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    10.03.2015   Brigl & Bergmeister to increase prices by 5-8% from April 1    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to a drastic increase of raw material costs compared to last year Brigl & Bergmeister cannot avoid to raise sales prices by 5-8% from April 1. The increase will vary by grade and region.
    At the two locations in Austria and Slovenia, Brigl & Bergmeister manufacture wet strength and non-wet strength label papers as well as flexible packaging papers.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    10.03.2015   ICE Europe 2015 has started: 10% increase in exhibitor numbers and floor space     ( Company news )

    Company news Featuring a total of 439 exhibitors from 26 countries, ICE Europe 2015, International Converting Exhibition, opens its doors from 10 – 12 March 2015 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany. This year, the 9th International Exhibition for Paper, Film, Foil and Nonwovens Converting covers a net exhibition space of 11,000 m2. This represents a 10% increase in exhibitors and net floor space since the previous record event.

    „The continued growth of the world’s leading converting exhibition demonstrates the positive economic outlook of the industry sector and its dynamic development. There is considerable growth potential for the converting industry in the emerging markets where the demand for consumer products and flexible packaging solutions is continuously growing. In the developed markets there is an increasing demand for value-added, individually designed products and smart packaging solutions,” says Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of the organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

    For suppliers and users of materials, machines, systems and accessories for the conversion of flexible materials, an international trade show such as ICE Europe is a key driver for innovative production solutions. The exhibiting companies are presenting a comprehensive range of products for the converting industry: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialist software.

    A key feature of ICE Europe is the large number of live demonstration of machinery and systems at the individual exhibition stands. Whether biodegradable materials, enhanced coating applications, efficient slitting and rewinding technology, new printing or precise measuring systems – many novelties are presented at ICE Europe to a wider audience for the very first time.

    A specialist conference on prevailing trends in converting is held alongside the exhibition. The conference is organised by AIMCAL (Association of International Metallizers, Coaters and Laminators) in cooperation with Fraunhofer Institute for Process Engineering and Packaging.
    The 2nd International Exhibition for the Corrugated and Folding Carton Industry will, once again, be co-located to ICE Europe, in hall B6, directly opposite the ICE Europe halls. A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will present raw materials, machines, accessories and systems for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. An open and free seminar with a variety of topics on corrugated and carton production as well as new digital and inkjet print applications will be held on the show floor.
    ICE Europe 2015 will be held in halls A5 and A6 at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany. The show can be accessed via the East entrance. ICE Europe 2015 is open on Tuesday, 10 March 2015, and Wednesday, 11 March 2015, from 9am – 5pm and on Thursday, 12 March 2015, from 9am – 4pm.
    Entry tickets are still available at a discounted price via the online ticket shop. A day ticket costs €20, a 3-day-ticket €30. On-site, tickets cost €32 (day ticket) or €47 (3-day-ticket). Entry tickets for ICE Europe 2015 are also valid for CCE International 2015.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    10.03.2015   CCE International 2015 presents innovative technology and application oriented seminars    ( Company news )

    Company news 2nd edition of Europe’s only specialised exhibition for the corrugated and folding carton industry opens its doors

    Over the next three days, 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will showcase a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Germany. Open seminars on the latest developments in corrugated and carton manufacture and converting will be held alongside the show. The detailed seminar programme is now available from the show website.

    From 10 - 12 March 2015, CCE International will once again be the key marketplace for experts from the corrugated and cartonboard industry. With more than one third of growth in exhibitors and net exhibition space, compared with the show premiere in 2013, the exhibition
    covers 4,500 m2 in hall B6 of the Munich Trade Fair Centre, Germany.
    The show profile of CCE International covers raw materials, consumables, corrugating line and equipment, corrugated and carton converting equipment, design and CAD/CAM, printing equipment, cutting, creasing and die-cutting equipment, ancillary equipment, materials handling and warehousing, pallet strapping and handling systems, MIS and plant scheduling systems, waste extraction and baling as well as corresponding services.

    Open seminars on converting solutions for the packaging industry
    The open seminars held alongside the show will discuss hot topics like ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’ and will take place on all three show days at stand 285 within hall B6. They address experts with in the industry sector and will provide an
    overview of specific topics with Question & Answer sessions following on after each presentation.
    Sessions will mainly be held in English, except for one seminar in German language focusing on ‘Digital Print on Fibre Based Packaging’ on Wednesday, 11 March at 11.00am. The open seminars are free to attend for visitors to the show.

    The conference programme in detail:
    Tuesday, 10th March 2015
    11:00 – 12:00 Digital Print for Corrugated Packaging
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Flat-Bed Digital Printing Systems for Corrugated Board
    Jörg-Peter Kober, Hewlett Packard

    High Speed Corrugated Case Printing in a Single Pass
    Sean Moloney, SUN Automation Group

    How to Deal with Short Run Printed Sheets for Downstream Converting
    Barry Tabor, BCS Autobox
    15:00 – 16:00 Folding and Gluing of Folding Cartons
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, Folding Carton Industry

    High Speed Gluing Machinery for Folding Cartons
    Pinar Kucukaras, Duran Machinery

    Spotting a Defect Box at High Speed on a Gluer is Critical for Batch Accuracy
    Ralf Scharf, Baumer hhs

    Why is Fold Accuracy so Important on the Specialty Gluer?
    Abdel Ezbiri, Cerulean Instrumentation
    Wednesday, 11th March 2015
    11:00 – 12:00 Digital Print on Fibre Based Packaging (in German)

    Flat-Bed Digital Print Systems for Corrugated Board and Displays
    Michael Lackner, Durst Phototechnik Digital Technology

    High Speed Carton Printing - From Work Flow to Finished Carton
    Michael Uhl, Xeikon International

    What Aspects of Your Business Do You Need to Change to Integrate Digital Print into an Analog Business Model? From Design and Through to the Entire Workflow
    Pascal Thomas, Esko
    13:30 – 14:00 Inkjet Print in Packaging

    Industrial Inkjet Printing is Booming Both in Terms of Technology and
    Opportunity – How Can We Take Advantage of this Boom?
    Frazer Chesterman, Co-Founder of the Industrial Print Show InPrint
    15:00 – 16:00 Accurate Die-Cutting of Corrugated Board
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Keeping Your Anvil in Good Shape Results in a Better Die-Cut on a Rotary Die-Cutter
    Taco Paulides, Dicar

    Safe Storage of Your Dies Is Critical to an Efficient Die-Cutting Department
    Torben Christiansen, bcm transtech

    Using Time Saving Die Mounting Equipment on Your Flexo Is Safe and Efficient
    Oscar Serra, Talleres Serra
    Thursday, 12th March 2015
    10:00 – 11:00 Folding and Gluing
    Moderated by Dan Brunton, Publisher, International Paper Board Industry

    Dealing with the Output from a High Speed Gluing Machinery for Corrugated Boxes Needs Additional Equipment
    Ulrich Wolz, Bahmüller

    Accurate Glue Application is Critical in High Speed Corrugated Box Making
    Chris Leary, W.H. Leary Co.

    Why is Belt Life so Important on a Corrugated Specialty Gluer?
    Hermann Nelles, Ammeraal Beltech
    13:00 – 13:30 The Digital Print Revolution Panel Discussion

    InPrint
    Online registration at favourable price open until the end of the show
    The Online Ticket Shop on the CCE International 2015 website will still be open during the exhibition days. An online day pass booked any time before entering the exhibition is available for €20 and a 3-day-pass for only €30. On-site, the day ticket will cost €32 and the
    season ticket €47. All tickets will also allow access to the co-located event ICE Europe 2015: The 9th edition of the World’s Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film & Foil Converting takes place in the halls A5 and A6 just opposite of CCE International.
    The exhibition profile of ICE Europe includes the following categories: materials, coating and laminating, drying/curing, treatment, flexographic and rotogravure printing, control and measurement, accessories, slitting and rewinding, finishing, factory equipment, retrofits, toll coating, converting and slitting as well as specialised software.
    CCE International 2015, held in hall B6, is accessible via the East entrance of the Munich Trade Fair Centre and will be open until Thursday 12 March. The opening hours are Wednesday, 11 March 2015 from 9.00 – 17.00 and Thursday, 12 March from 9.00 – 16.00.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    09.03.2015   Toscotec to supply three new AHEAD-1.5M ES tissue machines to Vinda Group, China    ( Company news )

    Company news Vinda Group, producer and branded provider of household paper and personal care & hygiene products in China, has placed an order with the Italian manufacturer Toscotec for the supply of three new tissue lines at its two mills in Deyang, Sichuan and Laiwu, Shandong, which are scheduled to come on stream in the last quarter of 2015.

    Vinda Group has stepped up its expansion plan. In line with the strong partnership established with Toscotec, it decided to place these new orders with the Italian manufacturer, based on Toscotec’s technological advantage, which delivers top product quality and considerably reduces the mill's energy costs. As a result, the Group will add an annual production capacity of 60,000 tons in Shandong and 30,000 tons in Sichuan.

    The new Toscotec lines are AHEAD-1.5M ES crescent former tissue machines, designed for the production of high quality tissue products, with significant energy savings both with usage of gas and with steam. The speed is 1600 mpm, with a trim width of 3400 mm. Furthermore, the scope of supply also includes Toscotec’s Drying Optimization for Energy Saving solution TT DOES, a tailor-made drying package including also Milltech hood, which delivers higher drying efficiency and output, as well as key energy savings. Toscotec’s short approach flow TT SAF contributes to such savings, with an overall efficiency increase in the approach system.
    Complete engineering and erection supervision, commissioning & start up assistance and training services are also part of the supply.

    These orders continue along the line of a strong, successful, long-term partnership between Toscotec Group and Vinda Group, which begun in 2011. Vinda Paper (Shandong) Co. Ltd. already houses two Toscotec tissue machines, PM1 & PM2, which came on stream in the second half of 2013.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
     
    09.03.2015   CS Labels moves into the ‘Fast Lane’ with the Xeikon Cheetah Digital Press    ( Company news )

    Company news With speed increases of almost 60%, the fastest digital label press on the market will enable award-winning digital label printer to boost its capacity by a third

    Xeikon announces today the upcoming arrival of its Xeikon Cheetah press at award-winning digital label printer CS Labels. The new Xeikon digital press is one the most important advancements in digital printing in the last 15 years, and UK-based CS Labels has been selected as one of the pilot sites for this ground-breaking technology, bringing CS Labels’ pressroom portfolio up to five cutting-edge Xeikon digital presses. The new addition will enable CS Labels to increase capacity by yet another third, and the company expects the Xeikon Cheetah to be a key enabler for continuing its year-on-year growth of up to 25% and taking turnover to £4m a year. As one of the fastest digital label presses on the market with printing speeds of 30 meters per minute, the Xeikon Cheetah is 56% faster than any other press in the current Xeikon portfolio, making it the most productive digital press in its class.

    “I am delighted that we have been selected to pioneer this technology and integrate it into our production portfolio,” states Simon Smith, CS Labels Managing Director. “Over the past few years, we have led the way when it comes to helping companies make the switch from traditional flexo printing to digital. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah means that we can make even bigger inroads into a rapidly growing marketplace and a dynamically changing landscape. In our view, digital has not been seen as short run/high cost for some time now as brand owners gain a deeper understanding of its many advantages. We have noticed a real growth in demand for longer digital print runs, culminating with an order for 50,000 linear meters at the end of last year. Our higher end clients are up to date with what is possible and our expanded production capacity will give them even more confidence. Quite simply, the Xeikon Cheetah will enable us to cope with increased demand while continuing to deliver jobs quickly and accurately.”

    Close partnership continues
    CS Labels has had a mutually beneficial relationship with Xeikon for nearly a decade. “The close partnership with Xeikon has allowed both of us to grow and develop, staying ahead of the technology curve,” says Smith. “We have invested in a total of seven Xeikon presses during that time. Each year we look forward to learning about new capabilities coming our way that will allow us to increase our capacity and the breadth of our offerings. The Xeikon Cheetah is the latest advancement, and might just be the best yet!”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, adds: “Selecting CS Labels as a pilot site for the Xeikon Cheetah was an easy decision. Their thought leadership and commitment to digital printing continues to pay off. We are delighted to be their valued partner as we move into the next stage of the industry’s evolution”.

    Exploring new markets
    The Xeikon Cheetah will give CS Labels greater production flexibility and allow the company to explore new markets. “With this new press, we will not only be able to expand capacity but we will also have the capability to produce different types of work,” explains Smith. “Where the Xeikon Cheetah will have the biggest impact is in raising production efficiency. We will be able to have each of the presses in our fleet set up for and dedicated to a specific product type, with no change-over in substrates or settings required. Keeping the same material on the press avoids downtime, and it also means we can offer a broader portfolio leveraging an even more robust production platform and do so more cost effectively.”

    Innovation drives value
    Innovation is a key cornerstone in the ethos of CS Labels, and the company is always looking at how it can support customer growth. “We follow the latest market trends and are reviewing how we can be more innovative,” Smith says. “For example, we see significant growth opportunities in peel-and-reveal labels and digital wrap-around labels, and as such need more capacity to produce these. The Xeikon Cheetah will undoubtedly give us that. In addition, this press will help us to be more proactive in the conventional flexo market as we can be more competitive on the longer flexo runs by virtue of moving more work to digital.”

    This increased production capability dovetails with increasing brand interest in digital according to Smith: “Big brands are taking digital seriously now, and we need to be able to cope with the growing volumes. Digital print enables us to change the nature of the dialogue we have. Customers are not just looking at the cost of production, they are looking at how to use the technology to enhance brand value.”

    He expands: “The Share-a-Coke campaign in Europe changed everything. It blew away perceptions of limitations to digital. Personalization, versioning, improving the overall quality – these are all made affordable by digital. The result is more relevant labeling that generates a better ROI, market nimbleness and improved brand perception. Being able to rapidly transition to new labels based on seasonality, geography, language and special events keeps a brand fresh. Also, the ability to cost-effectively produce these shorter versioned and personalized runs creates a different mental model with respect to run lengths, giving brands better control over inventories and wastage.” The digital conversation also goes beyond the physical product Smith adds: “It is a way to incorporate other technologies such as micro text, augmented reality and other embellishments that can be added later to create a stand-out label.”

    Despite growing interest in digital on the part of brand owners, Smith points out that customer education is still vital. A key element of that education is ensuring digital is considered at the design stage to take full advantage of what it can offer. “The conversation has shifted from a more defensive posture on digital to an enthusiastic pursuit of how it can change operations,” Smith says. “When we get customers into the plant and they see our Xeikon fleet for themselves, the technology literally sells itself and stimulates a lot of great new ideas.”

    As for the future, Smith is understandably excited: “In the next three to five years, there is enormous opportunity. It is not just about printing self-adhesive labels anymore. There are changes in the nature of the dialogue we are having with customers. We are starting to talk to them about digital advantages that go beyond a discussion of price. It is brainstorming with customers about the possibilities that makes it really exciting!”
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    09.03.2015   marks-3zet expands business with new subsidiary in Italy    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: marks-3zet Company Building: The head office of marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany

    In 2014, marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG (Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany) acquired the Italian company Printgraph Waterless. On 1 January 2015, the new subsidiary began operating in the Italian market under the name marks-3zet Srl.

    Based in Milan, marks-3zet Srl offers the same product and services portfolio as its parent company, while catering to the specific requirements of the Southern European market.

    As an official retailer for Toray products, marks-3zet Srl provides consumables, investment goods, project management, and other services for waterless offset printing, rounded off by various underpacking materials such as calibrated underpacking sheets.

    marks-3zet Srl is directed by Carmelo Roberto, longtime sales and marketing manager at CtpOptotec, the CtP business unit of Metoda SpA.
    (marks-3zet GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    09.03.2015   Printed Electronics for the label printer    ( Company news )

    Company news Updates on the added-value sector of functional printing for labels and packaging, by FINAT

    Packaging has been a prime driver in the development of printed electronics, from RFID to QR codes and other digitally ‘readable’ data. The printing expertise, specialist materials, and conductive inks required to reliably create these ‘intelligent’ functions have long been a specialty of the label production chain – an extended value chain which is supported by a single umbrella organisation in Europe, FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry. Proactive participation in educating and supporting its member companies as well as the industry in general in newly-developing territories such as the printed electronics arena is an ongoing focus for FINAT, as innovation continues apace. A recent members-only expert webinar on printed electronics provided a valuable update on existing applications and potential opportunities for printers in the narrow-web flexo market – not just in packaging or labels.

    New directions for label printers
    Presented by Chris Jones of Novalia, a conductive print and capacitive touch specialists based in the UK, the webinar encouraged label industry delegates to think ‘out of the box’. “By combining extant mainstream equipment, consumables, and expertise, they can create state-of-the-art printed electronics that, in addition to scannability, bring the dimensions of touch, sound and vision into play to add real additional functionality or even ‘must have’ desirability to a product or its packaging,” explains Mr. Jones. “Today, as well as printed circuit boards and transistors, print can deliver a variety of other mainstream applications – including lighting, LEDs, photovoltaics, and even skincare patches, and features strongly in automotive, aviation, architectural and military applications and in pharmaceuticals and healthcare, toys, music, and of course brand protection and anti-counterfeiting.”

    The world of the smartphone
    In a world where the majority of the population has a smartphone, the opportunities to link up such instruments to interact, via printed electronics, with what would appear to be simple printed posters or other items is now attracting more and more interest internationally. Outdoor advertising and displays are good examples. As part of the launch for their new Flavour Shots herbs and spices range, Schwartz used a ‘sonic poster’ featuring Novalia’s capacitive touch technology. The paper poster, when touched, plays music wirelessly through a Bluetooth-enabled smartphone or tablet. Touching the artwork on different spots triggers musical chords that are meant to add an extra level of engagement with the new Schwartz products. It is conductive inks that turn the surface area of the paper into an interactive interface. Adding new dimensions such as sound or movement to display print is certainly an innovative way to enhance a consumer’s perception of, and interest in, a product.

    Added-value packaging
    There are also creative examples from the extended world of packaging Mr. Jones illustrates: “For example, a box of tissues that featured a playable piano keyboard on the side of the packaging, and multiple-pack secondary packaging for beers and cigarettes that also carried special printed ‘touch’ and ‘connectivity’ features. What consumer could resist the added value of such packaging?”

    On a more serious note, pharmaceutical and healthcare applications add user-friendliness to alert a patient to the need to take his blister-packed medication – and enable the pharmacist/dispenser to check, thanks to a microprocessor in the pack, that the drugs were in fact taken at the right time in the right quantities.

    The winning features of flexo print
    For volume production of printed electronics, narrow-web label printers are particularly well positioned as providers. “While screen and gravure have their place in certain application areas,” Mr. Jones explains, “flexo has proved itself the most attractive print process for the job. Its combination of good print speeds and ease of repeatability; the high, consistent application weight of wet ink that flexo achieves; and the good range of available flexible, inexpensive substrates (paper, PP, PET), constitute an ideal combination. The conductive pigments themselves represent an additional consideration for the flexo printer – both in practical and cost terms – and, additionally, drying the ink is a key factor. Currently, evaporative solvent and water-based drying provide the desired characteristics. UV ink curing remains a challenge, because at this time it does not pack the ink particles together sufficiently. The process of printing conductive inks embraces, in summation, anilox specification, production speed, drying, and press consumables – all of which can affect the ‘sheet resistance’ of the conductive inks – the characteristic which is at the heart of a good result.”

    Innovation beckons the brand owner!
    “There is certainly a considerable and growing interest from narrow-web label printers in extending the range of specialist capabilities they can offer to brand owners. Their skills base and pressroom equipment can enable them to deliver printed items incorporating printed electronics in a variety of creative forms that go well beyond traditional functional/industrial applications and conventional label print,” Mr. Jones concludes.
    (FINAT)
     
    09.03.2015   Media Invitation – SUN Automation at CCE International    ( Company news )

    Company news Visit SUN Automation Group®, a recognised leader in the global corrugated sector, on stand 648 at the CCE International Corrugated and Carton Exhibition (10-12 March, Munich) – and learn more about Total Print Solutions, a unique new approach to solving customers’ feeding, printing and converting challenges based on both digital and flexographic technology.

    Attend open seminars at the show, notably:
    Digital Print for Corrugated Packaging
    Tuesday 10 March, 11.00-12.00

    Presented by Sean Moloney, SUN Automation Global Product Manager – Digital
    Overview: Adding value to the corrugated sector with high output single pass inkjet print solutions from the CorrStream® range. Includes market trends and statistics, the benefits of digital print and how CorrStream is putting box plants back in control.

    Sean Moloney will also feature in the Digital Print Revolution Panel Discussion on Thursday 12 March, 13.00-13.30.

    SUN Automation is uniquely positioned to present a range of solutions, each designed to offer box makers maximum opportunity for value in their markets. Sean Moloney explained: “We have seen the demands faced by corrugated producers shift considerably in recent years, partly driven by the availability of inkjet solutions in other packaging sectors. Corrugated needs to keep pace with the new supply chain dynamics - be that by offering more high quality graphics, shorter supply chain or reduced inventory and write offs.

    “We have worked with the corrugated industry and its materials for three decades, so we are ideally placed to align innovative – yet reliable and robust - inkjet solutions with our unrivalled expertise to enable our customers to thrive in the face of the latest pressures and opportunities within our industry.”

    Visit SUN Automation on stand 648 at CCE International.
    (Sun Automation Group)
     
    09.03.2015   Munksjö launches Metalkote Expert™ and Metalkote Classic™, new base ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... papers dedicated to metallized beer labels

    Munksjö announced today the extension of its range of base papers for metallizing, specially dedicated to premium wet-glue beer labels. The product offering consists of two new one-side coated papers: Metalkote ExpertTM for returnable beer bottles and Metalkote Classic™ for one-way beer bottles.

    Metalkote Expert™ has been specially redesigned for returnable beer bottles. This new base paper is an upgraded version of Metalkote Evolution™. The improved paper surface of Metalkote ExpertTM provides an optimized varnish consumption and outstanding gloss after metallizing. Performances in die-cutting have also been increased while Munksjö maintained its best balance of technical features for enhanced brand image and optimized performance: high runnability in the metallizing process, high printing speed, trouble-free labelling, and quick, cost-efficient wash-off.

    Metalkote Classic™ is a high quality base paper newly-developed for one-way beer bottles. This product also meets the technical requirements of the metallizing process, and enables high performance during printing and labelling. It well completes the Metalkote range by offering a dedicated solution for single-use bottles.

    “With the review of our Metalkote range, we offer to metallizers, printers and brewers different paper solutions to meet more precisely the need of each end-use market, whether for returnable or one-way bottles. Those product launches are well aligned with our strategy to maintain our leading position as specialty paper producer for the metallized label business. For more than 20 years, we have been supporting the industry and are still committed to continue.” comments Adeline Saillard, Vice-President, Metallizing and Facestock Base Papers.

    Metalkote Expert™ and Metalkote Classic™ are one-side coated papers manufactured at the Stenay mill, France. The mill manufactures one-side paper for wet-glue metallized labels, flexible packaging and facestock applications as well as clay-coated paper for release liners. This site is part of to the Graphics and Packaging business area. All mills within this business area are certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, FSC® and PEFC™ Chain-of-Custody.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    09.03.2015   Resolute Announces Permanent Closure of Machine #9 at the Alma Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Reduction of an annual paper production capacity of 75,000 metric tons

    Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the permanent closure of paper machine #9 at its mill in Alma (Quebec), representing a reduction of 75,000 metric tons of annual specialty papers production capacity.

    Resolute's decision to reduce specialty papers production capacity is driven by market weakness, exacerbated by fiber cost issues in Quebec, as well as ongoing misinformation campaigns by Greenpeace and other environmental activist groups.

    "Greenpeace's ill-founded attacks misrepresent the company's forest management practices and cast unwarranted doubt on Resolute's compliance with Quebec's Loi sur l'aménagement durable du territoire forestier and our sustainability leadership. Quebec's forest management regime is among the best in the world, and the government ensures strict compliance. The regime deserves to be respected and upheld, and we are calling upon the Quebec government to continue to defend its standards and to refute these unjustified and unfounded attacks," stated Richard Garneau, Resolute's president and chief executive officer.

    "These misinformation campaigns impact Resolute and people's lives, as they further destabilize the industry, triggering socioeconomic consequences for the communities that depend on the boreal forest for their livelihood," added Garneau.

    The Alma paper mill employs approximately 340 people and has an annual production capacity of 350,000 metric tons of specialty papers across three machines. Machine #9 will be permanently closed at the beginning of April, resulting in the elimination of about 85 jobs and the permanent reduction of some 75,000 metric tons of production capacity.

    Resolute understands the impact this decision will have on employees, their families and the local community. The company will work with union representatives and government officials to respond to the needs of affected employees. Local management will also ensure that each employee receives support, that the relevant conditions in the collective agreements are respected, and that as many employees as possible are transferred to other company facilities.

    "The decision to rationalize our paper production capacity in Alma was a difficult one to make, as we are mindful of the impact it will have on the affected employees," added Richard Garneau. "Resolute remains committed to customer service and to the delivery of high-quality products, and will work closely with customers to continue to meet their needs," concluded Garneau.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    09.03.2015   Wetend at TAPPI PaperCon 2015, Atlanta, GA, USA, April 19-21    ( Company news )

    Company news Wetend Technologies will be present in Tappi PaperCon exhibition April 19 - 21, 2015 at the Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA, USA.

    Welcome to meet us at stand 318 in Hall A2!

    In addition to the exhibition we are presenting our technology at the Papermaking seminar on Wednesday, April 22.

    Mr. Jussi Matula will give a presentation on "Flash Mixing Reactor Before Headbox Challenges Present Wet End Chemistry, It Brings Savings and it is Exploited to Create Composite Sheet Structures".

    Right after the presentation Mr. Jouni Matula will continue with a presentation "In-Line PCC Process – Revolutionary Filler Production Technology for Paper and Board Companies – Opportunities and Mill"

    Look forward meeting you at PaperCon 2015!
    (Wetend Technologies Ltd)
     
    06.03.2015   Esko Full HD Flexo and Equinox transform fortunes of UK firms    ( Company news )

    Company news Standout quality creates business opportunities for Phoenix Printing Plates and JFM Plates

    The combined benefits of perfect ink laydown, right solid density, vibrant brand colours and supreme platemaking consistency offered by Esko Full HD Flexo technology are helping UK operations develop sector leading services, improve production and win new business and industry plaudits.

    “UK operations are under increasing pressure to provide an all-round, high quality, cost effective, range of services that touch on numerous production sectors,” explains Paul Bates, Esko Regional Business Manager. “But crucial to that is job flexibility, particularly with run lengths. This is where Esko’s Full HD Flexo becomes a critical tool in any solutions portfolio. The ability to provide what specifiers are demanding to ever tighter budgets enables our customers to be highly responsive to ever-changing market requirements.”

    Full HD Flexo adoption opens doors
    JFM Plates adopted Esko Full HD Flexo to stay ahead of the curve and it was the first UK company to achieve Full HD Flexo Certification. Mark McKee, General Manager of the Manchester firm explains: “There were a couple of instances where we had been approached by potential customers and had not been able to quote because we couldn’t fully meet the requirements. We had to do something about it. Now with Esko Full HD Flexo, we can grow the business, safeguard our future and work with a greater number of partners.”

    Celebrating its 35th year in operation as a reprographic specialist, JFM Plates was established by Mark’s father John to serve the lithographic market. After 15 years demand fell as operations began installing their own solutions. This prompted a move to flexo followed ten years later by investment in digital and its first Esko CDI Spark 2530. Three years later a larger CDI Spark 4835 was added. Last year the latest investment was made in another CDI Spark 4835 with high resolution optics of 4,000dpi and inline UV to enable the adoption of Full HD Flexo. Full HD Flexo Certification was completed in March and that has excited our customers as to the enhanced results we can now deliver states Mr McKee.

    “We had been running a stochastic screen set on our standard imagers,” he explains. “Other operations have been using Esko HD Flexo for a few years. We looked at that but decided we wanted to leapfrog the standard technology and go one step beyond. We considered other processing methods but felt UV inline was the cleanest and the most controlled way without adding another step such as lamination of the plate. Also, because we had existing Esko solutions, it made it easier to dovetail – installation was nice and seamless. Now we can really push the boundaries beyond anything we have been able to do before.”

    Cost effectiveness on a plate
    In addition to Esko Full HD Flexo, JFM Plates works with Equinox to help its customers produce work more cost efficiently. Equinox standardises printing production on a standard set of inks. This can result in a reduction in the number of plates required asprinters might not have to rely on a larger set of spot colour inks for each and every job. Equinox allows increased press productivity while reducing ink costs. Because they always use the same set of inks, they can gang jobs together, thus making the use of plates more cost effective. The software enhances quality and consistency, complements the Esko Full HD Flexo platemaking process and is cost efficient without compromising colour accuracy.

    The firm is upgrading to Esko Automation Engine 14 as well, and creates and shares files with strategic partners such a Reprobrand in Scotland via WebCenter. Mr McKee adds: “Coupled with Equinox, we are able to achieve stunning results. And customers are saving on the press costs as a result of reduced make-ready times and ink consumption. Esko Full HD Flexo has given us a big injection and next year we will continue to expand and grow as we find new ways to add value to our services. The solution with Equinox is opening up doors for us and that is not something that we would have been able to do before.”

    Results that deliver
    Bristol operation Phoenix Printing Plates runs three digital imaging systems, of which two Esko 5080 CDI Sparks, along with Esko colour management and ArtPro packaging prepress software. “We immediately saw a 15% growth in business when we started a trial with Esko Full HD Flexo,” comments Steve Collins, Sales Director at Phoenix Printing Plates. “We felt that going Full HD Flexo would make us faster, and the printers we make the plates for stated the quality is so much better. The speed, the no compromise on quality and the improvements to the production process are all making a big difference.”

    He continues: “We are getting much nearer the quality of gravure and offset customers are demanding. Initially customer interest was piqued by the use of the buzzwords but the results soon swayed their decision,” states Collins. “Next to quality improvements, Esko Full HD Flexo enables customers to enjoy lower volume cost of flexo compared to gravure. The industry doesn’t move fast but it wouldn’t surprise me if we didn’t have another CDI Spark in the long run.”

    Unique capabilities
    “Because the Full HD Flexo dot shape is unique, it delivers a superior flexo plate that details the highlight, shadow and solid areas of a print job,” concludes Mr Bates. “Aside from the superior quality and consistency, the assurance of sharp text and brilliant imageand the fact there is no need for compromise sets new production standards. These companies have seen the capabilities for themselves and are now enjoying the business improving benefits they bring. It is these benefits that ensure market leading technology Esko Full HD Flexo and Esko Equinox continue to garner industry recognition and accolades including 2014 Printing Industries of America InterTech™ Technology Awards. Customers also continue to collect their own awards: Marvaco, as well as PPP, an EFIA Print Award, Uniflex a FlexoTech Award and Bischof and Klein and Glatz Klischee, DFTA Awards, Marvaco was also a “Best In Show” at the 2014 FTA Excellence in Flexography Awards along with RockTenn, Cellotape-Landmark and Lewisburg Container Co.”
    (Esko Belgium)
     
    06.03.2015   ORAFOL Europe GmbH at this year's ICE Europe    ( Company news )

    Company news On the ORAFOL stand we will be presenting our latest Adhesive Tapes product developments, which we are sure will be of interest to the show visitors. These are:

    ● ORAFOL will be launching a completely new range of ORAFLEX® flexo mounting products designed for the flexographic printing industry.

    ● New ORAFIX® products are shown that will extend the ORAFOL range of repulpable splicing tapes and increase ORAFOL’s presence in the Paper and Print Industry.

    ● New developments in the range of ORAFILM® adhesive tapes for the label, print and electronics markets, to cover the needs for LSE bonding.

    ● New range of ORABOND® and ORAFILM® products featuring low fogging for automotive projects to add to the already very successful ORABOND® 1359TM, 1358TM and 1349TM.

    On display will also be the successful range of products offered with the ORAFOL TM branding which was introduced at the previous ICE Show in 2013.
    You can find ORAFOL in Hall A5, stand 1016!
    (Orafol Europe GmbH)
     
    06.03.2015   Changes in the management team at Duni    ( Company news )

    Company news Ulfert Rott has decided to leave his position as Production & Supply Chain Director in Duni. Fredrik Malmgren (photo) is appointed new Production & Supply Chain Director.

    Ulfert Rott has decided to resign from the position as Production & Supply Chain Director and leave Duni after eleven successful years. Fredrik Malmgren has therefore been appointed Production & Supply Chain Director and will join Duni’s management team.

    Fredrik holds an MSc in Automation Engineering at Chalmers Institute of Technology. He is a founding partner at Montell & Partners AB, where he primarily focuses on leading production and supply chain projects for multinational companies. He has also held various interim management positions within supply chain, and has led several significant projects at Duni as a consultant.

    Duni’s CEO Thomas Gustafsson comments:
    “I am confident that Fredrik will be able to lead the production & supply chain organization in an efficient way. He has been involved in several successful projects at Duni during the last year, and has great knowledge about our company and our strive to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

    Fredrik Malmgren will take on the position from 1st March after a hand-over period.
    (Duni AB)
     
    06.03.2015   ICE Europe and the co-located exhibition CCE International start next week in Munich, Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news The highlight of the year for the international converting community, The World's Leading Exhibition for Paper, Film, & Foil Converting, is just a few days away. Next week, from Tuesday, 10 March to Thursday, 12 March 2015, ICE Europe 2015 will showcase a vast offer for efficient and eco-friendly paper, film, foil & nonwovens converting and the latest manufacturing solutions at the Munich Trade Fair Centre in Munich, Germany.
    At the same time with ICE Europe's 430 exhibitors from 25 countries in halls A5 and A6, their colleagues for Europe’s only specialised exhibition for the corrugated and folding carton industry will get ready for CCE International 2015 in hall B6. A total of 156 exhibitors from 22 countries will showcase a comprehensive range of raw materials, machines, accessories and services for the production and conversion of corrugated and cartonboard. The CCE International now offers its attendees a series of open seminars on the latest developments in corrugated and carton converting, focusing on topics such as ‘Digital Print’, ‘Folding and Gluing’ and ‘Accurate Die-Cutting’. The entrance to the open seminars is free of charge for visitors to both shows. The full programme is available from the CCE International website.

    Register anytime online and save at least 12 Euros
    The Online Ticket Shop on the ICE Europe 2015 website will still be open during the exhibition days. On your computer, tablet or any other mobile device, you can still book your ticket to the show anytime before entering the exhibition on-site and save at least €12 compared to the box office prices. An online day pass is available for €20 and a 3-day-pass for only €30. At the box office, the day ticket will cost €32 and the season ticket €47.
    Please do remember to also activate any Ticket Vouchers or E-Codes that you may have received from exhibitors in the Online Ticket Shop.
    With pre-booked tickets and activated vouchers, you can access the exhibition quickly and relaxed.
    All tickets also allow access to the co-located event CCE International in hall B6, Europe’s only specialised exhibition for the corrugated and folding carton industry.

    Official Show Catalogue and pocket-size Floor Plans available on-site
    The official ICE Europe 2015 catalogue can be purchased for €10 on-site during the exhibition. Featuring essential information about the show and the exhibitors, it is a vital reference tool and sourcing guide until the next event.
    A free pocket-size floor plan will offer quick and easy navigation aid and be available to all visitors at the entrance as well as at all information points.

    Updates during the show: ICE Europe Website, Podcast and Social Media
    Feel free to check the ICE Europe 2015 website and social media channels for news and the latest updates during the show. During the exhibition days, the ICE Europe 2015 Podcast will highlight prevailing trends and gather feedback from exhibitors and visitors.
    For tweets on Twitter, please ensure that the official hashtag #ICEEurope is used. For tweets that are press related and of special interest to journalists there is the hashtag #ICEPress.
    (Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd)
     
    06.03.2015   DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE enters the market for greaseproof barrier papers    ( Company news )

    Company news PROBARRIER: The new DREWSEN brand for greaseproof papers suitable for direct food contact. The current range encompasses grades with a high (Kit 7-9), medium (Kit 4-6) or low (Kit 1-3) grease resistance, as well as bespoke customer-specific products. PROBARRIER is currently available in a range of substances from 40 - 160 g/m². DREWSEN’s product range of high-quality security papers, technical base papers and graphical papers has now expanded into packaging papers.
    (DREWSEN SPEZIALPAPIERE GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    05.03.2015   Huhtamäki Oyj's Results January 1 - December 31, 2014: Good sales growth and EBIT    ( Company news )

    Company news The Films business segment, which was sold at the end of December 2014, is reported as discontinued operations in this release and in the Results 2014. Unless otherwise stated, all income statement related quarterly and reporting period figures presented in this release and in the Results 2014, including corresponding periods in 2013, cover continuing operations only. Continuing operations include the Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania, North America, Flexible Packaging and Molded Fiber business segments.

    Q4 2014 in brief
    -Net sales were EUR 581 million (EUR 527 million)
    -EBIT was EUR 45 million (EUR 38 million, excluding NRI of EUR -18 million)
    -EPS was EUR 0.39 (EUR 0.32, excluding NRI)
    -Comparable net sales growth was 6% in total and 7% in emerging markets
    -Currency movements had a positive impact of EUR 19 million on the Group's net sales
    -The Films business segment was sold to a German private equity fund and is reported as discontinued operations

    FY 2014 in brief
    -Net sales were EUR 2,236 million (EUR 2,161 million)
    -EBIT was EUR 175 million (EUR 160 million, excluding NRI of EUR -28 million)
    -EPS was EUR 1.24 (EUR 1.17, excluding NRI)
    -Comparable net sales growth was 6% in total and 10% in emerging markets
    -Currency movements had a negative impact of EUR 36 million on the Group's net sales
    -Acquisition of Positive Packaging, a flexible packaging company operating in India, United Arab Emirates and Africa, was announced in July and closed at the end of January 2015
    -The Board of Directors proposes a dividend of EUR 0.60 (EUR 0.57) per share

    Jukka Moisio (photo), CEO:
    "Our financial performance in 2014 was strong. We recorded comparable net sales growth of 6% and have now reported more than 5% like-for-like growth in six consecutive quarters since mid-2013. Growth in emerging markets during the year was 10%, although there were large monthly and country-by-country variations during the course of the year. Our profitability development was stronger than the sales development and we reached all-time high EBIT, EBIT margin and EPS. The profitability improvement was particularly good during the fourth quarter. We were also able to improve our cash flow compared to the previous year, mostly thanks to the final quarter. Our financial position remains strong and supports us in our future growth aspirations.
    For Huhtamaki, 2014 was a year of change. We sharpened our strategy and focused our business on food packaging, where we already are among the leading companies in the world, and where we want to be successful in years to come. In July, we announced the acquisition of Positive Packaging, a flexible packaging manufacturer having operations in India, the United Arab Emirates and Africa. After closing the acquisition at the end of January, we're now enthusiastic to start integrating the business into our Flexible Packaging segment.
    Due to our focus on food packaging, we decided in the summer to look for future options for our Films segment and announced the sale of the segment in November. The transaction was closed on the last day of 2014 and therefore the business is now reported as discontinued operations. Related to the sale, we have also booked a gain of approximately EUR 5 million for the fourth quarter. These two sizable transactions, the acquisition of Positive Packaging and the sale of Films, increased significantly our focus on food packaging and also the share of fast-growing emerging markets in our portfolio. Now a majority of our employees and manufacturing plants are at the emerging markets, as well as close to 40% of our net sales.
    After the changes made in 2014, this year we will focus on implementing our sharpened strategy. The new strategy will call for more collaboration in innovation, operations and supply chain as well as higher consistency in managing customer interfaces - all this for the benefit of our customers and business partners. We're well positioned for future growth and look positively into 2015."
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
     
    05.03.2015   RFID-Factory showcases workable solutions at LIGNA 2015    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 Time and cost optimization with integrated furniture process chains

    Custom products in industrial mass production and single-unit batch size as an organizational and manufacturing goal – these visions have beckoned for some time already. The reality? Incomplete deliveries, missing parts, production downtime due to stock problems with feed materials, etc., continue to make life difficult for the woodworking and furniture industry. Real-world examples at LIGNA show that smart networked furniture production is no longer out of reach, even for small businesses.

    Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems promise to continuously improve the efficiency of operating processes. But they can only achieve this to the extent that their instantaneous data matches the real situation in production, inventory, order entry and delivery. Real-time traceability is thus a crucial input factor for ERP systems, and the perfect tool for meeting multidimensional traceability requirements along the entire networked process chain is radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.

    Traceability with RFID revolutionizes furniture production

    LIGNA (11–15 May) shines the spotlight on smart, networked manufacturing systems for the woodworking and furniture industry and gives innovative RFID technology its own stage. In the RFID Factory (Hall 17, Stand D60), LIGNA partner abaco Informationssysteme (Löhne, Germany) and 20 other specialists are presenting traceability technology for every link in the chain, on 600 m² of exhibition space. Their displays will underscore the huge value-adding potential of this technology thanks to its ability to generate real-time data as input for planning systems. Abaco CEO Horst Koitka: “The more often an RFID tag is read, the more cost-effective the system and the more useful the information gathered from it.” Prestigious specialists exhibiting alongside abaco in Hannover are Balluff, the Fraunhofer-Anwendungszentrum Industrial Automation, Lemgo, GS1 Germany, Franz Glane Maschinen- und Gerätebau, Hagemeier Neumöbellogistik, the HOMAG Group, IBM Germany, Ims Ingenieur- und Managementbüro Sauter, Logopak Systeme, Numdata Software, Pietig Lagertechnik, RK Rose+Krieger, Tarakos Software, Venjakob Maschinenbau and Wanko Informationslogistik.

    Industry professionals can expect a fascinating look at every phase of a completely integrated supply chain. The entire logistics flow for furniture production is demonstrated over nine stations using the example of a drawer front: starting with a virtual freshly cut tree, to timber sawing and processing, followed by delivery to the furniture manufacturer, furniture production including all logistics services, the sales phase and finally the finished furniture item for the customer.

    Abaco Informationssysteme (Löhne, Germany) offers efficient software modules for every phase of the furniture process chain, as well as implementation with the customer. Abaco even supplies furniture-specific RFID tags dubbed “Abatags.”

    They are invisibly integrated into every part in the RFID Factory, which is identified automatically by the data stored on the tag as it passes through the various stations. The necessary sensors were developed by Balluff GmbH (Neuhausen a.d.F., Germany) – a global market leader in industrial automation. Oliver Pütz-Gerbig, Product Manager for RF systems in the Identification business unit, describes the advantages of real-time traceability: “Traceability means defining and tracking every step of a process chain. The production history of every manufactured part and all materials and equipment are also automatically documented – with time, location and process. All data is available in real time so that adjustments can be made during the actual production process. Traceability supports lean production, simplifies just-in-time (JIT) deliveries, facilitates legal compliance and ensures product quality.”

    The mounting gates for the sensors are made by RK Rose+Krieger – Verbindungs- und Positioniersysteme (Minden, Germany). CEO Hartmut Hoffmann: “We are a leading supplier of high-quality components and functional modules for linear, profile, joining and module equipment for general industrial automation and production applications.” Several of these versatile design solutions are on display in the RFID area.

    The networked manufacturing technology of the HOMAG Group (Schopfloch, Germany) comes into play in later production steps. Head of Marketing Alexander Prokisch: “Thanks to RFID, automatic wireless identification of painted smart parts is possible at any time. HOMAG Automation, HOLZMA Sägetechnik, HOMAG Holzbearbeitungssysteme and WEEKE Bohrsysteme are exhibiting smart parts in the RFID-Factory just as they might look in a smart factory – whether fully networked or not. Integrated manufacturing, universal software solutions and automation systems are the prerequisite for comprehensive networking on route to Industry 4.0.”

    Internationally active Logopak Systeme (Hartenholm, Germany) demonstrates how intelligent labeling systems can support the process. Strategic Development Manager Lars Thuring explains: “With rising interest in single-unit batches and just-in-time processing, individual identification of parts and materials is gaining importance. Logopak looks forward to the opportunity to present a new RFID-based solution in this field in the LIGNA RFID Factory. Our reliable and industry-capable method offers manufacturers invisible labeling with all the associated advantages.”

    Venjakob Maschinenbau (Rheda-Wiedenbrück, Germany) is a pioneer in innovative technologies for the furniture industry. Within the simulated production and logistics processes in the RFID Factory, Venjakob presents the benefits of an RFID-controlled, automatic spray painting system. Oliver Milde, Sales and Project Planning: “Every part can be assigned information for spray painting individually via the RFID tag: color changes, curing parameters and feed rates in modern painting systems can be set individually for each item at any time with the Ven Control Master control system. Venjakob shows how tags inserted into the parts can manage these parameters individually using a simulated spray paint feed system.”

    Warehouse management, transport planning and control systems are the specialty of Wanko Informationslogistik (Ainring, Germany). Sandra Gitau, Marketing and PR: “Wanko is presenting its end-to-end software for warehouse, transport and telematics in the RFID-Factory at LIGNA. The Pracar delivery planning system and Prabord telematics solution support the entire transport process, and the Pramag warehouse management system controls all movements of goods. This gives the customer streamlined, efficient and continuous control of their entire transport chain, from arrival at the warehouse to delivery to the customer. The Wanko software is demonstrated live in the RFID Factory in the new furniture logistics area, showing how it meets the individual requirements of the furniture sector and specific customer needs.”

    Software supplier Numdata (Eibergen, Netherlands) is presenting “Ivenza,” an innovative planning and control system for the furniture industry. Says CEO Frank Schepers: “Ivenza is a powerful, web-based 3D configurator with a reliable PPS system. It can be used to design living room, bedroom, kitchen and office furniture online in 3D, and produce it very efficiently – whether in large volumes or as one-off units. Ivenza combines the comprehensive tasks of configuration, order management and production, supplies all necessary data in real time and enables extensive data exchange, e.g. with warehouse management systems or databases such as the IBM cloud.”

    The RFID Factory at LIGNA clearly demonstrates how all players can benefit from end-to-end communications enabled by RFID, which can save valuable resources and time to lower costs at every step of the furniture process chain, as well as prevent errors. To learn more, explore the RFID Factory in Hall 17 during the five days of LIGNA and approach the specialists there with all your questions. The RFID Factory will also be a central focus of the LIGNA “networked manufacturing” guided tours for professionals.
    (Deutsche Messe AG )
     
    05.03.2015   ANDRITZ reports favorable 2014 business year    ( Company news )

    Company news In 2014, international technology Group ANDRITZ improved all financial key figures compared to the previous year:
     Sales amounted to 5,859.3 million euros (MEUR) and were thus 2.6% higher than in the previous year (2013: 5,710.8 MEUR).
     Order intake increased by 8.7%, reaching an all-time high of 6,101.0 MEUR (2013: 5,611.0 MEUR). This positive development is attributable to the PULP & PAPER and METALS business areas.
     The order backlog at the end of 2014 amounted to 7,510.6 MEUR (+1.7% compared to the end of 2013: 7,388.5 MEUR) and thus also reached a new record high.
     At 379.5 MEUR, the EBITA was well above the very low level of the previous year, which was impacted negatively by additional costs in the PULP & PAPER and SEPARATION business areas (+131.3% versus 2013: 164.1 MEUR). The EBITA margin also increased substantially to 6.5% (2013: 2.9%).
     Net income increased to 210.0 MEUR (2013: 53.2 MEUR).
     The net worth position and capital structure as of December 31, 2014 remained solid. Total assets amounted to 5,967.6 MEUR (December 31, 2013: 5,571.4 MEUR) and the equity ratio to 17.0% (December 31, 2013: 16.7%). Liquid funds reached 1,701.6 MEUR (end of 2013: 1,517.0 MEUR) and net liquidity amounted to 1,065.1 MEUR (end of 2013: 893.1 MEUR).
     At the Annual General Meeting on March 26, 2015, the Executive Board will propose a dividend increase to 1.00 EUR per share for the 2014 business year (2013: 0.50 EUR).

    Wolfgang Leitner (photo), President and CEO of ANDRITZ AG, on the outlook for the 2015 business year: “From today’s perspective, no substantial change is expected in project activity in the markets served by ANDRITZ compared to the satisfactory level of 2014. The market environment is still challenging, which is why we will continue with our measures to further enhance competitiveness and profitability this year.”
    On the basis of these expectations and the order backlog at the end of 2014, ANDRITZ expects a slight sales increase in 2015 as well as an improvement in net income compared to 2014.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    05.03.2015   Lecta Sponsors 'Global Packaging Summit 2015'    ( Company news )

    Company news Experts from the packaging industry met in Barcelona to discuss the latest developments in a fast-moving sector

    The annual “Global Packaging Summit” features the latest packaging solutions and industry hot topics such as sustainability, new regulations, innovative cost-reduction strategies, new materials and how to grow brands through packaging design.
    As an event sponsor, Lecta reinforces its position as leader in paper solutions for the packaging industry. This year, Lecta presented its Metalvac metallized papers and Creaset one-side coated papers for labels and flexible packaging.
    Metalvac high-vacuum metallized papers are 100% recyclable and designed for high-quality moisture-resistant wet-glue labels suitable for returnable and non-returnable bottles as well as for use as pressure-sensitive labels. Other applications include inner liners for cigarette packets, wrapping paper and chocolate and food wrappers in general.
    Creaset, Lecta’s line of one-side coated papers, offers important new developments. These include high and low wet-strength papers for water, beer and different types of returnable containers, papers for yoghurt banderoles and thermoform dessert pots for rotogravure printing, as well as papers specially designed for shopping bags.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    05.03.2015   Pesmel supplies roll handling system to Domtar’s Ashdown, Arkansas Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Domtar Corporation has selected Pesmel to supply roll handling and wrapping system to its Ashdown, Arkansas, USA mill. This delivery is part of Domtar’s USD $160 million investment project to convert the A64 paper machine to a high quality fluff pulp line used in a variety of absorbent applications including baby diapers, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products. This conversion is expected to come online by the third quarter 2016 with up to 516,000 metric tons production per year once the machine is in full operation.

    Pesmel’s delivery consists of fully automated roll handling system with two high capacity stretch packing lines with robots to handle the packing operations.
    (Pesmel Oy)
     
    04.03.2015   Xeikon Café highlights full potential of Self-Adhesive label production    ( Company news )

    Company news Global networking and educational platform will offer unique insights in latest market trends and technologies

    Increased legislation requirements, greater versioning, language changes, more tactile and eye-catching finishes – today’s label market requires dedicated production solutions from specialized suppliers to maintain profitability. That is why Xeikon, together with its Aura partners, is hosting the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations at its premises in Belgium, from March 10 to 12. During the three-day event, visitors will get first-hand updates on the latest trends and innovations in digital label production and have the opportunity to share insights, success stories and technological developments with industry peers.

    “As a worldwide specialist in the field of self-adhesive label printing, Xeikon has built up an extensive network of Aura partners which are all leading suppliers in their field. These partners and Xeikon’s label experts are joining forces at the Xeikon Café. That allows us to cover all aspects of digital production and offer visitors a unique expert knowledge base”, says Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging. “With such an extensive range of industry expertise present at the Xeikon Café, we can help operations explore the full potential of digital label production, and deliver solutions that make a difference.”

    FINAT complements conference program
    Xeikon is pleased to announce that FINAT, a key international association for the self-adhesive label industry, will take part in the Business Conference program at the Xeikon Café. Jules Lejeune, Managing Director of FINAT who will be sharing his latest views and insights on the label industry, comments: “The self-adhesive label industry accounts for approximately 50% of the total market as it continues to expand with new technologies, materials and external influences bringing about a diversity of exciting new innovations and formats. Self-adhesive labels are by far the most versatile, flexible and innovative labeling format available, with users able to combine a wealth of both decorative and functional attributes into a system that are applied in a productive and cost-effective way. FINAT’s role is to raise awareness about the latest developments and versatility of the self-adhesive labeling technologies and as such, we are delighted to share our profound market knowledge at the Xeikon Café.”

    Integrated solutions dedicated to self-adhesive label production
    At the event, Xeikon and its Aura partners will showcase their industry expertise through different self-adhesive applications, produced using the Xeikon Self-Adhesive Label Suite. This Suite is an integrated solution to print and convert high quality labels, powered by a highly versatile Xeikon digital press and complemented with four supporting components from Aura partners – software, print media, consumables and finishing equipment.

    "Self-adhesive labels are most commonly used for decorating packaging as they offer the highest flexibility to meet market needs. They are available in a wide range of substrates, colors and adhesives, and are compatible with a variety of printing processes and finishing techniques. In addition, self-adhesive labels stick to most materials and can be applied at the very last moment, just before the products are put on the shelves. That's why they are used in many different industries, such as food, beverages, health & beauty, household and pharmaceuticals,” explains Weymans.

    A myriad of information on the different possibilities
    Attending visitors will see that even the sky is not the limit when it comes to producing creative labels. No less than eight different applications will be produced, emphasizing that digital print is capable of meeting the market requirements while maintaining profitability. Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with leading experts and walk away with a detailed brochure containing a myriad of information on the different self-adhesive labeling technologies and configurations that are available through Xeikon and its Aura partners.

    Several samples of wine labels produced and on display at the event, will highlight the specific requirements of this kind of labels. With designs changing every year, volumes depending on the harvest, and vineyards looking to diversify their product as much as possible, high quality digital printing provides the answer. The ability of Xeikon presses to print on a wide range of challenging materials, including very thin substrates, combined with the specific technical capabilities of the Xeikon QA-I and SuperBlack toners enable printers to produce winelabels of an exceptional high quality that differentiate from the competition.

    A combination of evolving legislation, products with a high number of SKU’s, language variations and increased demand for more space to communicate, coupled with smaller containers, is requiring label printers to be ever more creative. This is where extended content labels come in to play – with peel-and-reveal labels, booklet labels and leaflets all increasing in popularity. How digital print provides the right answer will be demonstrated with on the spot produced samples of each of these applications.

    Also typical applications including Variable Data Printing used for more personal communication or to drive logistical processes will be demonstrated. What will be printed are logistical labels of products, ordered through an online shop. The challenge for these kind of labels is that quantity and design vary from day to day; first customer impression is crucial and the only solution for this challenge is high quality full color digital printing.

    Finally, there will be examples from the food, health and beauty markets which are becoming very competitive and need to follow stricter legal regulations, with larger volumes driven by a greater variety of taste and products. Also here the Xeikon solutions provide the most cost-effective solution for both small and high volumes, with the highest quality print. Specifically for food labels, Xeikon’s 516mm (20.3”) wide label press and dry-toner technology that meets FDA regulations for food contact offer a vital advantage.

    In addition to the extensive range of Self-Adhesive label applications on display, visitors to the Xeikon Café will also learn more about the dedicated solutions for Folding Carton, Heat Transfer and In-Mold Labels.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    04.03.2015   Environmental Paper Company Index 2015 – WWF invites 80 companies    ( Company news )

    Company news WWF, the world´s largest conservation organisation, is inviting the world’s leading pulp and paper manufacturers to participate in the Environmental Paper Company Index 2015. The biannual Index promotes transparency and continual improvement in the sector. The list of invited manufacturers from
    Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa can be viewed on www.panda.org/epci2015. Results of the evaluation will be published in October/November 2015.

    The increasing number of participants in WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index over the years is a testimony to the growing importance of transparency and the value of the Index for the industry. Participants in the 2013 Index produced 29% of the world´s newsprint, 28% of the world´s graphic paper, 14% of the world´s tissue, 6% of the world´s packaging and 14% of the world´s pulp. This means that the ecological footprint of 82 million tonnes of pulp and paper was disclosed.

    WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index looks at environmental aspects of a company’s policies and targets, as well as the environmental performance of the production of newspaper grades, graphic paper, packaging, tissue, or pulp. The EPCI recognizes a company´s transparency and progress over time, without comparing the companies.

    “We are expecting even higher participation in 2015” says Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Manager of WWF International’s global pulp and paper work. “While we are proactively inviting key pulp and paper producers we are open to receiving expressions of interest from other producers. The EPCI is a tool for companies that are striving for continual improvement in the environmental performance of their pulp and paper production. The Index enables them to be leaders in transparency.”

    Mondi encourages all invited companies to participate in WWF´s Environmental Paper Company Index (EPCI). We believe it is good for the industry to demonstrate increased transparency – showcasing responsible business practices and ongoing improvements. This will be Mondi’s fourth year of participating in the Index and we consider it a fair and positive exercise, providing useful management insights.”
    Mondi (South Africa)

    "Participating in WWF’s Environmental Paper Company Index is a great opportunity to have a well-known environmental organization with high ambitions evaluate and confirm continuous improvement of sustainability performance."
    Stora Enso (Europe)

    “We welcome WWF's Environmental Paper Company Index. The EPCI measure will aid ITC's efforts at enriching the country's environmental capital while generating significant sustainable livelihood opportunities. The EPCI tool will enable current and prospective customers to objectively view the
    environmental performance of the products that they buy from pulp, paper and paperboard companies."
    ITC (India)

    "Domtar has gained significant insights from our work with WWF the past five years to create the expectation of full disclosure within the industry. As the only North American fine paper manufacturer to participate in the EPCI since its inception, we encourage our peers to follow suit. It’s impossible to verify economic, social and environmental performance without complete transparency.”
    Domtar (Canada)

    Companies that have not been invited but would like to participate can contact the WWF International Paper Team at epci@wwf.panda.org. Deadline for applications to participate is 30th of April 2015.
    (WWF Forests for Life Programme)
     
    04.03.2015   Asia Pulp & Paper welcomes Rainforest Alliance's independent evaluation of its ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Forest Conservation Policy

    Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) has welcomed the Rainforest Alliance independent evaluation of its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP). The evaluation concludes that the company has made moderate progress towards meeting its commitments.

    The FCP was announced on February 5th 2013, marking an immediate end to natural forest clearance by APP’s pulpwood suppliers as well as a range of other measures. APP recognised that engaging the Rainforest Alliance, a credible international organisation, to evaluate its progress would provide a valuable perspective on its work as well as increase transparency.

    The evaluation report, which assesses the period between 5 February 2013 and 15 August 2014, provides a view of the company’s progress towards meeting each of the FCP’s four policy areas, as well as additional public statements that are relevant to the FCP.

    Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director, sustainability, said: “The FCP is an unprecedented initiative – developed by APP, TFT and Greenpeace – to define a new standard and a new business model for achieving Zero Deforestation in the supply chain. We’re pleased that the Rainforest Alliance has recognised the progress we are making. We believe today’s report shows that our efforts to achieve Zero Deforestation are on the right track.

    “However, our FCP implementation measures are not carved in stone. We must have the courage to continually improve them as we learn lessons from implementation. The report has highlighted a number of areas which require additional focus. Its findings, along with feedback from other stakeholders, have been used to inform our FCP implementation plan for 2015 and beyond, which we are introducing today.

    “We also believe that an evaluation like this puts a global spotlight on the issues currently at play in Indonesia’s forests. Since 2013, we have been calling for other stakeholders to support us with our Zero Deforestation Policy because forest continues to be lost due to factors that, despite our efforts, we cannot completely control, such as encroachment, forest fires and illegal activities. Our hope is that this evaluation will raise awareness of forestry issues in Indonesia and prompt others, including government, NGOs and the private sector to collaborate more closely to help tackle the issues across the landscape.”

    Richard Donovan, Rainforest Alliance Senior Vice President of Forestry, said: “In 2013 APP set out an ambitious program for change. The Rainforest Alliance has found that APP has made moderate progress to implement the many commitments embedded in its FCP during the 18 month period we evaluated. Key steps have been taken, such as halting the clearance of natural forest by its suppliers. As with any major change initiative there remains work to be done to put the policies and procedures that have been developed into action in the field. Rainforest Alliance encourages APP to continue on the path set out in the FCP.”

    Today’s FCP Implementation Plan includes the priorities for 2015 onwards, which draw upon Rainforest Alliance’s most significant findings. These are issues related to third party forest clearance, peatland best management practices as well as FPIC and social conflict resolution.

    The additional areas covered in the Implementation Plan are:
    - Wildfire prevention and management
    - HCVManagement and protection
    - Workers’ rights and welfare
    - Sustainable wood supply
    - Landscape conservation initiative
    - Internal engagement

    Elements of the plan will be subject to further consultation as APP continues to implement its Forest Conservation Policy over the coming months and years.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Headquarter)
     
    04.03.2015   Valmet receives order from Holmen for softwood line rebuild at Iggesund mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver equipment and services for a rebuild of the soft wood pulp line at Holmen's Iggesund mill in Sweden. The rebuild will improve production stability, cut variable costs and increase pulp production capacity by 15 percent equally to 50,000 tonnes. The works will be implemented in two stages during 2015 and 2016.

    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    "We have a good experience since we have had Valmet presses in our mill for many years. This rebuild will eliminate bottle necks in the process and increase pulp capacity. We will also cut variable costs which will strengthen our competitiveness", says Olov Winblad von Walter, Mill Director, Iggesund.

    "This rebuild is the first step towards a press based bleach plant. The high outlet consistency makes the process easier to control and the volume of effluent will be less than for washers with lower discharge consistencies. Also water and chemical consumption will be minimized. We are looking forward to a good co-operation in this project", says Mikael Gustafsson, Sales Manager, Valmet.

    Technical information about Valmet's delivery
    The scope of the Valmet delivery includes main machinery, basic engineering and erection. In the first stage, two pressure diffusers will be rebuilt, one in the cooking plant and one in the brown stock washing, where also a new TwinRoll press, will be installed. In the second stage, the oxygen delignification stage will be extended into a two-stage OxyTrac system, which will make it possible to still reach lower kappa numbers in case of a further production increase. In the bleach plant two new TwinRoll presses will be installed.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.03.2015   Iggesund at DSCOOP Washington    ( Company news )

    Company news DSCOOP is focused on growing digital print by discussing best practices, networking with peers and continuing education year-round.

    Meet Iggesund Paperboard at DSCOOP Washington on 5-7 March. Drop by booth 535 and explore the possibilities with folding cartons.

    Opening hours:
    Thursday 5th March from 8.00 a.m to 9.00 p.m
    Friday 6th March from 8.00 a.m to 11.00 p.m
    Saturday 7th March from 9.00 a.m to 3.00 p.m

    Where:
    Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
    201 Waterfront Street
    National Harbor, Maryland, 20745
    (Iggesund Paperboard)
     
    03.03.2015   ISRA VISION AG: Management expanded – New Executive Director Group Operations    ( Company news )

    Company news ISRA prepares for next growth steps – intensive focus on efficiency

    ISRA VISION AG (ISIN DE 0005488100), one of the world’s top companies for industrial image processing (Machine Vision) as well as globally leading in surface inspection of web materials and 3D machine vision applications, reinforces the Executive Board for the important Operations segment with an internationally experienced expert.

    As a new member of the Executive Board, Andreas Gerecke takes over the worldwide responsibility for the Operations segment. He has 25 years of experience in international industrial enterprises, among them as Chief Operating Officer at a subsidiary of ABB Deutschland. Gerecke has successfully managed business divisions with revenue dimensions significantly above 100 million euros. Given these experiences, he can provide ISRA with decisive impulses for implementing the aspiring growth objectives.

    In his new function as Executive Director Group Operations, Gerecke is responsible, among other things, for further optimization of the production processes –lean production– as well as the targeted expansion of the infrastructure for further growth. Besides preparing the company for the next revenue dimension, his tasks also include strengthening profitability as well as optimizing and stabilizing the cash flow. Furthermore, it is planned to assign the new member of the Management Board further strategic tasks that are currently overseen by the Chairperson.

    With this strategic addition to the existing management, ISRA actively continues its growth strategy – which core it is to grow sustainably and profitably, diversified across technologies, regions and markets – with reinforced personnel. The company responds to the different market situations in the individual business areas with targeted marketing and sales measures as well as innovations that support the planned double-digit growth for 2014/2015. ISRA will report on the first quarter of the current financial year on February 27, 2015 and will also release a detailed guidance for the entire year 2014/2015.
    (ISRA VISION AG)
     
    03.03.2015   24th International Munich Paper Symposium - Last 40 places available     ( Company news )

    Company news Only a few days left for you to book one of the last 40 places of the 24th INTERNATIONAL MUNICH PAPER SYMPOSIUM, one of the biggest annual European conferences for knowledge transfer in paper technology. The symposium is going to take place in the modern Sheraton Munich Arabellapark Conference Center from 11-13 March 2015. The theme of the meeting is "Progress in Board and Paper Technology", and while almost all of the papers are going to be presented by board mills and paper mills, it will be clear that papermaking equipment and innovations designed to improve the performance of paper, board and printing machines play a very important role.

    As you may notice from the programme, all presentations deal with important results of technological improvements directly from board, paper, and tissue mills.

    The IMPS is always focused on specific topics related to the paper manufacturing and paper supplying industry. In contrast to many very large conferences, the IMPS will host not more than about 450 participants, in a superb first class atmosphere. It is intended to provide an international platform for people engaged in the field of board, paper and printing technology. The conference will be bilingual (English+German) with highest quality simultaneous translation.

    Registration can easily be done online or via written form at www.paper-online.de. The all-inclusive fee of 1440 Euro (plus VAT) includes a number of services: simultaneous translation German/English, internet access to abstracts, presentations as files, superb lunches and a gala dinner on Wednesday evening, and, as far as places are available, an interesting mill tour or a visit to the well known paper institute of Munich University of Applied Sciences. Finally, it also includes the invitation to visit the famous Circus Krone in Munich on Thursday evening.

    Besides technology you will also have the chance to meet paper technology students of Munich University of Applied Sciences which hosts one of the biggest European paper departments for paper students from all over the world. For 10 years now, the international Master of Engineering in Paper Technology has been offered and taught completely in English.

    Please be aware that the IMPS 2013 and IMPS 2014 - with more than 450 participants from 228 companies and from 26 countries - were completely sold out. This year > 200 companies from 22 countries have already registered and we expect to be fully booked again.
    (IMPS Management Ltd & Co. KG)
     
    03.03.2015   Valmet to supply OptiConcept M containerboard line for Yuen Foong Yu Packaging, Inc. in Taiwan    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply an OptiConcept M containerboard production line for Yuen Foong Yu (YFY) Packaging Inc. for the company's Xin Wu site in Taoyuan County in Taiwan. The new production line will produce high-quality fluting grades out of 100 percent recycled raw materials. The start-up of the new machine is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.
    The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Energy efficient high quality production with Valmet's OptiConcept M
    "We selected a machine concept that emphasizes environmental efficiency especially in terms of energy saving. Our target is to produce high quality containerboard. In order to be competitive, we want to operate with the latest proven technology. Valmet's OptiConcept M has the features which align well with our expectations," says Mr Chia-Feng Yeh, Project Director of Yuen Foong Yu Packaging.

    "This high efficient containerboard making line ordered by YFY Packaging will be Valmet's seventh OptiConcept M production line to be supplied globally. The new production line will be able to reduce both carbon footprint as well as energy consumption significantly. The annual production capacity of the new machine will be approximately 300,000 tonnes of board and the design speed will be 1,200 m/min," says Jari Vähäpesola, President, Paper Business Line, Valmet.

    The operating profitability of the OptiConcept M is based on the concept's overall efficiency covering energy- and resource-efficient processes and high speed. The production line ensures optimized productivity at minimal operational cost.

    Valmet's delivery includes complete boardmaking line from headbox to reel. A new winder is also included in the delivery.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    03.03.2015   And the winner is Z-Infinity!    ( Company news )

    Company news Ziegler Paper Mill, long-time paper development partner of Kodak, was awarded and rated at this year’s Hunkeler Innovation Days with 5 Kodak Diamonds (top score) for its highperformance inkjet printing.

    The Swiss family run Ziegler Paper Mill has worked on the field of High performance inkjet technology for more than 10 years. Kodak’s Paper Rating Program has presented the 5 Diamond Award to Ziegler Paper Mill for its Z-Infinity, the mills latest satin coated paper innovation. Z-Infinity is a paper specially created for four-color high-performance inkjet printing. The 5 Diamond rating means that users will experience color uniformity that rivals
    offset quality on coated papers.

    Ziegler Paper Mill and its staff are very proud of this recognition and delighted about the award.
    (Ziegler Papier AG)
     
    03.03.2015   Automatic pre-positioning of the roll on the winding station for a slitter rewinder    ( Company news )

    Company news Erhardt+Leimer, the specialist for automation and inspection technology from Stadtbergen near Augsburg, recently placed in operation a newly developed control system for the automatic pre-positioning of the roll on a winding station. The goal is to feed the web, which in this case comprises a multiple layer packaging material, as precisely as possible to a pivoting frame, which in turn is ahead of the slitter unit.

    Irrespective of how inaccurately the machine operator pushes the roll onto the shaft: a broadband sensor of type FE 45 provides the positions of the two edges of the web to the winding controller, which in turn positions the roll at the set position via an actuator (AG 26). If an adjustable limit for the movement of the pivoting frame is exceeded the unwinder corrects in small steps in the same direction. As a consequence the splice offset is minimized and creasing due to large corrections to the web offset by the subsequent pivoting frame is avoided. In this way the infeed and outfeed lengths for the pivoting frame can be reduced particularly for stiff materials, as the control window is kept in the middle.

    The broadband sensor FE 45 is accurate to the millimeter over the complete width of the web without motorized follow-up and can output this information together with the edge positions and the center offset as measured values to the machine control system via an optional interface.
    Another important advantage of this automated solution is the reduction of the setup time. There is also less waste, as it takes a large number of running meters to compensate for a large splice offset.
    (Erhardt + Leimer GmbH)
     
    02.03.2015   The challenge of competitivity is investing in faster and more efficient ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... napkins production lines

    A brief interview with Armindo Marques, technical director of Poppies Europe Limited

    Will you introduce us to the history of Poppies Europe Limited?

    Poppies Europe LTD was initially set up in 1996 to fill a gap in the disposable table cover sector, primarily with Damask banqueting rolls. Over the years, we expanded our product range to cover the needs of the catering industry. In 2000 we started the manufacturing of napkins with one production line. Since then we have continually invested in the napkin range which now has 16 dedicated lines. Last year, following feedback from our customers, we introduced the hygiene product range to create a one stop shop for catering disposables. Today, Poppies Europe Limited has over 25 production lines operating 24 hours a day with 108 motivated members of staff from our factory based in St Helens in the North West of England, UK.

    What is your core business?

    Our core business is the production and distribution of disposable products for the catering industry (napkins, table covers, paper plates, plastic cutlery, hygiene rolls, etc.) where napkins are undoubtedly our best sellers in volumes. We are mainly in the “Away from Home” market with a strong network of customers ranking from small independent wholesalers, to national distributors and blue chip corporations. Nevertheless, increase our share of the retail market is part of our strategic development in the years to come.

    What are the main trends of today’s tissue converting market in your country?

    The UK tissue market has always been very competitive in price, especially for the napkins. But on top of the price pressure the trend is now going to increasingly shorter delivery times. Availability of stock is the key to success. Our strategy is to constantly monitor the cost of our raw material and invest in more efficient equipment to offer a quicker delivery time while maintaining a high quality product. In 2012 to strengthen our market position we acquired one of our competitors, McNulty Wray LTD who were the bespoke printed napkin experts in the UK. By doing so we have enhanced our service and are now the UK leaders in the printed napkin sector. Our marketing strategy is now focused on developing our three brands; PoppiesTM - that covers the mainstream plain products

    How do you describe the tissue market in your country?

    The UK tissue market seems to have reached maturity in a very competitive environment that maintains a high pressure on prices. That situation drives us to always invest in faster and more efficient production lines.

    What do you do to stay competitive in your specific market?

    When we started producing napkins, 400 m/min was fast. With our last 3 OMET’s TV 503 Lines, we are approaching the 600 m/min and truly can’t wait for the day that Sergio will ring me saying “Armindo our new TV model is running at 800m/min!”. OMET Engineers the pressure is on you!”

    What made you decide to invest in OMET’s machines and what is your evaluation of OMET’s equipment?

    Simple: OMET is the best all-rounder machine as far as napkin production is concerned. And efficiency is embedded in their DNA. That’s what I appreciate the most.

    How do you judge the relationship with OMET Company and staff and what are the expected developments of this partnership for the future?

    Over the years we have built up a strong relationship centred on a mutual trust. Everyone that I have dealt with at OMET is extremely professional and friendly. I have to mention here Sergio Villa, whom I have known for years. He has always been passionate about our industry. The future between Poppies and OMET is bright, as we are in the final stages of closing a deal for 3 new OMET production lines for 2015.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
     
    02.03.2015   Iggesund invites international designers    ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard, manufacturer of the world-leading paperboard Invercote, is inviting designers from all over the world to participate in a unique learning experience. From those who apply, 20 will be chosen to join the Iggesund Design Experience in Sweden in June 2015.

    Photo: “How is the forest managed and how adapted are the methods to the forests own life cycle? Johan Granås, Iggesund, explains to the participants in the Iggesund Design experience 2013.”

    “We tried this for the first time in 2012 and the appreciation and enthusiasm we got from the participating designers was overwhelming. So we’ll do it again”, says Staffan Sjöberg, Public Relations Manager at Iggesund Paperboard.

    Participants will visit the Swedish forests to discover more about how they function and are managed. They will see how paperboard is made and understand why there is a difference between paperboard and paperboard. And they will find out how they can use paperboard to raise their creativity to new heights while also making the right choices from a sustainability standpoint.

    The Iggesund Design Experience will discuss sustainable design and material selection and will question experts in such fields as forest management, water pollution/purification, and food safety in packaging. Participants will return home with new insights into how to make their designs stand out from the crowd not only graphically but also from a sustainability point of view.

    “We usually receive significantly more applications to our events than we can accommodate. In order to ensure a wide range of participants, we must therefore create a shortlist based on such factors as design speciality and geographic location,” explains Staffan Sjöberg.

    Iggesund Paperboard will be the host for four days filled with experiences of nature, insights into product knowledge and lively discussions about sustainability together with fellow designers from around the world. The event itself will be completely free of charge but participants will need to pay their own travel expenses to and from Stockholm, Sweden.

    “The designers will invest their time – and in return we will give them some unforgettable days in the heart of Sweden,” Sjöberg says.

    This new activity was inspired by the huge response Iggesund received from the design world for its Black Box Project, which gave well-known designers free rein to create unique solutions using Invercote as a starting material.

    More information and a registration form for the Iggesund Design Experience are available at www.iggesund.com.
     
    02.03.2015   Minerals Technologies Signs Commercial Agreement to Deploy FulFill® E-325 Technology for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...High Filler Loading at a Paper Mill in Europe

    Unique High-Filler Technology Will Provide Significant Cost Savings in Reduced Fiber Consumption by Increasing PCC Filler Usage 20%

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed a commercial agreement to provide Fulfill® E-325, a new, high-filler technology, at a paper mill in Europe.

    Minerals Technologies now has 19 agreements with paper mills that have adopted the Fulfill® E-325 technology that the company introduced in late 2010. The agreement with this papermaker is the company's fifth in Europe. The paper company wishes to remain unnamed for competitive reasons.

    These agreements confirm the commercial progress of the Fulfill® brand, a portfolio of high-filler technologies that offers papermakers a variety of efficient, flexible solutions that decreases dependency on natural fiber and reduces costs. The Fulfill® E-325 series allows papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) by three to five points, which replaces higher cost pulp, and increases PCC usage between 20 to 30 percent.

    "We are pleased that this papermaker is adopting our technology that will allow them to produce quality paper at lower cost," said D.J. Monagle, senior vice president & managing director, Paper PCC. "The continued acceptance of our FulFill® E-325 of technology in Europe reaffirms the revitalization of our new product pipeline, and of our commitment to advance our technology leadership throughout our satellite network around the world."
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
     
    02.03.2015   Metsä Board Corporation Financial Statements 1 January - 31 December 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation’s operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 136.5 million in 2014

    Photo: CEO Mika Joukio

    Full year result for 2014
    • Sales were EUR 2,008.4 million (Q1-Q4/2013: 2,019.3).
    • The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 136.5 million (104.4). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 116.5 million (113.6).
    • The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 99.7 million (48.6). The result before taxes including non-recurring items was EUR 77.6 million (57.8).
    • Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.27 (0.17), and earnings per share in-cluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.21 (0.19).
    • The Board of Directors proposes to the Annual General Meeting to be held on 25 March 2015 that a dividend of EUR 0.12 per share will be paid for the 2014 financial year.

    Result for the last quarter of 2014
    • Sales were EUR 499.4 million (Q3/2014: 513.8).
    • The operating result excluding non-recurring items was EUR 36.9 million (35.2). The operating result including non-recurring items was EUR 6.7 million (34.1).
    • The result before taxes excluding non-recurring items was EUR 31.6 million (27.3). The result before taxes including non-recurring items was EUR 1.6 million (26.1).
    • Earnings per share excluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.10 (0.07), and earnings per share in-cluding non-recurring items were EUR 0.02 (0.06).

    Events during the last quarter of 2014
    • The demand for paperboard continued to be strong, and prices were stable.
    • Metsä Board launched the final steps of transformation and announced that it would grow its paperboard business significantly and is planning to discontinue paper production completely.
    • Metsä Board began the process to divest its loss-making Gohrsmühle mill in Germany.
    • Metsä Board announced that it would renew its management and reporting structure as of the first quarter of 2015.
    • Moody's Investors Service upgraded Metsä Board’s credit rating from B2 to B1. The outlook of the rating is positive.
    • Net debt decreased significantly and was EUR 427 million as a result of strong cash flow.

    Events after the reporting period
    • Metsä Board updated its long-term financial targets in February 2015. The updated targets are return on capital employed (ROCE) minimum 12 per cent from 2017 onwards and net gearing maximum 70 per cent.

    Mika Joukio, CEO:
    “The market situation for our main products continued to be strong in the last quarter of 2014. Although December is a seasonally weaker month, our operating result was approximately at the same level as in the previous quarter.
    The general economy continued to be weak in Europe, our domestic market, in 2014. Even so, our global paperboard deliveries increased by a total of 10 per cent, and price levels remained unchanged. Delivery volumes increased in line with our strategy, particularly in North America, where linerboard sales are growing steadily, and the launch of our ecological folding box-board has progressed extremely well.
    In December 2014, we announced new measures to complete our transformation into a leading paperboard company. We are planning to discontinue paper production completely at Husum and convert the integrated mill into one of the largest fresh forest fibre paperboard units in Europe. In addition, we launched measures to eliminate the losses of the Gohrsmühle mill.
    Our main goal continues to be the profitable growth of our paperboard business. With the new capacity, we are able to serve our customers even better globally. We will also continue to develop new, even better products in cooperation with our customers and partners.
    In the coming years, we will raise our profitability to a new level while maintaining a strong balance structure.”
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    02.03.2015   Creaset: Paper for Labels and Flexible Packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta presents its Creaset Endless Possibilities line of one-side coated papers specially designed for labels and flexible packaging applications
    This product range offers new grades for the food industry, FMCG* and the beverage sector such as Creaset HWS and Creaset LWS papers, high and low wet-strength, also available in embossed. The line is suitable for water, beer and returnable packaging in general. For applications that require greater resistance and thickness, we recommend the high grammages within the Creaset High Gloss grade.
    The new Creaset Bags grade has been designed for shopping bags with high break and burst resistance, while Creaset RG has been specifically developed for rotogravure printing on thermoform dessert packaging.

    The new Creaset line is defined by two main application segments:
    • Labels:
    - Standard food and beverage labels and packaging
    - Facestock and release liner for pressure-sensitive labels
    • Flexible packaging:
    - Yoghurt banderoles and thermoform packaging
    - Shopping bags
    - Packaging and liners of cigarette soft packs

    The new Creaset catalog features samples of each product and details of their applications.
    The entire Creaset range of products is manufactured with ECF woodfree pulp and can be requested with PEFC™ and FSC® certification, thereby guaranteeing the sustainable sourcing of the wood.
    (Lecta Group)
     
    02.03.2015   Leine & Linde Offers Optolink To Transmit Encoder Data Over Long Distance    ( Company news )

    Company news Leine & Linde’s XHI 801and XHI 803 rotary encoders are now available with Optolink to transmit encoder position data using fiber optics. The Optolink transmitter provides secure data transmission in harsh industrial environments where electrical noise and long cable lengths can be problematic, such as in many mining, steel, cranes, wind turbines and pulp/paper processing applications, to name a few.

    Leine & Linde’s XHI 801and XHI 803 rotary encoders are now available with Optolink to transmit encoder position data using fiber optics. The Optolink transmitter provides secure data transmission in harsh industrial environments where electrical noise and long cable lengths can be problematic, such as in many mining, steel, cranes, wind turbines and pulp/paper processing applications, to name a few.

    The Optolink technology permits signal transmission up to 1500 meters. Because data is transmitted over optical fiber, the signal is not affected by electromagnetic disturbances. This reduces the chance of measurement errors in electrically noisy environments, something that may be difficult to mitigate when copper cable is used. Optical fiber has other advantages as well; it is significantly lighter than copper, and the the galvanic isolation offered by the fiber can help to prevent damage from lightning when applied in wind turbines and cranes for example.

    Optolink is provided in addition to the standard encoder outputs. This allows the standard output to interface with a local control system, and the optical channel can then be used for long distance transmission to a remote facility or for Safety systems. To convert the optical signal back into a protocol accepted by the controller, Leine & Linde provides an Optolink receiver which converts the signal back into standard electrical encoder interfaces like HTL or RS-422.
    (Leine & Linde AB)
     
    27.02.2015   Felix Schoeller Group commissions a rebuild of paper machine 14 in Günzach    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Felix Schoeller Group Günzach paper machine (PM) 14

    With the rebuild of paper machine (PM) 14 at its Günzach mill, which is scheduled for the 4th quarter of 2015, the Osnabrück-based Felix Schoeller Group is taking another step forward in the strategic growth concept it has devised for its Technocell division: the creation of additional capacity for pre-impregnated products, a key growth segment. On 28 January 2015, it commissioned Bellmer with overall responsibility for implementing this investment.

    Growth in growth markets and growth regions is the clear strategic goal of Technocell, a division of the Felix Schoeller Group. Pre-impregnated products, which are used in the wood-based products industry, are one of the key growth segments. The rebuild of PM14 is a response to rising demand and will create additional capacity for pre-impregnated products – which Technocell sells under the brand name PRIP®. To date they have been produced exclusively at the company’s Neustadt mill.

    The extensive rebuild of the paper machine is scheduled to take place in the 4th quarter of this year. It includes a new head box, an IR drier, a new calender and a “TURBOCombiSizer” - including the size mixing station that necessitates. The TURBOCombiSizer can be used with either a size press or film press. After the rebuild, the paper machine will produce not only pre-impregnated PRIP® products but also nonwoven papers coated on both sides for use in the wallpaper industry, for example. A total of 15 million euros have been earmarked for this investment project.

    “With this investment in PM14 we are not only creating the foundation needed for Technocell’s continued growth but also strengthening our facility at Günzach in Allgäu. This mill has three paper machines and focuses clearly on specialties and small batch sizes. Furthermore, our Vlies business unit, which makes nonwovens, benefits from the possibilities offered by the TURBOCombiSizer,” says Hans-Christoph Gallenkamp, the company’s Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. “With Bellmer, we will have the support of a competent partner, a company that has already demonstrated its high-calibre performance in numerous joint projects,” adds Kai Middeldorf, Senior Vice President of the Felix Schoeller Group’s Engineering Competence Center.

    “We are proud that the Felix Schoeller Group has chosen us to be its partner on this project. It adds a new dimension to the successful collaboration we have already enjoyed in the past,” says Erich Kollmar, managing shareholder with Bellmer, describing the project’s significance.
    (Schoeller Technocell GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.02.2015   Stora Enso: Transformation in progress, clear improvement in results    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments the fourth quarter and full year 2014 results:
    "Stora Enso reported yet another stable quarter. Despite some headwind in the market, our sales increased by 1.4% compared to the fourth quarter of 2013, excluding the structurally declining paper business and divested businesses. Today, our growth businesses form already 62% of our total sales.

    The significant improvement in operational EBIT is a result of our own initiatives to transform our business and improve cost efficiency. Return on capital employed increased from 7.0% to 9.7%. It amounted to 13.1% when excluding our transformational investment projects and we reached our strategic ROCE target of 13%.

    Stora Enso is transforming into a renewable materials growth company. In December, Montes del Plata Pulp Mill reached break-even which was a major milestone. We started lignin extraction, as scheduled, at our Sunila Pulp Mill in early 2015. We continue investing in biomaterials and will open a new Innovation Centre in the Stockholm area to boost innovation within renewable materials. The Guangxi consumer board mill project, which is slightly delayed due to the permitting process, is expected to be operational in mid-2016. Towards the end of this year, we look forward to start producing kraftliner, virgin-fibre-based containerboard, at our Varkaus Mill in Finland. Moreover, Stora Enso invests EUR 43 million in a new production line for wooden building elements located in Varkaus. The production is scheduled to begin during the second quarter of 2016. We are also investing EUR 27 million to improve quality, cost- competitiveness and capacity of the consumer board machine at the Imatra Mills Mustertextzuaktivieren in Finland.

    In addition, we have made progress in streamlining the business. The divestment of the Uetersen paper mill in Germany is expected to be completed in the first quarter. We completed also the divestment of the coreboard and core manufacturer Corenso business operation in late 2014. Earlier in 2014, we divested our ownership in the kaolin business in the USA. We continue our non-core asset disposal programme also in the coming year.

    During the year, we shut down one paper machine at Veitsiluoto Mill in Finland. Also the Corbehem Mill in France was closed permanently.The Renewable Packaging division has now been split into two divisions: Consumer Board and Packaging Solutions. The new structure is intended to strengthen our focus on customers, business performance and growth. It will also mean greater transparency in financial reporting.

    I am also pleased that we have been recognised as a leader in disclosing climate change data. The international non-governmental organisation CDP has given us the highest possible score in the Nordic Climate Disclosure Leadership Index in the CDP Nordic 2014 Report.

    When it comes to outlook, the first quarter 2015 sales are estimated to be roughly similar to the amount of EUR 2 552 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Operational EBIT is expected to be in line with the amount of EUR 209 million recorded in the fourth quarter of 2014."

    "I would like to thank our employees for your commitment, our customers for your business and our investors for your trust. We work hard to keep creating value, today and tomorrow."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    27.02.2015   There's always a perfect match - UPM launches news digi paper range    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has launched a new, comprehensive paper range for digital printing. Covering the widest possible range of digital end-user applications, UPM Digi papers come in a variety of tailored categories designed to fit a specific purpose and press. Enabling users to take full advantage of the possibilities of digital printing, UPM Digi papers are available in both wood-free uncoated (WFU) and wood-free coated (WFC) options, and in a wide spectrum of basis weights ranging from 80 to 350 g/m².

    New quality for high-speed inkjet printing
    “As part of the new UPM Digi paper family, we introduce UPM Digi Fine jet − a new quality designed for high-speed inkjet printing. UPM Digi Fine jet offers fast ink absorption, low bleeding, high smoothness and outstanding water-fastness. It is especially suitable for advertising materials, inserts, supplements, statements and other official documents,” says Product Portfolio Manager Ansgar Reiners.
    UPM converts UPM Digi papers to suit virtually any finishing requirement. The service includes optimisation of format, reel width, sheet size and packaging type.

    UPM’s environmental approach
    UPM’s environmental thinking is based on a policy of continuous improvement and attention to each product’s lifecycle from the origin of the wood raw material to disposal of the product by its end-user. Using 100% wood fibre raw material sourced from sustainably managed forests, UPM is constantly improving the resource efficiency of its paper mills and processes. UPM uses less water and energy than ever before, helping your paper meet even the most demanding sustainability requirements.
    All UPM Digi papers fulfil the strict criteria of leading environmental labels. This enables our customers to use these labels in their own products and services.
    (UPM Augsburg, UPM GmbH)
     
    27.02.2015   New Voith rotor for pulping recovered paper impresses industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has developed a new rotor, the IntensaRotor R, for pulpers used to process recovered paper. It has been operating successfully for months with industrial customers and has proven that its energy consumption is as much as 20 percent below the usual values. The IntensaRotor R is suitable for installation in existing Voith pulpers as well as in pulpers from other manufacturers.

    During operation at both a Turkish paper mill, and at a paper manufacturer in China, the IntensaRotor R has proven that it has lower specific energy consumption at a higher throughput than its predecessors. In the first case, the daily output was increased from 260 metric tons to 300 tons, with an energy saving of eight percent per ton. In the second industrial example, the amount of stock after installation of the IntensaRotor R was increased from 510 metric tons to 630 tons per day, while energy consumption per ton dropped by 12 percent.

    Both the better energy balance and the higher output are due to the new rotor design. The IntensaRotor R is especially suitable for pulpers of secondary fiber applications in low-consistency area and is delivered in various sizes.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    27.02.2015   LEIPA PLANS PRODUCTION EXPANSION    ( Company news )

    Company news Investment volume in three-digit million range realistic

    Based on a successful preliminary assessment, the LEIPA Group predicts investment in a significant expansion of containerboard production capacities. The company's headquarters in Schwedt are being examined as the location for the expansion. A possible start of operations is planned for as early as the 2016 financial year.

    "Investing in a further containerboard machine is one of the possible options for further expanding the market position we already have in the field of packaging paper. LEIPA has been extremely successful with the global marketing strategy for its products, meaning we now have the necessary foundations to invest in additional production capacities," says Peter Probst, managing director LEIPA Holding.

    The LEIPA Group is ready to make an amount in the three-digit million range available for its corporate development. The target capacity of the planned machine is approximately 290,000 tonnes per year. The envisaged production programme covers corrugating medium and testliner – white and/or brown – in the substance range of 80 to 140 g/m2. Such a machine would complement existing production opportunities in Schwedt, where 120 to 200 g/m2 of coated and uncoated white top testliners are currently produced.

    The LEIPA Group currently produces approximately 900,000 tonnes of graphic paper and packaging paper per year. In MAD and LEIPA Logistik, the Group has a recycling specialist and a logistics service provider respectively. Today, MAD already supplies LEIPA with a high proportion of the waste paper it uses. It does so primarily via its own locations as well as purchasing centres and collection points in the East German states and neighbouring (Eastern European) countries. The necessary investment security for a project of this volume comes only from the additional quantities, generable from this network, of the ever scarcer woodfree grades of waste paper.
    (LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH)
     
    27.02.2015   Eska Graphic Board signs contract for construction of reject gasifier    ( Company news )

    Company news Eska Graphic Board, a manufacturer of graphic board with two plants in Hoogezand and Sappemeer, has signed a contract with Leroux & Lotz Technologies for the construction of a gasifier at its site in Hoogezand. After a long process of litigation due to appeals launched by people living near the factory, Eska Graphic Board has been vindicated on all the points that were contested. The legal victory has paved the way for the construction of the gasifier, which should come into operation in the second half of 2016.

    Sustainable project
    When waste paper is processed into cardboard, some residues from the waste paper are left over. These residues are known as rejects and they currently need to be transported off site for incineration. In its new gasification plant, Eska Graphic Board will convert these rejects into gas and use this to generate steam for its own board-processing machinery. By converting the rejects into fuel on-site, the plant will consume 18 million cubic metres less natural gas every year in its production process. This is the equivalent of the natural gas consumption of 11,000 average Dutch families in a year. The construction of the reject gasifer is an important step towards optimizing the energy-efficiency of the plant. It represents significant progress towards the goal of halving the energy consumption of the paper and board manufacturing sector by 2020 and reducing CO2 emissions.

    Investment
    The construction of the gasification plant will require an investment of €14.5 million, which will be realized partly through a subsidy of €4 million. By building the gasification plant, Eska Graphic Board will make a significant contribution to the market introduction of this highly efficient and environmentally friendly processing technology, which many others will also be able to implement to bring about a more sustainable society.
    (Eska Graphic Board B.V.)
     
    27.02.2015   Web-based commissioning and operation of cameras    ( Company news )

    Company news At this year’s Tire Expo in Cologne Erhardt+Leimer, specialists for automation and inspection technology „made in Germany“, have presented their new software for the web-based commissioning and operation of DO/OL 82 or OL 91 cameras used for inspection or web guiding. In addition, E+L provides two Apps for Android OS, complementing the new concept. They are available in the GooglePlayStore.

    The “ELSPOTTER” app enables the user to find ethernet-based E+L devices in the network, independently of their IP address, and administer the software.
    Using the “RT4072” app, a virtual command station, the user can then commission and operate the camera systems remotely. The app is an identical copy of the real RT 40 command station, which is why users who are familiar with E+L command stations will have no difficulty using it.

    The user only has to enter the IP address of the camera computer in question, afterwards the app will connect to the device and the user interface is available as usual on the samrtphone or tablet PC.
    (Erhardt + Leimer GmbH)
     
    26.02.2015   Ricoh unveils ‘new dawn’ of workflow efficiency for multichannel campaign management    ( Company news )

    Company news Newest version of Ricoh ProcessDirector adds highly sought-after features to the award-winning Critical Communications solutions suite

    Ricoh Europe Plc is highlighting the newest enhancements to its award-winning Critical Communications solution suite beginning today at Hunkeler Innovationdays. With a focus on enabling multichannel preference management and distribution, the latest version of Ricoh ProcessDirector, the backbone of the Critical Communications suite, addresses the challenges faced by mailers today as they seek to deliver campaigns with multiple touch points.

    “Print service providers today are facing many challenges as they look to expand their offerings to include secure multichannel communications capabilities. When it comes to delivering critical communications such as bills, statements, letters, policy documents and so on, using tools to help ensure integrity is crucial, no matter the distribution channel,” said Benoit Chatelard, General Manager, Solutions Ricoh Europe. “With the Ricoh ProcessDirector enhancements we are showing this week, printers and mailers can rest assured that their clients’ communications will be delivered where and how they desire, with high integrity and security.”

    Benefits and features of the new version of Ricoh ProcessDirector include:
    • Unified workflow for management of disparate channels – many production print operations today rely on various workflows that are operated in silos and don’t speak to each other. With Ricoh ProcessDirector, these printers can implement a unified workflow that helps manage, control and distribute output to multiple channels.

    • Ability to define the desired delivery channel – there are many challenges facing print services providers today who are seeking new ways to provide multichannel distribution capabilities for critical communications documents. With Ricoh ProcessDirector, printers can now rely on one, centralised workflow that enables multichannel campaign delivery and management.

    • Electronic presentment capability – Ricoh ProcessDirector offers electronic presentment solutions via a web services API which allows users to search Advanced Function Presentation (AFP) and PDF jobs and retrieve documents from within those jobs via the secure archive. These capabilities offer integrated document delivery for both internal (call centre, help desk, etc.) and external (end users) applications from the same centralised and integrated document archive – ultimately increasing efficiency and productivity.

    • More intuitive, streamlined processing features – With the new version of Ricoh ProcessDirector, print service providers can now process preference management and multichannel distribution without the need to go back to the source application for changes because all of the processing can be done within Ricoh ProcessDirector.

    • Document-level composition – Multichannel distribution and preference management is now possible at the document level, even for fully composed jobs, and is directly accessible via the production workflow. With Ricoh ProcessDirector, system administrators can easily configure and manage workflows to process individual documents within larger PDF and AFP jobs, then product and distribute them as desired.

    • Advance data capture features – Ricoh ProcessDirector can now mine email addresses directly within individual AFP or PDF documents, or even import them from external sources.

    These enhancements come on the heels of additions made to the suite in late 2014, including the addition of capabilities to archive print jobs directly from within workflows and send production metric updates to the Avanti Slingshot print MIS solution. With these additions, users can now work more intelligently with more control over and access to the information contained in their print jobs.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    26.02.2015   Xeikon launches brand-new Xeikon 9800 digital color press at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New QA-CD toner lowers print production cost with no compromise in quality or versatility

    Xeikon announces the launch of a new dry toner-based digital color press, the Xeikon 9800. The brand-new press will be demonstrated for the first time at the Hunkeler Innovationdays which takes place from February 23 to 26, at the Messe Lucerne exhibition facility in Switzerland. Its reputation for showcasing creative solutions that are fit for the future, makes this bi-yearly industry gathering the ideal venue for the product launch. The Xeikon 9800 will replace the Xeikon 8800 press in its family of digital color production presses, complementing the 8500 and 8600 presses. The Xeikon 9800 digital color press uses Xeikon’s new QA-CD toner, delivering the proven outstanding Xeikon print quality at speeds up to 21.5 meter per minute at reduced consumables cost. Xeikon will be taking orders for the new Xeikon 9800 digital press as off today, starting at Hunkeler. Deliveries are scheduled from September 2015 onwards.

    “We are very excited to showcase a brand-new digital color press at Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015,” comments Monika Olbricht, Sales Director Document Printing Europe for Xeikon. “Our long-lasting support of this event and our timing in announcing this new press signals our strong belief in the value of dry toner printing as well as business opportunities in the document printing space. Xeikon will continue to invest in this technology for the foreseeable future, bringing innovation along with added quality and functionality to our customers. The new Xeikon 9800 digital color press is an excellent example of this strategy in action.”

    Taking dry toner technology to new levels
    The new Xeikon 9800 digital color press underlines Xeikon’s heritage of innovation in digital print technology as the press sets another benchmark for quality and versatility in digital document & commercial printing. The Xeikon 9800 can print on a wide range of untreated substrates ranging from an amazingly lightweight 40gsm to 300gsm. Its uniquely adapted Xeikon QA-CD toner and Xeikon’s high-quality imaging system deliver a print resolution of 1200x3600 with variable dot density for unmatched quality. Integrated with thevariable data capabilities of the Xeikon X-800 front-end, this press is perfectly suited for high-end direct marketing work.

    At speeds of up to 21.5m per minute, the Xeikon 9800 is the most productive digital color press in the Xeikon portfolio with 5/5 single-pass duplex printing. Available QA-CD toners include CMYK, Red, Green, Blue, Extra Magenta and SuperBlack as well as White and Clear (UV reflecting) toner. Upon request, Xeikon can also provide special colors specified by print production operations and their brand owner clients.

    Live in action at the Hunkeler Innovationdays 2015
    At the Hunkeler Innovationdays, the Xeikon 9800 will be shown as part of the new Xeikon Leaflet Production Suite, also being unveiled at the event. “While the Xeikon 9800 is an outstanding option for the Leaflet Production Suite,” Olbricht adds, “it is also an ideal element of Xeikon’s other specialty Production Suites for the document & commercial print market. These suites have been developed in conjunction with Xeikon’s Aura Partner Network to address market requirements for a broad range of applications. We are looking forward to sharing this news with attendees along with our great story relative to the many opportunities offered by dry toner-based digital color printing.”

    At the show, the Xeikon 9800 will be equipped with a Hunkeler Unwinder, a Web Finishing module that protects against damage in the converting device, a Hunkeler cutter that cuts to clean sheets, and a GUK folding device, a single conveyor belt that stacks the leaflets. Finally, a camera inspection system, integrated with the print engine, offers quality assurance and data integrity by checking every print. Demonstration samples will be printed on ultra-thin quality paper of 40-60gsm, made possible by the Xeikon QA-CD toners.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    26.02.2015   PAPERLINX: APPOINTMENT OF MANAGING DIRECTOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER    ( Company news )

    Company news The Directors of PaperlinX Limited advise that Mr Andy Preece (photo) has been appointed as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PaperlinX Limited. Andy is currently the Executive General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and Asia (ANZA) at PaperlinX.
    PaperlinX Chairman Mr Robert Kaye SC said, “As we continue to evaluate all strategic options as part of the recently commenced Strategic Review (‘Review’), including the potential sale or restructure of part or all of the European operations and with the pending sale of Spicers Canada, now is an appropriate time to make this leadership change.”
    “The Board acknowledges Andy’s strong track record in leading the ANZA region to strong performances over the past 3 years and in particular his role in turning around the Australian business. He has proven capabilities to grow his businesses beyond the traditional commercial print sector as evidenced by successful diversified acquisitions in New Zealand during the last two years.
    Andy is well qualified to lead PaperlinX as the focus shifts towards scaling up our diversified businesses and tightening operational management across a more dynamic geographic footprint,” said Mr Kaye.
    Andy has more than 20 years’ experience in merchanting/wholesaling industries. He was appointed Executive General Manager, Australia, New Zealand and Asia in July 2012. Previously, he was Group General Manager Australia in 2011, and prior to that was General Manager, Spicers New Zealand from 2007. He originally joined the Company in 2001 as the New Zealand Manager for Australian Paper before joining Spicers New Zealand as the National Operations Manager. His early career started in the UK carton industry.
    Andy will be based in the ANZA region although given the Group’s presence in Europe he will be required to spend an appropriate amount of time in that region. “We welcome Andy to his new role and the Board looks forward to working with him as we complete the ‘Review’ and take PaperlinX beyond paper to a new chapter,” said Mr Kaye.
    (PaperlinX Limited)
     
    26.02.2015   Arkema finalizes the acquisition of Bostik    ( Company news )

    Company news Arkema finalized the acquisition of Bostik, the world’s no. 3 in adhesives, on 2 February. With this acquisition, the Group reaches a new milestone in its development, and confirms its ambition to become a world leader in specialty chemicals and advanced materials. Bostik’s growth prospects and the complementarities identified between the two groups will sustain the success of this high value creating project.

    Photo: Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

    With the acquisition of Bostik, Arkema fulfils a project that is perfectly aligned with its strategy to reinforce its position in specialty chemicals and further develop its High Performance Materials segment. Bostik, which will constitute a new business unit of this segment, holds leadership positions in most of its markets, has internationally recognized brands and technologies, and achieves around €1.5 billion sales with 4,900 employees in over 40 countries.

    “It is with great pleasure that we welcome the Bostik teams. I firmly believe in the quality and the development potential of this company which represents a promising growth platform for the future. I also want to thank everyone who, through their true professionalism, has helped finalize quickly the operation and its financing” stated Thierry Le Hénaff, Arkema Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

    In a steadily growing adhesives market, Bostik’s development drive and the synergies identified between the two groups will enable Arkema to continue strengthening its profile as well as its resilience to changes of the economic environment.

    The financing of this operation was successfully finalized early 2015 with a €700 million bond issue with a 1.5% coupon, and complements the hybrid bond issue conducted in October 2014 and the share capital increase completed in December 2014.
    (Arkema)
     
    26.02.2015   Self-cleaning cellulose dinnerware nominated for design award    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia and Tomorrow Machine have been nominated for the design award INDEX: Award 2015 in the category Home-Sustainable Living for the Self-cleaning cellulose dinnerware. This demonstrator is made of a new biodegradable material. In the future it will be possible to safely make the surface superhydrophobic, giving tableware that does not need washing up after use.

    The Self-cleaning cellulose dinnerware demonstrates a new material entirely made from cellulose. By using heat and pressure, the pulp can be hot pressed together with water to create complex 3D shapes. The process makes the material stiffer, more water-resistant, and gives it a better "sound" when tapped so that it is experienced as a high-quality cellulose material that is biodegradable. This combination of properties is so attractive that maybe it will enable us to replace dinnerware in use today. In the future it will be possible to safely make the surface superhydrophobic, giving tableware that does not need washing up after use.

    “For the purposes of demonstration, the bowl and dish were treated with a commercially available superhydrophobic spray, but in the future, the cellulose surface could be modified on a structural or molecular level to give this and other properties,” says Hjalmar Granberg, a researcher at Innventia.

    Innventia and Tomorrow Machine developed the demonstrator inspired by The Swedish Forest Industries Federation’s Ekoportal2035. This exciting vision of the future has forest-based renewable materials at centre stage. Ekoportal2035 shows possibilities, but long-term research, development and demonstration are required in order for the product ideas to be realised. This is not the first time Innventia and Tomorrow Machine are nominated for a design award. In 2013, they were awarded both The Dieline Sustainable Packaging Award and the Bio category of the Swedish award Packovationer for the demonstrator “Sustainable Expanding Bowl”.

    “At Innventia, we think working with demonstrators is an excellent way of visualising research findings. It's also a way of discovering that a material can have many different expressions, and hence many applications,” states project manager Marie-Claude Béland.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    26.02.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up eleventh tissue machine for Hengan Group, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully started up the PM18 tissue machine for the Hengan Group, which is one of the leading Chinese manufacturers of hygiene and sanitary products.

    The PrimeLineST W8 tissue machine, installed in the Changde mill, is the eleventh tissue machine supplied by ANDRITZ to the Hengan Group. It has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of 5.6 m. This machine and PM17 (also delivered by ANDRITZ and started up in September 2014) are both equipped with an 18-foot steel Yankee combined with a steam hood to minimize drying energy costs. The scope of supply also included the complete stock preparation plant and the automation system.
    (Andritz AG)
     

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