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    10.07.2015   PAPER ARABIA 2015    ( Company news )

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Steve Binnie, CEO of Sappi Limited, said "Looking to the future, Sappi is targeting strong growth from new business opportunities related to energy, nanocellulose and bio products including lignin and sugars. This expansion is an important vote of confidence in our joint venture with Borregaard and the global competitiveness of South Africa-based LignoTech."
    (Borregaard Chemcell)
    10.07.2015   DS Smith invests in latest Sheetfeeding technology    ( Company news )

    Company news State-of-the-art corrugator raises quality for customers. DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division has made a major investment within its Sheetfeeding business.

    The £12m development officially opened on June 24 at the company’s Blunham site and sees existing machinery replaced with a new state-of-the-art corrugator, the installation of high-tech materials handling lines and a complete refurbishment of the premises.

    DS Smith’s Sheet Plant customers will benefit from more consistent quality, very short lead times and a comprehensive range of board grades.

    Adrian Swindells, Sheetfeeding Managing Director for DS Smith, emphasised the company is committed to early adoption of leading edge equipment to meet ever increasing customer quality and service needs.

    “Not only do we want to invest in the very latest technology and working practices, we want to ensure DS Smith’s proposition is future-proof as our customers’ requirements evolve,” he said.

    “As early adopters we drive change, ensure best practice and offer a complete turnkey solution like no other in our field. It’s what our customers expect from a company of our breadth and scale.”

    DS Smith packaging division has been at the forefront of the Sheetfeeding market for more than 35 years and the installation of this 2.8m corrugator is intended to lead the industry.

    Gareth Jenkins, Managing Director of DS Smith’s Packaging Division, added: “With this investment in the latest corrugator and materials handling equipment, we take another step in our £100m UK investment programme. Apart from the obvious quality benefit, the automated stock and planning systems make us more agile, offering customers greater security of supply. As a business, DS Smith strives for operational excellence and part of this is to become the best Sheetfeeder in Europe.”
    (DS Smith Packaging Group)
    09.07.2015   Catalyst announces appointment of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper Corporation (TSX:CYT) announced the appointment of Frank C. De Costanzo as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

    A seasoned treasury and finance executive with significant experience and banking relationships across the globe, Mr. De Costanzo joins Catalyst from Kinross Gold Corporation, one of the world’s largest gold mining companies, where he has served as Vice President and Global Treasurer since 2010.

    Prior to Kinross, he held a progression of senior financial roles with Pitney Bowes Inc., The Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, Ltd. and Union Bank of Switzerland AG in North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. De Costanzo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance and a Master of Business of Administration degree.

    “I am very pleased to welcome Mr. De Costanzo to Catalyst,” said Joe Nemeth, President and Chief Executive Officer. “His depth of finance and treasury experience, combined with his extensive global relationships, and proven success at large and complex businesses will serve Catalyst well.”

    Frank will join Catalyst on July 20th, 2015.
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    09.07.2015   CHAMELEONbyOMETTM: the future of Tissue customized and printed on-demand     ( Company news )

    Company news Digital inkjet printing completes OMET machine range for tissue converting and realizes the dream of printing short runs of disposable products with variable graphics and data.

    The Open House that OMET organized on June 22-26 in Lecco during iT’s tissue 2015 was the world Premiere of new technologically advanced modular units. Among these, CHAMELEONbyOMETTM, digital printing 4-color inkjet group.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM implies a change of perspective for the manufacturer of napkins and place mats about what you can print and the criteria of customization of the final product. Thanks to the possibility to insert, in fact, variable data and different graphics for each folded napkin or for groups of napkins, the product acquires uniqueness, ‘speaks’ a plurality of languages, and is transformed, according to uses, in a piece of communication or in an object of worship.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM is a ‘direct-print’ system in which a computer installed on the machine receives the variable graphic files and processes them according to precise parameters set by the operator. The digital printing group CHAMELEONbyOMETTM can print any type of image in high-resolution from a digital file. Through it, you can print napkins made to impress as the daily menu of a restaurant - ... and do it every day!, - enter a unique data as a proper name on a single towel alternately with other names, print a prize contest on a place mat that will be used for a week ...and the next week propose an entirely different release.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM extends any product portfolio and concretizes the possibility of on-demand short-runs printing with an extra selling point for the tissue converter: the customization of printed tissue products. The enhanced operational flexibility and modularity of OMET machines for tissue converting, designed to speed up the changeover and reduce waste, fit perfectly with the market approach promoted by the new digital group.

    CHAMELEONbyOMETTM; not only makes costs rationalization possible for short runs printing and reduces time and cost of changeovers, but is a marketing tool that allows you to really make the difference in the market with infinite solutions and innovative ideas!
    (Omet S.r.l.)
    09.07.2015   Munksjö invests in a new storage centre at its specialty paper mill in Rottersac, France, to ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... further improve customer service

    Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced paper products, steps up
    initiatives to support activities of its Rottersac Mill, France: investment in a totally new storage centre, improvement of production equipment and implementation of a customer service centre for Europe.

    Photo: Implementation of a new European customer service centre at the Rottersac Mill, located in the South West, France, for the Graphics and Packaging business area.

    The company has announced an investment project in the building of a totally new 9,100 m² storage centre. Almost all output is to be stored on-site. This investment will ease logistic flows, reduce carbon foot print and enable a better quality control of packaging, leading to a better service to our customers. The new facility will be ready in 2016.

    The Group also invested in 2014 in the mill production assets through new equipment combining two coating surface devices (size press and film press).
    This state-of-the art technology enables a specific coating on the two sides of the paper, opening new possibilities for new product development. For instance, it allows for a better paper quality or specific functionalities to meet the increasingly demanding market expectations.

    The new European customer service centre will strengthen Munksjö's
    competitiveness by grouping sales support to one hub per Business Area, and for Graphics and Packaging it will be located at the Rottersac Mill close to the production. This new organisation will enable flexibility in resources and teams enabling even better customer service.

    "These initiatives and investments translate the willingness of the Group to support activities and dynamism of the Rottersac Mill. Developing new products, improving quality and customer service are vital to maintain a leading market position in a very competitive environment." comments Thierry Chassagne, Rottersac Mill Manager.

    The Rottersac Mill employs approximately 200 employees and is part of the Business Area Graphics and Packaging. This production site is specialized in the manufacturing of specialty papers for food and non-food flexible packaging, repositionable notes, envelop windows and other industrial applications. In everyday life, these papers are for instance used for baking, packaging of sweets or cheese, to name a few. The site is certified according to ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007, FSC® and PEFC Chain-of-Custody.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
    09.07.2015   New brand identity underscores Heidelberg's strategic reorientation    ( Company news )

    Company news -Portfolio consistently geared towards today’s and tomorrow’s customer needs
    -Unique, color-coded identity for each of the core areas – Services, Equipment and Consumables
    -New brand identity unveiled at the launch for Print Media Center Commercial marks the start of the run-up to the drupa trade show

    Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is associated with the printing industry like no other company in the sector. For generations, the company has shaped the industry to make a success of printed communication in all its different forms. To maintain its position as the most reliable partner in the printing industry, Heidelberg has undergone extensive strategic development and systematically adapted its portfolio to today’s and tomorrow’s customer needs and requirements. The company is underlining this reorientation with the launch of a new brand identity.

    This development at Heidelberg will help customers remain successful in a changing market environment – to ensure lasting profitability, customers need a comprehensive and tailored package of services geared toward effective and reliable production processes, the right equipment for cost-effective investment, and exceptionally easy access to all tried and tested consumables.

    The new brand identity reinforces the customer benefits that Heidelberg is offering through its all-inclusive portfolio of digital and offset printing, workflows, consumables, and services. The focus is no longer simply on equipment, but on the integrated overall process and all the requisite components.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH)
    09.07.2015   Appleton Coated Announces Sales Partnership with New Leaf Paper for Reincarnation ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Coated Paper Line

    Appleton Coated®
    has entered into an agreement with New Leaf Paper® to market and sell Reincarnation®, a coated paper line made from 100% post-consumer recovered fiber (PCRF).

    Darin Dodd, Appleton Coated’s vice president commercial sales, explains, “Appleton Coated has been manufacturing Reincarnation for our customer New Leaf Paper (NLP) for over three years. Our two companies felt that the combined strength of our sales teams and merchant relationships made for a natural fit.” Dodd continues, “Reincarnation is the industry-leading sustainable coated paper. The fact that we can sell it in addition to making it really adds value and choice to our offering of sustainable papers.”

    New Leaf Paper CEO Joe Fanelli comments, “We are very pleased. We have a great relationship with Appleton Coated that now extends into a sales partnership on our Reincarnation brand – this will benefit all brand-owners, printers, and creatives looking for the most sustainable choice in coated papers.”

    Made in the USA at Appleton Coated’s mill, New Leaf Reincarnation is the paper of choice for some of North America’s leading environmentally-aware brands. It is 100% PCRF coated paper with all fiber sourced within 100 miles of our mill, further reducing its environmental impact. It offers Forest Stewardship Council® certification (FSC® C007796). It is process chlorine free, pH neutral and archival. It is Lacey Act compliant, and 100% of the electricity used to manufacture it is offset with Green-e® certified renewable energy certificates (RECS). With 93 (GE) brightness and state-of-the-art coating technology it is the perfect combination of high quality, consistency, and sustainability. Reincarnation is offered in Matte, Dull, and Gloss finishes in a wide range of text and cover basis weights.
    (Appleton Coated LLC)
    09.07.2015   Production of paper and board in Europe in full transformation    ( Company news )

    Company news The Confederation of European Paper Industries (CEPI) released its 2014 Key Statistics, giving a clear picture of the industry’s performance last year. The report includes data about production, consumption and the trade of pulp, paper and raw materials, as well as data on energy and environment. It shows an industry in full transformation, with the growth in output in the packaging sector and a more modest increase in hygiene paper production more than balancing out the continuous decline in the output of graphic paper. Here are the main highlights of the report:

    - The production of paper and board in Europe decreased by 0.2% in 2014 compared to the previous year, after a cumulative decline of 4% between 2010 and 2013. It is now established at 91.1 million tonnes.

    - Paper and board consumption rose by 0.9% compared to 2013 and totalled 77.1 million tonnes. This increase is particularly important because it comes after three consecutive years of decline. The EU28 and the euro area recovered in 2014, with the annual GDP thought to have increased by respectively 1.3% and 0.8% (source: Eurostat). This was reflected in the demand for paper.

    - Graphic grades represented 40.5% of all paper and board produced in Europe, packaging grades 47.5%, sanitary and household papers 7.7% and speciality grades 4.3%.

    - Paper and board exports to countries outside CEPI dropped, causing concern, whilst imports rose, resulting in a slightly negative trade balance impact. However, CEPI countries maintained an overall positive trade balance in paper (exports exceeding imports) of 14.0 million tonnes in 2014 (14.8 million tonnes in 2013).

    - Market pulp production fell by 1.4% compared to 2013, with an output of 13.2 million tonnes.
    (CEPI aisbl)
    09.07.2015   European legislation opens up an opportunity for paper carrier bags    ( Company news )

    Company news The European Parliament has voted in favour of an amendment to the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. This new legislation, which is designed to regulate plastic carrier bags less than 50 μm thick, opens up a great opportunity for paper carrier bags.
    The legislation gives national governments two ways to implement the regulation: they can either reduce consumption to 90 plastic carrier bags per citizen/year by 2019 and 40 bags/year by 2025 or introduce a mandatory charge for shoppers by 2018. Today, every EU citizen uses about 198 plastic carrier bags/year.

    The aim of this new legislation is to reduce plastic waste in our environment. Every year, more than 8 billion plastic bags end up as litter in Europe*. Littering of plastic carrier bags leads to a widespread problem of rubbish in water bodies, threatening aquatic ecosystems worldwide. Furthermore, littering of plastic carrier bags is an inefficient use of resources since they are made from fossil raw materials.

    As an alternative, paper carrier bags have some exceptional environmental credentials that no other bag types have: they are natural, biodegradable and recyclable, come from an infinitely renewable resource and are produced in a sustainable manner. Paper carrier bags are strong, have excellent printability, can have either a glossy or a smooth surface and have very good stiffness to keep the packed goods safe.

    Paper carrier bag producers are now preparing for increased demand for their products when fossil-based plastic bags in supermarkets and other shops have to be replaced.
    08.07.2015   Bordeaux Partners with Ultimatum Engineering    ( Company news )

    Company news Ultimatum, a UK based Sign and Digital ink distributer provider for UV curable flatbed printers and Bordeaux Digital PrintInk, an industry leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing high quality original inks and coatings for every inkjet technology and majority of applications, announced new partnership agreement. Ultimatum will be offering its customers Bordeaux UV & UV LED inks for a variety of printers, specifically for Oce' Arizona® and Fujifilm Acuity®.
    Bordeaux is thrilled to cooperate with ultimatum in the UK market. "Ultimatum Inkjet Support Ltd with its outstanding recognized service reputation in the UK and Bordeaux Digital Print Ink have formed an alliance to bring a greater experience to Oce Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity owners” Says Eddie Tucker, managing director at Ultimatum Engineering. Furthermore, "Ultimatum Inkjet Support continues to Expand its Oce Arizona and Fujifilm Acuity community, with a huge list of Bordeaux converted machines customers that are ready to share their experiences of this unity".
    (Bordeaux Digital PrintInk Ltd)
    08.07.2015   Mitsubishi HiTec Paper adjusts prices in response to sustained cost increases     ( Company news )

    Company news Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Mustertextzuaktivieren, the Bielefeld manufacturer
    of coated speciality papers, is increasing prices further for its whole product range as a result of constantly rising costs, particularly of raw materials.
    The global price increase of 8% applies to all products and takes effect for deliveries from 1 September 2015.
    Customers will be contacted directly by a representative of the Mitsubishi sales team.
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
    08.07.2015   Katri Sundström appointed VP, Investor Relations in Metsä Board    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation has appointed Katri Sundström (M.Soc.Sc.) as VP, Investor Relations as of 1 September 2015. Sundström joins Metsä Board from the position of Head of Investor Relations at Lemminkäinen Corporation.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
    08.07.2015   Fiskeby: New/old logistics solution for the United Kingdom    ( Company news )

    Company news The UK has long been one of Fiskeby's largest and most important markets. Most of the cartonboard sent from Fiskeby to the United Kingdom is shipped by sea.

    The shipping company SUN Line operated by Thor Shipping & Transport is responsible for Fiskeby’s shipping. From March 2015, departures have taken place from Oxelösund and Västerås twice a week compared with the previous once per week

    - The advantages of this logistics solution are several, says Bo Karlsson, Logistics Manager at Fiskeby. Cost-wise transportation by sea is very competitive when compared to transport by road. In addition there are environmental aspects. Sea transport is an environmentally better option than transportation by truck. In 2015, this has become even more pronounced when new rules designed to reduce sulphur emissions by marine transportation are being introduced in Northern Europe.

    The staff at Fiskeby´s UK Office in Aylesbury have been very pleased with the implementation of this change to the logistics solution.
    - The transition to Thor Shipping has gone smoothly, says Peter Beckwith, Sales Manager Western Europe. Having the UK warehouse has enabled the growth and positioning of Fiskeby as a major supplier to the UK converting market. The Hull warehouse has always enabled us to store customers' material ready for a prompt delivery.
    (Fiskeby Board AB)
    08.07.2015   SCA launches GraphoStyle – a high quality LWC publication paper     ( Company news )

    Company news SCA has developed a high bulk LWC paper called GraphoStyle. Its printability is on a par with exclusive magazines, it creates volume and has one of the best environmental profiles in the market.

    GraphoStyle is a matt, bright and bulky (feels thicker) LWC paper. This gives it an exclusive magazine feel, even for printed materials with lower page counts. It is also suitable for smaller runs.

    GraphoStyle offers great value for both readers and advertisers. They benefit from using paper with a higher bulk, giving the printed material a high-class feel and appearance.

    “There has been a clear increase in the demand for bulky paper with high brightness in Europe, while paper that has an easily-readable matt surface is also proof of environmental values,” says Ulf Edman, Marketing Director for SCA Ortviken’s publication paper.

    GraphoStyle has a higher brightness, providing good contrasts and vibrant colours in images. Higher bulk also enables paper buyers to reduce the grammage, saving money in both purchasing and distribution. GraphoStyle has been developed to compete with higher bulk papers used in advertising and magazines.

    “Over the past few years, SCA Ortviken has launched products based on customer needs that are profitable to produce. GraphoInvent is an uncoated, bulky paper for newspapers, magazines and advertising. GraphoInvent has captured a high market share in a short period of time. We then launched the easily-readable coated paper GraphoSilk – we are selling high volumes of this paper. With GraphoStyle we want to give customers an extraordinary paper that meets the needs that we are currently seeing,” continues Ulf Edman.
    (SCA Graphic Sundsvall AB)
    08.07.2015   Invitation to visit 12th Paperex 2015, World's Largest Paper Show    ( Company news )

    Company news Plan your visit at 12th edition of Paperex 2015, World’s Largest Paper Show, scheduled during Nov 1-4, 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, INDIA.

    PAPEREX is the only comprehensive business platform serving the paper industry and has established itself as a “Business Festival of the Paper Industry” for Best Sourcing, Technology & Knowledge Transfer, Joint Ventures, and Investments across the globe

    Paperex 2015 has received an over whelming response from world over and now became the World’s Largest Paper Show with expected presence of 600 + leading Exhibitors from 28+ countries and trade visitors from 60 + countries. The four day concurrent international conference on "Pulp & Paper Industry: Innovations - Need of the Hour" is also being organized by IARPMA .

    This year 1st Tissueex 2015, has also been planned along with Paperex 2015. This will be the only business event of its kind on Tissue Paper, Machinery and Technologies in the country.

    This Global business platform will contact you with the best of the Paper, Tissue and allied industry for
    --Specialty Papers:- Printing Paper, Newsprint , Kraft Paper, Graphic paper , paper board etc
    --Tissue Paper- Product, Machinery, Technology, etc at Tissueex 2015
    --Paper Mill Plant & Machinery. New and used paper machinery, converting machinery
    --New Technologies:- Automation & Instrumentations, Quality & Process Control, Surface Coating, and many more..
    --Packaging machinery and material
    --Latest Equipment & Accessories:- Rolls, Bearings, Blade & Knife, Pumps & System, etc.
    --Raw Materials:- Pulp, Waste Paper, Specialty Chemicals, Mineral & pigments, etc
    --Networking with industry: - through major paper Industry associations
    --And many more..

    As the visitor registration is now open, we are requesting you to plan your visit for this business festival of the Paper and Tissue Industry.

    You as a trade visitor will be the most important part of the event and witness the latest technology and innovation in the industry to support your business objectives.
    (International Trade and Exhibitions India Pvt Ltd)
    08.07.2015   Valmet delivers white liquor handling system to BillerudKorsnäs's pulp mill in Skärblacka, Sweden    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will deliver a white liquor handling system to BillerudKorsnäs's pulp mill in Skärblacka, Sweden. The start-up of the rebuilt plant is planned in June 2016.

    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received and the value of the order will not be disclosed.

    "Previously Valmet has delivered a recovery boiler rebuild and a new evaporation plant to the Skärblacka mill. This upgrade will enable a production capacity increase, as existing equipment has become too small and is in a need of extensive maintenance," says Thomas Malmqvist, Sales Manager Pulp and Energy, from Valmet.

    Details about the delivery
    The new equipment that Valmet will install are a white liquor filter of type PDW and a causticizer tank. The white liquor filter produces a clear white liquor which increases the efficiency and availability in the pulping process. The separation of white liquor from lime mud is done by pressure filtration. After the rebuild the white liquor plant will have a capacity of 5 200 m3 per day.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    08.07.2015   Asahi Photoproducts Appoints New UK Branch Manager    ( Company news )

    Company news Paul Chant tasked with continued growth and expansion within the UK flexographic market

    Picture: Akiro Kato, MD Asahi Photoproducts Europe (right) welcomes Paul Chant (left) to the company

    Asahi Photoproducts, a pioneer in flexographic photopolymer plate development, announced the appointment of Mr. Paul Chant as UK Branch Manager.

    Chant joins the business at a time when Asahi Photoproducts is experiencing growth and expansion within the UK Flexographic market. He brings 28 years of experience from within the industry, having worked in the label, flexible packaging and reprographic sectors at senior manager and director levels. Chant previously worked for Asahi in a technical sales support role and now rejoins the company with responsibility for the entire UK business.

    Chant comments, “I am delighted to be back with the company at such an exciting time. It is clear that recent appointments to the UK-based technical support team have really strengthened the business unit and have played a major role in recent growth and success. The A.Q.U.A. service is a clear differentiator, and combined with market leading products, places Asahi in a very strong position for future success. I am looking forward to further developing our relationships with both new and existing clients.”

    The A.Q.U.A. (Asahi Quality Universal Assurance) service was launched in 2014 and is a critical element of Asahi’s market-leading technical support. Asahi’s enthusiastic team of experienced technical support staff works on site in close cooperation with printers, collecting valuable print characteristic data through quality audits ensuring optimum plate performance and stability as well as effective maintenance of equipment.

    “We are delighted to have Paul back in the fold,” says Akiro Kato, Managing Director of Asahi Photoproducts Europe. “He brings with him an exceptional level of industry knowledge and expertise that will serve both us and our clients extremely well. He is a welcome addition to the team.”

    For more information on Asahi Photopolymer Plate Solutions please contact Asahi Photoproducts UK Ltd. on Tel. +44 01277 232877 or Email: or visit us at
    (Asahi Photoproducts (UK) Ltd)
    08.07.2015   Munksjö to present new release and label papers at LabelExpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, a world-leading manufacturer of advanced papers products, will present new additions to its range of release papers for silicone coating, as well as a new range of specialty face-stock label papers, while exhibiting at LabelExpo Europe in Brussels, Belgium, from 29 September to 2 October. The company will also showcase its collaboration with RecuLiner in the field of recycling of silicone coated release papers.

    Based on the company's patented1) technology, Munksjö’s range of supercalendered release papers comprises Acti-V® grades for PSA labelstock applications and Acti-V® Industrial grades for double side silicone coating, for technical release liner applications such as Tapes, Medical or Composites.

    Acti-V® has gained considerable success thanks to its unique benefits: silicone curing requires less catalyst (platinum) and energy, while silicone anchorage is stronger and more durable, even in challenging environmental conditions.

    Acti-V XB, Munksjö’s newest addition to its release papers offering, combines Acti-V® consolidated performances with new benefits. The product’s enhanced surface treatment provides an extra barrier that improves silicone hold-out, with the result of a brighter stain test of siliconized liner at equal amounts of silicone. Alternatively, the same stain test results can be achieved with a lower silicone coat-weight.

    Beyond release liners, Munksjö will also present Adercote™, a complete range of specialty papers dedicated to high-end PSA applications such as vegetal oil, wine & spirits or pharmaceutical labels. Ranging from calendered to one-side coated papers, the offering delivers a variety of properties for the most demanding requirements: excellent grease resistance, optimum opacity and high printing results, to name a few. Munksjö will also demonstrate creative design effects being explored through
    special offline surface coating.

    To support sustainable end-of-life for paper release liners, Munksjö will showcase the innovative option for recycling silicone coated paper into Cellulose Fiber Insulation (CFI), thanks to the collaboration with Belgian company RecuLiner. The patented technology developed by RecuLiner allows transforming silicone coated release paper waste into a natural, high performance material for use in thermal and sound insulation of buildings.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
    07.07.2015   DS Smith tests standing desks for ultimate office performance    ( Company news )

    Company news Innovative corrugated board desk developed by packaging experts

    DS Smith’s UK Packaging Division has created a prototype standing desk made entirely from corrugated board. The desk was produced for a member of staff who was interested in making lifestyle changes in response to a specific health need.

    Commercially available standing desk solutions can be expensive – costing anything up to £3,000 a time. However one DS Smith employee thought that the engineering skills and innovative materials at the heart of the company’s packaging operation could produce something that was just as effective at significantly lower cost.

    After a few initial prototypes the design team produced an entirely free standing desk made from corrugated board, that is strong enough to support a computer and all the technology and paperwork that normally sit on a desk. Being made from corrugated board means it is also entirely sustainable and more cost effective than wooden or plastic alternatives.

    “This is a great example of the ongoing innovation that lies within our business – our teams have that same enthusiasm to help customers overcome challenges and to deliver continuous improvement for them,” said Tony Foster, Sales and Marketing Director, at DS Smith’s UK packaging division. “We innovate every day in every way, and it’s great to see this having a positive impact on our own teams as well as the wider industry.”

    The employee himself is delighted with the result, and he now uses the desk every day. He said: “It’s very practical and sturdy - it’s amazing what we can achieve when faced with a challenge!”

    Employee health and wellbeing is extremely important to DS Smith and this innovative prototype standing desk is just one way the business is supporting healthy lifestyle habits. Working with national charity Heart Research UK, the supply cycle specialist is also offering healthy heart checks at its 31 sites – from Livingston to Launceston - providing workers with the opportunity to have their blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI and waist measurements checked and ask questions about their lifestyle habits.
    (DS Smith Packaging)
    07.07.2015   WestRock Company Formed with Completion of Merger of MeadWestvaco and RockTenn    ( Company news )

    Company news WestRock Company (NYSE:WRK) announced that it has begun operations following the completion of the combination of MeadWestvaco Corporation and Rock-Tenn Company.

    Photo: Steve Voorhees, CEO, WestRock Company

    WestRock is one of the world's largest paper and packaging companies with $15 billion in annual revenue and 42,000 employees in 30 countries. The company aspires to be the premier partner and unrivaled provider of paper and packaging solutions in consumer and corrugated markets. It will support customers from approximately 275 operating and business locations around the world, including the most comprehensive substrate offering in the industry and a wide variety of packaging solutions for diverse end markets from food and beverage to personal care and healthcare.

    "We are excited about the opportunity we have to win together with our customers, suppliers, shareholders, employees and our communities—all of whom stand to benefit from our expertise in developing and delivering paper and packaging solutions around the world and our determination to exceed customer expectations" said Steve Voorhees, CEO, WestRock Company.

    WestRock will report third quarter earnings after the market close on July 29, 2015.
    (WestRock Company)
    07.07.2015   ALTANA Management Board Repositions Itself for the Future    ( Company news )

    Company news -Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (61) is going to retire and will hand over the chairmanship of the Management Board to longtime Management Board member Martin Babilas (43, photo) on January 1, 2016
    -Stefan Genten (46) will become ALTANA’s new Chief Financial Officer on August 1, 2015 

    The Supervisory Board of the specialty chemicals company ALTANA has appointed Martin Babilas (43) to become the Chief Executive Officer. On January 1, 2016, he will succeed Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber (61), who will retire. Martin Babilas has been the Chief Financial Officer of ALTANA AG since 2007. In November of last year, he took over additional responsibility of two of the company’s four divisions from Dr. Wolfgruber. Babilas has worked for ALTANA since 1998.

    “The generation change in the company’s management reflects sustainable corporate development, as well as the Group’s ability to change,” said Dr. Klaus-Jürgen Schmieder, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of ALTANA AG. “Under the leadership of Dr. Wolfgruber, ALTANA’s chemical business has developed extraordinarily successfully in the last 13 years while undergoing constant changes. We would like to express our sincere gratitude and great appreciation for him already today. As a longtime member of the Management Board, Martin Babilas has played a key role in the development of ALTANA’s strategy. We are convinced that he will continue to lead the company on this successful path.”

    The Supervisory Board has appointed Stefan Genten (46) as ALTANA’s new Chief Financial Officer as of August 1, 2015. Stefan Genten worked in various management capacities for the Grünenthal pharmaceutical group for 13 years, since 2005 as a member of the Corporate Executive Board and as the CFO. He was also in charge of operative functions, for example for the Latin American business, and as Group Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the last five years.

    “We are pleased to have attracted Stefan Genten, a proven leadership personality, to ALTANA,” said Dr. Schmieder about the new CFO. “He will provide us with new impetus and we will benefit from his many years of international experience.”

    On January 1, 2016, Martin Babilas will take over responsibility for Corporate Development/M&A, Human Resources, Corporate Communications and Internal Audit from Dr. Wolfgruber. On that same date, Dr. Christoph Schlünken (53) will assume responsibility for Innovation Management. Dr. Schlünken became a third member of ALTANA’s Management Board last November.
    (Altana AG)
    07.07.2015   Gould Paper Corporation Appoints Joseph Ryan As Executive Vice President North America and ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Michael Trachtenberg As Executive Vice President International

    Gould Paper Corporation announced the appointments of Joseph Ryan as Executive Vice President North America and Michael Trachtenberg as Executive Vice President International. In their new roles, both will continue to report to David H. Berkowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation.

    Mr. Ryan began his career with Unijax Paper in 1974. In 1986, after the acquisition of Unijax by Unisource, Mr. Ryan was promoted to numerous management positions until he was given the job of Region President – Unisource Southwest. In 1999, Mr. Ryan moved to the Mead Corporation as Sales Director for Merchant, Broker and Export Sales. Since 2010, Mr. Ryan has had responsibility for Gould’s Western BRW - Bosworth Paper operations in Texas and Missouri. Mr. Ryan will continue to work out of Western – BRW's facility in Carrollton, Texas.

    Mr. Trachtenberg was previously the President of Gould’s Metro Division in New York. In his new role, Mr. Trachtenberg will be responsible for all Price & Pierce operations in New York, Finland, Sweden, Holland, and Asia; as well as Gould UK and Gould France. Mr. Trachtenberg will be working out of the Gould UK office located in Leatherhead.

    Mr. Trachtenberg joined Gould Paper in 2007 and throughout his 28 years in the industry, has worked in various sales and senior management positions.
    (Gould Paper Corp.)
    07.07.2015   TheWall disperser filling from Voith: efficient fiber treatment due to a unique design    ( Company news )

    Company news TheWall is a new disperser filling from Voith that was developed to ensure an improved fiber treatment during a long service life. The design of TheWall is innovative and unique. It is made of an especially strong material and used by tissue, newsprint and magazine paper manufacturers as well as board and packaging paper producers. It can be integrated into all current Voith dispersers and in selected dispersers of other manufacturers.

    TheWall features three impressive innovations. Firstly, on the inner circle, the rotor vanes of TheWall ensure that the stock can be feeded uniformly to the distributing teeth. The new design also has a continuous functional barrier between the individual working edges of the filling. This prevents the stock from passing by untreated (short circuit flow) and gives the fine rows of teeth more stability. Another new feature is that the operating gap is adjustable in a wide range without impairing the efficiency of the disperser. Thus the energy input can be kept constant over the entire service life of the filling. At the same time, TheWall uses less energy than conventional disperser fillings while offering the same technological results.

    Around 25 test installations are now successfully operating in various paper mills, with several customers ordering TheWall even before completion of the test phase. They will use them as their standard equipment.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    07.07.2015   Smurfit Kappa win top European innovation award from Nestlé     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa was awarded the European Innovation Recognition Award for outstanding innovation proposals by Nestlé, the world’s leading nutrition, health and wellness company.

    The award is given for outstanding innovation proposals across Europe and is judged by internal teams at Nestlé on the basis of a series of solutions demonstrating innovation, proactivity and practicality.

    The awards mark a year of innovation at Smurfit Kappa. In June 2014, the company launched its new global brand strategy ‘Open the future’, designed to deliver customer growth through insights and innovation and to develop packaging solutions which drive business success.

    In April 2015, Smurfit Kappa launched its industry-leading Global Experience Centre, the flagship hub of a global network which harnesses local expertise to develop packaging solutions together with customers to maximise their business success. Based in Schiphol, Amsterdam, it is the largest paper-based packaging experience centre in the world.

    The centre was launched at Smurfit Kappa’s annual Innovation Event, which also saw the unveiling of Shelf Smart, a new concept to help customers like Nestlé develop the optimum shopper marketing solution in a risk-free environment, helping improve customers’ brand performance at the point-of-purchase.

    Mike, Drummond, VP Pan European Sales at Smurfit Kappa, says: “We are delighted to be recognised in this way by one of our most important customers with whom we have built genuine strategic engagement to deliver value across critical aspects of its business. It’s a perfect example of our ‘Open the future’ strategy in action, combining real insight, true innovation and operational excellence to create opportunities for our customers and their brands. It’s a real testament not only to our own teams, from innovation to design to logistics, but more importantly the team at Nestlé who have constantly embraced new thinking, ideas and innovations as we have built our partnership.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    07.07.2015   Don't miss your place at Paper Middle East Exhibition    ( Company news )

    Company news We cordially invite you to participate at Paper Middle East 2015 - The 7th International Exhibition for Paper, Board, Tissue, Printing & Packaging.

    The Exhibition covering the wide spectrum of Paper, Board, Tissue Paper, Hygiene Products, Packing, Packaging, Printing Industries.

    Date: October 22nd -24th , 2015
    Venue: Cairo International Convention Center (CICC), Cairo, Egypt
    Halls: 1,2,3

    Why Paper Middle East 2015? ... Because you will:
    -Meet face to face with Official Trade Missions and buyers hosted from African & Middle East countries
    -Three co-located industrial exhibitions to serve Paper – Tissue Paper – Packaging industries.
    -Target strategic opportunities in the Middle East& Africa the fastest growing market with higher return on foreign investments
    -Plan your marketing and sales strategy for the upcoming years
    -Enhance your corporate image, make your brand visible in the Middle East & Africa
    -Meet all paper industry market leaders
    -Launch and showcase new products and technologies
    -Evaluate your competitors' position in the Middle East & Africa
    -Manage your relationship with current overseas customers, agents, and distributers
    -Gain media exposure for your business in Africa & Middle East

    Participating Countries
    In addition to the Egyptian leading Companies, we are proud to host International Participation from: Belgium, Austria, Saudi Arabia, China, France, Jordan, Germany, Hong Kong, Greece, Italy, India, Lebanon, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, Turkey, and much more.
    (Nile Trade Fairs)
    06.07.2015   RACCOONbyOMETTM redefines washing of the printing section of tissue converting machines    ( Company news )

    Company news RACCOONbyOMETTM, washing system for plates, is among the many innovations that OMET presents at iT's Tissue 2015.

    RACCOONbyOMETTM is a newly developed washing system for flexo plates built in the machine. The water pumping in the pipes fully eliminates the processing waste with the objective to increase the printing quality level.

    It is a system of simple design that offers a superior performance. It renews and improves the present equipment on OMET’s tissue converting machines produced up to now.
    (Omet S.r.l.)

    Company news The Paper Making Industry has faced a lot of restructuring over recent years. But despite all of the changes SYNTHRON has continued to develop new and exciting products for this Industrial Sector.

    SYNTHRON is a subsidiary of the PROTEX INTERNATIONAL Group and has been active for more than 40 years in the paper making industry. The Group invests 5% of sales turnover in R&D to develop innovative products for paper-makers and paper pulp producers.

    SYNTHRON has a strong range of products for tissue making, packaging and specialty papers, SYNTHRON anticipates the needs of customers by developing expertise for products and applications which can be applied to a wide variety of substrates, in the this strongly growing segment.

    SYNTHRON manufactures Paper Making chemical auxiliary products at the industrial site of Saint-Avold in Moselle and Auzouer-en-Touraine in Indre-et-Loire in France and also in United States and in China.

    SYNTHRON recently launched SYNTHRO®-PEL SCR 38, which has been developed, produced and marketed in Europe. The interesting feature of SYNTHRO®-PEL SCR 38 is that the product based on different chemistry to replace the silicone which is usually contained in most Release Aids, which also usually require the use of a separate catalyst which can then add to production costs...

    SYNTHRO®PEL SR 38 is based on non-silicone materials and the application process does not require the need for a separate catalyst this can offer some interesting potential cost-savings.

    Many paper based products have a requirement for a “Release Aid”, such as product labels, glassine paper, transfer papers which are use print a motif on textiles and clothing.

    According to Robert MOOR, President of SYNTHRON: “our Company is involved in various industrial sectors, and we have worked in the Paper Making manufacturing sector for many years. Here our main focus has been on specialties and niches, such as Release Aids. We have a Research Centre in France and product application centres round the world SYNTHRON continues to enjoy an excellent reputation for new product development and innovation”

    SYNTHRON continues to build strong partnerships with both private and public, French and overseas R + D organizations, within a framework of a research programme for paper making auxiliary chemicals. And in particular, Robert MOOR stays on the lookout for opportunities for external growth to strengthen the Groups overall position.
    (Synthron S.A.S.)
    06.07.2015   Introducing the Next Generation in Wet Label Protection    ( Company news )

    Company news Monadnock Envi Enhanced Barrier Beverage Labels

    Leveraging EarthCoating® Technology, Monadnock Now Offers Enhanced Label Offering for Beer and Wine Brands

    Monadnock Paper Mills, Inc. (MPM), a family-owned manufacturer that delivers high-performance specialty papers for the technical, packaging and printing markets, announced an innovation in high performance beverage labels. Monadnock Envi® Enhanced Barrier (EB) Label with EarthCoating® is now available in a 100 percent post-consumer-waste fiber, bright white, smooth stock and a virgin fiber, bright white, vellum stock. The next generation in wet label protection, these drop-in replacements for BOPP (Bi-Oriented Polypropylene) film laminated labels offer superior aesthetics, performance and sustainability for products that are subject to high-moisture conditions, such as white wines and craft beers.

    Monadnock entered into an exclusive licensing agreement with Smart Planet Technologies for use of its extruded EarthCoating technology for adhesive beverage labels in North America in December 2014. With this coating, the high performance labels contain less plastic and adhesive, while offering improved opacity, brightness and wet-strength when compared to traditional BOPP film laminated labels. These properties translate into beautiful results, even after spending hours in an ice bucket.

    “We have expanded our Envi EB label line offering beverage brands the option of tactile vellum virgin fiber or smooth 100 percent recycled fiber,” said Tim Boyd, Market Segment Manager at Monadnock. “Both of these high-performance Envi Label Stocks will retain their beauty, integrity and brightness during the converting and bottling process and after hours immersed in an ice bucket.”

    “Customers are becoming increasingly environmentally conscious, so the ability for brands to offer labels with less plastic holds enormous appeal,” said Richard Verney, Chairman and CEO of Monadnock. “This innovation aligns well with our plastic-replacement strategy and complements our Envi Portfolio of substrates which provides brands with sustainable options that do not require a compromise in performance or aesthetics.”
    (MPM Monadnock Paper Mills Inc.)
    06.07.2015   Fedrigoni: Fire at the Verona plant    ( Company news )

    Company news The Company announces that on Friday (July 3) a fire broke out at the plant in Verona which affected a limited part of the production premises.
    The situation is completely under control thanks to the security procedures that were immediately activated. The Staff was not involved: promptly evacuated in accordance with the accident prevention protocols, it did not report any consequence.
    The Company expects to resume production within a few days.
    06.07.2015   Valmet to supply winding technology for Parenco's paper machine grade conversion rebuild    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Parenco B. V. with high capacity winder for company's containerboard making line PM2 in Renkum, Netherlands. The PM2 was shut down in 2009 by mill's earlier owner due to declining demand of newsprint paper. Now, the machine will be converted to produce testliner and fluting grades, which are used in containerboards. The converted PM2 is scheduled to start-up during the third quarter of 2016.

    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    "Valmet's winding technology enables high capacity and reliable production of lightweight packaging board. The proof of this is our strong reference base in Europe. Our OptiWin two drum winders are well suited for multiple grades and models are available for all machine widths", says Kenneth Åkerlund, Product Manager, Winders and Reels, from Valmet.

    Technical information about the delivery
    Parenco's PM2 has a trim width of 8.5 m. After the conversion it will produce testliner and fluting grades at a capacity of around 385,000 tonnes/yr.
    Valmet's delivery includes a fully automated OptiWin two-drum winder comprising core feeding, automatic set change and an end gluing device. Valmet's delivery also includes parent roll handling system, fully automatic roll marking and roll conveyor system, automatic core cutting and core handling system as well as related pulper and air systems and machine control system.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    03.07.2015   International Paper Releases 2014 Sustainability Report Demonstrating Significant Progress ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... on 2020 Sustainability Goals, Showcasing Advances in Environmental and Social Commitments

    International Paper released its 2014 Sustainability Report sharing progress against its voluntary sustainability goals, a new sustainability strategy and highlighting collaborations that advance sustainability throughout the life cycle of its products. The 2014 report features stories from around the world that collectively capture some of International Paper's key sustainability efforts and impacts.

    As a global manufacturer operating in more than 24 countries, natural resources are crucial to International Paper's supply chain. This is why the company is continuously working to improve all aspects of their value chain, especially sourcing of wood fiber, water use, and energy efficiency.

    "International Paper uses renewable natural resources to make products that people depend on every day," said Mark Sutton, chairman and CEO, International Paper. "Our commitment to active stewardship of these resources is in our nature, and has been for more than 117 years. We have made significant progress on our sustainability goals and believe that a sharp focus will help us accelerate our results to benefit our customers, our company and the communities where we operate."

    Here is a high-level summary of 2014 accomplishments included in the report:
    - Safety: Eliminating fatalities and injuries in the workplace is International Paper's highest priority. The company's Life-Changing Injury and Fatality Elimination (LIFE) safety program has reduced life-impacting injuries by 68 percent since its inception.
    - Water Use: Recognizing the growing importance of global water usage, International Paper has mapped all mills based on water-related risk to initiate water conservation opportunities.
    - Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions: Since 2010, International Paper has reduced GHGs by 8.3 percent and improved energy efficiency by 6.1 percent by improving processes, equipment, and procedures.
    - Forest Stewardship: International Paper is a global leader in responsible forest stewardship and committed to continuous improvement. The company has surpassed the original goal of 15 percent third-party-certified fiber volume, with a 27.8 percent increase in certified fiber volume since 2010.
    - Ethics and Compliance: In 2014, International Paper expanded the number of suppliers trained in their Supplier Code of Conduct and obtained commitments of compliance from the vast majority of suppliers globally.

    To view the complete report online or to order a hard copy, please visit
    (International Paper)
    03.07.2015   KOALAbyOMETTM: the changing of the embossing as a true selling point    ( Company news )

    Company news The introduction of magnetic plates in replacement of embossing cylinders makes the changing of embossing, one of the most demanding operations in the domain of tissue converting, simple and low-cost. Let us explain how.

    KOALAbyOMETTM is OMET’s revolutionary embossing change system through magnetic plates having its Premiere during iT’s tissue 2015.

    In KOALAbyOMETTM the changing of the embossing takes place through the replacement of two magnetic plates (and not the whole cylinder), coupled, placed on a plain embossing cylinder. In practice, the operator no longer has to handle the heavy embossing cylinders, but simply apply to them - which remain in a fixed position on the machine - the magnetic plates bearing the design of the chosen embossing.

    Using the embossing unit KOALAbyOMETTM, the costs of equipment costs are lowered by 90 percent or more and their procurement times are shortened, thus eliminating the risk of receiving uncompliant cylinders. Moreover, it is not necessary anymore to use of lifting hoists and warehouses for the embossing tools. Preparation and register of the embossing also become quicker to perform. The plates, entering coupled onto the cylinder, are automatically in register and immediately operational.
    The dramatic costs cut of embossing broadens the boundaries in terms of customization options. It becomes possible, in fact, to create any type of customized embossing/printing to emphasize written texts and images at minimum cost and with short delivery times! Very interesting also the possible combination of KOALAbyOMETTM with the digital printing unit CHAMELEONbyOMETTM for on-demand printing and embossing.
    KOALAbyOMETTM is a modular system which makes the embossing a strategic variable in the management of customer requests thanks to the wide possibilities of customization.
    (Omet S.r.l.)
    03.07.2015   Tissue World Jakarta: The contrasting implications of deforestation in Indonesia    ( Company news )

    Company news The pulp and paper industry in Indonesia has long been linked to forest clearance, habitat destruction, and haze-causing forest fires. Plagued by the highest rate of deforestation on the planet (Source: TIME magazine, July 2014), Indonesia is also the second biggest world exporter of tissue paper jumbo rolls.

    Are we hopelessly witnessing the unfolding of a catastrophe or is the country acting on it?
    After years of being under scrutiny for their practices, key players of the pulp and paper industry have pledged to commit to zero deforestation across their supply chains. But while companies have vowed to implement policies to ensure sustainable sourcing of raw materials, we are yet to see how far this will be achieved. How actually committed is the pulp industry to go deforestation-free? What are the factors that might pose as an obstacle to achieve this goal and how will tissue manufacturers react to the mounting pressure of green activists if the target is not met in the near future? Will these policies affect the relevant competitive and comparative advantage the Indonesian pulp industry demonstrates? Can the government also play a part by providing a more beneficial business climate?

    Come join us at Tissue World Jakarta during 28 - 30 October 2015 and get precious first-hand information on these and many other controversial topics.
    (UBM Asia)
    03.07.2015   Paul Christensson - Vice Chairman of Södra    ( Company news )

    Company news Paul Christensson (photo) has been appointed new Vice Chairman of Södra's Board. Paul Christensson, born in 1959, has been a member of Södra's Board since 2010.

    His previous assignments include Chairman of the Västra Götaland branch of the Federation of Swedish Farmers, and he is currently Chairman of Agroväst and a member of the Supervisory Council for the County Administrative Board of Västra Götaland.

    Södra's previous Vice Chairman, Anders Grennborg, stepped down from his position on the Board at the Annual General Meeting on 19 May.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    03.07.2015   Flint Group finds the easy way to create flat top dots    ( Company news )

    Company news nyloflex® FTF Digital – an inherently flat top plate with special, textured surface for flexible packaging

    Flat top dot and surface screening technologies provide high quality print results in flexo printing, but the reproduction still requires a complex prepress process and extensive plate making with additional steps and equipment. Flint Group Flexographic Products now introduces a new and easy way to achieve the same results – with the nyloflex® FTF Digital plate for flexible packaging.

    FTF stands for Flat Top Dot plate for Flexible Packaging. The new flexo plate provides flat top dots by simply processing it like any standard digital plate; no change, no additional equipment, processing step or consumable item is required. A special, textured plate surface eliminates the need for time consuming surface screening. The texture of the plate provides an even ink laydown and increases solid ink density with just a standard resolution of 2,400 or 2,540 dpi. Following the easy way allows achieving a significant reduction in complexity and increased efficiency in the prepress and plate making process. The nyloflex® FTF Digital is the first commercially available product providing such unique features.

    nyloflex® FTF Digital plates display the advantages of flat top dot geometry, such as less dot gain variation resulting in improved production consistency, as well as a reduced bump-up, while reaching the first stable tonal values of e.g., 1.2% at 60 L/cm (152 lpi) thus increasing image contrast. Extensive field trials showed a significant improvement of the typical trail edge void effect with the use of the nyloflex® FTF Digital plate.

    The new photopolymer flexo printing plate, nyloflex® FTF Digital, will be available to the market in the thicknesses of 1.14 mm (.045”) and 1.70 mm (.067”) in July 2015.
    (Flint Group Germany GmbH)
    03.07.2015   DS SMITH PLC – 2014/15 FULL YEAR RESULTS Continued momentum in performance, scale ...     ( Company news )

    Company news ...and quality of the business

    -Strong growth in profits, returns and dividends, despite FX headwinds
    -Organic corrugated box volume growth of +3.1%
    oAcceleration in H2
    oMarket share gains
    -Strengthened the quality of the business portfolio and continued value creation from acquisitions
    o Four acquisitions announced in the year
    -Continued delivery against all our medium-term targets
    oSignificant improvement in return on sales and ROACE
    oStrong cashflow and working capital performance
    oNet debt reduced to £651 million, 1.49x EBITDA

    Miles Roberts (photo), Group Chief Executive, commented:
    “This has been another good year for DS Smith. In a fast changing retail and consumer environment, packaging is more relevant than ever. The progress in the business with customers is evidenced by accelerating volume growth, together with increased margins and returns, from our unique and enhanced offering.
    We also have momentum behind developing our business portfolio to improve the quality of our business. We have been delighted with the positive customer reaction to our recent acquisitions. The progress we continue to make with global customers, together with the opportunities we see for growth as we expand our international reach and offer ing, gives us confidence to increase our medium-term margin
    target by 100 basis points, and, notwithstanding the continued challenging market environment, we remain excited about the prospects for the business.”
    (DS Smith Plc)
    02.07.2015   Pöyry awarded Environmental Impact Assessment services assignment by Finnpulp Oy for...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... planned pulp mill in Finland

    Photo: Nicholas Oksanen, President at Pöyry, Industry Business Group

    Finnpulp Oy has awarded Pöyry with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) assignment for a planned pulp mill project in Kuopio, Finland. The assessment program includes Finnpulp Oy's plans on the various implementation alternatives for the mill project and a plan on the environmental impacts to be assessed. In addition to the construction and operation of the pulp mill itself, the assessment procedure will cover the essential auxiliary activities required by the mill such as road and rail connections and the power transmission network.

    Finnpulp Oy is planning to realise the world's largest softwood pulp mill investment in Kuopio, Finland. The total amount of the investment is EUR 1.4 billion. The basis for all Finnpulp operations is to become the most efficient and modern producer of softwood pulp in the world. Producing market pulp, the mill is scheduled to start operation by the end of 2019.

    The annual production capacity of this pulp mill, designed specifically to produce raw materials for the tissue and packaging board industries, is 1.2 million tons. In addition, it will produce bioelectricity and wood-based biochemicals such as tall oil and turpentine. It is estimated that the mill will use about 6.7 million cubic meters of wood raw material per year.

    "It was easy and smooth to continue the EIA with Pöyry after the prefeasibility study of the pulp mill. At Pöyry the industrial and environmental knowledge is combined in a way that suits Finnpulp's requirements", says Timo Piilonen, Project Director of Finnpulp.

    "The traditional pulp & paper industry is in transition towards a bio-based product business. As the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy, we are proud to support our clients in this transition towards more sustainable solutions. Pöyry is honored to be able to support Finnpulp in the development of this remarkable project", says Nicholas Oksanen, President, Industry Business Group.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order was recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q2/2015.
    (Pöyry Plc)
    02.07.2015   Production open-house at KBA in Würzburg a resounding success    ( Company news )

    Company news A turnout of 1,000 amazed KBA employees on day two following 50 VIPs

    Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) invited representatives from the world of politics, science, business and the media as well as active and former employees to two production open days at its main plant in Würzburg, Germany, on 12 and 13 June. This came just some two years before the celebrations for the company’s 200th jubilee in September 2017. Around 50 prominent guests and almost 1,000 KBA staff and their families were amazed by how concealed behind the site’s walls the cradle of press engineering has been fundamentally modernised as part of the realignment in place since 2014, especially as the media has often reported negatively on print and the press engineering industry recently.

    As KBA CEO and president Claus Bolza-Schünemann made clear on Friday when talking about the development of the company to external guests, the management board believes in the solid future of print in all its diversity despite the necessary company realignment due to media shifts. Along with setbacks for traditional print media, he mentioned that there are certainly also growing print markets. These range from all kinds of packaging and different kinds of digitally produced prints to industrial printing of decoration and laminates.

    Well-positioned for growing print markets
    The KBA group has a very broad portfolio and is well-placed in growing packaging and industrial print markets. KBA continues to rely on its extensive expertise in tailor-made press technology for various markets and substrates ranging from paper to board and metal, corrugated, film and glass. With an eye on the future in recent years KBA has invested a figure in the double-digit millions in its main facility in Würzburg in parallel to personnel adjustments. New halls for manufacturing and the foundry as well as a new design centre were erected. In 2014 and in recent months highly efficient machines for precision machining large parts were installed and the reorganisation of production and assembly islands including logistics took place which entailed a raft of relocations. The visiting external experts and KBA staff who hadn’t seen the plant from the inside for a long time were impressed by the facility’s technical equipment and the new ergonomic work spaces for assembly.

    Precision manufacturing also for other machinery engineers
    Along with components for KBA presses, the specialists in Würzburg also cast and manufacture precision parts today for prominent external mechanical engineering and plant manufacturers. The new business unit KBA-Industrial Solutions aims to extend its order manufacturing services to other companies. As well as producing various components made of casting, steel or metal, this KBA company is also able to offer assembly, engineering and logistic services. It is thus an interesting partner for other machine manufacturers looking to outsource or in the event of capacity shortages. Accordingly, in addition to Würzburg KBA has also invested strongly in its plant in Radebeul including latest surface coating technology for cylinders and rotating parts.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    02.07.2015   Logson Group Completes Acquisition of Jardin Corrugated Cases    ( Company news )

    Company news The Logson Group, the UK's largest independent supplier of corrugated packaging, announces the acquisition of Jardin Corrugated Cases, an independent integrated facility based in Ely Cambridgeshire.

    Jardin Corrugated Cases has a turnover in excess of £15m, with a leading position within the horticultural sector. Delivering a high service offering, primarily focussed within the South East Region.

    Kevin Hennessy, Jardin Managing Director, who will continue to lead the business, commented: "I am personally delighted we have found such an ideal fit. In joining Logson, we have the security of being part of an excellent Group, with a first class reputation in our industry. The Logson culture will allow us to maintain our independent flair, backed by the financial strength and scale of the UK's 4th largest player. We have exciting plans for our business moving forward and this move can only enhance our offering to both existing and new customers."

    Alex Kelly (photo), CEO of Logson Group added: "The acquisition of Jardin, in addition to our £15m investment plan this year, is a clear indication of our continued desire to grow within the UK market. Jardin represents our first step into the integrated sector, as well as enhancing our regional profile in the South East."

    Jardin will join the three existing Logson brands of Board24, Boxes and Packaging and Cases24. Collectively they form a unique mix of companies offering a full range of corrugated packaging solutions from 17 locations across the UK.
    (Logson Group)
    02.07.2015   Liansheng BM 8 convinces with a stable and efficient first year of production     ( Company news )

    Company news Stable and productive was the performance of the Voith supplied Liansheng BM 8 board machine during the first year at Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry Co., Ltd. in Zhangzhou, Fujian province, China. Convinced by the performance of the Liansheng BM 8, the Vice General Manager of Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry, Xue Rongjun, said, “Voith’s vast technological experience, high system efficiency and low operating costs are quite attractive.”

    The remarkably smooth cooperation between Voith and Fujian Liansheng Paper Industry resulted in planned daily production being reached less than two months after start-up. Furthermore, daily production has continued to exceed expectations.

    With a 7,300 mm wire width and 1,100 m/min design speed, the Liansheng BM 8 produces White Lined Chipboard in a basis weight range of 200 to 450 g/m² and coated White Top Testliner from 175 to 200 g/m². The yearly production will reach 700,000 tons.

    With the advantage of Voith’s DF Coat curtain coating technology, which allows that virgin fibers can be replaced by secondary fibers for the coating layer, the BM 8 can produce board and packaging paper grades from 100% secondary fibers. This will help to achieve Fujian Liansheng Industry’s aims for recycling, resource conservation and sustainable development. At the same time, Voith has improved production properties so that whiteness and optical properties can be optimized as required with a much smoother surface.

    Voith also delivered an automation package including the Machine Control System (MCS) and the Quality Control System (QCS). Also included in the scope of supply after start-up were fabrics, services for training, and technological support.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    02.07.2015   Metso receives comprehensive valve solutions order for Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill expansion ...    ( Company news )

    Company news Sweden

    Metso has been chosen as the main supplier of valve solutions for Södra Cell's Värö pulp mill expansion in Sweden. The extensive valve delivery includes a total of about 700 ball, segment and butterfly valves for on-off and control applications from the Neles® and Jamesbury® (photo) product portfolios. The control valves are equipped with Neles® ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up. To enable good service levels for Södra Cell's pulp mill and other flow control customers in Sweden, Metso opens a new valve service center in the Gothenburg area. The new service center will be operational in autumn 2015.

    The valve order for the plant was placed by Valmet, which operates as a major supplier of rebuilt and new equipment for the pulp mill expansion. On completion of the project, Värö will be one of the world's largest softwood sulphate pulp mills. The renewed pulp mill is scheduled to start up in the third quarter of 2016.

    "Metso's strong valve solutions know-how for the pulp and paper industry is unmatched and our global reference list is extensive. We are pleased that our reliable valve solutions will also support Södra Cell's mill expansion by maximizing pulp process availability and increasing efficiency. Based on our application knowledge of our experts on a well thought out valve component scope means that future valve maintenance will be easier to manage and will bring cost competitiveness for them," emphasizes Tom Adolfsson, Sales and Services Director, Sweden, Flow Control.

    "Metso continuously improves its service capability and scope of offering to help our customers ensure outstanding long-term process performance with high reliability and safety. The new service center in the Gothenburg area strengthens Metso's position to stage, test and repair large numbers of valves to meet customers' high-volume, fast-turnaround repair and service needs during scheduled plant shutdowns," Adolfsson continues.

    The value of the order is not disclosed. Part of this order is included in Metso's first-quarter 2015 orders received, and divided bookings will follow during the second and third quarters of 2015.

    Leading flow control offering and service solutions for pulp and paper customers
    Metso has a long track record of delivering engineered performance and reliability to the pulp and paper industry. Metso is the market leader in control and on-off valves for pulp and paper customers globally - about 75% of the world's pulp flows through Metso's valves. Additionally, Metso is one of the leading suppliers of intelligent valve controllers.
    Metso has strong pulp and paper industry expertise in valve solutions, and its comprehensive value-added services improve customers' process efficiency. Metso's flow control offering and services for the pulp and paper industry focus on three main areas: solving technical and process issues, improving business performance, and managing a business area. Metso's flow control services are available through more than 40 service centers worldwide, employing over 400 dedicated service professionals with in-depth valve application expertise.
    (Metso Corporation)

    Company news •Senior secured term loans and revolving credit facility of approximately USD 515 million
    • Loans to be used to refinance Archroma's existing debt and support the acquisition of BASF's textile chemicals business

    Archroma, a global leader in specialty chemicals for the textile, paper and emulsions sectors, announced that it entered into a senior secured credit agreement that provides for credit facilities totaling approximately USD 515 million.

    The credit facilities are comprised of a USD 75 million multi-currency revolving credit facility, a USD 220 million senior secured term loan and a EUR 200 million senior secured term loan.

    Bank of America Merrill Lynch International Limited and HSBC Bank plc acted as Global Coordinators, Bookrunners and Mandated Lead Arrangers for the senior secured credit agreement. ICICI Bank UK plc acted as Bookrunner and Mandated Lead Arranger. Credit Suisse AG and UBS Switzerland AG acted as Mandated Lead Arrangers and Mizuho Bank, Ltd. and Itau BBA International plc acted as Lead Arrangers.

    The new credit facilities will be used to refinance Archroma's existing debt, as well as to support the acquisition of BASF’s textile chemicals business announced on July 1, 2015.

    Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s have published their respective ratings for the Archroma group and its new credit facilities.

    In a report issued on June 15, 2015, Moody’s, the investor service agency, assigned a B2 corporate family rating to SK Spice Holding Sarl, the ultimate parent company of the Archroma group. Moody’s also assigned a B2 rating to the loan and credit package. The outlook on all ratings by Moody's is stable. In its report, Moody's comments that the stable outlook reflects its expectation that Archroma will maintain adequate liquidity, smoothly integrate the BASF textile chemicals business after the intended acquisition closes, and execute on its current rationalization and cost efficiency programs.

    Standard & Poor’s announced on June 18, 2015 that it had assigned a preliminary "B" long-term rating, with stable outlook, to SK Spice Holding Sarl (Archroma) and a "3" recovery rating to the term loans.

    "The successful refinancing and ratings issued by Moody's and Standard & Poor’s are consistent with Archroma's current size, revenue and profitability," comments Roland Waibel, Chief Financial Officer of Archroma. "Archroma continues to move forward on its path to becoming the preferred chemicals and dyes supplier in our industries through organic growth and acquisitions," Mr. Waibel adds. "We wanted to show an objective rating from leading agencies to allow our financial partners, as well as our customers and suppliers, to share our confidence in Archroma and its ability to deliver on its ambitions."
    (Archroma Management GmbH)
    02.07.2015   Lecta to Showcase Its New Label Solutions at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news The world’s largest event for the label industry will take place from September 29 to October 2 in Brussels

    Lecta, a leading European manufacturer and distributor of specialty papers for labels and flexible packaging, will be present at this year’s edition of “Labelexpo Europe”, where it will showcase new features in its one-side coated, metallized, cast-coated and thermal papers and pressure-sensitive materials. Lecta’s extensive range of innovative, environmentally friendly products for a wide variety of end uses makes Lecta one of the foremost suppliers of paper-based solutions worldwide.

    At Labelexpo, Adestor -Lecta’s range of self-adhesive materials- will present SA234, a new water-soluble acrylic adhesive that leaves no residue on the labeled product and that is suitable for all types of reusable transport boxes and trays as well as for other surfaces habitually used in retail such as glass, ceramic and plastic. Another major development is the 23 μm and 30 μm PET release liners for high-speed automatic labeling in the beverage, food and cosmetics sectors. Visitors to our stand will have an opportunity to learn firsthand about the range of facestock that has been designed for premium labels for wine, champagne and spirits in addition to other Adestor products, whose range of permanent adhesives is certified for direct contact with food.

    The new Metalvac E LWS paper, a light wet-strength grade for glue-applied labels of non-returnable glass (eg. single-use beer and water bottles) and plastic containers (PET water and beverage bottles) is the most recent addition to the Metalvac line of metallized papers for high-end labels used in the beverage, food and cosmetics sectors.

    “Endless possibilities” is the title of the new Creaset one-side coated paper swatchbook for labels and flexible packaging: wet-strength grades for returnable water, refreshment and beer bottles, as well as gloss papers for standard food and beverage labels and packaging, are just a few examples of the infinite possibilities that Creaset offers.

    For direct thermal printing applications, Lecta’s Termax thermal papers guarantee perfect bar code definition. Our “Label” range for self-adhesive labels consists of high-sensitivity unprotected thermal papers widely used in the food, logistics and industrial sectors.

    Eurokote is Lecta’s line of cast-coated gloss papers. Their high whiteness, smoothness and high image definition make Eurokote papers the ideal solution for cosmetics, perfume, food and beverage (wine, champagne, spirits and water) labels.

    All of Lecta’s products are manufactured in accordance with ISO 9001 quality standards, ISO 14001 and EMAS environmental management standards, ISO 50001 energy management standards and OHAS 18001 occupational health and safety standards. They are available with PEFCTM and FSC® Chain-of-Custody certifications, thereby guaranteeing that the wood used has been sustainably sourced.

    Discover Lecta’s “All You Need Is Paper” campaign at our stand at Labelexpo Europe 2015, pavilion 5, stand C15, from September 29 to October 2 in Brussels.
    (Lecta Group)
    01.07.2015   Duni invests in tissue capacity    ( Company news )

    Company news Duni subsidiary Rexcell Tissue & Airlaid AB will invest approximately 110 MSEK, upgrading their two tissue machines in Skåpafors, Sweden. The investment will increase the tissue capacity at Rexcell by approximately 15% annually.

    Voith GmbH & CO KG has been selected as supplier. This will be the second installation of a new technology in the world and the first in Europe. With this investment Rexcell will have the possibility to develop a new quality standard for tissue napkins. The plan is to have the new technology installed during the second quarter of 2016.

    “As market leader in producing colored tissue for napkins we need to invest in higher efficiency and upgraded materials. This investment will give us the opportunity to develop new products in cooperation with our customers”, says Thomas Gustafsson, President and CEO of Duni AB.
    (Duni AB)
    01.07.2015   Cellulose turning into a supermaterial of the future: Broad-based cooperation multiplying the ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... value of Finnish wood

    Cellulose is a supermaterial of the future. This is the view of the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Aalto University, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa, the collaboration partners who received a EUR 4.9 million strategic research opening granted by Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The researchers are working together to develop new biomaterial applications within the Design Driven Value Chains in the World of Cellulose (DWoC) 2.0 project coordinated by VTT.

    The DWoC project is seeking new design-driven applications for cellulose and is developing related technology as well as exploring new ways to create value in cellulose-based ecosystems. These new materials and innovations can replace fossil-based raw materials in textile products, interior decoration elements and car interior materials.

    "The Government Programme emphasises the importance of the bioeconomy for Finland's future and economic renewal. Renewal necessitates giant research-driven leaps, strong risk taking and national investment in research and innovation funding. Wood the –"green gold" of Finland – is a renewable raw material and wood cellulose can be converted to a golden opportunity when we find new high added value applications alongside the traditional paper and pulp industry," says Project Coordinator Johanna Buchert, Vice President, Research, VTT.

    Broad cooperation is required to promote the bioeconomy and sustainable development. During the first phase of the DWoC project various ways to successfully combine design and materials research were tested. This gave rise both to preliminary product concepts and ideas and to promising technology innovations. During the course of the project yarn made directly from pulp fibre suspension was developed, for example. Manufacturing was started by Spinnova Oy at the beginning of 2015.

    Currently the second phase of the project has started in which textile applications such as 3D printing of cellulose are being developed and the application of cellulose-based materials in the built environment is being studied. In addition to new materials and products, new types of textile manufacturing equipment and processes are being developed. Tekes's funding will enable various operators to collaborate, experiment and seek innovations to create new business ideas and opportunities.

    The future commercialisation of new products and concepts is an important objective. The project will investigate formation of a value producing network of enterprises around cellulose-based material which includes, among others, design-sector companies.

    The DWoC project aims to share information about the potential of cellulose materials and to strengthen the broad-based collaboration network both in Finland and the rest of the world. In order to achieve the national objectives the participation of operators in various sectors is needed, including funders, traditional as well as new companies, research institutions and universities. There is a strong belief in Finland's future as one of the superpowers in the generation of a new cellulose industry.

    The DWoC project (31 March 2015 – 1 April 2018) has progressed to the second phase, and has received EUR 4.9 million in funding from Tekes. Research partners in the project are VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd, Aalto Univerisity, Tampere University of Technology and the University of Vaasa's Department of Management.
    (VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland)
    01.07.2015   Hand in hand – HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH reorganizes production with Heidelberg    ( Company news )

    Company news -Total investment of € 12 million
    -Productivity up 10 percent even during the construction phase
    -Production – new equipment, workflow, and services from a single source

    Neuenstein-based HEPACK druck+verpackung GmbH (HEPACK) has invested around € 12 million in overhauling its entire production and logistics operations. The construction work created an additional 5,000 square meters of space and the flow of goods was completely redesigned based on the lean principle. Production is now organized efficiently with two new large, format 6 presses from Heidelberg, a folding carton gluing machine, and three die cutters in a fully integrated Prinect workflow – a solution that is unique within the industry. In the first five months of the year, this resulted in a 10 percent increase in throughput despite the ongoing construction and installation work.

    Around 80 percent of HEPACK’s production is accounted for by food and confectionery manufacturers with production sites in Germany and neighboring countries, and approximately a fifth of its contracts fall under the general packaging segment. Its customers include companies such as Unilever, Dr. Oetker, and Südsalz.

    In addition to requesting production that is appropriate to use with foodstuffs, customers are making increasing demands when it comes to finishing the products. This includes a growing number of foil finishes, with gold foil particularly popular for confectionery packaging. The proportion of spot coatings with UV varnish is also growing.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen Vertrieb Deutschland GmbH)

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