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    09.07.2014   2014 Domino Interim Statement - For the six months ended 30 April 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Highlights
    -Underlying sales growth of 11 per cent before impact of currencies
    -Double digit sales growth in Europe
    -Strong growth in Asia and North America
    -New products support double digit growth in equipment revenues
    -Continued investment to build our digital print capability
    -Dividend increased by 5 per cent

    Peter Byrom, Chairman, commented: “The Group has delivered underlying sales growth of 11 per cent over the first six months of the year, benefiting from more stable economic conditions in many markets. This stability has led to increased customer confidence and a general increase in capital investment. Underlying pre-tax profit increased by 10 per cent and, following another period of strong cash flow, we have increased the interim dividend by 5 per cent to 7.98 pence per share.
    “Our businesses in Europe and Asia both reported double digit revenue growth and our growth in the USA was 9 per cent. New products introduced in 2013 have helped increase equipment revenues in the period by 14 per cent despite increased price competition in Asia and other developing markets.
    “Our new multi-colour N610i digital label press has been well received by customers and we have completed and recognised revenue in respect of eight installations in the first six months.
    “We invested £8.9 million in Research and Development. In May 2014, we launched a number of new products at the Interpack exhibition held in Germany. We have an ongoing programme of investment to maintain product leadership and competitive advantage.
    “We are pleased with the progress in results over the first six months of 2014 and we remain confident that, subject to continuing stability in market conditions and business confidence, we will meet our expectations for the full year.
    “We are cautious about prospects for the business in 2015. The Board believes that results next year could be broadly similar to 2014 as a result of the competitive pricing environment in Asia and other developing markets and the need for additional investment in R&D.
    We remain optimistic about the longer-term prospects for the business.”
    (Domino UK Ltd)
     
    09.07.2014   A New Definition For 'Labels' - FINAT Congress debates changing influences and technologies    ( Company news )

    Company news The label industry is no longer a separate and definable niche in the broader field of packaging print. It has a new and extended profile as a provider of product decoration, brand identity, product data, smart phone interaction, track-and-trace and authentication data -- and, indeed of packaging itself.
    Members of FINAT, the international trade association for self-adhesive labelling and related industries, convened in June in Monte Carlo for their 2014 annual congress, to address the core topic of ‘The Battle for Shelf Appeal’.
    Congress Moderator Marc Büttgenbach (DE), worldwide sales director for Bizerba Labels and Consumables, introduced the keynote speaker – Rik Olthof (NL), brand strategist at international branding and packaging design consultancy Cartils.

    The essence of branding
    Mr Olthof explained the essence of branding, showing how important the look and feel of a product are to its ‘shelf appeal’. The key to success is to ensure product impact and visibility in a variety of different environments, from supermarkets – (where, today, the consumer spends an average of just 20 minutes, making ‘shelf appeal’ essential for the purchasing decision) – to clubs and bars. Mr Olthof identified a number of iconic names like Nike, Lamborghini, and Smirnoff, whose branding pathways are demonstrably successful.
    There are five key pillars for successful brand identity. Shape, which conveys the character of the product; colour, which engages our emotions; the use of a unique visual language that confirms authenticity; ‘endorsements’ underlining product quality and authority; and, through the packaging’s finish, defining the product as an aspirational international premium brand.

    Looking at the label industry
    Next on the agenda was an overview of trends in the French label markets, delivered by Dominique Durant-des-Aulnois (FR), currently vice president of the French label association, UNFEA, and general manager of label makers Paragon Identification, assisted by well-known label trade journalist, publisher, and consultant John Penhallow (FR). France’s self-adhesive label industry embraces around 400 production sites and 7000 employees – mostly SMEs and, geographically, quite fragmented. Most UNFEA label converters reported a dramatic sales increase, powered by the need to ‘be different’, export to other regions, and innovate. The ever-increasing EU ‘red tape’ relating to label content could, in fact, represent ‘a green light for label converters’.
    This presentation set the scene for Jules Lejeune (NL), managing director of FINAT, to present his annual 360º tour of the label industry, including the underlying trends and forces for the industry as a whole and for FINAT members.

    Expert panel discussions
    Two valuable panel discussions followed. Firstly, representatives from key aspects of the international industry supply chain – Krones, Avery Dennison, and Karlville Development -- came together to debate the subject of the ‘battle of decoration technologies’. Then it was time to hear the brand owners’ viewpoint on ‘the future of product decoration’ via a second panel discussion featuring representatives from L’Oréal, LEGO, Reckitt Benckiser; and G3 Enterprises.

    Industry awards presentations
    Industry awards presentations concluded the first day’s proceedings. This year they celebrated success not only in the FINAT Label Competition and Congress Logo Competition, but also in the new FINAT Recycling Awards – in which Unilever took the first-ever end-user company award and Hagmaier Etiketten & Druck the first-ever label converter award.

    ‘Innovation for profit’
    Next morning, the topic of ‘innovation for labelling and packaging profit’ was addressed by Mike Ferrari, founder and president of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, and for 32 years a key figure in Procter & Gamble management. He illustrated his talk with many fascinating examples of how the shopper’s journey is changing, and how solutions for engaging the shopper are also evolving. ‘If people are in the virtual world,’ said Mr Ferrari, ‘how can we make them buy products in the REAL world?’ P&G’s ‘first moment of truth’ – originally the first eye contact with a packaged product on a retail shelf – is a different matter in a world where 70% of purchasing decisions are no longer made in store, and where the world’s six billion cellphones interact with smart features on packaging. Today, a product’s first sales message might be anything from a friend’s Facebook message to a printable coupon that generates ‘stop, hold, and buy’ in-store. It is a sign of the times that, in last year’s earnings call, Procter & Gamble’s Chairman-CEO estimated that the company now spends up to 35% of its marketing budget on digital media. The key to continuing brand success, however, remains in the consumer’s experience of the product in use and, if that experience is good, in repurchase.

    Mass production has also spawned mass customisation – like the ‘personalised’ Coca-Cola bottles, featuring popular male and female first names, which have graced retail shelves in 32 countries across Europe and represent the longest digital packaging print run ever.

    So what is there in this new world for the label converter, asked Mr Ferrari? --To be shopper-/consumer-focused was at the top of the list. The need to consider the shopper journey beyond the retail shelf came next. Label printers should redefine their role more broadly – as solutions providers and marketing companies. These elements, said Mr Ferrari, are the successful route to ‘leveraging packaging for profit’.

    Printed electronics
    One such route which FINAT member companies are increasingly taking is the creation of printed electronics. The UK’s Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) is a consortium of major companies committed to creating a UK supply chain to enable the widespread adoption of low-cost, NFC devices using printable electronics, and currently running a project focused on enabling smart phones to connect with labels and other packaging, and other documents. Alan McClelland (UK), head of business development at CPI, showed that, while printed electronics are a feature of many more applications than just labels, packaging can successfully employ printed electronics to deliver ‘smart’ interactive brand features; ‘bling’ on the pack; and track-and-trace, stock reordering, tamper-proofing and anti-counterfeiting. Sadly, the extended nature of the smart packaging supply chain has created a real problem in fast-tracking the commercial development of this extremely versatile technology because, he said, brand owners, retailers, pharmaceutical manufacturers, and other major suppliers will not invest ‘until the technology is there’.

    Flying high with Bertrand Piccard
    Broadening the horizons -- into the realms of the sky and beyond -- is a topic on which Bertrand Piccard (CH) is unquestionably well-qualified to speak, as the achiever of the first-ever non-stop, round-the-world hot air balloon flight in 1999.
    M. Piccard’s motivational presentation encouraged delegates to embrace his definition of freedom as the ability to explore the alternatives, the other possibilities, with courage and pioneering spirit – even in the business world, where exploration of the unknown can unleash successful innovation. It is a real challenge to take a new, unmapped direction, but it is important to realise, he said, that, in fact, ‘we need fear. Never be afraid of it: it’s just a signal that we are moving out of our comfort zone – a moment of waking up, of awareness.’

    Drawing the event to a close, FINAT President Kurt Walker commended the Congress programme, which had proved an excellent overture to FINAT’s new Congress format which, as Jules Lejeune summarised, ‘is a real driver for forward thinking at all levels. FINAT is committed to building on this inaugural event in the coming months through the new web-based knowledge and learning platforms, our expanded definition of the label, our recycling and public affairs initiatives, and, of course, our focus point for tomorrow’s industry leaders – the FINAT Young Managers Club.’
    (FINAT)
     
    09.07.2014   Interim Manager Sales and Marketing leaves Scheufelen    ( Company news )

    Company news Papierfabrik Scheufelen, Lenningen, manufacturer of high quality coated, wood-free premium paper, would like to announce the following change to its management team:
    Udo Hollbach (50) took over as Interim Director of Sales and Marketing and has now completed his assignment.

    Managing Director – CEO Peter L. Bright: "I would like to thank Udo Hollbach for the spontaneous commitment to support us with his extensive knowledge of the paper and printing industry and wish him all the Best in his future work."
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    08.07.2014   CITO takes on the strict criteria of EMAS     ( Company news )

    Company news Protecting the environment has always been of particular concern to CITO-SYSTEM GmbH. Now this Bavarian-based company is taking on the regulatory requirements of EMAS (the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme). This scheme has strict rules for protecting resources and managing energy usage and CO2 emissions responsibly. The fundamental principles are laid down in the international ISO standard 14001, but EMAS covers a lot more, particularly when it comes to energy.
    CITO’s performance in managing the environment was certified in spring 2014 by the technical inspections organisation TÜV Rheinland. Company partner and Managing Director Jürgen Marien comments on this: “We only have one world. This is something I acknowledged a long time ago, indeed before the Green Party was even founded, and so during my youth I became involved in action groups. As an entrepreneur, I have many more opportunities these days to make a positive difference and it is something I really want to achieve.” Managing raw materials and energy in a responsible way is deeply rooted in CITO’s business policy. It was therefore quite logical to follow this through by striving for this environmental management certification and complying with the strict EMAS requirements.
    Protecting resources starts at the research and development stage, as this is when the course is set for new products and technologies. As CITO is an industrial manufacturer, saving energy is not only an ecological topic within the company, it is also an economic one. The company is therefore focusing on developing new technologies and optimising production plants in order to continuously improve energy efficiency. It benefits greatly from having its own in-house design and engineering services, and this provides a transition to the topic of health and safety at work. It has long been standard practice within CITO, a responsible-minded company, to provide safe and secure jobs – a term that is certainly not limited to economic factors in this context.
    Our fast-paced life of today places ever-increasing demands on individual employees, which inevitably leads to a strain on health. There is a human imperative to support company employees in looking after their own health. No longer does managerial responsibility end with simply adhering to health and safety regulations because this should be carried out as a matter of course. Today it is far more important to support the individuals in a company through preventative health measures and health care schemes. This includes providing workplaces with a pleasing layout and offering family-friendly working hours and open communication channels within the company. Today it is often a psychological burden caused by feelings of insecurity and excessive demands that leads to a reduction in performance and lost work time. The time has come to take these aspects seriously – not only to show responsibility towards fellow human beings, but also to avert economic damage to the company. CITO has recognised this for many years now. Hence, at the same time as the environmental audit, the company’s health and occupational safety management was also certified by TÜV Rheinland in accordance with standard OHSAS 18001.
    CITO follows the principle that “a certificate that just hangs on the wall is not worth anything” because it is all about the company creating living management systems, and these systems can only live by the actions and in the minds of its employees. The company management can give help and support by creating the preconditions and by taking the respective ideas, suggestions and proposals seriously. There is always someone in company management who is just as prepared to listen on the subjects of environment, health and safety at work as they are on the subject of quality. As Jürgen Marien says: “I am proud of my employees because they created the systems and helped us gain our certification.”
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    08.07.2014   Södra picks GL&V for fibreline upgrade at Mörrum    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra Cell has appointed GL&V to supply a major upgrade of the softwood pulp line at its Mörrum mill.
    Two weeks ago Södra announced that its Board of Directors had granted SEK 700 million for a comprehensive refurbishment of the pulp mill at Mörrum.
    GL&V will be responsible for screening and washing equipment in the unbleached area of the softwood pulp line.
    Investing in a new screen room and brown-stock washing is fundamental for the development of the Mörrum mill.
    "We have had a good and close co-operation with GL&V while planning this project and we are convinced it will continue in the execution phase", said Jörgen Lindström, Operations Engineer at Södra Cell Mörrum.
    "The Mörrum mill will be equipped with what in our opinion is undoubtedly the industry's best technology. We focus on innovation and we are glad that Södra Cell, which itself is one of the industry's most innovative companies, has chosen to partner with us", commented Fredrik Björck, Sales Manager at GL&V.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    08.07.2014   Cascades announces the sale of its fine papers activities     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces that it has reached an agreement with Rolland Enterprises Inc., a subsidiary of H.I.G. Capital for the sale of its fine papers activities for $39.5 million.

    Photo: Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades Inc.

    The units covered by this transaction are:
    -Rolland Division, an uncoated fine papers and security papers plant located in Saint-Jérôme. Founded in 1882, it was acquired by Cascades in 1992.
    -CTC Converting Centre, a fine papers processing and distribution plant built in 1998, also located in Saint-Jérôme.
    -Fibres Breakey, a de-inked bleached kraft pulp manufacturing plant located in Sainte-Hélène-de- Breakeyville. It was founded in 1985.

    The three units employ some 425 workers and will now operate under a new company name—Rolland Enterprises Inc. The current management team will remain in place in order to ensure an orderly transition. In accordance with the terms of the transaction, Cascades will continue to work with the new owner for the procurement of waste paper, and to ensure a smooth transfer of ownership for employees, customers and suppliers.
    "Despite the positive contribution of these units to Cascades' results, we have adopted a strategic orientation emphasizing growth in the packaging, tissue papers and recovery sectors. The decision announced today will allow us to reduce debt and further focus our resources in these strategic sectors," emphasized Cascades President and CEO Mario Plourde.
    "Cascades has found in H.I.G. Capital a purchaser willing to maintain the operations and ensure the development of the units," stated Luc Langevin , President and COO of Cascades Specialty Products Group. "It is not without regret that we part with these business units, however, given our stated strategic orientation, we believe this transaction will allow them to better pursue their development initiatives and thereby continue to promote the Rolland brand all around the world. For its part, the Specialty Products Group of Cascades will continue to concentrate its development in the industrial and consumer packaging products sectors as well as in recycling."
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    08.07.2014   Youbisheng Green Paper AG: Absence of the CEO and resignation of CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news For several weeks there has been an unexplained absence of the Chairman of the Management Board and CEO of Youbisheng Green Paper AG, Mr Haiming Huang. The Supervisory Board was informed about the absence of the CEO on June 20, 2014. Also, Mr David Tsui, member of the Management Board and CFO, was not allowed to access the company premises in China by the company operating staff for reviewing the company’s accounts. Until today, the Supervisory Board and David Tsui have not received any updated information on the whereabouts of Mr Huang as well as on the financial and liquidity situation of the Chinese subsidiaries despite intense investigations. As a result, David Tsui has resigned from his position as member of the Management Board in mutual agreement with the Supervisory Board effective as of July 25, 2014.

    Due to these circumstances the Supervisory Board of Youbisheng Green Paper AG has decided at today’s meeting to look for and appoint a new member of the Management Board in order to intensify investigations about the whereabouts of Mr Huang and to secure the observance of operational and legal duties of the company. The Management Board and the Supervisory Board will inform the investors immediately when new progress can be reported.
    (Youbisheng Green Paper AG)
     
    08.07.2014   CEPI: Landfill ban for recyclables is a step forward…    ( Company news )

    Company news …but the Circular Economy Package misses six essential points

    The European Commission adopted the EU Circular Economy Package (“Towards a circular economy: A zero waste programme for Europe). The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) welcomes the inclusion of landfill bans for recyclables by the Commission, but regrets that the package omits six essential points including incineration restrictions.

    1. Still no restriction on incineration of recyclable paper
    CEPI welcomes the fact that the Circular Economy Package includes landfill restrictions for recyclables as of 2025, but regrets that incineration for the same materials is not restricted. Despite the existing capacity for reprocessing paper in Europe up to 10 million tonnes of paper is currently being landfilled or incinerated in Europe.

    2. Targets based on robust data and robust methods
    CEPI is concerned about the way the Commission sets new recycling targets and a new calculation method without having tested them on current recycling performances first. Recycling targets in Europe should not discriminate between competing materials and the level of ambition for recycling targets needs to be set realistically.

    “The new recycling targets are based on the best performing EU member states although recycling rates from these states are not comparable. Current calculation methods for recycling vary between countries.” explains Jori Ringman, CEPI Recycling, Product and Environment Director.

    3. Collection targets
    The paper industry calls for EU-wide minimum collection targets for recyclable materials to support high recycling and re-use targets in Europe. As EU legislation already obliges EU member states to collect at least paper, metal, plastic and glass separately by 2015, collection targets would provide an incentive to fulfil this requirement and secure a constant supply of raw materials for the European economy.

    4. Recycling based on proximity
    The Circular Economy Package should include a proximity principle to ensure that recycling will take place as close as possible to the consumption and collection points in Europe. This will enhance the circular economy by guaranteeing a faster recycling cycle and delivering more value with less input.

    5. Recycling ‘Made in Europe’
    To advance the circular economy, the definition of recycling in Europe needs to be revised. At the moment, the definition is vague and does not support good quality data collection nor reprocessing of materials.

    6. A stronger focus on renewability
    In nature, circularity equals renewability. The European paper industry regrets that the Commission does not acknowledge renewability of materials as a solution for the circular economy.

    As the European paper industry is based on renewable raw materials and accomplished a world record paper recycling rate of almost 72% in 2013, it is at the core of the circular economy.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    08.07.2014   AkzoNobel to divest Paper Chemicals business to Kemira for €153 million    ( Company news )

    Company news AkzoNobel today announced the intended sale of its global Paper Chemicals business to Kemira for €153 million. Paper Chemicals is part of the company’s Pulp and Performance Chemicals business and generated annual revenue of €243 million in 2013.
    The intended sale of Paper Chemicals follows a strategic review of the business' fit within AkzoNobel’s portfolio. Paper Chemicals is part of the Pulp and Performance business within AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business area. It does not include AkzoNobel's Pulp Bleaching business, nor its Colloidal Silica business. For the paper related part of Colloidal Silica, the parties will enter into a distribution arrangement. The Pulp Bleaching business and the Eka name remain core for AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals business.
    "We are very pleased to announce this project," said AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner. "Kemira is a well-established player in this market and, with the sale of our Paper Chemicals business, we are following through with our strategy to focus on leading positions."
    Werner Fuhrmann, AkzoNobel's Executive Committee member responsible for Specialty Chemicals, added: "We have concluded that our Paper Chemicals business will have a better fit with another owner, allowing us to focus on our strong chemical platforms. The Pulp and Performance Chemicals business will continue to focus on global leadership positions in pulp bleaching, colloidal silica and expandable microspheres."
    Jari Rosendal, President and CEO of Kemira, said: "The intended acquisition of AkzoNobel's global Paper Chemicals business is a major step for Kemira in implementing our strategic growth plans. It further demonstrates our commitment to the industry by extending our geographical presence in EMEA, the Americas and especially APAC."
    The transaction is expected to be completed in approximately six months, subject to regular consultation with employee representatives and satisfactory closing conditions, such as receipt of required regulatory clearance. AkzoNobel will continue as toll manufacturer of certain products and will enter into an agreement with regards to the colloidal silica supply to Kemira.
    (Akzo Nobel Industrial Chemicals AB)
     
    08.07.2014   UK manufacturers future proof their business with flexible end of line systems – Hall 5 Stand D30    ( Company news )

    Company news Award winning end of line automation specialist Endoline Machinery will address the need for packing speed and flexibility at this year’s PPMA Show with the launch of their latest SMART machines – including the UK debut of the 744 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer, believed to be the fastest of its type in the world.

    Endoline’s latest SMART systems not only tick the flexibility box but are able to deal with random case sizes, require less manual adjustment, and the ability to report back information to monitor productivity rates. These systems can adjust automatically for different case sizes on the production line which allows customers, in particular contract packers and FMCG manufacturers, to pack a range of different case sizes to meet retailer demands who are broadening their consumer offering - from singular packs and smaller refill packs to multiboxes of crisps for bulk purchase boxes. Random sized boxes can be fed into one line - beneficial in terms of space while eliminating the need for manual machine adjustments.
    While there is an ongoing drive for efficiency, with increased speeds and product rates pushing the need for automisation within manufacturing units globally, the demand for flexible end of line systems to support fast changing production environment is growing.

    The Endoline 744 Fully Automatic Random Case Sealer is up to 50% faster than current case sealing equipment, capable of sealing random sized cases at a speed of 30 per minute - achievable through the use of high reliability servo drives. To handle the high volume at speed a barcode reader has been integrated at the collation stage of the 744 to instantly read each box as it comes through and the sealing head adjusts itself accordingly.

    “We are expecting to see a marked increase in interest at the show this year for flexible, high speed machinery from a growing number of manufacturers.” Explains Alan Yates, Endoline’s Managing Director. “At the recent interpack show we received over 450 leads from food manufacturers for our random systems and we are looking forward to continuing that momentum at the PPMA show which pulls in the most influential UK decision makers.”
    (Endoline Machinery Limited)
     
    08.07.2014   Come and visit us at 29. BI-MU    ( Company news )

    Company news Imanpack will participate at 29.BI-MU, one of the most qualified international events dedicated to the Italian machine tools, robot, automation systems and ancillary products industry, taking place in Milan (Rho) from 30th September to 4th October 2014.

    For the occasion we will be showing the following machines:
    - Horizontal flowpack machine mod. Micropac Bagmatic with quick change over size and a Vertical Form-Fill-Seal machine mod. Microvert Pro with two CMF5 counting modules.
    See you at our stand: PAD. / HALL 11, STAND G44

    See you in Milan!
    (Imanpack Packaging and Eco Solutions S.p.A.)

     
    07.07.2014   Rayonier Completes Separation of Rayonier Advanced Materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Rayonier Inc. and Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. are now Separate Independent Companies

    Picture: David Nunes, President and Chief Executive Officer

    Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN) announced that on June 27, 2014, it completed the spin-off of Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. (NYSE: RYAM), which is now a new independent specialty chemicals company. Public trading of Rayonier Advanced Materials will commence in the “regular way” with the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange this morning under the “RYAM” ticker symbol. The separation was effected by means of a tax-free spin-off of 100 percent of the common stock of Rayonier Advanced Materials to Rayonier shareholders of record as of the close of business on June 18, 2014.
    As previously announced, effective as of the completion of the spin-off, Richard Kincaid is Chairman of the Board of Rayonier, and David Nunes is Rayonier’s President and CEO.
    “We wish our colleagues at Rayonier Advanced Materials well as they embark on their promising and exciting future as an independent company,” stated Nunes. “While operating these businesses together provided tremendous value to our shareholders over a period of more than eight decades, we are confident that this transaction will provide even greater value for Rayonier shareholders as we look to the future. Rayonier has a bright future as a pure-play timber and real estate business, with excellent assets and financial flexibility that will enable continued growth.”
    (Rayonier Inc.)
     
    07.07.2014   Stora Enso acquires US-based biotechnology company    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has acquired 100% of the shares of the US-based company Virdia, a leading developer of extraction and separation technologies for conversion of cellulosic biomass into highly refined sugars and lignin. The upfront debt-free transaction value is approximately USD 33 million (EUR 24 million) with additional potential payouts totalling approximately USD 29 million (EUR 21 million) following completion of specific technical and commercial milestones by 2017. Virdia’s impact on Stora Enso’s 2014 sales and earnings is expected to be limited.
    The acquisition of Virdia supports the vision of Stora Enso’s Biomaterials Division in becoming a significant player in biochemicals and biomaterials. The technology enables more efficient extraction of different valuable fractions of the biomass, allowing the possibility to develop and commercialise cost-effective renewable solutions to address well-identified market-driven needs. This is a new step in implementing the Division’s strategy, following the recent lignin extraction investment at Sunila Mill in Finland.
    “This acquisition is in line with our strategy of growing in bio-based chemicals, ingredients and solutions, building on cost-effective, non-food-competing raw materials. These solutions will contribute to a more sustainable future by replacing fossil-based materials in various applications with renewable and cost-effective choices. We are now investing in a new technology platform that will enable us to reach new industries and value chains, and create significant sustainable profit growth for our company,” says Juan Carlos Bueno, EVP, Stora Enso Biomaterials.
    Founded in 2007, Virdia is a private, venture-capital-backed company. It runs a pilot facility in Danville, Virginia, USA. The main advantages of its technology are the cost-competitiveness and high purity of the output, which enable a variety of further conversion and upgrading possibilities for sugars and lignin as renewable intermediates for the specialty chemicals, construction, coatings, personal care and food industries, among others.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    07.07.2014   More than 20 successful rebuilds: BaglessPlus disc filter sectors from Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper manufacturers are convinced of BaglessPlus disc filter sectors made of corrugated stainless steel from Voith: Not only does a conversion to the most modern filter technology in the fiber recovery or dewatering process increase capacity and filtrate quality, but it also lowers maintenance costs.
    Voith has already rebuilt more than 20 disc filters from various manufacturers in stock preparation and in the approach flow system with BaglessPlus disc filter sectors. Paper manufacturers all over the world are thus being assisted in managing sustainable processes.
    The BaglessPlus disc filter sectors offer 15 - 20% higher capacity. In addition, the filtrate quality remains high during the entire service life. That is due above all to the stable design of the disc filter sectors. Since a consistent filtrate quality in the super-clear filtrate of up to 25 ppm can be achieved, it is possible to save large amounts of fresh water. BaglessPlus disc filters also impress with their excellent service life of 10 to 20 years. The first Bagless disc filter was put into operation in 1998 and is still in use. That not only saves time for maintenance work, but also reduces costs.
    Voith uses products such as BaglessPlus disc filter sectors to rebuild existing machines from different manufacturers. Improved operation is thus achieved for a fraction of the costs involved in a new installation. The conversion to BaglessPlus is possible for most disc filter sizes.
    Voith also offers filter bags made of polypropylene for various applications with a special protective fabric. Conventional filter discs with steel fabric are also in use. Sometimes achieving the optimum requires more than a conversion to the most modern disc filter sector technology. With a Filtrate valve of the latest generation or a conversion to HiCon disc filter with a production increase of up to 80%, Voith has a large rebuild portfolio available for further optimizing a disc filter.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    07.07.2014   SCA to endorse its customer and consumer brands globally    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA, a leading global hygiene and forest products company, will as of July 1 2014 be endorsing its already strong portfolio of customer and consumer brands globally with the corporate SCA brand.

    Photo: Jan Johansson, President and CEO, SCA

    Following the introduction of the stronger and more distinct corporate SCA logo in March 2013, SCA is now responding to the ever-growing consumer demand of knowing where and how products are made by positioning the SCA corporate brand together with the customer and consumer brands across all categories, brands and markets globally.
    “SCA is a company with a unique heritage, a range of strong customer and consumer brands that make a difference for millions of people around the world and an award-winning sustainability profile and focus going forward. By taking a prominent and visible position alongside the company’s customer and consumer brands in all its print ads and TV commercials, SCA aims to further strengthen the awareness and perception of SCA as a leading global hygiene and forest products company and as a solid, and trustworthy brand”, says Jan Johansson, President and CEO, SCA.
    “Our ambition is to increase the awareness and perception of SCA. By connecting SCA and its customer and consumer brands, the information to our stakeholders gets even more transparent. An important platform to build the SCA brand is Team SCA’s participation in the Volvo Ocean Race with an all-female crew. This strengthens the perception of SCA and our brands, such as TENA, Tork, Lotus, Libresse, Tempo and Libero even further,” says Joséphine Edwall-Björklund, Senior Vice President, Group Function Communications.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    07.07.2014   Visit MEPCO at Paper Middle East Exhibition 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news PAPER-ME 2014 The 6th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging, which will be held in October 22nd -24th , 2014. at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt. Halls (1,2,3)
    PAPER-ME 2014 is the most dedicated event in the MENA for paper and allied industries.
    It is the industry's 3-day premier event featuring paper industry key players and the latest and most comprehensive display of paper, carton, tissue, printing and packaging.

    Visit MEPCO at PAPER-ME 2014
    MEPCO is the largest manufacturer of paperboard in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), located in the Red Sea port city Jeddah,in the western province of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
    Over the years MEPCO has succeeded in developing a broad range of internationally acknowledged first class products.
    Since the very beginning MEPCO has been conscious for preserving our environment. Recycling waste paper and transforming it into its various state of the art products is our core business.
    Concern for the environment is extended to all aspects related to the production process, starting from water treatment , utilizing renewable chemical additives, and ending with an endless effort to keep our world green.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    07.07.2014   Get acquainted with Russian Pulp and Paper industry market with PAP-FOR Russia exhibition!    ( Company news )

    Company news How to grow your business at Russian and CIS pulp and paper market?
    • Join over 300 exhibitors and check out all the opportunities with PAP-FOR Russia!
    PAP-FOR Russia is the largest in Eastern Europe B2B event for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries.
    28 - 31 OCTOBER 2014, EXPOFORUM, PAVILION 1, ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

    Why exhibit at PAP-FOR Russia?
    Exhibiting at the leading show for Pulp and Paper industry in Eastern Europe will result in tremendous export opportunities for your company.
    • Every 2 years PAP-FOR draws thousands of producers, suppliers, distributors, government and industry associates from across the country and all over the world.
    • Over 40 key Russian and CIS paper mills are among PAP-FOR exhibitors.
    • PAP-FOR is a well-established exhibition with history and reputation. Since 1992, it is the largest professional event for PPI in Russia and CIS gathering the whole industry at one B2B platform.
    • More than 50 industry mass media and visitor promotion campaign attract only target audience.

    Who Attends?
    Over 9000 professional visitors:
    • Pulp and paper mills;
    • Distributors, importers and exporters of paper, cardboard and converting products;
    • Suppliers of equipment for PPI;
    • Packaging manufacturers;
    • End customers;
    • Governmental and industry associations representatives;
    • For the 1st time PAP-FOR invites major retail chains!

    Why Russian market is worth entering?
    Russia is the largest country in the world with growing economy:
    • Expected decrease in entry barriers and creation of new opportunities for foreign countries due to WTO accession.
    • Easy accessibility to Kazakhstan and Belarus markets due to membership in the Custom Union.
    • Strong consuming growth caused by huge population and economic development (15 cities with a million-plus population, 145 million people in total, over 5 million companies).
    • Boosting volume of pulp and paper industry (PPI) production due to the world largest forestry areas and strong governmental support for the industry.
    • Fantastic growth in retail industry (appr. 20% in 2013).
    • Prospects of becoming a key consumer of PPI products instead of stagnating European and Asian PPI markets.
    • Well enough space and clients for the international players.

    Participate in PAP-FOR – grow your business!
    (Reed Expo Russia)

     
    04.07.2014   PACK & GREEN Award: 2 Equal Winners - Lefranc-NP Innovation and TPG Packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news These are the two winners selected by the 2014 Pack & Green jury which met on 4 June at the Pack & Gift Trade Fair: Lefranc / NP innovation for its Garden Packaging, and TPG Packaging for its presentation wrapper.

    Lefranc-NP presented the Garden Pack: from the new range of Clear Footprint packaging, the concept is based on using the thickness of the medium as the packaging.
    Made only with PEFC and FSC cardboard and wood cellulose films, this range has been developed for packaging thin products, up to 4 mm: button batteries, flat batteries, seeds, credit cards, SIM cards, electronic components, etc.
    This packaging usefully replaces blister packs for thin products or can replace the windows on any other packaged objects, providing both full protection and product visibility.
    TPG Packaging meanwhile proposed the presentation wrapper developed for the chocolate company Saveurs & Natures.
    Until now combining cardboard and PET film, this metallized holographic paper is innovative because it does not include any plastic. It is the only metallized product that can be printed using all the current techniques: traditional flexo, UV flexo, rotogravure, photogravure. It is also the first metallized packaging paper certified 1.02 in terms of waste paper. Its 15% better rigidity reduces the weight of the packaging, and as a fully recyclable single material, it can in some cases be used to replace virgin fibre with recycled fibre.
    In making them joint winners, the jury wanted to pay tribute to the innovations of these two companies that represented two different targets. Lefranc-NP Innovation offered a concept whose environmental benefits are obvious to the final consumer; TPG Packaging however put forward a more a technical innovation that takes a very practical step forward for professionals, even if it goes unnoticed by the consumer.
    Awarded for the 5th consecutive year, the Pack & Green Award aims to recompense the most innovative project in terms of reducing environmental impact. A jury made up of packaging industry and sustainable development experts was brought together to examine the entries and select the winners.
    (IDICE SAS)
     
    04.07.2014   Board and packaging paper production with Voith: quick start-up, highest degree of efficiency and...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... best quality

    Board and packaging paper machines need to run at the highest degree of efficiency to be most cost effective. This is where Voith’s proven machines and components come to the fore to ensure a quick start-up. Thus the PM 5, which was put into operation for Stora Enso Narew at the beginning of 2013, was already operated with 100% of its design capacity in the first week. The PM 5 produces testliner and fluting in a basis weight range of 65 – 140 g/m².
    Voith offers a multitude of proven solutions for all process steps. In the former section, the DuoFormer D is used in more than 230 installations. With the further development of DuoFormer D II, the production rate can again be noticeably increased. The first DuoFormer D II put into operation in a board machine in 2013 has an increased production capacity of up to 40%. The board quality remains at an excellent level with the best smoothness and at the same time high bulk.
    Voith also offers proven components for the downstream production steps. Today board and packaging paper machines are equipped with Voith VariFlex winders. Due to its modular structure, VariFlex can be designed very precisely for the requirements of board and packaging paper. That is the key for ensuring short start-up and optimization times, together with a high level of availability and excellent start-up curves.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    04.07.2014   Praxair Starts Up Oxygen Supply to Pulp Mill in Uruguay    ( Company news )

    Company news Praxair, Inc. (NYSE: PX) announced the start-up of a new 125 tons per day non-cryogenic vacuum-pressure-swing-adsorption (VPSA) plant at the Montes del Plata pulp mill. Under a long-term contract, Praxair will supply gaseous oxygen to the mill located in Punta Pereira, Uruguay.
    In response to growing environmental regulation, pulp mills are eliminating the use of chemicals in the bleaching process. Oxygen delignification reduces the use of chemicals in the plant resulting in operational cost savings, environmental benefits and enhanced yield in pulp production.
    “Oxygen is a critical product in processes that help pulp and paper manufacturers increase productivity and improve environmental performance,” said Domingos Bulus, president of Praxair South America. “It is our mission to develop innovative applications technologies that produce environmental benefits and drive business growth. With this in mind, we have developed and implemented state-of-the-art applications to ensure the safe, efficient and reliable delivery of oxygen to the Montes del Plata plant.”
    The pulp mill is operated by Montes del Plata, and is the largest privately executed investment that has been made in Uruguay. More than $2 billion has been invested in the modern pulp mill, including its power generation unit based on renewable resources, making the mill self-sufficient. The mill is expected to produce 1.3 million tons of cellulose pulp a year for paper and cardboard manufacturing.
    “At Montes del Plata we seek excellence in all that we do,” said Luis Maria Rodriguez, chief executive officer of Montes del Plata. “Praxair shares our commitment to excellence and we are happy to have them as a trusted global supplier.”
    (Praxair Inc.)
     
    04.07.2014   John Crane Wins 3-Year Service Agreement from Suzano    ( Company news )

    Company news Suzano Pulp and Paper has awarded John Crane a three-year Performance Plus reliability program contract, which covers professional field services and management of 1,700 rotating equipment assets to increase uptime and efficiency at four Suzano Pulp and Paper production sites in Brazil. The program will also include on-site technical training for Suzano´s maintenance and operations teams, and implementation of key performance indicators (KPIs) to track performance improvements and cost savings.
    On-site technicians will be based at each of the production sites to perform proactive, preventive and corrective maintenance on mechanical seals used on their rotating equipment. John Crane will be responsible for maximizing performance and improving the reliability of Suzano’s equipment to reduce total cost of ownership and extend the average time between repairs. Suzano will also benefit from the high-performance technology used in John Crane’s seals, which will control water usage and reduce water consumption.
    John Donatiello, Global Vice President of End User Sales and Service at John Crane, said: “We are proud to be entrusted with this strategic agreement and are committed to increasing Suzano’s internal efficiencies. We’ve delivered substantial increases in reliability with many of our customers, correlating to a reduction in maintenance spend and a lower total cost of ownership. We look forward to leveraging this experience and technical expertise to contribute to Suzano’s success.”
    Performance Plus is John Crane’s premier service level program, which focuses on improving efficiency and reducing operating costs for customers. Some of the benefits include asset management to lower total cost of ownership and reliability services to improve mechanical seal performance. It’s common for customers to significantly reduce their maintenance costs while engaged in a Performance Plus reliability program. John Crane has 15 years of experience implementing more than 170 Performance Plus agreements. Currently, the company has 150 reliability engineers and technicians placed full time at customer sites to maintain equipment, perform daily maintenance and provide technical expertise.
    (John Crane Inc.)
     
    04.07.2014   ANDRITZ to deliver wood processing line for Stora Enso mechanical pulp plant in China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Stora Enso Packaging, China, to supply a complete wood handling line for a greenfield mechanical pulp plant and board machine in Guangxi Province, China.
    Start-up of the wood processing line is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.
    The raw material for the mill will be forest-debarked plantation wood. ANDRITZ’s scope of supply includes the main systems for wood intake and washing, chipping (with unique, horizontally fed HHQ chipper), chip storage and reclaiming, chip screening, chip conveying systems to the BCTMP mill, as well as bark and fines handling. The design flow of the chipping line is 120 m3 sub (solid under bark)/h to enable 725 adt/d of BCTMP pulp production. The covered silo will be able to house 16,000 m3 of chips. In addition to the equipment and machinery, ANDRITZ will provide erection supervision, training, and start-up services.
    The design capacity of the board machine, which will produce several grades from eucalyptus mechanical pulp, is 450,000 adt/a. Initial design capacity of the BCTMP plant is 725 adt/d.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    04.07.2014   Alfa Laval wins SEK 120 million energy-efficiency order from AkzoNobel    ( Company news )

    Company news Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply compact heat exchangers for the caustic evaporation plant of AkzoNobel in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The order, booked in the Process Industry segment or the Energy & Process segment according to the new organization for the Process Technology division, has a value of approximately SEK 120 million and deliveries are scheduled for 2014 and 2015.
    Alfa Laval’s compact heat exchangers will be used for concentrating caustic soda, an important ingredient in the chemical and petrochemical industries. The compact heat exchangers will re-use heat from different steps of the evaporation process, thereby maximizing the energy efficiency and minimizing the energy use.
    “This is Alfa Laval’s largest caustic installation to date and it will include our compact heat exchangers in a set-up that makes the process extremely energy efficient,” says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic AB)
     
    04.07.2014   Agreement Reached to Close Torraspapel Mill in Sarrià de Ter    ( Company news )

    Company news 73 of the 132 employees will be relocated to other Group mills and production will be redistributed mainly between the Zaragoza and Motril sites

    After a process of negotiation and dialogue with employee representatives to study the viability or closure of Torraspapel’s mill in Sarrià de Ter (Girona, Spain), on June 30th the company and employees reached an agreement that will result in the closure of the plant, relocating 73 of the 132 employees to other Group manufacturing sites in Spain.
    Current production at Sarrià de Ter, approximately 67,000 tons of base paper and uncoated specialty papers, will be relocated to other Group mills, primarily to the Zaragoza and Motril plants, resulting in a reduction of coated woodfree paper production capacity at these mills.
    The paper industry has been experiencing very difficult conditions, with a permanent drop in demand. In addition to the decline in sales, Sarrià de Ter has been affected by the impact of changes in the legislative framework for the electricity industry in recent years.
    The gradual closure of Torraspapel’s mill in Sarrià de Ter will take place over the next few months.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    03.07.2014   Voith's expertise: Guangxi BM 1 produces 1,200,000 metric tons of high-quality ivory board    ( Company news )

    Company news In the Chinese province of Guangxi, Asia Pulp & Paper produces high-quality ivory board made of 100% virgin fibers on the BM 1 supplied by Voith. The machine went into operation at the beginning of 2013 and produces since then highest quality board. The production line delivered by Voith is the highest performing board machine for ivory board worldwide, with a wire width of 8,750 mm, a design speed of 1,400 m/min and an annual production capacity of 1,200,000 metric tons.
    Taking into account the very high requirements for board quality, Voith delivered the entire production line – from the wet end process to the winder. The Guangxi BM 1 is based on proven components and products that have been successfully used many times. This provides the paper maker with a high level of investment security. With this production line, Voith delivered everything from a single source and thus assumed responsibility for the entire process.
    The three-layer former concept with the newly developed DuoFormer D II provides for an optimal dewatering capacity and production speed. In the press section, the triple NipcoFlex press allows the highest dry content and thus low energy use. In addition, an excellent level of smoothness with a closed web run and thus extremely good runability are achieved by this press concept.
    The outstanding surface quality and printability of the ivory board produced on the Guangxi BM 1 is essentially determined by pre-calendering of the unprocessed board before the coating machine. The innovative concept with the EcoCal Plus calender combines for the first time worldwide an oil-heated hard nip calender with an external induction heating system and an upstream nozzle moisturizer. The results are significant savings of raw materials. Very good surface quality is achieved by the use of DynaCoat AT coating units.
    An EcoSoft Delta calender with two soft nips on the printed side is used before the reel for the first time so as to ensure a very uniform surface quality and improved board gloss. Then the board is wound in a gentle and controlled manner with the Sirius and processed with the VariFlex winder into paper rolls. Also included in Voith’s delivery were the chemical preparation, automation of the entire process and the system engineering.
    The Guangxi BM 1 produces high-quality packaging paper which is suitable for all current printing processes such as flexographic, offset or rotogravure in a basis weight range of 180-350 g/m². The primary areas of use for the board are high-quality folded boxes for cosmetics and luxury items for the Asian market.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.07.2014   E.S. Fox Ltd Awarded $2 Million Contract for Irving Pulp & Paper Modernization    ( Company news )

    Company news Employment for over 70 in Saint John and St. Antoine N.B.

    E.S. Fox Ltd. of Saint John has been awarded a contract of over $2 million as part of the Irving Pulp & Paper modernization announced in March of this year.
    Work began on June 15 and will continue to mid-December as the company undertakes the design, fabrication, delivery, site installation, and testing of modular utility racks. The racks are comprised of a structural steel frame with long pipe sections and will connect the existing facilities with the new continuous cooking plant at Irving Pulp & Paper in Saint John.
    The project will involve seven company employees and 25 additional trades workers including ironworkers and pipefitters.
    Almost 40 additional jobs will be generated by E.S. Fox Ltd. through subcontract work: at Lenron Transport in Saint John (for delivery of finished modules from the fabrication shop to the pulp mill), as well as Titan, located in St. Antoine, NB who will employ 30 people in steel fabrication for the project.
    “Forest products manufacturers have been a mainstay of jobs for our company for 60 years. The modernization of the pulp mill is the largest single site contract for our company and will sustain employment for about 40 people,” said Steve Doyle, Area Manager for E.S. Fox Ltd.
    “As a New Brunswick company, we are committed to using qualified local suppliers in the $450 million pulp mill modernization underway in Saint John,” said Mark Mosher, Vice President of Pulp & Paper at J.D. Irving, Limited. “To date we have issued over $15 million in local contracts to New Brunswick companies and expect to issue a similar amount by September.”
    (Irving Pulp & Paper Limited)
     
    03.07.2014   Karl Knauer KG is focusing on higher performance with the Speedmaster XL 106-6    ( Company news )

    Company news -Major boost to productivity and cost-efficiency
    -Long-standing partnership with Heidelberg was key investment factor
    -Service packages ensure maximum machine uptime

    Figure: Martin Glatz, head of sales & marketing (left), and Gerhard Kammerer, technical production manager, value the efficiency of the Speedmaster XL 106-6+LYYL. With its components for reducing makeready times, the printing press significantly boosts productivity at Karl Knauer.

    A Speedmaster XL 106-6+LYYL from Heidelberg Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has been up and running at packaging specialists Karl Knauer KG since the beginning of 2014. The investment is aimed at further increasing the profitability and productivity of printing high-quality folding cartons. "Heidelberg has been a valued partner of ours for a long time now. We work on an equal footing and have already implemented numerous projects together rolling out special developments. As such, it was a pretty clear-cut decision to opt for Heidelberg for this acquisition too," says Gerhard Kammerer, technical production manager at Karl Knauer. The pre-investment productivity calculations produced by the Business Consulting team from Heidelberg predicted a potential 40 percent productivity boost based on adaptations in logistics, job planning, and the machine's performance. "Thanks to the high productivity of the Speedmaster press - at 18,000 sph on many jobs - and improved in-house processes, it wasn't long before we saw a significant increase in overall productivity," Kammerer explains.
    Karl Knauer operates two sites, in Biberach (Baden) and Pniewy (Poland). The company employs a 540-strong workforce to produce around a billion folding cartons each year for manufacturers of branded goods throughout Europe. The bulk of orders handled by the packaging and advertising specialist lie in the 200 - 600 gsm range. The Speedmaster XL 106 also makes it very easy to produce exceptional surface finishes in matt/gloss or UV applications for the gift packaging segment.
    In terms of makeready alone, the company is achieving around 50 percent savings using the automatic plate change and optimized washup cycles. The Speedmaster XL 106 is equipped with the Prinect Inspection Control inline sheet inspection system for continuous monitoring and documentation of the entire run. The Hycolor inking and dampening system in conjunction with the Color Package achieves optimum color stability, shortens makeready times, and reduces paper waste throughout. Its control panel concept with touchscreen at the feeder and the printing and coating units enables uniform operation of the entire machine. The non-stop logistics at the feeder and delivery also ensure maximum uptime on this printing press. The machine is integrated into the Prinect print shop workflow using Prinect Pressroom Manager and directly linked with the SAP system via a CIP4 Interface.
    Preventive service contracts such as Systemservice 36plus and the Heidelberg Partner Program cover repair costs, Remote Services, and other services, which play a key role in optimizing machine performance and value retention. "The services provided by Heidelberg ensure maximum machine availability, just as we require," says Kammerer.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    03.07.2014   Valmet receives its fifth tissue line order from Turkish Hayat Kimya    ( Company news )

    Company news The long term relationship between Valmet and Hayat Kimya was recently further strengthened when the Turkish tissue producer ordered its fifth Advantage DCT 200 tissue line from Valmet. The line will add 70.000 tons of high quality tissue to Hayat Kimya's current production of facial, toilet and towel tissue. The start-up of the new tissue line is planned for 2016.
    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter, 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    The order is part of Hayat Kimya's expansion plan in the Middle East. The first two of the Valmet delivered Advantage DCT 200 tissue lines were started up in 2010 and 2013 and two will start up in 2014 and 2015.
    "We have developed an efficient cooperation with Valmet, which is built on mutual trust and common understanding. Our people are familiar with Valmet's Advantage tissue technology which has resulted in very fast start-ups and high production efficiency," says Lütfi Aydin, Director, Paper Group, Hayat Kimya.
    "Our excellent and long term relationship with Hayat Kimya has resulted in another joint project and we are looking forward to continued good cooperation. The development of our tissue making technologies in cooperation with our customers has made the Advantage DCT technology the benchmark for the industry with close to 70 lines sold. We are dedicated to our customers' success and the tissue industry," says Jan Erikson, VP Sales, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet.

    Technical information
    The new tissue machine will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,200 m/min. The raw material for the new line will be virgin fiber and the production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.
    Valmet's scope of delivery will comprise a complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems and an Advantage DCT 200 TS tissue machine. The machine will be equipped with an OptiFlo headbox and a cast alloy Yankee cylinder. It will also be featured with the Advantage tissue technology including ViscoNip press, an AirCap hood prepared for co-generation, WetDust dust system, sheet transfer system and a SoftReel L reel. The stock preparation line will consist of OptiSlush pulpers, OptiFiner conical refiners and OptiScreen machine screens.
    Furthermore, the delivery will include an extensive automation package from Metso with Metso DNA machine and process controls and Metso IQ quality controls. Complete engineering, installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also included in the delivery.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.07.2014   ANDRITZ to supply new semi-chemical fiberline based on green liquor technology to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... SCG Paper, Thailand

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from SCG Paper, one of Asia’s leading producers of packaging grades, to supply a semi-chemical pulp fiberline for the Wangsala mill, Thailand.
    The eucalyptus fiberline will have a production capacity of 240 admt/d and provide pulp for the production of kraftliner and corrugated medium. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.
    The ANDRITZ semi-chemical pulping process is based on green liquor technology. Thanks to blow-line refining at low temperature in the medium consistency range followed by low-consistency refining, high-grade semi-chemical pulp is produced economically with low energy consumption. ANDRITZ fiber washing is tailored to the specific pulp quality, and it also enables high washing efficiency and low chemical consumption.
    The order comprises a complete semi-chemical pulp fiberline including chip washing, chemical chip impregnation and digester feeding with an ANDRITZ MSD Impressafiner, a continuous digester, a medium-consistency ANDRITZ 1CP blow line refiner, brown stock washing with an ANDRITZ DD (Drum Displacer) washer, and low-consistency refining with TwinFlo refiners to optimize the pulp properties.
    This is already the second order within a year that SCG Paper awarded to ANDRITZ (in 2013, ANDRITZ received an order to deliver a fiberline for used paper and board packaging as well as a reject handling plant). SCG Paper has facilities in Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines, producing approximately 1.9 million t/a packaging paper that is certified by international environmental standards.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    03.07.2014   Caraustar Industries Signs Agreement to Acquire The Newark Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Caraustar Industries, Inc., a portfolio company of H.I.G. Middle Market, the dedicated middle market investment affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, has entered into an agreement to acquire The Newark Group, Inc.. The acquisition is subject to customary closing conditions and required regulatory approvals.
    Newark is a manufacturer of recycled paperboard, linerboard, industrial tubes, cores and other converted product including book covers and packaging solutions. Headquartered in Cranford, NJ, The Newark Group has approximately 1500 employees and operates over 20 manufacturing facilities in the US and Canada.
    “The acquisition of The Newark Group is a major milestone in our growth journey,” said Michael Patton, Chief Executive Officer of Caraustar. “Bringing together the strengths of our respective companies will dramatically expand our manufacturing and distribution capabilities to better serve our growing customer base. We look forward to working with The Newark Group employees, partners and customers.”
    Tenno Tsai, Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital commented, “The combination of these highly respected companies will significantly build upon our investment in the recycled paperboard industry. We are impressed with the capabilities of The Newark Group and look forward to supporting Mike and his leadership team as they integrate the businesses.”
    (Caraustar Paperboard Mill Group)
     
    03.07.2014   Graphic Packaging Closes Sale of Multi-wall Bag Business    ( Company news )

    Company news Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, announced that it and its wholly-owned subsidiary Graphic Packaging International, Inc., have completed the sale of their Multi-wall Bag business to Mondi Group. The divested assets included 9 converting plants located throughout the United States and the Pine Bluff, Arkansas kraft paper mill.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
     
    03.07.2014   Metso's new laboratory analyzer, Metso Fractionator, provides deeper insight into fiber ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... furnish characteristics

    New applications increase productivity and profitability through better raw material utilization, improve sustainability and lower production costs

    Caption: The new Metso Fractionator automates the tedious Bauer-McNett laboratory fractionation, improving the understanding of the effectiveness of different retention chemicals and allowing to optimize your pulp mixes. It is also possible to separately measure fibers and free ink particles in recycled pulp to evaluate the quality of slushing and deinking processes.

    The Metso Fractionator is a new, automated laboratory analyzer that classifies and measures fiber furnish characteristics to optimize paper, board or tissue production. It opens new windows to increase productivity and profitability through better raw material utilization, improve sustainability and lower production costs. The highly repeatable results can significantly reduce trial times and simplify furnish or process troubleshooting.
    The new analyzer replaces time-consuming and laborious laboratory Bauer-McNett analyses and makes it possible to separately measure fibers and free ink particles in recycled pulp to evaluate the quality of slushing and deinking processes. By separating fibers and fillers, the analyzer also improves the understanding of the effectiveness of different retention chemicals. A typical measurement takes only four minutes, with no need for special sample preparation.

    Tube flow fractionation utilized
    Unlike Metso's other automatic fiber or pulp quality measurements, the new solution utilizes tube flow fractionation to sort furnish particles according to dimension and specific surface area before the measurements.
    Tube flow fractionation technology is based on controlling the flow profile, where the flow rate is higher in the center of the tube than near the tube walls. Particles with larger dimensions and specific surface area are captured by the faster moving middle zone of the flow, whereas particles with a relatively small diameter and specific surface area tend to move towards the slower moving zones in the flow. An image analysis at the end of the tube first sees the larger vessel fragments, then fibers, followed by fillers and fines. Additional measurements with optional ink and high-definition fiber cameras are available.

    Complementing Metso's fiber analyzer offering
    The Metso Fractionator joins three other Metso devices in Metso's growing arsenal of fiber analyzers: the recently introduced and very successful laboratory fiber analyzer Metso FS5, the Metso MAP online furnish analyzer, and the automatic pulp testing analyzer Metso Pulp Expert.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    03.07.2014   Zellcheming-Expo: Successful kick-off in Frankfurt    ( Company news )

    Company news After three positive exhibition days ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 is closing its doors with a very promising debut at the new location in Frankfurt. "Together with the industry we provided a basis for a positive, future development of Zellcheming-Expo and the whole industry", says Petra Hanke, Executive Director of ZELLCHEMING Association.
    With 169 exhibitors as well as 12 publishers the event confirmed its position as the most important European dialogue platform of the industry sector. 2,533 participants received information about the latest products and innovations concerning the pulp and paper industry. According to the newly implemented counting method referred to FKM guide lines (Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Statistics) this total number contains 1,658 trade visitors, 739 employees of exhibiting companies as well as 21 representatives of the press and 397 attendees. This result answers the standard of last years' event.
    The congress offered insightful lectures, workshops and discussion round tables for the pulp and paper industry. With future oriented topics like resources and energy efficiency, a plus in participants was registered. The important role of the congress in the pulp and paper industry becomes all the more visible.
    Also the evening events of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 received positive feedback. Both the Opening on Tuesday and the Summer Evening on Wednesday offered the opportunity to continue with professional exchange in an relaxed and modern atmosphere.

    The results 2014:
    Exhibition space: 5,200 sq m
    Exhibitors: 169 plus 12 publishers
    Visitors: 1,658
    Conference participants: 397
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
     
    02.07.2014   Conclusion of a major contract    ( Company news )

    Company news The Management Board of Arctic Paper S.A. („Company”) herewith advises that on June 17, 2014 the Company received contract dated June 12, 2014
    concluded by the Company with Fibria International Trade GmbH seated in Lustenau/Austria („Supplier”) for delivery of cellulose by the Supplier (“Supply Contract”).
    The term of the Supply Contract is from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
    Under the Contract, the Supplier agreed to deliver and the Company agreed to purchase 90.000 metric tons of cellulose.
    The total volume of cellulose supplied under the contract may be increased or reduced by up to 10%.
    Under the Contract, the Supplier agreed to deliver and the Company
    agreed to purchase cellulose of the approximate value of PLN 170,000,000.
    The price per metric ton has been agreed to be based on the FOEX PIX in US dollars for Europe and subject to discounts agreed by the parties to the Contract.
    There are no contractual penalties or conditions precedent stipulated in the contract.
    The Supply Contract has been deemed to be of major importance due to
    the value of obligations incurred by the Company thereunder, which
    exceeds 10% of equity od the Company.
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
     
    02.07.2014   PAP-FOR Russia 2014 New Exhibitors Program - Stand out with PAP-FOR Russia 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news PAP-FOR Russia is proud of its impressive list of professional exhibitors, the leading companies in pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries. There are not only 35 new participants, there are new countries definitely confirming exhibition status of a major International Pulp and Paper event.
    We are pleased to welcome all newcomers at the largest B2B event in Eastern Europe for pulp and paper industry, which joined the PAP-FOR project in 2014! Newcomers are the companies that never participated in PAP-FOR or exhibited at the show more than 5 years ago.
    For the first time newcomers will showcase their solutions in manufacturing, wholesale and supply of raw materials, chemicals, equipment, etc. for pulp & paper market.
    Updated list of newcomers and their specialization can be found at www.papfor.com.
    This year PAP-FOR Russia team introduces special New Exhibitors Program enabling newcomers to make an eye-catching introduction of their business and participation in the show! PAP-FOR New Exhibitors’ advantage is an opportunity to make an eye-catching introduction of their business!
    • News publishing;
    • Free e-mailings;
    • Announcement in mass media;
    • Special signage in electronic and printable show issues
    PAP-FOR Russia will definitely boost your visibility and attract your potential clients’ and partners’ interest.
    (Reed Exhibitions Russia)
     
    02.07.2014   DIENES develops automatic positioning system with material web tracking for inline slitting    ( Company news )

    Company news -Recently delivered slitting system
    -Automatic slitting system with material web tracking

    With this automatic positioning system with material web tracking for inline slitting DIENES demonstrates once more their ability for innovation in the area of slitting technology: By delivering a special modification of the SIMU-FLASH slitting system, which allows a simultaneous and fast slit width change, DIENES was able to create an interesting slitting solution solving the requirement for increased efficiency.
    For this new development the basic knife holder positioning system was modified in such a way, that the knife holders and the bottom knives follow the diminution of the material web. The benefits of this system range from very short set up- and positioning times, an easy storage of slitting recipes to a decrease in material waste. For example this system is an ideal solution if cuts have to follow a print, coating or the material edge for foil, paper, label or nonwoven material. This can be done either automatically or manually by the operator. Recently this system was supplied with a minimum slit width of 30 mm with 40 cuts.

    Benefits at a glance
    -More efficiency: Particularly short positioning times (< 15 seconds) with simultaneous positioning
    -Less material waste: Due to an ideal cut / edge trim of the material web
    -Short set up times: Due to removal of the crush cut knives to the front, without changing the position of the shaft
    -High precision: Owing to minimal slit width change tolerances
    -Easy handling: Due to touch screen operation and storage of slitting recipes, handling errors are reduced to a minimum
    -Maximum flexibility: Due to small slit width, single or joint positioning as well as extension options
    -Complete solution: Thanks to ideally matched slitting tools from one source, besides knives and shaft are regrindable
    -Future-proof inclusive: The extension of the system to more cuts is easily possible and prepared, this is also true for the software
    (Dienes Werke für Maschinenteile GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    02.07.2014   A large package of Metso's process automation technologies and valve solutions for Belarus's first..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... bleached kraft pulp mill

    Picture: Kappa Q analyzers

    Metso will supply a comprehensive package of process automation technologies and valve solutions for JSC Svetlogorsk Pulp & Board Plant's new bleached kraft pulp mill in Svetlogorsk, the Republic of Belarus. The new 400,000 ton-per-year mill under construction will be the first bleached kraft pulp mill in the country. Metso's technology will enable the mill to reach high efficiency, product quality and process stability, as well as gain savings in chemicals, steam and water consumption. In addition, it will result in better sustainability.
    The order was placed by China CAMC Engineering Co., Ltd. (CAMCE), a major EPC contractor responsible for the turnkey delivery of the plant. The company chose Metso as a supplier based on earlier good experiences with its leading technologies, proven performance in demanding environments and critical applications, good results, along with value-adding services.
    Metso received these orders in the second quarter of 2014. Deliveries will take place during the autumn of 2014, and the equipment is estimated to start up during the third quarter of 2015. The value of the order is not disclosed.

    The world's most profitable pulp and paper operations run with Metso's solutions
    Metso has the world's widest scope of process automation and valve solutions and related services for the pulp and paper industry - from single measurements to mill-wide turnkey automation projects with roots deep in the pulp and paper industry and a history of more than 50 years.
    For example, Metso's analyzer offering is the global leader and industry benchmark in measurement-based and first-ever process control solutions. The consistency transmitter portfolio has been built on a half-century-long path of innovative development, migration of unique technologies and close cooperation with customers. Today, Metso is the leading pulp consistency transmitter supplier globally.
    In addition to analyzers, the company is the market leader in quality control systems, as well as in control and on-off valves for this industry sector. Metso also holds a leading position in pulp performance optimization with its advanced controls. Metso's system-independent solutions help customers lower their operating and maintenance costs.

    Technical information
    Metso's delivery scope includes Kappa Q analyzers, Metso Polarox5 residual sensors, several Metso Piston filtrate samplers for pH measurement, Metso SP and Metso Rotary consistency transmitters, as well as Metso NOVE samplers. Valve solutions include over 900 Neles® automated valves of various types and sizes for both control and on-off applications. All the control valves will be equipped with ND 9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which ensure long-term reliability, reduce process variability and improve process efficiency.
    (Metso Corporation)
     
    02.07.2014   Meet More Top Exhibitors in CNIBEE 2014 (Aug. 26th - 28th)    ( Company news )

    Company news As one of the most influential exhibitions of the biomass energy industry in Asia, CNIBEE has done great performance for the last 3 consecutive years. CNIBEE 2014, covering a total area of 12,000m2, will be keeping the first place of the best biomass energy exhibition in China as always.
    CNIBEE is absolutely the best platform for worldwide biomass energy enterprises to improve brand valuation, showcase the latest products and technology as well as a one-stop sourcing platform for professional buyers to seek top-notch suppliers.

    Listed below are our exhibitor representatives already registered for CNIBEE 2014:
    -Muyang Biomass Engineering Company -Biomass fuel molding equipment
    Since the founding in 1967, Jiangsu Muyang Group Co., Ltd has grown into a well-known group corporation. It is specialized in biomass energy equipment and facility supplying. The enormous R&D force and dozens of years of experience have made the company an active and outstanding market player integrating solution planning, equipment designing, manufacturing as well as consistent project and after-sales services.
    -ANDRITZ GROUP- Biomass pelleting
    ANDRITZ is one of the leading suppliers of process technologies for the biomass pelleting sector. ANDRITZ supplies the complete process equipment for biomass drying, from wet milling to drying, fine milling and pelleting - all from a single source.
    -Bandit Industries, Inc. - wood chippers
    Bandit Industries, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers and leading suppliers of hand-fed brush and wood chippers, whole tree chippers, stump grinders, forestry mowers, and waste reduction machines including the powerful Beast Recycler horizontal grinder.
    -Korea Rosht Equipment (China) Co.,Ltd - Biomass boilers
    Rosht - leader in the field of biomass energy industry
    Rosht is a biomass fuel molding equipment, molding biomass fuels, energy saving biomass boilers, biomass burners, biomass energy development, and manufacturing and sales of stoves integrated company.
    -Sino-British Bio-Energy Technology Holdings Ltd-Biomass fuels
    SBBTH Limited (Sino-British Bio-Energy Technology Holdings Ltd) was established in Hongkong in conjunction with CDS Group of United Kingdom for the purpose of promoting, marketing and development of the state of art technology -torrefaction/bio-coal turnkey projection in China and other Far East countries.
    -Waterleau Group - Biogas technologies & engineering equipment
    Waterleau offers environmental services and solutions to both industry and municipalities in the fields of water, air and waste treatment as well as in new energy recovery.
    -Devotion Corporation - biomass gasification power generation technologies
    Devotion Group always dedicate on developing clear energy for social demand with the guideline of being responsible for economy, environment and society.
    The main business of Devotion Corporation is to provide thermal service for customer with biomass energy, include biomass fuel, facility and operation service. It is a leader in the field in China.
    -Caterpillar China - combustion engine, generator sets
    Caterpillar China has business across southern China, Xinjiang, Hongkong and Macao. The power system Division provides total solutions to our valuable customers by integrating combustion engine, generator sets and the professional engineering services in electric power, marine power, industrial and petroleum power.
    -Zhang Qiu Yulong Machine Co LTD- briquetting machine, granulator
    Zhangqiu Yulong Machine Co.,Ltd is a comprehensive enterprise that integrates scientific research, manufacturing, training and international business. Main products: Biomass energy equipment, organic fertilizer equipment, drying equipment and conveying equipment.

    CNIBEE opens it door to all the other biomass energy brands which have the intention to tap in the market of China. As an exhibitor, your company will benefit from this gathering of the bio-energy industry's brightest minds all over the world and be the access to a qualified audience of professionals who are looking for the latest bio-energy equipments. The whole industry is looking forward to your participation.
    (The CNIBEE committee)
     
    02.07.2014   Recognition for GIG Karasek: Made in Austria – Hidden Champion 3.0    ( Company news )

    On 24 June 2014, GIG Karasek has been honored the “Hidden Champion 3.0” prize by the Austrian Chamber of Commerce in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Austrian export industry’s success.
    The president of the Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Christoph Leitl handed the recognition to Andreas Karasek, owner of GIG Karasek GmbH who is thrilled about it: “As a leading global supplier of equipment and systems for the thermal separation technology we are proud to be among the top domestic companies selected. First and foremost I would like to thank our great and committed staff “, Karasek adds.
    (GIG Karasek GmbH)
    GIG Karasek Imagefilm

     
    01.07.2014   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with steel Yankee for Hebei Yihoucheng, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed start-up of the PrimeLineCOMPACT tissue machine – the first of its kind in China – with steel Yankee supplied to Hebei Yihoucheng, China.
    The machine has a design speed of 1,650 m/min and a width of 2.85 m. The Yankee, manufactured entirely of steel, has a diameter of 3.65 m.
    According to Tian Yuwei, General Manager of Hebei Yihoucheng, ”The smooth start-up was further confirmation that we had chosen the right partner in ANDRITZ. The energy-efficient drying and excellent operating safety of the Yankee are particularly impressive.”
    The tissue machine and components (the order also included supply of the complete stock preparation plant, automation, and drives) were manufactured at ANDRITZ production sites in Europe and China. With this turnkey supply, ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER is strengthening its position as one of the leading suppliers of tissue machines including local services in China.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    01.07.2014   Mobile factory that produces nanocellulose    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia and BillerudKorsnäshave entered a collaboration with the purpose of building a mobile demonstration plant for nanocellulose and to test the material in full-scale papermaking. The project is financed by Vinnova, Innventia and BillerudKorsnäs.
    Nanocellulose can be used as additives in papermaking to make lighter and stronger paper and board. It can also be used in a variety of other applications in the food, pharmaceutical, and construction industry.
    This means that paper is given completely new properties and could replace plastics, for example, in many areas. More products could thus be produced from renewable and biodegradable raw material.
    Innventia runs since 2010 a pilot plant for the production of nanocellulose at the research institute in Stockholm. By this establishment, sufficiently large amounts of nanocellulose could be manufactured for research and development addressing paper applications. In a unique collaboration between BillerudKorsnäs and Innventia, a mobile demonstration plant is now being built which makes it possible to produce nanocellulose on a large scale for use in full-scale trials on paper and board machines.
    “Nanocellulose has a fantastic potential in paper applications as well is a number of other applications. This new project is exciting as it gives us the possibility to validate the potential in full scale,” says Mikael Ankerfors, Project manager, New Business Lab, BillerudKorsnäs.
    “Innovation is at the core of our business model. To be part of this project and explore the potential of full scale production of nanocellulose is a perfect match with our mission to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future,” says Magnus Wikström, SVP Strategic Development, BillerudKorsnäs.
    “This is a very important step. The availability of test beds and demonstration plants are often crucial for up-scaling new processes resulting from our research and development,” says Anna Wiberg, Director of Business Development Materials Processes, Innventia.
    “Thanks to the collaboration with BillerudKorsnäs, the development towards new nanocellulose-based materials can take a leap. Later, we will offer more companies access to the demonstration plant as a support in their innovation processes,” says Torgny Persson, Vice President Material Processes, Innventia.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    01.07.2014   Your clients and partners are waiting for you at PAP-FOR Russia 2014!    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2014, the PAP-FOR Russia will be held at the new venue – the international convention and exhibition center "EXPOFORUM." PAP-FOR Russia 2014 launches large-scale advertising campaign, which includes a wide announcement and promotion of the exhibition.
    Among the variety of information channels the exhibition organisers chose the most effective in order to attract maximum number of visitors professionally interested in the pulp and paper market.

    1. Outdoor Advertising
    Information about PAP-FOR Russia is placed on advertising constructions in the St. Petersburg city center and at one of the main thoroughfares of the city – Pulkovo Highway:
    • Billboards;
    • City formats;
    • LED screens.

    2. Advertising in public transport
    PAP-FOR finds your visitors in the various means of transport: among the ‘Sapsan’ express trains passengers, those who are going home or to work by buses and subways, and even among the participants of the Baltic sea cruises on board of "Princess Maria" and "Princess Anastasia" ferries:
    • leaflets with information about the exhibition;
    • advertising light boxes and in-flight ferry magazines;
    • on the hulls of buses;
    • in subway trains;
    • distribution of invitations to the exhibition.

    3. Ethereal advertising
    Right before the show 4 times a day Russian popular TV channels will broadcast a video about PAP-FOR:
    • RBC;
    • Russia 24;
    • NTV;
    • STO.
    Three times a day, our advertising will be heard on the radio with the widest range of broadcasting for Russia and CIS:
    • Radio of Russia;
    • Retro FM;
    • Avtoradio;
    • Mayak.

    4. Industry media
    Announcements and advertising of the exhibition are published in more than 50 Russian and international specialized industry print issues and online portals. Total number of publications is more than 60 outlets; the broad banner advertising organized and applications to the industry media are organised.

    5. E-mailing announcement
    More than 18,000 people included into PAP-FOR database, receive invitation to the exhibition through mailing lists.

    More about the venue
    EXPOFORUM is a platform with the latest modern infrastructure which is capable of hosting business and cultural events of the highest level and scale.
    • Location:
    Exhibition centre occupies 56.2 hectares and is conveniently located at Peterburgkoye Highway, 64/1: a 10-minute drive from the airport "Pulkovo" and 30 minutes from the St. Petersburg historic center.
    • Exhibition pavilion:
    PAP-FOR Russia 2014 halls form one solid area with no internal walls: the A, B, C zones only indicate the distance from entrance which provides a constant and steady flow of visitors to all exhibition zones.
    Learn more about the new complex "Expoforum" at www.papfor.com .
    (Reed Exhibitions Russia)
     
    01.07.2014   Smurfit Kappa announces new fossil CO2 reduction target, increasing from 20% to 25% by 2020 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... occasion of publication of its 7th annual Sustainable Development Report

    Picture: Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer at Smurfit Kappa

    -Achieved 2020 target for CO2 with 21% reduction in carbon emissions per tonne of paper produced (initial target 20%)
    -Achieved 2015 target for Chain of Custody with 91% converting operations certified (initial target 90%)
    -First time reporting on new commitments in four key areas of sustainability impact: Health and Safety, Community Involvement, Waste Minimisation and Sustainable Sourcing

    Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s leading paper-based packaging solutions companies, today intensifies its commitment to tackle climate change by increasing its target to reduce CO2 emissions per tonne of paper produced by 25% by 2020, having achieved its original 2020 target of a 20% reduction well ahead of schedule.
    The renewed commitment coincides with the publication of its 7th annual Sustainable Development Report. By achieving a 21% reduction in its fossil CO2 emissions per unit of production, Smurfit Kappa has realised an absolute reduction of fossil CO2 emissions of 929,000 tonnes since 2005 through a combination of investments in energy reduction, energy efficiency initiatives and overall optimisation of its mill system. This follows a decrease of 6.5% in carbon emissions per tonne of paper produced in 2013.
    Following significant advances in the use of sustainable fibres, 91% of all Smurfit Kappa converting operations are now Chain of Custody certified, exceeding its original commitment to reach at least a 90% certification level by 2015. In addition, close to 90% of all packaging produced in Europe can now be declared Chain of Custody certified under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI). All of Smurfit Kappa’s relevant operations in the Americas are forecast to achieve Chain of Custody certified status by the end of 2014, following the certification of its Venezuelan operations.
    These 2013 achievements form a key part of Smurfit Kappa’s Vision on Sustainability, which is a commitment to deliver sustainable, innovative solutions to help customers succeed in their respective markets, reduce their environmental impact and achieve commercial success.
    This sustainability commitment is embedded within Smurfit Kappa’s new global brand initiative, Open the future, which was launched last week. It showcases Smurfit Kappa’s dedication to customer growth by delivering the deepest insights programme ever seen in the paper-based packaging industry and building a new network of customer experience centres around the world to bring its innovation capabilities closer to its customers

    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer at Smurfit Kappa said,
    “Our vision is to assist our customers to succeed in their markets by ensuring the sustainability of our paper packaging solutions and by delivering innovative solutions for them that both drive their business growth and deliver against their own sustainability agendas. Having successfully met two key targets on Carbon Emissions and Chain of Custody certification well ahead of schedule, we are now intensifying our commitment to tackle climate change. We believe that sustainability is not only the right thing to do, but a key driver of business success for both our customers and for Smurfit Kappa, now and into the future.”

    For the first time, this year’s report commits to four new, time-bound objectives in areas for which the company has not previously set targets, including Health and Safety, Community Involvement, Waste Elimination and Sustainable Sourcing. Together with CO2, Chain of Custody, and Water, these are aspects of environmental and social impact to which Smurfit Kappa believes it can make the greatest contribution in order to promote a more sustainable and resilient society.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    01.07.2014   Stora Enso: New CEO – Karl-Henrik Sundström     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso’s Board of Directors has appointed Karl-Henrik Sundström, 54, as the new CEO of the Company as of 1 August 2014. Chairman of the Board of Directors Gunnar Brock hosted a press conference on 30 June in Helsinki together with Karl-Henrik Sundström.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    01.07.2014   Put a stop to Russian roulette when shopping: 3S starts information campaign against ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... product piracy

    Counterfeit protection is consumer protection

    Every consumer can become a victim of product piracy - that's according to a new campaign recently started by 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH in various social networks such as Facebook, Youtube and MyVideo. Everyday situations quickly and effectively demonstrate the dangers caused by counterfeiters - not only when buying bargains on holiday, but also when doing your daily shopping at the supermarket, specialist shop or at the chemist. No matter whether you're buying baby food, children's toys, medicines, cosmetics, textiles, pet food or spare parts for cars - counterfeit products are getting onto the market again and again and are threatening the health of consumers.
    Which means: Even if you avoid dubious offers and only make your purchases in specialist shops, you still cannot be one hundred percent sure that you are buying original goods. Only when consumers themselves can identify the authenticity of a product without a doubt can seamless counterfeit protection be guaranteed from the industry via the market to the consumer. To watch the short films about 3S‘ new info campaign, please visit www.secutag.com and go to the “SECUTAG in the media” / “Media library” section. Click on “Survey 1-3” and “Consumer Spots” in the drop down list. 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH is an internationally renowned manufacturer of labelling systems for legally binding counterfeit protection. On the basis of the world's smallest micro colour codes SECUTAG, 3S has developed several industry solutions against product piracy.
    Product piracy: The dark figure is high
    Despite the successful work carried out by German customs, there is always a risk that counterfeits can get onto the market. In 2013, border controls could prevent over 3.9 million counterfeit products valued at 134 million euros from entering the country. However, experts assume that the dark figure of unrecognised infringements on product and trademark laws is very much higher. And from the point of view of the Federal Criminal Police Office, product piracy has long been an important field of activity for organised crime. What does this mean for the consumer? Even if you avoid dubious offers and only make your purchases in specialist shops, you still cannot be one hundred percent sure that you are buying original goods.
    Product counterfeits are getting more and more perfect
    The new information campaign by 3S refers particularly to the health risks of product piracy, particularly when it concerns sensitive products such as baby food, children's toys, medicines, cosmetics, textiles or spare parts for cars. This is because the use of counterfeit goods can trigger allergies, cause illnesses or can even end in death - when the car repair shop uses counterfeit brake pads made from substandard material to be mounted on a vehicle. This danger is absolutely founded, because nowadays counterfeits are so perfectly produced that they are not even automatically recognised by trained experts in specialist shops. As long as manufacturers and trade do not use a continuous counterfeit protection system with which every consumer can check the authenticity of a product on site, organised crime will always be able to get counterfeits into specialist shops, specialist markets and even into chemists using sophisticated production and logistics chains.
    Seamless protection from suppliers, all the way to retailers and consumers
    The product labelling system SECUTAG by 3S provides effective protection against counterfeiting. This system consists of micro colour codes that are invisible to the naked eye. They can be applied onto almost any surface. The only device needed for checking the product's authenticity is a standard pen microscope with 100x magnification. It allows users to identify counterfeit products quickly and reliably. The colour code system has been counterfeit-proof for more than 15 years and is accepted as evidence by international courts.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
     
    01.07.2014   Kemira invests in production and expertise to support growth of the European tissue industry    ( Company news )

    Company news The European market provides huge growth potential for the tissue industry as about a dozen new tissue machines will be started or built in the EMEA region in the next two years. Most of the investments will take place in the developing markets of Eastern Europe and the Middle East where the tissue consumption per capita is still a half or less than in Western Europe.
    Kemira supports the growth of the European tissue industry by investing in production and expertise”, says Kenneth Nysten, SVP, Paper, EMEA. “The investment in San Giorgio plant in Italy enables the production of all tissue specialty chemicals such as polymers, dry and wet strength agents, and Yankee coating, and the strategic location of the plant ensures Kemira’s ability to effectively serve all the major European tissue districts especially in Italy, Germany, Spain, France and all the Eastern European countries. Kemira will participate in supplying chemicals to almost every new machine start up in 2014-2015”.
    Kemira continues to commit to the paper industry also in the more mature Western European market, and strives to ensure customers’ success in innovating and bringing new products to the market. “Innovation, operational efficiency and economy of scale represent a secure cost advantage for our tissue customers”, Nysten says. “We will continue to provide and develop a leading portfolio of innovative, tailor-made technologies and chemical expertise to fulfil the specific needs of our customers and ensure their future success. To support this, we are launching a campaign for tissue grades.”

    In the core of the campaign are Kemira’s key technologies:
    •FennoClean PFA for effective and corrosion safe microbe control with no biocide residuals in the final paper
    •KemFlite for efficient control of hydrophobic substances by combining novel analysis and monitoring tools with the broad deposit control product portfolio
    •FennoBond for improved dry and wet strength characteristics in tissue production

    “Our Tissue Experience campaign illustrates how our key technologies and well-engineered chemical phenomena benefit tissue makers and create a wanted impact on process runnability and cleanliness, as well as final product quality", says Antti Matula, Head of Marketing & Product Lines, Paper, EMEA. “It reveals an in-depth example of what Kemira has to offer through its understanding of the pulp and paper industry and its offering and expertise for tissue and towel grades.”
    (Kemira Oyj)
     
    01.07.2014   X-Rite Pantone Sponsors Russian Printing Standard Competition    ( Company news )

    Company news Competition Promotes Standards of Quality Among Russian Printing Houses

    X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in colour management, measurement and communication technologies, announces that they are sponsor of the Russian Printing Standard 2014 GOST R 54766-2011 (ISO 12647-2) Competition, which is organized by St. Petersburg Graphic Art Union, is designed to help promote a national standard of quality for printers across Russia.

    The Russian Printing Standard 2014, and the contest promoting it, was introduced at a time of great change for the Russian printing industry. Print clients in Russia now are in a stronger position when it comes to printing, both in the region and globally. With clients now demanding that printing houses deliver a consistent level of quality, printers are finding gaps in their current workflow processes.

    The challenge, however, is that there is no agreed to means to measure quality. There is no international unification on software and instrumentation, so companies are limited in what they can offer for quality control on their home standards or operational procedures. This lack of understanding of the existing standards has led to disagreements between clients and printing houses, providing no agreed baseline for judging quality.

    To help move print shops towards Standardization, industry leader X-Rite Pantone joined with the UGRA (Center of Competence in Media and Printing Technology), Sappi Fine Paper Europe, and Bereg Ltd, the leading paper supplier in Russia, to produce this competition. Working together, the contest will help to promote a National Standard GOST R 54766-2011 (ISO 12647-2) and verify the quality of printing offered by the printer according to that standard.

    Maxim Siniak, International Application Expert at X-Rite, is a judge in the competition. He notes that, “Part of our company’s mission is to enable printers to achieve the right colour each and every time. X-Rite Pantone’s participation in this competition is an extension of that goal. We are proud to contribute our colour science and Technology expertise to this competition and to the effort of standardizing printing quality in Russia. More importantly, we are enthusiastic about the impact quality standards will have for printers all over Russia.”

    The Russian Printing Standard Competition
    This Competition is open to all printers in Russia. Once the printer registers, they will electronically receive a technical assignment and test pages from the competition organizer. These test pages must be printed according the technical assignment. The sheets are judged on the following criteria:

    - Lab values of CMYK inks measured on solid patches
    - Dot Gain (TVI) for all inks
    - Spread values between of Dot Gain curves of all CMYK
    - Lab values for RGB
    - Overprint CMY

    Once completed, the sheets are evaluated locally for a preliminary judgment. Entries that show a high level of competency are then sent to X-Rite and Ugra for final evaluation by the Technical Expert Committee. Those that are judged to be of quality will be verified as meeting the standard. The overall winner of The Russian Printing Standard 2014 competition will get an Individual Certificate. This Certificate will enable the winner to better promote their services and will be a proof point of the quality of their services.

    This contest is open to all printers in Russia from 1st of September 2014 until 30 of October, 2014. Print Companies have until 15th of September, 2014 to enter the contest.
    (X-Rite GmbH)
     
    30.06.2014   Tiruna America Announces Expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Tiruna America announces plans for expansion at its facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Due to continued growth in the North American market, Tiruna America will double its capacity in 2015 by adding a building expansion, additional machinery and staff. Chris Charette, General Manager, noted that “we’ve had significant growth this past 3 years serving the integrated and independents in North America. Our depot programs, weld overlay rebuilds and cartridge rebuilds have grown by over 10% annually. The addition of another grinder, polisher and some ancillary equipment, along with production area and additional staff will position us well for the future. We are already adding the staff, so that we may ramp up to be ready once the expansion is complete, mid-year 2015. We want to thank our customers for entrusting us with their corrugator roll business.”
    (Tiruña América Inc.)
     
    30.06.2014   KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses Unleash the Next-Generation of Printing to Meet Diverse ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...Customer Needs

    Kodak continues to exceed industry standards in digital color print with the introduction of the KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses. With new innovations in transport, drying and writing systems, combined with advanced press management technology, the PROSPER 6000 Presses are a completely new product offering that deliver high levels of reliability, print speed and application flexibility. These enhancements will empower customers in the book, commercial print and newspaper businesses—as well as print service providers of data-driven print applications such as direct mail and transaction—with tools for success.

    The PROSPER 6000 Presses are powered by an advanced Intelligent Print System (IPS) that continuously monitors, evaluates and adjusts operations to ensure exceptional quality output. With the improved IPS, the PROSPER 6000 Presses can monitor and instantly correct color registration, delivering enhanced registration performance. The Presses' writing system runs on Kodak's newly formulated nanotechnology inks, offering a greater color gamut and delivering print quality that rivals offset output on a wide range of uncoated, coated and glossy papers.

    Two PROSPER 6000 Models for Business Agility

    The PROSPER 6000 Presses will be made available in two models:

    KODAK PROSPER 6000C Press, ideal for commercial print applications requiring high ink laydowns.
    KODAK PROSPER 6000P Press, designed specifically for publishing applications such as books and newspapers which typically use light-weight paper and low-to-medium ink laydowns.

    Both PROSPER 6000 Presses print at speeds of up to 1,000 feet, or 300 meters, per minute on matted and uncoated papers with a duty cycle of 90 million A4 top quality pages per month – up to 2.5 times faster than the KODAK PROSPER 5000XLi Press. An enhanced drying capability allows heavy-weight glossy and silk stock to be printed on the PROSPER 6000C Press at 650 feet, or 200 meters, per minute.

    "Today's printers need tools that enable them to quickly respond to the needs of their customers, as well as the needs of the business. From book publishing to commercial and newspaper printing, the future of the industry will revolve around digital solutions," said Doug Edwards, President, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. "The PROSPER 6000 Presses deliver the highest industry performance coupled with quality approaching 200 lpi, allowing customers to increase agility so they can adapt to the changing demands of the business and better respond to their customers."

    Aligning with its commitment to sustainability, Kodak is focused on delivering imaging innovations to customers that provide greater product value while enabling them to achieve their own sustainability goals. With the combination of stellar quality, reliability and industry-leading productivity, the PROSPER 6000 Presses produce saleable prints at a low cost per page; approaching $0.005/A4 in color consumable costs. The 6000 Presses provide customers with long inkjet head life, high operational uptime and fast job set-up and make-ready time, helping them save both time and money.

    Next-Generation Printing

    In today's printing environment, businesses are investing in technologies that lay the foundation for future success. In book printing, printers are looking for ways to enhance revenue potential by shifting to profitable short-run jobs. These print-on-demand jobs reduce inventory costs and allow the printing of shorter runs on a just-in-time basis to meet specific orders. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses make it feasible and economical to print up to 200-lpi quality books at production run lengths of up to 3,000 copies. In addition, it can produce millions of offset-like pages month after month and reduce costs associated with obsolescence and warehousing.

    Printers in the commercial print space are looking to provide their customers with better response rates for mailings. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses can produce high-gloss targeted direct mail pieces for an average of 30 percent less than using electrophotographic (toner-based) systems. These economics deliver greater return on marketing investments as well as improved efficiency and profitability for production runs of up to one million high-quality mail pieces.

    Newspaper printers and publishers need to drive innovation and leverage technology to gain a competitive advantage. KODAK PROSPER 6000 Presses make it possible to reach new audiences more efficiently, while streamlining print runs and adapting print editions to target different readers. Digitally printed newspapers are the same size as offset versions and have the same look and feel, offering a high-quality appearance that is readily accepted by advertisers and readers. The 6000 Presses allow multiple newspaper titles to be produced in very short runs. The right number of newspaper editions needed for each outlet can be produced with sufficiently high productivity for medium-sized markets: 15,000-20,000 newspapers.
    (Kodak GmbH)
     
    30.06.2014   New BillerudKorsnäs products meet growing demand for paper bags and carriers    ( Company news )

    Company news With the European Parliament voting to significantly cut plastic bag use by 2019, BillerudKorsnäs has launched two new families of paper for use in carriers for the food and retail sectors. The products offer outstanding value, quality, and flexibility and are produced from renewable raw materials. The fact that they are biodegradable means they pose far less of a threat to waterways than plastics

    BillerudKorsnäs has launched two new paper product families, aimed at meeting growing demand for paper bags and carriers within the retail and food sectors. The Xpression and Basix product lines both offer outstanding strength, printability and environmental credentials, but are carefully designed for use in distinct applications.
    The Xpression range of high-quality kraft paper products is suitable for use in paper carriers produced for use in retail and in other sectors. Papers in the range offer benefits across the value chain. They allow for outstanding colour and text reproduction during printing and enable brand owners to produce strong, durable and appealing carrier bags that reflect on their brands in the best possible way.
    The Basix range of kraft paper, meanwhile, is intended for use in consumer bags that provide protection for food, or that are used in other daily applications. The range consists of stiff papers with an even quality that allows for effective and functional conversion as well as easy-to-use end products. The papers boast good printability, and grease-resistant variants are available for paper bags that come into close contact with greasy food, such as Danish pastries and French fries.
    Marcus Lager, Business Segment Director at BillerudKorsnäs, says there has been an increase in demand for quality paper products, particularly in Europe where tough measures have been introduced to reduce the use of plastic bags and plastic carrier bags.
    In April, the European Parliament voted in favour of new targets that will force nations within the EU to reduce plastic bag use by 80 per cent before 2019," Lager says. "Many consumers have also expressed a strong preference for sustainable, non-plastic alternatives, both in retail and food retail situations."
    Patrik Bosander, Business Development Director at BillerudKorsnäs, says, "The independent research body IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet (IVL Swedish Environmental Institute) conducted climate change impact studies on all the products manufactured in three of our Swedish paper mills. The results showed that our products had a very small carbon footprint. This is due to the paper being made from renewable raw material from sustainable forestry, as well to our investments in environmentally effective technology."
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     

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