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    20.03.2015   Cham Paper Group achieves continued success    ( Company news )

    Company news - Pleasing revenue development thanks to good market conditions and successful products
    - Significant improvements in results, with EBIT rising from CHF 1.8 million to CHF 8.9 million
    - Investment to increase productivity and capacity at the Italian mills
    - Town planning study commissioned for the Papieri-Areal successfully concluded, master plan drawn up with framework for the project
    - Payment of a dividend of CHF 3.00 per share

    2014 was an important year for the future of the Cham Paper Group. The favourable economic environment and the strong market position of Cham Paper speciality papers led to a significant improvement in results, while considerable progress was made with the development of the Papieri real estate project.

    Growth of strategically important products and clear improvement in results
    The Cham Paper Group's revenue with speciality papers fell by 6.6% to CHF 216 million in 2014. The Group achieved growth in strategically important product groups. Sales of speciality papers from the two Italian mills rose by 2.4%, resulting in a 1.4% increase in revenue to CHF 187 million. In Switzerland, revenue from the sale of paper coated in Cham, particularly for the Digital Imaging product family, grew by 22% to CHF 29 million. Thanks to improved cost structures, the Group achieved an operating profit before restructuring costs of CHF 8.9 million and an EBIT margin of 4.1%. This represents a significant increase on the previous year (CHF 1.8 million, EBIT margin 0.8%), in which the challenging transformation phase was still ongoing.

    Technology transfer from Cham to Italy
    To further improve the competitiveness of our speciality papers, we decided to transfer additional technology from Switzerland to Italy in mid-2014. The associated investment of around CHF 20 million in the Italian mills (of which CHF 13 million in 2014) will lead to a further improvement in productivity and capacity in 2015. The relocation of the coating technology operations currently run in Cham for producing the digital imaging and barrier papers will take place in the first quarter of 2015. The associated restructuring costs for the redundancy scheme and write-downs on facilities in Cham reduced the operating profit for 2014 by CHF 3.1 million. The total net profit for the 2014 financial year came to CHF 1.8 million (previous year: CHF 0.4 million).

    Balance sheet streamlined and equity ratio increased to 53%
    The paper division reduced the level of outstanding customer debts and optimised its warehouses for raw materials and finished products, which led to a reduction of CHF 13 million in tied-up capital. Some of the funds freed up as a result of this were used to pay suppliers earlier, which allowed us to benefit from more favourable purchasing conditions. At the same time, liabilities to banks of CHF 14 million were repaid. The Group had cash reserves of CHF 38 million at the end of the year and is thus free from debt in net terms. The balance sheet total was reduced by around CHF 30 million, while the equity ratio is now a comfortable 52.8% (previous year: 46.3%).

    Town planning study concluded and master plan drawn up
    The future use of the Papieri-Areal in Cham is increasingly taking shape. An assessment panel consisting of experts, representatives of the community of Cham, the Cham Paper Group and various cantonal offices had unanimously recommended following up a project proposal from the study commissioning process at the end of June 2014. The authors of the project were then able to develop their draft into a master plan with a framework for the project. We are now working flat out on the legal groundwork together with the cantonal authorities involved. The electors of the municipality of Cham will vote on rezoning in 2016.

    Interim use intensified and head of the new real estate division appointed
    The buildings and the Papieri-Areal have already come to life, with a total of 73 interim tenants using the space that has become free until the renovation and new construction work begins. The revenue obtained from this will cover a large proportion of the project costs. Andreas Friederich has joined the Cham Paper Group and has been building up an internal real estate team since March 2015. On 1 July 2015 he will become the head of the new real estate division. This division will report directly to the Board of Directors' real estate committee, which consists of Philipp Buhofer and Niklaus Peter Nüesch, as well as external experts.

    New head of the paper division from 1 July 2015
    The Delegate of the Board, Urs Ziegler, who has successfully completed the extensive restructuring of the Cham Paper Group since the end of 2012, will reduce his workload as planned from summer 2015 onwards. Luis Mata, until now the Head of Finance at the Cham Paper Group, will take over the operational management of the paper division as COO from 1 July 2015.

    Proposals to the General Meeting of Shareholders
    The Board of Directors will propose to the General Meeting of Shareholders that an unchanged dividend of CHF 3.00 per share be paid (previous year: CHF 3.00), which will be exempt from capital gains tax for Swiss private investors. All five members of the Board of Directors will also be put forward for re-election.

    Demanding challenges, but strategically well-placed
    The Cham Paper Group is confident regarding the Group's further development. The Paper business unit is well positioned and will benefit from the strong performance characteristics of its products in all markets. At the present time, the strength of the US dollar against the euro is having a detrimental effect on the margin. The real estate division will develop into a strong second pillar for the Group over the next decade.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
     
    20.03.2015   Model Group: Positive sales and volume increase    ( Company news )

    Company news The Model Group recorded consolidated sales of CHF 709 million in the 2014 fiscal year. This represents an increase of 3% over the previous year. It made investments of CHF 60 million and employed an average of 3,251 people in 2014 (+ 3%). There were 984 employees in Switzerland at the end of 2014.

    The increase in consolidated sales would have corresponded to a 5.4% gain had currency exchange rates remained the same. The devaluation of two currencies, the Ukrainian hryvnia (-30%) and the Czech koruna (-7%), was particularly striking. Almost all of the group's plants contributed to the increase in sales, with the strongest growth coming from corrugated cardboard operations in the Czech Republic, Poland and Croatia.

    Investments
    Nearly half of the investment volume was channelled into Swiss plants. Measures to reduce costs per manufacturing unit included the construction of a central palletising station, the installation and commissioning of new robotic systems and gluing machines at Model AG in Weinfelden and at Model PrimePac AG in Au (SG), the replacement of a flat-bed die cutter in Moudon and various other automation projects. The long-term renewal programme for the paper machines continued with the channelling of investments into both Swiss paper factories.
    The Model Group is growing faster in Poland and the Czech Republic than the market. Investments were made to increase capacity accordingly.

    Outlook – Switzerland to become a laboratory
    The strong franc is shrinking domestic market production. While this will result in strong purchasing power abroad, it is also causing prices to fall. In order to maintain sales in a shrinking market, Model will make significant investments in innovation and higher productivity, effectively turning Switzerland into a laboratory for the European Model Group.
    (Model AG)
     
    20.03.2015   Mercer International Inc. Reports Strong 2014 Fourth Quarter and Year End Results    ( Company news )

    Company news Mercer International Inc. (Nasdaq: MERC, TSX: MRI.U) today reported strong results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. Operating EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased to $71.3 million from $27.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2013 and $67.6 million in the prior quarter of 2014. For 2014, Operating EBITDA increased markedly to $239.8 million from $110.3 million for 2013.

    For the fourth quarter of 2014, we had net income of $3.2 million, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share, after giving effect to a loss of $28.5 million, or $0.44 per basic and diluted share, on the payout and settlement of our old 2017 9.5% senior notes and Stendal bank credit facilities in connection with our refinancing effected in November 2014, compared to net loss of $9.8 million, or $0.18 per basic and diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013. For 2014, net income improved to $113.2 million, or $1.82 per basic share and $1.81 per diluted share, from a net loss of $26.4 million, or $0.47 per basic and diluted share, in 2013.
    Total revenues in 2014 increased by approximately 8% to $1,175.1 million from $1,088.4 million in 2013, primarily due to higher pulp revenues and higher energy and chemical revenues.
    Pulp revenues in 2014 increased by approximately 8% to $1,073.6 million from $996.2 million in 2013, due to higher pulp price realizations and higher sales volumes.
    Energy and chemical revenues increased by approximately 10% to $101.5 million in 2014 from $92.2 million in 2013, primarily because of record energy sales volumes resulting from Project Blue Mill coming online at our Stendal mill at the end of 2013.

    President's Comments
    Mr. Jimmy S.H. Lee, President and Chairman, stated: "2014 was a transformative year for us as:
    -We recapitalized our Stendal mill, acquired substantially all of the prior minority shareholder's interest and certain other rights to acquire all of the economic interest in our largest mill and eliminate the minority interest;

    -We paid out and discharged our old 2017 9.5% senior notes and the Stendal bank credit facilities aggregating $835 million, through the issuance of new 2019 7.0% and 2022 7.75% senior notes aggregating $650 million, cash on hand and borrowings under our revolving credit facilities, established a new €75 million revolving credit facility for Stendal and extended the maturity of our Celgar revolving credit facility to 2019 and reduced its borrowing cost (the "Refinancing");

    -We reduced our debt by over $290 million, increased our total equity by over $90 million and as a result have a much improved balance sheet;

    We significantly increased our financial and operational flexibility and simplified our structure by eliminating restrictive covenants within our old Stendal bank credit facilities, reducing our debt, extending the maturity of our long-term debt, enhancing the terms of our revolving credit facilities and eliminating our 'restricted group' structure;

    -We had record pulp production, pulp sales volumes and energy sales volumes; and

    -Through the foregoing, we better positioned ourselves to achieve our overall goals to enhance our business and value for our stakeholders."

    Mr. Lee continued: "For the fourth quarter of 2014, our Operating EBITDA increased by approximately 162% to $71.3 million from $27.2 million in the same quarter of 2013, primarily as a result of the strengthening of the U.S. dollar relative to the Canadian dollar and the Euro, lower per unit fiber costs and lower scheduled maintenance downtime. Compared to the third quarter of 2014, our Operating EBITDA in the fourth quarter of 2014 increased by approximately 5% from $67.6 million, primarily as a result of the strengthening of the U.S. dollar.

    In 2014, Operating EBITDA increased by 117% to $239.8 million from $110.3 million in 2013, primarily as a result of higher pulp prices, lower per unit fiber costs, the strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus the Euro and Canadian dollar and higher energy sales volumes."

    Mr. Lee added: "Our mills generally performed well in the fourth quarter and throughout 2014. In 2014, we achieved a new pulp production record, led by a record production year at our Stendal mill and a near record year at our Rosenthal mill. In the current quarter, pulp sales volumes increased by 1% from the same period of 2013 but declined by 7%, compared to the third quarter of 2014 due to year-end shipping limitations. In 2014, we had record pulp sales volumes which increased by 3% over 2013."

    Mr. Lee continued: "In the current quarter, energy production increased by 8%, compared to the same period of 2013. In addition, our Rosenthal mill's new tall oil plant was completed on time and budget at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014 and will contribute to our by-product revenues."

    Mr. Lee stated: "List pulp prices were essentially flat in the fourth quarter of 2014 due to steady demand in Europe and China. At the end of 2014, list pulp prices in Europe were approximately $935 per ADMT, while list prices in North America and China were approximately $1,020 and $700 per ADMT, respectively. At year end, world producer inventories of NBSK pulp were at about 31 days' supply. We expect steady NBSK demand, driven by customer inventories at normal to low levels and new tissue machines coming online in 2015."

    Mr. Lee continued: "Overall, per unit fiber costs were approximately 14% lower in the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to the last quarter of 2013, as a result of lower per unit costs in our German fiber supply markets and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus the Euro and the Canadian dollar. Fourth quarter 2014 per unit fiber costs were down 1% from the prior quarter as the strengthening of the U.S. dollar offset an increase in per unit costs. We currently expect our overall per unit fiber costs to be generally flat for the next quarter of 2015, largely as a result of the continuing strengthening of the U.S. dollar versus the Euro and Canadian dollar, offsetting small expected per unit cost increases."

    Mr. Lee concluded: "As our operating costs are primarily incurred in Euros and Canadian dollars and our principal product, NBSK pulp, is quoted in U.S. dollars, our business and operating margins materially benefit from the current strengthening of the U.S. dollar. Our energy and chemical sales are made in local currencies and as a result decline in U.S. dollar terms when the U.S. dollar strengthens. Going forward, while we will continue to benefit from a stronger U.S. dollar, it will be partially offset as in 2015 the rapid strengthening of the U.S. dollar has put downward pressure on pulp prices as a stronger U.S. dollar increases costs to our European and Asian customers."
    (Mercer International Inc.)
     
    20.03.2015   Valmet to supply key technology to Metsä Fibre's Äänekoski bioproduct mill project    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Metsä Fibre have signed a letter of intent according to which Valmet will deliver key technology to Metsä Fibre's planned Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland. The letter of intent covers recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, and lime kiln deliveries. The delivery also includes a mill wide Metso DNA automation system.

    Photo: Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet

    The contract is subject to Metsä Fibre's investment decision. Metsä Fibre has announced that if the prerequisites for the investment are met, the decision on the construction of the bioproduct mill will be made during this spring, meaning that production at the new mill would begin in 2017.
    The estimated value of Valmet's anticipated delivery, which includes only the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 125-150 million.
    "This technology delivery for the Metsä Fibre Äänekoski project is a good sign of Valmet's competiveness and technological innovativeness. We are delighted to be able to continue our good and long cooperation with Metsä Group and Metsä Fibre," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.

    Important employment impact
    Valmet's anticipated delivery for Metsä Fibre's planned bioproduct mill will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 250 man years, out of which half in Finland.
    "In projects like Äänekoski, we can utilize our know-how in pulp and bioproduct technology. In addition to bringing work to us our delivery also employs many other suppliers in the Nordics and Europe for engineering, manufacturing and installation. This delivery would employ Valmet employees especially in Finland, in the cities of Tampere, Ulvila, Jyväskylä and Raisio," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.

    Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Metsä Fibre Äänekoski project
    If materialized, the approximately EUR 1.1 billion bioproduct mill planned by Metsä Fibre would be the largest ever investment in the forest industry in Finland. The mill would have an annual pulp production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes.
    Valmet's delivery would include engineering, procurement, supply and construction management of a recovery boiler, a pulp drying line, a lime kiln and a gasification plant.
    The planned recovery boiler has a capacity of 7,200 TDS/d (tonnes dry solids a day). The planned pulp drying line will have a trimmed width of 8.25 meters and a capacity of 2,700 Adt/d (air dry tonnes a day). The planned lime kiln has a capacity of 1,200 t/d and will be operated by renewable fuel provided by 87 MW product gas capacity biomass gasification plant. The gasification plant dries bark and gasifies it to product gas.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    19.03.2015   X-Rite to Demonstrate Color Control at Gulf Print and Pack    ( Company news )

    Company news Company to Highlight Range of Solutions that give Printers End-to-End Color Management

    X-Rite Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced they are exhibiting at Gulf Print and Pack, the leading event for commercial and package printers in the Middle East and North Africa. X-Rite will be exhibiting in the booth of their Middle East Partner, Phoenix Technologies (Booth #A20). Gulf Print and Pack is taking place April 13 - 16 at the Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai UAE.

    At the event, X-Rite will be collaborating with Mr. Afsal Kottal, Business Director at Phoenix Technologies, to showcase X-Rite’s range of market leading hardware and software solutions developed to maximize end-to-end color control in the print production process. This high level of color control enables commercial and package printers to deliver maximum color consistency to their clients while achieving a higher level of efficiency in their operations.

    At Gulf Print and Pack, X-Rite Pantone will be showing:

    - eXact and eXact Scan – This next generation in handheld color measurement enables printers and packaging converters to truly understand, control, manage and communicate color, avoiding unwanted reprint and rework.

    - i1 Professional Color Management Solutions – A collection of color profiling tools that offer an unprecedented level of flexibility to address the needs of digital imaging workflows. It features a number of unique color management capabilities, giving users power and control in creating professional quality profiles.

    - The Ci64 Ci6x Series Portable Spectrophotometers – The Ci6x family of handheld spectrophotometers — Ci60, Ci62, Ci64 & Ci64UV — enables printers to manage color in all stages of production. These spectrophotometers ensure printers are confident in their color data, regardless of where or when the measurements are collected.

    Simone Viscomi, X-Rite Sales Director, says, “Printers everywhere are under pressure to deliver exceptional work while also controlling costs. X-Rite’s color management solutions help them to succeed at both goals. Rework and customer rejects are greatly reduced because color is ensured at each step of the process. Best of all, the customer receives the color quality they expected. We look forward to joining our partners Phoenix Technologies at the show, and to helping printers in the Gulf region succeed.”
     
    19.03.2015   MB-System 438 - Intelligent input channel for conventional inserting systems    ( Company news )

    Company news The MB-System 438 has been designed for reading, accumulating and folding personalized mail and stands out for its compact design and simple operation. The documents are either fed by means of a shingling pre-loader or a bulk loader with high stacking capacity.

    The data are matched with a read system that is integrated in the suction feeder. All standard optical codes such as OCR- or OMR, bar code or Datamatrix code can be handled. Before folding, the accumulator assembles a defined, variable number of sheets, which has been determined by means of code reading or a batch counter. The accumulator distinguishes itself through its reliable processing of different numbers of sheets with the same roller setting. It is possible to replenish the paper stack from above or from below.

    The MB-System 438 utilizes the successful fold unit multimaster 38 with four fold plates to ensure a high flexibility when choosing the type of fold. Due to its modular design and wide range of accessories, the fold unit can be adapted to individual requirements. The timed conveyor after the fold unit ensures reliable loading of a downstream inserting system By means of an open interface the MB-System 438 can be connected to inserting systems from other manufacturers for data transmission.
    (MB Bäuerle GmbH)
     
    19.03.2015   CelluForce: SDTC Funds Development of Oil and Gas Applications from Forest Biomass    ( Company news )

    Company news CelluForce welcomes the announcement by Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) of a contribution of $4.0 million to optimize the extraction process of Nanocrystaline Cellulose (NCC) from dry wood pulp and develop applications for its use in the oil and gas sector. The announcement was made in Quebec City by the Honourable Greg Rickford, Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario.

    Photo: René Goguen, Acting President of CelluForce Inc.

    NCC is a fundamental building block of trees that can be extracted from the forest biomass and has unique properties that offer a wide range of potential applications.
    Measured in units as small as nanometres, these tiny structures have strength properties comparable to steel and will have uses in a variety of industrial sectors.
    In particular, NCC is touted as having the potential to significantly advance the oil and gas industry.
    “Our Government is positioning Canada as a global leader in the clean technology sector by supporting innovative projects aimed at growing our economy while contributing to a cleaner environment,” said the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “
    By developing our resources responsibly, exploring next-generation transportation and advancing clean energy technology, the projects announced will create jobs and improve innovation opportunities in Quebec and across Canada.”
    “World-class research led to the development of this ground breaking extraction process and placed Canada at the leading edge of NCC research”, stated René Goguen, Acting President of CelluForce Inc. “This announcement by SDTC sets the stage for the pre-commercial
    development of applications that will not only support Canada’s forest sector but also the oil and gas sector, both of which are important drivers of the Canadian economy.”
    This project will further improve and optimize the process developed by CelluForce to extract nanocrystalline cellulose (CelluForce NCC™) from dry wood pulp. In addition to improving the extraction process, this project will investigate additional applications for the oil- and
    - gas industry such as cementing using this renewable forestry resource.
    (CelluForce)
     
    19.03.2015   The 4th China (Guangzhou) International Biomass Energy Exhibition 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Date: August 18th-20th, 2015
    Venue: China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex (Area B)

    Guangzhou International Biomass Energy Exhibition (CNIBEE), a theme exhibition of China (Guangzhou) International New Energy Industry Expo, has gained government support and drawn public attention since the very beginning. It respectively attracted nearly 70 and 119 exhibitors in 2012 and 2013, and in 2014 the exhibitors reached the highest record with 10,000 square meters of exhibition area. At present, CNIBEE has been developed into Asia’s most professional and influential platform for promotion and trading.

    With the concerted efforts of government, representatives from different fields, media and organizing committee, Guangzhou International Biomass Energy Exhibition 2014 (CNIBEE 2014)was successfully held at China Import & Export Fair Pazhou Complex. The exhibition attracted more than 140 exhibitors and over 17,000 purchasers and has received close attention and broadcast from more than 300 media both at home and abroad, reached a new high.

    Covering an area of 12000 square meters, CNIBEE2015 will occupy larger exhibition space, and make greater efforts in cooperation with various media for publicity. It is estimated that about 260 exhibitors and nearly 30,000 professional visitors will participate in this unprecedented event. CNIBEE not only leads China’s biomass energy industry, but also creates a global trading platform for this industry.
      
    Let us look forward to CNIBEE 2015. Creating a new miracle in biomass industry together!
    (Guangzhou Grandeur Exhibition Services Co.,Ltd)
     
    19.03.2015   FILTECH 2015 – The story of growth continues    ( Company news )

    Company news The world of filtration and separation came to Cologne for FILTECH 2015 from 24-26 February. During these three days, over 12,000 participants from 76 countries visited the leading filtration and separation (F&S) event to catch up on innovations and equipment as well as related cutting-edge products and services displayed at the show. The reported number of contacts and the deals made at FILTECH 2015 clearly marked a willingness to invest and reflected the positive market development in the F&S sector. The show featured 320 exhibitors and was accompanied by a 3-day conference that attracted close to 500 experts and all those interested in the latest F&S research from around the globe.

    With an increase of exhibitors by 15% and total participants by 30%, FILTECH reaffirms its claim to be the largest Filtration Show world-wide. FILTECH also successfully extended its range and featured many closely associated industries, among these were adhesive applications, plasma treatment technologies, cutting, ultrasonic welding and sewing innovations as well as special machinery e.g. for additive manufacturing.

    52% of the visitors travelled to Cologne from outside Germany to learn what’s new in the market, making FILTECH an intercultural experience. (Western Europe 30,4%, Asia 7,6%, Eastern Europe 7,3%, North/South America 4,3, Middle East 1,9%). The experts came from 76 nations and all continents – they even travelled to Cologne from Kazastan, Jordan, Kenya and Quatar. A substantial increase was registered in the number of trade visitors from Turkey, Poland, Italy, USA, France, Israel, Japan and India.

    Exhibitors reported that visitors to FILTECH 2015, showed an extremely high willingness to invest. Exhibitors particularly highlighted the the even wider international spread of visitors (52% foreign visitors of which 32,1% came from overseas) and their great specialist expertise plus the fact that an extraordinary high number of top managers (36% top executives) travelled to FILTECH 2015.

    For many years now, FILTECH is an indispensible trade Show for catching up on newest products and developments, cultivating contacts and generating business. Once more, these expectations were fulfilled - exhibitors, delegates and organizers are highly satisfied with the outcome of the event.

    Next FILTECH will be held 11.-13. October 2016 again in Cologne.
    (Filtech Exhibitions Germany)
     
    19.03.2015   Global Forest and Paper Industry Celebrates International Day of Forests    ( Company news )

    The theme of the 2015 United Nations International Day of Forests is “Forests and Climate Change.” The International Council of Forest and Paper Associations (ICFPA) is proud to represent the global forest products industry and its commitment to climate change mitigation all along the value chain.

    “Trees, especially those in well-managed forests, absorb carbon dioxide,” said ICFPA President Donna Harman. “Carbon dioxide remains stored when trees are used to make forest products, and that storage can be prolonged through recycling.”

    In addition, the forest products industry plays an important role in contributing to the production of renewable energy and reducing dependence on fossil fuels by using residuals and byproducts to produce much of the energy required for its operations. These residuals and byproducts, known as biomass, are carbon neutral when combusted for energy, according to the international carbon accounting principle.

    Through process and product innovation, the forest products industry is providing a wide range of new sustainable bio-based products that benefit society.

    The ICFPA represents more than 30 national and regional forest and paper associations around the world. Together, ICFPA members represent over 90 percent of global paper production and half of global wood production.
    (ICFPA International Council of Forest and Paper Associations)
     
    18.03.2015   Parajett Chooses Ricoh Pro™ VC60000 next generation continuous ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... feed inkjet platform to shape future

    Picture: From left to right: Peter Williams - Executive Vice President Production Printing Business Group Ricoh Europe, Yasuhiko Hosoe - Corporate Associate Vice President, General Manager Business Strategy Center Production Printing Business Division, Anders Persson - CEO Parajett, Tommy Segelberg - Director Printing Business Group Nordic Operations

    Parajett, one of the largest printers in Scandinavia, based in Sweden,is yet another print service provider to order the new Ricoh Pro™ VC60000 continuous feed production inkjet.

    Parajett, located in Landskrona, Sweden, an IT specialist and provider of direct response marketing promotional production for commercial clients, has also ordered a Ricoh ProTM C9110.

    It is often at the forefront of market evolution. Keen to further enhance its expertise in the print production market, AndersPersson, CEO of Parajett, recognised the potential offered by the Ricoh Pro VC60000. He was also confident that it would deliver the quality and performance expected and adoption would be smooth thanks to many of its market leading features.

    "Parajett has seen the future of graphic arts production,” He says: “And we are investing in it. We are confident that Ricoh's Pro VC 60000 will meet all our demands, for a versatile production platform, delivering outstanding print quality, that can adapt and grow with Parajett. This is why we placed this order with Ricoh that initially comprises one duplex system line.”

    Parajett uses both offset and digital technologies. Mr Perssoncontinues: “Right from the beginning our focus was on unique and personalised documents. Today we produce individual offers or information to each receiver and the Ricoh Pro VC60000 will help us continue to offer that high quality service.”

    “The versatile colour Ricoh Pro VC60000 was chosen by Parajett for its print quality and its ability to deliver a strong return on investment,” says Tommy Segelberg, Ricoh PPBG, Director Nordic Operations.

    “Also the fact it will allow Parajett to print with ink rather than toner and on a wider range of stock, particularly heavier grammages, will enable the business to expand its service capabilities,” continues Mr Segelberg.

    It is powered by the TotalFlow Print Server R600A, Ricoh’s own Digital Front End, developed to meet the needs of demanding graphic arts environments and applications. With Ricoh-developed long-lasting print heads and high viscosity pigment inks, it achieves a physical resolution of up to 1200x1200 dpi with dynamic variable drop size within each pixel to provide significant additional perceived print quality. It can run at nearly 100,000 A4 images per hour and provides support for uncoated, coated offset, digital, treated and recycled papers.

    Parajett’s investment also includes an undercoat unit to enable it to print on a broad variety of media, including offset coated stocks; a protector coat unit to deliver durable “scratch & scuff resistance” on coated paper; and a hot air knife dryer that ensures that ink dries quickly, in a power-efficient manner.

    The Ricoh Pro C9110 durable high volume digital colour press is the fastest press in is class with a production speed of 130ppm. It has a duty cycle of 1.75 million coupled with the ability to print on textured substrates and media up to 400 gsm, including textured stocks, specialty media such as super-gloss, magnet, metallic, transparent or synthetic, at full rated speed. Its new toner delivers a larger colour gamut and it can offer a 700mm print length for banners, a wide range of finishing options and the ability to integrate third-party options. The press uses VCSEL technology to produce 1200×4800 dpi output.

    The Ricoh Pro VC60000 will receive its first public showing at Hunkeler Innovationdays, 23-26 February, Lucerne, Switzerland.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    18.03.2015   Vacon's AC drives helped save 24 hours of global electricity production in 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Global AC drives manufacturer Vacon estimates that its products helped save approximately 62 TWh of energy in 2014. Also, the amount of energy produced last year from renewable energy sources with Vacon's AC drives was approximately 25 TWh.

    Photo: Vesa Laisi, Vacon's President and CEO

    About 62 TWh (55 TWh in 2013) of electrical energy was saved last year with the help of Vacon AC drives. This corresponds to the amount of energy produced by approximately eleven 700-MW nuclear power reactors in a year, or the annual electricity consumption of approximately 13.8 million households in Europe. This also corresponds to approximately 24 hours of the world's annual electrical energy generation1.
    In addition, in 2014, the amount of energy produced with the help of Vacon's AC drives from renewable energy sources was approximately 25 TWh (22 TWh in 2013). This corresponds to the annual electricity consumption of approximately 5.5 million households in Europe, or approximately 9.5 hours of the world's entire annual electrical energy generation1.
    An AC drive adjusts the speed of an electric motor according to the real process need, which typically reduces energy consumption by 20-50%. According to studies, the payback time of AC drives has continuously shortened. For example, in pump and fan applications the payback time can even be less than one year. In addition, AC drives technology can also be used for power conversion in renewable energy applications.
    "Vacon has delivered AC drives since 1995. From the technological perspective, AC drives will be more energy efficient and offer better performance in the future. Competing or substitute technical solutions do not exist for AC drives and are not within sight," says Vesa Laisi, Vacon's President and CEO.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    18.03.2015   X-Rite showcases the new Ci7x00 Spectrophotometer at the European Coatings SHOW 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New Ci7x00 Spectrophotometer joins other solutions that ensure color consistency throughout the supply chain

    X-Rite Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced they are exhibiting at the European Coatings SHOW taking place 21 April - 23 April, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany. From their stand in Hall 5, 5-448, X-Rite Pantone will be highlighting their new Ci7600/7800Spectrophotometers, the next generation benchtop spectrophotometers that keeps pace with industry demands by ensuring color quality and accuracy across the supply chain.

    Increasingly, paint is manufactured and mixed for distribution on a global basis. This global distribution also comes at a time when the demand for custom color is also increasing. To ensure the quality of these colors throughout the supply chain, paint manufactures have relied on benchtop spectrophotometers. But older spectrophotometers can be difficult to configure, and many have become contaminated with dust or paint. The operator is often unaware of these issues, resulting inconsistencies along the supply chain.

    To solve this challenge, X-Rite has introduced the Ci7x00 benchtop Spectrophotometer Series. When used in conjunction with other X-Rite solutions, the Ci7x00 gives paint manufactures an automated, software-driven set-up that assures consistent configuration across all locations in the global supply chain. The Ci7600/7800 spectrophotometers not only measure color quality, they also measure important details on the condition of the devices and the environment at the time of measurement. This critical information is provided in an audit trail that gives paint manufactures a level of quality assurance that was not previously available to them.

    In addition to the Ci7x00 Series, X-Rite will also be showing their range of color measurement instruments that let paint manufacturers ensure their specifications and tolerances are met the first time, and every time. These include:

    • The MA9X Multi-Angle Instrument family of hand-held spectrophotometers. These instruments give users the ability to easily, accurately, and consistently measure traditional and special effect paints and coatings, including the multi-angle spectrophotometer MA98 that measures coatings with special effects. This is the only device that meets the ASTM Standard E2539 for the measurement of interference pigments.

    • The Color Viewing Booth QC Spectra Light, which offers more standardized light sources than any other visual quality control solution. Also featured will be the compact light cabin Judge II. This compact visual color evaluation system provides the closest fluorescent daylight simulation available.

    • NetProfiler 3 is the software solution that verifies, optimizes, and certifies handheld and benchtop spectrophotometers used in the supply chain at locations around the world.

    • The spectrocolorimeter RM200QC, which compares colors of laboratory samples or coated surfaces with reference standards. This instrument can also create reports that can be transmitted to the other partners in the supply chain.

    • The noncontact benchtop VS450, which measures color and gloss measurements on dry and wet samples.

    • Color iMatch, the intelligent software used for the formulation of paints. Color iMatch enables quick, accurate color analysis to optimize each recipe for cost and color accuracy.

    In addition, PANTONE® Color Trends and libraries will also be showcased, along with variety of special licensing arrangements designed for the paints and coatings industry.

    Francesco Tomasello, Vice President of European Sales for X-Rite Pantone, “The industry continues to grow and adapt to the challenges of a global market place. Our new Ci7600/7800 spectrophotometers are an example of how X-Rite Pantone’s solutions keep pace with this trend.

    They provide users with an updated solution that not only ensures the accuracy of the color, but also ensure the accuracy of the instruments that are measuring the color. We look forward to showing users their capabilities, along with our other powerful color quality solutions at the European Coatings SHOW.”
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    18.03.2015   Seamless counterfeit protection for mechanical and plant engineering with SECUTAG    ( Company news )

    Company news 3S Simons Security Systems GmbH at Hannover Messe 2015

    3S Simons Security Systems GmbH will be presenting its wide range of industry solutions relating to the counterfeit protection system SECUTAG at this year's Hannover Messe. Direct product protection with SECUPRODUCT, which can be easily and cost-effectively integrated with other systems, is a central focus of 3S at the world's biggest industrial trade show. Another key area is the combination of traceability and counterfeit protection. Therefore, SECUDATA combines the logistic advantages of different traceability codes and counterfeit protection provided by micro colour codes. Moreover, 3S will be showcasing a wide range of printing solutions, including security labels, closures (originality and tamper-proof protection), labels and stickers for different applications. In cooperation with ten technology providers of VDMA's Working Group 'Product and Know-How Protection', 3S will show a demonstrator for the packaging of spare parts and components which visualises proof of authenticity, online verification and traceability. The expert for legally binding counterfeit protection will be presenting its wide range of products and solutions at Hannover Messe, in hall 8, stand no. D08, from 13 - 17 April 2015.

    Joint demonstrator: Product Protection for Industry 4.0
    Plagiarism poses an ever-growing risk to industry and trade. Counterfeit products do not only endanger the safety of employees and customers, but they also might result in product liability claims and court proceedings - the outcome of which is often uncertain to the companies affected. This is why 3S and 10 members of the Working Group 'Product and Know-How Protection' will present a joint demonstrator for spare parts and components packaging in Hannover. Visitors can see and experience how a product is coded individually and equipped with security features and how its packaging is sealed. The combination of tracking and anti-counterfeiting makes sure that each product can be tracked at any time, while protecting it on its way to the customer. This approach shows that effective protective measures can keep counterfeit products from entering the production and logistics chains. The result: comprehensive product protection for Industry 4.0. Such a protection strategy will not only reduce control costs along the supply chain, but it will also strengthen the corporate image of brand manufacturers as guarantors for premium quality products because the use of the counterfeit protection system can be communicated to the public. The demonstrator can be seen in hall 8, stand D08 (joint stand of the VDMA's Working Group 'Products and Know-How Protection').

    Economic damage caused by product piracy
    Product piracy causes immense damage to the economy as a whole. More than 70 percent of German engineering firms are affected by product piracy, their economic losses amount to 7.9 billion a year. The People's Republic of China is the unchallenged Number 1 among the manufacturing countries, followed by plagiarism from Germany (23 percent). However, the risks to consumers should also be taken into account, because counterfeit products can pose a significant public health threat. Consumers are thus confronted with windscreens of inferior quality, faulty motor vehicle steering systems, drugs without active ingredients and hazardous chemical substances in textiles, cosmetics and toys. "Counterfeit protection is consumer protection. Given the dangers arising from plagiarism, the consumer should be able to unambiguously identify the original product, in particular if it affects people's health or lives," says Rolf Simons, founder and CEO of 3S.

    Direct product protection with SECUPRODUCT
    In mechanical and plant engineering, 3S' industry solution SECUPRODUCT provides the legally binding proof of identity for individual parts such as aggregates, compressors or ball bearings, as well as for spare parts and precision tools. In the automotive and aircraft industry it helps to protect products from component suppliers, such as brake pads and filters, against counterfeiting. SECUPRODUCT can be meticulously and precisely applied onto nearly all solid matters, among which metals, synthetics, paper-products, glass, alloys and textile fabrics. The product's authenticity can be checked by means of a standard pen microscope with 100x magnification. This means costly investments in skilled labour and technical equipment as well as time-consuming verification procedures are no longer required. The system is quickly integrated into all production processes; costly changes are not necessary - a very important consideration because even in the field of counterfeit protection it is essential that expenses and costs remain at manageable levels.

    Counterfeit-proof traceability with SECUDATA
    SECUDATA combines the logistic advantages of traceability systems (e.g. data matrix and RFID) and counterfeit protection by means of micro colour codes. Both codes are applied onto the product, its primary or secondary packaging, labels and closures. Thanks to the micro colour code both the traceability code and the product are protected against counterfeiting in a manner that cannot be legally contested. First, the traceability code is checked in databases. But only by checking the micro colour codes, authenticity of the traceability codes and the product are proven beyond doubt. This way, SECUDATA ensures seamless security along the entire supply chain, from suppliers via those involved in production, all the way to the retailers and end-customers.
    OTF security label protects against tampering and counterfeiting
    Further exhibition highlights includes 3S' printing solutions. The OTF security label ensures that online terminals used for cashless payment transactions, for example, are protected against tampering and unauthorised access. The advantage of this closure is that it is based on the Secure-ID technology and can be removed without leaving any residue. In contrast to Void films, adhesive residues, which might contaminate the protected device, are thus avoided. Fressnapf Tiernahrungs GmbH, the leading supplier of pet food and supplies, is one of 3S' customers who uses the OTF security label in its German stores to secure its online terminals for cashless transactions against unauthorized access.

    High-security label incorporating hologram technology
    Moreover, 3S will be presenting a security label incorporating hologram technology. Micro colour codes SECUTAG and additional variable security features were used to create a high security label. The hologram consists of a PET film with an incorporated micro colour code. It can be optionally equipped with a void effect. The wide portfolio of add-on security features includes the holographic tilt effect with changing images, sequential numbering and security cuts which make it impossible for the label to be removed without causing irreversible damage. Space for the company logo may also be integrated in the surface film of the PET label. It is also possible to implement traceability codes.

    INGUN uses SECUTAG for legally binding packaging
    Constance-based INGUN GmbH is the world's leading supplier of testing equipment. INGUN has chosen the legally binding micro colour code technology SECUTAG for protecting the packaging of its contact pins that are used for checking the PCBs of mobile phones. For this purpose, specific closure seals, that contain both technical data and the micro colour code particles, are affixed crosswise over all four sides of the box. The pins are thus clearly identified as originals, unauthorized opening of the box would be discovered immediately. The labels can be applied without changing the manufacturing and packaging process.
    (3S Simons Security Systems GmbH)
     
    18.03.2015   MEET 270 INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES, NEXT OCTOBER, IN LUCCA (ITALY)!    ( Company news )

    Company news Next October in Lucca 270 International Exhibitors will show their latest innovations in terms of machinery, equipment, technologies and services. At MIAC Exhibition you can meet, in just 3 days and in one place, the leader companies in the paper industry sector.

    MIAC 2015 (22nd edition) is an international meeting point which allows you to compare technologies and business proposals of several companies present at the Exhibition. Participate in MIAC 2015 means being part of the 5,000 visitors who every year, in October, come in Lucca from all over the world (last year's MIAC Exhibition registered the presence of visitors from 54 Countries).
    We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please save the date!
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    17.03.2015   Lower greenhouse emissions: New cogeneration plant at Sofidel America's Haines plant    ( Company news )

    Company news Sofidel has taken further steps to reduce its greenhouse emissions.
    Sofidel America's plant based in Haines, Florida, has commissioned a new cogeneration plant (CHP - Combined Heat and Power). By turning to a less polluting source of energy, such as methane gas, whilst simultaneously producing both heat and energy, CO2 emissions can be reduced and energy costs can also be cut.
    (Cellynne Paper Manufacturer)
     
    17.03.2015   Catalyst announces resignation of VP, Finance & CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) announced that Brian Baarda (photo), Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, has decided to leave the company to advance his career in a more senior leadership role with another organization.

    “Brian has made a tremendous contribution to Catalyst since joining the company 25 years ago," says Joe Nemeth, President & Chief Executive Officer. "During his tenure, Brian held key leadership positions in both operations and finance, and played a critical role in many major projects and initiatives, including the recent acquisition of two US mills. We thank Brian for his substantial contributions over the years and wish him all the best in his future endeavours."

    Mr. Baarda has agreed to remain with Catalyst until April 15, 2015, to assure a smooth transition as the search for his replacement is underway.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    17.03.2015   GE and Kemira Create Global Alliance to Bring Water Technology to the Pulp and Paper Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news GE (NYSE: GE) and Kemira announced a formal distribution agreement, which combines GE's advanced water technology with Kemira’s on-site services to deliver a seamless offering to the global pulp and paper industry.

    For the first time, GE’s newest and most advanced boiler and utility area cooling product technologies as well as membrane cleaning chemistry and the entire chemistry water portfolio is now available to the pulp and paper industry. Also included are the remote monitoring and diagnostics products—including the InSight* Knowledge Management Solution and TrueSense*—and Novus* polymers for wastewater treatment. Pulp and paper manufacturers also will have access to experts at GE’s Service Reliability Center for 24-hour monitoring and support, all backed by both GE and Kemira on-site expertise.

    “Kemira has long been recognized as a technology leader, supplying process, functional and bleaching chemistry solutions to producers of pulp, packaging and board, tissue and towel and printing and writing grades globally. This makes Kemira an ideal partner to bring GE’s water products and services to the paper industry and now positions Kemira with the broadest technical and product portfolio in the industry,” said Billy Ford, senior vice president, paper, Kemira. “After a successful 18-month pilot program with GE in the Americas, we have increased the scope of our alliance to offer a comprehensive water treatment solution to the global pulp and paper market.”

    “Pulp and paper mills use vast amounts of water to create an end product while also generating considerable wastewater. GE is eager to bring our water solutions to the pulp and paper industry, and Kemira is well-positioned to bring our advanced technologies to their customers,” said Kevin Cassidy, chemical and monitoring solutions general manager—water and process technologies for GE Power & Water.
    (GE Power and Water)
     
    17.03.2015   Scheufelen adds packaging board to premium range    ( Company news )

    Company news The latest development from Scheufelen, the world’s leading manufacturer of coated premium papers, is called phoenolux. The phoenolux brand, a wood-free packaging board with outstanding technical qualities that is triple-coated on one side, heralds an expansion into high-quality packaging and graphic applications.

    phoenolux silk high white impresses with its elegant appearance, alluring haptic appeal and exceptional printability on both coated and uncoated sides. Numerous print tests prove that, in addition to being the whitest of all packaging boards, phoenolux benefits from excellent abrasion resistance and optimises embossing and scoring during final processing. High machine speeds and a smooth print run can be
    achieved thanks to its perfect runability and outstanding drying properties. The chromium sulphate board owes its exceptional features to its high proportion of long fibres.

    phoenolux is FSC certified and is available from Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG in grammages ranging from 220 g/m² to 300 g/m².
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    17.03.2015   Wow factor for out of the box packaging redefined at Cosmopack    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki stages European debut of the CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed for short run cosmetics packaging at stand C9-D8 in Hall 20

    Packaging production has been given its very own makeover by Mimaki, and the results, along with the market’s latest looks, will be revealed at Cosmopack, part of the 48th Cosmoprof, being staged on March 20-23 in Bologna, Italy. Mimaki will be located in Hall 20, stand C9-D8 at the show. Solutions on display will address the need to create stunning cosmetics packaging that stand out on the shelf, while at the same time taking cost out of the manufacturing and distribution supply chain by enabling affordable shorter runs, more customized packaging and faster time to market. Unique to these solutions is the ability to print awesome imagery and labeling directly onto cylindrical objects as well as creating beautiful folding cartons ready for the final folding/gluing/packing process.

    Mimaki, the global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, will highlight how efficient, high quality creasing and cutting on packaging board is made possible with Europe’s first showing of the new Mimaki CFL-605RT Compact Flatbed Cutter. This solution delivers cost-effective designs, smoothly and quickly, for even the shortest runs. Moreover, this outstanding flatbed cutter facilitates a fast and free-flowing design process that promotes creative results and a fast route to market with immediate finishing of packaging and packaging prototypes using multiple functions in an all-in-one approach to the needs of agencies, designers, brand owners and converters.

    Flexible solution for the volatile fashion cycle
    “Packaging design has never been so flexible,” states Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Creativity is no longer restrained by long cycles of design, approval, implementation and production. Shorter runs, versioning and promotions can now be supported by highly flexible manufacturing technologies that aid a significantly faster route to market. Highly responsive production techniques also eliminate storage requirements and support more imaginative design implementation on an increasingly wider array of substrates. Mimaki’s portfolio has not only been designed to transform the final product, but also to help create a more attractive end-to-end supply chain that saves both time and costs.”

    A print solution for any packaging design
    Mimaki will also demonstrate how short run on-demand printing of premium, high end and luxury items is made possible by the compact desktop Mimaki UJF-3042. It offers unrivalled versatility and high quality print reproduction on a wide range of materials, products and substrates. An enhanced level of creativity is offered by the kebab option that allows 360° direct printing on cylindrical items, including glass and plastic containers. “You have to see this to believe it, the packages are virtually jumping into the consumer’s shopping cart,” Horsten adds.

    All of the capabilities of the Mimaki UJF-3042 are also available in the larger A2 format Mimaki UJF-6042. Both printers allow greater versatility and photo-quality print reproduction on a wide range of materials, objects and substrates. An array of beauty and cosmetics packaging samples will be produced using these printers during the show.

    Carton board packaging will be produced throughout the show by the compact footprint Mimaki JFX200-2513. The latest addition to Mimaki’s family of UV LED flatbed printers, the JFX200-2513 offers a range of inks, including white and clear, that can print on a broad array of substrates.

    Last but not least, silver ink will be used to print metallic labels with Mimaki’s CJV150-75. Thisintegrated printer/cutter from Mimaki can also run orange and light black inks to provide high performance, creativity and versatility. Throughout the show the CJV150-75 will be producing stunning packaging printed on transparent media with silver ink and cut/creased in one integrated process.

    Horsten adds, “Mimaki’s family of solutions supports designers and brand owners who are striving to develop packaging that wows. We have everything from an entry-level machine that allows them to check, simply, quickly and cost effectively, whether or not the design of the packaging hits the marketing sweet spot, all the way to high quality systems that address a broad range of high impact solutions. We have also developed highly versatile machines that support a flexible approach to design and production, allowing brands to be imaginative beyond their wildest dreams and test the water profitably without the commitment of expensive longer runs that take up costly inventory space, incur additional distribution costs and often are discarded due to obsolescence. Our motto is run what you need, when you need it, and change it as often as you want. We are looking forward to showing brand owners and specifiers at Cosmopack how they can give their thinking a make-over, helping bring out a new look of their own.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    16.03.2015   KCL Acquires Laboratory to Expand Testing and Analyses Services    ( Company news )

    Company news KCL expanded its portfolio of operational services with the acquisition of the fiber and paper laboratory in Espoo from Labtium Oy

    In early February, the acquired fiber and testing laboratory will be merged with KCL's existing facilities, thus providing both pilot plant and laboratory scale testing in a single centralized location under KCL's supervision.

    KCL is an expert in pilot scale services and will now also be able to offer testing and laboratory analyses to the pulp and paper industry and its suppliers. By centralizing the laboratory services into KCL will bring customers multiple benefits by providing a more diverse portfolio and range of testing services starting from raw material ending up with the printed end product.

    The acquisition of the laboratory enhances testing and quality control of raw material, fibers, paper, board and packaging materials. In addition the laboratory complements KCL's pilot services supporting customers' development of products and processes. Notably, the laboratory will also offer simulation of mill refining, troubleshooting analyses and provides quality assurance material for checking of paper and board testing device and CEPI-comparative testing material.

    "The synergies of this acquisition strengthen and increase our current range of services for our customers. We will continue to provide our world-class services to the forest and chemical industries with both pilot plant and laboratory scale testing. Moreover, the discovery of new, sustainable and innovative products as a result of testing continues and our commitment to nurture and develop our core business will continue," says KCL's Raimo Pollari, Pilot Plant Director.

    KCL's objective is to make cooperation with its customers easy and centralized. "We want to ensure our cooperation with customers as easy as possible by providing all the needed pilot scale and laboratory testing services from the same provider by using the best industry practices and standards that are cost effective and efficient," says Pollari.
    (Oy Keskuslaboratorio-Centrallaboratorium Ab KCL)
     
    16.03.2015   FINAT launches the European Label Forum 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emphasis on knowledge sharing and business relevance

    FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, has reshaped and rebranded its annual congress to reflect greater industry collaboration and cooperation. Under its new name, the European Label Forum (ELF) will take place June 11-13 2015, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

    “The annual congress has historically presented key industry updates and insight,” explains Kurt Walker, FINAT President. “However, we want to enhance the value of our annual event for business and opinion leaders from around Europe and beyond. This is why we have chosen to ‘re-brand’ the conference as The European Label Forum. The new format will provide insights to attendees on items of relevance for strategic decision making, by connecting different areas of interest and expertise through dialogue and interaction. Sessions will also map the key transformations reshaping the industry, and in doing should help them to identify the opportunities and challenges. In other words, the ELF will offer a unique source of knowledge, experience and networks key to the strategic success of label businesses in an international business environment.”

    The panel of keynote presenters will furthermore include:
    • Herman van Rompuy, former EU President and Belgian Prime Minister;
    • Rasmus Ankersen, entrepreneur and bestselling management author;
    • Ramses Dingenouts, Senior Packaging & Identity Design Manager at Heineken;
    • Gordon Crichton, Director of the French Procurement Management Institute (MAI).

    There will also be a first-hand preview of the 3rd edition of the FINAT RADAR, the association’s half-yearly market overview to be published after the ELF.

    Parallel Business Streams
    One of the novelties in the ELF will be the series of three parallel programme streams on the first day of the conference, offering a choice of top level expert speakers on three areas of expertise: ‘sales and marketing’, ‘technology and manufacturing’ and ‘management and corporate affairs’. Also new will be a plenary workshop that will take the shape of a ‘lean manufacturing game and exercise’ during the closing session of the event.

    “Presenting trends and underscoring market influences is the key role of this event, but the value is in truly understanding how they will impact day-to-day business and shape the future. With topics like ‘the new reality of retailing’, ‘label design that makes products sell more’, ‘competing product decoration technologies’, ‘3D printing business models’, ‘succession planning’ and ‘how to sell your business?’ we are aiming to offer direct business value to a variety of label industry audiences and we are therefore encouraging label printers to consider participating with multiple members of staff to take advantage of this opportunity”, adds Mr. Walker.

    “There will be ample opportunity to network so that delegates can share ideas amongst themselves and leave with a clearer idea of how they can make a difference when they return to their operations. We also believe the ELF will help attendees build new relationships that will enable them to interact with like-minded business leaders beyond the conference, collaborating on new ways of working to ensure a long-term profitable future.”

    The forum will be the stage for presentation of FINAT’s annual awards, too, including the FINAT Label Awards and Recycling Award.
    (FINAT)
     
    16.03.2015   Xerium Reports 4Q 2014 Adjusted EBITDA of $29.4 Million, +21%    ( Company news )

    Company news Full Year Results Come in on Track, Improved by 6% over 2013

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services announced its Q4 2014 and full year 2014 results.

    Photo: Harold Bevis, President, CEO

    Q4 2014 Adjusted EBITDA increased 21% compared to Q4 2013 on steady sales and continued cost reduction
    -Adjusted EBITDA for Q4 2014 was $29.4 million, or 22.4% of net sales, on a constant currency basis. This was an increase of 21% compared to Q4 2013, primarily due to constant currency sales improvements and continued cost reduction initiatives implemented by the Company. See "Segment Information" and "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below.
    -Net sales for Q4 2014 were $131.0 million, an increase of $3.1 million, or 2.3% compared to Q4 2013 on a constant currency basis. Rolls sales improved 3.9% primarily due to volume increases in North America and Asia while machine clothing sales increased 1.4% resulting from higher South America, Asia and Europe volumes.
    -Q4 orders were strong for both machine clothing and rolls. On a constant currency basis, total orders are up 1% over Q4 of 2013. On a constant currency basis, sequential orders are up 11% over Q3 2014. These orders provide a strong backlog for the Company heading into 2015.
    -Q4 2014 basic earnings per share was $0.72 per share versus Q4 2013 basic earnings per share of $0.22 per share. The increase of $0.50 per share was primarily driven by higher sales volumes, continued cost reductions, and lower restructuring costs.
    -Excluding non-recurring items such as restructuring costs, deferred tax valuation allowance reversals, basic adjusted earnings per share was $0.43 in Q4 2014, compared to $0.16 in Q4 2013, an increase of 169%. See "Basic Adjusted Earnings Per Share" below.
    -Q4 2014 gross profit was $52.8 million, or 40.3% of net sales, compared to $49.1 million, or 36.7% of net sales in Q4 2013. Machine clothing gross margin improved to 42.3% in Q4 2014 from 38.5% in Q4 2013, and roll covers gross margin improved to 36.8% in Q4 2014, from a gross margin of 33.6% in Q4 2013. These improvements are a direct result of continued cost reductions and operational excellence programs, lower 2014 quality costs and improved product mix.
    -Selling, general and administrative and research and development (SG&A) expenses were $32.8 million, or 25.1% of net sales, in Q4 2014, down from Q4 2013 SG&A expenses of $35.0 million, or 26.2% of net sales.

    Full year 2014 Adjusted EBITDA grew 6% compared to full year 2013 Adjusted EBITDA on steady sales and continued cost reduction
    -Adjusted EBITDA for full year 2014 was $116.0 million, or 21.4% of net sales. This was an increase of 6% compared to 2013, on a constant currency basis, primarily due to continued cost reduction initiatives implemented by the Company.
    -Full year 2014 sales were $542.9 million, an increase of $1.7 million, or 0.3%, compared to the full year 2013, on a constant currency basis. Rolls sales improved 1.7% primarily due to mechanical services and roll cover increases in North America, which were partially offset by machine clothing decreases of (0.4%).
    -Full year 2014 basic loss per share was $(0.48) per share versus full year 2013 basic earnings per share of $0.27 per share. The decrease of $(0.75) per share was primarily driven by the Company's Q3 2014 Brazil tax settlement of $(1.49) per share.
    -Excluding non-recurring items such as restructuring costs, deferred tax valuation allowance reversals, the Brazil tax settlement charge and plant start up costs, basic adjusted earnings per share was $1.58 for full year 2014, compared to $1.23 for full year 2013, an increase of 28.5%.
    -Full year 2014 gross profit was $215.8 million, or 39.7% of net sales, compared to $209.6 million, or 38.3% of net sales for the full year of 2013. Machine clothing gross margin improved to 41.6% for the full year of 2014 from 39.2% for the full year of 2013, which was a direct result of continued cost reductions and operational excellence programs. Roll covers gross margin came in at 36.5% for the full year of 2014, down slightly from gross margin of 36.8% for the full year of 2013, due to unfavorable product mix in Europe partially offset by savings related to the Heidenheim, Germany plant closure in 2014.
    -Selling, general and administrative and research and development (SG&A) expenses were $137.4 million, or 25.3% of net sales for full year 2014, down from full year 2013 SG&A expenses of $141.4 million, or 25.9% of net sales.

    CEO Comments
    "Xerium performed exceptionally well this quarter, with improved sales volume, significant margin expansion and a substantial improvement in Adjusted EBITDA over Q4 2013," said Harold Bevis, President and CEO of Xerium Technologies, Inc. "The global pulp, paper board and tissue market is growing and transforming. Graphical grades and mature markets are declining, while GDP grades and emerging markets are growing. Xerium is pursuing these growth opportunities by re-aligning our global operational footprint and product lineup. We are increasing our industry-leading innovation program, with machine automation solutions and approximately 100 new patents in process. We are underway with the investment program to grow sales in the future, with both the new machine clothing plant in Ba Cheng and the new roll covering and service plant in Corlu, Turkey. The construction of both plants is well underway and we expect to begin production in both plants in Q3 of 2015. In addition, we announced the expansion of two roll and service plants in Griffin, Georgia and Neenah, Wisconsin to broaden both our mechanical service offerings and product offerings."

    Significant investment and repositioning sales growth programs are underway
    Xerium is repositioning its sales growth profile. Specific measurable programs are aimed at growth markets, mechanical services and machine automation, and will enable higher growth and profit rates in the future. Some programs require capital investment and some do not.

    Cost reduction programs remain on track
    Xerium is repositioning its cost profile towards low-cost countries and low-cost operations. We have 16 primary cost programs underway, including plant closures and operational excellence programs directed at waste, quality, productivity, procurement initiatives and a lean SG&A program. As a result of these efforts, total cost savings for Q4 2014 were $7.6 million. Cost savings for the full year of 2014 were approximately $25 million, which represents a total of approximately $48 million in cost reduction savings in 2013 and 2014. In January of 2015, we announced two plant expansion projects in our roll cover and mechanical services business. 2015 cost reduction programs are expected to approximate $20 million.

    Market Outlook
    Global demand for pulp and paperboard is expected to grow at a rate between 0% and 1% in 2015. There is, however, expected to be a shift in global markets with expected declines in North America and increases in Asia, Europe and South America. Both fiber cement and nonwoven markets are global and growing, with 75%-80% of these markets existing outside of the United States. Xerium is positioning itself in developing markets with the new machine clothing plant in Ba Cheng, China and the new roll and service plant in Corlu, Turkey.

    2015 Outlook
    Xerium will continue to focus on cost reduction and operational leadership programs, and our longer term plan includes several sales growth initiatives, including adding new capacity at machine clothing and rolls plants, investing in emerging markets and coming to market with a host of new products. This balance between base market maintenance, focused sales growth, and continuous cost reduction is expected to add additional Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow in the upcoming years which we expect will allow us to pay down over half of our debt by the end of 2020.
    2014 was a very successful year for Xerium. Our 6% increase in Adjusted EBITDA was attributable to maintaining our market share and realizing cost savings related to cost-out actions. The Company spent approximately $65 million on capital expenditures and restructuring activities during 2014. We expect to spend $59 million on these activities in 2015. Free Cash Flow is expected to be positive by $5-10 million and net debt will be relatively unchanged due to the addition of capital leases, primarily related to the China facility. Our Turkey rolls plant is expected to begin production in April, 2015 and we expect to begin production in our new China machine clothing plant in Q3 2015. While we expect to continue to take out costs in 2015 and expect to add approximately 1% of ex-currency top line growth, inflation is expected to limit Adjusted EBITDA growth to $4 million in 2015.

    CFO Comments
    EVP and Chief Financial Officer, Cliff Pietrafitta said: "Q4 2014 constant currency net sales were 2.3% above Q4 2013. Constant currency rolls net sales increased by 3.9% from Q4 2013, primarily driven by an increase of 6.1% in North America, an increase of 12.2% in Asia and an increase of 23.8% in South America. These increases were partially offset by a decline of (3.6)% in Europe. Constant currency machine clothing sales increased by 1.4% from Q4 2013, primarily driven by an increase of 4.3% in Europe, an increase of 12.8% in South America and an increase of 4.1% in Asia. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of (7.5)% in North America."

    Income from operations in Q4 2014 increased by $9.8 million, to $17.5 million from $7.7 million, due to increased gross margins, reductions in SG&A and reduced restructuring expenses. Improved gross margins and reductions in SG&A were driven primarily by our restructuring initiatives and operational excellence programs. Adjusted EBITDA in Q4 2014 was $29.4 million, or 22.4% of net sales.
    During the fourth quarter we continued to take costs out of the business with quarterly savings of $7.6 million and full year savings of approximately $25 million. The Company spent approximately $17 million of cash on capital expenditures and restructuring costs in Q4 2014. For the full year, we spent approximately $65 million in both of these areas.
    As of December 31, 2014, we had an aggregate of $40.3 million available for additional borrowings under our Credit Facility and smaller lines of credit and our cash balances totaled $9.5 million. YTD 2014 free cash flow (defined as cash-flow from operations less capital expenditures) decreased $(30.3) million to $(38.3) million from $(8.0) million in 2013, primarily as a result of the $25 million Brazilian tax payment made in Q3 of 2014, 2014 restructuring activities, working capital increases and increased capital expenditures.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    16.03.2015   Norske Skog: Improved competitive position and robust business units    ( Company news )

    Company news Already announced capacity cuts in the industry should lead to an improved market balance for newsprint and magazine paper. In a very demanding market, our capacity utilisation in the fourth quarter remained high at around 86%. The weaker Norwegian krone is supportive to operating margins, particularly for the Norwegian units. The successful completion of the EUR 290 million in senior secured notes issue and the extended maturity profile enables full operational efforts in 2015.

    - We have performed in line with what we expected for 2014. We have completed important investments at Saugbrugs and Boyer giving these units and the group, a cost-competitive edge in their respective markets. We believe that we are in a better cost position and are more competitive compared to prior years, due to continued cost reduction programmes, an advantageous currency situation, a lower oil price and better economies of scale at our remaining units, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the fourth quarter of 2014 were NOK 190 million, down from 208 million in the third quarter. Operationally, the EBITDA was flat with a weak magazine paper market in Europe offset by completion of the Boyer ramp-up. The depreciation of NOK occurred late in the quarter and had limited impact on the quarterly result. Gross operating earnings for the full year 2014 were NOK 801 million, a reduction of NOK 61 million compared to 2013, mainly reflecting a prolonged ramp-up of the new magazine paper machine at Boyer in Australia and lower sales volumes due to loss of capacity at Singburi, Pisa and Walsum.

    The net loss of NOK 1.2 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014 was significantly impacted by a negative foreign exchange effect on foreign denominated long-term debt and negative changes (with no cash impact) in the value of energy contracts. Norske Skog redeemed the last NOK bond amounting to NOK 185 million in the quarter. Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 0.6 billion from 2013 to 2014, from NOK 6.8 billion to NOK 7.4 billion, purely resulting from a weaker NOK. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 641 million in the fourth quarter and NOK 947 million for 2014.

    Active capacity management
    Total annual production capacity for the group is 3.0 million tonnes following the completion of the ramp-up at Boyer. In Europe the group capacity is 2.3 million tonnes, while in Australasia the capacity is 0.7 million tonnes.
    Capacity utilization for the group in the fourth quarter was 86% compared with 88% in the third quarter, as a result of active capacity management. Capacity utilization for 2014 was 88% (88% for 2013).

    - We have performed active portfolio management of our machine capacity throughout 2014, and we will continue this policy in 2015. The market remains challenging, and we will continue our efforts to improve the group's competitiveness and financial flexibility. Already announced permanent capacity cuts of more than 2.5 million tonnes in Europe and North-America in 2014 and 2015 in our product segments should be supportive to the market balance, and thus future price levels, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Outlook
    Publication paper prices in Europe were relatively stable into 2015, beyond certain foreign exchange effects, particular in the UK market. The market balance for newsprint and magazine paper is expected to improve into the second half of 2015, when already announced capacity closures in the industry have been completed.
    Paper prices in Australasia are to a large degree stable reflecting long-term pricing contracts and a large logistical disadvantage for non-domestic producers. Export volumes for newsprint out of Australasia track international prices in Asia and is still expected to be challenging. The new magazine paper machine at Boyer in Australia should give a significantly positive contribution to gross operating earnings in 2015. Last year the machine was a significant negative contributor due to a prolonged ramp-up.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable. Fixed costs initiatives continue.
    The refinancing plan announced in January has been successfully completed. Following these transactions, the capital structure has improved significantly through enhanced liquidity, immediate de-leveraging and an extended maturity profile. Despite this, leverage remains high and requires improved profitability, but the refinancing enables the group to focus on improving operations, cost initiatives and capital efficiency.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    16.03.2015   ICE Europe 2015 – Converting community celebrates a further record event    ( Company news )

    Company news A total of 7,040 visitors from 71 countries and 439 exhibitors from 26 countries on a net exhibition space of 11,000 square metres – the results of the 9th edition of ICE Europe add another record to the success story of the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting. Compared with the previous event the figures of this
    year’s exhibition represent a 7% increase in visitor numbers and a 10% increase in exhibitor numbers and floor space.

    From 10-12 March 2015 converting specialists from all over the world gathered at the Munich Trade Fair Centre to find out about innovative technology, exchange expertise and source the latest equipment to enhance their fabric ation processes.
    “The participating companies were highly satisfied with the outcome of the show. Exhibitors told us about a large number of new business contacts and positive sales figures. We would like to thank all participants for once again making ICE Europe the most successful international marketplace for the converting community,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers, Mack Brooks Exhibitions.
    “The further growth of the converting industry’s leading exhibition reflects the positive economic outlook for the sector. With a strong focus on future trends, such as value-added products, processing of new materials and energy-saving manufacturing processes, and by expanding world-wide business networks, there are currently great business opportunities for the converting industry,” explains Nicola Hamann.

    International business was high on the agenda of the participating companies at ICE Europe 2015, and with half of the visitors and 44% of the exhibitors coming from outside Germany this year’s exhibition was more international than ever. Major visitor countries, after Germany, were Italy, Austria, Switzerland, France, Great Britain, Poland, the Netherlands, Turkey and Spain.
    Major industry sectors represented by visitors were packaging, engineering, the paper industry, package printing, the chemical industry and textiles/nonwovens.
    The exhibition categories visitors were primarily interested in were coating and laminating, slitting/rewinding, control / test / measurement, flexo and gravure printing as well as materials.

    “A first analysis of the exhibitor feedback shows that exhibiting companies were highly satisfied with the outcome of ICE Europe 2015. A vast majority of exhibitors were able to fully reach their target groups; they praised the quality of visitors and the clear focus of this trade exhibition,” says Nicola Hamann.
    Most of this year’s exhibitors had already indicated on-site that they intended to exhibit again at the next exhibition. ICE Europe 2017 will take place from 21-23 March 2017 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre.
    Next year, Mack Brooks Exhibitions will organise ICE Asia, from 19 - 21 October 2016, in Shanghai, China; and the next ICE USA will take place from 25 -27 April 2017 in Orlando, Florida.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions)
     
    16.03.2015   CCE International 2015 with a visitor plus of 18%    ( Company news )

    Company news 2nd International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry

    With an increase of 18% in visitor numbers, the specialised trade show CCE International 2015 was a great success. A total of 2,410 visitors from 62 countries discovered a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard at this year’s show. A characteristic of the event was the high quality of visitors and the exchange of expertise in open seminars held on-site.
    A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries presented the latest trends and developments in corrugated and carton manufacture and converting at Europe’s only specialised marketplace for the corrugated and cartonboard industry, on some 4,500 m2 net at the Munich Trade Fair
    Centre. This represents a growth in exhibitor numbers and floor space of a good third. Open seminars discussing hot topics like ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’ were held alongside the show on all three days.

    International visitors from specialised industry sectors
    Just like two years ago, the visitors came from all over the world, with 64% of visitors and 82% of exhibitors arriving to Munich from abroad. Most exhibitors were from Italy, Germany, China, Great Britain and the Netherlands. The most represented countries in terms of visitors were Germany, Italy, Poland, Great Britain, Spain, Austria, France, the Czech Republic, Turkey and Switzerland.
    The majority of the trade visitors came from corrugated board plants and sheet plants (52%), were folding carton converters (25%), packaging designers (17%) and corrugated sheet feeders (15%). The dominating industry segments that visitors work in were the food and
    beverage industry (45%), transport and logistics (26%), electrical appliances and electronics (24%) as well as cosmetics (21%), furniture (20%) and pharmaceuticals (18%).
    The main areas of interest for visitors were corrugated converting equipment (45%), printing equipment (41%), corrugating line (38%), folding carton converting equipment (33%), raw materials and consumables (32%) as well as machine and plant control (27%).

    “We have received very positive feedback from exhibitors and visitors alike“, explains Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the show organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions. “The exhibitors met exactly the target group of decision makers that they were aiming at. At the same time, the visitors had a significant benefit in terms of information about new developments and trendsetting technology know-how. This allows participants to adapt to the current market demands and to position themselves correspondingly. As a customised complement to the exhibition, the new open seminars on ‘Digital Print‘, ‘Folding and Gluing‘ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting‘ were very much appreciated during the three show days.“

    CCE International show profile
    CCE International presents raw materials, consumables, corrugating line and equipment, corrugated and carton converting equipment, design and CAD/CAM, printing equipment, cutting, creasing and die-cutting equipment, ancillary equipment, materials handling and warehousing, pallet strapping and handling systems, MIS and plant scheduling systems, waste extraction and baling as well as corresponding services.
    The co-located event ICE Europe 2015, the 9th edition of the world’s leading exhibition for the conversion of flexible, web-based materials, such as paper, film, foil and nonwovens also closed its doors with a 7% increase in visitor numbers. 7,040 visitors and 439 exhibitors attended the show.
    CCE International 2017 will take place at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany from 21 – 23 March 2017. Mack Brooks has just announced a new industry event for South East Asia. The CCE South East Asia will take place at the Bangkok International Trade and Exhibition Centre
    (BITEC) from the 21-23 September 2016 presenting the entire processing chain for corrugated and folding carton in a single dedicated trade environment, to serve the local and regional markets of South East Asia.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    13.03.2015   X-Rite Announces Next-Generation Spherical Spectrophotometers for Color Measurement    ( Company news )

    Company news The Ci7800 and Ci7600 Set a New Benchmark for Managing Color throughout the Supply Chain

    X-Rite Incorporated, a globalleader in color science and technology, and its subsidiary Pantone LLC, announced a new series of spherical benchtop spectrophotometers that provideaccurate measurement of color across the entire supply chain, from conceptdesign through final product. The X-Rite Ci7800, a master-level instrument, andthe compatible cost efficient Ci7600 represent the next generation ofspectrophotometers, helping users meet color specifications and improveprocess controls.

    In a complex global supply chain, there are many points at which color errorscan occur, from design, specification and formulation, to manufacturing and theassembly of raw materials, parts and the final product. Communicating colorstandards digitally and having accurate, reliable sample-to-sample colormeasurement of materials can mitigate errors, reducing costly rejects, productrework and speeding time to market.

    “The new X-Rite Ci7800 and Ci7600 are specifically designed to help usersovercome color management challenges,” said Chris Winczewski, VicePresident, Product Marketing for X-Rite. “These instruments set a newbenchmark for measuring, managing and communicating color data. TheCi7800 and Ci7600 are the most accurate and reliable benchtop spherespectrophotometer in the market today. They are easier to service and offer anunprecedented audit trail for each sample taken, improving overall colorcompliance in the supply chain.”

    Ideal for the plastics, textile, automotive and paint/coatings industries, the Ci7800 and Ci7600 can adjust to any color supply chain, including thoseanchored by instruments from other suppliers. Product highlights include:

    • Advanced Auditing Capabilities: An on-board camera captures images ofeach measurement, providing a visual record of every sample as well as adetailed audit trail of the settings at the time of measurement. The result is aseamless, automated and consistent color measurement and managementprocess that can be easily audited for invalid measurements and sampledefects. On-board sensors capture temperature and humidity at the time ofmeasurement.

    • Automated Instrument Set-Up: Easy to use software makes instrumentconfiguration simple and eliminates error with pre-loaded customer settings formeasurement consistency.

    • Measurement Flexibility: The instruments come with up to five apertures andthree automated UV filters for increased measurement flexibility across opaque,transparent and translucent materials.

    • Migrate Legacy Colors: The instruments help ensure that legacy data remainsvalid and the new devices fit seamlessly into existing environments regardlessof data format.

    X-Rite will showcase the Ci7800 at NPE 2015, the International Plastics Showcase, March 23 - 27, 2015, in Orlando, Florida and at the European Coatings Show 2015, April 21-23, 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    13.03.2015   Holmen reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 45 per cent    ( Company news )

    Company news During 2014, Holmen’s carbon dioxide emissions per tonne of paper and paperboard products produced decreased by 45 per cent compared with 2013. This substantial improvement is the result of a long-term investment and means that the company has taken a further step towards reducing the climate impact of its operations.

    The investment in a new recovery boiler at the paperboard mill in Iggesund has significantly reduced emissions of fossil carbon dioxide and the target is to become self-sufficient in heating and electricity. As a result of extensive energy investments the paperboard mill in Workington currently runs on biofuel and is self-sufficient in electricity and thermal energy. In addition, fossil-free electricity is distributed to the local community. Today, the manufacture of paperboard in the Holmen Group is virtually fossil-free.

    Major investments have been made at Hallsta Paper Mill to increase its energy efficiency, mainly through increased heat recovery from paper machines and pulp production. During 2014, emissions of fossil carbon dioxide decreased by around 70 per cent compared with 2013. At Braviken Paper Mill, oil consumption has decreased due to improvements in the operational strategy for the mill’s steam system, greater efficiency in the solid fuel boiler and increased steam recovery from the production of thermo-mechanical pulp.

    Together these measures have allowed Holmen to reduce emissions of fossil carbon dioxide by 45 per cent in 2014, from 123 to 67 kilos per tonne of paper and paperboard products produced, compared with 2013.

    In recent years Holmen has received several awards for its sustainability work and is included in the UN’s global stock index Global Compact 100 for companies that show a strong financial performance combined with sustainable operations. During 2014 Holmen also gained a place in the Carbon Disclosure Projects (CDP) list of 187 listed companies that are pioneers in the fight against the threat of climate change. In January 2015 Holmen was also named by CDP as one of the 121 best suppliers in the world as regards action against climate change.

    Lars Strömberg, Holmen’s director of sustainable and environmental affairs comments:
    “Our strategy of investing in fossil-free technology at the mills in Sweden and the UK has been crucial for our sustainability work and we are very satisfied with the results for 2014. Being recognised with awards and being included in the sustainability index is acknowledgement of our work. Our efforts on energy and climate issues also create trust, which strengthens our brand with regard to investors, customers and suppliers.”
    (Holmen AB)
     
    13.03.2015   Large Number of Visitors at Muller Martini’s stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays trade fair in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Lucerne: "The Vareo is a brilliant machine"

    Presented as a world premier, the Vareo was the center of attraction at Muller Martini's stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays in Lucerne. A large numbers of visitors wanted to see the perfect binder, where each of the three clamps is equipped with its own servo motor and is driven individually for the first time, live in action.

    Muller Martini displayed the Vareo, which offers maximum flexibility with a mechanical output of up to 1,350 cycles per hour, in Lucerne together with its partners Hunkeler, Heidelberg, ATS and Polar in a flexible machine configuration with which a complete brochure was produced on site. It consisted of digitally printed content (web printing) and a cover, was bound using hotmelt and was given a final three-side trimming in a final step. In this configuration, the comprehensive monitoring of the content and cover by barcode was demonstrated. All modules involved used the same barcode system to ensure that the product had the right composition and is bound correctly.

    Ideal for Short Runs
    "The Vareo is a brilliant machine," said Gottfried Leuenberger, Head of Finishing at the printing and media company W. Gassmann AG in Biel (Switzerland). "Such solutions are needed because the runs are becoming ever smaller. I particularly noticed the outstanding quality of the end products." Trond Erik Isaksen, founder and Managing Director of Livonia Print in Riga (Latvia), was also enthusiastic about the new Vareo: "The perfect machine for digital printing - ideal for short runs."

    For Samir Graba, Managing Director of Société Imprimerie Beta in Ariana (Tunisia), the Vareo is «the ideal À-la-carte solution because it is both predestined for smaller runs in digital printing, but also for the medium run segment from offset printing. I think the new technology of the Vareo is very interesting – a small, but clever machine," Beta, which has two Acoro A7 perfect binders and a 335 saddle stitcher from Muller Martini, still prints exclusively in offset. But it is important for Samir Graba "that we prepare for the future. That's why the Hunkeler Innovationdays were an excellent opportunity for me to inquire in what direction the market is going and what solutions are on offer."

    The All-Rounder for Offset and Digital Printing
    In doing so, Samir Graba noted that, with its excellent price-performance ratio, the Vareo all-rounder comes into its own not only in digital printing for ultra-short runs right down to one copy per job, but also for medium runs, regardless of whether the brochures are produced using offset or digital printing. This makes it the ideal perfect binder for bookbinders and printing houses that work with conventional printing methods and plan to enter digital printing or are already active in digital printing.

    Vareo's flexible equipment enables varied applications. Photo books, personalized catalogs and high-quality brochures can be produced cost-effectively thanks to short setup times (e.g. in less than one minute from A4 to A5), which are indispensable for ultra-short and one-copy runs, and short production times. That enables producing high-quality books extremely quickly, with the very first copy being sellable.

    The Presto II Digital as a Gathering Machine
    In addition to the Vareo, Muller Martini demonstrated at its stand at the Hunkeler Innovationdays how the Presto II Digital saddle stitcher is also perfectly suitable for the gathering of signatures. It can be used for the production of both digital and offset printed products. The digitally printed signatures were folded on the TH 56 steel folder and gathered digitally on the Presto II Digital before the finished book block was finally perfect bound live on the Vareo.

    "Because we are now also active in the digital area," explains Gottfried Leuenberger, "I am, of course, looking into this matter closely. Our Primera saddle stitcher is prepared for digital printing, for which reason I had a close look during the trade fair at the inline finishing solution presented by Muller Martini in the Presto II Digital. Because there is no doubt for me that digital is the future." Although Livonia, which has nearly 20 Muller Martini systems (of which only one is older than five years), does not produce any short runs but minimal job sizes of 500 copies, it was nevertheless interesting for Trond Erik Isaksen "to see what is happening in the market for short runs. As there is no other significance trade fair in 2015, the Hunkeler Innovationdays were a golden opportunity for me to have a look what enhancements machine manufacturers were presenting since drupa 2012."

    "Shorter Runs is the Clear Direction"
    ABC Press in Eppindust is also linked to Muller Martini as part of a long-standing partnership on the basis of three Ventura book sewing machines, two Acoro A5 perfect binders, a Diamant bookline and a 335 saddle stitcher. The South African company now wants to enter digital printing. "Because we are seeing the same trend," says Roger Gladwell, Computer-to-Plate Manager, "of a clear movement toward shorter runs and more repeat orders. That's why it was particularly interesting for us to see live in Lucerne what finishing solutions Muller Martini offers."

    Mail Ordner Solutions India PVT Ltd. in Mumbai (India) has been in the area of digital printing for a long time. "We specialize in direct mailing," says Director Prithviraj M. Desai, "but we sometimes also produce books. At the Muller Martini stand, we saw impressively in what direction the technology in digital magazine and book production is going."
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
     
    13.03.2015   Meet Adforum at Skogsindustridagarna in Sundsvall, March 19-20, 2015!    ( Company news )

    Company news Skogsindustridagarna is the major event for the forest industry in Sweden this year, organized in Sundsvall March 19-20, 2015, by Inspecta in co-operation with Pöyry and Idhammar. The event will consist of a conference, an exhibition and a social event in the evening. Please visit their website or watch the movieclip for more information about the event. Adforum will be present at the event – Welcome to our stand!

    Making marketing plans for the incoming year? Let us fill you in on the most important events for the forest industry in May 24-26, 2016 in Stockholm:

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

    -Bioeconomy Innovation Forum
    The new event for innovations and new products from the forest industry like Biochemicals, Biofuels, Textile Fibres, Bioplastics, Nanocellulose and Consumer packaging. The Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will be organized in co-operation with the forest industry companies.

    An event following the development of the forest industry
    The events by Adforum are developed according to the feedback from the exhibitors and visitors. The next events will not only have a strong focus on new and innovative products but also on other important features like integrated conferences in the exhibition, company visits, matchmaking and social activities.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    13.03.2015   Exchange of knowledge and experiences at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 Beside the latest products and services related to paper production there are more attractive offers of information for visitors at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015.

    Market place „Fibers in Process@ZELLCHEMING-Expo“
    The market place „Fibers in Process@ZELLCHEMING-Expo“ is a dialog platform that unifies practice, research and science. It offers visitors the opportunity to get in contact with exhibitors beyond the exhibition stands to debate the industry’s current callenges and developments. Thus a special show is dedicated to the topics „Technology & Services“, „Materials & Processing“ and „Research & Development“. Within the scope of an integrated lecture forum, the so-called Trend Lounge, the topics Paper Industry 4.0 and Resource Efficiency are presented and discussed. Moreover there is an integrated section for research and science where universities and institutes inform about their latest projects as well as their education offers. In addition job starters and young professionals can inform themselves about vacancies of the exhibiting companies at the job and career corner.

    „Paper & Fibre World 2030“ is guiding theme at the conference 2015
    This year’s conference is dedicated to the future project „Paper & Fibre World 2030“ initiated by the German Pulp and Paper Association, German Employers’ Association of the Paper, Board and Plastics Converting Industry and German Paper Technology Research Association. Partner of the project is the Cluster Paper and Fibre. Accompanied is the project by Thomas Strobel of FENWIS GmbH. Focus of the project was to create future visions that enable business chances in attractive future markets with high added value opportunities. For the first time the results of the project will be presented to public. Further more well-known speakers from research and practice will debate the topics „Lightweight with paper in construction and packaging” and „Functional barriers for paper and board”. The conference program is completed by the Cellulose Chemists Symposium.

    The registration for a free entrance ticket is online available under www.zellcheming-expo.de. Moreover one can find further information about the event, travel arrangements and the registration for the conference.
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
     
    12.03.2015   New coreless Solid Plus toilet tissue    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to the use of Solid Plus technology, Sofidel is able to unveil a new coreless toilet tissue on the Italian market.

    Sofidel’s coreless toilet tissue uses a new Solid Plus technology that enables it to dispense with the inner cardboard tube normally found in other toilet tissues. Therefore, the resulting free space can be filled with even more sheets of tissue; 50 more to be precise, thus providing the customer with not only larger rolls of 550 sheets (i.e., 500 + 50) but also with a more practical product.

    The new product, launched under the Coop Zero Tubo brand, marks the start of a new collaboration in the Private Label sector with the leading supermarket in Italy.
    (Sofidel S.p.A.)
     
    12.03.2015   Smurfit Kappa launches Shelf-Facer, boosting brand visibility by up to 50%    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa has announced its latest ground-breaking solution, the Shelf-Facer, proven to increase the visibility of goods on the shelf by up to 50%, leading to a significant increase in potential sales.

    Rigorous testing and extensive shopper insight data have confirmed the benefits of the unique solution, which pulls products to the front of shelf-ready packaging, significantly improving shelf presentation and allowing brands to take full advantage of in-store marketing opportunities.

    The announcement of the Shelf-Facer follows the recent release of Smurfit Kappa’s shopper marketing white paper – Marketing on the Shelf - exactly how in control are you? – which found that, despite 76% of purchase decisions being made by shoppers in-store, brands often fail to seize upon the powerful marketing opportunity it represents, particularly at point of purchase and on the shelf.

    To meet this challenge, Smurfit Kappa drew on the brightest and most creative minds of its 700 plus designers worldwide. Tasked with creating a solution to maximise shelf visibility, the result was an innovative and commercial solution for brands to guarantee their products are as easy as possible to find and buy in store.

    The Shelf-Facer consistently ensures the product is in view and available at the front of the shelf for consumers to find. Once an item has been purchased, it is immediately replaced by another from behind, significantly improving brand visibility and increasing sales.

    Recent studies estimate a significant increase in sales can be achieved through improved shelf presentation. To quantify and understand the impact of the Shelf-Facer, Smurfit Kappa used its unique eye-tracking technology, developed with partner Eyesee, to map where the shoppers’ eye is most drawn to on the shelf. The results prove that the Shelf-Facer increases the visibility of products on the shelf by up to 50%.

    Arco Berkenbosch, Senior Vice President Innovation, Smurfit Kappa, said: “After a great deal of testing and research, we are confident the Shelf-Facer will prove an important new tool that will help brands sell more of their products in-store. We understand the importance of grabbing consumer attention at the point of purchase and, in line with our ongoing commitment to maximise value for our business partners, we are pleased to have created a product that is proven to drive commercial success.”

    The Shelf-Facer is just one of a range of innovations that will be launched at the company’s Innovation Event on April 15th in the Netherlands. The launch of the Shelf-Facer is the latest example of Smurfit Kappa’s wider commitment to maximise value for its customers, by developing proven packaging innovations to drive business success and win at that all important first moment of truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another. It builds on the company’s differentiation strategy to ‘Open the future’ for its customers, by delivering customer growth through insight and innovation.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    12.03.2015   Xeikon Cuts Gem of an Agreement with Sapphire    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: From left to right: Bent Serritslev, Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific; Wim Maes, CEO Xeikon; Neeraj Chaudhry, Founder Sapphire Graphic Solutions; Vikram Saxena, CEO Sapphire Graphic Solutions.

    Digital specialist to represent Xeikon in Indian document printing market

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology has signed an agreement with Sapphire, the leading Indian supplier of digital print solutions to support its expansion in the Indian document printing market.

    The agreement, signed at the brand new Xeikon Asia Technology Center, will focus on the commercial printing and publishing sectors as well as the photo, wall décor and creative markets.

    The portfolio Sapphire represents includes Xeikon’s 8000 Series digital color presses. They feature high precision LED-array imaging technology, which combines true 1200 dpi resolution and 4-bit per spot color depth, to deliver the finest commercial print quality available on the market today. In addition, the Xeikon 8000 Series presses offer unmatched format flexibility, with a media width of 512mm (20.2 inches) and unlimited print length. The presses print on both sides of the substrate simultaneously and can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 10 million pages.

    The 8000 Series presses are a fundamental element in Xeikon’s Document Production Suite, a fully integrated solution for the production of direct marketing material of virtually any size or format, ready for mailing or short-run high-quality transactional printing.

    Sapphire will also offer Xeikon’s Wall Decoration Suite. It allows cost-efficient production of high-quality wall decorations for commercial, retail and residential purposes. This short-run friendly ‘all-in-one’ solution addresses the increasing demand for more customized and personalized print jobs and enables the production of a small roll of finished wallpaper from a large roll of paper. It integrates four major components - a Xeikon digital press printing on the widest media range available, with dedicated workflows and software, application-specific toners and process optimization tools plus pre- and post-press equipment.

    “We pride ourselves on our customer centric approach, whether it is providing a trained operator with the machine or supporting the initial installation for the first couple of weeks,” states Sapphire’s Vikram Saxena, Chief Operating Officer at Sapphire Graphic Solutions. “It is this approach to customer support that has resulted in the success of our business from its inception. We are delighted to be able to work with Xeikon and share with our customers how the large portfolio of Xeikon’s digital printing solutions can help them grow their business and stay ahead of the competition.”

    Bent Serritslev, who was recently appointed Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC) to help support its fast-paced growth in this dynamic region comments: “Sapphire has earned an unrivalled reputation for its service, support and sales of digital printing solutions and we are delighted to be working together in such an exciting and vibrant region. We are looking forward to presenting solutions that can help Indian print production operations improve their production capabilities and enhance their service offering.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    12.03.2015   Invercote G from Iggesund : Upgraded for better digital printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: “For a company like ours that offers top-quality stiff paperboard, the explosive development of digitally printed packaging offers huge possibilities,” comments Fredrik Lisinski, responsible for the development of Iggesund Paperboard’s digital print sales.© Iggesund

    “We’re seeing almost an explosion of digitally printed folding cartons. For a company like ours which offers stiff paperboard of the highest quality this is a terrific development,” comments Fredrik Lisinski, who is responsible for developing Iggesund Paperboard’s sales to the digital print market.

    Strong brands led by Coca Cola have shown that the intelligent personalisation or regionalisation of packaging and labels can drive sales. Presses designed for higher grammages as well as new finishing equipment are opening up new possibilities. At the same time, larger sheet formats are paving the way for better economies of scale for digital printing.

    “In addition, new applications are appearing that were previously unimaginable,” Lisinski adds. “Fifteen – or even ten – years ago, who could have thought that a print run of five calendars featuring photos of someone’s grandchildren or three copies of a photo book could form the financial backbone of a printing firm.”

    Invercote, which is Iggesund’s flagship product, has paved the way for digital printing on thicker paper materials since the technology was introduced in 1993. Today’s Invercote G is certified for a variety of digital print technologies and is recognised as the market leader by digital printers when they need a thicker or stiffer material than usual.

    The rapid development of digital presses and increasingly widespread interest in using digital print on packaging led Iggesund to take the next step with Invercote.

    “The upgraded Invercote G that we’re rolling out into the market this spring will give us a complete portfolio of products for digital applications,” Lisinski explains.

    “Invercote Creato is the best choice for all two-sided printed materials such as covers and various types of cards, but also for packaging with equal demands on both sides of the paperboard. The upgraded Invercote G will give customers who want a clear difference between the paperboard’s two sides but who still want to be able to print on both sides using their digital presses precisely what they’re looking for.”

    The secret lies in the new coating on the reverse side of the upgraded Invercote G.

    Iggesund’s engineers were asked to create a reverse side with improved printing properties – in both offset and digital – but without compromising on the natural feel that has been the product’s hallmark for many years. The market’s reactions to the upgrade have far exceeded expectations.

    With this new product Iggesund wants to give the entire digital print industry a tool with which to smash all the barriers that have hindered digitally printed folding cartons from achieving its full potential.

    “We don’t want our customers to have to choose between good printability in digital applications and first-class packaging characteristics in terms of designability and material stiffness and strength,” Lisinski says. “With Invercote we want to give them both. Our status as the market leader proves we’re on the right path. With this upgraded product I’m convinced that the entire digital packaging print market will take another leap forward.”

    Over the past year Iggesund has made major efforts to increase the availability of Invercote in the most common formats for digital presses.

    “We’ve followed the market and worked with the leading press manufacturers. The result is a product portfolio that is perfectly suited to people who do digital printing on higher grammages,” Fredrik Lisinski concludes.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    11.03.2015   AGI printed on Holmen TRND    ( Company news )

    Company news To expand our offering further and to reach new customer segments, Holmen Paper has launched Holmen TRND for sheet feed. This way, printers of smaller editions of magazines and direct mail can also reap the benefits of using Holmen TRND. The special character of Holmen TRND gives new life to your content.

    Holmen TRND is literally a challenger among magazine papers and is used for magazines and direct mail. The paper is matte, uncoated and the surface is tough and rough. Holmen TRND is a cost efficient alternative to wood-free coated papers.

    The paper magazine AGI Grafiskt Forum printed their Swedish December issue on sheet feed Holmen TRND with good results. Peter Ollén concludes in his editorial that when they send the magazine for distribution, it weighs 25% less than normal but has 20% more bulk. The reader experiences a thicker magazine, the printer saves 25% on paper cost and the distribution weight is reduced by 25%. A win-win situation for all.
    (Holmen Paper AB)
     
    11.03.2015   The new Highway Range from Arctic Paper - Four innovative paper grades for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...high-speed inkjet printing

    Arctic Paper introduces its complete Highway Range, a new innovative and flexible range of quality papers designed for today’s fastest and most efficient inkjet printers. Amber Highway is suitable for the growing transactional printing market, whereas Munken Highway is suited to multifunctional purposes ranging from brochures to coffee table books.

    High-speed inkjet printing technology requires an entirely different approach to paper manufacturing. As a leader in the field, Arctic Paper has developed a flexible paper range for everything from personalised transactional printing to more sophisticated brochures and books.

    All the paper grades in the Highway Range are custom-made for high-speed inkjet printing, while still retaining the touch and feel of traditional paper grades:
    • Amber Highway Regular and Amber Highway Super have been developed for today’s growing transactional and transpromo market, suitable for products such as personalised bank statements, invoices and personalised offerings and ads.
    • Munken Highway White and Munken Highway Cream are true multifunctional, bulky paper grades in two different shades, suitable for black and white and full colour printing using high-speed inkjet, flexo, offset or dry toner printing methods.

    “As a leading producer of fine paper in Europe, we are keen to offer a flexible range of paper grades that meets both current and emerging market needs and we see great potential for the new range,” said Marc Bogaert, Managing Director of Arctic Paper’s sales office in Benelux.
    (Arctic Paper Benelux N.V.)
     
    11.03.2015   SENNING is Participating at TISSUE-ME 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news TISSUE Middle East Exhibition the 2nd International Exhibition for Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting Industries will be held on October 22nd -24th , 2015. at Cairo International Convention Center, Cairo, Egypt.
    TISSUE-ME 2015 Exhibition gathers exclusively Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting manufacturing experts, key players and decision-makers committed to showcase the latest Machinery, Raw Material, Finished Products, Technologies, Innovations, Solutions and Services from around the Globe.

    SENNING is Participating at TISSUE-ME 2015
    More than 60 years of development and construction of packaging machines, are Christian Senning Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG basis for reliable and innovative solutions for the wrapping of paper and tissue products.
    Christian Senning Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG sells 80% of their packaging machines in foreign markets all over the world.
    Christian Senning Verpackungsmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG is producing wrapping machines for the following products:
    Napkins
    Handkerchiefs
    Facial Tissues
    Towels
    Miscellaneous Non-Woven Products
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
     
    11.03.2015   Dynamic and intelligent production brought to print life with the new Mimaki SIJ-320UV    ( Company news )

    Company news Selective debut of 3.2m large format LED-UV curing roll-to-roll inkjet printer with twin roll option

    Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, announces the launch of the LED-UV curing inkjet printer SIJ-320UV, a 3.2m wide format printer developed specifically to support the needs of wide format print service providers in China, Taiwan, Russia, Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The built-in quality and uninterrupted print run checking features combine perfectly with the newly developed LUS-120 high performance UV curing ink, enabling the printer to produce uninterrupted high quality, high speed printing of various signage media, including PVC and other banner materials. The printer will be commercially available as of April 2015.

    Patented dithering for uninterrupted and consistent print quality

    The SIJ-320UV is equipped with various print quality check features to ensure the Mimaki quality guarantee:

    - The patented dithering Mimaki Fine Diffusion 1 technology (MFD1) processes image data while safeguarding the original image quality. The technology is included in the Rasterlink 6 RIP software and reduces noise through hybrid processing of pattern and error diffusion dithering.

    - Mimaki Advanced pass system 4 (MAPS4) reduces banding and uneven colour printing.

    - Optimum waveform technique ensures ink deposition at an optimum angle from the printhead, while maintaining excellent ink droplet circularity.

    - NCU automatically detects and recovers clogged nozzles.

    - NRS selects substitute nozzles to restart printing, if required.

    - Precise media feeding mechanism supports fine printing.

    A multitasking jack-of-all-trades!

    China, Taiwan, Russia, Korea, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Africa are experiencing a surge in wide format application jobs. The need to produce short run jobs on a wide variety of media has created room in these markets for a wide format printer that could master miscellaneous jobs at a high pace at exceptional quality. Mimaki has therefore launched this dedicated roll-to-roll printer for various signage media, including PVC and other banner materials. Alongside the printer, Mimaki also introduces the versatile LUS-120 UV ink, offering printers the flexibility and durability required for signage jobs. The ink delivers beautiful, durable printing results at all times, even on soft media such as (non-laminated) banner materials. Moreover, in order to make the printer’s job load even more practical, it allows for simultaneous printing on two rolls, up to a maximum mountable media width of 1,524mm for each roll. That way, printers can simultaneously handle two different jobs on one machine.

    Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe, comments on the new launch: “This machine is as versatile and flexible as the printers it is designed for in these regions. State-of-the-art Mimaki technology combined with durable and outstanding ink colour reproduction will make sure they can timely tailor each print job to the needs and quality standards of their customers.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    11.03.2015   Tissue World Barcelona: Voith presents the NipcoFlex T shoe press and state-of-the-art products    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith will have its own stand again this year at Tissue World Barcelona, Spain, to be held from March 17 to 19, 2015. Trade fair visitors will find Voith at stand C 150.

    Voith will introduce the current NipcoFlex T shoe press and illustrate examples of the system already installed worldwide. The presentation will furthermore include ATMOS, the Voith technology for the manufacture of premium tissue, as well as more than 20 other state-of-the-art products for tissue production.

    Marcus Schwier, Voith Vice President Sales Tissue EMEA, will give a presentation on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, on the topic: ‘Join the Future – the Most Energy Saving Tissue Production Line in the World.‘ Mr. Schwier will present the latest operating results from Miltenberg.

    Laslo Monte, Voith Director Sales FRS Tissue & Replacement Rolls EMEA, will give a presentation on Thursday, March 19, 2015 focusing on ‘State-of-the-Art Conditions for Dewatering at the Suction Pressure Roll.’ Mr. Monte will report on the significant energy savings and performance increases that can be achieved for paper machines with the HydroSeal sealing strip system, the SolarSoft polyurethane roll cover and the Evolution press felt.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    11.03.2015   Ecofibras started up TM#5 in Aranguren, Spain, after major rebuilding    ( Company news )

    Company news The Spanish Company ECOFIBRAS ARANGUREN SL, tissue manufacturing facility of the CEL group, has successfully completed and started up in cooperation with Toscotec the tissue machine TM#5 in Aranguren – Zalla Bizkaia – after a major rebuilding.

    Formerly KC Aranguren plant, Ecofibras initiated a new phase as an independent company in 2012.
    TM#5 rebuild project was part of the new development plan designed to increase company’s production capacity and improve product’s quality with the aim to supply current parent reels market, both in virgin and in deinked pulp reels.

    The project’s scope was to rebuild into a crescent former the existing machine TM#5, originally equipped with a suction breast former and sloped wire configuration, in order to produce lower tissue grades, improve the machine speed as well as the runnability and maintenance.

    Toscotec supplied to Ecofibras a stock preparation upgrading, a fully hydraulic step diffuser headbox TT Headbox- SLT and the replacement of the wet-end section into Crescent Former.
    Erection supervision, start-up assistance and training services completed Toscotec’s scope of supply.

    The new configuration, besides reaching energy savings and a high product quality targets, allowed TM#5 machine to increase the operating speed from 1370 mpm up to 1500 mpm, with the possibility of reaching a speed of 1800 mpm once dry end section will be upgraded.

    Due to the perfect integration of the mill and Toscotec teams, the rebuild has been carried out in a very short time and the target was reached both in terms of timing and performances.

    Once more, with this new installation, Toscotec has demonstrated its capability and great experience in managing complex technological machine upgrading and rebuilding worldwide in a short delivery and installation time.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    11.03.2015   Bosch presents Energy generation 4.0     ( Company news )

    Company news ISH Energy 2015 in Frankfurt, hall 8.0, stand B31
    Modular efficiency concept and intelligent controls

    -Interactive demonstration of the energy system control MEC
    -Live connection to real plants with Bosch remote technology
    -Interactive efficiency configurator for heating and process heat

    On the ISH Energy, the World’s leading trade fair for the sanitary, building, energy, air conditioning technology and renewable energies Bosch completely focuses on the subject Energy generation 4.0 for large systems. With the new product family Master Energy Control (MEC System) steam, hot water and combined heat and power (CHP) products from Bosch can be combined to intelligent systems. Direct communication between system components like CHPs and steam boilers ensures higher system efficiency and a long system liftetime. Maximum availability and 24/7 remote service are additional benefits of energy generation plants networked with the MEC System. The intuitive user interface allows to view and evaluate the state of systems quick and effective. With the optional remote connection MEC Remote users can safely access their systems from everywhere. If required, experts from Bosch online provide advice and suggest optimisations on demand at any time.

    Thus, Bosch sets a new standard in terms of system availability, reliability and service level. At the ISH Energy visitors can interactively experience the system: A Bosch expert will give live demonstrations of the secure access to test systems, for example, in Kazakhstan.

    Interactive efficiency configurator for heating and process heat
    Another highlight on the trade fair are the interactive configurators for efficient heating and process heat. Whether it is the retrofitting of a heat exchanger, switching from oil to gas operation or the preheating of combustion air with waste heat, here, trade visitors can acquire an impression of the economic efficiency of different modules and combinations.

    When and for whom does a combined heat and power unit pay off? What benefit does the use of waste heat from cooling units have? And which increase in efficiency can intelligent system controls and efficient hydraulics provide? At the Bosch stand on the ISH Energy interested persons receive information about the hidden saving potentials in their current system.

    Industry-specific energy concepts and system solutions
    With 150 years of experience Bosch has unique knowledge in the area of specific requirements of different industries and users. More than 110 000 successful projects in more than 140 countries are a clear proof of the high competence in the area of energy generation systems.

    Highly specialised configuration tools and experienced experts ensure extraordinarily quick and precise customer-specific offer generation. Therefore, one of the focal topics at the Bosch stand are energy concepts for different industries. Besides technical information on thermal system solutions, our experts will demonstrate advantages of Bosch technology by providing insight into innovative reference projects.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
     
    10.03.2015   Forty years on, Perstorp’s Capa™ commitment is stronger than ever    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: This year is the 40th anniversary of Capa™, the multi-talented range of caprolactone monomer, aliphatic polyester polyols and thermoplastics from Perstorp. The Sweden-based global supplier of specialty chemicals continues to innovate with Capa™, to bring ground-breaking high-end performance to products and processes in adhesives, biopolymers, coatings, elastomers, and resins used in a wide range of applications. (Photo: Perstorp)

    Since the introduction of Capa™ in 1975, Perstorp has built up an unmatched combination of knowledge and expertise, as well as a market-leading production and testing infrastructure. Capa™ helps Perstorp customers create materials with enhanced properties, such as wear resistance, lower VOC, UV resistance, gloss, adhesion and low temperature flexibility. Perstorp is now strengthening its focus on delivering custom solutions that address industry trends, facilitate innovation and differentiation through measurable benefits.

    Perstorp is constantly investing in production facilities. Its latest investments include a pilot plant that was brought on-stream in Warrington, UK, last year. This will help it develop new grades more quickly for specific needs.

    “With Capa™, we strive to be at the forefront of the development of innovative high performance solutions for formulators across diverse polyurethanes sectors and in plastics,” says Stephen Lewis, BU Vice President for Perstorp’s Capa™ business. “It boils down to three things: Consistent innovation in our technologies, delivering clear benefits throughout the value chain; Customer focus, with superior service support and providing security of supply; and finally Care, with our focus on quality and sustainability.”

    Saving solvents and energy in adhesives production and use
    Capa™ plays a vital role in improving both the adhesion and bonding process of adhesives. It helps minimize joint failures, whether the substrate is textile, wood, metal or plastic. For adhesive formulators and converters, Capa™ is easy to process and apply, helping to minimize processing costs. The low processing temperatures of thermoplastic adhesives containing higher molecular weight Capa™ grades (Capa™ Thermoplastics), and the low melt viscosity of reactive adhesives containing Capa™ Polyols, ensure speed and efficiency as well as reduced energy costs and lower VOC levels.

    Increasing the potential of bioplastics
    Perstorp is stepping up its investment into the fast-growing bioplastics market. Capa™ Thermoplastics are already playing a vital role in enhancing biopolymer performance and biodegradability across a range of bioplastic applications. Compounding equipment is currently being installed in a new advanced laboratory. This investment is critical to support Perstorp customers in their development work in this innovative market.
    Capa™ Thermoplastics add significant value to the performance of biopolymers such as PLA, PHA and starch, in short-life and long-life applications. Today, Perstorp is focusing on key bioplastic growth areas, in paper coatings, bags & films, and packaging, but with its new investments, the company is ensuring that it has the infrastructure in place to meet the challenges of new emerging applications.

    High performance coatings with low carbon footprints
    The coatings market is a key focus for innovation at Perstorp, as the company moves forward in developing targeted solutions for selected segments, applying its expertise in a wide range of technologies to decorative and industrial applications. Perstorp is concentrating on providing customers with improved performance while reducing wherever possible the environmental footprint of the supply chain.

    Perstorp has a leading position as a supplier of high performance materials for industrial coatings used in applications that range from aerospace exteriors, through wind turbine blades, to soft-touch surfaces for car interiors. Capa™ Polyols are the ideal solution for companies formulating premium polyurethane coatings that require very good low temperature properties, resistance to impacts and abrasion, crack resistance, chemical resistance, and very good aesthetic qualities. Capa™ Polyols are also best in class when it comes to VOCs, since they require the addition of little or no solvent.

    Elastomers perform under pressure
    When used in polyurethane elastomers, Capa™ Polyols significantly enhance the performance properties that keep them in good shape over long lifetimes. For example, Capa™ improves the properties of thermoplastic (TPU) end products that require outstanding performance under pressure, such as gaskets, O-rings and seals. For castable elastomers, Capa™ increases toughness, durability and flexibility for applications that range from industrial rollers and mining screens to sports shoes and car bumpers.

    Premium resins
    Capa™-based polyurethane dispersions and UV-curable resins provide sustainability and premium performance properties across wood, metal, plastic, textiles and leather substrates. They provide protection against weathering, cracking, corroding, abrasion and impact. Applications include high-end opto-electrical, automotive, and aerospace coatings as well as paints and printing inks.

    New Capa™ innovations add to sustainability
    Perstorp is now launching the Capa™ Lactides series of very high performance polyols. Properties of these copolymers of caprolactone and lactides can be tailored for specific applications. Perstorp sees major opportunities for these new grades, which enable a good balance between soft feel and a range of mechanical properties in coatings. These liquid grades eliminate solvent use and add long-lasting properties to adhesives and elastomers too. Lactides are based on lactic acid derived from renewable resources, so the new polyols have beneficial carbon footprints as well.
    (Perstorp AB)
     
    10.03.2015   Brigl & Bergmeister to increase prices by 5-8% from April 1    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to a drastic increase of raw material costs compared to last year Brigl & Bergmeister cannot avoid to raise sales prices by 5-8% from April 1. The increase will vary by grade and region.
    At the two locations in Austria and Slovenia, Brigl & Bergmeister manufacture wet strength and non-wet strength label papers as well as flexible packaging papers.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    10.03.2015   ICE Europe 2015 has started: 10% increase in exhibitor numbers and floor space     ( Company news )

    Company news Featuring a total of 439 exhibitors from 26 countries, ICE Europe 2015, International Converting Exhibition, opens its doors from 10 – 12 March 2015 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany. This year, the 9th International Exhibition for Paper, Film, Foil and Nonwovens Converting covers a net exhibition space of 11,000 m2. This represents a 10% increase in exhibitors and net floor space since the previous record event.

    „The continued growth of the world’s leading converting exhibition demonstrates the positive economic outlook of the industry sector and its dynamic development. There is considerable growth potential for the converting industry in the emerging markets where the demand for consumer products and flexible packaging solutions is continuously growing. In the developed markets there is an increasing demand for value-added, individually designed products and smart packaging solutions,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

    For suppliers and users of materials, machines, systems and accessories for the conversion of flexible materials, an international trade show such as ICE Europe is a key driver for innovative production solutions. The exhibiting companies are presenting a comprehensive range of products for the converting industry: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialist software.

    A key feature of ICE Europe is the large number of live demonstration of machinery and systems at the individual exhibition stands. Whether biodegradable materials, enhanced coating applications, efficient slitting and rewinding technology, new printing or precise measuring systems – many novelties are presented at ICE Europe to a wider audience for the very first time.

    A specialist conference on prevailing trends in converting is held alongside the exhibition. The conference is organised by AIMCAL (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging.
    The 2nd International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry will, once again, be co-located to ICE Europe, in hall B6, directly opposite the ICE Europe halls. A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will present raw materials, machines, accessories and systems for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. An open and free seminar with a variety of topics on corrugated and carton production as well as new digital and inkjet print applications will be held on the show floor.
    ICE Europe 2015 will be held in halls A5 and A6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. The show can be accessed via the East entrance. ICE Europe 2015 is open on Tuesday, 10 March 2015, and Wednesday, 11 March 2015, from 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, 12 March 2015, from 9am – 4pm.
    Entry tickets are still available at a discounted price via the online ticket shop. A day ticket costs €20, a 3-day-ticket €30. On-site, tickets cost €32 (day ticket) or €47 (3-day-ticket). Entry tickets for ICE Europe 2015 are also valid for CCE International 2015.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    10.03.2015   CCE International 2015 presents innovative technology and application oriented seminars    ( Company news )

    Company news 2nd edition of Europe’s only specialised exhibition for the corrugated and folding carton industry opens its doors

    Over the next three days, 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will showcase a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Open seminars on the latest developments in corrugated and carton manufacture and converting will be held alongside the show. The detailed seminar programme is now available from the show website.

    From 10 - 12 March 2015, CCE International will once again be the key marketplace for experts from the corrugated and cartonboard industry. With more than one third of growth in exhibitors and net exhibition space, compared with the show premiere in 2013, the exhibition
    covers 4,500 m2 in hall B6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany.
    The show profile of CCE International covers raw materials, consumables, corrugating line and equipment, corrugated and carton converting equipment, design and CAD/CAM, printing equipment, cutting, creasing and die-cutting equipment, ancillary equipment, materials handling and warehousing, pallet strapping and handling systems, MIS and plant scheduling systems, waste extraction and baling as well as corresponding services.

    Open seminars on converting solutions for the packaging industry
    The open seminars held alongside the show will discuss hot topics like ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’ and will take place on all three show days at stand 285 within hall B6. They address experts with in the industry sector and will provide an
    overview of specific topics with Question & Answer sessions following on after each presentation.
    Sessions will mainly be held in English, except for one seminar in German language focusing on ‘Digital Print on Fibre Based Packaging’ on Wednesday, 11 March at 11.00am. The open seminars are free to attend for visitors to the show.

    The conference programme in detail:
    Tuesday, 10th March 2015
    11:00 – 12:00 Digital Print for Corrugated Packaging
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Flat-Bed Digital Printing Systems for Corrugated Board
    Jörg-Peter Kober, Hewlett Packard

    High Speed Corrugated Case Printing in a Single Pass
    Sean Moloney, SUN Automation Group

    How to Deal with Short Run Printed Sheets for Downstream Converting
    Barry Tabor, BCS Autobox
    15:00 – 16:00 Folding and Gluing of Folding Cartons
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, Folding Carton Industry

    High Speed Gluing Machinery for Folding Cartons
    Pinar Kucukaras, Duran Machinery

    Spotting a Defect Box at High Speed on a Gluer is Critical for Batch Accuracy
    Ralf Scharf, Baumer hhs

    Why is Fold Accuracy so Important on the Specialty Gluer?
    Abdel Ezbiri, Cerulean Instrumentation
    Wednesday, 11th March 2015
    11:00 – 12:00 Digital Print on Fibre Based Packaging (in German)

    Flat-Bed Digital Print Systems for Corrugated Board and Displays
    Michael Lackner, Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology

    High Speed Carton Printing - From Work Flow to Finished Carton
    Michael Uhl, Xeikon International

    What Aspects of Your Business Do You Need to Change to Integrate Digital Print into an Analog Business Model? From Design and Through to the Entire Workflow
    Pascal Thomas, Esko
    13:30 – 14:00 Inkjet Print in Packaging

    Industrial Inkjet Printing is Booming Both in Terms of Technology and
    Opportunity – How Can We Take Advantage of this Boom?
    Frazer Chesterman, Co-Founder of the Industrial Print Show InPrint
    15:00 – 16:00 Accurate Die-Cutting of Corrugated Board
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Keeping Your Anvil in Good Shape Results in a Better Die-Cut on a Rotary Die-Cutter
    Taco Paulides, Dicar

    Safe Storage of Your Dies Is Critical to an Efficient Die-Cutting Department
    Torben Christiansen, bcm transtech

    Using Time Saving Die Mounting Equipment on Your Flexo Is Safe and Efficient
    Oscar Serra, Talleres Serra
    Thursday, 12th March 2015
    10:00 – 11:00 Folding and Gluing
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Dealing with the Output from a High Speed Gluing Machinery for Corrugated Boxes Needs Additional Equipment
    Ulrich Wolz, Bahmüller

    Accurate Glue Application is Critical in High Speed Corrugated Box Making
    Chris Leary, W.H. Leary Co.

    Why is Belt Life so Important on a Corrugated Specialty Gluer?
    Hermann Nelles, Ammeraal Beltech
    13:00 – 13:30 The Digital Print Revolution Panel Discussion

    InPrint
    Online registration at favourable price open until the end of the show
    The Online Ticket Shop on the CCE International 2015 website will still be open during the exhibition days. An online day pass booked any time before entering the exhibition is available for €20 and a 3-day-pass for only €30. On-site, the day ticket will cost €32 and the
    season ticket €47. All tickets will also allow access to the co-located event ICE Europe 2015: The 9th edition of the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting takes place in the halls A5 and A6 just opposite of CCE International.
    The exhibition profile of ICE Europe includes the following categories: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialised software.
    CCE International 2015, held in hall B6, is accessible via the East entrance of the Munich Trade Fair Centre and will be open until Thursday 12 March. The opening hours are Wednesday, 11 March 2015 from 9.00 – 17.00 and Thursday, 12 March from 9.00 – 16.00.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    09.03.2015   Toscotec to supply three new AHEAD-1.5M ES tissue machines to Vinda Group, China    ( Company news )

    Company news Vinda Group, producer and branded provider of household paper and personal care & hygiene products in China, has placed an order with the Italian manufacturer Toscotec for the supply of three new tissue lines at its two mills in Deyang, Sichuan and Laiwu, Shandong, which are scheduled to come on stream in the last quarter of 2015.

    Vinda Group has stepped up its expansion plan. In line with the strong partnership established with Toscotec, it decided to place these new orders with the Italian manufacturer, based on Toscotec’s technological advantage, which delivers top product quality and considerably reduces the mill's energy costs. As a result, the Group will add an annual production capacity of 60,000 tons in Shandong and 30,000 tons in Sichuan.

    The new Toscotec lines are AHEAD-1.5M ES crescent former tissue machines, designed for the production of high quality tissue products, with significant energy savings both with usage of gas and with steam. The speed is 1600 mpm, with a trim width of 3400 mm. Furthermore, the scope of supply also includes Toscotec’s Drying Optimization for Energy Saving solution TT DOES, a tailor-made drying package including also Milltech hood, which delivers higher drying efficiency and output, as well as key energy savings. Toscotec’s short approach flow TT SAF contributes to such savings, with an overall efficiency increase in the approach system.
    Complete engineering and erection supervision, commissioning & start up assistance and training services are also part of the supply.

    These orders continue along the line of a strong, successful, long-term partnership between Toscotec Group and Vinda Group, which begun in 2011. Vinda Paper (Shandong) Co. Ltd. already houses two Toscotec tissue machines, PM1 & PM2, which came on stream in the second half of 2013.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    09.03.2015   CS Labels moves into the ‘Fast Lane’ with the Xeikon Cheetah Digital Press    ( Company news )

    Company news With speed increases of almost 60%, the fastest digital label press on the market will enable award-winning digital label printer to boost its capacity by a third

    Xeikon announces today the upcoming arrival of its Xeikon Cheetah press at award-winning digital label printer CS Labels. The new Xeikon digital press is one the most important advancements in digital printing in the last 15 years, and UK-based CS Labels has been selected as one of the pilot sites for this ground-breaking technology, bringing CS Labels’ pressroom portfolio up to five cutting-edge Xeikon digital presses. The new addition will enable CS Labels to increase capacity by yet another third, and the company expects the Xeikon Cheetah to be a key enabler for continuing its year-on-year growth of up to 25% and taking turnover to £4m a year. As one of the fastest digital label presses on the market with printing speeds of 30 meters per minute, the Xeikon Cheetah is 56% faster than any other press in the current Xeikon portfolio, making it the most productive digital press in its class.

    “I am delighted that we have been selected to pioneer this technology and integrate it into our production portfolio,” states Simon Smith, CS Labels Managing Director. “Over the past few years, we have led the way when it comes to helping companies make the switch from traditional flexo printing to digital. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah means that we can make even bigger inroads into a rapidly growing marketplace and a dynamically changing landscape. In our view, digital has not been seen as short run/high cost for some time now as brand owners gain a deeper understanding of its many advantages. We have noticed a real growth in demand for longer digital print runs, culminating with an order for 50,000 linear meters at the end of last year. Our higher end clients are up to date with what is possible and our expanded production capacity will give them even more confidence. Quite simply, the Xeikon Cheetah will enable us to cope with increased demand while continuing to deliver jobs quickly and accurately.”

    Close partnership continues
    CS Labels has had a mutually beneficial relationship with Xeikon for nearly a decade. “The close partnership with Xeikon has allowed both of us to grow and develop, staying ahead of the technology curve,” says Smith. “We have invested in a total of seven Xeikon presses during that time. Each year we look forward to learning about new capabilities coming our way that will allow us to increase our capacity and the breadth of our offerings. The Xeikon Cheetah is the latest advancement, and might just be the best yet!”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, adds: “Selecting CS Labels as a pilot site for the Xeikon Cheetah was an easy decision. Their thought leadership and commitment to digital printing continues to pay off. We are delighted to be their valued partner as we move into the next stage of the industry’s evolution”.

    Exploring new markets
    The Xeikon Cheetah will give CS Labels greater production flexibility and allow the company to explore new markets. “With this new press, we will not only be able to expand capacity but we will also have the capability to produce different types of work,” explains Smith. “Where the Xeikon Cheetah will have the biggest impact is in raising production efficiency. We will be able to have each of the presses in our fleet set up for and dedicated to a specific product type, with no change-over in substrates or settings required. Keeping the same material on the press avoids downtime, and it also means we can offer a broader portfolio leveraging an even more robust production platform and do so more cost effectively.”

    Innovation drives value
    Innovation is a key cornerstone in the ethos of CS Labels, and the company is always looking at how it can support customer growth. “We follow the latest market trends and are reviewing how we can be more innovative,” Smith says. “For example, we see significant growth opportunities in peel-and-reveal labels and digital wrap-around labels, and as such need more capacity to produce these. The Xeikon Cheetah will undoubtedly give us that. In addition, this press will help us to be more proactive in the conventional flexo market as we can be more competitive on the longer flexo runs by virtue of moving more work to digital.”

    This increased production capability dovetails with increasing brand interest in digital according to Smith: “Big brands are taking digital seriously now, and we need to be able to cope with the growing volumes. Digital print enables us to change the nature of the dialogue we have. Customers are not just looking at the cost of production, they are looking at how to use the technology to enhance brand value.”

    He expands: “The Share-a-Coke campaign in Europe changed everything. It blew away perceptions of limitations to digital. Personalization, versioning, improving the overall quality – these are all made affordable by digital. The result is more relevant labeling that generates a better ROI, market nimbleness and improved brand perception. Being able to rapidly transition to new labels based on seasonality, geography, language and special events keeps a brand fresh. Also, the ability to cost-effectively produce these shorter versioned and personalized runs creates a different mental model with respect to run lengths, giving brands better control over inventories and wastage.” The digital conversation also goes beyond the physical product Smith adds: “It is a way to incorporate other technologies such as micro text, augmented reality and other embellishments that can be added later to create a stand-out label.”

    Despite growing interest in digital on the part of brand owners, Smith points out that customer education is still vital. A key element of that education is ensuring digital is considered at the design stage to take full advantage of what it can offer. “The conversation has shifted from a more defensive posture on digital to an enthusiastic pursuit of how it can change operations,” Smith says. “When we get customers into the plant and they see our Xeikon fleet for themselves, the technology literally sells itself and stimulates a lot of great new ideas.”

    As for the future, Smith is understandably excited: “In the next three to five years, there is enormous opportunity. It is not just about printing self-adhesive labels anymore. There are changes in the nature of the dialogue we are having with customers. We are starting to talk to them about digital advantages that go beyond a discussion of price. It is brainstorming with customers about the possibilities that makes it really exciting!”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    09.03.2015   marks-3zet expands business with new subsidiary in Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: marks-3zet Company Building: The head office of marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

    In 2014, marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) acquired the Italian company Printgraph Waterless. On 1 January 2015, the new subsidiary began operating in the Italian market under the name marks-3zet Srl.

    Based in Milan, marks-3zet Srl offers the same product and services portfolio as its parent company, while catering to the specific requirements of the Southern European market.

    As an official retailer for Toray products, marks-3zet Srl provides consumables, investment goods, project management, and other services for waterless offset printing, rounded off by various underpacking materials such as calibrated underpacking sheets.

    marks-3zet Srl is directed by Carmelo Roberto, longtime sales and marketing manager at CtpOptotec, the CtP business unit of Metoda SpA.
    (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    09.03.2015   Printed Electronics for the label printer    ( Company news )

    Company news Updates on the added-value sector of functional printing for labels and packaging, by FINAT

    Packaging has been a prime driver in the development of printed electronics, from RFID to QR codes and other digitally ‘readable’ data. The printing expertise, specialist materials, and conductive inks required to reliably create these ‘intelligent’ functions have long been a specialty of the label production chain – an extended value chain which is supported by a single umbrella organisation in Europe, FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry. Proactive participation in educating and supporting its member companies as well as the industry in general in newly-developing territories such as the printed electronics arena is an ongoing focus for FINAT, as innovation continues apace. A recent members-only expert webinar on printed electronics provided a valuable update on existing applications and potential opportunities for printers in the narrow-web flexo market – not just in packaging or labels.

    New directions for label printers
    Presented by Chris Jones of Novalia, a conductive print and capacitive touch specialists based in the UK, the webinar encouraged label industry delegates to think ‘out of the box’. “By combining extant mainstream equipment, consumables, and expertise, they can create state-of-the-art printed electronics that, in addition to scannability, bring the dimensions of touch, sound and vision into play to add real additional functionality or even ‘must have’ desirability to a product or its packaging,” explains Mr. Jones. “Today, as well as printed circuit boards and transistors, print can deliver a variety of other mainstream applications – including lighting, LEDs, photovoltaics, and even skincare patches, and features strongly in automotive, aviation, architectural and military applications and in pharmaceuticals and healthcare, toys, music, and of course brand protection and anti-counterfeiting.”

    The world of the smartphone
    In a world where the majority of the population has a smartphone, the opportunities to link up such instruments to interact, via printed electronics, with what would appear to be simple printed posters or other items is now attracting more and more interest internationally. Outdoor advertising and displays are good examples. As part of the launch for their new Flavour Shots herbs and spices range, Schwartz used a ‘sonic poster’ featuring Novalia’s capacitive touch technology. The paper poster, when touched, plays music wirelessly through a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. Touching the artwork on different spots triggers musical chords that are meant to add an extra level of engagement with the new Schwartz products. It is conductive inks that turn the surface area of the paper into an interactive interface. Adding new dimensions such as sound or movement to display print is certainly an innovative way to enhance a consumer’s perception of, and interest in, a product.

    Added-value packaging
    There are also creative examples from the extended world of packaging Mr. Jones illustrates: “For example, a box of tissues that featured a playable piano keyboard on the side of the packaging, and multiple-pack secondary packaging for beers and cigarettes that also carried special printed ‘touch’ and ‘connectivity’ features. What consumer could resist the added value of such packaging?”

    On a more serious note, pharmaceutical and healthcare applications add user-friendliness to alert a patient to the need to take his blister-packed medication – and enable the pharmacist/dispenser to check, thanks to a microprocessor in the pack, that the drugs were in fact taken at the right time in the right quantities.

    The winning features of flexo print
    For volume production of printed electronics, narrow-web label printers are particularly well positioned as providers. “While screen and gravure have their place in certain application areas,” Mr. Jones explains, “flexo has proved itself the most attractive print process for the job. Its combination of good print speeds and ease of repeatability; the high, consistent application weight of wet ink that flexo achieves; and the good range of available flexible, inexpensive substrates (paper, PP, PET), constitute an ideal combination. The conductive pigments themselves represent an additional consideration for the flexo printer – both in practical and cost terms – and, additionally, drying the ink is a key factor. Currently, evaporative solvent and water-based drying provide the desired characteristics. UV ink curing remains a challenge, because at this time it does not pack the ink particles together sufficiently. The process of printing conductive inks embraces, in summation, anilox specification, production speed, drying, and press consumables – all of which can affect the ‘sheet resistance’ of the conductive inks – the characteristic which is at the heart of a good result.”

    Innovation beckons the brand owner!
    “There is certainly a considerable and growing interest from narrow-web label printers in extending the range of specialist capabilities they can offer to brand owners. Their skills base and pressroom equipment can enable them to deliver printed items incorporating printed electronics in a variety of creative forms that go well beyond traditional functional/industrial applications and conventional label print,” Mr. Jones concludes.
    (FINAT)
     

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