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    23.09.2015   Minerals Technologies Signs Commercial Agreement to Deploy ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... FulFill® Technology for High-Filler Loading

    Second Agreement with Global Papermaker at this North American Paper Mill

    Unique High-Filler Technology Will Provide Significant Cost Savings in Reduced Fiber Consumption by Increasing PCC Filler Usage 20%

    Minerals Technologies Inc. (NYSE: MTX) announced that it has signed another commercial agreement with a prestigious global paper producer to provide Fulfill® E-325, a high-filler technology, at the paper company's mill in North America. This is the second agreement for the deployment of the FulFill® technology at this paper mill.

    Minerals Technologies now has 22 agreements with paper mills for adoption of the Fulfill® high-filler technology portfolio that the company introduced in late 2010. The agreement with this papermaker, which wishes to remain unnamed for competitive reasons, marks MTI's eighth in North America.

    These agreements confirm the commercial progress of the Fulfill® brand, a portfolio of high-filler technologies that offers papermakers a variety of efficient, flexible solutions that decreases dependency on natural fiber and reduces costs. The Fulfill® portfolio allows papermakers to increase loading levels of precipitated calcium carbonate (PCC), which replaces higher cost pulp, and increases PCC usage up to 30 percent and higher.

    "The second adoption of this technology by this global papermaker at this facility illustrates its continued acceptance and reaffirms our commitment to advance our technology leadership throughout our satellite network around the world," said Joseph C. Muscari, chairman and chief executive officer.

    "Adopting the FulFill® E-325 technology will allow this prestigious paper to produce quality paper at lower cost by replacing higher-cost fiber with PCC from our satellite plant at this paper mill," said W. Rand Mendez, senior vice president & managing director, Paper PCC.

    PCC is a specialty pigment for filling and coating high-quality paper. By substituting Minerals Technologies' PCC for more expensive wood fiber, customers are able to produce brighter, higher quality paper at lower cost. In 1986, Minerals Technologies originated the satellite concept for making and delivering PCC on-site at paper mills and the concept was a major factor in revolutionizing papermaking in North America. Today, the company has 64 satellite plants in operation or under construction around the world and continues to lead the industry with consistent quality and technical innovation.

    New York-based Minerals Technologies Inc. is a resource- and technology-based growth company that develops, produces and markets worldwide a broad range of specialty mineral, mineral-based and synthetic mineral products and related systems and services. MTI serves the paper, foundry, steel, environmental, energy, polymer and consumer products industries. The company reported sales of $1.725 billion in 2014.
    (MTI Minerals Technologies Inc.)
    23.09.2015   Catalyst Re-launches Oxford C1S and the Expanded Coated Paper Line-Up     ( Company news )

    Company news Catalyst Paper (TSX: CYT) announced the launch of an expanded Oxford C1S line-up of products for multiple market segments, including Cut and Stack Labels, Commercial C1S & Lamination and Pressure Sensitive applications.

    Building on its twenty-plus year reputation for high-quality results, the Oxford C1S line-up offers best in class performance in an expanded range of basis weight and brightness options with:
    - Best in Class Quality and Performance
    - Optimal Shades, Surfaces and Strengths
    - Layflat and Stayflat properties
    - The leading Innovation Management and Support team in the specialty papers industry
    - Fast track line extensions, nimble response times and unique product development
    - Established supply chain infrastructure
    - Availability in rolls and sheets
    - Multilingual sales representation

    “Oxford C1S has a long history of quality and performance and we’re thrilled to bring this new expanded range of products to the C1S market. We’re confident these new options and our industry leading service will continue to be a very compelling combination,” says Matt Hickey, Senior Director, Specialty Papers.

    Catalyst papers are available as certified chain-of-custody under FSC, PEFC or SFI programs, and also available with up to 30% post-consumer waste. For product benefits and specifications, please see our website at
    (Catalyst Paper Corporation)
    23.09.2015   ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2015 – Analysis confirms quality of the event    ( Company news )

    Company news The evaluation of the exhibitor and visitor survey confirms ZELLCHEMING-Expo as an important dialogue platform for the European pulp and paper industry. 90 % of the exhibitors are planning to participate in 2016 again and 87 % of the visitors intend to visit ZELLCHEMING-Expo 2016.

    Exhibitors meet their target group
    ZELLCHEMING-Expo offered 153 exhibitors the possibility to present their products and solutions to an experienced audience. 83 % of the exhibitors evaluated the quality of the visitors with very good and good. Almost 80 % of the 1,832 visitors are involved in the procurement decisions in their companies. 86 % of the visitors declared that they have found the information which they were looking for and 78 % of the visitors evaluated the managed expert discussions with exhibitors as very good and good. With an increase in visitor numbers of more than 10 %, the quantity of the visitors rose compared to the previous year. 93 % of the exhibitors recommend ZELLCHEMING-Expo.

    Increase in internationality
    41 % of the exhibitors came from abroad and spread across 14 different countries. This represents an increase of 4 %. The top 5 foreign exhibitor countries 2015 were Finland, Sweden, Italy, the USA as well as Switzerland. Furthermore, the number of international visitors rose by 3 % compared to the previous year. Therefore, 24 % of the visitors came from abroad which spread across 30 countries worldwide.

    Exchange of knowledge on a high level
    According to the slogan “Paper & Fiber World 2030 – What does the future hold for the paper industry?” the congress offered a top-class and informative lecture program that was pursued with great interest by 400 congress participants.

    Note the date for 2016
    The next event takes place from 28 – 30 June 2016 in hall 11.0 at the Frankfurt exhibition site. All important information can be found at
    (Verein der Zellstoff- und Papier-Chemiker und -Ingenieure e.V. - Verein ZELLCHEMING)
    23.09.2015   LIGNA 2017 to feature new layout - Exhibitors advised to register early    ( LIGNA 2017 )

    LIGNA 2017 This year LIGNA, the world’s leading tradeshow for wood processing and woodworking machinery, plant and tools, featured 1,552 exhibitors – including 56 percent from outside Germany – and occupied 121,195 square meters (1,304,530 sq. ft) of net display space. The top exhibiting nations included Germany, Italy, Austria, China, Sweden and the USA. The show attracted some 93,099 visitors, 40 percent of whom were from abroad. The visitors leveraged the show to survey the latest innovations in their industry and initiate extensive investment in new technology.

    “Exhibitor feedback points to outstanding business dialogue, promising leads and strong international growth. For us and our partner, the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association, this provides a good basis upon which to introduce a number of structural changes for the upcoming LIGNA season,” said Christian Pfeiffer, the Director in charge of LIGNA at Deutsche Messe.

    LIGNA, which is held at the Hannover Exhibition Center in Hannover, Germany, next runs from 22 to 26 May 2017. The upcoming season will continue LIGNA’s long-standing commitment to presenting future-defining solutions and innovative production equipment for the wood industry – albeit with a revamped layout that will boost efficiency for all trade visitors and provide a more comprehensive, user-centric overview of all key technologies.

    The new layout will comprise seven main display categories:
    - Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production
    - Surface Technology
    - Wood-based Panel Production Technology
    - Sawmill Technology
    - Energy from Wood
    - Machine Components and Automation Technology
    - Forestry Technology

    The move to merge the “Solid Wood Processing”, “Furniture Industry” and “Woodcrafts” (skilled woodworking trades) categories into a new “Tools and Machinery for Custom and Mass Production” category, in particular, has already met with very positive industry feedback. The new category will present the constituent technologies in an integrated manner that more accurately reflects the way in which they are used by their target markets. By clustering allied technologies, the change will shorten visitors’ walking distances between relevant displays and generate synergies with newly created neighboring display areas.

    Another change relates to automation technology/machine components and surface technology. These two technology categories have grown in importance at LIGNA over the years and will therefore have their own centrally located display areas from 2017 on.

    “The new layout reflects changes in the way technologies are used by our target market. The market for woodworking and processing machines is no longer strictly segmented according to user scale or size, and technology types that were once distinct are now converging. We want to provide a more efficient trade fair experience for all the professionals in attendance by enabling them to move quickly and conveniently between exhibitors of relevance to them. The new layout has been very well received by our exhibitors. In fact, many have already registered for 2017 in order to secure their preferred locations at the show. We therefore urge companies thinking about exhibiting at LIGNA 2017 to register now in order to avoid disappointment,” remarked Pfeiffer.
    (Deutsche Messe AG)
    22.09.2015   Südpack is developing its international printing expertise    ( Company news )

    Company news By taking over the Polish Bahpol company, Südpack is extending its capacity in the printing area.

    Bahpol is located in Klobuck, Poland, near Czestochowa, and has developed into one of the most successful companies for high-quality packaging refinements in more than 20 years.

    "This well-established company specialising in flexo print is extending our performance capability", said Johannes Remmele, managing shareholder of the Südpack Group. "We can now serve our international customers even better." This takeover draws attention to the international growth goals of the Südpack Group.

    Bahpol has all the important certificates in packaging refinements and is equipped with modern machinery. Mr Remmele went on to say that, "the quality of both the production process and product quality meet our requirements".
    (Südpack Verpackungen GmbH + Co KG)
    22.09.2015   Transparency Adds Value UPM Listed as Industry Leader in the Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index    ( Company news )

    Company news UPM has been listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European and World Sustainability Indices (DJSI) for 2015-2016. UPM is listed in the indices for the fourth year in a row.

    "Being listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is a recognition for excellent environmental performance, responsible sourcing practices and strict corporate governance, but also a sign of successful communications and engagement with our stakeholders. We actively share our activities with our stakeholders and their impacts on the environment, people and economy, which has been positively noted", says Pirkko Harrela, Executive Vice President, Stakeholder Relations.

    The annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment is conducted by an investment specialist RobecoSAM, and is based on a rigorous analysis of economic, environmental and social performance of the world's leading companies, assessing issues covering climate change strategies, supply chain standards, labour practices, corporate governance and risk management. The DJSI follows a best-in-class approach, recognising companies across all industries that outperform their peers in sustainability metrics.
    22.09.2015   Sappi Europe extends its speciality base paper portfolio for direct thermal printing applications     ( Company news )

    Company news Sharper text, dimensional stability and distinctive whiteness
    Algro® Thermo Base Paper for premium quality direct thermal printing

    Sappi Europe announces the European launch of Algro Thermo™, its new premium quality base paper for the direct thermal printing market. In weights from 100 – 193g/m², Algro Thermo offers a superior optical appearance for tickets, labels and other thermal printing applications. Algro Thermo is aimed at converters who add a thermal coating layer to its surface. With the option to pre-print text and images on both sides of the substrate with high levels of consistency, Sappi’s Algro Thermo bright white paper raises the bar on quality for applications such as tickets, vouchers and labels, enhancing parameters for this type of printing to support converters and printers alike.

    “Sappi continues to develop the highest quality papers and to reach out to different markets,” says Kerstin Dietze, Marketing Manager for Sappi Speciality Papers. “The Algro Thermo base paper for specialist thermal coating is an additional product we have developed for the niche market of on-demand tickets. It is well suited for a wide range of applications, including point of sale systems and vouchers as well as labels for shipping and product identification. This outstanding paper enables sharper text, a smoother surface and dimensional stability for the ticket and labels sectors.”
    (Sappi Ehingen GmbH)
    22.09.2015   Paperworld China has made a name for itself after many years of development     ( Messe Frankfurt )

    Messe Frankfurt Heavyweight manufacturers see show as a gateway to both local and overseas markets

    As attendance at Paperworld China has become a requisite for those in the region, it continues to sign a number of new overseas brands as well as returning key brands for the fair. Paperworld China is the leading international trade fair in China for the stationery, office and artist supplies industry and the 11th edition will be held 15 – 17 October 2015 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre, Hall N1 – N2.

    Overseas brands such as Creall by Havo (the Netherlands), Online Pen (Germany) and Pasaco (Poland), which are eager to enter the promising Chinese market, will make their debut at this year’s show. Recognised as a premier platform for doing business, brand building, cementing trade links and conducting market research, the show has also drawn well-known brands again including Simbalion and Liberty from Taiwan, as well as Lihit Lab and Lami from Japan.

    Online Pen, a popular brand in Europe, specialises in designing and developing fine writing instruments. Their newly-launched products, which will also unveil in Asia for the first time, include the 2015 back-to-school supplies as well as the early 2016 new series and they will definitely draw much attention from trade visitors. Explaining the reasons for selecting Paperworld China, the brand’s Chinese agent, Ms Wu Mei, Deputy General Manager for Changshu Writing Tool Factory, said: “Online Pen has officially launched in China in 2015. Paperworld China perfectly caters to our needs as this is an excellent platform to introduce our brand and products to the Chinese consumers and stationery distributors. The Chinese market is important to us because the Chinese consumers become more quality-conscious and they are after products with fine designs, which are exactly what we offer.”

    Heavyweight manufacturers see show as a gateway to both local and overseas markets

    To both overseas and Chinese enterprises, Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou are seen as a launch pad to the ample domestic market. Shanghai is a key economic indicator in China and its consumer market has been growing rapidly. In 2014, retail sales of consumer goods in Shanghai increased 8.3 percent year-on-year to top RMB 871.9 billion (approx. USD148.7 billion), registering an annual growth rate of 11 percent on average from 2009 to 2014.

    Chinese manufacturer Aiven On Stationery is among the returning exhibitors who aims to make use of Paperworld China to expand their business in the affluent Shanghai market and consequently other cities. As the world’s largest exporter for binder clips and a key stationery manufacturer, the company’s Assistant Marketing Manager, Mr Zhao Feng, explained: “We focus our business on North America, Europe, Japan, and Southeast Asia. But since last year we’ve been making great effort in developing the Chinese market and for this purpose we participate in Paperworld China. Also, we successfully promoted our brand and received orders from the 2014 show, we will continue to find new opportunities from this lucrative platform.”

    As China prospers, many of the biggest manufacturers are investing heavily in original design and innovation in the hope to develop branded products of their own and then sell to the overseas markets. This is why Languo, WeiWei and Jef will be exhibiting at Paperworld China.

    Appearing for the first time will be Languo, a new and high-profile brand for innovative stationery, fashionable gifts as well as cultural and creative products. Determined to make the most of the show, the company will showcase their modern-designed items ranging from fabric and metallic notebooks, wallets, pencil cases and storage boxes to photo frames and umbrellas. The company’s Overseas Sales Director, Ms Ellen Ding, shared: “Our goal is to achieve sales revenue of RMB 50 million (approx. USD 8.4 million) and to extensively expand our footprint to even more markets abroad and to make our brand known through attending professional stationery andgifts trade fairs like Paperworld China.”

    Another successful brand is WeiWei, which has developed two adorable series of originally designed cartoon characters "WeiWei Family" and "WeiWei Deer". At the show, they will display their new and eye-catchingly cute stationery, accessories and schoolbags. Executive Director, Mr Wang Jianping, noted: “We are attracted by the reputation and influence of Messe Frankfurt and the Paperworld brand because it’s one of the essentials in our brand strategy to take part in well-recognised trade fairs. We believe Paperworld China will help us strengthen our brand image and keep us abreast of the industry. Held in Shanghai, an international metropolitan city, the show engages many influential and upscale international companies and it’s an incomparable opportunity for us to showcase our original cartoon characters to many overseas visitors.”

    Aside from many foremost manufacturers, buyers will also be able to source a wide spectrum of products such as writing instruments, paper and printing products from a selection of OEMs from Ningbo, Wuyi, Lishui, Yiwu and Wenzhou where many professional Chinese OEMs conglomerate.

    Paperworld China is organised by Messe Frankfurt (Shanghai) Co Ltd, the China Chamber of Commerce for I/E of Light Industrial Products & Arts-Crafts and Guangzhou Foreign Trade South China Exhibition Corp Ltd.
    (Messe Frankfurt)
    21.09.2015   Valmet launches Valmet IQ product family for pulp and paper quality control and monitoring    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Valmet IQ Quality Control System

    Valmet launches renewed Valmet IQ product family to the pulp and paper industry customers. Valmet IQ is a scalable, on-line quality management solution to optimize the production processes and the end product quality.

    Valmet IQ is designed with the experience of thousands of system deliveries by Valmet over longer than half a century. The renewed solution consists of a quality control system (QCS), profilers, web monitoring (WMS) and web inspection systems (WIS).

    "The launch of Valmet IQ Quality Management Solution marks a new milestone in pulp and paper quality management featuring a number of innovations like on-line softness measurement for tissue. The new Valmet IQ is a beneficial solution whether our customer is looking to replace aging or obsolete quality control systems or to build up an entirely new quality management solution," says Jari Almi, Director, Quality Management Solutions at Valmet.

    Valmet IQ provides innovative solutions in paper quality management

    Valmet IQ product family features a number of innovations as well as evolutionary product improvements. New first-in-the-market measurements include: an on-line softness measurement for tissue; a non-nuclear basis weight measurement for pulp drying; camera-based measurements and control for fiber orientation, and a topography-based surface properties and printability prediction.

    The profilers, WIS and WMS are renewed in many areas as well: innovations in air-water spray nozzles for re-moisturizing, fully removable diffuser plate with advanced steam injection technology, new advanced solutions for improved image quality, detection and classification.

    New Valmet IQ user interface with integrated performance reporting takes the user experience to a new level revealing a clear view of the past, present and the future of the process and product quality through intuitive navigation. It also allows for easy grade management.

    The Valmet IQ MD Optimizer brings all process and quality measurements into a single controller for maximizing production efficiency and achieving optimum product quality. Advanced tools for process analysis and adaptive scanning make the life of the operators easier.

    Valmet IQ helps to move business performance forward
    All Valmet IQ products are based on vast process knowledge and long experience in the pulp and paper industry supported by local expert services to assure lifelong performance at the lowest total cost of ownership. Valmet expertise is also available remotely for all customer mills through remote connections.

    All components of Valmet IQ solution are designed to work together. The forward and backward compatibility helps to future-proof the investment and maximize the effectiveness of existing equipment. The products are designed to work seamlessly also with other automation systems and all paper machines regardless of manufacturer. The easy connectivity with any system allows replacements even piece by piece.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    21.09.2015   Voith launches new forming fabric for optimal performance in tissue production     ( Company news )

    Company news Voith launches new forming fabric for optimal performance in tissue production

    The new TissueForm ITY forming fabric that Voith has launched on the market is designed for challenging applications in tissue production. It ensures excellent stability and highest dewatering at all machine speeds.

    The new forming fabric combines a very fine 2-shed paper side to obtain a smooth surface with a 4-shed wear side. The woven structure of the fabric ensures fast drainage and a high level of sheet support while maximizing dimensional stability. The entire design of TissueForm ITY is based on the patented woven structure of the I-Series and its proven 3:2 warp ratio. The new forming fabric TissueForm ITY has already been successfully deployed in the industry many times and has demonstrated that it delivers excellent dewatering performance and fiber support also at very high speeds. Fabric wear is minimal, so that outstanding service life records are achieved.

    The new forming fabric TissueForm ITY has already been successfully deployed in the industry many times and has demonstrated that it delivers excellent dewatering performance and fiber support also at very high speeds. Fabric wear is minimal, so that outstanding service life records are achieved.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    21.09.2015   Klingele Group supplies climate-neutral packaging     ( Company news )

    Company news Through cooperation with ClimatePartner, CO2 emissions can be offset by supporting climate-protection projects

    The Klingele Group, one of the leading independent manufacturers of corrugated raw paper and corrugated cardboard packaging, can now supply its packaging climate-neutral. Starting now, customers of this company can offset the CO2 emissions generated by the manufacture of their packaging by supporting climate protection projects. ClimatePartner, the internationally renowned consultant and solutions provider on climate protection issues is supporting Klingele in implementing this policy.

    The supply of climate-neutral packaging is based on and is subject to the comprehensive calculation and analysis along the entire process chain of all CO2 emissions created by materials, production, management, logistics and travel. Klingele calculates the greenhouse gas emissions resulting from one actual order up to the delivery to the customer of each individual item of packaging and gives a detailed account of this to the customer ("cradle to customer gate") The customer can offset the CO2 equivalent value of the order by supporting one of the climate protection projects listed in the ClimatePartner portfolio, thus taking delivery of climate-neutral packaging. The deal will apply initially to packaging produced in the corrugated cardboard plant in Hilpoltstein. Klingele is, however, planning to roll out the scheme to further corrugated cardboard plants. The CO2 emission offset process is certified by TÜV-Austria, and the ClimatePartner climate protection projects have been inspected according to international standards. The precise level of CO2 savings is regularly certified. Customers taking part in the program receive a label for their packaging and an individual ID number (CP-ID) together with a certificate. By inputting the CP-ID into each individual contribution to climate protection can be clearly traced.

    The project provided by Klingele for its customers encourages the installation of efficient cookers in Mali, West Africa. New furnaces which make use of the chimney effect lead to greater efficiency compared with traditional furnaces and reduce the demand for fuel. This effectively reduces deforestation of the sparse tree population and contributes to the prevention of advancing desertification. The project has Gold Standard approval which was developed for climate protection projects and which has particularly stringent requirements with regard to sustainable development and the involvement of the local populace. Not only does the project make an annual savings of 72,000 tons of CO2 but also results in a reduction in the number of respiratory tract and eye ailments by reducing the amount of harmful smoke produced by the cooking process.

    Sustainability strategies rigorously applied

    Over recent years, Klingele has been making their own processes more resource- and energy-efficient and checking them constantly with a view to improvement. The company's packaging solutions stand out by virtue of their efficient use of materials which aims for product protection, cost-efficiency and environmental protection. By providing climate-neutral packaging, Klingele helps its customers to implement their own sustainability strategies more consistently. In addition to this, the project is easy for customers to implement without undue red tape and has associated costs of only one per cent of the contract costs.

    "A growing number of users are now interested in the eco-balance of their products; they are no longer deceived by the use of sustainability as purely a marketing ploy and are demanding concrete evidence for the implementation of active environmental protection. This is a strong motive for companies to create more transparency and to promote climate protection even more actively", says Dr Jan Klingele, Managing Partner of the Klingele Group. "Our tender supports our customers in this in an uncomplicated yet very effective way: First of all they receive a well-founded database for the analysis and improvement of their CO2 balance sheet based on calculations taken from the tender. The promotion of certified projects makes their contribution to climate protection quantifiable and this in turn gives them a competitive advantage vis-à-vis their own customers."
    (Klingele Papierwerke GmbH & Co KG)
    18.09.2015   SCA in Neuss heated without fossil fuels    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: SCAs plant in Neuss, Germany

    The SCA plant in Neuss, Germany, has managed to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 1,275 tons a year by abandoning fossil fuels for all its heating and hot water production. Thereby, the facility has also decreased the total energy consumption by 2 percent. Part of this success can be explained by including employees in the project and using local skills.

    Continuously optimizing production processes to reduce energy consumption has the highest priority for SCA. Therefore, the SCA plant in Neuss is investing in heat recovery. Since October 2014, all heating and sanitary systems at the plant are operated with the waste heat that arises from the paper production.

    The project started in the autumn of 2011. An expert group at the factory investigated how to make good use of the waste heat from the paper production. The group concluded that the exhaust air to the drying hoods of the paper machines was sufficient to operate the plant’s complete heating and hot water system.

    Bernd Bichbeimer, plant manager in Neuss, says:
    "We have integrated as many employees as possible in the planning and implementation of this project. We were able to implement the last two phases with the existing knowledge in the factory without involving an external engineering office. This is strong evidence that SCA incorporates and appreciates employees’ knowledge and skills.”

    To start with, the project group installed a heat recovery system in the exhaust ducts. In the first step, the district heating system only heated the intermediate ceiling of the paper mill. Subsequently, the supply was expanded to include all buildings as well as the heating of the hot water and sanitary systems.

    The most important success factor for the project was the safe operation.

    “We installed a pipeline on the outside walls of the buildings and built pipeline bridges over the roads that separate the buildings. Most of the installations were carried out with the help of cranes and work platforms. We built in stages to reduce the CO2 emissions as fast as possible”, says Martin Marx, Project manager and Energy & Technical Site Support Leader at the Neuss facility.

    “In the next step, we transferred the hot water supply for all employees to the new heat recovery system. We pressed the pipes to significantly reduce the fire load.”

    With the completion of the heat recovery project the energy-saving measures in Neuss are by no means finished. In the next step, the mill plans to use further waste heat for frost protection of water pipes.

    Other areas can also benefit from energy-saving measures. In addition to improvements in the paper production, the Neuss factory drives a project to convert the complete lighting of the plant to LED technology. With well-established projects, such as the Energy Efficiency Day, SCA strengthens employees’ self initiative and motivates them to foster the company's success.

    "It's nice to see that employees actively live SCA’s values ​​of sustainability and commitment in their work," Bichbeimer says.
    (SCA Hygiene Product GmbH Neuss Tissue Europe)
    18.09.2015   Valmet's breast roll shaker improves board and paper quality    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: FormMaster 120 provides the best stroke length on the market for a large range of breast roll weights

    Valmet has introduced its new FormMaster 120 for board and paper machine forming sections. It has proven to offer better board and paper quality with a smoother surface and better printability with reduced raw material costs and lower power consumption.

    Improved formation and strength properties

    Valmet's new FormMaster 120 improves paper and board formation through even longer strokes and higher shaking force than its predecessor. This self-balancing breast roll shaker can achieve the same strength properties with a lower basis weight, improving the visual appearance of the final product.

    With an axial shaking force of 120 kN - double that of the original FormMaster - the new FormMaster 120 improves strength properties and formation by optimizing fiber web structure on the wire. FormMaster 120 makes it possible to use less refining energy, minimize starch usage and reduce calendering, while still achieving the same final quality of board and paper.

    Best stroke length on the market

    "FormMaster 120 is an excellent tool for paper machine operators to optimize the properties of their board and paper. The extended stroke length, achieved with this new breast roll shaker, is key to improved formation and available with a wide range of shaking frequencies," says Pekka Hirsilä, Product Sales Manager at Valmet.

    Maintenance issues were also addressed in the design of FormMaster 120 by improving access to the main maintenance points. Customers all over the world have found FormMaster 120 safe, easy and reliable to use and maintain.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    18.09.2015   SHELTER - participative installation out of corrugated board    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: SHELTER, the installation made out of corrugated board, impressed by its organic structure. The corrugated board, which was sponsored by DS Smith, was processed without using any devices such as a tacker or adhesive tape

    At the MakeCity festival in Berlin, the first festival for architecture and urban alternatives, DS Smith sponsored over 4.000 corrugated boxes for the innovative construction project SHELTER. Ramona Poenaru and Gaël Chaillat, both artists from Des châteaux en l’air, built a shelter in the Mall of Berlin in collaboration with pedestrians passing by. After the erection the shelter was teared down together. The event had been organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute Berlin.

    In his book - "Walden: Or, Life in the Woods" (1854), Henry David Thoreau observes that building a shelter is a basic activity common to all animals and a fundamental human survival-related skill since the dawn of time. In a society which splits work into multiple specialized skills, this key activity is left to a select few. However, in the course of evolution, humans have forgotten this fact.

    SHELTER, the participative installation by Des châteaux en l'air is aimed at challenging pedestrians passing by to renew this knowledge. The building material, over 4.000 corrugated boxes, was provided by DS Smith.

    The huge and stable construction was built in 4 days during the MakeCity festival in Berlin. Especially fascinating was, that all corrugated boxes were only stuck together, without using any devices such as a tacker or adhesive tape. On the 5th day the construction, which was built in laborious detail, was pulled down again, with the participation of the general public. The project was a great success for both artists, Ramona Poenaru (Romania) and Gaël Chaillat (France) from Des châteaux en l’air.

    In the past DS Smith has already supported projects of the artists in Romania and France. “The project shows in an impressive manner how multifaceted and creative the material corrugated board can be used,“ says Michael Lamprecht, Sales & Marketing Director within DS Smith, Region Germany & Switzerland.
    (DS Smith Packaging Division, Display/Packaging/Service)
    17.09.2015   Sappi´s Fusion® premium white topliner and TRESU Flexo Concept ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... workflow provide quality and efficiency advantages for corrugated packaging

    At FachPack 2015, speciality paper manufacturer Sappi, Danish flexo technology provider TRESU and Swedish converter FrontPac join forces to show the high visual impact, ultra-white properties and strength of Sappi’s Fusion topliner corrugated board for bag-in-box and gift-box packaging, along with the high productivity of the TRESU Flexo Concept press.

    At FachPack 2015, (29 September - 1 October, Nuremberg, Germany), an ultra-white prototype container fabricated by paper manufacturer Sappi, flexo technology provider TRESU Group and Swedish converter FrontPac will take centre stage. The collaboration demonstrates the strength and high-impact qualities of Fusion, a new virgin-fibre board, combined with the flexo workflow’s efficiency, speed and precision for corrugated packaging.

    Fusion is designed specifically for use with and on corrugated board. It features an extremely bright white and flat surface after lamination. Prints and all types of print finishing are reproduced with an unprecedented level of quality and brilliance. Fusion consists of 100 percent primary fibres, providing further advantages in addition to whiteness and glue savings. With precise folds and no discernible breaks, homogeneous packaging and displays can readily be constructed. In addition, Fusion is fully ISEGA-certified for direct contact with food.

    The three-layered box features Sappi’s 180gsm high-white Fusion topliner, litho-laminated on to a 110gsm E-flute and a 180gsm inner board. Fusion’s industry-leading ISO whiteness values of up to 125 make it ideal for food, beverage and cosmetics applications.
    The topliner was printed at TRESU's Technology Centre in Kolding, Denmark, using five colours plus UV spot-varnish, then cut into sheets inline on TRESU’s Flexo Concept press. Running at speeds of 400m/min, the press maintained precise register while achieving 175lpi with minimal calibration or waste. The sheets were then laminated on to the E-flute liner and inner board and converted into gift boxes at the Malmö (Sweden)-based printing house FrontPac.

    Wiebke Perrey, marketing communication specialist at Sappi, comments, “With their proven expertise in high-performance presses for folding cartons, TRESU was the natural partner in our mission to demonstrate Fusion's aesthetic benefits and potential for supply chain savings. The TRESU Flexo Concept press exploits Fusion's printability to the full. The result is a pristine corrugated package presentation with flexographic quality that is indistinguishable from offset, and produced in a simplified workflow.”

    TRESU's Flexo Concept is a high-speed flexo press for web applications between 900 and 1400mm in width with a wide range of complementary print and converting processes according to customer needs. These can include cold-foil, laminating, embossing, rotogravure and rotary sheeting. Configured as either a roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet press, the Concept provides a high performance single-pass solution for a host of high end packaging applications.

    Allan Sander, vice-president, TRESU Solutions, states, “Our collaboration with Sappi has enabled us to demonstrate the Flexo Concept's versatility as a web-fed single-pass inline solution for many high-end board converting applications. We are delighted with the outcome of this project and are excited to be sharing it with attendees at FachPack 2015.”

    Each of the Concept’s flexo stations comes with TRESU's sealed chamber doctor blade systems that ensure direct, uncontaminated and pressure controlled ink transfer, resulting in optimised drying efficiency, uniform ink deposits and higher gloss values. Setup times are reduced thanks to long-life doctor blades that are exchangeable in one minute.

    Martin Enocson, managing director, FrontPac, comments: “Fusion has generated strong demand from our customers in such diverse markets as bag-in-box beverages, luxury goods, cosmetics and automotive parts. It brings stunning looks on the shelf and runs smoothly on the filling line. We’re excited by this collaboration as it gives us the chance to show this paper’s potential for strong branding and reduced system costs.”

    Samples of the Fusion box will be available from Sappi at stand 4-111 at Fachpack 2015.
    (Tresu A/S)
    17.09.2015   SCA industry leader in Dow Jones Sustainability Indices    ( Company news )

    Company news Picture: Magnus Groth, President and CEO of SCA

    Leading global hygiene and forest products company SCA has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices, one of the world’s most prestigious sustainability rankings. SCA has qualified for inclusion in both the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability Europe Index, and has been named industry leader in the Household Products sector.

    SCA was awarded particularly high scores in the areas of branding, innovation, environmental management system and environmental and social reporting.

    “We are proud that SCA has been internationally recognized for its efforts to promote long-term sustainable development. Our sustainability program is well integrated in our business and represents an important building block in SCA’s strategy for profitable growth, brand building and value creation,” says Magnus Groth, President and CEO of SCA.

    Companies that are included in the DJSI are assessed according to economic, environmental and social performance parameters. For more information, refer to
    (SCA Hygiene Products Tissue Ltd)
    17.09.2015   Valmet receives repeat order for two new tissue production lines from Lee & Man ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... Paper Manufacturing in China

    Valmet will supply two Advantage DCT tissue production lines and related automation systems to one of China's leading paper and pulp producers, Lee & Man Manufacturing Ltd. The start-up of the two new lines is planned to take place in late 2016.

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

    The Valmet's Advantage DCT 200HS tissue lines to be delivered are designed for production of high quality tissue products. The new tissue lines will fulfill the high requirements for effective technology and sustainability set by Lee & Man. In 2014, the company ordered an Advantage DCT 200HS tissue line which is planned to start up at the Chongqing mill later this year.

    "We see Valmet as strategic partner in the development of our tissue business. Their position as market leader in tissue machinery made us confident to repeat our previous order with Valmet", says Raymond Lee, Chairman of the Board, Lee & Man.

    "We are very pleased that Lee & Man have decided to extend the cooperation we started with the delivery of the first tissue machine to Chongqing mill. As seen from earlier installations, it is possible to reach significant drying energy savings and highest paper quality by combining the Advantage ViscoNip press with a cast alloy Yankee cylinder and steam heated Advantage AirCap hood. We also see this order as confirmation of the winning concept," says Svenerik Olsson, Director, Tissue Mills Business Unit, Valmet China.

    Valmet's Advantage DCT concept is well established on the market and has proven to enable cost- and energy-efficient production of high quality tissue products.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    16.09.2015   Valmet maintains its position among the world's sustainability leaders    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the second consecutive year. The DJSI is a sustainability index family which includes the global sustainability leaders across industries. Valmet was listed both in the Dow Jones Sustainability World and Europe indices.

    "Being included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for the second year in a row is an excellent achievement for Valmet. It shows that we have been able to constantly improve our sustainability performance. We have systematically proceeded with our sustainability agenda and continued to nurture our shared values and global operating principles which serve as a strong foundation for all of us at Valmet," says Pasi Laine, President and CEO of Valmet Corporation.

    The annual evaluation conducted by a Swiss investment specialist RobecoSAM comprehensively reviews the company's performance with regard to social, environmental and financial factors. In total 317 companies were included in the DJSI World for 2015-2016. In addition to Valmet, three other companies from Finland are included in the World index this year.

    About the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices
    The DJSI is the world's leading sustainability index family. It serves as a benchmark for investors who are committed to ethical investing and review companies' sustainability performance as part of their analyses. The company inclusion is based on a best-in-class approach, which means that the indices only include the top ranked companies within each industry.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    16.09.2015   Kemira acquires Soto Industries, LLC of Charlotte, North Carolina, USA    ( Company news )

    Company news Kemira has acquired certain assets of Soto Industries, LLC, a privately owned company, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina.

    Soto specializes in the application of scale control products, defoamers, and settling agents for the pulp and paper industry. Kemira is a leading chemicals supplier serving the global pulp and paper industry.

    "The Soto Industries, LLC acquisition is another example of Kemira's dedication to the pulp and paper industry as well as Kemira's commitment to execute our global growth strategy via continued investment into our Paper segment," says Billy Ford, Senior Vice President, Paper segment, Americas.

    The transaction does not have material impact on Kemira's financial figures and the parties have agreed not to disclose the transaction price.
    (Kemira, Paper Segment)
    16.09.2015   GIDUE becomes Bobst Firenze at Labelexpo    ( Company news )

    Company news Following the recent acquisition by BOBST of a majority share in Nuova GIDUE S.r.l., the Italian manufacturer of presses for the labels and packaging industry, the company’s name is changing to Bobst Firenze S.r.l. Although under a new name, the management team, plant location and its award winning design, production & service activities will continue as before.

    Erik Bothorel, Head of BOBST Business Web-fed Unit states: "Integration of the company’s narrow- and mid-web activities into the Bobst Group is proceeding at full speed. Bobst Firenze is planning to reinforce its leadership in the labels market and to open up new market opportunities".

    Federico d'Annunzio, Head of the BOBST narrow- and mid-web Product Line, adds "With BOBST we strengthen our market position. The LabelExpo 2015 exhibition in Brussels is the perfect launchpad for our new growth strategy in the labels and packaging industries".

    Matteo Cardinotti, General Manager of Bobst Firenze concludes: "The established BOBST culture of service and efficiency in manufacturing is already supporting our future innovations. We expect a very successful LabelExpo show."
    (Bobst Bielefeld GmbH)
    15.09.2015   Clearwater Paper Announces $160 Million Upgrade to Lewiston Mill     ( Company news )

    Company news Company chooses Lewiston, Idaho, to build new continuous digester

    Clearwater Paper Corporation announced that it will begin construction of its continuous pulp digester project at the company's Lewiston, Idaho, mill.

    Construction of the project is slated to begin in October 2015 and expected to be completed in September 2017. Benefits from the project include significant reduction in air emissions, improved pulp quality and production and more efficient utilization of wood chips (i.e. more pulp from the wood fiber Clearwater Paper uses).

    "After many months of detailed review and reaching a multitude of milestones, the project is now a reality," said Jay Backus, Clearwater Paper's vice president of mill operations in Lewiston. "Getting to this launch point was no simple task, and there is a long list of individuals and agencies that deserve credit."

    Three key goals enabled construction to begin. First, was the authorization by the Nez Perce County commissioners of a partial tax exemption that paved the way for successful authorization and siting of the project in Lewiston. Second, was moving forward with a thorough engineering plan that validated the project's operational goals and the return on investment. Lastly, was obtaining a permit from the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

    The Nez Perce County Commissioners believe Clearwater Paper is a very important part of our local and regional economy. "We are pleased to be able to utilize a tool in Nez Perce County that can help strengthen and grow their business and assist the Lewiston facility in remaining competitive for years to come," said Chairman Doug Havens.

    "The leaders and citizens of Nez Perce County and our exceptional employees made it clear that this is the right place for our next major project," said Linda Massman, president and CEO. "On behalf of everyone at Clearwater Paper, we thank you for the support and for making the Lewis-Clark Valley such a great place to do business."

    "Clearwater Paper thanks the Nez Perce County Commissioners, Doug Havens, Bob Tippett and Doug Zenner, for approving the partial tax exemption that cemented the decision to build the project in the County," said Matt Van Vleet, vice president of public affairs. "We also thank the business leaders of Valley Vision, who were instrumental in helping support the company's final decision to build the project in Lewiston."

    "This project is a win-win for Lewis-Clark Valley residents by helping Clearwater Paper, the area's largest employer, to remain competitive and committed to the region," said Doug Mattoon, executive director of Valley Vision.

    During construction and start-up, the project will require hundreds of contract workers from around the globe, lodging and dining in the region for more than two years. Due to increased wood purchasing, the project is also expected to require additional need for loggers and other related contractors.

    "A special thanks goes out to Idaho Director of Commerce Jeff Sayer for his assistance in the process and for recognizing the value the project would bring to Nez Perce County and the State of Idaho as a whole," added Van Vleet.

    "We also want to thank the people and business community of Lewiston, Clarkston and Nez Perce County for all the support they have given us in making this important mill upgrade a reality," said Backus. "The Lewiston and Clarkston community has been supportive and instrumental in our being able bring this major mill improvement project to Lewiston allowing Clearwater Paper to increase our competitiveness in the global marketplace and renew our commitment to the Valley."
    (Clearwater Paper Corporation)
    15.09.2015   Passion for HiTec Label Paper - Mitsubishi HiTec Paper at Labelexpo Europe 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Mitsubishi HiTec Paper is exhibiting a comprehensive range of coated speciality papers for the label industry at Labelexpo Europe (September 29 – October 2, 2015 in Brussels) under the motto "Passion for HiTec Label Paper".

    Passion for HiTec Paper - that is Mitsubishi HiTec Paper. And Mitsubishi HiTec Paper uses this passion to develop coated speciality papers for various label applications and printing technologies. Current trends such as lightweight face paper can be found in the wide range of label face materials along with products for digital and traditional printing. Designed for and adapted to the diverse functional requirements of the label industry.

    For example, the lightweight thermal papers thermoscript L 6551 (65g) and LF 6067 (67g) and the heat stable thermal paper thermoscript LF 7056 suitable for microwave labels. Or thermoscript I 70, a 73g lightweight thermal paper as face paper for individualized and personalized short-run labels, certified and approved by HP Indigo. Or, from the digital printing range, jetscript MH 7084. This universal 70g lightweight matt coated premium inkjet paper has been developed as a face paper for demanding self-adhesive labels and is especially suited for labelling of small diameter products.

    Whether self-adhesive labels with a liner, linerless labels or high-gloss, cast-coated wet-glue labels; whether you are using traditional, digital or hybrid printing processes; Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has the solution. Even security features within the paper itself are possible. All products are ISEGA and FSC® certified, and OEMs and ink recommendations are of course available.

    HiTec label papers for demanding labels from the thermoscript, jetscript and supercote product ranges. All from a single source. Only at Mitsubishi HiTec Paper.

    Visit us in Hall 6, Stand 6A09. We look forward to meeting you!
    (Mitsubishi HiTec Paper Europe GmbH)
    14.09.2015   Paper Prime S.A. enters into tissue production with a new Toscotec Tissue Line    ( Company news )

    Company news Paper Prime S.A., company belonging to Trevipapel Group which produces Joker Gold brand hygiene professional products (AFH) in Portugal, has signed a contract with the Italian manufacturer Toscotec for the supply of a tissue line in Vila Velha de Rodão.

    The new tissue line is scheduled to come on stream in the last quarter of 2016.

    Trevipapel S.A. has stepped up its expansion plan and in line with the strong partnership established with Toscotec, decided to place this order with the Italian manufacturer, based on Toscotec’s technological advantages, which delivers top product quality and considerably reduces the mill's energy costs. The investment is estimated in 35 million euros and its aim is to supply paper reels to Trevipapel converter units and export. The new paper mill will be also in line with a pulp mill which will add increased value to the investment providing eucalyptus based slush pulp.

    Toscotec’s turn-key project for TM#1 includes stock preparation plant for dry virgin pulp, AHEAD-2.0S tissue machine with Steel Yankee Dryer TT SYD-16FT, machine auxiliaries including Milltech Gas fired Hood, steam & condensate and dust removal system, electrification starting from medium voltage cabinets & control system, additional plants and complete engineering and erection activity. A three unwind stand rewinder TT WIND-H completes the supply.

    Machine operating speed will be 2,000 mpm with a net trim width of 2750 mm and an average annual production of 38,000 tpy .
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    14.09.2015   Valmet and Stora Enso Kvarnsveden sign multi-year consumables and roll service agreement    ( Company news )

    Company news Valmet and Stora Enso Kvarnsveden have signed a five-year (three plus two) agreement on the supply of paper machine and fiber line consumables including clothing, doctor blades, refiner segments, winder consumables and selected roll covers. The agreement also includes local roll maintenance operations next to Kvarnsveden's site at Borlänge. The agreement is valid as of July 1, 2015.

    Technical support for maintenance and production is part of the agreement. The performance of consumables is optimized by taking advantage of remote analytics and the skills of Valmet's technology experts. In addition, Valmet will keep a ready stock of consumables for Kvarnsveden. This total cost of ownership agreement (TCO) is an exclusive agreement with a fixed monthly fee. The value of the agreement has not been disclosed.

    Optimizing consumable performance and simplifying daily operations
    The agreement provides a framework for long-term collaboration between Kvarnsveden and Valmet. The aim is to improve the efficiency of daily operations and decrease costs for both partners. Fixed monthly invoicing increases cost predictability.

    "With our advanced services offering Valmet's goal is to continuously simplify our customers' daily operations, reduce the consumption of consumables and find cost efficient solutions. I am convinced that we will exceed Kvarnsveden's expectations of us," says Per Holm, Vice President, Sales, Scandinavia at Valmet.

    Information about the customer Stora Enso and the Kvarnsveden Mill
    Stora Enso is the global rethinker of the paper, biomaterials, wood products and packaging industry. The company produces chemical pulp, paper and board, corrugated packaging and sawn wood products. The Kvarnsveden Mill produces improved newsprint and magazine paper on three paper machines. The production capacity is approximately 720,000 tons per year.
    (Valmet Corporation)
    14.09.2015   Board machine in Archangelsk goes on stream after rebuild by Voith     ( Company news )

    Company news The Archangelsk Pulp & Paper Mill (APPM), the largest producer of packaging papers in Russia, recently put its BM 1 board machine in Archangelsk back into service following an extensive rebuild by Voith. Voith’s scope of supply included the approach flow system, the headbox and a new top wire. The bottom wire was rebuilt by Voith to meet the new requirements.

    The new approach flow system for the top wire consists of IntegraGuard and MultiScreen screens and the associated pumps. The headbox is a MasterJet Pro. The former section was extensively modernized and a new TopFormer F installed to further improve dewatering and quality.

    In addition to the machine rebuild, Voith also undertook the basic engineering and supervised commissioning. The rebuild and assembly took just ten weeks and the warranted parameters for the machine were successfully achieved within three months after startup.

    Not only did the rebuild of the wet section of the BM 1 improve board quality: following startup of the new semi-chemical pulp mill – and depending on a few other technical measures – the production capacity of the BM 1 will also be increased in the future.

    APPM is owned by Pulp Mill Holding GmbH, an Austrian-German Group headquartered in Vienna. The company produces paper, board and corrugated grades in Russia and Ukraine.

    Voith Paper is a division of the Voith Group and the leading partner to and pioneer in the paper industry. Through constant innovations, Voith Paper is optimizing the paper manufacturing process, focusing on developing resource-saving products to reduce the use of energy, water, and fibers. Furthermore, Voith Paper offers a broad service portfolio for all sections of the paper manufacturing process.

    Voith sets standards in the markets of energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 39,000 employees, sales of €5.3 billion and locations in more than 50 countries, making it one of the largest family-owned companies in Europe.
    (Voith Paper GmbH & Co KG)
    11.09.2015   Sonoco Achieves 5-Year Sustainability Targets    ( Company news )

    Company news Substantially Lowers CO2, Water Usage While Improving Plant Waste Reduction, Establishes New 2020 Improvement Goals

    Sonoco (NYSE:SON), one of the largest diversified global packaging companies, today released its Corporate Responsibility Report for 2014-2015 and reported that it achieved its five-year global sustainability targets, including significant reduction in global greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), water usage and development of landfill-free operations.

    “Five years ago, we established goals to change our economic, environmental and social performance in aspects that were material to Sonoco and its stakeholders,” said Sonoco President and CEO Jack Sanders. “Our process of change, which is providing us better opportunities to grow through new products, new markets, new customers, new services and new ways of thinking, also has created an environment that allows us to better harness the power of our portfolio and our people to optimize our sustainability performance. As a result, we made significant progress to not just meet, but exceed, our challenging sustainability goals.”

    Targeted achievements highlighted in the Company’s Corporate Responsibility Report include:

    - Sonoco reduced normalized carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by nearly 24% over the past five years, with normalized emissions in 2014 dropping nearly 12% and direct emissions from Sonoco’s facilities reduced by 21%. Much of the emission reduction success was a result of the Company’s new biomass cogeneration system at its largest manufacturing complex in Hartsville, S.C., where CO2 emissions were reduced by 65% since 2009. The Company had set a goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 15% over the five-year period ending in 2014.

    - Normalized water usage decreased 40% over the past five years, due to Sonoco’s investment in a new water cooling and treatment system put in place at the Hartsville complex. Following the completion of the project, water consumption at the plant declined 35% in 2014 – equivalent to saving more than 10 million cubic meters of water.

    - Nearly 10% of the Company’s 336 global operating facilities achieved Sonoco Sustainability Star Awards by reaching landfill-free status of 95% waste diversion or higher. In addition, the Company’s Sonoco Recycling subsidiary implemented programs for 17 of its customers’ facilities to also reach landfill diversion goals.

    In addition to reducing the Company’s impact on the environment, the Company reported continued improvement in employee safety, engagement and leadership development, including being ranked by AON Hewitt as one of the top 25 global companies for leaders six consecutive times. Finally, the report provides a summary of the Company’s support of communities in which it operates, particularly through its support of education.

    Using 2014 as the Company’s new baseline, Sonoco has made the following sustainability commitments through 2020:

    - Reducing normalized global energy usage by 1% annually, which should result in a further 1% reduction in GHG emissions (or reducing CO2 emissions by 5%).
    - Reduce normalized water usage by 5%.
    - Achieve landfill-free status at an additional 10% of the Company’s operations significantly diverting landfill wastes, while continuing to work with customers to also reduce their waste going to landfills.
    - Finally, continue to demonstrate improvement in employee safety, diversity and engagement.
    (Sonoco Products Co)
    11.09.2015   Upgraded Invercote G gets Quick Printing award     ( Company news )

    Company news The US newsletter Quick Printing conducted their 3rd annual Readers’ Choice Top Products Awards competition in mid-2015. The newsletter is targeting people in the quick printing business globally, and the goal was to gather opinions from print service providers about what they consider to be the most significant products introduced to the commercial printing industry over the last 15 months. Voting was open to all print service providers worldwide.

    In the category Digital Print Media Upgraded Invercote G from Iggesund Paperboard was voted to be the best choice with the following motivation:

    “Invercote G is certified for a variety of digital print technologies and is recognized as the market leader by digital printers when they need a thicker or stiffer material than usual. The upgraded Invercote G gives customers who want a clear difference between the paperboard’s two sides but who still want to be able to print on both sides using their digital presses precisely what they’re looking for.

    The secret lies in the new coating on the reverse side of the upgraded Invercote G. Iggesund’s engineers created a reverse side with improved printing properties – in both offset and digital – but without compromising on the natural feel that has been the product’s hallmark for many years.”

    Jannes Dahlgren, CEO at the Swedish digital printing house Digaloo is not surprised by the award.

    “The improved printability on the reverse side has taken Invercote G to a new level for digital printing. We can use it for a larger range of print and packaging applications than before”, he says.

    The award will be given to Iggesund at a ceremony at GraphExpo 15 in Chicago on Sunday September 13th.
    (Iggesund Paperboard AB)
    11.09.2015   Expanded accreditation for product safety and lignin analyses    ( Company news )

    Company news Innventia now offers accredited analysis of primary aromatic amines in food contact materials, and of lignin content in pulp.

    Some substances in the group of primary aromatic amines (PAAs) are carcinogenic. PAAs are utilized in the production of azo pigments that may be used for printing of food contact materials (FCM).

    These substances are regulated in many countries, for example in the EU regulation (EU) 10/2011 for plastic materials. Innventia now offers accredited analysis of these substances.

    "It means, among other things, that results are internationally comparable, and ensures that analyses meet the performance requirements specified in various regulations", explains Kai-Yee Thim, who is working with product safety of FCM.

    The scope of the accreditation is now also being extended with a chemical pulp analysis which will have great impact on the introduction of lignin products. Innventia has a long tradition of chemical pulp analyses, and one of the most common analyses involves determining the lignin content.

    "To the best of my knowledge, we're the first in the world to offer an accredited lignin analysis. It means that we are now delighted to be able to offer our customers even more useful and reliable analyses," says Fredrik Aldaeus, quality manager for Innventia's chemical analyses.

    As well as creating added value for commissioned research customers, accredited analyses will also be used within Innventia's own research.

    "This strengthens our position within both cellulose research and the development of safer food packaging," says Anna Jacobs, research manager of the Chemical and material analysis group.
    (Innventia AB)
    11.09.2015   Jörgen Lindquist appointed new CFO of the Södra Group     ( Company news )

    Company news Jörgen Lindquist, born 1965, has been appointed the new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Södra, a role that also includes responsibility for Purchasing and IT. He will assume this new position on 14 September, at which point he will also become a member of Group Senior Management and report to President and CEO Lars Idermark.

    Jörgen Lindquist holds a degree in business administration, having studied at Växjö University and Lund University, and has extensive experience as a CFO and Vice President. He will be joining Södra from IKEA, where he has spent the past five years working as CFO and Acting Vice President of the company's industry division Swedspan International. Prior to this role, Lindquist was responsible for IKEA's project to establish new furniture manufacturing facilities in the U.S. He has also served as CFO and Vice President of the Axis Group and held various senior financial positions in the chemical and packaging industries.

    "I look forward to starting at Södra. Södra represents many of the same values that I believe in with respect to sustainable development and corporate social responsibility, and is a well-managed forest company with an exciting journey ahead," said Lindquist.

    "I am very pleased to have recruited Jörgen to Södra. His solid background and international experience will be an asset in our continued efforts to strengthen our competitiveness, growth and long-term profitability," commented President and CEO Lars Idermark.

    Lindquist will succeed Carina Olson, who previously announced her decision to leave Södra to pursue new challenges. He will be based in Södra's head office in Växjö.
    (Södra Cell AB)
    10.09.2015   KBA remains market leader for high-performance newspaper presses    ( Company news )

    Company news Flexible KBA Commander CL (photo) the press of choice for new investments

    Given the drastic contraction of the world market for new web press installations over the past years, there is no great meaning behind the market share figures which some manufacturers currently feature prominently in their marketing statements, especially where they relate to a limited period of just a few months or even a single year. In times of extreme reluctance to invest, one or two press orders are often already sufficient to secure a misleadingly larger share of the cake. Such snapshots generally say little about a manufacturer's longer-term technological standing on the market. A much more revealing indicator is the number of new presses delivered over a span of several years.

    From 2011 to 2013, Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA) was the clear number one ahead of all domestic and foreign competitors in its traditional business field of newspaper presses, with world market shares between 35 and 40 per cent. Alongside the high-performance compact presses Commander CT and Cortina, which in the meantime count almost 50 installations worldwide, there was already increasing demand for the flexibly configured Commander CL which KBA unveiled at the World Publishing Expo in 2011.

    A shift in general demand in 2014 then placed the emphasis above all on less automated presses of the lower performance classes for users in the emerging markets. This is a segment in which KBA, for economic reasons, is less involved. Correspondingly, KBA's annual market share for newspaper presses was temporarily down to below 10% last year.

    In 2015, however, web offset business has returned to its customary level and KBA once more occupies the position which could be considered its rightful claim as inventor of the newspaper press. With orders from the Middle East, Germany and Asia, and a market share well in excess of 30%, KBA is again demonstrating its leadership when it comes to high-performance presses. A total of 14 Commander CL press lines have been ordered in different configurations since the official launch four years ago, and ten are already in daily production around the world. Particularly in Central Europe, but also in the USA and China, the outstanding flexibility and scalable automation options of the user-friendly Commander CL are attracting great interest wherever new investments are planned. As far as European installations are concerned, automation modules which are decisive for economical and variable newspaper production, such as plate feeders, fully automatic plate changing and control systems for register, cut-off, fan-out and colour, are today usually a standard choice. Only recently, Oppermann Druck- und Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG in Rodenberg committed for two 32-page Commander CL presses with a full automation package.
    (Koenig & Bauer AG (KBA))
    10.09.2015   Greif Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results     ( Company news )

    Company news Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a world leader in industrial packaging products and services, reported third quarter 2015 net income attributable to the corporation totaling $8.6 million or $0.15 per diluted Class A share on sales of $930.0 million compared with net income of $13.7 million or $0.23 per diluted Class A share on sales of $1,124.0 million in the third quarter of 2014. After adjusting for the effect of divestitures for both quarters and currency translation for the third quarter 2015, sales were 2.7 percent lower for the quarter when compared to the third quarter of 2014 primarily due to lower raw material costs.
    Excluding the impact of special items, earnings were $0.60 per diluted Class A share for the third quarter of 2015 compared to $0.58 per diluted Class A share for the third quarter of 2014.

    David Fischer (photo), president and chief executive officer, stated “We are pleased with the progress of our Transformation initiative. While much work remains, during the third quarter we continued to reduce complexity in our businesses, achieved a 16% decrease in SG&A expenses excluding the impact of currency translation compared to a year ago, and improved capacity utilization in our rigid industrial packaging segment. The benefits from these concentrated efforts are becoming more evident and positive momentum is increasing with each passing month. I am especially pleased with the hard work and efforts of so many Greif colleagues all over the world to achieve our stated goals.”

    Mr. Fischer added, “Concerning the growth elements of our transformation activities, we are equally encouraged with the progress made on several key initiatives including our IBC global expansion efforts and by the exceptional performance of recently completed investments at the Riverville, Virginia mill and the additional
    corrugator in our Paper Packaging segment. These transformation improvements bode well for 2016.”
    (Greif Inc.)
    10.09.2015   Manroland Sheetfed invests 70,000 Euros in new CNC machining center for apprentices    ( Company news )

    Company news Manroland Sheetfed's successful apprenticeship program has just got bigger and better.
    As part of its effort to groom technologically competent and knowledgeable production people, the company recruits at least 15 apprentices every September. Instructors and trainers impart valuable lessons on machine use and the latest printing technology.

    Photo: A new HURCO VMX10 CAD machining center invested in apprenticeship training center in Offenbach. From left to right: Mr. Rixecker (Chamber of Commerce and Industry Offenbach); Ms. Hildebrandt (apprentice for Technical Product Design); Ms. Polierer (The Employers’ Association for the Metal and Electrical Engineering Industries in Hesse); Mr. Peñuela (Chief Executive Officer); Mr.Sticht (Head of Human Resources); Mr. Derzbach (Head of Apprenticeship)

    By investing in a new CNC machining center at its training center in Offenbach/Mühlheim, Manroland Sheetfed has just made the learning experience even more comprehensive and enjoyable for the apprentices.

    Both Mr. Rafael Peñuela, Chief Executive Officer of Manroland Sheetfed, and Dr. Oliver Sticht, Head of Human Resources, see education as an important part of the company’s future. So the decision to approve this 70,000-Euro investment on a new CNC machining center was easy, Mr. Peñuela said.

    Now the apprentices have the opportunity to learn the latest developments in the field of “Zerspanungsmechanik” and this prepares them for a successful professional future together with Manroland Sheetfed.

    Mr. Matthias Derzbach, Head of Apprenticeship, said putting up the machining center is essential for the company´s production of high-tech printing machines and continuous technological evolution. Because of the new HURCO VMX10 CAD machining center, current and new apprentices at Manroland sheetfed will have the best training available. With an increase of their knowledge of the production processes, their chances of landing better work contracts are improved.
    (Manroland Sheetfed GmbH)
    10.09.2015   Paper mill overcomes viscosity problem by switching to Watson Marlow MasoSine sine pump    ( Company news )

    Company news Switching from progressive cavity (PC) pumps to a MasoSine pump from Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group has overcome a long-standing issue for a leading paper mill based in South Africa – that of viscosity.

    The challenge
    The cooked starch used to gloss paper at the mill offers viscosity of 15,000 cP at 90°C. Adding to the challenge, the starch tends to crystalise when it comes into contact with the atmosphere or if the temperature drops below 30°C.
    The requirement at the paper mill is to pump the starch (both industrial and food quality types, depending on the application) from a boiler tank to the paper machine, where it is sprayed on to the paper via nozzles. As a result, consistent and reliable pumping at 15,000 l/h is paramount.
    Around two years ago, the mill replaced its existing PC pumps with a MasoSine SPS250 sine pump, and it has been running successfully ever since.

    Highly efficient
    In the case of highly viscous products, MasoSine pumps are particularly impressive because there is very little internal friction and minimal fluid deformation, making them more efficient than rotary pump principles. Excellent power density is another factor that makes sine pumps ideal for the transport of viscous fluid. Therefore the MasoSine pumps usually require less electrical power for the same application especially with high viscous products. This results in the usage of a smaller motor than other pump principles which leads to less energy consumption and reduction of the carbon footprint within the pumping process.
    Aside from its viscous product handling capabilities, the paper mill also reports that it has witnessed a “remarkable reduction in suction blockages” thanks to the impressive suction attributes of the MasoSine SPS250. Furthermore, the sine pump has a much lower pulsation than the PC pump, which means improved starch quality due to the gentle handling action.

    Further orders
    The paper mill is so pleased that it is now looking at installing MasoSine pumps at other plants moving forward. The mill is part of a group that has paper and pulp manufacturing operations on three continents.
    (Watson-Marlow Fluid Technology Group)
    09.09.2015   Toscotec absorbs Milltech into tissue technology business    ( Company news )

    Company news Toscotec has absorbed tissue machine hood and ventilation specialist Milltech into its own tissue technology operations.
    Toscotec purchased Milltech in 2012 and has since operated it as a separate company, but now believes Milltech’s solutions are best offered as a brand within Toscotec’s portfolio.

    All of Milltech’s employees have transferred to Toscotec, including managing director Luca Linari, who takes on the role of Sales & Product Manager for Energy and Environmental Systems for Toscotec.

    This development makes Toscotec one of the few tissue machinery suppliers which can offer the entire suite of technology for tissue production from one source.

    “This is a natural evolution for us,” said Toscotec managing director Alessandro Mennucci. “When we acquired Milltech it created an ideal synergy because minimizing energy consumption is central to our technological vision. Milltech has proved its worth in this respect, but there is no longer any benefit from it remaining a separate company. Its manufacturing facilities are already on site here at Toscotec, and it is strategically rational to operate as one entity.”
    (Toscotec S.p.A.)
    09.09.2015   Labelexpo 2015: Siegwerk innovations on a red carpet    ( Company news )

    Company news At this year’s Labelexpo in Brussels, visitors to the Siegwerk booth will be welcomed in style. The world’s largest trade fair for the labeling and packaging industry takes place from September 29 to October 2 and sees Siegwerk presenting a wide range of innovative products and solutions in hall 6 A 17 – under the motto “a red carpet for your products".

    “As the market leader for printing inks and varnishes for packaging and labels, our experts will be presenting Siegwerk’s latest products and solutions,” says Michael Müller-Samson, Vice President Business Unit Sheetfed and Narrow Web.

    They include:
    -the printing ink series in the Sicura ‘Nutri’ family – for safe UV printing on food packaging and labels,
    -the high quality, uncomplicated Sicura series for non-food packaging and labels,
    -the growingly important energy-saving UV &LED process,
    -FastMatch: a simple and highly accurate formulation tool for mixed colors.

    Siegwerk’s bestsellers among the low-migration ink systems for UV flexo printing are the Sicura Nutriflex 10 series (for labels) and the Sicura Nutriflex 20 series. The well-proven low migration series are ideal for virtually every labeling application in the food sector when it comes to color strength, reactivity and flow characteristics.

    For the highly demanding requirements placed on the UV offset series, their counterparts are Sicura Litho Nutriboard (for paper and selected foils) und Sicura Litho Nutriplast (for plastic).
    Of course, Siegwerk also sets some of the main standards in the area of packaging and labels for non-food products with the Sicura Flex 39-8 series for UV flexo printing and the Sicura Litho Plast SP series for UV offset.

    “We are also presenting FastMatch,“ says Rolf Montag, Product Manager Narrow Web. “Siegwerk customers in the USA have been enjoying great success with this system for some time – and it is now also becoming available for customers in EMEA.” FastMatch lets printers use basic colors to create customer-specific formulations swiftly and in a very precise fashion, and then mix the inks themselves. Siegwerk is offering this new service in cooperation with the international X-Rite group, the global market leader in the area of color technology, which includes the company Pantone. Whenever printers require a customized color, they use an X-Rite measuring device connected to their computers to determine the color of the template. A Siegwerk online database then immediately delivers the formulation for printers to mix themselves. The system is based on exact and reliable color selection and on libraries with a wide range of color formulations. Access rights secure confidentiality, so that color tones developed by a given printer are not visible to other users of the system.
    09.09.2015   Favini posts first-half growth Revenues up 4.3% to 82 million euros    ( Company news )

    Company news -Eger (photo), CEO: “Revenues continue to grow as performance also improves, driven by the excellent results achieved in the release sector. “
    -EBITDA improves by a strong 23.9%. Graphics specialties and converting products performed well.

    Favini, a global leader in the manufacture of innovative graphic specialties using natural raw materials (e.g. cellulose, algae, fruit and nuts), has published its financials for the first half of 2015.

    The company continues to grow apace with revenues reaching 82 million euros, up 4.3% from the 78.6 million of 2014, while also confirming the group’s dedication to international markets with exports accounting for over 70% of total sales.

    EBITDA has posted double-digit growth of 23.9%, going from the 7.2 million of 2014 to 8.9 million euros for the current year, equal to a margin of 10.8%. This growth has been driven by integration of the Arjowiggins business acquired by Favini at the end of 2013, which has helped neutralize the negative impact of the sharp increase in the cost of raw materials.

    Graphic specialties and converting products, which combined to account for 54.8% of overall revenues, have also confirmed the strong performance posted in 2014.

    Eugenio Eger, CEO of Favini, says: “Revenues continue to grow as overall performance also improves, driven by the excellent results achieved in the release sector. Global demand for these products remains strong on the whole, backed by greater dynamism in the automotive segment.“
    (Favini Srl)
    09.09.2015   New functions make Prinect print and media workflow easier to use, faster, and more profitable    ( Company news )

    Company news -Intuitive operation for fast production runs
    -Enhanced integration of MIS and production workflow
    -Improved color reports for complete documentation of quality
    -Open API interface for using data in third-party systems
    -International Prinect User Days on November 18 and 19 in Heidelberg

    The new functions Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg) is adding to the 2016 version of its Prinect print and media workflow will make life easier for media service providers in the commercial and packaging printing sectors, speed up their processes, and make these more profitable. Numerous areas of the workflow system have been significantly expanded in close consultation with Prinect customers. Improvements focus on the Prinect cockpit’s interface for more intuitive operation, enhanced process integration between management information system (MIS) and production workflow, and the possibility of complete color reports to provide end users with documented proof of quality – now also augmented by long-term reports. In addition to the well-established JDF interface, the system now also features an API (application programming interface) that enables data to be shared with systems of third-party suppliers for the first time. What’s more, Prinect is now more capable of handling even the largest data volumes – such as versioned documents with several thousand pages – extremely quickly.
    (Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG)
    08.09.2015   Waggeryd Cell leaves LPG and invests 60 million SEK in a biomass boiler    ( Company news )

    Company news Waggeryd Cell in Sweden invests 60 million SEK in a biomass boiler in order to replace LPG with bioenergy as energy source for the flash dryer. The ground work is just about to start. The mounting of the boiler will begin during March 2016 and the start-up is scheduled for September. The mill’s emission of fossil carbon dioxide will be reduced by 85 %.

    Waggeryd Cell produces bleached CTMP and ever since start-up in 1989 the whole production has been flash dried using LPG as heat source. When the new boiler has started in September 2016, LPG will be totally replaced by bioenergy. It is a grate boiler with an effect of about 12 MW. The supplier is Urbas, an Austrian company specialising in systems designed to extract energy from wet and coarse wood fuels from sawmills, woodworking factories and general forestry thinning. It is a turnkey project and Urbas is responsible for the whole delivery, including projecting, mounting and start-up.

    “This is yet another of the environmental investments we have done since we began modernising the mill fifteen years ago,” says Ulf Karlsson, MD Waggeryd Cell. “By replacing LPG for our flash dryer with heat from the new biomass boiler we will reduce our emissions of fossil carbon dioxide by 85 % at the same time as we reduce our costs. The boiler will be fuelled by sawdust, oversized wood chips and fibre residuals from our process as well as bark and fuel wood mainly supplied from our owner ATA Group’s sawmills.”

    ”So far we have invested about 500 MSEK, out of which about 95 MSEK are environmentally related, in the mill. It has raised our production level up to 150 000 tonnes of bleached CTMP pulp made from spruce and pine sawmill chips. Last year we scored yet another production record and increased the production by 6 000 tonnes of pulp. The investment in a biomass boiler will contribute to a long-term profitable and sustainable Waggeryd Cell,” Ulf Karlsson ends.

    Urbas, with head office in Austrian Völkermarkt, has been designing, building and pioneering energy systems for use of biomass fuels for over 20 years. The company has realized and established over 1000 plants throughout Europe with power ratings ranging from 500 kW to 25 MW.
    (Waggeryd Cell AB)
    08.09.2015   A.Celli Paper: Mario Fazzi new Managing Director    ( Company news )

    Company news The Board of Directors of A.Celli Paper S.p.A. is pleased to announce important changes at management level: redefinition of roles and new Managing Director.

    The shareholders’ meeting held on 5 August 2015 had the scope of renewing the Board of Directors and the corporate roles whose terms were expiring, and nominated Giuseppe Antonini President of A.Celli Paper S.p.A. The next day the Board met again and resolved to confer Mario Fazzi (photo) the charge of Managing Director of A.Celli Paper S.p.A.. Mauro Celli and Alessandro Celli remain at the helm of the family company, taking on the role of Vice President and Executive Director, respectively.

    The nomination answers the strategic needs of the A.Celli Group that aim to meet increasingly important challenges in the quest for new markets and opportunities, continuing along the road to growth characterized by consistent and continuous technological and innovative development that has traditionally distinguished the company.

    Thanks to his over twenty-five years of experience in the world of tissue converting and packaging, Mario Fazzi has great familiarity with international markets, in particular Asian markets, and his areas of competence span from the financial to the administrative to the commercial fields. The enthusiasm and optimism that characterize Mario make him the person A.Celli Paper S.p.A. has chosen to rely on to attain the goals it has set for itself.

    Mario Fazzi’s professional career unfolded at Fabio Perini S.p.A. – leader in the manufacture of tissue converting systems – where he held various roles, undertaking a road to personal growth that brought him to the position of Managing Director of Korber Engineering Shanghai Co. Ltd.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
    08.09.2015   Tray/lid packaging machine with modern features: Meypack at the FachPack in Nuremberg from ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ...September 29th to October 1st, 2015

    At the FachPack 2015, Meypack, the specialist for efficient and customised end-packaging machines, will be presenting the VP 453 case packer to end-package folding boxes. At the trade fair, this efficient machine will be processing folding boxes in trays with top-fitted fully enclosing lids in 5 x 1 formats (hall 3 / stand 3-323).

    Meypack’s VP 453 case packer is designed to end-package folding boxes containing pouches of milk powder into trays with or without lids as well as wrap-around cases. The machine can process eight different formats, although the addition of further formats is possible at a later date. During the FachPack, this well-proven, intermittently running packaging system will be on display packing folding boxes into trays with four-sided, internally glued lids. Through the precise gluing of the lid to the tray, the lid is additionally secured.

    The folding boxes, which enter the machine lying down, are erected by a single track paddle chain. The paddles in the paddle chain can be adjusted in such a way that folding boxes of varying thicknesses can be processed in a gentle manner. Machine maintenance and cleaning are made easier thanks to the open construction of the Meypack case packer and down-time is reduced. Bearings, chains and linear bearings are lifetime lubricated, while the cable management, including pneumatics, is in accordance to current high industrial standards. The integrated Nordson hotmelt ProBlue Liberty tank less technology provides long storage possibilities for the adhesive. For quality control, the machine is equipped with the newest generation of the Siemens SIMATIC S7-1500 control system as well as an expanded machine analysis available through the new SIMATIC HMI Comfort Panel TP1500. In addition, the machine dynamic is heightened through the integrated, energy-saving SEW Moviaxis-Servosystem.

    On display from September 29th to October 1st, 2015 at the FachPack, Nuremberg (Germany), hall 3, stand 3-323.
    (Meypack Verpackungssystemtechnik GmbH)
    07.09.2015   DS Smith: Mandrel Case Former    ( Company news )

    Company news The Otor 8 Mandrel Case Former guarantees higher productivity thanks to accurate and consistent case forming.

    Our precision mandrel formed cases outperformed comparable RSC’s in strength and production efficiency and offer many SRP design options across numerous segments. Designs are not limited to case with four sides, six, eight-sided as well as round corners deliver increased product differentiation at point of sale when combined with high-impact graphics.

    Your benefits:
    Cost effectiveness
    -Case forming at high speed, up to 60 cartons/minute
    -Optimised board combination structures allows for reduction of
    corrugated cardboard grammage
    -Minimal maintenance costs
    -Cost minimisation thanks to reduced storage areas
    -Optimised logistic processes

    -Large variety of designs and innovative packaging shapes possible
    -Can be used for transit & transport packaging and shelf ready packaging
    -Large variety of formats possible thanks to format-adjustable setting axles

    Quality and productivity
    -High precision forming and case consistency thanks to
    -shaping of the flat blank around the mandrel
    -Fast and reproducible conversion of the case former
    -to various packaging formats
    -Minimal use of space with high machine performance
    -Increase of packaging end of line efficiency
    (DS Smith Packaging)
    07.09.2015   Long KBA Rapidas in demand for sophisticated packaging and commercial work    ( Company news )

    Company news High-tech presses with up to 19 printing and finishing units

    Back in 2012, it was still quite a sensation when KBA announced the installation of a Rapida 106 with 19 printing and finishing units in Switzerland. In the meantime, investments in medium-format sheetfed offset presses with 10, 12, 14 or more units are no longer so unusual. And that is true for both packaging and commercial printers in many parts of the world.

    In 2013, for example, KBA delivered a 10-colour Rapida 106 in a double-coater configuration, i.e. 14 printing and finishing units in total, to a Russian packaging printer. In that same year, the packaging company Yuri Gagarin in Plovdiv/Bulgaria purchased a similarly configured press with an additional facility for cold foil transfer. A further 14-unit Rapida went on stream in 2015 and is now producing high-quality covers for the Appl Group in Wemding. With four printing units and a drying tower ahead of perfecting, followed by six further printing units and a combination of drying, perforating and coating towers before the final extended delivery, it is almost 99ft (30 m) long.

    USA: Long is beautiful
    Long presses are even more popular in the USA. In 2014 a packaging printer in Massachusetts received a Rapida 106 with a total of 15 printing and finishing units. The configuration with ten printing units, drying tower, coater, two further drying towers and a second coater is geared to high-quality inline finishing, as is the case with almost all long presses. The company has already been using an almost 131ft (40 m) long large-format Rapida with eight printing units, two coaters, three drying towers and a triple-length extended delivery, i.e. 13 printing and finishing units, for several years. Two sheetfed offset presses with a total of 28 units in one printing plant – that is indeed something special, even today.
    The next long Rapida 106 from KBA-Sheetfed Solutions will already be setting off across the Atlantic soon. The press comprises six printing units and a coater plus drying tower before the perfecting unit, six further printing units, double-coating facilities with two intermediate drying towers and a three-section extended delivery, and is to be used to print commercial and advertising products for a print group with global operations. With its 18 printing and finishing units, the latest addition to the list of long Rapidas is almost the length of the legendary 19-unit press at a packaging specialist in Switzerland.

    These extraordinary configurations underline the outstanding competence of KBA-Sheetfed Solutions when it comes to complex sheetfed offset installations. These are not presses “off the shelf”, but rather highly automated production systems which are tailored precisely to the requirements of a particular application and enable the user to remain successful with customer-oriented solutions in a competitive market.
    (KBA-Sheetfed Solutions AG & Co. KG)
    07.09.2015   Tresu Group attend to this year LabelExpo 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news At Labelexpo Europe, TRESU Group (Stand 7D53) will showcase flexo ancillary solutions that automatically control ink circulation, thus reducing makeready time and assuring uniform quality. Furthermore, the company will highlight its coating technology for digitally printed folding cartons via a table-top presentation.

    TRESU Carbon Fibre Chamber Doctor Blade Programme
    The TRESU Ancillary division’s enclosed, automated systems optimize control of ink / coating flow, pressure, viscosity and temperature, thereby minimizing manual intervention, raising productivity and maintaining quality consistency throughout the printing run.

    Featuring a patented rubber seal system, TRESU’s sealed, pressure-controlled chamber doctor blade systems offer airtight closure, eliminating the chance of leakage, escape of fumes or ink degradation. Furthermore they enable a direct, foam-free and uniform transfer of ink / coating to the anilox cells. This ensures a clean, blister-free printed image with fast drying characteristics, better reflection and higher gloss values, whether on paper or film. Pneumatic (P-Line) or eccentric (E-Line) clamping systems allow changeover of stainless or blades within two minutes.

    TRESU’s chamber blade program is tailored for label, packaging and industrial flexo printing situations. For narrow-web printing, the closed-cassette FlexiPrint Reservoir needs no pump and operates at press speeds of up to 300m/min (984ft/min).

    For wider webs, TRESU new program of lightweight carbon fibre chamber doctor blade systems offer improved chemical resistance, optimised flow and safe, easy handling in virtually all flexo printing situations. The carbon fibre composition gives the chamber high-strength qualities, enabling a relatively low weight of between 2.4kg and 4.1kg per linear metre (approx. 1.6 lb – 2.74 lb per linear foot), thus easing chamber exchange. The inside of the chamber features a top-coated ink-repellent surface. This offers extra protection against ink and detergents with high and low pH-values and ensures efficient, thorough cleaning after job completion. Furthermore, curved inner surfaces maximize volume and facilitate controlled discharge. The chamber’s design also enables ink and coating circulation in relatively low volumes.

    F10 iCon ink supply system
    For common impression flexo printing situations, the F10 iCon ink supply system automates ink pressure and viscosity in flexo printing machines. This, in turn, ensures a constant, accurate ink density on the printed substrate and prevents air from contaminating the ink chamber.
    The energy-efficient system also provides thorough fully automatic cleaning, removing ink and residue from the chamber, achieving a complete ink change cycle in five to ten minutes.
    Henrik Kristensen, vice president, TRESU Ancillary, comments: “As demands grow for shorter production runs, and exacting colour standards, the need to optimise the ink circulation will only become more acute. Our ancillary systems answer this need by providing a means of controlling the flow from the bucket to the anilox roll, in virtually all flexo printing situations.”

    TRESU iCoat Twin Tabletop Presentation
    TRESU’s iCoat 30000 TWIN applies two varnish coats – full, partial or spot - to digitally printed folding cartons. Integrated inline, it contributes to a seamless single-pass sheet-fed print / coating operation. Specifically designed for inline integration with the HP Indigo 30000 Digital Press, TRESU iCoat 30000 TWIN includes two flexo units capable of applying spot, partial or full surface coating immediately after the printing stage. This seamless single-pass sheet-fed print and coating operation offers an effective way of enhancing functionality and aesthetic impact, with multiple combinations of UV-curable and water-based coatings, in a single process. This means reduced logistics, material waste, setup time and handling.
    Capable of running at a minimum of 5000 sheets / hour on board substrates between 180gsm (121.6 lb) and 500gsm (337.8 lb), TRESU iCoat 30000 TWIN also features corona treatment, quick-change sleeve technology and the ability to switch from UV to aqueous varnish within a few minutes.
    (Tresu A/S)
    07.09.2015   Papcel: Business success in India – reconstruction of paper machines for NEPA concern    ( Company news )

    Company news In July 2015 the joint-stock company PAPCEL signed a contract with the paper concern NEPA in India for modernization of two paper machines for production of newsprint and graphic paper. It is the first sales success and the first major order for PAPCEL Group in this market.
    The company NEPA Ltd. is a state paper group, located in Nepangar, Madhya Pradesh state. The government of India supports modernization of the whole paper line. All tender participants had to meet very strict selection criteria; the selection procedure itself took more than six months.

    This project is being realized in cooperation with PAPCEL subsidiary in India, which has been operating in the market for more than 5 years. The project is also interesting for the fact that a large portion of deliveries and, above all, services will be realized and purchased directly in India from local subcontractors, and our subsidiary will participate in the subcontracting management process.

    The ambition of PAPCEL in the Indian market is to rank as an equal competitor to the world´s major producers of paper technology. In India, there are currently more than 700 operating paper mills, ranging from small mills with technical level of the early 20th century to modern high-capacity mills. The current consumption of paper in India is only 11 kg per capita per year as compared to the world average which is 56 kg. As it is expected that the consumption will increase, local entrepreneurs and governments realize the importance of this fact and the Indian market opened a window of opportunity for local and foreign suppliers of all kinds of equipment and machinery for processing of pulp and paper as well as production of all grades of paper. This is a unique situation and everyone in the paper industry tries to be very active in the Indian market.

    The paper mill NEPA operates two paper machines producing paper of width 5.350 mm on reel. Both machines will produce paper with a substance of 40 - 45 g/m2 for newsprint or 50 - 80 g/m2 for graphic paper. After the upgrade, the PM 1 will reach the output of up to 231 tpd (under the maximum operation speed of 700 m/min) and the PM 2 up to 129 tpd (under the maximum speed of 400 m/min). Both machines are expected to improve significantly the drainage process efficiency in the wet parts. The drying parts will undergo major renovations in order to increase the output and decrease the energy consumption per ton of the paper produced. Apart from the paper machine upgrade, the PM approach flow system will be modified and the line for broke processing and the water management system will be supplied as well as stock preparation line and line for preparation of chemicals.

    PAPCEL is the general supplier of this project; it provides complete engineering and project management services, controls the assembly and performs the commissioning and the guarantee tests. The assembly will be carried out by local companies.
    So far, this is our largest delivery in Southeast Asia and, by its extent, particularly in terms of the delivered services, it is one of the PAPCEL Group’s most important projects.
    (Papcel a.s.)
    04.09.2015   Vaahto Group Interim Report for January 1 - June 30, 2015    ( Company news )

    Company news Turnover from Vaahto Group’s continuing operations for the period from January 1 to June 30, 2015 was 10.0M euros (reference period: 8.8M euros) and the operating loss from continuing operations 1.6M euros (0.2M euros).

    The turnover increased over the reference period by 1.8M euros thanks to increased orders. The net margins were low, however. The operating result fell by 1.4M euros. The modest operating result was due to the market situation, which remained challenging, and the higher-than-expected cost of some delivery projects. The operating result was further undermined by the fact that the Group’s overhead expenses were allocated to notably reduced operations. The overhead expenses are allocated in their entirety to the continuing operations, not to discontinued operations. On the other hand, the operating result of reference period was positively impacted by the completion of a significant project at a higher-than-expected margin.

    The order book for the Group’s continuing operations as of June 30, 2015, totaled 10.7M euros (9.7M euros). Compared with the reference period, the orders grew by 1.0M euros.

    In February, Vaahto Group Plc Oyj announced an arrangement concluded with its key lenders, intended to strengthen the Company’s financial position and secure its continued operation. With this agreement, the Company’s financiers committed to waive loans totaling 3.9M euros; to convert loan receivables in the amount of 1.2M euros into a subordinated loan; and to grant a grace period for their receivables, continuing until June 30, 2016. At the same time, Vaahto Group Plc Oyj carried out a private placement issuing 10,000,000 new shares at the price of 0.25 euros per share.

    As part of the financial stabilization program, the Group has adopted a cost and operations adjustment plan aimed at reducing annual expenditure by more than 0.8M euros. The adjustment plan is to be implemented in the course of 2015 and is expected to cause a one-time adjustment cost of 0.4M euros. The plan is moving ahead as planned, with the cost savings projected to become evident toward the end of 2015 and have a full impact at the beginning of 2016. The Group’s financial situation continues to be difficult, however, and is further challenged by project deliveries requiring more working capital than anticipated. The company is involved in active negotiations concerning remarkable corporate and financial arrangements.
    (Vaahto Group Plc Oyj)
    04.09.2015   At the Druck+Form trade fair, MB Bäuerle will demonstrate fully automatic folding, ...    ( Company news )

    Company news ... clever digital print finishing and high-performance inserting technologies

    At this year’s Druck+Form trade fair (Hall 6, Stand 6412) in Sinsheim / Germany, MB Bäuerle, the company that offers innovative solutions in the field of print finishing, will be presenting its fully automatic folder prestigeFOLD NET 52 (photo) – a machine with a high degree of operator convenience and CIP4-capability. The extraordinarily complex automatic setting feature positions the setting elements for the flat pile feeder, fold plate stops, deflectors, fold rollers, alignment rails and delivery rollers. A touch screen is the interactive operator interface. 20 standard folds are pre-programmed and instantly recallable. A memory with setting data for more than 200 jobs allows the set-up of repeat jobs in a very short time.

    MB Bäuerle has also developed an inline folding system especially for the clever finishing of digital prints. A special feature of this inline folding system that is based on folder model multipli 35 is the fact that customized documents such as delivery notes or mailings can be directly processed by means of a professional industrial printer, because the printed documents are transferred directly to the alignment table of the folding machine and then folded. The prior alignment ensures a precise fold. Other advantages of this system are short processing times in connection with pulsed applications as well as its compact design.

    With the high-performance inserting system autoSET B4, MB Bäuerle will demonstrate inserting technology for areas where maximum output and minimal setup times are required. Its main characteristics are a high degree of variability combined with top-level operator convenience. The autoSET B4 can handle all formats from DL to B4. Thanks to its modular design, it is possible to adapt the inserting system at any time to individual customer needs. As an option, addressing and postage meter modules as well as stitching devices can be integrated into the system. The outstanding feature of the autoSET technology is its end-to-end automation. All settings are made at the ergonomically positioned touch screen display. A simple touch is sufficient for calling up a job from the memory and the setting automation sets up all relevant modules.
    (MB Bäuerle GmbH)
    04.09.2015   A.Celli Paper: Great satisfaction for the rebuild of a rewinder at United Paper Industries Co. (UPI)    ( Company news )

    Company news ..., Kuwait.

    Great results for the rebuild of a rewinder completed by A.Celli Paper at the UPI facilities in Kuwait. Initially, the project entailed replacing the old slitting unit and updating the tension control system. In a subsequent phase, the intervention was extended with the addition of a new unwinder with brake and load cell system.

    This newly defined project, which got under way at the beginning of 2015 and was shipped in April, obtained great results in terms of production performance. Thanks to the close collaboration and synergies in experience created between the A.Celli team and UPI technicians, the new slitting unit was already operational in July. The customer’s open willingness to collaborate together with the expertise shown by our team made start-up fast & easy, with just a little over thirty hours (34) of stoppage of the unwinder – the very minimum amount needed for a rather critical replacement such as this one.

    The customer’s satisfaction was confirmed by their words: “The advantages of the rebuild are clearly evident: thanks to the new brake system with load cells, winding quality is uniform and the roll is more compact than before; the cut is very accurate and the rewinder’s speed has increased by 20%. We are totally satisfied with the job done. A.Celli has supported and guided us through this journey, serving us impeccably. We will continue working with this company, assessing further modifications and developments on the rewinder, or in the event that other needs from our paper mills arise.”

    An important confirmation and a great vote of confidence for A.Celli Paper S.p.A., who is once again acknowledged as an excellent partner capable of satisfying customers with high-level services and optimal results in terms of machine performance.
    (A. Celli Paper S.p.A.)
    04.09.2015   Smurfit Kappa: Tony Smurfit appointed as Group CEO    ( Company news )

    Company news Smurfit Kappa Group confirms that Mr Tony Smurfit (photo) has succeeded Mr Gary McGann as Group Chief Executive Officer with effect from 1 September, 2015.

    Liam O’Mahony, SKG Chairman, commented:
    “The Board would like to thank Gary for his substantial contribution in leading the Group over the last 13 years and wishes him well in his retirement. The Board looks forward to the Group’s next phase of growth and development under Tony’s leadership.”
    (Smurfit Kappa Group Headquarters plc)
    04.09.2015   SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS produces solid board from tomato plants    ( Company news )

    Company news SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS (previously Smurfit Kappa Solid Board Packaging) recently developed a process to enrich solid board with tomato plant fibres. Waste paper has been regarded as an essential component in the production of solid board for some time now. The wood fibres in the waste paper can be reused many times and consequently are a valuable raw material for cardboard manufacturers. In addition, SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS is always looking for new and alternative raw materials.

    Some time ago, SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS and partners from the vegetable and fruit industry met for a brainstorm about the possibility to make solid board from tomato plants. The idea was conceived in the Westland region, the epicentre of fruit and vegetable growers in the Netherlands. The useful application of plant residue flows from tomato, pepper and cucumber crops, for instance, had been an item of discussion for some time. Once a year, the tomato plant residue flow becomes available in large quantities from the growers and is composted. However, it has now become possible to not compost these plants but to turn them into a valuable raw material that, in combination with waste paper fibres, can be processed into solid board. This solid board enriched with tomato plant fibres has also become part of the paper recycling chain.

    The first test products of this tomato plant board have been realised at SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS. At an earlier stage, SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS supplied a 5kg tomato box made of this tomato plant board. Recently, this new solid board was used to produce packaging for exclusive Silky Pink cocktail tomatoes for Duijvestijn Tomaten, the most innovative producer of sustainably grown tasty tomato products. These pink coloured tomatoes are popular in Asian cuisine. That is why, besides Europe, the 3kg Silky Pink Tomatoes bio based packaging is also being delivered to destinations overseas.

    This new solid board was also used to produce consumer packaging for 0,7 till 1 kg vine tomatoes for Harvest House, the fruiting vegetables growers association. The tomato plant fibre was deliberately made visible at the inside of this consumer packaging.

    Packaging tomatoes in solid board enriched with tomato plant fibre contributes to a maximum reuse of these raw materials. With this process, SOLIDUS SOLUTIONS has gained a valuable raw material for the production of solid board, which also contributes to the circular economy.
    (Solidus Solutions Board B.V.)
    04.09.2015   ANDRITZ to deliver logyard circular crane to Domtar's paper mill in South Carolina, USA    ( Company news )

    Company news International technology Group ANDRITZ has received an order from Domtar Paper Company to supply a logyard circular crane for its Marlboro mill, USA. The new crane will replace existing equipment and has a net lift capacity of 32 tons and a radial reach of 170 ft (52 m). The start-up is scheduled for early 2016.

    ANDRITZ’s scope of supply includes the equipment, engineering, and on-site services. The crane will be able to unload log trucks in a single bite, feed the logline at the required rate, and also assist in managing log storage on site.
    (Andritz AG)

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