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    21.07.2015   Pixelle® High Speed Ink Jet Papers - Bringing high image fidelity, speed, customization and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...increased productivity to our customers

    As the leading manufacturer of inkjet papers in North America, Glatfelter’s unparalleled Pixelle® product portfolio delivers superior performance, exceptional image fidelity and unmatched value. Increase productivity and profitability with Pixelle – Engineered to meet the demanding needs of your high-speed digital presses with excellent post-processing attributes.

    Ready to take advantage of high-speed inkjet technology? Gain a competitive edge with dye and pigment-based inks and maintain the cost control you and your customers expect.
    Since Pixelle® is engineered specifically for high-speed inkjet. It is perfectly suited for an array of applications from statements, to books, to color-critical premium marketing materials.
    Plus the broad portfolio of the Pixelle HSIJ paper line allows you to dial in the perfect balance between speed, quality and ink consumption — while delivering amazing production output and lowering your overall costs.

    Turn documents such as bills, statements, and purchase orders into attention-grabbing, marketing tools. These combined communications reinforce branding and focus attention because customers typically take more notice of bills than ads.

    Industrial book production is one of the largest print markets worldwide and offers one of the biggest market opportunities for digital printing.

    Direct Mail
    Use personalized text and images in your direct mail campaigns and gain new business by producing highly-personalized, targeted mail pieces that create higher response rates and faster response times for clients.

    General Commercial
    This includes all types of promotional items such as flyers, brochures, spec sheets and many more. With high-speed inkjet technology and Pixelle® papers, you can customize campaigns and target customers with highly individualized content. And Pixelle is your best choice for color-critical premium marketing materials.

    Pixelle Basic (Untreated)
    Dependable, efficient. Suitable for pigment-based and dye-based inkjet systems, as well as laser printing and offset printing.

    Pixelle Enhanced (Treated)
    Quick-drying, enriched tones. Ideal for high-color graphics, sharp images. Suitable for pigment-based and dye-based inkjet systems, as well as laser printing and offset printing.

    Pixelle Book (Untreated & Treated)
    Designed to accommodate breakthrough inkjet technologies in the digital book industry.

    Pixelle Extra (Coated Lightly)
    High color saturation. Enhanced image durability, smooth surface. Suitable for pigment and dye inks.

    Pixelle Superior (Coated)
    Exceptional quality. Smooth surface, crisp image. Meets USPS requirements.

    Pixelle is designed to run on all high-speed inkjet presses.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
    21.07.2015   ETS falls short of expectations    ( Company news )

    Company news The Juncker Commission recently launched the largest industrial policy decision it will take in its entire mandate, with the new proposal for the EU Emission Trading System. The proposal has a number of good elements but falls short in its protection of energy intensive industries. Member states hold the key to the solution.

    In October 2014 the European Council recognised that measures to protect energy intensive industry from carbon leakage should be maintained when revising the EU ETS. The Council concluded the most efficient installations in sectors such as the pulp and paper industry should not face undue carbon costs that would impact their global competitiveness.

    Member states however added expectations on the revenues they want from the EU ETS. Today’s proposal therefore fixes the share of auctioning vs. the share of free allocation. “The proposal shows the member states cannot have their cake and eat it. If policy makers in Brussels and the member states are serious on growths and jobs, the fixed share of free allocation should be changed to really protect industry as agreed by the Heads of State”, said Marco Mensink (photo), CEPI Director General.

    CEPI does appreciate the focus on low carbon investments and support for technology and innovation in the new proposal. The use of more accurate production data is good, even though the proposal could be more ambitious. CEPI also believes the linear reduction of the benchmarks used for free allocation is reasonable and improves predictability.

    The proposal does however not solve the lack of free allocation for Combined Heat and Power Plants in Europe, which has been an additional factor in closing down very carbon efficient gas-fired energy plants in Europe. The pulp and paper industry is a leading CHP sector, producing over 50% of its electricity consumption by itself.

    Finally, the proposal strengthens the focus of member states on compensation for higher electricity costs to industry, but does not lead to a harmonised EU approach, which is what the internal market requires. Member States have to align their compensation schemes, so industry is treated equal across Europe.

    The European Pulp and Paper Industry is a globally competing sector, with over 700 installations covered by the EU ETS. Total sector fossil CO2 emissions were 31 Million tonnes in 2014, already reduced from 43 Million tonnes of CO2 in 2005. The sector has a clear focus on breakthrough technology programmes through its 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap for the Forest Fibre Sector. “Sufficient carbon leakage protection is essential, especially for sectors that want to invest in low carbon technologies in Europe. In order to reduce emissions, we need to be attractive for investments”, concluded Marco Mensink. CEPI calls upon the policy makers to rethink their approach.
    (CEPI aisbl)
    20.07.2015   Screen Europe unveils latest Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press at Labelexpo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news New software, hardware and finishing features deliver new levels of quality, productivity and flexibility

    At Labelexpo Screen Europe will demonstrate the latest model of the Truepress Jet L350UV inkjet label press featuring important new innovations that combine to deliver superb quality, productivity and flexibility (Booth 9B30). Since the innovative Truepress Jet L350UV was launched just two years ago, the press has evolved significantly and in Brussels visitors will see the latest model featuring new ‘vivid colour’ extended gamut, JDF-enabled job control software and inline/offline finishing – all for the first time. Popular with label converters worldwide, 25 systems have already been installed and all are in maximum production and driving business growth. Several companies are now investing in their second press to meet demand.

    The high-productivity Truepress Jet L350UV uses Screen’s high-definition CMYK+white UV inks and delivers photo-realistic quality at 50m/minute (16 sqm/min) on web widths up to 350mm. The press incorporates single-pass greyscale piezo printheads with a minimum droplet size of 3 picolitres. Printing resolutions of 600 x 600dpi combined with the very small droplet size gives sharp, well-defined images and text.

    New features
    The latest Screen Truepress Jet L350UV at Labelexpo further maximises the potential for profitability by offering end-to-end production with new developments in links to MIS and near line finishing. The new link to CERM (MIS) allows JDF communication to the Screen EQUIOS digital front end to eliminate many repetitive manual tasks and automating planning and step & repeat routines. The resultant improvement in efficiency cuts production time still further and enables over 25 short run jobs per shift. In turn information is fed back live to a digital dash board displaying production data, printing speeds and metres printed for all scheduled jobs.

    The new Screen JetConverter L350 is a modular finishing solution offering the flexibility of both in-line and off-line operation to achieve the highest productivity. It is equipped with many new standard functions for label printing, including varnishing, lamination, die-cutting and slitting. In addition, advantages such as decreased times for setup and adjustment and reduced paper wastage achieved by a shorter path line enable significant cost reductions during label production.

    At Labelexpo Screen launches Vivid Color Mode which allows the Truepress JetL350UV to further extend the colour gamut that can be achieved from the existing vibrant inkset. Vivid Color Mode enhances and simplifies the process of attaining spot colour values using just a simplified four-colour ink set and without the need for spot colour inks.

    Finally, already recognised as achieving the smoothest gradations, sharpest detail with the thinnest ink lay down compared to other inkjet label devices, the EQUIOS DFE’s new text resolution function offers HD quality text sharpness by reducing ink spread across the whole job or on selected elements - even on uncoated paper substrates.
    (Screen Europe)
    20.07.2015   Fujifilm's wide format Uvijet UV inks gain Nordic Ecolabel certification    ( Company news )

    Company news Fujifilm announces that a large number of inks within its Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications received the Nordic Ecolabel certification. This further reinforces the company’s green credentials and its position as a world leader in the development of UV inkjet inks, underpinned by the ‘Sustainable Innovation’, ‘Manufacturing Champions’ and ‘Best Process Plant’ awards it has won in the last four years.

    The Nordic Ecolabel is a well-established and internationally recognised environmental labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption and helps consumers identify environmentally-friendly products. The certification confirms Fujifilm’s commitment to manufacture products that meet the highest quality and performance standards, according to the company’s internal ‘Design for Health, Safety and Environment’ policy regarding the use of chemicals. This policy is designed to limit employees’ exposure to hazardous substances, minimise environmental impact, and to surpass the requirements of chemical control legislation.

    Fujifilm Uvijet inks that now carry the Nordic Ecolabel trademark include: Uvijet KI, KV, OZ, OB, OL, OW, QN, WH, WI and LL. Uvijet OB, OZ, OL and OW formulations have been developed for use with the Inca Onset range of printers. Uvijet OZ offers excellent finishing properties, while Uvijet OL is a low odour corrugated ink suitable for display and secondary packaging. The newly launched Uvijet OW ink offers improved adhesion properties, so that it can be used on a wider range of rigid and flexible plastic substrates.

    The Uvijet KI and KV inks are suitable for Fujifilm’s Acuity flatbed range, the latter designed for thermoformed light industrial applications, with Uvijet WH and WI inks optimised for the Acuity F in particular. In terms of roll-to-roll systems, Uvijet QN inks are supplied for Uvistar printers, with the Uvijet LL range of inkjet inks specifically developed for use with the Acuity LED 1600. In common with all these inks is the ability to deliver excellent dot reproduction, produce bright, vibrant colours and adhere to a wide range of rigid and flexible materials, maximising application versatility.

    Carole Noutary, Technical Manager R&D at Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems, comments: “The Nordic Ecolabel certification is another testimony to how Fujifilm’s state-of-the-art UV inkjet technologies support wide format printers in their efforts to minimise their environmental footprint and achieve best practice in sustainable print production. This is an important certification to add to the extensive list of recent manufacturing awards, and is recognition of our quality-led processes and environmental commitment.”

    Fujifilm Uvijet inks are produced at the Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems (FSIS) manufacturing facility for screen and UV wide format ink in Broadstairs, UK.
    (Fujifilm Speciality Ink Systems Ltd)
    20.07.2015   Portucel informs on changes in the governing bodies    ( Company news )

    Company news Following the resignation of Mr. Francisco José Melo e Castro Guedes as member of the Board of Portucel S.A, and considering the inexistence of alternate members of the Board, the Company's Board of Directors has unanimously decided, in accordance to subparagraph b of number 3 of article 393 of the Companies Code, to susbtitute the resigning member by co-opting Mr. João Paulo Araújo Oliveira as member of the Board for the current four-year term.
    It was also unanimously approved that the designated member will be part of the Executive Committee, replacing Mr. Adriano Augusto da Silva Silveira, who will take on non-executive duties.
    (Portucel Empresa Produtora de Pasta e Papel SA)

    20.07.2015   Interim Report for Duni AB (publ) 1 January – 30 June 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Continued improved earnings

    Photo: Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni

    1 April – 30 June 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1 002 m (922). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 4.2%.
    -Earnings per share, for continuing operations, after dilution amounted to SEK 1.44 (1.40).
    -Table Top reported earnings in parity with 2014, other operating business areas improved over the previous year.
    -Decision to invest SEK 110 m in upgrading two paper machines in Skåpafors for increased capacity.
    -Hygiene production in Skåpafors is now closed, and hygiene business and changeover work in the Materials & Services business area are reported as discontinued operations as from the second quarter 2015. This is reported on a line in the income statement before "Net income". The consolidated income statement has been recalculated from 2013 and reports only continuing operations.

    1 January – 30 June 2015
    -Net sales amounted to SEK 1 987 m (1 739). Adjusted for exchange rate changes, net sales increased by 8.5%.
    -Earnings per share, for continuing operations, after dilution amounted to SEK 2.94 (2.39).
    -Net debt amounted to SEK 916 m, compared with SEK 1,164 m for the same period last year.

    CEO’s comments:
    “Despite a late and cold spring, with an unfavorable calendar effect, quarterly earnings improved by SEK 11 m as compared with last year.
    Hygiene production has now been completely closed and the previously announced production move from Dals Långed to Skåpafors is continuing according to plan. The project will be fully completed during the fourth quarter of 2015. In order to clarify the effects from the discontinued hygiene business, the accounts and reporting will from now distinguish between "continuing operations" and "discontinued operations".

    The Group’s overall structural effects in the second quarter are largely neutral due that the hygiene production is completed and Paper+Design, which was acquired on 11 June 2014, entails relatively small effects on earnings as the second quarter is the year’s weakest.

    Net invoicing for the second quarter amounted to SEK 1,002 m (922), corresponding to growth of 8.7% as compared with last year. Operating income for continuing operations is SEK 104 m (93) and the operating margin was strengthened to 10.3% (10.1%). Net debt at the end of the quarter amounted to SEK 916 m (1,164).

    Organic growth during the quarter is lower than the previous quarter. A disadvantageous calendar effect with an early Easter, together with a late and cold spring in central and northern Europe, led to demand during the period which was weaker than expected. A consequence of this is a lower leverage effect in terms of earnings within the supply of goods.

    During the quarter, the decision was taken to invest SEK 110 m in the paper mill in Skåpafors. The investment, with installation anticipated to be fully completed during the second quarter of 2016, yields an increase in capacity of approximately 15% and, in addition, creates a new platform for product development, not the least in the area of environmentally-adapted material.

    The Table Top business area increased net invoicing to SEK 563 m (552) during the quarter; adjusting for currency sales for the business area fell by 2.6%. The decline is explained by calendar effects and worse spring weather in several of our main markets. Western and Southern Europe report continued good growth but this does not compensate for the decline in our more important business regions. The operating income for the quarter were SEK 87m (87) and the operating margin was 15.5% (15.7%).

    The Meal Service business area continues to grow at a stronger rate than the market. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 163 m (148) and the operating income increased to SEK 13 m (7). The business area reports positive growth throughout all markets and the consistent investment in innovation and environmentally-adapted concepts continues to have a positive impact on both sales and earnings.

    The Consumer business area continues to contribute to a significant increase in sales as a result of the acquisition of Paper+Design. Net invoicing for the quarter increased to SEK 212 m (161) and the operating income improved to SEK -1 m (-5). The operating margin was strengthened to -0.3% (-3.2%). Seasonally, the second quarter is weak for this business area; few holidays and a mix of relatively simple products has resulted in the second quarter having the lowest percentage over the year in terms of earnings.

    In the New Markets business area, we are seeing a more stable currency situation in Russia while, at the same time, demand in the restaurant and hotel sector has declined heavily. We see satisfactory growth in other markets. Net invoicing during the quarter amounted to SEK 55 m (48) and the operating income increased to SEK 4 m (3).

    In the Materials & Service business area, hygiene business has been discontinued and are reported for the quarter as "discontinued operations" outside of Materials & Services. Net sales for the business area, i.e. "continuing operations" for the quarter amount to SEK 10 m (13), with an operating income of SEK 0 m (1).

    Although the weather was working against us, we experienced positive growth on most of our markets and our on-going projects continue to contribute to better profitability in the continuing operations”, says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO, Duni.
    (Duni AB)
    20.07.2015   Barry‐Wehmiller working to acquire the paper processing group of Bielomatik    ( Company news )

    Company news Barry‐Wehmiller Cos., Inc., capital equipment and engineering solutions leader, is moving toward acquiring the Bielomatik group associated with the paper processing product line of Bielomatik Leuze GmbH + Co. KG. They signed a letter of agreement this week, and expect the sale to be finalized in the upcoming months, once approval conditions are met.
    Bielomatik’s paper processing product line that cuts, binds, finishes and wraps paper will merge with BW Papersystems, headquartered in the USA, a global supplier to the paper and board sheeting; paper converting; and corrugating industries.

    Bielomatik is globally known for its paper processing equipment including sheeters, and machines for wrapping, stacking and packing. Their paper processing group additionally manufactures stationery and binding machines incorporating all binding technologies used for the production of exercise books, in schools and business around the

    BW Papersystems offers state of the art technology for folio, cut size and digital sheeting and packaging machines, plus stationery, passport production and specialized paper converting applications. For the corrugating industry, customers can continue to rely on the well‐known brands MarquipWardUnited, Curioni and VortX. With manufacturing plants in USA and Europe, parts and service centers in the USA, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Singapore and Shanghai plus an effective global team of aftermarket parts and field service, BW Papersystems offers a lasting commitment to its customers.

    BW Papersystems, with Bielomatik, will employ over 1,600 team members worldwide and is expected to generate revenue in excess of $400 million.
    20.07.2015   Iggesund is adding services in Asia    ( Company news )

    Company news Iggesund Paperboard is enhancing its distribution service in Asia. The main aim is to shorten lead times and thereby give Asian customers better service.

    “We are continuously evolving together with our customers’ needs. We have therefore set up a sheeting and warehousing capability in Taiwan, which will be operationally ready by the end of July 2015,” explains Ivan Chong, Business Area Director G&P, Asia Pacific. “This channel will strive to enhance Invercote’s availability in the Asian market and will help Iggesund and our customers to gain new business.”

    Iggesund is not just establishing a distribution channel in Asia. The company will also keep Invercote in stock and offer local sheeting from a service point in Taiwan in order to minimise lead times.

    “Invercote is a niche product aimed at customers who place high demands on appearance and function and who want the end result to attract attention on the retail shelf and encourage purchase,” comments Arvid Sundblad, Vice President Sales and Marketing, in charge of global sales. “Unlike basically all SBB paperboard made in Asia, Invercote has a multi-layer construction, which means it does not crack along the creases. This is a huge advantage, supported, of course, by Invercote’s strong environmental and economic sustainability properties.”

    Iggesund’s enhanced service in Asia is part of its efforts to become more global by strengthening its delivery service outside Europe. It is also recruiting staff to reinforce its sales efforts. The company has also launched a broader service concept to inform its customers of the many resources and support functions available to them. “Care by Iggesund” includes the quick and easy ordering of samples and inspirational material, the provision of product safety information and certificates, and access to the analytical services of Iggesund’s accredited Laboratory of Sensory and Chemical Analyses. Iggesund’s extensive environmental documentation is also part of the service offering, not least as a guarantee that customers will not encounter any unpleasant surprises due to the origin of the forest raw material used in their paperboard.

    Iggesund’s service offering also includes everything associated with the company’s products, Invercote and Incada: from technical support in local markets to Iggesund’s own paperboard expertise in the form of various reference works.

    “We don’t just want our customers to buy our paperboard – we also want them to get the most out of it,” Arvid Sundblad comments. “All our documentation, together with our team of technicians, who are out in the local markets and who have experience from projects and operations similar to those of our customers, exists to ensure this. Some of this support we have had for a long time but we haven’t been clear enough to our customers in general that all this service exists.”
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    17.07.2015   Minerals Technologies Inc. Implements Commercial Agreement with Indian Pulp & Paper Producer ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... to Deploy FulFill® E-325 High Filler Technology

    Unique High-Filler Technology Provides Significant Cost Savings in Reduced Fiber Consumption by Increasing PCC Filler Usage

    Minerals Technologies Inc., (NYSE: MTX) disclosed that it has implemented a commercial agreement to use its Fulfill® E-325 high filler technology on a paper machine at a mill in India. This brings to 20 the number of paper mills that have commercially adopted the novel Fulfill® E-325 technology in order to reduce cost by replacing pulp with filler and to improve paper machine runnabilty. The paper company wished to remain unnamed for competitive reasons.

    Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer, said: "We are extremely pleased that this fine producer of high quality printing and writing papers has chosen to build upon the positive results that came with the earlier startup of an on-site PCC satellite plant. PCC filler has enabled better quality and lower cost and we are confident that Fulfill® will extend their savings. The continuing adoption of our FulFill® technology by our satellite PCC customers is a testament to our capability as global leader in papermaking technology."

    The Fulfill® E-325 series allows papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), replacing higher cost fiber, and increasing PCC usage without compromising paper quality or performance. The advancement of this new technology confirms the commercial progress of the Fulfill® brand, which offers papermakers a variety of efficient, flexible solutions that decreases dependency on natural fiber and reduces costs.

    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has 62 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    17.07.2015   Voith successful at the Baden-Württemberg Environmental Technology Award    ( Company news )

    Company news With the HydroSeal product, Voith has successfully participated in the Environmental Technology Award in Category 3 - Technologies for Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation. The company came second.

    Photo from left: Franz Untersteller (Environment Minister of Baden-Wuerttemberg) with Frank Opletal (CTO, Voith), Marc Erkelenz (R&D, Voith) and Jochen Honold (Global Productmanager, Voith)

    The Ministry of Environment, Climate and Energy of Baden-Württemberg has been awarding the Environmental Technology Award since 2009. It is awarded every two years for excellent and innovative products in environmental technology. The prize money amounts to 100,000 euros and is spread over four categories ("Energy Efficiency", "Material Efficiency", "Technologies for Emission Reduction, Treatment and Separation" and "Measurement and Control Technology") and a special prize of the jury. Participation is open to companies with head offices or branches in Baden-Württemberg. The award recognizes products that make a significant contribution to resource efficiency and environmental protection and are nearing launch onto the market or that will be on the market in not more than two years. This year's awards ceremony by Environment Minister Franz Untersteller took place on 7 July 2015, in the Römerkastell (Roman Fort) in Stuttgart.

    "We see our ranking as a special award for our commitment to the development of innovative environmental technology." The HydroSeal product is a new sealing strip system with integrated lubricating water supply for suction rolls in a paper machine. "Compared to previous sealing strip systems the new design from Voith, for which several patents have been filed, saves water and energy at the same time and furthermore results in a number of additional process advantages and thus a high customer value", explained Marc Erkelenz, R&D Manager of Mechanical Roll Service at Voith. The environmental benefit is immense: with the rebuild of only one suction roll savings in fresh and waste water of up to 20,000 m³/year (compared to about 8 Olympic swimming pools), and about 1 million kWh/year (the equivalent annual energy consumption of approximately 667 persons) can be achieved – depending on the size and type of the machine.
    "With the Environmental Technology Award Baden-Württemberg we honor products and technologies that manage to bring the needs of people in line with the needs of the economy and at the same time protect the environment," said Environment Minister Franz Untersteller, who together with the jury of experts chose the prize winners and the nominated companies from the applications. The other jury members are Prof. Dr. Thomas Hirth (director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology as well as director of the Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Plasma Technology at the University of Stuttgart), Joachim Kaufmann (CEO Dürr Systems GmbH), Prof. Dr. Wilhelm Bauer (director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Work Management and Organization and director of the Institute for Industrial Ergonomics and Technology Management at the University of Stuttgart) – represented by Mr. Michael Bucher (head of Competence Team Shared Systems Design IAO), Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dipl.-Kfm. Alexander Sauer (director of the Institute for Energy Efficiency in Production (EEP) of the University of Stuttgart and director of Development Group Efficiency Systems at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology and Automation IPA), Dr.-Ing. Hannes Spieth (managing director of Environmental Technology BW) and Ingolf Baur (physicist and presenter at SWR).
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    17.07.2015   100% Acquisition of Consolidated Subsidiary, Gould Paper Corporation    ( Company news )

    Company news Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited (JP) hereby announces the acquisition of additional shares in one of the USA’s largest paper merchants, Gould Paper Corporation (Gould). The acquisition was effected through JP’s consolidated USA subsidiary, Japan Pulp & Paper (U.S.A.) Corporation (JPUSA) and makes Gould a wholly owned subsidiary within the JP Group.

    JP has been making efforts to strengthen and expand its global procurement and sales network, and as part of these efforts acquired a 51% share in the ownership of Gould in April 2010. By taking full ownership of Gould now, with its abundant human resources, experience and business sites throughout Europe and North America, two markets considered highly important in JP’s strategy for its non-Japan business segment, JP will be able to simultaneously strengthening its presence in both of these markets, increase the synergies within the entire JP Group and further expand its business activities outside of Japan.
    (JP Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited)
    17.07.2015   170 Years of James Cropper: A Celebration of a Proud Manufacturing Tradition    ( Company news )

    Company news Five British Monarchs have sat on the throne, 55 Prime Ministers have presided over the affairs of the United Kingdom and the combustion engine, the television set and the computer have all been invented since James Cropper made the first sheet of paper 170 years ago.

    Sunday 5 July 2015 marks a landmark for James Cropper PLC, its pulp and paper products business and the revolutionary Technical Fibre Products (TFP) nonwoven materials company, as well as marking a notable anniversary for international papermaking and British industry. Under the tutelage of sixth generation family Chairman, Mark Cropper, the company reaches its 170th year in business and remains in the same Lake District location to this day.

    The company was founded by the original James Cropper, the Liverpool-born son of a wealthy railway merchant and financier, when he bought the Burneside and Cowan Head paper mills for the princely sum of £16,990.

    In almost two centuries technological advancement, catastrophic economic depressions, world wars, devastating fires and unrelenting competition have come to challenge one of Britain’s oldest family companies. What has ensured that the Burneside Mill remains open, alongside international production, storage and sales facilities, is a commitment to innovation, expertise, ethical production and trading standards and impeccable standards of production and customer service.

    The past year has seen a state of the art third manufacturing line added to the TFP production base, in order to meet increasing demand from customers in the aerospace, energy and automotive industries amongst others. It has also seen further expansion into the Far East paper market, with a China office for James Cropper Paper. These exciting advances demonstrate a company on the front foot as the second century of trading closes in.

    Mark Cropper, Chairman of James Cropper PLC, says: “Six generations worth of high standards and values are one of the reasons why we are where we are today, so the past plays a significant part of what we are, what we have become and what we want to be. However, as a global trading company that leads in technological advancements in the materials industry, our people have the foresight to anticipate changes in demand and use of our products and respond. This is what I believe to be the essence of our success.”

    To mark the 170th Anniversary and also the official opening of the third TFP manufacturing line, there is a celebration event planned later on in the summer.
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
    17.07.2015   The recovery of the Chairman of the Management Board Dr. Gerold Linzbach is delayed ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... - The Supervisory Board appoints Dirk Kaliebe (photo) temporarily as deputy Chairman of the Management Board

    The Supervisory Board of Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) resolved at its meeting to appoint Dirk Kaliebe as deputy Chairman of the Management Board of the Company, because the recovery of the Chairman of the Management Board, Dr. Gerold Linzbach, is likely to be delayed longer than expected. In his new function, Dirk Kaliebe will take the chair of the Management Board of Heidelberg as well as the functions of the Industrial Relations Director (Arbeitsdirektor) until the return of Dr. Linzbach. He will also present the report of the Management Board at this year’s Annual Shareholders’ Meeting on 24 July in Mannheim.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH)
    17.07.2015   Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary    ( Company news )

    Company news From a boiler manufacturer to a system supplier

    This year Bosch Industriekessel is celebrating its 150th company anniversary. The company started as a small boiler manufacturer under the Loos family name. In the past decades it developed to a the leading global system supplier for industrial boilers. Since its foundation the company time and again revolutionised the heat and process energy technology in the large performance range: New and further developments continuously improved the efficiency and the durability of boiler systems.

    The product range today comprises in addition system combinations with integration of combined heat and power units and renewable energies as well as products for waste heat utilisation. Internally developed, intelligent controls and web-based remote functions facilitate a higher energy efficiency and provide for an optimum interaction of different energy generators. Passion for power – this is our guiding principle. "We are building on a solid foundation that we have created in the past decades. For the future it is of high importance to use and to network energy much more efficiently. To achieve this we are developing concepts, we are offering system solutions and we are conducting research and development," explains Markus Brandstetter, managing director of Bosch Industriekessel GmbH.

    The history of the company begins in 1865, when Philipp Loos founded the "Dampf-Kessel-Fabrik PH. LOOS" in Neustadt an der Weinstraße (Palatinate). In 1917 today's headquarters in Gunzenhausen (Bavaria) came into being in order to develop a series production of vertical steam and hot water boilers. The boilers from Loos proved to be successful on the market. New production locations were established in Schlungenhof near Gunzenhausen in 1958 and four years later in Bischofshofen, Austria.

    Advantage through innovation
    In 1952 Loos developed and patented the horizontal three-pass flame tube/smoke tube boiler with internal water-flushed rear flue gas reversing chamber – today market standard worldwide. During the course of its history the boiler manufacturer brought further innovations on the market that today still are setting benchmarks in the industry. In 1977, for example, the company developed a fully automatic water level control for a 72-hour operation without permanent supervision. Further procedures and boiler system modules e.g. for water treatment, heat recovery and PLC-based control technology followed. These components optimised not only boiler operation but also greatly facilitated system planning and installation.

    High quality boilers from Germany and Austria
    In the past, boiler pressure vessels were laboriously joined with rivets. The introduction of the welding technique at the beginning of the 20th century lead to significant quality improvements and optimised working processes. In 1966 Loos introduced automation into production and as the world's first boiler manufacturer the company used an numerically controlled flame cutting machine for plate cutting. Today state-of-the-art-manufacturing and testing facilities, welding robots, laser cutting machines and X-ray chambers in connection with the expertise of the specially trained employees ensure the highest in quality and perfection. Up to 1 800 customised industrial boilers per year with transportation weights of up to 108 tons leave the production facilities in Germany and Austria.

    Globally active
    Over 115 000 systems in more than 140 countries: When Bosch Industriekessel talks about its market today, then this is a trip around the world. In the 1980s already first sales subsidiaries were established outside Europe, for example in Asia. Due to the continuous expanison of our sales and service networks at home and abroad the export share currently makes up more than 60 percent.

    The 150th anniversary – a joint success
    150 years after the foundation of the company Bosch Industriekessel looks back with pride on this eventful history, characterised by technical revolutions and innovations. The partnership and the trustful cooperation with planners and plant construction companies as well as the expertise and the passion of around 700 employees have significantly contributed to this success.
    (Bosch Industriekessel GmbH)
    17.07.2015   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2016 – Parallel held congress with late-breaking topic    ( Company news )

    Company news In the year to come the congress of ZELLCHEMING-Expo organized by the association ZELLCHEMING e. V. which runs parallel to the exhibition focuses on a highly topical issue: “Raw materials & fibers - the extended added value”.
    With this topic the congress is looking on fiber based substrates of the next generation, innovative materials for a bio-based economy and the almost endless possibilities of a new defined forest industry.

    The international paper market is being in change. To continue the success story it is important to identify early future markets, business areas and customer requirements for fiber-based materials.

    Real innovations will be needed to develop new, fiber-based solutions. An intensive exchange between research, training and the industry are just as important as a closer collaboration with the materials industry. Today leading companies of the industry consistently are already standing up for paying a greater attention to waste and by-products of the material use of wood by the development of new bio-based products and services. The change towards the bio-economy and thereby the maximizing of the added value of products out of wood is a great opportunity for the paper industry and the material paper to achieve an important contribution to the sustainable bio-based economy.

    The parallel held conference of ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 with the topic “Paper & Fiber World 2030 – What does the future hold for the paper industry” was visited by 400 congress participants.

    The results of 2015 at a glance:
    Participants from Germany 303 (76 %)
    Participants of the European countries 83 (21 %)
    Participants from overseas 14 (3 %)
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
    16.07.2015   Eugenio Eger, the new Favini CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Eugenio Eger (photo) is the newly appointed CEO of the world leader in the production of casting release and innovative graphic specialties made of natural raw materials

    Eugenio Eger is the new Favini CEO, a company historically present in the paper market and world leader in the casting release business.

    Born in 1968, Eger joined the company in 2002, holding the position of CFO and General Manager, after previously gaining important professional experience at both Benetton Group and KPMG.

    “I am proud to accept this challenge. Over the years Favini has proven capable of successfully interpreting the structural changes occurring in its market, diversifying geographically and constantly investing in research and development, to offer its customers’ really revolutionary products and solutions. This has been endorsed by our results: in 2014, we closed with a positive growth (+17%), largely due to the contribution of our casting release division, whose products are used in the production of eco-leather for the fashion and luxury industry” said Eugenio Eger. “We will continue to invest in export markets, which are the most appealing for us: approx. 70% of our turnover is generated in non-European countries. The graphic specialties – for which Favini is renowned – remain as the feather in its cap; in particular, CRUSH and the other eco-friendly products that use agro-industrial residues within their production, continue to gain strength in market approval since their launch.”
    (Favini Srl)
    16.07.2015   Cascades extends and amends its revolving credit facility     ( Company news )

    Company news Cascades Inc. (TSX: CAS), a leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue paper products, announces that it has entered into an agreement with its banking syndicate led by National Bank of Canada and Scotiabank as co-lead arrangers and joint book runners to extend and amend certain conditions of its existing $750 million revolving credit facility.

    The amendment provides that the term of the facility will be extended to July 2019 and that the applicable pricing grid will be slightly lowered to better reflect market conditions. The other existing financial conditions will remain essentially unchanged.

    In commenting on this refinancing, Mr. Allan Hogg (photo), Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, stated: "We are pleased with the continued support from our banking syndicate. The combined impact of this amendment and the refinancing of our senior notes in 2014 and earlier this year, will be to reduce total annual borrowing costs by more than $20 million per year, extend debt maturities to 2019 at the earliest while providing us with bank financing availability of approximately $375 million , which is sufficient to allow us to pursue our growth objectives."
    (Cascades Inc.)
    16.07.2015   New MB-Timed head for temporary perforating and cutting    ( Company news )

    Company news The production of special mailings or similar applications sometimes requires additional technical components. But not only specialized companies are capable of installing this equipment. It is also possible to participate in this market with standard folding machines whose application range is expanded by supplementary units. Folding machines - equipped with timed heads for perforating and cutting - are quickly set up for these jobs. A further advantage is the fact that these machines cannot only be used for special applications, but also for the usual work.

    The pneumatically controlled MB-timed heads have been designed for perforations or cuttings that start resp. end at a defined point. They allow temporary perforating and cutting, for example for window cutouts or perforations for detachable cards.
    (MB Bäuerle GmbH)
    16.07.2015   Modern Karton: Voith process line for packaging paper successful in operation    ( Company news )

    Company news The new PM 5 for light-weight packaging paper at Modern Karton went into operation on time in Corlu, Turkey, in the middle of 2015. The entire process technology – from the stock preparation to the winder, including automation – was delivered by Voith and is characterized by low fresh water and energy consumption.
    Decisive for the choice of supplier were Voith's references in the field of light-weight packaging paper and good experience in working with Voith. Ahmet Eren, managing director of Modern Karton, confirmed: "The comprehensive technological experience of Voith and the sustainability concept of the system convinced us. With this project we can build on our position in the market."

    PM 5 is designed for a production speed of 1,500 m/min and has a wire width of 8,180 mm. It produces around 400,000 metric tons of packaging paper annually with a basis weight of 70 to 160 g/m². "We offer paper manufacturers in this growing market segment convincing, attractive solutions. Our system concept is perfectly adapted to the requirements of this market and our customers benefit from resource- and cost-effective, high-quality machines," said Andreas Endters, member of the Voith Paper Board of Management.

    The modern stock preparation system comprises two lines and is specially designed for the high percentage of rejects in Turkish waste paper. Also the consumption of resources of the paper machine is as low as currently possible thanks to the technology supplied by Voith. For example, due to the installation of the innovative FlowJec dosing system in the approach flow system of PM 5, it is possible to exactly coordinate the use of chemicals. In addition, the OnV EnergyProfiler software localizes and visualizes all the energy consumption during paper production. Added to this are the automation, rolls and first clothing for the machine as well as all additional services and auxiliary packages. Voith has conducted extensive training for new staff and provides additional technology support. Modern Karton itself has set up a power plant on the mill premises to utilize the residual materials from the production process and to generate energy.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    16.07.2015   Pay Attention to Recycling: Low-Energy UV Printing is Not Necessarily Environmentally Friendly     ( Company news )

    Company news Cross-linked inks are difficult to remove in the deinking process — coloured dots within the paper fibres

    Coloured specks on the recycled paper: Just because the curing radiation can now be generated by energy-saving LEDs, instead of high-power mercury bulbs, some try to market UV printing processes to be environmentally friendly. However, the shiny appearances are deceptive: Prints with radiation-cured inks can considerably impair paper recycling because they can hardly be deinked.
    UV-curable printing inks to date hardly fulfil criteria for good recyclability. All inks tested so far contaminate the processed paper for recycling with far too many ink particles that can not or not sufficiently be removed during the paper recycling process. This is also the case for UV-curable inks used in some inkjet printers.
    click toi enlargeAs small amounts of papers printed with UV-cured inks can impair the deinkability of a load of paper for recycling, UV-prints have to be kept separately where they accumulate, e. g. printer waste, and must not be mixed with other graphic papers for deinking. Once they have left the print shop, it is almost impossible to identify and separate them during collection and recycling processes.
    Newly developed inks might be a way out, if they are designed to be removable in the paper recycling process: They should detach from the fibres under the alkaline pulping conditions, disintegrate into small particles, and leave the process clinging to the soap bubbles in a flotation cell.

    Water is not better than oil: Check your ink’s properties
    Different printing inks pose different challenges to the deinking process. Water based inks cause problems as they dissolve in the process water; cross-linked particles due to their size, flexibility or surface properties can neither be separated mechanically (screens) nor by flotation. This is why — also without UV-curing — most current commercially used inkjet inks are rated undeinkable. Already in small amounts they can lead to severe brightness problems in the paper mill.
    Another cross-linked challenge is polyethylene liquid toner (HP Indigo), currently used for most of the photobooks. This is a thin plastic film rather than a conventional printing ink. During the recycling process, this film breaks into snippets, which cannot be removed sufficiently. These snippets have already led to significant damage in a paper mill, since then photobook printer waste must not be mixed with graphic paper for recycling and at best be used for corrugated board.

    More ink, more variety, less fibres
    At the same time, with decreasing grammage of newspapers and more coloured illustrations, paper mills have to remove more and more ink from less and less fibres.
    Together with ink manufacturers, the respective associations, and publishers paper mills continuously check the deinkability of current printed products. For this purpose together with the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC) a scoring system has been developed. Together the industries look for ways to replace poor deinkable printing inks by more recycling-friendly solutions.
    (INGEDE - Internationale Forschungsgemeinschaft Deinking-Technik e.V.)
    16.07.2015   Standard systems for complex control tasks    ( Company news )

    Company news At present, control valves are increasingly becoming the focus of a wide variety of applications. In order to provide the customer with a simple selection guide, GEMÜ has now summarized all the relevant components of a control system under the term Process Control System, or PCS.

    The PCS type combines the standard GEMÜ control valves with mounting kit, piping system and positioner. In this way, the customer has the option of ordering the appropriate control system and all the necessary components quickly and without error. Each nominal size has two regulating cones (linear and equal-percentage) to choose from as standard.
    The operators for the GEMÜ 554 (plastic), GEMÜ 514 (aluminium) and GEMÜ 550 (stainless steel) series are available in the form of actuators.
    GEMÜ 1434, 1435 and 1436 have been integrated into the PCS as controllers. The standard versions of each controller are regarded as basic versions. The GEMÜ 514, 530, 532, 534, 550 and 554 series contain the nominal size range of DN 15 to DN 50. The GEMÜ 536 globe valve covers the nominal size range of DN 65 to DN 150.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
    16.07.2015   Kotkamills Oy to manufacture high-quality folding boxboard and barrier board    ( Company news )

    Company news Kotkamills Oy signed agreements totalling EUR 70 million on equipment deliveries for paper machine 2 to be upgraded in the summer of 2016. The deliveries will be divided between Valmet Paperikoneet Oy and Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy. This investment of more than EUR 100 million is aimed to convert the paper machine product from magazine paper to packaging boards. The capacity of the board machine will be 400,000 t/a, with the basis weight area of the end product being 150 – 500 g/m2. Primary products include a high-quality Nordic folding boxboard and recyclable barrier board for the food industry. By converting the paper machine product to packaging boards, Kotkamills Oy will secure its position as a globally significant manufacturer of forest industry products.

    More and more attention is paid to environmental friendliness when selecting packaging materials. With this investment published today, Kotkamills Oy responds to the far-reaching requests of end customers of the packaging business to introduce high-quality recyclable barrier board to the market. The new product includes the protection layers required to prevent grease, liquids or moisture from absorbing into the package. The versatility of the board is increased by its heat sealing capacity, cleanness, lightness and first-class printing surface. In the manufacturing process, special attention will be paid to the effective utilisation of wood raw material, and the minimisation of energy, bleaching chemicals and water consumption per each produced ton. A patent is pending for innovations associated with the manufacturing process.

    Unlike other generally used plastic-coated boards, the barrier board of Kotkamills can be recycled without any special measures. Only printing ink, if any, will be removed in recycling. If unprinted, the board can be reused by re-pulping it and using it directly in the paper or board mill's processes. The innovative manufacturing process of the new machine enables the recyclable and environmentally friendly board used in consumer packages to be manufactured cost-efficiently and flexibly without the price of the recyclable product being any obstacle to its use.

    The next-generation packaging board with zero plastic content facilitates the recycling activities of consumers as well as food producers and cafeteria and fast food chains that use large volumes of board packages, as there is no need to sort plastic separately. This directly reduces the total costs of the packaging solution.

    The construction of the investment will be started at the beginning of 2016. Until then, Kotkamills Oy's paper machine 2 will produce high-bulk printing paper Solaris, the delivery of which will be continued normally until the end of the second quarter of 2016. The company will also increase its production volume of Absorbex laminating paper and Imprex products through new investments. What is more, the sawn goods produced at the Kotka sawmill will comprise a significant part of the company's product range.
    (Bellmer Vaahto Paper Machinery Oy)
    16.07.2015   Over 80% of future deforestation confined to just 11 places     ( Company news )

    Company news Eleven places in the world – 10 of which are in the tropics – will account for over 80 per cent of forest loss globally by 2030, according to research released by WWF.

    Up to 170 million hectares of forest could be lost between 2010 and 2030 in these “deforestation fronts” if current trends continue, according to findings in the latest chapter of WWF’s Living Forests Report series. The fronts are located in the Amazon, the Atlantic Forest and Gran Chaco, Borneo, the Cerrado, Choco-Darien, the Congo Basin, East Africa, Eastern Australia, Greater Mekong, New Guinea and Sumatra.

    These places contain some of the richest wildlife in the world, including endangered species such as orangutans and tigers. All are home to indigenous communities.

    “Imagine a forest stretching across Germany, France, Spain and Portugal wiped out in just 20 years,” says Rod Taylor, Director of WWF’s global forest programme. “We’re looking at how we can tackle that risk to save the communities and cultures that depend on forests, and ensure forests continue to store carbon, filter our water, supply wood and provide habitat for millions of species.”

    The report builds on earlier analysis by WWF showing that more than 230 million hectares of forest will disappear by 2050 if no action is taken, and that forest loss must be reduced to near zero by 2020 to avoid dangerous climate change and economic losses.

    Landscape solutions vital to halting deforestation
    Living Forests Report: Saving Forests at Risk examines where most deforestation is likely in the near term, the main causes and solutions for reversing the projected trends. Globally, the biggest cause of deforestation is expanding agriculture – including commercial livestock, palm oil and soy production, but also encroachment by small-scale farmers. Unsustainable logging and fuelwood collection can contribute to forest degradation, or “death by a thousand cuts,” while mining, hydroelectricity and other infrastructure projects bring new roads that open forests to settlers and agriculture.
    “The threats to forests are bigger than one company or industry, and they often cross national borders. They require solutions that look at the whole landscape,” says Taylor. “This means collaborative land-use decision-making that accounts for the needs of business, communities and nature.”

    The EU contributes to global deforestation
    Humanity is using the Earth’s resources unsustainably, at significant cost to the natural ecosystems upon which our society and economy ultimately depend. Globally, we use the resources of 1.5 planets. The Ecological Footprint of the EU is even higher: on average, we need 2.6 planets to maintain our current lifestyles. The EU is heavily dependent on the natural capital and resources of other countries, effectively outsourcing large parts of its footprint.

    European Commission-funded research shows that EU consumption led to the loss of 9 million hectares of forest globally during the period 1990-2008 – an area the size of Portugal. A main contributor is the agriculture sector through its consumption of oil crops, such as soy and palm oil and their derived products as well as meat consumption.

    The EU, as a signatory party to the UN Declaration on Forests, has committed to “at least halve the rate of loss of natural forests globally by 2020 and strive to end natural forest loss by 2030” and to support and help “the private sector meet the goal of eliminating deforestation from the production of agricultural commodities such as palm oil, soy, paper and beef products by no later than 2020”.

    Anke Schulmeister, Senior Forest Policy Officer at the WWF European Policy Office: "Despite acknowledging the need to address the environmental impact of its consumption, the EU has not yet taken significant steps to address its impact abroad and to balance its consumption.

    While some companies are pledging to cut their impact on deforestation, governments are failing to support this ambition through decisive action. We believe the EU should take action now, to match these efforts with policies and regulatory measures, boosting the pledges made, holding companies accountable for implementing their commitments, and raisinge the environmental, social and human rights standards for all companies.

    The 7th Environmental Action Programme of the EU aims to significantly reduce the environmental impact of EU consumption by 2020, in particular in the food, housing and mobility sectors. It proposes the development of an EU action plan on deforestation and forest degradation. This provides a unique opportunity for EU political action."
    (WWF International)
    16.07.2015   Smurfit Kappa paper mill recognised for continual sustainability innovation     ( Company news )

    Company news The District of Aachen, one of Europe’s leading regions for science and research, has awarded Smurfit Kappa’s Zülpich paper mill in western Germany a prestigious innovation prize in recognition of its outstanding sustainability performance.

    Photo: Smurfit Kappa Zülpich Mill Managing Director Christian Ludwig and Günter Rosenke, District President for the district of Euskirchen.

    The AC² Innovation Award recognises businesses that have made an exceptional contribution to innovation. Winners are traditionally drawn from the automotive or medical sectors, but the judging panel – which consisted of eminent university professors including the Chancellor of the RWTH University of Aachen and senior business leaders – created a special Jury Prize for the recycled paper facility.

    Smurfit Kappa’s Zülpich paper mill impressed the jury with its sustainable and profitable operational approach. The mill operates a closed loop for production water which, due to local restrictions around returning water to the environment, ensures that zero water waste is emitted from the mill. It also captures the biogas produced from the water cycle as a by-product, and burns this for energy to power production. Finally, a multi-fuelled boiler uses unrecoverable waste to burn as fuel.

    The AC² Innovation Award coincides with the launch of Smurfit Kappa’s eighth annual Sustainable Development report, which highlights strong progress against key strategic priority areas including forest, climate change, water, waste, and people. The recognition by the District of Aachen of the Zülpich paper mill is the latest example of Smurfit Kappa’s commitment to designing and enabling truly circular systems, and to using sustainability as a driver for business value.

    Smurfit Kappa Zülpich’s Managing Director, Christian Ludwig, comments:
    “Smurfit Kappa Zülpich has long operated circular systems that deliberately reduce waste through innovative design, and maximise resource efficiency to offer our customers an environmentally friendly product. We are very honoured that the District of Aachen has recognised our efforts.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Zülpich Papier GmbH)
    15.07.2015   Mimaki Simplifies Small-Lot Digital Packaging Production    ( Company news )

    Company news Producing professional packaging in 5 minutes with ArtiosCAD Designer Solution in combination with the UJF-6042 LED UV inkjet printer and the CFL-605RT cutting plotter

    Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, today announced a joint development with Esko[1] to simplify the digital packaging production for companies that produce packaging samples and mock-ups, as well as small packing runs and personalised packaged goods. The Original Goods Package System (OGPS) from Mimaki is comprised of three components:
    -ArtiosCAD Designer Solution (ArtiosCAD DS), a subset of Esko’s industry-leading ArtiosCAD, the world’s most widely used package design CAD software, and including 400 easy-to-use templates as well as tools for original package creation;
    -Mimaki UJF-6042, an LED UV inkjet flatbed printer with maximum printing dimensions of 610 x 420 mm. It can be used to print on a product, as well as to print product packaging.
    -Mimaki CFL-605RT cutting plotter supporting on-demand production with multiple functions, including cutting and creasing of packaging material and cutting of package cushioning.

    “Packaging converters, commercial printers and design firms are experiencing a growing demand for a more cost effective means of producing samples, mock-ups and small lots of customized or personalised packaging,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “Our goal was to simplify the process of packaging design and production to bring professional packaging design within the reach of original goods manufacturers of all sizes. By combining a subset of the market-leading ArtiosCAD software by Esko with affordable printing and cutting technology from Mimaki, our Original Goods Package System is well-positioned to change the way small lot packaging is designed and produced.”

    How It Works
    To create a package design, the user simply selects one of the 400 professionally-designed templates included with ArtiosCAD DS, enters the inside package dimensions and thickness of the media to be used. More detailed parameters as well as shapes and sizes of flaps can also be specified. The system then creates a package design file that can be imported into Adobe®Illustrator® to add graphics[2]. Users can also use specialised tools to create their own custom designs and include them in the final design. The system offers a total solution not only for the design and creation of product packaging and cushioning but also for printing directly onto a product. Users that don't need the predesigned templates available in the ArtiosCAD DS software, can create custom designs with the guide function.

    “Once a design is final,” Horsten adds, “it can be printed in exceptional quality on the UJF-6042 in full colour and if needed with varnish effects. The printed design can then be cut and creased using the CFL-605RT cutting plotter that matches the printer size. A finished package can literally be produced in minutes, either as a mock-up or sample using actual target substrates, for small lot packaging production, and even personalised or serialised packages. This total solution will allow designers, packaging converters, commercial printers, and small manufacturers to revolutionise the way they design and produce small lot packaging.”

    Available Now
    The Original Goods Packaging System (OGPS) is available from resellers and distributors as an option to the CFL605RT cutting plotter from Mimaki.
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)


    Avery Dennison will introduce a number of significant innovations designed to drive sustainable growth at Labelexpo Europe 2015 which will be held in Brussels from 29 September until 2 October.

    “Avery Dennison has once again developed a unique set of label and packaging solutions to help converters meet today’s key challenges,” comments Andrew Crawford, vice president of marketing at Avery Dennison Materials Group Europe. “This year our booth will feature five interactive zones, focusing on the key benefits of enhanced shelf appeal, productivity, sustainability, Select Solutions portfolios and services.”

    Converters looking for differentiation and competitive advantage will discover a new emulsion acrylic, general purpose adhesive for paper that is proven to be faster, tougher and broader than comparable products in the market today.

    “Faster” operation, because of shortened set-up times, material consistency at high speed and minimised cleaning time - which results in reduced converting costs and freed up capacity. With a ‘time to stick’ of up to 5 times faster than standard products on the market, this “tougher” construction offers up to 60% higher force to peel on cardboard, up to 5 times better air blown dispensing performance, and more than 3 times higher adhesion at lower temperatures (5°C to 0°C - compared to our standard GPP S2000N and multiple competitive products). Moreover its “broader” temperature application range and food and pending fatty food approval expands commercial possibilities for converters.

    Shelf appeal
    Two innovations that positively impact shelf appeal are Aqua Opaque, a solution for the wet opacity issues in Wine & Spirits labels (ice bucket test); and AeroDress, a pressure-sensitive solution for aerosols, which opens up new markets for converters as it helps brand owners increase flexibility for late stage differentiation and reduce obsolete stock without compromising on shelf-appeal.

    Among the innovations at Labelexpo that focus on sustainability is the introduction of a new bio-based PE product to help end users meet their environmental sustainability goals; and Avery Dennison® Glass Recycling, a proprietary labelling technology that allows clear separation of PSL from glass particles thus facilitating clean glass recycling.

    Select Solutions™
    Lastly, Avery Dennison will feature its Select Solutions Portfolio which offers proven application-specific constructions as well as custom-engineered solution capabilities to match precise customer needs. This collection offers 100,000 potential constructions via the company’s Mix & Match™ service, and 15 application-specific portfolios that give label converters a fast and simple route to unique labelling solutions for brand owners. Both are offered with low Minimum Order Quantities and rapid shipping. Additionally, converters can develop high-performance custom-engineered solutions with the Select Solutions team.

    During the show, Avery Dennison will also be featured in the Labelexpo Smart Packaging Lab, which allows visitors to take a look at the latest advances in substrates, inks, digital systems and printing, including research tools and materials that interact with electronics. As part of the Smart Packaging Lab, Avery Dennison will feature advanced label material technology including the company’s sophisticated materials that interact with electronics.

    Anyone unable to attend Labelexpo will still be able to experience the innovations Avery Dennison will debut at the show and gain access to the information and tools featured in the company’s physical Labelexpo booth through the interactive virtual trade show tool at coming in mid-September.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    15.07.2015   Bobst Italia highlights gravure and lamination technologies at Open House during Converflex 2015     ( Company news )

    Company news The closeness of the Milan exhibition grounds where the Converflex exhibition recently took place, to Bobst Italia’s production plant in San Giorgio Monferrato, always provides the opportunity for show visitors to make the short journey to see live demonstrations of BOBST gravure printing presses and laminators. This latest Converflex was no exception, and Bobst Italia had the pleasure of welcoming over 60 converters during the two days of the Open House.

    On its Converflex stand, BOBST treated visitors to a first taste of things to come at the Open House by exhibiting a print unit from one of its most successful gravure press models ever – the Rotomec 4003MP gravure printing press for flexible materials, the same line in demonstration at the Open House.

    Gravure printing was, however, just one of the processes visitors to the BOBST stand at Converflex could discuss with the specialists who were on hand, each ready to illustrate the many solutions developed by BOBST to meet the production requirements of packaging manufacturers in the folding carton, corrugated board and flexible materials industries. Also showcased at Converflex was the extensive BOBST range of services, designed to help users achieve optimum production levels, expand their capacity and succeed in their existing, or new, markets.

    For converters who made the journey to Bobst Italia’s production plant, the first technology to take center stage was gravure printing. The Rotomec 4003MP gravure press currently in Bobst Italia’s Competence Center is configured for shaftless gravure cylinders. The printing demonstration was built around showing guests the efficiency, and the resulting output quality, of the systems and equipment the press is equipped with - most notably its integrated washing system and its Twin Trolley.

    First the press was set in register using the TAPS system, through a sequence that was completed automatically in less than five minutes. Then the machine accelerated to a production speed of 450m/min before performing an automatic splice on the rewinder at maximum speed. The demo continued with a color change from a light to a dark color, before resuming printing at full speed for a few minutes. The press was then brought to a halt and the washing sequence carried out, followed by a change of color from dark back to light again. After another run of printing and another automatic splice, the machine was stopped. These operations were designed to show the efficiency of the Rotomec 4003MP in terms of performance of its register control and its rapidity of print unit set up and job changeover. The demonstration also gave visitors the opportunity to compare print samples taken from the machine at different stages of the run, that is, before and after the color changes. The samples were then compared using a spectrophotometer, which registered a low “Delta E”, demonstrating the absence of contamination in the colors subsequent to wash-up.

    The use of the Twin Trolley system highlighted the flexibility it provides in terms of fast job preparation and ink logistics, as well as the savings that can be made by a reduction in both ink use and solvent waste.

    After seeing the performance of the equipment dedicated to gravure printing, visitors moved to the CL 850D duplex laminator equipped with a flexo trolley. As the quality of BOBST flexo trolley is acknowledged, especially for its performance in coating solvent-based adhesives onto thin aluminium foil, visitors were able to check the perfect quality of the output: a two-layer composite material made up of 7 micron aluminium foil and 12 micron PET.
    The two machines in demonstration represent the highly successful solutions BOBST brings to their respective fields of application. Over 200 Rotomec 4003MP gravure printing presses are installed world-wide, whilst the CL 850 laminator has a firmly consolidated position in the class of high performance equipment with advanced technology and automation, holding the largest market share in the two major markets of Italy and Germany.
    (Bobst Italia SpA)
    15.07.2015   UPM introduces its renewed UPM Color range – Salmon, Pink, Yellow and Orange    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM is presenting its renewed UPM Color range with Salmon, Pink, Yellow and Orange. The renewed UPM Color is an ideal combination of low basis weight, high bulk with an additional yield benefit. The renewed UPM Color enables higher quality printed products with improved haptic properties. This grade is part of standard newsprint papers and is suitable for both Coldset and Heatset Offset printing.

    UPM Color range increases the awareness of a printed product
    The printed product, be it a whole newspaper, a section or an independent flyer, is distinguishable by its color. UPM Color increases the attractiveness of newspapers, supplements, directories and special publications.
    These papers are now produced at UPM Jämsä River Mills (at Kaipola), Finland. This new product represents highest sustainability standards, including the most comprehensive environmental certification, the EU Ecolabel, as well as forest certifications FSC® and PEFC™. In addition, UPM Color contains recycled fibre.

    UPM CSWO papers for every end use
    UPM CSWO papers offer customers the largest product range and widest coverage in Europe by providing the right paper for every potential end use. Most UPM papers for CSWO are EU Ecolabelled.
    “The production of UPM Color has been transferred from UPM Chapelle, France, to UPM Jämsä River Mills at Kaipola, Finland, this month. Our wide range of products has been developed to meet customers’ future needs,” states Terry Parry, Technical Sales Director, Newspaper Publishing, UPM Paper ENA.
    15.07.2015   Steel cylinders for the dryer section - EvoDry a winner at WEIG-Karton    ( Company news )

    Company news Compared with cast iron cylinders, steel cylinders offer impressive features like higher thermal conductivity and greater material strength. These and other benefits mean that it makes good sense to install steel cylinders when upgrading dryer sections. Recently, WEIG-Karton also opted to install EvoDry steel cylinders at its plant in Mayen, Germany.

    Because EvoDry steel cylinders for the dryer section have high material strength they can have a thinner wall thickness than comparable cast iron cylinders. The temperature distribution in EvoDry drying cylinders is very even, which ensures optimum paper quality. The head and shell of EvoDry cylinders are welded to one another, so that larger sheet widths can be passed over the drying cylinder. The high material strength and low wall thickness of the steel cylinder result in higher thermal conductivity, improving heat transfer by 7 – 10 %. Thanks to this high efficiency, production can be stepped up or investment cost minimized when using EvoDry, as fewer drying cylinders need to be installed.

    On two machines in Mayen, WEIG-Karton produces recycling board for the folding boxboard industry and plasterboard for the plasterboard industry. Total annual production is 630,000 metric tons of board. In 2014 the company decided to rebuild the dryer section of its BM 6 plasterboard machine. Voith won the order to convert the dryer section and installed a total of 31 EvoDry steel cylinders. The board manufacturer opted in favor of steel cylinders to achieve the maximum possible drying efficiency. As well as supplying the cylinders, Voith was also responsible for assembly and commissioning.

    The rebuild of the dryer section was a smooth and fast process. After just 19 days, WEIG-Karton could resume production of plasterboard on its BM 6. “We are absolutely delighted that the rebuild was accomplished so quickly and smoothly,” says Henning Dippel, Operations Manager BM 6, adding: “We are equally pleased about our decision to install the EvoDry steel cylinders. We have been able to save space and yet achieve better runability and energy efficiency than before.” Shortly after startup of the EvoDry steel cylinders the guaranteed CD moisture profile values have already been achieved.

    EvoDry drying cylinders can be used for the production of all paper grades. Optimum results are achieved with paper grades that are dried at high temperature, for example board and packaging papers.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    15.07.2015   Premier Paper appointed as a UK stockist of LUMI     ( Company news )

    Company news The Premier Paper Group, the UK’s largest independent paper merchant with a nationwide network of regional stock holding branches, has announced that it has been appointed as a UK stockist of the LUMI product range from leading paper producer StoraEnso.

    The ranges will be stocked and distributed in the UK by Premier with effect from the middle of July.

    As part of the deal, another grade in the LUMI product range that will also be available through Premier Reel Paper is LumiPlus, an uncoated pre-print grade for use on narrow format reel presses.

    LumiArt is a woodfree, multicoated glossy art paper and board for extremely demanding image printing, that has been especially developed with printers and designers ain mind.

    Its unique properties make it ideal for printing the most demanding images and the perfect choice for print applications that have lots of images, and guarantee great image reproduction.

    LumiArt is used for print applications including; art books, brochures, catalogues, magazine covers, magazines, posters, folders and inserts.

    LumiSilk is a woodfree, multicoated silk paper and board that has an incredibly white bright finish, and has been created for print applications which require both images and text to be of an exceptionally high print quality.

    This makes LumiSilk an ideal choice for printing applications such as; photo and art books, advertising prints and brochures.

    LumiSilk is used for a variety of print applications, including; books, brochures, catalogues, magazine covers, folders, posters and inserts.
    (Premier Paper Group)
    15.07.2015   Sappi sells Cape Kraft recycled packaging mill to Golden Era Group    ( Company news )

    Company news Sappi wishes to announce the sale of its Cape Kraft recycled packaging paper Mill to the Golden Era Group. In March 2015 Sappi initiated a closed tender process after receiving many expressions of interest to buy the mill. It is expected that the transaction will close in September 2015. The disposal is not categorisable in terms of section 9.5 of the JSE Listings Requirements. Sappi will receive just short of R600 million from the two transactions.

    Commenting on the transaction, Sappi Southern Africa CEO Alex Thiel (photo) said: “The sale of the Cape Kraft and Enstra mills and the recycled packaging paper business is in line with Sappi Southern Africa’s strategy to unlock value from non-core assets and free up resources for investment in dissolving wood pulp, virgin containerboard and other new business opportunities. The sales also support the Sappi Limited strategy to strengthen the group’s balance sheet and focus on high-growth opportunities.”

    Golden Era Group CEO Kishor Chhita remarked: “We are very pleased to be able to acquire this top quality asset from Sappi. It will strengthen our position in the market as a service-oriented company that offers packaging solutions and will further help us to achieve our goal of creating lasting team-based partnerships with our customers.”
    (Sappi Limited)
    14.07.2015   Esko to demonstrate strong business impact of its prepress solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Powerful, flexible production workflows for all printing technologies

    Esko plans a big splash at Labelexpo Europe, the world's largest event for the label and package printing industry. On display right at the show floor entrance will be the full range of Esko solutions that help label and packaging converters build consistency and flexibility in their production workflows, no matter their size, the degree of complexity of their businesses or the printing technologies used. Esko will be located on stand 4C20. Labelexpo Europe 2015 takes place September 29th till October 2nd at the Brussels Expo in Belgium.

    “Labelexpo Europe is always a great show for us,” states Armand Gougay, VP EMEA at Esko, “We will be taking advantage of this event as part of our ongoing commitment to understand what keeps printers, converters and brand owners awake at night, and advise them on best practices to address these pain points. We will share our expertise and suggest how to improve profitability by implementing smart prepress, automated workflow, best in class flexo, color management and systems integration across their entire business. Our focus at the show will be to demonstrate how smart prepress solutions help any label and packaging converter to grow their business.”

    Exceptional communication and error-free production
    To be successful in today’s market place, one must perform exceptionally well in all areas of label and packaging production. Brand owners create packaging designs that resonate with consumers and that are designed, approved and produced with the utmost accuracy. Converters execute these designs perfectly and as fast and efficient as possible. Everyone throughout the entire supply chain has to work together effectively to achieve these goals.

    To that end, Esko will present its renowned software solutions – covering everything from design over prepress and workflow automation, proofing and color up to the printed job, and beyond. Bundled under Esko Software Suite 14, the most complete collection of preproduction software tools available on the market, Esko’s software solutions optimize cost, streamline workflows and improve the overall quality and consistency, regardless if labels are produced digitally, in offset, flexo, gravure or screen print.

    Workflow automation is a top priority for successful label manufacturers, and Esko will have no shortage of ideas and options at the show to help businesses of all sizes increase automation, productivity and profits. At the heart of this are Esko Automation Engine, a modular workflow server with dynamic workflows that sets a new standard for prepress workflow automation with rock-solid quality control, and WebCenter, Esko’s unique and powerful web-based platform that manages the entire packaging and label project life cycle, including specifications and approvals.

    The latest release of Esko Software Suite adds flexibility for the user by enabling popular software editors like Studio and DeskPack to be used in subscription mode in monthly or yearly programs. The increasing demand for hosted applications is supported with the availability of WebCenter as a fully hosted solution.

    Celebrating 20 years of digital flexo excellence
    Also on show is Esko’s portfolio of digital flexo platemaking solutions. The flexo plate imagers integrated with software, services, know-how and industry partner connections cover the widest range of digital flexo printing applications. “High quality printing requires high quality prepress and digital flexo plates,” comments Thomas Klein, VP Hardware Business at Esko. “We are delighted to celebrate two decades of the popular Cyrel Digital Imager (CDI), which continues to be the world’s leading standard for digital flexo plate imaging. By extending the CDI with Esko HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo technology, flexo print quality has stepped up to previously unseen quality levels comparable to gravure and offset. Flexo print today delivers customers high quality results for labels, flexible packaging, corrugated boxes and more.”

    Trusted advisor for label and packaging converters
    “Esko experts will be on hand to act as trusted advisors, listen to visitors, understand their business needs and recommend solutions from Esko and its partners,” Gougay adds. He points out that a broad range of Esko’s press, plate and software partners will also exhibit, providing the perfect opportunity for attendees to understand the benefits of an integrated workflow. Esko’s partners at Labelexpo Europe 2015 include – amongst others – press manufacturers Gallus, Nuova GIDUE, HP Indigo, Mark Andy and Nilpeter; plate vendors Dantex, DuPont, Flint, Fujifilm and MacDermid; and software partners CERM and CHILI Publish.
    “Labelexpo Europe 2015 is shaping up to be once again a fabulous show. We look forward to a fun and productive event guaranteed to deliver Results that Make You Smile!” Gougay concludes.
    (Esko Belgium)
    14.07.2015   Toscotec to rebuild PM1 at ISMA 2000 S.L in La Torre de Claramunt-Spain    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec has been awarded a contract to deliver a major dry-end rebuild of the ISMA 2000 S.L. PM 1 in La Torre de Claramunt, Barcelona- Spain. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the beginning of 2016.

    ISMA 2000 SL, is a familiar Company, with operating centers in Catalonia and the Balearic Islands The main business in Barcelona, is the production and processing of tissue products, while in Mallorca the activity is focused on the collection and recovery of waste paper. The main recognized company products are from 100% recycled paper and include: AFH towel, Kitchen rolls, sheets stretcher rolls, napkins, toilet paper.

    Toscotec's delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM1 dry end section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This will features a new TT SYD-3600MM provided with Toscotec patented solution for head insulation, a new Yankee steam & condensate system and a Duo-system Yankee hood, SMART type, from Milltech.

    Engineering, training start up and commissioning services are also included in the package.

    The aim of the rebuild is to increase the production and the performances of the crescent former machine up to 90 tpd. This is the decision that has driven ISMA 2000 to apply for the TT DOES package from Toscotec.

    “Our broad conclusion after a deep technical evaluation - says Fernando Luz, Company General Manager, - is that we are forced either to increase output for the same or less specific energy consumption input. Toscotec large experience and reliable approach with its proven TT DOES package, already applied in several mills working conditions worldwide, has matched our requirement in this direction. This rebuild completes the one already initiated in the phase of pulp treatment allowing us to use complex raw material with high quality fibers and increasing efficiency and reducing energy consumption”.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    14.07.2015   New production line for strength resins and solutions polymers    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has successfully started a new strength resins and solution polymers production line in its paper chemical site in Äetsä, Finland. The new production line was started in April 2015 and the ramp-up of the new production capacity has been successful resulting in high product quality and performance.
    The new plant serves Kemira’s highly valued customers in both Paper and O&M segments in the Nordics, Western Russia and Eastern European rim and strengthens our capabilities in the growth areas. Strength products will respond to the growing demand of tissue, packaging boards and specialty papers.

    Kemira continues to invest in growing markets and value-adding product lines and is committed to serve the paper industry.
    (Kemira Chemicals Oy)
    14.07.2015   Paper and Packaging Industry Joins Together to Launch National Consumer Campaign    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ Campaign Looks to Increase Appreciation and Demand

    The Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ consumer campaign launched July 8 with a $20M investment in paid and earned media between July and December funding this cross-platform campaign designed to slow the decline in paper usage and grow demand for packaging. The Paper and Packaging Board (P+PB), established as a checkoff program in 2014 by industry referendum, oversees this multimillion dollar campaign which uses an emotional, story-telling approach to generate consumer appreciation for paper and paper-based packaging.

    The Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign, created by Cramer-Krasselt in Milwaukee, integrates traditional media including 30-second commercials, print advertising showcasing paper and packaging items that comprise milestones big and small, and a digital presence in banner ads, video and the campaign’s information hub, Social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.
    The program is financed by U.S. manufacturers and importers from four industry sectors including printing and writing; Kraft packaging paper, containerboard and paperboard.

    “The paper and packaging industry is a $132 billion dollar industry,” says John Williams, chairman of the Paper and Packaging Board. “It’s important that people know we have hi-tech jobs, sustainable practices and lead in manufacturing innovation – but the best way to talk directly to consumers about the unique attributes of products we make is to connect with them about the role these products play in their lives.”

    “The campaign highlights relatable moments that connect consumers to paper and packaging products in meaningful, emotionally relevant ways,” says Mary Anne Hansan, P+PB’s executive director.

    About Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™
    This new campaign from the manufacturers and importers of paper and paper-based packaging highlights the important role paper and packaging play in our lives, helping us accomplish our goals at home, at school and in the workplace.
    (Paper and Packaging Board)

    14.07.2015   GEA acquires leading supplier of hygienic pumps    ( Company news )

    Company news GEA has acquired Hilge, a leading supplier of hygienic pumps, especially stainless steel pumps for food and beverage applications. The company is based at Bodenheim, Germany and generated with about 150 employees revenues of more than EUR 35 million in fiscal year 2014. Hilge’s product range is complementary to the offering of GEA’s flow components portfolio. The transaction remains subject to approval by the anti-trust authorities.

    “With the acquisition of Hilge, we continue implementing our M&A strategy to fill technological gaps by acquiring accretive specialist companies which complement our product portfolio”, commented Juerg Oleas (photo), CEO of GEA. “Hilge strengthens our position as a leading supplier of equipment and provider of solutions in hygienic and aseptic process environments.”

    “Hilge has been a part of the Grundfos Group since 2004. Nevertheless, the increased focus for Grundfos on core business has led to the conclusion that the sanitary business is not a strategic focus area. GEA is a strong strategic fit for Hilge with strong synergies expected given GEA’s focus on the processing industry, including food and beverage. Everyone wins! GEA expands in its focus area, Grundfos concentrates on its core business, and Hilge joins an organization where it will play a strong strategic role”, says Executive Vice President Lars Aagaard, Head of Business Development of Grundfos.
    (GEA Group Aktiengesellschaft)
    14.07.2015   Graphic Packaging Closes Jonquiere, Quebec Paperboard Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Graphic Packaging International Canada, ULC, a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), announced that it closed its thermo mechanical paperboard mill in Jonquiere, Quebec effective July 13. This decision was made as a result of a thorough assessment of the facility's manufacturing capabilities, associated costs and market demand for its products. The closure will affect approximately 140 employees.

    "The closing of the Jonquiere facility was a difficult decision. We are working closely with the affected employees to provide support and assistance," said Mike Doss, President and Chief Operating Officer.

    The company anticipates one-time costs of $4-5 million in the second half of 2015 related to this closure.
    (Graphic Packaging Holding Company)
    14.07.2015   Cham Paper Group publishes preliminary key figures    ( Company news )

    Company news Challenging first half-year 2015

    As expected and communicated, the paper sector of Cham Paper Group faced a challenging first half year 2015. Investments made to increase the capacities of the paper machines in Carmignano at the beginning of the year and the transition of the coating activities from Cham to Italy during the second quarter caused temporary capacity constraints and production inefficiencies. In addition, the massive strengthening of the US dollar against the Euro resulted in significantly higher pulp prices that could not immediately be passed on to customers through price increases. In the real estate sector, preparations for the transformation of the industrial area into a new urban quarter went according to plan. On the basis of preliminary results, the Group achieved during the first half-year total revenues of CHF 100 million, 13% below the previous year's period. In local currencies, however, revenues have been on the level of the prior year. The operating result before restructuring charges is expected in the range of CHF 1 - 2 million, the net result should be even.

    Cham Paper Group will publish the full half-year report on 20 August 2015.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
    13.07.2015   Ricoh Europe Encourages Printers to Expand Use of Web to Print    ( Company news )

    Company news Extend reach, generate new revenues, gain new clients

    Many professional printing operations that have implemented web-to-print solutions are not yet taking full advantage of all of the business and production benefits of these solutions, according to a brand new white paper sponsored by v. Making the Most of Mobile: What a ‘Mobile-First’ Strategy Means for Your Business is available for free download here.

    Graham Moore, Director, Business Development, Ricoh Europe says “Web-to-print is a business necessity for production printing operations, but many are basically using web-to-print solely as a job submission tool, and there are so many more benefits to these solutions that can help printers extend their reach, generate new revenues and gain new clients. To gain the most advantage from web-to-print, these solutions must also be easy to use from mobile devices since that is where clients spend a lot of their time these days. Our Making the Most of Mobile white paper will give printers lots of great ideas about how and why they should extend their use of mobile solutions, especially as it relates to web-to-print.”

    The white paper explores three aspects of mobile that apply to businesses of all sizes and across all industries, but with a focus on how they can be applied by professional printing companies. These include:
    -How mobile technologies can be levered in your own business to improve productivity in terms of production and business management, employee satisfaction and more;

    -What you need to consider in terms of client-facing applications in order to give them the flexibility of conveniently and comfortably accessing your business from any device, anywhere, anytime, ordering print and other products, reviewing job status and more; and

    -How you can take advantage of the rapid adoption of mobile technologies to add new (profitable) products and services to your portfolio that not only generate new revenue streams but add value to your clients’ businesses.

    Moore adds, “Today, the clients of a Print Service Provider are not that different from other types of customers, who expect the convenience of being able to work from any device, anywhere. The print purchasing process is no exception. This requires that all client-facing applications employ a mobile-first development strategy so they offer a good customer experience regardless of how they are accessed. And with an effective web-to-print implementation, even complex work can be submitted, monitored and managed via mobile devices. As for printers, being able to manage that and other aspects of their businesses remotely from their own mobile devices, will make them even more efficient and responsive.”

    Moore also points out that as printers move more deeply into the world of mobile, for both internal and client-facing uses, they will find significant value in adding capabilities that make print interactive, such as Ricoh’s Clickable PaperTM, saying, “With Clickable Paper, Ricoh makes it easy for printers to offer a value-added service that links printed pieces to a variety of online information sources, extending both the value and the life of the printed document. This is a great way for printers to differentiate themselves in a highly competitive business environment. And offering this service can also encourage marketers to expand their use of print because combining it with Clickable Paper to make print interactive will drive readers online to relevant locations, such as visiting the brand’s ecommerce site to place an order.”
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
    13.07.2015   Kemira appoints Tero Huovinen as Senior Vice President, Communications and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Corporate Responsibility

    Tero Huovinen (photo) has been appointed SVP, Communications and Corporate Responsibility of Kemira Oyj as of August 1, 2015. He reports to Kemira's President and CEO Jari Rosendal. Huovinen has been working as VP, Investor Relations in Kemira since 2010. He will also continue in his current position on interim basis until the appointment of a new head of investor relations.

    "Tero has been deeply involved in Kemira's transformation in recent years and at the same time has lifted our investor relations function to an international level. As Kemira executes its growth focused strategy, Tero will support it by leading the Communications and Corporate Responsibility function with an aim to increase awareness and visibility for Kemira and to meet the continuously rising internal and external expectations for corporate responsibility," says Kemira's President and CEO, Jari Rosendal.

    Leena Lie, Kemira Oyj's current SVP, Communications and Corporate Responsibility will leave Kemira to take up the position of SVP, Communications at Cargotec Oyj.
    (Kemira Oyj)
    13.07.2015   Fujifilm's Flenex FW water-washable flexo plate makes its official European debut at Labelexpo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Following successful North American installations, the high-quality plate will take centre stage within Fujifilm’s label offering at the show

    Fujifilm announces that it will use Labelexpo Europe 2015 (September 29th - October 2nd, Brussels) as the European launch platform of its advanced new water-washable flexo plate, Flenex FW. On its stand (A34 - Hall 9), Fujifilm will demonstrate how label converters can benefit from this high quality and low cost-in-use flexo plate.

    Flenex FW is a photopolymer plate containing a special rubber-based compound that is not oxygen sensitive, minimising the effect oxygen has on the dot shape. As a result, Flenex guarantees reduced dot gain and better ink transfer for cleaner and brighter print results. The plate delivers longer runs for label converters, while producing a consistent 200lpi at 4,400 dpi, 1% flat top process dot structure for superb high quality. Improved durability and reduction in plate swell are further benefits offered by the new Flenex FW plate.

    Visitors to the Fujifilm stand will see how Flenex FW reduces platemaking processing times to less than 40 minutes, 3 times faster than leading solvent systems and 1.5 times faster than current thermal and water-wash technologies. This enables label businesses to increase the number of plates they can produce in a given time, and also achieve a faster turnaround. Fujifilm will also be highlighting how Flenex FW eliminates the expense of higher-cost solvent and thermal processors, as well as potential upcharges on associated consumables, and why it represents the lowest cost-in-use flexo plate production system.

    Compatible with the leading flexo platesetters and water-wash processors, the Flenex FW plate will be part of an integrated production environment at the show, which will also include a dedicated label workflow solution on Fujifilm’s stand.

    Peter Verryt, strategic business development, Fujifilm Graphic Systems Europe, comments: “Labelexpo Europe is the world's largest event for the label printing industry and we are keen to showcase the advanced features and high performance delivered by Flenex FW on this stage.

    The plate has been very well received in the US since its introduction there 18 months’ ago, with installations increasing by the week. As such, we are delighted to officially introduce this plate into the European market and we’re confident European label converters will also immediately recognize its business advantages.”

    Label converters visiting the Fujifilm stand will also have the opportunity to explore the company’s comprehensive range of Uvivid narrow web inks and ancillaries, all designed to maximise throughput and simplify the label production process, as well as guarantee high quality printed applications.

    Fujifilm’s hybrid inkjet printer, the Acuity LED 1600, will also be featured on the stand, and will be used to highlight how users can produce outstanding prototype packaging samples and short-run labels and stickers quickly and efficiently, taking advantage of the printer’s spot varnish capability.

    Peter concludes: “Fujifilm has extensive experience in the label and packaging market, with the company already a major supplier of aluminium plates to offset packaging printers and UV ink to narrow web label converters. At this year’s Labelexpo show, we’re aiming to build on our respected position in the market with the official European launch of Flenex FW, a plate we believe has the potential to make a significant impact on the label and packaging sectors. We look forward to demonstrating how all our Fujifilm solutions can help label and packaging converters enhance their operational efficiencies and production capabilities.”
    13.07.2015   Nedmag Industries invests heavily in storage expansion for magnesium hydroxide    ( Company news )

    Company news Nedmag Industries in Veendam, The Netherlands, will be expanding its magnesium hydroxide storage capacity. Four new storage tanks have been shipped from Sweden to the production site in Veendam.

    With the expansion of the magnesium hydroxide storage capacity, Nedmag expects to meet the fast increasing demand for its magnesium hydroxide, especially in the pulp and paper industry.

    Nedmag’s decision to further differentiate its products was agreed over a year ago. Its new product, stable magnesium hydroxide, was introduced in 2014. Over time, the company has invested in a new production line, equipment and expertise while working closely with partners and universities.

    Nedmag’s new stable magnesium hydroxide is utilized, among others, as an environmentally friendly solution for chemicals currently used in the pulp and paper industry and waste water treatment – for neutralisation of acid and pH control, metal removal, removal and recovery of phosphorus.

    Since 2014, Nedmag has entered in a strategic alliance with Imerys and partnered up with Banmark to offer the European pulp and paper industry a novel and sustainable pulp bleaching technology. Supported by their advanced laboratories, Nedmag’s delivers environmental benefits and via recipe optimization a cost saving solution with multiple performance benefits to the pulp industry.

    The strong increase in demand for Nedmag’s new magnesium hydroxide necessitates the investment in additional storage capacity. The storage tanks were shipped from Sweden, to Delfzijl, the Netherlands, by sea (a 40 hour journey). From there it was transported to Nedmag by barge. The magnesium hydroxide storage tanks have a capacity of 350 cubic meters each.
    (Nedmag Industries Mining & Manufacturing B.V.)
    13.07.2015   Mimaki: Beauty and practicality demonstrated alongside at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki sparkles up Stand 8C52 with eco-solvent silver ink

    Mimaki will be participating in Labelexpo Europe 2015, scheduled for 29 September through 2 October in Brussels, Belgium. On Stand 8C52 Mimaki will display unique new products for the label market that can be created with the Mimaki family of printers. Highlighted at the show will be eye-catching labels embellished with Mimaki’s Eco-Solvent Silver Ink, alongside flexible and rigid labels for safety applications such as fire exits and assembly point indicators, delivered on the UJF-6042.

    “Mimaki is focused on bringing high value solutions to the label market,” says Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing of Mimaki EMEA. “Visitors to our stand at the show will see this in action with a wide array of differentiated applications that our printers make possible. We are looking forward to speaking to visitors at the show, learning more about their businesses, and inspiring them with new revenue-generating ideas to realise their imagination with an affordable investment. We’ll make the Labelexpo theme of technology saving the day a true deliverable at the Mimaki booth.”

    Mimaki will be showcasing a variety of large format printers at the show. These include:
    -CJV150 Series: This series of award-winning printers comes in four different print widths and integrated cutting solutions at a print speed of up to 56 m2/h and features automatic switching from printing to cutting. Continuous crop mark detection delivers accurate contour cutting to support even the most complex label layouts. New eco-solvent silver ink opens the door to new and profitable product offerings for label converters,
    -UJF6042 A2 Format UV LED Flatbed Printer: With outstanding 1800×1800 print quality, this energy saving eco-friendly printer with LED UV curing has multiple ink options, including white ink, clear varnish and inkjet primer for printing on a wider variety of substrates. This printer is ideally suited for production of rigid or flexible labels, promotional material and packaging prototypes. It allows for print on a wide variety of substrates, including glass, metals and acrylics.

    “As always, we will have our application experts on hand to speak one-on-one with visitors,” Horsten adds. “It is always exciting to collaborate with customers on new ways to grow their businesses. We’ll make sure Mimaki delivers the excellence to their production room so they can print profitably and reliably.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    13.07.2015   BOBST digital printing press for corrugated board - Schumacher Packaging becomes ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...the second beta site

    The second beta-testing site to receive a BOBST digital printing press for corrugated board is the Schumacher Packaging plant in Ebersdorf, Germany, where the installation is already well under way and where production will start at the end of this month.

    The Ebersdorf site, in central Germany, is the central hub of Schumacher Packaging GmbH, which has thirteen sites across Germany, Poland and the Netherlands. Björn Schumacher, Managing Director of Schumacher Packaging GmbH, said, "We are very excited about the possibilities this BOBST press offers for opening up new market areas to us. We continuously invest in high-performance, state-of-the-art machines in all our production areas, which is one of the reasons we have been able to grow our business significantly over the past few years. Being a beta site for this digital solution gets us in on the ground floor of this revolutionary technology."

    Designed and built in Switzerland, the BOBST digital printing press for corrugated board prints images, graphics, codes and text, which can vary from sheet to sheet. Production speeds can reach 200 meters per minute, with a maximum sheet width of 1.3 meters. Applications include serialization, personalized packs, versioned packaging, customized corrugated products, and medium to short-runs of conventional boxes and displays. Incorporating Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology, the BOBST press delivers four-color digital print directly onto corrugated board and print run lengths can be from a single sheet to several thousand. The collaboration between technology leaders BOBST and Kodak has produced a digital press which exhibits a combination of print quality, speed and versatility which will allow converters to better respond to an increasingly dynamic market.

    Jean-Pascal Bobst, CEO of Bobst Group, said, "The print technology choices that corrugated packaging manufacturers have had available to them, up until now, have determined the markets they can serve. Our new solution changes all this because one printing press can open up a huge range of markets, from long runs of boxes featuring variable data to very short runs of bespoke packs and displays - as well giving access to a large number of mid-volume opportunities. And all this is delivered at high speed, with close to offset quality. It means that corrugated packaging manufacturers will be able to enter all sorts of existing and new markets."

    The Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology used in the BOBST digital printing press has a number of characteristics that make it ideal for corrugated packaging production. This continuous inkjet printing technology provides greater throw distance compared to drop-on-demand inkjet enabling print on a wide range of substrate thicknesses; its high speed continuous jetting makes the press more responsive and so able to print variable data at faster speeds; and the technology uses water-based inks which are food compliant, compatible with a wide range of coated and uncoated substrates and more environmentally friendly. The jetting modules are self-maintaining and, when they need to be replaced, can be refurbished and recycled with minimal waste.

    "This product represents the first generation of solutions from the Strategic Partnership we announced with BOBST in 2013," said Philip Cullimore, Sr. VP of Kodak, and President, Enterprise Inkjet Systems Division. "Kodak Stream Inkjet Technology fits well into the product vision of BOBST to provide production digital capabilities."

    Philippe Milliet, Head of Business Unit Sheet-fed, added, "Brand owners want more flexibility, especially at the late stage, as well as equal or better print quality. They also aim to increase engagement with consumers, while at the same time keeping costs under control. Our digital solution gives our customers the ability to deliver all that using one machine."
    (Bobst Mex SA)
    13.07.2015   ANDRITZ to supply new fiber line to ITC Bhadrachalam, India    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from ITC Bhadrachalam, Telangana Province, India, to supply a BCTMP fiber line with a production capacity of 300 tons per day. The new plant will be the first mechanical pulping line in India for production of high-brightness board grades. Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2016.

    The order comprises the supply of a fiber line with 2-stage refining to ensure lowest possible energy demand and high fiber quality, as well as a two-stage bleaching system with minimum chemical consumption. Six counter-current washing stages are to reduce contaminants so that exceptionally clean pulp can be produced at low chemical oxygen demand. In addition, the ANDRITZ washing technology keeps fresh water consumption and effluent levels to a minimum.

    The new fiber line uses available synergies with the existing eucalyptus pulping line at ITC Bhadrachalam. The effluent will be evaporated, the clean condensate re-used, and the white liquor from the kraft mill will be used as alkali source in the new BCTMP fiber line.
    (Andritz AG)
    10.07.2015   PAPER ARABIA 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Once again we welcome you into Paper Arabia 2015 in its 8th Edition. It is the biggest event in the Gulf, Middle East and North Africa regarding PAPER, CONVERTING, CORRUGATED CARDBOARD, PACKAGING, RECYCLED, TISSUE and/or related products.

    We are pleased to announce you, that the exhibition has been launched with a new hall in DWTC, Sheikh Saeed Hall 1, for bigger space and comfort, and introducing many new ideas that will be launched during the show. The event will take place on the 14th September 2015 till the 16th September 2015. I invite you to visit the website:

    Last year, we registered an increase of 27% in exhibitor’s presence from 22 countries and more than 35% increase in the trade visitor’s number from 81 countries. We are becoming the leaders in the paper trade show!
    This year our prices are very well placed and we are looking forward to have you on board of our 8th edition.
    (Al Fajer Information & Services)
    10.07.2015   Constantia Flexibles: Alexander Baumgartner appointed CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Wendel and Constantia Flexibles are pleased to announce the appointment of Alexander Baumgartner (photo) as CEO of Constantia Flexibles. Alexander Baumgartner will join Constantia Flexibles on October 1st 2015 at the latest.

    After a transition period he will succeed Thomas Unger. As announced previously, Thomas Unger and Wendel had planned on such a move before the end of the year. Thomas Unger currently remains CEO and is fully empowered and supported by the Supervisory Board.

    Frédéric Lemoine, Chairman of the Executive Board of Wendel and Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Constantia Flexibles said: “We are very pleased about the arrival of Alexander Baumgartner at Constantia Flexibles in Vienna. Alex has a strong and recognized experience in packaging. We are also pleased to have implemented a smooth transition with Thomas Unger, which creates an excellent environment for this great company to grow and develop over the coming months.”

    Since 2010, Alexander Baumgartner is President for Europe of the Beauty & Home Aptargroup division, where he played a significant role in leading the Beauty & Home reorganization and in the development and implementation of a European manufacturing strategy. He began working for Aptargroup in the legacy Seaquist Closure business as European President in 2007. Alexander Baumgartner began his career in Austria in 1990 as Marketing Manager - Automotive Industry for PCD Polymere GesmbH within the OMV group. He then joined the Mayr-Melnhof Group in 1994 first as Marketing Manager and then as Sales Manager. In 2000, he became Chief Operating Officer for the STI Group - Gustav Stabernack GmbH in Hamburg, a position he held for seven years.

    He graduated from Wirtschaftsuniversität in Vienna and Luigi Bocconi University in Milan.
    (Constantia Flexibles GmbH)
    10.07.2015   UPM pulp and paper mills’ environmental performance reported in EMAS 2014 statements    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has published the EU Eco-Management and Audit Scheme (EMAS) statements for the year 2014. The company has certified all its European pulp and paper mills, the UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay and the UPM Changshu paper mill in China in accordance with the EMAS.

    Transparency and openness with stakeholders are an essential part of UPM’s corporate responsibility worldwide. The EMAS registration and third-party verified reporting promote continuous improvement.

    “As a forerunner in the integration of the bio and forest industries, UPM is committed to innovation-driven future. We see circular-economy thinking – making more with less - as the future business model, Anssi Klinga, Senior Vice President UPM Pulp, Bernd Eikens, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper ENA, and Kim Poulsen, Executive Vice President, UPM Paper Asia state in the report.

    “Sustainability-driven not only describes our solutions, but also our way of performing,” they continue.

    EMAS requires participants to have an Environmental Management System and to publish a third-party verified Environmental Statement, which increases the credibility and reliability of environmental data. The corporate statement includes group-level information and core indicators on e.g. energy and material efficiency. The mill supplements deepen the corporate statement with local information, such as environmental targets and accomplishments.

    In addition to the EMAS - in which the company has participated for about 20 years - UPM provides comprehensive environmental information assured by third parties from corporate level right through to the mills and individual products. Ecolabelled products, product declarations and certified operations are used to inform the company’s stakeholders about responsibility and transparency.
    10.07.2015   Crofton mill resolves operating issues and resumes production    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) announced that due to operating issues that have been fully resolved, the Crofton mill has incurred production losses of approximately 8,600 tonnes of pulp and 8,600 tonnes of paper in the month of June. These production losses will not impact current customer orders but will reduce second quarter EBITDA approximately $5 to 6 million.

    No health or environmental issues occurred during this period, and the mill has returned to production capacity.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    10.07.2015   Borregaard and Sappi announce 20,000 tonnes capacity expansion    ( Company news )

    Company news Borregaard and Sappi have decided to increase the lignin production capacity by 20,000 tonnes at LignoTech South Africa.

    The added volume will be marketed to the joint venture company's existing applications and geographical markets. The investment by LignoTech is estimated at ZAR 105 million (approx. NOK 70 million), and the project is expected to be completed in 2017.

    Commenting on the decision, Per Arthur Sørlie, President and CEO of Borregaard said "It is a strategic priority for Borregaard to grow our lignin business. This investment will strengthen LignoTech South Africa's competitive position, and improve our offering to key markets in Asia, The Middle East and Africa."

    Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited, said "Looking to the future, Sappi is targeting strong growth from new business opportunities related to energy, nanocellulose and bio products including lignin and sugars. This expansion is an important vote of confidence in our joint venture with Borregaard and the global competitiveness of South Africa-based LignoTech."
    (Borregaard Chemcell)

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