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    12.12.2013   Advantage DCT tissue line rebuilt by future Valmet and Kawanoe Zoki successfully started up at...    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news Pasaban focused on the energy consumption of its sheeters

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Company news The hosts of SinoCorrugated South 2014, Reed Exhibitions, sent a team to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 25 to participate in the Malaysian Corrugated Carton Manufacturers’ Association (MACCMA) 25th anniversary celebrations. More than 600 guests from carton manufacturers, suppliers, trade associations and media attended the gala evening. The Hong Kong Corrugated Paper Manufacturers’ Association (HKCPMA), the Taiwan Paper Industry Association (CTCCA), the Corrugated Box Manufacturers’ Association of Singapore (CBMA) and the Indonesian Corrugated Cardboard Industries Association (PICCI) were also represented at the event.
    SinoCorrugated South has become an increasingly well-known exhibition as Reed has stepped up promotion of the event worldwide. Frank Cheng, Chairman of the International Corrugated Case Association (ICCA), Simon Lo, Chairman of the Asian Corrugated Case Association (ACCA), Henry Low Sheong Boon, Chairman of MACCMA, Kinardo Ang, Chairman of the PICCI, and Stanley Koo Chau Ming, Chairman of CBMA, said they will support SinoCorrugated South 2014 and organize groups of high-level visitors to the show.
    As the global economy starts to recover, so the needs of the corrugated packaging trade are rapidly rising. The ICCA predicts that the world’s corrugated industry will sustain an annual growth rate of 3% from 2013 to 2016. Southeast Asia, including Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, is growing much faster than other areas – at a rate of about 6%.
    SinoCorrugated South focuses on the great potential of the Southeast Asian market. The event serves to bring together industry professionals from China and Southeast Asia to promote international communication and sharing of technology and market information. It is the mission of Reed Exhibitions to create Asia-Pacific’s best corrugated packaging through this show.
    In 2014, SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton will be collocated at the Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12. Spanning 60,000 sqm, together the two shows will feature over 600 suppliers, 1,300+ pieces of corrugated and folding carton equipment and about 1,000 kinds of consumables. Over 26,000 visitors will attend the dual events, and more than 50 foreign and domestic industry associations will support the show by sending strong visiting delegations. The event promised to be a major showcase that will drive growth in the global corrugated and packaging industries.
    (Reed Exhibitions Greater China)
     
    09.12.2013   Screen Europe brings Truepress portfolio to Ipex 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Screen Europe to showcase its Truepress Jet continuous inkjet solutions and applications at ‘the only major print event in 2014’

    Picture: Truepress Jet2500UV

    Screen Europe will be demonstrating a host of products from its Truepress Jet continuous digital inkjet printing series at Ipex 2014. The company’s support of Ipex reiterates the London-based exhibition’s broad appeal to all facets of the print industry and the opportunity it provides for manufacturers to reach out to the international market.
    “Ipex is the only major print event in 2014. It promises to be an important show for Screen and our Truepress Jet high-speed, continuous inkjet printing solutions and applications,” says Brian Filler, President, Screen Europe.
    “The event always attracts premier print companies from around the globe and we have already had considerable interest from the Middle East, Africa and Australia. The timing in March is perfect. Ipex in London kicks off the financial year nicely as industry confidence returns and the economy around the world shows signs of recovery. Ipex will be perfect for companies who are planning and making their print on demand technology investments in 2014.”
    Trevor Crawford, Event Director, Ipex 2014, comments: “The Ipex 2014 line-up is getting stronger every day and we’re delighted with Screen Europe’s commitment to the event. The company’s Truepress Jet inkjet technology provides a snapshot of the world class digital printing offering that will be on show at the London ExCel next year. With only five months to go, Ipex is fast shaping up to be the definitive print event next year for international suppliers that want to grow their businesses and communicate with the industry.”
    (Screen Europe)
     
    09.12.2013   Revolution in the retail trade    ( Company news )

    Company news At the Pro Carton Marketing Event in October 2013 in Vienna, Georg Wiedenhofer, Managing Director of the Gallup Institute, presented a brand new international study on the development of E-commerce, and Willy Zwerger, a renowned journalist and retail expert, discussed developments relating to international trade. This was followed by a high-level discussion round with the audience with the conclusion: the entire supply chain needs to take action.

    Picture: Willy Zwerger, Franz Rappold, Mag. Georg Wiedenhofer

    Mag. Georg Wiedenhofer, Purchasing and information behaviour in E-Commerce compared to the stationary trade
    "Last year every second person ordered something at least once via the Internet. Some product areas are affected massively, and there are still some product areas hardly affected yet, I underline: yet!"
    "The book trade is certainly affected most by the Internet. It is relatively easy to ship a book. Half the people purchasing books buy on the Internet these days, definitely a large number. This business sector is struggling hard with the change, but it also shows what could happen in other sectors if the Internet trade gains in importance."
    "It is a tremendous challenge for the trade that people visiting their stores often know more than their sales personnel. And the core problem is, that buyers usually come armed with a price gleaned from the Internet. The retail trade is attacked from two sides, on the one hand stationary trade is losing business to the Internet, on the other people visit stores well informed."
    " E-Commerce will increase. First of all, new platforms join the Internet every day, making the product offerings broader, and existing platforms are expanding their ranges. And acceptance among buyers is also increasing."
    "Why do people buy via the Internet? Many believe that price is the dominating factor, but that is not true. The buzz word is convenience. Price is also important, but convenience tops the list. There are no specific hours of business at home on the couch, you can buy at all times and have the largest selection of products worldwide. Things can't be any simpler for the consumer, this is convenience all the way."
    "What are the implications for the packaging industry? Mainly questions: "Is packaging suitable for shipping? Volume, strength, handling, labelling, suitability for returns – what happens when the customer rips open the packaging at home and then just stuffs the product back inside? Is packaging destroyed during opening or can it be used to return the goods? Can packaging create a buying experience at home when the goods are delivered?

    Willy Zwerger, Shopping everywhere and at any time. Something the trade needs to address
    "There are uncounted perfect examples. Take for instance sports items, shoes and lingerie where showrooms are in, where consumers can view the goods, but order the right size via a console or tablet on site. This saves the retailer having to stock all sizes and variants of all products."
    "The British retail chain Tesco successfully launched a revolutionary idea some two years ago. Using South Korea as a test market, photos of shelves with products with codes for photographing were installed at the tube stations in Seoul. The logistics were organised such that the ordered goods would arrive at the same time as the purchaser arrived home. A 30 per cent increase in turnover has encouraged Tesco to extend their virtual shopping programme and they have now integrated bus and railway stations. Other cities are waiting in the wings."
    "A few weeks ago REWE presented a similar model in Austria. As part of the Billa Online Shop and the implementation of the Billa App for mobile shopping in comfort, billboards and CityLights displayed products which could also be scanned and ordered. The average online purchase at Billa amounts to over EUR 80, whereas the average purchase in the Billa stores only amounts to EUR 13. However, the current ratio of goods purchased online is less than one per cent of total turnover. So there is plenty of room to manoeuvre, especially when considering that similar business models in Scandinavia or the Netherlands generate close to 20 per cent."
    "In view of the fact that sales space in the retail trade has shrunk for the first time, and not only the number of outlets, it is time for multi-channelling to become a major topic everywhere. Success also means incorporating E-Commerce in businesses, not only in terms of structures, but mainly in the minds. One should finally dispense with the notion that E-Commerce is the enemy of the stationary trade and is only successful due to pricing issues."
    In Europe, the Scandinavians head the list, closely followed by the British. The reasons are obvious: the Scandinavians have always been the test market for telecommunication providers, and the UK is an early adopter and started far earlier to put their ideas into practice."
    "In ten years there will be fewer outlets than today. These will be more like "sample" outlets where one can view the various models, shapes and colours and then order them online from the outlet. Many will provide a home delivery service which reduces shopping in its classical form to products which require a greater deal of explanation or foods, especially fresh foods."
    "What does that mean for the packaging industry? The most important questions for the Packaging Supply Chain: how to solve the problem of the different temperature ranges for foods and how can one create returnable systems to keep the ecological footprint as low as possible? And, closely related, which vehicles will be used for delivery in the future: delivery bicycles, mini electric cars, delivery trams, fleets of taxis that also offer home deliveries, or mobile vendors with temporary delivery sites?"
    "The packaging industry should certainly seek talks with the retail trade, which after all dictates the type of distribution and has no doubt already been in contact with the industry as to the feasibility of options."

    Discussion: action required by the Supply Chain
    In the following, Dr. Andreas Blaschke (President ECMA) and Roland Rex (President Pro Carton) discussed the effects of the changes for the packaging industry together with the speakers and the audience with Franz Rappold (Pro Carton) as moderator.
    The discussion clearly showed that the Supply Chain is presently in a crucial phase. Consumer behaviour is changing dramatically and the retail trade is first in line when it comes to being confronted with new needs and requirements. All partners in the Supply Chain should grasp the opportunity of discussing existing and new options.
    For example, deliveries from central logistic centres in place of deliveries from the dealers could create a demand, especially for new, brand-adequate packaging:
    a) Designs according to the specifications of the brand owners and trading companies
    b) Development of multi-channel solutions
    c) Complying with temperature specifications when delivering fresh goods.

    The discussion also highlighted that the packaging industry has many excellent solutions available which are not yet top of mind in the retail trade or the branded goods industry. The packaging industry is challenged to communicate their expertise even wider.
    In view of the rapid development there is a dire need for discussions to pursue current developments and to work jointly on future-oriented solutions.
    (Pro Carton - The European Carton Promotion Association)
     
    06.12.2013   Reed Exhibitions Hosts Successful SinoFoldingCarton 2013 Event    ( Company news )

    Company news SinoFoldingCarton 2013 came to a close at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan on August 23. Tens of thousands of visitors, who had flocked to the venue with high expectations, declared themselves pleased with the fruitful outcomes of the event. This year’s show was the biggest to date and it remains the leading trade event to display post-press equipment and consumables for folding carton production. Thanks to its extensive highlighting of the latest products and technologies, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 exceeded previous events in scale and quality, setting new records within the industry.

    Expansive Scale
    An annual international showcase for the folding carton and printing industry, SinoFoldingCarton this year featured more products and brands than ever before, supplemented by value-enhancing on-site activities. While facilitating communication among multiple sectors, the event also explored future development prospects with business insiders, driving the industry forward.
    Across an exhibition area of 25,000 sqm, 25% more than the previous edition of the event, 238 exhibitors, up 37.4%, showcased their newest manufacturing and processing solutions. Furthermore, about 20 local and international industry associations supported the show, which also welcomed high-end buyers from Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, the US, Singapore, Vietnam, India and Malaysia.
    As well as breaking its own records for number of participants, SinoFoldingCarton 2013 also featured various exhibits, including die-cutting machines, gilding press machines, gluing machines, glazing machines, laminating machines, filming machines, examining equipment, glue spraying systems and consumables. The exhaustiveness of this selection attracted equipment and consumables suppliers from all over the world.

    Richer Content
    In addition to exhibits, various technical activities were a hugely popular feature on the show site. Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the event, arranged a rich blend of value-enhancing activities, designed to examine the current status and future development prospects of the industry. The Packaging and Printing Forum, Technical Seminars, Production Solution Display and Enterprise Management Training were among the most widely attended auxiliary events on-site; together with the Green Packaging Summit Forum, the Drug Electronic Monitoring Code Forum, the China Printing Industry Trend Seminar, the Domestic Packaging Market Development Forum, the Digital Printing Forum and a visit to the China Packaging Technology and Cultural Museum.
    The 3D Creative Printing Display Zone and China Packaging Technology and Cultural Museum Display Zone gave visitors the chance to experience the unique charm of 3D printing and the beauty of ancient Chinese packaging skills.
    The show enjoyed staunch support from many local and international industry associations.

    Exciting Future
    Although SinoFoldingCarton 2013 was a great success, Reed Exhibitions is determined to continue to strive for improvement by creating an even better next edition of the show.
    As industry recovers, SinoCorrugated and SinoFoldingCarton will keep expanding. The next show, SinoCorrugated South 2014, will take place at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center from April 10 to 12, in which several new display zones, like the flexographic printing zone, the digital printing zone, the honeycomb paper zone, the electronic monitoring code zone, the body paper zone and oil ink and consumable display zone will feature. Such display areas will help visitors focus their visit and save travel costs.
    SinoFoldingCarton 2014 will be even more trade-focused and cooperate more with industry associations. In recent years, many Chinese post-press equipment companies have emerged, thanks to their own core technologies, good quality and excellent services. They show the world the features and benefits of the “Made in China” brand, and need a platform to display their products and attract buyers. At the same time, folding carton producers also need such a platform to compare equipment and learn the latest information. SinoFoldingCarton and SinoCorrugated are two such platforms that promote communication between equipment suppliers and buyers.
    China remains a global powerhouse in folding carton production and consumption, meaning dynamic and numerous opportunities for local folding carton producers and equipment suppliers. Next April, SinoFoldingCarton 2014 and SinoCorrugated South 2014 will combine to continue to drive the industry towards a bright future.
    (Reed Huayin (Shanghai) International Exhibitions Co. Ltd)
     
    06.12.2013   New Automated Document Binder for Office    ( Company news )

    Company news Bindomatic AB, an innovative, international Swedish company dedicated to providing top quality business solutions for professional document finishing, has announced the launch of a 2nd generation automated desktop binding machine called Bindomatic Model 7000 (picture).
    “The Bindomatic technology and know-how invested in the Model 7000 truly benefits any and all companies with a mid- to high-volume finishing demand. This is in line with our strategy to provide the most efficient binding products to the market.” says Jörgen Friman, CEO & President of Bindomatic AB.
    The capacity of model 7000 is unrivalled in the market segment with up to 30 documents bound per minute and binding up to 300 page documents. In addition the Model 7000 include other upgrades that improve the visual impression, the quality and the strength of the ready bound document.
    Thanks to exceptional ease of use, the Bindomatic 7000 is an ideal binding solution for office/corporate walk-up print stations, as well as higher volume demanding CRD or commercial print environments. The Model 7000 will always deliver a professional impression in the blink of an eye, without the need of trained operators.
    The predecessor and 1st generation version, Bindomatic Model 101DFS, was the world’s first automated, desktop thermal binder when launched. The Model 7000 reinforces that pole position as undisputed champion of its class.
    (Bindomatic AB)
     
    06.12.2013   Future Valmet to supply a complete Advantage NTT tissue line to Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a complete Advantage NTT tissue line to Abu Dhabi National Paper Mill (ADNPM) in the United Arab Emirates. The Advantage NTT solution represents the latest state-of-the-art tissue making technology in the industry. The future Valmet has previously sold two solutions of this kind. The first Advantage NTT machine started up in Mexico earlier this year.
    In addition to the tissue machine, the order includes automation solutions for machine, process and quality controls. The new line will be installed at ADNPM’s tissue mill in Abu Dhabi and is planned to start up in the second quarter of 2015.
    The tissue line order is included in Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received and the automation package in Metso’s Automation segment’s third quarter 2013 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
    “The flexibility of the Advantage NTT technology provides us the means we need to develop new products with unique qualities with either conventional or texture tissue, in order to meet the constantly changing market needs. The tailored automation solutions will enhance total performance and keep production in peak condition. This is a significant milestone for local tissue production in the UAE,” says Helmut Berger, General Manger, ADNPM.
    “The Advantage NTT technology provides unique flexibility as it produces both conventional tissue as well as textured products with premium-quality softness and bulk, and absorbency capability. We are delighted to see that the functionalities enabled by this technology are valued in the market and the reception has been very positive. We are very proud to support ADNPM in their expansion into the premium quality segment,” says Jan Erikson,Vice President Sales, Paper business line, future Valmet.

    Technical information
    The delivery will comprise one complete tissue production line featuring stock preparation systems, an Advantage NTT 100 tissue machine as well as project execution services. The machine is equipped with an OptiFlo II TIS headbox, a Yankee cylinder, an Advantage AirCap Yankee hood, an Advantage WetDust dust system and an Advantage SoftReel L reel. The stock preparation line consists of an OptiSlush pulper, OptiFiner conical refiners and an OptiScreen screen.
    The delivery also includes an automation package with MetsoDNA machine, Drive and Process controls as well as Metso IQ Quality Controls with a Metso Scanner and Metso steam profiler. Metso consistency measurements and Neles control valves are also included.
    Complete installation supervision, training, start-up and commissioning are also part of the delivery. The supply is based on total Mill Engineering.
    The new tissue line will boost ADNPM’s current production capacity of 63,000 tons to 93,000 tons a year of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grades. The raw material for the new lines will be virgin fiber.
    (Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power segment)
     
    06.12.2013   Vacon enters the medium-voltage AC drives market     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon will take its product offering to new heights with medium-voltage AC drives. In contrast to Vacon's current low-voltage products, medium-voltage AC drives typically operate on voltages of several kilovolts and at power levels of several megawatts.
    Vacon is a full-scope AC drives company which focuses 100% on AC drives, offering products from small powers to multi-megawatt solutions. The global medium-voltage AC drives market is growing, and is currently estimated at around 3 BUSD.
    "Entering into the world of medium-voltage AC drives is a remarkable milestone in Vacon's history of producing reliable, high-performance products for our customers. The medium-voltage technology in AC drives is a natural extension for Vacon, since the power levels of machines and systems have increased over the years," says Vesa Laisi, Vacon's President and CEO.
    The first deliveries of Vacon's medium-voltage AC drives are scheduled to take place in 2014. Customer industries that typically use medium-voltage drives include marine & offshore, mining, metals and oil & gas. Some examples of applications for these drives include propulsion, pumps, fans, conveyors and hoists.
    "As a matter of fact, the initiative for taking the step towards medium-voltage AC drives came from some of our current customers. This is a great opportunity for us to expand our own product portfolio. We are strengthening our strengths and keeping our focus on product leadership. At the same time, we help our customers expand their own business by offering them a wide voltage and power range with Vacon's familiar state-of-the-art technology," says Dan Isaksson, VP, Medium Voltage Drives at Vacon.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    06.12.2013   Analysis and Forecast of China Papermaking Industry 2013-2017    ( Company news )

    The papermaking industry has stepped into the fast lane of low energy consumption, low pollution and low emissions. During the 11th-Five-Year period, China’s papermaking industry achieved the goal of increasing the output and reducing the pollution. The negative effects of the major polluters have been improved greatly in the papermaking industry. After entering the 12th-Five-Year period, the papermaking industry is vigorously promoting the green, low-carbon and recycling development and making efforts to achieve the environment-friendly strategy goal.
    In 2012, the output of paper and paperboard increased 3.09%, which is the lowest growth rate since the 10th-Five-Year period, while the average growth rate of the 10th-Five-Year and 11th-Five-Year period was 10% -13%. In the meantime, the economic benefit declined greatly. In 2012, the year-on-year growth of the paper and paperboard’s profit was only 3.6%; the total losses of the papermaking and paper products increased 33.44% and the receivable accounts of the paper and paperboard rose nearly 9.46%. The papermaking industry is going through the severe test.
    In 2012, the provinces with the paper & paperboard output of more than 1 million tons include the following 16 provinces, namely Shandong, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Henan, Fujian, Hebei, Hunan, Guangxi, Sichuan, Hubei, Anhui, Tianjin, Chongqing, Jiangxi and Hainan and the output of the 16 provinces reached 96.91 million tons, accounting for 94.55% of the total national paper & paperboard output.

    According to the domestic papermaking industry production and the papermaking raw materials supply as well as the paper market trends at home and abroad, the overall market trends and domestic papermaking industry production are as follows:
    -The paper production and consumption will show the growth on the whole but the growth rate will decline
    -Market competition intensifying and enterprise economic benefit declining
    -By transformation and upgrading as well as eliminating the backward ones, the integration speed of enterprises accelerating
    -The application of new technology and development of new products will be accelerated
    -The international trading friction increasing and the paper export being blocked
    (Huidian Research)
     
    06.12.2013   Improved runability of PM 4 at LEIPA Schwedt by using new refiner fillings    ( Company news )

    Company news Thanks to the new Voith Pluralis IF refiner fillings for the refining of recycled fibers, the strength properties of the fiber pulp can be improved and the tensile strength of the wet web is increased.
    This was also true for the refining application for PM 4 of LEIPA Georg Leinfelder GmbH paper mill in Schwedt, Germany. Replacing a standard refiner filling with the newly developed Pluralis IF in the TwinFlo refiner helped to improve strength development, while freeness increase remained the same, and the availability of the paper machine was increased. The next step is to use Pluralis IF also in the second refiner line.
    Pluralis IF is part of the Voith Pluralis Line and was developed for the special requirements in refining recycled fibers. Due to adapted geometries of the bars and grooves, the shortening of the fiber is reduced. This results in higher strength properties of the refined furnish.
    The PM 4 in Schwedt annually produces 360,000 metric tons of LWC paper per year from 100% recycled fibers at a production speed of up to 1,800 m/min in a basis weight range of 51 to 70 g/m². The quality is equal to that of primary fiber products with regard to all relevant properties. LEIPA ultraMag papers are environmentally certified and bear the "Blue Angel" ecolabel.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    05.12.2013   Successful startup at Kübler & Niethammer: Bellmer rebuilds paper machine    ( Company news )

    Company news Kübler & Niethammer has invested some 19 million Euros modernising its production site in Kriebethal in eastern Germany. Part of the modification process involved upgrading the technology in the dryer and press sections. Bellmer was responsible for the refurbishment, engineering, project management as well as disassembly and re-erection.
    The aim of the project was both a sustainable increase in paper machine capacity and an improvement in competitiveness based on new, lighter packaging papers. Another target was to increase speed to 1,200 m/min and production volume by 30,000 t/a to 115,000 t/a.
    The rebuild included the installation of a completely new press section: a TURBOPress shoe press was specified to enhance the dry contents and thus reduce energy consumption in the dryer section. The scope of supply included rolls for the press section, parts for the paper and felt guiding system, frame elements for the new press section, pulpers and peripheral plant parts as well as the entire hydraulic control unit. The dryer section was upgraded to state-of-the-art technology.
    The commissioning and startup processes were carried out on schedule, and feedback about the rebuild from Michael Moser, the project engineer at Kübler & Niethammer, was very positive.
    (Gebr. Bellmer GmbH Maschinenfabrik)
     
    05.12.2013   Brohl Wellpappe inaugurates the BOBST seven-colour FFG 924 NT RS flexo folder gluer ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... including varnishing and IR/UV drying

    Picture: Celebrating the successful joint development of the new BOBST seven-colour FFG 924 NT RS, the project having started under Bobst Lyon’s previous MARTIN branding, are (from left to right): Ralph Schuck (Director of Bobst Lyon), Maximilian and Detlef Boltersdorf (Directors of Brohl Wellpappe) and Dick van Bruggen (Director of Bobst Meerbusch).

    On 18 October 2013, Brohl Wellpappe GmbH & Co. KG in Mayen held a ceremony to officially bring the new BOBST FFG 924 NT RS flexo folder gluer into operation. This innovative seven-colour production line including varnishing and IR/UV drying is designed to produce high-quality corrugated cardboard packaging in a single operation, and was developed jointly by Brohl Wellpappe and BOBST. It is the latest fruit of a long partnership which has already created a number of innovative machine prototypes.
    “Once we’d started using our five-colour flexo folder gluer, developed jointly with BOBST, the logical next step was a machine with two additional colours plus varnishing, IR inter-colour drying and IR final drying, UV drying and complete quality control,” is how the Director Maximilian Boltersdorf describes the aims of this most recent collaborative venture.
    In addition to this configuration with printing, varnishing and drying, BOBST also equipped the new FFG 924 NT RS with extra features at Brohl Wellpappe’s request. For example, the innovative production facility uses specially configured printing units to give the packaging specialist much more flexibility in production. As Boltersdorf explains: “When we change the material there is no need to constantly change the anilox rollers to obtain perfect results.” The result is shorter setting-up times and fewer stoppages.
    Other features of the new flexo folder gluer are a quick change system for the anilox rollers, automatic printing length correction, the option of working with variable plate thicknesses, a rotary die-cutter with vacuum transfer and reinforced anvil cylinder for full die-cutting, a folder gluer with dual fold, and its iQ300 quality control system that continuously monitors the folding boxes and guarantees Brohl Wellpappe virtually defect-free operation from the FFG 924 NT RS. The fully automatic Prefeeder Multiloader and an FFG Palletizer Multipal further enhance the high productivity of the line, which has an output of up to 20,000 folding boxes per hour.
    “Along with Brohl Wellpappe we are very proud of the successful development of the new FFG 924 NT RS. With its seven colours and IR/UV drying, it takes the production of high-quality folding boxes to new levels of productivity and quality, while remaining cost-effective,” said Ralph Schuck, Director of Bobst Lyon, the BOBST company responsible for manufacturing the line, when the system was brought into service in Mayen. “Our two companies have been building on our partnership ever since Brohl Wellpappe installed their first BOBST die-cutter 50 years ago and their first flexo folder gluer 40 years ago. The new FFG 924 NT RS is a real milestone for both BOBST and Brohl.”
    (Bobst Meerbusch GmbH)
     
    05.12.2013   Two Golds for Cascades at the Canadian Printing Awards     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades has been once again rewarded at the Canadian Printing Awards with two Gold Awards, the first for Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor and the second for Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology for its new Cascades Enviro Jet paper.
    The Canadian Printing Awards acknowledges excellence in quality printing, environmental initiatives and industry contribution. Most Environmentally Progressive Vendor has been granted to Cascades for its ongoing efforts. From innovative new products and third party certifications to ecological production processes, this award recognizes the company’s concrete involvement and substantial benefits to the environment.
    The newly launched Cascades Enviro Jet has also been rewarded as the Most Environmentally Progressive Printing Technology. This paper is the first and only inkjet substrate with 100% post-consumer fiber made in North America which allows paper users to be colorful, productive and green. According to Normand Champagne, General Manager, Sales and Marketing, Cascades Fine Papers Group, “Cascades Enviro Jet was a real challenge for our development team as we wanted to offer a competitive ecological sheet that prints vivid colors and performs on the different types of inkjet presses. Mission accomplished!”
    As per Jon Robinson, Editor of PrintAction magazine, “This year’s Canadian Printing Awards program was our most successful to date, in terms of the number and quality of entries submitted from across the country. Cascades Fine Papers Group showed once again that it is at the forefront of this environmental progress, both as a company and through innovative products like Cascades Enviro Jet.”
    (Cascades Fine Papers Group Inc.)
     
    05.12.2013   CHANGES IN THE MANAGEMENT BOARD OF ARCTIC PAPER    ( Company news )

    Company news Effective 27 November 2013, the Supervisory Board of Arctic Paper S.A. has appointed Wolfgang Lübbert (picture), who had been the Acting CEO since 19 June 2013, to be the CEO of the company, and has appointed Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa as a Member of the Management Board, responsible for the company’s finances. Majewska-Śliwa will also serve as Chief Financial Officer of the company.
    Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa replaces Michał Bartkowiak, who is leaving the company on 30 November to take on other professional challenges.
    Majewska-Śliwa has over 20 years’ experience in corporate financial management. In her career she has worked for such companies as Coca-Cola West Poland sp. z o.o. as Director of Administration and Control and Herlitz sp. z o.o. as Director of Finance and Control. In 1996–1999 she was employed at Arctic Paper Kostrzyn, where in 1997 she was CFO and a member of the management board. From 1999 to 2006 she worked at Exide Technologies S.A., serving from 2001 as Managing Director, Finance Director and CEO. In 2007 she became a partner at Centrum Finansowo-Księgowe Progressio.
    Majewska-Śliwa earned a master’s degree in philology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań and a doctorate in economics of production and trade at the Poznań University of Economics. During her career she has completed professional training courses in Poland, Germany, Sweden and France. She also completed postgraduate studies in Polish and international accounting standards at the Poznań University of Economics.
    Wolfgang Lübbert, CEO of Arctic Paper S.A., commented: “We are very pleased that Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa has joined the management team of the Arctic Paper Group. She has great experience in managing the finances of companies. She was affiliated with the Arctic Paper Group in the past, which is an important strength because she is familiar with the specifics of the operations of our group and the paper industry. She is joining us at a difficult time for the industry, but I am confident that she will handle this new position well and work with us to achieve further successes for Arctic Paper.”
    Małgorzata Majewska-Śliwa, CFO of Arctic Paper S.A., said: “The position I have accepted at Arctic Paper S.A. is a highly challenging, multifaceted function and subject to close scrutiny from inside and outside the group. My goal is to meet this challenge. I intend to reinforce the financial team with active participation from the group’s manufacturing plants and trading companies, so that with our combined knowledge and experience we can minimize risk and actively support the growth of the group.”
    (Arctic Paper S.A.)
     
    05.12.2013   Promoting SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton at IndiaCorr Expo 2013 Proves to be a ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Big Success

    Picture: Harish Madan, ICCMA Chairman, gives an interview to Reed Exhibitions, hosts of SinoCorrugated South 2014

    The organizers of SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton recently visited New Delhi, India, to promote their two exhibitions by taking part in IndiaCorr Expo from October 17 to October 19.
    In recent years, India’s manufacturing and retail industries have undergone rapid development, attracting global attention as a result. The South Asian giant’s packaging industry, which provides key services to manufacturers and retailers, has also boomed. As a result, the production value of India’s packaging industry is expected to reach USD 60 billion within the next five years.
    This was the first ever IndiaCorr Expo, co-hosted by Reed Manch and Reed Exhibitions Shanghai. In total, the show attracted 5,179 visitors and spanned a total exhibition area of 5,700 sqm. Reed Exhibitions China, organizers of SinoCorrugated South 2014, featured booths at IndiaCorr to promote next year’s edition of the Chinese show. The SinoCorrugated South booth proved to be a big draw among visitors who represented corrugated factories as well as suppliers of equipment and consumables.
    In 2014, SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton will be held concurrently at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center in Dongguan from April 10 to April 12. Already, all the space in Exhibition Hall 3 has sold out, and the organizers have added Halls 4, 5 and 6 to satisfy the extensive demand from would-be exhibitors. With these additions, the show’s total exhibition area is expected to reach 60,000 sqm.
    During IndiaCorr Expo, Mr. Haish Madan, Secretary General of the Indian Corrugated Case Manufacturers Association (ICCMA); Mr. Kamal Chopra, Secretary General of the North Indian Printers Association (NIPA); Wang Zhiqiang, Deputy General Manager of Hubei Jingshan Corrugating Machinery; Wen Xiutong, General Manager of Shandong Aifeier Machinery, You Shouyuan, General Manager of Kunshan Hsieh Hsu Machinery, Liao Xing, Sales Director of Guangdong Sky Dragon Group and other high profile figures within the packaging and printing industry were interviewed by the show organizers. During the conversations, they talked about the development of their own companies, analyzed the current status of the corrugated market and pledged their full support to SinoCorrugated South 2014.
    Mr. Madan affirmed that SinoCorrugated South and SinoFoldingCarton are considered top events in the corrugated industry, and that the ICCMA will continue to send strong groups of visiting delegations to the shows. He further went on to confirm that he himself would join next year’s events, to learn more about the Chinese corrugated market.
    IndiaCorr Expo 2013 featured excellent services and facilitated great trade and cooperation opportunities among exhibitors and visitors. The latest technologies and solutions in corrugated paperboard manufacturing were on full display. The show helped exhibitors to expand their market in India. It also benefitted Chinese corrugated manufacturers and suppliers by giving them an accurate insight into the Indian paper box industry and the corresponding market. This was key to building a firm platform through which entry to the Indian market could be launched.
    (Reed Huayin (Shanghai) International Exhibitions Co. Ltd)
     
    05.12.2013   CALL FOR PAPERS OF SCIENCE & INNOVATION: From Paper to Bio-Materials - Fibre ...    ( ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 )

    ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 ... Applications and Fibre Processes for an Industry under Transformation

    109th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 2014 CONFERENCE AND EXPO 24th - 26th June 2014

    The ZELLCHEMING Annual Conference and Expo 2014 will highlight the transformation of paper industry towards a modern industry sector supplying our society with sustainable products made from renewable fibres.
    Part of the 2014 event will be the conference platform on science and innovation where new ideas and current research results can be presented which contribute to the future competitiveness of the sector and to efficient and sustainable production.
    This Call for Papers is directed towards potential speakers from science and industry working on research and innovation. The presentations we have in mind should demonstrate new and initial ideas, current subjects of researchers and scientists and issues which are likely to attract higher interest in the near future. The presentations are meant to give the ignition for a solid exchange of thoughts or even a cooperation of partners in different fields.

    The science and innovation platform of the ZELLCHEMING Annual Conference 2014 will focus on:
    Fibre Applications and Fibre Processes for an Industry under Transformation

    We are seeking for new ideas and concepts for
    • utilizing papermaking fibres for novel products,
    • perspectives for combining papermaking knowledge and materials with other materials like textiles,
    • cutting edge specialty fibres and their characterization,
    • improving sustainability and (energy) efficiency of papermaking processes,
    • novel process ideas and concepts

    For the Science and Innovation Platform, full presentations (20 min presentation), and poster presentations are welcome. The full presentations will have to pass a peer-reviewing procedure and will be published after the conference if the authors provide a full paper. Abstracts from all presentations will be published in the IPW
    magazine.
    Are you interested in giving a paper concerning this section of the conference at the Annual General Meeting of ZELLCHEMING in 2014? If so, please note the following:
    • The presentation you are offering to give has not been published yet.
    • You should submit the name(s) of the author(s), the title, type of the presentation (full paper, short communication or poster) and an
    abstract (some 250 words) of your presentation in English and via e-mail to the association’s office before January 12th, 2014
    (c.gembus@zellcheming.de).

    If you have any questions on the Science and Innovation Platform of ZELLCHEMING 2014 Annual General Meeting, please do not hesitate to contact the association’s office or the chairman of the scientific committee (schabel@papier.tu-darmstadt.de).

    We specifically encourage also young members of the R&D community to actively participate and are looking forward to seeing you again in Frankfurt in June 2014!
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - ZELLCHEMING)
     
    05.12.2013   Breakthrough technologies set to revolutionise paper and pulp industry and provide climate solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Industry calls for breakthrough technologies to be at the heart of the 2030 climate and energy package.

    Picture: Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General

    The European pulp and paper industry has searched for, and now found, breakthrough technology concepts which can enable a competitive future in Europe. The example is a fascinating case study from one of Europe’s energy intensive industries.
    The European paper industry supplies a quarter of the global market, employs 185,000 people in 520 companies with a turnover of 75 billion per year.
    At this year’s European Paper Week gathering in Brussels, the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI), unveiled eight concepts for breakthrough technologies that provide solutions which can enable the future of the industry in Europe. Each solution offers opportunity to create value, reduce costs, improve margins, radically change sector operations and allow massive decarbonisation.
    In March 2011 the European Commission set a challenging target of -80% CO2 reductions by 2050. In November 2011 the paper industry launched its own 2050 Roadmap that analysed how to achieve this decarbonisation target while increasing value in the sector by 50%. One year later, the industry followed up by launching the Two Team Project which brought together the teams who have developed the eight concepts announced today.
    In this year-long competition, two teams comprising of scientists, companies, suppliers and outsiders worked to identify viable concepts that would help the industry achieve its objectives. Climate Action Commissioner Connie Hedegaard announced the winning team and winning concept from among the eight finalists. She praised the efforts of the sector: “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.”
    The winning concept is known as “deep eutectic solvents”. It is a brand new technology which, at low temperatures, breaks biomass down into constituent parts which can then be used in the paper and pulp industries. If utilised at scale this technology could radically change pulp and paper production around the world and replace some of the most energy intensive parts of the current process. Deep eutectic solvents have seen remarkable results at the laboratory scale. In the coming months and years, they will need to be further studied and developed.
    Commenting on the outcome of the competition, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. While we have announced a winner, we are confident that all the shortlisted concepts have an important role to play. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. Now policy must be developed to support the development of these technologies.”
    Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, went on to say: “Policymakers once thought targets could be met with existing technology and behavioural change. That is wrong. Breakthrough technologies are needed to meet low carbon targets. Investments in innovation need to focus on breakthroughs, not on incremental growth. CEPI’s Two Team Project perfectly illustrates this”.
    Little effort is given to developing breakthrough innovations for the manufacturing sectors of tomorrow and industrial and climate policy have left this area untouched.
    The Two Team Project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation process and providing pre-competitive leads. It is now up to individual companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers. The right conditions must be put in place to enable research, pilot, demonstration and investments.

    The announcement of the winner will be followed by a seminar on Thursday 28th November in which eight finalists will have an opportunity to present their concepts to European Paper Week attendees.

    The eight breakthrough technologies are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future. They are:

    Deep Eutectic Solvents – the winner
    A ground-breaking discovery: Deep Eutectic Solvents (DES) produced by plants, opens the way to produce pulp at low temperatures and at atmospheric pressure. Using DES, any type of biomass could be dissolved into lignin, cellulose and hemicellulose with minimal energy, emissions and residues. They could also be used to recover cellulose from waste and dissolve ink residues in recovered paper.

    Flash condensing with Steam
    Waterless paper production? Very nearly. Largely dry fibres would be blasted into a forming zone with agitated steam and condensed into a web using one-thousandth the volume of water used today.

    Steam
    Using more energy to use less? You read it right. Using the full power of pure steam for superheated steam drying would save energy as most heat could be recovered and recycled. Steam will then be used as fibre carrier for making and forming paper.

    Supercritical CO2
    Neither gas nor liquid but somewhere in between, Supercritical CO2 (scCO2) is widely used in many applications, to dry vegetable, fruits and flowers, extract essential oils or spices. Suppliers for large consumer items use it to dye textile. Coffee and tea have been decaffeinated with scCO2 since the early 80s. We could use it to dry pulp and paper without the need for heat and steam, and why not dye paper or remove contaminants too, while we’re at it?

    100% electricity
    Shifting pulp and paper production to energy-efficient technologies using electricity rather than fossil fuel power to generate heat will cut all CO2 emissions as the power sector shifts to renewable energy. The sector would also provide a buffer and storage capacity for the grid, storing energy as hydrogen or pulp.

    DryPulp for cure-formed paper
    Imagine a papermaking process that uses no water. This is it. Fibres are treated to protect them from shear, and then suspended in a viscous solution at up to 40% concentration. The solution is then pressed out and the thin sheet cured with a choice of additives to deliver the end-product required.

    Functional Surface
    The key to unlocking greater added value from fewer resources depends on a shift to producing more lightweight products, and selling surface area and functionality rather than weight. Advances in sheet formation and new cocktails of raw materials will lead the way to the lightweight future.

    The Toolbox to replicate
    What about the great ideas that never make it? Put together a combination of process, material and equipment innovations as a toolbox of stepping stones to 2050 and the pathway becomes clearer, boosting sector and investor confidence.
    (CEPI aisbl - The Confederation of European Paper Industries)
     
    04.12.2013   FutureMark Paper Expands Client Roster in 2013, Breaks Ground in Educational Publishing Market    ( Company news )

    Company news FutureMark Paper experiences strong growth in 2013, signing on or expanding existing relationships with a number of retailers, publishers and marketing services providers

    Company makes inroads in educational publishing market, with 50% year over year volume growth; clients include Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier, Scholastic, Wiley and Zaner Bloser

    If school systems across the U.S. switched to high-recycled (>90%) paper for their educational materials, more than 4 million trees, nearly 2 billion gallons of water and 2.5 trillion BTUs of energy could immediately be saved

    FutureMark® Paper Group, North America’s leading provider of responsibly made recycled paper, announced the continued expansion of its customer roster among leading retailers, premier publishers and marketing services providers.
    The company reported new business wins in 2013 from Menards and other major retail chains, as well as increased volume from existing customers such as TI ME Magazine, Gannett and Sam’s Club.
    FutureMark also made notable strides in the educational publishing market in 2013, with 50 percent year over year volume growth, including new or expanded orders with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Reed Elsevier and Zaner Bloser – adding to its existing work with Scholastic and Wiley.
    As part of broader green initiatives among K-12 schools and higher education institutions, there is growing interest in high-recycled paper options for educational textbooks and instructional materials, most of which have traditionally been printed on conventional, or virgin, paper.
    A small portion of these materials may contain paper with 10-20 percent recycled fiber – technically qualifyingthem to be labeled “recycled.”
    High-recycled paper, however, is comprised of at least 90 percent recycled fiber and looks, feels and performs as well as the lower - or non-recycled options.
    “We are very pleased with our business growth in 2013 and look forward to continuing this momentum into 2014,” stated Steve Silver, President & CEO of FutureMark Paper Company. “We see the educational publishing market as an area in which we can support significant industry change and lessen the environmental impact of textbooks and instructional materials. If school systems across the United States made the switch to high-recycled paper for these materials, more than 4 million trees, nearly 2 billion gallons of water and 2.5 trillion BTUs of energy could immediately be saved.”

    Contributing to the company’s recent growth and positive outlook is FutureMark’s newest product: Future JetTM, the industry’s first high-recycled, coated digital inkjet paper. Compatible with both dye- and pigment-based printers, Future Jet offers publishers and commercial printers excellent print quality on the greenest paper available.
    Added Silver: “Our sustainable, affordable, high-quality paper is impressing even the most skeptical buyers and printers, and we’re looking forward to turning more heads with additional new products we are readying for release early next year.”
    (FutureMark® Paper Group)
     
    04.12.2013   Innventia's Paul Krochak named the winner of the TAPPI Jasper Mardon Prize 2013    ( Company news )

    Company news The presentation “Bridging Chemical Dosage, Mixing Quality and Variability in Paper Sheets” by Paul Krochak (photo), Bo Norman, Giuseppe Carmine Fasci, and Lisa Prahl Wittberg, was named the winner of the Jasper Mardon Memorial Prize recognizing the Best Papermaking Technology Paper presented at PaperCon 2013.
    The study investigated the fact that poor dosage and mixing of chemicals in the approach flow has long been suspected to lead to variability in paper products. The results of the study indicate the existence of optimal dosage configurations and point toward a strong coupling between chemical addition strategy, mixing quality and variability in final products.
    "It is an honor to win this award. It was actually quite a large effort putting this paper together. We had some luck in getting such a strong Masters student, Giuseppe, who performed all of the modelling and simulations under Lisa's and my supervision. Bo executed the FEX demonstration trials and then he and I worked incredibly hard to put the article together. There were some times when I thought we were putting in far too much effort into a conference paper, but in hindsight it was completely worth it," says Paul Krochak who will receive the award at PaperCon 2014 in Nashville.
    "Paul Krochak's paper reporting the results of a study investigating the influence of variables in chemical additive addition on final product quality is a noteworthy effort that advances the industry's understanding of this important aspect of papermaking technology," notes Larry N. Montague, TAPPI President and CEO. "It's an outstanding example of how research can advance technology and in turn lead to improved product quality and thus is very deserving of the prestigious Jasper Mardon Prize."
    (Innventia AB)
     
    04.12.2013   Vacon strengthens its foothold in Latin America     ( Company news )

    Company news The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon expands its operations in Brazil and Latin America, and on account of this, Vacon's sales office in Brazil is moving to new premises in São Paulo. The inauguration of the premises took place yesterday, 2 December 2013.
    "Vacon's business has developed favorably in Brazil and in Latin America, and we see good prospects for growth in this region. In accordance of Vacon's newly published new strategy, to secure growth, Brazil is one of the target countries where we will invest. Our sales office in Brazil allows us to increase our competitive edge in the whole of Latin America, build our own competence in the region and differentiate from the competitors. At the same time, we will bring added value to our customers and prepare the ground for our high-power AC drives strategy," says Heikki Hiltunen, Executive Vice President, Market Operations at Vacon.
    "Vacon's office in São Paulo is moving to new larger premises where we will have more space to grow and give support to our regional customers in Brazil and other Latin American countries. We are expanding our service center facilities and we have a new training center. Furthermore, we have the possibility to start local cabinet assembly in Brazil. This is a remarkable step forward because this allows us to better serve our customers in the oil & gas, marine and offshore and renewable energy production business," says Claudio Luis Baccarelli, Vacon's Managing Director in Brazil.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    04.12.2013   Efficient operation with modular Bosch technology     ( Company news )

    Company news Preserves manufacturer saves 40,000 euros per year in energy costs

    Following an energy analysis in 2012, Valenzi GmbH & Co. KG from Suderburg in the Lower Saxony region of Germany decided to replace its steam supply. A complete system from Bosch was used, which could be matched exactly to the customer's requirements thanks to the numerous modules available. The manufacturer of forest fruit preserves expects an energy saving from the new system of around 40,000 euros per year. The CO2 emissions are also reduced by approximately 300 tons.

    The modular design of the Bosch system ensures energy-optimised boiler operation. The existing boilers had been in operation for up to 31 years and were replaced with two modern UL-S type steam boilers with speed-controlled natural gas firing systems, each with an output of 5,000 kg/h. The company primarily uses steam to preserve mushrooms and refine wild berries and soup ingredients. The second boiler is used as a backup and to cover peak loads. Integrated economisers make efficient use of the energy from the hot boiler flue gases to heat the feed water. The boiler efficiency increases by 4.8 per cent and fuel consumption decreases by the same proportion.

    Water treatment components provide optimum feed water quality. The WTM water treatment plant produces softened make-up water. To reduce susceptibility to corrosion, thermal deaeration is performed after the softening process via the WSM-V water service module. The water is heated to 103 degrees Celsius, causing the gases contained in the water to be released. Using the compact EHB heat recovery module, thermal energy from the hot desalted water is used to preheat the feed water. This leads to an increase in efficiency and a reduction in fuel, cooling water and waste water costs.

    In addition, the system is fitted with a CSM condensate service module. The module collects and stores accumulated condensate and channels it back to the water service module. The lower demand for make-up water reduces water and energy consumption.

    The intuitive touch-screen BCO/SCO controls make it easy to operate and adjust the boilers and system. Triggered by the push of a button or an external request signal, the start-up and shut-down processes for the steam boilers are performed automatically using the integrated SUC start-up, standby and shut-down control. The sequence control applies the consumption-optimised operating mode for the multi-boiler system. The steam boilers are kept warm by means of a heating coil built into the end of the boiler, and this ensures that there is rapid availability.

    The modular design of the Bosch boilers and components meant that effort for planning and installation could be kept low. Planning office Westfalia Wärmetechnik from Rödinghausen and plant construction company AME-Technik from Hamelin were commissioned to complete this work. The operator benefits from the increased degree of automation of the economically and ecologically optimised energy generation system. In addition to the new boiler system, further measures such as waste heat utilisation in the compressors and cold stores improve Valenzi's energy consumption further.
     
    04.12.2013   Leading Edge Corrugated Cardboard Manufacturing Solutions to Be Showcased at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... SinoCorrugated South 2014

    The most prominent event in Asia-Pacific's corrugated manufacturing industry, SinoCorrugated South 2014, will kick off next April 10 at Guangdong Modern International Exhibition Center. The show is set to be held along with SinoFoldingCarton, China's leading showcase for innovative post-print solutions.
    The value of participating in SinoCorrugated South next year will be immense. Because of the show’s key focus on the corrugated packaging market and its supreme effectiveness in bringing together industry leaders with equipment and consumables suppliers, agencies and manufacturers of corrugated cardboard, it stands head and shoulders above others as the preferred biennial showpiece for Asia-Pacific’s corrugated manufacturing trade.
    Across an exhibition area of 60,000 sqm, over 600 exhibitors will display their newest manufacturing and processing solutions to 26,000 local and international visitors. SinoCorrugated South 2014 also promises to be highly effective in boosting trade across the entire international corrugated board manufacturing industry.
    The organizers are looking forward to welcoming powerful buyer delegations from the fastest developing markets in Asia-Pacific. These will include groups from India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Burma, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. By assembling buyers from rapidly developing markets, SinoCorrugated South sets itself apart as the best place for ambitious businesses keen to boost their share of the regional market.
    Exhibitors can expect to come face-to-face with an even greater number of high quality visitors in the coming year as visitor numbers for SinoCorrugated South 2014 are set to top those for the 2012 edition by 20%. In 2012, 35% of visitors were at Vice President level or higher. A further 20% were Purchasing Managers. In addition to these figures, approximately 25% of visitors to SinoCorrugated South 2012 represented companies with a production output value exceeding RMB 100 million (USD 16.3 million).
    Over the years, SinoCorrugated South has built a strong reputation as the preferred platform via which to unveil the latest manufacturing and processing solutions; attract new customers; secure fresh orders; seek business opportunities and improve brand image. More than that, exhibiting for just three days at the South China show delivers a promotional effect that lasts an entire year.
    Reed Exhibitions, organizers of the show, have created, through SinoCorrugated South, a powerful blend of exhibition platform and marketing engine that helps exhibitors to comprehensively accelerate development through higher sales and year-round customer interest. For SinoCorrugated South 2014, Reed will regularly distribute exhibitor details to local and international corrugated case producers and trading companies, as a way of maximizing the promotion of their brands and magnifying the benefits of their taking part.
    A high value, record-breaking event, SinoCorrugated South 2012 attracted 20,853 visitors (28% more than in 2010), of whom 1,386 were international (24% higher than in 2010). Feedback from participants was significantly positive as 96% of visitors declared themselves satisfied with the overall effect of the 2012 show. On the exhibitor side, satisfaction with the show’s effect was even higher: 98%. The same post-show survey, conducted by Reed Exhibitions, showed that 88% of visitors intend to attend the show again.
    Based on the tremendous achievements of the most recent SinoCorrugated South event and the significant development potential still inherent in the global corrugated cardboard manufacturing trade, confidence is high that the 2014 show will be a powerful, highly effective commercial platform for exhibitors, visitors and buyers – boosting international trade, enhancing cross-border communication and driving sustainable development.
    (Reed Huayin (Shanghai) International Exhibitions Co. Ltd)
     
    03.12.2013   Fortum’s new bio-oil plant has been commissioned in Joensuu - first of its kind in the world    ( Company news )

    Company news Fortum’s new bio-oil plant has been commissioned in Joensuu, Finland. Producing bio-oil from wood-based raw materials, the plant is the first of its kind in the world on an industrial scale. The bio-oil plant is unique in that it has been integrated with Fortum’s Joensuu combined heat and power plant.

    Bio-oil is produced from forest residues, wood from first thinnings and other wood biomass, such as forest industry by-products, sourced locally from the Joensuu region. The bio-oil production will increase Fortum’s wood use in energy production in Joensuu from 300,000 to 450, 000 solid cubic meter per year. The Joensuu bio-oil plant’s annual production of 50,000 tonnes corresponds to the heating needs of more than 10,000 households.

    The employment impact of the bio-oil production plant project has been estimated to be about 60–70 man-years in the Joensuu region. Jobs are created in raw material sourcing, at the production plant and in logistics.

    Finnish Parliament Member and Chair of the Commerce Committee Mauri Pekkarinen and Fortum’s Chief Financial Officer Markus Rauramo inaugurated the bio-oil plant in Joensuu on Friday, 29 November.

    “I am very pleased that our long planned pyrolysis project has now reached this stage. The use of bio-oil has significant positive environmental Impacts because energy produced with bio-oil reduces carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 90% or more compared to fossil fuels. We aim for continuous development and growth of the business in CO2-free energy production. Consequently, this investment aligns very well with our strategy,” CFO Markus Rauramo noted in his inaugural speech.

    Fortum Otso® bio-oil can be used at heat plants or in industrial steam production as a replacement for heavy and light fuel oil. In the future, bio-oil can be used as a raw material for various biochemicals or traffic fuels.

    In October, Fortum signed its first agreement to supply bio-oil produced in Joensuu to Savon Voima, which will use the bio-oil to replace the use of heavy and light fuel oil in its district heat production in Iisalmi. Additionally, Fortum will use bio-oil in its own heat plants in Joensuu and in Vermo, Espoo.

    Joensuu’s bio-oil plant is based on so-called fast pyrolysis technology in which wood biomass is rapidly heated in oxygen-free conditions. As a result of the heating, the biomass decomposes and forms gases that are then condensed into oil. Fortum has invested about 30 million euros in its bio-oil plant and in modification work to its heat plants, and the project has received about 8 million euros in government investment subsidies. Development and conceptualisation of the new technology has been done collaboratively between Fortum, Metso, UPM and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The Research has been part of TEKES – the Finnish Funding Agency for Tech-nology and Innovation’s Biorefine programme.

    Fortum Corporation
    Corporate Communications

    Further information:
    Jouni Haikarainen, Vice President, Fortum, Heat Division, Finland, tel.+358 40
    709 5690
    Fortum media phone: +358 40 198 2843
    (Fortum Corporation)
     
    03.12.2013   European Paper Week – Reinventing Growth    ( Company news )

    Company news European paper industry focuses on sustainability and innovation

    Picture: Connie Hedegaard, European Commissionner for Climate Action

    The European pulp and paper industry concluded its 15th European Paper Week, focusing on sustainability and innovation in the sector under the theme “Reinventing Growth”. Within that context the Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) presented its 6th sustainability report and the Two Team Project results. The exciting three-day event brought together over 350 people from the sector, related organisations as well as numerous representatives from the European institutions, providing a high-level platform for discussion.
    European Commissioner for the Environment Janez Potočnik, welcomed CEPI’s 6th sustainability report and stressed that he is looking forward to the next report in a video message at CEPI’s Annual Meeting. He also sees the paper industry as one of the leading sectors in a circular economy.
    The facts speak for themselves, -43% CO2 emissions per tonne of product since 1990, were recorded in the new report and a recycling rate of 71.7%. 65% of wood delivered to European mills is certified and accidents reduced by over 60% in the last 10 years. Recognising the achievements of the sector, former Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson told the industry: “Sustainability is modernisation”.
    In a panel, CEOs of the paper industry concentrated on the fact that the paper industry is a sustainable sector, stressing that sustainably also means financially viable.
    The second part of the Annual Meeting featured European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard. She announced the winning concept of the Two Team Project, which was tasked to identify breakthrough technology concepts for the paper industry in its bid to lower CO2 emissions by 2050. “Global markets for resource and energy efficient solutions will grow. CEPI Roadmap 2050 and the ideas prepared in the Two Team Project show that the European pulp and paper industry is 'technology conscious' and ready for the future challenges. It's an example to be followed by other sectors.” she stressed.
    The eight breakthrough technologies identified by the project are a combination of new ideas and of ideas that work in other sectors, but have never been utilised for the paper and pulp sector before. They include some cutting edge research findings as well as innovations that have not yet made it to the market. The solutions are not only found in technology, but also in new ways of working and even changes to the way production is measured today. More importantly, they can open up entirely new product portfolios for the future.
    Commenting on the outcome, Teresa Presas, CEPI Director General, said: “The results are beyond expectations. We believe the teams have found the key to the largest industrial breakthroughs in decades in our industry. However, the project went as far as any industry sector can go in organising an open innovation and it is up to the companies to take the next step and develop the concepts. This will need new forms of cooperation, and the support of European and national policy makers.“
    The European Paper Week this year covered a large variety of topics related to EU policy and experts from different fields were able to debate EU-US trade discussions as well as European standards for paper for recycling and benefits of print media. Additionally, energy issues were discussed and young researchers received the opportunity to present their recent research results to a large audience of industry representatives.
    The summary of the proceedings will be available in a few weeks time. The next European Paper Week will take place 25-27 November 2014 in Brussels.
    (CEPI aisbl)
     
    03.12.2013   Daco Solutions 250th Machine Sold To Label Metrics    ( Company news )

    Company news UK label converting equipment manufacturer Daco Solutions, Beverley, is celebrating the design of its 250th machine with a sale to leading label converter, Label Metrics.
    The deal for the new Daco D350 was clinched at Labelexpo Europe 2013 after Label Metrics saw the specification in advance.
    The Daco D350 is a single spindle machine fitted with a Daco U350L 1m (40”) unwind for immediate higher production output for this class of die cutter. It features an auto cut and apply web advance system with inter-label cutting for applying the web to the cores at the start of the rewinding process. The die station is strong and is supported down to ground level. The D350 delivers the benefit of a turret rewinder without the outlay.
    “There is no machine out there with a single rewind, auto cut / apply combination and with the job storage system where all relevant parameters for the job can be stored and recalled next time the job runs reducing make ready considerably,” says Sales Manager, Mark Laurence.
    Matt Bly, director of Label Metrics, did not hesitate when he became aware of the new development. “There is nothing on the market exactly like this machine,” he says. “We are a fast turnaround label specialist so capacity is the key when it comes to plain label die cutting. The reduced downtime, minimal make ready and high capacity U350L 1m (40”) unwind enables us to increase sales.”
    (Daco Solutions Limited)
     
    03.12.2013   All-in-one solution: integrated winder service from Voith    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith’s winder service offers a convincing all-round solution as it covers all three areas, i.e. mechanics, automation and technology. Often, winder services are carried out by separate service providers because they are each only active in one of these areas.
    Thanks to Voith’s all-round service there is less coordination effort involved for the paper manufacturer who would normally have to liaise with a number of service providers. In addition, because Voith offers its services as flexible packages, every paper mill can tailor the scope of supply to its requirements. Ongoing inspection and servicing ensure that the winder is constantly in a perfect technical condition. In the process, potential defects are detected and rectified in good time before they can cause problems.
    Services from Voith are offered in three packages: Basic, Comfort & Premium. Whereas the Basic package comprises all inspections and function checks as well as a consultation, the Comfort package also includes the servicing work and an annual safety check. The Premium package offers in addition all necessary maintenance tasks from planning through to implementation as well as technological advice, spare parts and measures to improve winder efficiency.
    The problems that can occur due to inadequate servicing of the winder generally result in reduced production speed due to vibrations. The winding quality is also impaired. But now, with these coordinated service processes by Voith, winders can be inspected, maintained and optimized quickly and easily.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    03.12.2013   Lecta Reduces CWF 2S Production Capacity in 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta Group will make an additional reduction of CWF production capacity in 2014 of around 40,000 tons.
    As a result of the decreasing demand for coated wood free papers and considering the continuing negative demand expected in the coming years, Lecta is progressively adapting its production structure and reducing its capacity in this product line.
    After the closure of Condat’s L6 (July 1, 2013), which represents a capacity reduction of 130,000 tons, Lecta will now make an additional reduction of around 40,000 tons of CWF 2/S for 2014. The capacity will be re-assigned primarily to internal consumption, covering growing internal needs due to Lecta’s recent investments in the specialty papers segment.
    With these projects, in 2014 Lecta will remove from the market a total production capacity of around 170,000 tons of CWF 2S papers.
    (Lecta Europe)
     
    03.12.2013   The LGR Emballages Group enlarges its offer of folding cartons with hot foil stamping    ( Company news )

    Company news In order to meet the growing demand for sophisticated folding cartons in the healthcare and personal care sectors, the LGR Group has installed mid-2013 a brand-new hot foil stamping machine.
    The machine has been set up on the LGR-CFL Emballages site, located in Le Creusot (France), which has a special focus on personal care and cosmetics.
    It allows to get outstanding and eye-catching surface finishes, for metallic and holographic texts or patterns.
    Moreover, a specific register system guarantees an optimal quality.
    The LGR Group is today one of the few suppliers on the European market able to propose « premium » finishing (hot stamping, printing on metallized polyester, selective varnishes...) on a site manufacturing pharmaceutical folding cartons with GMP standards and Certipharm certification.
    LGR Emballages is one of the leaders in Europe for folding cartons for the pharmacy/healthcare/hygiene/care industry and litho-printed laminated boxes. The Group is continuing the modernization of its plants and the enlargement of its product portfolio.
    (LGR EMBALLAGES)
     
    03.12.2013   PulPaper 2014 - floor is filling up    ( Company news )

    Company news The global forest industry is gearing up to meet once again in Helsinki for the extraordinary anniversary event of PulPaper, 3-5 June, 2014.

    Did you know this about PulPaper 2010?
    • More than 12000 visitors from 63 countries
    • 95% of them was overall very satisfied with the event
    • 50% were looking to place orders with exhibitors within the next 12 months
    • 625 exhibitors from 30 countries

    The impressive results of past PulPaper events and the large amount of satisfied exhibitors and visitors has resulted in a very positive reservation status for PulPaper 2014. It is still possible to book a good location in the hall but there really is no time to waste, click here to see the current floor plan. This time with extra focus on Russia, major worldwide marketing efforts are currently in place to maintain the high standard of our visitors, a very high percentage of which are highest level managers from the pulp and paper producing companies around the world.

    Even more to offer exhibitors and visitors
    The 100th anniversary of The Paper Engineers Association of Finland (PI), with the grand gala evening on Wednesday June 4 as a celebration of this, is one of the special attractions of the event. However, this time around, the exhibition part of the event has more than ever to offer exhibitors and visitors.

    Paper Square
    Meet the pulp, paper and board producing companies of Metsä, UPM, Stora Enso and SAPPI at the Paper Square, a stage and exhibition area in the middle of the hall from which these companies will be updating us on trends and news in the industry.

    Company and Products presentations
    On popular demand, exhibiting companies will be presenting their latest research results, new products and technical/market innovations relating to the global pulp and paper industry from a dedicated stage area in the hall. It is still possible to book slots, contact martina.haglund@messukeskus.com.

    PulPaper After Work
    This relaxed get-together is taking place in the Exhibition Hall after opening hours, at 16:30-19:00 in the evening of Tuesday 3 June. After a day at the exhibition floor, exhibitors and visitors can mingle, network and relax while enjoying good food, drink and entertainment from the Paper Square stage. Exhibitors also have the opportunity to arrange After Work activities in their stand.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    02.12.2013   The Global Forest Industry in the 3Q/2013    ( Company news )

    Company news Excerpts from the Wood Resource Quarterly (www.woodprices.com)Global Timber Markets

    • Sawlog prices were higher in practically all of the 20 regions worldwide as tracked by the WRQ each quarter. The only exceptions were in Canada, Western US, Finland and Brazil where prices were slightly lower than in the previous quarter.
    • The reduced prices in North America resulted in a 0.6 % drop in the Global Sawlog Price Index (GSPI) to $85.94/m3, the first decline since the 2Q/12.
    • Global trade of logs may reach just over 76 million m3 in 2013, which would be six percent higher than in 2012 but slightly lower than in 2011.

    Global Pulpwood Prices
    • Softwood fiber prices were up in most countries worldwide with just a few exceptions including Sweden, Brazil and Oceania. The largest price increases were seen in the US South, Germany, France and Spain.
    • The Softwood Wood Fiber Price Index (SFPI) edged up to $97.94/odmt in the 3Q/13.
    • This was $0.19/odmt higher than in the previous quarter but $2.11/odmt below 3Q/12 price.
    • The mood in the sawmilling sector in the Nordic countries has improved this fall after a year of mostly disappointing sales to traditional markets. There is cautious optimism for multiple reasons including improved housing markets in the US, higher lumber demand in China and Japan, and signs of a recovery in Europe.
    • During the first ten months of 2013, China’s lumber imports were 20 % higher than last year. Canada is the largest lumber supplier, but this year Europe, Russia, Chile and New Zealand have all increased their shipments to China at a faster pace than has Canada.
    • Softwood lumber imports to Japan have been 20% higher this year than last year, with the biggest increases in shipments from Sweden, Finland and Austria.

    Global Biomass Markets
    • Pellet export volumes from North America to Europe continued to rise during the 2Q/13, representing steady growth for the past seven quarters.
    • In the US South, pellet export volumes in the 2Q/13 increased 16% from the previous quarter to just over 700,000 tons.
    • As often has been the case, pellet prices in Germany were on the move upwards in the fall after a quiet summer.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC, Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ)
     
    02.12.2013   IBS Austria receives ECOPROFIT award    ( Company news )

    Company news IBS Austria GmbH received the ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal Award 2013.
    ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal is a cooperation project aimed at reducing operational emissions, saving natural resources and lowering operational costs.

    ECOPROFIT Upper Murtal is therefore a successful model for the sustainable economic development of a region, which contributes the increased use of integrated environmental technology by:
    - improving the local environmental situation
    - strengthening companies economically (cost savings) and
    - by establishing public-private partnerships.
    (IBS Austria GmbH)
     
    02.12.2013   Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo has been selected for the Mondberge ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Species Conservation Calendar 2014

    Following on from two previously successful calendars and produced to a luxury standard on Sappi's bright white cartonboard Algro Design® Duo, the 2014 Mondberge Species Conservation calendar is a feast for the eye. Last year’s calendar won gold in its category at Printstars 2013, the acclaimed innovation award within the German printing industry and the latest calendar is sure to be a strong contender for 2014. One of the striking images of the 12 threatened species is of the kingfisher - droplets of water glitter like stars and the kingfisher's bright plumage glistens as the gleaming silver fish flounders one last time before disappearing into the bird's orange-red beak. "This calendar presents some of the most stunning wildlife photography I have seen for a long time," says German actor Hannes Jaenicke, ambassador of the limited edition calendar. As in the past two years all profits will go towards projects to protect threatened wildlife.
    For the new edition the calendar's creators, Publisher TiPP 4 Verlag in Rheinbach and Print and Media company druckpartner in Essen, selected 12 very different images submitted by world renowned wildlife photographers from their most stunning shots. The featured species are presented in unusual ways using several different print finishing techniques.

    Print finishing makes the difference
    "When we developed the first species conservation calendar three years ago, Algro Design Duo from Sappi produced by far the best photo prints," says Michael Matschuck, Managing Director of druckpartner. "We were especially impressed by the excellent image reproduction and finish of the wildlife pictures on the bright white surface. Algro Design Duo also has the necessary rigidity and stability to be held in the wooden spiral binding."
    As well as exotic species like the koala and the orca, the calendar features more familiar animals like the hedgehog and the honeybee. There are two calendar pages for each month.
The top page, printed on Algro Design Duo in a weight of 250 g/m2, depicts the animal or the bird. The bottom page, printed on a Sappi graphics grade, MagnoTM bulk, also in a weight of 250 g/m2, includes the calendar itself and information about each species. There are also details about the photographer and a little of their history. Instead of an aluminium wire binding druckpartner and TiPP 4 opted for an innovative spine made of untreated birchwood. This allows the pages to be easily removed so that they can be framed and hung on a wall.

    As with previous editions, this strictly limited edition, of which only 2014 will be printed to match the year, is bound to impress and bring a uniquely visual and tactile experience. Using different finishing techniques and effects for each image the desirable calendar will undoubtedly become a collector’s item. With a scented coating on the eucalyptus leafs for the koala bear, for example, and an iridescent effect on the ice crystals for the wolf, sea fans are coated with a partially textured varnish which is slightly rough to the touch. Relief embossing gives the furry parts of the bee's body a 3D effect and as an unusual touch, a high-gloss UV finish enhances the realism of the black glass on which a gecko is sitting.
    Lars Scheidweiler, Product Group Manager for Rigid Packaging at Sappi Fine Paper Europe explains, "A lot of passion has gone into producing the 2014 Species Conservation Calendar. We have been impressed by the way druckpartner made full use of the creative design and finishing possibilities to present these stunning pictures by international wildlife photographers from all over the world on our bright white cartonboard and make this deluxe wall calendar special.”

    Media for species conservation
    The Mondberge project was initiated by Michael Matschuck and Andreas Klotz, Managing Director of TiPP 4 Verlag, to support species conservation. Their goal was to produce high-quality media products that could be sold to raise money for species conservation, inform and entertain. The 2012 and 2013 calendars raised almost €40 000, which was used to support a number of projects including the protection of mountain gorillas in Uganda, porpoises in the Baltic Sea and cheetahs in Namibia. The bilingual calendar (in English and German) makes an excellent charitable corporate gift for customers or employees.

    Award-winning species conservation calendar
    The Mondberge Species Conservation Calendar has already won a series of awards for its brilliant printing and sophisticated print finishing. In addition to the recently presented Printstar 2013, the 2012 calendar won gold in the calendar category in the Sappi European Printer of the Year and Sappi International Printer of the Year competitions, as well as receiving a BlueGreen Award. This prize recognised creativity, eco-friendly printing and social responsibility. The 2013 Species Conservation Calendar was also nominated for the acclaimed gregor calendar award and was among the finalists in the Druck+Medien Awards 2013.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    02.12.2013   Ahlstrom receives approval to sell its pre-impregnated décor paper and abrasive businesses to...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Perusa

    Ahlstrom, a global high performance fiber-based materials company, announces that the European Commission and the Brazilian competition authority CADE have approved Perusa Group as the buyer for Ahlstrom's pre-impregnated décor papers and abrasive paper backings businesses.
    The divestment is made to comply with the commitments made to the European Commission and to the Brazilian competition authority CADE as disclosed in May 2013. The transaction between Ahlstrom and Perusa was announced on October 18, 2013, and is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2014 at the latest.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
     
    02.12.2013   From mini to maxi – Hahnemühle Sketch Books    ( Company news )

    For the big trend ‘Mobile Sketching’ – even ‘Street art’ or ‘Urban Sketching’ called – Hahnemühle offers a comprehensive range of sketch books and sketch journals in artist paper range. We present here in the new Hahnemühle blog two products.
    This is where colour comes in: Put a Hahnemühle ‘Sketch & Note’ booklet in your pocket as a everyday companion and be ready to start sketching wherever you are. Enjoy the trendy cover colours of the new sketching journals. A hard wearing stitched binding holds 40 pages of full-grain natural white 125 gsm paper, which is perfectly suited for drawings and notes with pens of any kind. ‘Sketch & Note’ is available in A4 for your briefcase, A5 for your backpack or pocket-sized A6 and A3 for maximium sketching fun. German illustrator Marc Robitzky uses enthusiastically Hahnemühle ‘Sketch & Note’ booklets : “I can let off steam in the colorful creative A3 size sketchbooks. The booklets are flexible and up for everything. My sketchbooks are my creative diaries.” German artists Cordula Kerlikowski likes to draw and paint in the new Hahnemühle ‘D & S Mini Sketchbook’. “The book fits perfectly in my palm . It is ideal for my botanical studies. In my studio I´m using the mini sketches to create a bigger work of art.” This sturdy black cover protects the thread-sewn natural white sheets . The 140 gsm thick paper is ideal for drawings with pencil, charcoal, red chalk, fineliner, colored pencils or drawing inks. For creative people who love hand charming haptic, all Hahnemühle sketch books and booklets are also an ideal gift.
    (Hahnemühle FineArt GmbH)
    Hahnemühle FINEART

     
    02.12.2013   Bindomatic launches the Eco Cover!    ( Company news )

    Company news Since 1st of November all our covers are available in an Eco version, where the plastic is replaced by an FSC certified transparent paper. This means that a bound cover is fully recyclable.
    If you want to try our new product, just refer to the same product as before and with the additional name Eco, like Aquarelle Eco or Aquarium Eco. From 1st of November deliveries start of the new products.
    We are happy to serve our environmentally caring customers!
    (Bindomatic AB)

     
    02.12.2013   Outotec VSF®X Plant - Modularized revolution for efficient solvent extraction    ( Company news )

    Company news Outotec has been developing a wide range of solvent extraction technologies for decades and is now launching the new Outotec VSF®X Plant. The standardized and modularized Outotec VSF®X Plant provides a novel way to design, manufacture, transport, install, operate and maintain a solvent extraction plant far better than in the past with highly sustainable and safe methods.
    The Outotec VSF®X Plant is designed to handle flows from 100 m³/h up to 10 000 m³/h and metal content from 1g/l up to 50g/l. All metals for which an extraction reagent is available can be extracted using Outotec VSF®X solvent extraction technology.
    One stop shop - total delivery package
    Outotec is the only technology provider that offers a highly predefined but still tailor-made total delivery package based on customers' needs. Outotec's renowned SX knowledge is automatically included in predesigned VSF®X Mixer-Settler modules. This innovative, modular product enables fast-track deliveries, predefined costs, state-of-the-art documentation and implementation, efficient logistics, and fast installation - all this in and environmentally friendly and sustainable way.
    Benefits:
    • 20% shorter lead time
    • Decades of experience in solvent extraction
    • Predefined concept and modular design
    • Lower investment, installation and operation costs
    • Increased availability
    • Proven environmentally sound technology
    • Enhanced safety
    • Life cycle services available
    (Outotec Oyj)
     

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