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    21.05.2015   Print China a resounding success for KBA    ( Company news )

    Company news Visitor influx and trade fair orders surpassed expectations

    With over 200 printing units sold from all available series and a high influx of visitors to the 1,000m2 stand, Print China which ran from 7 to 12 April in Guangdong was a huge success for the KBA Group. Several KBA companies joined forces under the banner “KBA: Print Solutions for All” and the host of exhibits ranging from sheetfed and web offset, flexo, inkjet, metal, hollow container and glass decoration, and digital coding systems were met with great interest.
    The Chinese print pundits were surprised and blown away by the breadth and variety of print solutions bearing the KBA logo. Many only previously knew of KBA’s Rapida sheetfed offset presses which are widespread in China. Despite the country’s recent somewhat sluggish economy, the string of new orders and projects booked by the end of the trade show clearly surpassed all expectations. KBA profited from its strong footing in packaging printing. In addition, high performance presses with extensive kit and automation are becoming increasingly popular given the rise in wage costs also in China. KBA Rapidas accommodate this trend.

    Print Solutions for All banner hits home
    Claus Bolza-Schünemann, president and CEO of Koenig & Bauer, summed up his visit to the trade show: “Print China shows us that our efforts concerning our Fit@All programme are on the right track and that we will be fit and well-positioned to move into the third century of our company’s long history in two years’ time.” Ralf Sammeck, executive vice-president for sheetfed offset presses, was also present and added: “Along with sheetfed offset, our exhibits here demonstrate that KBA specialises in nearly everything which can be printed and finished with colour or inks using various techniques. We can therefore fulfil all of our customers’ demands.”
    Crowds flocked to watch live demos of a five-colour Rapida 105 with coater and a Rapida 75-4+L equipped with energy-saving and environmentally friendly LED-UV. The Rapida 105, which is based on the Rapida 106, can be found in printing companies across China and was again the most ordered press at the show. A raft of new users also snapped up the more highly automated Rapida 105 PRO, even though its official unveiling is scheduled for the end of June in Radebeul.

    KBA profits from shift in Chinese print market
    The string of orders placed during the trade show ranged from the Rapida 75, Rapida 105, Rapida 105 PRO, the high-tech Rapida 106 to the large-format Rapida 145. KBA sales director Dietmar Heyduck: “In the face of tough competition Chinese online printers are increasingly switching to large format. We are supporting this development with our automated large-format presses for fast job change, a higher level of productivity and shorter delivery times.” Walter Zehner, managing director of KBA China: “Gaining online printers as customers for our highly productive large Rapidas is a huge opportunity for us and means less staff costs for our clients, increased efficiency and greater competitiveness.”

    Good prospects in packaging printing
    Dietmar Heyduck: “The Chinese packaging market continues to grow, especially with regard to consumer packaging. The majority of the orders placed here at the trade show came from packaging printers and their demands in terms of press equipment are also rising. Longer presses with more than four or five colours, inline coating and a higher level of automation are becoming increasingly more popular. KBA is the first choice for Chinese sheetfed offset printers in the packaging segment.”
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    21.05.2015   New A.Celli Project in India    ( Company news )

    Company news Krishna Tissue Pvt. Ltd. and A.Celli Paper: for the first time, India chooses a European supplier for state-of-the-art paper winding.

    A.Celli Paper has recently received an order for a state-of-the-art winder from Krishna Tissues Pvt. Ltd., located in Kolkata, India.

    The paper rewinder, model AC842, is the foundational element in a new project for the production of 80-320-gsm testliner products that the company is undertaking. At an operating speed of 2000 m/min and a 5.600-m format, this machine represents a further milestone for A.Celli because it is the first paper rewinder in India bought from a European supplier and is scheduled to be delivered by summer 2015.

    This is another confirmation of this particular trend that generally characterizes the business market on an international level. Several operators are turning to top level partners in the quest for excellence and cutting-edge technology, continuing to place their trust also in our Country and in our capabilities. Expertise, technological preparedness, orientation toward research and development, safety standards and the quality of post-sales service are now more than ever becoming important elements choosing a supplier, and companies like A.Celli have an advantage in negotiations where the customer is looking for trust in their business relationship and a long-term relation that can make his or her company grow thanks to the most suitable choices.

    Delivery of this new paper rewinder is scheduled for summer of this year. Once again, A.Celli Paper proved to be an expert, reliable and professional partner capable of walking side-by-side with the customer, building important relations. Together with Krishna Tissues, it developed a supply project that will allow the customer to attain important goals.
    The Italian technological excellence of A.Celli Paper and its created-in-Italy design conquers the Country of the maharajas.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
     
    21.05.2015   New phoenolux grammages available    ( Company news )

    Company news phoenolux, the high white packaging board coated on one side, is now also available in 330 and 350 gsm.

    The outstanding technical qualities of triple-coated phoenolux fulfil the most stringent packaging demands.
    phoenolux is an excellent basis for graphical applications and luxurious packaging.

    Paper characteristics: highest whiteness in packaging applications, triple-coated for ultimate printability, optimum folding characteristics, satin-finish surface, pleasant haptic qualities and good stiffness

    Print and finishing characteristics: excellent running and stacking properties, high abrasion resistance, high dimensional stability, fast optimum ink absorption for rapid processing, excellent printed ink gloss.
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    21.05.2015   Iggesund Expands its Presence in North America    ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard is expanding distribution in the US making its flagship product Invercote available coast to coast. Increasing interest in Invercote’s unique properties from brand owners on the West Coast, and some key new business acquisitions made expanding west a natural next step.

    Iggesund Paperboard has established an inventory position and sheeting capabilities in Pomona, CA with the objective of making Invercote readily available for quick turn market demand. The primary goal is to be able to serve the commercial print and packaging cluster in California and beyond.

    “We’ve been in the US for more than thirty years but our distribution footprint has been concentrated on the east coast,” explains Rickard Österlindh (photo), President Iggesund Americas. “Now is the time to increase our presence on the West Coast, where we know there is a density of brand owners who will appreciate the quality level we offer with Invercote.”

    Iggesund will focus its sales & marketing efforts on premium packaging and graphical print applications, building on the foundation of offset and digital print business recently established through a network of merchant distributors.

    “Invercote’s unique attributes truly distinguish it from other products in the marketplace, and as such Iggesund will seek to identify applications where those properties add value. That’s why we’re also reinforcing our US sales organisation by recruiting people who can help increase sales both in areas where we had no previous presence and those where we already have a position,” Österlindh emphasises.

    “Invercote is a niche product in the US. Unlike domestically produced paper and paperboard grades, Invercote is manufactured using a multi-layer construction, which means that it will not crack on the fold; neither with nor against the grain. This is an incredibly powerful selling point, which is further strengthened by a second-to-none environmental sustainability platform,” comments Neal Haussel, Sales Director & Marketing Manager US. Haussel adds, “We are pleased to formally announce the addition of Paige Brinkley to the Iggesund sales team to help us develop brand recognition on the West Coast, and deliver Invercote’s unique proposition to that heretofore untapped market. Paige brings a long history of working both in fine paper and board markets and has an extensive background working on the US West Coast.”

    Enhanced distribution from coast to coast in the US is just one step in Iggesund’s overarching effort to become a unified global entity by strengthening its service platform outside Europe. In step with that effort, the company has launched a broader service concept, which emphasises the resources and support functions offered to existing and potential customers. Care by Iggesund includes the fast, easy ordering of samples and inspirational materials, product safety information and certificates, and access to the analytical services of Iggesund’s accredited Laboratory for Sensory and Chemical Analyses. Iggesund’s extensive environmental documentation is also part of the Care by Iggesund campaign, serving as a guarantee that customers will not have any unpleasant surprises regarding the origins of forest raw material.

    Iggesund’s service offering encompasses everything associated with Invercote – from technical support in local markets to the paperboard expertise the company offers in the form of a wide range of reference materials.

    “We don’t just want customers to buy our paperboard,” Rickard Österlindh concludes. “We want them to get the most out of the products we produce by making a resource base of knowledge available to them. All our documentation, together with an experienced team of local market technicians exists to ensure that.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    21.05.2015   Bobst Group reinforces its position in the converting industry by taking a majority stake in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Nuova Gidue Srl

    Bobst Group and the owner of Nuova Gidue Srl, an Italian manufacturer of narrow and mid-web printing presses, signed an agreement on 13th May 2015 by which Bobst Group acquires 65% of Nuova Gidue Srl, with the option to purchase the remaining shares.
    The owner of Nuova Gidue Srl will remain in the company as CEO and shareholder. Both parties have agreed not to disclose any information concerning the conditions of the transaction.

    Nuova Gidue Srl provides highly automated narrow and mid-web in-line flexographic and offset presses for the self-adhesive labels industry and short-run solutions for packaging converters. With the innovative technologies of Nuova Gidue Srl, BOBST will extend its already wide range of printing and converting solutions and the purchase confirms its strategy of expansion in the label industry.

    Erik Bothorel, Head of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed and Member of the Group Executive Committee, said: "We want to grow in the label segment and establish our leadership in short-run packaging solutions. The innovative technologies of Nuova Gidue Srl in flexography and offset can be easily integrated into our existing product lines. BOBST today offers the widest range of printing and converting equipment for the packaging industry and confirms its commitment to innovation."

    In 2014 Nuova Gidue Srl received the Global Label Award for innovation and in May 2015 received the FTA (Flexographic Technical Association) award for innovation. Its digital flexo technologies are a major breakthrough in flexography and Nuova Gidue Srl is also a driving force in the REVO Team for the introduction of the seven-color separation standard in packaging.

    On selling the majority stake, Federico d'Annunzio, CEO of Nuova Gidue Srl, commented: "BOBST has a strong history and reputation, and a worldwide leadership position in the packaging market. We are proud to be part of a global organization and to bring in our established presence in the label market, as well as the recognized Nuova Gidue culture of innovation. Our partners, customers, suppliers and employees will take great advantage from the long term plans of Bobst Group."

    Bobst Group expects strong growth in the labels and packaging industries, and plans to build on the expertise and dedication of Nuova Gidue’s existing management and employees at its location in Florence (Italy). Erik Bothorel concludes: "We are impressed by the innovation, performance and product range of Nuova Gidue Srl, which enlarges the product portfolio of Bobst Group in the narrow and mid-web market. We believe it is the perfect match, at the perfect moment."
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    21.05.2015   Bong AB: Interim Report January-March 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news "We expect the envelope market to continue to decrease in 2015. The market conditions remain challenging and the recent tensions on paper prices and exchange rate turbulences makes it necessary for Bong to pass on price increases to the market. Within a few months we will have finalised our ambitious restructuring program in order to increase our efficiency and to provide our customers with the service level they expect from us. We see many growth opportunities within light packaging and in Eastern Europe. Despite tough market conditions and substantial cash outflow for non-recurring items Bong showed a positive cash flow and a positive adjusted EBIT for the first quarter 2015", says Bong’s CEO Stéphane Hamelin.

    January – March 2015
    • Net sales decreased with 3.5 percent to SEK 639 million (662)
    • Adjusted EBIT increased to SEK 15 million (1)
    • Non-recurring items amounted to SEK -17 million (-45)
    • EBIT improved to SEK -2 million (-44)
    • Earnings after tax amounted to SEK -20 million (-45)
    • Earnings per share amounted to SEK -0.13 (-0.28)
    • Cash flow after investing activities SEK 4 million (-7)

    Market and industry
    In 2014 the European envelope market decreased by about 5 per cent.
    Bong’s assessment is that the market continued to decrease in the same
    pace during the first quarter of 2015. The restructuring process and the consolidation of the industry will continue. Many small companies are closing operations and the bigger companies are consolidating and reducing production capacity. The special packaging market, where Bong is present, is still growing and is much bigger and much more fragmented.

    Sales and profit January – March 2015
    Bong posted consolidated sales in the first quarter of SEK 639 million (662). Exchange rate fluctuations had a positive impact on sales of SEK 37 million compared with 2014. The main reason for the drop in sales is the continued downturn in the envelope market, which resulted in both lower volumes and pricing pressures and had a negative impact on Bong’s gross earnings.
    Bong’s total Packaging sales amounted to SEK 102 million (102). Currency fluctuations had a positive impact on Packaging sales of SEK 6 million compared with the corresponding period in 2014. Operating profit was SEK -2 million (-44) including costs for restructuring program, mainly related to the Nordic countries, of SEK -16 million (-51).
    Net financial items for the period amounted to SEK -14 million (-16). Earnings before tax were SEK -16 million (-59) and reported earnings after tax were SEK -20 million (-45).

    Cash flow and investments
    Mainly due to improved result and positive net investments the cash flow after investing activities improved to SEK 4 million (-7). The cash flow was negatively affected by payments for the ongoing restructuring program of SEK -16 million (-10) and the payment for the settlement with the European Commission of SEK – 30 million.

    Financial position
    Cash and cash equivalents at 31 March 2015 amounted to SEK 94 million
    (SEK 97 million at 31 December 2014). The Group had unutilised credit
    facilities of SEK 61 million on the same date. Total available cash and cash equivalents thus amounted to SEK 155 million (158 million at 31 December 2014). Consolidated equity at the end of March 2015 was SEK 345 million (SEK 377 million at 31 December 2014). Translation of the net asset value of foreign subsidiaries to Swedish krona and changes in the fair value of pension debt and derivative instruments decreased consolidated equity by SEK 11 million. The interest-bearing net loan debt increased during the period by SEK 10 million to SEK 800 million (SEK 790 million at 31 December 2014). The revaluation of the pension debt according to IAS 19 increased the Group’s net loan debt by SEK 15 million.

    Employees
    The average number of employees during the period was 1,844 (1,921). The Group had 1,840 (1,905) employees at the end of March 2015. Bong is intensively working on improving productivity and adjusting staff to meet current demand and the reduction is the result of the implemented restructuring measures. Many employees are currently under notice period. When implemented measures are fully in place Bong will have around 1,600 employees.

    Parent Company
    The Parent Company’s business extends to management of operating subsidiaries and certain Group management functions. Sales were SEK 0.2 million (0.7) and earnings before tax for the period were SEK 0.6 million (-2.5).
    (Bong AB)
     
    20.05.2015   Here is the premium choice in hygienic applications     ( Company news )

    Company news From both economic and environmental standpoints, gasketed plate heat exchangers are attractive choices for heating and cooling in hygienic applications.
    Optimized gasketed plate heat exchangers enable reliable production, easy cleaning and energy efficient operation and are vital to supply safe and competitive products.

    Every single detail contributes to a top class gasketed plate heat exchanger:

    Gentle product treatment
    Heating of food and other products produced in hygienic industries to the right pasteurization temperatures often requires gentle product treatment to prevent product damage from burning or over-processing. Versatile heat exchangers that handle complex and demanding ingredients, contribute to product integrity and higher productivity. For efficient heat transfer that provides gentle product treatment, the Alfa Laval FrontLine range of gasketed plate heat exchangers is the premium choice.

    Great flexibility
    Alfa Laval FrontLine gasketed plate heat exchangers offer great flexibility as they can be supplied with stainless steel frames and clip plates especially suited to your processing tasks. A unique herringbone plate pattern with optimized pressing depths and plate material provides gentle, uniform heat transfer of sensitive hygienic products. Including products with viscosities up to 5000 cPs, with small particles and limited fibre lengths or products that require pressure of up to 21 bar (290 psi).

    Longer operating times, easy cleaning
    The optimized geometries of FrontLine plates provide gentle and uniform heat transfer and feature excellent press depths and relatively few contact points, which prolong operating times. In addition, the unique distribution area ensures a uniform flow over the entire plate surface with no stagnant flow zones and less risk of fouling build-up. With increased Cleaning-in-Place efficiency and less fouling, the plates of Alfa Laval FrontLine are easy to clean and provide longer time between cleaning cycles, ensuring more production output.

    Meeting all hygienic standards with highly efficient operation:
    • Plate design provides gentle and uniform heat transfer.
    • Unique herringbone plate pattern with optimized pressing depths.
    • Small port holes and long, narrow plates facilitate quick and easy cleaning.
    • Easy to disassemble to inspect, clean and service or to modify plate configuration.
    • Integral glue-free gasket system made with FDA-compliant materials can operate at high pressures.
    (Alfa Laval Kolding A/S)
     
    20.05.2015   MIAC: next OCTOBER in Lucca - Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news Visiting MIAC 2015 means obtaining a full overview of the technology and equipment available to the paper industry sector, in just 3 days.
    270 Companies are waiting for you in Italy... next October!

    MIAC 2015 - LUCCA (ITALY)
    The aim of MIAC is to update paper mill and converter technicians on the latest advances in technology. Everything is concentrated in 3 days and in one place. MIAC is an international meeting point that allows you to compare the technologies and business proposals of all the companies present at the Exhibition. Save the date: next 14.15.16 October the international paper industry sector meets in Lucca (Italy) during the 22nd edition of MIAC Exhibition.

    MIAC 2015 HOTELS
    In MIAC website is you can find list of Hotels located in Lucca area. For each hotel it is possible to view its Presentation Card. Moreover, each Hotel is linked to its own website. After choosing your favorite Hotel, you can contact directly the Hotel in order to book your accommodation for MIAC 2015.

    FREE INVITATION TICKET
    The entrance at MIAC 2015 is free of charge. It is possible to download the MIAC 2015 Invitation Ticket in PDF format directly from the Exhibition website. Please, give the ticket directly at the MIAC Reception during your registration.

    FREE ENTRANCE!
    OPENING TIME: 14 and 15 October 2015 | 09.00 - 18.00 //
    16 October 2015 | 09.00 - 15.30
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    20.05.2015   Kari Jordan to continue as President and CEO of Metsä Group beyond the age of retirement    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Metsäliitto Cooperative, the parent company of Metsä Group, and Kari Jordan (photo), President and CEO of Metsä Group, have agreed on 7 May 2015 that Jordan will continue in his position beyond 9 March 2016, when he reaches the age of retirement (60 years) determined in his contract.
    (Metsä Group)
     
    20.05.2015   Papcel: Headbox for PM 2 – Papelera, Ecuador    ( Company news )

    Company news In the first quarter of 2015 the company PAPCEL put into operation a hydraulic headbox at a company in Ecuador with manual control of cross-section profile, which has been upgraded and renovated by PAPCEL to a headbox with automatic control of cross-section profile using dilution water.

    Headbox parameters:
    Width: 4.530 mm
    Max operating speed: 500 m/min
    Product: fluting
    Substance: 100 - 300 g/m2
    PM output capacity: 21.5 tph

    Requirements for produced paper:
    110 g/m2 - 2 sigma - 1 g/m2
    146 g/m2 - 2 sigma - 1.3 g/m2
    270 g/m2 - 2 sigma - 2 g/m2

    Achievements:
    110 g/m2 - 2 sigma - 0.91 g/m2
    146 g/m2 - 2 sigma - 0.92 - 1 g/m2
    270 g/m2 - 2 sigma - 2.11 g/m2

    Due to the damage of the upper lip better results of cross-section profile could not be reached.
    On our recommendation, the customer had ordered a new upper lip in order to achieve even better results.
    It is the first reference for the control of cross-section profile using dilution waster system Gorostidi.
    The customer has been satisfied with the quality of produced paper, the professional approach of the assembly team as well as the quality of delivered equipment and machinery.

    The modification itself consisted of the installation of dilution plates, manifold displacement, plumbing of dilution water (pump, STU 081, pipelines), dilution valves, electrical wiring and software.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    20.05.2015   Spooner named in Britain’s '1000 Companies to inspire'    ( Company news )

    Company news Announced lately, Spooner Industries in Ilkley has been identified as one of the ‘1000 Companies to Inspire Britain’. Manufacturing industrial process machinery such as industrial ovens, dryers, coolers, provers/proofers, air turns, stabilisers, oxidisers and solvent and energy recovery equipment, the company has been a leading innovator in the principles of forced convection technology since 1932.
    Collated by the London Stock Exchange this annual report is a celebration of some of the fastest-growing and most dynamic small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK. Spooner was one of only 75 companies honoured across the Yorkshire and Humber region. To be selected, Spooner had to demonstrate not only consistent revenue growth over a minimum of 3 years but also significantly outperform peers in the same sector of manufacturing. The manufacturing sector which contributes £139bn to the national economic output, boasts average annual revenue growth of 180% (2010-2014), carries the largest number of companies named in the report and continues to create significant employment opportunities across the UK.
    This accolade for Spooner follows a visit of Prime Minster, David Cameron and Chancellor, George Osborne to the manufacturing and engineering company last month. Their visit included meeting the Directors and a comprehensive tour of the offices and factory floor in the wake of a buoyant order book and continued year-on-year growth.

    Commenting on his visit, Mr Cameron said:
    “Spooner is a great example of the kind of ‘advanced manufacturing’ businesses this Government is trying to get behind.”
    Despite an increasingly competitive global environment, strong domestic demand is boosting production levels across a wide range of manufacturing capabilities. The report goes on to examine in detail the opportunities and challenges facing SMEs and looks at the sectors and trends that will shape the future of the UK economy.
    Xavier Rolet, Chief Executive, London Stock Exchange Group said:
    “This report is a significant part of London Stock Exchange’s broader campaign to support UK high growth companies in their journeys from Start-up to Stardom and to create an entrepreneurship revolution. I’m delighted that a strong alliance between UK Government, financial market participants, investors, entrepreneurs and companies has been created to support these inspiring businesses.”

    More detail on the methodology can be found in the report online at www.1000companies.com
    Summing up the mounting accolades for the company so far this year, Mike Brook, Managing Director said:
    “We are very proud to be included in ‘1000 Companies to inspire Britain’ and described as one of the UK’s most vibrant companies. This and the recent opportunity to showcase our business to the Prime Minster and Chancellor will resonate within the company for a long time to come and is testament to the innovation and technology developed here at Spooner.”
    (Spooner Industries Ltd)
     
    20.05.2015   S-RACE – for fastest sublimation. Felix Schoeller's new sublimation paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Felix Schoeller, a division of the Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller Group, is expanding its product portfolio to include sublimation papers. This represents a move into a new product segment for the specialty paper manufacturer, which has extensive development, product and technology expertise - including in papers for inkjet and electrophotographic imaging processes.

    Sublimation papers are used in transfer printing images in applications such as clothing, household articles, display and technology. The first step of the process involves using inkjet technology to print the images onto the sublimation papers. In a second stage, they are then heat transferred onto clothing, sportswear, flags, advertising or decorative articles (such as mugs or mouse pads), for example. To date, papers with swellable ink-receiving coatings were used but as processing turnaround times become increasingly faster the drying times these papers require are becoming a limiting factor.

    S-RACE, Felix Schoeller’s new sublimation paper, uses a microporous ink-receiving coating to offer significantly shorter drying times. Unlike many other papers that are already on the market, this coating has an innovative and unique composition that gives the paper far greater air permeability. This makes it ideal for sublimation printing, not only onto textiles but also onto hard plastic-coated substrates such as metal, glass or wood.

    These papers are also able to absorb water far more quickly, which means they can be used on the latest and fastest sublimation printers without a problem and without the need for an additional drying unit. This special kind of coating can also significantly shorten the sublimation process. The transferred images or information also has very sharp detail and line definition.

    “With our S-RACE sublimation papers, we are developing an entirely new product segment for the Felix Schoeller Group. The new segment is an excellent fit for our expertise and competencies and we are delighted to be able to offer the market such high-performance products,” said Guido Hofmeyer, Executive Vice President of the Felix Schoeller Group and Chief Operating Officer of the Felix Schoeller Division.

    Felix Schoeller’s new S-RACE product portfolio will initially be available in three different basis weights: 75, 100 and 130 g/m². As well as plotter rolls, larger diameter rolls are also available on request.
    (Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    20.05.2015   emtec Electronic at RosUpack 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Optimization of Production and Converting Processes

    The company emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Russian „RosUpack 2015“ in Moscow. From June 16th until 19th, the company will be present at the exhibition at booth no. B231 in hall 1.2 together with Sigma Micron – their representative in Russia.
    The technical equipment, which will be presented in Moscow, are the emtec EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester for characterizing the process-relevant surface parameters of paper and board to predict the behavior during coating, printing and glueing. Its application leads to the optimization of the production and converting processes to gain the best possible quality at the lowest possible costs.
    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers in the suspension. In addition to the FPA, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    19.05.2015   Wausau Paper Reports First-Quarter 2015 Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) announced Financial Results:
    -Net sales increased 8.6 percent to $84.2 million in the first quarter of 2015 compared to $77.5 million in the first quarter of 2014.
    -On a reported basis, first-quarter results from continuing operations were net earnings of $0.2 million, or $0.00 per share compared to a prior year first-quarter net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.09 per share.
    -First-quarter adjusted EBITDA was $10.1 million in 2015 compared to adjusted EBITDA of $5.6 million in the same period of 2014.

    Mix Improvement and Volume Growth
    -Shipped record first quarter case volume, up nearly 7 percent over the first quarter of 2014.
    -Strategic product shipments, measured in cases, were up over 12 percent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same quarter in 2014. Strategic products are those products sold in conjunction with proprietary dispensing systems or produced from premium substrates. Strategic products represented approximately 50 percent of the total paper products shipped by the Company in the first quarter of 2015.
    -Twenty-eight percent growth of the Company’s DublNature® branded products coupled with the addition of Artisan™ branded ultra-premium towels, which were introduced in the second quarter of 2014, continues to drive anticipated product mix, net selling price improvements and adjusted EBITDA margin improvement.

    Michael C. Burandt (photo), CEO, commented, “We’re pleased with the significant improvement in our operating results year-over-year and the positive influence of our Margin Enhancement Initiative (“MEI”) during the first quarter, historically our seasonally weakest of the year. The strong performance of our ATMOS-based DublNature and Artisan products and the response of our MEI teams to uncover and implement cost reduction projects and to drive margin improvement give us great confidence in achieving our targeted run rate EBITDA improvement of $30 million by the end of June 2016. Further, we fully expect to achieve a roughly $18 million run rate of improvement as an interim mark along this path by the end of 2015.”

    Second-Quarter and Full-Year Outlook

    Commenting on the Company’s outlook, Mr. Burandt, said, “Our focus remains on driving operating performance improvement in the current quarter and during the balance of 2015. At the end of the first quarter we implemented a price increase with Canadian customers to offset roughly half of the foreign exchange impact we’ve experienced in recent quarters, the result of currency fluctuations. The benign input cost environment, the mix enhancing benefits of continuing market acceptance growth of our premium products and the early benefits of MEI, allow us to take a more positive stance as it relates to guiding to future performance. Today we are introducing both adjusted EBITDA target ranges of between $13 and $14 million for the second quarter of this year, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $9.9 million in the second quarter of 2014, and a full-year adjusted EBITDA guidance range of between $60 and $63 million.”

    2015 FIRST-QUARTER RESULTS
    Continuing Operations
    The following first-quarter discussion, as well as the financial highlights and other information summarized in the preceding discussion, contain comparisons of financial elements including EBITDA, EBITDA margin, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net earnings (loss) and adjusted net earnings (loss) per share. These financial elements are not measurements of our performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and should not be considered an alternative to net earnings (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, the non-GAAP measures presented may not be the same as similar measures used by other companies. The Company believes that the presentation of select non-GAAP measures provides a useful analysis of ongoing operating trends. Please refer to the attached Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.
    Driven primarily by the strong volume of products shipped, measured in cases, of nearly 7 percent and an improved mix of products sold to customers, first-quarter 2015 net sales increased 8.6 percent to $84.2 million in 2015, compared to the $77.5 million reported for the first quarter of 2014. The first quarter of the year is historically the weakest quarter from a net sales and shipment perspective due to the seasonality of the away-from-home market. Net sales in the fourth quarter of 2014 were $89.9 million.
    The factors driving improvement in net sales, as well as overall improved operational performance and a decrease in selling, general and administrative expenses due primarily to a favorable change in a rate on a contract for a former facility resulted in reported after-tax net earnings of $0.2 million, or $0.00 per share for the first quarter of 2015. Excluding the contractual rate change, the first quarter of 2015 was an adjusted after-tax net loss of $2.2 million, or $0.04 per share. Prior-year first-quarter financial results were both a reported and an adjusted after-tax net loss of $4.4 million, or $0.09 per share.
    On a continuing operations basis, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin which excludes pre-tax income of $3.9 million recognized in the first quarter of 2015 for the favorable change in the rate on the contract as noted previously, was $10.1 million, or 12.0 percent, compared to $5.6 million, or 7.3 percent, in the first quarter of 2014.
    (Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue Products)
     
    19.05.2015   LIGNA 2015: World's No. 1    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 LIGNA 2015: World's No. 1
    - Stronger-than-ever innovative spirit and international appeal
    - Event reflects rapid strides by Industry 4.0 in woodworking and wood processing
    - Wood Industry Summit a success from the outset
    - "Surprisingly Versatile" meets with keen interest

    Photo: Dr. Jochen Köckler, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of LIGNA and Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of of the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association

    LIGNA 2015, which drew to a close in Hannover on Friday, 15 May, was an outstanding success for all parties concerned, featuring an impressive array of innovative technologies and production scenarios, large-scale machinery and the rapid strides made by Industry 4.0 in the woodworking and wood processing industry. “Exhibitors here presented their latest innovations to a global audience, clearly demonstrating the new, high standards of communication between people, machinery and smart workpieces in the furniture and wood industry,” stated Dr. Jochen Köckler, the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of LIGNA. “Pioneering new technologies are the key to success for joiners and cabinetmakers, putting integrated manufacturing within their reach.” Köckler also said the outstanding success of the event cemented its leading status worldwide. A total of 96,000 visitors attended the fair, including approximately 40,000 from outside Germany.

    Some 1,567 exhibitors showcased their leading-edge solutions, technologies and innovative production equipment on over 120,000 square meters of display space. There was a clear focus on integrated, high-efficiency manufacturing. The new Wood Industry Summit was an instant success, and the new “Surprisingly Versatile” theme also met with keen interest. “This year’s LIGNA struck a chord among exhibitors and visitors – a chord embodying three resounding notes: outstanding international participation, impressive innovation and a further increase in top-executive attendance,” remarked Köckler.

    Wolfgang Pöschl, Chairman of the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, summed up the show in the following words: “This LIGNA has more than met our expectations, which were high to begin with. Once again it has generated even more momentum in an already positive market environment, and demonstrated the potential that new technologies hold for everyone in the wood industry. This is precisely what our customers from around the world expect from their flagship fair.”

    Outstanding international turnout
    96,000 trade visitors attended LIGNA to witness the latest innovations and place new orders. Around 40,000 of these visitors were from outside Germany (as compared with 32,800 at the previous show in 2013). The top visitor nations were Austria, France, Italy, the United States, Great Britain, Russia, Belgium, Poland, Sweden, China and Brazil. The percentage of professionals in attendance rose again, from 94 percent in 2013 to 96 percent this year.
    Attendance from Asia was up considerably, from 2,800 in 2013 to 4,700 in 2015. An upsurge of 86 percent was noted for the Near and Middle East, and an increase of 62 percent was registered for South, East and Central Asia. The show attracted 2,800 visitors from South and Central America, thus topping the 2013 figure (1,700) by a wide margin. “For anybody interested in doing international business, Hannover was clearly the place to be. More than 25 percent of trade visitors here were either planning to place orders at the show or had already done so,” said Köckler.

    LIGNA reflects rapid strides made by Industry 4.0
    Live demonstrations of furniture production in simulated factory settings were right on target for LIGNA visitors, offering them a first-hand glimpse of the benefits of integrated manufacturing. There was also a wealth of information to support attendees in their future purchasing decisions, with exhibitor presentations focusing strongly on the aspects of flexibility and economic efficiency. The new ideas for customized mass production featured at this year’s LIGNA will set the agenda in the woodworking and wood processing sector for years to come. “LIGNA 2015 was once again a complete success for us. Our customers were delighted,” said Rüdiger Schliekmann, managing partner of IMA Klessmann GmbH in Lübbecke, Germany.
    The solid wood working displays featured a wealth of new technologies and efficiency-boosting innovations. Here too, the spotlight was on integrated manufacturing, with exciting new technologies paving the way for substantial cost reductions.
    Integrated manufacturing was clearly a hot topic for companies of all shapes and sizes. LIGNA also featured displays of innovative solutions for efficient manufacturing processes among joiners and cabinetmakers.

    Wood Industry Summit a success from the outset
    LIGNA’s status as an international networking hub for the industry was further enhanced by the Wood Industry Summit. With its mix of discussion and presentations, the summit proved an instant hit with its target audience. The Finnish firm Ponsse reported receiving outstanding leads from Ukraine, Russia, China and Brazil. “The Wood Industry Summit enabled us to enhance and expand our network of international leads across the board. At the Summit we definitely met our goals. The high ratio of international visitors at LIGNA is the event’s unique selling point from our point of view,” said Tuomo Moilanen, of Ponsse Plc, based in Vieremä, Finland. Exhibitors and trade visitors used the forum – which attracted international participants from industry, research and government – as a valuable source of leads for project deals in high-growth markets. In the words of Jochen Köckler: “In collaboration with our technology partner, the German Forestry Council (KWF), we successfully used LIGNA to put large equipment manufacturers in touch with visiting delegations from around the globe.”

    “Surprisingly Versatile” meets with keen interest
    LIGNA concentrated on a completely different aspect in the special presentation entitled “Surprisingly Versatile.” Here the main focus was not on wood; instead, exhibitors showcased the flexibility of their technologies for dry-machining many different kinds of materials. According to Wolfgang Stadie, Director Sales and Marketing of MAKA Systems GmbH, Nersingen: “LIGNA scored a real hit with ‘Surprisingly Versatile.’ Right from the start, this special display helped us reach new target groups, bringing promising customers right to our stand,” he remarked. The spectrum ranged from plastic machining technology to equipment for processing alloys and composites. And thanks to targeted ads placed in related publications, professionals with backgrounds in interior finishing, building materials and the automotive industry also made their way to Hannover. “We see even more potential for LIGNA here and will continue to pursue it,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, confirming the success of the new “Surprisingly Versatile” campaign.

    Every link in supply chain covered at LIGNA
    For many years the “LIGNA” brand has been synonymous with a broad spectrum of exhibits, covering the industry’s entire supply chain. From the primary sector to woodworking and logistics, exhibitor displays during the five-day event explored every facet of woodworking and wood processing machines.
    Large-scale machinery was well represented at the event, particularly in the section of the show dedicated to forestry, where the open-air site provided an ideal backdrop for these modern-day giants. The forestry displays were also more international than ever – a fact underscored by the first-time appearance of various exhibitors from abroad. The sawmill technology displays put the spotlight on increased efficiency and added value. The “Energy from Wood” showcase provided space for concepts and solutions aimed at making optimal use of wood as an energy source. The panel products sector also abounded in innovations, with displays clearly reflecting the growing significance of timber construction. And the skilled trades sector displayed a growing interest in CNC technologies.

    The next LIGNA will be staged from 22 to 26 May 2017, once again in Hannover, Germany.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    19.05.2015   Cascades continues to improve its financial results during the first quarter of 2015, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...notably due to a strong performance in the containerboard sector

    Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces its unaudited financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2015 .

    Q1 2015 Highlights
    -Sales of $910 million (compared to $879 million in Q4 2014 (+4%) and $863 million in Q1 2014 (+5%))
    -Excluding specific items
    ----OIBD of $85 million compared to $82 million in Q4 2014 (+4%) and $75 million in Q1 2014 (+13%))
    ----Net earnings per share of $0.18 (compared to $0.08 in Q4 2014 and $0.01 in Q1 2014)
    ----Greenpac contribution to net earnings: $0.03
    -Including specific items
    ----OIBD of $72 million (compared to $57 million in Q4 2014 (+26%) and $79 million in Q1 2014 (-9%))
    ----Net loss per share of $0.37 (compared to $0.51 in Q4 2014 and $0.01 in Q1 2014)
    -Net debt of $1,691 million (compared to $1,613 million as at December 31, 2014 ), including $79 million of non-recourse net debt.

    Mr. Mario Plourde (photo), President and Chief Executive Officer, had the following comments on the first quarter results: "Despite the seasonality inherent to the first quarter of the year, we are satisfied with the financial results released today which represent an improvement, both on a sequential and year-over-year basis.

    Similar to what we experienced in 2014, energy costs had a negative impact during the first quarter which was offset by the weakening of the Canadian dollar and a sequential decrease in raw material costs. The 4% OIBD increase compared to the previous quarter is essentially linked to the strong performance of our Containerboard Group. Results in Europe were slightly higher while results of our Specialty Products Group were stable. In addition to temporary impacts related to the ramp-up of two new sites in the U.S., our Tissue Papers Group was negatively impacted by downtimes for equipment maintenance, upgrades and to balance our inventories during the first quarter. Market conditions in the tissue market continue to be soft while new capacity is being absorbed by the industry. Finally, the Greenpac mill has continued to improve productivity, with daily production averaging 1,260 short tons during the quarter, and significant growth in the production of our premium lightweight grade.

    The increase in our debt was caused by the weakening of the Canadian dollar and seasonal investments in working capital. If the exchange rate between the Canadian dollar and its U.S. counterpart remains constant, our leverage ratio should resume its downward trend over the next few quarters due to the expected increase of free cash flows."

    Near-Term Outlook
    In commenting on the outlook, Mr. Plourde added: "With the improved results for the first quarter compared to last year and the current state of our markets, we remain confident that we will be able to continue to grow our financial results in 2015. In North America , our Packaging Products groups should continue to improve their performance as they enter a period of seasonally improved market conditions for the next two quarters. In Europe , a price increase was announced by Reno de Medici for recycled grades which should be applied gradually and have a more meaningful impact on our results during the second semester. Our Tissue Papers Group will benefit from the gradual contribution from two new sites in the U.S., which should also positively contribute to the results during the year. An increasing OIBD and a positive contribution from the Greenpac mill should positively impact our earnings per share in 2015. We are pleased with the progression of this investment, which, we are confident, will be as strategic and important to the long-term value of the Corporation as we expected. "
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    19.05.2015   A positive approach to servicing     ( Company news )

    Company news With a significant increase in service inspection visits across all sectors including paper, a strengthened team harnessing new technology are delivering new services as the rebranded Spooner Plus.

    Spooner Plus Manager, Andrew Stead said:
    “With a combination of old machines and new operators, many of our customers value advice and support in training and ensuring maximum machine efficiency. The opportunity to extend our Spares & Service operation in both practical and technical terms adds real value, ultimately elongating machine life and improving quality for our customers.”

    Spooner Plus now provides all aspects of service and aftersales work for both new and existing customers on all makes and models of process equipment as well as original Spooner machines. Remote Interrogation is just one of the new services. Run online via a VPN connection, Spooner process experts can interrogate the operating history of equipment and monitor, analyse and resolve any issues. This can be provided on a regular, ongoing basis, delivering excellent product support and continual optimisation of the equipment.
    Online Training has also been developed via an online platform linking to the Spooner Plus website. This provides remote access to tailored training packages to gain Spooner accreditation. Created to educate new and existing personnel and promote understanding of the capabilities and limits of the equipment, the training ensures confident operation and maintenance whilst informed decisions on process improvements can be made.
    With energy costs still relatively high the importance of an energy efficient operation cannot be underestimated. Spooner’s Energy Efficiency Surveys led by a team of specialist engineers can evaluate a variety of options to reduce running costs and ensure optimum performance. Solutions can then be implemented with short pay back times and limited capital investment whilst any machine upgrades or refurbishments required can all be accommodated.
    The Spooner Plus team consists of Service and Process Engineers together with in-house drawing and design facilities. Backed by over 80 years’ unrivalled worldwide experience in industrial processing solutions, Spooner Plus is in the continuous improvement process business to stay. Andrew Stead sums it up:
    “Spooner Plus is here to help. Our aim is to be first and foremost in everybody’s mind when they have a technical problem so their first call is to Spooner Plus."
    (Spooner Industries Ltd)
     
    19.05.2015   FESPA 2015: AVERY DENNISON GOES DIGITAL WITH ITS VIRTUAL FESPA TRADE SHOW BOOTH    ( Company news )

    Company news Avery Dennison is going virtual. To allow more and more people around the world to experience its latest innovations just as it showcases them at trade shows, the company has been developing a new concept: the virtual trade-show booth. And its next rollout will focus on products from its Graphics Solutions portfolio.

    The virtual booth will be launched at virtualfespa.averydennison.com, and will highlight the innovations that the company is showcasing at its physical booth at FESPA 2015, from 18 to 22 May at the Cologne Exhibition Centre in Germany.

    Visitors to both booths will be able to view and interact with the latest in Avery Dennison’s graphics innovations, showcased under the theme, “Everywhere You Look”. Examples include the new Avery Dennison Colour Swatch mobile app, the company’s value-added service programmes, the complete digital offering and exciting new Supreme Wrapping Film colours. The virtual booth will remain open after FESPA itself closes.

    “Our virtual booth will open the door to everyone who is unable to attend the show,” said Patrick Winters, marketing communications manager Europe. “This tool will enable them to experience the innovations we will debut and gain access to the information and tools featured in our booth.

    It’s also a great way for visitors at the show to share what they’ve seen with colleagues who won’t be able to come to Cologne.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    19.05.2015   WESTROCK ANNOUNCED AS NAME OF COMBINED MWV/RKT COMPANY PENDING MERGER     ( Company news )

    Company news WestRock Company was announced by MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MWV”) (NYSE: MWV) and RockTenn (“RockTenn”) (NYSE: RKT) as the name for the new company when the two packaging leaders complete their previously announced combination. WestRock will trade on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WRK.

    “WestRock draws on the strongest elements from each of our legacy names,” said Steve Voorhees (photo), who will be the chief executive officer of WestRock Company. “The name speaks to our determination to build on the long track record of success and growth that has been established by both companies. WestRock’s aspiration is to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of winning paper and packaging solutions for our customers.”

    The pending combination between MWV and RockTenn was announced on January 26, 2015. The companies have received antitrust approval in the United States and are awaiting other regulatory and shareholder approvals that are expected in the month of June.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
     
    19.05.2015   Esko kicks off FESPA 2015 with industry's broadest portfolio of cutting-edge finishing tables    ( Company news )

    Company news Featuring Esko’s end-to-end digital finishing solutions

    Esko’s significant presence at FESPA 2015 (stand R50, Hall 6) in Köln (Germany), brings answers to sign and display operations of all sizes, whether it is a need for speed or a search for highly flexible finishing solutions that can address a wide array of substrates and applications. These operations are among the most creative people in the graphic arts industry, and Esko stands ready to help them bring that creative vision to reality.

    Combining Esko Kongsberg’s unique precision equipment with its renowned prepress software results in integrated end-to-end solutions for every need, suitable for any sized business. Making the right software choice helps businesses handle a greater number of jobs more economically while shortening cycle times. Esko software solutions remove time-consuming labor from the work process and cost-efficiently enhance throughput and capacity, making a significant difference in bottom-line performance and strengthening customer relationships.

    At the show, Esko is also celebrating 50 years of constant innovation in cutting-edge finishing tables with the golden jubilee of Esko Kongsberg. “Digital finishing is a vital part of Esko’s strategy, and Esko Kongsberg is key to our future success and that of our customers. We are proud to be celebrating a half century of excellent technology, strong skills and great know-how, and are looking forward to the next 50 years of Kongsberg innovation!” comments Udo Panenka, President of Esko.

    Explore the Kongsberg Universe
    Carefully crafted over five decades, the current Kongsberg product portfolio includes three Series:

    The Kongsberg V-Series for cost-effective sign and sample-making:
    The two models of this Series deliver value, durability, reliability, precision and ease of use at an attractive investment level. The Kongsberg V for packaging sample making, short run mock-ups and other packaging specific applications is equipped with a FLEXIHead for highly accurate, powerful cutting on all flexible and thin materials such as paper, folding carton, vinyl, textile, etc.The Kongsberg V for signage and display production comes with a MultiCUT tool head, offering milling productivity and a camera system.
    Paul LeBlanc, owner of FASTSIGNS® of Vancouver, states: "In the history of our business, success has come through technology. In the early years, there was thermal transfer printing, then inkjet printing. Now I see the Kongsberg table, and flatbed cutting, as a way of staying ahead of the competition by providing services unavailable from other businesses."

    The Kongsberg X-Series for versatile, robust, productive digital finishing, includes:
    The smaller format Kongsberg XE, a fast, high-quality solution for sample making and short-run production of folding carton and more. A wide range of specialty tools offers speed, power and flexibility to automatically handle a wide variety of materials common in sample making: corrugated, folding carton, solid board, foam, coating blankets, wood and a long list of plastics.
    Signage, packaging or displays are the remit of the seven different sizes of the highly versatileKongsberg XN. Its unique MultiCUT HP milling performance brings milling speeds that are up to three times faster than the standard head while the backscore feature cuts and creases materials from both sides in perfect registration, another unique functionality.
    The highest throughput is achieved with the Kongsberg XP that accurately finishes the most challenging materials. It was designed especially for handling the combination of corrugated board and other rigid or roll materials in POP products and product displays. The Kongsberg XP CAD cutter ensures an unsurpassed throughput that no other cutting table can compete with.
    The fully automated dieless finishing machine, the Kongsberg XP Auto, completes the X Series. Built for 24/7 production, it comes loaded with functionality that boosts productivity and ensures reliable operation. Thanks to the automatic loading and unloading, the XP Auto runs completely automatic, even unsupervised, 24/7. As it cuts directly from the CAD designs, it removes the cost and turnaround time for cutting dies, as such ensuring short-run and special projects remain profitable.
    Kelly Signs, a Kongsberg i-XP24 owner, has transformed its business with this table. The contour cuts that used to take them 45 minutes by hand now take 45 seconds. In addition, it gives them a much nicer finish. “The Kongsberg i-XP24 table is an unbelievable tool that is taking our business to the next level,” said Mark Steinberg, General Manager. “Our cutting is so much faster and we’ve got pretty much every option. Having a router along with all our other tools opens markets we never would have dreamed of.”

    The Kongsberg C Series for super-wide finishing productivity:
    The Kongsberg C, available in two formats, is the first multifunction super-wide digital finisher for signage, display and packaging applications. It is designed to keep up with the faster, wider digital printers of today and tomorrow, and stands for capability, capacity, consistency, choice and complete. Consistent precision and accuracy are guaranteed by the lightweight carbon composite traverse beam which is unique to Esko.
    Tim Hill, Speedscreen Managing Director and a Kongsberg C64 owner, says, “Esko’s solutions are a key component of our growth strategy. They allow us to be faster, more responsive, have tighter controls over margins and offer a more creative service. It future-proofs our business.” The company is on target to keep its 30% year-over-year growth going with the help of its Kongsberg C64.

    Tools of the trade: more than cutting
    For even more flexibility and functionality, the Kongsberg portfolio is supported by a range of Kongsberg tools via its online consumables store. This includes more than a hundred high-quality cutting blades, router bits and accessories with the latest additions being a psaligraphy knife tool that cuts out the finest details in paper and folding carton, a 60 mm perforation wheel enabling users to create tear and crease-assist perforations in corrugated board up to 4 mm thick, and a new Braille tool. The latter is loaded with clear acrylic ‘Braille spheres’ that are inserted into small holes that will function on most rigid materials more than one mm thick. The unmatched selection of tools truly enables customers to extend their offerings and expand their businesses with the most creative use of materials and applications.
    “We are very excited to be talking with visitors at the show,” concludes Armand Gougay, Esko Vice President EMEA. “It is a time for mutual inspiration – we know we will learn a great deal from visitors to our booth that will guide us in future R&D efforts, and we hope that our visitors will gain inspiration from us as well.”
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    19.05.2015   Mimaki Dresses to Impress at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New Mimaki TS300P-1800 inkjet printer takes the high mix low volume stage in booming textile market

    Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, today announced the availability of the TS300P-1800 inkjet printer. This 1,8m wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer is a dedicated transfer paper printer, offering new levels of quality and productivity in digital textile printing. The Mimaki TS300P-1800 will begin shipping in July 2015. Mimaki is located on Stand U5-T11 at the show, and will be featuring well-dressed mannequins clothed in vibrant TS300P-1800 printed textiles.

    “With the textile market booming, Mimaki has placed even more attention on bringing innovative digital textile printing solutions to market,” said Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe, “and the result is the brand-new TS300P-1800 printer. Visitors to our stand will see real-world examples of printed textiles that bring to life the promise of digital for this market. We are very excited about the speed, quality and throughput that can be attained with the TS300P-1800 and believe it will find a warm reception among a wide range of fashion and other textile users.”

    Technological features that anticipate everyday reality
    The TS300P-1800 brings a number of new capabilities to textile printing, including:
    -The ability to print on very lightweight transfer paper for lower running costs with a powerful vacuum feed platen that reduces cockling.
    -High productivity at 115 m2/h maximum print speed at 4 colour printing (62 m2/h with 6 colour printing)
    -Four print heads with a total of 3200 nozzles and up to 3 different drop sizes, automatically determined by ink type and print mode; accurate dot placement even with high head gap printing (adjustable from 2 to 7 mm).
    -Continuous quality printing is assured with the automatic Nozzle Recovery System should a clogged nozzle occur that cannot be addressed by the printer’s automatic nozzle cleaning system.
    -The newly developed sublimation transfer ink Sb410, available in bulk ink packs and an Uninterrupted Ink Supply System that ensures continuous printing even when unattended.
    -External dryer that delivers up to 30% faster drying.
    -Highly reliable unattended printing at up to 115 m2/h for reduced labour costs.
    -Exceptional colour management including colour replacement, accurate profile creation and fast file processing with the new Tx3Link RIP. The printer and RIP can be in different locations to facilitate more efficient system management and operation. The status of multiple printers can be monitored remotely from desktop or mobile devices. The Tx3Link RIP also enables accurate calculation of ink costs and print finish time as well as automatic nesting.

    “This new printer brings so many innovations to the textile printing market that it is hard to summarize them all,” Horsten added. “We encourage FESPA attendees to stop by to see this outstanding product for themselves. We’re so confident about its quality we even dressed up the mannequins on our stand in Mimaki printed textile. Digital textile printing is taking over the textile retail market, starting with sporting apparel. Mimaki is ready for this evolution with the brand-new TS300P-1800.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    18.05.2015   rlc hosts annual meeting of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA): 'Swiftness is becoming ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...increasingly important in our industry'

    Rethink Global Packaging: Sharing know-how for a globally consistent brand presence

    Photo: PAS Media is a web-based software that tracks all processes for secure artwork project management. All participants have direct access to pro-jects at all times from any location.

    Increasingly shorter product cycles and re-action times create more challenges for globally harmonized pack-aging management. This year's annual meeting of the Global Packaging Alliance (GPA) hosted by rlc focused on viable solutions. The GPA is a consortium of globally active, medium sized packaging companies which coordinate their production processes and quality standards to guarantee a globally consistent brand presence for in-ternational consumer goods manufacturers.

    "Swiftness is becoming increasingly important in our industry. Worldwide rollouts of new products need to be faster, secure and standardized. Globally harmonized packaging management is the key," explains GPA spokesman and rlc | packaging group CEO Hans-Christian Bestehorn. The goal is to supply packaging that reliably meets high-quality standards, offers unique added value and is produced in accordance with the strict-est safety regulations.

    With the rlc I packaging group leading the way, GPA member companies are prepared to face the challenges. Alliance members communicate in depth about the demands on global and individual market levels. As one of the founding members of the GPA, rlc invited international GPA repre-sentatives to Hanover for this year's meeting. In line with the "Rethink Global Packaging" theme, the packaging manufacturers discussed ways of making global packaging management even more efficient for their customers.

    In addition to sharing know-how among GPA members, there was a focus on organizing secure data transfers within a centralized system. Achiev-ing globally consistent packaging design is also supported by expertise from brandpack. Initially developed by rlc, the concept of a packaging de-sign agency working in close cooperation with production operations and the industry is now implemented by several GPA member companies. At the meeting, rlc also demonstrated how key aspects of its lean philosophy can be used as a viable approach to implementing efficient, harmonized processes on a global level.

    Maximizing security in the artwork process
    The packaging experts also discussed PAS Media, an artwork lifecycle management system. This software can be used to efficiently and secure-ly manage the entire workflow in a global packaging project. Each pro-cess participant has direct access to key data at all times and can always see who completed which step, and when. Thanks to automated sub-processes combined with seamless documentation of all changes, PAS Media maximizes security throughout the artwork process. GMP-validated since 2006, the software is also suitable for projects in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.

    "Our customers not only profit from globally coordinated standards," says Bestehorn. "Collaboration and in-depth knowledge sharing within our net-work enables us to continually optimize our processes and develop our expertise for our customers. We are always prepared to quickly react on a global scale without sacrificing product quality."
    (Leunisman GmbH)
     
    18.05.2015   FESPA 2015: Durst Water Technology and fully automated production    ( Company news )

    Company news Durst, the industrial inkjet specialist presents its latest developments for the large-format segment at the FESPA 2015 in Cologne from May 18. - 22. A key issue of this year's trade fair presence is Durst Water Technology – a long-term strategy to provide an eco-friendly alternative to UV-curing inks. For more than two years, Durst has conducted research on the new aqueous inks. The result, is the new machine category Rho WT 250 HS (photo) which accesses the sustainability potential for rigid and flexible large-format media. It will be presented at this year's FESPA. The soft signage segment also benefits from Durst Water Technology and the ecological solutions it generates: The Rhotex HS prints on textile advertising- and information media with non-toxic migration- and odor free dispersion inks, while the new transfer printer Rhotex 180 TR uses aqueous dye-sublimation inks. In addition to soft signage printer systems, Durst will also provide information on further developments of the Kappa 320 for the industrial production of home textiles and interior furnishings. Durst will also present the successful Rho 1312 flatbed printing system in the Rho 1312 AF version with a redesigned feeder, for flexible production and fast media change with presets in the media channels.

    ´Durst Water Technology is our unique selling point in the market and yet again we find ourselves as the innovative leaders in large-format printing`, says Christoph Gamper, CEO of Durst Phototechnik AG. Durst Water Technology is a groundbreaking innovation for soft signage and was essential to establishing sustainable and odor free large-format products at the POS. With the new development of the Rho WT, we can expand the range of applications to include classical LFP applications and access new market potential in the interior segment, as well as packaging and POS with ´green` products. We also constantly develop UV printing and can offer a larger media flexibility and a higher level of automation.`

    Rho WT 250 HS
    The new Rho 250 HS WT combines offset quality with sustainability. The new ink is not subject to specific labeling requirements regarding health- and environmental hazards. It combines the advantages of UV-reactive molecules (adherence, durability, robustness) with water properties (odorless, flexible, low-migration). The ink film is also thinner compared with UV-inks.
    At the FESPA 2015, Durst will present the new Rho WT 250 HS, a new machine category for the implementation of aqueous inks. The Rho WT printer systems with Durst Quadro Array 10 WM, feature a new printhead- and drying technology. The Rho WT 250 HS prints with a droplet size of 10 picoliters, it can be configured with 6 colors and features an identical productivity as its UV-equivalent.
    Durst has coordinated the interactions of substrate, ink and printhead to such a level, that an optimal result is achieved on a wide range of rigid and flexible materials such as PVC, boards, corrugated, wood, paper, banners, vinyl and foils.
    Although there are currently no comparable printer systems, the market will nevertheless develop in this direction in the future. In the EU for example, the REACH regulation for the registration, evaluation and restriction of chemicals will eliminate more and more substances from the positive list.

    Soft Signage Portfolio at the FESPA
    Soft signage, or the use of textiles in form of coated and uncoated polyester fabrics as an advertising- and informational media, is one of the areas of growth in large-format printing. With the Rhotex HS, Durst offers the most productive digital soft signage printer in the market. It has a production speed of 900 sqm per hour and a maximum print width of 330 cm. Leading print service providers such as Kürten & Lechner in Germany, are currently extending their portfolio with the Rhotex HS to produce sustainable products for the POS. In addition to the ecological added value, the Rhotex HS feature unlimited colors and designs, photo-realistic print quality and a faster production regardless of job size.
    With the Rhotex 180 TR, Durst has expanded its textile direct-print portfolio with the Dye Sublimation Technology. The print on sublimation paper with the transfer process via a calender allows companies from outside the sector to enter into textile production.
    The Rhotex 180 TR features an industrial productivity level with a production speed of 200 sqm per hour and a maximum print width of 1850 mm.

    Industrial Textile Print
    With the Kappa 320, Durst offers a high performance printer designed explicitly for a full width production of interior furnishings and decoration products. The system is equipped with a variety of feed-in and transport systems, as well as complex dryer units for various textile fabrics. The Kappa 320 uses water-based reactive-, acid- and dispersion inks. Durst is currently testing its new, aqueous pigment inks in cooperation with the textile finisher Standfast & Barracks of Great Britain. They will be introduced at the FESPA 2015 and will increase the range of possible applications even further.

    Rho 1312 AF
    Durst will present its successful Rho 1312 flatbed printing system at the FESPA in the modified Rho 1312 AF version, with a re-designed feeder. Due to its selectable media channels, the system provides the best results especially for large print runs with different types of media. It allows for fully automated production processes and quick changeovers. In addition to its flexibility, the Rho 1312 AF features the highest image quality and glossy effects based on the Gradual Flow Technology.
    (Durst Phototechnik AG)
     
    18.05.2015   Gould Paper Corporation Appoints David H. Berkowitz President And Chief Executive Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Gould Paper Corporation announced the appointment of David H. Berkowitz as President and Chief Executive Officer effective May 1. Mr. Berkowitz replaces Mr. Harry E. Gould, Jr. who had been the President and CEO since 1969.

    Previously, Mr. Berkowitz served as Gould's Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Mr. Berkowitz will continue to work out of Gould’s Corporate Headquarters at 99 Park Avenue in New York City.

    Mr. Berkowitz began his career in 1970 with Central Paper Company, which was founded by his grandfather in Newark, New Jersey in 1920. Mr. Berkowitz joined Gould Paper Corporation in 2007 after the sale of Central Lewmar in 2005 to private equity investors. At the time of the sale, Mr. Berkowitz was Central Lewmar’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

    Founded in 1924, Gould Paper Corporation has revenues in excess of US $1 Billion and is one of North America’s three largest distributors of printing, publishing and business papers. In addition, Gould, in concert with its parent company Japan Pulp and Paper (JPP), has offices in virtually every major city throughout the world with revenues in excess of US $5 Billion.
    (Gould Paper Corp.)
     
    18.05.2015   LIGNA presents new site layout starting in 2017    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 The next LIGNA, which runs from 22 to 26 May 2017, will feature a revamped, more visitor-centric layout of themes. The new structure reflects today’s LIGNA visitors’ work situations more accurately. There is no longer a clear demarcation between skilled trade and industrial-scale operations, the choice of machinery is no longer driven by size or scale and the differentiation between solid wood and wood based panels has lost relevance in many cases. The new site layout reflects the commitment of LIGNA’s organizers to meeting the changing needs of trade visitors and to making the fair as efficient and productive as possible for visitors and exhibitors alike.

    “LIGNA is the world’s leading trade fair and innovation marketplace for the forestry and wood industries. Its new layout reflects market developments and brings key future-defining trends into sharper focus. The changes we have made will ensure LIGNA’s market leadership well into the future,” said Dr. Bernhard Dirr, Managing Director of the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, at the closing press conference for LIGNA 2015.

    The most notable change is the consolidation of three display categories revolving around processing technologies: Solid Wood Processing, Furniture Industry and Woodcrafts (skilled woodworking trades). These categories will now be combined into a new display category called “Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production.” The reason for the change is that there is now an increasing overlap between the production technologies used by SMEs in the woodworking sector and those used by industrial-scale operations. From a machinery perspective, there’s no longer a meaningful distinction between these two sectors – not even in Europe, with its long-standing and strong tradition of small craftsmen businesses. And for non-European exhibitors and visitors, the distinction never carried much meaning in the first place. Another reason is that many companies do not focus exclusively on solid wood or wood based panels, which has resulted in a broader range of machinery being offered by machinery manufacturers. LIGNA’s new layout will also bring all the related technologies closer together, making it easier for solution-seekers to navigate the show. The main changes are as follows:

    The majority of exhibitors of Solid Wood Processing machines will be located in Hall 27, adjacent to the Sawmill Technology exhibits in Hall 25. The closely related Timber Construction displays will also be right next door – in Hall 13.
    The close proximity between the Surface Technology exhibits in Hall 17 and the Wood-based Panel Production Technology exhibits in Hall 26 will exploit the natural synergies that exist between the two display categories
    The “Energy from Wood” displays will be moved next door to the Wood-based Panel Production exhibits.
    The Automation Technology exhibits will have their own display category and be given greater prominence in the centrally located Hall 16.


    Dr. Jochen Köckler, Deutsche Messe’s Managing Board in charge of LIGNA, had this to say about the benefits of the show’s new layout for trade visitors: “LIGNA’s new site layout is going to maximize synergies by bringing complementary technologies closer together. Despite the fair’s substantial size, visitors will find it easier and more efficient to navigate than ever before.”

    LIGNA’s new layout means that nearly all regular exhibitors will be relocated. To allow plenty of time to work with exhibitors on finding the best possible locations for their stands, the fair’s organizers, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturer’s Association, have significantly extended the timeframe for the space allocation process.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    18.05.2015   ANDRITZ: Arbitration case in Montes del Plata settled    ( Company news )

    Company news ANDRITZ Pulp Technologies Punta Pereira S.A., a subsidiary of international technology Group ANDRITZ and Celulosa y Energía Punta Pereira S.A. (“CEPP”), a Joint Venture by Stora Enso and Arauco, have amicably settled the arbitration proceedings between them in connection with several contracts for delivery of equipment and systems for CEPP’s Montes del Plata pulp mill. The settlement will not have a material effect on the ANDRITZ Group’s earnings, thus ANDRITZ’s earnings expectations for the full year 2015 remain unchanged.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.05.2015   VIPs at Spooner Industries    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ... Turkish Textile Innovation Day

    Company Presented Color Tools For Consistency Across the Textile Supply Chain

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo: Don Kayne, CPPI’s Chief Executive Officer

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news Bright future ahead for digital finishing specialist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Photo: Harald Schulz, CEO of AR Packaging

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news ...under the Climate Savers international programme

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

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

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

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

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

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

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