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    28.10.2014   IML Labels takes digital leap with Xeikon 3500    ( Company news )

    Company news Xeikon sets industry standard for digital printing of in-mold labels

    The Xeikon 3500 (photo) is increasingly becoming the technology of choice for companies looking to print in-mold labels digitally, with installations taking place around the world on a regular basis. The latest company to invest in the Xeikon technology is IML Labels. The company is based just north of Montreal, Canada and has added a Xeikon 3500 digital color press to complement its offset presses.

    “Our customers are spread throughout North America and about 75 percent of them are involved in the food business,” says owner Donald Caron, who founded IML Labels in 2007. “As a result, it was very important to us that the Xeikon toner is FDA-compliant for food contact and does not contain mineral oil. In addition, color matching with our offset presses is so accurate that we can mix both processes within the same job.”

    IML Labels has grown rapidly since its formation and today it employs more than 50 people. The company provides a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ service including pre-press, overprinting and finishing in order to create high-quality, ready-to-mold labels. Typical end products are ice cream containers, yogurt pots and butter tubs. IML Labels’ client base includes molders and direct customers, many of whom are leading names in the food sector, as well as pharmaceutical, industrial and souvenir industries.

    “We are being asked frequently to provide mock-ups and help with test marketing new packaging. In addition, we are experiencing a growing demand for shorter print runs, often down to around 1,000. Our offset presses simply weren’t economical for these orders. The Xeikon 3500, already in operation on a full shift basis, enables us to meet these requirements effectively and provide a better service to our customers.”

    The Xeikon 3500 at IML Labels runs ICE toner, which is now the standard toner for printing in-mold labels. The Xeikon 3500 can handle substrate widths up to 516 mm / 20.3 inches. This format flexibility enables the production of a broad range of label formats. Xeikon’s extensive finishing range for its digital presses provided IML Labels with several converting options for their labels. They have installed a UCoat finishing unit, which allows inline flood aqueous coating and provides cut-to-sheet capabilities. Die cutting of labels is done on their existing equipment used for offset printed labels.

    “The Xeikon 3500 has proved to be the ideal sales and marketing tool,” says Mr. Caron. “Orders from new customers are printed digitally as these invariably involve shorter runs. Consequently, we have eliminated the waste and inefficiencies we used to encounter on our traditional presses. When orders reach a certain size, they can easily be switched to offset.”

    Mr. Caron adds, “We intend to take advantage of the ability to print variable data on the Xeikon press to incorporate features such as sequential numbering. Today, the market is demanding a level of production flexibility that only digital printing can provide. However, every situation is different and we worked closely with Xeikon to develop a solution that met our specific requirements.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director of Segment Marketing, Labels & Packaging, comments, “The production of in-mold labels with digital technology is proving to be a powerful tool for brand owners. Now, they can easily undertake test marketing projects, trials and short runs. It is only a matter of time until more brands embrace this opportunity. Xeikon has invested a lot of time and resources in developing this technically complex application. We were able to execute it successfully in real production environments due to the expertise and guidance of customers such as IML Labels Canada.”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    28.10.2014   Kemira announces price increase for ASA-size products    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira will implement a price increase of up to 20% for selected Fennosize products globally. The adjustment will be immediately implemented or as the existing contracts allow. The price adjustment is a result of very tight global olefin supply. Linear α-olefin is the main raw material for ASA-products.
    (Kemira Oyj)
     
    28.10.2014   The Evolution of Electronics of OMET's Tissue Converting machines    ( Company news )

    Company news The ambitious project of electronic standardization of the entire range of OMET machines is now reality. The digitization of data from the machines and the remote control of their functions, through the acquisition and interpretation of data and images remotely, and the standardization of the electronic equipment on board, are the first stages of a program for the total control of the tissue production process that is already bringing huge benefits to the efficiency of the lines.

    That the machines do not have secrets for OMET is a fact. Whether in the tissue or the printing sector, the in-depth knowledge of the processes and applications and the extreme attention in making every machine operation autonomous in its accomplishment and analysable during the operational phase, have resulted in the physical separation of the man from the machine and in a control detached from the operator’s will and skills.

    It is the consequence of the fulfilment of a long process accelerated by the introduction in the 1980s of the first electronic controls and the advent of computers as tools managing the machine functions and, later, interpreting the operational data.

    We analyse here the steps of OMET project and what developments are expected in the future.
    First, OMET’s Research and Development for the tissue sector is concluding the operation of unification of the operator interface for all machines in the tissue segment. Begun in 2013 with the last born, the FV Line, the homogenization of the so-called HMI (Human Machine Interface) continued on this first line and then in the TV 840 Line and AS Line, this latter the machine for production of paper towels.

    At the same time, it was introduced the possibility of total machine control by independent servo motors for each axis. The project began with the FV Line, and then extended to the TV 840 Line and AS Line (TV 503 is currently under preparation at the time of writing this article). The complete control of the motors is offered also in remote, through tele service. It is possible, for example, to verify the operating parameters of the motor of a TV 840 Line installed on the other side of the world directly from OMET’s headquarters in Lecco, Italy.

    Following the standardization of the electronic equipment, all the machines of the series TV 503, TV 840, FV Line and AS Line, share the same type of operator panel and the same console. It must be said, however, that the HMI is similar in the main controls for the whole range, but at the same time, specific on the basis of the different functions of each machine. The operator panel becomes the control point from which, through the independent servo drives, all machine adjustments are performed in a simple and automatic way.

    The use of cameras mounted at strategic points of the machine helps the operator, allowing instant and total control of what happens. The same images can also be viewed remotely at any time. This becomes extremely important when malfunctions or failures occur because, even via remote assistance, you can understand the problem quickly and intervene in a more timely and immediately decisive manner.

    The control consoles on the machine units are equipped with touchscreen panels and/or membrane keypads for the management of local settings; on the membrane keyboards, each button can take up to five different colors which guide the operator in the operations to be performed, making the use of the machine simple and intuitive.

    The digitization of the electronic data coming from the machine has a dual function: on the one hand you can collect production data and, through the fast adaptation to the best production parameters, you can achieve a reduction of waste, in addition to the obvious savings of time, thanks to the certainty of a greater operating precision. On the other hand, the increasingly intensive automation of the machine through digital adjustments allows easier handling of the basic operations (speed increase / decrease, start / stop, etc.), and the more complex (register, modification of product size, etc.).

    100 percent safety for the operator
    Create a safe working environment for the operator is an essential aspect that involves a strict observance of the safety rules. The continuous evolution of machines and systems implies a consequent and rapid change of the working conditions and the need, therefore, to adapt these new solutions to the standards in use.

    The latest machine lines produced by OMET implement several new solutions which increase the level of safety for the operator, however already very high, and reflect from the physical point of view in the presence of a casing (partly transparent) that ‘envelops’ completely the structure of the machine and in the application in all the critical points of protective hand guards.

    The real change, however, is once again ‘digital’. A communication bus and certificate has been introduced on the AS Line so that the transmission of the safety signals is not performed through traditional wiring but in a digital way. The use of this system has brought considerable benefits: the machines are more secure and efficient, wiring is reduced and thus the possible sources of failure, the diagnosis is simpler and more detailed.

    OMET applies a system of quality control according to ISO 9001 standards and is always careful to ensure maximum operating safety and to provide only certified products, requirement more than binding, for example, in the case of sale to large groups and multinational companies operating in multiple territories.

    Tele service via the Internet
    The technological development of electronics on board of the machine led to an increase in the possibility of exploitation of the web for remote maintenance, in addition to more traditional systems that use the phone or the wireless connection. There are two types of remote support on the machines, one that uses the telephone network, for machines of older installation, and another one that uses the web for machines of new installations.

    OMET is testing a router similar to the one used for internet connection, but more versatile, accessible via 3G mobile network or over Wi-Fi and the ability to connect to both new and old lines via the fieldbus present in the machine (Profibus / MPI or Profinet). A multi-router connection will be available at each OMET Service point in the world to be sent to customers in case of need.

    Development of the system of supervision and data collection
    To meet the demand of customers that need to monitor and improve the efficiency of their tissue converting machines, OMET has created a point of collection of the machine production data, storage and subsequent analysis for the implementation of corrective measures. The main data whose download is strategic for assessing the productivity and profitability of the machine are the indices of productivity, the amount and types of materials used and the alarms occurred in the operational phase.

    This system is optional on every line; you can interface with machines installed both recently and in the past, and integrate multiple lines of the same production unit:

    CONNECTIVITY
    Being an architecture based on standard Ethernet, the system structure can be implemented with the same characteristics and potential of an intranet/internet network and, therefore, easily accessible from both the production facility or, through the Internet, from any other place.
    SCALABILITY
    The system can be scaled and adapted for all OMET machines, new and existing, in order to offer a wider range of sizes and configurations to meet the different demands of cost and performance.
    MULTIPLE INTERFACES CONNECTABLE

    With the new system, you can manage a high number of connected interfaces including:

    - File transfer
    It is possible to automatically transfer on corporate servers or simply through a USB stick all the data stored including recipes for pre-set line during job changeovers, or production data after each job shift.
    - Printers
    Connecting to printers for printing, for example, reports of the end of turn.
    - Barcode/other codes readers
    The use of scan reader allows, for example, the recording of the data concerning paper coils and inks used for the tracking of materials.
    - Smart card readers
    By recording data from smart card readers you can monitor the activities of operators and maintainers.
    - Energy measurement
    The energy consumption can be constantly monitored during operation for a proper and timely control of operating costs.

    Consumption analysis and activities for energy saving
    The adoption of appropriate measures to reduce energy consumption without increasing the cost of the equipment is an essential factor today. While, it is obvious, the energy consumption of the machines has increased proportionally to the increase in performance, the introduction of independent motors has already led to a large consumption optimization as it is possible to select, and operate, only the engines needed to each specific production phase of the machine. In addition, solutions with common power supply like the one used in the AS Line permit, through the sharing of energy between drives, a further reduction of the absorption.
    OMET is sensitive to topics like energy saving and environmental impact of the machines that, quite rightly, will increase their importance in the future in the battle for the protection of the environment through the reduction of emissions and fuel consumption. The R&D of OMET is at work in this regard and there are considerable opportunities offered by digitization in this sense.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    28.10.2014   New ISEGA Direct Food Contact Certifications for Adestor Adhesives     ( Company news )

    Company news Adestor’s A251 and SP123 adhesives are now ISEGA certified for direct contact with food.

    The acrylic adhesives A251 and SP123, part of Lecta’s Adestor pressure-sensitive line, are now available with ISEGA certification for direct contact with dry and moist food. All Adestor facestock can be requested with these two adhesives.
    A251 is a permanent adhesive for general applications and use; it adheres well to smooth and slightly rough or curved surfaces. SP123 is a super-permanent high-tack adhesive suitable for challenging, rough surfaces such as wood, cardboard and plastics (HPDE, PP, PET and PVC).

    With this new certification, 6 Adestor adhesives now hold ISEGA certification for direct contact with food:
    - HM100 hot-melt adhesive: direct contact with dry or moist food
    - BC361 Plus, VR152, CG349 water-based acrylic adhesives: direct contact with dry, moist and fatty foods with a reduction factor of at least 2.

    This new approval enables Lecta to offer our customers a wide variety of pressure-sensitive materials especially suited for label manufacturing in the food industry.
    Adestor’s ISEGA certifications are available in PDF format at www.adestor.com, where you can also find technical specifications and in-depth information on all of Lecta’s self-adhesive product range.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    27.10.2014   AVERY DENNISON EXTENDS ITS BROAD EUROPEAN FOOD-APPROVED PORTFOLIO WITH...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... NEW TOPCOAT

    A new food-approved topcoated product has been added to the already extensive Avery Dennison food labelling film portfolio. The addition means that Avery Dennison now offers the widest range of food-approved films in Europe, with materials that can support a large variety of food labelling conditions.

    PP60 Top Cavitated White Film with S2045N hotmelt adhesive and a food-approved topcoat is the latest material in the food-approved portfolio. This topcoat joins the existing TC7007 topcoat in Avery Dennison’s standard film range. PP60 Top Cavitated White Film complies with Article 3.1.a of Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004, and can be used in any food application, including chilled conditions that require higher performance levels.

    Rob Groen in 't Wout, senior product manager for filmic label materials, Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials - Europe, comments: “There are plenty of challenges in the food segment, but the most critical one faced by all food producers today is the tough regulatory environment. Our goal is to do everything possible to make food labelling choices simple and productive.”

    “Food directives and regulations apply to face materials, adhesives and topcoats, and need to be taken into account when deciding on the label construction. Avery Dennison’s newly expanded food-approved portfolio makes it far easier to choose the right look, the right cost and the right performance characteristics.”

    The comprehensive food-approved range ensures not only regulatory compliance but also successfully meets many typical application challenges, including labelling cold and moist surfaces traditionally found in chilled products such as dairy, cheese, and meats. Avery Dennison’s S2045N hotmelt adhesive is an important contributor to the portfolio’s performance, giving excellent tack and adhesion on a wide variety of substrates.

    Groen in 't Wout adds that label converters now have one place where they can go for any food-related requirement: “Food producers can find all of their required options in this portfolio, and there is no additional time or effort needed to make sure that regulations have been met.”
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    27.10.2014   Norske Skog: Still lower costs    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog continues the positive trend of reducing costs. High production at the mills in a demanding market shows the relative competitive position of the group.

    - Our competitive position has improved over the past year as a result of continuous improvement programs in all areas. Interest expense has been reduced by repayments of expensive bond loans and by replacement of cheaper securitisation facilities based on receivables totalling so far around NOK 800 million. At the same time, we will continuously monitor the market situation, and if necessary implement active capacity management to counteract the effects of market imbalances, says Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2014 were NOK 208 million, down from NOK 251 million in the second quarter, but an improvement from third quarter 2013 of NOK 32 million. The decrease was due to prolonged initiation of the new LWC-production at Boyer in Australia and a planned nine-week stop at one of three machines at Skogn in Norway.

    Loss before tax for the period amounted to NOK -40 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of NOK -165 million in the second quarter of 2014. Loss after tax for the period amounted to NOK -192 million in the third quarter, compared to a loss of NOK -114 million in the second quarter of 2014. The tax expense of NOK 152 million was mainly negatively impacted by a reassessment of deferred tax assets. Net interest-bearing debt decreased by NOK 21 million to NOK 6 931 million. Cash flow from operating activities before net financial items was NOK 46 million in the third quarter, compared to NOK 206 in the second quarter.

    - Despite the generally high cost level in Norway, especially on wages, we have still in recent years implemented extensive cost cuts at our mills and headquarter. Efforts of creative staff have resulted in more efficient use of energy and raw materials, as well as lower fixed costs, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Market and segments
    Europe
    Operating income was slightly lower compared to the previous quarter despite a modest increase in sales volume. Capacity utilization was 86% in the third quarter compared to 87% in the second quarter. The summer stop at one of three machines in Norway contributed to decline in gross operating earnings.
    Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe fell by 5% and 4% in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year. Cost of materials was flat from the second quarter on a per tonne basis. Fixed costs continue to show a downward trend.

    Australasia
    Operating revenue increased compared to the second quarter, due to higher production after the start-up of the LWC-machine at Boyer. Demand for newsprint and magazine paper in Oceania fell by 6% and 1% in the first eight months of this year compared with the same period last year.
    Variable costs per ton increased in the quarter compared to the previous quarter due to higher costs associated with LWC-production at Boyer. Fixed costs were slightly higher compared with the second quarter in part due to a stronger Australian dollar. Capacity utilization was 94% in the quarter compared with 91% in the previous quarter.

    Outlook
    Publication paper prices in Europe are expected to remain relatively stable into 2015. The market balance for newsprint is acceptable, while the operating rate for magazine paper currently is not satisfactory.
    Newsprint prices in Australasia are to a large degree fixed through long-term contracts, while export volumes track international prices. Magazine paper prices are more short-term and among other exposed to the relative strength of AUD.
    Variable costs for the group are expected to remain relatively stable. Fixed costs initiatives continue.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    27.10.2014   Amcor wins Climate Disclosure Award with perfect score    ( Company news )

    Company news Amcor has received the highest Climate Disclosure rating of companies listed in the ASX200, being awarded a perfect score of 100% for its Climate Disclosure and winning the CDP ASX200 Best Climate Disclosure Award.

    Photo: David Clark, Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability

    CDP is the world’s only global climate disclosure program. The Climate Disclosure Award recognises Amcor’s robust carbon measurement and management, climate change strategy, risk management processes and outcomes, and commitment to transparently reporting on our performance.
    Amcor’s head of Safety Environment and Sustainability, David Clark said: “We are delighted to accept the CDP Award which is testament to our ongoing commitment to transparent reporting and continually looking for new and better ways to reduce carbon emissions, waste to landfill and water use across our global operations.
    “We track this through our global EnviroAction program which delivers real and tangible environmental and social benefits. Since the start of Amcor’s five year EnviroAction plan in 2010/11, the Company has reduced green house gas emission intensity by 19%; waste to landfill intensity by 53%; and water use intensity by 16%. In addition, last year over 40 of our sites reported zero waste to landfill and all 180 sites reduced their waste contributing to a more sustainable environment,” concluded Mr Clark.
    (Amcor Ltd)
     
    27.10.2014   Hermann Koch appointed new Sales & Marketing Director at Bobst Bielefeld for Germany, Austria ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and Switzerland

    Effective of October 1, Hermann Koch was appointed Sales & Marketing Director of Bobst Bielefeld for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. In his new position, Mr. Koch takes some of the workload from Bill Duckham who continues to hold the position of an international Sales & Marketing Director.

    After a technical education in the packaging industry, Hermann Koch has held different positions in the industry for more than 25 years now. His profound knowledge of the whole process chain of flexo printing including prepress and his former sales responsibilities at Bobst for various regions across the world make him an excellent expert of both the German and the international packaging markets. In 2013, Mr. Koch was elected to the Board of the German Flexographic Technical Association (DFTA), and ever since represents the interests of the German flexo industry with great commitment. In his new position, Hermann Koch was granted general power of attorney.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
     
    27.10.2014   DublNature® by Wausau Paper PPI's 2014 Most Innovative New Products    ( Company news )

    Company news Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) announced that its DublNature family of premium towel and tissue products produced from 100 percent recycled fiber received the 2014 Most Innovative Product Award from PPI at the RISI 29th North American Forest Products Outlook Conference in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday, October 8. Pulp and Paper International, (“PPI”), is an on-line and print publication of RISI, a recognized leading information provider in the global paper and forest products industry.

    First introduced in May 2013, Wausau Paper’s Green Seal™-certified, DublNature® line of premium, plush, cloth-like towel and tissue products utilizes 100 percent recycled fiber and is produced on the Company’s unique ATMOS technology-enabled paper machine at its facilities in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. DublNature products are designed for both comfort and functionality and provide exceptional softness, strength, absorbency and brightness. DublNature is made from high-quality 100 percent recycled fibers and is certified by Green Seal, Inc., as environmentally preferable. DublNature products, and their upscale packaging, are well suited to a wide range of applications and are targeted at businesses and institutions seeking the finest quality while supporting green purchasing initiatives.

    “We are pleased with this recognition from an important voice in the industry. During a challenging period for our Company we remained committed to producing the finest 100 percent recycled fiber premium towel and tissue products for the away-from-home segment of the Tissue industry,” commented Michael C. Burandt, chairman and CEO. “I’d like to thank our engineering, product design, papermaking, converting and marketing teams, all of whom are responsible for bringing these products to fruition and meeting the high growth demands we continue to experience.”

    Matthew L. Urmanski, president and COO, added, “A year into the significant revamping of our product portfolio we again recognize the key role in our success played by the highly engaged network of Wausau Paper distributors. Their call for a broader expression of premium towel and tissue products in the away-from-home market and commitment to the process underwrote our development of the DublNature premium product. This, along with the launch earlier this year of our premium brand Artisan™ and the revolutionary Alliance™ high-capacity electronic roll towel dispensing system has been the driver of our growth and expectations for improved performance beyond 2014.”

    Artisan™ is a line of premium towels which are brilliant white, remarkably strong, yet designed to provide a soft and thorough hand drying experience. The toweling has a clean and hygienic appearance as well as cloth-like durability and strength for exceptional performance. Artisan is the only line of premium quality roll and folded towels that feature Green Seal™ certification and are made from superior quality 100 percent recycled fibers and cater to high-end facilities seeking exceptional quality products that reinforce an upscale image.

    Alliance™ is a high-capacity electronic roll towel dispensing system featuring twice the capacity of typical roll towel dispensers. The revolutionary patent-pending design of Alliance accommodates two full rolls – up to 1,000 feet each – that seamlessly transfer by automatically switching to the second roll when the first is completely depleted. This unique transfer feature results in fewer service interruptions and reduced maintenance time. Combined with Wausau’s EcoSoft®, DublNature® or Artisan™ Green Seal™-certified toweling, Alliance offers a new, unique hand-drying experience superior to other systems in the market.
     
    27.10.2014   Tieto to deliver global Production System to International Paper    ( Company news )

    Company news The new MES system (Manufacturing Execution System) meets the global requirements of the paper industry.

    Tieto, the largest Nordic IT services company, and International Paper (IP), a global leader in packaging and paper throughout the world, have signed an agreement for the delivery of an MES solution based on Tieto’s standard SAP-based MES solution.

    The MES system, which will initially be rolled out to almost 26 North American sites, covers all of the production shop floor execution with connections into SAP’s Extended Warehouse Management covering the complete Manufacturing to Delivery Process.

    “With our legacy MES approaching end-of-life, we sought out a solution that closely integrates with our SAP operating model while allowing us to adapt to new business requirements. Our partner, Tieto, brings an SAP-based solution, paper industry experience, SAP expertise, and a global delivery model that will be the key to our success,” says Joseph Rahme, Senior IT Manager of International Paper.

    “Tieto is a strong player in the paper industry: we have more than 220 MES installations globally. Tieto’s advantage is that we can handle large projects and have flexible business models together with tailor-made governance principles. The agreement with International Paper is based on our standard SAP-based MES solution. This enables us to develop together with IP the most mature MES ever, which meets all requirements of the paper industry,” adds Thomas Hohenauer, IP customer and delivery executive and country manager of Tieto in Austria.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)
     
    24.10.2014   UPM RECOGNIZED AS ONE OF WORLD LEADERS FOR CORPORATE ACTION ON ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... CLIMATE CHANGE

    UPM has achieved a top position with the highest possible score, 100, on The A List in the CDP Climate Performance Leadership Index 2014. UPM was the only paper and forest products company in the world with A100 level.

    Photo: Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility

    The A List presents 187 listed companies identified as demonstrating a superior approach to climate change mitigation. The list has been produced by CDP, the international NGO that drives sustainable economies, and it was made at the request of 767 investors representing more than a third of the world’s invested capital.

    According to CDP, the leading companies are making better progress to mitigate climate change than their non-leading peers. They invest more to decrease emissions and provide a high level of transparency in their disclosure of climate-related information. Leaders are also enjoying good financial results from their efforts.

    “We are very proud of this recognition. This is the first time in the global index, and the 6th time in a row in the CDP Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index. Having a top score of 100 makes the achievement even more valuable”, says Päivi Salpakivi-Salomaa, Vice President, UPM Environment and Responsibility.

    “This recognition addresses our Biofore strategy in action. Climate is one of the key areas of our sustainability agenda. We have a solid track record in emissions reduction not only in traditional ways but also in new innovations like renewable wood-based biofuels,” Salpakivi-Salomaa continues.

    UPM is a frontrunner in the use of forest biomass as a fuel. Globally 67% of fuels used at UPM mills are biomass-based and 78% of the company’s electricity production is free from fossil CO2 emissions. UPM has invested over one billion euros in renewable biomass-based energy generation during the last decade.

    Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP, says: “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise and we face steep financial risk if we do not mitigate them. The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater. Thus, there are many good reasons to congratulate UPM. The companies listed in this index are responding to the ever-growing demand for environmental accountability and should inspire others to follow suit.”
    (UPM Timber)
     
    24.10.2014   De La Rue signs banknote printing contract with the Bank of England     ( Company news )

    Company news De La Rue is delighted to announce that it has signed a new 10 year contract with the Bank of England to print its sterling banknotes at the Bank’s facility in Debden, Essex.

    On 8 September 2014, the Bank announced that De La Rue had been identified as the ‘preferred bidder’ for the banknote printing contract. The Bank has subsequently completed assurance activity on De La Rue’s bid and the contract has now been finalised.

    Philip Rogerson, De La Rue Chairman commented; “We are delighted with the Bank of England’s decision to award this prestigious and important contract to De La Rue, following a rigorous selection procedure. We are looking forward to continuing our successful working relationship with the Bank over the next 10 years.”

    The new contract will commence in April 2015.
    (De La Rue plc)
     
    24.10.2014   Successful debut for the new POLAR high-speed cutter N HD    ( Company news )

    Company news At the local trade fair Druck+Form in Sinsheim, POLAR presented its new-style high-speed cutter for the first time. With the machine facelift, operators can now enjoy the benefits of a contemporary cockpit design. One outstanding feature is the innovative touchscreen, to which the "HD" extension to the machine designation refers. This stands for high definition and clearly indicates what users can expect.

    The industry is now catching up on what is already standard for smartphones and tablets. The new touch display generation is hallmarked in particular by its brilliance. With its touch-responsive activation, the new display permits even more accurate and intuitive operation. Customized operator calibration of the display is also no longer necessary. In addition, the new "HD display" is much more resistant to scratches and mechanical wear. POLAR is the first cutting-machine manufacturer in the world to introduce this technology on its machines. The new operating panel will be used for the highspeed cutter models N PLUS, N PRO HD and N AT HD.

    New design
    But not only the display is new. All high-speed cutter models from 78 to 176 now also have a new look. The revamp was focused on the front view of the machine. With its uniform color on the front plate, the light barriers and the front of the machine table, operators are given a cockpit-style environment. An ergonomic hand rest is also provided for the operator below the new HD touchscreen. Last but not least the machine has a newly designed foot pedal.
    (POLAR-MOHR Maschinenvertriebsgesellschaft GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    24.10.2014   The merger of Czech PAPCEL and French ABK Groupe    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 15th October 2014, the French manufacturer of paper technology, the company ABK Groupe Tullins, has become part of the PAPCEL Group, Czech Republic.
    The Czech company PAPCEL has merged with its French competitor and thus expanded its production range and markets portfolio.
    (Papcel a.s.)
     
    24.10.2014   Metsӓ Board recognised by CDP as a leader in climate change transparency    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board is honoured to be awarded a position in the CDP’s Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI). Metsä Board achieved an excellent score of 98 out of 100 for the depth and quality of climate change data it discloses to investors and the global marketplace.

    High scores indicate that a company provides robust climate data and conveys a strong understanding of corporate climate-related issues. Only companies with a score in the top 10% are awarded a position in the CDLI, showing they have provided a high level of transparency in their disclosure of climate-related information.

    Mika Joukio (photo), CEO of Metsä Board, says: “We are delighted to have gained such a significant score for our data submission and that it has helped us win a place in the Nordic CDLI. It is a tribute to the commitment of everyone within Metsä Board, as sustainability lies at the heart of our organisation, and will motivate us to increase our efforts in the future.”

    CDP disclosure scores are provided to investors and other decision makers through various channels, including Bloomberg terminals, to help them assess corporate preparedness for changing market demands and emissions regulation.

    Leadership status is earned by submitting climate change information through CDP’s global environmental disclosure system for independent assessment against CDP’s scoring methodology. The score threshold for entering the Nordic CDLI rose to 95 in 2014.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    24.10.2014   First Higher-value Chemical Derived from Lignin to Hit Market in 2021    ( Company news )

    Company news As lignin supplies rise on the back of growing cellulosic feedstock utilization, commercialization opportunities of up to $242 billion are emerging in 13 select chemicals, says Lux Research.

    Lignin, a component of lignocellulosic biomass and a common byproduct stream from cellulosic conversion processes, has a potential market worth of $242 billion across 13 select products alone, but commercialization of these lignin derived chemicals such as BTX (a mixture of benzene, toluene, and xylene) and cyclohexanol lags growing feedstock supplies, according to Lux Research.

    Today, the commercial sale of lignin is limited. Even though the pulp and paper industry produces about 50 million metric tons (MT), most is burned for power with only 1 million MT reaching the chemicals market. However, the supply of lignin from other sources is set to grow. Growing production of fuels from lignocellulosic feedstocks alone is projected to process up to 2.9 million MT in 2017, creating huge opportunities for the creation of higher-value chemicals.

    “Lignin is capable of producing a variety of straight chain, cyclic and aromatic chemicals, each with market sizes ranging from the tens of millions of dollars up to the hundred-billion-dollar range,” said Julia Allen, Lux Research Analyst and the lead author of the report titled, “Finding Untapped Value: Converting Lignin to Higher Value Chemicals.”
    “But creating higher-value chemicals requires technology development to balance feedstock variability, lignin separation effects, depolymerization, and product separation challenges, which still has significant work ahead,” she added.

    Lux Research analysts evaluated technologies to convert lignin into higher-value chemicals and leveraged an invention-to-commercialization model to predict the emergence of such chemicals on the market. Among their findings:
    -First lignin-based value added chemical product expected to launch in 2021. A predictive tool designed by Lux Research – based on historical invention-to-commercialization pathways of major materials – found the lignin-to-chemical innovation cycle to lag that of Polylactic acid (PLA) by 18 years. Consequently, the first lignin-derived chemical product may be expected to hit the market in 2021, following a significant patent inflection in 2018-19.
    -Thermal Routes Appear Best for Near-term. There are four major routes under development to convert lignin into smaller chemical constituents – thermal, chemical, metallic catalytic and biological. Of them, thermal depolymerization, such as pyrolysis, is the most mature, though companies focus on fuels not chemicals. Purely chemical routes are limited in scale, while the metallic catalytic processes to higher-value chemicals have unresolved technical challenges despite being the industry leader in terms of scale, and biological routes lag in commercial development.
    -Wide range of commercialization opportunities exist. Ahead of a second patent inflection in 2018-2019 following the first in 2006-2007, opportunities abound for companies and research institutions to develop processes to convert lignin into higher-value chemicals whose markets can be in the billions of dollars. As continued R&D accelerates, early-stage companies such as Annikki, Biome Bioplastics and Vertichem, as well as universities like the Universite de Sherbrooke and Tohoku Universities, are prime targets for collaboration.
    (Lux Research Inc.)
     
    23.10.2014   LP215 steals the show in Oslo    ( Company news )

    Company news Intec’s director of new business development, Mark Baker-Homes recently attended the AIG hosted Sign Og Print exhibition at the Exporama in Oslo on the 17th and 18th of September to support two of Intec’s Scandinavian partners.
    The Intec ColorSplash CS5600 model with Fiery® XF for Intec RIP which offers dedicated envelope printing through the professional envelope feeder, was being displayed for the first time in Europe, attracting interest from commercial printers, marketing companies and envelope printers alike. But the star of the show was the LP215 label printing solution attracting an outstanding volume of interest.
    It would appear that a lot of printers are looking for something more that just sheet fed solutions due to an evolving market and the LP215
    offers that solution. The label industry is still print, it’s still graphic design and is something most printers understand and it offers them an opportunity to move into an area that they are familiar with. But also their customers are asking for customized print packaging and it’s something that they can offer alongside the other print items that they currently produce.
    As a result, both partners were very excited about the amount of demand gathered by the LP215 and had a range of good enquiries that look like they will lead to a significant number of sales over the coming months.
    Interest in the ColorSplash CS5000 and envelope feeder was also extremely high. With the ability to print an extra color; white or clear, the CS5000 was alternating between both colors during the show, printing at high speed onto dark colored envelopes with PrintShop Mail, our variable data software solution that works in harmony with the CS5600.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    23.10.2014   Management extended with Mr Frank Büsching     ( Company news )

    Company news The management of colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co. KG has been extended with Mr Frank Büsching as of September 15, 2014.
    Frank Büsching as the new Managing Director is assuming responsibility for the areas of Sales, Marketing and Packaging Development.
    The responsibilities for all the further sections remain unchanged:
    Mr Martin Bruttel is responsible for the areas of Engineering and Production, Mr Thomas Pfefferle the areas of Accounting, Controlling, IT, Human Resources and Procurement. With this step, we wish to do justice to the permanently increasing expectations of our customers and also our own claims which we make of competitiveness.
    (colordruck Baiersbronn W. Mack GmbH & Co KG)
     
    23.10.2014   Stora Enso receives highest possible score in Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso was recognised as a leading company in terms of the disclosure of data related to climate change to investors and other stakeholders. Released by the international non-governmental organisation CDP, the CDP Nordic 2014 Report gives Stora Enso the highest possible score in the Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index (CDLI).

    Stora Enso submitted climate change information through CDP’s global environmental disclosure system for independent assessment. Company disclosures to CDP are rated out of a total of 100, and Stora Enso achieved the maximum score. High scores indicate that a company provides robust climate data with a high level of transparency.

    “Solid reporting of data and transparency are key elements in our Global Responsibility work at Stora Enso,” says Terhi Koipijärvi, acting EVP, Global Responsibility. “We work hard to maintain high standards in our environmental and social responsibility reporting. The data informs and guides our work, and is something that our stakeholders increasingly expect from us.”

    According to Paul Simpson, Chief Executive Officer of CDP, “Global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, and we will face steep financial risks if we do not mitigate them. The need for data on corporate climate change impacts and strategies to reduce them has never been greater. For this reason we congratulate businesses responding to the ever-growing demand for environmental accountability, and should inspire others.”

    Disclosures to CDP’s climate change programme meet the needs of 767 institutional investors with assets totalling more than USD 92 trillion, which is around a third of the world’s invested capital. CDP disclosure scores are provided to help investors and other decision-makers assess corporate preparedness for market demands and emission regulations.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    23.10.2014   Iggesund's investments led to sought-after industry award    ( Company news )

    Company news Over the past four years Iggesund Paperboard has invested more than 370 million euro to improve the energy solutions at its paperboard mills in Iggesund, Sweden and Workington, England. Compared with the situation a decade ago, the company has succeeded in reducing its fossil carbon emissions by more than 260,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide from fossil sources. The reduction is the equivalent of taking 85,000 cars, each driven 10,000 kilometres a year, off the road. It is against the background of these investments that the industry organisation PPI awarded its Bio Strategy of the Year prize to Iggesund Paperboard at the beginning of October.

    “We’re very pleased with the award but even more with the major move we’ve made from fossil fuel to bioenergy,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing for Iggesund. “Of course that’s because we’re assuming our own responsibility for the climate issue but also because it will give us more stable energy costs over time.”

    At the mill in Workington, where Incada is made, Iggesund has implemented a dramatic shift from fossil natural gas to biomass. A new biomass boiler was completed in the spring of 2013 and has contributed to a big reduction of Incada’s carbon footprint. Today Incada is among the folding box boards with the lowest values in this respect. At Iggesund, where the company produces Invercote, a new recovery boiler has helped to minimise the mill’s fossil carbon dioxide emissions and has also enabled the mill to often operate without using any fossil fuel at all. The goal is for the mill to be powered only by biomass and also to be self-sufficient in both electricity and heat.

    “This is very gratifying,” Sundblad says. “The world is pressuring us to reduce our fossil carbon emissions and we’re living up to that. We’re thereby helping to support public policy goals and at the same time we also expect to stabilise our energy costs.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    23.10.2014   Valmet's new OptiBin innovation in use at Nordic Paper's Bäckhammar pulp mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has developed a new chip bin, OptiBin, for pulp mills' digester chip feeding. Its task is to serve as a buffer before the digester and to remove air from the chips in an odorless manner. The new design is the result of years of development aimed at a cost-effective solution with as few moving parts as possible.

    The first installation in the world
    The first OptiBin was recently started up at the Nordic Paper Bäckhammar pulp and paper mill nearby Kristinehamn, Sweden. In spite of a very tight schedule, the installation and assembly of the new chip bin exceeded expectations at Nordic Paper - everything had to be completed during the regular eight-day mill shutdown.
    "The startup was very successful. We started production according to our schedule. What's more, even the startup curve, with a gradual increase in output, followed our plans. A week after the shutdown, we reached full production," says Jonas Lindqvist, Deputy Director of Production and Project Manager at Nordic Paper. "There is still some residual points and, of course, some trimming to ensure that we achieve the goals we have set for the project," he adds.
    "For us at Valmet, Bäckhammar was the perfect partner for taking our new development into practice. Partly because the mill is close to our development center in Karlstad, Sweden, and also because we've always had a very good relationship with Bäckhammar," says David Elfman, Sales Manager at Valmet.

    OptiBin reduces fiber loss and environmental impact
    Valmet's new OptiBin can be used in various cooking processes. The innovations in the OptiBin design bring several benefits. The design allows chips to flow smoothly and results in even pre-steaming and less runnability problems. Without good pre-steaming before cooking the cooking liquor will not penetrate the whole chip and results in uncooked chips.
    The flow design allows a cold top to be used. This means that the bin itself will form a lid of chips that disables gases to flow to the atmosphere which results in less odors to the surroundings.
    Thanks to the new chip bin, Nordic Paper estimates an increase in production of about 1,000 Adt/yr. In addition, the OptiBin has led to substantial fiber savings, and as a bonus for those living nearby the mill, it is expected to minimize malodorous emissions into the environment.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    23.10.2014   New from Mitsubishi: Satin coated Inkjet Paper with Offset Characteristics    ( Company news )

    Company news With JETSCRIPT DLS 9020, Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is
    offering a new, double-sided satin coated inkjet paper for the growing market of high-speed inkjet printing. The special feature is that the 90g paper provides a unique offset-feel and is ideally suited for use with both pigment and dye inks.
    More and more high-speed inkjet users want to use a paper that displays offset characteristics. With DLS 9020, Mitsubishi now meets this requirement. This creates a new business opportunity for printing specialists, because DLS 9020 is designed specifically for applications
    such as print-on-demand, brochures & magazines, transpromo and direct mail.

    The new paper offers a number of features:
    -Satin coated both sides
    -Satin on printed surface also
    -Unique offset feel
    -Good opacity and very good colour reflection
    -High White
    -Wide colour gamut allows for accurate reproduction of even critical colours
    -Very good full-area reproduction
    -Designed for pigment & dye inks
    -Immediate and fast processing in post printing process
    -De-inkable and thus ecologically sustainable

    JETSCRIPT DLS 9020 is available in jumbo rolls in various widths from now.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
     
    22.10.2014   Changes in the Executive Management Team of Ahlstrom    ( Company news )

    Company news Mrs. Nadia Stoykov, born 1963, M.Sc. (Law) and MBA has been appointed Executive Vice President, Commercial Excellence, and member of the Executive Management Team. She will be responsible for leading and further developing commercial excellence within Ahlstrom.
    Nadia Stoykov has previously worked in various senior management roles at Nyrstar Sales and Marketing AG, Valspar Corporation AG, IDEX Corporation and The Dow Chemical Company.
    She will join Ahlstrom during the fourth quarter of 2014 and will report to Marco Levi, President & CEO.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    22.10.2014   Intec: Sue Barnes joins UK sales team    ( Company news )

    Company news Mike Hiscox, Intec’s international sales manager, is delighted to welcome Sue Barnes (photo) to the UK sales team as internal sales account manager where she will be instrumental in organizing the day to day support and communication with our distributors and customers.
    Mike says: “We are extremely excited to have such an experienced and well organized person such as Sue come and work with Mark Baker-Homes and myself. Having an extremely outgoing personality and enjoying contact with a range of different cultures and societies, Sue is well placed to ensure that our international customers are well looked after.”
    Starting her career as a reprographic executive for a carton board packaging company, looking after the typesetting and reprographic needs of blue chip companies, Sue progressed into internal sales. Over the past 20 years she has moved around within the packaging industry working for companies ranging from carton board litho print to flexible packaging companies in and around the Midlands and East Anglia region including suppliers to the medical, pharmaceutical, liquid packaging, food processing, cosmetic and personal care companies dealing with brands across Europe and the rest of the world.
    Sue said; “In joining Intec it gives me the opportunity to re-locate from the Midlands to Dorset, which has been a dream for many years, as well as being able to continue to work in a customer relations capacity which is what I enjoy the most. The role goes hand in hand with my previous experience within the print packaging industry where I have worked for the past 25 years.”
    The Intec family would like to welcome Sue and we all very much look forward to working with her.
    (Intec Printing Solutions Limited)
     
    22.10.2014   Stora Enso strengthens its Group Leadership Team with Sourcing    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso has appointed Johanna Hagelberg (photo) as Executive Vice President Sourcing as of 1 November 2014. This is a new role in Stora Enso’s Group Leadership Team.

    Johanna Hagelberg joined Stora Enso in November 2013 as SVP Sourcing of the division Printing and Living. Prior to joining Stora Enso she held leading positions within sourcing at companies including Vattenfall, RSA Scandinavia and NCC.

    “Johanna Hagelberg is a result-oriented professional and team-spirited manager. Her solid experience in procurement and operational excellence will strongly contribute to developing Stora Enso’s partner relationships while building a competitive cost base,” says Stora Enso’s CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    22.10.2014   New KBA RotaJET L-Series: ultra flexible for changing market demands    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA expands digital printing portfolio with modular RotaJET 89 – 130 platform

    KBA unveiled the most flexible and the most adaptable high-volume inkjet product series in terms of customer demands currently on the market at World publishing Expo 2014 in Amsterdam.

    The digitalisation of the printing industry is progressing. At the same time in the high-volume inkjet printing segment requirements regarding the configuration, features, maximum web width and productivity of digital printing systems are extremely varied in the book, direct mail, magazine, newspaper and industrial printing market segments addressed by the KBA RotaJET. This is in addition to the change in market demands over time due to the increasing expansion of digital printing. KBA is the first manufacturer to take these circumstances into account with the new retrofittable RotaJET L product series available in various web widths, maximum printing widths and colour content. The KBA RotaJET 89 – 130 printing systems based on this new series supplement the RotaJET 76 which is still available.

    Future users of the new RotaJET L platform have a huge advantage which allows them to react quickly and economically to changing market conditions and customer demands without the need to invest in entire new kit straight away. The high-performance RotaJET can be optimally configured to suit the respective market and industry environment. The new KBA digital press series includes five RotaJET printing systems which can handle web widths ranging from 895 to 1300mm (35.2 - 51.1in). As all these new systems have been developed based on an identical platform it is possible to upgrade a KBA RotaJET 89 (web width 895mm/35.2in) easily and quickly to a RotaJET 100, RotaJET 112, RotaJET 123 or even a premium RotaJET 130 (web width 1,300mm/51.1in). Furthermore, it is also possible to modify a 1C monochrome system into a 4C colour system.

    The RotaJET 130 is currently the only high-volume inkjet system with a web width of 1,300mm to offer top quality 4-colour printing. Therefore the RotaJET 130 represents the ultimate high-end system in high-volume inkjet.
    Founded on KBA’s long-term development strategy and the press’ consistent modular design the KBA RotaJET has been designed to be retrofitted with future print head generations. This means that the KBA RotaJET 89–130 platform is the most flexible and future-proof high-volume inkjet system for users currently on the market.
    What is more, the RotaJET 89-130 systems do not require any adjustment of the usual web widths or print substrate logistics as they might in web offset printing. Thus the KBA RotaJET can even be integrated into existing offset landscapes without any compromises.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
     
    22.10.2014   Södra commences expansion of Mörrum    ( Company news )

    Company news The expansion of Södra Cell Mörrumhas started. On 16 October, Södra's CEO Lars Idermark turned the first soil in the project.

    Earlier this year, Södra's Board of Directors decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new chip plant will be constructed and one of the two pulp lines will be modified.
    "This is another investment that will strengthen our market position and competitiveness in market pulp. The expansion of our pulp production represents an integral part of our Group strategy and is a prerequisite for developing our business," said Idermark.

    The existing facility in Mörrum currently produces 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tonnes per year.
    The investment includes a new chip plant and two separate wood room lines, one for softwood chips and one for hardwood chip production, and conversion of the softwood pulp line, where the existing washing facility will be replaced.
    The new wood room facilities are scheduled to go into operation in December 2015 and the softwood pulp line in March 2016.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    21.10.2014   Specialty Chemicals Company ALTANA Enlarges Management Board    ( Company news )

    Company news -Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President of the BYK Additives & Instruments division, will join ALTANA’s Management Board as of November 1, 2014
    -Chief Financial Officer Martin Babilas will assume additional responsibilities
    -Reorganization caters to accelerated growth of the ALTANA Group

    Photo from left to right: Dr. Christoph Schlünken, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, Martin Babilas

    The specialty chemicals company ALTANA is enlarging its Management Board. As of November 1, 2014, Dr. Christoph Schlünken, President of the BYK Additives & Instruments division, will be an additional member. In his new capacity, Dr. Schlünken will primarily be in charge of the BYK and ECKART Effect Pigments divisions, while Chief Financial Officer Martin Babilas will assume responsibility for the ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants and ELANTAS Electrical Insulation divisions. The Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, will continue to oversee core functions such as Corporate Development, Corporate Innovation, and Corporate HR. “The expansion of ALTANA’s Management Board accommodates the increasing size of our company,” says Wolfgruber. “I am very happy about the addition of Dr. Schlünken, who has helped boost ALTANA’s growth in different areas, most recently with the integration of Rockwood’s rheology business into BYK.”

    Dr. Christoph Schlünken joined the ALTANA Group in 2001 as the Managing Director of ELANTAS GmbH, after holding various sales and marketing positions at Bakelite AG starting in 1994. In 2005, Schlünken, who holds a doctorate in chemistry, became president of the ECKART Effect Pigments division. Within the framework of the rotation of all four division presidents, Dr. Schlünken became president of BYK Additives & Instruments in November 2012. He will continue to head this division until a successor is found.
    (altana AG)
     
    21.10.2014   Roll fed digital printing plus inline-finishing: Live demonstration of the first fully integrated ..    ( Company news )

    Company news ... bielomatti machine

    bielomatti invites you to the Open House from 18 to 26 November 2014 to Neuffen
    The Bielomatik-Matti AG (short: bielomatti) invites you to its Open House to Neuffen (Germany). From 18 to 26 November 2014, the company shows its fully integrated machine configuration PageMaster, which combines high-quality roll fed digital printing with inline-finishing for the first time. Amongst others, brochures, manuals, and personalized notebooks will be printed digitally.
    As a new player on the market bielomatti offers innovative digital printing and processing technology from one source. bielomatti now combines the comprehensive technology know-how and the experience and expertise of the two partners in digital printing and print finishing.

    World premiere of the PageMaster
    During an Open House (18-26 November 2014) at the bielomatik site in Neuffen, Germany (close to Stuttgart), printers, converters, publishers and other interested customers have the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of the new bielomatti technology. For the first time the fully integrated bielomatti machine configuration PageMaster will be demonstrated, printing and converting - individual, wire-stitched products in a variety of formats and page numbers, with highest productivity and machine availability.

    Job changes will be done "on the fly" during machine operation. With a maximum capacity of 110 products per minute in double pocket operation and with production speeds of up to 300 m/min the PageMaster will show the live production of --- brochures, magazines, instruction manuals or personalized notebooks from the unprinted roll to the finished product. Job changes with the same product size will be executed "on the fly" during running production process, job changes with changes in product size can be done within shortest time at a press of a button.

    Razor sharp images are guaranteed by the Prosper 24.5” Linebars for B/W printing as well as the 4” Prosper S10 printing units for the imprinting of spot color where also pantone colors can be used. Both systems are based on the KODAK Stream Inkjet Technology. It is a continuous inkjet system, which enables even large runs to be produced
    economically with production costs that are considerably below the costs of comparable
    digital printing systems. The Stream Technology is designed for a real high
    speed production with superior printing quality that stands the comparison with offset printing. With a resolution of 175 lpi, a variety of coated and uncoated papers can be printed on both sides over the whole machine width.

    Perfect paper processing

    In addition to the new bielomatti PageMaster two other machines from bielomatik´s portfolio will be presented at the Open House. The new high performance cross cutter CutMaster CFS 105 is exhibited in a stand alone version. This extremely compact stand-alone solution can be used for cutting sheets of board, paper, as well as in the future plastic film. Digital inkjet printheads can be integrated for the imprinting of personalized data. Furthermore, an inline integration to digital printing or finishing machines with a non-stop pile change system is available
    And the BookMaster BM 360, which is perfectly suitable for the production of hardcover books, will demonstrate an economic book-on-demand production.

    Detailed information on the new machine concept and the technology applied is also available in the eDossier “Inline processing of digital prints", which is ready to be downloaded on the bielomatti homepage (www.bielomatti.de). In addition, the site provides detailed information about other product ideas, the companies involved, as well as the available technology kit.
    At http://www.bielomatti.com/de/Open-House.php you can sign up for your desired appointment at the Open House.
    (Bielomatik-Matti AG)
     
    21.10.2014   BillerudKorsnäs wants to cut food waste – joins SAVE FOOD    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs has joined SAVE FOOD, a UN supported global initiative on food loss and waste. With smarter packaging solutions, BillerudKorsnäs contributes to a significant reduction in waste.

    "A key component of BillerudKorsnäs’ development work on smarter packaging solutions involves a focus on improved food transport. Consequently, it is a natural step for us to be part of Save Food", says Henrik Essén, Senior Vice President, Communication and Sustainability. Save Food – a UN supported global initiative on food loss and waste – was launched in 2011 and aims to reduce the amount of food lost or thrown away. An estimated 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted each year, corresponding to 3.3 gigatonnes of CO2 emissions. This can be compared with emissions from all road traffic in the US in 2010, which amounted to 1.5 gigatonnes.

    Large-scale fruit and vegetable losses
    "Fruit and vegetables account for the greatest losses in the food industry, not only in absolute figures when it comes to the number of tonnes destroyed but also with respect to the costs incurred for waste and from an environmental perspective. The carbon footprint from organic products that are transported long distances but never consumed is very large", says Lars Broström, Commercial Director at Paccess, a subsidiary of BillerudKorsnäs. About a quarter of this waste is attributable, unfortunately, to inadequate packaging.
    "One problem is that few players in the supply chain look at the overall picture when it comes to transporting food and instead focus only on their own area of the supply chain. Companies often use cheap packaging solutions that are only able to withstand the transport distance for which they are responsible".

    SoliQ™ boxes protect fruit
    With strong, primary-fibre based packaging material and high-performance solutions, BillerudKorsnäs is able to contribute to less waste. For example, BillerudKorsnäs has developed the SoliQ™ corrugated box to withstand the difficult conditions associated with intercontinental transport of grapes and citrus fruits from South Africa to Europe. SoliQ™ offers clear advantages throughout the value chain – from packaging manufacturers and growers all the way to the consumer. With SoliQ™, packaging-related waste has decreased radically. This has resulted in significant cost savings and less manual handling in the supply chain as well as strengthening the supplier’s brand, particularly among importers. "In addition to durability, it is important to consider temperature and moisture when developing packaging solutions, since high temperatures and condensation are common causes of fruit and vegetable spoilage during transport", says Lars Broström.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB)
     
    21.10.2014   X-Rite Pantone To Exhibit at LabelExpo India    ( Company news )

    Company news Company will showcase solutions that enable label converters to measure, manage and communicate color

    Picture: InkKeyControl software

    X-Rite Pantone announced they are exhibiting at LabelExpo India, taking place 29 October - 1 November in Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. X-Rite Pantone will be exhibiting in Hall 12, booth B52. At the event, X-Rite will be showcasing its suite of offerings that enable closed-loop color measurement and management for label converters.

    “In India, as in other parts of the world, label converters are being required to do more with less,” says Francesco Tomasello, X-Rite’s Vice President, EMEA Sales Channels, Retail and India. “That’s why we are excited to be showcasing our range of solutions at LabelExpo India. Our products are proven to help label converters reduce time at prepress, save money in their production costs and, most importantly, provide better service to their customers.”

    X-Rite will feature PantoneLIVE, a cloud-based color management service that was developed by X-Rite Pantone and is also offered as part of Esko’s Color Engine software. With PantoneLIVE, the digital brand color lives in a secure, centralized cloud ecosystem where it’s accessible to everyone involved in label production process. This unprecedented level of access facilitates color standards across all phases of production, regardless of the printing technologies or substrates that are used.

    In addition to PantoneLIVE, X-Rite Pantone will also highlight their entire range of color management products that can work individually or together to ensure color quality in every step of the label production process. Products highlighted at LabelExpo India include:
    • ColorCert - ColorCert provides procurement and brand owners with a process control for monitoring and managing color across a large and diverse supply chain. ColorCert simplifies color communication from the artwork phase of projects through separation, the ink room and pressroom.

    • X-Rite eXact™ The X-Rite eXact™ is our next generation spectrophotometer that is designed to support a wide range of applications. eXact enables printers and label converters to understand, control and manage color, ensuring the utmost in color accuracy and avoiding costly reprinting and rework.

    • eXact Scan - eXact Scan extends the functionality of the X-Rite eXact by adding unmatched speed, flexibility and new quality control for the printing and packaging industries.

    • InkKeyControl – Combining eXact Scan with InkKeyControl software from X-Rite enables color management at a low cost of entry. InkKeyControl allows printers to achieve faster make-ready and improve quality control by controlling the ink keys.

    • InkFormulation 6.2 – With new features and enhancements, the latest version of InkFormulation gives users more flexibility in the way they handle the software. InkFormulation 6.2 creates formulation for all colors of a PantoneLIVE™ library and other Color Libraries with a single click. In addition, it allows ink film thickness calibration for offset printing, and simplifies the formulation for the reuse of ink leftovers.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    21.10.2014   Ahlstrom announces price increases for transportation filtration materials    ( Company news )

    Company news Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces price increases on its air and liquid filter media produced by the Transportation Filtration business area. The price increases will be made to compensate for the continued high level of certain raw material costs, utilities-related inflation and regional currency impacts.

    Photo: Ahlstrom XAIR Automotive and Heavy Duty Air Filter media

    The price increases will affect all transportation filtration products worldwide and will be effective starting from December 1, 2014. The increases will be up to 10% depending on markets, products and the agreements in place.

    Air and liquid filter media manufactured by the Transportation Filtration business area are used in air applications including heavy duty and automotive air intake and cabin air as well as liquid applications for heavy duty and automotive oil and fuel. Ahlstrom's Transportation Filtration business area has production sites in six countries.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    21.10.2014   Sappi and PrintCity win PrintStar 2014 Bronze award for premium El Drago drinks packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news The 2014 PrintStar Bronze Award in the packaging category goes to the El Drago polygonal drinks box made from Sappi Algro Design

    Strong and unique look and feel - produced inline: This is what caught the eye of judges when examining the luxurious El Drago drinks packaging, winning Sappi Europe and PrintCity the prestigious PrintStar 2014 Bronze award in the packaging category. This ambitious project was co-produced by Sappi and 15 member companies of the PrintCity Alliance.

    The goal of this innovative project was to demonstrate the possibilities of "Value Added Packaging" in as realistic a way as possible: The El Drago sample packaging was used to provide branded product manufacturers, designers, printers and print finishers with inspiration about how today’s technologies, substrates and processing solutions can be used in an optimised and efficient manner throughout the entire packaging value chain. The polygonal premium packaging design used for the El Drago submission validates that it is not out of the realm of possibility to produce an exclusive design with exceptional shelf appeal in an industrial inline production environment.

    Complex finishing begins with the substrate
    Sappi, whose 350 g/m2 Algro Design® SBS carton was used for one of the two packaging options, believes beginning with a bright white carton board is the key to delivering a high quality finish and lower transport volumes while ensuring sufficient rigidity of the box to withstand handling and protect the product. The special shape of the packaging, with its filigree bevelled and inwardly curved sides, provides the ideal backdrop for the special-effect finishes with reflective features that were used in this project.
    In producing this package, materials and surfaces such as leather, aluminium, chrome and gold were reproduced as realistically as possible. A silver laminate, hot foil stamping, multicolour pigments, gloss and matte varnishes, structural embossing and raised/blind embossing were extremely effective in highlighting exotic dragon motifs. "The El Drago sample packaging is perfectly designed to raise brand awareness and enhance the perceived value of the product it contains,” says Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi. “The packaging must appeal to all of a prospective buyer’s senses, and that's exactly what it does!"

    "Congratulations and thanks go to all the people who have contributed their significant passion, creativity and expertise in a successful collaboration to produce a wonderful example of Connection of Competence in practice," enthuses Rainer Kuhn, Managing Director of PrintCity GmbH. "Third place in such a competitive environment is good, but it is also an incentive for all of us to improve even further with a goal of getting the gold next year! We've still got a few more interesting concepts up our sleeves."
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    21.10.2014   JetMounter™ Fuzion XD to Be Unveiled at 2014 SGIA Expo    ( Company news )

    Company news Drytac® will introduce the next generation of JetMounter roller laminators at this year’s SGIA Expo, held October 22-24 in Las Vegas. The JetMounter™ Fuzion XD is a heavy-duty wide format roller laminator with a durable metal construction, specifically designed with print shops and smaller facilities in mind.

    Available in a 63-inch laminating width, the JetMounter Fuzion XD is a true workhorse, offering numerous features that simplify the lamination process for users. Most noteworthy are interchangeable, large diameter non-stick silicone rollers; a heat-assist top roller with digital display for Celsius/Fahrenheit; a heavy-duty lift mechanism for precise, calibrated pressure control; adjustable speed control up to 20 feet per minute; and four auto-grip supply or take-up shafts with adjustable brake tension on the operator side for roll-to-roll lamination.

    “The Fuzion XD is well equipped to handle a variety of applications, such as laminating vehicle wraps, creating window decals or mounting graphics to substrates,” notes Drytac Product Manager, Nate Goodman. “And, we’ve positioned it competitively - offering it at a lower price point for those who want to add roll-to-roll laminating in their shops without the burden of a significant upfront investment.”

    Additional features on the new model include a center release, fold down feed table with a “lay flat” paper in-feed guide; latching storage compartment on each side of the stand; maximum nip opening of 1 inch; and heavy-duty lockable casters for greater stability and maneuverability. The model can also accommodate 10-inch diameter rolled material and is cTUVus and CE-certified.

    To learn more about the JetMounter Fuzion XD, visit Drytac at booth #753 during the 2014 SGIA Expo.
    (Drytac Europe Limited)
     
    20.10.2014   Looking for a briter approach? UPM launches UPM Brite 80 C    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM introduced its comprehensive range of machine finished speciality paper grades at the World Publishing Expo 2014. The paper range meets the future needs of publishers for end uses such as supplements, inserts, flyers, books and catalogues.
    UPM Brite 80 is the latest newcomer in UPM’s product range for coldset web offset printing. The new quality with its good look, touch and feel is an attractive alternative for publishers.
    “Print is a complementary medium within the increasingly diverse world of publishing. To add value requires getting the best from content, and to do this well requires a greater appreciation of paper and its intrinsic characteristics,” says UPM’s Ken Ehrnrooth, Head of Sales, Newspaper Publishing, UPM Paper ENA.
    “Our mills have met this challenge and developed new products to support the ever increasing demands of supplement work for both publishers and newspaper printing houses,” Ehrnrooth continues.
    With a D65 brightness of 80, good opacity and high print contrast, UPM Brite 80 meets the requirements of customers who require a cost efficient grade with strong environmental characteristics and values.
    “UPM Brite 80 completes the already wide range of UPM’s 100% recycled grades. Thanks to its raw material base, office papers, the grade generates unique brightness gains with minimal environmental impact.”
    The new grade offers an interesting alternative for publishers and printers who wish to stand out from the competition with improved added value paper. This paper has been awarded an EU Ecolabel after fulfilling strict criteria that include requirements related to energy and chemical use, forest sustainability and production-related emissions to water and air.
    (UPM)
     
    20.10.2014   Domtar wins two Pulp and Paper International Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation (NYSE: UFS) (TSX: UFS) accepted the Environmental Strategy of the Year Award and the Innovative Printing and Writing Campaign of the Year Award at the Pulp and Paper International (PPI) Awards 2014 held on October 8 in Boston, Massachusetts. The PPI Awards are held each year to recognize the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector.

    For the Environmental Strategy of the Year, Domtar's Windsor Mill was chosen for its steadfast dedication to reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, water consumption, energy use and waste, as well as championing the use of raw materials sourced from Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) certified sources.

    "This award recognizes that we are leaving a legacy of sustainable development and caring in our community. Caring is one of Domtar's core values, and that means being a responsible corporate citizen," said Eric Ashby, Domtar's Windsor General Manager.

    The Innovative Printing & Writing Campaign of the Year recognized Domtar's Paper Fun Truck initiative. This whimsically decorated truck visited schools, businesses, retirement communities and even a Los Angeles area beach to show how paper remains fun and valuable. The Paper Fun Truck is part of Domtar's PAPERbecause campaign, which uses humor and facts to debunk myths about the paperless society.

    "Paper is an important part of our daily lives, both professionally and personally. We are pleased that Domtar has had success in telling compelling stories about the products we make, which has impacted our entire industry," said Paige Goff, Domtar's Vice-President of sustainability and business communications.
    (Domtar Inc.)
     
    20.10.2014   Metsä Tissue nominated for international Energy Efficiency Award 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Tissue has been nominated for the international Energy Efficiency Award by DENA, the German Energy Agency, for its comprehensive work on improving energy efficiency and decreasing emissions in its production.

    The nomination is based on Metsä Tissue’s project to establish an innovative heat distributing net at Stotzheim mill, Germany, to reduce energy consumption and decrease direct specific greenhouse gas emission at the mill, which produces coloured and printed napkins. The project, implemented in 2011–2012, reduces heat consumption by over 11 per cent and direct greenhouse gas emissions by 1,280 tonnes per year.

    “With the amount of heat we have now saved, over 330 single-family houses can be heated for a year,” says Gero Kronen, VP Production, Metsä Tissue’s Stotzheim mill.

    Metsä Group’s targets are to reduce fossil fuel-based carbon dioxide emissions by 30 per cent per produced tonne and improve energy efficiency by 10 per cent by 2020 from the 2009 level.

    “Metsä Tissue is intensively investing in improving energy efficiency at all of its ten mills. Since 2006, we have run four large-scale energy efficiency programmes and gained improvements of over 10 per cent. We will continue our work to improve our performance and mitigate climate change,” says Christoph Zeiler, Senior Vice President, Tissue, West Europe.

    Metsä Tissue is one of the twelve nominees in the competition. The best three projects will be announced on 11 November 2014 in Berlin by DENA. DENA has been awarding industrial and commercial companies for outstanding energy efficiency improvement projects since 2007. This year, the award’s patronage is Sigmar Gabriel, the Federal Minister of Economics and Energy of Germany.
    (Metsä Tissue Corporation)
     
    20.10.2014   VIDEOJET® STEPS UP TO THE MAILMARK®    ( Company news )

    Company news Manufacturer among select number approved by Royal Mail for 2D barcodes

    Photo: Videojet BX6500/6600 Series Binary Array Ink Jet printer

    Videojet Technologies is delighted to announce it is one of only a few suppliers approved by the Royal Mail to print its MailMark® 2D barcode.

    “We are very pleased that our coding systems have been verified as suitable to print this new barcode,” explained Videojet’s Graphics Sales Manager, Jon Unwin.
    He worked closely with Videojet software engineers and the Royal Mail to ensure the manufacturer’s solutions can print the MailMark 2D bar code to the required standard.
    Videojet then collaborated with a large mailings solutions provider to trial the new software on the Videojet BX6500/6600 Series Binary Array Ink Jet printers.

    The printers offer exceptional throughput on even the most complex jobs, fast drying inks to print on a broad range of materials and print heads that are built to last. Their reliability and durability ensure high productivity print.
    “We were determined to become one of only a handful of suppliers whose printing machines have been approved for producing collateral for high volume mailings. Now we can help any operation that produces mass mailings enjoy greater reportability and response transparency,” states Mr Unwin.

    Royal Mail Mailmark® barcode technology offers users the ability to access web-based reporting from an online analytics dashboard. The batch level reporting details predicted delivery, volume and performance as well as item level error reporting creating a powerful analytical tool.
    Designed for high volume, high quality machine readable mail it is most suited to organisations, retail and wholesale, that produce millions of letters, or large letters, each year.
    Companies using the 2D barcode on mailings through Royal Mail can also benefit from a discount in costs– another incentive to adopt the technology.

    Continues Mr Unwin: “Videojet has developed a range of high quality solutions for customers in this market but we were keen for them to have peace of mind when it comes to using MailMark®. That is why the Royal Mail approval was so important for us.”
    (Videojet Technologies Ltd)
     
    20.10.2014   Metsä Group and Port of Helsinki to prepare pulp exports of Äänekoski bioproduct mill via Vuosaari    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre Oy and the Port of Helsinki have signed a letter of intent to develop Vuosaari as the export harbour of pulp produced at the planned new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski.

    Vuosaari’s central role in Finnish foreign trade flows and its good access by both land and sea were factors favouring its choice as an export harbour. Recent investments into the port infrastructure and the port’s current role as an export harbour of Metsä Group companies create a good foundation for building a competitive solution both for Metsä Group and the society.

    “Vuosaari provides us with good opportunities to develop operations that support an efficient and competitive logistics system," says Jari Voutilainen, SVP, Logistics at Metsä Group. “This is an important milestone in designing the export logistics solution for the investment proposal next spring. Cost-efficient and fluent logistics are key contributors when deciding on the investment.”

    The final investment decision on the construction of the bioproduct mill will be made next spring. A positive investment decision would mean starting production in 2017. The mill would increase Metsä Group's annual export deliveries by 800,000 tonnes, equivalent to approximately 35 railway wagons of pulp per day.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
     
    17.10.2014   Twin Rivers Customizes Publishing Papers to Target Religious Text Applications    ( Company news )

    Company news Premium Hybrid and Freesheet Offering Delivers Value and Quality

    Understanding the challenges facing religious publishers and printers, Twin Rivers Paper Company tailored a portfolio of lightweight Premium Hybrid and Freesheet papers to deliver value and quality for spiritual scripture, inspirational non-fiction and study guides.

    “Whether it is paper cost, supply chain logistics, quality or ease of doing business, publishers and printers are being asked to do more for less in delivering evangelical materials around the world,” said Robert Hutchins, Product Manager. “As an experienced supplier, we know this market. For the last 20 years our Freesheet grades set industry standards while our Premium Hybrid papers are driving market innovation.”

    With an 80+ year legacy of papermaking, Twin Rivers is one of the primary North American manufacturers of lightweight opaque Freesheet papers, a category widely used for scriptural applications because of strength and printability. Understanding the market need for options, Twin Rivers pioneered the Premium Hybrid category, formulated with the optimal blend of Groundwood and Freesheet fiber to deliver opacity, strength and value.

    “Our Premium Hybrid papers have transformed other publishing markets like financial printing and reference. We know once religious publishers and printers become more familiar with our blended products they will appreciate the unique benefits of the offering. Premium Hybrid can translate into a significant advantage for a publisher,” added Hutchins. “Our papers provide options that support brand image while stretching budgets to expand reach.”

    Core papers for religious text applications include Custom Brite® and Bridge Supreme®. Custom Brite is a Freesheet paper available in 22-40 lb. basis weights while Bridge Supreme is a Premium Hybrid paper available in 18-38 lb. basis weights, with added hybrid capability extending up to 40 lb. Both grades are designed for this technical application; optimizing readability, performance and aesthetics.

    Additionally, Twin Rivers manufacturers a robust line of publishing papers that can be engineered to meet the needs of a wide array of applications. The company is known for its lightweight manufacturing flexibility, excellent service platforms and willingness to co-develop customized solutions. Paper characteristics including fiber furnish, bulk, basis weight and brightness drive a needs-based approach to paper selection.
    (Twin Rivers Paper Company)
     
    17.10.2014   LaserSecure technology by Schreiner ProSecure identifies counterfeits by means of invisible ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... features in the ink

    From initial consultancy to suitable testing equipment: complete solutions for reliable authentication

    Schreiner ProSecure with its LaserSecure technology offers manufacturers comprehensive protection of their products against counterfeiting. Authentication by means of the time-tested technology has now become even more reliable and faster due to a new generation of readers. They detect unique optical fingerprints incorporated in the inks used for LaserSecure, which enables the identification of discrete product items, grades or types of products. Authenticity can be verified either by a quick check or a forensic measurement technique.

    In 2013, customs officials at the EU’s borders confiscated 36 million faked goods equating to an original value of 768 million euros. The steadily growing threat posed by product counterfeiting calls for solutions that make it possible to easily detect fakes along the value chain and to take them out of circulation. Schreiner ProSecure assists manufacturers in protecting their products against counterfeiting and tampering – from an initial analysis of potential risks and selection of the appropriate security technologies through to the provision of the required authentication equipment. LaserSecure is a time-tested anti-counterfeiting technology, which now offers even higher security thanks to new reading equipment.

    Invisible pigments provide proof of authenticity
    For the LaserSecure solution, so-called ‘taggants’ are inconspicuously incorporated into a printing ink and processed in screen, flexo, letterpress or offset printing. The pigments are very robust, light resistant, durable and chemically inert, in other words resistant to liquids and acids, and toxicologically harmless. They withstand temperatures of up to 600 degrees Celsius. The odorless and colorless taggants can subsequently be analyzed on the product for authentication purposes by means of dedicated readers.

    The threat scenario determines the protection technology
    LaserSecure technology is primarily designed for authentication by experts. Schreiner ProSecure has now further developed the technology and combines these features to create customized LaserHighSecure profiles. Their unique optical fingerprint identifies discrete product items, grades or product types.

    Testing and reading technology for maximum reliability
    Schreiner ProSecure provides three different authentication devices to prove the presence of the covert security features. The devices can either be used to determine the mere presence of the security feature in a quick test or to perform a detailed analysis of various emission properties of the pigment components as a forensic measuring technique.

    Customized security solutions instead of standard products
    Early involvement of Schreiner ProSecure’s anti-counterfeiting experts in the product development process enables them to address a manufacturer’s specific requirements using a targeted approach. Therefore, it makes sense to think about marking solutions for authentication purposes as early as in the concept stage. Schreiner ProSecure will analyze the specific threat scenario of a brand owner or product and, based on this analysis, select the most suitable security technologies.
    (Schreiner Group GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    17.10.2014   Vellum Logistics Fit - UPM Raflatac launches its fittest ever labelstock for shipping and logistics    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Raflatac EMEIA has launched a next-generation logistics labelstock which answers industry demand for a more productive, competitive and sustainable solution. The new Vellum Logistics Fit product draws on the latest material advances to combine substantial business benefits with precision-engineered performance.
    The thin Vellum Logistics Fit label face has been matched with a leaner HG45 release liner as a move away from the traditional HG65. This provides more labels per same-diameter roll and the potential to upgrade to longer rolls. The result is fewer roll changes in label conversion and dispensing operations, for a marked increase in productivity.
    The label face and liner retain good strength for reliable conversion, and label end-users will be satisfied with a well-defined thermal transfer print result for reliable scanning. The reduction in material usage also adds value for major label end-users seeking to achieve their sustainability targets.

    Engineered for business and sustainability needs
    With the RH 6 adhesive, the benefits of the new labelstock are accessible across a wide range of shipping and logistics labelling applications. RH 6 performs well in conditions from chilled to room temperature, on substrates including cardboard and stretch film.
    “The products in our next-generation ‘Fit’ range introduce more productive, competitive and environmentally responsible solutions in their intended applications,” explains Jon Lenck, Director, Business Segment VIP at UPM Raflatac EMEIA.

    “Vellum Logistics Fit is engineered using the latest material and technological developments to be precisely fit for purpose. Label printers and end-users in logistics and shipping can look forward to a balance of performance and efficiency optimized for today’s business and sustainability needs.”
    (UPM Raflatac Oy)
     
    17.10.2014   BOBST & Partners' packaging roadshow conferences draw huge audiences in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news The first Asian Conference of the BOBST and Partners’ 2014 World Roadshow went with a bang in August 2014 in Indonesia. Held at the Shangri-la hotel in Jakarta over two days dedicated to flexible packaging and folding carton packaging respectively, the event welcomed 273 guests from the local industry.

    “The level of interest and participation of Indonesia’s printing and converting industry surpassed our expectations”, commented Eric Pavone, Business Director of BOBST Business Unit Web-fed. “This speaks volumes about it becoming a premier industry event where technology updates meet networking”.
    The now well-established Roadshow formula provides a value added forum that brings together leading equipment and consumables manufacturers and top management of packaging companies. Both the flexible and carton programmes dedicated to the presentation of innovative technology were completed in Jakarta by the insightful presentations of the guest speaker from Nestlé Indonesia who spoke about packaging needs and trends from the brand owner perspective.

    The focus of day 1 was on the latest innovations in flexible packaging converting solutions from raw materials to finished products. The event was co-hosted by Rotokemas Indonesia and Mr Felix Hamidjaya, Chairman of the association that groups the country’s flexible packaging companies, delivered a welcome address.
    “The flexible packaging market is one of the most dynamic in Indonesia” explained Laurence Dy, Zone Business Director SEA, BOBST BU Web-fed “The higher disposable income of Indonesian consumers’ fuels demands for better quality packaging and different packaging formats. This relates to both the food-industry, as well as other segments that are rapidly growing in popularity such as beauty & personal care, and pet food where flexible packaging solutions are on the increase.”

    The enhancement of carton packaging through value added processes was covered on the second day of the Roadshow by BOBST and partners with industry and product insights from Nestlé Indonesia.
    Indonesia being the 5th largest tobacco market in the world, the morning sessions were dedicated to this premier segment of the packaging industry.
    “The local tobacco industry requirements are very exacting and target superior quality output and productivity. By bringing to the industry advanced solutions that meet the continuously evolving needs of this high-end market, BOBST has established itself as the benchmark in the region for the quality of equipment performance” said Eric Pavone.

    The second part of the day started with BOBST superior technical solutions in CI flexo printing and continued with technology around the value added processes, this time involving sheet-fed methods. The graphic and tactile enhancement of packaging in the cigarette, cosmetic and heath care industries as well as well established and new technologies are always well received.
    Various aspects of offline converting solutions were explained keeping in mind technical complexities of multistep processes as well as viability of investments in the context of developing economies. A thought provoking presentation with a tag line of “ What drive competitiveness, lower investment or better efficiency“ by Subhasis Roy, Zone Business Director SEA, BU Sheet-fed, was well appreciated by the audience as it put the whole discussion in the right perspective.

    With the largest range of both sheet and web-fed equipment and services to cover the requirements of flexible packaging and folding carton packaging manufacturing, BOBST has built a large customer base in Indonesia and numbers hundreds of installations.

    “Based on the complimentary comments we have received from the participants, I trust that together with our industry partners we succeeded in presenting value added processes and technical solutions aimed at optimizing the quality and profitability of converters’ operations through both new equipment or upgrading of installed machines and systems for all the different end-users market segments” concluded Eric Pavone.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    17.10.2014   Flint Group raises prices on Offset Inks in Europe, Middle East & Africa    ( Company news )

    Company news -Prices for Offset inks will increase by 5%
    -Price Increase becomes effective on 1st January 2015 subject to existing contracts contracts.

    The upward pressure on raw materials for Offset Inks has remained unabated and necessitates that Flint Group raise prices for these specific product groups as of 1st January 2015.

    “The market for pigment intermediates and pigments has shown considerable increases due to more stringent environmental regulations and strict enforcement of these regulations.” Jan-Paul van der Velde, SVP Procurement, Sustainability, IT and Regulatory continuing that “As well, various resins and basic chemicals used in the process industries remain challenging, with continued upward price pressures sustaining a long run with no relief in sight and fewer suppliers available with whom to partner.”

    Craig Foster, President Print Media Europe Division, adds that the industry has seen a steady creep upwards of pricing for most inputs, as well as some significant increases in specific product types. Flint Group, recognising the challenges our customers face, has worked doggedly to mitigate increases through intensive efficiency programmes and the ongoing development of a business appropriate lean organisation. He adds that “consistent product supply and quality is vital to our valued customers and will never be compromised. Therefore, despite our continued efforts to mitigate the impact of the ongoing cost escalation, Flint Group is forced to pass modest increases through the supply chain.”

    The new pricing is valid for the region Europe Middle East and Africa and will take effect from 1st January 2015, subject to existing contracts.
    (Flint Group Print Media Europe)
     
    17.10.2014   UPM listed as the industry leader in the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has been listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2014-2015. UPM is listed in the indices for the third year in a row.

    “We have been assessed as the world’s sustainability leader of our industry and we can be very proud of it. We consider responsibility as a competitive advantage, and UPM’s Biofore strategy is a strong indication of our commitment to sustainable development”, says Jussi Pesonen (photo), CEO of UPM.
    “Our existing and new businesses using renewable and recyclable raw materials are at the core of our Biofore strategy. We aim to create more with less in all our own operations. The efficient use of raw materials and energy brings savings in terms of the environment and costs”, Pesonen continues.

    UPM has defined corporate responsibility principles with forward-looking targets and corresponding measures in the key areas of economic, environmental and social responsibility. Shareholder value creation and good corporate governance are the key areas of economic responsibility. Sustainable products and resource efficiency again are the key areas of environmental responsibility. Work safety and responsible sourcing are the main focus areas of social responsibility. The aim is to continuously improve our performance in all of these areas.

    “In social responsibility, our focus is on work safety and wellbeing in particular. Our Step Change in Safety initiative, launched in 2012, has resulted in exceptional success. UPM’s lost time accident frequency (LTAF) has globally improved by more than 60 percent in two years”, Pesonen concludes.

    The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics.
    (UPM)
     
    17.10.2014   Smurfit Kappa Group to acquire Bates Container     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Bates Container LLC, a non-integrated corrugated packaging manufacturer in the South West of the United States.

    Photo: Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO

    Bates is a long-established highly regarded private corrugated manufacturer strategically positioned to serve and grow its customer base in the wider Texas region by delivering high quality differentiated packaging solutions. Bates employs 320 people and a substantial element of its approximately 135,000 tonnes of containerboard requirement will be supplied by Smurfit Kappa Orange County’s (‘SKOC’) containerboard mill in Dallas.

    This transaction, which will be immediately earnings accretive, will involve an initial consideration of US$150 million with a further estimated deferred payment of US$7.5 million. The acquisition is expected to complete in the fourth quarter of 2014 subject to customary regulatory approval, with funding from existing cash reserves. The pro forma 2014 EBITDA for Bates is expected to be US$18.5 million and the Group has identified synergies of US$11.5 million which it expects to deliver within 24 months of completion. Inclusive of synergies, the transaction will carry a pro-forma multiple of 5.25 times EBITDA.

    Tony Smurfit, Smurfit Kappa Group COO stated, “This acquisition fits perfectly with our integrated model, complementing in a significant way the successful integration of SKOC which was acquired in December 2012 and providing us with substantial scope for further synergies in both businesses. These synergies will be primarily delivered through additional integration of the containerboard needs of Bates into SKOC’s 350,000 tonnes recycled containerboard mill, with additional savings expected through a range of operational efficiency measures. Importantly, the Group’s enlarged packaging footprint in the US will further enhance SKG’s capacity to provide innovative, insight-led and value enhancing packaging solutions to both current and prospective customers”.

    Gary McGann, Smurfit Kappa Group CEO, said: “We are pleased to announce our agreement to acquire Bates Container Corporation and look forward to welcoming the excellent team from Bates into the Smurfit Kappa Group. The transaction reflects our continued focus on the accretive growth of our operations in the Americas and the combination of SKOC and Bates will increase our market presence and provide us with higher quality earnings in this region.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    17.10.2014   Technocell invests in the future    ( Company news )

    Company news Growth in growth markets and regions is Technocell’s clear strategic goal. The company set the course to achieve this goal in summer this year. With its proposed investments, Technocell is stressing its commitment to customers in its target markets, strengthening its technological competence, broadening its expertise, and increasing security of supply.

    The decor paper market is a growth market, especially in North and South America, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Russia and China. To capitalise on the opportunities arising in these regions and at the same time meet the changing demands of the markets and customers, Technocell, a division of the Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller Group, is investing in strategic growth. The investment programme will focus on improving product quality and machine productivity. To this end, two paper machines in Osnabrück and one in Günzach will have new or modified head boxes.

    To address continuing growth in the North American market and shore up the company’s current market position, PM 19 in Drummondville, Canada, will also be fitted with a new head box at the end of 2015. At the same time, Technocell is exploring the options for expanding the paper machine’s technical capabilities to produce 2 x 1.61 metre-wide print base papers. With these measures, Technocell is improving its quality standards for lightweight décor papers and creating the conditions needed for further growth.
    Due to rising demand, there are also plans to create additional capacity by mid-2015 for the pre-impregnated products that Technocell Dekor markets under the brand name PRIP®. To date these pre-impregnated products have been produced at the Neustadt mill.

    Decor and nonwoven papers for the Eastern European market
    Although the wallpaper market is mostly stagnating, nonwoven wallpaper’s share in that market is growing. This replacement process will continue in the coming years and will play an important role in the Eastern European markets, especially Russia. To meet the rising demand, modifications to PM 1 in Osnabrück have already been carried out, especially in the beater room, to enable it to produce not only decor papers but also nonwoven papers for the wallpaper market.
    To supply the Eastern European markets, especially the Russian market, the decision was taken to build a new paper machine at Penza, Mayak-Technocell’s production facility. It will produce both nonwoven wallpapers and decor papers. It will also be equipped with a film press to enable it to produce inline-coated nonwoven papers. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2017. It is set to have a capacity of 30 000 tonnes, which will take total capacity for Mayak-Technocell up to 58 000 tonnes.
    The new paper machine will guarantee that Technocell has sufficient local capacity in the Russian growth market for a long time to come. Mayak-Technocell is already well established in the Russian decor paper market with PM 5 in Penza. With this investment in additional capacity, Mayak-Technocell is accommodating the needs of its Western European customers who are increasingly building production facilities in Russia and set great store by a local supply chain.

    Self-sufficiency in energy supply is the company’s long-term goal
    The Felix Schoeller Group’s long-term energy strategy includes the aim to achieve a high degree of self-sufficiency in energy supply in the future. An initial step towards this aim was taken at the Neustadt mill earlier in the year: a new gas-based CHP (combined heat and power) plant went online there last summer.
    Another step in that direction was taken at the Penig mill in Saxony, where a new boiler with gas turbine is scheduled to be installed next year. This measure is intended to help strength the mill’s competitiveness and make sure it is future-proof.
    (Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    16.10.2014   Pöyry awarded engineering assignment for Eldorado Line 2 expansion project - South America's ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... largest single-line production of bleached kraft pulp, Brazil

    Eldorado Brasil Celulose S/A has awarded Pöyry with the basic engineering services assignment for the Eldorado Line 2 expansion project. From 2009 to 2012, Pöyry was responsible for the conceptual study, basic engineering, Balance of Plant (BOP) detailed engineering and supporting the construction management for Line 1. For Line 2, Pöyry is already responsible for the conceptual and environmental studies and detailed engineering for the site infrastructure.

    The new assignment includes engineering services, enquiry specifications of main process equipment, auxiliary systems, water and effluent treatment and investment cost estimate.

    The new production line will increase the capacity of the Eldorado mill in Tres Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul state to 4.0 million Air Dry tons (ADt) per year of baled bleached kraft pulp. Raw material will be eucalyptus wood from plantations established by Eldorado in the area surrounding the mill site.

    "Within the Pulp industry, Pöyry has always distinguished itself by providing services that add value, and has many reference projects in this sector. For Eldorado Brasil, Pöyry has been an excellent partner, contributing greatly to the achievement of extremely challenging goals in the pursuit of excellence that the company aims for", says Carlos Roberto Paiva Monteiro, Industrial Technical Director of Eldorado Brasil.

    "This assignment underlines our leading position as the major engineering consultant of large projects for pulp and paper and it derives from a fruitful partnership between Eldorado and Pöyry. We are glad that we can support Eldorado in this large development", says Marcelo Cordaro, President of Pöyry's Regional Operations Latin America.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Regional Operations Business Line order stock in Q3/2014.
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
     
    16.10.2014   BillerudKorsnäs wins Product Development award at Lafarge Global Supplier Awards 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs is the proud winner of this year’s Product Development award at the Lafarge Global Supplier Awards held in Paris on September 17th 2014.

    Lafarge, the world in leader in building materials, rewarded the work done in close partnership between the Lafarge Research Centre in Lyon and the BillerudKorsnäs Sack Lab Sweden on the development of a new packaging solution.
    Lafarge awarded 7 suppliers under different categories after an evaluation of 75 global suppliers.

    Carlos Espina, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Lafarge praised the Product Development award winner:
    "The development is an exciting and enriching joint development between BillerudKorsnäs and Lafarge. This project shows that great achievements can be reached in a close and trusting cooperation between partners in the value chain."

    Mikael Strömbäck, Business Segment Director, Sack Solutions at BillerudKorsnäs, had this to say upon accepting the award:
    "We continue to lead the development of new smarter packaging innovations and this new sack solution perfectly illustrates the mission of BillerudKorsnäs: ‘’We challenge conventional packaging for a sustainable future".
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    16.10.2014   Polish packaging firm paves the way for growth: A further Rapida jumbo for Werner Kenkel    ( Company news )

    Company news Polish packaging printer Werner Kenkel recently expanded its press fleet with a second giant sheetfed offset press from Koenig & Bauer (KBA). The new Rapida 145 with five printing units and coater will predominantly print corrugated packaging like the KBA Rapida 162a which has been successfully in operation at the firm for a few years. The new press will expand the company’s production capacity by approx. 80 per cent.

    Picture: Two giant Rapidas in the modern press room at Werner Kenkel. Left the Rapida 162a from 2010 and the new Rapida 145

    Werner Kenkel is a family enterprise founded in 1979. It specialised in the production of packaging made of solid board and corrugated using flexo and offset from the beginning. The firm currently has three sites and its cutting-edge offset facility is located in Krzyck Wielki. The first Rapida 162a was installed at this plant in 2010 followed recently by a new Rapida 145. The firm’s co-owner Damian Kenkel: “The key reasons for the purchase of another press was down to the continuously growing packaging market in Poland, increasing customer requirements in terms of quality and finishing as well as the necessity to expand production capacity. Given the extremely positive experience we have had with our first Rapida 162a we decided once again on a large-format KBA press. For the last four years our Rapida 162a has predominantly printed packaging products. Now after transferring the majority of these jobs to the new Rapida 145 we plan to use its outstanding capabilities for finishing and special effects.”

    High level of automation
    The new Rapida 145 with five printing units and coater suits production at Werner Kenkel perfectly. It is mounted on a plinth measuring 420mm (16.5in) and its features include a board-handling package, nonstop facilities at the feeder, SIS sidelay-free infeed, DriveTronic SPC DriveTronic SPC dedicated plate-cylinder drives with KBA Plate-Ident plate recognition and pre-registration, CleanTronic Synchro for the simultaneous washing of the blankets and impression cylinders, DriveTronic SRW simultaneous roller washing in the idle units parallel to printing and KBA VariDryBLUE energy-saving drying technology. The ErgoTronic ColorControl console is equipped with ErgoTronic Lab and QualiTronic ColorControl for inline colour control. The press is integrated in pile logistics at the feeder and delivery as well as connected to the firm’s MIS and IT systems, just like the Rapida 162a.
    Wiesław Grabsztunowicz, production manager and head planner at Werner Kenkel: “Only a few vendors offer the format we wanted. We knew that KBA is a trusted supplier with its sheetfed offset facility near the Polish border which was an important benefit. We were satisfied with the expertise shown by the KBA sales and service team in Poland when we received our Rapida 162a. The press itself also works problem-free. A further advantage was that our press operators were familiar with how to operate a Rapida. We therefore chose KBA once again”.

    More production flexibility
    Rapida 145’s configuration allows this press to take over most jobs from the larger Rapida 162a. Wiesław Grabsztunowicz is convinced that the firm’s flexibility has improved due to the short makeready times delivered by the new press: “We spent several days discussing the optimum equipment of the new press with representatives from KBA CEE. In doing so, we took into account the enormous potential of our six-colour Rapida 162a with two coaters (for dispersion and UV coating). The option to transfer a large part of our orders which require basic dispersion coating to the Rapida 145 and to exploit its high level of performance allowed us to free up capacity of our two-coater press which we now use more for high-grade finishing jobs. We are thus able to expand our product spectrum considerably”.
    Damian Kenkel: “Our customers are global players, from the FMCG, electronic and chemical industries. Their demands in terms of quality force us to invest continuously in our press fleet. The inauguration of the Rapida 145 fits this strategy perfectly”.
    Jan Korenc, managing director of KBA CEE, adds: “We are pleased that Werner Kenkel has once again invested in technology from KBA and are convinced that the new Rapida 145 will contribute to the firm’s further development. This extensively automated press is suited to the economical production of smaller print runs. We are proud that the circle of Polish printers who bank on high-end sheetfed offset solutions from KBA has grown with this press installation at Werner Kenkel”.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     

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