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    25.06.2015   Savcor Wedge to a new continent    ( Company news )

    Company news Savcor has sold its first Wedge Process Diagnostics System in Australia. A full-site Wedge has been delivered to a company providing paper and cardboard recycling services. Implementation and training is now going on and the system will be fully operational by the autumn 2015.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
    25.06.2015   Xeikon brings next-generation VariLane to Labelexpo Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news VariLane 4.0, a unique tool for label production and substrate optimization, now fully integrated in Xeikon X-800 4.0 digital front-end

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced a new version of VariLane, its imposition software plug-in for the Xeikon X-800 digital front-end (DFE). VariLane 4.0 is now fully integrated within the X-800 4.0 workflow and is specifically designed to allow label printers greater flexibility in the production of labels, providing increased profit opportunities. With this development, Xeikon has added a significant enhancement to the ability for label printers to optimize productivity and profitability by printing labels of different sizes and run lengths on the same web in discreet lanes. In addition, VariLane 4.0 is a key enabler in meeting the needs of brand owners for short run lengths and just-in-time delivery.

    “Xeikon has a strong and continuing focus on the label market, and VariLane 4.0 is proof of our ongoing commitment to supporting the needs of label printers in every way possible,” says Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon. “With prepress activities minimized, and utilizing all of the integrated benefits of the X-800 DFE, label printers can easily combine different jobs on one substrate – even for labels of different heights and widths and with different run lengths. And they can easily make last-minute adjustments to artwork or add variable data. This is a real advance in optimizing label production and further increasing profitability for label printers. This type of out-of-the-box thinking and unique value-add sets Xeikon apart in the world of digital label printing.”

    Supporting the label printer with innovative solutions
    The unique VariLane plug-in, launched four years ago as a standalone tool and now integrated into the X-800 workflow, brought to commercial reality the concept of printing different labels in lanes of different widths and heights across the same web. Imposition – arranging the labels on the roll in order to serve the proper application of the labels in later production processes – is a fundamental step in prepress. Typically, labels are arranged in lanes across the web roll, and because labels had to be of equal size, the print lanes were also of equal size. This imposed limitations on both productivity and efficient use of substrates. VariLane gives prepress operators the freedom to combine labels in print lanes of variable sizes which improves throughput and reduces waste. In fact, label printers working with VariLane have been able to substantially increase their productivity and reduce material wastage, with resultant cost savings of up to 30%. This unique capability is made possible by the full rotary technology of Xeikon digital presses, combined with their variable repeat length.

    With VariLane 4.0 and its full integration with the X-800 DFE, yet another dimension is added to the versatility of Xeikon’s digital technology and the optimization of digital print production. The VariLane concept combines prepress, data processing and press operation functionality, seamlessly integrated with existing workflows and business processes, while maintaining flexibility and quality. VariLane 4.0 makes last-minute corrections to artwork easy to achieve, and Xeikon’s metadata tool can be employed to add barcodes or sequential numbering to labels as required.

    “Combining different jobs in the same print run has never been easier. And for label printers working with our wide-web Xeikon 3050 and 3500 presses, it’s a perfect fit!” Van Bauwel adds. “But even with narrower rolls, label printers can optimize their productivity, reduce costs and increase profitability. And that is all possible today with Xeikon technology, without sacrificing the standards of professional and functional excellence brand owners expect – no matter how short the print run or delivery time.”

    VariLane 4.0 is a plug-in for the recently launched Xeikon X-800 4.0 digital front-end which will be commercially available at the end of June. Xeikon will also demonstrate the capabilities of this unique tool at Labelexpo Europe 2015 on its stand B/C 50 in Hall 9.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    25.06.2015   FINAT Award for Innovative Label: Covert Copying Protection in the Marking    ( Company news )

    Company news European Association of the Self-Adhesive Labeling Industry Presents Award to Schreiner Group

    Photo: Helmut Schreiner (right) received the price of the FINAT Label Competition.

    FINAT, the European association of the self-adhesive labeling industry, recognized the industry’s most innovative products from the 2015 FINAT Label Competition and the 2014 World Label Awards at its congress held in Amsterdam on June 11. In spite of fierce competition, Schreiner Group was able to convince the judges at the 35th event with an innovative marking label that includes covert copying protection.

    In the industrial end use group, the ‘Parts Marking Label with Authentication Features’ was recognized with the 1. Place award. The label rolls two benefits into one. First, it serves as a marking which is directly applied to a molded plastic part or a painted metal cover. In addition, it contains a covert BitSecure copying protection feature. This feature can be read with a smartphone, enabling reliable product authentication by inspectors, customs officials and distributors.

    “The FINAT award is an excellent acknowledgment of our constant pursuit of innovations and shows that innovation is a corporate value being lived at Schreiner Group. All our employees are continually encouraged to think outside the box and to contribute new ideas,” said Roland Schreiner, Managing Shareholder of Schreiner Group. Helmut Schreiner, representing Schreiner Group as Shareholder, received the price of the FINAT Label Competition and the World Label Award. Helmut Schreiner, representing Schreiner Group as Shareholder, received the price of the FINAT Label Competition and the World Label Award.
    (Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG)
    25.06.2015   Asahi Photoproducts introduces new medium hard AFP™-TSP digital plate for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... paper based printing substrates

    Top Soft Pinning improves productivity & profitability for flexo printers

    Asahi Photoproducts has launched a new plate in the Pinning Top Dot Technology (PTD) family, the AFP™-TSP (Top Soft Pinning) for paper, folding carton and corrugated board applications, as well as for all flexible packaging such as aluminium or film substrates.

    PTD technology facilitates clean ink transfer and prevents ink accumulating on the plate surface and on shoulders in screen areas. This results in fewer stoppages for plate cleaning, reduced press downtime and improved machine OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness). AFP™-TSP plates allow the kiss-touch pressure setting, thus extending plate life and further reducing downtime and increasing margins.

    The new medium hard plate comes in four thicknesses with Shore A hardness ranging from 48 to 69, and complements the harder AFP™-TOP plates launched last year. AFP™-TSP plates are tailor-made for paper and higher quality corrugated board applications with water-based inks. They are also compatible with solvent and most UV-curable inks, enabling all converters to benefit from PTD technology.

    A specially engineered Asahi polymer chemistry creates a low plate surface tension, which causes ink to form a globule and remain on the dot without running down the shoulders. This creates a higher ink profile with a large contact angle and high pinning point that delivers cleaner ink transfer from plate to substrate.

    The AFP™-TSP also facilitates homogeneous ink transfer in solid and line work, and better control of ink trapping when different colour inks are printed on top of each other.

    “The new plate perfectly complements the harder AFP™-TOP plate for high quality screen work within one job,” said Dr. Dieter Niederstadt, Technical Marketing Manager, Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “AFP™-TSP and the harder AFP™-TOP provide the perfect solution that can encourage brand owners and retail chains to transfer their work from other printing technologies to flexography”.

    Technology for improved efficiencies
    All four plates in the AFP™-TSP series offer a resolution of 175 lpi. The plate thicknesses available are 1.14 mm (Shore A hardness 69), 1.7 mm (Shore A 58), 2.54 mm (Shore A 49) and 2.84 mm (Shore A 48). These plates are also compatible with the latest screening and micro-cell technologies, making them suitable for the broadest range of today’s imaging technologies and application demands.

    AFP™-TSP plates have a more malleable structure than other flexo plates, giving them superb limpness that significantly reduces plate lift, especially with applications on small cylinders such as pre-printing belt machines.

    Plate lift can cause plate damage and print defects, and is remedied only by stopping the press. A strong base lamination also provides plate stability in difficult printing conditions while the printing surface has good abrasion-resistance properties, extending the life of the plate.

    The combination of print quality, durability, and longer uninterrupted runs makes AFP™-TSP plates a solution that can easily be introduced into production environments without the need for additional equipment investments. The combination of PTD technology and AFP™-TSP plates enables packaging converters, through a series of incremental improvements, to better respond to customer demands, improve quality and maintain a competitive edge.
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a. Deutschland)
    25.06.2015   RockTenn Announces Preliminary Shareholder Merger Consideration Election Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn) (NYSE:RKT) announced the preliminary results of the elections made by its shareholders as to the form of merger consideration they wish to receive in connection with the combination of RockTenn and MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) (NYSE:MWV) into WestRock Company (WestRock).

    As previously announced, under the terms of the business combination agreement, by and among RockTenn, MWV, WestRock, Rome Merger Sub, Inc. and Milan Merger Sub, LLC, subject to proration, allocation and certain limitations set forth in the business combination agreement, shareholders of RockTenn had the option to elect to receive for each share of RockTenn common stock (except for excluded shares and dissenting shares as more particularly set forth in the business combination agreement):
    -the right to receive an amount in cash equal to the volume weighted average price per share of RockTenn common stock on the New York Stock Exchange for the consecutive period over the five trading days immediately preceding (but not including) the third trading day prior to the effective time of the combination (the "Cash Consideration"); or
    -the right to receive one fully paid and nonassessable share of WestRock common stock (the "Stock Consideration").

    Based on available information as of the election deadline, 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, on June 23, 2015, the preliminary merger consideration election results were as follows:
    -holders of 89,932,763 shares of RockTenn common stock, or approximately 63.8% of the outstanding shares of RockTenn common stock, elected to receive the Stock Consideration (which includes 4,767,371 shares of RockTenn common stock that made elections pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures);
    -holders of 14,047,427 shares of RockTenn common stock, or approximately 10.0% of the outstanding shares of RockTenn common stock, elected to receive the Cash Consideration (which includes 1,825,362 shares of RockTenn common stock that made elections pursuant to guaranteed delivery procedures); and
    -holders of 36,906,413 shares of RockTenn common stock, or approximately 26.2% of the outstanding shares of RockTenn common stock, failed to make a valid election prior to the Election Deadline.

    Because, based on such preliminary results, the Cash Consideration option is expected to be oversubscribed, the consideration to be received by the holders who elected the Cash Consideration is expected to be prorated pursuant to the terms set forth in the business combination agreement. After the final results of the merger consideration election process are determined, the final allocation of merger consideration will be calculated in accordance with the terms of the business combination agreement.

    The parties are still awaiting the approval of the proposed combination by the shareholders of RockTenn and the stockholders of MWV at the respective special meetings to be held later this morning. Assuming receipt of such approvals, RockTenn and MWV expect to close the combination on July 1, 2015.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
    24.06.2015   Stora Enso to close its packaging unit in Chennai, India    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso plans to permanently shut down the Group’s corrugated packaging converting unit in Chennai, India, due to unprofitability and a major decrease in local market demand.

    The mill closure will involve negotiations with the local employees’ union. The mill employs 350 people, who will receive compensation and other support including training, medical care and assistance in finding new employment.

    The packaging unit in Chennai has been part of Stora Enso since July 2011, following the Group’s acquisition of 51% of the shares in Inpac International in China. Today, Stora Enso Inpac offers fibre-based packaging solutions. Chennai Mill in India produces transport and consumer packaging made of corrugated board, for sale primarily in Chennai and Tamil Nadu region.

    The total negative impact on Stora Enso’s operating profit in the second quarter of 2015 will be approximately EUR 8 million, mainly related to a restructuring provision. Excluding this one-time impact, the closure will not have a material impact on Stora Enso’s sales and operational EBIT.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    24.06.2015   50 years of unit-type sheetfed offset presses from Radebeul    ( Company news )

    Company news Technological milestones from Saxony revolutionised the press engineering industry

    Photo: A diagram of a six-colour press with coater in the then revolutionary unit-type design

    Some 50 years ago most colour prints had to be passed through the press several times. On the one hand predominantly only one or two-colour presses were available and on the other hand from a technological point of view the prints required up to 12 colours. The establishment of the “short” colour scale (BCMY) in offset printing made production more rational on four-colour presses. These widely available presses were, however, a combination of two two-colour presses in a tandem design in line with the five-cylinder principle. This resulted in shortcomings with regard to press technology as every two printing units used a single impression cylinder. This type of construction also meant a huge amount of effort for press manufacturers, especially when it came to large-format presses. After assembly and print tests at the manufacturers’ plant, the machines then had to be taken apart again to a large extent and the many single components had to reassembled a second time when it reached the customer.

    1965: Sensation at the spring trade fair in Leipzig
    At the beginning of the 1960s engineers at the Planeta press plants (a member of the KBA group as KBA Radebeul since 2001) thus toyed with the idea of building a press without all of these grave disadvantages. The switch from the tandem to today’s dominating unit-type design for sheetfed offset presses began with the launch of the Planeta Variant P4 (B3 format) at the spring show in Leipzig in 1965. The future-focused design was even applied to large-format presses from Radebeul only two years later. The world first from Saxony 50 unveiled years ago was one of the technological milestones which fundamentally changed sheetfed press engineering and today is widely used by a raft of manufacturers.

    Pros of the unit-type design

    The unit-type design was then a completely new and revolutionary press design in line with the three-cylinder principle. For the first time the individual parts and the technical properties were identical in every printing unit. This offered a raft of advantages which today still apply to all subsequent presses in the Planeta Variant series up to the cutting-edge KBA Rapidas:
    -High level of flexibility when it comes to tailoring a press’ configuration to the needs of a printing house
    -Significant reduction in the number of different parts when producing the press
    -Short assembly time at the customer’s given the delivery of completely assembled parts
    -Accurate print register via a superior drive system
    -Smooth sheet travel given the first double-size impression cylinders and transfer drums
    -Lower number of sheet transfer points between the printing units
    -Outstanding dot-sharp reproduction compared to other presses.

    Convertible perfecting in one sheet pass (Planeta patent from 1967) is also based on the unit-type design. While it was only possible to place an imprinter in front of the first printing unit with the tandem design, perfecting on a unit-type press is possible anywhere. The prerequisites for today’s eight, ten or twelve-unit presses for 4/4, 5/5 or 6/6 printing and indeed other special configurations were thus created back then.

    New technology opens up new possibilities
    The new technology with double-size cylinder systems opens up completely new possibilities for printers in terms of print quality and substrate flexibility. The streamlined, smooth sheet travel delivers significant advantages especially for cartonboard printers. Accordingly, the Variants and Varimats from Radebeul were installed in a raft of packaging plants worldwide at an early stage. Thus the foundations for the press manufacturer’s leading position in folding carton printing were laid half a century ago. This is also true for today’s cutting-edge high-tech Rapidas. KBA Rapidas are the first choice for printers of heavy board, beer mat board and corrugated. Furthermore, large-format Rapidas printing units are also implemented into KBA Metalstar metal-decorating presses. It is not without reason that KBA is the global market leader in large-format packaging printing presses. The unit-type design can also be found at KBA in superlarge format 150 x 205cm (59 x 80.7in) with the Rapida 205 launched in 2004 as the world’s largest sheetfed offset press.
    The unit-type row design was also the prerequisite for the flexible integration of coating, drying and other finishing units in presses that are becoming increasingly longer. It delivered the huge level of flexibility in terms of printing and finishing equipment in sheetfed offset presses that is now standard. Sheetfed offset presses have become even longer since then. A KBA Rapida 106 in Switzerland holds the world record with 19 printing and finishing units.

    The fundamental ideas are still in place today
    It goes without saying that the basic inventions have been updated regularly over the last 50 years and brought up-to-date technologically. Today’s standard production output of up to 20,000sph on the Rapidas and extensively automated printing and makeready processes were still unheard of in the 1960s. The Planeta Variant P4 was engineered for 10,000sph and nonstop operation for 8,000sph, half as fast as the KBA Rapida 106. The speed and makeready world champion in medium format even permits job changes on the fly (Flying JobChange) without stopping the press.
    All leading press manufacturers use the unit-type design with the usual modifications in their sheetfed offset presses today. In our fast-paced world it is easy to forget that it was the clever engineers from Saxony who first had this ground-breaking idea and that it often took decades for others to adopt it. Nevertheless, this often happens in the history of technology.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    24.06.2015   Ricoh Shows Off Colour Trade Book Production Expertise at Interquest Forum    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh Europe’s growing influence and expertise in colour trade book production will be a hot topic at the Interquest 2015 London Digital Book Printing Forum on June 25.

    Ricoh is again a key sponsor of the annual event and will be highlighting how market and technology changes are encouraging publishers to look at new business models. This includes detailing how high quality colour inkjet enables affordable, shorter run and faster turnaround work to meet demand for flexible publishing and to create new market and revenue opportunities.

    “With innovations such as the Ricoh Pro™ VC60000, Ricoh’s commitment to offering the best in print production technology in the book printing market is confirmed and is perfectly timed to address publishers’ growing demand for colour trade books printed on inkjet technology,” states Benoit Chatelard, Vice President, Production Printing Business Group, Ricoh Europe, who will participate in the vendors’ session discussing plans for drupa. “This is a game changer because suddenly it is possible to produce colour trade books affordably as well as keep books in print while controlling supply chain costs – all at very high quality.

    “So far, just a few months after the Pro VC60000 was announced, two major publishers and a book manufacturer have all said this technology delivers the best quality they have seen,” he says. “That optimism is coupled with an increased interest from key publishers in bringing trade book production back to Europe from China and the Far East.”

    Chatelard explains that there is also a growing market for short-run pre-production samples that can be produced digitally. “This approach can help accelerate the print cycle because high quality samples prompt the placement of earlier orders.”

    Also helping transform the route to market are Ricoh’s digital cut sheet production presses, as client Lantia will explain when it participates in the Innovations and Opportunities session at the Interquest Forum. The Spanish self-publishing start-up produces books for stores and uses crowd-sourcing to fund aspiring authors. It has established a short run capability from scratch using Ricoh mono and colour cut sheet technology after being unable to locate a local printer that could meet its needs.

    “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. “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.”

    At the Forum, Ricoh will be using children’s book Wild Adventures to demonstrate how the Ricoh Pro VC60000 can deliver the right quality for book printers and publishers who are looking to print short run colour trade books in Europe. The bookis part of the Modern Books line from Elwin Street. Other examples will include cookery and popular science books. Ricoh will also be showcasing the latest innovations in book covers and dust jackets, including a foil effect created by the Ricoh ProTM C7100X colour cut sheet press using a combination of white toner and metallic paper.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
    24.06.2015   Secure your participation at International Pulp & Paper Week – part of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...International Wood Biorefining Week, Stockholm May 24-26th 2016

    Making marketing plans for the incoming year? Make sure that you will add International Wood Biorefining Week to your marketing plans. International Wood Biorefining Week combines three strong events for the forest industry: International Pulp & Paper Week, Bioeconomy Innovation Forum and World Bioenergy. The three events will be organized in the same exhibition hall, May 24-26, 2016 in Stockholm:

    International Pulp & Paper Week
    The most important event for the pulp and paper industry that will continue the tradition of exhibitions in Stockholm since 1968. The last event was attended by 9064 visitors and 650 exhibiting companies.

    Bioeconomy Innovation Forum
    The new event for innovations and new biobased products from the forest industry like Biochemicals, Textile Fibres, Bioplastics, Nanocellulose and Consumer packaging.
    Visitors from different manufacturing industries. The event will be marketed to several industry sectors interested in the products and solutions from the forest industry. This is the meeting place where the forest industry will meet with other industries in order to discuss and identify business opportunities.

    World Bioenergy
    The most important and international tradeshow for the forest based bioenergy industry organized since 2004. The last event was attended by almost 4000 visitors from 80 different countries.

    Meet Adforum at the Zellcheming expo in Frankfurt next week!
    You are welcome to our exhibition stand 11.0–E40 at the Zellheming expo in Frankfurt 30.6-2.7.2016 to discuss participation possibilities. The booking is already in full swing – make sure that you will get the best location in the hall!

    Three strong events for the entire wood biorefining industry
    Three strong events in the same hall at the same time will guarantee a large, efficient and timely meeting place for the quickly changing forest industry where an integrated process industry is becoming an ever more important part of the product mix.
    (Adforum AB)
    24.06.2015   Don't miss your place at Paper Middle East Exhibition    ( Company news )

    Company news We cordially invite you to participate at The 7th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging Paper Middle East 2015

    The Exhibition covering the wide spectrum of Paper, Board, Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products, Packing, Packaging, Printing Industries.
    Date: October 22nd -24th , 2015
    Venue: Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt
    Halls: 1,2,3

    Why Paper Middle East 2015? ... Because you will:
    » Meet face to face with Official Trade Missions and buyers hosted from African & Middle East countries
    » Attend a high level international technical conference serving the paper industry to address the different demands and problems in the sector
    » Target strategic opportunities in the Middle East& Africa the fastest growing market with higher return on foreign investments
    » Plan your marketing and sales strategy for the upcoming years
    » Enhance your corporate image, make your brand visible in the Middle East & Africa
    » Meet all paper industry market leaders
    » Launch and showcase new products and technologies
    » Evaluate your competitors' position in the Middle East & Africa
    » Manage your relationship with current overseas customers, agents, and distributers
    » Gain media exposure for your business in Africa & Middle East
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
    24.06.2015   Valmet has received a repeat order for two energy recovery systems from Sofidel in Italy and Poland    ( Company news )

    Company news In order to increase energy efficiency of its tissue production lines, Sofidel SPA in Italy has ordered two Advantage ReTurne energy recovery systems from v. The system does not only recover energy from the headbox jet power, but also returns it back to the process as electrical energy.

    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    This will be Sofidel's second and third installation of the innovative energy saving solution and will be installed at Delicarta mill's TM2 in Italy and Delitissue mill Poland.

    For Sofidel it is important to find new innovative solutions to reduce the environmental impact of its production. The company has joined Climate Savers, the international program promoted by WWF, to voluntarily adopt plans to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases using innovative strategies and technologies.

    "The first installation of Valmet's Advantage ReTurne energy saving system has been a positive experience for us. Its energy saving capabilities turned out to be better than we hoped for. Therefore we have decided to improve the energy efficiency in two more of our tissue machines," says Simone Capuano, Vice Chief Technical Officer, Sofidel.

    "Energy saving is high on our customers' agendas, and we are working hard to develop energy efficiency in our new and existing tissue making solutions. Our high expectations on the first Advantage ReTurne system were substantially exceeded. We are thus convinced that the two new installations will be as successful as the first one, and will help Sofidel reach its environmental targets," says Johan Björn, Sales Director EMEA, Valmet.

    Technical information
    The Advantage ReTurne energy recovery system is installed in the forming section. It is unique in that sense that it recovers 50% of the energy from the headbox drainage water and via a generator converts it into electrical power which is supplied to the sectional drives. The Advantage ReTurne does not affect the formation of the paper or the tissue making process, it is easy to handle and has low maintenance need. This new innovation is very efficient in both new and existing tissue machines.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    24.06.2015   Iggesund develops its European service    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: These changes will lay the foundation for an improved delivery service in Europe,” comments Christina Törnquist, Logistics Director at Iggesund Paperboard. ©Iggesund

    Iggesund Paperboard is taking major steps to further develop its delivery service. The company will now expand its long-term cooperation with SCA, which dates from 1995. As of summer 2016 about 1,000,000 tonnes of paperboard, paper and pulp will be shipped annually via the new transport link to and from Kiel. Together SCA and Iggesund have the necessary volumes to create cost-effective transport solutions with a high service level to continental Europe. The change involves the vessels and also a new main terminal in Germany.

    “We are gaining access to more modern vessels. Combined with changes to our European sheeting operations, this will lay the foundation for a better delivery service,” comments Christina Törnquist, Logistics Director at Iggesund Paperboard.

    Next year Iggesund will move from its present terminal in Lübeck to the Port of Kiel. The latter was chosen for its better development possibilities and good long-term owners, who are also willing to invest in high quality.

    “The location is optimal for our planned service development,” Törnquist explains. “It is close both to our customers and to our service station. It is also strategically positioned close to the Kiel Canal, which allows for many new possibilities in the future.”

    Under the new arrangement Iggesund will be able to ship paperboard with the same frequency as before, both to Kiel and to other ports. The new sea transport arrangements and new terminal are part of the in-depth review of its service that Iggesund is currently conducting.

    “Delivery service is my speciality and I am pleased with the measures we are taking now,” Törnquist says. “Equally important, though, is the service package we are launching under the name of ‘Care by Iggesund’. It includes everything from the fast delivery of samples to local technical support and an extensive range of knowledge material that enables customers to get the most out of our paperboard.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    23.06.2015   Procurement of evaporation equipment complete    ( Company news )

    Company news One step in the investment programme for Södra Cell Mönsterås is to invest in two new evaporators, which are scheduled for completion in October 2016. Procurement of the evaporators and refurbishment of Evaporation 2 has now been completed. The contract was awarded to Valmet.

    The aim of the project is to increase energy efficiency, reduce electricity consumption and obtain a cleaner condensate. Evaporation capacity will increase in Evaporation 2, while the load on Evaporation 1 will be reduced. The investment will give Mönsterås a cleaner condensate, thereby increasing the purity of the finished pulp. A cleaner condensate will also reduce the need for bleaching chemicals, which will have a positive impact on pulp strength.

    The upgraded plant will be started up during scheduled maintenance downtime in 2016, but some groundwork will be done during the 2015 stoppage.

    Another part of the project is the replacement of control systems for the tall oil department and Evaporation 2. The former will be carried out during the 2015 stoppage, while the replacement for Evaporation 2 will take place during the 2016 stoppage.

    In the evaporation plant of a pulp mill, more than 90 percent of the water contained in incoming black liquor, or "weak black liquor", is extracted, to obtain heavy black liquor. Extracting water raises the heat value of the heavy black liquor for its subsequent combustion in the recovery boiler.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    23.06.2015   Verso Introduces Ideal(R) Offset Web    ( Company news )

    Company news Verso Corporation (NYSE: VRS), a leading North American producer of printing papers, specialty papers and pulp, recently introduced Ideal® Offset, an uncoated freesheet web product.

    "Verso has harmonized two of its uncoated freesheet web product offerings into one comprehensive brand, Ideal® Offset," says Mike Weinhold, Verso Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development. "Our customers have been asking for a more blue-white uncoated web product, so we took this opportunity to improve the shade of the product to better meet their needs."

    Ideal® Offset delivers a great balance of brightness, shade, consistency and affordability in an uncoated freesheet product. Its 92 brightness and new bluer-white shade, combined with consistent on-press performance and excellent printability, makes Ideal® Offset an easy choice for a broad range of commercial printing applications such as annual reports, brochures, bulletins, catalogs, coupons, direct mail, financial documents, flyers, manuals, marketing collateral and newsletters. It is available in 50 lb. to 80 lb. smooth offset, 50 lb. to 60 lb. vellum, and 7 pt. and 9 pt. reply card.

    Weinhold adds, "Ideal® Offset will be produced and serviced to the same high standards as Verso's other distinguished brands. We are committed to listening and responding to evolving marketplace needs in order to earn and keep our customers' loyalty."
    (Verso Corporation)
    23.06.2015   UPM closes 130,000 tonnes of newsprint capacity in France    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM permanently closes paper machine No.3 at UPM Chapelle Darblay in France as of 22 June. The consultations regarding its closure were finalised at the end of April and approved by the Labour administration in the beginning of June. The plan to close the machine was announced in November 2014. The closure has an impact on 187 positions at the mill.

    UPM Chapelle Darblay will continue paper production on the remaining paper machine No.6 producing standard newsprint and improved grades (MFS) with an annual capacity of 250,000 tonnes.

    “This year the European newsprint market has faced even stronger headwind than expected. However, our collective actions will ensure the efficient use of our remaining capacity and secure reliable deliveries to our customers,” says Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA.

    The announced decision is part of UPM’s EUR 150 million profit improvement target introduced in November 2014.The full profit improvement programme includes variable and fixed cost savings in all UPM businesses and functions.
    23.06.2015   Kemira announces price increase for AKD-sizing agents in EMEA    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira will implement a price increase of up to 15 % for selected AKD (alkyl ketene dimer) based sizing products in EMEA. The adjustment will be immediately implemented or as the existing AKD-sizing contracts allow. The price adjustment is a result of increased costs within the AKD-wax supply chain. AKD-wax is the main raw material for AKD-sizing products.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    23.06.2015   ANDRITZ subsidiary Schuler acquires majority stake in Yadon, one of the leading ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... press manufacturers in China

    Schuler AG, a member of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has signed a contract for the acquisition of a 51% stake in the Chinese press and machine tool manufacturer Yangzhou Metal Forming Machine Tool Co., Ltd. (Yadon). Yadon is one of the leading manufacturers of mechanical presses in China and has annual sales of approximately 120 million euros. It was agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The acquisition is subject to approval by anti-trust authorities.
    Yadon is based in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, around 300 kilometers north of Shanghai, and has a staff of approximately 1,100 employees at three locations in China. The main customer segments served by Yadon include the automotive supplying, household appliances, and metal working industries in Eastern China. The investment in Yadon extends Schulerʼs product portfolio in the middle and lower price segments and provides access to a customer base not yet served in China, the largest market in the world for presses.
    (Andritz AG)
    22.06.2015   Valmet supplied Cogeneration system inaugurated at the Lucart Castelnuovo tissue mill     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Valmet delivered Cogeneration system at the Lucart Castelnuovo tissue mill

    The Lucart Castelnuovo di Garfagnana tissue mill, part of the Lucart Group, has officially inaugurated its first Cogeneration system with Integrated EcoRecovery system, developed and supplied by Valmet. The installation is part of Lucart Group's about 4 million EUR investment for upgrading the mill.

    The Cogeneration system integrates a gas turbine with a yankee hood air system and a waste heat steam generator, covering all the electricity and steam needs of the site. This way the gas turbine flue gases are used to dry the paper without any further gas consumption. The system improves the energy efficiency and reduces greenhouse gas emissions significantly. In addition, drying costs in the tissue production are decreased significantly.

    Valmet's solution was a perfect match with Lucart Group's objectives. "The Integrated Cogeneration technology is totally consistent with our company mission, which focuses on environmental sustainability and respect. Furthermore, we have appreciated Valmet's capability in finding and sharing possible solutions - Valmet people were always there when we needed it and this made a difference," says Franco Pasquini, Engineering Director of Lucart.

    In his introduction speech at the opening ceremony Luigino Furlan, Vice President DCD Technology Unit of Valmet, highlighted how the success of this project is due greatly to the teamwork between Lucart and Valmet. "The people who envisioned, shared, built and implemented this project and the special relationship established between the teams, represent the corner stones for this achievement. Mutual trust between Lucart and Valmet has been established and the path to continued partnership is paved," Furlan said in his speech.

    Technical description
    The Cogeneration equipment supplied by Valmet includes a new air system with fans, burners, dampers, ducting and instrumentation for the existing hood. Furthermore the delivery comprises a heat recovery steam generator, an air/air heat recovery and an air/water heat recovery system.

    The results of the installation are remarkable: using its exhaust fumes, the cogeneration gas turbine performs all the drying for the entire tissue production, covering the thermal energy of the hood air system (with burners off) and producing the steam needed for the Yankee cylinder.

    The Cogeneration system will reduce the natural gas consumption by 15-20% per year which correlates to an estimated reduction of CO2 emissions by 7,000 tons /year as well as NOx to air by 3.5 tons / year.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    22.06.2015   A system complete with Roll Handling    ( Company news )

    Company news A.Celli Paper handles the SCA Mannheim plant in Germany

    A complete and particularly complex system comprised of roll handling and packaging was installed at the SCA Mannheim facilities in Germany. Four lines that, following accurate testing, became ready for acceptance in December of last year.

    Among its preferred suppliers, SCA nominated the A.Celli Group as project supervisor, conferring the company full authority to study every detail, requirement and feasibility aspect, technical progress and customization of the handling project.This allowed the company to exploit the Group’s synergies to the fullest, attaining a goal above and beyond today’s standards.

    “A.Celli confirmed to be a reliable, competent partner,” declares SCA. “It followed this project for us, immediately identifying our needs in terms of handling, and resolving any problem quickly and effectively, applying the utmost attention and showing great expertise in safety and automation”.

    Coming just a few weeks after the acceptance of the system, this statement by the customer is yet another confirmation that the synergies of the A.Celli Group not only meet all expectations from a technological standpoint, but also allow attaining excellent results and increasingly high objectives.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
    22.06.2015   New ANDRITZ service package for cast and steel Yankees: Better performance and...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... longer life cycle

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully launched a new service package to increase the performance and life cycle of drying cylinders (Yankees). With over 100 projects successfully completed, ANDRITZ is one of the leading suppliers of cast and steel Yankees worldwide.

    The service package includes PrimeCoat Stratos, a thermal solution for full-face coating and spot repairs. The new coating technology, which can be implemented directly at the customers site, features 20% higher hardness and 2% less porosity than the market standard. This results in better heat conductivity and operating efficiency. In the past three years, PrimeCoat Stratos has been applied successfully on more than 25 steel Yankees, most recently for the two tissue machines supplied to Shin-Ei Paper, Japan.

    In addition, the ANDRITZ service package offers a new mobile grinding unit and on-the-run measurements. The grinding unit can extend the lifetime of the Yankee, while the measurements – most recently conducted at C&S Paper, China, and Zellstoff Pöls, Austria – improve runability, safety, and performance of the system.

    The new service package is available for existing machines as well as for new machines (regardless of the supplier) and is designed especially for the production of tissue, paper and board, machine-glazed paper, and cigarette paper.
    (Andritz AG)
    22.06.2015   New Metalvac E LWS Metallized Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta extends its range of metallized papers with a new wet-strength grade for non-returnable containers

    Metalvac E LWS is a light wet-strength metallized paper for glue-applied labeling of non-returnable and plastic containers such as PET bottles for water and beverages, and single-use glass bottles for water and beer. The technical properties of this new product means it can withstand the cool, moist conditions the container undergoes during the labelling process and subsequent conservation in ice buckets and refrigerators.
    Metalvac E LWS is friction and tear resistant, and has excellent lay-flat properties, providing optimal results on the high-speed bottling line. It is available in 63 and 70 g/m², with the following finishes: smooth and embossed (linen, brushed and pinhead). Metalvac E LWS is suitable for offset, flexo and letterpress printing, both conventional and UV, and rotogravure, and is available with PEFCTM and FSC® certifications upon request.
    Metalvac is Lecta’s range of 100% recyclable high-vacuum metallized papers for high-quality labels and flexible packaging. All of Lecta’s metallized paper is manufactured according to ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards and OHSAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards.
    (Lecta Group)
    22.06.2015   Change in the management of Brigl & Bergmeister    ( Company news )

    Company news The Brigl & Bergmeister Group hereby announces that Mr Ahmad Porkar is going to withdraw from the company's operational management with effect from 30/6/2015.

    With effect from 1 July 2015, Mr Bernhard Mayer will be managing director of the technical division of both plants. Mr Michael Sablatnig will continue to be responsible for commercial matters.

    Mr Mayer has been holding important management positions at the Niklasdorf plant as well as in the Slovenian subsidiary Papirnica Vevče for the last few years. Mr Mayer has been working for B&B since 1985.

    During his period as managing director of operations, Mr Porkar – as owner of the B&B Group – has initiated important restructuring measures as well as the “Innovation One” investment programme. Thus, both plants are being secured on a long-term basis, creating further potential for the development of innovative speciality papers. In his capacity as owner, Mr Porkar will continue to support the company in terms of strategic development.

    B&B is celebrating its 125-year anniversary this year and is considered a leading international manufacturer of one-side coated papers for labels and flexible packaging.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
    22.06.2015   Mayr-Melnhof Packaging makes an offer to acquire a specialty packaging company in France    ( Company news )

    Company news MM Packaging has made an offer to acquire the folding carton operations of Ileos SA, owned by funds of Oaktree Capital Management L.P. The company has five sites producing folding cartons for the pharmaceutical industry and two sites producing folding cartons for luxury articles and cosmetics. All sites are located in France. In 2014 sales amounted to approximately EUR 115 million; about 26,000 tons of cartonboard and 6,000 tons of paper were converted.

    The purchase price will amount to approximately EUR 80 million.

    Customer portfolio as well as market share fit into the industrial growth strategy of
    MM Packaging.

    The transaction will be subject to customary closing conditions.
    (Mayr-Melnhof Packaging Austria GmbH)
    22.06.2015   Transnational research project ACTIPOLY has started    ( Company news )

    Company news ACTIPOLY is the acronym for active polyvalent packaging based on environmentally friendly fibre material. This two year ERA-NET CORNET project has recently started in May 2015. The goal of the project is the development of a novel fibre-based thermo-formable packaging material with barrier and antimicrobial functionalities intended to extend the shelf-life of fresh food. Focus will be also set on recyclability and compostability of the packaging material after usage.

    Photo: Kick-Off Meeting ACTIPOLY in Munich

    The innovative core element of this project is the modification of fibre-based materials to introduce thermoplasticity. This will be essential for the production of trays. Such modifications are expected to push paper and fibre-based materials into a novel class of products exhibiting extraordinary properties where nearly no eco-friendly solutions are yet available on the market. Further development steps will include barrier functionalities for moisture and oxygen impermeability optimized for thermo-processing and also antimicrobial coatings, both intended to preserve the freshness and edibility of the packaging good and thus extending shelf-life. Additionally, a bio-based barrier topfilm with antimicrobial properties will be developed, which is sealable on the fibre-based tray. The total packaging concept is aimed to be recyclable and compostable.
    In the following some additional information on the different parts of the project will be given:

    Thermo-formable base-paper
    The main part of the project is the chemical modification of the functional groups of cellulose to create a fibre-material with thermoplastic properties. For this purpose, the hydrophilic cellulose will be partially converted to a hydrophobic material to introduce ductile properties. The degree of substitution is a central question of research in terms of the balance of hydrophilic and hydrophobic properties of the fibres to meet requirements of paper making process (hydrophilic functionality) as well as the thermo-forming process (hydrophobic functionality).

    Ductile barrier coating
    The ductile barrier coating with simultaneous oxygen and water vapour barrier will be realized experimentally by a multi-layer approach. For the moisture barrier, hydrophobic polymers like waxes will be evaluated. The oxygen barrier will be created by the second layer. Furthermore, tensile properties of the multilayer film will be modified, using inorganic fillers. Both, the tuning of ductility and barrier functionality will be evaluated by establishing an experimental matrix.

    Formulation of new bio-based antimicrobial coatings
    Antimicrobial coatings will be obtained by two different research methods: the use of bio-based antimicrobial agents and by the development of superhydrophobic coatings. Firstly, the incorporation of antimicrobial agents into the eco-packaging will be simultaneously evaluated following two approaches:
    --Incorporation of antimicrobial compounds using spray coatings methods.
    --Incorporation of antimicrobial compounds in the matrix via melt-processes.
    --In parallel of these two approaches, antimicrobial activity will be obtained by the development of super-hydrophobic coatings.

    PTS is coordinating the project in cooperation with in total eight different partners participating in this project: Papiertechnische Stiftung (coordinator), CELABOR, The Association West Pomerian Cluster „Green Chemistry“, MateriaNova, Pack4Food VZW, Sirris, The West Pomeranian University of Technology Szczecin, Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering.
    (Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS))
    19.06.2015   Xeikon X-800 digital front-end qualifies for leading-edge Adobe® Mercury RIP Architecture    ( Company news )

    Company news Release of newest X-800, Version 4.0, brings enhanced functionality, flexibility and processing speed to all Xeikon digital press users

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, announced that the newest version of its X-800 digital front-end (DFE) incorporates the latest RIP technology available from Adobe and supports the Adobe Mercury RIP Architecture. This enables digital printers, whatever their specialty and however complex their jobs, to process their print jobs in the fastest, most flexible and secure manner possible.

    “We are delighted that our collaboration with Adobe has resulted in the Xeikon X-800, version 4.0, now fully Adobe certified for the Mercury RIP Architecture,” comments Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon. “Passing the rigorous qualification process is an important achievement, and we are pleased with the recognition from Adobe that our workflow is tuned for optimal efficiency and performance. The Xeikon X-800 4.0 DFE will bring added value to a wide range of customers, from label and packaging converters to customers with high-volume data throughput requirements, reducing the amount of job preparation time required for even the most complex work.”

    Making complex tasks faster and easier
    The release of the Xeikon X-800 4.0 DFE offers special advantages for complex tasks such as those involving multiple transparent print layers; high-level security and brand protection features that demand the highest-possible resolution; and sophisticated variable data work.

    Mark Lewiecki, Adobe Senior Product Manager, outlines the benefits of the collaboration between Xeikon and Adobe. “The Mercury RIP Architecture will dramatically raise productivity levels for Xeikon customers running high-volume Variable Data Printing (VDP) jobs,” he says. “This will enhance the value of the PDF Print Engine, which is the number one imaging technology in the graphic arts. The Mercury RIP Architecture is a scalability platform which takes full advantage of multiple CPU cores in modern servers to accelerate overall job throughput in print production workflows.”

    When the Adobe PDF Print Engine[1] is configured in the Adobe Mercury RIP Architecture, a wide variety of print jobs on all of Xeikon’s digital presses – from documents to labels, folding cartons and other packaging applications – will benefit from streamlined processing time in generating ready-for-print bitmaps. The processing of jobs, pages or complete signatures occurs in parallel, and can be load-balanced to ensure that no CPUs are idle while files are waiting to be rendered. Mercury can be configured to dynamically allocate some CPUs to a rush job, while other CPUs will continue to work on processing the routine work.

    Complementary technologies
    The advanced capabilities of the Mercury RIP Architecture complement Xeikon’s X-800 unique built-in metadata module, which enables variable data jobs to be defined entirely on the press. To enable tracking of production from print to delivery or to prevent counterfeiting, the X-800 allows the dynamic addition of production data or other variable elements such as sequential numbers or barcodes to already RIPped documents. The X-800 also features automatic printer calibration, density control and registration adjustments for excellent color stability and consistent output quality, and even allows post-RIP color adjustment during printing, minimizing downtime while offering great flexibility in ensuring continuously consistent quality.

    Long-standing partnership
    “We value our long-standing partnership with Xeikon, which pioneered digital printing more than 20 years ago,” Lewiecki adds. “We welcome Xeikon’s continuing leadership, demonstrated by its early adoption of the Mercury RIP Architecture in version 4.0 of the Xeikon X-800 DFE.”

    “We are convinced this update will be very well-received by our customers,” concludes Van Bauwel. “In today’s increasingly complex and highly demanding environment, printers and converters of all types are working with more complex jobs, a growing amount of variable data and the need to ensure the highest resolution for accurate production of security and brand protection features. With this release, and the Adobe certification, Xeikon remains in the forefront of the digital printing world it pioneered, providing our customers with the latest technology to ensure optimum productivity, profitability and flexibility.”

    The Xeikon X-800 version 4.0 update is available end of this month to all current Xeikon press owners and will be incorporated in all new press shipments.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    19.06.2015   FINAT reveals 2015 Recycling Awards Winners    ( Company news )

    Company news Helf Etiketten and Bel Leerdammer Cheese recognized for paper and film release liner recycling

    FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive labelling industry, announces Helf Etiketten (Austria) and Bel Leerdammer Cheese (Belgium) are the winners of the second FINAT Recycling Awards Competition. Both winners were honoured during an awards ceremony at the recent European Label Forum in Amsterdam.

    FINAT recycling consultant Jacques van Leeuwen chaired the jury, supported by Andreas Faul of INGEDE (Paper deinking industry) and Peter Sundt of EPRO (the European organisation of plastics recycling). "The second edition of our Recycling awards saw another strong field of contestants, with a number of returning participants putting in even stronger performances. We congratulate both winners and the other contenders with their accomplishments and look forward to the next edition of the FINAT recycling awards competition in 2016," commented Van Leeuwen.

    Converter Category winner – Helf Etiketten
    The converter category saw a number of entries and the winner Helf Etiketten impressed the jury with the 100% liner recycling rate. The judges also commented on the sustainable ethos with the collection of liners from customers and the ongoing implementations of a complete management system.

    "In the hotly-contested converter category, the honours went to first-time participant Helf Etiketten with a particularly strong showing. The jury unanimously agreed that the maximum-capacity recycling of liner and the commitment of the company to communication on recycling internally and externally, backed up by press releases and newsletters, were exemplary. Combined with the great efforts by the company to reduce matrix waste and to trace the secondary material, the jury was happy to give the award to Helf Etiketten,” Van Leeuwen details.

    End-user Category Winner
    In the end-user category Bel Leerdammer Cheese stood out for building on ongoing efforts through developing successful pilots in 2013 and recycling 100% of paper liners in 2014. It also incorporated recycling into its operation wide quality system and strengthened internal and external communication regarding its release liner recycling efforts.

    “While the number of entries in the end-user category was markedly lower than in the converter category, the jury was convinced by Bel Leerdammer Cheese strong entry and in particular by its strong strides forward since 2014. Not only did the company more than triple the tonnage of its recycled paper liner compared to the previous year, it also included release liner recycling as part of a certified quality system and stepped up its communication efforts,” explains Van Leeuwen.

    Supporting recycling efforts
    The FINAT Recycling Awards Competition recognises companies that have their paper and/or film release liners recycled. The goal is to raise awareness for the growing number of sustainable and economically-viable recycling programmes. These offer companies site-specific solutions for the collection and recycling of used release liners, allowing them to reduce both their carbon footprint and landfilling costs.
    19.06.2015   UPM To Further Improve Efficiency and Competitiveness of Kaukas Pulp Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM will invest EUR 50 million in its Kaukas pulp mill in Lappeenranta, Finland, to further strengthen the mill’s efficiency, competitiveness and optimisation.

    The investment will go towards modernising both pulp drying machines and installing a new baling line. Assembly will take place during a planned shutdown in autumn 2016 and start-up is scheduled for the end of 2016. The investment will benefit the entire Kaukas biorefining mill integrate through increased resource efficiency and operational flexibility.

    “Over the past two years we have made focused investments improving the production efficiency of our Pietarsaari, Kymi and Fray Bentos pulp mills. When all the projects are completed, our pulp production capacity will have increased by 10% from 3.3 million tonnes since 2013. The Kaukas investment is yet another example of well-targeted good return investments,” says Anssi Klinga, Senior Vice President, UPM Pulp.

    “Our biggest investment is the EUR 160 million expansion of the Kymi mill, which is proceeding well and will be completed in the autumn. The expansion will increase the mill’s production capacity by 170,000 tonnes of bleached softwood and hardwood pulp,” says Klinga.

    These investments in the Kymi and Kaukas mills will complete UPM’s strategic decoupling of its pulp and paper businesses. This will enable higher efficiency and separate optimisation of pulp and paper production, while simultaneously maintaining internal synergies at the mills.
    (UPM Group - Paper Industry)
    18.06.2015   FAO recognizes UPM for exemplary forestry in Uruguay     ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has received recognition from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for its exemplary forest management practices. The recognition was conferred by the Forestry General Direction of Uruguay as part of a National Workshop titled “Methodological Transfer of Exemplary Cases of Sustainable Forest Management”.

    The acknowledgement followed a thorough investigation of various aspects of the company’s production chain conducted by a panel of experts from the INIA (Agribusiness Research Institute), the Faculty of Agriculture of the University of the Republic of Uruguay and the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences. The panels studied the four fundamental dimensions of forestry:

    - Social: local development contribution, employment quality and safety, respect of rights, social inclusion, appreciation of cultural diversity and local knowledge;
    - Economic: usage diversification and the value add of products and forestry services;
    - Environment: biodiversity conservation, innovative preservation and protection mechanisms, initiatives to increase environmental benefits and appreciation of environmental services;
    - Governance and technical aspects: diversity in management processes, innovative alliances and technical aspects of forestry management.

    Vicente Plata, officer in charge of FAO Uruguay stated: “Exemplary cases of sustainable forestry management serve as examples to showcase knowledge, capabilities and good practices in social, environmental and governance matters for better forestry management.”

    Álvaro Fitipaldo, UPM Forestal Oriental’s Director of Forestry Operations said: “UPM receives this distinction in a very special year as we are celebrating 25 years of operations in Uruguay. These have been 25 years of sustainable and responsible forestry management which translates as results such as this one, which we are very proud of. Over this time we have deepened and consolidated our work in fundamental aspects such as social, environmental, economic and governance and technical matters, developing the rural communities in which we operate.”
    18.06.2015   ISO Committee Adopts X-Rite’s Color Data Exchange (CxF) Format as Industry Standard    ( Company news )

    Company news X-Rite’s CxF3 becomes an ISO standard that enables seamless, digital communication, an essential component of any color related workflow

    X-Rite Incorporated, a global leader in color science and technology and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced today that the ISO TC130 committee that sets global standards for the Graphic Arts has adopted the X-Rite Color Exchange Format version 3 (CxF3) as the new standard for color data exchange and verification. This standard (ISO 17972-1:2015) provides the graphic arts industry with an accurate, efficient way to communicate color information across any supply chain. X-Rite made its technology available to ISO without any restrictions to support and continue to contribute to the industry through this major technical development. X-Rite fully endorses ISO’s goal of harmonizing technical specifications for products and services that make industries more efficient by communicating color electronically in a global color supply chain.

    The CxF3 format is defined in a completely open way so that all aspects of a color can be communicated, even when the application and the color communication features required are unknown. This means that every software vendor implementing and supporting CxF3 is able to easily and accurately extend the information throughout global workflows.

    “Physically correct and accurate color communication is critical to an efficient workflow in the Graphic Arts,” says Ray Cheydleur, Printing and Imaging Product Portfolio Manager at X-Rite. “X-Rite's CxF3, and now ISO CxF, ensures an accurate and efficient exchange of digital standards, measurements and metadata. The publication of this standard provides a framework for sharing color data at all steps in the workflow – from brand owner through to production. Many companies and products have already benefited from CxF3, and now that it is an ISO standard, many more will benefit in the future.”

    “When a company invests in the effort required to define and deploy standards that profit the industry at large, it is a true indicator of market leadership,” adds Francis Lamy, Chief Technology Officer at X-Rite. “CxF is a key enabler to more efficient workflows with less waste, faster turnaround times and streamlined communication of color information in color critical workflows. We are proud to be able to make this contribution to the industry.”

    X-Rite established the first version of CxF in 2000. Since then, the company has continued to invest in and improve the specification, using knowledge gained from serving a wide range of markets. X-Rite also established a website where the CxF3 specification and examples are publicly available for download ( This website has facilitated the wide distribution of CxF3 and provided strong support for the creation of the 17972 series and the publication of the earlier ISO standards.

    “Printing according to established ISO standards is a benefit for both the print producer and the media buyer,” said Laurel Brunner, Managing Director of Digital Dots Limited. “With the adoption of ISO 17972-1:2015, a new dimension has now been added to standards compliance that will help everyone in the color workflow more easily produce color quality within expected tolerances and to make it easier to communicate color. X-Rite has made a valuable contribution to of the industry by making this important specification available as an open standard.”
    (X-Rite GmbH)
    18.06.2015   ROTOCONTROL Partners with Longford International for End-to-End Booklet Solution     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The ROTOCONTROL high-speed booklet machine is equipped with the Longford International OS700X triple motor surge feeder.

    ROTOCONTROL, a manufacturer of leading-edge finishing machines announced
    its partnership with Longford International in offering an end-to-end solution for the production of ECL and booklet labels. The ROTOCONTROL BL-series high-speed booklet machine is equipped with the Longford International OS700X triple motor surge feeder, with inspection and finishing options. Combined with the RSP 100% pharmaceutical label inspection technology or FastChange 4-spindle turret rewinder, end-to-end production, inspection and finishing of booklet labels is available.

    With operation speed up to 65m/min, the ROTOCONTROL BL-series high-speed booklet machine is a modular solution for booklet labels, coupon labels and label-on-label processing with various sizes and formats, and is designed with larger idler rollers and a straight and extremely short web path between the units to dramatically reduce waste. Intuitive and easy to use, the booklet machine also features precise register control for pre-printed web and the latest and advanced servo technology for optimal control. A wide variety of optional modules are available including hot-melt glue system, register lamination, label applicator, flexo printing, screen printing, cold foil unit, bowed booklet option, inkjet unit and inspection systems.

    Longford International is a leader in the design, manufacturing, and supply of friction feeders and custom systems for a diverse spectrum of industries including label, packaging, printing and pharmaceutical. The Longford OS700X features proven production speeds of up to 35,000 pieces per hour with a pinpoint accuracy of +/- 0.5mm. Recent enhancements to the OS700X have made changeover quick and easy, which is critical in today’s small run environment. Available in a variety of widths and easily integrated with verification equipment such as bar code readers or vision systems, the OS700X triple motor surge feeder is an industry leader in the creation of extended content labels.

    Hugo Vanchaze, area sales manager of Longford Europe NV comments: “Our industry-leading OS700X triple motor surge feeder combined with the advanced design and technology built in the ROTOCONTROL booklet machine provides a powerful synergy for the production of extended content labels.
    Many of our customers have already expressed an interest in this solution,
    and we look forward to a successful partnership with ROTOCONTROL and helping narrow web label printers be specialists with their booklet label applications.”

    “We are a proven booklet solution partner, with successful installations that also include the FastChange 4-spindle turret rewinder,” says Marco Aengenvoort, managing director of ROTOCONTROL. “Partnering with Longford International has already proved advantageous in combining industry-leading technologies and market strength.”
    (RotoControl GmbH)
    17.06.2015   UPM papers meet the highest environmental standards in WWF’s Check-your-paper tool    ( Company news )

    Company news WWF’s Check-your-paper (CYP) tool is a public database for pulp and paper products with high environmental standards. The CYP method focuses on a limited number of environmental parameters including how well forests supplying fibre are managed, use of recycled fibre, fossil CO2 emissions, waste going to landfills and water pollution from mills.

    UPM has been part of CYP since the very beginning and one of the first companies to rate papers in the tool. The used method is simple but not simplistic and has been developed and fine-tuned by WWF since 2007, in cooperation with scientists, paper buyers, producers and non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

    Today, UPM has 23 paper product groups rated in the CYP tool. All of them are third-party verified. The results vary from good to excellent, the majority being very good or excellent.

    "UPM has shown the importance it gives to transparency and environmental performance by publicly disclosing the environmental impact of more than 10% of its uncoated and coated papers on WWF’s Check Your Paper. WWF invites pulp and paper producers to join WWF Environmental Paper Award 2016 by listing their papers on CYP," states Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Manager, Forest Product Consumption & Footprint, WWF International.

    UPM’s customers are increasingly interested in sustainability of papers. UPM offers product declarations and environmental data, like Paper Profiles, for all products as a tool to provide customers with information on the sustainability of products and the supply chain.

    “We promote transparency in our activities and consider WWF’s Check-your-Paper as one good way to increase it. The tool helps customers to identify the most environmentally sound paper products. We have cooperated with WWF to develop the tool and this work continues.” says Päivi Rissanen, Director, Environment and Responsibility, UPM Paper ENA.
    (UPM Paper ENA (Europe & North America))
    17.06.2015   SUN Automation Group Marks 120 Years of Putting the Customer First    ( Company news )

    Company news SUN Automation Group®, a recognised leader in the global corrugated sector, is marking 120 years of combined innovation and customer service since Langston Corporation, the company it acquired in 2001, produced its first Single Facer corrugated machine in 1895.

    Charles Langston, and then his son Samuel, were the earliest pioneers of corrugated manufacturing, creating around 50 patents for ever more sophisticated machinery including the Double Facer, Variable Voltage Drives, and Preconditioning/Tensioning Devices. Langston expanded into Europe as early as 1952 and the Far East in 1961 and, after passing through various corporate owners, was finally acquired by SUN Automation in 2001.

    SUN Automation’s General Manager EMEA, Rob Dal Lago said: “The acquisition of Langston was an inspired move as the two companies have a very similar ethos of customer comes first, and a parallel history of innovation and product development. Many of the ex-Langston engineers are still part of the SUN Automation team, bringing to customers incredibly valuable expertise and experience, especially with older machinery that needs a little TLC to remain in operation.”

    The Langston acquisition handed to SUN Automation all trademarks, patents, designs, inventory and equipment for Langston, Staley®, and Greenwood® machinery, further expanding the scope of support available to box makers from the company. SUN Automation has a number of Aftermarket Service Centres around the globe, strategically placed so that customers can access support quickly and cost-effectively.

    Rob Dal Lago added: “SUN Automation has a worldwide reputation for product innovation and helping the industry to produce more, at higher quality, and lower cost. Our superb Aftersales operation, in contrast, has been flying somewhat under the radar. SUN Automation engineers are often called upon to repair or enhance machinery that can be 20, 30, or even 40 years old – and their actions can literally save a plant from going under where the owner simply doesn’t have the funds to invest in new equipment. That’s something to be really proud of – and something that Charles and Samuel Langston would no doubt have fully endorsed.”

    Serving equipment manufacturers (OEM customers) as well as direct end-users (box-makers), SUN Automation is also celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
    (Sun Automation Group)
    17.06.2015   Magical Prospects for New Glass Bead Printing Blanket    ( Company news )

    Company news CONTI-AIR® Black Pearl for printing securities and high-quality packaging

    Picture: Surface Black Pearl

    - CONTI-AIR® Black Pearl for printing securities and high-quality packaging
    - Free of pollutants and non-hazardous to health according to ISEGA certificate
    - Guarantees a smooth printing process and minimum downtimes

    A look into the crystal ball reveals magical prospects. ContiTech is bringing something new to the market for printing securities and high-quality packaging – an enhanced printing blanket with a cover layer made of tiny glass beads. The CONTI-AIR® Black Pearl printing blanket is extremely resilient and durable, as well as antistatic and ISEGA-certified. It is manufactured at ContiTech Elastomer Coatings in Northeim and, starting immediately, will be sold via ContiTech sales to printing shops all over the world – with fast, reliable, and straightforward service.

    Whether it is hologram films for bank notes and certificates or packaging films for high-quality Swiss chocolate: Instead of using printing ink in the hot embossing process, a thin plastic film is applied to the printing stock by means of pressure and heat. The printing blanket plays a crucial role in this. On the one hand, it must have an ink-repellent surface so that no printing ink is smeared on the printed sheet or other guide elements of the machine. On the other hand, the printing blanket must withstand enormous press forces of up to 60 tons and therefore requires very high mechanical stability.

    Firmly anchored: 7,000 glass beads per square centimeter
    In this small, yet extremely fine, niche market, ContiTech is the only manufacturer worldwide that can produce a precision printing blanket of this quality class. "Glass is antistatic and is also a material with a very high surface hardness. This makes glass the number one material for this special field of application," explains Area Manager Michael Simm, responsible at ContiTech for the distribution of the new product. The secret lies in the extremely fine, uniform coating. Roughly 7,000 ultra-fine glass beads per square centimeter are anchored in the cover layer – each with the same exact diameter. The key is the completely uniform distribution of the glass beads and their special anchoring in the base.

    ISEGA-certified: free of pollutants and non-hazardous to health
    CONTI-AIR® Black Pearl is resistant not only to enormous embossing pressure but also to temperatures of up to 160 °C as well as all printing chemicals, benzine, acetone, and oil. And because packaging is a particularly sensitive issue in the foodstuffs industry, ContiTech has all printing blankets for the packaging industry inspected by an independent testing institute to ensure they meet food law requirements. As a result, CONTI-AIR® Black Pearl has been awarded with the ISEGA certificate, which verifies that it is free of pollutants and non-hazardous to health.

    "We ensure the dependability of our precision printing blanket in strict quality controls. The blanket is assembled in our in-house format center or at one of our partners," explains Simm, who puts the advantages of the blanket in a nutshell: "CONTI-AIR® Black Pearl guarantees a smooth plastic foil printing process, and its high durability ensures minimum downtimes."
    (ContiTech Elastomer-Beschichtungen GmbH)
    17.06.2015   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 takes up future topics    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 The prospects for ZELLCHEMING-Expo taking place from 30 June – 2 July 2015 in Frankfurt/M., Germany are good. Besides a comprehensive exhibition program by more than 150 national and international exhibitors along the process chain of the pulp and paper production as well as in the sector of fiber based materials ZELLCHEMING-Expo shows future topics of the paper industry.

    Biofore Concept Car: An innovative view into the future
    The company UPM presents itself with the Biofore Concept Car that is a joint project of the University Helsinki Metropolia of Applied Sciences, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation and other partner companies. The Biofore Concept Car consists of renewable materials and illustrates the use of innovative biomaterials in the automotive industry. Furthermore it runs with renewable diesel.

    “Instant Homes”: The house of the future
    Not only the pulp and paper production but also the diversified usage of paper is subject of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015. A fact that the Technical University Darmstadt clearly demonstrates with the project “Instant Homes”. This involves a foldable emergency shelter for refugees that completely consists out of paper. It is stable, weatherproof, easy to build and comfortable at the same time.
    “Instant Homes” is a forward-looking project with added value for the society and reflects the future subject of ZELLCHEMING-Expo.

    Conference „Paper & Fiber World 2030“
    The accompanying conference „Paper & Fiber World 2030 – What does the future hold for the paper industry?“ also picks up the subject future. Thus the event not only focuses on current topics related to production but also on technological and economic further developments for the future. Highlights are the Business Forum about the same-named project as well as keynotes of Dr. Utz Tillmann (Director General of the German Chemical Industry Association) and Bertram Staudenmaier (Member of the Corporate Board of Management and Chairman of the Management Board of Voith Paper).
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
    17.06.2015   MIAC: 3 DAYS OF BUSINESS NEXT OCTOBER IN LUCCA (ITALY)!    ( Company news )

    Company news Next October in Lucca (Italy) the leader Companies in the paper industry sector will display their latest developments in machines, systems, avant-garde solutions, technology and services.

    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: 270 international Exhibitors await you in Italy! Next October.

    Also for the 2015 edition, MIAC Exhibition planned four "technical meetings" in order to take stock of the situation regarding trend, future perspectives and new available technologies in the paper sector. The participation to the Conferences is free of charge. Simultaneous translation from Italian to English and vice versa is available during the Conferences.

    137 stand on the ground floor, 23 stand on the upper floor, 270 Exhibitors in total. Visiting MIAC means obtaining a full overview of the technology and equipment available to the paper industry sector.

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

    14 and 15 October 2015 09.00 - 18.00 // 16 October 2015 09.00 - 15.30
    (Edipap Srl )
    16.06.2015   Honeywell Technology Modernizes Mill For Europe's Largest Forest Industry Company     ( Company news )

    Company news Controls, Safety and Management Systems to Help Finland's Stora Enso Meet Rising Demand for Renewable Packaging Board

    Honeywell (NYSE:HON) Process Solutions (HPS) announced that Europe's largest pulp, board and paper manufacturer will use HPS process automation, safety system and manufacturing optimization technologies to modernize one of its key mills and help it meet rising demand for renewable packaging board.

    Stora Enso Oyj is implementing Honeywell's technologies as part of a modernization and optimization effort at their paper mill in Varkaus, Finland. Headquartered in Helsinki, Stora Enso is the largest pulp, board and paper producer in Europe, and one of the largest in the world.

    HPS is a major supplier of automation and control technologies to the paper industry and its technology can be found in more than 2,000 sites worldwide.

    "Stora Enso's business objective is to produce and deliver the highest quality paper and board products in the world, and Honeywell's portfolio of technologies will help them reach this goal safely, reliably and efficiently," said Ali Raza, vice president, HPS. "We have worked with Stora Enso for about 40 years and I am pleased that Honeywell can help them modernize this facility."

    The Stora Enso project coincides with conversion of the facility to produce kraftliner, a virgin-fiber-based containerboard. Globally, the company produces a number of products, including about 5.6 million tons of chemical pulp, 10.9 million tons of paper and board, and 14 billion square feet of corrugated packaging.

    Upgrades to the Varkaus mill include:

    - Migrating the plant from its previous control system to Honeywell's Experion® PKS (Process Knowledge System), which unifies people, processes, assets and business needs by having one unified architecture for process control, safety systems and automation software.
    - Experion Process, Machinery and Drives (PMD) controllers, which use a single, consistent set of engineering tools for lower capital costs and more cost-effective execution of production line and plant-wide control.
    - Uniformance® Process History Database (PHD), which helps users make better and faster decisions with superior data management, higher data security and reliability, and lower total cost of ownership.
    - Safety Manager, which integrates process safety data, applications, system diagnostics and critical control strategies, and executes defined safety applications in a fully redundant architecture.
    - OptiVision® Manufacturing Execution System (MES), an advanced order-to-cash solution designed to help pulp and paper companies and flat sheet manufacturers address critical issues determining profitability.
    (Honeywell Oy)
    16.06.2015   A strategically important project    ( Company news )

    Company news With Fábricas de Papel Potosí, A.Celli Paper conquers Mexico. In shipment is a new TM complete with 12-ft steel Yankee and latest-generation hoods.

    The new A.Celli 2800-mm tissue machine equipped with a 12-ft steel Yankee was recently shipped to San Luis Potosí (Mexico), where it will be housed in a new building completely reserved for it.

    The plant represents a strategically important project, thanks to which the customer, Fábricas de Papel Potosí, aims at making a quality leap, attaining major and ambitious production milestones, in the quest to conquer its market.

    This machine has a working speed of 1500 m/min and a production capacity of 80 tpd, and is conceived to answer the customer’s demands in order to guarantee an increase in production levels, assured by optimal performance and paper quality, with consequent improvement of the finished product.

    Additionally, this equipment comes with latest-generation hoods specially designed by A.Celli’s technical staff, to enhance technical performance as well as the aesthetic features of this important component of tissue machines. These new innovative hoods, characterized by a modern design and by their aerodynamic shape, are designed to improve the performance of the entire production cycle.

    One again, proof of the passion which A.Celli tackles every project: a eye for detail and a focus on excellence.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
    16.06.2015   Xeikon unleashes Cheetah at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Race against a Cheetah and see how Xeikon is 100% crazy about digital label printing

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, today announced the worldwide commercial availability of its groundbreaking Xeikon CX3 digital label press, based on Xeikon Cheetah digital print technology. The press will be available for order taking as of September 29, the opening day of Labelexpo Europe 2015. The Xeikon Cheetah technology is in pilot operation at five sites around the world, where it has delivered outstanding performance. At the show, Xeikon will unveil the newly designed press and conduct live demonstrations of the Xeikon CX3, the fastest five-color digital label press in its class. Labelexpo Europe takes place in Brussels from 29 September through 2 October, and Xeikon will be located in hall 9, stand B/C 50. Xeikon busses are available to transport show attendees from Brussels airport to Labelexpo.

    “Our extensive presence at Labelexpo Europe 2015, the world's largest event for the label industry, reinforces our dedication to bringing innovation, productivity and profitability to the label printing business, which has grown to represent more than 50% of our revenues,” says Wim Maes, Xeikon’s CEO. “We are very excited to be making the Xeikon CX3 available for all digital label printers and converters worldwide as of the first day of the show. We have been extremely pleased with the feedback received from the Xeikon Cheetah’s pilot sites, and we look forward to seeing those results replicated with many more customers around the globe.”

    The five keys to success in digital label printing
    In addition to Xeikon Cheetah technology, the company will have a complete range of digital print production solutions on display. Maes adds, “We are also keen for attendees to see that our approach to this market is unique, being the only printer manufacturer with vertically integrated development and manufacturing that addresses all five primary components required for digital label printing success: printing, toner, workflow, converting and services. This end-to-end solutions approach will be evident to visitors to our stand. They will see that we are direct and close to our customer, dedicated to the label market and clearly a leader in digital label printing.”

    Digital presses dedicated to labels and folding carton
    Next to the Xeikon CX3, Xeikon will have a Xeikon 3300 on the booth, its flagship narrow-web label press with printing widths of 200mm (7.9”) up to 330mm (13”). This press is ideal for printing self-adhesive labels at top speeds, and will be printing wine, health & beauty, food and industrial applications. A Xeikon 3500 press, dedicated to folding carton, will be demonstrated in the Packprint Workshop, where Xeikon will also give presentations. This breadth of capabilities highlights the unique range of labels and packaging applications that can be produced with Xeikon digital printing technologies.

    The color of success
    At Labelexpo, Xeikon will be unveiling two new toners: MatteSilver and PalladiumSilver. These new luxury-look toners are the first products in the new Xeikon Creative Colors toner group. MatteSilver offers the luxury of a rich metal finish to the print substrate, while Palladium – uniquely available for digital print in the Xeikon portfolio – features a speckled silver sparkle for extra textural interest.

    A focus on workflow
    “In order to gain the full benefit of digital label printing, it is important to ensure an efficient workflow that keeps manual touches to a minimum,” comments Jeroen Van Bauwel, Director Product Management at Xeikon. “This is especially true when considering the growing demand for shorter run lengths and faster delivery times for all types of labels. Xeikon continues to enhance its X-800 digital front-end (DFE) to ensure that our customers are as productive as possible. Attendees at the show should not miss the opportunity to check out the extended capabilities of the latest version of our DFE, the Xeikon X-800 4.0, which is being released at the end of this month.”

    A unique capability included in the Xeikon X-800 4.0 DFE is the next-generation VariLane tool, designed to optimize productivity and profitability by printing labels of different heights, widths and run lengths on the same web in separate lanes. The latest X-800 release also includes full support for the Adobe® Mercury RIP Architecture and ColorKey, a new option that takes advantage of the inline spectrophotometer that is an integral part of Xeikon presses. ColorKey enables users to generate reports reflecting the stability of the printing process during a specific job, the accuracy with which specific brand colors are reproduced and the possible occurrence of deviations from a pre-defined printing standard. It gives press operators a clear view into the quality of a specific production batch and allows managers to receive a concise production overview. This functionality also addresses the requirements of a growing number of brand owners who seek a quality report for each job.

    Finishing with a flourish
    "We are constantly expanding the components of our Label and Packaging Suites, which include defined sets of software, equipment, finishing, consumables and/or substrates to complement our digital presses. This enables our customers to build the best digital production solutions for their specific business needs," adds Van Bauwel. “At the show, visitors to our stand will see live demonstrations of two leading-edge in-line varnishing solutions that enhance the speed and quality of digital label production.”

    The Web Varnishing Module (WVM) is an extremely versatile unit that can apply UV or aqueous varnish on one side of a wide range of substrates. It enables press operators to immediately see the results of the coating and make adjustments if necessary, eliminating the time and cost that occurs when less-than-optimum nearline coating means sending the job back for reprinting. Launched last year at Labelexpo in Chicago, the WVM is ideal for use with self-adhesive label materials, unsupported films and paper board.

    Available in in-line and nearline configurations, the Xeikon DCoat post-press unit includes as standard flood UV varnishing, lamination, semi rotary die-cutting, length slitting and a dual spindle rewinder. Optional modules such as spot UV varnishing and alternative rewinders or slitters are also available.

    Exceptional Services
    Last but not least, Xeikon’s Services offering will be well represented at the booth with Xeikon experts available in designated areas to share advice on quality, productivity and technology – and as such support customers to maximize the added value they can offer their brand owner clients. Xeikon services range from installation, setup and maintenance to a range of Premium Services that include training and education, color services and business development training & advice. “We encourage show attendees to sit together with the Xeikon product experts, and gain the benefit of their insight into business and production issues as well as future strategy development,” Wim Maes concludes, “We love to talk to customers, and the back-and-forth of these discussions benefits both parties.”

    Environmental sustainability is key
    Xeikon is reinforcing its dedication to delivering environmentally sustainable solutions as the sponsor of the Label Industry Global Award for Sustainability. This award, sponsored by Xeikon since many years, recognizes the most sustainable product or process by a supplier/converter company in the label industry that was introduced in 2014. The winners of this prestigious award will be announced at a ceremony to be held on the first evening of the show.

    Based on Xeikon Cheetah technology, the Xeikon CX3 digital label press has a top speed of 30 m/min (98 ft/min), 56% faster than any other model in the current Xeikon press portfolio. The 1200 x 3600 dpi digital press is dedicated solely to the production of self-adhesive/pressure sensitive labels. It offers all the renowned benefits that make the Xeikon 3000 Series unique, including the use of dry toners that meet FDA regulations for food contact and the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass. It also enables printing on a variety of heat-sensitive substrates due to incorporation of Xeikon’s ICE toner technology which requires a much lower fusing temperature than typical toner-based presses. Xeikon presses are based on dry toner electro-photography. This enables the use of conventional substrates that do not have to be pre-treated. Extremely high toner light-fastness and truly eco-friendly printing (no VOCs) are some of the other industry leading features of the Xeikon presses for digital label and package printing. The presses offer easy integration of third-party workflow software and converting/finishing solutions and incorporate professional color management capabilities. In addition to the standard CMYK + White, the fifth station on the Xeikon CX3 can be used to print gamut expansion colors or security toner. Media weights range from 40 gsm to 350 gsm. For more information, visit
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    16.06.2015   Outstanding flexibility and no cross-contamination    ( Company news )

    Company news Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof Valves provide maximum flexibility in hygienic flow processing by making it possible to handle two different fluids at the same time, with no risk of cross-contamination. Using two independent plugs and seals means a single mixproof valve can often replace two or more valves of other types.

    Alfa Laval supplies several different designs of mixproof valves, all with leakage detection, that help boost reliability and safety levels. They enable you to design versatile set-ups that are both cost-effective and easy to maintain, as well as providing you with important new processing opportunities.

    Tailored to your requirements
    The Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof Valves give you a modular solution that is easily tailored to your specific requirements. This also means you only pay for the exact features and capabilities you really need. Here's an example:

    As part of the range, we offer the Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof Large Particle Valve with features ideal for handling fluids with high viscosity or large particles such as lotions, soups and yoghurts. This valve is specially designed with large openings handling particles up to 45 mm in diameter to minimize pressure loss and securing product integrity by eliminating the risk of product damage or blockage.

    The Alfa Laval Unique Mixproof Valves provide:
    - Low cost of ownership and no risk of cross-contamination
    - Efficiency gains by greater flexibility
    - Reliable operation and easy validation of plant performance
    - Substantial water-, chemical- and heating savings during Cleaning-in-Place

    About Alfa Laval
    Alfa Laval is a leading global provider of specialized products and engineering solutions based on its key technologies of heat transfer, separation and fluid handling.

    The company’s equipment, systems and services are dedicated to assisting customers in optimizing the performance of their processes. The solutions help them to heat, cool, separate and transport products in industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol.

    Alfa Laval’s products are also used in power plants, aboard ships, oil and gas exploration, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications.

    Alfa Laval’s worldwide organization works closely with customers in nearly 100 countries to help them stay ahead in the global arena.

    Alfa Laval is listed on Nasdaq OMX, and, in 2014, posted annual sales of about SEK 35.1 billion (approx. 3.85 billion Euros). The company has about 18 000 employees.
    (Alfa Laval Mid Europe GmbH)
    16.06.2015   FachPack 2015: Marking & Labelling    ( FachPack 2015 )

    FachPack 2015 - More details: multi-sector theme in all areas
    - In greater detail: focus theme also in supporting program

    In its 36th trade fair year FachPack can look back on a magnificent success story: what began in 1979 with 80 exhibitors and around 2,000 visitors, has long since become one of the leading European fairs covering everything to do with packaging. 1,439 exhibitors and 34,598 visitors at the most recent event speak for themselves. Reason enough to place the focus on “Marking & Labelling”, which can be experienced at FachPack from 29 September to 1 October in Nuremberg. In 2013, 350 suppliers already showed their solutions specifically on this multi-sector theme, which has been important right from the start.

    Markings are indispensable: they direct goods flows, supply consumer information, motivate and encourage the consumer to purchase with their individual design and ensure the genuineness and traceability of products. The focus theme of FachPack 2015 presents a comprehensive overview of all kinds of labels, which aim to provide information (“smart labelling”) or decoration (“nice labelling”). At the fair there will be effective labelling machines, innovative identification, coding and article-surveillance systems, track & trace, various carrier materials, the latest printer and printing processes such as digital printing and 3D printing, auto ID systems, precise marking processes using laser or ink and much more to discover.

    The focal point: special shows, forum contributions, company presentations
    The supporting program is also devoting itself to the theme of “Marking and Labelling” with many contributions: The “Smart Labelling – A view into the future” special show, organized by the Fraunhofer Institut für Materialfluss und Logistik (IML, Institute for Material flow and Logistics) Dortmund, will be presented in Hall 3A offering the latest results. Best-Practice examples clearly illustrate the trends from research and development in the area of identification technologies. In addition to the optimum packaging, the right marking and identification of goods plays a key role in logistics and opens up new paths for innovative solutions – from standardized track & trace systems up to conducting inventories using drones. On four theme islands the special show is presenting the key economic branches of logistics: production, logistics service-providers, IT and retail. Interested trade visitors can experience the latest technologies and also try them out. Scope for a well-founded extension of specialist know-how, an inspirational exchange, lively discussions or an invigorating coffee in the hustle and bustle of the fair is provided by the popular Forum PackBox in Hall 4. Here too, the main theme will be examined from various perspectives: serialization in the pharmaceuticals sector, smart labelling and the changed challenges for the logistics sector – implementation here would hardly be possible without intelligent marking solutions. Anyone who would like to obtain more detailed information can take a seat in the PackBox free of charge without having to register and listen in on the lectures. The “Labels & more”Pavilion, which is being staged in Hall 9 in cooperation with the Verband der Hersteller selbstklebender Etiketten und Schmalbahnconverter (Association of Self-adhesive Label and Narrow Web Converter Manufacturers, VskE), is presenting label manufacturers, who create such solutions in daily practical applications for customers from the foodstuffs, beverages and pharmaceuticals industry and the retail trade. Labels are just as diverse as their applications, for that reason the range covers a large spectrum of design, printing processes and finishing. Within the framework of the “Packaging Design” special show in Hall 5, using selected exhibits, bayern design will be devoting itself to exemplary packaging design. “Nice Labelling”, in other words the innovative design of labels, is one of the central factors for successful brand communication and market success.

    To ensure that the visitors can be quickly and effectively directed to those companies with a specific range covering all aspects of the “Marking and Labelling” theme, at the event an exhibitor track has been specifically created for this purpose. These companies will also be especially highlighted in the exhibitor database and the fair guide.
    (FachPack 2015)

    15.06.2015   3 premiers at ACHEMA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news We heartily invite you to attend the world premieres to ACHEMA 2015:
    -NEMO®- FSIP
    Four letters stand for Full Service In Place!
    -TORNADO® T2
    Since the product launch in 2012 many things have happened: Extension of the product range, upsize and downsize, and off course with FSIP!
    -NOTOS Multi Screw Pumps
    Product lines with 2, 3 and 4 screws for applications in the Oil & Gas and Energy sector as well as for the marine industry!

    Hit 1:
    NETZSCH as the first progressing cavity pump manufacturer gives full access to all parts of the rotating unit and hereby sets a new benchmark. Three years after the first presentation of the FSIP concept for the TORNADO® pump, which impressed both experts and our customers, maintenance friendliness has now been newly defined for NEMO PUMPS®. Through design innovations of the housing and along the drive train maintenance time and effort have been reduced
    significantly. Visit our twice daily installation demonstrations when the pump is opened with a few moves of the hand, to give access to all rotating parts, without removing the pump from the pipework.

    Hit 2:
    Eagerly expected by the market the smallest T.Proc® full metall version of the TORNADO® T2 family is now available for smaller flow applications in the process industries. We also now cover the demand for larger capacities with the new T.Envi® 08/200 and 06/300.

    Hit 3:
    Based on 35 years of experience in Latin America three all new product lines of the NOTOS multi screw pumps have been developped and are now globally presented for the very first time. The optimized geometries deliver improved efficiency factors and higher pressure capacities. With the new design we set a new standard!

    Are you curious?
    Please feel free to visit the NETZSCH booth for our press conference: June 17th 2015, 12:00 - 13:00 h.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH)
    15.06.2015   FINAT’s seal of approval for tesa® tape    ( Company news )

    Company news Successful conclusion of ‘round-robin’ test for tesa® 7475 PV2 tape

    FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry announces its Test Methods Sub-committee has completed a successful analysis of tesa® 7475 PV2. Seven different laboratories tested 22 different liners and produced 5544 release values to report that tesa® 7475 PV2 provides similar release values to the former tesa® 7475 version.

    In 2013, the discontinuance of a primary raw material resulted in tesa needing to make modifications to their tesa® 7475 test tape which had been successfully used for decades in the self-adhesive market. As a result a new version of this test tape called tesa® 7475 PV2 was introduced in 2014. In order to thoroughly compare the former tesa® 7475 with the new version tesa® 7475 PV2, FINAT conducted a 'round-robin' test program including many of the key users of this test tape.

    The new tape was compared to the former tesa® 7475 version in the FINAT FTM 10 test that measures the release characteristics of silicone coated liners. It helps determine the force required to separate an adhesive front strip from its anti-adhesive backing, or vice-versa, under specified test conditions.

    FINAT concludes that tesa® 7475 PV2 provides similar release values to the former tesa® 7475 version with most liners having a premium or medium release (where the FTM 10 peel values are < 50g/25mm). For release liners with a highly modified release (FTM 10 peel values > 50g/25mm), a conclusive outcome was not possible due to highly scattered individual release values and a small database of release values (only 2 of the 22 liners tested). In general, some release values indicated lower release forces when measuring with tesa® 7475 PV2 –though that still needs to be examined for each individual case.

    “Testing is an essential part of FINAT’s role and one of the cornerstones of the organisation,” comments Hans Lautenschlager, Chairman of the FINAT Sub-committee Test Methods. “We are able to draw on a broad range of industry experts and operations to ensure we are at the forefront of new developments. That knowledge is something we pass on to our members. The freeflow of information and research enables us to support all elements of the industry in a highly informed, effective and accurate way. Specifications for silicone coated liners are often based on FTM 10 in combination with tesa® 7475. It is with this in mind that we recommend a review of the release data obtained with tesa® 7475 PV2 and, if necessary, an update on the release specifications.”

    The FINAT Sub-committee Test Methods is part of the FINAT Technical Committee that exists to understand and promote the science and technology of self-adhesive labelling. It utilises knowledge from a wide range of industry members’ interests to provide an informed body of professional expertise focused on the processes and materials used in the manufacture of self-adhesive labelstock, and their conversion and subsequent application.
    15.06.2015   Enhanced delivery reliability thanks to a new production line in Walki    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: The new production line at Valkeakoski will enable shorter lead times. Kari Salminen, Ahti Vuorinen and Janne Ahonen inspecting the facings. © Walki Group Oy

    The demand for multilayer laminates is increasing and there is an extensive growth potential, particularly in the construction business. Walki is answering to this demand by investing in a new production line at its Valkeakoski plant in Finland.

    “The production line will be unique on the market”, says Kari Salminen, EVP Construction at Walki.

    The market for insulation facings is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. The European Union’s 202020 target, which among other things aims at a 20% improvement in energy efficiency, is putting a pressure on energy-efficient housing. Efficient insulation is key in keeping heating or cooling costs down.

    Along with a recovery in the European economy, the construction business is expected to pick up, which will have a significant positive effect on the demand for insulation solutions, particular in those products requiring multilayer facings.

    “There is also a huge need for renovating houses and buildings in Europe with better insulation and this will further drive the demand”, says Salminen.

    Thanks to the new investment, Walki will be even more apt to swiftly respond to customers’ needs. The more diverse production lines which will enhance delivery reliability and shorten lead times.
    “We can guarantee short delivery times as we can respond swiftly to customers’ needs with tailor-made solutions. We will be able to expand our customers’ product portfolio and enable growth on their part. The new production line will make a significant difference when it comes to supporting our customers’ business,” says Salminen.

    The production line will also be highly flexible and can cater to several different product segments in addition to the construction industry, such as consumer packaging and the pharmaceutical industry.

    "With this investment, Walki strengthens its position as the premium supplier of multi-layer laminates globally. Further, this investment supports our strategy to strongly focus on the growing segments of energy saving laminates for building purposes and on value adding consumer packaging solutions", says Leif Frilund, President and CEO.

    The new production line will be up and running during the first quarter of 2016.
    (Walki Group Oy)
    15.06.2015   Papierverarbeitung Golzern GmbH at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Frankfurt 30.06. to 02.07.2015 - hall 11.0 - stand D60 We exhibit!

    The experts meet each other at the end of June - at one of the most important meetings of the German and European pulp, paper and supply industry. For the first time we present our company at ZELLCHEMING-Expo. As paper converter for rolls and sheets we connect producer, processor and customer along the value added chain of paper.

    Please visit us at marketplace Fibers in Process@ZELLCHEMING-Expo - stand D60.

    We provide a reliable service and best quality. Thanks to most modern machines and paper-know-how of our employees we make an optimal cut for you.

    Gladly we send a voucher for a free entrance of ZELLCHEMING-Expo to you. Please give us a short information to or use our download for online registration.
    (Papierverarbeitung Golzern GmbH)
    12.06.2015   Market-leading label producer Telrol adds Xeikon Cheetah to its digital portfolio    ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon Cheetah technology will enable one of Europe’s largest self-adhesive label producers to address new markets while staying ahead of fast-paced industry changes

    Xeikon today announced that Telrol Group, one of Europe's largest producers of labels, is the fourth label printing operation worldwide to invest in the breakthrough Xeikon Cheetah technology. With production sites spread over nine countries in Europe, the Telrol - Schades Group produces close to a billion square meters per annum of self-adhesive labels and paper rolls. With five Xeikon 3300s – the most recent one installed earlier this year, plus Xeikon Cheetah technology being implemented in June; Telrol is one of Xeikon’s largest customers worldwide.

    “Acquiring Xeikon Cheetah was the next logical step for us,” states CEO Hoessein Hadaoui. “We consider Xeikon to be a critical business partner. They are innovative, forward-thinking and always involving us as they develop new technology and solutions. For us, the Xeikon digital printing technology is ideal, because of the quality and productivity it delivers but also because of the food safety aspect of the Xeikon toner. Building on the great success and experiences we had with all of our Xeikon 3000 Series, we know Xeikon Cheetah will be a game changer that will help us take the company to the next level.”

    Long standing partnership
    Telrol has always been at the forefront of technology evolution. “Change in the market is happening extremely quickly,” Hadaoui explains. “It’s not a matter of being the smartest or the strongest – it is who can respond most quickly and effectively to change. Keeping up with change is not enough, you have to be ahead of the changes or create the market to succeed and grow. Working with Xeikon, we can do that. They keep me informed as R&D progresses, because I don’t want to wait until releases are already on the market – I want to have them before they are!”

    This mutually-beneficial relationship enables Telrol to continually grow its visionary digital strategy: “We want to be a one-stop shop,” Hadaoui continues. “Our customers are number one companies in their field, and they want us to supply only the best. Xeikon technology puts us ahead of the competition. In our opinion, no other digital print production supplier can offer the integration, IT, strategic marketing or technological developments that Xeikon can. As an example, we are now also looking to expand into the security market. We already have a solid base in food, retail, cosmetics and beverages and believe security labels and ticketing will be the next growth market. Our Xeikon fleet positions us well to enter this exciting market.”

    Pivotal to the investment decision, and to Telrol’s ongoing partnership with Xeikon, is the specifically-designed Xeikon Cheetah toner (QA-CH) developed for high speeds and based on the tried-and-tested ICE toner, which has performed well for Telrol with its other Xeikon presses. Itmeets FDA regulations for food contact and offers the ability to print opaque white toner in one pass. This is ideal for the product mix Telrol produces.

    Speed is of the essence
    Running at 30m/min (98 ft/min), Xeikon Cheetah will enable Telrol to create a leaner multi-platform approach to print production, and deliver its customers a more tailored, cost effective and efficient production process. And it will ensure the company is able to quickly respond to any new market challenges.

    Hadaoui clarifies: “Offering extreme productivity and quality, Xeikon Cheetah gives us a new way of seeing the market and its potential. We want to give customers broader access to the benefits of digital print by enabling more work to be transitioned from conventional production to digital. Xeikon Cheetah technology will allow to significantly raise the crossover point in addition to the other advantages it offers.”

    He explains that the press can easily handle volumes of close to 38.000 meters per day – counting 21 hours of production during three shifts. This ability takes digital label printing to new limits: “In my business, there is still a lot of low hanging fruit that can be transferred easily and cost efficiently from existing technologies. Not only can we then add value through digital print, but we can also increase capacity on the existing traditional printing machines. We have production plants that are dedicated to Blanc, Multi–Color, High–end, Digital, Commodity label and POS (cashroll) production. Each of these sites are highly structured and have their own KPI´s to ensure each is as profitable and Lean as possible. Within the digital department, we can address a different set of demands and ensure that it is also as competitive as it can be. Of course, adding the fastest digital label press in its class, we will be setting new break-even points for certain orders. This opens up the market to broader digital support and a faster analog-to-digital migration.”

    Survival of the creative
    Being able to offer something extra is crucial to Hadaoui’s business ethos: “We are always looking to offer something new,” he says. “That is why we have worked closely with Xeikon throughout the years, and opted to become a pilot site for its Xeikon Cheetah technology – knowing it will meet our expectations. It had to be the best, most robust, and strongest solution in its class in order to support our aggressive 24/7 production schedules. When Xeikon sees any limitations, they proactively work to eliminate them. This ensures that they will continue to have the best digital presses on the market for our portfolio. Because of our past experience with Xeikon, we expect ROI on our latest investment in just two years.”

    This initial install is expected to serve as a blueprint that could be rolled out across the group,Hadaoui states, adding, “My strategy is to set up plants that offer the highest quality in one discipline, which is easy to combine and copy to other locations in Europe. It will help me European-ise digital in the group. I can take the best configurations, processes and practices, put them together and set up similar digital divisions in every site. Our investment in the latest and most advanced Xeikon technology is part of that strategy.”

    And the timing is right with a buoyant market, Hadaoui concludes: “Our industry is set to grow and consolidate. We are still in a pull market. Our anticipated growth is driven by two things – the market is growing volume wise but also important is our ability to add value and drive down costs compared to conventional production, especially with growing demand for shorter runs and versioning from our brand owner clients. I believe you not only have to grow in the field in which you are operating but also keep your eyes open for growth opportunities in related fields. Staying in the same field is a limitation, and I don’t want to be limited in anything – not in markets, technology or people. My partnership with Xeikon ensures that I push the boundaries.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    12.06.2015   Mimaki fires the imagination at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Textile solutions for fashion and home generate record interest and leads

    Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, found fashion and home textile solutions ignited unparalleled interest and a 20% increase in sales leads when it showcased its latest collection of production solutions at FESPA 2015.

    “Just when you thought FESPA could not get any better, it did!” states Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “We enjoyed unprecedented interest on our 270m2 booth, with visitors keen to see our mannequins adorned with eye-catching applications and samples, demonstrating we print what we preach. We’re pleased to report no less than 20% sales lead increase and we even had sales straight off the booth thanks to the FESPA innovation infusion.”

    At the show Mimaki announced the July 2015 availability of the TS300P-1800 dedicated transfer paper inkjet printer: a 1,8m wide roll-to-roll sublimation inkjet printer offering new levels of quality and productivity in digital textile printing. Mimaki celebrated also the GREENGUARD GOLD accreditation for the use of its inks in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities. In addition, they welcomed Adrian Wolf as Young Star Award winner. He is following up last year’s winner Eleni Bourazanis and receives 500 Euros and a six-week internship at Mimaki.

    And the cherry on the FESPA cake was receiving an EDP award for the whole Mimaki CJV150/CJV300 series as the market’s Best Print and Cut solution.

    Mr. Horsten adds: “The continuous and incessant popularity of FESPA lies in the show’s ongoing commitment to improvement. The organisation and the expert team keep their finger on the pulse of what is currently shaping the market, enabling them to continuously identify future growth areas and opportunities, similar as to how Mimaki is exploring all options. This allows the show to attract new audiences, enabling us to have far broader conversations on how Mimaki is expanding its product portfolio to accommodate both existing and emerging possibilities.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    12.06.2015   Performance upgrade for Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stocks    ( Company news )

    Company news Stability up for productive high-speed conversion, comprehensive advances in printing properties

    UPM Raflatac has introduced significant performance upgrades to its next-generation Raflacoat Fit PEFC label stocks for food, home care and logistics labelling. Improved technical characteristics raise productivity and enable better press results.
    Improvements to the stability of Raflacoat Fit PEFC constructions provide better die-cutting performance and enable faster conversions speeds even with difficult matrix removal. These stability gains also contribute to a higher level of print detail.

    New topcoat for better whiteness and bolder colour
    The Raflacoat Fit PEFC face paper has a new topcoat which has taken the whiteness from 109 to 115 on the CIE index. The topcoat is also less absorbent than its predecessor, so converters are likely to see less ink consumption with UV-flexo while achieving more vivid colours. Also the HP Indigo printability remains at the same good level.
    These qualities, together with improved press stability, provide a solid base for creating complex designs required by today’s end-users and brand owners.

    “Thanks to market feedback, we’ve been able to identify technical features where these label stocks were to be further developed. That work is now done, and extensive customer and end-user trials have confirmed the improved performance of these upgraded products,” comments Jim Grieve, Technical Marketing Manager at UPM Raflatac.
    “The new labels stocks perform better on-press even at higher speeds, and existing Raflacoat FIT customers will notice a drop in ink usage for a better print quality with bolder colours.”
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
    12.06.2015   Hahnemühle @Achema 2015    ( Company news )

    Take the opportunity to get to know us as your reliable partner, whether you are looking for individual paper solutions or standard products for your daily lab work or meet your persons of contact.

    Hahnemühle´s highlights for you at Achema 2015:
    -Our syringe filters: retuned range at very attractive prices.
    -Freshly printed for Achema: our two new product catalogs for filter papers and microfiltration.
    -Your portrait on a filter paper: illustrator Marc Robitzky sketches you with a wink.
    -Win a iPad 3 mini, including a soft cover!
    and much more ...

    Want to make an appointment by email? Send us your appointment proposal to
    We will contact you and would be happy to send you a voucher for a free day ticket.

    Pay us a visit at hall 4.2, stand J11! We look forward to meeting you!
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

    12.06.2015   Safe energy with climate gains in SCAs Nokia plant    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA takes a 360-degree approach to its environmental impact – we have targets in place to reduce our carbon dioxide emissions, tripling the production of forest-based biofuels and increasing the availability of wind power. One example of how SCA are taking major strides in reducing the carbon dioxide emissions can be found in SCAs plant in Nokia, Finland.

    Together with a number of other companies, SCA is investing in a new biofuel plant in Finland. Through joint production of energy from biomass, which stems from the forest, SCA’s Finnish plant in Nokia will no longer be dependent on Russian natural gas for its steam generation. In addition, the plant will drastically reduce its carbon footprint – by about 20,000 tons per year, corresponding to 40%.

    “Despite Nokia’s outstanding efforts to reduce energy consumption overall, we consume enough steam to heat half of a small town like Nokia. By investing into a new biomass-fired boiler, we will secure the steam supply, get carbon neutral at the site and reduce cost. All this contributes well to SCA’s objectives to increase efficiencies in our operations,” explains Rob Fuhrmann, Product Supply Director Region Nordic.

    Biomass is procured locally for the new power plant and half of the biosludge from our own production of tissue is utilized as an energy source at the plant. This entails additional advantages – a reduction in costs and the utilization of by-products from production.

    SCA expects the investment to pay for itself within four years. The project has already started and the plant will go online in 2016.
    (SCA Nordic Oy)
    12.06.2015   27th PTS Coating Symposium - 16-17 September 2015 in Munich    ( Company news )

    Company news The leading event 2015 for manufactureres, suppliers and customers

    The traditional PTS Coating Symposium in Munich on September 16 – 17 is the leading event for manufacturers of coated paper and board, their suppliers and customers. The modern ambience of the new conference location Hotel Leonardo Royal, Moosacher Strasse 90, 80809 Munich, combines the convenience of an in-house event with excellent service offers for all guests.

    The programme:
    After an introduction to current market challenges, future technologies and strategies presented by Berry Wiersum (Sappi), Peter Berg (McKinsey) and other speakers, we are again looking forward to a well-balanced, interesting and colourful mixture of scientific results and industrial success stories about coated paper and board, e.g.:

    - New concepts in graphic paper production
    - Innovative packaging concepts with coated paper and board
    - New and improved products with functionalized surfaces
    - Trend-setting process developments in the fields of coating colour application, measurement and sensor technology.

    With some 350 participants and additional 50 visitors of the exhibition, the 26th PTS Coating Symposium in the BMW Welt in Munich was able to continue the great success achieved with the anniversary event held two years ago. In his opening address, Dr. Frank Miletzky, President of PTS, emphasised that the high degree of participation from the paper industry with more than 100 participants sends a very positive signal to the entire sector.

    Keynote Speaker Jussi Pesonen, UPM President and CEO, made it clear in his speech that papermakers, paper converters and their supplier industries are currently caught up in a major transformation process. Completely new products are in demand for markets that include some even outside of traditional paper applications. The development of such products requires networked thinking and the ability to see the bigger picture outside of one’s own added value chains. That was shown very graphically by Professor Dr Werner Klaffke, General Manager of Bayern Innovativ – a co-operation partner of the PTS Coating Symposium for the very first time – in his paper on the importance of innovative networks for a successful future.

    In addition to casting a look towards new markets, many papers were dedicated to the application-related challenges in printing and converting. The theme of curtain coating was presented in more depth in keynote speeches and in a very stimulating discussion at a high level.

    Concrete improvements for the actual here and now were the focus of interest on the second day of the Symposium. “Enhanced efficiency” was the most frequently heard word which was a recurrent theme in all papers. The processes, raw materials and measurement technology were all carefully reviewed. The Symposium concluded with a review of the prospects for the future of new products based on coating technology, in particular barrier coatings and functional composite materials. The next PTS Coating Symposium is scheduled to take place in 2015.
    (Papiertechnische Stiftung (PTS))

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