared to $36.8 million for the first quarter of 2014, primarily due to approximately $15 million of scheduled major maintenance at a pulp and paperboard facility, higher fiber costs due to wet weather in the Southeast and reduced operating schedules at northwest lumber mills, partially offset by lower energy costs due to less severe winter weather in both Idaho and Arkansas.
    -Paperboard sales volumes decreased 4.5% to 191,635 tons in the first quarter of 2015, compared to 200,665 tons in the first quarter of 2014 partially due to labor slowdowns at West Coast shipping ports.
    -Paperboard net selling prices increased 4.4% to $1,031 per ton compared to the first quarter of 2014 as a result of price increases implemented during the year and improved mix.

    Taxes
    The company's GAAP tax rate for the first quarter of 2015 was a provision of 22.8% compared to 36.4% in the first quarter of 2014. The fluctuation in the tax rate for the first quarter of 2015 was a result of the release of uncertain tax positions of approximately $1 million relating to statute of limitation expirations on certain federal tax credits. On an adjusted basis, the first quarter 2015 tax rate was 24.3%. The company expects its annual GAAP and adjusted tax rates to be approximately 36% for 2015.

    Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
    In this press release, the company presents certain non-GAAP financial information for the first quarters of 2015 and 2014, including EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net earnings, adjusted net earnings per diluted share, and adjusted operating income. Because these amounts are not in accordance with GAAP, reconciliations to net earnings (loss) and net earnings (loss) per diluted share as determined in accordance with GAAP are included at the end of this press release. The company presents these non-GAAP amounts because management believes they assist investors and analysts in comparing the company's performance across reporting periods on a consistent basis by excluding items that the company does not believe are indicative of its core operating performance.
    (Clearwater Paper Corporation)
     
    11.05.2015   SUN Automation Group Passes Triple Test with EMEA AccuPrint Installations    ( Company news )

    Company news With its recent official product launch, global corrugated industry leader SUN Automation Group® is celebrating new European installations of the innovative AccuPrint® chambered ink system, which meets three key commercial requirements for the corrugated industry: significantly improved print quality, increased sustainability and reduced plant costs.

    SUN Automation, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, has reinvented the chamber doctor blade system. Incorporated in the new design is a wider throat to give a larger ‘ink wetting area’ than comparable systems, ensuring that print quality is maintained even at high speeds. Relative to conventional flexographic printing systems, AccuPrint can achieve up to 85% savings on recovered ink prior to colour changeover, alongside a 50% reduction in set-up time. The system also utilises efficient PLC controlled Electric Peristaltic Pumps which are considerably more cost-effective in operation than pneumatic.

    European corrugated box makers are under ever-increasing pressure to prove their sustainability credentials and meet regulatory requirements on reducing waste – and SUN Automation is doing everything it can to assist the cause. AccuPrint reduces the water required for wash-up by up to 50 per cent, bringing multiple benefits of lower utility bills, reduced waste and saving resources. In addition, downtime is reduced through clever design features such as tool-less blade and end seal change, resulting in quicker and easier maintenance.

    AccuPrint is just one component in SUN Automation’s approach to solving customers’ feeding, printing and converting challenges using both digital and flexographic technology.

    SUN Automation’s General Manager EMEA, Rob Dal Lago explained: “We’re very proud of our revolutionary new AccuPrint system, which has been developed specifically to enable superior graphics and thus aid the box plant’s competitive edge whilst they decide on their approach to digital print solutions. Another key element is that the system is able to be adapted to virtually every type of OEM machine. Users of two-roll systems in particular are amazed by the refinements that AccuPrint brings to their operations.

    “We’re experiencing a sea-change within the European corrugated industry, driven primarily by discount retailers spearheading the trend for quality shelf ready packaging. In the past, the majority of boxes in the supply chain were used solely for transportation so a two-roll printer was quite adequate. Now the bar is being raised almost daily and top quality print is an expectation from retailers. AccuPrint meets that expectation, especially for those box makers still some way from making the leap into single-pass, high-output digital technology. We are delighted to see the system make its mark so readily in Europe.”
    (Sun Automation Group)
     
    11.05.2015   SCA Interim Report Q1 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news JANUARY 1–MARCH 31, 2015 (compared with same period a year ago)
    -Net sales rose 15% (6% excluding exchange rate effects) to SEK 27,958m (24,234)
    -Organic sales growth, which excludes exchange rate effects, acquisitions and divestments, was 6%
    -Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 9% to SEK 2,872m (2,630)
    -The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability, was 10.3% (10.9)
    -Profit before tax, excluding items affecting comparability, rose 11% to SEK 2,602m (2,342)
    -Items affecting comparability totaled SEK -122m (-247)
    -Earnings per share were SEK 2.43 (2.12)
    -Return on capital employed, excluding items affecting comparability, was 11.2% (11.0)
    -Cash flow from current operations was SEK 1,246m (667)

    Photo: SCA's CEO and President Magnus Groth

    CEO’S COMMENTS
    We delivered good organic sales growth and a higher operating profit in all business areas during the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period a year ago. Emerging markets have continued to show high growth, and sales in Europe also developed well. We have invested and will continue to invest in emerging markets, and in March this year we inaugurated our first manufacturing facility in India. During the first quarter of 2015 we introduced 11 innovations and product launches under the Edet, Nosotras, Plenty, Tork and Zewa brands. Our efficiency work continues with undiminished strength, and focus is on improving efficiency along the entire value chain.


    Consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2015 increased by 15% compared with the same period a year ago. Organic sales growth was 6%, with growth in all business areas. In emerging markets, net sales grew 11%. Operating profit, excluding items affecting comparability, gains on forest swaps and currency translation effects, rose 6%. The increase is mainly attributable to a better price/mix, higher volumes and cost savings. Raw material costs increased by SEK 721m, mainly due to the stronger U.S. dollar. The operating margin, excluding items affecting comparability and gains on forest swaps, increased by 0.1 percentage points to 10.3%. Operating cash flow increased by 37%.

    Personal Care showed a higher operating profit for the first quarter of 2015 compared with the same period a year ago. Operating profit was favorably affected by a better price/mix, higher volumes and cost savings. Higher raw material costs as a result of higher pulp prices and the stronger U.S. dollar had a negative impact on earnings. Tissue showed a higher operating profit owing to a better price/mix, higher volumes and cost savings. Higher raw material costs related to the stronger U.S. dollar had a negative impact on earnings. For Forest Products, operating profit rose mainly as a result of higher prices (including exchange rate effects) and cost savings.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    11.05.2015   LIGNA 2015 - Daily Tips for Monday, 11 May 2015    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 - 10:00 - 12:00 LIGNA Press Highlight Tour Start: Press Center on Hall 17

    - 11:00 - 12:00 Opening and podium discussion: Wood Industry Summit Hall 13, Stand E02

    - 14:00 -16:00 Podium discussion from “Landesbetrieb Wald und Holz NRW”: Presentation of results of the hardwood study, Hall 13, Stand E02

    All-Day Events, Special Shows, Forums and Seminars:

    - The RFID Factory in the Furniture Industry Hall 17, Stand D60

    - Wood Crafts Meeting from TischlerSchreiner Deutschland Hall 11, Stand D77

    - National Competition “Die Gute Form” (Form and Function) with excellent works from carpenters and cabinetmakers, Hall 11, Stand D77

    - “Research and Training” as THE Meeting Place for Schools and Vocational Academiesin the Forestry and Wood Industries, Hall 14/15

    - LIGNA CAMPUS informs about the wood crafts and woodworking industry, Hall 14/15, Stand C56

    - Wood and wood-aluminum window demonstration Group exhibit ProHolzfenster, Hall 15, Stand A14

    - Marketplace Fibers in Process@LIGNA, interface between wood and paper/wood pulp, Hall 13, Stand D10

    - KWF Company Pavilion for Forest Technology Pavilion P33 and open-air site Expo Roof

    - KWF Trend Pavilion with new topics from forest technology, small devices, biomass storage and log harvesters, Pavilion P34

    - NRW – Making more out of wood presents sawmill products as well as products and services for innovative wood construction, Pavilion P35

    - From Tree to Fuel / Technical Procedures of Fuel Preparation and Use Open-air site, Stand L05/9 Meeting point “Brennholzlinie” (wood fuel production chain)

    - The Lower Saxony Pavilion presents the latest results of the federal forest inventory, Pavilion P32
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    11.05.2015   New Valmet-delivered tissue line started up at PT Suparma Tbk's mill in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news PT Suparma Tbk's new tissue line came on stream in Surabaya, Indonesia two days ahead of the schedule, on April 8. The Advantage DCT 100 tissue machine, supplied by Valmet, increases the company's production of bathroom tissue, towel and diaper tissue for the Indonesian market, by 25,000 tonnes per year. The new tissue line fulfills the company's ambition to produce sustainable products of high quality in a cost-efficient way.

    "Working together with Valmet has been a priceless experience, and we learned a lot during the project. Valmet is known to be the leader in paper machinery and we are proud to own one of their machines. It is undeniable that Valmet managed to deliver a state of the art machine. During the initial run we managed to produce commercial grade tissue on the second day. It was a pleasure to work together with Valmet's team and we are pleased with the result," says Edward Sopanan, Director, PT Suparma Tbk.

    "It is a pleasure to work with PT Suparma. The PT Suparma's team is skilled and determined, and they take pride in what they accomplish. The good interaction between our teams, from project start to installation and start-up, was the key to success," says Stefan Ziegel, Project Manager, Valmet Tissue Mills business unit.

    Technical information of the new line
    Valmet's delivery included a complete high-speed tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100 tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a cast iron Yankee cylinder and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. Valmet has also supplied part of the stock preparation equipment as well as basic engineering, installation services and start-up of the machine.
    The new line has a width of 2.75 m and an operating speed of 1,600 m/min. Raw material for the new production line is virgin fiber and recycled fiber.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    11.05.2015   ISO Optical Properties Authorized Lab (OPAL) Meeting - April 19 & 20, 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: OPAL Attendees (L-R): Lyne Cormier (FPInnovations), Sylvie Moreau-Tabiche (CTP), Li Yang (Innventia), Joanne Zwinkles (Chair WG3), Nick Riggs (Technidyne), and Todd Popson (Technidyne)

    The ISO OPAL (Optical Properties Authorized Laboratory) group met in Atlanta, Georgia, USA April 19 & 20, 2015 in conjunction with the ISO TC6 (pulp, paper and paperboard) and TAPPI PaperCon. This group is comprised of organizations which have been approved via ISO 4094 to provide optical calibration standards for ISO Standard 2469 conforming instruments. The group meets in person at least every 18 months to review data and comparisons among each other. Also, procedures, issues and techniques are discussed with the group. The Chairperson of ISO TC 6 (Technical Committee on paper, pulp and paperboard) WG3 (Working Group on optical properties) leads the discussion. The group does share readings, data and concerns on an ongoing basis as well. Current members include:

    - Technidyne Corporation (USA)
    - FPInnovations (Canada)
    - Innventia (Sweden)
    - CTP (France)
    (Technidyne Corp.)
     
    08.05.2015   Major interest in digital and offset print applications from Heidelberg at Print China 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news -Over 190,000 visitors experienced the largest trade show for the print industry in Asia
    -Heidelberg showcases new business models for the Chinese market using innovative digital print solutions
    -Warm reception for new sheetfed offset press with format specially designed for the Asian market
    -High demand for comprehensive service and consumables

    This year, Print China 2015 once again lived up to its reputation as Asia’s largest trade show for the printing industry. Over 190,000 visitors took the opportunity to find out about current and future print media industry topics in Dongguan in Guangdong Province from April 7 to 12, 2015. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has been represented in China for many years and knows customer needs for integrated and efficient solutions, enhanced service, and new applications like no other supplier. The products, geared precisely to these trends, ¬thus generated high levels of interest among the Asian visitors. A particular highlight was the integration of digital and offset applications. The new Linoprint CV digital printing systems and the Jetmaster Dimension 250 for 4D printing were presented in China for the first time. The premiere of the four-color Speedmaster CS 92 proved a popular response to the rising demand for cost efficiency and the main print formats used in Asia. This machine has been specially developed for Asia and cuts printing plate costs by over 20 percent thanks to its new sheet format. Both the digital and offset presses were integrated via the Prinect print shop workflow.

    “Asia is one of the key markets for us and we were able to showcase our integrated digital and offset printing applications to a large number of visitors. We’re delighted with how the trade show went and the interest in the solutions exhibited was high, as we had expected,” says Harald Weimer, member of the Management Board responsible for sales and services at Heidelberg. With 4D printing, Heidelberg highlighted possibilities that transcend the two-dimensional printing of flat materials that has characterized the last few centuries. This opens up totally new prospects for print shops to fulfill the growing demand for personalized consumer goods and proved to be a big draw for visitors. The new Speedmaster CS 92 also met market needs, with sales of almost twenty presses.

    The services and consumables sector was a key feature of the Heidelberg booth alongside equipment. There were large numbers of visitors inquiring about solutions to increase machine availability and about support for complex printing applications, with the result that numerous contracts were concluded. So it comes as no surprise that every second press is already supplied with Remote Service to ensure the fastest possible service. And this figure is continuing to grow, with all presses from the Qingpu site near Shanghai being shipped with a service contract.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    08.05.2015   Tony Smurfit appointed as Group CEO Designate, Gary McGann to retire on 31 August, 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa announces that Mr Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer will retire on 31 August, 2015. The Board has appointed Mr Tony Smurfit (photo), President & Chief Operating Officer, as Group CEO Designate to succeed Mr McGann on 1 September, 2015.

    Liam O’Mahony, SKG Chairman, commented:
    “Gary has led the transformation of Smurfit Kappa since his appointment as Group CEO in 2002. Under his stewardship, the Group has more than doubled in size, consolidated its position as European market leader; increased the Group’s presence in Latin America; and, re-entered the US market. He also led the Group’s return to public markets in 2007 in what was the largest ever capital raising in the sector globally. Gary has been recognised within the industry and by capital markets as the outstanding CEO of our sector. The Board is grateful for his substantial contribution in leading the Group’s growth and development over the last 13 years.

    We are extremely pleased to have an experienced executive of Tony Smurfit’s calibre to succeed Gary as CEO. Tony is a respected industry leader and an effective team builder with a strong track record of delivery. As Chief Operating Officer, he has been central to the performance and strategic development of the Group. Both Gary and Tony will continue to work closely together, over the next four months, to ensure a seamless transition to new leadership.”

    Tony Smurfit, Group CEO Designate, added:

    "I am honoured to accept the trust the Board has placed in me and am committed to building on the team's outstanding contribution under Gary's leadership. We have a clear vision for Smurfit Kappa and a highly regarded, performance-oriented, management team to sustain that vision. Our balance sheet strength and cashflow generation capability will enable us to accelerate our evolution towards an ever more successful, market-led, customer centric packaging company.”

    Gary McGann, Group CEO, concluded:
    “It has been a privilege to lead Smurfit Kappa Group as CEO. I have been honoured to have the unwavering support of our team of top class professionals. I am confident that this team will sustain our vision as the most respected and differentiated supplier in our chosen markets – consistently delivering industry leading returns. I am proud to have been a part of the Group during this great journey and delighted to hand over to Tony Smurfit to whom I extend my congratulations. I am confident that Tony and the team will drive the performance of the Group to even greater levels of success in the years ahead.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    08.05.2015   Successful start-up of the Valmet delivered pulp line at the CMPC Guaíba mill in Brazil     ( Company news )

    Company news After two years of work, the new pulp line of CMPC Celulose Riograndense Ltda (CMPC) has been started-up according to schedule on May 3rd, 2015. The delivery agreement of the key technology for the new pulp line was signed by CMPC and Valmet in June 2013.

    The new pulp line is an expansion to the existing Guaíba pulp mill in Rio Grande do Sul state, south of Brazil. The new line has a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes per year and can be upgraded to reach 1.5 million tonnes per year with minor investments. This is an addition to the existing capacity of the mill of 500,000 tons per year.

    "Valmet's commitment was to deliver to CMPC sustainable technologies to create a world reference in efficiency and low environmental emissions. The mill is located very close to the city of Guaíba and one of the most important prerequisites was to minimize all possible impacts to the community. The project execution was a great success. This showcase demonstrates our capacity and competence to deliver a complete pulp plant in the right time and quality," says Celso Tacla, Valmet's Area President for South America.

    Valmet's delivery in detail - best technologies for high yield and low operational costs

    Valmet's delivery covered the main process islands of the pulp line, from the cooking plant to the bales that are shipped to final users, including the complete fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, recovery boiler, causticizing, lime kiln and an integrated automation solution and operator training simulator for all mill process areas. In addition, Valmet has also delivered a state-of-the-art non-condensable gas treatment system.

    Valmet's solutions for the Guaíba project were based on the best technologies available. The capacity of the evaporation plant is the largest in operation in the world. The stationary cooler of the lime kiln brings significant savings in the fuel oil. The recovery boiler is designed for high power generation. The fiberline features industry-leading operational costs, combining high pulping yield, low chemical consumption and reduced water consumption with low effluent levels. The pulp dryer utilizes the most reliable technology to provide low steam consumption, and is equipped with high-speed baling lines.

    Very good safety results at the construction phase
    "We are pleased with the outstanding results in Health and Safety during the project. This sets a new benchmark for the industry. In the peak of construction Valmet had over 4,000 employees and contractor workers at the site. Since we had such a large amount of people on site and tight time schedule, safety was a top priority during the whole construction phase," says Francisco Gervasoni, Valmet's manager for Guaíba expansion project.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    08.05.2015   Ahlstrom January-March 2015 interim report: Clear improvement in operating profit driven by ...    ( Company news )

    Company news January-March 2015 compared with January-March 2014

    Net sales EUR 271.8 million (EUR 249.2 million), showing an increase of 9.1%.
    Operating profit excluding non-recurring items EUR 12.0 million (EUR 7.2 million).
    ...better pricing and product mix

    -Operating margin excluding non-recurring items 4.4% (2.9%).
    -Profit before taxes EUR 13.8 million (EUR 5.2 million)
    -Earnings per share EUR 0.17 (EUR 0.05).
    -Comparable net sales at constant currencies remained flat, as better pricing and product mix were offset by lower volumes. Reported net sales growth was primarily driven by a favorable currency effect.
    -Sixth consecutive quarter of year-on-year improvement in profitability excluding non-recurring items as Filtration, and Food and Medical businesses continued to improve their performance.

    Outlook for 2015
    Ahlstrom reiterates the outlook published on January 29, 2015. The company expects net sales in 2015 to be in the range of EUR 1,000-1,100 million. The operating profit margin excluding non-recurring items is expected to be 3.5-5% of net sales.

    Marco Levi (photo), President & CEO:
    "We continued to improve our financial performance in the quarter, driven by improved results in the Filtration and the Food and Medical business areas. We have seen a positive impact from our enhanced pricing and product mix, while foreign currency fluctuations also had a positive impact. The Building and Energy business area suffered from low volumes and an adverse currency effect.
    "The program to improve the results of our commercial operations has now been extended to all our business areas, and the benefits are already visible. We are also moving ahead at full speed with the other key priorities of our roadmap, and will continue to focus on selling, general and administrative cost reductions by streamlining our office structure."

    Outlook
    Ahlstrom reiterates the outlook published in January 29, 2015. The company expects net sales in 2015 to be in the range of EUR 1,000-1,100 million. The operating profit margin excluding non-recurring items is expected to be 3.5-5% of net sales.
    In 2015, investments excluding acquisitions are estimated to be approximately EUR 35 million (EUR 45.4 million in 2014).
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    08.05.2015   Cellwood Machinery to supply Pulper upgrades for Metsä Board's Husum mill in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Grubbens Pulper

    As a part of Metsä Board's Husum Mill new folding boxboard production line, Metsä Board has selected Cellwood as supplier for upgrading six existing Grubbens Pulpers.

    Grubbens is one of Cellwood's famous trademarks and the upgrading project will ensure the function of Grubbens Pulpers with Husum's new conditions with folded box board and higher capacity.
    The upgrading project will take place during autumn 2015.
    (Cellwood Machinery AB)
     
    08.05.2015   Innovative web inspection system supports centre of expertise for speciality papers    ( Company news )

    Company news This investment sees Sappi raising the quality standard and quality assurance levels in the production of special papers on PM2

    With the new web inspection system (WIS) on paper mill 2, Sappi is driving forward its plans to continue expanding the centre of expertise for speciality papers and carton board at the Alfeld site. The aim of this investment is to ensure the high quality for which Sappi is known, and to continue raising its quality levels. The investment represents a further step in the expansion of the speciality paper sector at Sappi and follows the approx. € 61 million conversion of the PM2 paper mill in the past year and the commissioning of the new Paper Lab a few months ago.

    The new investment in the six-figure euro range is in the installation of a visual WIS web inspection system on PM2. With the help of this system, even the tiniest of production errors can be detected at machine speeds of up to 1200 m/min across the 4700 mm working width. The web inspection system is based on camera inspection in transmission and reflection of the web. Of the three measuring beams that Sappi has installed on PM2, the illumination measuring beam is particularly significant. Its specially optimised camera angle detects even the smallest coating errors such as blade marks, coater smudges, scratches or streaks on the functional side of the special paper with a hitherto unknown degree of precision.

    "With the illumination measuring beam for the reflectance test we are offering a world first. Thanks to the new technology we can intervene in ongoing production early on and significantly reduce even the smallest production errors and eliminate defects. This in turn raises our high quality levels even further. Our customers profit from improved processing features of our special papers", explains Klaudia Vandieken, the Project Manager responsible for implementing the new web inspection system at Sappi.

    Maximum quality standard raises production reliability
    The first of the three measuring beams on PM2 is installed in front of the Speed Coater and checks the raw paper. It detects the web using seven transmission cameras. The second beam has been integrated after the last Bladecoater Station on PM2. This uses 12 illumination cameras to detect coating errors in the oblique light by measuring reflection. In this process the camera bar supports are mechanically adjusted and the camera and light angles are aligned with the web in multiple stages. The result is an outstanding scan of the web. The third measuring beam is located in front of the pope reel and uses seven transmission cameras to detect errors in the finished paper.

    Each type of error is detected with excellent quality standards and accurately documented via the web inspection system. A high resolution camera delivers photos of the damaged areas and the specific error location is pin-pointed. The live error map is updated on the inspection screen every five seconds. This is very helpful for Quality Management to identify and correct possible error sources quickly. In subsequent production stages, the faulty paper location can then also be cut out to ensure that customers only receive the highest quality. PM2 is used to manufacture special paper types such as Algro Sol, Algro Finess, Algro Vitess, Parade Prima and many other kraft papers.
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
     
    08.05.2015   New Cognex Feature Location Technology Offers Unmatched Performance and Speed    ( Company news )

    Company news Sets new performance standard on three new five-megapixel vision systems

    Cognex Corporation (NASDAQ: CGNX), the world’s leader in machine vision, has introduced PatMax RedLine™, a feature-location technology that reinvents the industry-leading PatMax® pattern-matching tool by maximizing speed and performance. Available in the latest Cognex® In-Sight Explorer™ software version 5.1, PatMax RedLine technology is optimized to run on these three new In-Sight® vision systems:

    - In-Sight 5705, the world’s fastest stand-alone 5MP vision system, for reliable inspection on high-speed production lines;
    - In-Sight 8405, the world’s smallest stand-alone 5MP vision system, ideal in applications that require a lightweight camera or have limited mounting space; and
    - In-Sight 5705C, the world’s only stand-alone 5MP color vision system, which addresses even the most challenging applications with advanced tools and true 24-bit color image filters.

    Pattern matching represents the critical first step in most machine vision applications. Because previous tools imposed certain speed limitations, many applications resorted to lower resolution cameras to keep pace with production lines. PatMax RedLine technology performs faster on high-resolution vision systems, eliminating the tradeoff between speed and performance, and enabling customers to increase resolution and gain accuracy without sacrificing speed.

    “Our customers have told us that they have an increasing need for color inspection and visualization of very small defects, even in a large field of view,” says Joerg Kuechen, Vice President and Business Unit Manager, Vision Products. “Conventional pattern-matching algorithms are too slow for these high-resolution applications, but now with the incredibly fast pattern matching of PatMax RedLine technology, our customers don’t have to compromise on performance.”

    Like all In-Sight vision systems, these 5MP models are conveniently set up with In-Sight Explorer software. The In-Sight Explorer spreadsheet view provides robust and efficient system configuration and handling of vision-application data. A drag-and-drop vision tool palette and tool property sheets make the effort more intuitive. The new vision systems also employ JavaScript to greatly simplify complex and data-intensive vision tasks.

    In-Sight 5705 series color and monochrome vision systems and In-Sight Explorer 5.1 are available now. The In-Sight 8405 vision system will be available in June 2015. For more information about the In-Sight vision systems, visit http://www.cognex.com/ or call 1-(855)4-COGNEX.
    (Cognex Corporation)
     
    08.05.2015   PulpEye introduces online measurement of fibre wall thickness    ( Company news )

    Company news A successful cooperation between FPInnovations, Canfor and PulpEye has resulted in the world’s first technology for measurement of fibre wall thickness. As the first pulp producer in the world, Canfor has installed the fibre wall thickness module, FWT, in four PulpEye units in their pulp mills.

    FPInnovations has patented* a technology for determining fibre wall thickness and fibril angle of individual fibres. The rapid and robust technology is based on an innovative light system for colorimetric based quantification of the desired properties. PulpEye has the worldwide rights and is now commercialising the technology as an add-on technology for the industry-leading PulpEye online pulp and fibre analyser system.

    Fibre wall thickness is an important parameter as it influences the strength properties of the pulp, but so far it has not been possible to measure it online. There can be a number of reasons to measure fibre wall thickness online. It is an efficient method for raw material control to make sure that the mix of e.g. saw mill chips, roundwood from thinnings, different species etc. is done so that a consistent pulp quality is maintained. The FWT module can control the efficiency of a fibre fractioning process. By measuring fibre wall thickness it is possible to calculate strength data and suggest level of refining to pulp customers, helping them achieve the requested paper and board strength properties.

    The FWT module is based on optical measurement of a continuous fibre stream of a controlled concentration passing the patented* module. Cellulose is an anisotropic material and hence polarises light in two wave planes perpendicular to each other and with different refractive indices. In the FWT module, LED light of specific wavelengths is sent through the fibre stream and the resulting light is picked up by a colour camera. The result is an image where the fibres are visualised and wall thickness is shown in different colours.

    “This Swedish-Canadian cooperation is a good example of bringing the best from each partner to develop a ground breaking technology,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD PulpEye. “Ho Fan Jang at FPInnovations has developed and patented this technology. PulpEye has the equipment where the FWT module is perfectly integrated and Canfor Pulp took part in the development with their pulp knowledge and made the first mill installations.”

    “Fibre wall thickness is a fundamental kraft pulp quality attribute,” says Paul Watson, Director of Research and Innovation, Canfor Pulp. “Having now developed a routine and robust online measurement for our PulpEye, FWT information delivered to Canfor customers should assist their product development and optimization initiatives. This has been an extremely positive collaboration which has defeated a very challenging and longstanding technical issue.”
    (PulpEye AB)
     
    07.05.2015   Avery Dennison Names Georges Gravanis President, Materials Group     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Georges Gravanis named President, Avery Dennison Materials Group (Photo: Business Wire)

    Avery Dennison Corporation (NYSE:AVY) announced that its Board of Directors has elected Georges Gravanis as the Company’s president, Materials Group, effective May 1, 2015. The duties were previously handled on an interim basis by Mitch Butier, president and chief operating officer.

    “Georges is a seasoned international business leader with a tremendous track record for delivering results in both mature and emerging markets,” said Butier. “Under his leadership, the Materials Group Asia Pacific team has achieved strong growth by executing our strategies to deliver superior service, quality and innovation.”

    Based in Hong Kong and reporting to Mr. Butier, Mr. Gravanis will be responsible for the global pressure-sensitive materials businesses now comprised of Label and Packaging Materials, Graphics Solutions and Reflective Solutions. The group serves more than 10,000 converters, brand owners and retailers worldwide, and operates in more than 30 countries.

    Mr. Gravanis has served as vice president and general manager of the Asia Pacific division of the Materials Group since August 2010. He will continue in this role during the transition to new leadership.

    “Georges strives for excellence in every aspect of business, and inspires his people to do the same,” said Butier. “He will be an excellent addition to our executive leadership team, and I look forward to his ongoing contributions in this global role.”

    Previously, Mr. Gravanis held several leadership roles with Avery Dennison, including vice president of sales, Roll Materials Europe, from May 2006 to July 2010; vice president/general manager, Roll Materials Europe Southern Region, from March 2004 to April 2006; and general manager, Roll Materials France, from May 2003 to March 2004.

    Mr. Gravanis received his doctorate degree in polymer chemistry from Scientific University in Grenoble, France.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    07.05.2015   Syncro Jagenberg Electrical rebuilding in Sarego Paper mill - Burgo Group     ( Company news )

    Company news The italian company SAEL has replacement the existing park drive cutter in Sarego Paper Mill (Burgo Group), recovering all the existing electromechanical and electrical panels as not to impact on costs

    A fault occurred to Drives at Burgo paper mill - blades drive application - was enough to warn the Management and go for a change. Actually all the drives mounted on this application are 10 years old: their spare parts were not longer available. It’s a common strategy of many suppliers to obsolete their Drives after few years. This allows to be focused on the new technologies but obliges the customer to manage a machine with the electrical section who gets old much faster than the mechanical one.
    SAEL approaches the market in a different way: the After Sales Department can repair any old equipment (no matters how old it is) and the R&D, continuously focused on the new technologies, improves the Drives with a full compatibility vs. the former versions as much as the existing systems. Moreover SAEL can work on existing competitor equipments, offering full revamping/rebuilding and saving a lot of their parts, offering a great cost saving and value selling.

    Burgo Group has two machines equipped with the same Drives who mount Electrolytic capacitors inside – near to the end of their live cycle. The switch to SAEL was a must to overcome the solution. Actually the Platform ONE inverters by SAEL are the only drives equipped by film capacitors - infinite lifetime - and they can be easily linked to the majority HW and SW architectures used. The sheeter cam algorithm - which is the core of the system - as much as all the other operations within the paper mill application (positioning, pull controls, load balancing, electrical shafts, and so on) are inside on SAEL’s Platform ONE regulation board. One board is used as spare parts for all SAEL’s drives (DC, AC and BLDC). The system had to face with the present global automation management – three S7 400 PLC as much as many video keyboards. No main SW modification was made to the existing system were allowed, and the full integration with the existing parts was mandatory – ensuring no changes to the original diagnostic functions.

    The mounting of the new drives into the original electrical cabinet was quick and efficient. In a very short time SAEL changed the old drives, the DC-Bus – on phase off – and its capacitors: older than the others within the drives. Thanks to their own functions, the Platform ONE by SAEL allowed to remove many auxiliary analogical/digital boards originally used by the existing system. This means less spare parts and higher reliability, of course.

    Within one week – tests and settings included – the machine was ready to produce. Moreover was possible to fulfil an important need: to use the machine with one drive/motors in case of single fault. The communication between the existing system and the SAEL Platform ONE Drives is made by a Profibus interface. A CANBUS network is used to manage the signals between the Drives and the PLC. A second Syncro-high performance CANBUS network manager the data exchange between Blade 1 and Blade 2: The pull motor and the blade motor are synchronized by this second network. The electric cutting management have been modified and updated at the hardware level in 2 days and in the subsequent three days of testing the system is gradually broken down at full capacity, providing some new features and possibilities of aging that were previously denied to the system.
    (Sael S.r.l.)
     
    07.05.2015   Interim Report Q1/2015: Good profitability continued during Q1, UPM is well positioned for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...earnings growth

    Q1 2015 compared with Q1 2014
    • Earnings per share excluding special items were EUR 0.29 (0.27), and reported EUR 0.29 (0.36)
    • Operating profit excluding special items was EUR 204 million, 8.2% of sales (196 million, 7.9% of sales)
    • Profitability was underpinned by the profit improvement actions and favourable exchange rates
    • The UPM Lappeenranta Biorefinery started commercial production of advanced renewable diesel
    UPM invests in the top performing plywood business by expanding the Otepää mill in Estonia

    Jussi Pesonen (photo), President and CEO comments on the results:
    “Our first quarter results improved year-on-year. This was an excellent achievement considering the headwind in the European energy and paper markets. The results were underpinned by our profit improvement actions as well as by favourable exchange rates. In the upcoming quarters, the profit improvement programme and growth projects will continue to strengthen our results.
    I’m particularly pleased with the excellent drive in UPM Biorefining and UPM Plywood during Q1. In both businesses, good demand supported the strong performance. Both businesses are also set to expand their bottom line through ongoing investments in the Kymi pulp mill and the Otepää plywood mill.
    The Lappeenranta biorefinery started customer deliveries of renewable diesel during the first quarter. Production ramp-up is still in its early stages but, based on the experience so far, both the technology and business case are valid.
    UPM Raflatac and UPM Paper Asia had a stable quarter with good performance. UPM Raflatac enjoyed favourable markets and the ongoing investments in China and Poland will help us respond to demand growth during 2015. UPM Paper Asia investment in label materials and speciality papers in Changshu has progressed well and will be finalised by the end of the year.
    UPM Energy and UPM Paper ENA (Europe & North America) faced challenging markets. UPM Energy was impacted by lower energy prices, as well as lower hydropower and nuclear volumes.
    As for paper, lower publication paper prices and deliveries, as well as increased pulp costs, materialised in Europe as expected. In UPM Paper ENA, we started a restructuring process in the autumn, and permanently closed three paper machines in Europe during the first quarter. This, combined with the seasonal improvement, will positively impact Paper ENA performance as the year progresses.
    All in all, UPM is well positioned for the upcoming quarters. The profit improvement programme will still deliver more than EUR 100 million in annualised cost savings by the end of this year. We have a portfolio of well-performing businesses with several high-return growth projects coming on-stream by the end of this year, bringing a further improvement in next year’s bottom line. And our strong balance sheet allows us to act on strategic opportunities,” says Pesonen.

    Outlook for 2015
    The improved profitability achieved in 2014 is expected to continue in 2015, and there are prospects for further improvement. Profitability is underpinned by the EUR 150 million profit improvement programme, as well as the first positive impact from the company’s growth projects. Profitability is affected by lower publication paper prices and lower electricity sales prices in the beginning of the year. The current weakened euro and lower oil price are supportive of the company’s earnings.
    (UPM)
     
    07.05.2015   Roland DG brings professional calender system onto the market    ( Company news )

    Company news Roland DG expands its Texart sublimation solutions via a calender system. Thanks to the CS-64 calender, the prints produced on the Texart RT-640 printer are sublimated at high speed onto a variety of polyester-based materials.

    The new Texart CS-64 is the perfect finishing partner for Roland DG’s recently launched dye sublimation printer, the Texart RT-640. The CS-64 transfers sublimation print produced by the RT-640 at high speed onto a variety of polyester-based materials used for flags, banners, soft signage, fabric for fashion, sports apparel and many other promotional applications. Built to meet high production demands and designed for ease of use, the CS-64 appeals to both seasoned professionals and companies new to the dye sublimation print process.

    Michel van Vliet, Business Development Manager at Roland DG Central Europe: “Working seamlessly with our RT-640 dye sublimation printer and Texart inks, the new CS-64 delivers a finishing solution that’s fast, affordable and easy to use. The addition of the CS-64 to the Texart range allows us to offer the industry a complete textile ‘print to finish’ package – software, printer and calender - for a very attractive price. It is a very accessible investment opportunity for any company looking to profit from the growth in demand for printed textile products. Moreover, the CS-64 is immediately available in the Benelux, DACH and France.“

    Simple to use, the control panel of the CS-64 can be mastered in seconds. Loading and unloading materials is equally straight forward. The CS-64 uses a precision roller feed system and digitally regulated, infra-red heat to transfer dye sublimation print onto fabrics. With production speeds of 50 m²/hr and the option of an in-feed table, the CS-64 has the versatility to handle large roll volumes and small pre-cut fabric jobs with equal finesse.

    Safety is also an important consideration and there are several built-in features, including sensor controlled covers, which protect the operator from heat and harm. Another key component of the CS-64 is the heat resistant Nomex® feed belt that’s Kevlar-reinforced to deliver consistently high transfer quality and a long service life. To prevent costly ‘image ghosting’ errors on the fabric, the CS-64 has an ingenious tension bar system that separates the textile from the transfer paper after sublimation and rewinds them onto their own take-up rollers.
    (Roland DG GmbH)
     
    07.05.2015   New screen element from Voith: SplitScreen substantially simplifies screw press maintenance    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has brought to market a new screen element for the screw press. SplitScreen is the first screen element consisting of a supporting structure and a screen plate, enabling maintenance and inspection time to be significantly reduced compared with conventional cylindrical screen baskets. In addition, investment costs over the lifetime of the screw press are much lower than for conventional screen elements.

    SplitScreen comprises a split supporting body with two removable screen plates instead of one cylindrical basket. This design enables direct access to the individual screw press components without having to dismantle it completely. Whereas with previous technologies the entire press screw including screen baskets had to be lifted out using an indoor crane to get to the cylindrical screen elements, SplitScreen allows the top half of the SplitScreen to be disconnected after lifting the hood to check the condition of the plate. If the screen plate, which is a wearing part, does actually need to be replaced the lower half can also simply be turned to the top. This then gives easy access to exchange the upper and lower screen plates. At the same time this makes the press screw accessible for inspection.

    With SplitScreen, the time necessary for replacing a screen element is only three to four hours instead of the average 24 to 48 hours that were previously needed. Moreover, procurement costs can be cut up to 40 percent per year after first installation, as in the event of wear only the screen plate and not the entire SplitScreen has to be changed. The large, open design of the screen area also helps improve the dewatering efficiency of the screw press.

    SplitScreen is a standard feature of Voith's new InfiltraScrewpress. All conventional screen elements of Voith’s Thune screw press as well as screw presses from other manufacturers can be converted to SplitScreen.

    The new screen element has already been successfully installed more than a dozen times worldwide and has also been retrofitted to conventional screw presses six times to date. The product is proving effective in the field and customers that have installed SplitScreen are very satisfied with its performance.

    SplitScreen is a component of Voith’s BlueLine product range that has been developed for stock preparation. BlueLine products are known for their low consumption of energy, fibers and water.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    07.05.2015   Smurfit Kappa Group plc has announced results for the 3 months ending 31 March 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news First Quarter Key Points
    -Organic corrugated packaging volume growth of over 3%
    -Adoption of SIMADI rate for consolidation of Venezuelan operations impacts EBITDA by €14 million
    -Growth of 4% in pre-exceptional EBITDA prior to adjusting for SIMADI
    -EBITDA margin of 13.5%, impacted by some currency pressures and one-off operational issues
    -Positive first quarter free cash flow for the second consecutive year
    -Bond issuance of €250 million at 2.75% and completion of Amend & Extend of Senior Credit Facility
    -Announcement of over €180 million of accretive acquisitions in the year to date

    Performance Review and Outlook
    Gary McGann (photo), Smurfit Kappa CEO, commented: “Following our strong performance in 2014, we are pleased to report a good start to 2015 with underlying earnings growth. While EBITDA was 1% down year-on-year this was particularly impacted by the Group’s decision to consolidate the results of its Venezuelan operations at the variable Sistema Marginal de Divisas (‘SIMADI’) rate. The effect of this change was a reduction in EBITDA of €14 million for the first quarter, with Venezuela now expected to be less than 1% of the Group’s EBITDA for 2015. EBITDA margins in the rest of the business were somewhat impacted in the short-term by some specific issues, with significant weakening in some currencies in Latin America without any compensating price increases, a number of operational issues now resolved and some temporary pricing pressure in Europe. Notwithstanding this, we delivered a good underlying EBITDA margin and a second consecutive year of positive free cash flow in the first quarter, reflecting the structural improvement in the business underpinned by our lower cost capital structure and consistent focus on operational efficiencies.

    “Looking to our European performance, corrugated packaging volumes increased by 4% with good growth throughout most of Europe and particularly strong volumes in the Southern European countries. As guided in our full year 2014 results, average corrugated pricing has remained sequentially flat compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, which is 1% lower when compared to the first quarter of 2014. The conditions for price increases are progressively positive with the kraftliner price increase (€40 per tonne) in Southern Europe effectively implemented and positive expectations for a similar increase in Northern Europe in May. With increasingly tighter inventory levels, the recycled containerboard price increase announced for April is expected to be partially implemented in May, with the balance anticipated mid-year. This will support corrugated price progress in the latter part of the year.

    “In April, SKG held a highly successful Innovation Conference in Amsterdam, attended by over 200 customers as well as a sizeable number of investors and analysts. A key output of the event was the launch of the Shelf Smart packaging solution, which is a unique six step process that has been developed with the Smurfit Kappa Innovation team as part of the overall ‘Open The Future’ brand initiative. The process combines and channels the Group’s packaging expertise, consumer insights, proprietary technologies and key partnerships to drive real value for our customers through increased sales as a result of a competitive advantage at the point of purchase, and through cost reductions by optimising their supply chains from source to end markets.

    “As a result of a number of acquisitions in the region since last year, volumes in our Americas business have grown by almost 16% year-on-year. The segment’s EBITDA margin has also recovered to 16.2% in the first quarter from lower levels in the second half of 2014. In Venezuela, despite the increasingly difficult economic circumstances and the adoption of the SIMADI rate, we have good operations with a strong team and market position which we expect to contribute to the Group over the longer term.

    “In February, the Group issued a €250 million ten-year bond at a coupon of 2.75%, the lowest bond coupon achieved to date. The proceeds were used to prepay term debt under our senior credit facility. Following the success of the bond financing, in March we completed a transaction to amend and extend our reduced senior credit facility to March 2020, as well as achieving a reduction in margin. The combination of these two transactions firmly underscores the strength of the Group’s capital structure and standing in the debt markets and locks in cost efficient borrowing and a healthy maturity profile. At the end of the period leverage was 2.5 times net debt to EBITDA with the increase in the quarter predominantly attributable to the currency impacts of a strengthening US dollar and the translation of the Group’s Venezuelan operations at the SIMADI rate.

    “Supported by our strengthened capital structure, the Group has accelerated its delivery of accretive acquisitions in its target markets. In 2015 to date, we have announced four transactions totalling over €180 million. Within this, there have been two sizeable acquisitions; the US$105 million acquisition of CYBSA, a corrugated packaging business in Costa Rica and El Salvador and; the STG£44 million acquisition of the Inspirepac corrugated and high-end display business in Northern England. In addition, the Group completed two smaller bolt-on acquisitions, the European and Mexican operations of Hexacomb, a protective packaging business, and Beacon Packaging in the UK.

    “In April, the Group completed the sale of our Solidboard and Graphicboard business in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK. The business was sold with net assets amounting to approximately €42 million and will be a margin enhancing event for the Group.

    “Against the backdrop of a more positive European business environment, and improvements in our operational performance in the Americas, we expect to deliver earnings growth year-on-year. As we build the business through our differentiated offering and new investments, we remain committed to our core financial and operational disciplines. Our focus continues to be one of driving strong returns through superior operating performance, a progressive dividend stream, targeted high-return internal investments and accretive acquisitions.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    07.05.2015   Appointments in Kotkamills Oy    ( Company news )

    Company news The following appointments have been made in Kotkamills Oy, effective as of 1 May 2015:
    -B.Sc. Eng. Jyri Lippo has been appointed HR Director. Mr. Lippo has previously worked for Nokia Paper Mill of SCA Hygiene Products Oy and has experience from similar tasks in Tervakoski Oy, too.

    -M.Sc. econ. Anne Uusitalo has been appointed Executive Assistant. She has previously worked for KSS Energia.
    (Kotkamills Oy)
     
    07.05.2015   Excitement in design education    ( Company news )

    Company news “We can do a lot of exciting things in an academic environment. But we can’t recreate the sense of excitement that arises when a company offers us realistic tasks,” explain Sallyanne Theodosiou, Senior Lecturer Graphic Design and her colleague Sophie Beard, both of the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom, UK.

    Over the past year they have implemented a project together with Iggesund Paperboard in which the aim was to confront the students with Iggesund’s Invercote paperboard. The students could choose between tasks to do with topics such as packaging construction, infographics and sustainability issues. In addition to the University of the Creative Arts, the other participants were Norwich University of the Arts and the University of Salford.

    Caption: Sallyanne Theodosiou, Senior Lecturer Graphic Design at the University of the Creative Arts in Epsom, and Mike Morris, editor of Packaging Solutions are examining a laser cut card made on Invercote from Iggesund Paperboard.

    The project is a joint venture between Iggesund Paperboard, the British trade journal publisher Earth Island Publishing and The Heaven Company. Veronica Heaven, managing director at The Heaven Company developed Brief Cases, a model for cooperation between academia and industry.

    Paradoxically enough, Iggesund’s motive for initiating the project was the trend towards digitalisation. At the same time as the entire graphical production process has been simplified and streamlined, the designer has also ended up being farther away from the material, and knowledge of the materials has been eroded.

    “For far too many designers, the computer screen is their interface to the rest of the world,” explains Staffan Sjöberg, who is responsible for the project at Iggesund. “Knowledge about the importance of choosing materials is not as strong as it was 25 years ago. Our goal is to get more designers to realise that the right choice of material can be the difference between success and failure.”

    “Meeting young ambitious design students is one of many activities we are doing in order to increase the presence of Invercote in the UK. We already have a strong market position for Incada but there is definitely room for more Invercote,” adds Brendan O’Sullivan, in charge of Iggesund sales in UK and Ireland.

    Iggesund Paperboard manufactures Invercote and Incada, in Sweden and in the UK. They are two different types of paperboard material but both are at the top of their market segment in terms of quality. They are both made of virgin fibre and are constructed in multiple layers, unlike traditional paper. The multi-ply construction creates an extra stiffness and makes it possible to fold both paperboards without them cracking.

    “It’s not unusual for a company to make a huge effort to find a creative designer and then to search intensively for a photographer with originality. He or she then wants to work with models who have a good reputation. When the result of all this work is ready, it is then handed over to be printed or converted without giving a thought to what material it should be printed on and why,” Sjöberg emphasises. “There are many examples of things going really wrong, and that’s one of the reasons why we are committed to encouraging designers to think more about their choice of material.”

    For a company like Iggesund, though, such work involves a lot more than just influencing tomorrow’s designers. The focus has lain on Iggesund’s sustainability efforts, the fact that the company has been singled out as a model by the Carbon Disclosure Project, and that the company is included on the Global Compact list of the world’s 100 most sustainable companies.

    “It’s a welcome reality check to see how many young people in an educational setting accept our reasoning about sustainability issues,” Sjöberg adds. “If we can’t convince them, we should think again.”

    For Sallyanne Theodosiou at the University for the Creative Arts the collaboration has been fruitful.

    “Of course that’s because the students had the opportunity to work with Invercote, but also because Iggesund Paperboard provided both realistic tasks and relevant feedback. That type of collaboration is incredibly important for our students,” she says.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    06.05.2015   Imprimex expands its folding carton and label offerings with new Xeikon 3050 digital press    ( Company news )

    Company news Advanced digital printing technology of Xeikon will allow Uruguayan packaging specialist to increase productivity and provide current and new clients with higher quality and versatility

    Xeikon announces that Imprimex, a market leader in the Uruguayan packaging industry, has expanded its printing capacity with a Xeikon 3050 digital color press. The investment in the new press will allow the company to offer its label and folding carton clients the advantages of variable data printing, in short print runs and with the highest quality standards.

    Founded in 1978, Imprimex continuously grew and adopted its technological processes in order to meet the quality and productivity requirements of its clients in the food, beverages, cosmetics, editorial and advertising industries within the Uruguayan and international markets. “The new Xeikon 3050 digital press will support our new sales channel in the area of short-run folding boxes, for products with high quality and safety demands such as those required by the pharmaceutical industry”, says Horacio Rey Lottermoser, CEO of Imprimex. “Our strategy is to provide an answer to the international market trends. We want our clients to be able to count on a supplier that is capable of creating products like the ones developed in the most competitive markets worldwide. In Xeikon, we found a strategic partner that will help us to produce new and innovative products on the Xeikon 3050 press”.

    Filip Weymans, Director Segment Marketing labels and Packaging at Xeikon, adds: “The integration of the Xeikon 3050 press into Imprimex’ digital printing capacity will consolidate its position as leading supplier in the packaging and label market in Uruguay. And it will contribute in the fulfillment of its mission to provide quality products, with a continuous improvement in the processes through the development of innovative ideas that meet the needs of its clients.”

    Unique print width and special features make Xeikon 3050 perfect choice

    The choice of Xeikon’s 3050 model was based on the unique print width (516mm / 20”) of the press, which adjusts better to the client demands, and on the versatility for a diverse range of applications in the packaging market. “Thanks to its configuration (full rotary printing with variable repeat length) and print width, we can make better use of different formats and create more cost-effective price settings”, states Horacio Rey, while commenting on some of the specific functions that motivated the selection of Xeikon’s technology, “A new feature we highlight is the security printing possibility, which is very much sought for the authentication of original products. For us, it will be the ideal complement that will allow us to continue innovating and developing new products”.

    The Xeikon 3050 model is the entry-level press of the Xeikon 3000 Series, designed for label and packaging converters that require a greater capacity in the production of labels, folding cartons and promotional materials, with the functionality offered by digital printing technology. As business expands, the Xeikon 3050 press can be upgraded to one of the higher speed models of the Xeikon 3000 Series without any compromise in quality.

    The Xeikon 3050 press that was installed recently at the 28.500 square feet headquarters of Imprimex in Montevideo, has a variable print width of 250mm / 9.8” to 516mm / 20” and prints with speeds of up to 9,6m/min or 31.5 ft/min to work with maximum volumes of 974.16 square feet per hour. “This productivity level promises a fast return-on-investment and an additional production capacity to support our future growth strategy”, concludes Horacio Rey.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    06.05.2015   Tissueex 2015 - Plan your meeting with New Exhibitors    ( Company news )

    Company news Tissue Paper Industry is the sunrise industry of India. The business of tissue papers has increased many folds in the recent years. Available in various forms it has become a ubiquitous product. As more and more people become hygiene conscious, the market base has shown a steady increase over the years. Moreover, as it is a recyclable and biodegradable product, it adds to the environment advantage too.

    The Indian market for tissue paper is more than 30,000 tonnes per annum. The growth rate of the market is close to 12.5 percent year-on-year. Due to increasing disposable income, the consumers are adopting the tissue culture. Facial Tissue especially wet tissues have a good market considering the present climatic conditions in India. This growth is driven by increasing hygiene awareness, disposable income and deeper penetration of organized retail.

    Tissueex 2015
    Tissueex business event on Tissue Paper and allied industry in India and is co-located with Paperex, World's largest event on Paper and allied industry. The exhibition is an ideal destination for businesses targeting growing Tissue Paper markets of India and south Asia.
    Tissueex aims to provide a business platform to buyers and tissue paper manufacturers for business transactions, knowledge transfer and networking opportunities.
    (ITE Group Plc)
     
    06.05.2015   Additive color mixing: Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany and Siegwerk implement innovative ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...printing technology

    In close cooperation with its long-standing partner Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, Siegwerk has implemented a newly developed printing method using additive color mixing with pearlescent pigments. The first printed results have been exhibited at the European Coatings Show 2015 in Nuremberg.

    Everyone is familiar with the deep black of a TV screen that displays a full RGB color spectrum at the flip of a switch. Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany has now taken this idea to patent a new printing method. Instead of reproducing pictures with the four process colors cyan, magenta, yellow and black (CMYK) on a white background (subtractive color mixing) the process uses the pearlescent colors red, green and blue (RGB) on a black surface (additive color mixing). Siegwerk produced the respective pearlescent inks with pigments from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. The RGB process called for a totally new reproduction technology in the prepress phase.


    “Basically, picture reproduction using additive color mixing is independent of the printing process used,” explains Wolfram Gieseke, Head of R&D BU Tobacco, who accompanied the cooperation with Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. “However, gravure printing is predestined for it because it offers the best conditions for the transmission of the pearlescent pigments. The new method can be deployed across business units – with creative opportunities and implementation scenarios for very diverse applications.”
    (Siegwerk)
     
    06.05.2015   Belgian expansion: VPK starts up Cartonneries de Wallonie    ( Company news )

    Company news VPK Packaging group is investing 6.5 million EUR for the start of its operations in Courcelles, near Charleroi, in the French speaking part of Belgium. The new subsidiary will operate under the dedicated brand Cartonneries de Wallonie. The Group’s first site in Belgium’s southern part will focus on the production and distribution of corrugated packaging.

    The new company is set up to meet the increasing demand for corrugated packaging with “stock & serve” lead times. Equipped with converting equipment and digital printing machinery, the site will be pre-eminently fit to produce and supply with a high service level. The existing VPK sites in the surrounding area will complete both product offer and services.

    “Our Group has known a successful history of local entrepreneurship. The start-up in Wallonia is therefore fully in line with our proven corporate strategy. We are looking forward to expanding our local market presence as well as enlarging our services towards existing customers”, states CEO Pierre Macharis.
    (VPK Paper nv)
     

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