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    23.07.2014   DS Smith is extending its KAYPAL®MR corrugated pallet offer in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news KAYPAL®MR is a cardboard pallet pooling solution, exclusively intended for stacked packing that fully fits an innovative, collaborative and sustainable approach.
    The KAYPAL®MR offer, launched in France nearly three years ago, is now enjoying well-deserved success, as it "perfectly meets the expectations of manufacturers, large-scale distributors and logistics providers: readability and reduced pallet costs, significant improvement in working conditions and total recyclability", explains Philippe Cochet - KAYPAL®MR Sales Manager.
    Moreover, visitors to the latest edition of the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition (SIL Barcelona 2014) were able to confirm how "KAYPAL MR meets their needs for sustainable logistics, operational efficiency and productivity, and risk prevention on the job" according to Santiago Giménez-Utiel, KAYPAL®MR Spain Sales Manager.
    "With a very high-quality cardboard and logistics managed from start to finish by DS Smith, we are obtaining up to seven successive pallet reuses on distribution circuits that are, at times, quite challenging. This confirms the durability of KAYPAL®MR as a reliable alternative to wood for stacking on pallets", explains Philippe Andrieu KAYPAL®MR Supply Chain Manager.

    KAYPAL®MR extends its offer
    These results, along with the active support of DS Smith'span-European customers, reinforces the desire to extend the offer outside of France. "We are currently in the process of establishing KAYPAL®MR in Spain and Poland", concludes Philippe Cochet.
    (DS Smith Packaging France)
     
    23.07.2014   Rengo Announces the Opening of New Corrugated Plant in Hawaii    ( Company news )

    Company news Rengo Co., Ltd. (Head Office: Kita-ku, Osaka; Chairman, President & CEO: Kiyoshi Otsubo) announces that its wholly owned subsidiary, Rengo Packaging, Inc. — which carries out business in Hawaii, the United States — has commenced operations in May 2014 at its new corrugated plant on Oahu, Hawaii. A grand opening attended by many guests, including local customers, was held on July 1.
    The new plant is located within the Malakole Industrial Park in Kapolei, west of Honolulu, and is the only corrugated plant in Hawaii. Up until now, all corrugated packaging used in Hawaii were shipped by sea transportation from the west coast of the United States. With the completion of the new plant—which is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment—quality will be improved and the lead time from order to delivery will be greatly reduced, enabling the provision of detailed services that are better aligned to customers’ needs.
    Rengo Packaging is the leading supplier of corrugated boxes and other packaging materials in Hawaii. In addition to further improving services to customers, the completion of the new plant will help to stimulate the local economy and increase employment, as well as assist the Rengo Group to enhance its business base for the Hawaiian and mainland U.S. markets.
    (Rengo Co Ltd)
     
    23.07.2014   GLATFELTER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN FINANCE    ( Company news )

    Company news Glatfelter (NYSE:GLT) announced key leadership changes in their corporate headquarters located in York, Pennsylvania. Amy Wannemacher is promoted to Vice President of Tax, and Ramesh Shettigar has joined Glatfelter as Vice President and Treasurer. These executives will report to John Jacunski, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
    In making this announcement, Mr. Jacunski said, “These leadership changes continue to build upon the foundation of talent within the Finance function to meet the growing demands of the business. I am pleased to announce Amy’s promotion as she is a well respected leader who has built an effective global tax team that has executed tax strategies designed to create value for our stakeholders. Equally, I am delighted Mr. Shettigar joins our Company, as he brings a diverse and strong global treasury background to execute our financial strategies, support the growth of the business and generate value for our shareholders.”
    Ms. Wannemacher brings over 20 years of global tax leadership and expertise to her assignment. Ms. Wannemacher joined Glatfelter in 2005 as the Director of Tax. Prior to joining Glatfelter, she worked for Dentsply International Inc. for 14 years in a variety of senior tax roles. Ms. Wannemacher earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Shepard University. She is a member of Tax Executive Institute, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity & Innovation – Tax Council and American Forest & Paper Association – Tax Resource Committee. Active in the community, she serves as a Director of the York County United Way.
    As Vice President and Treasurer, Mr. Shettigar will assume responsibility for Glatfelter’s treasury functions, with responsibilities for global cash and debt management, pensions, insurance, risk management as well as capital markets activity. This includes the effective development of key relationships with our banks and rating agencies.
    Mr. Shettigar brings 16 years of progressive financial and treasury experience to Glatfelter. Most recently, he served as the Director of Treasury at Quest Diagnostics. During his tenure, he also served as Director of Financial Planning & Analysis for the Hospital Operations. Prior leadership roles included assignments with Praxair Inc., Delphi Corporation, and McDermott International. Mr. Shettigar earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance from the Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, he earned a Master of Information Management from the School of Engineering & Applied Science, Washington University and a Master of Business Administration, Finance and Strategy from Washington University, Olin School of Business in St. Louis. He is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Treasury Professional (CTP).
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    23.07.2014   Kemira Oyj's Interim Report January-June 2014: Revenue and operative ebit stable for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... continued business, revised outlook for 2014

    Picture: Kemira Oyj's Managing Director (President and CEO) Jari Rosendal

    Second quarter:
    -Reported revenue decreased 9% to EUR 518.2 million (569.3), due to divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rates. Revenue in local currencies, excluding acquisitions and divestments, remained flat.
    -Operative EBIT decreased 8% to EUR 37.0 million (40.0) with a margin of 7.1% (7.0%). Operative EBIT in local currencies, excluding acquisitions and divestments remained flat.
    -On July 7, Kemira signed a preliminary agreement to acquire AkzoNobel's paper chemical business.

    January-June:
    -Reported revenue decreased 7% to EUR 1,048.1 million (1,130.2), due to divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rates. Organic revenue growth reached 1%.
    -Operative EBIT decreased 11% to EUR 73.3 million (82.2) with a margin of 7.0% (7.3%).
    -Operative EBITDA decreased 6% to EUR 117.7 million (125.0) with a margin of 11.2% (11.1%).
    -Operative earnings per share were EUR 0.29 (0.31).
    -Kemira maintains its revenue outlook for 2014, but revises its profitability outlook. Kemira starts to apply operative EBITDA as its profitability metric (previously: operative EBIT) for 2014 outlook. Kemira expects operative EBITDA in 2014 to be approximately at the same level as in 2013 (previously: operative EBIT was expected to be slightly higher in 2014 as in 2013). This change from EBIT to EBITDA guidance is consistent with Kemira's earlier communicated operative EBITDA margin target and also consistent with the chemical industry practice. Detailed definition in the outlook chapter.


    Kemira's President and CEO Jari Rosendal:
    Recent divestments and unfavorable currency exchange rate fluctuations continued to impact Kemira's reported revenue. Revenue in local currencies, excluding acquisitions and divestments remained flat with modest sales volume growth. Paper and Oil & Mining sales volumes continued to grow at above-the-market rate. However, increased competition in Municipal & Industrial and our actions to improve segment's profitability continued to impact sales volumes negatively.
    Operative EBIT decreased 8% with somewhat higher margin. The main reasons for the decline, in addition to the unfavorable currency exchange rates, were the divestment of formic acid business as well as the increased depreciation related to the ramp up of our new manufacturing facilities in Nanjing and Dormagen, and amortization related to our recent acquisitions. We expect benefits of these investments to start to become more visible in the second half of 2014.
    Kemira's strategic choices presented in April 2013 remain intact. We focus on the development, application expertise, and supply of chemicals for pulp & paper, oil & gas, mining and water treatment. In order to gain a stronger position in the selected markets and to accelerate organic growth, we will invest into new, and expand our present manufacturing capacity with new and improved technologies. Going forward, we will also increase R&D investments for innovations to improve our customers processes.
    We are also actively evaluating inorganic growth opportunities. In the beginning of July 2014, we announced a preliminary agreement to acquire AkzoNobel's paper chemical business. It is a great fit for Kemira as it fulfills our acquisition criteria by strengthening our market position and technological capabilities. In addition, we expect to achieve significant synergies with this acquisition. The transaction is expected to close during the first quarter of 2015.
    Efficiency and continuous profitability improvement remain our top priorities and are the key enablers for successful strategy implementation.

    KEMIRA'S FINANCIAL TARGETS for 2016 (unchanged) AND OUTLOOK 2014 (updated)

    Kemira will continue to focus on improving its profitability and reinforcing positive cash flow. The company will also continue to invest in order to secure future growth in the water quality and quantity management business.

    The company's financial targets for 2016 are:
    -revenue EUR 2.6-2.7 billion
    -EBITDA-% of revenue 15%
    -gearing level < 60%.

    In addition, Kemira expects its medium-term operating tax rate to be in the range of 22%-24%. The operating tax rate excludes non-recurring items and the impact of the income from associated companies.
    The basis for growth is the expanding market for chemicals related to water quality and quantity management and Kemira's strong expertise in this field. The need to increase operational efficiency in our customer industries creates opportunities for Kemira to develop new products and services for both current and new customers. Research and Development is a critical organic growth enabler for Kemira and it provides differentiation capabilities in the water quality and quantity management markets. Kemira will invest in innovation, technical expertise, and competencies in the targeted focus areas.

    Outlook (revised from the Interim Report January-March 2014)
    Revised outlook: In 2014, Kemira expects its revenue in local currencies and excluding acquisitionsand divestments to be slightly higher than in 2013 and its operative EBITDA to be approximately at the same level as in 2013.
    Previous outlook: In 2014, Kemira expects its revenue in local currencies and excluding acquisitions and divestments to be slightly higher than in 2013 and its operative EBIT to be higher than in 2013.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
     
    23.07.2014   ANDRITZ to refurbish recovery boiler plant for Zellstoff Pöls AG, Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Zellstoff Pöls AG, a member of Heinzel Group, for complete refurbishment of the LK2 black liquor recovery boiler plant in Pöls, Austria.

    Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    22.07.2014   Expert - your partner for flexo printing solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news A merry throng assembled at Expert in Verona last month, to celebrate the company's 10th anniversary. Visitors from all over the world were shown the Concept 1208 and the Active 808 flexo presses being put through their paces. The team carried out several job changes during the two-day Open House event, demonstrating the ease with which sleeves and inks can be replaced in the machine.
    The gearless Concept 1208 stack press, destined for a customer in Germany has 8 print units; the ability to print some or all colours on both sides of the web, it accommodates a 1600 mm wide substrate with print repeats from 460 - 1250 mm at up to 350 m/min.
    The gearless Active 808 CI press is for a Polish customer who wishes to print on a wide range of film and paper substrates. The print width is 1050 mm, repeats from 320 - 850 mm and the running speed 400 m/min.
    Now an established name in Europe, Expert builds a wide range of flexo equipment including in-line units for extrusion and bagmaking production. Both CI and stack presses are specified according to the customer's required level of sophistication. Many functions can be fully automated to speed up and simplify job changes, such as inking and washing, web splicing, decking, clamp opening for sleeve changes.
    The doctor blade chamber design, with tool-less removal and insertion of blades is unique to Expert, as is the cantilevered intercolour drying box on the CI press, which swings outwards to enable easy access to the CI drum for cleaning.
    Looking forward to the next 10 years.......
    The next press available for customers to see in operation will be ready by 21 July.
    The ACTIVE is an 8 color CI press with 1 downstream stack type unit to print 8+1 or 9+0 in register, with following features and equipment:
    • 1100 max. printing width,
    • 1150 mm max. web width,
    • Max. print repeat 850 mm,
    • Speed up to 400 m/min.,
    • Double semi-automatic unwinder for 1000 mm reels,
    • Automatic rewind for 800 mm reels with integrated reel unloading device,
    • Gas burner drying system with air recirculation and LEL control,
    • Automatic inking and washing A-C Systems integrated with viscosity control INKFLOW C14
    • Web viewing camera with smart register system,
    • Mounter-proofer, EMP-S20 Mod 110

    Sales contact for UK/Ireland: Optimation Ltd, 0115 9306000
    (Optimation Ltd)
     
    22.07.2014   Technology cooperation by ANDRITZ and Alucha, Spain: Innovative and environmentally friendly...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... pyrolysis of plastic rejects

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has concluded a cooperation agreement with recycling specialist Alucha, Spain, to supply new technologies and equipment for pyrolysis of rejects (waste) produced in the processing of liquid packaging board to make paper.
    Pyrolysis of rejects leads to reduced operating costs in industrial plants, for example in the pulp and paper industry, and makes substantial contributions towards protecting the environment.
    By treating rejects from liquid packaging board, the fibers are recovered here and the residual fraction is separated into aluminum, gas, and oil by means of pyrolysis. While the recycled aluminum can be sold, the pyrolysis gas and oil can be used to generate heat or electricity, thus reducing the total operating costs and conserving natural resources.
    Based on its extensive know-how in the reject treatment sector, ANDRITZ will act as supplier as well as sales and license partner under this cooperation agreement. Alucha is one of the leading developers worldwide of pyrolysis processes for industrial applications.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    22.07.2014   Ilim Group Named Best Russian Exporter-2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Ilim Group was named the Best Russian Exporter in P&P industry under the "Best Russian Exporter-2013", the annual all-Russian award organized by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce of the Russian Federation.
    In 2013 Ilim Group exported 1.8 mln tons of P&P products. The company supplies its products to over 30 countries in CIS, Europe, and Southeast Asia, including Austria, England, Belarus, Belgium, Hungary, Germany, Greece, Israel, India, Indonesia, Iran, Italy, China, Korea, Lithuania, Pakistan, Poland, Romania, North Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia, Taiwan, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Finland, France, Switzerland, and Japan.
    China is considered to be the largest strategic export market for Ilim Group, with over 35% of all P&P products produced by the company supplied to Chinese market. In 2013 deliveries to China exceeded 1 mln tons. After the ramp-up of the new fiberline in Bratsk, the Group will supply 1.3 mln tons of products to Chinese market.
    "Over the 20 years of Ilim's history the company has significantly strengthened its positions on the Russian and key export markets”, commented Franz Josef Marx, CEO of Ilim Group. “We mainly export pulp and containerboard, while in accordance with the Company's strategy and in order to substitute imports we supply Russian market with such value-added products as paper and packaging ".
    (Ilim Group)
     
    22.07.2014   Wausau Paper and Starboard Reach Agreement - Gavin Molinelli to Join Wausau Board    ( Company news )

    Company news Wausau Paper’s (NYSE:WPP) announced that it has reached an agreement with Starboard Value LP and its affiliates regarding the composition of the Company’s Board of Directors. Under the terms of the agreement, Wausau has agreed to appoint Gavin Molinelli, a Partner at Starboard, to Wausau’s Board of Directors. Mr. Molinelli has been serving as an observer to the Wausau Board since April 22, 2014. Mr. Molinelli will be included on the Company’s slate of Board nominees in the Company’s 2014 proxy statement and submitted for stockholder approval at the Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting.
    In connection with the nominations, Starboard, which beneficially owns approximately 15.1% of the outstanding shares of Wausau’s common stock, has agreed to vote all of its shares in favor of each of the Board’s nominees at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
    “We are pleased to have reached this agreement with Starboard,” said Michael C. Burandt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wausau Paper. “Wausau Paper continues to be well-positioned to capitalize on the investments that we have made in the tissue business, and we look forward to continuing to work productively with Gavin as he formally joins our Board of Directors.”
    Mr. Molinelli stated, “We are pleased to have again worked constructively with management and the Board of Wausau. Wausau has a fantastic combination of brands, employees, assets and distributors, and I look forward to working diligently and constructively with my fellow Board members to substantially improve profitability and create shareholder value at Wausau.”
    The complete agreement between Wausau Paper and Starboard will be included as an exhibit to the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K which will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Further details regarding the 2014 Annual Meeting will be included in the Company’s definitive proxy materials, which will be filed with the SEC.
    (Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue Products Corporate Office)
     
    22.07.2014   Paper, linerboard recyclable, repulpable, nontoxic    ( Company news )

    Company news Cortec® Corp. has introduced EcoShield® paper and linerboard made from high-quality recycled paper. This packaging product is coated with a water-based barrier coating and is fully recyclable and repulpable.
    The paper can be recycled into other types of paper products, such as boxes, cardboard, and other corrugated materials. It also can be repulped—made into or mixed with pulp to make new paper products. There is no need to separate the paper base from the coating. This environmentally safe product is oil- and grease-resistant, combining moisture barrier properties and oil and grease resistivity into one step.
    In addition to being safe to the environment, the product complies with FDA regulations under the Code of Federal Regulations Title 21 for food contact. It can be used in applications in which direct or indirect food contact may occur. In the manufacturing process, there is no chlorine or other bleaching chemicals, which eliminates package contamination.
    The paper also displays a reduced moisture vapor transmission rate (MVTR), meaning it has an MVTR value similar to polycoated papers and better than waxed papers while being biobased and environmentally friendly, says the company.
    The coating helps to protects items that are sensitive to moisture. The items may be wrapped in the special paper or packaged in boxes that have been made with the coated linerboard. The product is nontoxic, nonirritating, and nitrite- and amine-free. It does not contain any silicones, chromates, or other heavy metals.
    The product was tested according to the Fibre Box Association’s voluntary standard for repulpability and also was tested according to ASTM E-96’s standard for water vapor transmission of materials.
    (Cortec Corporation)
     
    21.07.2014   ANDRITZ to upgrade deinking line for Danalakshmi Paper Mills, India    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Danalakshmi Paper Mills to rebuild an existing deinking pulp line in Tamil Nadu, India.
    The upgrade aims at improving the quality of the waste paper stock used for paper production. Start-up is scheduled for April 2015.
    The scope of supply includes two SelectaFlot flotation stages, a thickener, a ModuScreen TC tailing screen, a cleaning plant, and pumps. After the rebuild, the plant will produce newsprint as well as printing and writing papers using sorted office paper, printer’s offset cuttings, coated book stock, and notebook.
    Danalakshmi is one of India’s leading newsprint manufacturing companies, supplying newsprint grades to the local market as well as exporting its products to several countries in Asia and in Africa. The paper mill has an installed capacity of 40,000 tons per year.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    21.07.2014   BOBST sharpens focus in coating operations and announces the appointment of Head of the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Product Line Coating

    In recent years BOBST has committed major investments to infuse new strength and resources dedicated to the development of coating equipment, achieving successful global growth in a number of key specialty applications. The latest project for the supply of a new aluminium lacquering line to a major European converter has matured BOBST’s decision to create a Product Line Coating within its Business Unit Web-fed. The latter supplies world leading technology in web-fed printing and converting equipment for the flexible materials and folding carton industries.

    Picture left to right: Messrs Detlef Merklinger, new member of the BU Web-fed management team and Head of the Product Line Coating and Erik Bothorel, Head of the Business Unit Web-fed and member of the Group Executive Committee.

    The appointment of Mr Detlef Merklinger as Head of the Product Line Coating and the strengthening of the team of specialists dedicated to this market sector underline the continuity of BOBST’s commitment to provide solutions of excellence also in the field of Coating. The strategy is to expand capabilities and product offering to further develop additional segments, including paper coating & laminating, labelstock, tape production, siliconizing, aluminium lacquering, and printed electronics.
    Detlef Merklinger has held a number of senior management positions during his 20-year career in the converting industry, with special expertise in all aspects of label stock production and markets. Joining BOBST can be considered a home coming experience for him, having been responsible for the Coating & Laminating operations of Valmet Rotomec in the late 90s, prior to BOBST acquisition in 2004.
    “I am pleased to welcome back Detlef Merklinger and wish him well as he joins the management team of the Business Unit Web-fed. The deep knowledge and international experience of the converting market that he has developed and brings along is the ideal background for heading our Product Line Coating” said Erik Bothorel, Head of the Business Unit Web-fed and member of the Group Executive Committee. “We are confident that he will leverage our leading-edge technology through his market knowledge to strengthen our leadership rank and achieve our growth objectives in the Coating sector”.
    BOBST’s core competences in coating are based in the production plant of Bobst Italia in San Giorgio Monferrato, in northern Italy. With more than 50 years of know-how in gravure printing, coating methods, drying systems and web substrate handling, the facility is BOBST’s Centre of Excellence for gravure printing, laminating and coating technologies.
    “I have been very impressed by the engineering excellence and operational efficiency of BOBST coating solutions. I look forward to building on the momentum behind the growth of recent years to further expand our hold in the global market”, commented Detlef Merklinger. “Planned investment in Bobst Italia’s Technology Centre will also enable widening of the range of applications available for R&D testing and trial runs for new developments in coating technologies”.
    (Bobst MEX SA)
     
    21.07.2014   Portucel Soporcel Group breaks new ground with Navigator On the Go    ( Company news )

    Company news Navigator launches lighter easy-to-carry packaging featuring new handle

    Navigator, the world's best-selling brand of premium office paper, has again broken new ground in the market with the launch of the new
    Navigator On the Go, combining a 3-ream pack (Navigator Universal 80 g.m2), instead of the traditional 5 reams, with a convenient handle, making it easy to carry.
    Developed for contemporary paper consumers, this new solution extends the Navigator range with a user-friendly product, an attractive image and distinctive marketing, all specifically designed to set it apart from traditional office paper and to improve product visibility at the point of sale.
    The innovative handle featured by Navigator On the Go makes it easy and convenient for consumers to carry. The pack contains 3 reams of Navigator Universal 80g.m2, making it 40% lighter than the traditional 5-ream boxes. The product is tailored to the needs of the SOHO (Small Office/Home Office) market, where convenience, reduced wastage and high quality standards are all highly prized.
    The Navigator On the Go pack continues to offer the brand's unrivalled performance, combined with the superb printing quality demanded by consumers, fully compatible with all applications in any printing equipment.
    This new concept will be available at the brand's main points of sale throughout Europe.
    (Soporcel-Sociedade Portuguesa de Papel SA)
     
    21.07.2014   PAP-FOR Russia 2014 exhibition announces on-line registration opening!    ( Company news )

    Company news Get your free access to the famous pulp and paper event in Russia and CIS right now!

    WHAT: XIII International Exhibition and Business Forum for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries

    WHERE: PAP-FOR Russia will be held at the new venue – International Convention and Exhibition Centre EXPOFORUM, Pavilion 1. Peterburgskoye Highway, 64/1, St. Petersburg, Russia

    WHEN: 28.10.2014 – 31.10.2014

    4 STEPS TO THE EXHIBITION
    Complete on-line registration form and save your time on-site during show hours.

    HOW TO GET A TICKET?
    1. Submit on-line registration form at www.papfor.com/en
    2. Receive a confirmation letter containing your personal e-ticket.
    3. Print e-ticket out and bring it to the exhibition.
    4. Get your personal visitor badge at on-site registration desk in exchange.

    Get a ticket>>

    WHERE TO STAY?
    EF-International Ltd., the Official travel agent of the exhibition, offers special terms for accomodation next to the exhibition venue.
    Free transfers "HOTEL – EXPOFORUM – HOTEL" are provided when using the EF-International Ltd hotel booking services.
    (Reed Exhibitions)
     
    18.07.2014   Europac Papel Dueñas: PM 2 resumes operation ahead of schedule following rebuild by Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Following a rebuild by Voith, the PM 2 of the Europac Group (Papeles y Cartones de Europa, S.A.) was successfully restarted at its plant in Dueñas in the Spanish Province of Palencia after just 15 days of downtime and seven days of commissioning. This meant that the machine was back in production one day sooner than planned.
    “In Voith we had a reliable partner at our side during this project. The entire rebuild was done in a very short time frame,” confirms Maria Berzosa, who is responsible for the project at Europac in Dueñas and continues: “Very quickly, the PM 2 was producing again top-quality packaging paper.”
    The Europac Group had opted for a rebuild in order to produce also white coated testliner in the future. This was achieved by installing a Voith SpeedSizer, which applies a uniform, flawless film for sizing and coating, and systematically improves paper characteristics, penetration and surface coverage.
    Europac chose to work with Voith because it has decades of experience and expertise in board and packaging paper machines. The SpeedSizer applicator unit supplied is one of many components from the Voith product range that has long-standing proven reliability. Europac could therefore be confident of making a reliable investment.
    As well as the SpeedSizer, the scope of supply included a starch and coating colour preparation unit and a CB-Turn for non-contact turning of the paper web. The PM 2 has a production capacity of 150,000 metric tons per year of brown, white and white coated testliner at an operating speed of 1,100 m/min.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    18.07.2014   Cascades Receives the cpia Sustainability Award for its Evok® Product Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades is pleased to announce that its line of EVOK® products was selected by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association as a recipient of the CPIA Sustainability Award . This prestigious award was accepted by Mathieu Roberge, Products and Processes Development Manager at Cascades, during the CPIA Plastics Industry Leadership Awards Dinner held on June 19 th in Toronto.
    The award supports the leadership and efforts undertaken, so to, offer green products. Introduced at the beginning of 2013, EVOK ® is the first polystyrene foam (XPS) food tray in North American grocery stores to contain recycled material. In addition to providing packaging with a performance equivalent to standard polystyrene foam trays, the use of recycled material in EVOK ® represents a 20% reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions compared to Cascades standard polystyrene foam.
    “We are thrilled by this public acknowledgement,” stated Mathieu Roberge. “Developing EVOK ® has been a major innovation that has allowed Plastiques Cascades to offer its clients packaging whose environmental footprint has been reduced. Moreover, this accomplishment has earned us industry recognition, which is very gratifying. We are very proud of the whole team and how it has demonstrated leadership in environmental matter!”
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    18.07.2014   KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End Offers Configurable Solution for Breadth of Market Needs    ( Company news )

    Company news Kodak continued its assertion as a leader in digital front end solutions with the introduction of the KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End with System 15.1 Software. Built on open standards to offer a highly scalable and configurable architecture, KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Front Ends allow an operation to expand in processing power as production needs in image and data intensity grow in parallel.
    The announcement is paired with the introduction of the Long Sheet Delivery Unit, a new accessory that, when used with a KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Press, empowers printers with the flexibility of delivering larger sheet sizes to support a wider variety of applications. The technologies continue to expand the KODAK NEXPRESS Platform-enabled applications that empower commercial print providers to continually differentiate themselves with growing and innovative print solutions.
    “The NexPress Platform is truly next-generation technology, given the gains in quality, productivity and flexibility it affords print service providers,” said Doug Edwards, President, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. “These enhancements to the NexPress offerings will only accelerate that impact.”
    “The latest DFE VII version provides a rich set of tools that sets print service providers up to take advantage of new print applications, positioning them for growth in a market that’s constantly evolving and broadening,” said Len Christopher, NexPress Business Manager, Digital Printing & Enterprise, Eastman Kodak Company. “This new DFE features System 15.1 Software, offering three new print modes – two targeted towards repeatable, high-volume applications like direct mail and transactional and a third targeted at the growing photographic market, a lucrative digital market for print service providers.”

    KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End
    The KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End drives all the presses within the KODAK NEXPRESS Digital Production Color Platform and is the first digital press front end in the industry to have achieved ADOBE PDF Print Engine 3.2 Certification. Beyond offering robust job management, imposition, color management, screening, raster image processing, engine/accessory control and maintenance services, the DFE VII Front End comes in two configurations to serve printers with different needs:
    -Ultra Performance: the Ultra Performance configuration is ideal for new capabilities like SmartRGB as well as photo-rich and high variable data content applications like direct mail and transactional printing. The configuration provides maximum quality and productivity, featuring 64GB RAM so the press is never waiting for files, reducing JPEG compression errors while still keeping fine details.
    -High Performance: the standard mode features 32GB RAM, suited to support standard commercial digital print applications.

    System 15.1 Software
    -Economy Mode: unique halftone screen designed to use significantly less ink and also increase ORC lives when used exclusively, making it ideal for high volume direct mail and transactional applications.
    -Ink Optimization: provides greater color stability and color consistency between press runs for repeatable jobs over time or from press to press. Operations save CMY (Cyan Magenta Yellow) inks by substituting black ink where possible.
    -SmartRGB: significantly improves skin tones by removing grain, keeping details necessary for photo-rich applications.

    Long Sheet Delivery Unit
    -Increased productivity: deliver sheets up to 14 x 36 inches, enabling a more diverse set of print applications.
    -More flexibility: by supporting a wider range of sheet sizes and weights, the long sheet delivery unit can open new revenue streams for printers looking to embrace more diverse offerings such as 6- or 8-page letter brochures, panoramic posters or dust jackets for large books.

    When the original KODAK NEXPRESS 2100 Digital Color Production Press was announced in 2001, there was an emphasis on designing the new press with the backbone of an offset press. Both then and now, tight registration and a support philosophy around the press operator maintaining press quality and consistency have been heralded as advanced for the industry. When Kodak introduced the updated 2100 Plus in 2005, the design allowed for frequent and significant upgrades to the press as new features, functionality and improved consumables became available to the market.
    Electronics, specifically Digital Front Ends (DFEs), has traditionally been an area where digital presses have not had the same benefits as an offset press design. While an older offset press can sustain production for decades, digital devices have often become obsolete as advances in electronics are incorporated in new designs and offerings from manufacturers. With NEXPRESS Presses, Kodak has made a concerted effort to change that approach with the continuous improvement and availability of robust, proprietary front end electronics for the press. To support that endeavor, Kodak is introducing the KODAK NEXPRESS VII Front End High Performance and Ultra Performance configurations, the newest DFEs for the KODAK NEXPESS Platform.
    (Kodak GmbH)
     
    18.07.2014   Siemens to supply drive and power equipment for an integrated pulp and board project in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Major order for Siemens in connection with the construction of a new plant for Stora Enso, the pulp and board producer, in Guangxi, P.R. China

    -Installation of an Integrated Drive System (IDS) with over 160 matched motors and frequency converters
    -Supply of power distribution components, motors and drives for the whole factory
    -Efficient generation of power for paper production by a 59 megawatt (MW) steam turbine
    -Automation of the entire plant by the latest generation of the PCS 7 process control system

    Stora Enso is domiciled in Helsinki , and is one of the world's largest forest industry companies.
    It has awarded Siemens a major order in connection with the construction of a new plant in China. The order covers the drive technology, automation of the entire factory, the complete power
    engineering systems, and the power generation. The new, integrated production plants for pulp and packaging board are being built in the
    Chinese province of Guangxi, and the board machine is scheduled to go into operation in the first quarter of 2016. Siemens will deliver an
    Integrated Drive System with over 160 drives for the packaging board
    machine, and will also supply the process control system for the plant-wide automation. The order also includes a steam turbine to generate the power, and the power distribution for the entire factory.
    Siemens will support Stora Enso with the implementation of this major project.
    The company placed great value on having an internationally experienced supplier in China that could supply everything from a single source. Siemens is consequently also responsible for handling the entire engineering of the drive and power solutions, the detailed planning, as well as for supervising the installation and commissioning of the electrical systems.
    An integrated drive system from Siemens with over 160 drives will be installed in the packaging board machine. It will be over 300 meters long, and produce 450,000 metric tons of board per annum, which will be used to produce beverage packaging, among others.
    Harmonized Simotics low and medium voltage motors, and Sinamics
    frequency converters will achieve high efficiency and availability. The optimized components and the well-matched drive train will enable Stora Enso to benefit from a reliable, productive machine.
    The power will be generated by an SST-800 industrial steam turbine from Siemens with center admission and an output of 59 MW. Siemens will also be responsible for all the high, medium and low-voltage switchgear, line, power and distribution transformers, as well as the emergency power supply, power monitoring and control system.
    Siemens will supply a Distributed Control System Sipaper DCS, the latest generation 8.1 of the PCS 7 process control system that will
    enable the entire plant to be automated. Siemens will also equip all the drive systems, the energy switching and monitoring (ESM), and the steam turbine with the same PCS7 automation system.
    This will give Stora Enso all the advantages of a fully standardized, factory-wide automation system.
    (Siemens AG)
     
    18.07.2014   Norske Skog: Lower costs and improved margins    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog strengthened operations due to lower costs and improved efficiency in the second quarter. High production at the mills in a difficult market shows the relative competitive position of the group.

    - The good trend with lower variable and fixed costs. Overall, we are in a better cost position this year compared to prior years, due to continued cost reduction programmes and better economies of scale at our remaining units, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the second quarter of 2014 were NOK 251 million, up from NOK 153 million in the first quarter.
    Loss after tax for the period amounted to NOK -114 million in the second quarter, compared to a profit of NOK 11 million in the first quarter of 2014. The result was impacted by unrealized foreign exchange losses of NOK 121 million. Net interest-bearing debt increased by NOK 152 million to NOK 6 952 million, of which NOK 136 million related to a negative currency effect due to a weaker Norwegian krone. A weaker Norwegian krone will be positive for the company's future results. Norske Skog repaid the remaining bonds of NOK 496 million with maturity in June. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 206 million in the second quarter, compared to NOK 54 in the first quarter.

    - Cost reductions and lower interest expense after repayment of June-maturities will improve profitability. This coupled with the completion of the major investment program over the last two years will increase cash flow significantly ahead. At the same time, we will continuously monitor the market situation, and if necessary implement active capacity management to counteract the effects of market imbalances, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Europe
    Operating revenue increased due to seasonally somewhat higher sales volumes compared to the previous quarter. Demand for both newsprint and magazine paper in Europe decreased by 4% in the first five months of the year compared to the corresponding period last year.
    Cost of materials declined from the first quarter on a per ton basis, reflecting lower energy and fibre costs. Fixed costs were flat. Capacity utilization was 87% in the second quarter compared to 90% in the first quarter.

    Australasia
    Operating revenue increased compared to the previous quarter, reflecting the start-up of the new magazine paper machine at Boyer. Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Oceania was relatively stable in the first five months of the year, compared to the corresponding period last year.
    Cost of materials was flat on a per ton basis compared to the first quarter, with lower energy costs offsetting more chemical and pulp usage for magazine paper production. Capacity utilization was unchanged on 91% in the quarter.

    Outlook 2014
    Publication paper prices in Europe are expected to remain relatively stable throughout 2014. The market balance for newsprint is acceptable, while the operating rate for magazine paper, which currently is not satisfactory, should improve with seasonal factors.
    Sales volumes will be seasonally higher in the second half of 2014.
    The new machine in Australia has ramped up and will contribute fully from the third quarter.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable. Fixed costs initiatives will continue.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    18.07.2014   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with steel Yankee for Shandong Sun Paper, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed start-up of the tissue machine PrimeLineTM W8 with steel Yankee supplied to Shandong Sun Paper, Yanzhou mill, Shandong province, China.
    The machine (PM27) has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.62 m. The Yankee, manufactured entirely of steel, has a diameter of 18 feet.
    The turnkey supply included the complete stock preparation plant and the automation system as well as a re-evaporation and heat recovery system that recycles energy – in the form of steam – to the production process. In combination with the steel Yankee, this enables very energy-efficient and safe production.
    Start-up of a second ANDRITZ tissue machine for Shandong Sun Paper (PM28) is scheduled for next year.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.07.2014   Smurfit Kappa joins forces with supply chain engineers ESTL     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa announces a new, exclusive partnership with ESTL, the global market-leaders in the safe delivery of goods, bringing together the full suite of expertise for customers’ packaging, transport, security and logistics needs, under one roof.
    This exclusive partnership means that for the first time, brand owners can develop the most innovative and cost-effective packaging solutions in conjunction with both Smurfit Kappa’s supply chain optimisation tools, such as Pack Expert – which analyses over 20,000 supply chains annually – and ESTL’s rigorous transportation tests, to ensure the product arrives safely with the purchaser without unnecessary over-packing.
    With 4% of all shipped goods damaged on arrival, packing a product to ensure its safety during transportation is paramount. However, this can no longer come at the expense of being stand-out on the shelf or easy to open. Smurfit Kappa’s partnership with ESTL provides customers with a one-stop-shop of unrivalled scientific knowledge and insights to get the very best packaging solution for the safe delivery of their product, while still delivering for brand owners, marketers, procurement professionals and logistics experts.
    This is the first time that these two specialist expertise have been brought together. They provide Smurfit Kappa customers with the deepest insights in paper and board packaging along with transport, security and logistics optimisation. As well as ensuring products arrive safely, this also reduces customer costs and resource, as these expertise no longer need to be sourced independently.
    Arco Berkenbosch, Vice President of Marketing, Research and Development at Smurfit Kappa said,

    “By combining our expertise with ESTL, we will uncover ground-breaking insights on transport security and logistics optimisation to help our customers’ businesses. The partnership will enable customers to develop end to end packaging solutions safe in the knowledge that it will deliver on all levels – from safe transportation during the supply chain, through to attracting shoppers on the shelf – while also saving costs on minimising product damage and reducing unnecessary packaging waste.”
    The partnership with ESTL embodies Smurfit Kappa’s focus on delivering innovative solutions that are based on deep customer insights, solving real-world problems and delivering customer growth. The partnership has already benefited a number of big, international brands.
    Jelle Dendauw, President of the packaging department at ESTL said:
    “We are very excited to be partnering with Smurfit Kappa to offer their customers the capability to take a holistic review of their entire supply chain and their associated packaging needs. We give customers a neutral and independent point of view on how they can optimise their pallet load stability and reduce damaged products and waste.”
    This partnership with ESTL is another example of how Smurfit Kappa is set to ‘Open the future’ for its customers. The new strategy focuses on delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, reflecting the continued battle for brand owners to win that all-important First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another. It is brought to life through a dynamic microsite, where a series of films demonstrate how customers across the world have worked in partnership with Smurfit Kappa to create innovative solutions which have driven commercial success. The new microsite can be visited at www.openthefuture.info and will be the home for new, shareable content updated regularly.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    17.07.2014   Voith brings a new hybrid press felt onto the market    ( Company news )

    Company news The newly developed Kinetic hybrid press felt from Voith differs from conventional press felts through its combination of a woven base structure and a non-woven yarn structure. Its modular design gives paper manufacturers the possibility of fulfilling their requirements for dewatering performance and sheet quality at the same time.
    The non-woven yarn structure of Kinetic can be positioned both in machine as well as in cross direction and is designed for fineness and accuracy. Thanks to this structure, Kinetic has a large number of contact points, which provides for up to 20% more efficient dewatering of the paper web. The woven base structure can consist of up to three layers depending on the water volume of the paper machine. Their composition facilitates stability and long running times. The combination of both concepts unites endurance and precision.
    This hybrid structure offers better visual paper characteristics and accelerated start-up times. The cross profile of the paper web is also improved. Kinetic has almost no tendency to markings, compacting or contamination and thus increases the entire operative performance. Quicker start-up times, an extended service life and improved surface characteristics of the paper make Kinetic clearly more economical and thus more efficient than conventional woven or non-woven press felts.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    17.07.2014   Michelman Wins 2014 Manny Award for New Product Development & Innovation    ( Company news )

    Company news Michelman was a winner at the 2014 Manny Awards held June 18, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio and sponsored by Cincy Magazine. Mr. John Homoelle, Michelman’s Director of New Technology and Regulatory Affairs accepted the award in the New Product Development/Innovation category.

    Pictured in photo left to right – Michelman’s Travis Thomas, Edward Gay, Bryan Becker, John Homoelle

    The award was based on Michelman’s introduction of water-based products for use in food packaging and composite parts manufacturing applications. Using technology licensed from Dow Chemical, Michelman has developed and introduced new products using water-based polymers that are more environmentally friendly, non-flammable, and that can be applied in smaller, more precise amounts.
    According to Mr. Homoelle, “These water based solutions eliminate the need for hazardous solvents in a range of applications such as bonding composite auto parts and sealing food packaging. Using all techniques, we have commercialized about 150 new products in the past three years across all of our business units, and have developed a process to identify key success factors before we start on a new product.”
    (Michelman Inc.)
     
    17.07.2014   EFI Expands Innovation With UltraDrop, LED and Automation at Shanghai AD & Sign 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news EFI Exhibit Featured Worldwide Debut of the 5-Meter EFI VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro Printer (photo), Part of the Most Advanced Inkjet Portfolio for Greener, More Productive Graphics Printing

    EFI™ (Nasdaq:EFII) has been premiering the world's most versatile five-meter printer - the new EFI VUTEk® GS5500LXr Pro with 7pL grayscale UltraDrop™ Technology - this week at the 2014 Shanghai Ad and Sign Technology and Equipment Exhibition. The new roll-to-roll inkjet product is part of an exhibit offering the industry's most significant digital portfolio for greener, more-efficient signage printing with "cool cure" LED inkjet technologies.

    EFI products making their regional debut at the show include:
    -Two new options for the 3.2m, high-volume EFI VUTEk HS100 Pro UV inkjet press: fully automated material loading and unloading systems and a Material Edge Guide for printing corrugated board and other challenging substrates.
    -The company's first entry-level LED product, the 1.65m EFI H1625 LED hybrid roll/flatbed printer.
    -The EFI VUTEk GS2000LX Pro hybrid printer, a 2m LED product being shown with new UltraDrop Technology.
    -Version 6 of the EFI Fiery® proServer, a product that can process complex vector data up to ten times faster than competitive systems.

    Unmatched flexibility in high-quality, roll-to-roll graphics imaging
    The VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer unveiled at the Shanghai Ad and Sign exhibition delivers extraordinary performance in high-throughput work requiring precise imaging, thanks to its innovative LED imaging platform and EFI's new 7pL greyscale UltraDrop Technology and new, highly flexible ink.
    "UltraDrop Technology provides an important new competitive advantage," said Scott Schinlever, senior vice president and general manager, EFI Inkjet Solutions. "With UltraDrop and LED on the new VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer, we have eliminated barriers businesses face producing greener, high-volume and high-quality roll-to-roll graphics. We are delighted to make the worldwide introduction of this revolutionary product this week in China among the many other innovative products we are presenting in Shanghai to fuel our customers' success with increased productivity, high quality, reduced waste and more-profitable printing."

    UltraDrop Technology employs native 7pL print heads with true multi-drop addressability in each dot position, giving high apparent resolution and high-definition quality with four-level grayscale and two ink density levels. The new technology also produces outstanding smoothness in shadows, gradients and transitions, as well as superb text quality with four-point text in both standard and knockout with fewer, stray "satellite" droplets and more clarity in all print modes.
    The printer's LED inks cure at a lower temperature than is required for other curing or drying methods, giving users the ability to print on a wider range of media that cannot withstand high heat - including less-expensive and thinner media down to .79 mm thick. The VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer is ideal for nearly all roll-to-roll graphics uses, including textile and mesh print jobs.
    With its EFI VUTEk GSLXr 3M™ SuperFlex ink, the printer delivers superior performance for outdoor applications, vehicle wraps and graphic applications on textured surfaces, such as brick panels. The ink also offers an extended color gamut, plus it provides solvent-like elongation characteristics and withstands heat installation without cracking.

    New 3M™ MCS™ Warranty
    EFI and 3M Commercial Solutions now also offer a 3M™ MCS™ Warranty for vehicle graphics when produced using the appropriate 3M base film, EFI VUTEk GSLXr 3M™ SuperFlex UV Inks (excluding white), the new EFI VUTEk GS5500LXr Pro printer and the appropriate 3M film over laminate.
    The 3M™ MCS™ Warranty is widely recognized as the industry's most comprehensive finished graphics warranty, covering fading, cracking, peeling and other aspects of graphic performance. The system of matched 3M components comes with the science and weathering technology that assures end users that their images will perform as expected for the life of the graphic.

    Significant energy cost savings with LED imaging
    As of now, EFI has installed more than 250 printers using its innovative LED inkjet technology worldwide. Energy assessments carried out by industry association Fogra have confirmed that EFI's VUTEk wide-format printers with LED curing show energy reductions of up to 82% when compared with devices that use conventional mercury arc lamps.
    EFI is bringing these green, energy- and money-saving benefits into a new market area with its first entry-level LED product, the EFI H1625 LED printer. This hybrid roll/flatbed offering provides the cost and media versatility of cool cure imaging at an affordable price point. The product is ideal for print professionals looking for a fast return on investment and low operating costs on a printer offering the advantages of LED, grayscale, standard white ink, and single-pass multilayer printing. The product's variable droplets provide eight levels of greyscale for superior image quality, fine gradients and strong solid colors.
    "The cost of operation is better with the EFI H1625 LED printer because it uses so much less energy than other devices," according to one user of the new printer, Chris Root, founder of U.S. printing company Evron Graphics in Livermore, Calif. "The printer also has a number of nice improvements for a product in its price range, including better software, more automation, and a more powerful vacuum table."
    The new automation on EFI's high-volume inkjet press, the 3.2m VUTEk HS100 Pro, drives higher productivity by eliminating manual feeding and off-loading of jobs. The printer offers a high-volume digital production alternative to analog screen print and offset methods, providing versatile, fast production with exacting grayscale quality and variable gloss print modes.

    Faster image processing with the latest EFI Fiery proServer
    The EFI Fiery proServer Version 6, a new, scalable and flexible digital front-end workflow, offers significantly faster processing speeds. The Fiery proServer's EFI FAST RIP (Fiery Accelerated System Technology) processing engine handles complex vector data up to 10 times faster than competitive systems.
    Designed for EFI VUTEk printers but compatible with over 500 wide- and superwide-format printers from numerous major manufacturers, Fiery proServer Version 6 also supports Fogra PSD certifications, and it offers new tiling features for improved usability. A dynamic smoothing feature on the new Fiery proServer ensures superior gradient output.
    (efi Electronics For Imaging Inc.)
     
    17.07.2014   Papierfabrik Scheufelen plans to shut one Papermachine    ( Company news )

    Company news The declining consumption of graphic paper is forcing Papierfabrik Scheufelen to reduce its capacity from 300,000 tons to 140,000 tons annually. One paper machine and its associated equipment will be idled in the near future. Papierfabrik Scheufelen belongs to the Paper Excellence Group which is based in the Netherlands. Scheufelen’s strategy is to increase the share of premium and high end papers and extend the leading market position of coated premium papers globally. In the meantime, all existing supply and other commitments will be honoured, and Papierfabrik Scheufelen and LIG are looking forward to working in close collaboration with all stakeholders with a view to achieving a longterm sustainable business plan for the Company.
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    17.07.2014   ANDRITZ AUTOMATION concludes another modernization project successfully in the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... process control engineering sector at Hamburger Containerboard in Pitten, Austria

    ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, part of international technology group ANDRITZ, has successfully concluded complete modernization of the process control system for a steam boiler at the Hamburger Containerboard mill in Pitten, Austria.
    Based on the ANDRITZ “upgrade on-the-fly” concept, the complete process control system for the existing boiler, which has been operated as standby boiler since 1993 and is equipped with an S5 control system, was replaced within a very short time. Thanks to this concept and a comprehensive FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) together with the Hamburger Containerboard operating personnel, all four boilers in boiler house 3 were fired successfully five days before scheduled start-up, and high-quality steam was produced for the paper machine.
    After successful upgrade of the entire PM3 and system upgrades of pulping lines 2, 3, and 4, as well as of the PM4 auxiliaries station by ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, start-up of the boiler was an important milestone for Hamburger Containerboard in bringing the mill’s entire process control system up to a uniform, modern standard. Hamburger Containerboard produces 445,000 tons of corrugated base board from 100% waste paper in Pitten.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    17.07.2014   The Label Academy to Provide Education and Training for the Future    ( Company news )

    Company news A new e-learning initiative for the label community

    In today’s knowledge based economy, education and competence management are key to the future success of any business, and the label industry is no exception. This applies to all levels and functions in the company, from management to operations. At the end of 2012, the FINAT Board endorsed a new initiative designed to align education and training programmes for operators in the label industry. Two years later, the Label Academy is ready for take-off.

    Historically, the printing industry was regarded as having one of the best education and training schemes of any industry within the developed world, with a good apprenticeship system, excellent printing colleges, experienced trainers, and a wide range of printing textbooks on a whole variety of printing processes, typesetting, pre-press, bookbinding and finishing operations. Printing was regarded as a highly skilled industry with some of the highest industrial-skill wages.

    Growing pressure on education
    The more printing has moved away from a craft-based to a technology, service and communications-based industry, the more high-end sectors such as self-adhesive have developed and grown and the higher the pressures on costs and margins, the less high quality and knowledge-based education and training we seem to do.

    Dedicated printing colleges in many parts of the world have all but disappeared, or they are not seen to be relevant to training for the self-adhesive sector.

    Knowledge challenges and opportunities
    Indeed, the self-adhesive label sector seems to have suffered perhaps more than many other sectors of printing, and it is perhaps not too difficult to see why. It has some of the widest ranges of materials to print on, it has the widest range of printing processes being used (often in combination on one press line) and it has the widest range of in-line finishing operations. There has been an increasingly sophisticated origination and pre-press processes and significant more challenges in terms of sustainability (adhesives and silicones, matrix and liner waste, etc.). Not to forget about the greater diverse selection of bar code types, QR codes, augmented reality and other interactive labels.

    Each week seems to bring new industry knowledge challenges, and opportunities. And the demands are increasing all the time, from new digital technologies, interactive labels, brand protection solutions, to new developments in intelligent and active labels.

    Enhanced education and training: transferring knowledge to the new generation
    This enhanced level of education and training needs to be done sooner rather than later, as many of the existing skilled and knowledgeable people that have grown with the industry over the past 20 or so years come towards retirement. We need to utilise their knowledge before it is too late. We need to bring in new skills and abilities to tell employees about the new demands on labels. We need to re-build a new and dedicated education and training base for the industry’s future.

    THE LABEL ACADEMY
    This is why the publishing, internet and marketing team at Tarsus, supported by a small group of knowledgeable and skilled industry specialists, are planning the launch of The Label Academy. Over the coming months the team will be working on finishing the first six or more (out of the first 20 proposed) education and training e-learning and support modules that aim to provide the basic knowledge requirements of the label industry employees of today and tomorrow.

    E-learning
    Initial e-learning modules will cover topics as diverse as Label Substrates, Label Printing processes, Die-cutting and Tooling, Origination and Pre-press, Digital Label Printing, Environment and Sustainability, the History of the Label Industry. The first of these Modules are scheduled to be available later this year for purchase or downloading through a new Label Academy website that is currently being developed.
    Over the coming months, a dedicated Advisory Panel will additionally be working on how best to establish an internet-based industry testing scheme and moving towards an industry-wide on-line certification process.

    The Label Academy: a supporting resource for existing education schemes
    It is also planned that existing industry suppliers, associations, colleges, training and employer schemes and programmes will be able to apply to become accredited training organisations using the new learning modules. The Label Academy is not looking to take over or interfere with existing label industry training, but rather to become a resource provider and support body for the global label industry – with global resource material written for training providers to use in any country or market.

    FINAT Board endorsement
    At the present time the proposed education and training resource being developed under the banner of The Label Academy has already been endorsed by the FINAT Board and is currently being studied by other label industry associations around the world.

    Who are involved in The Label Academy?
    In planning for a number of years, the new label industry education and training scheme has been developed and pioneered to-date by Mike Fairley, widely known as the label industry ‘Guru’. Perhaps not so widely known is that before founding Labels & Labelling he spent several years as a further education lecturer before joining PIRA, the Paper, Printing and Packaging Industry Research Association as Deputy Head of Training. In this capacity he acquired extensive experience in lecturing and writing training manuals and materials on many areas of printing, papermaking, labels and packaging. He further developed his educational credentials at the UK Government sponsored Paper and Paper Products Industry Training Board as Head of Information, and as a consultant to the International Labour Office, the Economist Intelligence Unit and to the EU.

    Complementing Mike’s undoubted training and industry knowledge in writing the new e-learning Modules are a team from 4impression (author of the FINAT Educational Handbook) under Paul Jarvis and Netherlands-based Converting Technology International of Sietze de Kievit, who have been piloting training material and courses on label substrates and tooling. They are also members of the Academy’s Advisory Panel. Other global specialists are likely to be co-opted as required for specific subjects or markets.

    Official Launch: Labelexpo Americas 2014
    From now onwards the first results of the work that has been undertaken to-date and the first e-learning modules to be produced will start to be announced and initial training and testing materials become available. The aim is to then have the official launch of The Label Academy at Labelexpo Americas in September.

    It is certainly hoped that the global label industry will support this exciting new initiative and strive to produce the better-educated and trained employees who will be needed for the successful and long-term future of the industry.

    The past brings future perspective
    Another way of learning is to have insight and an understanding of past accomplishments. A good way of gaining that knowledge is reading 'The Evolution of Labels and the Label Industry in Europe.' This book is the result of several years of research and writing by Michael Fairley and Tony White. Over 240 pages of text and historical illustrations they trace the history of labels and label production from early wooden presses printing on hand-made paper, through all the changes brought about by the Industrial Revolution during the 18th and 19th centuries – including continuous papermaking, cylinder presses, ink-making and inking rollers, early colour printing, the first cutting punches and dies – right through to the 21st century innovations of self-adhesive label materials, printing and converting, computerised origination and digital printing. The prestige limited hard cover edition book should be a must-read title for all those who have an interest in how the world of labels and label production has grown from its early origins to the present time.

    For more information on this book contact FINAT at tel. +31-70-3123910 or e-mail info@finat.com
    (FINAT)
     
    17.07.2014   Societé Tilwel, France, impressed by versatiliy of its BOBST F&K 20SIX    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Societé Tilwel production hall

    It is more than a year now that Societé Tilwel’s 1100 mm wide 8-colour F&K 20SIX has been on duty, and ever since it was comissioned, it has fully met Tilwel’s high expectations. In particular, the responsible persons at Tilwel are impressed by the versatility, the new press is offering: “We print on all types of substrates, from 330 g/m² carton board to thin OPP film. We print on 20 microns, and we have even printed on 12 micron PET "says Laurent Parolari, production manager who is also much impressed by the process consistency and efficiency that smartGPS™ provides.

    As Arnaud Barbedet, Tilwel site director, points out, the F&K 20SIX does not only allow Societé Tilwel to target new markets, but thanks to its performance and capacities also serves well a back-up for the other companies of the group. According to Mr. Barbedet, what made Societé Tilwel opt for the F&K 20SIX, were three major reasons: the performance of the press, the quality of service that BOBST provides, and the trust in the manufacturer’s people they met during the buying process.

    Apart from the extraordinary flexibility with substrates and web tension, another specialty of the press is its tailored capability of printing water-based inks. Water-based flexo has a long tradition in the family-owned Brodard Packaging group which Societé Tilwel is part of and reflects the group’s concern for the evironment. Running 5 production sites with 210 employees in total, the group of companies achieves a turnover of 45 Mio €. With their wide range of products, Brodard Packaging serves both the food and non-food industry, including dairy, convenience food, coffee, personal care and cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    16.07.2014   Domtar receives 11 PPSA accolades: Safety in our business DNA    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) is honored to have had 11 facilities recognized for safety performance excellence at the Pulp and Paper Safety Association's (PPSA) annual awards ceremony. The prizes were handed out during the PPSA's annual conference held this year in St. Petersburg, Florida, from June 22-25.
    "An employee-driven safety culture is a key plank of Domtar's sustainable business strategy, and one of the important ways we live out our company values of agility, caring and innovation," noted Allan Bohn, Senior Director of Corporate Health and Safety. "So I want to congratulate our Pulp and Paper leadership, the individual site leaders and safety representatives, and especially the site employees for all their hard work and dedication that led to these PPSA honors."
    (Domtar Paper Operation Center)
     
    16.07.2014   ARPG invests in Augsburg premises    ( Company news )

    Company news At the end of June 2014 AR Packaging acquired the premises of the manufacturing plant in Augsburg in Germany.

    Picture: Niclas Nyström, CFO of AR Packaging

    The investment of EUR 2,2 million is financed out of the operational cash flow and is a part of the investment program announced in March this year.
    “The strengthened financial position of the company gives us much more flexibility in optimizing the capital structure of the group and eliminating unfavourable lease contracts. Further this will strengthen our competitiveness in the market”, says Niclas Nyström, CFO of AR Packaging.
    (AR Packaging Group)
     
    16.07.2014   Great willingness to invest    ( Company news )

    Company news The auditors have again attested to consistent environmental management at Bischof + Klein in the seventh major environmental audit according to EMAS (Eco-Management and Audit Scheme).
    Dr. Jörg Schnittger and Dr. Ulrich Wilcke of KPMG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft did not discover any deviations whatsoever during the intensive two-day audit, and praised the company's "great willingness to invest" as well as the clear data recording undertaken at both of the German sites, B+K Lengerich and Konzell. Orderliness and cleanliness also created a positive impression at both locations.
    During company inspections and in interviews with the management, the works council and employees from the operating technology, purchasing and personnel departments, the auditors made certain that all management regulations are implemented and that Bischof + Klein complies with environmental protection and work safety laws and regulations. Amongst other aspects, particular attention was paid to mandatory training courses this time around. All production employees' knowledge is regularly kept up-to-date to enable the company to guarantee safety and environmental protection within its plants and to uphold product quality standards.
    The experts also assured themselves that the environmental goals formulated during the last major audit three years previously had been implemented. The environmental statement signed by the auditors will shortly be published in the sustainability report for 2013.
    (B+K Bischof + Klein GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    16.07.2014   Södra chooses Doosan Skoda as turbine supplier for Värö     ( Company news )

    Company news Södra Cell has chosen Doosan Skoda Power to supply a turbine for the expansion of the Värö Pulp Mill.

    Doosan Skoda Power has been commissioned to supply a complete turbine installation consisting of a turbine, generator and other equipment. The turbine is a 60MW condensing turbine and it will be an important part of Södra's expansion of the Värö Pulp Mill. The new turbine safeguards the expanded mill's electricity generation and surplus electricity will be supplied to the national grid. This means Södra will be able to increase deliveries of ‘green electricity' which is replacing fossil fuels in the community.
    "We chose Doosan Skoda to supply our new turbine because they made us a highly competitive offer. We've also been extremely satisfied with the turbine from Doosan Skoda that we started in 2007," explained Jonas Eriksson, Mill Manager at Södra Cell Värö.
    Södra has already commissioned Sweco for construction design, NCC for groundworks, installation and construction work, Valmet for process equipment and Raumaster for storage and transportation equipment for wood chips and bark.
    Doosan Skoda Power is a Czech company that sells equipment and services for all kinds of installations and specialises in steam turbines and heat exchangers it designs itself. The company belongs to Korean industrial group Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    16.07.2014   On-line visitor registration is open! Get your free ticket and join the largest PPI audience in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Eastern Europe

    Get your free access to the exhibition PAP-FOR Russia right now!

    WHAT: XIII International Exhibition and Business Forum for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries
    WHERE: PAP-FOR Russia will be held at the new venue - International Convention and Exhibition Centre EXPOFORUM, Pavilion 1. Peterburgskoye Highway, 64/1, St. Petersburg, Russia
    WHEN: 28.10.2014 - 31.10.2014

    4 STEPS TO THE EXHIBITION
    Complete on-line registration form and save your time on-site during show hours.
    HOW TO GET A TICKET?
    1. Submit on-line registration form at www.papfor.com
    2. Receive a confirmation letter containing your personal e-ticket.
    3. Print e-ticket out and bring it to the exhibition.
    4. Get your personal visitor badge at on-site registration desk in exchange.
    ! Please, pay extra attention to the accuracy of contact information in the registration form: your personal e-ticket will be sent to the submitted e-mail address.

    NOTICE:
    PAP-FOR Russia 2014 will be held at the new venue - International Convention and Exhibition Centre EXPOFORUM! Peterburgskoye Highway, 64/1, St. Petersburg, Russia.
    (Reed Expo Russia)
     
    16.07.2014   Vacon to strengthen foothold and services in Poland     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon strengthens its foothold and ability to offer better services for its local and global customers in Poland by opening a sales company in Warsaw, the capital.
    Vacon will acquire the AC drives business operations of Telko-Poland, a Polish subsidiary of Finland-based Kaukomarkkinat Oy. The business operations and the personnel will be consolidated into the Vacon Group. Vacon and Telko-Poland have been partnering in Poland for approximately twenty years since 1994.
    "Vacon has had a distributor agreement with Telko-Poland for a number of years. Poland is a strongly developing and stable market, and this acquisition of business operations further strengthens our presence in the country. It also allows us to offer even more comprehensive services to our local and global OEM and brand-label customers," explains Thomas Thörewik, Vice President, Northern & Eastern Europe at Vacon.
    "We aim to grow significantly faster than the market, and that means we will have to expand our activities to new areas and to new channels. Our own operations in Poland will support this strategy and also strengthen Vacon's brand awareness," concludes Thörewik.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    16.07.2014   Premiere: LIGNA to feature new Wood Industry Summit    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 - Summit to comprise exhibitions, a matchmaking platform and a Forum
    - German Forestry Council (KWF) as Summit Partner

    LIGNA – the leading trade fair for the forestry and wood industries – next runs from 11 to 15 May 2015. And it will be taking its commitment as the international shop window for the wood industry to the next level with an exciting new offering: the Wood Industry Summit.

    Organized by Deutsche Messe in partnership with the German Forestry Council (KWF), the all-new Wood Industry Summit will comprise an exhibition area, a matchmaking platform and a forum, making it a powerful hub for international lead generation and dialogue. It will be staged on about 800 square meters (2,000 sq. ft.) of display area in Hall 13.

    In the exhibition area, companies and institutions from the forestry technology, sawmill technology, wood panel products and veneer production, wood energy, solid wood working and pulp and paper industries will showcase their latest technology offerings in the immediate vicinity of international group pavilions run by key players from carefully selected timber-rich target market regions, such as Russia, China and North and South America.

    The matchmaking platform will feature institutions and delegations of high-ranking government and business representatives from Russia, China and North and South America, who will outline market access opportunities and regional wood-industry projects in their countries. The platform is also an opportunity for companies from European countries, such as Finland, Sweden, Germany, Austria and Switzerland, to present their technologies to the participating wood-industry representatives and purchasing delegations from their international target markets.

    The third component of the Wood Industry Summit is a special forum for key international representatives of industry, science and government. The aim of the forum is to present new solutions and the current state of the art in various technology areas, particularly harvesting technology, and to discuss current industry trends and issues. The forum is also an opportunity to share detailed information on how to initiate business in key target markets and to find the best technology fit for specific countries. The forum will be moderated by the KWF.

    The KWF is a solid and trusted partner who brings a great deal of experience and expertise to its role as Deutsche Messe’s co-organizer of the Wood Industry Summit. Dr. Jochen Köckler, a member of Deutsche Messe’s Managing Board, explains: “We have in KWF a truly outstanding partner. Our two organizations have worked together for many years to systematically hone and tailor LIGNA to the needs of the market. And so we are delighted to have the KWF on board as we develop and launch the Wood Industry Summit. It will be the only platform of its kind worldwide and will generate considerable economic value, particularly in the international project business. Our aim in creating it is to give our exhibitors the best-possible springboard for initiating new international business relationships and to enable them to find partners from Russia, China and North and South America. Under the umbrella of the Wood Industry Summit, we will work with the KWF and our partners from these countries and regions to get European-made wood-industry technologies and solutions onto overseas markets. The Wood Industry Summit will feature numerous technical presentations, discussion forums and international business facilitation and advisory offerings. Another important reason why we’re creating the Wood Industry Summit is that we want to provide added value for the international, vertically integrated pulp and paper enterprises that have been sending visitors to LIGNA in ever-increasing numbers over the years.

    And, given the ongoing internationalization of business processes in the wood industry and the fact that European companies are increasingly selling into new, fast-growing export markets, we are confident that the Wood Industry Summit will further consolidate our pioneering role as a matchmaker between supply and demand. We want to help our exhibitors internationalize their business processes and safeguard their long-term viability.”

    The Wood Flooring Summit will thus underscore and enhance LIGNA’s position as the top international exhibition for the wood and forestry industries. As the international benchmark for wood-industry tradeshows, LIGNA is known and respected for its global focus and professionalism. In 2015, the fair will once again highlight real solutions against the backdrop of current market trends and regulatory developments.

    The KWF’s Managing Director, Ute Seeling, had this to say: “The planned Wood Industry Summit will enable LIGNA exhibitors from the forestry and wood industry to meet and get to know potential partners from specially profiled target market regions. Our objective in partnering with Deutsche Messe for the Summit is to provide a platform for successful, long-term international business relationships. It’s a great opportunity, and we hope the target wood-industry companies will take full advantage of it.”

    The KWF was formed in 1962 from the amalgamation of the Technical Center for the German Forestry Industry (TZF) and the German Society for Forestry Ergonomics (GEFFA). The KWF’s core functions lie in future-proofing the forestry industry, accident prevention and environmental stewardship. It is the only multi-regional institution of its kind in Germany and is therefore the country’s central coordinating body for applied scientific and technical forestry initiatives.

    The KWF is known primarily for its role as the organizer of the +KWF Conference (“KWF-Tagung”) and for its activities in testing and certifying forestry technology and equipment. The KWF Conference is the world’s second largest forestry-machinery demonstration fair. It is held four-yearly, each time at a different location in Germany. The KWF is a member of multiple German and international forestry-industry networks and is networked with key forestry-industry organizations around the globe.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
     
    16.07.2014   We will exhibit our products at 'MSV- International Engineering Fair'    ( Company news )

    Company news We will attend the "MSV- International Engineering Fair", the leading industrial trade fair in Central Europe to be held in Brno - Czech Republic, from 29th September to 03rd October 2014.

    Come and visit us at our booth:
    PAD A2 – Stand 034.

    Our sales Enginners will show you our product range and a Microvert Machine in function and will discuss with you the best solution for packaging your products.
    See you there!
    (Imanpack Packaging and Eco Solutions S.p.A.)
     
    15.07.2014   Cascades Launches Respak: the Alternative to Polycoated Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades is proud to announce the launch of Respak, the ecological answer to the environmental challenge of polycoated packaging products. Designed primarily for the food and food services industries, Respak is recyclable and compostable, without compromising on the performance and durability characteristic of traditional polycoated packaging.

    A reduced ecological footprint
    Well known for its resistance, polycoated cardboard is widely used around the world. Every minute, as much as two tonnes of polycoated cardboard are used, enough to cover the Empire State Building 3 times per hour, or 72 times a day! Cascades is proposing Respak, an ecological alternative that is recyclable, compostable and made from 50% recycled fibres. Respak has a unique and revolutionary barrier that repels water, oil and grease just as efficiently as ordinary polycoated cardboard.
    “The development of Respak goes hand in hand with the Company’s values of respect for the environment and innovation that have made Cascades a leader in eco-friendly packaging for 50 years,” explains Marc-André Dépin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Norampac, the Cascades group specializing in packaging solutions. “As the designers and producers of Respak, we are very pleased to be the first to offer the packaging and food industries, as well as consumers, a green alternative that will significantly reduce the impact of food consumption on waste.” Based on results from a preliminary life cycle assessment, Respak’s environmental impact is 50% less than that of the polycoated cardboard currently in use.

    Packaging just got better
    Respak complies with the main food safety standards, including those established by the Food and Drug Administration for packaging that comes in contact with dry, aqueous and fatty foods. Elemental chlorine free (ECF) and FSC ® -certified, this innovation from Cascades has a bright future on the food packaging market.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    15.07.2014   Sustainable Developments in Papers & Technical Fibres Seals Innovation Award Win    ( Company news )

    Company news Ground-breaking processes including the recycling of carbon fibre and paper coffee cups have seen James Cropper claim an Innovation Excellence Award, supported by the Technology Strategy Board. The award was presented by the Stationers Company, the guardians of the British communications and content industries, including paper and printing sectors, to Chief Executive, Phil Wild at a gathering on Monday 30 June 2014.

    Picture: Tom Hempenstall (right) presents Phil Wild with the 2014 Innovation Award

    Rising from a long-list of companies, James Cropper picked up the accolade for a series of projects which represent significant milestones in not only British, but the international paper and technical fibre trades.
    The panel of judges, including Dr Gerry Flynn of the Technology Strategy Board, Master of the Stationers’ Company, Tom Hempenstall and BBC Global Business Correspondent, Peter Day declared the 170 year old British company the winner of the award for ‘Breakthrough technology that offers significant sustainable development prospects’.
    The award ceremony was underpinned by speeches that recognised the seismic technological, economic and social changes challenging traditional industries, innovations like James Cropper’s landmark recycling process for many of the billions of paper coffee cups thrown away each year, were formally recognised by business peers. Sustainable product developments that see waste products limited or reused, including a chocolate wrapping paper that includes otherwise disposed of cocoa shells enhanced James Cropper’s claim to the accolade.

    Phil Wild, CEO of James Cropper, said: “For six centuries The Stationers Company has set standards and protected the reputation of a range of industries including paper producers, the place from which James Cropper started. Therefore, it is an honour to be recognised by the judges in this way and to receive the award in the company of so many other business leaders. Sustainability makes good business sense, and is at the forefront of our business philosophy in the creation of some of the world’s most distinctive and technically advanced paper products. We feel this award recognises that commitment.”

    In addition to James Cropper’s paper business incorporating an integrated converting facility, James Cropper plc also includes TFP (Technical Fibre Products), a specialist producer of wet-laid nonwoven fibres that support the aerospace and defence industries. In October last year it was announced that TFP, an internationally recognised leader in glass, carbon and polymer nonwovens, had developed the capability to process recycled carbon fibre into a reusable composite, ultimately providing a viable route for the reuse of a widely used fibre previously considered as waste.
    2014 has seen James Cropper establish a new, dedicated Technology and Innovation Division to stimulate a step-change in the pace and deployment of new technologies appearing in the company’s expanding portfolio. Underpinned by the company’s ethos of investment in the environment, expertise and high standards of customer care, the division is working to build on a series of award winning projects with further developments.

    Patrick Willink, Chief Technology Officer for James Cropper, said: “Vision has certainly been the key to James Cropper’s success, along with innovation and reinvention, from becoming one of the first paper mills in the world to make coloured paper, research into non-cellulose fibre which led to the formation of TFP, to developing unique technologies for generating new products from waste materials. With a long-term investment in science, technology and our people the company embraces today’s business challenges as an opportunity.”
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
     
    15.07.2014   EU and Industry Partners Launch €3.7 Billion Investments in the Renewable Bio-based Economy    ( Company news )

    Company news EU and industry leaders have launched a new European Joint Undertaking on Bio-based Industries (BBI). The aim is to trigger investments and create a competitive market for bio-based products and materials sourced locally and "Made in Europe", tackling some of Europe's biggest societal challenges.

    Photo: Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi Europe S.A.

    €3.7 billion will be injected into the European economy between 2014 and 2024 - €975 million from the European Commission and €2.7 billion from the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) - to develop an emerging bioeconomy sector. Through financing of research and innovation projects, the BBI will create new and novel partnerships across sectors, such as agriculture, agro-food, technology providers, forestry/pulp and paper, chemicals and energy.
    The aim of the BBI is to use Europe's untapped biomass and wastes as feedstock to make fossil-free and greener everyday products. At the heart of it are advanced biorefineries and innovative technologies that will convert renewable resources into sustainable bio-based chemicals, materials and fuels.
    Berry Wiersum, CEO of Sappi Europe, one of the major European companies represented by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (BIC) underlined his company's commitment to investing in collaborative research, development and demonstration of bio-based technologies: "The BBI Joint Undertaking is special because it will drive the use of renewable resources and innovative technologies for greener everyday products. The public-private partnership structure increases the likelihood that a new and sustainable European industry will be born."

    Organised in five value chains - that range from primary production to consumer markets - the BBI will help fill the innovation gap between technology development and commercialisation, sustainably realising the potential of bio-based industries in Europe.
    Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, said: "The bioeconomy has huge potential that is attracting investments all around the world. With this new partnership, we want to harness innovative technologies to convert Europe's untapped renewable resources and waste into greener everyday products such as food, feed, chemicals, materials and fuels, all sourced and made in Europe."

    The BBI is a shift from a fossil- and imports-based society to increase Europe's share of sustainable economic growth, and is expected to create tens of thousands of jobs (80% in rural areas), revitalise industries, diversify farmers' incomes, and reduce GHG emissions by at least 50% in comparison to fossil-based applications.
    The BBI will manage the investments in the form of research and innovation projects that are defined in annual Calls for Proposals and implemented across European regions. In line with Horizon 2020 rules, all stakeholders are invited to submit innovative proposals and demonstrate progress beyond state-of-the-art.

    First BBI Call for Proposals focuses on high potential / high impact investments
    Also launched today is the BBI's first Call for Proposals. It is a €50 million Call (not including industry contributions, which are expected to reach up to €100 million) that is a first step in a long-term strategy that will deliver tangible social, economic and environmental results.
    -10 Research and Innovation Actions with a total budget of €15 million;
    -6 Innovation Actions (5 Demo and 1 Flagship) with a total budget of €35 million.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    15.07.2014   Heidelberg Info Days showcase LE UV perfecting printing    ( Company news )

    Company news -Perfecting technology optimizes productivity and cost-efficiency, even with short runs
    -Swiss commercial printer sees positive results with new Speedmaster XL 106 eight-color LE UV press

    Figure: A major benefit of LE UV dryer technology is that the dry sheets can go straight to postpress.

    The Heidelberg Info Days at the Print Media Center in Heidelberg recently showcased state-of-the-art LE UV dryer technology (LE stands for Low Energy). No fewer than 235 customers from 19 different countries attended this event organized by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg). They gained an excellent insight into the efficiency and productivity of long perfectors and the associated postpress equipment. With over 2,000 long perfectors installed worldwide, Heidelberg boasts a great deal of know-how in this field. This includes Perfect Jacket technology, which enables virtually identical print quality on both sides of the sheet. The intuitive operator guidance system IntelliStart, the fully automatic and simultaneous plate changing system AutoPlate XL, reduced washup times, and the inline color measurement system Prinect Inpress Control combine to deliver fast, reliable, and stable job processing. This applies to both long runs and the very short runs that are becoming increasingly popular.
    A Speedmaster XL 75 eight-color press with coating unit demonstrated the latest perfecting technology and its impressive flexibility to visitors attending the Info Days. And the Speedmaster XL 106 ten-color press on show set new productivity standards, operating at 18,000 sheets per hour in perfecting mode. But the highlight of the event was the Speedmaster SX 102-8-P+L with LE UV. Impressed customers witnessed the high-quality production of the perfecting press. Sheets surface finished on one side emerged dry from the delivery ready for postpress.
    All press models - from the Speedmaster SX 52 to the Speedmaster XL 162 - can be equipped with LE UV. A Speedmaster SX 74-4-H with LE UV - an entry-level solution for commercial printing - has recently been added to the demonstration presses at the Wiesloch-Walldorf plant.

    LE UV the right decision for Swiss commercial printer
    Sylvain Cognard, Production Manager at Swiss commercial print shop W. Gassmann AG/ Courvoisier-Attinger Arts graphiques SA in Biel, related his experiences with the world's first 18,000 sph generation Speedmaster XL 106-8-P LE UV during a panel discussion at the Info Days. This print shop employs 350 staff and its customers come from markets with challenging requirements such as the watchmaking and jewelry industries. "We use perfecting printing for 90 percent of our work. The LE UV press works perfectly at a speed of 18,000 sheets an hour and the quality is excellent," said Cognard. His overall impression is a positive one and he now uses the benefits of LE UV to provide his customers with a fast, top-quality service. When the print shop processed a job using both standard sheetfed offset printing and LE UV and presented the two results to a customer, the customer chose LE UV. According to Cognard, LE UV offers great potential for premium products. "We printed a watch catalog on challenging offset paper for Basel World. Only thanks to LE UV were we able to complete the job within a tight timeframe," he revealed. Cognard also underlined the cost-efficiency of production on the Speedmaster XL 106. "For a recent job, we replaced the full set of plates every eight minutes, which meant changing 60 plates every hour. Replacement intervals of this kind can only be cost-effective with AutoPlate XL and Prinect Inpress Control," he stressed.

    Key issue of service and insights into new technologies

    Visitors to the Info Days were given food for thought on a number of subjects. For example, Heidelberg Service demonstrated a number of solutions and offerings to ensure that, if the worst comes to the worst, action can be taken quickly to prevent long downtimes and ensure print shop productivity does not suffer. The Remote Monitoring presentation in particular showed customers how predictive maintenance can prevent a press from breaking down. The Saphira portfolio serves a similar purpose. The newly launched Saphira Anilox Roller GTT reduces downtimes while also improving print quality. Appropriate CtP systems and Prinect solutions round off this product portfolio.
    Heidelberg also presented its UV LED system, which was unveiled at drupa 2012 on a Speedmaster SX 52 and is currently being transferred to the Speedmaster SX/CX 102. Delivery of the first DryStar UV LED systems started in Japan at the end of last year and there are plans to roll out UV LED technology in Europe over the coming months and years. The big advantage of UV LED is its low energy consumption and the ability to control the switching on and off of LEDs for a particular format width and sheet length.
    Another topic touched on was Anicolor technology, which has proved its value for rapid makeready with minimum waste and maximum productivity. Speedmaster XL 75 Anicolor perfecting presses equipped with this technology will be available from the second half of 2014 and it is planned to offer them in conjunction with UV and LE UV technology in the first half of 2015.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    15.07.2014   Sappi presents full range of Speciality Papers at Packaging Innovations 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Speciality Papers will be exhibiting at this year’s Packaging Innovations Show taking place in London, from 30 September to 1 October on stand D6, to present its latest innovative papers and board packaging solutions. These include the sustainable and recyclable packaging grades such as Algro® Guard M and Leine® Guard M, offering Mineral Oil Barrier functionality to safeguard food from contamination. Also featured at the show will be Sappi’s award-winning bright white carton board Algro Design®; the premium white topliner Fusion® for lamination to carton and corrugated cardboard; and biodegradable packaging solutions like Algro® Nature, a certified home compostable flexible packaging substrate that is based on renewable raw materials, as is the case with all Sappi papers.

    Produced to high quality ISO standards as well as FSC accreditation, Sappi Speciality papers have been developed to meet the growing requirements of brand owners and converters for grades that address improved shelf presence and brand image, environmental and sustainable impact, enhanced productivity and functionality as well as concerns around food safety.

    Speciality papers from Sappi give customers an array of options to improve shelf presence and brand image ranging through flexible packaging, premium SBS board, topliner for high quality corrugated packaging, wet glue applied label paper enabling strong on-shelf appeal packaging papers offering stiffness and pack strength, silicone base papers for carriers for self-adhesive products, and home compostable papers. Sappi’s family of coated paper products offers a variety of packaging applications ranging from sachets and pouches for the food industry to confectionery wrappers and labels.

    Enhancing environmental sustainability
    With Algro Nature, Sappi is presenting a home compostable paper packaging solution. The Algro Nature paper, produced with cellulose based film from Innovia Films, enables brand owners and packaging manufacturers to develop packaging from renewable resources, that once used can be easily composted, either commercially or domestically.

    Keeping Food Safe
    Also on show will be the new and innovative Sappi grades Algro Guard M and Leine Guard M. These sustainable and recyclable packaging materials are designed to address concerns about migration of mineral oil into food from packaging that is manufactured from recycled fibres. The integrated solution of mineral oil barrier functionality combined with excellent heat sealing properties minimise converting process steps and considerably reduce costs in the supply chain.

    Fusion® a white top liner for corrugated packaging
    Presented at the show is Fusion®, a premium-quality, bright white premium liner. Composed of white bleached virgin fibres, this top liner has achieved success among a number of stakeholders in the packaging supply chain, ranging from corrugators to litho laminators and finishers of folding cartons, as well as print finishers, designers, agencies and brand owners. Thanks to its high white finish, Fusion outperforms standard white-top liners and gives colour prints an unprecedented brilliance and saturation, whereby the finishes have a very tactile appeal. The top liner Fusion convinces with excellent converting properties and production advantages such as 30% less glue consumption, less cracking, high runability and reduced transportation and storage costs.

    Algro Design: special finishes drive brand value
    For many brand owners, packaging manufacturers and finishers, Sappi’s superior SBS carton board Algro Design is the first choice when it comes to printability and virtually limitless processing and finishing options. It guarantees maximum precision, value and consistent quality. Algro Design from Sappi is one of the most popular coated cellulose carton brands. The product range impresses with superior whiteness, consistent surface finish, very high light resistance and a silky smooth touch.

    Kerstin Dietze, Marketing Manager Speciality Papers concludes “Sappi believes in working in partnership with customers to help them identify the best ways to differentiate their offering from the competition. By specifying packaging substrates that enable the quality production of demanding designs they can communicate a premium message and create a perception of greater value. We are addressing even the most challenging packaging and conversion requirements of our customers. Our expanded product portfolio and our solutions reflects this expertise. Our substrates print well, can withstand complex finishing processes and assure product protection, are regulatory compliant and are offering the necessary shelf appeal to convince consumers.”
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
     
    14.07.2014   Södra chooses Sweco for construction design at Värö     ( Company news )

    Company news Södra has chosen technical consulting company Sweco for construction design work relating to the expansion of the Värö pulp mill.
    "Sweco was selected for this assignment on the basis of its extensive expertise and experience of the forestry industry and because they have the resources to deliver all the construction consulting services we require," explained Jonas Eriksson, Mill Manager at Södra Cell Värö.
    "This is one of the biggest investments taking place in the forestry industry right now. For Sweco, the contract means that we will be able to contribute to important growth opportunities for a pulp mill that has long been a forerunner with regard to environmental consideration and renewable energy," says Sören Hed, President of Sweco Structures.
    At the start of 2014, Södra took the decision to invest over SEK 4 billion to increase capacity at Värö. The expansion will increase production capacity from 425,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes of pulp per year. The mill will be one of the largest in the world producing softwood sulphate pulp, with state-of-the-art technology and vastly improved energy efficiency.
    Södra has already commissioned NCC to carry out groundwork, installation and construction for the Värö expansion. Valmet has been appointed process equipment supplier. Raumaster is another major supplier and will be supplying storage and transportation equipment for wood chips and bark.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    14.07.2014   BOBST to debut new blank separating die-cutter at ExpoPrint 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news BOBST will premiere the NOVACUT 106 ER - its brand new die-cutter for in-line die-cutting with blank separation - at ExpoPrint 2014 in July, as well as showcasing a folder-gluer line with Braille embossing capable of producing up to 115,000 boxes per hour.

    By bringing together superb BOBST die-cutting technology, the Angle Lock® blanking tool system and the extensive BOBST process support network, the new NOVACUT 106 ER gives packaging makers access to integrated and automated production that also improves the productivity of downstream processes such as folding and gluing.
    NOVACUT 106 ER is a value-for-money solution which offers in-line blank separation without the production or investment headaches that users expect from this process, delivering perfectly stacked bundles of blanks ready for downstream processing with no need for breaking out by hand. The BOBST Angle Lock® blanking tool system means that users can blank jobs which previously would not have been cost effective - and regardless of where they operate in the world, because Angle Lock® blanking tools can either be supplied directly by BOBST or made in-plant using standard components.
    The NOVACUT 106 ER designed for in-plant flexibility, allowing users to build up a portfolio of blank separating work while they still run un-blanked jobs that are simply die-cut and stripped. This flexibility comes courtesy of the NOVACUT's delivery section, which can be converted from single/double cut blank separating to full sheet delivery, and back, in a matter of seconds.
    To help users get over any apprehension about the in-line separation process, BOBST delivers unmatched customer support from its worldwide network of service support centers. Each center offers: pre- and post-sales advice from process specialists; training; technical support; remote diagnostics; access to field service technicians; and spare parts/consumables supply.

    Also on show at ExpoPrint 2014 will be a BOBST EXPERTFOLD line featuring the latest generation ACCUBRAILLE GT Braille embossing unit and a CARTONPACK GT automatic packer. This configuration, which is particularly suited to pharmaceutical packaging manufacture, can produce folded, glued and Braille embossed boxes at speeds of up to 115,000 per hour. ACCUBRAILLE GT not only ensures the consistency of Braille embossed dots throughout the run, but also means lower tooling costs - because one AccuBraille tool replaces several die-cutter embossing dies. A further benefit is that, with no need to carry out the time-consuming make-ready of such embossing dies, changeover times on the upstream die-cutter are reduced, improving plant efficiency overall.

    ExpoPrint 2014 will be held from July 16th to 22nd 2014 at the Transamerica Expo Center In São Paulo, Brazil. BOBST can be found in Hall C, booth 10C.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    14.07.2014   Anders Davidsson moving on to new challenges; Stephane Hamelin new CEO of Bong    ( Company news )

    Company news After more than 10 years as CEO of the Bong group, Anders Davidsson is now moving on to a new job outside Bong. Stephane Hamelin, Bong’s Chairman and also the largest shareholder, will assume the role as CEO with immediate effect.

    Photo: Stephane Hamelin, new CEO of Bong AB

    Anders Davidsson has accepted an offer to become the CEO of Kwintet, the European leader in professional work wear. Kwintet has an annual turnover of around Euro 500 million and is headquartered in Malmö.
    “It has been a pleasure to work with Anders Davidsson, not only because of his professional skill, but also because of the moral values we have in common”, says Bong’s Chairman Stephane Hamelin. “Last year, he played an important role in securing the new rights issue and the refinancing of the group. He also led the work to develop and initiate a comprehensive turnaround plan for Bong, which is now being rolled out. We thank Anders for his years with Bong and wish him good luck in his future career.”
    In order to keep the current momentum in the ongoing transformation of the company, Stephane Hamelin, who knows the envelope and packaging industry very well and was closely involved in developing the turnaround plan, will take the role as CEO with immediate effect. The senior and experienced leadership team that is already in place will support Stephane Hamelin. Anders Davidsson will also stay for some time to secure a smooth handover.
    Stephane Hamelin joined Bong’s Board of Directors in 2010 and has been the Chairman of the Board since May 2013. He has an extensive experience of the office products industry and also knows the envelope industry very well. Before the merger with Bong in 2010, he used to personally run the envelope division of Groupe Hamelin for many years. While it is unfortunate that Anders Davidsson leaves, the fact that Stephane Hamelin now takes the role as CEO will mean that the turnaround can continue with full force.
    Stephane Hamelin will resign from his position as Chairman at the same time when he takes the role as CEO of the group. The Board of Directors has instead decided to appoint Eric Joan as new Chairman of Bong until the next Annual General Meeting.
    (Bong AB)
     
    14.07.2014   UPM to become exclusive distributor of Domtar's BioChoice™ lignin in Europe     ( Company news )

    Company news UPM and Domtar have entered into an agreement for UPM to become the exclusive distributor of Domtar’s BioChoice™ lignin in Europe. BioChoice™ is produced at Domtar’s biorefinery in Plymouth, North Carolina, US. The agreement takes effect on 1 August 2014.

    Photo: Juuso Konttinen, Vice President Biochemicals from UPM

    BioChoice™ lignin is a by-product of the kraft pulping process. It is a 100 % biobased sustainable alternative to replace fossil based products. BioChoice™ lignin holds the USDA Certified Biobased product label.
    “Our lignin-separating process is groundbreaking, allowing us to offer high-quality kraft lignin in commercial quantities. UPM is an ideal partner for Domtar in many ways. They have a strong presence in the European market and also years of experience with biomaterials”, said Richard Mullen, Domtar, Vice President Market Development and Analysis.
    “We at UPM are truly excited about this agreement, not only because we get a great product in our offering, but also because together with Domtar we can develop the market and offer our customers sustainable, value added products for a growing variety of end uses”, said Juuso Konttinen, Vice President Biochemicals from UPM.
    “Versatile use of renewable wood biomass combined with innovation and sustainability is the cornerstone of UPM’s Biofore strategy. We have developed profound know-how and for intellectual property in the area of lignin based products, e.g. resins which are typically used as binders in wood based products”, Konttinen continued.
    (UPM)
     
    14.07.2014   Market Trends throughout the European Label Supply Chain    ( Company news )

    Company news At its recent congress in Monaco, FINAT presented the annual 360° tour of the label industry, looking at underlying forces for the industry as a whole and for the association. Jules Lejeune, managing director of FINAT, reported on the labelstock statistics for 2013 and introduced the first findings of the new FINAT RADAR regular report and analysis of the European narrow-web market.

    Features from the first FINAT RADAR
    Earlier this year FINAT announced the launch of RADAR, a member-exclusive half-yearly publication that will report trends and growth rates at all levels across the European narrow web supply chain.
    President Kurt Walker commented: “The FINAT RADAR gives members something they cannot find anywhere else. The publication offers FINAT membership a resource that benchmarks key metrics within each European region and market segment, in addition to providing comparisons between Europe and other major global regions. The RADAR is a comprehensive report, tying together converter, brand owner, material supplier and capital equipment trending and performance analysis."
    In this recently released debut edition of RADAR, more than 50 FINAT label converters participated in a detailed survey focusing on sales and profit trends, production data and capital equipment procurement trends. Converters from every European region participated in the research to enable benchmarking analysis in each market.

    Revenue growth
    In the Converter Survey, participants were asked to predict revenue growth over the course of the next six months for each major end-use sector they serve (food, beverage, pharmaceuticals, consumer durables, etc.), in addition to providing their companies’ turnover growth for 2013. These data enable converter members to gauge their performance and projections against the European market as a whole, and against companies in their own specific region.
    In parallel to this approach, the RADAR Brand Owner Survey asked companies to project growth and/or contraction rates for their label purchases over the next year. This exercise is essential in order to cross reference converter projected growth rates with what brand owners are predicting label procurement increases will be, in order to calculate growth rates for the market that are as close as possible to what the future will actually deliver. The table below indicates average growth rates from both converters and brand owners that were surveyed for the first edition of the report.

    Upstream supply data
    In addition to historical and projected growth rates, the debut edition of RADAR includes both a European Labelstock Index and a European Conventional Press Index. Both indices aggregate data from FINAT labelstock and conventional press member suppliers to show quarter-over-quarter growth and/or contraction rates in each sector. Each edition of the report will feature these indices, offering FINAT members access to a quarterly index that tracks labelstock growth and press sales.

    Special coverage
    The publication will also feature special coverage of issues pertinent to the changing dynamic of the European label converting marketplace. For the first edition of the report, brand owners were surveyed regarding their companies’ label sourcing trends and whether they were considering replacing Western European sourcing channels with other regions. Every brand owner was asked this question and the analysis of the aggregated results is a provocative one. Within the next 12 months, more than 50% of surveyed brand owners indicated that their companies were seriously considering the re-sourcing of some, or all, of the labels currently sourced from Western Europe, from other regions.

    FINAT labelstock statistics
    At the FINAT congress, Jules Lejeune documented labelstock demand in Europe for 1996 to 2013 showing that market volume had doubled in the last one and a half decade to just over 6 billion square meters. In 2013, overall demand grew by 3.5% over prior year - an increase that was mostly achieved in the second half of the year, with non-paper (film) labelstocks growing at 5.9% and paper stocks at 3.3%.
    Regionally, the countries to the east of Europe evidenced the greatest growth in 2013 over 2012 at 6.9%, with all other regions showing modest growth. The outlook for 2014 is positive, based on Q1 year-on-year results, both in terms of material grades and by region.

    Four forces Model
    Jules Lejeune defined the four forces that drive the label industry: the end-use market drivers, technology innovation, sustainability and corporate drivers. "Together these four forces impact the label industry as they are the subject of initiatives and activities that are today within the remit of FINAT, making the association's relevance to its membership higher than ever before," he concluded.
    (FINAT)
     
    11.07.2014   Cascades announces the end of its Kraft paper operations in East Angus    ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS) announced that it will cease its Kraft paper manufacturing activities in the East Angus (Québec) plant because of unfavourable market conditions and the failure of discussions concerning the plant's transfer and turnaround. Close to 175 employees will be affected by the closure, which will come into effect by October 3, 2014. By closing the plant, Cascades is withdrawing from the Kraft paper sector definitively.

    Photo: Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades

    "With the arrival of new competitors that convert newsprint paper machines to produce Kraft paper, and the ongoing weakening of market conditions for our products, the East Angus plant has not managed to maintain a competitive edge in the market despite significant investments and serious recovery efforts," explained Luc Langevin , President and Chief Operating Officer of Cascades Specialty Products Group. "Last November, we announced to employees our decision to withdraw from the industry. At the time, we offered them the plant debt free. After several months of ongoing efforts on the part of buyer Gino Lévesque, the Québec government and Cascades to come up with a financial package, the project was abandoned because of a lack of new investors. With the failure of the turnaround project and the loss of numerous key employees, today we are forced to announce the end of these activities."
    "Naturally, we are very disappointed that the project failed," said Mario Plourde, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cascades. "However, we would like to thank the employees' provisional committee, the buyer and the Government of Québec for the work they put into the project over several months in the attempt to save jobs. Since our strategic orientations are focused on growth in the packaging, tissue paper and recovery sectors, it became impossible to keep the plant open with its inability to regain profitability. Following today's announcement, Cascades will assume all of the plant's responsibilities, notably the employee pension plan."
    To assist the employees affected by the shutdown, Cascades will do everything in its power to relocate personnel to other units. It will work with the union and the governments to reduce the impact of the announcement on the workers and the community.
    Cascades would like to extend its sincere thanks to the employees of the plant for their loyalty over the years. It hopes that it can rely on them to continue to serve its customers until the plant closes.
    It is important to note that this announcement does not concern the coated boxboard manufacturing plant located in East Angus.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    11.07.2014   Hot-off-the-press topics for commercial printers at KBA in Radebeul    ( Company news )

    Company news Commercial Printing. Competence. Network. 2014

    Koenig & Bauer (KBA) welcomed over 250 print pundits from 22 countries to its sheetfed offset plant in Radebeul on 26 and 27 June. Under the banner “Commercial Printing. Competence. Network. 2014” the visitors were updated on the hottest topics regarding commercial printing.

    Photo: Ralf Sammeck, KBA executive vice-president for the sheetfed product house, welcomed over 250 print pundits from 22 countries to “Commercial Printing. Competence. Network.” at the training centre in Radebeul

    Following the two-day open house which focused on the latest trends in packaging printing in mid-May, this was the broadly based printing press manufacturer’s second, internationally acclaimed customer event of 2014. The first day was dedicated to theory. On the next day the participants were able to choose between various print demos which focused on perfecting, on-demand printing, mass production and finishing.
    Martin Wenk, executive board member of communication agency Jung von Matt/Neckar in Stuttgart, held an inspiring keynote speech. In a creative and entertaining way he showed that in today’s media arena print and brand communication has to be surprising and convincing in order to be effective: “Good advertising works like this as well, just like the most successful idea ever – the Trojan horse. It comes nicely packed as a gift, but it is specifically designed for conquering.” Martin Wenk offered insights into a consumer society full of emotion and with the aid of specific examples showed just what really counts in advertising.

    As flexible as an ant
    Ants are brought up to take on various roles, ranging from hunters, food gatherers and cultivators which look after fungi as a source of nutrition. They are all-rounders. KBA product manager Anja Hagedorn used the example of these versatile insects to address the topic of flexibility in printing. The Rapida sheetfed offset presses can achieve this level of versatility with the raft of different add-ons available. Along with standard materials (usually 0.06 to 0.6mm) they can handle thin substrates (from 0.04mm) up to heavy board, beer mat board or microflute (1.2 to 1.6mm). Rapida components are even used by KBA MetalPrint in metal decorating systems.
    The KBA Rapidas can also be equipped for maximum flexibility for inline finishing. The RSP solutions from CITO open up numerous possibilities in terms of grooving, die-cutting and perforation. These can be implemented in the printing units and coater. Anja Hagedorn presented possible applications and compared these based on practical criteria, such as the cost of die plates, flexibility, ease of operation, register accuracy and print-run stability.
    Sensory effects make a printed product distinctive and prompt consumers to look at it, touch it or even smell it. Luxury finished printed matter in particular evokes such consumer reactions. One coater or a free-standing printing unit in connection with a coater are all that’s needed to create many finishing effects, such as drip-off, haptic qualities or fragrances. KBA has a wealth of experience in inline finishing and the company often sets new trends with its Rapidas. An example of this from shortly after the millennium was the hybrid printing method which simultaneously uses oil-based overprint varnish and UV coating for premium finished printed products.

    As clever as an arctic fox
    Fellow KBA product marketing representative Jens Baumann focused his presentation on the topic of performance in commercial printing. He looked at far more than just speed. Perfection when turning the sheet, fast job changes and quick finishing with effective drying all at the lowest possible costs contribute to performance in commercial printing. The Rapida commercial presses are designed specifically for this with features ranging from fast perfecting at speeds of up to 18,000sph, AirTronic delivery, simultaneous plate changing (DriveTronic SPC) and new drying processes, such as HR-UV und LED-UV.
    The latter offers interesting approaches to optimise investment costs with short delivery times: investment in conventional four or eight-colour presses is the lowest. However, the printed products cannot be finished immediately. Investing in a four or eight-colour press with coater would bump up the start-up costs, but it is then possible to finish the products immediately. HR-UV dryers before perfecting or in the delivery only moderately increase costs compared to conventional presses as a coater are not necessary. Printed products can still be sent straight to finishing. LED-UV is a process with a promising future. LED-UV dryers significantly and sustainably reduce energy consumption. In addition, they have a long service life, require little maintenance and offer many other advantages. Every firm should look for the optimum solution for them based on job structure and an accompanying cost calculation. Jens Baumann recommends: “Look at the artic fox. Its fur offers the best insulation and energy-saving qualities of all land mammals. It also uses less energy when running in winter than in summer.”
    Under the key word “efficiency” head of KBA complete services & key account manager Europe Sascha Fischer spoke about boosting efficiency by networking, production planning/control and process optimisation. Under the name “KBA Complete Services”, the company offers integrated solutions and top-of-the-class automation technologies, all flanked by comprehensive advice and consulting services.

    Premiere: LED-UV also in large format
    The print demonstrations focused on typical commercial print applications with particular attention paid to economy, efficiency, finishing and innovation. A ten-colour Rapida 106 was shown producing a cookery book signature. This was followed by a gang forme in quick succession. Four-colour posters were then produced by switching between the first and last four printing units. The other units were set-up for the subsequent job with Flying JobChange and the next job could begin immediately without any interruptions to production. Innovative UV drying processes were demonstrated on an eight-colour Rapida 105. The visiting print experts were able to directly compare the images produced and cured using HR-UV and LED-UV. A further highlight on this press was inline colour measurement with grey-balance control from System Brunner.
    The print demonstrations which took place on large-format presses focused on mass production. Typical book and calendar pages on silk-matt art paper were produced on a six-colour Rapida 145 with coater and delivery extension. The inks were cured by a LED-UV interdeck dryer for the first time ever in large format. The sheets were then finished with a matt aqueous coating, and with glossy UV coating following a coating change. A five-colour Rapida 145 with coating kit printed a brochure in various languages on the other side of the pressroom. With the Flying JobChange capability the plates for black ink were switched between the first and second printing units during production and the language variations were produced without any interruptions to production after decoupling and coupling of the corresponding inking units. Both presses ran at speeds of up to 17,000sph.

    High-quality finishing
    LED-UV dryers are also available for the half-format Rapida 75. KBA demonstrated the fast production and finishing of postcards on a five-colour press. Printing on the back of the substrate with LED curing after the fifth printing unit was followed immediately by printing the front. This included inline perforation which meant that the individual post cards could be separated easily. High-quality covers of a magazine were printed on a six-colour Rapida 106 equipped with a KBA VariDry HR-UV dryer and cold-foil kit. They were finished with cold foil and UV high-gloss coating. A further Rapida 106 printed at a maximum speed of 20,000sph.
    Nearly all of the presses used for the print demonstrations are equipped with cutting-edge systems for quality assurance, including QualiTronic ColorControl (inline colour control), QualiTronic InstrumentFlight (inline grey-balance control) and QualiTronic PDF (inline PDF control).
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    11.07.2014   Södra members allocate eight per cent of woodland for conservation    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra's certified members have allocated an average of eight per cent of their woodland area for nature conservation, an area which corresponds in size to 200,000 football pitches. The equivalent total value could be as much as 20 billion SEK.
    This is based on an analysis of the green forest-management plans of Södra's certified members, carried out by Södra. Södra believes that the voluntary allocation of productive woodland is of great importance if the targets of the national environmental initiative "Living forests" are to be reached.
    "The voluntary allocations made by Södra's members amount to a total value of between 12 and 20 billion SEK," said Göran Örlander, Chief Forester at Södra.
    The allocated areas consist primarily of forests older than allowable for final felling. At least 85 per cent of the NO-area and almost 70 per cent of the NS-area are included in this category. NO stands for natural conservation areas which are to be left untouched, whilst NS refers to natural conservation areas which require some care.
    Viewed in the context of the clear-cut-ready forest in its entirety, NO/NS areas combined constitute 19 per cent. In conjunction with the felling in production forests, consideration will also be shown to various aspects with natural value such as dead wood, old trees and valuable ecosystems.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    11.07.2014   Sappi Europe to increase CWF prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi Fine Paper Europe will increase prices, for both wood free sheets and reels, by 5% - 8% in Latin America, Middle East and Africa as from January 2014 productions. Today's cost structure and the low levels of profitability make this price increase inevitable. Our customers will be personally informed by our sales teams who will provide them with any information they may require.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     

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