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    15.09.2014   Successful first day of China Paper 2014 Shanghai    ( Company news )

    Company news Today, Asia's original and largest pulp and paper show with the highest international attendance opened up its doors to the 21st edition. The first day of the event was visited by international buyers from 15 different countries and over the course of the 3-day event 40 different countries are expected to be represented on the exhibition floor, according to pre-registration figures.

    Show continues tomorrow with the exhibition and the renowned China Paper conference. Pulp and paper professionals and experts from around the world will be discussing the most burning issues of the industry. Portia Zhao, Sr Product Manager at RISI will be talking about 'Cost Benchmarking of China Pulp and Paper Industry; Where China Stand?' and Mr Sun Mingming, Senior Pulp and Paper Program Officer at WWF, China, will share his thoughts on 'Being a responsible company, proactively respond to the challenge on environmental conservation'. Tomorrow also includes an afternoon networking session, the highlight of China Paper, where pre-registered visitors, conference delegates, mill managers and exhibitors can meet, mingle and network.

    Re-booking for the next China Paper show at Intex Shanghai, 14-16 October, 2015, has already started.
    (Adforum AB)
    15.09.2014   ANDRITZ to supply complete reject handling system for Shandong Sun Paper, China    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order to supply a complete reject handling system for Shandong Sun Paper Industry’s paper machines PM31 and PM32, China. Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016.

    The scope of supply includes coarse and fine shredding systems, a ballistic separator, reject compactors, sand separators, as well as coarse and fine metal separators, including ferrous and non-ferrous metal separation. The ANDRITZ reject handling system has a total capacity of approx. 200 tons of light rejects per day. The residuals from both recycled fiber lines will be prepared for combustion or for further cleaning and recycling, while valuable components like metals will be separated.

    Shandong Sun Paper is one of the leading Chinese pulp and paper producers.
    (Andritz AG)
    12.09.2014   Investment to increase capacity at Vajda Papír    ( Company news )

    Company news One June 11, 2014, in the presence of 100 guests – including national and local government representatives, diplomats, partners, clients and suppliers as well as the press – the new major investment project of HUF 1.8 billion to increase the converting capacity of Vajda Papír Kft. was unveiled, which is to open up new vistas for the company.
    The start button of the new state-of-the-art production line installed by early June was pressed by Péter Szijjártó, deputy minister of foreign affairs and trade and Attila Vajda, founder, owner and managing director of Vajda Papír.

    „In recent years our group has become an equal of its multinational competitors. I firmly believe that with high-quality products and a coherent strategy and great perseverance Hungarian companies can be competitive on the European market. I thank my colleagues warmly for their relentless work ethic going back ten to 15 years, which made it possible for me to be here today and speak to you of yet another significant achievement." – said Attila Vajda in its welcome speech.

    János Berényi, president of the Hungarian Investment and Trade Agency (HITA), her Excellency Tove Skarstein, ambassador of Norway to Hungary and Ferenc Geiger, mayor of Soroksár also attended the grand opening ceremony.

    Péter Szijjártó emphasised in his speech given at the ceremony: “Vajda Papír started out as a garage company, and has become an international corporation employing 500 people, and generating an annual turnover of HUF 22 billion in just 15 years. This success story shows that the industriousness of Hungarian people, their courage and faith in the future can make Hungary even stronger, and make it become the front runner in Central-Europe once again.”

    This Hungarian family-owned company, celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, which has 20 export markets, is a key player in the Central-Eastern European region and Scandinavia – with local offices in four countries and a paper mill employing 85 people in Norway. Thanks to the business development projects this year in Hungary and Norway, the number of staff now exceeds 500, and the finished goods capacity is over 120 thousand tonnes.
    (Vajda-Papír Kft.)
    12.09.2014   Mimaki joins Caterham F1 Team as technical partner    ( Company news )

    Company news Teaming up engineering and technology brings speed, flexibility and quality to racing team’s graphics

    Mimaki, a leading global manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutting plotters for the sign/graphics, textile/apparel and industrial markets, has formed a technical partnership with the Caterham F1® Team, making Mimaki their official technical graphics supplier. The result of this partnership is that all Formula One communication and visuals for Caterham F1 Team will be now be printed and cut with Mimaki’s range of solutions.

    On Track To Deliver Results
    In the fast paced world of Formula One racing, one needs graphics that stand out from the rest of the field. Manfredi Ravetto, Team Principal of the Caterham F1® Team, knows about standing out. He is managing the team for a result-driven season. He needed a partner who could translate the team’s values into visuals that reflect these goals. “Whether it is on the track or projecting our image, our team is focused on results. So we required a technical partner that could deliver quality that meets our high engineering standards. Mimaki impressed us with the creative versatility their solutions have to offer and won us over immediately.”

    Let’s create… Together
    Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA for Mimaki Europe, is very enthusiastic about the cooperation: “Formula One is all about precision, flexibility, quality and success. Characteristics we also associate with every print and cut solution Mimaki develops and puts into the market. This close cooperation allows us to demonstrate just what Mimaki can deliver. Our solutions are as flexible, creative and qualitative as the racing management requires them to be. We consider it an honour to supply the team with the latest printing and cutting solutions for the trucks and paddocks worldwide.”

    The Caterham F1® Team graphics team concurs on the importance of visual representation throughout the racing season: “Our team is under a lot of time pressure - and so are our communication efforts. We need to effectively translate the key values of Caterham F1® Team into a visual presentation that is all about speed, flexibility and quality. To achieve that success, we selected a reliable partner we can count on for quality and consistency. We’re convinced this partnership with Mimaki will deliver the right solutions for the job.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    12.09.2014   Xeikon to demonstrate end-to-end digital printing applications through its specialty ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Suites at Graph Expo 2014

    Highlights will include demonstrations of integrated hardware and software solutions developed to enable productivity, quality and Efficiency

    Xeikon NV, an innovator in digital color printing technology, will have a major presence at Graph Expo 2014, showcasing a range of technologies and innovations. Graph Expo 2014, the leading international trade event for the graphic communications industry, is being held September 28 - October 1, 2014 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

    At booth 841, the company will demonstrate its "Suites", which not only include a Xeikon digital color press, but also the appropriate print media, software and workflow solutions, consumables and tools, as well as pre and post print equipment, required for a true end-to-end digital printing solution. Xeikon partners with other leading manufacturers in the industry in the development of its Suites.

    During the show, Xeikon will exhibit some high impact direct marketing/direct mail applications in unique format sizes on its Document Production Suite. These application pieces will be produced on a Xeikon 8000 Series digital color press. The Xeikon 8000 Series presses feature high precision LED-array imaging technology, which combines true 1200 dpi resolution and 4-bit per spot color depth, to deliver the finest commercial print quality available on the market today. In addition, the Xeikon 8000 Series offers unmatched format flexibility, with a media width of 20.2 inches and unlimited print length. The presses print on both sides of the substrate simultaneously and can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 10 million pages.

    For commercial printing companies that are looking to foray into packaging, Xeikon will also demonstrate its Folding Carton Suite at the show. The Folding Carton Suite is built around Xeikon's flagship label and packaging press, the Xeikon 3500. The Xeikon 3500 incorporates the imaging resolution and format flexibility that Xeikon technology is known for and is equipped with five color stations, four for standard process colors and the fifth station for gamut expansion colors. The fifth station can also be used for printing on transparent/clear substrates with a one-pass opaque white toner or a security toner for anti-counterfeiting applications. Print speed of the press is unaffected by the number of colors used and/or the size of the application piece being produced. The Xeikon 3500 can handle monthly duty cycles of up to 3.8 million square feet on a wide range of substrates. It runs on Xeikon's QA-I toner which is FDA-compliant for indirect and direct contact with dry food.

    Visitors to the Xeikon booth can also see live demonstrations of its ThermoFlexX digital imaging system, which enables customers to produce high quality flexo and letterpress plates at high resolutions.

    "Very few other events in the graphic communications industry have as many live demonstrations of equipment, products and solutions as Graph Expo. Xeikon will be there in full force, showcasing some outstanding solutions for document and commercial printers," said Todd Blumsack, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Xeikon North America. "Many commercial printers today are looking into packaging applications to generate additional revenue streams for their businesses. Xeikon continues to innovate in this area and we're proud to highlight our leadership for this audience," Blumsack concluded.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    12.09.2014   Emballage 2014, A "100% Useful Innovation" Programme !     ( Company news )

    Company news A unique platform, a source of inspiration and innovation

    EMBALLAGE 2014 is not only a platform for business and sourcing but also for inspiration, thanks to its rich content for each industrial sector. All the industry intelligence is highlighted for the four days of the Exhibition by means of conferences, a TV studio broadcasting live, a showcase of packaging innovations and exhibitions to explore the packaging of the future.

    - 1,500 exhibitors in the Packaging, Processing, Printing and Handling sectors

    - 100,000 professionals from all over the world expected

    - 100 countries represented
    11.09.2014   American Forest & Paper Association Comments on USDA’s BioPreferred Innovation Criteria     ( Company news )

    Company news American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement on the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) putting new interim innovation criteria for the BioPreferred Program in effect today.

    “The BioPreferred Program’s new innovation criteria allow the nation’s pulp, paper, packaging and wood products manufacturers to compete on a level playing field with other biobased products.

    “The paper and paper-based packaging segment of the industry has provided great innovative products that extend the shelf life of food; reduce waste; improve the quality of papers made with recycled content; and significantly reduce energy and water usage. Paper-based packaging offers strength and protective characteristics as well as product marketing capabilities that convey important product information to consumers.

    “We welcome these interim guidelines and look forward to working with USDA to improve them as they are finalized.”
    (AF&PA American Forest and Paper Association)
    11.09.2014   CEOs See Need to Adapt More Quickly to Changing Technology    ( Company news )

    Company news According to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), London, U.K., a survey of forest, paper, and packaging CEOs indicates an expectation of some challenges ahead where adapting more quickly to changing technology is an issue. Companies are now collaborating along the supply chain and many are improving their environmental footprint.

    PwC notes that 81% of forest, paper, and packaging CEOs believe that technological advances such as the digital economy, social media, mobile devices, and big data will transform or continue transforming their business over the next five years. This reflects the impact of the shift to mobile on paper demand, but technology is helping the industry as well.

    Some 92% of the CEOs acknowledged that they will need to pick up the pace to adapt. They’ll need to update technology investment strategies. Only 23% report having made changes, while 33% have already started revamping R&D and innovation capacity, reflecting the effort the industry is putting into innovation in diverse areas such as nanotechnology, genetic manipulation, new applications for fiber, dissolving pulp uses, and new packaging solutions. Only 17% of sector executives believe their R&D departments are "well-prepared" for the future.

    Forest, paper, and packaging CEOs have been working hard to improve their supply chains in response to transformative trends – most say their companies have already begun or completed change programs. And it may be starting to pay off: 54% of these CEOs say the level of trust their supply chain partners have in their industry has improved.

    Sustainability continues to be a top priority. Nearly two-thirds of CEOs in the industry pointed to resource scarcity and climate change as driving transformation.

    A majority 77% of CEOs in the industry are concerned about the availability of key skills in their employees. Nearly all of them—91%—recognize a need to change talent strategies to adapt, but only about a third have already begun or completed the process. Some 19% don’t think their HR department is prepared to execute, and just 31% believe HR is well-prepared.
    (TAPPI Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry)

    Company news Avery Dennison is moving the trade show to the World Wide Web.

    Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials will introduce an interactive virtual trade show booth at to highlight the innovations it is launching at the same time in its booth at Labelexpo Americas. The labeling industry’s premier trade show runs Sept. 9-11 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois.

    “Our virtual tradeshow will open the door to converters around the world who are unable to attend the show,” said Judy Abelman, vice president, communications for Avery Dennison Materials Group. “This tool will enable them to experience the innovations we will debut and gain access to the information and tools featured in our booth. It’s also a great way for converters at the show to share what they’ve seen with team members who weren’t able to come to Chicago.”

    Using CAD drawings of the physical booth, the virtual booth replicates what will be seen at Labelexpo, including seven innovation zones that feature technology designed for unique segments and applications.

    Visitors can click on each innovation zone to access product overviews and educational information, including white-papers, videos, and product portfolios.

    The virtual tradeshow will have a live chat function that is staffed globally by Avery Dennison product specialists following Labelexpo from September 16-17. After that time, virtual booth visitors will be able to submit questions directly to sales representatives and technical experts and quickly receive the information they need.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
    11.09.2014   Kelheim Fibres with Five Presentations at the Dornbirn Man-Made Fiber Congress    ( Company news )

    Company news Once again, Bavarian viscose fibre specialist Kelheim Fibres puts the intense activity of its inhouse R&D and the impressive variety of its range of products in the limelight at Dornbirn‘s Man-Made Fiber Congress.

    Thus the focus this year is, for example, on electrically conductive viscose fibres: Dr. Nina Köhne speaks about the manufacturing of such fibres, which have permanent conductivity incorporated into the fibre matrix, yet at the same time preserve their native characteristics in terms of processability and wearer comfort.
    These speciality fibres are a possible answer to the great interest shown by the market in the further development of already existing conductive materials - such as metal wires or metal fibres – and could enable exiting new products especially in the field of sensor technology.

    Dr. Roland Scholz discusses the possibility of permanent finishing of ionically activated fibres. By incorporating polyelectrolytes in the fibre’s matrix, a finish with polyelectrolytes of opposite charge is highly efficient and also allows the selective control of the fibre properties.
    With the applied methods a polarity inversion of ionically activated fibres is possible. The fastness to washing of the polyelectrolytes on the fibre’s surface depends on the pH value of the solution and outlasts the dyeing time of the fibres. At the same time, the water imbibition of coated fibres is significantly reduced and almost equals the imbibition of non-ionically activated fibres.

    The modification of viscose fibres by incorporating functional additives into the fibre’s core has been part of Kelheim’s particular expertise for years. With the functionalisation of viscose fibres by chemical reactions, Kelheim Fibres now explores completely new ways and significantly extends its „tool box“ for the design of tailor-made speciality fibres.
    Dr. Daniela Bauer presents three key concepts of fibre functionalisation and speaks about possible applications as for example in anti-microbial or fluorescent fibres or fibres with outstanding dyeing properties.

    Speciality fibres are also required when it comes to precoat filtration in the brewing industry. Walter Roggenstein, head of Kelheim’s R&D, presents n first results of a joint research project between Kelheim Fibres and Krones AG, world market leader for beverage filling, packaging and processing technology.
    Especially adapted viscose fibres are used as a substitute for diatomite which is commonly used in this area. Viscose fibres score with their natural origin, the environmentally sound disposal and their physiological and hygienic safety. Furthermore, their physical and chemical properties can be exactly adapted to the user’s specific needs – another benefit for this sensitive filtration application.

    And finally, Dr. Philipp Wimmer introduces the world of medical and hygiene products and illustrates this with two very topical applications. Thus viscose fibres can offer a functional yet at the same time environmentally friendly alternative to common incontinence products. Hollow viscose fibres can store large quantities of fluid and are therefore highly suitable for the production of incontinence pads. An enormous benefit of these pads made from viscose fibres is their washability. Fibres from Kelheim help preserve valuable resources and can help to reduce huge amounts of waste.

    In the area of wound care viscose fibres have been established for years, because they are naturally soft, skin-friendly, free of pesticide residues and extremely absorbent.
    Multifunctional products, which are exactly adapted to the requirements of modern wound care can be created by modifying the fibres during the manufacturing process. Examples are the incorporation of healing substances in hollow fibres, temperature regulation at the wound or fibres that work as a pH buffer and indicator in order to control the state of the wound. Viscose fibres with reduced wet adhesion properties prevent the sticking of the dressing to the wound and so enable faster healing.
    Kelheim’s fibre specialists look forward to meeting you at their information stand at the Dornbirn Man-Made Fibers Congress.
    (Kelheim Fibres GmbH)
    10.09.2014   Huhtamäki Oyj acquires a folded carton packaging manufacturer in New Zealand    ( Company news )

    Company news Huhtamaki has acquired Interpac Packaging Limited based in Auckland, New Zealand. Interpac manufactures folded carton packaging for the fast-moving consumer goods and retail products as well as the foodservice market in New Zealand. It also manufactures corrugated protective packaging for the local wine industry. The company employs 85 people. With the acquisition Huhtamaki continues to implement its strategy of quality growth and to expand its product offering.

    All shares of the privately owned Interpac Packaging Limited were acquired for a purchase price of approximately EUR 7 million. The annual net sales of the acquired business are approximately EUR 11 million. The acquired unit will become part of Huhtamaki's Foodservice Europe-Asia-Oceania business segment.
    (Huhtamäki Oyj)
    10.09.2014   Global Timber and Wood Products Market Update    ( Company news )

    Company news The revival of the softwood fiber-based forest industry in the Nordic countries has been especially noticeable in 2014, with investment plans of three billion dollars in pulp, bio energy and bio materials, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly

    Forest companies in Northern Europe have announced plans to investment three Billion dollars in 2014 in attempt to move beyond mostly producing newsprint and commodity packaging grades. The idea is to diversify their product lines to include new bio-products from wood fiber and to generate bioenergy to reduce the region’s dependence on fossil fuels, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly.

    The pulp and paper industry in the Nordic countries has started to see a new dawn with a growing demand for pulp and paper products made from long Wood fiber from the vast conifer forests in Northern Europe. Just over the past few months, there have been a number of announcements in investments made by forest companies in Finland, Norway and Sweden totaling close to three billion dollars, as reported in the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ).

    The primarily end-products will be softwood market pulp and virgin fiber-based container board, but major investments are also being consider in increasing the utilization of forest biomass for energy on a larger scale. Although the Investment decisions have not been finalized for all projects, these ruminations are a sign that the forest industry in this part of the world sees the future in a much brighter light than just a few years ago.

    In addition to the investments in the pulp and paper industry, there has also been an announcement that the Swedish forest owner federation Sodra, together with the Norwegian energy company Statkraft, Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, intends to establish an biofuel conglomerate at the site of the now closed pulpmill in Tofte, just south of the capital Oslo.

    In Finland, Metsä Fiber has plans to invest 1.5 billion dollars in a plant that will produce softwood pulp, renewable bioenergy and what the company categorizes as “various biomaterials”.

    Some of the factors that have placed softwood fiber in a new positive light are: limited investments in the establishments of softwood plantations worldwide, favorable global supply/demand balance for softwood pulp over hardwood pulp, (if you are a Pulp manufacturer), increased demand for packaging material requiring wood fiber with high strength, and a rise in research in new products made from trees, sometimes as substitutes to non-renewable materials such as plastic and metal.

    These recent developments in the Nordic countries may very well be the beginning of the biggest transformation of the softwood fiber-based forest industry we have seen in decades, not only in Northern Europe but in other regions of the world as well where coniferous forests is the dominant forest-type.
    (WRI Wood Resources International LLC)
    10.09.2014   Lecta continues making progress in securing OHSAS 18001 certification ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for all its mills before the end of 2014

    OHSAS 18001 (Occupational Health and Safety Assessment Series) is the most widely used specification worldwide for establishing, implementing and operating an occupational safety and health management system. It is an effective tool for managing an organization safely and efficiently, with the aim of protecting employees from the risk of occupational accidents and illnesses.

    This standard promotes a proactive and responsible attitude toward safety at all levels, encouraging broad participation of employees in preventive tasks, on the basis of risk analysis, adoption of both preventive and corrective measures, contribution of ideas for enhanced safety in work facilities as well as the promotion of safe behavior, all within a process of ongoing improvement.

    Lecta, which had already secured certification for its Riva del Garda (Italy) mill, voluntarily took on the commitment of extending OHSAS 18001 certification to all its manufacturing sites before the end of 2014 in its last Environmental Report. The company is firmly committed to the safety of its employees and continues its ongoing efforts regarding quality, the environment and occupational health and safety. All of this has resulted in Lecta’s becoming a point of reference within the paper industry in terms of sustainability.

    The OHSAS 18001 certifications for the Cartiere del Garda mill and Torraspapel’s mills in Almazán, Motril and Zaragoza are available at, and, respectively.

    For more information about Lecta’s commitment to a sustainable future, please visit
    (Lecta Group)
    10.09.2014   CorruMax® – the BHS Corrugated profile family    ( Company news )

    Company news Currently we are observing the trend of an increasing demand for our BHS Corrugated profile family CorruMax®. Continuous success is an indication for the constant implementation of the CorruMax® profile family in the market.
    According to recent reports on reduction of medium paper consumption it is nowadays possible to achieve paper savings by new profile design of corrugating rolls – always keeping in mind to maintain the customers’ requirements on paper strength ECT/FCT.
    By special combinations of CorruMax® profiles not only medium paper savings but also improvements in printability of double-wall board can be achieved.

    Additional benefits achieved with CorruMax® profiles:
    -Improved surface quality and better printability of the board
    -Clearly improved runability on single facers with pressure roll
    -Lower production costs of corrugated board
    -Reduction of transportation and stock holding costs
    (BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
    09.09.2014   First medium-format press with LED drying in Bavaria    ( Company news )

    Company news New Rapida 106 for Holzer Druck und Medien

    Picture: Holzer Druck und Medien has been using Rapida sheetfed offset presses since 1990. A six-colour Rapida 106 with LED drying will be joining the line-up in November

    Holzer Druck und Medien in Weiler/Allgäu is a longstanding KBA user and invests regularly in the latest sheetfed offset technologies. Leaving aside a single small-format press and the digital machines, this is an exclusive domain of medium-format KBA presses.

    The current line-up unites a five-colour Rapida 105u coater press, a Rapida 105 with six printing units and inline coating, and an eight-colour Rapida 106 for 4/4 perfecting.

    In November, the company will be expanding its capacities further with a Rapida 106 of the latest generation – this time a six-colour model with coating and triple-length extended delivery. As a high-speed press with additional accessories for the handling of both board and plastic substrates, it is engineered for production at speeds up to 20,000 sheets/hour. The press has also been configured for the alternating use of conventional and UV inks and coatings, and thus promises enormous production flexibility. The sidelay-free infeed (DriveTronic SIS), simultaneous plate changing (DriveTronic SPC), washing systems designed to permit parallel washing processes (CleanTronic Synchro) and many other configuration details are geared to ultimate automation and fast job changeovers.

    One feature which is still far from commonplace in this format class is the energy-saving LED-UV drying, which Holzer chose not least due to the possibilities for fast further processing of the printed products. Depending on the job in hand, the LED dryer can be positioned after the sixth printing unit or in the extended delivery. Interdeck drying after the first unit is similarly possible, e.g. for jobs requiring opaque white. Quality and colour control to PSO specifications is handled by the inline control system QualiTronic ColorControl.

    With the new Rapida 106, Holzer Druck und Medien has once again confirmed its reputation as a technology pioneer – and that with impact well beyond the local region. Where, in the past, it was frequently sophisticated and high-quality facsimile products which attracted the attention of a wider clientele, Holzer today offers its customers a comprehensive portfolio of services which go far beyond the bounds of classic offset print, for example three-dimensional products, translation management, web-to-print and content management.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    09.09.2014   Hansol Paper (South Korea) acquires Telrol Group in the Netherlands    ( Company news )

    Company news Hansol Paper announced the acquisition of the shares in Telrol B.V., a European leader in self-adhesive labels from Telrol Management B.V. The founder (Ton Jacobs) will leave the company for retirement and Hoessein Hadaoui will remain CEO / part owner of the Group.

    Together with the Schades Group which Hansol Paper acquired in September 2013, this additional acquisition will create a one of kinds in the servicing of POS receipts and self-adhesive labels for the retail business across Europe.

    Mr. Sang-Hun Lee, CEO of Hansol Paper: “The objective of this acquisition will be to enter into the fast growing label business and to ensure Telrol’s further growth with Hansol Paper’s experience and core competency. To strengthen its business portfolio, Hansol Paper became the first Korean paper manufacturer to enter into European market after acquiring the Schades Group, a European market leader in POS thermal paper converting and label manufacturing. As its future business plan, Hansol Paper aims to grow its label converting business to its core business all along with the paper converting of the Schades Group.”

    Hoessein Hadaoui, CEO of Telrol Group: “This acquisition will enable the company to further strengthen its competitive position and become a part of a significant pan-European group, as well as Hansol’s competitive advantage and high quality standards will strengthen our position. Our growth strategy will include large scale national and international acquisitions in the label industry and the current employees will be retained and new opportunities for job creation are part of the future growth strategy”.

    Peter Møller, CEO of Schades Group: “The acquisition by Hansol will clearly strengthen the competitive advantage not only for Telrol but surely also for Schades and with the two legs in POS paper and Self-adhesive Labels, Hansol Paper will become one of the leading and most progressive partner for the European retail business. It will surely be beneficial for all parties; customers, employees and shareholders”.
    (Telrol B.V.)
    08.09.2014   Welcome to ABTCP 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news The 47th pulp and paper international congress & exhibition will be taking place in the Transamérica Expo Center, São Paulo, on October 7-9. The ABTCP event is the largest Latin American gathering of the pulp and paper sector.

    More information can be found on the ABTCP official Website
    08.09.2014   NanoGloss: New calender roll cover from Voith ensures long-lasting gloss ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and uniform smoothness

    With NanoGloss, Voith brings a new calender roll cover onto the market that combines two important characteristics: a high level of mechanical stability and a high level of gloss on the paper. In its first field tests, the new cover achieved impressive results with an increase in gloss points. The paper produced with NanoGloss stands out with its high level of gloss and uniform smoothness.

    NanoGloss is a multilayer roll cover which can be used in all positions on super, soft and multi-nip calenders. The proven, innovative finer surface topography achieves a high level of gloss improvement. In contrast to conventional calender roll covers, NanoGloss retains its exceptional surface characteristics between each regrind. The matrix structure of NanoGloss also guarantees the highest levels of stability and resistance. Furthermore, NanoGloss can be repaired just as easily as any other Voith calender roll cover.

    Thanks to the characteristics of the new calender roll cover, inflexibility, wear and damage are prevented. Paper manufacturers can therefore enjoy reliable operation with NanoGloss.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    08.09.2014   3 Exhibitions in One Event    ( Company news )

    Company news PAPER-ME 2014 The 6th International Exhibition for Pulp, Paper and Printing which will be held on October 22nd -24th, 2014. at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt. Hall (1,2,3)

    In Parallel Events:

    TISUUE-ME 2014 2014 The Leading International Exhibition for Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products and Converting Industries that will be held on October 22nd -24th , 2014. at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt. Halls (2)

    PACK 2 PACK 2014 The Leading International Exhibition for Packing & Packaging Solutions, which will be held on October 22nd -24th , 2014. at Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt. Hall (3)

    Our landmark exhibition, PAPER-ME 2014 is the MENA largest event covering the wide spectrum of paper, board, tissue, packaging and printing industries, demonstrating a perfect hub to showcase the latest equipment and machinery for the exchange of ideas, industry information and solutions; and a unique opportunity to engage with the market leaders and its stakeholders.
    08.09.2014   GardaMatt Ultra Swatchbook: “Amazing to see, wonderful to touch”    ( Company news )

    Company news Lecta launches a new swatchbook for its GardaMatt Ultra papers from Cartiere del Garda

    “Amazing to see, wonderful to touch” is the theme of the new GardaMatt Ultra swatchbook, a sample folder revolving around the concept of papers that are beautiful to look at, marvellous to feel. The swatchbook contains a series of photographs with actions directly related to the images. The feathers of a swan are an invitation to caress, the weightlessness of a white cloud an invitation to pinch, a small amphibian hanging onto a leaf an invitation to grasp.

    GardaMatt Ultra is designed to be irresistible, a paper that pleases sight and touch alike. It is the latest creation from Lecta, which continues to invest in the development of innovative products to anticipate and respond to market needs, offering papers that combine maximum quality with respect for the environment.

    GardaMatt Ultra is a woodfree coated paper with a rough matt surface. It is high-bulk (1.0), acidfree and age-resistant, available in substances of 115, 130, 150 and 170 g/m2 and can be FSC® or PEFC™ certified upon request. This product is particularly suited to the publishing market’s needs, guaranteeing superb runnability, high printability, excellent stiffness, and exceptional “delta gloss” (the different Level of gloss between the printed and the unprinted areas). Lecta has yet again met its goal to offer a quality line of products, which is both versatile and focused on the specific needs of each of its customers.
    (Lecta Group)
    05.09.2014   Time for the 7th edition of Paper Arabia     ( Company news )

    Company news The opening of Middle East’s only event on Paper - Paper Arabia - is only a few weeks away. Held in the strategic meeting point of Dubai, the 7th International Exhibition on Paper, Tissue and Converting Industry will take place in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre on September 21-23, 2014.

    Paper Arabia is the main event for the Middle East and North Africa and, in 2013, 7380 industry professionals from 48 countries visited the show. 96% of them were decision makers and out of these 68% were either Chairman, President, MD, General Manager or CEO.

    Visit the Paper Arabia official website for more information.

    05.09.2014   Karin Emilsson to leave Södra    ( Company news )

    Company news Karin Emilsson, Director of Technology at Södra, has decided to leave the company after 27 years. During her time at the Group, Karin has held a variety of positions at Södra Cell in Mönsterås and Värö, as well as more recently within Research and Development (R&D).

    Karin Emilsson has been Director of Technology for Södra since 2008, with innovation and sustainability as part of her remit.

    "I've spent a great deal of my life at Södra and have recently been focusing on innovation issues. I've had a fantastic time at Södra, where I've worked closely with my team and the business areas to both retain existing business and identify new opportunities. Now I plan to get more deeply involved in innovation aspects and work with green business startups," Emilsson explained.

    "Karin has been a great asset to Södra and we'd like to thank her for her many valuable years of service, and wish her the very best of luck in her future endeavours," commented Lars Idermark, Södra's President and CEO.

    Karin will be leaving the Group at the end of the year. The recruitment process to find her successor is now underway.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    05.09.2014   Esko offers complete, updated preproduction toolset at Labelexpo 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news At booth 5202, Esko ( will be displaying its complete preproduction solutions for label production at Labelexpo Americas, held from September 9-11 in Rosemont, IL. Highlights include the first official North American viewing of Suite 14, along with Equinox and Full HD Flexo, technologies that have recently received industry-wide acclaim.

    “At Labelexpo Americas 2014, Esko will be able to show label manufacturers a complete preproduction workflow, from file to plate,” explains Rory Marsoun, Esko VP, Flexo Business Development. “This includes a wide range of applications, from exceptional expanded gamut software to 3D design tools, to outstanding flexo plate imaging to collaborative workflows that can ultimately drive any press, including flexo, offset and digital.”

    Suite 14: The most complete collection of preproduction software tools for labels and packaging

    A major emphasis of the booth will be Suite 14, an update of the world’s most complete collection of preproduction software tools for packaging and sign & display production. It supports and manages the packaging and print processes at brand owners, retailers, designers, packaging manufacturers and print service providers. Suite 14 focuses on five key directions supporting the future of packaging workflows:
    - Superior quality: The prepress operator’s focus shifts entirely to quality checking: once to obtain customer design approval and again just before the press starts. Interactive tools dedicated to check quality simplify the task.
    - Task driven interactive editing: Quality checking, exception handling and building smart templates are the prepress operator’s main tasks. New cross platform software apps provide a task-driven user experience. Intelligent wizards guide the operator through expert processes.
    - Improved workflow automation: Smart workflow tickets route designs automatically to a press-ready printing plate. Workflow automation stretches beyond printing and finishing and integrates with logistics. Operator interaction is limited to exception handling and quality checking. Open industry standards enable integration with business systems and data silos, regardless of location. Cloud based packaging management systems interface with prepress workflow servers openly and transparently.
    - Smart templates: The basis for a lights-out workflow, smart design templates separate content from creation: the designer determines the looks of the pack “by example” and within a brand guidelines framework. Critical content resides securely in the cloud-based packaging management system of the brand owner. No more ‘copy and paste’ in Adobe Illustrator but linking smart objects to secure and approved content in a database. This guarantees brand consistency and legal compliance at maximum productivity and shortest time to market.
    - Online supply chain integration: Smart templates and workflow tickets connect prepress to all stakeholders. Operations run virtually anywhere in the world. Integrated packaging-savvy production and asset management systems dramatically improve time to market and reduced cost.

    Equinox: Printing more efficiently with expanded gamut

    Equinox Expanded Color Gamut (ECG) Technology—a 2014 FTA Technical Innovation Award and PIA InterTech Technology Award recipient—is Esko’s patented technology for converting packaging graphics from CMYK and spot color to seven-color process. Converting entire files results in extremely close matches to spot colors, improved pictorial images, and the ability to print more colors than available ink stations on the press, resulting in improved image quality and brand impact. The major benefit, however, is realized in the pressroom as jobs print more economically and consistently. The ability to create an infinite number of colors from seven process colors promotes “gang” press runs – and the economic savings can surpass a million dollars per press per year. Customers using Equinox ECG technology report that they use 7-color process profitably in a production environment for labels as well as flexible packaging. This has enabled many of the worlds largest consumer product companies to convert entire product lines to expanded gamut.

    Full HD Flexo for Labels

    Esko will be showing examples of Full HD Flexo for Labels. Full HD Flexo is the recipient of a 2014 PIA InterTech Technology award. Full HD Flexo for Labels features adapted screening and standard operating procedures for the label and tag industry, and delivers very high quality with impactful solids, smoother highlights and expanded color gamut. Full HD Flexo for Labels delivers enhanced print stability as well as a reduction of gear marks when using gear-driven presses.

    At the Esko booth, will be exhibiting an Esko CDI Spark 4835 flexo plate imager—the most popular flexo plate imager in the industry—with inline UV and Full HD Flexo. Visitors can learn about HD Flexo and Full HD Flexo through real-life production samples that demonstrate the quality and extended color gamut made possible by incorporation of Esko solutions.

    Along with Full HD Flexo will be Esko Digital Flexo Suite, offering significant cost savings through the automation of the flexo plate production. The flexo plate is cut into smaller patches to reduce waste. Automatically, instantly and accurately, as a job is sent to the imager, files are created for cutting and data files are made for mounting. The Digital Flexo Suite will be demonstrated with The Kongsberg XN, easily the most versatile digital finishing device ever introduced. It is available in seven different sizes from 66” x 50” to 87” x 258”. The Kongsberg XN comes with a wide range of specialty tools. These tools offer speed, power and flexibility to automatically handle a wide variety of packaging and plate materials, including flexo plates and coating blankets.

    Esko on the floor with other partners

    On Esko’s booth will be CHILI Publish, featuring its professional online document editor. CHILI Publish will also be sponsoring a breakfast on September 10 at the Hyatt Rosemont. Esko is one of the scheduled presenters.

    Esko partners DuPont and Agfa will be sharing booth 5403 and exhibiting an Esko CDI 2530 plate imager—a perfect size for smaller, narrow web presses that produce labels.

    Labelexpo will also see the unveiling of a new proofing solution, utilizing an Esko front-end system featuring FlexProof and an HP Designjet printer, at HP booths 3226 and 3429. HP customers can benefit from simple, accurate color management via Esko Color Engine, which is integrated into both FlexProof and HP Indigo presses. The wizard-based user interface of Color Engine makes it easy to set up an accurate color match on both the press and proofer, without the need to involve color experts to maintain the system.

    Esko participation in educational programs

    As always, Esko will be involved in educational programs during Labelexpo.

    The Inkjet Trail is a program where digital press manufacturers will be challenged by receiving identical source files for food, personal care and industrial labels, with the requirement of using identical substrates to produce them. During scheduled booth visits each day, the inkjet press manufacturers will show printed results for comparison. Esko has been asked to prepare the files from its Suite 14 workflow, showing the work they did on these files for the “Trail”, each day, from 1:00-1:20pm.

    Digital printing technology and techniques have expanded the possibilities for label and package creation. Eye-catching designs and value-adding materials are now cost-effective and vastly increase the potential for customer engagement and brand development. ‘Brand engagement through packaging’: a printing technology master class at Labelexpo Americas 2014 is a series of presentations that will help educate attendees about label and package printing. On Thursday, from 10:45-11:05am, Jan De Roeck, Esko Director, Solutions Management, will present ‘Exploring digital visualization to workflow’. During the session he will discuss reinventing the artwork creation process and making it possible with 3D Visualizer software; virtually creating packaging to show a range of substrates, printing techniques and finishes; providing visibility to concept teams in remote locations; and improving approval time.

    “Esko looks forward to educating attendees about how they can create high-quality labels while maintaining cost-effective workflows,” concludes Steve Bennett, Esko VP Sales, North America Central. “Whether on our booth, partner booths, or during seminars, Esko hopes to be a helpful presence.”
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
    04.09.2014   APP opens new sales office in Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper producer Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) expands presence in Europe

    Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) has strengthened its European operation with the opening of its first sales office in Germany. APP’s newest European office, located in Langenfeld in the Rhineland, will support the company’s strategy for expansion of its activities in Germany.

    “Germany is one of our most important European markets and we are now in a position to utilise our experienced sales team to give customers efficient, on site, service as we create a solid foundation for future growth here” explained Frank Haack, head of the APP Deutschland GmbH sales office in Langenfeld.

    APP, one of the world's largest vertically integrated pulp and paper companies, provides paper and packaging products and services for printers, paper wholesalers, brand name manufacturers and producers of packaging and folding boxes. In the paper category, APP offers coated and uncoated papers that cover a range of different printing needs. One example is Nevia+, a high opacity coated paper offered in 80-300g/m² weights. In the packaging category the company's focus is on folding cardboard cartons. Thanks to its cutting centre in Utrecht in the Netherlands, just 200km from the new sales office in Langenfeld, APP can provide customers with very short lead times.

    The company also offers a wide range of specialities for flexible packaging, such as Enza MG, a machine-smooth kraft paper for wrapping sandwiches and sweets.

    APP is committed providing environmentally responsible products that are free of deforestation. In February of 2013, the company announced its Forest Conservation Policy (FCP) which saw an immediate and permanent end to natural forest clearance across its entire supply chain. In April of this year, APP announced a plan for the protection and reforestation of one million hectares of rainforest in Indonesia, further underlining the company's Zero Deforestation commitment.

    “The paper market is highly competitive and customers demand more than just the highest quality at the lowest price. There is a growing demand for ethically sourced products that have not negatively affected our environment or local communities. In today’s market, responsible practice is not only good for the planet, it is also good for business”, said Frank Haack. “The German market recognizes our efforts, as our early successes here have shown. Now we have to build on them.”
    (APP Asia Pulp & Paper Company Ltd)
    04.09.2014   Smurfit Kappa has received 11 nominations across eight categories ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... in the prestigious 2014 Pulp & Paper International (PPI) Awards.

    The high number and variety of nominations underpins the company’s position as a leading player in its sector. Smurfit Kappa’s nominations fall mostly within sustainability-focused areas, in recognition of its ongoing commitment to delivering sustainable and innovative solutions to its customers.

    Smurfit Kappa’s Vision on Sustainability was launched in 2013 with an increased focus on tackling climate change through measures such as targets for CO2 reduction. This commitment is embedded within Smurfit Kappa’s new global brand initiative, Open the future, which highlights the company’s focus on opening opportunities with its customers by utilising its expertise, insights, and industry leading innovation, including the building of new customer experience centres around the world.

    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer, said: “Smurfit Kappa is very proud to have received 11 nominations in this year’s PPI awards. These particular nominations reflect our efforts in creating value for our shareholders by growing our business and by proactively building on our relationships with our customers to provide them with sustainable and innovative packaging solutions. This forms the basis from which we will also be able to create value for our customers while enhancing the social and natural environments in which we are embedded.”

    Launched in 2009, the PPI Awards are the only global awards dedicated to recognising the achievements of companies, mills and individuals in the pulp and paper sector. The 2014 winners will be announced in October.
    (Smurfit Kappa Recycling)
    04.09.2014   New Voith rotor for virgin pulp reduces energy consumption by up to 30 per cent    ( Company news )

    Company news Voith has brought a new IPV Rotor for virgin pulp onto the market. The new component has already proven itself for some months under mill conditions and shows its strengths here: energy consumption of the new rotor can be up to 30 per cent less than that of conventional technologies. This also enables energy costs to be lowered by up to 30,000 euros annually.

    The IPV Rotor is part of the LowEnergy rotor family and was developed for application in the IntensaPulper (IP) by Voith as well as a retrofit component for existing Voith pulper and third party systems for processing virgin pulp (V). But the rotor can also be used to slush other clean raw materials like broke or fresh fiber.

    The substantial reduction in energy consumption of up to 30 per cent is achieved by an innovative design that improves the flow characteristics inside the pulper. In addition, the pulping process can be further improved through integration of a so-called bale breaker. The bale breaker loosens the hard-pressed pulp bales before the actual dissolution in the pulper and thus disburdens the rotor, which has a further positive effect on energy consumption.

    In practice, the new rotor has already proven itself in the IntensaPulper and in rebuilt pulpers of various paper manufacturers where they are delivering convincing results there. In the installations operating in the market, energy reductions range up to 4 kWh/t, depending on the raw material in use. This translates into savings in energy costs of up to 30,000 euros annually and the investment pays for itself within a very short period of time.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    04.09.2014   Esko Full HD Flexo shines in practical use for label production     ( Company news )

    Company news When making an investment, it's important to go for the latest state-of-the-art technology. This was the primary reason Polish label printer Etiko decided to invest in Esko Full HD Flexo for Labels, as well as the CDI plate imaging technology. Etiko specializes in self-adhesive labels on rolls and was one of the first companies in Poland to work with Esko’s advanced screening process and the associated standardized procedures required for the highest quality label printing. The company’s objective was to gain competitive advantage with the ability to achieve high solid ink density, greater stability in the highlights and a wider color gamut.

    "Our investment in Esko Full HD Flexo for Labels underlines our commitment to produce the highest possible print quality for our customers. And that is exactly what the market is demanding these days," comments Tadeusz Kozinski, Managing Director at Etiko. "After just a few weeks of working with Full HD Flexo, we already noticed the variety of benefits this technology offers: it allows to achieve a higher level of quality in plate imaging, enabling us to get significantly better printing results. We are also very pleased with our partnership with Esko. They have been supporting us every step of the way, and we see them as true partners in our business success."

    Before installing Esko Full HD Flexo, Etiko was using analogue imaging technologies. One thing was clear to Mr. Kozinski right from the start: when it came to investing in new plate production technology, it had to be the latest, state-of-the-art solution. "In our opinion, Esko is an undisputed market leader in the field of flexo printing prepress. This and Esko's advanced solutions give customers like us the necessary assurance of not backing the wrong horse," adds Kozinski. For him it's clear that digital technologies change extremely quickly, and it's critical to implement the latest solutions in order to meet the evolving needs of customers and stay ahead of the competition to gain new customers.

    Quality advancement and flexible plate selection
    With its fine highlights, transitions to zero, sharp text and brilliant image details, Esko Full HD Flexo has quickly set new standards at Etiko. The key benefits include gravure-like ink laydown and a fully digitally controlled platemaking workflow. The unique dot shape produced by Esko Full HD Flexo generates plates that can be used for the highlight, shadow and solid ink areas of print jobs.

    "Agencies and marketing departments are increasingly demanding photorealistic color reproduction of images or other special effects, even for labels,” explains Kozinski. “Transitions to zero are now possible, allowing us to meet these requirements. Without Esko Full HD Flexo, we would not be able to do so." Another important decision-making criterion for Etiko was the ability to freely choose plate material. Since Esko Full HD Flexo supports all major digital flexo plate and sleeve brands, it is no longer a necessity to work with solutions from a specific manufacturer.

    Just like many countries in Europe, also the Polish label printing market is price sensitive. But with the investment in Esko's Full HD Flexo technology – partly supported by an EU funding , Etiko is confident to easily achieve full return on investment. “We anticipate an increasingly growing demand from our customers for higher print quality and shorter turnaround times,” Kozinski adds. "We are convinced that this will be a key differentiator for us. According to data from the FINAT association, the label market in Poland is only half the size of that in Germany, yet there is significant opportunity for companies that use game-changing technologies. We have taken an enormous step forward with the innovative Esko technology and see ourselves very well positioned to be successful in a competitive market."
    (EskoArtwork Belgium)
    04.09.2014   The world's fastest corrugator – a corrugator from BHS Corrugated    ( Company news )

    Company news The world´s fastest corrugator is a corrugator from BHS Corrugated and located at our customer Schumacher Packaging in Ebersdorf, Germany.

    Together with Schumacher Packaging BHS Corrugated looks back at more than forty years of successful partnership since 1970 when the first BHS Corrugated corrugator was delivered to Schumacher Packaging in Ebersdorf.
    (BHS Corrugated Maschinen- und Anlagenbau GmbH)
    03.09.2014   KapStone’s Longview Mill Upgrades Its Sustainable Forestry Certifications ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... To Now Include SFI and PEFC Chain-of-Custody

    KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation (NYSE: KS) announces that its mill in Longview, WA, has now been certified according to both the SFI and PEFC chain-of-custody standards, the highest levels of sustainable forestry certifications available. Previously the Longview mill had been certified to the SFI fiber sourcing standard.

    KapStone’s three other paper mills, five chip mills, and one sawmill are also certified to these same globally-recognized, chain-of-custody standards.

    According to the company’s president, Randy Nebel, KapStone has a demonstrated track record of performance in the area of environmental protection. “These certifications give the company one more way to measure and demonstrate that performance. It shows we are contributing to the protection of water quality, conservation of wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and much more,” Nebel says.

    Governments and buyers of forest products around the world recognize both the SFI and PEFC chain-of-custody certifications as important indicators of a company’s efforts to ensure sustainable forestry practices. According to Nebel, this is why KapStone wanted all of its operating units to be certified to the same rigorous standards.

    “We want to give all of our customers, no matter where they may be doing business in the world, the assurance that any paper, packaging, or forestry products they receive from KapStone derive from well-managed forests,” Nebel said.

    Chain-of-custody certification is a more rigorous form of certification than “sourcing” standards. The fiber sourcing standard requires that program participants prove that the raw material in their supply chain comes from legal and responsible sources. Chain-of-custody takes things a step further in that it requires the tracking and documentation of fiber content from certified forests, through production and manufacturing processes, to the end product shipped to customers.
    (KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation)
    03.09.2014   Sixth Rapida to date at DTL    ( Company news )

    Company news Polish printers demonstrate faith in the Rapida 75 yet again

    Picture: DTL production manager Wojciech Willman (left) and managing director Zdzisław Wawak inspecting a print job on their new Rapida 75

    The current situation on the Polish print market is causing more and more commercial printers to seek specialisations and new areas of business. An increasing number are turning attention to the packaging sector, even with their sheetfed offset presses in B2 format.

    One such company is DTL in Porąbka near Bielsko-Biała, whose half-format KBA Rapidas have contributed decisively to a shift in the production profile. In May, for example, DTL started up a six-colour Rapida 75 with inline coater, three-section extended delivery and equipment for hybrid production, i.e. for the alternating use of conventional and UV inks. This is already the sixth purchase of a KBA sheetfed press in the 15-year history of DTL. And thanks to this latest acquisition, the company has practically doubled its production capacity in sheetfed offset.

    It was two years ago that DTL ventured its first steps into the realm of packaging printing with a five-colour Rapida 75 with a coater tower and perfecting after the second printing unit. Even though this was not a typical packaging press, its configuration permitted the economical production of short- and medium-run packaging jobs. The comprehensively equipped post-press department was another important factor: DTL is itself able to handle the complete process, including die-cutting and gluing.

    Zdzisław Wawak, managing director of DTL: “The press we purchased two years ago heralded our real breakthrough onto the packaging market. At the moment, 80% of our customers are still from Poland, but we are also planning to extend our services abroad.”

    The new Rapida 75 is expected to accelerate this step. The press is configured with CX board-handling accessories and has been raised by 225 mm to allow for higher piles. Further significant features include an enlarged sheet format, inking unit temperature control, CleanTronic Multi washing systems for alternating ink systems (conventional/UV), a coating supply system, UV interdeck dryers and energy-saving VariDryBlue dryers in the swan neck and extended delivery. To enable colour measurement and control, it is equipped furthermore with ErgoTronic ColorDrive, ErgoTronic Lab (online) and QualiTronic ColorControl with the functions LiveView, DotView and ColorView (inline). PSO certification is scheduled for September. The result will be even more economical and ecological processes.

    Zdzisław Wawak points out that the new press was purchased above all for its UV production capabilities, which permit DTL to add non-absorbent substrates to its list of product options. “In the first month, we printed exclusively UV jobs,” says Wawak. “That illustrates the high demand for such products. In many cases, production is already economical from short runs of around 100 to 150 sheets. With the new press, we aim to strengthen our presence on the packaging market by offering highly refined products on out-of-the-ordinary substrates.”

    In the meantime, there are three KBA presses in use at DTL. Wawak: “Over the course of our long cooperation, I have come to appreciate KBA CEE as a reliable partner with a portfolio of first-class equipment. Our experience with earlier presses was already very positive, and we are also very happy with the customer care provided by KBA CEE. We looked at the offerings of other manufacturers, but the KBA package was the most attractive.”

    Jan Korenc, managing director of KBA CEE: “We are delighted that DTL has bought what is now its sixth KBA press, and that our technology solutions are contributing to the dynamic further development of the company. This is already the second time that DTL has chosen a very individual configuration. That shows that the company has a clear vision for its further development and its future position on the Polish print market.”
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    03.09.2014   Bobst Bielefeld announces open house dedicated to the topic of colour matching    ( Company news )

    Company news Following up on our recent save-the-date note, we are pleased to revert to you with more detailed information on our Open House on October 7 - 8.

    Visitors will not only be treated to live print demos but also to speeches from external specialists focussed on the topic of colour matching. Companies and speakers participating in the seminar part of the open house are GMG, leading developer and supplier of high-end colour management software solutions, Mr. Uwe Richter, consultant for colour measurement and management, and Wesemann Brand & Packaging Design, one of the leading German agencies for product marketing and packaging design.

    The print demonstration in the Bobst Bielefeld Technology Centre will happen on the latest 8-colour F&K 20SIX CI press in the afternoon of each event day whilst the seminars will be held in the mornings at the ‘LENKWERK’, a nearby event location that amongst others is home of a classic car museum. A tour through the car museum and a dinner at the ‘Lenkwerk’ ensures the opportunity for networking will close each event day.

    The first day of the event, i.e. October 7 is targeted at German speaking visitors with all presentations given in German while the second day will be held in English for an international audience. On both days, the formal agenda is scheduled from 11 a.m. to approx. 6.30 p.m.
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
    03.09.2014   Esko and Highcon: a powerful digital duo for the packaging industry     ( Company news )

    Company news OEM partnership brings unique software and finishing capabilities to digital workflow for folding carton production

    Esko, market leader in packaging design and workflow solutions and Highcon, developer of the Highcon™ Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine, expand their cooperation with an OEM agreement. Highcon will distribute, install and support the Esko CAD Digital Front End (DFE) software as complement to the 2014 MUST SEE'EMS award-winning Highcon Euclid. This combined solution is available immediately on a worldwide basis.

    Today, Esko's CAD software is already the standard for processing structural designs for production on the Highcon Euclid. It converts packaging structures to the finishing format required by the Euclid, which receives its CAD cutting and creasing information from ArtiosCAD prepared or converted DFX files. With the new OEM agreement, the Highcon Euclid now offers an on-board software tool, the Highcon Light Editor, that allows Euclid operators to take full advantage of the benefits of digital technology by editing crease and cut lines in the structural design of the job at the point of production, including the ability to incorporate last-minute changes. It also enables optimizing of nicks by increasing or decreasing their size or adding or removing them; and adding, removing or editing stripping lines.

    “We are proud of the opportunity to partner with Esko, incorporating their industry-leading technology into our game-changing digital converting solution,” comments Eitan Varon, Highcon’s Executive VP. “We have been working with Esko since the beginning and are excited to extend this collaboration for the benefit of our existing and future customers. Flexibility is one of the key advantages of digital technology and by implementing the Esko CAD DFE, our customers will be able to perform a wide range of last minute edits that ensure the proper production of the package, promotional item, or greeting card that their clients require.”

    “This late-stage capability is especially important in an environment where run lengths and cycle times are compressed,” adds Richard Deroo, Product Manager Structural Design at Esko. “Packaging converters accept files from a wide variety of sources, and it is essential that they have the ability to control final structures at the point of production to ensure a consistent quality product with limited waste and downtime.”

    “Esko's mission is to deliver integrated customer solutions that drive profitability throughout the printing and packaging supply chain,” concludes Deroo. “By partnering with Highcon to integrate Esko’s CAD DFE with the Highcon Euclid, the packaging workflow is streamlined through the ability to perform edits to design files at the point of production, ensuring optimal digital converting in the fast-paced world of digital packaging production. This minimizes downtime and maximizes productivity. We are very pleased to be working with Highcon to bring this innovative solution to the market.”
    02.09.2014   YFY boosts its capacity in Taiwan with a new Toscotec tissue line    ( Company news )

    Company news The Italian leading paper machinery manufacturer Toscotec will supply a complete tissue production line to the Taiwanese based Company Yuen Foong Yu (YFY).The tissue line will be installed in Ching-Shui mill located in Qingshui District, a coastal suburban district in western Taichung City, Taiwan, Republic of China. The line will start up in the last quarter of 2015.

    In April last year the Taiwan's largest paper and board producer announced to be poised to invest NT$8 billion ($268 million) in building several tissue paper machines at its mills in China and Taiwan over the next three years. This new investment is part of this big expansion plan into the tissue segment.

    Founded in 1924, the company mainly dealt at the beginning in fertilizers, sugar, and grain. Yuen Foong Yu Paper Mfg. Co., Ltd was officially established on February 21, 1950. Yuen Foong Yu Paper produces reading and writing, industrial, and home use paper. It is characterized by a fully integrated production chain covering upstream (forestry, pulp), midstream (paper manufacturing) and downstream (printing, packaging, and design) operations, which yield beneficial synergy effects. Yuen Foong Yu Paper currently operates in the tissue business in China , with three mills ( Yangzhou-Jangsu, Kunshan-Suzhou Jangsu, Beijing-Mafang) with a total annual capacity of approx. 150,000 tpy, and in Taiwan with two mills (ChingShui and Yangmei) with a total annual capacity of approx. 74.000 tpy. In Taiwan the company has around 25% of the domestic market and it is looking at expanding its market share to 35% in three years' time.

    The delivery, based on an intensive energy-saving concept, includes the stock preparation plant with the approach flow featuring ultimate Toscotec technology TT SAF®, water system, an AHEAD-1.5M tissue machine with double-layer headbox, jumbo suction press TT SuctionPressRoll-SPR1425 and Toscotec steel Yankee dryer TT SYD-18FT. The supply will also comprise the electrification and controls package, tissue machine auxiliaries like the steam heated hood, steam & condensate system, dust removal system provided by Toscotec’s associate Milltech. With a width of 3,60 m and a design speed of 1700 mpm, the new production line will produce 120 tons per day of high-quality facial, toilet and towel grade from 13,5 g/m2 to 23 g/m2 basis weight.

    Toscotec is today one of the market leaders for tissue machines with numerous installations worldwide.

    With this latest order the company continues on its further expansion in the Asian market where operates also through its affiliate Toscotec Shanghai (PRC).

    The optimal features of the machine design with a large diameter SYD and a big SPR combined with a steam heated hood, experienced already by several installations and repeated orders supported with high level regional service by Toscotec, are the unique characteristics of this new project that made the difference in the decisional process of the Taiwanese Company in choosing the final Supplier.
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    02.09.2014   BillerudKorsnäs invests for growth    ( Company news )

    Company news A new investment makes the board machine in Frövi the largest of its kind in the world. The investment is a concrete example of BillerudKorsnäs ambitious growth agenda.

    The BillerudKorsnäs Board of Directors has today approved an investment of approximately SEK 900 million in the Frövi and Rockhammar mills. The investment targets increased capacity and improved quality of the output cartonboard and liquid packaging board.

    We have set an ambitious growth agenda for BillerudKorsnäs. For the business area Consumer Board the strategy is profitable volume growth. This investment is an important part of realising that strategy. – says Per Lindberg, CEO of BillerudKorsnäs .

    The investment includes a rebuild of the board machine at the Frövi mill as well as a capacity upgrade of the Rockhammar pulp mill. After completion in 2017, the investment will bring the Frövi mill to an output of 550 000 t/a of high quality cartonboard and liquid packaging board and the Rockhammar mill up to 150 000 t/a of CTMP. After the investment, BillerudKorsnäs will operate the largest machine for production of cartonboard and liquid packaging board integrated to chemical pulp in the world.

    The demand for BillerudKorsnäs cartonboard and liquid packaging board is increasing. Through this investment we will maintain and strengthen our competitiveness and deliver on the increasing demands on our products and services, and thereby achieve sustainable growth within our business area Consumer Board. – says Ulf Eliasson, Senior Vice President Consumer Board

    BillerudKorsnäs long term estimate for capital expenditure is for capex to be in line with depreciation i.e. approximately SEK 1400 million per year. The Frövi and Rockhammar investments imply that BillerudKorsnäs will exceed previous guidance for capex with approximately SEK 150 million for 2014 and that the capex level will be above the depreciations also for the coming two years.
    (BillerudKorsnäs AB (publ))
    02.09.2014   Weidenhammer associates sell 100 percent of their shares to Sonoco    ( Company news )

    Company news The associates of the Weidenhammer Packaging Group (WPG), headquartered in Hockenheim, Germany, announced that they will sell all their shares to the Sonoco Products Company. Sonoco, one of the largest packaging companies worldwide with headquarters in Hartsville, South Carolina, USA, will strengthen its packaging business in Europe and further expand its expertise in stable, highly decorated convenience packaging. The merger offers the WPG, Europe’s leading provider of composite cans, composite drums and plastic containers, additional growth prospects with new customers and new markets.

    After thorough assessment and intensive negotiations, the associates of WPG – all of them members of the Weidenhammer family – have decided to sell their shares to Sonoco. The transition of the shares to Sonoco should be completed at the beginning of October 2014, subject to the regulatory examination. WPG plants, sites, subsidiaries and products will then be part of the Sonoco Products Company.

    WPG is held by the Weidenhammer family, who founded the company in 1955. Over the past six decades, WPG has become the European market leader in its segment. "We have promoted WPG's business development with a lot of passion and personal commitment. The decision to sell our shares was not an easy one", Ralf Weidenhammer, CEO and one of the managing partners at WPG, explains. "However, we are convinced that the merger is the right step at the right time, and that it will open up new and important future perspectives to WPG and its employees."

    As market and technology leader in Europe, WPG brings additional expertise to the Sonoco group – and will in turn profit from Sonoco's market position in North America, Asia and Latin America and its 115-year experience and leadership in packaging. Sonoco also operates several plants that produce preliminary materials for composite cans. Manufacturing these innovative materials within the same business group will make WPG's production of composite cans even more efficient.
    (Weidenhammer Packaging Group)


    © Picture: Archroma

    - Archroma's first appearance at a Chinese paper exhibition since the company took over the paper business from Clariant on October 2013.
    - Latest developments help meet cost-efficiency, high performance and environmental requirements especially in packaging and board, as well as food packaging applications.

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, will put sustainability and high-performance within reach with its latest benchmark-setting papermaking innovations at 2014 China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE) from 3 to 5 September, 2014, in Shanghai, China.

    Under the motto “We touch and color peoples’ lives every day, everywhere”, Archroma will demonstrate its on-going commitment to support papermakers with cost-effective and more environmentally-considerate solutions to the performance needs of local markets. Archroma’s comprehensive product ranges for general-purpose paper, packaging & board, as well as food packaging cover optical brightening agents (OBAs), coloration and processing chemicals, and surface coating additives and agents for all kinds of paper, card and board.

    New developments from Archroma in the spotlight at CIPTE 2014 will focus on:

    Solutions for writing and printing paper:
    - The recently introduced disulfonated OBA Leucophor® ACK aims at satisfying the most demanding environmental requirements without compromising quality or ease of use. Leucophor® ACK brings sustainability advantages through its unique, super-highly concentrated urea-free liquid formulation.

    Solutions for packaging and board applications:
    - Cartasol® liquid dyes, and in particular Cartasol® Yellow M-GLC, are particularly suited for dyeing the unbleached, recycled and mechanical pulps typically used for packaging papers. Cartasol® Yellow M-GLC can be used on its own to create attractive yellow and brown shades, or in combination with other dyes of our ranges to produce a wide variety of shades. Cartasol® Yellow M-GLC is REACH compliant and won’t release MDA or other toxic amines, therefore providing a more sustainable alternative solution to other dyes available from the market.

    - Lastly introduced in the range of Archroma’s stickies control innovation for pulp and paper applications, Cartaspers® SCH is a new, innovative organic treatment additive for pulp and paper for prevention of pitch and stickies.

    Archroma’s range, which also includes EPA Award winning Cartaspers® PSM and BfR XXXVI compliant Cartaspers® PSM new allow increasing the runability of the paper machine reducing downtimes.
    - Cartaspers® PSM protects wires and felts minimizing the use of solvents for cleaning. Cartaspers® PSM and Cartaspers® PSM new, when used in felt conditioning, can also allow energy savings.

    Solutions for food packaging:
    - Cartaguard® KHI is a totally PFOA-free, grease-resistant additive for recyclable, non-plastic coated paper packaging used for eat-out-of-hand snacks. It provides a true alternative for manufacturers on the look-out for effective and safe impregnating agents for naturally absorbent papers.
    - For manufacturers looking for a PFOA-free (below limits of detection) product, Cartaguard® KST imparts grease, oil and water resistance to paper and board for food packaging, complying with the BfR XXXVI recommendation.

    “Papermakers are looking to bring down application costs and manufacture high-performance products which are also sustainable and more environmentally considerate,” comments Damrong Roonkaseam, Head of Sales Asia Pacific, Paper Solutions Business at Archroma. “Archroma’s 120-year track record of supporting the paper industry gives us the unique capability to help them address this challenge. Our continued commitment is backed by experience, core technologies, long-standing relationships and a global footprint that together ensure we can deliver high service levels and world-class innovations that reflect the needs of our customers and their markets.”

    Visit Archroma at 2014 China International Paper Technology Exhibition and Conference (CIPTE) Booth A001, Hall 2.
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
    01.09.2014   Collect and check data on the spot     ( Company news )

    Company news The handheld data collector T&D RTR-500DC makes it easy to download and gather data from difficult to access places

    T&D Corporation, the Japanese market leader for data logger systems, has boosted its portfolio of data collectors with a user-friendly wireless handheld device: The RTR-500DC allows users to download and monitor data from loggers placed in remote locations without the need for manual gathering. The collected data can then be easily displayed in graph form on the LCD display, enabling immediate on-the-spot checking of data without a PC.

    The T&D RTR-500DC Data Collector with graphical display is compatible with all RTR 500 Series Data Loggers for all types of measurement, including temperature, humidity, pulse, voltage, milliampere, CO2, UV and illuminance. It can be used to wirelessly configure, download or monitor remote data loggers and is ready to use without troublesome preparation such as creating a network environment. The data collected can be immediately viewed in graph form on the spot without the need for a computer. The RTR-500DC also monitors for warnings in data loggers for which upper or lower limits have been set. The device, which offers easy one-hand operation and a backlit display for reading in the dark, is perfect for large storage areas, warehouses or outdoor locations where it is impractical to have a USB-connected or networked data collector. It is also ideal for monitoring data from remote units which are on the move, such as those on transport vehicles and production lines. It allows users to capture recorded data easily, and then transfer or relay it via USB cable to a PC.
    (T&D Corporation European Sales Office)
    01.09.2014   ANDRITZ AUTOMATION to deliver simulation technologies for Klabin’s pulp mill project, Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: 3D model of Klabin’s new mill in Brazil

    ANDRITZ AUTOMATION, part of international technology Group ANDRITZ, has received an order to supply dynamic simulation solutions for Klabin’s Puma pulp mill project in Ortigueira, Paraná State, Brazil.

    The scope of supply encompasses the dynamics models, DCS checkout, and Operator Training Simulator (OTS). These solutions will be used to test and verify process design concepts, identify and correct errors in the control logic, and provide realistic, hands-on training modules for the operators, helping Klabin to achieve a fast and smooth start-up. Start of pulp production is scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2016.

    ANDRITZ AUTOMATION will use its proprietary simulation tool IDEAS to model the key process areas of the pulp mill: two digesters, two fiber lines, two bleach plants, and the white liquor plant supplied by ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER, as well as the recovery boiler, evaporation plant, and power boiler delivered by other companies.

    The order to supply major production equipment for Klabin’s Puma project was awarded to ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER in March 2014. Established in 1899, Klabin is the biggest producer and exporter of packaging paper in Brazil. Considered as the largest integrated pulp and paper company in the country, it exports to over 60 countries. The Puma project will demand total investments of about two billion euros, not including forest assets, improvements to infrastructure, and taxes. The new mill will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons of pulp, of which 1.1 million tons in short fiber and 400 thousand tons in long fiber, part of which is to be converted into fluff pulp.
    (Andritz AG)
    29.08.2014   A Label is a Complex Technical Construction    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: (from left to right) Marc Büttgenbach (D) Bizerba, moderator - Stefan Richter (D) Krones - Geert-Jan Kolkhuis Tanke (NL), Avery Dennison - Raul Matos (USA) Karville

    Delivering a ‘label’ is not just a matter of printing it. It involves a complex value chain that also spans the material to be printed and the machinery to apply it – whatever the technology employed. The ‘battle of decoration technologies’ was the focus for an expert panel of suppliers who came together at the annual congress of the label industry’s international association, FINAT, to debate the challenges and opportunities. Their discussions provided valuable insights that set the context for improved communication between brand-owning end users and their ‘label’ suppliers – including printers.

    Representatives from key – and different -- aspects of today’s industry supply chain formed the discussion panel. They were Stefan Richter (D), Krones, leading manufacturers of advanced process, filling, and packaging equipment – including different label application systems; Geert-Jan Kolkhuis Tanke (NL), Avery Dennison, representing a leading global supplier of label materials, both paper and film, particularly for self-adhesive labels; and Raul Matos (USA), founder of Karlville Development LLC, global leaders in shrink sleeve converting and application equipment as well as pouch converting.

    The opportunity to cross-question suppliers was enthusiastically embraced by the congress delegates, who were encouraged prior to the debate to submit questions to moderator Marc Büttgenbach – himself worldwide sales director for labels and consumables for Bizerba, worldwide providers of a wide-ranging portfolio of hardware and software products, particularly in the food arena.

    Which technology?
    ‘Why would a brand owner choose any particular labelling technology for a product?’, Mr Büttgenbach asked. For shrink sleeves, Karlville’s Raul Matos said that it is the ‘ability to label different shapes and sizes of container. Sleeves on smaller single-serve bottles are economically-viable’, he said. The choice driver for self-adhesive labels, said Avery Dennison’s Geert-Jan Kolkhuis Tanke, would be ‘the huge selection of materials and products available to meet every price requirement – and changing with innovation, as with other technologies.’

    In fact, the panel agreed, we are living in a multi-technology society – and a society where the materials employed will work with both conventional and digital presses. ‘Krones today make multi-technology labelling machines’, said Stefan Richter, reviewing current trends. ‘While wet-glue labelling is declining,’ he added, ‘it is still only possible to achieve the “no-label look” with self-adhesives.’

    Ever-changing demands
    Indeed, the demands of a ‘label’ are ever-changing – not just in response to brand owners’ marketing and promotional needs, such as QR codes, but – particularly today -- in response to legislative requirements for expanded label content. The resultant for greater label space, and bigger labels, is certainly challenging brand owners and the label supply chain. In this respect, Avery Dennison’s Geert-Jan Kolkhuis Tanke drew attention to the value of leaflet labels, which he described as ‘applying labels to labels’, and which have been a successful feature of self-adhesive labelling – particularly in the field of pharmaceuticals -- for many years now.

    Expanded label content is also a topic of focus for the very distinct production characteristics of shrink sleeve labels, according to Karlville’s Raul Matos. He observed: ‘QR codes, for example, need to be placed on an area of low shrink’, he said, underlining the need to involve the whole supply chain, from the designer onwards, in creating a successful shrink sleeve.

    Security and ‘smart’ data functionality
    Barcodes and other ‘smart’ printed data also have a role to play in product authentication and track-and-trace activities – which are only one part of the opportunities to create layered overt – visible -- and covert – invisible -- security elements in and on a self-adhesive label, as Mr Kolhuis Tanke pointed out. RFID labels are, of course, a good example of the successful application of this principle although, as Mr Matos added, they are today primarily ‘interesting as a security device for high-priced products’.

    Conversation moved on to a subject which the panel agreed is definitely a coming technology: linerless labelling, which is already achieving a strong presence on supermarket food prepacks, and to another developing pathway for label converters -- printing flexible packaging. Mr Matos observed: Our industry currently only has a tiny percentage of this market’, he added, ‘but we could have much more!’ He reminded the audience that two different, but complementary, businesses exist within the broad packaging arena -- primary and secondary packaging – both of which could, today, be addressed by label producers. He added, however: ‘In our industry, this requires a mindshift... we need to embrace flexible packaging as a closely-related brother industry.’

    He drew attention to a good example of a practical enabler in this respect -- the latest HP Indigo digital press for both paper and film webs up to 750mm wide, which is capable of printing flexible packaging.

    Price versus sustainability
    The moderator directed the conversation to a major focus for FINAT members: the issue of ‘price versus sustainability’. The true definition of ‘sustainability’ needs to be established, said Mr Kolkhuis Tanke for Avery Dennison, because, he said, ‘it is also about efficiency on the production line, and TCO – total cost of ownership: can it bring savings?’

    Mr Matos, for Karlville Development, expanded the discussion to include shrink sleeves, which, he said, are in some “green” communities not considered a sustainable solution. ‘But’, he underlined, ‘new technology DOES now allow sleeve separation in PET recycling.’ He added that he believes ‘shrink sleeves will continue to grow as packaging continues to change: refills, pouches with closures these are the things that will create the tipping point.’

    ‘Sustainability is also about the trend to thinner materials’, Mr Richter pointed out, highlighting a key factor for Krones’ business platform. They, however, ‘require more skill at the application point, and underline the need for quality labelling materials – even though thinner materials are driven by price!’

    Two pathways to product decoration were identified as threats to the label industry – both primarily focussed on the increasing capabilities of digital technologies. ‘With all our currently-available technologies’, said Krones’ Stefan Richter, ‘we still can’t decorate a three-dimensional surface!’ 3D printing’s challenges are partnered in the threats arena by direct-to-container print, which do away with the need for an additional label substrate, as shrink sleeve expert Mr Matos pointed out.

    The future?
    Currently, Krones are experiencing increasing evidence that brand owners are choosing a ‘mix’ of labelling technologies, Mr Richter said. ‘In fact’, Moderator Büttgenbach added, ‘labelling and packaging are merging together, more and more. What, then, is the likely scenario for five to ten years’ time?’

    For Mr Kolkhuis Tanke and Avery Dennison, it will mean ‘more self-adhesive products, greater efficiency, high-speed label application, and much more in the way of ‘smart’ labels and Near-Field Communication (NFC) -- which not only influence consumer behaviour but also significantly augment label functionality’. For Karlville, Mr Matos expects that the medium term will see full automation in the application of shrink sleeves as the market matures, plus a larger share in flexible packaging – particularly pouches. Whatever the case, the label application machinery has a key enabling role to play, said Krones’ Stefan Richter. ‘There will be a highly-flexible “open system” of application – but material suppliers need to involve the application industry earlier in their developments to facilitate change at our end.’

    Will any one technology be the ultimate winner, was the moderator’s final question. The panel agreed that there is room for everyone. ‘We will all be part of a growing business’, said Mr Richter.

    FINAT is actively pursuing the promotion of a broader technology base than has been traditional in label printing companies, and the topics raised by delegate questions in this valuable panel discussion prove that the association’s membership is also enthusiastically embracing a wider definition of a ‘label’.
    29.08.2014   Lahti Energia and Valmet agree on further development of gasification technology     ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Kymijärvi II power plant (by Lahti Energia)

    One of the Finnish environmental technology flagship projects gaining international attention is the new gasification based waste-to-energy plant solution, developed by Valmet. The development work started in Tampere in 2002, has proceeded to a commercial solution for Lahti Energia Oy's Kymijärvi II power plant, via various demonstration stages. Lahti Energia and Valmet will continue to develop the plant together even after the conclusion of the delivery.

    Lahti Energia's effective power plant produces electricity and heat from recycled fuel. The electricity production capacity of the plant is 50 MW and heat production capacity 90 MW. It is among the most modern waste-to-energy combined heat and power facilities in Europe. The harmful components contained in waste can be safely removed before the gas is utilized in a conventional power plant process. This economically feasible method is also extremely efficient and cuts down on the use of fossil fuels.

    The electricity generated in a traditional mass burn power plant only amounts to approximately 20% to 25% of the energy content of the waste. Thanks to the gasification technology developed by Valmet, it is now possible to achieve efficiency rates exceeding 30% - in other words, the same amount of waste yields around 30% to 50% more electricity. Efficiency in electricity generation is a major advantage and increases the competiveness of Valmet's gasification technology in the international markets, as in many countries the heat generated in the production process cannot be utilized for district heating.

    Encouraging operational experiences
    Lahti Energia's Kymijärvi II demonstration plant has been in operation for slightly over two years. Since it was the first operational power plant of its kind, the design was based on data obtained through pilot plants. By now it has already become clear that most of the design solutions are successful. Lahti Energia and Valmet have agreed on joint further development of the power plant.

    All of the performance specifications required of the plant have been met. There are no symptoms of high-temperature corrosion, in other words, the most important design goal has been achieved.

    According to Hemmo Takala, Production Manager of Lahti Energia, some surprises have emerged during long-term use: "Availability of the plant fell behind the desired level during the first year of operations. The plant has been improved during the maintenance shutdowns during this and previous summer. Already during spring this year, the availability was much better and came close to complying with the set targets."

    Lahti Energia's Kymijärvi II power plant utilizes hot gas filtering technology that is virtually unique on a global level, resulting in many new insights into the technology. Modifications in the technology and changes in operating methods based on these experiences have improved the performance and reliability of the plant.

    "We have learned a lot thanks to this plant, particularly regarding long-term operations, which are impossible to test in a small scale. The experiences obtained have clearly helped in further improving Lahti Energia's plant. This knowledge also helps us in designing future power plants," says Juhani Isaksson, Head of Valmet's gasification technology.

    Valmet also develops biomass gasification
    In addition to the waste gasification process in use at the Kymijärvi II power plant, Valmet also supplies biomass gasification plants. A large biomass gasification system delivered by Valmet to Vaskiluodon Voima's power plant, in Vaasa, was inaugurated in March 2013. In early 2014, Valmet additionally received the order for a large biomass gasification plant to be built at OKI Pulp and Paper mills' new pulp mill in Indonesia.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    29.08.2014   Pöyry awarded EPCM services assignments by Kemira for sodium chlorate plant in Brazil    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has awarded Pöyry with assignments for EPCM (Engineering, Procurement and Construction Management) services for a sodium chlorate plant in Brazil.

    The EPCM assignments relate to the new sodium chlorate plant that Kemira is building to serve the Brazilian markets, and in particular the plant will serve Klabin SA's new 1.5 million ton pulp mill. Sodium chlorate is used as a component in the bleaching process in the manufacturing of bleached pulp.

    The assignments follow on from the pre-studies performed by Pöyry during 2012-2014.The EPCM services started in May 2014 and are scheduled to last until the start-up of the sodium chlorate plant in the first half of 2016.

    "We have selected Pöyry based upon their solid knowledge of process engineering combined with their proven experience and regional presence within Brazil", says Jarmo Savolainen, Project Manager, Kemira.

    "This project is a continuation of the strong partnership between Kemira and Pöyry, which I am pleased that we can strengthen in Latin America. It contributes to Pöyry's strategic position as an EPCM service provider for the global chemicals industry", says Kay Radtke, Head of Chemicals & Biorefining in Pöyry.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The project order includes two contracts, specifically, a contract for Engineering and Procurement services, which was recognised within the Industry Business Group's order stock in Q2; and a contract for Construction Management Services, which will be recognised within Pöyry's Regional Operations Latin America Business Line order stock in Q3.
    (Pöyry Deutschland GmbH Dresden)
    28.08.2014   Södra increases price for softwood pulp in Europe to USD 950 per tonne    ( Company news )

    Company news Due to low global softwood pulp stocks and solid demand, Södra will increase its market price for NBSK in Europe to USD 950, effective from September 1st 2014.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    28.08.2014   World Publishing Expo 2015 returns to Hamburg    ( Company news )

    Company news The 45th edition of the World Publishing Expo (former IFRA-Expo and Conference) will return to the seaport city of Hamburg in 2015, from 5 to 7 October, the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) announced lately.
    This will be the third time that the World Publishing Expo, the largest global trade exhibition for the news publishing and media industry, “docks” in Hamburg. Building on its success with more than 10,000 visitors in Hamburg in 2010, the World Publishing Expo 2015 aims to bring top newspaper and news media executives from more than 80 countries to Hamburg for the event.
    The decision to choose Hamburg as the venue was made in close consultation with exhibitors. The WAN-IFRA Expo Advisory Council unanimously voted in favour of Hamburg for 2015.
    The 2014 World Publishing Expo will be held in Amsterdam, from 13 to 15 October 2014. Full information can be found at
    The World Publishing Expo brings together suppliers to the industry with its thought leaders and decision makers. In addition to the exhibition, which showcases the latest technologies, the event features 200 speakers sharing their success stories in a variety of conferences and formats.

    Hamburg, a center for media, a city for profit
    Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and the 8th largest in the European Union. It has been a trading city from its origin, more than a thousand years ago, and remains Europe’s second largest port and the 10th largest in the world.
    Internationally, Hamburg is also known as a creative metropolis and is one of the leading centres of media and information technology, industries that employ about 100,000 people in more than 23,000 companies including Der Spiegel, Die Zeit, Stern, Axel Springer Verlag, Bauer Media Group, Gruner + Jahr, Google Facebook and Xing.
    Hamburg is easily accessible with many international connections and offers moderate hotel prices. The level of auxiliary costs connected to the exhibition – an increasingly important factor for exhibitors and visitors – is extremely low in Hamburg. Hamburg Messe ( offers optimal conditions for the World Publishing Expo and its related conferences, including the 7th Tablet & App Summit, the 13th International Newsroom Summit, and the World Printers Forum.

    More than 130 exhibitors have already booked around 6,500 square metres of exhibition space at this year’s World Publishing Expo in Amsterdam from 13 to 15 October.
    (WAN IFRA)
    28.08.2014   Flint Group exhibits at Labelexpo Americas 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Visit the experts at stand #840 for comprehensive solutions to your narrow web label and package printing needs!
    -Get the new nyloflex® ACE UP Digital plate (photo) for exceptional print quality
    -Visit the booth to hear more about Flint Group’s innovative ink solutions
    -Experts will be on hand to answer questions on all narrow web printing applications

    Flint Group is a dedicated, premier supplier to the printing and packaging industries. With products ranging from sleeves, adapters and flexographic printing plates to a comprehensive portfolio of narrow web label and packaging inks, Flint Group has the solution to meet today’s challenges in the world of label printing. Flint Group Flexographic Products and Flint Group Narrow Web will jointly display their most recent innovations for you to experience at the upcoming Labelexpo Americas September 9 - 11 in Rosemont, IL. Come talk to an expert – Flint Group will help you make a success of your most challenging print application!

    Flint Group Flexographic Products division will feature the following innovations:
    -nyloflex® ACE UP Digital and nyloflex® ACE Digital printing plates exhibiting long run life and excellent stability for printing with water, solvent or UV flexo inks.

    -rotec® High Speed Sleeve with a specialized design for high speed press performance while reducing bounce-induced skipping – the perfect choice for your most difficult graphics.

    -rotec® Label Sleeve with increased dimensional stability and excellent edge stability for all of your narrow and mid web printing requirements.

    -FlexoToolbox™ App for iPhone and Android devices, an interactive collection of tools to assist printers with flexo prepress operations, plate making and process control. With a myriad of other helpful functions, plate making will never be the same!

    Flint Group Narrow Web division will introduce the following developments:
    -EkoCure™ products to include metallic inks, UV Shrink Whites, UV Rotary Screen colors, EkoCure IVORY and EBONY, and a wide range of coatings and adhesives.

    -EkoCure™ ANCORA, UV flexo low migration inks for narrow web package printing. While UV LED may be seen as technology of the future, Flint Group encourages printers to learn why this is truly a game changing development for all printers.

    -CombiWhite X2, a new range of rotary screen opaque white inks, addressing a wide range of requirements identified by leading printers, designed for the ultimate combination print.

    -Water-based film inks and new low migration technologies, suitable for flexible packaging applications to enable printers to push the boundaries and enter into new markets!

    Come to the Speakers’ Corner in the Flint Group stand to hear presentations on the latest technologies and sustainable solutions for narrow web printing. Topics will cover UV LED, food packaging, sustainability, and productivity improvements for printers, as well as prepress plate makers.
    During Flint Group’s “Ask the Experts” sessions, a panel of professionals with expertise across the inks, plates and sleeves technologies will hold open conversations covering key topics of interest. Visitors are encouraged to engage in open discussions with the panelists.
    For the widest selection of inks and coatings, plates and sleeves for the narrow web market, visit Flint Group at stand # 840, where you’re sure to be inspired by innovative ideas and educational tools designed to guide you on your journey into the growing markets and technologies of the future!
    (Flint Group Print Media North America)

    Company news Advanced code quality at ultra-fast speeds a signature capability of the Videojet 7510 Fiber Laser Marking System

    Videojet Technologies Inc. will feature its recently launched Videojet 7510 Fiber Laser Marking system at Medtec Ireland 2014, Galway, October 1 and 2 2014. With this and other products and technologies, Videojet will highlight how traceability, serialisation, quality, regulatory and other supply complex chain requirements can readily be met with today’s technologies while planning for future market dynamics.

    “Medtec Ireland is an important show for Videojet. It brings together leading suppliers to the medical device manufacturing industry to share inspiration, innovation and all of the latest developments around medical device technology,” comments Alan Golshan, Sales Manager, UK & Ireland for Videojet. “It is the perfect venue for highlighting our portfolio of high quality coding solutions that now includes the new Videojet 7510 50-Watt fiber laser marking system.”

    Golshan explains, “Perhaps to a greater degree than other industries, pharmaceutical and medical device packaging demands the highest quality variable coding. Legibility and contrast are non-negotiable when it comes to regulatory and traceability codes as well as high read-rate bar codes.”

    Smart System
    Specifically engineered with a variety of smart features, the Videojet 7510 Fiber Laser Marking system delivers advanced code quality to meet the requirements of the very complex or high speed products being brought to market by pharmaceutical/medical device manufacturers.

    By integrating the 7510 into their solutions, pharmaceutical/medical device manufacturers can ensure high contrast marking on a wide variety of materials used in the manufacturing and packaging of these products. The Videojet 7510 Fiber Laser Marking system delivers advanced code quality even at ultra-fast line speeds up to 440m/min, superior marking effects (and a very large coding area) with a higher quality beam and is optimised for high-speed mark-on-the-fly (MOTF) applications. The 7510 also offers better mark quality, higher efficiency and a dramatically smaller marking unit than traditional solid state laser systems.

    Golshan concludes, “Medtec Ireland presents Videojet with an excellent opportunity to explore new opportunities and present our full portfolio of products and solutions. We will also highlight our Dublin service and training facilities, where our highly skilled engineers are based, as well as our extensive range of national partnerships/OEMs in Ireland for more bespoke/tailored solutions.”
    (Videojet Technologies Ltd)
    27.08.2014   Xerium Launches FormFlexx EDC Forming Fabric    ( Company news )

    Company news Technology
    Today’s demanding paper machines require ingenious clothing technology to provide the highest performance and economic value right from the start. So building on the success of Formexx and Finetexx technology, Xerium engineers have now expanded the application scope for this exclusive EDC forming fabric concept with FormFlexx.
    FormFlexx is specially designed for graphical and packaging grade machines where the ideal combination of drainage, retention, and fabric life are the principle objectives.

    FormFlexx provides superior performance on the widest range of machines and applications:
    -The patented EDC (engineered drainage channel) structures offer the best sheet formation properties at highest drainage rates, by controlling initial drainage
    -CMD oriented paper side improves the hydrodynamic retention of fines and fillers
    -Wide operational window because of its high drainage capacity
    (Xerium Technologies, Inc.)
    27.08.2014   Huhtamaki to manufacture Suomen Kerta's paper cups    ( Company news )

    Company news Huhtamäki Foodservice Finland Oy and Suomen Kerta Oy have entered into a strategic manufacturing and supply agreement. Starting from mid October 2014 Huhtamaki will manufacture the hot and cold drink paper cups for Suomen Kerta's product ranges. The paper cups will be manufactured at Huhtamaki's facility in Hämeenlinna, where paper cups have been manufactured since 1960's.
    The agreement follows Suomen Kerta's strategic decision to concentrate its manufacturing operations on napkins, plates and candles, as well as the recently acquired DeLight Solutions product range. Suomen Kerta will cease its own paper cup manufacturing in Imatra, Finland.
    Paper cups are at the very core of Huhtamaki's product range globally and the Group has significant expertise as well as product development capability in manufacturing paper cups. The Group currently has paper cup production in 24 manufacturing units across the world.
    (Huhtamaki Foodservice)
    27.08.2014   Muller Martini at the World Publishing Expo in Amsterdam (Hall 11,Booth 450)    ( Company news )

    Company news Greater Cost-Effectiveness and Transparency in the Mailroom

    Muller Martinito unveil the highly flexible and cost-effective NewsGrip F conveyor at the World Publishing Expo (October 13 to 15) in Amsterdam. Muller Martini’s mailroom experts will show visitors how newspaper producers can successfully meet today's challenges.
    End products geared toward target groups, shorter lead times and the resulting increase in the complexity of production process are challenges for newspaper and mail-shot producers. Companies should not lose sight of the importance of added value under the increased pressure of competition.

    World Premiere of the NewsGrip F Conveyor
    Muller Martini will prove its innovative strength in the mailroom equipment sector with the new NewsGrip F conveyor, which will be unveiled at the World Publishing Expo 2014. The backbone of the mailroom, the NewsGrip F, impresses particularly with its cost-effectiveness as the fastest and most economic conveyor in its class.

    Greater Transparency in the Mailroom with Connex.Mailroom
    Management by numbers is increasingly important for all graphic arts businesses. That requires systematic and reliable production figures, which Connex.Mailroom, the data and process management system from Muller Martini, provides in real-time. Connex.Mailroom records and compiles the production data of all connected production lines, offers optimization options and creates transparency in the mailroom.

    High Degree of Availability and Productivity
    The reliability of production systems in a mailroom is crucial, since, in newspaper production especially, lead times are often extremely short and equipment is heavily used owing to shift operations. Muller Martini provides reliable and comprehensive support with its MMServices portfolio. The customized investment protection program ensures that existing equipment continues to run at optimum productivity levels for as long as possible throughout its life cycle or brings productivity back to its peak.

    Companies need to satisfy current customer needs with cost-effective production and operate their existing equipment for longer, while also staying as flexible as possible so that they can meet future market demands. Under the Fit for Profitability slogan, Muller Martini will address precisely these challenges at this year’s World Publishing Expo and present cost-effective solutions for newspaper and mail-shot producers.

    Muller Martini, Your Strong Partner at the World Publishing Expo
    In hall 11, booth 450, mailroom experts from Muller Martini will be available to talk with visitors and show them how they can increase their flexibility, improve the cost-effectiveness of their existing mailroom and boost productivity with new and innovative equipment.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
    27.08.2014   Satisfied visitors at PulPaper 2014     ( Company news )

    Company news Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre Helsinki, Finland 3-5 June, 2014

    Judging by the number of countries represented at the event, PulPaper 2014 was the most international edition in the event's history. The 9428 visitors travelled to Helsinki from no less than 72 countries! A digital survey was distributed to all visitors after the event.

    The results from the completed surveys show that PulPaper once again proved to be a high quality event much appreciated by the visitors. We would like to thank each and every one of the visitors, who decided to take a few minutes out of their day to submit the survey. It will help us develop the PulPaper event to the satisfaction of all participants.

    A few results in brief:
    - 79% regards PulPaper 2014 to be the single most important trade fair for the industry
    - 50% answered that they were influential in the purchasing process.
    - Compared to PulPaper 2010 the average visitor spent more time at the event. 59% spent 1 day, 23% spent 2 days and 18% spent 3 days.
    - Compared to PulPaper 2010 a much higher percentage, 57%, answered that they belonged in the CEO/Owner/Manager bracket.

    Another thank you is due to the exhibitors that submitted our Exhibitor Survey. We were very happy to see that 93% regarded Adforum, as an organizer, as 'professional' or 'very professional'. 90% ranked the quality of visitors as 'very good', 'good' or 'satisfactory'. 59% regarded PulPaper as 'important' or 'very important' in their marketing/sales process and 72% considered PulPaper the most important show for the industry.

    Another interesting conclusion from the Visitor Survey is the importance of the exhibitors' own marketing efforts leading up to the event. Almost 28% (the highest score of all the alternatives) found out about the event through the exhibitors' invitations.
    (PulPaper Helsinki 2014)
    27.08.2014   We choose to show at PACK EXPO International 2014 - Chicago    ( Company news )

    Company news PACK EXPO INTERNATIONAL is one of the most important event on solutions for optimizing your packaging processes and identify the right integrated processing-packaging systems.
    A wide selection of IMANPACK's automation solutions for filter pack bag-in-bag packaging system for hotel supplies, will be on display in function.

    The fair is going to be held at Chicago from 2nd to 05th November 2014.
    Come visit us at our booth: STAND N. E-10929

    Our Sales Engineers will show you our product range and two Microvert 750 machine in function, designed to package bag-in-bag coffee filters for hotel supplies.
    Come to visit us and we will discuss the best packaging solution ad hoc for you.
    (Imanpack Packaging and Eco Solutions S.p.A.)

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