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    27.06.2014   BillerudKorsnäs makes substantial sustainability investments in Gävle    ( Company news )

    Company news BillerudKorsnäs' Board of Directors has authorized an investment of over 450 MSEK for environmental improvements at the production unit in Gävle.
    The investment includes a new sedimentation basin, developments in the pulp mill and a large number of related water-saving measures. This will be implemented in 2014 and 2015 and will be completed by the beginning of 2016.
    - This is an important environmental investment for Gävle completely in line with the vision that our products shall have a minimal environmental impact and the best possible function in order to contribute to a sustainable future, says Christer Simrén, COO at BillerudKorsnäs.
    In addition to the environmental benefits, improved water quality and reduced use of electricity, the quality of the products will increase. This investment follows on the energy-related investments made in 2012 which greatly improved the production unit's sustainability performance in terms of energy efficiency and reduction of fossil fuel use.
    (BillerudKorsnäs Gävle)
     
    27.06.2014   Saphira Low Migration: Heidelberg launches consumables for the production of food packaging    ( Company news )

    Company news -Independent testing institutes confirm that Saphira Low Migration products fulfill all the requirements of European legislation
    -Portfolio covers low migration consumables for all stages of the value-added chain in press and postpress

    With Saphira Low Migration, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is launching its own product line of consumables that meet the special requirements for the production of food packaging. In doing so, the company is rounding off its existing portfolio of equipment, service, and software solutions for packaging printing and is now able to offer customers in the food industry packaging solutions from a single source.
    The production of food packaging is subject to the very strictest legislation. One of the key factors in the production process is the consumables used in the press and postpress stages. The aim is to prevent harmful substances in the consumables being transferred to the packaged foodstuffs and potentially altering their composition and/or taste and smell. Consequently, all consumables used must fulfill the strict requirements of EU Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004. At the same time, packaging printing in the food sector worldwide is a growth market that more and more print shops are keen to profit from.

    Comprehensive portfolio of low migration products
    Right from the start, Heidelberg is offering a comprehensive range of Saphira Low Migration products for press and postpress. Users can choose from various printing inks, dispersion coatings, dampening solution additives, washup solutions, cleaners, oils to protect rollers, and dispersion glues for folding carton manufacture. In addition to being suitable for use in the production of food packaging, all Saphira Low Migration products meet the high quality requirements Heidelberg places on consumables. Like all Saphira products, they are specially designed for use in equipment from Heidelberg and deliver high productivity and excellent print results. Saphira Low Migration products are identified with the symbol of a glass and fork on the label.

    Independent testing institutes confirm compliance with European legislation
    All materials bearing the Saphira Low Migration label are checked by independent testing institutes for legal conformity in line with Regulation (EC) No. 1935/2004 and are therefore suitable and approved for the safe production of food packaging. The products ensure that neither the smell nor taste of the foodstuffs is affected, and that their composition does not change in any way. At the same time, the products do not pose any risk to health. All other legal requirements for the production of food packaging remain unaffected and producers of food packaging are not exempted from their duty of care.
    "With Saphira Low Migration, we are responding to requests from many of our customers for consumables for the food packaging sector that are not harmful to health but are still of very high quality," says Peter Tix, head of Consumables at Heidelberg. "Users can rest assured that these products fulfill all the legal requirements for this sector and thus eliminate one of the biggest risk factors in the production process for food packaging."
    Heidelberg plans to continuously expand the portfolio of Saphira Low Migration products. These products can be requested from existing contacts in the sales team, who will also be happy to provide information about the special conditions governing the production of food packaging.
     
    27.06.2014   Dallmann Joins Fox River Fiber As Reliability Engineer    ( Company news )

    Company news New Role Focuses On Plant Maintenance Programs For Paper Recycling Leader

    Rick Dallmann has joined Fox River Fiber in the newly created role of Reliability Engineer, bringing more than 20 years of experience to an industry leader in paper recycling and de-inking of post-consumer wastepaper.
    Dallmann is responsible for helping build reliability strategies and programs, coordinating the computerized maintenance management systems (CMMS), as well as the preventive and predictive maintenance programs for the Fox River Fiber plant.
    Dallmann holds a Bachelor of Science degree in paper science and engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He has previous work experience with companies such as Menomonee Paper, International Paper, Verso Paper and Georgia Pacific.
    Fox River Fiber is a paper recycling leader, turning post-consumer wastepaper into high-quality pulp used in the production of printing and writing grades, as well as packaging-grade papers. The company is one of the only suppliers of FDA-grade recycled pulp in the United States.
    Fox River Fiber earned the Best Places to Work Award from the Pulp and Paper Manufacturers Association (PPMA) in 2013 and the Business Friend of the Environment award from Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce in 2011.
    (Fox River Fiber Co)
     
    27.06.2014   Extending the range of globe valve bodies    ( Company news )

    Company news The globe valves in the GEMÜ 505, 507, 550, 554 and 555 series have been tried and tested for use in various main and auxiliary processes for hygienic applications. To complete the range of globe valve bodies, an additional design has now also been included.

    For the valve ranges provided, a stainless steel investment cast body is now available in nominal sizes of DN 15, 20, 25, 40, 50 and 65, with integrally cast ASME BPE clamp connections and short ASME BPE length. It can be supplied with an internal and external surface finish of Ra ≤ 0.8 up to Ra ≤ 0.4.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    27.06.2014   Vacon joins BACnet International as a gold member - improving comfort control in ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... building automation

    Picture: VACON® 100 HVAC

    The global AC drives manufacturer Vacon joins, as a gold member, over 90 of the leading building automation vendors and integrators in the world in promoting the use of BACnet as a communication protocol. BACnet is one of the major communication protocols Vacon fully supports as standard in its portfolio of AC drive products suited to the building automation market.
    Vacon offers VACON® 100 HVAC and VACON® 100 X product families for building automation and HVAC (heating, ventilation and air-conditioning) applications. These AC drives improve comfort control and allow substantial energy savings to be achieved by intelligent speed control of pumps and fans.
    BACnet, short for 'Building Automation Control Network', is a data communication protocol for building automation and control networks. Offering interoperability between cooperating building automation devices, it is designed for applications such as heating, ventilation and air-conditioning control, lighting control, access control and fire detection systems and their associated equipment.
    "BACnet is a key technology in the building automation market, and we want to show our commitment to it by designing competitive products which offer added value to system integrators, property owners and end users. Being a member in BACnet International, Vacon gains access to services and knowledge which allow us to serve our building automation customers better," explains Tuuli Sarvilinna, VP, Marketing, at Vacon Plc.
    BACnet International is an industry association that facilitates the use of the BACnet protocol in building automation and control systems through interoperability testing, educational programs and promotional activities. In addition, BACnet International oversees operation of the BACnet Testing Labs (BTL) and maintains a global listing of tested products.
    (Vacon Plc)
     
    26.06.2014   Valmet to supply new sizing technology for Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH in Germany    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Papierfabrik Niederauer Mühle GmbH with a sizer and auxiliaries for its PM3 containerboard machine located in the company's Kreuzau mill in Germany. The target of the project is to improve the strength properties of the white top liner grades. This high quality paper is used for instance as printed cover layer for cardboards and as headliner. The sizer is scheduled to start up during the first quarter of 2015.
    The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

    Valmet's innovative sizing technology will boost the quality of white top linerboard
    In addition to the new sizer, Valmet's delivery will include a calender rebuild, an air dryer, starch preparation and starch supply systems as well as ropeless tail threading equipment.
    "The new sizer will combine the best features of both spray application and film application, and improve the strength properties of the white top liner grades. The main advantages of the back side spray application technology compared to conventional starch application method are drying energy reduction, fast and accurate starch amount control as well as elimination of wearing parts. The top side film application ensures excellent properties of the white top liner surface," says Ilkka Naatti, Product Manager of coaters and sizers in Valmet.
    "Niederauer Mühle will also be the first paper mill in the Central Europe to benefit from the advantages of safe, reliable and fully ropeless tail threading technology in the size press area. After the rebuild the tail threading process of PM3 will be totally ropeless for all machine parts."
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    26.06.2014   Pöyry awarded engineering and site services assignment for Stora Enso Varkaus pulp mill rebuild ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... and paper machine conversion project in Finland

    Stora Enso has awarded Pöyry with the assignment for the engineering and site services for the pulp mill rebuild and paper machine conversion project at its Varkaus Mill in Finland. The assignment relates to the pulp mill rebuild, paper machine conversion, upgrading of existing utilities, and includes detail and civil engineering as well as site services as an option. The assignment is a continuation of the pre-feasibility and the feasibility studies performed by Pöyry during 2013.
    The conversion work is expected to be undertaken mainly during autumn 2015 and the board machine is scheduled to start up during the fourth quarter of 2015. The current 280 000 tonnes per year uncoated fine paper machine is planned to cease production by the end of August 2015. Following the conversion into a board machine, Varkaus Mill's capacity will be about 390 000 tonnes per year of kraftliner and white top liner and 310 000 tonnes of unbleached kraft pulp.
    "This project is a continuation of the long co-operation between Stora Enso and Pöyry, and strengthens Pöyry's position as the world's leading pulp and paper engineering consultancy, having delivered projects for 80% of the world's major pulp and paper companies", says Nicholas Oksanen, President of Pöyry's Pulp and Paper Global Competence Line.
    The value of the order is not disclosed. The order will be recognised within the Industry Business Group order stock in Q2.
    (Pöyry Plc, Forest Industry Business Group)
     
    26.06.2014   Ideas for new business models – customers encounter special applications for folding machines at ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Heidelberg Postpress Special Folding Days

    Figure: The Stahlfolder TH 56 demonstrated small folds such as those used on the packaging inserts that accompany pharmaceutical products.

    -Small folds and special applications take center stage
    -Added-value solutions for pharmaceutical and mailing applications
    -New Stahlfolder BH/CH folding machine series supports entry into the professional folding market

    Postpress plays a particularly important role in determining the quality of the end product and creative suppliers can harness special applications to boost their productivity significantly. That is why more than 200 customers from around the world accepted an invitation from Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) to attend the "Postpress Special Folding Days" at the Ludwigsburg site in early June. During the events, they encountered a huge range of special solutions based on Stahlfolder folding mchines. Taking center stage were innovative options for the production of direct mail and several different folding machine variants and options for the kinds of small folds used in the packaging inserts that accompany pharmaceutical products. On show to the public for the first time was the new Stahlfolder BH/CH folding machine series, which delivers professional folding production at an attractive price-performance ratio. "Events such as these bring together the creativity of our customers and the vast application know-how of our product experts, which creates an exceptional basis for new and innovative applications and product ideas," says Dr. Frank Schaum, who has been in charge of the Postpress Commercial division at Heidelberg since February this year.
    "That is why we are showcasing, among other things, both carefully selected special machines and our Stahlfolder TX high-performance folding system, which we hope will give our customers inspiration for how to become profitable specialist suppliers in a wide variety of sectors."

    The right folding machine for every customer application
    A clear trend is developing in industrialized nations toward ever more productive solutions. Due to continuing consolidation, capacities are moving more and more toward higher productivity and larger print formats. In the emerging markets, however, investment decisions are primarily dominated by economic factors such as low wage costs. That is why Heidelberg is using the Special Folding Days to present both special machines and a realigned portfolio of folding machines that responds to the various different customer requirements.
    When it comes to industrial high-performance production, the Stahlfolder TX 82 folding system and the versatile Stahlfolder KH 82 combination folding machine with the innovative PFX (Pallet Feeder eXtended) stream feeder highlight two key features of cost-effective modern postpress operations - maximum production output and application flexibility with short makeready times. These special systems can help to boost productivity by up to 50 percent compared to conventional production processes.
    Heidelberg also launched a completely new folding machine for cost-effective standard production at the start of this year - the Stahlfolder BH/CH machines in the 50 x 70 centimeter (19.69 x 27.56 inch) and 70 x 100 centimeter (27.56 x 39.37 inch) formats. Print shops can use these versatile folding machines as a low-cost entry-level option for in-house postpress operations and as a cost-effective means of expanding capacities. Thanks to their end-to-end MCT (Modular Control Technology) control systems, they are fully compatible with all Stahlfolder folding machines, deliveries, and accessories.
    To meet the wide range of requirements and investment budgets of customers worldwide, the machines are available in both basic manual versions and with a new, extremely user-friendly automation system. "During the Special Folding Days, we are presenting the new Stahlfolder BH 56 models as automated machines for rapid makeready and the Stahlfolder CH 78 as a compact, automated cross-fold machine." explains Dr. Schaum. "We are meeting our customers' needs head-on by providing a low-cost route into industrial folding that even includes automated systems and enabling them to leverage the tried-and-tested benefits of the Stahlfolder range, i.e. precise and high-quality mechanical engineering plus full compatibility with the entire Stahlfolder world."
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
     
    26.06.2014   Sonoco-Alcore Receives Favorable Ruling in German Federal Court of Justice    ( Company news )

    Company news Sonoco-Alcore S.a.r.l., a wholly owned subsidiary of Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, announced that on June 12, 2014, the German Federal Court of Justice rejected an appeal against the German portion of Sonoco's European Patent EP 1 071 556, thereby reversing entirely a decision of the Federal Patent Court of March 1, 2011. The patent relates to the use of wide-ply board technology in the production of cores for the paper industry as used in Sonoco's M-Core® Series.
    As a result of the decision, which is final and cannot be appealed, the patent is confirmed to have constantly been in force since it was granted in 2002. In other countries, the validity of the European patent has not been challenged to date. An opposition against the patent before the European Patent Office had been rejected in 2009.
    The combination of the wide-ply in-house manufactured coreboard and Sonoco Alcore's proprietary manufacturing technique give the M-Series Cores increased performance characteristics to meet the higher demands of today's paper industry.
    "The wide-ply board and our patented M-Line technology give us the ability to manufacture a core that has superior dynamic strength capabilities. Additionally, this also provides a higher critical speed than any other core in the market. Combined, this means the M-Core is not just a high performer but also has a higher safety margin for machine operators," said Matti Mykkanen, Sonoco Alcore's technology director, Europe.
    (Sonoco Alcore Headquarters)
     
    26.06.2014   ALTANA Group Invests €100 million in Landa Digital Printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Sees Landa Nanography™ as game changer for the print industry

    Picture: The Nanographic Printing™ process ejects billions of Landa NanoInk™ droplets onto a heated transfer blanket to form a 500nm thick image. The dry image can be laminated onto the surface of any off-the-shelf substrate or paper without penetrating it. The image uses less than half the material of other processes to produce – which means lower cost.

    The specialty chemicals Group ALTANA and Landa Corporation have concluded an equity financing agreement under which ALTANA will invest €100 million (~US$135 million) for a minority stake in Landa Digital Printing. Both companies see the agreement not only as a financial investment, but also as a starting point for a long-term strategic partnership to bring digital printing solutions to the commercial, packaging and publishing markets. Other units of the Landa Group, including Landa Labs and Landa Ventures, are not included in the transaction.
    The proceeds will be used for completing the development of Nanography, Landa’s water-based digital printing process, including engineering and production ramp-up of Landa Nanographic Printing™ Presses and building of manufacturing plants for Landa NanoInk™ colorants.
    ALTANA is expected to be an active partner, drawing on print industry expertise gained from its divisions including BYK Additives & Instruments, ECKART Effect Pigments, and ACTEGA Coatings & Sealants.
    “We are extremely excited to be partnering with an industry visionary like Benny Landa. We speak the same language in terms of innovation,” says Dr. Matthias L. Wolfgruber, CEO, ALTANA AG. “I am confident that we are investing in a game-changing technology that can enable the printing industry to thrive in the 21st century and help our customers position themselves well for the future.”
    “We see our alliance with the ALTANA Group as a key milestone for our company and a strong vote of confidence in our mission to bring digital printing to mainstream commercial, packaging and publishing markets," said Benny Landa, Chairman and CEO of Landa Corporation. “ALTANA brings a wealth of relevant industry and market experience as well as worldwide manufacturing expertise, which will be of great value as we expand our presence globally.”
    (Altana AG)
     
    26.06.2014   CITO press release for: Mittelstandspreis (Medium-Sized Business Award)    ( Company news )

    Company news CITO has been nominated! Every year since 1995, the Oskar Patzelt Foundation has awarded this major annual prize to a medium-sized business. It was originally a regional event but since 2003 it has been awarded nationally. Today, it is the most coveted award for medium-sized enterprises across the whole of Germany. The aim of the foundation is to promote respect for and recognition of entrepreneurial responsibility. With its motto “Healthy SMEs – Strong Economy – More Jobs”, it encourages a culture of independence. The award is intended to showcase businesses with a committed and enterprising personality and it also encourages networking between medium-sized businesses. The individual companies are selected based on the following criteria: overall development of the company; creation and protection of jobs and apprenticeships; modernisation and innovation; corporate citizenship activities as well as service, close contact with customers and marketing.
    The Oskar Patzelt Foundation is a non-profit making organisation, privately funded and completely independent from state financing. More than 200 figures from all sectors of society make up the panels, which guarantees independent decision-making and the decision-making process itself is also DIN ISO 9001 certified. In 2008, the foundation was awarded the German Federal Cross of Merit for its services. Eligibility for the award is examined on the basis of impartial proposals; in 2014, 4,555 companies and institutions were put forward. Of these, 190 of the candidates who managed to make it through to the next round were based in Bavaria – and CITO-SYSTEM GmbH was amongst these. CITO was put forward to the foundation by the administrative district office of Nuremberg. After a few clarifications and verification of the company facts, CITO was accepted in the jury’s candidate list, which now makes it one of the group of companies in Germany considered worthy of being honoured with this Medium-Size Business Award. During the next stage, the twelve regional juries will review the remaining candidates; the regional prize-winners will be announced in September 2014 and following on from this the national winner will be selected in October.
    CITO is taking part in the competition in 2014 for the first time and has succeeded in moving straight to the second round. As company director and partner Jürgen Marien commented: “At first I was actually rather sceptical, but now we see it as a challenge and we are naturally keen to see how far we can go. Managing a company means always having to face up to the competition and being nominated through the Oskar Patzelt Foundation has aroused our sporting spirit so we are happy to be compared with other medium-sized businesses. Even if we don’t rank amongst the prize-winners, we will undoubtedly get to know a lot of interesting companies and personalities which will definitely be of benefit to us.” To be proposed by a neutral body, then reviewed by an independent jury and rated worthy of the prize is already a high appraisal of the company’s performance and the commitment of its staff.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    26.06.2014   GS1 US celebrates 40 years of the barcode and adoption of global standards    ( Company news )

    Company news In 1973, industry leaders came together to select a single standard for product identification - the barcode. What started as a way to speed grocery store checkout has become the global language of business - a common way for trading partners around the world to identify, capture, and share information about products, locations, and more in real-time. Now, more than five billion GS1 barcodes are scanned every day.

    Today, GS1 US is helping diverse industries drive efficiency, safety, and growth through the adoption and use of standards. GS1 Standards have grown into a global system, used by more than two million companies doing business in 150 countries across 25 industries, including apparel and general merchandise, fresh foods, consumer packaged goods, grocery, foodservice, healthcare, and defense.
    (GS1 US)
     
    26.06.2014   Paper recycling in Europe at 71.7% - A reliable performance secures access to valuable ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... raw material

    The paper recycling rate in Europe reached 71.7% in 2013. The total amount of paper collected and recycled in the European paper sector remains stable at just over 57 million tonnes, despite decreasing paper consumption in Europe.
    Recycling has increased by 45% (18 million tonnes) since 1998, the base year for the first voluntary commitment set in the European Declaration on Paper Recycling by the European Recovered Paper Council (ERPC).
    The European paper recycling rate is starting to level out and keeping it at a high rate is becoming progressively more challenging. Not only are quantities changing but so are the different paper consumption patterns.
    The continuing sharp decline in newspaper consumption will significantly affect overall paper recycling levels, as newspapers are traditionally one of the best recycled paper products along with corrugated boxes. Conversely, tissue and sanitary paper consumption is increasing but cannot be accepted for recycling due to hygiene reasons. Overall, 21% of paper consumption is not recyclable or collectable.
    The large majority of the 11 European countries currently still under a 60% recycling rate have reported an improved performance. In parallel, 13 European countries have already exceeded the targeted 70% recycling rate. Paper fibre is now recycled an average of 3.5 times in Europe, far exceeding the world-wide average of 2.4.
    “Making recycling easy and simple year after year requires a huge effort by the paper value chain, and we are pleased to report the positive results”, says ERPC chairwoman Beatrice Klose. “Despite challenging circumstances, paper recycling has continued to perform consistently well”, she concludes.
    Secure access to raw materials has become an increasingly strategic economic issue in Europe. Paper recycling is truly an industry “made in Europe”. In line with EU policies, this industry should be properly safeguarded to remain so. The paper recycling sector is ready and able to add more green jobs, skills and innovations to the European circular economy.
    (CEPI aisbl)

     
    25.06.2014   CITO CREASY and CORRCHECK – genuine quality control    ( Company news )

    Company news ProcessLine: a new business area for CITO-SYSTEM GmbH. CITO, the quality leader in the field of creasing systems, has a long history in the areas of quality control, research and development and the company is now sharing this expertise with the market. The concept is to provide a range of compact and sturdy measuring instruments to incorporate as much reliable quality control into the production process as possible. These new devices have been developed in collaboration with users from the printing, folding box, corrugated board converting and diemaking sectors and are therefore very much geared towards everyday production needs. To maximise valuable working time and conserve material, it is of paramount importance that quality control starts right at the beginning of production.
    For printers, the DenCITOmeter is a great alternative for measuring colour intensity because this cost-effective device was specially developed for use on the printing press. Its strength lies in its ease of use and its fast results. For the packaging sector, the CITO BREYE is available – a device for rapidly measuring the quality parameters of Braille embossing on folding boxes.
    CITO CORRCHECK is an extremely useful device for corrugated board converters for checking the creasing and scoring on corrugated board, but above all for monitoring the so-called washboard effect which can occur on printed corrugated liners. CITO CORRCHECK also enables quality checks to be carried out on the open flute, so that conclusions can be drawn about the state of the corrugator and preventative maintenance can then be carried out if needed, prior to quality defects even occurring.
    In a similar way, the CITO CREASY can be put to good use in the packaging sector. It measures the quality of the creasing through accurate optical comparison of the creasing profile. This provides clear tolerance data in production and a uniform creasing quality throughout the entire production cycle. CITO CREASY is of course also a great help for diemakers; the same instrument can be used to accurately measure the creasing channels in all creasing systems including Pertinax matrices and counterplates. The software was specially designed by CITO and is capable of determining statistical data on the degree of wear on the milling tools. Another advantage is that a quality report can be printed out at any time for the customer. It is always ideal when the same measuring techniques can be used on both sides of the supply chain and when clear quality agreements exist between both business partners. But this can only happen if quality parameters are measured so that results and tolerances can be determined, leaving no room for doubt.
    The CITO CREASY project is all about providing more security to producers and die users and to the same extent. Our industry can now banish to the past “good” or “bad” assessments which are not based on clear data or parameters. Standards that have long been in place in other industries are now certain to be adopted by packaging producers. The technical options are now available and this means we can talk of common measuring values for the future. The measuring technique is designed around optical comparison and is based on the human eye, although the optics are much more accurate and are clearly focused on the specified parameters. By using this technique, it will be possible to work with common quality standards in future on a universal basis. The packaging industry specifies its own embossing standards and tolerances to ensure a trouble-free process which is then transferred to the specifications for the creasing channel. Goods-in inspection and final inspection are carried out according to the same data and are 100 % comparable. Even in today’s production process for diemaking, there are still quality checks which are definitely not in line with modern technology. It starts with the laser system, as this is where the cutting quality is usually measured manually with a thickness gauge. The CITO LaserInspector scans the cut slot with a sensor and measures the overall geometry of the cut. Order-specific parameters can be specified in the software. Three quality settings are given per cut and the device can detect independently whether it is a 2pt, 3pt or 4pt perspective. The laser operator receives a response immediately: Green indicates that the cut is OK, or Red means it must be adjusted. CITO LaserInspector was developed on the basis of practical experience for use in practical situations. The measuring process only takes a matter of seconds and does not affect production in any way. All these measuring devices have originated from the research and development work at CITO where “Don’t guess it – measure it!” is a long-standing principle.
    (CITO-SYSTEM GmbH)
     
    25.06.2014   Honoured at the SIPEC trade fair: The GEMÜ 650TL diaphragm valve    ( Company news )

    Company news Last year at the SIPEC trade fair in Orléans (France), the Innovation Prize went to GEMÜ for the development of its innovative GEMÜ 650TL "safety valve".

    If the flow velocity in a loop reduces, it can fall below a critical value. When the GEMÜ 650TL diaphragm valve is used, selected tapping points can automatically be closed by the central process monitoring system in order to reduce the tapping quantity and thus increase the flow velocity. It is now also possible to query the position of the handwheel. In this case, the position "handwheel closed" is detected by an optionally available proximity switch and communicated to the plant control system. Previously, this was only possible for the piston position of the actuator. Due to this improvement, a visual check of the plant in person is no longer absolutely essential. The position "handwheel closed" can be checked simply and conveniently from the control room.
    This optimisation adds to the reputation of the GEMÜ 650TL as a "safety valve", because the additional functionality further contributes to protecting plant operators and the conducted medium. Even if the valve closes due to the prevailing parameters (shutoff of control air) and the operator inadvertently forgets to close the hand wheel, uncontrolled escape of the medium can still be prevented.
    (GEMÜ Gebr. Müller Apparatebau GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.06.2014   The DIENES DS 6 knife holder    ( Company news )

    Company news New! highest stability, cutting width from 30 mm, cutting pressure positioning without jerking and many more

    The DS 6 is the culmination of 100 years experience of the company DIENES and know-how from more than 500,000 produced knife holders. Whether it is with manual or semi-automatic operation: The DS 6 impresses with its extremely high stability with very small cutting width from 30 mm and speed of up to 2,000 m/min. Adding to this is the worldwide unique cutting pressure positioning, its high longevity, as well as its comprehensive compatibility.
    As worldwide leading manufacturer for industrial slitting technology, once againwe set a new standard with the innovative DS 6 in the field of knife holders. Thanks to the DIENES honeycomb structure and the long guide bodies, the compact and light design of the DS 6 is extremely sturdy. This means the user can expect highest accuracy even for small cutting widths, and additionally benefits from an increased durability. Furthermore, the DS 6 with its high variability is suited to many sophisticated fields of application, like the processing of paper, foil, non-woven material and non-ferrous metal foil. Our unique patented cutting pressure positioning prevents the stick-slip effect with the balanced pressure distribution on the knives.
    The fact that our new knife holder is trend-setting on the market is also demonstrated by the other product features of the DS 6. For example, it has an integrated patented adjusting slide, which enables precise and reproducible positioning of the holder towards the bottom knife. The setting of the shear angles is possible in two ways: Conventionally with a plate on the retainer as well as from the front with the DIENES angle supports. The quick-change heads ensure a simplified, time-saving and above all safe removal during maintenance and knife exchange – the knife head and the integrated 360° guard can be completely removed and inserted as one unit. Furthermore, this unit can be used in both directions, so that the knife holder is suitable for all feed-ins or can be quickly repositioned. In addition, the knife holder has a forced sequence control for the cutting pressure positioning. Alternatively, however, supply via two separate compressed air circuits for individual adjustment of vertical and horizontal stroke can be selected, so that the cutting pressure can be set even more accurately and reproducibly.
    Operation of the DS 6 is intuitive, comfortable and wholly flexible by being usable from all sides. Its design is vibration-absorbing and it has comprehensive rust and dust protection for maximum sturdiness. Furthermore it is compatible with almost all existing slitting systems and is thus ideally suited to easily update existing machines and make them future-proof.
    The QR codes which are attached to each DS 6 holder were also developed with a view to the future. With these codes, the user can quickly access the online service page which provides information about spare parts, order numbers, documentation and knives that can be used in the DS 6 and gives direct access to the time- and cost-saving DIENES regrinding service.
    (Dienes Werke für Maschinenteile GmbH & Co. KG)
     
    25.06.2014   Valmet to supply part of a pulp mill capacity upgrade at Portucel Soporcel's Cacia mill in Portugal    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet will supply Portucel Soporcel with upgrades for its Cacia mill in Portugal. Valmet's delivery will secure high pulp quality at the new increased production level. The start-up of the renewed plant is planned for the summer 2015. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2014 orders received and the value of the order will not be disclosed.
    "This order is a continuation of a long-lasting relationship between Portucel and Valmet. The new lime kiln will support the increased demand for lime, as Cacia mill increases its pulp production," says Stefan Mattsson, Vice President, Fiber Processing Business Unit, from Valmet.

    Technical details of Valmet's delivery
    Valmet's delivery includes batch cooking, screening, bleaching and a new lime kiln with a capacity of 110 metric tons per day (MTPD). The bleach plant rebuild includes a new TwinRoll press, which replaces two drum filters. The new lime kiln with flash dryer and electro static precipitator (ESP) will be able to burn both heavy fuel oil (HFO) and natural gas.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    25.06.2014   Twin Rivers Paper Company to Complete Edmundston Odor Reduction Project    ( Company news )

    Company news Twin Rivers Paper Company, a leader in the industry, has been implementing its operational improvement plan since a majority interest in the company was acquired by Atlas Holdings and Blue Wolf Capital Partners in June, 2013. This improvement plan included a complete review of odor reduction at the pulp mill in Edmundston.
    “We’ve gathered a lot of best practice information on odor reduction technology in similar pulp mills and now we can confidently move forward with completing our own odor reduction project,” said Tim Lowe, CEO. “Work has commenced in the last few weeks and will continue over the next few months.”
    Major tie-ins were done during a scheduled two-day maintenance shut down that occurred June 3-5. Phase one will be the completion of the construction part of the project. Phase two will involve a gradual start-up and calibration process of the odor reduction technology.
    “We couldn’t be happier to hear that Twin Rivers is going forward with odor reduction at the mill,” said Edmundston Mayor Cyrille Simard. “Since taking ownership last year, the team at the mill has been doing good work to improve operations. We’re pleased they’re making odor reduction a priority.”
    Twin Rivers does not anticipate there will be any disruption to residents or businesses during the construction phase of this project.
    “We work every day to create a sustainable business that will grow and thrive over the long-term,” said Lowe. “We are invested in our community and we are proud to be carrying forward with a project of such importance to the people who live and work here every day.”
    Twin Rivers has been a vital economic engine for the region for over 80 years, producing a wide range of specialty paper and lumber products.
    (Twin Rivers Paper Company Edmundston Pulp Mill)
     
    25.06.2014   UPM Fray Bentos completes production permitting process in Uruguay    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill has complied with all requirements set forth by the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Land Planning of Uruguay and therefore has been authorised to increase its production level to meet the mill capacity as per the company's request in 2011.

    This resolution supports UPM Pulp Business to grow according to their customer needs. It also benefits the growth and development of Uruguay’s forest sector.
    (UPM Fray Bentos Mill)
     
    25.06.2014   Ready to leave for Brasil!    ( Company news )

    Company news Nowadays BRAZIL is a coveted destination for the World Cup and our machines are ready to leave for that destination.

    A Brazilian loyal customer confirmed his trust placed in Imanpack, by purchasing a complete new packaging system to assemble hinges, handles and bases: a complete production line is leaving for Brazil, by ship!

    From the pictures below, you can see the large amount of machines ready to go, properly packed by thermo sealed BARRIER BAG.

    The quality of our machines is still able to compete in a market like Brazil despite the high custom rates.
    Imanpack Quality & Service, always win!
    (Imanpack Packaging and Eco Solutions S.p.A.)
     
    24.06.2014   Valmet's SealFlo cuts suction roll lubrication water use by up to 50%    ( Company news )

    Company news There is a continuous need for paper manufacturers to reduce their environmental impact. Valmet is contributing to this need by introducing SealFlo, an easy upgrade for suction roll lubrication showers.

    "Valmet's new SealFlo technology reduces water consumption by as much as 50%, while maintaining or improving lubrication results," says Pekka Kivioja, director of Roll Maintenance at Valmet.

    Worn, aged and outdated showers and nozzles lead to substandard lubrication results and consume excessive amounts of water. The new SealFlo axial seal lubrication shower from Valmet features a design which improves the lubrication process, as well as reducing the roll's environmental impact through significantly reduced water consumption.

    Significant savings
    In addition to improved lubrication results, many applications show an improved moisture profile and reduced costs of shower water preparation. Kivioja gives an example: "On a paper or board machine, this could mean savings of as much as 2,500 to 5,000 euros per roll meter per year, resulting in average savings of 100,000 to 200,000 euros a year on a ten-meter wide machine that has four suction rolls." The improved shower functionality also has a positive effect on the lifespan of the axial seal and on the suction roll shell.

    This modification is now available with suction roll maintenance through Valmet's extensive roll service network.
    (Valmet Corporation)
     
    24.06.2014   Commercial step for DuraPulp    ( Company news )

    Company news In collaboration with UK based James Cropper PLC, the speciality paper and advanced materials group, Södra is taking the first commercial step into the international market for bio-composite material DuraPulp.

    The collaboration brings together the respective core competences of each organisation and the creation of cross-functional expert teams with the aim to develop DuraPulp solutions for a wide potential range of applications.

    "James Cropper's extensive technical competence and global market reach will mean that we will be able to speed up the commercialisation of DuraPulp," said Anna Altner, Södra's Project Manager for DuraPulp.

    "Initially, the collaboration will involve niche and high end packaging related applications but we do see wide potential opportunities, including the horticulture market," explained Jacqueline Redman, Strategic Marketing and Innovation Manager at James Cropper.

    James Cropper plc has 2 business divisions - the paper division includes the speciality and luxury paper manufacturing and converting business and the non-woven division, Technical Fibre Products which has a holds a niche and leading position in the aerospace, energy, medical, automotive and other sectors.

    James Cropper Speciality Papers is one of the world's leading producers of bespoke coloured paper; in the last six months alone it has won two awards for innovative sustainable luxury packaging, most recently in Shanghai.

    "We will be exploring these markets to establish if our unique product can offer useful solutions," noted Urban Blomster, Business Development Manager for DuraPulp.

    Södra is already involved in technical collaboration with Swt Paper, a privately-owned business development company in Varberg specialising in bespoke paper and cardboard products. This collaboration is making it possible to produce wet-formed DuraPulp demonstrators that showcase the material's potential in bespoke packaging and containers.

    DuraPulp is a bio-composite material that consists of specially-selected pulp from Södra Cell and a renewable biopolymer. After additional processing, these two components take on special properties, such as moisture resistance, strength and rigidity.

    James Cropper PLC is an advanced materials group with more than 500 employees and turnover in the region of 80 million GBP.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    24.06.2014   Tieto provides Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG with a Web Trim cloud solution    ( Company news )

    Company news Tieto provides Swiss paper specialist Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG a cost efficient and easily managed cloud solution for creating and optimizing cutting plans for the pulp and paper industry. Web Trim’s Software as a Service solution allows Cham to focus on its core business without any local installations or need to maintain its own IT infra.
    Trim is an optimization module of Tieto Integrated Paper Solution TIPS, which is the leading sales, logistics and manufacturing execution system for the pulp and paper industry.
    Cham and Tieto have been working together for more than 15 years. Cham had the need to update its old release of TIPS Trim to the newest Trim application. Tieto suggested that Cham start using Web Trim as Software as a Service, which allows the company to concentrate on its core business while Tieto takes care of the IT infrastructure.
    “With this solution, we do not have to invest in our own software and hardware. We can focus on our core business and reduce our IT costs significantly. The collaboration with Tieto has been very constructive and efficient. The support after the implementation has been excellent,” says Markus Keiser, Head of Operations at Cham.
    With Web Trim’s Software as a Service solution, the application will always be up to date without any upgrade projects or installations.
    “This additional delivery confirms our assumption that there is an increasing demand for cloud applications in the paper industry as well,” says Stefanie Richter, Continuous Service Manager at Tieto Germany GmbH.
    (Tieto Germany GmbH)
     
    24.06.2014   Mercer International Inc. Announces Joint Venture With Resolute Forest Products Inc. to ....    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Commercialize Sustainable New Biomaterial

    Mercer International Inc. ("Mercer" or "the Company") announced the launch of a new joint venture company called Performance BioFilaments Inc. ("Performance BioFilaments") established to commercialize an innovative biomaterial derived from wood fiber called cellulose filaments. The joint venture will be equally owned with Resolute Forest Products Inc. ("Resolute"), a leader in the forest products business.
    Cellulose filaments are derived from wood pulp which has been processed using innovative technology licensed from FPInnovations Inc. ("FPInnovations"), one of the world's leading forest products research organizations. The cellulose filaments' exceptional strength and high aspect ratio make it a unique cellulose-based biomaterial. We believe it has the potential to make a wide array of consumer and industrial products stronger, lighter, more flexible and more durable, while leveraging a sustainable and renewable resource with a low carbon footprint.
    "Commercializing cellulose filaments represents a compelling business opportunity developed through our focus on collaborative innovation and takes one of our initiatives to the next level," says Jimmy S.H. Lee, President and Chairman of Mercer. "We are excited to be working jointly with Resolute, which allows us to leverage our respective global research knowledge and resources to implement the commercialization process for this high potential material."
    Performance BioFilaments will seek joint development partners from a range of industries – from automotive and manufacturing, to construction and high-end consumer products – to develop new commercial product applications for cellulose filaments. While we are optimistic about the potential for commercialization of this product, we recognize that, as with the development of all novel product applications, the process can be lengthy and without assurances.
    Performance BioFilaments will build upon the significant investment made by FPInnovations in technology development and production through its current C$43.1 million cellulose filaments project. All of the know-how gained from their project, as well as commercial development quantities of cellulose filaments, will be available to Performance BioFilaments for its commercialization efforts.
    (Mercer International Inc.)
     
    24.06.2014   GLATFELTER ANNOUNCES LEADERSHIP CHANGES IN SPECIALTY PAPERS BUSINESS UNIT    ( Company news )

    Company news Glatfelter (NYSE: GLT) announced key leadership changes in the Specialty Papers Business Unit (SPBU) effective immediately. Timothy R. Hess is promoted to Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and Calvin Staudt Jr. has joined Glatfelter as Vice President of Manufacturing. Both men will report to Brian Janki, Vice President & General Manager for SPBU.
    In making this announcement, Mr. Janki said, “These changes strengthen the Specialty Papers’ team, creating a more integrated leadership structure for both our commercial and manufacturing organizations. I expect these changes to accelerate our new product development engine and enhance our customer experience, while improving our operating efficiency and cost position – all of which are critical to our ongoing success in Specialty Papers.”
    Mr. Hess brings 20 years of broad Glatfelter operational and commercial leadership experience and a strong technical background to his new assignment. He will assume ownership of Specialty Papers’ commercial activities, including sales, marketing, new product development, and new business development. In addition to his professional experience, Mr. Hess earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the United States Military Academy, West Point and a Master of Science in Pulp & Paper from the Institute for Paper Science and Technology.
    As Vice President of Manufacturing, Mr. Staudt will assume responsibility for all Specialty Papers operations, with an emphasis on safety, reliability, efficient mill operations, and developing capabilities across our manufacturing assets to align with the needs of current and future customers.
    Mr. Staudt brings more than 30 years of industry manufacturing operations experience to Glatfelter. Most recently, he served as General Manager at Rock Tenn in Florence, S.C. Prior leadership roles include assignments with International Paper, Temple Inland, and Evergreen Packaging. He earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Iowa State University and an MBA from the University of Alabama. Mr. Staudt retired as a Commander of the United States Naval Reserve in 1997.
    (Glatfelter Corporate Headquarters)
     
    23.06.2014   Infinity: Voith’s newly developed press fabric with high dewatering Performance    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Infinity: quick start-up and steady-state Performance

    With Infinity, Voith has developed a completely new generation of endless and seam press fabrics containing a base structure that ensures the fabric will resist compaction during operation. The dewatering performance therefore remains consistently high while maintaining high paper quality.

    The high-quality base fabric of Infinity is woven in an especially uniform method. Additionally, the laminated structure retains its open volume during the entire running time due to a high level of compressibility and better rebound behaviour in comparison to conventional press fabrics. These characteristics increase the dewatering performance and reduce dirt deposits and fiber loss. Infinity rapidly achieves optimal saturation, so the desired machine speed is quickly reached. The high number of contact points of the base fabric provides for uniform pressure distribution, increasing the dry content and the quality of the paper sheet.

    The paper manufacturer has the choice of several designs due to the modular concept of Infinity. Infinity can be tailored to the specific needs of the application to provide immediate benefit to paper machine operation. The new press fabric is also available with seams: the seam loops have an identical loop length, roundness and spacing, which makes the installation of the fabrics faster, simpler and safer.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
     
    23.06.2014   Södra invests to increase pulp production at Mörrum    ( Company news )

    Company news Södra's Board has decided to invest approximately SEK 700 million to increase pulp production at Södra Cell Mörrum. A new wood-chip plant will be constructed and one of the mill's two pulp lines will be upgraded.

    In February of this year, Södra's Board decided to invest just over SEK 4 billion to increase capacity at the Värö pulp mill. Investments are now also being made in the Mörrum pulp mill, where Södra currently operates two parallel pulp lines for the production of softwood pulp and textile pulp (dissolving pulp).

    "This is another investment that strengthens our market position and competitiveness for market pulp. The expansion of pulp production is a key part of our Group strategy and a crucial feature of our efforts to develop our operation," said Lars Idermark, CEO of Södra.

    The existing facility at Mörrum currently produces a total of 380,000 tonnes annually. The investment is expected to increase production to about 425,000 tpy.

    "The investment will enable us to meet the growing demands of our customers for softwood pulp and the increasingly popular textile pulp. It will enhance our energy efficiency, result in even higher quality pulp and improve the work environment," commented Gunilla Saltin, President of the Södra Cell business area.

    The project includes a new wood-chip plant with two separate wood lines, one for softwood-chip and one for hardwood-chip production, in addition to a refit of the softwood line, where the existing washing equipment will be replaced.

    The first phase of the project is scheduled to be carried out in 2014-15 with completion expected March 2016.

    Södra Cell Mörrum currently produces high-quality pulp and is the only Södra mill to produce textile pulp, for which demand is growing rapidly. Södra Cell is one of the largest players in the world in the area of softwood pulp and operates three pulp mills in Sweden: Mörrum, Mönsterås and Värö.
    (Södra Cell AB)
     
    23.06.2014   Successful product launch at this year’s FESPA    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Production site Cham

    At FESPA Digital in Munich the Swiss sublimation paper manufacturer Cham Paper Group presented its latest product innovation TRANSJET® Fashion for the first time to an interested audience.

    With only 45 gsm TRANSJET® Fashion is currently the lightest coated sublimation paper in the assortment. Thanks to its innovative coating the paper features extraordinary colour brilliance, high transfer rates and outstanding ink drying, even with highly saturated colour shades. It has been especially designed for use on industrial high-speed printers with Kyocera print heads. It is available in jumbo reels with a width of up to 3.20 m.

    TRANSJET® Fashion is the answer of the manufacturer to the rapidly increasing demand for a cost-efficient but high-performance sublimation paper that is suitable for high volume applications in cost-driven production processes, as e.g. in the fashion and clothing manufacture industry.

    FESPA visitors were given the opportunity to assure themselves of the outstanding performance of the new TRANSJET® Fashion on site. The paper was presented live on a MS Italy JP-4 printer and made for a massive increase in visitor frequency at the booth.
    (Cham Paper Group Schweiz AG)
     
    23.06.2014   Smurfit Kappa set to Open the future     ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa announces the launch of a new global brand strategy across 32 countries, which is set to Open the future for its customers.
    The new strategy focuses on delivering customer growth through insight and innovation, reflecting the continued battle for brand owners to win that all-important First Moment of Truth, where shoppers choose one brand over another. It will deliver the deepest insights programme ever seen in the packaging industry and build a new network of customer experience centres around the world.
    A new, global brand campaign called Open the future will showcase Smurfit Kappa’s dedication to customer growth, through its proactive, listening approach and its relentless pursuit of the critical gains which make the difference in consumer brand choice. It draws on the company’s global experience across packaging, paper and sustainability to help solve real-world problems, based on deep consumer insights.
    The new brand strategy is the result of a 12-month long, global research programme, using the best business-to-business research specialists to establish what brand owners really want from the packaging industry. It included customers, suppliers and investors, as well as broad internal engagement with Smurfit Kappa employees across Europe and the Americas.

    Gary McGann, Group Chief Executive Officer at Smurfit Kappa said,:
    "The world for global brands has become more challenging and fast moving but full of opportunity for those who embrace and lead new ideas, new technologies and new trends. We are no different. Our approach to innovation has to be rooted in the sharpest insights, exactly mirroring the approach of the brands who are our customers.”

    The new brand strategy will be rolled out with a range of high profile customer service and innovation programmes which break new ground for the industry. They include the launch of a bespoke customer insights programme, created especially for the world of packaging, which will deliver a depth of understanding of consumer markets, behaviour and trend data never seen before in the industry.
    Smurfit Kappa is also building a new network of customer experience centres in its main markets. The hub will be a showcase International Customer Experience Centre at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport where brand owners will spend days working alongside Smurfit Kappa experts, immersed in market insights and assessing new packaging innovations designed to deliver profitable growth and a sustainable supply chain. Satellite versions of the centre will be introduced in other major markets worldwide.
    Open the future is brought to life through a new, dynamic microsite, where a series of films demonstrate how customers across the world have worked in partnership with Smurfit Kappa to create innovative solutions which have driven commercial success. The new microsite can be visited at www.openthefuture.info and will be the home for new, shareable content updated regularly throughout the year.

    Gary McGann added:
    “The delivery of creative, forward-thinking solutions for brands has always been part of our DNA. Today we’re taking that to a new level with a big commitment to increase our insight into our customers' worlds and deliver growth through innovation.
    “The industry has to look beyond our customers' immediate packaging needs to understand what really makes their business and their customers tick and where future opportunities lie. Only if we do that can we credibly produce insightful, creative solutions that will be taken seriously by brand owners and open up future growth opportunities."
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc (Dublin Office))
     
    23.06.2014   Welcome to Paper Arabia 2014 - Middle East's special event on Paper Industry     ( Company news )

    Company news Over the past few years, Paper Arabia has proven to be the most attended exhibition for all paper industry proffessionals in the Middle East region. The last edition in 2013 was visited by more than 6500 trade visitors from 48 countries, 95% of which were the senior most executive from their respective organisations.
    On September 21-23, 2014, it is time for the 7th edition of the International Exhibition on Paper, Tissue and Converting Industry also covering Corrugated, Carton and Machinery. Taking place in the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre in the grand city of Dubai, Paper Arabia will be the unique platform for the Middle East, African and Asian buyers to meet, source and discuss everything and anything related to the Paper Industry.

    Preview new products at Paper Arabia 2014
    New technology and trend will be unveiled and the world's biggest machinery and technology suppliers will choose this event for their business enhancements to this part of the world. Read about this, Exhibitor profile, participation cost and much more in the Exhibitor Invitation.
    (Adforum AB)
     
    20.06.2014   Antalis sponsors educational session at DSCOOP EMEA    ( Company news )

    Company news Session aims to help printers better market their service proposition to end-users

    For the third consecutive year, leading European paper merchant Antalis is a partner of DSCOOP EMEA, the Digital Solutions Cooperative event which brings together an independent community of graphic arts business owners and technical professionals who use HP Graphic Arts equipment and related solutions. The 2014 edition will take the form of three days of collaborative workshops to discuss how printers can develop their business by better meeting the Needs of and marketing to end-users. Antalis is sponsoring the session entitled “Holding Meaningful Conversations with Marketers”.

    Antalis’s annual participation and sponsorship of the DSCOOP EMEA event is a mainstay of the group’s d2b (Digital-to-Business) initiative which aims to support the various Players in the print industry through the digital printing transition. d2b offers them a broad range of paper and specialty substrates adapted to the latest digital printing and finishing techniques, a team of digital experts, numerous services and dedicated events and open days showcasing innovative applications and techniques.

    An increasing number of printers are investing in digital printing presses, not only to meet the demand for small, cost effective print jobs and quick turnaround, but also to add high added-value services such as web-to-print and cross-media applications to their portfolio. However, for many printers, the world of marketing is an unknown one with a foreign language that they do not naturally master. The DSCOOOP EMEA educational sessions aim to help printers “speak” to marketing and communications professionals, to Position their solutions in a way that will get this audience’s attention and also demonstrate how printers can leverage social networking to develop a strong brand and secure more referrals. The “Holding Meaningful Conversations with Marketers” session sponsored by
    Antalis will be chaired by Sima Dahl, Personal Branding & Social Networking speaker, trainer and coach.

    “The paper and printing industries are in constant flux with digital printing in particular changing the playing field,” says Xavier Jouvet, Group Marketing and Purchasing Director, Antalis International. “Only those who adapt to these changes and find ways to constantly renew their service proposition and target new customers will prosper in the Long term. That is what we as a paper merchant need to do and what we want to help our customers do.”
    (Antalis International)
     
    20.06.2014   FOREST INDUSTRY REPORT CARD: PROGRESS MADE ON AMBITIOUS ...    ( Company news )

    Company news .. GOALS OF VISION2020

    The Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) today released its first report card on Vision2020, Pathways to Prosperity―it shows progress on the three parameters of products, environmental performance and people and issues a call to action to build on the momentum to date.

    “I’m pleased to say our efforts began to bear fruit during the first two years of our ten year Vision plan for jobs, growth and continuous improvement in the industry’s environmental record,” says the President and CEO of FPAC, David Lindsay.

    Vision2020 was launched in May 2012 as a challenge to industry as well as governments, academic researchers, policy thinkers and other partners to build on the sector’s transformation. The Vision goals are to refresh the workforce with an additional 60,000 new employees; improve environmental performance by 35% and generate an additional $20 billion in economic activity from new products and markets, all by the end of the decade.

    The report card covers the first two year period between the baseline year of 2010 and 2012. During this period, final figures show that the forest industry hired 8,000 new recruits and made a further 6% improvement in its environmental credentials, putting the sector on pace to reach its Vision goals. The industry saw only a modest increase in the product goal with a gain in economic activity of $0.5 billion. However the report card reflects a time period when the industry was still recovering from the recession. More recent figures show the industry growing at a faster pace – for example Statistics Canada figures say that during 2013, the forest products sector had a 3.4% increase in GDP, faster than the overall economy at 2%, while wood exports were up 27%.

    “We want to celebrate our initial successes while acknowledging we still have a long way to go.” says Lindsay. “Realizing the ambitious goals of Vision2020 will require bold thinking and determination. There needs to be a collective effort of FPAC and its member companies, working with the broader industry, government, policy thinkers, academics and others to find the best technological, social, environmental and economic pathways to progress.”

    “We look forward to another two years of increasing progress toward implementation of Vision2020 and the green and innovative agenda of the forest products industry of Canada.”
    (FPAC Forest Products Association of Canada)
     
    20.06.2014   Sappi confirms disposal of Nijmegen Mill    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Sappi Europe Head Office

    With reference to the announcement made on 30 September 2013 about the future of the Sappi Nijmegen Mill, Sappi wishes to confirm that it has reached an agreement to dispose of the mill to an affiliate of American Industrial Acquisition Corporation (“AIAC”). The new name of the Sappi Nijmegen Mill is Innovio Papers. It will manufacture specialty paper and will no longer be engaged in the coated graphic paper business. A transfer plan is being arranged with current graphic paper customers. The transaction is effective as of 16 June 2014. The disposal is not categorisable in terms of section 9.5 of the JSE Listings Requirements.
    (Sappi Europe S.A.)
     
    19.06.2014   The TurnLock™ Laminating System - Label protection just got better     ( Company news )

    Company news The first ever one-roll self-laminating system is now available for durable labelling applications. Compared with an overlaminate or transfer tape, TurnLock offers a material cost reduction of up to 30% and operational efficiency gains of up to 25%.

    Turnlock achieves its one-roll results with a simple turn bar, enabling immediate improvements in laminating operations. The use of standard printing and converting equipment means that no major investment is needed. Big gains are possible on all fronts:

    Lower material costs
    You need to buy only one roll, rather than two, and hold less inventory

    Higher operational efficiency
    Set-up takes less time, splicing is improved and you can run the line faster

    Improved sustainability
    No more mismatched rolls means less scrap, without the need for a disposable liner – Turnlock uses up to 30% less material

    The process is simple but ingenious. Images are first reverse-printed onto the top layer, and the material is passed through standard press stations. The printed facestock is flipped at the turn bar, then buried and locked under a clear PET, resulting in protected, attractive graphics on long-lasting, quality labels.
    (Avery Dennison Label and Packaging Materials Europe)
     
    18.06.2014   Get acquainted with Russian PPI market with PAP-FOR Russia Exhibition!    ( Company news )

    Company news How to grow your business at Russian and CIS PPI market?
    • Join over 300 exhibitors and check out all the opportunities with PAP-FOR Russia!

    Why Russian market is worth entering?
    Russia is the largest country in the world with growing economy:
    • Expected decrease in entry barriers and creation of new opportunities for foreign countries due to WTO accession.
    • Easy accessibility to Kazakhstan and Belarus markets due to membership in the Custom Union.
    • Strong consuming growth caused by huge population and economic development (15 cities with a million-plus population, 145 million people in total, over 5 million companies).
    • Fantastic growth in retail industry (appr. 20% in 2013).
    • Prospects of becoming a key consumer of PPI products instead of stagnating European and Asian PPI markets*.
    • Well enough space and clients for the international players.


    Why exhibit at PAP-FOR Russia?
    Exhibiting at the leading show for Pulp and Paper industry in Eastern Europe will result in tremendous export opportunities for your company.
    • Every 2 years PAP-FOR draws thousands of producers, suppliers, distributors, government and industry associates from across the country and all over the world.
    • Over 40 key Russian and CIS paper mills are among PAP-FOR exhibitors**.
    • PAP-FOR is a well-established exhibition with history and reputation. Since 1992, it is the largest professional event for PPI in Russia and CIS gathering the whole industry at one B2B platform.
    • More than 50 industry mass media and visitor promotion campaign attract only target audience.

    Who Attends?
    Over 6000 unique professional visitors:
    • Distributors, importers and exporters of paper, cardboard and converting products;
    • Suppliers of equipment for PPI;
    • Packaging manufacturers;
    • Pulp and paper mills;
    • End customers;
    • Governmental and industry associations representatives;
    • For the 1st time PAP-FOR invites major retail chains!
    (Reed Exhibitions Russia)
     
    18.06.2014   Duni is launching the market's most extensive range of compostable, unicolored products    ( Company news )

    Company news If you want to care for the environment and still create a colorful atmosphere, our extensive range of compostable unicolored products is the natural choice.
    Duni is launching the world’s biggest range of compostable, unicolored napkins and tablecoverings. The products in the range carry the OK Compost label. This means that they are guaranteed as biodegradable in an industrial composting plant, contain no harmful chemicals, and may be sorted with food waste when allowed.
    Elisabeth Gierow, CSR & Quality Director at Duni: “We are launching the range for two main reasons. Firstly, there is strong demand from our customers for eco-conscious solutions. Secondly, for us innovation, quality, safety and environmental standards go hand in hand.”
    (Duni AB)
     
    18.06.2014   Mika Joukio appointed Metsä Board's CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Metsä Board Corporation’s Board of Directors has appointed M.Sc. (Tech.), MBA Mika Joukio (49, photo) as the company’s new CEO. Joukio will start in the position on 1 December 2014 at the latest.
    Joukio joins Metsä Board from Metsä Tissue Corporation, part of Metsä Group, where he has been the CEO since 2012. Prior to Metsä Tissue, Joukio worked as the head of Metsä Board’s paperboard business during 2006–2011. He has held various management positions in the company and its predecessors Metsä-Serla Corporation and M-real Corporation since 1990.
    “Mika Joukio has strong earlier experience in Metsä Board and in paperboard as well as consumer product industries. He has a good track record of successful business management in Metsä Tissue. He has an excellent starting point to continuing profitable growth of Metsä Board”, says Kari Jordan, Chairman of the Board of Directors.
    Metsä Board’s current CEO Mikko Helander will move to another company on 1 December 2014 at the latest.
    (Metsä Board Corporation)
     
    18.06.2014   Burgo's Board of Directors approves the Industrial Action Plan "Burgo 2020" and 2013 ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...financial statement

    The Burgo Group Board of Directors approved the new Industrial Action Plan “Burgo2020” for the period 2014-2018.
    The Plan provides for investments for about € 250 million and significant programs and measures aimed at containing operational costs and matching the production capacity of the Group to the demand trend.
    The Group will remain focused on diversification, which will be achieved by strengthening and developing the presence of its specialty papers on the market, thanks to Mosaico – the dedicated subsidiary of Burgo Group – for which a specific developing plan has been approved.
    The measures and investments included in the Plan will enable the Group to consolidate its competitiveness in the European environment through a significant improvement of its industrial and financial performance and efficiency.
    The consolidated balance sheet will be presented to the shareholders’ meeting on the 29th of June. Burgo Group closes the 2013 accounting period with a turnover of € 2.391 million (- 8,4% compared to 2012) and an EBITDA of € 92 million. The results are a consequence of the negative trend in the graphic papers market and are in line with those of the main competitors. The year ends with a loss of € 147 million, 101 of which due to depreciation and provision measures taken by the Company to develop the Industrial Plan.
    The Group’s financial debt drops to € 957 million, decreasing by 3% compared to the year 2012.
    (Burgo Group spa)
     
    18.06.2014   Scottish Book Printer Gains Greater Efficiency and Color Accuracy with X-Rite IntelliTrax    ( Company news )

    Company news Solution enables production target densities to be reached in as fast as 20 minutes

    X-Rite Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Pantone LLC, today announces that the Glasgow-based academic book and journal printer Bell & Bain has purchased the IntelliTrax colour management scanning solution to manage their on-press colour control. IntelliTrax is X-Rite’s advanced, automated color management scanning for press-side color control, and Bell & Bain will include the solution in their state-of-the-art production platform.

    Founded in 1831, Bell & Bain is one of the few Scottish academic printers to have survived the centuries to thrive in today's ultra-competitive market. With more than 80 employees, the company has a turnover in excess of £9 million and has more than 150 customers, including most of the blue-chip names in international publishing.

    The company operates three large format KBA Rapida 142 offset presses and a new B2 four-colour Rapida 75 with coater. The latest KBA press purchase was part of Bell & Bain’s investment program, which has helped the firm increase turnover by 50% since 2005, and win new business that includes a portfolio of work in the fine arts sector.

    To support that success, Bell & Bain acquired X-Rite’s IntelliTrax scanning color measurement system with the IntelliSetTM Closed-Loop Color Control System from Rutherford Graphic Products.

    Scott Hill, Print Manager at Bell & Bain commented on the impact of the IntelliTrax system has had on their operations. He notes, “Our initial IntelliTrax investment has made a huge difference to our operations – both in accuracy and in speed. First, the integration of the Rutherford closed loop capability that Feeds information back to the press makes duct key changes even more accurate. In addition, the IntelliTrax solution is a lot faster, cutting our make ready time in half and significantly reducing waste. With IntelliTrax, we can reach target densities in 20 minutes - and that’s for large format four-over-four printing. On the older system, it generally took 24 minutes for four-colour make-readies, and that was only one side of the sheet, so this is a significant improvement.”

    Ultra-fast scanning
    X-Rite’s IntelliTrax automatically scans the colour bar of a typical press sheet in less than 15 seconds. It can measure special colours, PANTONE® colours, non-process colours, and paper colour. Instant reports are then created and displayed on-screen. This enables press operators to quickly make adjustments that get them to approved colour faster.

    According to David Stewart, Sales Manager UK, Imaging, Media & Packaging of X-Rite, “The results that Bell & Bain have experienced with IntelliTrax are exactly the types of results that we had hoped for when we developed this solution. We knew that if we could speed up both the color measurement and the correction processes, printers would be able to gain greater efficiencies and achieve a higher color standard. We congratulate Bell & Bain on their success.”

    Bell & Bain’s Intellitrax was installed in conjunction with Rutherford’s AutoPilot, a software solution that delivers fast and cost-effective off-line closed-loop colour control. It seamlessly integrates with pressroom colour control systems, and its ease of use makes staff training and operation simple.

    Scott Hill concludes, “All in all, our upgraded X-Rite IntelliTrax with Rutherford AutoPilot has improved our productivity, decreased turnaround time and freed our press operators to plan ahead on their shift, while maintaining the highest quality colour across all of our work.”
    (X-Rite Europe GmbH)
     
    17.06.2014   MHI-PPM Receives Order for 20 Box Making Machines From U.S. Packaging Materials ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...Manufacturer RockTenn

    -- Two Orders for Corrugating Machinery also Received from Korea --

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, Ltd. (MHI-PPM), a group company of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd. (MHI), has received an order for 20 corrugated box making machines from Rock-Tenn Company (RockTenn), a leading North American integrated producer of packaging materials. Almost simultaneously MHI-PPM also took orders from two Korean manufacturers for 1 box making machine and 2 corrugating machinery for producing corrugated board. As demand for corrugated board packaging increases worldwide, inquiries concerning MHI-PPM's corrugated board production systems are brisk, and these latest orders reflect the company's growing reputation as a manufacturer of products of world-class quality and productivity.
    The order from RockTenn is for 20 units of the EVOL 4FGR-100 Flexo Folder Gluer. Featuring a maximum speed of 350 boxes per minute - one of the fastest speeds available worldwide - the EVOL 4FGR-100 can produce beautifully finished corrugated boxes of diverse sizes, with a wide range of print options, from corrugated board. Outstanding productivity has been realized through a host of proprietary technologies and innovative ideas. One example is a new ink changing system, provided standard, that substantially reduces ink changing time and loss and uses less washing water. Shipments of the 20 units on order are scheduled to commence this October and continue until April 2016.
    Of the two new orders received from Korea, both from packaging materials manufacturers, one was for 1 unit of the EVOL 4FGR-100 and 1 unit of the SH-400-2500 corrugating machinery; the other too was for 1 unit of the SH-400-2500. The SH-400-2500 can manufacture corrugated board at a maximum speed of 400 meters per minute.
    As production of corrugated board increases steadily on global scale, demand is solid for new or replacement corrugating machinery and box making machines. Especially popular are machines that are capable of manufacturing diverse product types in automated mode without loss of quality, and machines that excel in terms of energy efficiency, environmental compatibility, minimal waste and outstanding operating speed. It is these features that are attracting successive orders, including bulk orders, for the EVOL 4FGR-100 and SH-400-2500.
    Going forward MHI-PPM, by further developing its technologies and business infrastructure, will continue focusing on the development of products delivering even higher performance and on the provision of broad-ranging solutions in both the domestic and global markets.
    (Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Printing & Packaging Machinery, Ltd.)
     
    17.06.2014   Minerals Technologies Inc. Signs Agreement to Build a Satellite PCC Plant for Coated Packaging ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Paper in China with Zhejiang Zhengda Paper Group Co. Ltd.

    Facility will Produce 50,000 Metric Tons per Year of Coating-Grade PCC at a Paper Mill in Zhejiang Province; MTI's First Dedicated Satellite Plant for Packaging Market

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed an agreement with the Zhejiang Zhengda Paper Group Co. Ltd. for a 50,000 metric ton per year satellite precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC) plant that will produce coating grade PCC for packaging in Zhejiang Province, China. The plant should be operational in the fourth quarter of 2015.
    "This agreement with the Zhengda Paper Group is important in that it is Minerals Technologies' first on-site satellite plant to produce PCC for the coated packaging market," said Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer. "We are very pleased to be working with a high-caliber paper company like Zhengda Paper to help them reduce costs, upgrade quality, and improve the performance of its coated cartonboard in the market. We look forward to a long, mutually rewarding relationship with this fine company."
    Minerals Technologies (MTI) will manufacture OPACARB® Coating PCC specifically tailored for the Chinese packaging market at the satellite plant. This will allow Zhengda Paper to reduce the use of other expensive raw materials such as imported clay, latex, optical brighteners and expensive finely ground GCC. The Zhengda paper mill in Fuyang City, Zhejiang Province, China, produces 600,000 metric tons per year of coated, bleached cartonboard for packaging.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
     
    17.06.2014   Celulose Irani signed a letter of intent with the Government of the State of Santa Catarina    ( Company news )

    Company news After the partnership with the government of Minas Gerais in March, Celulose Irani signed a new letter of intent, this time with the government of Santa Catarina. The goal is to expand the manufacturing plant in Vargem Bonita, located in the Midwest of Santa Catarina.
    The total investment is estimated to be approximately R$ 600 million, and the project is to be completed in 2019. The investment is be used to expand the productive capacity of the Paper Packaging unit by approximately 135 thousand tons/year. The same is planned for the Corrugated Cardboard Boxes unit, also in Vargem Bonita, which will have an approximate increase of 24 thousand tons/year.
    The signing of the document confirms the support of the Government of the State of Santa Caterina in the implementation of the project, besides the recognition of the importance of the project to generate jobs and the industrial, commercial and socioeconomic development of the State.
    (Celulose Irani S.A.)
     
    17.06.2014   Announcing the Rho 1300 Series: The most productive UV flatbed printers    ( Company news )

    Company news The Rho 1030 is the fastest flatbed in the market and the Rho 1330 adds another 25 % to that speed. It is ideal for fully automated production whilst offering the ability to provide short runs. The Rho 1330 will print up to 1250 sqm/h and the Rho 1312 will print up to 620 sqm/h.
    In addition they offer improved image quality, increased reliability during printing and even greater flexibility of media, particularly with difficult and heat sensitive material.
    The Rho 1300 Series also include advancements of media transportation, with a higher vacuum and improved media registration. This provides higher reliability during printing and a better performance with difficult media, for example corrugated.
    The use of low UV pinning of the ink film during printing fixes the image and this enables full curing to take place outside the machine with an external UV dryer. The result is better printing of heat sensitive media due to minimal expansion of the media during printing. The dryer can be mounted onto the continuous printing table.
    The product advancements included in the Rho 1300 Series are due to a different printing configuration called “Gradual Flow Printing”.
    The “Gradual Flow Printing” mode includes a wider transport belt and advancement of the media is minimal during the printing process. The media, with a maximum size of 125 × 250 cm is transported onto the belt, and a higher vacuum is applied outside the machine. This enables the image to be built up gradually, thus providing smoother tones over large areas and a high gloss finish, even at the highest speeds.
    (Durst Phototechnik AG)
     
    17.06.2014   International Paper Appoints Mark S. Sutton President and Chief Operating Officer    ( Company news )

    Company news International Paper (NYSE: IP) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer John Faraci announced that Mark S. Sutton (photo) has been promoted to president and chief operating officer and elected a member of the company's board of directors effective immediately. In this new role Sutton will immediately assume responsibility for the operations of the company and will continue to report to Faraci. Most recently, Sutton served as International Paper senior vice president, industrial packaging.
    "Mark has been a key member of our leadership team and has played an instrumental role in the transformation of International Paper over the last decade," Faraci said. "He has done an excellent job integrating the acquisition of Temple Inland, and with 30 years of proven success at International Paper in a variety of assignments, I'm confident Mark will continue to make International Paper a stronger, better company."
    Sutton has been with International Paper his entire 30-year career. He joined the company in 1984 as an engineer at the Pineville, La., mill. In 1994, he was named mill manager at the Thilmany, Wisc., mill which at the time was part of International Paper's industrial papers business. In 2000, Sutton relocated to Europe to serve as director of European corrugated packaging operations and was promoted to vice president and general manager responsible for all corrugated packaging operations across the EMEA region (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) in 2002. In 2005, he was named vice president of corporate strategic planning and relocated to Memphis. He was named senior vice president, global supply chain, in 2007 and in 2009 became senior vice president, printing and communications papers – the Americas. In 2011, Sutton was appointed senior vice president, industrial packaging.
    Sutton holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Louisiana State University.
    (International Paper)
     
    17.06.2014   ARCHROMA PUTS HIGH PERFORMANCE AND SUSTAINABILITY WITHIN ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... REACH AT ZELLCHEMING 2014

    - Archroma's first appearance at a German paper exhibition since the company took over the Clariant paper business from Clariant on October 2013
    - Latest developments help meet cost-efficiency, high performance and environmental requirements

    Archroma, a global leader in color and specialty chemicals, and the former textile, paper and emulsions businesses of Clariant, will put sustainability and high-performance within reach with its latest benchmark-setting papermaking innovations at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 from June 24 to 26, 2014, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

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

    New developments from Archroma in the spotlight at ZELLCHEMING 2014 will be:

    - The recently introduced disulfonated OBAs Leucophor® ACK and Leucophor® ACW aim at satisfying the most demanding environmental requirements without compromising quality or ease of use. Leucophor® ACK brings sustainability advantages through its unique, super-highly concentrated urea-free liquid formulation.
    - Cartaguard® KHI is a totally PFOA-free, grease-resistant additive for recyclable, non-plastic coated paper packaging used for eat-out-of-hand snacks. It provides a true alternative for manufacturers on the look-out for effective and safe impregnating agents for naturally absorbent papers.

    Established innovations featuring at the show:
    - Archroma’s award-winning stickies control innovation for pulp and paper applications, Cartaspers® SCH protects wires and felts, reducing downtime and minimizing the use of solvents for cleaning.
    - Cartabond® wet end products for increasing wet and dry strength and Cartasol® liquid dyes.

    “Archroma builds on its 120 years of expertise in bringing color and performance Solutions to the paper industry”, comments Manfred Hahn, Head of Sales Central Europe. “We strive to bring papermakers the products and process solutions which they need to tackle their challenges on color, strength and processability, with Archroma’s strong commitment and focus on resource saving.”

    Visit Archroma at ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2014 Booth # A68, Hall 11, Messe Frankfurt.
    (Archroma Distribution und Management Germany GmbH)
     
    16.06.2014   Appvion names Kevin Gilligan president of its paper division    ( Company news )

    Company news Appvion, Inc. announced the appointment of Kevin Gilligan as president of its paper division, which consists of the company’s thermal, carbonless, security and specialty products businesses. Gilligan will be based at the company’s headquarters in Appleton, Wisconsin. He will
    report to Mark Richards, chief executive officer, and will serve as a member of the company’s senior leadership team.
    “Kevin is a collaborative executive leader who builds high-performing teams. He comes to Appvion with extensive experience leading global organizations to achieve sales growth and operational improvements,” said Richards. “Kevin’s leadership experience, business knowledge and passion for teamwork will add significant depth and breadth to our leadership team.”
    Gilligan spent the past 20 years working for H.B Fuller Company, a publicly traded, global specialty chemical company focused on adhesives. The company is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, with
    sales of $2.1 billion in 2013.
    Since 2012, Gilligan has served as vice president of global operations where he led H.B. Fuller’s operations, including supply chain, sourcing, 45 manufacturing plants, customer service, engineering, and environmental, health and safety. Prior to that, he served for five years as region vice president based in Shanghai, China, and led H.B. Fuller’s Asia Pacific region businesses.
    Gilligan also worked as general manager, H.B. Fuller Window; North American operations director; e-business director; product line manager; and plant manager.
    Gilligan earned a master’s degree in business administration (marketing and operations management) from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in industrial and operations engineering from the
    University of Michigan.
    (Appvion Inc.)
     
    16.06.2014   Youbisheng Green Paper AG: On-going stable business development in the first quarter of 2014    ( Company news )

    Company news Youbisheng Green Paper AG, a Chinese manufacturer of eco-friendly linerboard, reports an improved gross profit margin in the first quarter of 2014 with slightly lower revenues. This development was a result of full capacity utilisation and the decline of the prices for wood pulp and recycled paper, Youbisheng’s main raw materials for its linerboard production. Correspondingly, both the company’s selling prices for linerboard products and the costs of goods sold decreased. Revenues and the operating profit EBIT for the full financial year 2014 are expected to be in line with the forecast stated in the annual report 2013.
    Revenues reached 21.4 million Euros in the first three months of 2014 (Q1 2013: 22.0 million Euros). The decline in revenues triggered a slight decrease of the company’s gross profit by 1.7 per cent to 5.9 million Euros (Q1 2013: 6.0 million Euros). The gross profit margin however increased by 0.4 percentage points to 27.4 per cent (Q1 2013: 27.0 per cent) due to lower costs for recycled paper and the company’s continued promotion of its higher margin and value added products – double sided testliner and anti-counterfeit testliner. The EBIT margin remained relatively stable at the high level of 24.8 per cent (Q1 2013: 24.9 per cent). Ultimately, the lower revenues resulted in a decline of the net profit in the reporting period of 4.8 per cent to 3.9 million Euros (Q1 2013: 4.1 million Euros). Nevertheless, cash flow from operations improved by 3.3 per cent in the first three months of 2014 bringing the company’s cash position to 37.7 million Euros as of 31 March 2014 (31 December 2013: 33.4 million Euros). This represents 3.69 Euros per share.
    In total, the company reports the following revenues for the respective product segments: Sales of own-produced single-sided testliner decreased to 8.5 million Euros (Q1 2013: 9.5 million Euros) representing a decrease of 10.2 per cent. Sales of own-produced double-sided testliner increased to 5.5 million Euros (Q1 2012: 5.1 million Euros) representing an increase of 9.5 per cent. Sales of anti-counterfeit testliner increased significantly by 71.0 per cent to 0.96 million Euros (Q1 2013: 0.56 million Euros), while revenues from sub-contracted single-sided testliner recorded a slight decline by 6.7 per cent to 6.4 million Euros (Q1 2013: 6.8 million Euros).
    China’s market for packaging material is expected to grow between 12 and 14 per cent annually leading to an increased demand for Youbisheng’s linerboard products. In order to meet this rising demand, the company will further work on the realization of its planned new production line in the Hubei Province in China. To ensure sufficient financial resources for the construction of the new plant, Youbisheng has already extensively explored the opportunity of a bond placement. However, due to the current adverse market conditions towards Chinese listed companies in Germany the bond placement has been postponed. Nevertheless, Youbisheng will further invest resources generated from operations in the development of the new production facility.
    For the full financial year 2014, the management of Youbisheng Green Paper expects revenues to be around 95.0 million Euros and the EBIT margin to be at least 22.0 per cent and therefore to be in line with the forecast stated in the annual report 2013.
    (Youbisheng Green Paper AG)
     
    16.06.2014   Munksjö to invest at its La Gère Release Liners mill in France    ( Company news )

    Company news Munksjö, one of the global leading specialty paper companies, has announced an investment for the upgrade of its La Gère Release Liners mill in the south east of France, to further increase product performance and strengthen the support to the pressure sensitive adhesive labelling and the specialty tape and industrial markets served.
    The investment will be executed in the month of December 2014, and will upgrade the mill's G6 supercalendered release paper machine. The planned substitution of the line's head-box with state of the art equipment will result in better product runnability through silicone coating and lamination and through further converting processes both in PSA labelling and in specialty tape and industrial end-uses.
    This investment follows the installation in late 2012 of equipment to apply the successful Acti-V technology to release papers produced on G6 paper machine, designed for one and two-side silicone coating processes. Munksjö Acti-V plays an active role in the silicone curing and anchorage process, reducing requirement for catalyst (platinum) and energy while making silicone anchorage stronger and more durable, even in challenging environmental conditions.
    (Munksjö Oyj)
     
    16.06.2014   Canon announces Océ ImageStream™ 3500 to set new benchmark for inkjet printing    ( Company news )

    Company news Canon Europe, the leader in imaging solutions, announces the Océ ImageStreamTM 3500, the manufacturer’s first full-colour press from its Océ inkjet product range that can print on offset coated paper stocks.
    Strengthening Canon’s position in the publishing and commercial printing markets, this latest development enables Print Service Providers (PSPs) to consistently produce the same high quality output across both offset and digital production lines – removing the need for two different types of paper.
    Previously, high-quality inkjet printing has relied on treated paper or special add-ons such as bonding agents or primers to achieve optimum quality. With the Océ ImageStream 3500, which can run to up to 160m/min (525 ft/min) at 1200 x 600 dpi, with flexible droplet modulation for even higher perceived image resolution, PSPs now only require one type of paper stock, giving customers the freedom of choice between technologies, whether it is digital or conventional, depending on job requirements (run length, turnaround time, print window).
    The Océ ImageStream 3500 produces the outstanding image quality required for high-end applications such as books, brochures, magazines and personalised catalogues. The machine’s new pigment inks provide finer edge sharpness, less fray and dot gain and increased optical density for a stronger contrast, resulting in razor sharp lines (or letters) and increased colour vibrancy. Furthermore, the perceived colour gamut on low cost standard papers is higher on pigment inks than on dye inks, providing additional production cost savings.
    The press also has the most compact footprint in its class, designed to be 10 to 50 per cent smaller than other production systems. As a result, PSPs can enter the digital production arena without a major impact on limited floor space.
    The Océ ImageStream 3500 – powered by Océ PRISMA workflow software – also includes the high-performance and scalable Océ SRA® MP controller, offering uninterrupted printing at full engine speed. The embedded Adobe APPE® engine allows the support of a native PDF format which is ripped directly on the printer controller, eliminating the costly and time-consuming intermediate process.

    “With the development of the Océ ImageStream 3500, there has never been a more enticing and attractive proposition for commercial printers using offset technology to enter the digital printing market,” explains Peter Wolff, Director, Commercial Printing Group, Canon Europe. “The Océ ImageStream rivals the speed and image quality of offset technologies, such as conventional B2 presses, while harnessing the capabilities of digital printing technology for shorter runs, print-on-demand and variable data for personalisation.”
    Wolff continues: “Whether it’s an offset printer looking for a viable opportunity to invest in digital printing technology and take advantage of its many benefits, or a digital printer looking to upgrade to optimise costs and boost production efficiencies further, our latest machine can be a catalyst for business growth.”

    The Océ ImageStream 3500 will be available from the beginning of 2015.
    (Canon Deutschland GmbH)
     
    16.06.2014   New brochure from Malvern Instruments guides GPC/SEC detectors choice     ( Company news )

    Company news A new brochure from Malvern Instruments details the range of detectors available for Gel Permeation/Size Exclusion Chromatography (GPC/SEC). It also provides scientists with the background required to choose the detector array most appropriate to maximizing information flow and experimental productivity. Available as standalone units, or as part of a fully integrated Viscotek multi-detection GPC/SEC system, Malvern’s GPC/SEC detectors provide highly accurate analysis of polymer and protein macromolecular features, such as molecular weight, and combine to offer advanced insight into molecular structure.

    GPC/SEC is a central analytical technique for protein and polymer analysis because of its ability to measure defining characteristics. These include molecular weight, molecular weight distribution, molecular size and structure. Malvern’s range of detectors includes light scattering, refractive index (RI), viscometry and UV technology.

    RI and UV detectors measure the concentration of the material eluting from the column. Light scattering detectors, in combination with a concentration detector, enable the direct measurement of absolute molecular weight without the need for calibration standards. Adding a viscometer to the detector array provides sensitive and detailed information about structural features and behavior, such as degree of polymer branching or the aggregation behavior of proteins.

    The new brochure takes a practical and technical look at each of the Viscotek GPC/SEC detectors, including Malvern’s comprehensive range of static and dynamic light scattering detectors. Incorporating three static light scattering systems – right angle light scattering (RALS), low angle light scattering (LALS) and the recently launched multi angle light scattering (MALS) – Malvern’s detector range is unsurpassed. Furthermore, it allows the company to offer users an unbiased choice of technology for every GPC/SEC challenge.

    Find out how multi-detection GPC/SEC can improve the quality and depth of your analysis by downloading the new Viscotek brochure at www.malvern.com/viscotekdetectors.
    (Malvern Instruments Ltd)
     

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