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    30.04.2015   Handwritten resistance to smartphone use     ( Company news )

    Company news How can we persuade schoolchildren and teenagers to loosen their grip on their smartphones and write by hand instead? Bernard Bouvet is chairman of the Union Professionnelle de la Carte Postale, (UPCP), an advocacy organisation for the postcard industry in France. He may not have all the answers but he is at least practising active resistance. In recent years UPCP has put both itself and postcards on the map by creating the writing week Semaine de l’écriture, which aims to teach schoolchildren the value of writing texts by hand. Iggesund Paperboard has supported the campaign since its inception by providing materials for the postcards used in the various writing activities.

    Caption: “It’s a cultural achievement to promote writing by hand,” says Bernard Bouvet, chairman of the French Union Professionnelle de la Carte Postale (UPCP). “We cannot allow all communication to go via emails and text messages, with the resulting degeneration of the language.”

    For the past three school years, UPCP has distributed a postcard on a specific theme – most recently it was love – and organised a competition for the best-composed postcard. A specially composed guide for teachers informs them not only about the competition but also about a range of other school activities that can be done with the postcards. The campaign has been successful – in the first school year 45,000 cards were sent out; this year it was 360,000 and next year the plan is to distribute more than half a million cards. And it is the schools that are driving this strong growth trend.

    “Personally I believe it is a cultural achievement to promote writing by hand,” Bouvet explains as he waves an elegant fountain pen. “We cannot allow all communication to go via emails and text messages, with the resulting degeneration of the language.”

    The postcard activities and the writing week are of course one method of defending the position of physical postcards in an ever-more digitalised world. The postcard industry in France peaked at the turn of the millennium and since then annual sales have fallen by 20 per cent. However, for the past four years sales have stabilised and are worth about 400 million Euro.

    Taking greeting cards and tourist postcards together, the average French person sends seven cards a year. As chairman of the UPCP, Bouvet looks enviously at the UK market, where people each send 54 cards a year.

    “But they have a different culture in that respect – it would seem that they even send cards when they get divorced,” he says with a touch of French astonishment at the peculiar habits of the British.

    Bouvet began his career as an apprentice typesetter at the age of 14 before becoming a photographer of postcard pictures. He remained loyal to postcards until retiring in February 2015. Despite his retirement, he will continue as the chairman of the UPCP throughout 2016. After that, he wants to continue developing the writing week with new forms of cooperation. In his spare time he intends to teach his 18 grandchildren to put aside their smartphones and write more postcards.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
     
    30.04.2015   Metsä Board and Tieto deepen their partnership – Tieto to deliver TIPS MES to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Metsä Board’s Husum mill

    The world’s leading paperboard producer Metsä Board has chosen Tieto to deliver a complete manufacturing execution system (MES) to its mill in Husum, Sweden.

    Tieto is a strong player in the board and paper industry: Tieto has installed more than 220 manufacturing execution systems worldwide. Tieto’s TIPS is the leading manufacturing execution system covering sales, logistics and production management for the pulp, paper, board and tissue industries. It integrates business, planning and production processes in real time.

    The new contract continues a successful partnership between Tieto and Metsä Board. Tieto has already delivered TIPS MES to Metsä’s other mills in the Nordics. Implementing TIPS MES in Husum will help Metsä Board to harmonize and integrate workflows and processes globally. The new solution leads to more cost-efficient maintenance and support, and Metsä Board will benefit from having parallel key performance indicators across all mills.

    “Tieto knows the industry and our company well. We are pleased to continue this partnership by integrating all our mills into the same system, which will help us provide a more harmonized system environment and way to operate,” says Börje Wiklund, IT Manager at Husum mill.

    “This deal further enhances our relationship with Metsä Board and shows the true business value that the digitalisation of processes can bring to the board industry. We are pleased that Metsä Board has shown continued confidence in our cutting-edge TIPS products. We know how to run projects together, and we have an established governance model in place with MES,” says Mats Lidström, Tieto Customer Manager.
    (Tieto Sweden AB)
     
    30.04.2015   Norske Skog: High profit due to refinancing    ( Company news )

    Company news Norske Skog successfully completed in the first quarter a EUR 290 million senior secured notes issue and bond exchange, extending the maturity profile. The profit after tax was 663 million in the first quarter mainly due to gains on exchanged bonds.

    - After these refinancing transactions, we have strengthened and secured our long-term capital structure by enhancing our liquidity position, realizing immediate de-leveraging and extended debt maturities, said Mr. Sven Ombudstvedt (photo), President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    - Already completed and announced capacity cuts in the industry should lead to an improved market balance for newsprint and magazine paper in Europe effective in second half of 2015. However, our effective cost reduction programs at every mill and a weaker Norwegian krone support operating margins, particularly for the Norwegian units, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

    Norske Skog's gross operating earnings (EBITDA) in the first quarter of 2015 were
    NOK 192 million, slightly up from 190 million in the fourth quarter. EBITDA were flat with a weak market for publication paper in Europe and low Asian export prices for newsprint, outweighing positive foreign exchange rate effects and an improvement at Boyer.

    - We now see the positive effects of the conversion of one machine line from newsprint to LWC at Boyer. We are the sole producer of publication paper in Australia and New Zealand, which gives us a competitive edge in those markets. Given the weak magazine paper markets in Europe, Walsum will be under strategic review, says Sven Ombudstvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
     
    30.04.2015   Stora Enso: Solid quarter supported by foreign exchange tailwinds    ( Company news )

    Company news Stora Enso's CEO Karl-Henrik Sundström (photo) comments the first quarter 2015 results:

    "Stora Enso reports solid results for the first quarter, supported by foreign exchange tailwinds. Excluding the structurally declining paper business and divested business, sales increased 3.0% compared to the first quarter of 2014.
    Operational EBIT increased 20.9% due to cost cutting and favourable exchange rates. Return on capital employed increased from 8.6% to 10.1%.
    Stora Enso is continuing the transformation into a renewable materials growth company. We are already benefitting from the ongoing ramp-up of the pulp mill in Montes del Plata, Uruguay. In addition, we are just about to start lignin extraction at the Sunila Mill in Finland. Later this year, we will start producing kraftliner, virgin-fibre-based containerboard, at the Varkaus Mill in Finland. During 2015, we are also increasing the liquid packaging board capacity at the Imatra Mills in Finland. In the summer, we will finalise our investment at Murow sawmill in Poland, increasing its capacity of classic sawn products. Next year, we will start the new production line for wooden building elements at Varkaus. Furthermore, as a major driver of our transformation, the Guangxi consumer board mill is expected to be operational in mid-2016. We have an exciting period ahead of us.
    We are also continuing our non-core asset disposal programme and initiatives to lower our costs. In the first quarter, the Uetersen Paper Mill in Germany was divested. We also announced plans to rationalise our building solutions operations in Finland including a possible reduction in personnel by approximately 50 people and a possible closure of the Pälkäne production unit.
    When it comes to outlook, second quarter 2015 sales are estimated to be slightly higher than the EUR 2 491 million in the first quarter of 2015. Operational EBIT is expected to be in line with the EUR 220 million recorded in the first quarter of 2015. There will be maintenance work in several units during the second quarter. The negative maintenance impact is expected to be EUR 30 million more in the second quarter than in the first quarter 2015.
    As always, I would like to thank our employees for your commitment, our customers for your business and our investors for your trust. We work hard to keep creating value, today and tomorrow."
    (Stora Enso Oyj)
     
    29.04.2015   FINAT announces 2015 New Technology Webinar Series    ( Company news )

    Company news FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry, announces a series of webinars designed to present the latest independent label industry knowledge and focusing on topics relevant to the future of the industry. Purpose of the webinars is to offer a convenient tool at members’ fingertips to brief them on management, technology and sustainability developments that may impact their business in the near future. The FINAT Board’s ‘New Converting Technology’ taskforce is driving the webinar programme, and works closely with FINAT’s Young Managers Club that also regularly organizes business webinars specifically for young managers in the label industry with the next ones scheduled for June and October.

    The 2015 Technology Webinar Series follows a FINAT webinar end of last year on the future of printed electronics. “Proactive knowledge sharing and supporting our members, as well as the industry in general on technologies, trends and challenges is an ongoing focus for FINAT, as innovation continues apace. The webinar last year proved so successful that we felt members would benefit from more,” comments Kurt Walker, FINAT President. “On closer investigation three topics stood out.”

    Thursday, May 7th at 2PM CET: “Sensory Labels and Packaging” by Hannah Hall, Research Manager at Blue Yonder Research

    The fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) market has become incredibly competitive and with the additional pressure from the retailers to support promotions whilst keeping retail prices low, this all has to be achieved on efficient budgets. The webinar will provide insights into the techniques used to ensure that brands connect with their end-user on a multi-sensorial, often sub-conscious level that drives loyalty. Brands are constantly looking for added value and partners who share their passion. Strong relationships with brands are built by understanding precisely what they need, paying attention to the smallest details, and through introducing new techniques that can save time and money whilst improving their product offering. The techniques discussed in this webinar are relevant to all sizes of brands – local or global, and are absolutely essential to their growth.

    The webinar is open to FINAT member company representatives – especially those involved in marketing and product development – who can register on the FINAT website.

    Thursday, August 27th at 2PM CET: “The Impact of Good Colour Management” by Marcus Ruckstädter, Sales Director at EU Zeller + Gmelin

    Marcus will look at why on site colour management is needed to reduce downtime and increase uptime; and how to understand customer as well as brand demands and their key drivers. Also the current challenges, along with the associated costs, printers and converters are will be addressed in the presentation. He will also detail possible solutions based on technology, not the human eye, and process driven financial and customer retention benefits.

    Thursday, November 26th at 2PM CET: “Direct Print - A Threat to Pressure Sensitive” by Corey Reardon, CEO of AWA Alexander Watson Associates

    Corey will expand on potential threats to the label market such as digital heat transfers on to bottles, replacing PS and competing with allied technologies such as sleeves and IML.

    “We believe these are subjects our members are keen to get a better understanding of. It will help them to investigate further what the possibilities are for them, now and in the future. Individually or collectively, the information can make a significant difference to the direction an operation takes both in terms of investment and customer development. We look forward to seeing how members use the knowledge to make real changes to the performance of their businesses,” adds Chris Ellison of OPM Labels and Packaging, who is the FINAT Board member responsible for new technology awareness. “In tandem with the Young Managers Club webinars, we are building a nice stream of new FINAT knowledge sharing activity, all created to support members on their path to success and profitability.”

    More information on the upcoming Technology Webinars will be available on the FINAT website www.finat.com. All Technology webinars are free of charge for FINAT members.
    (FINAT)
     
    29.04.2015   The Conservation Fund Partners with Apple To Permanently Protect U.S. Working Forests    ( Company news )

    Company news Groundbreaking initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of vulnerable forestland.

    The Conservation Fund announced that it is partnering with Apple to help protect working forests in the United States. The Apple initiative will conserve more than 36,000 acres of working forestland in Maine and North Carolina, ensuring these forests stay forests and any timber on the land is harvested sustainably.

    “Apple is clearly leading by example—one that we hope others will follow,” said Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund. “By all accounts, the loss of America’s working forests is one of our nation’s greatest environmental challenges. The initiative announced today is precedent-setting.”

    The forests that Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting are larger than the land area of the City of San Francisco. Through its commitment, Apple can ensure a steady supply of sustainably harvested timber to paper and pulp mills.

    Reed Forest in Aroostook County, Maine:

    Apple and The Conservation Fund are protecting more than 32,400 acres on the Mattawamkeag River in Aroostook County, Maine. Reed’s wetlands, rivers and upland forest provide refuge in Maine’s iconic North Woods for Atlantic salmon, bald eagle, northern goshawk and Canada lynx. This project builds on a broader landscape of more than a million acres of conserved lands and interconnected forest habitat that stretches beyond the border into New Brunswick, Canada. Reed Forest will remain a working forest, ensuring continued fiber production and protecting jobs and recreational opportunities.

    Brunswick Forest in Brunswick County, North Carolina:

    The partnership will protect more than 3,600 acres of pine and hardwood forest in Brunswick County, along the southern coast of North Carolina. This property sits adjacent to the 17,000-acre Green Swamp Preserve, which builds connectivity and halts fragmentation for this National Natural Landmark. With high-quality pine savannas and striking and unusual plants and flowers, it had long been a conservation priority. The Brunswick Forest will be managed by the Fund as a sustainable working forest.

    Apple’s initiative protects forestlands through The Conservation Fund’s Working Forest Fund (WFF). Pioneered by the Fund in the late 1990s, the program is an entirely new model for acquiring and permanently protecting ecologically significant portions of America’s last, large, intact privately-held forests. The program places conservation easements on the land, which ensure sustainable harvests and restrict the subdivision or conversion of land to non-forest uses. In addition, this land can only be sold with the conservation easements intact, and sale proceeds are reinvested to protect other vulnerable forestlands.

    WFF also uses forest management strategies to enhance forest health and productivity, wildlife habitat, CO2 sequestration and water quality, while supporting the economic vitality of surrounding communities.

    Out of 750 million acres of U.S. forests, more than 420 million acres are “working” forest, which provide timber for construction, as well as fiber for paper and packaging. More than 45 million acres of those working forests are at risk of being lost to development. In particular, these lands are being sold and then resold in smaller pieces to be converted into residential and commercial space.

    “The status quo for America’s working forests is simply not acceptable,” said Selzer. “We will continue to drive innovative solutions that help ensure their protection and create a sustainable future for generations to come. Today’s announcement is both a turning point and blueprint for forest conservation,” he concluded.
    (The Conservation Fund)
     
    29.04.2015   Turbidity sensor Turbimax CUS52D    ( Company news )

    Company news Hygienic Memosens sensor for turbidity measurement in drinking water, process water and utilities

    Turbimax CUS52D is a smart sensor with lab accuracy that allows unattended operation in all measuring points of your water production. Thanks to its hygienic, self-cleaning design, you can mount it directly into your pipeline. This way you will save on extensive bypass installations and avoid product loss. With Memosens digital technology, the Turbimax CUS52D combines maximum process and data integrity with simple operation. It enables lab calibration and simplifies predictive maintenance.

    Benefits
    -Measuring results like in the lab: Highly accurate and reliable monitoring of your water quality – even at the lowest turbidity.
    -Turbidity measurement without product loss: Hygienic inline measurement preserves each drop of water in the process.
    -Unattended operation: Intelligent design and practical accessories enable sophisticated self-cleaning capabilities and minimize maintenance.
    -Smart verification and calibration: Absolutely safe, liquid-free, without Formazin.
    -Great flexibility, simple handling: One sensor for all measuring points and all installation environments (inline or immersion).
    -Improved process control: Individually adaptable sensor response time.
    -Fast commissioning: Factory calibration and Memosens technology allow plug & play integration into your process.

    Field of application
    Turbimax CUS52D measures turbidity in:
    ###Drinking and process water:
    - All measuring points from inlet to outlet of water plants
    - Abstraction and raw water control
    - All measuring points in distribution networks
    - All quality control points in water production

    ###Wastewater treatment plants:
    - Reuse of outlet water (e.g. 4th cleaning step)

    ###Utilities of all industries:
    - All measuring points from inlet to outlet of water production
    - All measuring points in distribution networks
    (Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH+Co. KG)
     
    29.04.2015   Cascades invests $25M in Candiac and Kingsey Falls     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a North American leader in the recovery, manufacturing and converting of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces the installation of a new state-of-the-art converting line in its Candiac plant for the manufacture of high-quality paper towels. In addition, Cascades will upgrade two converting lines in Candiac and Kingsey Falls that will also produce high-end tissue products. The start-up of the new line in Candiac is planned for July 2015 , while the improved converting lines are scheduled to begin production in the first quarter of 2016. This $25 million investment will create 10 new jobs and consolidate the 200 existing ones at the Candiac plant.

    Jean Jobin (photo), Cascades Tissue Group's President and COO stated: "This major investment in Quebec is part of our plan to modernize Cascades' assets to produce higher quality tissue products more efficiently. In addition, this investment will allow us to better serve our customers by making us more competitive while opening new market opportunities."

    The new converting line will be Cascades Tissue Group's most productive line. It will enable a more efficient production of higher quality paper towels and the addition of new formats. The total annual capacity for the new line is approximately 3.5 million cases. It will produce high-quality paper towels for the retail and away-from-home markets.

    "As part of its strategic plan, Cascades has chosen to focus its investments in growth areas of the future: the tissue paper and packaging sectors. The new converting line will be paired with the paper machine that was upgraded in 2011 to install the new and innovative Atmos ® technology. The investment follows on the heels of our strategic deployment in the Southeastern United States and on the West Coast, where we are aiming to further strengthen our position on the North American tissue market", added Mario Plourde , President and CEO of Cascades Inc.

    "Innovation and modernization drive the growth of our companies, and are important levers for prosperity in Québec. Our government is delighted with this project, which is a wonderful example of the incorporation of innovative technologies into the Québec manufacturing sector," explained Jacques Daoust, Minister of the Economy, Innovation and Exports.

    Cascades Tissue Group, a division of Cascades, is the largest tissue paper manufacturer in Canada , and the fourth largest in North America. The Candiac and Kingsey Falls mills manufacture bathroom tissue, paper towels, table napkins and facial tissues for the Canadian and American retail and away-from-home markets.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    29.04.2015   Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places    ( Company news )

    Company news Eleven places in the world – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released by WWF.
    Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in these “deforestation fronts” if current trends continue, according to findings in the latest chapter of WWF’s Living Forests Report series. The fronts are located in the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumatra.
    These places contain some of the richest wildlife in the world, including endangered species such as orangutans and tigers. All are home to indigenous communities.
    “Imagine a forest stretching across Germany, France, Spain and Portugal wiped out in just 20 years,” says Rod Taylor, Director of WWF’s global forest programme. “We’re looking at how we can tackle that risk to save the communities and cultures that depend on forests, and ensure forests continue to store carbon, filter our water, supply wood and provide habitat for millions of species.”
    The report builds on earlier analysis by WWF showing that more than 230 million hectares of forest will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken, and that forest loss must be reduced to near zero by 2020 to avoid dangerous climate change and economic losses.

    Landscape solutions vital to halting deforestation
    Living Forests Report: Saving Forests at Risk examines where most deforestation is likely in the near term, the main causes and solutions for reversing the projected trends. Globally, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock, palm oil and soy production, but also encroachment by small-scale farmers. Unsustainable logging and fuelwood collection can contribute to forest degradation, or “death by a thousand cuts,” while mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects bring new roads that open forests to settlers and agriculture.
    “The threats to forests are bigger than one company or industry, and they often cross national borders. They require solutions that look at the whole landscape,” says Taylor. “This means collaborative land-use decision-making that accounts for the needs of business, communities and nature.”
    The report is being released at the Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity, an international gathering of political, business and civil society leaders in Jakarta, Indonesia.
    “The summit is an opportunity to advance green investment and build transformational public-private partnerships,” says WWF International Director General Marco Lambertini, who will address the summit. “Indonesia has a major opportunity to transition into an innovative green economy that prioritizes human prosperity and well-being as much as a healthy environment. Choosing to retain healthy and natural forests for multiple purposes and to optimize the productivity of the surrounding land will be a compelling example of this approach. We need smart land-use planning that recognizes the long-term value of healthy forest landscapes.”

    Indonesia in focus
    Despite a recent slowdown, deforestation remains a major issue in Indonesia. Sumatra has lost more than half of its natural forests due to paper and palm oil plantations, and the remaining forest is severely fragmented. WWF projections show that another 5 million hectares of forest could be lost by 2030. Forest cover in the Borneo deforestation front, including Malaysia and Brunei, could be reduced to less than a quarter of its original area by 2020 if current trends continue. New Guinea, which includes Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, could lose up to 7 million hectares of forest between 2010 and 2030 if large-scale agriculture development plans materialize.
    “The Indonesian government and local policymakers can shift from development plans that yield short-term gains to land-use approaches that will safeguard forests and provide economic opportunities,” Taylor says. “The moratorium on new forest conversion permits provides an opportunity to assess what can be done to halt these deforestation fronts and develop a greener, more inclusive economy.”
    (WWF Forests for Life Programme)
     
    29.04.2015   ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre Oy finalized contract to supply key production technologies for the new...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...bioproduct pulp mill in Finland

    International technology Group ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre have finalized the contract to deliver key production technologies for a new bioproduct pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The respective letter of intent was signed in early February this year.

    The order value for ANDRITZ is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the mill is scheduled for third quarter of 2017. The core equipment supplied by ANDRITZ will originate largely from Finland and thus will have a significant positive employment impact on ANDRITZ’s engineering staff located in Kotka, Lahti and Varkaus as well as on the ANDRITZ workshop located in Savonlinna where a big part of the core equipment for this contract will be fabricated.

    “The bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Competence, reliability and successful cooperation in previous large investments were emphasized when we made a decision of the key technology suppliers”, says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre Oy.

    ANDRITZ’s scope of supplies includes the core equipment for:
    -A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, three stacker-reclaimer chip handling systems, and bark handling. Each debarking line can process both softwood and hardwood and is designed for world record capacities (pine/spruce/birch: 470/350/270 m3 solid-over-bark per hour), and includes a de-icing conveyor, a debarking drum (5 x 48 meter), and the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ chipper, ensuring high capacity without compromising the chip quality.
    -A softwood and hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feeding system, a two-vessel continuous cooking plant, a new evaporation system for liquor extraction, and seven DD (Drum Displacer) washers for brownstock washing and bleaching. The softwood capacity of this line will be the highest in the world (3,900 tons per day).
    -The world’s most energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with the highest capacity in Europe (1,650 tons/hour). The plant is closely connected to the fiberline using ANDRITZ’s latest innovative and patented solutions, and thus creating the most energy efficient overall combination for the mill. The plant will have seven stages and concentrate black liquor to the very high dry solids content of 85% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. In addition, ANDRITZ will also deliver chloride removal systems to enhance the chemical recovery process and to produce liquid methanol, which will be used as a biofuel source.
    -A recausticizing plant, which will be the largest in Europe (white liquor production of 16,000 m3/day), and world’s largest single-line recausticizing plant, with two centrifuges for dregs, slaker-classifier, white liquor disc filter, and lime mud disc filter.

    The new mill will be a next-generation bio-product pulp mill which can convert wood raw material into biomaterials and bioenergy in addition to producing high-quality pulp. It will not use any fossil-based fuels as all of the energy required will be generated from wood.
    (Andritz AG)
     
    28.04.2015   Trinseo to Exhibit at the European Coatings Show    ( Company news )

    Company news Presenting a Complete Portfolio of Latex Chemistries

    Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a global materials company and manufacturer of plastic, latex and rubber, announced participation in the European Coatings Show in Nuremberg, Germany. Trinseo will be located in hall 4, stand 4-460 at the exhibition of Nordmann, Rassman (NRC). NRC is Trinseo’s DACH and Eastern European distribution partner for latex materials.

    “It has become a tradition for us to participate with NRC at the European Coatings Show. This trade fair provides us with the opportunity to interact with our current customers, as well as share our complete construction and adhesive binder’s portfolio with potential new customers. We are committed to helping them take latex products to the next level of innovation,” said Jan Muller, Global Business Director for Latex.

    Trinseo delivers a high level of expertise and provides water based binders solutions for an array of applications, including:
    • Building & Construction
    • Adhesives & Sealants
    • Technical Fabrics
    • Technical Papers & Boards

    The European Coatings Show is the world’s leading exhibition of the coatings and paint industry. The biennial fair features products in the areas of raw materials for coatings, printing inks and adhesives to intermediates for construction chemicals, laboratory and production equipment, testing and measuring equipment, and application systems to safety at work and environmental protection. 
    (Trinseo Europe GmbH)
     
    28.04.2015   Festo continues on its course of worldwide growth    ( Company news )

    Company news -Pneumatic and electric automation on a broader basis
    -With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year, Festo Group consolidated its market position.

    Photo: Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG

    With an increase in turnover of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in the 2014 financial year (2013: 2.28 billion euros), the Festo Group consolidated its global market position and continued its successful growth of the past few years. The regions of Asia, the Americas and Europe were also marked by growth. The German market grew the most strongly in a year-on-year comparison. Significant impulse for growth was given by the Customer Solutions, Process Automation and Electric Automation divisions. The Didactic division further extended its presence on the market and registered a very good year. Over the coming years, the company intends to extend its leading market position even further with its new LEAD strategy (Leadership in Automation and Didactic) in pneumatic and electric actuation for industrial automation and in vocational education.

    The financial year 2014 in summary
    With growth of around 8 % to 2.45 billion euros in 2014, Festo surpassed its predicted increase in turnover of 6 to 7 %. Broken down by region, the year-on-year increase amounted to 8 % in Asia, 5 % in the Americas and 8 % in Europe. Sales on the German domestic market grew by 9 %.
    In addition to the strategic business fields, the growth generators in Germany were development in the field of Electronic Light Assembly (electronics and assembly of small components) and new projects in the automotive industry. Cooperation with major customers was also extended.
    Customer Solutions (CS), Process Automation (PA) and Electric Automation (EA) number among the important pillars of growth for Festo. The CS division grew by 8 %, and PA by under 4 %. The EA division grew the most strongly, with a rate of 18 %. Didactic, the world market leader in vocational education and training, consolidated its position and rounded off a very positive year with a growth rate of more than 17 %.
    “Festo has grown rapidly and successfully over the past few years. From this position of strength, we shall now invest in the future with our new LEAD strategy and further extend our leading position in the market for pneumatic and electric actuation in industrial automation and in vocational education,” said Dr. Eberhard Veit, Chairman of the Management Board of Festo AG.

    Customer Solutions in high demand
    The demand for custom-designed systems solutions expedited growth in the Customer Solutions division. “In view of the high demand for Customer Solutions, we are constantly extending our global network of Technical Engineering Centres and Application Centres. This enables us to realise customer projects rapidly and in an agile manner on location in all regions,” said Dr. Veit.
    Positive growth was also recorded by the MedLab unit with its automation solutions for medical and laboratory technology: its annual increase in turnover registered over the past ten years amounts to almost 13 %.

    Growth in Process Automation
    The special solutions competence of Festo is reflected not only in Factory Automation, but also in Process Automation; this has led to an increase in turnover in the fields of water/wastewater and biotech/pharmaceuticals.

    Electric automation acquires increasing significance
    In addition to pneumatic automation technology, increasing significance is also being acquired by its electric counterpart. “With 18 %, Electric Automation was the division with the highest growth rate,” explained Dr. Veit.
    “Electric automation and pneumatics are important technological keys to the production of the future. Production processes must become even more flexible, while system functions are frequently becoming increasingly complex with more stringent requirements placed on networked communication. Festo has the right solution here: we offer our customers technology-neutral automation – both pneumatic and electric,” said Dr. Veit in clarifying the target.

    Festo Didactic strengthens its market position
    The networked flexible production of the future also places new practical demands on the qualification of students and specialist employees. In this regard, Festo Didactic consolidated its leading position on the market last year with new education concepts and learning systems in the context of Industry 4.0.
    With the takeover of the Canadian-US company Lab-Volt in June 2014, the company extended its portfolio in the field of technical learning systems for electronics, electrical engineering and energy management. The new “LabVolt Series” learning systems for the sectors of electronics, electrical engineering and energy management are produced in Canada and the USA and represent an invaluable supplement to the product range of Festo Didactic.

    Technological leadership extended
    “Our innovation pipeline is completely full for the next few years,” emphasised Dr. Veit. To further enhance its position as the technological market leader, the company is also investing in the development of electric automation engineering in addition to pneumatics. Dr. Eberhard Veit: “Customers want integral solutions – from the product, to systems, up to custom-designed solutions and the appropriate software. We are therefore investing more than 7 % of our global annual turnover in research and development, and thus in new smart, intuitive product innovations along with more than 10,000 individual solutions that help boost our customers’ productivity even further,” Dr. Veit added.
    Festo has important topics on its agenda: “Current megatrends such as energy efficiency, globalisation, digitalisation, Industry 4.0 and the life sciences open up interesting opportunities. For this reason, our company will be extending its range of products and solutions in the fields of medical engineering and laboratory automation over the coming years. Likewise, we are increasing our range of offers in process automation to include Industrial Water, Chemical (fine chemicals) and Food Processing. In view of recent developments and trends such as big data, smart services and electromobility, we are expecting short- and long-term impulses for products and markets that support the technology portfolio of Festo and reinforce its current market position, while at the same time helping to open up new markets,” explained the Chairman of the Management Board.

    The focus of research is on Industry 4.0
    The research and development activities in the context of Industry 4.0 are being given special emphasis. “We at Festo see Industry 4.0 as a highly interdisciplinary future project, on which we are constantly working in cooperation with partners from science and industry. Festo is involved for example in a number of joint research projects that deal with various aspects of future production. However, not only the latest technical developments are important here, but also the question of what status the human operator will have in the overall context of future production, and how a company can prepare its employees for this development. We are addressing this matter with our Didactic unit,” said Dr. Veit.
    “Practical examples of this are our Cyber Physical Factory, a modular production facility for vocational education and training in Industry 4.0 at our Didactic unit; and the Multi-Carrier System in Electric Automation, an innovative transport system for greater flexibility in production processes,” Dr. Veit added. “The Multi-Carrier System incorporates important options relevant to Industry 4.0. Our flagship product, the CPX automation platform, will also be capable of integration into Industry 4.0 environments via OPC-UA.” Festo has initiated many further customer projects in the field of digitalisation of industrial automation. Our customers set store by the competence of Festo in technology and innovation, and in vocational education.
    “We are also providing fresh impulse in the areas of our Bionic Learning Network and our Future Concepts again this year," said Dr. Veit. At the Hannover Messe 2015 trade fair, this is particularly relevant in the light of the motto “Join the Network!” The projects illustrate how networked communication between individual systems can be combined into an intelligent overall system and provide interesting approaches to future production.

    Investments in Germany as a production location
    In 2015, it is readily apparent that Festo is also investing in Germany to an increasing extent and is setting store by this country as an industrial location. No less than three new buildings are being occupied and officially opened this year: the Automation Center at the corporate headquarters in Esslingen, the Technology Factory in Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and the Global Production Centre Hassel in Rohrbach (Saarland) with its emphasis on new materials and polymers. At this site alone, the company has invested a total of around 150 million euros in the development of know-how and competence and in state-of-the-art working environments.
    The Technology Factory currently under construction represents a significant step towards the production of the future. New concepts from Industry 4.0 are also being applied and tested here. On completion of this complex, control elements, valves, valve manifolds and electronic components will be manufactured here. The Ostfildern-Scharnhausen location is designed as a future-proof adaptable factory: approaches from Industry 4.0 are being realised at this facility, and the CPX platform and the Multi-Carrier System will be in operation in many production units there. In addition, the insights gained in various research projects will be implemented and tested in a pilot area. All components for the AS interface – a data and energy supplier for actuators and sensors – will also be manufactured in this factory.

    Global investments in know-how and technology
    The focus on growth and on customer requirements calls for investments. “Customers in Asia and America now expect the same service, excellent delivery reliability and consultation that our customers enjoy in Europe,” explains Dr. Eberhard Veit. Festo is making investments worldwide to meet these demands on a global basis. Altogether, around 300 million euros have been invested in the development of the global development, production and logistics network as well as in new buildings. These investments are focused on the USA, Hungary, Bulgaria, Switzerland and China along with Korea, India, Indonesia and Vietnam.
    More than 40 million US dollars are being invested in America alone. On a site in Mason, Ohio measuring more than 15,000 m², a new production and logistics centre is being built that will commence operations this year and be officially opened in 2016. The new Regional Service Centre (RSC) caters to additional growth in the USA, Canada and Mexico. With its centrally located new RSC, Festo offers its customers in North America innovative tailor-made solutions and even better service. “This will further consolidate our position in the American automation market,” said Dr. Veit.
    Festo is thus continuing with its successful two-pronged strategy. In Germany, Festo is pursuing the development of know-how, research and development, new technologies and technology factories; and at its locations in the global growth markets, production is carried out in the region for the region. The modules are adapted on location to suit specific regions or customers, and tailor-made individual solutions are devised. With the national companies and production centres outside Germany, Festo has been making a major contribution toward improving the innovative power and production quality of the new markets. "This has boosted the technological standards and demands in the local markets; for us, this in turn increases the demand for competitive automation solutions,” explains Dr. Veit.

    Global growth markets open up new opportunities: focus on the USA and China
    To assert itself on the future growth markets and remain competitive on a global scale, Festo already underwent a restructuring process last year. “In future, growth will take place not only in Germany and Europe, but above all in Asia and America. We shall therefore greatly increase our presence in the high-focus countries of the USA and China; we have already been making preparations for this over the past few years. We shall also establish a broader basis for our activities and invest in new growth sectors such as electric light assembly (ELA). Nevertheless, we shall not lose sight of our core business: in pneumatics, we intend to open up additional market segments with a focused, competitive product range. In our Electric Automation, Process Automation, Customer Solutions and Didactic divisions, too, we shall extend our range of activities and enhance our position on the market,” said Dr. Veit.
    In future, Festo will be concentrating to a greater extent on its traditional fields of expertise: excellent consultation for its customers, a high level of solutions competence for individual requirements, a first-class product range, excellent logistics performance, technology and innovations competence in many areas, a global market presence and competent service.

    Festo as a top employer: a professional future with career opportunities
    Over the past few years, Festo has constantly grown not only in terms of turnover. The workforce grew in 2014 to 17,800 worldwide (previous year: 16,700), including 8,100 employees in Germany (previous year: 7,700) and 9,700 abroad (previous year: 9,000).
    In 2014, Festo once again numbered among the top 100 employers for engineers in Germany and the top 500 in Europe. The company provides ideal working conditions, career opportunities and the possibility of lifelong learning and internal or external further education for trainees, first-time employees and young professionals, but also for employees with long professional experience. Junior employees are strategically supported with a talent management programme. Added to this are specific offers for on-the-job studies. Young aspirants are also given support in the form of a stipend or as part of the Stay Inspired student development programme.
    Last year, a total of around 120 trainees and bachelor students in Germany and 25 in China embarked on a course of education with Festo. Two of them can look forward to a very special year ahead: as the winners of the preliminary round of national professional competitions, they will represent Germany in the mechatronics section of the WorldSkills vocational championship in Brazil later this year.
    Software will play an increasingly significant role in future production. After all, there can be no intelligent products without the appropriate software. For the automation specialist Festo, it is therefore increasingly important for interdisciplinary teams to develop uniform solutions with a consistent architecture at the interface of hardware and software. “We offer exciting career prospects in the environment of Industry 4.0, also for software developers,” emphasised Dr. Veit.
    (Festo AG & Co. KG)
     
    28.04.2015   Christophe Vidal joins LGR    ( Company news )

    Company news LGR Packaging is pleased to announce the arrival into the Management Board of Christophe Vidal (photo), who will be in charge of Sales, Marketing and Development activities.

    Christophe, 48 year-old, has been working since 2003 in the folding carton industry.
    After an experience within A&R Carton in France in Commercial and Supply chain departments, he worked for 11 years with Mayr Melnhof Packaging. He was for this company firstly European Key Account Manager in Vienna, moved then to Poland as Sales Director for 2 years, and spent the last 5 years in Vienna again as Manager of a Business Unit.

    The customer and operational experiences of Christophe Vidal in international context will bring LGR a significant value as part of its growth strategy.

    He will take up his new position as from June 1st, 2015.
    (LGR Packaging SAS)
     
    28.04.2015   TRM Packaging invests £1million to increase capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news TRM Packaging has installed a new pallet press line as part of the latest phase in the company’s £8 million investment programme.

    The UK’s leading manufacturer and printer of retail ready packaging recently finished the installation of a £1 million investment into a new pallet press line which includes a Dücker palletiser, Mosca pallet strapper and a Haloila Octopus pallet wrapping machine.

    Trevor Maund said: “The decision to install the new pallet press line came on the back of the increased demand for high quality printing from our customers.

    “The new line offers a range of features such as increased control on wrapping pressures and improves final presentation before shipping to our clients.”

    “It is the latest investment, underpinning our push towards securing TRM’s position as the most capable plant in the country in the corrugated industry.”

    The new line will increase output of TRM’s plant by a third and improve the flexibility and responsiveness of the business, allowing it to process more packs than was previously possible.

    TRM is also upgrading the incumbent palletising line so it can offer the same features as the new equipment.
    (TRM Ltd)
     
    28.04.2015   Orient Paper Completes Installation of Tissue Paper Packaging Equipment and Commences ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Trial Production

    Orient Paper, Inc. (NYSE MKT: ONP) ("Orient Paper" or the "Company"), a leading manufacturer and distributor of diversified paper products in North China, announced that it has completed the installation of previously purchased packaging equipment at the Company's Wei County Industrial Park facility for its tissue paper packaging production lines and has commenced trial production.

    The tissue paper packaging production lines involve a post production process which cuts, re-rolls and packages tissue base paper to produce final commercially packaged products, such as toilet paper, boxed and soft packed tissues, handkerchief tissues, paper napkins, bathroom paper towels and kitchen paper towels. Prior to the production launch of tissue base paper by the production line PM8, the Company will utilize externally sourced tissue base paper to produce its commercially packaged tissue paper products and prepare for future expansion into the tissue paper market.

    Mr. Zhenyong Liu (photo), Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orient Paper, commented, "We are excited to announce the completed installation and launch of trial production for our tissue paper packaging lines, which was completed nearly two months ahead of schedule. The strong progress we have made reflects our team's commitment and hard work."
    (ONP Orient Paper Inc.)
     
    28.04.2015   Pehlivanoğlu Kağit, Turkey, upgrades PM1 with PMT Italia    ( Company news )

    Company news PMT Italia will supply a new SIZER FO Film Size Press with new Threading System and Pulper to Pehlivanoğlu Kağit for their PM1 in Çerkezköy, Turkey.
    The 2.850 mm wide PM1 produces Fluting and Test Liner in a grammage range of 75 to 200 g/m2 with a design speed of 1.000 m/min.
    The rebuild is planned for the end of 2015 and the new production will start at the beginning of 2016.
    This project represents for PMT a further occasion of confirming its constantly developed sizing technology as well as a new result of its growing position of preferred supplier in the Turkish paper industry.
    PMT is a global paper machinery producer, able to provide all paper suppliers with advanced and customized equipment, from headbox through winder, including integrated projects with basis or detail engineering of associated auxiliary systems.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
     
    28.04.2015   emtec Electronic at the Zellcheming Expo 2015 in Germany    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 Process Optimization and Quality Assurance

    emtec Electronic GmbHwill attend the “Zellcheming Expo 2015” in Frankfurt/Main, Germany – the 110th Annual Meeting and Exhibition. From June 30th until July 02nd, emtec will be present at the exhibition booth no. C46.
    During the Zellcheming Expo, 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 lab equipment FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer. Furthermore, emtec Electronic presents its Online measuring device FPO Fiber Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process and allows an immediate optimization of chemical dosage.
    The EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester delivers reliable predictions about the behavior of paper surfaces during glueing, printing and coating processes. With the innovative ACA Ash Content Analyzer it is possible to determine the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers of the paper within seconds. The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer measures objectively the softness and calculates the handfeel of tissue products.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    27.04.2015   Technology catches up with imagination at FESPA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki will showcase solutions to match at stands U5 and T11 in Hall 6 at Koelnmesse, Cologne

    Mimaki, a global industry leader and manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters, will showcase its latest collection of textile production solutions including a selection of flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printing solutions at FESPA 2015. FESPA 2015 will take place in Cologne, Germany, from May 18 to 22, 2015. Mimaki will be located in stands U5 and T11 in Hall 6.

    “We see two key growth trends for digital production methodologies: textile production - not soft signage, but fashion and home textiles - and an increasing volume of UV printing with both flatbed and roll-to-roll high speed printers,” explains Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “UV printing is opening new markets with better quality and lower production costs and textile designers are discovering the benefits that digital textile design and printing offer. Technology is catching up with imagination, and it’s a very exciting time,” he continues. “FESPA is a major show on the Mimaki calendar; and our stand will be as big, bold and bright as ever, offering visitors ideas and tools that will allow them to stretch their creativity.”

    The FESPA mission: to boldly show …

    Mimaki textile-focused solutions on display at the show include:

    • Mimaki TS500-1800, ideal for furnishing fabrics as well as sportswear, T-shirts and apparel;

    • Mimaki TX500-1800, for printing on cotton, polyester-based materials, and other fabrics;

    • Mimaki JV300-130/160, a dye sub printer suitable for everything from garment marketing to fashion; and

    • Specialized solutions for latex print for wallpaper with six-colour printing including orange and green.

    Also on display will be the Mimaki JFX200-2513 LED flatbed printer that prints on a wide range of substrates from acrylics to metal, wood and stone; the Mimaki CJV150 and Mimaki CJV300integrated printer/cutters for a wide range of applications from signage to banners, stickers and canvas prints; and the UJF-3042 / UJF-6042 LED flatbed printers that offer unlimited production capabilities, particularly with its kebab option printing on cylindrical shapes.

    Also, the newest member of the Mimaki product family will be running at full speed at the show: the CFL-605RT compact flatbed cutter. It offers both creasing and cutting and enables operations to create and deliver high quality, cost-effective designs - smoothly and quickly. This solution was recently debuted at Cosmopack receiving rave reviews.

    “As you can see,” Horsten adds, “our FESPA stand will have something for everyone, and we promise that visitors can let their imaginations run wild and we can likely keep right up with them. It’s a promising time to be in the industry, and we are enthusiastic to be able to share all of these capabilities with show attendees.”

    Printing what you preach
    Mimaki isn’t just exhibiting at the show; the company is immersed in the FESPA community. Mimaki will be participating in the FESPA Print Inspiration Rally project where an American school bus has been radically transformed into a fully functional camper with the banners and textiles produced by Mimaki. The initiative combines cutting edge print techniques from different market-leading brands with the aim of inspiring creative print applications for interior design. Horsten elaborates, “We print what we preach, it’s as simple as that. You can claim all you want, but at the end of the day, you have to deliver. When we heard about this initiative, we understood how cool it would be to show what we can actually produce. We hope observers will feel the same way and visit our stand or, at least, become more aware of the impact of print in their daily lives.”

    FESPA is like a box of chocolates
    In observance of its 40th anniversary, Mimaki will be hosting a Sweet 40th partner event on May 18th at the Lindt chocolate factory. Horsten explains, “Mimaki and Lindt - two leading producers of exciting goods! We felt that the Lindt chocolate factory was the perfect place to demonstrate how continuous research and development drives the sweet taste of success.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
     
    27.04.2015   Cascades Announces Major Investments in Biorefinery Project at Cabano Plant     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery of recyclable materials and manufacturing green packaging products and tissue paper, is pleased to announce the company's investment in a new technology at its Norampac – Cabano facility. This innovative new process – a Canadian first – is used to extract hemicellulose, a cellulosic sugar with high value-added potential, from wood chips.

    This project – worth a total of $26M – represents a major advance in biorefinery development in Canada . Backed by a $10M investment from Natural Resources Canada's Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program and an additional $4.4M from the Québec Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs, the Cabano plant will replace its current process – the production of sodium carbonate-based chemical pulp – with this new, more environmentally friendly and economical one that was developed in conjunction with a U.S. partner.

    This new process – the extraction of hemicellulose from deciduous woodchips – will replace the use of chemical products, which would otherwise have to be purchased, shipped and disposed of responsibly. Another benefit is the plant's reduced energy consumption, which will boost Cabano's competitiveness. The facility's reduced environmental footprint will position Cabano to offer products that are even more environmentally friendly.

    Hemicellulose, a natural polymer found in plant cell walls, presents myriad opportunities ranging from power generation to biofuels such as ethanol, as well as the production of natural sugar-based value-added products.

    "Cascades is once again pleased with this pioneering achievement in the areas of innovation and sustainable development, especially within the four walls of one of its original facilities," declared Mario Plourde , President and Chief Executive Officer. "This project represents a unique advance in biorefinery technological development. This new process will enable improvements in the efficiency and competitiveness of our Cabano plant's current corrugated paper production process, thus making existing jobs more secure."

    "This investment is another example of how our government is helping Canada's forest industry bring innovative, high-value products to the marketplace, increasing Canada's global competitiveness and protecting jobs in the local community," declared the Honourable Greg Rickford, federal Minister of Natural Resources.

    "This investment reflects the importance of the diversification of forest products for the industry and, at the same time, for various government jurisdictions. These are the kind of technological advances that will enable our forest industry to differentiate itself and that will also create prosperity for our regions," declared Laurent Lessard, Minister of Forests, Wildlife and Parks.
    (Cascades Inc.)
     
    27.04.2015   Sweco engaged for next generation bioproduct mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Sweco has been awarded an extensive assignment as part of pulp and paper producer Metsä Group’s major investment in Äänekoski, Finland. The end result will be the most efficient and modern bioproduct mill in the world. The value of the assignment corresponds to one year’s work for approximately 200 people.

    ”This bioproduct mill is the largest ever investment in the forest industry in Finland. As Sweco has met our high standards for energy and environmental efficiency and technical quality in the preplanning of the mill, we decided to continue our collaboration with Sweco,” says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO, Metsä Fibre Oy.

    Under the assignment, Sweco’s industry specialists and structural engineers will design and plan a new production plant for bioproducts and bioenergy. The key role played by Sweco to date includes calculating the cost and assessing the environmental impact of the project.

    ”Sweco is involved here in creating next generation bioproducts and bioenergy, with a clear focus on synergies and resource efficiency. The end result will be the most efficient and modern bioproduct mill in the world,” says Markku Varis (photo), CEO of Sweco Finland.

    Sweco’s work on the assignment will begin immediately and continue through late 2017. The plant is scheduled to begin operations in autumn 2017.
    (Sweco Industry Oy)
     
    27.04.2015   Market survey highlights advantages of paper sacks for cement fillers    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper sacks benefit from lower total cost and higher filling speed than polyethylene form fill seal sacks.

    Picture: 70% of questionnaire respondents considered the choice of sack system to be of high strategic importance and high spend.

    A recent market research survey conducted by Innventia AB, the Swedish research and technology organisation, has revealed that paper cement sacks offer considerable cost and efficiency advantages for fillers when compared with polyethylene form-fill-seal (ffs) sacks. Another key finding of the study was that choice of sack system is considered by the majority of fillers to be of high strategic importance and high spend. Generally companies buying products and services that account for significant spend and that are also strategically important are reluctant to switch to another supplier or system. A switch may take place but only after careful consideration or due to external influences, such as legislation, consumer or customer preferences, or taxation, over which they have little option or control.

    Comparable performance in the supply chain
    Although polyethylene sacks are perceived as providing greater strength and moisture resistance compared to paper sacks, the survey revealed that fillers find damage, product wastage and spillage to be similar for both sack systems. This finding is particularly interesting in light of recent LCA studies promoting polyethylene sacks which suggest they have a lower environmental impact due to reduced product losses in the supply chain. This assertion does not match the experience of fillers. This finding also suggests that paper sacks are extremely fit-for-purpose and the greater strength and moisture protection offered by polyethylene is not required for the typical hazards encountered in the supply chain for cement.

    Paper is seen as advantageous from an environmental perspective
    The survey has also shown that environmental impact and environmental factors have limited influence over the fillers’ choice of sack or sack system. Nonetheless fillers recognise the paper pack system as advantageous from an environmental perspective noting that they are manufactured from renewable materials.

    Room for some improvement
    There are some areas where paper sacks can improve. As well as providing greater strength and moisture resistance compared to paper sacks, the study revealed that fillers perceive polyethylene as advantageous in terms of dust and cleanliness. Solutions for strong and moisture resistant paper sacks are already available, but along with dust and cleanliness these are important parameters for fillers and paper sack manufacturers can continue focus future innovation efforts in these areas.
    (Innventia AB)
     
    27.04.2015   FuturaGene's eucalyptus is approved for commercial use in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news This is the first genetically modified (GM) eucalyptus event to be approved worldwide and represents the most significant productivity milestone for the renewable plantation forest industry since the adoption of clonal technology in the early 1990’s. This approval also represents the beginning of a new era for sustainable forest management by enabling the production of more fiber, using less resources. Brazil is the first country to complete the development cycle of such a technology.

    The yield increase provided by the GM eucalyptus will provide economic, environmental and social benefits. The economic benefits include increased competitiveness for the Brazilian forestry sector. The main environmental benefits derived from using less land to produce more fiber will include lowered carbon emission through the reduction of distance between the forests and the mills, reduced use of chemical inputs and greater availability of land for other purposes, such as conservation and food production.

    Partners of Suzano Pulp and Paper’s outgrowers program, including small landholders, who have already benefited from the company´s best seedlings for years, will have access to the technology under terms of current contracts, which do not involve the payment of royalties.

    For Stanley Hirsch, FuturaGene CEO, the approval of this technology represents a breakthrough for the forestry industry: “Producing more wood without increasing the use of natural resources is a constant challenge for all industry players. We are very proud to have developed an innovative technology that is capable of potentiating forestry industry competitiveness while benefitting society as a whole”.

    FuturaGene’s yield-enhanced eucalyptus has been under development since 2001 and has undergone extensive biosafety assessment prior to submission for commercial approval. According to Dr. Hirsch, the company has several additional products at different stages of development in its pipeline. “This approval by CTNBio is an incentive for us to continue seeking innovative technological solutions that contribute for meeting the ever growing global demand for wood in a sustainable manner.”
    (Suzano Papel e Celulose S.A.)
     
    27.04.2015   Valmet introduces new online tool for choosing optimal roll covers    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has launched a new and intuitive roll cover online tool in April 2015. This interactive application enables users to locate and select the correct roll cover for any paper, board or tissue production line roll positions, as well as for pulp drying machines.
    The new online tool will serve Valmet's customers even more efficiently by collating Valmet's entire roll cover and coating product range and presenting the products in one user-friendly view along with all related product information. You can find the application at www.valmet.com/rollcovers.

    Easily browse through the entire Valmet roll cover range
    "As an industry-leading roll cover supplier, we wanted to make it easy to search for and select a roll cover for each position. In addition to looking at roll cover options and qualities, this is also a quick way to open and download product datasheets", explains Samppa Ahmaniemi, director of Roll Covers at Valmet. The user-friendly online tool can be conveniently accessed even from tablet devices.

    Fit-for-purpose roll covers for all applications
    Valmet's roll cover portfolio contains a wide range of high technology solutions for all applications. For decades, Valmet has utilized the latest technology and research results in the development of roll covers. This work has resulted in modern roll cover materials and innovative coating solutions.
    Regardless of the paper grade or machine brand, Valmet offers its customers a comprehensive selection of roll covers to suit their particular needs. Valmet has developed long-lasting, compliant covers ranging from rubber and polyurethane all the way to ultra-hard carbides and ceramics. These materials provide excellent wear resistance and long, disturbance-free run times. As a result, mills can increase their machine efficiency, extend roll running times and reduce their maintenance costs.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    27.04.2015   AMACO specialized in the manufacture of tissue paper machines: Successful participation in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... the Tissue World exhibition

    AMACO Group participated recently in the Tissue World Exhibition specialist in tissue paper,machinery, and equipment sector, which was held in Barcelona, Spain.

    AMACO team (photo), who participated in the exhibition, includes a large number of different disciplines, including sales, marketing and technical sections of directors, led by the company's president, Ali Mahmoud El Abdallah. The team was accompanied during the show with Mr. Bruno Zaher, the consultant of the Minister of Economy and Trade of the Lebanon who represented the Lebanese Ministry of Economy and Trade.

    The company presented through their participation in this exhibition range from the latest innovations in the field of tissue paper industry. It also showedthe advanced technologies that have contributed to the modernization of the development of the hygienic tissue paperindustry, which has become a distinction in the international markets.
    It also hosted in its booth a large number of customers from different countries of the world, as well as specialists and stakeholders and experts from the international paper industry.

    On the occasion of their participation in the exhibition, AMACO hosted a dinner for the official authorities who participated in this event,in addition to groups of representatives of major companies specialized in the Tissue Paper Industry.

    During the ceremony, the company's president, Ali Mahmoud El Abdallah welcomed the guests and said that the dinner organized by AMACO conjunction with each session of the exhibition " Tissue World ,"which has become a meeting station for all those who involved in the tissue paper sectors in the Arab countries and the world.

    He expressed appreciation for the role played by companies on the level of development of the hygienic tissue paper sector, which enjoys an international level. Mr. El Abdallah presented an honorary shield to the organizer of the exhibition, and commended the efforts, especially they organized the event for the 12thyear at its respectively. He stressed that the AMACO eager to participate in this event every year, and it is continuing its efforts to develop technological capabilities and provide better services to its customers in the various countries of the world.
    (Amaco Group SAL)
     
    27.04.2015   Things are happening in one fell swoop: 3 premieres at the ACHEMA    ( Company news )

    Company news This year NETZSCH will present 3 product innovations at the ACHEMA in Frankfurt. The NEMO® progressing cavity pump has been re-engineered to the “full service in place” principle of the TORNADO® rotary lobe pump and will be introduced with a maintenance-friendly design. The successful TORNADO® rotary lobe pump is now available in additional sizes; in addition, NETZSCH introduces the new screw pump NOTOS® developed in Brazil.

    ACHEMA Frankfurt 2015, Hall 8, Booth C27

    NETZSCH is the first progressing cavity pump manufacturer who provides full access to all rotating parts of the pump; this establishes a benchmark on the market. After the FSIP concept of the TORNADO® caused excitement in the technical world and among our customers 3 years ago, the maintenance-friendliness for our NEMO® pumps was also redefined. NETZSCH defined the FSIP concept – “Full Service in Place” allowing the user of the pump to conveniently open the pump cavity on site and dismantle all rotating parts and simply install them again without having to remove the pump from the pipe assembly. This concept has now also been realised for the progressing cavity pump. The rotor-stator unit can be simply lifted out after opening the newly designed inspection cover on the pump housing. This significantly reduces the maintenance time and effort for the installer.

    The eagerly awaited smallest T.Proc® all-metal pump of the TORNADO® T2 family, used specifically for low volume flow rates in the processing industry, has recently been developed and is now available. What's more, the demand for larger flow rates in the environmental industry has not gone unheeded either. Up to 200 resp. 300 m³/h can be conveyed with the new T.Envi® 08/200 and 06/300. One machine is already being used successfully at a sewage treatment plant in Hall, Austria.

    Finally, NETZSCH presents a new development from Brazil from the Pomerode plant: The NOTOS® screw pump series. Completely new geometries ensure improved efficiency and increased pressure capacity. NETZSCH sets new standards with this design as well.
    (NETZSCH Pumpen & Systeme GmbH)
     
    24.04.2015   Smurfit Kappa expands its corrugated packaging operations in the UK     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa is pleased to announce that it has agreed to acquire Inspirepac, a non-integrated corrugated, high quality print and display business in the UK from the Logson Group.

    Inspirepac is a private company with 279 employees, and operates two packaging plants and a further two erecting plants in the North of England. The transaction will further enhance Smurfit Kappa’s market leading position in the UK market, and build on our existing capabilities in the high quality print and Point of Sale market segments.

    The transaction will be completed for a consideration of £43.5 million and will be immediately earnings accretive. It is expected to close in the second quarter of 2015 subject to customary closing conditions. Based on 2014 EBITDA of £6 million and expected year one synergies of approximately £1.2 million, the Group will complete the acquisition at a post synergies multiple of 6.0 times EBITDA.

    Tony Smurfit (photo), COO and President of Smurfit Kappa Group commented: “We are delighted with the announcement of this acquisition and look forward to welcoming the Inspirepac team into Smurfit Kappa UK. They have built excellent businesses in many product and customer sectors which will add to our existing strengths, and support our continued drive to ‘Open the Future’ within the UK packaging market.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    24.04.2015   New KBA Rapida 105 PRO with improved kit and more automation    ( Company news )

    Company news With the Rapida 105 PRO KBA Radebeul announced a new sheetfed offset press in medium format at Print China which ran from 7 to 12 April in Guangdong. The new press takes its place in the top performance segment between the proven Rapida 105 and the high-end Rapida 106. Compared to the Rapida 105, which is still available, at 17,000sph the new press delivers a slightly higher level of performance in terms of production, a larger standard sheet format of 740 x 1,050mm, shorter makeready times thanks to more automation and a new, intuitive operating concept. Additionally, it offers more equipment flexibility and greater scope for customisation. KBA has named the new Rapida 105 PRO which is based on the Rapida 106 (up to 20,000sph) as the best in its class and sees excellent opportunities in the global market for this new press given its attractive price-performance ratio.
    Demands placed on printing companies in terms of technology have changed in recent years. Labour costs have risen around the world. The market for printed products is becoming smaller and competition tougher. Standard features which were satisfactory in the past are often no longer sufficient. This is why KBA has redefined the usual industry standards in medium format with the new Rapida 105 PRO.

    Fast and automated job change
    One of the Rapida 105 PRO’s key features is its full preset capabilities from the feeder, through the printing units to the delivery, something not to be taken for granted in this press class. Changing jobs thus becomes faster and easier. All of the settings at the feeder and delivery can be stored according to job type. When it comes to repeat jobs or orders printed on the same substrate the settings can be used for presetting the Rapida 105 PRO, saving time and waste.
    The new press’ high level of automation can also be seen in other places: automated systems for plate changing are available, such as semi-automatic plate change (change in every printing unit at the touch of a button) and automatic plate change (fully automatic change in all units in 2.8 minutes). The Rapida 105 PRO scores points when washing with the CleanTronic washing system for blankets, impression cylinders and rollers. Optional features include DriveTronic SRW (simultaneous roller wash), CleanTronic Multi (ink changes) and CleanTronic UV. “Fast Clean” enables the high-speed washing of rollers and cuts washing times from four to two minutes.
    The EasyClean ink duct’s non-stick coating greatly shortens cleaning times when changing inks. In addition, the ink ducts also do not have any expendable parts which need to be replaced frequently. As it is not equipped with a film liner, deviations when setting to zero are prevented and ensures that the ink zone settings can be reproduced precisely. The new press is equipped with Rapida inking units known for their fast response times and minimal start-up waste. This is in addition to the ability to uncouple inking units which are not currently being used, a feature greatly valued by many Rapida users. The Rapida 105 PRO also only runs those units needed, saving energy, washing times and washing agents as well as extending the service life of inking rollers.

    More equipment flexibility
    The Rapida 105 PRO is available with up to 10 printing units, perfecting as well as single and multiple coating applications and it can be configured for individual production requirements. Notwithstanding the benefits for commercial printing, it is equipped with a raft of interesting features suited to packaging printing. Along with possible kit for nearly all of the conventional types of coating available today, further features include an outstanding coating unit function valued by packaging printers when changing coating plates, setting the register at the console and the coater and when automatically cleaning the coating circuit or the hydro-pneumatic adjustable doctor-blade chamber. This is in addition to the option of non-stop systems in the feeder and delivery up to the integration in fully automated pile logistics.

    Special packages for special applications
    Microflute, film and lightweight paper packages or kit for in-mould film are available for special applications. The Rapida 105 PRO covers the entire substrate spectrum as it is able to handle thicknesses ranging from 0.04mm to 1.6mm. Moreover, its gripper systems do not need adjusting even when making extreme substrate changes which is an invaluable advantage considering the level of flexibility demanded by the market. Further special components, such as a reel-to-sheet unit, perforation and numbering unit, iris printing device or the KBA ColdFoiler, make the Rapida 105 PRO an extremely flexible, universal machine.
    The press’ maximum sheet format that has been extended by 20mm to 740 x 1,050mm benefits packaging and label printers in particular. In many cases an extra row of blanks can fit onto the sheet with the special formats 750 x 1,050 and 780 x 1,050mm. The “small measuring strips” option increases the practical usage of the printed format further.

    New, intuitive operating concept
    Rapidas have long been known for their ergonomic operation. A new, intuitive operating concept makes operating the Rapida 105 PRO even easier for printers. All of the press’ functions can be controlled via touchscreen with a maximum of two touches of a button. The Rapida 105 PRO’s ErgoTronic console no longer features a data entry keyboard. User-friendly icons allow operators to easily change systems and familiarize themselves with this new press.
    The new JobAccess programme facilitates savings in makeready times of up to 50 per cent and new tools for setting up ink profiles reduce start-up waste. A job list with preview images and optimisation functions for determining the sequence of jobs speed up production changes further. Moreover, all measuring and control systems, such as KBA QualiTronic ColorControl, are available for the Rapida 105 PRO. The fastest control system on the market measures every sheet and inspects every tenth sheet. This system already carries out checks while other systems are still measuring.

    HR and LED drying also available
    Along with savings in waste delivered by the automation modules mentioned, the Rapida 105 PRO scores points in terms of energy efficiency with the VariDryBlue drying system. Energy consumption is reduced by up to 50 per cent as it reuses the hot air. The volume of exhaust air is also minimised. Energy is utilised and not simply “blown away”, an important contribution to protecting the environment.
    HR-UV or LED-UV energy-saving drying processes offered by KBA for all of its Rapida presses are also available for the Rapida 105 PRO and ensure fast post-press especially important to commercial printers. Additionally, LED drying leads to a longer service life of the lamps, minimal heat transfer to the printing stock, advantages in post-press and a significantly higher print quality on uncoated paper.

    Official launch in June
    High print speed: At 17,000sph the Rapida 105 PRO belongs to the high performers and outstrips many other sheetfed offset presses in this format class.
    The Rapida 105 PRO will be officially presented live in operation as part of an international open house at KBA Radebeul from 24 to 26 June. This new medium-format press series from Saxony has already been rigorously tested and is available for order today.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG)
     
    24.04.2015   Volga's General Director Mr. Dmitry Donchenko Has Made an Official Statement    ( Company news )

    Company news “Due to a global decline in newsprint prices, which have gone below the cost of production, and a rise in raw material (chemical pulp) prices, Open Joint Stock Company Volga has had to scale back the production and, starting from April 13th, shut down three paper machines to upgrade the production process”, said General Director Mr. Dmitry Donchenko.

    The goal is to change the raw material consumption pattern. Chemical pulp, which is seeing an excessive price hike, is to be substituted with additive-free thermo-mechanical pulp (TMP) capable to improve newsprint properties and add some gloss to newsprint.

    To this end, Volga will build a new Thermo-Mechanical Pulp Mill, capacity 450,000 mt/year, which will satisfy the raw material requirements. When the TMP Mill is operational, the currently shutdown paper machines will be brought back on stream again. The upgrade programme will also include improvements to paper machine No. 8.

    At this moment, the preparatory works have been completed and the machine is ready to run on TMP furnish. The high-quality newsprint made by PM8 is in demand in foreign markets and accounts for 50% of Volga’s total output.

    Eventually, Volga is also going to expand the generation capacities of its energy complex (NiGRES) by another 60 MW necessary for the operation of the new TMP Mill.

    Dmitry Donchenko also noted that TMP is currently the best ecological alternative to chemical pulp and the conversion will help to improve the newsprint quality and substantially reduce the production cost. The project will enable Volga to maintain a competitive position in the international market, although will require significant investments.

    “I hope that the company employees will regard this forced shutdown with understanding. I would like to emphasize that only by modernizing the processes and facilities we can hold out through the difficult times of an economic downturn,” concluded Dmitry Donchenko.
    (Volga JSC)
     
    24.04.2015   BOBST equipment and services on show at Converflex 2015 and Bobst Italia Open House    ( Company news )

    Company news At the forthcoming Converflex exhibition, which takes place in Milan 19 to 23 May 2015, BOBST will present on stand Hall 2 - L11-M14 its comprehensive range of equipment and services developed to enable packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials printing and converting industries to achieve their objectives of efficiency, productivity and product quality.

    For flexible material printing and converting, gravure printing and laminating will be under the spotlight with equipment being shown both on the Converflex stand and at the Open House being held in Bobst Italia’s Technology Center in San Giorgio Monferrato 20 - 22 May. BOBST will also present the latest developments in flexo printing, coating and vacuum metallizing. These range from the latest configurations of the F&K 20SIX platform of flexo printing solutions, to the General vacuum metallizers, including the BOBST General Hawkeye pinhole detection system and the AlOx process for clear high barrier films, through to BOBST coating lines for a wide variety of applications.

    Of interest to folding carton packaging manufacturers will be the BOBST equipment developed specifically for this sector. Covering all aspects of the production process, BOBST designs and manufactures innovative equipment that directly addresses its clients’ business needs. The latest BOBST developments include the brand new EXPERTFOLD 145 and 165 folder-gluers which give true control of the litho-laminate folding processes. Also new is the NOVACUT 106 ER automatic die-cutter, which brings a new level of affordability and ease to the in-line blanking of folding cartons. Visitors will also be able to get information on the whole BOBST range, including the best selling EXPERTCUT 106 PER die-cutter.

    Also showcased will be the extensive BOBST range of services, designed to help users achieve optimum production levels, expand their capacity and succeed in their existing, or new, markets.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)
     
    24.04.2015   Valmet launches new IQ Process and Quality Vision solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet launched its next generation machine vision solution, Valmet IQ Process and Quality Vision, at PaperCon 2015 event in Atlanta. The new solution contains the key elements of advanced process and quality vision system; Valmet IQ Web Inspection System and Valmet IQ Web Monitoring System (photo). It features a number of new advanced solutions combined with high-resolution matrix-cameras providing the sharpest quality images that allows the pulp and paper producers to see the defects that have never been seen before.

    "Our process knowledge combined with spearhead machine vision technology now provides tangible benefits to pulp and paper producers. The solution optimizes both end product quality and line efficiency. It allows customers to increase machine speed while simultaneously reducing disturbances. It is not only the pixel size that matters, it is possible to really see the difference," says Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions, Valmet.

    The Web Inspection System detects quality defects and flaws across the entire width of the sheet, pinpointing any issues in real-time. The Web Monitoring System is designed to monitor production and web break events, seamlessly tracing them back to their root causes.

    Both functionalities have a common, simple and easy-to-use user interface. All Valmet IQ solution components are based on our extensive process knowledge and experience in the pulp & paper industry, and backed up by our expert services.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    24.04.2015   emtec at CIDPEX 2015 in China - Process Optimization in the Tissue and Nonwoven Industry    ( Company news )

    Company news emtec Electronic GmbH will participate at the “CIDPEX 2015” China International Disposable Paper Expo in Shenzhen, Guangdong in China from May 25th until 27th. The company will present different testing instruments at the exhibition booth no. 1R39M – together with Shanghai Forest & Paper Scientific Instrument – its representative for China.

    By the application of the different testing instruments 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 and nonwoven production it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of base product 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 and nonwoven production and converting processes.
    On Monday, 25th May at 3.40 pm, Mr. Alexander Gruener will explain all the possibilities to obtain an efficient production and converting process with the application of these devices in his presentation “Process Optimization from the Wet to the Dry End of the Tissue Production Process”.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    24.04.2015   ERPC Launches Call for Candidates for 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) launched a call for candidates for the 2015 European Paper Recycling Awards. The awards will identify projects, initiatives and campaigns that contribute to Europe’s sustainability through activities supporting paper recycling. Winners will be announced at the official awards ceremony taking place at the European Parliament on 14 October.

    Now in their fifth edition, the awards are open to all entities based in Europe, including schools and universities, NGOs, national and regional authorities, companies and associations. “Recognising innovative paper recycling initiatives in Europe helps inspire others to copy good practices. I would really encourage all players involved in paper recycling to present their ideas and innovations and have a chance to present them in the European Parliament”, said Henri Vermeulen, Chairman of the ERPC.

    There are two categories for the awards: Information and Education, and Technology improvement and R&D. Eligible projects, initiatives or campaigns will be evaluated based on the following criteria: relevance and originality, achievements, possibility to reproduce the project and cost effectiveness. The winning entries will gain European-wide recognition as well as press coverage and increased visibility.


    An independent jury will judge the entries in each category, with representatives from the European institutions as well as civil organisations and NGOs. The initiatives may be ongoing or completed, but they must not have started before January 2013. All entries must be submitted by Friday 26 June 2015 before midday Brussels time.

    To apply please go to www.paperforrecycling.eu/recycling-awards. Should you need some inspiration, the website also contains information from past awards.
    (ERPC The European Recovered Paper Council Secretariat)
     
    24.04.2015   DS Smith is a 2015 Nestlé Top Supplier    ( Company news )

    Company news Nestlé Deutschland AG has, for the second time, awarded the best out of a total of 1,500 preferred suppliers on the German market. The criteria included responsible procurement, innovative ability, service orientation, cooperation and flexibility. The packaging and display strategist DS Smith is one of the Top 20 suppliers in Germany.

    Photo: Marco Hilpert, Strategic Account Manager (2nd from left), and Per Vinge Frederiksen, Managing Director (2nd from right), both DS Smith Packaging Division Germany-Austria-Switzerland, enjoy the award from Anke Stübing, Regional Head of Procurement (left), and Gerhard Berssenbrügge, CEO of Nestlé Deutschland AG (right).

    DS Smith Packaging delivers packaging and displays made from corrugated cardboard for various Nestlé brands, including Maggi and Nescafé. The Packaging Strategists of DS Smith take into account the entire supply cycle of their customers and this way always find starting points for the significant reduction of the complexity of processes. This allows them to increase sales, reduce costs and minimise risks for their customers. This also includes the fact that the company places a high value on sustainability. For example, DS Smith is helping to promote the Nestlé programme for responsible procurement.

    "Thanks to the outstanding commitment and creativity of all employees involved we have been able to once again be amongst the top 20 of around 1,500 preferred suppliers," says Per Vinge Frederiksen, Managing Director of DS Smith Packaging Germany-Austria-Switzerland. "Only with employees that use all of their knowledge and ideas and are highly committed it is possible to sustainably delight our customers. Our customer Nestlé Deutschland has been looked after by our Strategic Account Manager Marco Hilpert for years, who has very significantly shaped this positive development. To be included in the top 20 is a ground-breaking award for us and at the same time an incentive to continue to meet this level."
    (DS Smith Packaging Division)
     
    24.04.2015   Interim Report for Duni AB (publ) 1 January – 31 March 2015: Strong first quarter    ( Company news )

    Company news 1 January – 31 March 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1,046 m (921). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 7.3 %.
    -Operating income increased by more than 50%, from SEK 73 m to SEK 112 m.
    -Earnings per share, after dilution amounted to SEK 1.57 (1.09).
    -Improvement within all business areas with the exception of Materials & Services, where production of hygiene products was discontinued at the end of the quarter.
    -The net debt continues to decline thanks to a positive cash flow.

    Photo: Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni

    CEO’s comments:
    “The first quarter was strong and included a historic increase in net invoicing and operating income. Growth was recorded of approximately 14%, with net invoicing of SEK 1,046 m (921). Operating income for the quarter increased to SEK 112 m (73) and the operating margin strengthened to 10.7% (7.9%). The net debt at the end of the quarter was SEK 836 m.

    Since the beginning of 2013, the Company has enjoyed a positive earnings and sales trend. The improvement has been achieved through structural measures (acquisitions and divestments) and greater internal efficiency. During the period, we have also experienced a volatile currency situation, with a weaker Swedish krona having a positive effect on earnings, while an ever stronger USD has had a negative impact on our raw materials costs. With the closure of the hygiene products business, the structural effects will diminish during the second quarter of 2015. As from the third quarter, the structural effect will become somewhat negative compared to last year; the acquired Paper+Design will then have been part of Duni for more than 12 months, at the same time as the hygiene product operations will be phased out entirely.

    Delivery capability during the quarter was good and all business areas (with the exception of Materials & Services) demonstrated growth and an improvement in earnings compared to last year.

    In the Table Top business area, net invoicing increased to SEK 513 m (477). The quarter started relatively weak but followed up by a strong finish, among other things with an increased share of premium sales contributing to an improved product mix. Western Europe demonstrated solid growth, while sales in Central Europe and the Nordic region were in line with last year. Operating income increased to SEK 78 m (64) and the operating margin strengthened to 15.2% (13.3%).

    The Meal Service business area continues to grow faster than the overall market. Net invoicing increased to SEK 136 m (123) and operating income increased to SEK 2 m (-1). Strong growth in Central Europe, together with a successful focus on customized and environmentally adapted product concepts, has continued to have a positive impact on both sales and earnings.

    The Consumer business area continues to contribute to a significant increase in sales as a consequence of the acquisition of Paper+Design. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 276 m (157), while operating income improved to SEK 24 m (6). The operating margin strengthened to 8.6% (3.6%). Parallel with the acquisition, we are witnessing strong growth in Duni’s consumer operations. For example, certain important markets such as the Nordic region and Germany are demonstrating growth in excess of 10%, at the same time as our design initiatives are generally developing extremely positively.

    Within New Markets, Russia remains challenging, although a degree of stability was achieved during the quarter. Sales were initially weak, but the quarter closed with sales measured in local currency ending on the same level as last year. Sales for the business area as a whole amounted to SEK 47 m (43) and operating income increased to SEK 3 m (-3).

    Within Materials & Services, the manufacture of hygiene products ceased at the end of March and the coming quarter will include only very limited final invoicing. The process of consolidating continued production in Skåpafors is proceeding and the transition is to be completed in full during the fourth quarter of the year. Net invoicing for the quarter fell to SEK 74 m (120) and operating income to SEK 4 m (7).

    All in all, the quarter includes a series of improvements and the strong start to the year gives us good reasons to continue to invest in growth, attractiveness and efficiency” says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni.
    (Duni AB)
     
    23.04.2015   Christer Segerstéen resigns as Chairman of Södra     ( Company news )

    Company news Christer Segersteén (photo) is resigning from his position as Chairman of Södra after a total of 24 years on the Board. The Nomination Committee has proposed Lena Ek as new Chairman, and Hans Berggren as new Board member.

    Christer Segersteen will step down from the Board after 24 years. He was Vice Chairman for 18 years and Chairman for four. In 2015, he will turn 65.

    "I have spent many fun, exciting and challenging years with Södra. Södra is now moving forward, with a new Group strategy under new management. Although I will miss Södra, it's time for others to take over and it feels satisfying to hand over a company that is stable, profitable and financially sound."

    "The proposals that the Nomination Committee will now present to the AGM will ensure that the Board is composed of appropriate and highly competent members, who also represent renewal. Lena Ek has an extensive background in politics and has served on the Board of Södra for ten years. Hans Berggren has extensive experience in the industry, as well as in cooperative enterprises. Both are forest owners and members of Södra," says Nomination Committee Chairman, Tomas Andersson.

    Lena Ek has worked politically at municipal, county, national and EU levels, and serves on the Board of the Swedish Centre Party as well as the Party's Executive Committee. She was Minister for the Environment from 2011-2014 under the Swedish Alliance government and since the election in 2014, has been a Member of the Riksdag and Deputy Chair of the Committee on Environment and Agriculture.

    Lena Ek has been a member of Södra for many years, and owns forest properties outside Mönsterås where she grew up. She served on Södra's Board from 2000-2010. She was born in 1958, has a degree in international law, and lives in Valdemarsvik.

    "Södra is an important organisation and means a lot to us as members. Whatever forest owners do, they can always turn to Södra, and the value that Södra generates for us as its owners is fantastic. The forest and forest fibre have enormous potential in terms of new products and new markets. It is an honour to be recommended by the Nomination Committee," says Lena Ek.

    The proposed new Board member is Hans Berggren, President of the co-operative association Sveriges Stärkelseproducenter and its three subsidiaries Lyckeby Culinar AB, Lyckeby Starch AB and Kockens AB. The Group generates sales of SEK 1.2 billion and sells products to the paper and food industries. Hans Berggren was born in 1956, is an agronomist and lives outside Karlshamn.

    Anders Grennborg, 62, is resigning from the Board after 13 years, and Caroline Sundewall after five years.

    The proposed re-elections to the Board are Marie Hallén and Ola Hildingsson.

    Södra's Annual General Meeting will be held on 19 May in Växjö.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    23.04.2015   ESMA Celebrating 25th Anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news Creating new opportunities for members in the Industrial Printing Market & Oliver Kammann of K-Flow appointed as new Chairman of the Board

    ESMA, the European Specialist Printing Manufacturers Association, celebrated its 25th anniversary during this years General Assembly held in Mallorca on March 20th with the highest member attendance on record. In 1990, ESMA was founded in the UK as an initiative of several European screen printing suppliers who recognised the need for an organisation to represent the interests and needs of all manufacturers of screen printing machines, supplies and equipment. The initial goal of ESMA was to maintain the growth and potential of screen printing.

    Today 25 years later, the association is not only pushing the boundaries for screen printing in new applications and industries but the same philosophy is now also applied to digital printing to open up new possibilities. The graphics printing landscape is changing rapidly and Industrial Printing seems to be the hottest topic ever. ESMA has been the home for Industrial Printing for the last two decades with well-known conferences such as "GlassPrint", "Membrane Switch", "Advanced Functional and Industrial Printing" and in recent times also with new formats such as "Printed Interior Decoration", "The Inkjet Conference" and "Direct Container Print", all aimed at showcasing and promoting knowledge and possibilities for industrial print applications for screen, pad and digital technologies.

    Peter Buttiens, CEO of ESMA, says “The association has established its own identity in the broader printing industry. With its challenging goals of building conferences in specialised areas and promoting its innovative ‘Knowledge-Hub’ concept, ESMA has evolved into a unique player in the market.”

    From April onwards, the ESMA team has been expanded with Maciej Bochajczuk as the new Marketing and Communication Coordinator. As a full time employee, he will help to further develop ESMA's online and offline marketing activities. With his addition, the ESMA team has grown in the last eight years to four permanent staff members!

    The General Assembly recognised the achievements over the last 25 years and also looked forward to the challenges and opportunities that the very dynamic industrial printing market will offer.

    During the General Assembly ESMA presented its new Chairman of the Board, Oliver Kammann of the German software and consulting company K-Flow. At the same time the Board and Steering Committee announced two new members, Samuel Wagner of Sefar and Frederic Blancher of Encres Dubuit. The new Chairman of the Marketing and Communication Committee, Jeremy Spencer of Caldera, was also introduced into office. The Members of the Board of ESMA are aiming their expertise and efforts at delivering real benefit for all current and future ESMA members.

    Oliver Kammann, Chairman of ESMA, is excited that "ESMA's membership, served through its Board and Committee structure, represents an excellent cross-section of leading European companies from the screen, pad, digital and substrates industry. I am looking forward to doing my best to advance the cause of ESMA and to generate real benefits through our conferences and education programs for our members, their customers and the industry as a whole."

    At the time of the General Assembly, ESMA represents the interest of 65 member companies, a record high for the association. This year will see the return of two highly successful events with "The Inkjet Conference (TheIJC.com)" and "GlassPrint", but also the introduction of a new event, "Direct Container Print (DCP)" aimed at introducing packaging manufacturers and brand owners to the possibilities and benefits of direct to shape decoration of plastic and glass containers!
    (ESMA V.Z.W.)
     
    23.04.2015   Elwin Street Embraces Ricoh’s Digital Book Production at London Book Fair    ( Company news )

    Company news London publishing house Elwin Street has turned to Ricoh’s digital printing production technology to enable it to promote new titles at this years’ London Book Fair, April 14 to 16, Olympia.

    The collaboration sees Ricoh’s cut sheet digital presses used to print books on demand. It allows the ten year old independent co-edition packager with a prestigious international client base, to produce small quantities of offset-like quality books. This will help them more cost effectively market their new trade list as part of the Modern Books focus at the key three-day publishing event.

    Modern Books features illustrated, practical titles for mindful living, with healthy eating, parenting, active ageing and creativity being core categories. Titles printed by Ricoh’s digital cutsheet technology will include: The Vegetarian Year by Jane Hughes, endorsed by the UK Vegetarian Society; The Alkaline Cookbook by Dr Stephan Domenig and the Alkaline Cleanse, the follow up to the best-selling Alkaline Cure; Love, Aimee x featuring 50 original, creative desserts from Aimee Twigger’s kitchen, as featured on her popular blog.

    Silvia Langford, Director of Elwin Street, comments: “We are a packager of trade books, specialising in popular science and cookery. To date we have printed everything using offset print, so being able to print small quantities of our new titles before they are fully published was not always economically viable. However, since we met Ricoh at last years’ London Book Fair, we have found the possibilities their digital presses can open up very interesting. Their ability to produce books with high production values in very small quantities enables us to show our clients what new titles will look like. We expect this will help us to close more sales.”

    “At Ricoh we see Publishing as a significant opportunity for our digital print technologies,” comments Ricoh Europe's Business Development Director Graham Moore. “We are delighted to work with Elwin Street in this way. The flexibility that digital print can offer – especially for very short runs - helps publishers like Elwin Street take a more considered approach to their print production processes. With digital print they can agree run lengths that suits today’s demand and know there is the ability to produce variable quantities in the future.”
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
     
    23.04.2015   MB Bäuerle presents a global novelty at the Achema    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Achema fair that will be held in Frankfurt / Germany from June 15 until June 19, the folding machine manufacturer MB Bäuerle will show for the first time two versions of its fold module for producing package inserts for the pharmaceutical, cosmetics and packaging industry (Hall 3.1, Stand A11). Both fold units are available for integration into cartoning and packaging machines and as stand-alone folding systems.

    The leafletFOLDER NET 21 (photo) is characterized by its end-to-end automation. All major settings are made at the touch-screen display. Four automatic fold plates with integrated deflectors allow all common small folds down to a fold length of 15 mm. 16 types of fold are pre-programmed and can be recalled immediately - all other folds are freely programmable by entering the respective data. Fold rollers settings are also automated and even the code readers move to a defined position at the touch of a button. The computer control makes it possible to save the positions of the stops of fold plates, deflectors or the code reader and to set them again automatically when required. Thus up to 200 repeat jobs are exactly reproducible, which is of great use for small batches. The folder can be optionally equipped with professional scoring devices and a divert gate. A network interface permits the complex integration of the leaflet folder software into the control of the cartoning resp. packaging machine.

    Also for the first time MB Bäuerle will present the new leafletFOLDER 21. This fold module, which is driven by means of low-noise, almost maintenance-free flat belts, combines innovative technology with maximum efficiency. The swivel-mounted feed table offers excellent accessibility. The leaflet transport module is extendable and easily removable. The large read area allows the integration of all code reading systems as well as reading from top to bottom. The manual fold unit with four fold plates is easy to handle. As fold plate and dummy plate form a single unit, there is no need to insert additional deflectors. Even multilayer, pre-folded inserts can be processed reliably with the folder.
    (MB Bäuerle GmbH)
     
    23.04.2015   BASF introduces new anti-fake technology to tackle counterfeit crop protection products in China    ( Company news )

    Company news -Special color additive makes labeling unique and has now been integrated into all key product lines in China
    -Technology helps farmers keep food, feed and fiber safe
    -Next step of BASFʼs commitment to reduce illegal crop protection market globally

    BASF is leading the fight against counterfeiting in the crop protection market by investing in brand new anti-fake technology. In China the company is introducing an innovative product label that features an identification system developed by BASF and a local partner in exclusive collaboration. This technology will ensure that farmers in China can buy genuine BASF crop protection products.
    “Our new technology quickly proves the authenticity of BASF products and points out with clarity products that are counterfeited. We are committed to providing farmers with effective, innovative products that allow them to work in a safe environment and produce safe food, feed and fiber,” said Tracy Wu, Director Business Management Greater China, BASF Crop Protection.

    State-of-the-art technology, exclusively developed in collaboration with BASF
    The new technology, which has been developed by experts from BASF and a local labeling company in China, incorporates a special water mark into the product label that is invisible indoors but clearly visible in sunlight. In addition, the BASF know-how Verbund has created a special BASF color pigment to provide an additional unique characteristic that makes it even easier for farmers and retailers to identify genuine BASF products.
    The technology has already been incorporated into the BASF Cabrio®, Cabrio® Top, Merivon® and Cantus® fungicide product labels since March 2015. Beginning in 2016, it will be incorporated into the labels of other product lines, and the technology will be updated.

    Long-term commitment to reduce illegal products in crop protection market
    BASFʼs investment in China is one more milestone in the companyʼs ongoing global fight against counterfeit crop protection products. In other markets, like Brazil, BASF has also invested in a tailor-made device that helps its customers to check the authenticity of their purchase. The so-called DAF (anti-counterfeiting device) system consists of a seal containing a data matrix code and a modern bimetallic foil that can be applied to all product containers. Through directing a laser pointer to the bimetallic foil, BASF’s sales force and customers can identify the authenticity of the product: if authentic, the word BASF will be reflected. With illegal crop protection products making an estimated 9% of the total market, such solutions are of extreme relevance to Brazilian growers and further support to the development of sustainable agriculture.
    (BASF (China) Co Ltd)
     
    23.04.2015   Powerflute Preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Powerflute Oyj ("Powerflute" or the "Group") announces its preliminary results for the year ended 31 December 2014. Powerflute is quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange (POWR).

    HIGHLIGHTS
    · Acquisition of Corenso for cash consideration of €101.6 million completed in December 2014
    · Increase in dividend to 1.50 cents per share (2013: 1.35 cents)

    Results excluding non-recurring items
    · Revenues increased 16% to €150.1 million (2013: €129.4 million)
    · EBITDA from operating activities increased 20% to €20.9 million (2013: €17.4 million)
    · EPS increased by 17% to 3.8 cents per share (2013: 3.3 cents)

    Like-for-like performance
    · Revenues from Packaging Papers increased 4% to €134.4 million (2013: €129.4 million)
    · EBITDA from operating activities increased 8% to €18.7 million (2013: €17.4 million)
    · Operating profit increased by 7% to €13.0 million (2013: €12.1 million)

    Results including non-recurring items
    · Operating profit of €10.1 million (2013: €10.9 million) after charging transaction costs of €6.2 million (2013: €1.2 million) and gain on acquisition of €1.4 million (2013: nil)
    · Profit before tax of €8.6 million (2013: €10.0 million)
    · EPS of 2.2 cents per share (2013: 2.8 cents)
    · Net debt of €61.5 million, representing less than 1.5 times pro-forma historical EBITDA

    Commenting on the results, Dermot Smurfit (photo), Chairman of Powerflute said:
    I am pleased to report that 2014 was another successful year for Powerflute, with improvement in the underlying profit and earnings per share from our Packaging Papers businesses. We were delighted to complete of the acquisition of the Corenso group of companies in December 2014, and remain excited about the future potential of the business and expect it will make a significant contribution to earnings per share in 2015 and beyond.
    Packaging Papers has made an encouraging start to the year, with a good operational performance backed by favourable market conditions and exchange rates, resulting in earnings growth compared with the same period of the prior year. The new Coreboard and Cores segment is also performing well and good progress has been made with integration activities.
    Despite the increase in borrowings resulting from the Corenso acquisition, the Group continues to have only moderate leverage and a strong balance sheet and is well positioned to pursue opportunities for the development of its businesses as they arise.
    (Savon Sellu Oy)
     
    23.04.2015   Tieto Future Mill Workplace – building new ways of working    ( Company news )

    Company news In recent years, factories have been affected by many factors: from lack of resources, climate change and shorter business cycles to changes in user behaviour.

    Industrial Internet is integrating automation concepts where all areas are networked and can model and simulate not only all data generated within the company, but also external data. Subsequently, this data is incorporated into a holistic approach in the form of a decision support system, which assists employees with their daily decisions.

    This assistance occurs with the help of tools and technologies such as Google Glass or Kinect for Windows, an Xbox-like console for commercial applications that is controlled by voice commands or gestures. Once employees have logged on using the facial recognition software, it can be operated completely hands-free, even when wearing gloves.

    New technologies bring with them benefits for employees as well as synergies for the company. Employees are better prepared for meetings involving things such as shift handovers, as the information can be provided beforehand and the length of meetings is thereby reduced. Employees can also see all essential points at a glance and the information can be personalised and interactive.
    Industry transformation

    As automation, amount of networking machines and complexity of production increase, there are various effects on employees:
    -Focus shifts from processing standardised working procedures towards dealing with problems or exceptional circumstances
    -Different IT systems are increasingly used for transactions (information gathering, collaboration and communication)

    This in turn affects the underlying IT systems. It affects alerting, decision support, knowledge management, analysis of various solution scenarios and their impact, as well as IT-based employee cooperation.

    It is therefore necessary that an IT system of the future support the user with relevant decisions - whether through knowledge management or simulation of its effects.

    In addition, we see how communication and cooperation are integrated in the respective scenarios as a great opportunity to become more efficient.

    The goal of all initiatives is simplification. The employee must be able to make informed decisions quickly and in cooperation with others.
    (Tieto Finland Oy)
     
    23.04.2015   Valmet and Metsä Fibre finalized the order agreement for key technology to Äänekoski bioproduct mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Metsä Fibre have signed the agreement for the supply of key technology to Metsä Fibre's new Äänekoski bioproduct mill in Finland. Valmet announced the letter of intent of the delivery on February 13, 2015.

    Valmet delivery includes recovery boiler, pulp drying line, gasification plant, lime kiln and a mill wide Valmet DNA automation system. The estimated value of Valmet's delivery, which includes only the core equipment supplied by Valmet, is about EUR 125-150 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

    The construction of the bioproduct mill will start immediately and the production at the new mill is scheduled to begin during the third quarter of 2017.

    "The bioproduct mill will strengthen Metsä Group's leading position in northern softwood pulp market and will improve our profitability. We have had long term and successful cooperation with Valmet which is a strong supplier of equipment of this scale," says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

    Technological innovations and important employment impact
    Valmet delivers leading technology for the Äänekoski bioproduct mill. The recovery boiler, pulp drying line and lime kiln will be the largest in Europe. All the equipment will have high energy efficiency.
    "Our gasification technology and recovery boiler maximize the use of bioenergy and makes the pulp mill totally fossil fuel free. Valmet delivers a modern gasification plant, where bark is dried and gasified to product gas which is then used as fuel in the lime kiln. The Valmet delivered recovery boiler has multiple high power features including patented heat recovery from flue gas to combustion air enabling the mill to sell outside 1.4 times more electricity than it needs for its own operation," says Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President from Valmet.
    Valmet's delivery for the bioproduct mill will have an important employment impact on Valmet and its subcontractors. The employment impact of Valmet's project delivery is expected to be around 250 man years, out of which half in Finland mainly in Tampere, Jyväskylä, Ulvila and Raisio.

    Details about Valmet's technology delivery to Metsä Fibre Äänekoski bioproduct mill
    The new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Metsä Fibre's total investment will amount to approximately EUR 1.2 billion and the mill's annual pulp production will be approximately 1.3 million tonnes.
    Valmet's delivery includes engineering, procurement, supply and construction management of a recovery boiler, a pulp drying line, a lime kiln and a gasification plant. The recovery boiler will have a capacity of 7,200 tds/d (tonnes dry solids a day). It provides steam to a turbine with 260 MW electrical capacity, which makes Metsä Fibre's recovery boiler plant the largest renewable energy production unit in Europe. The pulp drying line will have a trimmed width of 8.25 meters and a capacity of 2,700 Adt/d (air dry tonnes a day). The lime kiln will have a capacity of 1,200 t/d and will be operated by renewable fuel provided by 87 MW product gas capacity biomass gasification plant.
    Valmet's automation delivery includes an extensive Valmet DNA automation and process information system covering the entire pulp mill and Valmet IQ quality control system for the pulp drying machine.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    22.04.2015   Xerium Expands Huydura Family of Dewatering Wires for Twin Wire Presses and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Double Wire Presses

    Xerium Technologies, Inc. (NYSE:XRM), a leading global provider of industrial consumable products and services, recently launched the Huydura family of dewatering wire technology for twin wire presses and double wire presses for pulp production. The innovative Huydura portfolio now includes three product tiers providing the industry’s most advanced pulp-making wire technology. Huydura AP, Huydura HD, and Huydura XL are specially engineered to provide optimum dewatering, sheet release, and durability at the highest pressure loads. Huydura is also available in endless and seamed versions for the most demanding applications.

    “Our machine clothing technology team is proud to unveil yet another step change in performance on these demanding double wire pulp press applications. Huydura has long been a benchmark for performance on these type presses and the newly expanded portfolio broadens the application scope to more machines and positions for the ideal combination of performance and life” said Mr. Bill Butterfield, EVP and CTO of Xerium. “We are continually pushing the technology envelope for more innovations to help our customers achieve new performance levels with reduced operating costs.”
    (Xerium Technologies Inc.)
     
    22.04.2015   Design 'OSCAR' for ROLAND 700 Evolution    ( Company news )

    Company news Manroland’s state-of-the-art new printing press has been recognised in one of the world’s biggest design awards. The ROLAND 700 Evolution, launched at the end of 2014, is one of the winners of the Red Dot Award for Product Design 2015.

    The Awards attracted nearly 5,000 entries from 56 countries. The Founder and President of Singapore-based Red Dot, Professor Dr Peter Zec, said Manroland had showed “uncompromising competency and considerable courage.” “You have measured yourself successfully against the best in the industry,” he said in a letter to Manroland.

    The jury was made up of designers, academics and journalists from 25 countries who were impressed by the Evolution’s sleek and futuristic look and technology aimed at giving printers unprecedented levels of efficiency, operation and quality.

    Features include an ergonomic operating user interface with touch-screen controls, Direct Drive technology, and feeder, delivery and dampening units specially designed for high-speed production.

    Manroland’s CEO, Rafael Penuela, said: “We are naturally thrilled to have won this award. Printing presses are not usually recognised for their design. It’s a tribute to our team here in Germany who conceived, developed and launched the Evolution in just two years.”
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
     
    22.04.2015   DS Smith leads corrugated packaging market with breakthrough HP digital preprint solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news DS Smith has taken delivery of industry-leading digital preprint solution this month.
    Working in collaboration with HP to develop and deploy digital preprint solutions for high-volume corrugated packaging, DS Smith took delivery of the bespoke HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press in March 2015.

    The narrow-width press, which will print four colours onto the liner prior to corrugating, precedes the delivery of a wide-web machine – currently in development – which is more size-compatible with high-volume fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) corrugated packaging needs.

    The investment will enable DS Smith to deliver products to market faster, customise batches to support brand and marketing initiatives, deliver short and long print runs, and ensure consistent print quality.

    The HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press is installed at the Belper site, part of DS Smith’s UK packaging division, which has been chosen as the test site given its long pedigree of print innovation and will act as the digital preprint R&D centre for the company.

    This installation is a big step in DS Smith’s collaboration with HP towards deploying a high-volume, digital preprint solution, to meet the corrugated packaging needs of FMCG markets. DS Smith will also be the world’s first user of the HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press, HP’s recently announced wide-web digital preprint solution.

    DS Smith intends to lead the corrugated packaging industry with this game-changing technology.

    Stefano Rossi, divisional CEO for DS Smith, commented: “We invest in the latest printing technology at an early stage to ensure our customers have unrivalled access to the highest quality and widest range of printing techniques.

    “We look forward to developing digital alongside our other print processes; the combination of speed, quality and agility provided by our extensive range of printing options opens up many opportunities for our customers.

    “This is a big investment; it shows our determination to be at the forefront of technology, to lead the market and to continually enhance the service and support we provide to our customers.”

    HP looks forward to the DS Smith solution deployment in Belper. “We believe our HP T400 Simplex Color Inkjet Web Press and the HP T1100 Color Inkjet Web Press preprint solution will provide DS Smith innovative new capabilities, and that combined with DS Smith’s vision and focus around quality and customer service will help us sharpen our packaging presses offering to the market,” said Eric Wiesner, General Manager for HP’s Inkjet High-speed Production Solutions division.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
     
    22.04.2015   Metsä Board increases white fresh forest fibre linerboard prices    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board announces a price increase of € 40 per tonne for white fresh forest fibre linerboards in the continental European markets, effective May the 11th, 2015 as consequence of the good demand in the recent months and a strong market outlook.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    22.04.2015   emtec at Future. Forum Paper in Austria - Process Optimization within the Paper, Board and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Tissue Production

    On May 20th and 21st, 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. 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 process and delivers reliable and necessary information concerning the efficiency of chemicals in the process immediately.
    In addition to the wet end, it is necessary to get an idea of the quality of the base paper after the production and of the finished product after converting. The EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester is one of the equipment for determining important paper surface properties such as hydrophoby and sizing as well as the porosity and pore structure, which have influences on the printability, coatability, and glueability.

    Especially for tissue and nonwoven products, the TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer gives reliable and objective information about the real softness, smoothness/roughness, stiffness as well as the final hand feeling.

    Another innovative device is one of the latest developments: the ACA Ash Content Analyzer. It allows the fast and accurate determination of the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the individual filler components of paper and board. It is a useful alternative to the traditional combustion method.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
     
    22.04.2015   WWF's 'Environmental Self-check' - a free and confidential service for pulp and paper producers    ( Company news )

    Company news With the launch of the online Environmental Self-check, WWF provides an improved service to pulp and paper manufacturers globally for company internal usage. The five online steps to check the environmental footprint of pulp and paper brands can be filled out confidentially. The Environmental Self-check is a new feature of WWF´s Check Your Paper, a public database of brands with high environmental standards (checkyourpaper.panda.org)

    “WWF wants to offer an additional service to producers to support continual improvement efforts. With the Environmental Self-check we encourage companies to test their products with our method and verify their environmental performance. Companies can download their scores for company internal usage and discussions without any cost or obligations,” said Emmanuelle Neyroumande, Pulp and Paper Global Manager, WWF International “Of course we encourage them to also publish their scores subsequently, to show leadership in transparency.”

    The Environmental Self-check is based on a method which reduces the complexity of assessing the forest and manufacturing footprint of pulp and paper products. Previously called “Scorecard”, it was developed upon request by and with support of large buyers, and in consultation with scientists, NGOs and producers. The Check Your Paper method is already being used across regions and for different products. WWF now also encourages the use of the method in supplier screening tools, for example those of retailers and other large buyers of pulp and paper.
    The public Check Your Paper database has further a new focus on featuring pulp and paper products with high environmental standards and a low forest, water and climate footprint. As part of the improved Check Your Paper, WWF will offer more opportunities for transparent leaders in the sector to get public recognition for published brands. All third party audited brands will automatically participate in the Environmental Paper Awards 2016 which will be issued for Best Environmental Performance paper brands and the most transparent producers.

    Rod Taylor, Director Forests for Life Programme, WWF International said “At a time of increasing interest in supply chain risks worldwide, the Check Your Paper Method offers an opportunity for suppliers and buyers to work together to reduce their environmental footprint.”
    (WWF International)
     
    22.04.2015   Sale of SKG Solidboard and Graphicboard operations in the UK, Netherlands and Belgium     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group announces that it has signed an agreement to sell its Solidboard and Graphicboard operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and the UK to the Aurelius Group.

    The operations being sold have net assets amounting to €42 million, and comprise two Graphicboard mills, an integrated Solidboard operation consisting of two mills and four converting sites.

    The transaction represents a further progression of the Group’s stated objective to focus on its core business as a leading global producer of paper based packaging solutions and maximise long term returns for shareholders.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
     
    22.04.2015   bielomatik focuses on growth sectors    ( Company news )

    Company news Restructuring under chapter 11 proceedings

    bielomatik focuses on the profitable growth sectors plastic welding and lubrication technology. The division paper converting machines shall be now sold acknowledging a difficult market situation.

    bielomatik is restructuring itself under chaper 11 protection. The county court of Esslingen agreed to the corresponding filing of the bielomatik management. The approximately 550 employees in Neuffen have already been informed during an employee meeting.

    This allows bielomatik to evade an impending insolvency and to continue being lead under the manufacturers own management team. The chapter 11 proceedings have only recently been adopted in German insolvency law. The business activities will be continued unrestricted; the company is still financially solvent.

    Simultaneously, standard insolvency filings have been initiated for bielomatik jagenberg, bielomatik’s subsidiary company, that employs 23 members of staff at Neuss/Germany. An employee meeting has been held there as well.

    The renowned restructuring expert Arndt Geiwitz of Schneider Geiwitz & Partner accompanies the filings as a trustee. Patrick Wahren has been appointed as the insolvency administrator for bielomatik jagenberg.

    “bielomatik is and will continue to do business with its customers and partners under the protective shield of chapter 11”, emphasizes the chairman of management board Alexander Wassermann. “We are able to fulfill all customer orders as planned. Moreover, we can and will pay our orders with suppliers.”

    Within the last years bielomatik has developed extensively the plastic welding and lubrication technology businesses. The company has positioned itself profitable and future-oriented regarding the technology, its products and innovation projects. The business is developing in these areas very positively and further growth is expected in 2015. “We also see a great deal of positive potential in the paper converting division that could enable synergies in another commercial context and that brings value to a potential purchaser”, says restructuring expert Arndt Geiwitz. “We will lead intensive sales negotiations”.

    Throughout the upcoming three months the company will establish a restructuring plan. If the creditors accept this plan, it will be implemented – in conjunction with a corresponding decision by the court. Wassermann promises an approach in close cooperation with the creditors, business partners, employees, the court and the trustees.

    The chapter 11 filing has no effects on the validity of employment contracts. All rights and duties persist. As a result, many employees have a secured salary entitlement for three months due to the so called insolvency substitute benefits during the chapter 11 proceedings.

    All foreign subsidiaries of bielomatik in Italy, Romania, the USA, Brazil, China, Singapore and Japan are not affected by these filings.
    (bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG)
     

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