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    16.04.2015   Xerium To Present Four Technical Papers at PaperCon 2015 Exhibition and Conference in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Atlanta, Georgia

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, announced it will present 4 technical papers at the PaperCon 2015 Exhibition and Conference. This event, held in Atlanta, Georgia April 19-22, 2015, is North America’s most comprehensive paper industry event of the year, providing the latest industry trends and advancements as well as extensive networking opportunities throughout various management ranks. Xerium’s papers will highlight several technological advancements in machine clothing, rolls and analytical tools, and will demonstrate how customers are applying them to reduce cost and improve productivity.
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
    16.04.2015   Rise in Corrugated Box Sales Will Improve the Growth Rate of the Global Pressure-Sensitive ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Tapes Market through 2019

    Due to the increased use of corrugated boxes for packaging, the Global Pressure-sensitive Tapes Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 6.63 percent from 2015-2019, says Technavio.

    About the Report:
    The consumption of packaged goods is growing in both developed and developing regions, and the resulting increase in demand for corrugated boxes from the retail sector and the food industry will propel the growth of the global pressure-sensitive tapes market, especially for carton sealing tapes.
    “The consumption of corrugated boxes is increasing in tandem with the packaging of non-durable goods across different verticals, and this changing consumption pattern is set to impact market growth through the projected period,” says Faisal Ghaus, Vice President of Technavio.
    The latest report by Technavio also emphasizes an increase in demand from developing countries in the APAC region and Africa because of industrialization and growth of the construction and packaging sector. The rise in disposable income and the demand for both industrial and consumer goods have increased the demand for pressure-sensitive tape products.
    “The organized retail sector has experienced a positive growth in the APAC and EMEA regions. The construction industry is also recovering from the recession, and is expected to generate similar revenues in future,” says Ghaus.
    (TechNavio - Infiniti Research Ltd)
    15.04.2015   USNR acquires Söderhamn Eriksson    ( Company news )

    Company news USNR announced that it has acquired Söderhamn Eriksson and all of its subsidiaries from Cellwoodgruppen AB. Even before this acquisition, USNR was the world’s largest supplier of equipment and technologies for the sawmill industry, and the addition of Söderhamn Eriksson further cements USNR’s leadership position.

    George Van Hoomissen, President and CEO of USNR, commented that he was very interested in the opportunity to acquire Söderhamn Eriksson because he felt that Söderhamn Eriksson’s strong market position in Europe would complement USNR’s strong position in North America, and that both companies’ positions would be strengthened as a result of a combination in South America, Australia/New Zealand, Russia, and Asia.

    “We believe that Söderhamn Eriksson’s extensive sales, distribution, and service networks in Europe will help USNR to more broadly introduce and support its products in Europe,” stated Chris Blomquist, Vice President of Sales for USNR. “Lack of local support infrastructure can be a challenge, but now the combined organization has an extensive OEM support network spanning 15 time zones, 3 continents, 10 countries, and at least 9 languages. No other company in our industry even comes close to matching this level of aftermarket support.

    ” Within the Söderhamn Eriksson organization, this acquisition is also viewed as tremendously positive and transformative. Henrik Lefvert, Managing Director for Söderhamn Eriksson, stated “We have products that are very well-suited to the North American style of sawmilling, and we are optimistic that with the support of USNR, we will be able to successfully introduce these products into the United States and Canada.

    ” Lars Lindvall, International Sales Manager for Söderhamn Eriksson added, “We are also very excited to be able to creatively package solutions that combine products from Söderhamn Eriksson with those from USNR. We have of course been able to collaborate with USNR in the past, and have done so on a number of occasions, but we are now in a position to provide fully integrated, end-to-end solutions anywhere in the world.”

    “The combination of USNR and Söderhamn Eriksson offers customers far more options when planning a project,” stated Chris Blomquist. “By combining our product lines and our service and support operations, customers will be able to design the solution that best meets their needs.”

    Söderhamn Eriksson has a long history, dating back to the 1860s. The Stenberg family acquired A.K. Eriksson in 1937, and then in the early 1990s acquired what had been Söderhamns Verkstäder and later Kockums Industries. A few years later, these organizations were combined to form Söderhamn Eriksson. Today, the company operates five facilities in Sweden in addition to maintaining local-language sales, service, and aftermarket support centers in the UK, Canada, Norway, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Poland, and Germany. The company is known around the world for its high-quality log lines and edger systems, and for the Cambio debarker, which was invented by Söderhamns Verkstäder in the 1950s and subsequently sold many thousands of machines around the world. You can learn more about Söderhamn Eriksson and its product line at

    USNR operates seven facilities in the United States and Canada, including three large manufacturing plants, plus a sales and service center in Russia. USNR is best known around the world for providing end-to-end solutions for sawmills and planermills, including log lines, curve sawing gangs, edger lines, trim-sort-stack systems, dry kilns, and the optimization and control technologies that maximize the output and performance of that equipment. USNR is also known around the world for its Coe brand products used in the manufacture of plywood and other panel products. You can learn more about USNR and its product line at

    Henrik Lefvert will continue as Managing Director of Söderhamn Eriksson, and no interruptions to on-going projects, services, or other operations are expected as a result of this acquisition.
    (Söderhamn Eriksson)
    15.04.2015   Feldmuehle Uetersen to market its art paper under the name Exceo    ( Company news )

    Company news Made in Germany: Exceo – art paper for true image reproduction from Feldmuehle Uetersen

    The art paper MediaPrint produced by the specialty and art paper mill Feldmuehle Uetersen will, in the future, be sold under the new brand name Exceo. Exceo is a white, bright, two-side-coated woodfree art paper, available in a glossy or silk finish and in a wide range of grammages ranging from 150 to 400 gsm. Exceo is suitable for all kinds of graphical products that require accurate reproduction of the original image in sheet-fed offset presses. On request, Exceo is also available with FSC® certification. Free samples can be ordered by e-mail to

    “The new art paper Exceo strengthens the position of Uetersen Mill. In addition to speciality papers, the mill also continues to produce high-quality art paper, which has already strongly influenced the development of the site. Designed specifically for the needs of publishers and printers, the new art paper is characterised by whiteness and brightness, optimal smoothness and superior convertibility. Exceo also offers first-class printability with accurate colour reproduction, excellent runnability and post-press finishing, such as folding and adhesive binding, as well as other finishing options,” says Eckhard Kallies, Director Sales & Marketing, Feldmuehle Uetersen.

    “Uetersen Mill has a track record of comprehensive expertise and extensive experience in the production of art papers. The location of the mill in the metropolitan area of Hamburg is ideal for ensuring flexible deliveries even on short notice. The size and modernity of the paper machine forms another excellent platform to adapt quickly to market conditions and customers’ needs. Our flexibility and service offering are supported by our sheeting capacity,” explains Vencel Toth, Area Sales Manager, Feldmuehle Uetersen. “I am convinced that our service portfolio will be appreciated in the art paper market, and we are expecting above-average success with Exceo," Toth adds. Our customers already rely on our innovative high-quality range of art and specialty papers. The keys to this success are consistent quality and supply reliability.

    Feldmuehle Uetersen will maintain its presence in the area of specialty papers and expand or strengthen selected segments in a focused manner. The current product portfolio includes familiar brands, such as the label papers LabelSet and UniSet and the packaging grades LennoKraft, MediaCard and MediaLiner.
    (Feldmuehle Uetersen GmbH)
    15.04.2015   Heidelberg launches Prinect Inpress Control 2    ( Company news )

    Company news Faster setup and reduced paper waste thanks to improved color control

    -Spectrophotometric inline color measurement system maximizes productivity and cuts paper waste by further 10 to 20 percent
    -Automated measurement of register and dot gain during press run
    -New handheld spectrophotometer with extensive range of functions
    -Measurement of metallized materials and transparent substrates

    The Prinect Inpress Control spectrophotometric inline color measurement system from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg)has proved a great success all over the world. Already installed on over a thousand Speedmaster presses, the system provides on-the-fly measurement and control of both color and register. Heidelberg has now launched Prinect Inpress Control 2, featuring a faster measuring and control algorithm that substantially cuts makeready times and paper waste during setup. Initial users report further 10 to 20 percent less paper waste and significantly increased productivity.

    Prinect Inpress Control 2 can be installed on Speedmaster presses in the XL 75, SX 102, CX 102, XL 106, XL 145, and XL 162 series. The system is ideal for industrial printers of short runs with frequent job changes who want to deliver quick, cost-effective, and high-quality results. Recent Speedmaster presses already equipped with Prinect Inpress Control can be upgraded to the latest system.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    15.04.2015   SKG Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group announced results for the 3 months and 12 months ending 31 December 2014.

    Fourth Quarter and Full Year Key Points
    -Pre-exceptional EPS growth of 42%
    -Progressively improving ROCE to 15%
    -Completion of over €160 million of acquisitions in 2014 in the US, Dominican Republic and Colombia
    -Resilient European corrugated volume up 2% year-on-year
    -Final dividend increased by 30% from 30.75 cent to 40.00 cent per share
    -Launch of €250 million senior unsecured notes to reduce Senior Credit Facility

    Performance Review and Outlook
    Gary McGann (photo), Smurfit Kappa CEO commented: "The Group's solid operating performance through 2014 is strong evidence of the resilience of our integrated and geographically diverse business model. As a result we are pleased to report higher returns and good earnings growth year-on-year in 2014, driven by new business wins, a continued focus on cost efficiencies, judicious capital investments and accretive acquisitions. Progress against these measures has increased our ROCE to 15% and supports the Group's revised ROCE target of an average of 15% through the cycle.

    “In Europe, the Group has reported 2% corrugated volume growth year-on-year for the full year. Pricing in our end corrugated market improved by 1% year-on-year and was generally stable at this level throughout the year in spite of a more volatile pricing environment for recycled containerboard. The implementation of containerboard price increases in the third quarter, in particular, provided good support to corrugated prices at their current level.

    “Following the launch of our ‘Open the Future’ differentiation initiative in June, we are working with customers on the re-evaluation of the impact of Smurfit Kappa’s expertise on their business. To this end the Group released a white paper in December 2014 - Marketing on the shelf: exactly how in control are you? - demonstrating the impact of packaging in the retail environment and the powerful marketing opportunities presented by SKG to brand owners in their retail environments. As the next step in this process, we will formally launch our ‘Point of Purchase’ strategy at our Innovation and Capital Markets Day in April, which will further enunciate the tangible impact of this process on the business and our customers.

    “SKG’s businesses in the Americas performed well with volume growth and good margins in most countries. The Group’s larger Latin American operations in Colombia and Mexico delivered strong earnings progression during the year and the growth of our US footprint has enhanced our exposure to the improving US market. In Venezuela, economic volatility continues to drive currency uncertainty which impacted our business in 2014. However, to put our operations there into context, our 2014 Venezuelan earnings amounted to approximately 7% of Group EBITDA. Consistent with previous periods the Group has updated its Principal Risks and Uncertainties disclosure in relation to Venezuela on page 13.

    “The Group outperformed its cost take-out target in 2014 with the delivery of €117 million in cost reduction initiatives during the year. In 2015, the Group expects to continue to further reduce its cost base by €75 million.

    “In recent years, the Group has fundamentally repositioned itself. SKG is now regarded as a corporate credit in the debt markets following debt paydown of over €600 million and annual cash interest savings of €150 million since 2007. The Group will preserve its solid credit metrics through the cycle while continuing to enhance the cost, sustainability and structure of its capital base where appropriate. “As a consequence of this process of sustained deleveraging, in February 2014 the Group announced a strategy to deploy its capital towards growth opportunities through internal investment, an active M&A focus and increasing returns to shareholders. We have been steadily delivering against our objectives.

    “Firstly, our targeted programme of high return capital investments will support organic earnings growth into 2015. In this context, a number of our ‘Quick Win’ projects, approved in 2014, will begin to directly boost EBITDA by €18 million in 2015.

    “The Group’s refurbished 250,000 tonne recycled containerboard mill in Kent, UK, will commence production in the first quarter of 2015 with an estimated 2015 volume of 150,000 tonnes entering the market commencing in the second quarter. SKG’s 80,000 tonne testliner mill in Viersen, Germany will cease production in the first quarter as part of a previously announced rationalisation programme encompassing the mill and four converting plants across Europe and this programme will be substantially completed within the first nine months of 2015. In the fourth quarter, the Group began a process to potentially dispose of its Solidboard operations in Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK and an exceptional impairment charge of €46 million has been recognised in the quarter.

    “Secondly, the Group has progressed its acquisition agenda in 2014, completing four accretive acquisitions in the higher growth Americas region totalling over €160 million. In each case the Group expects returns significantly above its cost of capital and this disciplined approach will continue to underpin our evaluation of opportunities in 2015.

    “Finally, the Group remains committed to driving returns for our shareholders, and to that end SKG is increasing its ordinary dividend by 30%. Furthermore, in the absence of accretive acquisitions the Group will evaluate alternative uses of capital, including returns of surplus capital to shareholders. However, our stated preference is to build durable, long-term value through the continued delivery of accretive acquisitions in our target markets. Capital allocation decisions will be taken in the context of staying within the scope of our Ba1 / BB+ credit rating.

    “Looking to 2015, assuming no material dis-improvement in European economic conditions, we expect to grow the business through continued superior operating performance, high return internal investments and targeted acquisitions. The Group expects to deliver earnings growth, stronger free cash flows, and through the judicious use of capital to continue to improve returns for our shareholders.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    15.04.2015   MIAC 2015: 270 companies are waiting for you in Italy in October!    ( Company news )

    Company news The 22nd edition of MIAC will take place in LUCCA (Italy) on 14.15.16 October 2015. At MIAC everything is concentrated in 3 working days and in one place. MIAC is an international meeting point that allows you to compare the technologies and business proposals of all the companies present at the Exhibition: 270 International Exhibitors await you in Italy to give you a full overview of the machinery and technologies in the paper industry sector. Next October!

    Taking part in MIAC means being one of 5,000 Visitors from across the globe who meet in Lucca in October of each year!

    LUCCA and MIAC..., a winning combination!
    We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please save the date.

    Visiting MIAC means obtaining a full overview of the technology and equipment available to the paper industry sector (tissue paper, graphics paper, corrugated cardboard, specialty papers, etc.) and measuring up against the sector's needs and problems.

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

    Entrance at MIAC 2015 is free of charge!
    15.04.2015   Gaining the Best Tissue Quality with Lowest Possible Costs    ( Company news )

    Company news emtec Electronic at the Tissue World in Sao Paulo, Brazil

    This year the first Tissue World exhibition will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the company emtec Electronic will attend this event from May 20th until 22nd at booth no. 383. The company will present their technical measurement equipment to South and Latin American visitors.

    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the innovative testing instruments which will be presented in Sao Paulo during these three days of exhibition. The device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue “handfeel” properties such as the real softness, smoothness/roughness and stiffness. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.
    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present their measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates, the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers in the pulp, and the DFA Dynamic Filtration Analyzer for simulating the drainage and retention processes of the pulp during the production.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    14.04.2015   Voith BlueLine machines successful in operation    ( Company news )

    Company news In the paper industry there is a demand for innovations that reduce operating costs and help conserve resources in the production process. Voith developed its BlueLine range to meet both these requirements. Strong sales in the two years following the market launch of this product range confirm that this approach is appreciated in the industry.

    In the meantime, more than 40 IntegraGuard headbox screens have been sold. The machine head geometry was flow-optimized to keep the flow velocity through the screen consistent and low, which prevents strings and deposits. Thanks to the new improved head piece of the screen, the energy requirement of IntegraGuard could be reduced and pulsation minimized. As a result, energy efficiency and paper quality are improved.

    The most successful machine in the BlueLine range to date is the IntensaMaXX pulper detrashing machine (photo), which has now had over 50 installations. This rugged machine has an asymmetric housing that prevents tail formation and stringing, so that even stock containing a lot of contamination does not cause problems in operation. In the IntensaMaXX, the reject is discharged in a downwards direction, ensuring reliable removal of all contaminants. IntensaMaXX can be used in all LC and HC pulping systems for recovered paper. Another advantage of the IntensaMaXX is its low energy consumption.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    14.04.2015   Minerals Technologies Announces an Agreement with Sun Paper Group to Construct ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...a 100,000 Metric Ton Satellite PCC Plant in China

    Agreement Includes Technology Partnership for Adoption of FulFill® PCC High Filler Portfolio of Technologies

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed an agreement with the Sun Paper Group to construct a 100,000 metric ton precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) satellite plant for paper filling at Sun's pulp and paper operations in Shandong Province, China. The facility will support a new paper machine that is scheduled to start up in the fourth quarter of 2015.

    "We are extremely pleased to be broadening our relationship with such a prominent papermaker as the Sun Paper Group," said Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer, who was in Shandong Province for the signing of the agreement with Sun Paper's Chairman, Li Hongxin. "This agreement marks the third project Minerals Technologies has with Sun Paper, and we look forward to further developing a long-term association committed to improvement through technological innovation."

    The agreement with Sun Paper, the largest privately owned paper company in China, also includes a technology partnership to foster the adoption of Minerals Technologies FulFill® PCC portfolio of high filler technologies. Sun Paper will evaluate at least two technologies in the FulFill® portfolio--E-325 and FulFill® F. The E-325 technology increases the PCC fill rate in paper by three to five percentage points. FulFill® F, formerly known as Filler-Fiber, dramatically increases PCC fill rates and has demonstrated in commercial trials to increase the level of PCC in paper by as much as 50 percent. PCC provides brightness, opacity and bulk in paper while replacing higher cost fiber.

    Minerals Technologies is currently building a 100,000 metric ton satellite plant at Sun Paper that will provide coating grade PCC. That facility will begin operation by mid-year. Sun Paper has also adopted MTI's NewYield(TM) Integrated Process Technology that converts a paper and pulp mill waste stream into a functional pigment for filling paper. NewYield(TM) process technology eliminates the cost of environmental disposal and remediation of certain waste streams to papermakers. The facility, which will also be operational in the third quarter, will produce 60,000 tons of filler pigment from Sun's waste stream.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    14.04.2015   AVERY DENNISON AT FESPA 2015 WITH LATEST COLOURS AND ...    ( Company news )


    Picture: Avery Dennison will be at this year’s FESPA exhibition displaying its latest graphics developments under the distinctive theme of ‘Everywhere You Look’. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR291)

    Visitors to the Avery Dennison stand T105 (Hall 6) will be able to interact with the new Avery Dennison Colour Swatch app, discover all the benefits of the value added service program, get an overview of the complete digital offering, experience new Supreme Wrapping Film colours, and try out new Conform Chromes. Other products on display include QM 5500 Translucent Films and new digital films MPI 2804EA, MPI 3026 Supertack and the SF100 Ultra Clear.

    Renae Kulis, global director Graphics Solutions, says that this year’s FESPA will be another testimony of the commitment and investment of Avery Dennison in the market. “FESPA is an important event for anyone who is trying to expand their business and differentiate their own offering. For us FESPA is an important platform to strengthen customer relations and capture insights from the market on present and future product portfolio. “

    At the show, Avery Dennison will launch “Avery Dennison Colour Swatch” - its new mobile app which enables customers to virtually explore and compare the company’s vast range of colours and order samples directly.

    Avery Dennison is also highlighting its complete REACH-compliant signage portfolio that now includes all graphics materials from 500 Event Film through to premium 900 Super Cast films – and Supreme Wrapping Film.

    In different “Here for You” zones, visitors will find opportunities to expand their businesses by working with Avery Dennison. They will be able to experience firsthand indoor, outdoor and vehicle applications. This includes a live demo of the Galileo weeding machine which showcases automatic weeding of the 777 Cast Film and the MPI 2804EA.

    The Avery Dennison stand is at T105 in Hall 6, on May 18 - 22, 2015 at the Cologne Exhibition Centre in Germany.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    14.04.2015   Michelman Hires New Group Director for Printing & Packaging Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Michelman is pleased to announce the hiring of Bill Magee (photo), as Group Director, Printing & Packaging. The Printing & Packaging Group is one of three Michelman Global Strategic Business Groups that were formed in January of 2015 as the company improved and streamlined its organizational structure.

    According to Mr. Steve Shifman, President and CEO at Michelman, “Bill has a rich background and extensive global experience in our industry. He will be responsible for improving the customer experience by creating sustainable expansion within the Group, along product, market, technology and geographical dimensions.”

    Mr. Magee was most recently with the H.B. Fuller Company, where he held the position of Business Unit Director – Emulsion Polymers. Over the past 25 years, he has served in numerous global leadership roles at companies including Monsanto, Solutia, Rohm & Haas, and Dow Chemical. He attended Purdue University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, and a Master’s degree in Management.
    (Michelman Inc.)
    14.04.2015   VTT printed a morphine test on paper    ( Company news )

    Company news VTT is the first in the world to have developed a drug test printed on paper. VTT used antibodies – produced by methods of molecular biology – as morphine sensing molecules when creating this printing technology-based morphine test. Using printing technology to manufacture rapid tests enables high production volumes and low production costs.

    A paper-based test enables a rapid analysis of whether a compound – in this case, morphine – is present in a given sample. Possible future applications of the developed test include drug testing at workplaces and in connection with traffic control.

    This method, developed by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, provides several advantages, such as high production volumes, low material costs and disposability as well as design freedom based on bendability and foldability of paper.

    "In 2010, we proved that the VTT method works in a hemoglobin assay. Through our continued development efforts, we wanted to confirm that the method also works in mass-production of more demanding tests. Morphine as a small-sized molecule places major requirements on the analytical performance of the test. In the future, the new method will also present an opportunity to simultaneously analyse other drugs of abuse and residues of pharmaceuticals and their metabolites from one and the same sample", says Tomi Erho, Principal Scientist at VTT.

    Morphine and hemoglobin tests have shown that paper is an excellent platform for various antibody-based tests. In rapid testing, paper can replace nitrocellulose, which is typically used as a reaction and flow substrate, to provide a very low-cost, lightweight and biodegradable material alternative. In the future, paper could also become a competitive alternative for commonly used plastic-based assay platforms.

    Printing technology will be a low-cost method for the manufacture of rapid tests designed for the use of consumers, businesses and authorities for instance in the areas of health, welfare and the environment.

    Rapid diagnostics and the expansion of testing outside clinical and analytical laboratories to patients and other end-users is a rising trend. Printing of tests on paper will provide entirely new opportunities for innovations based on the mass production of home test kits.

    The research was performed at VTT as part of research projects mainly funded by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    14.04.2015   emtec Presentation at PaperCon 2015 in Atlanta, USA    ( Company news )

    Company news When Standard Methods like Cobb or Bendtsen come to their Limit

    emtec Electronic and their EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester at PaperCon 2015

    This year emtec Electronic will be present at the PaperCon 2015 Exhbition and Conference with their EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester. The company itself will have a presentation on Tuesday, 21st April at 1:14 pm. Additionally, the company Technidyne Corporation – the representative in the USA – will be present from 19th to 22nd April in Hall 2 at their booth no. 325.
    The Cobb or Bendtsen tests are used to get an information about the sizing and the pore structure of paper, especially to check the quality and the processability of the paper in the converting. But it happens, that the results are the same, but one paper works and the other does not. How and why this happens will be explained by Alexander Gruener during his presentation “emtec EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester. Where standard methods like Cobb or Bendtsen come to their limit.” He also will explain in detail the function of the emtec device EST12 and how it makes it possible to predict reliably the behavior of paper surfaces during converting processes like glueing, coating and printing by giving more detailed information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby, and the surface pore structure of paper and board.
    With the application of the special testing equipment from emtec Electronic it is possible to control and guide the production and converting process into the right direction, in order to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    14.04.2015   Tissue World Barcelona confirms that the Tissue industry is in good health and growing    ( Company news )

    Company news Barcelona hosted for the second time the European edition of Tissue World Show dedicated to the paper industry for the tissue sector. The Exhibition recorded a significant increase in visitors compared to last edition and a large participation of interested local operators, both converters and paper manufacturers.

    OMET was a guest at the stand of its agent for the Iberian Peninsula “Converting Machinery SL” and took the occasion to introduce a few important features on its range of tissue converting machines: in particular, the expansion of the range of napkins machines, the innovative embossing quick change solutions, and the so-called Electronics "(r)evolution", or the ability to control all the machines in OMET’s range remotely for immediate performance analysis and correction, enhanced safety for operators, study of the input/output data of the machine and a more accurate diagnostics.
    See you from March 28 to 30, 2017, at next Tissue World in Milan.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
    13.04.2015   Hand drying with single use towels shows lower level of airborne microbe dispersal and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... contamination after visiting the washroom than other hand drying methods

    A University of Westminster peer-reviewed and published study demonstrates that single use towels spread fewer microbes and present the lowest risk of cross-contamination

    New research by the University of Westminster, commissioned by ETS, the European Tissue Symposium, concludes that drying hands with single-use towels shows a lower level of airborne microbe dispersal and contamination. This could help achieve more hygienic washroom settings.

    The study, undertaken by leading microbiologist Keith Redway who has already presented top line findings at last year’s HIS Conference in Lyon, looked at the potential for microbial contamination from hand-drying and the potential risks for airborne microbe dispersal, particularly if hand washing is sub optimal. Four different hand drying methods and three different test models were used to determine differences between the drying methods and their capacity to disperse microbes on the hands of users to other occupants of public washrooms and into the washroom environment.
    Paper towels, a textile roller towel, a warm air dryer and a jet air dryer were compared using three different test models: acid indicator with lemon juice, yeast, and bacterial transmission from hands when washed without soap. The peer-reviewed study was published in the March 2015 edition of the ‘Journal of Hospital Infection’.

    The results in numbers
    A jet air dryer dispersed liquid from users’ hands further and over a greater range – up to 1.5m – than other hand drying methods. The jet air dryer also led to the greatest dispersal of microbes into the air at both near and far distances for each of the tested models. Levels recorded at the drying device revealed an average of 59.5 colonies of yeast for the jet air dryer compared with an average of just 2.2 colonies of yeast for paper towels. At a distance of 0.2 m jet air dryers resulted in 67 colonies compared with only 6.5 for paper towels. At a distance of 1.5 m the jet air dryer recorded 11.5 colonies of yeast compared to zero for paper towels.
    “These findings clearly indicate that single-use towels spread the fewest microbes of all hand-drying methods,” said Keith Redway. “Cross contamination in public washrooms is a legitimate public health concern. The extent to which jet air dryers disperse microbes into the washroom environment is likely to have implications for policy guidance to facilities managers operating in a wide range of environments from sports stadia and airports through to schools and hospitals.”

    Airborne microbial dispersal
    The study also looked at the body height at which microbes were dispersed. It found the greatest dispersal was at 0.6 – 0.9 m from the floor. This is worrying since it equates to the face height of small children who might be standing near a dryer when a parent is drying his or her hands. Small children might therefore possibly be contaminated with the microbes remaining on the parent’s hands after washing them.

    Hand drying a crucial component of hand hygiene
    "Correct hand drying is crucial in completing the hand washing process and reducing the risk of microbe transmission,“ commented Roberto Berardi, Chairman of the European Tissue Symposium (ETS). “This latest research by the University of Westminster builds on previous studies such as last year’s research by the University of Leeds, and adds to the existing body of evidence demonstrating that hand drying using single use towels offers an unsurpassed level of hygiene when drying hands after visiting the washroom and is associated with lower numbers of microbes both on the hands and in the washroom environment than with warm air or jet air dryers."
    (ETS European Tissue Symposium)
    13.04.2015   Smurfit Kappa breaks the ice with creation of life-sized cardboard igloo     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa has once again demonstrated its creativity and innovation with the installation of a corrugated cardboard igloo in Piteå, north Sweden.

    Made from Kraftliner-based corrugated board, the igloo was created to test the durability and resistance of Kraftliner in extreme conditions of low temperatures and contact with water. Measuring 4 metres wide and 2 metres high, the igloo is constructed using a combination of Kraftliner White Top, Recycled High Performance, and Kraftliner papers.

    Igloos are usually made from cubes of ice with a slight angle, so achieving the dome shape from perfectly rectangular corrugated building blocks wasn’t easy. However, never prone to shy away from a challenge, the creative minds of the Smurfit Kappa team persevered until reaching the perfect solution, unveiling their innovative creation in mid-March.

    Temperatures in Piteå, where the company also has a Kraftliner paper-mill, can drop to as low as -13 degrees Celsius. The igloo has proven a hit with locals, offering welcome respite from the cold outside and acting as a social hub complete with tables and chairs and a warm and friendly atmosphere.

    This latest creation from Smurfit Kappa demonstrates the resistance and durability of Kraftliner as well as the company’s extensive expertise and innovation. For proof of Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to Open the future with its customers, visit its dynamic microsite, where a series of films demonstrate how customers across the world have worked in partnership with Smurfit Kappa to create innovative solutions which have driven commercial success. The microsite can be visited at, the home for new, shareable content which is updated regularly.
    (Smurfit Kappa Kraftliner Piteå)
    13.04.2015   Cham Paper Group to increase prices from 1 May 2015 by 5-8%    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to a drastic increase of raw material costs, particularly pulp, Cham Paper Group cannot avoid to raise its sales prices for Consumer Goods and Industrial Release papers by 5 - 8%. The price increase applies as per invoice date made from 1 May 2015 and will vary depending on the grade and the region.
    Within the next days our customers will be informed personally by our sales managers.
    (Cham Paper Group)
    13.04.2015   MAVERICK Technologies Appoints Bud Blankenship to Lead Power, Pulp and Paper Industries    ( Company news )

    Company news MAVERICK Technologies has hired Bud Blankenship to fill the role of Industry Manager for Power, Pulp and Paper. In this capacity, he will oversee the company’s efforts to develop and fulfill client relationships and projects in these critical industries.

    Blankenship brings more than 40 years of experience in operations management, business development and project management related to automation in the U.S. and internationally.

    “My career has spanned several decades, a great portion of which was as a client and the other providing automation engineering solutions to a variety of industries. Having experienced both sides of this industry, I am very excited to have the opportunity to join this world class organization with one-of-a-kind solution delivery capabilities and a client focus rarely seen anywhere,” said Blankenship.

    Prior to joining MAVERICK, Blankenship served as manager of business development for Mustang Automation and Control. That stint followed more than 20 years as the manager of refinery process operations for Ashland Oil, the director of refining at Litwin Engineering, and the global refinery management for ABB.

    “I’m proud to have Bud as a part of our world class team,” commented Paul Galeski, Founder and CEO of MAVERICK Technologies. “We help Our customers keep their plants running better on an ongoing basis, often enterprise wide, long after individual projects are completed. Providing this kind of service requires an effective leader to maintain and enhance these long-term relationships. I know Bud will excel in this role, and our customers will benefit greatly from having him as a trusted resource.”

    Bill Stewart, MAVERICK Vice President of Operations added, “Bud knows what customers want because he’s been there himself. All his experience has been building to this new position, where he’ll provide a critical combination of technical knowledge with a strong service mindset.”
    (Maverick Technologies)
    13.04.2015   MasterQ - Rush jobs get moved to the front    ( Company news )

    Company news Automatic job sorting with MasterQ for improved efficiency and economic viability for digital printing
    Good production planning is the key to the economic success of a printing company. Especially when it comes to digital printing of small and ultra-small print runs, or order information and descriptions that already arrive in digital form, e.g. via the printshop's website, clever planning can significantly improve production efficiency. For this reason, manroland web systems has developed the MasterQ software module, which acts as a link between MIS systems, prepress, or web2print applications, and printing systems and print finishing processes. Using MasterQ, printshops can determine the optimal production sequence for several different production modules.

    MasterQ was developed by manroland web systems to synchronize finishing modules with the printer and is especially suited for users of one or more digital printing systems and digital finishing lines such as FoldLine and FormerLine. The module sorts, groups, and verifies incoming print orders, even if they stem from various sources, based on a special scalable algorithm. The jobs prepared this way are then relayed to the digital printing systems and the print finishing control (such as WorkflowBridge). In return, these provide MasterQ with status and process information.

    Systematic planning
    Planning takes the features and equipment of the printers and finishing lines into account. For example, if a change of the color profile requires the press to stop, several orders with the same color profile are grouped together. General order parameters such as color printing mode, printing substrate, and format are taken into account as well as special features of each print job, such as a specific delivery date and required print finishing changeover times. This way, every order is automatically allocated the most convenient slot in the processing queue for the printing company and is directed towards the optimally suited production line.

    Optimal utilization even for ultra-small print runs
    For small digital inkjet print runs, automatic sorting of incoming orders is a key factor for the desired quick throughput. This ensures optimal utilization and a quick ROI. As a result, the orders that are prepared online or in the prepress can be printed in the optimal sequence without delays and manual interference. Production-related downtimes during the print production are reduced to a minimum. In future, production on a web offset press can also be included via a PPM production planning interface.

    Grouping of print orders and job queues
    Based on the JDF format, MasterQ allows grouping of print orders according to different requirements. Grouping can take place manually via drag&drop or automatically for incoming orders. In addition, different production sequences for different output stations, pre-selection purposes, or other definable requirements can be generated.

    Total control over the production system
    The system allows users to edit and validate order data. These are defined for both finishing and printing processes. Currently, MasterQ supports the finishing systems FoldLine and FormerLine. The order definition contains all information required for automatic presetting of the modules. In addition, the system verifies the formats of the order files, adjusts parameters for inline finishing, and confirms the production viability of the order with the existing print and finishing line.

    User-friendly interface and handling
    Users can see the planned orders with all key parameters, allowing them to change the plan. They can decide what they want to see and the sequence of orders in the various lists. Various status displays are available depending on the connected presses.

    Process parameters, such as production times, downtimes, order changeover times, copy volumes, etc. can be reported to existing MIS systems. The formats and contents of the messages are determined by the customer’s existing MIS system (customer-specific option).
    (manroland web systems GmbH)
    13.04.2015   International Paper Agrees to Sell Carolina® Coated Bristols Brand    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced it has reached a definitive agreement with MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV) to sell the Carolina® coated bristols brand. The sale is expected to close April 30, 2015. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

    International Paper's decision to sell the Carolina brand was a result of its plans to convert the Riegelwood N.C., Mill to 100 percent fluff and softwood pulp production, thereby eliminating the manufacturing capability to produce the brand. "We recognize that Carolina is a leading brand valued by our merchants, printers, graphic designers and other customers," said Mike Amick (photo), senior vice president, North America Papers & Pulp and Consumer Packaging. "MWV has a long history producing coated bristols for the commercial print market and we view them as a strategic fit to acquire the Carolina brand." Carolina is a preferred coated bristols brand used in a variety of applications like greeting cards, book covers and marketing collateral.

    Both companies are committed to a seamless transition to ensure the ongoing quality and reliable performance which customers value and expect. "Taking care of our customers throughout this transition is a top priority," said Amick.

    International Paper's coated paperboard and printing papers businesses are strategic to the company's global portfolio. "The sale of Carolina captures the brand's value, and positions the remaining coated paperboard products to support our customers' strategic growth in the food service and packaging markets. The company's commercial print portfolio, which includes the Hammermill®, Accent® Opaque, Williamsburg Offset and the Springhill® brands, will continue to be a strategic part of the company and a valued part of merchant product portfolios," said Amick.
    (International Paper)
    13.04.2015   X-Rite and active online announce product distribution agreement    ( Company news )

    Company news X-Rite and active online announce that materialo®, the replacement for PersonalDesigner Plus visualization software previously sold and distributed by X-Rite, will now be sold and supported by active online and its network of global dealers.

    “We are pleased that active online will continue to support the needs of our customers by taking over the sales and support of this product”, says Francesco Tomasello, VP of Sales at X-Rite, Inc. “Further, we support and encourage our existing dealer network to welcome active online into their color technology offerings and offer the combined solution of CAPSURE ® bundled with materialo®.”

    Fabian de Leon, MD of active on-line states, “We are very happy to have this opportunity to work with the X-Rite dealer network to introduce materialo® + CAPSURE and build upon the success of the PD+ visualization product line. We have plans to update and introduce additional mobile applications for use on all platforms and look forward to introducing these new products with you”.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
    13.04.2015   Full speed ahead with Esko at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Scalable end-to-end solutions to future-proof sign, display and wide-format businesses

    Esko ( plans a significant presence at FESPA 2015, being held in Cologne, Germany, May 18 to 22. Esko’s offerings are designed to help sign and display operations of all types address today’s complex production demands. Esko will be located on stand R50 in Hall 6 at the show.

    “Esko’s Kongsberg tables are well-known in the industry for their robustness, flexibility, versatility and precision. Fifty years of expertise in developing cutting tables allowed us to create the broadest range of high-quality solutions for all types of sign and display graphics businesses. It goes without saying that the Kongsberg tables are taking the center stage on Esko’s FESPA stand,” comments Armand Gougay, Esko Vice President EMEA. “In addition to the tables, we will be showing powerful yet flexible software solutions that support all aspects of sign, display and wide-format production. An integrated end-to-end solution from a long-term, renowned and stable supplier that also incorporates third-party elements is the ideal approach for any business, small or large. And that is exactly what attendees can expect from Esko at FESPA 2015.”

    A galaxy of future-proof solutions on display
    Businesses looking to invest in updating their infrastructure to include the latest technologies also want to be assured that these investments will act to future-proof their businesses. “We not only address current market requirements,” Gougay adds, “but we also deliver solutions that will be a valuable asset for years to come.” At FESPA 2015, Esko will demonstrate a variety of hardware and software solutions that can be modularly combined to fit any sign, display or wide-format production workflow.

    New and demonstrated for the first time in Europe will be the i-cut Production Console (iPC) which drives all functionality on Esko Kongsberg tables. A good user interface is key to secure efficient, safe and high quality operations, and a great user experience has steered the development of this operator interface. The iPC brings a new dimension to operator guidance and machine control thanks to its ingenious design and range of logical, user-friendly features.

    Also on display will be Esko’s i-cut Suite, a collection of prepress and pre-production software solutions designed to eliminate errors, save time and reduce waste. Esko will also be featuring ArtiosCAD and Studio structural design software for 3D design of displays and other structures, including dedicated tools to streamline structural design, product development, virtual prototyping and manufacturing. One exciting highlight is Esko’s Automation Engine which manages prepress workflow automation. Dynamic workflows from design to the digital press and beyond to the finishing device are easy to set up and operate. Automation Engine serves as the heart of any size prepress production operation.

    Showcasing the Kongsberg universe
    In terms of hardware solutions, Esko will be showcasing its smallest and largest Kongsberg tables, from the market’s most robust line of digital finishing systems. The Kongsberg C is a state-of-the-art, super-wide digital finisher that offers the highest possible performance. Precision and productivity are guaranteed, thanks to the carbon-composite traverse beam, which is unique to Esko. The second table, the Kongsberg V for sign & display, is the ideal solution for anyone looking for accurate and high quality cutting of the most creative applications, and a first step into Kongsberg-quality finishing.

    “We focus on developing solutions that minimize the need for customers to invest in different digital finishing devices for different applications, making their investments easier to justify and positioning them to enter new markets as opportunities present themselves,” Gougay concludes. “At FESPA 2015, we will enlighten visitors about the importance of end-to-end production, since even the most subtle workflow change can have a significant impact on the entire operation.”
    (Esko Belgium)
    10.04.2015   Aviretta modernizes PM 4 in Ettringen    ( Company news )

    Company news A year ago the newly-founded Aviretta GmbH – a group of private investors – decided to purchase the shut down PM 4 from the Finnish UPM group, and to rebuild and operate the machine in Ettringen. Aviretta will use PM 4 for packaging paper production (fluting). Aviretta chose modernization specialist Bellmer for this demanding project. Bellmer’s delivery for the rebuild will include a TURBOFilmSizer filmpress with a working width of 7 m.
    The TURBOFilmSizer offers many advantages for paper production compared with a standard size press, including higher solids content, and uniform and better-controlled size application. Sizer engineering will be carried out by our Spanish subsidiary Bellmer Ibérica, while manufacturing will take place at our headquarters in Niefern, Germany. The scope of Bellmer’s involvement in the project also includes a knock-off device, components for the airturn paper feed, frame parts for the film press and adjust-ments to the dryer section. Bellmer will also install a water jet tailcutter and pulper under the film press. The existing drying cylinders of the post-dryer section will be moved to the position previously occupied by the calender.

    Engineering, project management, disassembly, installation and training courses will all be provided by Bellmer.
    (Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik)
    10.04.2015   Kemira awarded a start-up contract in Stora Enso Varkaus Woops project    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has been awarded a start-up contract in the Woops project of Stora Enso Varkaus mill in Finland. During the project the current fine paper machine will be converted into kraft liner production. The machine conversion will take place in August-September 2015, and the start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for Q4/2015.

    The rebuilt machine will have a production capacity of 390 000 Mt/a of high quality kraft liner. Kemira supplies the machine with retention and drainage chemistries, sizing agents and various process chemicals.

    ”This deal is a good example of our focus to supply process chemicals for growing packaging board production globally”, says Harri Eronen, VP, Sales & Technical Service, Paper EMEA. “Due to our strong application knowhow, large reference base and experience in packaging boards Kemira is well positioned to serve the packaging industry.”

    In addition to start-up chemicals, Kemira provides relevant expertise and knowledge to support Stora Enso Varkaus mill to reach the desired quality and productivity targets of the new board grade.

    “Woops is an important project for Kemira, and we will work closely together with Stora Enso Varkaus mill to solve any challenges of the conversion as well as to ensure optimal performance of the machine”, says Kimmo Strengell, Marketing Manager, Paper, EMEA. “We have unique expertise in applying chemicals and supporting board producers to constantly improve their operational efficiency and product quality.”
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    10.04.2015   Change in Valmet's Executive Team    ( Company news )

    Company news Mr. Vesa Simola (M.Sc. (Eng), age 47, photo) has been appointed Area President of Valmet's EMEA area as of 1 August, 2015. He will be a member of Valmet's Executive Team and report to President and CEO Pasi Laine.
    Vesa Simola joins Valmet from Stora Enso, where he is currently employed as Senior Vice President, Consumer Board Division. During his career Vesa has gained international experience in general management covering sales, production, R&D and supply chain by working in a global paper company. He has vast experience of managing international customer relationships, leading organizations, generating sales and driving profitability.
    Mr. Hannu Mälkiä, the current EMEA Area President has decided to retire in June 2015.

    "It is a pleasure to welcome Vesa Simola to our Executive Team to increase customer-centricity and develop our EMEA operations further. Vesa has a strong and versatile experience in leading international sales in one of our most important customer segments. I also want to thank Hannu Mälkiä for his long and successful career at Valmet and for his dedication in moving Valmet forward by serving our customers," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    10.04.2015   Shandong Huatai Paper places order with GAW    ( Company news )

    Company news The Chinese paper producer Shandong Huatai Paper Industry Shareholding Co., Ltd has awarded GAW technologies with an order for the delivery of a continuous coating colour preparation and surface starch preparation for the rebuild of PM 10.

    Shandong Huatai Paper is a subsidiary of its mother company, the Huatai Group: more than 15,000 employees work in the core businesses paper making and chemicals as well as the business areas thermal power, forestry, logistics, trade service and real estate. It is the largest newsprint manufacturer worldwide.

    The scope of delivery will include a state-of-the-art coating colour preparation with GAW Conti-Mixer, the preparation for surface starch as well as working stations for the rebuild of the paper machine PM10. This will be the 4th GAW continuous mixer for the Chinese market. The previously delivered GAW Conti-Mixers are running perfectly to produce the coating grades targeted by the customers in North and South China. The PM10 at Shandong Huatai Paper used to produce newsprint and is going to produce offset printing paper and LWC after the modification. It has a width of 6,4 meters and a speed of 1,500 m/min. The delivery of the GAW equipment is scheduled for summer 2015; the start up will take place end of the year.

    GAW is looking forward to helping Shandong Huatai with the rebuild and therefore to support yet another customer to meet the changing demands of the market and to make them fit for the future – with decades of experience and expertise as a globally preferred supplier for processing plants in the paper and board industry.
    (GAW technologies GmbH)
    10.04.2015   CITO praised by federal and state governments as a responsible company     ( Company news )

    Company news Code of Conduct, EMAS, ISO 14001, ISO 18001, ISO 9001 – merely bureaucracy or proof of supplier responsibility?

    In Europe, there is already a discernible trend towards the certification of suppliers. Many companies require their suppliers to act responsibly with respect to the environment and to display social responsibility to their employees. Naturally, this is a factor that is also of increasing importance in the packaging industry. Proof of compliance is required for the entire supply chain – certified quality management in accordance with ISO 9001 alone is no longer enough. Two far more important certifications nowadays are ISO 14001 for environmental management and ISO 18001 for works health & safety and health care. Companies that take their responsibility particularly seriously subject themselves voluntarily to the even more stringent EMAS standard, in which the European Union has specified the legal regulations concerning how an environmentally conscious company should behave.

    The German company CITO is one of the first suppliers in our industry to be awarded certification in accordance with the stringent EMAS standard. Just how unique this position is today is made all the more clear by the fact that the Bavarian state government has now added CITO to the organisations in its Environmental Pact. To qualify for this, companies' production processes must be seen to excel in terms of their commitment to the environment. Even the federal government has written a letter of acknowledgement commending CITO's efforts. EMAS is not merely concerned with expressing an obligation to environmental protection but quite specifically requires the conservation of resources and energy. These goals must be documented and their fulfilment inspected on a regular basis by an independent institute.

    Over the last few weeks and months, many international packaging companies have announced individual audits for its suppliers. The purpose of these audits is to ascertain whether environmental and social standards are being adhered to. The influence of these factors on supplier assessment is growing steadily and can play a role in deciding whether you will qualify as a supplier in future. Your aim is not to harass your customers, because after all they too are required to furnish appropriate certification to their buyers. In this respect, it is of course very helpful to have an appropriately certified system in place. This then serves to demonstrate that the required standards are being adhered to and that you are subjecting yourself to an inspection by an authorised institute. Naturally, CITO also demonstrated environmentally conscious and socially responsible behaviour prior to obtaining certification, and this is now being documented by an external office. Together we should regard this new trend as a positive step and not as an additional bureaucratic hurdle. Is it not an optimistic signal when our customers show an interest in how we act with respect to our environment and how we treat the employees at our company sites? Of course, there are sure to be other economic factors that will have a decisive impact on your customers' purchasing decisions, but in future it will not be the price factor alone that decides whether or not you win an order. At the same time, acting to conserve resources not only benefits our environment but is also to your advantage in terms of cost reduction. Energy consumption is a prime example of where to secure a better position from which to maintain your competitiveness. Every one of you is sure to agree with the claim that less waste translates to fewer costs.

    Maintaining social standards is an imperative for humanity, but unfortunately it is not something that can be taken for granted in our globalised world. Again and again, we are confronted with reports of inhuman exploitation and non-existing safety standards in production facilities in the Third World as well as in a number of emerging countries. This is not regarded as a problem when it is far away and does not appear to affect us. But as a result of globalisation, products manufactured under such conditions are of course also able to reach our markets in the western world. None of us wishes to get rich on the spoils of child labour and inhuman working conditions that pay absolutely no attention to the health of the people doing the work. If we do not want this then we must do something about it. We must open our eyes and take a closer look to see who it is we are working with. In no way is this a problem that only affects the textile and consumer goods industries but one that increasingly concerns all sectors of the economy in which products are imported.

    It is for these reasons that you are being questioned today (and are sure to be with increasing frequency in the future too) by your suppliers with regard to a Code of Conduct. This constitutes a declaration by a company concerning the principles by which it acts; such declarations naturally also comprise the conservation of resources, environmental policy, and the responsible treatment of employees within its own premises and those of the company's suppliers. We at CITO are convinced that merely making such a declaration is not in itself sufficient. The consequence of this has been to obtain the comprehensive certification that gives you the certainty that you are working with a partner that is aware of its responsibility. In this context, Jürgen Marien, CEO of the CITO group, has this to say: "Social responsibility and environmentally conscious production are as much a part of our corporate principles as are quality and service. This is why we wish to communicate our compliance to the outside world in the form of appropriate certification. However, the most important thing is that we act in accordance with this spirit within our organisation and constantly endeavour to improve. I personally stand behind such a corporate policy. It is good to feel how my personal convictions are in 100% harmony with the actions at CITO. The CITO team is happy to support its partners in implementing this certification." The benefit to you as a CITO customer is that you can present the certificates to your partners and show them that you too are working together with environmentally responsible suppliers.
    09.04.2015   Chevler Sets Up Speciality Bakery Papers Arms    ( Company news )

    Company news In response to customer demand Chevler, the rapidly growing South Wales-based manufacturer of baking cases, muffin wraps and printed greaseproof paper, has established a speciality bakery papers division.

    The newly formed division is being spearheaded by Phil Brooks (photo) as national sales manager who confirmed that Chevler will offer a full range of siliconised greaseproof, greaseproof, singleproof, and vegetable parchment papers to the UK and Irish baking industry in both industry standard and bespoke sheet sizes.

    These products are used in large quantities on an everyday basis by vast numbers of plant, craft and instore bakers to line trays on which products are baked. The bakery papers join the company’s Meat Saver Paper range which it has been selling to the UK and European meat industry for many years.

    Chevler managing director Stuart Whelan said: “We are delighted that Phil Brooks has joined us. He brings with him many years of experience and more specifically technical expertise of when and how bakers should use these papers to their best effect.

    “With the sheeting equipment we have at our Hengoed factory and our experience in manufacturing Meat Saver Paper it is a natural move for us to make.

    “For quite a while now we have bakery customers asking us for such products and although we always sold small quantity we felt the time is right to set up a separate operation.

    “It is a further signal of our strategy to continue growing and developing our business for the long-term, investing in and developing our existing capabilities and seeking out new opportunities which build on our market leading position.”

    It is believed that Chevler will be selling through its distributor network and direct to large users.
    09.04.2015   Management change from June 2015: Stefan Doboczky succeeds Peter Untersperger as CEO ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... of Lenzing AG

    The Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG appointed Stefan Doboczky (photo) as the new Chairman of the Management Board (CEO) of Lenzing AG. Mr. Doboczky will assume his new function on June 1st 2015. He takes over from Peter Untersperger, who will step down from his function as CEO per 31 May 2015 at his own request prematurely.

    Mr. Doboczky, Austrian, brings to Lenzing a broad international management experience and extensive expertise in Asia. Since 1998 he has worked in various management positions for the Dutch Life Science & Material Science group Royal DSM in Europe and Asia. In his current role as Member of the Managing Board he has been responsible for the successful strategic repositioning of the global pharmaceutical businesses, for Corporate Operations & Responsible Care, as well as for the corporation’s growth agenda in the Asian markets. Mr. Doboczky holds a PhD in chemistry from the TU Wien and a MBA from Swiss Business School IMD.

    Hanno Bästlein, Chairman of the Nomination Committee of the Supervisory Board of Lenzing AG, said about the appointment of the new CEO: “With his international industrial expertise, his close to ten years of management experience in Asia and his strong technical background, Stefan Doboczky will strengthen the Management Board team and is ideally suited to lead the Lenzing Group towards further growth.”

    Stefan Doboczky said about his joining the Management Board of Lenzing AG: “As an Austrian corporation of international caliber Lenzing AG stands for innovation and quality in the field of high-quality, man-made cellulose fibers. It will be a highly responsible and challenging task for me to make use of the company’s outstanding potential to further expand its technological leadership.”
    Supervisory Board thanks outgoing CEO Peter Untersperger

    The outgoing Chairman of the Management Board, Peter Untersperger (55), has informed the Supervisory Board that hat he will not be available for an extension of his contract, which expires on 31 March 2016. He will step down from his function as CEO per 31 May 2015 at his own request prematurely. Mr. Untersperger has worked for the Lenzing Group for 30 years, as CFO since 1999 and as CEO since 2009.

    „With the outstanding expertise and the broad experience of Peter Untersperger as CEO the Lenzing Group managed to successfully restructure the company despite the challenging international market, and to realize the state-of-the-art TENCEL® production plant in Lenzing”, Hanno Bästlein stated. Untersperger is leaving with a good performance. The operational result (EBITDA) rose in 2014 vs. 2013 by more than 24 percent to approx. EUR 240 million. Moreover, over the past 18 months, Mr. Untersperger has been responsible for the strategic repositioning of the Group, which he put well on track. With his team he implemented a comprehensive cost optimization project, which in 2014 led to savings of more than EUR 130 million, double the planned amount. Mr. Bästlein emphasized that Mr. Untersperger has earned the respect of employees, investors and clients in difficult times: “On behalf of the whole corporation we thank Peter Untersperger for his exceptional performance and extraordinary achievements in the last 30 years. He has shaped the development of the group decisively in his 15 years as Executive. We wish him all the best for the future, both professionally and personally.”
    (Lenzing AG)
    09.04.2015   Sappi guarantees the continuity of its MagnoTM satin product availability    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Europe confirms that it is no longer supplying paper sold under the Galaxi Keramik brand. However this paper continues to be available on the market under its mill brand name MagnoTM satin through our new Magno merchant partners.

    MagnoTM is the strongest fine paper brand in Europe with trusted products and stockist partners in all European markets. Magno satin offers the highest levels of whiteness, gloss and opacity for the best print results.

    Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi Europe, comments: “Sappi’s recent investments in its Central European production facilities will guarantee an unrivalled cost leading, sustainable production and service performance."

    Further information:
    The Magno graphic paper range offers eight products including gloss, satin, matt and uncoated surfaces, basis weights range from 80gsm to 400gsm with all products having an aligned high white shade.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
    09.04.2015   GRIGISKES AB starts up the new TOSCOTEC Tissue Line at Vilnius mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Lithuania’s GRIGISKES has successfully started up the new Toscotec-supplied 110 tons/day tissue PM 6 at Vilnius mill. The site already houses the 17,000 tpy tissue PM5 modernized with the installation of a Toscotec Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-4200MM in early 2011.

    The new Toscotec’s line includes AHEAD-1.5S crescent former tissue machine with single-layer headbox, single press configuration and a Steel Yankee Dryer (TT SYD-15FT), machine auxiliaries (gas heated hood with three stages heat recovery system, machine dust and mist removal system, hall ventilation system were Milltech’s), stock preparation plant for virgin pulp and electrification & control system.

    A two unwind stands tissue slitter rewinder TT WIND-M and an automatic roll handling system completed the supply. The machine design speed is 1900 mpm with a net web width of 2750 mm. The project has been managed by Toscotec on an EPC (Engneering, Procurement & Construction) basis.

    "As announced earlier, erection of new production line was terminated in the beginning of March. All components of new machine were tested during first half of month and this week we produced the first batch of paper. We are very happy to announce that production start was smooth, and quality of first paper batch supports our optimistic belief in rightness of the investment. Having started production with new paper machine, we expect fast growth of our turnover and profit." - Gintautas Pangonis, president of GRIGISKES AB says.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    09.04.2015   AVERY DENNISON WINS INTERNATIONAL SAFETY AWARD FROM ...    ( Company news )


    Avery Dennison’s Label and Packaging Materials production operation in Cramlington, UK, has won an International Safety Award with merit from the British Safety Council in recognition of its commitment to keeping its workers and workplace healthy and safe during the 2014 calendar year.

    “Safety is more than a priority for Avery Dennison, it is a core value of the company culture,” said Kevin Gilroy, EH&S manager at Avery Dennison Cramlington. “It is very gratifying that the hard work carried out by all the staff in Cramlington has been recognized by this important award.”

    Neal Stone, acting Chief Executive of the British Safety Council, congratulated Avery Dennison on its success. “On behalf of the Trustees and staff of the British Safety Council we warmly congratulate Avery Dennison Cramlington and its employees on gaining an International Safety Award with merit for 2015.”

    “All of those working at Avery Dennison Cramlington have made this award possible, which recognises their commitment to preventing injury and ill health in the workplace,” he continued.

    Over the last four years, there has not been a single RIDDOR (Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations) reportable accident at Avery Dennison Cramlington. Over the same period, a total of just fourteen shifts have been lost as the result of a work-related incident.

    “Workplace safety is critical to the well-being of our people, and we also view excellence in health and safety as a leading indicator of operational excellence,” Lisa Thompson, plant manager at Avery Dennison Cramlington says. “Employee engagement is key to Avery Dennison's proactive safety culture, and it is clear that this engagement has paid off with a safety record that benefits all.”

    During 2014, Avery Dennison ran a different safety campaign each quarter, all of them under the theme "Think Safety" - "Stop Think Act." In the first quarter, the campaign concentrated on Point Of Work Employee Risk (POWER) Assessments. The second campaign addressed safety in the home, and the third was subtitled “Keep Your Focus.” The final campaign was geared around calendar events where safety is particularly important: Halloween, Guy Fawkes Night and Christmas.

    Now in their 57th year, the British Safety Council International Safety Awards seek to celebrate and promote the success of the winning organisations and their employees in maintaining a safe and healthy working environment for all. “Awards have an important role to play in shining a light on those employers who are taking sensible and effective steps to ensure the health, safety and welfare of their workers, celebrating their efforts and encouraging other businesses everywhere,” Stone concluded.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials)
    09.04.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up second tissue machine with steel Yankee for ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Shandong Sun Paper, China

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the second tissue machine with steel Yankee supplied to Shandong Sun Paper, China. After completing commissioning work in less than three weeks, full production operations began immediately and saleable tissue was produced continuously.

    The PrimeLineTM W8 machine (PM28) at the Yanzhou mill, Shandong Province, has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.62 m. The Yankee, manufactured entirely of steel, has a diameter of 18 feet.

    The turnkey supply included the complete stock preparation plant and the automation system as well as a re-evaporation heat recovery system that recycles energy – in the form of steam – to the production process. In combination with the steel Yankee, this enables very energy-efficient and safe production.

    Following successful start-up of PM27 in July last year, Sun Paper is now operating two ANDRITZ tissue machines.
    (Andritz AG)
    09.04.2015   Secure your participation at International Pulp & Paper Week – Bioeconomy Innovation Forum!     ( Company news )

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

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

    Bioeconomy Innovation Forum
    The new event for innovations and new products from the forest industry like Biochemicals, Biofuels, Textile Fibres, Bioplastics, Nanocellulose and Consumer packaging.

    Dialogue between the industries. The event will be marketed to several industry sectors interested in the products and solutions from the forest industry. The main objective is to create a meeting place where the forest industry will meet with other industries in order to discuss and identify business opportunities.

    Make your preliminary reservation today! The booking of exhibition stands and other participation options has started. You can choose between a traditional stand, your own networking island or just your own pod station. In any case, make sure that your company will get the best location in the event area!

    Running as two parallel events in the same exhibition hall, the two events cover the entire forest industry. There will be conferences integrated in the exhibition, making it easy and efficient for people to meet. The event features not only an exhibition and a conference but also many other activities such as company visits, matchmaking and social activities. Please check out the website for more information!
    (Adforum AB)
    08.04.2015   Valmet has completed the acquisition of Process Automation Systems    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has completed the acquisition of Process Automation Systems business from Metso, announced on January 15, 2015. Valmet has received the necessary approvals from the competition authorities. The enterprise value of the acquisition is EUR 340 million, and it is financed with committed long-term financing.

    Photo: Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet

    Automation is Valmet's fourth business line
    According to Valmet's new organizational structure, the acquired business forms Valmet's fourth business line, Automation. Valmet will continue to report its financial results as one segment, and Automation business line will be included in reporting starting from April-June 2015 Interim Review. Orders received, net sales and personnel will be reported for all business lines and areas. Mr. Sakari Ruotsalainen, M.Sc in Engineering, has been appointed President of Automation business line.

    Guidance remains unchanged
    The completion of the acquisition of Process Automation Systems has no effect on Valmet's guidance for 2015, which was given on February 6, 2015. Valmet estimates that, including the acquisition of Process Automation Systems, net sales in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 2,473 million) and EBITA before non-recurring items in 2015 will increase in comparison with 2014 (EUR 106 million).

    Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet: Valmet is a unique combination of technology, process know-how and automation
    "The acquisition was completed according to our plan, and we welcome approximately 1,600 new colleagues to Valmet. We are now a technology and service company with full automation offering. The unique combination of Valmet's technology, process know-how and automation offers good possibilities to move our customers' performance forward and serve our customers even better," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    08.04.2015   Sappi Europe launches a new dimension in Folding Box Board: atelierTM    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Speciality Papers announces the introduction of atelier, a brand-new concept in folding box board (FBB) that broadens Sappi’s offering in terms of both width and depth of coated virgin fibre carton boards for the packaging market. atelier, a hybrid FBB product that exceeds current market standards, is available in weights from 220 gsm to 350 gsm and is being produced at the company’s Maastricht mill. atelier is a multi-ply board produced on a single-wire board machine, a feature that no other paper manufacturer has ever achieved. It delivers the ultimate in brightness, purity and gloss with a silk touch and feel and unrivalled bulk, truly a new dimension in folding box board.
    “This introduction is part of Sappi’s ongoing strategy to increase its production of speciality products in response to growing market demand”, explains Thomas Kratochwill, Director Sales & Marketing Specialities.
    “Ten years ago, we entered the carton board market and set out to revolutionise it with the Sappi Algro Design family of SBB carton board, which is still growing at double-digit rates today,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager Rigid Packaging of Sappi Europe. “Now we are going to do it again with atelier. The new Sappi FBB combines our signature bright-white finish with the rigidity and strength required in a folding box board to deliver perfect functionality with any type of carton board printing, converting, finishing or post-production handling that can be imagined. We are extremely excited to be bringing this new hybrid FBB to our European customers.”

    Stunning sample book demonstrates range of printing and finishing capabilities
    To introduce atelier properly to brand owners, converters, finishers, design agencies and the media, Sappi Europe has designed and produced a stunning sample book with the theme “brilliance meets function.”
    “We wanted something entirely unique that appeals to the emotions representing the innovation that went into the development of atelier and the new opportunities it offers to the packaging market,” adds Scheidweiler. “We chose as artwork a design that produces a truly unique image on each page, much like each snowflake that nature produces is different. Each page of the sample book presents different artwork with diverse finishing techniques applied, to visually demonstrate the magnitude of possibilities this remarkable new product brings to the folding box board market.”

    Extensive market research
    Prior to developing atelier, Sappi Europe performed extensive market research, identifying the top folding box boards from leading European suppliers. “At a minimum, we wanted to be in line in terms of the physical properties, including rigidity, bulk and strength, while going beyond today’s known visual properties. At the same time we aimed at bringing tangible and purely unique characteristics to folding box board that would clearly set us apart in the marketplace”, Scheidweiler explains.
    With a brightness level of 99% on the top side, atelier clearly exceeds the market standard in brightness compared to a current industry top value of around 92%. On the reverse side, atelier offers a brightness factor of 98% to accommodate the increasing demand for printing on both sides of the board for added impact.
    “We chose the name atelier to differentiate this product from Algro Design and to reflect the convergence of ideas and craftsmanship that is represented by this exciting new product,” Lars Scheidweiler comments. “In addition, our Maastricht mill provides a central manufacturing location that allows us to quickly reach every European location. Fast delivery combined with breakthrough physical and visual properties clearly places atelier in a position to rapidly gain market share in a highly competitive market.”
    (Sappi Fine Paper Europe)
    08.04.2015   ANDRITZ to supply complete deinking line to paper producer Nepa, India    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Indian newsprint producer Nepa Ltd. to supply a complete deinking line. Start-up of the new line in Madhya Pradesh is scheduled for mid-2016.

    Nepa is one of the leading newsprint producers in India and operates two paper machines with a total annual capacity of approximately 88,000 tons. The company produces standard and economy quality newsprint and will expand its product offerings to writing and printing paper grades after installation of the new ANDRITZ deinking system. The deinking line capacity will be 300 tons per day, processing old newsprint and old magazine grades, sorted office paper, mixed office waste, and coated book stock.

    The state-of-the-art deinking plant is designed for environmentally friendly and cost-effective operations and will enable Nepa to produce consistent paper quality with higher brightness paper grades to meet customer expectations.

    ANDRITZʼs scope of supply includes the process equipment for the complete deinking line, detail engineering, erection work supervision, and start-up.
    (Andritz AG)
    08.04.2015   A road map for a cellulose-based society    ( Company news )

    Company news vwill release its third Global Outlook Report in 2016: “A Cellulose-Based Society”. The report will examine trends and driving forces affecting the role of the forest industry in a future featuring innovative renewable materials based on cellulose that are used with brand new business models.

    Innventia is now starting the “A Cellulose-Based Society” project. We believe that a circular bioeconomy in the society of the future will be largely based on cellulose. Cellulose is nature’s most common building block. It is the biggest constituent part in the cell walls of plants, and is also present in certain bacteria, fungi, algae and aquatic organisms. The forest industry has long been working with resource-effective processes for the large-scale manufacture of products that form the basis of today’s society. Paper is part of everyone’s everyday lives, in the form of packaging materials and tissue paper, and as a means of support for interaction between people, learning, creativity and innovation. Long before the advent of industrial papermaking, people from all cultures were using cellulose as a construction material and to heat their homes.

    The issue of climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our time, and significant research resources are therefore being invested in replacing old fossil materials with renewable alternatives. The need for a shift towards a more sustainable society is becoming ever clearer, and demand for bio-based innovations is experiencing strong growth.

    The route to the future needs to be mapped, showing both the opportunities and the challenges faced by society along the way. In the cellulose-based economy, cellulose is the key molecule in the processing chain. But the chain also includes responsible forestry and making use of side streams such as refining lignin and hemicellulose in all their forms.

    The project will create a road map for the new cellulose-based bioeconomy, by investigating and describing current trends and driving forces, interviewing experts and consumers, and speaking with players and partners globally. The results will be presented in an Innventia Global Outlook report in 2016.

    “The entire bioeconomy revolves around the fantastic properties and opportunities of cellulose,” says Birgitta Sundblad, President of Innventia. “Now we need to take advantage of these opportunities. The road map we’re drawing up will be a great help along the way.”
    (Innventia AB)
    08.04.2015   Reliable, flexible and precise - GEMÜ pressure control valves    ( Company news )

    Company news GEMÜ pressure control valves are manufactured from plastic, require little maintenance and allow flexibility of use, while providing optimal pressures in the most varied of process plants.

    Pressure control valves control the upper pressure limits, lower the pressure or balance out pressure fluctuations. Three versions are available depending on the operation required. The valves can be obtained in the nominal sizes of DN 10 to DN 100.
    The desired pressures can be conveniently adjusted according to requirements using a set screw. Excellent flow rate values are guaranteed by the flow-efficient design of the valve bodies, which have minimal deadleg. The pressure control valves can be installed regardless of position and no auxiliary power is required for operating the equipment. Hermetic separation of the actuator from the medium ensures long service life and operational safety.
    All media wetted parts are manufactured from high-grade plastic and can withstand even corrosive media. Depending on the area of application, the customer can choose from a range of different materials for the body and seal material. A range of different connection types is also available.

    Visit us at the Achema: Hall 8, booth F4
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    07.04.2015   Selection of EU Ecolabel certified boards grows    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso Consumer Board is expanding its selection of EU Ecolabel certified boards for graphical end uses. Now also Ensocoat 2S, Aurocard and Performa Alto have been certified, in addition to Ensocoat, Chromocard, Performa White, Performa Bright and Performa Cream.

    The EU Ecolabel Certificate confirms that the boards fulfil the European Commission’s ecological criteria for copying and graphic paper. It is thus used in graphical end use areas, not in packaging business. The EU Ecolabel requires the use of certified fibre in board production, limitations of harmful substances and emissions, restrictions on energy use, and implementation of waste management systems.

    “A growing number of our graphical board customers want the board with the EU Ecolabel, so we are expanding the board selection to serve our customers’ various demands and preferences. We were the world’s first company to offer board products with the EU Ecolabel and now we are coming up with even stronger portfolio of products for our customers to choose from. This will have a positive impact on the competitive edge of our brands in the tough graphical market,” says Eva Lundqvist, Graphical Boards Segment Development Manager at Stora Enso.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    07.04.2015   International Paper to Expand Fluff Pulp Capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper (NYSE: IP) announced plans to invest $135 million to expand fluff pulp production at its Riegelwood N.C. Mill. The investment will convert the mill to 100 percent fluff and softwood pulp production, adding an incremental 400,000 tons of capacity, with ongoing flexibility to shift between the two products. When the conversion is complete, the company will have the capability to produce up to 1.4 million tons annually of high-quality fluff. The new fluff pulp capacity is expected to ramp up mid-year 2016.

    "The investment at Riegelwood proactively repositions assets to serve our customers in the growing global fluff pulp market and best positions International Paper to increase shareholder value," said Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO, International Paper.

    Fluff pulp, which is projected to grow globally at an annual rate of 3 to 4 percent, is used in a variety of applications including baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. "This new capacity will support the growth of IP customers across the globe," said Mike Amick, senior vice president, North American Papers & Pulp and Consumer Packaging. "Riegelwood is ideally located with access to fiber and proximity to shipping ports critical for supplying a global customer base." With the current expertise at Riegelwood, combined with world-class pulp operations in Franklin, Va., Georgetown, S.C. and Pensacola, Fl., International Paper is set to build on its proven track record of success in the fluff pulp market.

    As a result of the Riegelwood Mill conversion to 100 percent fluff and softwood pulp, the company will reduce its coated paperboard capacity by 350,000 tons, sell the Carolina® brand to MeadWestvaco (MWV), and focus the business on supplying customer demand in the food service and packaging markets. The sale of the Carolina business, which represents the majority of the coated paperboard volume reduction, is expected to close April 30, 2015. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. Carolina is a premier coated bristols brand used in a variety of applications including greeting cards, book covers and marketing collateral. The sale captures the brand's value, supports International Paper's plans to expand fluff pulp production at Riegelwood and streamlines and strengthens its coated paperboard business.

    "International Paper's printing papers and coated paperboard businesses remain strategic to the company and these moves capture value while allowing for strategic repositioning and growth," Amick said.
    (International Paper)
    07.04.2015   Mayr-Melnhof Group: Annual Results 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news -MM Group continues long-time success course
    -Group results reach new peak-level
    -Dividend increase to EUR 2.60 per share

    The Mayr-Melnhof Group was able to successfully stand up its grounds in the financial year 2014 within a flat overall economic environment, concluding the year with growth in both sales and profit. Both divisions, MM Karton and MM Packaging, had a substantial contribution to this. Despite a lack of impulses from private consumption, the Group succeeded in maintaining capacity utilization at a high level and safeguarding average prices to a large extent in a competitive market. In addition, productivity increases in both divisions together with lower specific costs at MM Karton and significant volume growth at MM Packaging led to an improvement in profit compared to the previous year. The major investment in FOODBOARDTM at the Austrian Frohnleiten cartonboard mill created the industrial basis for a new type of cartonboard that provides optimum protection for food packaged in cartonboard. Expansions at MM Packaging related in particular to locations in Poland, Romania, Turkey, and Vietnam.
    As a result of the positive profit development, a recommendation will be made to the 21st Annual General Meeting on April 29, 2015, to distribute a dividend of EUR 2.60 per share after EUR 2.40 plus an anniversary bonus of EUR 2.40 per share in the previous year.

    The Group's consolidated sales exceeded the two-billion euro mark for the first time and, at EUR 2,087.4 million, were 4.4 % or EUR 88.0 million above the previous year's value (2013: EUR 1,999.4 million). This rise mainly results from an increase in volume in the packaging division and sales from the Norwegian wood pulp mill acquired in the previous year in the cartonboard division.

    At EUR 180.2 million, operating profit was 8.9 % or EUR 14.8 million above the previous year's value (2013: EUR 165.4 million). A clear profit increase in the cartonboard division was accompanied by solid profit growth in the packaging division. Thus, the operating margin of the Group reached 8.6 % (2013: 8.3 %). The return on capital employed amounted to 15.5 % (2013: 15.4 %).

    Financial income of EUR 1.5 million (2013: EUR 1.6 million) was offset by financial expenses of EUR -5.2 million (2013: EUR -4.0 million).

    Profit before tax thus increased by 9.3 % to EUR 171.0 million after EUR 156.4 million in the previous year. Income taxes totaled EUR 39.4 million (2013: EUR 33.5 million), resulting in an effective Group tax rate of 23.0 % (2013: 21.4 %).
    Profit for the year thus rose by 7.1 % to EUR 131.6 million (2013: EUR 122.9 million), with the net profit margin increasing slightly from 6.1 % to 6.3 %.

    As of December 31, 2014, the Group's total assets amounted to EUR 1,787.0 million and were thus EUR 84.5 million above the figure at the end of the previous year. At EUR 1,102.2 million, the Group's total equity remained largely unchanged as the net profit for the year was offset by the dividend payment for the financial year 2013, including the anniversary bonus. Total equity to total assets was therefore 61.7 % (December 31, 2013: 65.3 %), the return on equity was 11.9 % (December 31, 2013: 11.3 %).
    Financial liabilities are principally of a long-term character and increased due to raising of long-term loans from insurance companies in the amount of EUR 110.0 million to EUR 265.9 million (December 31, 2013: EUR 169.6 million). Provisions for non-current liabili-ties and charges relating to accruals for employee benefits rose primarily as a result of the low interest level from EUR 99.1 million to EUR 121.2 million.
    Total funds available to the Group went up to EUR 324.2 million, mainly due to the raising of loans (December 31, 2013: EUR 303.5 million). In contrast, net liquidity fell to EUR 58.3 million, especially as a result of dividend payments and investments
    (December 31, 2013: EUR 133.9 million).

    OUTLOOK 2015
    The year 2015 began with continuing solid incoming orders in both divisions, thus sufficient capacity utilization can be expected in the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, customer plan-ning remains restrained without any noticeable impulses for the demand development. How-ever, we still aim to grow further in 2015 through new business as well as through market share gains.
    The focus of our investment programs and ongoing operational measures with regard to effi-ciency and productivity remains on the reduction of our direct costs over the long term. This is intended to further strengthen the Group's competitiveness in a hard-fought environment and to maintain the profit dynamics at a high level.
    As current developments on the procurement markets, in particular for recovered paper and energy, indicate no major changes from today's perspective, we will continue to concentrate on optimum price stability.
    As a result of the still lasting short-term nature of the business, it is currently not possible to provide any estimate for the result of the current year. The record results achieved in 2014 represent in any case a challenge for 2015.

    Besides maintaining organic business growth, a major focus remains on the long-term expansion course through acquisitions within and outside of Europe, with vigor, but also with due caution.
    (Mayr-Melnhof Karton Gesellschaft m.b.H.)
    07.04.2015   Valmet Tissue Technology Award granted to modification of hard wood pulp for tissue production     ( Company news )

    Company news The winner of Valmet Tissue Technology Award was announced at the Tissue World Conference, Barcelona, Spain, on March 17, 2015. The award and the USD 25,000 prize amount was granted to Abdus Salam, Graduate Student from North Carolina State University, USA.

    The purpose of the Valmet Tissue Technology Award is to promote university students' or scientists' work to develop environmentally sound products applicable to the tissue making processes. The award is granted every second year and the winner is selected by a panel of jurors representing universities, scientific organizations and Valmet.

    The focus area for the award this year was environmental efficiency. Mr. Salam is awarded for his work on modified hardwood pulp for tissue production. The objective of Mr. Salam's work has been to develop a method to provide unique tissue characteristics using only natural materials. By modifying hardwood pulp, it can be cross-linked with a biodegradable product to greatly improve absorbency properties. The modified fibers are elastic, very soft, highly porous and durable, and also have microbial properties.

    "We are constantly searching for new innovations to make the tissue process more sustainable and environmentally efficient. Mr. Salam's innovation is well in line with our strategy and shows how biomaterials can be utilized to add new and improved properties to tissue products. This is an excellent example of how scientists and the academic world can contribute to the important work of developing sustainable solutions for the future of tissue-making," says Anders Björn, Vice President, Tissue Mills business unit, Valmet.

    "I greatly appreciate the award committee's selection of my research for Valmet Tissue Technology Award of 2015. This is my first international award which has truly inspired me to develop new products and ideas for tissue and paper towel applications. I believe the research developments related to modifying hardwood pulp can significantly contribute to the personal health care sector as well as the global economy," says Abdus Salam, the winner of the Valmet Tissue Technology Award.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    07.04.2015   Smurfit Kappa helps customers to differentiate with investment in new digital technology     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa has installed a Jetmaster-inkjet single-pass digital printer in its Alcalá plant in Madrid, Spain, generating more value for customers by helping them to differentiate and increase sales.

    This investment is another example of Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to creating value for its customers by building brand awareness through packaging and improving the shopping experience for consumers.

    This flexible printer will give any customer, regardless of size, access to digital print, adding value to marketing campaigns and at the same time reducing time to market for brands.

    In addition, this technology allows immediate changes in print, reducing the risk of obsolete stock. It also can print on any type of substrate and the company offers a team of Smurfit Kappa experts to support customers in converting images for digital printing.Jesus Rivas, Innovation & Design Manager, Smurfit Kappa Spain & Portugal, said, "We can now reduce the time to market of new product launches and customise orders to influence shoppers at the point of purchase. We are able to produce the exact amount that is required with the best quality in post-print in the industry, always supported by the experience, knowledge and skills of Smurfit Kappa.”

    Enrique Guillen, Sales & Marketing Director, Smurfit Kappa Spain & Portugal, explained, "At Smurfit Kappa we strive to understand our customers' business needs, their problems and their industry, this is the only way we are able to offer the most efficient solutions. The most important driver, where we can influence and create opportunities, is in improving sales and this digital printer certainly marks a new era in this field".

    CEO of Smurfit Kappa Spain & Portugal, Ignacio Sevillano added, "This digital printer acquisition is in line with our new Open the future brand strategy, which is aimed to help our clients grow and improve in their key business areas by providing differentiation and added value. Smurfit Kappa can satisfy the most demanding printing requirements of its customers in addition to providing all the necessary flexibility for brand promotion."
    (Smurfit Kappa España y Portugal S.A.)
    07.04.2015   Domtar welcomes innovation investment by Schlumberger in CelluForce    ( Company news )

    Company news Researching Enhanced Oil and Gas Recovery Using Wood-Derived Nanocrystalline Cellulose

    Domtar Corporation
    (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) announced an investment by Schlumberger in CelluForce, that manufactures wood-derived nanocrystalline cellulose (NCCTM). The investment is a collaboration to explore the use of NCC to enhance the productivity of oil and gas wells. Schlumberger is the world's leading supplier of technology, integrated project management and information solutions to the oil and gas industry.

    NCC is manufactured using a patented process in the world's first facility of its kind, located at Domtar's pulp mill in Windsor, Quebec. NCC (also referred to as Cellulose Nanocrystals, or CNC) is the primary component that provides structural strength to trees. NCC is a renewable, biodegradable, nontoxic material.

    Details of Schlumberger's investment in CelluForce remain confidential.

    This investment follows a CDN$4 million grant announced by CelluForce in February 2015 from the government of Canada's sustainable development technology program (Sustainable Development Technology Canada, or SDTC) for similar research and development work.

    "Innovation is one of our core values at Domtar, so we are pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Schlumberger, a recognized technology innovator in hydrocarbon recovery and production," said Patrick Loulou (photo), Domtar's Senior Vice President for Corporate Development and a member of CelluForce's board of directors.

    "The Schlumberger investment, coupled with the recent grant from SDTC, creates positive momentum in realizing the benefits of using NCC to improve the efficiency of oil and gas production," said Richard Berry, Chief Technology Officer at CelluForce.
    (Domtar Inc.)
    06.04.2015   Sappi Europe to adjust prices upwards for Speciality papers    ( Company news )

    Company news The significant increase of raw material costs, particularly pulp, makes it necessary for Sappi Europe to adjust prices upwards for Speciality papers from April 15th. The price rise will apply to all European and Overseas markets.

    The increase will be in the range of 5 - 7% and will be applied to all coated and uncoated Flexpack papers, Siliconising base papers and Label papers.

    Implementation will be discussed with customers in all countries individually over the coming weeks.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
    06.04.2015   Cooperation between Stora Enso and Savcor expanded into Poland    ( Company news )

    Company news Savcor and Stora Enso, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of board and paper, have cooperated for several years. Now the cooperation expands into Poland where Savcor’s process diagnostics tool Wedge is taken into use at Stora Enso’s mill in Ostroleka. At its Ostroleka mill Stora Enso produces industrial papers and corrugated board and boxes. Wedge is used also in several Stora Enso’s plants and R&D centers.

    Stora Enso has several mills and almost every mill has a unique structure. Additionally, plants’ product range varies, thus systems and applications facilitating production at board and paper mill should be adaptable. Wedge is a perfect tool for this purpose. It can be customized to meet mill-specific needs and is well applicable for customers like Stora Enso.
    (Savcor Forest Oy)
    06.04.2015   After 2016, drupa will switch to a three-year cycle running in May of 2019, 2022 and 2025    ( Company news )

    Company news drupa, the world's leading trade fair for print and cross-media solutions, will switch to a three-year cycle after 2016, when it runs from 31 May to 10 June. This decision was taken by the drupa committee at today's meeting in Düsseldorf. “The entire print process chain has changed radically because of the Internet and digital technologies. New applications and solutions are developing and opening up new fields of business. At the same time, there is more focus on innovative technologies, such as 3D printing, printed electronics and functional printing,” explains Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Chairman of the drupa Advisory Board. “It’s more important than ever before that our customers have an overview of the latest technology and are also inspired to use new business models and solutions. drupa is the only specialist trade fair in the world to offer this– and will do so every three years in the future.”

    One positive side-effect of this change is that drupa will no longer run in 2020, the same year as interpack, the world's most important trade fair for the packaging industry and the closely related process industry. "The drupa exhibitors who specialise in packaging printing would have found 2020 an incredibly stressful year so the change will clearly benefit customers," emphasises Werner Matthias Dornscheidt, President & CEO Messe Düsseldorf.
    The precise dates haven't yet been finalised, but it's clear that drupa will take place in the traditional drupa month of May in 2019, 2022 and 2025 in Düsseldorf.
    (Messe Düsseldorf GmbH)
    03.04.2015   Kotkamills Group publishes its new organization effective as of 1.4.2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Markku Hämäläinen has been appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kotkamills Oy.

    The following management team appointments have been made: Petri Hirvonen, Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Filip Sundholm, Production Director and Pirjo Eteläinen, acting Sales Director. Management team members report to Mr. Hämäläinen.

    Stefan Fors has been appointed Project Director, Timo Tallinen, Technical Director and Jouni Pekonen, Director, Procurement and Mill Services. They all report to Mr. Sundholm.

    Kimmo Kohvakka has been appointed Director, Absorbex Business Unit, Ville Seppälä Director, Imprex Business Unit, Pirjo Eteläinen Director, Solaris Business Unit and Marketing Director of Kotkamills, Olli-Pekka Hakkarainen Director, Wood Business Unit and Yrjö Aho Director, New Business Development. Mikael Strömberg continues in his position as President of L.P. Pacific Films. In business and sales related topics they all report to Mrs. Eteläinen for the present and in production and technical related topics they all report to Mr. Sundholm.
    (Kotkamills Oy)

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