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    19.12.2013   Smurfit Kappa wins two Global 2013 PPI Awards     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Gary McGann – Group Chief Executive Officer

    Recognised for its commitment to sustainability, Smurfit Kappa was awarded top prize for Bio Strategy of the Year and Mill Manager of the Year at the PPI Awards ceremony which took place on 11 December in Dubai.
    The two awards reinforce the Group’s global position as a leading player in the paper-based packaging sector, and once again show the company’s continuous strive for excellence.
    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer comments, “ These awards demonstrate the commitment of Smurfit Kappa to deliver sustainable paper based packaging solutions to our customers while showing our respect for the communities in which we operate and for the wider environment.”
    Launched in 2009, the PPI Awards are the only awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp, paper and packaging sector.

    Mill Manager of the Year – Jo Cox, Roermond Papier, the Netherlands
    Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier is the largest recycled container board mill within the Group and one of the largest in Europe. Under the management of Jo Cox, it has developed into a mill with strong values, excellent performance, and dedicated employees with a passion for creating high quality and sustainable products. Proof of success can be seen in the mill’s continuous output growth , strong operating performance and recognition by customers as a sustainable packaging paper supplier.

    Bio Strategy of the Year – Roermond, the Netherlands
    Smurfit Kappa Roermond Papier was recognised for developing an effective sustainability strategy, creating valuable solutions for almost all of its reject streams. The mill creates value through a unique process converting its combustible rejects into approximately 15,000 tonnes of high calorific (bio) fuel pellets (Rofire®), leading to significant savings in annual CO2 fossil emissions. Currently 99,5% of the mill’s raw materials are converted into valuable and useful products and applications.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    19.12.2013   PulPaper 2014 Conferences - Early Bird price until 31 January, 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Biofuture for Mankind is the main theme of the PulPaper 2014 conference, covering the topic of bioeconomy and resource management for a sustainable world. Alongside the main conference runs the IMPC 2014 International Mechanical Pulping Conference, a scientific conference alternating between the continents.
    It is now possible to register for the conferences. Registering before 31 January means that you can enjoy the Early Bird price.

    New features of PulPaper - The Paper Square and PulPaper After Work
    For the first time in the history of PulPaper, the paper producers will be available on the exhibition floor. The Paper Square will also be in focus at the PulPaper After Work on Tuesday 3 June, the perfect way to end a day at work. Participants of the PulPaper event have the opportunity to relax, network and enjoy good food, drink and entertainment from the Paper Square stage.

    VTT - "Our participation at PulPaper has always lead to concrete customer cases"
    - We have always enjoyed the international context of PulPaper at our home ground, says Katriina Matilainen, Marketing Specialist at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. - PulPaper has always been a professionally organized event and offered various networking opportunities: the conference, exhibition, social events and one-to-one meetings.
    VTT is a partner in concept and technology development. With cross-disciplinary expertise, unique research facilities and
    extensive global industry network, the company provides cutting-edge technological solutions and innovative services to private enterprises and public entities. VTT’s expertise covers the whole pulp and paper value chain. In addition to traditional fibre based raw materials, the company develops novel biobased coatings and packaging materials as well as printing and converting technologies.
    VTT hosts the PulPaper 2014 Excursion to Jyväskylä on 5-6 June, where participants have the unique opportunity to learn about the world's most advanced fibre technology & novel foam forming research and piloting facilities.
    - We expect PulPaper 2014 to be an interactive few days with sales & networking opportunities and several fascinating discussions about the latest technology innovations in a global atmosphere, concludes Matilainen.

    Unforgettable gala evening
    Join the festivites when the Paper Engineers Association celebrates its 100th anniversary. The spectacular gala evening takes place in the brand new Helsinki Music Centre on Wednesday 4 June, 2014.
    (Adforum)
     
    18.12.2013   Kruger receives Green Innovation Award    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: ADRIQ gives Kruger the 2013 “Green Innovation” award for its Brompton mill’s fly ash reuse project. From left to right: Jean-Louis Legault, Chief Executive Officer, Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec (Québec Association for research and innovation development - ADRIQ); Luc Michel, Services Director, Brompton Mill, Kruger; René Hamel, Environment Coordinator, Brompton Mill, Kruger; Balázs Tolnai, General Manager ̶ Technology, Industrial Products Division, Kruger; Gérald St-Aubin, Vice-President, Investment Fund and Strategic Support, Desjardins; and Albert De Luca, Tax Partner, Deloitte.

    Kruger Inc. proudly announces that it was presented with the 2013 Green Innovation Award at the 23rd Gala of the Association pour le développement de la recherche et de l'innovation du Québec (Québec Association for research and innovation development - ADRIQ) held in Montréal on November 21, 2013. The award was given to Kruger’s Publication Papers Division in recognition of a project that reuses fly ash produced by the cogeneration plant at its newsprint mill in Brompton, Québec.
    The Brompton Mill has been producing electricity and steam from paper residue and other biomass sources at its cogeneration plant since 2007. This highly green process significantly reduces the Mill’s GHG emissions.
    Managers at Kruger’s cogeneration plant worked on this research project in partnership with the University of Sherbrooke’s Civil Engineering Department for three years in order to find an alternative for reusing cogeneration fly ash.
    The project, funded by the Québec Ministry of Natural Resources and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, demonstrated that cogeneration fly ash could be used as a cement alternative for various industrial applications. The researchers showed that up to 20% of cement could be replaced with fly ash for making concrete, without compromising the finished product’s quality or durability.
    Not only does this discovery open the way to substantial savings for concrete manufacturers, but it has also helped to significantly reduce the amount of landfilled waste.
    To date, the Brompton facility is the first and only facility in Québec and Canada that has had cogeneration fly ash certified as a cement substitute.
    (Kruger Inc.)
     
    18.12.2013   Metsä Tissue increases baking and cooking paper prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Tissue will raise the prices of its baking and cooking papers by 5 percent in the first quarter of 2014. The price increases will affect all the baking and cooking papers on all the markets latest from 1 April 2014.

    Metsä Tissue is one of the biggest global suppliers of baking and cooking papers and products. Its papers and branded SAGA products are sold in over 60 countries.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
     
    18.12.2013   Peak performance in format 6 die-cutting technology – Heidelberg unveils new ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Dymatrix XL 145 CSB with optimum automation and maximum precision

    -New Dyset XL optical feed system delivers feed register accuracy and stable sheet travel at maximum speeds
    -Minimal makeready times thanks to camera adjustment via preset functions and straightforward operation
    -New pneumatic chase ensures fast and reproducible tool changes
    -Tried-and-tested modules from Dymatrix 106 CSB such as chase changer and Prinect Integration
    -Folding carton printer Hepack orders not one but two Dymatrix XL 145 CSB die cutters as part of a large investment package

    Industrial-scale folding carton manufacturers need appropriate die cutters to finish the sheets printed on their highly productive presses. Following numerous discussions about the requirements of customers in this market segment, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has now developed the Dymatrix XL 145 CSB - a peak performance die cutter for format 6 applications. Thanks to the new Dyset XL optical feed system, the new pneumatic chase, and further preset modules, the die cutter is systematically geared toward maximum productivity and optimum precision. Available with immediate effect, the preset modules boast tried-and-tested technologies from the Dymatrix 106 CSB high-performance die cutter such as fine adjustment of the die-cutting plate position and format setting at the feeder. The chase changer and the quick-action clamping system for the stripping and blanking stations ensure short makeready times during job changes. A completely redesigned main gear mechanism increases the speed to 9,000 sheets per hour. As with the Dymatrix 106 CSB, the gearing is based on the technology used in presses, with no temperamental worm drives. Prinect integrates the Dymatrix XL 145 CSB into the print shop workflow for maximum overall process efficiency. CSB stands for cutting, stripping, and blanking.
    The Dymatrix XL 145 CSB will be available from midway through 2014 and augments the Dymatrix 145 CSB range. It offers outstanding flexibility, supporting grammages of between 80 and 2,000 gsm and processing materials 0.1 to 4 millimeters (0.0039 to 0.16 inches) thick. A sample machine is available for demonstrations at the Print Media Center in Wiesloch-Walldorf.

    New Dyset XL optical feed system - feed register accuracy and stable sheet travel at maximum speeds
    The Dymatrix XL 145 CSB operates according to the proven, patented moving upper platen principle, which delivers optimum quality even with the minimum number of break points. With the new Dyset XL feed system, each sheet is measured optically by three cameras, and the circumferential and lateral registers are then automatically aligned in the feeder. Sheets can be measured from the top and, optionally, from the bottom. Either the sheet edge, the printing mark or the print image is used for alignment purposes. The benefits of this dynamic alignment are maximum precision with a perfect die-cutting register of plus/minus 0.1 millimeters (0.0039 inches), fast makeready times, and a reduction in paper waste by preventing misaligned sheets.
    Thanks to a highly tolerant feeder inlet window, it is also possible to process less accurate piles. Narrow printing marks just 20 millimeters (0.79 inches) wide are sufficient. Like the color and register marks for Prinect Inpress Control, these marks can also be integrated into the print control strip if necessary. The positions of the printing marks can be saved and are easy to call up as preset settings for a repeat job using the machine's touchscreen. This enables motorized camera positioning. The Dyset XL feed system is simple to operate and requires no maintenance, because all components are encapsulated. Remote maintenance is possible using Prinect Remote Service. To sum up, the machine scores highly in terms of productivity and process stability.
    This is facilitated by the new pneumatic chase with compressed air, which delivers fast tool changes with excellent repeat accuracy. The chase requires no maintenance and benefits from a long service life. A high level of automation is achieved by the new function for fine adjustment of the die-cutting plate. Here, too, saving preset settings enables repeat jobs to be completed in no time at all. The compact chase changer speeds up the exchange of different cutting dies considerably and extends the die cutter's extensive level of automation further still.

    First user - folding carton printer Hepack expects to boost productivity with two Dymatrix XL 145 CSB die cutters
    Based in the southern German town of Neuenstein, Hepack Druck + Verpackung GmbH is building a completely new print shop over the coming year to secure future growth and a general improvement in efficiency. "Customers want their jobs at the right time and expect excellent quality at favorable prices," says Managing Director Peter Heim, describing the daily challenges facing a folding carton printer. The comprehensive equipment package includes two new Dymatrix XL 145 CSB die cutters with the Dyset XL feed system. The first will be installed before the end of this year and the second at the end of 2014. The new building is scheduled for completion in fall 2014. "We currently have three Dymatrix die cutters in operation here - two Dymatrix 106 machines and a Dymatrix 142. Once Heidelberg had demonstrated the possibilities of the new Dymatrix 145 XL CSB, it didn't take us long to make our decision. We are familiar with Dymatrix technology, and the new model is an innovative, state-of-the-art machine. Above all, we expect it to be highly accurate, less likely to develop faults, and thus more productive," adds Heim. Typical run lengths at the company are between 30,000 and 40,000 sheets per job on average. Environmental protection is extremely important to Hepack. Prinect will integrate the two new Dymatrix XL 145 die cutters into the print shop workflow, which will mean less paper waste and transparent processes. What's more, the new machines require only half as much power as their predecessors, which will have a positive impact on energy efficiency. "The new die cutters will enable us to be even more successful in meeting our customers' extremely high demands when it comes to quality and end-to-end process control," stresses Heim. His company is investing in two die cutters to ensure high process reliability.
    Hepack has gained itself an excellent reputation throughout Europe as an innovative packaging printing specialist for major companies in the food and hygiene industries. Founded in 1981, it now has over 100 employees working in three shifts. The company processes more than 25,000 metric tons of solid board with grammages of up to 600 gsm each year. The pressroom includes a Speedmaster XL 105 six-color press with coating unit, a Speedmaster CD 102-6 with a double coating unit and a printing press in format 6. Hepack systematically ensures a sustainable printing process. For example, absolutely all die-cutting waste is recycled.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    18.12.2013   SEK 3.4 million to test beds for new wood-based materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia has been awarded a grant of SEK 3,400,000 by VINNOVA for two projects which will accelerate the development of new products from renewable resources. The test bed Swedish lignin-based carbon fibre will expand the possibilities for establishing lignin as a raw material for carbon fibre production. In addition, the development of 3D packages of paper and board can also come true thanks to a new feasibility study at Innventia.

    Picture: Lignin fibre produced at Innventia's new carbon fibre laboratory

    As part of VINNOVA’s focus on the development of test beds within the environmental technology area, Innventia has been granted SEK 3,000,000 for establishing a test bed for lignin-based carbon fibre. The industrial usage of carbon fibre is foreseen to increase fourth fold by 2020. Carbon fibre composites can e.g. replace steel in cars and transport vehicles and reduce the weight and thereby the fuel consumption. The need for new non-petroleum based raw material for carbon fibre production is huge. Lignin is a biobased, renewable material that is accessible in large quantities. The establishment of a test bed will accelerate the development of lignin into an established raw material for carbon fibre production.
    “The grant confirms our focus on carbon fibre from lignin. Within the frame of the project, we will also produce criteria for building a pilot facility for multifilament carbon fibre production. Thanks to our establishment of a consortium of parties along the whole value chain, from raw material producers to end users, and research institutes, we have now good potential to increase the availability of biobased carbon fibre,” says Marie Bäckström who is leading the research within biorefinery processes and products.
    In addition to the investment in a test bed for lignin-based carbon fibre, Innventia is granted SEK 400,000 to examine how the pilot plant, FEX, can be developed into a test bed for manufacture of highly stretchable paper and board products. The idea is to enable testing in the future of new manufacturing concepts for paper that has to be extremely stretchable in both machine and cross direction, a quality that will make it possible to replace some of today’s 3D packages in plastic, thereby reducing the amount of non-biodegradable plastic waste.
    “Traditionally, paper has only been used to manufacture packages with flat surfaces. What restricts the use of paper for 3D packages, i.e. with curved surfaces, is the lack of industrial processes to produce paper material with a high level of stretchability in the cross direction,” says Mikael Nygårds, research manager of the paper physics area.
    “Once FEX is optimised, the machine will also be able to produce highly deformable paper and board that can be used to manufacture 3D package demonstrators. As FEX can imitate industrial conditions, we will hopefully be able to lower the threshold for industrial implementation,” says Hannes Vomhoff, who is leading the research within paper technology.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    18.12.2013   Metso receives a repeat order for automation technology from Mondi's Ružomberok mill in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Slovak Republic

    With better process control, the mill can improve its overall performance and decrease its environmental footprint

    Mondi SCP a.s. has placed an extensive order with Metso for advanced automation technology for its Ružomberok pulp and paper mill in the Slovak Republic. The mill is building a new recovery boiler and a turbine, as well as extending its evaporation plant and lime kiln, which will be run with Metso’s automation system. High-tech automation contributes to lower costs, raw material usage, energy consumption and environmental load, while enabling the mill to achieve its targeted quality and performance.
    “We chose Metso’s solution in order to take advantage of synergies with our existing mill environment, making use of the knowledge of our professionals and operators, as well as minimizing side costs. Another factor that supported our choice of Metso as a supplier was our good experience and cooperation in the past,” says Michal Legersky, Project Manager, Mondi SCP a.s.
    Metso’s scope of delivery will include a complete Metso DNA automation system for the new recovery boiler 3 and the turbine, the evaporation plant and lime kiln extension, as well as for the upgraded operator stations in recovery boiler 2. The delivery also includes application engineering and commissioning. The major part of Metso’s automation system will be started up in the fall of 2014.
    “The mill already has Metso DNA in all other areas of the recovery island, so the operators are familiar with the system,” comments Udo Schober, Area Sales Manager, Automation, Metso.
    (Metso Oyj)
     
    18.12.2013   ANDRITZ to supply calender for production of high-grade graphic papers to Shandong Tralin Paper...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...in China

    International technology Group ANDRITZ received an order to supply a PrimeCal Soft calender to Shandong Tralin Paper, one of China’s top ten paper producers.
    The 2-nip calender will produce high-grade graphic printing and writing paper with a basis weight of 40 to 60 g/m². The calender installed at PM9 (working width: 7,400 mm; production speed: 1,200 m/min) considerably reduces the two-sidedness of the paper web and increases its smoothness and gloss values, thus significantly improving printability and print image. Thanks to its broad spectrum of possible nip loads and roll temperatures, the calender also ensures bulk-preserving production of high-grade papers.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    18.12.2013   ALLIMAND awarded as «Leader of the Year»    ( Company news )

    Company news Grenoble Chamber of Commerce & Industry’s Business Awards 2013

    On the occasion of the 2013 Business Awards organized each year by the Grenoble Chamber of Commerce & Industry, ALLIMAND as a designer and manufacturer of paper machines established since 1850 in Rives (i.e. six generations), ranked 1st among 1 000 SMBs in Isère (department in the Rhône-Alpes region) and won the “Business Leader” Award …

    A growth of nearly 81 % …!
    This Award is given as a reward for the outstanding growth of our Business (nearly 81 % in 2012) as the result of a diversification marketing strategy and significantly innovative products. « This important increase in the company sales revenue is closely linked to the fact that 3 paper machines have been sold in that period along with many orders for equipment refurbishment concerning alterations or significant improvements meeting with the new market demands » explains Franck RETTMEYER, ALLIMAND CEO.

    Questions and Answers with ALLIMAND CEO, Franck RETTMEYER:
    - What does this Award represent for ALLIMAND? For yourself…?
    It is always good to receive such an Award in spite of their increasing numbers within the last years.
    At the region level, this Award does make sense because our company is in competition with many local businesses. Moreover, for ALLIMAND staff it is a valuable recognition for their work performance.
    And I do share the same feeling.

    - What are your next challenges for the 3 coming years?
    To remain a key player in this difficult market environment as every year the counter restarts from zero.
    More seriously, to consolidate our growth, keep on developing new products and seek new markets.

    - What are the main Prizes or Awards you have won over the last years and which were the consequences on the development of your business?
    A prize for Big Export in 2011; the consequence of that was good in particular with our foreign customers and also other partners such as banks, BPI (French Public Bank of Investment) and so on.
    (Allimand)
     
    17.12.2013   Stora Enso invests in renewable energy at Enocell Mill site     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso Biomaterials Division’s Enocell Pulp Mill’s power plant will be transferred from Fortum Power and Heat Oy to Stora Enso at approximately EUR 16 million in accordance with an existing finance lease agreement. Stora Enso has approximately EUR 16 million short term finance lease liability specific to this transaction in the September 2013 balance sheet. The Division will also invest approximately EUR 13.5 million to increase use of renewable energy at the mill.
    The power plant at the mill site owned by Fortum Power and Heat Oy will be transferred to Stora Enso ownership on 31 December 2013. In 1990 Fortum Power and Heat Oy (then called Imatran Voima Oy) bought the old power plant at the mill site and built a new power plant there as part of a mill expansion project. The new power plant comprises a 100 MW solid fuel bubbling bed boiler and a 99 MW turbogenerator. The power plant uses bark from the pulp mill and residues from forestry operations as fuel. Its annual power production capacity is approximately 600 GWh, of which around 400 GWh is used by Stora Enso’s operations at the mill site.
    The day-to-day operations and maintenance of the plant are already undertaken by employees of Stora Enso and the mill maintenance company Efora Oy, so no personnel will be transferred in the change of ownership.
    “Transferring the power plant to Stora Enso’s ownership will facilitate development of operations as a whole,” says Stora Enso’s Enocell Mill Manager Sauli Purho.

    Investment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and energy costs
    The investment in renewable energy will enable about 85% of the fuel oil used in its lime kiln to be replaced by sawdust. The investment is expected to reduce the mill’s annual fossil-based carbon dioxide emissions by 30 000 tonnes and energy costs by EUR 5 million. The changes required to the mill processes will be made during 2014.
    “We want to make the mill’s energy balance more environmentally friendly. The pulp mill is more than self-sufficient in energy, but purchased fuel is still needed for the lime kiln. Through the investment Enocell Mill is taking a significant step towards being a mill free of fossil fuels,” says Mill Manager Sauli Purho. Most of the sawdust used will be supplied by Stora Enso’s nearby Uimaharju and Kitee sawmills.
    (Stora Enso Enocell Pulp Mill)
     
    17.12.2013   JR Press UK switches to POLAR    ( Company news )

    Company news Sustainability-minded B3 packaging printer JR Press has turned to POLAR for its latest investment, a POLAR 78 ECO guillotine (picture), which is being used to pre-cut boards and finished printed work in equal parts.
    It is some years since the company bought equipment from Heidelberg, but the business owner Geoff Fone says he felt confident in the advice he was given and his research had convinced him that this was the best guillotine for his company’s needs and the price was fair.
    “We are investing to keep our machinery current. The POLAR was the best equipment on the market. What mattered most to us was the ease of use and programming functions along with build quality. Price came in after that and, given that we wanted a premium product, we believe this offers fair value for money,” says Mr Fone.
    The POLAR guillotine has been delivered to the company’s new premises in Daventry and operates flexible day shifts, running to the company’s high quality and service standards. The business has been in operation for 25 years and specialises in short and medium run lengths.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.12.2013   Metsä Board's 'Never-ending box' wins gold in Hong Kong Print Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news A brochure in the form of a ‘never-ending box’, designed by Metsä Board Packaging Services, has won a Gold Award in the Hong Kong Print Awards 2013. Metsä Board took the age-old greeting card design but substituted interlocking boxes for flat card stock, and added messages and graphics to promote its services. Printers of the box, Hong Kong-based Safe Power, were presented with the award in the ‘Promotional Printing – Other’ category at a ceremony held on 9 December 2013.
    “We are delighted our brochure has won the Gold Award, having decided to differentiate ourselves by moving on from a booklet-style design,” says Cyril Drouet, Technical Innovation Director, of Shanghai-based Metsä Board Packaging Services. “The never-ending box symbolises endless love or happiness as the recipient works their way through the different panes and comes back to the beginning. This made a perfect metaphor for our paperboards’ life cycle from planting trees, to making board, then packaging and finally to recycling.
    “We brought the concept to life by creating interlocking boxes instead of flat paper, and used the last box in the cycle as a container for a business card or USB stick,” says Cyril Drouet. “Finally, a retail-type sleeve was added, providing a key to the complex structural design as well as demonstrating the print capabilities of both front and reverse sides of Carta Elega, 290 gsm, our board used for the box.”
    Now in its 25th year, the Hong Kong Print Awards are run by the Graphic Arts Association of Hong Kong and are open to designers, printers, publishers and related industries.
    (Metsä Board Packaging Services)
     
    17.12.2013   Mitsubishi thermal papers approved by HP Indigo    ( Company news )

    Company news The demand for personalized pre-printed media in small runs is increasing steadily.
    HP Indigo is one of the leading printing technologies in this area. A wide range of thermal papers from Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has now been approved by HP Indigo.

    Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is the first thermal paper manufacturer to offer a comprehensive range of approved products for use on HP Indigo digital presses:
    •From 57 to 233 gsm
    •With or without a protective top coat
    •For front side or reverse side printing with the HP Indigo technology

    The new thermoscript "I-series", a non top coated thermal paper, is perfectly pre-printable on the thermal front side on HP Indigo presses. The thermoscript "E-Series", a top coated thermal paper, offers excellent reverse-side printing features, whilst the "IE-Series" is printable on both sides on HP Indigo presses. The use of a primer is not necessary.
    With these new product certifications, Mitsubishi is adapting to changing market conditions and customer requirements. Applications such as short runs of personalized event tickets or labels are now possible with HP Indigo pre-printed thermal paper. Thus, the advantages of both printing technologies are used effectively.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     
    17.12.2013   New Hygiene Zones at Kelheim Fibres    ( Company news )

    Company news Viscose fibre manufacturer Kelheim Fibres has reached a significant milestone in the progress of the company’s Hygiene Project: at the beginning of December, the newly designated “hygiene zones” were ceremonially “closed off” – and now, only specially trained staff are permitted access to these areas.
    As a result of the outstanding quality of its hygiene fibres, Kelheim Fibres has been the world’s leading supplier of tampon fibres for many years. In recognition of the responsibility this brings and to extend their role as a pioneer in this area, the business launched an extensive Hygiene Project in 2011. The project not only addresses technical and technological improvements – the primary focus is on raising the awareness of the plant personnel of the correct handling of the sensitive hygiene fibres and of the stringent demands of customers in the hygiene market.
    „Global corporations in the hygiene products market now see our medium-sized company as a peer level partner – that is already one benefit that results from our hygiene project”, said Dr. Haio Harms, CEO at Kelheim Fibres, during the event. “We have proven that we understand what really matters to our customers and that we can trust each other as equal partners.”
    Numerous measures – such as for example intensive training sessions for the staff as well as the introduction of special workwear for the relevant employees - have helped build increasing trust. At the same time, Harms emphasized that this latest step, namely the designation of hygiene zones, would not be the final point of Kelheim’s efforts. The Bavarian fibre experts will continue to improve their speciality hygiene fibres – with external support and expertise drawn from, among others, the pharmaceutical industry.
    Although Kelheim Fibres has been the preferred supplier for a long time for customers from the tampon industry who need to meet the strict demands of the American FDA for this sensitive area, the company wants to further raise their in-house standards for hygiene fibres and even set higher requirements depending on the specific application of the fibres.
    “The main focus of our efforts in the context of our hygiene project is on our tampon fibres, which are of enormous significance for Kelheim Fibres”, says Matthew North, Commercial Director at Kelheim.
    “But we see an increasing demand for hygienically sound fibres in other fields of application. The hygiene project has helped us prepare for these markets!”
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
     
    17.12.2013   Wunderkind - Papierfabrik Scheufelen presents its 2014 calendar    ( Company news )

    Company news The 28th calendar produced by Papierfabrik Scheufelen, Lenningen, focuses firmly on language. German is becoming a world language. Although many people here in Germany complain about the flood of English loan words and Anglicisms, German words have been almost imperceptibly gaining ground in foreign cultures for many years now. Working with the agency Strichpunkt, Papierfabrik Scheufelen set out to find ideal examples of this that would also reflect the company values.

    Even the calendar’s title “Wunderkind” creates a wonderful connection with Carl Scheufelen, the brilliant company founder, who introduced art paper to Europe in 1892. “With its art paper, Papierfabrik Scheufelen became synonymous with high-quality coated papers. With this calen-dar, we aim to make people more aware of Lenningen as a location, sustainable and traditional ways of making paper, and our paper brands that represent exceptional quality worldwide – quality made in Germany,” says Irmgard Glanz, Head of Marketing at Scheufelen, de-scribing the linguistic journey that awaits in this calendar fresh off the presses.

    The calendar provides a month-by-months guide through some familiar and some more unexpected words drawn from different aspects of life. Carefully chosen Germanisms that have now become commonplace worldwide are lovingly explained in this calendar and presented in an unmistakeable and, indeed, familiar style. The graphics take pride of place, while the accompanying text explains the words and draws parallels with the paper manufacturer. It’s a fascinating, exceptionally high quality, sometimes playful and extremely vivid collection. The calendar for the individual months is located at the foot of each page.

    The year gets off to a spirited start. Scheufelen’s fine paper grades have been renowned for over a century, but only a handful of people are aware of the wonderful “Kirschwasser” brandy made from fruit grown on trees in the company’s very own meadows. February intro-duces Walter Gropius, who founded his Staatliches “Bauhaus” in 1919, bringing together fine arts, applied arts and performing arts for the first time. This unique symbiosis continues to influence painting, theatre and music to this very day. Scheufelen itself adopted Gropius’ mantra of “light, air and hygiene” and applied these principles in many parts of its company complex. In March, the theme is “Zeitgeist”. Issues like the environment are now in the minds of people across the globe. This focus on the natural world is reflected in Scheufelen’s sustainable production of FSC- and PEFC-certified papers and, in line with the DIN EN ISO certifications 50001 and 14001, represents a lasting commitment to energy and the environment.

    A “delicatessen” is a place to enjoy some of the finer things in life in April and all year round. Producing tasty food needs more than just the very best ingredients; it also needs the perfect recipe. As with the secret formulas and intense craftsmanship involved in manufacturing paper, the only way to achieve exceptional results is to use exceptional raw materials. May is dedicated to the pioneering spirit. In 1892, Rudolf “Diesel” used Sadi Carnot’s theory of an ingenious cycle to develop the “ideal thermal machine”, a move that marked an enormous leap forward in the field of transportation. By launching the first art paper, Adolf and Heinrich Scheufelen heralded the dawn of a new era of paper in Europe. The Scheufelen brand with its phoenix logo is still the benchmark for coated papers. The message in June is that children are the future. This is a concept that Friedrich W. A. Fröbel, founder of the first ever “Kindergarten”, embraced right back in 1840. Even in its early years, Scheufelen demonstrated a high level of social responsibility for its employees by building various facilities for the community, young people and children.

    The “Edelweiss” is the most famous Alpine flower. That’s more than enough reason to celebrate this highly symbolic little plant during July. The edelweiss has been a protected species since 1886 and its brilliant white is echoed in the paper grade phoenixmotion Xenon. August reflects how Scheufelen is active regionally and has a strong presence across the globe. As the Lenningen site has a good connection to the “Autobahn”, the company can deliver paper reliably and quickly. Incidentally, “Autobahn” is also part of the vocabulary required for the “Deutsch als Fremdsprache” (German as a Foreign Language) certificate. Papierfabrik Scheufelen is located deep in the Lenningen valley, a precious cultural landscape on the edge of the Swabian Alb biosphere reserve. So, in September, what could be better than packing up a “Rucksack”? Previously only the trusty companion of walkers and hikers, its modern-day counterpart is often used by travellers, in leisure time or even as an alternative travel bag.

    October is the month for “Lederhosen”, leather trousers with a long his-tory. Usually made from tanned deerskin, traditional lederhosen are mainly worn in the Alpine regions of Central Europe (but not in Switzerland). The braces and intricate stitching on the trousers are particularly eye-catching. Closer examination reveals interwoven linden branches. Used in Lenningen’s coat of arms, this symbolizes the coming together of the six districts that now make up Lenningen. In November, the spotlight falls once again on the design and print work that can be achieved on the paper grade heaven 42. This page of the calendar shows a final draft complete with colour scale. “Wunderbar” conjures up the silvery grey of November days and the first isolated snowflakes herald the onset of winter, but the yellow writing evokes a feeling of glorious bright sunshine. And, now, the year is drawing to a close. December’s striking “Glockenspiel” image reflects the celebratory atmosphere of the festive season. Generally found in church towers or historic buildings, mechanical glockenspiels with moving figures enchant visitors from all over the world. It’s a fascinating image and the perfect way to end one year and welcome a new one.

    The “Wunderkind” calendar is printed on the coated Scheufelen papers phoenixmotion, heaven 42 and bvs with different matt and gloss surfaces, and with grammages of 250 grams per square metre throughout. Further information on the selected words and details of the relevant print techniques and finishes – such as hot foils, Iriodin coating, other spot coatings using screen printing and embossing – are given in the appendix to the calendar. The new calendar is printed by druck-pruskil.gmbh, Gaimersheim, with surface finishing by DENGLANZ Druckveredelung GmbH in Erlangen-Eltersdorf.

    Just 3,500 copies of the limited edition bilingual (German/English) “Wunderkind” calendar are being printed. A limited number are available for calendar fans to buy at a price of EUR 100.00 each (including VAT). A smaller number of individual calendar pages are also available at EUR 15.00 each (including VAT). Orders can be placed from mid-December directly in the Scheufelen webshop at:

    www.scheufelen.com/en/creative-shop/products/kunstkalender.html
    (Papierfabrik Scheufelen GmbH + Co. KG)
     
    16.12.2013   Roland DG at PSI: High-quality prints on promotional items and business gifts    ( Company news )

    Company news Roland DG is showing its VersaUV LEF-20 (picture) and LEJ-640F UV printers at PSI, the most important European trade fair for the promotional products industry. This trade show is taking place in Düsseldorf from 8 - 10 January. Roland DG will be present at booth B-40 in hall 12.

    Even the smallest of jobs is profitable with the LEF-20
    The VersaUV LEF-20 is Roland DG’s newest flatbed printer for gadgets, business gifts and promotional products. The machine has a print area of 508 by 330 mm and prints razor-sharp text and images on iPhone and tablet covers, pens, USB sticks and other objects or plates up to 10 cm thick.
    The LEF-20 works with UV ink that cures under the influence of an LED lamp. No heat is involved in this process, which means that heat-sensitive materials and electronics can be printed with no problems at all. The printer is equipped with four standard colours (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), white and clear ink. The white ink creates beautiful results on dark and transparent backgrounds. The clear ink can be used to produce prints with glossy or matte finishes or to create doming effects. These effects are produced by printing several layers of this ink, creating a textured effect.
    In short, the VersaUV LEF-20 offers a quick and inexpensive solution for personalizing promotional articles. With this printer, the size of the order is not important. Personalizing a limited number or even only one object does not entail any extra expense.

    LEJ-640F is ideal for larger jobs
    The VersaUV LEJ-640F personalizes larger series of gadgets and promotional articles with gorgeous prints. It is the largest flatbed printer from the Roland DG range and has a print area of 1.6 m by a maximum of 3.3 m. The machine prints CMYK, white and clear inks on flexible as well as rigid substrates with a maximum thickness of 15 cm.
    (Roland DG GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   SCA invests MSEK 500 in Obbola paper mill    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA will invest roughly MSEK 500 in a new digester in the Obbola kraftliner mill outside Umeå in northern Sweden. The new digester is a re-investment and it provides better energy efficiency and allows for a continued development of the mill.
    SCA Obbola is producing kraftliner, the outer layers of corrugated board, based on unbleached kraft pulp. The existing eight batch digesters have been in operation since 1962. They are in need of renovation and constitute a bottleneck for the continued development of the mill.
    “With this investment in a new digester we will significantly improve the energy efficiency of the mill”, says Per Strand, mill manager of SCA Obbola. “We get a modern and reliable production facility and can increase production by 5000 tonnes per annum. The investment allows for a continued development of the operations at the mill.”
    SCA Obbola’s production is presently 435 000 tonnes of unbleached kraftliner and the mill has roughly 300 employees.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    16.12.2013   Stora Enso introduces improved Tambrite     ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso is reducing the basis weight of its Tambrite packaging board to improve its efficiency and environmental performance. Thanks to recent product development the runnability, stiffness, print results and packaging performance of the boards are guaranteed to remain as good as ever.
    Tambrite is the most well-known carton board brand among European converters and is widely used in pharmaceutical, food, chocolate and confectionery packaging. The reduction of the basis weight of the board provides benefits throughout the supply chain by generating savings in raw materials, less weight in storage and transportation, less packaging waste and fees, and a lower carbon footprint.

    Suitable for the most demanding applications
    "Tambrite will be an even more efficient and environmentally friendly choice than ever before. Yet it will offer the same outstanding performance in the most demanding applications such as pharmaceutical packaging with laser or inkjet coding or Braille embossing. We are pleased to present Tambrite as the number one choice for pharmaceutical, food and chocolate brand owners who look for excellent packaging performance and value for money," says Öystein Aksnes, General Packaging Segment Director at Stora Enso.
    Tambrite is produced at Stora Enso Ingerois Mill, Finland. The mill will gradually introduce the new, lower grammage range in production to enable a smooth switch and flexible board deliveries to all customers who use Tambrite in their packages. Stora Enso's new supply chain management process and effective sheeting services help ensure quick board deliveries according to customers' individual demands.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    16.12.2013   Prinect User Days 2013 – focus on established and visionary topics    ( Company news )

    Company news -Print shop management, getting started in automation, and opportunities with web-to-print were key topics
    -Lectures and workshops on Creative Cloud and multi-channel publishing look ahead to the future
    -Over 300 participants from all over Europe

    Prinect User Days 2013 took place over four days at the start of November at the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg. The event's organizers were delighted to welcome more than 300 participants from all over Europe. Under the motto "by users for users", numerous lectures and a total of 24 workshops were packed with expertise and information on the latest Prinect developments since drupa 2012 and on future innovations. Participants had the opportunity to expand their expertise in relevant workshops and stimulating discussions.
    In times of structural change, efficient print shop management plays a more crucial role than ever in the economic success or failure of a print shop. Lectures on personnel management and staff motivation were therefore intended to encourage companies to understand the need for authentic and future-oriented employee management in response to the ongoing structural changes and associated uncertainty within businesses.
    Workshop topics included detailed discussions on firm favorites from the areas of prepress and MIS, web-to-print, automation, LE-UV, and packaging printing.
    Expert lectures and in-depth workshops ventured a look to the future by focusing on the topics of Creative Cloud and multi-channel publishing as additional business opportunities for print shops and media service providers.
    Outside of the lectures and workshops, participants were also given plenty of time to network and share experiences with fellow users and Prinect developers from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)


     
    16.12.2013   The KapStone Longview Mill Wins 2013 AF&PA Sustainability Award     ( Company news )

    Company news The KapStone® Paper and Packaging Corporation’s Longview Mill has been recognized by the American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) as a leader in sustainability by winning an AF&PA 2013 Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 Sustainability Award. The awards were presented at the association’s annual meeting on Friday, Nov. 1 in Charleston, S.C.

    Designed to recognize exemplary sustainability programs and initiatives, awards are given based on the merit of entries received across multiple categories. The KapStone Longview Mill is being honored with the 2013 Leadership in Sustainability - Greenhouse Gas Reduction/Energy Efficiency Award for its “One-Year Snapshot of Longview’s Multi-Year Journey” project.
    “KapStone’s Longview Mill project is a great example of stringent business discipline and out-of-the-box thinking,” said AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman. “The integrated solutions used by the KapStone Longview Mill demonstrate that doing what’s right for business is also right for the environment.”
    The KapStone Longview Mill embarked on a multi-million dollar improvement project that spanned three years, contributing to the following overall results: reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by 72 percent over the last decade; reduction of overall energy use by 37 percent since 2007; reduction of overall energy used per ton of paper produced by 17.6 percent since 2007; an increase of total tons of paper produced by 50 percent since 2006.
    "We're extremely pleased that our commitment to environmental protection is being recognized,” said Randy Nebel, president, KapStone Kraft Paper Corporation. "Our achievements so far have resulted from teamwork on the part of many skilled and dedicated people. They're also the result of our common vision, revolving around both business success and environmental protection. We believe that the two go hand-in-hand.”
    AF&PA releases its biennial Sustainability Report every other year, which in 2012 showed that the U.S. pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturing industry has made significant, measurable progress toward achieving its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. AF&PA will release its next report in mid-2014.
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
     
    16.12.2013   ARCHROMA OPENS FORERUNNING WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN JAMSHORO, PAKISTAN     ( Company news )

    Company news • Facility based on zero liquid discharge objective
    Archroma's biggest investment in Pakistan ever

    Picture: The sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility of Archroma in Jamshoro, Pakistan. (Photo: Archroma)

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, 13 December 2013 announced that it opened its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR, the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements.

    At the inauguration held on December 10, 2013, Alexander Wessels, CEO of the Archroma Group, declared: “At Archroma, we take water scarcity very seriously and therefore are constantly exploring new and environmentally compatible solutions. As a chemical company committed to innovation and performance together with sustainability, Archroma puts a lot of time and engagement in developing chemical solutions that help our customers use less water.”

    In a textile industry currently under close scrutiny for its heavy water use, the SET facility is a clear sign that leading companies such as Archroma are constantly aiming for ever more sustainable solutions.

    The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres consisting of flocculation, equalization, surface aeration, clarification, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis to yield colorless water with a COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) and TDS (Total Dissolvable Solids) of less than 75 ppm.

    Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan, added: "In 2010 we decided to make the significant investment in the Jamshoro site with the aim of setting new standards not only in the quantity but also in the quality of the recovered water. The data from the SGS testing report is indicative of Archroma’s commitment towards sustainable operational excellence.” The Jamshoro site is one of the biggest textile chemical sites within Archroma. It produces dyes, chemicals, emulsions and pigment dispersions for the textile, leather, paper and coatings industries.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   ARCHROMA OPENS FORERUNNING WATER TREATMENT FACILITY IN JAMSHORO, PAKISTAN     ( Company news )

    Company news • Facility based on zero liquid discharge objective
    Archroma's biggest investment in Pakistan ever

    Picture: The sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility of Archroma in Jamshoro, Pakistan. (Photo: Archroma)

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals, 13 December 2013 announced that it opened its first sustainable effluent treatment (SET) facility for a textile operational site in Jamshoro, Pakistan. With an investment of 371 million PKR, the facility not only supports the substantial recovery of 80 percent of water but also allows effluent treatment based on zero liquid discharge, fulfilling Pakistan’s very stringent National Environmental Quality Standards (NEQS) requirements.

    At the inauguration held on December 10, 2013, Alexander Wessels, CEO of the Archroma Group, declared: “At Archroma, we take water scarcity very seriously and therefore are constantly exploring new and environmentally compatible solutions. As a chemical company committed to innovation and performance together with sustainability, Archroma puts a lot of time and engagement in developing chemical solutions that help our customers use less water.”

    In a textile industry currently under close scrutiny for its heavy water use, the SET facility is a clear sign that leading companies such as Archroma are constantly aiming for ever more sustainable solutions.

    The operational SET plant is spread over an area of 25 acres consisting of flocculation, equalization, surface aeration, clarification, ultra filtration and reverse osmosis to yield colorless water with a COD (Chemical Oxygen Demand) and TDS (Total Dissolvable Solids) of less than 75 ppm.

    Mujtaba Rahim, CEO of Archroma in Pakistan, added: "In 2010 we decided to make the significant investment in the Jamshoro site with the aim of setting new standards not only in the quantity but also in the quality of the recovered water. The data from the SGS testing report is indicative of Archroma’s commitment towards sustainable operational excellence.” The Jamshoro site is one of the biggest textile chemical sites within Archroma. It produces dyes, chemicals, emulsions and pigment dispersions for the textile, leather, paper and coatings industries.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    16.12.2013   Ziegler Paper Mill with new Subsidiary and new Sales Team for the UK, Benelux ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and German Market

    From January, 2014, Ziegler Paper Mill will operate with the newly established subsidiary in Holland called Ziegler Papier Netherlands B.V. with its headquarters and offices in Amsterdam. The Swiss manufacturer of special papers Ziegler Paper Mill will cultivate together with its newly founded subsidiary the UK, Benelux and German markets. The aim is to serve and advise customers better and more efficiently.
    Two new paper experts with considerable paper industry experience form the team of the new subsidiary: Mr. Arthur Snel, Regional Sales Manager, will be in charge of the UK and Benelux market, and Mr. Bernd Pusnik, Sales Manager, will take care of the German market. For more information on the newly founded subsidiary please visit our website www.zieglerpapier.com.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)
     
    16.12.2013   The Label Industry Manages Lifecycle Change    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT Young Managers Club learns how to lead the way at YMC Summit

    Picture: YMC summit workshop

    As in every aspect of life, time has not stood still for the self-adhesive label industry. Since its beginnings in the 1930s, it has evolved continuously on every front – in terms of materials, print technologies, dispensing technologies, and, of course, people. Many of the entrepreneurs who, in the 1970s and 1980s, created the extraordinary web of small label printing businesses that formed the backbone of today’s massive global industry are today retirees. Their companies – which have claimed some 50% of the world’s label business – have been the subject of M&A activity, of cross-border partnerships. However, as in all family businesses, as time moves on, they are the subject of generation change. FINAT’s Young Managers Club – a lively part of the European self-adhesive labelling association’s infrastructure – is dedicated to making that process work.

    Great ideas with limited resources
    The FINAT Young Managers Club held its second Summit in Warsaw in November 2013. Its headline – ‘great ideas with limited resources’ – was chosen to reflect the challenges the industry faces in terms of rising costs and competitive technologies, but most of all to create a professional platform for grasping, and successfully developing, future business opportunities. Some 40 ‘young managers’ from companies representing the self-adhesive labelling supply chain across Europe and beyond, came together at the Summit to benefit both from a strong agenda that combined the context of the industry with leading-edge management practice through workshops, and valuable networking opportunities.

    Business model innovation
    Leading companies around the globe recognise the need to rethink their business models to reflect the current environment. The first summit workshop on 'Where can we innovate?', took the participants through the process of ‘sketching’ a business model canvas. By identifying the structural segments – customers, offer and needs, infrastructure, and financials – and the key trends, market forces, macroeconomic and industry forces that impinge upon them, different approaches to a business model profile can be tested and adopted. Starting with a blank business model ‘canvas’, participants formed small groups to look at the extant business models in different label market segments – from wines and spirits to pharmaceuticals –defining their strengths and weaknesses. Their task then was to identify ways to improve them, and then to present their results for the benefit of all the delegates. The efficacy of the exercise was strongly proven by the amount of lively feedback from the floor.

    Label industry trends and opportunities
    Next morning’s programme opened with an evaluation of trends and opportunities within the label industry, from Roger Pellow (UK), Chairman, Labels & Packaging Group, Tarsus – publishers of Labels & Labeling International and founders and organisers of the Labelexpo event. "This is a great industry… but we are in a time of change – change in technology, and generation change. We are moving from a craft industry to a technology industry."

    Mr Pellow showed how the role and function of labels are changing – for example, from an information carrier to a communications medium – and discussed the implications of the major external and internal developments today for the way the industry can successfully conduct its business. His overarching message was uncompromising. Managing change and implementing innovation in today’s label industry demands greater knowledge, education, and training.

    Doing more with less
    One of the major contributors to an efficient, cost-effective modus operandi in business today is lean manufacturing – and this was the topic that dominated the rest of the Summit’s agenda. Efficiency improvement is not only in manufacturing. Purpose, process, and people are all important parts of the equation. It is important to see the whole before fixing the parts.

    Defining the business matrix: from problem definition to measurable results.
    In another workshop participants were challenged, in groups, to complete an X-matrix chart, integrating strategies, tactics, processes, and results, for a specific type of business. This activity is acknowledged to be a valuable way of drawing together the different strings that make up a business. The matrix helps management to define its breakthrough goals; the desired business results to be achieved – a compass for strategy development and execution; the process metrics to be used; and the selection of implementation tactics and projects. Team members are named within the matrix, along with their responsibilities, and are accountable; and the final co-ordination and alignment, across the whole matrix, along with all complexities and dependencies, may be resolved step by step. Key message here is all about the importance of strategy. Strategy is a process that is lived daily or not at all. Strategy is not just lip service, but hard work, with transparent project planning, accountability, and control.

    Participants were very impressed with the clear, focused, and comprehensive view that this thought matrix presented, truly reflecting the aim of their summit – implementing ‘great ideas with limited resources’.

    Jules Lejeune, FINAT’s Managing Director, was full of praise for the event, and for the energy and enthusiasm of the Young Managers Club membership, and commented: ‘When the FINAT Young Managers Club was founded on the occasion of our 50th anniversary in 2008, the aim was to create a platform where incoming business leaders could connect FINAT’s successful past with a dynamic future. Now, five years later, the YMC itself has become an established feature of FINAT’s structure. Yet it is still refreshing to experience the continuing stream of the YMC’s high-quality, interactive, and business-oriented programmes, which are setting new standards in FINAT.’

    "I am proud to have been chosen to represent the new generation of our dynamic industry," said Dana Kilarska, Young Managers Club President. "I am grateful for the opportunity the YMC has given me and my contemporaries to step into the future with the help of professionals and experts who can really broaden our knowledge and capabilities. We are young and eager to learn."

    Next year event is a special YMC Global Congress in Chicago, USA, September 2014, jointly organised with TLMI (US) and LMAI (IN).
    (FINAT)
     
    13.12.2013   POLAR: Management Change    ( Company news )

    Company news By mutual agreement, POLAR-Mohr and Jürgen Freier are ending their collaboration. The company will be led, in future, by Dr Markus Rall (picture) as the sole Managing Director.
    POLAR-Mohr and Jürgen Freier, Director of Sales and Service, have decided, by amicable agreement, to end their collaboration. Freier will leave the company with immediate effect. "I am confident that Dr Markus Rall, an industry expert, will continue to be a positive influence at POLAR going forward", said Freier.
    Dr Rall has worked for the company since 1 October 2012. As sole Managing Director, he will take over full responsibility for the company. Dr Rall said of the change: “We regret Jürgen Freier’s resignation and wish him every success in his future career."
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    13.12.2013   Lincoln Paper: Operational Indefinite Shutdown of Pulp and Paper Mill Operations    ( Company news )

    Company news Given the situation created with the November recovery boiler explosion and the costs associated with this, we have decided to indefinitely idle the Pulp and Paper mill portions of our facility. Our Tissue mill business will continue to operate at full capacity. Consequently, we will be downsizing to accomplish this change in operations. These are difficult decisions because they affect our hard working employees and the surrounding communities. However, they are necessary for the long term survival and success of our business.
    (Lincoln Paper & Tissue LLC)
     
    13.12.2013   ARCHROMA LAUNCHES LEUCOPHOR® SKH LIQUID PAPER BRIGHTENER FOR ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...COLORLOK® GRADES

    A new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok® papers at an affordable price

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, is pleased to offer papermakers a new opportunity to achieve cost-effective, high-brightness ColorLok® grades of office paper with the launch of Leucophor® SKH liquid. This optical brightening agent (OBA) is the latest addition to Archroma's innovative Leucophor range.
    Leucophor SKH is a urea-free, hexasulfonated OBA capable of delivering the highest levels of brightness. It sets a new benchmark of cost performance when used in combination with ColorLok technology in size-press applications. At the same time, Leucophor SKH maintains excellent performance in standard size-press applications.
    Andrew Jackson, Global Head Product Management OBA at Archroma comments: “Archroma’s Paper Solutions Business constantly improves and innovates both its products and services based on market needs. Leucophor SKH is an exciting development; it brings to market a new solution for achieving high brightness in ColorLok papers at an affordable price. We look forward to working together with our customers to use this innovative OBA technology to bring down application costs.”
    Leucophor SKH is currently available in the United States, with rollout in Canada and Latin America expected to follow shortly. It is anticipated that Leucophor SKH will be available in Europe from mid-2014.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
     
    13.12.2013   Peter Watson Named Chief Operating Officer of Greif, Inc.    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B) has appointed Peter Watson, 56, chief operating officer of the company, effective Jan. 1, 2014. Watson was group president responsible for Greif’s Paper Packaging and Land Management business segments as well as Global Sourcing & Supply Chain and the company’s Greif Business System capabilities.
    Greif President and CEO David Fischer said, “Throughout his career at Greif, Pete has demonstrated his ability to lead and grow businesses. In the role of COO, Pete’s leadership and deep operating experience will further position our global team for maximum effectiveness. His emphasis on safety, knowledge of the Greif Business System and commitment to The Greif Way will significantly contribute to the success of the company and its business ambitions. Further, Pete’s passion for people and talent development will position the organization for future success.”
    Watson will assume responsibility for all business operations in his new capacity including Greif’s Flexible Products & Services segment, where his experience in integrated hub and spoke manufacturing models is expected to add significantly to that business.
    (Greif Inc.)
     
    13.12.2013   KP DELIVERS FIFTH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF GROWTH AND SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASES ...    ( Company news )

    ... PROFITABILITY

    - Robust growth: Net sales increased by 2% to €1,191 Mio.
    - Outstanding earnings performance: Adjusted EBITDA improved by 14% to €174 Mio.
    - Continued debt reduction: Net debt decreased by €90 Mio. to €430 Mio.
    - Significant investments in growing markets and innovation for long-term growth
    - Recruitment of strong talent across Operations, Innovation, Marketing, and Finance Teams

    The Klöckner Pentaplast Group, the global leader in pharmaceutical and consumer packaging, printing, and specialty plastic film solutions, has continued on its growth track in the financial year 2012/2013 ending September 30, 2013. Net sales increased by 2% from €1,167 Mio. to €1,191 Mio. In the same period, Adjusted EBITDA improved by 14% from €153 Mio. to €174 Mio.
    The Klöckner Pentaplast Group also increased its available liquidity to €189 Mio. (previous year: €145 Mio.). The strong operational and cash flow performance, coupled with Net working capital improvements enabled the company to make several voluntary prepayments of its term loan. This contributed to a decrease in Net debt by €90 Mio. to €430 Mio.
    Christian Holtmann, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group: “We are delighted with the strong financial performance we delivered in the first full financial year under our new ownership structure, which is led by SVP, which has been extremely supportive. The results reflect a step change in the company’s profitability.”
    Klöckner Pentaplast’s strong performance in FY 2013 is primarily attributable to its strategy for profitable growth. Since 2011, the company has launched a number of initiatives to develop kp along the three pillars “grow the core, extend the reach, expand the breadth.” A broad set of initiatives is underway to continuously enhance the company’s operational excellence; to strengthen its market leadership position; and to innovate with and for its customers. kp aims to deliver superior customer value and provide additional services to best respond to customers’ needs.
    Klöckner Pentaplast’s growth strategy has been backed by major investments in growing and attractive markets resulting in a Capex increase of 6% to €41 Mio. The company invested in ist facilities in Cotia, Brazil; Crumlin, Great Britain; Santo Tirso, Portugal; and Villa Del Totoral, Argentina. In July 2013, the company also opened its first production site in China (Suzhou), producing packaging films for the growing domestic Chinese and Asian markets. The expansion of its global platform resulted in the total number of employees rising to 3,102 (PY 3,032).
    Markus Hölzl, CFO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group comments: “Klöckner Pentaplast’s ability to deleverage reflects the company’s solid financial footing and strong liquidity position. Our operating strength will allow us to continue to follow this path going forward.”
    Christian Holtmann, CEO of Klöckner Pentaplast Group concludes: “Next year, we will continue to focus on operational improvement while accelerating the implementation of our growth strategy. We will invest in growing and attractive markets. We will continue to drive innovation and recruit strong talent across the organization in all areas of Operations, Innovation, Marketing, and Finance. Additionally, we plan to further focus on customer relationship management, product portfolio management, and operational efficiency. The company is well positioned to capture growth in emerging countries and will gain further momentum as its innovation pipeline yields results.”
    (Klöckner Pentaplast Ltd)
     
    13.12.2013   In 2013 Voith Is Setting the Course for the Group's Future Development    ( Company news )

    Company news -2013 Group sales stable at previous year’s level
    -Positive operating results for all Group Divisions
    -Result affected by one-off expenditure on restructuring
    -Voith 150+ program launched

    Picture: Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President & CEO

    The Voith Group has continued its stable development under challenging conditions in fiscal 2012/13 (to September 30). Despite structural changes in key markets, increasingly tougher competition and a slump in the capital goods sector, the global provider of leading-edge technology and industrial services achieved sales of EUR 5.728 billion, just slightly more than the previous year’s figure of EUR 5.724 billion. As forecast mid-year, the orders received of EUR 5.2 billion were below that of the previous year (EUR 5.7 billion), largely due to the recession in the market for paper machines.
    The operational result prior to non-recurring items dropped to EUR 308 million (previous year: EUR 341 million). All four Group Divisions made clearly positive contributions to the Group’s earnings. The Group’s net income for the year was much burdened due to extraordinary items totaling EUR 156 million that resulted particularly from the restructuring measures initiated. Voith’s bottom line was Group net income of EUR 63 million (previous year: EUR 114 million). This was at the level expected in the course of the year.
    “Although the past fiscal year was more difficult than expected our business model once again provided to be resilient,” says Dr. Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of Voith GmbH. “Not only have we largely made up for market-driven weaknesses in individual divisions, we have also managed to use our own resources to fund a high level of non-recurring expenses to secure our future,” continues Dr. Lienhard. Voith CFO Dr. Hermann Jung adds: “Our fundamental earnings power remains intact. Even in a challenging fiscal year like 2012/13 we have a positive free cash flow. In addition, Voith has no net debt but net liquidity.”

    Launch of Group-wide program Voith 150+
    To pave the way for a successful long-term future, Voith launched the Voith 150+ program in fiscal 2012/13 (in 2017 Voith will celebrate its 150th anniversary as a company). The focus is on optimizing structures and processes and the existing portfolio of products and services. The restructuring and efficiency improvement measures contained in Voith 150+ will generate annual cost savings totaling EUR 150 million. Moreover, Voith expects it to free up around EUR 100 million of working capital.
    The measures include ongoing restructuring and capacity adjustments focused on the market potential and growth prospects in Europe, as well as a review of our product portfolio to identify weaker activities without strategic prospects in the Group, such as locomotive manufacture. In addition, the company intends to exploit further growth potential e.g. by developing new markets and regions, expanding the high-growth service segment and creating local value added in growth markets. Apart from organic growth out of these activities, acquisitions are also possible, particularly to round off the existing portfolio.

    Different developments in the four Group Divisions
    Voith Hydro, the single source supplier for hydro power plant equipment, increased its sales by 6 percent to EUR 1.388 billion. Due to the lack of large-scale hydro power projects of the kind that had characterized new business in previous years, the orders received of EUR 1.2 billion were, as expected, lower than the high value of the previous year, but still at a satisfactory level.
    Voith Industrial Services, the global provider of technical services for the key industries automotive, energy, chemicals and petrochemicals as well as mechanical engineering and aerospace, upped its sales by 8 percent to EUR 1.2 billion. The growth was due on the one hand to the good performance in the automotive segment and on the other to additions to the basis of consolidation. Even adjusted for these factors, Voith Industrial Services was still able to increase its sales.
    At Voith Paper, the paper industry pioneer, sales fell by 6 percent to EUR 1.6 billion due to the ongoing recession in the market for graphic paper machines. As predicted, the market trend left a clear mark on orders received, which dropped by 22 percent to EUR 1.4 billion.
    Voith Turbo, the specialist in power transmission, reported a slight fall in sales to EUR 1.5 billion (down 3 percent), a figure that was nevertheless within the predicted range. Orders received were EUR 1.4 billion, 6 percent lower than the previous year, were largely influenced by lower demand from the mining sector.
    On the whole, the Group continued to benefit in fiscal 2012/13 from megatrends like mobility and urbanization, renewable energies or production methods that conserve resources as well as its leading position in all core areas of business.

    Outlook for 2014: Earnings expected to increase
    For the current 2014 fiscal year Voith still does not expect any noticeable economic momentum on its markets. Against this background the Group’s focus will be on further improvement of cash flow and returns. The measures initiated as part of the Voith 150+ program are already having a positive effect in the current fiscal year and are helping to improve the operational result. As the greater part of the restructuring expenditure was already posted in the fiscal year just ended, Voith is expecting net income to increase faster than sales. On the other hand, sales and orders received are likely to remain stable. “We will use this phase of a weakening economic situation in the capital goods sector to energetically pursue our strategic and operational initiatives and therefore ideally align the company for future profitable growth,” says CEO Lienhard.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    13.12.2013   RockTenn Reports Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2013 Earnings Up 111% Over the Prior Year Quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news RockTenn (NYSE:RKT) reported earnings for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 of $2.40 per diluted share and adjusted earnings of $2.66 per diluted share. Adjusted earnings per diluted share increased 91% over the prior year quarter.

    Fourth Quarter Results
    -Net sales of $2,485 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 increased $131 million compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Segment income of $332 million increased $123 million or 59% over the prior year quarter.
    -RockTenn's restructuring and other costs and operating losses and transition costs due to plant closures for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $0.26 per diluted share after-tax. These costs primarily consisted of $19 million of pre-tax facility closure charges and $7 million of pre-tax acquisition and integration costs. The pre-tax facility closure charges primarily consisted of severance and other employee costs, equipment impairments and carrying costs for facilities acquired in the Smurfit-Stone acquisition that were partially offset by gains on the sale of previously closed facilities.

    Chief Executive Officer's Statement
    RockTenn Chief Executive Officer, Steve Voorhees, stated, "We are pleased with our record adjusted earnings and cash flow in the September quarter and for all of fiscal 2013. We expect to continue to improve our business performance and generate strong free cash flow during fiscal 2014. With our leverage ratio now below two times for the first time since March 2011, we have significant flexibility to take advantage of opportunities to invest in our business and return capital to shareholders through dividends and stock repurchases."

    Segment Results
    Containerboard and Paperboard Tons Shipped
    Containerboard shipments of approximately 1,825,000 tons decreased approximately 34,000 tons compared to the prior year quarter due to lower domestic sales. Consumer Packaging segment paperboard and pulp shipments of approximately 366,000 tons increased approximately 16,000 tons over the prior year quarter.

    Corrugated Packaging Segment
    Corrugated Packaging segment net sales increased $147 million to $1,744 million and segment income increased $125 million to $238 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter. The increased sales and earnings are primarily related to higher selling prices and increased synergies that were partially offset by higher commodity and other costs. In addition, segment income included a $12 million gain related to the recording of additional value of spare parts at our containerboard mills acquired in the Smurfit-Stone acquisition and a $9 million gain related to the termination of a steam supply contract at our Solvay recycled containerboard mill, net of boiler start-up costs. Corrugated Packaging segment EBITDA margin was 20.0% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 up 630 basis points from the 13.7% in the prior year quarter, the highest such segment EBITDA margin since the Smurfit-Stone acquisition and primarily represents higher pricing, increased synergy realization and continued operating performance improvements.

    Consumer Packaging Segment
    Consumer Packaging segment net sales increased $11 million and segment income declined $10 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter. Segment income in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 included $18 million received in connection with the termination and settlement of a paperboard supply agreement, net of legal fees in the period, and segment income in the current year fourth quarter included approximately $8 million related to a partial insurance settlement of property damage claims associated with the prior year Demopolis turbine failure. Additionally, segment income was impacted primarily by higher commodity and other costs that were partially offset by generally higher selling prices and volumes. Consumer Packaging segment EBITDA margin was 17.0% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, driven by higher SBS, URB and pulp pricing and continued operating execution.

    Recycling Segment
    Recycling segment net sales increased $12 million over the prior year fourth quarter to $276 million primarily as the impact of increased selling prices exceeded the impact of lower volumes. Segment income increased $7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to the prior year quarter primarily due to the impact of cost structure improvements.

    Cash Provided From Operating, Financing and Investing Activities
    Cash provided by operations was $310 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, after pension funding in excess of expense of $80 million. We reduced net debt (as defined) by $176 million in the September quarter to $2.81 billion and our Leverage Ratio (as defined) was 1.95 times. Total debt was $2.84 billion at September 30, 2013. We invested $133 million in capital expenditures and returned $22 million in dividends to our shareholders.
    (Rock-Tenn Co)
     
    12.12.2013   Catalyst Paper begins search for head of Sales & Marketing     ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX:CYT) announced that Tom Crowley is no longer with the company and a search will begin immediately for a new leader of the Sales and Marketing function.
    “We are continuing to align the organization structure with our focus on operational efficiency and our production base in British Columbia,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Customers can expect our attention to product quality, service excellence and timely delivery to remain clear and constant throughout this transition process.”
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
     
    12.12.2013   L.C.Paper 1881 chooses Toscotec TT DOES solution for PM2 rebuilding    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec with its associate Milltech have been awarded a contract to deliver a major dry-end rebuild of the L.C.Paper 1881 SA PM 2 in Besalu, Catalunya - Spain. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.
    LC Paper was formed in 1881 on the back of the Industrial Revolution and is now well regarded for its production of niche tissue products contained with two tissue machines (PM2 and PM3) annually producing 45,000 tonnes of tissue for the AfH market.
    The main recognized company product is OnePly® tissue paper that is produced on PM3 from virgin pulp while on PM2 actually every kind of paper is made from 100% recycled paper. This range of products includes Table 72, 37 g/m2 and Exterkraft 50 g/m2. The products are certified by the ISO 14001 European policy and the Ecolabel tag, both of them ensuring an extraordinary attention to the environment. Apart of this LC Paper is also well recognized in the European tissue market for its attention into the energy reduction problems and on its leadership of cogeneration application .
    In 1993, the Company introduced a cogeneration plant. It was the first plant with a diesel engine of 6.5 MW in Spain that was expanded in 1999 with a second 6 MW engine.
    In 2009 LC Paper launched PM3 with a patented process that takes gases from the cogeneration plant to dry the paper by the means of an innovative hood provided already by Milltech. In 2011 the first diesel engine was sold and in 2012 LC paper installed a new gas engine. 6 MW of this energy will be used for feeding the new hood by Milltech on PM2 with a further decrease of energy consumption.
    Toscotec 's delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM2 dry end and press section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This will features a double presses solution with a rebuild of the felt run, a new TT SYD-15FT with doctoring system and a Duo-system Yankee hood, SMART eMT type from Milltech. The wet end hood is burner feeding type, the dry end hood could be fed either by cogeneration gases or conventional burner (normally with COG on is switched off). Exhaust gases are used to generate two stages of steam (high and low pressure) through steam generators in addition to the heat recovery to pre-heat the make-up and combustion air. Maximum drying production with a machine trim width at reel of 3050 mm will be 130 tpd. With this new intervention the PM2 consumption will be lower than 1,350 kWh/t.
    According to the LC Paper CEO Joan Vila, this investment will allow to increase the competitiveness of the Company. ”After a detailed analysis of our project we decided to choose once more Milltech and Toscotec for the innovative solution they were able to introduce, that is aligned with LC Paper business philosophy as well as for the previous positive experience we have done on PM3”, he said.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    12.12.2013   Flint Group Flexographic Products expands equipment range    ( Company news )

    Company news nyloflex® Dryer FIII (picture) and nyloflex® Light Finisher FIII –perfect completion to the nyloflex® NExT Exposure FIII

    Flint Group Flexographic Products has further developed its equipment portfolio with the introduction of the nyloflex® Dryer FIII and the nyloflex® Light Finisher FIII. These two premium quality systems have been specifically designed to deliver excellent productivity, consistency and quality for processing flexographic printing plates – particularly when used in combination with the nyloflex® NExT Exposure FIII, with the two new devices combining to provide perfect results.
    The three chamber design of the nyloflex® Dryer FIII with individual temperature control enables energy savings with an increased drying efficiency. The economical construction of the device makes it profitable for the user and helps to reduce costs. Furthermore, six drying drawers allow for easy and comfortable handling.
    The high performance UV-A and UV-C tubes of the nyloflex® Light Finisher FIII result in very short processing times. All lamps are equipped with electronic ballast and start simultaneously. Therefore, an exchange of starters is not necessary. Moreover, the operating hours of the tubes are metered automatically and recorded separately for post-exposure and light finishing.
    The innovative nyloflex® NExT Exposure utilises high intensity UV-A LEDs as light source. Thus, a rapid crosslinking of the photopolymer surface is achieved before oxygen inhibition can occur, resulting in a flat top dot structure on the printing plate and a virtual 1:1 image reproduction from the digital file to the finished plate. The high level of UV emission leads to a significant improvement in the reproduction of the fine relief elements. When combined with high resolution surface screening, the resulting surface texture of the flat top dots provides an optimal surface to enhance ink laydown, ink density, and consistency in printing. And as for other Flint Group equipment, the exposure promises productivity - further consumables and processing steps, such as lamination or the use of inert gases, are not necessary. Compared to standard UV tubes, the UV LEDs show a significantly higher level of UV intensity, a much more consistent emission and longer lifetime.
    In addition to the nyloflex® NExT Exposure F III (for formats up to 920 x 1200 mm / 36 x 47 inches) a nyloflex® NExT Exposure F V (for formats up to 1320 x 2032 mm / 52 x 80 inches) is available as well.
    (Flint Group Flexographic Products)
     
    12.12.2013   Advantage DCT tissue line rebuilt by future Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki successfully started up at...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Ehime Paper's mill in Japan

    In order to increase capacity, tissue quality and efficiency, Ehime Paper has rebuilt its PM 8 in Ehime prefecture in Japan. The tissue machine which has been redesigned in line with the Advantage DCT 135 Technology, smoothly came on stream at the end of August and is currently running at guaranteed design speed, 1900 m/min producing facial tissue of high quality and low basis weight.
    The rebuild, jointly supplied by Kawanoe Zoki and Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, includes an Advantage DCT 135 forming section, press section, Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, and a Yankee dryer as well as an Advantage WetDust dust handling system.
    Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business and Kawanoe Zoki have previously installed Ehime Paper's PM 11 at the same mill, which has been producing high quality tissue paper at guaranteed design speed since the start-up in 2003.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    11.12.2013   Paper Industry Applauds European Parliament Decision to Defend Recycling Jobs in Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news European Commission asked to go back to the drawing board

    The European paper industry warmly welcomes yesterday's decision by the European Parliament to block proposed legislation which would have had the effect of classifying waste paper as "recycled" paper before it has been recycled1. This vote in Strasbourg will save more than 20,000 direct green jobs in the paper industry and an estimated additional 140,000 indirect jobs in Europe.
    "We are glad to see the European Parliament remembered that the original purpose of defining when something is no longer to be considered a waste was to facilitate recycling not to obstruct it," comments Teresa Presas, Director General of the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), on the outcome in Strasbourg. "If this proposal had become law it would also have burdened the global environment with needless additional energy use and emissions. It's a good decision.”
    If this legislation had passed, it would have relaxed the EU's waste management rules and triggered a flight of waste paper out of the EU to Asia, pushing up prices in Europe and undermining the quality of waste paper available for the European recycling sector. This in turn would have crippled the world class paper recycling in the EU, the result of years of investment by the paper recycling industry here. Paper recycling in Europe would likely have dropped from about 47 million tonnes per year to 37 million tonnes, leading to closures of mills, including many small and medium-sized operators.
    Yesterday, the European Parliament plenary backed the earlier decision of its specialist environment committee to reject the Commission initiative, voting in favour by 606 votes to 77. MEPs insisted that the Commission had not properly assessed the impacts of its draft regulation on paper recycling and in shipments of waste paper to third countries. The Parliament also argued that the proposal was not compatible with the aim and content of the EU's basic framework directive on waste and exceeded the implementing powers conferred on the Commission by that directive - a comprehensive rejection.
    In September this year, CEPI temporarily dumped bales of waste paper in front of the Commission's headquarters building in Brussels to draw attention to the problem. Shortly after, the EU member states voting on the issue failed to reach a majority on what to do, leaving it up to MEPs to decide whether or not to send the Commission back to the drawing board.
    “We are delighted that the voice of reason has finally emerged," explains Jori Ringman-Beck, CEPI Recycling and Product Director. "We now hope that the Commission's environmental protection department will reflect on the content of this resolution and revise the criteria for determining when used paper is waste and when it's not.”
    CEPI is not against defining criteria to determine when used paper ceases to be classified as waste, but maintains that the approach now needs to be fundamentally revisited and aligned with the newer more progressive criteria that the Commission has developed lately for other material streams. In general, the old approach, which was carried over by the Commission into the paper proposal just rejected in Strasbourg, has hardly been implemented in practice - indicating that these measures have not been able to capture what is needed by the market in reality.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    11.12.2013   Greif Packaging LLC Announces Major Capital Enhancements at Riverville, Va. Mill     ( Company news )

    Company news Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, today announced that Greif Packaging LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary, plans to make significant improvements to its semi-chemical medium machine located in Riverville, Va. mill.
    The company expects the $45 million modernization project, which includes enhancements to all sections of the machine, to improve product quality characteristics for customers, reduce costs and increase capacity. While the largest component of the two-year project is the addition of a shoe press, the machine will also undergo improvements with drive systems, winding and roll handling capabilities. Upon completion of this project, the company expects to reduce energy consumption mill-wide by another 10 percent and realize an 11 percent increase in production output.
    "The modernization of our semi-chemical machine at Riverville represents a critical stage of our 'efficient frontier' strategy in the Virginia mill footprint and is aimed at reducing structural costs and expanding output at this important virgin asset within our portfolio," said Tim Bergwall, vice president, general manager of Paper Packaging, Greif, Inc. "The resulting product enhancements expected from these projects represent another step toward our goal of being the premier medium supplier to our customers."
    (Greif, Inc.)
     
    11.12.2013   Future Valmet to supply a tissue production line for Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a complete tissue production line to Tezol Tütün Kagit in Turkey. The new tissue machine will be installed at the company’s new mill site in the city of Mersin. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015.
    “The new tissue line will fulfill Tezol’s ambition to produce environmentally friendly products of highest quality in a cost-efficient way,” says Ersin Tezol, CEO of Tezol Tütün ve Kağıt San ve Tic A.Ş.
    “The Advantage DCT tissue making concept enables the production of most types of conventional tissue products with the highest quality in a cost-effective way. We are very delighted that Tezol trusted us as the supplier of their new tissue making line, and are looking forward to a long-term partnership which will be of benefit for both companies,” says Björn Magnus, Sales Manager, Paper business line, future Valmet.
    The order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Technical information
    The delivery will comprise a complete high-speed tissue production line featuring an Advantage DCT 100+ tissue machine equipped with an OptiFlo headbox, a cast iron Yankee cylinder, an Advantage ViscoNip press and an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood. The delivery will also include part of the stock preparation equipment.
    The new line will have a width of 2.85 m and will increase the company's existing production for the Turkish market by another 30,000 tonnes per year of bathroom tissue, towel grades and diaper tissue. The raw material for the new production line will be virgin fiber and recycled fiber.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    11.12.2013   Lennart Persson, CFO and Executive Vice President of SCA, to retire on July 1, 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news SCA’s CFO and Executive Vice President Lennart Persson (picture) will retire on July 1, 2014, after contributing to SCA’s growth in a number of senior positions since 1987. Fredrik Rystedt, 49, will succeed Lennart Persson. Fredrik will become a member of SCA’s Corporate Senior Management Team and will be employed from March 1, although he will formally assume his position on July 1, 2014.
    Fredrik Rystedt has extensive experience of the chief financial officer position gained at a number of listed companies. Between 1989 and 1998, he held a series of senior positions in the Electrolux Group. In the late 1990s, he served as CFO of the aluminum profile company Sapa. Between 2001 and 2008, Fredrik Rystedt was employed as CFO of Electrolux. From 2008 until early 2013, he was the CFO, Executive Vice President and country manager for Sweden for the Nordic banking group Nordea.
    In his new role at SCA, Fredrik Rystedt will report to President and CEO Jan Johansson.
    “With his long and relevant experience, Fredrik Rystedt is an excellent successor to Lennart Persson. Lennart is and has been a valuable key asset of the company. Through his extensive knowledge, professionalism and commitment, Lennart has added significant value to SCA, particularly in our journey of change toward becoming a leading global hygiene and forest products company,” says Jan Johansson.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
     
    11.12.2013   KBA strengthens its presence in growing packaging market    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA-Flexotecnica and KBA-Kammann join KBA Group

    Picture: Flexotecnica by KBA. L-r: Claudio Bisogni, Costanza Cerutti, Dr Giancarlo Cerutti, Claus Bolza-Schünemann, Silvana Canette and Adriano Canette

    Following the entry into the promising digital print market at Drupa 2012 with an own product, the Koenig & Bauer Group has strengthened its footing in the broad, growing market for packaging with the acquisition of two companies in recent months.
    This segment benefits from increasing levels of prosperity, consumption and the trend towards self-service markets in rapidly expanding industrial countries such as China, India, Brazil and Turkey. It is not affected by the growing popularity of online media. KBA is the longstanding market leader in printing systems for folding carton and metal packaging with its sheetfed offset facility in Radebeul near Dresden and subsidiary KBA-MetalPrint in Stuttgart.
    KBA entered the expanding niche market for directly decorating luxury glass packaging and other hollow containers with the majority takeover of Kammann Maschinenbau in Bad Oeynhausen, Germany, concluded at the beginning of September. Following a long period of negotiations, the majority acquisition of Italian press manufacturer Flexotecnica based in Tavazzano near Milan was finalised in early December. This paves the way for the broadly-positioned press manufacturer into the key print market for flexible packaging (especially films). Next year the two youngest KBA subsidiaries will be renamed KBA-Kammann and KBA-Flexotecnica. Both companies have a total of some 280 employees in development and engineering, assembly, sales and service, while most of the manufacturing activities have been outsourced. Together the firms generate annual sales in the mid-double-digit million euro range.
    The enterprise’s acting managing directors Matthias Graf und Dr Christian Maaß continue to hold a 15% stake in the future KBA-Kammann. The company has 175 employees and is the global market leader in screen printing systems for directly decorating luxury glass containers. Along with the predominant screen-printing systems, Kammann’s flexible transport systems can also be equipped with hot-stamping, inkjet and other decorating processes. The firm recently presented its first digital solution at K, the trade show for plastics and rubber in Düsseldorf. Directly decorated glass containers are mainly used for cosmetics, perfume and spirituous beverages in the top price class. In 2012 Kammann, which was founded in 1955, generated annual sales of over €30m ($39m) and posted a net profit.
    With approx. 100 employees the future KBA-Flexotecnica develops, builds, distributes and services flexo presses for printing on flexible packaging materials. In 2012 the enterprise generated annual sales of approx. €36m ($49m) in Europe and in some overseas markets, and posted a pre-tax profit. Until now limited resources have curbed the mid-size firm’s growth. KBA-Flexotecnica’s integration into the Group’s global sales and service network will open up favourable prospects for further development. KBA took over the company from Officine Meccaniche G. Cerutti (OMGC), the previous majority stakeholder based in Casale Monferrato near Turin. However, OMGC will hold a 5% stake in the firm. Adriano Canette, a descendant of the founding family working in the company, remains a shareholder with 5%. KBA-Flexotecnica will be run by its previous managing director Claudio Bisogni. Both parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price.
    By expanding its product line-up for previously unaddressed growth markets KBA is countering the shrinking business volume in media-orientated print segments, such as magazines, catalogues and newspapers, affected by the advance of internet consumption.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    11.12.2013   The flushable wipes material of Trützschler and Voith passed the INDA/EDANA tests     ( Company news )

    Company news At the end of October, Voith Paper and Trützschler Nonwovens reached an important milestone: a nonwovens fabric from the jointly developed production process successfully passed the official INDA and EDANA 3rd edition tests of flushability.
    Flushable wipes are moist wipes that can be disposed of down the toilet, for instance baby cleaning wipes, or cleansing tissues. For the producers, this has been a small but economically interesting market segment up to now, with high demands on the product: On the one hand, the cloths must be strong enough for cleaning; on the other hand they must not pollute the sewage system or the environment after disposal.
    Voith and Trützschler Nonwovens have been successful in producing wet laid and hydroentangled nonwovens with a high level of wet strength, consisting only of fibers of natural origin that quickly disperse in water, and that are 100% biodegradable.
    The raw material is exclusively cellulose, the main component is bleached long fiber pulp as used in paper manufacturing. A small percentage of regenerated wood cellulosic fibers ensures the strength of the nonwovens. The newly developed production process uses neither binding agents nor melt fibers. For this reason, the cloths quickly disperse in water, and the fiber material is completely biodegradable. Another advantage of the large quantities of long fiber pulp is that they lower production costs significantly.
    The test result is an impressive example of the efficiency of the newly developed production process, whose core components are the Voith’s HydroFormer for web formation, and the Trützschler Nonwovens’ AquaJet for web bonding.

    INDA/EDANA: „Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products”
    In August, the American and European Nonwovens Associations INDA und EDANA published the third edition of the flushability guidelines. The "Guidelines for Assessing the Flushability of Disposable Nonwoven Products" have been developed in cooperation with waste water authorities and the nonwovens industry. They specify seven material tests, thus establishing standardised measurement methods.
    For being marketed as "flushable", a product must pass all the tests. The tests include such properties as flushability and dispersement of the nonwoven product into single fibers, as well as degradation by means of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. Just one negative test result makes the "Do not Flush" marking mandatory.
    (Trützschler Nonwovens GmbH)
     
    10.12.2013   A clean break with energy consumption    ( Company news )

    Company news Pasaban focused on the energy consumption of its sheeters

    Pasaban has been able to keep the energy consumption of its machines down to around 20 percent of their installed capacity by incorporating into its processes different latest- generation equipment for recovering most of the energy used in the operation of its paper slitting installations.
    Since its beginning more than 80 years ago, the company has striven to add to the machinery it manufactures breakthroughs aimed at not only increasing productivity but also at improving energy saving. In the past year it has managed to install in the main motors and some of the auxiliary elements of all its machines systems to transform their mechanical potential energy into electric energy and thus minimise the actual use of power from the mains.
    As a result of the energy saving strategy it has applied to all design and production phases, Pasaban has come up with different ways to recover such energy along three main lines of work:

    -Saving by direct cross-cutting drive
    The motors of the cross-cut block – an essential feature in a sheeter – are one of the places where energy can be saved. The rolls which hold the knives (cross-cutting knife drums) are subjected to large accelerations and decelerations during every turn in order to match them to the length of the cut to be made on the paper. The system developed by Pasaban leads to a significant energy saving due to the conversion of the mechanical energy from said rolls’ inertia into electricity and to the storage thereof.
    By using modern torque motors – which need 5-to-7 percent less power for the same required torque conditions than other types of high-torque asynchronous motors – and digital speed controls, as well as battery banks for storing the energy from the motors, the direct consumption of electricity has been reduced to a minimum owing to the harnessing of the energy which has been previously recovered from the motors.
    According to the calculations made by Pasaban using its own mathematical models, a saving of approximately 70 percent of the installed capacity for these motors can be achieved, which can come up to, depending on the setup of the machines, 210 kW of the total driving of the cross-cutting group. Besides, an additional 10 percent reduction is possible by using rectifiers to return fluctuation excesses of the motors’ energy to the main electrical power.

    -Saving by recovering energy in the sheet stacking system
    Another of the applications Pasaban uses in its sheeters to limit the consumption of energy is a system installed in the layboys where the stacks of paper are made. The paper/board stacking process involves a large amount of potential energy since the stacks can reach weights of up to five tonnes (depending on the type of machine). As the layboy slowly descends, an AC asynchronous motor system and a frequency converter return the energy from the continuous braking to the main electrical power.
    By means of these devices Pasaban has managed savings of up to 70 percent of the installed capacity, which in absolute terms can mean an energy saving of around 15 kW in the driving of said stacking platforms.

    -Saving by reel braking driving
    Finally, the company has enhanced the energy recovery system in both its sheeters and winders by using a regenerative braking system by means of a brake motor. By using brake motors the mechanical energy generated by the pulling roll that acts on the reel is transformed into electricity which, again, is returned to the main electrical power. This procedure leads to energy savings of up to 80 percent of the installed capacity, which in some cases can amount to 50 kW per drive of every paper reel.
    Pasaban is well aware of how important energy saving has become in industrial capital goods and has consequently implemented a strategy along these lines, not only because of the obvious cost reduction that can be achieved with the application of these modern systems but also because it believes companies must be environmentally minded, which in turn benefits society as a whole.
    (Pasaban S.A.)
     
    10.12.2013   PMT starts YDS Worldwide Ltd.    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia S.p.A. is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, YDS Worldwide Ltd has begun its activities at its new site at Wigan, UK providing Yankee Dryer Services.
    YDS Worldwide are committed to providing a high class technical service to all customers from initial enquiry to completion and details of the types of services available.
    All kinds of Inspections are available together with Shell Thickness Measurements, De-rating / Re-rating calculations, NDT Testing: Acoustic Emission Testing, Thermography MPI, UT, Hydro, Radiograph & Metallurgical, while possible, Maintenance Inspections and Servicing include overhauling and resetting of internals as well as upgrading of old dryers with the latest design features.
    Tissue Machine drying audits and Crown audit are also available and Spares, like condensate removal straw assemblies, bolt assemblies, gaskets, internal piping, insulation sleeves, bearings & housings, can be supplied.
    In the event of an extraordinary event occurring that puts the safety of the vessel in question, YDS Worldwide Ltd can help with immediate specialist advice and on-site service to ensure safety and minimize downtime.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    10.12.2013   40% of beverage cartons recycled across Europe in 2012    ( Company news )

    Company news ACE members are committed to supporting and promoting beverage carton recycling across Europe. ACE – the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment – is pleased to note that recycling of beverage cartons reached 40% in the EU in 2012. This represents an increase of 3% compared to 2011 data. The total recovery rate (recycling and energy recovery) reached 69% in the EU. An increase in recycling rates was also recorded across Europe (EU-27, Norway and Switzerland) with 39% of beverage cartons being recycled and total recovery reaching 70% in 2012.
    "After 20 years of tracking recycling rates in Europe, our industry is very happy with the progress made. In 1992 only 6,000 tonnes of post-consumer beverage cartons were recycled, in 2012 this number has increased to about 380,000 tons. ACE members have been very much engaged across Europe to foster the recycling of beverage cartons. A lot has been already achieved, but more progress can be made in supporting the recycling of beverage cartons by ensuring an appropriate EU regulatory framework is in place" says Katarina Molin, Director General of ACE. "Recycling is definitely our favoured waste management option. Increasing beverage carton recycling across Europe is fully in line with the Commission's vision to move towards a recycling economy as laid down in the EU Roadmap for a Resource Efficient Europe."
    Beverage cartons are made on average from 75% paper board, 21% polymers and 4% aluminium. The paper fibres from post-consumer beverage cartons are high quality and as such play a crucial role in ensuring that recycled paper maintains its properties and can be used to produce new packaging for consumer goods. Once recycled the polymer and aluminium is also in demand in a number of different applications ranging from composite products such as construction panels to industrial raw material.
    (ACE (The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment))
     
    10.12.2013   Jussi Pesonen elected Chairman of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation     ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation has elected Mr. Jussi Pesonen, the President and CEO of UPM-Kymmene Corporation, as its Chairman for 2014. President and CEO Kari Jordan, Metsä Group and CEO Jouko Karvinen, Stora Enso Oyj were elected as deputy chairmen.

    “Decisions made here in Finland as well as in Europe have an impact on the competitiveness of the forest-based sector. Restoring of lost competitiveness must be highlighted as a priority. The wings of growth should not be clipped but the industry should be encouraged to operate and employ in Finland,” says Jussi Pesonen, the next Chairman of the Finnish Forest Industries Federation.

    The Finnish Forest Industries Federation's annual autumn meeting and Board meeting took place on Friday, 22 November in Helsinki.
    (Metsateollisuus ry - Skogsindustrin rf / FFIF Finnish Forest Industries Federation)
     
    10.12.2013   ANDRITZ successfully starts up Europe's largest new paper machine for Zellstoff Pöls, Austria     ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ successfully started up Europe’s largest new paper machine for specialty papers, supplied to Zellstoff Pöls, Austria.
    The PrimeLine paper machine produces very high-strength paper grades used primarily for carrier bags, high-grade medical packaging, and food packaging.
    “We were very impressed by the start-up – also because it took place one month ahead of schedule,” says Jürgen Rieger, Chief Operating Manager at Zellstoff Pöls. The ANDRITZ scope of supply comprised the stock preparation plant, the approach system, the complete PrimeLine paper machine (working width 4.5 meters) with hybrid former, shoe press, steel Yankee, calender, and slitter-winder, as well as pumps and the complete plant automation equipment. At a design speed of up to 1,200 meters per minute, the paper machine has an annual capacity of 80,000 tons.
    Siegfried Gruber, Head of Project Engineering at Zellstoff Pöls, explains what was decisive in awarding this order to ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER: “Decades of experience in the pulp and paper industry and the ability to deliver a complete plant with maximum efficiency in terms of energy use and drying.” An ANDRITZ steel Yankee is used in order to enhance energy-efficient drying: With a diameter of 6.7 meters and a shell length of 6.25 meters, the PrimeDry Yankee is the largest in the world. Due to its size, the 150-ton Yankee was delivered to the customer’s mill in two halves and assembled on site – a production and supply concept that only ANDRITZ offers worldwide.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    10.12.2013   FORTRESS PAPER PROVIDES UPDATE ON FSC MILL    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announced yesterday that three of the four digesters at the Fortress
    Specialty Mill (the "FSC Mill")
    in Thurso, Québec resumed operation after being shut down since December 5, 2013 to complete required and preventative repairs to piping. Accordingly, the FSC Mill has resumed production and is ramping up operation of the cogeneration facility. The Company anticipates the fourth digester will be operational on December 11, 2013.
    Yvon Pelletier, President of Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc., commented: "While this operational technical setback was beyond our control and unfortunate, I am very proud of our team who were able to expeditiously rectify the issue. As a result of their diligent efforts, we have resumed production at the FSC Mill with limited downtime."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    10.12.2013   MIAC TISSUE BUSINESS POINT - FOCUS ON TISSUE!    ( Company news )

    Company news New business opportunities!
    MIAC Tissue Business Point has been developed to support corporate interchange, to consolidate existing relationships and to develop and create new business opportunities.

    MIAC Tissue Business Point is not a trade fair!
    It is a new business concept organised - every two years - in Lucca,
    the heart of European tissue paper production and converting.

    An event that completely embraces the world of tissue paper in just 2 days!
    A new business concept that brings together Technology, Finished Products, Raw Materials and Services, designed exclusively for companies operating in the tissue paper sector.

    A streamlined Conference Programme!
    The Conference offers interesting content and studied to provide information dynamically and effectively to all the people involved in the tissue industry sector.

    SAVE THE DATE:
    26.27 March 2014 - 2 days of business!
    We are looking forward to welcoming you in Lucca!
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    09.12.2013   The Best is Yet to Come! - don't miss the next BAPC Conference    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: John Charnock, Director of Print Research International Ltd

    The BAPC has a long history supporting the Print and Communication sectors. Sidney Bobb, chairman of the BAPC is passionate about print. "Our association is run 'by printers - for printers' providing a range of services and support," says Bobb. A key event in the association's calender is the annual BAPC conference. The next conference is planned on the theme “The best is yet to come" and will be held over the weekend of the 17th and 18thJanuary 2014 at the Holiday Inn, Elstree.
    Bookings can be made online at http://www.bapc.co.uk

    The BAPC conference has become one of the most popular networking events in the industry calendar. It attracts an eclectic mix of printers, suppliers, marketors and the media and a number of them have chosen to voice how important the BAPC conference is to them and the industry community:

    John Charnock, Director of Print Research International Ltd
    "The BAPC conference is the best. You can't beat it for content and its most enjoyable. Sidney Bobb has an incredible ability to pull together the most insightful and exciting speakers. Any small to medium business in the graphic arts should seriously consider attending the event for insight and presentations that simply cover all the essentials of the graphic arts market. The 2 day event enables time to network and share experiences with other attendees, which is often the most important aspect. You do come away inspired and ready to try new ideas. I would highly recommend this conference to all."

    Mark Yeung, Director of Duraweld
    "The BAPC brings together diverse participants in the print industry and, through the annual conference, creates an opportunity for building relationships and sometimes making unexpected connections. We’ve found Sidney is always genuinely interested in helping his members where he can, and is a great source of insight into the print industry and its changing dynamics."

    Gareth Ward, Editor of Print Business
    "Attending the conference is time out – a time to meet industry folks away from the print shop or the office. It's a great place to pick up new ideas and share different viewpoints from both the speakers and other attendees. Because it's a mix of more formal sessions and networking away from the daily grind, it presents an opportunity to reflect - which isn't always possible when the phone is ringing and something needs sorting out. The BAPC is fundamentally an organization at grass roots, great for sharing experiences and the annual conference is always good value and worth attending."

    Pat Holloway, Director of Independent Marketing Services
    "Often we think that trade associations are a thing of the past. We perhaps relate to their role as an industry mouth piece for larger companies toward government agencies - but the BAPC is not like that at all. They are taking calls on a daily basis supporting the UK print industry in 2013 which is mainly SME style businesses. Sidney Bobb is a rare breed - a people person. Not only is he there for the members, he also works with other industry associations, trade press, manufacturers and suppliers. I would highly recommend the BAPC conference - its always fun and provides a platform to listen and to learn in a convivial atmosphere. You will not be disappointed!"

    Freddie Kienzler, Managing Director of Formara
    "I have been going to the BAPC Conference since the mid 1980’s. Sometimes it is easy to think that since you have been in print for so long, there is not much left to learn but it is amazing how every year at the Conference I will pick up some new ideas or tips to help our business and our customers. With the astonishing pace of change facing all businesses at present, it is even more important to keep informed on ideas and how to take opportunities and benefit from them. The BAPC plays a crucial role in supporting SME’s in the Print Sector with a huge range of valuable advice and services all for a ridiculously low fee. This can be achieved since 99% of staff are volunteers and do it because we are proud of our industry and want to help others benefit from it in the way that we have. Most of what we do is driven by our hard working Chairman Sidney Bobb but if there is anyone out there who wants to join us in helping our industry then please contact us."
    (BAPC British Association for Print and Communication)
     
    09.12.2013   Representatives of SinoCorrugated South 2014 Attend MACCMA 25th Anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news The hosts of SinoCorrugated South 2014, Reed Exhibitions, sent a team to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 25 to participate in the Malaysian Corrugated Carton Manufacturers’ Association (MACCMA) 25th anniversary celebrations. More than 600 guests from carton manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations and media attended the gala evening. The Hong Kong Corrugated Paper Manufacturers’ Association (HKCPMA), the Taiwan Paper Industry Association (CTCCA), the Corrugated Box Manufacturers’ Association of Singapore (CBMA) and the Indonesian Corrugated Cardboard Industries Association (PICCI) were also represented at the event.
    SinoCorrugated South has become an increasingly well-known exhibition as Reed has stepped up promotion of the event worldwide. Frank Cheng, Chairman of the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA), Simon Lo, Chairman of the Asian Corrugated Case Association (ACCA), Henry Low Sheong Boon, Chairman of MACCMA, Kinardo Ang, Chairman of the PICCI, and Stanley Koo Chau Ming, Chairman of CBMA, said they will support SinoCorrugated South 2014 and organize groups of high-level visitors to the show.
    As the global economy starts to recover, so the needs of the corrugated packaging trade are rapidly rising. The ICCA predicts that the world’s corrugated industry will sustain an annual growth rate of 3% from 2013 to 2016. Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, is growing much faster than other areas – at a rate of about 6%.
    SinoCorrugated South focuses on the great potential of the Southeast Asian market. The event serves to bring together industry professionals from China and Southeast Asia to promote international communication and sharing of technology and market information. It is the mission of Reed Exhibitions to create Asia-Pacific’s best corrugated packaging through this show.
    In 2014, SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton will be collocated at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12. Spanning 60,000 sqm, together the two shows will feature over 600 suppliers, 1,300+ pieces of corrugated and folding carton equipment and about 1,000 kinds of consumables. Over 26,000 visitors will attend the dual events, and more than 50 foreign and domestic industry associations will support the show by sending strong visiting delegations. The event promised to be a major showcase that will drive growth in the global corrugated and packaging industries.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     

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