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    23.04.2015   Tieto Future Mill Workplace – building new ways of working    ( Company news )

    Company news In recent years, factories have been affected by many factors: from lack of resources, climate change and shorter business cycles to changes in user behaviour.

    Industrial Internet is integrating automation concepts where all areas are networked and can model and simulate not only all data generated within the company, but also external data. Subsequently, this data is incorporated into a holistic approach in the form of a decision support system, which assists employees with their daily decisions.

    This assistance occurs with the help of tools and technologies such as Google Glass or Kinect for Windows, an Xbox-like console for commercial applications that is controlled by voice commands or gestures. Once employees have logged on using the facial recognition software, it can be operated completely hands-free, even when wearing gloves.

    New technologies bring with them benefits for employees as well as synergies for the company. Employees are better prepared for meetings involving things such as shift handovers, as the information can be provided beforehand and the length of meetings is thereby reduced. Employees can also see all essential points at a glance and the information can be personalised and interactive.
    Industry transformation

    As automation, amount of networking machines and complexity of production increase, there are various effects on employees:
    -Focus shifts from processing standardised working procedures towards dealing with problems or exceptional circumstances
    -Different IT systems are increasingly used for transactions (information gathering, collaboration and communication)

    This in turn affects the underlying IT systems. It affects alerting, decision support, knowledge management, analysis of various solution scenarios and their impact, as well as IT-based employee cooperation.

    It is therefore necessary that an IT system of the future support the user with relevant decisions - whether through knowledge management or simulation of its effects.

    In addition, we see how communication and cooperation are integrated in the respective scenarios as a great opportunity to become more efficient.

    The goal of all initiatives is simplification. The employee must be able to make informed decisions quickly and in cooperation with others.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)
     
    23.04.2015   Valmet and Metsä Fibre finalized the order agreement for key technology to Äänekoski bioproduct mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Metsä Fibre have signed the agreement for the supply of key technology to Metsä Fibre's new Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland. Valmet announced the letter of intent of the delivery on February 13, 2015.

    Valmet delivery includes recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, lime kiln and a mill wide Valmet DNA automation system. The estimated value of Valmet's delivery, which includes only the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 125-150 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

    The construction of the bioproduct mill will start immediately and the production at the new mill is scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2017.

    "The bioproduct mill will strengthen Metsä Group's leading position in northern softwood pulp market and will improve our profitability. We have had long term and successful cooperation with Valmet which is a strong supplier of equipment of this scale," says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

    Technological innovations and important employment impact
    Valmet delivers leading technology for the Äänekoski bioproduct mill. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line and lime kiln will be the largest in Europe. All the equipment will have high energy efficiency.
    "Our gasification technology and recovery boiler maximize the use of bioenergy and makes the pulp mill totally fossil fuel free. Valmet delivers a modern gasification plant, where bark is dried and gasified to product gas which is then used as fuel in the lime kiln. The Valmet delivered recovery boiler has multiple high power features including patented heat recovery from flue gas to combustion air enabling the mill to sell outside 1.4 times more electricity than it needs for its own operation," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.
    Valmet's delivery for the bioproduct mill will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 250 man years, out of which half in Finland mainly in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Ulvila and Raisio.

    Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Metsä Fibre Äänekoski bioproduct mill
    The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Metsä Fibre's total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion and the mill's annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes.
    Valmet's delivery includes engineering, procurement, supply and construction management of a recovery boiler, a pulp drying line, a lime kiln and a gasification plant. The recovery boiler will have a capacity of 7,200 tds/d (tonnes dry solids a day). It provides steam to a turbine with 260 MW electrical capacity, which makes Metsä Fibre's recovery boiler plant the largest renewable energy production unit in Europe. The pulp drying line will have a trimmed width of 8.25 meters and a capacity of 2,700 Adt/d (air dry tonnes a day). The lime kiln will have a capacity of 1,200 t/d and will be operated by renewable fuel provided by 87 MW product gas capacity biomass gasification plant.
    Valmet's automation delivery includes an extensive Valmet DNA automation and process information system covering the entire pulp mill and Valmet IQ quality control system for the pulp drying machine.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    22.04.2015   Xerium Expands Huydura Family of Dewatering Wires for Twin Wire Presses and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Double Wire Presses

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched the Huydura family of dewatering wire technology for twin wire presses and double wire presses for pulp production. The innovative Huydura portfolio now includes three product tiers providing the industry’s most advanced pulp-making wire technology. Huydura AP, Huydura HD, and Huydura XL are specially engineered to provide optimum dewatering, sheet release, and durability at the highest pressure loads. Huydura is also available in endless and seamed versions for the most demanding applications.

    “Our machine clothing technology team is proud to unveil yet another step change in performance on these demanding double wire pulp press applications. Huydura has long been a benchmark for performance on these type presses and the newly expanded portfolio broadens the application scope to more machines and positions for the ideal combination of performance and life” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “We are continually pushing the technology envelope for more innovations to help our customers achieve new performance levels with reduced operating costs.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    22.04.2015   Design 'OSCAR' for ROLAND 700 Evolution    ( Company news )

    Company news Manroland’s state-of-the-art new printing press has been recognised in one of the world’s biggest design awards. The ROLAND 700 Evolution, launched at the end of 2014, is one of the winners of the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2015.

    The Awards attracted nearly 5,000 entries from 56 countries. The Founder and President of Singapore-based Red Dot, Professor Dr Peter Zec, said Manroland had showed “uncompromising competency and considerable courage.” “You have measured yourself successfully against the best in the industry,” he said in a letter to Manroland.

    The jury was made up of designers, academics and journalists from 25 countries who were impressed by the Evolution’s sleek and futuristic look and technology aimed at giving printers unprecedented levels of efficiency, operation and quality.

    Features include an ergonomic operating user interface with touch-screen controls, Direct Drive technology, and feeder, delivery and dampening units specially designed for high-speed production.

    Manroland’s CEO, Rafael Penuela, said: “We are naturally thrilled to have won this award. Printing presses are not usually recognised for their design. It’s a tribute to our team here in Germany who conceived, developed and launched the Evolution in just two years.”
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    22.04.2015   DS Smith leads corrugated packaging market with breakthrough HP digital preprint solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith has taken delivery of industry-leading digital preprint solution this month.
    Working in collaboration with HP to develop and deploy digital preprint solutions for high-volume corrugated packaging, DS Smith took delivery of the bespoke HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press in March 2015.

    The narrow-width press, which will print four colours onto the liner prior to corrugating, precedes the delivery of a wide-web machine – currently in development – which is more size-compatible with high-volume fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) corrugated packaging needs.

    The investment will enable DS Smith to deliver products to market faster, customise batches to support brand and marketing initiatives, deliver short and long print runs, and ensure consistent print quality.

    The HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press is installed at the Belper site, part of DS Smith’s UK packaging division, which has been chosen as the test site given its long pedigree of print innovation and will act as the digital preprint R&D centre for the company.

    This installation is a big step in DS Smith’s collaboration with HP towards deploying a high-volume, digital preprint solution, to meet the corrugated packaging needs of FMCG markets. DS Smith will also be the world’s first user of the HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press, HP’s recently announced wide-web digital preprint solution.

    DS Smith intends to lead the corrugated packaging industry with this game-changing technology.

    Stefano Rossi, divisional CEO for DS Smith, commented: “We invest in the latest printing technology at an early stage to ensure our customers have unrivalled access to the highest quality and widest range of printing techniques.

    “We look forward to developing digital alongside our other print processes; the combination of speed, quality and agility provided by our extensive range of printing options opens up many opportunities for our customers.

    “This is a big investment; it shows our determination to be at the forefront of technology, to lead the market and to continually enhance the service and support we provide to our customers.”

    HP looks forward to the DS Smith solution deployment in Belper. “We believe our HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press and the HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press preprint solution will provide DS Smith innovative new capabilities, and that combined with DS Smith’s vision and focus around quality and customer service will help us sharpen our packaging presses offering to the market,” said Eric Wiesner, General Manager for HP’s Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions division.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
     
    22.04.2015   Metsä Board increases white fresh forest fibre linerboard prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board announces a price increase of € 40 per tonne for white fresh forest fibre linerboards in the continental European markets, effective May the 11th, 2015 as consequence of the good demand in the recent months and a strong market outlook.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    22.04.2015   emtec at Future. Forum Paper in Austria - Process Optimization within the Paper, Board and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Tissue Production

    On May 20th and 21st, emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the “Future. Forum Paper” – the Austrian Paper Conference with trade show for pulp and paper industry in Graz.
    During the two days emtec will present different testing instruments by which the process from the production of the pulp to the conversion to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.

    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the process and delivers reliable and necessary information concerning the efficiency of chemicals in the process immediately.
    In addition to the wet end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production and of the finished product after converting. The EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester is one of the equipment for determining important paper surface properties such as hydrophoby and sizing as well as the porosity and pore structure, which have influences on the printability, coatability, and glueability.

    Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling.

    Another innovative device is one of the latest developments: the ACA Ash Content Analyzer. It allows the fast and accurate determination of the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the individual filler components of paper and board. It is a useful alternative to the traditional combustion method.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    22.04.2015   WWF's 'Environmental Self-check' - a free and confidential service for pulp and paper producers    ( Company news )

    Company news With the launch of the online Environmental Self-check, WWF provides an improved service to pulp and paper manufacturers globally for company internal usage. The five online steps to check the environmental footprint of pulp and paper brands can be filled out confidentially. The Environmental Self-check is a new feature of WWF´s Check Your Paper, a public database of brands with high environmental standards (checkyourpaper.panda.org)

    “WWF wants to offer an additional service to producers to support continual improvement efforts. With the Environmental Self-check we encourage companies to test their products with our method and verify their environmental performance. Companies can download their scores for company internal usage and discussions without any cost or obligations,” said Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Pulp and Paper Global Manager, WWF International “Of course we encourage them to also publish their scores subsequently, to show leadership in transparency.”

    The Environmental Self-check is based on a method which reduces the complexity of assessing the forest and manufacturing footprint of pulp and paper products. Previously called “Scorecard”, it was developed upon request by and with support of large buyers, and in consultation with scientists, NGOs and producers. The Check Your Paper method is already being used across regions and for different products. WWF now also encourages the use of the method in supplier screening tools, for example those of retailers and other large buyers of pulp and paper.
    The public Check Your Paper database has further a new focus on featuring pulp and paper products with high environmental standards and a low forest, water and climate footprint. As part of the improved Check Your Paper, WWF will offer more opportunities for transparent leaders in the sector to get public recognition for published brands. All third party audited brands will automatically participate in the Environmental Paper Awards 2016 which will be issued for Best Environmental Performance paper brands and the most transparent producers.

    Rod Taylor, Director Forests for Life Programme, WWF International said “At a time of increasing interest in supply chain risks worldwide, the Check Your Paper Method offers an opportunity for suppliers and buyers to work together to reduce their environmental footprint.”
    (WWF International)
     
    22.04.2015   Sale of SKG Solidboard and Graphicboard operations in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group announces that it has signed an agreement to sell its Solidboard and Graphicboard operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK to the Aurelius Group.

    The operations being sold have net assets amounting to €42 million, and comprise two Graphicboard mills, an integrated Solidboard operation consisting of two mills and four converting sites.

    The transaction represents a further progression of the Group’s stated objective to focus on its core business as a leading global producer of paper based packaging solutions and maximise long term returns for shareholders.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    22.04.2015   bielomatik focuses on growth sectors    ( Company news )

    Company news Restructuring under chapter 11 proceedings

    bielomatik focuses on the profitable growth sectors plastic welding and lubrication technology. The division paper converting machines shall be now sold acknowledging a difficult market situation.

    bielomatik is restructuring itself under chaper 11 protection. The county court of Esslingen agreed to the corresponding filing of the bielomatik management. The approximately 550 employees in Neuffen have already been informed during an employee meeting.

    This allows bielomatik to evade an impending insolvency and to continue being lead under the manufacturers own management team. The chapter 11 proceedings have only recently been adopted in German insolvency law. The business activities will be continued unrestricted; the company is still financially solvent.

    Simultaneously, standard insolvency filings have been initiated for bielomatik jagenberg, bielomatik’s subsidiary company, that employs 23 members of staff at Neuss/Germany. An employee meeting has been held there as well.

    The renowned restructuring expert Arndt Geiwitz of Schneider Geiwitz & Partner accompanies the filings as a trustee. Patrick Wahren has been appointed as the insolvency administrator for bielomatik jagenberg.

    “bielomatik is and will continue to do business with its customers and partners under the protective shield of chapter 11”, emphasizes the chairman of management board Alexander Wassermann. “We are able to fulfill all customer orders as planned. Moreover, we can and will pay our orders with suppliers.”

    Within the last years bielomatik has developed extensively the plastic welding and lubrication technology businesses. The company has positioned itself profitable and future-oriented regarding the technology, its products and innovation projects. The business is developing in these areas very positively and further growth is expected in 2015. “We also see a great deal of positive potential in the paper converting division that could enable synergies in another commercial context and that brings value to a potential purchaser”, says restructuring expert Arndt Geiwitz. “We will lead intensive sales negotiations”.

    Throughout the upcoming three months the company will establish a restructuring plan. If the creditors accept this plan, it will be implemented – in conjunction with a corresponding decision by the court. Wassermann promises an approach in close cooperation with the creditors, business partners, employees, the court and the trustees.

    The chapter 11 filing has no effects on the validity of employment contracts. All rights and duties persist. As a result, many employees have a secured salary entitlement for three months due to the so called insolvency substitute benefits during the chapter 11 proceedings.

    All foreign subsidiaries of bielomatik in Italy, Romania, the USA, Brazil, China, Singapore and Japan are not affected by these filings.
    (bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    22.04.2015   Latest news from PulpEye at ZELLCHEMING 2015 Booth C10 Halle 11    ( Company news )

    Company news At ZELLCHEMING 2015 PulpEye will present the full range of online analyser modules, including the brand new FWT fibre wall thickness, CrillEye and the Dynamic Drainage Analyzer, DDA 5.

    Fibre wall thickness is an important parameter and PulpEye is now introducing the world’s first technology for measurement of fibre wall thickness, the FWT module.

    CrillEye measures the amount of crill and it is now possible to pre-calculate the strength of the paper and board and hence to define the refining needed to optimise the amount of crill.

    PulpEye has launched the fifth generation of its Dynamic Drainage Analyzer, DDA 5 giving drainage values comparable to real drainage situations on modern paper machines’ wire sections.

    Looking forward to meet you at stand C10 in Halle 11
    (PulpEye AB)
     
    21.04.2015   Tests show that ifoodbag's carrier bag keeps food frozen for up to 24 hours    ( Company news )

    Company news Now serial entrepreneur Fredrik Wester is investing in the company

    Tests of ifoodbag's unique paper carrier bag started in 2014. The test period has now concluded and the results show that the bag manages to keep goods, such as foodstuffs, frozen and chilled for up to 24 hours. The product is thus fully developed, though at this point there is no product available on the market. Despite this, the company has received advance payment for annual orders from customers throughout the world. For the next phase, one of Sweden's most successful entrepreneurs, company leader Fredrik Wester, is coming on-board as part of Sweden's most exciting start-up company.

    It has been a long time since anything new has happened on the carrier bag front. Developments have stood still for many years – until now that is, with ifoodbag meeting the food industry's need for an intelligent carrier bag with the same production cost as ordinary food bags. ifoodbag's solution is a water-resistant carrier bag made of paper, with cooler and freezer functions which work for up to 24 hours, and is suited to e-commerce companies that sell foodstuffs online, as well as food shops. The fact that the test period recently concluded with exclusively positive results means that the product is now considered to be fully developed. The tests were conducted by independent experts at the Innventia research institute, and were performed both in accredited laboratories and with a number of well-established participants within the online-based grocery store segment which has resulted in customer orders with advance payments.
    The ifoodbag concept entails simpler and cheaper transportation of frozen and chilled goods, increased quality in foodstuffs and less need for additives. Reduced food waste is another positive effect, and the company hopes that the new product will be able to save food that would previously have been destroyed, in hot climates for example.

    "The bag achieved the expected test results and we have proved that the product works", says Karl Fallgren, CEO and founder of ifoodbag. "Despite the product not being available on the market yet, we have already noted massive interest, both nationally and internationally. We have even signed agreements with several customers and new investors are continually being added. I am absolutely delighted to be able to present the company's latest addition, Fredrik Wester".

    With the test period's successful completion, the ifoodbag is now entering a new phase. In conjunction with this, company leader and lecturer Fredrik Wester is stepping in as an investor and new partner. Fredrik Wester has been an entrepreneur since he was 16 years old. He has extensive retail knowledge, and access to a global network within the retail trade, having collaborated with companies including the e-commerce giant Amazon, among others.

    "This is a brilliant product that has the capacity to be massive", says Fredrik Wester, investor in ifoodbag and new partner. “The ifoodbag has proven everyone who thought a paper carrier bag could only ever be a paper carrier bag wrong. And instead of handing a customer a finished solution, ifoodbag has developed a product based on an actual need. We work the same way within the rapidly-growing world of digital games, where something new is happening all the time – and that's how you succeed in changing people's lifestyles".
    (ifoodbag AB)
     
    21.04.2015   Santasalo's Launches Quatro+ Planetary Gears Providing 30% Higher Torques and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... 200% Extended Bearing Life on Original Quatro Series

    Gear manufacturer, Santasalo, is pleased to introduce their new series of planetary gear units to the global industrial market. The new Quatro+ range (photo) offers higher torques without the requirement to increase the gear unit size or weight giving you more for your investment. In addition, an extended bearing life up to 200% higher than the original Quatro series, ensures enhanced availability of the gears and reduced operating costs.

    The Quatro+ series offers nominal output torque up to 1,427 kNm, up to 30% increase on the torque of the original Quatro series but with no change to the size and weight of the gear unit. Its advanced design brings Santasalo to the forefront of planetary gear innovation and can be highly customised to meet the requirements of a vast range of applications in many industries. You can view our Quatro+ movie here

    Santasalo will showcase the Quatro+, for the first time, at the 2015 Hannover Fair in Germany this April. Experts on the Santasalo planetary product range will be there to represent the product launch and provide experience and knowledge on both the Quatro+ and all other planetary gears offered by the business. The business sees this as a great opportunity for customers and other interested parties to learn more about the benefits of this new, highly innovative and cost effective product series.

    “Upgrading the power rating of Santasalo’s original Quatro series has allowed us to provide our customers with a new range of drives that fulfill the most demanding high torque application needs. With the Quatro + series, we can deliver very cost competitive drive solutions for, not only new machines, but as a replacement of existing Santasalo Quatro drives and competitor gear units. We are excited to launch this advanced technology to the global market for heavy duty planetary gear units,” said Pasi Jokela, Senior Vice President of Santasalo Capital Sales.
    (Santasalo Gears Oy)
     
    21.04.2015   Labelexpo Europe commits to Brussels for 2017    ( Labelexpo )

    Labelexpo The organizers of Labelexpo Europe have confirmed that 2017’s edition is set to remain at Brussels Expo in Belgium. Home to the biennial event since 1985, the decision was taken following a year-long venue research project.

    The results of this were presented to the Labelexpo Advisory Board along with the findings of a consultation of key stakeholders on a potential location change. As well as reviewing Brussels, other shortlisted destinations evaluated by site visits included Barcelona, Amsterdam and Stuttgart. Further venue options in Geneva, Madrid, Dusseldorf and Frankfurt were also researched having already discounted other locations based on their immediate suitability.

    Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series explains: “This is an important exercise for us and we routinely review the cities and venues we call home to ensure they offer the best value, facilities and experience for exhibitors and visitors alike. We carried out extensive analysis and considered each location’s individual merits based on transport, logistics, accommodation, hall layout and space requirements, infrastructure, venue services, timing and cost.

    “Feedback was received and reviewed from over 1,000 exhibitors and visitors and Brussels and Barcelona emerged as the two main contenders for 2017’s show. While an interest in moving to Barcelona was clear, there was more opposition to a location change expressed by those who preferred Brussels and it would have affected footfall. Brussels is also set to undergo a major regeneration project (called NEO Brussels) with the Heyzel Plateau site, where Brussels Expo is based, being redeveloped and its metro and tramway lines being further improved and extended.

    “Brussels is an excellent, flexible and accessible place to do business. With these redevelopment plans now in place, we will continue to work closely with our partners at Brussels Expo and Visit Brussels to facilitate our exhibitors and visitors’ needs to ensure they get the best possible experience at Labelexpo Europe.”
    (Tarsus Group Limited)
     
    21.04.2015   Commissioning of high-capacity pulping node in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news As part of the project execution of stock preparation line reconstruction for the company Nikol-Pak, Uchaly, Russia, aimed at increasing output capacity up to 540 tpd, also a high-capacity pulping node was put into operation. Within the node six machinery prototypes delivered by the company PAPCEL were put into operation. The main part of the node consists of new type of pulper LCV-65 with nominal engine output of 710 kW. Also 2 pieces of periodical rejects separator PSN-40 with prototype screen shape are connected to the pulping node, through which the line achieves higher performance. The rejects from PSN are drained by dewatering drum prototype OBN-20 which replaced OBN-10 with lower output. A completely innovated type of spinning impurities ragger, which provides continuous tub cleaning, is part of the node. Optimal setting is able to increase the node performance high above the projected performance. At the same time, the spinning impurities ragger solution brings great savings in terms of reduced equipment wear off and lower energy consumption. Overall, the customer is highly satisfied with the pulping node operation as well as with the reconstruction of stock preparation line.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    21.04.2015   Walcher & Rees speed up their work with POLAR LabelSystem DC-11plus    ( Company news )

    Company news Walcher & Rees GmbH in Heidenheim is one of the leading suppliers of labels in the German-speaking region. By their own account, this 200-strong, family-run company produces nearly 16 billion labels each year. To successfully meet the growing demand, they have put the second POLAR DC-11plus Label System into service.

    Describing the strategy leading to the introduction of the POLAR machine, managing director Fabian Walz says: “When the economic situation at Walcher & Rees GmbH became more difficult in 2010, we decided to restructure the company". In this regard, attention focused on the five die-cutters which had seen better days and in the management's view no longer conformed to the level of performance which is both possible and necessary to achieve in today's market. The idea was that by deploying new units equipped with the latest technology the overall number of machines could be reduced whilst significantly increasing productivity.

    Close Cooperation with POLAR
    At just the right moment, while it was searching for a partner with whom to implement these ideas, the company received an offer from POLAR. The engineering company had presented the prototype for a new die-cutting system at drupa 2012 and was itself looking for a partner with the facilities for installing and testing the machine under production conditions. As many years of collaboration with POLAR in the field of cutting machines had seen nothing but positive results and since there was a feeling that the existing suppliers of die-cutting machines had fallen behind the Hofheim company both in terms of technology and performance, there was nothing to be said against the concept or to prevent Walcher & Rees from awarding the contract to POLAR.

    Many positive effects
    oday, production is arranged so that the labeling material is first cut into strips with a POLAR high-speed cutter. Two strips of labels arranged side by side are then cut into individual label stacks. These are separated and then transported one by one to the DCplus system die-cutter. After die-cutting, the label packs are automatically carried onto the BDplus single-head bander and banded together. Thanks to the revised processes, the DC-11plus today handles up to 24 packs per minute whereas its predecessor's peak was 16 packs per minute. As regards production at Walcher & Rees, this means that, depending on the order, up to nine million labels can be produced in one shift, whereas previously only six million was possible under the same conditions.
    A particular advantage in this regard is the machine's ability to cut two stacks at once. Walz: "We currently use the machine particularly for print runs in the tens of millions and we are extremely happy with it."

    Flexibility
    What managers also appreciate is the flexibility of the machine when it comes to formats and their uses. "We are now able to process hundreds of the most varied formats accurately and reliably with very rapid retooling," says Walz. The large table, which by contrast with the earlier models is significantly easier to load and can hold a pre-buffer of up to three layers, is a contributing factor, as is the fact that, compared with the earlier models, there is greater scope for adjustment, for example as regards tilting, rotating and distortion handling. Walz: "And, in this regard, we shouldn't forget the stability and construction of the machine itself. Once the production parameters have been set, the cut product is transferred smoothly and steadily into the die-cutting room to be further processed. You can practically let the machine run on its own."
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    21.04.2015   Valmet to supply key technologies for paper machine grade conversion to Kotkamills in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply key technologies for extensive grade conversion for Kotkamills Oy in Finland. The target is to convert the existing printing paper (machine finished coated paper, MFC) production line to produce high-quality folding boxboard and barrier board grades. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. Valmet delivery is a part of customer's total EUR 70 million equipment order.

    "Kotkamills is very pleased to have the know-how of Valmet's advanced coating technologies available for the important rebuild project from magazine paper to innovative packaging boards," says Markku Hämäläinen, CEO of Kotkamills Oy.

    Key technologies for grade conversion
    "Valmet delivers key technologies for the grade conversion to enable cost efficient and flexible production of recyclable and sustainable packaging materials. Our advanced coating solutions are a good fit for this demanding project," says Petri Paukkunen, Vice President of Paper Mills Sales and Marketing from Valmet.
    Valmet's delivery includes different kind of coating units, new center driven OptiReel as well as new OptiWin two-drum compact winder. The delivery also includes modernization of dryer section and calender as well as related automation-, air- and chemical systems. Automation delivery includes Valmet DNA machine and process control, condition monitoring and machine vision systems.
    The 5970 mm-wide (wire) machine will produce folding boxboard (FBB) grades in the basis weight range of 150 - 500 g/m2. The production capacity of the machine will be approximately 400,000 tonnes per year and the design speed 750 m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    21.04.2015   Metsä Group to build next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre has today made the decision to build a bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland in the area of the existing pulp mill. The construction work will begin immediately, and the mill is scheduled to be completed during the third quarter of 2017.

    The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. The total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion, of which 40 per cent will be equity financed and 60 per cent debt financed. The latter will include bank loans and trade credit. In addition, Metsä Fibre has received EUR 32.1 million as an investment subsidy for renewable energy from the Finnish Ministry of Employment and the Economy. Metsä Fibre is owned by Metsäliitto Cooperative (50.2 per cent), Metsä Board Corporation (24.9 per cent) and Itochu Corporation (24.9 per cent).

    The bioproduct mill’s annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes, of which 800,000 tonnes will be softwood pulp and 500,000 tonnes hardwood pulp. The softwood pulp will be exported mainly to Europe and Asia. In addition to premium pulp, the mill will produce much more electricity than it will need, as well as tall oil and turpentine, among other bioproducts. All side streams from the bioproduct mill are planned to be utilised in the ecosystem that will be formed by various companies around the mill.

    The new mill will increase the consumption of pulpwood in Finland by approximately 4 million cubic metres per year, or approximately 10 per cent. The mill will use a total of 6.5 million cubic metres of wood raw material annually, which will mainly be sourced from Finland.

    “We have a very busy year behind us. During this period, we have determinedly advanced the project according to the original plan. The mill area has been prepared for the construction work, an environmental permit and other permits currently required for the construction have been obtained, the financing solutions have been agreed, and the main partners have been selected. Cooperation with the authorities as well as other parties participating in the project has been open and constructive,” says Kari Jordan, President and CEO of Metsä Group.

    “The steady growth in the demand for northern softwood pulp on the global market is the main driver for the investment. We aim to strengthen our leading position in this market, increase Metsä Fibre's business, and improve our profitability in the long term,” Jordan says.

    A significant impact on the Finnish economy
    After completion, the bioproduct mill will increase the annual value of Finland's exports by EUR 0.5 billion, and its income effect on Finland will be more than EUR 0.5 billion annually. During construction, the bioproduct mill's effect on employment will be approximately 6,000 jobs and when completed more than 2,500 jobs in the entire value chain, of which approximately 1,500 will be new. The mill itself will employ approximately 200 people.
    Approximately 70 per cent of the bioproduct mill's main equipment deliveries will be of Finnish origin. The detailed engineering work will require approximately 200 man-years, and 100 per cent will be of Finnish origin.

    Energy efficiency and low emissions used as design criteria
    Minimised emissions, low specific water consumption, as well as high energy and material efficiency have been the central design criteria for the bioproduct mill. The wood raw material used by the mill and all side streams will be fully utilised as products and bioenergy.
    The bioproduct mill will contribute to achieving renewable energy targets in Finland. The mill concept maximises the bioenergy to be sold and increases the share of renewable energy in Finland by approximately two percentage points. Furthermore, the mill will not use any fossil fuels. All of the energy it requires will be generated from wood. The electricity self-sufficiency rate of the mill will be 240 per cent.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
     
    20.04.2015   Distribute, mix and collect - The GEMÜ 553 distribution valve with modular body concept    ( Company news )

    Company news Modern and compact valve solutions are much in demand in plant engineering, for use in a wide range of applications. In addition to demanding requirements in terms of pressure and temperature, modular-style and expandable valve solutions are becoming increasingly popular. Through their adaptability to individual situations, a high level of flexibility can be achieved for a range of different applications with the modular GEMÜ 553 distribution valve.
    The GEMÜ 553 series consists of high-quality, stainless steel investment cast bodies that can be very easily connected together in series using a tried-and-tested seal system. In terms of actuator unit, pneumatically operated actuators made of stainless steel or plastic are available from the GEMÜ modular system. These can, depending on requirements, be used in combination with a widely varied range of accessories, such as electrical position indicators, combi switchboxes and/or pilot valves.

    Versatile application possibilities
    Thanks to the diversity of combination options, as well as the technical properties it possesses, the valve can be deployed for a variety of different processes. In this regard, it can be used in applications where an extremely wide variety of different media are distributed, mixed or collected. In particular, the GEMÜ 553 is ideally suitable for the distribution of cooling and lubricating fluids on machine tools. In the mixing function, media with different properties can be mixed together, such as hot and cold water. In the collection application, a same medium is guided in the back flow to a common outlet. In the distribution function, a medium is guided to a variety of different consumers. With the aid of a universal module, it is possible to integrate temperature and pressure measuring directly into the process. Furthermore, media can be separated along the pipe train. As a result, it is possible to control the flow of two media or types of media (e.g. liquid or gaseous) independently of one another via the same valve configuration.
    Thanks to the possibility of locking the individual connections in place in 90° increments, the valve arrangement can be ideally adapted to the most different of process and mounting conditions. Female threads in G1/2 and G3/4 are available for the connections. The module can be terminated at a desired point through separate connection and blanking flanges. The valve bodies are designed in pressure rating PN 25 and can be quickly and straightforwardly connected together via a threaded connection. When connected, the valve bodies are mutually sealed using O-rings.

    Visit us at the Achema:
    Hall 8, booth F4
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    20.04.2015   Reflex takes over drawing papers from Schoellershammer     ( Company news )

    Company news Two paper manufacturers strengthen the Düren location

    Only a few weeks ago, the tradition-steeped paper maker Reflex in Düren announced the takeover of a new business segment. As part of their new multi-tiered strategy, Reflex is to take over the production and products involving opaque drawing and artist’s papers from the Papierfabrik Schoellershammer, which is also based in Düren.

    Under the brand “Schoellershammer Fine Art by Reflex”, the papers, which are in high demand with artists and graphic designers, are to be provided by Reflex in future. In addition to the Da Capo, Duria, Durex brands, and in particular also the 4g brand used for airbrushing and calligraphy, all the types within the range of papers suitable for drawing and printing techniques are to be continued.

    “With this new business segment, we see an excellent chance to strengthen and develop our portfolio in addition to the existing Reflex paper products”, says Hariolf Koeder (photo), CEO of Reflex, about the latest takeover: “Of course, we are delighted that we have been able to make this initial, important strategic investment in our future business shortly after taking over the company”.

    The 230-year old family-run company Schoellershammer intends to set up a new paper machine by the end of 2016. In this way, the paper manufacturers wish to concentrate on the field of packaging as well as on transparent fine papers. The relinquishment of the opaque paper range to Reflex is therefore a natural development for Schoellershammer, in particular due to the close proximity of the two companies in Düren. However, the main reason for this decision was that Reflex possess the technical prerequisites for this business segment.

    “We are delighted that the continuity of our drawing and artist’s papers is secured for our customers at the same consistently high quality through Reflex. Reflex represents an ideal partner with recognised competence”, explains Alexander Stern, the Managing Director of Schoellershammer.

    The sales will be orientated both on the German-speaking markets and on the international markets in Europe and overseas. The continuity of the sales activities will be guaranteed through the reinforcement of the Reflex Team through experienced Schoellershammer competence.
    (Reflex GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    20.04.2015   Cultivating for Future Generations - Introducing GreenHarvest products    ( Company news )

    Company news A truly innovative offering that incorporates plant-based rapidly renewable fiber, such as bamboo and wheat straw, into trusted Kleenex® and Scott® Brand towel and tissue products.

    GreenHarvest products represent a pioneering approach to fiber sourcing that will transform the paper products industry.
    As a world leader in sustainability, Kimberly-Clark is paving the way – delivering innovative products along with the quality and performance that you’ve come to expect from our trusted brands.
    Today, in a resource-constrained, digital world, with fewer sources of recycled fiber, and the need to put less pressure on natural forests, it’s important to continue exploring new fibers.

    What is GreenHarvest plant-based fiber?
    It’s fiber, but it doesn’t come from trees. It comes from plants, such as wheat and bamboo.

    Fiber Sourcing
    Being first to market means forging new paths – developing new manufacturing processes as well as a unique supply chain to obtain wheat straw directly from U.S. farmers.
    There was no model for what we were attempting to do. So we built it ourselves – providing additional revenue to farming communities and utilizing an abundant plant source.

    Certifications
    All GreenHarvest products are third-party certified, providing assurance that they meet stringent standards of environmental leadership.
    - Meet EPA guidelines for minimum post-consumer waste content (towels 40%, bathroom tissue 20%)
    - Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified
    - Most are ECOLOGO certified
    We are always seeking new and innovative ways to reduce our impact on the environment.
    (Kimberly-Clark Corp.)
     
    20.04.2015   Toscotec delivers a second tissue line to AMS BR Star Paper S.A, Portugal    ( Company news )

    Company news The italian leading paper machinery manufacturer Toscotec will supply a second tissue line to the Portuguese producer AMS BR Star Paper in its plant in Vila Velha de Ródão, in the east of the country. At the present, the mill already houses an AHEAD-2.0S line from Toscotec, with an overall capacity of 110 tpd, started up in 2009. The new machine will come on stream on third quarter of 2015.

    Toscotec’s “turn-key” project for TM#2 includes stock preparation plant for virgin pulp, AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine with Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-15FT, machine auxiliaries including hood and air systems by Milltech, electrification & control system, additional plants and complete engineering and erection activities. Machine speed will be 2000 mpm with a net trim width of 2820 mm and a daily production of 110 tons for the Customer Consumer and Away from Home markets.

    The successful cooperation between the two companies, demonstrated in the TM#1 project, as well as the Toscotec technology and its excellence and experience in complex “turn-key” projects worldwide, has been the decisional factor for AMS to choose once again the Italian company for this challenging project.

    AHEAD-2.0 line of tissue machines, the company’s best-of-breed range, represents the state-of-the-art for Toscotec technology and it’s designed to satisfy all production needs in terms of both the type of raw materials used and the quality of the end product. The best available technology and a flexible design with tailor made solutions, has been awarding Toscotec for more than 40 orders for AHEAD lines in the last four years, becoming so far the reference tissue machinery supplier in this segment.
    The ultimate concept affecting the AHEAD line, that the Company is expected to launch in the next IT’S Tissue edition, is PRODERGY.The new PRODERGY is the first tissue machine that unites top performance in terms of production and end product quality with maximum energy efficiency, as a result of the special configuration of the drying section. With a net trim width of 5600 mm and an operating speed of 2000 mpm and is fitted with steam heated hood by Milltech and the biggest steel Yankee ever built for tissue paper production. So far PRODERGY extends the AHEAD-2.0 line to the new horizon of production of tissue in a sustainable way.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    20.04.2015   Global Anilox Leader Announces Organizational Change    ( Company news )

    Company news Apex Group of Companies, in an effort to align their global operations under a single, unifying nomenclature, has made the strategic decision to drop “Group of Companies” from their name. Moving forward, the organization will be known both internally and externally as Apex International.

    “We want to ensure that our supplier partners, our competition and, most especially, our customers recognize our brand as being global in scale. We have 7 production facilities on 4 continents and sell anilox and metering solutions to customers in over 80 countries.” said Ken Ralton, President of Apex International. “The key message is that Apex customers, no matter where their operations are, can and should expect the same quality and same commitment to service excellence. Apex International is one company with a focus on supplying the highest quality, most technologically advanced anilox solutions in the world while also leading the industry with an uncommon commitment to the end to end customer experience. And we’re willing to prove it by open our doors to any customer that wants a first-hand look at what makes Apex International different.”
    (Apex International)
     
    20.04.2015   emtec at ANEX & SINCE 2015 - Softness Evaluation: An Introduction to the Nonwoven-Market    ( Company news )

    Company news The company emtec Electronic will participate at the “ANEX & SINCE 2015” in Shanghai, China from 13th to 15th of May. The event will be a combination of the Asia Nonwovens Exhibition and Conference (ANEX) and the Shanghai International Nonwovens Conference and Exhibition (SINCE). The company emtec will be present at booth no. V21 together with Shanghai Forest & Paper Scientific Instrument – its representative for China.

    At the exhibition booth emtec will present its TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which was developed for the tissue industry, but is also applicable in the nonwoven sector. The device allows the optimization of the production and converting process, the quality control from supplied products, and also the quality assurance during the production and converting process. Furthermore, the TSA can be used in the R&D to develop new products and to improve existing products.
    The TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/ roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the production and converting processes.

    More information about the device and its application will be given by Mr. Alexander Gruener in his presentation “TSA: A new method for Process Optimization, QA and R&D in Nonwovens Production and Converting.” on Wednesday, 13th May at 10:05 am.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    20.04.2015   Bekaert Solaronics installs two UniDryer® V3 and an Energy Recovery System ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... (ERS) at the Condat paper mill - Lecta Group, France

    Bekaert Solaronics has installed two gas infrared drying UniDryer® V3 systems on PM8 after coaters 1&2 at the Condat paper mill of Lecta Group in France.

    The investment is to significantly reduce the energy consumption and hence lower the operational costs. The UniDryer® V3 systems replace the existing electrical infrared dryers and are coupled to the hot air dryers by the ERS concept which uses the exhaust from the UniDryer® V3 as energy source for the hot air dryers.

    The combined infrared and air dryer UniDryer® V3 is a compact system in which high performance gas infrared emitters are alternated with high temperature and velocity air nozzles. The combination of these features results in rapid heating, a high evaporation rate and ultimately in better paper quality.

    Both systems are equipped with Gem12E emitters which have proven their excellent efficiency and reliability for the paper and board industry. Today, more than 7 000 Gem12E emitters have already been installed in manufacturing sites of the world’s major paper companies. Also the ERS concept is increasingly gaining interest because it significantly reduces the energy consumption of hot air dryers.
     
    17.04.2015   FINAT launches call for candidates for 2015 Recycling Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT Recycling Awards Competition organized for the second time to recognize efforts of the industry in paper and film release liner recycling

    FINAT, the European association for the self-adhesive label industry, announced today the launch of the second FINAT Recycling Awards Competition. Within two award categories, self-adhesive label end-users and self-adhesive label converters, companies that have their paper and/or film release liners recycled are invited to apply, and get recognized for taking steps to lower the environmental impact. The deadline for submitting entries is May 22nd and the competition will culminate in the announcement of the winners at the European Label Forum in Amsterdam, held from 11 to 13 June 2015.

    The goal of the FINAT Recycling Awards Competition is to raise awareness for the growing number of sustainable and economically-viable recycling programmes. These offer companies site-specific solutions for the collection and recycling of used release liners, allowing them to reduce both their carbon footprint and landfilling costs. “We were delighted by the large number of good entries to our first Recycling Awards Competition last year. We are looking forward to continue this success and see new examples of how the industry is rising to the challenge and embracing the available recycling solutions,” says Jacques van Leeuwen, Chairman of the FINAT Recycling Awards Competition.

    It pays to recycle
    Release line recycling is important, not only for the environment but also for label converters and printers. It contributes to the reduction of the ‘footprint’ of a label company, FMCG brand or private label which is becoming ever more essential because of the growing emphasis on corporation’s responsibility towards society and the planet. In addition, release line recycling also offers economic advantages as it can reduce the costs associated with the management of secondary release liner materials, compared to alternative disposal methods. It also provides a potential answer to legal or market requirements in the context of government or corporate environmental sustainability programmes, now and in the future.

    “As an independent association for the self-adhesive label industry, FINAT has set itself the target to support companies in exploring and exploiting common recycling solutions and provide the gateway to identify recycling opportunities. Release liner recycling is picking up pace. More and more, recycling initiatives are offering turn-key solutions to recover a valuable secondary material that no longer needs to go to waste. The FINAT Recycling Awards Competition is an excellent opportunity to highlight the advances recycling programs are making in our industry,” adds Mr. van Leeuwen

    Award criteria
    All entries will be judged by an independent jury comprised of expert representatives from NGOs in the field of recycling of both paper and plastic. Eligible projects will be evaluated based on a comprehensive set of criteria, divided in three categories:

    1. Achievements (volume and percentage recycled): How much liner (in volume and percentage) does the company recycle? Is this traceable? Does the company recycle other secondary label materials?

    2. Communication and promotion: Is the company actively involved in the promotion of release liner recycling? Is the company making efforts to encourage partners/customers to engage in recycling?

    3. Innovation / opening of new markets: Is the company using a new/innovative approach to logistics or recycling? Is the company representing a new end-user market for liner recycling?

    All entries must be submitted by Friday 22nd of May, 17:00 hrs CET to the FINAT Secretariat. To apply, please complete the application form at http://alturl.com/i3tyt
    (FINAT)
     
    17.04.2015   AVERY DENNISON RECOGNIZES SUPPLIERS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE IN ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... SECOND ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY

    Picture: Avery Dennison recognized German-based chemicals supplier BASF as Supplier of the Year during the company’s second supplier recognition ceremony held at the Materials Group’s European Headquarters in the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, Netherlands on March 24.
    (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR293)

    Avery Dennison Materials Group (NYSE:AVY) recognized nine pressure-sensitive industry suppliers during the company’s second supplier recognition ceremony held at the Materials Group’s European Headquarters in the Leiden Bio Science Park in Oegstgeest, Netherlands on March 24. Winners were selected based on their performance in areas such as sustainability, innovation, service, overall value and quality.

    “Our suppliers are key partners in delivering superior value to our customers that extends throughout the value chain,” said John Klein, global vice president, procurement. “These awards are an opportunity to recognize them for this work and to forge stronger relationships so we can continue collaborating to drive excellence.”

    German-based chemicals supplier BASF was recognized as Supplier of the Year for their exceptional effort across all categories of performance. “BASF has demonstrated their commitment to developing a stronger, more strategic relationship with Avery Dennison,” Klein said. “They continue to achieve high performance ratings as measured by supplier performance scorecards, and they have shown dedication to working together on issues that are critical to the future of our industries, including innovation and sustainability.”

    The list below details the companies recognized during the awards ceremony and their respective award categories.

    Trans International; Menomonee Falls, WI, USA
    Best Transportation Supplier. This award goes to the transportation supplier who has maintained high delivery service and quality standards and has worked collaboratively with Avery Dennison to provide innovative solutions to network and delivery challenges.

    Schneider Electric; Rueil-Malmaison, Île-de-France, France
    Best Indirect Supplier. This award goes to the indirect supplier who provided superior quality and service while continually improving their processes.

    WACKER; Munich, Germany and Munksjö; Stockholm, Sweden
    Best Supplier Sustainability. This award went to two suppliers this year who demonstrated both leadership and action to align with Avery Dennison’s sustainability policy to use responsibly sourced materials, comply with third-party verification processes and show clear commitment to innovation and continuous improvement in this very important area.

    DuPont Tejin Films; Chester, VA, USA
    Best Emerging Supplier. This award goes to the supplier who is growing with Avery Dennison globally while successfully meeting quality, service and innovation targets.

    Jujo Thermal; Kauttua, Finland
    Best Innovation Supplier. This award goes to the supplier who was a key partner in the successful implementation of new products and ideas in 2014.

    POLIFILM; Weißandt-Gölzau, Germany
    Best Supplier Quality Award. This award goes to the supplier who in 2014 best demonstrated the ability to deliver defect-free material that exceeded the expectations of Avery Dennison and its customers.

    Crown Van Gelder; Velsen-Noord, The Netherlands
    Best Supplier Service Award. This award goes to the supplier who in 2014 constantly met Avery Dennison on-time delivery targets and who found ways to reduce overall supplied lead times.

    BASF; Ludwigshafen, Germany
    Supplier of the Year. This award recognizes the supplier who excelled in all areas of performance: quality, service, sustainability and innovation.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    17.04.2015   ENERGY EFFICIENT POWDER MIXING     ( Company news )

    Company news Boost your productivity and energy savings
    Increased productivity and energy savings are both important targets in most industries. Together with our partners throughout the world, Alfa Laval is committed to help you reach these targets and beyond.

    High rate of dynamic shear mixing
    Mixing and pumping both wet and dry ingredients into a homogenous blend can - depending on viscosity - require up to four separate electric motors, consuming a lot of energy.
    The Alfa Laval Hybrid Powder Mixer can accomplish the same using only a single motor drive, including efficient mixing in the associated production vessel, when used in combination with the Alfa Laval Rotary Jet Mixer.

    The Hybrid Powder Mixer combines pump and powder dissolving technologies in a single versatile unit. It is the only hygienic powder mixer capable of drawing powder into the unit while simultaneously pumping the resulting process liquid at pressures up to 4 bar, making the need for a separate discharge pump obsolete. It effectively pre-blends the powder and liquid before the mixture enters the high-shear stage, which contributes to faster and more effective dissolution.

    While other inline powder mixers create mechanical shear in a small area, the Hybrid Powder Mixer creates high dynamic shear in several different steps, which require less energy to ensure complete dissolution of the powder. The Hybrid Powder Mixer can also be used as part of an efficient Cleaning-in-Place (CIP) system.

    YOU BENEFIT BY REDUCING
    • Installation costs: A unit with only one electric motor for powder mixing, pumping and CIP.
    • Operating costs: Low power consumption, providing up to 50% energy savings.
    • Maintenance costs: Service is simplified due to fewer components.
    • Processing time: Fast and homogenous powder mixing at high dry matter concentration.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic AB)
     
    17.04.2015   Securing the Future of the Heidenheim Location: Voith Committees Agree on Key Issues Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news -Wage increases in the collective agreement for the metalworking industry to be implemented in full
    -Greater flexibility of individual weekly working hours
    -European Shared Service Center to be in Heidenheim
    -Essential parts of paper manufacturing will remain at Heidenheim
    -Negotiations continuing on layoffs for operational reasons

    In the negotiations round between employer, employees’ representatives and the trade union IG Metall, an agreement was reached on the key issues of a future company agreement for the location Heidenheim. The parties want to conclude their negotiations in a “Package-2015” by the end of April 2015.

    “This key issues paper is a very important step on the path to a viable settlement of securing the future of the location, replacing our existing agreement on securing the future of the location,” said Dr. Hubert Lienhard (photo), President and CEO of Voith GmbH. “Yesterday we reached a compromise that required painful concessions on both sides. In the course of the talks the parties came closer together and took responsibility for the location.”

    The compromise includes the following important points:
    Collective agreement with wage increases and working time provisions
    Effective April 1, 2015, the wage increases contained in the collective agreement for the metalworking industry will be implemented in full. At the same time, it was agreed that there will be no remuneration for 1/35 of an employee’s contractually agreed weekly working hours. This means, for example, that an employee who works 35 hours per week will only be paid for 34 hours. All collectively agreed benefits, such as vacation allowances, special payments or a continued payment in the event of illness, will be reduced proportionally.

    Greater flexibility of working hours
    The employer will be able to increase or decrease an employee’s weekly working hours within certain limits without this affecting the gross pay. In the case of a 35-hour work week, for example, the range in which such an increase or decrease is possible is two and a half hours. There will no longer be deductions of working time for breaks and additional time, such as currently practiced in Heidenheim.

    Shared Service Center to be located in Heidenheim; essential parts of the paper manufacturing will remain
    In addition, the Shared Service Center for Europe, planned as a part of the Group-wide success program Voith 150+, is to be located in Heidenheim and incorporated in the operations of Voith Dienstleistungen. In addition, essential parts of the Voith paper manufacturing in Heidenheim, with 215 full-time jobs, are to remain there.

    Job cuts at the location Heidenheim
    During the term of the new works agreement, the “Package-2015”, there will be no operations-related redundancies at the Heidenheim location. However, it is planned to cut about 170 jobs as part of the success program Voith 150+. Furthermore, due to the unavoidable capacity adjustments at Voith Paper in Heidenheim, cutting around 170 – 200 jobs will be inevitable. As a last resort, operations-related redundancies may be implemented as a part of these two programs if all efforts to minimize social hardship are exhausted and the arrangement agreed by the representatives of labor and the employer is followed. However, this will not happen any earlier than March 1, 2016. The committees responsible for Voith 150+ and the restructuring of Voith Paper in Heidenheim are already conducting separate nego-tiations on this.

    The current negotiations about possible layoffs at other Voith locations are not affected by the contents of the key issues paper that was agreed on in Heidenheim.

    Based on what was agreed in the key issues paper, the two sides intend to arrive at a binding settlement by April 30, 2015, that will replace the existing package. The new “Package-2015” is to have a term of five years and end on September 30, 2020, without any notice to terminate being required. If business conditions in Heidenheim change, the “Package-2015” can be terminated before the end of this term.
    Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials, transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today employs more than 39,000 people, generates 5.3 billion euros in sales, operates in around 50 countries around the world and is one of the biggest family companies in Europe.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    17.04.2015   PMPower – a new facility of PMP Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Following ambitious business development ideas, PMP Group has recently established a new entity: PMPower S.r.l., Italy - responsible for energy solutions for both tissue and paper mills. Widening the product portfolio, based on Intelli-Tissue® and Intelli-Technology® platforms, is a natural progression of PMP’s development and is beneficial both for our customers (more solutions available as well as opportunities for technological development & optimization) and for PMP Group (increased competitiveness). PMPower S.r.l. is the next part of PMP Group’s family development.
    The PMPower S.r.l. office is located in Lucca, Italy. The basic business concept is to design the equipment in Italy and produce it in PMP Group’s facilities in Poland (PMPoland and PMPKonmet) and alternatively in China – PMP IB (depending on the location of the final delivery).

    From now on PMP Group is ready to support its business partners globally offering its own, new products within:
    - Air Hood Drying and Steam & Condensate Systems for Tissue Machines,
    - Complete Closed Hoods and Steam & Condensate Systems for Paper Machines
    - Sheet Stabilizing units and Pocket Ventilation for Paper Machines
    - Energy Recovery Systems,
    - Mist Removal Systems,
    - Wet Dust Removal Systems,
    - Building Ventilation Systems,

    In addition, basing on the experience of new team members’, PMP Group is providing a variety of consulting services in the field of energy saving solutions, including new project ideas as well as advisory services connected to existing technological lines.
    PMP Group with the growth of PMPower S.r.l. is putting the maximum effort to develop the drying technology combining the improvement of production capacity and optimization as well as energy savings that are giving an additional tool to tissue, paper and board producers. Our customers receive ready-made, smart concepts, built on the philosophy of Optimum Cost Solutions.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    17.04.2015    Concerning Restart Paper mill "Meerssen Papier"    ( Company news )

    Company news On 16 April 2015, Marsna Paper B.V. has reached an agreement with the
    administrator of Meerssen Papier about a takeover of all assets.
    The paper production on all three specialised production lines will be restarted within a few days. This means continuation of employment for at least 35 employees.
    Marsna Paper BV will operate under the old name “Meerssen Papier” since this name is internationally well known and stands for high quality paper.
    Mr. Jack Giesen, who was Managing Director until October 2013 will be the new Managing Director for Marsna Paper BV.
    (Meerssen Papier)
     
    17.04.2015   Valmet to introduce new aqua cooling calendering technology for board and paper machines ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... - first delivery to Stora Enso

    Valmet has launched a new and patented calendering technology to the market. The new aqua cooling technology improves the calendering results compared to usual paper production conditions.

    In most cases the best calendering results are achieved when the web is cool and stiff, like in pilot trials for example. With aqua cooling technology, pilot-type environment is brought to production-level, by cooling down the web before the calendering nip. This is enabled by applying a small amount of water with a moisturizer, and evaporating it with an air dryer.

    Aqua cooling calendering is aimed for making the end-product more lightweight, without compromising functional and visual properties. This will lead to substantial reduction of energy and raw material usage. Aqua cooling calendering technology will complement Valmet's bulk-saving calendering offering, which includes the revolutionary metal belt calendering as the ultimate lightweighting solution. Valmet has a pilot machine with aqua cooling technology available for customer trials.

    "Improving energy, water and raw material efficiency are the key targets in Valmet's research and development work. Our innovation in aqua cooling calendering technology is a good example of how we can improve the customer's product quality and raw material efficiency. With aqua cooling calendering technology it is possible to get almost half of the metal belt calendering benefits with significantly lower investment costs," says Mika Viljanmaa, Calendering Technology Development Manager from Valmet and 2012 Marcus Wallenberg Prize winner for his ground-breaking development of metal belt calendering technology.

    First delivery to Stora Enso's Ingerois mill in Finland
    Stora Enso has decided to invest in this new aqua cooling calendering technology at their BM 4 packaging board machine in Ingerois, Finland. The target of the rebuild is to improve board quality, while also increasing bulk saving potential. The rebuild includes new web moisturizing and evaporation cooling equipment. The rebuilt production line is scheduled to start up in September 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    16.04.2015   AP System Upgrade for North American Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news One of Savcor’s client’s mills located in the southern USA has proceeded with upgrading their Anodic Protection system. Savcor Inc. has worked with this mill since 2007. At Savcor we are extremely pleased with the results that we are able to provide the mill with. Savcor Inc. will be onsite this spring to oversee the system upgrade.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
     
    16.04.2015   Jujo Thermal invest in Kauttua mill     ( Company news )

    Company news Last year Jujo Thermal invested over 4 million euros and this year the company invests 7 million euros in its Kauttua mill in Finland.

    The focus of the investments is on productivity improvement as well as on novel technologies to enable manufacturing of new types of products. Special emphasis is given to quality enhancement to be able to meet the ever growing market demands. The environmental impact will be reduced and the overall energy efficiency will be improved resulting from the investments.

    With these investments the company guarantees its competitiveness in the future.
    “We are a part of our customers value chain and thus committed to continuously deliver competitive solutions for our customers’ businesses. As we work closely with our customers in terms of product development and quality improvement, they have been heard in our process of improving factory operations,” says Mr. Jens Remmer, Vice-President Sales at Jujo Thermal Ltd.

    ”Jujo Thermal’s owner strongly believes in the Kauttua mill. The thermal paper produced here is an important part of the Group’s portfolio. The investments support our focus on supplying competitive, eco-friendly, and highly functional products and solutions. This is also in line with our strategy of bridging the tehcnical and cultural cooperation between Finland and Japan,” says Mr. Yoshihide Kimura, President of Jujo Thermal Ltd.

    The investments are also good news for the mill personnel, the neighbouring community, and the paper industy of Finland. It ensures that the paper making traditions continue and thrive.
    (Jujo Thermal Oy)
     
    16.04.2015   Kemira CorrStrix™ – demonstrating FennoClean™ strengths to paper customers    ( Company news )

    Company news ​Biocides are widely used in paper mills to maintain the cleanliness of process water and machine surfaces. Biocides are effective chemicals, but as a side effect, some chemistries currently on the market can create corrosion of the paper machines in the vapor phase, i.e. when water is removed from paper by heat in the drying section. Replacing the corroded parts costs hundreds of thousands for paper companies. Kemira’s biocide, FennoClean™ can significantly slow down the corrosion process. We had to come up with a way to demonstrate this.

    Photo: CorrStrix™ project team members: Marko Kolari, Sampsa Greus, Iiris Joensuu and Jaakko Ekman (Biocide and Control & Monitoring specialists)

    In 2009, Kemira sales team observed that an increasing number of paper customers globally had corrosion problems with their paper machines, especially in the vapor phase. This was either due to certain specific biocidal actives or overdosing.

    “In 2010 we had developed a technical solution to this problem. We knew that our newest biocide, FennoClean™ would slow down the corrosion, but demonstrating this to customers was challenging. The corrosion process is slow and it does not happen in every machine,” says Marko Kolari, Senior Principal Scientist, Microbiology and Biotechnology, R&D and Technology.

    To support FennoClean™ sales, the R&D team needed to come up with a way of demonstrating the corrosion process in the vapor phase and the real difference FennoClean™ made. First the team ran laboratory tests to show the corrosion progress.

    “Despite our best efforts, laboratory experiments can never fully demonstrate the true corrosion potential in an individual paper machine,” explains Jaakko Ekman, Senior Research Scientist, Microbe Control, R&D and Technology.



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    08/04/2015 Success story
    ​Biocides are widely used in paper mills to maintain the cleanliness of process water and machine surfaces. Biocides are effective chemicals, but as a side effect, some chemistries currently on the market can create corrosion of the paper machines in the vapor phase, i.e. when water is removed from paper by heat in the drying section. Replacing the corroded parts costs hundreds of thousands for paper companies. Kemira’s biocide, FennoClean™ can significantly slow down the corrosion process. We had to come up with a way to demonstrate this.

    In 2009, Kemira sales team observed that an increasing number of paper customers globally had corrosion problems with their paper machines, especially in the vapor phase. This was either due to certain specific biocidal actives or overdosing.

    “In 2010 we had developed a technical solution to this problem. We knew that our newest biocide, FennoClean™ would slow down the corrosion, but demonstrating this to customers was challenging. The corrosion process is slow and it does not happen in every machine,” says Marko Kolari, Senior Principal Scientist, Microbiology and Biotechnology, R&D and Technology.

    To support FennoClean™ sales, the R&D team needed to come up with a way of demonstrating the corrosion process in the vapor phase and the real difference FennoClean™ made. First the team ran laboratory tests to show the corrosion progress.

    “Despite our best efforts, laboratory experiments can never fully demonstrate the true corrosion potential in an individual paper machine,” explains Jaakko Ekman, Senior Research Scientist, Microbe Control, R&D and Technology.

    CorrStrix™ project team members: Marko Kolari, Sampsa Greus, Iiris Joensuu and Jaakko Ekman (Biocide and Control & Monitoring specialists)

    Gathering the evidence of differences in corrosion rate
    The R&D team for biocides, together with marketing and specialists for measurement devices, started to look for ideas on measuring changes in the vapor-phase corrosion rate, real-time and on-line. They came up with an idea to develop an on-line probe for measuring the speed of corrosion. With the first version of the probe they soon noticed that corrosion was not visible in the short term.

    “We needed to speed up the process to have the evidence quicker, as the first signs of machine corrosion in real life may take up to two years,” Jaakko says.

    The team piloted the probe, now called Kemira CorrStrix™, with a long-standing paper customer making coated fine paper. They installed the Kemira CorrStrix™ in the drying phase of the machine.

    “Our real invention was the technical solution to sensitize the corrosion probe. That expedited the process; changes in corrosion speed were observed within some hours of chemical changes. Now we had in our hands a probe that can predict corrosion risk in advance and is giving information early enough to react and protect the actual paper machine,” Marko says.
    The Kemira CorrStrix™ probe development was completed in early 2012. It has been installed to around 30 paper mills since then.

    “To demonstrate the difference between Kemira’s and competitors’ chemicals, we test corrosion before the test and during the time when FennoClean™ is used,” Jaakko summarizes. “We also utilize the CorrStrix™ data when tailoring our dosages as safe as possible.”

    Slowing down corrosion rate by several years
    The results speak for themselves. When FennoClean™ is used, the speed of corrosion is much slower. We have captured on-line data at several mills proving that converting to FennoClean™ biocide programs has reduced corrosion risk by 80% or even more.

    “For us, corrosion safety is an important goal in our new product development. New safe biocide product innovations are already in the pipeline,” concludes Marko.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    16.04.2015   Global pharmaceutical company adopts solution devised by Atlantic Zeiser    ( Company news )

    Company news -Built by Atlantic Zeiser, DIGILINE Label facilitates highly durable label coding for the pharmaceutical industry.
    -The system is not only much more reliable and less susceptible to malfunctions than the currently favoured thermal transfer printing, but also operates significantly faster.
    -In view of the resistance it provides to abrasion and disinfectants a global manufacturer of vaccines uses DIGILINE Label to produce coded labels for vials.

    When coding pharmaceutical products, manufacturers must be able to rely 100% on the flawless and durable printing of variable data, such as the use-by date and batch information. In many cases, however, the printed image produced by thermal transfer technology, which is most widely used at present, does not offer resistance to wear and abrasion. Atlantic Zeiser’s DIGILINE Label printing system, as installed in a plant operated by a global manufacturer of vaccines, now offers a solution. The danger of the codes being damaged by friction occurring between the vials of serum on the production line or inside the secondary packaging has been successfully eliminated in a project pursued in collaboration with Atlantic Zeiser. The greater process security afforded by DIGILINE Label has also minimised the risk of costly production interruptions throughout the packaging line.

    DIGILINE Label uses high-performance UV-curable inks developed in-house. The system ensures brilliant print quality and supreme resistance to abrasion and alcohol-based solvents. In the absence of ink ribbons and print bars, operating costs can be reduced by as much as 30 percent. Compared to thermal transfer technology, the system offers other substantial advantages in view of printing speeds that are up to four times higher. A further argument in its favour is the integrated label buffer of the nearline version, which enables the system to respond effortlessly to fluctuating applicator speeds. DIGILINE Label is also very easy to install in any packaging line without any complications or intervention in the existing production system. The vaccine manufacturer has already been operating DIGILINE Label absolutely troublefree for six months and is so impressed that it now intends to install three more systems. Process security will be further enhanced as they enter service.
    (Atlantic Zeiser GmbH)
     
    16.04.2015   Xerium To Present Four Technical Papers at PaperCon 2015 Exhibition and Conference in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Atlanta, Georgia

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, announced it will present 4 technical papers at the PaperCon 2015 Exhibition and Conference. This event, held in Atlanta, Georgia April 19-22, 2015, is North America’s most comprehensive paper industry event of the year, providing the latest industry trends and advancements as well as extensive networking opportunities throughout various management ranks. Xerium’s papers will highlight several technological advancements in machine clothing, rolls and analytical tools, and will demonstrate how customers are applying them to reduce cost and improve productivity.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    16.04.2015   Rise in Corrugated Box Sales Will Improve the Growth Rate of the Global Pressure-Sensitive ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Tapes Market through 2019

    Due to the increased use of corrugated boxes for packaging, the Global Pressure-sensitive Tapes Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.63 percent from 2015-2019, says Technavio.

    About the Report:
    The consumption of packaged goods is growing in both developed and developing regions, and the resulting increase in demand for corrugated boxes from the retail sector and the food industry will propel the growth of the global pressure-sensitive tapes market, especially for carton sealing tapes.
    “The consumption of corrugated boxes is increasing in tandem with the packaging of non-durable goods across different verticals, and this changing consumption pattern is set to impact market growth through the projected period,” says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of Technavio.
    The latest report by Technavio also emphasizes an increase in demand from developing countries in the APAC region and Africa because of industrialization and growth of the construction and packaging sector. The rise in disposable income and the demand for both industrial and consumer goods have increased the demand for pressure-sensitive tape products.
    “The organized retail sector has experienced a positive growth in the APAC and EMEA regions. The construction industry is also recovering from the recession, and is expected to generate similar revenues in future,” says Ghaus.
    (TechNavio - Infiniti Research Ltd)
     
    15.04.2015   USNR acquires Söderhamn Eriksson    ( Company news )

    Company news USNR announced that it has acquired Söderhamn Eriksson and all of its subsidiaries from Cellwoodgruppen AB. Even before this acquisition, USNR was the world’s largest supplier of equipment and technologies for the sawmill industry, and the addition of Söderhamn Eriksson further cements USNR’s leadership position.

    George Van Hoomissen, President and CEO of USNR, commented that he was very interested in the opportunity to acquire Söderhamn Eriksson because he felt that Söderhamn Eriksson’s strong market position in Europe would complement USNR’s strong position in North America, and that both companies’ positions would be strengthened as a result of a combination in South America, Australia/New Zealand, Russia, and Asia.

    “We believe that Söderhamn Eriksson’s extensive sales, distribution, and service networks in Europe will help USNR to more broadly introduce and support its products in Europe,” stated Chris Blomquist, Vice President of Sales for USNR. “Lack of local support infrastructure can be a challenge, but now the combined organization has an extensive OEM support network spanning 15 time zones, 3 continents, 10 countries, and at least 9 languages. No other company in our industry even comes close to matching this level of aftermarket support.

    ” Within the Söderhamn Eriksson organization, this acquisition is also viewed as tremendously positive and transformative. Henrik Lefvert, Managing Director for Söderhamn Eriksson, stated “We have products that are very well-suited to the North American style of sawmilling, and we are optimistic that with the support of USNR, we will be able to successfully introduce these products into the United States and Canada.

    ” Lars Lindvall, International Sales Manager for Söderhamn Eriksson added, “We are also very excited to be able to creatively package solutions that combine products from Söderhamn Eriksson with those from USNR. We have of course been able to collaborate with USNR in the past, and have done so on a number of occasions, but we are now in a position to provide fully integrated, end-to-end solutions anywhere in the world.”

    “The combination of USNR and Söderhamn Eriksson offers customers far more options when planning a project,” stated Chris Blomquist. “By combining our product lines and our service and support operations, customers will be able to design the solution that best meets their needs.”

    Söderhamn Eriksson has a long history, dating back to the 1860s. The Stenberg family acquired A.K. Eriksson in 1937, and then in the early 1990s acquired what had been Söderhamns Verkstäder and later Kockums Industries. A few years later, these organizations were combined to form Söderhamn Eriksson. Today, the company operates five facilities in Sweden in addition to maintaining local-language sales, service, and aftermarket support centers in the UK, Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, and Germany. The company is known around the world for its high-quality log lines and edger systems, and for the Cambio debarker, which was invented by Söderhamns Verkstäder in the 1950s and subsequently sold many thousands of machines around the world. You can learn more about Söderhamn Eriksson and its product line at www.se-saws.com.

    USNR operates seven facilities in the United States and Canada, including three large manufacturing plants, plus a sales and service center in Russia. USNR is best known around the world for providing end-to-end solutions for sawmills and planermills, including log lines, curve sawing gangs, edger lines, trim-sort-stack systems, dry kilns, and the optimization and control technologies that maximize the output and performance of that equipment. USNR is also known around the world for its Coe brand products used in the manufacture of plywood and other panel products. You can learn more about USNR and its product line at www.usnr.com.

    Henrik Lefvert will continue as Managing Director of Söderhamn Eriksson, and no interruptions to on-going projects, services, or other operations are expected as a result of this acquisition.
    (Söderhamn Eriksson)
     
    15.04.2015   Feldmuehle Uetersen to market its art paper under the name Exceo    ( Company news )

    Company news Made in Germany: Exceo – art paper for true image reproduction from Feldmuehle Uetersen

    The art paper MediaPrint produced by the specialty and art paper mill Feldmuehle Uetersen will, in the future, be sold under the new brand name Exceo. Exceo is a white, bright, two-side-coated woodfree art paper, available in a glossy or silk finish and in a wide range of grammages ranging from 150 to 400 gsm. Exceo is suitable for all kinds of graphical products that require accurate reproduction of the original image in sheet-fed offset presses. On request, Exceo is also available with FSC® certification. Free samples can be ordered by e-mail to exceo@feldmuehle-uetersen.com.

    “The new art paper Exceo strengthens the position of Uetersen Mill. In addition to speciality papers, the mill also continues to produce high-quality art paper, which has already strongly influenced the development of the site. Designed specifically for the needs of publishers and printers, the new art paper is characterised by whiteness and brightness, optimal smoothness and superior convertibility. Exceo also offers first-class printability with accurate colour reproduction, excellent runnability and post-press finishing, such as folding and adhesive binding, as well as other finishing options,” says Eckhard Kallies, Director Sales & Marketing, Feldmuehle Uetersen.

    “Uetersen Mill has a track record of comprehensive expertise and extensive experience in the production of art papers. The location of the mill in the metropolitan area of Hamburg is ideal for ensuring flexible deliveries even on short notice. The size and modernity of the paper machine forms another excellent platform to adapt quickly to market conditions and customers’ needs. Our flexibility and service offering are supported by our sheeting capacity,” explains Vencel Toth, Area Sales Manager, Feldmuehle Uetersen. “I am convinced that our service portfolio will be appreciated in the art paper market, and we are expecting above-average success with Exceo," Toth adds. Our customers already rely on our innovative high-quality range of art and specialty papers. The keys to this success are consistent quality and supply reliability.

    Feldmuehle Uetersen will maintain its presence in the area of specialty papers and expand or strengthen selected segments in a focused manner. The current product portfolio includes familiar brands, such as the label papers LabelSet and UniSet and the packaging grades LennoKraft, MediaCard and MediaLiner.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
     
    15.04.2015   Heidelberg launches Prinect Inpress Control 2    ( Company news )

    Company news Faster setup and reduced paper waste thanks to improved color control

    -Spectrophotometric inline color measurement system maximizes productivity and cuts paper waste by further 10 to 20 percent
    -Automated measurement of register and dot gain during press run
    -New handheld spectrophotometer with extensive range of functions
    -Measurement of metallized materials and transparent substrates

    The Prinect Inpress Control spectrophotometric inline color measurement system from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg)has proved a great success all over the world. Already installed on over a thousand Speedmaster presses, the system provides on-the-fly measurement and control of both color and register. Heidelberg has now launched Prinect Inpress Control 2, featuring a faster measuring and control algorithm that substantially cuts makeready times and paper waste during setup. Initial users report further 10 to 20 percent less paper waste and significantly increased productivity.

    Prinect Inpress Control 2 can be installed on Speedmaster presses in the XL 75, SX 102, CX 102, XL 106, XL 145, and XL 162 series. The system is ideal for industrial printers of short runs with frequent job changes who want to deliver quick, cost-effective, and high-quality results. Recent Speedmaster presses already equipped with Prinect Inpress Control can be upgraded to the latest system.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    15.04.2015   SKG Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group announced results for the 3 months and 12 months ending 31 December 2014.

    Fourth Quarter and Full Year Key Points
    -Pre-exceptional EPS growth of 42%
    -Progressively improving ROCE to 15%
    -Completion of over €160 million of acquisitions in 2014 in the US, Dominican Republic and Colombia
    -Resilient European corrugated volume up 2% year-on-year
    -Final dividend increased by 30% from 30.75 cent to 40.00 cent per share
    -Launch of €250 million senior unsecured notes to reduce Senior Credit Facility

    Performance Review and Outlook
    Gary McGann (photo), Smurfit Kappa CEO commented: "The Group's solid operating performance through 2014 is strong evidence of the resilience of our integrated and geographically diverse business model. As a result we are pleased to report higher returns and good earnings growth year-on-year in 2014, driven by new business wins, a continued focus on cost efficiencies, judicious capital investments and accretive acquisitions. Progress against these measures has increased our ROCE to 15% and supports the Group's revised ROCE target of an average of 15% through the cycle.

    “In Europe, the Group has reported 2% corrugated volume growth year-on-year for the full year. Pricing in our end corrugated market improved by 1% year-on-year and was generally stable at this level throughout the year in spite of a more volatile pricing environment for recycled containerboard. The implementation of containerboard price increases in the third quarter, in particular, provided good support to corrugated prices at their current level.

    “Following the launch of our ‘Open the Future’ differentiation initiative in June, we are working with customers on the re-evaluation of the impact of Smurfit Kappa’s expertise on their business. To this end the Group released a white paper in December 2014 - Marketing on the shelf: exactly how in control are you? - demonstrating the impact of packaging in the retail environment and the powerful marketing opportunities presented by SKG to brand owners in their retail environments. As the next step in this process, we will formally launch our ‘Point of Purchase’ strategy at our Innovation and Capital Markets Day in April, which will further enunciate the tangible impact of this process on the business and our customers.

    “SKG’s businesses in the Americas performed well with volume growth and good margins in most countries. The Group’s larger Latin American operations in Colombia and Mexico delivered strong earnings progression during the year and the growth of our US footprint has enhanced our exposure to the improving US market. In Venezuela, economic volatility continues to drive currency uncertainty which impacted our business in 2014. However, to put our operations there into context, our 2014 Venezuelan earnings amounted to approximately 7% of Group EBITDA. Consistent with previous periods the Group has updated its Principal Risks and Uncertainties disclosure in relation to Venezuela on page 13.

    “The Group outperformed its cost take-out target in 2014 with the delivery of €117 million in cost reduction initiatives during the year. In 2015, the Group expects to continue to further reduce its cost base by €75 million.

    “In recent years, the Group has fundamentally repositioned itself. SKG is now regarded as a corporate credit in the debt markets following debt paydown of over €600 million and annual cash interest savings of €150 million since 2007. The Group will preserve its solid credit metrics through the cycle while continuing to enhance the cost, sustainability and structure of its capital base where appropriate. “As a consequence of this process of sustained deleveraging, in February 2014 the Group announced a strategy to deploy its capital towards growth opportunities through internal investment, an active M&A focus and increasing returns to shareholders. We have been steadily delivering against our objectives.

    “Firstly, our targeted programme of high return capital investments will support organic earnings growth into 2015. In this context, a number of our ‘Quick Win’ projects, approved in 2014, will begin to directly boost EBITDA by €18 million in 2015.

    “The Group’s refurbished 250,000 tonne recycled containerboard mill in Kent, UK, will commence production in the first quarter of 2015 with an estimated 2015 volume of 150,000 tonnes entering the market commencing in the second quarter. SKG’s 80,000 tonne testliner mill in Viersen, Germany will cease production in the first quarter as part of a previously announced rationalisation programme encompassing the mill and four converting plants across Europe and this programme will be substantially completed within the first nine months of 2015. In the fourth quarter, the Group began a process to potentially dispose of its Solidboard operations in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK and an exceptional impairment charge of €46 million has been recognised in the quarter.

    “Secondly, the Group has progressed its acquisition agenda in 2014, completing four accretive acquisitions in the higher growth Americas region totalling over €160 million. In each case the Group expects returns significantly above its cost of capital and this disciplined approach will continue to underpin our evaluation of opportunities in 2015.

    “Finally, the Group remains committed to driving returns for our shareholders, and to that end SKG is increasing its ordinary dividend by 30%. Furthermore, in the absence of accretive acquisitions the Group will evaluate alternative uses of capital, including returns of surplus capital to shareholders. However, our stated preference is to build durable, long-term value through the continued delivery of accretive acquisitions in our target markets. Capital allocation decisions will be taken in the context of staying within the scope of our Ba1 / BB+ credit rating.

    “Looking to 2015, assuming no material dis-improvement in European economic conditions, we expect to grow the business through continued superior operating performance, high return internal investments and targeted acquisitions. The Group expects to deliver earnings growth, stronger free cash flows, and through the judicious use of capital to continue to improve returns for our shareholders.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    15.04.2015   MIAC 2015: 270 companies are waiting for you in Italy in October!    ( Company news )

    Company news The 22nd edition of MIAC will take place in LUCCA (Italy) on 14.15.16 October 2015. At MIAC everything is concentrated in 3 working days and in one place. MIAC is an international meeting point that allows you to compare the technologies and business proposals of all the companies present at the Exhibition: 270 International Exhibitors await you in Italy to give you a full overview of the machinery and technologies in the paper industry sector. Next October!

    Taking part in MIAC means being one of 5,000 Visitors from across the globe who meet in Lucca in October of each year!

    LUCCA and MIAC..., a winning combination!
    We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please save the date.

    EXHIBITORS TECHNOLOGY
    Visiting MIAC means obtaining a full overview of the technology and equipment available to the paper industry sector (tissue paper, graphics paper, corrugated cardboard, specialty papers, etc.) and measuring up against the sector's needs and problems.

    MIAC 2015 EXHIBITORS
    At MIAC 2015 you can meet the International leader suppliers of the paper industry sector. 270 Companies will show you the latest technology and machinery available in the paper sector allowing you to get a complete overview in just 3 days.

    Entrance at MIAC 2015 is free of charge!
     
    15.04.2015   Gaining the Best Tissue Quality with Lowest Possible Costs    ( Company news )

    Company news emtec Electronic at the Tissue World in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    This year the first Tissue World exhibition will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the company emtec Electronic will attend this event from May 20th until 22nd at booth no. 383. The company will present their technical measurement equipment to South and Latin American visitors.

    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the innovative testing instruments which will be presented in Sao Paulo during these three days of exhibition. The device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue “handfeel” properties such as the real softness, smoothness/roughness and stiffness. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.
    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present their measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates, the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers in the pulp, and the DFA Dynamic Filtration Analyzer for simulating the drainage and retention processes of the pulp during the production.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    14.04.2015   Voith BlueLine machines successful in operation    ( Company news )

    Company news In the paper industry there is a demand for innovations that reduce operating costs and help conserve resources in the production process. Voith developed its BlueLine range to meet both these requirements. Strong sales in the two years following the market launch of this product range confirm that this approach is appreciated in the industry.

    In the meantime, more than 40 IntegraGuard headbox screens have been sold. The machine head geometry was flow-optimized to keep the flow velocity through the screen consistent and low, which prevents strings and deposits. Thanks to the new improved head piece of the screen, the energy requirement of IntegraGuard could be reduced and pulsation minimized. As a result, energy efficiency and paper quality are improved.

    The most successful machine in the BlueLine range to date is the IntensaMaXX pulper detrashing machine (photo), which has now had over 50 installations. This rugged machine has an asymmetric housing that prevents tail formation and stringing, so that even stock containing a lot of contamination does not cause problems in operation. In the IntensaMaXX, the reject is discharged in a downwards direction, ensuring reliable removal of all contaminants. IntensaMaXX can be used in all LC and HC pulping systems for recovered paper. Another advantage of the IntensaMaXX is its low energy consumption.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    14.04.2015   Minerals Technologies Announces an Agreement with Sun Paper Group to Construct ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...a 100,000 Metric Ton Satellite PCC Plant in China

    Agreement Includes Technology Partnership for Adoption of FulFill® PCC High Filler Portfolio of Technologies

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed an agreement with the Sun Paper Group to construct a 100,000 metric ton precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) satellite plant for paper filling at Sun's pulp and paper operations in Shandong Province, China. The facility will support a new paper machine that is scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    "We are extremely pleased to be broadening our relationship with such a prominent papermaker as the Sun Paper Group," said Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer, who was in Shandong Province for the signing of the agreement with Sun Paper's Chairman, Li Hongxin. "This agreement marks the third project Minerals Technologies has with Sun Paper, and we look forward to further developing a long-term association committed to improvement through technological innovation."

    The agreement with Sun Paper, the largest privately owned paper company in China, also includes a technology partnership to foster the adoption of Minerals Technologies FulFill® PCC portfolio of high filler technologies. Sun Paper will evaluate at least two technologies in the FulFill® portfolio--E-325 and FulFill® F. The E-325 technology increases the PCC fill rate in paper by three to five percentage points. FulFill® F, formerly known as Filler-Fiber, dramatically increases PCC fill rates and has demonstrated in commercial trials to increase the level of PCC in paper by as much as 50 percent. PCC provides brightness, opacity and bulk in paper while replacing higher cost fiber.

    Minerals Technologies is currently building a 100,000 metric ton satellite plant at Sun Paper that will provide coating grade PCC. That facility will begin operation by mid-year. Sun Paper has also adopted MTI's NewYield(TM) Integrated Process Technology that converts a paper and pulp mill waste stream into a functional pigment for filling paper. NewYield(TM) process technology eliminates the cost of environmental disposal and remediation of certain waste streams to papermakers. The facility, which will also be operational in the third quarter, will produce 60,000 tons of filler pigment from Sun's waste stream.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
     
    14.04.2015   AVERY DENNISON AT FESPA 2015 WITH LATEST COLOURS AND ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... REACH-COMPLIANT SIGNAGE PORTFOLIO

    Picture: Avery Dennison will be at this year’s FESPA exhibition displaying its latest graphics developments under the distinctive theme of ‘Everywhere You Look’. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR291)

    Visitors to the Avery Dennison stand T105 (Hall 6) will be able to interact with the new Avery Dennison Colour Swatch app, discover all the benefits of the value added service program, get an overview of the complete digital offering, experience new Supreme Wrapping Film colours, and try out new Conform Chromes. Other products on display include QM 5500 Translucent Films and new digital films MPI 2804EA, MPI 3026 Supertack and the SF100 Ultra Clear.

    Renae Kulis, global director Graphics Solutions, says that this year’s FESPA will be another testimony of the commitment and investment of Avery Dennison in the market. “FESPA is an important event for anyone who is trying to expand their business and differentiate their own offering. For us FESPA is an important platform to strengthen customer relations and capture insights from the market on present and future product portfolio. “

    At the show, Avery Dennison will launch “Avery Dennison Colour Swatch” - its new mobile app which enables customers to virtually explore and compare the company’s vast range of colours and order samples directly.

    Avery Dennison is also highlighting its complete REACH-compliant signage portfolio that now includes all graphics materials from 500 Event Film through to premium 900 Super Cast films – and Supreme Wrapping Film.

    In different “Here for You” zones, visitors will find opportunities to expand their businesses by working with Avery Dennison. They will be able to experience firsthand indoor, outdoor and vehicle applications. This includes a live demo of the Galileo weeding machine which showcases automatic weeding of the 777 Cast Film and the MPI 2804EA.

    The Avery Dennison stand is at T105 in Hall 6, on May 18 - 22, 2015 at the Cologne Exhibition Centre in Germany.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    14.04.2015   Michelman Hires New Group Director for Printing & Packaging Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Michelman is pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Magee (photo), as Group Director, Printing & Packaging. The Printing & Packaging Group is one of three Michelman Global Strategic Business Groups that were formed in January of 2015 as the company improved and streamlined its organizational structure.

    According to Mr. Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman, “Bill has a rich background and extensive global experience in our industry. He will be responsible for improving the customer experience by creating sustainable expansion within the Group, along product, market, technology and geographical dimensions.”

    Mr. Magee was most recently with the H.B. Fuller Company, where he held the position of Business Unit Director – Emulsion Polymers. Over the past 25 years, he has served in numerous global leadership roles at companies including Monsanto, Solutia, Rohm & Haas, and Dow Chemical. He attended Purdue University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Management.
    (Michelman Inc.)
     
    14.04.2015   VTT printed a morphine test on paper    ( Company news )

    Company news VTT is the first in the world to have developed a drug test printed on paper. VTT used antibodies – produced by methods of molecular biology – as morphine sensing molecules when creating this printing technology-based morphine test. Using printing technology to manufacture rapid tests enables high production volumes and low production costs.

    A paper-based test enables a rapid analysis of whether a compound – in this case, morphine – is present in a given sample. Possible future applications of the developed test include drug testing at workplaces and in connection with traffic control.

    This method, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, provides several advantages, such as high production volumes, low material costs and disposability as well as design freedom based on bendability and foldability of paper.

    "In 2010, we proved that the VTT method works in a hemoglobin assay. Through our continued development efforts, we wanted to confirm that the method also works in mass-production of more demanding tests. Morphine as a small-sized molecule places major requirements on the analytical performance of the test. In the future, the new method will also present an opportunity to simultaneously analyse other drugs of abuse and residues of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites from one and the same sample", says Tomi Erho, Principal Scientist at VTT.

    Morphine and hemoglobin tests have shown that paper is an excellent platform for various antibody-based tests. In rapid testing, paper can replace nitrocellulose, which is typically used as a reaction and flow substrate, to provide a very low-cost, lightweight and biodegradable material alternative. In the future, paper could also become a competitive alternative for commonly used plastic-based assay platforms.

    Printing technology will be a low-cost method for the manufacture of rapid tests designed for the use of consumers, businesses and authorities for instance in the areas of health, welfare and the environment.

    Rapid diagnostics and the expansion of testing outside clinical and analytical laboratories to patients and other end-users is a rising trend. Printing of tests on paper will provide entirely new opportunities for innovations based on the mass production of home test kits.

    The research was performed at VTT as part of research projects mainly funded by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    14.04.2015   emtec Presentation at PaperCon 2015 in Atlanta, USA    ( Company news )

    Company news When Standard Methods like Cobb or Bendtsen come to their Limit

    emtec Electronic and their EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester at PaperCon 2015

    This year emtec Electronic will be present at the PaperCon 2015 Exhbition and Conference with their EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester. The company itself will have a presentation on Tuesday, 21st April at 1:14 pm. Additionally, the company Technidyne Corporation – the representative in the USA – will be present from 19th to 22nd April in Hall 2 at their booth no. 325.
    The Cobb or Bendtsen tests are used to get an information about the sizing and the pore structure of paper, especially to check the quality and the processability of the paper in the converting. But it happens, that the results are the same, but one paper works and the other does not. How and why this happens will be explained by Alexander Gruener during his presentation “emtec EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester. Where standard methods like Cobb or Bendtsen come to their limit.” He also will explain in detail the function of the emtec device EST12 and how it makes it possible to predict reliably the behavior of paper surfaces during converting processes like glueing, coating and printing by giving more detailed information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby, and the surface pore structure of paper and board.
    With the application of the special testing equipment from emtec Electronic it is possible to control and guide the production and converting process into the right direction, in order to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     

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