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    28.01.2016   Verso Corporation Positions Company for Long-Term Success by Initiating Process to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Restructure Debt

    -Verso Corporation and its Subsidiaries File Voluntary Petitions under Chapter 11 of U.S. Bankruptcy Code and Expect To Reach Agreed-Upon Terms for Plan of Reorganization with Certain Creditors and to Obtain up to $600 million in Debtor-in-Possession Financing Package
    -Normal Operations to Continue

    Verso Corporation (OTCPink: VRSZ) announced that the company and its subsidiaries have filed voluntary petitions with the United States Bankruptcy Court in the District of Delaware to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code. Verso's board of directors authorized the filing of the Chapter 11 cases to facilitate a debt restructuring necessary to strengthen the company's balance sheet and to position Verso for long-term success. Verso expects today's announcement will have virtually no impact on the day-to-day operations of the company.

    "While filing for Chapter 11 protection was a difficult decision, we are pleased that we enter this process with strong creditor support. We have worked together with a broad spectrum of financial creditors to develop a restructuring plan to eliminate $2.4 billion of our outstanding debt and to exit the Chapter 11 process in a short timeframe," said Verso President and CEO David J. Paterson (photo). The expected agreement on terms for a plan of reorganization is with creditors holding at least a majority in principal amount of most classes of funded debt of Verso and its subsidiaries. Verso anticipates that upon finalizing agreed-upon terms, the plan of reorganization would result in the holders of its funded debt receiving equity of Verso in exchange for their claims.

    Verso also expects to finalize a debtor-in-possession (DIP) financing package totaling up to $600 million in the next day that will provide the company with significant operational flexibility to successfully reorganize. The DIP package will provide Verso with sufficient liquidity to support its ongoing operations for the foreseeable future during the Chapter 11 process.

    Verso will promptly seek immediate relief from the Bankruptcy Court through the filing of customary first day motions that will allow the company to transition its business into Chapter 11, including, among other things, granting the authority to pay pre-petition wages, salaries and benefits and to honor customer programs.

    Paterson explained the filing, noting that "since Verso acquired NewPage Holdings Inc. in January 2015, a confluence of external factors, including an accelerated and unprecedented decline in demand for our products, a significant increase in foreign imports resulting from a strong U.S. dollar relative to foreign currencies, and Verso's impending financial obligations made it apparent that action was needed." He further noted that "Verso chose to take this proactive step with the firm belief that our company will emerge from the Chapter 11 process as a stronger company that is positioned to compete and win, even as challenges in the overall economic environment continue."

    Verso expects the reorganization process to have virtually no impact on its daily business. "Verso intends to operate our business as usual with an unwavering focus on running our facilities safely and efficiently, delivering the high quality products and services our customers have come to expect from us, maintaining valued relationships with our suppliers, protecting the environment, and being a good neighbor in the communities where we operate," Paterson said.

    A link titled "Verso Restructuring" has been added to the home page of Verso's website, versoco.com, to provide information about the bankruptcy process and legal filings made with the Bankruptcy Court. The company's Consolidated Water Power Company subsidiary is not part of the bankruptcy filing.
    (Verso Corporation)
     
    28.01.2016   A.Celli Paper: the new tissue plant at Metalicplas (Pehart Tec Group) in Romania is up and running    ( Company news )

    Company news On December 19, 2015, A.Celli Paper successfully concluded the start-up of the new high-speed Tissue Machine with a production capacity of 34,000 tons per year (110 tons per day) at Metalicplas (part of the Pehart Tec Group).

    Following the recent entry of Abris Capital Partners (May 2015), the romanian Group required an important increase in production capacity in order to confirm itself leader in the manufacture of tissue products in Romania and South-East Europe. The new corporate vision is set to attain important goals in these territories and the investment in the new A.Celli Paper TM serves as an important confirmation of this intention. Further tangible proof is the expansion project at the production sites in Dej and in Petresti, an improvement that will guarantee a total production capacity increment for the Group (almost 100,000 tpy of tissue parent reels).

    The new Tissue Machine, with a 2.800-mm width at the pope reel and a maximum speed of 1800 m/min, is part of a complete turnkey project that includes all ancillary equipment as well as the latest-generation hood design by A.Celli. A 100% pure cellulose pulp preparation system designed to process long and short fibres, a reel handling system and a slitter/rewinder complete the supply. A leading-edge technological supply, the distinctive trait that makes A.Celli’s turnkey offer the right answer for today’s market demands in terms of completeness and flexibility, together with the expertise and professionalism that the Italian company has always shown, true added value for customers.

    The start-up scheduled for the end of 2015 and completed before the Holidays was finished within the established date (19 December) and allowed Metalicplas to begin the New Year in the best way possible.

    “For Metalicplas and for the entire Group, 2015 was a year of renewal marked by important strategic changes and major investments. To grow, we need to place our trust in first-quality partners and A.Celli Paper has shown to be a reliable supplier capable of offering high-level technology, thus answering specific requests and particular needs”, was the enthusiastic comment by the Romanian customer about this professional experience.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
     
    28.01.2016   Grupo Gondi places second large order with BOBST in under a year    ( Company news )

    Company news Less than a year after agreeing a seven-machine deal for its new, green field site in Nava, Mexico, Grupo Gondi has placed a further large order for state-of-the-art BOBST printing and conversion equipment, as well as for upgrades to existing equipment. The order reflects Grupo Gondi’s commitment to investing in innovative production equipment and its trust in the equipment manufactured and service support provided by BOBST.

    The deal includes the installation of Grupo Gondi’s second BOBST F&K 90SIX high-performance CI flexo press (photo) for pre-printed linerboard and coated boxboard applications, a BOBST Asitrade VISIONFLUTE litho-laminator dry end, a BOBST EXPERTCUT 145 PER large format die-cutter, and two Impack VIRTUO automatic packers. As part of the purchase, BOBST will also carry out a major upgrade of Grupo Gondi’s existing F&K 90SIX press which will see it brought to the same level of technology as the new line, reflecting the ability of BOBST to offer world class after-sales support. With the installation of the new F&K 90SIX, Grupo Gondi will have three, latest generation, BOBST pre-print presses within their Group.

    Emilio Corti, Head of Sales for BOBST Business Unit Sheet-fed, said, "We are very proud that Grupo Gondi sees us as the key supplier supporting their continued growth in Mexico. This multiple machine deal follows the one signed in December 2014 for equipment at the green field site in Nava, and proves that BOBST not only has the technology that customers need to maximize their productivity, but that we also have the proper pre- and post-sales support organizations to ensure they get the best out of their machinery."

    Grupo Gondi is proceeding with their expansion plan for the new state-of-the-art green field facility at Nava near Piedras Negra in the north of Mexico. This plant is geared towards serving the substantial beer industry of the area and will be completed by the end of 2016. The F&K 90SIX, EXPERTCUT 145 PER and one VIRTUO packer are destined for this site, while the other VIRTUO will go to the Group’s EPM plant in México City. The VISIONFLUTE will be installed at Grupo Gondi’s PEOSA (EMP) facility in Guadalajara. The new installations will be accompanied by an upgrade to the latest technology of the F&K 90SIX press at the Group’s PCD plant in Celaya.

    Eduardo Posada, CEO of Grupo Gondi, said, "We continue to invest in cutting edge technology in order to provide our customers with the best packaging solutions, together with innovation and the volume capacity the market requires. Our plants and equipment are constantly upgraded to keep up with our commitment to customers and in line with our dream to be the best option in our industry. The move Gondi is making toward "sexy boxes" is supported by the best technology available."

    The BOBST F&K 90SIX is the best-selling press in the pre-print market, and the line at Nava will go into production in the second half of 2016. Featuring repeats of up to 2060 mm and running at speeds of up to 500 meters per minute, the F&K 90SIX is capable of printing on low grammages while delivering close to offset quality, which considerably lowers production costs. The press is equipped with F&K smartGPS™, BOBST’s unique off-press impression setting system, which brings production waste close to zero and which allows the user to profitably run even the smallest orders. Another special feature of the press is a downstream unit designed for the application of both water-based and UV curable inks. This special feature allows the machine to be used for all types of pre-print and carton applications, including the production of premium beer packaging. A downstream unit of the same type will be among the retrofits on Grupo Gondi’s existing F&K 90SIX.

    The EXPERTCUT 145 PER is a workhorse format-VI die-cutter, ideal for the conversion of litho-laminated board. Designed with the direct input of BOBST customers, this EXPERTCUT features BOBST’s patented Power Register II system, which ensures perfect die-cut to print registration, something that is particularly difficult to achieve when die-cutting the litho-laminated products commonplace in the beverage industry. With an intelligent feeder system and quick-change tooling units, the EXPERTCUT 145 PER also has the versatility to handle paper, solid board and conventional corrugated, while delivering high productivity, easy operation, and excellent product quality. Die-cutting sheets of up to 1050 x 1450 mm, at speeds of up to 7,500 per hour, EXPERTCUT 145 PER can deliver 550 metric tonnes of force, making it ideal for even the most complex work.

    The offline VISIONFLUTE laminator will be integrated with an existing Grupo Gondi module facer at PEOSA, and will replace existing litho-laminating lines at the plant. With centralized and automated process parameter control, VISIONFLUTE delivers substantial productivity gains and a reduced labor requirement. VISIONFLUTE is the market leading equipment for the high quality litho-lamination of offset printed, mechanically resistant packaging destined for market sectors as diverse as beer, footwear, toys and home appliances. The laminator has a throughput of up to 10,000 sheets per hour and can handle sheet formats as small as 550 x 550 mm and as large as 1630 x 1650 mm. Included in the Grupo Gondi purchase, as with the other equipment in the deal, is the training of the plant’s operators. Delivering such services is a cornerstone of the BOBST service offering and ensures high levels of local operating competences, optimal operational performance, and the highest possible productivity of the installed equipment.

    In line with its agency agreement with Impack Packaging Equipment Design, BOBST will supply two of the Canadian company’s VIRTUO packing lines for Grupo Gondi’s new Nava plant. Particularly suited to packing medium to large runs of microflute, litho-laminated or heavy solid board cartons, the unit can handle a range of carton styles including straight line and 4/6 corner boxes, at speeds of up to eight cases per minute. Both lines will feature IN-3 Box Turners which can rotate the carton blanks by ninety degrees left or right, as required, or allow blanks to pass straight through the unit, when rotating is not required. One of the VIRTUO units being supplied to Grupo Gondi will incorporate a Case Feeder XL for large cases.

    With volume sales of equipment for the printing and converting of folding carton, corrugated board, and flexible material packaging and of labels, BOBST holds a market leading position in Central America where its presence is backed by an extensive regional service team based in Mexico City.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    27.01.2016   Five key trends driving evolution of world fluff pulp market    ( Company news )

    Company news The global fluff pulp market is set to remain buoyant, even as it undergoes progressive changes, according to the latest exclusive market data from Smithers Pira.

    In its new report The Future of Global Fluff Pulp to 2020, Smithers charts how the 6.0 million air dried tonnes of fluff pulp that was produced in 2015, is projected to increase to 7.3 million air dried tonnes in 2020.

    Total global sales of fluff pulp in 2015 were $4.5 billion (€4.2 billion); up from $3.9 billion in 2010. This is projected to grow to $5.0 billion in 2020. This healthy expansion is taking place, despite a continuing reduction in volume of fluff pulp employed in individual products in its major end uses. This market resilience can be attributed to a growth in use of adult incontinence products, and increases in infant diaper (nappy) sales in emerging markets.

    In a new report The Future of Fluff Pulp to 2020, Smithers Pira identifies the key trends that are driving this industry.

    Nonwovens are the fastest growing end use
    The fastest growing major end-use for fluff pulp is in nonwovens. The consumption of fluff pulp for large hygiene end-uses is projected to increase 3.4% by weight annually through 2020, the nonwovens segment is projected to increase its fluff pulp consumption by 5.4% year-on-year. In 2015, Nonwovens represent 8.5% of the global fluff pulp demand, with airlaid nonwovens being the most significant sub-market for fluff pulp.

    Hygiene markets will maintain a dominant market share
    Historically, the hygiene end-uses – baby diapers/nappies, feminine hygiene pads, and adult incontinence products – have accounted for the majority of the fluff pulp consumed globally and have driven expansion of the world market. In 2010, these hygiene end-uses accounted for 91.6% of the fluff pulp consumed globally. By 2020, these end-uses will consume slightly less – 90.3% – a small drop in market share, that is indicative of longer-term trends.

    The most mature markets will grow slowest
    Diapers are key products in the global fluff pulp market; they use more fluff pulp per unit than the more numerous feminine hygiene pads, and sell more units than larger adult-size incontinence products.Year-on-year growth rates for infant diapers are expected to be around 2.2% in volume terms over the next 5 years.
    The major feminine hygiene products using fluff pulp are pads. Over the next 5 years the annual growth rate for fluff pulp market in all feminine hygiene end-use applications is estimated to be 3.2% in volume terms. The closer a region is to modern first world consumption patterns, the higher the use of feminine hygiene pantiliners is; including their use on non-menstrual flow days. Hence over the next five years hygiene pads sales will increase most rapidly in those regions and countries that are embracing a globalised consumer culture.

    The least mature market will expand most rapidly
    The adult incontinence market sits between feminine hygiene and baby diapers in product design, potential, penetration, and current status. Incontinence products for light flow are really just rebranded feminine hygiene pads; while adult incontinence briefs are scaled up versions of infant diapers.
    Smithers forecasts that the global annual growth rate in this relatively new segment over the next 5 years will be 4.5%, well above the market average.

    The key factors affecting the adult incontinence products market are increases in:
    -The number of adults aged 65 years old and above
    -The number of females 40 – 65 years old
    -The market penetration of products
    -The erosion of culturally driven reticence over use
    -Disposable incomes

    North America dominates the competitive landscape
    The competitive landscape for fluff pulp is dominated by large pulp and paper companies located in North America. This is mainly due to the presence of the most optimal wood species for fluff pulp being native to the continent. The short growing seasons in north Europe and north Asia, and the lack of optimal soil and climate conditions in most of south Asia has reduced the impact of these regions. Infrastructure issues in South America and Russia have slowed progress in these regions.

    The four largest fluff pulp producers are Georgia-Pacific, Weyerhaeuser, International Paper, and Domtar. Together they accounted for about 80% of all fluff pulp production in 2015. The ten largest producers represent about 99% of global fluff pulp production – of these top ten producers, six are in North America, three are in Western Europe and one is in South America.

    This market place will be disrupted over the next five years. Chinese paper company, Sun Paper, has signed a memorandum of understanding to study the possibility of building a 700,000 air dried tonne fluff pulp plant in the US state of Arkansas. This plant is set to add about 10% to global fluff capacity when it is completed in 2018; this will elevate Sun Paper to the fifth largest global producer of fluff pulp.
    (Smithers Pira)
     
    27.01.2016   Thimm partners with Esko to modernise business systems    ( Company news )

    Company news Thimm Verpackung uses ArtiosCAD Enterprise to network processes across locations, platforms and divisions

    A complete future-proof solution for packaging development from the market leader: that's why Thimm Verpackung, the largest division of the Northeim-based Thimm Group, chose ArtiosCAD Enterprise from Esko (www.esko.com), as part of its enterprise-wide project to modernise its business systems across its 18 locations. The project, for which planning and needs analysis began five years ago, was implemented in 2015 in the record time of just six months. The total investment for the conversion and modification of Thimm’s locations in Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania and Poland amounted to over €500 000.

    "Thimm Verpackung has grown very quickly in recent years,” says Hardy Hull, manager of the development centre at Thimm Verpackung. “Our vision was to synchronise and centrally control all processes in packaging development across all of our locations, leaving behind the era of time-consuming and cost-intensive siloed solutions that did not communicate with each other.” Following a detailed market analysis and comparison of offerings from different providers, Thimm Verpackung opted for ArtiosCAD Enterprise from Esko. It came out top for all criteria: a networked cross-divisional workflow, data security, process reliability, traceability, error avoidance, transparent structures, simplified communication, avoidance of multiple entries, the cross-platform use of data in different systems (including mobile devices) and efficient administration.

    "Esko's market presence and 100% focus on complete software solutions for the packaging industry both speak in its favour,” Hull adds. “It's not just major branded goods manufacturers that use Esko; many suppliers also work with the company in order to offer interfaces to their own solutions.” It was essential that the chosen solution could be integrated with Thimm’s MS Dynamics AX ERP solution to standardise calculations and cost accounting throughout the company. Additional packages, such as Esko Cape for pallet optimisation and Studio Visualizer for 3D visualisation, also impressed Thimm Verpackung as practical tools that would enhance their business and production processes.

    Centralising data handling across locations

    ArtiosCAD Enterprise stores all resources in a central but private corporate database in the cloud. The WebCenter-based Enterprise Database Server includes a secure, web-accessible database as well as project management functions. It makes dynamic online collaboration possible among design groups, CAD and graphic designers, suppliers, brand owners and production. The ArtiosCAD Enterprise Client makes all CAD-specific metadata, such as geometry and materials, available to WebCenter projects so that all details of a packaging project are reliably recorded and managed from beginning to end.

    "Thimm Verpackung chose the Esko networked packaging solution as the result of a rational and detailed technical analysis of the solutions available on the market,” says Armand Gougay, Vice President Europe and Middle East (EMEA) at Esko. “As for the potential savings, it's still too early to provide any concrete figures, but Thimm Verpackung will be able to free up a significant amount of time and resources across the creative process. That makes us proud.” The protected cloud-based database system and its controlled access ensures the ultimate in data control and security for Thimm Verpackung across all locations and for all employees. "That's an essential consideration for an efficient, automated workflow," says Gougay.

    Hull was very pleased with Esko's handling of the project: "Above all, I'd like to thank the Esko team and, of course, our team here at Thimm Verpackung. Without their hard work, the implementation would never have gone as quickly, smoothly and efficiently.” In a future stage, in addition to internal availability, Thimm intends to make the online WebCenter platform available externally to its customers to improve efficiencies even more.
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    27.01.2016   BillerudKorsnäs' results for the fourth quarter are negatively impacted by continued problems ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in the production

    Production problems at the end of the fourth quarter continued to have a negative impact on BillerudKorsnäs’ results. The total cost of production disruptions during the quarter is estimated to approximately SEK 245 million. Operating profit for the fourth quarter 2015 is estimated to approximately SEK 320 million.

    In early December 2015 the company announced increased costs with about SEK 165 million due to production problems, mainly in Frövi. During December, additionally approximately SEK 80 million in costs have been incurred for production disruptions and increased repair and maintenance costs. Disturbances continued at KM5 in Frövi, and increased maintenance costs have hit Skärblacka and Karlsborg but also Beetham in connection with extensive flooding. Approximately SEK 25 million affects business area Consumer Board and the remaining approximately SEK 55 million affects business area Packaging Paper.

    "The board machine in Frövi has improved step by step but did not stabilize on the level we had hoped for in December. Major rebuilds have been made in Frövi to increase capacity, and it is not uncommon that the time to for the run-in takes longer than anticipated. It may be too early to claim that the problems are solved, but we can during the last few weeks see that the machine is coming back on plan. Skärblacka and Karlsborg have produced according to plan during the fourth quarter, but incurred more maintenance costs than planned at the end of the year. The problems in the quarter are thus self-generated. The exception is Beetham that was under water at the great floods in England in December but have started up in January and produce according to plan again. We see no negative change in demand or the overall cost position and several of our production units have set new production records in 2015, "says Per Lindberg (photo), President and CEO.

    The results are still preliminary and have not been reviewed by the auditor.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB)
     
    27.01.2016   EUROPAC INAUGURATES ITS PACKAGING FACTORY IN TANGIER    ( Company news )

    Company news The Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.) inaugurated Europac Packaging Med, a new integrated packaging factory in Tangier (Morocco). During his speech, José Miguel Isidro, the company's President, stressed that "the addition of this facility to the great Europac family represents the completion of a road map designed in 1998 with great satisfaction, when we defined how we would like the Europac Group to be in the future. Our goal was to grow in our natural markets, Spain, France, Portugal and Morocco, and today this becomes a reality."

    -The Europac Group acts as a packaging partner for Moroccan enterprises through a strategy based on adding value to its customers’ businesses.
    -The new facility, which represents an investment of 30 million euros, has a maximum installed capacity of 100 million m2 of corrugated cardboard a year.
    -The company's investment is justified by the evolution of the Moroccan GDP growth rate and the share that the industrial and agribusiness sectors have in the Moroccan economy.
    -The development of industrial activity in Morocco has been one of the group's objectives since 1998, coinciding with when trading of the company's shares on the stock exchange began.

    Therefore, the inauguration of this industrial center is consistent not only with the company's strategy, but also with a business model based on the integration of activities, geographical proximity and the optimisation of logistical and commercial synergies. This factory, which represents an investment of 30 million euros and will create 114 direct jobs and 570 indirect jobs when fully operational, has a maximum installed capacity of 100 million m2 of corrugated cardboard a year, which will be developed as the market grows.

    These figures make the Tangier Factory the largest investment that the group has made since 2010, it's first outside of Europe and the first greenfield site. According to José Miguel Isidro, Morocco is an important market for the company for several reasons. "The GDP growth rate in Morocco is estimated to be 5% in 2016, a figure much higher than the European average, and 50% of Moroccan GDP comes from the industrial and agribusiness sectors, sectors where the majority of our current packaging customers are concentrated " noted the President.

    Europac's activity in Morocco dates back to May 2013 when a heavy duty packaging workshop was commissioned to provide services to Renault, one of our major customers in France. This was the foundation stone of an industrial project whose major milestone is the launch of Europac Packaging Med; the aim is to strengthen activity in the industrial sector, expand the services offered to the automotive industry and its ancillary services, and address the strategic agribusiness sector.

    Regarding the agribusiness sector, the Plan Maroc Vert is highlighted. It is promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries of Morocco, an ambitious strategy to increase the competitiveness of agriculture and make it an engine of social and economic development for the country. The plan includes the conversion of around one million hectares of cereal crops into fruit and vegetable plantations.

    Packaging Partner
    According to Carlos Larriba, Director of Europac Packaging Division, "Our goal is to position ourselves as the packaging partner in the customer's supply chain. Our strategy is based on providing value through a proactive policy of developing logistical services, structural and graphic design, innovation in new types of packaging and improving existing ones. This strategy is what will allow us to achieve our goal."
    Therefore, the first Director of the Packaging Division adds that "It is not just about making boxes, but it is about adding value to the customer in all the processes and applications related to them. In short, we provide solutions to help our customers sell more and sell better, turning their business challenges into business opportunities".

    Strategic location
    Moreover, the factory is 20 kilometers from the Tangier Med Port, a reference port in the Mediterranean - final destination for imported paper reels and starting point for the export of finished Moroccan products. Tangier Free Zone, another 20 kilometers from the factory, is the free trade area between Morocco and the European Union, and a catalyst for economic activity. All this, together with its location between the cities of Tangier and Tetouan, should represent a competitive advantage for installation.

    Economical and social prosperity
    Finally, José Miguel Isidro noted that he hopes the project will help strengthen the economical, business and cultural ties between Morocco and Spain: "Trade relations will shorten the distance between the two Mediterranean shores and will allow us to get to know our respective cultures and traditions better, a prerequisite for mutual respect and the economical and social prosperity of our countries."
    (Europac Papeles y Cartones de Europa S.A.)
     
    27.01.2016   PMP (7) Tissue Machines in YFY's fleet up & running – a strategic partnership is ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... successfully continued

    PMP (Paper Machinery Producer) has been supporting one of the leading Asian papermakers – Yuen Foong Yu Corporation for the last 20 years, executing projects both in the tissue and paper field.
    At present, in the tissue area, YFY owns 7 PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1600 lines – all are installed in Mainland China: in Beijing, Yangzhou and Dingfung, reaching total capacity of 300 000 t/a. 1st CF Intelli-Tissue® machine (2.4 m wide) was launched in 2008 in Beijing, China. 2nd and 3rd (PM#5 & PM#6) 2.8 m wide CF Intelli-Tissue® were started-up in 2012 in Yangzhou, China. After successful start-ups in Beijing and Yangzhou mills, in spring 2015, PMP has been choosen again to support YFY’s development, this time adding (4) more tissue making lines.
    YFY Corporation decided to continue partnership with PMP recognizing its strenghts, uniqueness and abilities to support long run strategy. PMP Optimum Cost Solutions, state-of-art technology, attractive return-on investment factor and extraordinary flexibility of PMP organization have met YFY team demanding requirements. Excellent communication between companies, which was recognized during the first project, had also a significant meaning.
    At the end of March 2013, YFY officially announced a massive expansion plan which included investing over 260 mln US dollars in Taiwanese and Chinese plants. At the same time PMP has been awarded a project for (4) new complete CF Intelli-Tissue® 1600 machines.
    To optimize the investment, YFY decided to follow the scenario from 2012 (PM#5 & PM#6 Yangzhou project) and clone the same concept for an Integrated Tissue Mill: two tissue machines with rewinders, with a common control room in the same building, as well as a warehouse and converting area.
    The concept of the Integrated Tissue Mill was implemented both in Yangzhou mill (PM#7 & PM#8) and in Dingfung mill (TM#1 & TM#2) ensuring staff & space optimization, high production flexibility and a significant operation cost reduction.
    On 3rd July 2014 (PM#7) and on 28th August 2014 (PM#8) in Yangzhou, China, 4th and 5th machine fully designed and produced by PMP started-up easily. Then, on 8th December 2015 (TM#1) and on 14th January 2016 (TM#2) in Dingfung, China, 6th and 7th machine were successfully brought on stream bringing all involved satisfaction & pride.
    All recent (4) tissue machines are 2.8 (110 inch) reel trim CF type tissue machines with an operating speed of 1,600 mpm (5,250 fpm) and daily capacity of 80 tpd each. Machines are producing virgin fiber-based tissue in the basis weight range at the reel from 13 to 31.3 gsm (8-19.1 lbs/3000 ft2) for conversion into facial tissue, toilet rolls and kitchen towels. The project goals were premium quality of the final product and significant increase of capacity. In addition, it was important to minimize investment costs. That is why the Integrated Tissue Mill concept was chosen (two TMs under one roof).
    This project is the next step of partnership strenghtening between YFY and PMP. Both teams are convinced that common understanding is a great base to stay agile and create a further pro-active development.
    „We have decided to continue co-operation with PMP since they have good skill and experience in tissue machines manufacturing” Mr. Ming Fa Tang, YFY Vice President Tissue.
    PMP is proud that YFY sees PMP as a strategic partner. Fruitful partnership, that has been developing over the years between those two companies, has resulted in extremely fast & efficient start-ups and overall, efficient cooperation based on win-win solutions. PMP is looking forward to future projects and is confident that the Intelli-Tissue® technology will help YFY to achieve their market goals and ambitions.
    The cooperation between YFY and PMP teams brought common success and both companies look forward to potential projects in the nearest future.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
     
    27.01.2016   Environment Ministry: Significant Reduction in Industral Pollution in Ganga    ( Company news )

    Company news ‘Closure Orders Issued to 150 Grossly Polluting Units not Responding to Installation of Ocems’

    The Government has underlined that there has been a significant reduction in industrial pollution in River Ganga. The problem of black liquor discharge and spent wash has been largely controlled. According to the last assessment in 2012, the total waste water generation and its organic load in terms of Biochemical Oxygen Demand (BOD) from 764 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPI) was 501 MLD and 131 tonnes per day. Conservative estimates say that discharge from industries has been brought down by 125 MLD. It is estimated that the BOD load reduction resulting from units which have achieved ZLD norms in distillery and pulp & paper sectors, apart from those which are permanently closed, will be about 30 tonnes per day.

    Addressing a press conference, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Shri Prakash Javadekar (photo), said that there has been substantial progress in installation of Online Continuous Effluent Monitoring Systems (OCEMS). Out of 764 Grossly Polluting Industries (GPI), 514 units have already installed Online Continuous Effluent Monitoring System (OCEMS), while 94 are in the process. However, the Minister said that closure orders have been issued to 150 remaining units that have not responded to installation of OCEMS. Responses of 6 other units are being examined. Steps are also being taken to establish connectivity of OCEMS with the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) server.

    The Central Pollution Control Board had formulated an Action Plan for abatement of industrial pollution in Ganga main stem states, covering five key industrial sectors - sugar, paper and pulp, distillery, textile and tannery, with the twin objectives of reducing effluent generation and organic load. CPCB is directly monitoring the progress of implementation of Action Plans in sugar, paper and pulp, distillery, while progress in other two sectors is being facilitated by the Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation.

    CPCB carried out inspections of 130 industries since December last year to assess progress in implementation of Action Plans. The 130 industries included 48 pulp & paper, 54 sugar and 28 distilleries units. The inspections were specifically mandated to confirm the facts relating to conservation of water, reduction in waste water generation and pollution load. In the process of inspections, public opinion was also taken into consideration.
    (Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Environment and Forests)
     
    26.01.2016   Nilpeter Supports Growth of California Converter    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Jeff Salisbury standing in front of the new 17” FB-4200 Nilpeter servo press

    Label Impressions, a progressive label and flexible packaging printer in California has expanded its operations into a new 30,000 square foot manufacturing space.

    "This expansion has been in the works for several years and is part of our long term strategic plan," states Jeff Salisbury, Label Impressions President and CEO. “The additional space will house our finishing operation, allow us to install new, wider web flexible package printing and converting equipment, and a digital label printing press.”

    In tandem with the expansion, the company has installed two additional 10-colour Nilpeter presses in 13" and 17" widths to assist in the development of unique label and pouch products such as their ‘softscreen’ print - a low cost alternative to expensive screen printing.

    The new 17" FB-4200 Nilpeter servo press is equipped with full UV-curing systems, auto register and multi-web capabilities opening doors to new and emerging markets.
    (Nilpeter GmbH)
     
    26.01.2016   SGI Dubai 2016 once again broke all records    ( Company news )

    Company news The 19th edition of the most popular show for the MENA region and beyond brought not only new state-of-the-art machinery to the region but also underlined its importance for the printing industry.

    SGI Dubai 2016, the largest and oldest trade show in the MENA region and beyond, that just closed its doors at the Dubai World Trade Center (WTC) ended on a high note. The show floor has been bustling with activity during the 3-day-show amid a thrilling atmosphere.
    The variety of equipment and software solutions for all kinds of work related to signage, retail, digital printing and finishing was, for the first time divided into pavillons: Print fabrication, finishing, textile, screen as well as digital printing, digital signage and retail.

    Not only the more than 400 exhibitors but also the more than 13,000 visitors from all around the world accepted and hailed the new introductions at the show. Much sought after have been all the different applications that exhibitors were showcasing. Another hot topic was digital textile printing that not only caters to soft signage but now also puts its mark on interior design - be it personalised and individualised solutions or short run.

    At SGI Dubai 2016 it was evident that print service providers care a lot about the environment. Latex, Solvent-UV, acqueous and UV-LED printers and recyclable, environmentally friendly consumables that were presented at the show received much attention due to their lower impact on the environment.

    "We are very happy that the new introductions as well as the host of innovations have been received so well by the public. In bringing the newest and most sophisticated machines and software solutions to the MENA region and beyond, we make it possible for print service providers to always stay up to date thus enabling them to realise new applications and increase business", says Mr. Sharif Rahman, CEO, IEC. "This years show has been of much importance as the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai is already shining its light on the country and beyond. Businesses will thrive with the multitude of different signage applications and creativity that surrounds not only today's business environment but also future events. Next to the pure technology, the warm, welcoming and friendly atmosphere at the show enables all market participants to network, discuss and learn from each other, thus establishing higher standards for the whole printing industry."

    The 20th edition of SGI Dubai 2017 will take place from January 15 – 17, 2017 at the World Trade Center in Dubai (UAE).
    Until SGI Dubai 2017 starts, printers, exhibitors, visitors can keep themselves abreast of new developments, trends, news and all that refers to signage and print by visiting the SGI Resource Center at www.signageresource.com.
    (International Expo-Consults (IEC))
     
    26.01.2016   Intec and Canon provide unique solution to key account    ( Company news )

    Company news Intec Printing Solutions Limited and Canon, world leaders in digital imaging, are pleased to announce a new partnership providing Canon customers with niche envelope printing requirements.

    When ‘ABC Imaging’, one of Canon’s key accounts, required a dedicated digital envelope printing system Canon looked beyond their own world class portfolio and identified that Intec had developed the perfect system to meet their client’s exact needs!
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    26.01.2016   Reflex with innovative paper products at the Creativeworld Trade Fair 2016    ( Company news )

    Company news Fine, creative, transparent
    The Creativeworld Fair, the most important trade fair for the international hobby, crafts and art supplies industries will take place alongside the parallel Paperworld and Christmasworld in Frankfurt am Main from 30 January to 2 February 2016. The paper manufacturer Reflex, from Düren in Germany, presents its wide range of artist papers and, for the first time, also presents “purescent”, a new, enchanting scented paper.

    Visitors to the large exhibition stand, covering 75 square metres, will be truly captivated by the new and open stand design. The inviting concept continues throughout the inner area of the exhibition stand. Elegant black combined with grey and pure white, interspersed with fine wood components invite visitors in for intense discussions with the Reflex team. The management team and all those in charge for sales are ready to discuss questions on the paper manufacturer’s new strategy, what’s new at the fair, the whole product range or on the almost unlimited applications of creative papers.

    An oversized photo wall with painting equipment symbolises one of the two key topics at Reflex: artist papers. These include papers from the “Schoellershamer Fine Art by Reflex” brand, beloved most of all by artists and graphic designers. The unusual range of graphic papers comprises strong brands such as Gohrsmühle, Zeta, Efalin, Spectral and others from the “ZANDERS Premium Papers” range. Those interested can find all varieties from the range which is suitable for all drawing and printing techniques, particularly the Da Capo and Duria/Durex brands, and the 4g brand used for airbrushes and calligraphy. The ranges can be seen and felt with samples available. The current range of artist’s pads will have a new design. Also the pads for sketching and layout paper. The first designs are to be previewed at Creativeworld.

    Reflex’s tracing paper is of exceptionally high quality and is offered in an expanded range. The countless applications are persuasive with their spectrum ranging from creative brochures, sophisticated books and calendars, fine prints to multidimensional mailing parts to innovative packaging.

    Curiosity makes up the second photo wall of the exhibition stand. A beautiful rose in bloom marks the fair’s new innovation, “purescent”, the breathtaking scented paper from Reflex. The rose stands as a symbol for admiration and the effect of an incomparable scent. Three fragrance notes are presented with touchable samples at the stands photo wall. Winter spice brings to mind Lebkuchen at Christmastime, while Green Leaf is floral and fresh. The third fragrance note demonstrates the instantly recognisable application of a well-known scent on paper.

    In the past, tactile or visual features were decisive when it came to choosing paper, but Reflex is sounding the bell for olfactory marketing with its scented papers. The sense of smell is the oldest of the human senses. This directly affects the limbic system which controls the emotions. As is well known, smells provoke strong emotions which have been dormant in the mind for a long time. An extremely valuable tool when it comes to creating a product which lingers in the mind of the customer.

    Reflex is able to adapt to individual fragrance requests. There is no need for the fragrance to be “rubbed” on the paper. It is aerobically activated when it comes into contact with air and lingers for a long time. Fragrance opens up a new dimension, an additional form of communication without words. With purescent, Reflex offers unique fragrance applications in 150 g/m2 and 250 g/m2. Creatives and brand companies are being addressed primarily with this innovation in all kinds of industries.

    Hariolf Koeder, Managing Director of Reflex, emphasises the activities at Creativeworld: “We are always working to translate our multi-pillar strategy into practice. This includes the further development of opaque drawing and artist papers and also our sophisticated tracing papers. Reflex is clearly committed to pursuing new paths in the world of paper production. An excellent current example is the current innovation, the scented paper purescent. We offer a fascinating medium that you can touch, look at, smell and even hear.”

    Meeting place: Reflex Paper Manufacturer
    Creativeworld 2016, Messe Frankfurt, Germany
    Saturday, 30 January 2016 to Tuesday, 2 February 2016
    Stand: 4.2 F61
    (Reflex GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    26.01.2016   Packaging and value-adding digital to boost growth in global print market    ( Company news )

    Company news The latest flagship report from Smithers Pira projects a positive outlook for the print and printed packaging markets to 2020.

    The report The Future of Global Printing to 2020 examines the world markets for the latest trends, together with the key supplier sectors and profiles of the largest print and packaging groups globally. It shows that Global printing output was projected to reach $870 billion in 2015. In constant value terms the global market is up from the 2010 value of $806 billion to $824 billion, but the total print volume has fallen, from the equivalent of 50.5 trillion A4 prints in 2010 down to 49.0 trillion A4 prints in 2020. Overall, Smithers Pira forecasts annual growth of 2% per year to 2020.

    “Going forward the overall printing volume will continue to fall, but in constant value terms there is growth. This is through continuing product mix changes with a greater share of higher value products, particularly packaging, and the prospects vary significantly by geography,” said Dr Sean Smyth, co-author of the report.

    “The report identifies the winners and losers. There are rising requirements for higher value digital production – to print low runs and to add engagement to the printed item – and for packaging where the physical needs and heavier substrates are higher in price.”

    Packaging and labels are growing consistently, while publication print volumes and value are declining significantly. In publication and commercial graphics, electronic media is steadily replacing printed products. Print manufacturers are also more efficient, using better workflow and automation to minimize make-ready and lower waste, reducing demand for paper and inks.

    There are similar efficiencies in packaging, but digital enjoys very low share (except for labels) and overall demand is growing. As digital systems develop there will be supply chain efficiencies reducing waste and unused packaging in those sectors. Digital print, chiefly used in the commercial print sector and labels, is faring rather better than the long-established analogue alternatives and is forecast to increase in market share by 2020 as new applications, particularly in packaging, grow. It is the higher value that is attractive to print service providers and to equipment and consumable manufacturers.

    There are declines in North America, Western Europe and Australasia, while Latin America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Africa all see growth. Asia is the biggest print region, growing in volume and value. China continues to grow and has overtaken the volume in the US during 2015 to become the biggest print market, although the value of the output is significantly lower reflecting the different product mix and lower pricing.

    Analogue machinery is expected to fall while the value of digital equipment more than doubles in real terms. Printing inks and coating use broadly follows print volumes, although there are market mix changes with increasing use of colour, more radiation curing and greater use of varnishes and coatings pushing growth. It is, however, the much higher valued digital grades that are showing growth.

    The Future of Global Printing to 2020 examines the changing nature of global print and the varying prospects for the different product sectors, print processes and regional markets over the next five years, with comprehensive market data and industry analysis based on new primary research.
    (Smithers Pira)
     
    26.01.2016   Iggesund Paperboard: Precision embossing    ( Company news )

    Company news When a book of paper samples arrives in the post, the recipient is often most interested in the samples themselves. When Iggesund Paperboard begins to distribute its new swatch book of Invercote G, Invercote Creato and Invercote Duo this winter, recipients have good reason to study the embossings which heighten the effect of the book’s photos.

    Photo: The embossing tool for the eye was adjusted to create a stronger effect and the eye really came “alive”.

    “Invercote has a dimensional stability and flexibility which make it a fantastic choice for people who want to use embossing to give their brochure or other printed material a third dimension,” explains Alex Guglielmi, one of Iggesund’s market technicians. He supervised the book’s production with a special focus on the embossing. “It can heighten the tactile experience, attract more attention and, not least, reinforce the experience of quality.”

    Good tools are needed to achieve good-quality embossing. For this production Iggesund worked with the Swiss toolmaker SMR Stanztechnik.

    “In the swatch book our main task was to emboss the details in the photos,” Alex says. “In doing so, it’s important not to change or distort the basic concept of the image.”

    One example is the large embossing of an island on the cover. The embossing runs across the front cover, spine and back cover. The first test embossing of the image made a stone, which had been in the background, appear to have moved closer to the viewer.

    “We had to remake the tool to avoid creating this effect and now we’ve achieved the right balance between the image and the embossing,” he says.

    In another photo the embossing of an eye had to be redone. The effect was not clear enough so the tool had to be adjusted to create a more obvious visual impression.

    Another effect Alex likes to mention is how the printing and embossing of the name Invercote work together on the first page of the sample book.

    “It’s really easy to go wrong doing this. I usually recommend that people really think about and understand what they are going to highlight with embossing and printing. As it is a symbiosis between the paperboard, embossing tools and printing, it’s far easier to detect the smallest misregister when you emboss along straight lines. Often output and quality are misunderstood. So when you have these demanding elements coming together, I often recommend reducing the number of single positions per sheet to achieve the best registration between printed and embossed images.” When a project calls for finishing processes that require multiple press passes, Invercote’s dimensional stability provides exceptional registration. Normally, printers find themselves trying to convince their clients to limit the number of press passes in order to avoid registration issues. But Invercote’s dimensional stability allows you to take on heretofore unimaginable challenges. To demonstrate Invercote’s superior performance in this area, Iggesund has produced printed projects with more than 20 press passes with outstanding results. Of course, print costs normally discourage such undertakings, but for those who are prepared to spend money in finishing, consider Invercote as insurance on the finished product’s exquisite result.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    25.01.2016   LEIPA Strengthens Commitment in Benelux    ( Company news )

    Company news Since January 1st of 2016 the company LEIPA Benelux B.V., based in Leiden, The Netherlands, has been strengthening the commitment of the LEIPA Company Group in the Benelux countries. In the Belgium, Netherlands, and Luxembourg markets, LEIPA Benelux B.V. will represent the product range magazine papers, and in Belgium, the areas grey board and specialty papers as well. Beyond these areas, the LEIPA products- and services spectrum will be rounded out through continuation of the successful cooperation with the regional sales partners.
    Together with the two Managing Directors, Robert Weijerman and Michael Koch, Ellen Reuling and Rita van Bemmelen will play important roles on location. Both are experienced and competent contact persons with thorough knowledge of the market.
    “We serve and advise our customers with a dedicated and experienced team. That enables us to deliver a high level of quality, plus flexibility in consultation, service and processing. The founding of a company subsidiary underlines our appreciation for our customers in the Benelux region”, says Peter Probst, Managing Director of the LEIPA Group GmbH.
    With the opening of LEIPA Benelux B.V. and the existing company sales firms, LEIPA demonstrates anew the strategic orientation which it maintains by means of local customer presence and market proximity.
    (LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)
     
    25.01.2016   Change in the Koehler Group Executive Board    ( Company news )

    Dr. Stefan Karrer (photo) Appointed New COO – Werner Ruckenbrod Retires

    The new year kicked off with a change in senior management at Koehler. After eight years as COO at the Koehler company, Werner Ruckenbrod retired at the end of December. The highlights of his career at Koehler include acquisition of Katz in Weisenbach, establishment of Koehler Renewable Energy and the associated construction, and acquisition of shares in several biomass combined heat and power plants and in wind power plants. Construction of the logistics center with high-bay warehouse in Oberkirch was another milestone.

    With well-founded technical expertise based on many years of experience in senior management positions in the paper industry, Dr. Stefan Karrer took over for Werner Ruckenbrod on January 1, 2016. As Chairman of the VDP Curatorium for Research and Technology and a member of the VDP Board of Directors, Dr. Stefan Karrer is well known in the industry. Following his studies in Munich and Darmstadt, he kicked off his career in the Lecta Group in Italy. He then switched to Sappi in Ehingen, where he was Head of Production and then Head of Technology for Paper and Pulp. He then went on to oversee large-scale investments and projects. Dr. Stefan Karrer was appointed CEO of Sappi Alfeld in 2010. At that time, he managed to expand the factory and transform it into the market leader in one-side-coated paper.

    With his appointment to COO of the Koehler Group, he’s now taking on a new challenge. Koehler produces more than 500,000 metric tons of paper and cardboard a year, and is a market leader in thermal paper and pulp board. In addition to the paper sector, the specialized paper manufacturer, which can look back on more than 200 years of company history, is also involved in the renewable energies industry. The company also promotes innovative technologies.

    Working with CFO Frank Lendowski and CEO Kai Furler, Dr. Stefan Karrer will continue to consolidate the Koehler Group, which is based in Oberkirch, and play a key role in shaping the future of the company.
    Koehler Paper Group Imagefilm

     
    25.01.2016   CITO EasyFix - Perfection, fast and simple    ( Company news )

    Company news In line with this motto, CITO now presents EasyFix, the new family of self-adhesive profiles that can be fitted to your cutting die quickly and precisely.

    Using CITO EasyFix, it is possible to achieve a time saving of up to 70% in rubber coating your cutting die. Do away with liquid adhesives and increase your productivity, reduce your costs and increase your industrial and environmental safety.

    Using the special EasyFix technology, you can now remove old profiles without leaving behind any residue, whenever you replace the rubber coating, and blades can be changed without any of the formerly common damage to the cutting die.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    25.01.2016   SCA's acquisition of Wausau Paper Corp. has been closed    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA’s acquisition of Wausau Paper, a leading North American Away-from-Home Tissue Company has been closed for the total consideration of USD 513 million in cash. SCA will consolidate Wausau Paper as of January 21, 2016.

    “SCA is the world’s leading supplier of Away-from-Home tissue with the global brand Tork®. This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit and makes us a stronger supplier in North America. The acquisition will generate benefits for SCA and our customers,” said Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO, SCA.

    The transaction expands SCA’s North America footprint and production capacity, and the combined businesses will provide customers with a comprehensive portfolio of products. The acquisition is expected to generate annual synergies amounting to approximately USD 40 million with full effect three years after closing. Synergies are expected in sourcing, production, logistics, reduced imports, increased volumes of premium products and reduced SG&A costs. The restructuring costs are expected to amount to approximately USD 50 million.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    25.01.2016   WestRock Completes Acquisition of Cenveo Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Cenveo Packaging, a leading provider of value-add folded carton and litho-laminated display packaging solutions. Cenveo Packaging is a division of Cenveo, Inc. (NYSE:CVO).

    Through this transaction, WestRock has acquired seven facilities in North America with capabilities including MiraFoil ®, cold foil and low migration ink systems.

    “Cenveo Packaging is an excellent addition to our folding carton and merchandising displays business,” said Craig Gunckel (photo), executive vice president, Merchandising Displays and Folding Carton, Packaging Solutions, WestRock. “By combining WestRock paperboard with Cenveo’s packaging and printing capabilities, we expect to be able to further enhance the solutions that we are able to provide to our customers.”

    The transaction is expected to generate significant synergies and be accretive to WestRock’s earnings immediately.
    (WestRock Companies)
     
    25.01.2016   PulpEye hoists the flag in Canada higher    ( Company news )

    Company news During the fall PulpEye has received new orders for two PulpEye analyzers from two Canadian mills, Domtar Windsor, QC, and Port Hawkesbury Paper, NS.

    Domtar Windsor in Quebec has two paper machines with a total production capacity of about 640,000 tonnes of uncoated papers like high brightness, opaques, offset, multi-purpose digital papers, copy paper, laser forms bond and envelope papers. The mill has one pulp line with a capacity of about 440,000 tonnes. The PulpEye for Domtar Windsor is up and running and equipped with modules measuring fibre, shives and SR as well as with the CrillEye module.

    Port Hawkesbury Paper in Nova Scotia is an integrated mechanical pulp and paper mill producing high gloss papers. The TMP pulp production is done by three refiner lines each having three stages of refining. The PulpEye being installed is configured with modules for measurements of freeness, fibre and shives. It is also the first mill in North America to install the RefinerEye module, a clever way of taking high concentration pulp samples directly from the blow line after refiners.

    “Needless to say we are very pleased to have landed these orders in Canada,” says Öjvind Sundvall, MD PulpEye AB. “It is our second breakthrough in Canada and for new application areas. Without mentioning any details about these installations I can say that these customers are really showing innovative thinking and we look forward to a continued good cooperation.”
    (PulpEye AB)
     
    25.01.2016   Intec Printing Solutions opens Australian office, continuing its global expansion plans    ( Company news )

    Company news This is the huge next step in the Intec Printing Solutions story.
    Headed up by Maria Gagetti, our Intec Australia Managing Director and Ryan James, Intec Australia’s Technical Director, the operations will be supported by Katrina Malone, acting as office-based support and administration and Cec Dahl as field technical support engineer. Based in Canberra, Intec Australia will sell and support the complete Intec product portfolio of digital printing solutions and also look after existing Intec customers across the country.

    “This is one of Intec’s most significant international expansions to date,” said Ian Melville, Intec Managing Director. “The opening of Intec Australia, based in Canberra, gives Intec market coverage across Australia and support to the Asia Pacific RIM region, reinforcing Intec’s position as a world-class digital printer manufacturer. The expansion into Australia enables Intec to have a worldwide presence, which reaches across the globe, in conjunction with the US based offices and headquarters in the UK.”
    The new team spent a week at our UK head offices, participating in intensive product training and getting to meet the UK team, cementing new and old relationships.

    According to Intec Australia’s Maria Gagetti, “This is a very exciting opportunity and Intec Australia will share the same values as the rest of the organization. We will continue to expand the Intec brand within Australia and with our additional resources, be able to service clients outside of Australia.”

    The Intec organisation welcomes our new colleagues from down-under, and looks forward to the prospect of an exciting 2016 with them as part of the Intec team.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    25.01.2016   Raubling Papier GmbH - Since 01/01/2016 subsidiary of Heinzel Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Our mill in the heart of Europe is located at a central interface with surrounding markets, employs around 145 people and produces approximately 210,000 tonnes of paper annually.

    Raubling Papier GmbH produces certified corrugated containerboard that saves natural resources and has a low basis weight. We specialize in recycling and corrugated cardboard from recycled fibres. Within this field of our expertise we gladly meet special requirements.
    Heinzel - a group that makes many things possible!

    Raubling Papier GmbH is a German subsidiary of the international Heinzel Group.
    (Heinzel AG)
     
    22.01.2016   Metsä Board named packaging printing champion in Hong Kong print awards 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board has been named as Champion of Packaging Printing in the Hong Kong Print Awards 2015 for a box designed for Victorinox China, to relaunch its Rescue Tool in the Chinese market. The box opens at the side, evoking the way blades fan out from the tool itself. It is constructed using Carta Elega folding boxboard.

    It is the third year running Metsä Board has won in Hong Kong Print Awards. Run by the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong and open to designers, printers, publishers and related industries, the Awards were presented at a ceremony in Hong Kong on 7 December 2015.

    The box was created by Metsä Board’s Packaging Services team, who were approached by Victorinox China to redesign the packaging for the Rescue Tool – a multi-purpose knife for safety and rescue professionals such as fire fighters and medical technicians. The original plain, matchbox-style package was completely redesigned with an innovative, rigid box that simulates the opening of the knife itself.

    The new packaging has a glue-free structure, promoting Victorinox’s sustainability goals and values. It features replaceable side panels that can be printed with marketing information depending on the occasion. Exceptionally sharp corners with no overlapping corner folds set this package apart from traditional rigid boxes. Carta Elega was chosen for its stiffness and smoothness, providing a luxurious feel while maintaining lightweight and sustainability.

    Cyril Drouet, Design & Innovation Director of Shanghai-based Metsä Board Packaging Services, says: “The prize is recognition for the teamwork between the client, our sales people and Packaging Services. We are delighted that Victorinox has featured the packaging in its online campaign, and that it has now achieved recognition within the print industry.”

    Metsä Board Packaging Services is dedicated to enhancing brand value and success by delivering sustainable, secure and innovative packaging solutions. Its services range from global packaging strategy and market intelligence to cost analysis, design and laboratory testing. Innovative approaches to packaging lowers cost, improves efficiency and sustainability.
    (Metsä Board Packaging Services)
     
    22.01.2016   Corrugated sheet plant Cartonnages du Dauphiné sees a 30% productivity uplift and enters ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... new markets with the world's first BOBST EXPERTFOLD 165 folder-gluer

    Cartonnages du Dauphiné, located in Champ Pres Froges, France, was the beta testing site for the BOBST EXPERTFOLD 165, taking delivery of the machine in November 2014. Compared to the folder-gluer it replaced, the EXPERTFOLD at the plant has raised productivity by 30% in its first year of production, with room for further improvement, and the company can now manufacture and sell a much wider range of box styles.

    Pascal Olier, General Manager of Cartonnages du Dauphiné, says, "A big part of the increase in productivity was from the faster setting times of the EXPERTFOLD. On some jobs we have cut them by as much as half compared to the machine it replaced. That is important for a sheet plant like us because our folder-gluers have to makeready many times a day. Also this new machine runs more consistently, with better control of the box during the folding process, which improves quality and further increases productivity."

    Several design elements of the new EXPERTFOLD deliver this faster makeready, improved consistency and higher quality. These include a Matic system for the automatic setting of carriers and job parameters, as well as an ACCUFEED blank alignment system that ensures precise entry of the blank to the folding section. The design of the folding section itself minimizes fishtailing and gap, its extra length creating smoother folding. This, along with innovative new creasing units at the entry, delivers the high folding quality that manufacturers need today. A high accuracy pre-breaker ensures excellent box performance on machine-erect lines, which many brand owners now demand.

    "Having the EXPERTFOLD means we can satisfy the quality conformity requirements that our customers write into their contracts with us, and we can also better meet their deadlines. Along with this the EXPERTFOLD has given us the ability to offer our customers new box types and sizes such as four and six point boxes and special types of boxes. With the EXPERTFOLD our possibilities have reached new dimensions," explains Mr Olier.

    Classic sheet plant
    Cartonnages du Dauphiné serves the metalworking, electrical & electronic equipment, chemicals, food processing and distribution sectors and is a classic corrugated industry sheet plant, achieving a turnover of just over €7 million from its plant in the foothills of the French Alps. The company traces its roots back to 1931 when it was established as a family business in Grenoble. In 1986 the company was purchased by the French GIEPAC group and nine years later moved to new, 26'000 square meter premises in Champ Pres Froges, thirty kilometers away. In 1998 GIEPAC became part of SAICA which, in 2010, sold the plant along with two others - Cartembal, which is located near Montpellier, and Cartonnages du Beaujolais which is near Lyon. The purchasers created a new French packaging group, Carsudest. "With our sister companies we give the group excellent geographical, production capacity and product synergy. It means that Carsudest customers get access to the complete corrugated box product range and, because of our SME structure, we offer customers the flexibility and responsiveness they need today," says Mr Olier.

    The specialties of Cartonnages du Dauphiné are small and mid-size boxes, self-erect boxes, die-cut packaging - either delivered flat to customers or folded and glued, Point of Sale (POS) packaging, POS displays, and promotional packaging. Aware that one of their existing folder-gluers was struggling to meet the demands upon it, Mr Olier contacted all the major suppliers of this type of equipment, but soon discovered that BOBST had the most complete and interesting solution, which was to install the first EXPERTFOLD 165 line, then approaching its beta development stage. "As well as the proposed technical features of the machine it was comforting to know that BOBST has an excellent image in the market for supporting its customers. It was a perfect experience, almost as if it was not a beta machine but a fully industrialized one. The machine performed beautifully and the BOBST technicians and their Research & Development team were always by our side, no matter the problem or challenge. That's all we could ask for."

    Designed for sheet and integrated plants
    The folder-gluer, which is available in two sizes - EXPERTFOLD 145 and EXPERTFOLD 165 - and in several variants, has been designed with the needs of both sheet plant and integrated manufacturers of fluted boxes in mind. In particular, the folder-gluer has been designed to be very robust, which means high levels of uptime and excellent control of the blank. Because it is modular in design, EXPERTFOLD can be specified to meet the customer's current needs but grow with their business. The EXPERTFOLD 165 model is able to fold and glue substrates from N-flute to A-flute, including double wall and litho-laminates, and can handle blanks of up to 1700 x 1100mm in size and up to 25mm thick when folded. The flexibility of the line means that it can process blanks as small as 296 x 60mm.

    Easy to set and run
    The feedback about the EXPERTFOLD 165 from the shop-floor has been very positive, says Mr Olier. "The operators think it is a real pleasure to work with. They were very motivated to get a latest generation machine and they are very happy by how easy and fast the machine is to set and to run. They say it's because of the intuitive way the machine has been conceived. Everything is very open when they makeready and everything is at a good working height. Then when they start running, the light barriers make it very safe."

    Mr Olier adds that the EXPERTFOLD delivery unit has made packing easier. "The packers at the end of the line are especially happy with the delivery because the speed does not depend on the machine running speed, so they can pack without stress."

    Mr Olier says that the EXPERTFOLD 165 has been a ‘big plus' for the company as a whole. "The integration went smoothly, we now have reliable production, higher productivity, better quality and we have been able to reduce our labor requirement. Smaller companies like us constantly need to improve our performance in terms of competitiveness, delivery times and quality. The EXPERTFOLD 165 helps us do that."
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    22.01.2016   Voorhees and Forst Receive ASPI Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Steve Voorhees (photo left), Chief Executive Officer of WestRock, has been
    awarded the ASPI 2016 Customer Executive of the Year Award which recognizes extraordinary effectiveness in working with a range of suppliers to enhance productivity, efficiency and effectiveness.
    Steve Voorhees has successfully directed the merger of RockTenn and MeadWestvaco.
    Previously, Voorhees was chief executive officer of RockTenn. Prior to his appointment as CEO of RockTenn, he served in various executive leadership roles, including president and chief operating officer; executive vice president and chief financial officer; and chief administrative officer. Before joining Rock-Tenn, Steve was in operations and executive roles at Sonat Inc., a diversified energy company headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama.

    Don Forst (photo right), Director of Capital Equipment and Manufacturing Services – Global Sourcing, International Paper in Loveland OH, is the recipient of the ASPI 2016 Excellence in Leadership Award.
    This award honors unique and creative leadership of employees, company and key suppliers through major projects or ongoing relationships. Don joined International Paper in 1997 at the company’s Texarkana, Texas, Coated Paperboard Mill. Don became the Mill Manager at the Prattville, AL containerboard mill in 2007 and moved into his current position in January, 2013. Prior to coming to IP, Don held numerous positions in operations leadership and mill technical support during a more than 12-year career with the former James River Corporation.

    Both awards will be presented at the ASPI 2016 Spring Meeting in Miami, Florida, February 24-26, 2016.
    (ASPI Association of Suppliers to the Paper Industry)
     
    21.01.2016   Stora Enso's NRI in fourth quarter 2015 have EUR 250 million negative impact on operating profit    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso will record non-recurring items (NRI) with a negative net impact of approximately EUR 250 million on operating profit and a positive impact of approximately EUR 59 million on income tax in its fourth quarter 2015 results. The NRI will decrease earnings per share by EUR 0.23.

    The NRIs are:
    -a negative NRI of approximately EUR 236 million due to fixed asset impairments in divisions Paper and Biomaterials. The impairments in Division Paper are due to further weakened long-term earnings expectations resulting from decline in the European paper markets.
    -a previously announced negative NRI in Division Paper of approximately EUR 31 million due to fixed asset impairments related to the ongoing disposal of Arapoti Mill in Brazil. The transaction is subject to regulatory approval process and estimated to be completed during the first quarter of 2016. At completion, the cumulative translation adjustment loss will be transferred from an equity reserve to the income statement as a non-recurring item. Based on the foreign exchange rate on 31 December 2015, the cumulative translation adjustment loss is estimated to be EUR 26 million.
    -a negative NRI in divisions Paper and Consumer Board of EUR 19 million related to a renegotiation of long term electricity base load supply for Stora Enso’s Swedish units into one harmonised contract, and adapting the yearly volumes to Stora Enso’s electricity demand.
    -a positive NRI in segment Other of approximately EUR 36 million related to land disposal transactions in the group’s Nordic forest equity accounted investments.

    The impairment charges taken in the fourth quarter 2015 reduce the quarterly depreciations by EUR 7 million starting from the fourth quarter of 2015.

    Additionally, as earlier announced, Stora Enso’s equity accounted investment Bergvik Skog AB in Sweden increases the IFRS fair value of its biological assets. Stora Enso’s share of the increase, net of tax, is approximately SEK 4.0 billion (EUR 430 million). The increase in fair value will be recorded in the group’s IFRS operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2015. The increase does not impact Stora Enso’s operational EBIT.

    Stora Enso’s fourth quarter and full year 2015 results will be published on 4 February 2016.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    21.01.2016   ÅF modernises pulp mill in Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news ÅF has been contracted to modernise the control systems in linerboard manufacturer Metsä Board’s pulp mill in Husum, Sweden. The contract is for an end-to-end solution and covers conversion to new, modern Siemens control systems for the bleach, cooking and recycling plants.

    ÅF is responsible for project management, hardware design, computer programming, construction management and commissioning, and the job is expected to continue throughout 2016, starting immediately.

    “The challenge will be to minimise downtime and there is much to be done within a short period,” says Peter Bredal, project manager at ÅF. “Metsä Board will have a modern and future-proof plant after the conversion.”

    The contract covers conversion of seven Siemens Teleperm M systems into Siemens PCS7 systems. ÅF has extensive experience with similar conversions, both in Sweden and internationally. They include a system conversion at the Spanolux MDF factory in Belgium.
    (ÅF AB)
     
    21.01.2016   Change at the Helm of Norampac    ( Company news )

    Company news Marc-André Dépin is announcing his decision to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Norampac Group. Charles Malo (photo) is succeeding him as President and Chief Operating Officer.

    "It is with great emotion that I announce I have decided to withdraw from my position as President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac, a role I have assumed for more than 12 years. We have been working for quite some time on preparing the next generation and, today, I believe that the management team has the talent and depth to take over the helm. I am proud of our accomplishments, and I believe in the team's ability to lead Norampac into the future. I would like to thank all our employees for their dedication, and let the team know that I will continue to offer them my support. I will give all my support to Charles, who has all of the qualities necessary to meet the challenge brilliantly," said Marc-André Dépin.

    Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades, and the Lemaire brothers, Bernard, Laurent and Alain, paid Dépin tribute: "We would like to express our admiration for the exceptional work carried out by Marc-André at the head of Norampac. It is in large part thanks to him that the Group has grown to be a leader in the Canadian and American containerboard industry. We also owe him a great debt of gratitude for the work he accomplished on the Greenpac project, the most important in the history of Cascades. He has 25 years' experience with Cascades, and we are very pleased that he has agreed to act periodically as strategic advisor for the Company. We would also like to thank Charles Malo for accepting to take over the Presidency. He has the energy, experience and vision necessary to take on his new responsibilities successfully."

    Charles Malo began his career as controller at Etcan. He then joined Norampac group, acting as Director of Administration of the corrugated board sector from 1997 to 2000. He moved on to become Regional General Manager from March 2000 to October 2001, taking on the responsibility of a number of corrugated box plants. He was then appointed Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of Norampac's packaging sector. Charles Malo has been Chief Operating Officer of Norampac since April 2015.

    "I am very pleased with the trust placed in me today. It is an honour to succeed Marc-André Dépin. It is thanks to his courageous and visionary actions that the Company is currently in such a favourable position. With the team, I intend to pursue Norampac's business plan and the development of the Company with Cascades' support," concluded Charles Malo.
    (Norampac Inc.)
     
    21.01.2016   SCA's divestment of its business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea for integration ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...with Vinda approved

    SCA’s divestment of its business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea for integration with Vinda International Holdings Limited (“Vinda”) has been approved by the independent shareholders of Vinda. The transaction is expected to close on February 1, 2016. SCA is the majority shareholder in Vinda, one of China’s largest hygiene companies.

    Vinda is listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange and the transaction was subject to approval by the independent shareholders of Vinda.

    As part of the transaction, SCA and Vinda have signed an agreement regarding the exclusive license to market and sell the SCA brands; TENA (incontinence products), Tork (Away-from-Home tissue), Tempo (consumer tissue), Libero (baby diapers), and Libresse (feminine care) in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea. With this agreement, Vinda will hold the rights to these product brands in these Asian markets. Vinda will acquire the brands Drypers, Dr.P, Sealer, Prokids, EQ Dry and Control Plus in these markets. SCA will continue to provide innovation and technical support for the business.

    “Asia is an important growth market for SCA with a large population and low penetration of hygiene products. The approved transaction strengthens the collaboration between SCA and Vinda and enables us to further leverage on our strengths to build a leading Asian hygiene business” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of SCA.

    SCA has been a shareholder in Vinda since 2007, became its majority shareholder in late 2013, and has consolidated Vinda financials since the first quarter of 2014. In 2014, SCA divested its hygiene business in China (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau) for integration with Vinda.

    SCA’s hygiene business in South East Asia, Taiwan and South Korea had net sales of approximately SEK 2.2 billion in 2014. The business has approximately 1,600 employees and three personal care production sites in Malaysia and Taiwan. The purchase consideration amounts to HKD 2.8 billion (approx. SEK 3.1 billion) on a debt-free basis.

    As a consequence of this transaction SCA’s Shanghai office will stop to have operations. This is expected to lead to approximately SEK 90m in restructuring costs that will be recognized as an item affecting comparability in the fourth quarter of 2015.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    20.01.2016   Kemira continues to invest in the growing market for bleaching chemicals after successful ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... ramp-up of the new capacity in Oulu, Finland

    In 2014, Kemira announced a substantial capital investment in its Oulu plant to capture the growth potential in the tight bleaching chemical market. The new hydrogen peroxide production process was successfully started during the third quarter in 2015 and the new volume has been sold out.

    Positive development in the fiber markets and the ongoing pulp mill capacity investments drive Kemira's investments in bleaching chemical capacity. Kemira has started a pre engineering study for additional capacity in the Nordics in order to invest in new production lines in Finland and debottleneck the existing units.
    (Kemira Chemicals Oy)
     
    20.01.2016   Appleton Coated achieves Green Master Award for fifth consecutive year    ( Company news )

    Company news For the fifth year in a row, Appleton Coated earns the designation of “Green Master” through the Green Masters Program of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council. Company representatives were honored at the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council Conference on Dec. 4 for attaining the highest tier achievable in the program.

    “It is clear that Appleton Coated has embraced sustainability, and has integrated the idea into all facets of their business," praised Tom Eggert, executive director of the Wisconsin Sustainable Business Council.

    Contributing to its 2015 Green Master Award, Appleton Coated has expanded its product offering to include more items made with high levels of post-consumer recycled fiber (PCRF) and more items made with Green-e® certified green power through its purchase of renewable energy credits (recs).

    Jenni Birkholz, senior marketing specialist for sustainability, explains, “At Appleton Coated we are committed to continual improvement of our environmental impact. Responsible sourcing, high PCRF products, and renewable energy are key touchpoints. For our customers, our products and practices support their sustainability efforts in environmental compliance, supply chain, and in their printed materials.” She continues, “Employee involvement is another key area for us, driving awareness, involvement, and improvement across our organization.”

    As a Green Master, Appleton Coated’s performance was evaluated using nine sustainability areas: energy, carbon and other emissions, water, waste management, transportation, supply chain, community and educational outreach, workforce, and governance. Only the top 20 percent of participating companies achieve the highest “Green Master” designation.

    “Sustainability is obviously a core value,” added Eggert. “Every year that Appleton Coated has participated in the program, they have been recognized in the group of top-performing companies.”
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
     
    20.01.2016   Vallvik Mill granted a new environmental permit    ( Company news )

    Company news Rottneros' subsidiary Vallviks Bruk AB has on January 12th been granted permission by the Land and Environment Court in Östersund to produce the requested 255,000 tons of sulphate pulp. It is a comprehensive permit under the Swedish Environmental Code, which is associated with a number of conditions, which are broadly in line with the company's previously stated position.

    "The new permit will ensure that we can continue with our long-term industrial plan, Agenda 500 and increase the capacity of both our mills. The permit also ensures that we can continue to develop the company and our organization," says Per Lundeen, CEO of Rottneros.
    (Rottneros AB (publ))
     
    20.01.2016   Process of growth and integration at Progroup AG continues: Prowell is expanding in Poland with...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... another corrugated sheetboard plant in the form of a packaging park 2 model

    Prowell, a Progroup AG company, is expanding with another packaging park in south-western Poland. In the fourth quarter of 2016, Prowell will be launching its ninth corrugated sheetboard plant as a fully owned subsidiary of Progroup AG at the Trzcinica site. In the immediate vicinity of and with a direct link to the packaging specialist Janmar Centrum, it will be able to exploit all of the advantages of a modern packaging park in full. The new Prowell plant will be fully integrated within the Progroup network so that all of the relevant data and orders can be centrally managed in a highly efficient way. This will make it possible to achieve the maximum synergy and integration effects within Progroup’s business model on the one hand and as part of the packaging park model on the other hand.

    Packaging park model – physical proximity and automated deliveries
    It was back in 1998 that Prowell launched the first packaging park model. There are now a total of six packaging parks operating extremely successfully right in the heart of Europe. In a packaging park, the packaging manufacturer is supplied by Prowell with corrugated sheet boards directly via fully automatic transport systems. The whole process is fully automated using IT systems. Once an order is received, all other processes proceed fully automatically. In a strategic partnership with Janmar Centrum, another packaging park is set to be launched in Trzcinica in the fourth quarter of 2016 in order to give a further boost to both Janmar Centrum and Prowell customers in the region.

    Advantages compared to traditional business model
    The inherent advantage of the packaging park model compared to integrated packaging plants is the combination of specialist packaging manufacture with the highly integrated volume production of a high-performance corrugated board machine, while avoiding logistical disadvantages. A competitive advantage is created in particular by interlinking the two business models while both companies fully retain their independence.

    Power of innovation – state-of-the-art corrugated sheetboard plant
    The new Prowell corrugated board plant is being constructed with a total investment of around 23 million euros and is being planned with a great deal of attention paid to energy efficiency, conservation of the environment and Industry 4.0. Following a start-up and optimisation phase, each year the highly modern “state-of-the-art” corrugated board machine will produce 250 million m² of corrugated board with a working width of 2.80 m and thus blend seamlessly into the Progroup mill system. With a working speed of up to 450 m/min, the machine will be able to produce single-wall and double-wall corrugated board with minimal use of manpower.

    New jobs in Trzcinica
    The overall concept when it comes to the flow of materials, energy efficiency and acoustics, which has already been successfully applied at the Prowell packaging park in Plößberg (Germany), will now also be employed in Trzcinica and this will provide a solid basis for around 40 high-quality jobs at Prowell and around 30 jobs at Janmar Centrum.
    (Progroup AG)
     
    20.01.2016   Wausau Paper Corp. Shareholders Approve the Sale of Wausau, a leading North American ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Away-from-Home Tissue Company, to SCA

    -Transaction scheduled to occur Thursday, January 21, 2016
    -Complementary offerings to provide customers with expanded range of professional hygiene products and services
    -Businesses will benefit from combined innovation, sales, and logistics capabilities

    SCA (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: SCA) a leading global hygiene and forest products company, announced that the shareholders of Wausau Paper Corp. (NYSE: WPP), a North American Away-from-Home tissue company, have approved the acquisition by SCA. The transaction is scheduled to occur on Thursday, January 21, 2016 for total consideration of USD 513 million in cash.

    “SCA is the world’s leading supplier of Away-from-Home tissue with the global brand Tork®. This acquisition is an excellent strategic fit and makes us a stronger supplier in North America. The acquisition will generate benefits for SCA and our customers,” said Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO, SCA.

    Don Lewis, President, AfH Professional Hygiene, SCA, “On behalf of all SCA employees, I am excited to welcome Wausau Paper into the SCA family. The Wausau Paper product portfolio complements SCA’s offerings in North America, and the combined brands will provide customers with superior sales, service, innovation and logistics.”

    "With the closing of this transaction, the Wausau team joins an organization that shares our vision and values," said Michael C. Burandt, Chairman and CEO of Wausau Paper. “We believe this provides an opportunity to capitalize on new resources and opportunities that will benefit our customers."

    The transaction expands SCA’s North America footprint and production capacity, and the combined businesses will provide customers with a comprehensive portfolio of products. The acquisition is expected to generate annual synergies amounting to approximately USD 40 million with full effect three years after closing. Synergies are expected in sourcing, production, logistics, reduced imports, increased volumes of premium products and reduced SG&A costs. The restructuring costs are expected to amount to approximately USD 50 million.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    19.01.2016   TRESU Group Announces First Sale of iCoat Coater for Integration alongside ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... HP Indigo 10000 Digital Press

    TRESU Americas announces the first order for an iCoat coater to work in-line with an HP Indigo 10000 digital sheet-fed press. Sold together, the iCoat and HP Indigo 10000 will be delivered early in 2016 to a customer location in North Eastern region of the USA.
    Capable of seamlessly integrating in-line with a digital sheet-fed press for folding carton and/or commercial printing applications, the TRESU iCoat provides an efficient way of applying protective and aesthetically enhancing coatings in a single-pass after the printing operation.

    The iCoat features a flexo unit that can apply spot or flood varnishes on board material between 180 and 500gsm at up to 5000 sheets / hour. Furthermore, it is optimised for fast setup times thanks to “tool-less” quick-change sleeve technology and its ability to switch easily between UV and aqueous varnish sets.

    In addition to this, TRESU Americas has received two orders for chillers to provide process temperature control on the HP Indigo 10000 press format. TRESU Group has a unique chilling solution available for all Series 4 press formats (10000, 20000, and 30000) from HP Indigo. Scott Hibbs, president, TRESU Americas, comments: “The iCoat’s capability for seamless integration and high performance at speed provides the basis for a lean digital sheet-fed workflow. This in turn allows commercial and packaging printers to offer high-value short-run printing solutions, uniquely possible by the digital process, such as personalised product campaigns, serialised products and even samples on demand.”
    (Tresu Royse Inc.)
     
    19.01.2016   Cascades and Green Seal celebrate 10 year milestone    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Tissue Group and Green Seal celebrate the 10 th anniversary of a partnership ensuring the responsible manufacturing of environmentally preferable products that improve daily lives.

    Following a practice that began over 50 years ago, and long before sustainable development become fashionable, Cascades has made a concerted effort to introduce innovative products that offer enhanced environmental and hygienic value. The company’s green efforts are reflected not only in the composition of its products, but in its production methods. It recycles and reuses every drop of water between 10 and 40 times, and has reduced its energy consumption by 7 percent since 2010. Over the last decade, Green Seal’s highly regarded certification has been an important part of that process.

    “Because we put so much concern into how we manufacture our environmentally preferable products, it was natural to associate our company with the most recognized certification in North America,” said Jean Jobin, president of Cascades Tissue Group. “With Green Seal, we offer the proof that our products meet the highest environmental standards in the industry.”

    Cascades Tissue Group’s more than 100 Green Seal-certified products puts Cascades in the position of having one of the largest and broadest offerings of Green Seal-certified products in North America. The company’s certified 100 percent recycled sanitary products include: CASCADES ELITE ® , NORTH RIVER ® , DECOR ® , and CASCADES ® branded products. Recent products to receive the Green Seal certification include Cascades 1050-foot roll towels for the TANDEM ® + Dispensing System and the Cascades MOKA ® line of beige-colored bath and facial tissue.

    “Achieving Green Seal’s rigorous certification for any product demonstrates a concern for the environment,” said Arthur Weissman, Ph. D., president and CEO of Green Seal. “But to do so over 10 years for over 100 products represents a genuine commitment on the part of the company to make the world more sustainable. Green Seal looks forward to continuing its partnership with Cascades in the coming years.”
    (Cascades Tissue Group)
     
    19.01.2016   UPM celebrates inaugural opening of expanded Kymi pulp mill in Kuusankoski, Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM inaugurated its newly revamped Kymi pulp mill in Kuusankoski following a EUR 160 million investment in production expansion. Finland's Prime Minister Juha Sipilä officiated the proceedings by signing the charter together with UPM President and CEO Jussi Pesonen.

    UPM invested in the Kymi pulp mill to strengthen its position in the growing end-use segments of the global pulp market. The investment marks a production capacity increase of 170,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes of bleached northern softwood and birch pulp annually.

    Prime Minister Sipilä stated in his speech that the project is the fruit of a vast store of knowledge that has been accumulated at Kymi mill during the past decades. The investment supports the Finnish Government's target of establishing Finland as a pioneer in the bioeconomy, circular economy and clean-tech solutions by 2025.

    "The year 2015 demonstrated that the forest industry continues to play an important role in Finland. Our exports were boosted especially by pulp and paper. Kymi's example is a clear signal of the ongoing strong growth of the forest industry and bioeconomy," stated Sipilä.

    In his speech, Jussi Pesonen thanked the project team and all of the Kymi personnel, suppliers and partners for an excellent achievement.

    "The construction of a competitive forest industry mill complex requires perseverance, and Kymi has maintained its competitiveness through operational efficiency and investments. In the past ten years, UPM has invested approximately EUR 550 million in the Kymi pulp mill and so far in the 21st century over EUR 900 million in total in the Kymi mill region," says Jussi Pesonen.

    Looking to the future competitiveness of the Finnish forest industry, Pesonen emphasised the significant impact of the operating environment and the role of the government. The government must keep its promise not to increase costs for the industry through political decisions. The labour market furthermore needs to be able to negotiate local agreements in order to ensure operational efficiency and delivery reliability to customers in varying demand situations. In addition, Pesonen highlighted the importance of an efficient wood supply chain and measures to ensure a stable wood supply from private forest owners.

    A top-notch project in many respects

    The Kymi expansion project was completed safely and on schedule alongside ongoing pulp and paper production. The ramp-up of pulp production was faster than expected, enabling the mill to reach its targets. The entire Kymi pulp and paper mill integrate benefits from the improved energy efficiency and operational flexibility brought by the investment project.
    The Kymi project was started in February 2014 and completed by the end of 2015. The new debarking plant started operation in June and the modernised softwood fibre line was commissioned in August along with new pulp drying machine, which was the largest single investment in the project. Other improvements made last summer include the expansion of the wood yard and the introduction of a new railway and wagon-loading system.

    Today the Kymi integrated pulp and paper mill complex is even more energy-efficient and flexible than ever before. Its high energy efficiency and locally sourced wood reduce the carbon footprint of the mill's products, which already now is close to zero. Over 90% of the energy produced at the Kymi mill is bioenergy.

    The investment also has a positive effect on local employment rates and businesses. The increasing use of wood in the mill integrate will generate wood harvest and transportation work for forest industry professionals and stumpage earnings for forest owners.
    (UPM)
     
    19.01.2016   Focus on patient communication and serialisation    ( Company news )

    Company news August Faller at Pharmapack 2016, Hall 5.2, Stand 307

    With the possibilities of interactive packaging solutions for patient communication and the serialisation of folding cartons and labels in accordance with the delegated EU legislative acts, the trade fair appearance of August Faller Group at Pharmapack in Paris is focusing on two hot topics. At the trade fair in Hall 5.2, Stand 307, the secondary packaging specialist for the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry is presenting different solutions for these issues.

    Photo: The serialisation of pharmaceutical packaging is a key issue for August Faller at Pharmapack 2016, Stand 307 and Hall 5.2.

    Innovative patient communication with interactive packaging
    Pharmaceutical secondary packaging offers many possibilities for supporting patient communication. For example, built-in screens can be used to watch videos on the proper intake or use of the medications. Likewise, language modules that read important content on medication intake can be integrated into the package and NFC technology (RFID-based near field communication) can be used to establish a direct connection to explanatory content on the Internet. August Faller is presenting these and other modern interactive packaging applications at Pharmapack.

    Serialisation ensures security
    The implementation of the EU directive 2011/62/EU against counterfeiting (Falsified Medicines Directive - FMD) expected for the first quarter 2016 with the publication of the so-called delegated legislative act, presents pharmaceutical manufacturers with new challenges.
    In future all prescription drugs must be provided with a security feature which allows wholesalers and pharmacies to verify the authenticity of the product. The delegated legislative act calls,
    among other things, for unique features and technical specifications for verifying the authenticity of medicinal products and identifying individual packages in the form of a 2D barcode.

    August Faller Group showcases its extensive service and efficient solutions for the serialisation of folding cartons or labels at Pharmapack using 2D data matrix codes, the China code (128C bar code), QR codes, bar codes or other serial or randomised alphanumeric sequences. The pharmaceutical packaging specialist also answers questions about appropriate raw materials and possible printing technologies.
    (August Faller KG)
     
    19.01.2016   ANDRITZ to supply equipment for recycled fiber system to Sonoco-Alcore, Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Sonoco-Alcore, Finland, to supply pulping and de-trashing equipment for the OCC stock preparation line at the Karhula paper mill. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

    The order comprises supply of a new ANDRITZ FSR pulper rotor and a screen plate for the existing low-consistency pulper, a completely new de-trashing system including a trash trap, a de-trashing pump, a de-trasher FibreGuard, a new reject wash drum, field instruments, spare and wear parts, and a field service package.

    After completion of the modification work by ANDRITZ, the production capacity of the pulping system will be increased significantly, while at the same time energy consumption will remain unchanged, fiber loss will be reduced, and pulping efficiency improved. This order once again confirms ANDRITZ’s wide technological experience with more than 60 pulping and de-trashing systems for packaging grades installed around the world.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.01.2016   PMT Italia signs sales representative and distribution agreement with Joe Solberg Incorporated    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia and Joe Solberg Incorporated (JSI) have signed a sales representative and distribution agreement for winder products in the United States and Canada. Under terms of the agreement, JSI will market and sell the PMT winder products and provide technical service for PMT winders and reels as required by PMT.

    JSI is a well-known machinery manufacturer with considerable experience in the design and manufacture of slitter sections for winders in the papermaking industry. Founded in 2002, JSI has developed a variety of products and solutions for winding technology. JSI has also built a vast service group with 5 locations throughout the USA.

    PMT Italia owns the complete technology for various kinds of paper machines and the highest manufacturing, project management and service
    capabilities. It has served and will continue to provide the global market with complete machines and key section technology, from headbox to winder.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    18.01.2016   BillerudKorsnäs strengthens competence in formable packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs has strengthened its competence in formable packaging through a smaller investment in a 10 percent stake in the Danish packaging innovation company EcoXpac. The investment forms the foundation for collaboration and is part of BillerudKorsnäs commitment to innovation to solve the packaging challenges of the future.

    BillerudKorsnäs has in addition to a solid foundation in innovation, including the continuous development of our existing materials and solutions, also an ambition to take on a number of larger, more fundamental and long-term challenges in the packaging sector. This is done in order to find solutions and develop entirely new packaging concepts that can challenge plastic, glass and aluminium. One such concept is to produce a bottle completely made of paper. Through collaboration and by combining the knowledge and experience of BillerudKorsnäs and EcoXpac the aim is to achieve this.

    "Innovation is a key factor in further strengthening our business in the long term but also a way for us to challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future. Therefore it is natural for us to aim high in a number of well-chosen development projects and take on real challenges that can have a big and long term positive impact on our business and our contribution to a more sustainable world. Although the investment in EcoXpac is small in financial terms compared to the size of BillerudKorsnäs, it creates conditions for success for the innovation challenges we now take on." - says Magnus Wikström SVP Technology & Strategic Development at BillerudKorsnäs.

    EcoXpac is a company specialising in advanced 3D-forming of fibre based structures. It was founded in 2005 and is based in Denmark.

    "Our knowledge and experience in the area of moulded pulp and our entrepreneurial approach combined with the ability of BillerudKorsnäs to bring ideas and innovations to the market forms a strong base for our future cooperation. A base from which we aim to realize projects such as that to create a paper bottle"- says Jesper Servé the founder of EcoXpac.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    18.01.2016   Heidelberg boosts automation levels in computer-to-plate    ( Company news )

    Company news -New Auto Pallet Loader for Suprasetter 106 and 145/162/190 ensures non-stop operation in prepress and increased production reliability
    -Modular packages for various customer requirements
    -First users impressed

    Lean processes and extensive automation help companies stand out from the competition when it comes to achieving industrial print production and consistent quality. That is why Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is increasing automation in prepress and providing solutions to keep work moving in computer-to-plate. By introducing the two new optional Auto Pallet Loader (APL) systems for the Suprasetter 106 and 145/162/190CtP platesetters, Heidelberg is enabling uninterrupted loading of up to 1,200 printing plates in 106 format, or 600 in large format. That makes the systems a flexible and high-performance automation solution for computer-to-plate operations. The solution is particularly relevant for industrial-scale media service providers that are pursuing end-to-end automation in their printing process. The first companies to use the new Auto Pallet Loaders have been impressed by the technology:

    “Our customers demand maximum quality in ever tighter timeframes and at good prices,” says Ferdinand Berger jun., senior manager at Druckerei Berger in Horn, Austria, neatly summing up a key customer requirement. “We can only achieve that by implementing large-scale automation in our value added chain. Perfect printing starts with a perfect prepress stage. By investing in an Auto Pallet Loader for our Suprasetter 106, we have been able to make availability in prepress even better and ramp up the productivity of the process as a whole, while also reducing production costs,” continues Berger.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    18.01.2016   Graphic Packaging International Proposes to Acquire Australian Folding Carton ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Industry Leader Colorpak

    Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), a leading provider of packaging solutions to food, beverage and other consumer products companies, announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Graphic Packaging International, Inc., has agreed to offer to purchase 100% of the outstanding shares of Colorpak (ASX: CKL), a leading folding carton supplier in Australia and New Zealand.

    "We are very pleased to announce the agreement to acquire Colorpak," said Michael Doss, Graphic Packaging's President and Chief Executive Officer. "Similar to our strategy in the U.S and Europe, we are committed to growing our business in developed food and beverage end markets and optimizing our global supply chain. While Graphic Packaging currently has a well-established presence in Australia, the acquisition of Colorpak and its three world class folding carton manufacturing facilities allows us to expand our proven integrated supply chain in the Australia and New Zealand food, beverage and consumer product markets. This acquisition will broaden our customer base and offer current customers a wider range of products."

    Colorpak operates three folding carton facilities that convert approximately 38,000 tons of paperboard annually into folding cartons for the food, beverage and consumer product markets. The folding carton facilities are located in Melbourne, Australia, Sydney, Australia and Auckland, New Zealand. The acquisition is subject to Colorpak shareholder approval, court and regulatory review, and standard closing requirements. Subject to those conditions, the transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2016.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
     
    18.01.2016   Valmet to supply grade conversion rebuild for Kruger Packaging in Trois-Rivières, Québec, Canada    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will modernize a paper machine (PM10) at the Kruger paper mill in Trois-Rivières (Québec), Canada. Currently producing newsprint, PM10 will be rebuilt using some of the most advanced containerboard manufacturing and automation technology to produce 360,000 metric tonnes (MT) per year of 100% recycled lightweight and high strength linerboard. The rebuilt production line will start up in 2017.

    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed. The value of paper machine rebuilds depends on the scope of the delivery. This kind of rebuild is typically valued around EUR 30 million.

    "Kruger selected Valmet based on its innovative technology and track record of successful rebuilds, as well as their knowledge of North American recycled linerboard requirements," declared Project Manager, Christian Lemay of Kruger Packaging L.P.

    Modernization project will generate significant growth opportunities
    The solution for this ~8.4-meter-wide (wire) machine will be fully modernized from headbox to winder to produce linerboard with industry-leading high strength to basis weight properties, and with sheet formation and surface characteristics suitable for high-quality graphic printing for corrugated box plants.

    In addition to the machinery improvements, the delivery will include Valmet DNA automation system with remote servicing capabilities for machine and process control as well as MD/CD controls. Valmet will deliver also Valmet IQ Dilution Profiler that contributes to improved sheet quality and minimized variability. To be delivered Valmet Pulp Analyzer will provide fast and precise online updates of key fiber and papermaking furnish properties.

    "To be able to reach the targets, grade conversion modernizations require thorough expertise. Valmet is one of the few suppliers who can design, manage and deliver this kind of vast grade conversion projects. Additionally, Valmet's pilot plant played a substantial role since we could demonstrate the technologies to the customer in real life conditions," says Mike Gray, Valmet's Area Vice President in North America.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    18.01.2016   LIGNA Conference 2016: featuring everything from furniture-making giants to software titans    ( LIGNA 2017 )

    LIGNA 2017 High-caliber speakers, intriguing talks and examples of real-world progress

    From 3 to 4 May 2016, Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Association within the VDMA are co-staging the international LIGNA Conference at the Robotation Academy in Hannover, Germany. The conference title is “Integrated manufacturing in the woodworking industries – the woodworking community on its way to Industry 4.0”. The conference will not only address the growing importance of new business processes and the sweeping importance of the digital revolution for development, production and distribution, but also offer examples of how companies have embraced the Industry 4.0 initiative in Germany and successfully restructured their production processes. “An integrated approach to woodworking production opens up exciting new prospects for the sector. We will demonstrate that Industry 4.0 has already moved well beyond the visionary stage”, says Christian Pfeiffer, Director of LIGNA at Deutsche Messe.

    The main content of the LIGNA Conference will be presented in keynote talks, best-practice examples, lectures and panel discussions with reference to the furniture industry, the wholesale trade, the automobile and caravan industries, information systems/IT, automation technology, mechanical engineering and science/technology. Best-practice presentations will take place parallel to the conference, while experts in the various areas will offer their expertise. The conference is expected to attract many attendees from outside Germany, so simultaneous interpreters will be on hand to translate the proceedings from German into English.

    The conference will begin with keynote speeches on the afternoon of 3 May 2016. The first keynote will be given by Timothy Kaufmann, Business Development Internet of Things, SAP Deutschland. He will be immediately followed by Markus Kuhbach, Wood Division Director at Adolf Würth GmbH & Co. KG. The audience will also be treated to visionary ideas as expressed by the furniture giant IKEA, as presented by Per Berggren, Manager Industrial Strategies, IKEA Industry. At the close of the first day of the conference, a big Networking Event will give everyone a chance to get acquainted and share ideas and expertise.

    The next day – 4 May – wil be kicked off by Olaf Katzer, Head of International Training and Career Development at Volkswagen AG. The afternoon will feature further presentations and a panel discussion.

    The conference participation fee is €249 plus VAT. This covers admission to the conference as well as catering and participation in the evening get-together. Online registration begins as of February at www.ligna.de/en/con.
    (Deutsche Messe AG )
     
    15.01.2016   Director General Marco Mensink to leave CEPI in March    ( Company news )

    Company news CEPI Director General Marco Mensink (photo) will leave his role in CEPI on 15 March 2016 to take up the role of Director General in CEFIC (the chemical industry trade federation).

    “Marco Mensink has had a lengthy career in CEPI and the overall paper industry sector. During that time he has made a major contribution to progress and lead many innovative initiatives and developments. Above all, he leaves a very professional team of colleagues behind” quoted Peter Oswald, CEPI Chairman.

    The CEPI Board thanks Marco for his major contribution to CEPI and wishes him and his family every success in his new role.

    CEPI has now commenced the process to appoint a replacement.

    The search for a replacement will be coordinated by the CEPI Board Steering Committee, chaired by CEPI Chairman Peter Oswald, with the support of a recruitment agency.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    15.01.2016   Achieving Fixed Colour Palette Printing Excellence with Asahi    ( Company news )

    Company news With brand owner and retailer focus continuing to be placed on cost reduction and improved efficiency, all eyes are on the potential that fixed colour palette printing brings and what it can deliver for the large brands. But it’s not as simple as many might think. Many large flexible packaging companies promote the idea, but very few are actually delivering the solution effectively on a large scale.

    What are the benefits of Fixed Colour Palette Printing?
    The clear benefit of the process is the reduction of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) throughout the supply chain. For large brands, the use of 30 to 50 spot colours for a product range is not uncommon. This means increased inventory, more complex logistics, and more purchasing and administrative resources … the list goes on. By reducing the number of inks to a very low number through smart extended colour gamut design, the entire supply chain is condensed from the time the project is submitted for production through end of life, minimizing costs and increasing efficiency.

    More importantly, there is reduced waste in the supply chain. Less substrate material is wasted in changeovers and the impact on landfill is reduced. There is also approximately 15 litres of solvent used in each colour wash-up on a typical flexo press. This is eliminated, creating a large dent in the emission of VOCs, which reduces the manufacturing carbon footprint of the plant. And, of course, by being able to produce packages in smaller lot sizes, there is less waste when products become obsolete or are no longer able to be sold.

    But it is not all about cost reduction and the environment, although these are certainly important. The, perhaps not unsurprising, benefit of moving to a fixed colour palette process is the improvement in print consistency. For every spot colour you bring to press, you bring a potential for colour drift and variation from the specification.

    Ink manufacturers pride themselves on delivering inks that meet customer and application needs, but it’s clear that variability still occurs. Many pigments in flexo inks vary in purity and specification dependant upon where they are sourced, and accurate, repeatable ink formulations can be complex. Ink companies also secure global sourcing networks to guarantee supply, making it even more likely that inks will vary on press too frequently.

    With fixed colour palette printing, the press operator does not have to “tweak” the spot colour to achieve the performance desired. It is understood that spot colours can drift more than the standard fixed process colours, which requires constant management. With process colours, it is actually easier to control the colour. Of course, this also has its downside. The brand owner must spend quite a bit of time and energy up front on the product portfolio, agreeing to the colours and specifications … and once it’s fixed, there is no going back.

    But there is a considerable upside as well. Due to the way fixed colour process printing works, there can be higher perceived brand colour performance. Since the colour put down in layers, as opposed to a spot colour simply being laid down from a single cylinder, homogeneous solid colour performance can be achieved without hickies or printing pinholes due to the ink overprinting in multiple colours. Prints with the addition of orange, green and violet (or blue) are more vivid. Photographic imagery with punchy, vibrant colours can be achieved with expanded colour gamut.”

    In fact, the truly exciting part of this process is the ability to combine these more striking colours in ways that drive pack premiumisation and market differentiation. Alternatively, by using a fixed colour palette with four colours, only a small number of colours are needed for the job. The press then has a number of redundant decks that can be utilised for specialist inks and coatings such as thermochromics, pearlescents or tactile coatings. This results in simplified printing, even for complex designs, with an opportunity to increase pack differentiation and value at an optimum cost.

    Fixed colour palette printing is less expensive to execute, but it can truly differentiate a pack on shelf at the same cost as the traditional spot colour methodology.

    Finally, in terms of benefits, speed to market for new designs in the product line should also be considered. When a new pack emerges in a brand portfolio, the materials will already be on site to produce these new pack designs. This means shortened lead times for brand owners once the project reaches the print stage.

    To sum it up, there are accumulated savings across the supply chain when utilising fixed colour palette printing, from concept to consumer that should not be ignored in a highly competitive marketplace.

    What are the critical parameters for effective delivery?
    It’s clear that fixed colour palette flexo printing is not simple to achieve. Every variable in the press shop has to be considered if the consistency and quality of the printing is going to be maintained.

    First and foremost, the brand owner has to take control and agree on the design and colour specifications up front, and the expectations of the client then have to be managed by the flexo shop. This is not a short process. Significant effort, and indeed some flexibility, is needed on both sides for a serious fixed palette programme to be successful. On the flip side, the benefits that can be accrued are enormous if everyone in the process understands the frame of operation and the limits of what it can and cannot do.

    A specialist reprographic house must also be involved. The skills required to assess a current spot colour print job, to break a design down and then rebuild it into an effective fixed colour palette solution, are significant. The repro house must be able to build the programme with confidence and partner with the printer in the overall team to enable efficient delivery.

    The press must also be profiled, and that profile must then be validated. The press must be checked for performance, fingerprinted and then tested for repeatability. There is no point in beginning to print successfully and then slowly falling away over time from the agreed plan as colours drift. Consistency over the long-term is critical and especially vulnerable in a round-the-clock print operation. This is also where flexo really opens the door to competing in the long run market with gravure, as well as in the short run market with digital.

    The ink manufacturer is also a key to success. Obviously, the premium margins achieved on spot colours are at risk for these partners, and there will likely be some reluctance on their part to get involved in a changed process. However, the volume of demand for fixed colour palette inks can be an attractive proposition for those manufacturers who understand the value to all partners in the supply chain, and tremendous customer loyalty can be built through the supply of consistent inks and coatings. As stated earlier, the ink specification is critical to colour consistency and must be measured and re-measured on each delivery to ensure that the process stays on track.

    The next key variable is the flexographic plate. Asahi Photoproducts has specifically developed its Pinning Top Dot flexographic plate series to take best advantage of the cost efficient fixed colour palette printing process. Asahi Pinning Top Dot (PTD) technology is incorporated in the AWP™-DEF, AFP™-TOP and AFP™-TSP plates.

    The Asahi PTD plate solution delivers high quality, vibrant colour reproductions and soft tonal shades fading out to zero. PTD technology allows a ‘kiss-touch’ printing pressure setting to be used, which enables constant repeatability of printing during the production run and prevents excessive ink laydown or accumulation on the plate; again driving further consistency in the fixed colour palette system. Pinning Top Dot technology also reduces ink filling-in of the mid tone area over a printing run, leading to further savings for the printer in reduced cleaning intervals and less press stop downtime. Furthermore, PTD technology is delivered via a plate solution that easily fits into existing wide and narrow web flexo printing environments without the need for additional equipment investment. The Pinning Top Dot plates also feature excellent compatibility with commonly used solvent, UV and water based ink systems on film and paper substrates. This flexibility enables the printer to react to changing market needs while keeping the business environment sustainable and cost effective.

    As an example, of the enormous quality achievement of the Asahi PTD plate solution was recently honoured by the South African FTA award ceremony. Packages printed with the AFP™-TOP plate was repeatedly honoured for the second year in a row with the “Best of Show” award in addition to gold awards in two other categories. The comment from the Judges were: “as close as you can get to perfect”.

    Finally, in terms of key criteria, all of the usual suspects have to be assessed for their risk of creating variability in the process – anilox rollers should be measured for specification compliance and actual volumetric performance, wearing of the doctor blades should be monitored, and the environmental conditions of the press shop should be recorded and managed – both temperature and humidity should be correct and consistent at all times.

    It can seem like the printer is fighting a list of variables here in order to deliver the perfect printed dot, but with the advent of fixed colour palette printing and complementary technologies such as Asahi Pinning Top Dot technology, the future of flexographic print performance can be delivered today. The benefits outweigh the risks for those willing to invest in the proper infrastructure, best practices and technologies.
    (Asahi Photoproducts Europe n.v./s.a.)
     
    15.01.2016   Ari Saario appointed Director, Research & Development at Valmet    ( Company news )

    Company news To strengthen Valmet's R&D operations Mr. Ari Saario (D.Sc. Tech.) has been appointed Director, R&D at Valmet as of January 18, 2016. He will report to Juha Lappalainen, Senior Vice President of Valmet's Strategy and Operational Development corporate function.

    The aim of Valmet's research and technology development work is to ensure an advanced and competitive offering of technologies and services, enhance raw material and energy efficiency, and to promote the use of renewable raw materials. The R&D director position is new in the company, and Ari Saario will concentrate on ensuring an effective R&D process and commercialization of new innovations, right R&D project portfolio and a clear R&D road-map to secure Valmet's technological leadership also in the future.

    "Valmet's strong R&D infrastructure is built around our 16 own R&D centers and pilot facilities. We have over 400 R&D professionals around the globe and around 1,800 protected inventions. As a result of our R&D work, we have continuously improved our products and services and brought new innovations to market. With this new position we aim to create an even more focused R&D process and portfolio, and accelerate the commercialization of new innovations," says Juha Lappalainen, Senior Vice President of Valmet's Strategy and Operational Development.

    Ari Saario moves to this new position from Valmet's Pulp and Energy business line's R&D function. He has a strong background in technology and R&D from Oilon, Metso and Valmet. He has versatile experience of more than 10 years in research and technology development, R&D team leadership and R&D funding.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    15.01.2016   Kotkamills: New sales representative for Consumer Boards    ( Company news )

    Company news Secopa S.L. has been appointed as the Consumer Boards' sales representative in Spain and Portugal.

    “After years of successful cooperation with the Kotkamills family, we are in Spain and Portugal looking forward to launch and develop the Kotka FBB, FSB and Barrier grades!”
    (Kotkamills Oy)
     

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