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    05.01.2015   Horizon Pulp & Paper inaugurated new Lime Kiln and Wood Processing Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Horizon Pulp & Paper (Horizon), a leading sack kraft producer in Estonia, officially inaugurated the company’s new Lime Kiln and Wood Processing Line that will increase the mill’s production efficiency. Mr Toomas Hendrik Ilves, the President of Estonia, launched the Wood Processing Line during his visit to Horizon.

    The new Lime Kiln that became operational in 2014 enables Horizon Pulp & Paper to recycle more than 90 percent of the lime used in the production. Besides contributing effectively to cleaner environment, this also reduces the usage of natural resource lime.

    “The investment of about €11m reinforces the company’s commitment towards environment protection. Leading global industry technologist, FLSmidth Group, supplied the equipment for the Kiln. The process is fully automated and operated through DCS system”, said Mr Bashyam Krishnan, CEO of Horizon Pulp & Paper.

    For the Lime Kiln investment, €3.8m was received through the Environmental Investments Centre of Estonia from the means of the European Cohesion Fund. SEB Pank co-financed the Lime Kiln and Wood Processing Line.

    Group ANDRITZ, an international technology leader, supplied equipment for the state-of-the-art wood processing line, a total investment of approximately €4m.

    In the pulp-making process, the quality of the pulp fibre depends on the wood chip quality. The selected line presents the latest wood processing technology and consists of log infeed, debarking unit, chipper and chip screen.

    According to Mr Krishnan, the new technology improves the chip quality thereby enabling to achieve full potential of the plant’s recent investments for advanced pulp cooking and washing processes, leading to improved quality of paper produced.
    (Horizon Pulp & Paper Ltd)
    05.01.2015   Toscotec to supply a new AHEAD Tissue Line to JSC Syassky Pulp & Paper Mill in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news Syassky Pulp and Paper Mill, based in St. Petersburg, Russia has signed a contract with the Italian manufacturer Toscotec for the supply of a new tissue line at its mill in Syasstroy, in the Leningrad region of Russia.
    The new Toscotec AHEAD tissue machine, designed for production of high quality tissue products, will replace the existing PM3 after its dismantling and will come on stream in first half of 2016.

    In line with a huge investment process put in progress in the last years and to better expand its growing market in terms of quantity and quality, Syassky Pulp and Paper Mill has decided to invest in the new PM3 line adopting Toscotec’s state of the art latest technology with the aim of improving products offer and reduce the mill's energy costs.

    The scope of supply of the new PM3 includes AHEAD-1.5M crescent former tissue machine with a single layer headbox, single press configuration with suction pressure roll TT SPR1045, a 12 FT diameter Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-12FT and a reel section TT Reel-P.

    The delivery will also include the approach flow system, stock preparation plant, gas heated hood and steam & condensate system from Toscotec associate Milltech, as well as electrification & control system. Engineering and services (erection supervision, commissioning & start up assistance, training) complete the package.
    Machine speed will be up to 1400 mpm with a trim width of 4200 mm, for a daily production of 125 tons both from dry and slush pulps.

    This new order from the Russian Company to Toscotec confirms the successful cooperation between the two companies begun in 2009.
    The Syasstroy’s site already houses a AHEAD-1.5M tissue machine supplied by the Italian manufacturer in 2012 to replace the existing PM2 as well as two rewinders TT WIND-H (for PM2 and PM3 lines) that came on stream in 2010 and 2012 respectively.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    05.01.2015   Nippon Paper Industries Announces Printing Paper and Communication Paper Price Revisions    ( Company news )

    Company news Nippon Paper Industries Co., Ltd. ("the Company"; President: Fumio Manoshiro) has announced price revisions for printing paper and communication paper in the domestic market to all its agencies.

    Products subject to price revisions: All kinds of Printing paper and communication paper, and converting paper

    Markup: Minimum 10%

    Timing of implementation: From Febrary 1, 2015 shipment

    Reason for implementation: While the rapid depreciation of Japanese yen trend continues, the prices of raw materials and fuels are in an upward trend. Although the Company has made sustained efforts to reduce costs, it has proven difficult to absorb all the cost increases through the Company's own efforts, and it was decided that there was no alternative but to pass the cost on to the product prices.
    (Nippon Paper Industries Co Ltd)

    05.01.2015   Atlas Copco expands its vacuum solutions     ( Company news )

    Company news Introduced extended vacuum solutions portfolio for rough and medium vacuum in Q2 2014 and announces pioneering vacuum technology will be unveiled in early 2015

    Atlas Copco has recently introduced a new portfolio of vacuum products which can support the specific vacuum needs of customers across a range of markets, and many common vacuum applications.
    Beside the new range of 2-stage oil-sealed rotary vane vacuum pumps, Atlas Copco also introduced a new range of vacuum booster pumps, piston pumps, liquid ring pumps and steam ejectors. This new portfolio can support industries including mining, cement, paper, refineries and food, as well as industries as diverse as aerospace, automotive, refrigeration, glass, bottling, canning and woodworking.
    In early 2015 an innovative, intelligent vacuum pump will be introduced - the GHS VSD+ - representing a real leap forward in the vacuum industry.
    The GHS VSD+ Series is a new range of highly efficient, intelligent vacuum pumps with Variable Speed Drive (VSD) from Atlas Copco. Based on the well-known and durable plug-and-play design principles of Atlas Copco compressors, these vacuum pumps have been designed by vacuum engineers to deliver peak performance at operating pressures commonly found in industrial applications.

    The GHS VSD+ series offer:
    -Energy savings of around 50%
    -A state-of-the-art technology, variable speed drive (VSD) and innovative motor design combine to produce a leap forward in efficiency to dramatically reduce lifecycle costs.
    -Significantly better performance against benchmarked oil-sealed and dry vane vacuum pump.
    -Quiet operation – Noise levels are around half that of comparable technologies.
    -Sustainable productivity due to built-in efficiency. Conforms to energy management and environmental commitments according to ISO 50001/14001.
    -Reduced environmental impact due to ultra-high oil retention at all operating pressures – from ultimate pressure to atmospheric pressure.
    (Atlas Copco Kompressoren und Drucklufttechnik GmbH)
    05.01.2015   Valmet to invest in a new services center in Asia-Pacific    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has decided to build a new services center in Indonesia, which is one of the key markets in Asia-Pacific for Valmet's products and services. The new service center will be located in the Jakarta area on the island of Java, and it will be fully operational at the beginning of 2017.
    "We see good opportunities for services growth in the Asia-Pacific area. After the investment, we'll be able to provide our Asia-Pacific pulp, paper and energy customers with a much wider services offering. Our offering will expand to include roll services, boiler services, fiber workshop services, mill improvement solutions, paper machine clothing, and filter fabrics," says Jukka Tiitinen (photo), Business Line President, Services at Valmet.

    Strengthening local presence
    "This investment supports Valmet's activities in the area to a great extent. We are present close to where our customers operate. We deliver environmentally sound technologies and services and promote sustainable development in every way. Customers' performance improvements and competitiveness are key issues for us," points out Hannu T. Pietilä, Area President, Asia-Pacific at Valmet.
    The center will serve Valmet's pulp, paper and energy customers throughout the Asia-Pacific area. Valmet has a large installed base in the area, providing a good platform for services to grow.
    Today, Valmet operates Asia-Pacific service centers in Thailand, South Korea and Australia.
    "The new service center in Indonesia will bring us significantly closer to the customers in the area," concludes Tiitinen.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    30.12.2014   Kemira: Position paper on water reuse published    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira is committed to enabling our customers to use water, energy and raw materials in the most efficient way, and is continuously searching for improvements. We constantly follow, investigate and manage issues important to us, the chemical industry and our stakeholders.

    As a response to the regulatory process initiated by the European Commission Kemira has published a position paper on water reuse. The paper looks at the importance of water reuse for the European Union, and highlights Kemira’s knowledge and credentials in water treatment. We are dedicated to water reuse, and want to partner with European institutions and stakeholders to address this topic.

    Water reuse is a part of integrated water management, and is technically possible to achieve already today, but harmonized EU level business/regulatory drivers are lacking. To ensure public health and environmental safety, we must standardize the quality of reused water, but not the technology to achieve it. The EU must facilitate innovation in water reuse, while considering the origin and destination of reused water – in short, the right quality for the right purposes.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    30.12.2014   Miltenberg PM 7: New energy-efficient tissue process line from Voith successfully in operation    ( Company news )

    Company news A new process line was successfully put into operation at the Miltenberg paper mill and headquarters of Fripa Papierfabrik Albert Friedrich KG in the middle of November 2014. The goal of the tissue manufacturer was to maintain a modern and efficient system that is equipped with the latest resource-conserving and energy-saving Voith technology. The NipcoFlex T shoe press had special significance here, as it reduces the need for thermal energy by up to 20% due to the high dry content after the press. At the same time it is ideally suited for production of soft paper and thus meets the high quality requirements of Fripa.

    The PM 7 is designed for a paper width of 2,700 mm and in the future will produce toilet paper and paper towels from 100% virgin pulp at a working speed of 2,100 m/min. With this production capacity, the Miltenberg PM 7 is currently one of the most capable tissue machines in the world. Voith delivered the entire process line to Fripa: from stock preparation and the approach flow system, the tissue machine, auxiliary equipment and system accessories all the way to automation, electrification and engineering. In addition, extensive services and replacement parts were included in the delivery, such as the entire clothing package which is ideally coordinated with the requirements of shoe press technology.

    The centerpiece of the new PM 7 is the EvoDry Y Yankee cylinder with the new NipcoFlex T shoe press technology. Other energy-efficient components include the IntensaPulper and the TwinFlo refiner with Pluralis refiner fillings in stock preparation, the innovative approach flow system with the newly developed IntegraGuard headbox screen, the MasterJet T headbox as well as dryer hoods and air systems perfectly coordinated with the production process.

    “Voith stood by us as a genuine partner during the planning and processing of the project, and with the PM 7 has delivered an innovative system. Of particular importance to us were maximally optimized energy consumption, moderate operating costs, low water and waste water values and a high level of paper softness. The new PM 7 meets all these requirements,” explains Fripa Managing Director Andreas Noack.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    29.12.2014   Indicatorium to commercialize UPM's Food Freshness Indicator Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM and Indicatorium Oy have entered into an agreement for the international commercialisation of the food freshness indicator technology developed by UPM. Food freshness indicator is a smart label that reacts to certain chemicals and helps to determine whether a food product is still fresh and safe to eat. Indicatorium is aiming to introduce food freshness indicator to the global markets. The Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation (Tekes) will finance the initial stage of the project.

    Food freshness indicator is a reliable and cost-efficient label that can be easily attached directly into food packaging. It can also be integrated with NFC or RFID technology, and it has several potential applications. Consumer acceptance testing has been performed for the use of the food freshness indicator in poultry product packaging. Next we are planning to extend the product range to fish packaging and fresh cut fruits and vegetables. Food freshness indicator offers clear financial and competitive advantages to our customers, and it reduces the amount of food waste", says Tomi Siimes, Managing Director at Indicatorium Ltd.

    "The Innovation Mill programme funded by Tekes is a great way for UPM to find partners to commercialise ideas and patents that are outside our key competence areas. We are constantly looking for innovative partners for co-operation on bioeconomy projects and the utilisation of by-products, developing new business models and utilising patents that would otherwise be neglected", says Jyrki Ovaska, Executive Vice President, Technology at UPM.

    This agreement is UPM's first commercialisation project within the Innovation Mill programme, which is managed by Spinverse Ltd. Other large corporations that participate in the programme include Fortum, Nokia, Kemira, Metso, Ruukki and Wärtsilä.

    "Innovation Mill was originally developed with Nokia, and since then the programme has been a huge success based on both the amount of projects and their success rate. It is great that large corporations have been actively participating in the programme and can benefit from the internationally ground-breaking practices developed by it", says Kari Tilli, Service Director at Tekes.

    Since 2009, Innovation Mill has been involved in the commercialisation of more than 100 technologies developed by large corporations, which in turn has created over 1000 new jobs. "We are currently renewing the programme to cover the extending network of small and medium-sized enterprises and large industrial partners so that ideas and products can move in both directions", says Pekka Koponen, CEO at Spinverse Ltd.
    23.12.2014   Stora Enso appoints Noel Morrin as Executive Vice President, Global Responsibility    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has appointed Noel Morrin (photo) to head the Group’s Global Responsibility function and as a member of the Group Leadership Team as of 1 April 2015.

    Noel Morrin is an Irish citizen and has held several leadership positions in the field of sustainability and environmental affairs, most recently, since 2005, as SVP for Sustainability & Green Support at Skanska in Sweden. Before that he worked as Group Environment Director for the world’s largest concrete producer and Europe’s largest quarrying company, RMC Group. Prior to RMC he held senior roles at the UK National Environmental Technology Centre, the British NGO Business in the Community and the global chemical company ICI.

    “We welcome Noel Morrin to the Stora Enso team with high expectations. He will bring us a solid background in responsibility issues and strengthen our team with international experience from various industries,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.

    Terhi Koipijärvi has been acting EVP, Global Responsibility since September 2014. She will continue to work in Stora Enso in a new role to be defined later.

    “I would like to thank Terhi Koipijärvi for her valuable contribution in our responsibility work during the autumn,” says Sundström.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    23.12.2014   BOBST announces participation at ICE USA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news BOBST specialists will be on hand on BOBST stand #1121 at ICE USA to present the latest technology to serve the flexible packaging and converting industry. The main focus at this exhibition will be coating and vacuum metallizing.

    For vacuum metallizing, the focus will be on two key innovations - the AlOx process and the BOBST General Hawkeye Pinhole Detector. The AlOx process produces clear film with a good water and oxygen barrier level and can be used for products including baked goods and microwaveable food where product visibility is required. Whilst the Hawkeye Pinhole Detector is a monitoring system which detects defects at full metallizer speed, resulting in increases in production speed and final product quality.

    For coating, the product lines ROTOSIL, ROTOMELT, ROTOTACKY and ROTOCOAT are designed based on a modular concept for a tailor made process will be presented. The product lines provide a remarkable flexibility in the choice of the most suitable coating technology for coated and/or laminated products. This combined with an excellent process knowledge guarantees the highest final product quality.

    In lamination, CL 850 and CL 1000 multi-technology laminators and the SL 850 and SL 1000 solventless laminators have an accuracy of web handling control which enables production of superior quality laminated structures with the widest combination of materials, including very thin aluminum foil.

    A superior web handling performance is also one of the hallmarks of ROTOEXTRUDER extrusion coating & laminating machines which can produce composite structures of the highest quality for flexible packaging or handle a great variety of applications in the paper and board converting industry.

    As for flexo printing the main focus will be on the F&K 20SIX which features print widths up to 1'650 mm, repeats up to 1'200 mm, and speeds up to 600 m/min. The models of the F&K 20SIX platform designed to cover the whole range of packaging printing demands and provide an array of technologies all aimed at enhancing productivity by minimizing waste, change-over time, and energy consumption.

    The range of BOBST’s gravure presses is the most comprehensive in the industry. Its platforms of printing solutions, such as the Rotomec 4003 for flexible materials, provide different configurations and options to match the user’s specific requirements and applications in the most efficient and profitable way.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    23.12.2014   Sequana announces the divestment of its Coated US operations    ( Company news )

    Company news Sequana has finalized the divestment of its Coated US operations to Virtus Holdings LLC, a company formed by members of Appleton Coated’s management team.
    Effective on 19, December 2014, the divestment of this business which has been classified in discontinued operations since December 31, 2013, will have no significant impact on the Group’s operating results. The Coated US operations represent approximately 250 million Euros of net sales and employ over 600 people.
    With the divestment of Appleton Coated and once the industrial restructuring of its printing and writing businesses in Europe is completed as expected in 2015, Arjowiggins will have significantly reduced its exposure to standard coated paper which would account for less 5% of its sales in a near future in accordance with its strategic plan announced last April.
    (Sequana Capital)
    23.12.2014   Veolia transforms non-recyclable paper into new products    ( Company news )

    Company news Veolia has launched a new technology to transform non-recyclable paper and cardboard from household waste into a pulp. This new pulp is suitable for a range of products such as insulation and construction materials, demonstrating its commitment to the circular economy.
    With state-of-the-art technology is able to extract previously non-recyclable paper and cardboard from the residual waste fraction at Southwark's Integrated Waste Management Facility that is currently going to energy recovery. This new solution will turn this fibre stream into a new product: Pro-Fibre.

    Veolia is investing £1 million into the new technology in Sheffield which will be able to treat up to 20,000 tonnes a year and produce up to 14,000 tonnes of Pro-Fibre. The process includes identifying and capturing the non-recyclable fibre fragments, pulping, cleaning, screening and a mechanical pressing stage.

    The Pro-Fibre product can be manufactured either wet or dry and is suitable for businesses looking for a cost-effective and more sustainable feedstock. It can be used as a raw material in manufacturing industries to create a wide range of products such as:
    -Cellulose-based insulation
    -Packaging products
    -Construction materials (plaster boards…)

    Forbes McDougall, Head of Circular Economy at Veolia said “This new technique allows fibres that would normally not be recycled now to be turned into a new product with a wide range of uses! Not only will this benefit the circular economy it will also help Veolia increase recycling rates across the UK. We’re open to new applications and welcome ideas from manufacturers who would identify Pro-Fibre as a feedstock alternative.”
    (Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc)
    23.12.2014   TENCEL® Plant in Lenzing: Positive Scorecard in the Six-Month Ramp-up Phase    ( Company news )

    Company news The track record of the new TENCEL® fiber production plant at the Lenzing site in Upper Austria during the initial six-month ramp-up phase has been a positive one.

    “The plant has already successfully operated at full capacity and in a trouble-free manner for the past months, and the quality of the manufactured fibers fulfills our high expectations”, says Peter Untersperger, Chief Executive Officer of Lenzing AG. “Our new second generation TENCEL® fiber production facility is a technological milestone for lyocell technology, and proof that we are several years ahead of all our competitors.” It enables more than 67,000 tons of TENCEL® fibers to be manufactured p.a. by one jumbo production line. This significantly increases efficiency compared to the existing technology.

    Lenzing is still the only company in the world with the capability of implementing the complex lyocell technology on an industrial scale and mastering safety requirements. “Over the past few years TENCEL® has secured a permanent place on the market for a whole range of attractive applications”, says Lenzing Management Board member and Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) Robert van de Kerkhof. “TENCEL® can exploit its advantages in the apparel, home textile and innovative technical segments. The fiber offers good breathing properties, excellent wearing comfort, high fiber strength and above all its environmentally-compatible production on the basis of the natural raw material, wood. For these reasons TENCEL® is also the premium cellulose fiber of the future”, he adds.

    Both CEO Untersperger and COO van de Kerkhof emphasize the fact that Lenzing will continue to fully concentrate on TENCEL® in the coming years. “We are continuously developing this market. Our technological know-how will also help us to open up new markets”, van de Kerkhof says. For this reason, TENCEL® is and will remain a top research and development priority at Lenzing. In the past five years, Lenzing spent around EUR 100 mn on research in lyocell technology. Lenzing has already been operating several pilot lyocell facilities at the Lenzing site for 25 years. If demand for TENCEL® fibers continues to develop as satisfactorily as expected, the Lenzing Group will likely construct an additional TENCEL® jumbo production plant based on this proven technology in the medium term.

    As of the end of 2014, total annual TENCEL® production capacity of the Lenzing Group amounts to about 220,000 tons manufactured at the Austrian sites in Lenzing and Heiligenkreuz, in Mobile, Alabama in the USA and in Grimsby, Great Britain. Thanks to the new “jumbo production line” at the Lenzing site, investment costs could be maintained at a very competitive level of approximately EUR 150 mn (or about EUR 2,200 per ton of capacity). This gives Lenzing the opportunity to achieve a further competitive scaling of TENCEL® fibers as a universally deployable textile and nonwoven fiber.
    (Lenzing Papier GmbH)
    23.12.2014   Domino 2014 Results Preliminary Statement for the year ended 31 October 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news -Sales growth of 9 per cent before the impact of movements in exchange rates
    -Further progress in full-colour digital label press sales
    -Investment of £18.2 million in research and development, continuing to fuel the new product pipeline
    -Underlying pre-tax profit growth of 9 per cent
    -Strong operating cash flows; net cash of £40.1 million at year end
    -Dividend increased by 5 per cent

    Peter Byrom (photo), Chairman, commented “The Group has made good progress in growing sales, profits and cash during the year while continuing to develop new products and investing in further expanding our digital printing business. Underlying pre-tax profits increased by 9 per cent to £57.6 million and net cash inflow from operating activities before tax was £65.8 million. The Board has declared an increase in the annual dividend of 5 per cent.

    “Our business in Europe reported double-digit sales growth in local terms, benefiting from more buoyant markets in the early part of the year. We also reported good growth in the Americas and Asia. Market conditions have been changeable with a more cautious attitude returning among customers in many markets over the second half of our year.

    “We are pleased with the success of our latest i-Tech product range, which provides customers with class-leading performance, while our research and development teams are busy working on further product innovations. The aftermarket business continues to grow in line with our expectations.

    “Our latest full-colour digital label press has been well received by customers and we are seeing increasing adoption of digital printing technology among label converters. Activity levels among our sales teams, and the increase in sales of N-Series digital label presses this year, give us confidence in the potential for continued growth.

    “The Group has had a good year and delivered results in line with our expectations. We continue to invest in research and development and in growing the capability and capacity of our digital printing business. However, we remain cautious about 2015. As announced in our Interim Statement, the investments we are making, coupled with uncertain market conditions, mean we expect results in 2015 to be at a broadly similar level to this year.

    “Our strong products and our investments in developing our capabilities mean we remain optimistic about the Group’s longer-term prospects.”
    (Domino UK Ltd)
    23.12.2014   Metsä Board Kyro further boosts folding boxboard quality with Metso's coat weight ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... profiler technology

    Targeting superior visual appearance for demanding beauty and health care packaging.

    Metsä Board Kyro mill, located in Kyröskoski, 40 km northwest of Tampere, Finland, started up Metso's coat weight profiler technology on its Board Machine 1 (BM1) in June 2014. By replacing a manual control with an accurate automated solution, the mill has been able to further boost the quality of its folding boxboard through significantly better coat weight CD profiles.
    "The profiles are now much more even than when controlled manually. The 2-sigma value for the actuator-based profile was earlier 0.5 g/m², but it has now reached 0.1 g/m². This is a five-fold improvement," says Tomi Vähä-Ruohola, Operations Manager, Metsä Board Kyro. "Even profiles throughout the entire parent roll width are important because they result in better printability for our customers."
    According to Vähä-Ruohola, Metso was selected as the profiler supplier based on its technological know-how and reliability, long-standing relationship with the mill, as well as its large installed automation system base and continuous service presence on site.
    Kyro BM 1 produces high-quality fully-coated folding boxboard in the grammage range of 205 to 380 g/m2 for beauty care, health care and other demanding packaging and graphics. The machine has a trim width of 3.3 m and a speed of 660 m/min.
    Metso's scope of delivery included a Metso IQ Coat Weight Profiler with 24 actuators and an IQ Coat Weight CD control. Metsä Board Kyro has steadily invested in improving the quality of its folding boxboard. In May 2013, the mill started up a new-generation Metso IQ Induction Profiler with new CD controls. The results gained with the solution include greatly improved CD caliper profiles and a reduced number of breaks.

    Superior coat weight CD profiles and less broke
    Cross-direction coat weight uniformity is an important factor not only with regard to quality but also in overall machine efficiency - especially after blade changes, rod changes and breaks. Metso IQ Coat Weight Profiler is a high-resolution CD coat weight profiler with actuator spacing down to 60 mm. It achieves accurate profiles both in blade and film coaters and meets the many challenges in today's coating processes.
    "The major benefits include superior coat weight CD profiles, better runnability in the coater, as well as in the calenders and winders after the coater, and less broke after breaks and blade/rod changes. Additionally, the fiber savings are achieved as a result of thicker coat weight and less fiber being used," adds Juha Mykkänen, Sales Manager, Process Automation Systems, Metso.
    (Metso Corporation)
    22.12.2014   Changes in Kemira Oyj's management    ( Company news )

    Company news President of Kemira's Paper segment Petri Helsky (photo), M.Sc. (Chem. Eng.), M.Sc. (Econ.), will assume a second role as the President of the Asia Pacific Region as of January 1, 2015. Petri Helsky continues to be a member of the Kemira Management Board and reports to President and CEO Jari Rosendal in these roles. He is based in Hong Kong.

    Joe Chan, EMBA, is appointed President, China as of January 1, 2015. In his new role, Joe Chan continues to drive profitable growth in the Chinese market. Joe will report to Petri Helsky, President of Paper Segment and APAC Region. He is based in Shanghai.

    These changes in Kemira's management are made to support the announced preliminary agreement to acquire AkzoNobel's paper chemical business, which will double Kemira's Paper business in Asia Pacific. The intended transaction was announced in July 8, 2014 and is expected to be closed in the first quarter of 2015.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    22.12.2014   Looking ahead to PSI: Personalising promotional items with Roland DG    ( Company news )

    Company news At PSI, Europe’s largest trade show for promotional products, Roland DG exhibits various machines which can personalise promotional items quickly and inexpensively. These digital printers and cutters will be demonstrated at Stand B-30 in Hall 12.
    Just as in other sectors, the promotional materials industry is also searching for digital alternatives to their traditional processes. The demand for small quantities and different versions of personalised promotional articles is becoming larger, which means that the search for less expensive alternatives is also increasing. The digital machines from Roland DG provide the ideal solution.
    At PSI, the trade show that will take place in Düsseldorf from 7 through 9 January, Roland DG will show off these solutions.

    Personalising with colourful prints
    Roland DG is known throughout the world for its reliable and high-quality inkjet printers. At PSI, the company will exhibit two printer models which are perfect for personalising promotional products.
    The first printer is the VersaUV LEF-20. This is a flatbed printer designed for gadgets, promotional gifts and other promo materials. The machine has a printing surface area of 508 by 330 mm. It prints text and images at a very high resolution on a large variety of promotional articles, including iPhone and tablet covers, pens, Plexiglas photo cubes, golf balls and other objects or plates up to 10 cm high.
    The second model is the VersaCAMM VS-i. This is the newest arrival within the popular VersaCAMM series of user-friendly printers/cutters. Thanks to the built-in cutting blade, stickers, textile transfers and labels are automatically cut out.

    Unique items with letter cut-outs
    Cutters are often used for the personalisation of promotional products. The Roland DG cutters can cut all kinds of materials, such as vinyl, transfer material, sandblast film and even thicker magnetic film. These cut-outs can then easily be used to personalise gadgets, clothing and promotional gifts.

    Focus on 3D printing and milling
    And, finally, the spotlight at the Roland stand will also shine on 3D printing and milling using the new monoFab series machines. The ARM-10 3D printer builds prototypes of new products out of transparent resin. The SRM-20 desktop milling machine mills models out of different materials, including ABS, acrylic and modelling wax.

    Visit the Roland DG stand in Hall 12 for more information and a demonstration.
    (Roland DG GmbH)
    22.12.2014   Catalyst to indefinitely curtail paper machine at Powell River    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX: CYT) announced the decision to indefinitely curtail the No. 9 paper machine, one of three machines at its Powell River operation.

    This decision is fully market-related as the company is facing a lack of orders and a declining market for the paper manufactured on paper machine No. 9, which was temporarily curtailed on October 27.

    “This is a difficult, but necessary decision that supports Catalyst’s commitment to align mill operations and production with market demand,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are committed to making the Powell River operation successful for the long term, and will be working with our employees, leadership and the unions on a plan to make improvements to secure our sustainability.”

    It is anticipated that this change will result in the loss of 50 jobs at the Power River operations and the Surrey Distribution Centre, Catalyst’s product distribution hub. The company will be working with employees and the Union locals on a transition plan to mitigate the impact of this decision.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    22.12.2014   Stora Enso introduces new organisational structure for Renewable Packaging and appoints ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... new member to the Group Leadership Team

    The Renewable Packaging Division will be split into two divisions: Consumer Board and Packaging Solutions. Both new divisions will become separate reporting segments from 1 January 2015.

    Stora Enso appoints Jari Latvanen (photo) as EVP, Head of Consumer Board and as a member of the Group Leadership Team as of 1 January 2015. Jari Latvanen is a Finnish citizen and has held several leadership positions within the food industry. Since 2010 he has worked as CEO for Findus Nordic operations. Before that, Jari has made a long international career within Nestlé group.

    “Jari Latvanen has a long and relevant experience from working with strong brands and corporate strategies. I am convinced that he will be a valuable contribution to the team and strengthen our customer focus even further,” says Stora Enso CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.

    Hannu Alalauri, currently SVP Packaging Solutions Stora Enso, is appointed as acting Head of Packaging Solutions.

    The new structure in the packaging business is a further step towards strengthening Stora Enso’s focus on customers, business performance and growth. It will also mean greater transparency in financial reporting.

    Division names
    The following names for the product divisions will become effective as of 1 January 2015:
    Current name ----------- New name
    Printing and Reading --------- Paper
    Building and Living ---------- Wood Products
    Biomaterials ---------------- Biomaterials
    Renewable Packaging ---------- Consumer Board / Packaging Solutions
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    22.12.2014   Lecta’s New 'AIR' Calendar    ( Company news )

    Company news Air, in all its immensity, stretching across vast Australian spaces is featured in Lecta’s new 2015 calendar.
    Air, the one element of nature we cannot see, is also one of the most fundamental. Lecta closes its series of calendars based on the four elements with a selection of twelve vibrant “air” color photographs.
    The papers chosen for printing the “AIR 2015” Calendar were Lecta’s CreatorStar and GardaGloss Art, specifically designed for the most demanding commercial and publishing print users. Thanks to their smooth surface and outstanding gloss, the tones are bold and the resulting full-color prints are nothing short of exceptional.
    All the photographs in the new calendar are available as screensavers that can be downloaded free of charge on the Lecta Group company websites.
    (Lecta Group)
    22.12.2014   Ahlstrom's employee negotiations completed in Kauttua     ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that it has completed the co-operation negotiations with employee representatives at its Kauttua production line in Finland. The conclusion of the negotiations is to close down the production line in Kauttua during the second quarter of 2015.

    The Kauttua plant manufactures base paper for masking tape. As there is significant overcapacity globally in the masking tape markets, especially in Europe, Ahlstrom has sought ways to improve the efficiency of its masking tape business. Ahlstrom manufactures base paper for masking tape also in Pont-Audemer, France and Longkou, China. The consolidation of the company's masking tape production is part of the earlier announced rightsizing program.

    The Kauttua production line is part of Ahlstrom's Food business area and it employs 21 people, whose employment will be terminated as the line will be closed down. The company will make every effort to support the employees affected.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    22.12.2014   Mimaki Demonstrates the Power of Promotional Print at PSI 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, is taking its European-wide Let’s Create… Together showcase to PSI in Düsseldorf, Germany, from January 7 to 9, 2015. The focus of the show is promotional products.

    Mimaki will be at booth 12B13 in the Technology Forum at the show, placing the spotlight on the array of possibilities its broad product line delivers for companies looking to add value, expand their solutions portfolios and develop a deeper conversation with existing and new customers.

    “Innovation and imagination are essential tools that creatives in the promotional products market require in order to develop effective promotional items that achieve results,” states Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Often this demands fast turnaround, short-run campaigns. Achieving this cost effectively is key to the overall success of a campaign. That’s why our high quality, flexible and affordable systems are designed to ensure affordable and creative results.”

    He continues, “What this show truly highlights is how print remains central to any communications campaign no matter what the size. Printed products, whether on paper, promotional items or a variety of other materials, can deliver highly impactful messaging that stays with the recipient long after the campaign has ended. They can be the stand-out element in any promotion, from personalized pieces to runs of thousands. Mimaki has solutions that can handle it all. Reed Exhibitions, the organiser of the show, relies on Mimaki to print the decoration for the walls around the demonstration area, textile area and PSI Gusto. We could not ask for a better proof source!”

    A Mimaki solution for every promotional challenge
    Mimaki’s JFX200-2513 UV LED flatbed printer will be the booth flagship at PSI. It runs at 25 meters per hour and has a maximum print area of 2.5m x 1.3m. Its newly-developed ink supply unit speeds up ink replacement. Mimaki’s LUS-150 newly formulated CMYK LED curing ink with high speed curing properties maximises results. This ink is flexible up to 150% and delivers unmatched elasticity on a wide variety of media and substrates without the cured ink cracking or fracturing during handling, cutting or other post-print processing. At the show, the JFX200-2513 UV printer will also be equipped with white ink and clear varnish, allowing the creation of multiple effects on 200-300 items in one go.

    Fundamental to the performance of Mimaki printers is their ability to print on a huge variety of materials. For example, the UJF-3042 HG LED Flatbed Printer can print directly onto substrates up to 150mm thick for end uses ranging from coloured pencils to USB sticks. At the show, it will be equipped with the Kebab Option that uses rotary rollers to enable print to be placed on the entire surface of cylindrical items made from a wide range of materials and in a variety of sizes. With user-friendly print settings and functions, plus its intuitive operation, it can be easily introduced into any print production environment for the innovative personalisation of items, from candles to bottles and more.

    Mimaki’s A2 format UJF-6042 UV LED Flatbed Printer is ideal for a host of applications, including gifts and novelties, 3D lenticular, photo albums and name plates. It assures photo-quality 1800 x 1800 dpi print reproduction on an almost limitless range of materials, objects and substrates up to 150mm thick.

    Also on display is the CJV150-75 print and cutting solution, Mimaki’s highly functional entry-level model. It fuses high quality inkjet technology and silver, orange and light black inks to ensure premium quality. The CG-60SRIII cutting plotters feature best-in-class cutting pressure of 500g, significantly increasing the range of materials that can be processed.

    Full service cooperation
    Mimaki’s successful long-term cooperation with Gravograph will also be highlighted at the booth during the show. This specialist in engraving, marking and laser cutting works on a range of materials including aluminum, brass, bronze, plastic, plexiglass, glass, and PVC, and is an ideal and complementary partner for Mimaki.

    Horsten concludes, “The Mimaki solutions, from entry level up, are aimed at delivering short run value-added customisation and personalisation as well as high quality long run cost effective results. With our broad array of capabilities, Mimaki can address almost any market need and ensure that even the most imaginative of campaigns can be brought to life - quickly, easily and affordably.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    19.12.2014   Voith's SensoTension LC ensures reliable operation and precise wire tensioning    ( Company news )

    Company news With the SensoTension LC Voith has launched a new sensor on the market that measures and controls the tension of wires and press felts precisely, safely and reliably. The sensors of the new system are suitable for use in the former, press and dryer sections of paper, board and tissue machines.

    The SensoTension LC’s special features include its dual-channel design and signal filtering and amplification integrated into the sensor. The dual-channel system sets the product apart from conventional sensor systems. Thanks to the redundancy provided it ensures constant wire and press felt tension and therefore also ensures the maximum possible reliability in paper manufacture. Unlike conventional systems, the signal filtering and amplification are integrated into the sensor ensuring high measuring accuracy and preventing transmission errors.

    SensoTension LC is suitable for use at temperatures of up to 120°C and is offered in a rugged stainless steel design. The new SensoTension LC measuring and control system is designed for use with the Voith tensioning systems SensoTension P for the press and SensoTension DE for the dryer section, but can also be combined with wire tensioning systems from other manufacturers.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    19.12.2014   Xerium Introduces New Generation Genesis XTi and Genesis APi Calender Roll Cover Technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched a new generation of Genesis calender roll cover technology. Genesis XTi and Genesis APi are the latest additions to the industry-leading Genesis family of roll covers. The new Genesis covers are specifically engineered to provide improved wear resistance and fracture toughness in demanding calender applications requiring the highest gloss. In addition, due to its unique design, this cover delivers these improved factors while continuing to deliver the industry leading high ductility.

    “The roll technology team is proud to unveil yet another step change in roll cover performance on these demanding calender applications. Genesis XTi and Genesis APi roll cover technologies were developed to address our customers’ requests for increased life and improved roll durability,” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “Composite calender covers operate under the most demanding load conditions for nipped roll covers and these new generations of Genesis covers have been developed to improve crack and barring resistance while ensuring maximum gloss for critical grades. We are continually striving for innovations enabling our customers to achieve new performance levels by applying our technology.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
    19.12.2014   Munksjö Oyj: Munksjö plans to reorganise its sales organisation    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö plans to simplify its sales organisation by reorganising certain sales functions. The reorganisation is subject to consultation and approval processes in accordance with local legislation in the countries affected. The overall model is one customer service hub per Business Area in Europe, and Group sales offices in Brazil, China, the US and Russia. By moving Customer service closer to supply and planning, pooling resources and avoiding sales office costs, Munksjö would improve profitability and the supply chain process would be more
    As a result some regional offices may be closed or have a reduction in the number of employees. The following sales offices would be affected by the changes; Wavre in Belgium, Lingolsheim, Pont Eveque, and Fontenay-sous-Bois in France, Munich in Germany, Legnano and Turin in Italy and Spain.
    The number of employees affected by the reorganisation would be approximately 30. The planned reorganisation would commence during 2015 and the expected annual savings are approximately EUR 1-1.5 million of which a majority would be realised by 2016, adding to structural savings in the sales network realized already during 2014. The Group will record a non-recurring cost for the reorganisation of approximately EUR 2.5 million in the fourth quarter 2014 and the majority of the related cash outflow is expected to occur during 2015. The previously estimated costs in relation to the synergy and integration activities are lower than expected and as a result the group will record a non-recurring income of approximately EUR 1.5 million in the same quarter.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
    19.12.2014   Finch Paper To Invest Over $20mm in Uncoated Paper Facility    ( Company news )

    Company news Finch Paper receives an economic development grant from New York State that will strengthen the company’s competitive position in uncoated freesheet paper

    Finch Paper LLC, manufacturer of uncoated papers including flagship Finch Opaque and Finch Fine®, has announced a plan to invest $20 million in its Glens Falls, NY, manufacturing campus. An important component of the plan includes funding from public-private partnerships, as awarded today by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo upon the recommendation of the state’s Capital Region Economic Development Council (REDC).

    Finch Paper LLC is a leading Opaque paper manufacturer, whose investment strategy is designed to increase its reliability and flexibility in the paper markets it serves while sustaining and growing vital manufacturing jobs in the Capital District and Adirondack region of New York State.

    During a time of rapid change in the industry, Finch Paper is planning to invest in these critical areas: its wood processing and converting operations, its pulp mill, and the company’s largest paper machine. State-of-the-art equipment and asset upgrades in the company’s woodyard operation will have many benefits including improvements in safety, chip quality and fiber yield. The new equipment will use much less fuel and electricity and is expected to stimulate additional investments among Finch’s wood suppliers.

    Finch Paper will also upgrade the pulp mill’s distributive control system. Finch operates one of only two ammonia based bi-sulphite (ABBS) pulp mills in the country which produces an exceptionally high-bright pulp while minimizing odors at its downtown location.

    Today’s announcement by New York’s Capital District REDC was also the critical component needed to engineer, build and install a new headbox on Finch’s largest paper machine. This major investment secures the company’s competitive position, improving both quality and efficiency while lowering the cost structure. “Finch and New York State have the ability to compete on a global scale,” Finch Paper President & CEO Debabrata Mukherjee said. “This investment is a celebration of our 150-year anniversary and will ignite the commitment we need to win for the next 150 years.”

    Finch Paper is making additional investment in energy efficiency. Collaborating with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), Finch’s goal is to make further reductions in gas and electric consumption and the company’s corresponding carbon footprint. Finch Paper produces two-thirds of its energy needs through on-site renewable resources with the balance coming from natural gas. Already Boiler MACT compliant, Finch is in an ideal position to invest in continuous improvement projects and assets that add value to their business and their customers’ businesses.
    (Finch Paper LLC)
    19.12.2014   ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION launch a resounding success    ( Company news )

    Company news On the 5 & 6 November 2014, over 450 delegates attended the launch of the much anticipated new press from Manroland Sheetfed.
    At the company's Print Technology Centre in Offenbach, Germany the ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION was unveiled to wide acclaim.

    Photo: Over 450 delegates attended the event from around the world

    With it's sleek and futuristic new look, the state-of-the-art EVOLUTION incorporates a raft of technological developments the company says will give printers unprecedented levels of efficiency, productivity, operation and quality.
    The event drew delegates from as far afield as USA, Brazil, Australia, South Africa, Canada and the UK, together with most European countries.
    Demand was so strong that the event had to be extended from one to two days.Even then applications to attend had to be closed with many interested parties disappointed. The company plans to run a series of seminars to show the new press early next year.

    Rafael Peñuela, Manroland Sheetfed group's CEO, said that despite the old company's troubles in 2011, the new Manroland Sheetfed had been (albeit modestly) profitable in every year since and placed the new press firmly in the context of the company's tradition of industry-leading technology:
    “Manroland has been known for its legendary technological development, from the first rapid press Albatross in 1875 to the launch of Direct Drive technology in 2007. Today I am proud to present another milestone in our long tradition of technological progress in the printing industry – the ROLAND 700 EVOLUTION.”
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
    19.12.2014   Sappi Europe appoints new Sales and Marketing Director ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for the Speciality Papers Division

    Picture: From left to right: Berry Wiersum – Rosemarie Asquino – Thomas Kratochwill

    Thomas Kratochwill will continue expanding the Speciality Papers Division and further strengthen Sappi Europe's position as a competence centre for speciality papers and boards

    Sappi Europe announces the appointment of Thomas Kratochwill (45 years old) as the new Sales and Marketing Director for Speciality Papers. Austrian-born financial and corporate strategist Kratochwill will take over at the beginning of 2015 from his predecessor Rosemarie Asquino who, after 38 successful years at Sappi, is entering retirement. Beginning in 2001, Aquino played a vital role in the growth of Sappi Speciality Papers, positioning Sappi as a clear market leader. Her deep trade knowledge and many years of experience, as well as her ability to develop and nurture strong partnerships, was valued by the Sappi team and its clients. In taking over this role, Kratochwill will continuing to expand the Speciality Papers Division at Sappi and further strengthen Sappi Europe's position as a leading competence centre for speciality papers and boards.

    "We thank Rosemarie Asquino for her outstanding work. She has revolutionised the Speciality Papers Division at Sappi. Recently she was critical in designing and implementing the 60 million euro expansion of PM2," says Berry Wiersum, Chief Executive Officer at Sappi Europe. "As we move into the future, we will be placing our full trust in her successor, Thomas Kratochwill. With his natural vigour and expertise, he will take the Speciality Papers Division at Sappi to a new level and implement the agreed-upon strategy in full." Rosemarie Asquino will be available until the end of July 2015 as an advisor on strategic issues.

    "My personal motto is: first listen, understand the customer, and then implement together. In this way, we can be an approachable and innovative partner in the tailor-made customer solutions sector, providing top quality and the highest service level. Packaging manufacturers, brand owners, designers and print finishers are set to profit even more intensively from the fact that Sappi is more than just a packaging material manufacturer", says Thomas Kratochwill. This includes innovative and sustainable product development that even more closely meets the requirements of today's packaging supply chain. With the higher production capacities from the PM2 expansion, Sappi is also strengthening its position as a long-term partner and manufacturer of consistently high quality paper and carton.

    Thomas Kratochwill joined Sappi in 1995 in the Finance department, following his studies at KPMG. He soon became involved in financial systems and process optimisation methods, where he managed several system migration projects as a result of business expansion. In 2010, he succeeded Alex Thiel as project director, and in this role successfully led and implemented significant transformation initiatives for the group. Thomas Kratochwill is known for his pursuit of efficiency and his very structured approach to achieving objectives on time.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
    19.12.2014   Antitrust: Commission fines five envelope producers over € 19.4 million in cartel settlement    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Commission has fined Bong (of Sweden), GPV and Hamelin (both of France), Mayer-Kuvert (of Germany) and Tompla (of Spain) a total of €19 485 000 for coordinating prices and allocating customers of certain types of envelopes, in breach of EU antitrust rules. Given their cooperation in the investigation, Tompla, Hamelin and Mayer-Kuvert/GPV (the GPV assets/entities involved in the cartel were acquired by Mayer-Kuvert after the cartel had ended) benefited from fine reductions under the Commission's 2006 Leniency Notice. Since all undertakings agreed to settle the case with the Commission, their fines were reduced by a further 10% each.

    Commissioner Margrethe Vestager in charge of competition policy said: "For over four years, instead of competing with each other these companies agreed to artificially increase prices for envelopes across a number of Member States."

    She added: "Everybody uses envelopes. When cartelists raise the prices of every day household objects they do so at the expense of millions of Europeans. The Commission's fight against cartels penalises such behaviour and also acts as a deterrent, protecting consumers from harm. On this case we have closed the envelope, sealed it and returned it to the sender with a clear message: don't cheat your customers, don't cartelise."

    In September 2010, the Commission started an investigation on its own initiative. The investigation showed that the overall aim of the cartel was to allocate customers and coordinate prices for the sale of standard/catalogue and special printed envelopes. These were typically bought by stationary distributors and large companies in Denmark, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Through a series of multilateral and bilateral meetings orchestrated at top management level, the cartelists coordinated their responses to tenders launched by major European customers, agreed on price increases and exchanged commercially sensitive information.

    The infringement started in October 2003 (except for Hamelin which joined the cartel in November 2003) and lasted until April 2008 for all participants.
    (European Commission)
    19.12.2014   Restructuring and Staff Reductions in the Corporate Business Areas Engineering, Maintenance ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...and Lenzing Technik as well as Repositioning of Lenzing Technik

    The Lenzing Group is resolutely and systematically counteracting the ongoing difficult market conditions in the global fiber industry on the basis of its cost optimization program as it reported on the occasion of publishing its business results for the first three quarters of 2014. The organizational optimization measures launched one year ago at all sites and in all business areas are having a positive impact. The results achieved up until now are encouraging but by far insufficient to offset the decline in viscose fiber selling prices on the international marketplace.

    Lenzing continues to anticipate good volume demand for all man-made cellulose fibers. However, fiber selling prices on the global market are not expected to recover in upcoming quarters. This development is also attributable to the substantial decline in polyester fiber prices as a result of the massive oil price decrease, and the expected longer-lasting period of low or at least volatile cotton prices as a consequence of the surplus supply of Chinese cotton.

    For these reasons, the Lenzing Group will not implement any major new projects at the Lenzing site or abroad in the foreseeable future which are designed to expand its viscose fiber production capacities. The investment volume of the company will be adjusted to reflect the current market situation and will be significantly reduced in the subsequent years. This should contribute to improving the supply situation on the international viscose fiber market, which the company would like to sustainably profit from in its role as one of the world’s largest producers.

    Due to the successful completion of the new TENCEL® fiber plant in Lenzing and the reduced investment volume, technical planning and production capacities cannot be maintained at current levels, especially at the Lenzing site. This necessitates a reorganization of Lenzing’s internal engineering and maintenance business areas and its subsidiary Lenzing Technik GmbH. Organizational structures in these areas have to be adjusted to future requirements.

    All in all, the restructuring measures will impact up to 250 jobs (including one-third temporary staff), mainly at the Lenzing site. The distribution of the job cuts among the various sites will be determined by the beginning of 2015 within the context of a project which is already under way. In this connection, Lenzing will try to avoid layoffs and strive to reach a mutually acceptable solution with the affected employees as it succeeded in doing within the context of the first cost optimization program. During initial talks on this issue held with the Lenzing Works Council, Lenzing agreed to extend the current redundancy program (social plan) and to offer the possibility for employees newly affected by the downsizing to transfer to the Lenzing Labor Foundation.

    At the same time, Lenzing is working on a strategic reorientation of its subsidiary Lenzing Technik GmbH to enable it to focus more strongly on the external market in the future.
    (Lenzing Papier GmbH)
    18.12.2014   Elopak launches beverage cartons featuring renewable polyethylene     ( Company news )

    Company news Elopak has announced the launch of beverage cartons featuring certified renewable polyethylene (PE). A wide range of Elopak cartons featuring renewable PE will be commercially available in the coming months, making Elopak the first company to offer beverage cartons with renewable coating to the European market. As an industry first, Elopak uses second generation renewable PE, made of European-sourced biomass not in competition with food supply.

    Elopak aims to replace all fossil-based raw materials with renewable alternatives as part of its ambitious Future Proofed Packaging Strategy. “This is a key milestone in Elopak’s efforts to reduce the environmental footprint of our products. We have a vision to deliver products with zero net impact on the environment, and this is an important step towards that goal”, says Elopak’s CEO Niels Petter Wright.

    With this move, Elopak is working in partnership with key customers wanting to boost the environmental merits of their packaging. An increased use of bio-based PE helps reduce the use of fossil-based materials. In addition, this reduces one of the largest sources of CO2 emissions in the beverage carton value chain.

    “The beverage carton is the environmentally superior packaging choice, consisting of at least 75% renewable paperboard derived from responsibly managed forests. The remaining materials are mostly made of polyethylene, a polymer usually produced from fossil-based raw materials. Renewable PE brings us much closer to our vision of a 100% renewable carton. At the same time, we are further reducing the carbon footprint of the carton; a footprint which was already best in class within beverage packaging”, says Kristian Hall, Director Corporate Environment at Elopak.

    Bio-based plastics are generally made from crops; however in this case the renewable or bio-based PE is produced from biomass from second generation feedstock. This is locally sourced within Europe and is not in competition with human food supply. In addition, the bio-based PE is certified through the entire value chain, by the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification system (ISCC PLUS). ISCC PLUS sets strict requirements for sustainability and traceability through the entire value chain, with chain of custody certification based on a mass balance system.
    (Elopak AS)
    18.12.2014   Reinhard Marschall succeeds Ramona Weiß-Weber - Management change at KBA Deutschland    ( Company news )

    Company news With effect from 1 January 2015 a new managing director will take the reins at KBA Deutschland. Reinhard Marschall (photo, 49) succeeds Ramona Weiß-Weber at the helm of Koenig & Bauer’s German sales and service subsidiary for sheetfed offset presses. The previous managing director has left the company after three years to pursue new challenges.

    Following many successful years in sales at another press manufacturer, Reinhard Marschall joined KBA-Mödling in 2010 as sales manager for KBA sheetfed offset presses in Austria and the countries of the former Yugoslavia. Over the last four years he was able to win a raft of new clients in Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Serbia for KBA’s innovative Rapida sheetfed offset presses with his wealth of experience in the industry, high degree of commitment, technical expertise and close ties to customers. This is in addition to supporting the many existing users and expanding KBA’s market share as the world’s second-largest press manufacturer. Reinhard Marschall has a very good reputation in the market and he will continue to be available as a contact for his customers in Austria and the Balkans.

    Given the ongoing structural changes in the print industry as the new managing director of KBA Deutschland he aims to ramp up communication with clients in order to find potential improvements in production areas. This is in addition to strengthening the regional focus of sales and service activities. Alongside its headquarters in Radebeul near Dresden this KBA subsidiary has offices in Würzburg (KBA-Süd) and in the future in Austria (KBA-Mödling) and Serbia (KBA Süd Ost). The German region of North Rhine-Westphalia will also be served by trading firm Heinrich Steuber in Mönchengladbach, Germany.

    Along with the usual consultation, sales and service activities associated with Rapida sheetfed offset presses, KBA Deutschland with its some 90 staff offer a host of further products and services. These include practical maintenance, upgrade, retrofit and spare part packages for users grouped under the heading KBA Service Select, workflow and MIS systems including the associated consulting under the general heading of KBA Complete as well as optimised consumables from KBA PressConsum portfolio.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    18.12.2014   New Tintoretto Gesso Greaseproof from Manter     ( Company news )

    Company news An exclusive self-adhesive paper for the manufacturing of Extra Virgin Olive Oil labels, which not only provides the product with exceptional aesthetic qualities, but furthermore instantly eliminates the problem of oil stains.

    The best of both aesthetic excellence and technological advances are combined in this ecological pure cellulose paper (ECF), uncoated, felt-marked and greaseproof.

    A smooth texture, but with character, elegance and sobriety, capable of conveying all the sensitive and emotive qualities of a top-range, high quality product such as Extra Virgin Olive Oil. A new tool enabling producers and packers to opt for something different in a market which is becoming more and more characterised by the need for unique products with technological benefits, thus appropriately meeting the demands of the sector.
    (Manter (Manipulados del Ter, S.A.)
    18.12.2014   Thiele announces new President: Kirschling to retire; Tillirson named successor    ( Company news )

    Company news Thiele Kaolin Company‘s Board of Directors recently announced that Paul Kirschling (photo) will retire as the company’s President effective Feb. 1, 2015. Eric Tillirson, Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Development for the company, has been named as Kirschling’s successor.

    In a memo to employees, Kirschling expressed his gratitude for his co-workers’ friendship, support, expertise and sacrifices that aided him and the company over Kirschling’s thirty-nine year career with Thiele.

    Kirschling graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and joined Thiele in 1976 as a technician in the Reedy Creek Division’s control lab, where he remained for three years. In 1979, he was promoted to Quality Control Lab Foreman and Supervisor. Kirschling then became Assistant Operations Manager at Reedy Creek in 1988 and served in that role until 1989, when he became Manager of Research and Development in Sandersville.

    In 2004, Kirschling was elected Vice President and Technical Director. Kirschling assumed the role of President and joined Thiele’s Board of Directors in 2011.

    Kirschling stated, “Succession planning has always been important for Thiele, and I am very pleased that the Board has selected Eric Tillirson to be President. He has been a great asset to the company in his prior roles and will do an even better job as President. Thiele Kaolin Company is in great hands.”

    Tillirson earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Presbyterian College and Master of Business Administration from Georgia College & State University. He joined Thiele in 1999 as Marketing Manager and was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2002. In 2004, Tillirson was appointed Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Technical Service. Since 2013, Tillirson has served as Senior Vice President and Director of Sales Development.

    “I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the skilled and dedicated women and men of Thiele Kaolin Company,” Tillirson said. “While there are global challenges that face our industry and company, I have absolute confidence in the Thiele team. We will continue to deliver innovative products that provide value to our customers, with an ongoing focus on quality, safety and integrity.”
    (Thiele Kaolin Company)
    18.12.2014   Test bed aiming at new 3D paper products    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia has been granted SEK 2.75 million from VINNOVA for the establishment of a full-scale test bed for processes that create highly deformable paper. This will enable verification of new product concepts and lead to a decrease of non-biodegradable waste streams and more energy efficient production processes.

    Photo: Innventia's pilot papermachine FEX

    In January 2015, a rebuilding of Innventia’s FEX pilot plant with new units for producing highly deformable paper starts. The pilot units will be modular and can be used separately or together with the FEX pilot paper machine. This will be the start of a new project called PhD-paper which aims to establish a full-scale test bed for processes that create highly deformable paper. These processes will, on one hand, broaden the design window for forest based raw materials and, on the other hand, create opportunities for verification of new application areas and markets.

    With the help of an industry consortium and Innventia’s gathered knowledge base and machine park, new technologies that are industrially viable will be made available for verification of new product concepts. During the project, value chains for new products as well as for commercial products with extended properties will be identified. One possible application is 3D packaging. Traditionally, paper has only been used to manufacture packages with flat surfaces. What restricts the use of paper for 3D packages, i.e. with curved surfaces, is the lack of industrial processes to produce paper material with a high level of stretchability in the cross direction.

    “The idea with this investment is to enable testing of new energy efficient production concepts for paper qualities that will, for example, make it possible to replace some of today’s 3D packages in plastic and thereby reducing the amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste,” says project manager Mikael Magnusson.
    (Innventia AB)
    18.12.2014   Colours on Scheufelen - Papierfabrik Scheufelen presents its 2015 calendar    ( Company news )

    Company news The theme of the 29th calendar from Papierfabrik Scheufelen in Lenningen is colour – colour printed on Scheufelen premium paper for exceptionally rich colour print results.
    From one end of the colour spectrum to the other, the 2015 Scheufelen calendar unfolds an entire rainbow’s worth of images that present pure light in its multifarious refractions – explaining en passant how colours influence human moods, as pondered by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe in his Theory of Colours.
    And as can only be expected for such a high-quality calendar, we relished the chance to pull out all the stops in terms of printing techniques and sumptuous pigments for dramatic colourful impact.
    “The ‘Colours on Scheufelen’ calendar begins with a cover page that features all the colours arranged in a colour wheel and a coated Scheufelen phoenix,” says Eliane Kolberg, project manager for the 2015 calendar at Scheufelen. “What makes this calendar so special is the detailed information it includes on colours and their meanings in different cultures, the extensive explanation of colour systems and
    colour codes, and of course the first-class production and printing results.”
    The January page presents a white motif on white paper, illustrating Scheufelen’s core expertise in manufacturing white paper that supports any colour in print. Interesting facts are provided around the edges – for instance, on the white lotus flower as a representation of spiritual awakening and the white dove as a symbol of world peace.
    The yellow of February is said to aid thought processes and accelerate problem-solving. Yellow stimulates the brain, increases alertness, clears the mind and boosts the nervous system. The four special colours and bvs gloss paper used for printing lend this motif a truly stunning effect.
    The orange motif finished with structure varnish signals the approach of spring in March. The colour owes its name to the citrus fruit ‘orange’ and originally comes from India. As an intermediate colour between yellow and red, it was only formally named when the exotic Indian fruit was introduced to Europe. This month’s page also includes information on the colourant henna.
    The following months, from April to July, are dedicated to red, violet, blue and light blue. Magenta red was first used as a synonym for the aniline dye fuchsin. May features violet, a secondary colour mixed from red and blue, and an amethyst motif embossed and emphasised with hot foil.
    June depicts the ‘blue planet’, a term used to describe the Earth, and covers colour descriptions including Prussian blue, ultramarine blue and sapphire blue that lead into the light blue windmill motif for July, which symbolises air and sky. This month also explains that baby blue only began to be considered the typical colour for boys’ clothing around a hundred years ago. A range of interesting stories is unravelled – both familiar and excitingly new.
    In science, turquoise is used virtually synonymously with the colour cyan. August conjures up dreams of the turquoise waters of the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean, with the white coral sand under the shallow water reflecting all the wavelengths of the sunlight in equal measure.
    Green is the colour of fortune and hope. It is associated with new beginnings and growth in reference to spring’s perpetual return. Hope is also something Scheufelen is investing in the new phoenolux paper, which was used to print the month of September. phoenolux premium paper is a board suited to graphic applications and high-quality packaging. The detailed motif depicts a leaf structure and is finished with a relief coating using screen printing.
    The gold of October is not just a symbol of autumn – it is also awarded to winners, for instance in the form of gold medals at the Olympic Games. There’s also the golden ratio, used as a formula for establishing what are considered to be perfect aesthetic proportions in artistic, architectural and artisan practice.
    With the year drawing to a close in November, the colour grey is generally viewed as boring, mournful, nondescript and uninspiring. However, grey also symbolises elegance, seriousness and understatement. The most elegant shade of grey is silver. Grey then leads into the black of December. In the subtractive colour model, achromatic black is produced by a combination of the colours cyan, magenta and yellow in the ratio 100:100:100. In German, ‘black art’ (schwarze Kunst) refers to the origins of reproducing information on paper using ink.
    The carefully researched historical facts included in the calendar are depicted and printed in an unmistakeable and, indeed, familiar style. The graphics take pride of place, while the accompanying text laps around the large-scale motifs and leaves plenty of blank white paper. It’s a fascinating, exceptionally high-quality, sometimes playful, and extremely vivid collection. The actual calendar for the individual months and the type of paper used is provided on each page.
    The ‘Colours on Scheufelen’ calendar is printed on the coated Scheufelen papers phoenixmotion, heaven 42, phoenolux and bvs with different matt and gloss surfaces, and with grammages of 250 g/m² throughout. All Scheufelen paper is FSC and/or PEFC certified and, in
    line with DIN EN ISO certifications 50001 and 14001, represents a lasting commitment to energy and the environment.
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
    18.12.2014   BASF and Omya jointly develop coater-ready barrier solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news Growing demand for more sustainable barrier approaches for paper and cardboard packaging

    BASF and Omya are working jointly on coater-ready barrier solutions for paper and cardboard packaging. This cooperation is their response to the growing demand for these products. In future, this will provide a service for customers who for capacity and plant technology reasons cannot prepare formulations and mixtures independently. Coater-ready solutions consist mainly of pigments, additives and functional barrier dispersions.

    BASF's and Omya's contributions to the partnership complement each other ideally. BASF supplies barrier dispersions, while Omya provides the pigments and experience to manufacture these products and produces them in its own facilities. Thanks to their technical know-how and knowledge of the market, the two partners can guarantee an optimal solution for the paper and cardboard packaging manufacturers. Marketing will be carried out through the sales channels of Omya in Europe. A first commercial product will be available in Q1.

    Demand for barrier materials increases
    The upcoming Mineral Oil Ordinance of the German Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (BMELV) is increasing interest in water-based barrier solutions for paper and cardboard packaging. BASF's comprehensive portfolio of barrier solutions includes polymers applied by extrusion, coextrusion or lamination at converters (e.g. ecovio® PS 1606 or Ultramid®) as well as water-based dispersions used in paper finishing on coating machines and in printing processes (Epotal®). Through this cooperation, BASF's portfolio is supplemented by this new coater-ready barrier formulation.

    Together with packaging manufacturers, BASF has developed various barrier solutions which are now already being successfully used in the market for various packaging applications.
    (BASF SE)
    17.12.2014   Xerium Introduces Hyperstar XLS Roll Cover Technology for Heavy Coat Weight Applications    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched Hyperstar XLS roll cover technology. Hyperstar XLS is the latest addition to the industry leading Hyperstar XL family of roll covers. Hyperstar XLS is specifically engineered to provide a softer cover option for heavier coat weight applications in film presses. In addition, due to its unique design, this cover delivers superior wear resistance compared to other similar-hardness roll covers. Hyperstar XLS also incorporates newly developed technology providing the smoothest cover finish of the XL cover family.

    “The roll technology team is proud to unveil yet another step change in roll cover performance on these demanding heavy coat weight applications. Hyperstar XLS roll cover technology was developed to address our customers’ requests for a softer roll cover with increased run time between regrinds while reducing coating cost with improved film split performance,” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “Hyperstar XLS continues Xerium’s leadership in size press and film coating applications with its patented “XL” technology. We are continually striving for innovations enabling our customers to achieve new performance levels by applying our technology.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
    17.12.2014   LANDA: WHAT IT’S ALL ABOUT     ( Company news )

    Company news By Benny Landa (photo), Chairman & CEO

    Well, it’s December again. Where has the time gone? Hard to believe that another year has passed… and even harder to believe that we now are only 18 months from Drupa! For me, the past two and a half years since Drupa 2012 have zipped past like Road Runner on steroids!

    So, here we are, 30 months after we promised that our Nanographic Printing® presses would perform to perfection, but the first one has yet to be delivered to a customer. Yes, we did warn that “perfection takes time”, but it is taking more time than we had predicted. The reasons? Well, there are two.

    The first is that as exciting as the Drupa 2012 models were, they were not exactly what the customers wanted. Folding carton converters wanted inline coating. The big touchscreen user interface – although universally loved – needed to be at the delivery station. And operators needed more convenient access to the machine’s inner workings. In short, we learned that the product needed to be completely re-engineered. And just over a year ago, we took the difficult decision to do just that – to re-engineer the product from head to toe.

    The second reason is that we had to improve print quality. Although most customers at Drupa were able to appreciate the fundamentals of Nanography™ – the sharp dots, the ability to print-on-any-paper, etc. – print quality defects masked many of Nanography’s remarkable attributes. Eliminating these defects too turned out to be a time-consuming challenge, especially as this work had to be done in parallel to the massive machine architectural changes.

    Consequently, it all took a lot more time – and money – than we had expected. Naturally, during these past many months, our focus has been internal – doing, not showing.

    Now, on the eve of 2015, that is all about to change. Today we have machines that are very different from what we showed at Drupa. If our top-of-the-line Landa S10 press then weighed 10 tons, our fully-loaded Landa S10 Nanographic Printing® Press with inline coating now weighs over 30 tons! That’s not just 30 tons of iron, that’s 30 tons of technology. It is a masterful piece of engineering that integrates Landa’s Nanographic Printing® engine with a paper handling platform from Komori; an image inspection system with image processing from AVT; and the industry’s most powerful digital front end incorporating EFI Fiery® technology.

    As for print quality, our Landa NanoInk® colorants are now visibly delivering on their promise: brilliant, deep pure colors, razor-sharp text and edges, nano-thin images that replicate the gloss of any off-the-shelf paper and more.

    Though not yet perfect, we are getting close, very close. Close enough, in fact, to start showing full-size B1 (41 in.) print samples to our Landa S10 customers. Close enough to start building a world class sales and service operation, starting with top-tier executive Marc Schillemans to head EMEA sales. Close enough to double our Drupa 2016 floor space. And close enough to host our beta candidates at our facilities in Israel in March.

    That isn’t to say that we are home free. 2015 will be challenging. There is still so much to do. We plan to be in full beta in the second half of the year. We are blessed with the most amazing team of talented, dedicated people committed to making it happen… so it will happen.

    Apart from over 1,000 man-years of blood, sweat and tears invested by our people, by Drupa 2016 we and our ALTANA partners will have spent over a quarter of a billion dollars bringing Nanography™ to market.

    And for what? For making digital printing mainstream. That’s what it’s all about.
    (Landa Digital Printing)
    17.12.2014   International Paper and Ilim Group Launch Ballet Brilliant    ( Company news )

    Company news Ilim Group and International Paper have expanded their portfolio of high-quality office paper with the launch of a new product: a premium class cut-size paper Ballet Brilliant, the only A+ grade paper produced in Russia at Ilim Group branch in Koryazhma.

    Paper production is part of the joint marketing agreement between International Paper and Ilim Group. Under this agreement, distribution and sales of all uncoated printing paper produced by Ilim Group's Mills are managed by International Paper.

    The improved specifications of the new product ensures high CIE whiteness (168%), basis weight (82 gsm), exceptional ISO D65/10° brightness (112%), and strength (150 mN MD / 70 mN CD) to offer superior picture and color reproduction.

    Ballet Brilliant is FSC-certified confirming our commitment to sustainability and responsible sourcing while meeting ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 9706, and OHSAS 18001 requirements. It is also manufactured using ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) technology reducing its environmental footprint. "Ballet Brilliant, is a terrific product that our customers have been looking for” said Ksenia Sosnina President of International Paper Russia “this new A+ grade guarantees that your most important documents will look extra impressive when printed and it’s yet another sign of our critically important partnership with the Ilim Group and further proof of the robust growth of the paper industry in Russia."

    "The launch of the first A+ grade cut-size paper in Russia is the result of our excellent cooperation with International Paper and proof of the high level of technology development at Ilim which took the industry to a new level," commented Franz Marx, Ilim Group CEO. – Ballet Brilliant launch is in line with our strategy aimed to embrace value-added products and substitute imports."
    (Ilim Group)
    17.12.2014   Cito: Sandvik bows out of the creasing and cutting rule market    ( Company news )

    Company news On december 1st, cutting rule producer Sandvik officially announced its intention to leave our industry. Sandvik has been a well-established name in the packaging sector for several decades. Since the announcement was made at very short notice and the production plant is due to close at the end of February, we can expect an impact on the availability of cutting rules (in the medium term at least).

    As one of the two remaining global players in the creasing and cutting rule sector, we have been following developments closely for some time and have increased our stockholding accordingly. This means that even in times of reduced production capacity, we can ensure that our HS CITO rule customers will always receive deliveries on time. Our recommendation is that all diemakers should adapt to the changed situation which could affect them indirectly, even if they have never previously used rules supplied by Sandvik.
    17.12.2014   FINAT Young Managers Club announces Global Congress Programme    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT’s Young Managers Club (YMC) – a lively part of the European self-adhesive labelling association -- announces it will hold its second global congress at the Sheraton Hotel in Bratislava, Slovakia on April 16-18, 2015. In recent years, YMC has selected locations in Central and Eastern Europe for its gatherings as part of its strategy to connect more with members from that region.

    Congress Theme: ‘Climb to the top’
    Based on the positive experience gained from previous YMC meetings, this year’s programme once takes again a very hands-on approach, combining a company site visit, workshops, and panel discussion sessions.

    ‘YMC represents some 80 young managers from companies active in the self-adhesive labelling supply chain across Europe and beyond,’ says Young Managers Club President, Dana Kilarska. ‘The 2015 summit will bring us inspiring management practice and valuable networking opportunities. With the help of professionals and experts we can improve our business performance and learn about changing our behaviour to become more successful. We are young and eager to learn.’

    YMC Congress Programme:

    Thursday April 16:
    - 15.00: Delegate visit to family-run label converter Purgina, Slovakia
    - 19.00: Welcome dinner

    Friday April 17:
    - 10.30-12.45: Innovation workshop: ‘Manage a thin company’ – Jozef Kristak (IPA) – Slovakia
    - 13.15-14.20: Lunch
    - 14.30-16.00: Continuation of workshop
    - 16.30-17.30: Panel discussion between end users and designers on how to communicate design possibilities

    Saturday April 18:
    - 08.45-10.45: Workshop: 7 Habits of highly-effective people – Zoltan Demjan (Franklin Covey) – Slovakia
    - 11.45-13.15: Continuation of workshop
    - 13.15: Closure of the congress

    ‘The concept of managing a ‘thin company’ is about identifying the bottlenecks within one’s company to find and employ better solutions, and run the business more smoothly -- both at a production and administrative level,’ says Dana Kilarska.

    ‘The workshop on the 7 habits of highly-effective people can guide any company towards success and inspire our young leaders,’ she continues. ‘Twenty five years after the book on “7 habits of highly- effective people” appeared, the principles are timeless and remain more relevant than ever. On an individual level, people are experiencing burn-outs, while on a collective level we are burning up the planet. Participants will learn how to deal with setting individual goals while respectfully collaborating as a team.’

    ‘When the FINAT Young Managers Club was founded in 2008 on the occasion of FINAT’s 50th anniversary, the aim was to create a platform where incoming business leaders could connect FINAT’s successful past with a dynamic future. Now, six year later, the YMC itself has become an established feature of our association’s structure. Nevertheless it is still refreshing to experience the continuing stream of the YMC’s high-quality, interactive, and business-oriented programmes, which are setting new standards in FINAT,’ concludes Jules Lejeune, Managing Director, FINAT.
    17.12.2014   X-Rite Pantone Donates Solutions to Advance Learning     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Left: Sandor Tatrai, X-Rite Pantone Sales Manager Scandinavia, right: Ronny Eriksson, Technical Manager at BrobyGrafiska

    Company will provide color science and technology solutions to leading graphic arts education center

    X-Rite Pantone today announced a donation of their hardware and software solutions to BrobyGrafiska, a graphic arts education center located in Sunne, Sweden. X-Rite Pantone’s donation will be used as part of the school’s programs that study packaging development and production.

    Sandor Tatrai, X-Rite Pantone Sales Manager Scandinavia, “BrobyGrafiska is preparing students for the future by giving them access to the latest technology of today. This donation builds on that good work, giving BrobyGrafiska’s students the technology they need to fully understand and manage color in their packaging designs. We’re proud to have X-Rite Pantone’s products utilized by this innovative learning center.”

    BrobyGrafiska is a meeting place and educational center dedicated to supporting the study of the graphic arts, including: graphic design, packaging design, web, prepress, and flexographic printing. The school has state-of-the art equipment housed in over 8,000 square meters of modern, customized premises. The technical equipment and talented faculty of the school also serve as resources for companies around the world.

    The packaging design classes offered by BrobyGrafiska cover the complete range of packaging production – from idea to finished product. X-Rite Pantone’s donation will give students the chance to use state-of-the-art color solutions so they can determine color standards and accurately measure color in their packaging projects.

    Ronny Eriksson, Technical Manager at BrobyGrafiska, says, “BrobyGrafiska’s gives students a “hands-on” learning opportunity that enables them to assess and compare new materials and functionalities in an open testing environment. This donation from X-Rite Pantone strengthens that education, and we are grateful to have this valuable technology included in our courses.”
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
    17.12.2014   Posters through the ages in the hubergroup calendar 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: An advertisement for Michael Huber Farbenfabriken, dating from around 1910, is the motif chosen for July 2015

    To honour the printing-ink manufacturer's 250th anniversary, the hubergroup used a sophisticated, graphic advertising medium: the poster

    Twelve different posters that reflect both the historical changes and significant aspects of the hubergroup's 250-year-old heritage have been selected as the motifs for next year's wall calendar. The calendar kicks off with a January motif that takes us back to 1750, with a coloured copperplate engraving depicting the indigo extraction process, and closes out the year with a contemporary, award-winning poster created to advertise a US arts festival.

    The success of posters as information media used both by businesses and institutions to "speak" to the general public began in the 18th century. Alois Senefelder's invention of lithography enabled the simple reproduction of coloured prints and this quickly led to the demise of the cheap and very basic bills of old and the dawn of posters, often of high artistic quality. As advertising became an increasingly important factor in the mass society of the 20th century, advertising specialists adopted this new medium and graphic designers focused more and more on achieving maximum promotional effectiveness.

    Almost all of the 15,500 copies of this calendar have already been distributed to all four corners of the earth.
    (Hubergroup Deutschland GmbH München)
    17.12.2014   Catalyst Paper Reports Fatality at its Crofton Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper regrets to report a fatal accident involving a contract truck driver at its Crofton mill on Vancouver Island.
    “We are all saddened by this tragic accident,” said Joe Nemeth, President and CEO. “We extend our heartfelt sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.”
    The contract worker was delivering wood chips to the Crofton mill on the evening of December 9 when he was discovered missing by mill personnel.
    The mill immediately activated its Emergency Response Plan. The RCMP and WorkSafe BC were promptly contacted and launched an investigation at the mill site.
    WorkSafe BC is leading the investigation into the circumstances surrounding the accident to determine cause. The RCMP and the Coroner’s Office are also investigating. Catalyst's personnel are fully supporting the investigations.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    17.12.2014   Three Forces of PMP Group – The final stage    ( Company news )

    Company news After a year of intense promotion PMP Group has entered the final stage of its Three Forces of PMP Group – Earth, Wind & Fire campaign. Metaphorical properties of forces of nature have become an inspiration for PMP Group to start a campaign which symbolizes the benefits of the company’s three major, technological lines in the P&P business – Intelli-Technology® (Earth), Intelli Tissue® (Wind) and Phoenix Concept™ rebuilds (Fire).
    Up till now the viewers had the opportunity to see adverts, movies and articles in regard to Wind (Intelli-Tissue®) and Fire (Phoenix Concept™). Now the time has come to present the final element – Earth (Intelli-Technology® - Platform Concept for Papermakers). This specific line is characterized by low media consumption (ECO) and high runnability – thus the green color and the connection to Mother Nature. In this specific area paper producers are offered complete paper machines for special papers (like MG), as well as highly advanced paper and board units. Product portfolio covers all key technological sections of PM: Intelli Jet V® hydraulic headbox, dewatering unit – Intelli-Top® former, Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press, Intelli-TriNip™ press, Intelli-Sizer™ metering size press (film press), Intelli-MicroCrepe™ and an Intelli-Reel®. PMP Intelli-Technology® Platform, as a compact and flexible solution for paper & packaging producers, reflects all benefits that are associated with one of the most powerful Forces of Nature – Earth.
    Entering the final stage of the Three Forces of PMP Group campaign however, does not mean its end. By fulfilling the last phase of the project the company has taken the idea to the next level and despite maintaining the general concept, developed it to meet wider expectations. New releases are planned to be implemented since the beginning of 2016 and will include all three mentioned before Forces. (PMPoland S.A.)
    16.12.2014   2015 Edition to further expand on game-changing innovations in digital production     ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon announces the 2015 edition of its Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations ( Hosted by Xeikon and Xeikon’s Aura partners, the event will take place from Tuesday 10 March through to Thursday 12 March 2015 in Xeikon’s R&D and production site in Lier. It is aimed at helping label and packaging printers as well as converters and print buyers worldwide enhance and transform their digital production into a profitable business.

    A great success story

    The concept of the Xeikon Café is a proven formula that provides an informal knowledge exchange platform covering the different aspects of digitalizing print production, while cutting through the information overload. The concept exists for some years and kicked off with a series of one-day local events. In 2014, the very successful and highly applauded Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations was organized over a period of three days; participants praised the event and many have already confirmed their attendance for 2015.

    Uffe Nielsen, CEO of Grafisk Maskinfabrik comments: “Grafisk Maskinfabrik’s business is all about converting digitally printed media. Therefore, the Xeikon Café that focuses on digital production is the ideal platform to demonstrate our capabilities. Last year’s edition proved to be a great success and generated a good source of new business revenues for our company. We are delighted to be attending the 2015 event with Xeikon, one of the leading companies in the digital label and packaging market.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    16.12.2014   The modern way to ensure the utmost in quality    ( Company news )

    Company news X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology, announced the newly updated PANTONE Certified Printer Program for commercial printers and packaging converters that addresses new industry standards. The PANTONE Certified Printer Program reviews and analyzes every aspect of color operations— from preflight, file preparation and proofing, to ink formulation and mixing, and process control in the pressroom. This creates total quality management based on industry best practices and procedures that drive consistent and repeatable color.

    “As a trade printer, you must be lean to be competitive,” says Michael Clark President of Cedar Graphics, an EarthColor company and a PANTONE Certified Printer. “The more I learned about the PANTONE Certified Printer program and how it could help streamline our processes and make them more consistent, the more interested I became.” The outside perspective that X-Rite Pantone brings to the PANTONE Certified Printer program enabled Cedar Graphics to ensure consistent operation from department to department and shift to shift, from ink room through prepress and the pressroom. “Everyone is now speaking the same language, and we are much more efficient as a result,” Clark says.

    The process begins with a PANTONE Certified Printer Audit conducted by an X-Rite specialist. The audit process isolates issues that compromise color accuracy and is the basis for the implementation of Standards-Based Proceduresso that all operators on all shifts can consistently produce the best color the same way.

    “The PANTONE Certified Printer Program closes the gap that exists between the many other certification programs available today which cover only part of the workflow, or simply a press or a proofer,” explains Mark Gundlach, Training Development Manager at X-Rite. “This program is unique in that it ties all areas of production together, from prepress and ink formulation to the press room with a focus on both process color and spot color reproduction. This applies to digital, flexo, litho and even grand format print production. Good printers can produce great color at a point in time but it may not be consistent over time. This program, which includes a quarterly color check based on a standard set of files, results in more consistent quality with less rework using existing investments and people.”

    “If you know you are going to be checked by an expert on a quarterly basis,” Cedar Graphics’ Clark adds, “it’s just another incentive to keep things up to date as opposed to doing it once and forgetting about it. We look forward to our quarterly reviews and what we might learn each time that will help us communicate even better.”

    “Industry Standard Operating Procedures reduce variability across shifts and over time, as well as provide faster, more consistent staff training,” Gundlach says. “Surprises cost money, and consistency reduces waste”. Proofing and printing to standards helps print and converting operations set and meet customer expectations. PANTONE Certified Printers follow standard operating procedures throughout the production operation when specifying CMYK colors based on their print standards. PANTONE colors are specified and formulated using spectral data from the PantoneLIVE™ digital libraries.

    Packaging converters and printers interested in pursuing this certification to bring additional color consistency, quality and efficiency to their operations not only benefit from the certification process but are also able to use the PANTONE Certified Printer logo to add even more credibility to their sales and marketing efforts.
    (X-Rite GmbH)
    16.12.2014   Metso to deliver automation technology for Hamburger Hungaria Power's new power plant in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Hungary

    Cutting-edge automation to support efficient and environmentally friendly power production.

    Hamburger Hungaria Power Ltd, a subsidiary of the leading European containerboard manufacturer Prinzhorn Group, has ordered automation technology from Metso for its new power plant in Dunaujvaros, Hungary. Cutting-edge automation will support the power plant in producing energy in an efficient and safe way with low costs and a low impact on the environment. Moreover, a high level of automation will then increase operational flexibility, reliability and availability.

    "The fact that Metso is one of the best automation suppliers gives us security in project management. Close cooperation between our companies will provide a very high standard also in the future," says Attila Bencs, Managing Director, Hamburger Hungaria Power Ltd.

    Hamburger Hungaria Power is currently investing approximately EUR 150 million in a new co-generation power plant adjacent to Prinzhorn Group's Hamburger Hungaria Paper Mill. The plant will run on solid fuels, such as residual waste from paper production as well as biomass and coal. It will generate both heat and electricity, ensuring the mill's energy self-sufficiency and recovering waste paper that has earlier been deposited in landfills. The power plant will have a fuel capacity of 172 MW, a thermal capacity of 158 MW and an electricity capacity of 42 MW once in operation in the second half of 2015.

    The order is a continuation of the good cooperation between the two companies as Hamburger Hungaria already runs its gas boilers with Metso's automation technology.

    Metso's delivery consists of a Metso DNA boiler and turbine automation system, factory acceptance testing, commissioning and training. Delivery is scheduled for February 2015, and system startup will take place between March and September 2015. The order is included in the 2014 third quarter orders received by Metso. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    (Metso Corporation)
    16.12.2014   Rayonier Appoints Mark McHugh as Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Company Further Enhances Management and Operational Oversight with Appointment of H. Edwin Kiker to Newly Created Role of Chief Accounting Officer

    Rayonier Inc. (NYSE: RYN) announced that Mark McHugh has been appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective December 12, 2014. McHugh succeeds H. Edwin Kiker, who is transitioning to the newly created position of Chief Accounting Officer, responsible for financial reporting, accounting operations, and implementing and ensuring proper financial controls and systems.

    McHugh has 15 years of experience in finance and capital markets focusing on the timberland and REIT sectors. He joins Rayonier from Raymond James, where he served as Managing Director in the firm’s Real Estate Investment Banking group and was responsible for the firm’s timberland and agriculture sector coverage. Throughout his career, McHugh has provided a wide range of strategic and financial counsel to a variety of publicly traded paper, forest products and real estate companies.

    “Mark has been a valued advisor to Rayonier’s senior management team in the months since the spin-off of the Performance Fibers business, and we are pleased to welcome him to this new role,” said David Nunes, Rayonier’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Mark’s strategic, financial, and industry expertise served us well during our recent internal review and development of our realigned strategy. We are confident that his continued insight and guidance will further support our commitment to transparency and accountability, and that he will be an excellent addition to the senior team leading Rayonier going forward.”

    Nunes added, “As a 12-year veteran of Rayonier, Ed has been an invaluable resource to the company and our shareholders. I would like to thank Ed for his effective leadership as our CFO and know that he will bring the same dedication to this new role overseeing our financial reporting, accounting operations and internal controls. I look forward to Ed’s continued contributions as we move forward and execute our strategy.”

    About Mark McHugh
    Prior to joining Raymond James in 2008, McHugh was a Director in the Paper & Forest Products Group at Credit Suisse. He has broad experience advising paper and forest products companies, particularly timber REITs, on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, financings and other strategic matters. McHugh’s transaction experience includes advising on the first-ever timber C-corp to REIT conversion (Rayonier in 2003) and the first-ever timber REIT initial public offering (CatchMark Timber Trust in 2013). Mr. McHugh received his B.S.B.A. in Finance, summa cum laude, from the University of Central Florida and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.
    (Rayonier Inc.)

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    Printing, fine and writing papers
    Pulps and mechanical groundwood pulps
    Sacks, bags, carrier bags

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    Machine knives and accessories
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    Machines and plants, misc. and printing machines
    Paper and board converting machines
    Paper and board machines and plants
    Paper machine felts and wires, woven wires, screens
    Planning, development and organisation, trade services
    Plants for preparation, dissolving, combusting, recovery
    Pumps all kinds
    Rollers and cylinders
    Test, measuring and control equipments
    Trade journals, magazines
    Ventilation systems; Drying plants
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