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    11.12.2014   EXPERA SPECIALTY SOLUTIONS, LLC ACQUIRES OLD TOWN FUEL & FIBER    ( Company news )

    Company news Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC (“Expera”), a portfolio company of KPS Capital Partners, LP, announced the acquisition of certain assets related to the Old Town Fuel & Fiber pulp mill (“Old Town”). Expera acquired the assets free and clear of substantially all liens, claims, encumbrances and interests through an auction conducted as part of a sale process under Section 363 of the United States Bankruptcy Code. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maine formally approved the transaction.

    Photo: Russ Wanke, Chief Executive Officer of Expera

    Founded more than a century ago and located in Old Town, ME, OldTown is a high-quality pulp mill with the capacity to produce annually 200,000 tons of Northern Bleached Kraft pulp.. The mill closed indefinitely this past August. Expera intends to invest significant capital and resources into OldTown to restart the mill and ensure the highest level of production quality and capacity.

    “I’m excited to welcome the OldTown employees back to work and to the Expera family,” stated Russ Wanke, Chief Executive Officer of Expera. “Expera is a financially strong enterprise with an excellent platform positioned for expansion and growth. Under Expera, OldTown will have significant top-line stability and will benefit from our commitment to continuous improvement and manufacturing excellence. OldTown provides Expera with added internal capabilities, allowing us to deliver to our customers more product innovation and even better service.”

    Raquel Palmer, a Partner of KPS, said, “We are very proud of the progress Expera has made to date. The Company has improved its profitability under our ownership and exceeded all of our growth expectations. Expera continues to capitalize on opportunities to grow its business and capabilities, and this acquisition further demonstrates the Company’s commitment to being the leader in the specialty paper market.”

    OldTown is in the process of equipment start-up and employees will be coming back to work in several phases throughout the month of December, reaching full employment capacity by January 5.

    Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP and Pierce Atwood LLP served as legal counsel to Expera and KPS.
    (Expera Specialty Solutions)
     
    11.12.2014   Alfa Laval wins SEK 50 million tall oil order in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news Alfa Laval – a world leader in heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling – has won an order to supply a complete process line to a pulp mill in Russia. The order, booked in the Energy & Process segment, has a value of approximately SEK 50 million and delivery is scheduled for 2015.

    Photo: Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group

    The order comprises decanters, separators, compact heat exchangers and fluid handling equipment for a plant, manufacturing high-quality tall oil in Russia. The plant, which will start up towards the end of 2015, is connected to a pulp mill – tall oil being an important byproduct of pulp manufacturing.

    “This is an order for a unique solution, based on centrifugal separation. Compared to traditional methods using settling tanks, Alfa Laval’s unique offering is more efficient and it increases the quality of the oil,” says Lars Renström, President and CEO of the Alfa Laval Group.
    (Alfa Laval Nordic AB)
     
    11.12.2014   Iggesund invests in organic growth     ( Company news )

    Company news The board of the Holmen Group, which includes Iggesund Paperboard, decided on Wednesday to give the green light for investments totalling EUR 60 million in Iggesund’s mills at Iggesund, Sweden and Workington, England.

    Photo: Manufacturing capacity for Incada in Workington, England will increase by 20,000 annual tonnes.

    At Iggesund the investments will eliminate bottlenecks in pulp production so it can be increased from the current 370,000 tonnes to 420,000 tonnes. The target for the board mill is to increase the capacity by 10 per cent without investments.

    “After we brought the new recovery boiler on line and developed our purification systems for both air and water, the mill now has unused potential, in both the pulp and board mill, which we can activate,” comments Olov Winblad von Walter, Director of Iggesund Mill. “This is exciting because we are taking yet another step towards being one of the world’s leaders in mill technology with the lowest environmental impact. This move also further reinforces our competitiveness in the form of lower variable costs.”

    The investment in Workington will increase the mill’s paperboard production capacity from the current 200,000 tonnes to 220,000 tonnes. This investment will also make the mill a leader in folding box board technology thanks to a rebuild of the paperboard machine’s press section which will increase product quality. The rebuild will be completed by June 2016.

    “We are experiencing strong demand for our improved Incada, not least because European converters regard it as the paperboard with the best runnability for applications involving mass-market consumer products,” comments Ulf Löfgren, Managing Director of Iggesund’s mill at Workington. “In that situation of course it is positive that we can increase our capacity so more people can benefit from Incada’s advantages.”

    “We see no difficulty in increasing Incada’s presence in Europe,” adds Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing at Iggesund. “Our market share has been limited by our capacity. The planned capacity increase combined with Incada’s recognised quality and our service gives us a excellent position.”

    Over a five-year period Iggesund Paperboard has invested strongly in strengthening its competitiveness via lower energy costs, whilst simultaneously minimising its use of fossil fuels. A total of EUR 361 million has been used for this purpose in both Workington and Iggesund. The investments announced now are more focused on increasing production.

    “We have reduced our environmental impact and also taken control of our energy costs,” Sundblad concludes. “We are well equipped to face tougher competition in the paperboard market but above all with regard to other types of packaging material. Our strategy is organic growth and for Workington, this is the first step in that direction. The announced investments will give us an excellent market position in terms of both product quality and capacity.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    11.12.2014   Metsä Board grows its paperboard business, plans to fully exit paper production and considers ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... a rights issue to partially finance the final steps of transformation

    Photo: CEO Mika Joukio

    Metsä Board Corporation is introducing the final steps of transformation to a paperboard company and invests approximately EUR 170 million in a new folding boxboard machine at its Husum mill in Sweden. The production capacity of the new machine is approximately 400,000 tonnes per annum and it will start up in early 2016. Full production capacity is expected to be reached by the end of 2016. Husum mill’s paper production is planned to be discontinued mostly at the end of 2015 and fully by the end of 2017. These measures in Husum, including also the increasing fresh forest fibre linerboard sales volumes, are expected to improve Metsä Board’s operating result by approximately EUR 50 million per annum mostly in 2017 and fully from 2018 onwards compared to 1–3Q 2014 annualized performance.

    Metsä Board is also planning new measures to eliminate losses of its Gohrsmühle mill in Germany. The primary target is to divest the mill during the first half of 2015. If the divestment does not materialize in the set time frame, Metsä Board will introduce other measures to eliminate the unit’s heavy losses. Gohrsmühle mill has approximately 480 employees and its main products are cast coated and label papers. The mill’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 85 million and annualized operating loss to EUR 20 million based on the 1–3Q 2014 performance.

    Metsä Board’s associated company Metsä Fibre is planning to build a bioproduct mill with an investment cost of approximately EUR 1.1 billion to replace the current pulp mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The planned pulp capacity of the mill is 1.3 million tonnes leading to a net capacity increase of approximately 800,000 tonnes compared to the existing pulp production at the site. Metsä Fibre targets to make the final investment decision in spring 2015 and operations at the mill would commence during 2017. According to preliminary plans, the amount of capital invested by Metsä Board in the project would be maximum EUR 30 million. Metsä Board’s ownership share in Metsä Fibre remains at 24.9 per cent also after the planned Äänekoski investment.
    These planned measures are expected to be financed by current liquidity, operating cash flow and potentially also by an approximately EUR 100 million rights issue, based on the Board of Directors’ authority granted by the AGM. The potential rights issue is targeted to be implemented in 1Q 2015. The company’s principal shareholder Metsäliitto Cooperative is committed to a pro rata investment of approximately EUR 43 million in the potential rights issue.

    Metsä Board will renew its management and reporting structure to support successful implementation of the new growth and restructuring actions and to strengthen its position as the leading paperboard company. A separate stock exchange release related to this topic has been published today at the same time as this release.
    “These final steps of our transformation to a paperboard company allow us to grow significantly our core business and exit the weak paper production. Our profitability will be raised to a new improved level without compromising the solid balance sheet,” comments CEO Mika Joukio.

    Growth of paperboard business and planned exit from paper production
    Metsä Board’s strategy is to grow profitably its fresh forest fibre paperboard business and reduce its exposure in the declining paper businesses. Measures announced today strengthen the company’s market leadership in fresh forest fibre paperboards and enable an exit from the weak paper operations. Thanks to these new measures Metsä Board’s total paperboard capacity will increase from 1.4 million to over 2 million annual tonnes by 2018.
    “We have experienced good growth in our folding boxboard and linerboard businesses in recent years. Demand for our sustainable, safe and cost-competitive folding boxboards has recently increased especially in North America. In order to continue profitable growth, we must increase folding boxboard production capacity. After extensive planning work, we have decided to invest in the new folding boxboard machine at Husum, which is our biggest mill integrate including a large two line pulp mill, state of art coating technology, an efficient power plant, and own harbor. This is a very cost-competitive alternative to increase our capacity,” continues Joukio.

    After the investment at Husum, Metsä Board’s total folding boxboard capacity will be approximately 1.3 million annual tonnes. The new folding boxboard capacity in Husum, approximately 400,000 tonnes per annum, is planned to be sold mainly to markets outside Europe, especially to North America, and also to the food service segment globally. Metsä Board entered the food service segment in early 2014. If the demand supply situation so requires in the coming years, Metsä Board has possibilities to adjust its production accordingly.

    Metsä Board started to produce uncoated fully bleached fresh forest fibre linerboards at Husum mill in 2013 and expanded to coated grades in 2014. At the moment, the linerboard sales volume run rate is over 100,000 tonnes per annum. Husum’s linerboard annual production is planned to be increased to close to 300,000 tonnes by 2018. These volumes are expected to be sold both in Europe and North America increasingly also to new applications e.g. in food packaging.

    Metsä Board plans to discontinue standard paper production at Husum mostly by the end of 2015. Total paper capacity planned to be ceased is approximately 600,000 tonnes annually. Personnel impacts will be clarified in the statutory negotiations that will be commenced immediately.

    After the investment and the planned paper capacity closures, there will be two paperboard machines at Husum mill:
    - Board Machine 1 with annual folding boxboard production capacity of about 400,000 tonnes.
    - Board Machine 2 (current Paper Machine 8) with annual linerboard capacity of about 300,000 tonnes. Uncoated fine paper business reel production will be continued in the Board Machine 2 until the linerboard sales volumes have been grown to the full capacity of the machine.

    The annual pulp production capacity at Husum is approximately 750,000 tonnes per annum including both softwood and hardwood grades. In addition to chemical pulp produced at the site, the new folding boxboard production at Husum will use majority of the BCTMP produced at Kaskinen mill in Finland from 2016 onwards.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    11.12.2014   Hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets, research finds    ( Company news )

    Company news Modern hand dryers are much worse than paper towels when it comes to spreading germs, according to new University of Leeds research.

    Scientists from the University of Leeds have found that high-powered ‘jet-air’ and warm air hand dryers can spread bacteria in public toilets. Airborne germ counts were 27 times higher around jet air dryers in comparison with the air around paper towel dispensers.
    The study shows that both jet and warm air hand dryers spread bacteria into the air and onto users and those nearby.
    The research team, led by Professor Mark Wilcox of the School of Medicine, contaminated hands with a harmless type of bacteria called Lactobacillus, which is not normally found in public bathrooms. This was done to mimic hands that have been poorly washed.
    Subsequent detection of the Lactobacillus in the air proved that it must have come from the hands during drying. The experts collected air samples around the hand dryers and also at distances of one and two metres away.
    Air bacterial counts close to jet air dryers were found to be 4.5 times higher than around warm air dryers and 27 times higher compared with the air when using paper towels. Next to the dryers, bacteria persisted in the air well beyond the 15 second hand-drying time, with approximately half (48%) of the Lactobacilli collected more than five minutes after drying ended. Lactobacilli were still detected in the air 15 minutes after hand drying.
    Professor Wilcox said: “Next time you dry your hands in a public toilet using an electric hand dryer, you may be spreading bacteria without knowing it. You may also be splattered with bugs from other people’s hands.
    “These findings are important for understanding the ways in which bacteria spread, with the potential to transmit illness and disease.”

    The research, funded by the European Tissue Symposium, was published in the Journal of Hospital Infection and presented at the Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) International Conference in Lyon, France.
    (University of Leeds)
     
    10.12.2014   SCA launches innovative disposal solution for pads    ( Company news )

    Company news The problem with the lack of disposal facilities for used pads is no more. With the launch of the Roll.Press.Go™ feminine care product SCA is offering a unique, highly relevant and innovative sanitary pad disposal solution.
    Several studies have shown that women feel embarrassed and uncomfortable leaving any trace behind when having their period. Women want to be able to dispose the protection in a neat, dignified, way and not to leave any trace when exiting the bathroom.

    “Women often wrap the pads in toilet paper to hide them in the bin or even bring them with them in their handbags,” says Brit Fagerland, Global Brand Innovation Manager within Feminine Care and part of the innovation team behind the development. She continues:
    “Based on these consumer insights the team within SCA conceptualized the idea and tested the concept and product solution of Roll.Press.Go™ with very strong results.”

    Hygienic solution
    Roll.Press.Go™ offers a hygienic solution to the disposal problem as it has self-sealing edges on all sides and just by rolling up the used towel in the wrapper and press the edges to seal it in, the towel will be tightly secured on all sides when it’s thrown away, or brought along. The disposal of used sanitary pads is ranked as the number one stress point by women.
    “Many women roll their towels so the behavior already exists. With Roll.Press.Go we offer a much better solution for women so they can go on with their lives anywhere and anytime feeling confident with their disposal solution,” says Ulrika Persson, Senior Global Technical Innovation manager within Feminine Care and part of the innovation team.

    How did you go from insight to the final product solution?
    “The Roll.Press.Go™ product is the result of excellent, dedicated cooperation across SCA. The development has been done in a tight teamwork between the innovation team and technical teams. In total some 20-25 people have been working very hard on this,” says Brit Fagerland.

    Which are the major success factors of the Roll.Press.Go project?
    “First of all a great idea combined with a unique patented technical solution delivered by a great team. Key pillars in the work have been transparent and clear communication on all levels, strong commitment and cooperation across the organization,” says Brit Fagerland.
    The Roll.Press.Go™ has been tested among several markets and showed that the convenience and hygiene and discretionary messages with being able to seal your pads works in most markets. As a first step the solution has been launched in Europe and MEIA.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    10.12.2014   Stora Enso opens new biomaterials innovation centre    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso will concentrate its new biomaterials business development in an Innovation Centre that will be located in the Stockholm area in Sweden. The centre, which will open during the second quarter of 2015, will host research, application, business development, and strategic marketing.

    The centre will boost innovation by identifying business opportunities in the renewable materials market and linking them with leading innovation and research centres in business and academia. The centre will be staffed with Stora Enso employees currently working in Sweden, Finland and Germany. It will initially employ a little less than 60 people and is estimated to employ around 75 people by year end 2015.

    “We are convinced that our access to biomass, in combination with our expertise in forestry worldwide, will benefit our customers in new, innovative ways in the future. Our goal is to develop a competitive offering serving customers in multiple industries and markets, while adding value to our current cellulosic streams”, says Karl-Henrik Sundström, CEO of Stora Enso.

    “We facilitate creative thinking and cross-functional interaction by consolidating R&D and business development under one roof. Additionally, it is important to create a close link to leading innovation and research centres in this field – both at academic and business levels”, says Dr. Antonio Batistini, Head of Innovation and Strategic Marketing, Stora Enso Biomaterials.

    Stora Enso’s other R&D units are not affected by this change and will remain in their current locations.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    10.12.2014   Voith acquires 25.1 percent of KUKA    ( Company news )

    Company news Strategic investment in Industry 4.0 megatrend

    Voith GmbH notified KUKA Aktiengesellschaft that, by way of shares as well as financial instruments partly pending antitrust approval, it has attained 25.1 percent of the voting rights in the company. The majority of the shares acquired come from the previous major shareholder Grenzebach. It has been agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding the details of the transaction.

    Photo: Voith President and CEO Dr. Hubert Lienhard

    Headquartered in Augsburg, Germany, the KUKA Group is one of the world’s leading suppliers of robots as well as automated production systems and solutions. KUKA’s customers are predominantly in the automotive industry. The KUKA Group draws on its expertise gained in over 30 years working with the automotive industry to develop innovative automation solutions also for other segments, such as medical technology and the aerospace industry. The company has shown strong and profitable growth in recent years. In 2013 KUKA generated consolidated sales revenues of some EUR 1.8 billion and EBIT of around EUR 120 million.

    The stake in KUKA AG represents a strategic investment for Voith. Computerization and automation will fundamentally change industrial production processes in the years ahead. Robots are the key component in tomorrow’s digitized industry and thus in the Industry 4.0 megatrend.

    Voith President and CEO Dr. Hubert Lienhard explained: “KUKA is focused on mechanics, electronics, sensor systems and software and is superbly positioned for Industry 4.0 with its highly specialized automation expertise. This makes it an ideal, forward-looking investment for us. Voith supports KUKA’s proven strategy and has confidence in the people who have played a major part in its exceptionally successful development in past years. With our 25.1 percent stake in KUKA AG, our goal as a family business is to be a stable anchor shareholder with a long-term focus. We will support KUKA and its workforce in a spirit of partnership.”
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    10.12.2014   New EXPERTFOLD delivers true control     ( Company news )

    Company news At the COMPETENCE 14 Open House, held at the end of November in Mex, Switzerland, BOBST premiered a brand new folder-gluer for corrugated and litho-laminated box making.

    Available in two sizes - EXPERTFOLD 145 and EXPERTFOLD 165 - and in several variants, the machine has been designed with the needs of both sheet plant and integrated manufacturers of fluted boxes in mind. This new EXPERTFOLD offers true control of the folding and gluing process thanks to a large number of new design features and technology innovations.

    Emilio Corti, Head of Sales BU Sheet-fed, said, "We conceived the EXPERTFOLD 145 and 165 to reflect what customers told us they need from a folder-gluer. One feature they asked for was flexibility in the type and dimensions of the substrates that could be run. They also wanted good control of the blank as it goes through the machine in order to achieve high performance with excellent box quality. That control is particularly important these days with so much production being shelf-ready packaging or destined for auto packing lines."

    The design elements of the new EXPERTFOLD which deliver these features include: ACCUFEED blank alignment that ensures precise folding; a high accuracy pre-breaker which ensure excellent performance on machine-erect lines; and a folding process that minimizes fishtailing and gap. The latter is aided by an extra long folding section which creates smoother folding. Along with revolutionary creasing units at the entry, this ensures the high folding quality that manufacturers need today.

    Able to fold and glue substrates from N-flute to A-flute, including double wall and litho-laminates, the EXPERTFOLD 145 and 165 can handle blanks of up to 1'700 x 1'100mm in size and up to 25mm thick when folded. The flexibility of the models means that they can also process blanks as small as 296 x 60mm.

    Jacques Reymond, Head of Product Marketing BU Sheet-fed, added, "We’ve designed these new EXPERTFOLD models to be very robust, which means high levels of uptime along with superb control of the blank. At the same time we’ve made them truly user friendly. For example they have open side frames for ease of access, but they also have light barriers to protect the operators. Video monitoring helps the operators see what’s going on, while ACCUEJECT and other BOBST quality assurance systems mean that they can keep on top of quality throughout the run. As you’d expect, these machines are also modular in design, so they can grow with the customer’s business."

    The range of configurations and options available includes crash-lock capabilities, a 25'000 boxes per hour 4/6 corner unit and motorized/automatic setting versions. The high, 250 meters per minute, running speed of the new EXPERTFOLD means that end of line handling can become a bottleneck without automatic packing. This is why BOBST offers Impack solutions for straight-line, crash-lock and 4/6 corner carton packing which allow users to maximize the performance of the EXPERTFOLD.

    Also making its debut appearance at COMPETENCE 14 was ACCUCHECK XL, the world’s first in-line, zero-fault, quality checking device for corrugated folder-gluers. Shown as a concept version, in-line with the EXPERTFOLD 165, ACCUCHECK XL uses a high speed camera and the latest image processing software to inspect every box in the run for color variations or other defects. Working with the new ACCUEJECT box rejection device on the EXPERTFOLD, this new concept creates a quality assurance system that allows manufacturers to meet today’s demand for faultless packaging, while still delivering the high speed production they need. Well received by visitors to the event, ACCUCHECK XL is a development which further reinforces BOBST as a leader in the provision of equipment which can deliver ‘zero fault’ packaging.

    COMPETENCE 14 was attended by over 150 companies from around the world, with positive feedback being received on the new EXPERTFOLD models, as well as on the other equipment and services on display. These included a MASTERCUT 2.1 with POWER REGISTER, MASTERFOLD 230 with GYROBOX XL and LOGIPACK, FS POLYJOINER 400 and the wide range of BOBST services solutions.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    10.12.2014   Xerium Introduces ProSeam CL Felt Technology for Cylinder Board Machines    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched ProSeam CL felt technology. ProSeam CL is specifically engineered to provide increased seam durability and felt life on demanding cylinder board machines. In addition, due to its unique base fabric structure, ProSeam CL is also designed to reduce installation time by speeding the on-machine seaming process required for new felts. ProSeam CL technology also incorporates improved batt fibre technology in the surface along with specially processed batt anchoring which combine for more resilient and steady-state performance over the life of the felt.

    “The Xerium R&D team is especially excited to unveil yet another step change in felt performance on these demanding cylinder board machines. ProSeam CL felt technology was developed with our customers’ needs in mind: increased life and a significant reduction in seaming time. Through field trials these results have been verified with longer run life and faster seeming,” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. "It’s always gratifying to help our global customers reach new levels of machine performance by applying our technology.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    09.12.2014   BOBST announces participation at ICE USA 2015     ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

    The range of BOBST’s gravure presses is the most comprehensive in the industry. Its platforms of printing solutions, such as the Rotomec 4003 for flexible materials, provide different configurations and options to match the user’s specific requirements and applications in the most efficient and profitable way.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    09.12.2014   Monadnock Enters Licensing Agreement with Smart Planet Technologies    ( Company news )

    Company news Monadnock Paper Mills and Smart Planet Technologies Enter Strategic Partnership in Labeling Technology

    Photo: Envi PC 100 Wine Label

    Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. has entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Smart Planet Technologies for use of its extruded EarthCoating® technology for adhesive beverage labels in North America.

    “We are pleased to be expanding our Envi Portfolio® of products through our partnership with Smart Planet Technologies,” said Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock. “As consumers become more eco-conscious with a continued push to reduce plastic in packaged goods, and while brand owners look for improved performance in labels, the timing is perfect for this new extension to the Envi line.”

    EarthCoating, when used as a plastic lamination replacement, provides a unique option for demanding wet label applications. Cost effective EarthCoating minerals enhance fiber bonding strength and surface tack with pressure-sensitive and other adhesives used in beverage labeling.

    “Monadnock is a leader providing premium, cost effective, and environmentally advanced products to the label converting industry. Their innovative culture is very exciting and we look forward to a long term technology partnership," says Chris Tilton, Chief Technology Officer of Smart Planet.
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
     
    09.12.2014   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE with new inkjet portfolio    ( Company news )

    Company news With it´s PROINKJET Classic, PROINKJET Smart and PROINKJET Professional grades DREWSEN is now able to offer three qualities to meet a range of customer specific requirements. While PROINKJET Classic is designed for black/white applications incorporating simple colour components, DREWSEN is targeting the more demanding applications for transpromotional printing, book production and direct mailing with the newly developed PROINKJET Smart and PROINKJET Professional. PROINKJET Smart provides an excellent mid-range option and PROINKJET Professional represents the premium quality for the high demands of full-cover colour print. All 3 woodfree grades are suitable for dye as well as pigment based inks and have been successfully tested for use on established inkjet printing machines. Standard substances are 60, 80, 90, 100 and 120 g/m² in a whiteness of 164 CIE. Special shades such as natural white and UV dull papers and non-standard substances can also be offered.

    In combination with this inkjet technology DREWSEN can produce a range of security papers incorporating features such as watermarks, special fibres and security threads.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    09.12.2014   Direct-on-press Azura TE plate from Agfa Graphics launched for commercial sheet-fed applications    ( Company news )

    Company news Agfa Graphics announced the worldwide availability of its new chemistry-free direct-on-press Azura TE plate.

    With a direct-on-press workflow, time to press is considerably shorter and the waste is drastically reduced. As the Azura TE plates are cleaned out on-press, the system requires no processor, no chemistry and no water. This entails lower energy consumption and less maintenance, thus resulting in environment-friendly operations as well as cost reductions.

    Azura TE, however, does not sacrifice on image quality and pressroom working conditions. Mounted on the press, Azura TE behaves very similarly to a traditionally processed or chemistry-free plate, limiting the variables in press room operations. The plates clean out rapidly and ink acceptance is immediate, both resulting in sellable sheets after only a few copies.
    (Agfa Graphics NV)
    "In fact a ‘direct-on-press’ plate is ready for use after exposing on the platesetter", said Guy Desmet, Head of Prepress Marketing, Agfa Graphics."On top, Azura TE shows an outstanding image contrast thanks to our patented Thermochromic Dye technology. That makes visual inspection easy and means that dot measurements or plate detection can be done with standard devices. In addition, Azura TE has an excellent daylight stability, which comes in handy if the plates cannot be mounted on the press immediately."
    Characteristic of Agfa Graphics' Azura chemistry-free and direct-on-press plates is the excellent lithographic behavior on press, supporting up to 240 lines per inch with Sublima screening. They also stand out thanks to their printing stability resulting from the elimination of the many variables inherent to a conventionally processed plated.

    Guy Desmet added: "A one year field test period all over the globe taught us that Azura TE is compatible with all Agfa and non-Agfa platesetters, a wide range of founts, inks and press architectures. Customers love the ease of use of Azura TE, the gain in system productivity and the quality on press."

    Since its launch in 2004, Agfa Graphics’ ThermoFuseTM technology has proved itself as the leading technology in sustainable platemaking. Azura TE is based on the same ThermoFuseTM technology as its predecessors, working with a single-layer water-based coating, containing ink-accepting latex pearls, small enough to deliver razor-sharp highlight reproduction.
     
    09.12.2014   Resolute Announces Permanent Closure of 465,000 Metric Tons of Newsprint Capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Iroquois Falls (Ontario) Mill (photo) and Two Paper Machines in Quebec to be Permanently Closed

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the permanent closure of 465,000 metric tons of newsprint production capacity in Canada. This capacity reduction will be achieved with the permanent closure of the Iroquois Falls (Ontario) newsprint mill, as well as paper machine #1 at Baie-Comeau (Quebec) and paper machine #4 at Clermont (Quebec).

    Resolute's decision to reduce newsprint capacity is a result of the ongoing weakness in the global newsprint business, exacerbated by fiber-related issues, including both availability and costs, as well as transportation challenges. In Quebec, power costs played a role in these decisions, as well as the spruce budworm infestation.

    "Market conditions have had a major impact on our newsprint operations in both Ontario and Quebec, and the cost position of these operations has made them vulnerable to the structural decline in newsprint," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.

    "There is another issue that cannot be ignored in these decisions: the ill-founded attacks of environmental activist groups. Their inaccurate and deceptive campaigning, which misrepresents the company's forest management practices, was also a factor. These campaigns are based on malicious falsehoods regarding Resolute's overall compliance with the Crown Forest Sustainability Act in Ontario and the Loi sur l'aménagement durable du territoire forestier in Quebec, and overall sustainability leadership. The provinces of Ontario and Quebec have forest management regimes that are among the very best in the world, and both governments are ensuring compliance. These systems deserve to be respected and defended, and we call upon those provinces to stand up for their standards and to refute these unjustified and unwarranted attacks," said Garneau.

    The Iroquois Falls mill employs approximately 180 people and has an annual production capacity of 210,000 metric tons of newsprint. It will permanently close on December 22, 2014, with closure-related activities running into January 2015. The currently idled paper machine #1 at Baie-Comeau will be permanently closed as of today, and paper machine #4 in Clermont will be permanently closed on or about January 30, 2015. The closures at Baie-Comeau and Clermont will result in the loss of approximately 120 positions and the permanent removal of approximately 255,000 metric tons of newsprint capacity. All statutory notice provisions of the two provinces will be respected.

    Resolute understands the impact these decisions will have on employees, their families and local communities. The company will work with union representatives and government officials to respond to the needs of those affected. Local management will also ensure that employees receive support, that the relevant conditions in the collective agreements are respected, and that as many employees as possible are transferred to other company facilities.

    "The decision to rationalize our newsprint capacity was difficult, as we are mindful of the impact it will have on affected employees," added Richard Garneau. "Resolute remains committed to customer service and to the delivery of high-quality products and will work closely with customers to continue to meet their needs."
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    09.12.2014   Condat Silk Paper Tames the Wild in Photographs from the Natural History Museum of London    ( Company news )

    Company news Condat silk paper has been chosen for the French edition of "50 Years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year", a stunning retrospective of nature photography.

    "Wildlife Photographer of the Year" is an annual competition recognizing the world’s greatest nature photographs. With this prestigious contest, celebrating its 50th edition this year, two key UK institutions - the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide - help to raise awareness of and protect the diversity of life on Earth.
    Lecta has had the pleasure of participating in the French edition of this extraordinary volume, "L'Art de la photographie de nature", published by Biotope.

    Condat’s coated silk paper, resistant with a satin finish, allows the “wild” nature of the most beautiful work from the world’s leading nature photographers to emerge. Photographers such as Frans Lanting, Jim Brandenburg, Vincent Munier, Michael Nichols and Paul Nicklen, to name a few, have had a profound influence on the evolution of wildlife photography, which has become a fully fledged art form in itself.
    From vibrant color to pure deep whites, Condat silk reconciles extremes for high-contrast results in nearly 150 exceptional prints that will delight photography fans and nature lovers alike.
    The partnership between Biotope, a publishing company known for its biodiversity publications, and Lecta, a paper manufacturing group recognized and awarded for its commitment to sustainable development, is no coincidence. Lecta considers its business activity to be inextricably linked to a respectful attitude towards the environment and society.

    “L'Art de la photographie de nature”, available in major bookstores and on the www.leclub-biotope.com website, is a brilliant example of paper as the natural choice for a more sustainable world.
    (Papeteries de Condat S.p.A)
     
    08.12.2014   Completion of the acquisition of Carter Holt Harvey Limited’s pulp, paper and packaging businesses..    ( Company news )

    Company news ...resulting in specified subsidiary classification

    Oji Holdings Corporation (“Oji”) is pleased to announce that, following the previous announcement dated April 25, 2014, Innovation Network Corporation of Japan (“INCJ”) and Oji have completed the acquisition of New Zealand/Australia-based pulp, paper and packaging businesses comprised of Carter Holt Harvey Pulp & Paper Limited (“CHHPP”) and certain related companies held by Carter Holt Harvey Limited (collectively “CHHPP Group”) from Rank Group. For the purpose of the acquisition, INCJ and Oji have established Oji Oceania Management Co., Ltd. (“OOM”) and Oji Oceania Management (NZ) Limited (“OOM(NZ)”) as a holding company which will fall under the category of specified subsidiary of Oji.

    I. Completion of the transaction
    On April 25, 2014, Oji announced that INCJ and Oji have signed a share purchase agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in CHHPP Group. Pursuant to the agreement, INCJ and Oji have today completed the acquisition of CHHPP Group. The transaction value (including the CHHPP Group’s net debt) is approximately NZ$1,037 million.

    II. Specified subsidiary classification
    1. Reason for the classification
    For the purpose of the acquisition, Oji has established OOM in Japan as well as OOM(NZ) in New Zealand. As the amount of paid-in capital for each of OOM, OOM(NZ) and CHHPP will be greater than 10% of Oji’s paid-in capital, these companies will fall under the category of specified subsidiary of Oji.

    Effective date to become subsidiary
    December 1, 2014

    III. Impact on Forecast
    Oji is currently assessing the possible impact of the acquisition on Oji’s FY2015 forecast and will inform the market as soon as practicable.
    (Oji Holdings Corporation)
     
    08.12.2014   LANDA MAKES KEY APPOINTMENTS IN SALES AND FIELD OPERATIONS    ( Company news )

    Company news Landa appoints Marc Schillemans as EMEA VP of Sales and Kobi Ulmer as VP of Field Operations

    Landa Digital Printing has announced the appointment of Marc Schillemans as European (EMEA) Vice President of Sales and the appointment of Kobi Ulmer as Vice President of Field Operations.

    Schillemans’ digital print experience and proven results-driven approach will bolster Landa’s sales ramp-up and market penetration. He has a successful track record for building digital print businesses. During the past eight years Marc has held a variety of senior management positions at HP, from President of Scitex Vision to his most recent role as EMEA VP of Sales and Market Development for HP Indigo and IHPS, HP’s inkjet web business. Prior to joining HP, Marc held senior sales positions with Agfa, Esko, Xeikon and Xerox.

    “I am delighted to join the Landa team and to be a part of this exciting journey", says Schillemans. "I look forward to playing a role in the commercialization of the Landa Nanographic Printing® Presses and to getting these amazing machines into customer hands.”

    Landa also announced the promotion of Kobi Ulmer from Director of Worldwide Sales to VP of Field Operations, responsible for overall operational and logistical implementation of the Company’s market strategy, including global customer satisfaction, consumables, facilities and field logistics. Ulmer continues to be responsible for all non-EMEA sales.

    “The appointment of Marc Schillemans is of huge importance to our EMEA roll-out”, says Benny Landa, the Company’s Chairman and CEO. “We are pleased to have secured such a high caliber figure, whose reputation and industry experience speak for themselves. With Kobi Ulmer’s promotion to VP of Field Operations, we greatly strengthen our senior team and reinforce our ability to deliver market leading products and services.”
    (Landa Digital Printing)
     
    08.12.2014   New food packaging has green credentials     ( Company news )

    Company news A revolutionary food packaging material developed through a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam University and Karlstad University in Sweden is soon to be introduced to the market.

    CaiLar uses a natural combination of starch and clay to create a moisture-resistant film coating for paper and cardboard. This approach could reduce the food packaging sector's reliance on petroleum-based plastics.

    UK households currently generate more than 1.7 million tonnes of packaging waste each year but only 50 per cent of the plastic bottles used and 12-15 per cent of the mixed plastic waste is recycled.

    This, added to the fact that petroleum is a time-limited resource, meant that a more sustainable and biodegradable alternative needed to be developed.

    The CaiLar innovation resulted from a collaboration between Sheffield Hallam and Karlstad University in Sweden under the European funded project SustainPack, which aimed to encourage the use of recyclable packaging materials.

    The technology on which CaiLar is based is protected by a series of worldwide patents. Large scale pilot trials have proved that the coating technology, which is safe for food contact, is suitably robust. This means that CaiLar is now ready to be introduced onto the food packaging market and a new company, BarrCoat AB, has been set up in Karlstad to achieve this.

    Professor Chris Breen, head of Sheffield Hallam's Polymers, Nanocomposites and Modelling Research Centre, has worked with Karlstad's associate professor Caisa Andersson and Professor Lars Järnström on the project.

    He said: "The clay particles in CaiLar really slow down the progress of moisture through the package. This keeps the packed food drier and also helps maintain the starch’s natural ability to slow down oxygen penetration into the packaged food.

    "The pilot trials have shown that we can recreate the properties we found in the lab on a much larger scale. Our colleagues at BarrCoat AB are already engaging with a number of interested companies who want to benefit from CaiLar’s green credentials, so we're really excited that CaiLar could soon be out on the market."

    Louise Törnefalk Svanqvist, chairman of BarrCoat AB said: "Environment, sustainability and innovation are three strong driving forces within the packaging industry and the new barrier coating CaiLar gives products and companies the possibility to become more environmentally friendly without compromising on function."
    (Sheffield Hallam University)
     
    08.12.2014   Xerium Introduces HuySpeed QS Tissue Felt Technology    ( Company news )

    Company news Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched HuySpeed QS tissue felt technology. HuySpeed QS is designed specifically to reduce the start-up cycle on new felts and to provide more efficient overall production on high speed tissue machines. The unique combination of the felt’s base and surface components enable a tissue machine to achieve full speed immediately after the start-up of a new felt. In addition, HuySpeed QS technology has already proven to help reduce energy consumption along with improved tissue sheet quality.

    “We are delighted to bring our already successful QS technology to the tissue industry. This unique product concept provides enhanced felt and machine performance right from start-up”, said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. "HuySpeed QS helps our customers overcome the traditional slow-speed startups for new machine clothing, and we are already seeing reports with improvements in production, efficiency, and energy savings”.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    08.12.2014   Quality stationery from 13 countries and regions prepare Hong Kong     ( Company news )

    Company news International Stationery Fair for another successful year

    Latest information on emerging trends and the digital revolution suggest new direction
    Organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 15th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held 12 – 15 January 2015 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The 2015 show is expected to welcome around 200 quality exhibitors from 13 countries and regions, all exploring business opportunities in the Asia Pacific region. The attending countries and regions are Bulgaria, Chinese mainland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Poland, and the USA, as well as Korea, Taiwan and Thailand with the latter three all having pavilions at the show.

    Exhibitors both old and new will be featured at the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair 2015. Diakakis Imports SA from Greece will exhibit at the show for the first time this year. It is one of the leading companies in importing and distributing products in Greece with more than 25 years of experience in the field of school items, arts & crafts, stationery, license brands and office supplies. The company has its own brand – LUNA – and also represents and distributes licensed products of the Walt Disney, Marvel (Spiderman) and Peppa Pig brands. Commenting on their upcoming presence at the fair Ms Eirini Diakaki from the Exports Department said, “The Asia-Pacific market is getting more and more important day by day, offering a huge range of products and potentials. Today’s economic trends have changed, forcing us to develop more firmly the exports section especially for our LUNA and license collection. We will come to the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair to expand our export customer base and to make the LUNA brand more widely known.”

    The fair will also welcome back exhibitors who attended and generated successful business leads and developments at previous shows. A. Lykogiannis Corp from Greece specialises in ergonomic bags for school and leisure as well as pencil cases, and currently exports to 20 countries and three continents. Speaking about their return to this year’s fair, Dr Ioannis Soukiouroglou, General Manager of the company said “After seeing the rise of the Asian markets, we have decided it is time to return to Hong Kong International Stationary Fair in order to penetrate the Asian market, along with presenting our new products and brands to potential clients who will attend the fair as visitors. We will launch our new fully functional large sized triple compartment rainproof knapsack, ideal for elementary school children. The Asia-Pacific market is important to us since it will lead to expansion of our company.”

    Latest information on emerging trends and the digital revolution suggest new direction

    Given the digital world we now live in, the stationery industry must continue to evolve with new trends and technologies to keep pace and enable it to thrive. This theme will be addressed at the Seminar on “Stationery: Traditional VS Digital?” – one of the many seminars making up the fringe programme during the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair 2015. The well respected Mr Rakesh Desai, Head – Print Media Division at Gifts & Accessories Magazine (India) – will take part in the seminar, using his experience of the Indian market and more to discuss specific examples. It is expected to be a popular session. Another speaker is Mr Yasushi Inoue, Director and Senior Managing Officer, Kokuyo S&T Co Ltd from Japan, who will use the company’s key product “Campus notebook” to share their current market status, future approach towards digital stationery and how to stay competitive in the market.

    Another highlight of the fringe programme will be the seminar on “Stationery Design Trend 2015” which will feature speaker Mr Paul Poon of Ten Design Stationery among others. Key trends emerging in the industry will be covered, and the session is set to engage expert and audience opinion to help attendees understand what direction the design element of the stationery industry is moving in.

    The Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held concurrently with HKTDC Hong Kong Toys & Games Fair, HKTDC Hong Kong Baby Products Fair and HKTDC Hong Kong International Licensing Show.

    Hong Kong International Stationery Fair
    Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
    12 – 15 January 2015
    (Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC))
     
    08.12.2014   Iggesund awarded for reducing environmental impact    ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund has embarked on a substantial initiative to reduce its environmental impact, which is now being recognized the world over. In October, the Pulp & Paper Industry (PPI) presented Iggesund with its “Bio Strategy of the Year” award based on an extensive investment program to reduce fossil carbon emissions.

    Caption: “We are satisfied with what we have achieved and pleased at the signs of recognition from the outside world. We believe that a strong environmental programme reinforces our customers’ businesses”, says Arvid Sundblad, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Iggesund.

    “For several decades Iggesund has been systematically working to free itself from dependence on fossil fuel; switching the source of energy required to power our mills to bioenergy and, at the same time, increasing our energy efficiency,” says Arvid Sundblad, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Iggesund. “We are satisfied with what we have achieved and pleased at the signs of recognition from the outside world.”

    Strategic investment in a turbine-equipped recovery boiler have made the mill in Iggesund, Sweden fossil-fuel free to roughly 95% and nearly self-sufficient with respect to electricity; and in a biomass boiler at its mill in Workington, England, completely fossil-fuel free and a net supplier of green energy to the national electricity grid. The annual reduction in fossil carbon emissions from both mills is equivalent to taking more than 85,000 cars off the road.

    But the story hardly ends there. Also in October, the Holmen Group, which includes Iggesund Paperboard, was elevated to the “A List” of the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. The CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) is an international not-for-profit organization that has the world’s only global system for measuring, reporting on, handling and sharing important environmental information.

    Placement on the A List means that the Holmen Group is now one of 187 globally active companies that are regarded as being the most advanced for the actions they have taken to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and to manage the business risks associated with climate change.

    “Our high placement in this evaluation proves that active energy and climate efforts plus clear communication about them reinforce both our brand and our credibility in the sustainability area,” says Lars Strömberg, Director of Sustainable and Environmental Affairs at Holmen.

    Just over a year ago, the Holmen Group was added to the United Nations Global Compact Index, which lists the world’s 100 most sustainable companies. This year’s evaluation results have just been announced and Holmen remains on that list.

    “In this context it is important to note that we are a heavy process industry competing with companies like banks and insurance companies, whose biggest environmental problem is the ozone emissions from their office laser printer. Yet our environmental work can easily hold its own against them,” Sundblad emphasises. He adds that this recognition of the group’s environmental efforts is part of everything that Iggesund supplies to its customers.

    “Our service has many aspects, ranging from delivery service to knowledge transfer – and we include them all under the concept of Care by Iggesund. This includes having an environmental programme that reinforces our customers’ businesses.”

    Care by Iggesund includes everything from customised delivery solutions to knowledge transfer, a sample service, technical support in local markets and transparent sustainability work.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    08.12.2014   Label Converter Suzhou Advance Printing goes digital with first installation ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... of Xeikon 3030Plus Press

    Xeikon’s digital cutting-edge technology is helping the company achieve high productivity combined with the highest possible printing Quality

    Suzhou Advance Printing (Yali) Co., a well-known label converter in China has recently successfully installed its first Xeikon 3030Plus Digital Label Press with the help of long-term partner United Printing Co.

    The Xeikon 3030Plus Digital Press is the narrow web “higher capacity” entry-level press and a member of the Xeikon 3000 Series presses. With five press models, the 3000 Series is the largest range of digital label press offerings on the market today, ranging from entry level to higher capacity options. All five models deliver the same 1200 DPI imaging quality and are able to print on an unrivalled range of substrates without pre-coating or pre-treatment, including various self-adhesive materials such as co-extruded films, BOPP, PVC and PET, transparent/opaque films as well as paperboards.

    The 3000 Series presses are divided into two maximum web widths (516mm/20.3 inches and 330 mm/13 inches) and three top running speeds (63 FPM, 49.2 FPM and 31.5 FPM). Entry-level versions are also designed to be field-upgraded to the wider and/or faster specifications as the business needs increase.

    The full-rotary printing technology with variable repeat length guarantees that the press speeds are not affected by the label size and/or the number of colors used. Also included is the Xeikon X-800 Digital Front End. Based on years of R&D and the pursuit of the best industry standards in terms of digital industrial workflows, the X-800 can be integrated into any production environment and its modular setup allows label and packaging converters to efficiently manage their specific production needs. The X-800 also enables the easy implementation of variable data on labels or packages, even allowing to add variable information after the files have been ripped. The combination of the variable data capabilities and the top-notch printing quality, i.e. the use of micro texts, variable barcodes or numbers, the ability to print guilloches or the use of specific colors and security toners, makes the Xeikon 3000 Series an excellent tool for the brand protection of labels and packages.

    Finally, the Xeikon 3000 Series presses also use the new QA-I toner, which meets all the applicable FDA guidelines for indirect food contact under room temperature and less severe conditions as well as direct food contact for dry food substances containing no surface oil or fat under the same conditions.

    Mr. Zhong Xiaochun, General Manager of Suzhou Advance Co, comments: “We have been very impressed by the stability of the Xeikon 3030Plus Press and by its wide range of applications that have fully responded to the needs of our end-users. We cannot praise enough the many unique benefits we have been able to find with the Xeikon Press. Our company will be doing further marketing research into the additional applications Xeikon can offer in the very near future. “

    Recently appointed Managing Director Xeikon Asia Pacific (ASPAC), Bent Serritslev concludes: “The Asia Pacific printing industry is seeing unprecedented growth and the installation at Suzhou Advance Printing (Yali) Co reflects this. This success story is also a great testimony that our digital solutions are truly offering the flexibility, quality and creativity customers in this region are looking for and are really helping their businesses stay ahead of the competition.”

    Xeikon exhibited at Labelexpo South China taking place in Pazhou Exhibition Center, Guangzhou from 3 to 5 December (stand D15).
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    05.12.2014   Rest of Africa operations drive earnings growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Nampak Limited, Africa’s leading diversified packaging manufacturer, announces its results for the financial year to 30 September 2014.

    Highlights:
    • Revenue up 10%*
    • Trading profit up 8%*
    • Headline earnings per share up 14%*
    • Final dividend up 9% to 107.0 cents per share
    • Trading profit from the rest of Africa up 25%, now accounts for 30% of group total
    • R3.3 billion invested in acquiring a beverage can facility in Nigeria
    • Capital expenditure of R2.6 billion
    • B-BBEE rating improved to Level 3
    • Agreement after year end on sale of Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue for R1.6 billion
    * From continuing operations

    CEO André de Ruyter says:
    “Nampak had a strong 2014, marked by continued delivery on our ambitious strategy to unlock further value from our base business and accelerate growth in the rest of Africa. The contribution to trading profit of operations in the rest of Africa increased to 30% from 26% in 2013.
    Notable achievements in South Africa in the year were the commissioning of the third glass furnace, the sale of the Cartons and Labels division and the conversion of our beverage can lines in Springs to aluminium. Throughout our operations, the launch of the ‘buy better, make better, sell better’ business improvement initiatives as well as the concerted efforts to improve our safety record continued to drive performance. The group achieved a Level 3 B-BBEE rating, an improvement on the Level 4 rating in 2013.
    During the year we took a critical look at our business and put in place various overhead cost management and business improvement programmes. Active portfolio management continues to be a theme, with an agreement reached shortly after year end on the disposal of the South African Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue divisions for an amount of R1.6 billion. We also continue to pursue a number of growth opportunities in east and west Africa.
    Total capital expenditure for the year amounted to R2.6 billion (2013: R1.4 billion). We spent R1.9 billion in South Africa and R702 million in the rest of Africa. In South Africa, our investments benefited from the government's Section 12I Tax Allowance Incentive for a brownfields investment.
    With the outlook for South African economic growth modest at best, Nampak is putting a strong emphasis on rigorous management of factors under its control. Already established as the packaging leader in Africa, with operations in 11 African countries beyond South Africa’s borders, we continue to focus on taking advantage of Africa’s upward growth trajectory.”

    Results overview:
    In 2014, Nampak’s overall group performance was in line with expectations. Headline earnings per share from continuing operations rose by 14% to 237.1 cents from 207.7 cents, supported by a 10% increase in revenue and an 8% increase in trading profit. Charges attributable to the impairment of the South African Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue divisions arising from their proposed disposal reduced group operating profit which fell 16%. Trading profit from the rest of Africa increased by 25% to R616 million due mainly to the contribution of the newly acquired Bevcan Nigeria and the continued good performance of the Angola beverage can operation.
    In South Africa, operating conditions continued to be challenging with trading profit declining by 15% due to margin pressure experienced in the Paper, Flexibles and Plastics divisions. Nampak Glass posted an operating loss because of capacity constraints in the final quarter resulting from the late commissioning of the third furnace and production inefficiencies on the two other furnaces. Following management intervention, the outlook for our Glass division for the current year is significantly improved.
    In line with the group’s strategic initiative to actively manage its portfolio, subsequent to year end Nampak agreed the disposal of the South African Corrugated, Sacks and Tissue divisions for R1.6 billion. The transaction will be finalised once all conditions precedent to the disposal are met, which is expected to be in the first half of the 2015 financial year.
    The final dividend was increased by 9% to 107.0 cents per share, resulting in a total dividend of 153.0 cents for the year (2013: 140.0 cents).

    Outlook:
    The South African business environment is expected to remain challenging in 2015, however, Nampak will continue to focus on unlocking value from its base business. Efficiency gains from the conversion of many of its beverage can lines to aluminium from tinplate, as well as from the new glass furnace, are expected to contribute to earnings in the year ahead.
    In the rest of Africa, Nampak is strategically well placed with strong market positions and a growing presence. The group is pursuing its strategic objective to accelerate growth in the rest of Africa to ensure that this contributes to sustainable earnings growth in the longer term.
    (Nampak Paper Ltd)
     
    05.12.2014   Kotkamills invests in Imprex production    ( Company news )

    Company news The leading producer of laminating paper products, Kotkamills, starts an about 13 million euros two-phase investment programme to strengthen its position as the leading global supplier of overlaying films for plywood industry.
    In the first phase the company invests in a new impregnation production line in its subsidiary, L.P. Pacific Films, in Malaysia. The new line will start up by the end of the year 2015.
    According to the plan, in the second phase of the investment programme in 2016 the company will increase the production capacity of Imprex overlaying films in its mill in Kotka in Southern Finland. In addition to the capacity increase, the new line will also enable the expanding of the Imprex product range.
    There are altogether about 90 persons working for the Imprex business area in Finland and Malaysia. The Imprex products are produced by converting the Absorbex paper which is produced in the company in Finland. The customers of the Imprex products are the plywood and the laminate industries.
    (Kotkamills Oy)
     
    05.12.2014   HEI Flexibility Days – new digital printing applications offer added value    ( Company news )

    Company news -New generation of Linoprint C models unveiled to public for first time
    -New Prinect digital front end for efficient color management and extensive integration options
    -Over 250 international visitors across two-day event

    Demand for creative applications, flexible print production, and cost-effective short-run production is continuing to grow. At the same time, print shops are looking for solutions to expand their existing business models with the help of the internet and unlock additional potential. These key issues served as the backdrop for the comprehensive digital printing and workflow portfolio showcased at the HEI Flexibility Days run by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). The major focus was on the great diversity of digital printing options. More than 250 visitors attended the event over the two days it was held.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    05.12.2014   Södra: Laila Rogestedt appointed Senior Vice President Innovation and New Business     ( Company news )

    Company news Laila Rogestedt (photo) has been appointed Head of Innovation and New Business at Södra. She will assume her position on 1 March, when she will also become a member of Group Senior Management reporting to the President and CEO Lars Idermark.

    Laila Rogestedt has a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, with a degree in Polymer Technology, and has held various positions in the international chemicals group Borealis since 1991. She is currently responsible for the Borealis Innovation Centre in Stenungsund, and for product and technology development in polyethylene plastic. She has also held various functions in such areas as production, investment projects, HR and marketing. Prior to joining Borealis, she worked with materials development at Volvo Cars.

    "I am delighted that Södra has recruited Laila Rogestedt. Innovation and New Business are strategic future areas for Södra - in our work with product and process care for the existing pulp market, but also in the development of new products from wood," said CEO Lars Idermark.

    "In a rapidly changing world with major global challenges - resource supply and climate change to name but a few - it is critical that innovation is high on the agenda of successful companies. Against this background, and with Södra's key role and clear ambition, I look forward to making a contribution to this effort," commented Rogestedt.

    Rogestedt succeeds Karin Emilsson who, as previously announced, will be leaving Södra. Södra Innovation and New Business is located at Värö in southern Sweden in the same area as Södra's pulp mill.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    05.12.2014   Kodak Sets New Structure to Drive Growth    ( Company news )

    Company news Kodak (NYSE: KODK) has established a new organizational structure to make the company faster-moving, more competitive and more entrepreneurial. The company will have five market-focused business divisions: Print Systems; Enterprise Inkjet Systems; Micro 3D Printing and Packaging; Software and Solutions; and Consumer and Film.

    These divisions will be end-to-end operating units with responsibility and accountability for portfolio, product design, engineering, services, sales, purchasing and supply chain.

    “Kodak has an extraordinary product and service portfolio, groundbreaking scientific and engineering expertise, and a world-famous and highly trusted brand,” Kodak Chief Executive Officer Jeff Clarke said. “We now have the right organizational structure for deploying those strengths to drive growth. We designed this structure to sharpen our focus on performance, predictability and accountability for business results.”

    Kodak’s new operating divisions, their markets and leaders are:
    - Print Systems Division: Led by Brad Kruchten, President, Print Systems, and Senior Vice President, Kodak, this division will serve graphic arts and commercial print customers with printing plates (including the rapidly growing KODAK SONORA Process Free Plates), computer to plate (CTP) imaging solutions, electrophotographic printing solutions (EPS), OEM toner and all equipment services.
    - Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division: Philip Cullimore, President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems, and Senior Vice President, Kodak, will lead this division, which will serve existing and future inkjet printing customers with KODAK PROSPER Systems (including the PROSPER 6000 Press, the world’s fastest and most powerful commercial inkjet press); KODAK VERSAMARK Systems; Print on Demand Solutions (PODS); and ink OEM solutions.
    - Micro 3D Printing and Packaging Division: Philip Cullimore will also lead this group on an interim basis as President, Micro 3D Printing and Packaging, which serves packaging customers and display OEM partners with products such as KODAK FLEXCEL NX Systems and Plates, legacy packaging solutions and touch sensor films.

    - Software and Solutions Division: Eric-Yves Mahe, President, Software and Solutions, and Senior Vice President, Kodak, will lead this unit which includes Kodak Technology Solutions, Kodak’s go-to-market engine to prioritize and monetize Kodak innovations in partnership with Kodak Research Labs; KODAK Unified Workflow Solutions; Brand Protection Solutions; Kodak Services for Business; and Design 2 Launch solutions to manage and coordinate use of brand assets.

    - Consumer and Film Division: Steven Overman, President, Consumer and Film, and Senior Vice President, Kodak, who is also Kodak’s Chief Marketing Officer, will lead Kodak’s most consumer-facing division, with responsibility for consumer inkjet solutions, motion picture and commercial films, synthetic chemicals, and brand licensing. This division is responsible for the exploration of other potential initiatives in the consumer space.

    Kodak is combining its current four regional sales organizations into two: Europe, United States and Canada, Australia and New Zealand (EUCAN) and Asia, Latin America, Middle East and Africa (ALMA). These will be led by John O’Grady, Managing Director, EUCAN, and Vice President, Kodak, and Lois Lebegue, Managing Director, ALMA, and Vice President, Kodak. Common service and back office support will be hosted in a shared service model in each region for all businesses.

    The company also is optimizing its corporate functions by eliminating overlap and enhancing accountability. The corporate functional leaders are:

    - John McMullen, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President;
    - Mark Green, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President;
    - Steven Overman, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President;
    - Patrick Sheller, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Administrative Officer and Senior Vice President;
    - Terry Taber, Chief Technical Officer and Senior Vice President; and
    - Kim VanGelder, Chief Information Officer and Vice President. VanGelder will now report to CEO Jeff Clarke.
    These changes will be effective January 1, 2015
    (Eastman Kodak Company)
     
    05.12.2014   Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite brings a new dimension to wallpaper ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... manufacturing at Heimtextil

    Delivering outstanding quality combined with ultra-realistic special effects

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, will be showcasing a host of market-leading digital solutions for the very first time at Heimtextil. On display will be the most productive top quality digital printing press on the market and an ‘all-in-one’ solution that produces a finished product. The company will also be demonstrating wall-covering production and featuring its latest developments in toner technology. Heimtextil is the largest international trade fair for home and contract textiles and the global benchmark for quality design textiles with innovative functionality. It takes place January 14 to 17 at the Frankfurt Messe. Xeikon will be located in Hall 4, stand F25.

    Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s director of segment marketing and business development document printing comments: “Heimtextil shows an increased focus on digital production methods and, as such, has become an important milestone for Xeikon to attend. It is the major venue for manufacturers, retailers and designers of wall-coverings so we are absolutely thrilled about our first-time attendance. Digital printing, in general, and our solutions, in particular, have opened up exciting new opportunities that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago. Today, we already have a large installed customer base that is active into digital wall-covering applications. Exhibiting at this important event perfectly complements our on-going strategy to reach a growing number of vertical markets, in addition to the traditional printing shows we regularly attend.”

    Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite: where illusion flirts with reality
    Visitors at Heimtextil will be able to see wallpaper depicting images with a 3D illusion that can only be put to the test by touching the flat surface. The Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite is part of the recently FESPA-launched Xeikon Document Suite that allows cost-efficient production of high-quality wall decorations for commercial, retail and residential purposes. This short-run friendly ‘all-in-one’ solution responds to 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 that customers can tailor to meet their own specific requirements. These four components include 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.

    At the show, the Wall-Covering Suite will produce wallpaper rolls using a Xeikon 3500 Digital Press equipped with a Jumbo unwinder, a Weko humidifier for non-woven substrates and a Web Varnishing unit. In the final production stage, the roll will be slit and cut into separate rolls with a unit from Tecnau. The rolls will be picked up and rewound by a Fotoba rewinder. Feel free to view the full configuration on display here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6HwlgjqI24

    The ability of the 3500 to print full-rotary and endless patterns without any breaks makes it ideal for producing any kind of wall-coverings, from short-run wallpapers of standard lengths to large murals. With an output speed of 600 m²/hr, the Xeikon 3500 press is the fastest digital printing press on the market. The Alpine fuser drum guarantees the “matte” finish required for wall-covering applications. Xeikon toners are odor-free and the print work comply with EN15102 standards, while the inline finishing systems available with the Wall-Covering Suite ensure accurate cutting in both process and cross directions and output a finished roll ready to be wrapped and sent out. An alternative to the Xeikon 3500 Press is the Xeikon 8000-Series duplex press which allows to print not only wall-coverings but also enables customers to print sheets that can then be combined as sample books.

    At Heimtextil, the company will also showcase the SuperBlack toner, its latest development in toner technology. Normal black toner produces a density of 1.8 microns, while the new SuperBlack provides a density of 2.2-2.4. SuperBlack is a spot color that can be applied using the fifth color station of a Xeikon digital press.

    “Xeikon is constantly looking at ways to expand the scope of digital printing. We are extremely happy to show the benefits and opportunities offered by the new SuperBlack toner to visitors at Heimtextil,” concludes Mertens.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    05.12.2014   BASF and Schuster develop recycled cardboard for fast food packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news -Biopolymer ecovio® as a combined migration and greaseproof barrier makes the use of recycled cardboard in fast food packaging materials safe and environment friendly
    -BASF ecovio® PS 1606 is biodegradable and biobased

    BASF and "Feinpappenwerk Gebr. Schuster GmbH & Co. KG" are working jointly on a solution for a combined migration and grease barrier on recycled cardboard. The biopolymer ecovio® PS 1606 is applied to recycled cardboard in an extrusion coating process. This enables the proportion of recycled paper fibers in fast food packaging to be increased while simultaneously making it industrially compostable.

    Greaseproof, liquid tight and migration resistant due to ecovio® PS 1606
    This is possible through the use of ecovio® PS 1606, a high-quality and versatile biopolymer from BASF. The special advantage: ecovio® is bio-based and biodegradable according to American Standard ASTM 6400 and European Standard EN 13432. The polymer coating applied to the cardboard is many times thinner than a human hair, but nevertheless provides the packaging with outstanding protection against potential migration of undesired substances while simultaneously offering high greaseproofness and liquid tightness. Cardboard packaging produced on this basis is more than 90 percent biobased, recyclable and industrially compostable.

    Traditional barrier coatings are increasingly losing acceptance among customers because they hinder recycling or composting of used fast food packaging. The use of recycled cardboard for fast food packaging, however, is limited by the fact that substances can migrate from the packaging into the food. Many printing inks contain mineral oils, plasticizers or even residues of UV printing ink components. Since the printing ink residues are not removed completely when recycling the paper fibers, residues remain. When these substrates are used for food packaging, residues can migrate from the cardboard into the food especially when the foods are packaged hot or if they are greasy or liquid. This is why fast food packaging has so far been produced mainly from fresh fiber materials.

    A study by the Cantonal Laboratory of Zurich from the year 2011 has shown that significant amounts of undesired substances can migrate into food from fast food packaging with migration potential. Classical coatings of polyethylene or polypropylene do not offer adequate protection. Here, ecovio® PS 1606 provides outstanding protection as a coating for the fast food packaging produced from recycled fibers. Measurements at an independent food laboratory have shown that there is no leaching of contaminants from the recycled fiber-based packaging into hot, greasy or liquid foods.

    Migration resistant and environment friendly recycled cardboard
    From the wide range of cardboard qualities used by the Schuster-Karton company, coating with ecovio® allows all possible types of fast food packaging to be manufactured in conformity with food safety and environment friendly standards. Many consumers' wish for new, sustainable and above all resource conserving fast food packaging materials is thereby fulfilled.
    (Feinpappenwerk Gebr. Schuster GmbH & Co KG)
     
    04.12.2014   A new CKB grade from Stora Enso    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is introducing CKB 195 g/m2 board, specially developed for use as a top liner for corrugated materials, boxes and displays. The new 195 g/m2 grade is ideal in combination with other materials, thanks to its sleek surface and high efficiency in converting processes. Improved resource efficiency makes it a sustainable choice.

    As a top liner, CKB offers exceptional strength, cracking resistance and stable performance in gluing. Its high bulk provides a sleek surface, which helps to avoid the washboard effect when laminated on top of fluting materials.

    Stora Enso’s development of CKB has targeted maximum resource efficiency by introducing specific lightweighting technology throughout the entire CKB grammage range this autumn. Capacity increases at Stora Enso’s Skoghall Mill in Sweden secure availability. The entire CKB grammage range is now 175 to 380 g/m2. Thanks to lightweighting, CKB is more sustainable than before, as it takes less raw material to produce. CKB is a preferred packaging board for many wine, beer and beverage brand owners, who use it in cartons and multipacks.

    “We have high expectations for CKB to take a bigger market share as a top liner, as the board is now more sustainable and competitive thanks to its lower weight,” says Öystein Aksnes, Stora Enso’s General Packaging Segment Director.

    CKB is a multilayer kraft back board. A creative designer can use the brown back of the board to achieve a natural look and feel. Stora Enso offers CKB with several special coating options, which increase the designer’s choices. Excellent protection of goods, logistics efficiency and branding power are consistent with CKB. The board is also known for its excellent runnability in printing and converting processes.
    (Stora Enso Packaging Boards Skoghall Mill)
     
    04.12.2014   Port Hawkesbury mill surpasses milestone: marks two-plus years without a lost time injury     ( Company news )

    Company news Port Hawkesbury Mill recently celebrated two years in business, since restarting the mill in September 2012; and has surpassed the two year mark of zero lost time workplace injuries.

    The company tracks this key metric on a daily basis; it is the measurement of lost time any employee experiences as a result of a workplace injury. This information is also shared daily within the mill, and tracked weekly as a KPI – Key Performance Indicator. In an industrial environment, employees are working in and around heavy and highly technical equipment, moving machinery, steam and electricity. All of these factors increase the level of risk and reinforces the importance of working safely.

    As of October 31st, 2014, PHP has achieved two years and one month lost time injury free; which has never been achieved in the history of mill at Port Hawkesbury (current and previous owners included).

    “There are many benefits to achieving zero lost time and having a positive safety culture,” says Marc Dube, Development Manager, PHP. Most importantly, our employees go home safely to their families everyday.”

    “We’re really proud of our employees. This milestone is significant in that it places the mill in high standing, not only in the region, but across the country, when compared to other large mills,” says Dube.

    The Mill was also recently recognized by the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce with the 2014 Excellence in Safety Award.
    (Port Hawkesbury Paper)
     
    04.12.2014   MPS strengthens Düren site: New investments enable increase of capacity by up to 60 percent    ( Company news )

    Company news The Multi Packaging Solutions (MPS) company, which specializes in high-quality sales and cardboard packaging, is expanding its machinery at the Düren site.

    With a new model Speedmaster XL 106 printing machine from Heidelberg and a model 106 CSB punching machine from Dymatrix, the site is expected to achieve up to 60 percent greater production capacity in the next few years. Both machines are used in production and complex processing of cardboard packaging for particular foods and confectionery. The total investment of around five million euros has enabled an increase of annual capacity from 50 million to 80 million prints. This is due to higher speeds, shorter setup times, improved sheet utilization and reduced washing times for ink rollers and cylinders of the XL 106. 150 staff are employed in Düren.

    Further advantages: More finishing options, smaller print-runs
    With the new Speedmaster XL, which sets new environmental standards and only uses low-migration inks and varnishes, the MPS Düren site now has two state-of-the-art Heidelberg XL printing machines of the latest generation (XL 105, XL 106). The eight colours and two coating units (double coating) allow maximum flexibility in production and offer a variety of finishing options, which are increasingly in demand on the market especially for confectionery packaging. "We meet our customer's desires for more smaller print-runs for certain, seasonal events with the new “in-press control technology". This allows setup processes to be automated and shortened", says MPS Managing Director of Operations Joachim Hoeltz. At the same time, “in-press control" measures the colours during the printing process automatically inline, which leads to a higher colour stability. So far, only a few companies have mastered this technique according to Hoeltz. The Düren site is proud of the new investments, which will help to improve the already high standard of customer service, security, sustainability and productivity.
    (Multi Packaging Solutions Düren GmbH)
     
    04.12.2014   Nordic Paper with a new majority owner    ( Company news )

    Company news Special Situations Venture Partners III (SSVP), a private equity fund advised by Orlando Management AG, is the new majority owner of Nordic Paper.
    SSVP acquired 60 percent of the shares of Nordic Paper from shareholders NorgesInvestor, Richard Heiberg Invest AS, JSR Invest AB, and Hartvig Wennberg AS. Current owner Petek GmbH, who has been a shareholder of the company for the last ten years, keeps a share of 40 percent. The change in ownership will not involve any structural changes for Nordic Paper's operations.

    Change of CEO
    Jan Runo, who retires as CEO in connection with the sale, says: “I am both happy and sad to hand over my post to the new CEO Per Bjurbom. Leading Nordic Paper has been a fantastic journey and looking back on the company’s development over the past ten years, is a very positive memory. I am convinced that Per Bjurbom will lift the company to the next level, which is what Nordic Paper is equipped for.”
    Jan Runo will continue to support Nordic Paper ́s development as chairman of the board of directors.

    Per Bjurbom has worked for over 25 years in the Scandinavian pulp and paper industry, holding senior positions at BillerudKorsnäs and Stora Enso, among others. “I am very glad to be trusted with this big task. I am also excited about the challenge of managing Nordic Paper and bringing in my extensive experience”, he says.

    Long-term experience
    Founded in 2001, Orlando Management AG is the advisor of the SSVP funds on investments in medium-sized companies and corporate subsidiaries. With more than 70 years of investment experience shared amongst the four partners of Orlando Management AG and more than 30 acquisitions over the last 14 years, SSVP is one of the most experienced industrial investors in Europe.
    SSVP has a long-term track record in creating sustainable value through a focus on portfolio companies’ operational strengths. The majority of investments have been in production companies with a business-to-business model similar to Nordic Paper. SSVP funds have equity commitments of more than EUR 480 m. The current portfolio consists of eleven companies with annual worldwide revenues of more than EUR 1.6 billion.
    (Nordic Paper Greåker AS)
     
    04.12.2014   New representation for emtec in Benelux States    ( Company news )

    Company news emtec Electronic banks on a new representation in France and Benelux States

    The Company emtec Electronic GmbH from Leipzig in Germany expands its worldwide representation network by a cooperation with the company
    ODL Paper Service. As of now, Mr. Thierry Onder de Linden is the contact person for interests and questions concerning all products of the German producer of measuring devices. He took over the consulting and distribution
    activities for emtec Electronic in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Further information at www.emtec-papertest.com
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    03.12.2014   KaMin LLC Announces Price Increase for Paper Grade Kaolin Clays    ( Company news )

    Company news KaMin LLC announced that it will increase prices for kaolin clay products for the global paper industry 5 to 7% depending on the product category, effective December 1, 2014, or as contracts allow.
    KaMin is committed to investing the necessary resources in technology, innovation and people for long-term sustainability in order to continue to serve its paper customers at a high level.
    KaMin’s goal is to create the greatest value for its paper customers through partnerships geared towards delivering cost effective solutions designed to reduce coating formulation cost and to optimize paper and printing performance.

    KaMin LLC also announces its 2015 energy surcharge policy, which will
    be effective on January 1, 2015. The threshold will be $5/MMBTU and incremental surcharges by product type will remain the same. This policy applies to all slurry, spray-dried hydrous and calcined kaolin grades sold to the paper industry globally.
    (KAMIN LLC)
     
    03.12.2014   Rottneros newly developed High Yield Pulp for tissue got a head start after the launch at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...London Pulp Week

    The newly developed High Yield Pulp by Swedish pulp producer Rottneros, Absorption Express got a very good reception at London Pulp Week the other week. This was the perfect opportunity to meet the World market with a new product when the World's paper industry was present.

    Tissue is a collection name for paper qualities used for paper napkins, kitchen towels and toilet paper. This area has a fast growing demand.

    Absorption Express has been developed by Rottneros during last year and has been tested in full commercial scale at a number of paper mills. The product is a High Yield Pulp produced in one of Rottneros unique production lines.

    The good thing about Absorption Express is that the product replaces much more expensive pulp in the production of tissue. At the same time it has twice the absorption capacity and twice the absorption speed and has an excellent bulk in relation to the pulps it replaces, says Olle Dahlin, Managing Director of the plant Rottneros Bruk.

    The development of Absorption Express from idea to commercial success has been a team effort within Rottneros Bruk involving large parts of the work force. Nils Hauri, the production manager thinks the development routines at Rottneros gives a very good potential for further development and invention of new products and customer customized pulp.

    The new Rottneros Group CEO, Per Lundeen, who was also present in London says that both the mills of the Rottneros Group, Rottneros Bruk and Vallviks Bruk have been very successful with their market positioning with highly specialized pulp.
    (Rottneros AB)
     
    03.12.2014   Sappi Gratkorn: Superior Quality Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi is investing in Gratkorn Mill’s future paper production with two large-scale projects

    Global paper producer Sappi is ensuring its mill in Gratkorn is fit for the future with two technology upgrades: In November 2014, its PM11 paper machine has been upgraded. Furthermore the possible grammage range for coated paper has been increased. In March 2015 a general rebuild of critical parts of the liquor boiler and recovery plant will start. These are essential parts of the pulp production. Key to this upgrade is the positive environmental impact with a decrease in noise pollution and in NOX/SO2 emissions.

    Max Oberhumer, Mill Director of Sappi Gratkorn, is very happy with the conclusion of the technology upgrade,“ We successfully finished the first of the two large-scale projects. With the upgraded PM11 we will remain an important Sappi Europe production facility for our global customers. With this new technological concept we have generated key success factors for our future.“

    Mat Quaedvlieg, Manufacturing Director of Sappi Europe, points out the importance of the project: “ The only way for european production facilities to survive, is to use innovative technologies. The committed team assembled all of its experience to overcome the challenges faced in realizing the project. This is an important element in Sappi Europe’s future developement.“

    Upgrade of the paper machine PM11
    Project aims were to enhance paper quality and to increase the operating windows of Gratkorn’s biggest paper machine. To achieve these aims, extensive rebuilding was required. More than 400 mechanics and engineers worked day and night for over three weeks. This was the only way that the complex and ambitious rebuilding of the 230 meter long paper machine could be managed. More than 100 truckloads of machine parts from Finland, Austria and other european countries were necessary to finish the project. The achieved quality enhancement completely meets expectations. The production of paper meeting all quality standards began almost immediately after the startup of the rebuilt machine.

    General rebuild of liquor boiler and recovery plant
    In spring 2015 the second large-scale project will commence. The general rebuild of the liquor boiler and recovery plant will take approximately three months. Within this project, essential parts of the liquor boiler and the flue gas cleaning will be replaced. Results of these actions will be a decrease in noise and NOX/SO2 pollutions, as well as assured continued pulp production for the longterm.

    These two projects are two of the three large-scale projects that Sappi Europe is undertaking in the 2015 business year. A total investment of 120 million € will be realised.
    (Sappi Austria Produktions-GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.12.2014   North American Papermaker Signs Commercial Agreement to Deploy Minerals Technologies' ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... FulFill® High Filler Technology

    Company's Sixth Commercial Agreement for the FulFill® Technology in North America

    Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed a commercial agreement with a North American paper company to provide FulFill® E-325 High Filler Technology. This agreement, which will deploy the technology at a paper mill that produces woodfree paper, is Minerals Technologies' sixth in North America. The paper company wishes to remain unnamed for competitive reasons.

    The company now has 18 agreements with paper mills that have adopted the unique FulFill® E-325 technology introduced in late 2010. The FulFill® technology provides papermakers significant cost savings in reduced fiber consumption by allowing papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), which replaces higher cost pulp, and increases PCC usage.

    "Our FulFill® technology continues to gain acceptance across the worldwide paper industry," said Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer. "We are extremely pleased that another paper company has elected to deploy our technology, which is a further verification of its broad-based effectiveness. Minerals Technologies now has commercial agreements with papermakers in Asia, Europe, Latin America, North America and South Africa and are actively engaged with an additional 20 paper mills worldwide. We will continue our commitment to advance our technological leadership with papermakers around the globe."

    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has 62 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
     
    03.12.2014   Valmet to supply new winding technology for Stora Enso in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Stora Enso with a new winder (photo) and auxiliaries for its BM5 board machine located in the company's Tainionkoski unit in Imatra Mills in Finland. The target of the project is to increase the winding capacity and upgrade the winding technology for improved safety and more efficient maintenance operations. The rebuilt finishing section is scheduled to start up during the last quarter of 2015.
    "This finishing area rebuild is a continuation of Valmet's and Stora Enso's cooperation and supports our strategy of offering competitive solutions to our customers that contributes both performance and sustainable operations in terms of safety", says Jari Vähäpesola, President of Paper business line, Valmet.
    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Valmet's high capacity winding technology with reliable throughput
    In addition to the new OptiWin Drum two-drum winder, Valmet's delivery will include winder pulper, transfer rails, related dust control systems and core handling system. Installation supervision, commissioning, start-up and training services are also included in the finishing area rebuild delivery. The new OptiWin Drum winder combines high capacity with smooth and reliable operation and quick installation. The OptiWin Drum fully automated two-drum winder comprises parent roll transferring, core feeding, web splicing and tail end closing.
    "The investment is in line with Stora Enso's transformation into a customer focused renewable materials company. Selected winder technology will enhance the quality and cost-competitiveness of our Tainionkoski unit in the global markets," says Marko Pekkola, Mill Director Imatra Mills, Stora Enso.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.12.2014   Contactless flow measurement for critical media    ( Company news )

    Company news Reliability and precision are key characteristics of the C38 SonicLine® flowmeter from GEMÜ. The device, which was originally developed for the semiconductor market, is perfectly suited to applications in other sectors of industry, thanks to the high standard of quality and versatile basic functions.
    The ultrasonic sensors integrated in the SonicLine® log up to 250 measured values per second. This means that heavily fluctuating flow rates can also be precisely detected. All medium wetted components are manufactured from ultra-pure PFA. The electronic measuring equipment comprises a housing made of PP material and is encapsulated during production. This means that all electronic components are hermetically sealed to the outside. This type of manufacturing ensures that the device is especially insensitive to corrosive ambient conditions.
    The GEMÜ C38 SonicLine® flowmeter is especially suitable for use in conjunction with ultra-pure media, such as DI water, for example. However, corrosive chemicals, such as sulphuric acid, caustic potash solution or hydrofluoric acid, can also be conducted without any problems. The device can also be used in processes which need to be completely metal-free. In addition to pure flow measurement, SonicLine® is also used for dosing applications. The valve actuation required for this can be carried out by the integrated electronic system. This also offers additional functions, such as an empty pipe signal or limit value alarm. Users can make use of an additional interface package, allowing connection to a PC, which can also serve as a power supply. Multilingual software is available to enable individual adaptations by the customer. In addition to an integrated totalizer, the current flow can also be displayed, and all of the basic settings that are required for the operation can be checked and changed.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    02.12.2014   Stora Enso completes the divestment of its coreboard and core manufacturer Corenso     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has completed the divestment announced 30 September 2014 of its Corenso business operations to the Finnish packaging materials company Powerflute Oyj. The enterprise value of the transaction is approximately EUR 90 million, and the all cash consideration approximately EUR 102 million. The transaction is estimated to result in a capital gain of approximately EUR 12 million that will be reported as a positive non-recurring item in Stora Enso’s fourth quarter 2014 operating profit.

    Corenso was part of the Stora Enso Renewable Packaging Division. Stora Enso is focusing on select packaging segments in Packaging Solutions and Consumer Board, and further developing and investing in these businesses. The divestment is a natural step in streamlining the business and transforming Stora Enso into a customer-focused renewable materials company.

    Corenso is one of the world’s leading integrated producers of high-performance core and high-quality coreboard. It employs about 920 employees in 10 countries in Europe, Asia and North America, and has its head office in Lahti, Finland. In 2013, Corenso’s net sales were EUR 211 million and operational EBIT EUR 26 million. In the first three quarters of 2014, Corenso’s net sales were EUR 146 million and operational EBIT EUR 14 million.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    02.12.2014   The challenge of competitivity is investing in faster and more efficient napkins production lines    ( Company news )

    Company news A brief interview with Armindo Marques, technical director of Poppies Europe Limited

    Will you introduce us to the history of Poppies Europe Limited?
    Poppies Europe LTD was initially set up in 1996 to fill a gap in the disposable table cover sector, primarily with Damask banqueting rolls. Over the years, we expanded our product range to cover the needs of the catering industry.
    In 2000 we started the manufacturing of napkins with one production line. Since then we have continually invested in the napkin range which now has 16 dedicated lines.
    Last year, following feedback from our customers, we introduced the hygiene product range to create a one stop shop for catering disposables.
    Today, Poppies Europe Limited has over 25 production lines operating 24 hours a day with 108 motivated members of staff from our factory based in St Helens in the North West of England, UK.

    What is your core business?
    Our core business is the production and distribution of disposable products for the catering industry (napkins, table covers, paper plates, plastic cutlery, hygiene rolls, etc.) where napkins are undoubtedly our best sellers in volumes.
    We are mainly in the “Away from Home” market with a strong network of customers ranking from small independent wholesalers, to national distributors and blue chip corporations.
    Nevertheless, increase our share of the retail market is part of our strategic development in the years to come.

    What are the main trends of today’s tissue converting market in your country?
    The UK tissue market has always been very competitive in price, especially for the napkins. But on top of the price pressure the trend is now going to increasingly shorter delivery times. Availability of stock is the key to success.
    Our strategy is to constantly monitor the cost of our raw material and invest in more efficient equipment to offer a quicker delivery time while maintaining a high quality product.
    In 2012 to strengthen our market position we acquired one of our competitors, McNulty Wray LTD who were the bespoke printed napkin experts in the UK. By doing so we have enhanced our service and are now the UK leaders in the printed napkin sector.
    Our marketing strategy is now focused on developing our three brands;
    PoppiesTM - that covers the mainstream plain products; McNulty Wray - for the bespoke printed napkins; Poppysoft - for the hygiene range.

    How do you describe the tissue market in your country?
    The UK tissue market seems to have reached maturity in a very competitive environment that maintains a high pressure on prices. That situation drives us to always invest in faster and more efficient production lines.

    What do you do to stay competitive in your specific market?
    When we started producing napkins, 400 m/min was fast. With our last 3 OMET’s TV 503 Lines, we are approaching the 600 m/min and truly can’t wait for the day that Sergio will ring me saying “Armindo our new TV model is running at 800m/min!”. OMET Engineers the pressure is on you!”

    What made you decide to invest in OMET’s machines and what is your evaluation of OMET’s equipment?
    Simple: OMET is the best all-rounder machine as far as napkin production is concerned. And efficiency is embedded in their DNA. That’s what I appreciate the most.

    How do you judge the relationship with OMET Company and staff and what are the expected developments of this partnership for the future?
    Over the years we have built up a strong relationship centred on a mutual trust. Everyone that I have dealt with at OMET is extremely professional and friendly. I have to mention here Sergio Villa, whom I have known for years. He has always been passionate about our industry.
    The future between Poppies and OMET is bright, as we are in the final stages of closing a deal for 3 new OMET production lines for 2015.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    02.12.2014   Brigl & Bergmeister: Voith delivers SpeedSizer and contactless drying for Niklasdorf PM 3    ( Firmennews )

    Firmennews Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH in Niklasdorf, Austria, contracted with Voith for the delivery of a SpeedSizer applicator unit and a contactless dryer for the Niklasdorf PM 3. The startup of the rebuild is planned for summer 2015. The contract is the first step in a multi-stage development plan, with the goal of improving the quality and speed of the production line.

    Because a broad range of wet-strength label papers are produced on the PM 3, there are a variety of demands on the applicator unit. The large number of different coating colors requires a high degree of flexibility in order to achieve excellent paper characteristics. SpeedSizer allows the targeted adjustment of the technical parameters to the individual specifications.

    Along with the SpeedSizer, the delivery also includes a new CB-Turn for non-contact web turning, before it is dried using a space-saving combination of infrared heaters and downstream air hood. The high-performance, contactless dryer qDry Pro is especially energy-saving, because the air hood is heated exclusively from the hot exhaust air of the infrared heater.

    The signing of the contract in mid-November capped off extensive and detailed project work, where the complete process was run on Voith pilot machines, consisting of SpeedSizer applicator unit, offline coating machine, and supercalender.

    Brigl & Bergmeister chose Voith as a partner for this project, because Voith has many years of experience and the corresponding major expertise for specialty paper machines. Another factor is that the SpeedSizer applicator unit is one of the proven components in the Voith portfolio.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    02.12.2014   Changes in Valmet's Executive Team    ( Company news )

    Company news Mr. Bertel Karlstedt (MSc, age 52, photo) has been appointed President of Pulp and Energy business line at Valmet as of 1 February, 2015. He will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to the President and CEO Pasi Laine.

    Bertel Karlstedt joins Valmet from Nordkalk Corporation, where he is currently employed as the President and CEO. During his career he has gained vast experience in line management and sales roles. Furthermore, he has a strong background in R&D both in Finland and internationally, having previously worked for Valmet and Metso (1988-2005).

    Mr. Jyrki Holmala, the current President of Valmet's Pulp and Energy business line, leaves on Valmet 28 November 2014.
    "It is a pleasure to get Bertel Karlstedt to our Executive Team with his strong industrial experience and established relations with many of our customers," says Valmet's President and CEO Pasi Laine.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    02.12.2014   Galipapel to distribute Sappi's Algro Design® in Spain    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Europe has reached a distribution agreement with Galipapel, a Spanish distributor offering first class service to the Spanish packaging & graphic sector, to market its Algro Design line of high white, silk coated premium SBB cartonboards.

    Photo: From left to right: Agustín Malvido, CEO Galpapel; Andrea Riva, Sales Manager Sappi and Vitor Malvido, Sales Agent Galipapel.

    Galipapel, with its extensive experience and expertise, is the ideal partner to support Sappi in offering exceptional service to the Spanish market. The agency has over twenty years of experience in helping suppliers to better connect with their customers. It comes as no surprise that Galipapel's client portfolio includes some of most important publishing and packaging groups in the country.

    Galipapel has a team of expert sales people with more than 100 years of combined experience in the sector. It is this experience that guarantees the best customer service and increased opportunity for both Sappi and Galipapel to grow its presence in the Spanish SBB market.

    Vitor Malvido, Galipapel Sales Representative, is confident about the cooperation. “This agreement means we can offer customers the proximity, accessibility, and agility that is needed for the highly flexible Spanish market. The Galipapel team is committed to ensuring the best possible sales growth for Sappi's product line, bringing all of its expertise and support in raising the Algro Design brand awareness in the Spanish market. I see a bright future for Sappi's products here.”

    Andrea Riva, Sappi’s Sales Manager, Speciality Papers Italy & Spain, is convinced that the agreement will be a resounding success. "When I started managing sales in Spain last year, I noticed that direct customers needed additional service support in parallel to our factory-direct service to offer higher responsiveness and availability of frequently required short notice orders in smaller quantities. Now, with the Galipapel partnership and the ability to maintain local inventory we can offer a tailored quality and service offering dedicated to the Spanish market.”

    Riva concluded by saying, "The shared passion, dedication and commitment from Galipapel and Sappi to the Spanish market by offering outstanding quality products and local service is perfectly in line with Sappi's business philosophy. We're thrilled to share this mission with our new partner and distributor, Galipapel."

    Galipapel will market Sappi's Algro Design product line, a premium solid bleached cartonboard (SBB) whose highly consistent surface, high UV light fastness, and soft silky touch make it an ideal base for every demanding packaging and graphic job.

    Sappi’s Algro Design product range is available in three versions:
    - Algro Design with a double-coated front and an uncoated reverse side, 160-400 g/m²
    - Algro Design Card with a double-coated front and a single-coated reverse, 235-345 g/m²
    - Algro Design Duo, with both sides symmetrically double coated, 250-380 g/m²
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    02.12.2014   Boosting efficiency and new ISO standard take center stage at Prinect User Days    ( Company news )

    Company news -Over 300 participants from all over Europe obtain vital specialist know-how for their companies
    -Total of 35 workshops on topics including automation, ganging, color management, multi-channel publishing, integration, and order management

    Over 300 participants from twelve European countries attended the Prinect User Days 2014 in Heidelberg this fall. They found the concept of users organizing presentations and workshops for other users interesting and worthwhile.

    The opening presentation by media and market research consultant Michael Pusler entitled “Communication in the 21st century: online & print – competition or cooperation?” confirmed that print still has a future and will retain its status as a key communication medium. However, the coexistence and cooperation of print and online media will shape new business models.

    New possibilities for boosting efficiency provided by the latest version of the Prinect print shop workflow from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG were a key focal point. The current version is much easier to operate and far faster, especially in the case of larger jobs with over 2,000 pages.

    Some of the discussions relating to the new ISO 12647-2 standard were quite animated. Many questions remain as regards the outlay involved in rolling out the new standard and how it will be implemented. Participants were able to obtain valuable information during discussions with Karl Michael Meinecke from the bvdm (German Printing and Media Industries Federation), who heads up the German delegation on the ISO committee. The bvdm is aiming to supply the remaining new ICC profiles and a revised PSO (process standard for offset printing) complete with instructions by the end of the year.

    The record number of 35 workshops covered an extremely wide range of topics – from new automation possibilities and multicolor technology in conjunction with Anicolor technology to the Prinect Business Manager. Innovations included the first Prinect digital front end, database-assisted publishing, and ISO-compliant reports. Information was also provided on how to deal with PDF/X-4, the integration status of Prinect, and web-to-print tools. Live Prinect demonstrations rounded off the agenda.

    As always, there was plenty of time for networking and discussions with other participants/Prinect users and the developers. This close contact is particularly helpful for fast, targeted further development of Prinect and therefore works to the benefit of all Prinect users.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    02.12.2014   BOBST presents latest developments at Plastindia 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news BOBST announces its participation at Plastindia 2015 in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from February 5 - 10. In hall 8, stand E12/ F13, visitors are invited to receive extensive information on the latest innovations and developments in BOBST market leading web-fed equipment and services for the processing of plastic film.

    Representatives from all European BOBST web-fed product lines and from Bobst India Pvt. Ltd. are looking forward to meeting professionals from the industry to present to them BOBST’s wide range printing and converting equipment including F&K CI flexo presses, Rotomec gravure presses, CL multi-technology and SL solventless laminators, the range of extrusion coating & laminating machines, the latest developments in coating lines, General vacuum metallizers, and the General Registron® Hawkeye pinhole detector.

    Recognizing the great potential for development of the Indian flexible materials printing and converting industry BOBST has been attending Plastindia since the 1990s. Along with the dramatic growth of the Indian economy over the last decade, BOBST has experienced a constantly growing interest and as a consequence, a significant increase in sales of its equipment for the flexible packaging industry in South Asia.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
     
    02.12.2014   Two exciting events for the global pulp, paper and biobased industries    ( Company news )

    Company news Adforum is together with Mentor Communications AB, the leading media company in Sweden, launching two new events for the pulp, paper and biobased industries: International Pulp & Paper Week and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum. The events will be held at Stockholmsmässan May 24-26th 2016.

    Adforum has during the recent year made a study among the visitors and exhibitors in order to find out what kind of meeting place they would like participate in and how they would like to develop the current meeting places. Two features were highly ranked:
    - Integration of biobased innovations and products into the existing pulp and paper events.
    - A cross industrial meeting place where different industries will meet together.

    Strong focus on content and cross industrial meetings
    The two new events International Pulp & Paper Week and Bioeconomy Innovation Forum will together offer a strong meeting platform for the entire forest industry. The events will be organized as two parallel happenings, making it easy to move between them. There will be strong focus on the content of the event. For both events there will be a conference in connection to the exhibition area, making it easy for conference delegates, event visitors and exhibitors to meet and network.

    The most important feature is however, that event for the first time will be marketed to other industries interested in the products and innovations from the forest industry. According to the study done by Adforum the forest industry had a great interest to get in contact with other industries. In order to manage this challenge Mentor Communications is invited to be the co-organizer of the event. Mentor Communications is the leading media company in Sweden, reaching over half a million decision makers within different industries on a monthly basis. By integrating the Bioeconomy Innovation Forum and by marketing the events to other industries, it is expected that the visitor number will increase compared to former editions of pulp and paper events.
    The new events will feature the latest trends and tools in the meeting business, aiming to offerefficient business contacts between the participants. Apart from the exhibition there will be inspiring conferences, matchmaking, social events and company visits.

    Welcome to join us
    Adforum is now inviting companies and partners to a co-operation for the new events that will take place at Stockholmsmässan, May 24-26th, 2016. More information about participation alternatives will follow shortly.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    01.12.2014   DE LA RUE PLC INTERIM STATEMENT SIX MONTHS TO 27 SEPTEMBER 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news HEADLINES
    -Appointment of Martin Sutherland as new CEO
    -Bank of England 10 year print contract renewal signed in October 2014
    -Group 12 month order book up £4m since year end at £222m, currency market share maintained
    -Ongoing challenging market conditions adversely impact financial performance
    -Banknote print volumes up 4% to 2.7bn notes, banknote paper volumes down 4% to 4,500 tonnes
    -Operational efficiencies yield additional £3m savings in the first half
    -Further site rationalisation commenced in June 2014
    -Interim dividend reduced to 8.3p, as previously announced

    Philip Rogerson, Chairman, commented:
    “While market conditions have resulted in lower revenues, we have partially mitigated the impact in the first half through cost savings from operational efficiencies and have commenced a further rationalisation of our manufacturing footprint.
    “As previously announced, we expect the challenging trading conditions within the currency market to continue and this, together with lower than expected new business in our Solutions division, has impacted our outlook for 2014/15 and 2015/16.
    “The Board continues to believe that, while current conditions are tough, De La Rue remains a strong, profitable and cash generative business in a market with good medium and long term growth prospects.”

    Martin Sutherland, Chief Executive, commented:
    “I am delighted to have joined De La Rue and I am confident that, notwithstanding the current challenging market conditions, the fundamental strengths of the business and the operational improvements achieved in recent years, position the Group well. Over the coming months I shall be evaluating the strategy of the Group and expect to report on this with the full year results in May 2015.”
    (De La Rue plc)
     

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