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    06.02.2015   Move is perfect - Our move to the new location is finished    ( Company news )

    Company news All machines are working - at our new location and with full power.

    We want to thank all who supported us and thus have secured a sustainable future of Papierverarbeitung Golzern GmbH. Floodwater are now history for us.

    Please ask us if you need paper!
    (Papierverarbeitung Golzern GmbH)
    05.02.2015   Sappi expands Competence Centre for Speciality Papers in Alfeld ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ... with new Paper Lab

    Picture: Kristof Mertens, Manager Quality Control with Sappi Alfeld GmbH

    Investment in improved quality testing a further step to ensuring high quality Sappi speciality papers and boards

    With the opening of its new Paper Lab, Sappi continues to add functionality to the Competence Centre for Speciality Papers and Boards at its Alfeld mill. “This Paper Lab will enable us to take our consistently high quality paper product to an entirely new level,” says Kristof Mertens, Manager for Quality Control at Sappi. “We will also be using the Paper Lab to conduct field quality testing with the latest in technological capabilities.” The establishment of the Paper Lab is a further step in the expansion of the speciality papers division at Sappi and follows the approximately 61 million euro rebuild of the PM 2 paper machine officially launched during an opening ceremony last year.

    The new Paper Lab, a six-figure investment, replaces the previously used test line in the climate lab. Its state-of-the-art technology and the broader weight measuring range (from 18 to 400 g/m2) is world-class in the quality testing of speciality papers and carton boards. In operation around the clock, it is set to test over 30,000 jumbo rolls or drums per year. This corresponds to about 281,000 individual measurements per year. After every successful check on a jumbo roll or drum, the corresponding production batch is assigned a certificate signifying the highest quality in speciality paper and carton board.

    Comprehensive measurements assure high quality

    "In the new Paper Lab, we are testing the key quality parameters of paper production from all five paper machines in Alfeld. Even with a wide variety of papers and boards and different weights, absolutely every production batch is subjected to precise measurement to ensure the quality of the batch. This means we guarantee our customers a unique level of continuity in our papers and boards that is unmatched anywhere else in the world," Mertens adds.

    Another advantage of the new Paper Lab lies in the comprehensive set of measurements being used and their immediate evaluation across the entire drum width.

    Roughness on the top and screen side are measured in accordance with a number of criteria, including

    - Fibre orientation

    - Formation

    - Air permeability according to Bendtsen

    - Burst pressure

    - Shine according to Tappi 75° (top/screen side)

    - Lengthwise/crosswise tearing

    - Lengthwise/crosswise breaking load

    - Thickness

    - Weight

    - Smoothness according to Bekk

    ”There is no other mill in the world that has implemented this level of quality control in the manufacturing of speciality paper and boards,” Mertens concludes. “We are extremely proud of this effort and look forward to continuing to raise the bar on the exceptional quality of paper and boards that the market has come to expect from Sappi.”
    (Sappi Alfeld GmbH)
    05.02.2015   Restructuring at Heidelberg Group on course – operating performance ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... up after nine months of FY 2014/2015 – current financial year impacted by non-recurring effects

    - Strategic portfolio streamlining completed
    - Restructuring expenses of approximately € 70 million
    - Operating result after nine months improved
    - Strong sales and improved result expected for Q4
    - Outlook: Basis for target EBITDA margin of at least 8 percent in FY 2015/2016

    After nine months of financial year 2014/2015 (April 1 to December 31, 2014), the group restructuring measures introduced at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) are on course. Consequently, measures aimed at strategically streamlining the portfolio have been completed and will take effect predominantly from the start of the new financial year. By reducing low-margin activities, boosting the profitability of core sheetfed offset operations, and expanding the service and consumables business as well as the digital sector, the company has laid the foundations for achieving the planned EBITDA margin of at least 8 percent in financial year 2015/2016.

    Successful development in all four strategic areas of activity
    In specific terms, strategic development at Heidelberg during the first nine months included streamlining the postpress portfolio and adapting the sheetfed offset sector to new market conditions – a process that will be ongoing until the end of the financial year.

    The first step was also taken to expand the Consumables business area, with the takeover of Belgium-based BluePrint Products. In the digital sector, significant progress was made in developing new products with partners Gallus, Fuji, and Ricoh and through the acquisition of software provider Neo7even. The first “4D printing systems” for customized printing on three-dimensional objects were also delivered in the current financial year.

    “The main focal point in the current financial year is to realign the portfolio so as to place Heidelberg on a sustainably profitable footing,” said Heidelberg CEO Gerold Linzbach. “We have geared our portfolio toward profitability and growth and adjusted resources accordingly. I am confident that our strategic restructuring will enable us to achieve and maintain our target margin from next financial year onward and return to growth in the future.”

    Operating performance after nine months improved
    As forecast, the first nine months of financial year 2014/2015 were characterized by non-recurring effects as part of the strategic streamlining of the company’s portfolio. Despite the comprehensive portfolio restructuring and the associated transitional phases for a number of activities, the company has retained its operating profitability before special items.

    In terms of volumes, the most notable development was the slowdown in sales of new machinery in China, which can be attributed to economic developments in the country. Consequently, sales after nine months amounted to € 1.552 billion, which is below the previous year’s figure of € 1.685 billion. By contrast, all regions other than Asia/Pacific were in line with expectations.

    Compared over nine months, and despite lower sales, EBITDA excluding special items increased to € 80 million (previous year: € 67 million) due to operational measures including the Gallus transaction, while EBIT excluding special items rose from € 10 million to € 29 million.
    During the period under review, special items – primarily for provisions for portfolio optimization measures – were € –72 million, of which € –55 million applied to the third quarter alone. After nine months, the financial result was € –49 million (previous year: € –41 million). Due to the high non-recurring effects, the net result before taxes in the period under review dropped to € –92 million (previous year: € –32 million) and the net result after taxes fell to € –95 million (previous year: € –40 million).

    Free cashflow after nine months was € –16 million (previous year: € –10 million). The value in the third quarter – € 14 million – was clearly positive compared with the same period of the previous year (€ –38 million). Accordingly, the net financial debt was lowered to € 250 million (previous quarter: € 272 million) and remains at a low level. Together with the improvements at operating level, this enabled the leverage to be maintained below the target level of 2. The equity ratio was 9 percent (end of financial year 2013/2014: 16.0 percent).

    “The non-recurring expenditure necessary for portfolio restructuring is within expectations. In operational terms, we are also on course to achieve our annual targets with a strong final quarter,” said CFO Dirk Kaliebe.

    As at December 31, 2014, the Heidelberg Group had a global workforce of 12,280 plus 534 trainees (previous year: 12,851 plus 621 trainees).

    Outlook: Basis for target EBITDA margin of at least 8 percent in FY 2015/2016
    Sales and earnings for financial year 2014/2015 as a whole will be influenced by the implementation of the portfolio optimization measures initiated. The reorganization of postpress is expected to lead to lower sales in this area in the short term until implementation is complete. Furthermore, the company will continue to actively reduce low-margin business. Based on these assumptions, including the economic downturn in China, sales in financial year 2014/2015 are expected to be down around 5 percent year-on-year on the whole.
    The portfolio optimization measures initiated will have both a boosting and a dampening impact on earnings during the current financial year. Overall, the measures should further improve the company’s operating profitability, thereby bringing Heidelberg closer to its target of an operating margin of at least 8 percent in terms of EBITDA. Adjusted for the non-recurring effects for portfolio optimization and cost-cutting measures, it is the company‘s continued aim to achieve an increase in net result after taxes.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    04.02.2015   PMP Group to supply an Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox and an Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... for a brand-new PM#6 to Dongguan Shunyu Paper, China

    In January 2015, PMP Group – a global provider of tissue, paper and board technology, signed a contract with Dongguan Shunyu Paper, China, for the delivery of an Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox and an Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press to be incorporated in a new PM#6 . PMP’s key technological units will be delivered to Dongguan mill in Guangdong Province.

    Dongguan Shunyu Paper Co. Ltd - high-strength corrugating medium paper producer - was founded in 2002 and at present owns 4 pulp and 6 paper-making lines (total annual capacity: 550,000 tons) in China.

    A new investment based on PM#6, is focused on bringing an addition capacity of 150,000 tonnes/y of high-strength corrugating medium paper that is going to be converted in packaging boxes for various industrial use and, at the same time, widening product portfolio (through reaching excellent quality parameters of paper). PM#6 (design speed 1000 m/min, reel trim 3960 mm) is going to be built based on Optimum Cost Solutions philosophy: core technological items designed and made in Europe (by PMP Group) and the rest of PM - designed and made in China (by other suppliers). The project driving force will be based on modern technology through application of energy savings solutions following global trends and gaining excellent paper quality.

    PMP Group will deliver a state-of the-art 5-channel hydraulic headbox Intelli-Jet V® (pondside: 4150 mm). The new headbox will include sophisticated Consistency Profiling System as well that ensures excellent basis weight control, resulting in uniform paper web structure and better CD basis weight profile as well as machine controls. In addition Intelli-Jet V® headbox will bring excellent formation and also production flexibility (basis weight range of 90-120 g/m²). A new PM#6 press section will be equipped with a modern and compact Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press – in the second press position (design nip load 1100 kN/m, shoe press module type 1300) and will be designed to work in inverted position. Intelli-Nip® Shoe Press technology ensures reliable performance confirmed by patented solutions, top sheet dryness level resulting in significant steam consumption savings and user-friendliness of equipment. The project is another example where core technological items provided by PMP are becoming a key for success. In addition PMP will provide assembly and start-up supervision as well as optimization services. The delivery is scheduled for autumn this year, followed by erection at site and start-up at the end of
    (PMPoland S.A.)
    04.02.2015   InfoTrends analyst Robert Leahey to speak at Xeikon Café ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Packaging Innovations 2015

    Game-changing innovations in digital production will be covered in every aspect

    Xeikon announces the presence and participation of the InfoTrends analyst for Color Digital Label and Packaging, Robert Leahey, at its upcoming edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations – Mr. Leahey, who brings many years of experience in the printing industry and who has also conducted custom research on numerous print technologies will be speaking at the Business Conference program. During the 3-day event, he will be engaging with label printers, converters and analysts on the latest market trends and the numerous innovative developments in digital production. “More and more of today’s packaging innovation depends on digital technologies,” Mr. Leahey comments. “I’ll give brand owner survey data to show why that’s so, and also insights about where color digital print for packaging is heading.”

    “We’re absolutely delighted to have Mr. Leahey speaking at our event,” adds Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging. “With the Xeikon Café, we are committed to provide label and packaging printers as well as converters and print buyers an informal knowledge exchange platform that covers all aspects of digitalizing print production. InfoTrends, and the presence of Mr. Leahey are a vital part of this educational platform.”

    Conference programs deliver full panorama on digital production
    Mr. Leahey’s presentation is part of the Business Conference program. Through a series of astute presentations, highly experienced market experts and Xeikon customers will share business insights and experiences on digital printing and the use of specific application suites, enabling visitors to fully understand and evaluate the challenges and opportunities of companies running digital production solutions.

    Running alongside, the Technical Conference program will include a series of technology-driven seminars given by Xeikon and its Aura Partners and will address every technical aspect of digital production from software, equipment, consumables and print media.

    The 2015 edition of the Xeikon Café Packaging Innovations is hosted in collaboration with 32 Xeikon Aura Partners, who will all exhibit at the event. This will allow visitors to view no less than 15 different applications of Xeikon’s label and packaging application suites, ranging from the Folding Carton Suite, the Self-Adhesive Label Suite, the Heat Transfer Label Suite to the In-Mold Label Suite. The wide range of applications on display will illustrate exactly the extent of what digital production can achieve.

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    The Xeikon Café will take place at Xeikon’s production site in Belgium, March 10-12, 2015 with basically the same program each day, so participants can choose the date that best suits them. Attendance is free but registration is required online at

    The full agenda of both conference programs with all applications and informative sessions will be available soon.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    04.02.2015   Mimaki Sb300 and Sb53 inks achieve OEKO-TEX® Accreditation    ( Company news )

    Company news Mimaki, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, has attained the OEKO-TEX®accreditation for direct skin contact for its Sb300 series dye sublimation inks and Sb53 sublimation transfer inks. The OEKO-TEX® criteria catalogue provides manufacturers in the textile and clothing industry with a scientifically based standard benchmark for the evaluation of potentially harmful substances in textiles. OEKO-TEX® approved inks are suitable to finish skin-friendly clothing and other textiles for interested end users. This certificate thus constitutes an important decision-making element when purchasing inks for textile production.

    Confidence in inks
    The pioneering manufacturer has been awarded OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class Il. This concerns textiles and inks which, when used as intended, have a large part of their surface in direct contact with the skin, e.g. underwear, bed linen, terry cloth items, shirts, blouses etc. The independent testing and certification system for textile products from all stages of manufacture confirms the inks have met the human-ecological requirements of the standard for products with direct contact to skin. The certification shows the inks fulfil the requirements of Annex XVII of REACH as well as the American requirement regarding total content of lead in children's articles.

    “We were already well aware of the business-winning value of the inks but are delighted that Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center has awarded them the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100,” comments Mike Horsten, General Manager Marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe. “Customers can now use the inks confidently and safe in the knowledge they are approved for direct skin contact.”

    The Heimtextil effect – digital print on the rise
    “This has the potential to open up numerous market opportunities.” Mr. Horsten adds. “Our recent participation in Heimtextil showed an increasing interest in digital printing for textile applications.” Over 200 attendees joined Mr. Horsten’s presentation on “Why the home textile sector will switch to digital”, resulting in many constructive leads at the Mimaki booth throughout the show.

    “Our digital textile printing capabilities have already hit a number of catwalks. This certification means even more designers can take a closer look at how printing can add creative value to their collections.”

    The inks can be used on the following Mimaki systems: TS500-1800, TX500-1800DS, TX500-1800B, CJV150-107, 130, 160, CJV300-130, 160, JV150-130, 160, JV300-130, 160, JV5-320DS, TS3-1600, TS5-1600AMF, TS34-1800A and TPC-1000.

    Mr. Horsten concludes: “After a very successful participation in Heimtextil in Germany, this industry seal of approval demonstrates just how far-reaching digital print can be. It is an endorsement of our continuous efforts to optimise our portfolio and more notably our digital print solutions.”
    (Mimaki Europe B.V.)
    04.02.2015   Gaining the Best Tissue Quality with Lowest Possible Costs    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: TSA - Tissue Softness Analyzer

    emtec Electronic at the Tissue World in Barcelona, Spain

    Also this year emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the „Tissue World Barcelona 2015“ in Barcelona, Spain. From March 17th until March 19th, the company will be present at the exhibition at booth no. E600.

    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the innovative testing instruments which will be presented in Barcelona during these three days of exhibition. The device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue “handfeel” properties such as the real softness, smoothness / roughness and stiffness. The availability of these three parameters opens a huge amount of chances for the optimization of the tissue production and converting processes.

    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly in the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    03.02.2015   Iggesund’s challenge to designers: Improve the packaging in your local shops!    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Iggesund is challenging designers to make everyday consumer packaging more sustainable by replacing plastic, glass and metal with paperboard. © Iggesund

    Iggesund Paperboard is working via the American crowdsourcing company Crowdspring to challenge the world’s designers to improve existing consumer packaging.

    “Every day we all see examples of packaging that could be improved by a better choice of materials or a better design,” explains Staffan Sjöberg, who is in charge of the project at Iggesund Paperboard. “Now we’re giving designers all over the world the chance to contribute their ideas on how to replace packaging made of glass, plastic or metal with solutions that use paperboard.”

    He stresses that Iggesund is not looking for inexpensive ideas which can be put into commercial use. Instead, the aim is to get a picture of how global designers as a collective group believe they can steer packaging development in a more sustainable direction.

    “We will not claim any commercial rights to the ideas that come in,” Sjöberg says. “We’re just interested in getting a snapshot of how designers believe they can improve the packaging they see in the shops they visit on a daily basis. We want to publish the ideas and maybe reproduce some of them in physical form but we are not interested in exploiting them commercially.”

    For Crowdspring the collaboration with Iggesund Paperboard is an unusual project. Normally the online marketplace’s services are used when someone wants either a number of inexpensive design proposals or a wide range of ideas.

    “This is an unusual reason for initiating a project with us,” comments Mike Samson, who is coordinating the project with Iggesund. “But we believe its combination of sustainability and innovative thinking will attract many of the thousands of designers listed in our database.”

    Iggesund Paperboard is part of the Swedish forest industry group Holmen, one of the world’s 100 most sustainable industrial companies according to the UN Global Compact Index. Iggesund’s annual turnover is close to SEK 5bn (EUR 525m) and its flagship product Invercote is sold in over 100 countries.

    The company has two product families, Invercote and Incada, which are both among the quality leaders in their segment. Since 2010 Iggesund has invested SEK 3.3bn (EUR 346m) to increase the energy efficiency and reduce the fossil carbon emissions from its paperboard mills. The investments have made both mills almost self-sufficient in electricity.

    Iggesund and the Holmen Group report their fossil carbon emissions to the international Carbon Disclosure Project and are on the project’s A List, which singles out almost 200 companies world wide for their work against climate change. The two companies’ environmental data are integrated into their annual reports, which are produced in accordance with the Global Reporting Initiative’s highest level of sustainability accounting.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    03.02.2015   Voith Forges Ahead With Restructuring    ( Company news )

    Company news - Worldwide administrative functions to be consolidated
    - Additional capacity adjustments at Voith Paper
    - Planned workforce reduction totaling up to 1,600 positions worldwide
    - Future focus on technology and engineering expertise for the digital age: Value-preserving sale process for Voith Industrial Services kicks off
    - Voith CEO Dr. Hubert Lienhard: “We are taking further decisive steps toward positioning Voith as a competitive technology leader on a lasting basis.”

    The Voith Group continues to systematically implement the decisions made in the course of the group-wide Voith 150+ success program. At the annual press conference in 2014, Voith announced that it would consolidate worldwide administrative functions and work on additional capacity adjustments at Voith Paper. The two projects now being carried out will involve a workforce reduction of up to 1,600 jobs worldwide by the end of 2016, 870 of which will be in Germany. Going forward, the company will clearly refocus on its traditional technology and engineering expertise to prepare for the future challenges and opportunities of Industry 4.0, and will further restructure its portfolio accordingly. In line with this strategy, a value-preserving sale process for Voith Industrial Services Group Division is to be initiated.

    “Our boards today approved a number of far-reaching steps, some of them painful, but necessary. We will now seek out dialog with employee representatives with the goal of making these moves in a fair and responsible manner, and in a way that honors the culture and values of our company,” explains Hubert Lienhard, President and CEO of the Corporate Board of Management. “Currently, market conditions in mechanical engineering are changing drastically. Voith is ready to face these challenges and will now resolutely take on the next phase of the Group’s restructuring. We will focus on our traditional strength: our technological engineering expertise acquired in the course of many years of research and development. At the same time, we will improve our structures and efficiency. To this end, we are taking further decisive steps toward positioning Voith as a competitive technology leader in the digital age on a lasting basis.”

    Voith will already recognize provisions for all planned workforce reduction and restructuring measures to be effected by the end of 2016 in this fiscal year, in order to ensure swift, systematic implementation. Consequently, the company anticipates that the half-yearly and annual financial statements will reflect a negative net income after non-recurring effects. Operationally, the company expects to achieve positive profit from operations throughout all Group Divisions in fiscal year 2014/15.

    Consolidation of administrative functions

    The company aims to streamline its administrative processes by taking steps that include establishing four Shared Service Centers (SSC) in which standardizable administrative services will be consolidated across Group Divisions. These Shared Service Centers will be located in Kunshan, China, for Asia; York (PA), USA, for North America; and São Paulo, Brazil, for South America. No decision has been made as yet regarding the location of the Center serving the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region. A total of around 720 positions will be cut as a result of the planned restructuring of administrative activities. Currently, these plans are scheduled to be implemented by the end of fiscal year 2015/2016 (September 2016).

    Unavoidable capacity adjustments at Voith Paper

    At the annual press conference, Voith also reported on the significantly reduced market demand for new machines and major rebuilds in the paper industry and the company’s very strained business situation in this segment as a result. In light of this, Voith Paper’s management aims to further adjust and consolidate worldwide capacity, consequently reducing global headcount by a total of around 1,000, including 140 jobs already mentioned in the worldwide planned restructuring of administrative activities. In Germany and Austria around 800 jobs are to be reduced. The planned measures include discontinuing paper activities at Voith’s St. Pölten site (eliminating some 150 positions) and closing the sites in Krefeld and Neuwied (decreasing headcount by around 200), as well as consolidating those activities in Heidenheim. At the Heidenheim site, this streamlining would affect around 300 jobs. At the Ravensburg site around 150 jobs are to be cut. There, among others the remaining manufacturing plant in Ravensburg will be closed. The center of excellence for stock preparation located there is to remain in operation.

    Alongside the targeted reduction in capacity, various internal initiatives are underway at Voith Paper that will secure it a profitable, customer-driven future.

    Future focus on engineering expertise in the digital age – shaping the Industry 4.0 trend

    As part of the Voith 150+ success program, the company is also preparing for the challenges and opportunities presented by Industry 4.0. “The possibilities opened up by digitization and networking will reshape the entire process of creating value in industry. We are convinced that this shift is irreversible and will offer our company major opportunities,” CEO Lienhard says. “The Group will be strongly geared toward our engineering expertise. In the coming years, we also intend to expand our existing divisions notably specializing in mechanics to specifically include automation and industrial software capabilities.” The acquisition of a 25.1 percent stake in robot manufacturer Kuka in November 2014 marked an important step in this direction for the company.

    This strategic move prompted Voith’s management to shift the Group’s focus clearly toward its technological engineering expertise and initiate a sale process for the Voith Industrial Services Group Division. The Voith Industrial Services business model comprises labor-intensive services largely performed at client sites and based on customers’ specific know-how and process knowledge. The Group Division is one of the world’s largest suppliers of industrial services operating today and global market leader in automotive industry services. With an 18,000-strong workforce, the division generated sales of around € 1.2 billion, marking a threefold increase since it was founded 15 years ago.

    The planned sale will also trigger changes in the Corporate Board of Management at Group level. Martin Hennerici, to date CEO of Voith Industrial Services, has elected to leave the company. His successor in the position of CEO will be Markus Glaser-Gallion, currently head of the Automotive division. Hubert Lienhard will assume responsibility for the Group Division at Corporate Board of Management level until its sale. Employees, customers and business partners will see no changes in their day-to-day work as the Group Division’s business model already operates independently. Voith Industrial Services will continue to provide the reliable service its customers have come to expect.

    This decision marks Voith’s refocusing on its roots in technology, its innovative and pioneering approach and its knowledge-based development of technical engineering solutions for key industries. “When our company was founded nearly 150 years ago, we were one of the trailblazers of the first Industrial Revolution. Today, we accept the challenge of being among those shaping the next industrial revolution in the digital age,” states Voith CEO Hubert Lienhard.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    03.02.2015   Ricoh at Hunkeler Innovationdays: A New Dawn for Production Printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Ricoh Europe Plc is taking its production printing “New Dawn” theme to Hunkeler Innovationdays, 23-26 February, Lucerne, with the world's first public showing of the game-changing Ricoh Pro™ VC60000 next-generation, continuous feed, high volume inkjet platform.

    Ricoh will be showcasing on stand P8 a new era of high speed inkjet innovation in graphic arts print production. The highly modular and scalable Ricoh Pro™ VC60000 production inkjet press will be presented in its full duplex printing configuration, including undercoat and protector coat capabilities. Visitors will experience first-hand its ability to print high quality direct mail, books and marketing materials running at 1200 x 1200 dpi on standard coated offset stocks.

    “The market reaction to the Ricoh Pro VC60000 has been exceptionally positive and we are delighted to be able to give so many production printing professionals the opportunity to see it in action at this leading industry event,” comments Graham Moore, Director, Business Development, Ricoh Europe. “It has become clear that the breakout innovations offered by this outstanding addition to our portfolio will enable operations to embrace market growth opportunities and production efficiency benefits.”

    Visitors to the show will be able to see the capabilities of the Pro VC60000 with print applications that include:
    - The Cult of Porsche: In the Beginning will be digitally printed on offset stock, delivering the impact and quality that, until now, has been associated only with offset printing. Originally produced in short runs and shown at last year’s London Book Fair, it will be inkjet printed for the first time for Hunkeler Innovationdays.
    - The Bianchi catalogue with its challenging brand colours and high quality bike imagery will demonstrate the results inkjet is capable of such as readily reproducing work previously the preserve of offset.

    Ricoh will also be highlighting the newly-announced Ricoh Pro™ C9100 series, a durable high volume digital colour press. Running at up to 130ppm, the fastest press in its class, it has a duty cycle of 1.75 million coupled with the ability to print on textured substrates and media up to 400 gsm at full rated speed. Its new toner delivers a larger colour gamut and it can offer a 700mm print length for banners, a wide range of finishing options and the ability to integrate third-party options. Visitors will see live demonstrations during the event including the production of the Bianchi catalogue 650mm x 225mm cover on 300gsm.

    Efficient workflow and data excellence are critical to the success of today’s printing businesses. To demonstrate how Ricoh is helping clients to optimise their productivity and overall performance, Ricoh will have three dedicated software pods on its stand. These will include demonstrations of:
    - TotalFlow BatchBuilder, this is the first public showing in Europe of the easy-to-adopt, standalone hardware-agnostic production management tool designed to batch print jobs in the most efficient manner;
    - TotalFlow Ricoh Process Director, a configurable output processmanagement system driving high-speed continuous-feed production printers;
    - MarcomCentral, a cloud-based (SaaS) web-to-print solution that automates creation, printing, management and distribution of marketing collateral and campaigns, including variable data communications.

    To add to the value of the printed piece, Ricoh also offers Clickable Paper, an interactive print solution that makes printed materials interactive and increases their longevity. Visitors to Ricoh’s stand will learn how easy it can be to incorporate this value-added service into the offerings a printer can bring to clients.

    “Whether it is broadening market capabilities or adding value there are numerous ways businesses can transition into new market areas supported by Ricoh’s solutions. For many the step into unfamiliar territory can be confidently made as long as they are assured that their offerings, supported by the right hardware, software and services, can effectively and profitably support a new client base,” states Mr Moore. “New additions to Ricoh’s portfolio, such as the Ricoh Pro VC60000 and MarcomCentral, support this expansion while improving productivity and profitability for traditional service offerings. Building on the expertise and knowledge we have accrued over the years we are helping operations get fit for the future as well as extend their reach to new clients and markets.”

    Ricoh is sponsoring DOXNET, on Wednesday, February 25. Benoit Chatelard, General Manager, Solutions, Ricoh Europe, will be presenting at the DOXNET seminar on the theme of ‘A New Dawn’. Ricoh is also sponsoring the Interquest Digital Book Printing forum on Tuesday, February 25, where Mr Chatelard will be sharing Ricoh’s latest technoloy and client innovations. Registration for Hunkeler Innovationdays is available
    (Ricoh Europe PLC)
    02.02.2015   PMP Group will supply 2nd Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue machine for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Hebei Xuesong Paper Co., Ltd

    In January, Hebei Xuesong Paper Co., Ltd has signed a contract with PMP Group for 2nd Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc machine. Only 6 months after TM#1 successful start-up, Hebei Xuesong Paper choose PMP Group again as the provider of TM continuing fruitful partnership.
    TM#2 (twin line to TM#1) with the brand name of Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue machine, is characterized by reel trim of 2850 mm, design speed of 1200 m/min and capacity 60 t/d (basis weight 12.5-20 gsm). After TM#2 installation, Hebei Xuesong Paper will have two machines (right and left hand) in the same building based on integrated tissue mill concept.
    Hebei Xuesong Paper - a famous tissue-making enterprise in Hebei Province, China - was founded in 1987and produces high-quality tissue products under “Xuesong” brand. PMP Group is a global provider of paper, board and tissue technology and has been serving pulp & paper industry for over 160 years.
    Efficient cooperation between two companies started from TM#1 project in 2013. First Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc was brought on stream in April 2014 and thanks to excellent cooperation between Hebei Xuesong Paper and the PMP teams, just 5 days after start-up, the maximum production capacity and tissue quality guarantees were achieved. Recently steam consumption reached an ultra-low level of 1.6-1.8 t/t, which help to significantly minimize production costs.
    TM#2 is actually a twin-sister machine of TM#1 and will also be executed based on philosophy of Optimum Cost Solution including tissue machine full design in Europe (PMPoland), manufacturing of the key components such as a Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox and a Intelli-YD™ steel Yankee in Europe (PMPoland), and the remaining manufacturing, tissue machine pre-assembly and tests completed at the
    Center of Excellence of PMP Group: PMP IB (Changzhou) Machinery & Technology, Changzhou (China).
    This combination ensures to lower the cost investment for the customer, while maintaining excellent quality of the equipment supplied. PMP will provide a stock approach system, Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc machine, mechanical drives, electrical drives, a lubrication system, a steam & condensate system and PLC. The PMP team will be responsible for an erection supervision and technological start-up.
    The same model of right and left hand machines layout in one building is the most compact solution and the two machines can share a common spare parts base. As a result, both space and costs are saved as well as number of personnel required to run the installations. Finally, the valuable experience of PMP gained from TM#1 project will make TM#2 even more adapted to the customer’s requirements.
    Year by year, PMP Group increases its presence in China through implementation of projects for both tissue & paper customers. Last decade in this market, has brought 11 CF tissue machines and 17 capital rebuilds including core technological units such as Intelli-Jet V® headboxes, Intelli-Nip® shoe presses, Intelli-Sizer™ size presses, etc. Combination of advanced technology and rich experience from PMP Group headquarters and convenient local service from PMP IB results in smart integration of assets & competences. This way PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue machine brings excellent support for its users daily.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
    02.02.2015   PMP Group will supply 2nd Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue machine for ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Hebei Xuesong Paper Co., Ltd

    In January, Hebei Xuesong Paper Co., Ltd has signed a contract with PMP Group for 2nd Intelli-Tissue® EcoEc machine. Only 6 months after TM#1 successful start-up, Hebei Xuesong Paper choose PMP Group again as the provider of TM continuing fruitful partnership.
    TM#2 (twin line to TM#1) with the brand name of Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue machine, is characterized by reel trim of 2850 mm, design speed of 1200 m/min and capacity 60 t/d (basis weight 12.5-20 gsm). After TM#2 installation, Hebei Xuesong Paper will have two machines (right and left hand) in the same building based on integrated tissue mill concept.
    Hebei Xuesong Paper - a famous tissue-making enterprise in Hebei Province, China - was founded in 1987and produces high-quality tissue products under “Xuesong” brand. PMP Group is a global provider of paper, board and tissue technology and has been serving pulp & paper industry for over 160 years.
    Efficient cooperation between two companies started from TM#1 project in 2013. First Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc was brought on stream in April 2014 and thanks to excellent cooperation between Hebei Xuesong Paper and the PMP teams, just 5 days after start-up, the maximum production capacity and tissue quality guarantees were achieved. Recently steam consumption reached an ultra-low level of 1.6-1.8 t/t, which help to significantly minimize production costs.
    TM#2 is actually a twin-sister machine of TM#1 and will also be executed based on philosophy of Optimum Cost Solution including tissue machine full design in Europe (PMPoland), manufacturing of the key components such as a Intelli-Jet V® hydraulic headbox and a Intelli-YD™ steel Yankee in Europe (PMPoland), and the remaining manufacturing, tissue machine pre-assembly and tests completed at the
    Center of Excellence of PMP Group: PMP IB (Changzhou) Machinery & Technology, Changzhou (China).
    This combination ensures to lower the cost investment for the customer, while maintaining excellent quality of the equipment supplied. PMP will provide a stock approach system, Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc machine, mechanical drives, electrical drives, a lubrication system, a steam & condensate system and PLC. The PMP team will be responsible for an erection supervision and technological start-up.
    The same model of right and left hand machines layout in one building is the most compact solution and the two machines can share a common spare parts base. As a result, both space and costs are saved as well as number of personnel required to run the installations. Finally, the valuable experience of PMP gained from TM#1 project will make TM#2 even more adapted to the customer’s requirements.
    Year by year, PMP Group increases its presence in China through implementation of projects for both tissue & paper customers. Last decade in this market, has brought 11 CF tissue machines and 17 capital rebuilds including core technological units such as Intelli-Jet V® headboxes, Intelli-Nip® shoe presses, Intelli-Sizer™ size presses, etc. Combination of advanced technology and rich experience from PMP Group headquarters and convenient local service from PMP IB results in smart integration of assets & competences. This way PMP Intelli-Tissue® 1200 EcoEc tissue machine brings excellent support for its users daily.
    (PMPoland S.A.)
    02.02.2015   Overview of the FINAT 2015 Labelling Agenda    ( Company news )

    Company news The international resource for knowledge, information, best practice and inspiration across the worldwide labelling community outlines highlights

    FINAT, the international association for the self-adhesive label industry announces its 2015 labelling events. Learning and networking are key aspects of the industry and are of course greatly valued by the worldwide labelling community. In 2015, FINAT will again be organizing a number of important events, just like it did in 2014. These events will give current and future label community members the opportunity to meet with peers, clients, press and other industry related contacts, get informed and exchange information.

    A busy schedule in 2015 (in chronological order):

    - FINAT Labelling Competition: this annual competition showcases the best of self-adhesive label and narrow web print. It recognizes and rewards achievement in terms of both end use/ marketing impact and print and converting quality. Awards are given – by a jury of leading industry experts - in the main segments where self-adhesive labels are used: alcoholic beverages, food, household, industrial, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, security labelling, (self-) promotion, booklet/coupon labels and for the major reel-fed print processes: flexo, letterpress, screen, offset, digital print and combination print.

    This year, the 35th edition takes place, in which the category 'Digital’ has been upgraded to the status of main Group (next to the main Group of conventional printing processes), to recognize the significant part that digital printing is playing in the modern label industry. FINAT welcomes all 2015 FINAT Label Competition entries, before the deadline of March 5.

    - FINAT Young Managers Club, 2nd global Young Managers Congress, April 16-18 in Bratislava, Slovakia: this year, the FINAT YMC will organise the second edition of the Global Young Managers Congress for the label industry. During this event, young managers get the opportunity to hone their management skills and learn from experiences from industry experts. The programme includes social events such as networking dinners, interactive workshops and one and a half day of presentations. Special features will be two workshops, one on ‘Managing a Thin Company’, and the other on ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.

    - The European Label Forum 2015, June 11-13 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands: FINAT has significantly redesigned the format of its annual congress, which from now on will carry the title ‘European Label Forum’. The purpose of this new format is to enhance the association’s main annual event as the vehicle for strategic business knowledge, information and inspiration. The new format will be more focused on business topics, with three different parallel streams (‘Sales and Marketing’, ‘Manufacturing and Technology’ and ‘Management and Corporate Affairs’), a lean manufacturing workshop and more room for interaction and dialogue between congress delegates. All sessions will feature first class speakers who are recognized experts in the field. More detailed information on this event is coming soon.

    - FINAT Radar: this publication will have its 3rd edition appearing right after the congress. The publication offers readers a unique ‘first hand’ 3600 overview of trends and developments across all segments of the self-adhesive and narrow web value chain, from materials and equipment suppliers, via the label converters, to the brand owners and users of product decoration.

    - FINAT Recycling Award: this award recognizes efforts of the industry in paper and film release liner recycling, both at the level of the converter and the level of his customer. The award will be handed out for the second time this year, after first being awarded in 2014. The event will be launched soon, more information will follow.

    - Labelexpo Europe 2015, September 29 – October 2, Brussels: the world’s leading trade exhibition for the label industry has been going from strength to strength, and the 2015 edition again promises to benchmark and display new innovations in self-adhesive and narrow web technology development. As Europe’s leading trade association for the industry, FINAT will of course again be present with a hospitality stand, where volunteer leaders and staff will be present to welcome members, potential members, media and other interested visitors. Through the newly established Labelexpo Advisory Board, visitors, exhibitors and show organisers Tarsus are collaborating to drive further quality improvements of the show. Prior to the show, FINAT will host the global label associations united in the L9.

    - New Technology and Management Webinars: at the end of 2014, FINAT launched a new series of FINAT webinars focusing on topics relevant to the future of the industry. Purpose of the webinars is to offer a convenient tool at members’ fingertips to brief them on management, technology and sustainability developments that may impact our business in the near future. The FINAT Board’s ‘New Converting Technology’ taskforce and the Young Managers Club have joined forces to drive this programme. The 2015 FINAT webinar calendar will be announced shortly.

    - Committee output: FINAT’s sophisticated network of affiliated associations, committees and subcommittees pulls together industry thought leaders and experts to work on issues of common interest such as the FINAT Test Methods (9th edition currently available in English and German, French and business Chinese will follow soon), an LCA Best Practice Guidance Document, a Food Safety Best Practice Guide, as well as a new member information leaflet. Prior to Labelexpo Europe, FINAT will host the global label associations united in the L9. The L9, is amongst others driving the World Label Awards competition (winners 2014 to be announced in February). This meeting will also see the birth of the global Label Associations Portal, a collaborative platform.
    02.02.2015   Robin Ahlström resigns as Chairman of the Board of Ahlstrom, Panu Routila appointed new Chairman     ( Company news )

    Company news The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ahlstrom Corporation, Robin Ahlström, has announced his resignation from the position of Chairman and member of the Board due to serious illness.

    The Board of Directors of Ahlstrom Corporation has elected Panu Routila (b.1964, photo) as Chairman of the Board as of January 26, 2015. He will also become a member of the Shareholders' Nomination Board, and he has been elected member of the Human Resources Committee.

    "We would like to warmly thank Robin Ahlström for his dedication and excellent contribution to Ahlstrom. He has served on the Board of Ahlstrom, as Chairman, Vice Chairman and as a Board member", says Panu Routila, new Chairman of the Board.

    As of today, there will be six members on the Board of Directors of Ahlstrom. The term of the Board of Directors will expire at the close of the next Annual General Meeting.
    (Ahlstrom Corporation)
    02.02.2015   Environmental permit granted for Metsä Group's planned bioproduct mill in Äänekoski    ( Company news )

    Company news The Regional State Administrative Agency for Western and Inland Finland has granted an environmental and water-intake permit for Metsä Group's planned bioproduct mill in Äänekoski.

    An environmental permit has been granted for Metsä Fibre Oy's bioproduct mill, a bark-drying and bark-gasification plant, a digestion plant, wastewater generated in the integrated mills, joint treatment of municipal wastewater from the town of Äänekoski, and Metsä Board Corporation’s wastewater treatment plant. The permit also allows wastewater from the town of Äänekoski to be treated in the bioproduct mill's wastewater treatment plant.

    The decision was made in accordance with the reformed Environmental Protection Act, which came into force in autumn 2014, and the best available techniques (BAT) approved by the European Commission. The bioproduct mill's environmental and water-intake permits also contain permission to proceed, which means that operations may be launched regardless of any possible applications for alterations.

    “The environmental permit is an important step in our preparations for making a decision on whether to invest in construction of the mill,” says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre.
    (Metsä Fibre Oy)
    02.02.2015   Heidelberg showcases new die cutter and folding carton gluing machines to visitors from ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...around the world at the Packaging Days

    -Product portfolio for postpress packaging continues to grow
    -Dr. Frank Schaum now responsible for Postpress Commercial and Postpress Packaging

    Photo: At the Packaging Days, the new Speedmaster CD 102 demonstrated a rapid job change from the production of CD packaging on card to label production on lightweight paper.

    More than 200 visitors from Africa, Europe, South America, China, India, Korea, Russia, and the Middle East attended the Packaging Days hosted by Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to discover new solutions for packaging printing. At the end of 2014, in Hall 11 at the Wiesloch-Walldorf plant, Heidelberg presented its new Promatrix 106 CS die cutter and the new Diana Smart 55 and Diana Smart 80 folding carton gluing machines. These machines are aimed at companies that manufacture folding cartons and at all-rounders that need optimum quality and reliability for short to medium-sized runs. Using the example of an end-to-end job for a fictitious outdoors store, Heidelberg staged a live demonstration to show visitors the production process for invitation cards, stand-up displays, posters, folding cartons, and CD jackets.

    The Promatrix 106 CS die cutter is ideal for short to medium production volumes and performs die cutting and embossing at a speed of 8,000 sheets per hour. The machine offers a wide range of standard features, extremely user-friendly operation, and an attractive price-performance ratio.

    In the Diana Smart 55 and Diana Smart 80 folding carton gluing machines, Heidelberg has developed a new platform for medium volumes in the production of straightline and lockbottom cartons. The products require less space and feature a modular design that means they can be adapted to suit specific customer requirements.

    “In the medium term, we are going to continue to expand the product portfolio in die cutting and folding carton gluing machines,” explains Dr. Frank Schaum, who now has overall responsibility for Postpress at Heidelberg. In his current role, he is in charge of both Postpress Commercial – i.e. folding and cutting – and Postpress Packaging. “The new Postpress Packaging products were extremely well received by customers and we were able to demonstrate efficient folding carton production, including the accompanying service offerings,” says Schaum.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    30.01.2015   Jon-Aksel Torgersen nominated as new Chairman at Norske Skog    ( Company news )

    Company news The Chairman of the board at Norske Skog Jarle Roth (54) has informed the committee that he is not a candidate for reelection as Chairman. The Nomination Committee of Norske Skog unanimously proposes that Jon-Aksel Torgersen (63, photo) take over as new Chairman at Norske Skog at the Annual General Meeting on 16 April 2015.

    - Jon-Aksel Torgersen has been director of the board at Norske Skog since 2012, and has extensive management and board experience from Norwegian and international industry, shipping and finance. He has been the CEO of Astrup Fearnley AS since 1992, and thus been instrumental in the strategic development and portfolio management at one of Norway'smost renowned financial companies. Jon-Aksel holds the necessary requirements, and he will continue the improvement work at Norske Skog, said Nomination Committee Chairman Dag J. Opedal.

    - My decision is based on the need to spend more time on Eksportkreditt Norway, and the challenges and opportunities that exist in the offshore industry and mainland industries, says present Chairman Jarle Roth.
    - We want to thank Jarle Roth for his extensive efforts to lead the Board's work over the past year, said Dag J. Opedal.

    Jon-Aksel Torgersen is currently the Chairman atAtlantic Container Line AB and Finnlines Plc and director of the board at IM Skaugen SE and Awilco LNG. He is also the Chairman and board member of several companies in the Fearnley group. Torgersen holds a master in business administration from the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) in 1975.

    The Nomination Committee's other nominations will come later.
    (Norske Skogindustrier ASA)
    30.01.2015   Proposal for new Chairman of SCA    ( Company news )

    Company news As detailed in the attached press release from AB Industrivärden, Sverker Martin-Löf (photo) has announced his intention to leave his directorships at the companies’ coming Annual General Meetings.

    On condition that the Nomination Committee proposes the change to SCA’s Board at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting, as stated in the attached press release, and the 2015 Annual General Meeting resolves in accordance with the proposal, the current CEO of Handelsbanken, Pär Boman, will be appointed the Chairman of the Board.
    (SCA Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget)
    30.01.2015   Muller Martini Inserting System for Magazines Too: The FlexLiner Gets a New Opening Method ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...For Magazine Inserts

    Even products without a low folio lap can now be easily opened and processed using the FlexLiner inserting system. That extends the range of applications of the FlexLiner and the processing options in the mailroom.

    Photo: The new magazine opening method means that now even products without a low folio lap can be easily opened and processed using the FlexLiner inserting system.

    Muller Martini's FlexLiner inserting system is now even more flexible. It can now also open products without a low folio lap or high folio lap. Products trimmed on three sides and products in the tabloid format, such as magazines or municipal gazettes, are gently opened in the center using a blade-like slide and prepared for the inserting process. The inserts are then inserted without any loss in performance.
    Magazine opening is available as an option and can be easily retrofitted on existing FlexLiners.

    Flexible Uses
    Newspapers have not been the only products to be finished in the mailroom for some time now. Direct-mailing companies also use the FlexLiner inserting system from Muller Martini to put together mail shots. Carrier products, whether they are covers or tabloid products, are opened using a sucker unit or low folio lap unit, and the gathered inserts are reliably inserted.
    The FlexLiner is also used with suction opening to place inserts into inserts at high production speeds. This is an additional attractive business model that has proven itself in the market and now accounts for around 5 to 10 percent of insert volume.

    New Product Configuration Options
    With FlexFeed selective main product feeding, customers have entirely new opportunities to set themselves apart from the competition with the FlexLiner. The main sections can be fed selectively to the inserting machine via up to five feeding stations, which can be loaded manually from the FlexiRoll buffer system or directly from the printing press. Alternatively, up to four inserts can be positioned on the front or back page of a main section as FlexAds (onserting). In addition, an insert can be affixed to the front or back page of a main section as an AddOn. In that prominent position, every FlexAd stands out from the crowd.
    (Müller Martini Marketing AG)
    30.01.2015   LIGNA 2015: Global innovations showcase for the forestry and wood industries    ( LIGNA 2015 )

    LIGNA 2015 - More international business – more innovations – more integration
    - Versatility: multi-material processing systems
    - Premiere of Wood Industry Summit

    More international business. More innovations. More integration. That’s what visitors and exhibitors can expect when the international wood industry demonstrates its immense capabilities and innovative spirit at the upcoming LIGNA in Hannover, Germany. The event runs from 11 to 15 May 2015, and all the market leaders will be there to impress solution-seekers with a tremendous array of products and services. Together, they will present key technologies for every single links of the wood value chain – i.e. plant, tools and machinery for industrial furniture manufacturers, carpenters, joiners and cabinetmakers; solutions for processing and working with solid wood; sawmill technology; systems for wood panel and veneer production; forestry equipment and machinery; and a range of technologies for extracting energy from wood. And as diverse as the technologies on display may be, they are united in promoting greater efficiency for every stage of production and processing.

    “LIGNA is championing the cause of greater efficiency and integration in production by means of advanced technology. Like no other trade fair in the world, it features entire production lines in action – as tangible proof that integrated production and Industry 4.0 are indeed within reach. LIGNA is an absolute must if you want to find out about the latest developments and advances in automation and digitization in the wood industry,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, the member of the Management Board at Deutsche Messe responsible for LIGNA. “Survival in today’s competitive markets belongs to those who master the latest strategies, systems and solutions. The ‘fourth industrial revolution’ has reached the wood and furniture industries, sparking a move towards total integration that shows no signs of abating. To take advantage of this trend and remain competitive, manufacturers need to optimize their data flows. And that’s true whether they are engaged in mass or one-off production. In the near future, workpieces, machines and logistic systems will be able to ‘talk’ to one another, and IT, telecommunications technology and manufacturing will merge to form a seamlessly integrated system. It’s a new production paradigm and it offers enormous opportunities for everyone concerned.”

    The theme of integrated production is central to many areas of the upcoming LIGNA show. Among much else, it will have its own Guided Tour and be addressed at a series of talks to be held within the on-site Robotation Academy.

    The upcoming show will feature more than 1,500 exhibitors from over 40 countries, whose displays will fill some 120,000 square meters (over 1,290,000 sq. ft.) of space and impress solution-seekers in need of the latest furniture industry plant and equipment and innovative technologies for the wood and forestry industries. “Quite a lot of first-time exhibitors will be using this year’s LIGNA to present their innovations to the world. They include providers of solutions for the joinery and cabinetmaking trades, manufacturers of machinery for the furniture industry, production automation specialists, and suppliers of technology for processing solid wood and for sawmilling. These newcomers –and the fact that some of our regular exhibitors have markedly increased their booked space – bode well for LIGNA 2015,” said Köckler. “LIGNA features a wealth of information on the latest products, trends and innovations. It provides the ideas, inspiration and solutions that wood industry professionals need in order to future-proof their business models.”

    LIGNA’s strong level of international participation sets it apart from rival shows. This year, its top ten exhibiting nations, apart from Germany, are Italy, Austria, China, Sweden, Taiwan, Switzerland, Turkey, France, Spain and the USA. Much of the growth in terms of leased exhibition space has come from Italy, China, Turkey and the USA.

    One of the exciting new developments at LIGNA 2015 is that some of the fair's exhibitors of woodworking and processing equipment will be showcasing the non-wood capabilities of their machines. In other words, visitors will see machines that can handle not just wood, but plastics, composite panels, composites, insulation and construction materials as well. Some of the machine tools on display are even capable of processing light alloys. These additional, non-wood applications are advantageous in a range of fields, particularly caravan and boat building, vehicle customization, ship and aircraft interior finishing, and plastics processing and fabrication. The ability to process plastics and composites is also becoming increasingly important in the joinery and cabinetmaking trades.

    CNC technology is also growing in importance in these trades. More and more joiners and cabinetmakers are investing in CNC processing centers in order to be able to deliver on the most exacting customer specifications and produce custom furniture and joinery quickly and at highly competitive rates. This growth is due in part to the increasing range of compact, high-performance options available at the trades end of the market and will be reflected at LIGNA, with its solid lineup of state-of-the art CNC technology. The exhibitors in halls 11, 12, 14 and 15 will present innovative solutions and entry-level CNC options for joinery and cabinetmaking firms of all sizes, from tech-savvy niche craftsmen to SMEs engaged in series production.

    The other major new development at LIGNA 2015 is the premiere of the Wood Industry Summit, an intelligent, integrated platform comprising an exhibition area, a matchmaking platform, and a dialogue forum. The Summit targets exhibitors from international companies and economic regions that provide large-scale forestry machinery and other primary wood processing technologies. These exhibitors will have the opportunity to network directly with visitors from integrated companies operating in areas such as pulp and paper, forestry and log and timber processing. They will also meet forest owners, wood/timber merchants, investors, researchers and representatives of the timber-rich regions of Russia, China, Eastern Europe and North and South America. In this way, the Wood Industry Summit will broker new opportunities in growth markets.

    Each day of the Summit will start with a brief lead-in presentation on a highly topical issue, followed by an in-depth lecture on market entry conditions for a selected export market. Each day’s proceedings will also include presentations on various solutions by exhibitors and will be rounded off with a tour of the exhibition, followed by an expert discussion panel. Among the big highlights of the Summit will be the displays of John Deere equipment, as Dr. Köckler explains: “Thanks to the presence of John Deere and other key players, the Wood Industry Summit means that Hall 13 will, for the very first time, also feature large-scale forestry machines. John Deere’s involvement effectively endorses the Wood Industry Summit and its chosen format, while at the same time making LIGNA’s forestry technology offerings more international than ever.”

    LIGNA 2015 will also feature the Fibers in Process@LIGNA marketplace – a group pavilion that will provide a wood industry perspective on the various processes and technologies used in the pulp and paper industry. As well as offering an integrated overview of the entire resource cycle in this industry, the pavilion will focus on measurement and control systems, process optimization in automation, industry services and asset management, and resource and energy efficiency.

    The open-air site and neighboring pavilions will also feature a number of exhibitors offering the latest in sustainable forestry and wood-energy equipment and solutions.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
    30.01.2015   CMA confirms investigation of food cans suppliers merger    ( Company news )

    Company news The CMA has referred Sonoco Products Company’s completed acquisition of Weidenhammer Packaging Group GmbH for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.

    On 13 January 2015 the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said that it would refer the merger for a full investigation unless the parties offered acceptable undertakings to address the CMA’s competition concerns regarding the production and supply of composite cans for food products in the UK.

    Sonoco has offered undertakings intended to address the concerns identified. After careful consideration the CMA was not confident that these would resolve the concerns in a clear-cut manner (see note below). The CMA has therefore decided to refer the merger for an in-depth phase 2 investigation.

    A decision on the merger will be made by a group of independent panel members supported by a case team of CMA staff.
    (Competition and Markets Authority (CMA))
    30.01.2015   Smurfit Kappa opens second UK Experience Centre     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa opens second UK Experience Centre leading to more accessible innovative solutions and services for customers

    Smurfit Kappa has announced the opening of a new Experience Centre in Mold, North Wales, the United Kingdom, bringing to seven the number of regional centres across Europe.

    The centre gives customers hands-on, real-time insights into how to meet their business needs, and does so through the relentless implementation of packaging and service innovations. It follows the opening in 2012 of the first UK Experience Centre in Yate, South-West England.

    Working with the Smurfit Kappa team, visitors to the Mold Experience Centre will be able to immerse themselves in the latest insights and experience first-hand the latest in packaging and service innovation. The centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technologies and tools, such as a Virtual Store, a Retail Insight Centre, a Shelf Viewer and a full screen cinema room.

    The Mold centre is the latest in a series of centres that have opened across Europe as part of Smurfit Kappa’s ’Open the future’ global brand strategy. Aimed at delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, the strategy is also being used to aid brands battling to win the First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another.

    According to analysis revealed in the Smurfit Kappa report ‘Marketing on the shelf – exactly how in control are you?’, up to 40% of a product viewed on-shelf can be made up of secondary packaging, a valuable marketing channel which too often falls outside the radar of brand teams.

    Arco Berkenbosch, VP Marketing, Research and Development at Smurfit Kappa, said: “These centres are an innovative and refreshing environment where we want to invite our customers to inspire them and show them first-hand how we can help them to be even more successful in their respective markets.”

    “By opening the centre in Mold we are able to offer a localised service that supports businesses based around the region. Visiting the Experience Centre will create a situation where we can clearly define our customers’ needs in the world where our customers are operating.,” added Phil Husband, Smurfit Kappa UK Packaging Development Manager.

    Smurfit Kappa’s two UK Experience Centres join a network being rolled out in Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Ireland and Spain. The hub, one of the largest packaging Experience Centres in the world, is due to open in spring 2015 at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.

    Arco Berkenbosch added: “These centres enable us to share our global expertise at a local level directly to the customer. They can then evaluate, tailor and test the packaging in the centre, before any financial investment has been made.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    30.01.2015   GL&V Finishing keeps rolling along with its 10th MagTrim™ System    ( Company news )

    Company news Lenox Massachusetts: The tenth MagTrim™ Automatic Slitter Positioning system has been sold recently to the customer that has already purchased and installed three different systems in three different mills all making brown paper grades. The fourth system purchased was for a second system in a three machine mill to replace a competitor’s automatic system that has been installed and running for less than three years. These MagTrim Automatic Slitter Positioning systems continue to provide tremendous value and fast payback for our customers.

    Some recent feedback from customers includes the following comments:

    “Incredible speed combined with unbelievable accuracy in a package designed specifically for reliability.”

    “This MagTrim™ system is a beautiful machine; you guys have the best equipment, hands down.”

    In addition to its production benefits, one of the most important factors of this technology is safety. Operators no longer have to check slitter positions with tape measures and the new safety devices included with our systems minimize the operator engagement with one of the more dangerous operations of threading. The newest vertical arrangements provide “hands off” threading with the use of nip rollers, threading pans and air showers to bring the new parent roll tail from the lead in roll to the drum pocket safely.

    The customer base has welcomed this technology advancement. We have six different companies all taking advantage of this game changing technology product.
    (GL&V Sweden AB Stockholm)
    29.01.2015   Hunkeler Innovationdays: POLAR's efficient cutting solutions    ( Company news )

    Company news From 23 to 26 February POLAR will present efficient cutting solutions at the Hunkeler Innovationdays. Presentations will focus on three-side trimmer BC 330 (photo) and cutting machine 56 NET.
    At the shared booth of Heidelberg and ATS Tanner POLAR's machines will be integrated in the live production of a brochure and demonstrate how to combine high quality with economical manufacturing. One example is P-Net Compucut®. It integrates the cutting machine into the digital workflow by taking the relevant data from prepress and converting JDF files in the corresponding cutting programs. Such a program is started via bar code.

    Three-side trimmer BC 330
    The robust, networkable POLAR three-side trimmer is the perfect machine to automatically trim adhesive-bound products. The BC 330 shows superior cutting precision and handles a wide range of sizes. Formats from DIN A6 to DIN A4 can be cut directly one after the other without machine conversion. The BC 330 is operated using an ergonomically positioned 18.5" touchscreen display. The clear menu guidance ensures easy operation. A cutting program is generated in less than 1 minute. Integrated in the digital workflow, the cutting data can be transferred directly. A great variety of setting options allows to optimize the production tailored to every product.

    Cutting machine POLAR 56 NET
    NET is a designation for cutting machines which can be integrated into the digital workflow. Of course, this is an important aspect when dealing with digital printing. P-Net Compucut® accepts the digital sheet layout and converts it into a cutting program which can be started directly via the integrated bar-code reader. The cutter is operated from a 18.5" touch-screen display with process visualization. A graphic display shows the material handling and reduces the risk of errors to a minimum.
    29.01.2015   It's A...Boiler!     ( Company news )

    Company news Our Green Bay, Wisconsin, facility recently welcomed an exciting new addition to the family – a 385,000-pound, 40-foot long . . . boiler!

    At nearly 30 feet tall and 23 feet wide, a traditional stork wouldn't do – the boiler arrived on a 436-foot cargo ship on December 11. Tightly swaddled in a blue over-wrap, this behemoth bundle was a sight to behold. The precious cargo safely made it down the Fox River and then to our Broadway mill on December 19.

    We’re not just biased because it’s our boiler, but we couldn't be more excited. The new natural gas boiler will produce steam for our mill’s operations and generate power. It will replace our largest coal-fired boiler, helping us to reduce our air emissions, meet future regulations and modernize our facilities. After it’s up and running in mid-2015, along with additional improvements at the mill, emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxide will drop by 80 percent.

    This and other recent sustainability investments at Green Bay total more than $80 million, helping to ensure the continuing viability of the mill, which is turning 96 this year. Boy, we have a lot to celebrate in Green Bay!
    (Georgia-Pacific Corp.)
    29.01.2015   Smurfit Kappa CEO awarded European CEO of the Year by RISI    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa CEO Gary McGann (photo) has been awarded 2015 European CEO of the Year for the second year running by investment analysts and portfolio managers covering the European and global pulp and paper industry.

    The consecutive awards follow Institutional Investor magazine naming Mr McGann Best CEO in the sector for 2013.

    Awarded by RISI, the leading information provider for the global forest products industry, the criteria for nomination included leadership, vision and strategic accomplishment.

    In the first nine months of 2014, Smurfit Kappa delivered year-on-year growth in EBITDA of 6% and pre-exceptional EPS growth of 55%, reflecting the continuing benefits of the Group’s integrated business model, the strength of its international portfolio of businesses, the consistent delivery on cost reduction initiatives and a fundamentally improved capital structure.

    The US acquisition of Bates Container for US$158 million in October 2014 built on the previous acquisition of what is now Smurfit Kappa Orange County, and recent acquisitions in Colombia and Dominican Republic have further enhanced the Group’s footprint in the Americas region.

    In December 2014, the Group’s credit rating was upgraded to BB+ / Ba1 by both Moody’s Investors Service and by Fitch Ratings, which followed an upgrade by Standard & Poor’s in February 2014.

    Last year also saw the launch of Smurfit Kappa’s new, innovation-focused global brand strategy, ‘Open the future’.
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    29.01.2015   emtec Electronic at the IMPS 2015 in Munich    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative Solutions for Testing the Paper Quality

    This year the IMPS – International Munich Paper Symposium will take place the 24th time and emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the event with a booth in Munich, Germany. From March 11th until 13th, emtec will present different special technical equipment – interesting for all players within the paper, board and tissue industry.
    With the application of the special testing equipment it is possible to control and guide the complete process of paper, board or tissue production from the pulp to the finished product into the right direction, in order to get an efficient process and the best possible quality with the lowest possible costs.
    This year, the company, located in Leipzig, will present a measuring device for the wet end of production. There it is extremely important to have detailed information about the surface charge of the pulp fibers, which can be measured with the FPA – Fiber Potential Analyzer.
    Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning
    the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    A further new development of the company is the innovative ACA – Ash Content Analyzer, which determines the total mineral filler content as well as the percentage content of the typical fillers in the paper industry within seconds without combustion of the samples, i.e.
    Beside these new measurement equipment, the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester will be presented, which makes it possible to predict the behavior of paper surfaces during converting processes like glueing, coating and printing.
    For the tissue industry emtec comes up with the TSA – Tissue Softness Analyzer, which determines the softness very fast and objectively.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    29.01.2015   MWV Agrees to Sell European Tobacco Folding Carton Business to AR Packaging Group     ( Company news )

    Company news Company will continue to be a global leader in high-quality paperboard for tobacco and other premium packaging

    Photo: Joe McNamara, president of MWV’s Tobacco business

    MeadWestvaco Corporation (NYSE: MWV), a global leader in packaging and packaging solutions, announced it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its European-based tobacco folding carton business to AR Packaging Group AB, a maker of paperboard cartons, flexible packaging, and trays based in Lund, Sweden. The business has annual revenue of approximately $190 million (€146 million), which is included in MWV’s Food & Beverage segment. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed, and the transaction is expected to be completed in the next several months.

    “MWV has long been—and remains—committed to our customers in the global tobacco market,” said Joe McNamara, president of MWV’s Tobacco business. “This transaction gives us the opportunity to further focus our participation on our leadership position in high-quality paperboard for tobacco and other premium packaging markets around the world. Our strong teams and facilities in the folding carton space will flourish as part of AR Packaging, and MWV will continue to serve our global customers as the market for high-quality paperboard grows in many regions.”

    MWV’s European tobacco folding carton business specializes in the manufacture and printing of hinge-lid boxes, display cartons, and high-impact cigarette packaging, as well as folding carton packaging for some chocolate confectionery and consumer apparel segments. The business has deep customer relationships in western and eastern Europe and includes manufacturing operations at three facilities in Graz, Austria; Krakow, Poland; and Moscow, Russia, which have a total of 680 employees. Also included in the sale is the tobacco and confectionery folding carton business currently served by MWV’s plant in Svitavy, Czech Republic. The Svitavy plant will remain part of MWV beyond the transition period. MWV will continue to produce high-quality solid bleached sulfate (SBS) paperboard for global tobacco end markets at its Covington, Virginia, paperboard mill.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
    29.01.2015   Hong Kong International Stationery Fair breaks visitor record    ( Company news )

    Company news -Exhibitors and buyers praise show as key international influence
    -Popular fringe programme exceeds expectations of key players

    The 15th edition of the Hong Kong International Stationery Fair, held 12 – 15 January 2015, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre was successfully concluded. The increasingly successful event is organised by Messe Frankfurt (HK) Ltd and the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). Proving to be an important platform in the paper, stationery, office supplies and DIY industries, the show drew 20,482 local and international buyers to the event. The buyers were from 120 countries and regions. The top 10 visitor countries and regions were: the Chinese mainland, Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the US, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and India.
    The four-day event attracted 225 exhibitors joining to expand their businesses and meet industry peers. The exhibitors came from 13 countries and regions: the Chinese mainland, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, the US, as well as the first-time participation of Italy, Pakistan and Poland at the show.

    Exhibitors and buyers praise show as key influence in international market
    As one of the leading industry platforms in the region, the show receives strong support from professional industry associations and quality exhibitors. The 2015 show continued to feature three pavilions from Korea, Taiwan and Thailand. Mr Donald Mai, Secretary General of the Taiwan Association of Stationery Industries was the Taiwanese pavilion organiser, and he noticed that the show has been improving every year. He commented: “The visitor flow is even better than last year, and visitors come from different parts of the world, which proves that this trade fair is one of the most international platforms within the industry. The show also plays an important part in the industry as it is held in the beginning of the year, and so it is regarded as the industry’s trendsetter.”
    Additionally, Mr Mai is looking forward to the future of the industry and the show. He added: “I am very positive and confident about the stationery market. We will continue to support this fair, and we aim to gather more Taiwanese exhibitors for future editions of the fair.”

    To encourage the creation of innovative stationery and attract the attention to the latest trends, the show launched an exciting concurrent event titled “My Favourite Stationery 2015”, which engaged the show’s buyers to vote for their favourite item. The event’s Grand Prize product was “Zcan+ Wireless”, a wireless scanner mouse which was designed and manufactured by Hong Kong company Systech Electronics Ltd. Exhibiting at the show for the second time, the company’s Marketing Manager Ms Venus Wong said: “Winning the prize is definitely helpful for us because this will increase consumer confidence in our products. Last year we had a satisfactory result and that’s why we want to make use of this platform again. This year we’ve met distributors from overseas buying offices, such as from the Chinese mainland, India, Malaysia and Singapore. I am happy that they are quite impressed with our new product and we’ve also received useful contacts.”

    For visitor Ms Sudrak Chambundabongse, Vice President – Merchandising, B2S Company Limited, this was her initial appearance at the fair. She was looking for trendy, high quality stationery and licensing products and was very satisfied with the quality of exhibitors, commenting: “It is a very international show and it has successfully gathered important industry players from around the world. Not only can I source my needs here, I can also meet competitors and know more about the market trends. I think Hong Kong International Stationary Fair is essential for the industry.”

    Also praising the quality of both exhibitors and products on display was another first-time buyer, Ms Joyce Chen, Manager of Jin Yuh Tarng in Taiwan, who primarily sourced DIY stationery and unique and personalised products. She said: “We particularly treasure the opportunity to meet face-to-face with various stationery suppliers worldwide, which has created many potential business leads for us. We would not hesitate to come back again for future editions of the show.”

    In addition to sourcing basic office equipment and supplies, visitor Mr Xu Yan, Director, Executive Brand of Office Depot (China), one of the world’s largest office supplies retailers from the US, was also interested in learning more about green and environmentally-friendly products. He said: “An increasing number of people are putting emphasis on products that are safe for their children, as well as the environment. Overall, I am particularly pleased with the business-matching service and was able to set over 20 appointments with potential suppliers. I look forward to the show’s future editions.”

    Popular fringe programme is a great benefit and exceeds expectations of key industry players
    Providing the latest information on market trends and industry news, the show’s fringe programme helps inform those making the business decisions. Mr Paul Poon, Head of Design at Ten Design Stationery, was a speaker for the seminar “Stationery Design Trends 2015”. He spoke with the aim of exploring the new design trends and helping participants better understand the Hong Kong stationery market, especially those industry members devoted to design and production.

    Speaking during the “Stationery – Traditional vs Digital” seminar, Mr Yasushi Inoue, Director and Senior Managing Officer, KOKUYO S&T Co Ltd discussed good design, high-end products and digitalisation. He noted: “The stationery market is challenging and so this seminar is very important to the industry as it provides a good platform for us to give ideas and solutions.”

    In attendance at the seminar was Ms Linda Zhao, Sales Manager at YiWu Good Joy Stationery Trading Firm. She commented: “The seminar is relevant to me because now it’s the digital and internet era, and I can learn from the experts which will help me plan better for our corporate sales strategy.”

    The next edition of Hong Kong International Stationery Fair will be held from 11 – 14 January 2016. For further information about the show, please visit
    (Messe Frankfurt)
    29.01.2015   Valmet-supplied OptiConcept M boardmaking line officially launched at SCG Paper's mill in Thailand     ( Company news )

    Company news SCG Paper's Valmet-supplied containerboard production line, PM 16, successfully came on stream on October 01, 2014, 11 days ahead of the targeted date, at the Siam Kraft Industry Ban Pong mill in Ratchaburi, Thailand. The official Inauguration Ceremony at the Ban Pong mill took place on January 23, 2015, with over 400 guests celebrating the new well performing production line.

    Photo: The Valmet OptiConcept M containerboard production line started up on October 01, 2014 for Siam Kraft Industry Co., Ltd. at the Ban Pong mill in Ratchaburi, Thailand.

    "PM 16 showcases the cutting edge technology of paper packaging manufacturing. It combines the world's latest technologies with SCG Paper's expertise, which means our company can now manufacture the products to meet the needs of customers in all and finer details," says Wichan Jitpukdee, Managing Director of Siam Kraft Industry.
    The new 7.25 m wide PM 16 is the third OptiConcept M -type containerboard production line already started up. Earlier two lines have been started-up for Liansheng Paper Industry and Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing in China. This SCG Paper's line has an annual production capacity of approximately 300,000 tonnes of high-quality 100% recycled fluting grades in the basis weight range of 90 to 150 g/m2.The design speed of the machine is 1,300 m/min.
    "Siam Kraft PM 16 is one of the most successful projects in South East Asia. It proves that Valmet can offer the very efficient technology in terms of energy consumption and operating cost reduction", says Pornpracha Wattanakijsiri, Head of South East Asia region, Valmet, Thailand.

    Energy efficient OptiConcept M board machine
    Valmet's delivery included a complete OptiConcept M boardmaking line from headbox to reel including an approach flow system, steam and condensate systems, surface size preparation and supply systems, a winder as well as machine clothing. In addition, Valmet provided an extended scope of supply implementation covering complete mill engineering, installation and supervision services related to commissioning, testing and start-up. Training services were also included in the delivery.
    The Siam Kraft PM 16 containerboard production line combines high productivity with low energy usage per produced ton of paper. The real-time energy consumption monitoring shows that the production line is performing as expected in energy efficiency. "One important driver for this project was to achieve the efficient energy consumption level, which means we could optimize the operating costs yet, remain competitive", says Sompob Witworrasakul, Director of Engineering Division, SCG Paper.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    28.01.2015   dMASTER™    ( Company news )

    Company news The most efficient dewatering performance on any paper machine is one of the main objectives for every papermaker. The newly patended IBS dMASTER™ is a revolutionary dewatering system that maximizes the dewatering performance in the fourdrinier section.
    (IBS Austria GmbH)
    28.01.2015   With Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100%, Antalis offers office customers optimum environmental and...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... print performance

    After a year of collaboration between Antalis, its suppliers and the Xerox® MCTC (Xerox® Media & Consumables Technology Center), Antalis is launching Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100%. The first Xerox® product to be launched by Antalis since the acquisition of the Xerox® DSE division in 2013.

    Produced from 100% post-consumer waste, the new premium recycled paper carries a 5-star rating under the Green Star System and also offers “100% performance guaranteed” having passed rigorous Xerox® performance tests. Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% aims to replace 3 existing Xerox® recycled product ranges - Xerox® Recycled Pure+, Xerox® Recycled Supreme and Xerox® Recycled Supreme+ - offering customers even stronger environmental credentials and a simplified choice of paper at no extra cost. Resellers will also benefit from reduced stock levels.

    The very best in recycled paper
    Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% is made exclusively from recycled materials, thus promoting eco-responsible behaviour and contributing to the reduction of CO2 emissions. Furthermore, it offers a superior whiteness level (CIE 150) comparable to that of top quality non-recycled office papers. This is achieved through meticulous waste paper selection and advanced recycling and cleaning procedures. The high level of whiteness makes Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% suitable for a wide array of use and day-to-day applications in an office environment just like its non-recycled counterparts.

    Guaranteed performance for customers
    Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% carries the Antalis “100% Performance Guaranteed” label which confirms that it has undergone rigorous testing by the Xerox® MCTC (Xerox® Media & Consumables Technology Center) bexerox-certified-259x194.JPGfore being deemed fit for service. Physical properties of the paper such as grammage, thickness, stiffness, formation, smoothness, whiteness, shade opacity and moisture content are checked to give the final product the best look and feel as well as to ensure print quality and runnability. The sheet structure and behaviour are also tested as all these properties can affect the paper’s print performance. Comprehensive mill inspections and testing of samples with Xerox® printers ensure that the paper produced is of consistently high quality.

    “After a year of arduous technical testing, we are very proud to launch such an exceptional recycled paper as our first new paper under the Xerox® brand,” explains Dan Turner, Product Manager, Antalis UK. “Xerox® Recycled Supreme 100% is the perfect choice for any office customer eager to adopt an environmentally-responsible paper sourcing policy, without compromising on quality. This paper delivers on both counts.”
    (Antalis Ltd)
    28.01.2015   PMT Italia S.p.A. to register Capital Increase with the Entry of China Paper Machinery Co.    ( Company news )

    Company news In April 2014 a promising technological and commercial agreement was signed between PMT Italia and China Paper Machinery Co. (SinoCPMC) as a result of the mutual interest of the two Companies for a strategic goal of common growth.
    The level of Excellence of PMT’s Technology and Capabilities has then recently been the reason for SinoCPMC to consolidate this Partnership entering as PMT’s Stockholder at the same time with PMT’s Capital
    Increase on January the 8th 2015.
    SinoCPMC, wholly owned by the Sinolight Group, after the acquisition of Sinolight Guotai Machinery Co. and the creation of the Hebei branch company, equipped with the most advanced machinery and management, intends to become “The leader of cutting-edge technology for Chinese paper machinery, the pioneer of advanced paper making machinery made in China and a national leading and international first class system integrator with ownership of key technology.”
    PMT Italia has been operating under this name since year 2000 and was, before this, the leading production facility in Europe for Beloit. PMT Italia owns the complete technology for various kinds of paper machines and the richest manufacturing, project management and service
    With the new Partnership and the Capital Increase PMT will be able to reinforce its Presence on the Global Paper Machinery Market, while the new Group will now take mutual advantage of the shared experience, technical skills, production facilities and commercial network in order
    to expand its business and become an even more relevant leading player with the worldwide supply of machinery and services for this industrial branch.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
    28.01.2015   emtec Electronic at Expo ACOTEPAC 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the South American „Expo ACOTEPAC 2015“ in Cali, Colombia. From February 25th until 27th, the company will be present at the exhibition together with Elof Hansson International AB.
    The technical equipment, which will be presented in Cali this time are the emtec EST12 Surface & Sizing Tester for characterizing the process relevant surface parameters of paper and board. Its application leads to the optimization of the production and converting processes to gain the best possible quality at the lowest possible costs.
    Additionally, emtec Electronic will present some measuring devices for the wet end area: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers in the suspension. In addition to the FPA, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    28.01.2015   ANDRITZ successfully starts up tissue machine with steel Yankee for Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... China

    International technology Group ANDRITZ has successfully completed start-up of the tissue machine with an 18-foot steel Yankee supplied to Zhejiang Jingxing Paper in Pinghu city, Zhejiang province, China.

    The PrimeLineST C8 machine, which is producing high quality facial wipes and toilet paper grades, has a design speed of 1,900 m/min and a paper width of 2.85 m.

    The steel Yankee with head insulation, in combination with a steam-heated hood, enables a high drying capacity at minimized energy costs. Start-up of a second ANDRITZ tissue machine for Zhejiang Jingxing Paper has been scheduled before the end of this year.
    (Andritz AG)
    27.01.2015   Halkali Kağit Karton - Turkey starts up 2 new PMT Headboxes    ( Company news )

    Company news The Turkish paper producer Halkali Kağit has very recently successfully started up two new ÆGO™STREAM S Headboxes on the PM2 of its Istanbul
    PM2 is about 4 m wide and produces Fluting, Test Liner in two layers in a
    basis weight range of 80 to 180 g/m2, from 100% waste paper, at a maximum
    operating speed of 870 m/min.
    The bottom layer ÆGO™STREAM S is equipped with smarpro dilution water
    system for the basis weight profiling.
    (PMT Italia S.p.A.)
    27.01.2015   IBIS to unveil new Smart-binder features at Hunkeler Innovation Days    ( Company news )

    Company news IBIS is delighted to announce its participation in the Hunkeler 'Innovation Days' (HID) exhibition at the Allmend fair and event centre in Lucerne,Switzerland, from 23-26 February 2015.

    At this important trade exhibition we will show the latest model IBIS Smart-binder SB-3 'Plus HS' on the Canon stand, running in-line with a high-speed continuous-feed inkjet printer and web cutter.

    Two innovative new Smart-binder features have been developed in response to customer demand to run variable-data jobs with booklet thickness (number of pages) continually changing. These will be shown for the first time at HID:

    1/ ASA-100 Automated Stitch Adjust system. This enables the Smart-binder stitcher to continually and automatically adjust the wire staples to perfectly suit the thickness of each booklet being stitched. This system has been created in response to our customer's needs to handle complex, variable-data jobs in which the number of pages in the booklets is constantly changing.

    2/ SBS-100 Sheet Buffer module. This will be installed in between the web cutter and the Smart-binder. The SBS-100 buffer receives printed sheets at a constant rate from the web cutter (defined by the printer speed of 127 m/min), store these sheets and feed them at variable rates into the Smart-binder depending on the number of sheets in each booklet. The SBS-100 enables very thin booklets (for example 8 pagers and even 4-page single sheets) to be mixed with thicker booklets while maintaining a constant, high printer web speed. It even allows the in-line Smart-binder to stop and restart if necessary without pausing the printing operation. This SBS-100 buffer module enables our customers to benefit from in-line finishing, without reducing the printing efficiency.

    t HID we will also demonstrate the Smart-binder SB-3's unique and patented ISG cold-glue process, as a high-quality binding alternative to wire stitching.

    Hunkeler Innovation Days 2015 is the leading event for 'trend-setters and technology leaders' who set the pace for the next stage of industry innovation. Visitors will experience highly efficient end-to-end workflows, from software to finished books, from idea to solution.

    The printing sector is changing at a rapid pace, and IBIS is delighted to demonstrate its latest innovations and be part of this internationally important show, together with thousands of experts and decision-makers.

    Our latest IBIS technical advances will further demonstrate how our customers can benefit from the economies and advantages of digital printing and finishing processes, for an increasing range of diverse client segments and applications.
    (IBIS Bindery Systems UK)
    27.01.2015   Vinke Display in Breda now operating under the name Schumacher Packaging & Display BV    ( Company news )

    Company news On course for growth in new sales markets

    The well-known specialist Vinke Display BV in Breda has changed its company name: with immediate effect, it will be known as Schumacher Packaging & Display BV. In June 2014, Vinke Display was taken over by the Schumacher Packaging Group. Vinke Display has long been a creative force for innovative displays, promotional packaging and shop decorations and, for both parties, this takeover represents a step forward in their growth strategy and new sales markets. The specialists in Breda will be able to bring their expertise to all customers and European markets currently serviced by the Schumacher Packaging Group. In turn, the acquisition of this new site means that the Schumacher Packaging Group has a new sales and logistics centre specifically for the Benelux area. Existing customers of the Breda company now have access not only to highly-attractive displays but also to the huge Schumacher Packaging portfolio of tailor-made packaging solutions in solid and corrugated cardboard.

    The new Schumacher Packaging site in Breda is already looking after the whole of the Netherlands as well as Belgium and its customers include a large number of major brand-name manufacturers in Europe such as Coca Cola, Ferrero and Procter & Gamble. Continuity in management has been assured; before the takeover, Luc Swaenen was a co-owner of Vinke Display and he continues in the role of Managing Director at Schumacher Packaging & Display BV. The most recent annual turnover figure for the Breda plant was in the region of EUR 10 million.

    “Being part of the ower-managed Schumacher Packaging Group means that we are significantly expanding our product portfolio and our range of services,” said Luc Swaenen. “This is a major step into the future for us.” In Breda, the emphasis will still be on display products. “Over the past 50 years, Vinke Display has worked hard to achieve a leading position in the Benelux display market,” he explained. “Now that we have merged to become Schumacher Packaging & Display BV, we can demonstrate that our abilities and our creativity extend much further than that.”

    For the Schumacher Packaging Group, the site at Breda will serve as both a sales and a logistics centre for the Benelux area, not least because it will give sales support to our new corrugated board plant in Greven, Germany, where Schumacher has built an ultra-modern plant directly next to Münster/Osnabrück Airport, with production commencing there in May 2014. By investing EUR 45 million in the Greven plant, the Schumacher Packaging Group has, from the very beginning, followed the principal strategic goal of facilitating the opening up of sales markets such as north-western Germany and Benelux.
    (Schumacher Packaging & Display BV)
    27.01.2015   emtec Electronic with a Workshop at the PaperWeek Canada 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Emtec Electronic GmbH will attend the Canadian „PaperWeek / PAPTAC 2015“ in Montréal in Canada. From February 02nd until 05th, emtec Electronic will be present at the exhibition at booth no. 03 together with Technidyne Corporation Canada. Beside the participation at the exhibition, emtec Electronic will give several presentations and demonstrations in a workshop.
    On Monday, the 02nd February, Mr. Stefan Rübesam will talk about the EST12 – Surface & Sizing Tester, which gives reliable and objective information about the surface sizing respectively hydrophoby and the surface pore structure to predict the behavior of paper and board during glueing, printing and coating processes. In comparison, he will explain when standard methods, like the Cobb or Bendtsen/Sheffield-Test come to their limit.
    Additionally on Monday, Stefan Rübesam from emtec will show how to use the measurement equipment for the wet end area to gain an optimal and efficient process control: the CAS Charge Analyzing System for determining the particle charge of filtrates and the FPA Fiber Potential Analyzer for measuring the Zeta Potential of fibers. Furthermore, emtec Electronic developed a new Online measuring device FPO – Fiber Zeta Potential Analyzer Online, which measures the Zeta Potential of fibers directly during the production process and delivers immediately reliable and necessary information concerning the dosing of chemicals to the pulp.
    The TSA Tissue Softness Analyzer is one of the technical equipment, which will be presented in Montréal this time. This device is used for the objective and reliable measurement of tissue properties as softness, smoothness respectively roughness and stiffness. Furthermore, these three parameters can be combined to the overall handfeel value. How the device is used for an efficient process optimization and an objective quality control will be explained by Mr. Alexander Grüner on Wednesday, 04th February.
    (emtec Electronic GmbH)
    27.01.2015   Take a unique chance to book your stand at PAP-FOR Russia 2016 at the special early-booking rate!     ( Company news )

    Company news The special offer is valid till 27 February 2015!

    Please fill in the application form and send it to

    PAP-FOR Russia 2016, XIV International Exhibition and Business Forum for pulp and paper, forestry, tissue, converting and packaging industries, will be held in ExpoForum (St.Petersburg, Russia) on 25–28 October 2016.
    PAP-FOR Russia is the key professional event in Eastern Europe covering the entire spectrum of the pulp and paper industry. In 2014 PAP-FOR Russia brought together over 250 exhibitors from 28 countries and almost 6,000 professional visitors.

    Benefit from the special participation terms and open the borderless opportunities of the vast Russian market with PAP-FOR Russia 2016!
    (Reed Expo Russia)
    27.01.2015   MWV and RockTenn Agree to Combination Creating a $16 Billion Global Packaging Leader     ( Company news )

    Company news -Two Industry Leaders to Create a Powerful Global Provider of Consumer and Corrugated Packaging Solutions
    -Combined Company Positioned to Generate Substantial Cash Flow to Deliver Superior Growth and Strong Shareholder Returns
    -Total Annual Synergies of $300 Million to be Achieved over Three Years
    -Expect to Maximize the Value of MWV’s Pension Surplus Through Plan Consolidation
    -Previously Announced Tax-Free Spin-off of MWV Specialty Chemicals to be Completed Post-Closing

    Photo: John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV

    Rock-Tenn Company (“RockTenn”) (NYSE:RKT) and MeadWestvaco Corporation (“MWV”) (NYSE:MWV) announced that they have entered into a definitive combination agreement to create a leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging (“NewCo”) in a transaction with a combined equity value of $16 billion. The combined company, to be named prior to closing, will have combined net sales of $15.7 billion and adjusted EBITDA of $2.9 billion, including the impact of $300 million in estimated annual synergies to be achieved over three years.

    Under the terms of the agreement, which has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies, MWV stockholders will receive 0.78 shares of NewCo for each share of MWV held. RockTenn shareholders will be entitled to elect to receive either (a) 1.00 shares of NewCo or (b) cash in an amount equal to the volume weighted average price of RockTenn common stock during a five-day period ending three trading days prior to closing for each share of RockTenn held. The cash and stock elections by RockTenn shareholders will be subject to proration such that the resulting ownership of NewCo will be approximately 50.1% by MWV shareholders and 49.9% by RockTenn shareholders, and based on the shares outstanding today, approximately 7% of RockTenn shares will receive cash in lieu of stock. This targeted ownership ratio of NewCo will facilitate the continued favorable tax attributes of the previously announced spin-off of MWV’s specialty chemicals business, which the parties intend to complete after the closing of the business combination.

    Steven C. Voorhees, chief executive officer of RockTenn, said, “This transaction brings together two highly complementary organizations to create a new, more powerful company with leadership positions in the global consumer and corrugated packaging markets. This is a terrific opportunity for shareholders, employees and customers of both companies, all of whom stand to benefit enormously from the combination. Importantly, our two companies are also an exceptional cultural fit, sharing a commitment to exceeding customer expectations and a focus on developing innovative packaging solutions. Planning for the integration of these two companies has already started and we expect to expeditiously realize the full value of cost synergies we have identified.”

    John A. Luke, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of MWV, said, “We are creating the leading global provider of consumer and corrugated packaging solutions – and generating significant value for both companies’ shareholders. This transaction is a logical step that is borne of our strategic progress and financial success, and it offers MWV shareholders both immediate value and the opportunity to participate in significant upside as the new company generates substantial growth from its market-focused global strategy.”

    Mr. Voorhees will serve as chief executive officer and president of the combined company, and Mr. Luke will become non-executive chairman of the board of directors. The board will be comprised of eight directors from RockTenn and six directors from MWV. Other key executives and their positions will be determined according to their strengths and will be named prior to closing. The combined company will maintain its principal executive offices in Richmond, Va., and will have operating offices in Norcross, Ga.

    The transaction requires the approval of shareholders of both MWV and RockTenn and is subject to receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions. Both parties target closing the transaction in the second calendar quarter of this year.

    In separate news releases, MWV and RockTenn both reported earnings for the most recent quarter ended December 31, 2014.

    Blackstone Advisory Partners L.P. served as financial adviser to RockTenn in the transaction and provided its board of directors a fairness opinion. Lazard has also provided a fairness opinion to RockTenn’s board of directors, as well as advice to the Company on certain matters related to the transaction. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP acted as RockTenn’s legal counsel.

    MWV’s financial advisers were BofA Merrill Lynch and Goldman, Sachs & Co. Greenhill has also provided a fairness opinion to MWV’s board of directors. Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz acted as MWV’s legal counsel.
    (MWV MeadWestvaco World Headquarters)
    27.01.2015   ANDRITZ to upgrade fiberline at Mondi Frantschach's pulp mill, Austria    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from the Mondi Group to upgrade the continuous cooking plant at the Frantschach mill in St. Gertraud, Austria. Start-up is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2015.

    ANDRITZ will convert the digester to its Downflow Lo-Solids cooking technology and add a TurboFeed chip pumping system to improve the feed to the digester as well as a vapor reboiler to further reduce odorous emissions. In the brownstock washing area, ANDRITZ will deliver a pressure diffuser washer.

    This upgrade is a follow-up order to the recovery boiler that was delivered by ANDRITZ and started up successfully in the Frantschach mill in 2013. Mondi’s investment will help to improve the use of resources and further increase the mill’s energy efficiency and competitiveness.
    (Andritz AG)
    26.01.2015   Suominen introduces FIBRELLA™ Lite Spunlace for hygiene markets    ( Company news )

    Company news Suominen, a leading global supplier of nonwovens, announces the launch of its new lightweight product FIBRELLA™ Lite Spunlace to its nonwoven offering, particularly targeted to the global hygiene market. Fibrella™ Lite nonwovens meet the exacting requirements for a light yet stretchable material with strength and elongation properties required in laminates for absorbent hygiene products in baby care and adult incontinence applications. Available in 25 gsm and 28 gsm configurations, Fibrella™ Lite offer versatility for combination ofmaterials using hot-melt, extrusion, heat and ultrasonic lamination. Its cloth-like, extremely soft feel, the breathability and skin-friendliness of Fibrella™ Lite make it an ideal element in laminates for hygiene products.

    Speaking at the launch of Fibrella™ Lite, Lynda Kelly, SVP Care Business Area, said “Suominen’s expansion into the hygiene business is one of the key elements of our growth strategy. Fibrella™ Lite is a perfect example of innovative application of technology to match traditionally incompatible nonwoven features like softness, strength and light weight together in one material.”

    “Fibrella™ Lite is a very important addition to our portfolio of hygiene products.Applicability for various lamination processes creates a broad range of end products making this new launch very attractive and exciting” concludes Marjo Kuisma, Product Manager for Hygiene market.
    (Suominen Corporation)
    26.01.2015   The Paper Bar from Thomas Pink & James Cropper    ( Company news )

    Company news A stylish bar has been produced using luxury papers from James Cropper

    James Cropper and heritage clothing brand, Thomas Pink joined forces to commission a stunning paper bar and set of paper drinking accessories, designed to stand as a centrepiece in the hallowed halls of London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) during the London Collections fashion event.

    Developed and built by Sam Robins of design studio, Flow Creation, the free-standing bar, made from two different weights of James Cropper’s White Kendal Manilla stock came complete with paper glasses, lamps and fine architectural detail to complement the historic setting. Constructed to stand at the heart of Thomas Pink’s, London-inspired Autumn/Winter 2015 collection launch on Saturday 10 January 2015, the collaboration called on the designer to evoke the crisp freshness of a new, white shirt while testing the qualities of the versatile paper stock.

    Following deliveries of 315gsm and 180gsm papers to his Blackpool studio, Robins combined manual hand-working and paper cut techniques with computerised design and cutting processes to develop the bar and drinking paraphernalia. As well as working with Thomas Pink’s commercial team and both event and lighting designers for his cues, he looked to the ICA itself for inspiration, noting detail from the Corinthian columns and ornate cornicing.

    Sam says: “Initially I was shocked by the size of the venue; it’s a really grand, imposing space. The bar has grown to 8.5 metres long as a result. Thomas Pink really let me develop the design and specifications with little intervention, simply asking that it did the job of allowing models to interact with it as an alternative to your usual catwalk fashion show. The paper has stood up to every test I have thrown at it, with heavier stock taking the burden of structural support and the lighter weight allowing for decorative elements. Many of the props are really quite large, but can stand without additional support.”

    As well as creating lemon slices, martini glasses and even a paper-framed, 3D artwork of the Thomas Pink logo, ‘cheeky fox’, Robins has incorporated LEDs and RGB lighting tape into hidden parts of the bar to ensure it responds to thematic changes during the show. The only structural concession required of the paper, to give models confidence in using the bar naturally, was an MDF sub-structure for surface strength and ballast. To close the event, gathered VIPs of the fashion industry and press were handed pink pens and invited to leave messages on the clean, white surface.

    Chris Brown, Commercial Director of James Cropper, said: “Our customers come to us for a product that is perfectly matched to their needs, and in this case our White Kendal Manilla was ideal for laser cutting as well as the purity of its colour. Kendal Manilla has become established as a benchmark in quality in the art, craft and stationery markets and has proved perfect for the intricate construction of this fun, visually stunning project.”

    The paper bar will be recycled following the press launch alongside the PINK Drink/James Cropper branded paper drinks cups used to serve cocktails at the event. The Kendal Manilla stock contains up to 40% reclaimed fibres from single-use drinks cups. The reclaimed pulp originates from James Cropper’s own, pioneering recycling plant, which sees the formerly unrecyclable waste material given a new lease of life.
    (James Cropper Speciality Papers Ltd)
    26.01.2015   Variably packaged    ( Company news )

    Company news With a variable packaging solution the packaging and display manufacturer DS Smith is setting new standards in the area of complexity reduction. From two virtually identical corrugated cardboard layouts three pieces of packaging of completely different sizes can be built. The clever structure is particularly ideal for online stores due to its versatility thanks to a clever construction. Products of many different sizes and quantities can be securely transported using this packaging concept.

    DS Smith realises variable shipping packaging
    With the intelligently constructed shipping packaging 'Variable' DS Smith has developed and implemented a packaging concept true to the motto 'The Power of Less', which, thanks to its flexibility, can fully meet the challenges of online retail. A packaging with a base and cover can be quickly created from just two slightly differing layouts. The opportunity to also create another separate packaging from each of the base and cover parts is particularly sophisticated.The result is three items of packaging of various formats that are optimally adjusted to individual product requirements.

    With the 'Variable' packaging concept the Full-Service-Packaging-Provider DS Smith has provided a customer with significantly reduced complexity: the previous 13 different packaging units were completely replaced by the two layouts. The therefore significantly minimised number of different items of packaging for various sizes optimised the customer's entire packaging process and ensured greater efficiency.
    (DS Smith Packaging Division)
    26.01.2015   Ence foresees strong increase in sales revenue by the appreciation of US$    ( Company news )

    Company news • Every 5 cent rise in US$ supposes to Ence an increase of turnover exceeding €15 million. The average exchange rate in 2014 stood at $ 1.329/€ compared to current $ 1.18/€

    Euro against US Dollar evolution is boosting sales revenue Ence - Energía y Celulosa. Operations in the global pulp sector are referenced in American currency, so the fall of the Euro is involving a strong increase in sales revenue of cellulose sold by Ence in international markets, which the company expects will impact in a significant profit improvement expected for 2015.

    It should be noted that for every 5 cent appreciation of the US$, sales revenue of Ence are increased by more than 15 million Euros, with an equivalent impact on the company profits. Strong fall of the Euro from an average price in 2014 of $ 1.329/€ to the current $ 1.18/€ suppose, therefore, an important boost for sales and results of Ence.

    Furthermore, it is important to mention that pulp prices are showing a good performance in recent months in Europe --Ence reference market--, with progressive improvement since last September and announced price increases to 770 dollars/ton. In addition, industry analysts expect during this year the strength of pulp prices, in view of the evolution of demand and the expected entry into operation of new production capacity.

    Ence will absorb the impact of energy reform on its results with the upcoming closure of the accounts for 2014, because of success of its recovery plan launched results last year, which will return Ence to benefits since the beginning of this year. The aforementioned appreciation of Dollar will be a significant improvement over earnings estimates made by the company.

    Ence Energía y Celulosa recently managed to close 2015 cellulose sales agreements for a volume of 930,000 tons, which ensures the company 100% of its sales target for this year. According to these figures Ence plans to maintain its export volume, which will be above 80% of its production. The company is the leading producer of eucalyptus pulp in Europe with a capacity of 930,000 tonnes/year and it is the second company by sales on the continent.
    (Grupo Empresarial ENCE S.A. Divisíon de Celulosa)
    26.01.2015   Valmet to supply key board machine solutions for Zhejiang Long Chen Paper in China    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Zhejiang Long Chen Paper with a new headbox, press section and sizer for its new PM7 containerboard machine to be located in the company's Dushan mill in Jiaxing City in China. The start-up of the machine is scheduled for 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Valmet's key technologies for containerboard
    Valmet's delivery for the new containerboard machine will include a new OptiFlo Fourdrinier headbox for improved product quality and increased productivity, a center-roll based OptiPress press section with modern shoe press technology for lighter basis weights, as well as a new OptiSizer Film sizing section utilizing film application.
    "In containerboard manufacturing, headbox, press section and sizer are key components in order to secure production quality. That's why also Long Chen chose Valmet to supply those parts for their PM7 machine," comments Kari Räisänen, Area Sales Director of Valmet.

    The 7250mm wide (wire) PM7 will produce containerboard grades at maximum speed of 900 m/min.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    26.01.2015   Mercian Labels installs world’s first Xeikon Cheetah    ( Company news )

    Company news UK label specialist plans to leverage Xeikon Cheetah to continue double-digit growth path

    Xeikon, an innovator in digital color printing technology, is pleased to announce the first installation of its breakthrough Xeikon Cheetah digital label press, just months after the dedicated label printing solution was announced. UK-based Mercian Labels is the world’s first pilot site of the Xeikon Cheetah and has chosen this innovative, high-speed press to help it continue its double-digit growth path. Xeikon Cheetah, the most productive five-color digital label press in its class, will be installed early February at Mercian Labels’ new factory in Staffordshire, and run alongside their existing Xeikon 3000 Series digital press; as well as hotfoiling, flexo and inkjet technologies for an exceptionally robust label manufacturing platform.

    Dr. Adrian Steele, Managing Director of Mercian Labels, comments: “We have chosen to adopt the latest generation of Xeikon digital label printing technology on the back of above-average growth in the digital part of our business, where we have run out of production capacity. Adding the Xeikon Cheetah will better position us for expected growth and we are confident the capacity to be quickly filled.”

    Prior to the investment, Mercian Labels thoroughly evaluated other potential options available on the market. “We looked at competitive technologies from liquid toner to UV inkjet as well as the latest offers from Xeikon dry toner,” says Steele. “Every investment has to have a ROI. We like to sweat our assets, regardless of whether they are software or hardware. We are in the business of making money – not just labels. Everything has to earn its keep, and we are convinced that the Xeikon Cheetah will definitely do just that.”

    Time and cost measurements
    “The advantages of the new press will be measurable in terms of speed and reduced running costs,” continues Steele. “As a result, we expect to take more market share from what is traditionally flexo territory as digital becomes more competitive on longer runs. What is compelling is that it will open up a larger share of the market for us. We will look closely at how digital can grasp even more jobs that used to be printed in flexo, thanks to the faster running speed and lower consumables cost. With increased capacity, the cost point also goes down. And with a genuinely different cost base to our competitors, we can improve competitiveness.”

    Mercian Labels is proud of its independence when it comes to software and the benchmark the company has set in the UK for three-day lead times. “Our mantra is speed and service,” says Steele. “This means we must be very informed about and accurate with our pricing, so we can offer the benefits of the best of both digital and UV flexo technologies to our customers. As a full service label printer we see both areas growing at a similar pace for different reasons; thus our strategy is to offer the best technology for every specific demand. Customers increasingly want to deal with one supplier for their custom packaging requirements, and not be forced to use multiple suppliers who only serve a narrow profile of work because they refuse to adopt the best of both digital and analogue worlds, and in different product areas such as cartons as well as labels. That is why we have already taken a small but significant step into digitally printed cartons, adding to our label business. This move has really connected with our customer base.”

    Confidence drives early adoption
    Also important to the investment was the strong relationship Mercian Labels has with Xeikon: "This is not the first time we have entered into an R&D agreement to be an early adopter,” Steele explains. “Our long-standing and successful relationship with Xeikon is key to us as a user. We understand the technology and strategy, and how it will benefit us in the future. We wouldn’t have embarked on being the first global Xeikon Cheetah user unless I had a high degree of confidence in the platform and the relationship to get any issues sorted out quickly. You have to have faith and confidence in the strategy of the company. We think we will get to full production capacity very early based on customer demand, our talented staff and our very productive relationship with the digital printing experts at Xeikon.”

    Supporting future growth
    The investment fully supports Mercian Labels’ expansion following growing demand for its digital and security labelling products. Previously based in a 6.000sq ft. site in Cannock, the company’s new 24.000sq ft. factory in Staffordshire represents a significant increase in capacity. Now spread over two sites, with 50 staff and 31.000sq ft. of label and carton manufacturing capacity, the £3.4m turnover firm has a customer base of approximately 9.000 and is acquiring around 40 new customers a month. “We have experienced seven consecutive years of double-digit growth and see our future growth coming from various combinations of product innovation, market share and acquisitions. We formally completed our merger of AC Labels in Derby into the core Mercian Labels business at the end of last year and remain acquisitive,” states Steele. “The Xeikon Cheetah will solve a number of headaches for us and it can count on a very warm welcome to the Mercian family by both our production and sales teams.”

    Filip Weymans, Xeikon’s Director Segment Marketing Labels & Packaging, concludes: “The Xeikon Cheetah represents the most important advancement in the digital label market in 15 years, and we are delighted that innovative operations like Mercian Labels are adopting its cutting-edge technology. Its unrivalled speed can deliver a previously unattainable mix of speed, quality and efficiency that will enable our customers to stand out from their competition.”

    To showcase the new Xeikon Cheetah, Mercian Labels and Xeikon will be holding an exclusive preview event at the Mercian Labels premises in Burntwood, Staffordshire. This two-day event will take place in the afternoon of February 24th, one day before the Packaging Innovation show at Birmingham NEC; and in the afternoon of February 25th, the first day of the Easyfairs show.
    (Xeikon Manufacturing NV)
    23.01.2015   Glatz: Sale of Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. to delfortgroup    ( Company news )

    Company news We would like to inform you that we have sold our factory Glatz Finepaper Co. Ltd. in Vietnam to Austrian-based delfortgroup on December 16th, 2014.
    The current, rapidly changing market for standard tobacco papers results in increasing price-declines, especially in Asia. Our long-term strategic goal has always been to focus on our core competencies, which includes high quality cigarette and plugwrap papers but has also been especially on Tipping Base papers and LIP-papers.
    We will continue to produce high-quality tobacco papers (CP and PWP) in Germany as we currently do and we will strive to strengthen our capabilities on Tipping Base- and LIP-papers by focusing our future R&D efforts on these two product groups as well as our production sites in Germany.
    We are looking forward to continue our close relationship with you in all matters and are well prepared to continue our global supply of all kinds of products out of Germany as requested.
    (Julius Glatz GmbH Papierfabriken Neidenfels)
    23.01.2015   TENCEL® - first medically tested fiber    ( Company news )

    Company news The Lenzing Lyocell fiber TENCEL® is the first fiber to be medically tested according to the FKT test method criteria for body compatibility and toxic substances.

    Photo from left to right: R. Van de Kerkhoff; S. Jary; M. Doser

    The Lyocell fiber TENCEL® stands for skin-sensory properties in many products. Particularly in the home textiles market, these properties are essential in bed linens when it comes to the end consumer’s buying decision. Textiles which come into contact with the skin should satisfy the highest standards. Lenzing has taken the first important step with this test by KFT, the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien e.V. Thus TENCEL® is the first fiber which may use the FKT label “MEDICALLY TESTED – TESTED FOR TOXINS”. “Sleep is critical to good health,” Dr. Susanne Jary, Director Home & Interiors at Lenzing, explains. “A medically proven starting material such as the TENCEL® fiber promotes good health. Above all, bed linens which are mostly in direct contact with the skin can make a major contribution towards general well-being,” Jary continues. “For this reason, it is extremely important to us that our fiber satisfies the criteria of the FKT label and is thus a pre-requisite for health-friendly home textiles.”

    Cooperation with FKT to promote body compatible textiles.
    ”Cooperation with Lenzing is an important step to establish the FKT label in the textile industry,” Prof. Dr. Michael Doser, Board Member of the Fördergemeinschaft Körperverträgliche Textilien, explains. “The FKT label is a reliable quality characteristic for strictly scientific and independently tested textiles,” he says. FKT awards the label “MEDICALLY TESTED - TESTED FOR TOXINS” which is a reliable quality label for textiles that don’t release any chemicals that may irritate the skin or damage a person’s health.

    This unique combination of tests for harmful substances and for sensitive effect-based body compatibility provides double tested safety. The manufacturers of high-quality textiles use this scientific certification to verify their quality standards and build a high degree of confidence with their end customers. These high-quality testing standards ensure that the TENCEL® fiber meets the strictest skin compatibility tests in line with the approval criteria for medical devices. This generates trust and transparency in and for the end consumer and offers considerable influence when it comes to the decision to buy the textile.

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