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    12.05.2014   Algro® Vitess from Sappi ensures excellent printing results and processing properties    ( Company news )

    Company news Newly developed paper features high brightness and dimensional stability

    Sappi Fine Paper Europe announces the commercial availability of Algro® Vitess, a new paper for flexible packaging. Coated on one side, Algro Vitess offers exceptionally high brightness and an outstanding dimensional stability.

    Last year, Sappi invested over €60 million in the modernisation of paper machine 2 (PM2) at its Alfeld plant. This investment enables the company to achieve long-term, sustainable expansion of its range of speciality papers. The recently introduced Algro Vitess is a new paper for flexible packaging applications – Sappi Alfeld's response to growing market demand for a very brilliant paper that can meet the most stringent printing requirements.

    Algro Vitess is designed for both flexographic and gravure printing. The development of this paper leveraged Sappi's expertise in optimum pulp composition and coating applications, as well as experience gained with its already- established Algro Finess®. Thanks to the newly installed head box on Alfeld Mill’s PM2, Algro Vitess offers excellent forming of the paper fibres, resulting in minimal blushing. The paper also offers exceptionally high web stability and very low shrinkage. These properties make further processing by converters, including printing, lamination and extrusion, highly productive. They also contribute to an optimised packaging process for branded goods manufacturers. Its highly stable running characteristics allow faster processing speeds and higher quality results to be achieved throughout the packaging supply chain.

    Exceptional Print Quality for Multiple Packaging Applications
    The extremely homogeneous surface of Algro Vitess ensures exceptional print quality. This, combined with its extreme brightness, delivers outstanding on-shelf presentation for branded packaging. The reverse side of Algro® Vitess is designed to offer very good anchoring properties for both adhesive and extrusion laminations.

    Algro® Vitess is coated on one side and is available in various weights, ranging from 50 g/m² to 120 g/m². It is suitable for a wide variety of packaging applications, including dry food products, confectionery, tea, coffee and pharmaceutical products. Initial results from pilot projects confirm the excellent properties of Algro® Vitess and praised its high brightness and excellent print results.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    12.05.2014   Unprecedented Achievements and Record Scale Make SinoCorrugated South 2014 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...a Resounding Success

    SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton 2014 wrapped up on April 12 at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center (GMIEC) in Houjie, Dongguan. This year’s combined event was the largest ever, cementing the show’s place as the most important converting industry exhibition in Asia-Pacific.
    The number of visitors through the doors and deals concluded onsite were the highest ever. A total of 29,114 trade visitors and over 600 well-known equipment suppliers participated, all registering high rates of satisfaction. Many of the international and local suppliers debuted new products onsite, while a number of new trade and partnership agreements were forged during the show.

    29,114 Trade Visitors - The Largest SinoCorrugated South - SinoFoldingCarton Combined Event Ever
    This year, SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton were held concurrently, filling GMIEC’s Hall 3 to capacity and further extending to Halls 4 and 5, to cover a total area of nearly 60,000 sqm, up 30% from 2013. The record number of visitors, 29,114, was up 39.6% from last year too. The results of the show exceeded expectations.
    The leading corrugated packaging manufacturing industry event in Asia-Pacific, this year’s combined show brought a large number of well-known suppliers.
    Many companies chose to debut their new products to the Asia-Pacific market.

    Over 100 Industry Associations Represented Onsite - Asia-Pacific Industry Veterans Attend
    Over the years, the corrugated trade fairs organized by Reed Exhibitions have gained strong reputations for their scale, influence and quality of participants. This year’s event was supported by 100-plus industry associations, of which more than 50 organized sizable delegations to visit. Meanwhile, over 100 trade and mass media covered the event, demonstrating the importance of SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton to the Asia-Pacific packaging industry.
    The shows were also strongly supported by trade associations from within China and across Asia.

    Reed Exhibitions ▪ China Corrugated Industry Training Week Makes Big Comeback - On-Site Activities Engage Participants
    Reed Exhibitions ▪ China Corrugated Industry Training Week made a big comeback in 2014, based on a program of diverse, value-laden supplementary activities that focused on hot topics and industry trends. The activities included the Summit on the Changing Patterns in Packaging Industry, Innovation and Development of Paper Packaging Technologies; the China Packaging and Printing Alliance Annual Summit 2014; the Paper Honeycomb Industry Development Summit; the China Flexographic Development Summit; the Reed-Yuanhe Public Lecture; the Green and Creative Packaging Designs Summit and the New Product Launches that attracted thousands.
    The interactive elements included the Paper Experts’ Show, “Seals for Gift” Activity and the Grisly Manor, which allowed visitors to explore an innovative new world of original paper carton creations by Shanghai Cooperator Media Advertisement. There were also a number of display zones, including the Creative Corrugated Interactive Zone; Photo Expos: “Images of the Corrugated Era” and “Images of the Folding Carton Era”; Boxman’s Shop and the Chinese Packaging Techniques and Culture Museum. The activities were all highly rated and attracted thousands of enthusiastic visitors.
    In Asia, the Chinese market is undoubtedly the most promising. From 2013 to 2016, China’s corrugated packaging industry will see an average growth of around 7% and will be the leading corrugated packaging market worldwide.
    Against the backdrop of this promising outlook of the global corrugated packaging industry and with the powerful influence and popularity of corrugated trade fairs organized by Reed Exhibitions, SinoCorrugated 2015 will be held at the Shanghai New International Expo Center in April 2015. The exhibition area will expand to 67,000 sqm. An expected 32,000 visitors will attend the show for which, already, 80% of exhibition space has been sold. The SinoCorrugated 2015 will maintain its leading position in the industry and continue to attract high levels of international participation.
    See you next April at SinoCorrugated 2015—the world’s leading exhibition for corrugated packaging manufacturing!
    (Reed Exhibitions (Shanghai) Co. Ltd)
     
    12.05.2014   Malvern Instruments launches the new Zetasizer NanoSampler for high throughput sample delivery    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Malvern Instruments has released the new NanoSampler, a fully automated sample delivery system for the Zetasizer Nano

    The new Zetasizer NanoSampler from Malvern Instruments is a versatile, compact, fully automated sample delivery system for the Zetasizer Nano, the most widely used system for nanoparticle and colloid characterization. Delivering precise and reproducible automated sample loading, and accommodating up to 96 sample vials, the NanoSampler enables unattended operation of the Zetasizer Nano, to maximize analytical productivity. It is especially suitable for laboratories where reproducibility is critical and where multivariate studies are routine.

    The new NanoSampler will work with all of the sizing systems in the Zetasizer Nano instrument range. This range includes both exceptionally high performance and entry level systems that measure particle and molecular size using dynamic light scattering, covering a size range from less than one nanometer up to several microns. The simplicity and ease of use of Zetasizer Nano systems have made them the leading solutions in both industry and academia, and the new NanoSampler will enhance their capabilities.

    Samples can be selected for analysis via the Zetasizer software through a simple-to-use Standard Operating Procedure (SOP). Each sample is delivered through solvent-resistant tubing and into the quartz analysis cell within the Zetasizer Nano. Automatic size measurements are then made, without the need for user intervention. After analysis, the results from all selected samples are clearly displayed in the Records View in the normal way.

    Malvern Instruments will be holding a live webinar on the 15th May 2014 to formally launch the product into the market; therefore if you would like to be one of the first to hear more about this exciting new addition to the Zetasizer range go to www.malvern.com/nanosampler to register for the event.
    (Malvern Instruments Ltd)
     
    12.05.2014   Kemira Oyj selected as sodium chlorate supplier for Klabin SA's 1.5 million ton pulp mill in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has been selected as a supplier of sodium chlorate to Klabin's new 1.5 million ton pulp mill in Paraná, Brazil. Sodium chlorate is used as a component in the bleaching process, an important process step in the manufacturing of bleached pulp.
    Kemira will build, own and operate a sodium chlorate plant, which is expected to increase Kemira's annual capital expenditure by some 15%-25% in 2014-2015 compared to 2013 capital expenditure of EUR 135 million, depending on the exact timing of the project build-out. Kemira's sodium chlorate plant is scheduled to begin production during the first half of 2016. The plant will employ around 30 people.
    "Kemira is a global leader in the production and supply of chemicals for the pulp and paper industry and has the most comprehensive offering for pulp production. This project strengthens our capabilities to serve the growing demand for pulping chemicals in the South American market", says Billy Ford, Senior Vice President, Paper, The Americas.
    (Kemira Oyj)
     
    09.05.2014   Norske Skog starts process of selling Walsum PM4    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog has appointed Van Tek as the exclusive broker for the sale and liquidation of the complete Walsum PM4 production line. The machine will be sold with a clause of not producing publication paper grades again.
    Van Tek will take charge of all sales activities, on-site management of dismantling and clean-up work. The broker, headquartered in Vancouver in the state of Washington, USA, specializes in the sale of idled paper machines, pulp and paper mills, and is experienced in total site liquidation.
    PM4 was permanently shut down in December 2013. PM4 is a 7.45 meter wide paper machine which started up 1985, and had annual production capacity of 225 000 tonnes LWC.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    09.05.2014   Heidelberg achieves results target: € 4 million net profit for year    ( Company news )

    Company news -Sales of roughly € 2.43 billion (around € 2.54 billion after adjustment for exchange rate movements)
    -EBITDA climbs to € 143 million; EBITDA margin increases from about 3 percent to approx. 6 percent
    -Net result improves to € 4 million (previous year: € -117 million)
    -Positive free cash flow of some € 20 million

    Picture: Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach

    Following five years of losses, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) has started making a profit again. According to preliminary calculations, the net profit for financial year 2013/2014 (April 1, 2013 to March 31, 2014) was around € 4 million (previous year: € -117 million). This means the company has achieved its key target for the financial year just closed.
    "Heidelberg is once again making a net profit, which was our number one priority," said Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. "Despite the weak sales situation, we have significantly improved our company's profitability. This impressive achievement lays the foundation for further positive developments at the company," he added.
    Although factors such as exchange rate movements resulted in an expected fall in Group sales from the previous year's figure of € 2.735 billion to € 2.43 billion (€ 2.54 billion after adjustment for exchange rate movements), all result-related KPIs were far better than in the previous financial year. For example, EBITDA excluding special items rose to € 143 million in the financial year just closed (previous year: € 80 million). This led to an improvement in the EBITDA margin from about 3 percent to approx. 6 percent. The result of operating activities ( EBIT) excluding special items climbed to € 72 million over the twelve-month period, from € -3 million in the previous year. Special items in the reporting period amounted to some € -10 million and the financial result was € -60 million. According to preliminary figures, this results in a net profit for the year of € 4 million (previous year: € -117 million).
    "The big improvement in the result after tax to a net profit demonstrates the success of our strategic reorientation, even with difficult underlying conditions. This now puts us in a position to press ahead with reorganizing the company by optimizing our portfolio. Our medium-term target of achieving an EBITDA margin of at least 8 percent remains unchanged," continued Linzbach.
    The cash flow and free cash flow were both positive in the year under review. Reducing working capital has compensated for payments totaling some € 95 million for the Focus efficiency program and produced a positive free cash flow of around € 20 million. This reduced the net financial debt at the end of the financial year to approx. € 240 million (previous year: € 261 million).
    "Not only have we impressively achieved all our results targets, but our asset and net working capital management program has also brought further successes in terms of the cash flow and free cash flow and thus reducing our debts," said Heidelberg CFO Dirk Kaliebe. "At the end of the financial year, we have thus achieved our goal of reducing the leverage (net debt divided by EBITDA) to less than two for the first time in many years," he added.
    As of March 31, 2014, the Heidelberg Group had a global workforce of 12,539 plus 502 trainees (previous year: 13,694 plus 521 trainees).
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    09.05.2014   X-Rite Demonstrates Solutions for Colour Management at PulPaper 2014 in Helsinki     ( Company news )

    Company news X-Rite to show powerful solutions for companies in the pulp, paper and board industries that want to manage continuous manufacturing processes with high colour accuracy.

    X-Rite GmbH will demonstrate solutions for the measurement and management of colour for the pulp, paper and board industries at the PulPaper 2014 show to be held 3-5 June in Helsinki, Finland. X-Rite representatives at stand 6e17 of the Messukeskus, Expo and Convention Centre will demonstrate hardware and software solutions that include the ERX50 non-contact spectrophotometer for continuous in-line measurement and the ESWin software series that manages colour quality control and closed-loop colour control for continuous paper making processes.

    Alois Thema, X-Rite sales executive for Northern Europe, will give a 20-minute presentation at 10:30 a.m. on 3 June on the effective use of closed loop colour control and in-line measurement of colour on paper-making equipment. As part of that presentation, Thema will explain how companies involved in papermaking can use the ERX50 to reduce waste and the time it takes for production start-up and shade changes. The ERX50 is an element of X-Rite turnkey systems that include software, hardware and pump systems for dispensing dyes and colorants.

    X-Rite will also show the ESWin series of quality control software that manages colour quality on continuous process manufacturing lines. Modules of the ESWin software family can control continuous colour measurement devices, display results and run automatic in-line closed loop colour control on papermaking machinery.
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    09.05.2014   Sulzer and Wetend Technologies launch new Hygienic Injection Pump Series as a result of ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...joint development project

    Sulzer and v are launching an innovative hygienic injection pump series (SHS) with several patent-pending features. The SHS pump series will meet the current and future standards of process reliability and improve the performance of demanding injection applications.
    For our customers the new pump design provides the highest standard of hygiene and cleanliness. The compact and light pump design improves operational efficiency and sustainability of the injection process.
    The technology of the new hygienic injection pump is based on a joint development project with Wetend Technologies – a global leader in injection flash mixing technology (TrumpJet® Flash Mixing systems), Randax – a developer of modern drive solutions with integrable permanent magnet motors, and John Crane – a world-leading provider of engineered products and services. Wetend is the primary sales organization of the new injection pump, which is an integral part of the TrumpJet® system.
    The new pump series with unique design features has been developed by Sulzer for demanding injection applications especially in the pulp and paper industry. It is also suitable for the general industry, chemical process industry, power generation, water and wastewater, oil and gas, and hydrocarbon processing industries. The pump is designed especially for fibrous slurries with high internal cleanliness, but can also be used for a wide range of other liquids, including clean and slightly contaminated liquids, viscous liquids and non-fibrous slurries.
    The pump has a hygienic, smooth and low-pulse wet end design. The heavy-duty patentpending case divides the flow into as many as seven equal flows, eliminating the conventional piping arrangement. The pump comprises a patent-pending open impeller, an integrated single or double mechanical seal and a compact bearing unit that minimizes axial and radial play as well as shaft deflection.
    The patented high-efficiency permanent magnet motor developed by Randax enables the most integrated and compact pump design. The lightweight but powerful Randax® motor is optimized for the hygienic injection process pump and is ready-to-use for fast commissioning. The durable motor is designed for inverter use and is maintenance-free due to its integrated design, which makes the whole pump unit easy and quick to install.
    The new injection pump is an integral part of the Chemical Reactor development of Wetend for paper and board mill additives. The TrumpJet® Flash Mixing Reactor is a novel compact design for efficiently injecting several chemicals with a controlled and fast chaos pattern of mixing, located very close to the paper or board machine head box. It cuts down the consumption of chemicals, can increase the paper filler content, improves formation and opens an opportunity to develop composite-type paper and board structures.
    The innovative design of the new hygienic injection pump series keeps the system clean and minimizes the total life cycle cost by reducing energy, installation, operation, maintenance, downtime, and environmental costs. This true cleantech solution further supports the sustainability targets within the industries we serve.
    (Sulzer Pumps Ltd)
     
    09.05.2014   PulPaper 2014 Helsinki - Event News - Countdown has started!    ( Company news )

    Company news Countdown has started, it is no more than 26 days until the opening of the industry event of the year! We welcome you to Helsinki and an event packed with networking, knowledge, innovations and new ideas. Don't forget to pre-register your visit free of charge.

    Release of the Paper Square programme
    From the Paper Square, a large stage and exhibition area in the middle of the exhibition hall, top management of pulp, paper and board producing companies will take to the stage to update participants of the PulPaper event on trends and news in the industry and give their view and input on the industry’s future and development. Programme will run during the whole PulPaper event starting from mid day of Tuesday 3 June, right after the Event Opening Ceremony has been streamed live from the Congress Wing of Messukeskus to the big screen on the Paper Square for everyone to follow.

    ...and of the Company and Product Presentations programme
    Participants of the PulPaper event have the opportunity to hear exhibiting companies present their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations relating to the global pulp and paper industry.

    Two-day excursion to Jyväskylä - VTT and Valmet
    Take this unique opportunity to learn about the world’s most advanced fibre technology & foam forming research and piloting facilities. The excursion includes a dinner cruise on beautiful Lake Päijänne on the Thursday evening and visits to VTT and Valmet on the Friday. Bus transportation to and from Helsinki is arranged and a hotel night is included in the offer.

    A number of other good reasons to visit PulPaper 2014
    • The qualitative programme of the three day long PulPaper conference on the main theme Biofuture for Mankind with the International Mechanical Pulping Conference running alongside.
    • An exhibition floor jam packed with activities and exhibiting companies/suppliers from all over the world just waiting to show you their latest news and innovations.
    • Activity areas in the exhibition hall; The Paper Square / Company and Product Presentations / PulPaper After Work / Media Partner Center / Tieto Business Center
    • The 100th anniversary of the Paper Engineers' Association, click here to read more about the spectacular celebration and gala evening in the Helsinki Music Centre.
    • Meet, mingle and network with colleagues, new and old, and experience early summer in the beautiful city of Helsinki
    • The industry gathering of the year, last time featuring 625 exhibitors and attracting over 12000 visitors from 63 countries.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    09.05.2014   emtec Electronic at the PulPaper 2014 in Helsinki    ( Company news )

    Company news emtec Electronic GmbH will participate in the 8th edition of “PulPaper 2014” in Helsinki, Finland – an international exhibition for suppliers to the pulp, paper, board and converting industries. From June 03rd until 05th, emtec will be present at the exhibition booth no. 6g59.
    During the PulPaper exhibition, emtec will show a variety of testing instruments by which the complete production process can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process and immediately delivers reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production for further steps within the conversion. This can be realized by the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. The availability of these paper properties opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the paper and board production and converting processes.
    Beside these well-known devices, emtec will present one of their latest developments for the determination of the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers in the paper industry within seconds, and without combustion of the samples, i.e. nondestructive. The usage of the ACA – Ash Content Analyzer leads to substantial savings in material, man power, time and energy with a simultaneous increase of the measuring accuracy compared to traditional methods.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    08.05.2014   Esko Equinox receives prestigious FTA Technical Innovation Award     ( Company news )

    Company news Esko announces that Esko Equinox received the prestigious Flexographic Technical Association Technical Innovation Award in the category of Prepress-Graphics during the gala awards banquet at FTA’s Annual Forum, April 27 in Baltimore, MD. Equinox is Esko´s solution for the implementation of extended gamut – or fixed inkset – printing. “Esko has always been committed to advancing the effectiveness of flexography and packaging graphics. Our development of Equinox was really an investment in flexography. It’s great to see the specific recognition this unique technology is receiving as recipient of the 2014 FTA Technical Innovation Award,” comments Tony Wiley, President, Esko North America. “It’s also great to see the general recognition Equinox is receiving from a wide range of flexo industry professionals. Esko’s commitment to our customers is to add economic value throughout the value chain. From brand owners and design at the front end to press and finishing at the end, Esko is committed to linking that chain. Equinox is an excellent example of a technology that does just that.” The Technical Innovation Award recognizes companies and/or individuals whose visions and perseverance bring new products and technologies to the flexographic marketplace. FTA logoFor nearly 20 years, FTA has recognized and celebrate those creative thinkers and risk-takers who seek ways to further refine and advance the flexographic printing process and who bring significant contributions to the industry in terms of adoption, change, and competitive posture.

    Esko Equinox: Economic and quality benefits from extended gamut printing

    Equinox Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Technology is Esko’s patented technology for converting packaging graphics from CMYK and spot color to seven-color process. It is applied in the prepress department when preparing jobs for press. Converting entire files results in extremely close matches to spot colors, improved pictorial images, and the ability to print more colors than available ink stations on the press, resulting in improved image quality and brand impact. The major benefit, however, is realized in the pressroom as jobs print more economically and more consistently. The ability to create an infinite number of colors from 7 process colors promotes “gang” press runs – and the economic savings can surpass a million dollars per press per year. Customers using Equinox ECG technology report that they use 7-color process profitably in a production environment for flexible packaging as well as labels. This has enabled many of the worlds largest consumer product companies to convert entire product lines to expanded gamut. Equinox is the only commercial product in the world to make use of a truly superior 7-color profile technology. By quantifying only subsets of four-color combinations, Equinox 7-color profiles contain hundreds of times the amount of color data as a 7-color ICC color profile. These profiles are used to convert industry standard ink books into tint build books for a specific flexo press. Equinox also benefits from Esko HD and Full HD Flexo platemaking, which is able to extend the gamut by producing plates that can print dots from 0-100% while delivering consistent and reliable printing results from job to job. Esko Equinox is a major achievement because it moves flexographic printing a giant step closer to being the economical manufacturing process that the major CPCs of the world are demanding. Esko predicts that the amount of fixed inkset printing will likely surpass the volume of spot color and CMYK + spot color printing within the decade. “While we have been touting the economic and visual advantages of Esko Equinox for a few years now, it’s been in the past year or so that we’ve seen the accelerated growth we’ve long anticipated,” remarks Mark Samworth, Esko Senior Color Specialist. “It has to do with the proliferation of brand extensions resulting in shorter runs – as well as the continuing economic interest in reducing print and inventory costs. Brand owners are also beginning to realize that extended gamut printing can improve the visual impact of a package on a shelf. In short, Equinox improves the competitive position of flexography, both economically and visually.”
    (Esko-Graphics Danmark)
     
    08.05.2014   Ricoh Europe enhances Pro-Graphic media offering for improved print quality and productivity    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh Europe is helping production printing clients further elevate their print quality with its newly upgraded Ricoh Pro-Graphic paper range designed specifically for use with Ricoh Pro™ digital printing presses and toners. The Ricoh Pro-Graphic media is available in grades ranging from 90gsm to 300gsm; in sizes A4, A3 and SRA3; and in wood free coated, gloss, silk and uncoated forms. It is also ideal for everyday printing.

    Tailor-made silk, gloss and uncoated Pro-Graphic grades are enhanced using a new ingredient mix that assures offset-level high whiteness, optimal and consistent print quality. They also deliver sharper contrast, vibrant images, and problem-free two sided printing with excellent runnability and image permanence, job after job. In addition, the Ricoh papers absorb less humidity from the environment, which enhances the print quality and feed performance on Ricoh Pro digital printing presses.

    Strict performance criteria have been applied to the manufacture of these grades to ensure ideal print quality for everything from direct mail, brochures, catalogues, prestige magazines, books-on-demand and manuals to marketing and corporate communication material including letterheads, business cards and transpromotional documents. The performance criteria include blocking, feed performance, fusibility, optimum stacking, exceptional image quality and minimisation of paper curl. There is also a consistency across the range as a result of one paper making machine being used for coated and one for the uncoated grades.

    Tried, tested and trusted to deliver
    “Ricoh’s Pro-Graphic media is rigorously tested in our printers to ensure optimum performance and outstanding productivity,” says Graham Moore, Director of Business Development, Ricoh Europe. “As a result, we firmly believe the coated and uncoated papers in the Ricoh Pro-Graphic line-up offer the best quality on our systems in the European market today. Professional production printing operations that use these substrates will benefit from maximum uptime, enhanced productivity and improved output quality.”

    Environmental Sustainability
    Pro-Graphic media is produced from sustainable sources to comply with Ricoh’s stringent environmental criteria. Now FSC as well as PEFC accredited, it is manufactured by mills that use materials sourced from sustainably managed forests, have a low carbon footprint and hold ISO 14001 (1996) and EU Eco-Label (2009). In addition, the Pro-Graphic line carries the European Union Eco-Label. This designation helps identify products and services that have a reduced environmental impact throughout their life cycle, from the extraction of raw material through to production, use and disposal. Recognised throughout Europe, EU Eco-Label is a voluntary label promoting environmental excellence which can be trusted.

    In the future, the vivid new packaging designs will carry the Clickable PaperTM logo on all size reams. Clients will be able to scan the Pro-Graphic logo with their tablet or smartphone, and be given a range of options including ordering new stock online and watching video material with innovative application recommendations.

    “High quality, assured consistency and reliability will together support commercial and corporate production printing clients in meeting their efficiency goals. Pro-Graphic media will also support their evolving sustainability needs – which can be enhanced still further as part of our carbon balanced printing service and our wider expertise as a trusted partner in print and beyond” adds Moore.

    For queries visit the contact us section at www.ricoh-europe.com.
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    08.05.2014   Resolute Announces Permanent Closure of Fort Frances Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Resolute Forest Products Inc. (NYSE: RFP) (TSX: RFP) announced the permanent closure of its previously idled pulp and paper mill in Fort Frances, Ontario.

    Picture: Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer

    The company announced an extended period of market-related outage on its remaining paper machine in January. The kraft pulp mill and another paper machine have been idled since November of 2012.
    "We tried hard to find a way to reposition these assets, particularly the pulp mill. But unfortunately, due to end product markets, the mill's operational configuration and its cost position, we've concluded that there was no economically viable option for the pulp and paper operations at Fort Frances," said Richard Garneau, president and chief executive officer.
    The company will provide appropriate notice to staff who were retained to manage the idled facility. Resolute will also work with affected employees, all levels of government and other local authorities on programs to lessen the impact of this permanent closure. Affected employees will be considered for job vacancies and opportunities at other company facilities.
    Resolute is currently exploring opportunities to continue to operate the biomass boiler and electricity-producing steam turbine. The company is also progressing on three important investment initiatives underway in Northwestern Ontario: the construction of a new sawmill in Atikokan; the upgrade and restart of the idled Ignace sawmill; and the construction of a wood pellet plant at the Thunder Bay sawmill.
    (Resolute Forest Products)
     
    08.05.2014   Valmet and Klabin S.A. finalized the order agreement for pulp dryers    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Klabin S.A. have signed the supply contract, according to which Valmet will supply two pulp drying lines to Klabin's new plant in Ortigueira in Paraná, Brazil. Valmet announced the letter of intent of the delivery on March 7, 2014.
    The project is included in Valmet's orders received in the second quarter of 2014. A project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 150 - 200 million.
    The pulp dryer investment is part of Klabin's Puma project. The annual production capacity of Klabin's new plant will be 1.5 million tons and consists of both softwood fluff pulp and eucalyptus hardwood market pulp. The start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in the first half of 2016.
    The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery to Klabin is expected to be in total around 500 man years mainly in Finland, Sweden and Brazil.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    08.05.2014   Domsjö Fabriker: Production Record!    ( Company news )

    Company news The production runs as never before in the Biorefinery Domsjö Fabriker. It reflects all three main products ; Cellulose, Lignin and Bioethanol.
    The production of Specialty cellulose has been especially good. Already by the end of 2013, we noted an increased production and the positive trend has continued. A new daily record was reached during early 2014 with a peak of 832 tons on 2 February.
    Now, a new monthly record is taken, in April we produced 19 873 tons Cellulose which gives an average production of 662 tons per day. It should be compared with the previous record of 623 tons per day.

    - We have never produced so much in modern time before. It is extremely gratifying, says Lars Winter, CEO.
    - We have for some time been working with adjustments in our process. Now we see the result of the fantastic work done by our employees. The interest and commitment to work with improvements are very large.
    - All employees should take the credit of this success, Lars Winter continues.
    It is not only the production that was high, although quality outcome was record high. Of cellulose, the production was 99.6 % of the intended quality, which is incredibly good.
    - We hope to continue at this rate, so we can reach over 230 000 tons cellulose during the year. And we are also working on further improvements, primarily in the cooking and recovery departments, concludes Lars Winter.

    It is not only the cellulose production that is booming . This positive trend has also influenced the production of lignin and bioethanol which became very high during April.
    (Domsjö Fabriker AB)
     
    08.05.2014   MIAC 2014 - NEXT OCTOBER IN LUCCA (ITALY)!    ( Company news )

    Company news MEET 270 INTERNATIONAL COMPANIES, NEXT OCTOBER, IN LUCCA (ITALY)!

    Next October in Lucca 270 International Exhibitors will show their latest innovations in terms of machinery, equipment, technologies and services. At MIAC Exhibition you can meet, in just 3 days and in one place, the leader companies in the paper industry sector.

    MIAC 2014 is an international meeting point which allows you to compare technologies and business proposals of several companies present at the Exhibition. Participate in MIAC 2014 means being part of the 5,000 visitors who every year, in October, come in Lucca from all over the world (last year's MIAC Exhibition registered the presence of visitors from 52 Countries).
    We are looking forward to welcoming you. Please save the date!

    MIAC 2014 EXHIBITORS
    At MIAC 2014 you can meet the International leader suppliers of the paper industry sector. They will show you the latest technology and machinery available in the paper sector allowing you to get a complete overview in just 3 days.

    FREE INVITATION TICKET
    The entrance at MIAC 2014 is free of charge. It is possible to download the MIAC 2014 Invitation Ticket in PDF format directly from the Exhibition website. Please, give the ticket directly at the MIAC Reception during your registration.

    MIAC 2014 HOTELS
    In MIAC website is you can find list of Hotels located in Lucca area for each hotel. It is possible to view its Presentation Card. Moreover, each Hotel is linked to its own website. After choosing your favorite Hotel, you can contact directly the Hotel in order to book your accommodation for MIAC 2014.
    (Edinova Srl)
     
    08.05.2014   APP to support the protection and restoration of one million hectares of forest in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news Asia Pulp and Paper Group (APP) has announced a plan to restore and support the conservation of one million hectares of rainforest across Indonesia. This ground-breaking initiative has been developed with input from many stakeholders, including WWF, Greenpeace and NGO members of APP’s Solutions Working Group. It will have a significant impact on the landscapes both in and around the plantation concessions in APP’s supply chain.
    The commitment, which takes the company well beyond its legal conservation requirements, is approximately equivalent to the total area of plantation from which the company sourced pulp fibre in 2013.
    This announcement comes just over a year after APP launched its sector-leading Forest Conservation Policy (FCP), which saw an immediate and permanent cessation of natural forest clearance across its supply chain. Since then, the company has been working closely with stakeholders to implement the policy, with support from The Forest Trust. The company has also been carrying out consultation on how it should prioritise restoration of important areas, following the wide ranging biodiversity assessments in its concessions.
    Aida Greenbury, APP’s managing director of sustainability, said: “After over a year of implementing our FCP, it has become clear that the key to success of any efforts to halt deforestation in Indonesia is a landscape level approach to forest restoration and conservation.
    “Land cannot be conserved or restored in isolation, the sustainability of the entire landscape must be taken into account and many stakeholders must be involved. We hope that by working with Indonesian and international stakeholders, as well as organisations such as WWF, The Forest Trust and Ekologika, our efforts will be much more effective.
    “We believe that by assessing entire landscapes and creating clear tailor made objectives and strategies, the maximum possible level of conservation will be achieved, not just for natural forest in our concessions, but for areas around them as well.”

    As a first step, APP will work with an NGO coalition to preserve the natural forest in the 30 Hills landscape (Bukit Tigapuluh) in Jambi, Sumatra – a vital habitat for tiger and elephant populations. This will include increased protection of the corridor road from illegal activities, work on protecting the threatened elephant herd in the Tebo Multi Agro concession, and asessment of the viability of creating an animal corridor in the WKS concession which would connect important forest habitat blocks.
    APP is currently in consultation with WWF and other stakeholders, to develop plans for identified priority landscapes in which APP and its suppliers have commercial forestry-based operations, which will then be implemented by the company in close collaboration with other relevant players in the landscape, while observing the principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC).

    The focus for each landscape is:
    -Bukit Tigapuluh, Jambi – provide wildlife corridors and additional buffer areas and restrict access to enhance the function of Bukit Tigapuluh National Park, while involving the local community.
    -Senepis, Riau – support conservation of the Sumatran tiger and peat swamp forest.
    -Giam Siak Kecil, Riau – secure, protect and restore the core natural forest within the Giam Siak Kecil Biosphere Reserve to provide habitat for many endangered species including Sumatran tiger and Sumatran elephants. Also, ensure sustainable conservation of peat swamp forest, while supporting the livelihood of the local communities.
    -Kampar Peninsula, Riau – support large landscape protection of peat swamp forest using a multi-stakeholder approach that involves other concession holders.
    -Kerumutan, Riau – support expansion and connectivity of protected forest areas.
    -Muba Berbak Sembilang, Jambi and South Sumatra – protect the existing natural forest and assess the possibility of expanding the current protected forest, i.e. by restoring key areas to natural ecosystems and focussing on the protection of Sumatran Tiger and other key species. Additional support will be provided to the national parks.
    -OKI, South Sumatra – create a wildlife corridor to expand the habitat of Sumatran elephants.
    -Kubu Raya, West Kalimantan – maintain the integrity of orang-utan habitat and also assess the possibility of expanding the existing mangrove forest to support the conservation of swamp crocodiles.
    -Kutai, East Kalimantan – support the existing national park, providing buffer and corridor for orang-utan habitat.

    Over the coming months, this commitment will be developed into a more detail time-bound plan that will form part of the company’s Integrated Sustainable Forest Management Plans (ISFMPs), which are currently being developed by APP, High Conservation Value (HCV), High Carbon Stock (HCS) and social experts as well as a peatland management team.
    APP will also develop with other stakeholders, an independently administered trust fund to manage and finance these conservation measures in order to ensure their sustainability and viability into the future. The trust fund will receive start up funding from APP. Additional funding will be raised on an ongoing basis to successfully manage these conservation landscapes.
    In order to manage this new conservation strategy, APP will be creating a multi-stakeholder platform, to be unveiled in due course, that will include a wide range of national and international NGOs and other institutions to guide the implementation of these conservation and restoration commitments.
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Company Ltd)
     
    08.05.2014   Brigl & Bergmeister acquires Uetersen paper mill from Stora-Enso    ( Company news )

    Company news On 8 May, 2014, Brigl & Bergmeister signed the purchase agreement to acquire 100% shares of the paper mill Uetersen from Stora-Enso Group.
    With a capacity of 240,000 tons per year, the paper mill, (formerly known as Feldmühle Papierfabrik), manufactures one side coated specialty papers (labels and flexible packaging) as well as high quality ‘’two side coated’’ graphical paper and board on 2 paper machines.
    The acquisition results in creation of a leading global supplier of specialty papers with an extensive product portfolio.
    The synergies which can be achieved as a result of this merger will also ensure that Uetersen in Schleswig-Holstein will remain an attractive employer in the region.
    In 2011, B&B with its paper mills in Niklasdorf (Austria) and Vevče (Slovenia) was purchased by the Roxcel paper trading group as their first move into the paper production. Meanwhile, the group has acquired the waste to energy company ‘’ENAGES’’ in 2012, to ensure the secure and environmentally sustainable energy for the paper mill in Niklasdorf. Further investments have been completed in 2013 and also still ongoing in 2014 to improve quality and capacity in both mills. Today, the annual capacity of Niklasdorf is 78,000 tons, and that of Vevče is 120,000 tons of specialty papers. Among the company's customers are printers and convertors mainly supplying the beverage and food industry with high-grade label and packaging papers.
    The transaction has yet to be approved by the competent competition authorities.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    07.05.2014   Metsä Group plans to build a next-generation bio-product mill in Finland    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, is planning to build a bio-product mill in the existing mill area in Äänekoski, Finland. When materialized, the approximately EUR 1.1 billion investment would be the largest ever investment in the forest industry in Finland. The new mill with an annual pulp production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes is planned to be operational in 2017.
    The new mill will be the world's first next-generation bio-product mill that can convert wood raw material into a diverse range of products. In addition to high-quality pulp, the mill will produce bio-energy and various bio-materials in a resource-efficient way. A unique bio-economy ecosystem of companies will be built around pulp production.
    The annual impact of the investment on the Finnish economy will be over EUR 0.5 billion and it will provide 2,500 jobs in the forest industry value chain. The annual increase in the value of exports is estimated to be EUR 0.5 billion.
    ”Our new mill will be the most efficient and modern bio-product mill in the world. The global increase in the demand for high-quality softwood pulp is the most important driver for the investment, and our aim is to strengthen our leading position in this market. The investment will support Metsä Fibre's growth and improve profitability in the long term," says Kari Jordan, President and CEO of Metsä Group. "In addition to the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental permit processes, the development of the world economy and especially the economic development in Asia, market outlook and decisions related to for example wood supply, permits and logistics, will affect the final decision."
    The bio-product mill will contribute to achieving renewable energy targets in Finland through increasing the share of renewable energy by approximately two percentage points. Furthermore, the mill will not use any fossil-based fuels; all of the energy required for it will be generated from wood. The wood raw material and side streams will be utilised 100 per cent as products and bio-energy.
    The mill will increase the consumption of fibre wood in Finland by approximately 4 million cubic metres (some 10 per cent) per year. The annual harvesting of softwood can be increased sustainably by approximately 7 million cubic metres, and birch fibre by 4 million cubic metres. The fibre wood will be procured mainly in Finland.
    Metsä Fibre will launch the EIA and environmental permit processes immediately with the aim to have them completed during the first quarter of 2015. The final investment decision is planned to be made in early 2015, in which case the new mill would become operational during 2017.
    (Metsä Group)
     
    07.05.2014   New-generation CombiStar from Heidelberg boosts energy efficiency by up to 50 percent    ( Company news )

    Company news -Combination unit for dampening solution conditioning and inking unit temperature control now equipped with more efficient pumps and electronic control system
    -Annual reduction in CO 2 of up to eight metric tons in field test
    -CombiStar Pro also offers free-cooling technology for further energy savings

    Using energy efficiently, preventing waste, and utilizing eco-friendly (raw) materials are seemingly small things, but taken together they have a big impact when it comes to sustainable print production. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is systematically working on solutions that, in addition to reducing waste - the primary factor in improving sustainability - also boost energy efficiency. One such solution is the new-generation CombiStar, which is now available. This combination unit conditions the dampening solution and ensures constant inking unit temperature control. It is now equipped with more energy-efficient pumps and electronically controlled compressors that cut energy costs by up to 50 percent. Units such as the CombiStar are the third-highest consumer of electricity in a press after the main motor and the air supply system. In the case of presses with dryers, they occupy fourth place. In the new CombiStar, the inking unit pump for temperature control circulation is fitted with an electronically controlled drive and the refrigerating units now have an energy-efficient digital scroll compressor. Stepless adjustment of the refrigerating units to the cooling capacity required by the machine significantly boosts the system's efficiency.

    Annual reduction in CO 2 of up to eight metric tons in field test
    The field test of the new energy-efficient CombiStar generation at Häuser KG went extremely well. Based in Cologne, this company with its own online print portal -Druckdiscount24.de - is currently one of the largest sheetfed offset print shops in the German region of North Rhine-Westphalia. Its workforce has increased from just 20 in 2000 to more than 200 today. Web-based business currently accounts for some 80 percent of sales. The Heidelberg equipment in operation at the full-service print shop includes three Speedmaster XL 105-8-P presses with simultaneous plate changing and Prinect Inpress Control, and two Speedmaster SM 52 four-color Anicolor presses, while the comprehensive postpress equipment includes four Polar 137 XT high-speed cutters and two Stahlfolder KH 78 KTL folding machines.
    It was easy to compare the electricity consumption at Häuser, because all the Speedmaster XL 105-8-P presses at the print shop process roughly the same job spectrum and each press completes around 60 job changes per day. A CombiStar cabinet from the previous generation and a cabinet with the energy-efficient design of the new generation were fitted with electricity meters and the electricity consumption was recorded over a period of ten months. "The energy-efficient CombiStar used 34 percent less power than the older CombiStar unit," says a delighted Heiko Mazur, owner and managing director of Häuser KG. "Calculated over an entire year, this adds up to energy savings of 15,000 kWh. Based on the total electricity consumption of all the presses, which amounted to 250,000 kWh, this represents a saving of no less than six percent," he adds. The Häuser print shop switched over completely to green electricity in January 2013. Had it been using the standard German energy mix, it would therefore have achieved an annual reduction in CO 2 of up to eight metric tons.

    CombiStar Pro also offers free-cooling technology for further energy savings
    The free-cooling function can optionally be integrated directly into the equipment cabinet of the CombiStar Pro from Heidelberg. If outdoor temperatures rise above 15°C, the active refrigerating unit is switched on in stages to assist cooling. From approximately 20°C, it provides 100 percent of the cooling capacity required. If the outdoor temperature drops, the active refrigerating unit is deactivated in stages. The efficiency of this system thus depends on the outdoor temperature, the design of the recooler - the bigger the better - and the temperature specified in the inking unit.
    The CombiStar Pro is also equipped with the Digidos unit for high-precision metering of dampening solution additive and a device to measure the conductivity of the process water. This means the quality of the dampening solution and the fresh water can be evaluated.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    07.05.2014   FORTRESS PAPER'S DURASAFE® CONFIRMED FOR NEW SWISS FRANC SERIES    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Company") (TSX:FTP) announced that its Landqart Mill'sDurasafe® banknote paper has been confirmed as the substrate of the ninth series of the Swiss Franc by the Swiss National Bank (SNB).
    Durasafe® is the innovative new composite paper-polymer-paper banknote substrate developed by the Company's Swiss security paper manufacturer, Landqart AG, in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zürich. Durasafe® is composed of two cotton paper outer layers with a fully transparent polymer core. The polymer core in Durasafe® adds stability and higher mechanical strength properties to banknotes as well as high security features. The substrate's unique properties allow windows to be formed virtually anywhere on the banknote and can contain a watermark and security fibres as well as traditional security features, including easy-to-recognise banknote paper tactility.
    Chadwick Wasilenkoff, Chief Executive Officer of Fortress Paper, commented: "After several years of development, we are pleased to have Durasafe® accepted as the substrate for the new Swiss Franc series. The Swiss Franc is widely accepted as having one of the highest standards of banknote security features in the world and we believe this reference contract will enable us to further generate interest with state banks around the world."
    (Fortress Paper Ltd)
     
    07.05.2014   Kemira closes the acquisition of BASF's global AKD emulsion business     ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira Oyj has on May 5, 2014 closed the acquisition of BASF's global AKD emulsion business announced on February 27, 2014. AKD is an alkyl ketene dimer based sizing agent, which impacts paper and board hydrophobicity or water resistance. The acquisition strengthens Kemira's position in offering sizing products for the paper industry especially on the continental European market.

    The parties have agreed not to disclose financial details of the agreement.
     
    07.05.2014   Valmet to supply chemi-mechanical pulp and board production lines for Stora Enso's new mill ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in China

    Image: Valmet liquid packaging board machine

    Valmet will supply Stora Enso with a chemi-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) and a board production line for their new mill site in Beihai, Guangxi Province in China. The board machine will produce high-quality liquid packaging board and folding box board grades. The production lines are planned to be operational in early 2016.
    The value of the order is around EUR 115 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received.
    "We are glad that Stora Enso trusted us in this project and that we were able to provide solutions for both pulp and board production. Liquid packaging board is process-wise one of the most demanding board grades to produce and it is a growing market," says Jari Vähäpesola, Paper Business Line President, Valmet.

    Valmet's technology will enable the production of high quality liquid packaging board from eucalyptus
    One of the end products of the new mill will be liquid packaging board. Liquid packaging board is used for protecting and preserving its contents. High level printing properties make paperboard cartons ideal for carriers and brand builders.
    The Valmet-supplied BCTMP line will be built for a production of 650 tons per day of high quality pulp for liquid packaging board and folding box board.
    Valmet's board machine delivery will include a multi-fourdinier forming section with hybrid forming unit, press, drying and coating sections, a surface sizing unit, a calender, a reel, two winders and a wide mill engineering package. The delivery will also include related air systems, chemical systems as well as stock preparation and auxiliary systems. The annual production capacity will be approximately 450,000 tons of board.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    07.05.2014   Sappi Expands Algro® Sol Release Liners Portfolio - New markets targeted with broader ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... weight range following Alfeld Mill PM2 rebuild

    Picture: Silicone Base Papers

    Sappi Fine Paper Europe is targeting new markets with an expanded weight range in its Algro Sol portfolio of release liners following the successful €60m transformation of Alfeld Mill’s PM2. The development of the effective lightweight efficiency liners has been made possible by the new 135-ton, 6.4 meters in diameter MG cylinder recently installed on PM2 in the Sappi Alfeld mill. It produces excellent high dimensional stability and surface properties of Algro Sol papers that favour converting.

    In addition to the well established Algro Sol DN weights of 120g/m² and 135g/m² Sappi is launching new weights of 70, 80, 85, 90 and 98g /m². All are offering a significant price performance ratio and are mostly suited for office use, tape and industrial applications. All grades are available in different shades.

    One of the main benefits of the dimensional stability is performance reliability, which goes excellent with lay flat properties. With some substrates, paper dimension in cross direction can expand by 2% or 3% as a result of temperature changes. With these grades the value is only 0.4% - this ensures consistency and runability.

    “The rebuilt machine was designed to enable highly flexible production of a wider range of grades,” comments Gunnar Sieber Sappi’s Product Group Manager Release Liner. “The expanded range of lower Algro Sol DN weight papers offers a greater array of options and applications. We are excited to be presenting these to more target markets such as pressure sensitive adhesives and prepreg applications. Along with how the grade can support a broader variety of end uses, we are looking forward to approaching new sectors we have not targeted with these grades before. We will also be looking at our global positioning.”

    PM2’s flexible production capability will enable Sappi to develop grades to address opportunities as they arise. It is with this in mind that Algro Sol’s expansion is not stopping there. Algro Sol CN will be the newest family addition comprising of lighter weight grades from 50 g/m² to 60 g/m². These papers are suitable for pressure sensitive adhesive office material applications.

    As a competence centre, Sappi Alfeld Mill enables customers to further discover how the wide range of grade options can help them support their customer’s needs. They can also call on technical advice if required.

    “PM2’s successful rebuild will enable us to better address customer requirements for higher quality grades while the additional production capacity will aid on time delivery and substrate flexibility,” concludes Mr Sieber. “We will carefully explore all the opportunities this presents and see how new variations of release liners can help us effectively embrace emerging opportunities.”
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    07.05.2014   AVERY DENNISON’S CLEANFLAKE™ WINS ANOTHER KEY INDUSTRY ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... AWARD: FTA’S ENVIRONMENTAL EXCELLENCE

    Picture: The Flexographic Technical Association has honored Avery Dennison CleanFlake™ with the Environmental Excellence Award for Innovations in Sustainability. (Photo: Avery Dennison, PR232)

    The Flexographic Technical Association presented its Environmental Excellence Award for Innovations in Sustainability to Avery Dennison Materials Group at FTA’s annual forum on April 27. Avery Dennison was recognized for the CleanFlake™ portfolio, a collection of label materials developed to advance the recycling of PET containers.

    "We understand that industry-transforming innovations begin with a view of the entire value chain -- from responsible sourcing to end-of-life analysis," said Darrell Hughes, vice president and general manager of Avery Dennison Materials Group North America. "We worked closely with stakeholders including raw material suppliers and reclaimers to solve a very real challenge: improving the recyclability of PET containers. We are proud to be offering the industry a solution that will allow more high-quality recycled PET to enter the supply stream."

    Direct printing, paper labels and standard pressure-sensitive labels applied to PET bottles tend to lower the recycling efficiency and the quality of recycled PET.

    In 2010, 1.5 billion pounds of PET were collected for recycling in the United States, yet reclaimers reported yield losses ranging from 24.4 percent to 32.2 percent due to contamination by labels, adhesives and other components – amounting to a loss of over 40 million pounds of bottles.

    CleanFlake is a patent-pending adhesive technology that “switches off” when submerged in a caustic bath so the label cleanly separates from the PET flakes. Although these labels adhere firmly to PET bottles or containers during use, they detach readily in a conventional recycling facility and rise to the surface in the float/sink separation phase, allowing clean PET flakes to sink for easier reclamation.

    FTA’s Sustainability Excellence Awards recognize companies for pioneering efforts in developing innovative processes, products and management approaches that have had a positive impact on the environment. Winners were selected by the FTA Sustainability Committee.

    This is the eighth industry award Avery Dennison has received for the CleanFlake Portfolio. The company received the Sustainability Award at Labelexpo 2013 in Brussels and the Global Green Award during Labelexpo 2012 in Chicago. In addition, it received the Society of Plastic Engineers Environmental Award in the Design for Sustainability category in 2013 and the Koreastar, Asiastar and Worldstar packaging awards between 2012 and 2013. Most recently, it received the Environmental Leader 2014 Product of the Year Award.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    07.05.2014   B&B RELIES ON GREEN SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT    ( Company news )

    Company news PACKPRO 7.4 AT INTERPACK 2014
    At Interpack in Duesseldorf, Brigl & Bergmeister will present a PackPro upgrade: 7.4

    PackPro 7.4 demonstrates the assets of the PackPro series and its manufacture in terms of carbon footprint.
    GSCM – Green Supply Chain Management plays a major role at B&B. Applying the triple bottom line approach, the company can use the intersection of three levels (economic, environmental and social objectives) as the basis of its activities. This ensures that not only a positive impact on the environment and on society can be achieved, but above all long-term commercial profits and competitive advantages can be realised.
    At B&B, sustainability initiatives and the corporate strategy are closely linked and also form part of the company's core business.
    B&B firmly believes that those customers who are increasingly concerned with environmental issues, such as global warming, for instance, will also be the customers who will in future increasingly enquire after the origin of products. Apart from the consumers, there are other drivers of Green Supply Chain Management, for instance organisational, community, media and regulatory drivers. This will increase significantly in the future.
    Implementing GSCM entails numerous benefits for FMCG products. However, many people still erroneously believe that environmentally sound action involves additional costs only. Yet is has been demonstrated that the benefits inherent in environmentally sound and sustainable packaging represent, in the medium to long term, a positive net effect on the financial performance and brand performance of companies.
    The entire PackPro series presents itself as THE answer in terms of environmentally sustainable flexible packaging solutions. This product series by B&B provides competitive advantages for FMCG products, brand reputation in terms of proactive sustainability, and proven innovation when it comes to minimising risks.
    (Brigl & Bergmeister GmbH)
     
    07.05.2014   emtec Electronic at the Future. Forum Paper in Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news From June 04th until 05th, emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the “Future. Forum Paper” – the Austrian Paper Conference with trade show for pulp and paper industry in Graz.
    During the two days emtec will present different testing instruments by which the process from the production of the pulp to the conversion to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.
    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by the CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer.
    In addition to the wet-end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production for further steps within the conversion. This can be realized by the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. The availability of these paper properties provides enormous chances for the optimization of the paper and board production and converting processes.
     
    06.05.2014   Participate at Paper Arabia 2014 - Middle East's special event on Paper Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news Be a part of Paper Arabia 2014 - Middle East's special event on Paper Industry

    On September 21-23, 2014, it is time for the 7th edition of the International Exhibition on Paper, Tissue and Converting Industry also covering Corrugated, Carton and Machinery. Taking place in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the grand city of Dubai, Paper Arabia will be the unique platform for the Middle East, African and Asian buyers to meet, source and discuss everything and anything related to the Paper Industry.

    Preview new products at Paper Arabia 2014
    New technology and trend will be unveiled and the world's biggest machinery and technology suppliers will choose this event for their business enhancements to this part of the world.
    Over the past few years, Paper Arabia has proven to be the most attended exhibition for all paper industry proffessionals in the Middle East region. The last edition in 2013 was visited by more than 6500 trade visitors from 48 countries, 95% of which were the senior most executive from their respective organisations. Read about this, Exhibitor profile, participation cost and much more in the Exhibitor Invitation.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    06.05.2014   Eldorado Brasil sets new pulp production world records with ANDRITZ technology    ( Company news )

    Company news After a little more than one year of operation, the greenfield pulp mill of Eldorado Brasil in Três Lagoas, Brazil, set three consecutive world records for daily pulp production in March 2014.
    On March 30, 2014, Eldorado produced 5,156 tons in a single day, breaking its own previous world records set on March 20, 2014 (5,056 tons) and March 19, 2014 (4,990 tons).
    The systems used to produce Eldorado’s high-quality pulp include wood processing, cooking, washing, screening, and bleaching technologies delivered by ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER. The single-vessel continuous digester with Lo-Solids® cooking and the accompanying fiberline technologies represent state-of-the-art process technology providing the best yield, washing efficiency, and minimal chemical consumption. The fiberline is fed with high-quality chips from a woodyard consisting of three horizontally fed ANDRITZ HHQ Chippers. ANDRITZ also supplied the complete pulp drying plant (two drying machines) and the entire white liquor plant, including the world’s largest lime kiln.
    With annual production of approximately 1.5 million tons of bleached eucalyptus market pulp, Eldorado is currently the largest single-line pulp mill in the world. With this order, ANDRITZ once again confirms its leading global position as a supplier of complete pulp production lines.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    06.05.2014   2014: Major challenges and great expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news With the Interpack due from 8. to 14. May in Düsseldorf we asked Pro Carton President Roland Rex (photo) about the current situation in packaging. His summary: this year and the coming years the Packaging Supply Chain will face major challenges, and they will be accompanied by considerable opportunities for cartonboard and cartons.
    In 2014, the Interpack in Düsseldorf will again prove to be a meeting point for all partners in the supply chain. Pro Carton will be present at the joint stand with the Association of German Paper Manufacturers (VDP) and the Association of the German Carton Industry (FFI) in Hall 9, Stand J13.

    What do you expect from Interpack?
    To start with: numerous visitors to our stand. Of course, the main attractions are the winners of the Pro Carton ECMA Awards 2013, especially the Carton of the Year, a sensational packaging for champagne. By the way, the deadline for entries to this year's Pro Carton ECMA Awards 2014 is 6. June 2014. Things look extremely promising: never before have entries reached us so early as well as phone calls and queries.
    And secondly, good discussions. We are facing a revolution in the retail trade, and this naturally affects packaging. The Packaging Supply Chain needs to network far more closely and exchange know-how to make the most of the coming challenges. Pro Carton and ECMA are already preparing their first major joint congress which will be one of this year's highlights. This will be a meeting point for the entire supply chain of the packaging industry. We will all close ranks to communicate better, not only just to meet the multiple requirements, but for the benefit of cartons in specific.

    What do you expect from 2014?
    The long expected economic recovery from the crisis in 2008 is gradually taking hold and comes just in time for new packaging tasks and the fundamental changes predicted for the supply chain.
    It will be an exciting year for all of us, we are all challenged to be extremely flexible and creative as a response. All areas are encouraged to think and contribute their ideas. New impulses are needed consistently from all areas. The joint ECMA Pro Carton Congress in September with many top class presentations will hopefully herald first results.
    It is very important for us to promote creativity, and 2014 provides us with yet another highlight: our international Pro Carton Young Design Award, which is held every two years, takes place again this year. Its purpose is to motivate young designers and involve them in the future of our industry. In my 2013 speech at the occasion of the 25. Pro Carton anniversary I already underlined how important it is to ready ourselves for the future. Much of what I addressed last year has become part of the development this year.

    Does this also include basic research?
    Quite correct. In the past two years we have experienced tremendous success with our study "Packaging: a medium with considerable power". The study became one the most quoted studies in the industry and presented numerous times throughout Europe. Above all, the study proved effective and has been incorporated in the development work of marketing and design departments.
    At the ECMA Pro Carton Congress in September we will be presenting another study on the fundamentals. All I can reveal at the moment is: the study is a cooperation with the trade research institute EHI and will cover the topic "Multi-Channel“ distribution, which will also be a major topic at the congress.
    We are presently working on a relaunch of www.procarton.com and will be able to reveal more in the coming months.

    How do you view the future opportunities of cartons?
    The new presentation and distribution channels in conjunction with the internet have led to an extensive re-evaluation of the entire logistic chain. It has become clear that sustainability is not just a question of good will, but also a question of costs: sustainable packaging, sustainable logistics are considerably less expensive long-term.
    These days nothing goes without environmental responsibility, also for cost reasons. It has become an inseparable part of corporate policy, and, of course, these are ideal conditions for cartonboard and cartons being the most sustainable form of packaging.
    No part of the production chain can bypass these considerations. Sustainability has become an absolute necessity and is quite rightfully demanded by consumers. This forms the basis of the success story surrounding cartonboard and cartons as witnessed by numerous packaging relaunches and new products.
    (Pro Carton)
     
    06.05.2014   Stora Enso makes EUR 110 million transformation investment in conversion of Varkaus Mill ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...fine paper machine to light-weight containerboard

    Picture: Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen

    Stora Enso will invest approximately EUR 110 million in converting the Varkaus Mill fine paper machine in Finland to produce virgin-fibre-based containerboard. Most of the cost is due to the conversion work required on the paper machine and in the pulp mill.
    “Utilising existing assets within Stora Enso and modifying them to a new product line is part of Stora Enso’s transformation to a value-creating renewable materials company focusing on growth markets,” says Stora Enso CEO Jouko Karvinen.
    “Varkaus is an ideal mill for this kind of conversion. It has an integrated pulp mill, a power plant and a suitable paper machine. In addition, the mill is well located from a raw material supply point of view and it has the necessary infrastructure and competence to run the project successfully,” Jouko Karvinen notes.
    Renewable-fibre-based packaging has good growth potential in Europe and globally, and Stora Enso sees an opportunity to benefit from that growth by investing in competitive kraftliner capacity at Varkaus. Through the machine conversion, Stora Enso is taking advantage of the combination of two market forces: the decreasing global market for paper but increasing global market for renewable packaging board.
    The conversion will decrease Printing and Reading annual sales by EUR 140 million from 2016 onward and increase Renewable Packaging sales by EUR 280 million when the machine is running on full capacity. The targeted EBITDA margin to the machine conversion in full run is above 15% provided that the current market conditions prevail.
    The conversion work is expected to be undertaken mainly during autumn 2015 and the containerboard machine is scheduled to start up during the fourth quarter of 2015. The current 280 000 tonnes per year uncoated fine paper machine is planned to cease production by the end of August 2015. Following the conversion into a linerboard machine, Varkaus Mill’s capacity will be about 390 000 tonnes per year of kraftliner and 310 000 tonnes of brown unbleached kraft pulp. Most of the board production is planned to be sold externally.
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    06.05.2014   Voith's shoe press technology – a 500th sale    ( Company news )

    Company news The NipcoFlex shoe press technology from Voith is a worldwide market success. Voith has now, for the 500th time, been able to support its customers with this press concept.
    The 500th press is part of a Tandem NipcoFlex which will be part of the new board machine that Voith is delivering to the Indian paper manufacturer Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Paper Ltd. The board machine will start up in 2015 and is designed for a wire width of 4,300 mm and a speed of 600 m/min. A very high dewatering capacity is available with the two Tandem NipcoFlex shoe presses. Voith sold the 400th shoe press to the Indian paper manufacturer in 2010, which runs in sum six NipcoFlex shoe presses from Voith.
    The first shoe press from Voith was put into operation in 1984. NipcoFlex shoe presses are used both for board and packaging paper as well as for graphic paper and tissue, and also in pulp drying machines. The technology is used in shoe calenders as well.
    For example, Voith offers the NipcoFlex T shoe press specifically for tissue production. Compared with conventional press rolls, the dry content obtained with the NipcoFlex T after the press is up to 5% higher. With unchanging paper quality and very uniform dry CD profiles, up to 20% of the thermal energy can be saved.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    06.05.2014   Wausau Paper: Michael C. Burandt Appointed Chairman and CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Matthew L. Urmanski Appointed President and Chief Operating Officer

    Photo: Michael C. Burandt

    Wausau Paper (NYSE:WPP) announced Michael C. Burandt has been appointed Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Burandt joined the Company as a Director in 2012 and has served as Interim CEO since April 2, 2014.
    The Company also announced that Matthew L. Urmanski has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Urmanski joined Wausau Paper Corp. in 2000. During his tenure at Wausau Paper, he has served in a variety of senior management positions of increasing responsibility. Most recently, Mr. Urmanski led the expansion of the Tissue business in his role as Senior Vice President and General Manager. As a result of Mr. Urmanski’s expanded role and Mr. Burandt’s continued involvement as Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors will not be conducting a formal search to replace the former president and chief executive officer.
    Mr. Burandt commented, “Matt’s business acumen, strong track record and leadership skills make him the ideal fit to serve as President and COO, where he will provide oversight and direction to ensure that Wausau Paper is well positioned for long term success. This new leadership structure ensures that the Company will have the continuity and experience to continue to pursue our tissue-focused strategy designed to drive growth, increase earnings, return cash to shareholders and create long-term value.”
    (Wausau Paper Towel & Tissue Products Corporate Office)
     
    06.05.2014   Xeikon shows innovative wall-coverings at Fespa Digital 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Digital ultra-high quality wall-coverings open new possibilities and opportunities

    Xeikon will use Fespa Digital 2014 - 20th – 23rd May, Munich, Germany - as the official launch pad for its Document Suites which are designed for large format and wall decoration applications. Xeikon has continuously pushed forward the boundaries of what can be achieved in these areas and visitors to its stand at Fespa Digital (stand B2 – 271) will see wallpaper depicting images that are so realistic it is only by touching the flat surface that the illusion is revealed!

    “Xeikon has developed a suite of components - print media, equipment, software, tools and consumables - that has proved to be perfect for the creation of bespoke wall coverings that are at the leading edge of digital print quality,” says Danny Mertens, Xeikon’s director of segment marketing and business development document printing. “Wallpaper and wall decoration is an extremely exciting and growing market and digital printing opens up possibilities that would have been unthinkable only a few years ago.”

    To demonstrate that it is not solely ‘technology driven’ Xeikon is working closely with an innovative young North American designer called Hugo Diego who has helped to broaden the visual scope of the type of work produced.

    “Hugo, who already works with one of our customers in Canada, has produced some stunning effects by merging Xeikon technology with his extremely impressive artistic creativity in a collection called Creative Illusion and we’re delighted that samples of this collaboration will be shown on our stand at Fespa Digital. We’re certain these will be quite an ‘attention grabber’ amongst what will no doubt be many examples of eye-catching printed output. There is a strong and growing interest in ultra-high quality wall coverings printed digitally.”

    Xeikon Wall-Covering Suite

    Xeikon’s Document Suite includes the Wall-Covering Suite, which allows efficient production of personalized, high-quality wall decorations for commercial, retail and residential purposes. It’s an ‘all-in-one’ solution integrating four major components that customers can tailor to meet their own specific requirements. These four components consist of the Xeikon 3500 digital press with its ability to print on the widest media range available, dedicated workflows and software, application-specific toners and process optimization tools plus pre- and post-press equipment.

    The ability of the 3500 to print full-rotary and endless makes it ideal for producing any kind of wall coverings, from short run wallpapers of standard lengths to large murals. With an output speed of almost 20 m/min Xeikon’s 3500 is the fastest digital printing press on the market. The new Alpine fuser drum guarantees a “matte” finishing for the print needed for wall-covering applications. Xeikon toners are odor-free and comply with EN15102, while the inline finishing systems available with the Wall Covering Suite ensure accurate cutting in both process and cross directions.

    Xeikon Large Format Production Suite

    Also included within Xeikon’s Document Suite is the Large Format Production Suite, which provides a complete and totally flexible means of transforming a white roll of paper into a finished printed product whether it is within or outside standard formats. The printing engine in this scenario is the Xeikon 8000 Series.

    The cooperation with Xeikon Aura Partners, which are leading manufacturers in print media, software, consumables and equipment, has enabled it to provide turn-key solutions to meet the individual needs of customers operating across a wide spectrum of fields. Xeikon has worked with all its Aura Partners to ensure total compatibility between products and a standardization of quality at the highest level.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
     
    06.05.2014   ANDRITZ GROUP: results for the first quarter of 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ presented its results for the first quarter of 2014.

    The key financial figures developed as follows:
    -Sales amounted to 1,219.5 million euros (MEUR) and were thus 4.8% higher than the reference figure for the previous year (Q1 2013: 1,163.8 MEUR). This increase is due to the Schuler Group; excluding Schuler, sales would have decreased by 8.9% mainly as a result of the project-related low sales generation in several business areas.
    -The order intake, at 1,742.2 MEUR, saw a very favorable development, rising by 35.2% compared to the first quarter of 2013 (Q1 2013: 1,288.3 MEUR). The Schuler Group contributed 319.8 MEUR; excluding Schuler, the order intake would have increased by 19.3%, with the PULP & PAPER business area noting a very good order intake.
    -The order backlog as of March 31, 2014 increased to 7,734.7 MEUR compared to the end of last year (December 31, 2013: 7,388.5 MEUR).
    -The EBITA amounted to 48.6 MEUR (Q1 2013: 14.2 MEUR). Earnings were thus considerably above the very low reference figure of the previous year, which was strongly negatively impacted by high provisions booked for a pulp mill project in South America, but still failed to reach a satisfactory level, as did the EBITA margin at 4.0% (Q1 2013: 1.2%). This is attributable in particular to the project-related low sales generation and cost overruns on some projects in the PULP & PAPER, METALS (excluding Schuler), and SEPARATION business areas.
    -Net income (excluding non-controlling interests), at 20.7 MEUR, was significantly above the very low reference figure for the previous year (Q1 2013: 4.1 MEUR).

    On the basis of this business development, the order backlog, and the sales contribution by the Schuler Group, which was not included in the accounts for full twelve months in 2013, the ANDRITZ GROUP expects a slight rise in sales in the 2014 business year compared to the previous year. The net income is cur-rently expected to show a significant improvement compared to the low level in 2013.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    06.05.2014   Seven TSC label printers earn prestigious Cerner certification    ( Company news )

    Company news TSC Auto ID Technology Co., Ltd. (TSC), a leading manufacturer of thermal barcode printers announced five of TSC’s direct-thermal desktop printers and two of its thermal-transfer industrial printers have been certified by healthcare-systems giant Cerner Corporation for use by its worldwide customer base, which includes more than 2,700 hospitals and 4,150 physician practices.

    Receiving Cerner’s stamp of approval were the following TSC printers (Note all printers installed into Cerner environments require Ethernet capabilities):
    •TDP-225
    •TDP-225W wristband printer
    •TDP-244
    •TDP-247
    •TDP-345
    •ME240
    •ME340

    The certification process was extensive. The printers (all meeting Cerner’s Ethernet requirement), were subjected to rigorous testing by Cerner’s Technology Certification Lab (TCL), earning high marks that now qualify them for use in any health care facility using Cerner systems or software.

    "Earning the Cerner certification is a big achievement that underscores our continuing effort to expand our presence in the health care market, while reinforcing our reputation as a world-class supplier of barcode label printers," said Kevin Aie, CEO of TSC Auto ID Technology America Inc.

    For additional information, including a copy of the official Cerner certification letter, contact your TSC Sales Manager.
    (TSC Auto ID Technology EMEA GmbH)
     
    05.05.2014   PMT Italia to supply Key Paper Machine Sections to SinoCPMC for Zhejiang Chuancheng – China    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia has signed a Cooperation Agreement with SinoCPMC for the
    Zhejiang Chuancheng Industrial Project, a 500 KTons HQ Packaging Grades
    Machine.

    PMT will supply ÆGO™STREAM S headbox, ÆGO™FLX SHOE press, ÆGO™WINDER and other advanced technology, equipment and services.

    SinoCPMC General Manager Mr. Zhou Houlian, Vice Manager Mr. Ji Junbiao, PMT Company Sales Director, Mr. Valter Canelli, Technical Director, Mr. Fabrizio Tonello and the people in charge on both sides attended the signing ceremony.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    05.05.2014   Drytac® Announces Custom Adhesive Coating Website, DrytacCoating.com     ( Company news )

    Company news Drytac®, an international manufacturer of adhesive-coated products with locations throughout North America and Europe, has recently launched a new website to promote its custom adhesive coating services.

    DrytacCoating.com provides detailed information on the adhesive coating, converting, slitting, and sheeting capabilities offered by Drytac as well as typical applications for which customized solutions can be developed. Furthermore, the website outlines coating specifications for hotmelt, emulsion and solvent-based pressure sensitive and heat reactive adhesive systems; substrates that can be utilized for custom coating purposes; and quality assurance and testing processes used throughout Drytac’s facilities.

    “There’s often a misconception that the volumes for custom coating a permanent or removable adhesive have to be huge,” notes Marc Oosterhuis, President of the Drytac Group. “However, Drytac can provide bespoke coating runs from 5,000 to 500,000 feet for potential customers.”

    To learn more about Drytac’s custom coating abilities and the markets it serves, please visit: http://www.drytaccoating.com/
    (Drytac Europe Limited)
     
    05.05.2014   Programme released for the Paper Square - new exciting feature at PulPaper 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The industry worldwide is gearing up to the 8th edition of one of the world's premier and most influential events for the global pulp, paper, board, converting and bio-based industries taking place in the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki on 3-5 June, 2014.

    A new feature of the exhibition floor is the Paper Square. Meet with the great pulp, paper and board producing companies! The Paper Square is a large stage and exhibition area in the middle of the exhibition hall, from where the top management of the four companies will take to the stage to update participants of the PulPaper event on trends and news in the industry and give their view and input on the industry’s future and development. Programme will run during the whole PulPaper event starting from mid day of Tuesday 3 June, right after the Event Opening Ceremony has been streamed live from the Congress Wing of Messukeskus to the big screen on the Paper Square for everyone to follow.

    Company and Product Presentations
    Participants of the PulPaper event also have the opportunity to hear exhibiting companies present their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations relating to the global pulp and paper industry. On popular demand, Company and Product Presentations will be arranged in the exhibition hall.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    30.04.2014   Vitaliy Podolskiy appointed as acting CFO    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Acting Group CFO Vitaliy Podolskiy

    Kazakhstan Kagazy PLC (“the Company”) announces that Poul Bech has stepped down as CFO. In the interim and until a new permanent Group CFO is appointed, Vitaliy Podolskiy has agreed to take over as Acting Group CFO. Vitaliy will remain a member of the Company’s Board of Directors and Chairman of its Audit Committee.
    Vitaliy has a wealth of executive and professional experience, having previously worked for over six years as Group CFO of X5 Retail Group N.V., Russia’s largest retail chain. While in this position he was awarded ‘Best Retail CFO’ by the Russian Management Association for five consecutive years. Vitaliy has also held senior executive positions at companies including AT Kearney and Bankers Trust in New York, Ford Motors in Germany and Euroset in Russia.
    The Company thanks Poul for his brief but strong contribution during his time as CFO, and wishes him continued success in his professional career.
    (Kazakhstan Kagazy JSC)
     
    30.04.2014   SAG wins the HERMES AWARD 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news The SAG GmbH is the winner of the HERMES AWARDS in 2014. The jury presented the prestigious award for the solution nominated by SAG, the iNES - Intelligentes Verteilnetz-Management (Intelligent Distribution Grid Management System), with which a conventional low voltage grid can be converted in to a smart grid. "The award ceremony is, for us as a service provider for energy technical infrastructure, an excellent opportunity to introduce our solution, which has been developed in cooperation with science, industry and grid operators, to a much larger public" according to Joakim Olsson, CEO of SAG Group GmbH, when commenting the award ceremony on 6 April at the exhibition in Hannover.

    Picture: Prof. Wolfgang Wahlster, jury chairman and Managing Director of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI); Georg Kürfgen, Head of the SAG Group Services Germany business unit; Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minster of Education and Research; Stephan Weil, Prime Minister of Lower Saxony and Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Board, Deutsche Messe AG (v. l. n. r., ©Picture: Deutsche Messe)

    The HERMES AWARD was presented by the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Professor Johanna Wanka. "The energy revolution is a large scale project that encompasses the whole of society. To enable its implementation, ground breaking innovations are of great significance for the intelligent restructuring of networks, as they help protect the environment and its resources. The federal government drives sustainable energy research, while making a conscious effort to support the energy revolution", according to the minister in her honorific speech on the occasion of the prize ceremony.

    The jury's voting was unanimous at the HERMES AWARD. Professor Wolfgang Wahlster, Chairman of the jury and Chairman of the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) substantiated the award as follows: "SAG GmbH and co-operation partners have shown a migration path with iNES which, beginning with the existing components of the current distribution grid, allows for the gradual conversion in to a Smart Grid. It has proved to be convincing from an economic perspective, in addition to the technological solution it provides, as it allows for us to avoid a part of the cost-intensive grid expansion, thanks to the improved degree of capacity utilisation, without endangering the grid stability."

    In the build-up, the jury had already judged the SAG Product iNES to be "ground breaking" in terms of driving a decentralised, intelligent energy supply, and was, therefore, nominated for the prize. The modular, decentralised and self-sufficient measuring and control system platform iNES consists of a decentralised function to identify the grid state, through the use of decentralised intelligent software agents. The infeed and flow capacity situations are controlled in real time. On demand, critical deviations can be regulated, targeted and balanced out through the use of available control devices in the grid, as well as through associated generators and users. Available network capacities can be utilized to an optimal level and can be upgraded with iNES in three steps, from station monitoring, through to network monitoring and the network automation, reducing conventional expansion of the grid without endangering grid stability.

    More intelligence in the network
    "As a technical operating system for the Smart Grid, iNES forms the backbone of the energy revolution, as well as the basis Smart Market approaches as an impulse generator for further energy saving potential and the efficient use of energy, through the user of storage, Power-to-Gas etc.", Joakim Olsson explained. The next step now requires the gradual intelligent integration of iNES in to the grid. The advantage of this SAG product: "A maximum of 10 to 15 grid nodes need to be fitted with iNES hardware, to automatically register the grid condition and potential changes in the grid topology", emphasised Olsson. "With iNES, electrical conditions can be completely mapped out transparently at a local distribution system, allowing for the detection of errors which can then be counteracted in a self-sufficient, decentralised way."
    (SAG GmbH)
     
    30.04.2014   New from Atlantic Zeiser at Interpack 2014: Blister foil printing - flexible and simple    ( Company news )

    Company news -Near-line version of innovative DIGILINE Blister inkjet printing system now available.
    -Significant benefits compared with formerly predominant flexo printing, especially with small batch sizes.
    -Reduces setup times and operating costs while delivering superior print quality with small fonts in particular.

    The superior quality printing of blister foil with variable data is now being made more flexible and affordable, especially with small batches. Responsible for the innovation is Atlantic Zeiser, which is premiering the near-line version of its DIGILINE Blister printing system at the Interpack fair (hall 16, booth A47). Unlike the flexo printing method that has dominated the blister segment thus far, the new system relies entirely on high-quality, low-maintenance digital inkjet technology. Valuable setup time is reduced when changing jobs because essential operations associated with flexo printing are no longer required. Users can therefore significantly lower their material costs as well, including for consumables such as flexible printing mats and UV dryer bulbs.

    True to original and beneficial
    Users no longer need to accept compromises as regards print quality. DIGILINE Blister is capable of faithfully reproducing even Asian fonts thanks to a native PDF resolution of 600 x 600 dpi and an original PDF RIP process. Furthermore, the quantity of ink applied can be adapted to suit the requirements of the foil. The service life of the UV LED technology used for drying the ink is around ten times longer than that of the UV-C lamps utilized in flexography.

    End-to-end solution for serialization
    As an all-in-one system, DIGILINE Blister offers additional benefits: users need neither separate software nor an external PC for uploading images or codes to the system. The omission of critical interfaces simplifies both integration and operation. DIGILINE Blister is fully compatible with MEDTRACKER, Atlantic Zeiser's innovative track & trace software for generating, managing and printing the necessary codes for all international regulations. In combination with DIGILINE Blister, the company thus offers a future-proof end-to-end solution for reliable blister foil printing and drug serialization.
    (Atlantic Zeiser GmbH)
     
    30.04.2014   emtec Electronic at the CIDPEX 2014 in Chengdu, China    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Fiber Potential Analyzer

    emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the “CIDPEX 2014” in Chengdu, China from May 14th until 16th, 2014. We will be present at the exhibition booth no. 6B01 together with Shanghai Forest & Paper Scientific Instrument – our representative for China.

    During the CIDPEX 2014 – the China International Disposable Paper Expo – emtec will present different testing instruments by which the complete production process from the pulp to the finished product can be controlled and guided in the right direction to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible cost.

    In the wet end it is extremely important to have detailed information about the charges of particles in the pulp suspension, which can be determined by CAS Charge Analyzing System. Also important is the knowledge about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.

    In the case of tissue production it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of base tissue after production and of finished products after converting. This can be realized by the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/ roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    29.04.2014   KBA: Dr Andreas Plesske to press ahead with Fit@All programme as CRO    ( Company news )

    Company news KBA appoints experienced restructuring expert to management board

    The supervisory board of Koenig & Bauer (KBA) has appointed Dr Andreas Plesske (53) as management board member responsible for restructuring operations (CRO) with effect from 1 May 2014. His initial term of office is limited to 31.10.2015, with an option to extend this by a further six months.
    The restructuring expert shall push on with the extensive programme “Fit@All” approved in December 2013 to realign the world’s second-largest press manufacturer and thus also relieve the CEO of these tasks.
    The qualified lawyer and economist Dr Andreas Plesske has extensive experience in management and restructuring as CEO and CRO at German and international companies of varying sizes and from different industries. This includes companies similar to KBA active in machinery and plant engineering.
    “We are pleased to welcome such an experienced and distinguished expert to our company on the one hand to implement Fit@All consistently and swiftly, while also simultaneously guaranteeing an unrelenting focus on the market presence of our operating business”, the company explained.
    Given the fundamentally changed market environment within the print industry, in December 2013 KBA introduced a programme to strategically realign the group and a series of measures aimed at strengthening the profitability and competitiveness of the company. The programme’s priorities are the restructuring of the core business by sustainable capacity adjustments, optimisation and concentration of the depth of added value at the different sites as well as the focus on print-related business fields with potential for growth.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
     
    29.04.2014   BillerudKorsnäs strengthens leading position for Billerud Flute® through investment at the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... production unit in Gruvön

    BillerudKorsnäs´ Board of Directors has approved a 180 MSEK investment for paper machine 6 at the Gruvön production unit. The investment is an important part of the value growth strategy for the BillerudKorsnäs business area Containerboard. The objective of the investment is to further enhance the leading quality position of the fluting produced, particularly when it comes to strength parameters.
    The approved investment includes rebuilding the press part of the paper machine and sections of the pulping line and wood room. It is planned to be carried out mainly during 2015.The investment will, in addition to the enhanced quality properties, also allow for a higher production output, approximately 40 000 ton.
    ”Billerud Flute® is already today world leading with its unique strength properties. Through the investment and its product quality impact, we want to create further value for users of Billerud Flute® in demanding corrugated applications. This value creation is the core of the strategy for our business area Containerboard.”, explains Lennart Eberleh, SVP Containerboard.
    Paper machine 6 produces virgin fibre based fluting, Billerud Flute®, with unique strength properties, also under humid conditions. It is being used for corrugated solutions for transport of for example fruit and vegetables and for heavy duty goods. Billerud Flute® from PM6 at the Gruvön production unit is an example of the leading packaging materials supplied by BillerudKorsnäs that create value at customers all over the world through greater results, in the form of increased productivity or reduced waste, and that also contribute to a brighter future for us all.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
     
    29.04.2014   Celebrating 20 Years of Environmental Innovation     ( Company news )

    Company news We’re celebrating the 20th year of Georgia-Pacific’s Environmental Excellence Awards. The program showcases the best-of-the-best in environmental performance within Georgia-Pacific. Here are the highlights from this year’s award-winning, innovative projects:

    From Trash to Trays:
    As part of an ongoing effort to reduce its environmental footprint, Georgia-Pacific’s consumer products facility in Plattsburgh, N.Y., looked for ways to reduce the amount of paper mill waste fiber going to the local landfill. The facility soon realized it had a solution in its own back yard. It teamed up with a neighboring company that could use the fiber material, a byproduct from the mill’s water filtration process, for manufacturing molded coffee cup trays. This reuse initiative diverted more than 600 tons of residuals every year from the landfill to a beneficial use.

    GP’s Green Teams:
    Georgia-Pacific’s Building Products business sought to improve its process for creating a skilled talent pool of environmental professionals by implementing an Environmental Entry Level Professional (ELP) Program. ELP professionals go through a rigorous, year-long training program that simultaneously builds environmental compliance expertise and hands-on operational and leadership skills. The program enhanced mentor development and improved training processes for all incoming environmental professionals across the business. It not only improved environmental talent and enabled positions to be filled quickly, but more importantly, it also ensured compliance and consistent application of environmental performance standards across facilities.

    Pulp for Pets:
    For several years, the Brunswick, Ga., cellulose mill has been focused on operating strategies to reduce, recycle and reuse each of its manufacturing waste streams that have historically been routed to an onsite landfill. After investigating best practices at other mills and researching non-traditional uses for its residual materials, in 2013 the mill reduced waste going to the landfill by more than 90 percent. One solution included working with an animal bedding manufacturer to use leftover pulp fiber for its products. Other products being made from the mill’s residual waste include containerboard, water filters, fish aquarium filters, garden mulch, top soil and soil amendments. In 2014, the mill has a goal to recycle 100 percent of its residual materials.

    Gypsum’s Soil Solution:
    Employees from our gypsum business were tasked with reclaiming 77,000 cubic yards of waste gypsum from an idle facility in Utah. After hearing that a local farmer needed clean gypsum for soil amendment on a hay farm, employees began testing samples and working with local agencies to approve use of the product. The team also discovered that the gypsum could be used by cement manufacturers and for other land application uses, further diverting waste from the landfill.
    (Georgia-Pacific Corp.)
     
    29.04.2014   KÖRTEL & HIEKE boosts capacity by 40% with a BOBST EXPERTCUT 106 in-line blanker    ( Company news )

    Company news By installing a BOBST latest generation EXPERTCUT 106 LER flat bed die-cutter with dynamic in-line blank separation, KÖRTEL & HIEKE GmbH, Hainburg, has boosted production capacity for folding cartons and blister packs by about 40% since the end of 2013.
    "Our folder-gluer productivity saw a significant improvement when we installed a BOBST EXPERTFOLD 110 two and a half years ago. The logical consequence of this investment was to replace the non-BOBST die-cutter, which had been installed in 2005, with a new BOBST flat bed die-cutter with integrated blank separation," says Jörg Körtel, managing partner of the packaging plant which was established in 1958, explaining the background to the latest addition to his equipment. "Die-cutting performance is vastly improved by maximising speed on virtually all orders, but the in-line blank separation of the EXPERTCUT 106 LER also plays a big part."
    KÖRTEL & HIEKE was up and running at full capacity just three weeks after commissioning the machine – something that Jörg Körtel puts down to the expertise of the BOBST instructors: "The help we received in relation to minimising set-up times, especially in the blanking section, and in creating master tools was particularly effective". He also praises the extremely user-friendly design of the next-generation EXPERTCUT 106 LER with lateral register. This makes for quick turnarounds, not just with repeat orders but also for completely new jobs.
    The quick-change concept means that the tools are changed in a very short time. BOBST has introduced various other innovations to further reduce the set-up times for the new EXPERTCUT model. For example, the stripping and separating station has additional controls on the side opposite the operator's side, as well as new full-sheet delivery functions and improved fine adjustment during tool setup. The highlight on the delivery side is the newly designed non-stop grid with quick-set function. All of the non-stop fingers can be locked and unlocked at the push of a button, with set-up possible without additional tools. To save even more time, the fingers can be positioned while outside the machine and while jobs are running. Last but not least, the delivery point can quickly be reset from single to double cut blanking and changed to full sheet delivery. As Jörg Körtel explains, "this complements our own process perfectly".
    In day-to-day operations, KÖRTEL & HIEKE handles print runs of between 500 and 250,000 sheets, with average print runs of 30,000 sheets making up the lion's share of production. However, there are days in which up to five job changes take place. Here too, the EXPERTCUT 106 LER delivers supreme performance. For small jobs it is quick to set up. For large jobs it sometimes runs non-stop for days at its full speed of 9,000 sheets per hour.
    The EXPERTCUT 106 LER is a highly versatile and supremely reliable flat bed die-cutter that delivers high performance on paper, carton board, heavy solid cardboard, certain plastics and corrugated cardboard, in sizes of up to 760 x 1,060 mm. Whatever the material, the independent Smart Feeder guarantees continuous sheet feeding. The feed table evens out sheet delivery and reduces the number of sheets lost during machine stops.
    "With its innovative machines and accompanying service offerings, BOBST gave us an excellent price/performance ratio," says Jörg Körtel, summarising the investment decision.
    (Bobst Mex SA)
     
    29.04.2014   Public sector building stock has a 15–20% energy-efficiency potential    ( Company news )

    Company news VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is launching a project with the goal of taking Finnish know-how on the energy-efficiency of the built environment to China. VTT has built a network of eight universities in China, for which it will begin providing operating models developed on the Otaniemi ecocampus in the Helsinki Metropolitan Area. Based on the results from Otaniemi, public sector buildings have an average energy-saving potential of 15 to 20 per cent that can be utilised economically. In China, the number is likely to be even higher. The University of Tongji in Shanghai is the project's main partner.

    "We see universities as gateways to the business in their vicinity,” says Janne Peltonen, Senior Scientist at VTT. "The University of Tongji is one of the pioneers of ecocampus thinking in China."

    Peltonen is specialised in improving the energy-efficiency of old buildings and reducing their carbon footprint. Ten thousand data points have been installed at the Otaniemi ecocampus, and a new type of property remote management services is built over the mass of data generated by them. One of these services is Monitoring-Based Commissioning, MBCx.

    There are several different kinds of remote management service in the market, but according to Peltonen, their development is still at an early stage.

    ”A vast amount of data is collected, but no-one really seems to know what to do with it. Remote management companies have the technical expertise but too little analysing capacity. They have no Business Intelligence services.”

    Launched in June 2012, the Otaniemi ecocampus project has surveyed eight pilot properties with an average energy-saving potential of 15 per cent. Some of the savings can be achieved at no cost by merely adjusting the existing systems, such as the time control of ventilation. The rest can be achieved through investment with a short repayment period and high return.

    Based on experience amassed at Otaniemi and other similar projects, Janne Peltonen believes that the average energy-saving potential in public sector buildings in Finland that can be realised economically is 15 to 20 per cent. In China, the potential is likely to be even higher.

    "In Western countries, the building stock is renewed at a speed of just 1 to 1.5 per cent a year," Peltonen says. "So the impact of new construction is only marginal if you are talking about combating climate change. The potential lies in old buildings, and that's where we need to set our sights."
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
     
    28.04.2014   Esko shows Sign & Display companies next-generation prepress, workflow and digital ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... finishing solutions at Fespa Digital 2014

    Esko promises visitors to its stand at FESPA Digital 2014 a fast-paced experience full of innovative ideas for business growth. Esko will be located on stand B2-238 at the show, which is being held in Munich, Germany, 20-23 May. “FESPA Digital is always a high-energy show,” says Armand Gougay, Esko Vice President EMEA, “and we will add even more enthusiasm with a racing theme that fits perfectly with our ability to speed up sign and display graphics production – from prepress through finishing. Both cutting machines and software solutions will be on display in our stand, demonstrating the breadth of our offerings and our leadership position in this market. The racing theme also highlights the unique capabilities of our newly launched Kongsberg C Series cutting tables, the fastest digital finishing solution in the market for the widest range of materials.”

    Next-generation cutting tables to see European debut

    At FESPA Digital 2014, Esko will show the Kongsberg C64 cutting table for the first time in Europe following a successful launch last fall at SGIA in the U.S. This first-of-a-kind super-wide digital finishing system is a brand-new platform whose development is based on decades of engineering experience from Kongsberg, and is designed for 24/7 production and semi-industrial environments. Unique is its ability to handle materials up to 3.2 by 3.2 meters. Due to their robust design and the unique carbon traverse beam, the Kongsberg C Series cutting tables do not decelerate when cutting demanding materials and are capable of working with a broader array of materials than any other super-wide finisher, from paper and textiles to fluted board, plastics, aluminum composites and (unique to the Kongsberg C) corrugated up to triple-wall thickness. “With this next-generation cutting table,” adds Gougay, “our customers will truly be able to improve productivity and decrease time to market with excellent precision at high speeds and extreme fast acceleration. Visitors to our stand at FESPA Digital will see this clearly demonstrated, in a fun way!"

    Launch of Kongsberg V Serie

    Another family of cutting tables that Esko will showcase for the first time in Europe at FESPA Digital is the Kongsberg V-series. These Kongsberg tables have a standard design that delivers true Kongsberg production quality. Available in two configurations, the V-series tables are ideal for sign & display as well as packaging applications. “Initial market testing in Asia generated strong demand for these new tables,” explains Gougay. “We are now scaling up manufacturing to make these models available through all Esko channels.” The two new Kongsberg Series that Esko will showcase at FESPA Digital have broadened the market scope for Esko’s Kongsberg tables to meet the needs of customers who are producing base model packaging applications up to the most demanding super-wide and highly versatile sign & display or industrial applications producer. Esko experts will be on hand during the show to help visitors determine which table best meets their finishing needs.


    A complete software solution for prepress and finishing

    In addition to market leading digital finishing equipment, Esko also offers highly innovative prepress, workflow and finishing software specifically developed for this industry. Visitors to the Esko FESPA Digital stand will be able to view first-hand the new developments in layout functionality within the i-cut software suite – Esko i-cut Layout+, a re-developed 64-bit application that runs on both Mac and PC platforms and makes nesting and layout preparation extremely intuitive and productive. Esko will also be demonstrating ArtiosCAD and Studio structural design software for design of displays and other structures in 3D; workflow automation with Esko Automation Engine to streamline and automate high volume production; and exceptional color management capabilities with Esko Color Engine to deliver against the high expectations of brand owners for color integrity in their signs and display graphics. A new color module not only proves to be a great ink-saver, it can also be integrated in an automated workflow and thus saves job setup time. Lastly, online editing capabilities integrated within Esko's workflow solutions will also be demonstrated on the Esko booth by CHILI Publish.

    Learn from the application experts

    Esko’s expertise goes beyond the hard- and software solutions it offers to sign & display and large format printing professionals, with extensive know-how on applications translated into the wide range of tools and tool heads that guarantee the best and most productive cutting, creasing or milling results on the widest range of materials. At a dedicated desk with tools and applications, Esko experts will guide visitors in their search for the best-fit solution for specific application needs. “Esko is one of the few global suppliers to the sign & display industry with such a broad range of integrated software and hardware solutions,” concludes Gougay. “We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to our stand at FESPA Digital. We will have Esko representatives and distribution partners from everywhere available to speak with visitors in their native tongues and to address region-specific questions.”
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
     
    28.04.2014   Sulzer supplied Pumps and Mixers to a new Pulp Plant in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Sulzer products equip the new greenfield pulp mill of Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A., one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America. The plant is located in Imperatriz in the state of Maranhão in northeastern Brazil and was inaugurated in March 2014.
    Around 400 pumps and mixers were supplied by Sulzer to the plant. The scope of Sulzer’s supply also included testing, packaging and installation supervision along with commissioning and technical support after the operation startup.
    The pump package contained double suction pumps type Z22, AHLSTAR and BE process pumps, submersible pumps types ABS XFP, ABS AFP and Scavenger, Salomix and Scaba agitators as well as medium consistency pumps.
    Imperatriz, the sixth manufacturing plant of Suzano, will have a production capacity of 1.5 million tons of pulp per year for export.
    Sulzer products cover most of the processes in a pulp and paper plant, including water and wastewater applications. The ability to offer complete and high-efficient solutions for overall pumping and mixing needs in the pulp and paper industry together with the reliable services makes Sulzer a key partner for every new project in the industry.
    (Sulzer Pumps Ltd)
     

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