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    14.10.2015   Labelexpo Europe 2015 celebrates record edition    ( Company news )

    Company news Labelexpo Europe reported record breaking results as it posted new visitor, exhibitor and exhibition space figures for its 2015 edition. Held at Brussels Expo from 29 September to 2 October, the show enjoyed its largest edition as it marked its 35th anniversary.

    Attracting 35,739 visitors, attendance figures were up 12.4% on 2013’s total of 31,795. Visitors came from 146 countries, with most attending from Germany, France, Italy, Belgium and the UK. The show also posted an increase in visitors from outside Europe with 19.6% of the total visitors traveling from elsewhere including Asia, North and South America and Africa. Covering 34,566 sqm, the show’s foot print also increased by 11.65% on 2013, while exhibitor numbers rose from 600 to just over 650.

    Held every two years, Labelexpo Europe is the world’s largest event for the label and package printing industry. Dominated by new product launches, the show again saw many major new developments being unveiled including Soma Engineering’s Optima 820 press for labels and packaging and the Gallus DCS 340 which is Gallus’ first ever modular digital converting system: an inkjet printing module integrated into a Gallus machine platform combines the latest digital printing technology with the benefits of conventional printing and further processing technology. Other highlights included new digital presses from leading manufacturers.

    As well as hosting the 12th annual Label Industry Global Awards Labelexpo Europe 2015 also included several new feature areas. The Packprint Workshop was well attended with live press demonstrations. The Smart Packaging Lab covered some current developments. The show also hosted the inaugural Linerless Trail which promoted the benefits of linerless labels with industry partners working together.

    Lisa Milburn, managing director of the Labelexpo Global Series commented: “We would like to thank everyone who took part in this year’s show. The feedback has been genuinely phenomenal and our exhibitors have been extremely pleased with many of the press manufacturers experiencing record sales and lead generation. The main trends coming out of this year’s show are the continued move to package printing as we see more manufacturers bringing short run production printing presses, which backs up our strategy going forward, and the ongoing dominance of digital as more and more hybrid digital printing presses flood into the marketplace. We’ve had an amazing show with fantastic testimonials and it certainly is a fitting way to celebrate our 35th anniversary.”
    (Tarsus Group Limited)
    14.10.2015   ABB to more than double production capacity at Brazilian pulp plant    ( Company news )

    Company news ABB to deliver integrated power and automation solution for new pulp mill, more than doubling plant capacity

    ABB, a leading power and automation technology group, will supply integrated process electrification, automation and optimization systems for Fibria’s new pulp mill in Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil. Civil works on the ‘Horizonte 2’ project will begin at the end of 2015, with the new plant coming online in 2017.

    The Fibria unit in Três Lagoas is already today one of the world’s largest pulp production plants. Once completed, the new mill will more than double the plant’s capacity through the addition of 1.75 million tons of pulp production per year. The pulp produced by Fibria is used for a wide range of papers including tissue, printing and writing.

    ABB is supplying an integrated electrification and automation solution that will be applied in almost all process areas allowing for control and operation of the new mill alongside the existing one. The short-fiber eucalyptus pulp manufacturer awarded ABB the project based on technical and commercial criteria.

    According to Peter Terwiesch, president of ABB’s Process Automation division, ABB’s combined power and automation portfolio means the company is ideally positioned to provide integrated electrification and automation solutions for process industries such as pulp and paper.

    “Having a single control system for two different plants increases the productivity and effectiveness of our customers,” said Terwiesch. “With our integrated power and automation solutions, we are making industry more efficient and ready for the Internet of Things, Services and People, in line with our Next Level strategy.”

    The project scope consists of expanding the primary substation, the gas-insulated switchgear technology, distribution transformers for the plant and power transformers for the generators, as well as low voltage switchgear, variable-speed drives, low and medium voltage motors and DCS.
    (ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)
    14.10.2015   SCA to acquire Wausau Paper Corp., a North American Away-from-Home Tissue company, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for USD 513 million in cash

    -Complementary offerings to provide customers with expanded range of professional hygiene products and services
    -Businesses will benefit from combined innovation, sales, and logistics capabilities
    -Enhances SCA’s Away-from-Home premium tissue portfolio, extends North American footprint and production capacity
    -Deal expected to generate annual synergies of approximately USD 40 million

    SCA (NASDAQ OMX Stockholm: SCA), a leading global hygiene and forest products company, and Wausau Paper Corp. (“Wausau Paper”) (NYSE: WPP), a North American Away-from-Home tissue company, announced today that SCA will acquire Wausau Paper for USD 10.25 per share or total consideration of USD 513 million (approximately SEK 4.2 billion) in cash. The boards of directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement. The merger consideration represents a premium of 40.6% to Wausau Paper’s closing price on October 12, 2015 and a premium of 11.3% to the Wausau Paper 52 week volume weighted average price. SCA has funding available.

    Wausau Paper is one of the largest Away-from-Home tissue companies in North America. With approximately 900 employees, the company manufactures and markets Away-from-Home towel and tissue products along with soap and dispensing systems through its Artisan™, DublNature®, DublSoft® and EcoSoft® brands. Wausau Paper’s advanced tissue technology with manufacturing flexibility enables it to produce its towels and tissue entirely from recycled paper, which will further contribute to SCA’s efforts to create environmentally-friendly products and extend its sustainability commitment. The combined operations will provide customers with access to a comprehensive portfolio of food service offerings and premium tissue and washroom products. Following completion of the acquisition, SCA will continue to honor Wausau Paper’s existing customer contracts and programs.

    “SCA is the world leading supplier of Away-from-Home tissue with the global brand Tork®. The acquisition of Wausau Paper is an excellent strategic fit and strengthens our presence in North America. The Wausau Paper product portfolio complements SCA’s offerings in North America and gives us access to premium tissue in that region. We expect the acquisition to generate benefits for SCA and our customers,” says Magnus Groth (photo), President and CEO, SCA.

    “Our Board has undertaken a thorough process to explore all of Wausau Paper’s options and has determined SCA’s offer creates substantial value and is in the best interests of the company and its shareholders. This transaction is a testament to our talented team of employees and the strong, focused company that they have worked to create. Our customers will benefit from expanded products and services from a company that shares similar values around customer service and sustainability,” says Michael C. Burandt, Chairman and CEO of Wausau Paper.

    Wausau Paper’s reported sales for the first half year 2015 amounted to USD 175 million (SEK 1.5 billion), EBITDA of USD 32 million (SEK 268 million) and operating profit of USD 11 million (SEK 94 million). Wausau Paper’s reported sales in 2014 amounted to USD 352 million (SEK 2.4 billion), EBITDA of USD 38 million (SEK 263 million) and operating profit of USD -3 million (SEK -19 million). On a pro forma basis, giving effect to the acquisition, SCA’s sales for the full year 2014 would have increased from SEK 104.1 billion to SEK 106.5 billion. Pro forma operating profit for the full year 2014, excluding items affecting comparability, would have been on a similar level and amounted to approximately SEK 11.8 billion.

    “This acquisition will benefit customers by providing access to the superior sales, service, innovation and logistics that the combined business can provide. It will expand SCA’s premium tissue and washroom assortment and give Wausau Paper customers the ability to purchase products from SCA’s industry-leading food service offerings - in essence offering customers a ‘one-stop shop’ for all professional hygiene needs. Furthermore, we look forward to welcoming Wausau Paper’s employees to the SCA family,” says Don Lewis, President, SCA Americas.

    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.

    The completion of the transaction is subject to Wausau Paper shareholder and regulatory approvals. The Wausau Paper board will recommend that its shareholders vote in favor of the acquisition by SCA. Closing is expected to take place during Q1 2016.

    BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to SCA and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP is serving as SCA's legal advisor. Evercore Group LLC is serving as financial advisor to Wausau Paper and Shearman & Sterling LLP is serving as Wausau Paper’s legal advisor.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    13.10.2015   Munksjö extends Gerbier HDS range with a 35 g/m² paper for lighter flexible packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced papers products, has extended its Gerbier HDS range with a 35g/sq m low basis weight paper for lighter flexible packaging.

    Main applications for the 35g/sq m grade include pouches or sachets, for food and non-food end-uses such as sugar, coffee, aromatic herbs or dehydrated products. Munksjö said Gerbier HDS 35 g/sq m offers the lowest basis weight on the one-side coated papers market for such applications.

    Calendering and high-quality coating of Gerbier HDS 35 g/m² bring outstanding gloss and high smoothness for superior visual attraction and intact brand image. Suitable for extrusion with PE or lamination with alufoil and PET, the paper delivers high-quality printing results after lamination and behaves perfectly during converting. Gerbier HDS
    35 g/m² delivers particularly high results with flexo and helio printing. Lower basis weight also facilitates sealing process and delivers optimum rigidity for trouble-free converting.

    ‘The flexible packaging market is putting a lot of energy to meet the demanding challenges of brand owners looking for creative ideas, technically advanced packaging, respectful of brand image and supporting the transition to a sustainable society. At Munksjö Graphics and Packaging, we strongly believe that the development of specialty papers will contribute in driving the future of packaging towards more sustainable solutions. Gerbier HDS 35g/sq m is one step in that direction. We're committed in continuing our efforts and bring more in the future’, Alexandra Venot, vice president of flexible packaging at Munksjö commented.

    The Gerbier HDS paper range is manufactured at the Stenay Mill in France. This production site is specialized in the manufacturing of specialty papers for food and non-food flexible packaging, metallizing, wet-glue and self-adhesive labeling. The site is certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, and has FSC and PEFC chain of custody certification.
    (Munksjö LabelPack SAS)
    13.10.2015   Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe: Price adjustment for speciality papers    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to the continuing discrepancy between market price and cost developments, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH is having to increase prices for all products by 8%.

    The price increase will be effective for deliveries from 1st January 2016.
    Customers will be contacted directly by a representative of the Mitsubishi sales team.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
    13.10.2015   Success story: Voith ProTect ensures safe press felt measurement    ( Company news )

    Company news In the last 24 month Voith has already installed 37 of its ProTect systems that enable press felt measurements to be taken safely while the machine is running. Another 32 such systems have been ordered by various customers in Europe and overseas.

    Measurements of the running press fabrics are absolutely indispensable for efficient paper production. They monitor the condition of the felts and from the data conclusion about irregularities are drawn, so that age-related wear or variations in the felt can be reliably identified during operation. Previously, these measurements could only be done manually. For safety reasons, various paper manufacturers and governments have recently started to prohibit these kinds of manual measurements.

    With ProTect, Voith has developed a solution to replace the manual measuring work conducted by service personnel. It consists of a stand-alone self-propelled carriage on fixed cross beams that can accommodate conventional manual measuring devices for safe use outside the felt run. Pro-Tect can be mounted even in very confined spaces. The system features a battery and integrated water tank, so it does not have to be connected to a power or water supply.

    In combination with Voith’s OnV FeltView measuring system, ProTect covers the entire spectrum of felt measurement requirements. OnV FeltView can also be integrated into the OnView information system.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    13.10.2015   BillerudKorsnäs dissolving sack wins innovation award    ( Company news )

    Company news D-Sack™ is this year’s winner of the Pulp & Paper International award for Innovation in Sustainable Packaging. The judges specifically appreciated how the D-Sack™ solution approaches sustainability from a broader perspective; not limiting innovation to the recyclability or biodegradability of the material. It encompasses the entire value chain.

    The global PPI awards honor leadership, vision, innovation and strategic accomplishments in the forest products industry.

    Resulting from a collaborative project with LafargeHolcim, a global leader in the building materials industry, BillerudKorsnäs developed cement packaging that quite literally disappears, or dissolves upon use. D-Sack™ is a sack that is thrown directly into the concrete or mortar mixer, without being opened. It makes life easier for the users and provides a cleaner, healthier and safer worksite. There is no packaging waste and therefore no cost for waste disposal. It also eliminates cement waste and optimizes the time needed for handling and mixing.

    In short, working conditions are improved and productivity goes up. There is no dust, no mess, no spills and no empty sacks littering the worksite.

    “Sustainable packaging solutions are about the impact, both positive and negative, packaging and its contents have on people and the planet, today and tomorrow. To be truly innovative, we have to understand, measure and solve needs throughout the value chain of the packaging and the packed product. This is something we strongly believe in and it’s an honour to be recognized for it.”, comments Mikael Strömbäck, Business Segment Director, Sack Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
    13.10.2015   Pöyry awarded detailed engineering assignment for APRIL's new paper machine project, Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news APRIL Group has awarded Pöyry with the detailed engineering services assignment for the fine paper machine project in Pangkalan Kerinci site in Riau Province, Indonesia. The assignment covers detailed engineering services for the new paper machine and Balance of Plant (BOP). The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

    APRIL Group is one of the largest producers of pulp and paper products in the world. APRIL makes products that are used by millions of people every day in liquid packaging, printing and writing paper, tissues, shopping bags, food packaging, magazines and books. The new production line is planned to produce top quality digital-ready fine papers and it will increase the company's capability to produce value-added products from renewable resources for export globally.

    "The global demand for digital paper products continues to grow and APRIL aims to ensure we remain in position to leverage this opportunity. Our product, PaperOne, offers the high quality that the digital market needs and is made from 100% renewable fiber from certified plantations. This investment will enable us to bring PaperOne to more and bigger markets while also responding to opportunities for product diversification," states Tony Wenas, Managing Director of APRIL Group Indonesia.

    "We are managing and executing this project with our combined Asian and European resources to be able to provide APRIL the best available engineering result and latest technology for the mill processes. This project is a continuation for our operations in Asia, and strengthens Pöyry's position as the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy", says Nicholas Oksanen, Pöyry's President, Industry Business Group.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q2/2015.
    (Pöyry Plc)
    13.10.2015   PANKABOARD OPENS ITS OWN SALES OFFICE IN GERMANY    ( Company news )

    Company news Pankaboard Pankaboard, a leading producer of high-substance carton boards and specialty paper boards from Finland, will open a new sales office in Germany, in the region of Frankfurt am Main. The new sales office, Pankaboard Deutschland GmbH, will be responsible for all Pankaboard business in Germany as well as in Austria and Switzerland.

    The opening of new sales office in Germany is part of Pankaboard’s business strategy to expand the company’s own sales organisation.

    “The target is to strengthen our local presence at one of our main market areas with own local resources dealing directly and closer to our clientele. The change highlights Pankaboard’s long-term commitment to existing and new customers in the region and enables us to offer even more tailored services to our clients”, says Ilkka Mutka

    The office will be fully operational as of the 2nd of December 2015 with its dedicated team of sales and customer service. Mr Norbert Spiegel has been appointed Regional Sales Director of Pankaboard Deutschland GmbH. The current Pankaboard sales agent in Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Karton Konzept GmbH, will cease representing Pankaboard by the end of November 2015.
    (Pankaboard Oy)
    13.10.2015   Smurfit Kappa receives Industry's Global CEO of the Year Award     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that Gary McGann, recently retired Group Chief Executive Officer, has been named as RISI’s PPI 2015 Global CEO of the Year.

    RISI is the leading information provider for the global forest products industry and presented the award to Mr McGann at their North American Conference on 28 September, in the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago,

    RISI’s PPI Awards are the only global awards that are dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. Michael Smurfit, former CEO of Jefferson Smurfit Group, and Chairman of Smurfit Kappa, received RISI’s inaugural Global CEO of the Year Award in 1999.

    Mr McGann, as Group CEO, received RISI’s European CEO of the Year Award in 2014 and 2015.

    At the event in the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago, Smurfit Kappa also won the ‘Innovation in Specialty Papers’ Award and was a finalist in the following award categories:

    Business Strategy
    Environmental Strategy
    Innovation in Sustainable Packaging; and,
    Water Efficiency.

    Liam O’ Mahony, Chairman of Smurfit Kappa Group commented: “It is an honour for the Group to be recognised by RISI. On behalf of the Board, I would like to congratulate Gary and his team on this achievement.”

    Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, added: “Smurfit Kappa is a significantly strengthened business today. We are grateful for Gary’s substantial contribution to the Group’s growth and development. SKG’s industry-leading position today is testament to Gary’s leadership over the last 13 years.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    12.10.2015   Remember this November with Paperex, World's Largest Paper Show in Delhi    ( Company news )

    Company news We would like to invite you to attend Paperex 2015, the 12th international exhibition and conference on Pulp, Paper and Allied Industries is scheduled during Nov 1-4, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, INDIA.

    PAPEREX is the only comprehensive business platform serving the paper industry and has established itself as a “Business Festival of the Paper Industry” for Best Sourcing, Technology & Knowledge Transfer, Joint Ventures, and Investments across the globe.

    Paperex 2015 and collocated Tissueex have received a stupendous response from world over and will repeat the success story with expected presence of over 500 leading Exhibitors from 28+ countries and thousands of trade visitors from 50+ countries. The four day concurrent international conference on "Pulp & Paper Industry: Innovations - Need of the Hour" is also being organized by Indian Agro & Recycled Paper Mills Association.

    This Global business platform will connect you with the best of the Paper, Tissue and Allied industry for Variety of Paper & Paper Product, Latest Machinery, Technology and Services

    Further we are pleased to invite you to visit the event and be the part of this “Business Festival of the Paper Industry”.
    (ITE Group Plc)
    12.10.2015   Global sales launch of the new digital press from Heidelberg for the label market    ( Company news )

    Company news -Digital strategy at Heidelberg bears fruit and provides customers with a gateway to new business models
    -Heidelberg subsidiary Gallus is sales channel for Gallus DCS 340
    -Prinect Digital Frontend ensures integration into existing workflow environment
    -Heidelberg and Gallus increase market coverage and efficiency in sales and service

    With the official sales launch of the new Gallus DCS 340 digital press for the growth market of label printing, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is opening up new business models and applications in printing for its customers. The sales channel for the new system is the Heidelberg subsidiary Gallus. The press is supplied with the Prinect Digital Frontend developed by Heidelberg, which the company is already using with great success in its digital presses for commercial printing. Users can therefore integrate the systems into their existing workflow environment. The comprehensive software expertise offers Heidelberg easier access to new and attractive market sectors such as digital label printing.

    The new label press system is based on Fujifilm’s state-of-the-art inkjet technology and is the result of a joint development between Heidelberg, the Heidelberg subsidiary Gallus, and Fujifilm. It is already setting a new benchmark in the industrial label printing market in terms of combining print quality, flexibility, and productivity.

    Gallus and Heidelberg unveiled the press to the public around a year ago and are now launching it on the market following successful field trials.

    “Since our announcement in 2013 on rapidly expanding digital business in collaboration with successful partners and offering new business models and applications to users in the packaging and commercial printing sectors, we’ve come along in leaps and bounds and introduced the first products. The interest and positive response from our customers show we’re on the right track,” says Jason Oliver, head of Digital at Heidelberg. “In launching a digital web press, we have reached a key milestone. At next year’s drupa we’ll also be showcasing digital print innovations for sheetfed printing and thus rapidly expanding our digital portfolio.”
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    12.10.2015   Stora Enso introduces new board grade, Performa Brilliance, for premium packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is now introducing a new board grade, Performa Brilliance, for high-quality folding cartons and graphical products. The product is suitable for multiple end uses such as pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and luxury packaging.

    “Performa Brilliance is one of the best folding boxboards created by Stora Enso and sets new standards for visuals, printability and runnability. The key characteristics of Performa Brilliance include high brightness, excellent smoothness and great visual appearance. Combine this with high quality and versatility and you have a perfect match for any premium brand. The board offers superior whiteness, on both top and reverse side, in the folding boxboard market,” says Jari Latvanen, Head of the Consumer Board division.

    Different from other board grades in the Stora Enso Performa product family, the recipe for Performa Brilliance contains CTMP (chemi-thermomechanical pulp) made from birch fibre, which enhances the board’s visual properties. Stora Enso invested MEUR 6 in their Fors mill in Sweden to enable CTMP production from birch.

    Stora Enso continues to respond to customer needs by developing its service concepts such as the Express Delivery Promise™, which guarantees delivery in five working days. When it comes to environmental credentials, the new Performa Brilliance board is available with the FSC®, PEFC™ and EU Ecolabel certificates. The EU Ecolabel confirms that the board fulfils the European Commission’s ecological criteria for paper and board used for graphical end uses.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
    12.10.2015   Munksjö introduces a new clay-coated release paper for composite release liners    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced papers products, will launch a new clay coated release paper for double side silicone coating for application as release liner in composites reinforcement materials.

    The new product, Silco 2S Ultrastable, is a double-sideed clay coated paper which can be silicone coated on one or both sides. In addition to consistent siliconizing guaranteed by its high surface smoothness, the product features an excellent level of dimensional stability thanks to the moisture barrier provided by its surface coatings. This means the release paper will shrink and expand considerably less when going through steep changes of temperature and humidity in the manufacturing and converting process of pre-impregnated composite materials.

    Thanks to the combination of strength and light-weight, composites materials are increasingly used as reinforcements by diverse industries such as marine, aerospace, wind-energy, leisure or automotive. Their manufacturing demands high quality release liners due to the technical requirements of the process, as well as the high value of the composite products.

    Munksjö offering for composites release liners also includes Acti-V® Industrial supercalandered release papers for double side silicone coating.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
    12.10.2015   The countdown for Paperworld China starts    ( Company news )

    Company news Paperworld China
    China International Stationery and Office Supplies Exhibition
    Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
    15 – 17 October 2015

    The countdown for the 11th edition of Paperworld China has begun and there will be so much happening during the three-day event. The leading international trade fair in China for the stationery, office and artist supplies industry will be held 15 – 17 October 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Hall N1 – N2. Around 500 high-profile suppliers and brands will showcase a wide spectrum of products ranging from paper and printing, stationery, office supplies, back-to-school items, artist supplies to hobby & craft. Ningbo and Taiwan pavilions will be featured again at the show. What’s more, the Creative Pavilion and Oriental Culture zone will offer professional enthusiasts and admirers something even more.

    The unique position of Paperworld China provides an unrivalled gateway for domestic and overseas business development for the industry. In 2015, the show attracts manufacturers and suppliers from 11 countries and regions: China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, and as far reaching as Europe including France, Germany, the Netherlands and Poland. Paperworld China provides compelling evidence that it is a potent tool for acquiring new businesses and strengthening a positive company image.

    Creative Pavilion and Oriental Culture zone offer variations and inspirations
    In an effort to assist the industry players in making their businesses thrive amidst the ever-changing industry environment, Paperworld China sets up two special product areas, Creative Pavilion and Oriental Culture zone, to meet the expanding market demand.

    At Creative Pavilion, which has doubled in size from last year, about 100 suppliers will display a diverse range of handwork materials, equipment and tools. Visitors can also network with individual talented craftsmen and artists who will showcase their exquisite craftsmanship and art pieces from patch work, wood craft, wool felting to modelling and puzzle.

    A series of fun interactive activities will be on offer where visitors can attend classes presented by major suppliers. For example, participants can experience finger knitting and make their own wool felting hosted by the famous Japanese supplier, Hamanaka, and participate in an interesting rubber stamp making class conducted by another popular Japanese company, Tsukineko.

    To get inspired by the collection of masters’ handicrafts from around the world at the Creative Galleria is definitely an ideal schedule after enjoying the creative passion at the DIY Studio. Visitors will view handicrafts which truly require a high level of techniques, such as paper craft and quilling, knit work, patchwork, embroidery, figures, pressed flower painting and DIY jewellery. These will be displayed by a number of esteemed organisations and artists including Yuan WeiLin (China), Li Kaiquan (China), Shen MeiYan (China), Carton King (Taiwan), Maria Cvetanova (Bulgaria) and Saskia Hoeboer (The Netherlands).

    Located in the same hall, only a few footsteps away will be the Oriental Culture zone, where the best Oriental contemporary cultural products will be encompassed. With an aim to promoting and developing the Chinese culture and art pieces, for the first time the Nanjing Museum, Suzhou Museum and the Shanghai Museum will bring their art pieces as well as derived souvenirs to the Oriental Culture zone. The return of the Shandong pavilion will allow visitors to view intangible cultural heritage items and the highly-regarded artists will demonstrate traditional handmade desktop items and the important ancient stationery in China, “Four Treasures of the Study” which are brush, ink, paper and ink stones.

    Spotlights at the Oriental Culture zone will be the informative seminars and a networking event. Seminars will include the “Summit on the dissemination and application of museum collections’ historical and cultural elements” and the “Forum: Oriental culture for hotel marketing in the new trend”. The “High-end tourism commodity customisation – Thailand and China luxury hotels road show (Shanghai station) happy hour” will pull industry players together to exchange ideas and network.

    Fringe programme addresses timely topics
    At Paperworld China, a host series of fringe events are available where experts and professionals will dive into various pressing industry topics. The use of smartphones is moving at a phenomenal rate and online social media also revolutionises everyone’s lives. In particular, WeChat is one of the most popular social media and communication apps in China. To aid enterprises in taking advantage of social media for achieving successful marketing and promotion plans in the region, the forum on WeChat Marketing will be held on 15 October. Industry experts will give their insights on how companies excel in the fast-moving world of mobile apps.

    Traditional retail business is largely influenced by the growing trend of e-commerce business. A seminar on development of brick-and-mortar retail business will be held on 16 October, exploring how a traditional retail business can navigate and benefit from the digital era.

    Intellectual property rights (IPR) are seen as the top concern in brand development and manufacturing business. On 16 October, prominent lawyers from China and Germany will share their experience and cases on IPR issues.
    (Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd)
    12.10.2015   Metsä Board starts installation of new folding boxboard machine at Husum    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board is continuing a EUR 170 million investment programme at its Husum mill in Sweden. From mid-October till the beginning of January 2016 the company is installing a new folding boxboard machine, BM1, at the mill and closing down paper machines PM6 and PM7.

    ”Resource efficiency and product safety have become even more important in consumer, retail-ready and food service packaging. As a result, customer demand for our pure fresh forest fibre based paperboards is growing. We want to respond by offering our customers high-quality paperboards also developed for new kinds of end-uses,” states CEO Mika Joukio.

    Metsä Board is marketing the new board machine’s 400 000 t/a capacity to the Americas, as well as to food service end-uses such as cups, plates and trays globally. The new board machine will also allow the company to optimise production at its mills in Finland and improve overall availability of high-quality paperboards.

    This year many improvements supporting the company’s growth have already been carried out at the Husum mill site, both at the pulp mill and at its own port. Paper machine PM8 has been switched, as BM2, to production of white fresh forest fibre linerboard, with a capacity of 300 000 t/a. Metsä Board is marketing this linerboard output mainly to the Americas and Europe both for food and general packaging. The company is also continuing uncoated fine paper business reels production on BM2, planned to cease by the end of 2017 at the latest. Based on the increasing linerboard production and the closure of paper machines PM6 and PM7, approximately 500 000 t/a paper production capacity will disappear from the market by the end of 2015.

    In accordance with its strategy, Metsä Board is focusing on fresh forest fibre based folding boxboards and linerboards, developed as the perfect fit for consumer goods, retail-ready and food service packaging. Following the Husum investments, the company’s paperboard capacity will exceed 2 million t/a, from the beginning of 2016.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    12.10.2015   GAW technologies: Order from Cheng Yang Paper Vietnam    ( Company news )

    Company news Cheng Yang Paper Mill Co., Ltd. has awarded GAW technologies with an order for starch preparation, working station and wet end chemical preparation system for the PM2 at the location Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

    The producer of brown paper (i.e. kraftliner, testliner and corrugated medium grades) was founded in 2003, and became a subsidiary of Nine Dragons Paper (Holdings) Ltd. in 2008. The new PM 2 will have a capacity of approx. 500.000 tons/year, a width of 6.660 mm and a design speed of 1.360 m/min.

    The GAW scope of supply is similar to other projects that have been handled for Nine Dragons’ production bases in the past and will also include Supervision and Start-up. GAW and the stock-market listed Nine Dragons Group – one of the largest packaging-grade producers in the world – have been linked together in a successful partnership for more than 13 years. GAW has already supplied equipment and services to numerous locations of the group, but this will be the first order at their Vietnamese base. Experience, technical expertise and conclusions from previous installations are taken into consideration at this order as well as new ideas of the customer are incorporated to assure an optimized plant and to secure a smooth production flow right after the start-up.

    A special highlight of this unit is the integration of the APC system (advanced process control) of GAW. This application covers the complete raw material, chemicals and energy expenditure and files the information in a database. The consumption balance – referring to timeframe, production unit and tambour – is analysed and provided via processing algorithms. The data can also be retrieved in the interface-linked MES (manufacturing execution system) of the customer. The shipment is scheduled for middle of 2016 and the start-up will take place end of 2016.
    (GAW technologies GmbH)
    09.10.2015   Pöyry PLC: Martin à Porta takes up position of President and CEO of Pöyry on 1 January 2016     ( Company news )

    Company news Martin à Porta will start as the new President and CEO of Pöyry on 1 January 2016. Alexis Fries will continue as President and CEO until the end of 2015 and thereafter, will continue as a member of the Board of Directors. Pöyry announced the appointment of Martin à Porta on 4 August 2015.

    Martin à Porta will join Pöyry on 16 November 2015, which will allow him to get acquainted with the company before taking up the CEO position.

    "We are preparing for a smooth and quick transition between Alexis and Martin," says Henrik Ehrnrooth, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pöyry PLC. "Martin will be well prepared to step into the driving seat as we start 2016."

    "I am excited to be shortly joining the Pöyry team," says Martin à Porta, currently CEO of Siemens Building Technologies in Europe. "I am looking forward to getting to know Pöyry's clients and people, building strong relationships across the whole business and learning more about the areas of expertise that make Pöyry such a unique knowledge organisation."
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
    09.10.2015   Voith: New C-bar HerculeX is the strongest screen basket on the market    ( Company news )

    Company news With C-bar HerculeX Voith is launching a new screen basket onto the market that is regarded as the strongest screen basket that can withstand very high loads. It is made of wear-resistant material and is suitable for various applications in pre-screening and fine screening, fractionation, broke and thick stock screening and also in the approach flow system.

    C-bar HerculeX has very high open screening areas and a special bar geometry. The new screen basket can be tailored to the respective screening requirements and production conditions by varying the widths, slot widths and angles of the bars. Its exceptionally high stability and strength are thanks to its patented hybrid technology, an improvement of Voith’s clamping technology. An individually customizable chrome layer provides wear protection. The screen basket can be used in all Voith and third party screening machines and is suitable for all paper grades. The best screening results are achieved in combination with a Voith rotor application.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    09.10.2015   Favini presents Crush Bean, the new eco-friendly paper    ( Company news )

    Company news In partnership with Pedon comes the first 100% recyclable food-industry packaging made out of bean by-products.

    Favini, the innovative Italian paper manufacturer, together with Pedon, based in Vicenza and now one of the leading players worldwide in grains, beans and seeds—united by their green philosophies and their dedication to the environment—have created Crush Bean, the first 100% recyclable paper made using bean by-products. This paper is designed for food-industry packaging and is certified for direct contact with foodstuffs.

    The creation of this new ecological paper falls within the scope of the ethical project “Save the Waste”, which Pedon is promoting in order to support a culture of corporate responsibility from the manufacturer to the consumer. This project also ensures the use of non-GMO seeds grown by thousands of local farmers as part of the program to support farming and the economy.

    Backed by hundreds of hours of research and fine-tuning, including 25 years of experience in the field of ecological paper, Favini proved to be the ideal partner for Pedon in launching this unique new product. Crush Bean comes from bean by-products, thereby reducing the use of virgin cellulose of tree origin by 15% and lowering greenhouse-gas emissions by 20%. The result is GMO-free, FSC-certified ecological packaging paper that features 30% post-consumption recycled fibre.

    Crush Bean is Favini’s first paper to be suited for applications in which the packaging comes into direct food contact. Ecologically speaking, this avoids the need for double packaging, making for a truly environmentally friendly solution to reduce the environmental impact of packaging materials. The graphics on the packaging, developed by Lucaprint, have been printed using ecological ink, and the transparent window in PLA is made using plant-based by-products, so the total packaging is 100% recyclable.

    The development of this new eco-friendly paper is the natural evolution of the experience Favini has gained through the production of Shiro Alga Carta, this paper is produced using excess algae found in endangered lagoon environments. Favini then extended their offer and developed Crush which is an extraordinarily innovative ecological paper made using various agro-industrial by-products and which has been met with unprecedented levels of success around the world in recent years.

    “We are proud of what we have achieved together with Pedon and of having created an ecological packaging paper within such an ethical, socially beneficial project as ‘Save the Waste’. Obtaining such high-quality paper out of a by-product of limited value is a new form of upcycling, or creative reuse, that is perfectly in line with Favini’s green philosophy and is another step forward in the quest for alternative materials,” said Eugenio Eger, Managing Director Favini.
    (Favini Srl)
    09.10.2015   WestRock Completes Acquisition of SP Fiber Holdings, Inc.    ( Company news )

    Company news WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) announced that it has completed the acquisition of SP Fiber Holdings, Inc. ("SP Fiber"), a producer of recycled containerboard, kraft and bag paper, and newsprint.

    Through this transaction, WestRock has acquired mills located in Dublin, Georgia, and Newberg, Oregon that produce lightweight recycled containerboard and kraft and bag paper for end use in consumer and corrugated packaging.

    "We expect to further improve the service we provide to customers as a result of this transaction," said Jim Porter (photo), president, Paper Solutions, WestRock. "Both WestRock and SP Fiber have strong track records of product quality and innovation, and we are excited about combining our resources to enhance our offering of paper solutions for food service, corrugated packaging and other markets."

    The transaction is expected to generate significant synergies and be accretive to WestRock's earnings in the second half of fiscal year 2016.
    (WestRock Companies)
    09.10.2015   The new converting plant of Swedish Tissue in Kisa (SE) is fully operational    ( Company news )

    Company news Today the plant is the most automated production site of the Sofidel Group. The innovative
    solutions integrated into production process have allowed the company to save approximately 40% of space

    Sofidel is pleased to announce that the upgrading works at Swedish Tissue site in Kisa have been concluded.
    The new and innovative converting plant is now fully operational with two active production lines: the first line is focused on toilet tissues, whilst the second line can produce both kitchen towels and toilet tissues. Works began in January 2014 and completed in June, when the initial tests were carried out.

    This project was particularly challenging as its implementation involved the diversion of the Kisa river by approximately 300 meters.
    The plant is also distinguished for the extremely innovative choices made in terms of automation of the production process. By adapting techniques that have as yet been mainly used in the food & beverage sector, Sofidel developed an automatic reel conveying system process for the first time in its history, which transfers them between the paper mill and the converting plant, and the fully automated control system of the finished product: from the line ends to the loading bays via the warehouse. This choice has saved approximately 40% of the space.

    As for production, the plant produces Private Label products intended for the Nordic markets, in particular: Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway.
    Currently, the investment has required the recruitment of 25 new resources.
    With over 100 years since its establishment, Swedish Tissue represents a historical paper production site. The construction of the new converting plant is a significant indication of how important this production company is for Sofidel and demonstrates the company’s desire to strengthen its position in the Nordic countries.
    (Sofidel S.p.A.)
    09.10.2015   Valmet celebrates the 50th Kappa Analyzer start up in South America    ( Company news )

    Company news The 50th Valmet Kappa Analyzer in South America was successfully started up in May 2015 at the CMPC Guaíba pulp mill in Rio Grande do Sul state, south of Brazil. Installed in the mill's second fiber line, a greenfield project supplied by Valmet, the Kappa Q analyzer measures Kappa and brightness from 6 points starting at the blow line through to bleaching.

    According to Andrea R. S. Busnello, Fiber Line Process engineer, "The Kappa Q analyzer provides us with fast and reliable information. Based on the analyzer measurements it is possible to get a better process understanding, calculate the right amount of chemical, reduce the raw material variation impact and it also helps to achieve the final pulp quality".

    The Valmet Kappa Q utilizes patented sweep technology to measure kappa and brightness with a unique two-point calibration method. Capable of measuring critical properties - lignin content, brightness, pulp fiber and shives, the analyzer is easily expanded according to measurement needs and the number of sampling points.

    CMPC Celulose Riograndense Ltda is part of the Chilean group, CMPC, one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America. Its mills in Chile and Brazil produces around 4.3 million tonnes of pulp per year (Hardwood and Softwood).
    (Valmet Corporation)
    08.10.2015   Spanish label converter Adamtec invests in SPGPrints' DSI UV-inkjet press at Labelexpo Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news At Labelexpo Europe, Adamtec, a label manufacturer of Valencia, Spain, has purchased a six-station SPGPrints DSI digital UV-inkjet press, to meet the demand for short production runs from customers in the food, chemical and automotive industries. The 330mm (13in.) press features the standard CMYK, white and a digital primer.

    Jaume Crespo, General Manager at Adamtec, comments: 'From the trial results, and the support from SPGPrints' technical people, it was clear that DSI could give us the flexibility to offer variable data and the quality to deliver the consistency and high-impact branding solutions on which our brand and customers depend. Another influencing factor was the performance of SPG's inks, which gives us an opacity equivalent to screen-printing and strong resistance needed for industrial situations.'

    The DSI press features as standard intermittent LED pinning between each colour station to ensure immediate curing and ink stability at fast speeds, and a chill drum to stabilise film substrates. This feature is of great benefit to Adamtec, which supplies high quantities of PP labels to the food and chemical industries.

    With the addition of the DSI press, which will be installed in December, Adamtec shows its commitment to deliver quality labels to its customers. Adamtec will continue to deliver longer production runs with its two existing Flexo presses.

    Mr. Crespo says: 'With the acquisition of the SPGPrints' DSI UV-inkjet press, we will be able to print individualized labels in the same production run, which we believe it is great value to our customers, and therefore a strong growth area for us. Our automotive customers, for instance, are seeking serialised battery labels and the ability to tailor information for each region. The DSI press will enable us to adapt label designs at short notice, and schedule these jobs with minimal material waste or setup time.'

    SPGPrints is located at Labelexpo stand 8A10.
    (SPGPrints B.V.)
    08.10.2015   Papcel: New project for Okulovskiy Bumazhnik, Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news In May and July 2015, the PAPCEL Group signed contracts concerning modification and completion of the stock preparation line and reconstruction of the PM for the customer Okulovskiy Bumazhnik in the Russia Federation.The paper mill currently produces fluting/liner papers with two paper machines in operation. The reconstruction concerns modification of the PM 7. The objective of the modernization is to increase the overall machine capacity. At the same time, the stock preparation line will be modified from which the finished stock is pumped to both PMs.

    The aim of the reconstruction is to increase the machine output by 25 %. From this reason, the wire table will be modified and, in particular, the press part will be completed where a new pick-up press will be installed. The existing JUMBO presses remain in the position of the second and the third presses. The total reconstruction is carried out in cooperation with the group of companies PAPCEL/ABK. A professional technological audit of the machine drying part will be performed in cooperation with the technologists of the ABK division.
    Within the reconstruction of the stock preparation line, the PAPCEL Group will supply an entirely new pulping node with a high-capacity pulper LCV-50 (waste paper processing), equipped with a complete system of the paper stock washing and dewatering. The capacity of the pulping stage is constructed for 420 tpd. In addition, the part serving for the stock coarse separation will be modified.
    This is a second successive supply realized within the installation of the high-capacity pulping node. The first installation of a higher series pulper, i.e. LCV-65, was carried out at the end of 2014 in Murom division, where the customer increased, thanks to the line modification, the total capacity to 600 tpd.
    (Papcel a.s.)
    08.10.2015   Pöyry awarded permitting engineering assignment by Siberwood for greenfield pulp mill in Russia    ( Company news )

    Company news LLC Siberwood has awarded Pöyry with the 'Proekt', i.e. permitting engineering assignment for the construction of a new modern integrated pulp mill in the Krasnoyarskiy region in Russia. 'Proekt' is an official stage in the approval process of construction projects in Russia. The assignment shall be completed by April 2016.

    The pulp mill will produce northern bleached softwood kraft pulp (NBSK), bleached hardwood kraft pulp (BHKP) and dissolving pulps. The overall capacity will be 900 000 t/year. The mill will be self-sufficient in heat and electrical power. Construction shall be completed by 2019. The Siberwood project has been evaluated as a priority project by the Administration of Krasnoyarsk Region. By using Best Available Technology (BAT) that meets International and Russian Environmental Regulations, the project will contribute to improved living standards for local citizens.

    "Our purpose is to realize a greenfield pulp mill project which shall become globally significant and indeed the biggest in Russia. For production of about 1 million tons of finished products, the mill will consume around 5 million m3 of low-grade wood currently unutilized in the region. In this respect, the new pulp mill will provide sanitary effect to the region's forest cluster. In the future, the modern complex shall become a platform for development of satellite biotechnological production facilities", says Sergey Malkov, CEO of LLC Siberwood.

    "Pöyry is delighted to participate in such a significant project. With our combination of world class expertise and deep local understanding, we are able to support this very interesting project", says Nicholas Oksanen, Pöyry's President, Industry Business Group.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q3/2015.
    (Pöyry Plc)
    08.10.2015   Valmet-supplied LignoBoost plant now handed over to Stora Enso's Sunila mill in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's Sunila mill is now running the Valmet-supplied LignoBoost lignin separation plant. As the last part of the handover process, the lignin dryer, was taken over by the Stora Enso team on September 15, 2015. The LignoBoost plant is integrated with the pulp mill to separate and collect lignin from the black liquor. This is a significant step in transforming the Sunila mill towards an innovative and customer focused biorefinery. The plant has been running since January 2015 and production has been ramped up during the year.

    "Through the lignin extraction process we have replaced a great amount of natural gas with the dried lignin produced in the new LignoBoost plant, and by doing that reduced our carbon dioxide emissions. We are developing this new product and working together with our customers to start external sales," says Sakari Eloranta, Senior Vice President, Operations and Investment Projects, Stora Enso Biomaterials.

    "This is the second commercial scale LignoBoost plant in the world. We continue to develop this technology, as we see a great potential in utilizing lignin in various uses. Lignin powder can be used as raw material at the mill for firing or it can be converted into other materials and products. Lignin separation will at the same time improve the environmental performance of the mill," says Anders Larsson, Director, Bio materials, Pulp and Energy business line, Valmet.

    LignoBoost lignin separation technology
    LignoBoost is one of Valmet's biotechnology solutions that responds to the growing interest for utilizing bio-based raw materials. LignoBoost is Valmet's patented method of extracting lignin from Kraft Pulp process' spent cocking chemicals, the black liquor. By treating the black liquor with carbon-dioxide and a strong acid the lignin is precipitated, which is then washed and dried. Lignin is an organic polymer and has a heating value similar to carbon. Lignin is besides cellulose and hemi cellulose the most common material in wood.

    In addition to LignoBoost, Valmet has several bio initiatives including products such as bio coal, solutions for second generation ethanol, pyrolysis oil as well as direct and indirect gasification of biomaterials.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    08.10.2015   Lecta at the Frankfurt Book Fair     ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta will showcase its paper ranges designed for the publishing industry at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

    Lecta will participate in this year’s edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair, the largest event for the publishing industry worldwide, to be held in Frankfurt, Germany from October 14 to October 18, 2015.

    Attendees will have the opportunity to experience Lecta’s wide range of coated and uncoated papers for publishers firsthand and discover Lecta’s new book, “Bodies”. Through surprising colour-rich and deep-contrast photos, the book shows how the body, like paper, makes you listen, feel, look and love. The book contains images printed on a variety of Lecta papers, making it easy to see the different print results that can be achieved and simplifying the choice of the most suitable paper for a given piece of work.

    Lecta’s most recent launch, its new GardaMatt Smooth coated paper, with high whiteness and excellent smoothness, will be prominently featured at the stand.

    Join us at the Frankfurt Book Fair, pavilion 4.0, stand G77, October 14-18 2015. “All you need is paper”.
    (Lecta Group)
    08.10.2015   Canfor Announces the Purchase of Anthony Forest Products    ( Company news )

    Company news Canfor Corporation (TSX:CFP) announces that it has entered into an agreement to purchase Anthony Forest Products Company located in El Dorado, Arkansas (“AFP") for a purchase price of $93.5 million US which includes approximately $15 million US of working capital.

    AFP operates 6 facilities producing lumber, engineered wood and wood chips with a combined capacity of 250 mmbf equivalent. AFP owns a sawmill located in Urbana, Arkansas which produces premium Southern pine lumber and has an operational capacity of 150 mmbf per year. It also owns laminating facilities in El Dorado, Arkansas and Washington, Georgia, which produce beams, columns and other glulam products with an annual combined capacity of 75 mmbf, and owns chip mills in Louisiana and Texas with a total annual capacity of 800,000 tons. AFP also owns a 50% interest in Anthony EACOM Inc. a joint venture with EACOM Timber Corporation, located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario which manufactures I- joists, with an annual capacity of 54 million lineal feet.

    AFP’s trailing 12 month EBITDA through August 2015 was approximately $16 million US, while EBITDA for its most recent fiscal year ended April 30, 2015 approximated $19 million US.

    Concurrent with the acquisition, the Company has priced a US$100 million long term debt financing with Prudential Capital Group. The senior unsecured notes will carry an interest rate of 4.40% and will have an average maturity in 2024. The financing will close on October 2, 2015.

    “We are proud to add AFP to our family of Canfor Operations in the US South” said Canfor Corporation President and CEO Don Kayne, AFP has a reputation for quality products and excellent customer service and with facilities located in abundant and high quality fibre supply areas in Arkansas, Louisiana and Georgia this partnership adds exceptional value to our growing US South presence”

    The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter 2015 and is subject to customary closing conditions.
    (Canfor Pulp Limited)
    07.10.2015   Voith awarded Green Controlling Prize from Péter Horváth Foundation     ( Company news )

    Company news With Green Topics to More Efficiency

    Voith has been awarded the Green Controlling Prize by the Péter Horváth Foundation. During the 29th Stuttgart Controller Forum, the technology group was presented with the accolade for its longstanding, consistent commitment to green controlling.

    Since 2008, Voith has been identifying the economic and ecological efficiency potentials of its business activities, making them measurable and controllable and systematically implementing appropriate improvements. As a result, the company has been able to boost its competitiveness and reduce environmental impacts. Measures to improve energy, water and material efficiency have brought Voith annual savings amounting to € 6.5 million, while every year, a total of 52,704 megawatt hours energy, 737,078 m3 water and 1,907 metric tons material have been saved. “The Green Controlling Prize shows that we are on the right track and that business success and acting sustainably go hand in hand. We are absolutely delighted to receive this award,” says Torsten Kallweit, Head of Corporate Sustainability at Voith.

    The basis for the improvements is Voith's Green Controlling Solution, which is derived from conventional controlling processes. In this context, the key success factor is the standardized, group-wide implementation of the system with the help of an appropriate IT solution. As Kallweit explains: “We aim to be specific, transparent and measurable – throughout the entire Group. From the outset we were convinced that a lasting economic and ecological contribution would only be achievable on the basis of a conventional controlling solution.”

    Voith’s system maps the traditional data capture, analysis and reporting process and at the same creates a high level of transparency within the company. “An additional benefit is that the extensive transparency provides pointers to best practices and creates a competitive spirit between the company’s various locations,” says Kallweit. At all levels, from Group headquarters through to the individual locations, the focus is on both economic added value and ecological benefits. In each case, the results are benchmarked against specific targets, which resulted in the improvement in the recent years. Voith has also other ambitious goals for the near future: by fiscal year 2017/18 the company wants to reduce energy consumption by 20 percent, waste by 25 percent and fresh water consumption by 10 percent relative to sales (based on fiscal year 2011/12).

    The Green Controlling Prize
    In keeping with the theme “Get into the black with green!”, the Péter Horváth Foundation awards the Green Controlling Prize annually in collaboration with the ICV - International Controller Association. The accolade is presented every year for the most innovative and effective "green" controlling solution for shaping and managing ecological strategies, programs, projects and measures in companies and public institutions. The award was presented during the 29th Stuttgart Controller Forum by the Foundation’s President, Prof Dr Péter Horváth and Siegfried Gänßlen, Chairman of the International Controller Association (ICV).
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    07.10.2015   MP cuts ribbon in Wellington    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Left to right: Michael Schmiedt (BP Agnati), Rebecca Pow MP, Alberto Brivio (BP Agnati), Richard Coward (Group Managing Director, Rigid Containers) and Thilo Konig

    On 23rd September 2015, we hosted a press event to celebrate the inauguration of our state-of-the-art corrugator in Wellington, Somerset, following a £5 million investment. Cutting the ribbon at the ceremony was the Conservative Member of Parliament for Taunton and Deane, Rebecca Pow MP.

    Mrs Pow gave a short presentation and outlined the high-level plans in place to enhance and further develop the South-West as a region for many businesses. She explained that plans are already in place to improve Junction 25 of the M5 as well as create a new link from Ilminster at the end of the A303 to improve traffic flow to Taunton and the M5. She also explained how the region has seen many new companies choose Taunton and district as their new ‘homes’ and there are many housing development projects to ensure there is adequate housing for the employees of many of the new companies to the region. Mrs Pow mentioned several companies that were using Wellington as their base, thanks in part to the proximity of the M5 and the access that grants to Devon and Cornwall.

    The expansion of the site in Wellington has been fast by anyone’s standards. Established in 2013 as a distribution hub for its customers in the South-West of England, the company had always said it would ramp up the capacity of the site so they could install a range of box making machines. Once the printing and die-cutting machines were installed during late 2013 and early 2014, corrugated sheets were produced at the company’s Desborough (Northants) headquarters and shipped to Wellington for printing and assembly. “We realised quite early on that eventually, we would have the required capacity to install a corrugated board making machine at the Wellington site,” explained Richard Coward, Group Managing Director. “In early 2015, we were satisfied that the volumes were being achieved that justified the purchase of a small corrugator — we chose to work with a leading Italian machine-maker, BP Agnati, and specified a Quantum corrugator.”

    The majority of the 65 staff employed at the Wellington facility are from the local community. The company is aiming to employ around 100 people within a year. A detailed training scheme has been put in place to ensure operators achieve the highest levels of productivity in a safe and friendly environment.
    (Rigid Containers Limited)
    07.10.2015   Investment for better paper quality – Production started successfully     ( Company news )

    Company news Mondi has completed a rebuild of the PM21 paper machine at its Syktyvkar mill in Russia. The investment will enhance the quality of Mondi’s ProVantage Komiwhite and ProVantage Komipak brands.

    The purpose of the modernisation was to improve the quality of ProVantage Komiwhite and ProVantage Komipak in terms of burst and Scott plybond parameters, runnability, glueability, printability, roughness, profile variations and overall appearance. With the successful completion of the PM21 rebuild, Mondi customers and end-users will benefit from attractive, high performance packaging solutions.

    The rebuild included modifications of the wire and press section as well as a modernisation of the sizing equipment. In addition to improving the product quality, these upgrades will increase the production capacity and the energy efficiency of the machine.

    Maciej Kunda, COO Containerboard, commented: “The modernisation of PM21 is an excellent example of our commitment to optimising processes and products continuously in order to meet customer demands. This latest investment has further improved the quality of our premium paper grades ProVantage Komiwhite and ProVantage Komipak.”
    (Mondi Packaging Corrugated)
    07.10.2015   Announcing the world’s first easily dispersible wet powder cellulose nanofiber samples    ( Company news )

    Company news OJI Holdings has successfully developed technology to produce powder with ultra-high fluidity

    OJI Holdings Corporation (OJI) has been advancing research targeting core technology for cellulose nanofibers (CNF). The development of production methods for the world's first CNF in the form of easily dispersible wet powder has made it possible for OJI to start supplying samples of this product. Since CNF exhibit high viscosity when dispersed in water, they have expected applications as thickeners.*1

    Currently used thickeners are supplied as powders, while CNF are supplied as slurries (low concentration liquids) due to restrictions in the production process. These CNF slurries have extremely high viscosity, making them difficult to handle, and, because of their high water content, can only take a limited volume of additives. Transporting CNF containing such large volumes of water is problematic in terms of environmental impacts and cost. The wet powder CNF newly developed by OJI is a world's first. Containing zero additives, its volume of solids content is 20%
    or higher for easy solubility in water. Compared to standard thickeners, wet powder CNF also possesses high thickening effects that are on a par with CNF slurries (comparison made with OJI's CNF slurry). Furthermore,
    OJI has successfully developed wet powder CNF with extremely high fluidity, thanks to the use of additives, which accommodates customer needs for easy handling.

    Use of this type of wet powder CNF has the potential for broader applications and lower environmental impacts from energy used in transportation, which is expected to accelerate the commercialization of CNF. Going forward, OJI will add improvements targeting the needs of users as we continue our development of ever more appealing products.
    (Oji Holdings Corporation)
    07.10.2015   Latest BOBST developments in gravure technology for coating applications presented during ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Symposium and Open House in Italy

    A latest generation aluminium coating line at Bobst Italia’s production plant in San Giorgio Monferrato, ready to be delivered to its new owner in Europe, provided the perfect opportunity for BOBST to hold a major two-day event that would gather in Italy local and international players from the converting industry.

    The symposium sessions were held in the morning at a conference venue in the hills of Monferrato close to Bobst Italia’s facility. BOBST specialists and guest speakers from Taghleef Industries and Actega Rhenania addressed the technical advances and opportunities that the latest coating and drying technologies, substrates and coating formulations offer to meet the challenges faced by today’s converting industry.

    Detlef Merklinger, Head of Product Line Coating for BOBST, welcomed the guests, together with Michele Vitiello, Managing Director of Bobst Italia. He then introduced BOBST Business Unit Web-fed and the organization and activities of the Coating Product Line he has been managing within the Business Unit since his appointment in June 2014. BOBST’s core competences in coating are found at Bobst Italia, which is also the Group’s center of excellence for gravure printing, laminating and extrusion coating technologies. The current BOBST range of coating machines reflects the over 50 years of know-how and experience that the company boasts in coating applications and the numerous installations that have been put into operation worldwide since 1960. Detlef Merklinger also introduced the competences of BOBST in terms of technologies that are most relevant for coating lines: winding, coating, drying, laminating, web handling and automation.

    These main competences were subsequently looked into in more detail in the presentations that followed.

    Gianni Zanatta, Product Manager, Product Line Coating, Bobst Italia, presented BOBST’s range of gravure coating systems, from the traditional open doctor blade system to the state-of-the-art pressurized enclosed chamber doctor blade system. The detailed presentation went through the pros and cons of each system depending on the application. Based upon the analysis and comparison of the performance of numerous parameters, including speed, changeover time and cost, the advantages of the pressurized enclosed doctor chamber system were demonstrated.

    Mirko Rinco, R&D Manager, Product Line Coating, Bobst Italia, spoke about the BOBST development of a floatation and a roller type, dryer for temperatures over 300°C. This innovative dryer for high temperatures was also showcased on the ROTOCOAT aluminium lacquering machine shown during the open house in the afternoon. This presentation looked in depth into the pros and cons of conventional drying systems and described the BOBST proprietary drying technology, which combines both impingement and floatation nozzles. The design criteria, working principle, technical data and advantages in terms of accessibility and maintenance were all presented and analyzed in order to demonstrate how BOBST dryers provide the perfect combination of drying efficiency and web stability.

    Alexandre David, Sales Manager, Product Line Coating, Bobst Italia, concluded BOBST’s presentations by introducing the aluminium lacquering machine shown at the Open House. This ROTOCOAT machine was developed to handle a number of different applications which include: wet lamination for the production of cigarette inner liners; 2-stage lacquering for products like foils for chocolate; and 3-stage lacquering for products like foil for cheese. The line has also been pre-prepared to include dry lamination in the future, in order to expand the range of applications that can be run on the machine.

    BOBST’s presentations were complemented by insightful presentation speeches given by representatives of Taghleef Industries and Actega Rhenania,

    Emanuela Bardi, Junior Product Manager at Taghleef Industries, looked in depth into bi-oriented polypropylene films. After explaining their production methods and component properties, she went on to illustrate the importance of film coatings, as well as their different types, ranging from sealability and machinability coatings, through to barrier, conversion, functional, enhancing and tactile coatings. The advantages of these coatings were presented, including not only the additional barrier, or enhanced mechanical, properties of the substrates, but also their impact in relation to further processing of the film, such as better printability and higher machine speed.

    For Actega Rhenania, a company of the Altana Group, Michael Lucas, Head of R&D, and Stefan Brandhoff, Technical & Area Sales Manager took the floor to present the company’s coating formulations for substrates in the packaging and printing market, and applications for flexible packaging for products like consumer goods, pet food and pharma, as well as rigid solutions such as bottle caps and can ends. The first part of the presentation dealt with the different types of coating profiles, whilst the second focused on very useful and practical information about good housekeeping from pre-press to on-press and post-press which enable best performance of the coating formulation and application process. Examples of troubleshooting were also given.

    After lunch, the event moved to BOBST’s production plant to see the ROTOCOAT aluminium lacquering machine, an impressive double-deck, 45 m long, 8 m high production line. The machine features three coating stations for direct gravure coating with closed chamber doctor blade and semiflexo coating, along with three dryers which can reach up to 350°C air temperature depending on the application requirements, over a total dryer length of 45 m.

    The demonstration on the ROTOCOAT was a dry run to exhibit the line’s web handling capabilities in processing a sensitive 20 micron, 1020 mm wide aluminium foil reel at 400 m/min with perfect, defect-free, rewinding. The performance of BOBST gravure coating technology was then shown during a wet run on the CL 850D coating and laminating line in Bobst Italia’s Competence Center.

    This successful two-day event was the latest occasion for BOBST to show the scope of its commitment to the development of state-of-the-art solutions for the coating industry.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)

    Company news Expera Specialty Solutions, LLC (“Expera”) announced the shutdown of assets related to the Old Town pulp mill (“Old Town”) in Maine. Expera acquired the assets in December 2014.

    Expera purchased the facility after the mill had been closed indefinitely by its previous owners.

    “Expera successfully restarted the mill,” said Russ Wanke, President and CEO of Expera Specialty Solutions. “However, since the restart, the decline of the Canadian dollar exchange rate combined with a significant increase of new pulp capacity has led to a material drop in market pulp prices. In addition, wood costs have not moderated in Maine commensurate with demand decline. The combination of these forces does not allow sustainable operations even with a dedicated and talented team of employees.”

    “The employees of Old Town have worked hard to make this operation viable,” Wanke continued. “We are working with the employees to assist them with the impacts of this decision and unfortunately these market conditions were out of their individual control.”

    The Old Town mill will be closed by the end of December and Expera is working with the Maine Department of Labor to assist the affected workers.
    (Expera Specialty Solutions)
    07.10.2015   Smurfit Kappa announces new European management structure    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa, one of the world’s largest integrated manufacturers of paper-based packaging products with operations in Europe and the Americas, announces a new management structure for its European operations led by Roberto Villaquiran (photo).

    Effective 1 October, Roberto Villaquiran, currently CEO Corrugated Europe, will assume the new role of CEO Europe with overall responsibility for the existing European Paper and Corrugated divisions. Roberto will report directly to the Group CEO, Tony Smurfit.

    Reporting to the European CEO will be two new Chief Operations Officers (‘COO’) in Paper Europe and Corrugated Europe. Laurent Sellier has been appointed to the new role of COO, Paper Europe; and, Saverio Mayer to the new role of COO, Corrugated Europe.

    Roberto Villaquiran, incoming CEO Europe, commented: “I am honoured to accept the role of CEO of our European business. Our vision is to be the packaging solutions partner of choice to our customers, and we believe this integrated European structure will further enhance our capacity to deliver outstanding service and value.”

    Tony Smurfit, Group CEO, added: “We expect our new European structure to contribute meaningfully to the continued growth and development of our business. Performance reflects both the quality of your team and the strength of your business model. We believe the strength of our team and our unique culture will continue to define our business and to drive superior performance.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    07.10.2015   Valmet to deliver new pulp cooking system to Clearwater Paper's Lewiston Mill in the USA    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver key technology to Clearwater Paper's Lewiston, Idaho, Mill upgrade project. Valmet's delivery includes a CompactCooking G2 pulp cooking system, a new plant for generating polysulfide and a minor upgrade of existing bleach plant.

    Construction of the upgrade project is planned to begin in October 2015 and expected to be completed in September 2017. The order was included in Valmet's second quarter orders received 2015.The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    This delivery is part of Clearwater Paper's USD 160 million project to install a continuous pulp digester that will replace 12 batch digesters. Benefits from the project include significant reduction in air emissions, improved pulp quality, increased production and a more efficient utilization of wood chips.

    "The efficient utilization of raw material is a vital part from a sustainability perspective. We decided to base our new cooking process on polysulfide to optimize yield. The concept and process included in the CompactCooking system from Valmet was a perfect match to our targets," says John Deuser, Project Manager in Lewiston.

    "This is our second new cooking system project in North America in recent times, and confirms the capabilities of our CompactCooking G2 process. We are proud to be given the trust and opportunity to be the main process supplier for both the cooking plant as well as polysulfide generation plant in this important project. We are prepared and confident that the systems will meet all the expectations of this project," says Mona Henderson, Business Manager at Valmet.

    Technical details about CompactCooking G2
    The cooking plant is the first stage in a chemical pulping line where lignin is chemically separated from the fiber. CompactCooking G2 is Valmet's 2-vessel continuous cooking system mainly consisting of an impregnation system and a digester for cooking of chips. It is characterized by its simple, yet sophisticated design, a flexible system that is easy to operate. Valmet's ImpBin impregnation technology with its unique features enables higher kappa level operation with low reject content. Using a 2-vessel design ensures well defined impregnation as well as cooking zones. Effective impregnation in combination with the benefits of the CompactCooking process produce pulps with high yield and excellent pulp quality.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    06.10.2015   UPM and Sykes Study on Ecosystem Services Provides More Insight into the Environmental ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Impacts of Wood-based products

    UPM and the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE) have been developing a method for assessing ecosystem services derived alongside the production of wood-based products. This pilot study focused on the environmental impacts resulting from the growth of trees used for the production of one tonne of pulp. In this study, the carbon sink effect, water protection and the sustainability of native forest species were analysed in detail. The study confirmed that the forest area from where pulpwood is sourced yields multiple benefits besides just wood raw material.

    The study examined the amount of wood required for the production of one tonne of softwood pulp at UPM in Finland, as well as the time required for the trees to grow. The trees purify over eight million litres of water and absorb over 4,000 kg of carbon dioxide during their lifetime.

    The majority of Finland’s 20,000 forest species also inhabit areas used for wood production. Hundreds of species, such as moss, lichen and insects, depend on trees used in pulp production. Forest renewal secures the long-term survival of these species.
    UPM’s operations are based on using wood in multiple efficient ways to produce not only pulp, but also sawn timber, plywood, composites, papers and label materials. The company also uses industrial by-products and residues to produce energy, biochemicals and renewable diesel.

    Pioneering perspectives on sustainability
    “With the help of ecosystem services, the environmental impacts of land management and raw material production can be described in a more diverse manner. For our study, we selected indicators that relate to the most important global environmental issues, such as renewable natural resources, climate change, clean water and biodiversity. All in all, the benefits derived from forests are highly diverse, extending from products we can collect to recreational enjoyment,” says Timo Lehesvirta, Director, Forest Global, UPM.

    “Projects like this are essential for the evolving bioeconomy in Finland. Companies should include the evaluation of natural ecosystem services in their management systems, and develop this into a responsible and productive business. The indicators or methods for measuring ecosystem services are not yet agreed upon anywhere in a commensurable fashion. Our research marks one step forward,” says Petteri Vihervaara, Senior Research Scientist specializing in ecosystem services, SYKE.
    06.10.2015   BOBST uses state of the art engineering and manufacturing techniques to produce the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... world’s largest vacuum metallizer

    Once again, BOBST’s engineering capabilities have been put to the test due to a requirement from a customer to design and manufacture the world’s largest and widest roll-to-roll metallizer. Nearly all of the 100 strong workforce based at BOBST’s site in Heywood near Manchester, England have been involved in some degree in the project to see the General K5000 4850 metallizer from design through to completion and ready to ship to the customers site in South East Asia. BOBST has been able to achieve this engineering feat through a combination of a dedicated workforce and the latest state of the art engineering simulation tools and most advanced manufacturing techniques.

    A machine that stands for maximum efficiency (productivity) in the metallized film industry, the K5000 is equipped to run large diameter rolls at high speeds whilst keeping the film cool through its unique heat management system and protecting the film’s barrier properties. The K5000 can deposit aluminium at a rate of 860m/min at 2.2 OD to obtain an excellent coating uniformity and good barrier properties at a low operating cost. The evaporation source has wire feeders on both sides to prevent wire wander and its large coating drum provides high collection efficiency, up to 22% higher than competing models. The already renowned Bobst winding mechanism provides an exceptional web handling system which coupled with a reduced roller contact with the metallized surface leads to fewer defects.

    “This machine has been designed to produce high quality metallized films with high output at the lowest possible operating cost; we are proud to be able to help our customers to protect their margins in such a heavily commoditised industry. The purchase of this, the largest metallizer in the world demonstrates the trend in the market for wider and wider machines and also BOBST’s ability to set the standards in vacuum metallization and be the frontrunner in the market.” commented Steve Carey, Managing Director at Bobst Manchester.
    (Bobst Manchester Ltd)
    06.10.2015   IGAS in Tokyo: Alegro, Vareo and Primera Attract Great Interest    ( Company news )

    Company news Muller Martini’s booth was well attended on all six days of the IGAS show in the Japanese capital of Tokyo.

    The great interest of the visitors, including many leading figures from Japan’s graphic arts industry, was due not least to the fact that Muller Martini gave live demos of three machines. In addition to the Alegro A7 featuring MC technology, a book data center (BDC) and line control, a second softcover system was also presented: the Vareo, which was launched this year and provides maximum flexibility at a speed of 1350 cycles per hour. The many visitors to the stand were naturally particularly curious about its innovative technology – the perfect binder is the first where each of the three clamps is equipped with its own servo motor – and followed the demo attentively through their headphones.

    Muller Martini gave tours of its booth three times of day, at which, in addition to the Alegro and Vareo, a Primera saddle stitcher with numerous quality control systems such as “Secure Binding” (product verification using AsirCode) and Trim Watcher Plus, a station for book format and thickness measurement of trimmed products that is specifically used in Japan. Due to the massive interest, visitors has to register for their tour of the Muller Martini booth, and not a single person failed to turn up.

    The continued importance of the IGAS fair, which is held every four years, was shown by the wide range of nationalities of the visitors to the Muller Martini booth. They came not only from Japan, but also from several other countries in Asia, including China, India, Korea, the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as from Australia and as far afield as Africa. The great visitor interest was also reflected in the many new projects that were lined up and existing investment plans that were firmed during the event.

    In addition to the showroom, where unique and attractive sample products were shown, the joint press conference given by Bruno Müller, CEO of Muller Martini, and Yasuyoshi Miyazaki, Managing Director of Muller Martini Japan on “global market trends” and “our future is digital and offset” to numerous Japanese journalists specializing in the printing industry was also well attended.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
    06.10.2015   Fujifilm announces new LED UV inkjet printer 'Acuity LED 1600 II'    ( Company news )

    Company news Features improved productivity and enhanced image output

    FUJIFILM announces the introduction of a new version of its highly successful Acuity LED 1600 wide-format LED UV inkjet printer, with the new Acuity LED 1600 II benefiting from improved productivity and enhanced image output.

    The Acuity LED 1600 is a versatile wide-format LED UV inkjet printer launched in 2012 which has gained wide market acceptance due to its ultra-high quality, its ability to print a wide range of roll and rigid media, and its application flexibility. The simultaneous multi-layer printing with white and clear inks has also allowed print service providers to improve production efficiencies while offering the ability to create new value added print applications.

    The Acuity LED 1600 II features a new fast printing mode of 33m2 (355 sq ft) per hour, which is 50% faster than the previous model, addressing customer demands for faster job turnarounds and lower output cost. Furthermore, the addition of the automatic jetting calibration function based on printhead gap and the vacuum mode has improved the printer's media adaptability, thereby expanding its applications and reducing media loss.

    Main features
    1. New output mode for delivering high speed printing of 33m2 (355 sq ft) per hour
    2. Two-layer printing (white + clear) and three-layer printing (colour + white + clear) when combined with ColorGATE's “Production server”
    3. Featuring the automatic jetting calibration function based on printhead gap
    4. Adding two new vacuum modes for different media (for thin / low-resilience media)
    5. White and clear ink heads can be disabled when not in use to reduce maintenance costs.
    (Fujifilm Europe GmbH)
    06.10.2015   SIL assessment of GEMÜ products    ( Company news )

    Company news Together with the independent testing organization EXIDA, GEMÜ has assessed a selection of different products in accordance with SIL.

    This assessment according to SIL covers the functional safety of the products and is used to evaluate the systems in relation to the reliability of fail safe functions. The result is safety-relevant design principles which must be complied with in order to minimize the risk of a malfunction. SIL itself is a measure of the probability that a system will correctly fulfil the required fail safe functions for a specific time period.
    In addition to pilot valves, the GEMÜ products assessed include globe and diaphragm valves and electrical position indicators.
    By assessing the product selection referred to here, GEMÜ is complying with its customers' requirements primarily from the process and manufacturing industries. With the data made available, these can now carry out assessments of entire plants.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    06.10.2015   New ANDRITZ digester at Suzano helps mill achieve new production level and higher ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... energy efficiency

    International technology Group ANDRITZ successfully completed the supply and ramp-up of a new digester for Brazilian pulp and paper producer Suzano. The continuous digester, installed at Suzano's mill in Suzano city, São Paulo state, started up in May 2015 and replaces existing batch digesters as well as a continuous digester, thus further reducing production costs. It is designed to increase the mill’s output of bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp by 33,000 metric t/a, to a total of 550,000 t/a.

    "The learning curve for the new digester went really well and after 10 days we already reached nominal capacity,” says José Alexandre de Morais Suzano’s Industrial Director. The investment project was executed precisely as planned with no loss of production. All of the connections to the new digester were made during a regular maintenance shutdown planned for the mill.

    The equipment supplied by ANDRITZ helps to further improve pulp quality while at the same time cooking yield is increased, thus leading to lower wood consumption. Due to the improved bleachability, bleaching chemical consumption is decreased. In addition, the new technology reduces natural gas consumption at the mill. The investment was considered important by Suzano to modernize equipment installed in the 1970s.
    (Andritz AG)
    06.10.2015   Barry-Wehmiller acquires Bielomatik paper processing group    ( Company news )

    Company news Barry-Wehmiller Cos., Inc., capital equipment and engineering solutions leader, acquired the Bielomatik paper processing product line from Bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG. Bielomatik operations will be integrated within BW Papersystems, a global supplier to the paper and board sheeting, paper converting, and corrugating industries. The sale became final Oct. 1.

    Bielomatik’s paper processing line business is Barry-Wehmiller’s 78th acquisition. Its integration within BW Papersystems’ German operations will create a $430 million global group serving the paper and corrugating industry. With this newest addition, Barry-Wehmiller’s revenues will approach $2.4 billion as it expands worldwide.
    Bielomatik’s paper processing product line includes machinery for sheeting, book production, spiral binding and ream wrapping as well as finishing equipment for digital printing.

    "The acquisition of the Bielomatik paper processing line business provides BW Papersystems with an exciting opportunity to build an even stronger, sustainable global sheeter, packaging, and stationery business,” said Neal McConnellogue (photo), president of BW Papersystems. “We are grateful to add 150 new team members whose knowledge, talent and proven legacy will benefit BW Papersystems.”

    BW Papersystems is a combination of four companies: MarquipWardUnited, the newly named WillPemcoBielomatik (formed of Will-Pemco and the newly acquired Bielomatik paper division), Kugler-Womako and Curioni, plus the well-known brands of SHM and Wrapmatic.

    Bielomatik is globally known for its paper processing equipment to sheet and wrap folio and cut-size material from small to large formats and from fine paper to board. The range includes complete solutions for exercise books and writing pads in schools and business around the world. Its Book on Demand (BoD) binding line offers fully automatic production of high quality books in short runs down to a quantity of one. Bielomatik will bring new technology to BW Papersystems with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) technology. RFID is used for Smart Labels and Smart Tags to track and trace luxury products, contact-less ticketing in public transportation and other authentication purposes.
    The addition of Bielomatik further enhances BW Papersystems’ global engineering collaboration and ability to provide comprehensive process knowledge and expertise in fine paper and board converting for its installations around the world. As with all Barry-Wehmiller companies, BW Papersystems offers a lasting commitment to its customers with a high focus on delivering world-class spare parts, upgrades and service packages to customers.

    With this addition, BW Papersystems now employs more than 1,600 people throughout their international operations. As a whole, Barry-Wehmiller has more than 11,000 team members among 100 locations worldwide.
    “We are pleased to bring our people-centric leadership practices to our new Bielomatik team members and look forward to working alongside them in creating long-term value for all of our stakeholders,” said Bob Chapman, Barry-Wehmiller chairman and CEO.
    (Barry-Wehmiller International (B-WI))
    06.10.2015   Clearing up at Laakirchen Papier AG following the fire at PM 10 ongoing; Repairs started immediately    ( Company news )

    Company news The fire at Laakirchens PM10 only partially damaged the paper machine. Repair works started already.

    The extent of the damage caused on PM10 by the fire on 24th September is not yet exactly defined. After first assessments the damage will be in the range of a few million Euro. A technical fault has been determined as the reason for the fire and detailed investigations have revealed a broken power train demolishing hydraulic tubes as the cause. Consequently the hydraulic oil leakage caught fire. The cause for the breakage of the power train is under investigation.
    The extent of the damage of some of the machine components and the period of supply is not yet known, therefore an assertive statement about the down times scale is not yet possible.
    However according to current state of knowledge Laakirchen targets to restart PM10 by end of the year 2015.
    The second paper machine PM11 is not affected by the fire and continues production.
    (Laakirchen Papier AG)
    05.10.2015   RAKO-Etiketten ramps up narrow-web rotary screen productivity with third SPGPrints ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... RotaLEN® laser engraver

    Picture: Stefan Behrens, head of preprint at RAKO-Etiketten, with the company’s third SPGPrints RotaLen laser engraver

    RAKO-Etiketten, one of Europe's leading suppliers of self-adhesive labels, has installed its third SPGPrints RotaLEN® laser engraver for digital imaging of nickel rotary screens. The investment will enable the German converter to meet the increased demand for screen printing jobs and maintain throughput levels averaging 55 cylinders per day.

    The RotaLEN engraver features a CO2 laser that ablates the emulsion of the screen cylinder in a one-step dry and fully digital process. The workflow, which uses no chemicals, film or water, allows screens to be imaged and prepared for production within one hour.
    Installed in 2005 and 2007, the two existing engravers have been dedicated to imaging reusable seamless nickel RotaMesh® and RotaPlate® screens, to meet the demand for features such as tactile varnishes, the no-label look and vivid colours.

    However, as Stefan Behrens, head of pre-print at RAKO-Etiketten explains, the demand required further investments: “Between 2010 and 2015, we experienced a 30 percent leap in throughput to 18,000 screen engraving jobs a year. On one level, this was driven by the growth of our rotary screen business: customers increasingly recognise the importance of the process for communicating a cosmetics brand’s luxury promise, and for achieving high point-of-sale impact. Also, customers have been moving to shorter, more frequent repeat deliveries, instead of placing large, single orders.”

    “We’ve succeeded in meeting the quality and high volume expectations thanks to SPGPrints’ RotaLEN technology, with its precision and simple, clean workflow. We had no hesitation in choosing RotaLEN again, on the basis of the existing engraver performance, the long life of the screens and the outstanding support we have had from the manufacturer.”

    In most cases, RAKO offers rotary screen in combination with flexo or offset, via SPGPrints’ Rotary Screen Integration® modules that accommodate the nickel screens. These provide a single-pass solution for applying the opaque white when creating the no-label look, and for varnishes between 12 and 200 micron thickness. Varnishes are an effective way of adding vividness to underlying graphics, such as an icon or a band name. RAKO has formulated its own ‘High & Clear’ varnish that uses a special coating medium to offer clarity and the haptic effect.

    Growth in rotary screen has also been driven by the need for more sophisticated labels that require a combination of screen effects, with some presses featuring four rotary screen printing stations.

    SPGPrints’ nickel screens have the strength to maintain print stability above 100m/min and the resilience to be reused, thereby saving consumable costs and time, especially when repeat orders are needed. On average, RAKO has about 700 imaged cylinders, ready for immediate recall.

    “We appreciate the support provided by the laser engraving technical team at SPGPrints Austria. They have always been available at short notice to assist with troubleshooting or technical expertise. We see them as close partners in this venture,” says Mr. Behrens.
    (SPGPrints B.V.)
    05.10.2015   Clearwater Paper Announces Executive Changes    ( Company news )

    Company news Danny G. Johansen to Retire and Patrick T. Burke Named Group President

    Clearwater Paper Corporation (NYSE:CLW) announced the retirement of Danny G. Johansen as president of the company's pulp and paperboard division. Patrick T. Burke, who currently serves as the company's president of the consumer products division, will assume the newly created consolidated role of group president overseeing both the pulp and paperboard and consumer products businesses. Mr. Johansen is expected to continue to serve the company until the end of March 2016 to assist with the transition.

    "Dan's 42 years of service has not only been instrumental in helping shape our company, but his lifelong career as a positive and results-driven leader will serve as a legacy in the forest products industry for decades to come," said Linda K. Massman, president and CEO. "On behalf of everyone at Clearwater Paper, we thank Dan for his countless contributions to the industry and the company."

    Prior to joining Clearwater Paper, Mr. Burke spent nearly 30 years in manufacturing, warehouse operations and supply chain management leadership positions for PepsiCo, Quaker Oats and Ralston Foods. While at PepsiCo, he managed the Western region of Gatorade with total sales of $4 billion. Mr. Burke received his Bachelor of Science from Jacksonville State University and his MBA from Ohio University.

    "Pat's drive and success bringing operational efficiencies to every part of our business is exactly what we need for our continued success," said Massman. "Consolidated division leadership is another step towards building a more efficient and agile company that best serves our customers' needs and can deliver more value to our stockholders."
    (Clearwater Paper Corporation)
    05.10.2015   Papyrus signs an agreement to acquire OSPAP in Czech Republic    ( Company news )

    Company news Papyrus has signed an agreement to acquire the Czech paper merchant OSPAP. This as part of its strategy to grow the business in paper, visual communication and packaging distribution in major European markets. OSPAP, that has continued to operate since its owner PaperlinX Netherlands Holdings B.V. was placed into administration in the Netherlands, is a successful and well-established company with a broad customer base. The acquisition will enhance the geographical footprint of Papyrus in the region, improve the service and portfolio offering, and create higher efficiency for both customers and Papyrus.

    Completion of the transaction remains subject to the approval of the relevant competition authority.
    (Papyrus AB)
    05.10.2015   Munksjö inaugurates a new crepe machine in order to extend the electrotechnical paper product ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... offering

    Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced paper products,
    inaugurated a new crepe machine at its production facility in Jönköping, Sweden. The mill is part of Munksjö's business area Industrial Applications.

    Electrotechnical paper is mainly used in the electric transmission and
    distribution industry. The new machine will enable Munksjö to better meet both current and future customer needs in addition to the wide range of insulating kraft paper products already offered and supplied.

    The new crepe machine will double Munksjö's production capacity of
    electrotechnical insulating crepe kraft paper and will be the only machine in the world able to produce up to 3,000 mm in width. The paper is mainly used in the bushing industry. The investment is part of the business area's strategic development plan.

    "Through the inauguration of the new machine we continue to lead innovations in the technology of insulating paper. Munksjö has always been at the forefront of innovation within specialty paper which has been enabled through our own production of specialty pulp for electrical insulation." says Martin Lundqvist, President Electrotechnical Paper.

    Munksjö started to manufacture electrotechnical paper in 1909 and has since then developed many innovative products for the electric transmission and distribution industry. Today, Munksjö's paper is used on all continents: in submarine cables at the bottom of the English Channel, in the deserts of Saudi Arabia and in South America's hydroelectric plants.

    Munksjö's electrotechnical papers are advanced paper products and the customer requirements are individual. There are no standard products in Munksjö's offering and the electrotechnical paper is manufactured and converted according to specific customer needs and also fulfills the requirements of relevant international standards.
    (Munksjö Paper AB)
    02.10.2015   Historically strong earnings for Södra     ( Company news )

    Company news Södra reported a strong earnings trend for the first eight months of the year. Operating profit rose to SEK 1,660 million (1,012), sales increased to SEK 12,186 million (11,429) and the operating margin was 14 percent (9).

    "Södra is performing well. A healthy second four-month period has finished with a historically strong overall result for the Group for the period through August. This is largely due to high price levels for finished goods and mainly to a favourable currency situation - but also because Södra is becoming an increasingly efficient, innovative and value-generating Group," said CEO Lars Idermark.

    Operating profit for the second four-month period amounted to SEK 718 million (509) and sales to SEK 5,943 million (5,591), which yielded an operating margin of 12 percent (9). The improved earnings were due to positive demand for Södra's products and a favourable currency situation.

    "The Södra Cell business area continues to deliver a very strong performance. Stable and efficient production at the mills, while we are investing SEK 5 billion to increase production, is impressive. The profit trend for Södra Wood is more problematic. Efforts to improve operational efficiency are progressing well, but lower prices and weaker market conditions are putting pressure on profitability. Eventually, structural changes will also be required to improve profitability. Several minor measures have already been implemented, such as concentrating more of our business operations into fewer and larger units," added Idermark.
    (Södra Cell AB)

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